COLORADO’S WILDFIRES

While some States are see a reduced number of wildfires due to either rain or through containment during favorable weather condition, Colorado has seen their fair share of wildfires.

Here is a current list of wildfires burning in Colorado.

ARAPAHO AND ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FORESTS

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes | USFS

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Photo Credit | Mt View Fire Rescue

Active fire behavior with short crown runs, wind-driven runs and flanking. 205,005 acres of timber. 51% contained.

Several communities threatened. Evacuations. Closures in effect. 250 structures lost. $93.8 Million cost-to-date.

1,591 total personnel. 36 crews, 108 engines, 15 helicopters.

LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE | 1 mile E of Ward | USFS

Firefighters working along Lefthand Canyon Road on October 19.
Photo Credit | Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

Pawnee National Grassland. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. 460 acres of timber. 43% contained.

Homes threatened. Closures in effect. $400,000 cost-to-date.

115 total personnel. 3 crews, 12 crews.

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | 15 miles SW of Fraser | USFS

Fire consumes aspen and lodgepole as the burning operation progresses on the Williams Fork Fire Aug. 24. Photo by Kari Greer
Photo Credit | USFS

Pawnee national Grassland. Minimal fire behavior with single tree torching, short-range spotting and creeping.

14,670 acres of timber and short grass. 26% contained.

Several communities and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effect. $24 Million cost-to-date.

190 total personnel. 1 crew, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

BOULDER COUNTY

CALWOOD FIRE | 10 miles NW of Boulder | Boulder County lands

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Photo Credit | Boulder County OEM

RM Team Black Team, IMT 2 also managing the LEFTHAND FIRE.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching. 9,854 acres of timber, brush and short grass. 21% contained.

Several communities threatened. Closures in effect. 28 structures lost. $1.4 Million cost-to-date.

411 total personnel. 10 crews, 28 engines and 8 helicopters.

MEDICINE BOW-ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST

EAST TROUBLESOME FIRE | 16 miles NE of Kremmling | USFS

East Troublesome Fire, Oct. 16, 2020
Photo Credit | USFS

Thunder Basin Grassland. Active fire behavior with group torching and long-range spotting. Transfer of command from NR Team6, IMT2 to PNW Team 3, IMT1.

19,086 acres of timber and grass. 10% contained. $5.1 Million cost-to-date.

295 total personnel. 10 crews, 23 engines and 4 helicopters.

MIDDLE FORK FIRE | 10 miles N of Steamboat Springs | USFS

Unburned aspen and mixed conifer are visible in the foreground, with smoke rising behind a rocky ridge in the near distance.
Photo Credit | USFS

Thunder Basin Grassland. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

20,194 acres of timber. 1% contained. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effect. $6.4 Million cost-to-date.

114 total personnel. 3 engines and 3 helicopters.

SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST

ICE FIRE | 5 miles W of Silverton | USFS

A mountain side with smoke rises in places is shown. The South Fork Mineral Creek Road is visible at the bottom.
Photo Credit | USFS

Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, spotting and backing. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effort.

583 acres of timber and short grass. 25% contained. $400,000 cost-to-date.

100 total personnel. 2 crews, 6 engines and 5 helicopters.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/21/2020 2030 PT

Cameron Peak Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The CAMERON PEAK FIRE is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and on the Pawnee National Grasslands.

Ignited from an unknown source, it was reported on August 13, 2020.

Roosevelt Hotshot Vehicles
Photo Credit | USFS

It is located about 15 miles northwest of Redfeather Lakes (Larimer County) in the beautiful State of Colorado (USA).

Command is comprised of the NW IMT Team 6 with IC Shawn Sheldon and Deputy ICs Shane Theall and Ken Paul.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is current active with flanking, group torching and backing.

Crews have reached a 40% containment status after a successful day of making progress with heavy equipment and air support.

Airtanker drops retardant near Manhattan Road
Photo Credit | USFS

A TFR is in effect. No Drones in Fire Zones.

FIRE RESPONSE

Currently, assigned are 866 total personnel with 17 crews, 53 engines and 11 helcopters.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There has been 126,164 acres of timber destroyed along with 89 structures.

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $63,100,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 2130 PT

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

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Photo Credit | NWS Boulder

15 miles NW of Fraser, Colorado

UPDATE 2  | Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles NW of Fraser in Grand County.

It is west of Winter Park and Denver in  the Fraser Valley and south of Hot Sulphur Springs.  This is located in the Ft. Collins zone, near Ute Pass in Colorado.

Fire started on Friday, August 14 around noon MDT (1043 PT)

Fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $1 Million and is rising each day.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has burned 6,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.  Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire behavior is extreme with rapid rate of spread.

–> Virtual Community Meeting:  August 16, 2020 1700 (5pm) Hours MDT. Go to the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook @GrandCoSheriff in case you miss or missing it <—

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RESOURCES

There are 91 total personnel which includes 5 Type 1 air tankers, 1 VLAT, 1 Type 2 Crew, 1 Type 1 helo, 1 Type 3 helo, 4 Type 3 engines, 8 SEATs.

Incident Cooperators include:  USFS (Lead Agency), CDPHE Air Pollution, Colorado Emergency Management, Grand and Summer County Fire Agencies, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, RMACC, NWS Boulder, NWS IMET Operations, GMUG National Forests, Summit Fire and EMS, Grand County Colorado, Mapping Support (Joseph Elfelt).

CLOSURES

Road closures are in effect for the following areas:

CR 3 is open with intermittent closures.  CR 30 remains closed along with 50, which is closed near Young Life.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

EVACUATION SHELTERS

An evacuation shelter is open at The Inn at Silvercreek Conference Center. 62927 US Hwy 40, Grandby, CO 80446.

For more details, contact the Sheriffs Office at 970-725-3852.

ALERTS

Evacuation order Update here –> Road closures and evacuation is located at this weblink here —>  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781558.pdf (Grand County, Colorado)

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1625 PT, 1725 MDT

 

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

CAMERON PEAK FIRE

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Photo Credit | South Metro Fire & Rescue

UPDATE 2- Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake; about 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes (Rocky Mountains) in  the State of Colorado.

Did You Know?

In 2019, there were 11,755 fires that burned a total of 174,624 acres.  This year by tomorrow will clearly and easily surpass last year’s fire stats. – RMACC (CO, WY, KS, NE, SD)

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Photo Credit | RMACC

The CAMERON PEAK FIRE  started on August 13, 2020 around 1348 hours MDT from an unknown cause. It is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and long-range spotting. The fire has crossed over Total acres destroyed, 10,867 and there is still no containment status.

Fire crews will continue with extensive structure protection and indirect suppression activities. Forest Fire Officials say it is too dangerous for a direct attack.

It has now spread east of Hwy 14.

The biggest fire fuel in these Colorado National Forests are millions of beetle killed trees, dry and high temperatures making it perfect for a firestorm. No rain has fallen to help with fire suppression efforts.

RESOURCES

The South Metro Fire & Rescue (Station 33) will be sending another wildland team to this incident. This will be a 3rd unit from the metro Denver area to assist as a mutual aid resource.

One helicopter was dispatched from Bozeman, Montana as a mutual resource.

Incident Cooperators include the Rocky Mtn IMT, USFS and Larimer County Sheriff, South Metro F&R, NWS Boulder, NWS Grand Junction, Canyon Lakes Ranger District,

Air assets include Tanker 911, a McDonald Douglas DC10 and multiple helicopters (have been working since Day1)

Footage Credit | Arapaho and Roosevelt NF / Pawnee Natl Grassland

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

No structures have been reported as damaged or destroyed.

The expenses for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $564,000 and are climbing rapidly each day.

ALERTS

—> 2nd Community Meeting to be Held Sunday, August 16, 2020 1730 (5:30pm)

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There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR, meaning NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES.

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Today’s been the worst air quality in northern Colorado for a while. – Local resident with Asthma

A large smoke column can be seen from Shadow Mountain Lake in Grand Lake. – Local resident

Another smoky morning in the Canyon. – Local resident

I cannot believe people are still out rafting in the Poudre Canyon right now! Lower PC is safe but who wants to be in all that smoke? – Local resident

[Fire] burning near Walden doubles in size. Prompts health warnings. – MSN.com, Coloradoan.com.

Finally getting some more air support on this fire with several LATs (Large air tankers) and one VLAT (Very large air tanker) in addition to the helicopters that have been working since Day 1. – Local Meterologist

Cannot even see the foothills 2 miles away from Fort Collins. Smoke has really increased today. – Digital Marketer

Like much of Rawah Wilderness/Roosevelt NF is made up of mostly beetle kill which leaves it vulnerable and full of unburned fire fuels.  Going to be very hard to contain. – Local resident/hiker

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1515 PT

 

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | COLORADO SIT REP | 1

CAMERON PEAK FIRE

Photo Credit | Cameron Peak Fire Facebook

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, August 15, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes, Colorado.

The fire started on August 13, 2020 around 1348 hours MDT from an unknown cause. It is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

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–> Community Meeting (Virtual Meeting) August 15, 2020 1700 (5pm) MDT <–

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and long-range spotting.  There has been 5,100 acres of timber litter that has been destroyed.  There is a 0% containment status.

Structures are threatened. Evacuations in effect. Road Closures in effect.

Fire crews will continue to identify and protect valued assets, as well as keeping the fire north of CO Hwy 16.

The weather forecast is expected to continue to deteriorate with hot temps, dry and breezy conditions, ripe for fire weather.

RESOURCES

The USFS is the lead agency with the RM Blue Team, a Type 2 IMT assumed command this morning at 0600 MDT.

About 108 total personnel are deployed on this incident along with 4 crews, 7 engines and 3 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators include the Rocky Mtn IMT, USFS and Larimer County Sheriff.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

None reported to structures or infrastructure.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.

ALERTS

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Smoke in Larimer County is turning the sun orange. Some ash landed on me earlier.” – Eyewitness account

“Fire burns portions of popular Poudre Canyon campground.” –  Business leader

“The sky is telling me that Poudre Canyon will not be the place to go camping this weekend.” – Area resident

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 – 1500 PT, 1600 MDT

 

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO SIT REP | 1

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

15 miles NW of Fraser, Colorado

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, August 15, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles NW of Fraser in Grand County.

It is west of Winter Park and Denver in  the Fraser Valley and south of Hot Sulphur Springs.  This is located in the Ft. Collins zone, near Ute Pass in Colorado.

Fire started on Friday, August 14 around noon MDT (1043 PT)

CURRENT STATUS

–> Virtual Community Meeting:  August 15, 2020 1700 (5pm) Hours. Go to the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook @GrandCoSheriff <–

Fire behavior is extreme with crowning and flanking.  Structures and energy infrastructures are under direct threat.   There has been 1,300 acres of timber, litter and under story that has been destroyed.

There is a zero containment status.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Structures and the Henderson Mill and all of its infrastructure are under threat, along with multiple utilities in the area.

On Friday afternoon (Day 1), heavy air support and resources were on-scene supporting up to 50 firefighters from many different mutual aid agencies.

Overnight extreme fire burned and growing significantly.   It was moving east-northeast towards Church and reached the top of Kinney and Darling Creeks. At one point, it was held at CR 30 and south of Keyser Creek.  It is said to be burning in a remote area of the upper Williams Fork Valley, which has been impacted by an intensive beetle kill in the early 2000’s.

This afternoon, fire behavior is due to increase due to winds and temps rising.  Fire is moving in a northeast direction.

Fire weather is expected to continued with hot, dry and windy conditions throughout the weekend.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

RESOURCES

A Type 2 IMT is on order, which will take over from the current Type 3 IMT managing the fire.

There are 93 total personnel assigned along with 1 crew, 8 engines and 2 helicopters. IC is currently LeBlanc.  More resources have arrived today from the 50 firefighters from mutual fire agencies from Summit and Grand Counties.

Incident Cooperators include:  USFS (Lead Agency), CDPHE Air Pollution, Colorado Emergency Management, Grand and Summer County Fire Agencies, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, RMACC, NWS Boulder, NWS IMET Operations, GMUG National Forests, Summit Fire and EMS, Grand County Colorado,

CLOSURES

Road closures are in effect for the following areas:

CR 3 is open with intermittent closures.  CR 30 remains closed along with 50, which is closed near Young Life.

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Photo Credit | FAA

EVACUATION ORDERS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for:

CR 30 on the west to Church Park.  From the St. Louis Creek Road on the east to the Darling Creek drainage to the south.  Sugarloaf and South Fork Campgrounds are also included.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

EVACUATION SHELTERS

An evacuation shelter is planned for The Inn at Silvercreek Conference Center. 62927 US Hwy 40, Grandby, CO 80446. For more details, contact the Sheriffs Office at 970-725-3852.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

A $50,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses has been reached.

ALERTS

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

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Photo Credit | GMUG National Forests

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Another fire burning, I am afraid to say.” – News media

“This is the fourth active wildfire burning in the state.” – Twitter user

“Beetle kill, dry summers and humans are to blame.” – Twitter user

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Photo Credit | USFS

“This is crazy. People are still coming into Grand County while a major wildfire is burning a short distance away. Air quality is horrible. Outdoor activities are still ongoing.” Eyewitness account

“A smoke plume can be seen in Summit County, this is just outside of Idaho Springs.” – Eyewitness account

“Williams Fork Fire looks scary.” -News media

“Lots of flames. Good news, it is closer to the metro area so planes can get to it faster.” – News media

“Smoke can be seen from Soda Springs Ranch along Hwy 34.” – Eyewitness account

A smoky haze is now over the Dillon Reservoir and Breckenridge.” – Eyewitness account

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 1420 PT / 1520 MDT

 

Sit Reps | United States | July 22, 2020

This is a Sit Rep for all wildfires happening in the United States of America and broken down by each State.  Snippets of information is listed for each wildfire..

ARIZONA

Bighorn Fire | USFS-Coronado NF.  5 miles northweast of Tucson. Hardwood litter, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior.  Creeping and smoldering. Area/road/trail closures in effect — 119,978 acres.  90% contained. 70 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines and 1 helicopter. 1 structure lost.  $44.5 Million CTD.

Bringham Fire | USFS-Apache-Sitgreaves NF.  22 miles north of Morenci. Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Smoldering.  Structures threatened. Closures in effect. — 23,142 acres. 85% contained.  Unstaffed. 2 structures lost. $9.4 Million CTD.

Blue River 2 Fire | BIA-San Carlos Agency.  15 miles northeast of San Carlos.  Timber, brush and tall grass. — 28,051 acres. 67% contained. 154 personnel. 2 crews, 2 engines, 4 helicopters.  $3.2 Million CTD.

Lake Pleasant Fire | AZ State Forestry. 74/N Lake Pleasant PW. Dispatched 1439 PT. 17 acres. AZ Dispatch Center. Resources include AZ State Forestry. Peoria FD. BLM AZ Fire. Forward progression has been stopped. Full containment is expected today by 1530 MT.

Mangum Fire | USFS-Kaibiab NF.  24 miles southeast of Fredonia.  Timber, brush and short grass. — 71,450 acres. 95% contained. 12 personnel. 3 engines. 4 structures lost. $21 Million CTD.

Molino Fire | Hwy 79, milepost 146. Dispatched 1451 MDT. Incident #A38-1450. Unknown acreage. AZ Dispatch Center.

Pine Fire | USFS-Prescott NF.  16 miles east of Cordes Lakes. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Trail closures in effect.  — 1,730 acres.  0% contained. 5 personnel.  0 additional resources. $26K CTD.

Thumb Fire | Start 7/16/2020.  Lightning caused. Truxton Canyon Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs.  33 miles northwest of Tusayan. Fire behavior is active with short runs and single tree torching. — 8,354 acres.  Grass, brush and pinyon/juniper.  120 personnel.

CALIFORNIA

Badger Fire | CAL FIRE-Siskiyou Unit.  4 miles north of Yreka. Timber, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  Homes threatened. Road closure in effect. — 557 acres. 50% contained.  189 personnel. 8 crews, 25 engines. $2.4 Million CTD.

Feather Fire | CAL FIRE.  Off Feather Avenue x 18th Street. Oroville. Butte County. 30 acres. 100% contained.

Gold Fire | CAL FIRE-Lassen-Modoc Unit. IMT 1/CAL FIRE Team 4. 5 miles south of Adin. Timber. Active fire behavior with short-range spotting and running.  Homes threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect. — 14,000 acres. 5% contained. 223 personnel. 7 crews, 30 engines. $750K CTD.

Grand Fire | Ventura County FD. West of Fillmore by Old Telegraph and Grand Avenue. Less than .25 acre. VCFD E27, 28. USFD R5 E352.

Photo Credit  | VCFD

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Hog Fire | CAL FIRE-Lassen-Modoc Unit. IMT 1/CAL FIRE Team 3.  10 miles west of Susanville. Timber and brush.  Moderate fire behavior with short-range spotting and uphill runs.  Community of Lake Forest and structures threatened.  Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.  Rain fell over the fireline on Tuesday. — 9,420 acres. 9% contained. 1,237 personnel. 21 crews, 147 engines. $3.5 Million CTD.

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Meadow Fire | CAL FIRE-SLO. Meadowbrook Lane x See Canyon Raod. Originally reported at 1242 PT as .25 acre. Moderate rate of spread, potential for 200 acres.  AT 1745 It is 5 acres and 50% contained. Steep terrain.

Photo Credit  | SLO City FD

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Mineral Fire | CAL FIRE-Fresno-Kings Unit.  IMT1/Team 2.  9 miles west of Coalinga.  Timber, chaparral and tall grass. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs and smoldering.  — 29,667 acres. 75% contained. — 1,277 personnel. 16 crews, 106 engines and 4 helos.  7 structures lost.  $22.5 Million CTD.

Platina Fire | CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit.  20 miles southwest of Redding.  Chaparral, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. — 340 acres. 65% contained. 358 personnel. 10 crews, 39 engines. $1.3 Million CTD.

COLORADO

Fawn Creek Fire | BLM-White River Field Office. 26 miles southwest of Meeker. Brush and tall grass.  Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Infrastructure and structures threatened. — 3,226 acres. 95% contained.  34 personnel with 1 crews and 3 engines. $2.3 Million CTD.

Goose Creek Fire | USFS-Rio Grande NF.  14 miles southeast of Creede. Timber.  Minimal fire behavior. — 171 acres. 75% contained. 3 personnel. 1 engines. $1.6 Million CTD.

Grassy Fire | BLM-White River Field Office. 9 miles west of Meeker. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. — 868 acres. 90% contained. 6 personnel.

GEORGIA

8 Mile Still Road Fire | GA Forestry Commission.  3 miles west of Homerville. Timber. Minimal fire behavior. — 121 acres.  95% contained. 3 personnel.  1 engine. $34K CTD.

MONTANA

Clear Creek Fire | Start 7/21/2020. BIA-Flathead Agency. 15 miles east of Plains. Timber, brush, tall grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. — 3,564 acres. 60% contained. 48 personnel. 1 crew, 6 engines, 1 helicopter. $40K CTD.

NEVADA

Big Summit Fire |  BLM-Ely District. IMT2 (GB Team 5). 17 miles northeast of Panaca. Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. — 8,461 acres. 91% contained. 473 personnel. 12 crews, 16 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $6.4 Million CTD.

Cedar Fire | Elko County. 15 miles south of Elko. Timber, brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching and short crown runs. Sage-grouse habitat threatened. — 6,000 acres. 30% contained.  258 personnel, 8 crews, 10 engines, 2 helicopters. $750,000 CTD.

Cottonwood Fire | Start 7/21/2020. UsFS – Humboldt-Toiyable NF. IMT 2 (GB Team 6). 35 miles east of Pahrum. Short grass. Moderate fire behavior with short runs, creeping and smoldering. Communication infrastructure and structures under immediate threats.  Area/road and trail closures in effect — 2,700 acres. 0% contained.  173 personnel. 2 crews, 11 engines, 5 helicopters. $500K CTD.

Stewart Canyon Fire | BLM-Ely District. 14 miles east of Alamo.  Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with isolated torching and creeping. — 12,710 acres. 25% contained.  219 personnel. 5 crews, 12 engines and 5 helicopters. $750K CTD.

NEW MEXICO

Cub Fire | USFS-Gila NF.  15 miles southeast of Mogollon.  Timber, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. — 23,216 acres. 85% contained. 8 personnel. 1 helicopter. $423K CTD.

Trementina Canyon Fire | NM State Forestry Division-Las Vegas District. Timber, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Smoldering and creeping. — 825 acres. 72% contained. 35 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines. $610K CTD.

OREGON

Ben Young Fire | OR DOF-Lake Unit. 13 miles south of Paisley. Timber, brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with running and short-range spotting. Infrastructure and homes under direct threat. Area/trail closures in effect. — 700 acres. 0% contained. Unknown cause.  Evacuations in order. 70 personnel, 2 crews, 6 engines and 3 helicopters. $110K CTD.

Rosland Road 0429 NE Fire | USFS-Deschutes NF. 4 miles northeast of La Pine. Timber, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Closures in effect. — 393 acres. 90% contained. 7 crews, 3 engines. $550K CTD.

UTAH

Big Hollow Fire | UT DOF-NE Area. 3 miles south of Heber.  Chaparral, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Road closure in effect. — 438 acres. 95% contained. 5 personnel and 1 engine. $325K CTD.

Cottonwood Trail Fire | UT DOF-SW Area. 5 miles northeast of St. George. Brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Numerous residences threatened. Area/road/trail closures in effect — 1,631 acreas. 90% containment. 73 personnel. 1 crew and 9 engines. $455K CTD.

Dennis Hill Fire | UT DOF-Bear River Area.  Started on BLM land. 15 miles southwest of Park Valley. Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, single tree torching and backing. Structures and sage-grouse habit are threatened. — 2,608 acres. 30% contained.  100 personnel.  2 crews, 10 engines and 2 helicopters. $200K CTD.

Howell Peak Fire | BLM-Richfield Office.  41 miles west of Delta. Brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. — 1,880 acres. 75% contained. 67 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines and 1 helicopter. $200K CTD.

Turkey Farm Road Fire | UT DOF-SW Area. 4 miles north of St. George. Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Road closures in effect. — 11,993 acres. 85% contained.  148 personnel. 7 crews, 6 engines. 1 structure lost. $1.7 Million CTD.

Veyo West Fire | BLM-Cedar City Field Office.  Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Numerous structures threatened. — 2,618 acres. 95% containment.  11 personnel. 4 helicopters. 7 structures lost. $1.2 Million CTD.

WASHINGTON STATE

Bertschi Road Fire | WA DNR-SE Region.  IMT 2/NWTeam 10. 2 miles south of Glenwood. Timber, heavy slash and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Smoldering.  — 250 acres. 80% contained.  312 personnel. 4 crews, 26 engines and 1 helicopter. $2.3 Million CTD.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog | 7/22/2020 1750 PT

Colorado Wildfire Activity Log | 560 Fire | 1

Update 1 – Sunday, April 26, 2020

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Photo Credit | Evergreen Fire & Rescue

The 560 FIRE was reported on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 1230 hours MDT (or 1130 hours PDT).  It is burning in the Old Hayman Burn Scar in the Pike National Forest.

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Photo Credit | Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District

Firefighters and equipment were dispatched to the fire located off of 560 Road and about three miles northwest of Cheesman Reservoir in Colorado.

Personnel on the fire ground include those from the  US Forest Service (Lead Agency), North Fork Fire , Elk Creek Fire, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, Evergreen Fire & Rescue, and Indian Hills Fire, Jefferson County Sheriffs Office.

23 Firefighters are currently assigned to this incident.

Resources include: 2 engines, 1 bulldozer, 1 water tender.

There has been 68 acres of grass and standing dead and downed trees destroyed.

This was an out-of-control fire  but crews have successfully reached a 60% containment status.

No structures are under threat.

Wildland fire crews will continue to secure the firelines and mop up hotspots.  A bulldozer has been building a fireline in areas where it is safe and accessible.

Danger to crews remain as dead and downed trees could pose a fall hazard.

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Photo Credit | Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District

Smoke will be visible as fuels continue to burn on the interior.

#560Fire #ColoradoWildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Updated 4/26/2020 1100 PDT (1200 MDT)

 

The Wildfire Log | Otero County (CO)’s Grass Fire Human Caused

A grass fire sparked by a driver on Highway 350 in Otero County, Colorado was charged for starting the wildfire on July 14, 2019, in the early afternoon on Sunday.

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Photo Credit | Otero Co SO

Otero County Sheriff’s Office and Fire units from the outlining areas responded to the fire which at the time was determined to be likely from a vehicle.

Firefighters were in mop up operations at 1448 hours PDT. The estimated amount of acres burned were around 20 but this could have been so much more worse.  

Nice work, firefighters and Sheriff’s Office for your great egress and teamwork! – Ed.

Opinion | Did You Know? You can prevent these types of Fires

Never park your vehicle on grass on the side of the highway as the hot vehicle exhaust pipe can burn the grass underneath and cause a fire.  If it is a windy day, the wind can pick up the fire and spread it around on very dry fire fuels around your vehicle.

Not only is this preventable, but also will be a cost saver for the one that is being charged for fire suppression assets and law enforcement costs.  We are pretty sure, there is a hefty fine that will be sure to included in that amount too.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated at 1500 hours PDT on 7/14/2019

The Wildfire Report: New Fire in Colorado’s San Juan NF

UPDATE 1.  JUNE 28, 2019. FRIDAY.

A new wildfire named the DOE CANYON FIRE ignited on the afternoon of June 20, 2019.  It is located about 10 miles southeast of Dove Creek, Colorado on the San Juan National Forest.

Forest Service Firefighter Alex Henderson works in the smoke on the Doe Canyon Fire.

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This was a lightning caused wildfire.  About 1,075 acres of timber has been consumed with an 29% containment status.

Fire behavior is reported as moderate with flanking, backing and with short-range spotting and is said to be more or less low intensity at the time of this was posted.

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Credit: USFS – San Juan NF

There are approximately 56 total personnel assigned along with 3 crews and 3 engines.

Firefighters will continue to hold the fire within its containment lines and use low-intensity burnout operations to keep it from a nearby RX fire a few miles away.

Area closures are being reported.

The total cost of fire suppression and containment expenses to date have reached $169,000.

FUN FACTS:

The San Juan National Forest is a Forest in the United States that covers 1,878,846 acres in an approximate 2,936 square mile area located in the western portion of the State of Colorado.  It manages lands inside the Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande, San Miguel and San Juan Counties.

It borders the Uncompahgre National Forest to the north and the Rio Grande National Forest to the east.  It covers most of the southern portion of the San Juan Mountains, which is west of the Continental Divide.  It is also home to two alpine wilderness areas, the Weminuche and the South San Juan, as well as the Piedra Rea.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2130 hours PDT