The Wildfire Log: Fairbanks AK’s Shovel Creek Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – June 27, 2019 – Thursday

Credit: AK Forestry

Incident Summary | A wildfire named the SHOVEL CREEK FIRE was ignited by lightning on June 21, 2019, is burning about 3 miles north of Murphy Dome and 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska in the Fairbanks Area Zone in the AK Department of Forestry lands.

FIRE FACT | There are currently 11 new wildfire starts in the last 24 hours

Resources | There are currently 245 personnel assigned, along with 8 crews, 10 engines and 7 helicopters.

The IC of this incident is also managing the NUGGET CREEK FIRE located about 16 miles northeast of North Pole, Alaska.

Credit: AK Fire Info

FIRE FACT | There are currently 13 staffed wildfires, while 99 are being monitored.

Current Status | Fire crews are tasked with continued direct attack suppression operations and working to contain a spot fire that crossed over Shovel Creek and uphill into an old fire scar from the 2009 HARDLUCK CREEK FIRE.  They are currently using air support for fire suppression and containment efforts.  Fire behavior is being reported to be active with a high rate of spread along with torching and continued spotting throughout the evening.

FIRE FACT | There have been 2 RX fires for a total 13,615 acres.

Alerts | Those who live in the Murphy Dome subdivision were put on  high alert for a Level 1: Get Ready notification which means fire nearby and to be ready at a moment’s notice. This notice was given to residents in this area by Fire Officials.

FIRE FACT |  Crews have successfully put out 5 wildfires.

Incident Cooperators | Incident Cooperators include the Fairbanks North Star Burough, Department of Emergency Services, AK DOF, BLM AK Fire Service and the Chena Goldstream Fire Department.

FIRE FACT | There are currently 130 wildfires burning in Alaska.

Damage Assessments | The fire has now destroyed 1,622 acres of timber destroyed up from the 650 acres, from only a few days ago.  There is still no containment gained on this fierce fire.  Cost-to-date fire suppression and containment status expenses have reached $1.2 Million dollars.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2130  hours PDT


The Wildfire Log: Fairbanks AK’s Shovel Creek Fire

UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday

Incident Summary | A wildfire named the SHOVEL CREEK FIRE was ignited by lightning on June 21, 2019, is burning about 3 miles north of Murphy Dome and 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska in the Fairbanks Area Zone in the AK Department of Forestry lands.

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Resources | Command is currently under the direction of an IMT Type 2 (AK Green Team) which took over at 0700 hours this morning.   There are 146 total fire personnel along with 5 crews and one helicopter.  More are on order and en route to assist.

FIRE FACT | There were 24 new wildfires that ignited on Sunday, June 23rd

Current Status | The IC has requested additional resources that include water scooping aircraft, air retardant tankers and smoke jumpers for initial attack on the fire.

High Valued Assets | Fire managers are working closely with Incident Cooperators to address vital high assets in the area that include primary homes and private properties in Martin, Lincoln and McCloud subdivisions along the Chatanika River corridor.  Additionally, they are looking to protect Department of Defense (DOD) infrastructure on Murphy Dome and native allotments west of the fire.

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Incident Cooperators | Incident Cooperators include the Fairbanks North Star Burough, Department of Emergency Services, AK DOF, BLM AK Fire Service and the Chena Goldstream Fire Department.

FIRE FACT | Of the 24 new wildfires, 2 of them are Large Incidents (Big Fires)

Air Quality | Smoke is expected to blow into Fairbanks in the next few weeks.

Damage Assessments | 650 acres of timber destroyed. 0% containment status.  The total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment is $747,000.00.

The SWAN LAKE FIRE in Fire Images on Social Media:

Fire ignited from lightning on June 21st. It burns 3 miles north of Murphy Dome. 200 acres with active fire behavior. Credit: AK Forestry

Fire on June 22nd burns near Murphy dome, northwest of Fairbanks. 400 acres. | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Fire burns on June 23rd with a dramatic wind shift to the north. Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

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


Large Fire Incidents by #Hashtag | July 24, 2016

Hello and Welcome to The NW Fire Blog – Where we cover all Fire News in the NW and Beyond.

Due to the intensity of many wildfires burning across the U.S., we are switching over to wildfires over 10,000 acres as they appear to require more news coverage.

Additionally, we will be including any Large structure fires here in this post as well.

UPDATE | #BeaverCreekFire  – Routt NF. 24 mi NW of Walden (Colorado) | 24,491 acres

Prineville Hotshots

Prineville Hotshots (Credit: Mike McMillan)

Start 6/19/2016. Cause unknown and under investigation. Timber and brush. 7% contained.

Holding the line on the East Flank (Credit: Mike McMillan)

215 personnel.  3 crews. 15 engines. 1 dozer. 2 helicopters. Being managed on the Medicine Bow – Routt National Forests, BLM Kremmling Field Office, State of Colorado Lands, BLM Rawlins Field Office  and Wyoming State Forestry Division & command is a Type 3 IMT.

UPDATE |  #SandFire – NB Hwy 14/Sand Canyon Road. Los Angeles County (California) | 22,000 acres.

Started 7/22/2016 @ 1415 hours. Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Some reporting 30,000 acres. 10% contained.

Sand Fire from Hwy 14 afternoon of 7.24.2016

Hwy 14 on the Sand Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Unified Command with Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office, Angeles NF and Los Angeles Co FD.  1,673 firefighters assigned to this incident. 6 strike teams from LA Co FD

Repopulate order has been rescinded due to increased winds, danger to firefighters and to area residents.  All orders remain in effect until further notice.


  • Wiliam S Hart HS: 24825 Newhall Ave, Santa Clarita 
  • Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Ave
  • Woodland Hills is now accepting large animals.
  • Hansen Dam has reached capacity of large animals.

Evacuations for:

  • Sierra Hwy at Shady Lane to Sierra Hwy at 14
  • Escondido at 14 to Sierra Hwy at 14
  • Agua Dulce Canyon Road north to the 14 Freeway
  • Crown Valley Road north to the 14 Freeway.
  • Soledad Canyon Road between Agua Dulce & Crown Valley
  • All residents in Sand Canyon from Lost Canyon to Bear Divide
  • All residents in Placerita Canyon from the Nature Center to Sand Canyon
  • Little Tujunga from Bear Divide to LA River Ranger District (Station)
  • 12371 Little Tujunga Cyn Rd.

Road Closures:

  • 14 Fwy is closed in both directions from the 5 to Avenue N
    Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon- no entry into Sand Canyon
  • No access to Sand Canyon at NB 14 Fwy
  • Sand Canyon and Lost Canyon – no traffic into Sand Canyon / Placerita Canyon Rd EB from the 14 Fwy
  • Soledad Canyon Road EB from the 14 Fwy
  • Agua Dulce Canyon Rd EB from 14 Fwy
  • Crown Valley Road eastbound from the 14 Fwy
  • Sand Canyon Road East of Placerita Canyon to 12300 Little Tujunga.

Incident Cooperators:

  • CA Dept of Forestry
  • CAL Fire
  • San Bernardino Fire
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • Los Angeles County
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff
  • Los Angeles County Animal Control
  • National Weather Service – San Clarita
  • Los Angeles County DEM
  • Kern County Fire

Fire Facts:

  • 1500 evacuated
  • 18 structures destroyed
  • 1 civilian fatality

UPDATE | #SteamboatFire – 10 miles south west of McCarthy (Alaska) | 20,249 acres.

The Steamboat Fire moves downhill.

Steamboat Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start 7/15/2016 by lightning. 0% contained.  Min fire behavior.  Low fire activity and rain over the area.

11 personnel.  Firefighters and one heavy helicopter are working this incident.

UPDATE | #HaydenPassFire – 20 miles SE of Salida (Colorado) | 16,520 acres.

Start 7/8/2016 by lightning.   55% contained. Min fire behavior with smoldering and creeping.

July 12, hillside smoke patchwork burn/unburned fuel

Hayden Pass Fire (Credit: Dale McMillin)

196 personnel.   Transferred fire to Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team (IMT). 1 small and 1 large helicopters.

UPDATE | #CliffCreek Fire –  5 Miles North of Bondurant (Wyoming) | 16,325 acres.

7/18 fire behind ranch Rhonda Bishop PIO

Cliff Creek Fire (Credit: Rhonda Bishop, PIO)

Start 7/17/2016 by lightning. 10% contained.

16 Crews assigned with resources:  Type I Helicopters (Heavy): 4, Type 2 Helicopters and 3 Type 3 Helicopters. 24 engines. 1 dozer.  Fire now managed by Great Basin Incident Command Team 7 .

UPDATE | #SoberanesFire – 5 miles South of Carmel and Garrapta State Park. North of Palo Colorado/Big Sur (California) | 10,262 acres.

Monterey County.   5% contained.

Pre- Evacuation advisory issued by the Monterey County Fire and Sheriff’s Office for Rancho San Carlos, White Rock and Rancho San Clemente


Thank you for reading our post and following us along our journeys.  Be safe out there.  Please keep firefighters, Police Officers, and all support personnel in your thoughts/prayers while they are out fighting these big fires.

Sources:  CAL Fire, Inciweb, Facebook, Twitter, NICC.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NATIONAL WILDFIRE SIT REP | May 29, 2015 – Saturday

Do you ever wonder what the fire situation is around the United States? Here is a report of a daily SitRep of fires around the US, weather conditions, how many new fires, how many contained and current active fires.

Fire activity is being reported nationally as being low but we know there are fires popping up everywhere from lightning to human caused wildfires.


  • 5 new fires started
  • 5 were contained


  • Pacific NW:  Hot and dry weather is expected over most of the western U.S. this weekend as a ridge of high pressure develops over the Four Corners region. This will be relatively short-lived as a moist, upper-level disturbance will move in by early next week before moving through the northern Rockies with showers and thunderstorms.
  • SW: To remain warm, dry, and breezy.
  • Rockies:  East of the Rockies it will remain unsettled with a broad trough of low pressure and associated cold fronts providing a focus for storm development.
  • SE:  Areas of heavy rainfall will persist near a closed low pressure system feeding Gulf moisture from the southern Plains through the southeast
  • Alaska:  A high pressure with drying in the West, but cool and showery conditions for the eastern Interior.


Seventy Mile [AK]:  8 miles NW of Eagle, AK.  1800 acres. 40% contained. BLM lands.  Upper Yukon Zone, Alaska Fire Service. Active.

Trout Fire [AK]:   27 miles NW of Eagle, AK.  375 acres. 0% contained.  NPS lands. Upper Yukon Zone and Alaska Fire Service. Active.

Seaton Road House [AK]:  Tok Area/Department of Forestry. 338 acres. Started/Contained 5/29/2015.

Bolgen Road [AK]:  Upper Yukon Zone. 556 acres. Started/Contained 5/29/15.

Oak Tree [AZ]:  Coronado NF.  2023 acres.  Contained 5/29/15.

Mud Lake Complex [FL]:  15 miles NE of Ochopee, FL.  35,321 acres. 51% contained.  Big Cypress National Preserve. Active.

Daniel Street [FL]:  2 miles SE of Gateway, FL.  350 acres. 75% contained.  Florida Forest Service. Active.

Pumphouse [FL]:  Florida Forest Service.  13,000 acres.  100% contained 5/29/15.

Fruithurst [FL]:  Florida Forest Service.  350 acres.  100% contained. 5/29/15.


There have been 21,423 wildfires up to May 29, 2015, scorching almost 390,000 acres down from 2014’s 21,530 wildfires and burning almost 700,000 acres.  As of May 29, 2015, 149 large fires have been contained.  Four fires are still burning in both Alaska and Florida.

Over the years, fires seem to be most damaging in 2011, with 28,076 fires a very high burning of acreage of 2,988,868, the highest in all of its wildfire history that began in 2005. In 2012, it seen how much hard work has been put in by firefighters, its Agencies, Managers and all involved as the numbers clearly reflect cutting the stats more than half in acres burned to a cool 685,747 acres during 21,768 fires.

The lowest number of acres burned this time of year was in 2013, with 238,203 to his national number of 17,605 wildland fires.

Source:  National Interagency Fire Center