Wildfires Over 25,000 Acres | YTD | Sep 9 2016

We all know that even though it is Fall, the Fire Season is not quite over yet.  Here is a recap of some pretty large fires since we began covering them in 2016.  There are plenty that are missing from this list and we are working to include them on this list.

FIRES OVER 100,000 ACRES

PIONEER FIRE – IDAHO

  • Near Deadwood Reservoir & National Forest System Rd 579
  • Active Fire
  • 182,445 acres
  • 56% contained
  • Cause unknown

RANGE 12 FIRE – WASHINGTON STATE

  • Moved from Yakima Training Center on to BLM Lands, State & private lands
  • July 2016
  • 100% contained
  • 176,600 acres
  • Cause is unknown

HOT POT FIRE – NEVADA

  • 35 Miles North of Battle Mountain
  • July 2016
  • 100% contained
  • 122,292 acres
  • Lightning strike

SOBERANES FIRE – CALIFORNIA

  • Los Padres National Forest,
  • Ventana Wilderness
  • Monterey County
  • Active Fire since July 2016
  • 103,242 acres
  • 60% contained
  • Illegal campfire in Garrapta State Park

FIRES OVER 50,000 ACRES

HENRYS CREEK FIRE – IDAHO

  • 7 miles East of Idaho Falls
  • 100% contained
  • August 2016
  • 52,972 acres
  • Human-caused / still under investigation

FIRES OVER 40,000 ACRES

CEDAR FIRE – ARIZONA

  • 18 miles NW of Whiteriver
  • 10 miles South of Pinetop-Lakeside/Show Low
  • 100% contained
  • June 2016
  • 45,977 acres
  • Undetermined cause

CHIMNEY FIRE – CALIFORNIA

  • Near Lake Nacimiento
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • 100% contained
  • September 2016
  • 46,344 acres
  • Cause unknown

NORTH FIRE – NEW MEXICO

  • 25 miles SW of Magdalena
  • 100% contained
  • May 2016
  • 42,102 acres
  • Lightning caused

MAPLE FIRE – WYOMING

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • 3.67 miles NE of the town of West Yellowstone
  • 3.57 miles SW of MT Holmes Lookout
  • Active Fire
  • August 2016  – September 2016
  • 42,000 acres
  • Unknown containment status
  • Lightning caused

RAIL FIRE – OREGON

  • 5 miles west of Unity
  • Wallowa – Whitman National Forest
  • Active Fire
  • 95% contained
  • July 2016 – September 2016
  • 41,716 acres
  • Unknown cause

SAND FIRE – CALIFORNIA

  • Angeles National Forest
  • NB Hwy 14/Sand Canyon
  • 100% contained
  • July 2016 – August 2016
  • 41,432 acres
  • Cause unknown

FIRES OVER 30,000 ACRES

BEAVER CREEK FIRE – COLORADO

  • Routt National Forest
  • 24 miles north of Walden
  • Active Fire
  • 62% containment status
  • 37,674 acres
  • July 2016 – September 2016
  • Unknown cause

BLUE CUT FIRE – CALIFORNIA

  • Cajon Pass
  • San Bernardino County
  • Off of I-15 and Hwy 138
  • North of San Bernardino
  • 100% contained
  • 36,274 acres
  • July 2016 – August 2016
  • Cause is still under investigation

CHERRY ROAD FIRE – OREGON

  • Vale District
  • East of Owyhee Reservoir
  • 100% contained
  • 35,308 acres
  • August 2016
  • Unknown cause

CLIFF CREEK FIRE – WYOMING

  • 5 miles north of Bondurant
  • Bridger – Teton National Forest
  • Active Fire
  • 97% contained
  • July 2016 – September 2016
  • 33,775 acres
  • Lightning caused

REY FIRE – CALIFORNIA

  • Los Padres National Forest
  • Near White Rock Day Use Picnic Area
  • Unknown containment status
  • 32,606 acres
  • Cause unknown

GAP FIRE – CALIFORNIA

  • Klamath National Forest
  • Happy Camp
  • Seiad Valley
  • Active Fire
  • 85% containment status
  • August 2016 – September 2016
  • 31,864 acres
  • Unknown cause

JUNIPER FIRE – ARIZONA

  • Tonto National Forest
  • Approximately 10 miles south of Young
  • 100% contained
  • May 2016 – July 2016
  • 30,631 acres
  • Lightning caused

FIRES OVER 25,000 ACRES

CEDAR FIRE – CALIFORNIA

  • Sequoia National Forest
  • 5 Miles East of Glennville
  • Active Fire
  • 98% contained
  • August 2016 – September 2016
  • 29,322 acres
  • Cause under investigation

COOPER KING FIRE – MONTANA

  • Lolo National Forest
  • The junction of the Thompson and Clark Fork Rivers
  • Active Fire
  • July 2016 – September 2016
  • 70% contained
  • 28,534 acres
  • Unknown cause

 

Thank you for following us throughout our journey on this Fire Season so far.  Don’t go yet…. Fire Season is still upon us and we will cover Fire news all year round.

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Cedar Fire | California | Aug 20, 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Helicopter preparing for bucket drops

Helicopter preparing for bucket drops. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start Date / Time

The Cedar Fire started on August 16, 2016, at 1630 hours from an unknown cause.

Location

The fire is burning near Cedar Creek on the Greenhorn Mountains above Wofford Heights near Lake Isabella on the Sequoia National Forest of the Kern River Ranger District.

Current Fire Status

Via Inciweb:

Smoke persisted over the fire area most of the day, providing shade that helped raise relative humidity and slow fire growth. The acreage increase—approximately 1,200 acres—was the smallest increment since the fire started. On the west perimeter, the fire crossed Sandy Creek Road in several places.

Building direct line to contain these stringers of fire was not possible, but firefighters today scouted a route where a dozer line can be constructed toward Telephone Ridge to protect ranches and homes south of Sandy Creek Road.

Structure protection continued in the Panorama Heights area on the west side, with firefighters using dozer lines, hose lays, and retardant drops to protect homes that might be in the fire’s path.

Firefighters built line around a two-acre spot fire near Tobias Peak. A contingency line, consisting of dozer and handline, from Tobias Meadow to Baker Point was expected to be completed tonight. Tonight, firefighters will aim to check fire growth, so that contingency lines can continue to be built away from the fire’s leading edges.

The fire has moved out of areas of heavy beetle-killed trees on the east and south sides. But with all vegetation remaining dry and drought-stressed, active fire behavior and smoke are expected overnight. The intense fire behavior and threat of weakened and dead trees falling in burned and unburned areas remain hazardous for firefighters, limiting their ability to work close to the fire’s edge.

Weather 

The slight chance of thunderstorms predicted for the fire area today failed to materialize, with no storms developing closer than 30 miles away. Dry weather and partly cloudy skies are expected overnight, with maximum relative humidity expected to reach 30 to 40 percent. Terrain-driven winds will prevail, with westerly ridge winds to around 10 mph in the early evening, becoming northwest overnight.

COMMAND

Incident Commanders Mike Minton, California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 representing the U.S. Forest Service, and Bill Steers, Kern County.

RESOURCES

Fire Response

There are currently 1,197 firefighters.

Equipment / Resources

24 hand crews, 85 engines, 13 helicopters, 17 dozers, 21 water tenders.

EVACUATIONS / SHELTER RESOURCES

Precautionary Evacuations (Prepare to Leave in Future)

  • Pala Ranches
  • Homestead Tract
  • Residences north of Anchorage Road

Recommended Evacuation Order (Fire is an imminent Threat. Leave, Shelter Away Fire)

  • Alta Sierra
  • Slick Rock
  • Shirley Meadows

Mandatory Evacuations

  • Posey
  • Pine Flat
  • Pine Mountain
  • Sugarloaf, including Sugarloaf Mountain Park and Sugarloaf Village
  • California Hot Springs
  • Panorama Heights
  • McClenny Tract
  • Spear Creek Mountain Homes
  • White River Summer Homes
  • Portuguese Meadow
  • Balance Rock
  • Idlewild
  • Poso Park

Evacuation Shelters

People Shelters

  • St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Wofford Heights (open 24 hours a day)
  • First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella, 3701 Suhre St., Lake Isabella

Pets & People (Small Animals)

  • Granite Hills High School in Porterville (1701 E. Putnam Ave). The shelter can accommodate cats, dogs and other small pets.

Pets & People (Large Animals / Livestock)

  • Evacuees with large animals and livestock can contact Terry Way’s Ranch and Equine Rescue at 918-541-3572 (416 N. Anderson Way, Exeter).

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Cost-To-Date

$8 Million.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Fire Info Meetings

California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 and Kern County Fire Department personnel, with representatives from the Sequoia National Forest and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, will provide fire updates and answer questions at two public meetings on Sunday, August 21:

  • Linns Valley-Poso Flat Elementary School, 158 White River Rd., Glennville, at 5 p.m.
  • Ducor Union Elementary School cafeteria, 23761 Ave. 56, Ducor, at 7:30 p.m.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are using Hashtags – #CedarFire  #CaWILDFIRE  #NWFireBlogCA

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CA Wildfire: Cedar Fire | Aug 18, 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Cedar Fire started on August 16, 2016, at 1630 hours near Cedar Creek on the Greenhorn Mountains above Wofford Heights near Lake Isabella on the Sequoia National Forest of the Kern River Ranger District.

Active fire with group torching of vegetation, uphill fire runs and spotting ahead of fire.  Rapid fire growth exacerbated by tree mortality is limiting direct attack options.  Anticipated growth on fire to the North and Northeast.

Cedar Fire (Courtesy:  Inciweb)

Cedar Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

SIZE

It has burned 9,500 acres of grass and timber.

COMMAND

It is currently being managed by and is in Unified Command with CA IMT Team #5, US Forest Service and Kern County Fire Department.

RESOURCES

There are currently 915 firefighters assigned to this incident.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using Hashtags – #CedarFire  #CaWILDFIRE  #NWFireBlogCA

Follow Us! – @nwfireblog (Twitter) and The NW Fire Blog (Facebook),  2016 CA Wildfires (Facebook)

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WA Wildfire: Halfway Fire | August 9 2016

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest | The Halfway Fire from an unknown cause on Forest Service, about 25 miles West of Naches, Washington State.  The cause is still under investigation.

About 75 acres of timber have been consumed.  Fire crews were successful in laying hose lines and are in mop-up operations with a 90% containment status.  However, the remaining 10% is on the NW flank in inaccessible area.

Halfway Flat and Sawmill Flat campgrounds, Boulder Cove and Rd 1704 are all closed until further notice.

There are still 34 personnel attached to this incident.

No injuries have been reported and no reports of damage or destruction to property have been reported additionally.

There are no #FireImages for this fire available.

Hashtags used for this fire are #HalfwayFire #WaWILDFIRE #NWFireBlogWA

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Los Padres NF’s #ColemanFire Starting to see Containment – June 5, 2016

Updated 2030 PDT

Credit: Los Padres NF

Credit: Los Padres NF

Incident Summary

A wildfire exploded on to the fire scene just West of King City, California, on the boundary of Fort Hunter Liggett on the Los Padres National Forest and Monterey Ranger District Saturday, June 4th around 1433 Hours PDT.

By 1500 hours, the fire was moving at a rapid pace and fire conditions were extreme and growing to 3,000+ acres prompting the Forest Service to go into a Unified Command with CAL Fire.  A full-response of crews was initiated.

Fire fuels include: very dry vegetation.

Command

A CIMT Type 1 assumed Command as of 1800 hours this evening.  ICs are J. McGowan, USFS; S. Reeder, CAL Fire and J. Minetti, FHL.

Resources

There are still 645 fire personnel tied to this incident, along with (7) Type-1 Air Tankers, (3) Type 1 Helitankers, (2) Type 2 and (2) Type 1 Helicopters.

Fire Status

At the time of this post, firefighters have been successful in reaching a 10% containment status around the fire.

The fire has consumed 3,200 acres.

No Injuries or known damage/destruction has been reported. (that we are aware of)

Courtesy: Inciweb

Courtesy: Inciweb

Weather

Weather conditions currently are NW Winds 3-5 m.p.h.  Weather is due to dip into lower temps later this evening.  Earlier in the day, fire conditions consisted of gusty winds.

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Texas Fires | March 24, 2016 | Update 2

Firefighters were able to contain two of three fires yesterday, leaving one that is still causing a lot of havoc.  Though firefighters are able to get a containment status, it does not necessarily mean the fires have been completely put out.

Here is a recap of fires that been ignited in the Texas Panhandle.

I40 FIRE

This fire is showing it started around 1618 hours and is located in Wheeler County.  On March 24, 2016, we reported 3,000 acres had been scorched.  Today, the fire was reported at 15,174 acres with a 95% containment status with 4 homes lost and 100 homes being threatened.  The cause of ignition is unknown.

TARA ROAD FIRE

The Tara Road Fire also started today.  It is located in Randall County.  It was quickly contained to three acres and is listed at at 100% containment.  The cause is also unknown. 1 home was lost and 3 were still being threatened.

CRUTCH FIRE

The third wildfire that ignited on March 23, 2016, has been fully contained to 100%.  Overall, Firefighters were able to keep it at  44,686 acres,  The fire has caused 2 homes to be lost.

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Texas Fires | March 23, 2016

Fires seem to be igniting all over and Texas is one of many States ablaze this Fire Season 2016.  Here is a recap of fires that are showing started today.

I40 FIRE

This fire is showing it started around 1618 hours and is located in Wheeler County.  Currently the fire has burned 3,000 acres.  It is 75% contained at the time of this posting. The cause of ignition is unknown.

TARA ROAD FIRE

The Tara Road Fire also started today.  It is located in Randall County.  It was quickly contained to three acres and is listed at at 100% containment.  The cause is also unknown. 1 home was lost and 3 were still being threatened.

CRUTCH FIRE

The Crutch Fire was fire #3 that ignited today.  It is said to be at 44,686 acres with a 30% containment.  The fire has caused 2 homes to be lost.

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UPDATE 3| #Banister Brush Fire | Thousand Oaks California

Thousand Oaks, California | Firefighters from Ventura County Fire and CALFire deployed to an original reported wildland fire on Veteran’s Day or November 11, 2015, around 1740 Hours PST.

Courtesy of Ventura County FD

Courtesy of Ventura County FD

The fire is now being referred to as the Thousand Oaks brush fire by Ventura County Fire, which is located approximately two miles of Simi Valley and off of Wood Ranch Parkway has burned approximately 40 acres.

On the evening of November 11th, over 100 Firefighters were assigned to this incident and had contained the fire to 50%.  Thursday, proved to be more successful as Firefighters gained a 75% containment status earlier in the morning and finally contained the fire to a complete 100% status earlier this evening limiting damage and saving lives.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

The cause is still unknown at this time and under investigation.

Courtesy of Ventura County FD

Courtesy of Ventura County FD

The Fire Departments like to remind those who work outdoors to be extremely careful as an impending wind storm is heading towards California bringing gusty winds and low pressure.

We wish all of you the same and to be careful out there. Thanks for following our post!

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