MILL FIRE | Arizona | 3 | Final Update

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Air tanker dropping retardant over the Mill Fire

Air tanker dropping fire retardant right over the Mill Fire in Arizona. | Courtesy: Inciweb

CAUSE

It ignited from an unknown cause that is still under undetermined and under investigation.

FUELS

Fire fuels include but are not limited to:  brush, scrub oak, juniper and grass. The environment is also very dry.  179 acres have been completely destroyed.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters have been shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground and back out again.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident on the day the fire started on Monday but have been reduced down to 70 on Tuesday.

There is a Type 3 IC (Castro) also in Command with the PIO Delores Garcia.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

With a heavy emphasis on fire suppression and containment efforts, fire crews successfully reached a 50% containment status on Tuesday afternoon.  Fire Managers reported no fire growth today which is great news.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Weather conditions include isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There were no structures under threat or damaged.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/7/2019 @ 2000 Hour MST

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 2

UPDATE | Humidity and cooler temperatures have significantly reduced fire activity tonight. Firefighters have been flown out of the immediate fire area and will be flown in tomorrow. Interior heat and gusty winds a concern for tomorrow.  2110 hours MST. (Source:  BLM AZ Wildfire)

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 1

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

Update 3 | Hot Shot Fire | WA DNR | Near Oso, Washington

Updated:  5/13/2016 0720 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

Date / Time:   5/12/2016. Time unknown. Around 1900 hours, Social media began reporting a brush fire now being reported as a wildfire.

Location:  18633 Hwy 530, Arlington and near Oso, Washington.  We are unsure if this is in the area where the deadly landslides hit the area in the past.

Cause:  Unknown.

 

INCIDENT HISTORY

5/12/2016

  • Reported by Social Media brush fire turned wildfire started
  • Some reports indicate cause due to unconfirmed logging operation
  • DNR: Fire name Hot Shot. Limited info. 55 acres. Command to change over on 5/13/16 AM.
  • Media reporting acres burned @ 2300 hours was already at 65 acres.
  • DNR Response:  Fire crews dispatched at 1841 hours. Near Hotshot TS. Snohomish County, near Oso off of Hwy 530.
  • DNR:  Nearby tower not being threatened.
  • DNR:  Fire fuels in active timber sale in fell.
  • DNR:  Probability of fire growth is high.
  • DNR:  Type 2 IMT team ordered.
  • Social Media:  Reported Local FD had arrived but when the winds picked up, they backed out. (we do not have confirmation of that but sounds like if they did, it’s a safety issue)

5/13/2016

  • DNR states:  Nearby tower is not being threated.  Fire fuels are in active timber sale and fell.  Probability of the fire growth is  high.  A Type 2 IMT team has been ordered.
  • 80+ acres.

 

CURRENT WEATHER (at the time of this update)

  • Temps:  53 degrees.
  • Precipitation:  0%.
  • Humidity:  86%.
  • Winds:  6 mph.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Hashtags:  #HotshotFire #WAFires2016 #ArlingtonFire

 

 

UPDATES

More updates will be posted on this fire.  You can also catch us on our own Social Media platforms on Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog) for further information on this fire and other incidents/stories/events/opportunities.

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog 

 

 

 

Update 2 | Hotshot Fire | DNR | Near Oso, Washington

Updated:  5/12/2016 2300 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

Date / Time:   5/12/2016. Time unknown. Around 1900 hours, Social media began reporting a brush fire now being reported as a wildfire.

Location:  18633 Hwy 530, Arlington and near Oso, Washington.  We are unsure if this is in the area where the deadly landslides hit the area in the past.

Cause:  Unknown.

 

FIRE STATUS:

DNR Response:   We have received a response from DNR, “Limited info right now.  Fire is named #Hotshot.  Currently, @ 55 acres and a Type 3 DNR NW Region team will assume command on Friday, May 13, 2016.”

 

CURRENT WEATHER

Temps:  56 degrees.

Precipitation:  0%.

Humidity:  76%.

Winds:  6 mph.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media Frenzy:   Mainstream media is reporting this brush fire turned wildfire about 2 hours ago.

Fire Reports:  Media was reporting that the winds were picking up and local FD firefighters had pulled out of the area, going back into service while DNR resources were en route to the fire scene.  We have not been able to confirm that with DNR officials.

Fire Images:  Fire Images are burning up all over Social Media.  We have not reposted due to copyrights.  If you’d like to share your photos and stories with us, we’d love to give you full photo credit.  (nwfireblog@comcast.net)

 

A BUSY DAY

According to DNR’s Fire Dispatch CAD, here are some of the today’s fire incidents that have occurred throughout Washington State:

1113 PDT:  #276AveFire. Camas (Clark County).  Turned over to Landowner.

1130 PDT:  #JenningsRdFire.  Troutlake (Klicktat County).  .25 acres. Contained @ 1356 PDT.

1449 PDT:  #AugustRdFire.  August Road. (Lewis County).  Grass, brush, timber slash. Brush resources on-scene.

 

UPDATES

We are signing off for the evening but we will provide updates as we receive them. Thanks for reading and following along with us on fire incidents, stories and happenings.

Have a Safe evening/day wherever your journey make take you.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog 

 

 

 

#MT WILDFIRE 2: #PineCrestFire – March 29, 2015 – Sunday

Stillwater County MT | A second fire has broken out in Montana and this one is approximately 8 miles East of Columbus and 6 miles West of Park City. It is burning near a subdivision.

ACREAGE. CONTAINMENT STATUS.

The fire has scorched 3,000 acres and has a 0% containment status.

STRUCTURES. EVACUATIONS.

One structure has been lost.    Many are currently threatened. Number is unknown.

Evacuations are in place for the north end of Pine Crest Subdivision.

NOTE:  If you receive a notice to evacuate, please know they are doing this to save you and your family. You are irreplaceable, your home is replaceable. We understand that this is YOUR home. Please take what you can. Staying may cause people to put their lives on the line unnecessarily or could cause you to lose your own.  It is NOT worth it.  Your LIFE is.

COMMAND.

Previously, the Fire & Aviation Mgmt Bureau out of Missoula, MT were managing the fire but had requested additional resources, including establishment of a Type 3 IMT team which has been assumed by DNRC as of 1000 hours MT in partnership with Columbus Fire Department.

RESOURCES.

Current resources on the fire are:

  • BLM
  • Absarokee VFD
  • Columbus VFD
  • Park City VFD
  • Stillwater County
  • Sweet Grass County
  • Yellowstone County
  • US Fish & Wildlife
  • US Forest Service
  • 4 helicopters

WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Currently, the weather is partly cloudy with 57-degrees and 0% chance of rain.  The high is expected to get up to 68-degrees.  Winds are 10 mph from the N to the SW with gusts up to 18 mph.  [Park City, MT]

Weather conditions in Columbus MT are 67-degrees, partly cloudy with winds from the West at 14 mph with no chance of rain in the forecast.

Saturday’s winds had been coming from the West at 5-15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph as of yesterday. [Park City, MT]

ROAD ALERTS.

I-90 is currently open but had been previously closed due to blowing smoke and low visibility and multiple vehicle crashes.

 

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