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


The Wildfire Log | Arizona | August 18, 2019

Here is the Fire Activity log for the State of Arizona, which seems to be seeing a lot of wildfires this year and very dry conditions.


Boulin Fire | E of Spring Valley near The Beale Wagon Trail | 2,423 acres 

The Boulin Fire was sparked by lightning on August 5, 2019.  The fire is also located near Forest Service Roads 141, 713 and 730 and about 24 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona.

View From Overpass West End of Williams

Credit: KNF

Fire behavior is moderate with increased acreage of 400 on a daily basis.  It has now carried through over half of the planning area is moving towards the southwest containment line. Road maintenance continues.

Securing Private property

Credit: KNF

Fire is being managed by Nick Behrends (ICT4) and his trainee, Tyler Richwine (ICT4T).  Resources include: One Type 2 hand crew, one Fuels crew, two Type-6 engines, two Type 3 Engines, one patrol unit, one Dozer and eight miscellaneous overhead team members. Total personnel assigned to this incident is 50 strong.

Cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $70,000.

Castle Fire | near Jacob Lake | 19,368 acres 

No photo description available.

The Castle Fire was ignited by lightning on July 12th around 1430 hours.  It is located in the vicinity of Oquer Canyon and about six miles west of State Hwy 67, as well as, 11 miles south of of Jacob Lake on the Kaibab National Forest.

There has been about 19,368 acres of timber (litter and understory) burned.  Fire Management Officials are expecting this fire to be fully contained on October 15, 2019.  The fire did become more active on Saturday due to hot, dry weather partnering with winy conditions.  There is no precip in the current forecast.

Four firefighters walk past an engine in a line carrying a variety of tools.

Credit: KNF

There are 32 total fire personnel attached to this incident. Fire management is being handled by Brandon Allen.

A TFR (temporary flight restriction) is in effect for all non-fire aircraft, including drones.

Ikes Fire | Grand Canyon NP | 4,297 acres | 55% contained

The Ikes Fire is located in the Grand Canyon National Park and about 60 miles southwest of Paige.

Sheridan Fire | Wood Trap near Cedar Mesa | 3,700 acres 

The Sheridan Fire was ignited by lightning on August 5th.  Fire fuels include short grass, brush and chaparral.  Fire behavior is active, running, flanking and backing.  Short runs in grass and brush are also occurring.

This fire is being allowed to run on its own for resources benefits.

aerial view of Sheridan Fire Aug 17

The Sheridan Fire | Credit-Prescott NF

There are 64 total personnel assigned. IC is Rob Roy Williams with the AZ Central West Zone, Type 3 IMT.  His trainee is John Johanson.

Wolf Creek Fire | Wolf Creek Road, #7 | NEW

The Wolf Creek Fire was caused by an abandoned campfire on Wolf Creek Road in space number seven.  This is listed as an open incident.  There is an unknown number of area scorched or other resources.  This is located on the Prescott National Forest.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/18/2019 @ 1525 hours.


The Wildfire Log: Arizona’s Wander Fire Stopped in Its Tracks

Posted:  7/3/2019 @ 1815 hours PDT

Arizona has been suffering wildfires on a daily basis with multiple starts across their State.  This wildfire, though small, was quickly contained by firefighters.


The WANDER FIRE started on July 3, 2019, and located about .5 miles south of New River and about two miles north of the Anthem Outlets in Maricopa County, Arizona.

The fire was observed crossing over Highway 17, which was closed at mile post 232 by the County Sheriff’s Office.

At 1514 hours, winds began picking up which was of concern to Fire Officials.  They ordered aircraft while evacuations of approximately 36 residents were in effect from approximately 12 houses.

The 10-acre wildfire threatened about 12 structures around 1535 hours, but fire crews quickly stopped the forward rate of spread (1601 hours).  The Sheriff’s Office was expected to be opening the I-17 corridor and lift the evacuation orders.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log: Arizona’s Gap Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 | June 27, 2019 | Thursday

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning about 10 miles northeast of Bylas, Arizona in the same territory as the BYLAS FIRE managed by the San Carlos Agency on BIA lands, which was discovered on June 25, 2019.

Current Status | Fire behavior has been reported as active with running, flanking and wind-driven runs.  Structures are said to be at risk.  No structures have been reported as damaged or destroyed.  The current cause is unknown at the time of this posting.

Size & Containment Status | Fire has burned approximately 16,721 acres of brush and short grass and has a containment status of 50% contained.

Resources |  There are approximately 115 total personnel along with 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

Damage Assessment | The total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $530,000.00.

Updates | We will try to bring you information on this wildfire but have found there is limited information on our verified sources or on Social Media.


(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2050 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | The Mountain Fire | AZ | 1



Incident Summary

A wildfire ignited just before noon on  Friday, June 7th, located approximately eight miles east of the nearest town of Cave Creek, Arizona.  It is about eight miles of the Cave Creek Ranger District office and near Horseshoe Dam Road turnoff.

The fire was caused by human intervention from an unknown ignition source.  The cause is currently under investigation.

Current Status

The fire has destroyed 7,225 acres and there is still a 0% containment status.

Image of smoke from Mountain Fire

Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

It is being reported to be burning on the Tonto National Forest and east and northeast towards Bartlett Lake and Horshoe.  The nearby Bartlett Dam Road and Cave Road have both been shutdown.  This closure is to continue throughout the weekend.

A helicopter is currently dipping out of the Barlett Lake.

Fire Resources

There are currently 243 total personnel assigned to this wildfire along with fire assets that include multiple air tankers and a helicopter.

Mountain Fire burned area

Aerial fly over. | Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

Command was assumed by the Central West Zone Type 3 IMT at 0600 hours this morning.

Additional resources are on order.

Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

Evacuation Orders

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was assisting with the mandatory evacuations of those in the Bartlett Lake users and campers who had remained in the area, after voluntary evacuations were issued on Friday, June 7th.

Social Media

#TheMountainFire #AZwildfires2019

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Commercial Fire | Phoenix, Arizona | 2

PHOENIX, Ariz. – UPDATE 2 – 2100 PDT

A Super Safeway store was the big trending story yesterday after it caught on fire.  Firefighters from multiple fire departments arrived on-scene to see the fully engulfed commercial structure ablaze that would eventually be elevated to a 3-alarm blaze.

Tactics were taken to immediately go into a defensive operation.  It was too unsafe to enter the building. There were several reports in media and on Social Media saying at first there was no one inside and another saying that all persons had safely evacuated the building.

Around 0840 hours this morning (Thursday, July 12, 2018), photographs on Social Media would show that the store was fully left open and exposed with its roof completely caved in, shelving toppled, steel rebar and girders showing the intensity of the blaze and how it can completely destroy anything in its path.

Photo Credit | Phoenix Fire PIO

Reports of a big storm with lightning rolled over the area, right before smoke billowed out of the building. One Social Media user reported that Police had shutdown several roadways, while emergency personnel responded to a gas leak a day or two ago.

There is no exact cause listed but reports of a big downpour of rain fell over the area with some speculating that the heavy rain may have caused the roof to be too heavy and suffered some damage to an electrical box.  We will have to wait to see what the result of the fire investigation report states.

A Disaster Recovery and Restoration team was on site today around 1650 hours, assessing the damage of the building.  It appears that everything interior appeared to be destroyed with the outer walls including the front facade of the structure still standing.

Safeway said that will be relocating employees from this store to other locations.  It is unknown if they plan to rebuild this store.

No injuries were reported.


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW! #KnobHillFire | St David AZ | 1


Flight over Knob hill

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning in the Southeast District area of the Arizona Department of Forestry  and on the Coronado National Forest.

The fire ignited from an unknown cause on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

It is located approximately 15 miles east of St. David, Arizona.

Fire fuels consist of timber and chaparral.

Current Fire Conditions | Fire behavior is minimal with creep and backing.  Some structures are reportedly under direct threat with road closures in effect.

The fire has reached a 74 % containment status.

Resources | There are 77 personnel assigned along with three crews, two engines and one helicopter.

Damage Assessment | The fire has scorched 2,896 acres of land and the cost-to-date expenses have reached a high of $150,000.

Flight over Knob Hill

Fire Photo Credit | Coronado National Forest via Inciweb.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #KnobHillFire #AZwildfire for this incident.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 1035 hours PST

U.S. Wildfires Via Wildfire CAD | February 8, 2018

With a little time on our hands, we are beginning to glean information from various sources to keep our blog fresh and updated with fire information.

Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency Coordination Center ||| 0230 hours – #EaglesFire – Seminole County, Okoma District.  Cromwell IC.  46.1 acres.

Arizona Dispatch Center ||| 1443 hours  – #DragoonFire – Contained/Control/Out at 1610 hours. | 0.21 acres.  ||| 1426 hours – #AltarFire – Hwy 286, MP 15. 120 acres. Resources:  BN3-1, BN3-3, CAPT 3-1, CAPT-3-2, Douglas E361, Tuscson1.   ||| 1149 Hours – #AjaxFire = Hwy 80, MP 321.  3 acres.  Resources:  B81, BN3-2, Tender311.

Phoenix Interagency Fire Center (AZ) ||| 0924 hours – #ShrubFire – FS Rd 402. Contained 1045 hours.  0.1acre.

Williams Dispatcher Center (AZ) ||| 1436 hours – #DevilDogFire – Unknown location.  Contained/controlled at 1602 hours.

Cleveland National Forest (CA) ||| 1810 hours – #InterstateFire – I8 x Japatual Valley Rd. Limited info.

Federal Interagency Com Center  (CA) ||| 1410 hours – #BorderFire – Tin Can Canyon.  4 acres.

Alamogodo Dispatch Center (NM) |||  1251 Hours – #BrambleFire – Lat/Long 33 26.742, -105 39.588.  0.1 acres

Santa Fe Interagency Dispatch Center (NM) ||| 1452 hours – #JaconaFire – Lat/Long 35.8906,-106.0452. Light, flashy fuels.  3 acres.

Taos Interagency Dispatch Center (NM) ||| 1302 hours – #LowerLlanoRoadFire – Lower Llano Rd (private land). Brush fire. Unknown acres.

Central NV Interagency Dispatch Center ||| 1239 hours – #TonopahFire – approx 15 miles NW of Tonopah, NV.  BLM resources responded to a smoke call near Tonopah. Unsure if turned out to be anything or if any acreage burned.

Central WA Interagency Communications Center (DNR) ||| 1205 hours – #HowertonFire – Newby Creek, Okanogan County, WA.  USFS response from Central WA & WA DNR response from NE WA Interagency Communications Center.  Fire fuels included Snags. Contained 1535 hours.  Mutual Aid from at 1456 hours. 0.1 acres.

NE WA Interagency Communications Center (DNR)  ||| 1429 hours – #LakeValleyLoopOneFire – Lake Valley Loop Road, Lincoln County, WA.  resources on-scene 1540 hours. 2 acres.


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 2145 Hours PST




Active U.S. Wildfires | Large Incidents | July 12, 2017

To get a bigger picture of what is happening in the United States, here is a compiled list of “Large” wildfires that are 2,000 acres in size and bigger.

50,001 – 150,000 acres

120,000 acres | Roosters Comb Fire | 25 miles N of Battle Mtn, NV. | 15% contained. $1 Million CTD.

71,673 acres | Brian Head Fire | 1 mile N of Brian Head, UT.  | 85% contained. $31.7 Million CTD.

64,000 acres | Dry Gulch Fire | 23 miles SE of Jackpot, NV. | 95% contained. $1.8 Million CTD.

25,001 – 50,000 acres

48,441 acres | Frye Fire | 9 miles W of Swift Trail Junction, AZ. | 88% contained. $24.1 Million CTD.

33,826 acres |  Hilltop Fire | no address. | 75% containment. $7.2 Million CTD.

32,804 acres | Brooklyn Fire | 25 miles SW of Cave Creek, AZ. | 85% contained. $745K CTD.

31,332 acres | Tongue River Complex (2 fires) | 18 miles S of Lame Deer, MT. | 6% contained. $801K CTD.

29,493 acres | Antelope Fire | 4 miles W of Shosone, ID | 96% contained. $200K CTD.

28,926 acres | Alamo Fire | 8 miles NE of Santa Maria, CA. | 60% contained. $9.3 Million CTD.

27,238 acres | Burro Fire | 8 miles NE of Tucson, AZ. | 74% contained. $8.6 Million CTD.

25,249 acres | Draw Fire | 50 miles E of Fallon, NV. | 60% contained. $1 Million CTD.

25,100 acres | Tabor Flats Fire | 16 miles W of Wells, NV. | 75% contained. $1.2 Million CTD.

10,001 – 25,000 acres

16,500 acres | Garza Fire | 10 miles SE of Avenal City, CA. | 17% contained. $1.9 Million CTD.

15,859 acres | Schaeffer Fire |  17 miles N of Kernville, CA. | 25% contained. $8.1 Million CTD.

11,281 acres | Whittier Fire | 11 miles NE of Goleta, CA. | 48% contained. $3.7 Million CTD.

11,093 acres | July Fire | 1 mile SW of Zortman, MT.  | 70% contained. $4 Million CTD.

2,000 – 10,000 acres

6,200 acres | 2 miles N of Summer Lake, OR. | 50% contained. $2 Million CTD.

5,800 acres | Wall Fire | 8 miles SE of Oroville, CA. | 55% contained. $9.3 Million CTD.

5,161 acres | Bull Fire | 15 miles N of Carefree, AZ. | 76% contained. $25K CTD.

5,000 acres | Magpipe Fire | 45 miles NW of Dickinson, ND | 39% contained. $350,000 CTD.

5,000 acres | Long Valley Fire | 50 miles N of Reno, NV. | 0% contained. $150K CTD.

2,369 acres | Winter Fire | 3 miles SW of Winters, CA. | 95% containment. $1.8 Million CTD.


(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#BoundaryFire on Kaibab NF, Arizona | 2



Fire crews were dispatched from the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests in response to a lightning caused wildfire dubbed the Boundary Fire, located on the NE side of Kendrick Peak in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness.

It is additionally about 17 miles NW of Flagstaff, Arizona.

The wildfire is now burning on both sides of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests Boundary line.

It was reported on June 1, 2017 and caused by lightning.


Jeff Andrews’ Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team has taken control as Command as of 0600 this morning.

Fire resources assigned to this incident are  3 Interagency Hot Shots, 1 Type-2 hand crews, 7 engines, 2 water tenders, 2 dozers and miscellaneous overhead personnel.  A total of 165 fire personnel are on-scene.


The Boundary Fire  fire activity increased overnight due to strong, gusty and erratic winds.  It grew about 1500 acres more to about 3,800 acres.

A 3% containment status has been reached but are still addressing active fire behavior with spotting.

Fire fuels consist of heavy dead and down trees and forest debris left from the Pumpkin Fire of 2000.

The northern side grew towards a section of Highway 180 last night but the fire remained within the overall planning area and bumped up against a previously RX fire unit from the #HorseshoeFire completed in October 2016.

Fire crews were able to stop the progression to the North.

Additionally, firefighters have worked tirelessly to prep with structure protection of a historic cabin and lookout, private property, historic structures and archaeological sites.

Growing Plume

Credit: Bob Blasi, USFS


A Red Flag Warning for the entire Kaibab National Fores has been issued for both Saturday and Sunday until 1900 hours for each day.  This means no campfires and other restrictions due to high winds, which means you and your guests must be very careful and heed to all of their rules/regulations.

This will protect you as a visitor and not be responsible for the potential wildfires your actions could cause.  #OneSparkLess


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