NV | Wilson Creek Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 | JUNE 5, 2021 2330 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –Lightning ignited the WILSON CREEK FIRE, which was reported on Saturday evening, May 20, 2021. It located about 15 miles northeast of Pioche, Nevada in the Ely District Office area on Mt. Wilson.

SIZE UP — 1,598 acres of Timber (litter and understory), dormant brush, hardwood slash, and brush. 80% containment. Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering. Expecting to fully contain on Tuesday, June 8th.

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Credit — Boise Smokejumpers

RESOURCES —  145 firefighters remain assigned to this wildfire incident. There are four Type 1 hand crews, the Arc Dome wildland fire suppression module, three engines, and two water tenders with aerial support from one Type 2 and one Type 3 helicopters.

COMMAND — Bill Panagopoulos, a Type 3 IC.

FIRE OPS — Crews will focus on completing line construction on all divisions and mopping up any remaining threats to the line.

FIRE WEATHER — RED FLAG WARNING in effect until 1200 hours on Sunday, June 6th. Expectations for strong winds and low humidity on Monday.

THREATS — No threats to structures or assets in the fire zone.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NV | Wilson Creek Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 | MAY 31, 2021 | 1000 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –Lightning ignited the WILSON CREEK FIRE and was reported on Saturday evening, May 20th, about 15 miles northeast of Pioche, Nevada in the Ely District Office area on Mt. Wilson.

SIZE UP — 1,536 acres of timber (litter and understory), dormant brush, hardwood slash, and brush. 40% contained. Fire behavior is moderate with group torching, isolated torching and creeping.

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Credit: BLM – Ely District Office

RESOURCES —  Today, there are four Type 1 hand crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew, and eight smokejumpers. Also onsite are five engines, one bulldozer, and two water tenders. One Type 1 helicopter and one Type 2 helicopter are providing aerial support with a total of 167 total personnel.

COMMAND — Harmon, Type 3 IC.

FIRE OPS — Additionally, there are two Type 1 hand crews and one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew worked northward along the west flank of the fire while one Type 1 hand crew worked toward the south. Hand crews were assisted by water drops on the northwest and southwest flanks of the fire.

Expected containment is June 5, 2021 around 2000 hours.

THREATS — No threats to structures or assets in the fire zone.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NV | Wilson Creek Fire | 1

MOUNT WILSON, NV — Lightning ignited the WILSON CREEK FIRE on Saturday evening, May 20th, about 15 miles northeast of Pioche, Nevada in the Ely District Office area.

SIZE UP — 1,536 acres of timber (litter and understory), dormant brush, hardwood slash, and brush. 30% contained. Fire behavior is active with wind-driven runs, uphill runs, group torching.

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Credit: BLM – Ely District Office

RESOURCES — 3 Type 1 hand crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew, and eight smokejumpers, with four engines onsite to provide structure support, if needed, and a bulldozer and two water tenders.  One type 1 helicopter and one Type 2 helicopter are providing aerial support. 

COMMAND — Harmon, Type 3 IC.

FIRE OPERATIONS (per Fire Managers) — Continue inserting hand crews, supported by aircraft. Building line, both direct and indirect, and mop-up areas that are the greatest threat to the radio communication infrastructure.

Hold the fire to the west on the existing ridgeline that separates Mt. Wilson Peak and the Mt. Wilson residential community through the use of air support and insertion of hand crews.

Establish trigger points for future hand crew and air support needs as fire moves into more favorable terrain on the north end.

The fire has crossed into the Wilson Creek drainage which will allow for better crew access to engage and hold the fire from impacting the Mt. Wilson backcountry byway scenic route.

THREATS — No threats to structures or assets in the fire zone.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 5/30/2021 1130 PT

LOYALTON FIRE | CA | UPDATE 2

LOYALTON FIRE

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Photo Credit | TMFPD

UPDATE 2 | AUGUST 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire was sparked by an unknown ignition on August 14th around 1630 hours, is burning 4 miles east of the town of Loyalton and southwest of Mount Ina Coolbirth, California.  It is just north of Reno (Washoe County), Nevada.

CURRENT STATUS

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Fire is still currently at the time of this post was published holding at 20,000 acres with a 5% containment status.  Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs, short-range spotting and running.

The CA Team 10, a Type 2 IMT is currently mobilizing today.

Homes are still being threatened,  prompting evacuations and closures in effect.

The cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $1 Million.

ALERTS!

  • See Evacuation orders for impacted areas
  • RED FLAG WARNING in the Washoe County (NV) area from 0900 – 1900 PT (9am-7pm) for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds. Conditions remain hot/dry.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 about the Loyalton Fire. There are no fires in the Washoe County area.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Plumas, Lassen and Sierra Counties, as well as for the following areas:

  • Chilcoot, south of Hwy 70
  • Long Valley Road and Scott’s Flat Road south of Hwy 70
  • West of Hwy 395 from Hallelujah unction to Cold Springs
  • Cold Springs and Bordertown
  • West side of US 395

ADVISORY EVACUATIONS

Advisory Evacuation orders for the following:

  • Vinton
  • Chilcoot, north of Hwy 70
  • East of 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Cold Springs

EVACUATION SHELTER

  • Washoe County Senior Services. 1155 E 9th Street, Reno, NV. For residents under evacuation advisories.

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Photo Credit | Red Cross Nevada

ROAD CLOSURES

Closures are in effect for:

  • Hwy 70 from Hwy 49 to Hwy 395
  • Hwy 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Border Town
  • UPDATE | Hwy 395 open with CHP escort

RESOURCES

There are 441 total personnel including 11 crews, 35 engines and 6 helos. Resource orders are starting to appear from the Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency (1243) and Arizona Dispatch Center (1310 MST) Comm Centers, sending reinforcements as mutual aid.

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Photo Credit | TMFPD

Incident Cooperators Include: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (CA), Washoe County (NV), Tahoe National Forest. BLM Nevada, Reno FD, EFP Firefighters, Tahoe FFD, Central Lyon FD, Washoe County EQ, Washoe County SO, Tahoe NF, Red Cross.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 

LOYALTON FIRE | CA | UPDATE 1

LOYALTON FIRE

Smoke from a wildfire billowing above a hillside.

PC: BLM

UPDATE 1 | AUGUST 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire was sparked by an unknown ignition on August 14th around 1630 hours, is burning east of the town of Loyalton and southwest of Mount Ina Coolbirth and just north of Reno, Nevada.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire was said to be at least 20,000 acres of timber, sage and grass has been destroyed but fire crews have reached a 5% containment status.

Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs with short-range spotting with rapid rates of spread.  It has forced many evacuations, road closures and creating its very own and dangerous fire tornadoes.

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PC: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue

The fire jumped Highway 395 with vehicles stuck on the road.  Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue’s Brush Engine 44 provided cover as they worked tirelessly and under pressure to help assist drivers evacuate the area. No injuries were reported. (1926 PT)

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Plumas, Lassen and Sierra Counties, as well as for the following areas:

  • Chilcoot, south of Hwy 70
  • Long Valley Road and Scott’s Flat Road south of Hwy 70
  • West of Hwy 395 from Hallelujah unction to Cold Springs

ADVISORY EVACUATIONS

Advisory Evacuation orders for the following:

  • Vinton
  • Chilcoot, north of Hwy 70
  • East of 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Cold Springs

ROAD CLOSURES

Closures are in effect for:

  • Hwy 70 from Hwy 49 to Hwy 395
  • Hwy 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Border Town

RESOURCES

There are approximately 441 total personnel that represent many California and Nevada fire agencies.

Incident Cooperators Include: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (CA), Washoe County (NV), Tahoe National Forest. BLM Nevada, Reno FD, EFP Firefighters, Tahoe FFD, Central Lyon FD.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 0225 PT

Wildfire Sit Reps | Nevada | July 22, 2020

This is the Official report of Wildfires that are currently burning, contained or are out on this Wednesday, July 22, 2020, for the State of Nevada.

FIRE FACT | There were 13 new wildfires reported in the last 24 hours. – NIFC

============ NEW WILDFIRES =========

COTTONWOOD FIRE

USFS – Humboldt-Toiyabe NF. IMT Type 2 (GB Team 6).  35 miles east of Pahrump. Short grass. Moderate fire behavior.  Short runs, creeping and smoldering. Communications infrastructure and structures threatened. Area/roads/trail closures in effect.

Photo Credit | USFS – Humboldt-Toiyabe NF

2,834 acres. 5% contained. Minimal fire growth overnight.  173 personnel. 2 crews, 11 engines and 5 helicopters. $500,000 CTD.

======== ONGOING WILDFIRES =========

BIG SUMMIT FIRE

BLM – Ely District.  17 miles NE of Panaca, along the Nevada-Utah state line near Hamilin Valley, Utah.  IMT Type 2 (GB Team 5). Detected 7/13/2020. Timber, brush and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior. Isolated torching and creeping. 100% containment status is due to be reached this evening.  Started in Nevada and quickly burned into the State of Utah.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Big Summit Fire, July 15

8,461 acres. 91% contained. 473 personnel. 12 crews, 16 engines, 5 helicopters. $6.4 Million CTD.  1 structure lost.  Command will transition back to the District on Thursday under the command of a Type 4 IC.

CEDAR FIRE

Elko County. 15 miles south of Elko. Timber, brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior.  Single-tree torching and short crown runs. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Photo Credit | BLM – Nevada

Firefighters are currently using heavy equipment and air support resources to contain the fire and working towards the objective of reaching a 100% containment status soon.  Continuing fire suppression efforts using direct attack remains fully engaged with ground and air support on the southern portion of fire and patrolling of current contained areas.

Fire is moving away from the Twin Bridges and Lucky Nugget communities.

6,000 acres. 30% contained. 258 personnel. 8 crews, 10 engines and 2 helicopters. $750,000.

STEWART CANYON FIRE

BLM – Ely District.  14 miles east of Alamo and 90 miles north of Las Vegas.  Timber, brush and short grass. Lightning caused. Start 7/19/2020 12:15pm. Minimal fire behavior.  Isolated torching and creeping.  100% containment is expected to be reached on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

12,710 acres. 25% contained. 219 personnel. 5 crews, 12 engines and 5 helicopters. $750,000 CTD.  No private property or structures are threatened.

========== CONTAINED WILDFIRES ==========

SHAFTER FIRE

20 miles NW of Wendover. Elko County.  3,141 acres. 100% contained. 105 personnel with 4 crews, 1 engine and 1 helicopter.  $829,000 CTD.

=== PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ===

DRONES

“Even a tiny drone can cause a serious or fatal accident if it collides with firefighting aircraft. In most situations, if drones are spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft must land due to safety concerns. This prolongs firefighting operations; in many cases, wildfires become larger when aircraft are not able to drop fire retardant, water, monitor wildfires from above, or provide tactical information to firefighters. Homes and other values at risk could burn needlessly, firefighters or others could be injured, or worst of all, a fatal accident could occur.” – BLM Fire and Aviation

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HEAT AND YOUR HEALTH

“With temperatures in the high 90’s and low 100’s this weekend, remember to stay hydrated and give yourself a way to stay cool whether you are out working or playing this weekend.  This is to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses.” – US NWS – Elko, NV

========== SOCIAL MEDIA ==========

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/22/2020 1415 PT

Wildfire Sit Reps | Nevada| July 18, 2020

This is the Official report of Wildfires that are currently burning or have been put out on Saturday, July 18, 2020, for the State of Nevada.  This is the evening update.

FIRE WEATHER REPORTS

“More of the same can be expected next week. Highs in the 90’s to near 100. Dry and warm weather seems to be locked in.” – US NWS Elko, NV

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========== ONGOING WILDFIRES ==========

BIG SUMMIT FIRE

17 miles NE of Panaca, along the Nevada-Utah state line near Hamilin Valley, Utah.  Detected 7/13/2020.

Photo Credit | BLM Nevada

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8,602 acres in ctricially dry grass, brush and pinyon-juniper vegetation.  15% contained. 337 total personnel, 4 Type 1 crews. 9 Type 2 hand crews, 6 engines, 4 dozers, 1 Type 1 helicopter, 2 Type 2 helicopters and 2 Type 3 helicopters.  Great Basin Team 5 (Type 2 IMT) assumed command 7/17/2020 at 0600 PDT.

1 structure lost.

$4.2 Million cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment costs.

SHAFTER FIRE

20 miles NW of Wendover. Elko County.  Extreme fire behavior. Running, torching and flanking.

Photo Credit | Bureau of Land Management – Nevada (BLM NV)

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3,130 acres. 10% contained. 93 personnel. 2 crews, 9 engines and 1 helicopter. $200,000 CTD. Start 7/17/2020.

========== CONTAINED, OUT WILDFIRES ==========

EDGEWATER FIRE

Edgewater Drive x Spring Creek. IC:  Kizer.  Dispatched 1434 PDT. Contained/controlled 1801 PDT. 2.46 acres.

NORTH LENA FIRE

East of Fish Spring, Pinenuts. B3362, 3665, 621, 3901 and 3902 dispatched at 1716 PDT.  Forward progression stopped.  Units released. BLM assumed command of final mop-up operations at 1834 PT. This is on Federal lands. 1 acre of pinyon and juniper.

RATTLE FIRE

Rattlesnake Mountain. Washoe County. TM BC30 IC. 7.95 acres.  Dispatched 0239 PT.

=== PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ===

DRONES

“Even a tiny drone can cause a serious or fatal accident if it collides with firefighting aircraft. In most situations, if drones are spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft must land due to safety concerns. This prolongs firefighting operations; in many cases, wildfires become larger when aircraft are not able to drop fire retardant, water, monitor wildfires from above, or provide tactical information to firefighters. Homes and other values at risk could burn needlessly, firefighters or others could be injured, or worst of all, a fatal accident could occur.” – BLM Fire and Aviation

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HEAT AND YOUR HEALTH

“With temperatures in the high 90’s and low 100’s this weekend, remember to stay hydrated and give yourself a way to stay cool whether you are out workin gof playing this weekend.  This is to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses.” – US NWS – Elko, NV

========== SOCIAL MEDIA ==========

HAGTAGS

#NVwildfires  #FireSeason2020

FOLLOW US!

Twitter @nwfireblog –  Facebook @nwfireblog – Instagram – nw fire blog

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/18/2020 2145 PDT

JUNE 28, 2020 | MAHOGANY FIRE | NEVADA

UPDATE 1 – JUNE 28, 2020

PHOTO CREDIT | Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

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INCIDENT SUMMARY.   The MAHOGANY FIRE started this afternoon.  The fire was said to be at about 15 acres around 1459 hours PT when firefighters were first dispatched.

The fire is to be located 24 miles north/west of the Las Vegas Strip near Mt. Charleston.

PHOTO CREDIT | Humboldt Toiyabe NF

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CURRENT STATUS.  Fire behavior is extreme, wind-driven and potentially spotting.  The fire has exploded into 5,000 acres of pinyon juniper and brush and has a 10% containment status.

Fire weather as of 2000 PT consists of 12% relative humidty, temps of 95*F degrees with winds out of the south/southwest at 32 miles-per-hour.  Visibility is very good at 10 miles. (2000 hours PT)

PHOTO CREDIT | Humboldt Toiyabe NF

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EVACUATIONS.   The Clark County Spring Mountain Youth Camp and Lee Canyon have been evacuated.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  NWS Las Vegas. NV Fire Cameras. BLM. Las Vegas Metro PD. Las Vegas FD. Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest. Red Cross Nevada.

RESOURCES.  Aircraft have been grounded due to high winds.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA.  Eyewitness accounts of this fire through various social media platforms.

“I can see the [fire] from Mt. Charleston Hotel, as it bends around the corner.”

As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse….”

Fire can be seen growing as seen from Kyle Canyon Road.”

HASHTAGS.  #MahoganyFire #NVwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2025 PT

 

 

Update 2 | #PeavineFire | Nevada

Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest | Fire assets from the USDA Forest Service, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and the Reno Fire Department responded to a brush fire about five miles up Peavine Mountain on Saturday afternoon.

The fire was originally at 15-acres is now well into 30-acres destroyed.  Fire crews have reached a 15% containment status and are expected to remain overnight into Sunday morning.

Smoke is said to be expected to impact communities of Stead, Lemmon Valley, Sun Valley. Red Rock and Spanish Springs, which are north and northeast of the fire in Washoe County, Nevada.

The fire started from an unknown ignition and is currently under investigation.

Photo Credit | Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest

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Current weather conditions are 39*F with winds from the north and gusts up to two-miles-per-hour.  There is a 10-mile visibility with conditions being fair and partially cloudy.

#RenoFire #TruckeeMeadowsFireProtectionDistrict #RenoFirefighters #PeavineFire #USFS #Nevada #PeavineMtn

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 2145 hours PST

NEW | #PeavineFire | Nevada

Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest | Firefighters from the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Reno Fire Department responded to a 15-acre brush fire about five miles up the Peavine Mountain in Washoe County, Nevada.

It was said to be burning behind the Reno-Stead airport.

Photo Credit | TMFPD

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This occurred on Saturday, February 1, 2020, around 1615 hours PST.

Six engines and three water tenders were immediately deployed to suppress the fire.

No threats to structures or lives, nor any injuries to firefighters were reported.

Photo Credit | Reno Fire Department

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The cause is unknown and under investigation.

#RenoFire #TruckeeMeadowsFireProtectionDistrict #RenoFirefighters #PeavineFire #USFS #Nevada #PeavineMtn

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 1915 hours PST