The Wildfire Log | Alaska Fires | 1


Update 1 – Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 2035 PDT


The LAKE MINAKOKOSA FIRE is located about 50 miles east of Kobuk, Alaska.

The wildfire was knocked down after effective drops from water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft and extensive work completed by the smokejumpers on the north end of the lake.  The fire is said to have started at a construction work site and where smokejumpers are working to contain the fire.

There is an estimated 15 acres of tundra and sparse spruce trees burning.  They are expecting the fire to be fully contained in a few days.


BLM firefighters responded today to a new wildfire located 17 miles north of Russian Mission.  Aircraft from the BLM AFS Galena Fire Management Zone sent an aircraft to check out the possible fire. Once the crew arrived, they observed the fire active and burning through tundra.

Photo of the Kuyukutuk Fire (#224) is burning in tundra about 17 miles north of Russian Mission and Marshal on June 10, 2019. It is estimated to be 15 acres in size.

The Kuyukutuk Fire | Credit: Tony Chapman of the BLM AFS team

Two fire bosses and eight smokejumpers whom just completed fire suppression on nearby DARBY MOUNTAINS FIRE about 15 miles northwest of Koyuk were diverted to this wildfire.  Smokejumpers arrived around 1500 hours.

Fire PIO is unsure if there are any structures or other high value risks in the area.

They are  being managed with a strategy other than a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned:


The NORTH RIVER fire is burning in the Galena Zone on Bureau of Land Management or known as BLM on their lands, about 38 miles NE of Koyuk.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, flanking and backing.


The SWAN LAKE fire is burning in lands managed by the Alaska Department of Forestry or AK DOF in the Kenai-Kodiak Area, about 12 miles NE of Sterling.  Active fire behavior is with group torching, flanking and backing.  There has been 2,547 acres of timber and short grass burned.  There is a 0% containment status at the time of this posting.

HOW TO REPORT A WILDFIRE | Call 9-1-1 or 800-237-3633.

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The Wildfire Log | Jordan Fire | CA | 1


Update 1 | Monday, June 10, 2019 | 1945 hours PDT

Incident Summary | A wildfire started on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9, 2019, which is located in the Golden Trout Wilderness is west of Black Rock.  The fire appears to be burning downslope towards Jordan Hot Springs.

Incident Name | It has been named the JORDAN FIRE.

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Credit: USFS – Inyo NF

Size Up | The fire is approximately 150 acres and burning in the 2002 McNally fire burn scar.

Cause | Fire Managers have determined the the cause was related to lightning which was active in the area just before the fire ignited.

Challenges Faced | Fire crews are challenged with large amount of dead standing trees and downed logs, as well as thick decadent brush.  Personnel were expected to be helicoptered in to assess the needs of the fire and to determine what fire tactics are needed.

Credit: Sequoia NF

Resources | Resources include:  one helicopter, two crews and one engine.   Additional resources are on order.   The Inyo NF’s Type 3 Organization has been activated.   Personnel from neighboring Sequoia NF was also en route to assist in the wildfire fight.

Areas Open | The Golden Trout Wilderness is posting on their Social Media that the area is opened and has several roadway entrances that hikers and campers can easily access.

Alerts | The Inyo National Forest’s Mammoth and Mono Basin Visitor’s Centers will not be issuing fuelwood permits during the week of June 9-15, 2019.

How to Be Fire Smart | 

Give Smokey a hand! Follow these rules for campfire safety and wildfire prevention:

1. Make sure you are at a site that allows campfires.
2. Make sure there are no burn bans and it’s not too windy.
3. Lastly, Smokey’s friends never play with matches, lighters, lighter fluid or other flammable liquids.

For more campfire safety visit:

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The Wildfire Log | LA City Brush Fire | CA | 1


Update 1 | June 10, 2019 | Monday | 1845 hours PDT

A brush fire named the LA CITY BRUSH FIRE at Hansen Dam has been logged into the Angeles Emergency Communications Center’s CAD system at 1751 hours PDT.

We are not showing any resources being dispatched but we will be looking for additional details when they are available.

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The Wildfire Log | Elk Fire | NM | 2


JUNE 10, 2019 – MONDAY – 0955 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A lightning sparked wildfire, named the ELK FIRE is burning in the Gila National Forest about 18 miles northeast of Aragon, New Mexico.

Current Status

There is moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping, single-tree torching that are threatening structures.

The fire is under the command of a Type IMT2 – SW Team 3.

500 acres of timber have been destroyed.  There is no containment at this time.


There are approximately 119 total personnel assigned along with 5 crews and 1 helicopter.

Damage Assessments

Fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $40,000.

Social Media

#ElkFire #NMwildfires2019


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The Wildfire Log | Elk Fire | NM | 1


JUNE 9, 2019 – SUNDAY – 1315 HOURS PDT

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The men and women are the faces behind fire suppression, containment and management of the fire. | Credit: Gila NF

Incident Summary

A wildfire started on June 6, 2019 is located six miles southeast of Mangus, New Mexico on the Gila National Forest of the Quemada Ranger District.

The cause has been determined to be a lightning sparked wildfire.

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Credit: Gila NF

Current Status

The IC has ordered a Type 2 team.

The fire was reported as 100 acres but has now increased to 250 acres with a 0% containment status.  It is moving up the Mangas Mountain from pinyon juniper grasslands to ponderosa pine to dry mixed conifer with aspen.

Fire behavior has been low to a moderate intensity with dead fallen trees and brush piles burning.

Hot Shot crews will continue to prepping communication sites, the lookout tower and helispots.  Challenges include lack of access, fire suppression and control.

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Credit: Gila NF

A Type 2 Southwest Incident Management Team (Dave Gesser, IC) will assume command on Monday, June 10th.

Conditions include: fire being in a remote location with rugged terrain with rocky and steep slopes, deep drainages and lava rock.


Resources include One Type 3 helicopter and a USFS engine along with Silver City IHC, Gila IHC and Escondido WFM.  The IC is Heath Barker with a ICT Type 3 team.

Social Media

#ElkFire #NMwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | The Mountain Fire | AZ | 1



Incident Summary

A wildfire ignited just before noon on  Friday, June 7th, located approximately eight miles east of the nearest town of Cave Creek, Arizona.  It is about eight miles of the Cave Creek Ranger District office and near Horseshoe Dam Road turnoff.

The fire was caused by human intervention from an unknown ignition source.  The cause is currently under investigation.

Current Status

The fire has destroyed 7,225 acres and there is still a 0% containment status.

Image of smoke from Mountain Fire

Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

It is being reported to be burning on the Tonto National Forest and east and northeast towards Bartlett Lake and Horshoe.  The nearby Bartlett Dam Road and Cave Road have both been shutdown.  This closure is to continue throughout the weekend.

A helicopter is currently dipping out of the Barlett Lake.

Fire Resources

There are currently 243 total personnel assigned to this wildfire along with fire assets that include multiple air tankers and a helicopter.

Mountain Fire burned area

Aerial fly over. | Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

Command was assumed by the Central West Zone Type 3 IMT at 0600 hours this morning.

Additional resources are on order.

Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

Evacuation Orders

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was assisting with the mandatory evacuations of those in the Bartlett Lake users and campers who had remained in the area, after voluntary evacuations were issued on Friday, June 7th.

Social Media

#TheMountainFire #AZwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | Gold Fire | ID | 1


UPDATE 1 – WED, 6/5/2019 – 2055 PDT

A wildfire has ignited in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest about 17 miles east of Metaline Falls, Washington and 81 miles NNE of Spokane, Washington.

The fire was discovered at 2058 MDT on Wednesday, June 5th.

Two acres may have been burned.

Limited information known at this time.

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Abby Lane Wildfire | WA | 1

OROVILLE, Wash. | What would appear to be a small wildfire initially when WA DNR resources were dispatched at 1206 hours PDT to a single acre, has grown incredibly to a fast-moving fire and destroying many acres already.


The incident is unfolding on Mt. Hull area, which is located on Rocky Place off of Swanson Mill Road and just past Canyon Creek Road.


The fire has now destroyed 15-20 acres in just over an hour. (1358 hours PDT)

The fire would later grow to 50 acres and fire crews reaching a 10% containment status but the IC would request any type of aircraft to assist with firefighting resources. Helicopters were reportedly working the fire on both sides but the wildfire was progressing on the southwest side and in the north portion. (Reported at 1435 hours PDT)


Several engines, brush trucks and tenders have arrived on-scene with several helicopters arriving in tandem to help with firefighting suppression efforts.

Mutual aid units from Tonasket Fire was toned out at 1347 hours to help with additional manpower for structure protection.

The IC (Incident Commander) requested any type of aircraft preferably a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) or a Heavy (large airtanker). States there are three rotors out of Ellensburg. Looking for any fixed wing aircraft but sounded like none available. Dispatched advised that a tanker with retardant would take awhile to find as the closest at the moment is in Redmond (OR). The IC requested that it be lat/loaded at the Omak Airport but that requested would be denied. He would later request that she search for anything up in Canada. His last request for the time-being would be for a D4 or D5 (dozers). (1435 hours PDT)


More updates will be posted as information is received. We are working to gain more details on this fire, as well as any images. You can follow us for live updates on Twitter @nwfireblog.

Thank you for reading our posts and updates on this wildfire and more fire-related news. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/12/2019 – 1458 PDT

Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Monday, September 10, 2018

The TEPEE FIRE also known as a TEPEE 1144 NE is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and about 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon.  It was determined to have been started by an abandoned campfire, or as what we like to call them as “human intervention”.  It is still being investigated as to the whom the responsible party is.

Photo Credit : USFS

Firefighters were being tasked with patrolling of all the lines last night and with resuming mop-up operations today in cooling hot spots about 150′ into the interior.

Moderate fire behavior has been reported along with creeping and smoldering.  The fire  burned 2,064 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Fire management expect to transition to a Type 4 IMT by Tuesday afternoon and expect containment to be completely reached by September 30th.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office downgraded all evacuation orders with the following:

Level 2:  

  • South of Forest Service Rd 2015 (Ford Road)
  • West of FS Rd 2016 (outside of Forest boundary)

Level 1:

  • West of FS Rd 23 (Spencer Wells Rd)
  • North of Forest Boundary
  • East of FS Rd 2016

As of this post, there are 270 total personnel assigned along with 10 crews and 18 engines.

Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached a high of $450,000.00.


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Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, September 8, 2018

A wildfire is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon that was human-caused and that started on Friday, September 7th from an abandoned campfire.

Photo Credit : USFS

The fire has burned about 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

This is a wind-driven wildfire that is active with spotting.  Gusty winds have caused the fire to spot outside of its containment lines.  A dozer and several SEATs attacked the spot fire stopping it at 50 acres.   The overall fire has been 100% lined.

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