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.

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NEW | Brush Fire | Florida | 1

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 1900 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary | Around noon [West Coast time] on Saturday, a large wildfire broke out in the Live Oak Reserve subdivision.  Currently, the fire has burned 165 acres and firefighters have reached a 25% containment status.

Incident Cooperators | Seminole County Fire Department, Oviedo Fire Department, Orlando Fire Department, Maitland Fire Department, Winter Park Fire Department, Orange County Fire Rescue Department. Florida Forest Service.  Oviedo PD, Seminole County Sheriff Office, Seminole County OEM and Department of Forestry.

Evacuations | Mandatory evacuations were completed of those on Woodhurst Court, Live Oak Reserve and South Riverwood Trail.  This also included the Girl Scout camp.

Evacuation Shelter |  300 Lake Mills Avenue has been opened. Food is being provided to evacuees at the shelter.  Currently, 50 residents have evacuated to the shelter. Evacuation breakdown includes 44 homes in the immediate area and 100 Girl Scout campers; 50% of the campers left the camp without their bags and personal items they brought to the camp.

South Division | Riverwood and Old River Road.  Fire in this area has been identified.  A request for a DOF Rep was requested @ 1843 Hours PDT.  Tanker 24 was reassigned @ 1851 Hours PDT to this area to help firefighters attempt to stop the fast ROS. Resources were moving over to this location.

Division 20 | Tanker 32, Woods 21, 42, 11, E64, E42 were assigned to the Girl Scout camp. Structure protection was in play.  All units were pulled out at 1900 Hours PDT. A dozer was making a line around the camp at 1902 Hours PDT.

Stand-by | Woods 27, E46 were on stand-by for a potential flare-up in an unknown location. [radio transmission garbled]

West Division | E26 was assigned to this area.  Spotting was seen behind Havel Grove where 2 plows were assigned.

East Division | E262 was assigned to this Division.  This is the unburned side of the fire.  There was zero activity in this area around 1851 Hours PDT.

REHAB | Battalion 44.

Damage Assessment | An unknown number of structures were destroyed located on the West side of the Girl Scout camp.

Demob | Some of the units were being released after they returned from REHAB.  [1917 PDT]

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Active U.S. Wildfires March 9 2017

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FIRE SUMMARY

Several States have been hit by several wildfires with over a million combined acres already scorched, just in less than a week already.

Here are multiple fires that have broken out mainly in Oklahoma but know there are more fires across the United States.  This is for March 9th, 2017.

283 Fire [OK]

3/6/2017 started.  Located in Harper County, near the communities of Rosston, Laverne and May. Damage assessments still ongoing.  Numerous still under direct threat.

72,000 acres. 11% contained. Type 4 IC in Unified Command.

Badcock Grub Road Fire [FL]

3/4/2017 started.  400 acres.  75% containment.

Broke Fence Fire [OK]

3/1/2017 started.  252 acres.  96% contained. Type 4 IC.

Bunch Mtn [OK]

3/5/2017 started.  1,100 acres.  50% contained.

Conway Ranch Fire [OK]

Latimer County. 497 acres.

Dairy Farm Fire [OK]

3/2/2017 started.  3,265 acres. 99% contained.  Type 4 IC.

Fenton Fire [KY]

3/2/2017 started.  121 acres.  40% containment.  Type 4 IC.

Hickory Tree [FL]

3/6/2017 started.  110 acres.  75% contained. Type 4 IC.

Irate Fire [OK]

3/6/2017 started. 2,000 acres.  40% contained.  Type 4 IC.

Jay Bar Ranch Fire [OK]

Delaware County.  200 acres.

Lee Williams Road [FL]

3/5/2017 started.  7,500 acres.  40% contained.  IMT2 Dolan.  3 residences and 3 outbuildings lost.

Lefors East Fire [TX]

3/7/2017 started.  135,000 acres.  100% contained. Type 4 IC in Unified command.

Lost Creek Fire [OK]

3/2/2017 started.  2,135 acres.  98% contained. ICT 4 command.

Milsap Fire [OK]

3/2/2017 started.  9,636 acres.  40% contained. Type IC3 unit. 1 residence lost.

Missala Fire [OK]

3/5/2017 started.  500 acres.  100% contained.  Type 3 IC.  1 outbuilding destroyed.

Perryton Fire [TX]

The fire started on March 6th around 1600 hours and is located in Ochiltree and Lipscomb Counties in the Texas Panhandle.

Photo from responding resoruces on Mar. 6, 2017

Courtesy: Inciweb

Texas A&M Forest Service is currently on scene with ground resources working in conjunction with local resources. Fire has skirted south of the City of Higgins. Fire behavior is moderate to high. Two homes have been reported as lost.

318,056 acres. 75% contained. Type 3 IC in Unified Command.  2 residences and 9 outbuildings destroyed.

Selman Fire [OK]

Located approximately 10 miles North of Woodward.  In Harper and Woodward Counties. 47,289 acres. 10% containment status. Multiple homes and secondary structures were lost but a damage assessment is ongoing.   Numerous structures are under direct threat.

There was a zero fire growth as of Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.

Spring Creek Farm Fire [OK] 

3/3/2017 started. 687 acres.  90% contained. Type 4 IC.

Staples Road Fire [OK]

Atoka County.  900 acres.

Starbuck Fire [OK & KS]

3/6/2017 started. Oklahoma Dept. of Forestry. The fire is located two miles West of Gate, Oklahoma. 715,484 acres. 10% contained. Type 4 IC in Unified Command. Part of the NW OK Complex Wildfire.  The cause is currently unknown and under investigation.

Near OK communities of Buffalo, Knowles, Gate, Rosston and Laverne.  Communities have suffered tremendous losses of homes, secondary structures, livestock and other infrastructure.  Several communities still remain threatened.  Damage assessments are still ongoing.

ROS was limited with a zero growth rate as of yesterday, March 8th.

Taylor Fire [OK]

Adair County.  100 acres.

Territory Fire [OK]

3/6/2017. 500 acres. 78% contained.  Type 3 IC.

Trail Fire [FL]

3/5/2017 started.  1,065 acres.  75% contained.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

BREAKING NEWS: Trio of Fires Burn in Oklahoma

Updated Midnight PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A trio of wildfires are currently burning in the State of Oklahoma in the East Central area.  The start/date and causes are unknown at this time of this post but we are working to gain that information for future fire updates.

Here is what we know so far.

Beaver Mountain Fire

The Beaver Mountain Fire is located 4 miles NE of Quinton and burning timber and hardwood litter.  It is under the jurisdiction of OK Dept. of Forestry where extreme fire behavior with running and short-range spotting have been reported.

Fire crews have reached a 30% containment status.

Already the fire has consumed 4,500 acres and continue to rage on.

There are 8 personnel assigned to this incident, along with 3 engines and 1 helicopter.

The cost-to-date is currently at $15,000.

#BeaverMtnFire  #OKDOF  #FireImages

McNally Flats Fire

The McNally Flats Fire is located 15 miles NE of McAlester and is being managed by the OK DOF.

The fire has destroyed 317 acres of hardwood litter. Currently, there is minimum fire behavior with creeping.  It has been 79% contained with 8 personnel assigned to this event, along with 4 engines.

Homes are said to be currently threatened. No information on if evacuations have taken place or are in effect are unknown at this time.

The cost-to-date is at $2,000.

#McNallyFire   #OKDOF  #FireImages

Orchard Hill Fire

The Orchard Hill Fire is located 2 miles NW of Wister and is said to have moderate fire behavior with creeping.

The fire has burned 255 acres of hardwood litter and reached an 87% containment status.

There are 2 personnel assigned.

The cost-to-date is at $1,000.

#OrchardHillFire  #OKDOF  #FireImages

RESOURCES

All three fires are being staffed by the OK Department of Forestry and are all three located in the East Central area.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Please see each fire for the hashtags we are currently using for each separate incident.

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Little Valley Fire | Nevada | Update 2

Updated 8:30 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date / Time

The Little Valley Fire was reported @ 1:38 AM on 10/14/2016.  It started in the Little Valley / Washoe area.

Crew from Sac Fire on @Cal_OES Type I Strike team at #LittleValleyFire. Fortifying drainage ditches in advance of next wave of storms. (Credit: Sacramento FD)

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire Fuels

The Wildfire is burning in mixed timber, sagebrush and grass on a combination of Federal, State and Private lands.

Size, Containment Status

The fire has been reduced down to 2291 acres with a containment status of 90%.

Future Fire Activities

Fire crews will continue to build and strengthen containment lines, as well as structure protection.  There is a plan in the very near future for re-population activities.

Fire Managers report the great news of almost nearly three (3) inches of rain on the fire line, helping decrease fire behavior.

RESOURCES

Personnel 

There are a total of 600 personnel assigned to this incident.  4 injuries have been reported.

Equipment/Resources

Assigned to this incident are 70 engines, 18 hand crews and 2 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators 

(Fire)  BLM, CAL Fire, Carson City Fire, Nevada DNR, Nevada DOF, Nevada National Guard, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Reno FD, Sparks FD, Storey County Fire Protection District,Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and USDA Forest Service.

(Law Enforcement)  Carson City Sheriff, Nevada Dept of Public Safety, Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno PD, Washoe County Schools Police, Washoe County Sheriff

(Human Services) American Red Cross.

(Transportation)  Nevada DOT and Washoe County Roads Division.

(Emergency Management) California OES, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Washoe County Emergency Management.

(Government)  Nevada Governor’s Office, Washoe County Animal Services, Washoe County Building Services, Washoe County Commissioners, Washoe County Community Services, Washoe County Manager and Washoe County Social Services.

(EMS) Regional Emergency Medical Services

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Structures Saved

Fire crews were able to save 480 residences.

Structures Under Threat

500

Structures Destroyed

There were 23-residences and 17-outbuildings.  Evacuations are still in effect.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

From the Fireground

“Chief Moore thanks the Great Basin Incident Management team for the incredible response and support to our community.” – Truckee Meadows Fire (10/17/2016)

Credit: Truckee Meadows Fire

CAL OES Strike Team (Credit: Sacramento Fire)

“Turlock and OES Firefighters return home safely.” – Turlock Fire Department (10/17/2016)

Credit: Turlock Fire Department

Governor’s Office

“Without hesitation our first responders always answer the call. Grateful for them. (Fire Debriefing Meeting)

Credit: Nevada State Governor Sandoval

Hashtags Used for The Fire

NW Fire Blog:  #LittleValleyFire  #NvWILDFIRE

Social Media:   #LittleValleyFire #Turlock #TurlockFD #OES #ALCO #

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NEW: Little Valley Fire | Nevada | Update 1

Updated 2:00 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Photo of the Little Valley Fire (Credit: Turlock FD)

Start Date / Time

The Little Valley Fire was reported @ 1:38 AM on 10/14/2016.  It started in the Little Valley / Washoe area.

Crew from Sac Fire on @Cal_OES Type I Strike team at #LittleValleyFire. Fortifying drainage ditches in advance of next wave of storms. (Credit: Sacramento FD)

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire Fuels

The Wildfire is burning in mixed timber, sagebrush and grass on a combination of Federal, State and Private lands.

Size, Containment Status

 

Fire crews have successfully held the fire to 3400 acres with a 20% containment status.  Some rain has fallen over the fire ground helping reduce the fire behavior.

Future Fire Activities

Fire Managers will send a major deployment of structure protection engines. Line construction and mop-up will continue.

Little Valley Fire Morning Briefing2 10/15/16

Morning Briefing on Saturday, 10/15/2016. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

 

RESOURCES

Staffing 

The fire is being managed by Kim Martin’s Type 1 Incident Command Team over 1007 fire personnel.

Incident Cooperators 

(Fire)  BLM, CAL Fire, Carson City Fire, Nevada DNR, Nevada DOF, Nevada National Guard, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Reno FD, Sparks FD, Storey County Fire Protection District,Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and USDA Forest Service.

(Law Enforcement)  Carson City Sheriff, Nevada Dept of Public Safety, Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno PD, Washoe County Schools Police, Washoe County Sheriff

(Human Services) American Red Cross.

(Transportation)  Nevada DOT and Washoe County Roads Division.

(Emergency Management) California OES, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Washoe County Emergency Management.

(Government)  Nevada Governor’s Office, Washoe County Animal Services, Washoe County Building Services, Washoe County Commissioners, Washoe County Community Services, Washoe County Manager and Washoe County Social Services.

(EMS) Regional Emergency Medical Services

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Structures Destroyed

There were 22-residences and 17-outbuildings.  Evacuations are still in effect.

Structures Saved

Fire crews were able to save 480 residences.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

From the Fireground

“South Placer BR19 and Strike Team XPL-4138C are in line to demob from the fire.” – South Placer Fire (10/16/2016)

“North State Firefighters still committed.” – Chico FD (10/16/2016)

“Panoramic view from Sac Fire crews on strike team this AM. Early morning mop-up on the , near Carson City, NV.” – Sacramento Fire (10/15/2016)

“Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Sent to Battle fire.” – Livermore-Pleasanton Fire (10/14/2016)

“2843 was deployed earlier today as part of strike team XAL 2008A.” – Piedmont Fire (10/14/2016)

“Fire jumped the road, now burning toward Washoe Valley.” – News media (10/14/2016)

Press Conference with County Commissioners and Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller (Credit: Truckee Meadows Fire Department)

“We’re sending 3 Cal OES engines.” – Kern County Fire (10/14/2016)

“In Support of NVDPS, we are sending a 25 engine strike team to assist.” – CAL OES (10/14/2016)

Emergency Management

“Residents of Franktown Rd area are not allowed back into the area due to dangerous conditions. Residents call 328-2003.” – Truckee Meadow Fire (10/15/2016)

“Regional Emergency Operations Center is busy with local leaders providing support to firefighters battling the fire.” – Truckee Meadows Fire (10/14/2016)

“Due to unsafe conditions Residents on Franktown Rd aren’t allowed to return to homes to assess damage. Please stay out of area.” Truckee Meadows FD (10/14/2016)

General Information

“Washoe County Sheriff asks that people stay out of the area due to fire traffic, localized flooding and unstable ground.” – News media (10/16/2016)

“My heart goes out to the families who lost their homes.  I’ve declared a state of emergency to provide add’l resources.” – Governor Sandoval (10/15/2016)

“A veterinarian is located at UNR Equestrian Center on Wells Ave. to treat any injured animals.” – Washoe County (10/14/2016)

“Depoali Middle School is the primary evacuation center.  About 50 people here.” – Media (10/14/2016)

“Discounted hotel rates being offered at Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus for those affected by local fires.” – Media (10/14/2016)

“Rancharrah is opening its doors to horses being evacuated.” – Media (10/14/2016)

“Equestrian Center is available for evacuation of livestock from Washoe Valley. The center is located at 1290 Valley Rd. Call 775-784-6237. ” (10/14/2016)

“Residents in Galena, Montreaux, Joy Lake Road, St. James may return home but should be prepared to evac on short notice.” Truckee Valley Fire (10/14/2016)

Hashtags Used for The Fire

NW Fire Blog:  #LittleValleyFire  #NvWILDFIRE

Social Media:   #LittleValleyFire #Turlock #TurlockFD #OES #ALCO #

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

WILDFIRE: Mud Pond Fire | George Washington, Jefferson NF | Update 2

FIRE SUMMARY

The Mud Pond fire is burning in the Mud Pond area of Rockingham County, Virginia on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and near the community of Union Springs.

The fire was detected on the night of November 13, 2015.  The cause is still unknown at this time and is under current investigation.  Fire is minimal and backing.

Currently, there is no containment on the fire and Fire Managers state they have no known date as to when it will be contained.  So far, 629 acres have been burned.

RESOURCES

There are a total of 9 Firefighters, 1 dozer and 1 engine assigned to this incident from the Virginia Department of Forestry and the National Park Services.  27 personnel attached to this fire incident.

FUTURE TACTICS

Firefighters are expecting a wind expect on Wednesday into Thursday and therefore will be making efforts to establish and maintain existing fireline, mop-up and rehab firelines.

CLOSURES

The following areas and/or roads have been closed to hunters and the general public.

  • Cliff Trail #429
  • Mud Pond Gap Trail #544
  • Blueberry Trail #544a
  • Hidden Rocks Trail #511
  • Portion of Meadow Knob #428
  • The Peach Pond Road #FR225C

REMINDERS

Fire Managers are asking Hunters to obey all the closures as hunting is not permitted in these areas due to active wildfire.

 

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog

 

CURRENT ACTIVE FIRES ON THE WEST COAST, UNITED STATES – Monday, June 8, 2015

According to the National Interagency Coordination Center based out of Montana as of Monday, June 8, 2015, the following fires are currently burning nationally:

ALASKA

5 “new” fires were reported. 0 new large fires have been reported.

1 fire is currently burning in the area named Bogus Creek Fire. It is located in the Southwest area within the Department of Forestry. The fire started on FWS lands and is approximately 37 miles SW of Aniak.  Moderate fire behavior of burning grasses. Structures are currently threatened.  25, 260 acres scorched. 68 personnel on the ground including 3 crews and 1 helicopter. Cost-to-date is approximately $460,000.

Crane used at Snag Canyon Wildfire in Ellensburg, Washington [Credit: LR Swenson]

Crane used at Snag Canyon Wildfire in Ellensburg, Washington [Credit: LR Swenson]

ARIZONA

The States’ Fire Managers reported 2 “new” fires, with 1 of them being as an “uncontained” active burning wildfire.

Spring Fire is being fought by the Papago Agency on Bureau of Indian Affairs lands, located 20 miles SE of Sells, AZ.  There is minimal fire behavior of burning brush.  Structures were listed as being threatened.  The fire has consumed 1850 acres.

Fire is reportedly at a 90% containment status.  24 personnel are on scene with 1 crew and 1 engine.  Cost-to-date damage is listed at an estimated amount of $450,000.

IDAHO

1 “new” fire has been reported and is currently burning, as an “uncontained’ event.

Celebration Fire is located in the Bureau of Land Management’s Boise District, four miles NE of Murphy.  There is a moderate fire spread with driven winds, burning fire fuels of brush and grass.

About 7,400 acres have burned and are currently at a 90% containment status. 62 personnel with 1 crew, 6 engines, and 2 helicopters are still on scene. Cost-to-date is estimated at $125,000.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WILDFIRE: Whitefish Lake 1 | Alaska |SitRep1 | June 4, 2015

The Whitefish Lake wildfire is located eleven [11] miles SW of Kalskag in Alaska, having started on Forest service lands.  It has consumed 8,798 acres, with a 0% containment status.

Fire fuels of timber and short grass are affected by extreme fire behavior with crowning, running and torching.

Currently, there are four [4] crews, and 84 personnel from the Forest Service are on scene.

The fire cost-to-date is approximately $752,000.00.

The cause is unknown at this time.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog