NM Wildfire | Bear Trap Fire | 1

Published Monday, May 2, 2022

A wildfire broke out yesterday May 1, 2022, where fire resources and assets were dispatched via the Albuquerque (NM) to the area of Bear Trap Canyon in the San Mateo Mountains of the Magdalena Ranger District in the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. It is just west of Mount Withington, south of US-60 in the western portion of New Mexico.

Photo Credit: S. Matt Counts, Cibola NF, NGs Air Attack

Currently, the fire has scorched 1,209 acres of pine, pinyon-juniper, and grass. There is no containment at this time.

Fire behavior is moderate with isolated torching.

Resources include Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest, BLM, are on scene with 6 Type 6 Engines, 3 Type 2 Handcrew, 1 Type 2 Module, Type 2 & Type 3 Helicopters, Overhead, Air Tankers, Water Tenders, and Retardant Drops.

The Incident Commander is Ken Watkins Magdalena RD FMO.

There are no threats to any structures and there are no current evacuations in effect at the time of this post.

The cause is unknown and under investigation. However, fire officials have deemed the point of origin about three miles northwest of Datil.

Photo Credit:  S. Matt Counts, Cibola NF & NGs Air Attack

Firefighters will continue with their full suppression objectives.

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WA Wildfire Activity Log | Monday

There was some wildfire activity today on Monday, May 2, 2022. Here is a brief summary of what occurred today according to our source with wildcad.net.


A wildfire broke out on Euclid Road in Spokane County, Washington. Resources were dispatched via WA DNR – NEC at 1038 hours this morning and arrived shortly thereafter on the scene at 1121 hours. The fire was contained to 0.1 acres with fire fuels being timber and litter. It was contained at 1140 hours and controlled at 1145 hours PT. No word on the cause. # Final Report #


Smoke Check. At 0847 hours this morning, resources were dispatched via the WA DNR CWC Dispatch Center to Oak Creek in Yakima County, Washington. Incident #OWF-66. Limited information received. # Final Report #

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NM Wildfire | Hermits Peak Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – MAY 2, 2022

Both the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires have combined and are together being managed by the SW Area Type 1 IMT Team with IC Dave Bales at the helm.

EVACUATION INFO (Mora Counties): https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/8069/68405/

Courtesy: Inciweb

The HERMITS PEAK FIRE is located at the base of Hermit Peak, about 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, New Mexico, in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

The steep and rugged terrain will be one of several challenges firefighters will face during this incident.

Its cause is said to be multiple spot fires that spread beyond the originally planned RX fire on April 6, 2022.

At the time of this post (1820 hours), the fire has burned 120,653 acres and there is a 20% containment status.

About 1,052 total personnel are assigned to this incident.

Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs and group torching.

Fire Ops will be conducting the following future objectives:


Hold line South and West of Mora along the northern perimeter of the fire to reduce the potential of fire impacting Mora, Ledoux, Cleveland, South Carmen, and Bueno Vista. If crews are unable to hold the perimeter lines in this area, they will engage in structure defense and additional evacuations as prompted by fire behavior.


Hold dozer line around the Hotsprings area and Storrie Lake tying Highway 65 to Highway 518, as well as Highway 65 West to the Highway 65/FR 263 Junction. Crews will ID, construct, and hold the line to protect Mineral Hills, San Pablo, and San Geronimo Area.


Resources have disengaged in Divisions Delta, Juliet, and Lima.

Structure Protection Group:

Combined structure groups will continue to prep and prepare for structure defense in Ledoux, and prepare to engage in structure defense in Mora, Cleveland, South Carmen, Bueno Vista, Sapello, Las Tusas, Manuelitas, Emplazado, Gallinas, El Porvenir, Canovas Canyon, Big Pine, Rociada, Upper Rociada, Hot springs, and Mineral Hills. Efforts will be prioritized based on the probability of success and proximity of VARs to threats.

Overhead Team:

The team will continue to coordinate with the local utility companies to allow for the operation of critical infrastructure and to continue to coordinate with law enforcement agencies to account for public safety.

The CALF CANYON FIRE is also located on the Santa Fe National Forest but in the Gallinas Canyon along Hwy 65, about 18 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM.

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AZ Wildfire | Crooks Fire | 4

UPDATE 4 – Thursday, April 28, 2022, 2015 hours PT

The CROOKS FIRE started on Monday, April 18, 2022, around 1000 hours MT.

It is located about 11 miles south of Prescott near Mount Union on the Prescott National Forest in Arizona.

There are a total of 855 fire personnel assigned to this incident. Fire management is under the direction of the CIIMT 4 with IC Rocky Opliger at the helm.

Credit: Sergio Montanez (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

The fire has increased three-fold since our last update about a week ago to now 9,196 acres destroyed.

Fire assets from the ground and above have reached a 27% containment status.

Fire behavior is still active with backing, flanking with single and group torching with spotting downwind.

Fire fuels are timber (litter and understory) and Chaparral.

The cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined and is still under further investigation.

CODE RED (Emergency Notification System): Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office #928-771-3260 or sign up through their website. https://ycsoaz.gov/publicaffairs/Emergency-Preparedness/Emergency-Notification-System

Resources include five (5) Type 1 Hotshot crews, five (5) Type 2 hand crews, 41 engines, 14 copters and various other equipment alongside an overhead team.

EVACUATIONS updates can be found here — https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/

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Structure/Wildland Fire, Medic Jobs | May 2022

Thank you for visiting our Fire Jobs Page. This is where we post current career openings. Please refer to each posting for deadlines and details. Good Luck!

CLOSES MAY 15, 2022

Single Role ParamedicClackamas Fire District #1 (OR). Salary: $55,180.39 – 79,344.95 / Year. Emergency Services Department. F/T Shift. Details/Application Site: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/clackamasfire/jobs/3472604/single-role-paramedic?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

CLOSES MAY 16, 2022

Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire) – Forest Service/Department of Agriculture (WA). Salary: $39,311 (starting). Full-time, permanent position. Apply at this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/Results?l=Washington&k=firefighter


Qualified Engine Boss – Trahan Fire Rescue (CA). Wages: $30-65 /hour. Hiring for 2022 fire season. Located in Central Valley, Lemoore, California. Hotels on every out-of-county incident, progressive pay scale, paid continuous education, new station and training center, paid travel opportunities. Apply here: http://Trahanenterprises.com/

Hiring? Drop us a line at nwfireblog@yahoo.com. We are happy to spread your announcement like wildfire!

(c) 2022 NW Fire BlogPublished 4/28/2022 2000 hours PT

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

This has always been one of my favorite quotes of all time because it can be applied to any situation or profession.

Here, we are applying it to the many fire agencies out there, especially those who are in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Credit | Tacoma Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 31

We are showcasing two great fire agencies, Tacoma Fire Department and the West Pierce Fire Fighters who depict the very meaning of Teamwork Makes the Dream Work and their dedication to specialized training. For these two Pierce County fire agencies, these men and women are committed to everything that happens on or can be assessed from the water.

Training together saves taxpayers money and creates opportunities for firefighters to become a single collective, skillful and experienced team when it matters the most – especially when responding as a mutual aid resource.

It is also a win-win for both the fire service, its members, and the people they serve.

Credit | Tacoma Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 31

We are giving them a shoutout for all of their great training exercises, knowing they are ready for anything.

As more Fire Departments share their many successes, we will bring to light how they are working together for those they serve in their communities. We want to share their dedication to training and the many other great accomplishments they have achieved day in and day out.

About Tacoma Fire Department

The Tacoma Fire Department was established in 1880 before the formal incorporation of Tacoma itself in 1884 when it formed as a volunteer fire agency has grown up over the last 140 years-plus with many new and exhilarating changes over the years.

Today, the City of Tacoma has a population of 213,500, and its Fire Department also provides fire and EMS services (contracted) to Fircrest, Fife, and Pierce County Fire District 10, with an additional number of residents of 18,000.

That’s a whole lotta people!

Credit | Tacoma Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 31

The Tacoma Fire Department has 17 fire stations all located within the City (see link for locations, apparatus at each station) https://www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=13278

The Department has three fireboats, which include Fireboat Commencement and Fireboat Defiance located at the Thea Foss Waterway at East 11th Street, and Fireboat Destiny located at Point Destiny is headquartered at Point Defiance Park, according to a dedicated site listing their department’s assets.

About West Pierce Fire Fighters

The West Pierce Fire and Rescue (WPFR) was established on March 1, 2011, from the merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments, along with their contracted emergency services to the Town of Steilacoom also known as Pierce County Fire District #3 (established in 1944).

They serve several communities in a 31-square mile and a population of more than 100,000.

Credit | WPFR

The Fire District provides fire response, EMS, transport, technical rescue, HAZMAT response, special operations, fire prevention, inspections, code enforcement, and fire/life safety education.

WPFR recently trained on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in conjunction with Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One (Pierce County) and East Pierce County Firefighters under the direction of Seattle Fire and Puget Sound Fire instructors. This is part of the Pierce County response team, called the PCSORT organization when additional heavy rescue resources are needed.

They currently have six (6) fire stations and the agency is a Class 3 fire department.

To learn more about their services, apparatus, stations, successes, news, and overall agency, please visit them at https://www.westpierce.org/ (website)

Know someone in the fire service? Thank them for their dedication, service, and willingness to train to become better fire resources in their communities. You all are so appreciated!

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

CA Wildfire | Platina Fire | 1

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Credit: Alertwildfire

The PLATINA FIRE ignited this afternoon and units began responding just after 1500 hours PT to the incident burning on Platina Road at Nono Road is southwest of Redding in Shasta County, California. The fire had the time was listed at about 10 acres in grass, dead fuels, and along with pine.

About 15 minutes later, Tankers 83 and 95 were deployed from McLelland Airtanker Base to the incident, where they arrived just before 1600 hours and were assigned to do load and return out of Redding. The tankers were working in tangent with Copter 909 and two AAs who were making drops.

Around 1720 hours, it was stated fire resources had stopped the forward progression of the now measured eight (8) acre fire located in Igo. Firefighters will remain operational overnight to strengthen control lines and continue with their full suppression objective.

Resources still assigned to this incident are five engines, four water tenders, two copters, two hand crews, two dozers and a total of 40 fire personnel.

Incident Cooperators include SCFD, USFS and HVFPD. Lead Fire Agency is CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit (CAL FIRE SHU)

The current weather report (as of 1900 hours) is 71*F temps, sunny skies with 0% precip, RH at 24%, and winds at four miles per hour (4 mph).

The fire has a 30% containment status.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

No firefighters have been injured.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

NM Wildfire | Pine Park Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Friday, April 22, 2022

A new wildfire designated as the PINE PARK FIRE is burning in the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, which started yesterday around 1400 hours. It is also said to be located in the Datil Mountains in New Mexico.

The Incident Commander is Elias Mora with the Magdalena Ranger District.

About 31 acres of pine, pinyon-juniper, and grass have burned and there is a 50% containment status reached at the time of this update.

A total of 65 fire personnel are currently engaged on the fire line with the primary focus on full suppression and containment efforts.

The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation.

A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect until Saturday, April 23, 2022.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

NM Wildfire | Calf Canyon Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Friday, April 22, 2022

The CALF CANYON FIRE ignited from an unknown cause during a RED FLAG WARNING about 18 miles northwest of Las Vegas, New Mexico on Tuesday, April 19th around 1500 hours.

Fire Call Center –> Phone: 505-356-2636 — 0800 – 2000 hours — If you are unable to get through, leave a voice mail and they will return your call asap. Email: 2022.calfcanyon@firenet.gov

The fire has burned about 3,000 acres of pine overstory with heavy dead and downed fuels, which are extremely dry and unseasonably warm, dry, and windy conditions. This is due to a lack of winter precipitation over the season, making it prime for unexpected fire weather.

Currently, the fire behavior is extreme and is now at the point of being wind-driven. The weather today is said to be near-critical conditions which we were felt across the area today. Proof of recovery occurred overnight with temps in the upper 70s.

A RED FLAG WARNING and HIGH WIND WARNING were issued by the National Weather Service / Albuquerque for today due to it being a dangerous situation with an extreme mixture of anomalously warm/dry conditions and strong wind gusts.

There is 124 total personnel assigned to this incident, alongside incident cooperators which include the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, copters, Santa Fe National Forest, and other resources.

Fire personnel will focus on repositioning resources to address emergency responses as needed to impending incidents that may arise and clearing downed trees, to clear evacuation routes if the opportunities arise favorably and are safe for them.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

AZ Wildfire | Crooks Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 – Friday, April 22, 2022

The CROOKS FIRE started on Monday, April 18, 2022, around 1000 hours MT.

It is located about 10 miles south of the Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District near Mount Union on the Prescott National Forest in Arizona.

Did You Know?

The Southwest Coordination Center (SWCC) is the interagency focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources between the 12 Federal and State Dispatch Centers of the Southwest Area and when necessary, the National Coordination Center (NICC) in Boise, Idaho. (GACC)

There are a total of 359 personnel still assigned to this incident with an increase of 17 in all.

Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire management is under the direction of the California Interagency IMT, Team 4 with the Incident Commander listed as Rocky Opliger (CIIMT4).

The fire has had an increase of 356 acres for a total of 2,356 acres, since our last update from yesterday.

Fire behavior is active and is still burning in dead and downed fuels. High winds are a major factor and there are concerns about possible future growth.

There is still a zero percent containment status.

CODE RED (Emergency Notification System): Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office #928-771-3260 or sign up through their website. https://ycsoaz.gov/publicaffairs/Emergency-Preparedness/Emergency-Notification-System

Crooks Fire Community Meeting: The previous meeting can be found here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqsH4tAFh2E

The cause has been deemed as “undetermined” and is currently under investigation.

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