Update 3 – Junkins Fire – Colorado



– 11 miles East of Westcliffe Colorado
– Great Basin Nat’l IMT
– Caused by down power line due to wind event
– 18,403 acres




– 85% contained
– 595 personnel

– Fire activity expected within the fire line after air and ground resources made huge progress.

Photo Credits:  Inciweb

Hashtags used:  #JunkinsFire

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 2 – Junkins Fire – Colorado



– 11 miles East of Westcliffe Colorado
– Great Basin Nat’l IMT
– Caused by down power line due to wind event
– 17,958 (adjusted down acres)


– 85% contained
– 28 Hand crews
– 2 SEATs
– 2 AA platforms
– 2 helos
– 32 engines
– 10 water tenders
– 1 dozer
– 595 personnel

Photo Credits:  Inciweb

Large Fire Incidents by #Hashtag | July 24, 2016

Hello and Welcome to The NW Fire Blog – Where we cover all Fire News in the NW and Beyond.

Due to the intensity of many wildfires burning across the U.S., we are switching over to wildfires over 10,000 acres as they appear to require more news coverage.

Additionally, we will be including any Large structure fires here in this post as well.

UPDATE | #BeaverCreekFire  – Routt NF. 24 mi NW of Walden (Colorado) | 24,491 acres

Prineville Hotshots

Prineville Hotshots (Credit: Mike McMillan)

Start 6/19/2016. Cause unknown and under investigation. Timber and brush. 7% contained.

Holding the line on the East Flank (Credit: Mike McMillan)

215 personnel.  3 crews. 15 engines. 1 dozer. 2 helicopters. Being managed on the Medicine Bow – Routt National Forests, BLM Kremmling Field Office, State of Colorado Lands, BLM Rawlins Field Office  and Wyoming State Forestry Division & command is a Type 3 IMT.

UPDATE |  #SandFire – NB Hwy 14/Sand Canyon Road. Los Angeles County (California) | 22,000 acres.

Started 7/22/2016 @ 1415 hours. Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Some reporting 30,000 acres. 10% contained.

Sand Fire from Hwy 14 afternoon of 7.24.2016

Hwy 14 on the Sand Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Unified Command with Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office, Angeles NF and Los Angeles Co FD.  1,673 firefighters assigned to this incident. 6 strike teams from LA Co FD

Repopulate order has been rescinded due to increased winds, danger to firefighters and to area residents.  All orders remain in effect until further notice.


  • Wiliam S Hart HS: 24825 Newhall Ave, Santa Clarita 
  • Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Ave
  • Woodland Hills is now accepting large animals.
  • Hansen Dam has reached capacity of large animals.

Evacuations for:

  • Sierra Hwy at Shady Lane to Sierra Hwy at 14
  • Escondido at 14 to Sierra Hwy at 14
  • Agua Dulce Canyon Road north to the 14 Freeway
  • Crown Valley Road north to the 14 Freeway.
  • Soledad Canyon Road between Agua Dulce & Crown Valley
  • All residents in Sand Canyon from Lost Canyon to Bear Divide
  • All residents in Placerita Canyon from the Nature Center to Sand Canyon
  • Little Tujunga from Bear Divide to LA River Ranger District (Station)
  • 12371 Little Tujunga Cyn Rd.

Road Closures:

  • 14 Fwy is closed in both directions from the 5 to Avenue N
    Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon- no entry into Sand Canyon
  • No access to Sand Canyon at NB 14 Fwy
  • Sand Canyon and Lost Canyon – no traffic into Sand Canyon / Placerita Canyon Rd EB from the 14 Fwy
  • Soledad Canyon Road EB from the 14 Fwy
  • Agua Dulce Canyon Rd EB from 14 Fwy
  • Crown Valley Road eastbound from the 14 Fwy
  • Sand Canyon Road East of Placerita Canyon to 12300 Little Tujunga.

Incident Cooperators:

  • CA Dept of Forestry
  • CAL Fire
  • San Bernardino Fire
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • Los Angeles County
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff
  • Los Angeles County Animal Control
  • National Weather Service – San Clarita
  • Los Angeles County DEM
  • Kern County Fire

Fire Facts:

  • 1500 evacuated
  • 18 structures destroyed
  • 1 civilian fatality

UPDATE | #SteamboatFire – 10 miles south west of McCarthy (Alaska) | 20,249 acres.

The Steamboat Fire moves downhill.

Steamboat Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start 7/15/2016 by lightning. 0% contained.  Min fire behavior.  Low fire activity and rain over the area.

11 personnel.  Firefighters and one heavy helicopter are working this incident.

UPDATE | #HaydenPassFire – 20 miles SE of Salida (Colorado) | 16,520 acres.

Start 7/8/2016 by lightning.   55% contained. Min fire behavior with smoldering and creeping.

July 12, hillside smoke patchwork burn/unburned fuel

Hayden Pass Fire (Credit: Dale McMillin)

196 personnel.   Transferred fire to Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team (IMT). 1 small and 1 large helicopters.

UPDATE | #CliffCreek Fire –  5 Miles North of Bondurant (Wyoming) | 16,325 acres.

7/18 fire behind ranch Rhonda Bishop PIO

Cliff Creek Fire (Credit: Rhonda Bishop, PIO)

Start 7/17/2016 by lightning. 10% contained.

16 Crews assigned with resources:  Type I Helicopters (Heavy): 4, Type 2 Helicopters and 3 Type 3 Helicopters. 24 engines. 1 dozer.  Fire now managed by Great Basin Incident Command Team 7 .

UPDATE | #SoberanesFire – 5 miles South of Carmel and Garrapta State Park. North of Palo Colorado/Big Sur (California) | 10,262 acres.

Monterey County.   5% contained.

Pre- Evacuation advisory issued by the Monterey County Fire and Sheriff’s Office for Rancho San Carlos, White Rock and Rancho San Clemente


Thank you for reading our post and following us along our journeys.  Be safe out there.  Please keep firefighters, Police Officers, and all support personnel in your thoughts/prayers while they are out fighting these big fires.

Sources:  CAL Fire, Inciweb, Facebook, Twitter, NICC.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NEW WILDFIRES! – June 24, 2016

Updated 2100 hours PDT

See the Newest Wildfires coming online. These will be moved over to our Active Wildfires Updates.

Thank you for reading our Post!

BRUSHY FIRE – N Fork Escalante Drainage (CO)

  • Area:  NFS lands.
  • National Forest:  Grand Mesa / Uncompahgre / Gunnison.
  • Date/Time:  6/22/2016 @ 1530 hours.
  • Cause:  Lightning.
  • Acreage:  20.
  • Containment:  39%
  • Fire Conditions/Fuels:  Heavy/Pinyon-juniper. Steep.
  • Command:  IC Wheeler, ICT4.
  • Personnel:  40
  • Resources/Equipment:  Helicopter released. Wildland Fire Module released back to #KelsoFire

DOUGLAS FIRE – About 15 miles SW of Sundance (WY)

Southern side of fire, morning or June 24, 2016

Southern side of fire on morning of June 24, 2016. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

  • Area:  Wyoming State Forestry.
  • Date/Time:  6/21/2016 @ 1200 midnight.
  • Cause:  Lightning.
  • Acreage:  2000.
  • Containment:  30%.
  • Fire Conditions/Fuels:  Mixed.
  • Command:  IC Dick Terry.
  • Personnel/Equipment:  150 personnel. 12 engines. 3 hand crews, 2 Type 1 Helicopter, 1 Type 3 helicopter and numerous dozers.
  • Incident Cooperators:  Wyoming State Forestry Division, Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp, South Dakota Department of Wildland Fire, Crook County, Campbell County, Fremont County, Johnson County, Weston County, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management.

MARINA FIRE – N of Lee Vining, CA.

The view looking north toward the fire

Looking North towards the fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

  • National Forest:  Inyo.
  • Date/Time:  6/24/2016 @ Unknown.
  • Cause:  Unknown.
  • Acreage:  350.
  • Containment:  0%.
  • Fire Conditions/Fuels:  Pinyon and brush.
  • Comment:  IC Jeff Hinson.
  • Evacuations:  (Evacuated) Tioga Lodge and Lee Vining (under evacuation advisory).
  • Alerts: Fire affecting Bridgeport and SCE working to get power back on.
  • Closures:  Hwy 395 near Mono Lake.

MCCLURE FIRE – 3 miles NE of Santa Fe & 2 miles E of Hyde Memorial Street, NM. (Santa Fe Watershed)

  • Date/Time Started:  6/232016 @ 1221 Hours.
  • National Forest:   Santa Fe of the Espanola  Ranger District.
  • Cause:  Lightning.
  • Fire Fuels:  Dead and down timber, ponderosa pines.
  • Acreage:
  • Containment: 50%.
  • Incident Summary:  Smoke spotted by Barillas Lookout Tower on Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.
  • Personnel:  Unknown.
  • Resources:  Air Ops suspended for night. Hotshots were working up to 2000 hours then hiking back out to their camp.

PEAKS FIRE – 50 miles NE of Apache Junction, AZ.

Photo of Peaks Fire as seen from the air on June 22, 2016

Peaks Fire. on June 22, 2016. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

  • Area:  Near Brown Fire (900 ac fire) in 2014. in Four Peaks Wilderness.
  • National Forest:  Tonto.
  • Date/Start:  Discovered 6/20/2016, Monday.
  • Acreage:  40.
  • Status:  Fire smoldering and creeping.
  • Weather:  High temps and chance of thunderstorms.
  • Threats:  There are zero threats to homes or structures.
  • Alerts:  As precaution, Tonto NF shutting down area trails.

Sources:  Inciweb, NW Fire Info, CAL Fire & others.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog



#BeaverCreekFire (WY/CO) Growing Stronger Every Day – June 21, 2016

Updated 1830 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

Beaver Creek Fire (Credit: USFS)

Beaver Creek Fire (Credit: USFS)

The #BeaverCreekFire is located on the Routt Nation Forest, which is N of Big Creek Lake Campgrounds; 3 miles S of the Colorado / Wyoming State lines and 20 miles NW of Walden, Colorado and in Twisty Park area between Beaver Creek and Rhea Creek.

As of 1830 hours, the Jackson County Sheriff Office stated everyone was out of the area due to no permanent residents.

The fire reportedly ignited on Sunday, June 19th about 12 midnight from an unknown cause.  It is considered as extremely heavy and extreme with heavy smoke.  Travel to the area is strongly discouraged.

The cause is still be investigated by Law Enforcement officials, which they believe they have a lead in the case and have located a vehicle of interest.  If you have tips regarding this fire, you are urged to call USFS Officer Hannah Nadeau at 307-343-2335.

About 785 acres of heavy timber and beetle kill have been consumed.

There is a 0% containment status reached.


The fire is being managed by BLM IC Type 3 Michael St. Martin and USFS Trainee Ichiro Stewart.

Fire Mangers will direct the crew to continue with assessments of the fire, bucket drops, structure protection and completing a dozer line.


Currently there are 50 personnel assigned but more are due to arrive in the following days.


The initial response included multiple engines, 3 helicopters and 2 bulldozers.  20 people were also assigned.

Public Information

Concerned cabin owners or local residents, can call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 970-723-4242.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog