11 miles North of San Carlos, Arizona

Photo Credit | BIA – San Carlos Agency

UPDATE 1 – SATURDAY (8/8/2020)

Three firefighters use drip torches to ignite vegetation along a dirt road.


  • Discovered – 8/1/2020
  • Cause – Lightning
  • Fire Fuels – tall grass, brush and timber
  • Area – San Carlos Apache Reservation, Hilltop area, Natanes Plateau
  • Lead Agency – BIA – San Carlos Agency
  • Command – Type 2 Team – IC/Carl Schwope.  Trainee/Aaron Hulburd. SWA IMT 4


  • Size/Containment Status – 19,142 acres, 25% contained
  • Expected containment – 8/18/2020
  • Fire behavior – Active.  Running.
  • Projected Fire Activity – Western edge working into Alder Creek, moving through pine along the 1100 road towards Sawmill and DP10.

A thick white plume of smoke rises up toward a blue sky with wispy clouds.



  • 369 total personnel

Incident Cooperators

  • BIA
  • NWS Phoenix
  • NWS IMET Operations


  • 1 Type 1 helo
  • 3 Type 3 helos
  • 2 camp crews
  • 1 Type 1 crews
  • 6 Type 2 IA crews
  • 10 Type 6 engines
  • 4 Support Water tenders
  • 2 Tactical Water tenders

Brown smoke rises up from blackened soil and blends with wispy white clouds in a blue sky.


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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – updated 8/8/2020 1650 PT

NEW! Mt. Tolman Fire | Near Elmer City Washington | Update 1

Fire incident Summary

A level 1 evacuation alert was issued by The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s Mt. Tolman Fire Center today at 1530 hours for a fast-moving fire.


The location of the fire is said to be South to SE of Elmer City, Washington which is a town of approximately 240 residents (2015 census).


A Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) resource was requested at 1517 hours for Air resources to respond to the Colville Indian Reservation.

Evacuations Alerts

The Okanogan County Emergency Management Office released this statement on their Facebook page,

“All persons should be aware of their surroundings and be ready for possible evacuation. Do not wait for door to door notification, take action if needed.”

 Current Conditions

The National Weather Service (NWS) is reporting weather in nearby Omak with current winds at 16 m.p.h. and gusts up to 20 m.p.h., as well as relative humidity (RH) of 23%.  It is mostly sunny with temps of 74* degrees.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this fire:  #MtTolmanFire #MtTolmanFireWA #WaWILDFIRE #OkanoganCoFire #NWFireBlogWA

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Thank you for reading our post today and be sure to check back with us for updates on this fire and others. Wishing you all a Safe Sunday wherever your journeys may take you.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

WA Wildfire: Kewa Fire | August 11 2016

Updated @ 2030 PDT

Incident Summary

Colville Indian Reservation | The KEWA Wildfire started on 8/2/2016 @ 1200 noon from an unknown cause about 15 miles South of Inchellium .   The fire is currently has a min fire behavior and smoldering.


The fire has scorched a total of 1,889 acres of Timber (grass/understory) and brush.  Fire crews have reached a 90% containment status.

Kewa fire from the air, August 9, 2016

(Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)


This fire is being managed by the NW Incident Management Team #9.


There are still 291 personnel assigned to this wildfire incident.

The following are Agencies/Organizations that work together as Incident Cooperators:  WA DNR, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Colville Tribe.

Social Media

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WILDFIRE: Harrison Fire | Thermal, CAL | Sit Rep

A vegetation fire was reported on June 1, 2015, around 1016 hours PDT on the Bureau of Indian lands at Ave 66 and Harrison Street in Riverside County, California.  The fire began as a small ten-acre fire in heavy vegetation including mulch and Tamarisk Trees.

At around 1300, the CHP began closing down roadways near the fire incident.  Approximately, 45 minutes later, the Sheriff’s Office began conducting evacuations of nearby mobile home park located just north of Avenue 66 at Tyler Street and east Harrison Street. The streets were being closed by the CHP. The fire had grown to 30 acres at this time.

At 1530 hours, the fire had exploded to 75 acres, prompting an evacuation center to be opened.  A local transit company sent a bus with A/C to help REHAB firefighters. At this time, two firefighters were being evaluated for non-threatening injuries.

A few hours later, around 1509 hours, the Firefighters report the fire contained at 30%.

Two hours later, the fire has crept up to 80 acres with a 40% containment status.  The evacuation orders have been lifted.

The next morning at 0737 hours PDT on June 2, 2015, the fire is holding still at 80 acres with a 40% containment status.  Firefighters’ hard work has paid off from overnight.

At 1400 hours, a firefighter is transported by ambulance with unknown non-threatening injury.

Almost 3 hours later around 1438 hours PDT, Fire Managers announce the fire is at a 60% containment status.

As of June 3, 2015, the fire was reported at 1924 hours PDT with a 85% containment.  Firefighters are beginning to get a hold on this fire more quickly as the days pass by.

June 4, 2015, at 1845 hours PDT, it was reported that the fire was still holding at 80 acres but the containment status had increased to 95%.  It was stated their expected time of 100% containment would be on June 5, 2015.

Incident Command was released back to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, after all resources had been released from the fire incident.

That Was Then……

A new update on the fire as of 1615 hours PDT on June 5, 2015, in there have been a few developments.  The firefighters that have remained on scene, have found some increasing winds making mop-up operations somewhat difficult.  All-in-all, as today the fire still is being held at 95% containment and limited to 80 acres.

New expected containment is on Saturday, June 6 around 1400 hours PDT.


Resources that were on scene at the time of fire were:

  • American Red Cross
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • CAL FIRE/Riverside
  • CHP – Indio Division
  • Imperial Irrigation District
  • Riverside Co Fire OES
  • Riverside Co Roads
  • Riverside Co Sheriffs Office

Great job to all who worked so hard in the heat, dry conditions and protecting the great citizens of California.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog