The Wildfire Log | AK Wildfires | July 6, 2019

Thank you for reading and following our post!  Here is the compiled list of wildfires for the State of Alaska on Saturday, July 6, 2019, for fires greater than 1,000 acres.

1  | .Bearnose Hill Fire – ANCSA lands

Started 6/29/2019. Lightning caused.

1,744 acres. 59 personnel.

Active fire behavior with 50 ft. flame lengths, crowning, running and spotting.  Fire fuels include spruce and hardwood mix. Fire moving to the north.

Additional crews arrived o/s today.

Incident #407.

2  | Foraker Fire – Denali National Park

Started 6/26/2019. Lightning sparked.

11,970 acres. 6 personnel.

Some fire activity on the southeast flank of the fire.

Incident #389.

3  | Boundary Fire – ANCSA lands

Started 6/23/2019. Lightning ignited.

15,250 acres with a 250 acre increase on 7/4/2019.  170 personnel.

Crews to engage in direct attack strategies with point protection activities on values at risk. Structure protection in and around homes north of the fire and in Northway.

Incident #362..

4  | Lloyd Mountain Fire – AK State lands

Started 6/23/2019 by lightning.

16,239 acres. 20 personnel.

Fire behavior active increased on the north and east flanks mostly with minimal growth on the interior.  Working to prep for structure protection in the north and south areas of the fire.

Incident #361.

5 | Hurst Creek Fire – AK State lands

Started by lightning on 6/22/2019.

39,179 acres. 6 personnel.

Air recon flight this afternoon and in the evening detected increased fire activity with running to the southwest prompting structure protection. Heliltack responded and with remain in the area. Fire has crossed the Dishna River on the northeast corner and western perimeter.

Incident #352.

6 | Chandalar River Fire – Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Started 6/22/2019 by lightning. 2,004 acres. Acreage increased by 177.5 since 7/4/2019. 56 personnel. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs to the east.

Incident #349

7 | Hadweenzic River Fire – Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Started by lightning on 6/22/2019.

27,161 acres. 8 personnel.

Increased fire behavior with short runs and backing. Spreading mostly to the north and east.

Incident #337.

8 | Hess Creek Fire – 29 miles SE of Steven’s Village

Nevada Type 3 Team 2 IMT take command of fire on 6/28/2019 at 0700

NV Type 3 Team 2 on 6/27/2019. | Courtesy: Inciweb

Started on State land on 6/21/2019. Lightning caused.

104,218 acres. Increased by 70,830.5 on 7/4/2019. 70 personnel.

Being managed by an IMT3.  If fire continues to grow, concerns for high assets may become threatened which include multiple structures, camps and communication equipment. Burnout operations in effect.

Incident #324.

9 | Nugget Creek Fire – 35 miles E of Fairbanks

Smoke and fire backing down the ridge to the cliffs above the Chena River.

View of fire from Chena River | Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire caused by lightning on 6/21/2019. Located on State lands.

6,937 acres. 6 personnel.

Increased fire activity on the interior and burning at a low rate of spread with the west side more actively burning along with uphill runs and backing down the ridge. No structures threatened.

Incident #323.

10 | Shovel Creek Fire – 20 NW of Fairbanks

Crewmember from the Golden Eagles IHC serves as a lookout for crews working on Division C, on the southern flank of the fire.

Lookout keeps watch over the Shovel Creek Fire Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire caused by lightning began on 6/212019.

10,808 acres.  12% contained.  753 personnel.

Fire weather has been consisting of sunny skies, temps in the upper 70’s, lower RH of 38-45% range and winds that were terrain driven.

Working to secure fire perimeter along the east and north along the Chatanika River area.

Command consists of:  Deputy IC is Chris Schulte. Incident Meteorologist is Jon Bonk with Fire wx. Fire Behavior Analyst is Dana Skelly assisting with prediction for movement.

Incident #319.

11| Bergman Creek Fire – Central Yukon Field Office (BLM)

Fire started on BLM owned lands on 6/21/2019 by lightning in the Central Yukon Field Office area.

10,889 acres. 16 personnel.  Fire behavior has had minimal activity but there is still heat located on the northeastern and eastern areas of the fire.

Incident #312.

12| Black River Fire – Eastern Interior Field Office (BLM)

Fire ignited after lightning hit the area, spark this fire on BLM owned lands in the Eastern Interior Field Office’s response area.  The fire started on 6/18/2019.

24,891 acres. 47 personnel. Fire behavior is active with smoldering, creeping, running and torching.  It is burning in spruce, mixed hardwoods and tundra.

Incident #255.

13 | Yukon Charley Fire – Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (NPS)

Fire started on 6/10/2019 by lightning.

1,049 acres. 8 personnel. Air recon flight completed and fire is about 30% active with smoldering and creeping in white and black Spruce.

Incident #217.

14 | Swan Lake Fire – 5 miles NE of Sterling

Smoke plume along Sterling Highway

Smoke plume on the Swan Lake Fire 5 days ago | Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire started on 6/5/2019 by lightning and is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS).

92,657 acres have been destroyed.  14% contained. 400+ personnel assigned.  Fire growth on 7/4/2019.

Containment lines are holding in Divisions A, R and K. Div P had growth to the northeast.  Air fire suppression activities are primary focus.  Crews are continuing to maintain mop up operations north of the Homer Electric transmission line and along the East Fork Moose River. Night shift is patrolling the Sterling Hwy for smoke conditions which AK State Troopers are monitoring and providing traffic control when heavy smokey conditions arise for traffic on the Hwy.

Incident #181.

15 | McArthur Creek Fire – AK State lands

Fire started on 5/21/2019 by lightning.  15,000 acres. 12 personnel assigned. Air recon flight on 7/5/2019 showing high fire growth on the west side of the fire.

Incident #133.

Fire Stats – Current AK Fires Burning

There were 5 new wildfires that occurred within the last 24 hours that were under 1 acre  Four of the 5 were human caused. 1 was undetermined and reached a total of destroyed 40 acres. 9 personnel are still assigned to the incident.

There are 20 wildfires that are fully staffed and have a total of 375,620 acres that have been destroyed while there are 94 being monitored for a total of 299,412 acres. 1 of the fires has been put out. There are 2 RX fires for a total of 13,615 acres.  The grand total of acres destroyed has reached an all-time high of 688,688.

Of the 374 wildfires, 190 were human caused while 181 were lightning caused for a total of 681,708 acres destroyed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1900  hours PDT

 

 

The Wildfire Log: New Mexico’s The Little Fire

UPDATE 1 – JUNE 29 – SATURDAY

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Another wildfire has been sparked by lightning but this fire has been named THE LITTLE FIRE, that is burning on the National Forest System Lands on The Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest in Catron County, New Mexico.

The wildfire started today, which is located approximately 4.5 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

There has been 222 acres of ponderosa pine, needle cast and grass, which has been destroyed. It is being reported as moving in a northwest and northeast direction.  Fire Officials are monitoring the fire and is currently not fully staffed.

Smoke is visible from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, the Upper and Lower Scorpion Campgrounds and Woody’s Corral.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog  – Updated @ 1830 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Swan Lake Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – June 28, 2019 – Friday

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

INCIDENT SUMMARY.    A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be burning inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This was a lightning caused fire that began on June 5th around 1852 hours AKDT.   About 56,200 acres have been destroyed but fire crews are inching closer to a higher containment, now said to be 10%.

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FIRE STATUS.  Fire behavior is currently actively burning with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting.  Structures are still under threat.

RESOURCES.  530 total personnel along with 15 crews, 12 engines and 6 helicopters.  Command is under the direction of an AK IMT.

Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.    The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

Cost-to-Date:  There has been a total cost-to-date of $4.5 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2200 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Report: New Fire in Colorado’s San Juan NF

UPDATE 1.  JUNE 28, 2019. FRIDAY.

A new wildfire named the DOE CANYON FIRE ignited on the afternoon of June 20, 2019.  It is located about 10 miles southeast of Dove Creek, Colorado on the San Juan National Forest.

Forest Service Firefighter Alex Henderson works in the smoke on the Doe Canyon Fire.

Courtesy: Inciweb

This was a lightning caused wildfire.  About 1,075 acres of timber has been consumed with an 29% containment status.

Fire behavior is reported as moderate with flanking, backing and with short-range spotting and is said to be more or less low intensity at the time of this was posted.

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Credit: USFS – San Juan NF

There are approximately 56 total personnel assigned along with 3 crews and 3 engines.

Firefighters will continue to hold the fire within its containment lines and use low-intensity burnout operations to keep it from a nearby RX fire a few miles away.

Area closures are being reported.

The total cost of fire suppression and containment expenses to date have reached $169,000.

FUN FACTS:

The San Juan National Forest is a Forest in the United States that covers 1,878,846 acres in an approximate 2,936 square mile area located in the western portion of the State of Colorado.  It manages lands inside the Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande, San Miguel and San Juan Counties.

It borders the Uncompahgre National Forest to the north and the Rio Grande National Forest to the east.  It covers most of the southern portion of the San Juan Mountains, which is west of the Continental Divide.  It is also home to two alpine wilderness areas, the Weminuche and the South San Juan, as well as the Piedra Rea.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2130 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log: State of Alaska Afire

It appears that the State of Alaska is completely on fire or it seems like it as at the time of this posting, Fire Managers were reporting a total of 130 wildfires burning in their state.

We are going to try to cover most of these and grouping them together.  For larger incidents, we will be covering them on an individual basis.  According to information recently released, they have fires that are staffed and not staffed.

Due to the high number of 130 wildfires, we will be posting fires with total acreage of 100-2,499 acres here and all other fires above 2,500 will have their own updates under their respective fire names.

100 – 500 Acres

Tower Fire | Started 6/14/2019. Human caused. On DOD owned properties. 105.3 acres.

Sango Creek Fire | Started 6/20/2019 by lightning. 128.4 acres. Monitored fire.

Takslesluk Lake Fire | Started 6/22/2019. Lightning. Burning in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. 178 acres. Monitored fire.

North Fork Buckland River 1 Fire | BLM lands in Anchorage Field Office. Started 6/20/2019. Lightning caused. 200 acres. Monitored fire.

Page Mountain Fire | State lands. Started 6/22/2019 by lightning. 200 acres. Monitored fire.

Wolf Creek Mountain Fire | On the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Started 6/18/2019 by lightning. 200 acres. Monitored fire.

Noatak River Fire | Started 6/20/2019. Noatak National Preserve. Lightning caused. 289.5 acres. Monitored fire.

 Cariboo Creek Fire | Started 6/16/2019 by lightning. On AK State lands. 310 acres. No increase in acreage since 6/25/2019.  Current fire behavior is minimal with creeping.  159 personnel are still assigned to this incident.

Little Mud River Fire | Burning in the Nowita National Wildlife Refuge. Lightning caused. Started on 6/21/2019. 400 acres. Monitored fire.

Victoria Mountain Fire | Started 6/22/2019 by Lightning on BLM lands. 500 acres. Monitored fire.

501 – 999 Acres

Koyuk River Fire | Started 6/20/2019. Lightning. State lands. 600 acres. No increase in acreage since 6/20/2019. Heavy amounts of rain fell over the fire line.

Nugget Creek Fire | Started 6/21/2019. Burning on State lands. Lightning caused. 665 acres. Fire monitored from air and ground. Structure protection in place for AK State Parks structures and on private properties.

 Kateel River Fire | Located on BLM lands in the Anchorage Field Office area. Caused by lightning. 685 acres. 70% contained. Fire behavior reported as active with running and is wind-driven.  Burning in Black Spruce and tundra. Monitored fire.

1,501 – 2,499 Acres

Buckland Fire | Fire ignited by lightning on 6/19/2019.  Located on BLM lands managed by the Anchorage Field Office.  There has been no increase in acreage since 6/25/2019.  1,541 total acres burned. 8 personnel assigned.  Smoke jumpers are still attached to this incident and working to gain 100% containment through fire suppression objectives.

Shovel Creek Fire | Started 6/21/2019 by lightning. 1,622 acres. State owned property. 245 personnel assigned. Fire behavior is active with spotting, and uphill into another burn scar. Increase in acreage expected into the night.

Lloyd Mountain Fire | Started 6/23/2019 by lightning on State lands.  1,800 acres with fire behavior reported as active with spotting.  Monitored fire.

NinetyEight Creek Fire | Started 6/26/2019 by Lightning. 1,800 acres on DOD lands.

Buckland 3 Fire | Started 6/19/2019. Lightning caused. 2,338 acres (owned by BLM). Monitored fire.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2330 hours PDT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s 11 New Wildfires

UPDATE 1 | Thursday, June 27, 2019

The State of Alaska has definitely seen their share of wildfires and we are just getting starting for the Summer season.  They are currently facing extremely dry conditions and prime for fire conditions.

As of Wednesday, these fires were sparked by various ignitions from lightning to human-caused.

Currently, there are 130 wildfires burning in the State.  We will cover them in groups when they are NEW starts and breaking them down by their names if they become large incidents.

Here are the 11 newest wildfires in the State of Alaska:

#1 | Stuart Creek 2 Fire | Lightning caused. On DOD property. 3 acres.  Fire behavior is smoldering and creeping.  No structures at risk. 0% containment status.  This is the 2nd fire in the area this month.

'People traveling the Chena Hot Springs Road may see smoke coming from a 4-acre fire burning in the Yukon Training Area about 15 miles south of Two Rivers. Until today, the #TowerFire hasn't been very active since it was discovered on June 16. BLM AFS will continue to monitor the fire as it burns in dead and down trees from a 2013 fire. There will be no suppression action because it is burning within the Stuart Creek Impact Area, a military training area that is off-limits to low-flying fire suppression aircraft and firefighters on the ground.This photo was taken the evening of June 20, 2019.'

Stuart Creek Fire 1. | Credit: AK DNR / DOF

Stuart Creek Fire 1:  The first Stuart Creek Fire was burning within the Stuart Creek Impact Area, a military training area that is off-limits to low flying fire suppression aircraft and to ground fire personnel.

Fire History:  July 3, 2013.  Located out of the City of Fairbanks. A 40,000 acre wildfire was sparked by the U.S. Army and leading to multiple evacuations.

#2 | Biderman Bluff Fire | Started by lightning. 15 acres. Located in the Charley Rivers National Preserve. Fire behavior is very active with creeping, backing with single-tree torching with 20′ flame lengths.  Rate of spread is low in the north but has a high potential rate of spread as it is burning Spruce. 0% containment status.

#3 | Ninetyeight Creek Fire | Lightning caused. Located on DOD land and northwest of the Salcha River. 60 acres. 0% containment. 18 total personnel.  Fire behavior is very active with running, torching and a high rate of spread. 26 smoke jumpers along a hotshot crew were deployed and air support made several water drops. There is a an order for additional personnel. Fire officials state that local boat have been contracted to move fire personnel and equipment in and out of the fire perimeter. Structure protection is in effect as the fire was moving towards cabins.

Fire Map of the Ninetyeight Creek Fire | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

#4 | Beaver Fire | Lightning caused. Located on DOD property. 50 acres. 20% contained.  Active fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and backing with group torching.  Burning in Black Spruce, tundra, grass and brush.

#5 | Foraker Fire | Lightning caused. Located in Denali National Park.  136 acres with 10% containment.   Fire behavior is active with creeping and backing.  On the north flank, it is active with isolated torching.  Southern flank is burning in open Black Spruce terrain.

Fire History:  2009.  Located in Denali National Park. The area suffered a serious wildfire that severely burned the area that it took almost a full year (2010) to grow back habitat in the area. 

#6 | Hemmer Road Fire | Human caused. Located on State land on Hemmer Road.  Fire was reported as burning along the side of the road. 2 USFS engines responded to the fire, where 3 small fires were discovered in grass.  All 3 fires were put out.  FIU investigated but the cause is still undetermined. Unsure if they are still investigating the cause. 0.1 acre.

#7 | Panoramic Fields 2 Fire | State lands. USFS reported a smoke column in a field.  The fire spotted was determined to be a .5 acre and burning in Black Spruce.  Spotting into the next field was observed.  Helicopter 230 and 3 USFS engines responded along with Hooper Bay Power Squad.  Additional air support from Air Attack 35E and FB 208 and 209 along with 230 assisted with fire suppression. FB 230 worked on containment with bucket drops and with the aid of 2 scoopers.  Mutual aid resources also responded from Rural Deltana VFD (tenders), Fort Greely FD (brush truck) and ground resources.  Fire crews were able to gain 100% containment. Fire watch will continue throughout the night into Friday.  Cause is undetermined.

#8 | Whistle Hill Fire | This wildfire was determined to be a human-caused fire that was called into the Fire Marshal’s Office of a burned area on the side of the highway near Whistle Hill Road.  1 USFS Engine responded. There was proof that a 2×2′ sized area had been burned.  Fire was quickly contained, controlled and put out at 1526 hours.

#9 | Twilight Creek Fire | On BLM lands in the Central Yukon Field Office.  Lightning caused. 3 acres. Unstaffed fire. Called in by air recon.

#10 | Glenwood Fire | Private lands. A structure fire spread into wildland interface. Less than one acre was burned after it burned about an 15×15 foot area that was quickly contained and controlled by firefighters at 1336 hours.

#11 | North of 379 Fire | New start near the CHRISTIAN RIVER FIRE that is located on lands managed by the Venetie Indian Affairs and Neets Ai Corporation.  Discovered by air recon flight.  Less than one acre fire. Unknown if fire is staffed or unstaffed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2230 hours PDT

 

 

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 27

Update 7 | June 27, 2019 | Thursday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.

This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

Near Four Ranch

Near Four Ranch, Arizona | Courtesy: Inciweb

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Current Status | Officials are still reporting minimal fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. The fire has burned 123,404 acres and has a 68% containment status.

Resources | Fire personnel have dramatically dropped down to 538 from the nearly 900-plus only a few days ago.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $18.9 Million Dollars.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2005 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 25

Update 6 | June 25, 2019 | Tuesday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.  This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

The now 115,750-acre wildfire is listed as the State’s sixth largest fire.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 48% containment status.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Minimal fire activity allowing Fire Managers, however they expect this incident to be far from over as they are still working on gaining full suppression and it burning for the next few weeks.  Fire Officials are asking the public NOT to report smoke from this fire, as they are monitoring the current fire situation.

Fire Resources | There are still a reported 931 fire personnel, along with 18 crews, 45 engines and  helicopters that are showing still assigned but the IC has started the process of releasing them.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Evacuations | The Gila County Sheriff Office has lifted all evacuation orders and notifications.

Closures | All roadways have been reopened, as well as the highway.  The Tonto National Monument remains CLOSED.

Fire Images | Check out some of these amazing WOODBURY FIRE images posted all over Social Media:

June 25, 2019:

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

The many grateful firefighters and communities that came together. | Credit: Tonto NF

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $16,000,000.

For a fire this large, we are are happily to report 0 structures destroyed, which say a lot about the men and women behind the scenes, from the skies above, on the fire line and those who support them all.  Thank you!

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/25/2019 @ 2100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 24

Update 5 | June 24, 2019 | Monday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE is burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but is moving out of the area.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior consists of being active, uphill runs, flanking and backing.

Cause | The fire began on Saturday, June 8th from an unknown ignition that is currently under investigation.  It was determined to be human caused.

Fire Resources | 931 total personnel.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Fire Size, Containment Status | 112,899 acres. 48% contained.

FIRE FACT | The WOODBURY FIRE is now the 6th largest fire in AZ History.

Expected containment is July 15, 2019 around midnight.

Credit: NWS Phoenix

High Value Assets |  Structure protection has been a high priority task to fire crews, whom have been working non-stop protecting these areas:

  • Tonto National Monument
  • 115kv power lines
  • 500kv power lines – major line
  • Carlotta mines & mine infrastructure
  • Transportation corridors
  • Commercial properties
  • Private homes
  • Rec areas
  • Riparian waterways
  • Endangered species, such as the Mexican Spotted Owl
  • Sonoran Desert ecosystem

Evacuations | Shelter for evacuees is located at the Lee Kornegay Intermediate School. 4735 S Ragus Road, Miami, AZ.

Evacuee Resources | For evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters, call 928-402-8888.

Closures | Tonto NF closures:  https://bit.ly/31O2Ih4.  AZ DOT closures:  https://az511.gov/

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS | Firefighters save a 700-year-old Salado cliff dwelling found at the Tonto National Monument Park.

Fire in Images | Here are some incredible fire images coming out of this incident from official government agencies and public organizations splashing these photos all over Social Media.

June 24, 2019:

The Incident Management Team is happy to report that no structures have been lost to date from the WOODBURY FIRE.  Efforts to protect values in the Highway 188 corridor in Roosevelt have been successful.  Lakeview Park is one of these values protected – Tonto National Forest.

Credit: Tonto NF

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/24/2019 2215 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: AK DOF’s Swan Lake Fire

UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday

Credit: BLM Fire Service

Additional Type 1 and Type 2 crews are bolstering efforts to establish control lines on the eastern edge of the Swan Lake Fire.

Type 1 and 2 crews en route to establish control lines on the East flank of fire.  Credit: AK Fire PIOs

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

About 32,300 acres of timber and short grass has already been destroyed.

The fire was ignited by lightning  on June 5th, around 1852 hours AKDT or 1952 hours PDT.

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Fire crews have gained a 9% containment status.

FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior has been reported as active with flanking, group torching and short-range spotting.   The fire is mostly being carried by Black Spruce, while minimum activity has been spotted in hardwood fuels.

There is a 40-50% mortality in Spruce stands.

TRAFFIC ALERT | Sterling Highway has very low visibility and poor air quality.

You will be seeing these signs on the Sterling Highway. | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

RESOURCES

  • Personnel:  Total of 379 fire personnel.
  • Assets:  11 crews including Yukon and 5 NW Hotshots (Winema Hotshots, Wolf Creek Hotshots and Lakeview Hotshots), 8 engines and 5 helicopters.
  • Command:  AK IMT.
  • Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

AK Governor Mike Dunleavy thanks all first responders and firefighters for protecting homes,, businesses, and residents.    Courtesy: Gov Dunleavy

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Transmission Lines

Homer Electric Association has de-energized a 115,000 volt transmission line to help reduce potential starts, as temps rise and dry conditions continue in the fire prone area.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

Credit: NWS Anchorage

Recreation Areas

Heavy smoke is pouring over the Sterling Highway.  Though the roadway is open, many recreations areas are now closed along the highway.

The Swan Lake Fire in Images:

Canadian Air Scoopers. | Credit: Swan Lake Fire PIO

Crews continue prep work on June 18, 2019.   Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on June 19, 2019. Credit: AK Forestry.

Heavy fog and smoke caused delays on the Sterling Highway on June 21.

A trail of traffic backs up on the Sterling Hwy due to a thick layer of smoke fog hangs in the air.                   Credit: AK Fire PIOs

Damage Assessments

The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $3.4 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2015 hours PDT