AZ | Slate Fire | PM Update

1630 PT/MST | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

SUMMARY — A wildfire called the SLATE FIRE is burning about 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff, along Highway 180 in the State of Arizona that originated on State Mountain. The fire was called in by a Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy on June 7, 2021, around 0300 hours MST.

CAUSE — The cause of the wildfire is unknown and under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS — Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 11,435 acres of chaparral and timber. 85% contained. There are no structures or communities under direct threat. No evacuations are in effect.

RESOURCES — 44 personnel with two crews, three engines.

COOPERATORS — Coconino National Forest, CCSO, CCEM and the AZ DOT.

COST-TO-DATE — $1.9 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

AZ | Horton Complex Fire | PM Update

1550 PT/MST | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

SUMMARY — The HORTON COMPLEX FIRE is located about five miles north of Hannagan Meadow, Arizona on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. It is made up of several different fires in the northern, southern, eastern and western areas.

An aerial photo of smoke from the Horton Fire.
Credit — USFS

CURRENT STATUS — Fires are burning within the 2011 Wallow Fire burn scar. Excessive heat and extreme fire behavior is being forecasted. Some of these areas have not been burned in many years and fire fuels are extremely dry for this time of year.

Northern areas — fires are actively backing, flanking and rolling out into Bear, Horton, Willow, Thomas and Hannagan drainages.

Eastern areas — fire has reached Hwy 191 and most likely to impact areas to Castle Creek, Burke Point, Foote Creek areas.

Southern areas — Peak burning conditions are expected to go in a downslope into the night.

Western areas — Fire is backing and rolling out with outflow winds that could spread over into the western portions of the fires.

FIRE BEHAVIOR — Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, flanking and backing.

SIZE UP — 1,490 acres. 0% containment.

RESOURCES — 112 total personnel with two crews, eight engines and two helicopters.

COMMAND — IC Ben Plumb.

COST-TO-DATE — $309,000.

AZ | Slate Fire | 1

SIT REP — JUNE 10, 2021 — 2230 PT

Slate Fire, as seen on 6-7-21 at 1035 from helicopter.
Credit — Coconino NF

Incident Summary

A wildfire called the SLATE FIRE is burning about 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff, along Highway 180 in the State of Arizona that originated on State Mountain.

The fire was called in by a Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy on June 7, 2021, around 0300 hours MST.

The cause of the wildfire is unknown and under investigation.

Credit: USFS

Current Status

Fire has consumed 5,000 acres of pine, juniper, grass and brush. There is a 0% containment status.

Credit: AZ DOT

Incident Timeline

June 7th — NF fire response. 20-plus acres. 23 miles north of Flagstaff near Highway 180 and border of USFS Kaibab NF. 50 personnel including 4 engines, 2 crews, water tender, dozer. Cause unknown.

June 8th — Hwy 180 closed. Helicopter on the fire ground using a bambi bucket to draw water to drop on the fire below.

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Credit: USFS

June 9th — Fire grows to 2,060 acres. Highway 180 is still closed. Fire is moving northeast and now adjacent to the Kaibib National Forest. 150 personnel. 4 Hotshot crews, 1 hand crew, 8 engines, 2 water tenders, 2 dozers, 1 helicopter and miscellaneous overhead team and support staff. No structures under threat. Rec sites in the area are closed, including Red Mountain and State Mountain trailheads, Kendrick Cabin and portion of the AZ trail from Kelly Tank and Cedar Ranch.

Credit: AZ DOT

Resources

There are 130 total personnel assigned to this incident. The IC is Jess Causer. Corey Wilson, Ops Trainee.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators currently include the Coconino National Forest, CCSO, CCEM and the AZ DOT.

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Credit: AZ DOT

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AZ | Sycamore Canyon Fire | 2

SYCAMORE CANYON, AZ — A wildfire, the SYCAMORE CANYON FIRE started on BLM and BIA lands on May 23, 2021, from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located about 15 miles southeast of Sells, Arizona.

SIZE UP — The fire has burned about 1,858 acres of short grass and brush and 26% contained.

Aerial View of the Sycamore Canyon Fire May 24, 2021
Credit: BIA

RESOURCES — There are 212 assigned firefighters and support personnel on this incident. Today, there are 5 engines, 4 hand crews, 11 water tenders, and 4 helicopters.

COMMAND — Deputy IC Aaron Hulburd, SW Area Type 2 Team 4, assumed command on Saturday, may 29, 2021 at 0600 hours.

Helicopter at Dip Site
Credit: BIA

CHALLENGES — Crews may be challenged by the continued dry conditions and high winds expected over the next week. In addition to full suppression of the Sycamore Canyon Fire, the incident management team is also responsible for responding to any new fire starts in the area surrounding the fire.  – USFS

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION (TFR) —  Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sycamore Canyon Fire to ensure safe air operations.

Geronimo Hotshot vehicles parked along a dirt road in Division Alpha. There is a bright blue sky above with just a hint of wispy smoke in the background.
Credit: BIA

RESTRICTIONS — Due to increased fire activity and dry conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are currently in effect in southeastern Arizona.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions or contact the nearest land management agency office.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 5/30/2021 1123 PT

AZ | Sycamore Canyon Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 — MAY 31, 2021 — 0940 PT

SYCAMORE CANYON, AZ — A wildfire, the SYCAMORE CANYON FIRE started on BLM and BIA lands on May 23, 2021, at around 0815 hours MST from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located about 15 miles southeast of Sells, Arizona.

SIZE UP — The fire has burned about 1,858 acres of short grass and brush and 40% contained. Fire behavior is minimal, creeping and smoldering.

Geronimo Hotshot vehicles parked along a dirt road in Division Alpha. There is a bright blue sky above with just a hint of wispy smoke in the background.
Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES — Geronimo Hotshots.

COMMAND — Deputy IC Carl Schwope, SW Area Type 2 Team 4, assumed command on Saturday, may 29, 2021 at 0600 hours.

THREATS — Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and AZ Department of Forestry and Fire Management (AZDFFM) lands.

CHALLENGES — Crews may be challenged by the continued dry conditions and high winds expected over the next week. In addition to full suppression of the Sycamore Canyon Fire, the incident management team is also responsible for responding to any new fire starts in the area surrounding the fire.  – USFS

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION (TFR) —  Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sycamore Canyon Fire to ensure safe air operations.

RESTRICTIONS — Due to increased fire activity and dry conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are currently in effect in southeastern Arizona.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions or contact the nearest land management agency office.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

AZ | Sycamore Canyon Fire | 1

SYCAMORE CANYON, AZ — A wildfire, the SYCAMORE CANYON FIRE started on BLM and BIA lands on May 23, 2021, from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located about 15 miles southeast of Sells, Arizona.

SIZE UP — The fire has burned about 1,858 acres of short grass and brush and 26% contained.

Aerial View of the Sycamore Canyon Fire May 24, 2021
Credit: BIA

RESOURCES — There are 212 assigned firefighters and support personnel on this incident. Today, there are 5 engines, 4 hand crews, 11 water tenders, and 4 helicopters.

COMMAND — Deputy IC Aaron Hulburd, SW Area Type 2 Team 4, assumed command on Saturday, may 29, 2021 at 0600 hours.

Helicopter at Dip Site
Credit: BIA

CHALLENGES — Crews may be challenged by the continued dry conditions and high winds expected over the next week. In addition to full suppression of the Sycamore Canyon Fire, the incident management team is also responsible for responding to any new fire starts in the area surrounding the fire.  – USFS

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION (TFR) —  Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sycamore Canyon Fire to ensure safe air operations.

Geronimo Hotshot vehicles parked along a dirt road in Division Alpha. There is a bright blue sky above with just a hint of wispy smoke in the background.
Credit: BIA

RESTRICTIONS — Due to increased fire activity and dry conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are currently in effect in southeastern Arizona.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions or contact the nearest land management agency office.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 5/30/2021 1123 PT

AZ Wildfire | Flag Fire | Sit Rep 1

SIT REP 1 | APRIL 25, 2021 | Posted 1920 PT

Image
Courtesy: BLM AZ Fire

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A brush fire turned wildfire named the FLAG FIRE ignited about 11 miles south-southeast of Kingman in the Hualapai Mountains (Mohave County), Arizona on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Officials say the cause is unknown and under investigation but state it originated between Flag Mine and Wild Cow Campgrounds.

600 acres of ponderosa pine (higher elevations), brush and grass destroyed.

Fire Weather — RED FLAG WARNING in effect for Sunday and Monday due to high winds, low relative humidity (RH) in the fire area.

EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT

Mandatory Evacuations are in effect for:

GO NOW –> Hualapai Mountain Park, Lodge and Pine Lake communities.

GET READY –> Atherton Acres and Pinion Pine communities.

Red Cross Shelter –> Palo Christi Elementary School. 500 Maple Street, Kingman, Arizona.

RESOURCES

Resources on-scene or en route — Central West Type 3 IMT. 5 IHC on order. Air resources — 1 Lead, 3 LAT, 3 SEAT, 1 Type 2 and 2 Type 3 Helicopters.

Incident Cooperators — BLM AZ, Colorado River District Office (Lake Havasu), Mohave Sheriff Office, Mohave County Emergency Management, Pine Lake Fire Department, Arizona Department of Transportation, SWCC, National Interagency Fire Center, Inciweb.

EVACUEE RESOURCES

Sign-Up for Emergency Alerts –> https://www.facebook.com/MohaveCountySheriffsOffice

Livestock Assistance –> Contact the Sheriff Office Communications Center. 928-753-0753.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags — #FlagFire #AZwildfire #FireSeason2021

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#KelloggFire | AZ | New!

SONOITA, ARIZONA

The Kellogg Wildfire is located about one (1) mile SW of Sonoita, Arizona.

The fire behavior is active, running and is wind-driven.  It has scorched 780 acres of brush and grass and has been contained to 85% by fire crews.

There are 159 personnel assigned to this incident along with four (4) crews, 14 engines and two (2) helicopters.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment is $417,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

New Wildfire | #Molina | AZ | 1

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 5, 2017

The Molina Wildfire started on April 4th around 1230 Hours.  It is located near Molino Basin at Mile Marker 4.5 on the Mt. Lemmon Highway.

Smoke rising on the Molino Fire

Photo Courtesy:  Inciweb

Currently, the fire has burned 50 acres of brush and grass.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Two Forest Service hotshot crews, two engines and a helicopter will be assigned to the fire tomorrow, and will continue to work on securing the fire.

The Mt. Lemmon Highway remains closed at this time.

Fire Fact:

The Coronado NF has experienced wildfire every month in 2016, and every month so far of 2017. We no longer speak of fire season, but fire year. – CNF 

APRIL 4, 2017

 

The Mesa Hotshots have arrived and will accompany two crews from the Arizona Division of Forestry and Fire Management, a crew from Saguaro National Park, two helicopters, three engines, water tenders (tankers), and miscellaneous overhead to the fire early tomorrow morning.

Firefighters are off the line tonight to provide for their safety due to steep, rocky terrain. Helicopters continued with bucket drops through the evening, cooling the fire to allow crews to construct fire line.

Winds have died down tonight. Weather conditions tomorrow are forecast to be warmer and drier with winds out of the east.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog