Unreal Firestorms Eat Everything in Sight | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY – UPDATE 2 – 12/23/2019 2200 PST

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Credit | NSW RFS

We know wildfires. It is generally not the small ones but the Firestorms kind and we have see and heard about how horrific and scary fire conditions American firefighters were faced with and the survivors all across the board telling their story to anyone who was willing to hear is.

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Credit | NSW RFS

FOR EMERGENCIES & UNATTENDED FIRES , CALL 0-0-0

It is a journey that many will tell you that are the scary kind and ones you never want to face ever again.  However, they will tell they’d go back in and fight if they were forced to so they can save lives and properties.

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Credit | RFS Central Coast District/NSW RFS

Homes, outbuildings, businesses, livelihoods all up in smoke. Literally, severely damaged to being wiped out and down to the ground. The images we all see all over Social Media, on TV and other digital media methods tug on our raw emotions.  We know that kind of heartbreak and, this time it is not in the USA but across the Globe in Australia.

Bushfires (Australia) or wildfires, as we call them here in the US are struggling with such a task.  They are not dealing with just a few at a time but close to 100 as  of yesterday and 92 on December 24th (this is their tomorrow) with close to 2,000 wildland firefighters from Australia and from the U.S.

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Credit | NSW RFS

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Credit | NSW RFS

THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE

As of 2045 AEDT (morning), there were 92 wildfires burning across New South Wales with more than 40 still to be contained. Over 2,000 firefighters are on the fire ground.

According to the NSW RFS as of December 24, 2019 (it is tomorrow there already):

  • HOMES – 7,824 Saved | 353 Damaged | 873 Destroyed.
  • FACILITIES – 615 Saved | 82 Damaged | 68 Destroyed.
  • OUTBUILDINGS – 7,053 Saved | 889 Damaged | 2,048 Destroyed.

FIRE ALERTS

The fire danger ratings for tomorrow, Christmas Day, will see widespread areas of low-moderate and high fire danger. North Western will be very high. Firefighters will continue working to strengthen containment lines ahead of heat building again from this weekend. – NSW RFS

#Australia #Bushfires #NSWRFS

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

 

Australian Bushfires Eat up Countrysides Become Major Firestorms | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

While American Politics burn up the airwaves, across the world there are bushfires or  wildfires as we call them here in the United States that are destroying everything in its pathway from homes, structures, lands, etc.  Firefighters around the world are coming together as mutual aid to help attempt to stop these fires but severe weather conditions are making these wind-driven firestorms. Record-setting highest heat waves have occurred in the last three days with the hottest day at a 107F !

There are approximately 122 wildfires currently burning at this time. We will work to capture the largest ones and provide them in our future updates.

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Credit | NSW RFS

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT | FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

A statewide Total Fire Ban is now in effect for December 17 – 21, 2019 due to RED Flag Conditions (extreme hot and dry conditions) across New South Wales.

Some fires have been active since the beginning of November, while a few are being brought under control  and others are considered as out-of-control as we have reported a few listed above.

WILDFIRES

Gosper’s Mountain Fire.  Largest fire burning in Australia. Located in the Wollemi National Park area. 449,535 hectares or 1,110,835 acres.  Burning on multiple fronts that has burned south of the Goose River towards the Blue Mountains.  Destroyed a large area known to be seven (7) times the size of Singapore.  Conditions are due to grow worse on Saturday.

Green Waffle Creek Fire Located 15 km south west of Warragamba Dam Wall in the Blue Mountains National Park and in the Lake Burragorang area. 176,460 ha or 436,042 ac. Fire is considered to be out-of-control with dangerous fire conditions and erratic fire behavior across the fire ground.

Grose Valley Fire.  Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains. Fire is out-of-control.  2,100 ha or 5,189 acres.  Limited information

LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES, CALL 0-0-0

Structures are currently under direct threat. Structure protection in effect with the aid of heavy equipment and aircraft from above. Burning on multiple fronts close to structures around Balmoral, Thirlmere, Tahmoor and Nattai. The northern flank has crossed to the western side of the Warragamba Gorge near the Mountain Lowry Creek.  Nearby Hume Highway is open but being impacted by lots of smoky conditions.

Evacuations in effect.

Currowan Fire. Burning in the area of Clyde Ridge Road, Currowan, NSW and in the Shoalhaven Council area. This is an out-of-control wildfire. 128,461 ha or 317,434 acres. It is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla and east of Braidwood.

Fire behavior has increased and is wind-driven.  It is said to be also located between Burrill Lake and Morton National Park (north) and Batemans Bay (southern perimeter), as well as in the Bundawang Range and Clyde Mountain (west).

EVACUEES | RESOURCES

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

Residents and visitors are being encouraged by Fire Officials to be aware of their surroundings, to be alert and to evacuate if you see danger.

We ask that you please evacuate your family, pets and yourself.  Your home and its contents can be replaced but you and your family cannot.  Also, if you stay – you are putting the lives of firefighters on the line to save you.- Ed.

SCANNER FEEDS

There are many Australian scanner feeds listed in Broadcastify you can listen to. This is so out-of-the-ordinary to even show up in the Top 20, little alone the Top 10.  If you wish to listen, here are the ones that are available:

Wollondilly RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31709

S Australian Emergency Services – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/2653

NSW RFS – Hawkesbury – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31583

Southern Tablelands RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/1176

Central West Ambulance and Fire – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/4339

Blue Mountains RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17631

RFS South Coast – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24950

NSW RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31589

THR0UGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“The extreme heatwave comes as firefighters in NSW battle to contain around 100 wildfires that have been burning for weeks across the region, blanketing #Sydney in a toxic layer of smoke”. — Media

This brave young girl from Australia was threatened with arrest for protesting inaction over climate change. She holds her sign above her head in defiance.” – An eyewitness account of a young girl who has just lost her home and goes to protest at the Prime Minister’s home.

Exceptional heat in #Australia. December 18 set a new national max temperature average record of 41.9°C (107.4°F). Which broke the previous record set the day before by a 1.0°C (1.8°F).” – US Meteorologist

It’s getting worse.” – Social Media (posted 1950 hours PDT)

While bushfires burn, our PM is enjoying a holiday in Hawaii (US). We are left with this.” – Social Media.

Here we are again. Yesterday was Australia’s 2nd hottest day ever, averaging 41C (105.8F) across the entire country. Last 3 days in a row the hottest 3 days ever.” – Media.

so like, our state has been on fire for weeks and no one cares. upside its been snowing ash. never thought it would snow here.” – Media user.

Our firefighters are hurting today, but they’re still showing courage and bravery and resilience. They’re still fighting to keep us safe. They are the best of Australia.” – Anthony Albanese (Labor Party Leader)

absolutely horrific , fires burn across our precious country yet again in catastrophic conditions.” – Media user.

POST DEDICATION 

We wish to dedicate this post to two Fire Brigade firefighters that were killed in a vehicle accident last night.  We are thinking of their families, friends and fellow Firefighter brother/sister/family that are grieving from their loss.  We all feel the void when one is lost in the Fire Family.

Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton, 32 

Geoffrey Keaton         

FIREFIGHTER ANDREW O’DWYER, 36

Andrew O'Dwyer

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 2215 hours PDT – Thursday, 12/19/2019 / 1715 AEDT Friday

Beulah Fire – Colorado – Update 2

Updated @ 1930 PDT

Wind-driven Beulah Fire started on 10/3/2016 @ 1300 hours and was caused by human-intervention.

It is located approximately 15 miles SW of Pueblo, Colorado on the Pike – San Isabel National Forests.

Courtesy/Pueblo County Public Health

The fire has consumed 5232 acres and is listed at a 90% containment status.  About 14 homes have been destroyed.  Cost-to-Date is $940,000.00.

Currently, fire behavior is moderate, flanking and backing.  It is burning heavy fuels in the St. Charles drainage.

There are 272 personnel in addition to 7 crews, 28 engines and 3 helicopters.

There is a RED FLAG WARNING currently in effect.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Newly Reported Fire: Beulah Fire – Colorado – Update 1

Updated @ 2130 hours PDT

Wind-driven Beulah Fire started on 10/3/2016 @ 1300 hours and was caused by human-intervention.

It is located approximately 15 miles SW of Pueblo, Colorado on the Pike – San Isabel National Forests.

The fire has consumed 5232 acres and is listed at a 75% containment status.  About 8 homes have been destroyed.

Currently, fire behavior is moderate, flanking and backing.  It is burning heavy fuels in the St. Charles drainage.

There are 327 personnel assigned to the incident.

There is a RED FLAG WARNING currently in effect.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 1 | McKenna Fire | Gila NF

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The small fire started on May 6, 2016 around 1300 hours.

Mckenna Fire’s forward spread has been maintained to only 1 acre.

The fire is currently being monitored by lookouts.

LOCATION

It is located 8 miles W of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument on the Gil National Forest in Silver City, New Mexico.

WEATHER

The preliminary cause of the fire is being ruled as ignited by lightning as it had passed over the area earlier in the day.

RESOURCES

Fire personnel stationed at lookouts are currently watching over the scorched land.

HASHTAGS

#GilaNF  #McKennaFire #NMFires2016

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

UNCONTAINED LARGE WILDFIRES in NW, WEST COAST and YUKON – July 18, 2015

Here are the newest Updates for today’s fires.

FIRE SUMMARY:

NW Fire Stats

  • Large Fires:  0 Stats:  No change
  • Uncontained Fires:  WA [3], OR [1]   Stats:  No change
  • New Fires:  WA [5 for 38 acres], OR [14 for 1 acre]   Stats: New fires went down

National Fire Stats

  • New Fires  [Initial Attack Activities-Light]: 100  Stats:  A decrease of 21 new fires 
  • Large Fires Contained: 4   Stats: Fire crews are making some progress
  • Uncontained Fires:  5   Stats: Good news with one contained

IMT Stats [Committed]

  • WA IMT 1:  1
  • National IMT 1:  2
  • WA IMT 2:  1
  • National IMT:  5

ALASKA FIRES

Burnout operations on Spicer Creek Fire complex

TANANA FIRE

Multiple fires located from close proximity up to 60+ miles from the town of Tanana [AK]

  • Personnel:  331
  • Incident Cooperators:  #Doyon, #TananaChiefsConference, #TananaVillageCouncil, #TananaVFD
  • Acres:  484,948
  • Containment:  1%
  • Fire status:  Moderate fire behavior included torching, creeping and smoldering. Crews continued direct attack north of Tanana with saw lines and hose lays.

MIDDLE YUKON FIRES / RUBY AREA FIRES

Fires are south and east of the village of Ruby [AK]

  • Personnel:  91
  • Total Acres:  395,115 acres
  • Containment:  No containment % available

Multiple Fires burning in this Complex

Active

  • Bruno Fire – 15,232 acres
  • Big Creek Two Fire – 322,451 acres
  • Trail Creek Fire – 32,687 acres

In Monitor Status

  • Gentian Fire – 14, 065 acres
  • Ruby Slough Fire – 49 acres
  • Eldorado Fire – 6 acres
  • Little Moose Fire – 761 acres
  • Melozitnz – 3357 acres

IDITAROD FIRE

2.5 miles north of the ghost town of Iditarod [AK]

  • Acres:  98,183
  • Damage Assessment:  3 minor structures destroyed.
  • Fire Status:  In monitor status.

NORTH ANIAK FIRE

317 miles west of Anchorage, 2 miles north of the town of Aniak [AK]

  • Acres:  55,704
  • Fire Status: In mop-up, removing structure protection equipment

AGGIE CREEK FIRE

30 miles northwest of Fairbanks, AK along the Elliot Highway [AK]

An engine patrols along the fireline as burnout operations occur on the Aggie Creek Fire 07.07.15

  • Personnel:  371
  • Acres:  31,885
  • Containment:  53%
  • Fire Behavior:  Low today with creeping, smoldering, and isolated tree torching

HAY SLOUGH FIRES

14 miles NNW of the village of Manley Hot Springs [AK]

Smoke plume on Hay Slough Fire, July 10, 2015

  • Personnel:  21
  • Acres:  89,747
  • Fire Behavior:  Wetter conditions has led to mainly smoldering with some creeping

BLAIR FIRE

39 miles southeast of Fairbanks [AK]

Column as seen from Creek Creek 5-mile community. Photo by Jeff Frimel, Unaweep crew

  • Personnel:  11 
  • Acres:  43,766
  • Containment:  Unknown

BAKER FIRE

14 miles of Manley Hot Springs [AK]

Burnout opeations along Elliot Highway

  • Personnel:  220
  • Acres:  27,103
  • Containment:  Unknown %
  • Fire Behavior:  Smoldering today with isolated pockets of creeping
  • Complex Summary:  Part of Manley Area Fires

MICHIGAN CREEK FIRE

38 miles Northeast of Delta Junction [AK]

A helicopter view of the Michigan Creek Fire looking southwest

  • Personnel:  Unknown #
  • Acres: 10,499 acres
  • Containment:  Unknown  %

HEALY LAKE FIRE

28 miles Southeast of Delta Junction [AK]

Backhaul brought in by boat pilot.

  • Personnel:  39
  • Acres:  11,473
  • Containment: 15%
  • Incident Cooperators:  #RuralDeltanaVFD, #AKState

LONG LAKE FIRE

Directly south of Northway [AK]

photo of IC Clinton Northway over Long Lake Fire

  • Personnel:  147
  • Acres:  23,430
  • Containment:  20%

TETLINS HILLS FIRE

8 Miles Se Of Tok [AK]

Dozer in fire - Tetlin Hills on July 1, 2015

  • Personnel:  125
  • Acres:  1,878
  • Containment:  75%

REX COMPLEX FIRE

Kobe fire is west of Clear, Fish Creek is NE of Clear [AK]

Red water tanks consisting of plasticized canvas behind yellow-clad firefighters with mud and smoke and a solitary firefighter in the background

  • Personnel:  241
  • Fires in Complex:  #KobeFire #FishCreekFire
  • Total Acres:  16,159
  • Containment:  63%

SOCKEYE FIRE

6 miles north of Willow [AK]

Mop-up 300 ft around structures and in from the perimeter

  • Personnel:  9
  • Acres:  7,220
  • Containment:  99%

CARD STREET FIRE

Kenai Peninsula – 5 miles southeast of Sterling [AK]

Firefighter digs out a hot spot as others look on

  • Personnel:   Unknown #
  • Acres:  8,876
  • Containment:  92%

WHITEFISH LAKE 1 FIRE

8 miles south of Kalskag [AK]

The Whitefish Lake 1 Fire backs in to the wind as it burns with the interior of the fire Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

  • Personnel:  64
  • Acres:  64,371
  • Containment:  88%

LLOYD FIRE 

40 miles SE of Manley Hot Springs, about 38 miles SW of the village of Tanana [AK]

  • Personnel:  Unknown
  • Acres:  77,808
  • Containment: Unknown

ROCK FIRE

9 miles SE of Hughes on the Koyukuk River [AK]

  • Personnel:  Unknown
  • Acres:  60,019
  • Containment:  Unknown  

DEEP CREEK FIRE

2 1/2 miles south of Lake Minchumina [AK]

  • Personnel:  Unknown
  • Acres:  11,222
  • Containment:  Unknown

AK Fire Stats:

  • New Fires:  7 for 57 acres
  • Active Fires: 308 burning across the State
  • Staffed Fires:  21 with 950,677 acres burned
  • Monitored Fires:  281 with 3,309,778 acres burned
  • Acres Burned YTD:  4,778,638  

# # #

NEWBY LAKE FIRE

12 miles NW of Loomis [WA]

Photo showing smoke column from Newby Lake Fire on July 2, 2015

  • Personnel:  504
  • Acres:  5065
  • Containment:  20%

PARADISE FIRE

Approximately 13 miles North/Northeast of Quinault [WA]

Fire burning midslope on Pelton Peak

  • Personnel:  116l
  • Acres:  1612
  • Containment:  21%

OUTLAW DRAW FIRE

  • Personnel:  Unknown #
  • Acres:  2000
  • Containment:  60%

# # #

CORNER CREEK FIRE

11 miles south of Dayville; near Black Canyon Wilderness [OR]

Corner Creek Fire

  • Personnel:  124
  • Acres:  29,407
  • Containment: 98%
  • Incident Cooperators:  BLM, USDA Forest Service, #CrookCountySheriff, #GrantCountySheriff, #ORDeptOfForestry

# # #

NORTH FIRE

Cajon Pass, Baldy Mesa / I-15 N of Hwy 138 [CA]

This photograph shows a fixed wing air tanker making a retardant drop on the North Fire

  • Started:  7/16/15 1433 hours
  • Acres:  3500
  • Containment Status: 5%
  • Mandatory evacuations:  E of Sheep Creek Rd, N of Hwy 138, W of I15 / Hwy 395, S of Phelan Rd.
  • Evac Shelter:  Serrano HS, 9292 Sheep Creek Rd, Phelan CA
  • Animal Shelter: Victor Valley Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St, Victorville CA
  • Damage Assessment [SB I-5]:  20 vehicles, 2 Semis destroyed; 10 vehicles damaged.  [Baldy Mesa] 3 homes, 8 outbuildings, 44 vehicles destroyed.
  • Command:  Unified with San Bernardino County Fire + CALFire + San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office  IMT 2 team ordered.
  • Resources:  22 engines, 2 crews, 4 water tenders, 1 dozer, 1 air attack plane, 1 lead plane, 3 helicopters and 6 fixed wing planes including a DC10 and MD87.
  • Significant Event:   Aircraft was grounded for 25 minutes due to a drone flying in the same airspace as Fire Suppression aircraft.  After the airspace was clear, Fire Suppression aircraft resumed operations.**
  • ALERT:  Fire Managers would like to alert the Public to the usage [flights] of drones which fly at the same level as Fire Suppression aircraft.  When this happens, all Fire Suppression aircraft must be grounded due to possible collisions and other mishaps putting crews and civilian lives in serious danger which may also include death. DON’T DO IT!
  • Personnel:  1000
  • Incident Cooperators:  #CALFire, #CALTrans, #SanBernardinoCoFD, #SanBernardinoCoEOM, #SanBernardinoCoSheriffOffice
  • Cause:  Under investigation

LAKE FIRE

Barton Flats, South Fork, Fish Creek, Coon Creek, Ten Thousand Foot Ridge, Onyx Peak, Upper Pipes Canyon [CA]

This photo shows a crewman from the Black Eagle Handcrew carrying a pine branch while chipping brush along State Highway 38

  • Personnel: 70
  • Acres:  31,359
  • Containment:  98%
  • Incident Cooperators:  #AmericanRedCross, #BLM, #USDA Forest Service, #AnaheimFD, #BaronaFD, #BigBearFD, #BishopCityFD, #BreaFD,  #BurbankFD, #CALFire, #CAConservationCorps, #CaDOC, #CALTrans, #CHP, #CAEOM, #CarsonCityFD, #ChinoValleyFD, #ColtonFD, #KernCoFD, #LagunaBeachFD, #LA_coFD, #LomaLindaFD, #MorongoValleyFD, #OntarioFD, #OrangeCityFD, #RanchoCucamongaFD, #RanchoSantaFeFD, #RedlandsFD, #RiversideFD, #RossValleyFD, #SanBernardinoCityFD, #SanBernardinoCountyFD, #SanBernandinoCountyEOM, #SanBernardinoCountySheriffsOffice, #SanDiegoFD, #SanManuelFD, #SanMarcosFD, #VenturaCoFire, #ViejasFD

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“We again appreciate you following along with us!  Hope you have a #Safe day/night wherever your journeys may take you.”

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

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#MT WILDFIRE: #PineCrestFire – Evening Update – March 29, 2015 – Sunday

Evening Update – Info released at 1900 MDT

LOCATION.

4 miles NW of Columbus, MT.

Photo Courtesy: Stillwater County [MT] Sheriffs Office

Map Courtesy of: Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office

 

ORIGIN.

The Fire started on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1300 Hours MDT and the cause is still under investigation.

FIRE STATUS.

3000 acres with no change.  10% containment.

CONDITIONS.

Burning in grass, timber and sage brush. Winds are

Photo Courtesy: Stillwater County Sheriffs Office

 

COMMAND.

Unified Command:

  • Department of Natural Resources Asst Team
  • Columbus Rescue
  • Park City Volunteer Fire Department

RESOURCES.

  • BLM Fire & Aviation [ http://www.blm.gov/nifc/st/en/prog/fire.1.html ]
  • Absarokee VFD
  • Columbus VFD
  • Park City VFD
  • Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office
  • US Fish & Wildlife
  • US Forest Service

98 Total.  28 resources on the fire.

STRUCTURES.

2 have been lost.

Photo Courtesy: Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office

 

INJURIES.

1 Firefighter has been injured. No updates on his/her condition at this time.

EVACUATIONS.

The Pine Crest subdivision.

PUBLIC MEETING.

Monday, March 30, 2015 at Columbus Fire Department. 944 E Pike Avenue, Columbus MT, at 0930 MDT.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE UPDATE: Rim Wildfire Update

Rim Wildfire – Stanislaus National Forest (CA)

Two firefighters with drip torches and fire

Silver State Hotshots. (Photo Credit: MIke McMillan, USFS)

Updated: 9/6/13

Acres burned:  246,350 – 385 square miles

Structure status:  1,900 threatened.  Destroyed:  11 residences.  3 commercial.  97 outbuildings.

Containment status:  80%.

Cost to Date:  $84.8 million.

Personnel:  3,364.

Injuries:  6.

Fire Update:  Fire activity is expected to intensify Friday as unburned areas within control lines are consumed on the Rim Fire. Hotter and drier weather conditions will persist through Sunday increasing the chance of spotting of embers across containment lines. Firefighters are working to contain several small spotfires detected on the fire’s northern flank in the Clavey Meadow area. Crews using hand-tools are building fireline in extremely rugged terrain to secure the fire’s northern edge. Firefighters on the southeast flank are working to contain several small spotfires across Tioga Road. Major burnout operations along Tioga Road were completed Thursday. Today’s operations will focus on controlling the spotfires and strengthening control lines through mopping-up hotspots and hazardous tree mitigation.

Closures:

In Yosemite National Park: Tamarack Flat,  Yosemite Creek Campgrounds both located along Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed.

The Stanislaus National Forest: Groveland Ranger District and Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.

Park Service LEO at Road Block

“Road Block with a Smile”. Photo Credit: USFS/Mike McMillan.

Roads:

Highway 120 closed from Buck Meadows to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf.  Cherry Lake Road is closed at Highway 120. Evergreen Road and Old Yosemite Road are also closed. Highway 120 from Ferretti Road to Buck Meadows remains open for local residents and businesses only.

Contact Information:  Stanislaus Forest Supervisor’s Office 209-532-3671; Mi-Wok Ranger Station (209) 586-3234; Summit Ranger Station 209-965-3434; and Groveland Ranger Station 209-962-7825.

2013  The NW Fire Blog

Large Scale Incident Fire Photos

Alaska

Birch Creek Fire – Upper Yukon Zone – Fort Wainright, AK. 24,923 acres burned.

Birch Creek Fire - Josh TurnbowMarshall Crew - Maureen ClarkBirch Creek Fire - Josh Turnbow

Mississppi – Alaska Fire Service – Military Zone – Ft. Wainright, AK. 57,870 acres burned.

                 

     Photo Credit: Tracey Porreca

Stuart Creek 2 – Alaska Fire Service – Military Zone – Ft. Wainright, AK.  87,358 acres burned.

Stuart Creek 2 Fire/Josh MarshalPublic MeetingA Group Of Trees Is Seen Catching Fire.It's A Dirty Job! 7-25-13, By Josh GloverFirefighters Loading On The Helicopter

Moon Lake Complex – Tok Area Forestry – Tok, AK. 61,837 acres burned. Still an active fire.

Smoke Plume photo by Tok resident Dave CallosMoon Lake Fire - Kale CaseySmoke Column from Moon LakeAlaska Type 2 Crew Firefighters Loading Up Gear To E Hauled Back To ICPMoon Lake Fire - Kale CaseySmoky Sunset over Moon Lake, photo by Stefanie GatchellSpike Camp at Tetlin Fire-photo Dave Fauss

Tabert Lake – Valdez – Copper River Area Forestry – Glennallen, AK. 1200 acres burned.

The photo shows the Tabert Lake Fire on August 13 when it grew significantly. The photo is from afar and shows the fire burning actively. Photo by Ashley Dale.

On August 12 the fire was acres and burning four miles due west of little Louise Lake in the Copper River Basin. Photo shows the fire from afar. Photo by Ashley Dale.

On August 12 the fire was acres and burning four miles due west of little Louise Lake in the Copper River Basin. Photo shows the fire from afar. Photo by Ashley Dale.

Photo Credit:  Ashley Dale

Arizona

Mud – Kaibab National Forest – Williams, AZ.  138 acres burned.

Fire behavior on the afternoon of 08.14.13Preservation of historic lookout 08.14.13

Prep work near equipment on Summit Mountain

Castle – Kaibab National Forest – Williams, AZ.  550 acres burned.

Castle Fire Tues Aug 13Castle Fire Tues Aug 13

California

American Fire – Tahoe National Park – Nevada City, CA. 4958 acres burned.

View from Deadwood roaddefensive firingView from Chicken hawk

 

Aspen Fire – Sierra National Forest – Clovis, CA.  22,546 acres burned.

The VLAT Drops Retardant On The Aspen Fire Burning On The Sierra National ForestA Helicopter Hovers Above A Water Tank Filling The Helicopter Tank For More Water Drops.A Hand Made Thank You Note To All The Aspen Fire Personnel An Ariel Photo Of The Aspen Fire Burning On The Sierra National Forest On July 26th, 2013.  Smoke Plume Rising Into The Air.Fire Burns In A Canyon.  Firefighters Light The Fire As Smoke Moves Up The Drainage.The Aspen Fire Burns Into The Night

 

Corral Complex – Six Rivers National Forest – Eureka, CA.  2500 acres burned.

Corral Complex fire on 8/12 from Hwy 96 in Hoopa Valley looking east

 

Dance Complex – Six Rivers National Forest – Eureka, CA.  Firefighters were able to quickly contain this fire stopping a single acre from burning. This fire has been deemed as tapped. This was considered as a large scale fire on the inciweb possibly as the high fire warning.  Kudos to the Dance Complex Fire crews for stopping this fire for what could have been like the others seen in this post.

Redding Hotshot Crew Clean-up Gear After Working On The Dance Fire In Orleans.Verizon Works To Restore Phone LinesRoad Signs Damaged During Fire Are Replaced By Caltrans Road Maintenance Workers.Looking For Hot Spots Within The Fire's Perimeter

 

Orleans Complex – Six Rivers National Forest – Eureka, CA. 13,965 acres burned.  

A photo of the fire as it backs down the hillsideCrews clearing brush as the fire creeps along in the distanceView of the fire from the top of Red Cap Creek looking northSign posted on the side of the Forks of Salmon Post Office by local residentsTrees torching north of Forks of Salmon Fire Crews working hard to clear brush while building the containment lineFire crews readying their gear before heading out to the fireline.Butler Fire smoke column from the western line, August 10. Firefighters wrap Orleans Lookout.The sunsets through smoke from the Butler Fire.A view of the Butler Fire from Orleans Lookout.  08/07/13Protective wrap on the Orleans Lookout.A close up of fire behavior on the Butler Fire.A helicopter flies past Butler Flat en route to it's dip site.The Joshua Tree National Park engine crew in Butler Flat.A View Of The Butler Fire From Orleans Peak 8/1/13BLM engine 3133 in the Butler Flat area.The Ukonom Hotshots hike single line toward the Butler Fire in the area of Butler Flat.View Of Butler Fire From Salmon River Rd Or Hwy 93The Butler Fire Smoke Column Rises From Behind A Ridge, Adding To Smoke-filled Skies.  A Containment Line Is Visible Along The Ridgeline.

Salmon River Complex – Klamath National Forest – Yreka, CA. 12.021 acres burned.

photo of a female USFS packer leading a brown mule into the corralPhoto of the information officers assigned to the Salmon River Complex.Structure proction at Sawyers Bar.

Close up of crown initiation on Big Creek August 11, 2013

 

Colorado

Red Canyon Fire – Colorado River Valley Field Office – Silt, CO. 390 acres burned.

Red Canyon Fire blow-up on first day of fireTaken by Doug Self

Red Canyon Fire active burning at night on first day of fire.

 

Idaho

Beaver Creek Fire – Sawtooth National ForestTwin Falls, ID. 44,173 acres burned.

Pictured here is fire activity on Wednesday in Deer Creek near Clarendon Hot Springs.A helicopter drops retardant near Jolly Sailor Gulch off Deer Creek. The retardant proved effective today in lighter fuels like sagebrush and grass.Looking north from the bottom of Little Smoky Creek, August 12

 

Elk Complex – Boise National Forest – Boise, ID. 116,914 acres burned.

Photo taken on Monday, Aug. 12 by Idaho StatesmanFirefighter holds the fireline.Firefighter observes the night fireWater drop Engines pump and roll as the grass ignites

Lodgepole – Salmon – Challis National Forest – Salmon, ID. 22,753 acres burned.

Lodgepole Fire From ICP On 7-22-13Inside Bucket Used On Lodgepole Fire 7-22-13Type 2 Helicopter With Bucket Assigned To Lodgepole Fire 7-22-13Type 2 & Type 3 Helicopters Assigned To Lodgepole Fire 7-22-13Engine Crews On Lodgepole Fire 7-25-2013Lodgepole Fire 7-25-2013

Engine On Lodgepole Fire 7-25-2013Lodgepole Fire 7-25-2013Firefighter Lodgepole Fire 7-25-2013Lodgepole Fire 7-25-2013K-Max Works Lodgepole Fire 7-26-2013Firefighters On Lodgepole Fire 7-26-13Group Torching On Lodgepole Fire 7-26-13K-Max Works Lodgepole Fire 7-26-2013Engine 621 On Night Shift 7-26-2013Lodgepole Fire 7-29-2013 Near Bear CreekLodgepole Fire 7-29-2013 At NightFirefighter Lodgepole Fire July 28, 2013

Mccan Fire – Twin Falls District – Shoshone, ID.  23,389 acres burned.

 

Papoose Fire – Salmon – Challis National Forest – Salmon, ID. 9,511 acres burned.

Overview Of Papoose Fire, July 14, 2013Papoose Fire 07-28-13

 

Pony Complex – Boise District – Boise, ID. 143,900 acres burned.

Air attack photo of Pony ComplexAir attack photo of Pony ComplexBurnout along Immigrant RoadPropane tank with picture drawn of a pony from the retardant drop over the tank

Ridge Fire – Boise National Forest – Boise, ID

7-17 9pm Looking Southeast From Whitehawk LO7-17 11am Looking North Wth Reg Mtn Upper RightFire Column Seen From The Whitehawk Lookout Located Northwest Of The FireOut A Plane Window, Flames And Smoke Can Be SeenFirefighters Walking Over To The HelicopterYurt Row At Warm Springs AirstripHelispot With Column8-7 Ridge Fire Looing toward Red MtnDawn In Yurt Row At Ridge ICPCrews Return To ICPSunset At Spike CampSunset At The Ridge Fire

Thunder City – Payette National Forest – McCall, ID. 1,888 acres burned.

Helicopter Loading Water For Suppression EffortsPhoto Showing The Thunder City Fire On July 20, 2013Large Red Sky Crane Dropping Water On The Thunder City FireIMET Weather Balloon Launch 7/28/2013A Smokejumper Is Silhouette Is Descending To A Fire With Red And Orange-colored Smoke In The Background. Landscape View Of A Smoke ColumnThunder City Fire Large Smoke ColumnView Looking Towards A Ridge With Flames Of A Group Tree Torching

Oregon

Big Windy Complex – Central Point, OR.  15,700 acres burned.

A helicopter works on suppression activities on the Big Windy ComplexHellgate Bridge Near Hog Creek Is Obscured By Smoke From Wildfires+

Brimstone Fire – Southwest Oregon District – Central Point, OR

Donations To FirefightersBurnout OperationsSun Through SmokeBurned AreaFuel Type With Firefighter2Thank You CardBrimstone Fuel TypeThank You Card

 

Douglas Complex – Douglas Forest Protective Association – Roseburg, OR. 45,698 acres burned.

This Is A Photo Of Flames On The Douglas Complex.This Is A Photo Of A Redmond Hotshot Crew Member At The Douglas Complex.This Is A Photo Of Flames On The Douglas Complex.Burnout operations on Rabbit Mountain.  Division RThis Is A Photo Of Signs Expressing Appreciation To The Firefighters And The American Red Cross On The Douglas Complex.This Is A Photo Of IMT Staff At A Community Briefing On The Douglas Complex.

 

G C Complex – Central Oregon District – Pineville, OR. 11,683 acres burned.

Large Airtanker retardent drop over the hills of John DayJuniper tree engulfed in flames on the Grouse Mountain Fire. 08/11/13Single Engine Air Tanker, flying towards camera, dropping fire retardant on the Grouse Mountain Fire.  08/11/2013Helicopter with large bucket at the bottom of a long cable, putting water onto Grouse Mountain Fire.

 

Green Ridge Wildfire – Deschutes National Forest – Bend, OR. 1,510 acres burned.

Fire Backing Down Green Ridge In Division Z

 

Labrador Fire – Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest – Medford, OR. 2,023 acres burned.

View From Oak FlatBacking Fire At Oak Flat - Aug 1, 2013

 

Whiskey Complex – Umpqua National Forest – Roseburg, OR. 11,471 acres burned.

Whiskey ComplexFirefighters on the road monitor a planned ignition to create a fire control line on the Whiskey Fire.  This event was on August 5, before a low pressure system brought cooler temperatures and higher humidities.Whiskey Complex Hazardous Tree Assessment Courtesy of Safety Officer LamoreauxSmoke from an interior unburned spot late afternoon Wednesday.  The warmer temperatures have allowed fuels to dry and become more acceptable to burning.

Utah

Millville Fire – Salt Lake City, UT.  3,150 acres burned.

Flames seen in a night sceneMillville Fire Afternoon of Aug 12 Smoke can be seen on a hillside

Smoke is seen rising on a hillside

State – Utah State Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands – Salt Lake City, UT.  24,107 acres burned.

Smoke plume over the fire

Wyoming

Green Fire – Teton National Forest – Jackson, WY. 1,053 acres burned.

Smoke plume rises above the Green Fire on the slope of Osborn Mountain

Covered wagons pulled by horses with the smoke from the Green fire visible on the hillside in the background

3 fire vehicles with smoke from the Green Fire in the background

Packer Creek Fire – Teton National Forest – Jackson, WY. 401 acres burned.

View Of The Smoke Column From The Packer Creek Fire On The Afternoon Of August 2.Early Morning BriefingType 1 Skycrane Is Seen Using Snorkel To Get Water From PondAerial View Over The Fire

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Large Scale Fire Incidents Updates: 8/15/13 – Thursday

CALIFORNIA

Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Released: 1000 Hours PDT

Salmon River Complex Update

Email: salmonrivercomplex@gmail.com

InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3575/

Date Started: July 31, 2013

Size: 12,021 acres

Percent Contained: 55%

Estimated Cost to Date: $13,200,00

Est. Date of Containment: 08/18/2013

Total Personnel: 1,189

Committed Resources: 30 crews, 53 engines, 5 dozers, 21 water tenders, and 6 helicopters

Firefighters were successful in containing a small spot-fire southeast Tanner’s Peak ridgeline. A rockslide has closed Sawyers Bar Road near Dougherty Bluff blocking access for several residents. Siskiyou County road crews are working to clear the road today. The estimated date of containment of the fire was revised to August 18.

Planned Actions: Today if weather allows, firefighters will continue firing and holding operations along the ridge between Yellow Jacket Ridge and Sawyers Bar Road—west of Murderers Gulch. Firefighters will also conduct firing operations and continue to hold the established handline west of Tanners Peak on the east side of the fire west of Neilon Gulch. Crews will continue to reinforce containment lines. Perimeter structure defense will continue around the community of Sawyers Bar, including daily sprinkler system maintenance and testing.

The Red Cross Shelter has been closed and will reopen if requested. Clean air respite centers are still available at the Happy Camp Community Resource Center, HUB Communities Resource Center in Montague, Scott Valley Family Resource Center in Fort Jones, Madrone Senior Center at the Yreka Community Center, Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center and Dorris City Hall.

Fire Behavior and Air Quality: Last night’s observed fire behavior included creeping and smoldering in heavy dead and down fuels. Rolling material was a concern for firefighters as they patrolled and held the fire within existing containment lines.

The fire is anticipated to grow on the west side westerly towards China Gulch today. Due to firing operations, growth will continue from Yellow Jacket Ridge south to Murderers Gulch. Growth on the east side of the fire will be southwesterly towards the mouth of Jackass Gulch and Sawyers Bar Road.

A daily air quality report for Forks of Salmon, Sawyers Bar, Etna, Fort Jones and Yreka will be distributed with the morning update and posted on the Klamath National Forest Website athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/klamath.

For additional information on smoke conditions and health effects, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/ag/apc.aspx), the national Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/). Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” Website for smoke protection information athttp://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Closure Order: A Forest Order is in effect around the Salmon River Complex and Butler Fires on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. Sawyers Bar Road remains closed to public traffic from Etna Summit to the Forks of Salmon. Residents, with proof of residency, will be allowed through the closure. Residents may encounter one-way traffic control within the closure area. The Salmon River Road remains closed west of Forks of Salmon. Please see http://tinyurl.com/lsbx7ne for the full closure order and associated map.

Evacuations: An Evacuation Advisory remains in effect for all residents along the North Fork Salmon River from Kelly Gulch to Idlewild and Mule Bridge to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Boundary. Seehttp://inciweb.org/incident/article/3575/19865/ for more information on the evacuation advisory. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Services are working with fire managers to assure close communication and coordination. Large animals may be taken to the Dean McBroom Ranch at 1442 Sawyers Bar Road, Etna. Call 530-467-3711.

IDAHO

Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Released: 1000 Hours PDT

Deer Creek Pre-Evacuation

Condition: If the fire crosses the line running between Mahoney Butte south to the Red Cloud mine.

Actions:

– Move into unified command with Wood River FPD, Ketchum Rural FPD and City of Ketchum FPD.

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices to residences in Deer Creek.

– Consider mobilizing local structure protection resources.

Deer Creek Evacuation

Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning in Mahoney Creek near Mahoney Butte and following Mahoney Creek drainage south to the Deer Creek road and continuing south to Claridon Hot springs then continuing southwest down the ridge and across the Deer Creek road and continuing south to the SW corner of section 34.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuations for Deer Creek residences west of Big Wood River.

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices to residences east of Big Wood River and west of highway 75.

Evacuate east of Big Wood River

Condition: If the fire moves east past the deer creek ranch.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuations for the area east of Big Wood River and west of Highway 75.

Croy Creek Pre-evacuation

Condition: If the fire crosses the line running from the peak a mile east of the Red Cloud mine and running SW along the ridgeline to near Kelly Mtn.

Actions:

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for the Croy Creek area.

Croy Creek Evacuation

Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning in Democrat Gulch between sections 13/14 and following the ridgeline to the SW to the head of Liberty Gulch.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuation for Croy Creek area.

Greenhorn Gulch Pre-evacuation

Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning at the confluence of Mahoney and Lodgepole gulches and running SE to the head of Sawmill creek.

Actions:

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for Greenhorn Gulch west of the arches.

Greenhorn Gulch Evacuation

Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning where Mahoney creek bends to the SE and continuing across Deer Creek road and continuing SE to near the head of Imperial Gulch.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuations for Greenhorn Gulch west of the arches over the road.

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for Golden Eagle 1, Golden Eagle 2 and Timber Gulch subdivisions.

Golden Eagle/Timber Gulch Evacuation

Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning where the Castle Rock fire crosses Timber Gulch and continuing SE across Deer Creek road to the SW corner of section 18.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuations for Golden Eagle 1 and 2 subdivisions and Timber Gulch subdivision.

Baker Creek Pre-evacuation

Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning at the head of Apollo Creek and following the drainage down to the Baker Creek road then following the road NE to Cunard Gulch then continuing up to the head of Cunard Gulch

Actions:

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for the Baker Creek area west of Highway 75 from Prairie Creek to Cathedral Pines Org. Camp.

– Consider closure of Wood River drainage of the SNRA.

Baker Creek Evacuation

Incident Name -Beaver Creek – ShapeBaker  Creek

Evac Activated – 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning at the intersection of the Baker Creek road and the East Fork road and continuing SE to Fox Peak.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuations for Baker Creek area west of highway 75 from Prairie Creek to Cathedral Pines org. camp.

Warm Springs Pre-evacuation

Incident Name:  Beaver Creek Shape, Warm Springs

Pre-evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire burns into the footprint of the Castle Rock fire (2007) near Warm Springs.

Actions:

-Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for the structures located between Rooks creek and Bassett Gulch.

Warm Springs Evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Warm Springs

Evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: The fire crosses the line beginning at the head of Warfield Creek and following the drainage to the warm springs road. Then continuing across the road and following the ridgeline to the head of Alturas Gulch.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuation of the structures between Rooks Creek and Bassett Gulch.

Oregon Gulch to Newman Creek

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Oregon Gulch to Newman Creek

Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: The fire crosses the line beginning at the confluence of Baker Creek and Newman Creek and continuing east following the trail to Oregon Gulch and then down Oregon Gulch to Hwy 75.

Actions:

–  Work with Blaine County Sheriff’s Office to discuss possible impacts to Hwy 75 and potential need for closure.

– Consider relocation of SNRA headquarters employees to alternate work location.

– Work with Idaho Power to discuss possible impacts to power line along Hwy 75 and potential need to de-energize the line.

Deer Creek Pre-Evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Deer Creek

Pre-evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line running between Mahoney Butte south to the Red Cloud mine.

Actions:

-Move into unified command with Wood River FPD, Ketchum Rural FPD and City of Ketchum FPD.

-Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices to residences in Deer Creek.

-Consider mobilizing local structure protection resources.

Deer Creek Evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Deer Creek

Evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning in Mahoney Creek near Mahoney Butte and following Mahoney Creek drainage south to the Deer Creek road and continuing south to Claridon Hot springs then continuing southwest down the ridge and across the Deer Creek road and continuing south to the SW corner of section 34.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuations for Deer Creek residences west of Big Wood River.

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices to residences east of Big Wood River and west of highway 75.

Evacuate east of Big Wood River

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape

Evac east of Big Wood River

Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire moves east past the deer creek ranch.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuations for the area east of Big Wood River and west of Highway 75.

Croy Creek Pre-evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Croy Creek

Pre-evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line running from the peak a mile east of the Red Cloud mine and running SW along the ridgeline to near Kelly Mtn.

Actions:

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for the Croy Creek area.

Croy Creek Evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek, Shape Croy Creek

Evacuation Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning in Democrat Gulch between sections 13/14 and following the ridgeline to the SW to the head of Liberty Gulch.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuation for Croy Creek area.

Greenhorn Gulch Pre-evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Greenhorn Gulch

Pre-evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning at the confluence of Mahoney and Lodgepole gulches and running SE to the head of Sawmill creek.

Actions:

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for Greenhorn Gulch west of the arches.

Greenhorn Gulch Evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Greenhorn

Evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning where Mahoney creek bends to the SE and continuing across Deer Creek road and continuing SE to near the head of Imperial Gulch.

Actions:

– Cconsider initiating mandatory evacuations for Greenhorn Gulch west of the arches over the road.

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for Golden Eagle 1, Golden Eagle 2 and Timber Gulch subdivisions.

Golden Eagle/Timber Gulch Evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Golden Eagle/Timber Gulch

Evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning where the Castle Rock fire crosses Timber Gulch and continuing SE across Deer Creek road to the SW corner of section 18.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuations for Golden Eagle 1 and 2 subdivisions and Timber Gulch subdivision.

Baker Creek Pre-evacuation

Incident Name Beaver Creek Shape, Baker Creek pre-evac

Activated: 8/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning at the head of Apollo Creek and following the drainage down to the Baker Creek road then following the road NE to Cunard Gulch then continuing up to the head of Cunard Gulch.

Actions:

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for the Baker Creek area west of Highway 75 from Prairie Creek to Cathedral Pines Org. Camp consider closure of Wood River drainage of the SNRA.

Baker Creek Evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Baker Creek

Evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire crosses the line beginning at the intersection of the Baker Creek road and the East Fork road and continuing SE to Fox Peak.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuations for Baker Creek area west of highway 75 from Prairie Creek to Cathedral Pines org. camp.

Warm Springs Pre-evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Warm Springs

Pre-evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: If the fire burns into the footprint of the Castle Rock fire (2007) near Warm Springs Actions.

– Consider initiating pre-evacuation notices for the structures located between Rooks creek and Bassett Gulch.

Warm Springs Evacuation

Incident Name: Beaver Creek Shape, Warm Springs

Evac Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: The fire crosses the line beginning at the head of Warfield Creek and following the drainage to the warm springs road. Then continuing across the road and following the ridgeline to the head of Alturas Gulch.

Actions:

– Consider initiating mandatory evacuation of the structures between Rooks Creek and Bassett Gulch.

Oregon Gulch to Newman Creek

Incident Name:  Beaver Creek Shape, Oregon Gulch to Newman Creek

Activated: 08/14/2013

Deactivated Condition: The fire crosses the line beginning at the confluence of Baker Creek and Newman Creek and continuing east following the trail to Oregon Gulch and then down Oregon Gulch to Hwy 75.

Actions:

-Work with Blaine County Sheriff’s Office to discuss possible impacts to Hwy 75 and potential need for closure.

-Consider relocation of SNRA headquarters employees to alternate work location.

-Work with Idaho Power to discuss possible impacts to power line along Hwy 75 and potential need to de-energize the line.

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Elmore County Sheriffs Office Completes Structure Assessment

Incident: Elk Complex Wildfire
Released: 19 hrs. ago

Per the Structure Assessment, 38 residences and 43 outbuildings have been destroyed totalling 81 structures. Elmore County Sheriffs Office has initiated a phone line for Fall and Lester Creek landowners to call for information on their residences – (208) 653-2505. More information will be provided at a Public Meegting tomorrow evening (8/15/13) at 6:00pm at the Elks Lodge in Mountain Home.

MONTANA

Incident: Red Shale Wildfire
Released: 1:02 hrs. ago

Current Activities: The Red Shale Fire acreage remains at 9,342 acres. Hot spots and fire activity continue on the north end, south west of Rabbit Butte and minimal smoke from Ray and Red Shale Creeks. Warmer and dryer weather is forecasted for the next several days, and is expected to increase fire activity and smoke. The Gates Park remote area weather station (RAW) reports no precipitation, but night time relative humidities continue to recover to 95%. The Red Shale Fire remains as a Type 4 command.

Fire personnel at Gates Park along with Beartop Lookout are monitoring current activities. The Type 3 helicopter is currently stationed at the Choteau Airport to assist fire personnel if needed. Two smoke monitors are in service to monitor this region: one at Ear Mountain and one in Augusta. Reports are available on-line; please go to www.inciweb.org/incident/3550 and “Related Incident Links.”

Management Actions: Evaluation and mitigation of potential risks to the public, fire personnel, and resources remains as the top priority. Heavy downfall, abundant hazardous snags and dense young lodgepole pine stands, along with remote location in the wilderness poses a challenge in ensuring safety zones and escape routes for fire personnel. A long term management plan identifying activities to slow progress and reduce intensity of the fire was completed on July 24. This plan will be routinely reviewed by District Fire Managers to ensure management actions are adequately addressing concerns identified in the plan.

Restrictions and Closures: For public safety, there are several trails closed within the Sun River Game Preserve and along the Continental Divide Trail. All forest visitors travelling in the backcountry are urged to use caution and be observant of changes in weather and fire behavior. Trail closures are updated frequently: for the current detailed map, please visit inciweb.org

The following trails are closed in full length as of July 31: East Side Sun River #109, Rock Creek #111, Moose Ridge Lookout #125, Red Shale #130, Moonlight Peak #132, North Fork Lick Creek #151, Gates Creek #162, Ray Creek Cut-off #163, Ray Creek #164, and Gates Creek – Moose Creek #166. There are partial closures and restrictions on following trails: North Fork Sun River #110 from pack bridge north, Washboard Reef #117 from #108 to #110 junction, and North Fork Wall #174 is closed from Red Shale #130 north to Moonlight Peak #132. The Chinese Wall #175, north of Cliff Mountain, and My Lake #.

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Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
Released: 1000 hours

Contact: Public Information Officers: Bob MacGregor, Glenda Scott

Phone: 406-349-0163 / Cell: 603-568-9893, 406-529-2308

What: Gold Pan Complex (Gold Pan, Nez Peak, Thirteen, and Goat Fires)

Cause: Lightning

Location: 35 miles SW of Darby, MT. in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.

Jurisdiction: Bitterroot National Forest – West Fork Ranger District

Size: 17,233 acres.

Public Meeting: Friday August 16 at 6:30 p.m. to update residents on the current fire status including the fire activity at Nez Peak that is near the wilderness boundary. Arrangements are being made and will be published on Inciweb and through e-mail when finalized.

Summary: Two new lightning-caused wildfires (Thirteen and Nez Peak fires) were added to the Gold Pan Complex on Wednesday. All fires are within the wilderness; a plan is in place for actions if fire movement is expected to leave the wilderness.

The lightning caused Nez Peak Fire was spotted Wednesday and is on the northeast side of Nez Perce Peak two miles northwest of the intersection of the Magruder Road and Hells Half Acre road. It is one mile west of the wilderness boundary and estimated at 25 acres. Heavy helicopters were dropping water on the fire until late into the evening in an effort to slow the fire. We will continue to aggressively suppress the fire with continued water drops today. The terrain is steep and riddled with snags and bug killed trees. Crew supervisors are evaluating the ability to safely deploy ground crews in to directly attack the fire. Crews are ready to go in where it is safe to position them.

The Gold Pan fire at 17,219 acres, showed more fire activity after the inversion lifted around 1 p.m. when temperatures increased and relative humidity decreased. There continues to be individual and group tree torching throughout the fire area although there was limited growth of the perimeter. Fire was active in the Kim Creek Saddle area consuming fuels in green patches. Smoke and tree torching continues south of the Magruder Road and a 2-acre burnout was conducted to reduce the chance of spotting across the road. The southeast portion of the fire in the Grassy Gulch area continues to burn up short slopes pushed by upslope winds. Helicopter water drops were used to cool some hot areas. Actions today will be similar to yesterday with patrolling for spot fires in the Gold Pan fire will be concentrated on catching any spot fires that develop north of Magruder Road and keeping the Corridor open to fire traffic by clearing any falling snags. The Magruder Road continues to be closed to public traffic within the fire area. Fire crews will be patrolling for spot fires along the east flank to keep the fire west of the Hells Half road.

The one-acre Thirteen fire was detected on Tuesday and is eight miles south of the Gold Pan fire near Thirteen Mountain. It is within the 2012 Mustang fire area where there is limited chance for the fire to spread due to the past fire scar. The Goat fire is 13 acres and is monitored from reconnaissance flights and the lookout; it continues to have some smoke but is surrounded by rocky terrain which is limiting its ability to spread.

Fire crews and assigned helicopters assisted the West Fork District and surrounding National Forests with initial attack responding to five new fires in four hours.

The weather today will be hot and continued dry due to the high pressure hanging over the area. Fire activity will increase with the drying conditions. Fire managers are preparing for the weather forecast of a cold front expected on Saturday which may cause strong southwest and westerly winds beginning Friday, and work in conjunction with the dry conditions to move the fire. There is the potential to push the main Gold Pan fire in the southeast where green forests are ahead of the fire. The Nez Peak Fire has the potential to move towards Cayuse Creek, and to Sheephead Creek outside the Wilderness boundary.

There are four helicopters assigned to the Gold Pan Complex. Crews will continue to assist the Bitterroot NF and surrounding National Forests in initial attack as well as share the assigned helicopters for water drops. New fire detections are increasing with the hot, dry weather

Closures: An emergency closure order is in place for all Forest Service roads and trails within and surrounding the fire. View the closure order/map at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3538/. Stay in touch with the Bitterroot National Forest through www.facebook.com/DiscoverTheBitterroot andwww.twitter.com/BitterrootNF. Email Goldpan13@gmail.com to receive this information electronically.

UTAH

Incident: Millville Wildfire
Released: 1000 Hours

Cache County, Utah – August 15, 2013

The Millville Fire made a significant run yesterday prompting officials to implement a mandatory evacuation of areas along a segment of the Blacksmith Fork road and an area along the Left Hand Fork road. Structures are threatened within the evacuation area. The fire remains north of the Blacksmiths Fork road and south of the ridge separating the Millville drainage and Blacksmith Fork canyon. Heavy air-tankers were used late yesterday successfully preventing the fire moving north into upper Millville Canyon. The fire increased in size by approximately 600 acres yesterday. Due to more accurate mapping the size of the fire is 2750 acres. The fire is 20% contained.

Thursday Fire crews will focus on securing the fire line along the ridge line between Millville Canyon and Blacksmiths Fork Canyon. In addition crews will be working along the Blacksmiths Fork road to insure the fire remains north of the road. A Red Flag alert remains in effect through 9pm today. These same conditions contributed to the fire spread that occurred yesterday.

A strike team of five fire engines were ordered and are expected to be in place by this afternoon. Three additional helicopters will be added to assist fire fighting efforts. Fire managers are pinching the fire towards the intersection of the Blacksmith Fork road and the Left Hand Fork road. Burnout operations will occur when conditions warrant to keep the fire north of the Blacksmith Fork road. The fire activity is in very steep terrain making fire line construction extremely difficult. Most of line work can only be effective either on ridge tops and along roads. The work requires a compliment of helicopter water drops to be the most effective. A Northern Utah Type 3 Incident Command Team continues managing the incident. 170 personnel are working on the fire, including five hand crews, five engines, 4 helicopters, and 2 air tankers are available. .

The mandatory evacuation area begins at the mouth of Blacksmiths Fork canyon beginning approximately at the Sleepy Hollow road intersection and extends east to the intersection with the Left Hand Fork road (approximately 6 miles). The mandatory evacuation also includes the Left Hand Fork Canyon area beginning at the Left Hand Fork road intersection with Blacksmith Fork road and extends to the Gray Cliff springs area (approximately 7 miles). The Blacksmiths Fork Canyon road is closed to all nonessential traffic from the intersection with the Sleepy Hollow road to the Left Hand Fork road. The Left Hand Fork road is also closed to nonessential traffic. Millville Canyon remains closed.

Trails in the Left Hand Fork, Richards Hollow, Herd Hollow, and Gray Cliff springs areas are closed.

A public meeting is scheduled tonight at the Heritage Elementary School gymnasium in Nibley (925 W. 3200 S.) beginning at 8pm. Fire managers would like to provide an update on the status of the fire and discuss the evacuations that are currently in effect.

The Millville Fire started on Sunday morning, August 11, 2013 by lightning.

Fire Information:

Larry Lucas, Fred Noack

801-573-6622, 801 690-4081

WYOMING

Incident: Green Fire Wildfire
Released: 1:26 hrs. ago

The Green and Kendall Fires were discovered, August 3 burning in the Upper Green River Valley on the Pinedale Ranger District. The fires ignited from a severe lighting storm that passed over the area August 1.

KENDALL FIRE

Status: This fire is burning in high, rocky terrain in the Bridger Wilderness, east of Boulder Basin. Fire is creeping to the west with debris rolling downhill to the south.

 

Size: 196 acres.

Strategy: Engine crews continue to monitor fire growth and progression. Fire Managers and a Fire Analyst have developed a long-term plan to confine and contain the fire that is burning in exceptionally difficult terrain, with the risk of rolling logs and rocks released by the ground fire.

GREEN FIRE

Size: 1,053 acres.

Status: The fire is located 15 miles north of the Kendall Fire in the Roaring Fork Basin at the base of Osborn Mountain. Fire is creeping, smoldering, with isolated torching and short range spotting. Mop-up and patrol will occur on the north and west flanks of the fire. Fire Managers have developed a long-term strategy for the fire based on fire behavior predictions and agency priorities. They identified action points to protect private inholdings and Forest Service recreation sites on the north end of Green River Lakes.

Closures: An Emergency Area and Trail Closure is currently in effect for the Green Fire which includes the fire area perimeter as well as a portion of Trail #7094 (Continental Divide Scenic Trail) from Green River Lakes trailhead north to the point where it crosses the Roaring Fork River. This closure is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Green Fire.

 

The main objective for these fires is to limit firefighter exposure to hazards, and to provide for public safety and protect private property. Fire managers will not compromise firefighter safety during management efforts on these fires.

Currently the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park are in High Fire Danger. Please use caution while recreating on public lands and be sure to extinguish all campfires completely.

Call 307-413-0285 or visit www.tetonfires.com or www.inciweb.org for more information and related links.

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Incident: Hardluck Fire Wildfire

Released: 1000 Hours

Hardluck Fire – Shoshone National Forest

Fire Information: (307) 250-6867 or (307) 250-0148

Status: 15,719 acres, 0 percent contained.

Fire History: Reported by a fire detection flight on July 20, 2013, the fire was caused by a lightning strike within the days prior to the report. All structure protection and fuels reduction work on national forest lands at the end of the South Fork Road have been completed.

Objectives: Firefighter and public safety

Recent Events: Warmer temperatures and lower humidity than was predicted yesterday stoked the fire, which became more active in the afternoon. The helicopter assigned to the fire was temporarily reassigned to help suppress two new fires on the Clarks Fork Ranger District reported yesterday afternoon. The fires, which were roughly one-tenth of an acre in size when discovered, were ignited by lightning the day before. Containment of these two fires is expected by noon today.

Today’s Strategy: More fire activity and smoke is expected today. Two reconnaissance flights are planned and an infrared flight has been requested for this evening to measure actual fire growth and intensity. Fire managers are continuing to assess contingency plans in the event the fire burns out of the wilderness.

Forecast: A very dry air mass will settle over the fire area today and will remain through tomorrow. Very low relative humidities are expected this afternoon and evening ranging between 9 and 13%. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s. No thunderstorms are expected for the next couple of days. Smoke may be visible in the region from both the Hardluck Fire and large fires in Utah and Idaho.

Closures and Evacuations: An area closure is in effect for the entire South Fork drainage beginning south of Aspen Creek beyond the South Fork Road (County Road 6WX/Forest Service Road 479.B).

 

Source:  Inciweb.org

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