The Wildfire Log | Sand Fire | CA | 8

CALIFORNIA

JUNE 13, 2019 – THURSDAY – 2111 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

The SAND FIRE began on June 8th around 1450 hours PDT.  The official cause has not been released yet via CAL FIRE, who is the lead fire agency.

It is located about seven miles NNW of Guinida and 92 miles NNE of San Francisco, California.

Aerial shot of Sand Fire burn area

Photo Credit: CAL FIRE

Current Status

Fire crews have reached a 95% containment status with the fire scorching 2,512 acres.

There are still 200 fire personnel assigned to this incident along with 5 engines, 3 fire crews, 4 dozers and 4 water tenders

Significant Events

  • 7 non-residential structures were destroyed.
  • 2 minor firefighter injuries
  • Highest amount of fire personnel reached 500 at peak of fire
  • Fire jumped Highway 16
  • Evacuations were in effect
  • Largest wildfire for Northern California
View of the Sand Fire taken on June 9, 2019.

Courtesy | Inciweb

Social Media

This is our last and final post on this wildfire incident. Thank you to all of you who followed us on live coverage on our Twitter @nwfireblog and visiting us here for our Official posts! We Thank you and hope you are safe whereever you play/work/live. – Ed.

#SandFire #CAwildfires2019

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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 | 0276 NW Fire | OR | 1

OREGON STATE

UPDATE 1 | Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 2100 hours PDT

Fire crews were dispatched through the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center this afternoon at 1643 hours to a wildfire burning in the Wickiup Reservoir.

A total of 0.1 acres was scorched.

There is no current CAD data showing if resources are on-scene, if this is an active incident or the fire status.

More will be updated as details are received.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Calaveras Fire | CA | 1

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA

Update 1 | Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 2045 hours PDT

A wildfire is burning in the CAL FIRE SCU area that provides fire services in the Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and in the western portion of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Photo Credit: CAL FIRE SCU

It started on June 10, 2019, off of Calaveras Road and Weller Road, just east of Milpitas in Santa Clara County, California.

Fire crews have successfully held this to a small 35 acres and 90% containment.  Full containment is expected on Wednesday, June 12th.

This evening, firefighters will continue to reinforce containment lines and mop-up operations, as well as extinguishing any hot spots may rekindle in unburned fuels.

A firefighter was reportedly injured during yesterday’s fire suppression efforts. His condition is unknown.

As fire managers were managing this incident, another wildfire ignited called the WATER FIRE on the same day and located just west of the Calaveras Reservoir.  Crews were able to stop the forward spread of this 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

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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 | LA City Brush Fire | CA | 1

CITY OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Update 1 | June 10, 2019 | Monday | 1845 hours PDT

A brush fire named the LA CITY BRUSH FIRE at Hansen Dam has been logged into the Angeles Emergency Communications Center’s CAD system at 1751 hours PDT.

We are not showing any resources being dispatched but we will be looking for additional details when they are available.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Bear Creek Fire | WA | 1

KITSAP COUNTY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 1 | June 10th – Monday | 1830 hours PDT

Incident Summary | Fire personnel and assets were dispatched today at 1340 hours PDT to a brush fire in the town of Tahuya is near Crosby in Kitsap County, Washington.

Fire Fuels, Size Up | The fire, as of 1700 hours, has destroyed 22 acres of brush, slash and reprod timeber.

Resources |   DNR personnel and equipment – BRADSHAW BRADY, M DOZER-1 DOZER-2 DUNCAN E804 E808 E8213 EXCAVATOR1 H341WN H343WN H345WN JEWELL MCREYNOLDS PROVENCHER.  A Type 4 IC has arrived on-scene.

Status | Windy conditions are challenging ground firefighters and helicopters working on the wildfire.

Cause | Cause is unknown at the time of this posting.

Social Media | #BearCreekFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

The Wildfire Log | Elk Fire | NM | 2

MANGUS, NEW MEXICO

JUNE 10, 2019 – MONDAY – 0955 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A lightning sparked wildfire, named the ELK FIRE is burning in the Gila National Forest about 18 miles northeast of Aragon, New Mexico.

Current Status

There is moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping, single-tree torching that are threatening structures.

The fire is under the command of a Type IMT2 – SW Team 3.

500 acres of timber have been destroyed.  There is no containment at this time.

Resources

There are approximately 119 total personnel assigned along with 5 crews and 1 helicopter.

Damage Assessments

Fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $40,000.

Social Media

#ElkFire #NMwildfires2019

 

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