AZ WILDFIRE | DESERT FIRE | UPDATE 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 18, 2020

A wildfire incident, named the EAST DESERT FIRE, is burning near the Cave Creek Regional Park in Maricopa County, Arizona.

“Roadside wildfires are a big issue in AZ. Dragging tow chains are a common cause – starting multiple fires, sometimes for miles. Wildfires put communities, emergency responders at high risk and increase exposure to injury, smoke, and disease.” 

– BLM AZ Fire

Resources include: AZ Forestry, AZ State Fire, and Maricopa County; Tonto NF, BLM AZ Fire, Peoria FD, Daisy Mtn FD, Phoenix FD, Rural Metro, North Phoenix FD and Cave Creek FD.

Here is a timeline of this incident.

MAY 17, 2020

1320 Hours MST |  The AZ Dispatch Center dispatched resources:  7-6 BAT 4-1 CH 1 CH 4 CH 7-1 CPT 4-1 CPT 4-2 DIV 7-1 E- 461 PHX CREW to a wildfire located on North 26th Street and East Desert HIlls Drive. CAD call has been updated to reflect 1492 acres.

1434 MST | Firefighters on-scene of a wildfire, approximately 5-8 acres in size, located near 24th and Desert Hills. Moderate rate of spread.  Ground resources and aircraft ordered.

“We‘re receiving several reports of people still target shooting on BLM lands. Fire restrictions due to dry conditions are in effect and target shooting is not allowed. For all activity restrictions under fire restrictions,”

BLM AZ Fire

[Photo Credit:  AZ State Forestry]

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1539 Hours  MST | Estimated 300-500 acres. Burning in North Phoenix.  Active behavior and fire with wind-driven winds

[Photo Credit:  AZ State Forestry]

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1714 Hours MST | 300-500 acres. 0% containment. Fire behavior still active and with wind-driven runs. Moving away from homes into open area, however, Engines are providing structure protection for 5 nearby homes.

1925 Hours MST |  Estimated 400 acres. 40% contained. FIU states fire started  in the afternoon on Sunday, around 24th Street and Deset Hills.  Human-caused.

2151 Hours MST |  Fire activity and winds increase during the night, even though cooler temps.  Fire moving to the northeast towards Cahara Springs.

[Photo Credit:  AZ State Forestry]

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2200 Hours MST | 1,000 acres. Fire moving east to northest towards Cahara Spring. IC orders additional resources:  6 Hot Shot crews, 10 engines and aircraft for the next morning on Monday, 5/18/2020.  Fuels:  Grass, desert vegetation. Dry conditions.

2229 Hours MST | Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical are on-scene of assisting with night fire operations.

[Photo Credit: Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical]

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MAY 18, 2020

0008 Hours MST |  1,500 acres. Active fire behavior with fire moving to the east to northeast towards Cahava Springs in Cave Creek.  Evacuations in effect: 40 homes. Off of Cahava Springs Rd. More resources on order.

0719 Hours MST |  1,500 acres. 20% contained. Evacuations in effect: 130 homes evacuated per MCSO. Increased fire activity with high winds.

[Photo Credit: Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical]

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1145 Hours MST | Evacuation Center:  Cactus Shadows HS main gym.  5802 E Dove Valley Road, Cave Creek, AZ. Managed by: American Red Cross.  Bring your own mask and expect social distancing. 

1225 Hours MST |  A Fire Management Assistance Grant  was submitted by AZ Fire and was approved for federal funding by FEMA to help cover costs wit this wildfire.

[Photo Credit:  American Red Cross]

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1557 Hours MST | 1,500 acres. 20% containment status. Ground resources include SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers), VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers) and AA (Air Attack).

1920 Hours MST | 1,492 acres. 50% contained.  Spread of fire slowing. Firefighters  making progress.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 5/18/2020 – 1945 PT.

AZ Wildfire | Stage Fire | Update 2

 UPDATE 2 – 5/3/2020 – SUNDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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Arizona State Forestry wildland firefighters were dispatched to the STAGE FIRE on Satruday, May 2nd this afternoon to a brush fire that ignited approximately 1.5 miles northeast of New River and east of I-17.  This is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

A smoke column could be see from the Arizona I17 SB Anthem web cam.

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There has been 259 acres of grass and brush burned.  Crews have successfully gained a 75% containment status.

Photo Credit | Daisy Mtn Fire & Rescue

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The fire was deemed to be human-caused by two Fire Investigators.

The investigation is still considered as an active case.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1450 MST

SASCO FIRE | AZ WILDFIRE | UPDATE 2 (FINAL)

UPDATE 2 (FINAL)  – MAY 3, 2020 – SUNDAY

A wildfire named the SASCO FIRE is burning in Pinal County, Arizona.  It is NORTH of Ironwood Forest National Forest, SOUTH of Red Rock and just WEST of Picacho.

AZ State Firefighters were dispatched on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 1038 hours MST. Additional fire crews from BLM Arizona Fire have also been deployed to the fire line.

Equipment/Apparatus on-scene, Chief 191, E191, Tender 191, Brush 193, E361, Chief 7-1.

A VLAT dropped over the SASCO FIRE with a  Heavy Air Tanker following due to rocky and unstable terrain on the southern side of the fire.  Crews are starting to make good progress and mopping up.

Photo Credit  | AZ State Forestry

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This has been determined to be human-caused.  It is still under investigation.

#AZwildfires #FireSeason2020 #SascoFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1600 MST

SASCO FIRE | AZ WILDFIRE | UPDATE 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 3, 2020 – SUNDAY

A wildfire named the SASCO FIRE is burning in Pinal County, Arizona.  It is NORTH of Ironwood Forest National Forest, SOUTH of Red Rock and just WEST of Picacho.

AZ State Firefighters were dispatched on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 1038 hours MST. Additional fire crews from BLM Arizona Fire have also been deployed to the fire line.

Equipment/Apparatus on-scene, Chief 191, E191, Tender 191, Brush 193, E361, Chief 7-1.

Fire behavior was observed by SASCO IC as doubling in size at one point due to increased winds

Smoke is being reportedly as seen from as far aways as Interstate 10.

Around 1230 MST, it was estimated to be 40 acres in size with an unknown containment status.

Crews backed off the fire line at 1415 hours, to allow an inbound VLAT to drop in their area. They used a nearby road for safety. (1419 MST)

SASCO FIRE NAME HISTORY

May 23, 2019

The Sasco Fire name was used when a wildfire broke out at 0432 AM UTC near Red Rock, Arizona, about 80 miles SSE of Phoenix. 16.6 acres. Human caused.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1435 MST

AZ Wildfire | Stage Fire | Final Update

FINAL UPDATE – 5/3/2020 – SUNDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Arizona State Forestry wildland firefighters were dispatched to the STAGE FIRE on Satruday, May 2nd this afternoon to a brush fire that ignited approximately 1.5 miles northeast of New River and east of I-17.  This is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

A smoke column could be see from the Arizona I17 SB Anthem web cam.

There has been 259 acres of grass and brush burned.  Crews have successfully gained a 75% containment status.

The fire was deemed to be human-caused by two Fire Investigators.  The investigation is still considered as an active case.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

TRAFFIC CLOSURES

I-17 NB opened up last night.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1422 MST

AZ Wildfire | Stage Fire | Update 2

UPDATE 2 – 5/2/2020 – SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Arizona State Forestry wildland firefighters were dispatched to the STAGE FIRE on Satruday, May 2nd this afternoon to a brush fire that ignited approximately 1.5 miles northeast of New River and east of I-17.  This is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

A smoke column could be see from the Arizona I17 SB Anthem web cam.

It is burning in a wash in grass and brush.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

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TRAFFIC CLOSURES

I17 NB is closed at New River.  All traffic has to exit at New River. AZ DOT is reporting an 8-mile backup starting near Anthem Way. There is no ETA on when it will be reopend. Southbound lanes are open and unaffected.  Traveler info:  az511.gov or calling 511. Twitter:  @ArizonaDOT.

Photo Credit | Arizona DOT

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SIZE

Fire has grown to 200 acres and moving rapidly through desert vegetation.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

More than 150 firefighters, along with air and ground assets to this incident.  Agencies represented are AZ State Forestry, BLM , Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical and local resources.

Footage Credit | Daisy Mtn Fire & Rescue

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/2/2020  1715 MST

AZ Wildfire | Stage Fire | Update 1

UPDATE 1 – 5/2/2020 – SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Arizona State Forestry wildland firefighters were dispatched to the STAGE FIRE on Satruday, May 2nd this afternoon to a brush fire that ignited approximately 1.5 miles northeast of New River and east of I-17.  This is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

A smoke column could be see from the Arizona I17 SB Anthem web cam.

It is burning in a wash in grass and brush.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

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TRAFFIC CLOSURES

I17 NB is closed at New River.  All traffic has to exit at New River. AZ DOT is reporting an 8-mile backup starting near Anthem Way. There is no ETA on when it will be reopend. Southbound lanes are open and unaffected.  Traveler info:  az511.gov or calling 511. Twitter:  @ArizonaDOT.

Photo Credit | Arizona DOT

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SIZE

The fire is estimated to be around 60-80 acres in siz with a 0% containment status.

RESOURCES

Additional resources are order for more aircraft.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/2/2020 1605 MST

The Wildfire Report | Molino Fire | AZ | 1

Fire resources are en route to a fire located in the Molino Basin on the Coronado National Forest out of the Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center in Arizona.

Currently, the fire has burned a small area of 0.1 acres.

Dispatched on Sunday, October 27th at 1527 hours MST.

#AZwildfires #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/27/2019 @ 1702 MST

The Wildfire Log | US Wildfires in the Fall | 1

Wildfires have begun to reduce but not in all United States, so we thought we’d include them in a single Blog post.  If they become too big of an incident, we will at that time determine if it should be in its own separate post.

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ALABAMA

Fire Facts | In the last 24 hours, the Southern Area (Alabama and Mississippi) has reported 112 new wildfires with 5 of them being new large incidents. (NIFC)

BUILDING BRIDGES FIRE  | 6 miles SE of Valley Head

Alabama Forestry Commission. Started on private land. Short grass and southern rough fire fuels. 391 acres. 79% contained. 0 resources listed. $1,000 Cost-to-date.

JOHNSON QUARTER  FIRE | 4 miles NW of Florala

Alabama Forestry Commission. Started on private land. Short grass as fire fuel. 400 acres. 79% contained. 0 resources listed. $1,000 cost-to-date.

KINGS CHAPEL ROAD FIRE | 8 miles SW of Sylacauga

Alabama Forestry Commission. Started on private land. Timber and short grass as fire fuels. 470 acres. 99% contained. $2,000 cost-to-date.

ALASKA

Fire Fact | No wildfires were reported in the last 24 hours, however there is one fire that is staffed for 167,164 acres.  124 fires are being monitored and 8 are out. 1 is a RX fire for a total of 134 wildfires. (AICC Sit Rep)

SWAN LAKE FIRE | Kenai-Kodiak Area

AK Department of Forestry. AKKNR – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Started 6/5/20219 by lightning. 167,164 acres. No increase in acreage since 9/28/2019. 90% contained. 28 total personnel. 1 hand crew, 1 engine. $49 Million CTD. Being managed other than full suppression strategy without a Type 1 or 2 IMT.

TOKAINA 2 FIRE | Valdez-Copper River Area

AK Department of Forestry. 9,412 acres. 0% contained. 5 total personnel. 1 helicopter. State lands. Being managed with another type of strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned.

ARIZONA

Fire Fact | There were 4 new wildfires in the last 24 hours in the Southwest area. (NIFC)

JOHNSON FIRE | 8 miles S of Prescott

Started 9/22/2019. Cause is known. Prescott National Forest. Timber and brush are fire fuels.  166 acres. 96% contained.  Estimated containment is for 10/6/2019. 50 personnel.  Fire managed by an IC Type 4 Orozco & Trainee Shinabarger along with 1 hand crew, 3 engines, 1 helicopter. 1 structure lost. $1.4 Million cost-to-date.

RIPARIAN FIRE | Bureau of Indian Affairs

Started 10/1/2019 @ 1046 hours MST. AZSCA fire unit. 0.5 acres.

IKES FIRE | Grand Canyon 

Isolated Tree Torching within fire perimeter on August 23, 2019

Ikes Fire | Isolated Tree Torching | Credit: GCNP

Started 7/25/2019. Lightning at Swamp Point – Powell Plateau and Timp Point in the Grand  Canyon National Park. National Park Service. 9,000 acres. 75% contained.  Estimated containment on 10/15/2019.  IC is Jay Yancick (ICT4 NPS) and Trainee Andy Hamilton (ICT4 NPS). Being Managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned. (Ikes, Sheridan, Telephone and Eden Fires). 63 total personnel. 1 hand crew, 5 engines, 1 helicopter. $2.7 Million CTD.

SHERIDAN FIRE | Prescott National Forest

Started 8/5/20919. LIghtning in a natural wood trap area.  20 miles NW of Prescott.  21,510 acres. 80% contained.  Estimated containment is 10/12/2019.  Type 5 IC – Timber.  6 personnel staffing fire. 1 engine staffing fire. $4.2 Million CTD.

TELEPHONE FIRE | Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Started 9/4/2019. Lighnting caused. In a natural lake mountain.  2,361 acres. 90% contained. Strategy is 10% point zone protection, 20% monitor and 0% full suppression with 70% confine. 5 total personnel. 1 hand crew.  Type 4 IC – Caleb Schultz.  $117,000 CTD.

EDEN FIRE | Coconino National Forest

Started 8/29/2019. Lightning at Lost Eden. 2,800 acres. 90% contained. IC Type 4 IC Stevens with AZ-COF-MRRD.  0 personnel or equipment on this fire. $186,000 CTD.

SURPRISE FIRE | 7 miles N and W of Prescott

Started 9/17/2019. Lightning caused. 210 acres. Timber (grass and understory). 80% contained. Estimated containment by 10/12/2019. IC Type 4 – Carpenter.

CALIFORNIA

Fire Fact | There were 17 wildfires in the last 24 hours with none of them being deemed as new large incidents.  There is still one wildfire in the Southern California area that is still burning. (NIFC)

NEW! | RANCH FIRE | E Pozo Rd x Avenales Ranch Rd, SLO County, Santa Margarita

Brush fire reported. 30 acres. Grass and brush are fire fuels. Medium rate of spread. IC on-scene working on resource request. (Pulse Point, Twitter Reporters)

TABOOSE FIRE | 10 miles SW of Big Pine

U.S. Forest Service on the Inyo National Forest. Timber, brush and short grass are fire fuels. Minimal fire behavior reported with creeping and smoldering.  10,296 acres. 75% conatined. 36 total personnel along with 1 engine and 1 helicopter. 0 Structures lost. $10,9 Million CTD.

Fire Fact | There were 6 new wildfires that were reported in the Northern portion of the State of California. None of these fires were reported as large new incidents and none of the continued burning wildfire has been deemed fully contained yet. (NIFC)

SOUTH FIRE | SHF

Being managed with a strategy other than full fire suppression and without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned.  5,255 acres. 62% contained. 56 total personnel along with 1 crew and 1 engine. 2 structures were lost. $9.2. Million CTD.

COLORADO

Fire Fact | There were two new wildfires reported in the last 24 hours.  One of them was a new large incident.  Firefighters are still working to contain them.

GRANITE LAKE FIRE | 19 miles E of Aspen

White River National River. Timber is the fire fuel. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, wind-driven runs and isolated torching has been reported. 694 acres. 0% containment. 10 total personnel are assigned. 0 other resources are listed. $7,000 CTD.

DECKER FIRE | Rio Grande National Forest

1791 acres. 5% contained. 231 fire personnel assigned along with 9 crews, 8 engines and 2 helicopter.  $1.5 Million CTD.

MIDDLE MAMM FIRE | Wright River National Forest

290 acres. 2% contained. 3 total personnel. 0 equipment listed. $528,000 CTD.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2120 hours PDT

The Wildfire Report | Hilton Wash Fire | NEW

Sonoita, Az. | A new wildfire has ignited, called the Hilton Wash Fire today.  It is located about nine miles NE of Sonoita and near Empire Ranch with the Las Cinegas NCA.

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Stock Photo | Credit: BLM

The fire has scorched about 150 acres of tall grass has been destroyed.  Fire resources and assets were dispatched this afternoon around 1633 hours MDT.  CAD records showed that BLM resources were still responding to the scene.

Equipment and personnel included GID Engines 4337, T-3, Battallion 3-1 and Engine 361.

Hashtags | #AZwildfires #FireSeason2019