US Wildfire Log | Large Incidents | August 15, 2019

Fire Season has been fairly active in some states, while others are slowly burning.  Here is a current Sit Rep for all fires currently burning or have recently ignited. They are being listed by the acre burned, state and then by the fire name.

Fire Fact: There has been 22 new wildfires that have ignited in the Northwest area in the last 24 hours.  One of them turned into a large incident, while there are still 7 wildfires still burning in this area.

45,359 acres | Washington State | Williams Flats Fire

The Williams Flats Fire is burning about 5 miles southeast of Keller.  Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping. Road and area closures are still in effect. Evacuation orders have all been lifted.  Command was transferred from an IMT2 (NW Team 8) back to the local unit as of today’s date.

View from DP 11

Williams Flats Fire | Credit: Colville Agency

There have been 45,359 acres that have been destroyed.  There is an 81% containment status.  According to the NIFC, there are 679 total personnel assigned along with 16 crews, 21 engines and 2 helicopters.

There have been 3 structures lost and a total losses have reached $14.2 Million Dollars.

13,119 acres | Oregon | Mile Post 97 Fire

The Mile Post 97 Fire is located 1 mile south of Canyonville and is being managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters.  About 13,119 acres of timber have been lost.  Fire behavior is minimal.   There is a 95% containment status at the moment.

There are 106 total personnel assigned along with 2 crews, 6 engines and 1 helicopter.

Total losses have reached a whopping $20 Million Dollars.

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Fire Fact:  There have been 26 new wildfires that have been sparked in the the Great Basin  Area in the last 24 hours, with two of them being large incidents and 5 of them still listed as being not contained.

16,526 acres | Nevada | Corta Fire

The Corta Fire is burning in the Elko District of BLM lands and about 8 miles southeast of Jiggs, Nevada.  The fire has destroyed 16,526 acres of timber, brush and tall grass.  Fire behavior has been reduced down to minimal activities with possibility of any future growth.   The current containment status is 98%.

Corta Fire scene from Harrison Pass Road

Corta Fire | Credit: USFS – HTNF

There are approximately 40 total personnel  along with 1 crew, 1 engine and no additional resources.  Total losses have reached $3.3 Million Dollars.

1,383 acres | Nevada | NEW Wood Canyon Fire

The Wood Canyon Fire ignited in the last 24 hours as being reported by Fire Managers to be located in the Carson City District of BLM.  It is located about 75 miles south of Winnemucca, Nevada.

Approximately 1,383 acres of timber, chaparral and short have been destroyed and there is only a 5% containment status. Fire behavior is active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting.

About 196 fire personnel and resources, along with 5 crews, 4 engines and 3 helicopters are deployed on this fire.

Costs have reached $250,000 to date.

505 acres | Utah | NEW Trumbull Fire

This NEW fire started within the last 24 hours and is being included to the possibility of becoming a large wildfire incident.  This fire is located in the Arizona Strip District on BLM lands and about 52 miles southeast of St. George, Utah.

There has been 505 acres of timber and light logging slash consumed.  There is a 0% containment status at this time.

Only 38 fire personnel are assigned to this incident but with the aid of 1 crew, 2 engines and 1 helicopter.

Current cost-to-date have reached $50,000.

Due to time constraints, we were unable to list all active large incidents but another update will be on Friday, August 15, 2019.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2019 @ 2300 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | Lassen County’s Doyle Fire (CA) | 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out on Sunday, July 14, 2019, near the community of Doyle in Lassen County, California.  It’s exact location is off Old Highway and Cowboy Joe Road, northwest of Doyle Northern California District – Susanville.

IC | Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office.

Resources | California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL Fire.

Current Status | The fire has burned 150 acres of grass and brush.  0% containment.  Fire suppression efforts include fire crews using initial attack with engines and aircraft.  Fire is burning on both the east and west sides of Highway 395.

Fire Wx | There are concerns with possible future windy conditions that will hit the area.

Evacuations | Ordered for those homes inside the fire perimeter which include on Highway 395.

Social Media | We are using #CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 to track these incidents. 2019 has sure been a terrible year for California’s wildfire season.

Thank you for reading this post and hope you will join our 300+ readership to catch your news on fires, wildfires and disaster events. Hope you all stay safe out there wherever your travels may take you. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1515 hours PDT.

 

The Wildfire Log | AK Wildfires | July 6, 2019

Thank you for reading and following our post!  Here is the compiled list of wildfires for the State of Alaska on Saturday, July 6, 2019, for fires greater than 1,000 acres.

1  | .Bearnose Hill Fire – ANCSA lands

Started 6/29/2019. Lightning caused.

1,744 acres. 59 personnel.

Active fire behavior with 50 ft. flame lengths, crowning, running and spotting.  Fire fuels include spruce and hardwood mix. Fire moving to the north.

Additional crews arrived o/s today.

Incident #407.

2  | Foraker Fire – Denali National Park

Started 6/26/2019. Lightning sparked.

11,970 acres. 6 personnel.

Some fire activity on the southeast flank of the fire.

Incident #389.

3  | Boundary Fire – ANCSA lands

Started 6/23/2019. Lightning ignited.

15,250 acres with a 250 acre increase on 7/4/2019.  170 personnel.

Crews to engage in direct attack strategies with point protection activities on values at risk. Structure protection in and around homes north of the fire and in Northway.

Incident #362..

4  | Lloyd Mountain Fire – AK State lands

Started 6/23/2019 by lightning.

16,239 acres. 20 personnel.

Fire behavior active increased on the north and east flanks mostly with minimal growth on the interior.  Working to prep for structure protection in the north and south areas of the fire.

Incident #361.

5 | Hurst Creek Fire – AK State lands

Started by lightning on 6/22/2019.

39,179 acres. 6 personnel.

Air recon flight this afternoon and in the evening detected increased fire activity with running to the southwest prompting structure protection. Heliltack responded and with remain in the area. Fire has crossed the Dishna River on the northeast corner and western perimeter.

Incident #352.

6 | Chandalar River Fire – Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Started 6/22/2019 by lightning. 2,004 acres. Acreage increased by 177.5 since 7/4/2019. 56 personnel. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs to the east.

Incident #349

7 | Hadweenzic River Fire – Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Started by lightning on 6/22/2019.

27,161 acres. 8 personnel.

Increased fire behavior with short runs and backing. Spreading mostly to the north and east.

Incident #337.

8 | Hess Creek Fire – 29 miles SE of Steven’s Village

Nevada Type 3 Team 2 IMT take command of fire on 6/28/2019 at 0700

NV Type 3 Team 2 on 6/27/2019. | Courtesy: Inciweb

Started on State land on 6/21/2019. Lightning caused.

104,218 acres. Increased by 70,830.5 on 7/4/2019. 70 personnel.

Being managed by an IMT3.  If fire continues to grow, concerns for high assets may become threatened which include multiple structures, camps and communication equipment. Burnout operations in effect.

Incident #324.

9 | Nugget Creek Fire – 35 miles E of Fairbanks

Smoke and fire backing down the ridge to the cliffs above the Chena River.

View of fire from Chena River | Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire caused by lightning on 6/21/2019. Located on State lands.

6,937 acres. 6 personnel.

Increased fire activity on the interior and burning at a low rate of spread with the west side more actively burning along with uphill runs and backing down the ridge. No structures threatened.

Incident #323.

10 | Shovel Creek Fire – 20 NW of Fairbanks

Crewmember from the Golden Eagles IHC serves as a lookout for crews working on Division C, on the southern flank of the fire.

Lookout keeps watch over the Shovel Creek Fire Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire caused by lightning began on 6/212019.

10,808 acres.  12% contained.  753 personnel.

Fire weather has been consisting of sunny skies, temps in the upper 70’s, lower RH of 38-45% range and winds that were terrain driven.

Working to secure fire perimeter along the east and north along the Chatanika River area.

Command consists of:  Deputy IC is Chris Schulte. Incident Meteorologist is Jon Bonk with Fire wx. Fire Behavior Analyst is Dana Skelly assisting with prediction for movement.

Incident #319.

11| Bergman Creek Fire – Central Yukon Field Office (BLM)

Fire started on BLM owned lands on 6/21/2019 by lightning in the Central Yukon Field Office area.

10,889 acres. 16 personnel.  Fire behavior has had minimal activity but there is still heat located on the northeastern and eastern areas of the fire.

Incident #312.

12| Black River Fire – Eastern Interior Field Office (BLM)

Fire ignited after lightning hit the area, spark this fire on BLM owned lands in the Eastern Interior Field Office’s response area.  The fire started on 6/18/2019.

24,891 acres. 47 personnel. Fire behavior is active with smoldering, creeping, running and torching.  It is burning in spruce, mixed hardwoods and tundra.

Incident #255.

13 | Yukon Charley Fire – Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (NPS)

Fire started on 6/10/2019 by lightning.

1,049 acres. 8 personnel. Air recon flight completed and fire is about 30% active with smoldering and creeping in white and black Spruce.

Incident #217.

14 | Swan Lake Fire – 5 miles NE of Sterling

Smoke plume along Sterling Highway

Smoke plume on the Swan Lake Fire 5 days ago | Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire started on 6/5/2019 by lightning and is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS).

92,657 acres have been destroyed.  14% contained. 400+ personnel assigned.  Fire growth on 7/4/2019.

Containment lines are holding in Divisions A, R and K. Div P had growth to the northeast.  Air fire suppression activities are primary focus.  Crews are continuing to maintain mop up operations north of the Homer Electric transmission line and along the East Fork Moose River. Night shift is patrolling the Sterling Hwy for smoke conditions which AK State Troopers are monitoring and providing traffic control when heavy smokey conditions arise for traffic on the Hwy.

Incident #181.

15 | McArthur Creek Fire – AK State lands

Fire started on 5/21/2019 by lightning.  15,000 acres. 12 personnel assigned. Air recon flight on 7/5/2019 showing high fire growth on the west side of the fire.

Incident #133.

Fire Stats – Current AK Fires Burning

There were 5 new wildfires that occurred within the last 24 hours that were under 1 acre  Four of the 5 were human caused. 1 was undetermined and reached a total of destroyed 40 acres. 9 personnel are still assigned to the incident.

There are 20 wildfires that are fully staffed and have a total of 375,620 acres that have been destroyed while there are 94 being monitored for a total of 299,412 acres. 1 of the fires has been put out. There are 2 RX fires for a total of 13,615 acres.  The grand total of acres destroyed has reached an all-time high of 688,688.

Of the 374 wildfires, 190 were human caused while 181 were lightning caused for a total of 681,708 acres destroyed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1900  hours PDT

 

 

The Wildfire Log: Franklin Co Fire Changes Name

Update 2 – July 6, 2019 – Saturday

The MARTINDALE FIRE IC has changed its name to the COLUMBIA PLATEAU FIRE.  It is located in Martindale in Franklin County, Washington State.

The fire has now burned up to 40 acres of heavy sage.

Resources include:  Batt-603, Engines 341, 373 and BLM Engine 672.

No word on the cause has been released.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1725 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Martindale Fire in Franklin Co, Washington

Update 1 – July 6, 2019 – Saturday

A wildfire has ignited from an unknown cause and Dispatchers through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center has sent fire assets and resources out at 1436 hours PDT.

The fire named the MARTINDALE FIRE is burning in Martindale in Franklin County Fire District #3’s area.  It has already burned 20 acres of heavy sage.

Resources include: BLM Engines 341 and 6695 attached to this incident.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1520 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Newest Wildfire

MONTANA CREEK FIRE

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Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Overnight, Alaska had two known and reported wildfires, one was due to a bonfire where party goers fled and it had escaped its containment area. It has since been put out.

Report Wildfires by calling 9-1-1 or 800-237-3633

This wildfire named the MONTANA CREEK FIRE is burning on private land that started on July 3rd.  It was reported to Palmer Forestry by MATCOM at 1500 hours.

There has been 247 acres of spruce and hardwoods that have been destroyed.  Fire behavior is extreme with a high rate of spread but has since been slowed. Crews will remain on-scene for most part of the morning.

Palmer IA responded with a helitack and an engine.  Additional resources included tankers, scoopers, an Army Guard Blackhawk and overhead personnel.

Currently in the State of Alaska, there are 19 staffed fires, 93 that are in a monitoring status, 3 have been put out and 2 prescribed fires, for a total of 640,589 acres destroyed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1110 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Grant County’s Cliff Fire Last Update | 3

UPDATE 3 – JULY 1, 2019 – MONDAY

There was a wildfire burning on SR 243 at milepost 25  in Vantage was originally named the #243Fire in Beverly, Washington would quickly be changed by Fire Command and burning in Vantage.

Firefighters from WA DNR and other fire agencies quickly provided heavy fire response and suppression efforts to contain the fire.  As of one hour ago, some fire personnel remained on-scene for mop-up operations and to gain a 100% containment status.

The fire burned 70 acres.

There is no cause at this time but it is under investigation.

No injuries to firefighters or to the public was reported.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @  2215 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Grant County Fire Changes Name | 2

UPDATE 2 – JULY 1, 2019 – MONDAY

There is a wildfire burning on SR 243 at milepost 25  in Beverly, down the street from the town of Vantage, Washington State areas.  The wildfire was named the #243Fire but Command has changed it to the #CliffFire.

Washington State Patrol PIO Trooper John Bryant states the brush fire is located at Mile Poest 25, south of I-90 in Grant County.  Almost one hour ago, traffic impacts to the area was unknown.  It was recommended that drivers take a different route to enable Fire vehicles and apparatus to pass through and to and from the incident.

We are currently providing live updates on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog and 30-minute updates here on our Official Fire Blog.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @  1900 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Grant County (WA)’s #243Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – JULY 1, 2019 – MONDAY

There is a wildfire burning on SR 243 at milepost 27 in Beverly/Vantage, Washington State areas.  The wildfire is named the #243Fire and Command is calling themselves #243Command.

First due fire resources are reporting the fire is wind-driven and the IC has requested additional personnel and equipment, including District 3, two heavys and a fire boss.

Currently, on-scene or en route are Grant County Fire Districts 8, 10 and 11. BLM Engine 6695 was dispatched at 1740 hours, while others were dispatched around 1743-45 hours PDT.

Power lines are of concern now as they are inside the fire perimeter.

We are currently providing live updates on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1820 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Red Mountain Fire | AK | 1

CENTRAL YUKON, ALASKA

A wildfire reported by zone aircraft 9VS (BLM) was spotted as a new fire on June 3rd on Red Mountain, caused by lightning.

The fire has burned 52 acres of black spruce and brush.  There is a 60% containment status gained by ground fire personnel, however 40% is still actively burning that includes the perimeter.

J-07, ASM B-5 and Firebosses 241 and 243 responded from Fairbanks, while J-07 deployed eight smokejumbers who began fire suppression efforts that are due to continue throughout the evening.

No assets in the area are currently under threat.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted 6/4/2019 @ 2230 PDT