The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Newest Wildfire

MONTANA CREEK FIRE

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Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Overnight, Alaska had two known and reported wildfires, one was due to a bonfire where party goers fled and it had escaped its containment area. It has since been put out.

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This wildfire named the MONTANA CREEK FIRE is burning on private land that started on July 3rd.  It was reported to Palmer Forestry by MATCOM at 1500 hours.

There has been 247 acres of spruce and hardwoods that have been destroyed.  Fire behavior is extreme with a high rate of spread but has since been slowed. Crews will remain on-scene for most part of the morning.

Palmer IA responded with a helitack and an engine.  Additional resources included tankers, scoopers, an Army Guard Blackhawk and overhead personnel.

Currently in the State of Alaska, there are 19 staffed fires, 93 that are in a monitoring status, 3 have been put out and 2 prescribed fires, for a total of 640,589 acres destroyed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1110 hours PDT

Hot Springs Fire | Arizona | NEW!

LAKE PLEASANT, Ariz. –  Another wildfire has ignited in the area of south Lake Pleasant off of Hwy 74, approximately at mile marker 19.  It is also located in the same area of Castle Hot Springs Road (west of) and Carefree Hwy.

Though the Lake Pleasant Regional Park is not in the area of the wildfire, they are releasing statements about closures that may impact the entrance and exit to and from their Park.

The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona reported that the fire behavior is moving at a high rate of spread into dry grass by wind gusts.

Resources on-scene include one helicopter and the IC has additional resources on order.

Hwy 74 has been closed in the area of Lake Pleasant.

No photo description available.

Area where fire located | Photo Courtesy: BLM – AZ

Lake Pleasant Regional Park advises that the road closure along Carefree Hwy appears to be in effect in the area of Beardsley CSR road and east of Castle Hot Springs Road. No traffic is currently entering the park due to the road closure.

At the last update, the Bureau of Land Management stated they were expecting firefighters making good progress and were due to re-open Hwy 74 in the next hour. This was stated around 1630 hours MST.

A cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this post or if any structures were damaged or destroyed in the area.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/25/2019 @ 1840 hours PDT

Dove Fire | Arizona | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire officially named the DOVE FIRE  or known as Incident #A4S-534 L9LD is burning near 167th Avenue and Dove Valley.  It is said to scorching lands about 14 miles NW of Surprise and just six miles east of Wittman, Arizona.

The fire started on Friday, May 24, 2019.

These lands are managed by the AZ State Forestry.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior has a moderate rate of spread.

“The fire continues to actively burn through grasses, brush and chaparral that has grown to 1,000 acres with a containment of 15-percent.” – Arizona State Forestry.

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry

RESOURCES

At 1537 hours, fire fire personnel (7-6-1 CPT 5-1 E461 E531 LEWIS PHX CREW SUPERSTN) were dispatched to this incident.

There are about 100-plus fire personnel from BLM Arizona, AZ State Forestry, AZ Fire Authority and Maricopa County assigned to the wildland fire incident with aircraft to be reassigned on Saturday morning and as needed.

CAUSE

Fire investigators currently do not know the cause of the fire but it is under investigation.

KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY

Drones have been reported in the area.  IF YOU FLY, FIREFIGHTERS HAVE TO GROUND ALL OF THEIR AIR RESOURCES.  If you fly, Fire and Police can charge you with possible with criminal charges and/or civilly. Not worth it.

The Arizona and FAA laws are very strict and prohibit the flight of any drone in the area.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Thank you for reading our blog post. We will provide updates as more information is received.  We wish you personal and fire safety wherever you travel to this weekend. – ED.

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog for live incident coverage and instagram @nwfireblog

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- 5/24/2019 2355 PDT

MILL FIRE | Arizona | 3 | Final Update

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Air tanker dropping retardant over the Mill Fire

Air tanker dropping fire retardant right over the Mill Fire in Arizona. | Courtesy: Inciweb

CAUSE

It ignited from an unknown cause that is still under undetermined and under investigation.

FUELS

Fire fuels include but are not limited to:  brush, scrub oak, juniper and grass. The environment is also very dry.  179 acres have been completely destroyed.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters have been shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground and back out again.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident on the day the fire started on Monday but have been reduced down to 70 on Tuesday.

There is a Type 3 IC (Castro) also in Command with the PIO Delores Garcia.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

With a heavy emphasis on fire suppression and containment efforts, fire crews successfully reached a 50% containment status on Tuesday afternoon.  Fire Managers reported no fire growth today which is great news.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Weather conditions include isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There were no structures under threat or damaged.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/7/2019 @ 2000 Hour MST

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 2

UPDATE | Humidity and cooler temperatures have significantly reduced fire activity tonight. Firefighters have been flown out of the immediate fire area and will be flown in tomorrow. Interior heat and gusty winds a concern for tomorrow.  2110 hours MST. (Source:  BLM AZ Wildfire)

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

UPDATE |Washington | Milepost 33 Fire

WASHINGTON STATE — Wildfire burning near Kalama in Cowlitz County started on Monday, July 16, 2018, from an unknown cause.

UPDATE 2 – July 17, 2018 – 2030 hours PDT – Final Report

More than 70 Interagency personnel worked together during this incident including WA DNR, Cowlitz Fire Districts 1, 2 and 5 along with the Sheriff’s Office and Kalama PD.  Acres burned remain the same.

UPDATE 1 – July 17, 2018 – 0530 hours PDT – Newly reported fire.

Pacific Highway was expected to be reopened during the night as fire crews were blocking for fire suppression activities. Drivers were highly encouraged to use a detour around the area.

There were originally three DNR engines and two helicopters, as well assistance from local resources assigned to the fire.

As of 2300 hours Monday night, there were 10 acres that had burned in extremely steep terrain and 50% containment achieved.  Crews were expected to monitor the fire throughout the night.

A Type 3 IMT unit is expected to assume fire control on Tuesday morning.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Active Wildfires – California – June 25, 2016

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ERSKINE FIRE – Lake Isabella (Kern County)

Location

This fire located is located in California’s Central District in the Lake Isabella area and outside in various canyons in Kern County.

Current Status

It now at 36,810 acres with a 10% containment status.  Fire exhibits extreme wind-driven and uphill runs. Strong wind, light flashy fuels, and steep topography combined to produce extreme fire behavior when in alignment.

06252016 FS Erskine Fire Camp 9 -2

Infamous USFS Camp 9 where ICP and Resources are located. (Source: Inciweb)

Resources

There are 1,712 personnel assigned to this incident.

Management of the fire is still under Unified Command including the following Agencies:  Bureau Of Land Management, USFS & Kern County.

Damage Assessment

At least 150 homes have been destroyed with 75 that have been damaged.  1500 homes are still being threatened.

A damage inspection team is in the process of creating a comprehensive report documenting all structures damaged or destroyed.

Red Cross Shelters

A second shelter has been opened by Red Cross for evacuees:

  1. St. Jude’s Catholic Church
    86 Nellie Dent Dr.
    Wofford Heights
  2. Kernville Elementary School
    13350 Sierra Way
    Kernville

Safe and Well Registration

To let loved ones know OR look for loved ones, register for Red Cross’ Safe & Well website at  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

# # #

MARINA FIRE 

Incident Summary

The Marina Fire broke out just North of Lee Vining on June 24th @ 0530 hours from an unknown human caused ignition.  It is still under investigation.

Command

The fire is under Unified Command with the US Forest Service and Mono County Sheriff’s Office

SoCal Team 1 will assume command of the incident tomorrow morning at 6:00 am.

Current Status

The fire has

Resources

There are 350 fire and support personnel assigned, including 8 hand crews, 23 engines, 6 helicopters, 2 fixed wing aircraft, 2 bulldozers, and 3 water tenders are assigned to the fire incident.

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GRANT FIRE

Incident

Firefighters are battling 3 fires off WB 580 & Grant Line Rd, on Altamont Pass; about 10 miles east of Livermore (Alameda County).

Location

This is a newly reported fire located on Altamont Pass, 10 miles east of Livermore of Alameda County.  It is currently at 75%. No other info provided.

Acreas

The total of acres are 100.

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SAN GABRIEL COMPLEX

Incident Summary

Both the Fish Fire (4,035 acres) and the Reservoir (1,200 acres) were combined under this Complex.

Photo of the San Gabriel Mountains. (Credit: Photo by LACoFD volunteer photographer Craig Durling via CALFire)

Location

The Complex is located on the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County; North of Azusa.

Command

The San Gabriel Complex is under unified command, Mike Wakoski commanding with Vince Pena Deputy Fire Chief, Los Angeles County Fire, David Halm Commander, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Lt. Paul Dennis, Azusa Police Department.

Incident Cooperators

Assisting agencies include Arcadia Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff, Arcadia Police Department, Southern California Edison, CalTrans, Los Angeles County Public Works, American Red Cross, Los Angeles County Health Department, California Conservation Corp and California Office of Emergency Services.

Current Status

A total amount of 5235 acres (1200 acres for the Reservoir Fire and 4035 acres for the Fish Fire) have been scorched. Containment is at 48%.

All evacuations for the San Gabriel Complex have been lifted. The American Red Cross evacuation center has been closed

VLAT over the San Gabriel Complex

Very Large Tanker (VLAT) over the Complex. (Source: Inciweb)

Resources

There are 917 personnel assigned, including including 54 engines, 24 handcrews, 11 water tenders and 5 bulldozers, 15 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Busy Day for CAL Fire Crews on #70Fire – May 29, 2016

Updated 2300 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

It definitely has been a busy day for fires today in Washington, Oregon and California. Earlier this evening around 1651 Hours, CAL Fire was dispatched to 5 different fires along Highway 70 between Clark Road and Wheelrock Road.  The multiple spot fires were originally 5 but then merged into 3 for a total of 30 acres.

The update and final Press Release at 1953 Hours indicates fire crews were able to knock down and obtain a 100% containment status.

No word on the cause of the fire.

Mutual Aid Resources

About 42 were assigned to this incident representing the following Agencies:  California Highway Patrol (CHP), State Parks, CAL Fire’s Butte Unit (IC) and Volunteers from Butte Valley, Golden Feather and North Metro.

Additional support and equipment with 9 engines, 1 Fire Crew, 2 Air Tankers, 1 Helicopter, 1 Dozer and 2 Water Tenders were also attached to this incident.

Damage Assessment

No injuries or reports of damage / destruction of structures were reported.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Wildlife – #LaSierraFire – AZ CNF – SitRep2

Updated 5/18/2016 1855 PDT

Photo Courtesy: AZ CNF

Photo Courtesy: AZ CNF

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire named Triple 2 began from an unknown activity caused by human intervention for starting a fire within Mexico and crossing over the US-Mexican border on May 10th around.  The fire was last being monitored by the Bomberos (Mexican Firefighters) and in patrol status on the American side.

On May 16, 2016, another fire was detected approximately at 1430 hours when it crossed over again the U.S border.

FIRE STATUS

It is located one mile West of the Triple 2 Wildfire area and grown significantly reaching a high point today in consuming up to 914 acreage at the time of this post.  It appears this could be just an extension of the original wildfire that broke out in Mexico.

Fire crews are working to conduct burnout operations to create a barrier to keep the fire from moving NE.

RESOURCES

Assigned to this incident are 214 personnel including six crews and 3 helicopters.

Helicopters are dipping out of the Pena Blanca Lake and dropping water over the fire to assist ground fire crews.

Photo Courtesy: AZ CNF

Photo Courtesy: AZ CNF

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There is no report on any homes/communities under threat, destroyed or damaged.  In addition we do not have a listing if any injuries have been reported.

No evacuations are in progress at this time.

OTHER NOTABLE WILDFIRES

The Fire Season has been fairly business on the Coronado National Forest in Arizona and here is a list of recently compiled fires that have occurred in the last several months.

  • Montrose Fire.  13 acres.
  • Spring 2016 Prescribed Fires. 0 acres.
  • Cumero Fire.  5500 acres.
  • Triple 2 Fire.  700 acres.
  • Sycamore Fire. 25 acres.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

New! Wildfire: La Sierra Fire – AZ CNF – SitRep1

Updated 5/17/2016 2000 PDT

Photo Courtesy: AZ CNF

Photo Courtesy: AZ CNF

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire named Triple 2 began from an unknown activity caused by human intervention for starting a fire within Mexico and crossing over the US-Mexican border on May 10th around.  The fire was last being monitored by the Bomberos (Mexican Firefighters) and in patrol status on the American side.

On May 16, 2016, another fire was detected approximately at 1430 hours when it crossed over again the U.S border.  It is located one mile West of the Triple 2 Wildfire area and grown significantly reaching a high point today in consuming up to 700 acreage at the time of this post.  It appears this could be just an extension of the original wildfire that broke out in Mexico.

We have sent out a request to inciweb to see if these are truly two fires in one location or separate fires coming from the Mexican side and crossing over the border .  We have received a response yet.

RESOURCES

Assigned to this incident are 180 personnel including six crews and 3 helicopters.

Helicopters are dipping out of the Pena Blanca Lake and dropping water over the fire to assist ground fire crews.

Photo Courtesy: AZ CNF

Photo Courtesy: AZ CNF

CONDITIONS

Winds are coming the SW and increased to a high of 20 m.p.h.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There is no report on any homes/communities under threat, destroyed or damaged.  In addition we do not have a listing if any injuries have been reported.

No evacuations are in progress at this time.

OTHER NOTABLE WILDFIRES

The Fire Season has been fairly business on the Coronado National Forest in Arizona and here is a list of recently compiled fires that have occurred in the last several months.

  • Montrose Fire.  13 acres.
  • Spring 2016 Prescribed Fires. 0 acres.
  • Cumero Fire.  5500 acres.
  • Triple 2 Fire.  700 acres.
  • Sycamore Fire. 25 acres.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog