The Wildfire Log | Howard Road Fire | WA | 1

Whidbey Island, Washington

Update 1 | Friday | June 14, 2019 | 2100 hours PDT

Firefighters and assets were dispatched to a brush fire located on Howard Road and SR 525, in the woods behind a bus stop on Whidbey Island around 2055 hours PDT.

Personnel was responding from South Whidbey Fire & EMS.


Limited information.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog


The Wildfire Log | Sand Fire | CA | 8


JUNE 13, 2019 – THURSDAY – 2111 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

The SAND FIRE began on June 8th around 1450 hours PDT.  The official cause has not been released yet via CAL FIRE, who is the lead fire agency.

It is located about seven miles NNW of Guinida and 92 miles NNE of San Francisco, California.

Aerial shot of Sand Fire burn area

Photo Credit: CAL FIRE

Current Status

Fire crews have reached a 95% containment status with the fire scorching 2,512 acres.

There are still 200 fire personnel assigned to this incident along with 5 engines, 3 fire crews, 4 dozers and 4 water tenders

Significant Events

  • 7 non-residential structures were destroyed.
  • 2 minor firefighter injuries
  • Highest amount of fire personnel reached 500 at peak of fire
  • Fire jumped Highway 16
  • Evacuations were in effect
  • Largest wildfire for Northern California
View of the Sand Fire taken on June 9, 2019.

Courtesy | Inciweb

Social Media

This is our last and final post on this wildfire incident. Thank you to all of you who followed us on live coverage on our Twitter @nwfireblog and visiting us here for our Official posts! We Thank you and hope you are safe whereever you play/work/live. – Ed.

#SandFire #CAwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | McMillan Fire | CA


CAL FIRE and SLO County FD fire crews were on-scene to a brush fire located east of McMillan Canyon Road on Highway 46 on June 12th.

Here is a timeline of the wildfire as it unfolded over Social Media:

6/12 1305 | Fire reached 10 acres with a moderate rate of spread.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1320 | Fire increased to 50 acres.

1340 | Fire behavior began to change from moderate to a rapid rate of spread, bringing it to 200 acres destroyed.

1351 | By this time, just shy over 10 minutes, the wildfire exploded into 600 acres.

1439 | Fire crews were beginning to get a handle on the wildfire and bringing the containment now to 20%.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1501 | Firefighters were still at 20% containment but the fire grew to a scary 1,000 acres.  Fire assets were brought in for fire suppression from the skies and the ground.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1626 | The fire was still increasing.  It had now reached 2,000 acres destroyed with 20% containment status remaining the same.

1523 | Firefighters were working tirelessly as they were trying to bring this fire under control and contained.  At this time, the forward progression of the fire was stopped and containment now up to 50%.  Fire Managers and Law Enforcement reopened EB traffic on Hwy 46.

1554 | As containment increased, some fire assets and personnel were slowly beginning to be released from the incident.  Progress for full containment was still the main objective.  Smoke was still visible in the northeastern portion of (SLO) the County.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1827 | Fire remained at the same 50% containment but structures were no longer threatened by the impending wildfire, thanks to the efforts by fire crews in both the air and on the ground.  Both directions of the highway were now opened but traffic was being diverted through Shandon.

2104 | CAL FIRE, CHP, and CAL Trans worked through coordination to open one WB lane on the Highway.  Once all the way open, no more traffic was said to be diverted through Shandon.

2116 | Fire equipment and personnel were due to remain on the fireline throughout the evening to strengthen containment lines and put out any hot spots that may arise.  A strike team of engines are due to be deployed to the line the following morning.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

6/13/2019 1000 | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit E3469 out of the Cayucos FS #11 worked on the containment lines.  With good weather conditions, crews were able to help those area assigned to the fire to increase the containment status even higher.

1109  | Fire objective is still the focus of fire crews. Containment increases to 75%. With more accurate mapping, Fire Managers release the total destroyed by the fire at 1,764 acres.

1631 | Fire crews have been on-scene all day and have now reached a containment status of 95%.  They have laid almost 10 miles of fireline constructed around the fire.

This is our first and last report on this wildfire since fire crews have reached their fire objective. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/13/2019 – Thursday – 2110 PDT


The Wildfire Log | Almond Tree Fire | AZ | 1


Update 1 | June 13, 2019 | Thursday

A wildfire is burning on Stockton Road and Mile Marker 38 in Kingman, Arizona which prompted fire personnel and assets to be dispatched through the Arizona Dispatch Center today at 0812 hours MST.

No word what sparked the wildfire, acreage or status of the fire.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Old Delaware Fire | WA | 1


Update 1 | June 12, 2019 – Wednesday | 2030 hours PDT

Fire personnel and assets were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center today at 1634 hours PDT for a wildfire in the Old Kettle area of Stevens County, Washington.

No photo description available.

A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued fro the east and Washington State areas due to gusty winds and lightning expected Thursday & Friday.

Resources included: AR 451 AR 63 DNR 33 E 12 HT 43 NC 25 NC 26 NC 40 NC 41+Crew NC 42+Crew NC 43+Crew NC 44+Crew NC 61 NC 7301 NC 7302 NC 7303 NC 7304 NC 7305 NC 7306 NC 7307 were on-scene immediately.

About 5.5 acres of grass, brush and duff was scorched. Fire crews have the fire 100% lined. (per WA DNR CAD system).  The WA DNR PIO states fire is actually 2 acres and listed just outside of Kettle Falls.

No photo description available.

Fire crews and aircraft worked hand-in-hand working to gain a full containment.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | 1


Update 1 | Monday, June 10, 2019 | 2045 hours MST

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning about 10 miles northwest of Superior, Arizona in the Superstition Wilderness that started on Saturday, June 8th around 1330 hours MST.  It is located on the Tonto National Forest.

It has been determined that the cause to be of human intervention. The ignition source is unknown.

Credit | SFMD

Current Status | The fire has burned approximately 3,000 acres and is quickly increasing.  There is a 0% containment status at the time of this posting.

Fire behavior is moderate with uphill and wind-driven runs and backing.

Command | Command has set-up an Incident Command Post or ICP at the Queen Valley Fire Station.

Credit | USFS

Resources | The Payson Hotshots are en route to the fireground.  There are approximately 75 fire personnel, including 3 crews and five engines.  Additional personnel have arrived.

Endangered | There are no structures or communities in danger.

Damage Assessment | The fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached $150,000.00.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Jordan Fire | CA | 1


Update 1 | Monday, June 10, 2019 | 1945 hours PDT

Incident Summary | A wildfire started on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9, 2019, which is located in the Golden Trout Wilderness is west of Black Rock.  The fire appears to be burning downslope towards Jordan Hot Springs.

Incident Name | It has been named the JORDAN FIRE.

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Credit: USFS – Inyo NF

Size Up | The fire is approximately 150 acres and burning in the 2002 McNally fire burn scar.

Cause | Fire Managers have determined the the cause was related to lightning which was active in the area just before the fire ignited.

Challenges Faced | Fire crews are challenged with large amount of dead standing trees and downed logs, as well as thick decadent brush.  Personnel were expected to be helicoptered in to assess the needs of the fire and to determine what fire tactics are needed.

Credit: Sequoia NF

Resources | Resources include:  one helicopter, two crews and one engine.   Additional resources are on order.   The Inyo NF’s Type 3 Organization has been activated.   Personnel from neighboring Sequoia NF was also en route to assist in the wildfire fight.

Areas Open | The Golden Trout Wilderness is posting on their Social Media that the area is opened and has several roadway entrances that hikers and campers can easily access.

Alerts | The Inyo National Forest’s Mammoth and Mono Basin Visitor’s Centers will not be issuing fuelwood permits during the week of June 9-15, 2019.

How to Be Fire Smart | 

Give Smokey a hand! Follow these rules for campfire safety and wildfire prevention:

1. Make sure you are at a site that allows campfires.
2. Make sure there are no burn bans and it’s not too windy.
3. Lastly, Smokey’s friends never play with matches, lighters, lighter fluid or other flammable liquids.

For more campfire safety visit:

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | LA City Brush Fire | CA | 1


Update 1 | June 10, 2019 | Monday | 1845 hours PDT

A brush fire named the LA CITY BRUSH FIRE at Hansen Dam has been logged into the Angeles Emergency Communications Center’s CAD system at 1751 hours PDT.

We are not showing any resources being dispatched but we will be looking for additional details when they are available.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Bear Creek Fire | WA | 1


UPDATE 1 | June 10th – Monday | 1830 hours PDT

Incident Summary | Fire personnel and assets were dispatched today at 1340 hours PDT to a brush fire in the town of Tahuya is near Crosby in Kitsap County, Washington.

Fire Fuels, Size Up | The fire, as of 1700 hours, has destroyed 22 acres of brush, slash and reprod timeber.

Resources |   DNR personnel and equipment – BRADSHAW BRADY, M DOZER-1 DOZER-2 DUNCAN E804 E808 E8213 EXCAVATOR1 H341WN H343WN H345WN JEWELL MCREYNOLDS PROVENCHER.  A Type 4 IC has arrived on-scene.

Status | Windy conditions are challenging ground firefighters and helicopters working on the wildfire.

Cause | Cause is unknown at the time of this posting.

Social Media | #BearCreekFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog


The Wildfire Log | Spring Fire | NM | 1


Update 1:  June 10, 2019 (Monday) – 1000 hours PDT

A wildfire named the SPRING FIRE is burning on the Gila National Forest, about 44 miles north of Mimbres, New Mexico.

About 2,200 acres of timber and short grass have been scorched.  This incident is being managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT team.  Crews have reached a 10% containment status.

There are 53 total personnel assigned with one crew and five engines.

Total fire suppression and containment costs have reached $136,000.00.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog