The Wildfire Log | Museum Fire in Arizona | 1

UPDATE 1 | JULY 21, 2019 

Incident Summary

A wildfire prompted fire personnel and equipment to be dispatched around 1142 hours MST on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

The fire was reported by multiple calls from the general public and from fire lookouts around 1100 hours.

Almost one hour later, multiple engines, crews, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft along with nearly 100 personnel were on-scene of the five-acre fire.

The fire’s cause has not been released and is currently under investigation.

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Credit | Coconino NF

Location

The fire is located north of Flagstaff, near Schultz Pass Road.

Size

By almost 1330 Hours MST, the fire slowly grew to 20 acres.  Now at 1630 hours MST, the fire has been reported to have reached 400 acres of ponderosa pines and mixed conifer with a 0% containment status.

Resources

There are a total of 182 personnel and assets, which included 7 engines, 4 fuels crews, 2 hotshot crews, 14 patrol units, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 4 heavy air tankers, 4 SEATs (single engine air tankers), 3 Type Type-1 helicopters, 1 Type 3 helicopter, a VLAT (very large air tanker) and an air attack plane.

A Type 1 IMT Team 2 (SW IMT) is on order and will take command over this wildfire at 1800 hours MST on Monday evening.

Museum Fire near Dry Lake

Fire photo taken at 15 hours MST | Credit: Coconino NF

EOC Activated

The Coconino County Emergency Management and City of Flagstaff collectively, have activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in support of this wildfire named the MUSEUM FIRE.

Evacuations

An evacuation notice has been issued for the areas of Forest Road to Highway 89 (Mount Elden Lookout) and Schultz Pass Road to private land.   A pre-evacuation notice has also been issued for the area of Forest Road 420 to Friedlein Prairie.

The Coconino County Sheriff SAR members are assisting with evacuations.

Notifications

An American Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Sinaqua Middle School. 3950 E. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004.

For emergency notifications and other notices, go to coconino.az.gov/ready .

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1630 hours MST.

 

The Wildfire Log | Mile Post 7 Fire

MILE POST 7 FIRE | KITTITAS COUNTY, WA

A wildfire is burning off of I-82 and mile post 7 that began on Saturday, July 20th.

There has been a reported 26 acres of grass and brush scorched.

Resources included:  E-331 SE-426 SE-461 SE-463 SE-561 SE-MARTIN SE-POLLACK which were dispatched via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center around 1745 hours PDT.

The fire is being reported by other sources that it has been contained around 2149 hours PDT.

Earlier fire suppression activities included WA DNR resources which included:  Rotors making bucket drops and hand crews. The County Fire Marshal was called out for a fire investigation.

#WAwildfires #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 2200 hours PDT

 

 

The Wildfire Log | Juniper Wind Tower Fire | 1

JULY 20, 2019 | UPDATE 1

KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. | A wildfire has prompted resources to be dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center at 1659 hours on Saturday, July 20, 2019.  Resources included:  SE 722, 742, TSUBOTA.  More are en route.

The fire is named the JUNIPER WIND TUNNEL FIRE.

Approximately 300 acres of grass, brush and timber have been burned with the fire currently now  threatening structures and wind farms is located off of E Road, south of Bickleton, Washington State.

Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (@wafiremarshal) has approved State Mobilization of resources as of 1930 this evening.

There are limited released details on this wildfire. We are working to gain more intel and will post a new update as information is received.

We are using the following hashtags for this fire #JuniperWindTowerFire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2019.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Cold Creek Fire Burns Near Hanford (WA) | 1

Incident Summary

A wildfire is burning in Benton County but is quickly approaching the Yakima County line in Washington State.  The fast moving fire was reported at 1600 hours at 1,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

Location

The fire is burning near the Hanford Nuclear site and said to be about five miles south of the Vernita Bridge.

Resources

At 1605 hours, Washington State Department of Natural Resources or commonly called WA DNR Fire, dispatched through their communications center the following resources:  AA-10F BATT-603 CREW-6201 DIV-802 E-6695 BLM E-6696 BLM E-852 FB-205 FB-244 H-339 H-343 HT613CK PATROL-603 PATROL-604 SE-LAWSON T-162.

Fire resources have responded from Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties.

Current Status

This is fire has a high rapid rate of spread with running.  It was currently at 8,000 acres around 1815 hours PDT.  Fire fuels include Grass, brush and slash.

Closures

SR 24 closed from SR 241 at the Silver Dollar to the Hanford gate.

SR 240 is closed at the Hanford Gate to the SR 225 to West Richland.

SR 24 is closed from the Hanford Gate north to Vernita.

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Road Closure map | Credit: WSDOT East

Fire Weather

There is a RED FLAG WARNING in effect on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 1400 hours to 2100 hours due to gusty winds and higher temps.

Social Media

Our next update on this story will be at 2030 hours unless something more significant occurs.

You can also find us for live updates for all fires on our Twitter account @nwfireblog

Thank you for reading our post!

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log: WA’s Swanson Mill Fire | Final Update

UPDATE 3 – JULY 4 (THURSDAY)

Final Update

A wildfire approximately 200 acres named the SWANSON MILL FIRE located south of Oneil Road in the Swanson Mill area, just north of Ellisforde and south of Oroville, Washington.

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The fire which prompted many air fire suppression aircraft that included 5 fire bosses, several helicopters, heavy airtankers with some of them from Canada and others were brought quickly in.  Additionally, they were dipping from nearby lake and continuously dropping over the fire line and tankers dropping retardant down below.

Overnight, fire crews worked tirelessly to contain the fire bringing the total of acres destroyed at 300 acres.  They are currently mopping up.

Fire was burning near homes and other structures but all were saved. None were reported as damaged.

No injuries to firefighters or to civilians were reported.

The cause is unknown and still under investigation.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated @ 1100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: WA’s Swanson Mill Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – JULY 3 (WEDNESDAY)

A wildfire approximately 200 acres named the SWANSON MILL FIRE is located south of Oneil Road in the Swanson Mill area, just north of Ellisforde and south of Oroville, Washington.

About 125 personnel are assigned to the fire.

During the height of the incident, there were five fire bosses that included FB 206, 207, 210, 244 and 246.  They worked the fire and at the end of the fire around 1730 hours, they were sent back to Omak airport for a load and return until 1800 hours.  They were on stand-by in case, the Helicopters that were still assigned to the incident needed, were only minutes away from being recalled.

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Two Canadian air tankers 447 and 449 were in the mix with all of the aircraft. They worked their magic and did a great job.  They returned to another airport for a load and hold, but were ultimately released from the fire by 5 Alpha Romeo.

One dozer was on-scene working the dozer line but two more would be ordered and arrived to assist. They made great progress as well.

A TFR (temporary flight restriction) was discussed by Dispatch and the IC but agreed unnecessary due to the fire being quickly contained.  However, there was an incident where a low flying aircraft was flying over the area where it was a concern for some fire suppression aircraft attempting to make water drops.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated 1740 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Elko County’s Whiterock Fire

Update 1 – Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A wildfire is burning near Osino, near Whiterock, Nevada that is now the size of about 2.4 acres.  Containment status is unknown at the time of this post.

Fire personnel and assets, which included 701, 702, 703, Brush 13, 232 and 52-32 were dispatched this evening around 1949 hours PDT to the fire line.

Due to limited scanner feed and pressers, we are waiting for more updates from our verified sources. Until that happens, this may be our last and final post on this incident.

Thank you for following our Official Fire Blog here.  We will be blogging on here and our Twitter @nwfireblog as wildfire incidents come online or if they are continued fires, we will be updating them as details emerge. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2045 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log: Grant County’s Cliff Fire Last Update | 3

UPDATE 3 – JULY 1, 2019 – MONDAY

There was a wildfire burning on SR 243 at milepost 25  in Vantage was originally named the #243Fire in Beverly, Washington would quickly be changed by Fire Command and burning in Vantage.

Firefighters from WA DNR and other fire agencies quickly provided heavy fire response and suppression efforts to contain the fire.  As of one hour ago, some fire personnel remained on-scene for mop-up operations and to gain a 100% containment status.

The fire burned 70 acres.

There is no cause at this time but it is under investigation.

No injuries to firefighters or to the public was reported.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @  2215 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Confusion with Wildhorse Fire Name | 5

UPDATE 5 – July 1, 2019 – Monday

The Wildhorse Fire is not to be confused with the State of Nevada’s June 20th wildfire named the same time.

This fire is located off of I-90 at the Wild Horse Monument, a few miles from Vantage, Washington.  This was reported by multiple callers from a small area at the bottom of the hillside and running uphill.  The fire began as a small few acres as reported by the first due crews to exploding to a 200 acre-incident.

About two hours ago, WA DNR sent some personnel and resources to assist as mutual aid in Grant County.  The fire was said to be burning in sage and grass.  Conditions have been dry and weather has been somewhat unfavorable, making it right for fire season to make its move and more of a challenge to Fire Officials often promotion Prevention messages to the public.

Those assigned to this wildfire incident were WA DNR CREW 33, 6201 and a BLM engine #6695, assisted by multiple Fire Districts.

Thank you for joining us this evening and following us.  Please be sure to tell your friends, fellow Firefighters and 1st Responders who we are and what we are all about. You can also find us on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog for future live fire and disaster news unfolding in the Northwest, the United States and around the Globe. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2200 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: County Fire Marshal Responds to I-90 Fire | 4

UPDATE 4 – July 1, 2019 – Monday

The I-90 IC called for the County Fire Marshal to respond to the Wild Horse Monument around 2055 hours PDT.  His ETA was said to be two hours out.

We are signing off this incident for the night and will provide an update on Tuesday, July 2nd when more information is available.

Thank you for joining us this evening and following us.  Please be sure to tell your friends, fellow Firefighters and 1st Responders who we are and what we are all about. You can also find us on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog for future live fire and disaster news unfolding in the Northwest, the United States and around the Globe. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2100 hours PDT