Castolon Fire | Texas | 2

A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

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TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

Crews coordinated with Mexican fire crews last night and were able to keep the fire on both sides to holding it in place.  They ended their join fire operations on Friday night.

On Saturday, firefighters with the TX A&M Forestry Service along with from the park and the Diablos were tasked with working and monitoring the fire for any possible flare ups as winds were beginning to pick and temps rising to over 100* F.

Two structures were reportedly lost.  Fire suppression and containment costs to date have reached $17,000.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted on 5/25/2019 @ 1732 PDT

 

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/25/2019 @ 0030 hours PDT

Castolon Fire | Texas | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

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TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

It is burning now along three miles of the Rio Grande between Santa Elena Canyon and Buenos Aires campsites in the Big Bend National Park.  Lat/Long 29.134, -103.514

The cause is currently under investigation. It was determined to have ignited on the Mexican side

CURRENT CONDITIONS

The fire has destroyed 990 acres of riparian vegetation, old growth mesquite and non-native plants, such as river cane and salt cedar.

Additionally, the historic barracks building which was the location of the La Harmonia Store and Castolon Visitor Center suffered extensive damage and with a restroom facility building.

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Destroyed barracks. | Photo Credit: NPS/T.VandenBerg.

Fire crews were able to save other historic and modern structures, as well as providing structure protection to the Cottonwood Campground.

Fire crews have successfully gained a 50% containment status and will continue with fire suppression on the fire’s edge, engage in mop-up operations and cold trail.

RESOURCES

There are 44 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

CLOSURES

At this time, the Old Maverick Road, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and River Road West from Buenos Aires to Castolon are closed for visitor safety and for fire crews to work as efficiently as possible. (Big Bend National Park)

WEATHER UPDATE

Fire Managers expect the weather temps to increase into the 100’s, low RH and wind which we all know is prime elements to a firestorm.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/25/2019 @ 0030 hours PDT

Ryegrass Fire | Near Vantage, Washington | 2

KITTITAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE

Incident Summary

A truck carrying large bales of hay caught fire on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 1400 hours PDT, causing a brush fire.

Location

The location of the incident is on I-90 westbound at mile post 125, approximately 15 miles East of Ellensburg, Washington.  It is near the Rye grass Rest Area.

Cause

Truck carrying large hale bales caught on fire. Fire spread from the shoulder into brush.

Fire Fuels

This is near the Ryegrass Rest Area. The brush fire is on the shoulder, moving East.

I-90 fire. (Credit: WA DNR)

Fire Conditions

100 acres. Containment unknown, but 2 DNR helicopters making good progress.  One DNR helicopter unable to drop load due to a person in the way.  Unable to gain a target, so copter will just drop load in the black.

Resources

WA DNR 2 helicopters (from Ellensburg) and 4 engines. 1 dozer and local fire districts are on-scene.

Closures

Due to poor visibility on WB I-90, all lanes have been shutdown.  Traffic is being diverted to the Old Vantage Highway.  There is no ETA on when the roadway will be reopened.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – updated 1645 Hours PDT

#Cactus Fire to be Contained on May Day

CACTUS WILDFIRE

Incident Summary | A new wildfire named #Cactus has ignited in the Tonto National Forest, about 4 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona.  It started on Tuesday, April 25th.

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Fuels | Chaparral and short grass.

Incident Cooperators | USFS, Maricopa County Sheriff Office and the Salt River Project.

Fire Images | Courtesy of Inciweb

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UPDATE 4 – April 30, 2017 – 1145 Hours PDT

Fire Status | Fire personnel are starting to be released to be available should a new start occur. There is minimal smoke visible in the interior of the fire, however logs lying on the ground may put up small smokes for the next few days.

Personnel  | There are 75 personnel that remain on this incident.

Acreage | 65%.

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UPDATE 3 – April 29, 2017 – 1100 Hours PDT

Fire Status | Fire crews have reached a 65% containment status and have been holding the wildfire at 818 acres.   Crews are in mop-up operations on the fire’s edge and conducting patrols.

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UPDATE 2 – April 28, 2017 – 1740 Hours PDT

Fire Status | 818 acres scorched and reached a 40% containment status.

View of the Cactus Fire from the air

Firefighters are engaged in mop up activities on the fire edge and patrolling the fire area.  They are making some great progress.

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UPDATE 1 – April 28, 2017 – 1430 Hours PDT

Fire Behavior | Moderate fire behavior with creeping.

Personnel | 80 personnel are still assigned to this fire incident.

Burnout along Phon D Sutton Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Status | 500 acres burned with a 30% containment status.

Firefighters plan to hold the fire south and east of the Salt River, while protecting an SRP power line that runs through the fire area. The Bush Highway, which was closed for several days, is now fully open.

Resources |  2 crews. 6 engines. 1 helicopter.  IC is Nick Castro ICT3 trainee managing 80 personnel.

Threats | Numerous structures threatened.   Firefighters are suppressing the fire and protecting power lines, recreation sites, highway guard rail and other values at risk.  Additionally, wild horses that roam free on USFS lands.  They have so far kept away from this wildfire.

Cost-To-Date | $85,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#Cactus Wildfire Slowly Contained

CACTUS WILDFIRE

Incident Summary | A new wildfire named #Cactus has ignited in the Tonto National Forest, about 4 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona.  It started on Tuesday, April 25th.

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Fuels | Chaparral and short grass.

Incident Cooperators | USFS, Maricopa County Sheriff Office and the Salt River Project.

Fire Images | Courtesy of Inciweb

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UPDATE 3 – April 29, 2017 – 1100 Hours PDT

Fire Status | Fire crews have reached a 65% containment status and have been holding the wildfire at 818 acres.   Crews are in mop-up operations on the fire’s edge and conducting patrols.

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UPDATE 2 – April 28, 2017 – 1740 Hours PDT

Fire Status | 818 acres scorched and reached a 40% containment status.

View of the Cactus Fire from the air

Firefighters are engaged in mop up activities on the fire edge and patrolling the fire area.  They are making some great progress.

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UPDATE 1 – April 28, 2017 – 1430 Hours PDT

Fire Behavior | Moderate fire behavior with creeping.

Personnel | 80 personnel are still assigned to this fire incident.

Burnout along Phon D Sutton Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Status | 500 acres burned with a 30% containment status.

Firefighters plan to hold the fire south and east of the Salt River, while protecting an SRP power line that runs through the fire area. The Bush Highway, which was closed for several days, is now fully open.

Resources |  2 crews. 6 engines. 1 helicopter.  IC is Nick Castro ICT3 trainee managing 80 personnel.

Threats | Numerous structures threatened.   Firefighters are suppressing the fire and protecting power lines, recreation sites, highway guard rail and other values at risk.  Additionally, wild horses that roam free on USFS lands.  They have so far kept away from this wildfire.

Cost-To-Date | $85,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

AZ’s #Cactus Wildfire Burns | 2

CACTUS WILDFIRE

Incident Summary | A new wildfire named #Cactus has ignited in the Tonto National Forest, about 4 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona.  It started on Tuesday, April 25th.

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Fuels | Chaparral and short grass.

Incident Cooperators | USFS, Maricopa County Sheriff Office and the Salt River Project.

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UPDATE 2 – April 28, 2017 – 1740 Hours PDT

Fire Status | 818 acres scorched and reached a 40% containment status.

View of the Cactus Fire from the air

Firefighters are engaged in mop up activities on the fire edge and patrolling the fire area.  They are making some great progress.

Photo Courtesy:  Inciweb

UPDATE 1 – April 28, 2017 – 1430 Hours PDT

 

Fire Behavior | Moderate fire behavior with creeping.

Personnel | 80 personnel are still assigned to this fire incident.

Burnout along Phon D Sutton Road

Photo Courtesy:  Inciweb

Fire Status | 500 acres burned with a 30% containment status.

Firefighters plan to hold the fire south and east of the Salt River, while protecting an SRP power line that runs through the fire area. The Bush Highway, which was closed for several days, is now fully open.

Resources |  2 crews. 6 engines. 1 helicopter.  IC is Nick Castro ICT3 trainee managing 80 personnel.

Threats | Numerous structures threatened.   Firefighters are suppressing the fire and protecting power lines, recreation sites, highway guard rail and other values at risk.  Additionally, wild horses that roam free on USFS lands.  They have so far kept away from this wildfire.

Cost-To-Date | $85,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

New Wildfire #Cactus Ignites | 1

CACTUS WILDFIRE

Incident Summary | A new wildfire named #Cactus has ignited in the Tonto National Forest, about 4 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona.  It started on Tuesday, April 25th.

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Fuels | Chaparral and short grass.

Fire Behavior | Moderate fire behavior with creeping.

Burnout along Phon D Sutton Road

Photo Courtesy:  Inciweb

Fire Status | 500 acres burned with a 30% containment status.

Firefighters plan to hold the fire south and east of the Salt River, while protecting an SRP power line that runs through the fire area. The Bush Highway, which was closed for several days, is now fully open.

Resources |  2 crews. 6 engines. 1 helicopter.  IC is Nick Castro ICT3 trainee managing 80 personnel.

Threats | Numerous structures threatened.   Firefighters are suppressing the fire and protecting power lines, recreation sites, highway guard rail and other values at risk.  Additionally, wild horses that roam free on USFS lands.  They have so far kept away from this wildfire.

Cost-To-Date | $85,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Pioneer Fire | ID | Sep 9 2016

PIONEER FIRE

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Start 7/18/2016 @ 1700 hours
  • Unknown cause
  • 182,445 acres
  • 56% containment status

LOCATION

  • Boise National Forest
  • East of Deadwood Reservoir
  • South of Forest Service Road 579

FIRE FUELS

  • Timber, grass and understory
  • Standing dead and down timber
  • Green and bug killed timber

RESOURCES

  • 1,1110 personnel
  • 23 crews
  • 8 helicopters
  • 33 engines
  • 4 dozers
  • 9 water tenders
  • 3 masticators

FIRE CONDITIONS

  • Active backing and flanking with isolated group torching.
  • Fire has progressed into areas where slope and winds can align which will lead to an increase in fire behavior.
  • Increased fire activity on East of Deadwood Reservoir.
  • Fire activity also active South of National Forest System Road 579.

CURRENT FIRE ACTIVITIES

  • Hwy 17 / Southern 1/2 below hwy:  To continue repair suppression lines
  • To remove hazard trees
  • To continue patrolling and monitoring

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • Boise Co. Government
  • Boise Co. Sheriff’s Office
  • Emmett Ranger District (Boise NF)
  • Idaho City Ranger District (Boise NF)
  • Idaho Dept. of Lands
  • Idaho DOT
  • Idaho State Parks/Rec
  • Lowman Ranger District (Boise NF)
  • Centennial Job Corps
  • Garden Valley Fire Protection District

EVACUATIONS

  • Level 1:  Lowman
  • Level 2:  Long Creek summer homes

CLOSURES

  • Bruce Meadows Airfield (due to increase fire activity)
  • For more closures visit this site —> http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33503/

FIRE IMAGES  – COURTESY OF INCIWEB

An excavator is moving a pile of

Pioneer Fire burning into an old fire scar

Smoke Cloud August 29, 2016 Pioneer Fire

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COST-TO-DATE

  • $82.5 Million

WEATHER

  • Low RH
  • Warming temps
  • Drying fuels

HASHTAGS

  • #PioneerFire  #PioneerFireID  #IdWILDFIRE  #NWFireBlogID

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(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

#Breaking Vehicle Fire Spreads to Brush | Washington

NEW WILDFIRE – Pickens North Fire in Cache Creek

Firefighters were dispatched around 1704 hours PDT as a car fire, that quickly spread into nearby dry grass and brush.  Resources arrived on-scene at 1724 hours PDT.

This wildfire named #PickensNorthFire is burning in the Cache Creek area of Okanogan County, Washington.

DNR is now reporting the fire has reached 250 acres with a 0% containment status.

No other details are available at this moment but we are working to get an update as soon as possible.

Updated 8/24/2016 @ 2040 hours PDT

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

WA Wildfire: Halfway Fire | August 9 2016

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest | The Halfway Fire from an unknown cause on Forest Service, about 25 miles West of Naches, Washington State.  The cause is still under investigation.

About 75 acres of timber have been consumed.  Fire crews were successful in laying hose lines and are in mop-up operations with a 90% containment status.  However, the remaining 10% is on the NW flank in inaccessible area.

Halfway Flat and Sawmill Flat campgrounds, Boulder Cove and Rd 1704 are all closed until further notice.

There are still 34 personnel attached to this incident.

No injuries have been reported and no reports of damage or destruction to property have been reported additionally.

There are no #FireImages for this fire available.

Hashtags used for this fire are #HalfwayFire #WaWILDFIRE #NWFireBlogWA

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog