MILL FIRE | Arizona | 3 | Final Update

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Air tanker dropping retardant over the Mill Fire

Air tanker dropping fire retardant right over the Mill Fire in Arizona. | Courtesy: Inciweb

CAUSE

It ignited from an unknown cause that is still under undetermined and under investigation.

FUELS

Fire fuels include but are not limited to:  brush, scrub oak, juniper and grass. The environment is also very dry.  179 acres have been completely destroyed.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters have been shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground and back out again.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident on the day the fire started on Monday but have been reduced down to 70 on Tuesday.

There is a Type 3 IC (Castro) also in Command with the PIO Delores Garcia.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

With a heavy emphasis on fire suppression and containment efforts, fire crews successfully reached a 50% containment status on Tuesday afternoon.  Fire Managers reported no fire growth today which is great news.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Weather conditions include isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There were no structures under threat or damaged.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/7/2019 @ 2000 Hour MST

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 2

UPDATE | Humidity and cooler temperatures have significantly reduced fire activity tonight. Firefighters have been flown out of the immediate fire area and will be flown in tomorrow. Interior heat and gusty winds a concern for tomorrow.  2110 hours MST. (Source:  BLM AZ Wildfire)

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 1

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

#ScatterCreekFire Update 2 | August 26 2017

THURSTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary.   On the afternoon of August 22, 2017, a brush fire broke out causing immediate evacuations and other fire assets to be dispatched to the fire scene located about .75 of a mile East of Rochester, Washington.

Cause.  The cause is unknown and remains under investigation by Law Enforcement Officials.

Evacuations.  Later Law Enforcement officials would lift the evacuation orders but told residents not to return until they received the all-clear from them to do so.

. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office

Size Up.  The fire is currently at 462 acres of short grass, brush and timber scorched. Fire crews have reached a 65% containment status.  Fire is still active in the northern section of the scorched area.  Fire crews are expecting it could be another 10 days before the it is completely out.

 

Fire Personnel.  At the time of this post, there were 274 personnel with 3 crews and 25 engines assigned to this incident.

Command Post has moved from the Rochester H.S. to the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Fire Station on Sergeant Road. It will be in Unified Command with DNR – South Puget Sound Region and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

Incident Cooperators. Resources also include: personnel from Thurston County Sheriff Office, Emergency Management and from the WA State Department of Corrections inmates as hand crews.

EPA Dispatched.  Due to many structures and damaged structures, the Department of Ecology (DOE) was called in to assess the possibility HAZMAT runoff.  They were tasked with reviewing the fire area in its entirety to ensure no runoff had been detected.

Utility Response.The fire burned a lot of power poles and hardware.  Utility crews have been in the area working tirelessly to repair and restore services in affected area.  By the end of Friday evening, all services had been restored.

Air Resources.  On August 22, 2017, a VLAT (Very large airtanker) dropped retardant from above.  Some residents had concerns about the retardant being used by air resources with the State distributing brochures and informational broadcast about it.  For further questions, please visit the following website —-> https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/fire/wfcs/documents/cleanup.pdf

Firefighting Efforts, Costs.  State mobe resources were placed back in service (at 0600 hours on Saturday) and transition of Command will be given back to Regional and Local resources.

The total fire suppression and containment costs-to-date is $950,00.

Incident Command Post at the High School aka Fire Camp. (Credit: Thurston County EM)

Community Losses.  There were 2 primary and one unoccupied historic homes, along with 1 commercial building and 2 historic barns destroyed.  An additional structure has been reported as lost but we are unsure what type of building it was. A total of 6 structures have been lost.

Injuries

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Social Media

A firefighter posted on his Facebook page around 0248 hours on Saturday morning that the fire is winding down and they would be demobbing later on in the day.  Thurston County Emergency Management released a presser on Friday, August 25th saying that there was still active fire on the northern portion of the fire area and would be expecting crews to take an additional 10 days putting all local fire crews back in service.

A helicopter can be seen in the background with a bambi bucket (orange bucket below the aircraft. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 1540 hours PDT

#ScatterCreekFire | Washington State | New!

THURSTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire broke out around 1558 hours this afternoon (8/22/2017) in the area 183rd Avenue SW and Guava Street SW in Ground Mound (Thurston County), Washington named the Scatter Creek Fire.  We are also hearing some media outlets are calling it the Ground Mound Fire. For formalities purposes, we are using the same name as WA DNR is using.

Fire in Mound, Washington. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office

Size Up | The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said the fire was initially moving in a SE direction. Evacuations were being made from houses SE from Sargent Road SW and Wakly Lane SW to Nutmeg Street SW. Around 1652 hours PDT, the fire had grown to 200 acres and still had a high rate of spread.  State Fire Mobe had been approved.

About 100 homes had been evacuated with residents being in a local shelter located at the LDS Church at 18501 Paulson Street SW, just off of Highway 12 in Rochester. (this was as of 1630 hours).

All Evacuation orders had been lifted shortly after, but the Sheriff’s Office asked all evacuees not to return to their homes until an all clear was sent out to them.

A helicopter can be seen in the background with a bambi bucket (orange bucket below the aircraft. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office.

As of 1918 hours, a statement given by the TCSO in how the fire started near the 183rd Avenue SW between Guava Street and Case Road. One business at 183rd Street and Loganberry Street has burned along with six additional structures being lost (four primary homes and two barns).

Resources | DNR stated that the fire was initially 30 acres about the start of the fire.  There were 3 helicopters, 7 engines and 1 air tanker on-scene.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/22/2017 @ 2000 hours PDT

Frey Gulch Fire | Colorado | Update 2

Updated @ 10:15 AM PDT – 11:15 AM MDT

FREY GULCH FIRE

The Frey Gulch Fire was spotted on the afternoon on  Saturday, October 8, 2016, prompting a large wildland fire response launched via air and ground resources.

Credit: Red White and Blue Fire Protection District’s Captain Tim Caldwell

The Alta (Utah) Hot Shots are taking the lead with fire management and have a few hand crews assigned to this incident and supported by the Monument Helitack unit.

The fire is approx  22 acres.

Today will focus on getting a containment line around the fire and possibly conducting some burnout operations on the interior.  The Fire Department says it could be days before the fire/smoke is completely out.

About Lake Dillon Fire Rescue

The Department is a fully professional, all-hazards emergency-response agency based in Summit County, Colorado.

Credit: LDFR Engineer Kyle Iseminger

Lake Dillon Fire provides progressive and high quality emergency medical, fire, hazardous material, technical rescue and wildfire services utilizing a professional cadre of 46 commissioned firefighters, 13 Fire Corps volunteers and 11 civilian employees.

The department operates out of three response stations in Frisco (Station #2), Dillon (Station #8) and Keystone (Station #11). An administrative office (Station #10) is located in Silverthorne.

Currently, the district serves approximately 17,500 permanent residents and upwards of 100,000 visitors and second homeowners during peak periods. The District encompasses approximately 110 square miles and has a response area of approximately 290 square miles.

About Red White and Blue Fire Protection District

This Department is an all-hazard emergency response career fire department with 3 shifts working 24/7 from 3 stations:   Main  (station #6), North (station #4) and South (station #7).  They are located in Breckenridge (Summit County), Colorado.

The Agency responds to Wildland fires within in their District.  Wildland firefighting equipment includes: 3 Type 4 brush trucks, 1 4WD wildland urban interface engine and 2 Type I 4WD  tenders available throughout their response areas.

Firefighters respond to mostly EMS calls.  They are staffed with cross-trained firefighter/paramedics on every shift, allowing them the ability to efficiently and effectively provide the highest level of response and care to their unique resort community.

Personnel include 8 Fire Captains, which 4 are also Paramedics, 9 Driver Operators, 11 Firefighter Paramedics,  11 Firefighters, 3 Battalion Chiefs and 14 Chiefs/Officers/Administration staff.

They also provide public education programs, including Risk Watch, wildfire education, community CPR classes, tours of their historic museum and early firefighting equipment, and a car seat safety program.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NEW: Frey Gulch Fire | Colorado | Update 1

Updated @ 1910 PDT – 2010 EDT

FREY GULCH FIRE

The Frey Gulch Fire was spotted on the afternoon on  Saturday, October 8, 2016, prompting a large wildland fire response launched via air and ground resources.

Photo Credit: Michelle Abbott (Perm Granted)

The fire is burning in the County Shooting Range near Silverhome of Summit County, Colorado and listed at 15-20 acres at the moment with an unknown status.

Video of the first initial hour of the fire incident. Credit:  Lake Dillon FD.

We have reached out to the Red White and Blue Fire Protection District for an update to see if it has been completely contained or is still burning.  We are awaiting their response.

Photo Credit: Red White and Blue Fire Protection District (CO)

There was said to be only less than 25 fire personnel from Lake Dillon Fire Rescue, USFS and Red White and Blue Fire Protection District on-scene.  Summit County Sheriff’s Office also assisted as an Incident Cooperator.

Lake Dillon Fire Rescue captured this great video of a Forest Service Type 1 Helicopter making some serious drops, assisting ground resources.  Credit:  LDFD.

Media was reporting said the FD stated the fire appeared much worse than it was.  However, the RWB Fire Protection District called for a second alarm about 2:51 pm MDT.

Cause is unknown at this time.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog