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

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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.

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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

 

Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

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Courtesy of Ventura County Fire PIO Capt Mike Lindbery

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST.

Incident Command Post [ICP]

The ICP is located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  This is also the site for Press releases to the Media.

Containment Status

60% contained. Fire crews are making great progress in mopping up hot spots.

Damage Assessment / Threats

1236 acres have now been scorched. 1 minor ankle injury reported.

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Pilot Jim Dalton & crew, in Copter 7,have been making water drops all night keeping the fire away from houses. [Courtesy: VCAirUnit]

EVACUATIONS

All Evacuation Orders have been listed.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross Shelter has been demobilized.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Highway has been opened in both directions.  Fire and Police ask drivers to be cautious as equipment is still working in the area.

Emma Wood Campground

Closed.  Remains closed until further notice.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

 

Ventura County Fire Department, CALFire and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office working together on this incident.

 

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

We will be covering this incident with some limited interruptions as we go in / out of service throughout the day.  We will be posting updates on our Twitter account @nwfireblog so stay tuned for any new info.

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Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST. At 0200 Fire was at 100 acres, light fuels, wind-driven. It soon became a 2-Alarm Brush fire with an IC requested. Both sides of the 101 Freeway was shut down to drivers and all traffic.  It would soon ramp up to 250 acres with 150 Firefighters and 30 homes being threatened.

Containment Status

10% contained.

Damage Assessment / Threats

0 buildings lost and 0 injuries reported. 1200 acres scorched as of 0900 Hours.   The fire is being pushed by strong NW Winds, causing threats to oil, gas, power and rail infrastructure.

Weather Conditions

As of Saturday, December 26, 2015, current Weather conditions are Sunny with temps of 40 as the low and 57 as the high today. Humidity is 28% and winds are 6.1 knots from the WSW with 11.3 knots wind gusts.

EVACUATIONS

Solimar Beach Residents

Previously the Solimar Beach residents and campgrounds were on a voluntary evacuation basis but as the fire grew and the danger became imminent, the evacuation order was changed over to a mandatory order.

Paria Beach Residents

The Paria Beach residents at the time of this post, were on a voluntary evacuation order. They should be ready to move at a moment’s notice if the fire danger becomes imminent for them.  It was stated evacuees were being told to go North out of the area.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross has opened a Shelter in the Carpinteria VA Building located at 941 Walnut Avenue in Carpinteria, California.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Northbound 101 Freeway was closed at Highway 33 and Southbound at Bates Road.  At 1045 Hours, CALTrans was doing a sweep to see if it was safe for drivers to use the freeway again. No word on an update.

Union Pacific RR

All train activities have been halted due to the fire in the area.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Air Support

4 Fixed Wing Tankers have been ordered.  Unknown from which agency or where they are responding from.  LA County Fire’s COPTR 16 has been assisting with fire suppression air support.

Fire Personnel

At 0930 Hours, there were 600 Firefighters either on scene or en route assigned to the incident.  CALFire stated they have 8 engines, 2 handcrews, 2 dozers with a total of 80 personnel assigned.

Police Support

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is working an Incident Cooperator and the official Law Enforcement on scene.

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

We will be covering this incident with some limited interruptions as we go in / out of service throughout the day.  We will be posting updates on our Twitter account @nwfireblog so stay tuned for any new info.

Facebook

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#Breaking | Gibraltar Fire in CA’s Los Padres NF | Update 2

SUMMARY

A brush fire was reported around 0516 PDT on Thursday morning with first arriving equipment on scene at 0609 PDT.  The fire is located 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak, approximately 3 – 5 miles from populated areas in Santa Barbara County of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fire is said to be wind-driven event.

COMMAND

The incident is in Unified Command with the following:

  • US Forest Service
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Montecito Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Command Post is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Retardant Surrounding the Gibraltar Fire

“Photo shows Retardant surrounding the fire”, says Fire Managers. [Credit: Jonathan Nunez]

ACRES

Today’s press release is now showing only 40 acres have been burned [Source: Inciweb].

MUTUAL AID

Those assisting with the incident are:

  • City of Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara Co FD
  • Capinteria/Summerland Fire
  • CALFire
  • Vanderburg AFB
  • Santa Barbara Co Sheriff Office
  • Santa Barbara City PD
  • Santa Barbara Co OEM
  • Red Cross
  • California Highway Patrol

RESOURCES

Fire Resources showing tied to this incident are:

  • (250) Personnel
  • (4) Dozers
  • (8) Handcrews
  • (5) Water Tenders

ROAD CLOSURES

The following are closed due to fire activities in the area. This is for safety for both firefighters and the Public:

  • E of Camino Cielo @ Painted Cave Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • W Mtn Dr @ Gibraltar Road

EVACUATIONS

Evacuation orders were all lifted this morning at 0800 PDT.

FIRE STATUS

The fire has reached a 50% containment status.  It is burning in heavy Chaparral.

SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS

#LPNF #Gibraltar

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog