The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Swan Lake Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – June 28, 2019 – Friday

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

INCIDENT SUMMARY.    A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be burning inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This was a lightning caused fire that began on June 5th around 1852 hours AKDT.   About 56,200 acres have been destroyed but fire crews are inching closer to a higher containment, now said to be 10%.

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FIRE STATUS.  Fire behavior is currently actively burning with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting.  Structures are still under threat.

RESOURCES.  530 total personnel along with 15 crews, 12 engines and 6 helicopters.  Command is under the direction of an AK IMT.

Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.    The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

Cost-to-Date:  There has been a total cost-to-date of $4.5 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2200 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: AK DOF’s Swan Lake Fire

UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday

Credit: BLM Fire Service

Additional Type 1 and Type 2 crews are bolstering efforts to establish control lines on the eastern edge of the Swan Lake Fire.

Type 1 and 2 crews en route to establish control lines on the East flank of fire.  Credit: AK Fire PIOs

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

About 32,300 acres of timber and short grass has already been destroyed.

The fire was ignited by lightning  on June 5th, around 1852 hours AKDT or 1952 hours PDT.

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Fire crews have gained a 9% containment status.

FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior has been reported as active with flanking, group torching and short-range spotting.   The fire is mostly being carried by Black Spruce, while minimum activity has been spotted in hardwood fuels.

There is a 40-50% mortality in Spruce stands.

TRAFFIC ALERT | Sterling Highway has very low visibility and poor air quality.

You will be seeing these signs on the Sterling Highway. | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

RESOURCES

  • Personnel:  Total of 379 fire personnel.
  • Assets:  11 crews including Yukon and 5 NW Hotshots (Winema Hotshots, Wolf Creek Hotshots and Lakeview Hotshots), 8 engines and 5 helicopters.
  • Command:  AK IMT.
  • Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

AK Governor Mike Dunleavy thanks all first responders and firefighters for protecting homes,, businesses, and residents.    Courtesy: Gov Dunleavy

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Transmission Lines

Homer Electric Association has de-energized a 115,000 volt transmission line to help reduce potential starts, as temps rise and dry conditions continue in the fire prone area.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

Credit: NWS Anchorage

Recreation Areas

Heavy smoke is pouring over the Sterling Highway.  Though the roadway is open, many recreations areas are now closed along the highway.

The Swan Lake Fire in Images:

Canadian Air Scoopers. | Credit: Swan Lake Fire PIO

Crews continue prep work on June 18, 2019.   Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on June 19, 2019. Credit: AK Forestry.

Heavy fog and smoke caused delays on the Sterling Highway on June 21.

A trail of traffic backs up on the Sterling Hwy due to a thick layer of smoke fog hangs in the air.                   Credit: AK Fire PIOs

Damage Assessments

The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $3.4 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2015 hours PDT

Only The Brave Movie Honors Hotshots

PRESCOTT, ARIZONA | Only The Brave movie starring Josh Brolin (high power Hollywood actor) and others tell the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots during one of the worst wildfires Arizona has ever experienced.   The Yarnell Fire took the lives of 19 firefighters and saved one on June 30, 2013.  We will never forget this day or the lives that were taken and those whom have been impacted directly or indirectly from this tragic loss.

News media outlets working to verify the validity of the Hollywood movie that its trailer says is based upon “true events” says it stays to the facts of the crew’s final day together but in between it is hit and miss.  To keep the movie suspense going, we will not provide the spoiler of what is true and what is not. We are also not going to dishonor those whom were lost, but remember them for who they were and what sacrifices they gave to this profession.

We have been told that it is a known fact that the majority of the spouses worked with writers, producers and directors.  They were at the Movie Premiere in Tempe, Arizona.  Eric Marsh’s wife was one of the biggest supporters of the Movie.

“It was a fitting tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots.”

“Saw the movie tonight – very beautiful and touching.  Lots of laughter and sadness.”

“This film is honorable, given an accurate depiction of wildland firefighter life and their families. Does not sensationalize it.”

“Hollywood always adds a spin to everything they made. You should always remember that when watch any of their movies that this is not a documentary but based upon true events.”

“It’s a Hollywood movie, not a documentary.  If Brendan likes it (and he does) that’s good enough. We need to not dishonor them (Hotshots lives lost, one survivor).”

We could go on and on about what those are saying about this Movie but we won’t.  We have not seen the movie personally but when we get our courage up to see it – trust us… we will be bringing lots of tissues with us.

We thank all Firefighters for the tireless efforts you have given to protect properties and save Lives.  You do this every time you go out in to wildland interfaces while leaving your loved ones at home.

Our hearts were completely broken in half by the news of the Granite Mountain Hotshots lives lost and to learn about their last moments.  Our sobbing on the outside has stopped but not on the inside.  It breaks our hearts when we hear of additional firefighters’ deaths.

This article is dedicated to the Families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and to the only survivor, Firefighter Brendan McDonough. We know the hurt may never stop but the love will continue to flow over you all.  Please know that we are also here for you with lots of love and an over abundance of prayers for healing, friendship and support. – Ed.

The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters was created after the Yarnell Fire took the lives of him and his fellow firefighters. Today, the Foundation offers those a lifetime of emotional support, PTSD mental health treatment and financial donations to next-of-kin.  Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/ericmarshfoundationforwildlandfirefighters/

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

California’s #ChimneyFire Explodes – June 3, 2016

Updated 0645 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

#ChimneyFire started on June 1, 1016 at 1330 Hours PDT from an unknown ignition source which is currently under investigation.

Photo Credit: BLM

Photo Credit: BLM

The fire is located at in the Central California District (Tulare County) and in the Chimney Peak wilderness area and Owens Peak.

The fire has consumed 1,000 acres.

Command

This Wildfire is being managed by the BLM Bakersfield Field Office.

Resources

Currently, assigned to this incident are Firefighters from the USFS, CAL Fire and SNF (390) and 13 aircraft assisting.

The Angeles National Forest was sending 7 engines and 2 hotshot crews as of yesterday.

Evacuations

Evacuations of the Chimney Peak community were conducted on June 1, 2016.

Closures

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between Hwy 178 and Kennedy Meadows.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 2 | Coyote Fire | Texas

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:  The fire was discovered on May 7th, Saturday around 1300 hours.

Cause:   It has been ruled as being ignited by lightning.

Location:  Located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park area of the Guadalupe National Park in Salt Flat, TX.

coyote fire map

Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

Air Support:  Assigned to this event are 1 lead plane, 3 heavy Air tankers, 1 Type 3 Helicopter and a Smokey Bear Interagency Hotshot Crew. An additional Hotshot crew was flown in this morning.

Additional Resources:  An additional request for the Pecos Type 3 IMT and 2 additional Hotshot crews have been placed.

FIRE STATUS

Acres: 200-300 acres.  (Estimation)

Fire Behavior: Active.  Heading South into Park.

Air Resources:  All air support was suspended due to turbulence.

Tactics:  The Smoke Bear Interagency Hotshot crew is primarily focusing on containing the Northern perimeter.

Command:  The ICP will be located in Queen, NM.

CLOSURES NEW!

The following are currently closed as of today’s date.

Rec Area:  Dog Canyon

Trail Systems:  Dog Canyon Trailhead,  Bush Mtn to Blue Ridge Junction, Blue Ridge to Tejas Junction, Tejas to McKittrick Ridge Junction and the Marcus trail.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

  • @GuadalupeMtnsNP
  • #CoyoteFire
  • #TXFires2016
  • #GuadalupeMtnsNP

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 1 | Coyote Fire | Texas

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:  The fire was discovered on May 7th, Saturday around 1300 hours.

Cause:   It has been ruled as being ignited by lightning.

Location:  Located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park area of the Guadalupe National Park in Salt Flat, TX.

coyote fire map

Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

Air Support:  Assigned to this event are 1 lead plane, 3 heavy Air tankers, 1 Type 3 Helicopter and a Smokey Bear Interagency Hotshot Crew. An additional Hotshot crew was flown in this morning.

Additional Resources:  An additional request for the Pecos Type 3 IMT and 2 additional Hotshot crews have been placed.

FIRE STATUS

Acres: 200-300 acres.  (Estimation)

Fire Behavior: Active.  Heading South into Park.

Air Resources:  All air support was suspended due to turbulence.

Tactics:  The Smoke Bear Interagency Hotshot crew is primarily focusing on containing the Northern perimeter.

Command:  The ICP will be located in Queen, NM.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:  @GuadalupeMtnsNP (Twitter) #CoyoteFire #TXFires2016 #GuadalupeMtnsNP

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

GUADALUPE WILDFIRE | Coronado NF / Hildalgo Co NM | Update #3

The Guadalupe Wildfire, located approximately 30 miles East of Douglas, Arizona in the Coronado National Fire has grown to 5,974 acres, as of Saturday evening.  The lightning caused fire originally started on Tuesday, June 2nd around approximately 1000 hours.

#FireImages Courtesy of @inciweb

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The fire has reached a 10% containment status but it is still creeping at a minimal rate of speed.  Grass and brush are the main fire fuels burning at this time.

Firefighters are working hotspots identified after an aerial shot of the area on the Northwest flank within fire containment lines.  They will be continuing to hold and secure existing fire lines.

#FireImages Credit: The Forest Service – Coronado National Forest

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There are several ranch buildings and private properties that are at this time that are threatened but there are four [4] engines in place for structure protection.

Resources on scene are:

  • 12 Fire engines
  • 2 Type 1 heavy lift helos
  • 2 Light helos
  • 1 medium helo
  • 4 Type 1 Hotshots
  • 2 Type 2 Hotshots
  • 1 Type 2 Initial attack hand crews
  • 272 personnel

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog