Washington Wildfire | Trinidad Fire | 2

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. – Update 2 – 2030 hours PDT


We are calling this wildfire the TRINIDAD FIRE because that’s what on the WildCAD that they are using. This fire is also know as the SR 28 FIRE (Grant County Sheriff Office) and SR 28 CRESCENT BAR FIRE (WSP).

Photo Credit | Washington State Patrol PIO Brian Moore

The fire is located on SR 28 at mile marker 19 in Douglas County, Washington State.


The fire is being reported as a 50-acre of grass and brush.  It is currently under control.  No word on the containment status.


The fire incident is considered open and active.

We will provide an update as soon as information is available.


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NEW | Washington Wildfire Has Three Incident Names | 1

QUINCY, Wash. – Update 1- 2015 hours PDT


A wildfire with three names is just as confusing as to the location and the fire resources it has called upon to respond to contain it.

Douglas County Resources

Fire units CREW-6201, CREW-6695, BLM E-6696, BLM H-1MR were just dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center to SR 28 and milemarker 19 (T20 R22 S10) at 1811 hours PDT.

Grant County Resources

Grant County Sheriff’s Office Deputies immediately implemented a Level 3 evacuation order of those on Mansfield Road with those on Crescent Bar Road were told to shelter-in-place.

This wildfire is being called by three different wildfire incident names.

–> SR28 FIRE by the Grant County Sheriff’s office

–> SR28 CRESCENT BAR FIRE by Washington State Patrol

–> TRINIDAD FIRE by the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center


The Washington State Patrol states the cause was due to a vehicle losing a tire.

ALERT –> Traffic Alerts

SR28: At Crescent Bar is now open.

ALERT –> Evacuations

Photo Courtesy | Grant County Sheriff’s Office

All evacuations on the Grant County side have been lifted.  Police state evacuations have been reduced to Level 1 and request that all persons stay off of this roadway.

As a reminder, always yield to Fire apparatus,  as firefighters will still be working in the area and because it is the #MoveOver law.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW WA Wildfire | Beaver Creek Fire | 2

CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. – Update 2 – 2040 PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY |  Firefighters  from the US Forest Service responded to a wildfire in the Beaver Creek area on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.  It was located 12 miles northeast of Leavenworth on the Wenatchee River Ranger District in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

SIZE | The fire size was reduced down from six acres to two due to an aerial fire recon mission using GPS to give more accurate mapping.

RESOURCES | About 50 firefighters were assigned to this incident along with three helicopters and one retardant drop made.

CURRENT STATUS | Crews had remained overnight.  The fire is now  fully contained.  The cause was determined to be lightning.

CORRECTION  | We inadvertently listed this wildfire as Okanogan County instead of Chelan County. (no more posting when I am tired! Thanks all for your patience and understanding my human caused error.) – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog


California Wildfires | Fire Updates | July 7, 2018

UPDATE 1 – 2250 hours PDT


The BOX FIRE is burning on NB I-5 at Kenwood Avenue that started as a car fire  into an urban interface on Friday, July 6, 2018, around 0955 hours.  The fire has scorched 100 acres of grass and chaparral fire fuels.

Photo Credit } Inciweb

Weather concerns are continued near record high temps and low RH percentages.

There are a total of 105 personnel  from the CAL FIRE – Inyo-Mono-San Bernardino Unit, San Bernardino County FD and San Bernardino National Forest are attached to this incident will continue to monitor for embers and hot spots.   Other resources include those from the CHP, San Bernardino County OEM nd the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire has reached a 50% containment status.


The COUNTY FIRE is burning in CAL FIRE’s Sonoma-Lake Napa (Napa and Yolo Counties) Unit’s area.  The fire is being managed by a CAL FIRE IMT Type 1 that was formerly managing the PAWNEE FIRE.

Members of OES Strike Team 2870C celebrating Independence Day in Division ‘H’ on July 4, 2018.   Personnel from Alameda County, Oakland, Hayward & Fremont . Photo Credit | Alameda Co FD

This fire is burning one mile southwest of Guninda and east of Lake Berryessa, California.  Fire fuels include brush.

Current fire behavior is active with uphill runs, flanking and backing. Many structures are being threatened. Evacuations, roads, area and trail closures in effect.

88,425 acres. 55% containment reached. 2,858 personnel. 61 crews. 176 engines. 23 helicopters, 48 bulldozers and 51 water tenders.

Night Operations. Photo Credit | Alco Firefighters

Mandatory orders have been lifted as of 2111 hours PDT. For evacuation information, visit the Napa County Sheriff’s Office for details.

Incident Cooperators include – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Cal OES, California Highway Patrol, California Conservation Corps, Yolo County OES, Yolo County Sheriff, Solano County Sheriff, Napa County Sheriff, PG&E, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, California Air National Guard and California National Guard.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

There is a conflicting report that 18 structures have been lost (NIFC) and 10 via CALFIRE’s presser.  Fire suppression and containment status reaching an all-time high of $27,500,000.

Public Resources – Dial 2-1-1 for Yolo County evacuations or advisories ; Text 888777 for updates for Napa County residents.;  707- 967-4207 for County Fire Information.


CAL FIRE crews were dispatched to a brush fire near 40 Dutzel Lane in Cherokee around 1530 hours this afternoon.   AA 210 were overhead reporting the fire to be about two to three acres with a structure involved. Three additional engines were requested with CAL FIRE’s TGU unit and a dozer from the Plumas National Forest en route.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

According to a timeline, the IC requested five additional engines due to the wind shifting and three additional structures at 1537 hours.  Oroville FD was dispatched and responding as mutual aid to the fire.

Tankers 88 and 89 were inbound from the Grass Valley area at 1549 hours.  About ten minutes later, the forward progress was stopped with the dozer going back in service.  Tankers were were available but would be eventually released. Water tenders were requested to continue with responding, however all other incoming engines and additional dozer were CODE GREENed.

All-in-all, the total amount of acres scorched was four with one shed, car and trailed being destroyed.  The GOOD NEWS is that firefighters saved many, many structures.


Today, at noon the EAST CREEK FIRE was reported to fire officials of a fire burning in the Kings Canyon Wilderness located south of the Bubbs Creek Trail and west of the East Creek Trail or about 8.5 miles east of Roads End Permit Station.  It is said to be burning 8,700 feet in a stand of Red Fir.

Photo Credit | Inciweb

The cause is unknown and under investigation. The total acreage burned so far is 10 acres of timber with a 0% containment status.

Due to the remote location, there are no threats to property or people in the area.  However, there is some potential for fire growth which fire crews are working to contain as quickly as possible.

There are 15 personnel assigned to this incident.


Photo Credit | SBC Fire PIO Mike Eliason

CAL FIRE and Santa Barbara County fire personnel were battling a 35-acre wildfire on July 6th around 2345 hours PDT off of north Fairview Avenue and Holiday Hill Road in the City of Goleta (Santa Barbara County).

Mandatory evacuations of these are areas are still in effect Sunset Ridge Road, Franklin Ranch Road, North parts of La Goleta Road, north Fairview, north of La Goleta Road, El Camino Ratel, Holiday Hill Road, Villa Lemora, Cuesta Verde, Edward Place and Pine Tree Lane.

Red Cross Shelter –> 5769 Hollister Road.

Animal Evacuation Hotline –> 805-681-4332

Photo Credit | San Bernardino Co PIO Mike Eliason

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies spotted a drone over theGoleta Valley Junior HS.

This will undoubtedly cause all aviation fire resources to shutdown until the airspace has been cleared. DON’T DO IT!  #NoDronesInFireZones period.

The fire was said to have started on the same day around 2040 hours.  Today, it is at 100 acres and with an 80% containment status.


The KLAMATHON FIRE is burning about two miles southeast of Hornbrook in CAL FIRE’s Siskiyou Unit’s service area in timber, chaparral and tall grass. Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and running.  Communications infrastructure in several areas are currently being threatened. Evacuations and road closures are in effect.

Public Service Announcement –> Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services

“If you are in an evacuation zone, take your animals and animal supplies with you including crate, bed, feed, leash, whenever possible. Siskiyou Co Ag Dept public hotline to request animal evac or animal care assistance is 530-841-4028. Leave a detailed message.”

9,600 acres with a 5% containment status. 572 personne along with 18 crews, 61 engines, 8 helicopters are assigned.  40 structures have been lost with costs-to-date of $1,000,000.



Helicopter at helibase

Helicopter at Helibase on June 29, 2018. Photo Credit | Sierra National Forest

The LIONS FIRE is burning in the Sierra National Forest without a Type 1 or Type 2 IMT that has scorched 4,064 acres.  The fire cause was lightning that ignited the area on Monday, June 11th around noon about seven miles southwest of the Mammonth Lakes area.  It has an 84% containment status.

There are 174 personnel, four crews and four helicopters. Cost-to-date has reached $4,300,000.


The MARILYN WILDFIRE is located in the 29300 block of Marilyn Drive where fire crews were dispatched at 1928 hours.  IC P17 on-scene.  No further details available.


The PAWNEE FIRE is burning in CAL FIRE’s Sonoma-Lake Napa Unit’s area.  This is no longer being managed by the CAL FIRE IMT Type 1 of the COUNTY FIRE, due to being transferred to the local unit today.

Photo Credit | Inciweb

This fire is burning five miles northeast of Clearlake Oaks in brush and tall grass.  Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal fire activity.  Evacuation orders are still in effect.

15,185 acres destroyed with 22 structures lost. 96% contained.  543 personnel along with six crews, 10 engines with a cost-to-date of $36,500,000.


Petersburg Fire

Photo Credit | Klamath National Forest

This fire was reported to have ignited on Sunday, July 1, around 1445 hours by an unknown cause. It is  burning in the Klamath National Forest, about 21 miles southwest of Etna in timber.  Command transitioned from a Type 3 to a Type 4 IMT under IC Isbell with the U.S. Forest Service (Klamath NF)

Fire behavior is said to be minimal but 215 acres have been scorched.

Crews have successfully reached a 90% containment status and crews are expecting this fire to reach 100% containment by Sunday, July 8, 2018.

37 personnel are assigned along with two crews and one engine.  Two structures have been lost.  Fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1,700,000.


A brush fire prompted fire resources to be dispatched today at 1547 hours to the Sierra Hwy and Mint Canyon Road.  This is an open incident with limited information.


The TUNJUNGA FIRE is located in the 13000 block of Little Tujunga Canyon Road where SO-41, RD-23 and P5EK1S-0501 and CAPT 310 were dispatched to at 0559 hours this morning. Limited information.


Valley Fire Smoke Plume

Photo Credit | San Bernardino National Forest

The VALLEY FIRE is burning on San Bernardino National Forest lands from an unknown cause on Friday, July 6, 2018 around 0130 hours.

The fire is burning on Hwy 38 at Valley of the Falls Drive and is being managed by a Southern CA IMT 2 which took command of the fire incident as of 1800 hours on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

The fire has consumed 1,000 acres of brush and timber,  as of tonight’s reporting but crews have successfully reach a 5% containment status.  Currently in Unified Command with San Bernardino County SO, San Bernardino County FD, US Forest Service and CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit.

Evacuations are in effect for the Forest Falls Community area, east of Hwy 38.  Structure protection and security resources are in place if the fire reaches this area.  No structures have been reported damaged or destroyed from this wildfire.

Public Service Announcement —> Devore Animal Shelter – 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino.

Public Service Announcement —> Incident Fire Info Line – 909-383-5688

Public Service Announcement —> List of Closed Recreation Sites on the San Bernardino National Forest – https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sbnf/alerts-notices

504 personnel are assigned to this incident along with 39 engines, nine crews, five water tenders, two dozers and nine helicopters.  Additional fire suppression and containment resources will continue to arrive on the fire line over the next few days.

A TFR is in effect over this fire until further notice.


The WEST FIRE is burning on the Cleveland National Forest, off of I-8 and West Willows Rd, about two miles east of Alpine (San Diego County)i n chaparral and tall grass.  Fire behavior is extreme and currently threatening the community of Alpine.  Evacuations and road closures are in effect.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

504 acres have been burned up and crews have reached a 81% containment status. 18 structures have been destroyed.

Evacuations are in effect for Suncrest Vista Lane, Highlands View Road, Manzanita View, Olive View, Scenic View Road, Scenic View Place, Pine View, Viejas View Place, Sage View, Oak View Road, Verde View Road, Calle Caleta Viejas and Via La Mancha.

420 personnel from CAL FIRE – San Diego, Alpine Fire District and Cleveland National Forest are assigned along with eight crews, 67 engines and five helicopters.  Cost-to-date is $500,000.


Fire resources were dispatched today at 1606 this afternoon  to the Guffy Campground near the Wrightwood Wash on the east side. PAT 38 (IC) arrived on-scene.  Open incident.


Photo Credit | CAL Fire Butte Unit/Butte Co FD

CAL FIRE’s Butte Unit and the Butte County Fire Department were on-scene of a brush fire that broke out on Yankee Vista Circle, where fire crews worked tirelessly to stop the forward progression and holding the damage to a half-of-an-acre.

Mop-up operations were on-going around this afternoon at 1450 hours.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Colorado Wildfire | Lake Christine Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 | 1930 PDT

The fire was reportedly started on Tuesday, July 3rd around 1815 hours and is burning about one mile northwest of Basalt.

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Photo Credit | Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

Fire behavior is being forecasted to continue surface spread into the oak with backing and flanking with short up hill runs.  Potential of outflow winds could lead to significant spread especially in the pinyon juniper fire fuels.

Private property, infrastructure (transmission lines) and structures in the Mission Heights, Basalt, El Jebel areas remain at risk.  The fire is now burning on federal  and state lands, with natural resources under direct threat.

3 structures destroyed.

Fire personnel remain at 399, along with 12 hand crews, 20 engines and 5 helicopters.

Photo Courtesy | Eagle County Sheriff’s Office


Fire Ban

Fire 2 restrictions are in effect  on private, state and federal lands in Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield Counties.

Temporary Flight Restriction

A Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR is in effect until further notice over the entire fire. This also applies to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones.

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Public Meeting

A Public Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 8 @ 1700 hours at Basalt High School.

How to Help Firefighters

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Resident reentry

Starting on Sunday, July 8, 2018, some neighborhoods will be open for re-entry.  Here is the timeline the Sheriff’s Office has released to the Public:

0800 hours | El Jebel Trailer Park

1400 hours | Big Pinion and Little Pinion, Shadow Rock, Original Road, Pine Ridge and Sagewood Court, Hillcrest, Silverado, Two Rivers to access to Hillcrest.

Residents must provide their Photo ID or re-entry badge with their physical address each time for security purposes.  Checkpoints will be in effect for 24 hours following the original re-entry notification.

Other unnamed communities in this post, evacuation orders are still in effect.

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Taken on July 4, 2018. Photo Credit | Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

Gas Services Restoration

Black Hills Energy Representatives will be in neighborhoods helping residents to get gas service restored.  Officials state to do not do this on your own.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Colorado Wildfire | Lake Christine Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 | 1100 PDT

The fire was reportedly started on Tuesday, July 3rd around 1815 hours and is burning about one mile northwest of Basalt.   Extreme fire behavior occurred on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, prompting mandatory evacuations.

Today, the fire has scorched 5,434 acres and there is a 3% containment status.

Fire Management is being handled by the Northern Rockies IMT, which assumed Command on July 5th around 0600 hours.

There are 399 personnel assigned to this wildfire.

Photo Courtesy | Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

Fire has been deemed human-caused and two individuals have been arrested.

The Eagle Creek Sheriff’s Office helped several hundred of residents.

Governor Hickenlooper visited the Lake Christine ICP Thursday. The Roaring Fork Valley is heavily populated and residual smoke elevates health risks impacting the communities of Basalt and El Jebel.

Incident Cooperators include but not limited to,

Animal Services | CO Animal Rescue, Eagle Valley Humane Society.

Community Partners | Aspen Community Foundation.

Emergency Management | CO Div HLS Emergency Management.

Fire & EMS | BLM, Aspen Fire Protection District, Basalt & Rural FD, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado Div of Fire Prevention and Control, Denver FD, Eagle County Paramedics, Eagle River Fire Protection District and Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District.

Government | CO Dept of Local Affairs, CO DOT,  CO Parks and Wildlife, Crown Mountain Park and Rec District, Eagle County, Eagle County Regional Airport,  Garfield County Government, Mesa County, Pitkin County, Roaring Fork School District, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Town of Basalt, City of Aspen and Town of Carbondale.

Human Services | American Red Cross, CO DHS, Hope Center, Lift Up, Mind Springs Health and Vail Valley Salvation Army.

Police | CO State Patrol, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County Sheriff Office and  Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

For gas leaks for Black Hills Energy residents can call 1-888-890-5554.  Press #1 to speak with an operator, if you are having a gas leak.  Technicians are going door-to-door to check on residents needs.

An air quality health advisory has been issued by the Health Department.  Advisory issued due to wildfire smoke.  Areas along Highway 82 from Basalt to Carbondale and surrounding areas have been impacted.

Re-entry passes are available from 1000 to 2000 hours at the Basalt High School.  Those with current photo ID with their current address will not need to get an re-entry tag to return home once the evacuation orders have been lifted. Those who don’t have ID will need to get this re-entry tag to access their community.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Utah Wildfire | Dollar Ridge Fire

UPDATE 1 | 0830 hours PDT


As of this morning, the fire has destroyed 47,683 acres. Fire crews have been able to reach a 5% containment status.

The fire is burning eight miles west of Duchesne, Utah was mostly active along the southwest flank to the west toward the Strawberry Reservoir. Super Scoopers are on this fire and are being used heavily by scooping out of the Reservoir.  They can carry up to a payload of 1,550 gallons per load.

Structure protection prepping activities are in effect for the Red Creek Road with expectation with the fire reaching the area in the very near future.


The fire was reported around 1300 hours on July 1, 2018.   No exact cause has been released by Fire Officials. Fire cause was deemed to be human related.  An investigation of the ignition continues by Law Enforcement Officials.


There are 719 total fire personnel along with resources include 11 helicopters, 42 engines and 17 crews from the State of Utah and the U.S. Forest Service.


Evacuees in Zone 3 from Sams Wash Rd, MP 70 eastern to the western edge of Starvation Reservoir from MP 80 to 1 mile south of Strawberry River Rd have received the green light to return to their homes at 1000 hours MDT.

Photo Credit | UT Fire Info


New fire detection map includes infrared overflight near Fruitdale and the Strawberry Reservoir. Lots of heat on the northwest, spots shown to the east.

Photo Credit | @MappingSuport


Insurance Info

Read about insurance tips and what to do during a Wildfire Season, brought to you by the Utah Insurance Department via the State of Utah.  https://insurance.utah.gov/featured-news/insurance-tips-for-wildfire-season

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

NEW | WA Wildfire | Milepost 130 Fire | Update 1

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. – Another fire is burning in the County with this named the #MilePost130 off of I-90.  Fire personnel and equipment were dispatched on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 1616 hours PDT.

About 30 acres of grass and brush have been consumed so far.  We have received weather reports that the winds are picking up and fire behavior is very active.

SE-442, SE-463, SE-SLYFIEL (IC) and local resources are on-scene.  DNR had several resources en route around 1745 hours.

Fire fuels include grass and brush.

Limited details on this wildfire are known at this time.  We will provide an update as more information is received.

#Milepost130Fire #MilePost130Fire #WAwildfires2018 #KittitasFire #

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1950 hours PDT


ASPEN, Colo. – A small 100-acre was sparked on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, by two El Jebel residents while using tracer rounds at a shooting range during a Fire ban have been charged with 4-degree arson criminal charges.

They could face fines up to $1,000,000 for the cost of fire suppression efforts.

The fire would soon explode into several thousands of acres consumed, mandatory evacuations of both homes and businesses in Aspen and surrounding areas in the Eagle County, Colorado area.

We have heard of reports where downtown Basalt businesses are/have been evacuated.


FIRE:  Basalt FD, Greater Eagle FD, USFS Rocky Mtns, Carbondale FD,

LAW ENFORCEMENT:   Eagle County Sheriff Office.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:  CO State Emergency Management Agency (Level 2 Fire Ops)

JULY 3, 2018

 FIRE OPERATIONS:  Fire starts on the shooting range near Basalt, Colorado around 1800 hours MDT.  A drone is seen in the area, all fire suppression aircraft forced to land and wait until the air is cleared. (2101 MDT)

LAW ENFORCEMENT:  An investigation goes into effect for the exact cause, by whom and where it all started.

JULY 4, 2018

FIRE STATUS:  2,377 acres. 0% contained.  500 homes evacuated.  0 structures reported as damaged or destroyed. 0 deaths or injuries reported. Air attack resuming. 2 people using tracer rounds started fire on July 3rd, @ 1800 hours MDT.

HELITACK:  Tanker 163 added to the existing 4 SEATs. (1225).

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS:  Homestead Trailer Park, Wilds (Promontory and Windsprings), Ridge Rd, Pinion, Cedar Drive. (1211)LEAVE NOW.

PRE-EVACUATION ORDERS:    E & W Supris Drive, E & W Homestead Drive, Curtis Lane, Longhorn Lane, Tucker Lane, Spur Lane and Hillside Drive. (1212 MDT) Hillcrest, Silverado, Original Pine Ridge, Sagewood (0818 MDT).

SHELTERS:  Basalt HS, 600 Southside Drive, Basalt, CO.

WEATHER REPORTS:  Fire shifted. Heading above Downtown Basalt (1245 MDT) Winds picking up from the north, heading up Basalt Mtn. (1138)

Smoke plume forecast for next 24 hours. Expect the Lake Christine fire to possibly be in the next run of this experimental model.  (Photo Credit:  USNWS – Grand Junction Colorado.)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1900 hours PDT / 2000 hours MDT

Washington Wildfire | Basalt Fire | 2

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Fire resources were dispatched on July 4th (Wednesday) at 0900 hours through the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center to Greenwood Road, where a wildfire is burning.


Resources AR26C , AR29, AR443, AR447, AR449, HT42 and HT44 arrived on-scene around 0906.

Current Status

Fire has been contained at 1030 hours and controlled at 1425 hours.  About 1.1 acres of grass, brush and light timber were scorched.  The fire formerly named the Greenwood and Basalt Fire has been renamed Basalt Fire

Social Media

Hashtags being used are #BasaltFire #SpokaneCountyFire #WAwildfires2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1524 hours PDT