United States Hit Hard by Wildfires | August 3, 2016

Thank you for joining us on our search and reporting of Wildfires.  We are now back to putting them all in one post, excluding fires from the Northwest.  This is a separate listing of fires.


99 Fire (CA):  Off Hwy 99 / Neal Rd.  South of Chico.  550 acres. 100% contained 8/2/2016.

Baker Fire (CA):  Off of Baker Rd / Plymire Rd, 2 miles NW of Red Bluff. NW Tehama County.  80 acres.  10% containment. Forward spread stopped.

Beaver Creek Fire (CO):  Routt NF.   NIMO (Quesinberry). 24 miles NW  of Walden, CO. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with crowing, group torching and short-range spotting. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect. 34,090 acres.  18% contained. 241 personnel.  4 crews. 23 engines. 5 copters and 2 dozers.  17 structures lost. $16.3M CTD. Forest Service lands.

Beaver Creek Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Beaver Creek Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Blue Lake Fire (MT):  DNRC. Started on BLM land 10 miles southwest of Ennis, MT. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with torching, creeping and smoldering. Residences and sage grouse habitat threatened.  629 acres. 45% contained. 91 personnel.  2 crews.  2 engines. 1 copter.  0 structures lost.   $200,000 CTD.

Cedar Fire (ID):  Nex Perce-Cleanwater NF.  11 miles south of the Powell Ranger Station; 2 miles northwest of Elk Summit. Started 7/17/12016 by lightning. 1,371 acres.  0% contained.  Active fire behavior last night.

7/24/16 aerial view of burnout operations on west flank of Blue Lake Fire

Aerial view of the Blue Lake Fire on 7/24/2016. (Source: Inciweb)

Cliff Creek Fire (WY):    Bridger-Teton NF. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (DeMasters) to IMT 2 (Bird) occurred yesterday.15 miles East of Hoback,.Timber. Moderate fire behavior with group torching, short-range spotting and smoldering. Structures threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect. 29,677 acres. 84% contained. 418 personnel. 10 crews. 5 engines. 7 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $11.7M CTD.

Cold Fire (CA):  Off Hwy 128 / W of Pheasants Valley Rd / W of Winters in Yolo County.  4600 ac.  10% contained.  700 personnel.  86 engines.  6 air tankers.  8 copters.  9 bulldozers.  5 water tenders.  Though favorable weather conditions, the fire is still spreading.  Incident Cooperators:  Napa Co FD, Winters FPD, Dixon FPD, Vacaville FPD, North Bay IMT, CHP and Sheriff Offices from Napa Co, Solano Co and Yolo Co.

Comet Fire (ID):   Salmon-Challis NF. 13 miles North of Salmon. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Area closure have been lifted.  358 acres. 90% contained.  9 personnel.  $1.1M CTD.

Copper King Fire (MT):  Lolo NF.  1,286 acres.   IMT 2 (Thompson). 7 miles East of Thompson Falls, MT. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with single tree and group torching. Residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  0% contained. 275 personnel.  5 crews.  10 engines. 7 engines. 0 structures lost.  $600,000 CTD.

The Copper King Fire gre to over 500 acres on the first day.

Coppper Fire via aerial view. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Cuermo Fire (NM):  10 miles SW of Abiquiu / 13 miles SE of Coyote on Coyote Ranger District.  Started 8/1/2016.  In  monitor status.

Diablo Fire (CA):  SW of Patterson in Steniasuls County.  200 acres. 65% contained.

Eden Fire (AZ):  Cococino NF.  Started 7/27/2016 by lightning. 4 miles of Clints Well, north of SR 87.  15 personnel.  Type 4 IMT.  500 acres.

Eden Fire: fire in a dense stand of Ponderosa Pine climbs towards the canopy, July 30, 2016 (Tom Stevens, Incident Commander/USFS)

Eden Fire. (Credit: Tom Stevens/IMT/USFS)

Elk Fire (AZ):  Apache – Sitgreaves NFS.  1,887 acres.  5 miles NW of Pinetop. 4 personnel.  100% contained.  Fire behavior is moderate, flanking and backing.

Fire Behavior photo (1)

Elk Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fuller Fire (AZ):  Grand Canyon National Park.  14,541 acres. North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, near Point Imperial.  139 personnel.  Unknown containment status.

Josh Lange (upper left) instructs on immobilizing a patient on a backboard with a strap system.

Medical drill. on the Fuller Fire. )Courtesy: Inciweb)

Goose Fire (CA): Fresno Co. Off of Gooseberry Lane / Morgan Canyon, South of Prather.  2,241 acres. 70% contained.  400 structures threatened.  9 destroyed (4 homes/5 outbuildings). Evacuations warnings/Road closures in effect.  81 engines, 3 air tankers, 6 copters, 4 dozers, 21 water tenders, 1,657 personnel.  Fire behavior is smoldering, creeping in isolated areas.  Mop-up operations and improvement of containment lines in progress.

Hayden Pass Fire (CO):  16,559 acres.  20 miles SE of Salida.  60 personnel.  60% contained.

Firefighting Vehicle

Fire engine on the Hayden Pass Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Hinson Fire (GA):  Georgia Forestry Commission.9 miles SE of Homerville. Medium logging slash and southern rough. Minimal fire behavior. 161 acres. 98% contained. 10 personnel.  2 engines.  $35,000 CTD.

Imperial Fire (AZ):  Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.  FWS. 14 miles North of Yuma. Brush, hardwood litter and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  100 acres.  20% contained. 2 crews. 4 engines. 1 copter. $150,000 CTD.

Imperial fire burning CA side of river 7-31-16

Imperial Fire burning on the CA side. (Credit: Lyle Wyatt)

Lava Mountain Fire (WY):  Shoshone NF.  14,385 acres.  Shoshone NF. IMT 1 (Martin). 20 miles NW of Dubois, WY. Timber, heavy logging slash and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with isolated torching. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations have been lifted. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  14,385 acres. 60% contained.  712 personnel.  12 crews.  46 engines. 9 copters. $15.3M CTD.  Forest Service lands.

Aerial photos of the Lava Mountain Fire.

Lava Mountain Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Lone Fire (NV):  Ely District.  832 acres.

Lower Ebbs Fire (UT):  Fishlake NF.   3.5 miles SW of Scipio, Utah and has burned approximately 5,634 acres. The fire is burning in Ebbs and Wild Goose Canyons.  100% contained.

Image showing a smoke column from a wildfire with a highway in the foreground

Lower Ebbs Fire. (Credit: USFS)

1 hand crew, 2 engines, 1 dozer, 1 type 3 helicopter, and other local resources. Fire behavior is minimal with continued isolated torching, creeping and smoldering within unburned islands of fuels

North Tullock Fire (MT):  MT DNR. 2,720 acres.   20 miles SE of Custer. Timber and tall grass. Active fire behavior with group torching, flanking and running. Residences threatened. Sage grouse habitat threatened.  20% contained. 175 personnel.  2 crews. 27 engines. 4 copters. 0 structures lost. $300,000 CTD. County lands.

North Tullock Fire

North Tullock Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Pearson #2 Fire (NM):   Carlsbad Field Office, BLM. 20 miles SW of Hobbs, NM. Brush and tall grass. Active fire behavior with running.  900 acres. 90% contained.  23 personnel.  9 engines. $15,000 CTD.

Firefighter watching a burning tree

Checking for hot spots on the Pioneer Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Pioneer Fire (ID):   Boise NF. IMT 1 (Lund). 5 miles North of Idaho City.  Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, spotting and running. Structures threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect. Forest Service land. 48,350 acres. 36% contained. 1,497 personnel. 44 crews. 48 engines. 10 copters. 5 structures.  $16.7M CTD.

Poodle Fire (NV):   Winnemucca District, BLM. 20 miles NW of Gerlach. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with isolated torching. Sage grouse habitat threatened. 80% contained.  6,557 acres. 411 personnel.  15 crews.  10 engines.  4 copters. 0 structure lost.  $1.3M CTD.

The Poodle Fire started on Saturday, July 30 at approximately 1230.  The fire was started by lightning and is burning in the Poodle Mountain Wilderness Study Area.

Poodle Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Roaring Lion Fire (MT):    Bitterroot NF. IMT 1 (Poncin). 5 miles SW of Hamilton. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, short-range spotting and short crown runs. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations, road, trail and area closures in effect.  7,130 acres. 0% contained. 524 personnel.  10 crews. 33 engines. 9 copters.  64 structures lost.  $610,000 CTD.

Roaring Lion Photo - July 31

Roaring Lion Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Sand Fire (CA):  NB 14 Freeway / Sand Canyon in Santa Clarita. Angeles NF.  Start 7/22/2016 @ 1411 hours.  1718 Firefighters. 41,432 acres.

Sand Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Sawmill Creek Fire (WY):  Wyoming State Forestry.  28 acres. Approximately 35 road or 20 air miles from Douglas.  The fire is located on private land..  76 personnel. 50% contained.

Sawmill Creek Fire July 31, 2016

Sawmill Creek Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Incident management will transition from the Southern Idaho Type 3 Incident Management Team to Linda Austin IC at 0600 August 4, 2016.

Sheep Creek Fire (UT):  Uinta/Wasatch-Cache NF. 30 miles East of Spanish Fork. Timber, brush and tall grass. Active fire behavior with spotting and short crown runs. 600 acres. 5% contained. 160 personnel.  5 crews. 2 engines. 4 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $250,000 CTD.

Sobranes Fire (CA):  Monterey County.  46,700 acres. 25% contained. 2000 homes threatened.  57 homes & 11 outbuildings destroyed.  3 structures and 2 outbuildings damaged.  1 fatality.  Cause is from an illegal campground in the Garrapata State Park

View from Cachagua Road towards the west

Sobranes Fire. (Credit: Tom Plymale)

near Soberanes Creek. .  Evacuations in effect/ some lifted in other areas.   Donation Center:  @ Big Sur State Park Multi-Agency Bldg, 47555 Hwy1, Big Sur, CA 93920.  Montereyco.recovers.org.  Phone #831-667-2315. Register for Reverse 911 up to 3 phone lines by going to their website @ http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/oes.

108 crews.  17 copters.  6 air tankers.  69 dozers.  54 water tenders.  5,555 personnel.  Incident Cooperators:  USFS, CA State Parks & Rec, CHP, Monterey County Sheriff Office, Monterey Penn Regional Parks District, Red Cross, CA Conservation Corps, CAL-OES, CA Fish & Wildlife, Carmel Highaldns  FPD, Monterey Co FPD, Big Sur VF Brigade, CSUMB, SPCA, United Way and PG & E.

Unified Command w/CAL Fire – San Benito Monterey, USFS and Los Padres NF.

Tokewanna Fire (WY):  Kemmerer Field Office.  1,313 acres. Unita County. IMT 2 (Greer). 15 miles South of Mountain View. Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with isolated torching. Structures threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect. Sage grouse habitat threatened.  58% contained. 497 personnel.  15 crews.  17 engines. 7 copters.  8 structures lost. $2.9M CTD. County lands.

August 2, 2016

Drawing water on the Tokewanna Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Tribal Fire (UT) :  Salt Lake Field Office, BLM. 25 miles SW  of Tooele.. Grass. Active fire behavior with running. Structures threatened.  650 acres. 25% contained. 31 personnel.  5 engines. 1 copter. $50,000 CTD.

Virginia Mountains Complex (NV):   (2 fires), Carson City District Office, BLM. IMT 2 (Roide). 40 miles N of Reno.  Brush and short grass. Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven and flanking. Structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. Sage grouse habitat threatened. 59,727 acres. 68% contained. 700 personnel.  20 crews.  29 engines. 7 copters. 12 structures lost. $4.6M CTD.

Smoke plume rises from Tule Fire on August 2. Photo taken from the ICP

The Tule Fire on the Virginia Mountains Complex Fire (Source: Inciweb)

WF Unit 3 2016 Fire (TX):   McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, FWS. 17 miles  of Winnie, TX. Tall grass. Active fire behavior.  161 acres. 98% contained.  12 personnel.  1 copter.  $20,000 CTD.

Whit Fire (WY):  Wyoming State Forestry.  3,000 acres. 20 miles west of Cody.

Whit Fire

Whit Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Wild 7 Fire (MT):  Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, FWS. 23 miles SE of Zortman, MT. Timber and short grass. Moderate fire behavior. 300 acres. 0% contained. 11 personnel.  2 engines. $75,000 CTD.

Wilson MA Fire (MT) Central Land Office, DNRC. Started on county land 17 miles North of Wolf Creek. Short grass. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs. 500 acres. 0% contained. Zero personnel and/or resources assigned to this fire. $50,000 CTD.

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