High Number of Fires Burning up Multiple States | 1

POST SUMMARY | There were 48 new large fires reported with most of them in the Southern area.  Firefighters successfully contained 51 wildfires, however there are still 19 remaining.

There are current 16 wildfires burning up multiple states within Florida (4), Kansas (1), New Mexico (1), North Carolina (1), Texas (1) and Oklahoma (14).  A total of 70,816 acres have been reported as destroyed from these wildfires and others.  About 51 fires have been contained.  These stats are as of March 23, 2018 and reported the National Interagency Fire Center based out of Idaho.

Fire Fact:

There has been 663 new fires across the United States with 49 of them being reported as large incidents & 48 large fires contained – yet, there are still 19 of them as uncontained.

(Source: NIFC as of March 23, 2018)

Though the number of wildfires and total destroyed acreage is down from 2017, it is still above the totals seen as recently in years 2012-2016.  As of March 23rd, there were 9,649 wildfires compared to 2017’s 12,176 fires to current destroyed acres of 393,814 from 2017’s 2,102,202 acres.  There is quite a bit of significant difference in the two years but some States are reporting large incidents are beginning to occur earlier in previous years, signaling a start to the fire season and prepping some to become pro-active with more staffing and resources.

FLORIDA FIRES

#AnhingaFire | 20 miles E of Naples | National Park Service | Big Cypress National Park |||  Southern rough and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering activity. 3,119 acres. 95% contained.  Area and trail closures in effect. 2 total personnel. 0 other resources.  $250,000 CTD.

#FlagPondFire | 10 miles E of Naples | Florida Forest Service  | State Land |||  Southern rough and hardwood litter.  Extreme fire behavior.  Evacuations and road closures in effect. 1,600 acres. 20% contained.  22 total personnel. 4 engines, 1 helicopter. $31,000 CTD.

#WBoundaryRoad | 17 miles SE of Immokalee | Florida Forest Service | State Land ||| Southern rough.  Extreme fire behavior with long-range spotting. 950 acres. 50% contained. 42 total personnel.  11 engines, 3 helicopters. $19,000 CTD.

#SunnyBFire | 5 miles SE of Fleesmere | Florida Forest Service | State Land ||| Southern rough.  Moderate fire behavior.  381 acres. 85% contained. 23 total personnel.  5 engines.  $1,000 CTD.

KANSAS FIRES

#RiceCountyFire | 9 miles NW of Inman | Rice County | C&L |||  Short grass and timber. 8,000 acres. 60% contained.  0 resources assigned. 1 structure destroyed. $1,000 CTD.

NEW MEXICO FIRES

#StatelineFire | 35 miles N of Clayton | Cimarron District | State Land |||| Short grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping.  28,213 acres. 80% contained.  38 total personnel. 8 engines. 1 structure lost. $2,100,000 CTD.

ALERT!  

RX fires to resume on the Lincoln NF – Sacramento Ranger District on March 27, 2018  located 5 miles SW of Weed, NM weather permitting.  #PerkRXFire

NORTH CAROLINA FIRES

#Junaluska2Fire | 4 miles E of Andrews | National Forests of North Carolina | Forest Service ||| Hardwood litter and timber.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  300 acres.  50% containment.  Homes threatened.  0 resources on incident.  $62,000 CTD.

OKLAHOMA FIRES

#BiggyFire | 2 miles N of Prue | Osage Agency | Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) ||| .  Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 10,816 acres. 80% contained 21 total personnel. 1 crew, 4 engines. $30,000 CTD.

#TrentmanFire | 9 miles W of Bowring | Osage Agency | BIA ||| Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  4,300 acres. 75% contained.  6 total personnel. 2 engines. $30,000 CTD.

#DeerteFire | 6 miles SE of Henryetta | Olkmulgee Agency | BIA ||| TAll grass. Moderate fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 2,050 acres. 80% contained.  14 total personnel.  2 crews, 1 engine. $20,000 CTD.

#BrewsterFire | 12 miles SE of Bristow | Olkmulgee Agency | BIA |||  Tall grass. Moderate fire behavior.  2,000 acres. 80% contained.  14 total personnel.  2 crews, 1 engine.  $20,000 CTD.

#ConvictHillFire | 4 miles SW of Fox  | Department of Forestry | State Land ||| Tall grass and hardwood litter.  Active fire behavior with running and flanking. 1,300 acres. 12% containment. 100 total personnel.  30 engines, 1 helicopter. $183,000 CTD.

#WesleyFire | 1 mil E of Dustin | Olkmulgee Agency | BIA |||  Timber.  Moderate fire behavior with torching, running and backing.  1,200 acres. 70% contained. 7 total personnel.  1 engine. $20,000 CTD.

#CircleKFire | 5 miles NW of Skiatook | DOF | State Land |||  Tall grass and brush.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 1,175 acres. 80% contained. 4 total personnel. 2 engines. $45,000 CTD.

#HenryFire | 11 miles NW of Okemah | DOF | State Land ||| Timber, tal grass and brush.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  Homes under direct threat. 1,134 acres.  80% contained.  29 total personnal. 8 engines. $42,000 CTD.

#BoarCreekFire | 4 miles SE of Hominy | DOF | State Land |||  Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 1,068 acres. 90% contained.  2 total personnel.  1 engine. $30,000 CTD.

#PetersonCreekFire | 2 miles S of Clayton | Osage Agency | BIA |||  Timber.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  890 acres. 60% contained.  5 total personnel.  2 engines. $4,000 CTD.

#RockpenFire | 18 miles NE of McAlester | DOF | State Land |||  Timber.  Minimal fire behavior with creeping and backing.  858 acres. 50% contained.  3 total personnel. 2 engines. $2,000 CTD.

#NorthBoggyCreekFire | 4 miles E of Atoka | DOF | State Land |||  Timber.  Extreme fire behavior with running.  780 acres. 60% contained.  3 total personnel.  1 engine. $4,000 CTD.

#JointFire | 17 miles S of Tahlequa | DOF | State Land ||| Hardwood litter and medium logging slash.  Minimal fire behavior.  210 acres. 94% contained.  5 total personnel.  2 engines.  $7,000 CTD.

#AlPettyComplex | 10 miles E of Colcord | DOF | State Land |||  Hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior. 180 acres. 90% contained.  4 total personnel.  2 engines.  $7,000 CTD.

TEXAS FIRES

#ColoradoStreetFire | 3 miles SW of Monahans | TX Forest Service | State Land ||| Short grass. Minimal fire behavior.  400 acres. 85% containment.  1 total personnel. 2 lost structures. $1,000 CTD.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2330 PDT