AZ WILDFIRE | BIG HORN FIRE | 4

UPDATE 4 | JUNE 25, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The BIG HORN FIRE started by lightning on June 6, 2020 around 2200 MT in the Catalina Mountains, northwest of Tucson, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest. The Fire was caused by lightning.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

plume seen from McDonalds parking lot

CURRENT FIRE STATUS.  There has been 81,702 acres of short grass that has been burned. It is now 33% contained. Expected containment is around July 10, 2020.

Fire behavior is active with uphill runs.  Fire is most likely to spread to the northwest and southeast, growing by 7,500 acres over the next 24 hours.

THREATENED.   Summerhaven – Scout Campm Willow Canyon HOA and 12,040 structures

RESOURCES.  There are 1,072 personnel along with 5-Helicopter-Type 1; 2-Helicopter-Type 2; 6-Helicopter-Type 3; 3-Crew-Camp; 12-Crew-Type 1; 5-Crew-Type 2; 5-Crew-Type 2IA; 6-Dozer; 1-Engine-Type 1; . Critical Resource Needs: REMS Team 1 – Heavy Equipment Boss 1 – Lat 1 – VLAT 5 – Type 6 Engines.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  Bighorn Fire Info, Mount Lemmon FD, Tucson FD, Pinal Co Public Health, Pinal Co Sheriffs Office,  Pima County government, Three Points Fire District, Lemmon Fire District, CEDR Digital Corps, Red Cross, AZ Game and Fish Dept, Oracle FD and Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team 1 and Tucson Emergency Alerts.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.  There has been $24.4 Million Dollars in cost-to-date fire suppression expenses.

firefighters stand in teh glow of fire

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS.

AIR QUALITY.   Pima County https://webcms.pima.gov/government/environmental_quality/air/air_monitoring/

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION.  There is a TFR above this fire incident.  There are no private drones allowed in/around or near this fire scene.  If they are found within the area, all air resources will be forced to land and a clean sweep of the airsprace before they are able to fly again.  #NoDronesInFireZones is the motto everyone who is a citizen should remember.

SOCIAL MEDIA.  You can find us on Twitter or Facebook @nwfireblog

Thank you for following us! Be safe out there if you have to travel and remember to move to the right for lights and sirens. ##

Fire Incident Hashtags | #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020 #BighornFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 2040 PT/MST

AZ WILDFIRE | BIG HORN FIRE | 3

UPDATE 3 | 6/23/2020 | PM UPDATE

The BIG HORN FIRE started by lightning on June 5, 2020 around 2200 MT in the Catalina Mountains, northwest of Tucson, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest.

Fire Fact | There were 6 new wildfires in the last 24 hours. – NIFC

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

A rugged landscape of desert hillside is the background for a picture of a very large airtanker dropping a large load of bright pink fire retardant.

CURRENT STATUS

  • 65,536 acres and is 33% contained
  • Fire is most active along the N/NE/SE sides
  • $19.9 Million cost-to-date expenses
  • 4 injuries, 3 with minor heat-related illnesses
  • Temperatures in the 60’s with poor humidity recovery tonight.
  • Terrain-driven winds, downslope later in the evening

Fire Progression Map | Credit | Bighorn Fire Info

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RESOURCES

There are 988 personnel assigned along with 25 hand crews, 6 dozers, 80 engines, 19 water tenders and 10 helicopters.

Photo Credit | Pima County Sheriff’s Department

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INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators include:

  • Bighorn Fire Info
  • Mount Lemmon FD
  • Tucson FD (and Medics)
  • Pinal County (Public Health, Sheriff’s Office)
  • Pima County government
  • Three Points Fire District
  • Lemmon Fire District
  • CEDR Digital Corps
  • Red Cross
  • AZ Game and Fish Dept
  • Oracle FD
  • Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team 1

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Plume created by Bighorn Fire

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Air Quality:  Pima County https://webcms.pima.gov/government/environmental_quality/air/air_monitoring/

Tempoary Flight Restriction:  There is a TFR above this fire incident.  There are no private drones allowed in/around or near this fire scene.  If they are found within the area, all air resources will be forced to land and a clean sweep of the airsprace before they are able to fly again.  #NoDronesInFireZones is the motto everyone who is a citizen should remember.

Pinal County:  

  • The Peppersauce Canyon area from Highjinks Rd. to Campo Bonito, formerly on “GO!” alert, has been downgraded to “SET.” Residents may now return to their homes.
  • The Rest of Oracle remains on “SET” alert.
  • The Pinal County Fairground is no longer accepting large animals for sheltering.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Type 1 Helicopter refilling for more drops on Bighorn Fire.

THE BIGHORN FIRE IN FIRE IMAGES

Photo Credit | Pima County Sheriff’s Offic – Air Support UnitImage

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media | You can find us on Twitter or Facebook @nwfireblog

Thank you for following us! Be safe out there if you have to travel and remember to move to the right for lights and sirens. ##

Fire Incident Hashtags | #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020 #BighornFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 1840 PT

AZ WILDFIRE | BIG HORN FIRE | 2

UPDATE 2 | 6/22/2020 | PM UPDATE

The BIG HORN FIRE started by lightning on June 5, 2020 around 2200 MT in the Catalina Mountains, northwest of Tucson, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Info

CURRENT STATUS

  • Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and running
  • 58,553 acres with 33% containment status
  • 5-minor heat related illnesses (firefighters)

RESOURCES

The faces behind the yellow shirts and equipment that are working tirelessly to put out this wildfire.  This is the Superstition Hotshot Crew.

Photo Credit | AZ State Dept. of Forestry

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There are 969 personnel assigned along with the following fire assets:

Personnel

  • 7 hotshot crews
  • 14 Type 2 hand crews

Engines

  • 2 Type 1 engines
  • 28 Type 3 engines
  • 5 Type 4 engines
  • 17 Type 5 engines
  • 25 Type 6 engines

Helicopters

  • 5 Type 1 helicopters
  • 1 Type 2 helicopter
  • 2 Type 3 helicopter

Heavy Equipment

  • 19 water tenders
  • 6 bulldozers

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators include:

  • Bighorn Fire Info
  • Mount Lemmon FD
  • Tucson FD (and Medics)
  • Pinal County (Public Health, Sheriff’s Office)
  • Pima County government
  • Three Points Fire District
  • Lemmon Fire District
  • CEDR Digital Corps
  • Red Cross
  • AZ Game and Fish Dept
  • Oracle FD
  • Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team 1

INJURIES

2 Firefighter injuries on the fireline. Conditions are unknown.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tempoary Flight Restriction:  There is a TFR above this fire incident.  There are no private drones allowed in/around or near this fire scene.  If they are found within the area, all air resources will be forced to land and a clean sweep of the airsprace before they are able to fly again.  #NoDronesInFireZones is the motto everyone who is a citizen should remember.

Pinal County:  

  • The Peppersauce Canyon area from Highjinks Rd. to Campo Bonito, formerly on “GO!” alert, has been downgraded to “SET.” Residents may now return to their homes.
  • The Rest of Oracle remains on “SET” alert.
  • The Pinal County Fairground is no longer accepting large animals for sheltering.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • AZ Gov Doug Ducey meets with local local, State and Federal officials to assess damage.
  • $18.2 Million cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media | You can find us on Twitter or Facebook @nwfireblog

Thank you for following us! Be safe out there if you have to travel and remember to move to the right for lights and sirens. ##

Fire Incident Hashtags | #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020 #BighornFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 2110 PT

AZ WILDFIRE | BIG HORN FIRE | 1

UPDATE 1 | 6/21/2020 | PM UPDATE

The BIG HORN FIRE started by lightning on June 5, 2020 around 2200 MT in the Catalina Mountains, northwest of Tucson, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Task Force Leader, Hugh Fairfield-Smith

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Dry and windy conditions feed the fire making it explode into a firestorm and burning everything in its path.  As of today, the fire has destroyed 51,628 acres  of chaparral, brush and timber.  The fire  is 16% contained.

There are 969 fire personnel assigned aong with a SW Type 1 Team unit with IC John Pierson that assumed command on June 9th around 0600 MT time.

A new IMT will assume command on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Fire Conditions:   Firefighters are working in 100*F-plus daily temps in steep and rugged terrain in the Pusch Ridge wilderness.  Fire behavior is active, running uphill, flankling and spotting.

Photo Credit | Tucson FD Paramedic Team

Significant Events:

  • Fire burned past the UAZ Sky Center:  All structures and the site are still intact. No damage sustained.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Management Team

Evacuations –> GO NOW:  Mt. Bigelow, Lower Soldier HOA, Community of Summerhaven, Willow Canyon, Peppersauce Canyon to Highjinks Road and Campo Bonito

Evacuations –> BE READY:  Community of Oracle, Portions of East Golder Ranch, Catalina Foothills between Alvernon Way and Sabino Canyon, North of Skyline Road.

Evacuations –> PREPARE NOW:  Oro Valley from Catalina State Park, South to Magee Road.  Tucson Foothills from First Avenue east to Alvernon Way.

Evacuation SHELTER –> Sahuaro High School’s Gym, 545 N. Camino Seco by the Red Cross.

Injuries/Illnesses:  There have been three wildland firefighter minor heat illnesses.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Management Team

Tempoary Flight Restriction:  There is a TFR above this fire incident.  There are no private drones allowed in/around or near this fire scene.  If they are found within the area, all air resources will be forced to land and a clean sweep of the airsprace before they are able to fly again.  #NoDronesInFireZones is the motto everyone who is a citizen should remember.

Emergency Alerts Pinal County | pinalcountyaz.gov/emergencymanagement  and Pima County | myalerts.pima.gov

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Task Force Leader, Hugh Fairfield-Smith

Road Closures:  Catalina Highway at MP 0 is closed, except to local residents and business owners.  Oracle Control road is closed.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Management Team

Additional Fire Images | Week of June 15th

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Management Team

Fire Images from June 17, 2020 – Photo Credit | Lemmon Fire Department

Photo Credit | Chris Ader with Three Points Fire District

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Social Media | You can find us on Twitter or Facebook @nwfireblog

Thank you for following us! Be safe out there if you have to travel and remember to move to the right for lights and sirens. ##

Fire Incident Hashtags | #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog  – 2115 PT

Monroe Firefighters Respond to Multiple Structures Fire

Snohomish County  Fire District #7 Firefighters were dispatched to a large outbuilding/barn fire in the 25100 block of Cromwell Road in Monroe, Washington State this evening around  2130 hours PDT.

Photo Credit | SCFD7

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Dispatch reported there were multiple callers and several explosions heard.

All occupants of the structures had self-extricated themselves.

First due units arrived, reporting a fully engulfed charlie side.  The Battalion Chief reported this was a defensive fire.

Immediately, Command requested a FIU investigator and an additional Medic unit  respond to the scene.

With the fire raging as it was, it unfortunately extended to the main house.

Fire was out at 1039 hours PDT.

There were no reports of injuries to firefighters or other occupants.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/9/2020 – 2310 PDT

 

Alameda County Firefighters Save Lives, Ducky Style

[Thank you to one of our readers who brought this life-saving lighthearted incident to our attention]

NEWARK , CALIFORNIA

Firefighters were dispatched to a momma duck in distress on Saturday, April 25, 2020 around 1545 hours PT.

Firefighters raced to the scene of the incident quickly unfolding at Chelsea Drive and Winsford Court in Newark in Alameda County, California.

The emergency call came in as entrapped ducklings in a storm drain and their frantic mother was standing by for first responders to arrive.

Alameda County Fire Department’s Engine 29 rolled up on-scene gloved and masked up and ready for a rescue of some trapped little victims.

One-by-one, firefighters lifted the small but cute little fluffy ducklings from the bottom of a very deep  and dirty storm drain up onto the street and reunited with their distraught momma.

All-in-all, firefighters saved seven ducklings from mayhem and reunited them with their large family.

Nice Save, Firefighters!

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Updated 4/26/2020 1300 PT

Police Divers Still Searching for 2nd Occupant in Duwamish

Tukwila and Renton RFA firefighters and specialized  divers were dispatched on Thursday night just after 1800 hours PT to a car into the water.

The incident occurred in the area of 12400 Blk x 42nd Ave S in Tukwila, Washington.

Seattle Fire attempted to respond but due to the water level and a low bridge, they were unable to continue with their response so they returned to their quarters.

Divers continued throughout the night, even well into the darkness searching.

Photo Credit | Tukwila PD Instagram

One yellow patient was treated at the scene and  transported to the hospital.

Police divers continue to search for the missing person, a second occupant of the vehicle that veered into the Duwamish River.  They are using a submersible camera to help search for the reported missing victim.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 2 – 1800 hours PT

Water Rescue Turns to Recovery Mode For Victim Missing In River

Firefighters and specialized dive teams responded to a car into the river with multiple occupants in the area of 12400 Blk x 42nd Ave S in Tukwila, Washington, just after 1800 hours PT.

A yellow patient was located on the street level but divers were in about 15-feet of water in the Duwamish River near the boat launch looking for a reportedly missing occupant.  Divers searched the vehicle and found it to be empty.  At that point, they switched from a rescue to a recovery mode.

A TriMed ambulance was called to the scene to transport the patient.

Command requested a specialized rescue boat from the King County Sheriff’s Office and its ETA around 1910 hours PT.  Dispatch stated they were cancelled and a boat was available out of Federal Way but it was requested for the specialized KCSO motorized boat.

Downstream containment was established. Divers entered the water at the 15th Avenue bridge around 1920 hours PT. They were still in recovery mode at this point.

Victim was located and is being extricated from the water, while another diver entering the Duwamish River. Command requested from Dispatch to have REHAB for the Dive Team respond to the scene.

A Zone 3 REHAB Explorer was dispatched at 1924 hours and arrrived quickly on-scene. They were assigned to the Medical Group.

Seattle Fire Boat 5 was dispatched for mutual aid but they had a difficult getting to the scene due to the water level and a low bridge. They were released from the incident and returned to their quarters located at Station 5 on Alaskan Way (Seattle waterfront).

The incident started almost two hours ago.  This is an open and active ongoing incident.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 1 – 1925 hours PDT

Bellevue Firefighters Respond to Thursday House Fire

Firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire on Thursday, April 23, 2020, just before noon today.

Light smoke billowed  from the eaves of the home as witnessed by many from the street above.  The home is located down a steep driveway.

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The fire broke out at a home located in the 2600 block 169 Ave Southeast in Bellevue, Washington State.

Engine 102 was first due on-scene  and began immediately fighting fire.

Primary and secondary searches were conducted but no fire vicitms were found.

Firefighters checked the attic for any extensions.

No injuries to firefighters or to civilians were reported.

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A preliminary cause of the fire was not immediately known at the time of this post.

Photo Images Credit | Bellevue Fire Department

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/23/2020 1140 hours PT

REKINDLE WA WILDFIRE | Stanwood Bryant Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 

April 19, 2020 – Sunday

INCIDENT SUMMARY

April 19th Fire

A wildfire call has been received through the 9-1-1 Dispatch center for a possible rekindle of the April 15th wildfire.  It is being reported that it is burning in the 5400 block of 257th Street NE in Arlington, Washington State.

The Reporting party stated they could see fire burning again in timber and up in the trees.

April 15th Original Fire

This fire previously ignited sometime on April 15th in the 5000 block of Stanwood Bryant Road in Arlington.

The fast-moving fire was deep seeded in the heavily forested trees where it would take almost two days for wildfire crews to put out.

Reports by local Media states, someone was burning a stump on private farmland that become an out-of-control fire, prompting about 100 firefighters from multiple fire agencies to respond to the April 15th wildfire call.

It was originally a two-acre burning but would turn into a 70-acre incident.   It was 100% contained on April 17, 2020.

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April 15, 2020 wildfire. Credit: WSDOT Traffic

CURRENT STATUS

We are waiting to hear what is being seen and reported by first due crews.

For now, scanner feed from various sources are not reporting anything.  Nothing on fire department Social Media channels either.  WA DNR crews are not showing dispatched may be still in the works or nothing found?

HISTORY OF FIRES IN THIS AREA

June 16, 2011

  • Brush fire blocking SR9 SB lane near Stanwood.

March 21 ,2019

  • SR9 NB closed due to emergency crews respond to a fire.

August 10, 2019

  • 3rd Ave NE x Stanwood Bryant Road, Arlington.  Brush Fire.  1818 hours PST. Newly cleared land. One of its giant piles of debris is smoking.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using the following hashtags for this post:  #FireSeason2020 #StanwoodBryantFire #WaWildfire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/19/2020 1730 hours PT