OOA – Arizona Wildfires Sit Rep – May 18, 2018

Statewide, Ariz. – We have gleaned information from various sources and put into a single post on wildfires that are burning across the State.

HAPPY FIRE

The Happy Fire is located in the NW District of the Arizona Department of Forestry and about 19 miles north of Bagdad on Mohon Peak in Yavapai County. Fire is inaccessible to engines and the rugged terrain is of concern by Fire Officials for their fire ground crews.

Aerial Photo of Happy Fire

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division – State Office

Fire behavior is moderate with backing and has scorched 1,116 acres of brush and short grass. It is said to have a small amount of growth and no threats to any structures in the area.  There are no evacuations or road closures in effect.

There is a current 10% containment status and is being monitored by air.

There are 7 personnel with no additional resources.

CTD for fire suppression and containment status have reached $15,000.

WOODS FIRE

Flames engulfing Ponderosa pine in foreground, heavy smoke in background

Photo Credit: Apache-Sitgreaves NFs

The Woods Fire is burning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest about 8 miles northeast of Kohl Ranch. The wildfire was discovered on May 12, 2018  (Friday) near Forest Road 195 just west/northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District.

The fire was said to have spread to the N-NE until reached the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn.  Air tanker and water drops were not available due to windy conditions.  Crews would instead focus on the east and west flanks of the fire tying all the lines together with the Alder RX .  It was completely lined on Friday.

There has been 103 acres burned.  This is now at a 100% containment status.  However, there are still 16 personnel assigned.  Crews will remain on the fire line to monitor and patrol the area.

The CTD is $225,000.

PINERY FIRE

The Pinery Fire is located in the Arizona Department of Forestry’s SE District,  6 miles southwest of Hilltop and 29 miles southeast of Willcox.  The fire started on private land that has moved to the north and east on to the Chiricahua National Monument and Coronado National Forest.

Firefighters with handtools standing on a dirt road next to flames in the grass and brush at night

Photo Credit: AZ Forestry Division – State Office

There has been 1,200 acres of timber and brush burned but crews have reached a 80% containment status.  The fire is said to be burning in the same footprint of the 2011 Horseshoe Fire in an area with heavy fire fuels, such as heavy grass, brush and dead/down vegetation.

Fire behavior is minimal with some smoldering.  No structures damaged or destroyed have reported, as well as human injuries.

The fire was caused by an unknown human-ignition that is under investigation.

There are 84 personnel with 4 crews, 3 chippers, 2 dump trucks, 1 backhoe and support personnel.

A total CTD of $750,000 has been reached.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

* OOA * AZ Wildfire #PineryFire | 2

DOUGLAS, Ariz. – A  wildfire named the Pinery Fire is burning approximately 32 miles southeast of Wilcox;  12 miles east of Douglas in Cochise County and about 60 miles northeast of Sierra Vista.

Location

The fire started on private land in Pinery  Canyon and moved on to the Chricahua National Monument (Pinery Canyon Chiricahua Mountains) and onto the Coronado National Forest lands.

Cause

It is a human-caused wildfire that started on Saturday, May 12, 2018 around 1330 hours MST.  The exact ignition is unknown and under current investigation.

Pinery Fire - Cochise County

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division

Command

This incident is in a Unified Command with AZ DOF and Fire Management, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Coronado National Forest.

Staffing

Firefighters from the USFS (Coronado National Forest), AZ Department of Forestry and the National Park Service are under the Fire Command of a Type 1 IMT.

There are currently four crews, 15 engines assigned (per NIFC).

Fire resources were initially dispatched at 1338 hours MST with BN 3-2, CAP 3-2, DOUGLAS Engines 362 and 307.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators include the Green Valley Fire, Fry Fire District, Cochise County Sheriff Office, Coronado National Forest, National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

Photo Courtesy: Coronado NF

Current Conditions

Fire behavior is active, however it is currently being held at 1200 acres of dry vegetation, grasses, timber and brush with 0% containment status.

Firefighters are working challenges today including higher winds and warm temps.

Around 2200 hours MST on Saturday night, the Sheriff’s Office ordered pre-evacuations for the White Tail Canyon area for about eight homes.  The fire was said to still be burning in very steep and rugged terrain making it challenging for wildland firefighters.

Cost-To-Date

Costs-to-Date have reached $100,000 for fire suppression and containment expenses.

 

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this incident.  #AZwildfire2018 #PineryFire

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* OOA * AZ Wildfire CAD Activity – May 12, 2018

STATEWIDE, Arizona – Here is the most up-to-date current Wildfire CAD Activity for the State of Arizona on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

#2 Spitz Fire – AZ – KNF.  Dispatched at 1149 hours.  0.25 acres.  Contained at 1356 hours. (Williams Dispatch Center)

595 Fire – I-10, mile marker 200.  Dispatched at 1540 hours MST. Limited info.  (AZ Dispatch Center)

By Pass Fire – Hwy 85, milepost 125.  Dispatched at 1903 MST.  Still an open incident. Limited info. (AZ Dispatch Center).

Camino Fire – I-10 milepost 219.  Dispatched 1547 hours MST.  0.1 acres. Limited info. (AZ Dispatch Center)

Garwood Fire – Garwood Trail off of Douglas Springs. Dispatched 0724 hours MST.  0.1 acres.  Cause:  Abandoned campfire.  Fire out. (Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center)

Illegal Campfire – White Spar Campground Site #5. Dispatched at 1000 hours MST.  Limited info.  (Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center)

Illegal Campfire #1 – Flagstaff.  0.1 acre. Dispatched at 1314 hours.  0.1 acre. Out at 1400 hours MST. (Flagstaff Dispatch Center)

Illegal Campfire #2 – Flagstaff.  Dispatched at 1838 hours. Limited details. (Flagstaff Dispatch Center)

Pinery Fire – Pinery Canyon.  Dispatched at 1338 hours MST.  Initial resources BN 3-2 CAPT 3-2 DOUGLAS engines 362, 307. * See our large wildfire coverage listed this as a single wildfire* (AZ Dispatch Center)

Slims Fire – I-140 Milemarker 233.  Dispatched at 1557 hours MST.  0.1 acres. (AZ Dispatch Center)

Sombrero Fire (Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry)

Sombrero Fire – 7 miles east of Mammoth, near the Galiuro Mountains, Graham County.  Dispatched at 1349 hours.  Initial resources CAPT 3-1 ENG 361 FT GRANT FUELS 3-8-1 TUCSON 1.  135 acres.  Crews are hiking in to the fire line due to the terrain is very rugged. (AZ Dispatch Center, AZ State Forestry)

Tinder Fire – 20 miles NE of Pine on the Coconino National Forest. Timber fuels. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 16,309 acres. 79% contained.  83 personnel. 1 crew, 5 engines, 2 helicopters.  96 structures lost. $7M CTD. (NIFC.gov)

Woods Fire (Photo Credit: Apache Sitgreaves NFs)

Woods Fire – near Forest Rd 195, west / northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.  Started Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1400 hours MST.  130 acres of ponderosa pine and grass understory.  RED FLAG WARNING in effect.

Sources:  WildCAD, NIFC, Twitter, Facebook

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

* OOA * AZ Wildfire #PineryFire | 1

DOUGLAS, Ariz. – A  wildfire named the Pinery Fire is burning approximately 32 miles southeast of Wilcox and 12 miles east of Douglas in Cochise County.  The fire started on private land in Pinery  Canyon and moved on to the Chricahua National Monument (Pinery Canyon Chiricahua Mountains) and onto the Coronado National Forest lands.

Fire resources were initially dispatched at 1338 hours MST with BN 3-2, CAP 3-2, DOUGLAS Engines 362 and 307.

It is a human-caused wildfire that started on Saturday, May 12, 2018 around 1330 hours MST.  The exact ignition is unknown and under current investigation.

Pinery Fire - Cochise County

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division

Resources

Firefighters from the USFS (Coronado National Forest), AZ Department of Forestry and the National Park Service are assigned to this incident.

This incident is in a Unified Command with AZ DOF and Fire Management, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Coronado National Forest.

Equipment and additional resources include:  five SEATS (Single-engine Airtankers), four heavies, three helicopters, an AA and a lead plan.  There are seven engines, two IA crews and two hotshot crews.   Four more hotshot crews are on order.

Incident Cooperators include the Cochise County Sheriff Office, Coronado National Forest, National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

 

Current Conditions

The fire has burned 1200 acres of dry vegetation, grasses and brush with a 0% containment status.  Evacuations have been completed of the Chiricahua National Monument.

The campgrounds in the area have been evacuated and area road closures are in effect. This also includes Onion Saddle.

The current fire weather as of 2135 MST on Saturday, May 12, 2018 is a clear night with winds at 11 mph and a RH of 24%.  Temps are expected to be on Sunday, May 13 at a high of 88*F and a low of 56*F in the evening.  Temps are due to rise by next week in the low to high 90’s.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this incident.  #AZwildfire2018 #PineryFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

Arizona’s Wildfire: #RattlesnakeFire | 3

FIRE TIMELINE

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April 14, 2018

Active fire behavior with running.  1,760 acres.  0% contained. 199 personnel. 7 crews, 2 engines, 2 helos.  $800,000 CTD.

April 13, 2018

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – Fort Apache Agency unit. 24 miles SW of Alpine, Arizona. Timber.  Active fire behavior with running.  The fire is burning in the most southern end of the Alpine Ranger District, just north of the Bear Wallow Wilderness.

760 acres. 0% containment status.  600 acres have been destroyed on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation while 160 acres consumed on the Apache-Sitgreaves NF and San Carlos Indian Reservations. Unknown cause.

Strong winds hampered fire suppression efforts and making very slow progress. Control lines were completed in the SW section of the fire, securing it off of Rattlesnake Point. Aircraft was grounded due to high winds A spot fire was detected on San Carlos Agency side of the Black River in an isolated area.  Crews were scheduled to prepare control lines along the North flank of the fire, as well as with the construction of indirect lines on the western flank.

A RED FLAG WARNING was in effect from 1200 until 2100  hours.  Winds are being forecasted to shift coming from the north and northwest and pushing the fire along in a southern and southwesterly direction.

Resources included:  (4) Type-1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, (3) Water Tenders, (1) bulldozer, (2) Type-6 Engines, (1) Type-3 Helicopter and additional overhead team support services.  (1) Type-2 IMT (Andrews, IC), (2) SEATs filled. (1) T3 Helicopter and (2) T1 IHC’s have been ordered as of 1715 hours.

Social Media reported:  The fire had moved on to the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) lands.

April 12, 2018

Fire resources are dispatched around 1609 PDT. Located 28 miles E/SE of Whiteriver, about 30 miles south and east of Alpine, Arizona.  Officials state a far distance from Show Low.

400+ acres with 386 acres burning on Fort Apache and 75 acres on ASNF.

IC Chris Johnson with the White Mountain Zone Type 3 IMT assumed Fire Command at 1800 hours MST.  Resources include:  4 Type 1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, 3 Water Tenders, 1 dozer, 2 Type 6 Engines, 1 Type 3 Helicopter and misc. overhead.

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Fire fuels consist of Ponderosa pine and grass understory.

Social Media was reporting this was a human-caused fire but Officials are still conducting their investigation and are unable to release the ignition until it has been completed and closed.

On Thursday night, fire crews conducted burnout operations in the northwest corner of the fire perimeter.  It held within the maverick burn block and in the Wallow Fire area.  It was said to be moving in a northeast direction and backing into a canyon towards the Black River. Crews were working on two slop overs in the southwest fire perimeter and the eastern flank.  Fire suppression efforts were hampered by high winds.

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Photo Credit | BIA

Incident Cooperators include:  Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Northeastern AZ Public Information System 311.

April 11, 2018

Fire started from an unknown ignition and was discovered around 1330 hours. Estimated at 165 acres.  Located about 20 miles SE of Whiteriver in a remote location east of Rattlesnake Point.  It is burning just south of a previous Prescribed (RX) burn area and moving towards the Apache Sitgreaves NF boundary.

 

Resources include:   2 Type 6 Engines, Air Attack, Fort Apache Hotshots, and Cibecue Fuels. A type 3 team is on order along with additional resources.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS 

#NoDronesInFireZones and this is why:

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Photo Credit | ANSFs

ARSON TIPS

Contact the Fire Command for this fire by calling WE-TIP at 1-800-47ARSON (1-800-472-7766).

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/14/2018 @ 1315 PDT/MST

Arizona’s Wildfire: #RattlesnakeFire Continues to Burn | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY | Fire resources were dispatched on Thursday, April 12, 2018, around 1609 PDT.  The fire was said to be about 28 miles E/SE of Whiteriver; south and east of Alpine about 30 miles, Arizona.  It is a far distance from Show Low.

The fire is burning in the most southern end of the Alpine Ranger District, just north of the Bear Wallow Wilderness.

On Friday, April 13, 2018, it was said that the fire had moved on to the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) lands.

CAUSE | The cause is unknown at this time and is under investigation.  Other reports indicate it was a human-caused fire but the exact ignition has not been released Fire Officials as of yet due to the ongoing investigation.

FIRE FUELS | Fire fuels consist of Ponderosa pine and grass understory.

COMMAND | The White Mountain Zone Type 3 IMT assumed Fire Command at 1800 hours MST.

RESOURCES | (4) Type-1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, (3) Water Tenders, (1) bulldozer, (2) Type-6 Engines, (1) Type-3 Helicopter and additional overhead team support services.  (1) Type-2 IMT (Andrews, IC), (2) SEATs filled. (1) T3 Helicopter and (2) T1 IHC’s have been ordered.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Northeastern AZ Public Information System 311.

SIZE UP | There is no known cause.  The fire has burned over 1,700 acres (as of 1720 hours MST).  There is a 0% containment status.

On Thursday night, fire crews conducted burnout operations in the northwest corner of the fire perimeter.  It held within the maverick burn block and in the Wallow Fire area.  It was said to be moving in a northeast direction and backing into a canyon towards the Black River. Crews were working on two slop overs in the southwest fire perimeter and the eastern flank.

CLOSURES | A section of the alpine Ranger District on the ASNF’s is now in effect.

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Photo Credit | Angel Ranger District

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS | #NoDronesInFireZones and this is why.

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Photo Credit | ANSFs

Have an Arson Tip? | Contact the Fire Command for this fire by calling WE-TIP at 1-800-47ARSON (1-800-472-7766).

SOCIAL MEDIA | We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/13/2018 @ 2100 PDT/MST

#RattlesnakeFire Burning In Arizona | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire has prompted resources to be on order and dispatched around 1609 PDT is burning approximately 28 miles east to southeast of Whiteriver, Arizona, which started on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

COMMAND | Bureau of Indian Affairs, FTA – 138 unit.

Arizona’s Fire Preparation Level has been increased to a 2, while the National Level remains at a 1.

RESOURCES |  1 Type-1 hand crew from the SWCC area, 1 air tactical and 1 Type-3 helicopter responding from the local area (1609 hours PDT).  Additional resources were ordered  which included 1 air tanker, 1 fixed wing (ASM) from SWCC and 1 fixed wing (air tactical) from the  local area (1653 hours PDT).  More resources were added to the list of the IC’s needs which include 1 Type-3 IMT, 1 Type-1 Helicopter and 1 Type-2 Initial Attack.

SIZE UP | There is no known cause.  The fire has reached 165 acres burned.  There is a 0% containment status at this time and it is currently in full fire suppression mode.

SOCIAL MEDIA | We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Arizona’s #KnollFire Almost Contained | 1

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST | A wildfire that was reported on Friday morning in the Tonto National Forest is still burning but fire crews are working to contain it.

Photo Credit | Tonto National Forest

Location | The wildfire is located about 13 miles northeast of Payson, Arizona. and one mile north of Meads Ranch in the Robert’s Mesa area.

Photograph of Knoll Fire looking northeast from Forest Service Road 29

View of fire looking northeast of FS Rd 29 | Credit: Tonto NF

 

Fire Timeline | Here is a timeline of this wildfire to help understand how this fire has developed from the initial response until the posting of this article.

March 30:  Fire started at 0915 hours.  10 acres. 0% containment.  Human-caused by illegal fireworks.  Firefighters got a good knockdown with the aid of fire containment resources enabling them to build a dozer and handline around most of the fire.  140 firefighters on the fire line.  Most spend the day improving and working to stop the fire from escaping its containment lines.  Forest service roads, trails and other access roads were closed.

Photograph of Knoll Fire mid-day 3_30_2018

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

March 31:  Area closures in effect.  Details here –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5727/42524/  Near Payson, AZ. 60 acres. 60% contained.  Firefighters continue to improve/secure fire lines and mop-up hot spots to keep within established containment lines. Light smoke visible from FS Road 29 over next few days. 136 firefighters on the fire line. Will be released as fire activity slows.  Closures are in effect. Details here –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd575561.pdf

Photograph taken of the Knoll Fire Afternoon of 3_30_18 from the air

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

Incident Cooperators | Gila County, Hell’s Gate Fire Department, Payson Fire Department, Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, Water Wheel Fire and Medical, Tonto National Forest, AZ State Forestry.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW Wildfire | #KendrickFire | 1

Coconino National Forest, Arizona | A drone crashed and caught fire as it was landing in the grasslands and spread to the wildland urban interface.  The fire is just southeast of Kendrick Park and located north of Flagstaff, Arizona around 1235 hours on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, prompting firefighters with the Coconino National Forest.

Kendrick Fire 3-16-18

Location | The fire was sparked by the crash at the intersection of Forest Roads 514 and 524.

Resources | About 30 firefighters from the Summit Fire Department and CNF were dispatched along with several crews were assigned and tasked with ground fire suppression and containment efforts.  This included several Forest Service engines, patrol and a water tender being taken from the Summit Fire to this one.

Arizona DOT is currently assessing traffic needs in the area.

Size Up | When firefighters arrived, the fire had already burned 50 acres.  Forward progression has been stopped.  Back burning around the Chapel of the Holy Dove was conducted today to protect it from fire.  The current totals are 335 acres of grasslands destroyed.

Public Service Announcement | Drivers are being cautioned to drive according to conditions as there is reports of smoke, response vehicles and personnel working in the area.  Smoke mostly like be present which may limit visibility on US Highway 180 and local forest roadways.

Photos Credit | Coconino National Forest (CNF), Inciweb

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW! #KnobHillFire | St David AZ | 1

KNOBB HILL FIRE

Flight over Knob hill

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning in the Southeast District area of the Arizona Department of Forestry  and on the Coronado National Forest.

The fire ignited from an unknown cause on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

It is located approximately 15 miles east of St. David, Arizona.

Fire fuels consist of timber and chaparral.

Current Fire Conditions | Fire behavior is minimal with creep and backing.  Some structures are reportedly under direct threat with road closures in effect.

The fire has reached a 74 % containment status.

Resources | There are 77 personnel assigned along with three crews, two engines and one helicopter.

Damage Assessment | The fire has scorched 2,896 acres of land and the cost-to-date expenses have reached a high of $150,000.

Flight over Knob Hill

Fire Photo Credit | Coronado National Forest via Inciweb.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #KnobHillFire #AZwildfire for this incident.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 1035 hours PST