Fire Storm 2016 | U.S. Wildfire SitReps | June 15, 2016

Update 2245 Hours PDT

We know there are more wildfires burning and we are adding them as we find them.

Thank you for reading our posts!  Be safe out there friends.


Sherpa Fire. (Credit: Air Attack 07, Mark Nunez)

The #SherpaFire started on June 15th around 1515 hours PDT in the vicinity of Sherpa Ranch off of Refugio Road or about 11 miles N of Goleta, California on the Los Padres NF.   It is also said to be on the Camino Cielo Ridge.

The fire is currently spotting 200 yards in front of itself.  It has burned 200 acres so far and is burning in very steep and heavy terrain.  Winds are expected to pick up to gusts of 40+ mph including high temps into Friday.

Evacuations are for residents are in progress for those whom live in the Refugio Canyon, Venadito Canyon and Las Flores Canyon.  Warnings went out to those living in El Capitan Canyon and venue El Capitan Beach State Park

The Forest Service is in Unified Command with Santa Barbara County in Goleta, California.

Resources include 8 Air Tankers, 3 heavy Helitankers, 3 medium Helicopters, 1 Air Attack and 1 Lead plane are on the fire ground with 2 VLATs on order.   We have heard the following are on the fire ground from CALFire, Ventura County FD, Los Padres NF, SBC Fire, Santa Barbara OEM, Santa Barbara Red Cross and Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office for a total of 250 fire personnel and supporting members.


A helicopter preparing to take a full load of water to the Pony Fire

Pony Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The #PonyFire started on June 7, 2016 around 0245 Hours.  It located W of Highway 96 and 15 miles SW of Happy Camp, California on the Klamath NF.   This is a lightning caused fire.

855 Personnel are attached to this incident.

2706 acres has been scorched.

Firefighters are using the Swillup Creek as their fire perimeter.  They have  reached a 20% containment status


Juniper Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Juniper Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The #JuniperFire ignited by lightning on May 20th at 00:00 hours.  It is located 10 miles S of Young, Arizona.  Approximately 30,631 acres have been consumed by fire. One-half inch of rain fell upon the fire on Friday evening.  There are 280 Personnel assigned to this incident.  Fire crews have successfully gained a 30% containment status around the wildfire.



Rainbow following briefing rescinding evacuations.

Tenderfoot Fire. (Credit: SWIMT3)

The #TenderfootFire started on June 8th @ 1515 Hours from an unknown human-caused ignition which is still under investigation.  The fire is located in Yarnell, Arizona.  The fire has consumed 4,087 acres and crews have successfully reached  a 80% containment.

Personnel has been reduced down to 225 personnel along with an overhead crew and support members assigned to this incident.

Fire crews working to still secure the NE perimeter.

Resources include:  2 Hotshot crews, 1 Type 2 Initial Attack crews, 6 Engines,  1 Air attack fixed wing aircraft platforms, 2 light helicopters and 1 heavy helicopters, 1 bulldozer and 3 water tenders with various overhead and support personnel..


The #TurkeyFire started on June 5th around midnight when lightning struck the Wilderness District in the Gila National Forest.   The fire is located 8 miles SW of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

There are 18 personnel attached to this incident on this 2,455 acre fire.

No other details or Fire Images are available at this time.


Aerial image of Wildcat Fire on June 13, 2016.

Wildcat Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The #WildcatFire was reported earlier this afternoon prompting the dispatch of North Zone Firefighters of the North Kaibib Ranger District on the Kaibib NF, located S of Hwy89A and SW of Forest Service Rd (FS Rd) 8910 and 211 junction.  It is also in the vicinity of South Canyon trail head and Saddle Mtn Wilderness in Arizona..  The fire started on June 5th.

has consumed 20 acres so far.

The fire is wind-driven and is now moving North to NE.  There are 20 personnel assigned but more resources are on order and expected to arrive in the next day or so.  Here are the types of resources on-scene:  1 Type 3 Crew, 1 Type 3 helicopter with Helitack and 1 Resources Advisor.

Smoke is visible from Hwy89A as it burns Pinyon and Juniper.

No known cause is known at this time.


Firefighters from Glendale Fire Department work a night shift on the Juniper Fire

Juniper Fire. (Credit: Glendale FD)

The #JuniperFire  was started by lightning on May 20th around the midnight that is located 10 miles S of Young, Arizona.  The fire scorched 30,631 acres and is now 30% contained.

There are still 206 personnel assigned to this fire.  Firefighters are working to hold the containment lines and repair suppression operations.   Hot spots are still being addressed.


Light smoke from interior burning 5/23/16

The #McKennaFire  was reported to authorities on May 6th around 1300 hours, located 8 miles W of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument on the Gila National Forest.  There have been 9,425 acres burned.

The cause was started by lightning.

No known personnel or resources are known at the time of this published post.


Smoke Beyond Withington

Withington Lookout on the North Fire. (Credit: Daniel Gonzalez)

The #NorthFire was started by lightning like many of the wildfires reported here. This fire has burned 22,565 acres of ponderosa pine with grass, litter understory, pinyon-juniper and mixed-conifer.

It is located about 25 miles SW of Magadalena, NM on the Magadalena Ranger District and in the San Mateo Mountains.

The fire started on May 21, 2016, around 1645 hours.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 30% containment around the fire.

There are 140 personnel attached to this fire, along with a Magadalena RD Type 3 IMT and being led by IC Scott Schrenk and Trainee Ken Watkins.

An Open House for residents along with Staff will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Magadalena RD Conference Room.


Jack Fire (Credit: King, Summit FD)

Jack Fire (Credit: King, Summit FD)

The #JackFire started when lightning struck the area.  The fire is approximately 14 miles N of Clints Wells, AZ on the E side of Lake Mary Road and near Happy Jack, along Forest Roads 294 & 294C.

About 36,408 acres of ponderosa pine forest along with heavy, dead and down logs, pine needles, grass and forest litter understory have been consumed.  100 Personnel are assigned to this fire, along with a Type 3 IMT IC.

Resources include 2-Type 1 Crews, 6-engines, 1-Dozer, and various specialists. Fire managers are now moving towards containment.



Cienega area June 14

Dog Head Fire on the Cienega NF and National Grasslands. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The #DogHeadFire started on June 14th around 11am from an unknown cause which is still under investigation.

Resources include 2-20 person Hot Shot crews, 4 helicopters, 2 lead planes, 1 air attack, 6 single engine air tankers, and 6 air tankers.  Additionally, 1 – 20 person Hot Shot crews along with 2 helicopters and 1 air attack are on order and should arrive on Thursday morning.

1500 acres have been destroyed by the fast-moving fire.

Command is under the management of a local Type 3 team and will be replaced by a  Type 2 team, under the supervision of IC Rich Nieto.  They will shadow the Type 3 IMT most of the day and then assume command in the evening.

There are 682 personnel along with support and an overhead team assigned to this incident with more expected tomorrow morning.

Voluntary evacuations for the communities of Monzano Morning, Aceves Road, and La Parra Road have been completed.


Akawana Fire near Sisters, Oregon

Akawana Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The #AkawanaFire is located 4 miles W of Geneva, in the Central Oregon District and has suffered 2,094 acres scorched.  It was ignited by lightning on June 7th around 1615 Hours.

About 537 personnel are assigned to this incident along with IC Link Smith, a Type 3 IMT that makes up 140 firefighters and support staff.  In addition, there are 3 Engines, 4 Tenders, 2 Bulldozers, 3 Skidgines and 1 helicopter.

The fire behavior is now minimal, creeping and smoldering.  OR Department of Forestry Central OR Ranger District Fire crews have reached a 80% containment and will continue with mop-up operations into the burned area about 300 feet.  Winds are due to be lighter but the days are to get more warm and dry.  This is a final update.


Fresno Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The #FresnoFire was started by lightning on June 11th around 2100 hours, in the Fresno Drainage located S of Chisos  Mountains and S of the Dodson Trail in Big Bend National Park (TX).   It is now within the Sierra Quemada.

Fire fuels include grass and brush.   It has been deemed by the Park’s helicopter and Firefighters to be burning in a very remote area and is NOT a current threat.

There is a small number of firefighters (33) attached to this incident.  The SW portion of the fire is active.  About 50 acres has been consumed.  Fire crews will continue to assess and recon the fire.


Coleman Fire (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Coleman Fire (Credit: Los Padres NF)

The #ColemanFire is located 11 miles SW of King City, CA and just N of Fort Hunter Leggett.  The fire behavior has been minimal for the last 24 hours and fire crews have done an outstanding job in reaching a 96% containment status around the fire.  Hot ash pits and stump holes are being located on the NE side, as well as other areas displaying hot areas near the containment line.  Other remainder areas are in patrol status by fire crews.

There are 108 personnel left assigned to this incident along with a Type 4 IMT.  Command will transition over to a Type 3 IMT on Tuesday, June 14th around 0700 Hours.  This is the final and last update for this fire.

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