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.

NM Wildfires: #DienerCanyonFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A prescribed burn in Cibola County, New Mexico on Thursday, April 12, 2018, escaped its containment lines and found to be not meeting its desired objectives would soon become a wildfire.

LOCATION |  The fire is located eight (8) miles south of Blue Water Lake and 13-15 miles west of Grants and Milan, New Mexico. It is burning in the Zuni Mountains on the Mount Taylor Ranger District.

Now, the #RedondoPrescribedFire has now become the #DienerCanyon Fire and this fiery fire is not one to be reckoned with.

SIZE UP | The fire has consumed 3,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is extreme with windy and very dry conditions.

RESOURCES |  Fire resources are from the State Forestry Division along with the U.S. Forest Service with additional orders for the SWA T-1 Team #2 Pierson IC, 2 T-1 and 2 T-2IA Crews.

HISTORICAL EVENTS | It is said that this is one of the driest starts to a water year in history.  A big wind event has been forecasted for over a week.  There has been plenty of criticism to go around as to why would there be a Prescribed Fire (RX Fire) when a windstorm has been forecasted in the same week.

SOCIAL MEDIA | Eyewitness accounts are saying the same things over and over again.   Here is a compiling of what people are sharing with others:

“View to the SW of the Diener Canyon Fire in the Mt. Taylor area showing a huge smoke plume on the horizon which is probably 50 miles away and more near Ojo Encino. The smoke is much closer now.”

“Per Forest Service policy, since the Redondo Prescribed Fire was no longer meeting the desired objectives, it was declared a “wildfire”.  A complexity analysis determined the need for a higher level of incident management.” Prescribed Fire gone bad.

#DeinerCanyonFire  #NMwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Texas Fires: #BowersCityFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire reportedly broke out in Bowers City (Gray County), Texas on Thursday, April 12, 2018. We are working on the exact location of the fire.

FIRE TIMELINE | Here is the timeline according to fire suppression and containment efforts as posted on Social Media and verified sources.

“Do you know why some of the wildfires are named? The reason for naming wildfires is to avoid confusion when there are multiple wildfires in an area or the state. Giving each fire a unique names allows first responders and citizens to know which fire is which.”

– Texas A&M Forest Service

1934 PDT:  Containment increases to 70% and fire is holding at 1,750 acres. Containment lines improving and in mop-up operations.

1808 PDT:  Fire burning in Gray County in Bowers City, OK.  1,750 acres. 50% containment. Fire crews are burning pockets of unburned fuels and making good progress.

1630 PDT:  1,000 acres with a 20% containment status.  Forward progression has been stopped.  Fire behavior is active with fire on flanks of the fire.  Good progress being made.

1429 PDT:  Fire resources are volunteer firefighters and working tirelessly on fire suppression efforts.

FIRE WEATHER | Though this map is from almost 12 hours ago, the fire weather remains to be the same, if not more critical and people need to be extremely careful outdoors.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #BowersCityFire  #TXwildfires2018

ABOUT TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE

The Texas A&M Forest Service was created in 1915, that today has been recognized as the leader that defines the way of the future in forestry, tree development and wildfire prevention, mitigation and protection.  This is an integral part of the The Texas A&M University System.  It is mandated by law to “assume direction of all forest interests and all matters pertaining to forestry within the jurisdiction of the State.”

There are approximately 400 employees in offices across the state.

The Texas A&M Forest Service can be found on Social Media such as Facebook (@texasforestservice) or on their website at http://tfsweb.tamu.edu.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

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

U.S. Active Wildfires | April 6, 2018

ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA

There were 16 new wildfires which 2 of them became new large incidents.  All fires are out in this region.

COUNTY ROAD 56 FIRE | 1,783 acres.  100% contained.  0 resources. $1,000 CTD.  (CO) C&L lands.

ROCK FIRE | 300 acres.  100% contained.  25 total personnel.  9 engines.  $1,000 CTD. C&L lands.

SOUTHERN AREA

There was 574 new wildfires with 7 of them being new large incidents, while 11 are still considered not contained in the Southern area. in TX, FL, SC, OK and NC.

GREENWAY FIRE | 16 miles SE of Naples (FL). Florida FS.  Southern rough Minimal fire behavior.  17,957 acres.  95% contained.  Total 15 personnel.  2 engines. 4 structures destroyed. $399,000 cost-to-date (CTD).

FM 294 FIRE | 10 miles SE of Claude (TX). TX A&M FS.  Tall grass. Active fire behavior with single-tree torching and creeping. Structures under direct threat. 14,824 acres. 80% containment.  8 total personnel.  1 engine. 5 structures lost.  $1,000 CTD. Private land.

As of April 6, 2018, there have been 12,754 wildfires with a combined total of 530,488 acres scorched.  In 2017, at this time of year there were 14,529 fires with a total of 2,180,154 acres.  2018 is also down from 2016 acreage destroyed.

FIREBREAK 56 | 8 miles east of Mexico Beach (FL).  Florida FS.  Southern rough.  Minimal fire. 8,080 acres. 90% containment status.  48 total personnel.  11 engines. $294,000 CTD.

SPOONBILL FIRE | 30 miles east of Naples (FL).  Big Cypress NP.  Southern rough and tall grass.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  Area closures in effect.  1,843 acres. 40% contained.  43 total personnel.  1 crew. 2 helicopters.  $200,000 CTD.

CONTEXT FIRE | 3 miles NW of Homestead (FL). Everglades NP.  1,047 acres.  25% contained.  53 total personnel.  1 crew.  7 engines.  1 helicopter.  $230,000 CTD.

COLONY FIRE |  1 mile east of Colony (OK).  BIA – Concho Agency. 586 acres.  60% contained.  116 total personnel.  1 crew.  22 engines.  $400,000 CTD.

GREENWOOD 2 FIRE |  7 miles west of Jamestown (SC).  Grancis Marion & Sumter NF.  450 acres.  60% contained.  18  personnel.  5 engines. 1 helicopter.  $8,000 CTD.

OLD BLADE LINE FIRE |  10 miles SE of Lakes Wales (FL).  Florida FS.  450 acres.  60% contained. 1 person on staff.  1 engine.  $89,000 CTD.

FOBB CREEK FIRE |  5 miles NE of Daisy (OK).  OK DOF – SE area.  420 acres.  80% containment status.  4 personnel.  2 engines. $4,000 CTD.

COUNTY LINE FIRE |  11 miles east of Tahlequah (OK). OK DOF – Northeast area.371 acres.  97% contained.  4 personnel. 2 engines. $7,000 CTD.

HAIRPIN FIRE |  12 miles NE of Clayton (OK).  OK DOF – East Central area.  182 acres.  71% contained.  4 personnel.  2 engines. $1,000 CTD.

WINDY LANE FIRE | 175 acres.  80% contained. 9 personnel.  6 engines.  $4,000 CTD.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

 

Out of the Area | CA Wildfire #SchoolHouseFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small wildfire is burning off of County Road (CR) 339 near Buena Vista (Chaffee County) in Colorado, ignited on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

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Photo Credit | Chaffee County Fire Protection District

Incident Cooperators |  Firefighters from Chaffee County Fire Protection District, Salida Fire, Buena Vista Fire, Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Chaffee EMS and Chaffee OEM are currently working together.

Resources | Resources included multiple units from the skies to the ground, including this DFPC Engine 3161 alongside Swift Buena Vista.

Photo Credit | CO Div of Fire Prevention and Control

Size Up | The small fire wildfire was listed at 26.7 acres and had a 60% containment status on Monday.  No cause was known at the time of a presser released at 2015 hours on Sunday night.

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Photo Credit | CO Div of Fire Prevention and Control

Photo Credit | Photo Credits are given to those that are listed and to the best of our ability. We do not lay claim to any of the fire images, just the content.

Social Media | #SchoolHouseFire #COwildfire2018

(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