AZ WILDFIRE | DESERT FIRE | UPDATE 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 18, 2020

A wildfire incident, named the EAST DESERT FIRE, is burning near the Cave Creek Regional Park in Maricopa County, Arizona.

“Roadside wildfires are a big issue in AZ. Dragging tow chains are a common cause – starting multiple fires, sometimes for miles. Wildfires put communities, emergency responders at high risk and increase exposure to injury, smoke, and disease.” 

– BLM AZ Fire

Resources include: AZ Forestry, AZ State Fire, and Maricopa County; Tonto NF, BLM AZ Fire, Peoria FD, Daisy Mtn FD, Phoenix FD, Rural Metro, North Phoenix FD and Cave Creek FD.

Here is a timeline of this incident.

MAY 17, 2020

1320 Hours MST |  The AZ Dispatch Center dispatched resources:  7-6 BAT 4-1 CH 1 CH 4 CH 7-1 CPT 4-1 CPT 4-2 DIV 7-1 E- 461 PHX CREW to a wildfire located on North 26th Street and East Desert HIlls Drive. CAD call has been updated to reflect 1492 acres.

1434 MST | Firefighters on-scene of a wildfire, approximately 5-8 acres in size, located near 24th and Desert Hills. Moderate rate of spread.  Ground resources and aircraft ordered.

“We‘re receiving several reports of people still target shooting on BLM lands. Fire restrictions due to dry conditions are in effect and target shooting is not allowed. For all activity restrictions under fire restrictions,”

BLM AZ Fire

[Photo Credit:  AZ State Forestry]

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1539 Hours  MST | Estimated 300-500 acres. Burning in North Phoenix.  Active behavior and fire with wind-driven winds

[Photo Credit:  AZ State Forestry]

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1714 Hours MST | 300-500 acres. 0% containment. Fire behavior still active and with wind-driven runs. Moving away from homes into open area, however, Engines are providing structure protection for 5 nearby homes.

1925 Hours MST |  Estimated 400 acres. 40% contained. FIU states fire started  in the afternoon on Sunday, around 24th Street and Deset Hills.  Human-caused.

2151 Hours MST |  Fire activity and winds increase during the night, even though cooler temps.  Fire moving to the northeast towards Cahara Springs.

[Photo Credit:  AZ State Forestry]

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2200 Hours MST | 1,000 acres. Fire moving east to northest towards Cahara Spring. IC orders additional resources:  6 Hot Shot crews, 10 engines and aircraft for the next morning on Monday, 5/18/2020.  Fuels:  Grass, desert vegetation. Dry conditions.

2229 Hours MST | Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical are on-scene of assisting with night fire operations.

[Photo Credit: Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical]

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MAY 18, 2020

0008 Hours MST |  1,500 acres. Active fire behavior with fire moving to the east to northeast towards Cahava Springs in Cave Creek.  Evacuations in effect: 40 homes. Off of Cahava Springs Rd. More resources on order.

0719 Hours MST |  1,500 acres. 20% contained. Evacuations in effect: 130 homes evacuated per MCSO. Increased fire activity with high winds.

[Photo Credit: Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical]

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1145 Hours MST | Evacuation Center:  Cactus Shadows HS main gym.  5802 E Dove Valley Road, Cave Creek, AZ. Managed by: American Red Cross.  Bring your own mask and expect social distancing. 

1225 Hours MST |  A Fire Management Assistance Grant  was submitted by AZ Fire and was approved for federal funding by FEMA to help cover costs wit this wildfire.

[Photo Credit:  American Red Cross]

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1557 Hours MST | 1,500 acres. 20% containment status. Ground resources include SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers), VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers) and AA (Air Attack).

1920 Hours MST | 1,492 acres. 50% contained.  Spread of fire slowing. Firefighters  making progress.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 5/18/2020 – 1945 PT.

AZ Wildfire | Stage Fire | Update 2

 UPDATE 2 – 5/3/2020 – SUNDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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Arizona State Forestry wildland firefighters were dispatched to the STAGE FIRE on Satruday, May 2nd this afternoon to a brush fire that ignited approximately 1.5 miles northeast of New River and east of I-17.  This is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

A smoke column could be see from the Arizona I17 SB Anthem web cam.

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There has been 259 acres of grass and brush burned.  Crews have successfully gained a 75% containment status.

Photo Credit | Daisy Mtn Fire & Rescue

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The fire was deemed to be human-caused by two Fire Investigators.

The investigation is still considered as an active case.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1450 MST

SASCO FIRE | AZ WILDFIRE | UPDATE 2 (FINAL)

UPDATE 2 (FINAL)  – MAY 3, 2020 – SUNDAY

A wildfire named the SASCO FIRE is burning in Pinal County, Arizona.  It is NORTH of Ironwood Forest National Forest, SOUTH of Red Rock and just WEST of Picacho.

AZ State Firefighters were dispatched on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 1038 hours MST. Additional fire crews from BLM Arizona Fire have also been deployed to the fire line.

Equipment/Apparatus on-scene, Chief 191, E191, Tender 191, Brush 193, E361, Chief 7-1.

A VLAT dropped over the SASCO FIRE with a  Heavy Air Tanker following due to rocky and unstable terrain on the southern side of the fire.  Crews are starting to make good progress and mopping up.

Photo Credit  | AZ State Forestry

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This has been determined to be human-caused.  It is still under investigation.

#AZwildfires #FireSeason2020 #SascoFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1600 MST

SASCO FIRE | AZ WILDFIRE | UPDATE 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 3, 2020 – SUNDAY

A wildfire named the SASCO FIRE is burning in Pinal County, Arizona.  It is NORTH of Ironwood Forest National Forest, SOUTH of Red Rock and just WEST of Picacho.

AZ State Firefighters were dispatched on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 1038 hours MST. Additional fire crews from BLM Arizona Fire have also been deployed to the fire line.

Equipment/Apparatus on-scene, Chief 191, E191, Tender 191, Brush 193, E361, Chief 7-1.

Fire behavior was observed by SASCO IC as doubling in size at one point due to increased winds

Smoke is being reportedly as seen from as far aways as Interstate 10.

Around 1230 MST, it was estimated to be 40 acres in size with an unknown containment status.

Crews backed off the fire line at 1415 hours, to allow an inbound VLAT to drop in their area. They used a nearby road for safety. (1419 MST)

SASCO FIRE NAME HISTORY

May 23, 2019

The Sasco Fire name was used when a wildfire broke out at 0432 AM UTC near Red Rock, Arizona, about 80 miles SSE of Phoenix. 16.6 acres. Human caused.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1435 MST

AZ Wildfire | Stage Fire | Final Update

FINAL UPDATE – 5/3/2020 – SUNDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Arizona State Forestry wildland firefighters were dispatched to the STAGE FIRE on Satruday, May 2nd this afternoon to a brush fire that ignited approximately 1.5 miles northeast of New River and east of I-17.  This is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

A smoke column could be see from the Arizona I17 SB Anthem web cam.

There has been 259 acres of grass and brush burned.  Crews have successfully gained a 75% containment status.

The fire was deemed to be human-caused by two Fire Investigators.  The investigation is still considered as an active case.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

TRAFFIC CLOSURES

I-17 NB opened up last night.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1422 MST

AZ Wildfire | Stage Fire | Update 2

UPDATE 2 – 5/2/2020 – SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Arizona State Forestry wildland firefighters were dispatched to the STAGE FIRE on Satruday, May 2nd this afternoon to a brush fire that ignited approximately 1.5 miles northeast of New River and east of I-17.  This is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

A smoke column could be see from the Arizona I17 SB Anthem web cam.

It is burning in a wash in grass and brush.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

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TRAFFIC CLOSURES

I17 NB is closed at New River.  All traffic has to exit at New River. AZ DOT is reporting an 8-mile backup starting near Anthem Way. There is no ETA on when it will be reopend. Southbound lanes are open and unaffected.  Traveler info:  az511.gov or calling 511. Twitter:  @ArizonaDOT.

Photo Credit | Arizona DOT

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SIZE

Fire has grown to 200 acres and moving rapidly through desert vegetation.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

More than 150 firefighters, along with air and ground assets to this incident.  Agencies represented are AZ State Forestry, BLM , Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical and local resources.

Footage Credit | Daisy Mtn Fire & Rescue

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/2/2020  1715 MST

AZ Wildfire | Stage Fire | Update 1

UPDATE 1 – 5/2/2020 – SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Arizona State Forestry wildland firefighters were dispatched to the STAGE FIRE on Satruday, May 2nd this afternoon to a brush fire that ignited approximately 1.5 miles northeast of New River and east of I-17.  This is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

A smoke column could be see from the Arizona I17 SB Anthem web cam.

It is burning in a wash in grass and brush.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

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TRAFFIC CLOSURES

I17 NB is closed at New River.  All traffic has to exit at New River. AZ DOT is reporting an 8-mile backup starting near Anthem Way. There is no ETA on when it will be reopend. Southbound lanes are open and unaffected.  Traveler info:  az511.gov or calling 511. Twitter:  @ArizonaDOT.

Photo Credit | Arizona DOT

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SIZE

The fire is estimated to be around 60-80 acres in siz with a 0% containment status.

RESOURCES

Additional resources are order for more aircraft.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/2/2020 1605 MST

AZ Wildfire Activity | Dike Fire | 1

MOHAVE COUNTY, ARIZONA

Update 1 – April 25, 2020 – Saturday

A wildfire ignited on BIA land in the Havasu Wildfire Regue located in the Mohave Valley area in Arizona, prompting an immediate response from AZ State Forestry firefighters.

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The wildland incident has been named the DIKE FIRE.

The fire was reportedly have broke out on Saturday, April 25th just after 2100 hours PT.

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Photo Credits |  ASF A5S District Battalion Chief.

#AZwildfires #FireSeason2020 #DikeFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/25/2020 2130 PT

AZ Wildfire Log | Badger Fire | 1

Update 1 – Saturday, April 25th

A wildfire named the BADGER FIRE is burning south of Dragoon Ranch and Diamondback Roads about 20 miles southwest of Dragoon, Arizona.

The fire is approximately 75 acres.   Forward progression has been stopped by AZ State Forestry wildland firefighters.

Crews are currently in mop-up operations.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

BADGER FIRE (NAME) HISTORY

June 11, 2013 – Kennewick, Washington State

Wildfire. Evacuations were conducted in southern Kennewick and residents would be allowed to return right away.  Large animals were evacuated to the Benton County fairgrounds.

May 20, 2014

I-17, north of Sunset Point and Slide Rock, near Cordes Arizona.  AZ State Forestry and BLM Firefighters on-scene.  SEAT and multiple air resources. Fire contained May 23, 2020.

August 9, 2014

46000 blk of Dunlap Road, Miramonte, California. CAL FIRE/Fresno County Fire.  Started and contained on same day. Contained to less than one acre.  100% contained. Structures were threatened. None of them are damaged or destroyed.

June 1, 2017

I-17, in Arizona.  Started and contained same day to approximately 161 acres.  BLM firefighters.

Photo Credit | BLM  AZ Fire

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June 10, 2018

Southern Snow Range – Medicine Bow National Park, Wyoming.  50 acres. Name changes from Badger Fire to Badger Creek Fire.

August 20, 2019

Hawkinsville Humbug Road near Badger Mountain, California. 1.4 acres. 100% contained.   CAL FIRE SKU, Klamath National Forest, and @Sisqfirechiefs.  Fire cause unknown. Under investigation.

Fire Photo | CAL FIRE SKU

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Smoke could be seen near Badger Springs Picnic area in the Soquel Demonstration State Forest, CZU in California.

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#BadgerFire #AZwildfire #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updaetd 1740 PST

Health Crisis | Coronavirus Spreads in US, Outside Areas

The United States has confirmed and added a fifth infected person with the coronavirus that has killed at least 50 in China, where the virus was originally reported and now spreading inside our American borders.   There is a case reported in Sydney, Australia as well.

The virus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is classified by the CDC (US Center for Disease Control), as an unidentified respiratory first discovered in Wuhan, Hebei Province, China.  Symptoms include: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing.

“The virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person. When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.” – CDC

There are about 1,000 confirmed cases reported in China.

Five cases have been identified in Arizona, California, Illinois and Washington as of January 26, 2020.

The CDC provides a list of Q&A regarding this dangerous virus.  You can visit their site and read up on how to protect yourself. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

These patients recently traveled to China.

Health organizations are saying that the general public is not in harm’s way and those that have been infected are being treated.  Their conditions are improving and are being treated in a confined area.

We will provide additional details as they are received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 1810 hours PST