The Wildfire Report | Molino Fire | AZ | 1

Fire resources are en route to a fire located in the Molino Basin on the Coronado National Forest out of the Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center in Arizona.

Currently, the fire has burned a small area of 0.1 acres.

Dispatched on Sunday, October 27th at 1527 hours MST.

#AZwildfires #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/27/2019 @ 1702 MST

The Wildfire Log | Red Bird Fire | Arizona

A wildfire broke  out from an unknown ignition on I-10 at mile marker 329.5 westbound and about 11 miles southwest of Willcox, Arizona on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Fire personnel and equipment were dispatched via the Arizona Dispatch Center at 1243 hours MST.

Crews would quickly contain the small fire to 0.1 acres at 1430 hours MST.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/27/2019 @ 1545 hours PDT

The Wildfire Report | Hilton Wash Fire | NEW

Sonoita, Az. | A new wildfire has ignited, called the Hilton Wash Fire today.  It is located about nine miles NE of Sonoita and near Empire Ranch with the Las Cinegas NCA.

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Stock Photo | Credit: BLM

The fire has scorched about 150 acres of tall grass has been destroyed.  Fire resources and assets were dispatched this afternoon around 1633 hours MDT.  CAD records showed that BLM resources were still responding to the scene.

Equipment and personnel included GID Engines 4337, T-3, Battallion 3-1 and Engine 361.

Hashtags | #AZwildfires #FireSeason2019

 

The Wildfire Log | Arizona | August 18, 2019

Here is the Fire Activity log for the State of Arizona, which seems to be seeing a lot of wildfires this year and very dry conditions.

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Boulin Fire | E of Spring Valley near The Beale Wagon Trail | 2,423 acres 

The Boulin Fire was sparked by lightning on August 5, 2019.  The fire is also located near Forest Service Roads 141, 713 and 730 and about 24 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona.

View From Overpass West End of Williams

Credit: KNF

Fire behavior is moderate with increased acreage of 400 on a daily basis.  It has now carried through over half of the planning area is moving towards the southwest containment line. Road maintenance continues.

Securing Private property

Credit: KNF

Fire is being managed by Nick Behrends (ICT4) and his trainee, Tyler Richwine (ICT4T).  Resources include: One Type 2 hand crew, one Fuels crew, two Type-6 engines, two Type 3 Engines, one patrol unit, one Dozer and eight miscellaneous overhead team members. Total personnel assigned to this incident is 50 strong.

Cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $70,000.

Castle Fire | near Jacob Lake | 19,368 acres 

No photo description available.

The Castle Fire was ignited by lightning on July 12th around 1430 hours.  It is located in the vicinity of Oquer Canyon and about six miles west of State Hwy 67, as well as, 11 miles south of of Jacob Lake on the Kaibab National Forest.

There has been about 19,368 acres of timber (litter and understory) burned.  Fire Management Officials are expecting this fire to be fully contained on October 15, 2019.  The fire did become more active on Saturday due to hot, dry weather partnering with winy conditions.  There is no precip in the current forecast.

Four firefighters walk past an engine in a line carrying a variety of tools.

Credit: KNF

There are 32 total fire personnel attached to this incident. Fire management is being handled by Brandon Allen.

A TFR (temporary flight restriction) is in effect for all non-fire aircraft, including drones.

Ikes Fire | Grand Canyon NP | 4,297 acres | 55% contained

The Ikes Fire is located in the Grand Canyon National Park and about 60 miles southwest of Paige.

Sheridan Fire | Wood Trap near Cedar Mesa | 3,700 acres 

The Sheridan Fire was ignited by lightning on August 5th.  Fire fuels include short grass, brush and chaparral.  Fire behavior is active, running, flanking and backing.  Short runs in grass and brush are also occurring.

This fire is being allowed to run on its own for resources benefits.

aerial view of Sheridan Fire Aug 17

The Sheridan Fire | Credit-Prescott NF

There are 64 total personnel assigned. IC is Rob Roy Williams with the AZ Central West Zone, Type 3 IMT.  His trainee is John Johanson.

Wolf Creek Fire | Wolf Creek Road, #7 | NEW

The Wolf Creek Fire was caused by an abandoned campfire on Wolf Creek Road in space number seven.  This is listed as an open incident.  There is an unknown number of area scorched or other resources.  This is located on the Prescott National Forest.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/18/2019 @ 1525 hours.

 

US Wildfire Log | Large Incidents | August 15, 2019

Fire Season has been fairly active in some states, while others are slowly burning.  Here is a current Sit Rep for all fires currently burning or have recently ignited. They are being listed by the acre burned, state and then by the fire name.

Fire Fact: There has been 22 new wildfires that have ignited in the Northwest area in the last 24 hours.  One of them turned into a large incident, while there are still 7 wildfires still burning in this area.

45,359 acres | Washington State | Williams Flats Fire

The Williams Flats Fire is burning about 5 miles southeast of Keller.  Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping. Road and area closures are still in effect. Evacuation orders have all been lifted.  Command was transferred from an IMT2 (NW Team 8) back to the local unit as of today’s date.

View from DP 11

Williams Flats Fire | Credit: Colville Agency

There have been 45,359 acres that have been destroyed.  There is an 81% containment status.  According to the NIFC, there are 679 total personnel assigned along with 16 crews, 21 engines and 2 helicopters.

There have been 3 structures lost and a total losses have reached $14.2 Million Dollars.

13,119 acres | Oregon | Mile Post 97 Fire

The Mile Post 97 Fire is located 1 mile south of Canyonville and is being managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters.  About 13,119 acres of timber have been lost.  Fire behavior is minimal.   There is a 95% containment status at the moment.

There are 106 total personnel assigned along with 2 crews, 6 engines and 1 helicopter.

Total losses have reached a whopping $20 Million Dollars.

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Fire Fact:  There have been 26 new wildfires that have been sparked in the the Great Basin  Area in the last 24 hours, with two of them being large incidents and 5 of them still listed as being not contained.

16,526 acres | Nevada | Corta Fire

The Corta Fire is burning in the Elko District of BLM lands and about 8 miles southeast of Jiggs, Nevada.  The fire has destroyed 16,526 acres of timber, brush and tall grass.  Fire behavior has been reduced down to minimal activities with possibility of any future growth.   The current containment status is 98%.

Corta Fire scene from Harrison Pass Road

Corta Fire | Credit: USFS – HTNF

There are approximately 40 total personnel  along with 1 crew, 1 engine and no additional resources.  Total losses have reached $3.3 Million Dollars.

1,383 acres | Nevada | NEW Wood Canyon Fire

The Wood Canyon Fire ignited in the last 24 hours as being reported by Fire Managers to be located in the Carson City District of BLM.  It is located about 75 miles south of Winnemucca, Nevada.

Approximately 1,383 acres of timber, chaparral and short have been destroyed and there is only a 5% containment status. Fire behavior is active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting.

About 196 fire personnel and resources, along with 5 crews, 4 engines and 3 helicopters are deployed on this fire.

Costs have reached $250,000 to date.

505 acres | Utah | NEW Trumbull Fire

This NEW fire started within the last 24 hours and is being included to the possibility of becoming a large wildfire incident.  This fire is located in the Arizona Strip District on BLM lands and about 52 miles southeast of St. George, Utah.

There has been 505 acres of timber and light logging slash consumed.  There is a 0% containment status at this time.

Only 38 fire personnel are assigned to this incident but with the aid of 1 crew, 2 engines and 1 helicopter.

Current cost-to-date have reached $50,000.

Due to time constraints, we were unable to list all active large incidents but another update will be on Friday, August 15, 2019.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2019 @ 2300 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log: Arizona’s Wander Fire Stopped in Its Tracks

Posted:  7/3/2019 @ 1815 hours PDT

Arizona has been suffering wildfires on a daily basis with multiple starts across their State.  This wildfire, though small, was quickly contained by firefighters.

WANDER FIRE

The WANDER FIRE started on July 3, 2019, and located about .5 miles south of New River and about two miles north of the Anthem Outlets in Maricopa County, Arizona.

The fire was observed crossing over Highway 17, which was closed at mile post 232 by the County Sheriff’s Office.

At 1514 hours, winds began picking up which was of concern to Fire Officials.  They ordered aircraft while evacuations of approximately 36 residents were in effect from approximately 12 houses.

The 10-acre wildfire threatened about 12 structures around 1535 hours, but fire crews quickly stopped the forward rate of spread (1601 hours).  The Sheriff’s Office was expected to be opening the I-17 corridor and lift the evacuation orders.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log: Arizona’s Gap Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 | June 27, 2019 | Thursday

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning about 10 miles northeast of Bylas, Arizona in the same territory as the BYLAS FIRE managed by the San Carlos Agency on BIA lands, which was discovered on June 25, 2019.

Current Status | Fire behavior has been reported as active with running, flanking and wind-driven runs.  Structures are said to be at risk.  No structures have been reported as damaged or destroyed.  The current cause is unknown at the time of this posting.

Size & Containment Status | Fire has burned approximately 16,721 acres of brush and short grass and has a containment status of 50% contained.

Resources |  There are approximately 115 total personnel along with 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

Damage Assessment | The total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $530,000.00.

Updates | We will try to bring you information on this wildfire but have found there is limited information on our verified sources or on Social Media.

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2050 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 27

Update 7 | June 27, 2019 | Thursday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.

This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

Near Four Ranch

Near Four Ranch, Arizona | Courtesy: Inciweb

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Current Status | Officials are still reporting minimal fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. The fire has burned 123,404 acres and has a 68% containment status.

Resources | Fire personnel have dramatically dropped down to 538 from the nearly 900-plus only a few days ago.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $18.9 Million Dollars.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2005 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 25

Update 6 | June 25, 2019 | Tuesday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.  This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

The now 115,750-acre wildfire is listed as the State’s sixth largest fire.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 48% containment status.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Minimal fire activity allowing Fire Managers, however they expect this incident to be far from over as they are still working on gaining full suppression and it burning for the next few weeks.  Fire Officials are asking the public NOT to report smoke from this fire, as they are monitoring the current fire situation.

Fire Resources | There are still a reported 931 fire personnel, along with 18 crews, 45 engines and  helicopters that are showing still assigned but the IC has started the process of releasing them.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Evacuations | The Gila County Sheriff Office has lifted all evacuation orders and notifications.

Closures | All roadways have been reopened, as well as the highway.  The Tonto National Monument remains CLOSED.

Fire Images | Check out some of these amazing WOODBURY FIRE images posted all over Social Media:

June 25, 2019:

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

The many grateful firefighters and communities that came together. | Credit: Tonto NF

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $16,000,000.

For a fire this large, we are are happily to report 0 structures destroyed, which say a lot about the men and women behind the scenes, from the skies above, on the fire line and those who support them all.  Thank you!

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/25/2019 @ 2100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 24

Update 5 | June 24, 2019 | Monday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE is burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but is moving out of the area.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior consists of being active, uphill runs, flanking and backing.

Cause | The fire began on Saturday, June 8th from an unknown ignition that is currently under investigation.  It was determined to be human caused.

Fire Resources | 931 total personnel.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Fire Size, Containment Status | 112,899 acres. 48% contained.

FIRE FACT | The WOODBURY FIRE is now the 6th largest fire in AZ History.

Expected containment is July 15, 2019 around midnight.

Credit: NWS Phoenix

High Value Assets |  Structure protection has been a high priority task to fire crews, whom have been working non-stop protecting these areas:

  • Tonto National Monument
  • 115kv power lines
  • 500kv power lines – major line
  • Carlotta mines & mine infrastructure
  • Transportation corridors
  • Commercial properties
  • Private homes
  • Rec areas
  • Riparian waterways
  • Endangered species, such as the Mexican Spotted Owl
  • Sonoran Desert ecosystem

Evacuations | Shelter for evacuees is located at the Lee Kornegay Intermediate School. 4735 S Ragus Road, Miami, AZ.

Evacuee Resources | For evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters, call 928-402-8888.

Closures | Tonto NF closures:  https://bit.ly/31O2Ih4.  AZ DOT closures:  https://az511.gov/

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS | Firefighters save a 700-year-old Salado cliff dwelling found at the Tonto National Monument Park.

Fire in Images | Here are some incredible fire images coming out of this incident from official government agencies and public organizations splashing these photos all over Social Media.

June 24, 2019:

The Incident Management Team is happy to report that no structures have been lost to date from the WOODBURY FIRE.  Efforts to protect values in the Highway 188 corridor in Roosevelt have been successful.  Lakeview Park is one of these values protected – Tonto National Forest.

Credit: Tonto NF

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/24/2019 2215 hours PDT