CA Wildfire | Peak Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – JULY 20, 2021 – 2045 PT

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Credit – KCFD

A brush fire is burning near Piute Peak in Kern County, California, named the PEAK FIRE which is prompting current mandatory evacuation orders. The fire broke out on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 and was reported just before noon.

Lightning was said to be in the area, the night before. and began showing up on Social Media radar this afternoon around 1330 hours PT.

The fire is approximately 1,400 acres with a zero-percent containment status.

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Credit – Edison Wildfire Cam

Evacuation Warnings

  • Community of Claraville
  • Community of Piute Peak

Red Cross Temporary Evacuation POint – Kern River Senior Center. 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella CA 93240.

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Credit – KCFD

Resources

Unified Command with BLM, USFS, Kern County FD.

Incident Cooperators – BLM, USFS, KCFD, VCFD PIO, LAFD, LA Co FD, CA WX.

Equipment Deployed – DC10 AT 914 (via McClellen Airport), LAFD Fire-3 and 4. AA504, Lead 55, T-02, T-74, T-75, T-76, T-78, T-131, T-132, Tanker 914

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Credit – Greg Doyle, Vol. Photographer for LAFD

#PeakFire #CAwildfire #CAFireSeason2021

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NV | Wilson Creek Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 | JUNE 5, 2021 2330 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –Lightning ignited the WILSON CREEK FIRE, which was reported on Saturday evening, May 20, 2021. It located about 15 miles northeast of Pioche, Nevada in the Ely District Office area on Mt. Wilson.

SIZE UP — 1,598 acres of Timber (litter and understory), dormant brush, hardwood slash, and brush. 80% containment. Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering. Expecting to fully contain on Tuesday, June 8th.

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Credit — Boise Smokejumpers

RESOURCES —  145 firefighters remain assigned to this wildfire incident. There are four Type 1 hand crews, the Arc Dome wildland fire suppression module, three engines, and two water tenders with aerial support from one Type 2 and one Type 3 helicopters.

COMMAND — Bill Panagopoulos, a Type 3 IC.

FIRE OPS — Crews will focus on completing line construction on all divisions and mopping up any remaining threats to the line.

FIRE WEATHER — RED FLAG WARNING in effect until 1200 hours on Sunday, June 6th. Expectations for strong winds and low humidity on Monday.

THREATS — No threats to structures or assets in the fire zone.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

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

NV | Wilson Creek Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 | MAY 31, 2021 | 1000 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –Lightning ignited the WILSON CREEK FIRE and was reported on Saturday evening, May 20th, about 15 miles northeast of Pioche, Nevada in the Ely District Office area on Mt. Wilson.

SIZE UP — 1,536 acres of timber (litter and understory), dormant brush, hardwood slash, and brush. 40% contained. Fire behavior is moderate with group torching, isolated torching and creeping.

Wilson Creek Fire
Credit: BLM – Ely District Office

RESOURCES —  Today, there are four Type 1 hand crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew, and eight smokejumpers. Also onsite are five engines, one bulldozer, and two water tenders. One Type 1 helicopter and one Type 2 helicopter are providing aerial support with a total of 167 total personnel.

COMMAND — Harmon, Type 3 IC.

FIRE OPS — Additionally, there are two Type 1 hand crews and one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew worked northward along the west flank of the fire while one Type 1 hand crew worked toward the south. Hand crews were assisted by water drops on the northwest and southwest flanks of the fire.

Expected containment is June 5, 2021 around 2000 hours.

THREATS — No threats to structures or assets in the fire zone.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

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 | Courthouse Fire | 2

TONOPAH, ARIZONA

A wildfire is burning southwest of Tonopah (Maricopa County) in within Centennial Wash in Haquahala, Arizona that is named the COURTHOUSE FIRE.

Resources and equipment were en route on May 29th around 1605 MST. State resources included: BAT 1-2 BAT 4-1 CPT 4-2 CPT 4-3 CPT 5-1 LEWIS PERRYVILLE YUMA.

Crews have successful stopped the forward progression of the fire and are holding it to 1,072 acres with a 40% containment status. They were also successful in being able to tie in with the southeast and northeast sides.

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Credit: BLM – AZ

Incident Cooperators include: AZ State Forestry, BLM – AZ Fire and local Districts.

(c) 2021 NW Fire BlogUpdate 2 — 1550 PT

NV | Wilson Creek Fire | 1

MOUNT WILSON, NV — Lightning ignited the WILSON CREEK FIRE on Saturday evening, May 20th, about 15 miles northeast of Pioche, Nevada in the Ely District Office area.

SIZE UP — 1,536 acres of timber (litter and understory), dormant brush, hardwood slash, and brush. 30% contained. Fire behavior is active with wind-driven runs, uphill runs, group torching.

Wilson Creek Fire
Credit: BLM – Ely District Office

RESOURCES — 3 Type 1 hand crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew, and eight smokejumpers, with four engines onsite to provide structure support, if needed, and a bulldozer and two water tenders.  One type 1 helicopter and one Type 2 helicopter are providing aerial support. 

COMMAND — Harmon, Type 3 IC.

FIRE OPERATIONS (per Fire Managers) — Continue inserting hand crews, supported by aircraft. Building line, both direct and indirect, and mop-up areas that are the greatest threat to the radio communication infrastructure.

Hold the fire to the west on the existing ridgeline that separates Mt. Wilson Peak and the Mt. Wilson residential community through the use of air support and insertion of hand crews.

Establish trigger points for future hand crew and air support needs as fire moves into more favorable terrain on the north end.

The fire has crossed into the Wilson Creek drainage which will allow for better crew access to engage and hold the fire from impacting the Mt. Wilson backcountry byway scenic route.

THREATS — No threats to structures or assets in the fire zone.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 5/30/2021 1130 PT

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 | Courthouse Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 | MAY 30, 2021 | 0950 PT

Incident Summary

A wildfire is burning southwest of Tonopah (Maricopa County) in within Centennial Wash in Haquahala, Arizona that is named the COURTHOUSE FIRE.

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Credit: AZ State Forestry

Resources and equipment were en route on May 29th around 1605 MST. State resources included: BAT 1-2 BAT 4-1 CPT 4-2 CPT 4-3 CPT 5-1 LEWIS PERRYVILLE YUMA.

The fire has burned about 700 acres of salt cedar and there is a 0% containment status. First due resources report there was very active fire behavior and that approximately 73 homes lost power in the area but was later restored.

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CredIt: AZ State Forestry

About 100 firefighters are on-scene fighting the fire from the ground and above.

Crews are working to stop the forward progression of the fire and according to Fire Officials, crews are conducting firing operations to tie in the northeast and southeast corners.

Incident Cooperators include: AZ State Forestry, BLM – AZ Fire and local Districts.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

RIVERSIDE FIRE | OR | SIT REP 2

RIVERSIDE FIRE | SE of Estacada (Clackamas Co), Oregon

PC:  Clackamas County Sheriff Office

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

The RIVERSIDE FIRE started on September 8, 2020, from an unknown human-caused ignition.  The investigation is ongoing and information has not be released to the public or some of their preliminary findings.

At this time, we have not found correlated evidence or information from verifiable sources reporting as such.  However, there are some that are reporting arson on all of the wildfires.  We will wait for the official cause and if Officials use the word arson, then we will bring that information to you.

It is burning approximately one-half mile southeast of Estacada in the State of Oregon in timber, brush and short grass on top of steep terrain.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior has continued to be moderate with creeping, single-tree torching and smoldering.  It appears there are no isolated torching going on as it was in yesterday’s report.

PC: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

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Approximately, 135,401 acres have been destroyed along with 53 structures.

Resources include:  458 total personnel along with 12 crews, 21 engines and 3 helicopters.   More Task Forces and a flooding of additional resources are expected to enter the area as soon as tomorrow.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Those whom are partnering or working to support this wildfire incident include:  Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Riverside Fire, IMT SWA Team 1, OR FMO, USFS, BLM (Bureau of Land Mgmt) and the OR DOT, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Gresham Fire.

PC:  HFR sent 7 members tasked with structure protection as part of the Washington County Task Force near Estacada.

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Additional resources and equipment are expected to continue to arrive and assist current personnel on this incident.

– ALERTS, NOTIFICATIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS –

Evacuations  —> 503.655.8224 or http://www.clackamas.us/wildfires

Fire Community Meeting –> Held this evening at 6pm.  Recording fb.com/riversidefireinfo

Questions? –> Call 503.228.7805 or Email 2020.riverside@firenet.gov

Air Quality  –> oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Closures –> TripCheck.com

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TFR in Effect –> No Drones in Fire Zones

Help firefighters and other responders stay safe by not flying your drone over wildfires or burned areas. This can prevent firefighters from successfully completing search operations

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Stop spreading misinformation about people starting these [OR} wildfires.” – Clackamas County Sheriff Office, Clackamas County Government

PC: Clackamas County Sheriff

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“Half of the town of Talent burned to the ground but my parent’s home was saved.” – Daughter of a Talent resident.

“The fire is devastated.  The [Fire] took only minutes to burn, but a lifetime of 8 years to build.” – Media about a homeowner in Molalla.

“Several homes and a church were leveled by fire that torn through the Hillockburn area.” – Media

“Fire described as historic for Clackamas County.” – Media

RIVERSIDE FIRE IN FIRE IMAGES

Clackamas County Sheriff Office | The “team” is compromised of many incident cooperators including radio operators, search and rescue teams, fire weather and ground resources.  Without them, it would difficult to locate the missing, to communicate and fight/ contain these destructive fire storms.

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Gresham Firefighters | Crews deploy around the State including this [fire] which are tasked with direct fire attack, cutting fire line to protect unburned area, structure preps and extinguishing hot spots.

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Washington County Task Force | Members are made up from various Fire Agencies that include Hillsboro FD, Gaston FD, Cornelius FD, Forest Grove FD and TVFR.

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Mt Hood National Park | Fire spots across Hwy 211 on 9/9, about 2 air miles from Estacada. Taken on 9/13/2020.

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Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office | 10-15 miles from Molalla Forest Corridor. Taken 9/14/2020.

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Mt. Hood National Forest | Near Estacada. Photo taken on 9/10/2020 when the fire was at 125,000 acres.

Smoke darkens the sky above the Riverside Fire on September 8, 2020 on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. Credit: USDA Forest Service Mt. Hood National Forest

Photo taken on September 11, 2020 when the fire was 1/2 mile from Estacada and SE 6 miles from Molalla.

Smoke billows above the Riverside Fire on September 8, 2020 on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. Credit: USDA Forest Service Mt. Hood National Forest

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue | The Washington County Task Force work together to pick up the port-a-tank after a long day’s work on 9/12/2020.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/15/2020 2240 PT