Wildfire Sit Reps | Arizona | July 18, 2020 | AM Update

This is the Official report of Wildfires that are currently burning or have been put out on Saturday, July 18, 2020, for the State of Arizona.

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THUMB FIRE

BIA – Truxton Canyon Agency.  33 miles NW of Grand Canyon Village ; 9 miles NE of Supai  75 miles SE of Saint George, Utah.  Start 7/17/2020.  Natural cause. Brush and short grass.   Moderate fire behavior.  Creeping, smoldering and isolated torching.  1,700 acres. 0% contained.  4 personnel. 1 helicopter.  $6,000 CTD.

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BIGHORN FIRE

USFS. Coronado National Forest. 5 miles NE of Tucson and burning in the Catalina Mountains, NW of Tucson. Start 6/5/2020 2222 Hours.

Photo Credit | USFS

79 personnel. 1 crew, 4 engines and 1 helicopter.   Minimal fire behavior.  119,741 acres. 90% contained.  Creeping and backing. Road/trail/area closures in effect.   2 structures lost. $44.5 Million CTD.

BLUE RIVER 2 FIRE

BIA.  San Carlos Agency.  Apache Reservation. IMT 2 (SW Team 4) Start 7/13/2020. Lightning caused. North of Warm Springs and 15 miles NE of San Carlos.  Lightning caused.

Photo Credit  | BIA

Fire advancing across landscape on July 15, 2020

Minimal fire behavior.  Smoldering and creeping. Structures threatened. Road/area closures in effect. 27,623 acres. 12% contained.  492 total personnel, including 5 crews, 5 engines and 4 helicopters.  $2 Million CTD.

BRINGHAM FIRE

USFS. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.  Burning on Clifton Ranger District. Start 7/6/2020.  Lightning caused.  22 miles N of Morenci.  Timber, brush and short grass.

Photo Credit | USFS

Four firefighters in yellow shirts and hard hats stand in front of 2 orange “pumpkins” water containers. One is empty of water and being moved by two of the firefighters. The other is full of water with 2 firefighters standing above it and reaching in.

23,142 acres. 85% contained.  Minimal fire behavior.   Smoldering.   1 person assigned.  2 structures lost.  Area/road/trail closures in effect.  $9.4 Million CTD.

HORSE FIRE

BLM – Gila District.  Start 7/11/2020.  Lightning caused.  228 acres.  50% contained.  Being managed by SE Zone Typ 3 IMT. IC:  Darrell Howell. Also, managing over Jackson Fire.

JACKSON FIRE

Photo Credit | BLM AZ Fire

Jackson Fire-evening of July 14, 2020

BLM.  Gila District. 18 miles W of Pima, 67 miles NE of Tucson and13 miles SW of Fort Thomas.  Discovered 7/12/2020.  Natural cause. Moderate fire behavior.  Smoldering.  2,946 acres. 70% contained.  111 personnel.  3 crews, 1 engine and 2 helicopters.  Structures threatened. Road/trail and area closures in effect. Rain fell over the fire line on Friday.  $959,000 CTD.

MANGUM FIRE

USFS. Kaibib National Forest.  24 miles SE of Fredonia. Start 6/8/2020.  Minimal fire behavior.  Smoldering.

Photo Credit | USFS

Extreme fire behavior on the Mangum Fire for June 12, 2020 produces large column

71,450 acres.  95% contained.  3 engines. 4 structures lost.  $21 Million CTD.   Road/trail/area closures in effect.

POLLES FIRE

USFS. Tonto National Forest. IMT 1 (SW Team 2). 13 miles W of Payson.  Start 7/3/2020.  Lightning caused.

Photo Credit | USFS

Polles Fire 7/3

628 acres.  92% contained.  103 personnel. 2 crews, 2 engines and 9 helicopters.  $5.1 Million CTD.

YANKEE JOE FIRE

USFS.  Tonto National Forest. 20 miles N of Globe.  425 acres. 75% contained. 9 personnel. 1 engine. $20,000 CTD.

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VALLEY FIRE

29,628 acres. 100% contained. 137 total personnel. 6 crews. 5 engines. 1 helicopter. 2 structures lost.  $686,000 CTD.

========== PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ==========

“Very few realize the dangers or BBQs and wildfires. Please be safe when using a BBQ, especially during extreme fire conditions.” – AZ Fire and Medical

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/18/2020 – Updated 1015 PT 

Wildfire Sit Reps | Arizona | July 15, 2020

This is the Official report of Wildfires that are currently burning or have been put out on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, for the State of Arizona.

========== CURRENT WILDFIRES ==========

BLUE RIVER 2 FIRE

BIA.  San Carlos Agency.  Apache Reservation. IMT 2 (SW Team 4) Start 7/13/2020. Lightning caused. 2 wildfires burning. North of Warm Springs. Team also managing VALLEY FIRE incident. 15 miles NE of San Carlos.

27,500 acres. 0 % contained. Brush and short grass. 65 total personnel. 3 crews, 2 engines, 1 helicopter. Active fire behavior. Structures under threat.  Road closures in effect. $150,000 CTD.

VALLEY FIRE

BIA.   San Carlos Agency. Apache Reservation.  1st fire. Lightning caused. 6 miles NE of San Carlos.

981 acres. 0% contained. Brush and tall grass. 54 total personnel.  2 crews, 2 engines. Active fire behavior. Road/Area closures in effect. $100,000 CTD.

JACKSON FIRE

BLM.  Gila District. 18 miles W of Pima or 13 miles SW of Fort Thomas.

2,143 acres.  0% contained. Lightning caused.  Brush and short grass. 134 personnel. 4 crews, 2 engines and 2 helicopters.

Photo Credit | BLM Arizona Fire

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Moderate fire behavior.  Flanking, backing and uphill runs. Most growth within the Santa Teresa Wilderness and adjacent to BLM lands. Structures under threat. Temporary flight restriction or commonly called TFR is in effect.  $367,000 CTD.

BRINGHAM FIRE

USFS. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Burning on Clifton Ranger District. Start 7/6/2020. Lightning caused.  22 miles N of Morenci.

23,142 acres. 85% contained. Timber, brush and short grass.

Photo Credit  | USFS

Daytime photo of a desert landscape. Blue sky and clouds. Brown hills covered in green shrubs with a mountain in the background with a large column of white smoke billowing up into the sky, expanding as it rises, filling the air with smoke.

30 personnel. 2 structures lost. $9.4 Million CTD.

BIGHORN FIRE

USFS. Coronado National Forest. 5 miles NE of Tucson and burnin gin the Catalina Mountains, NW of Tucson. Start 6/5/2020 2222 Hours.

Photo Credit | USFS

plume seen from McDonalds parking lot

119,541 acres. 89% contained.  Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Creeping. Road/trail/area closures in effect.  66 personnel. 5 engines, 1 helicopter. 2 structures lost. $44 Million CTD.

MANGUM FIRE

USFS. Kaibib National Forest.  24 miles SE of Fredonia. Start 6/8/2020.

Photo Credit | USFS

Mangum Fire Night Operations for June 17, 2020  Photo Credit: Mike McMillan

71,450 acres. 95% contained.  Caused unknown. Under investigation. Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Creeping and smoldering. Road/trail/area closures in effect.  117 personnel. 2 engines. 4 structures lost. $21.1 Million CTD.

POLLES FIRE

USFS. Tonto National Forest. IMT 1 (SW Team 2). 13 miles W of Payson.  Start 7/3/2020.  Lightning caused.

Photo Credit | USFS

Polles Fire 7/3

628 acres. 85% contained. Brush, short grass and slah. Minimal fire behavior. Isolated torching, creeping and smoldering. Road/trail/area closures in effect.  235 personnel. 5 crews, 7 helicopters. $4.6 Million CTD.

YANKEE JOE FIRE

USFS.  Tonto National Forest. 20 miles N of Globe.

425 acres. 25% contained. 16 personnel. 2 engines. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. $20,000 CTD.

MONUMENT FIRE 

AZ DOF – Northern District. 30 miles NW of Ash Fork and 22 miles of Valle.

Photo Credit | AZ Forestry

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1,785 acres. 30% contained. Brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Community of Chilili under threat.  42 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines. $390,000 CTD.

CHILTEPINES FIRE

AZ DOF – Tucson District.  46 miles SW of Tucson and 16 miles ENE of South Komelik.

334 acres. 75 % contained. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Smoldering.  $50,000 CTD.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/15/2020 2315 PT

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

The Wildfire Log | #WhiteWing Fire | Arizona | 2

ARIZONA | A wildfire was sparked by an unknown cause on Thursday, May 30th in the very dry part of the State and burning in very dry grass and weeds.

Credit | BLM Arizona Fire

UPDATE

5/31/2019 – 1445 hours MST | Destroyed acreage up to 2,704 total acres. 60% containment.  Fire burning east of Wittmann, Arizona.  No burning is allowed in Wittmann County.  Yuma fire personnel dispatched.  Cause unknown. Under investigation.

TIMELINE

5/30/2019 – 1100 MST | Fire personnel were dispatched (via Wildcad) from the Arizona Dispatch Center showing the following on-scene:  Bearjaw, CH4, 7-3 and COPTR 4 and 5-1, Div 7-1 E and 461 E.  According to the CAD system, they were dispatched just after 1100 hours MST.

Fire Fact | Mutual resources from Maricopa Sheriff’s Office, APS (utilities), Peoria FD, Surprise FD and Phoenix FD have joined the firefight this afternoon.

1238 MST |  A presser was released that the fire had burned 60 acres.  There were no road closures or assets at risk at this time.

1528 MST | 500 acres destroyed. Fire moving N/NE. Has not crossed over SR 74 yet.  Fire is on the NE corner of the #DoveFire burn scar. About 75+ personnel are approximately assigned to this incident.

1704 MST | 1200 acres. Fire moving to the north, south of SR 74.  AZ Forestry, IC (Command) asked for additional air fire resources.

1715 MST | The fire was reported as heading north by media news outlets.

Alert | Please stay out of the fire area, as it can become a liability and is very dangerous.  The Sheriff’s Office may take action against if you do not heed warnings and alerts.  Firefighters have been asking those coming into the area to leave immediately.

2020 MST | East flank secured by AZ State Fire Phoenix Crew. Cooler evening temps expected to help cool down the fire but smoke from within the perimeter will remain in the area.  Mutual aid units are also assisting.  2500 acres. 10% containment.

Photo Credit:  BLM Arizona Fire

2100 MST | Current weather conditions:  (Thursday) 79*F temps with clear skies and winds at 2 mph, as well a low RH (relative humidity) at 17% which is not ideal.  (Friday) HI temps are expected to reach 95*F and have a LO of 63*F and full of sunny skies.

Alert | There is currently a burn ban (no burning) in Maricopa County currently due to extreme fire danger, adverse weather conditions and fires can easily escape containment.

2111 MST  | APS, the area’s public utility is working directly with the IC due to the fire coming really close to power lines. Fire crews did a back burn to move the fire “away” from the lines.

Photo Credit:  APS

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media on this fire is a  hot topic and here are what some are saying:

“3rd fire in a week, 5th in a six-period.”

PC | BLM Arizona Fire

We are using the following hashtags for this incident as well as others on Social Media.  #FireSeason2019 #AZwildfires2019 #WhiteWingFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/31/2019 @ 2045 PDT / MST

The Wildfire Log | #WhiteWing Fire | Arizona | 1

ARIZONA | A wildfire has been detected on Thursday, May 30th in the very dry part of the State and burning in very dry grass and weeds.

Photo Credit:   AZ State Forestry

1100 MST | Fire personnel were dispatched (via Wildcad) from the Arizona Dispatch Center showing the following on-scene:  Bearjaw, CH4, 7-3 and COPTR 4 and 5-1, Div 7-1 E and 461 E.  According to the CAD system, they were dispatched just after 1100 hours MST.

Fire Fact | Mutual resources from Maricopa Sheriff’s Office, APS (utilities), Peoria FD, Surprise FD and Phoenix FD have joined the firefight this afternoon.

1238 |  A presser was released that the fire had burned 60 acres.  There were no road closures or assets at risk at this time.

Photo Credit:  BLM Arizona Fire

1528 | 500 acres destroyed. Fire moving N/NE. Has not crossed over SR 74 yet.  Fire is on the NE corner of the #DoveFire burn scar. About 75+ personnel are approximately assigned to this incident.

1704 | 1200 acres. Fire moving to the north, south of SR 74.  AZ Forestry, IC (Command) asked for additional air fire resources.

1715 | The fire was reported as heading north by media news outlets.

Alert | Please stay out of the fire area, as it can become a liability and is very dangerous.  The Sheriff’s Office may take action against if you do not heed warnings and alerts.  Firefighters have been asking those coming into the area to leave immediately.

2020 | East flank secured by AZ State Fire Phoenix Crew. Cooler evening temps expected to help cool down the fire but smoke from within the perimeter will remain in the area.  Mutual aid units are also assisting.  2500 acres. 10% containment.

Photo Credit:  BLM Arizona Fire

2100 | Current weather conditions:  (Thursday) 79*F temps with clear skies and winds at 2 mph, as well a low RH (relative humidity) at 17% which is not ideal.  (Friday) HI temps are expected to reach 95*F and have a LO of 63*F and full of sunny skies.

Alert | There is currently a burn ban (no burning) in Maricopa County currently due to extreme fire danger, adverse weather conditions and fires can easily escape containment.

2111 | APS, the area’s public utility is working directly with the IC due to the fire coming really close to power lines. Fire crews did a back burn to move the fire “away” from the lines.

Photo Credit:  APS

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media on this fire is a  hot topic and here are what some are saying:

“3rd fire in a week, 5th in a six-period.”

PC | BLM Arizona Fire

We are using the following hashtags for this incident as well as others on Social Media.  #FireSeason2019 #AZwildfires2019 #WhiteWingFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/30/2019 @ 2145 PDT / MST

Dove Fire | Arizona | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire officially named the DOVE FIRE  or known as Incident #A4S-534 L9LD is burning near 167th Avenue and Dove Valley.  It is said to scorching lands about 14 miles NW of Surprise and just six miles east of Wittman, Arizona.

The fire started on Friday, May 24, 2019.

These lands are managed by the AZ State Forestry.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior has a moderate rate of spread.

“The fire continues to actively burn through grasses, brush and chaparral that has grown to 1,000 acres with a containment of 15-percent.” – Arizona State Forestry.

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry

RESOURCES

At 1537 hours, fire fire personnel (7-6-1 CPT 5-1 E461 E531 LEWIS PHX CREW SUPERSTN) were dispatched to this incident.

There are about 100-plus fire personnel from BLM Arizona, AZ State Forestry, AZ Fire Authority and Maricopa County assigned to the wildland fire incident with aircraft to be reassigned on Saturday morning and as needed.

CAUSE

Fire investigators currently do not know the cause of the fire but it is under investigation.

KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY

Drones have been reported in the area.  IF YOU FLY, FIREFIGHTERS HAVE TO GROUND ALL OF THEIR AIR RESOURCES.  If you fly, Fire and Police can charge you with possible with criminal charges and/or civilly. Not worth it.

The Arizona and FAA laws are very strict and prohibit the flight of any drone in the area.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Thank you for reading our blog post. We will provide updates as more information is received.  We wish you personal and fire safety wherever you travel to this weekend. – ED.

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog for live incident coverage and instagram @nwfireblog

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- 5/24/2019 2355 PDT

ARIZONA WILDFIRE UPDATE: Eastwood Mesa Wildfire

Eastwood Mesa – AZ State Forestry Div – State Office (Phoenix)

Incident Info:  Started by lightning 8/15/13 1445 Hours.  7.5 miles NW of Skull Valley, Arizona.

Acres burned:  3,000.

Fire status:  100% contained.  Fire monitored today by air resources.  No further updates will be provided.

Source:  inciweb.org.

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