Castolon Fire | Texas | 2

A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

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TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

Crews coordinated with Mexican fire crews last night and were able to keep the fire on both sides to holding it in place.  They ended their join fire operations on Friday night.

On Saturday, firefighters with the TX A&M Forestry Service along with from the park and the Diablos were tasked with working and monitoring the fire for any possible flare ups as winds were beginning to pick and temps rising to over 100* F.

Two structures were reportedly lost.  Fire suppression and containment costs to date have reached $17,000.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted on 5/25/2019 @ 1732 PDT



(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/25/2019 @ 0030 hours PDT

Castolon Fire | Texas | 1


A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

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TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

It is burning now along three miles of the Rio Grande between Santa Elena Canyon and Buenos Aires campsites in the Big Bend National Park.  Lat/Long 29.134, -103.514

The cause is currently under investigation. It was determined to have ignited on the Mexican side


The fire has destroyed 990 acres of riparian vegetation, old growth mesquite and non-native plants, such as river cane and salt cedar.

Additionally, the historic barracks building which was the location of the La Harmonia Store and Castolon Visitor Center suffered extensive damage and with a restroom facility building.

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Destroyed barracks. | Photo Credit: NPS/T.VandenBerg.

Fire crews were able to save other historic and modern structures, as well as providing structure protection to the Cottonwood Campground.

Fire crews have successfully gained a 50% containment status and will continue with fire suppression on the fire’s edge, engage in mop-up operations and cold trail.


There are 44 fire personnel assigned to this incident.


At this time, the Old Maverick Road, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and River Road West from Buenos Aires to Castolon are closed for visitor safety and for fire crews to work as efficiently as possible. (Big Bend National Park)


Fire Managers expect the weather temps to increase into the 100’s, low RH and wind which we all know is prime elements to a firestorm.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/25/2019 @ 0030 hours PDT

Active Wildfires | United States | Sep 25 2016

Though Fall is upon us, the Fire Season still has some left to give leaving a few fires still burning across the United States.  Here is a recap of them:


Fulton Fire (25 miles East of Payson)  2266 acres. 45% contained. 394 personnel.  9 crews. 15 engines. 3 helicopters. 0 structures.  $3.2 Million Cost-to-date.

Fill Fire (10 miles West of Show Low)  1613 acres. 0% contained.


Bell Fire (off Hwy 49, north of Plymouth) CAL Fire incident.  Started 9/23/2016. Cause under investigation. 45 acres. 90% contained. 150 personnel. 18 engines. 5 crews. 4 airtankers. 2 helicopters. 2 dozers. 3 water tenders.  Burning Moderate ROS in grass.

Cow Fire (off Whitmore Road and Old Cow Creek Road)  70 acres. 0% contained.

Soberanes Fire (7 miles NW of Big Sur)  126,693 acres. 77% contained. 2072 personnel. 42 crews. 97 engines. 22 helicopters. 68 structures lost. $224.6 Million Cost-to-date.

Owens Fire (10 miles NE of Mammoth Lakes)  5443 acres. 80% contained. 205 personnel. 5 crews. 9 engines. 2 helicopters. 4 structures lost. $4.3 Million Cost-to-date.

Soup Complex (16 miles NE of Likely) 2647 acres. 60% contained. 5 crews. 10 engines. 2 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $5.1 Million Cost-to-date.


Beaver Creek Fire (24 miles North of Walden)  38,380 acres. 75% contained. 37 personnel.  2 engines. 2 helicopters. 17 structures lost. $29.8 Million Cost-to-date.

Silver Creek Fire (10 miles East of Phippsburg)  470 acres. 0% contained.


Pioneer Fire (8 miles North of Idaho City)  188,404 acres. 65% contained. 360 personnel. 5 crews. 14 engines. 4 helicopters. 6 structures lost. $94.4 Million Cost-to-date.


Briggs Fire (10 miles NE of Beaver) 8883 acres. 70% contained.


Broadway Fire (30 miles NW of Walden)  2121 acres.  10% contained.

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(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

UPDATE | #HiddenPines in Bastrop County, Texas | October 22, 2015


The #HiddenPines Wildfire burning in Bastrop County, Texas that started on October 13, 2015 around noon has reached an 80% containment status and not without further damage to its surroundings.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb


The fire cause is unknown at this time but is still being investigated.


Many resources are still attached to this incident, including the following:

  • 263 Personnel
  • (2) Type 2 Initial Attack Handcrews
  • (5) Type 3 Engines
Structures are saved from the Fire. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Houses are saved from the Fire. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

  • (1) Type 4 Engine
  • (19) Type 6 Engines
  • (2) Dozers
  • (4) Water Tenders
  • (1) Air Attack
  • (2) Single Airtankers

*Airtankers are on stand-by and have not been used for several days.*

[Pictured above:  A “Single Engine Air Tanker” or known as a “SEAT” drops a load down below.


Emergency Feed & Hay Distribution

  • Hours of Operations:  For affected Livestock owners: 9-5 10/22,23, 26, 27, 28 at the Bastrop Show Barn.
  • Livestock grazing on grass or hay:  You can get help with feed and hay, made possible by donations from citizens and agricultural agencies. Contact:  Rachel Bauer, County Extension Agent, if you have questions at (512) 468-7953. Agricultural producers need to report grazing, hay and fencing losses to Rachel Bauer as well.

Hidden Pine fire


Fire crews are currently in patrol and mop-up stages near structures and currently holding to its current burned area of 4,582 acres.  No injuries reported. 64 Homes have been destroyed.

“BURN BAN IS STILL IN EFFECT. DO NOT BURN OR YOU WILL BE HELD TO THE HIGHEST ACCOUNT THE LAW WILL ALLOW!” – Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management via their Facebook Page.

We know  they are facing dry drought conditions and fire behavior has been very extreme these past several weeks. Please respect the environment and be Fire Smart.


A TFR has been in place over the fire to protect all involved with this incident.

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog



  • E of Jackson in Amador and Calaveras County, CA
  • Started on 9/9/15 @ 1426 PDT
  • Unknown Cause


  • 71,780 acres
  • 40% contained
  • 6400 structures threatened
  • 233 homes & 175 outbuildings destroyed
  • 15 structures damaged



Calaveras County

  • West Murray Creek/Murraydale Lane (Entire Street)
  • .All areas east from Mountain Ranch Road at Calaveritas Road south to Fricot City Road
  • Calaveritas Road (The east side of Calaveritas)
  • Costa Road south to Fourth Crossing to Hwy 49 (The southeast side).
  • East side of Hwy 49 at Fourth Crossing
  • South to Cosgrove. (Cosgrove is not evacuated but is under and Advisory)
  • All areas north from Dogtown Road at French Gulch creek east to San Domingo Road to Sheep Ranch Road
  • The areas north along Sheep Ranch Road at Avery Sheep Ranch to the intersection of Morris Rd/Valley View Road.
  • Hwy 26 in Mokelumne Hill at Italian Vista to West Point all areas to include Glencoe, Westpoint and Wilseyville.
  • Bald Mountain Road, Winton Road Blue Mountain Road, Mitchell Mill Road, Skunk Hollow Road.
  • The entire areas of Railroad Flat, Mountain Ranch and Sheep Ranch, to include all outlying areas east of these towns. Summit Level Road, Swiss Ranch Road, Armstrong Road and Scott Road


Amador County

  • Canyon View
  • Fig Tree Lane
  • Pondersosa Way
  • Tabeau Road south of Arrowhead to Amador Road
  • Ranch Drive
  • Aqueduct Grove Road
  • Hwy 88 from Ranch Road East to Tiger Creek Road (Red Corral and Buckhorn Areas).

Calaveras County

  • The corridor along Hwy 49 from the Amador County Line south to the city limits of Angels Camp
  • All areas east of Hwy 49 that were previously released are now under an advisory. The areas southeast of Calaveritas Road to Costa Road.
  • The areas along Fricot City Road along the southside to Sheep Ranch Road.
  • The areas South of Avery Sheep Ranch Road to Morris Road in Avery.
  • The town of Murphys, Forrest Meadows, Avery and along the Hwy 4 corridor from Avery to Arnold, including the town of Arnold.



  • Jackson Rancheria Hotel, 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson
  • Jenny Lind Veterans Hall, 189 Pine Street, Valley Springs, CA
  • Good Samaritan Church, 4684 Baldwin Street, Valley Springs
  • Burson Full Gospel Church, 3201 Hwy 12, Burson
  • Glory Bound Fellowship, 3061 Hwy 12, Burson
  • Church of Christ, 703 Paloma Rd, Valley Springs, CA

The Red Cross has provided Shelters for over 1,000 evacuees in the first 5 days of this fire incident.  They have provided over 4500 meals with the assistance of 75 volunteers.

Pet Shelters

Calaveras County

  • Calaveras County Fairgrounds

Amador County

  • Amador County Fairgrounds, contact Kelly Reason at 530-503-5233


  • Personnel:  4961
  • Fire Engines: 519
  • Fire Crews:  92
  • Airtankers:  8
  • Helicopters:  18
  • Dozers:  115
  • Water Tenders:  60


CCWD has setup 3 emergency fill stations for County resident who have lost their water sources.  These are potable water locations and are free-of-charge on a temporary basis.

  • West Point Fire Station, 195 Spink Rd – West Point
  • Ebbetts Pass Fire Station, 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold
  • Jenny Lind Water Treatment Plant, 3561 Silver Rapids Road, Valley Springs


Red Cross

  • Checks to –> Gold County Region. Designate your donation “CA Wildfires” 1565Exposition Blvd, Sacramento CA 95815
  • Call –> 916-993-7080

Salvation Army

  • Tax ID #94-1170408
  • Checks to –> Calaveras unit:  Calavareas Health & Human Services. 509 E St. Charles ST., San Andreas 95249.
  • Call to –> Kathy 209-754-6851

Resource Connection Food Bank

  • Tax ID #94-2705790
  • Checks to –> PO Box 919, San Andreas CA 95249
  • Call to –> 209-754-1257


  • Amador County Sheriff
  • Calaveras County Sheriff
  • BLM
  • PG&E
  • CHP
  • Amador Fire Protection District
  • Calaveras PUD
  • CDCR
  • Sutter Creek Fire Department
  • State Parks
  • California Conservation Corp


Calaveras County

  • SR 26 from Mokelumne Hill to Ridge Road
  • Ridge Road closed to Railroad Flat Road
  • Railroad Flat Road closed to Mountain Ranch Road
  • Mountain Ranch Road closed to Hwy 49
  • Michel Road is closed.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog