MILL FIRE | Arizona | 3 | Final Update

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Air tanker dropping retardant over the Mill Fire

Air tanker dropping fire retardant right over the Mill Fire in Arizona. | Courtesy: Inciweb

CAUSE

It ignited from an unknown cause that is still under undetermined and under investigation.

FUELS

Fire fuels include but are not limited to:  brush, scrub oak, juniper and grass. The environment is also very dry.  179 acres have been completely destroyed.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters have been shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground and back out again.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident on the day the fire started on Monday but have been reduced down to 70 on Tuesday.

There is a Type 3 IC (Castro) also in Command with the PIO Delores Garcia.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

With a heavy emphasis on fire suppression and containment efforts, fire crews successfully reached a 50% containment status on Tuesday afternoon.  Fire Managers reported no fire growth today which is great news.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Weather conditions include isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There were no structures under threat or damaged.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/7/2019 @ 2000 Hour MST

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 2

UPDATE | Humidity and cooler temperatures have significantly reduced fire activity tonight. Firefighters have been flown out of the immediate fire area and will be flown in tomorrow. Interior heat and gusty winds a concern for tomorrow.  2110 hours MST. (Source:  BLM AZ Wildfire)

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 1

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

#412Fire | Colorado | Newly Reported

SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST, COLORADO

The 412 Fire  was sparked by a lightning strike on June 23, 2017, located about 7 miles South of Rico, Colorado.

About 95 acres of mixed conifer along with heavy dead and downed timber has been destroyed.

2 personnel are still assigned to this incident as minimal staffing resources.  They will continue to monitor, confine and contain the fire.

An ICT 4 Command still managing this fire.

#412Fire #Colorado #COwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Fire Storm 2016 | Utah | June 11, 2016

Updated 1800 Hours PDT

 

#NorthMooreFire

Incident Summary

The North Moore fire started on June 9th around 1700 hours from lightning located about 5 miles North of Little Sahara Rec area’s main gate and NW of Redding.  The fire has scorched sagebrush grass and the torching of pinyon-juniper trees.

The fire has consumed 1,427 acres and has reached a 30% containment status.

Courtesy of Inciweb

Resources

Command of this fire is being managed by BLM’s Fillmore Field Office-West Deserit District Utah IMT3 Team ICs Brett Ostler and Nels Rasmussen (T).

127 Firefighters are assigned to this incident along with aircraft and engines.

Fire Status

Firefighters have fought the fire with aerial drops along with crews and engines keeping  the fire under control despite strong winds. Fire crews used an air tanker, four planes, six engines, a bulldozer and additional firefighters on the ground to battle the blaze.

Weather

Winds are due to gain strength with them coming out of the SW 12-20 mph with gusts up to 55 mph accompanied with rain showers.

Social Media

We are using the following #hashtags for this wildfire.

#NorthMooreFire  #UtWildfires2016 #FireStorm2016

Sources

Inciweb, Facebook, Internet

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Valley Fire started on Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours from an unknown cause that is under investigation.  It is located off High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Cobb, [in Southern Lake County] California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.

COMMAND

The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit

We have heard Command use Branches 1, 2, 4. Divisions Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, E, Golf, Hotel, Queen, Mike, November, Tango and Xray via Scanner Feed.  Division 1, 2, 4 and various Branches.

Operations spoke of Branch 2 covering Branches 1 & 2 tonight as Branch 1 was 12-hour shifted.  Others such as E221 [was short shifted] and 1Charlie were to be taken off the line this evening and sent back.

FIRE STATUS

As of 1600 hours PDT on Sunday, September 13, 2015 the fire remains at 50,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

CALFire released this statement:

“The fire is threatening critical communications infrastructure in the Geysers area, as well as, threatening the Adalin Power Plant (Cal Pine).

This morning mandatory evacuations were added in Point Lakeview Hwy and Hwy 281, Rivera West and Clearlake Rivera. There have been an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed. 5000+ are without power. Additional resources are on order and responding to this incident. “

WEATHER 

At the time [2010PDT] of this post, the weather conditions are:

  • 75 degrees
  • Partly cloudy
  • 0% Percipitation
  • 40% Humidity
  • Winds @ 2mph

Higher temps are expected on Monday with a high of 79 degrees and to become cooler on Tuesday to 73 degrees. A 60% chance of rain with temps of 65 degrees and winds of 14mph on Wednesday.

RESOURCES

Personnel

Over 1,000 Fire personnel are attached to this fire incident now being deemed as a Major disaster event.

Incident Cooperators are:

  • CALFIRE
  • South Lake County Fire Protection District
  • CHP
  • CDC
  • National Guard
  • Napa, Sonoma, Lake County Sheriff’s Departments
  • Many local governmental fire departments

Equipment

Here are the many fire suppression tools crews are using in an attempt to stop the fire.

  • 125 Fire Engines
  • 30 Fire Crews
  • 4 Airtankers
  • 16 Dozers
  • 15 Water Tenders

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations:

  • Point Lakeview Hwy
  • Hwy 281
  • Rivera West and Clearlake River
  • Hwy 29 (Kelseyville) at Hwy 175 south on Hwy 175 towards Cobb
  • Red Hills Road to Hwy 29
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 south to Seigler Canyon Road (south side of Hwy 29)
  • Hwy 29 Tubbs Lane (Calistoga, Napa County) to Hwy 29/Hwy 53(Lower Lake, Lake County) Butts Canyon Road to Napa County Line
  • Berreyssa Estates
  • Butts Canyon Road to Pope Valley
  • Communities of Cobb, Seigler Canyon, Loch Lomond, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lakes, Livermore Road, Summit Lake Road and north of the community of Angwin

Advisory Evacuation:

  • Pine Flat Road 5000 and above
  • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg 6000 block and above
  • Geysers Road out of Geyserville 9400 block and above

 

SHELTERS

  • Kelseyville Presbyterian Church in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga
  • Highland Senior Center

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Hwy 29 X Bottle Rock
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 (Kelseyville)
  • Hwy 29 X Red Hills Road
  • Hwy 29 X Seiglar Canyon Road
  • Hwy 29 from Hwy2

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • More air and fire suppression resources ordered
  • Pine Flats Fire detected on Sunday, 9/13/15 around 1543 Hours PDT. 50 acre fire.
  • Fire spreading towards Mount Saint Helena.
  • Structure Protection of 3-5 threatened Calpine Power Plants
  • Evacuation of all Calpine Power Plants except the Lakeview Plant which was still operational.

STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION THE GOVERNOR

GOVERNOR BROWN DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN LAKE AND NAPA COUNTIES

9-13-2015

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Lake and Napa counties due to the effects of the Valley Fire, which has burned thousands of acres of land and caused the evacuation of residents and damage to highways and other infrastructure.

Today’s proclamation also incorporates provisions from an executive order issued last month to expedite the debris removal process and waive fees to replace documents such as birth certificates for those affected by the fire.

The full text of the proclamation is below:

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS on September 12, 2015, the Valley Fire started in Lake County and spread into Napa County, and has rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continues to burn; and
WHEREAS this fire has destroyed multiple structures, including homes, and continues to threaten hundreds of homes, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and
WHEREAS this fire has damaged and continues to threaten critical infrastructure, and has forced the closure of major highways and local roads; and
WHEREAS a Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant has been requested and approved for the Valley Fire burning in Lake and Napa counties; and
WHEREAS on January 17, 2014, I declared a State of Emergency based on the extreme drought that has caused millions of trees to die, and increased the severity and spread of the fires throughout the State; and
WHEREAS as a result of the Valley Fire, combined with the drought conditions and other wildfires burning in the State, California’s air quality has significantly deteriorated and impacted public health; and
WHEREAS the circumstances of this fire by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and
WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist in California due to this fire.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in Lake and Napa counties.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. All agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan. Also, all citizens are to heed the advice of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.

2. The California National Guard shall mobilize under California Military and Veterans Code section 146 (mobilization in case of catastrophic fires) to support disaster response and relief efforts and coordinate with all relevant state agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and all relevant state and local emergency responders and law enforcement within the impacted areas.

3. The Orders and provisions contained in Executive Order B-33-15, dated August 27, 2015, remain in full force and effect and apply to Valley Fire in Lake and Napa counties.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 13th day of September 2015.

_____________________________
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California

ATTEST:

_____________________________
ALEX PADILLA
Secretary of State

 

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#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Valley Fire started on Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours from an unknown cause that is under investigation.  It is located off High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Cobb, [in Southern Lake County] California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.

COMMAND

The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit

We have heard Command use Branches 1, 2, 4. Divisions Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, E, Golf, Hotel, Queen, Mike, November and Xray via Scanner Feed.  Division 1, 2, 4 and various Branches. Listening to scanner feed, it is getting more complex due to the many spot fires and resources moving to cover the vastly large areas.

Operations spoke of Branch 2 covering Branches 1 & 2 tonight as Branch 1 was 12-hour shifted.  Others such as E221 [was short shifted] and 1Charlie were to be taken off the line this evening and sent back.

FIRE STATUS

As of 1530 hours PDT on Sunday, September 13, 2015 the fire has scorched 50,000 acres and is spotting on all sides.  Fire Managers over live fire feed had been discussing the fire being approximately 1-2 miles from Mount Saint Helena.

CALFire’s Incident Page states the following:

“The Valley Incident has grown to 40,000 acres, 0% containment. The fire is burning in a Southeast direction from the Community of Cobb towards the communities of Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake. The fire is also burning Northeast from the Community of Cobb near the Community of Loch Lomond to Seiglar Canyon Road.

There have been an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed. There are over 5000 residence without power. During initial attack four members of Copter 104’s crew suffered burn injuries and were transported to an area burn center. Additional resources are on order and responding to this incident. See below for Mandatory Evacuations and Road Closures.”

RESOURCES

Personnel

Over 1,000 Fire personnel are attached to this fire incident now being deemed as a Major disaster event.

Incident Cooperators are:

  • CALFIRE
  • South Lake County Fire Protection District
  • CHP
  • Lake County Sheriffs Department

Equipment

Here are the many fire suppression tools crews are using in an attempt to stop the fire.

  • 125 Fire Engines
  • 30 Fire Crews
  • 4 Airtankers
  • 16 Dozers
  • 15 Water Tenders

EVACUATIONS

New Mandatory Evacuation: Point Lakeview to Soda Bay (Hwy 281).

Mandatory Evacuations

  • Hwy 29 (Kelseyville) at Hwy 175 south on Hwy 175 towards Cobb
  • Red Hills Road to Hwy 29
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 south to Seigler Canyon Road (south side of Hwy 29)
  • Hwy 29 Tubbs Lane (Calistoga, Napa County) to Hwy 29/Hwy 53 (Lower Lake, Lake County)
  • Butts Canyon Road to Napa County Line, including Berreyssa Estates, Butts Canyon Road to Pope Valley.
  • Communities of Cobb, Seigler Canyon, Loch Lomond, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lakes.

Advisory Evacuations

  • Livermore Road
  • Summit Lake Road
  • North of the community of Angwin

SHELTERS

  • Kelseyville Presbyterian Church in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Hwy 29 X Bottle Rock
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 (Kelseyville)
  • Hwy 29 X Red Hills Road
  • Hwy 29 X Seiglar Canyon Road
  • Hwy 29 from Hwy2

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • Request from Division Tango for large animal rescue of 2 horses.
  • Major evacuations
  • Unconfirmed reports of communities being completely wiped out
  • 3 Calpine Power Plants threatened & Strike team sent in to do structure protection
  • All Calpine employees were evacuated except for the Lakeview Power Plant which was still in operation.
  • 4 injuries
  • 2 apparatus with mechanical issues, 1 with an air leak and a second one with an unknown mechanical issue [was out of service at Jellystone Park]
  • New spot fire near Pine Flats burning towards and into The Geysers, approximately 50 acres

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