The Wildfire Log | Red Mountain Fire | AK | 1


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

NEW | Washington Wildfire | Webber Canyon Fire | 2


UPDATE 2 – 1930 hours PDT

Fire was contained at 1448 hours, stopping forward progression of the wildfire.

There were 750 acres reported destroyed in total.

UPDATE 1 – 0645 Hours PDT

Fire is reported at 200 acres and growing.

BLM E-665 dispatched at 0207 hours PDT to Webber Canyon in Benton County, Washington.

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NEW | Washington Wildfire | Webber Canyon Fire | 1

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. – UPDATE 1 – 0645 hours PDT

Fire resources were dispatched on Friday early morning around 0207 to Webber Canyon in Benton County, Washington.  Resources include  BLM-11, BLM-13, E-6695, BLM E-6696.

Fire is reported at 200 acres and growing.

We will provide an update when more information has been received.

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Colorado Wildfire: #HorsePark Fire One of Many Burning

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. – A wildfire burning about 40 miles south of Norwood and 100 miles west of Telluride, Colorado started on May 27, 2018.

Current Fire Status

Fire crews were able to build/reinforce the fire line along the southern, western and northern flanks of the fire.  This included intensive efforts which also included building hand and dozer lines which enabled crews to reach a 50% containment status.

Fire managers are saying they feel confident the remaining containment line will hold until tomorrow – which help increase further for them.  A helicopter also provided assistance to put out hot spots.

Photo Credit | Horse Park Fire – BLM

At some point due firefighting suppression efforts, structure protection was in effect.

The fire has burned approximately 1,500 acres as of May 28, 2018, which had a 5% containment status.  It is said to be burning on BLM managed lands in a very remote area.


A Type 2 team was implemented on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to protect resources.

Some reported rain fell over surrounding communities, except over the fire line.  No impacts were made on the fires from the passing rainstorm.

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#KnobHillFire Spreads To Public Lands | 1


A wildfire that ignited on private land has spread on to public lands of the Coronado National Forest on the western side of the Dragoon Mountains by Cochise Stronghold.   It is about 15 miles east of St. David, Arizona.


The fire started from an unknown cause on Saturday, February 10, 2018, and has reportedly already scorched 2,896 acres of dry grass and brush.   Fire behavior is moderate, creeping and backing.

Flight over Knob hill

Photo Credit: USFS

Firefighters have successfully reached a 15% containment status.


About 167 firefighters are currently in full fire suppression on the fire line under an a Type 3 Incident Command.

The Cochise county Sheriff’s Office has set-up a hard closure on the west side of the dragoon Mountains and was due to be lifted at 1700 hours on Sunday.  Deputies will continue to close off the eastern area of the mountainside.


A Red Flag warning is in effect as of Monday, February 12th from 1200 hours to 1900 hours for high winds and low RH.  Conditions are warm and dry with large amounts of dried brush causing to be easily ignited.


We are using #KnobHillFire #AZwildfire hashtags for this incident.

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#ThrowBackThursday | Sutherland Canyon Fire

THROWBACK THURSDAY | This new post title is all about stepping back in time and viewing some of the 2017 Fire Season’s wildfires that scorched many of our NW landscapes and making its own path of destruction.  Today’s fire is the Sutherand Canyon Fires that burned in and near Wenatchee, Washington State in June of this year.

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Sutherland Canyon Fire is showing its fierce side. Photo taken on June 28, 2017. (Credit: Richard Parrish/BLM)


The Sutherland Canyon Fire ignited on June 26, 2017, around midnight on a Monday from lightning that touched the area causing multiple grass fires.  The fires were located about 9-20 miles south Wenatchee in the counties of Chelan, Grant and Douglas.

The fires were burning on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) and private lands.  The fire was also said to have destroyed critical sage and grouse habitat.



June 26, 2017.   Alcoa Hwy near Junction Ridge started on June 26, 2017.  100 firefighters assigned. Grass, brushy fuels.  500 acres. 0% contained. Level 2  evacuations in process. Limited updates.


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June 27, 2017.  The Sutherland Canyon Fires was located 8 miles SE of Wenatchee and had 75 personnel assigned.  3,000 acres burned. This was made up of five smaller fires collectively under this single wildfire name. Level 2 evacuation levels were in effect.

June 28, 2017.  No update.

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Fire is seen racing up the hillside of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 28, 2017. 

June 29, 2017.  The fire had expanded and was considered to be very complex.  The Northwest Team 11, a Type 2 IMT Team would become the new face of Command under IC, Nathan Rabe.  His team took command at 0600 hours on this date.  Fire had now burned up to 47,500 acres and had a 20% containment status. This fire was now reportedly burning 15 miles south of East Wenatchee.  275 personnel were assigned.

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Red Flag weather conditions create active fire behavior as seen in this photo of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 29, 2017.

It was also said that on this second day in a row, RED FLAG conditions were warranted due to dry and gusty winds and due to extreme fire growth in steep and rugged terrain.  Both the Sutherland Canyon Fire and the Straight Hollow Fire merged into a single wildfire at the east and southeast flanks displaying the most active fire behavior in both of these locations.  Overnight, firefighters and bulldozers worked to construct and hold fire containment lines where they could engage the fire in a safe manner.  Fire officials were working to keep the fire from spreading towards nearby town of Quincy.

June 30, 2017.  Due to more accurate mapping and better visibility by aerial recon flights, the number of acres was reduced and discovered that the Sutherland  Canyon and the Straight Hollow fires did not actually merge together.  However, they were found to be burning 1/4 miles apart from one another.   The Incident Command Post or ICP was felt it necessary to move to the Quincy High School campus so that they could be closer to both fires.  Fire was now located 6 miles NW of Quincy. There had been 29,433 acres scorched and was now being reported as having a 50% containment.

July 1, 2017.  Fire Managers reported the fire was now at a 74% containment and holding at 29,433 acres.

July 2, 2017.  The fire was holding at 29,433 acres with a 90% containment status. This was said to be the last fire update.


June 30, 2017.  This fire was reported about 1/4 mile from the Sutherland Canyon fire.  11 miles northwest of Quincy.  8,458 acres. 75% contained.  It had been reported that this fire had merged into directly to the Sutherland Canyon Fire but later was determined not to be the case.

July 1, 2017.  Fire crews were still showing the fire was holding at 8,458 acres with a 75% containment status.

July 2, 2017.  8,458 acres. Containment status increased to 90%. No increase in acreage and minimal fire behavior observed.  Fire crews conducted patrolling, mop-up and repair operations. Additionally, repair work included building water bars, smoothing out berms and repairing fences cut during fire suppression efforts.  Aerial recon flights with infrared imaging equipment checked various areas for heat signatures. The Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR was lifted over the fire.  The NW Team 11 unit transitioned over to a local Type 3 IMT on Monday, July 3, 2017.

This was the final fire update.


June 27, 2017.  The Spartan Fire was a second fire that ignited on June 26.  It was located five miles SE of Wenatchee with the same fire fuels.  160 firefighters were assigned including handcrews and dozers.  4,500 acres. 10% contained.  Active fire spread to the southwest.

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A USFS handcrew preps to work overnight on the Spartan Fire. Photo taken on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 28, 2017.  No update.

June 29, 2017.  The fire grew to 9,000 acres scorched and had a 60% containment status.  It was now located nine miles SE of Wenatchee.  There were 50 personnel assigned.   Fire Officials were happy to report that all containment lines held and no new fire growth overnight. Crews were tasked with actively monitoring potential hotspots and patches of unburned grass within the fire perimeter.

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In order to lead and organize their fire crews, Interagency fire managers must work together to come up with a plan. Here they are working together doing just that. Spartan Fire on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 30, 2017.  Fire activity showing minimal activity and that all containment lines continue to hold.  Crews were tasked with patrol and to begin repairing of fire line used during suppression efforts.  Two 24-hour shifts of fire crews have been assigned.

July 1, 2017.  The fire was deemed to have a 100% containment status and listed 8,730 acres burned.  Fire command was turned back over to a local fire jurisdiction which included Chelan FD and WA State DNR) at 0600 on Saturday.  This would be the last fire update from NW Team 11.

170629 Retardant Drop

Fire suppression from the air assists those on the ground as well, Without this resource would make ground crews’ jobs much more difficult.


Multiple fire agencies came together for a single purpose – put the wildfire out.   The Incident Cooperators for this event was the BLM, Chelan County Office of Emergency Chelan Co OEM), Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Sheriff Office and WA DNR.


On June 29, 2017, Grant County had Level 2 evacuations in order for residents in parts of NW Quincy and southwest of Monument Hill.  Douglas County would instill Level 3 orders for those along the Palisades Road corridor and at the Hwy 28 Junction.  Level 2 were in effect for the Trinidad area along Mansfield Rd.  A church and the Humane Society opened their doors for people and their pets, as shelters.  Chelan County issued Level 1 orders for the Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moss Carr Road, Ingersoll Road and Tarpiscan Road.

On June 30th, all evacuation orders were lifted.


Smoke impacts on June 29, 2017 were expected to spread to the east towards Quincy and reaching possibly to the furthest areas such as Spokane and Moses Lake.  It was likely that the light canyon winds would push up  the smoke into the Wenatchee Valley.


FIRE FACT: In 2017, there were a total of 2,079 human-caused wildfires burning 262,328 total acres in WA & OR. OR: 906 fires, 172,887 acres WA: 1173 fires, 89,441 acres  year-to-date.

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All Fire Images not listing a Photo Credit underneath are due to multiple images used by the same Photographer/Source.  We give full photo credit to WA DNR – SE Region via Inciweb.  All photo credits have been given to the best of our ability.  We give KUDOS to the men and women behind the camera showcasing firefighters in action from the air and on the ground.

[Source:  GACC/NWCC]

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog



SUMMARY | Here are the wildfires for the State of Idaho for Friday, August 11, 2017. NOTE:  Fire CAD Activity Report is not included due to many new wildfires.

Fire in Rush Creek 8/9/17

Fire in Rush Creek on the IBEX Fire. Courtesy/Inciweb


Previously reported.  The IBEX fire is located about 23 miles NW of Challis.  Fire behavior is active with crowning, torching and long-range spotting.  20 personnel are assigned.  Structures are threatened.  Unknown additional resources/equipment are on-scene or the amount of the CTD.


The Power Line wildfire is burning on BIA land managed by the Fort Hall Agency, about 20 miles SW of Pocatello, Idaho.  The fire has burned about 53,076 acres of brush, short grass. Fire behavior is currently minimal that is creeping and smoldering as some rain fell over the fire ground on Tuesday. There are 468 personnel along with 12 crews, 23 engines and 6 helicopters assigned.  The cost-to-date is now $1.8. Million.


The Hanover wildfire is burning on the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forest, about 4 miles NE of Florence.  Timber and brush are currently burning.  Since Thursday, there has been 6,56 acres scorched but fire crews have reached a 15% containment status.  The fire behavior is moderate with uphill runs and long-range spotting.  Structures are still being threatened.  Attached to this incident are 318 personnel with 1 crew, 9 engines and 10 helicopters. CTD is $2.7 Million.


** New! **  The Lone Pine fire is located 43 miles East of Kooskia.  Fire behavior is active with structures being threatened.  There has been 5,292 acres burned but a 0% containment status has been reached. There are 0 personnel or additional resources working this fire. Structures are being threatened. $6,000 CTD.


** New! ** The Moose Creek 1 fire is located 50 miles East of Kooskia.  There is active fire behavior but 4,231 acres have been consumed.  There is a 90% containment status currently.  288 personnel are on the fire line with 6 crews, 5 engines and 1 helo.  CTD is $6.3 Million.


** New ** The Rattlesnake fire is located in the same areas as the Moose Creek 1 Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Mink Peak Fire, Buck Lake Creek Fire, Bleak Fire and Plummer Fire on the Nez Perce – Clearwater NF.  It is also 16 miles East of Dixie.  Fire behavior is moderate with uphill runs, flanking and backing.  There have been 3,810 acres destroyed with a 0% containment status.  There are no other resources on this wildfire.  CTD is $27,000.


** New! ** The Mink Peak fire is located 45 miles EAst of Kooskia on the Nez Perce – Clearwater NF.  Since this was reported 642 acres of timber and grass have been burned.  Fire behavior is active with backing.  There are no resources on this fire.  CTD is $5,000.


** New! ** On the same National Forest, Buck Lake Creek fire is burning about 19 miles NE of Elk City where 364 acres of timber and tall grass have been consumed.  There are no resources on this wildfire and there is no containment status reached.  There is minimal fire behavior at this time.  CTD is $2,000.


** New! ** The Bleak fire is 20 miles NE of Dixie that has minimal fire behavior with backing, flanking and creeping.  About 166 acres have been burned and there is a 0% containment status. $17,000 CTD.


** New! ** The Plummer Fire is located 18 miles West of Dixie and fire behavior is backing, flanking and creeping.  There are no resources assigned to this incident.  150 acres consumed and there is a 0% containment status. $1,000 CTD.


Smoke on the Powerline Fire. Courtesy/Inciweb


Previously reported.  Fire is about 20 miles SW of Pocatello. Fire behavior is minimal but structures are still being reported as being threatened. 55,787 acres have been scorched but it is almost fully contained at 98%.  There are 360 personnel assigned with 8 crews, 17 engines and 4 helicopters. 1 structure has been destroyed. CTD is $3 Million.


Previously reported.  The Highline Fire is located on the Payette National Forest and about 4 miles North of Chamberlain Basin.  About 9,150 acres have been burned.  There is a 0% containment status being reported. 40 personnel remain on the fire line along with 1 helo. Fire behavior remains active and structures are under threat.  CTD is $24,000.


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SUMMARY | Here are the wildfires for the State of Idaho for Wednesday, August 9, 2017. NOTE:  Fire CAD Activity Report is not included due to time constraints.


Powerline Fire. Courtesy: Inciweb

The Power Line wildfire is burning on BIA land managed by the Fort Hall Agency, about 20 miles SW of Pocatello, Idaho.  The fire has burned about 53,076 acres of brush, short grass. Fire behavior is currently minimal that is creeping and smoldering as some rain fell over the fire ground on Tuesday. There are 468 personnel along with 12 crews, 23 engines and 6 helicopters assigned.  The cost-to-date is now $1.8. Million.


Hanover Fire. PC: Jonathan Moor/via Inciweb

The Hanover wildfire is burning on the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forest, about 4 miles NE of Florence.  Timber and brush are currently burning.  There has been 5,915 acres burned with a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is moderate with uphill runs and long-range spotting.  Some structures are being threatened.  There are 294 personnel deployed with 7 crews, 9 engines and 8 helicopters.  About $2.3 Million in fire suppression and containment costs to date have been reached.


The Duncan Fire joins this wildfire family which is burning on BLM lands of the Boise District, about 45 miles SW of Mountain Home, Idaho.  Fire behavior is moderate with running and flanking.  It has scorched about 600 acres of short grass and brush.  Resources include 97 personnel, 1 crew, 10 engines and 2 helos.  Total CTD is $150,000.

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#TruckeeFire | Nevada | 2


Incident Summary | A large wildfire is still burning in the Carson City District Office area, about 10 miles North of Fernley, Nevada from an unknown cause that is under investigation. The fire started on July 3rd around 0430 hours.

Resources | Fire Managers:  IC2 with Trainee from the GB Team 6.  Logan Hot Shots.  BLM. Nevada Department of Forestry. Humboldt-Toiyabe NF. There are approximately 158 personnel assigned to this incident.

Hotshot buggy on Logan Ridge

Size Up | The fire is currently at 98,960 acres with an 83% containment status.  The fire is minimal with creeping and smoldering but has the possibility of a moderate spread to the North due to spotting from the interior.

Crews will continue to monitor, improve direct & indirect lines on the Northern and Eastern divisions with crews and dozers.  Fire Managers will also direct air resources to assist ground personnel, as needed.

Fire Image | Courtesy of Incidweb.


(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog


#RattlesnakeHillsFire | Washington State | 2

Fire Fact | There were 11 new wildfires reported in Washington State as of Thursday, July 6th with 3 being not contained. – NICC

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Incident Summary | A wildfire named the Rattlesnake Hills Fire (also known as the Konnawac Pass Fire) broke out from an unknown ignition start on July 6, 2017. It would soon grow quickly with various Agencies and social media outlets reporting the fire up to 5000 to 5500 acres with a fast rate of speed.

Location | The fire is located approximately 1 mile from Moxee in Yakima County.

Resources | 136 personnel.  3 crews. 21 engines. 3 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators | Yakima County Fire Districts, Yakima County OEM, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, State Mobe (approved on July 6, 2017) and BLM.

Size  Up | The acreage has been downgraded to 2,916 acres from the initial report of up to 5,500 acres.  Currently, the fire has been contained to 85%.

Fire Fuels | Brush and grass.

Evacuations | On July 6th, Level 2 evacuations were in effect but have since been reduced to Level 1 on Friday, July 7, 2017.  These will remain until Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Cost-To-Date | Fire suppression and containment cost-to-date have reached $69,000.

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