US Active Wildfires – July 3, 2016 (Sunday)

Thank you and Welcome to Sit Reps for Saturday, July 3, 2016.


Nationally, there were 110 new fires (light initial activity) reported to the NW Interagency Coordination Center.:  2 were new large incidents. 3 large fires have been contained.  14 are still not contained.  1 NIMO is committed, while 4 Type 1 IMTs and 5 Type 2 IMTs are also attached to assigned wildfires.



INIAKUK LAKE FIRE – 40 Miles NW of Bettles.  3324 acres. 0% contained.  17 personnel.  1 helicopter.  Started on Private land.  Active fire behavior with spotting, torching, and running. Structures threatened.  $1.1 Million.  #IniakukLakeFire


CEDAR FIRE – 8 miles northwest of Whiteriver, 10 miles south of Pinetop-Lakeside/Show Low.  31 personnel.  45,977 acres. 100% contained.

The airtanker is dropping retardant against the backdrop of giant clouds of smoke

Tanker Drop on the Cedar Fire (Source: Inciweb)

Fire fact:  On June 28, a large fire whirl formed near six members of the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC), entrapping them. In response to the intense heat, flying ash and woody debris, the firefighters deployed their fire shelters.  Read about their story here – >  #CedarFire


Southern Cal area – there have been 23 new fires.  5 are still burning.  There 3 Type 1 IMTs and 1 Type 2 IMTs committed to this area.

Northern Cal area – 24 NEW fires reported.  2 not contained Fires. 1 Type 2 IMT is committed.

CALFires reported 2017 fires 1/1/2015 – 6/25/2015 burning 16,164 acres and this year during the same period, there have been 2017 fires that have burned 16,821 acres.  The 5 year average has been 1961 fires for a total of 15,966 acres.


APPALOOSA FIRE – Appaloosa Rd. and Pinto Dr., 5 miles SW of Angels Camp.  425 acres. 15% contained.  #AppaloosaFire


TRAILHEAD FIRE – along the  Middle Fork of the American River near Todd

Did you know that there are over 2,100 fire personnel at the TrailheadFire with more resources scheduled to arrive today.

Engine Crews on the Trailhead Fire (Source: Inciweb)

Valley/Placer – El Dorado Counties.   Active fire behavior with short-range spotting, uphill runs, and backing.  5044 acres. 20% contained.  2600 structures threatened.  2120 Personnel, 124 engines. 76 crews. 29 bulldozers. 9 watertenders. 13 helicopters. $8.8 Million CTD.  #TrailheadFire


CURRY FIRE – Curry Mountain, 7 miles SW.  2944 acres. 70% contained.554 personnel. 48 engines. 20 crews. 12 bulldozers.  10 watertenders. 12 structures threatened. Evacuations still in progress. $500,000 CTD.  #CurryFire


MARINA FIRE – 1 mile NW of Lee Vining, CA.   Minimal fire behavior.  654 acres. 117

Firing Operations behind Tioga Lodge

Firing Operations behind Tioga Lodge on the Marina Fire. (Source: Inciweb)

personnel.  3 crews. 1 engine. 1 engine. 1 helicopter.  1 structure lost.  $3.6 Million CTD. #MarinaFire


DEER FIRE  – Hwy 223 and Deertrail, 6 miles east of Arvin. Unified Command – Kern County FD and CALFire.  1800 acres. 50% contained. 826 Personnel. 126 engines. 6 crews. 5 bulldozers. 3 watertenders. 12 helicopters. 300 structures threatened.  Active fire behavior with flanking and smoldering. County owned lands.  $1.5 Million.  #DeerFire

ERSKINE FIRE – Lake Isabella/Kern County.  48,019 acres. 95% contained. 154

Thank you firefighters

Thanking the Erskine Firefighter. (Credit: Mike McMillan)

personnel.  Very little fire behavior remaining.  Crews to monitor and do mop-up operations as needed.. Type 3 IMT assumed command @ 0600 on Saturday,July 3, 2016.  #ErskineFire


PONY FIRE – 15 miles southwest of Happy Camp/Siskiyou County.  160 personnel.

Crew 5 Mitigating a snag in the Swillup Creek Drainage

Crew 5 Mitigating a snag in the Swillup Creek Drainage. (Source: Inciweb)

2858 acres. 85% contained.  Fire is burning in litter, dry brush, and timber, with heavy dead and down snags from previous fires.  #PonyFire


COLYEAR FIRE – Colyear Springs Road, 7 miles W of Red Bank.  464 acres. 80% contained. 228 personnel. 18 engines. 12 crews. 2 bulldozers. 4 helicopters. Fire movement has been stopped.  $648,000 CTD.  #ColyearFire


PINE FIRE – San Guillermo Mountain, 6 miles southwest of Stauffer/11 miles of Ojai in

Ventura Crew at work doing hazard reduction

Ventura Crew doing hazard reduction on the Pine Fire. (Credit: Manny Madrigal)

the Sespe Wilderness.  Start 6/30/2016 @ 0854 hours PDT.  455 personnel.  1590 acres. 0% contained. Fire active to moderate.  7 crews. 3 engines. 8 engines.  $2.8 Million. Forest Service land.  #PineFire



BEAVER CREEK FIRE – Routt National Forest, BLM (Independence Mtn), private land,

Air Quality Summary for July 3, 2016South of the CO/WY state line, 24 miles NW of Walden.  349 personnel.  13,275 acres.  Minimal fire behavior. 5% contained.  5 crews.  19 engines.  8 helicopters.  3 structures destroyed.  $6.4 Million CTD.  Forest Service lands. The smoke from this fire has not been a visibility or health issue in the last several days, say Fire Managers.   Evacuations in process.  Call with any damaged property – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office 970-723-4242.  #BeaverCreekFire



Maalaea –   Fire started 7/3/2016. Wind-driven. 6,000 acres.  West Maui and South Maui residents are mostly without power. Officials said power began to be restored in West Maui at around 4 p.m. 0% containment status. Red Cross shelter opened at Maui War Memorial in Wailuku and the Lahaina Civic Center in West Maui.  Fire burning on top of the West Maui mountains and is creeping down towards Ukumehame.


The Northern Rockies which includes the State of Montana reported 8 NEW fires with 2 not contained fires (Observation and Ravalli Hill #2 Fires) and have 1 Type 1 IMT committed to their area.


POLE / FINE FIRES – Approximately 15 miles SW of Ennis, in the Gravelly Mountains.

Pole Fire p.m.

Pole Fire (Credit: USFS)

(Pole Fire – 21 acres) and (Fine Fire – 16 acres) 0% containment. Lightning caused on 6/30/2016. 10 Smoke Jumpers, 3 Engines, 2 Hand crews, 3 Helicopters, 99 Personnel. 0% containment.  37 total acres. #PoleFire  #FineFire


RAVALLI HILL #2 FIRE – 1 mile E of Ravalli Hill.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat threatened.  500 acres. 60% contained. 57 personnel.  1 crew.  7 engines.  $175,000 CTD.  #RavilliHill2Fire


OBSERVATION FIRE – West of Lost Horse Observation Point,

Observation Point Photo - June 28

Photo in early states of the Observation Fire (Source: Inciweb)

Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District, 10 miles southwest of Hamilton, 526 personnel. Stage I evacuation is in effect for 203 residences. 1294 acres. 15% contained. Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, flanking, and backing.  10 crews.  7 engines. 7 helicopters. 0 structures lost.  $2 Million CTD.  Forest Service lands.  #OservationFire


The Great Basin area that includes States Nevada and Utah reported 26 NEW Fires, with 1 of them being a large incident in Nevada (#TopPotFire) and 1 NIMO committed to the region.


HOT POT FIRE – NV State of Forestry.  35 miles N of Battle Mtn.  70,000 acres. 5% contained. Started 7//2016.  Wyatt Type 3 team being mobilized. AA-690 & T-810 committed off district. Winnemucca/Elko border.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat threatened.  5 crews. 12 engines. 1 helicopter.  $200,000 CTD. #HotPotFire  NEW!


SPRING CREEK FIRE – .25 acre brush fire  on Aesop Drive and Willington. 3rd party RP bluish/black smoke. Dispatched @ 1638 Hours. County Fire on scene.  Other fire resources include fire support en route. #WillingtonFire NEW!


The SW Area had 11 NEW Fires with 1 not contained fire:  #NorthFire.


NORTH FIRE – 25 miles SW of Magdalena.  60 personnel.  42,102 acres. 85%

Fire effects Oak Springs, FR 330

Fire on Oak Springs & FR 330 on the North Fire (Credit: Apache Kid Wildland Module)

contained. Minimal and creeping.  #NorthFire


The NW area reported 13 NEW fires with 1 being a NEW large incident and 1 uncontained fire:  Fifteen Mile Fire in OR.


FIFTEEN MILE FIRE – 8 miles NE of The Dalles.  Private land. Min fire behavior.  Residences threatened.  3400 acres.  95% contained.  22 personnel. 1 crew.  4 engines. 0 helicopters.  $150,000 CTD.  #15MileFire  NEW!


The Rocky Mountains Area which includes South Dakota and Colorado reported 2 NEW fires and 1 not contained fire.  They have 2 Type 2 IMTs committed in their region.


CROW PEAK FIRE – Approx. 4 miles west of Spearfish, SD and 2 miles south of I-90.

Crow Peak Fire

Crow Peak Firefighter (Source: Inciweb)

Active fire behavior with isolated torching and smoldering.  Evacuations and road closure in force. 407 personnel.  2733 acres. 50% contained. To hold containment lines, mop up. 8 crews.  24 engines.  3 helicopters.  $4.5 Million CTD.  #CrowPeakFire



SADDLE FIRE – 2 miles south of Pine Valley. 1633 acres. 42% contained.  445

Tent city at Saddle Fire base camp.

Saddle Fire base camp. (Source: Inciweb)

personnel.  11 crews.  13 engines.  5 helicopters.  Min fire behavior.  Rain dropped over the area on Saturday.  $9.2 Million CTD. #SaddleFire



WEST RIVER FIRE – Mazama/Lost River areas. 1 acre. 0% containment. 0 structures damaged or destroyed. No injuries reported.  #WestRiverFire


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