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

Arizona Wildfire: #JuddFire Searing through Lands| 1

BISBEE, Ariz. – A wildfire named the JUDD FIRE is located on Davis Road, about  2.5 miles north of Bisbee and  east of SR 80/90 junction on Mule Mountain in Chochise County, Arizona.

Judd Fire from Air Attack on Thursday, June 7th

Photo Credit | AZ DOF | Taken on Thursday, June 7

FIRE CAUSE

The fire started from a dry lightning storm passing over the area.   Another lightning storm is expected to hit the area, which is cause for alarm by Fire Managers.

RESOURCES

Incident Command is the Arizona State Forestry Department – State Office.  IC Contact is Tiffany Davila.

A SW Type 2 IMT (Short) ordered on Friday afternoon.

Photo Credit | AZ DOF

Original fire resources from the Arizona Dispatch Center were dispatched on June 7, 2018, around 1713 hours MST.  The fire incident is still active.

These resources include:

BN 3-3 DIV 7-1 DOUGLAS FT GRANT FUEL 3-8-1 LEWIS PHX CREW YUMA

Law Enforcement resources include:

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

CURRENT INCIDENT STATUS

Firefighters are being challenged by rough terrain, including scrub oak, brush and tall grasses fire fuels and windy conditions.

Active fire behavior is observed along with up-hill runs and flanking.  Fire has burned 8,000 acres.  There is a 0% containment status.

There 135 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

FIRE TACTICS

Fire Managers are working to stop the forward progression and reach the 100% containment status mark.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 0030 MST

 

#Mulberry Fire | Arizona | 1

UPDATE 1 – Saturday – 2320 Hours PDT

Incident Summary | A fire broke out on Saturday, May 6, 2017, around 1400 hours about 8 miles SE of Vail, near the Santa Rita Foothills in  Arizona prompting fire personnel from the Arizona Department of Forestry to respond to the area.  This wildfire is close to where the #SawmillFire burned last week.

Resources | SWCC filled 6 Airtankers, 1 Lead, 1 Air Attack, 1 Hotshot Crew filled.   Multiple ground crew.

Incident Cooperators | Those assisting with this fire are called Incident Cooperators,

Mulberry Fire

Photo Credit: Michelle Fidler via Inciweb

which are:  AZ DOF, AZ Public Safety, AZ DOT, Arivaca FD, AZ State of Forestry, BLM Gila District, Cochise Co. Sheriff Office, Corona de Tucson FD,  Coronado NF, Green Valley Fire District,  Mescal Volunteer FD, Pima County Sheriff Office, Rincon Valley Fire District, Sonoita – Elgin Fire District and U.S. Border Patrol.

Acreage | 500 acres.

Containment | 40%.

Cause | Unknown and under investigation.

Evacuations | Evacuations completed by Pima County.   Areas not listed.

Fire Images | Credit:  AZ State DOF

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#TopockFire and #PirateFire | April 7, 2016 | Update 1

Yes, we know we are a little late to the game but I [have] been fighting the flu and hoping it is just a bit at the tail end.  Now, that I am upright, thought I’d share what has been spreading like wildfire all over Social Media and is on the fire ground in AZ and CA – not a pretty sight.

Photo Credit: Mohave FD's Butch Merriweather

Photo Credit: Mohave FD’s Butch Merriweather

Our Thoughts and Prayers are there for those are involved in this powerful wind-driven firestorm of 2016.

FIRE SUMMARY

The fire started on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, around 0500 hours on two specific sites on the Arizona and California borders on the Colorado River Ranger District.

Photo Credit: Mohave FD's Butch Merriweather

Photo Credit: Mohave FD’s Butch Merriweather

NOTE: Generally where there are two separate fire names, it is because they have started one name and it is changed over time to reflect a more accurate location.  This fire is listed to be two different locations on both the AZ and on the CA sides.  We are unsure if there were two different origins, so we’ll that up to the Fire investigators to figure that one out, but for the purpose of this post – we will refer to the #TopockFire as on the #AZFire side and the #PirateFire on the #CAFire side.

The fire is known by two names, #TopockFire on the Arizona side, is approximately two (2) miles West of Topock and Golden Shores, Arizona.

The #PirateFire is on the California side, about ten (10) miles SSE of Needles, California.

Topock Fire MohaveFD 1

Photo Credit: Mohave FD Personnel

 

The cause is unknown, but it is listed as an active investigation.  No updates from that investigation have been released.

COMMAND

Due to the fire being on both sides of the Arizona-California borders, Command is in an Unified Command Status.

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

PERSONNEL

There are about 165 personnel assigned to this incident, including Mutual Aid from the following:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Arizona Dept of Transportation
  • AZ Dept of Forestry
  • BNSF Railroad
  • Buckskin Fire Department
  • Bullhead Fire Department
  • CAL Transportation
  • California Highway Patrol
Photo Credit: San Bernardino Co FD

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD of Pirate Cove Resort

  • City of Needles
  • Fort Mohave Fire Department
  • Golden Shores Fire Department
  • Kingman Fire Department
  • Mohave Valley Fire Department
  • PG & E
  • San Bernardino County Fire Department
  • San Bernardino County Probation
  • San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office
  • SW Gas Corporation

We are still trying to find out what type of crews, equipment and apparatus is on-scene but so far, we haven’t found that jackpot yet. We will put out more updates as information is received.

FIRE STATUS

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 2200 total acres (both AZ-CA) as of 4/7/2016
  • Pirates Cove Resort in California suffered some about 10% roof damage due to firebrands burning the thatch room.
Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

EVACUATIONS

  • Evacuations of Park Moabi Mobile Home Park residents and  Pirates Cove Resort employees and Campers occurred on 4/6/2016.
  • Evacuations have been lifted on 4/7/2016 but employees and Campers are only allowed to recover their possessions with an escort.
  • Park residents evacuation orders have been lifted and appears there are no restrictions returning to their homes.

CONTAINMENT STATUS

  • 40% containment status.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Windy conditions have arrived and firefighters have been able to establish containment lines. So far, they are reporting that they are holding.

Golden Shores, Arizona is reporting a warm temp of 89-degrees with 15% percipitation, 9% humidity and winds at 6-mph.

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Route 66 from Golden Shores to I-40.
  • BLM using roadway for equipment and staging areas.
  • Reports on Facebook are not accurate.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Disclaimer:  The Photography in this post is not our own and we do not lay rights or claims on them.  We have given the Photo Credit to the best of our knowledge and all rights of those of the Photographer as listed. – Editor.