Abby Lane Wildfire | WA | 1

OROVILLE, Wash. | What would appear to be a small wildfire initially when WA DNR resources were dispatched at 1206 hours PDT to a single acre, has grown incredibly to a fast-moving fire and destroying many acres already.

LOCATION

The incident is unfolding on Mt. Hull area, which is located on Rocky Place off of Swanson Mill Road and just past Canyon Creek Road.

SIZE UP

The fire has now destroyed 15-20 acres in just over an hour. (1358 hours PDT)

The fire would later grow to 50 acres and fire crews reaching a 10% containment status but the IC would request any type of aircraft to assist with firefighting resources. Helicopters were reportedly working the fire on both sides but the wildfire was progressing on the southwest side and in the north portion. (Reported at 1435 hours PDT)

RESOURCES

Several engines, brush trucks and tenders have arrived on-scene with several helicopters arriving in tandem to help with firefighting suppression efforts.

Mutual aid units from Tonasket Fire was toned out at 1347 hours to help with additional manpower for structure protection.

The IC (Incident Commander) requested any type of aircraft preferably a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) or a Heavy (large airtanker). States there are three rotors out of Ellensburg. Looking for any fixed wing aircraft but sounded like none available. Dispatched advised that a tanker with retardant would take awhile to find as the closest at the moment is in Redmond (OR). The IC requested that it be lat/loaded at the Omak Airport but that requested would be denied. He would later request that she search for anything up in Canada. His last request for the time-being would be for a D4 or D5 (dozers). (1435 hours PDT)

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More updates will be posted as information is received. We are working to gain more details on this fire, as well as any images. You can follow us for live updates on Twitter @nwfireblog.

Thank you for reading our posts and updates on this wildfire and more fire-related news. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/12/2019 – 1458 PDT

New Mexico Wildfire: #BuzzardFire Burns in Reserve | 1

RESERVE, New Mex. – A human-caused wildfire named the Buzzard Fire started on May 22, 2018 that is located 10 miles NE of Reserve and north of the Eagle Peak Lookout on the Reserve Ranger District of the Gila National.

Nighttime burnout operations conducted late on Saturday, May 26. Photo by Matias Telles.

Nighttime burnout operations conducted on May 26, 2018. Photo Credit | USFS

RESOURCES

Staffing:

  • 576 total personnel
  • IC is Steve Millert, SW IMT Team 4, Type 2

Equipment:

  • 11 crews
  • 14 engines
  • 5 helicopters

0600 AM briefing on Buzzard Fire

The men and women who have been working tirelessly meet for a 0600 briefing. Photo Credit | USFS

FIRE TACTICS

  • Northeastern head: Firefighters had winds to their backs secured fire line and halted the forward spread of fire
  • Southern side:  Winds pushed fire up hill to the west over Eagle Peak

Eagle Peak Lookout Observation Platform

Eagle Peak Lookout Observation platform. Photo Credit | USFS

  • Air Assets: Air tankers and helicopter water drops aiding in structure protection of the Lookout
  • Burnout operations aided in securing fire control lines to the west of Deadman’s Ranch
  • Southwestern side:  Firefighters are expected to implement burnout operations on the edge of the fire.

CURRENT STATUS

  • 29,727 acres of timber (litter, grass and understory) destroyed
  • 41 % containment status
  • Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and short-range spottings
  • Fire weather forecasted as mild and moist with good RH recovery.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • Fire weather created by this fire alone (fires can create heat from large fires that can change or create their own fire weather)
  • Winds shifted to an easterly direction, created a challenge to firefighters trying to protect Eagle Peak Lookout
  • Fire suppression being hampered by very dry conditions, gust winds and rugged terrain
  • $7.1 Million cost-to-date

ALERT-WARNING-ALERT-WARNING

Drone Awareness | Fire Officials cannot express how much this pains them to continue to warn the Public about Air Safety Awareness each time a wildfire happens and seeing the possibility of a drone flying in the fire zone.

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Please take this information to heart.  Drone Operators, nothing personally but if you fly in these areas, it will be.  Please #NoDronesInFireZones. Seriously, it is all about protecting the lives and properties of those that may be impacted by your decision-making.

  • Drones fly at the same elevation as air tankers which can cause a mid-air collision
  • If a Drone is present, all aircraft must land and wait for the air to be cleared of any hazards
  • If all aircraft have to land, this gives the fire more of an opportunity to grow and therefore put lives, property and ground firefighter lives in danger
  • Unauthorized flights over National Forest lands may be subject to civil penalties, including fines up to $27,500 and possible criminal prosecution.
  • Additionally, operators could lose their Drone altogether
  • Fire restrictions:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts-notices/?aid=46143

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1100 PDT / 1200 MDT

#TemeculaFire Burning Near Border Patrol – June 4, 2016 PM

Updated 1451 Hours PDT

 

Incident Summary

A wildfire broke out on June 4, 2016, around 1140 hours PDT on Southbound I-15, South of the #Temecula Parkway  prompting hundreds of resources to pour into the area.

At 1245, the fire had been reported on the shoulder of the freeway had spread to 30 acres from its initial report just 5 minutes earlier.

Photo Credit: CAL Fire/Riverside County FD

Command

Fire Managers from CAL Fire – Riverside County Fire Department are managing this fire from the ground and air.

Personnel

A total of 201 Firefighters from CAL Fire Riverside & San Diego and Pechanga FD are attached to this incident.

Support and Equipment

Currently, assigned to this fire are the following:

  • 8 Fire Crews
  • 27 Engine Companies
  • 4 Overhead team
  • 1 Hellitender
  • 1 Helicopter
  • 1 Water Tender
  • 2 Bulldozers
  • 4 Airtankers
  • 1 Air Attack

Threats

There are no structures being threatened at this time.

Weather

The weather is currently sunny with temps in 97-degrees, with a humidity of 21% and winds are 8 m.p.h.

Closures

I-15 is currently closed in the area.  Traffic is now backing up to Southbound 215 Freeway.

Social Media

We are currently using the following hashtags for this fire:

  • #TemeculaFire
  • #CaWildfires2016
  • #FireStorm2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

#Breaking #TemeculaFire on I-15 South of the Parkway – June 4, 2016

Updated 1330 Hours PDT

 

Incident Summary

A wildfire broke out on June 4, 2016, around 1140 hours PDT on Southbound I-15, South of the #Temecula Parkway  prompting hundreds of resources to pour into the area.

At 1245, the fire had been reported on the shoulder of the freeway had spread to 30 acres from its initial report just 5 minutes earlier.

Command

Fire Managers from CAL Fire – Riverside County Fire Department are managing this fire from the ground and air.

Personnel

A total of 201 Firefirefighters from CAL Fire Riverside & San Diego and Pechanga FD are attached to this incient.

Support and Equipment

Currently, assigned to this fire are the following:

  • 8 Fire Crews
  • 27 Engine Companies
  • 4 Overhead team
  • 1 Hellitender
  • 1 Helicopter
  • 1 Water Tender
  • 2 Bulldozers
  • 4 Airtankers
  • 1 Air Attack

Threats

There are no structures being threatened at this time.

Weather

The weather is currently sunny with temps in 97-degrees, with a humidity of 21% and winds are 8 m.p.h.

Closures

I-15 is currently closed in the area.  Traffic is now backing up to Southbound 215 Freeway.

Social Media

We are currently using the following hashtags for this fire:

  • #TemeculaFire
  • #CaWildfires2016
  • #FireStorm2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

#MetzFire Burning Thousands of Californian Acres

Updated 5/23/2016 2045 Hours PDT

Photo Credit: 2016 CALFire

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire ignited land on Metz Road and Blue Jay Lane, SE of Soledad on May 22, 2016 around 1527 hours PDT. that exploded into an uncontrolled fire consuming everything in its path.

It is also said to be three (3) miles SW of Pinnacles National Park.

Command is personnel from the CALFire San Benito-Monterey Unit.

Photo Credit: 2016 CALFire

RESOURCES

There are currently 200 Firefighters, 20 Fire Engines, eight (8)  Fire Crews,  two (2) Air Tankers, one (1) Helicopter, two (2) Dozers and (2) Water Tenders assigned to this incident.

Photo Credit: CALFire

FIRE STATUS

Fire suppression units from air to ground have successfully slowed the rate of the fire from moving forward and are making good progress.

The fire is now said to be at 3,876 acres with a 50% containment status.

The cause of this fire has not been determined to be human-caused or by any other means.  It is still under investigation.

Disclaimer:  We do not lie claim to these photos in this post and give 100% Photo Credit to the FD that it belongs to. – Editor.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

 

WILDFIRE: Cold Brook Fire in South Dakota’s Wind Cave National Park

A Prescribed Fire by the Fire Service on Monday, April 13, 2015, which was geared mainly to reduce fire hazards escaped it’s containment field and became a minor wildfire name “Cold Creek Fire”.

 Photo Credit:  @inciweb

Photo Credit: @inciweb

Several hours into the 1,000 acre prescribed burn, a fire whirl picked up burning ash taking it outside of its intended perimeter causing it nearby ignite grass and timber.  Soon the 1000 acre fire had turned in to its current burned acreage of 6420.

Photo Credit: @inciweb

Photo Credit: @inciweb

The fire is located in the Keyhole, the southern portion inside the Wind Cave National Park and approximately seven [7] miles north of Hot Springs in South Dakota.

Photo Credit: inciweb

Photo Credit: inciweb

At one time, the fire had threatened three [3] ranches along the park’s eastern boundary and two [2] park structures.  Firefighters were faced with steep and rugged terrain.

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Photo Credit: Cold Creek National Park

Currently, there are no threats and no evacuations at this time.

Firefighters have worked extremely hard and have been successful is stopping the fire from gaining any additional acreage.  The incident called out firefighters from the local, State and Federal levels with a high number reaching 148 on the fire ground at one time and is down to 70.

Containment is now at 90%.

A Type 3 IMT had been in charge of the fire with a Type 2 ordered and arriving on scene [Rocky Mountain Team Black]. They felt the team already in place already had a good handle on the incident and acknowledged they were not needed.

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A similar Blackhawk was used as part of air resources. [Photo by LR Swenson]

 Other resources used were two [2] South Dakota Air National Guard Blackhawk Helicopters, three [3] single engine air tankers [SEATS] and two [2] 1 Type 1 helos that dipped from nearby Cold Brook Reservoir near Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Several engines and hand crew lines have demobilized on Thursday and have been reassigned to other incidents.  Less than one inch of rain has aided firefighters to get a handle on the fire. They are expecting to have 100% containment by noon on Friday.

ABOUT PRESCRIBED FIRES

 Here are some the reasons why an intentional burn is needed:

  •  Reduce hazards, protecting communities from extreme fires
  • Minimize the spread of pest insects and diseases
  • Removes unwanted species that threatens the ecosystem
  • Provides food for livestock and game
  • Improves habitat for endangered and threatened species
  • To recycle nutrients back into the soil
  • Promotes tree, wildflowers and other growths

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