The Wildfire Log | Maroon Fire | AZ | 2

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 5, 2019

Incident Summary

A wildfire is burning about 13 miles NE of Flagstaff, Arizona that has destroyed 8,602 acres of ponderosa, juniper, Pinyon pines, grasses and brush fuels.  Today, Fire Managers reduced the number of burned lands due to a more accurate mapping.

The wildfire is located in the Coconino National Forest and off of Leupp Road near Maroon Crater, hence,is  how the fire was named the Maroon Fire.

Current Fire Status

Fire behavior is now minimal with backing and single-tree torching.   Crews have reached 50% containment status.  About 8,605 acres have been burned.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the perimeter.  Over the next few weeks, they will also ID and put out any hot spots along containment lines, as well as mop-up operations.  This will include removal of hazard trees along public areas and safety for all.

The Fire burns next to two transmission lines north of Flagstaff. | Credit: Western Area Power

FIRE FACT | More than 680 fires have burned 21,908 acres on National Forest System lands in 2019. – ForestService_NIFC

Fire Activities

During this incident, the Forest Service deployed a drone to assist crews with aerial and operations – a first, for the Agency on any wildfire.  It is definitely one for the history books.

Resources

There are currently 40 personnel with a drop in 29 in the last 24 hours.  There are still two crews with four engines assigned to this incident.  er.

A Type 3 IMT team assumed Command of the Fire on May 27, 2019.

Costs-To-Date

Costs-to-Date as of the date of this post have reached an all-time high of $1.3 Million, up $100,000 from yesterday’s fire activities on Tuesday, June 4th.

Credit: ForestService_NIFC

Cause

The fire was caused by lightning.  Its origin was detected to have started on Thursday, May 16th around 1546 hours MST.

Damage Assessments

No structures have been reportedly lost or damaged.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/5/2019 @ 1830 PDT

The Wildfire Log | Maroon Fire | AZ | 1

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA

Incident Summary

A wildfire called the Maroon Fire is burning about 13 miles NE of Flagstaff, Arizona that has destroyed 9,000 acres of ponderosa, juniper, Pinyon pines, grasses and brush fuels in the Coconino National Forest.   It is located off of Leupp Road near Maroon Crater.

It is still burning in a cinder basin east of Flagstaff and slowed accordingly.

The Fire burns next to two transmission lines north of Flagstaff. | Credit: Western Area Power

FIRE FACT | More than 680 fires have burned 21,908 acres on National Forest System lands in 2019. – ForestService_NIFC

Fire Activities

Fire crews have successfully attained a 20% containment status and are working towards a full and total containment status.

On May 29th, firefighters established 1,000 acres of control lines and successful burnout operations to reinforce control lines.

Maroon Fire

Courtesy: Inciweb

HISTORICAL FACTS  | Maroon Crater was used for WWII artillery training and possible unexploded ordnances could be off the designated roadways. Firefighters will take extreme care when working in this area.

Credit | Coconino NF

For the very first time in Arizona’s fire history, a drone (unmanned aircraft system) was deployed into the field to assist with aerial ignitions and operations.

Fire Conditions

Photo taken 6/3/2019 at 7K acres | Credit: Coconino NF

Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single tree torching has been reported by Fire Managers.

Resources

There are 120 total personnel including two crews, eight engines and one helicopter.

A Type 3 IMT team assumed Command of the Fire on May 27, 2019.  The IC is Preston Mercer.

Costs-To-Date

Credit: ForestService_NIFC

The total fire suppression and containment costs have topped at $1.2 Million.

Cause

The fire was caused by lightning.  Its origin was detected to have started on Thursday, May 16th around 1546 hours MST.

Damage Assessments

No structures have been reportedly lost or damaged.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/4/2019 @ 2220 PDT

NEW Wildfire | #KendrickFire | 1

Coconino National Forest, Arizona | A drone crashed and caught fire as it was landing in the grasslands and spread to the wildland urban interface.  The fire is just southeast of Kendrick Park and located north of Flagstaff, Arizona around 1235 hours on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, prompting firefighters with the Coconino National Forest.

Kendrick Fire 3-16-18

Location | The fire was sparked by the crash at the intersection of Forest Roads 514 and 524.

Resources | About 30 firefighters from the Summit Fire Department and CNF were dispatched along with several crews were assigned and tasked with ground fire suppression and containment efforts.  This included several Forest Service engines, patrol and a water tender being taken from the Summit Fire to this one.

Arizona DOT is currently assessing traffic needs in the area.

Size Up | When firefighters arrived, the fire had already burned 50 acres.  Forward progression has been stopped.  Back burning around the Chapel of the Holy Dove was conducted today to protect it from fire.  The current totals are 335 acres of grasslands destroyed.

Public Service Announcement | Drivers are being cautioned to drive according to conditions as there is reports of smoke, response vehicles and personnel working in the area.  Smoke mostly like be present which may limit visibility on US Highway 180 and local forest roadways.

Photos Credit | Coconino National Forest (CNF), Inciweb

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#SnakeRidge Fire | AZ | 4

COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Summary

A second wildfire by the name of Bear Fire has been discovered and is at a current 60 acres.  It called in by the Baker Butte Lookout on Thursday, June 1, 2017.  The remote location of the fire is in an area just above the Mogollon Rim, about 9 miles SE of Clints Well and 8 miles South of CC Cragin Reservoir. (near where the original wildfire scorched the Earth.)

This is not a RX burn but Fire Managers are to allow it to burn off heavy fire fuels.  Occasionally, they will will conduct burnout operation in specific areas to give direction to the fire as to where and how the fire should move through the area, as well keeping it from crossing over any containment lines.

Cause

The wildfire was ignited by lightning that hit the area and then lingered.  It was discovered by the Baker Butte Lookout on Friday, May 19, 2017,

Fire coverage map showing the closed area around the Snake Ridge Fire (June 5, 2017)

Fire Fuels

Fire fuels include but are not limited to Dead/down wood, pines needs and forest fuels.

RESOURCES

Command Staff

A  Type 3 IMT unit commanded by both Jeff Thumm (IC), Jason McElfresh (Deputy IC) are assigned to this incident.

Resources / Equipment

20 Firefighters are assigned to this incident.

FIRE OPERATIONS

Acreage Destroyed/Fire Fuels

15,133 acres have been destroyed by this current fire, but Fire Managers plan to allow the fire to burn naturally and reduce the heavy fire fuel load up to 55,000 acres.

100% containment has been reached, but there still is a lot of work ahead and fire crews are working tirelessly to get the fire out.

Fire Tactics/Planned Fire Activities

Burn operations are planned along  the WAPA power lines and crews will continue to work to contain the fire, as well as patrolling.

FireManagers will also continue to attempt to educate the Public from entering the fire area.

Concerns / Threats

Concerns include shifting winds heading towards communities  There no immediate alerts of evacuations in effect or planned future evacuations at the time of this post.

Snake Ridge Fire, west of Happy Jack, Arizona, Mogollon Rim Ranger District. Photo taken May 27, 2017 by Fred, James Sarabia, Rusty on the Grand Canyon Helitack Crew.

Snake Ridge Fire, west of Happy Jack, Arizona, Mogollon Rim Ranger District. Photo taken May 27, 2017 by Fred, James Sarabia, Rusty / Grand Canyon Helitack Crew.

COST-TO-DATE

Fire suppression costs-to-date are $175,000.00. (as of May 26, 2017)

ALERTS / NOTICES

Remember when there is a wildfire, you need to avoid the area and allow for the passing of fire apparatus.  This is no time for you to impeded their fire operations.

Know before you go.  Learn where there are wildfires and also when not to go.

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/5/2017 1950 PDT

 

#SnakeRidge Fire | AZ | 3

COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

A wildfire broke out in a remote area on the Coconino National Forest, located about  9 miles NW of Clints Well above the Mogolion Rim in  Arizona.

Cause

The wildfire was ignited by lightning that hit the area and then lingered.  It was discovered by the Baker Butte Lookout on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Fire Fuels

Fire fuels include but are not limited to Dead/down wood, pines needs and forest fuels.

RESOURCES

Command Staff

A  Type 3 IMT unit commanded by both Jeff Thumm (IC), Jason McElfresh (Deputy IC) are assigned to this incident.

Resources / Equipment

50 Firefighters are assigned to this incident.

FIRE OPERATIONS

Acreage Destroyed/Fire Fuels

11,189 acres have been destroyed by this current fire, but Fire Managers plan to allow the fire to burn naturally and reduce the heavy fire fuel load up to 55,000 acres.

There is no estimated time when containment may occur.

Fire Tactics/Planned Fire Activities

Burn operations are planned along  the WAPA power lines and crews will continue to work to contain the fire, as well as patrolling.

FireManagers will also continue to attempt to educate the Public from entering the fire area.

Concerns / Threats

Concerns include shifting winds heading towards communities  There no immediate alerts of evacuations in effect or planned future evacuations at the time of this post.

COST-TO-DATE

Fire suppression costs-to-date are $175,000.00. (as of May 26, 2017)

ALERTS / NOTICES

Remember when there is a wildfire, you need to avoid the area and allow for the passing of fire apparatus.  This is no time for you to impeded their fire operations.

Know before you go.  Learn where there are wildfires and also when not to go.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

#SnakeRidge Fire | AZ | 2

COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

Incident Summary

A wildfire broke out on the Coconino National Forest, located about  9 miles NW of Clints Well, Arizona.  The cause was due to lightning that hit the area and then lingered.  It was discovered was called in by Baker Butte Lookout on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Resources / Equipment

A  Type 3 IMT unit commanded by both Jeff Thumm (IC), Jason McElfresh (Deputy IC) are assigned to this incident, along with 100 fire personnel and miscellaneous overhead fire support.

The scene when first responders arrived, near the source of the wildfire, reported by Baker Butte Lookout on May 19, 2017. The fire was caused by a lightning strike. (Snake Ridge Fire - May 19, 2017 - Jason McElfresh, Deputy Incident Commander)

Snake Ridge Fire – May 19, 2017 –  Photo Credit:  Jason McElfresh, Deputy Incident Commander

Current Fire Operations

The fire has destroyed up to 6,800 acres of dead and down wood and pine needles  that are considered to be heavy fire forest fuels.  Burnout operations will be conducted as needed.  Continued monitoring and patrolling the areas by fire crews will be made on Sunday.

Suppression Costs-to-Date

Fire suppression costs-to-date are $175,000.00. (as of May 26, 2017)

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

#SnakeRidge Fire | AZ | New!

COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

Incident Summary

A wildfire broke out on the Coconino National Forest, located about 34 miles SE of Flagstaff, Arizona.

The fire has destroyed 4,759 acres of timber, brush and short grass on National  Forest  land.

Resources / Equipment

Resources assigned to this incident are 83 personnel, 3 crews, 3 engines and 1 helicopter.

Fire Conditions

Fire behavior is moderate with torching.   There is a current 0% containment status.

Suppression Costs-to-Date

Fire suppression costs-to-date are $175,000.00.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

Arizona’s Coconino NF #JackFire Increases in Size – June 4, 2016

Updated 1000 Hours PDT

Credit: Coconino NF

Incident Summary

The Jack fire is one of three fires burning on the Coconino National Forest in Arizona.  This fire is approximately 14 miles North of Clints Well and on the Eastside of Lake Mary Road and near Happy Jack along Forest Service Road 294 / 294c.

The fire was ignited by lightning on May 29, 2016 around 0845 Hours PDT.

Command

The fire is being managed by IC’s Josh Nuttall and Jason Eltresh, a Type 4 IMT team.

Fire Fuels

Ponderosa Pine forest, heavy dead and dead logs, pine needles, grass and forest litter understory are this fire’s choice of fuels.

Sit Rep History

June 2, 2016 (Thursday):  Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a 90% status and holding at 648 acres.  Attached to this fire at the time were two (2) Type-2 Crews (Coconino Fuels) along with six (6) Type-6 Engines and one (1) Dozer.

June 3, 2016 (Friday):  Though still at a 90% containment status, the fire grew to 1,645 acres.  Burnout operations and other fire suppression activities were completed and successful that included in protection of the WAPA power lines.  However, there was a wind shift during the week from the typical SW winds to North, pushing smoke South.

Credit: Coconino NF

June 4, 2016 (Saturday):  Winds have picked up and the acreage has increased in size to 2179 acres.  Resources from the Pivot Rock Fire (fire is almost out/releasing crews/equipment) to this fire due to the intensity.  Smoke is visible and blowing to the South.

Currently, the assigned equipment and resources that are tied to this incident are the following:

  • 90 Personnel
  • (2) Type-2 Crews (Coconino Fuels)
  • (1) Type-3 Engine
  • (5) Type-6 Engine
  • (1) Dozer

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Managed Fires on Arizona’s CNF Continue to Burn – May 28, 2016

UPDATED 5/28/2016 1800 PDT HOURS

Incident Summary

Three (3) Wildfires ignited by lightning strikes continue to burn on the Coconino National Forest and are now being managed by one (1) Incident Command as a benefit to its environment and restarting their ecosystems to become once-again, healthy.

#PivotFire - Courtesy: @inciweb

#PivotFire – Courtesy: @inciweb

Here are the three burning on the Coconino National Forest:

Cowboy Fire 

This fire is located (8) miles S of Flagstaff near Mile Post 331 and on the E side of I-17.   It started on May 17,2016.  It is currently at 213 acres due to better fire mapping.  There are (1) Type 1 handcrew (Flagstaff Hotshots), (2) Type 3 and (2) Type 6 Engines and (15) other Personnel assigned to this fire.

Light rain received over the area. Fire behavior is minimal with some creeping and burning of stumps. Firing operations to occur next week beginning on Tuesday.

No current closures at this time but watch for Heavy Equipment and other fire personnel moving around in the area.

Courtesy: @inciweb

#CowboyFire – Courtesy: @inciweb

Mormon Fire

This fire is located (6) miles E of Munds Park near Mormon Mountain.  The fire was ignited on May 15, 2016 and is currently at 1206 acres.  There are (1) Type 1 crew (Mormon Lake Hotshots), (2) Type 2 Incident Attack Crews (Bear Jaw and the Coconino  Fuels Crew 4), (2) Type 3 and (3) Type 6 Engines, (1) Dozer and (20) additional personnel attached to this wildfire.

There is a new closure for the Mormon Fire, in Coconino County, between Mormon Lake and Munds Park, it is north of the intersection of Forest Service Road 700 and FR 240. The closure will be in effect until rescinded or June 26, 2016, whichever event occurs first.

Firing operations were scheduled to begin mid-day and work on containment lines around the fire.

#MormonFire Courtesy: @inciweb

#Mormon Fire – Courtesy: @inciweb

Pivot Rock Fire

This wildfire started on May 19, 2016 and is located (3) miles NE of junction of the Arizona State Highways 260 and 87 and (8) miles NE of Strawberry, Arizona.  It is currently at 1,629 acres.

There are (1) Type 2 crew (Blue Ridge Hotshots), (2) Type 3 and (3) Type 6 Engines, (1) Dozer, (1) Water Tender and (15) personnel assigned.

Firing operations were scheduled to occur late morning to protect wildlife in the area and will not occur through the Memorial Weekend.

Command

Fire Managers with the Coconino NF are managing all three (3) fires as one (1).

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Coconino NF: 3 Wildfires Managed as 1

UPDATED 5/26/2016 1845 PDT HOURS

Incident Summary

Three (3) Wildfires ignited by lightning strikes continue to burn on the Coconino National Forest and are now being managed by one (1) Incident Command as a benefit to its environment and restarting their ecosystems to become once-again, healthy.

#PivotFire - Courtesy: @inciweb

#PivotFire – Courtesy: @inciweb

Here are the three burning on the Coconino National Forest:

Cowboy Fire 

This fire is located (8) miles S of Flagstaff near Mile Post 331 and on the E side of I-17.   It started on May 17,2016.  It is currently at 2170 acres.  There are (1) Type 1 handcrew (Flagstaff Hotshots), (2) Type 3 and (2) Type 6 Engines and (15) other Personnel assigned to this fire.

Courtesy: @inciweb

#CowboyFire – Courtesy: @inciweb

Mormon Fire

This fire is located (6) miles E of Munds Park near Mormon Mountain.  The fire was ignited on May 15, 2016 and is currently holding at 1200 acres.  There (1) Type 1 crew (Mormon Lake Hotshots), (2) Type 2 Incident Attack Crews (Bear Jaw and the Coconino  Fuels Crew 4), (2) Type 3 and (3) Type 6 Engines, (1) Dozer and (20) additional personnel attached to this wildfire.

#MormonFire  Courtesy: @inciweb

#Mormon Fire – Courtesy: @inciweb

Pivot Rock Fire

This wildfire started on May 19, 2016 and is located (3) miles NE of junction of the Arizona State Highways 260 and 87 and (8) miles NE of Strawberry, Arizona.  It is currently at 1,000 acres.  There is (1) Type 2 crew (Blue Ridge Hotshots), (2) Type 3 and (3) Type 6 Engines, (1) Dozer, (1) Water Tender and (15) personnel assigned.

Command

Fire Managers with the Coconino NF are managing all three (3) fires as one (1).

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