The Wildfire Log: AK DOF’s Swan Lake Fire

UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday

Credit: BLM Fire Service

Additional Type 1 and Type 2 crews are bolstering efforts to establish control lines on the eastern edge of the Swan Lake Fire.

Type 1 and 2 crews en route to establish control lines on the East flank of fire.  Credit: AK Fire PIOs

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

About 32,300 acres of timber and short grass has already been destroyed.

The fire was ignited by lightning  on June 5th, around 1852 hours AKDT or 1952 hours PDT.

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Fire crews have gained a 9% containment status.

FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior has been reported as active with flanking, group torching and short-range spotting.   The fire is mostly being carried by Black Spruce, while minimum activity has been spotted in hardwood fuels.

There is a 40-50% mortality in Spruce stands.

TRAFFIC ALERT | Sterling Highway has very low visibility and poor air quality.

You will be seeing these signs on the Sterling Highway. | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

RESOURCES

  • Personnel:  Total of 379 fire personnel.
  • Assets:  11 crews including Yukon and 5 NW Hotshots (Winema Hotshots, Wolf Creek Hotshots and Lakeview Hotshots), 8 engines and 5 helicopters.
  • Command:  AK IMT.
  • Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

AK Governor Mike Dunleavy thanks all first responders and firefighters for protecting homes,, businesses, and residents.    Courtesy: Gov Dunleavy

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Transmission Lines

Homer Electric Association has de-energized a 115,000 volt transmission line to help reduce potential starts, as temps rise and dry conditions continue in the fire prone area.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

Credit: NWS Anchorage

Recreation Areas

Heavy smoke is pouring over the Sterling Highway.  Though the roadway is open, many recreations areas are now closed along the highway.

The Swan Lake Fire in Images:

Canadian Air Scoopers. | Credit: Swan Lake Fire PIO

Crews continue prep work on June 18, 2019.   Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on June 19, 2019. Credit: AK Forestry.

Heavy fog and smoke caused delays on the Sterling Highway on June 21.

A trail of traffic backs up on the Sterling Hwy due to a thick layer of smoke fog hangs in the air.                   Credit: AK Fire PIOs

Damage Assessments

The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $3.4 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2015 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Alaska Fires | 1

STATE OF ALASKA

Update 1 – Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 2035 PDT

LAKE MINAKOKOSA FIRE (#221)

The LAKE MINAKOKOSA FIRE is located about 50 miles east of Kobuk, Alaska.

The wildfire was knocked down after effective drops from water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft and extensive work completed by the smokejumpers on the north end of the lake.  The fire is said to have started at a construction work site and where smokejumpers are working to contain the fire.

There is an estimated 15 acres of tundra and sparse spruce trees burning.  They are expecting the fire to be fully contained in a few days.

KUYUKUTUK FIRE (#224)

BLM firefighters responded today to a new wildfire located 17 miles north of Russian Mission.  Aircraft from the BLM AFS Galena Fire Management Zone sent an aircraft to check out the possible fire. Once the crew arrived, they observed the fire active and burning through tundra.

Photo of the Kuyukutuk Fire (#224) is burning in tundra about 17 miles north of Russian Mission and Marshal on June 10, 2019. It is estimated to be 15 acres in size.

The Kuyukutuk Fire | Credit: Tony Chapman of the BLM AFS team

Two fire bosses and eight smokejumpers whom just completed fire suppression on nearby DARBY MOUNTAINS FIRE about 15 miles northwest of Koyuk were diverted to this wildfire.  Smokejumpers arrived around 1500 hours.

Fire PIO is unsure if there are any structures or other high value risks in the area.

They are  being managed with a strategy other than a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned:

NORTH RIVER FIRE

The NORTH RIVER fire is burning in the Galena Zone on Bureau of Land Management or known as BLM on their lands, about 38 miles NE of Koyuk.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, flanking and backing.

SWAN LAKE

The SWAN LAKE fire is burning in lands managed by the Alaska Department of Forestry or AK DOF in the Kenai-Kodiak Area, about 12 miles NE of Sterling.  Active fire behavior is with group torching, flanking and backing.  There has been 2,547 acres of timber and short grass burned.  There is a 0% containment status at the time of this posting.

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U.S. Active Wildfires | June 24, 2017 | PM UPdate

Shoutout Saturday

A Shoutout to those who are reading this blog this evening from the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Pakistan, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh, Palestinian Territories, Marshall Islands and Ireland.  We are happy to have you on board.

GREAT BASIN AREA

There were 16 fires reported in this area since yesterday.  Of the 16 incidents, 2 were new large fires with 4 of those fires being not contained.  1 Type 1 IMT and 1 Type 2 IMTs are committed.

COLORADO

392 FIRE.  NEW!  Resources dispatched @ 1240 hours. Park @ Spark Ranger District X Long Chimney Spring  9.5 miles NE of Como.  Human caused.  Resources on-scene.  Grass and trees.  100 acres. 0% containment.*

BLACK BURN FIRE.  NEW!  Grand Junction Intergency Dispatch Center.  Grass and brush.  15 acres.  Dispatched @ 0813 hours.*

KAWUNEECHE FIRE.  NEW!  Kawuneeche Road.  Ft. Collins Interagency Dispatch Center.  0.1 acres.*

VISTA FIRE.  NEW!  Rio Grande County.  Monte Vista Refuge.  8.2 miles NE of Monte Cristo.  Human caused.  3 acres.  Dispatched @ 1200 hours.  Contained  @ 1420 hours.  Out @ 1430 hours.  Grass fire fuels.*

NEVADA

HUNTER CREEK FIRE.  NEW! Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.  Near the Michael D. Thompson Trailhead in the Hunter Creek area west of Reno.  On 2100 on Thursday, June 22, the Hunter Creek Fire transitioned from a unified command (TMFPD /Reno Fire Department/Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest) to a single U.S. Forest Service Type 3 organization. Grass, sage and brush. 24 acres. 65% contained.  4 hand crews, 2 engines, and 3 overhead on the fire.*

Hunter Creek Fire 06/23/17

Hunter Creek Fire. Crews heading out. (Credit: John Gaffney)

RED SPRINGS FIRE.   Elko District, BLM. 5 miles NW of Jiggs. Brush, timber and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering, group and single tree torching.  4,598 acres.  95% contained.  217 personnel.  7 crews.  9 engines.  1 helicopter.  $477,000 CTD.*

SPANISH FIRE.   NEW!  Winnemucca District, BLM.  19 miles NE of Winnemucca, NV.  Tall grass and brush. Active fire behavior with backing and running.  300 acres. 40% contained.  73 personnel.  1 crews.  4 engines.  1 helicopter.  $40,000 CTD.*

UTAH

BRIANHEAD FIRE.   Southwest Area, Utah DOF. IMT 1 (Martin) and IMT 2 (Roide). 1

Smoke Plume view from Parowan

A smoke plume view from the ICP.

mile N of Brian Head.  Timber and heavy logging slash. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, group torching and long-range spotting.  Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect.  37,560 acres.  5% contained.  836 personnel.  23 crews.  40 engines.  9 helicopters.  25 structures lost.  $5.7 Million CTD.*

LINCOLN BEACH FIRE.  NEW!   Northwest Area, Utah DOF. 4 miles NW of West Mountain. Short grass.  Active fire behavior with running and backing. Residences threatened. 2,252 acres.  50% contained.  0 resources.  $200,000 CTD.*

Shepard Fire. (Credit: South Davis Metro FD)

SHEPARD FIRE. NEW!  1500 N Compton, Farmington.  Start 6/23/2017.  Unknown cause.  130 acres. 20% containment.  Minimal smoke can been.*

A drone has been spotted flying over the Shepard Fire. Due to drone activity, all fire suppression aircraft will be forced to land and remain until the airspace is cleared.  #NoDronesInFireZones  It is illegal and drone operators may be pay the consequences if caught.  Some have been known to have their drone and all other equipment confiscated by Law Enforcement officials or even shot down by ground fire resources.

SOUTHWEST AREA

As of today’s report, there were 12 new wildfires reported with 2 of them being new large incidents and 9 uncontained fires.  There are 2 Type 1 IMT’s  and 3 Type 2 IMT’s committed in this area.

ARIZONA

Fire Fact:  Arizona Gov. Ducey declared a state of emergency to get additional funds to fight all wildfires.

BAR X FIRE.  Coronado, NF. 10 miles SE of Fort Grant. Tall grass and brush. Lightning ignited on June 21st around 1545 hours.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Residences threatened. 52% contained.  0 resources.  $225,000 CTD. The Bar X fire lies within the planning area of the Frye incident.*

BATTLE FIRE.  NEW!  Prescott Dispatch Center.  I-17 NB and mile marker 250.  Dispatched at 1008 hours.*

BOUNDARY FIRE.   Coconino, NF. IMT 2 (Andrews). 12 miles N of Bellemont. Timber, short grass and heavy logging slash. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching. Residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  15,942 acres.  88% contained.  282 personnel.*

BUCK FIRE.  NEW! Flagstaff Dispatch Center. NE Buck Mtn. 1841 dispatch time.*

COLUMBINE FIRE.  NEW!  Mile marker 347 – 348.  Show Low Interagency Dispatch Center.  Dispatched @ 1958 hours.  Pine with understory.  0.1 acres.  Resources include H-118MB. *

DRAW FIRE.  NEW!  Hayfield Draw.  Prescott Dispatch Center.  Fire resources dispatched at 1115 hours.   Fire contained to .25 acres.*

Encino Fire

Encino Fire. Night operations continue showing an array of extreme fire behavior.

ENCINO FIRE.  Southeast District, Arizona DOF. 2 miles S of Sonoita.  Started June 20, 2017, near town of Sonoita by lightning.  Tall grass and brush.   10 personnel. 1,289 acres.  10% containment.  Fire weather forecast is extremely hot  with possible isolated showers. 6 structures lost.  $160,000 CTD.*

ECONOLINE FIRE.  NEW! NB I-17 and mile marker 311.  Fire resources dispatched @ 0903 PDT.  RRRD contained. Flagstaff Dispatch Center.*

FREEZE 2 FIRE.  San Carlos Agency, BIA. Previously reported incident. 27 miles SW of Whitewater. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior.  2,832 acres.  70% contained.  11 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $4.4 Million CTD.

FRYE FIRE.   Coronado, NF. IMT 1 (Poncin) and IMT 2 (Sinclair). 9 miles W of Swift Trail

Fire Sprinkler Installation in Turkey Flat

Fire sprinkler installation in Turkey Flat.

Junction.  Lightning caused.  Timber,  brush and chaparral. Extreme fire behavior with spotting, wind- driven and uphill runs. Numerous residences area threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.   35,569 acres. 29% contained.  29 Engines, 23 Crews, 10 Helicopters, 3 Dozer, 11 Water tenders and 203 miscellaneous overhead support personnel.   IC:  Alan Sinclair/ Dave Gesser, trainee with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3.*

Goodwin Fire. (Credit: AZ State Forestry)

GOODWIN FIRE.  NEW! Senator Highway. Resources dispatched @ 1548 hours. 14 miles South of Prescott. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is evacuating the community of Pine Flat as a precautionResources on-scene. 250 acres. DFFM assisting U.S. Forest Service. Prescott National Forest.  North Red Cross shelter open at  @ Mayer High School.*

Fire Fact:  78% of firefighters tested at spike camp on Frye fire had strep throat.

KEILLER FIRE. NEW!  Dispatched fire resources @ 1926 hours to Highway 10 and mile marker 340. (AZ Dispatch Center)*

LINGSHIRE FIRE. NEW!  SR 260 and mile marker 213.  Dispatched @ 1118 hours. (AZ Dispatch Center.)*

MAGGIE FIRE.   Phoenix District Office, BLM.  6 miles N of Black Canyon City. Tall grass, brush and timber.  Last report.  1,400 acres.  90% contained.  11 personnel.   3 engines.  $660,000 CTD.*

O RO RANCH FIRE. NEW!  This wildfire was reported on June 23,2017, around 0700 hours.  It is currently burning in grass and timber and is located on private land owned by the O RO Ranch, which is 25 miles from Bagdad. The Arizona DOF and Fire Management in cooperation with the land owner is providing resources to maintain fire near existing acreage. There is 30 personnel. Minimal smoke is visible from this fire. No structures are at risk.  159 acres have been scorched and have a zero % containment status.*

R14 FIRE.   Fort Apache Agency, BIA. 3 miles S of Cedar Creek. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  749 acres. 90% contained.  118 personnel.  5 crews.  1 engine.  $400,000 CTD.*

SADDLE FIRE.  NEW!  Packsaddle Mountain.  Dispatched @ 1510 hours.  IC in place 2 2000 hours. Resources on-scene.  1500 acres.  0% contained. Tucson Dispatch Center.*

TRAMWAY #11 FIRE.  NEW! Tramway Track.  Fire resources dispatched @ 1910 hours.  Via Flagstaff Dispatch Center.*

TURKEY FIRE.  NEW! Approximately 35 miles N of Douglas and Turkey Creek and Chircahua Mountains.  Started 6/24/2017 @ 1530 hours. Lightning ignited. 100 personnel. 50 acres.  Grass and brush.  Structures are about .25 acres from fire.*

NEW MEXICO

BONITA FIRE.  Carson, NF. IMT 2 (Bales). 16 miles NE of Canjilon. Timber, brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior with backing and smoldering. Numerous residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.   7,426 acres.  81% contained.  315 personnel.  6 crews.  8 engines.  3 helicopters.  $3.9 Million CTD.*

Fire Fact:  Illegal drone spotted on the Bonita Fire, aircraft grounded on Friday, June 23, 2017. #NoDronesInFireZones

Helicopter safety briefing

Cajete Fire. A helicopter briefing training session where it is necessary for safety of its firefighters. (Credit: Dana Wilson/BLM Colorado)

CAJETE FIRE.   Santa Fe, NF.  8 miles NE of Jemez Springs. Timber and medium logging slash. No new info.   1,412 acres.  96% contained.  258 personnel.  5 crews.  5 engines. 4 helicopters.  $4.2 Million CTD.*

GRIFFITH FIRE.   Las Vegas District, New Mexico State Forestry. 2 miles W of Romero. Chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  5,000 acres.  96% contained.  9 personnel.  3 engines.  $6,000 CTD.*

HIGHLAND FIRE.   Bernalillo District, New Mexico State Forestry.15 miles NE of Encino, NM. Short grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and single tree torching.  927 acres.  85% contained.  83 personnel.  3 crews.  7 engines.  $150,000 CTD.*

ROUND FIRE.   Gila, NF. Previously reported incident.  16 miles W of Winston. Timber and short grass.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and torching. Last report.  7,200 acres.  0% contained.  103 personnel.  4 engines.  $941,000 CTD.*

SEVEN FIRE. NEW!  This wildfire burning is on National Forest System lands in Catron County.  It is about 4 miles East of the Negrito Fire Base. Started June 22, 2017 from an unknown cause. Estimation is approximately 1,189 acres with a 0% containment status.  38 personnel.   Minimal fire behavior with creeping and medium to low fire conditions. Weather conditions predicted over the fire area will be an increase in moisture, primarily relative humidity with a cooling trend of 10-15 degrees cooler today.  There is a 50% chance of rain over the fire area.

NORTHWEST AREA

WASHINGTON

Fire Fact:  On June 23, 2017, the warm weather outlook pushed fire danger ratings up due to hot, dry and windy conditions in Washington State. (Map courtesy of WA DNR)

OREGON

RHOADES CANYON 0301 RN FIRE.   Prineville District, BLM. 3 miles E of Clarno. Brush and short grass.   Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven and uphill runs. Structures threatened.    14,000 acres. 50% containment. 99 personnel. 4 crews. 7 engines. 3 helicopters. $450,000 CTD.

IDAHO

CHAPARRAL FIRE.  NEW!  Wilderness Ranch and Chaparral.  0.75 acres. Resource SE625 dispatched @ 1730 hours.. Boise Interagency Dispatch Center.*

COLE FIRE.  NEW!  Cole Ten Mile Creek.  Boise Interagency Dispatch Center.  Resources BC30 , INV1, E1415, E1421, E1422, WT1931 dispatched @ 1856 hours. *

RA 1 CANYON FIRE.  NEW!  Dispatched @ 1659 hours. 7 acres.  Resources E1411 and E1412 dispatched.*

CALIFORNIA

Southern California saw 20 new wildfires since Friday, June 23, 2017, with 3 still not contained.  1 Type 1 IMT is only committed in this area.

BISHOP FIRE.  NEW!  North of Davis Creek.  Modoc Interagency Communications Center.  Dispatched @ 1651 hours.  Grass, brush and  juniper.  BC31 on-scene.  8.28 acres.*

BRUSH FIRE.  NEW!  2598 Kanan Road X Triunfo Canyon Road X Sierra Creek Road.  Dispatched @ 1915 hours. *

BRUSH FIRE. NEW!  Kristen Lee Drive X Yellowwood Drive.  Angeles National  Forest.  Dispatched @ 1407 hours. *

CREEK FIRE.  CAL Fire – Fresno County. Off Los Gatos Creek Rd, west of Derrick.  357 acres. 40% contained.*

HOLCOMB FIRE.   San Bernardino, NF. IMT 2 (Kelly). 3 miles NE  of Big Bear.  Brush,

Helicopter on it's way to make a drop with water

Holcomb Fire. You can easily see the fire inferno down below as a helicopter goes to make a water drop. (Credit: RS Vacations via Inciweb)

short grass and  timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Residences threatened. Area and trail closures in  effect.   1,582 acres. 75% contained.  1,163 personnel.  27 crews. 64 engines.  $5.2 Million CTD.*

INYO FIRE.  NEW!  Owens Valley Interagency Communications Center.  Inyo  Craters.  Resources dispatched @ 1406 hours.*

LAKESHORE FIRE.  NEW!  Modoc Interagency Communications Center.  Resources dispatched @ 1719 hours. BC on-scene @ 2214 hours.*

UNNAMED WILDFIRE.  NEW!  Los Padres National Forest.  South Coast Ridge Road X Naciemento Ferguson Road.  Resources dispatched @ 1243 hours.*

Fire Images (unless specifically noted) are Courtesy of Inciweb.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

U.S. Active Wildfires | June 24, 2017

National Fire News

According to the National Interagency Incident Coordination Center, nationally there were 96 new wildfires and 4 of those being new large incidents.  There were 3 large fires that were contained.  There are still 17 uncontained wildfires.

There are 3 Type 1 IMTs and 5 Type 2 IMTS committed.

GREAT BASIN AREA

There were 16 fires reported in this area since yesterday.  Of the 16 incidents, 2 were new large fires with 4 of those fires being not contained.  1 Type 1 IMT and 1 Type 2 IMTs are committed.

NEVADA

Red Springs Fire

Red Springs Fire. Devastation to an area where wildfire has burned.

HUNTER CREEK FIRE.  NEW! Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.  Near the Michael D. Thompson Trailhead in the Hunter Creek area west of Reno.  On 2100 on Thursday, June 22, the Hunter Creek Fire transitioned from a unified command (TMFPD /Reno Fire Department/Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest) to a single U.S. Forest Service Type 3 organization. Grass, sage and brush. 24 acres. 65% contained.  4 hand crews, 2 engines, and 3 overhead on the fire.

Hunter Creek Fire 06/23/17

Hunter Creek Fire. Crews heading out. (Credit: John Gaffney)

RED SPRINGS FIRE.   Elko District, BLM. 5 miles NW of Jiggs. Brush, timber and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering, group and single tree torching.  4,598 acres.  95% contained.  217 personnel.  7 crews.  9 engines.  1 helicopter.  $477,000 CTD.

SPANISH FIRE.   NEW!  Winnemucca District, BLM.  19 miles NE of Winnemucca, NV.  Tall grass and brush. Active fire behavior with backing and running.  300 acres. 40% contained.  73 personnel.  1 crews.  4 engines.  1 helicopter.  $40,000 CTD.

UTAH

BRIANHEAD FIRE.   Southwest Area, Utah DOF. IMT 1 (Martin) and IMT 2 (Roide). 1

Smoke Plume view from Parowan

A smoke plume view from the ICP.

mile N of Brian Head.  Timber and heavy logging slash. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, group torching and long-range spotting.  Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect.  37,560 acres.  5% contained.  836 personnel.  23 crews.  40 engines.  9 helicopters.  25 structures lost.  $5.7 Million CTD.

LINCOLN BEACH FIRE.  NEW!   Northwest Area, Utah DOF. 4 miles NW of West Mountain. Short grass.  Active fire behavior with running and backing. Residences threatened. 2,252 acres.  50% contained.  0 resources.  $200,000 CTD.

Shepard Fire. (Credit: South Davis Metro FD)

SHEPARD FIRE. NEW!  1500 N Compton, Farmington.  Start 6/23/2017.  Unknown cause.  130 acres. 20% containment.  Minimal smoke can been.

A drone has been spotted flying over the Shepard Fire. Due to drone activity, all fire suppression aircraft will be forced to land and remain until the airspace is cleared.  #NoDronesInFireZones  It is completely illegal and drone operators may be pay the consequences if caught.  Some have been known to have their drone and all other equipment confiscated by Law Enforcement officials or even shot down by ground fire resources.

SOUTHWEST AREA

As of today’s report, there were 12 new wildfires reported with 2 of them being new large incidents and 9 uncontained fires.  There are 2 Type 1 IMT’s  and 3 Type 2 IMT’s committed in this area.

ARIZONA

Fire Fact:  Arizona Gov. Ducey declared state of emergency to get additional funds to fight all wildfires.

BAR X FIRE. NEW! Coronado, NF. 10 miles SE of Fort Grant. Tall grass and brush. Active fire behavior with creeping. Residences threatened. 1st/Last report.  2,465 acres. 52% contained.  0 resources.  $225,000 CTD.

BOUNDARY FIRE.   Coconino, NF. IMT 2 (Andrews). 12 miles N of Bellemont. Timber, short grass and heavy logging slash. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching. Residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  13,964 acres.  80% contained.  332 personnel.  5 crews.  13 engines.  4 helicopters.  $7.2 Million CTD.

Encino Fire

Encino Fire. Night operations continue showing an array of extreme fire behavior.

ENCINO FIRE.  Southeast District, Arizona DOF. 2 miles S of Sonoita, AZ. Tall grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Numerous residences threatened.  1,289 acres. 95% contained.  30 personnel.  1 crew.  2 engines.  6 structures lost.  $160,000 CTD.

FREEZE 2 FIRE.  San Carlos Agency, BIA. Previously reported incident. 27 miles SW of Whitewater. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior.  2,832 acres.  70% contained.  11 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $4.4 Million CTD.

FRYE FIRE.   Coronado, NF. IMT 1 (Poncin) and IMT 2 (Sinclair). 9 miles W of Swift Trail

Fire Fact:  78% of firefighters tested at spike camp on Frye fire had strep throat. 

Fire Sprinkler Installation in Turkey Flat

Fire sprinkler installation in Turkey Flat.

Junction.  Lightning caused.  Timber,  brush and chaparral. Extreme fire behavior with spotting, wind- driven and uphill runs. Numerous residences area threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.    29,424 acres. 29% contained.  814 personnel.  20 crews.  20 engines.  10 helicopters.  1 structure lost. $8 Million CTD.

MAGGIE FIRE.   Phoenix District Office, BLM.  6 miles N of Black Canyon City. Tall grass, brush and timber.  Last report.  1,400 acres.  90% contained.  11 personnel.   3 engines.  $660,000 CTD.

R14 FIRE.   Fort Apache Agency, BIA. 3 miles S of Cedar Creek. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  749 acres. 90% contained.  118 personnel.  5 crews.  1 engine.  $400,000 CTD.

NEW MEXICO

BONITA FIRE.  Carson, NF. IMT 2 (Bales). 16 miles NE of Canjilon. Timber, brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior with backing and smoldering. Numerous residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.   7,426 acres.  81% contained.  315 personnel.  6 crews.  8 engines.  3 helicopters.  $3.9 Million CTD.

Fire Fact:  Illegal drone spotted on the Bonita Fire, aircraft grounded on Friday, June 23, 2017. #NoDronesInFireZones

Helicopter safety briefing

Cajete Fire. A helicopter briefing training session where it is necessary for safety of its firefighters. (Credit: Dana Wilson/BLM Colorado)

CAJETE FIRE.   Santa Fe, NF.  8 miles NE of Jemez Springs. Timber and medium logging slash. No new info.   1,412 acres.  96% contained.  258 personnel.  5 crews.  5 engines. 4 helicopters.  $4.2 Million CTD.

GRIFFITH FIRE. NEW!  Las Vegas District, New Mexico State Forestry. 2 miles W of Romero. Chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  5,000 acres.  96% contained.  9 personnel.  3 engines.  $6,000 CTD.

HIGHLAND FIRE.   Bernalillo District, New Mexico State Forestry.15 miles NE of Encino, NM. Short grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and single tree torching.  927 acres.  85% contained.  83 personnel.  3 crews.  7 engines.  $150,000 CTD.

ROUND FIRE.   Gila, NF. Previously reported incident.  16 miles W of Winston. Timber and short grass.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and torching. Last report.  7,200 acres.  0% contained.  103 personnel.  4 engines.  $941,000 CTD.

NORTHWEST AREA

WASHINGTON

Fire Fact:  On June 23, 2017, the warm weather outlook pushed fire danger ratings up due to hot, dry and windy conditions in Washington State. (Map courtesy of WA DNR)

OREGON

RHOADES CANYON 0301 RN FIRE.   Prineville District, BLM. 3 miles E of Clarno. Brush and short grass.   Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven and uphill runs. Structures threatened.    14,000 acres. 50% containment. 99 personnel. 4 crews. 7 engines. 3 helicopters. $450,000 CTD.

IDAHO

No current wildfires burning.

CALIFORNIA

Southern California saw 20 new wildfires since Friday, June 23, 2017, with 3 still not contained.  1 Type 1 IMT is only committed in this area.

CREEK FIRE.  CAL Fire – Fresno County. Off Los Gatos Creek Rd, west of Derrick.  200 acres.  20% contained.

Row of trucks parked at bottom of a steep hill

Highway Fire apparatus parked at the bottom of very steep and rugged terrain.

HIGHWAY FIRE.  Sequoia, NF. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (Mills) back to the local unit occurred yesterday. 5 miles SW of Bodfish.  Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  1,522 acres.  95% contained.  57 personnel.  1 crew.  4 helicopters.  $3 Million CTD.

HOLCOMB FIRE.   San Bernardino, NF. IMT 2 (Kelly). 3 miles NE  of Big Bear.  Brush,

Helicopter on it's way to make a drop with water

Holcomb Fire. You can easily see the fire inferno down below as a helicopter goes to make a water drop. (Credit: RS Vacations via Inciweb)

short grass and  timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Residences threatened. Area and trail closures in  effect.   1,582 acres. 75% contained.  1,163 personnel.  27 crews. 64 engines.  $5.2 Million CTD.

Alert!  Southern CA Edison will be conducting repair to their lines that deliver power to the Big Bear Valley area.  The estimated outage will be from 0900 – 1300 hours in order to safely complete repairs.  For more info, go to their website at : http://www.bves.com.

Lake Fire. This was in its early stages. As you can see, fire is going to spread pretty rapidly. (Credit: LACoFD)

 

LAKE FIRE.  Angeles, NF. 1 mile NE of Castaic. Chaparral and tall grass.  800 acres.  98% contained. 48 personnel.  1 crew. 1 engine. 1 helicopter. $800,000 CTD.

Fire Images (unless specifically noted) are Courtesy of Inciweb.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

ALASKA WILDFIRES | JUNE 22 2017

STATE OF ALASKA

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EAST FORK WILDFIRE | 15 miles NE of Soldotna

Incident Summary

The East Fork Wildfire was ignited by lightning on June 15, 2017, around 1825 hours.  It is burning on the Kenai Wildlife Refuge and at the East Fork of Moose River of a limited suppression area.

The fires column at initial attack

Fire column showing with an initial attack in progress. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Fuels

Fire fuels include black spruce and hardwoods.

Size Up

The fire has scorched 1016 acres as of June 23, 2017, but fire behavior is considered to be minimal and smoldering.  Though there has been no rain over the fire, it has been cool positive RH.

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ACTIVE WILDFIRES – STATE OF ALASKA

Due to the ever-increasing amount of fires here in the United States, we thought it might be easier to breakdown each wildfire as a combined post for each single State.   We are working to glean from all of our sources and are adding/deleting fires as we go.

Thank you for reading our blog post today.

NONVALUNUK FIRE

This wildfire is located in the Galena Zone and on BLM lands and 18 miles south of St. Michael.  Fire fuels include grass.  Fire behavior is active with creeping and is smoldering.  There have been 8,863 acres scorched so far with a 0% containment.  6 crews have been assigned to this incident.  Fire suppression and containment costs total $1,000.

TOIK HILL FIRE

This fire is also on the Galena Zone and BLM lands and located 22 miles east of St. Michael.  Grass is the main fire fuel.  Fire behavior is moderate with smoldering.  There has been 13,455 acres with a 0% containment status.  There are 25 personnel with no additional resources assigned.  $80,000 is the total amount as of today, for fire suppression and containment costs.

#TokHillFire #AKwildfires2017

NORTH ROBERTSON

The wildfire is located 28 miles NW of Tok and being addressed by the Tok Area Forestry and Alaska Department of Forestry.  Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.  832 acres have been destroyed with containment at 95%.  There are 131 personnel assigned along with 4 crews, 1 engine and 2 helicopters.  Cost-to-date is $2.2 Million.

#NRobertsonFire #AKwildfires2017

DEADMANS SLOUGH FIRE

This third fire is also on the Galena Zone with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and 2 miles south of Anvik.  Timber is the main fire fuel.  There is minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  358 acres have been burned but crews have successfully been able to gain a 90% containment status.  There are 52 personnel assigned along with 2 crews and 1 helicopter.  $330,000 total for fire suppression costs.

#DeadmansSloughFire #AKwildfires2017

BALL CREEK FIRE

Ball Creek is burning in the SW Area Forestry, about 8 miles east of Flat.  13,924 acres of grass and hardwood litter have been charred.  There is a 0% containment status as of today’s date. There are 20 personnel along with 1 crew assigned. Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering.

#BallCreekFire #AKwildfires2017

Don’t forget to read our other States posts in AZ, CA, NM, UT, etc.

Be safe friends…

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

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TOK AREA FORESTRY, ALASKA

Incident Summary

About 28 miles NW of Tok, Alaska in the Tok Area Forest there is a wildfire with minimal fire behavior with single tree torching, creeping and smoldering is burning.

Over 800 (832 exact) acres of timber have been scorched.  Fire crews have a reached a 60% containment status.

Resources

There are 9 acres with 1 engine and 2 helicopters.

Cost-To-Date

The cost-to-date expenses for fire suppression and containment has ow reached $1.7 Million.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

#BellCreek Fire in Alaska | 1

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SW AREA DISTRICT, ALASKA

Location

Fire has broken out in the SW Area District, about 3 miles NW of Crookes Creek in Alaska.

Acreage / Fire Fuels

About 2100 acres of timber and hardwood litter has been destroyed.

Conditions

Fire behavior is extreme with torching and crowning.

Resources

About 55 personnel are assigned to this incident along with 2 crews.

Cost-To-Date

About $296,000 has been reached for fire suppression and containment cost-to-date.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

NEW: Moose Creek Fire | Alaska | Update 1

Updated 10:15 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

An early-morning photo of the Moose Creek Fire near Sutton. Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and local fire departments are working to contain the blaze, which was reported at 2:10 a.m. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

Credit: AK Forestry

Date/Time Started: 

  • The Moose Creek Fire was reported @ 2:10 AM on October 15th by a passing motorist.

Location:

  • The Moose Creek Fire is burning near the Moose Creek Campground.
  • About 12 miles North of Palmer and 5 miles South of Sutton, Alaska.

Fire Fuels:

  • Fire fuels are burning in cured grass and hardwoods.

Cause: 

  • The cause is unknown and under investigation, but media is now reporting this is a human-caused fire with an escaped debris pile fire.

Current Fire Conditions:

  • Fire crews are facing the harsh sub-freezing cold weather and even more colder temps from extreme windy conditions.
  • On Saturday, Fire managers used burn out operations to reinforce the containment line on the north flank with most of the fire on that side being fully contained.
  • On Sunday, fire crews are focusing most of their fire suppression efforts on the western perimeter which appears to be the most active portion of the fire.

(Credit: AK Forestry)

Size Up:

  • At the time of fire being reported, it was at 10 acres.
  • Today, it is at 300 acres with a 25% containment status.

Fire perimeter map. (Credit: AK Forestry)

PERSONNEL

Staffing: 

  • This Fire comes late into the Wildfire Season and most firefighters with most of them already laid off.
  • Fire Managers forced to scramble to find  Staffing.
  • About 50  Firefighters  are assigned from BLM Alaska Fire Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service.

Air Resources: 

  • 2 Helicopters are assisting ground fire crews and dropping water over the fire, but at times the winds were too fierce for flying.

SOCIAL MEDIA

NW Fire Blog:

  • We are using the following hashtags for this article:  #MooseCreekFire  #AkWILDFIRE

From the Fireground:

  • “Winds wreaking havoc for firefighters in Matanuska Valley.” – AK Forestry (10/16/2016)

Credit: Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Evacuations:

  • “Palmer Correctional Center inmates evacuated.” – Media (10/16/2016)

The People Have Spoken:

  • “Late-season fire burning near Sutton – Surface fuels burn.” (10/16/2016).
  • “Wildfire season keeps getting longer..” (10/15/2016)
  •  “It was pretty hazy out here today.” (10/15/2016)
  •  “Helicopters pulling water out of Elks Lake.” (10/15/2016)

News Media:

  • “The weather combo of cold & wind at the #MooseCreekFire is BRUTAL.” (10/16/2016)
  • “Alaska Div. Forestry says #MooseCreekFire is human caused–started as an escaped debris fire.” (10/16/2016)
  • “Forestry says the wind is too strong for helicopters to assist.” (10/16/2016)”

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

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.

Shelters:

  • 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

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