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

OOA – Texas Wildfires Sit Rep – May 18, 2018

STATEWIDE, Texas – Here is the current Sit Rep for Texas wildfires happening across the State.  Information is gleaned from multiple sources and from all Social Media platforms to give you a great single post on what’s happening out in the fire world.

MALLARD FIRE

The Mallard Fire is located approximately 25 miles SE of Amarillo and about 5-6 miles SE of Claude in Armstrong and Donley Counties.  It is also located on the A Ranch and in Mulberry Canyon to the north.

The lightning-caused fire started on May 8, 2018.  It has destroyed 75,530 acres of brush and grass and a single structure but has reached a 77% containment status.  Fire behavior is being observed as minimum fire activity.

Fire burning in the canyon in DIV H

Fire burning in Canyon of Division H | Photo Credit: TX A&M Forest Service

There are 246 personnel along with 1 large and a small helicopter, along with 3 SEATs, 9 engines, 6 dozers and 4 hand crews.

Command will change from a Type 1 IMT back to a local unit on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Increased containment has been successfully accomplished by firefighters during a very productive day and low heat confirmed by a recon night flight on Thursday, May 17, 2018.  A TFR will expire at 2100 hours this evening.

The total fire suppression and containment status costs-to-date are $6,400,000.

Fire Fact: 

There were 94 wildfires reported in the last 24 hours across the United States with initial attack activity.  Of those two were newly reported large incidents, four of those wildfires were contained and there are still seven that are still burning.  2 Type 1 and 2 IMTs are reported as still committed to large incidents – NIFC.gov

CALDWELL FIRE

The Caldwell Fire started on private land and is located about 20 miles NW of Fort Davis and 25 miles east of Vallentine in Jeff Davis County on the Caldwell Ranch off of Highway 118.  It is said to be in the same vicinity as the McDannald Fire.

There has been 2,450 acres of burned brush and tall grass that has been destroyed with a 65% containment status.  Fire behavior is showing as moderate.

About 38 personnel are assigned along with one crew and three personnel.

A total cost-to-date has reached $1,000.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

* OOA * AZ Wildfire #PineryFire | 2

DOUGLAS, Ariz. – A  wildfire named the Pinery Fire is burning approximately 32 miles southeast of Wilcox;  12 miles east of Douglas in Cochise County and about 60 miles northeast of Sierra Vista.

Location

The fire started on private land in Pinery  Canyon and moved on to the Chricahua National Monument (Pinery Canyon Chiricahua Mountains) and onto the Coronado National Forest lands.

Cause

It is a human-caused wildfire that started on Saturday, May 12, 2018 around 1330 hours MST.  The exact ignition is unknown and under current investigation.

Pinery Fire - Cochise County

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division

Command

This incident is in a Unified Command with AZ DOF and Fire Management, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Coronado National Forest.

Staffing

Firefighters from the USFS (Coronado National Forest), AZ Department of Forestry and the National Park Service are under the Fire Command of a Type 1 IMT.

There are currently four crews, 15 engines assigned (per NIFC).

Fire resources were initially dispatched at 1338 hours MST with BN 3-2, CAP 3-2, DOUGLAS Engines 362 and 307.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators include the Green Valley Fire, Fry Fire District, Cochise County Sheriff Office, Coronado National Forest, National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

Photo Courtesy: Coronado NF

Current Conditions

Fire behavior is active, however it is currently being held at 1200 acres of dry vegetation, grasses, timber and brush with 0% containment status.

Firefighters are working challenges today including higher winds and warm temps.

Around 2200 hours MST on Saturday night, the Sheriff’s Office ordered pre-evacuations for the White Tail Canyon area for about eight homes.  The fire was said to still be burning in very steep and rugged terrain making it challenging for wildland firefighters.

Cost-To-Date

Costs-to-Date have reached $100,000 for fire suppression and containment expenses.

 

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this incident.  #AZwildfire2018 #PineryFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

* OOA * AZ Wildfire CAD Activity – May 12, 2018

STATEWIDE, Arizona – Here is the most up-to-date current Wildfire CAD Activity for the State of Arizona on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

#2 Spitz Fire – AZ – KNF.  Dispatched at 1149 hours.  0.25 acres.  Contained at 1356 hours. (Williams Dispatch Center)

595 Fire – I-10, mile marker 200.  Dispatched at 1540 hours MST. Limited info.  (AZ Dispatch Center)

By Pass Fire – Hwy 85, milepost 125.  Dispatched at 1903 MST.  Still an open incident. Limited info. (AZ Dispatch Center).

Camino Fire – I-10 milepost 219.  Dispatched 1547 hours MST.  0.1 acres. Limited info. (AZ Dispatch Center)

Garwood Fire – Garwood Trail off of Douglas Springs. Dispatched 0724 hours MST.  0.1 acres.  Cause:  Abandoned campfire.  Fire out. (Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center)

Illegal Campfire – White Spar Campground Site #5. Dispatched at 1000 hours MST.  Limited info.  (Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center)

Illegal Campfire #1 – Flagstaff.  0.1 acre. Dispatched at 1314 hours.  0.1 acre. Out at 1400 hours MST. (Flagstaff Dispatch Center)

Illegal Campfire #2 – Flagstaff.  Dispatched at 1838 hours. Limited details. (Flagstaff Dispatch Center)

Pinery Fire – Pinery Canyon.  Dispatched at 1338 hours MST.  Initial resources BN 3-2 CAPT 3-2 DOUGLAS engines 362, 307. * See our large wildfire coverage listed this as a single wildfire* (AZ Dispatch Center)

Slims Fire – I-140 Milemarker 233.  Dispatched at 1557 hours MST.  0.1 acres. (AZ Dispatch Center)

Sombrero Fire (Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry)

Sombrero Fire – 7 miles east of Mammoth, near the Galiuro Mountains, Graham County.  Dispatched at 1349 hours.  Initial resources CAPT 3-1 ENG 361 FT GRANT FUELS 3-8-1 TUCSON 1.  135 acres.  Crews are hiking in to the fire line due to the terrain is very rugged. (AZ Dispatch Center, AZ State Forestry)

Tinder Fire – 20 miles NE of Pine on the Coconino National Forest. Timber fuels. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 16,309 acres. 79% contained.  83 personnel. 1 crew, 5 engines, 2 helicopters.  96 structures lost. $7M CTD. (NIFC.gov)

Woods Fire (Photo Credit: Apache Sitgreaves NFs)

Woods Fire – near Forest Rd 195, west / northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.  Started Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1400 hours MST.  130 acres of ponderosa pine and grass understory.  RED FLAG WARNING in effect.

Sources:  WildCAD, NIFC, Twitter, Facebook

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

* OOA * AZ Wildfire #PineryFire | 1

DOUGLAS, Ariz. – A  wildfire named the Pinery Fire is burning approximately 32 miles southeast of Wilcox and 12 miles east of Douglas in Cochise County.  The fire started on private land in Pinery  Canyon and moved on to the Chricahua National Monument (Pinery Canyon Chiricahua Mountains) and onto the Coronado National Forest lands.

Fire resources were initially dispatched at 1338 hours MST with BN 3-2, CAP 3-2, DOUGLAS Engines 362 and 307.

It is a human-caused wildfire that started on Saturday, May 12, 2018 around 1330 hours MST.  The exact ignition is unknown and under current investigation.

Pinery Fire - Cochise County

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division

Resources

Firefighters from the USFS (Coronado National Forest), AZ Department of Forestry and the National Park Service are assigned to this incident.

This incident is in a Unified Command with AZ DOF and Fire Management, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Coronado National Forest.

Equipment and additional resources include:  five SEATS (Single-engine Airtankers), four heavies, three helicopters, an AA and a lead plan.  There are seven engines, two IA crews and two hotshot crews.   Four more hotshot crews are on order.

Incident Cooperators include the Cochise County Sheriff Office, Coronado National Forest, National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

 

Current Conditions

The fire has burned 1200 acres of dry vegetation, grasses and brush with a 0% containment status.  Evacuations have been completed of the Chiricahua National Monument.

The campgrounds in the area have been evacuated and area road closures are in effect. This also includes Onion Saddle.

The current fire weather as of 2135 MST on Saturday, May 12, 2018 is a clear night with winds at 11 mph and a RH of 24%.  Temps are expected to be on Sunday, May 13 at a high of 88*F and a low of 56*F in the evening.  Temps are due to rise by next week in the low to high 90’s.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this incident.  #AZwildfire2018 #PineryFire

(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.

Image may contain: one or more people, mountain, sky, outdoor and nature

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 #RheaFire Behavior Fierce | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire broke out on Thursday, April 12, 2018, around 1300 hours PDT about nine (9) miles southeast of Leedey (Dewey County) in Oklahoma.

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Photo Credit | OK Forestry Services

CURRENT FIRE STATUS | The fire behavior has exploded when it was reported at its start time around 1300 hours PDT and was about 500 acres but has now reached 19,000 acres.  (yes, we checked the number several times and also reached out to OFS for verification).

There is a 0% containment status.

Image may contain: sky, airplane and outdoor

Photo Credit | OK Forestry Services

RESOURCES | 2 Wildland Task Forces plus 2 Type-1 helo and Air Attack have been deployed from Oklahoma Forest Services.

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THREATS | Several structures are currently under direct threat.

SOCIAL MEDIA | Social Media reports indicate the fire is heading north and has jumped the river (we are working to gather intel on which river this is).  Additional sources are showing that the fire is now spreading northwest to north as winds shifted to SSE with passage of dryline back to west.

Photo Credit | @stormchaserQ (Quincy Vagell) | Used with written Permission

FIRE WEATHER REPORTS | As of 1828 hours PDT, OK Weather reports indicate the fire seems to be heading towards Mutual.  Highway 60 is blocked east and west out of Cestos.  Seiling/Taloga should be alright.

FIRE HISTORY IN DEWEY COUNTY | According to Social Media, here is a brief post of a previous wildfire that was memorable in this area.

March 14, 2017 | Dewey Co Conservation District works as an Incident Cooperator by providing 8 bale hay trailer for locals to haul hay to fire victims.

Photo Credit | OK Conservation Commission

HASHTAGS | #RheaFire #OKwildfire2018

PHOTO IMAGES | Credit by Oklahoma Forestry Services

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Grass Fire Explodes on Florida Forest Service Land | 1

FLORIDA FOREST, FLORIDA | Miami-Dade firefighters are currently working with Florida Forest Service fire crews on a grass fire located near Krome Avenue and SW 8th Street in Miami-Dade, Florida.

Photo Credit | Miami-Dade Fire

Incident Cooperators | Miami-Dade Police, Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade Fire, Florida Forest Service firefighters.

Resources | Tender 34, Engines 37, 56, Tanker 6 on-scene, plus others have been deployed.

Photo Credit | Miami-Dade Fire

Current Conditions | Currently, firefighters are wetting down the area – however, another area about 200 yards South of the area is now catching on fire and later said to be putting out hot spots. (1735 PDT)

Social Media | This fire does not currently have a known wildfire or command name, so we are calling this fire the #KromeAvenueFire  #FLwildfire2018.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1740 PDT

 

South Carolina’s #GreenwoodFire Almost Contained | 2

SOUTH CAROLINA | A wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 15, 2018, around 1700 hours from an unknown ignition.  The fire is located in compartment 16 off of Highway 17A.

Francis Marion Fire personnel work after sundown

Fire crews work after sundown. Photo Credit | Francis Marion Fire via Inciweb

Fire Fuels | Hardwoods.

Size Up | The fire is remains at the same containment status with a total of 130 acres burned.  Expectation is to have a 100% containment by tonight.  Crews are still patrol and mop-up operations.

Containment Status | 75%.

Resources |   A reduction of personnel has been changed from 10 to four.

Significant Events |  Fire fuels found with downed trees next to power lines.

Fire Weather | Cloudy, light rain.

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #GreenwoodFire #SCwildfire2018

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 1650  PDT

 

 

 

South Carolina’s #GreenwoodFire Burning Slowly | 1

SOUTH CAROLINA | A wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 15, 2018, around 1700 hours from an unknown ignition.  The fire is located on US 17A.

Francis Marion Fire personnel work after sundown

Fire crews work after sundown. Photo Credit | Francis Marion Fire via Inciweb

Fire Fuels | Hardwoods.

Size Up | The fire is currently at 75 acres but slowly spreading due to dry and windy conditions.  Fire crews came in on Thursday when the fire started but were due to return on Friday, March 16, 2018, to continue with fire suppression and containment efforts.

Containment Status | 75%.

Resources | There are 10 personnel assigned along with three engines, two dozers a single helicopter from the Francis Marion Ranger District.

Significant Events | Powerlines are down in the area.

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #GreenwoodFire #SCwildfire2018

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 2230 PDT