OOA – Arizona Wildfires Sit Rep – May 18, 2018

Statewide, Ariz. – We have gleaned information from various sources and put into a single post on wildfires that are burning across the State.

HAPPY FIRE

The Happy Fire is located in the NW District of the Arizona Department of Forestry and about 19 miles north of Bagdad on Mohon Peak in Yavapai County. Fire is inaccessible to engines and the rugged terrain is of concern by Fire Officials for their fire ground crews.

Aerial Photo of Happy Fire

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division – State Office

Fire behavior is moderate with backing and has scorched 1,116 acres of brush and short grass. It is said to have a small amount of growth and no threats to any structures in the area.  There are no evacuations or road closures in effect.

There is a current 10% containment status and is being monitored by air.

There are 7 personnel with no additional resources.

CTD for fire suppression and containment status have reached $15,000.

WOODS FIRE

Flames engulfing Ponderosa pine in foreground, heavy smoke in background

Photo Credit: Apache-Sitgreaves NFs

The Woods Fire is burning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest about 8 miles northeast of Kohl Ranch. The wildfire was discovered on May 12, 2018  (Friday) near Forest Road 195 just west/northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District.

The fire was said to have spread to the N-NE until reached the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn.  Air tanker and water drops were not available due to windy conditions.  Crews would instead focus on the east and west flanks of the fire tying all the lines together with the Alder RX .  It was completely lined on Friday.

There has been 103 acres burned.  This is now at a 100% containment status.  However, there are still 16 personnel assigned.  Crews will remain on the fire line to monitor and patrol the area.

The CTD is $225,000.

PINERY FIRE

The Pinery Fire is located in the Arizona Department of Forestry’s SE District,  6 miles southwest of Hilltop and 29 miles southeast of Willcox.  The fire started on private land that has moved to the north and east on to the Chiricahua National Monument and Coronado National Forest.

Firefighters with handtools standing on a dirt road next to flames in the grass and brush at night

Photo Credit: AZ Forestry Division – State Office

There has been 1,200 acres of timber and brush burned but crews have reached a 80% containment status.  The fire is said to be burning in the same footprint of the 2011 Horseshoe Fire in an area with heavy fire fuels, such as heavy grass, brush and dead/down vegetation.

Fire behavior is minimal with some smoldering.  No structures damaged or destroyed have reported, as well as human injuries.

The fire was caused by an unknown human-ignition that is under investigation.

There are 84 personnel with 4 crews, 3 chippers, 2 dump trucks, 1 backhoe and support personnel.

A total CTD of $750,000 has been reached.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

OOA – Texas Wildfires Sit Rep – May 18, 2018

STATEWIDE, Texas – Here is the current Sit Rep for Texas wildfires happening across the State.  Information is gleaned from multiple sources and from all Social Media platforms to give you a great single post on what’s happening out in the fire world.

MALLARD FIRE

The Mallard Fire is located approximately 25 miles SE of Amarillo and about 5-6 miles SE of Claude in Armstrong and Donley Counties.  It is also located on the A Ranch and in Mulberry Canyon to the north.

The lightning-caused fire started on May 8, 2018.  It has destroyed 75,530 acres of brush and grass and a single structure but has reached a 77% containment status.  Fire behavior is being observed as minimum fire activity.

Fire burning in the canyon in DIV H

Fire burning in Canyon of Division H | Photo Credit: TX A&M Forest Service

There are 246 personnel along with 1 large and a small helicopter, along with 3 SEATs, 9 engines, 6 dozers and 4 hand crews.

Command will change from a Type 1 IMT back to a local unit on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Increased containment has been successfully accomplished by firefighters during a very productive day and low heat confirmed by a recon night flight on Thursday, May 17, 2018.  A TFR will expire at 2100 hours this evening.

The total fire suppression and containment status costs-to-date are $6,400,000.

Fire Fact: 

There were 94 wildfires reported in the last 24 hours across the United States with initial attack activity.  Of those two were newly reported large incidents, four of those wildfires were contained and there are still seven that are still burning.  2 Type 1 and 2 IMTs are reported as still committed to large incidents – NIFC.gov

CALDWELL FIRE

The Caldwell Fire started on private land and is located about 20 miles NW of Fort Davis and 25 miles east of Vallentine in Jeff Davis County on the Caldwell Ranch off of Highway 118.  It is said to be in the same vicinity as the McDannald Fire.

There has been 2,450 acres of burned brush and tall grass that has been destroyed with a 65% containment status.  Fire behavior is showing as moderate.

About 38 personnel are assigned along with one crew and three personnel.

A total cost-to-date has reached $1,000.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

* OOA * AZ Wildfire #PineryFire | 2

DOUGLAS, Ariz. – A  wildfire named the Pinery Fire is burning approximately 32 miles southeast of Wilcox;  12 miles east of Douglas in Cochise County and about 60 miles northeast of Sierra Vista.

Location

The fire started on private land in Pinery  Canyon and moved on to the Chricahua National Monument (Pinery Canyon Chiricahua Mountains) and onto the Coronado National Forest lands.

Cause

It is a human-caused wildfire that started on Saturday, May 12, 2018 around 1330 hours MST.  The exact ignition is unknown and under current investigation.

Pinery Fire - Cochise County

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division

Command

This incident is in a Unified Command with AZ DOF and Fire Management, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Coronado National Forest.

Staffing

Firefighters from the USFS (Coronado National Forest), AZ Department of Forestry and the National Park Service are under the Fire Command of a Type 1 IMT.

There are currently four crews, 15 engines assigned (per NIFC).

Fire resources were initially dispatched at 1338 hours MST with BN 3-2, CAP 3-2, DOUGLAS Engines 362 and 307.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators include the Green Valley Fire, Fry Fire District, Cochise County Sheriff Office, Coronado National Forest, National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

Photo Courtesy: Coronado NF

Current Conditions

Fire behavior is active, however it is currently being held at 1200 acres of dry vegetation, grasses, timber and brush with 0% containment status.

Firefighters are working challenges today including higher winds and warm temps.

Around 2200 hours MST on Saturday night, the Sheriff’s Office ordered pre-evacuations for the White Tail Canyon area for about eight homes.  The fire was said to still be burning in very steep and rugged terrain making it challenging for wildland firefighters.

Cost-To-Date

Costs-to-Date have reached $100,000 for fire suppression and containment expenses.

 

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this incident.  #AZwildfire2018 #PineryFire

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* OOA * AZ Wildfire CAD Activity – May 12, 2018

STATEWIDE, Arizona – Here is the most up-to-date current Wildfire CAD Activity for the State of Arizona on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

#2 Spitz Fire – AZ – KNF.  Dispatched at 1149 hours.  0.25 acres.  Contained at 1356 hours. (Williams Dispatch Center)

595 Fire – I-10, mile marker 200.  Dispatched at 1540 hours MST. Limited info.  (AZ Dispatch Center)

By Pass Fire – Hwy 85, milepost 125.  Dispatched at 1903 MST.  Still an open incident. Limited info. (AZ Dispatch Center).

Camino Fire – I-10 milepost 219.  Dispatched 1547 hours MST.  0.1 acres. Limited info. (AZ Dispatch Center)

Garwood Fire – Garwood Trail off of Douglas Springs. Dispatched 0724 hours MST.  0.1 acres.  Cause:  Abandoned campfire.  Fire out. (Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center)

Illegal Campfire – White Spar Campground Site #5. Dispatched at 1000 hours MST.  Limited info.  (Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center)

Illegal Campfire #1 – Flagstaff.  0.1 acre. Dispatched at 1314 hours.  0.1 acre. Out at 1400 hours MST. (Flagstaff Dispatch Center)

Illegal Campfire #2 – Flagstaff.  Dispatched at 1838 hours. Limited details. (Flagstaff Dispatch Center)

Pinery Fire – Pinery Canyon.  Dispatched at 1338 hours MST.  Initial resources BN 3-2 CAPT 3-2 DOUGLAS engines 362, 307. * See our large wildfire coverage listed this as a single wildfire* (AZ Dispatch Center)

Slims Fire – I-140 Milemarker 233.  Dispatched at 1557 hours MST.  0.1 acres. (AZ Dispatch Center)

Sombrero Fire (Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry)

Sombrero Fire – 7 miles east of Mammoth, near the Galiuro Mountains, Graham County.  Dispatched at 1349 hours.  Initial resources CAPT 3-1 ENG 361 FT GRANT FUELS 3-8-1 TUCSON 1.  135 acres.  Crews are hiking in to the fire line due to the terrain is very rugged. (AZ Dispatch Center, AZ State Forestry)

Tinder Fire – 20 miles NE of Pine on the Coconino National Forest. Timber fuels. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 16,309 acres. 79% contained.  83 personnel. 1 crew, 5 engines, 2 helicopters.  96 structures lost. $7M CTD. (NIFC.gov)

Woods Fire (Photo Credit: Apache Sitgreaves NFs)

Woods Fire – near Forest Rd 195, west / northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.  Started Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1400 hours MST.  130 acres of ponderosa pine and grass understory.  RED FLAG WARNING in effect.

Sources:  WildCAD, NIFC, Twitter, Facebook

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 11, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for Saturday, May 11, 2018.  This post includes the States of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

WASHINGTON

Moonshine Fire – Moonshine Rd / Klickitat County.  Dispatched at 1605 hours on May 11, 2018.   6 acres of slash.  Contained 5/12/2018 @ 0909 hours.  Controlled at 1835 hours PDT. (Central WA Interagency Communication Center)

Lambert Side Fire – Lambert Creek x Little Bear Road / Ferry County.  Dispatched at 1417 hours PDT.  0.01 acres of grass, brush and reprod. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

 

OREGON

Balsam LIne Fire – T39S RSE Sec 4 NESW – Dispatched 0945 hours PDT.  1.5 acres. Limited info. (Oregon Dispatch Center)

IDAHO

Matheson Fire – 47 48.759 x 117 02.135 – Dispatched 1522 hours.  2 acres.  E4602 on-scene. Limited info. (CDA Interagency Dispatch Center)

 

(Source:  Wild CAD Web)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

* OOA * AZ Wildfire #PineryFire | 1

DOUGLAS, Ariz. – A  wildfire named the Pinery Fire is burning approximately 32 miles southeast of Wilcox and 12 miles east of Douglas in Cochise County.  The fire started on private land in Pinery  Canyon and moved on to the Chricahua National Monument (Pinery Canyon Chiricahua Mountains) and onto the Coronado National Forest lands.

Fire resources were initially dispatched at 1338 hours MST with BN 3-2, CAP 3-2, DOUGLAS Engines 362 and 307.

It is a human-caused wildfire that started on Saturday, May 12, 2018 around 1330 hours MST.  The exact ignition is unknown and under current investigation.

Pinery Fire - Cochise County

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division

Resources

Firefighters from the USFS (Coronado National Forest), AZ Department of Forestry and the National Park Service are assigned to this incident.

This incident is in a Unified Command with AZ DOF and Fire Management, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Coronado National Forest.

Equipment and additional resources include:  five SEATS (Single-engine Airtankers), four heavies, three helicopters, an AA and a lead plan.  There are seven engines, two IA crews and two hotshot crews.   Four more hotshot crews are on order.

Incident Cooperators include the Cochise County Sheriff Office, Coronado National Forest, National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

 

Current Conditions

The fire has burned 1200 acres of dry vegetation, grasses and brush with a 0% containment status.  Evacuations have been completed of the Chiricahua National Monument.

The campgrounds in the area have been evacuated and area road closures are in effect. This also includes Onion Saddle.

The current fire weather as of 2135 MST on Saturday, May 12, 2018 is a clear night with winds at 11 mph and a RH of 24%.  Temps are expected to be on Sunday, May 13 at a high of 88*F and a low of 56*F in the evening.  Temps are due to rise by next week in the low to high 90’s.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this incident.  #AZwildfire2018 #PineryFire

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* OOA * CA Wildfire #VolcanFire | 1

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. –  A wildfire is burning on Volcan Road and Farmer Road, just north of the community of Julian, California.

Location

The fire was reported on May 10, 2018, near Volcan Mountain and East of Warner Springs and west of Borrego Springs.  It was said to be moving at a slow rate of spread in a steep and inaccessible area to crews.

Cause

The cause was said to be due to a downed plane.  Those on the ground were said to have not spotted that type of evidence.

Threats

No homes were in the area and no other structures were under direct threat.

Closures

On May 11, 2018, the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve was closed due to the small brush fire that had started the night before and had been closed.  Around 1843 hours, the Twin engine Beechcraft Duchess had been located.

Containment Status

The fire was held at 12 acres with a 30% containment status.  Around 1056 hours, Fire officials said containment had been increased to 55% but they were still unable to reach the plane crash site.

The conditions or number of souls on board are unknown at this time.

Resources

There were approximately 130 firefighters on May 12th, as they continued to construct containment lines to mopping up the area.

Fire resources responded from CAL FIRE’s San Diego unit.

Resources were required to hike in a .25 mile to the fire’s edge to reach the fire line.  They were faced with warm temps and very steep terrain.

(c) 2018 NW Fire   Blog

* Out-of-Area * CA Wildfires | May 10, 2018

STATEWIDE, Calif – Information has been gleaned from multiple various sources to bring you one great single post.  This is for the day of Thursday, May 10, 2018.

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Photo Credit – CAL FIRE

Shastina Fire – West of Rancho Hills, in the Community of Shastina (Skiskiyou County) is 127 acres and 40% contained. Fire originally reported by CAL FIRE on May 9, 2018 at 2115 hours PDT. Cause is said to be from lightning.  Updated by fire officials at 1804 hours PDT.

SMOKEY BEAR SAYS:  “Unfortunately, 2017 was a record wildfire year and 2018 looks to be particularly tough for the west. Please be extra vigilant when it comes to preventing wildfires, no matter where you live or roam.”

Spot Fires – In area of 3110 Skyway near Tucson Ridge Golf Course, below Paradise in Butte County.  Vegetation fire reported by CAL FIRE on May 10, 2018 at 1627 hours.  Reported by CAL FIRE as an estimation of 10 acres total.  Cause is unknown but Social Media is reporting that CAL FIRE is looking for a female suspected of being responsible for many of the spot fires.  She was seen driving a black Ford Explorer towing a trailer with mattresses and furniture in it.  If you have information, you are asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7321.

Tarzana Fire – 18800 block of Ringling Street, Los Angeles.  40 LAFD firefighters contained this wildfire to less than 1 acre, preventing the fire from spreading to nearby structure, exposures and to human lives.  The cause of the wildfire was unknown at the time.  No word on the fire suppression or containment costs-to-date.  Firefighters were being hailed as heroes for their quick containment.

Warming Fire – 37408 Williams Road.  Dispatched 0923 hours PDT.  0.1 acres. (Federal Interagency Communication Center)

SOCIAL MEDIA ABLAZE

From the Gen Pub to some Government Agencies recognize there is a need to do something about Climate Change and Global Warming.   Here are their pleas and what they are forecasting for our very near futures.

A lot of wildfires start via human divine intervention.  Here are a couple of really good examples on what causes them and how you can prevent them.  Remember the Campaign Slogan, “One Less Spark = One Less Wildfire”.  Simple as 1-2-3.  As Smokey Bear would say, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.”

From record temperatures to intense wildfires and rising seas, climate change poses an immediate and escalating threat to California’s environment, public health, and economic survival.” #ClimateChange

Being “ready at a moment’s notice” gives you, your family, pets and/or livestock ahead start of the impending wildfires.  #PrepareNOW and learn how to do it through the OCFA easy-to-follow-steps.

Learn how to protect your home from heavy fire fuels such as brush, trees, grass, dried understory that can burn so quickly.  Remember the words, Defensible Space and what it means to build a “fire barrier” around your home.

“Wildfire season in California is now almost all year around. As summer approaches and our weather becomes hotter it’s critical to ensure your home and family are prepared. A fire hardened home with proper clearances can make the difference during a fire storm.” #FireSeason

“Big utility companies are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from the California wildfires that they caused.” #AddingSaltToTheWound

““Devastating forest fires are a profound challenge to California,” said Governor Brown. “I intend to mobilize the resources of the state to protect our forests and ensure they absorb carbon to the maximum degree.” – California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.  #Proclamation

What all firefighters and Agencies hope their communities will do to protect themselves and to help them fight fire/contain the firestorms that often come.

Today, is a great time to start before you would be forced to evacuate.  Why not work together as a family unit and with your neighbors. #PrepareNOW

“As fire season approaches I am working closely with state and fed officials to make sure all resources are in place to protect our local communities. Joined Agriculture and Interior Secretaries and USDA Interim Chief of Forest Service today at Wildfire Outlook Briefing for 2018. ” – CA Representative Tom McClintock #Promises

In 2017 and years prior are some of the comments made by the Gen Pub and Government Agencies alike.  #BrokenRecord

“California is literally on fire.”  December 12, 2017.

“Jerry Brown using CA Wildfires to push Climate Change. California Gov. Jerry Brown warned the state faces a “new normal” of fire risk exacerbated by climate change.” December 12, 2017

“Boles Fire causing evacuations in Weed, Lake Shastina and Carrick.” September 15, 2014 (news media)

Public Service Announcements / Photo Images – Courtesy of OCFA, CA Rep Tom McClintock Office

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 10, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 10, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.

WASHINGTON

 

Atwood Road Fire – Atwood Road / Klickitat County.  CRGNSA  and DNR on-scene. Dispatched 1517 hours PDT.  0.1 acres. (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Better Ridge Fire – Better Ridge / Stevens County.  Dispatched  0815 hours.  Brush, slash. IC at 1045 hours.  0.01 acres.  In patrol status. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Dougs Beach Fire – Doug Beach / Klickitat County.  Dispatched 1055 hours PDT.  2 acres.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Spillway Fire – Dispatched 1033 hours PDT.  0.1 acres.  Dispatched 1033 hours PDT.  Contained/Controlled/Out at 1447 hours PDT.  (Colville Agency MT Tolman Dispatch Center)

Summit Surprise Fire – Addy Gifford / Stevens County.  Dispatched 0814 hours PDT.  Unknown burned acreage.  Dispatched at 0814 hours PDT.  NC 347 at 1045 hours PDT.  In patrol status. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Tyler Spot Fire – Hwy 904 / Spokane County.  Dispatched 1054 hours PDT.  0.01 acres.  Grass and brush fire fuels. Dispatched 0815 hours PDT.  Contained at 1230 hours.  Controlled at 1325 hours PDT.  (Northeast Interagency Communications Center)

OREGON

Haner Butte 0175 OD Fire – 1 mi east of Haner Butte.  Dispatched 1511 hours PDT.  1.46 acres.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center)

IDAHO

No wildfires have been reported.

(Source:  Wild CAD Web)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

*OOA* Arizona – Wildfire CAD Activity – May 9, 2018

We cover the Northwest Wildfire CAD Activity here in WA, OR and ID but there are a lot more wildfires everywhere else in between.  Here is the CAD Activity log for  Arizona on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Flagstaff Dispatch Center

There were a total of  46 wildfire incidents dispatched from start time of 0948 until 1146 hours with each of them being put out a minute after they started.  It was stated these were illegal campfires but that is a lotta fire!  Burned acreage was listed at 0.1 acres.  Cause is unknown.

Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center

Illegal Campfire.  Thousand Trails.  Dispatched at 1139 hours.  Limited details.

Highway Fire.  Median of I-17 at Mile Marker 249-250.  Dispatched 1539 hours.  Contained 1730 hours.  0.5 acres.

Phoenix Interagency Fire Center 

Riverbed Fire.  Chinatown.  Dispatched at 1147 hours. 0.1 acres.

Indian Hills 2 Fire.  North of Tonto Street. Dispatched at 1918 hours.  0.1 acres.

Blatner Fire.  South side of Hwy 260 at Mile Marker 257.  Dispatched at 2006 hours.  0.1 acres.

Show Low Interagency Dispatch Center

Oliver Fire.  Hwy 73 x Lester Oliver.  Dispatched at 1714 hours.  Grass and ponderosa fire fuels.  15 acres.

Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center

293 Fire.  Hospital Flat.  Dispatched at 0727 hours.  Abandoned Camp Fire.

191 Alpha Fire.  Hwy 191 at Mile Marker 99.  Dispatched at 1758 hours.  Grass and brush fire fuels.  Contained at 1930 hours.  Controlled at 1939 hours.  Out at 1940 hours. 0.1 acres.

191 Bravo Fire.  Hwy 191 at Mile Marker 100.  Dispatched at 1928 hours.  Grass and brush fuels.  Contained at 1930 hours. Controlled 1939 hours.  Out at 1940 hours.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 2150 hours PDT