Colorado Wildfires | July 8, 2018

COLORADO STATE

Just like what is happening in Arizona, California, Washington and other U.S. States, fires are burning up vast amounts of landscapes around them.

Today, we provide a single recap of what is happening in this State on this Sunday, July 8, 2018.

416 FIRE

The 416 FIRE is burning in the San Juan National Forest, about 13 miles north of Durango in timber and brush.  The fire command will be transferred from a NIMO back to the local unit on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity, as rain fell over the area helping crews gain a higher containment of 50%.   This fire has burned 54,129 acres.

There are 290 total personnel working on this incident with two crews, 16 engines and two helicopters.

No structures have been reported as lost on this fire.  However, cost-to-date expenses have reached a whopping $30,400,00!

Adobe Fire | Credit: Fremont Sheriff

ADOBE WILDFIRE

Fire is holding at 1,423 acres with a 95% containment status.

Some resources have been reassigned to other wildfires, while those who remain are working towards their main fire objective of getting to 100% containment by the end of their shift today.

BURRO FIRE

The BURRO FIRE is burning in the San Juan National Forest, about 14 miles south of Rico in timber.  Fire behavior is running at minimal activity today.

Photo Credit | USFS

4,593 acres have been consumed but there is a 50% containment status.  There are 35 total personnel along with three crews still remaining on this incident.

$3,200,000 is the total cost-to-date.

FIRE FACT:   Two MAFFS C-130 air tankers and support personnel from the 302nd Airlift Wing (Colorado Springs, Air Force Reserve) along with one MAFFS C-130 air tanker and support personnel each from the 153rd Airlift Wing (Wyoming, Air National Guard) and 152nd Airlift Wing (Nevada, Air National Guard) have been deployed to
Colorado Springs, CO in support of wildland fire operations.

CHATEAU FIRE

The CHATEAU FIRE is burning in Teller County, about seven miles northwest of Cripple Creek in closed timber litter and tall grass. The fire behavior is minimal but is still threatening numerous homes and keeping road, area and trail closures in effect.

There has been 1,423 acres burned but a 95% containment status has been gained. 136 total personnel are on the fire line along with three crews and 14 engines.

Cost-to-date has reached $2,400,000.

DIVIDE 2 FIRE / DIVIDE FIRE

Photo Credit | Little Snake Field Office

Burning in Moffat County, the DIVIDE 2 FIRE is located about 23 miles northwest of Craig, Colorado in brush and grass.  Fire behavior remains at a minimal rate.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat is still threatened.  All Evacuation orders have been lifted for the time-being.

The fire has consumed 19,955 acres and crews have reached a successful 40% containment status.

There are 71 personnel assigned along with 16 engines.

Three structures have been lost with a total fire suppression and containment cost-to-date of $800,000.

FAWN FIRE

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

A new start in northwest Colorado has prompted fire resources to move into this area located in Rio Blanco County.  The fire was caused by a lightning strike on July 7, 2018 and was detected around 1700 hours.  It is burning in rugged terrain in a remote section of the Piceance Basin about 30 miles southwest of Meeker.

There are a total of 55 personnel assigned with unknown resources assisting them.

The size of the fire is 188 acres in juniper and sage grass with an unknown containment status.

LAKE CHRISTINE FIRE

Photo Credit | Kim Doyle Wille (Express permission given)

The LAKE CHRISTINE FIRE is burning in Eagle County, one mile northwest of Basalt, Colorado in timber and brush.

The fire is being managed by IMT 2 (Almas). There are 555 personnel along with 16 crews, 33 engines and 6 helicopters assigned to this incident.

Fire behavior is moderate with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering.  The fire has burned 5,916 acres and reached an 8% containment status.

Numerous structures, including energy and communications infrastructures are at risk.  Three have been lost.   Evacuations, road and trail closures are still in effect.

Some rain fell over the fire line yesterday but not enough to put out the fire completely.

The cost-to-date for this fire has reached $3,800,000.

SPRING CREEK FIRE / SPRING FIRE

Photo Credit | CO DOT

This wildfire is burning about nine miles northeast of Fort Garland, Colorado in timber, brush and tall grass.  It has destroyed 106,985 acres and 199 structures.  It has reached a 55%

containment status.

The fire is being managed by IMT 2 (Greer) and IMT 2 (Espereance).  There are 1,805 total personnel assigned along with 40 crews, 120 engines and 12 helicopters.

Cost-to-Date have reached $17,300,000.

TABEGUACHE FIRE

Photo Credit | USDA Forest Service

The TABEGUACHE FIRE is burning seven miles northeast of Nucla that was caused by lightning today.  The fire has burned about 500 acres that is burning on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.  There is a 0% containment status.

The Fire Manager of this incident is a Type 3 IMT with Joe Sampson as the IC.

No structures are under threat nor are there any active evacuation orders in place.

THORNBURG FIRE

The THORNBURG FIRE ignited in the last 24 hours from an unknown cause is said to be burning in Moffat County, about four miles northwest of Maybell, Colorado.

This active fire is being driven by heavy winds.   1,636 acres of short grass has already been burned up but a 50% containment status has been reached.  Cost-to-date have reached $50,000.

Some structures and sage-grouse habitat are being threatened.  No evacuation orders are being reported at this time.

There are 18 personnel assigned along with four engines.

WESTON PASS FIRE

The WESTON PASS FIRE has burned 13,019 acres of timber and brush which is burning nine miles southwest of Fairplay on the Pike-San Isabel National Forest lands.  There is a 34% containment status reached.

Fire management is in the hands of an IMT 1 (Pechota) along with 578 total personnel alongside 13 crews, 20 engines and 6 helicopters.

The fire behavior is moderate with flanking, torching and creeping.  Three structures have been destroyed.

Fire suppression and containment costs have reached $4,900,000.

WHEELER FIRE

A new fire start has been reported as of 1221 PDT and is burning in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.

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Photo Credit | San Miguel County Sheriff

Resources include two Type 6 engines, one Type 4 engine and a Type 2 helicopter.

It is currently listed as a two-acre fire with a 0% containment status with active fire behavior with one-to-three feet flames.

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Colorado Wildfire | Lake Christine Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 | 1930 PDT

The fire was reportedly started on Tuesday, July 3rd around 1815 hours and is burning about one mile northwest of Basalt.

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Photo Credit | Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

Fire behavior is being forecasted to continue surface spread into the oak with backing and flanking with short up hill runs.  Potential of outflow winds could lead to significant spread especially in the pinyon juniper fire fuels.

Private property, infrastructure (transmission lines) and structures in the Mission Heights, Basalt, El Jebel areas remain at risk.  The fire is now burning on federal  and state lands, with natural resources under direct threat.

3 structures destroyed.

Fire personnel remain at 399, along with 12 hand crews, 20 engines and 5 helicopters.

Photo Courtesy | Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fire Ban

Fire 2 restrictions are in effect  on private, state and federal lands in Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield Counties.

Temporary Flight Restriction

A Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR is in effect until further notice over the entire fire. This also applies to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones.

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Public Meeting

A Public Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 8 @ 1700 hours at Basalt High School.

How to Help Firefighters

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Resident reentry

Starting on Sunday, July 8, 2018, some neighborhoods will be open for re-entry.  Here is the timeline the Sheriff’s Office has released to the Public:

0800 hours | El Jebel Trailer Park

1400 hours | Big Pinion and Little Pinion, Shadow Rock, Original Road, Pine Ridge and Sagewood Court, Hillcrest, Silverado, Two Rivers to access to Hillcrest.

Residents must provide their Photo ID or re-entry badge with their physical address each time for security purposes.  Checkpoints will be in effect for 24 hours following the original re-entry notification.

Other unnamed communities in this post, evacuation orders are still in effect.

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Taken on July 4, 2018. Photo Credit | Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

Gas Services Restoration

Black Hills Energy Representatives will be in neighborhoods helping residents to get gas service restored.  Officials state to do not do this on your own.

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Colorado Wildfire | Lake Christine Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 | 1100 PDT

The fire was reportedly started on Tuesday, July 3rd around 1815 hours and is burning about one mile northwest of Basalt.   Extreme fire behavior occurred on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, prompting mandatory evacuations.

Today, the fire has scorched 5,434 acres and there is a 3% containment status.

Fire Management is being handled by the Northern Rockies IMT, which assumed Command on July 5th around 0600 hours.

There are 399 personnel assigned to this wildfire.

Photo Courtesy | Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

Fire has been deemed human-caused and two individuals have been arrested.

The Eagle Creek Sheriff’s Office helped several hundred of residents.

Governor Hickenlooper visited the Lake Christine ICP Thursday. The Roaring Fork Valley is heavily populated and residual smoke elevates health risks impacting the communities of Basalt and El Jebel.

Incident Cooperators include but not limited to,

Animal Services | CO Animal Rescue, Eagle Valley Humane Society.

Community Partners | Aspen Community Foundation.

Emergency Management | CO Div HLS Emergency Management.

Fire & EMS | BLM, Aspen Fire Protection District, Basalt & Rural FD, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado Div of Fire Prevention and Control, Denver FD, Eagle County Paramedics, Eagle River Fire Protection District and Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District.

Government | CO Dept of Local Affairs, CO DOT,  CO Parks and Wildlife, Crown Mountain Park and Rec District, Eagle County, Eagle County Regional Airport,  Garfield County Government, Mesa County, Pitkin County, Roaring Fork School District, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Town of Basalt, City of Aspen and Town of Carbondale.

Human Services | American Red Cross, CO DHS, Hope Center, Lift Up, Mind Springs Health and Vail Valley Salvation Army.

Police | CO State Patrol, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County Sheriff Office and  Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

For gas leaks for Black Hills Energy residents can call 1-888-890-5554.  Press #1 to speak with an operator, if you are having a gas leak.  Technicians are going door-to-door to check on residents needs.

An air quality health advisory has been issued by the Health Department.  Advisory issued due to wildfire smoke.  Areas along Highway 82 from Basalt to Carbondale and surrounding areas have been impacted.

Re-entry passes are available from 1000 to 2000 hours at the Basalt High School.  Those with current photo ID with their current address will not need to get an re-entry tag to return home once the evacuation orders have been lifted. Those who don’t have ID will need to get this re-entry tag to access their community.

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COLORADO | LAKE CHRISTINE FIRE | UPDATE 1

ASPEN, Colo. – A small 100-acre was sparked on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, by two El Jebel residents while using tracer rounds at a shooting range during a Fire ban have been charged with 4-degree arson criminal charges.

They could face fines up to $1,000,000 for the cost of fire suppression efforts.

The fire would soon explode into several thousands of acres consumed, mandatory evacuations of both homes and businesses in Aspen and surrounding areas in the Eagle County, Colorado area.

We have heard of reports where downtown Basalt businesses are/have been evacuated.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FIRE:  Basalt FD, Greater Eagle FD, USFS Rocky Mtns, Carbondale FD,

LAW ENFORCEMENT:   Eagle County Sheriff Office.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:  CO State Emergency Management Agency (Level 2 Fire Ops)

JULY 3, 2018

 FIRE OPERATIONS:  Fire starts on the shooting range near Basalt, Colorado around 1800 hours MDT.  A drone is seen in the area, all fire suppression aircraft forced to land and wait until the air is cleared. (2101 MDT)

LAW ENFORCEMENT:  An investigation goes into effect for the exact cause, by whom and where it all started.

JULY 4, 2018

FIRE STATUS:  2,377 acres. 0% contained.  500 homes evacuated.  0 structures reported as damaged or destroyed. 0 deaths or injuries reported. Air attack resuming. 2 people using tracer rounds started fire on July 3rd, @ 1800 hours MDT.

HELITACK:  Tanker 163 added to the existing 4 SEATs. (1225).

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS:  Homestead Trailer Park, Wilds (Promontory and Windsprings), Ridge Rd, Pinion, Cedar Drive. (1211)LEAVE NOW.

PRE-EVACUATION ORDERS:    E & W Supris Drive, E & W Homestead Drive, Curtis Lane, Longhorn Lane, Tucker Lane, Spur Lane and Hillside Drive. (1212 MDT) Hillcrest, Silverado, Original Pine Ridge, Sagewood (0818 MDT).

SHELTERS:  Basalt HS, 600 Southside Drive, Basalt, CO.

WEATHER REPORTS:  Fire shifted. Heading above Downtown Basalt (1245 MDT) Winds picking up from the north, heading up Basalt Mtn. (1138)

Smoke plume forecast for next 24 hours. Expect the Lake Christine fire to possibly be in the next run of this experimental model.  (Photo Credit:  USNWS – Grand Junction Colorado.)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1900 hours PDT / 2000 hours MDT

WILDFIRE RECAP: Current Active Fires Burning in U.S. | Tuesday, June 12 2018

UNITED STATES – California seems to be the winner with so many wildfires igniting every so often followed by States such as Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Oklahoma, Arizona, and the list grows like an out-of-control firestorm.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of fires. Please bare with us as we attempt to play catch up of ALL States across our nation. – Ed,

377 (AZ) | Apache-Sitgreaves NF. 5 miles NE of Heber.  Timber and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 4,833 acres. 90% containment.  57 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines 1 helicopter. $1.2M CTD.

416 (CO) | San Juan NF.  13 miles N of Durango. 20,131 acres. 15% contained. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with short-crown runs, isolated torching and spotting. 917 personnel. 20 crews, 47 engines, 8 helicopters. $9.2M CTD.

APPLE (CA) | Tehama-Glenn Unit, CAL FIRE.  5 miles NE of Flournoy.  2,956 acres. 96% contained. Brush and tall grass. Min fire behavior. 6 personnel. 2 engines. 9 structures lost. $185K CTD.

BADGER CREEK (WY) | Medicine Bow-Routt NF. 2 miles NW of Mountain Home. 1,000 acres. 0% containment. 198 personnel. 5 crews, 10 engines, 5 helos. 1 structure lost. $50K CTD.  NEW fire in the last 24 hours.

BEAVER (CA) |  CAL FIRE.  Off of Coalinga Hwy and Airline Hwy, E of King City (San Benito County). 200 acres. 20% contained. Forward spread stopped. #BeaverFire

BELLA CREEK (AK) | Southwest Area Forestry; DOF.  400 acres.  0% containment. Unknown location.

BOCCO (CO) | Colorado River Valley Field Office of the BLM. 3 miles NE of Wolcott. 415 acres. 50% containment.

BUFFALO FIRE (CO) | NEW!  Fire started on Buffalo Mtn in Summit County about 2 miles west of Silverthorne.  EVACUATIONS in Silverthorne.  CLOSURES – Hard closure at Twenty Grand Rd. INCIDENT COOPERATORS:  Summit Fire & EMS, Summit Co EOC, , Colorado Governor John W Hickenlooper, Breckenridge Police . 1,384 homes evacuated from Mesa Cortina and Wildernest and above 20 Grand Road. 1,160 homes below 20 Grand Road on pre-evac notices.  No homes/structures lost or damaged.  Current moderate smoke levels not a significant health risk but could change later in the evening.   EVAC SHELTER Frisco Elementary (RED CROSS) located at 800 8th Avenue at 2000 hours. 100 acres in heavy timber. Active fire with torching and spotting.  #BuffaloFire

BURRO (CO) | San Juan NF.  14 miles S of Rico.  Timber. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, flanking and torching.  2,136 acres. 0% containment. 168 personnel. 4 crews, 2 engines. $450K CTD.

BUZZARD (NM) | Gila NF. 10 miles E of Reserve.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing, creeping. Structures threatened. 41,227 acres. 69% containment. 410 personnel. 8 crews, 9 engines, 3 helicopters. $10.8M CTD.

CHROME (CA) | Tehama-Glenn Unit, CAL FIRE. 5 miles NW of Chrome. 2,290 acres. 75% contained. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 221 personnel. 10 crews, 15 engines, 1 helo. 1 structure lost. $635K CTD.

DENIKTAW RIDGE (AK) | Galenza Zone of BLM. 20 mi SW of Hughes.  8,525 acres. 0% contained. 32 personnel. 1 crew, 1 helo. $195K CTD.

DOESTOCK CREEK (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  213 acres. 0% containment. 5 miles South of Chuathbaluk.  Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and single-tree torching. 13 personnel. $1K CTD.

DEVIL’S ELBOW (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  180 acres. 0% containment.

DULBY HOT SPRINGS (AK)  | Galena Zone, BLM.  10,000 acres. 0 % containment.

EAGLE CANYON (OK) SE Area, DOF.  9 miles E of Cloudy.   300 acres. 50% containment.  16 personnel, 7 engines. $18K CTD.

EMERY GAP (NM) | Cimarron District. 8 miles N of Folsom. Timber, brush ad short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 834 acres. 60% containment.137 personnel. 6 crews. 18 engines. 5 helicopters. $300K CTD.

EUCLIDE (CA) |  CAL FIRE – Riverside Unit. Off Hwy 71 S of Euclid Avenue in Chino. Riverside County. 100 acres. 5% contained. Forward spread stopped.

FAIRHAVEN CREEK (AK) | Galena Zone of the BLM.  15 miles S of Buckland. 876 acres. 0% containment status.

GWEEK (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  320 acres. 0% containment. 0 resources.

HAYSTACK (AK)  | Tanana Zone of the BLM.  22 miles N of Lake Minchuina.

JUDD (AZ) | SE District, DOF. 3 miles N of Bisbee.  Brush and tall grass. 4,093 acres. 85% containment. 163 personnel. 7 crews, 1 engine, 1 helo.  $500K CTD.

KILOLITNA RIVER (AK) | Tanana Zona of the BLM.  52 miles NW of Rampart. 600 acres. 0% containment.

MOHAB (UT) | 8 homes destroyed in Moab wildfire, fire tears through homes in Holyoak. Over 100 residents are evacuated.  SHELTERS 1) Gravel Pit Lanes Bowling Alley, 1078 Mill Creek Drive.  2) Grand Center, 182 N 500 West. 3) The Gonzo Inn, 100 W 200 South.

MOLYBDENUM MOUNTAIN (AK) | SW Area Forestry, DOF. 18 miles N of Chuathbaluk.  650 acres. 40% contained. Active fire behavior with creeping, backing, single-tree torching.  Timber and short grass.

NORTH INNOKO (AK) | Galena Zona of the BLM. 32 miles NE of Ophir.  2,000 acre. 0% contained.

OTTER BAY (FL) | National Forests in FL. 7 miles NE of Lake City.Southern rough.  120 acres. 50% contained. 13 personnel. 2 engines. 1 helo. $5K CTD.

OUR CREEK (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  200 acres. 8% contained.

PINE RIDGE (UT) | Vernal Field Office of the BLM. 14 miles NW of Vernal. 521 acres. 85% contained. Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 2 personnel. 1 engine. $727K CTD.

PORTER (OK) | OK DOF. 2 miles S of Kenton. Brush and grass.  Extreme fire behavior with group torching, short crown runs and spotting.  3,000 acres. 10% containment. 78 personnel. 18 engines and 1 helo.  $183K CTD.

RABBIT RIVER (AK) | Galena Zone of the BLM. 700 acres. 0% containment.

RIM (ID) | Upper Snake Field Office.  10 miles SW of American Falls. 1,111 acres. 75% contained.  Brush and tall grass. Mod fire behavior with isolated torching. 44 personnel. 2 crew. 3 engines. $75K CTD.

SANTIAGO FIRE (CA) |  CAL FIRE.  Off Hwy 241 x Santiago Canyon Road (Orange County). 155 acres. 60% containment. Forward spread stopped.

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SCENIC LOOP COMPLEX (TX) | TX A&M Forest Service. 15 miles NW of Ft. Davis.  190 personnel. 4 crews, 27 engines, 5 helicopters. 26,380 acres. 100% containment. $2.3M CTD.

SOAP LAKE (WA) | Grant County Fire District 7.   Fire started on June 11, 2018 @ 1630 hours along SR 17 4 miles north of Soap Lake.. 2,000 acres of sage and brush. 50% containment. 1 small outbuilding was lost overnight. State Fire Mobe resources authorized on June 12, 2018, at 0045 hours. Unknown cause. Under investigation.

SOLDIER CANYON (NM) | Mescalero Agency of the BIA.  1 mile NE of Mescalero. Timber, brush and medium logging slash.  Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, flanking and backing. 1,270 acres. 90% containment. 418 personnel. 11 crews, 13 engines, 4 helos. $2.5M CTD.

SOUTH (CA) | San Benito-Monterey Unit/CAL FIRE. 5 miles SW of Santa Clarita. 175 acres. 95% containment. Chaparral, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 42 personnel. 5 engines. $1M CTD.

TRAIL MOUNTAIN (UT) | Manti-Lasal NF. 15 miles NW of Orangeville. 1,737 acres. 10% containment. Timber and brush. Extreme fire behavior with crowning and wind-driven runs. 262 personnel. 7 crews, 11 engines, 5 helicopters. 1 structure destroyed. $3.5M CTD.

TRIMOKISH HILLS (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  18 miles S of Fairbanks.  1,500 acres. 0% containment.

TUMIT CREEK (AK) | Galena Zone of the BLM.  517 acres. 0% containment status.

TUSIKPAK LAKE (AK) | Galena Zone of the BLM.  16 miles E of Point Hope.  13,344 acres. 0% contained.

UTE PARK (NM) | Cimarron District. 1 mile E of Ute Park. Timber, brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior. 36,740 acres. 92% contained. 244 personnel. 4 crews. 8 engines. 2 helos. 14 structures lost. $8.3M CTD.

WEBBER CREEK (AK) | Upper Yukon Zone of the BLM.  32 miles E of Circle Hot Springs. 2,944 acres. 0% containment.

WILLOW (NM) | Gila NF. 6 miles E of Mogollon.  New wildfire in the last 24 hours.  Active wildfire with short-range, spotting, smoldering and backing. 350 acres. 0% containment. Not being managed by a Type 1 or 2 IMT. 89 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines, 1 helo. $74K CTD.

WILLOW CREEK (UT) | Uinta/Wasatch-Cache, Forest Service. 20 miles SE of Heber. 650 acres. 10% containment.

ZITZIANA RIVER (AK) | Tanana Zone of the BLM.  800 acres. 0% containment.

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WILDFIRE RECAP: Current Active Fires Burning in U.S. | Monday, June 11 2018

UNITED STATES – There have been so many wildfires burning during this crazy and most expected Fire Season but we know if we capture them one-by-one for each wildfire, we would probably cause your Social Media pages to implode, so we are doing a Wildfire Recap of  all current and active fires from several acres to thousands of them.

377 (AZ)

The 377 Fire is burning on Apache-Sigreaves NF lands about 5 miles northeast of Heber in timber and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 4,833 acres. 90% contained. 57 personnel. 1 crew. 2 engines. 1 helicopter. $1M CTD. #377Fire

416 (CO)

The 416 Fire is located in the San Juan National Forest, about 13 miles north of Durango in timber and brush.  Active fire behavior is present with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting.  Structures are under direct threat, while evacuations, road, area and trail closures remain in effect.  22,131 acres. 10% containment. Fire was said to be growing largely to the west. 813 personnel. 18 crews. 47 engines. 8 helicopters. $6.6M CTD. #416Fire

AIRLINE (CA)

The Airline Fire is burning in the area of the San Benito-Monterey unit (CAL FIRE) about 16 miles north of King City in brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior is reported.  1,314 acres. 92% containment. 136 personnel. 2 crews. 20 engines. $4.1M CTD. #AirlineFire

APPLE (CA)

The Apple Fire also burning in the same unit as the CHROME FIRE is burning 5 miles northeast of Flournoy in brush and tall grass.  It too, has a minimal fire behavior showing. 2,956 acres. 90% containment. 28 personnel. 7 engines and 9 structure lost. $141K CTD. #AppleFire

BOCCO (CO)

Bocco Fire is a new fire in the last 24 hours that is burning in the district of the Colorado River Valley Field Office on BLM lands about 3 miles northwest of Wolcott in chaparral and short grass.  Moderate fire behavior is present with flanking, backing and creeping.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat is being threatened.  415 acres. 20% contained. 148 personnel. 5 crews. 7 engines. 2 helicopters. $450K CTD. #BoccoFire

BURRO (CO)

The Burro Fire is burning about 14 miles south of Rico in the San Juan National Forest.  Active fire behavior is occurring with short-crown runs, flanking and torching.  Roads, area, trail closures are in effect.  1,000 acres. 0% containment. 123 personnel. 5 crews. 1 engine.  $400,000 CTD. #BurroFire

BUZZARD FIRE (NM)

Burning 10 miles east of the Reserve on New Mexico, this wildfire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and torching.  Structures are still under threat. 41,227 acres.  69% contained.  405 personnel. 8 crews. 9 engines. 4 helos. $10.8M CTD. #BuzzardFire

CHROME (CA)

The Chrome Fire is burning in the area of CAL FIRE’s Tehama-Glenn Unit about 5 miles northwest of Chrome in brush and tall grass with minimal fire activity showing.  2,290 acres. 50% containment status. 250 personnel. 10 crews. 20 engines. 1 helo.  1 structure lost. $389K CTD.  #ChromeFire

EAGLE CANYON (OK)

The Eagle Canyon Fire is burning in the southeast area of the Oklahoma DOF’s lands, about 9 miles east of Cloudy in timber.  There is extreme fire  behavior that is running. 300 acres. 50% containment.  16 personnel. 7 engines. $18K CTD. #EagleCanyonFire

EASTERN (CA)

The Eastern Fire is also burning in the same CAL FIRE Unit’s area but 6 miles east of Bitterwater in brush and tall grass with minimal fire behavior.  513 acres. 92% containment. 312 personnel. 8 crews. 30 engines.  $1.9M CTD. #EasternFire

EMERY GAP (NM)

The Emery Gap Fire is burning 8 miles north of Folsom in timber, brush and short grass.  Fire behavior is active with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting. 850 acres. 25% containment.  122 personnel.  3 crews. 14 engines. 2 helicopters. $145K CTD. #EmeryGapFire

HORSESHOE (UT)

Horseshoe Fire is burning in the Sal Lake Field Office on BLM lands, 5 miles northwest of Lakeside in short grass.  983 acres. 0% contained.  20 personnel. 3 engines. $20K CTD. #HorseshoeFire

JUDD FIRE (AZ)

The Judd wildfire is burning three miles north of Bisbee in brush and tall grass where minimal fire behavior is occurring.  4,093 acres. 85% containment.  163 personnel. 7 crews. 1 engine. 1 helo. $500K CTD. #JuddFire

MOLYBDENUM MOUNTAIN (AK)

The Molybdenum Mountain Fire is burning in the SW Area Forestry in the AK DOF area that started on BLM land, 18 miles north of Chuathbaluk.  It is burning in timber and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior has been observed.  650 acres. 60% contained. 27 personnel.  1 crew. 1 helicopter. $210K CTD. #MolybdenumMountainFire

OTTER BAY (FL)

Otter Bay Fire is in the National Forests in Florida and 7 miles northeast of Lake City burning in southern rough.  Fire behavior is moderate with smoldering and flanking. 120 acres. 50% containment. 13 personnel. 2 engines. 1 helo. $5K CTD. #OtterBayFire

PASADERO DRIVE (CA)

A new fire as of 2302 broke out in the area of 18600 block x W Pasadero drive in Los Angeles dispatching units:  Engines 100, 273, 293, 83, 84 88 90.  This is at the top of Reseda Blvd near Braemar Country Club in Tarzana.

PINE RIDGE (UT)

The Pine Ridge fire is burning in the Vernal Field Office on BLM lands, about 14 miles northwest of Vernal in timber, brush and short grass.  The fire has minimal behavior.  521 acres. 85% contained.  2 personnel. 1 engine. $728K CTD.  #PineRidgeFire

PORTER (OK)

This wildfire ignited in the last 24 hours in the Oklahoma Department of Forestry’s area, about 2 miles south of Kenton. Brush and short grass are this fire’s fuels which is burning up the lands.  Extreme fire behavior with running and short-range spotting is present.  Homes are threatened.  5,000 acres. 10% contained.  61 personnel.  15 engines. $132K CTD. #PorterFire

REINDEER LAKE (AK)

Reindeer Lake fire is burning on the same areas as the MOLYBDENUM MOUNTAIN FIRE but this one started on Doyan Regional Native Corporation land about 20 miles east of Holy Cross.  Fire is burning in closed timber litter and showing minimal fire behavior.  320 acres. 90% containment. 42 personnel. 2 crews. 1 helicopters. Unknown CTD. #ReindeerLakeFire

RIM (ID)

The Rim Fire is burning in the area of Upper Snake Field Office and Bureau of Reclamation, about 10 miles southwest of American Falls in brush and tall grass.  Fire behavior is moderate with creeping. Structures are being threatened. 873 acres. 60% contained. 44 personnel. 1 crew. 3 engines. $50K CTD.  #RimFire

SANTIAGO (CA)

This wildfire is burning in the Ocean County (OCFA Fire District) off of Highway 241 and Santiago Canyon Road.  The fire started around 1615 hours on June 11, 2018. 1 minor injury to a Firefighter.  Firefighters will remain on the fire ground until the end of the night.  Forward rate of spread has been stopped at 1930 hours. 155 acres. 10% containment. #SantiagoFire

SAWMILL FIRE (AZ)

The Sawmill Fire is located on Navajo Region/BIA lands, about 10 miles north of Ft. Defiance in timber and brush.  600 acres. 80% containment. 69 personnel. 2 crews. 4 engines. 1 helicopter. $1.6M CTD. #SawmillFire

SCENIC LOOP COMPLEX (TX)

This Complex is made up of 3 fires which started on private land about 15 miles north of Ft. Davis in timber, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Rain occurred over the fire on Sunday. 26,042 acres. 80% contained. 272 personnel. 4 crews. 50 engines. 5 helicopters. $1.2M CTD. #ScenicLoopComplexFires

SOAP LAKE (WA)

This wildfire started on Monday, June 11, 2018, at an unknown time or from an exact cause in Soap Lake/Grant County, Washington.   Fire crews were dispatched at 1947 hours PDT with the following responding:  AR443, BLM11, BLM13 C6201 E6695 E6696.  All resources on-scene at 1900 hours.  Reporting 300 acres and growing. 0% containment. #SoapLakeFire #Milepost81Fire #HighHillsFire

UPDATE 2124 hours | Due to poor signal, fire size is very rough estimate from the Sheriff’s Office between 100 – 1,000 acres | DNR Wildcad showed approximate time at 1900 hours around 300 aces.

UPDATE 2025 hours | Dispatched just called out a 4-alarm fire and for all resources to respond.

SOLDIER CANYON (NM)

Soldier Canyon wildfire is located 1 mile northeast of Mescalero and burning timber, brush and medium logging slash. Minimal fire behavior. 1204 acres. 28% contained. 392 personnel. 11 crews. 14 engines.  4 helicopters. $1.7M CTD. #SoldierCanyonFire

SOUTH (CA)

The South Fire is burning in Los Angeles County, about 5 miles southwest of Santa Clarita where several fires have broken out. This fire is burning in chaparral, brush and tall grass with it currently being at a minimal fire behavior occurring. 175 acres. 92% containment.  312 personnel. 8 crews. 25 engines. $825K CTD. #SouthFire

TRAIL MOUNTAIN (UT)

The Trail Mountain Fire is burning on Manti-Lasal NF lands, about 15 miles northwest of Orangeville in timber and brush.  The fire behavior is moderate with creeping and isolated torching. Structures are threatened.  1,737 acres. 41% contained. 259 personnel. 7 crews. 11 engines. 5 helos. $2.5M CTD.  #TrailMtnFire

UTE PARK (NM)

The Ute Park Fire is burning 1 mile east of Ute Park in timber, brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior.  36,740 acres.  77% contained. 415 personnel.  8 crews. 11 engines. 7 helicopters. 14 structures lost.  $7.9M CTD.

WILLOW CREEK (UT)

Willow Creek Fire ignited within the last 24 hours in the Uinta/Wasatch-Cache National Forest, located about 20 miles southeast of Heber.  Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and spotting has been reported. Road, area and trail closures are in effect.  Fire is being managed with a strategy other than fire suppression without a type 1 or type 2 IMT assigned.  453 acres. 10% containment.  86 personnel. 2 crews. 3 engines. 1 helicopters. $50K CTD. #WillowCreekFire

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(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2250 hours PDT

Colorado Wildfire: #BrindlewayFire

STAGECOACH, Colorado – A wildfire broke out on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 around 1813 hours PDT.  Wildland fire resources were dispatched at Craig Interagency Dispatch Center around 1340 hours.

Fire crews quickly put the fire out at 1813 hours.

The fire was held to an 0.1 acres.

No word on the cause.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2105 PDT 

Colorado Wildfire: 416 Fire Going Strong | 2

DURANGO, Colo. – A wildfire named the 416 Fire started at 1000 hours MDT on Friday, June 1, 2018, from an unknown cause.  It is still being investigated.

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Photo Credit | Wyoming Hotshots

CURRENT STATUS

Fire Status:

  • 2,255 acres
  • 10% containment status
  • Moderate with possible adverse weather moving in possibly producing rain, drying lightning and gusty winds

Roadways:

  • US Hwy 550 has been reopened but with limitations to through traffic only from 1030 hours to 1800 hours.  Law Enforcement (La Plata Co SO, Colorado State Patrol, CO DOT and Durango PD) will escort vehicles through the closed area from mile markers 35.5 to 43.5.
  • If fire activity increases, Hwy 550 could close again
  • Fire vehicles in the area, use caution when driving on roadways
  • Fire has NOT crossed over Highway 550
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Photo Credit: La Plata County Government

LOCATION

The fire is located on the west side of Highway 550, about 10 miles north of Durango.  It is burning in the San Juan National Forest in La Plata County, Colorado.

RESOURCES

The IC is the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team which assumed command on 0600 on June 3, 2018.  This is a Type 3 organization.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

San Juan National Forest, La Plata County Government, USFS, BLM, Durango Fire Protection District and Upper Pine Fire Protection District.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • La Plata County – Emergency Alerts including evacuation and pre-evacuation orders on your cell phone or email.  bit.ly/CodeRed_signup
  • Hwy 550 Drivers – Don’t stop on highway as fire suppression efforts are being conducted.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Drones in Fire Zones

  • Drones were seen flying in the fire area, which were said to being flown by non-fire personnel which in turn forced fire suppression air assets to be grounded.

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  • This always  puts the lives of all whom are using fire suppression efforts in danger.  Remember that infamous saying, ” #NoDronesInFireZones” or ” #IfYouFlyWeCant” or ” #KnowBeforeYouFly”.  It is simple as 1-2-3.

Declaration(s):

  • State-of-Local disaster declared by La Plata County Manager, Joanne Spina due to (fire) and exceptional drought conditions at 1753 hours MDT.  Declaration recommended to La Plata County Board of County Commissioners that this commence for a period of excess of seven days.

EVACUATIONS

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Photo Credit | La Plata County

Mandatory evacuations:

  •  Iron Gate subdivision in the 36000 block of 550 North.
  • Rockwood south to Baker’s Bridge west of the Animas River on the east side of US Hwy 550 because of shifting winds.
  • Glacier Club/Tamarron area
  • North to Electra Lake Road
  • Chris Park and Haviland Lake areas, including campers at Haviland Lake campground
  • Electra Lake to Baker’s Bridge
  • Purgatory Ski area
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Photo Credit | La Plata County

SHELTER(S)

People:

  • Escalante Middle School – 141 Baker Lane, Durango. Register at school or Silverton Visitor Center to check in, get your resident credentials.
  • Silverton Middle School. Silverton.  RED CROSS Shelter.

Livestock:

  • La Plata County Fairgrounds – 2500 Main Avenue, Durango. Emergency Center 970-385-3700 can help with coordination.

Small Animals:

  • La Plata County Humane Society – 1111 South Camino del Rio, Durango. 970-259-2847.
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Hazardous Air Quality. Photo Credit | La Plata County

DONATIONS – OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE

4 Corners Back Country Horsemen:

  • “We are ready to help with any horse or livestock evacuations. Trailers and pasture available throughout the county. Contact:  570-228-1340.”

Per County Officials:

  • No donations are needed says the La Plata County Officials but they recommend to call the Fire Hotline at 970-385-8700 and leave your name on a list should items be needed.

Clothing/Household Donations:

  • The Discover Goodwill of Durango – 1230 Escalante Drive, Durango.  They are accepting clothing and household donations. Financial donations can be made by calling the Community Foundation serving SW Colorado.  970-259-2847.

SOURCES

We only use verified sources such as Official FIRE, EMS and Emergency Management/County Agencies.  Additionally, we also may use information out on Social Media as to eyewitness accounts and report what they are saying.

We will  thoroughly research our articles and glean information from various sources prior to posting.  Sometimes, our sources may have inaccurate information.  We attempt to post information to the best of ours and our sources’ abilities.

We appreciate you reading and following our post.  We ask that you think of those who are responding to this large wildfire incident and the residents who are having to go through mandatory evacuations, as well as some being displaced altogether. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/3/2018 @ 1130 hours PDT 

 

Colorado Wildfire: 416 Fire is a Firestorm

DURANGO, Colo. – A wildfire named the 416 Fire started at 1000 hours MDT on Friday, June 1, 2018, from an unknown cause.

Photo Credit | San Juan NF

Around 1300 hours, the fire was estimated to be between 100 – 150 acres.

Fire assets were immediately dispatched.

Road closures, evacuations are currently in effect.

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Photo Credit: La Plata County Government

LOCATION

The fire is located on the west side of Highway 550, about 10 miles north of Durango, Colorado.

RESOURCES

15 air resources are on-scene.  Lone Peak Hotshots are assigned to the incident.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

San Juan National Forest, La Plata County Government, USFS, BLM, Durango Fire Protection District and Upper Pine Fire Protection District.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • La Plata County – Emergency Alerts including evacuation and pre-evacuation orders on your cell phone or email.  bit.ly/CodeRed_signup
  • Hwy 550 Drivers – Don’t stop on highway as fire suppression efforts are being conducted.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Drones in Fire Zones

  • Drones were seen flying in the fire area, which were said to being flown by non-fire personnel which in turn forced fire suppression air assets to be grounded.  This always  puts the lives of all whom are using fire suppression efforts in danger.  Remember that infamous saying, ” #NoDronesInFireZones” or ” #IfYouFlyWeCant” or ” #KnowBeforeYouFly”.  It is simple as 1-2-3.

Evacuations:

  • 852 residences have been evacuated under mandatory orders.
  • 750 structures under pre-evacuation order notices.

Fire Growth:

  • 1345:  Fire grew to 200 acres.  Winds had shifted and coming out of the southwest.
  • 1635: Fire now estimated at 863 acres.
  • 1929:  Fire reaches 1,000 acres.  Fire behavior is calming.
  • 1945:  Fire growth to 1,100 acres. Winds are settling. Containment status unknown.  Cause under investigation.

Declaration:

  • State-of-Local disaster declared by La Plata County Manager, Joanne Spina due to (fire) and exceptional drought conditions at 1753 hours MDT.  Declaration recommended to La Plata County Board of County Commissioners that this commence for a period of excess of seven days.

Closures:

  • Hwy 550 is closed overnight.

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations:

  •  Iron Gate subdivision in the 36000 block of 550 North.
  • Rockwood south to Baker’s Bridge west of the Animas River on the east side of US Hwy 550 because of shifting winds.
  • Glacier Club/Tamarron area
  • North to Electra Lake Road
  • Chris Park and Haviland Lake areas, including campers at Haviland Lake campground
  • Electra Lake to Baker’s Bridge
  • Purgatory Ski area

Pre-evacuation orders:

  • East side of 550 North of CR 250 to Electra Lake.
  • North to Cascade Village.
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Photo Credit | La Plata County

SHELTER(S)

People:

  • Escalante Middle School – 141 Baker Lane, Durango. Register at school or Silverton Visitor Center to check in, get your resident credentials.
  • Silverton Middle School. Silverton.  RED CROSS Shelter.

Livestock:

  • La Plata County Fairgrounds – 2500 Main Avenue, Durango. Emergency Center 970-385-3700 can help with coordination.

Small Animals:

  • La Plata County Humane Society – 1111 South Camino del Rio, Durango. 970-259-2847.
Image may contain: sky, cloud, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | La Planta County

CLOSURES

  • US Hwy 550:  Both directions between mile markers 38 and 48.  Traffic being rerouted to County Road 250.

DONATIONS – OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE

4 Corners Back Country Horsemen:

  • “We are ready to help with any horse or livestock evacuations. Trailers and pasture available throughout the county. Contact:  570-228-1340.”

Per County Officials:

  • No donations are needed says the La Plata County Officials but they recommend to call the Fire Hotline at 970-385-8700 and leave your name on a list should items be needed.

Clothing/Household Donations:

  • The Discover Goodwill of Durango – 1230 Escalante Drive, Durango.  They are accepting clothing and household donations. Financial donations can be made by calling the Community Foundation serving SW Colorado.  970-259-2847.

SOURCES

We only use verified sources such as Official FIRE, EMS and Emergency Management/County Agencies.  Additionally, we also may use information out on Social Media as to eyewitness accounts and report what they are saying.

We will  thoroughly research our articles and glean information from various sources prior to posting.  Sometimes, our sources may have inaccurate information.  We attempt to post information to the best of ours and our sources’ abilities.

We appreciate you reading and following our post.  We ask that you think of those who are responding to this large wildfire incident and the residents who are having to go through mandatory evacuations, as well as some being displaced altogether. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/1/2018 @ 2320 hours PDT

 

Colorado Wildfire: New Fire in Last 24 Hours is the #SpoolFire

KIM, Colo. – A new wildfire named the #SpoolFire ignited from an unknown cause within the last 24 hours in Las Animas County or 17 miles southwest of Kim, Colorado.

Current Status

The fire has scorched 450 acres of short grass and timber.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 95% containment status.  Fire behavior is still considered to be active.

Photo Credit | DFPC

Resources

There are 42 personnel assigned along with 1 crew, 1 engine and 1 helicopter.

Incident Cooperators

American Red Cross, DFPC Fire, Juniper Valley HC

Damage Assessment

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment total so far is $30,000.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog