Published July 17, 2022, 2115 PT

Today has been a seriously busy day for wildfire activity in the United States and we are going to try to achieve a sit rep for all wildfires gleaned from Social Media and verified sources from across the Nation as time allows.

Here is a brief summary. We realize there have been many wildfires burning out there and we are working to play catch up.



The Border 27 Fire was determined to be a series of smaller fires in the brush, which broke out on Sunday, July 17th just before noon. The incident occurred about 1.5 miles south of Otay Lakes Road and southeast of the Otay Reservoir. Throughout the incident, fire crews were faced with the challenges of the fire having a moderate rate of spread, difficult ground access, and smoky conditions. Multiple fire agencies, including the CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Protection District, responded to this brush fire. At 1415 hours, the forward rate of spread had been stopped at 100 acres.

Resources: AT70, AT71, C538, CHVBR56, E3353, E3362, AZE331, B4, E3383, E3385, FFC2, FFC3, HT729, PIO3328, SNDBR43, TNRE8331, W46, B3, C10, C12, CNFW245, E3365, E3372, E3373, E3377, E3382, E3388, P3321, PIO3324, RBW1, PBW3.

Fire Officials: Dozens of air and ground resources remain committed.


Credit: ALERTCalifornia webcam

The Country Fire is located in the 2100 block of Columbine Court in Gilroy (Santa Clara County), which was reported on July 17th, Sunday at 1827 hours PT. Shortly after the initial call was dispatched, the IC requested via dispatch five additional engines as some units were arriving on the scene of the brush fire. Shortly thereafter around 1831 PT, fire officials reported this as a one-acre fire on a hillside with a moderate rate of spread. About thirty minutes later, resources were able to stop the forward progression.


The Rainbow Fire is an ongoing wildfire incident, which is located in Rancho Tehama is now 60 acres and has a 60% containment status. The Lead agency is CAL FIRE TGU.



Credit: USFS

The Moose fire is located about five miles southwest of the North Fork and north of Salmon, in the vicinity of Moose Creek and Deadwater on the North Fork Ranger District in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Reports of Hotshot Crews are in the process of being rerouted from the Wildcat Fire in Nevada to this Idaho wildfire incident. Additional Hotshot Crews (Boise) are also on a divert from the Woodtick Fire in Montana. There are approximately 300 acres of grass, brush, and timber that have been burned according to the U.S. Forest Service. The cause has been ruled as undetermined and is under investigation.

States which have used the MooseFire hashtag in the past include California (2019), Minnesota (2021), and Montana (2021).

Resources: BAT-1, BAT-7, E3694, E621, E681 per site with three crews, and four copters with additional resources on order (per USFS).


The Woodtick Fire incident has two fires included which were caused by lightning strikes over the area located about six miles west-northwest of the Meyers Cove in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. There have been 25 acres of lodgepole pin and fir burned. Two Type 2 IA crews and two Type 1 copters are on the scene, while an AA is on order.



Credit: UT Fire Info

The Wanship Fire is located in Summit County, which started as a structure fire and then spread into a wildland interface. In the last four hours (1714 hours PT), it has spread rapidly burning up 40 acres and threatening 6-10 structures prompting evacuations but have since been lifted. The fire is now 40% contained and crews will remain overnight to work on hot spots.

Challenges: High winds.

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