#MidnightFire Explodes Into Large Wildfire

Poteau Mountain Wilderness | This fire is not technically a very large fire incident like the ones we have reported on in the past but it has potential to grow into one.

The #MidnightFire exploded from its Saturday’s sit rep of 190 to now 700-plus acres that originally ignited on Thursday, February 1st around 2345 hours.  Fire behavior is said to be moderate with flanking that is burning hardwood litter on the Ouachita National Forest near Waldron, Arkansas in steep and rugged terrain.

Rain is due to fall over the area in the next 12 hours and last for the next two days which greatly impact fire behavior.

There have been  no increase in fire resources with only 18 firefighters on the fire line.

There is still no word on the cause.

No injuries and no threats to nearby communities have been reported.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#MidnightFire Discovered Thursday Still Burning

Poteau Mountain Wilderness | A wildfire discovered on Thursday, February 1st near Waldron, Arkansas  was appropriately named the #MidnightFire appears to be still burning as of Saturday, February 3, 2018.

The fire behavior has a slow moderation of spread in steep and rugged terrain in the Ouachita National Forest.  The current land scorched is 190 acres.

There are 18 firefighters and Command is R.L. Self, IC of the U.S. Forest Service.

No injuries or damage has been reported.

No known cause has been determined as of yet.

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U.S. Wildfires for the Week of March 3, 2017

Wildfires have been breaking out all over the United States and it is technically not even Fire Season for us here in the Pacific Northwest but we know our turn will soon come.

Here are the wildfires for the week of March 3, 2017.

NEW! | 124 Fire – Oklahoma

Southern Area. Started 3/3/2017. 140 acres. 43% contained. Type 3 IC. 1 outbuilding lost.

NEW! | 259 – Arkansas- Oklahoma Interagency

Resources dispatched @ 1801 hours. District: Oklahoma, County: McCurtain, Panther Creek. .5 acres. Resources on-scene. Limited information.

NEW! | 303 Fire – Texas

9,299 acres. 100% contained. 1 person attached. 0 other resources. $1,000 cost-to-date. Private land.

NEW! | 3510 Fire – Oklahoma

Started 3/1/2017. Oklahoma Dept. of Ag. Located in Seminole County. 161 acres. 1 residence and 1 outbuilding destroyed. 90% contained. Type 4 IC.

NEW! | 81st (Powerline) Fire – Oklahoma

Oklahoma DOF. Six miles south of Mannford, OK. 334 acres. 79% contained. Tall grass and timber. Moderate fire behavior with running. Residences threatened.

71 personnel. 22 engines. 1 engines. $88,000 cost-to-date. State lands.

NEW! | Akins Fire – Oklahoma

580 acres. 100% contained. Located in Sequoyah County.

NEW! | Bryant Hollow Fire – Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Ag. Cherokee County. 180 acres. 100% contained.

NEW! | Campers Point Fire – Missouri – Iowa Interagency

Resources dispatched @ 13:27 Hours. Cassiville, Stone County. 1 acre. IC M. Scott.

NEW! | Cattledrive Fire – Fort Collins Interagency

Resources dispatched @ 1615 Hours. Located 12 miles of Wellington, Colorado. 1996 acres. Limited information.

NO UPDATE | Cold Mountain Fire – North Carolina

The Cold Mountain fire is located in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, approximately 20 miles S of Waynesville, North Carolina, in the headwaters of Crawford Creek or 9 miles SE of Waynesville, NC. Located in the North Carolina Forests.

Fire fuels include: hardwood litter, closed timber litter and short grass. Current fire conditions are: minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

An emergency closure order is in effect on national forest system lands in the following area: The Art Loeb Trail (#146) north of Shining Rock Gap and the Cold Mountain Trail (#141).

132 acres. 95% contained. 55 personnel. 1 crew. $247,000 cost-to-date. Forest Service lands.

NEW! | Crossroads West Fire – New Mexico

2,000 acres. 100% contained. 48 personnel. 20 engines. $15,000 cost-to-date. State lands.

NEW! | Digger Fire – Arkansas – Oklahoma Interagency

AKA Trust Fire. Dispatched resources 15:05 hours. Location unknown. 14 acres. Limited information.

NEW! | Grizzly Bear Fire – Great Plains Interagency

Resources dispatched @ 14:38 Hours. Located on Iron Mountain Road. 3 acres. IC Enright.

NEW! | Hardesty Command Fire – Oklahoma

604 acres. 100% contained. 4 personnel assigned. 2 engines. $15,000 cost-to-date. State lands.

NEW! | Hermans Fire – South Carolina

Resources dispatched @ 14:46 Hours. Located at intersection of Halfway Creek and Forest Service Road 6323. Limited info.

NEW! | Iron Mountain Fire – South Dakota

Resources dispatched @ 12:56 Hours. Located in Keystone, South Dakota. 0.5 acres.

NEW! | Latimer Fire – Oklahoma

Located in Alfalfa County. 2413 acres. 50% contained.

UPDATE | Litt Ranch – Texas

TX Interagency. Oldham County, TX. 12,913 acres. 100% contained. Started 2/24/2017.

1 person assigned to incident. 0 other resources attached. $1,000 cost-to-date. Private land.

NEW! | Little Brushy Creek Fire – Missouri – Iowa Interagency

Resources dispatched @ 1554 Hours. Located in Potosi RD Reynolds County. Near Black, Missouri. 30 acres. IC Brian Schroeder. Limited info.

NEW! | Lone Star Fire – Missouri – Iowa Interagency

Resources dispatched @ 1527 Hours. PB Carter County, Missouri. 15 acres. IC Pomeroy.

NEW! | Loop Road Fire – North Carolina Interagency

Resources dispatched @ 14:49 Hours. 3 acres. Limited info.

NEW! | Mary Lane Fire – Oklahoma

Located in Cleveland County. 140 acres. 1 structure lost. 40% contained.

NEW! | Merritt Fire – Tucson Interagency

Resources dispatched 16:22 Hours. Hwy 83, Milepost 4. Tall grass and brush. Resources on-scene. IC McMurtie as of 17:35 Hours.

NEW! | Oak Snag Fire – Colorado

Started 3/2/2017. Located in Seminole County. 195 acres. 89% contained. Type 4 IC.

NEW! | Observatory Road Fire – Colorado

Resources dispatched @ 1609 Hours. Located on Observatory Road and Crystal Lake in Jefferson County. Approximately seven miles East of Bailey County, Colorado.

NEW! | Old Baldy Fire

East Central Area, Oklahoma DOF. 22 miles south of McAlester [Pittsburgh County], OK. 580 acres. 80% contained. Hardwood litter and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing and creeping.

Six personnel. Type 4 IC. 3 engines. $1,000 cost-to-date. State lands.

NEW! | Petsemoie Fire – Oklahoma

Osage Agency. Two miles northwest of Osage, OK. 466 acres. 35% contained. Hardwood litter and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Residences threatened.

13 personnel. 2 crews. 1 engine. $6,000 cost-to-date. BIA lands.

NEW! | Pole Fire – Cleveland National Forest

Resources dispatched @ 1829 Hours. Located in front of Cottonwood Station. Limited information.

NEW! | Price Fire – Phoenix Interagency

Resources dispatched at 1722 Hours. S. Old Price Rd and E Queen Creek Rd. 10 acres. Unknown containment status.

NEW! | Prison Fire – Texas

2,444 acres. 100% contained. 1 person attached. 4 structures lost. $1,000 cost-to-date. Private land.

NEW! | Rael Fire – New Mexico

Started 3/2/2017. Socorro District, New Mexico State Forestry on the Gila National Forest. 30 miles northeast of Reserve. Human caused. 500 acres. 10% contained. Tall grass. Active fire behavior with running and creeping. Residences threatened.

20 personnel assigned. 6 engines. $20,000 cost-to-date. Forest Service lands.

NEW! | Ranchland Fire – Fort Collins Interagency

Resources dispatched at 1758 Hours. Unknown location. 225 acres. Unknown containment status. Limited information.

NEW! | Richmond Hill Fire – Colorado

Resources dispatched @ 1728 Hours. Approximately four miles SW of Conifer [Jefferson County] Colorado. Resources on-scene. Limited info.

NEW! | Ross Creek Fire – Arkansas – Oklahoma Interagency

Resources dispatched @ 1200 hours. Ross Creek Ridge, PCS District Scott County , ROSS Creek. Contained at 20 acres. (Fire #21 of the day)

NEW! | Salt Fork Fire – Oklahoma

Oklahoma DOF. Four miles west of Altus, OK. 1221 acres. 79% contained. Tall grass and timber. Moderate fire behavior with wind driven runs.

71 personnel. 24 engines. 1 helicopter. $88,000 cost-to-date. State lands.

NEW! | Sand Draw Fire – Colorado

Resources dispatched at 16:31 Hours. .01 acres. Approximately 12 miles East of Bailey County [Buffalo Creek Rd and Hwy 126 in Jefferson County]. Contained at 1730 Hours.

NEW! | Seven Cabins Fire – New Mexico

Lincoln NF. Eight miles northwest of Arabela, NM. 532 acres. 70% contained. Short grass and medium logging slash. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

63 personnel. 3 crews. 4 engines. $60,000 cost-to-date. Forest Service lands.

NEW! | South Rockerville – Great Plains

Resources dispatched @ 13:44 Hours. Located on South Rockerville Road. 9.9 ares.

NEW! | Stanmark Fire – Great Plains

Resources dispatched @ 11:52 Hours. Located in Keystone, South Dakota. 7 acres. IC: Enright (also of Iron Mountain Fire)

NEW! | Trooper Fire – Oklahoma

Started 2/26/2017. Wewoka Agency. Five miles southwest of Cromwell, OK. 205 acres. 90% contained. Hardwood litter and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.

13 personnel. 1 crew. 3 engines. $4,000 cost-to-date. BIA lands. Type 4 IC.

NEW! | Tussy Fire – Oklahoma

Started 3/3/2017. Oklahoma Dept. of Ag. Located in Garvin County. 500 acres. 80% contained. Type 3 IC.

NEW! | Wolf Fire – Great Plains Interagency

Resources dispatched @ 11:28 Hours. Located Mile marker #112, one mile North of Wall and Hwy 14. 5,000 acres.

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BREAKING NEWS: Human Caused Cap Fire Burns in Arkansas

Updated 2330 PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date & Time:  The Cap Fire started on January 31, 2016 around 1330 hours.

Location:  The fire is located approximately 20 miles NW of Mountainview on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest in the Leatherwood Wilderness in Arkansas.

Fire Fuels:  Timber and brush.

RESOURCES

Personnel:  There were 25 fire personnel as of yesterday but some have been released due to the increase in containment status.  As of today, there are 18 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

Command:  The fire is being managed by Mike Haislen, ICT4 unit.

Equipment:  There are 1 crew, 2 engines and 1 helicopter attached to this fire event.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire Behavior:  Moderate, flanking.

Acres:   The human-caused fire has destroyed 821 acres.

Containment  Status:  Firefighters have reached a 75% containment status.

Fire Tactics:  Working to keep fire N of FS Rd 1118. Access to the area is being limited.

Evacuations:  None are in effect.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Cost-To-Date:  $30,000

 

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National Fire Activity Report| April 15, 2016

THE NUMBERS ARE RELEASED

The following report was released from the National Interagency Coordination Center for the week of April 8-14, 2016.

During this week, 729 new fires were reported as Light Initial Fire Activity incidents.  Of those, 17 were new large events and crews were able to contain 20 large fires.  Six [6] remain not contained.

Though the number of fires are showing a downturn at this time of year [based off of April 15, 2016] down to 12,272  since its prior years in 2015, of 13,286 and listed as 16,470 in 2014 – it is clearly a sign of land burning much more rapidly.

In 2016, 1,381,078 acres have been consumed, while at this time of year in 2015, only 297,023 acres and even a lesser amount of 226,291 in 2014.  Times have changed and the numbers do not lie.  The proof lies here and some, have already began early recruitment and staffing up for when the Firestorm attempts to burn up the landscape like it did in 2015.  Reinforcements will be ready for Mother Nature’s fury, when she most likely will strike.

STATES ALREADY TOUCHED BY FIRE

Arkansas.  1 new. 1 contained.

Arizona.  0 new. 1 contained.

Florida.  3 new. 1 contained. 3 still burning.

  • Long Pine Key.  Everglades NP.  12 miles SW of Homestead. 3780 acres. Timber & brush. Moderate fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 65% contained. 59 personnel. 1 crew. 10 engines. 2 helicopters. $341,000 cost-to-date.
  •  Relay.  Florida Forest Service.  7 miles SW of Favoretta.  Southern rough.  Min. fire behavior.  400 acres. 85% contained.  6 personnel.  6 engines. No cost-to-date.
  •  Still Road.  Florida Forest Service.  3 miles NE of Barberville. Southern rough.  Min. fire behavior.  205 acres.  95% contained.  6 personnel.  1 helicopter. No cost-to-date available.

Kansas.  0 new. 1 contained.

Mississippi.  2 new. 2 contained.

Montana.  2 new.  1 contained.  1 still burning.

  • Elk Hill.  Lewis & Clark National Forest. 21 miles NE of Augusta.  Min. fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Trail closures are in effect. 1089 acres.  80% contained.  32 personnel.  1 crew.  2 helicopters.  $575,000 cost-to-date.

New Mexico.  0 new.  1 contained.

North Carolina.  2 new.  2 contained.

Oklahoma.  4 new.  6 contained.  2 still burning.

  • 350 Complex.  Department of Forestry.  6 miles N of Woodward.  Tall grass, brush and timber. Min. fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 57,167 acres. 92% contained. 37 personnel.  5 engines.  $900,000 cost-to-date.
  • Top Hat.  Osage Agency.  2 miles S of Hominy.  Hardwood litter.  Min. fire behavior.  1,544 acres.  95% contained.  3 personnel.  1 engine.  $22,000 cost-to-date.

South Dakota.  0 new.  1 contained.

Tennessee.  1 new.  3 contained.

Virginia.  2 new.  2 contained.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

U.S. Wildland Fires | SitRep | Feb 25, 2016

FIRE SUMMARY

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 36 new large Wildfires were reported this week alone sparking no debate that the Fire Season has officially begun. Fires were reportedly primarily 5 States: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida.

Located in the Southern area, 315 new fires were reported.  Additionally, 30 new large incidents were reported along with 8 of them being not contained fires.  28 Fires were contained by U.S. Firefighters.

Approximately 34,688 combined acres have been scorched.  States are currently still reporting fire info even at the time of this post.

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Grand Bature Wildfire. Credit: USFWS

ACTIVE U.S. WILDFIRES

ARKANSAS

5 Mile

12 miles NE of Broken Arrow. Agency:  Ozark &  St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 6 Personnel.  3 Engines.  692 acres. 60% contained.  Timber and hardwood litter. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and flanking.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $200,000.

MISSISSIPPI

Grand Bature

Grand Bay Wildlife Refuge [Fish & Wildland Services], 4 East of Pascagoula.  12 Personnel.  1 Engine. 1 Helo.  4349 acres. 90% contained.  Tall grass, southern rough and timber.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  Structures threatened.  Trail closures in effect. Estimated Cost-to-Date $235,000.

OKLAHOMA

Big Bluestem  

10 miles W of Pawhuska. Osage Field Office [BIA].  10 Personnel.  3 Engines.  989 acres. 80% contained.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $11,000.

Buffalo

8 miles W of Buffalo.   Oklahoma DOF.  18,000 acres. 30% contained.  107 personnel. 40 Engines. Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting. Structures threatened.   Tall grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $50,000.

Fife  

3 miles W of Hanna.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  19 Personnel.  2 Crews.  3 Engines. 462 acres.  70% contained.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $10,000.

Gap  

30 miles SE of McAlester.  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  6 personnel. 900 acres.  75% contained.  Hardwood litter and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $5,000.

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Grand Bature Fire. Credit: USFWS

Pawnee Cove

10 miles W of  Terlton.  Osage Agency [BIA].  128 Personnel. 50 Engines. 2500 acres.  20% contained.   Tall grass and hardwood litter.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs.  Numerous structures threatened.  Evacuations and road closures in effect. 50 Structures lost. Estimated Cost-to-Date $75,000.

Sand Creek

6 miles SW of Henryetta.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 18 Personnel.  9 Engines. 4950 acres.  15% contained.   Hardwood litter and tall grass.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting.  Numerous structures threatened. Estimated Cost-to-Date $25,000.

Southfork

7 miles NE of Clayton.  SE area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  12 Personnel.  5 Engines. 820 acres.  50% contained. Hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with running.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $20,000.

Tree Farm

8 miles W of Sapulpa.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  23 Personnel.  2 Crew. 3 Engines. 1126 acres.  40% contained. Hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened.  Estimated Cost-To-Date $5,000.

Grand Bature Fire. Credit: USFWS

Grand Bature Fire. Credit: USFWS

YEAR TO DATE STATS [from January 1st – February 19th]

  • 2016:  2395 Fires.  78,962 acres.
  • 2015:  2871 Fires.   26,847 acres.
  • 2014:  3095 Fires.   42,558 acres.
  • 2013:  1569 Fires.   10,961 acres.
  • 2012: 2889 Fires.   62,533 acres.
  • 2011:  2996 Fires.   52,391 acres.
  • 2010: 1407 Fires.   21,461 acres.

Since 2006 – 2015, the average of fires have been around 3900+ and scorching over 110,000 acres.

WEATHER FORECAST

A relatively progressive flow across the U.S. this week will provide an active weather pattern with a series of storms progressing from West to East.

This will include the northwest quarter of the Nation as well as northern California and the Great Basin. The exception will be across the southwest and Plains regions this weekend where dry weather will continue.

This prolonged dry period will transition on Sunday with showers and thunderstorms developing over the central and southern Plains.

Showers and thunderstorms will expand along a frontal boundary through the southeast and Mid-Atlantic by the middle of next week before spreading north along the east coast.

Late next week, a ridge of high pressure will attempt to strengthen along the Pacific coast with an overall drier and warmer pattern developing. [NIFC]

PREPAREDNESS LEVEL

Level 1.

 

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National Fires | SitRep | Feb 23, 2016

According to the Natonal Interagency Fire Center, 36 new large Wildfires were reported this week alone sparking no debate that the Fire Season has officially begun. Fires were reportedly primarily 5 States: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida.

Firefighters were able to 28 of those fires this week.  Approximately 34,688 combined acres have been scorched.  States are currently still reporting fire info even at the time of this post.

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Grand Bature Wildfire. Credit: USFWS

U.S. WILDFIRES

ARKANSAS

  • 5 Mile:  12 miles NE of Broken Arrow. Agency:  Ozark &  St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 692 acres. 60% contained.
  • Big Point: Agency: Ozark & St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 4122 acres. 100% contained.

FLORIDA

  • Wood Lake: National Forests in Florida [Forest Service].  1004 acres.  100% contained.
  • Norwalk: National Forests in Florida [Forest Service].  309 acres. 100% contained.

HAWAII

  • Puu Anahulu:  Hawaii County [County Fire].  300 acres. 100% contained.

KANSAS

  • 121st Road:  Cowley County [County Fire].  300 acres. 100% contained.

MISSISSIPPI

  • Grand Bature: Grand Bay Wildlife Refuge [Fish & Wildland Services], 4 East of Pascagoula. 4349 acres. 90% contained.
  • Ansley:  Forestry Commission [Private].  798 acres. 100% contained.
  • Lower Bay:  Forestry Commission [Private].  886 acres. 100% contained.
  • Ranch Road:  Forestry Commission [Private].  600 acres. 100% contained.

MISSOURI

  • Big Creek:  Mark Twain NF [Forest Service].  1178 acres. 100% contained.
  • High Hill: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service]. 231 acres. 100% contained.
  • Silo: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service]. 178 acres. 100% contained.
  • Merriam Cemetery: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service].  110 acres. 100% contained.

NEW MEXICO

  • Valentin Complex:  Captain District, State Forestry. 1083 acres. 100% contained.
  • Rumuda:  Mascatero Agency {BIA]. 619 acres. 100% contained.

OKLAHOMA

  • Big Bluestem:  10 miles W of Pawhuska. Osage Field Office [BIA].  989 acres. 80% contained.
  • Buffalo:  8 miles W of Buffalo.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 18,000 acres. 30% contained.
  • Fife:   3 miles W of Hanna.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  462 acres.  70% contained.
  • Gap:  30 miles SE of McAlester.  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  900 acres.  75% contained.
  • Pawnee Cove:  10 miles W of  Terlton.  Osage Agency [BIA].  2500 acres.  20% contained.
  • Sand Creek:   6 miles SW of Henryetta.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 4950 acres.  15% contained.
  • Southfork:   12 miles NE of Broken Bow. SE area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  820 acres.  50% contained.
  • Tree Farm:  8 miles W of Sapulpa.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  1126 acres.  90% contained.
  • Coyote:  SE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  1000 acres.  100% contained.
  • Coyote [2]:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  350 acres.  100% contained.
  • Dead Mule:  EastCentral Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 300 acres. 100% contained.
  • Dipping Vat:  East Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  275 acres. 100% contained.
  • Gilmore:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  300 acres.  100% contained.
  • Jackson:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  746 acres. 100% contained.
  • Miner:  NE Area, Dept of Forestry [ST].  400 acres.  100 contained.
  • Monster:  NE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  500 acres. 100 contained.
  • No Way:  Eastern Area Oklahoma [BIA]. 326 acres. 100% contained.
  • Pear Grove:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  116 acres. 100% contained
  • Quinton:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  1070 acres. 100% contained.
  • Rock Pit:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  260 acres.  100% contained.
  • Suicide Hill:  Eastern Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  540 acres.  100% contained.
  • Teresita:  NE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  350 acres.  100% contained.
  • Tucker Knob:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  200 acres.  100% contained.
  • Weber Mountain:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  300 acres.  100% contained.

TEXAS

  • Carol Ranch:  TX Forest Service [PR1]. 2125 acres. 100% contained
  • CR440:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  866 acres. 100% contained.
  • Crossfire:  TX Forest Service [ST]. 327 acres.  100% contained.
  • Estate:  TX Forest Service [ST]. 1000 acres. 100% contained.
  • FM998:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  3987 acres.  100% contained.
  • Jim Ned Road:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  300 acres. 100% contained.
  • Powerline:  Big Bend Natl Park [NPS].  1790 acres. 100% contained.
  • Watts:  TX Forest Service [FS].  1306 acres.  100% contained.

YEAR TO DATE STATS [from January 1st – February 19th]

  • 2016:  2395 Fires.  78,962 acres.
  • 2015:  2871 Fires.   26,847 acres.
  • 2014:  3095 Fires.   42,558 acres.
  • 2013:  1569 Fires.   10,961 acres.
  • 2012: 2889 Fires.   62,533 acres.
  • 2011:  2996 Fires.   52,391 acres.
  • 2010: 1407 Fires.   21,461 acres.

Since 2006 – 2015, the average of fires have been around 3900+ and scorching over 110,000 acres.

WEATHER FORECAST

A relatively progressive flow across the U.S. this week will provide an active weather pattern with a series of storms progressing from West to East. This will include the northwest quarter of the Nation as well as northern California and the Great Basin. The exception will be across the southwest and Plains regions this weekend where dry weather will continue. This prolonged dry period will transition on Sunday with showers and thunderstorms developing over the central and southern Plains. Showers and thunderstorms will expand along a frontal boundary through the southeast and Mid-Atlantic by the middle of next week before spreading north along the east coast. Late next week, a ridge of high pressure will attempt to strengthen along the Pacific coast with an overall drier and warmer pattern developing. [NIFC]

PREPAREDNESS LEVEL

We are currently at a Level 1.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH | Additional NWS Alert

An additional Weather Service Alert has been issued for:

  • Eastern Arkansas
  • Missouri Bootheel
  • Northern Mississippi
  • Western Tennessee

The alert was issued from 4/9/15 1835 CDT to 4/10/15 0100 CDT.

  • Scattered large hail events up to 2 inches in diameter possible
  • Scattered damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph resulting in 1-2 tornado watch area
  • It is approximately along a 90 statute miles East/West of a line from 35 mph N of Dyersburg TN to 20 mil SW of Greenwood, MS
  • Scattered severe thunderstroms into this evening, spreading Eastward into Tennessee and Mississippi

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SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: 43 Counties Across 4 States

Arkansas | The National Weather Service released a “Severe Weather Threat” at 1811 CDT for portions of Arkansas; Sern, Missouri; Western Tennessee and Northern Missippi.

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will continue across portions of these locations with the potential for a few large hail reports and damaging winds across the region.

One exits with Pre-Frontal confluence in the Nern, TX and South Central Arkansas. Additionally, as the front continues to move East towards the Mississippi River, a downstream watch or two will be necessary.

Note:  Seek shelter if you are in these areas or if you know loved ones, encourage them to seek shelter.  Be informed.  You can check warnings and alerts through the National Weather Service for your area by going to their website at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md0260.html

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