The Wildfire Log | Museum Fire in Arizona | 1

UPDATE 1 | JULY 21, 2019 

Incident Summary

A wildfire prompted fire personnel and equipment to be dispatched around 1142 hours MST on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

The fire was reported by multiple calls from the general public and from fire lookouts around 1100 hours.

Almost one hour later, multiple engines, crews, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft along with nearly 100 personnel were on-scene of the five-acre fire.

The fire’s cause has not been released and is currently under investigation.

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Credit | Coconino NF

Location

The fire is located north of Flagstaff, near Schultz Pass Road.

Size

By almost 1330 Hours MST, the fire slowly grew to 20 acres.  Now at 1630 hours MST, the fire has been reported to have reached 400 acres of ponderosa pines and mixed conifer with a 0% containment status.

Resources

There are a total of 182 personnel and assets, which included 7 engines, 4 fuels crews, 2 hotshot crews, 14 patrol units, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 4 heavy air tankers, 4 SEATs (single engine air tankers), 3 Type Type-1 helicopters, 1 Type 3 helicopter, a VLAT (very large air tanker) and an air attack plane.

A Type 1 IMT Team 2 (SW IMT) is on order and will take command over this wildfire at 1800 hours MST on Monday evening.

Museum Fire near Dry Lake

Fire photo taken at 15 hours MST | Credit: Coconino NF

EOC Activated

The Coconino County Emergency Management and City of Flagstaff collectively, have activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in support of this wildfire named the MUSEUM FIRE.

Evacuations

An evacuation notice has been issued for the areas of Forest Road to Highway 89 (Mount Elden Lookout) and Schultz Pass Road to private land.   A pre-evacuation notice has also been issued for the area of Forest Road 420 to Friedlein Prairie.

The Coconino County Sheriff SAR members are assisting with evacuations.

Notifications

An American Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Sinaqua Middle School. 3950 E. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004.

For emergency notifications and other notices, go to coconino.az.gov/ready .

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1630 hours MST.

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 6

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status |  The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is demobilizing their PIOs unless there is further fire activity that requires them to give evacuation orders.

The footage listed below was what fire crews observed when they arrived on-scene earlier this morning.  (Photo Credit:  Grant County Fire District #13)

Evacuations | Level 1 and 2 are still in effect.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.  ICP is located at the Wahluke High School in Mattawa.

State Mobe has been arriving throughout the night to the fire scene.

ALERTS | To receive  Emergency Text Messages to your cell phone, text GCSHERIFF to 888777.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/15/2019 @ 1130 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 5

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status | The fire has destroyed approximately 5,000 acres and is still growing.  There is a 0% containment status.   Aircraft is dipping from the Columbia River.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.

WA State Fire Marshal has approved WA STATE MOBILIZATION.

Evacuations | A new alert was given by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (1820 hours) Deputies will be going door-to-door to make sure residents and guests are leaving the area.  Do not delay. This is an escalated and serious level of evacuation orders.  This means that your safety is at risk and staying could put others in danger of having to rescue, extricate or provide EMS services.

Fire Weather |  As the time of this post, fire weather in Mattawa was 82* F temps, sunny skies with winds at 13 mph and humidity down to 24%. Temps are forcasted to dip down to a low temp of 65* F.

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GO NOW:

  • 23000 block Road O SW, P SW, Q SW, R SW (Level 3)
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What responding fire crews are seeing. | Credit: GCFD13

Power infrastructure threatened.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1950 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 3

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status | The fire has scorched up to 2,000 acres. There are multiple air and ground resources on-scene. The Sheriff’s Office is reporting the fire only at 1,500 acres.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.

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Photo Credit | Grant County Fire District 10’s PIO Janet Eckenberg

Evacuations | About 1815 hours, evacuation orders given by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for those homes located in the 23000 block of Road “O” SW to Road “E” SW.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog .

Thank you for reading this post and others.  We encourage you to become a Blog follower and joining our 300-plus readership.  – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1850 PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

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Photo Credit: Grant County SO

Current Fire Status | At about 1353 hours, the fire had burned 100 acres and was at a 0% containment status.

Evacuations | No evacuation orders are on order at the moment.

About the Saddle Mountains

The Saddle Mountains are an upfolded anticline ridge of basalt in Grant County, which is located in the central portion of Washington State.

Credit & Info by Wikipedia

The ridge is approximately 2,700 feet in elevation and ends in Othello near the foot of the Drumheller Channels. It continues to the west where it is broken up at the Sentinel Gap, a water gap through which the Columbia River passes before ending in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblogThank you for reading this post and others.  We encourage you to become a Blog follower and joining our 300-plus readership.  – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1445 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Newest Wildfire

MONTANA CREEK FIRE

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Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Overnight, Alaska had two known and reported wildfires, one was due to a bonfire where party goers fled and it had escaped its containment area. It has since been put out.

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This wildfire named the MONTANA CREEK FIRE is burning on private land that started on July 3rd.  It was reported to Palmer Forestry by MATCOM at 1500 hours.

There has been 247 acres of spruce and hardwoods that have been destroyed.  Fire behavior is extreme with a high rate of spread but has since been slowed. Crews will remain on-scene for most part of the morning.

Palmer IA responded with a helitack and an engine.  Additional resources included tankers, scoopers, an Army Guard Blackhawk and overhead personnel.

Currently in the State of Alaska, there are 19 staffed fires, 93 that are in a monitoring status, 3 have been put out and 2 prescribed fires, for a total of 640,589 acres destroyed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1110 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: WA’s Swanson Mill Fire | Final Update

UPDATE 3 – JULY 4 (THURSDAY)

Final Update

A wildfire approximately 200 acres named the SWANSON MILL FIRE located south of Oneil Road in the Swanson Mill area, just north of Ellisforde and south of Oroville, Washington.

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The fire which prompted many air fire suppression aircraft that included 5 fire bosses, several helicopters, heavy airtankers with some of them from Canada and others were brought quickly in.  Additionally, they were dipping from nearby lake and continuously dropping over the fire line and tankers dropping retardant down below.

Overnight, fire crews worked tirelessly to contain the fire bringing the total of acres destroyed at 300 acres.  They are currently mopping up.

Fire was burning near homes and other structures but all were saved. None were reported as damaged.

No injuries to firefighters or to civilians were reported.

The cause is unknown and still under investigation.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated @ 1100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: WA’s Swanson Mill Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – JULY 3 (WEDNESDAY)

A wildfire approximately 200 acres named the SWANSON MILL FIRE is located south of Oneil Road in the Swanson Mill area, just north of Ellisforde and south of Oroville, Washington.

About 125 personnel are assigned to the fire.

During the height of the incident, there were five fire bosses that included FB 206, 207, 210, 244 and 246.  They worked the fire and at the end of the fire around 1730 hours, they were sent back to Omak airport for a load and return until 1800 hours.  They were on stand-by in case, the Helicopters that were still assigned to the incident needed, were only minutes away from being recalled.

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Two Canadian air tankers 447 and 449 were in the mix with all of the aircraft. They worked their magic and did a great job.  They returned to another airport for a load and hold, but were ultimately released from the fire by 5 Alpha Romeo.

One dozer was on-scene working the dozer line but two more would be ordered and arrived to assist. They made great progress as well.

A TFR (temporary flight restriction) was discussed by Dispatch and the IC but agreed unnecessary due to the fire being quickly contained.  However, there was an incident where a low flying aircraft was flying over the area where it was a concern for some fire suppression aircraft attempting to make water drops.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated 1740 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: CAL Fire’s Wolf Fire

CAL FIRE resources from the Riverside Unit were dispatched to a wildfire around this morning.  The fire named the WOLF FIRE is located off of Lamb Canyon Road and California Avenue, southeast of Beaumont in Riverside County in an unincorporated area in the State of California.

Just before noon, the fire had scorched just over 15 acres and fire behavior was moderate to a dangerous rate of spread.  Air support was en route.

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Credit: CAL FIRE Riverside FD/ Sudmeier

About ten minutes later, Air Attack was saying the fire was more than 20-plus acres and quickly growing.  At the time there was an additional resources that included two additional tankers and a Type 2 copter with crew that was the closest available.

All-in-all, there was a total of 340 acres burned.  Resources were in overhaul mode around 1540 hours PDT and will remain overnight to gain a 100% containment status.  At the time of this posting, fire crews have reached a 40% containment status.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1930 Hours PDT.

 

The Wildfire Log: New Mexico’s The Little Fire

UPDATE 1 – JUNE 29 – SATURDAY

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Another wildfire has been sparked by lightning but this fire has been named THE LITTLE FIRE, that is burning on the National Forest System Lands on The Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest in Catron County, New Mexico.

The wildfire started today, which is located approximately 4.5 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

There has been 222 acres of ponderosa pine, needle cast and grass, which has been destroyed. It is being reported as moving in a northwest and northeast direction.  Fire Officials are monitoring the fire and is currently not fully staffed.

Smoke is visible from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, the Upper and Lower Scorpion Campgrounds and Woody’s Corral.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog  – Updated @ 1830 hours PDT