The Wildfire Log | McMillan Fire | CA

CALIFORNIA

CAL FIRE and SLO County FD fire crews were on-scene to a brush fire located east of McMillan Canyon Road on Highway 46 on June 12th.

Here is a timeline of the wildfire as it unfolded over Social Media:

6/12 1305 | Fire reached 10 acres with a moderate rate of spread.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1320 | Fire increased to 50 acres.

1340 | Fire behavior began to change from moderate to a rapid rate of spread, bringing it to 200 acres destroyed.

1351 | By this time, just shy over 10 minutes, the wildfire exploded into 600 acres.

1439 | Fire crews were beginning to get a handle on the wildfire and bringing the containment now to 20%.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1501 | Firefighters were still at 20% containment but the fire grew to a scary 1,000 acres.  Fire assets were brought in for fire suppression from the skies and the ground.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1626 | The fire was still increasing.  It had now reached 2,000 acres destroyed with 20% containment status remaining the same.

1523 | Firefighters were working tirelessly as they were trying to bring this fire under control and contained.  At this time, the forward progression of the fire was stopped and containment now up to 50%.  Fire Managers and Law Enforcement reopened EB traffic on Hwy 46.

1554 | As containment increased, some fire assets and personnel were slowly beginning to be released from the incident.  Progress for full containment was still the main objective.  Smoke was still visible in the northeastern portion of (SLO) the County.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1827 | Fire remained at the same 50% containment but structures were no longer threatened by the impending wildfire, thanks to the efforts by fire crews in both the air and on the ground.  Both directions of the highway were now opened but traffic was being diverted through Shandon.

2104 | CAL FIRE, CHP, and CAL Trans worked through coordination to open one WB lane on the Highway.  Once all the way open, no more traffic was said to be diverted through Shandon.

2116 | Fire equipment and personnel were due to remain on the fireline throughout the evening to strengthen containment lines and put out any hot spots that may arise.  A strike team of engines are due to be deployed to the line the following morning.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

6/13/2019 1000 | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit E3469 out of the Cayucos FS #11 worked on the containment lines.  With good weather conditions, crews were able to help those area assigned to the fire to increase the containment status even higher.

1109  | Fire objective is still the focus of fire crews. Containment increases to 75%. With more accurate mapping, Fire Managers release the total destroyed by the fire at 1,764 acres.

1631 | Fire crews have been on-scene all day and have now reached a containment status of 95%.  They have laid almost 10 miles of fireline constructed around the fire.

This is our first and last report on this wildfire since fire crews have reached their fire objective. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/13/2019 – Thursday – 2110 PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | Saucito Fire | AZ | 1

ARIVACA, ARIZONA

Update 1 | June 13, 2019 | Thursday

Firefighters were dispatched on Wednesday, June 12th to a wildfire call out located north of the border and just south of Arivaca, Arizona at 0935 hours MST.

The wildfire has destroyed 45 acres of short grass and said to be 50% contained by fire crews on Thursday at 1125 hours MST.

Fire personnel and assets were dispatched out of the Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center.

No word on the cause.

No reports of injuries to fire crews or civilians, nor any property damaged or destruction by Fire Managers.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Almond Tree Fire | AZ | 1

KINGMAN, ARIZONA

Update 1 | June 13, 2019 | Thursday

A wildfire is burning on Stockton Road and Mile Marker 38 in Kingman, Arizona which prompted fire personnel and assets to be dispatched through the Arizona Dispatch Center today at 0812 hours MST.

No word what sparked the wildfire, acreage or status of the fire.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Alaska Fires | 1

STATE OF ALASKA

Update 1 – Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 2035 PDT

LAKE MINAKOKOSA FIRE (#221)

The LAKE MINAKOKOSA FIRE is located about 50 miles east of Kobuk, Alaska.

The wildfire was knocked down after effective drops from water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft and extensive work completed by the smokejumpers on the north end of the lake.  The fire is said to have started at a construction work site and where smokejumpers are working to contain the fire.

There is an estimated 15 acres of tundra and sparse spruce trees burning.  They are expecting the fire to be fully contained in a few days.

KUYUKUTUK FIRE (#224)

BLM firefighters responded today to a new wildfire located 17 miles north of Russian Mission.  Aircraft from the BLM AFS Galena Fire Management Zone sent an aircraft to check out the possible fire. Once the crew arrived, they observed the fire active and burning through tundra.

Photo of the Kuyukutuk Fire (#224) is burning in tundra about 17 miles north of Russian Mission and Marshal on June 10, 2019. It is estimated to be 15 acres in size.

The Kuyukutuk Fire | Credit: Tony Chapman of the BLM AFS team

Two fire bosses and eight smokejumpers whom just completed fire suppression on nearby DARBY MOUNTAINS FIRE about 15 miles northwest of Koyuk were diverted to this wildfire.  Smokejumpers arrived around 1500 hours.

Fire PIO is unsure if there are any structures or other high value risks in the area.

They are  being managed with a strategy other than a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned:

NORTH RIVER FIRE

The NORTH RIVER fire is burning in the Galena Zone on Bureau of Land Management or known as BLM on their lands, about 38 miles NE of Koyuk.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, flanking and backing.

SWAN LAKE

The SWAN LAKE fire is burning in lands managed by the Alaska Department of Forestry or AK DOF in the Kenai-Kodiak Area, about 12 miles NE of Sterling.  Active fire behavior is with group torching, flanking and backing.  There has been 2,547 acres of timber and short grass burned.  There is a 0% containment status at the time of this posting.

HOW TO REPORT A WILDFIRE | Call 9-1-1 or 800-237-3633.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 3

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Update 3 | June 10, 2019 | 2100 hours PDT

Incident Summary | A wildfire, called the DRY SAGE FIRE is burning on Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington State.  Fire assets were dispatched on June 8th around 1006 hours.

Current Fire Status | The fire has destroyed about 397 acres of short grass and brush.  Crews have reached a 70% containment status.

Resources | There are about 31 total personnel assigned along with 10 engines.

Costs-To-Date | Total expenses as of today’s date have reached $75,000.00.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Jordan Fire | CA | 1

TULARE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Update 1 | Monday, June 10, 2019 | 1945 hours PDT

Incident Summary | A wildfire started on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9, 2019, which is located in the Golden Trout Wilderness is west of Black Rock.  The fire appears to be burning downslope towards Jordan Hot Springs.

Incident Name | It has been named the JORDAN FIRE.

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Credit: USFS – Inyo NF

Size Up | The fire is approximately 150 acres and burning in the 2002 McNally fire burn scar.

Cause | Fire Managers have determined the the cause was related to lightning which was active in the area just before the fire ignited.

Challenges Faced | Fire crews are challenged with large amount of dead standing trees and downed logs, as well as thick decadent brush.  Personnel were expected to be helicoptered in to assess the needs of the fire and to determine what fire tactics are needed.

Credit: Sequoia NF

Resources | Resources include:  one helicopter, two crews and one engine.   Additional resources are on order.   The Inyo NF’s Type 3 Organization has been activated.   Personnel from neighboring Sequoia NF was also en route to assist in the wildfire fight.

Areas Open | The Golden Trout Wilderness is posting on their Social Media that the area is opened and has several roadway entrances that hikers and campers can easily access.

Alerts | The Inyo National Forest’s Mammoth and Mono Basin Visitor’s Centers will not be issuing fuelwood permits during the week of June 9-15, 2019.

How to Be Fire Smart | 

Give Smokey a hand! Follow these rules for campfire safety and wildfire prevention:

1. Make sure you are at a site that allows campfires.
2. Make sure there are no burn bans and it’s not too windy.
3. Lastly, Smokey’s friends never play with matches, lighters, lighter fluid or other flammable liquids.

For more campfire safety visit: https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 2

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH @ 0115 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire, called the DRY SAGE FIRE is burning on Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington State.

Fire assets were dispatched on June 8th around 1006 hours.

Current Fire Status

There has been about 397 acres of grass and brush destroyed.

Resources

SE 540 and SE 700 are showing attached to this incident.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

Fire Event | Era of Megafires | Cle Elum, Washington

CLE ELUM, WASHINGTON

ERA OF MEGAFIRES,

A Multimedia Digital Video Presentation

Kittitas Fire Adapted Communities Coalition and The Nature Conservacy in Washington – Central Cascades Forest are host to this great fire event to be held in Cle Elum, Washington.

The event will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 1800 hours PDT (6pm) to 2000 hours PDT (8pm) at the Swauk Teanaway Grange #984.  It is located at 1361 W. Ballard Hill Road in Cle Elum, Washington State 98922.

This is a FREE event and open to all.  It is sponsored by the Washington Department of Resources (WA DNR) Landowner Assistance Program.

The presentation is said to discuss the increased firestorms, or destructive megafires well over 100,000 acres and how they impact our personal and business lives.   Learn about ways to be prepared, the research and the visual storytelling from the award-winning film company, NORTH 40 PRODUCTIONS.

You will surely be educated and a must-see for fire prone communities.  More details here (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/events/375005303138275/

Wishing we could but we have other commitments but we encourage you and your family to attend this very informative and engaging event. – Ed.

2019 NW Fire Blog (repost)

 

The Wildfire Log | Gold Creek Fire | WA | 1

STEVENS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

JUNE 8, 2019 – SATURDAY – 2355 HOURS PDT

Fire assets and personnel were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Communication Center to respond to a wildfire on Gold Creek Loop Road in Stevens County, Washington State at 1936 hours PDT.

NC 61 arrived on-scene and assumed Incident Command.

There is no known cause at this time, nor any additional details other than there is a note in their CAD system stating resources will be returning on June 9th, Sunday.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Rail Fire | AZ | 1

ARIZONA

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019, 1515 HOURS MST

Incident Summary

A wildfire, named the RAIL FIRE is burning in Arizona in an unknown location that started today from an unknown cause.

Fire personnel and assets were dispatched through the Phoenix Interagency Fire Center this afternoon at 1424 hours MST.

Current Fire Status

The current fire status is that this is an active incident with 0.5 acres burned.

Social Media

#RailFire #AZwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog