The Wildfire Log | Shady Fire, a NW Wildfire | 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire sparked by lightning was reported on the evening of July 10th.  It is located about two miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District in Idaho.

This fire is also located on the Salmon-Challis National Forest lands.

Shady Fire July 12, 2019

Shady Fire photo taken on July 12, 2019. | Courtesy: Inciweb

Resources | There are currently 23 fire personnel assigned to this incident with the ICs are Currie and Trainee Donati.

Fire Behavior | At this time, the fire behavior is moderate with short uphill and short wind-driven runs.  Activity on the fire’s edge is also moderate.

Current Status | Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards ID’d values at risk and will continue to ID further assets in the fire perimeter.

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #ShadyFire #IDwildfires2019     You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog for live fire coverage on local and national incidents.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

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 Report: New Fire in Colorado’s San Juan NF

UPDATE 1.  JUNE 28, 2019. FRIDAY.

A new wildfire named the DOE CANYON FIRE ignited on the afternoon of June 20, 2019.  It is located about 10 miles southeast of Dove Creek, Colorado on the San Juan National Forest.

Forest Service Firefighter Alex Henderson works in the smoke on the Doe Canyon Fire.

Courtesy: Inciweb

This was a lightning caused wildfire.  About 1,075 acres of timber has been consumed with an 29% containment status.

Fire behavior is reported as moderate with flanking, backing and with short-range spotting and is said to be more or less low intensity at the time of this was posted.

Image may contain: tree, outdoor and nature

Credit: USFS – San Juan NF

There are approximately 56 total personnel assigned along with 3 crews and 3 engines.

Firefighters will continue to hold the fire within its containment lines and use low-intensity burnout operations to keep it from a nearby RX fire a few miles away.

Area closures are being reported.

The total cost of fire suppression and containment expenses to date have reached $169,000.

FUN FACTS:

The San Juan National Forest is a Forest in the United States that covers 1,878,846 acres in an approximate 2,936 square mile area located in the western portion of the State of Colorado.  It manages lands inside the Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande, San Miguel and San Juan Counties.

It borders the Uncompahgre National Forest to the north and the Rio Grande National Forest to the east.  It covers most of the southern portion of the San Juan Mountains, which is west of the Continental Divide.  It is also home to two alpine wilderness areas, the Weminuche and the South San Juan, as well as the Piedra Rea.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2130 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 27

Update 7 | June 27, 2019 | Thursday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.

This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

Near Four Ranch

Near Four Ranch, Arizona | Courtesy: Inciweb

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Current Status | Officials are still reporting minimal fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. The fire has burned 123,404 acres and has a 68% containment status.

Resources | Fire personnel have dramatically dropped down to 538 from the nearly 900-plus only a few days ago.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $18.9 Million Dollars.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2005 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 25

Update 6 | June 25, 2019 | Tuesday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.  This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

The now 115,750-acre wildfire is listed as the State’s sixth largest fire.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 48% containment status.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Minimal fire activity allowing Fire Managers, however they expect this incident to be far from over as they are still working on gaining full suppression and it burning for the next few weeks.  Fire Officials are asking the public NOT to report smoke from this fire, as they are monitoring the current fire situation.

Fire Resources | There are still a reported 931 fire personnel, along with 18 crews, 45 engines and  helicopters that are showing still assigned but the IC has started the process of releasing them.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Evacuations | The Gila County Sheriff Office has lifted all evacuation orders and notifications.

Closures | All roadways have been reopened, as well as the highway.  The Tonto National Monument remains CLOSED.

Fire Images | Check out some of these amazing WOODBURY FIRE images posted all over Social Media:

June 25, 2019:

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

The many grateful firefighters and communities that came together. | Credit: Tonto NF

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $16,000,000.

For a fire this large, we are are happily to report 0 structures destroyed, which say a lot about the men and women behind the scenes, from the skies above, on the fire line and those who support them all.  Thank you!

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/25/2019 @ 2100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 24

Update 5 | June 24, 2019 | Monday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE is burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but is moving out of the area.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior consists of being active, uphill runs, flanking and backing.

Cause | The fire began on Saturday, June 8th from an unknown ignition that is currently under investigation.  It was determined to be human caused.

Fire Resources | 931 total personnel.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Fire Size, Containment Status | 112,899 acres. 48% contained.

FIRE FACT | The WOODBURY FIRE is now the 6th largest fire in AZ History.

Expected containment is July 15, 2019 around midnight.

Credit: NWS Phoenix

High Value Assets |  Structure protection has been a high priority task to fire crews, whom have been working non-stop protecting these areas:

  • Tonto National Monument
  • 115kv power lines
  • 500kv power lines – major line
  • Carlotta mines & mine infrastructure
  • Transportation corridors
  • Commercial properties
  • Private homes
  • Rec areas
  • Riparian waterways
  • Endangered species, such as the Mexican Spotted Owl
  • Sonoran Desert ecosystem

Evacuations | Shelter for evacuees is located at the Lee Kornegay Intermediate School. 4735 S Ragus Road, Miami, AZ.

Evacuee Resources | For evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters, call 928-402-8888.

Closures | Tonto NF closures:  https://bit.ly/31O2Ih4.  AZ DOT closures:  https://az511.gov/

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS | Firefighters save a 700-year-old Salado cliff dwelling found at the Tonto National Monument Park.

Fire in Images | Here are some incredible fire images coming out of this incident from official government agencies and public organizations splashing these photos all over Social Media.

June 24, 2019:

The Incident Management Team is happy to report that no structures have been lost to date from the WOODBURY FIRE.  Efforts to protect values in the Highway 188 corridor in Roosevelt have been successful.  Lakeview Park is one of these values protected – Tonto National Forest.

Credit: Tonto NF

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/24/2019 2215 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

The Wildfire Log | Jordan Fire | CA | 1

TULARE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Update 1 | Monday, June 10, 2019 | 1945 hours PDT

Incident Summary | A wildfire started on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9, 2019, which is located in the Golden Trout Wilderness is west of Black Rock.  The fire appears to be burning downslope towards Jordan Hot Springs.

Incident Name | It has been named the JORDAN FIRE.

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Credit: USFS – Inyo NF

Size Up | The fire is approximately 150 acres and burning in the 2002 McNally fire burn scar.

Cause | Fire Managers have determined the the cause was related to lightning which was active in the area just before the fire ignited.

Challenges Faced | Fire crews are challenged with large amount of dead standing trees and downed logs, as well as thick decadent brush.  Personnel were expected to be helicoptered in to assess the needs of the fire and to determine what fire tactics are needed.

Credit: Sequoia NF

Resources | Resources include:  one helicopter, two crews and one engine.   Additional resources are on order.   The Inyo NF’s Type 3 Organization has been activated.   Personnel from neighboring Sequoia NF was also en route to assist in the wildfire fight.

Areas Open | The Golden Trout Wilderness is posting on their Social Media that the area is opened and has several roadway entrances that hikers and campers can easily access.

Alerts | The Inyo National Forest’s Mammoth and Mono Basin Visitor’s Centers will not be issuing fuelwood permits during the week of June 9-15, 2019.

How to Be Fire Smart | 

Give Smokey a hand! Follow these rules for campfire safety and wildfire prevention:

1. Make sure you are at a site that allows campfires.
2. Make sure there are no burn bans and it’s not too windy.
3. Lastly, Smokey’s friends never play with matches, lighters, lighter fluid or other flammable liquids.

For more campfire safety visit: https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Maroon Fire | AZ | 2

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 5, 2019

Incident Summary

A wildfire is burning about 13 miles NE of Flagstaff, Arizona that has destroyed 8,602 acres of ponderosa, juniper, Pinyon pines, grasses and brush fuels.  Today, Fire Managers reduced the number of burned lands due to a more accurate mapping.

The wildfire is located in the Coconino National Forest and off of Leupp Road near Maroon Crater, hence,is  how the fire was named the Maroon Fire.

Current Fire Status

Fire behavior is now minimal with backing and single-tree torching.   Crews have reached 50% containment status.  About 8,605 acres have been burned.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the perimeter.  Over the next few weeks, they will also ID and put out any hot spots along containment lines, as well as mop-up operations.  This will include removal of hazard trees along public areas and safety for all.

The Fire burns next to two transmission lines north of Flagstaff. | Credit: Western Area Power

FIRE FACT | More than 680 fires have burned 21,908 acres on National Forest System lands in 2019. – ForestService_NIFC

Fire Activities

During this incident, the Forest Service deployed a drone to assist crews with aerial and operations – a first, for the Agency on any wildfire.  It is definitely one for the history books.

Resources

There are currently 40 personnel with a drop in 29 in the last 24 hours.  There are still two crews with four engines assigned to this incident.  er.

A Type 3 IMT team assumed Command of the Fire on May 27, 2019.

Costs-To-Date

Costs-to-Date as of the date of this post have reached an all-time high of $1.3 Million, up $100,000 from yesterday’s fire activities on Tuesday, June 4th.

Credit: ForestService_NIFC

Cause

The fire was caused by lightning.  Its origin was detected to have started on Thursday, May 16th around 1546 hours MST.

Damage Assessments

No structures have been reportedly lost or damaged.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/5/2019 @ 1830 PDT

The Wildfire Log | Maroon Fire | AZ | 1

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA

Incident Summary

A wildfire called the Maroon Fire is burning about 13 miles NE of Flagstaff, Arizona that has destroyed 9,000 acres of ponderosa, juniper, Pinyon pines, grasses and brush fuels in the Coconino National Forest.   It is located off of Leupp Road near Maroon Crater.

It is still burning in a cinder basin east of Flagstaff and slowed accordingly.

The Fire burns next to two transmission lines north of Flagstaff. | Credit: Western Area Power

FIRE FACT | More than 680 fires have burned 21,908 acres on National Forest System lands in 2019. – ForestService_NIFC

Fire Activities

Fire crews have successfully attained a 20% containment status and are working towards a full and total containment status.

On May 29th, firefighters established 1,000 acres of control lines and successful burnout operations to reinforce control lines.

Maroon Fire

Courtesy: Inciweb

HISTORICAL FACTS  | Maroon Crater was used for WWII artillery training and possible unexploded ordnances could be off the designated roadways. Firefighters will take extreme care when working in this area.

Credit | Coconino NF

For the very first time in Arizona’s fire history, a drone (unmanned aircraft system) was deployed into the field to assist with aerial ignitions and operations.

Fire Conditions

Photo taken 6/3/2019 at 7K acres | Credit: Coconino NF

Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single tree torching has been reported by Fire Managers.

Resources

There are 120 total personnel including two crews, eight engines and one helicopter.

A Type 3 IMT team assumed Command of the Fire on May 27, 2019.  The IC is Preston Mercer.

Costs-To-Date

Credit: ForestService_NIFC

The total fire suppression and containment costs have topped at $1.2 Million.

Cause

The fire was caused by lightning.  Its origin was detected to have started on Thursday, May 16th around 1546 hours MST.

Damage Assessments

No structures have been reportedly lost or damaged.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/4/2019 @ 2220 PDT