NEW Wildfire | #412Fire | Oklahoma

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A large wildfire is burning in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

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FIRE FACT | Critical to Extreme fire weather for much of Kansas again today (Saturday, March 7) with a ūüö©ūüĒ•Red Flag Warning¬†ūüĒ•ūüö©¬†issued from¬†US National Weather Service Topeka Kansas¬†and¬†US National Weather Service Dodge City Kansasfrom noon to 6:00 p.m.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

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Photo Credit | OKFS

OKLAHOMA

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Photo Credit | Harmon Fire Department

  • Oklahoma Forestry Services
  • Beaver County
  • Beaver County Oklahoma Emergency Management
  • Ellis County Oklahoma Emergency Management
  • Ellis County – Fire Strike Team – Harmon FD, Arnett FD
  • Harper County

FIRE FACT | OKFS fire crews are fighting 19 active wildfires. 7 are considered large wildfires. Crews are engaged on fires from near the Arkansas border to the Panhandle of Oklahoma.

TEXAS

  • Texas Forestry
  • NWS Amarillo
  • Texas Counties

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Kansas

  • Kansas Forestry¬† Service
  • KS Volunteer Fire Departments
  • NWS Wichita
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FIRE FACT | 7 Clark County Wildland Task Force units is also assisting local resources in Meade County, Kansas, while local fire departments assist on this wildfire.

  • Clark County Wildland Fire Task Force
  • NWS Dodge City
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TIMELINE

2212 CST  | Reports of patients and clients of the Beavert hospital and nursing home have been transported to Buffalo, Oklahoma and Meade, Kansas during the evacuation orders given.

2130 CST |¬†Local news reporting:¬† “Woolly Buffalo Inn in Buffalo, Oklahoma. Offering displaced 412 Fire evacuees can stay for free this evening and Sunday night.

2014 CST | Fire continues to burn.  Fire is south of Forgan.  Smoke can be seen in the State of Kansas.

1934 CST | Continued line construction around the fire. 10% containment status.  Challenging conditions.  Beaver and Forgan have been evacuated. Reported unknown number of structures have been lost, pending the outcome of a damage assessment.

1731 CST | Fire burning on the EW 100 road, about 3 miles north of Beaver. Tanker 95 is working the flanks with ground resources.

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1717 CST | Plume  visible and reportedly near Beaver.  Estimated to have grown to 10,000. Numerous fire departments, include Oklahoma Forestry Services and Kansas Forest Service. Can be seen on satellite. Located in Beaver County. Evacuation in effect for the town of Beaver.

KSFS Tanker 95 is one of many resources deployed as mutual aid.

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1708 CST | Beaver Emergency Management is asking people to evacuate in Forgan, Oklahoma.

1641 CST |  Continued extreme Fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting. Fire has moved 14-miles from the point-of-origin.  Evacuations for the town of Beaver , Oklahoma in effect.

1535 CST | Extreme fire behavor with wind-driven runs.  Structure protection in effect.

1446 CST  | Town of Beaver initiates mandatory evacuations. Fire has reached the southwestern edge of town. Structures were on fire, along with a burned area at the local High School football field.

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1307 CST | Sirens continuously going off in the town of Beaver to evacuate the fast-moving wildfire approaching their town.

1136 CST | Resource Order dispatched via the Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency Coordination Center.

1037 CST | The Ellis County Strike Team (OH) has been dispatched to the 412 Fire, a grass fire located about 5 miles west of Ellwood in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

0707 CST | Kansas Fire Weather

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Florida’s #StatelineFire Almost Contained | 2

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning approximately four miles southwest of Tallahassee, Florida on the Apalachicola National Forest and around the Clear Lake area in Leon County that began on March 9, 2018 around 1639 hours.

Cause | The cause is currently under investigation.

Size Up |¬†As of Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the fire has jumped from 452 acres to a total of 5,622 acres with the aid of firing operations creating an large increase in destroyed land.¬† ¬†There has been a 70% containment status reached as of today’s presser.

Resources | There are currently 33 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

Social Media |  The wildfire is dubbed the #ClearLakeFire.

We are using hashtags #ApalachicolaNF #TallahasseeFire #FLwildfire2018.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2130 hours PDT

Wildfire Burning In Florida’s Apalachicola National Forest | 1

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning approximately four miles southwest of Tallahassee, Florida on the Apalachicola National Forest and around the Clear Lake area in Leon County that began on March 9, 2018 around 1630 hours.

The wildfire is dubbed the #ClearLakeFire.

Cause | The cause is currently under investigation.

Size Up | The fire has burned 452 acres  of southern rough and crew have reached a 50% containment status.

At the moment, the fire’s behavior is moderate, creeping and smoldering.¬† ¬† It has a low spread, backing and flanking into fire lines.

Firefighters will conduct a burnout operation (a firing operation) that will burn up to 5,600 acres of fuels to strengthen containment lines and stopping the forward progression.

Resources | There are currently 36 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #ApalachicolaNF #TallahasseeFire #FLwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Florida Forest Service Fights #DamascusFire

A wildfire broke out around 1119 hours PDT in City of Deland (Volusia County), Florida on Thursday, April 27, 2017 off of SR 44.  It was reported as a one-acre fire on the N side of SR 44, then three minutes later was said to have jumped SR 44.

Initial Fire. Photo Credit: District Manager Anthony Petellat, FL Forest Service

Here is a timeline of the wildfire: (in West coast time zone)

1119 |  Resources dispatched to fire scene off of SR 44 in Deland.

1122 | 1 acre fire on North side of SR 44.  Fire jumps SR 44 and now 1 acre fire on South side.

1221 | 20 acres. No structures threatened.  20+ units are on-scene.

1234 | Fire in Volusia County. 25-30 acres approximately. Unable to provide exact due to fire very active.

1238  | 175 acres.  0% containment.  Wind shifted.

1240 | Fire fast-moving.  Closed from SR 44 between Pioneer Trail and Damascus.

1245 | 15 FFS dozer plows from Local, State, Feds working. SR 44 closed between Pioneer Trail and Damascus. Fast-moving fire. 250 acres. 0% containment.

1446 | Dozer Plow Units continue to improve lines on fire in Volusia. A total of 15 Dozers from FFS, Volusia and USFWS , says FFS

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1513 | Firefighters from several agencies are fighting a 250-acre wildfire west of New Smyrna Beach. The fire began at about 1:40 p.m. at 199 Damascus Road, on the south side of State Road 44. It is not contained at this time.

Firefighting personnel on scene include about 24 from the Florida Forest Service; 30 from Volusia County Fire Rescue; and seven from the cities of New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and DeLand. The Air One and Florida Forest Service helicopters also are in use.

The Florida Forest Service is providing wildfire updates on Twitter @FFS_Bunnell.

1520 | 250 acres. 50% contained.

1526 | The fire pushing forward.

Photo Credit: FFS Bunnell

1631 | Crews working into the night to conduct mop-up operations. SR 44 to remain closed throughout the night.

1728 | Volusia County Fire Rescue has issued an outdoor burn ban due to the ongoing dry conditions.

1822 | 250 acres. 75% contained.

ABOUT THE CITY OF DELAND

The City of DeLand is a small town and County seat of Volusia County, Florida.  It is a college town, host to Stetson University located in a National Historic District.  The City has special events that rally around its Southern culture,  arts, history, hospitality and their lifestyle.

The City is also located 40 miles from Orlando and 25 miles from Daytona Beach, Florida.  It is home to approximately 27,000 residents.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

North Carolina Wildfires: Update 2

Updated 3:40 PM PST

Multiple Wildfires have broken out on the National Forests of National with dozens burning in the extremely drought-ridden areas.  The State of North Carolina has several Counties with Fire restrictions in effect.

Since our last update Рthere is a new wildfire Tellico that has been added to our list of North Carolina Wildfires.  Here is a list of each wildfire alphabetically.

BOTELER FIRE

Pumpkins are used to provide a water source for hose lays when space or accessibility limit engine access.

Pumpkins, a necessary tool for your water supply for when the space or accessibility is limited in getting an engine into the area. (Credit: USFS)

The Boteler Fire ignited from an unknown cause on October 25th around 9 AM.  It is South of Boteler Peak. 972 acres of timber and brush.  Fire activity is currently minimal with backing and smoldering. 10% containment status. 171 personnel are assigned to this incident.

CLIFFSIDE FIRE

The Cliffside Fire began on November 3rd around 10:30 PM and deemed to be started by human(s). There is no exact location known presently but it is on the National Forests of North Carolina along with the other wildfires burning in the same vicinity.  It is said to be an 100-acre wildfire. The IC Type 4 Fire managers are still working on setting up a Fire Command structure.  There is no mention of the number of personnel assigned to this incident as of yet. No new update as of 11/6/2016.

DICK’S CREEK FIRE

Dick’s Creek Fire¬†ignited on October 23rd around 2:15 AM from an unknown human caused occurrence. ¬†It is located in Dick’s Creek drainage. The USFS are the Fire Managers of this incident. ¬†As of today’s post, the fire’s consumption from 425 to 532 acres. ¬† The number of personnel has increased from 13 to 45 and are reporting in with an 80% ¬†containment status.

KNOB FIRE

Boteler and Nantahala Fire

The Knob Fire broke out on November 2nd around 3:45 PM from an human-caused ignition (but authorities have not released what the exact source was).  It is located 9 miles SW of Franklin near the entrance of Standing Indian campground. The Southern Area Red team is Fire Command.   The number of land consumed has increased to 330 acres, however, fire crews have reached a 28% containment status.  There are 25 personnel assigned to this incident.

MAY BRANCH FIRE

This fire was started on November 3rd around 5 PM located just west of Nanatahala Lake. ¬†It is said to be at a 50% containment status with 175 acres burned. Fire behavior is active, flanking, backing and creeping. ¬†Planned fire activities include monitor and patrolling. Concerns of low RH and drought are on Fire Mangers’ minds. ¬†There are 35 personnel assigned to this wildfire incident.

MOSES CREEK FIRE

0 acres noted. Limited info on this fire.  No update as of 11/6/2016.

TELLICO FIRE new!

The Tellico Fire is said to have started on November 3rd around 3:00 pm and the ignition the work of a human, though the exact source has not been released through any USFS pressers.  This fire is located 3 miles South of Almond, NC.   The fire has eaten up 712 acres of forest land and fire crews have reached a 25% containment status.  There are 54 personnel attached to this incident.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Beaver Creek Fire | CO | Sep 9 2016

BEAVER CREEK FIRE

Owner mitigation + fire fighter hard work = success

Routt NF.  24 miles N of Walden, Colorado 

  • Start – 6/19/2016 @ 1645 hours
  • Unknown cause
  • Timber & brush
  • Active fire behavior with torching, short crown-runs and spotting
  • Fire grew Thursday due to increased gusty winds
  • Containment lines tests but held during wind storms
  • 37,647 acres
  • 62% containment status
  • 187 personnel assigned
  • Transfer of command from NIMO (Hahnenberg) to NIMO (Houseman) occurred today.

The Fire Images in this post are of the Beaver Creek Fire (Courtesy:  Inciweb)

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Color photograph of fire fighters at the Big Laramie Volunteer Fire Dept

Nine young people are pictured standing and kneeling in a group

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Update 5 | Skibo Fire | Superior NF

Updated 5/12/2016 2130 PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

8-10 fires were strung along several miles from Hoyt Lakes to W of Skibo Road (FS Rd 120) with some speculating that a train had passed through the area just before the fires broke out.  However, our sources say that US Forest Law Enforcement Officers are currently investigating for the exact cause.

Firefighters are waiting near helicopter

Firefighter with Chopper. Courtesy: Superior NF

As of this post, Law Enforcement agencies are still investigating and searching for the original cause of this fire.

Date / Time:   

  • 5/6/2016

Location:  

  • 2 miles E of Hoyt Lakes, MN
  • N of St Louis County Hwy 110 aka Forest Highway
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Fire burns on both sides of the tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Cause:

  • Unknown
  • Under investigation
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Smoke hangs in the background near RR tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Fuels:  

  • Timber
  • Tall grass
  • Light logging slash

FIRE ACTIVITIES – STATUS

The following events have occurred on this fire.

5/6/2016

  • Fire Started

Mapping of fire area. Courtesy: Superior National Forest

5/7/2016

  • Minimal fire growth
  • Command turned over to MNICS IMT2 Team B.
  • Improved mapping.

5/8/2016

  • Focusing fire suppression efforts on areas SW of Allen Junction and near town of Skibo
  • Crews will strengthen fire lines, check hotspots and provide structure protection
  • Air and ground supports units will be used
  • Weather consists of critically low humidity in the low 20’s but sunny with temps in the high 60’s. ¬†Winds forecast with light winds from NW 4-7 mph with gusts up to 12 mph.
  • 12% containment status.
Fire spreading in the forest

Courtesy:  Inciweb

5/11/2016

  • Fire behavior is very calm.
  • Weather has improved: ¬†Winds died down. Higher humidity.
  • Structure protection continues.
  • Fire is strung out with segments stretching nearly 8 miles E of Hoyt Lake to West of Skibo Road. (Forest Service Rd 120)
  • Previous closures have now been listed.
  • 84% containment status.
Fire in ground litter

Courtesy: Inciweb

5/12/2016

  • Still holding @ 973 acres.
  • 93% containment status reached.
  • 2 Type 1 engines and 2 Helicopters.
  • Previous area closures lifted.
  • 48 personnel assigned.
  • Chance of frost tonight and tomorrow evening.
  • IC: ¬†MNICS Team B, Greg Peterson.
  • Last report.

 

Helicopter flying over fire with water

Courtesy: Superior National Forest

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

  • #SkiboFire
  • #SuperiorNF
  • #HoytLakes
  • #MNFires2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Update 4 | Skibo Fire | Superior NF

Updated 5/11/2016 2200 PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

8-10 fires were strung along several miles from Hoyt Lakes to W of Skibo Road (FS Rd 120) with some speculating that a train had passed through the area just before the fires broke out.  However, our sources say that US Forest Law Enforcement Officers are currently investigating for the exact cause.

Firefighters are waiting near helicopter

Firefighter with Chopper. Courtesy: Superior NF

As of this post, Law Enforcement agencies are still investigating and searching for the original cause of this fire.

Date / Time:   

  • 5/6/2016

Location:  

  • 2 miles E of Hoyt Lakes, MN
  • N of St Louis County Hwy 110 aka Forest Highway
You can see the smokes in the background

Fire burns on both sides of the tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Acreage:  973, adjusted down.

Cause:

  • Unknown
  • Under investigation
railroad tracks with smoke in background

Smoke hangs in the background near RR tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Fuels:  

  • Timber
  • Tall grass
  • Light logging slash

FIRE ACTIVITIES – STATUS

The following events have occurred on this fire.

5/6/2016

  • Fire Started

Mapping of fire area. Courtesy: Superior National Forest

5/7/2016

  • Minimal fire growth
  • Command turned over to MNICS IMT2 Team B.
  • Improved mapping.

5/8/2016

  • Focusing fire suppression efforts on areas SW of Allen Junction and near town of Skibo
  • Crews will strengthen fire lines, check hotspots and provide structure protection
  • Air and ground supports units will be used
  • Weather consists of critically low humidity in the low 20’s but sunny with temps in the high 60’s. ¬†Winds forecast with light winds from NW 4-7 mph with gusts up to 12 mph.
  • 12% containment status.
Fire spreading in the forest

Courtesy:  Inciweb

5/11/2016

  • Fire behavior is very calm.
  • Weather has improved: ¬†Winds died down. Higher humidity.
  • Structure protection continues.
  • Fire is strung out with segments stretching nearly 8 miles E of Hoyt Lake to West of Skibo Road. (Forest Service Rd 120)
  • Previous closures have now been listed.
  • 84% containment status.

RESOURCES

Personnel:

  • 185 Personnel
Helicopter flying over fire with water

Courtesy: Superior National Forest

Equipment:

  • 2 – Type 2 Engines
  • 2 – Type 1 crews
  • 10-Dozers
  • 1 – Helicopter

Mutual Aid:

  • USDA Forest Service
  • MN DNR
  • Aurora VFD
  • Hoyt Lakes FD
  • Palo FD
  • St. Louis Co Sheriff’s Office
  • N. St. Louis Co. Rescue Squad
  • East Range PD
  • Palo VFD
  • City of Hoyt Lakes
  • DNR Conservation Officers
  • USFS Law Enforcement
Fire in ground litter

Fire behavior is too obvious in where it is headed with a mind of its own. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

  • #SkiboFire
  • #SuperiorNF
  • #HoytLakes
  • #MNFires2016

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Update 3 | Skibo Fire | Superior NF

INCIDENT SUMMARY

8-10 fires were strung along several miles from Hoyt Lakes to W of Skibo Road (FS Rd 120) with some speculating that a train had passed through the area just before the fires broke out.  However, our sources say that US Forest Law Enforcement Officers are currently investigating for the exact cause.

Date / Time:   

  • 5/6/2016

Location:  

  • 2 miles E of Hoyt Lakes, MN
  • N of St Louis County Hwy 110 aka Forest Highway
You can see the smokes in the background

Fire burns on both sides of the tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Acreage:  1000

Cause:

  • Unknown
  • Under investigation
railroad tracks with smoke in background

Smoke hangs in the background near RR tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

FIRE ACTIVITIES – STATUS

The following events have occurred on this fire.

5/6/2016

  • Fire Started

5/7/2016

  • Minimal fire growth
  • Command turned over to MNICS IMT2 Team B.
  • Improved mapping.

5/8/2016

  • Focusing fire suppression efforts on areas SW of Allen Junction and near town of Skibo
  • Crews will strengthen fire lines, check hotspots and provide structure protection
  • Air and ground supports units will be used
  • Weather consists of critically low humidity in the low 20’s but sunny with temps in the high 60’s. ¬†Winds forecast with light winds from NW 4-7 mph with gusts up to 12 mph.
  • 12% containment status.
Fire spreading in the forest

Fire burns its own path in the forest. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

RESOURCES

Personnel:

  • 300 Fire Personnel from 12 States
  • 3 Type 1 Engines
  • 7 Dozers
  • 1 Type 1 Helicopter
  • 1 Type 2 Helicopter

Mutual Aid:

  • USDA Forest Service
  • MN DNR
  • Aurora VFD
  • Hoyt Lakes FD
  • Palo FD
  • St. Louis Co Sheriff’s Office
  • N. St. Louis Co. Rescue Squad
  • East Range PD
  • Palo VFD
  • City of Hoyt Lakes
  • DNR Conservation Officers
  • USFS Law Enforcement
Fire in ground litter

Fire behavior is too obvious in where it is headed with a mind of its own. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

CLOSURES

County Roads:

  • 565
  • 569

Forest Service:

  • 120
  • 420
  • 795
  • 113

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

  • #SkiboFire
  • #SuperiorNF
  • #HoytLakes
  • #MNFires2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Update 2 | Skibo Fire | Superior NF

INCIDENT SUMMARY

8-10 fires were found to be burning along the Railroad tracks.  Those fires have merged into 3-4 larger fires.

The larger fires have been pushed to the N to the SE due to extreme windy conditions.

No word from Officials on the cause of the fire.  It is still under investigation.

The fire started on May 6, 2016 around 1430 hours.

LOCATION

The Skibo Fire is located in the following areas:

  • 3 miles E of Hoyt Lakes to W of Skibo Road
  • N of St Louis County Hwy 110 & Forest hwy 11
  • 2 miles E of Hoyt Lakes
  • in Duluth, MN – Northern part of the state

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

It is key to have all Agencies work together when major incidents occur.  Here are the agencies that have teamed up for this these large fires.

  • USDA Forest Service
  • Hoyt Lakes VFD
  • Aurora VFD
  • Palo VFD
  • Brimson VFD
  • St. Louis Co Sheriffs Office
  • St. Louis Co Rescue Squad
  • City of Hoyt Lakes
  • Forest Service LE Agencies
  • Local EMS units
  • East Range PD

ACRES

Due to heavy smoke from both this incident and Canadian fires, Fire Managers are unable to gain intel on the number of acres this fire has consumed.

FIRE ACTIVITIES

Many activities have occurred since yesterday and here is the breakdown on how Fire crews and managers are working to try to stop these fires.

  • Helicopters: ¬†Grounded on 5/6/2016 in later afternoon due to high winds.
  • Heavy Smoke: ¬†Smoke is heavy from this fire and from Canada creating poor visibility and stopping personnel to determine the full burned acres. ¬†They are hoping to have those numbers by today.
  • Intial Attack: ¬†completed by USDA Forest Service, MN DNR and Hoyt Lakes FD.
  • Tireless Efforts: ¬†Crews and air resources are working 24/7

EVACUATIONS

The following areas or communities have been evacuated with the assistance of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and North St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

  • Permanent Residences: ¬†2-3
  • Seasonal Cabins: ¬†6-8
  • Northland Village Assisted Living facility: ¬†18 residents from E side of Hoyt Lake, but have since returned later last night.

FIRE RESOURCES

Currently assigned to the incident are the following resources:

  • USDA FS: ¬†7 engines & crews
  • Type 1 Air Tankers: ¬†2
  • SEATs: ¬†4

CLOSURES

The following have been closed.  Please remember to heed to Emergency traffic in the area.

  • County Roads: ¬†565 and 569
  • Forest Service Roads: ¬†120, 420, 795, 113

WEATHER

The weather has been ferocious to those who wish to stop the Fire Monster.

  • High winds
  • Increased high temps
  • Low humidity

HASHTAGS

#SkiboFire   #MNFires2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog