#LariatFire | California | NEW!


Summary | A fast-moving 2-alarm fire is burning uphill in the San Jose Alum Rock neighborhood that started from an unknown cause around 1800 hours PDT this evening (Tuesday, 7/11/2017)

Location | The fire is located 6 miles NE of San Jose, in Santa Clara County in California in San Jose’s Alum Rock neighborhood.

Current Conditions | Very active fire behavior with a high rate of spread (ROS) and appears to be wind-driven. 2 homes have been destroyed with more under direct threat.  One Firefighter has been transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Credit: CAL Fire

The grass fire has turned into a wildfire that has been named the #LariatFire which has reached a total of 100 acres with a 0% containment status.

Resources | Both San Jose FD and CAL Fire personnel are assigned to this incident along with a Type 3 hand crew and 1 helicopter on-scene. More unknown resources are pouring into the area as this fire is threatening both humans and properties.

Evacuations | Evacuations are in effect for Claitor Way and Boulder Drive.

Weather Report | Current temps are 73*F with relative humidity (RH) at 50%.  Winds are 13 mph.  Dewpoint is 54*F.

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New Mexico’s Tiberon Wildfire | New! | July 15, 2016


Start Date/Time

This wildfire started on July 13th around 1530 hours from an unknown cause.  It is currently being investigated.


It is located 31 miles South of Cloudcroft (Otero County), New Mexico. Burning on private land.

Fire Size / Damage Assessment

As of July 13th, fire was at 100 acres with an unknown containment.  Today on July 15th, the fire has reached 290 acres with a 16% containment status, but not before fire damaged or destroyed 67 homes, 16 vehicles, 4 RVs and 1 Timberon VFD Engine due to being broken down from a mechanical issue.




A Type 3 has moved into a Type 4 Management team as of 7/15/2016 @ 0600 hours.


Fire Resources

There are 160 resources from various agencies, which consist of Engines, hand crews and Air resources.

Evacuation Shelter

A Red Cross evacuation shelter was opened at the Cloudcroft High School.


Fire Fuels

Fire fuels consist of mixed forest grass and shrub understory.

Future Tactics

Fire crews will continue to secure containment lines.  They will also cut and clear snag around homes in burned areas.


Weather Conditions

Temps have been in the high 80’s up to the low 90’s.  There is a forecast for a chance of a thunderstorm with strong erratic winds and light rain.


Incident Hashtags

The Hashtags we are using for this fire are:  #TiberonFire #NMWildfires2016 #USWildfiresNM

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SPOKANE CO, WASHINGTON | 2 Teams Merge Into 1 Incident Management Team

Spokane County, Washington

The Spokane County IMT page announced on May 14, merged their personnel w NE Washington IMT. The move eliminated redundancy and duplication of effort and effectively doubled thir Type 3 IMT capability.

The Spokane County IMT will become a Type 4 Incident Support Team made up of Chief Officers from Spokane County that will assist the local authority having jurisdiction on greater alarm incidents that do not rise to the Type 3 level of incident complexity.

“The merger of the two teams is just another example of all levels of government working together to reduce costs and increase service.” says the County.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog