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

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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

#TrumpTowerFire Kills 1, Injures 4 | 1

MANHATTAN, NY | A 4-Alarm fire from an unknown cause ripped through the 50th story of the Trump Tower this afternoon killing one civilian and injuring four firefighters.  Onlookers shot video and photos spreading like wildfire all over Social Media.

Photo Credit | NYC OEM

FIRE TIMELINE 

1427 PDT – MAN 2-ALARM 721 5 AVE, HIGH RISE (TRUMP TOWER) FIRE ON 50TH FLR.

1524 PDT – Due to a fire at Trump Tower in Manhattan, expect police and FDNY in the area of 5th Ave/W.57 St. Expect traffic and street closures nearby by due to emergency vehicles.

1527 PDT – Members are on scene of a 3-alarm fire at 721 5th Ave Manhattan. There are currently no injuries reported.

1530 PDT – Current street closures due to the fire at Trump Tower.   5th Ave between W. 55 St to W. 57 St and W. 56 St between Madison Ave to 5th Ave.

1556 PDT – Members remain on scene of a 4-alarm fire, 721 5th Ave in Manhattan. There is currently one serious injury to a civilian reported.

1628 PDT – 

1657 PDT –  Fire brought under control.

1658 PDT – We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment who is in critical condition.

1659 PDT – We had many floors to search, and stairways, and right now the only civilian injury is to the occupant of that apartment. There are four Firefighters with non-life-threatening injuries.

1659 PDT (2) – This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke. 200 Firefighters and EMS members are on scene.

1700 PDT – The fire is still not considered to be under control because of the smoke conditions on all the floors above, says FDNY Fire Commissioner Nigro gives update on 4th alarm, 721 5th Ave Manhattan.

INCIDENT SUMMARY | 1 person has succumbed to his injuries, 4 firefighters were injured and have non-life threatening injuries.

FIRE BUILDING HISTORY 

January 8, 2018 | A fire in the building’s HVAC system injuring two civilians and one firefighter (non-life threatening injuries) and caused smoke to billow from the room.  It reportedly started around 0700 on Monday morning.  It was stated that some debris fell on to a firefighter and an engineer breathed in some smoke.  This fire took about one hour to put out.

PHOTO CREDIT | FDNY unless credits given otherwise to photos.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #TrumpTowerFire #NYFire

Senator Chuck Schumer (NY):  “Thinking tonight of those lost and injured in the fire that broke out in Trump Tower today, and incredibly thankful to the FDNY for their work that kept more NYers from harm.”

Editor’s Comments:  While there are very hateful things said on Social Media, we don’t always agree to agree with things going on in this world either but this is fire related and this is what we report on.  There was one person who was reportedly killed from their fire related injuries and four FDNY firefighters injured. We need to rally around the civilian’s life and family, as well as the firefighters, their family and our Fire Family.

When everyone runs out of a building or are trapped, these amazing and highly trained firefighters run in with a cache of personnel supporting them.  We need to recognize them for stopping this fire from spreading and extending beyond its current position.” LR Swenson, Editor

SOURCES | FDNY, FDNY Alerts, NYPD, Social Media

2018 NW Fire Blog

#DaytonaFire Containment Increases | 2

Updated @ 1910 hours PDT

Photo Credit | FFS Bunnell Unit

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small intense wildfire is burning on Mason Avenue in Daytona, Florida which has fire and law enforcement working the incident that appears to have ignited from an unknown cause on Wednesday, April 4th.

Significant Wildfires include: 

Greenway (Collier Co) 17,957 ac (95% contained); Firebreak (Gulf County) 8,080 acres (85% contained); Old Blade Line (Polk Co) 450 acres (60% contained); Mud Dauber Road (Polk Co) 200 acres (95% contained). 

– Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H Putnam

Photo Credit | Daytona Beach PD

RESOURCES | Fire resources from the Bunnell District area (Florida Forest Services) and Daytona Beach Fire Department were dispatched along with Daytona Police Department. | UPDATE as of 2202 Hours EDT | FFS Bunnell has two Dozer Plow Units with two wildland firefighters.  We have reached out to Dayton Beach Fire to see how many personnel and equipment they have on the fire ground but have not heard back from them yet.

“29 Active wildfires in Florida have burned 33,973 acres.”

–  Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam

FIRE CONDITIONS | Firefighters were said to be mopping up the six (6) acre wildfire but will have resources doing fire watch throughout the evening into the next day.  The fire was said to be at a fifty-percent (50%) containment status at 1734 PDT.  Burnout operations have been conducted.  A Battalion Chief came on-scene for another incident nearby noticed some areas on the brush fire needed some attention and a request for water be brought over near one of the bull dozer lines.  Concerns of possible cabbage palms catching on fire was discussed but crews were already addressing the wildfire.

As of 1850 hours PDT, fire crews were repositioning equipment to stop forward progression of the fire that was said to be heading towards trees. Embers were observed to be flying across the street towards an apartment complex.  Another smaller brush truck was requested by Command.

UPDATE | As of 2200 hours EDT | The fire containment has increased to ninety-percent (90%) including burnout operations with the aid of FFS Bunnell and Daytona Beach Firefighters.  DBFD working on hot spots.  There were no scheduled evacuations or structures said to be under any type of fire threat but was being carefully monitored.

CLOSURES | Fire command has closed eastbound (EB) Mason down until 0800 hours  EDT.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #DaytonaBeachFire #FLwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Daytona Beach Touched by Wednesday Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small intense wildfire is burning on Mason Avenue in Daytona, Florida which has fire and law enforcement working the incident that appears to have ignited from an unknown cause on Wednesday, April 4th.

Significant Wildfires include: 

Greenway (Collier Co) 17,957 ac (95% contained); Firebreak (Gulf County) 8,080 acres (85% contained); Old Blade Line (Polk Co) 450 acres (60% contained); Mud Dauber Road (Polk Co) 200 acres (95% contained). 

– Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H Putnam

Photo Credit | Daytona Beach PD

RESOURCES | Fire resources from the Bunnell District area (Florida Forest Services) and Daytona Beach Fire Department were dispatched along with Daytona Police Department.

“29 Active wildfires in Florida have burned 33,973 acres.”

–  Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam

FIRE CONDITIONS | Firefighters were said to be mopping up the six (6) acre wildfire but will have resources doing fire watch throughout the evening into the next day.  The fire was said to be at a fifty-percent (50%) containment status at 1734 PDT.  Burnout operations have been conducted.  A BC came on-scene for another incident noticed some areas on the brush fire needed some attention and a request for water be brought over near the bull dozer line.  Concerns of possible cabbage palms catching on fire was discussed but crews were addressing the wildfire.

As of 1850 hours PDT, fire crews were repositioning equipment to stop forward progression of the fire that was said to be heading towards trees. Embers were said to be flying across the street towards an apartment complex.  Another smaller brush truck was requested by Command.

CLOSURES | Fire command has closed eastbound (EB) Mason down until 0800 hours  EDT.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #DaytonaBeachFire #FLwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Arizona’s #KnollFire Almost Contained | 1

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST | A wildfire that was reported on Friday morning in the Tonto National Forest is still burning but fire crews are working to contain it.

Photo Credit | Tonto National Forest

Location | The wildfire is located about 13 miles northeast of Payson, Arizona. and one mile north of Meads Ranch in the Robert’s Mesa area.

Photograph of Knoll Fire looking northeast from Forest Service Road 29

View of fire looking northeast of FS Rd 29 | Credit: Tonto NF

 

Fire Timeline | Here is a timeline of this wildfire to help understand how this fire has developed from the initial response until the posting of this article.

March 30:  Fire started at 0915 hours.  10 acres. 0% containment.  Human-caused by illegal fireworks.  Firefighters got a good knockdown with the aid of fire containment resources enabling them to build a dozer and handline around most of the fire.  140 firefighters on the fire line.  Most spend the day improving and working to stop the fire from escaping its containment lines.  Forest service roads, trails and other access roads were closed.

Photograph of Knoll Fire mid-day 3_30_2018

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

March 31:  Area closures in effect.  Details here –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5727/42524/  Near Payson, AZ. 60 acres. 60% contained.  Firefighters continue to improve/secure fire lines and mop-up hot spots to keep within established containment lines. Light smoke visible from FS Road 29 over next few days. 136 firefighters on the fire line. Will be released as fire activity slows.  Closures are in effect. Details here –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd575561.pdf

Photograph taken of the Knoll Fire Afternoon of 3_30_18 from the air

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

Incident Cooperators | Gila County, Hell’s Gate Fire Department, Payson Fire Department, Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, Water Wheel Fire and Medical, Tonto National Forest, AZ State Forestry.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Kitsap County Hit by Fire | 1

KITSAP COUNTY, WASHINGTON | A late night fire hit the County on Friday, March 30th said to be located on the Point in the Kingston area.  Fire Officials stated response was delayed due to the fire not being reported until it was fully engulfed by flames.

Resources | Fire crews from North Kitsap Fire and Rescue responded with multiple tenders.  One civilian reported that it was a tanker that responded but fire officials quickly provided the Public with the correct information.

Details of the initial fire being reported via the Public on Social Media brought the fire to light.  Eyewitness counts were also uploaded to various Twitter and Facebook pages.  The Fire agency did not appear to have a PIO assigned to the incident nor an immediate report as to what was happening until around 2200 hours PDT.

Cause | The cause is unknown at this time and we are unsure if there is a FIU Investigator for this Agency or if it through the County or if there has one that has been assigned yet.

Current Fire Conditions | It was stated on the Fire Agency’s Social Media pages that the fire was under control and that there were some obstacles with suppression and containment efforts.  Some of those included narrow roadways, poor access to the fire ground and water supply issues due to the lack of fire hydrants in the area.   Locals have stated fire crews have told them they will be doing fire watch throughout the night and address any potential hot spots that may flare up.

Evacuations |  Neighbors self-evacuated as a precaution.  Others were told to evacuate when friends/family members could see flames across the water in nearby Edmonds, about ten-plus miles away.

(Video Credit | Wayne Marshall ) Reposted with written permission.

Damage Assessments | The Kingston home was completely destroyed and is a loss to the homeowner.  Reports from locals state this was an older cabin that had many additions built on to it over the years and was said to be unoccupied possible summer cabin due to the owners living in Seattle.

There were no reports of casualties/injuries to civilians or firefighters.

How to Be Fire Smart |  Having a fire hydrant near your home, whether a summer home or a permanent residence can reduce your insurance rating which helps with lower insurance premiums and assists Firefighters to getting water on the structure more quickly.  Currently, businesses and residences that are located within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant reap the benefits of a rating of a insurance rating of 5.

Check with your Insurance company to see how you and your neighbors can tell you what Fire/Wildfire Prevention tips can help drastically reduce your insurance costs, assist Firefighters and protect your home against fire.  Become #FireSmart today.

ABOUT NORTH KITSAP FIRE & RESCUE

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue is made up of 33 paid career,12 volunteer-intern and 6 home volunteer(respond from home) firefighters.  They provide fire service to about 19,935 residents in an approximate 46-square mile area that includes Kingston, Suquamish, Hansville, Indianola and Miller Bay.

They have a total of five stations that are fully staffed.

Firefighters responded to about 3,052 incidents with approximately 64% of them being dispatched as EMS calls.

(Details are based upon 2017 stats)

To find out more about this County Fire Agency, check them out on their website here –> http://www.nkfr.org/about-us/

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

High Number of Fires Burning up Multiple States | 1

POST SUMMARY | There were 48 new large fires reported with most of them in the Southern area.  Firefighters successfully contained 51 wildfires, however there are still 19 remaining.

There are current 16 wildfires burning up multiple states within Florida (4), Kansas (1), New Mexico (1), North Carolina (1), Texas (1) and Oklahoma (14).  A total of 70,816 acres have been reported as destroyed from these wildfires and others.  About 51 fires have been contained.  These stats are as of March 23, 2018 and reported the National Interagency Fire Center based out of Idaho.

Fire Fact:

There has been 663 new fires across the United States with 49 of them being reported as large incidents & 48 large fires contained – yet, there are still 19 of them as uncontained.

(Source: NIFC as of March 23, 2018)

Though the number of wildfires and total destroyed acreage is down from 2017, it is still above the totals seen as recently in years 2012-2016.  As of March 23rd, there were 9,649 wildfires compared to 2017’s 12,176 fires to current destroyed acres of 393,814 from 2017’s 2,102,202 acres.  There is quite a bit of significant difference in the two years but some States are reporting large incidents are beginning to occur earlier in previous years, signaling a start to the fire season and prepping some to become pro-active with more staffing and resources.

FLORIDA FIRES

#AnhingaFire | 20 miles E of Naples | National Park Service | Big Cypress National Park |||  Southern rough and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering activity. 3,119 acres. 95% contained.  Area and trail closures in effect. 2 total personnel. 0 other resources.  $250,000 CTD.

#FlagPondFire | 10 miles E of Naples | Florida Forest Service  | State Land |||  Southern rough and hardwood litter.  Extreme fire behavior.  Evacuations and road closures in effect. 1,600 acres. 20% contained.  22 total personnel. 4 engines, 1 helicopter. $31,000 CTD.

#WBoundaryRoad | 17 miles SE of Immokalee | Florida Forest Service | State Land ||| Southern rough.  Extreme fire behavior with long-range spotting. 950 acres. 50% contained. 42 total personnel.  11 engines, 3 helicopters. $19,000 CTD.

#SunnyBFire | 5 miles SE of Fleesmere | Florida Forest Service | State Land ||| Southern rough.  Moderate fire behavior.  381 acres. 85% contained. 23 total personnel.  5 engines.  $1,000 CTD.

KANSAS FIRES

#RiceCountyFire | 9 miles NW of Inman | Rice County | C&L |||  Short grass and timber. 8,000 acres. 60% contained.  0 resources assigned. 1 structure destroyed. $1,000 CTD.

NEW MEXICO FIRES

#StatelineFire | 35 miles N of Clayton | Cimarron District | State Land |||| Short grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping.  28,213 acres. 80% contained.  38 total personnel. 8 engines. 1 structure lost. $2,100,000 CTD.

ALERT!  

RX fires to resume on the Lincoln NF – Sacramento Ranger District on March 27, 2018  located 5 miles SW of Weed, NM weather permitting.  #PerkRXFire

NORTH CAROLINA FIRES

#Junaluska2Fire | 4 miles E of Andrews | National Forests of North Carolina | Forest Service ||| Hardwood litter and timber.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  300 acres.  50% containment.  Homes threatened.  0 resources on incident.  $62,000 CTD.

OKLAHOMA FIRES

#BiggyFire | 2 miles N of Prue | Osage Agency | Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) ||| .  Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 10,816 acres. 80% contained 21 total personnel. 1 crew, 4 engines. $30,000 CTD.

#TrentmanFire | 9 miles W of Bowring | Osage Agency | BIA ||| Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  4,300 acres. 75% contained.  6 total personnel. 2 engines. $30,000 CTD.

#DeerteFire | 6 miles SE of Henryetta | Olkmulgee Agency | BIA ||| TAll grass. Moderate fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 2,050 acres. 80% contained.  14 total personnel.  2 crews, 1 engine. $20,000 CTD.

#BrewsterFire | 12 miles SE of Bristow | Olkmulgee Agency | BIA |||  Tall grass. Moderate fire behavior.  2,000 acres. 80% contained.  14 total personnel.  2 crews, 1 engine.  $20,000 CTD.

#ConvictHillFire | 4 miles SW of Fox  | Department of Forestry | State Land ||| Tall grass and hardwood litter.  Active fire behavior with running and flanking. 1,300 acres. 12% containment. 100 total personnel.  30 engines, 1 helicopter. $183,000 CTD.

#WesleyFire | 1 mil E of Dustin | Olkmulgee Agency | BIA |||  Timber.  Moderate fire behavior with torching, running and backing.  1,200 acres. 70% contained. 7 total personnel.  1 engine. $20,000 CTD.

#CircleKFire | 5 miles NW of Skiatook | DOF | State Land |||  Tall grass and brush.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 1,175 acres. 80% contained. 4 total personnel. 2 engines. $45,000 CTD.

#HenryFire | 11 miles NW of Okemah | DOF | State Land ||| Timber, tal grass and brush.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  Homes under direct threat. 1,134 acres.  80% contained.  29 total personnal. 8 engines. $42,000 CTD.

#BoarCreekFire | 4 miles SE of Hominy | DOF | State Land |||  Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 1,068 acres. 90% contained.  2 total personnel.  1 engine. $30,000 CTD.

#PetersonCreekFire | 2 miles S of Clayton | Osage Agency | BIA |||  Timber.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  890 acres. 60% contained.  5 total personnel.  2 engines. $4,000 CTD.

#RockpenFire | 18 miles NE of McAlester | DOF | State Land |||  Timber.  Minimal fire behavior with creeping and backing.  858 acres. 50% contained.  3 total personnel. 2 engines. $2,000 CTD.

#NorthBoggyCreekFire | 4 miles E of Atoka | DOF | State Land |||  Timber.  Extreme fire behavior with running.  780 acres. 60% contained.  3 total personnel.  1 engine. $4,000 CTD.

#JointFire | 17 miles S of Tahlequa | DOF | State Land ||| Hardwood litter and medium logging slash.  Minimal fire behavior.  210 acres. 94% contained.  5 total personnel.  2 engines.  $7,000 CTD.

#AlPettyComplex | 10 miles E of Colcord | DOF | State Land |||  Hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior. 180 acres. 90% contained.  4 total personnel.  2 engines.  $7,000 CTD.

TEXAS FIRES

#ColoradoStreetFire | 3 miles SW of Monahans | TX Forest Service | State Land ||| Short grass. Minimal fire behavior.  400 acres. 85% containment.  1 total personnel. 2 lost structures. $1,000 CTD.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2330 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