AZ WILDFIRE | BIG HORN FIRE | 2

UPDATE 2 | 6/22/2020 | PM UPDATE

The BIG HORN FIRE started by lightning on June 5, 2020 around 2200 MT in the Catalina Mountains, northwest of Tucson, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Info

CURRENT STATUS

  • Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and running
  • 58,553 acres with 33% containment status
  • 5-minor heat related illnesses (firefighters)

RESOURCES

The faces behind the yellow shirts and equipment that are working tirelessly to put out this wildfire.  This is the Superstition Hotshot Crew.

Photo Credit | AZ State Dept. of Forestry

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There are 969 personnel assigned along with the following fire assets:

Personnel

  • 7 hotshot crews
  • 14 Type 2 hand crews

Engines

  • 2 Type 1 engines
  • 28 Type 3 engines
  • 5 Type 4 engines
  • 17 Type 5 engines
  • 25 Type 6 engines

Helicopters

  • 5 Type 1 helicopters
  • 1 Type 2 helicopter
  • 2 Type 3 helicopter

Heavy Equipment

  • 19 water tenders
  • 6 bulldozers

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators include:

  • Bighorn Fire Info
  • Mount Lemmon FD
  • Tucson FD (and Medics)
  • Pinal County (Public Health, Sheriff’s Office)
  • Pima County government
  • Three Points Fire District
  • Lemmon Fire District
  • CEDR Digital Corps
  • Red Cross
  • AZ Game and Fish Dept
  • Oracle FD
  • Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team 1

INJURIES

2 Firefighter injuries on the fireline. Conditions are unknown.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tempoary Flight Restriction:  There is a TFR above this fire incident.  There are no private drones allowed in/around or near this fire scene.  If they are found within the area, all air resources will be forced to land and a clean sweep of the airsprace before they are able to fly again.  #NoDronesInFireZones is the motto everyone who is a citizen should remember.

Pinal County:  

  • The Peppersauce Canyon area from Highjinks Rd. to Campo Bonito, formerly on “GO!” alert, has been downgraded to “SET.” Residents may now return to their homes.
  • The Rest of Oracle remains on “SET” alert.
  • The Pinal County Fairground is no longer accepting large animals for sheltering.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • AZ Gov Doug Ducey meets with local local, State and Federal officials to assess damage.
  • $18.2 Million cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 2110 PT

WA WILDFIRE | PARK CREEK FIRE | JUNE 22, 2020

Kittitas County, Washington State | A wildfire named for its location in Park Creek was sparked by an unknown cause on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Fire fuels are grass and brush.

Fire crews and equipment were disaptched at 1253 hours PT, contained at  at 1341 hours PT and controlled/out at 1402 hours PT.

Fire crews have held the fire to .5 acres.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

No injuries to firefighters have been reported.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2020 PT

WA WILDFIRE | NABORLEE FIRE | JUNE 22, 2020

A wildfire attempted to burn more than one acre on Monday afternoon, June 22, 2020, but wildland firefighters stopped it from progressing forward.

Fire crews were dispatched at 1341 PT with the IC as 7307.

It is located in Riverway in Stevens County, Washington.

Fire fuels include grass and timber.

This incident is in patrol status.

#WAwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/22/202 2015 PT

AZ WILDFIRE | BIG HORN FIRE | 1

UPDATE 1 | 6/21/2020 | PM UPDATE

The BIG HORN FIRE started by lightning on June 5, 2020 around 2200 MT in the Catalina Mountains, northwest of Tucson, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Task Force Leader, Hugh Fairfield-Smith

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Dry and windy conditions feed the fire making it explode into a firestorm and burning everything in its path.  As of today, the fire has destroyed 51,628 acres  of chaparral, brush and timber.  The fire  is 16% contained.

There are 969 fire personnel assigned aong with a SW Type 1 Team unit with IC John Pierson that assumed command on June 9th around 0600 MT time.

A new IMT will assume command on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Fire Conditions:   Firefighters are working in 100*F-plus daily temps in steep and rugged terrain in the Pusch Ridge wilderness.  Fire behavior is active, running uphill, flankling and spotting.

Photo Credit | Tucson FD Paramedic Team

Significant Events:

  • Fire burned past the UAZ Sky Center:  All structures and the site are still intact. No damage sustained.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Management Team

Evacuations –> GO NOW:  Mt. Bigelow, Lower Soldier HOA, Community of Summerhaven, Willow Canyon, Peppersauce Canyon to Highjinks Road and Campo Bonito

Evacuations –> BE READY:  Community of Oracle, Portions of East Golder Ranch, Catalina Foothills between Alvernon Way and Sabino Canyon, North of Skyline Road.

Evacuations –> PREPARE NOW:  Oro Valley from Catalina State Park, South to Magee Road.  Tucson Foothills from First Avenue east to Alvernon Way.

Evacuation SHELTER –> Sahuaro High School’s Gym, 545 N. Camino Seco by the Red Cross.

Injuries/Illnesses:  There have been three wildland firefighter minor heat illnesses.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Management Team

Tempoary Flight Restriction:  There is a TFR above this fire incident.  There are no private drones allowed in/around or near this fire scene.  If they are found within the area, all air resources will be forced to land and a clean sweep of the airsprace before they are able to fly again.  #NoDronesInFireZones is the motto everyone who is a citizen should remember.

Emergency Alerts Pinal County | pinalcountyaz.gov/emergencymanagement  and Pima County | myalerts.pima.gov

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Task Force Leader, Hugh Fairfield-Smith

Road Closures:  Catalina Highway at MP 0 is closed, except to local residents and business owners.  Oracle Control road is closed.

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Management Team

Additional Fire Images | Week of June 15th

Photo Credit | Bighorn Fire Management Team

Fire Images from June 17, 2020 – Photo Credit | Lemmon Fire Department

Photo Credit | Chris Ader with Three Points Fire District

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Fire Incident Hashtags | #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog  – 2115 PT

NEW FIRE | West Fire | Lancaster (Los Angeles County), California | 4

UPDATE 4 | 1530 PT | 6/21/2020

A fast-moving brush fire scorched several acres off of Lancaster Road and 245th Street west in Lancaster (Los Angeles County).  This is  just outside of the Angeles National Forest in western Anteleope Valley, California.

Fire 4 departed from the fire (1511) and arrived back in the City. (1525).

Copter 15 on the ground and was available via radio. Copter 12 was also released and advises  a good dozer line around the perimeter.  No active fire spotted and mop-up operations in effect. (1415)

Fire Officials looking to released Helitender 5 and Helispot. (1415)

Is unknown at this time. No word on a preliminary cause has been released.

Some of the air resources are starting to be released.

This is our last update for the day.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog 

 

 

 

NEW FIRE | West Fire | Lancaster (Los Angeles County), California | 3

UPDATE 3 | 1500 PT | 6/21/2020

A fast-moving brush fire is burning off of Lancaster Road and 245th Street west in Lancaster (Los Angeles County).  This is  just outside of the Angeles National Forest in western Anteleope Valley, California.

Current Status:  Forward progression stopped. 47 acres.  Heavy mop-up, including 1 outbuilding to have been destroyed.

Angeles National Forest has deployed their first alarm resources | Photo Credit: ANF

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Resources: Copters 10, 12 (LA Co Echo 78/Helitender), 15, 532. Engines 78 (IC), Angeles National Forest Service, E477 (Div Alpha), E315, E84, E136, E135, E212. Water Tenders 130, 180 and 212, Dozer Team 5 and Crew 12.

Incident Cooperators  LA Co FD (E477 as IC), LA Fire Ops,  ANF, LA Co FD PIO, NWS Los Angeles.

Photo Credit | ANF

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Division Alpha (E477): Water Tender 180.

Division Zulu :  ANF317 was released (1444) and Water Tender 237 was moved from Staging to this division.

Helco:  Copter 12 back on-scene and 15 available. (1446) 532 released. (1500)

Swampers just arrived on-scene  are working to assess fire conditions. (1440)

Staging: 1 water tender (WT237) and 1 engine. (1441)

Incident Cooperators:  LA Co PIO, LA Co Fire Ops, USFS, LA County Firefighters.

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NEW FIRE | West Fire | Lancaster (Los Angeles County), California | 2

UPDATE 2 | 1430 PT | 6/21/2020

A fast-moving brush fire is burning off of Lancaster Road and 245th Street west in Lancaster (Los Angeles County), California, just outside of the Angeles National Forest.

Additional resources requested from Angeles National Forest.

Resources: Copters 10, 12, 15, 532. Engines 78 (IC), Angeles National Forest Service, E477 (Div Alpha), E315, E84, E136, E135, E212. Water Tenders 130 and 212, Dozer Team 5 and Crew 12.

Division Alpha (E477) : Engines 315, 84, Patrol 12, 15. E212.

Division Zulu:  Water Tender 212.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog 

 

 

 

NEW FIRE | West Fire | Lancaster (Los Angeles County), California | 1

UPDATE 1 | 1405 PT | 6/21/2020

A fast-moving brush fire is burning off of Lancaster Road and 245th Street west in Lancaster (Los Angeles County), California, just outside of the Angeles National Forest.

Resources: Copters 10, 12, 15, 532. Engines 78 (IC), Angeles National Forest Service, E477 (Div Alpha), E315, E84, 2 Water Tender 130 (plus a 2nd one) . Dozer Team 5 and Crew 12.

Photo Credit | LA Co Fire Ops

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Division Alpha (E477) : Engines 315 and 84 were assigned.  Fire burning into a wash.

Fire was reported to be at 20 acres  of grass with winds at 15 miles-per-hour coming from the west.  Copter 15 reported they could see a large header from several miles away with heavy smoke.

One structure is threatened on the alpha shoulder.

Division Zulu:  Established at 1355 hours PT.  Copter 532 tying in.

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AZ Wildfire | Torolita Fire | 1

Update 1 – 6/7/2020 – Sunday

The TORTOLITA FIRE is burning north of Oro Valley, west of Catalina and Saddlebrooke in the Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

There are approximately 75 firefighters assigned to this wildland fire incident. Incident Cooperators include  Inciweb, SWCC, Golder Ranch FD, AZ Forestry, AZ State Firefighters and Pinal County.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Helicopter working on Tortolita Fire

A first due  brush fire engine from the Golder Ranch FD which reported fire was burning on State lands that began on Friday evening from lightning.

Firefighters have had difficulties with fire suppression due to rugged terrain, but have been successfull with burnout operations.

Fire has mostly spread to the south of Bass Spring but had been reported not completely crossed Conchise Springs.

There is minimum threats due to the fire burning away from homes. There are no evacuation orders in effect.

The fire has burned 3,500 acres of grass, dry brush and other vegetation.


(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/7/2020 2255 PT

CA Wildfire | Quail Fire | 1

Update 1 – 6/7/2020 – Sunday

Incident Summary

A 4th alarm wildfire named the QUAIL FIRE started on Saturday, June 6th at 1636 hours PT is located on Quail Canyon Road and Pleasants Valley Road, southwest of Winters (Solano County), California.

Current Status

The fire has burned 1,837 acres and has a 40% containment status.  3 structures have been destroyed:  1 home, 1 commercial and 1 other.

The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation.

Resources

There are 600 personnel along with 7 crews, 30 engines and 9 dozers. Lead Agency is CAL FIRE – Sonoma – Lake – Napa Unit. Agencies represented include: Solano County Fire, Contra Costa Fire, CAL FIRE – Butte Unit / Butte County FD and Central Marin FD.

Incident Cooperators

Additional Incident Cooperators include:  Red Cross Northern California Coastal. Solano County Public Health,

Equipment

Aircraft have been dipping out of nearby Putah Creek.  Engines are drafting water out of the Lake Solano County Park.

Evacuations

Mandatory evacuations were in effect on Saturday for those in the area of Quail Canyon Road from Pleasants Valley Road to Hwy 128.   Evacuation shelter is located at 3 Oaks Community Center, 1100 Alamo Dr Vacaville, CA 95687.

Evacuation Map below:

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Preparedness

Wildfire Resources presented by CAL FIRE. Website:  readyforwildfire.org

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2125 PT