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

Bellevue Firefighters Respond to House Fire

BELLEVUE, Wash. | Bellevue Firefighters were dispatched and en route to 16600 block of SE 27th Street at 1150 hours PDT on Saturday, May 11, 2019, to a fully engulfed house fire.

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Photo Credit | Bellevue Fire Department

The reporting party stated the second floor of the home was fully engulfed.

All occupants exited the structure safely around 1155 hours PDT but it was later reported to the Fire Department that the homeowner re-entered the home to save his dog and several pet birds.  He would be transported to a nearby hospital for an eval for possible smoke inhalation.

Engine 104 (previously known as Engine 4) was the first due in and went immediately into an offensive fire attack on the fire floor.  It was knocked down within 11 minutes.

Photo Credit | Bellevue Fire Department

Fire crews checked for extensions to any other part of the structure, including the attic which they found to be clear (1206 hours).  A primary search was conducted by firefighters at which time they found nothing.  The fire was reported to Command as being under control (1235 hours).

Firefighters extricated the homeowner’s dog and worked tirelessly to revive the pet but it did not survive along with several birds.

No Firefighters were injured.

The Red Cross is working to assist additional displaced residents.

Photo Credit | Bellevue Fire Department

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/11/2019 @ 1345 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

Ashland, Oregon Wildfire | Hendrix Fire

HENDRIX FIRE — ASHLAND, OREGON —

UPDATE 1 – 7/21/2018 – 2230 PDT – A wildfire sparked by lightning ignited on Sunday, July 15, 2018, around 0830 hours PDT.  The fire was reported at 0930 hours to the RRSNF by the Dutchman Peak lookout.

It is located about nine miles southwest of Ashland, Oregon on the Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forest (Office in Medford), three air miles from Wagner Gap and 1.5-2milesfrom the small community of Dog Fork.  It is burning partly on private land and canopied forest lands.

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Photo Credit | USFS – Rogue River- Siskiyou NF

Initial fire attack activities included water bucket drops and air tankers dropping about 10,000 gallons of fire-retardant but it was agreed that it was ineffective as it was not reaching the ground.  This was due to the heavy forest canopy above.

Crews are currently fighting the fire from the ground up and on areas where most effective.

Fire has burned 947 acres of timber and medium logging slash.  Crews have gained a 15% containment status. Fire behavior remains active with single-tree torching.

There are currently 467 personnel assigned along with four hotshot crews, 10 hand crews, five helicopters, 16 engines, three bulldozers and seven on loan from Incident Cooperators, as well as seven water tenders.

Incident Cooperators include the City of Ashland, Jackson County Emergency Management, Jackson County Sheriff Office, OR Department of Forestry and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Since July 17th when USFS IC R. Harrod (Type 2 IMT) and ODF IC John Buckman (Type 2 IMT) assumed command – helicopters have logged more than 50 flight hours and dropped 120,000 gallons of water over the fire line.

Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in effect for Hells Peak located southeast of Ruch.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

California | Ferguson Fire | Update

Fire activity on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 near Mariposa Pines

UPDATE 1 – JULY 20 (FRIDAY) – 2245 PDT

The FERGUSON FIRE is located off of Highway 140 and Hite Cove on the Crater Lake National Park and about 10 miles north of Mariposa, California.

The wildfire is in the Sierra National Forest that started at the Savage Trading Post.

The fire started on July 13, 2018, from an unknown cause.

Command is in Unified Command with CA IMT Team 4, USFS, CAL Fire and the Mariposa County Sheriff Office. The ICP is located at the Ahwanee Regional Park.

The fire has burned 24,450 acres of brush and timber in very steep and inaccessible terrain.  Fire crews have reached a 7% containment status.   This canyon has held the record of having the largest fire on the Sierra NF back in 1924. (Prior to the ROUGH FIRE).

Fire behavior is moderate with short-range spotting, backing and flanking.

There are 2,832 personnel along with 204 engines, 38 water tenders, 17 helicopters, 70 crews and 40 bulldozers!

Incident Cooperators include:

  • CHP
  • CAL Trans
  • PG & E
  • CA Conservation Corps
  • Mariposa County Public Works
  • American Red Cross
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Mariposa County Sheriff Office
  • CAL OES
  • Sierra NF
  • CAL Air Quality

Evacuations are in effect for the following areas:

Mandatory Evacuations  (LEAVE NOW)

  • El Portal Trailer Court
  • Incline Rd from Clearing House to the last BLM campground
  • Jerseydale/ Mariposa Pines
  • Cedar Lodge/ Indian Flat Campground
  • Savage’s Trading Post
  • Sweetwater Ridge
  • Rancheria Flat – Government Housing
  • Old El Portal
  • Yosemite View Lodge
  • Foresta
  • Incline Rd from Clearing House to the Foresta Bridge to the last BLM campground

Evacuation Advisory  (GET READY)

  •  *Yosemite West
  • Lushmeadows Community
  • Ponderosa Basin Community
  • Triangle Rd from Jerseydale Rd to Hwy 49 South including all side roads
  • Darrah Rd from Triangle to Sherrod Rd
  • East side of Hwy 49S from Darrah Rd to Harris Rd
  • Boyer Rd
  • Woodland Area
  • Wass Rd
  • Tip Top Rd

Shelters (PEOPLE)

  • New Life Christian Fellowship – 5089 Cole Road – Mariposa, CA 95338
  • Yosemite Valley Elementary School – 9009 Lost Arrow Rd – Yosemite National Park, CA.

Shelters (ANIMALS)

  • SPCA – 5599 California 49 – Mariposa, CA 95338 (Small animals)
  • Mariposa County Fairgrounds – 5007 Fairgrounds Road – Mariposa, CA 95338 (Large animals)

Cost-to-Date

The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $11,000,000.

#FergusonFire  #CAwildfires2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

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

 

WA Wildfire: Fletcher Rd Fire | Update 1

Updated 8/7/2016 @ 1930 Hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Fletcher Rd Fire was reported as wildfire that  broke out on Fletcher Rd in Walla Walla County and spreading into nearby Columbia County on Sunday, August 7, 2016. (12noon)

Earlier this afternoon, State Mobe resources were authorized by Washington State to deploy to the Fletcher Road Fire. (1407 PDT)

Less than an hour later, media and other sources began to report fire was threatening homes, crops and that destruction was heading towards Walla Walla, Washington (1 hour away).

FIRE SIZE

The fire has scorched 2,000 acres and is currently not contained at this time. (1542 PDT)

CAUSE

Started by lightning.

EVACUATIONS

Follow the lead of the fire coming towards many towns, evacuations began to occur. (1426 PDT).

RESOURCES

About 180 personnel are assigned to this incident including State Mobe resources that were demobilized from the Snake River Fire.  Washington DNR, State Mobilization fire and support personnel are on the fire ground, in addition to DNR heavy and light air tankers.

CLOSURES

Lyons Ferry Rd is closed from Highway 261 south to TOMCO seed.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#FletcherRdFire #NWFireBlogWA #WaWildfires2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

WA WILDFIRE | Carpenter Rd Fire | August 21, 2015 | PM SitRep

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” –Desmond Tutu

SUMMARY

  • Location:  35 miles NW of Spokane & S of Fruitland in Stevens County
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning

Today’s Fire Map. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain IMT Blue Team & Inciweb.

FIRE STATUS

  • Fire Behavior:  Extreme.
  • Threatened:  800 homes & structures, 5 commercial properties, 200 others
  • Containment:  0%
  • Acres:  27,793
  • Fire Conditions:  Smokey conditions are limiting use of air operations, but also providing for slightly cooler temperatures, and reduced winds
  • Actions:  Thursday: Highest amount of fire activity happened along the north edge of the fire near Turk Road.
  • Obstacles for Fire Crews:  Handling 1 abandoned mine within in the fire area.

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITION REPORT

 Fruitland Weather Conditions

  • Temp:  [as of 1915PDT]  70-degrees
  • Forecasted:  Hi 77.  Lo 49.
  • Skies:  Mostly sunny.
  • Winds:  W 10 to 20 mph
  • Visibility:  6 mph
  • Humidity:  26%
  • Advisory:  Blowing dust advisory remains in effect until 2300 PDT [tonight]

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Destroyed:  17 homes destroyed; unknown number of “other” structures reportedly destroyed.

RESOURCES, EQUIPMENT

  • Personnel:  363
  • Crews:  6
  • Helicopters:  3
  • Engines:  40

EVACUATIONS

  • Level 2:  Spokane Agency Reservation.

FIRE CONTACT INFO

Call Center

  • Operational Period: 0800 – 2100 PDT
  • Phone Lines: 509-722-6040 or  509-722-6165

ALERTS

Red Flag Warning

  •  In effect for the fire area through 8/21 at 2300.

Air Quality

  • Spokane:  Some parts of Spokane showing “Unhealthy”.  Purple lines indicate the areas affected.
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Air Quality Map. Photo Credit: The National Weather Service [NWS] of Spokane.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Pet Loss / Coping  –National Humane Society

Red Cross Distress Helpline

  • Phone:  1-800-985-5990.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA] – Div of U. S Public Health

# # #

SOCIAL MEDIA

“First-hand Witness  Reports on Social Media”

August 21:

  • Media on Condition Report via Flight into Fire Area:  “Smoke is so thick we could barely see outside our windows as we prepared to land.”
  • Franklin County Fire District #3:  “Fresh firefighters leaving today in Van Pool vans to replace crews on the CarpenterRd fire. Thank you Ben Franklin Transit for your support!”
  • Media report:  “The smoke is omnipresent near Fruitland. Low visibility with a big gulp of ash with each breath”
  • Air Quality Report via Twitter User:  “Smoke is filling up the Valley”

August 20:

  • Base Camp:  Setup at a Bible School near Fruitland.

August 19:

  • Stevens Co Fire Chief:  “Ash floating around in the skies and is still warm when it hits them, touches those around them.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Donations

  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation:  “Will make a huge difference for these families experiencing the loss of a firefighter tonight. The WFF supports these families like no other, and supports those injured too. Please donate!
    RIP brave heroes keeping others safe. https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation?fref=ts” This is from a Twitter supporter.  You can Make a Difference in a Family’s life.  Click on this link today.

Thank you for what you all are doing out there.  Wishing safety and prayers to get those darn fires out.  We appreciate your tireless efforts, hard work and dedication.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRE | Carpenter Rd Fire | August 20, 2015 | PM SitRep

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

~ William Shakespeare

SUMMARY

  • Location:  35 miles NW of Spokane
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  9658

FIRE STATUS

  • Fire Behavior:  Extreme.
  • Threatened:  400 homes & structures, 5 commercial properties, 200 others
  • Containment:  0%

Carpenter Road Fire Map. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team. [8/19/15]

Map updated on 8/18/15. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Destroyed:  16 homes destroyed; unknown number of “other” structures reportedly destroyed.

RESOURCES, EQUIPMENT

  • Personnel:  301
  • Crews:  5
  • Helicopters:  3
  • Engines:  32
  • Actions:  Structure Protection

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 [Mandatory evacuation. Leave your home/business now for your own personal safety.]

  • Lessig Road along the Springdale Hunters Road to Springdale. This includes all secondary roads off of Springdale Hunters Road including Gennett Road and Rosehill Road and other road spurs to the South.
  • Region from Belinger Road to the SOUTHEAST “the way the crow flies” to State Highway 231.
  • Out of Fruitland Valley which includes Fruitland Valley Road and Turk Road.

Level 2 [Prepare to evacuate. This is a mid-range level of preparing to evacuate and also a level of voluntary evacuation.]

  • From the Spokane Agency Reservation boundary south to Lake Roosevelt (to include the West End Community).
  • From Springdale Hunters Road to Waitts Lake.
  • From Belinger Road EAST to State Highway 231.
  • From area around Waitts Lake to the Huckleberry Mountains south to Springdale Hunters Road to State Highway 231.

FIRE CONTACT INFO

Call Center

  • Operational Period: 0800 – 2100 PDT
  • Phone Lines: 509-722-6040 or  509-722-6165

ALERTS

Red Flag Warning

  • Initiated due to hot dry weather, very low relative humidity, and strong winds in the Columbia River Valley. These conditions have led to the persistence of the same extreme fire behavior as has been seen over the past several days.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Donations

  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation:  “Will make a huge difference for these families experiencing the loss of a firefighter tonight. The WFF supports these families like no other, and supports those injured too. Please donate!
    RIP brave heroes keeping others safe. https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation?fref=ts” This is from a Twitter supporter.  You can Make a Difference in a Family’s life.  Click on this link today.

Thank you for what you all are doing out there.  Wishing safety and prayers to get those darn fires out.  We appreciate your tireless efforts, hard work and dedication.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog