#ThomasFire is Wind-Driven | 16

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

(Credit: CAL FIRE)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire. (VCFD PIO)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Size, Containment |  270,000 acres.  45% containment status.

Fire Resources |  8,526 fire personnel. 972 fire engines, 166 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 75 dozers, 86 water tenders and CAL FIRE IMT-4. 

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Thomas Fire. (Credit VCFD PIO)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments |  1,026 structures destroyed and 242 damaged. 18,000 structures threatened.

Fatalities | 1.

Current Fire Status |  Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area with N – NE winds forecasted combined with very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures and single-digit RH will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the fire.  Areas threatened  coastal Santa Barbara County communities including Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland and the Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

Social Media |  “The fire is so large that its eastern and western fronts are influenced by entirely different wind patterns and terrain. In many ways, it’s as if firefighters are battling two separate fires some 40 miles apart” –  Hollywood Celebrity.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/17/2017 @ 2030 hours PST

#ThomasFire Firefighters Working Tirelessly | 15

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL Fire)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire flames burn near the power lines in Sycamore Canyon as seen from West Mountain Drive in Montecito. (Credit: SCB Fire Info)

Size, Containment | Acreage has increased from 259,000 to 267,500 acres.  The containment still remains at a 40% containment status.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

3,000 more burned acres and the Thomas Fire will become 2nd largest wildfire and 6,000  more to become the largest wildfire in all of California’s fire history. – Social Media

Fire Resources | Fire resources have increased even more significantly on Saturday, December 16, 2017, to 8,477 fire personnel, 972 fire engines, 164 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 77 dozers and 94 water tenders.  CAL IMT Type -4.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Ojai Search and Rescue conducts evacuations in Montecito. (Credit: Ojai SAR)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

On December 14, 2017, over 395,000 masks have been distributed in SBC to help residents with poor air quality.

Significant air resources, all headed towards Division U (towards 33 freeway), including both tankers and helicopters in the last 30 min. Sounds like fire issues along that corridor this afternoon. 

Photos taken on Saturday, 12/16/2017. (Credit: VCFD)

Evacuations | A voluntary evacuation warning has been issued for the Painted Cave community which includes the area north of Hwy 154 and south of East Camino Cielo along Painted Cave Road. If you are in this area, be prepared to leave. – Santa Barbara County FD

CalGuard Blackhawk confucts a waterdrop operations on Saturday. (Credit: USFS)

The Fire has caused mandatory and voluntary evacuations within the Santa Barbara (City).  All residents are strongly advised to be packed and ready to leave your homes. If you are in mandatory evacuation zone leave now.  – Santa Barbara County FD

Flames churn towards a large fire break near homes along Gibraltar Road north of Santa Barbara. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

Damage Assessments | 11 additional structures have been destroyed bringing the total to 1,020 structures and 2 additional have been damaged, for a total of 242 structures.  $110 Million Cost-to-date expenses.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status |  Very strong north winds materialized this morning around 0700 increasing fire behavior significantly in the Santa Barbara Front Country. Fire made an aggressive southward push into the community of Montecito, impacting some structures there.

Red flag warnings will remain in place over various portions of the fire over the next operational period for high wind and low humidity. Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area, with north/northeast winds forecasted. This weather pattern will be conducive to west- and southward fire growth, continuing to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland in Santa Barbara County.

North winds will also exasperate the threat to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural values, with fire being established in the Sespe drainage. Mop-up operations in previously burned areas will be ongoing. On the north side of the fire, direct and indirect line construction will occur to contain fire that has spread north of Highway 33 and Rose Valley Road.

Direct line construction, where possible, will continue within the Zaca Fire burn scar to Highway 33 Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions.

Fire near power lines. (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Social Media |  Strong winds and flames are bearing down the ridge and threatening homes up near Gibraltar Rock. – News Media

Parts of Santa Barbara turned into a “ghost town” as residents took appropriate action by listening to new evacuation orders by emergency personnel managing the wind-fed fire. – CAL OES

Brown smoke is seen spewing from the Thomas Fire captured by NASA Earth on December 14. (Credit: NASA)

This fire isn’t letting up & remains dangerous! Stay vigiliant and safe everyone! – CAL OES

Red Cross truck drives through the Skyline neighborhood of Ventura, CA searching for

(Credit: Red Cross)

people in need of assistance. Charred chimney stacks are a common sight in this hillside community, remnants of the beautiful homes consumed by the wrath of the Thomas Fire.  – American Red Cross

Fire intensifies in the Santa Barbara. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

CalTrans continues to work on clearing last nights rockslide on Hwy 150. – VCFD PIO

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 2200 Hours PST

#ThomasFire Firestorm Still Raging | 14

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Size, Containment | The fire has consumed 259,000 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Structure Protection courtesy of a Mutual Aid Portland OR Fire engine company for a Montecito home near San Ysidro Road. (Credit: SBC Fire Info PIO Eliason Mike)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Fire Resources | 8,370 fire personnel along with 973 fire engines, 161 fire crews, 32 helicopters, 77 bulldozers and 92 water tenders.  CAL FIRE IMT -4 is in command.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments | 1,009 structures destroyed.  240 structures damaged. 18,000 still threatened.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status (Santa Barbara) | Firefighters to continue building direct fireline where possible with support from fire resources, working to tie in to the Tea and Jesusita Fires footprints and remain engaged in structure protection operations.  Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara communities are still being threatened.

Current Fire Status (Ventura County) | Firefighters on the east side, are working to improve fireline that has been established to fire out of nearby community of Fillmore.  They will additionally extend north from Fillmore in preparation of future firing operations.

On the north side of the fire, will be closely monitored by crews. Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo with light fuels in the Zaca Fire footprint will continue where lines have never been established. 

Hashtags | #ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 1100 hours PST

Pioneer Fire | ID | Sep 9 2016

PIONEER FIRE

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Start 7/18/2016 @ 1700 hours
  • Unknown cause
  • 182,445 acres
  • 56% containment status

LOCATION

  • Boise National Forest
  • East of Deadwood Reservoir
  • South of Forest Service Road 579

FIRE FUELS

  • Timber, grass and understory
  • Standing dead and down timber
  • Green and bug killed timber

RESOURCES

  • 1,1110 personnel
  • 23 crews
  • 8 helicopters
  • 33 engines
  • 4 dozers
  • 9 water tenders
  • 3 masticators

FIRE CONDITIONS

  • Active backing and flanking with isolated group torching.
  • Fire has progressed into areas where slope and winds can align which will lead to an increase in fire behavior.
  • Increased fire activity on East of Deadwood Reservoir.
  • Fire activity also active South of National Forest System Road 579.

CURRENT FIRE ACTIVITIES

  • Hwy 17 / Southern 1/2 below hwy:  To continue repair suppression lines
  • To remove hazard trees
  • To continue patrolling and monitoring

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • Boise Co. Government
  • Boise Co. Sheriff’s Office
  • Emmett Ranger District (Boise NF)
  • Idaho City Ranger District (Boise NF)
  • Idaho Dept. of Lands
  • Idaho DOT
  • Idaho State Parks/Rec
  • Lowman Ranger District (Boise NF)
  • Centennial Job Corps
  • Garden Valley Fire Protection District

EVACUATIONS

  • Level 1:  Lowman
  • Level 2:  Long Creek summer homes

CLOSURES

  • Bruce Meadows Airfield (due to increase fire activity)
  • For more closures visit this site —> http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33503/

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An excavator is moving a pile of

Pioneer Fire burning into an old fire scar

Smoke Cloud August 29, 2016 Pioneer Fire

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COST-TO-DATE

  • $82.5 Million

WEATHER

  • Low RH
  • Warming temps
  • Drying fuels

HASHTAGS

  • #PioneerFire  #PioneerFireID  #IdWILDFIRE  #NWFireBlogID

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Fires Continue to Burn in the NW | Sep 4, 2016

Fires continue to burn in the Northwest, which we have included for Washington State, Oregon and Idaho.  Some have been burning since July while others are coming online or have been previously reported.

Thank you for visiting us here on our Official Blog and catching up on some really great NW Fire News (and Beyond).

WASHINGTON STATE

Cayuse mtn IA 8/21/16

Cayuse Mountain Fire

The Cayuse Mountain Fire is located eight miles West of Wellpinit, Washington State.  The fire has minimal fire behavior.  It is burning in timber and tall grass on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  The fire has devoured 18,116 acres but crews have successfully reached a 95% containment status.  Unfortunately, there were 23 structures altogether destroyed.  There are 100 remaining personnel  along with 1 crew, 11 engines and 1 helicopter.  Cost-to-Date:  $3.4 Million.

OREGON

K-Max heavy helicopter returning to base with water bucket from the Rail Fire.

RAIL FIRE

The Rail Fire is located five miles West of Unity, Oregon that was ignited by an unknown cause on July 31st.  It is currently burning in a portion of the burn scar of the 2002 Monument Fire.  The fire behavior is moderate with backing, creeping and smoldering. Approximately 41,681 acres have been burned.  Fire crews have successfully reached an 80% containment status.  There are currently 804 personnel with the aid of 804 personnel, 22 crews, 19 engines and 7 helicopters. One building has been destroyed.  The Cost-to-date is $30.6 Million.

IDAHO

BLACK FIRE & CARROT FIRE

Both are being managed by the same Fire Managers.

Aug 31. Balck Fire (6pm)

Black Fire on Aug 31 2016.

BLACK FIRE

The Black Fire started on August 19th by lightning about 12 miles NW of Swan Valley, Idaho.  The fire has an unknown containment status. There has been 522 acres destroyed by this wildfire. There are 2 engines and a helitack. Crews are continuing to improve containment lines.

Carrot Fire Burning in Jedediah Smith Wilderness

CARROT FIRE

The Carrot Fire was also started by lightning was detected on August 13, 2016, burning on the the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and SE of Coyote Meadows Trailhead in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness, as well as 11 miles NE of Tetonia, Idaho.  The wildfire has consumed 463 acres of grass, brush and mixed conifer.  463 acres. No word on containment status.

Aerial view of large plume of smoke coming from vegetation burning on slope

GRAPE CREEK FIRE

The lightning-caused fire is located 6 miles SW of Elba, Idaho in the Sawtooth National Forest.  It ignited on September 1, 2016 @ 2015 hours.  Fire fuels include grass, sage and mixed conifer.  The fire has consumed 1,747 acres but firefighters have successfully gained 25% containment status.  There are 240 personnel assigned alongside resources of 4 crews, 6 engines and 3 helicopters. There no reported structures lost or damaged. Cost-to-date: $300,000.

Hotshot crew buggies are seen parking along the road in Division B.

TIE FIRE

The Tie Fire is located 10 miles SW of Victor, Idaho and ignited by an undetermined cause on August 2nd @ 1915 hours.  There are 292 personnel attached to this incident alongside 10 crews, 11 engines and 5 helicopters.   The fire has scorched 1,031 acres and has an 86% containment status.   Fire fuels include: timber, brush and grass understory. Cost-to-date: $4.7 Million.

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U.S. Active Wildfires by #Hashtag | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Update 2

Here are the active fires for Wednesday, July 20th PM Updates:

NEW FIRES!

#DumpFire (WY) Johnson County. 1 mi NE of Kaycee, WY. Brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.  420 acres. 80% contained.  11 personnel.  1 crew.  7 engines.  County land.  Unknown CTD

#HookCreekFire (AK)   Hook Creek, Southwest Area Forestry, DOF. Forty miles southwest of Lime Village, AK. Timber. Active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing. Structures threatened. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday. 5,59 acres. 0% contained.  0 personnel or resources on fire. $21,000 CTD.  State lands.

#McHughFire (AK) Mat-Su Area Forestry, DOF. IMT 2 (Kurth). Started on BLM land 2 miles SE of Anchorage. Medium logging slash. Extreme fire behavior with group torching, short crown runs and spotting. Residences threatened. Road and trail closures in effect.  350 acres. 5% contained. 147 personnel.  3 crews. 16 engines. 4 helicopters. $875,000 CTD.  BLM lands.

McHugh Fire morning briefing 7-20-16

McHugh Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

#MM14 (ID). Highway 21, Boise District, BLM. Started on county land 3 miles East of Boise. Brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing. Numerous residences threatened. Road closure in effect.  1,500 acres. 10% contained. 171 personnel.  4 crews. 10 engines. 2 helicopters.  2 structures lost.  $500,000 CTD. County land.

Smoke Plume

Mile Marker 14 or MM14 Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

#OdellFire (MT).  BLM.  370 acres. 10% contained. 28 personnel. 4 engines. $63,000 CTD.

 #PioneerFire (ID) Boise NF. IMT 2 (Rosenthal). 5 miles North  of Idaho City, ID. Timber and grass. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and short uphill runs. Structures threatened. Road closure in effect. 350 acres. 0% contained. 200 personnel.  7 crews. 1 engine. 2 helicopters.  $325,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

Photo of the history map for Pioneer Fire

#Pitmik RiverFire. Southwest Area Forestry, DOF. 15 miles South of Pilot Station. Short grass. Minimal fire behavior.  1,002 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources on incident.  State lands.

#ShawFire.  (AK) Socorro Field Office, BLM. 30 miles South of Datil, NM. Brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs and backing. Last report unless significant activity occurs. 1,200 acres. 0% contained. 14 personnel.  4 engines. $10,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#SodaCreekFire (AK), Southwest Area Forestry, DOF. Started on native corporation land 27 miles NE of Medfra. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with torching, flanking and creeping. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday. 149 acres. 0% contained.  0 personnel/resources on this wildfire. $14,000 CTD. State lands.

#SpringFire  (CA).  174 acres. 89% contained. 138 personnel. 5 crew. 1 engine. 1 helo. $425,000 CTD.

#TaylorFire (FL) 880 acres. 80% contained. 15 personnel. 2 engines. 1 helo. $211,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#TokRiverFire (AK). 731 acres. 56% contained. 145 personnel. 5 crew. 2 helos. $662,000 CTD.

Day 1 of Tok River Fire, taken from Tok Cutoff

Tok River Fire. (Credit: Clinton Northway)

#WallyFire (NV).  1,762 acres. 100% contained.  100 personnel.  3 crews. 2 engines. 1 helos. $523,000 CTD.

UPDATES

#ArdenFire (WY)  Big Horn NF.  About 35 miles East of Greybull, Wyoming, near Shell Reservoir and Lake Adelaide  350 acres. 0% contained.  Heavy timber. ICT3. (4) 20-person Hotshot crews, (2) 20-person handcrews. 5 engines. 2 helicopters and (1) AA.

View of the Arden Fire from Crooked Creek Hill on FSR 17 (July 19, 2016)

Arden Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

#BeaverCreekFire (CO) – Routt NF. 24 mi NW of Walden. Timber and brush. …Start 6/19/2016. Cause unknown and under investigation. 25,434 acres. 275 Firefighters. 2 crews, 23 engines, 1 dozer and 2 helicopters.

Beaver Creek Fire (Credit: Mike McMillan)

#ChokeCherryFire (UT)  Salt Lake Field Office, BLM.  10 miles SE of Ibapah. Timber and grass…. 1,554 acres. 20 % contained. 185 personnel. 5 crews. 8 engines. 3 helos. $300,000 CTD.

#CliffCreekFire (WY)   Great Basin Team 7, Incident Commander Tony DeMasters has assumed Command.  15 miles E of Hoback. . Timber. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs. Residences threatened. Road and area closures in effect…. 6,900 acres. 0% contained. 436 personnel. 15 crews. 7 engines. 4 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $600,000 CTD.

Dark smoke in the Granite Creek drainage.

Granite Creek drainage on the Cliff Creek Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb).

#FeatherFire (CA)  Off of El Capitan Truck Trail. South of Ramona (San Diego County).  CAL Fire….  100 acres. 100% contained.

#FleckFire (ID)  Sawtooth NF.  18 miles north of Fairfield. Timber and grass…. 205 acres. 100% contained. 44 personnel. 1 crew. 2 engines. 1 helo. $300,000 CTD.

#FoothillFire (CA)  CAL Fire.  Off Foothill Drive, community of Lucerne.   Lake County…69 acres. 90% contained.

#FullerFire (AZ) – Grand Canyon National Park. IMT 2.  4 miles NE of North Rim.  Timber and medium logging slash.  National Park lands….14,131 acres. 5% contained. 572 personnel. 14 crews. 15 engines. 5 helos. $4,500,000 CTD.

#HaydenPassFire (CO) – Fort Carson Army Base. Rocky Mtn Blue Team IMT. Started 7/8/2016. 21 mi SW of Colorado Springs. 20 miles SE of Salida. Hardwood slash, brush and tall grass…16,414 acres. 45% contained. 748 personnel.  18 crews. 27 engines. 7 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $6,700,000 CTD.

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#IndianCanyonFire (SD) South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression, DOF.  6 miles SE of Edgemont. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations and road closures have been lifted… 14,280 acres. 85% contained. 171 personnel. 4 crews. 23 engines. 1 helicopter. 2 structures lost. $1,500,000 CTD.

#LavaMtnFire (WY)  Shoshone NF. IMT 2 (Connell). 20 miles NW of Dubois. Timber and heavy logging slash. Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, short-range spotting and creeping. Numerous structures threatened… 550 acres. 0% contained. 261 personnel. 6 crew. 8 engines. 5 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $1,000,000 CTD.

Lava Mountain Fire on July 18, 2016

Lava Mountain Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

#RockFire (NE), Nebraska NF. Fifteen miles southeast of Ardmore, NE. Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior….367 acres. 99% contained. 3 personnel. 1 engine. $7,000 CTD.

#SteamboatCreekFire (AK)  Valdez-Copper River Area Forestry, DOF. Started on NPS land 14 miles southwest of McCarthy.  Medium logging slash, brush and tall grass…. 12,263 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources.  $Unknown CTD.

The Steamboat Fire moves downhill.

Steamboat Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

 

Sources:  NW Fire Info, CAL Fire, Inciweb, NWICC,, AK Wildfires,  NIFC, Twitter and Facebook.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

U.S. Active Wildfires by #Hashtag | Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Here are the active fires for Wednesday, July 20th:

NEW FIRES !

#ArdenFire (WY)  Big Horn NF.  Near Shell Reservoir.  120 acres. 0% contained.  Heavy timber.  ~

Arden Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Arden Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

#BaileyFire (CA)  CAL Fire. Highway 5 at Bailey Hill, 2 miles SE of Hilt. Siskiyou County.  3 fires total 26 acres. 50% contained.  ~

#CherryChokeFire (UT)  Salt Lake Field Office, BLM.  10 miles SE of Ibapah. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, running and spotting. 1,900 acres. 0% contained. 110 personnel.  3 crews. 8 engines. 1 helicopter. $500,000 CTD. ~

#CliffCreekFire (WY)  Bridger-Teton NF. IMT 2 (DeMasters). 15 miles E of Hoback. . Timber. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs. Residences threatened. Road and area closures in effect.  4,500 acres.  0% contained.  138 personnel.  4 crews. 7 engines. 4 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $500,000 CTD. ~

#CutoffFire (AK) Copper River Basin.  57 acres. Crews have made great progress. Should be able to demob resources by 1800 hours this evening. ~

#FoothillFire (CA)  CAL Fire.  Off Foothill Drive, community of Lucerne.   Lake County. 60 acres. 30% contained.  ~

#GrindFire (NM) Lincoln NF. Smokey Bear Ranger District. S of Grindstone Lake and approximately 2 miles S of Ruidoso. 0.1 ac. 100% contained. No structures threatened. Detected 7/19/16 @ 1717 hours. ~

#IndianCanyonFire (SD) South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression, DOF.  6 miles SE of Edgemont. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations and road closures have been lifted. 13,500 acres. 60% contained. 308 personnel.  7 crews. 51 engines. 1 Helicopter. 2 structures lost.  $1,000,000 CTD. ~

#LavaMtnFire (WY)  Shoshone NF. IMT 2 (Connell). 20 miles NW of Dubois. Timber and heavy logging slash. Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, short-range spotting and creeping. Numerous structures threatened. 378 acres. 0% contained. 204 personnel.  5 crews. 8 engines. 5 helicopters. $308,000. ~

#PioneerFire (ID)  Boise NF.  8 miles N of Idaho City and West of Elk Creek. Type 2 team ordered.  200 Firefighters assigned to incident.  240 acres. Unknown cause. Started on 7/18/2016 around 1700 hours. ~

Pioneer Fire burning in steep timber

Pioneer Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

#RockFire (NE), Nebraska NF. Fifteen miles southeast of Ardmore, NE. Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. ~

#SteamboatCreekFire (AK)  Valdez-Copper River Area Forestry, DOF. Started on NPS land 14 miles southwest of McCarthy.  Medium logging slash, brush and tall grass. Active fire behavior with flanking. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  275 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources. $17,000 CTD. ~

#YoknedaLakeFire (AK) Copper River Basin.  2,097 acres. Some fire activity in NE portion of fire area with creeping and smoldering. ~

UPDATES!

#BeaverCreekFire (CO) – Routt NF. 24 mi NW of Walden. Timber and brush.  24,789 acres. 5% contained. 286 personnel.  4 crews. 24 engines. 2 helicopters. 6 structures lost. $11,400,000 CTD. ~

#ClavelFire (NM) – Las Vegas District.  New Mexico State Forestry.  State Lands.  20 miles NE of Roy.  Brush and grass.  9,842 acres. 100% contained. 1 engine. $45,000 CTD. ~

 

#FeatherFire (CA)  Off of El Capitan Truck Trail. South of Ramona (San Diego County).  CAL Fire.  133 acres.  Forward spread stopped. 90% contained. ~

#FleckFire (ID)  Sawtooth NF.  18 miles north of Fairfield. Timber and grass. Minimal fire behavior. Residences threatened. Area closure in effect. 205 acres. 70% contained. 3 crews. 5 engines. 4 helicopters. $400,000 CTD. ~

#FullerFire (AZ) – Grand Canyon National Park.  IMT 2.  4 miles NE of North Rim.  Timber and medium logging slash.  National Park lands.  13,665 acres. 0% contained. 586 personnel.  14 crews. 25 engines. 5 helicopters. $3,700,000 CTD. ~

 

#HaydenPassFire (CO) – Fort Carson Army Base. Rocky Mtn Blue Team IMT. Started 7/8/2016. 21 mi SW of Colorado Springs. 20 miles SE of Salida. Hardwood slash, brush and tall grass. 16,414 acres. 35% contained.  847 personnel.  20 crews. 41 engines. 7 helicopters. 1 structure lost.  $5,800,000 CTD. ~

#PineFire (CA)  USFS. San Guillermo Mountain, 6 miles southwest of Stauffer.  Ventura County. 2,304 acres. 93% contained. ~

Sources:  NW Fire Info, CAL Fire, Inciweb, NWICC,, AK Wildfires, NM Fire Info, BLM Alaska, AZ Fire Info, NIFC, Twitter and Facebook.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

U.S. Active Wildfires by #Hashtag | Monday, July 18, 2016

Here are the active fires for Monday, July 18th.  Due to time constraints, there have been several fires left off this list:

#BearCreekFire (AK) NEW!  Southwest Area Forestry.  51 miles SE of McGrath.  598 acres. 0% containment.

Safety Officers Fluharty and Hudson

Tok River Fire (Credit: Tom Hudson)

#BeaverCreekFire (CO) – Routt NF. 24 mi NW of Walden. Timber and brush.  22, 885 acres. 5% contained.

#BigRiverFire (AK) NEW!  Southwest Area Forestry.  27 miles NE of Lime Villages. 300 acres. 0% contained.

#BlairFire (CO) – White River Field Office. BLM.  30 miles W of Meeker.  Brush and short grass.  White River Field Office.  BLM.  22,885 acres. 5% contained.

#BogusCreekFire (AK) – Southwest Area Forestry.  15 miles southeast of Kalskag. 3,084 acres. 0% contained.

#ChicagoLakesFire (AK) NEW!  Tanana Zone. BLM.  8 miles NE of Rampart.  750 acres. 0% Contained.

#ClavelFire (NM) – Las Vegas District.  New Mexico State Forestry.  State Lands.  20 miles NE of Roy.  Brush and grass.  5,696 acres. 95% contained.

#ClearwaterCreekFire (AK)  NEW!  Southwest Area Forestry. 51 miles northeast of McGrath.  775 acres. 0% contained.

Lava Mountain Fire, afternoon of Jul 16, 2016 #1

Lava Mountain Fire (Source: Inciweb)

#ColoradoPeakFire (AZ) – Arizona Tucson District, Department of Forestry. 15 miles NW of Tubac. Brush and grass. 1,050 acres. 70% contained.

#DoestockCreekFire (AK) NEW!  Southwest Area Forestry. 5 miles S of Chuathbaluk. 1,209 acres. 0% contained.

#FeatherFire (CA)  NEW!  Off of El Capitan Truck Trail. South of Ramona (San Diego County).  CAL Fire.  133 acres.  Forward spread stopped. 100% contained.

#FleckFire (ID)  NEW! Sawtooth NF.  18 miles north of Fairfield. 205 acres. 50% contained. 

#FolgerCreekFire (AK) NEW!  Southwest Area Forestry. 28 miles northwest of McGrath. 3,216 acres. 0% contained.

#FullerFire (AZ) – Grand Canyon National Park.  IMT 2.  4 miles NE of North Rim.  Timber and medium logging slash.  National Park lands.  11,382 acres. 0% contained.

#GeorgeRiverFire (AK)  NEW! Southwest Area Forestry.  16 miles northwest of Red Devil.  858 acres. 0% contained. 

#GweekRiverFire (AK)  UPDATE! –  Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on BLM land 17 miles NE of Akiachak. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, running and creeping. 1200 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $36,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#HaydenPassFire (CO) – Fort Carson Army Base. Rocky Mtn Blue Team IMT. Started 7/8/2016. 21 mi SW of Colorado Springs. 20 miles SE of Salida. Hardwood slash, brush and tall grass. 16,350 acres. 30% contained.

Firefighting Vehicle

Fire vehicle on the Hayden Pass Fire (Source: Inciweb)

#HighCreekFire (AK) NEW! Galena Zone. BLM.  35 miles northeast of Huslia. 4,386 acres. 0% contained.

#IsrathorakCreekFire (AK) NEW! Southwest Area Forestry.  17 miles northwest of Tuluksak. 8,000 acres. 0% contained.

#OwhatRiver2Fire (AK) NEW! Southwest Area Forestry. 7 miles northwest of Aniak.  1,100 acres. 0% contained.

#PontagFire (AK)  NEW! Southwest Area Forestry.  75 miles northwest of McGrath. 200 acres. 0% contained.

#ReindeerRiverFire (AK) NEW! Southwest Area Forestry. 30 miles southeast of Flat.  9,375 acres. 0% contained.

#RockFire (NE) NEW! Nebraska NF.  15 miles southeast of Ardmore. 309 acres. 99% contained.

Wildland Fire Engine monitoring fire perimeter

Wildland Fire Engine on the Hayden Pass Fire (Source: Inciweb)

#SmithCreekFire (AK)  NEW! Southwest Area Forestry. 19 miles northwest of Crooked Creek.  3,997 acres. 0% contained.

#SouthForkRiverGeorgeFire  (AK)  NEW! Southwest Area Forestry.  14 miles north of Red Devil.  527 acres.  0% contained.

#SpringFire (CA) NEW!  Sierra NF.  17 miles south of Mammoth Lakes. 174 acres. 80% contained.

#TaylorFire (FL) NEW! FL Forest Service.  9 miles northeast of Sanderson. 880 acres. 80% contained.

#TokRiverFire (AK)  NEW! Tok Area Forestry, Department of Forestry.  7 miles S of Tok.  731 acres. 18% contained. 

#WallyFire (NV) NEW!  Elko District. BLM.  5 miles west of Oasis. 1,556. 40% contained.

 

Sources:  NW Fire Info, CAL Fire, Inciweb, NWICC,, AK Wildfires, AZ Fire Info, NIFC, Twitter and Facebook.

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U.S. Active Wildfires by #Hashtag | Sunday, July 17, 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. BLM lands.  90,504 acres. 66% contained. Active fire behavior with crowning, wind-drive runs and spotting. Structures threatened.10 personnel. $2,200,000 CTD.

#BacaFire (AZ)

Northwest District.  AZ State Forestry. 52 miles NW of Prescott.  Brush and short

Baca Fire in the early stages (Courtesy: Inciweb)

grass. Fire being monitored by air.  4,118 acres. (Private – 2078, State 2040) 35% contained.  11 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $60,000 CTD. State Lands.

#BeaverCreekFire (CO)

Routt NF. 24 mi NW of Walden. Timber and brush.  Active fire exists along the fire perimeter and is consuming not burned areas within the interior of the fire with short

Firefighters working on the Beaver Creek Fire. (Credit: Mike McMillan)

crown runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting. 22,885 acres.  %5 contained.  290 personnel. 5 crews. 25 engines. 3 helicopters.   4 structures lost.  $10,200,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#BlackRangeComplex (NM)

Gila National Forest.  45 miles North of Silver City. Timber. Moderate fire behavior

Cooney Fire Fire crews using hand igintions 7/16/2016

Cooney Fire crews on Black Range Complex. (Credit: Noah Daniels)

creeping and smoldering.  3,915 acres.  5% contained.  115 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. Minimal fire behavior withisolated torching.  1140 acres. 101 fire personnel,  70% contained. $250,000 CTD.

#CampCreekFire (AK)  NEW!

Galena Zone, BLM.  58 miles SE of Galena. Timber, brush and hardwood slash. Active fire behavior with backing. 885 acres. No personnel or resources assigned to this incident.  $10,000 CTD.

#ClavelFire (NM)

Las Vegas District.  New Mexico State Forestry.  State Lands.  20 miles NE of Roy.  Brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior.  5,696 acres. 95% contained.  5 personnel. 2 engines. $28,000 CTD.

#ColoradoPeakFire (AZ)

Arizona Tucson District, Department of Forestry. 15 miles NW of Tubac. Brush and grass. Moderate fire behavior with running.  800 acres.  15% contained. 47 personnel.  2 crew. 2 engines. $26,000 CTD.

#CliffCreekFire (WY)  NEW!

Bridger-Teton NF.  Discovered 7/17/2016 @ 1430 hours. 5 miles N of Bondurant.

structures in the fire area

Cliff Creek Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

2,200 acres. Active fire with group torching.  Type 2 IMT ordered and will assume command on Monday, July 18, @ 1800 hours.  Evacuations in progress.

#DulbiFlats (AK) NEW!

Galena Zone, BLM. 18 miles NE of Huslia.  Timber.  Active fire behavior with torching and backing. 55,818 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources on this wildland fire. $35,000 CTD.

#FullerFire (AZ)

Grand Canyon National Park.  IMT 2.  4 miles NE of North Rim.  Timber and medium logging slash.  National Park lands.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs and

Fuller Fire (Credit: Christine Schroll via Inciweb)

crowning. Road, area and trail closures in effect.5,940 acres. 0% contained. 511 personnel. 14 crews. 14 engines. 4 helicopters. $2,000,000.

#GalateaCreekFire (AK) NEW!

Galena Zone. BLM.  52 miles SE of Galena. Timber, brush and hardwood slash. Extreme fire behavior with running, torching, and backing. 817 acres. $0 personnel/resources on this fire. $12,000 CTD.

#GallagherFire (NV)  NEW!

Gallagher Ranch in Lamoille.  4 acres. Hay meadow. Still trying to get further details.

#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. Cause was deemed to be from discarded smoking material.

#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.  720 acres. 95% contained.  11 personnel. 4 engines. $350,000 CTD. DOD property.

#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. Rocky Mtn Blue Team IMT. Started 7/8/2016. 21 mi SW of Colorado Springs. 20 miles SE of Salida. Hardwood slash, brush and tall grass. Southern area will be primary focus for firefighters.  16,350 acres. 30% contained.  Active fire behavior with groups torching, smoldering and backing. Numerous structures threatened.  Evacuations, road area and trail closures are still in effect.  3 Hotshot crews with support of 3 engines, and 2 bulldozers working around Baumann Reservoir and Rainbow Lake.  816 total personnel. 17 crews, 51 engines, 7 helicopters 1 structure lost.  $3,800,000 CTD.

#IndianCanyonFire (SD)

South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression. Department of Forestry.  State lands. 6 miles E of Edgemont, SD. Fire has moved much closer to Edgemont and crossed over 471. Timber and short grass.    Active fire behavior with running, torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Evacuation and road closures in effect.    12,000 acres.  0% contained.  95 personnel.  42 engines.  2 structures lost. $20,000 CTD.

#LavaMtnFire (WY) NEW!

Shoshone National Forest. IMT2. 20 miles NW of Dubois. Timber and heavy logging slash. Extreme fire behavior with uphill runs and long-range spotting. Numerous structures threatened.

Lava Mountain Fire, afternoon of Jul 16, 2016 #2

Lava Mtn Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

220 acres. 0% contained. 56 personnel. 1 crew. 2 engines. 3 helicopters. $100,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#LittleUnderhillCreekFire (AK) NEW!

SW Area Forestry, DOF. 24 miles E of Line Village. Timber. Moderate fire behavior.150 acres. 0% containment, no personnel/resources.  $N/A CTD.

#PachecoFire (CA)

Tuolumine-Calavaras Unit. CAL Fire. 2 miles SE of Jenny Lind. Timber, brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. 341 acres. 100% contained.  8 personnel. 2 engines. 2 structures lost. $306,000 CTD.

#PantherFire  (FL) NEW!

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.  5 miles W of Miles City. Southern rough and tall grass. Moderate fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing.1500 acres. 15% contained. 19 personnel. 2 engines. 1 helicopter. $15,000 CTD.

#PineFire (CA)

Los Padres NF. 30 miles NE of Santa Barbara. Timber, chaparral and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  2304 acres. 96% contained. 2 crews. 4 helicopters. $15,400,000 CTD.

Visit http://go.nps.gov/1r7kum for a photo tour of the Fuller Fire.

Fuller Fire (Credit: NPS)

#WestBaldyFire (NM) NEW!

Roswell Field Office, BLM. 20 miles W of Roswell.  Brush and grass. Moderate fire behavior.  422 acres. 40% contained. 28 personnel. 8 engines. $50,000 CTD.

#WinnebagoFire (NV) NEW!

North of I-80 @ Milepost 374 and located East side of Pequo Mtns. Elko County. 1556 acres.  15% contained. 210 personnel fighting the fire.

#YokiFire (AK) NEW!

Galena Zone. BLM. 40 miles E of Kaltag. timber.  Minimal fire behavior. Rain fell over the fire area on Saturday. 187 acres. 0% containment. 0 personnel/resources. $No CTD known.

Sources:  NW Fire Info, CAL Fire, Inciweb, NWICC,, AK Wildfires, AZ Fire Info, Twitter and Facebook.

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U.S. Active Wildfires – Thursday, July 7, 2016

According to the NW InterAgency Coordination Center report for today’s date, here are what Fire Managers/Representatives are reporting:

There were 154 news fires that were addressed through light initial attack attack.  Of those new fires, there was only 1 new large incident, but 14 still remain uncontained.  There is 1 Type 1 IMT and 5 Type 2 IMTs committed.

ALASKA

Iniakuk Lake, Tanana Zone, BLM.  Started on state land 40 mi NW of Bettles. Timber and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with torching, backing, and creeping. Structures threatened. (Last report) #IniakukLakeFire

4630 acres.  0% contained.  16 personnel.  $811,000 (CTD)

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CALIFORNIA

In the Californian region, the Southern Cal region reported 30 new fires with

Appaloosa , Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, Cal Fire. 9 mi SW of Angels Camp, CA. Timber, chaparral, and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  310 acres.  90% contained.  100 personnel.  4 crew. 7 engines.  $1.1 Million (CTD) #AppaloosaFire

Broken.  Coarsgold (Madera County) is now 100% contained at 103 acres.   BrokenFire

Deer, Kern County Fire Department.  7 mi W of Ricardo, CA. Timber, brush, and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  1785 acres. 99% contained. 1118 personnel. 28 crews. 110 engines. 8 helicopters.  $5.2 Million (CTD) #DeerFire

Erskine, Central California District, BLM. One mile southeast of Lake Isabella, CA. Timber, brush, and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Area and trail closures in effect. 48019 acres.  98% contained.  73 personnel.  1 crew.  4 engines. 1 helicopter.  266 structures lost.  $23 Million (CTD).  #ErskineFire

Frame,  Coalinga (Fresno County) remains at 145 acres and 70% contained.  #FrameFire

Pine, Los Padres NF. IMT 2 (Mills). 30 mi NE of Santa Barbara, CA. Timber, chaparral, and brush. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking, and backing. Structures threatened. Road, area, and trail closures in effect.  2058 acres.  30% contained.  693 personnel.  20 crews.  7 engines.  11 helicopters.  $8.1 Million. (CTD)  #PineFire

Trailhead, Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, Transfer of command from Cal Fire IMT 2 (Young) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. Four miles north of Georgetown, CA. Timber, hardwood slash, and hardwood litter. Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. Numerous residences threatened. Trail closures in effect.  5646 acres.  85% containment.  1369 personnel.  31 crews.  67 engines.  15 helicopters.  $23.2 Million.  #TrailheadFire

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COLORADO

Beaver Creek, Routt NF. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (Esperance) back to the local unit will occur today. 24 mi NW of Walden, CO. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Evacuations, road, area, and trail closures in effect. 132,275 acres.  5% containment.  236 personnel.  2 crews.  12 engines.  2 helicopters.  4 structures lost.  $7.9 Million (CTD)  #BeaverCreekFire (Last report).

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HAWAII

Maalaea, Maui County. 2 mi NW of Maalaea, HI. Brush and tall grass. Moderate fire behavior with backing. 4700 acres.  80% containment.  10 personnel.  2 engines.  3 structures lost.  $96,000 (CTD) Last. report. #MaaleaFire

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IDAHO

Buck, Boise NF. IMT 2 (Chadwick). 27 mi SE of Cascade, ID. Timber and tall grass. Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, flanking, and backing. Structures threatened. Road, area, and trail closures in effect.  1235 acres.  25% contained.  327 personnel.  11 crews.  9 engines. 8 helicopters.  $1 Million (CTD).  #BuckFire

Timbered Dome, Butte County. Started on private land 10 miles west of Arco, Idaho. Timber, brush, and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Sage-grouse habitat threatened. 2100 acres.  99 % contained.  96 personnel.  2 crews.  7 engines.  1 helicopter.  $350,000 (CTD) Last. report.

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MONTANA

Observation, Bitterroot NF. IMT 1 (Turman). 10 SW of Hamilton, MT. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with single-tree torching, creeping, and smoldering. Road, area, and trail closures in effect. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.  1429 acres.  30% containment.  650 personnel.  19 crews.  14 engines.  8 helicopters.  $5.4 Million (CTD).  #ObservationFire

Ravalli Hill #2, Flathead Agency, BIA.  1 mi E of Ravalli, MT. Timber and grass. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  527 acres.  90% containment.  5 personnel.  1 engine.  $325,000 (CTD). #RavalliHill2Fire

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NEVADA

Hot Pot, Nevada DOF. IMT 2 (Bird). 35 mi N of Battle Mountain, NV. Brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.   122,390 acres.  80% containment.  468 personnel.  9 crews.  31 engines.  4 helicopters.  4 structures lost.  $2.4 Million (CTD) #HotPotFire

S Fire, Sparks Fire Department. Started on private land 25 mi SE of Sparks, NV. Brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with running and spotting. Structures threatened. 800 acres.  20% containment.  137 personnel.  4 crews.  13 engines.  1 helicopter.  $100,000 (CTD).  #SFire

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NEW MEXICO

San Pasqual, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, FWS. 11 mi S of San Antonio, NM. Chaparral and brush. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and creeping.  720 acres.  50% containment.  75 personnel.  2 crews.  7 engines.  $40,000 (CTD).  #SanPasqualFire

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UTAH

Saddle, Dixie NF. 2 mi S of Pine Valley, UT. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with group torching, short crown runs, and backing. Residences threatened. Road, area, and trail closures in effect. (Last report).  1765 acres.  42% containment.  251 personnel.  6 crews.  5 engines.  5 helicopters.  $10.7 Million (CTD).  #SaddleFire

 

 

 

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