JUNE 28, 2020 | HIAWATHA 2 FIRE | WA

Grant County, Washington

A wildfire broke out near the Hiawatha Lake, just west of Moses Lake.  The local Fire Department, Grant County Fire District #5, BLM and DNR were dispatched and responded to the area to assist with fire suppression efforts and holding the fire to half-of-an-acre.

Fire fuels included:  grass and brush.

Video Credit | Grant County Fire District #5

At the time of this post, BLM was on-scene with an investigator while crews were mopping up the area.  A preliminary cause is unknown at this time.

Dispatched:  0423 PT.  Controlled/Contained/Out:  1500 PT.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1840 PT

SMOKE CHECK | OKANOGAN CO, WA | JUNE 28, 2020

OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Engine HI 7109 was dispatched on Sunday, June 28 at 1700 PT to Kroupa Road for a smoke check. They were en-route at 1717 hours PT.

This is listed as an open CAD call at the time of this post.

Dispatch Center is the Northeast Washington Communications Center.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1815 PT.

JUNE 28, 2020 | TRAVERSE FIRE | UTAH

UPDATE 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  A wildfire named the TRAVERSE FIRE started on Saturday above the Lei/Alpine area on Traverse Mountain in  Utah.  It was a windy day when fireworks sparked dry vegetation all around.  Fire was quickly moved by high winds to unburned grasses around the area, prompting evacuations and an emergency response with multiple agencies and equipment.

PHOTOS CREDIT.  UT Fire info

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RESOURCES.  Fire personnel and equipment were immediately dispatched and on-scene engaged in fire suppression and containment efforts.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS. Utah Fire info.  UT Department of Emergency Management.

EVACUATIONS.  About 200 residences were evacuated which included the  Apple Hill and Maple Hollow neighborhood.  A shelter was opened at the nearby Draper Park Middle School for evacuees.

On Sunday with no evacuees, the Red Cross shelter closed down.

CURRENT STATUS.  Forward progression has stopped.  Strong wind event has passed.  Fire has burned 450 acres.  Crews have researched a 26% containment status.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.  All homes were saved. There were no reports of structures damaged or lost.

PHOTO CREDIT.  Lehi FD.

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SOCIAL MEDIA.  Hashtags we are using #TraverseFire #UTwildfires #FireSeason2020

PHOTO CREDIT.  Traverse Fire PIO.

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.  Some areas allow fireworks to be discharged but only on July 2nd-5th, 22nd-25th and 31st-1st.  Check with your local fire authority if they are allowed in your area or what the restrictions may be.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 1655 PT

 

 

 

AZ WILDFIRE | CENTRAL FIRE | NEW!

JUNE 25, 2020 | THURSDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY.   The CENTRAL FIRE is burning on the Tonto National, about 4 miles east of New River, Arizona.  This started on June 20, 2020 and was human-caused.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

The Central Fire as seen on the evening of June 20, 2020.

CURRENT STATUS.  4,499 Acres of short grass. 80% containment status.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Estimated containment by June 30th.

RESOURCES.  135 personnel.  2-Crew-Type 1; 3-Crew-Type 2IA; 1-Dozer, and 4-Engine-Type 6.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

The Central Fire as seen from the air.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.  $424,000 cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 PT/MST

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 | BUSH FIRE | UPDATE 3

UPDATE 3 | JUNE 25, 2020

Photo Credit | Boone County FD

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INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The BUSH FIRE  is located in the Tonto National Forest and is currently burning 38 miles northeast of Mesa and east  of Phoenix, Arizona.  Point-of-Origin was determined to be 22 miles northeast of Mesa.

Photo Credit | Boone County FD

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The fire started on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

CAUSE.  Human. Under investigation by fire and law enforcement agencies.

RESOURCES. 4-Helicopter-Type 1; 2-Helicopter-Type 2; 2-Helicopter-Type 3; 1-Crew-Camp; 1-Crew-Type 1; 1-Crew-Type 2; 2-Crew-Type 2IA; 1-Dozer; 1-Engine-Type 1.

Photo Credit | Boone County FD

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INCIDENT COOPERATORS. USFS (Lead Agency) with Tonto National Forest, SW Area IMT Team 1, AZ State Forestry, CEDR Digital Corps,  AZ DOT,  Sedona Fire District,  AZ DOT,  Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical, Accuweather, Red Cross, Smith River IHC, Boone County FD and the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office.

Photo Credit | Boone County FD

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CURRENT STATUS.  The fire has destroyed 186,967 acres of short grass. Crews have reached a successful 86 successful status.  Fire behavior is moderate with uphill runs. Anticipated containment is June 30, 2020.  This is the 5th largest wildfire in the State.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS. 1 structure damaged.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

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HASHTAGS.  #BushFire #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 2020 PT

CA WILDFIRE | 58 FIRE | NEW!

JUNE 25, 2020 | THURSDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The 58 FIRE was reported on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 1036 hours PT on Van  Buren Street and Avenue 58 in  the community of Thermal, California.

STATUS.   Currently the fire is at 12.4 acres with an 80% containment status. Forward progression has been stoppped.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  56 fire personnel are assigned with 14 engines, 5 overhead staff, 2 water tenders, 1 dozer,  1 patrol unit, 1 ground unit, local Law Enforcement, Fire Investigator from Cathedral City FD, Palm Springs FD, CAL FIRE/Riverside, California Highway Patrol (CHP), Cathedral City FD, Imperial Irrigation District, Palm Springs FD, Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Sun Bus.

EVACUATIONS.   There are none at this time.

WILDFIRE IMAGES.

Photos taken on June 24, 2020. | Credit | CAL FIRE – Riverside Co FD

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CAUSE.  It is unknown at this time.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 PT

NEW! | WA WILDFIRE | FIRE SPRINGS FIRE

FIRE SPRINGS FIRE | JUNE 23, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  WA DNR resources HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 (IC) are on-scene at 1514 hours PT of a wildfire located in Box Springs.

They were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center today at 1441 hours PT.

CURRENT STATUS.  Call is still showing as an open CAD call.

There has been 0.17 acres scorched.  Containment status is unknown at the time of this published post.

CAUSE. Unknown at this time.

INJURIES. None reported.

HASHTAGS. #FireSprings #WAwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog  – 2040 PT

AZ WILDFIRE | AQUILA FIRE | UPDATE 1

NEW | JUNE 23, 2020 | TUESDAY

THE AQUILA FIRE broke out approximately two hours ago (1531 MT) today in the area of 27th Lane and West Via Aquila in the northern part of Phoenix, Arizona.

AN UNCONFIRMED CAUSE. A post on Social Media reported about two men in a truck who started the wildfire.  We are unable to verify this information but it has been reported to local Fire and Law Enforcement agencies.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  Those working this incident represent the AZ State Forestry, Lassen Hotshots, Red Cross, Maricopa County Sheriff Office, Maricopa County Emergency Management Agency, local Power company , CEDR Digital Corps and Daily Mountain FD.

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ  STATE FORESTRY

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CURRENT STATUS.  Currently, there are evacuations in effect for the Joy Ranch subdivision.   It was moving North through the wash into heavy vegetation but crews have stopped the forward progression in the area northeast of I-17 and Carefree Highway.  893 acres burned and multiple sources of ignition were found by firefighters. Currently, under investigation by law enforcement.

Power was said to be out for 2,443 APS customers. (1857 MST)

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ STATE FORESTRY

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DAMAGES.  1 primary structure lost and multiple  secondary structures were destroyed.

EVACUATIONS. For Official information about evacuations, visit Maricopa County here –> https://www.maricopa.gov/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=Go-Notification-for-Aquila-Fire-96 (versions are both in English and Spanish)

EVACUATION SHELTER.  Boulder Creek High School, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem, AZ 85086, opened at 1730 MST.

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INCIDENT IN FIRE IMAGES.

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ STATE FORESTRY

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UPDATES. We will provide more updates as information is received regarding the containment status and cause of the fire.  Stay tuned for more great fire news in NW and Beyond.   We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook @nwfireblog or on Instagram. Stay safe!

HASHTAGS.  #AquilaFire #AguilaFire #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2000 MST

NM WILDFIRE | TADPOLE FIRE | UPDATE 2

UPDATE 2 |  JUNE 23, 2020

The TADPOLE FIRE named for its location in the southwestern portion of Tadpole Ridge on the Gila National Forest, is about 2.5 miles north of Pinos Altos and 12 miles north of Silver City, New Mexico.

IN TODAY’S WORLD, COVID looks like this on the fire ground where face masks are the new protection during a massive pandemic and for lung protection.

Photo Credit | Molly Barker with Wilderness Medics Inc.

Image of Wilderness Medics Inc. crew member on Tadpole fire 06/15/2020 by Molly Barker

FIRE STARTED June 6, 2020 from lightning.

Photo taken on June 18, 2020 | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Image of Tadpole Fire 06/18/2020

CURRENT FIRE BEHAVIOR is moderate with backing, flanking and creeping.  It has scorched about10,276 acres.

THERE ARE 85 total personnel along with 4 hand crews, 2 engines and 1 helicopter.  Crews have reached a solid 40% containment status to date.

Zuni Hotshot Crews | Photo Credit | Gila National Forest

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INCIDENT COOPERATORS on this wildfires include the  Zuni Hotshots, Medics from Wilderness Medics Inc. , Inciweb, Red Cross, Gila National Forest, Shasta Lake Interagency Hotshot Crew, SHS Space Science, NM State Forestry, Black Range Ranger District, NM Fire Info, River Rancho Fire and Rescue Department and the NWS IMET Operations (from Idaho).

COST-TO-DATE Expenses have reached $2.6 Million Dollars.

TADPOLE FIRE in Fire Images…

Rough Working Conditions | Photos Courtesy | Gila National Forest

Image of Wildland Fire crews working on the Tadpole Fire June 20, 2020

Working in steep and rugged working conditions.

Image of Wildland Fire crews working on the Tadpole Fire June 20, 2020

The Community Thanks Their Firefighters.

Image of sign with Thank You to fire fighters and first responders from the local community during Tadpole Fire 06/20/2020

Tadpole Fire 6/10/2020 - Photo courtesy Inciweb

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – BURNED AREAS…

HASHTAGS used for this incident are:  #NMwildfires #FireSeason2020 #TadpoleFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 PT