OOA – Arizona Wildfires Sit Rep – May 18, 2018

Statewide, Ariz. – We have gleaned information from various sources and put into a single post on wildfires that are burning across the State.

HAPPY FIRE

The Happy Fire is located in the NW District of the Arizona Department of Forestry and about 19 miles north of Bagdad on Mohon Peak in Yavapai County. Fire is inaccessible to engines and the rugged terrain is of concern by Fire Officials for their fire ground crews.

Aerial Photo of Happy Fire

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division – State Office

Fire behavior is moderate with backing and has scorched 1,116 acres of brush and short grass. It is said to have a small amount of growth and no threats to any structures in the area.  There are no evacuations or road closures in effect.

There is a current 10% containment status and is being monitored by air.

There are 7 personnel with no additional resources.

CTD for fire suppression and containment status have reached $15,000.

WOODS FIRE

Flames engulfing Ponderosa pine in foreground, heavy smoke in background

Photo Credit: Apache-Sitgreaves NFs

The Woods Fire is burning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest about 8 miles northeast of Kohl Ranch. The wildfire was discovered on May 12, 2018  (Friday) near Forest Road 195 just west/northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District.

The fire was said to have spread to the N-NE until reached the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn.  Air tanker and water drops were not available due to windy conditions.  Crews would instead focus on the east and west flanks of the fire tying all the lines together with the Alder RX .  It was completely lined on Friday.

There has been 103 acres burned.  This is now at a 100% containment status.  However, there are still 16 personnel assigned.  Crews will remain on the fire line to monitor and patrol the area.

The CTD is $225,000.

PINERY FIRE

The Pinery Fire is located in the Arizona Department of Forestry’s SE District,  6 miles southwest of Hilltop and 29 miles southeast of Willcox.  The fire started on private land that has moved to the north and east on to the Chiricahua National Monument and Coronado National Forest.

Firefighters with handtools standing on a dirt road next to flames in the grass and brush at night

Photo Credit: AZ Forestry Division – State Office

There has been 1,200 acres of timber and brush burned but crews have reached a 80% containment status.  The fire is said to be burning in the same footprint of the 2011 Horseshoe Fire in an area with heavy fire fuels, such as heavy grass, brush and dead/down vegetation.

Fire behavior is minimal with some smoldering.  No structures damaged or destroyed have reported, as well as human injuries.

The fire was caused by an unknown human-ignition that is under investigation.

There are 84 personnel with 4 crews, 3 chippers, 2 dump trucks, 1 backhoe and support personnel.

A total CTD of $750,000 has been reached.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

* Out-of-Area * CA Wildfires | May 10, 2018

STATEWIDE, Calif – Information has been gleaned from multiple various sources to bring you one great single post.  This is for the day of Thursday, May 10, 2018.

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Photo Credit – CAL FIRE

Shastina Fire – West of Rancho Hills, in the Community of Shastina (Skiskiyou County) is 127 acres and 40% contained. Fire originally reported by CAL FIRE on May 9, 2018 at 2115 hours PDT. Cause is said to be from lightning.  Updated by fire officials at 1804 hours PDT.

SMOKEY BEAR SAYS:  “Unfortunately, 2017 was a record wildfire year and 2018 looks to be particularly tough for the west. Please be extra vigilant when it comes to preventing wildfires, no matter where you live or roam.”

Spot Fires – In area of 3110 Skyway near Tucson Ridge Golf Course, below Paradise in Butte County.  Vegetation fire reported by CAL FIRE on May 10, 2018 at 1627 hours.  Reported by CAL FIRE as an estimation of 10 acres total.  Cause is unknown but Social Media is reporting that CAL FIRE is looking for a female suspected of being responsible for many of the spot fires.  She was seen driving a black Ford Explorer towing a trailer with mattresses and furniture in it.  If you have information, you are asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7321.

Tarzana Fire – 18800 block of Ringling Street, Los Angeles.  40 LAFD firefighters contained this wildfire to less than 1 acre, preventing the fire from spreading to nearby structure, exposures and to human lives.  The cause of the wildfire was unknown at the time.  No word on the fire suppression or containment costs-to-date.  Firefighters were being hailed as heroes for their quick containment.

Warming Fire – 37408 Williams Road.  Dispatched 0923 hours PDT.  0.1 acres. (Federal Interagency Communication Center)

SOCIAL MEDIA ABLAZE

From the Gen Pub to some Government Agencies recognize there is a need to do something about Climate Change and Global Warming.   Here are their pleas and what they are forecasting for our very near futures.

A lot of wildfires start via human divine intervention.  Here are a couple of really good examples on what causes them and how you can prevent them.  Remember the Campaign Slogan, “One Less Spark = One Less Wildfire”.  Simple as 1-2-3.  As Smokey Bear would say, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.”

From record temperatures to intense wildfires and rising seas, climate change poses an immediate and escalating threat to California’s environment, public health, and economic survival.” #ClimateChange

Being “ready at a moment’s notice” gives you, your family, pets and/or livestock ahead start of the impending wildfires.  #PrepareNOW and learn how to do it through the OCFA easy-to-follow-steps.

Learn how to protect your home from heavy fire fuels such as brush, trees, grass, dried understory that can burn so quickly.  Remember the words, Defensible Space and what it means to build a “fire barrier” around your home.

“Wildfire season in California is now almost all year around. As summer approaches and our weather becomes hotter it’s critical to ensure your home and family are prepared. A fire hardened home with proper clearances can make the difference during a fire storm.” #FireSeason

“Big utility companies are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from the California wildfires that they caused.” #AddingSaltToTheWound

““Devastating forest fires are a profound challenge to California,” said Governor Brown. “I intend to mobilize the resources of the state to protect our forests and ensure they absorb carbon to the maximum degree.” – California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.  #Proclamation

What all firefighters and Agencies hope their communities will do to protect themselves and to help them fight fire/contain the firestorms that often come.

Today, is a great time to start before you would be forced to evacuate.  Why not work together as a family unit and with your neighbors. #PrepareNOW

“As fire season approaches I am working closely with state and fed officials to make sure all resources are in place to protect our local communities. Joined Agriculture and Interior Secretaries and USDA Interim Chief of Forest Service today at Wildfire Outlook Briefing for 2018. ” – CA Representative Tom McClintock #Promises

In 2017 and years prior are some of the comments made by the Gen Pub and Government Agencies alike.  #BrokenRecord

“California is literally on fire.”  December 12, 2017.

“Jerry Brown using CA Wildfires to push Climate Change. California Gov. Jerry Brown warned the state faces a “new normal” of fire risk exacerbated by climate change.” December 12, 2017

“Boles Fire causing evacuations in Weed, Lake Shastina and Carrick.” September 15, 2014 (news media)

Public Service Announcements / Photo Images – Courtesy of OCFA, CA Rep Tom McClintock Office

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Oklahoma’s #BrakeRoadFire | 2

FIRE TIMELINE

Photo Credit | Oklahoma Forestry Services

FIRE FACT:  Oklahoma has had over 366,000 acres consumed in the western portion of their State since last week.  The map above visualizes the numerous fire locations plus operational strategies.

 

April 14, 2018

Located in Logan County, Oklahoma.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 386 acres. 75% contained. 4 personnel along with 2 engines.  $264,000 CTD.

April 13, 2018

We begin to report on this wildfire.  Located in the Oklahoma Division of Forestry area. Active fire behavior with flanking. 386 acres. 57% contained. Type 4 IC. 13 personnel. 4 engines and 1 helicopter. $262,000 Cost-to-Date for fire suppression and containment expenses.

April 11, 2018

Fire reportedly breaks out at 1553 hours CTD.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the following hashtags for this wildfire incident:  #BrakeRoadFire  #OKwildfire2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/14/2018 @ 1220 PDT

 

Oklahoma’s Wildfire: #34ComplexFire | 3

Woodward, OK –  The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began on April 12 (Thursday).

Photo Image taken April 14/2018. | Photo Courtesy | AI6YR – Ham Radio

Here is the Fire Timeline for this event:

April 14, 2018

Moderate fire behavior with wind-driven runs, flanking. Homes threatened.  120,000 acres. 13% contained. 88 personnel. 30 engines. 2 helicopters. 12 homes, 20 outbuildings destroyed. $365,000 Cost-to-date.

April 13, 2018

Fire fuels include tall grass and brush.  Extreme fire behavior with running, flanking and spotting.  120,000 acres burned. 4% containment status. Structures are under direct threat. Road closures in effect. 247 personnel. 100 engines.

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency due to ongoing wildfires. 

You can read more about this Declaration here –> http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/OKGOV-1e9629b

April 12, 2018

Fire started @ 1600 hours.  6 miles North of Woodward, Oklahoma.  Multiple structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. RED CROSS shelter located at Faith United Methodist Church, 1402 Texas Avenue, Woodward, Oklahoma.  115,000 acres consumed. 13% contained. 88 personnel. 30 engines, 2 helicopters. 12 homes, 20 outbuildings destroyed. $365,000 fire suppression and containment Cost-to-date.

 

FEMA:  “This morning, we approved a management grant for the burning in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The grant supports firefighting costs like staffing, emergency work, supplies, and equipment. ” – Grant being offered to those on the #34ComplexFire

Two New Mexico firefighters walk up a hill to continue battling smoldering forest fires. Labels point to the types of costs Fire Management Assistance Grants can cover to support firefighters. Text overlay reads: "Fire Management Assistance Grants, Support to firefighters. • Firefighting tools and equipment • Overtime compensation • Mobilization and travel costs • Meals, health and safety items."

(c) NW Fire Blog – 4/14/2018 @ 1200 hours PDT.

Oklahoma’s #BrakeRoadFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire was reported to have broken out on April 11, 2018, at 1553 CDT (1353 PDT) which is located about eight (8) miles NE of Kilidare, Oklahoma.

RESOURCES  | There are about 13 personnel that are still attached to this incident along with (4) engines and (1) helicopter in addition to a Type 4 Incident Commander from the Oklahoma Division of Forestry.

SIZE UP | There has been 386 acres burned but fire crews have successfully through tireless efforts reached a 57% containment status.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS | There have been no injuries or structures reported as damaged or destroyed.  There has been $262,000 in fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #BrakeRoadFire  #OKwildfire2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Oklahoma’s Wildfire: #34ComplexFire | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY | The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began at 1600 hours on Thursday, April 12, 2018, which is located about six (6) miles of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Fire crews have reached a 4% containment status.

FIRE FUELS | Fire fuels consist of tall grass and brush.

Fire Fact:  There were 426 fires reported on April 13, 2018 in the Southern Area which consists of OK, FL, TX, SC and NC.

BEHAVIOR | Extreme with running, flanking and spotting. Several homes under threat.  Road closures are in effect.

Fire Fact:  Of those 426 wildfires, 14 were reported as ‘new incidents’ and 10 are considered as ‘not contained’ large fires.

RESOURCES | There are about 247 personnel along with 100 engines assigned to this fire from the Oklahoma Division of Forestry and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS | 12 homes and 20 outbuildings destroyed.  120,000 acres have been consumed.   $110,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment efforts.

Social Media users and media outlets report:  This fire originally broke out near E County Road 35 and Hwy 35 in Woodward.  Some are saying that the number of acreage has been reduced from 115,000 to 59,000 due to more accurate mapping.  We are keeping the # at 120,000 as multiple sources are reporting this total.

EVACUATIONS | Several structures are currently being threatened and evacuations are currently in effect.  A RED CROSS Shelter is open at the Faith United Methodist Church located at 1402 Texas Avenue in Woodward, Oklahoma.

FIRE WEATHER | Current weather conditions (as of 2140 PDT) are showing 38*F (temps), partly cloudy with winds at 25 mph.  There is a 55% of humidity.

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency due to ongoing wildfires.  You can read more about this Declaration here –> http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/OKGOV-1e9629b

HOW CAN YOU HELP | There is a Facebook page called “The 34 Complex Fire in Woodward, Oklahoma, USA” and is listed as a Crisis Response.  https://www.facebook.com/crisisresponse/the-34-complex-fire-in-woodward-oklahoma-usa-apr12-2018/about/?source=search ** We have not vetted this Page or the group/individuals behind it.  We recommend that you check it out before making a Donation. **

FEMA:  “This morning, we approved a management grant for the burning in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The grant supports firefighting costs like staffing, emergency work, supplies, and equipment. “

Two New Mexico firefighters walk up a hill to continue battling smoldering forest fires. Labels point to the types of costs Fire Management Assistance Grants can cover to support firefighters. Text overlay reads: "Fire Management Assistance Grants, Support to firefighters. • Firefighting tools and equipment • Overtime compensation • Mobilization and travel costs • Meals, health and safety items."

(c) NW Fire Blog – 4/13/2018 @ 2200 hours PDT.

Oklahoma On Fire: #34ComplexFire Implodes | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began this afternoon on Thursday, April 12, 2018, is now estimated at 115,000 acres and growing. There is a 0% containment status.

The fire is located four (4) miles NW of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Resources will be working throughout the night focusing on fire suppression efforts as the fire behavior continues to be more extreme.

EVACUATIONS | Several structures are currently being threatened and evacuations are currently in effect.  A Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Faith United Methodist Church located at 1402 Texas Avenue in Woodward, OK.

We are working to gather more intel on these wildfires.

(c) NW Fire Blog

#DaytonaFire Containment Increases | 2

Updated @ 1910 hours PDT

Photo Credit | FFS Bunnell Unit

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small intense wildfire is burning on Mason Avenue in Daytona, Florida which has fire and law enforcement working the incident that appears to have ignited from an unknown cause on Wednesday, April 4th.

Significant Wildfires include: 

Greenway (Collier Co) 17,957 ac (95% contained); Firebreak (Gulf County) 8,080 acres (85% contained); Old Blade Line (Polk Co) 450 acres (60% contained); Mud Dauber Road (Polk Co) 200 acres (95% contained). 

– Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H Putnam

Photo Credit | Daytona Beach PD

RESOURCES | Fire resources from the Bunnell District area (Florida Forest Services) and Daytona Beach Fire Department were dispatched along with Daytona Police Department. | UPDATE as of 2202 Hours EDT | FFS Bunnell has two Dozer Plow Units with two wildland firefighters.  We have reached out to Dayton Beach Fire to see how many personnel and equipment they have on the fire ground but have not heard back from them yet.

“29 Active wildfires in Florida have burned 33,973 acres.”

–  Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam

FIRE CONDITIONS | Firefighters were said to be mopping up the six (6) acre wildfire but will have resources doing fire watch throughout the evening into the next day.  The fire was said to be at a fifty-percent (50%) containment status at 1734 PDT.  Burnout operations have been conducted.  A Battalion Chief came on-scene for another incident nearby noticed some areas on the brush fire needed some attention and a request for water be brought over near one of the bull dozer lines.  Concerns of possible cabbage palms catching on fire was discussed but crews were already addressing the wildfire.

As of 1850 hours PDT, fire crews were repositioning equipment to stop forward progression of the fire that was said to be heading towards trees. Embers were observed to be flying across the street towards an apartment complex.  Another smaller brush truck was requested by Command.

UPDATE | As of 2200 hours EDT | The fire containment has increased to ninety-percent (90%) including burnout operations with the aid of FFS Bunnell and Daytona Beach Firefighters.  DBFD working on hot spots.  There were no scheduled evacuations or structures said to be under any type of fire threat but was being carefully monitored.

CLOSURES | Fire command has closed eastbound (EB) Mason down until 0800 hours  EDT.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #DaytonaBeachFire #FLwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Daytona Beach Touched by Wednesday Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small intense wildfire is burning on Mason Avenue in Daytona, Florida which has fire and law enforcement working the incident that appears to have ignited from an unknown cause on Wednesday, April 4th.

Significant Wildfires include: 

Greenway (Collier Co) 17,957 ac (95% contained); Firebreak (Gulf County) 8,080 acres (85% contained); Old Blade Line (Polk Co) 450 acres (60% contained); Mud Dauber Road (Polk Co) 200 acres (95% contained). 

– Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H Putnam

Photo Credit | Daytona Beach PD

RESOURCES | Fire resources from the Bunnell District area (Florida Forest Services) and Daytona Beach Fire Department were dispatched along with Daytona Police Department.

“29 Active wildfires in Florida have burned 33,973 acres.”

–  Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam

FIRE CONDITIONS | Firefighters were said to be mopping up the six (6) acre wildfire but will have resources doing fire watch throughout the evening into the next day.  The fire was said to be at a fifty-percent (50%) containment status at 1734 PDT.  Burnout operations have been conducted.  A BC came on-scene for another incident noticed some areas on the brush fire needed some attention and a request for water be brought over near the bull dozer line.  Concerns of possible cabbage palms catching on fire was discussed but crews were addressing the wildfire.

As of 1850 hours PDT, fire crews were repositioning equipment to stop forward progression of the fire that was said to be heading towards trees. Embers were said to be flying across the street towards an apartment complex.  Another smaller brush truck was requested by Command.

CLOSURES | Fire command has closed eastbound (EB) Mason down until 0800 hours  EDT.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #DaytonaBeachFire #FLwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Out of Area | #SantaCruzFire | California

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA | A wildfire that was ignited on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 around 1430 hours PDT is located on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park in Ventura, California.

A view of the Santa Cruz Fire on 3-27-18

Resources | 70 personnel recently reduced down to from the initial fire response.

A fire helicopter at the air base for the Santa Cruz Fire.

Fire Timeline |  Learn how fire operations evolved on this wildfire.

March 27:  Fire escaped RX small burn pile fire set earlier in the week. Fire broke out at 1430 hours on near the main rain on the Nature Conservancy property on Santa Cruz Island. Listed as a wind-driven fire by moderate strong winds, grew from 20 acres to 100 acres in three (3) hours.  The USFS was requested by the The Nature Conservancy to help with fire suppression efforts. Four (4) Los Padres NF dispatched four (4) airtankers that arrived on the island a little after 1630 hours.  They were aided by 11 NPS firefighters.  30 people included eight (8) campers were evacuated as a precaution from the main ranch, Santa Cruze Island Reserve, Navy site, Del Norte campground via the park concessioner, Island Packers.  The Island Packers cancelled all public trips to the Island on March 28.  USFS had three (3) crews with a total of 60 firefighters that arrived in Ventura to be transported to the island.

March 28:  Forward progression has been stopped. Holding at 250 acres.  No estimated date as to when to be fully contained. SBCFD and LPNF sent out two (2) crews of 10 firefighters arriving from Sequoia and Sierra National Forest with a total of close to 50. Hotshot crews were also dispatched from the SW area.  No structures damaged/destroyed or injuries reported.

March 29:  Due to intensive firefighting suppression efforts and a bombardment of an air attack, containment has been increased to 60%.  Air fire suppression efforts consisted of air tankers dropping retardant to helicopters to doing the same but as water drops. Ground crews swelled up to 95 including an additional 45 firefighters with one of them being a hotshot crew from Tonto NF in Arizona as well from units from Sequoia and Sierra National Forest in California. Crews established a hand line fire perimeter and putting out hot spots.  One (1) non-historical outbuilding was lost. No injuries reported.  Incident Cooperators include:  USFS, NPS, Vandenberg Air Force Station, Santa Barbara Co FD, Santa Barbara City FD, Montecito FD.  Closures in effect.

March 30: Fire holding, hasn’t grown in two days. Still at 60% containment status. Weather conditions have improved.

March 31:  250 acres. 70% contained.

A wildfire burns in the central valley on Santa Cruz Island

Current Incident Cooperators | National Park Service (NPS), USDA Forest Service (USFS), National Weather Service (NWS), Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCoFD), the Nature Conservancy, Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD).

An aerial view of the Santa Cruz Fire on 3-28-18

Damage Assessments | Fire burned about 71% non-native species of fennel, grasses and eucalyptus logs and 26% native species within fire perimeter.  Fire laid down when it burned into native chaparral and oak woodland areas.

Fire Photography | Courtesy of Channel Islands National Park

Social Media | #SantaCruzFire #SantaCruzIsland #CAwildfire

ABOUT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz Island is a 96-square mile island that is the largest in the chain of eight (8) California Channel Islands.  The Nature Conservancy owns 76% of the Island and the NPS owns the other 24%.  They both together work together to manage the island as one ecological unit.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog