National Fire Activity Report| April 15, 2016

THE NUMBERS ARE RELEASED

The following report was released from the National Interagency Coordination Center for the week of April 8-14, 2016.

During this week, 729 new fires were reported as Light Initial Fire Activity incidents.  Of those, 17 were new large events and crews were able to contain 20 large fires.  Six [6] remain not contained.

Though the number of fires are showing a downturn at this time of year [based off of April 15, 2016] down to 12,272  since its prior years in 2015, of 13,286 and listed as 16,470 in 2014 – it is clearly a sign of land burning much more rapidly.

In 2016, 1,381,078 acres have been consumed, while at this time of year in 2015, only 297,023 acres and even a lesser amount of 226,291 in 2014.  Times have changed and the numbers do not lie.  The proof lies here and some, have already began early recruitment and staffing up for when the Firestorm attempts to burn up the landscape like it did in 2015.  Reinforcements will be ready for Mother Nature’s fury, when she most likely will strike.

STATES ALREADY TOUCHED BY FIRE

Arkansas.  1 new. 1 contained.

Arizona.  0 new. 1 contained.

Florida.  3 new. 1 contained. 3 still burning.

  • Long Pine Key.  Everglades NP.  12 miles SW of Homestead. 3780 acres. Timber & brush. Moderate fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 65% contained. 59 personnel. 1 crew. 10 engines. 2 helicopters. $341,000 cost-to-date.
  •  Relay.  Florida Forest Service.  7 miles SW of Favoretta.  Southern rough.  Min. fire behavior.  400 acres. 85% contained.  6 personnel.  6 engines. No cost-to-date.
  •  Still Road.  Florida Forest Service.  3 miles NE of Barberville. Southern rough.  Min. fire behavior.  205 acres.  95% contained.  6 personnel.  1 helicopter. No cost-to-date available.

Kansas.  0 new. 1 contained.

Mississippi.  2 new. 2 contained.

Montana.  2 new.  1 contained.  1 still burning.

  • Elk Hill.  Lewis & Clark National Forest. 21 miles NE of Augusta.  Min. fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Trail closures are in effect. 1089 acres.  80% contained.  32 personnel.  1 crew.  2 helicopters.  $575,000 cost-to-date.

New Mexico.  0 new.  1 contained.

North Carolina.  2 new.  2 contained.

Oklahoma.  4 new.  6 contained.  2 still burning.

  • 350 Complex.  Department of Forestry.  6 miles N of Woodward.  Tall grass, brush and timber. Min. fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 57,167 acres. 92% contained. 37 personnel.  5 engines.  $900,000 cost-to-date.
  • Top Hat.  Osage Agency.  2 miles S of Hominy.  Hardwood litter.  Min. fire behavior.  1,544 acres.  95% contained.  3 personnel.  1 engine.  $22,000 cost-to-date.

South Dakota.  0 new.  1 contained.

Tennessee.  1 new.  3 contained.

Virginia.  2 new.  2 contained.

 

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Wildfires in the United States | Week of March 25 – 31, 2016

Fire incidents are reported weekly to the National Interagency Coordination Center, based out of Montana and are given in this post.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

Fire Representatives from across the United States for the week of March 25 through March 31, 2016, there were 670 fires reported.  Approximately, 22 of them were s large fire incidents with 21 of them being contained.  There is still 13 of them showing as not contained.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS BY AREA

SOUTHERN AREA 

Fire Summary:  459 new fires. 17 large incidents.  12 uncontained fires.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – NPS

Tarpon.  26 miles W of Homestead, FL.  Tall grass.  Moderate fire behavior.  340 Acres. 60% Containment. 3 Personnel. 1 Helicopter. Unknown Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

KY DEPT. OF FORESTRY

Brushy Creek.  9 miles S of Portsmouth, OH.  Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior with backing, flanking and smoldering.  Rain has occurred over the are. 150 Acres. 98% Contained. 10 Personnel. $1,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

Flat Hollow.  2 miles SW of Portsmouth, OH. Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior with flanking, backing and smoldering.  Rain has occurred over fire area. Started on private land.  500 Acres.  98% Containment. 6 Personnel. $5,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

NATIONAL FORESTS, NORTH CAROLINA

Sheehan Creek.  7 miles NW from Marion, North Carolina.  Timber and hardwood litter. 150 Acres. 98% Containment.  6 Personnel.  1 Engine.  0 Cost-to-Date info available.  Last report, unless increased fire activity occurs.

OK DEPT.  OF FORESTRY

Anderson Creek.  2 miles N of Camp Houston, OK.   Brush, tall grass and timber. Minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Numerous communities still threatened. 367,630 Acres (reduced) due to more accurate fire mapping. 95% Containment.  71 Personnel.  28 Engines.  53 Structures lost.  $1.5M Cost-to-Date.

Ranchland.  9 miles NW of Skiatook, OK.  Timber. Min fire behavior. Structures threatened. 600 Acres.  75% Contained.  41 Personnel.  15 Engines. 1 Helicopter. $5,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report, unless new fire activity occurs.

OSAGE AGENCY – BIA.

Bender.  13 miles N of Pawnee, OK.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and brush.  Min fire behavior.  2293 Acres.  85% Contained.  4 Personnel.  1 Engine.  $8,000 Cost-to-Date.

Crawford.  2 miles E of Hominy, OK.  Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior.  Structures threatened.  400 Acres.  40% Containment.  37 Personnel.  2 Crews.  10 Engines. $40,000 Cost-to-Date

Darkwing.  6 miles N of Hominy, OK.  745 Acres.  50% Containment.  10 Personnel.  5 Engines.  $5,000 Cost-to-Date.

Dogga Creek.  4 miles NW of Fairfax, OK.  Hardwood litter, min fire behavior.  1283 Acres.  70% Containment.  7 Personnel.  2 Engines.  $10,000 Cost-to-Date.

VIRGINIA DEPT. OF FORESTRY

1 O’Clock.  4 miles E of Blackwater, VA.  Tall grass and hardwood litter.  Active fire behavior and structures threatened.  550 Acres.  25% Containment.  18 Personnel. 1 Crew. 1 Engine.  $2,000 Cost-to-Date.

EASTERN AREA

Fire Summary:  132 new fires.  3 large fire incidents.  1 uncontained.

MARK TWAIN NF – FOREST SERVICE

Pole Hollow.  7 miles N of Reuter, Missouri.  Hardwood litter and tall grass.  Min fire behavior with smoldering.  258 Acres. 68% Containment.  44 Personnel. 3 Engines. 1 Helicopter. Area and Trails closures are in effect.  $75,000 Cost-to-Date.

 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Fire Summary:  14 new fires.  0 large incidents.  0 uncontained.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

Fire Summary:  6 new fires.  1 large incident. 0 uncontained.

SOUTHWEST AREA

Fire Summary:  44 new fires.  1 large incident.  0 not contained.

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U.S. FIRES | Sit Rep | March 26, 2016

Fire incidents are reported weekly to the National Interagency Coordination Center, based out of Montana are given in this post.  We will be posting additional fires not included in this weekly report.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

Fire Representatives from across the United States for the week of March 18 through March 24, 2016, there were 988 fires reported.  Approximately, 38 of them were deemed as large fire incidents with 21 of them being contained.  There is still 18 of them showing as not contained.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS BY AREA

PL2:  SOUTHERN AREA 

841 new fires were reported with 34 of them considered as large incidents. 16 fires in this area are not contained.

Anderson Creek.  2 miles N of Camp Houston, OK.  Oklahoma Dept of Forestry. Brush, tall grass and timber. Moderate fire behavior. Communities of Alva OK and Medicine Lodge KS threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. 400,000 Acres. 0% Containment. 273 Personnel.  109 Engines.  $250,000 Cost-to-Date.

I40 Fire:  5 miles W of Shamrock, TX. Texas A & M Forest Service. Fire started on private land in tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. 15,174 Acres.  85% Containment. 14 Personnel.  2 Engines. No Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Bar-Dew Lake:  5 miles N of Bartlesville, OK. Osage Agency, BIA. Hardwood litter. Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened. 12,468 Acres.  60% Containment.  16 Personnel.  2 Engines.  $34,000 Cost-to-Date.

Bug Creek:  6 miles of Hominy, OK. Osage Agency, BIA.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 2870 Acres.  65% Containment.  3 Personnel. 1 Engine.  $18,000 Cost-to-Date.

Walker:  7 miles E of Hominy, OK. Osage Agency, BIA. Tall grass, hardwood litter and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  2200 Acres.  65% Containment. 3 Personnel.  1 Engine. $16,000 Cost-to-Date.

Caney Head:  10 miles NW of Lineville, AL. National Forests in Alabama. Hardwood litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior. Area and trail closures in effect. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  867 Acres.  70% Containment. 16 Personnel. 2 Hand crews.  $109,000 Cost-to-Date.

Cellar Mountain:  5 miles E of Raphine, VA. George Washington & Jefferson NF.  Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Structures threatened. Road and trail closures in effect.  706 Acres. 79% Containment. 13 Personnel.  $250,000 Cost-to-Date.

Ranchland:  9 miles NW of Skiatook, OK.  Oklahoma DOF.  Timber. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened.  600 Acres.  75% Containment.  41 Personnel.  15 Engines.  1 Helicopter. $4,000 Cost-to-Date.

Rabbit:  8 miles NW of Okemah, OK.  Okmulgee Field Office, BIA. Tall grass and hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior.  600 Acres.  85% Containment. 34 Personnel.  10 Engines. $12,000 Cost-to-Date.

Flat Hollow:  2 miles SE of Portsmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning hardwood litter. Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and short-range spotting. Structures threatened.  500 Acres.  84% Containment.  20 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. $4,000 Cost-to-Date. Private land.

North Peak: 4 miles N of Marion, NC. North Peak, North Carolina Forest Service.  Timber. Moderate fire behavior with running. Structures threatened. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  450 Acres.  40% Containment. 84 Personnel.  2 Hand crews. 5 Engines. 1 Helicopter. $100,000 Cost-to-Date.

Rockhouse:  4 miles N of Hayesville, NC. National Forests in North Carolina. Hardwood litter and chaparral. Minimal fire behavior. 240 Acres. 90% Containment. 1 Engine.  $80,000 Cost-to-Date.

Camel’s Knob:   5 miles NW of Union Mills, NC. North Carolina Forest Service. Hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with uphill runs and spotting.  165 Acres.  85% Containment.  34 Personnel.  4 Engines. $13,000 Cost-to-Date.

Radio Ridge #2:  1 miles S of Portmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and short-range spotting.  150  Acres. 90% Containment. 19 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. $3,000 Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Brushy Creek:  9 miles S of Portsmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning into hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and creeping.  150 Acres. 90% Containment.  10 Personnel.  $1,000 Cost-to-Date.

Sheehan Creek:  7 miles NW of Marion, NC.  National Forests in North Carolina.  Timber and hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  150 Acres. 98% Containment. 6 Personnel.  1 Engine.  $52,000 Cost-to-Date.

Webb Mountain:  2 miles N of Boones Mill, VA.  Webb Mountain, Private. Started on private land burning into hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, wind-driven runs and flanking. Structures threatened.  100 Acres.  60% Containment.  41 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. 4 Engines. 1 Helicopter. 1 Structure lost. $4,000 Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Mini Post Lane: 13 miles SW of Channing, TX.  Texas A & M Forest Service. Started on private land burning into tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.  860 Acres.  98% Containment. 14 Personnel.  2 Engines.  No Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Summary:  2 large noteworthy fires that are now 100% contained were the Crutch Complex in Texas burned 44,686 acres destroying 4 structures.  This was on Private Land.  The Millis Swamp Fire in North Carolina was an extremely expensive fire topping out at a Cost-to-Date of $200,000 for the Forest Service.

PL 2:  SOUTHWEST AREA

There were 42 fires reported in this area with one considered as a large incident and is considered as not contained.  There are current two fires burning.

Baker Canyon:  28 miles NE of Douglas, AZ.  Gila District Office, BLM. Tall grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened. Last report unless significant activity occurs. 6800 Acres.  15% Containment. 82 Personnel.  2 Crews.  4 Engines. 1 Helicopter.  $213,000 Cost-to-Date.

Boss Ranch:  19 miles NE of Douglas, AZ. Coronado NF. Tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received. 1253 Acres.  98% Containment.  12 Personnel.  2 Engines. 1 Helicopter.  No Cost-to-Date known.

PL1:  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA [Area including Hawaii]

Fire Representatives reported 4 new fires in this area.  1 was considered as a large incident. 1 fire is currently burning.

Puuwaawaa Makai:  3 miles NE of Puuanahulu, Hawaii.  Hawaii County. Tall grass. Moderate fire behavior. Road closures in effect. 1500 Acres.  75% Containment.  41 Personnel.  10 Engines.  $16,000 Cost-to-Date.  County.

 

PL1:  ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA

Eleven [11] new Fires were reported in this area with 2 of them being considered as large incidents.  There are 0 fires burning.

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U.S. ACTIVE WILDFIRES | Thursday, August 6, 2015

ARIZONA

#FingerRockFire | Coronado NF | 750 acres | limited info due to steep, rocky terrain.

#RockFire | Near Rock Lake Pothole just south of the Coconino Rim about 15 miles southeast of the Town of Tusayan | 1064 acres | Fire in Monitor status.

Firefighter in smoke. Photo taken Aug. 4, 2015, by Brandon Oberhardt. Credit the U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest.

#RockFire by Brandon Oberhardt. Credit the USFS/SW Region/ Kaibab NF

#SaHillFire | 4-5 miles north of Cleator | Start 8/2/15 @ 1015 Hours | 104 personnel | 2660 acres | 30% contained.

#SaHillFire via Inciweb

CALIFORNIA

#CabinFire | 8 miles northeast of Camp Nelson, CA in the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest | Start 7/19 @ 0800 PDT | 487 personnel | 4713 acres | Unknown containment status.

#DodgeFire | 17 miles NE Ravendale | Start 8/3/15 @ 1415 PDT | Human-caused by Project work | 178 personnel | 11,400 acres | 30% contained.

#DodgeFire via Inciweb

#ForkComplexFire | Communities of Hayfork, Hyampom, and Harrison Gulch | Start 7/30 @ 1600 PDT | Lightning caused | 1349 personnel | 9% contained | 14,434 acres.

#FrogFire | South of Long Bell Guard Station, 25 miles NW of Bieber | Start 7/30/15 @ 1545 PDT | Lightning caused | 100% contained | 4782 acres | WE WILL NEVER FORGET those who sacrifice so much:  LODD Firefighter David Ruhl.

#GasquetFire | Gasquet Ranger District | Start 7/31/15 @ 2100 PDT | 310 personnel | 1000 acres | 2% contained | TFR placed over fire.

#HumboldtLightningFires | Alder Point-Blocksburg, Southeastern Humboldt County | Start 7/30/15 @ 1402 PDT | Lightning struck fires | 4062 acres | 35% contained | 70 total fires in complex | 7 injuries | 1515 personnel | 104 fire engines | 37 fire crews | 11 helos | 21 dozers | 26 water tenders | 4 outbuildings destroyed.

#MadRiverComplex | Ruth Lake and Mad River communities | Start 7/30/15 @ 1600 PDT | Lightning caused |999 personnel | 15,760 acres | 10% contained.

#RiverComplex | Near the communities of Dailey Ranch, Hoboken, Denny and Trinity Village | Start 7/30/15 @ 2230 PDT | Lightning caused | 515 personnel | 10,912 acres | Containment status unknown.

#RockyFire | Near Morgan Valley and Rocky Creek Roads, E of Lower Lake | Start 7/29/15 @ 1529 PDT | 69,600 acres | 45% contained | 6529 Structures threatened [check out website for areas under evacuations –> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1161%5D | 3551 personnel, 309 fire engines, 94 fire crews, 4 airtankers, 17 helicopters | 36 dozers, and 40 water tenders.

#RoughFire | 2.5 miles to the southwest of Spanish Mountain | Start 7/13/15 @ 1600 PDT | Lightning caused | 349 personnel | 600 acres.

#RouteComplex | Mad River,Dinsmore, Hyampom | Start 7/30/15 @ 1800 PDT | Lightning caused fires | 420 personnel | 14,709 acres | 10% contained.

View of the Buck Fire West of the Van Duzen Road in Mad River, CA

#RouteComplexFire via Inciweb

#SouthComplex | Hyampom, south of 299 | Start 7/30/15 @ 1600 PDT | 377 personnel | 14,071 acres | 3% contained | #CastleFire 6700 ac | #PelletreauFire 4100 ac | #PattisonFire 2600 ac | #MillFire 45 ac | #ClarkFire 390 ac | #OlsonFire 175 ac | #YorkFire 50 ac |  #HiddenFire 10ac |#SpringerFire 1 ac.

#TwinFire | Shasta-Trinity National Forest | Start 7/30/15 @ 1600 PDT | Lightning caused | 196 personnel | 75 acres.

#WillowFire | NE of North Fork | Start 7/25/15 @ 1430 PDT | Human-caused | 626 personnel | 5702 acres | 95% contained.

IDAHO

#ParkerRidgeFire | 7 miles SW of Porthill | Start 7/29/15 @ 1500 Hours | 39 personnel | 167 acres,

#ThreeSistersFire | Approximately 35 miles northeast of Swan Lake | Start 8/3/15 @ 2245 Hours | Lightning caused | 5 personnel | 43 acres.

MONTANA

#ReynoldsCreekFire | 4.4 miles East of Logan Pass | Start 7/21/15 @ 1545 Hours | Cause under investigation | 299 personnel | 4311 acres | 67% containment.

NORTH CAROLINA

#BaldKnobFire | Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest | Started 7/17/15 | Suspected lightning caused | 520 acres | In monitor status, may burn on its own for the next several weeks.

Smoke billows from the fire, behind a cabin in a field.

#BaldKnobFire via Inciweb

OREGON

#CableCrossingFire | Hwy 138 / 6 miles E of Glide | Start 7/28/15 | Cause unknown | 1037 personnel | 50% contained | 39 crews, 5 helos, 22 engines, 4 dozers, 6 water tenders | Total Cost to Date $6.3M.

#CollierButteFire  | 18 miles East of Gold Beach | 100 personnel | 158 acres | 0% containment.

A view of Collier Butte with the Collier Butte Fire in the background

#CollierButteFire by Mel Gard

#CrescentFire | Crater Lake National Park | Start 8/3/1415 PDT | Lightning Caused | 120 acres | 129 personnel | Active ROS | 0% containment.

#LimeHillFire | 5 miles NE of Huntington | Start 8/5/15 | Cause is by human | 4500 acres | 5% containment | Extreme ROS.

#NationalCreekComplex | 2 Fires:  Crescent Fire / National Fires | Rogue River-Siskiyou NF | 129 acres total | 0% containment.

#PhillipsCreekFire | 7 miles NW of Elgin | Umatilla NF | Start 8/1/15 | Cause unknown | 591 personnel | 1657 acres | Active ROS | 10% containment.

#PotterMountainComplex | 5 miles N of Toketee Lake | Start 8/1 1730 PDT | Lightning | 254 acres | 153 personnel | 0% containment.

Potter Mountain Complex Fire 08/05/2015

#PotterMountainComplex via Inciweb

#StoutsCreekFire | Douglas Forest Protective Association | 11 miles E of Canyonville | Start 7/30/15 | 19,971 acres | 1484 personnel | 20% containment | Active fire, torching.

#WestForkFire | Malheur NF | Started 6/29/15 1615 PDT | 916 acres | 80% contained.

UTAH

#SolitudeFire | Pahvant Range, approximately 10 miles NW of Richfield  | Started 7/19/15 @ 1515 Hours | 107 personnel | 2175 acres | 25% containment.

WASHINGTON

#BaldyFire | 6 miles northwest of Ione | Start 8/1/15 @ 1530 PDT | Cause under investigation | 395 personnel | 507 acres | 2% containment.

K-Max helicopter drops water on fire.

#BaldyFire via Inciweb

#BlueCreekFire |10 miles E of Walla Walla | Start 7/20/15 | 6,004 acres | 98% contained.

#Hwy8Fire |  1 mile N of Roosevelt | Start 8/4/15 | Cause unknown | 17,043 acres | 25% contained | Extreme fire runs |Homes, power lines, windmill infrastructure and grazing land threatened | Fire Mobe authorized.

#NorthBoulder2Fire | Orient | Start 7/20/15 @ 1400 PDT | 83 personnel | 233 acres | 80% containment.

#ParadiseFire | Approximately 13 miles North/Northeast of Quinault / Olympic National Park | Lightning caused | 48 personnel | 2392 acres | 30% contained.

#WolverineFire | 3 miles NW of Lucerne | Start 6/29/15 @ 0730 PDT | 397 personnel | 26,614 ac | 0% containment | Structures destroyed | PNW Team 2 Managing:  #WolverineFire #GoodeFire #BlankenshipFire | ROS is active, group torching.

WYOMING

#SheepCreekFire | Bighorn NF | Start date unknown | Undetermined human caused fire | 1050 acres | 15% contained.

Sheep Creek FIre, Sunday, August 2, 2015

#SheepCreekFire via Inciweb

TABLE TOP FIRE: Update – 11/19/13 1100 Hours

TABLE TOP FIRE – North Carolina

smoke column

BRIEFING:  11/19/13 1100 Hours

Overview:  Firefighters are making progress on containment lines for the Table Rock wildfire in the Linville Gorge. Recent rains have slowed progression of the fire but concerns still exist over a section of uncontained line along the southern fire flank. The strategy today is to monitor fire progression and ensure resources are in place if the fire moves south.

Fire size remains the same this morning with 2 275 acres burned to date and 40 percent containment. No additional structures are threatened and no additional injuries or accidents to report. There are 193 personnel working on the fire and the Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition with the Type 2 Team throughout the day.

Linville Gorge

Cooperators:  North Carolina Forest Service.

Fire Weather:  Firefighters are making progress on containment lines for the Table Rock wildfire in the Linville Gorge. Recent rains have slowed progression of the fire but concerns still exist over a section of uncontained line along the southern fire flank.

Operational Plan: Crews continue to improve contingency lines along Forest Road 118 and the US Forest Service property line. There is still a large area of unburned fuels between the active fire and those lines. A concern is that fuels in those areas could re-ignite uncontained portions of the current fireline perimeter. The strategy today is to monitor fire progression and ensure resources are in place if the fire moves south. Infrared aerial photos will be taken this morning to look for hot spots along the firelines. Patrols did notice an increase in heat yesterday as the winds picked up and fuels began to dry out.

meeting of Plans personnel

Work will continue on structure protection within the Outward Bound Camp. Crews working with the Camp will reduce fuels around buildings and eliminate fire hazards. North Carolina Forest Service personnel are assisting with land owner contacts and providing advice on how to improve defensible space.

Fire size remains the same this morning with 2 275 acres burned to date and 40 percent containment. No additional structures are threatened and no additional injuries or accidents to report. There are 193 personnel working on the fire and the Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition with the Type 2 Team throughout the day.

Closures: For information on the latest road and trail closures visit the National Forests in North Carolina website. Visitors should check the website before planning a trip to the gorge. Additional information and photos can also be found at the Incident Information System website http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Cause: The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire investigators are looking for any information or observations that may help determine the cause of the fire.

A Possible Reward: A reward may be offered for substantial information and persons should contact Law Enforcement Officer Jason Crisp at 828-442-2470 or the Grand Ranger District at 828-652-2144. Information Center Contact: 252-216-8667 phone#.

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Table Rock Wildland Fire: North Carolina National Carolina Rages On

TABLE ROCK WILDLAND FIRE

crown fire

Location:  10 miles NW of Morganton, NC

table rock wildfire

Cause:  Human

Originated:  0900 Hours on 11/12/13

view of Linville Gorge

Resources:  193 firefighters on the ground.  US Forest Service personnel.  Mobilizing T2 team.

meeting of logistic personnel

Acres Destroyed:  2,275 acres.

smoke column

Fuels:  9 Hardwood Litter.

fire fighter from PatRick crew

Fire Status:  40% contained.  Low spread due to light percipitation.

Weather Conditions:  23 mph NW winds.  60-degrees with a 34% humidity.

fire view

Photo Courtesy of: USFS, inciweb.org

 

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L-O-D-D Knotts Island FC Scott Morrison

We are sad to report that Knotts Island VFD’s Fire Chief Scott Morrison was killed in the line of Duty.

Chief Morrison was operating at the scene of a brush fire incident at the 500 block and Knotts Island Road, when he collapsed from a heart attack.  Fellow first responders on scene treated and transported him a nearby hospital where he passed away from his injury.

“We are very sorry for your Loss to your department, colleagues, family and friends.  We offer our deepest sympathies.” – Ed.

Agency Info:

Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 115, 327 Knotts Island Road
Knotts Island, NC 27950

Assistant Fire Chief Curt Burmeister

Source: USFA – Firefighter Fatalities
USNG: 18S VF 1705 4372
Last Alarm Reported: 3/3/13

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