Active Wildfires | By Wildfire Name | August 30, 2016

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U.S. Fire Facts

Last week CAL FIRE firefighters battled 240 new wildfires.  Since Jan 1, there have been 5,139 fires burning 460,446 acres.

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BEAVER FIRE 

Medicine Bow NF. Thunder Basin National Grassland  -WYOMING.  24 miles Northwest of Walden, COLORADO. Started 6/19/2016 @ 12noon.  Managed by Portland NIMO. 232 personnel.  37,531 acres.  53% contained.  Fire behavior is moderate, creeping, smoldering and torching.  Active fire exists along the perimeter and is consuming unburned areas within the interior of the fire. Hotter, drier conditions persist in the fire area and are supporting increased fire activity.

BERRY FIRE

Grand Teton National Park. 19 Miles NW of Moran, WYOMING.  Start 7/25/2016 @ midnight. Cause:  Lightning. 13,177 acres. 366 personnel.  Moderate fire behavior observed included torching, backing, and burnout of heavy downed fuels.

BLACK FIRE

10 miles southwest of Swan Valley, IDAHO. Started 8/19/2016 @ 0300 hours. Lightning caused. 338 acres. 61 personnel.  Continue to monitor fire. Current resources will be scouting contingency lines for potential burnout operations. Unknown containment status.

BOGART FIRE

North of Beaumont (Riverside County), CALIFORNIA is now 1000 acres & 10% contained. CAL Fire Managers. Started 8/30/2016. Human caused. 2 injuries. 410 firefighters, Air Attack, 5 helicopters, 46 engines, 22 overhead personnel, 9 air tankers, 11 fire crews, 4 water tenders and 4 bulldozers. Fire Investigator on-scene.

Cooperators:  American Medical Response, American Red Cross, Banning PD, Beaumont PD, BDU/CAL FIRE, CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Bernardino, City of Banning, City of Beaumont, March ARB, Morongo Fire Department, Riverside County Fire Emergency Management Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, USFS – San Bernardino, Office of Emergency Services,

BOUNDARY FIRE

Yellowstone National Park, WYOMING.  Start 8/15/2016 @ 1600 hours. Human caused.  192 acres.  90% contained.  Fire is in patrol status.

BOX CANYON FIRE

Uinata – Wasatch – Cache National Forest, UTAH.   Start July 28th @ 1715 hours. Human caused. 4,119 acres. 20% containment status.  51 personnel.  Firefighters will continue to move down drainage in Smith and Morehouse.

BROADWAY FIRE

Medicine Bow NF – Thunder Basin National Grassland) .  30 Miles NNW of Walden / 2 Miles N of WYOMING – COLORADO.  Started 8/14/2016 @ 1815 hours. Lightning caused.  Managed by Portland Incident Management Team.   89 personnel.  246 acres. Unknown % containment status.

BUCK CREEK & SAUL FIRES

Upper Chiwawa River in the Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest, WASHINGTON STATE.  Buck Creek 3,206 and Saul Fire 464. Burning naturally.  60 personnel.

BUFFALO FIRE

Bybee Creek inside Crater National Park, OREGON.  Started 7/28/2016 from an unknown cause.

CAYUSE MOUNTAIN PASS FIRE

Spokane Indian Reservation) – 8 Miles of Wellpinit, WASHINGTON STATEThe Cayuse Mountain Fire started when the Hart Fire jumped the Spokane River. High winds pushed it to the East side of the river where it is now burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The fire on the West side of the river is the Hart Fire. 346 personnel.  18,417 acres. 50% containment.  14 residences and 9 non-residences have been lost.Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations and road closures remain in place.

CEDAR FIRE

Start 7/17/2016 from lightning. Unknown cause.   2  miles northwest of Elk Summit and 11 miles south of the Powell Ranger Station in Nez-Pearce NF in Pearce, IDAHO.  3,682 acres.  Fire being monitored by ground/air resources. $42 Million cost-to-date.

CENTRAL FIRE 

9 miles west of the Lake developed area and 2 miles south of Hayden Valley, CALIFORNIA.  840 acres. Unknown containment status.  The Central Fire is 100% active with short crown runs and short-range spotting.

CHIMNEY FIRE

San Luis Obispo County. 15 miles W of Paso Robles, CALIFORNIA.  Running Deer Road / Chimney Rock Road. South of Lake Nacimiento. Started 8/13/2016 @ 1605 hours. Cause under investigation.  $66.1 Million cost-to-date.

CLEAR CREEK FIRE

Flathead Agency, BIA. 13 miles SE of Plains, MONTANA.  1,207 acres. 20% contained. 86 personnel.  2 crews.  5 engines. 2 copters. $650,000 cost-to-date.

Bogart Fire by Fire Photographer, Ed Sherman (Published With Permission)

COPPER KING FIRE 

Lolo NF,  MONTANA.  8 miles East of Thompson Falls; 1 mile N of Hwy 200. 25,889 acres. 20% contained.  0 structures lost.  $16.5 Million cost-to-date.  5 – type 1 hand crews, 12 type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 9 dozers, 59 engines, 26 water tenders, 8 helicopters.  Total 840 personnel assigned to this incident.

CUSTER FIRE

Spokane County, WASHINGTON STATE. Crews dispatched 8/30/2016 @ 2131 hours. DNR CAD showing “staffed”. No further info available.

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U.S. Equipment Resources

One MAFFS C-130 air tanker and support personnel each from the 153rd Airlift Wing, (Wyoming Air National Guard) and the 302nd Airlift Wing, (Colorado Springs, Air Force Reserve) have been deployed to Boise, ID in support of wildland fire operations.

One Convair 580 air tanker group from both British Columbia and Alberta have been deployed to Pocatello and Twin Falls, Idaho in support of wildland fire operations.

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DEEP NORTH FIRE

Approximately 31 miles northeast of Colville, WASHINGTON STATE ,and west of Deep Lake.  Started 8/21/2016 @ 1430 hours from a lighting.  NW IMT 10, IC Mike Ciraulo is in Command.  596 acres. 80% contained.  In Mop-up operations and securing all lines.

FAWN FIRE 

Tatanka Complex. Yellowstone National Park. WYOMING.  2016 acres.  5 personnel.  Active, short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting.  11 miles W of Mammoth Springs, 16 miles NE of West Yellowstone, 13 miles SW of Gardiner, 35 miles SE of Big Sky.

GAP FIRE

Seiad Valley, CALIFORNIA.  Started 8/27/2016 @ 1945 hours. 9,820 acres. 1,120 personnel.  Firefighters will continue to maintain current containment lines, as well as scout for opportunities to construct both direct and indirect line. $5 Million cost-to-date.

GRADE FIRE

 Siskiyou County) – 2 Miles N of Yreka, CALIFORNIA – Start 8/24/2016 @ 1455 hours. 710 acres. 98% containment.  60 personnel.  2 engines.  10 structures lost. $2.1 Million cost-to-date.

HART FIRE

(Spokane County) – 35 Miles NW of Spokane / North of Davenport, WASHINGTON STATE.  Start 8/21/2016. Unknown cause.

HENRY’S CREEK FIER 

7 Miles East of Idaho Falls, IDAHO.  52,972 acres. 90% containment status. Fire behavior is moderate, smoldering and isolated torching.  NF closure has been lifted.

HIGH PASS 12.5 FIRE 

10 miles west of Junction City, OREGON on private and Bureau of Land Management forest lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Western Lane District (Veneta). ODF Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Cline) was dispatched on Friday, August 26, and assumed command of the fire at 8 p.m. that evening.  195 acres. 478 personnel.  80% containment status.

HUNTER PEAK FIRE

15 miles southeast of Cooke City, MONTANA.  Started 8/9/2016 @ 1830 hours by lightning.  3,572 acres. 80% contained.  65 personnel.   Minimal, good progress is being made on suppression repair of fire lines.

INDIAN CROSSING FIRE

15 Miles North of Halfway, OREGON.  Started on 8/27/2016 @ 1400 hours. 90 acres. 30% containment status. 120 personnel.  6 hand crews, 2 engines, 1 type 1 helicopter and 1 type 2 helicopter.

JOHN DOE FIRE

West St. Joe Area Office, Idaho Department of Lands. IMT 2 (Connell).  9 Miles SW of St. Maries, IDAHO.  430 acres. 15% contained.  196 personnel.  4 crews. 10 crews. 5 helicopters. $950,000 cost-to-date.

Bogart Fire by Fire Photographer, Ed Sherman (Published With Permission)

MAPLE FIRE

Tatanka Complex – West Yellowstone, WYOMING. – Start 8/8/16 from  lightning. 4 miles northeast of the community of West Yellowstone, and 3.5 miles southwest of Mount Holmes Lookout. 34,968 acres. 259 personnel.  Fire was active in all areas with flanking, backing and group torching along the Madison River. Short crown runs in the higher elevation areas and good flanking/isolated and group torching where fire backed toward West Yellowstone.  It is burning a large expanse of the 1988 North Fork fire scar. No % containment status known.

MINA FIRE

Off of Mina Road / Trinity County Line. 12 miles NE of Covelo, CALIFORNIA.  Mendocino County.  10 acres. No further updates.

MINNI FIRE

Spokane County, WASHINGTON STATE.  Crews dispatched 8/30/2016 @ 2002 hours.  CAD showing call still open and “staffed”.  No further information.

MOCKINGBIRD FIRE

Off Hwy 29 & Mockingbird Lane, near Geyersville and Upper Lake CALIFORNIA. Started 8/20/2016. 30 acres. No further info available.

MOKELUMNE FIRE
Mokelumne Wilderness and burning Near Mokelumne River Drainage E Of Jackass Canyon On Stanislaus Natioanl Forest, CALIFORNIA.  352 acres. 30% contained.  43 personnel assigned to this incident.

NEZ PERCE FIRE

10 miles NE of Butte, MONTANA.  Started 8/13/2016 @ 1300  hours by lightning.  69 acres. 9 personnel. Unknown containment status. Fire has increased to 69 acres as south winds combined with lower humidity and warmer temperatures pushed the fire northward.

PETERSON HOLLOW FIRE

Uinta/Wasatch-Cache NF – 12 Miles NW of Garden City, UTAH.  1207 acres.  311 personnel.  25% containment status.  Started 8/21/2016 @ 1530 hours from an unknown cause. Active, Torching, Group Torching, Spotting is current fire behavior.

PICKENS NORTH FIRE

5 Miles N of Tonasket – WASHINGTON STATE. – Start 8/24/2016 @ an unknown time.  Cause is under investigation.

PIONEER FIRE

 Boise NF – 8 miles North of Idaho City and NE of Boise, IDAHO.   Started 7/18/2016 from an unknown cause.  140,780 acres. 58% containment.  1105 personnel attached to this incident. Very active fire behavior is occurring after inversion lifts.

PORCUPINE FIRE

7 miles southeast of Mayfield, UTAH.  2050 acres. 20% contained.  73 personnel.  Crews will continue  to hold firelines, extinguish spot-fires, and monitor the fire perimeter.

RAIL FIRE

5 Miles West of Unity, OREGON.  Start 7/31/2016. Unknown cause. Burning in same area as 2002 Monument Fire.

REY FIRE

Santa Barabara County). North of Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA. 32,601 acres. 87% contained. 667 personnel assigned.  Fire suppression repair continues on several portions of the fire.  $25.2 Million cost-to-date.

Bogart Fire by Fire Photographer Ed Sherman (Published with Permission)

SOBERANES FIRE

Soberanes Creek, Garrapata State Park, Palo Colorado/Big Sur, & Ventana Wilderness..  Monterey County, CALIFORNIA.  93,245 acres.  60% contained.  1,202 personnel.  Fire continued to be active in the South Fork Big Sur River drainage and Mocho Creek on the southwest edge of the fire.  $168.2 Million cost-to-date.

SUNCREST FIRE

Leavenworth, WASHINGTON STATE. 390 acres. 75% contained. 300 personnel assigned.  Fire behavior is Minimal smoldering and creeping.

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Point-of-Interest

British Columbia has had 42 fires since 8/29/2016 0000 (midnight)

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TIE FIRE

Caribou-Targhee NF – 10 Miles SW of Victor, IDAHO. 1014 acres. 60% contained.  449 personnel.  Firefighters are extinguishing hot spots 200 feet inside the northern fire perimeter.

TULLEY FIRE / TULLY FIRE

Humboldt County.   Hwy 169 / Martin’s Ferry Road, CALIFORNIA.  Started 8/22 @ 1603 hours. Arson caused.  2 structures destroyed. More are under threat.  571 acres. 25% contained. 1490 personnel, 82 engines, 55 crews, 10 helicopters, 17 dozers and 14 water tenders. $11.5 Million cost-to-date.

TWIN LAKES FIRES

 Wind River / Bighorn Basin District.  19 Miles S/SW of Meeteetse / West of Grass Creek, WYOMING.  Reported on 8/8/2016 (evening of). Lightning caused. 1,579 acres.

WILLOW FIRE 

2 miles East of San Andreas, CALIFORNIA.   Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, CAL Fire.  450 acres. 50% contained. 201 personnel.  6 crews. 25 engines. 0 copters. 1 structures lost. $636,000 cost-to-date.

Fire Photography in this Post

#FireImages in this post were published with the express written authorization from Fire Photographer, Ed Sherman.  To see more of his work, go to his Twitter page @fireimages or to his Facebook page at facebook/fireimages .

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