Abby Lane Wildfire | WA | 1

OROVILLE, Wash. | What would appear to be a small wildfire initially when WA DNR resources were dispatched at 1206 hours PDT to a single acre, has grown incredibly to a fast-moving fire and destroying many acres already.

LOCATION

The incident is unfolding on Mt. Hull area, which is located on Rocky Place off of Swanson Mill Road and just past Canyon Creek Road.

SIZE UP

The fire has now destroyed 15-20 acres in just over an hour. (1358 hours PDT)

The fire would later grow to 50 acres and fire crews reaching a 10% containment status but the IC would request any type of aircraft to assist with firefighting resources. Helicopters were reportedly working the fire on both sides but the wildfire was progressing on the southwest side and in the north portion. (Reported at 1435 hours PDT)

RESOURCES

Several engines, brush trucks and tenders have arrived on-scene with several helicopters arriving in tandem to help with firefighting suppression efforts.

Mutual aid units from Tonasket Fire was toned out at 1347 hours to help with additional manpower for structure protection.

The IC (Incident Commander) requested any type of aircraft preferably a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) or a Heavy (large airtanker). States there are three rotors out of Ellensburg. Looking for any fixed wing aircraft but sounded like none available. Dispatched advised that a tanker with retardant would take awhile to find as the closest at the moment is in Redmond (OR). The IC requested that it be lat/loaded at the Omak Airport but that requested would be denied. He would later request that she search for anything up in Canada. His last request for the time-being would be for a D4 or D5 (dozers). (1435 hours PDT)

SOCIAL MEDIA

More updates will be posted as information is received. We are working to gain more details on this fire, as well as any images. You can follow us for live updates on Twitter @nwfireblog.

Thank you for reading our posts and updates on this wildfire and more fire-related news. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/12/2019 – 1458 PDT

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

#BreakingNews: USCG & Assets Responding to Troubled Boat

Updated 2030 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Approximately two (2) hours ago, the U.S. Coast Guard 47288 boat was headed South in 14-15′ seas and 40-50 knots to assist a sailboat in distress and taking on water w/ 3 people aboard 45 miles NW of Grays Harbor, Washington State.

Additionally, en route are additional resources such as a 47′ boat from Station Grays Harbor.  A helicopter from Air Station Astoria is has been on-scene and keeping the sailboat company until the rescue boats arrive.

SUPPORT TEAMS

Service members at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Quillayute River Station are  supporting the mission with chart plotting, phone calls, and a second boat!

CURRENT STATUS

Crews are on-scene with the vessel in distress outside of Grays Harbor. Flooding secured. Assessing safety of crew and vessel integrity. This was as of 2000 hours PDT.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

U.S. Active Wildfires by #Hashtag | Saturday, July 16, 2016

Here are all active wildfires by #Hashtag that we are aware of happening in the United States:

#AlatnaComplex (AK)  Tanana Zone. 15 miles SE of Alatna.  Timber, brush and short grass.  Active fire behavior with crowning, wind-driven runs and spotting. Structures threatened.  (2 Fires) 75,371 acres. 66% contained.  10 personnel. 0 Personnel & 0 resources.  $2,200,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#BacaFire (AZ) Northwest District.  AZ State Forestry. 52 miles NW of Prescott.  Brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with running, flanking and backing.  3,947 acres. 10% contained.  12 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $60,000 CTD. State Lands.

Fire effects in grass and ponderosa pine stands FR 4060 - 07/10/2016

Black Range Complex Fires on July 10, 2016 (Credit: Alejando Rodriguez)

#BeaverCreekFire (CO) Routt NF. 24 mi NW of Walden. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting.  Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect.  21,878 acres.  %5 contained.  314 personnel.  5 crews, 25 engines, 3 helicopters.  4 structures lost.  $10,200,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#BigLightFire (TX) Texas A & M Forest Service. Started on private land 13 miles NE of Matador. Brush and grass.  2,692 acres. 70% contained. 32 personnel. 5 engines, 1 helicopter. $ N/A. Private lands.

#BlacksCanyonFire (CA) Near Simi Valley off the 118 in Blacks Canyon @ 1340 Hours PDT on 7/16/2016. Ventura County FD responding to new Brush Fire. Header showing.

#BlackRangeComplex (NM) Gila National Forest.  45 miles North of Silver City. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and creeping.  3,700 acres.  5% contained.  110 personnel. 6 crews, 7 engines. $253,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#BlairFire (CO)  White River Field Office. BLM.  30 miles W of Meeker.  Brush and short grass.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, crowning and flanking.  1000 acres. 0% contained.  108 personnel.  4 crews, 5 engines, 1 helicopter.  0 structures lost.  $250,000 CTD.

#BrannonFire (NM) Gila National Forest.  26 miles NE of Silver City. Timber, brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. 380 acres. 0% contained.  26 personnel. 1 crew, 1 engine. $20,000 CTD.  Forest Service lands.

#CalienteFire (CA) 17301 Caliente Bodfish Road, Kern County.  Air Attack requesting additional tankers. Structures threatened.  Rapid rate of spread. 1.5 acres.

#ClavelFire (NM) Las Vegas District.  New Mexico State Forestry.  20 miles NE of Roy.  Brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior.  4,000 acres.  95% contained.  7 personnel.  3 engines.  $28,000 CTD. State lands.

#CoveFire (UT). 23 miles East of Salina and 11 miles SW of Emery

#FamosoFire (CA) Kern County Fire Department. Vegetation fire.  Near Poso and Granite Road. Cause from a MVA. Forward movement stopped. 100% contained. 138 acres.

#FullerFire (AZ) Grand Canyon National Park.  IMT 2.  4 miles NE of North Rim.  Timber and medium logging slash.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-drive runs and long-range spotting.  Road, area and trail closures in effect.  3,702 acres.  0% contained.  437 personnel.  12 crews, 14 engines, 4 helicopters. 0 structures lost.  $1,000,000 CTD. National Park Service lands.

Fuller Fire Map. (Courtesy Inciweb)

#GeorgeRiverFire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on BLM land 18 miles NE of Georgetown. Timber. Active fire behavior with running, creeping and backing. 200 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources.  $Unknown. BLM lands.

#GreenFire (CA).  Fresno County. CAL Fire. Off Auberry Rd & White Thorne Rd, near Prather.  Forward progress stopped. Evacuations are in effect for residents on White Thorne, Dry Pond, Hokes Corner Ln. and Wellbarn Road. Evacuation shelter opened at:   Foothill Middle School located at 29147 Auberry Rd, Prather, CA 93651.  A large animal evacuation center has been established at: Sierra High School, 33326 Lodge Rd, Tollhouse, CA 93667. 123 acres. 60% contained.

#GweekRiverFire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on BLM land 17 miles NE of Akiachak. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, running and creeping. 500 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $36,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#HairyFire (CO) Fort Carson Army Base.  21 miles SW of Colorado Springs.  Hardwood Slash, brush and tall grass.  Minimal fire behavior.  Area closures in effect.  720 acres.  95% contained. 9 personnel. 3 engines.  $350,000 CTD.

#HarrisFire (MT) Miles City Filed Office. STarted on private land 26 miles South of Ashland. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior. 3,400 acres. 80% contained. 98 personnel. 3 crews. 5 engines. 1 helicopter. $180,000 CTD. Private lands.

#HaydenPassFire (CO) – Fort Carson Army Base. 21 mi SW of Colorado Springs. Hardwood slash, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Areas closures in effect. 15,759 acres. 5% contained. 768. personnel. 16 crews, 49 engines, 7 helicopters. 1 structures lost. $2,900,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

Hayden Pass Fire Edge - July 12

Hayden Pass Fire on July 12, 2016 (Source: Inciweb)

#HubbellCanyonFire (NM) Lincoln National Forest. Sacramento Ranger District. S Forest Service firefighters and two engines are assigned to the fire. Lightning caused. 25 acres. 0% contained. Full suppression tactics are being utilized. Fire is smoldering and spread potential is low. Started 7/16/2016 @ 1300 hours.

#IniakukLakeFire (AK)  Tanana Zone. Started on state land 40 miles NW of Bettles. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, spotting and backing. Structures threatened.  14,107 acres. 0% contained. 28 personnel.  1 crew. 1 helicopter. $1,100,000 CTD. State lands.

#IsrathorakCreekFire (AK)  Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on FWS land 17 miles NW of Tuluksak. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with backing. 500 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $1,000.  Fish & Wildlife Service lands.

#McBeeCommandFire (WA)  Spokane District, BLM. 6 miles W of Richland. Grass. Minimal fire behavior. 1,800 acres. 0% contained. 26 personnel. 1 crew, 4 engines. $100,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#MidSalchaFire (AK)  Fairbanks Area Forestry.  31 miles SE of North Pole.  Timber, brush and grass.  Moderate fire behavior with win-driven runs, short-range spotting and backing. Homes threatened. 1,500 acres.  0% contained.  88 personnel.  4 crews. 1 helicopter. $300,000 CTD. State Lands.

#OwhatRiver2Fire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  7 miles NW of Aniak.  Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with backing.  550 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources. $1,000 CTD. State lands.

#PachecoFire (CA) Tuolumine-Calavaras Unit. CAL Fire. 2 miles SE of Jenny Lind. Timber, brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. 341 acres. 98% contained. 39 personnel. 1 crews, 4 engines. 2 structures lost. $301,000 CTD. State lands.

#PairODiceFire (AZ) Fort Apache Agency. BIA.  25 miles SW of Alpine.  Timber and grass.  307 acres.  0% contained.  87 personnel. 3 crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter. $50,000 CTD. BIA lands.

#PineFire (CA) Los Padres NF. 30 miles NE of Santa Barbara. Timber, chaparral and brush. Minimal fire behavior. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  2,304 acres. 93% acres. 100 personnel. 2 crews, 5 helicopters. $15,300,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

Sunset photo of the Pine Fire

Sunset image at the Pine Fire. (Credit: Jonathan McGraw of USFS)

#PonyFire (CA) USFS. 15 miles SW of Happy Camp. Siskiyou County. 2,858 acres. 90% contained.

#Puertecito (NM) Cibola National. 15 miles S of Magdalena. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 106 aces. 50% contained. 33 personnel. 1 crew. 1 helicopter. $58,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#ReindeerRiverFire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  30 miles SE of Flat. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, running and backing. 600 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $1,000 CTD.  State lands.

#SanGabrielComplex (CA) Formerly the Fish and Reservoir Fires. North of Azusa. Los Angeles County. CAL Fire. 1146 acres Reservoir.  4253 Fish. Both 96% contained.

#SchoolFire (NM) Gila National Forest.  2 miles NW of Snow Lake. Timber and tall grass.  Minimal fire behavior. 6,500 acres.  50% contained. 57 personnel.  2 crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter. $60,000 CTD.  Forest Service lands,

#ScottFire (AZ) Kaibib National Forest.  Coconino rim 11 miles east of Tusayan. Lightning caused. Pinyon Juniper, ponderosa pine, oak.  2,660 acres. 25 personnel. In mop-up operations. ROS is low.

Big Push

Scott Fire on July 15, 2016 that reached an open meadow. (Credit: D Barringer)

#SepulvedaBasin (CA) Los Angeles Fire Department. Burbank and Woodley.  Fire crews dispatched  @ 1308 hours PDT 7/16/2016. Header can be seen. 10 acres @ 1417 PDT. Additional units requested.

#TaylorFire (FL) 700 acres. 10% contained. 33 personnel. 7 engines, 1 helicopter.  Forests in Florida. 9 miles NE of Sanderson. Southern rough. $100,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#TimberCreekFire (AK)  Southwest Area Forestry. 27 miles SW of Chuathbaluk. Timber and grass. Moderate fire behavior with torching and creeping. 1,000 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources. $1,000 CTD.  State lands.

#TimberonFire (NM) Otero County.  40% contained. Containment lines are holding. 267 acres.  44 structures lost.  Some evacuations lifted up to the fire perimeter. Those inside of that are still under an evacuation order due to falling trees and other dangers.

#TokRiverFire (AK) Tok Area Foresty.  IMT 2. 7 miles of Tok.  Timber, light logging slash and grass. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and creeping. Structures threatened.  Rain occurred over the area  on Friday. 728 acres. 0% contained. 64 personnel. 3 crews, 2 helicopters. $209,000 CTD. State lands.

#TomsCreekRd2Fire (GA) Georgia Forestry Commission. 10 miles SW of Fargo. Souther rough. Minimal fire behavior. Homes threatened. Rain occurred over the fire on Friday.  45 acres. 90% contained. 28 personnel. 12 engines. $100,000 CTD.  State lands.

#TrailheadFire (CA) CALCAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit / El Dorado National Forest, along the  Middle Fork of the American River near Todd Valley.  Started 6/28/2016 @ 1355 hours PDT. Cause under investigation. 3 injuries. 5,466 acres. 95% contained. Command: NorCal Interagency Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire on behalf of CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service. Incident Cooperators: Placer County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and local fire departments from across the region. 80 personnel. 2 engines. 3 crews. 1 dozers.

Fire engines working the Trailhead Fire.

Engines working at the Trailhead Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

#YoknedaLakeFire (AK) Valdez-Copper River area Forestry.  40 miles NE of Glenallen.  Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing. 2,000 acres.  0% contained. 0 personnel or resources.  $9,000 CTD. State lands.

 

Sources:  NW Fire Info, CAL Fire, Inciweb, NWICC, Internet, AZ Fire Info, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Prestine Cherokee NF Touched by Multiple Fires | Railroad Grade 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Carter County, TN – Multiple fires have touched this  in one of Eastern Tennessee’s prime real estate playground since the beginning of this year with Halls Top Fire that occurred in March, along with Sciota Road and Starlight Fires also happening at the end of that same month.

Photo Courtesy:  Cherokee National Forest

Now, the Forest is facing yet another wildfire with Railroad Grade 2016 fire that was caused by human activity.  The exact cause is under investigation with no exact pinpoint of what the “human activity” actually was the root of the cause.

This fire started on April 18, 2016.  At that point, it was deemed a smaller fire but quickly tripled in size on the same day it ignited.  The fire was initially reported on April 18th as moderate to active fire activity with some growth potential.  It was spotting, wind-driven with up hill runs.

LOCATION

The fire is located off of Highway 25/70 at White Rocks Mountain and about 3 miles NW of Roan Mountain.  It is located 5 air miles from Hampton.

PERSONNEL, RESOURCES

80 personnel are assigned to this incident.

Currently, on site there is a 20-person fire crew, 3 helicopters, 2 engines, 1 bulldozer, 2 water tenders and 1 overhead personnel.

Crews work to backfire off the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in order to increase containment of the Railroad Grade Fire

Photo Credit:  Cherokee National Forest

Incident Cooperators are from the U.S. Forest Service, TN Dept. of Forestry, Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Hampton and Roan Mountain VFD, TN Emergency of Management Agency, TN Dept. of Corrections and the TN Valley Authority.

 

CONDITIONS

The terrain is steep with rocky terrain.  It is host to snags and roll-overs.  Fire crews have had a difficult time hiking into and fighting fire in this area.

Smoke may pose future poor visibility as hazards to fire crews and to drivers in the area.  Hikers are asked to avoid the area altogether for safety concerns.

TACTICS

Fire crews will contain to construct fire lines and improve/hold existing lines.

FIRE STATUS

The fire is currently holding at 1,727 acres and has a 75% containment status.  Fire behavior has been reduced to smoldering.

This is one of two wildfires currently burning in the Cherokee National Forest and we will update separately on the second fire named the Raccoon Mountain Fire in a separate post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Current hashtags being used are:  #RailroadGrade2016 #TNWildifres2016

ABOUT CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST

The Cherokee National Forest was established in 1920 and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.  Located in Elizabethton of Carter County in Tenneessee.  Located in the Eastern portion of the State and bordering next door neighbor, North Carolina.

It consists of the Ocoee River, the location of the 1996 Olympics whitewater events that are inside the National Forest’s 655,598 acres.  The Forest is also host to 150 miles of the Appailachan National Scenic Trail system, along with hundreds more.

The Ocoee Whitewater Center from the 1996 Olympics.  Photo Courtesy:  WikiCreative Commons. Taken in 2009.

Vacationers flock to the infamous National park to backpack, fish, kayak, whitewater rafting, gold panning, rafting, camping and so many other fun activities. There are many beautiful waterfalls inside the National Forest, as well as hundreds of trail systems.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

WA WILDFIRE | Grizzly Creek Complex | August 21, 2015

“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.”

– Sidney Sheldon

SUMMARY

  • Location:  20 miles SE Dayton [WA] on WA – OR state line
  • National Forest:  Umatilla
  • Wilderness:  Wenaha-Tucannon
  • Start:  8/13/15 @ 1300 PDT
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Fire Incidents:  17 unnamed fires inside complex
  • Fire Fuels:  Timber, grass, brush.

FIRE STATUS

#FireImage Courtesy of Inciweb

Acres 

  • 52,000
  • Expectations for the #s to grow

Fire Behavior 

  • Crowning, Spotting, Long-range Spotting
  • Extreme fire activity, difficult firefighting conditions for firefighters.
  • Fire crossed the Wenaha River near Cross Canyon, 10 miles from Troy [OR].
  • Fire reportedly spreading to the E.

#FireImage Courtesy of Inciweb

Structure Protection

  • OR State Task Force from the OR State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived on Friday as a new added resource.
  • Acres:  48,000

RESOURCES

  • IC:  Brian Gales
  • Command:  WA Interagency Type 2 Team
  • Personnel:  106
  • Crews:  3
  • Helicopter: 1
  • Engines:  5
  • Task Force:  1 from the OR State FMO’s office.
  • Mutual Aid:  FMAG approved 8/21

THREATENED

  • Residences:  200
  • Structures:  10
  • Firefighter Safety:  Unauthorized Drone flights

Those is a perfect PR message from our friends with CAL Fire, it still applies to all Wildland Fire incidents. #NoDronesInFireZones

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Losses

  • Primary Residences:  3
  • Outbuildings:  15

EVACUATIONS

Level 3  [Means leave immediately, there is fire danger fast approaching.]

  • Town of Troy – except for those remaining for fire suppression activities and those feeding the firefighters.
  • From Troy [OR] to Hwy 129 @ Boggan’s Oasis [approx 16 miles NE of Troy]
  • Additional Surrounding Towns:  Eden Bench, Grouse Flat and Bartlett

Level 2 [ Get Ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice]

  • Flora, Lost Prarie, Redmond Grande NE to Hwy 3
  • Clearwater Guard Station to LIck Creek Road
  • From Lick Creek Rd to Asotin City limits
  • Around Asotin to Snake River
  • From Snake River S to the State line
  • Frm the State line W to Hwy 129

Evacuation Map

Map Courtesy of the U.S. Forest – Umatilla National Forest

ASSISTANCE

FEMA Aid

SOCIAL MEDIA

“Eyewitness Reports, Discussions”

August 21

  • “Fire is spreading thru the Blue Mtns with no end in sight.”

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRE | Carpenter Rd Fire | August 21, 2015 | PM SitRep

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” –Desmond Tutu

SUMMARY

  • Location:  35 miles NW of Spokane & S of Fruitland in Stevens County
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning

Today’s Fire Map. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain IMT Blue Team & Inciweb.

FIRE STATUS

  • Fire Behavior:  Extreme.
  • Threatened:  800 homes & structures, 5 commercial properties, 200 others
  • Containment:  0%
  • Acres:  27,793
  • Fire Conditions:  Smokey conditions are limiting use of air operations, but also providing for slightly cooler temperatures, and reduced winds
  • Actions:  Thursday: Highest amount of fire activity happened along the north edge of the fire near Turk Road.
  • Obstacles for Fire Crews:  Handling 1 abandoned mine within in the fire area.

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITION REPORT

 Fruitland Weather Conditions

  • Temp:  [as of 1915PDT]  70-degrees
  • Forecasted:  Hi 77.  Lo 49.
  • Skies:  Mostly sunny.
  • Winds:  W 10 to 20 mph
  • Visibility:  6 mph
  • Humidity:  26%
  • Advisory:  Blowing dust advisory remains in effect until 2300 PDT [tonight]

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Destroyed:  17 homes destroyed; unknown number of “other” structures reportedly destroyed.

RESOURCES, EQUIPMENT

  • Personnel:  363
  • Crews:  6
  • Helicopters:  3
  • Engines:  40

EVACUATIONS

  • Level 2:  Spokane Agency Reservation.

FIRE CONTACT INFO

Call Center

  • Operational Period: 0800 – 2100 PDT
  • Phone Lines: 509-722-6040 or  509-722-6165

ALERTS

Red Flag Warning

  •  In effect for the fire area through 8/21 at 2300.

Air Quality

  • Spokane:  Some parts of Spokane showing “Unhealthy”.  Purple lines indicate the areas affected.

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Air Quality Map. Photo Credit: The National Weather Service [NWS] of Spokane.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Pet Loss / Coping  –National Humane Society

Red Cross Distress Helpline

  • Phone:  1-800-985-5990.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA] – Div of U. S Public Health

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SOCIAL MEDIA

“First-hand Witness  Reports on Social Media”

August 21:

  • Media on Condition Report via Flight into Fire Area:  “Smoke is so thick we could barely see outside our windows as we prepared to land.”
  • Franklin County Fire District #3:  “Fresh firefighters leaving today in Van Pool vans to replace crews on the CarpenterRd fire. Thank you Ben Franklin Transit for your support!”
  • Media report:  “The smoke is omnipresent near Fruitland. Low visibility with a big gulp of ash with each breath”
  • Air Quality Report via Twitter User:  “Smoke is filling up the Valley”

August 20:

  • Base Camp:  Setup at a Bible School near Fruitland.

August 19:

  • Stevens Co Fire Chief:  “Ash floating around in the skies and is still warm when it hits them, touches those around them.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Donations

  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation:  “Will make a huge difference for these families experiencing the loss of a firefighter tonight. The WFF supports these families like no other, and supports those injured too. Please donate!
    RIP brave heroes keeping others safe. https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation?fref=ts” This is from a Twitter supporter.  You can Make a Difference in a Family’s life.  Click on this link today.

Thank you for what you all are doing out there.  Wishing safety and prayers to get those darn fires out.  We appreciate your tireless efforts, hard work and dedication.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRE | Carpenter Rd Fire | August 20, 2015 | PM SitRep

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

~ William Shakespeare

SUMMARY

  • Location:  35 miles NW of Spokane
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  9658

FIRE STATUS

  • Fire Behavior:  Extreme.
  • Threatened:  400 homes & structures, 5 commercial properties, 200 others
  • Containment:  0%

Carpenter Road Fire Map. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team. [8/19/15]

Map updated on 8/18/15. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Destroyed:  16 homes destroyed; unknown number of “other” structures reportedly destroyed.

RESOURCES, EQUIPMENT

  • Personnel:  301
  • Crews:  5
  • Helicopters:  3
  • Engines:  32
  • Actions:  Structure Protection

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 [Mandatory evacuation. Leave your home/business now for your own personal safety.]

  • Lessig Road along the Springdale Hunters Road to Springdale. This includes all secondary roads off of Springdale Hunters Road including Gennett Road and Rosehill Road and other road spurs to the South.
  • Region from Belinger Road to the SOUTHEAST “the way the crow flies” to State Highway 231.
  • Out of Fruitland Valley which includes Fruitland Valley Road and Turk Road.

Level 2 [Prepare to evacuate. This is a mid-range level of preparing to evacuate and also a level of voluntary evacuation.]

  • From the Spokane Agency Reservation boundary south to Lake Roosevelt (to include the West End Community).
  • From Springdale Hunters Road to Waitts Lake.
  • From Belinger Road EAST to State Highway 231.
  • From area around Waitts Lake to the Huckleberry Mountains south to Springdale Hunters Road to State Highway 231.

FIRE CONTACT INFO

Call Center

  • Operational Period: 0800 – 2100 PDT
  • Phone Lines: 509-722-6040 or  509-722-6165

ALERTS

Red Flag Warning

  • Initiated due to hot dry weather, very low relative humidity, and strong winds in the Columbia River Valley. These conditions have led to the persistence of the same extreme fire behavior as has been seen over the past several days.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Donations

  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation:  “Will make a huge difference for these families experiencing the loss of a firefighter tonight. The WFF supports these families like no other, and supports those injured too. Please donate!
    RIP brave heroes keeping others safe. https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation?fref=ts” This is from a Twitter supporter.  You can Make a Difference in a Family’s life.  Click on this link today.

Thank you for what you all are doing out there.  Wishing safety and prayers to get those darn fires out.  We appreciate your tireless efforts, hard work and dedication.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog