Day 11 | The Best of the NW Fire Blog in Fire Images | 365 Photo Challenge

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER  | BOISE, IDAHO

We took a long road trip in September of 2019, stopping and photographing some points-of-interests along the way.  

Fire Fact | 159 USFS wildland firefighters and DOI fire personnel have been deployed to assist with the  Australian bushfires intermittently throughout December 2019 and January 2020.

Though we were on the outside looking in, it was pretty hectic as firefighters responded to the Center ready for deployment and coordination of resources.

Fire Fact | There is a current resource request from Australia for additional U.S. fire mutual aid, which is being coordinated through the NIFC.

It was great to see this is a large organization with multiple facets of fire-related activities at this Center, covering very large areas of real estate.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER (NIFC)

The National Interagency Fire Center located at the Boise Airport in Idaho and is compromised of 55 acres.  It has areas for firefighting equipment, aircraft ramp operations, aircraft retardant tanker operations and administrative functions supporting the mission of wildland fire and other emergencies.

Their main focus is wildland firefighting but they also support other emergency responses, such as flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, riots and terrorist attacks.

Located at the NIFC are the Great Basin Cache and Returns Warehouse, National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), Radio cache, Remoted automated weather stations, Smokejumpers and tours.

They have a great website that provides a lot of fire situation reports, national news and other fire-related information, which can be found at https://www.nifc.gov/

Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 0800 – 1630 hours MST.  There are tours that you can take that usually are available by reservation only.  This is generally during the week and are available by calling for a reservation. The one-to-two hour tour is usually available outside of fire peak season which is during the months of June through September.

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NEW! #Compartment4Fire | Naples Florida | 1

COMPARTMENT 4 FIRE

Fire Fact:  There were 307 new fires reported with three being new large incidents and two as not being contained and still burning in the Southern Area of the U.S.  This includes states in Oklahoma and Florida. (Source:  NIFC)

Incident Summary | A Wildfire has broken out in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Preserve, about 10 miles east of Naples, Florida.  Fire fuels include southern rough.

Resources | There are about 12 personnel assigned to this fire along with seven engines from the Florida Wildlife Service (FWS).

Fire Conditions |  Fire behavior is moderate with flanking.  Firefighters have reached an 80% containment status.

Damage Assessment |  The fire has scorched 882 acres of land and there has been a cost-to-date of $15,000.

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U.S. Wildland Fires | SitRep | Feb 25, 2016

FIRE SUMMARY

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 36 new large Wildfires were reported this week alone sparking no debate that the Fire Season has officially begun. Fires were reportedly primarily 5 States: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida.

Located in the Southern area, 315 new fires were reported.  Additionally, 30 new large incidents were reported along with 8 of them being not contained fires.  28 Fires were contained by U.S. Firefighters.

Approximately 34,688 combined acres have been scorched.  States are currently still reporting fire info even at the time of this post.

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Grand Bature Wildfire. Credit: USFWS

ACTIVE U.S. WILDFIRES

ARKANSAS

5 Mile

12 miles NE of Broken Arrow. Agency:  Ozark &  St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 6 Personnel.  3 Engines.  692 acres. 60% contained.  Timber and hardwood litter. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and flanking.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $200,000.

MISSISSIPPI

Grand Bature

Grand Bay Wildlife Refuge [Fish & Wildland Services], 4 East of Pascagoula.  12 Personnel.  1 Engine. 1 Helo.  4349 acres. 90% contained.  Tall grass, southern rough and timber.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  Structures threatened.  Trail closures in effect. Estimated Cost-to-Date $235,000.

OKLAHOMA

Big Bluestem  

10 miles W of Pawhuska. Osage Field Office [BIA].  10 Personnel.  3 Engines.  989 acres. 80% contained.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $11,000.

Buffalo

8 miles W of Buffalo.   Oklahoma DOF.  18,000 acres. 30% contained.  107 personnel. 40 Engines. Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting. Structures threatened.   Tall grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $50,000.

Fife  

3 miles W of Hanna.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  19 Personnel.  2 Crews.  3 Engines. 462 acres.  70% contained.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $10,000.

Gap  

30 miles SE of McAlester.  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  6 personnel. 900 acres.  75% contained.  Hardwood litter and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $5,000.

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Grand Bature Fire. Credit: USFWS

Pawnee Cove

10 miles W of  Terlton.  Osage Agency [BIA].  128 Personnel. 50 Engines. 2500 acres.  20% contained.   Tall grass and hardwood litter.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs.  Numerous structures threatened.  Evacuations and road closures in effect. 50 Structures lost. Estimated Cost-to-Date $75,000.

Sand Creek

6 miles SW of Henryetta.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 18 Personnel.  9 Engines. 4950 acres.  15% contained.   Hardwood litter and tall grass.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting.  Numerous structures threatened. Estimated Cost-to-Date $25,000.

Southfork

7 miles NE of Clayton.  SE area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  12 Personnel.  5 Engines. 820 acres.  50% contained. Hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with running.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $20,000.

Tree Farm

8 miles W of Sapulpa.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  23 Personnel.  2 Crew. 3 Engines. 1126 acres.  40% contained. Hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened.  Estimated Cost-To-Date $5,000.

Grand Bature Fire. Credit: USFWS

Grand Bature Fire. Credit: USFWS

YEAR TO DATE STATS [from January 1st – February 19th]

  • 2016:  2395 Fires.  78,962 acres.
  • 2015:  2871 Fires.   26,847 acres.
  • 2014:  3095 Fires.   42,558 acres.
  • 2013:  1569 Fires.   10,961 acres.
  • 2012: 2889 Fires.   62,533 acres.
  • 2011:  2996 Fires.   52,391 acres.
  • 2010: 1407 Fires.   21,461 acres.

Since 2006 – 2015, the average of fires have been around 3900+ and scorching over 110,000 acres.

WEATHER FORECAST

A relatively progressive flow across the U.S. this week will provide an active weather pattern with a series of storms progressing from West to East.

This will include the northwest quarter of the Nation as well as northern California and the Great Basin. The exception will be across the southwest and Plains regions this weekend where dry weather will continue.

This prolonged dry period will transition on Sunday with showers and thunderstorms developing over the central and southern Plains.

Showers and thunderstorms will expand along a frontal boundary through the southeast and Mid-Atlantic by the middle of next week before spreading north along the east coast.

Late next week, a ridge of high pressure will attempt to strengthen along the Pacific coast with an overall drier and warmer pattern developing. [NIFC]

PREPAREDNESS LEVEL

Level 1.

 

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National Fires | SitRep | Feb 23, 2016

According to the Natonal Interagency Fire Center, 36 new large Wildfires were reported this week alone sparking no debate that the Fire Season has officially begun. Fires were reportedly primarily 5 States: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida.

Firefighters were able to 28 of those fires this week.  Approximately 34,688 combined acres have been scorched.  States are currently still reporting fire info even at the time of this post.

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Grand Bature Wildfire. Credit: USFWS

U.S. WILDFIRES

ARKANSAS

  • 5 Mile:  12 miles NE of Broken Arrow. Agency:  Ozark &  St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 692 acres. 60% contained.
  • Big Point: Agency: Ozark & St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 4122 acres. 100% contained.

FLORIDA

  • Wood Lake: National Forests in Florida [Forest Service].  1004 acres.  100% contained.
  • Norwalk: National Forests in Florida [Forest Service].  309 acres. 100% contained.

HAWAII

  • Puu Anahulu:  Hawaii County [County Fire].  300 acres. 100% contained.

KANSAS

  • 121st Road:  Cowley County [County Fire].  300 acres. 100% contained.

MISSISSIPPI

  • Grand Bature: Grand Bay Wildlife Refuge [Fish & Wildland Services], 4 East of Pascagoula. 4349 acres. 90% contained.
  • Ansley:  Forestry Commission [Private].  798 acres. 100% contained.
  • Lower Bay:  Forestry Commission [Private].  886 acres. 100% contained.
  • Ranch Road:  Forestry Commission [Private].  600 acres. 100% contained.

MISSOURI

  • Big Creek:  Mark Twain NF [Forest Service].  1178 acres. 100% contained.
  • High Hill: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service]. 231 acres. 100% contained.
  • Silo: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service]. 178 acres. 100% contained.
  • Merriam Cemetery: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service].  110 acres. 100% contained.

NEW MEXICO

  • Valentin Complex:  Captain District, State Forestry. 1083 acres. 100% contained.
  • Rumuda:  Mascatero Agency {BIA]. 619 acres. 100% contained.

OKLAHOMA

  • Big Bluestem:  10 miles W of Pawhuska. Osage Field Office [BIA].  989 acres. 80% contained.
  • Buffalo:  8 miles W of Buffalo.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 18,000 acres. 30% contained.
  • Fife:   3 miles W of Hanna.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  462 acres.  70% contained.
  • Gap:  30 miles SE of McAlester.  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  900 acres.  75% contained.
  • Pawnee Cove:  10 miles W of  Terlton.  Osage Agency [BIA].  2500 acres.  20% contained.
  • Sand Creek:   6 miles SW of Henryetta.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 4950 acres.  15% contained.
  • Southfork:   12 miles NE of Broken Bow. SE area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  820 acres.  50% contained.
  • Tree Farm:  8 miles W of Sapulpa.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  1126 acres.  90% contained.
  • Coyote:  SE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  1000 acres.  100% contained.
  • Coyote [2]:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  350 acres.  100% contained.
  • Dead Mule:  EastCentral Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 300 acres. 100% contained.
  • Dipping Vat:  East Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  275 acres. 100% contained.
  • Gilmore:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  300 acres.  100% contained.
  • Jackson:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  746 acres. 100% contained.
  • Miner:  NE Area, Dept of Forestry [ST].  400 acres.  100 contained.
  • Monster:  NE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  500 acres. 100 contained.
  • No Way:  Eastern Area Oklahoma [BIA]. 326 acres. 100% contained.
  • Pear Grove:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  116 acres. 100% contained
  • Quinton:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  1070 acres. 100% contained.
  • Rock Pit:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  260 acres.  100% contained.
  • Suicide Hill:  Eastern Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  540 acres.  100% contained.
  • Teresita:  NE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  350 acres.  100% contained.
  • Tucker Knob:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  200 acres.  100% contained.
  • Weber Mountain:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  300 acres.  100% contained.

TEXAS

  • Carol Ranch:  TX Forest Service [PR1]. 2125 acres. 100% contained
  • CR440:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  866 acres. 100% contained.
  • Crossfire:  TX Forest Service [ST]. 327 acres.  100% contained.
  • Estate:  TX Forest Service [ST]. 1000 acres. 100% contained.
  • FM998:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  3987 acres.  100% contained.
  • Jim Ned Road:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  300 acres. 100% contained.
  • Powerline:  Big Bend Natl Park [NPS].  1790 acres. 100% contained.
  • Watts:  TX Forest Service [FS].  1306 acres.  100% contained.

YEAR TO DATE STATS [from January 1st – February 19th]

  • 2016:  2395 Fires.  78,962 acres.
  • 2015:  2871 Fires.   26,847 acres.
  • 2014:  3095 Fires.   42,558 acres.
  • 2013:  1569 Fires.   10,961 acres.
  • 2012: 2889 Fires.   62,533 acres.
  • 2011:  2996 Fires.   52,391 acres.
  • 2010: 1407 Fires.   21,461 acres.

Since 2006 – 2015, the average of fires have been around 3900+ and scorching over 110,000 acres.

WEATHER FORECAST

A relatively progressive flow across the U.S. this week will provide an active weather pattern with a series of storms progressing from West to East. This will include the northwest quarter of the Nation as well as northern California and the Great Basin. The exception will be across the southwest and Plains regions this weekend where dry weather will continue. This prolonged dry period will transition on Sunday with showers and thunderstorms developing over the central and southern Plains. Showers and thunderstorms will expand along a frontal boundary through the southeast and Mid-Atlantic by the middle of next week before spreading north along the east coast. Late next week, a ridge of high pressure will attempt to strengthen along the Pacific coast with an overall drier and warmer pattern developing. [NIFC]

PREPAREDNESS LEVEL

We are currently at a Level 1.

[c] 2016 The #NWFireBlog