WA Wildfire | Saddle Mountain 2020 Fire | Update 3

Update 3- July 7, 2020 – Tuesday

PM Update

A wildfire is burning in the Saddle Mountains, on Road E just east of Mattawa in Grant County, Washington State.  The fire is burning in an area in unpopulated mountains.

Approximately 186 total personnel including 6 crews, 13 engines and no helicopters are assigned at the moment.

Photo Credit | WA Fire Marshal

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There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR in effect.  No drones should be in the fire zone. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA.

Currently, there has been 5,760 acres burned and firefighters have a 10% containment status. This was lowered due to high winds that picked up in the area..

Roadways SR 24 from Road 24 SW to Hendricks Road were closed but reopened this morning at 0145 hours PT.

Photo Credit |  WSP Trooper John Bryant

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This wildfire is being called the SADDLEMTNFIRE2020. #SaddleMountainFire2020 #SaddleMtnFire2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/7/2020 1930 PT

 

WA Wildfire | Saddle Mountain 2020 Fire | Update 2

Update 2 – July 7, 2020 – Tuesday

AM Update

A wildfire is burning in the Saddle Mountains, on Road E just east of Mattawa in Grant County, Washington State.  The fire is burning in unpopulated mountains and is being battled by air resources.

Approximately 186 total personnel including 6 crews, 13 engines and no helicopters are assigned at the moment.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR in effect.  No drones should be in the fire zone. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA.

The fire has destroyed 4,000 acres and there has been a successful 40% containment status gained.

The fire suppression and containment costs for this incident have reached $300,000 costs-to-date.

This wildfire is being called the SADDLEMTNFIRE2020. #SaddleMountainFire2020 #SaddleMtnFire2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/7/2020 0645 PT

 

New! WA Wildfire | Saddle Mountain 2020 Fire | 1

Update 1 – July 6, 2020 – Monday

A wildfire is burning in the Saddle Mountains, on Road E just east of Mattawa in Grant County, Washington State.  The fire is burning in unpopulated mountains and is being battled by air resources.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR in effect.  No drones should be in the fire zone. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA.

Map Credit | Grant County Sheriff’s Office

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Fire units and equipments were dispatched today at  1311 PT which include:  BATT-32 CHIEF-601 CREW-22 CREW-52 DIV-601 E-4304 E-4401 E-4409 E-561 E-6696 E-841 E-842 E-863 PATROL-604 SE-JONES S SE-POLLACK SE-SEWELL SE-TSUBOTA.  Units represent  Grant County Fire Districts 5 (sent 3 tenders and Dozer5) and 8, Royal Slope, Hanford and Franklin County Fire Departments.

The SE WA Type 3 IMT assumed command at 1900 hours PT.

Additional Fire resources assigned:  Grant County Sheriff Office.  SE WA Type 3 IMT Team 2(Fire Managers), WA EMD, WA Fire Marshal.

A resource order was dispatched through the Puget Sound Interagency Communications Center at 1530 PT to respond to Highway 24 at milemarker 62.

The fire has scorched 4,000 acres of grass and brush with a rapid rate of spread.  The containment status is unknown at the time of this post. Acreage per WA DNR’s CAD system.

Photo Credit | Vicki Holt

This wildfire is being called the SADDLEMTNFIRE2020. #SaddleMountainFire2020 #SaddleMtnFire2020

This fire name has been used many times over.  Fire history using this name include:

4/28/2020 | #SaddleMontainFire | Phoenix, Arizona.  3-4 acres. Forward progress has been stopped, mop-up operations in progress. – BLM AZ Fire

7/24/2019 | #SaddleMountainFire | 34 miles ENE of Yakima, near Mattawa, Washington. 350 acres. – Wildfire Bot

9/4/2018-9/7/2018  | #SaddleMountainFire | Grays Harbor County, WA. 67 acres. Helicopters and crews on-scene. The fire was quickly lined and fully contained on 9/7/2018.. – WA DNR

Photo Credit  | WA DNR

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8/02/2018 | #SaddleMountainFire | SE of Othello, Washington State.  5 engines, 1 helicopter are dispatched. Fire at 1,000 acres. – WA DNR

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/6/2020 2330 PT

AZ WILDFIRE | PAINTED WAGON FIRE | NEW!

JUNE 25, 2020

NEW! A wildfire was sparked by an unknown cause on Thursday, June 25, 2020, in the area of N. 299th Avenue and W. Painted Wagon Trail (Whispering Ranch) is located  west of Wittmann, Arizona.  The fire quickly spread over 100 acres.  (1447 MST)

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ FIRE & MEDICAL

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A short-time later, the fire has burned 400 acres and continues to move to the northeast and to the west.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  AZ State Department of Forestry (Lead), BLM Arizona Fire, Wittmann, AZ Emergency Alerts, Whitmann, AZ Emergency Alerts, Working Fire, CEDR Digital Corps, AZ Fire and Medical, SWCC, Red Cross Arizona and Telemundo Arizona, Ofincia del Sheriff del Conadado Maricopa (Twitter: @mcsoazespanol).

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ FIRE & MEDICAL

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EVACUATIONS.   The evacuations have been lifted due to fire crews have successfully contained the wildfire.

A “SET” notification has been issued for the area of 299th Avenue and Painted Wagon trail due to the wildfire. Fire crews and emergency personnel are working to assist with the with the rapidly growing fire. (1636 MST)

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DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS: (5) structures destroyed, including (1) primary.

RESOURCES.  Immediate deployment of resources included engines and aircraft were en route with additional assets on order.

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ STATE FORESTRY

No photo description available.

HASHTAGS USED.  #PaintedWagonFire #AZFire #VLAT #Wittmann #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1900 MST/PT

NM WILDFIRE | TADPOLE FIRE | UPDATE 2

UPDATE 2 |  JUNE 23, 2020

The TADPOLE FIRE named for its location in the southwestern portion of Tadpole Ridge on the Gila National Forest, is about 2.5 miles north of Pinos Altos and 12 miles north of Silver City, New Mexico.

IN TODAY’S WORLD, COVID looks like this on the fire ground where face masks are the new protection during a massive pandemic and for lung protection.

Photo Credit | Molly Barker with Wilderness Medics Inc.

Image of Wilderness Medics Inc. crew member on Tadpole fire 06/15/2020 by Molly Barker

FIRE STARTED June 6, 2020 from lightning.

Photo taken on June 18, 2020 | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Image of Tadpole Fire 06/18/2020

CURRENT FIRE BEHAVIOR is moderate with backing, flanking and creeping.  It has scorched about10,276 acres.

THERE ARE 85 total personnel along with 4 hand crews, 2 engines and 1 helicopter.  Crews have reached a solid 40% containment status to date.

Zuni Hotshot Crews | Photo Credit | Gila National Forest

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INCIDENT COOPERATORS on this wildfires include the  Zuni Hotshots, Medics from Wilderness Medics Inc. , Inciweb, Red Cross, Gila National Forest, Shasta Lake Interagency Hotshot Crew, SHS Space Science, NM State Forestry, Black Range Ranger District, NM Fire Info, River Rancho Fire and Rescue Department and the NWS IMET Operations (from Idaho).

COST-TO-DATE Expenses have reached $2.6 Million Dollars.

TADPOLE FIRE in Fire Images…

Rough Working Conditions | Photos Courtesy | Gila National Forest

Image of Wildland Fire crews working on the Tadpole Fire June 20, 2020

Working in steep and rugged working conditions.

Image of Wildland Fire crews working on the Tadpole Fire June 20, 2020

The Community Thanks Their Firefighters.

Image of sign with Thank You to fire fighters and first responders from the local community during Tadpole Fire 06/20/2020

Tadpole Fire 6/10/2020 - Photo courtesy Inciweb

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – BURNED AREAS…

HASHTAGS used for this incident are:  #NMwildfires #FireSeason2020 #TadpoleFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 PT

NM WILDFIRE | TADPOLE FIRE | 1

UPDATE 1 | 6/21/2020 | SUNDAY

Photo Credit | Silver City FD

Image of Silver City Engine 371 working on the Tadpole Fire

The TADPOLE FIRE named for its location in the southwestern portion of Tadpole Ridge on the Gila National Forest, is about 2.5 miles north of Pinos Altos or 12 miles north of Silver City, New Mexico.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Image of Tadpole Fire 06/18/2020

The fire was sparked by lightning on June 6th around 1345 hours.

It has burned 9,257 acres of timber, grass understory, brush and chaparral and has a 30% containment status.

The fire behavior is active, flanking, backing and has single-tree torching.

Photo Credit | Inciweb

Image of crews working hard on Tadpole by Molly Barker

About 183 fire personnel and equipment are assigned to this incident, along with (7) IA Hand crews, (1) Type -4 engines, (1) Type-3 helicopters and (5)Type- 6 engines.

Photo Credit | River Rancho Fire

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Incident Cooperators:  Zuni Hotshots, Medics from Wilderness Medics Inc. , Inciweb, Red Cross, Gila National Forest, Shasta Lake Interagency Hotshot Crew, SHS Space Science, NM State Forestry, Black Range Ranger District, NM Fire Info and River Rancho Fire and Rescue Department.

Photo Credit | Molly Barker

Image of Medics from Wilderness Medics inc. working on Tadpole Fire by Molly Barker

Image of Wilderness Medics Inc. crew member on Tadpole fire 06/11/2020 by Molly Barker

Image of Wilderness Medics Inc. crew member on Tadpole fire 06/15/2020 by Molly Barker

Image of Medic crews working hard on Tadpole by Molly Barker

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have topped out at $2.7 Million.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Image of smoke from Tadpole fire view from Lake Roberts

#NMwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2150 PT

AZ WILDFIRE | SUNSET FIRE | 2

UPDATE 2 – MAY 31, 2020

Incident Summary

A wildfire called the SUNSET FIRE is burning on I-17 near mile post 252.  Originally a vehicle fire, it has extended into the wildland interface and is now a brush fire.

Fire is burning on I-17 north towards Badger Spring and remains on the east side of the freeway.

Size

The fire is estimated at 3,500 acres with an unknown containment status. Fire behavior is still very active, even as large air tankers drop retardant over the fire line.

Resources

Incident cooperators assigned to this wildland fire incident include:

  • AZ State Forestry
  • USFS
  • AZ Fire Info
  • AZ DOT

Photo Credit | AZ DOT

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Closures

Sunset Point Rest Area:  Both directions shut down. (AZ DOT).  Previously, fire had warranted only shutting down the northbound lanes.

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I-17:  AZ DOT has provided a few routes if you are coming north or south on I-17.

Photo Credit | AZ DOT

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1511 PT/MST

AZ WILDFIRE | OCOTILLO FIRE | 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 31, 2020

Photo Credit | Phoenix FD

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Wildfire named the OCOTILLO FIRE is burning  NW  of the town of Cave Creek (population 51,000), and about 10 miles NE of Phoenix and 30 miles from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fire agencies were dispatched on May 30th to a fast-moving brush fire that was threatening multiple structures.

Fire has been determined to be human-caused. Type of ignition is unknown at the time of this post but is under investigation.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

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EVACUATIONS

About 1,000 people have been evacuated from about 500 homes still under direct threat.

MANDATORY – 5/30/2016 1616 MST Grapevine on the south side to Spur Cross Conservation area on north. West boundary is Mountain Range E to School House. (AZ State Forestry)

MANDATORY – 5/30/2020 1457 MST Town of Cave Creek evacuated.

MANDATORY – 5/30/2020 1450 MST ALL residents North of Ocotillo Rd, South of Morning Star Rd, East of 48th Street and West of Spur Cross Road.

EVACUATION SHELTER – 5/30/2020 1450 MST – Cactus Shadows H.S. 5802 E Dove Valley Road, Cave Creek AZ 85266.

SIZE, CONTAINMENT STATUS

As of 0737 MST, the fire was reported at 1,216 acres and firefighters had a 5% containment status.  Fire fuels include:  very dry grass, brush and desert vegetation.

WEATHER REPORTS

5/30/2020 1418 MST – Smoke showing on satellite and moving north. Weather station showing, gusty winds of 15-20 mph, temps of 102*F and low RH at 14%. (Weather Media)

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

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DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Several unknown number of homes have been lost in Cave Creek area.

FIRE RESPONSE

There are approximately 177 firefighters and equipment assigned to this wildfire incident.

Air fire assets are using small lakes on a nearby golf course for dipping their bambi buckets into as they drop water over the fire. Tankers 910, 912 and T15 are actively working.

Incident Cooperators for this incident include the following from Fire Departments, Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Local/Federal Governments, Humanitarian and Animal Welfare organizations, as well as Fire Mapping and Transportation agencies which we have broken out into categories.

Fire Departments

  • Daisy Mtn Fire
  • AZ State Forestry
  • AZ Fire Info
  • BLM Arizona Fire
  • Phoenix FD
  • Rural Metro CAZ
  • Scottsdale FD
  • AZ Fire and Medical

Air Assets

  • Tanker 910
  • Tanker 912
  • Tanker 15
  • SEATs

Photo Credit:  Daisy Mtn FD

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Law Enforcement

  • Maricopa County Sheriff Office

Transportation

  • AZ DOT

Humanitarian/Pets

  • American Red Cross
  • AZ Humane Society

Fire Mapping

  • Jospeh Elfet (@MappingSupport)
  • Inciweb

Emergency Management

  • Maricopa Co Emergency Management Agency (MC EMA)

Government

  • Town of Cave Creek
  • Maricopa County
  • FEMA – Approved a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG)

Photo Credit | Phoenix FD

 

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Fire can be seen from the 7th hole of Rancho Manana Golf Course. Golfers continue to play as fire burns 50 feet away.” – Media

“The fire retardant drop line came right into town.” – Cave Creek resident.

“Community reaches out to help fire victims/evacuees at a Red Cross evacuation shelter, with one recently graduated Cactus Shadow High School senior just days ago.” – Media.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updaetd 1400 PT/MST

AZ WILDFIRE | SUNSET FIRE | 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 31, 2020

Incident Summary

A wildfire called the SUNSET FIRE is burning on I-17 near mile post 252.  Originally a vehicle fire, it has extended into the wildland interface and is now a brush fire.

This fire was dispatched for additional resources via the Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center on 5/31/2020 at 1104 MST.

Size

The fire has currently burned 100 acres of land at the time of dispatch at 1104.

Resources

(3) Large Air Tankers, Air Attack, LP, Type 3-Helicopter and 2 Single-Engine Air Tankers also called SEAT for short are on order.

Incident Cooperators: AZ State Forestry. USFS. AZ Fire Info. AZ DOT.

Closures

I-17:  both directions at milepost 248 near Bumble Bee have been closed.  This was due to a vehicle fire. Traffic being directed off at this point. (Source: AZ DOT)

Photo Credit | AZ DOT

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1335 PT/MST

CA Wildfire | 33 Fire | 1

CAYUMA, CALIFORNIA

Firefighters and equipment were dispatched through the Los Padres National Forest Communications Center on Friday, May 22, 2020, at 1615 hours PT to a brush fire.  The fire is located on Hwy 33 and about two miles south of Hwy 66 in Cuyama, California.

Resources included:  BC32LPF BC72LPF CRW3LPF CRW528LPF CRW530LPF DOZ4LPF E335LPF E355LPF E372LPF PAT73LPF Q.

Photo Credit | Los  Padres NF Stock Photo

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At 1708, it was stated the fire which had scorched 35 acres was burning in light fuels and had a moderate rate of spread with four aircraft on order and one copter on order. Additional resources were being requested from Santa Barbara County FD, LPF, Ventura County and Kern Counties.

Shortly after 1719 hours PT, 2 air tankers have been released, SBC Air Support Unit Copter 3 remains on scene assisting FF’s on the ground that continue to make good progress on the fire, says the San Bernardino County Fire PIO spokesman.

Forward progression has been stopped.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/22/2020 – 1800 PT