ARIZONA WILDFIRES | JUNE 22 2017

STATE OF ARIZONA

Fire Facts:  The majority of wildfires are burning in both Arizona and New Mexico.  As of today’s date, there have been 27,943 wildfires in the United States with 2,577,417 acres destroyed versus 2016’s 23,862 fires and 1,969,965 acres.

And, things are beginning to dry out even more.  Furthermore, lightning strikes are igniting many of the wildfires while some are human-caused.

303 FIRE (NEW!) – 4 miles North of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

This wildfire is South of the Carefree Highway and North of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve near the Intersection of I17 & Loop 303.  Fire fuels include hot and dry brush. This fire was ignited today @ 1400 hours.

1,150 acres. 0% contained.

BOUNDARY FIRE – 12 miles North of Bellemont.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching.  10,344 acres. 42% contained.  Structures threatened.

ENCINO FIRE – 2 miles S of Sonoita

The Encino Fire is located in SE District in the AZ Dept. of Forestry area.  Fire fuels include tall grass and brush.  Extreme fire behavior with running and spotting.  Structures are currently being threatened.   1,289 acres. 60% contained.   5 structures have been lost.   293 personnel.  6 crews. 39 engines. 3 helicopters.

$13.2 Million CTD.

FRYE FIRE –  Coronado NF. 9 miles West of Swift Trail Junction.

Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and creeping. Structures being threatened.   17,833 acres. 10% contained. 831 personnel. 21 crews.  36 engines. 7 helicopters.

$5.8 Million CTD.

June 19 Water drops over the fire, view from La Cienega area.

Highline Photo (Courtesy: Inciweb)

FREEZE 2 FIRE – San Carlos Agency. BIA. 2,832 acres. 70% contained. 110 personnel. 2 crews. 3 engines. $4.4 Million CTD.**

HIGHLINE FIRE – Tonto NF.  8 miles North of Payson.

Minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.   6,840 acres. 92% contained. 608 personnel. 8 crews. 35 engines. 5 helos.

$13.2 Million CTD.

MAGGIE FIRE – Phoenix District Office.  BLM.  6 miles North of Black Canyon City. Tall grass, brush and timber.  Minimal fire behavior with 90% containment.  11 personnel.  3 engines.

$660,000 CTD.

R-14 FIRE – Fort Apache Agency. BIA.  3 miles South of Cedar Creek. Timber.  Human-caused and is under investigation.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

750 acres. 80% containment. 120 personnel. 5 crews. 1 engine.

$400,000 CTD.

RAIN FIRE (NEW!) – 5 miles SW of Tusayan

The Rain Fire is a newly reported fire that is located SW of the Grand Canyon airport on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.  The started today from an unknown cause.  Fire fuels include pinyon-juniper woodlands.

154 acres. 40% contained. 80 personnel. 1 helicopter. 3 engines. 1 dozer and 2 crew.

Smoke can be seen from the Grand Canyon National Park, Highway 164 and the town of Tusayan.  Firefighters will hold the fire line and continue with mop-up operations.

SNAKE RIDGE FIRE – 9 miles NW of Clintswell (previously reported)

The Snake Ridge Fire is burning in a remote area on the Coconino National Forest, about 9 miles NW of Clintswell and about 10 miles SW of Happy Jack.  The fire was caused by lightning, called in by the Baker Butte Lookout on May 19, 2017.

15,333 acres. 100% contained.  IMT 4. 20 personnel.

Photo of active fire burning after a drip torch operation to prevent spread of fire; photo provided by Hawk Thul

Maggie Fire (Credit: Hawk Thul via Inciweb)

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/22/2017 @ 2115 Hours PDT

 

NORTHWEST WILDFIRES | JUNE 22 2017

WASHINGTON STATE

SHORT ROUND FIRE

Spokane County.  Dragoon Creek.  Resources dispatched @ 1604 hours.  Arrived on-scene @ 1616 hours.  (per CAD)

HAYFORD FIRE

Spokane County.  Hayford Road. Resources dispatched @ 1338 hours.  1830 hours, fire controlled.

IDAHO

No wildfires reported.

OREGON

No wildfires reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/22/2017 0845 Hours PDT

NORTHWEST WILDFIRES | JUNE 21 2017

WASHINGTON STATE

Unnamed DNR Fire – 1miles West of Yakima, Washington

Off of Slaven Road.  25 acres. 3 engines. 1 helicopter.

LA Allen Fire – Stevens County – Blue Mtn. .36 acres of grass, brush, slash, pine.  Dispatched @ 1035 hours. Resources @ 1205 hours.

Elk Ford Fire – Spokane County – Chattaroy.  Grass and logging. Control @ 1048 hours.

Yellow Pine Fire – Stevens County. .25 acres. Resources dispatched @ 1529 hours.

Joe Bower Road Fire – 8 miles NW of Starbuck. Active Fire behavior. Grass fire fuel. 51 acres. 95% contained. 41 personnel. 16 engines. $1,000 CTD. Washington State Fire Marshal.

IDAHO

Idahome Fire – I-84 Milemarker 232, near Malta Rest area in Idaho. Dispatched @ 1120. Controlled 1330 hours. Contained @ 1430 hours. Grass and brush. 5.1 acres.

Sawdust Fire – Dispatched @ 1510 hours. Controlled fire. 0.1 acres.

Portheuf Road Fire – South Pocatello, ID. Resources dispatched @ 1649 hours. 0.25 acres.

OREGON

Milepost 13 Fire – South of Adams.  Resources dispatched @ 1311 hours.  0.5 acres.  0% contained. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, spotting, single tree torching and structures threatened.

Rhoades Canyon Fire – 3 miles East of Gamo. 0301 resources dispatched. Brush.  60 personnel. 3 crews. 8 helicopters. 8 helicopters. $15,000 CTD. BLM lands.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2017 2022 PDT

ARIZONA WILDFIRES | June 20 2017

STATE OF ARIZONA

Due to the high volume of wildfires, we are combining all incidents into one single post for each State.  If the fire is new and has considerably high amounts of fire activity, we will post it separately and add it later to this list.

HIGHLINE FIRE – Tonto NF.  8 miles North of Payson.  6,634 acres. 76% contained. 1,181 personnel. 27 crews. 66 engines. 7 helicopters. Moderate Fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. $10.9 Million CTD.**

June 19 Water drops over the fire, view from La Cienega area.

Highline Photo (Courtesy: Inciweb)

FRYE FIRE –  Coronado NF. 9 miles West of Swift Trail Junction.  10,896 acres. 16%

Aerial view of the Frye Fire column

Frye Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

contained. 738 personnel. 22 crews. 25 engines. 7 helicopters. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and group torching. Structures are under direct threat. $3.8 Million CTD.**

BOUNDARY FIRE – 12 miles North of Bellemont. 8,213 acres. 30% contained.  381 personnel. 6 crews. 14 engines. 4 helicopters. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, torching and backing.  Structures under threat. $5.3 Million CTD.**

FREEZE 2 FIRE – San Carlos Agency. BIA. 2,832 acres. 70% contained. 110 personnel. 2 crews. 3 engines. $4.4 Million CTD.**

R-14 FIRE – Fort Apache Agency. BIA.  3 miles South of Cedar Creek. Timber.  Human-caused and is under investigation. Minimal fire behavior.  829 acres. 146 personnel. 4 crews. 8 engines. 2 helicopters. $350,000 CTD.**

MAGGIE FIRE – Phoenix District Office.  BLM.  6 miles North of Black Canyon City. Tall grass, brush and timber.  Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. $500,000 CTD.**

Photo of active fire burning after a drip torch operation to prevent spread of fire; photo provided by Hawk Thul

Maggie Fire (Credit: Hawk Thul via Inciweb)

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CALIFORNIA | HOLCOMB FIRE | 4

NEAR BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA

INCIDENT SUMMARY –

A 2nd Alarm wildfire is burning near Big Bear in California that started from an unknown cause now being reported around 1500 hours.

Just moments ago, (1900 hours) that the AA has just reported fire has consumed up to 1000 acres with a 0% containment status.

The fire behavior is said to be extreme with a high rate of spread.

RESOURCES

The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at Baldwin Lake.

Resources include: 18 Engines, 9 Water Tenders, 16 Hand-crews, 1 Dozer, 8 Air Tankers, including tanker 911 (VLAT), 6 Helicopters. The Night Flying Air-Attack has been ordered.

EVACUATIONS

There are conflicting releases from various sources, saying that there were voluntary evacuations of several areas – while another says there are no evacuations at this time.

Holcomb Fire S/E of Big Bear

Photo Credit: Audrey Scranton via Inciweb

CLOSURES

Roads 

* Highway 18 is closed between Baldwin Lake Road north to the Mitsubishi Plant Road.
*Van Duesen Canyon 3N16 at 3N09 Road.
*Holcomb Valley Rd East closed at Hwy 18 3N69 at Hwy 18.

Trails

*Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at Hwy 18 to Van Dusen Road

Campgrounds

*Doble Trail Campground
*Tanglewood Group Campground

FIRE WEATHER

1940 PDT:  81*F temps with 32% RH.  Winds are 3 mph.  the dewpoint is 48%.  The Heat Index is 80*F and there is a 10 mile visibility.

A Heat Advisory is in effect until Wednesday, 9:00 PM PDT. ( Source: U.S. National Weather Service )

* High Temperatures…95-106*F.

* Impacts…Those working or spending time outdoors, the
elderly, children, and those unaccustomed to excessive heat
will be most susceptible to dangerous heat illness.

* Outlook…Lower temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday,
then slight increase in temperatures this weekend.

How to Prepare

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected which will create a situation in which heat illnesses
are possible.

  1. Drink plenty of fluids
  2. Stay in an air conditioned room
  3. Stay out of the sun
  4. Check up on relatives and neighbors

OBSERVATIONS

The fire can been seen from Victor Valley and from the Big Bear Golf Course.  Some have reported seeing black smoke from Gold Mountain, North of Big Bear Valley toward Baldwin Lake.

HAZARDS 

FIRE IC has been notified of dynamite in a local Holcomb Valley mine located in the San Bernardino Mountains which is about 5 miles North of Big Bear Lake. Years ago, the Holcomb Valley area was deemed the site of the most gold mines in Southern California.  FIRE IC will notify firefighters to stay away from this area.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are reporting this fire as #BigBearFire but there are other media outlets using #BigBearFire as well.

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

CALIFORNIA | HOLCOMB FIRE | 3

NEAR BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA

INCIDENT SUMMARY –

A 2nd alarm wildfire is raging just North of Highway 38 and North Shore Drive in Holcomb Valley, which is East of Big Bear Lake in California.

The wildfire began on Monday, June 19, 2017, around 1700 hours from an unknown cause.

Fire has increased to 450-500 acres with extreme fire behavior with a fast rate of spread.  There is a 0% containment status.

CLOSURE

The Pacific Crest Trail has been closed West of Highway 18.

RESOURCES

Resources are responding from Big Bear FD, Big Bear Sheriff Office, CAL Fire – BDU and San Bernardino National Forest.   7 Air Tankers, 6 helicopters, 1 AA and 1 VLAT on order.

Additional resources are being called in for mutual aid (@1714 PDT).

Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at Baldwin Lake.

Courtesy: Big Bear web cams  via Inciweb

FIRE WEATHER

Current weather conditions (as of 1720 PDT) are  86*F, sunny, winds are 5 mph from the SE with gusts up to 23 mph.

Heat Advisory in effect until Wednesday, 9:00 PM PDT. ( Source: U.S. National Weather Service )

* High Temperatures…95-106.

* Impacts…Those working or spending time outdoors, the
elderly, children, and those unaccustomed to excessive heat
will be most susceptible to dangerous heat illness.

* Outlook…Lower temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday,
then slight increase in temperatures this weekend.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected which will create a situation in which heat illnesses
are possible. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-
conditioned room…stay out of the sun…and check up on
relatives and neighbors.

OBSERVATIONS

The fire can been seen from Victor Valley and from the Big Bear Golf Course.  Some have reported seeing black smoke from Gold Mountain, North of Big Bear Valley toward Baldwin Lake.

EVACUATIONS

Evacuations are being prepared or may be in effect for those near the Big Bear dump and for residents in the Baldwin Lake area.

HAZARDS 

FIRE IC has been notified of dynamite in a local Holcomb Valley mine located in the San Bernardino Mountains which is about 5 miles North of Big Bear Lake. Years ago, the Holcomb Valley area was deemed the site of the most gold mines in Southern California.  FIRE IC will notify firefighters to stay away from this area.

Social Media – We are reporting this fire as #BigBearFire but there are other media outlets using #BigBearFire as well.

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

CALIFORNIA | HOLCOMB FIRE | 2

NEAR BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA

Fire incident – A 2nd alarm wildfire is raging just North of Highway 38 and North Shore Drive in Holcomb Valley, which is East of Big Bear Lake in California.

The wildfire began on Monday, June 19, 2017, around 1700 hours from an unknown cause.

There has been 200+ acres already destroyed with the fire burning heavy timber.  Fire behavior is extreme with a fast rate of spread.  Some are speculating this fire could consume up to 1,000 acres!

Closures – None at this time but this is a fluid work-in-progress.

Resources – Resources are responding from Big Bear FD, Big Bear Sheriff Office, CAL Fire – BDU and San Bernardino National Forest.   7 Air Tankers, 2 medium and 1 helicopter have been ordered.

Additional resources are being called in for mutual aid (@1714 PDT).

Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at Baldwin Lake.

Courtesy: Big Bear web cams  via Inciweb

Fire Weather – Current weather conditions are 87*F temps, 14% RH, Winds at 5-10 mph with a dew point of 32%.  The heat index is at 83*F temps.

Observations – The fire can been seen from Victor Valley and from the Big Bear Golf Course.  Some have reported seeing black smoke from Gold Mountain, North of Big Bear Valley toward Baldwin Lake.

Evacuations – Evacuations are being prepared or may be in effect for those near the Big Bear dump and for residents in the Baldwin Lake area.

Threats – Though evacuations are in effect, there are reports of no current structures being under direct threat.

Hazards – FIRE IC has been notified of dynamite in a local Holcomb Valley mine located in the San Bernardino Mountains which is about 5 miles North of Big Bear Lake, was deemed the site of the most gold mines in Southern California.  FIRE IC will notify firefighters to stay away from this area.

Social Media – We are reporting this fire as #BigBearFire but there are other media outlets using #BigBearFire as well.

Shoutouts to – USA, UK, Canada, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Tanzamia, Hungary, Spain, Lithuania, Denmark, Bangladesk, Ireland and Nigeria. Thank you for reading our Blog today.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES | JUNE 19 2017

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Here are the wildfires for Monday, June 19, 2017.

Do we have one missing from this list? Check us out and let us know.

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BOGUS FIRE

The Bogus Fire was reported on June 19, 2017 by CAL Fire which is burning off of Ager Beswick Road and Crest Lane and South of Copco Lake in Siskiyou County.

There is 56 acres burning with a containment status of 60%.^

HIGHWAY FIRE

The Highway Fire is burning on the Sequoia National Forest, about 5 miles SW of Bodfish.  The fire has consumed 500 acres of tall grass and brush.  Its fire behavior remains as extreme and has a 0% containment status.

There are 370 personnel attached alongside 13 crews, 17 engines and 6 helicopters.

Costs have reached $500,000 to date.%

LAKE FIRE

The Lake Fire is located 1 mile NE of Castaic and on the Angeles National Forest. There have been 800 acres of chaparral and tall grass destroyed.  Its fire behavior has dropped to minimal that is now creeping and smoldering with a 20% containment status.

Photo Credit:  Angeles NF

Lake Fire. (Credit: Angeles NF)

There are still 465 personnel assigned to this fire incident along with 15 crews, 25 engines and 3 helicopters.

Fire suppression and containment costs have topped out at $400,000 to date.^

SMILEY FIRE

CAL Fire has reported that the Smiley Fire started on June 18th @ 1510 hours from an unknown cause which Law Enforcement officials are currently investigating.  The fire is located North of Moreno Valley in Riverside County.

There are currently 3 engines assigned to patrolling and improving containment lines to the 100% contained wildfire but resources soared to 9 firefighters, 3 engines and 2 water tenders.

There was one minor injury reported.

No structures were damaged.

Incident Cooperators include:  AMR, CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Bernardino, CAL FIRE/San Diego and Riverside County Fire Department. ^

TRELLIS FIRE

The Trellis Fire is North of Lake Elsinore and State Highway 74, near Trellis Lane in Riverside County has been reported as 100% contained, leaving 26 acres destroyed by an unknown cause.

The fire was reported on June 18th around 1603 hours.

Resources from CAL Fire – Riverside, CHP, City of Corona FD, Murrietta FD, Riverside County FD and Riverside County Sheriff Office were dispatched along with 45 firefighters, 12 engines, 1 truck and 3 overhead personnel.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

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ARIZONA | MAGGIE FIRE | NEW!

MAGGIE FIRE

PHOENIX DISTRICT, ARIZONA

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Incident Summary – A new fire has been reported in Arizona on the Bureau of Land Management on the Phoenix District, located 6 miles N of Black Canyon City and Maggie Mine Road area, West of I-17.

The fire started on June 18, 2017, from an unknown cause.

Fire Conditions – Fire fuels of tall grass and timber have been scorched leaving 1400 acres devastated.  There is a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is moderate.

Personnel from the Daisy Mountain FD is assisting with other resources reports the forward progression has been stopped.

Fire Fuels – Fire fuels are grass and shrub.

Resources – There are 175 personnel from the U.S. Forest Service, Daisy Mountain Fire and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (was assisting with evacuations).

Threats – Structures are currently under threat.

Evacuations – Evacuation orders have been lifted.

Cost-To-Date – Fire suppression and containment costs have reached $500,000 and are rising.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 1350 PDT – 6/19/2017 (Monday)

ARIZONA WILDFIRES | June 19 2017

STATE OF ARIZONA

Due to the high volume of wildfires, we are combining all incidents into one single post for each State.  If the fire is new and considered as Breaking News, we will post it separately and add it later to this list.

BOUNDARY FIRE – 12 miles North of Bellemont. 7,367 acres. 18% contained. 405 personnel. 8 crews. 13 engines. 3 helicopters. $4.7 Million CTD.*

Highline Fire along the westside.

Highline Fire on June 14, 2017

FLYING R FIRE – Coronado NF. 9 miles SE of Patagonia. 2,270 acres. 75% containment. 115 personnel. 2 crews. 14 engines. $200,000 CTD.*

FREEZE 2 FIRE – San Carlos Agency. BIA.  2,832 acres. 70% contained. 110 personnel. 2 crews. 3 engines. $4.4 Million. CTD.*

FRYE FIRE –  Coronado NF. 9 miles West of Swift Trail Junction.  Extreme fire behavior with uphill runs, crowning and short crown runs.  9100 acres. 16% containment. Structures threatened.  415 personnel. 14 crews. 15 engines. 6 helicopters. $1.7 Million CTD.*

HIGHLINE FIRE – Tonto NF.  8 miles North of Payson.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, short-range spotting, creeping. 6,093 acres. 76% containment. 1,224 personnel. 28 crews. 67 engines. 8 helicopters. $9.2 Million CTD.*

LIZARD FIRE –  Coronado NF.  3 miles SE of Dragoon.  15,230 acres. 80% containment. 241 personnel. 3 crews. 5 engines. 6 helicopters. $5.9 Million CTD.*

Rainbow at Point of Pines

Rainbow on Freeze 2 Fire

MAGGIE FIRE ** See separate post ** NEW!

R-14 FIRE – Fort Apache Agency. BIA.  3 miles South of Cedar Creek. Timber. Active fire behavior with torching.  820 acres. 20% contained. 191 personnel. 7 crews. 8 engines. 2 helicopters. $400,000 CTD.*

WINDYHILL FIRE – Tonto NF. 3 miles E of Roosevelt.  420 acres. 90% contained. 49 personnel. 2 crews. 2 engines. $100,000 CTD.*

Firefighter hiking with a drip torch in hand

Rucker Fire on June 13. Firefighter with Drip Torch.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

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