INCIDENT SUMMARY.  A wildfire named the TRAVERSE FIRE started on Saturday above the Lei/Alpine area on Traverse Mountain in  Utah.  It was a windy day when fireworks sparked dry vegetation all around.  Fire was quickly moved by high winds to unburned grasses around the area, prompting evacuations and an emergency response with multiple agencies and equipment.



RESOURCES.  Fire personnel and equipment were immediately dispatched and on-scene engaged in fire suppression and containment efforts.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS. Utah Fire info.  UT Department of Emergency Management.

EVACUATIONS.  About 200 residences were evacuated which included the  Apple Hill and Maple Hollow neighborhood.  A shelter was opened at the nearby Draper Park Middle School for evacuees.

On Sunday with no evacuees, the Red Cross shelter closed down.

CURRENT STATUS.  Forward progression has stopped.  Strong wind event has passed.  Fire has burned 450 acres.  Crews have researched a 26% containment status.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.  All homes were saved. There were no reports of structures damaged or lost.



SOCIAL MEDIA.  Hashtags we are using #TraverseFire #UTwildfires #FireSeason2020

PHOTO CREDIT.  Traverse Fire PIO.


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.  Some areas allow fireworks to be discharged but only on July 2nd-5th, 22nd-25th and 31st-1st.  Check with your local fire authority if they are allowed in your area or what the restrictions may be.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 1655 PT





UPDATE 2 – Sunday, May 31,st

A wildfire named the 9TH STREET FIRE  is burning above Ogden in Weber County.

Firefighters were able to establish an anchor point** and constructing a line around the fire to attempt to contain it. Strong winds were predicted to last from 0400 to 1200 hours. This will be a challenge for firefighters. (0059 hours MDT)

Photo Credit | UT Fire Info


Earlier this morning (0547 hours MDT), after better light and mapping, the fire was determined to be at 15 acres with a 0% containment status. Firefighters successfully saved all threatened structures.

Mop-up operations are in effect for the fire perimeter and efforts will continue aruond homes. There are still 10 engines and 1 rew assigned to the incident (0552 MDT)

No Evacuations are in progress at this time (0547).

There are reports of Rocky Mountain Power UT power lines down and their utility crews are out investigating.

Cause of the actual fire is under investigation.

Resources include:

**An advantageous location, usually a barrier to fire spread, from which to start constructing a fireline. The anchor point is used to minimize the chance of being flanked (or outflanked) by the fire while the line is being constructed. (Source: Wikipedia)

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1115 PT


UPDATE 1 – Saturday, May 30th

A second wildfire is burning in Utah.  This is named the 9TH STREET FIRE which is burning above Ogden in Weber County.

Photo Credit | UT Fire Info


Resources include: 3A261 E461 Everett B WeberBasin which were dispatched at 2225 hours MDT.

The fire is about20 acres with an unknown containment status.

There are approximately 72 structures threatened.  No evacuations are in progress at the moment.

The Rocky Mountain power substation has sustained some damage. Details limited.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 2325 PT


UPDATE 1 – Saturday, May 30th

A wildfire named the TABBY CANYON FIRE is burning on Stansbury Island and moving east and is deemed to be wind-driven.

The fire is burning in Tooele County, Utah that started on Saturday, May 30th.

Photo Credit:  Utah Fire Info


Firefighters were dispatched via the Northern Utah Interagency Fire Center at 1535 hours MDT (1435 PT).  Fire was estimated to be at 75 acres with additional resources on order.  There were no structures threatened at the moment.

Resources include:  Alta E411 E630 E633 H-5PT Logan IHC Lone Peak Twin Peaks WT as of 2205 hours MDT this evening.

As of 0013 MDT, Sunday, May31st, the fire activity has exploded into 1,500 acres with an unknown containment status.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1115 PT

Wildfire on Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest | Utah | 1


UPDATE 1 – 4/26/2020 – SUNDAY

A fire is burning on the Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Davis County, north of Farmington Canyon and south of Farmington City, Utah.

Six Farmington City and Kaysville Firefighters will hike up the steep and difficult terrain to the fire ground

Fire Fact | Utah firefighters respond to an average of 85 escaped private burns every year. – Utah Fire Information 

About three acres of grass and brush have been destroyed.,

Photo Credit | Davis County Sheriff Office


There is a 0% containment status at the time of this post.

Cause is a suspected downed power line, says a Davis County Sheriffs Office spokesman.

No homes are under direct threat.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/26/2020 1730 PT

The Wildfire Log | Wedding Fire | UT | 1


JUNE 9 2019 – SUNDAY – 1200 PDT

A wildfire broke out near Spanish Valley in Utah on Sunday, June 9th has been named as the Wedding Fire.  It is about 63 miles southwest of Grand Junction, Colorado.

The cause is unknown at the time of this posting.

We are working to check our official fire sources on gaining more details but there is limited information as this is brand new fire start.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Utah Wildfire | Dollar Ridge Fire

UPDATE 1 | 0830 hours PDT


As of this morning, the fire has destroyed 47,683 acres. Fire crews have been able to reach a 5% containment status.

The fire is burning eight miles west of Duchesne, Utah was mostly active along the southwest flank to the west toward the Strawberry Reservoir. Super Scoopers are on this fire and are being used heavily by scooping out of the Reservoir.  They can carry up to a payload of 1,550 gallons per load.

Structure protection prepping activities are in effect for the Red Creek Road with expectation with the fire reaching the area in the very near future.


The fire was reported around 1300 hours on July 1, 2018.   No exact cause has been released by Fire Officials. Fire cause was deemed to be human related.  An investigation of the ignition continues by Law Enforcement Officials.


There are 719 total fire personnel along with resources include 11 helicopters, 42 engines and 17 crews from the State of Utah and the U.S. Forest Service.


Evacuees in Zone 3 from Sams Wash Rd, MP 70 eastern to the western edge of Starvation Reservoir from MP 80 to 1 mile south of Strawberry River Rd have received the green light to return to their homes at 1000 hours MDT.

Photo Credit | UT Fire Info


New fire detection map includes infrared overflight near Fruitdale and the Strawberry Reservoir. Lots of heat on the northwest, spots shown to the east.

Photo Credit | @MappingSuport


Insurance Info

Read about insurance tips and what to do during a Wildfire Season, brought to you by the Utah Insurance Department via the State of Utah.  https://insurance.utah.gov/featured-news/insurance-tips-for-wildfire-season

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

November 7, 2017 | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

SLC, UTAH.  A West Valley Police Officer was reportedly shot in the foot at an apartment complex Tuesday evening around 1900 hours.  It was stated by Police his injuries are not life-threatening. Info is still fluid and news media was reporting that it may have been a possible shooting between two suspects.  A large presence was at a nearby hospital in Murray where it was said both suspects arrived in a silver pickup at the front of the hospital bringing a large presence of police. [Code3 Alerts, Salt Lake City News]

WARM BEACH & CANNON BEACH, OR.  Multiple shark sightings were confirmed in both areas and signs  posted to area beaches, along with a message posted by both communities to warn swimmers, surfers and boaters. [Social Media]

EVER-CHANGING STATISTICS.  The Columbine HS mass shooting event stats was considered to be no longer the in the Top 10 Deadliest shootings in modern US History. [CNN]

MARYSVILLE, WA.  District Firefighters responded to a garage fire that was reported around 1845 hours.  Upon arrival, they found the structure to be fully engulfed. Mutual aid responded from nearby Cities, Everett, Getchell and Silvana. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

MAPLE VALLEY, WA.  A fire broke out around 2030 hours in the 19400 block of the Renton Maple Valley Road SE in Maple Valley.  Engines, Tenders, Ladder trucks, Medic unit and the area regional REHAB unit responded to the house fire. No word on the cause.  3 people were dispatched.  Red Cross was called in to assist. [Scanner Feed]

HOLLYWOOD, CA.  A large fire broke out in a vacant combination one & two-story residential 4-plex with excessive interior storage said to be near Sunset Gower studios in Hollywood that was reported to be vacant.  It was located in the 1300 block of N Gordon Street.  An additional Task Force was requested around 2229 hours PDT by ‘Gordon IC’. Knockdown was completed around 2245 hours. A good stop by firefighters to two [residential] exposure buildings.  Fire cause and value of damage is unknown at this time but will be later released by the LAFD.  [CA Fire Scanner, KTLA, LAFD]

FRESNO, CA.  2 large fires broke out at an apartment complex in the area of 900 of E Divisadero and a house fire at the 200 block of S Madera Avenue in Kerman.  No word on the extent of the damage or status.  The fires were still burning at the time of this post (around 2230 hours PDT, Tuesday) [Fresno Fire PIO]

OSWEGO, OR. Oswego Firefighters Local 4773 (Oswego Fire District Protection District) is coordinating a relief effort with all donations going directly to the 24 families effected by a large fire that took place 1500 Light Road on November 6, 2017.  Firefighters are accepting gift cards, certificates and monetary donations.  Families can use these to purchase items that are necessities such as clothing, food and toiletries.  Some families lost more than others and will need additional assistance.  [Oswego FF Local 4773 Facebook Page]

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES KEY NOTE SPEAKERS.  The National Wildfire Suppression Association or NWSA for short has announced two great Keynote Speakers for their Conference that will take place on February 26 and 27, 2018.  Bruce Vincent’s There is Hope with Vision and the USFS Fire & Aviation Director Shawn LaGarza will be highlighted.  They will also have some great panels.  To learn more, go to their website – http://www.nwsa.us/2018-nwsa-conference.  [NWSA Facebook page]

OPERATION WARM.  Clark County Fire District 6 located in Vancouver, WA (IAFF 1805) is working to raise money to help “warm” kids by purchasing a little more than $5,000 worth of new coast for kids who need them in at least three Vancouver schools.  Want to help them achieve their goal?  You can find them on their Facebook page here  https://www.facebook.com/IAFFLocal1805/ [Clark Co Fire Dist 6 Facebook Page]

NEW WILDLAND FIRE VIDEO RELEASED. It’s showcasing some great #FireImages of men and women during the 2017 Fire Season in Western Washington State.  Photos are of those fire resources called into deployment.  Music Credit is Guadal Canal Diary – Where Angels Fear to Tread. [Washington State Fire, Stevens County Fire District 1 Facebook Pages]

MORE VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE.  Seattle Police responded to a call of a “man on fire” around 1900 hours in the area of the 4500 block of Leary Way NW.  A passerby extinguished the flames while waiting for Fire and Police to show up.  The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle where he is listed in critical condition. Police are asking for any tips or information to call the Homicide/Assault Tipline at 206-233-5000. [Seattle.gov]

AIRLINER ENGINE FIRE. News media began reporting around 2150 hours, a Hawaiian Airlines ferry flight from Paine Field (Everett) had an engine fire and landed safely at Sea-Tac airport (Seattle). The fire was out upon arrival. There were no passengers onboard, only crew members.  There were no injuries reported.  The FAA is investigating. [KOMO News, KIR0 7 News, Sea-Tac Airport]

FIRE MERGERS APPROVED.  In Kittitas County elections results, voters approved the Fire merger (Fire 8 Merger Resolution) of Kittitas County Fire Protection District 8 into Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue, a Fire Protection District.

MOUNTAIN RESCUE TRAINING HELD.  NAS Whidbey SAR held some training today on the snowy slopes in the beautiful Pacific NW and practicing for mountain rescues.  With their many hours of training, they hone their rescue skills becoming the best-of-the-best.  They are used as resources for many SAR missions.  [NAS Whidbey SAR]

BULLETPROOFING STUDENTS.  One Florida school is selling bulletproof panels that can be inserted into students’ backpacks.  [CNN]

HEROES ON A MISSION.  6 Las Cruces Police Officers are headed to Puerto Rico to assist with #HurricaneMaria relief. [KFOX14 News]

FIREFIGHTER CANCER SPOKESMAN.  Former LA Fire Chief, Sandy Davis who spoke candidly about firefighter cancer has passed away.  He created a compelling video that focused on his own battle with cancer.  [Firehouse.com]





(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Active Wildfires | Large Incidents | July 18 2017

Large Wildfires Incidents is a post for any wildfire at 25,000 acres and over. Here our compiled list for Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  | These fire are across the United States.


Photo of firefighter putting out a hot spot near the line.

East flank on the Four Seasons Complex fires

This complex consists of the Roosters Comb Fire  (218,380 acres. 100% contained) + 3 other Unnamed Wildfires. 

They are located 50 miles North of Battle Mtn in a remote and logistically challenging environment for fire crews.

The Cornucopia 4 Midge Fires are both in patrol status.

Snowstorm Fire’s behavior is active, running and flanking.  About 116,934 acres  for this fire alone has been burned.

A Firefighter walks in the black on the Roosters Comb Fire.

Collectively, this wildfire has scorched 155,502 acres and is 60% contained.  Fire behavior is moderate with smoldering and some active fire behavior in various areas.  606 personnel are assigned.  Lightning was the cause.

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The Brianhead Fire has been burning for a very long time and has consumed up to 71,673 acres with a containment status of 96%.  It is located about 1 mile North of Brian Head in Utah.  There is still 79 personnel assigned along with 2 crews, 3 engines and 1 helicopter, though the fire has a minimal fire behavior.  26 structures have been completely lost.

The fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached an all-time of $36 Million.

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The Long Valley Fire is located is about 2 miles North of Doyle, California and 50 miles North of Reno, Nevada.  Fire was wind-driven today with winds gusting up to 44 mph.  However, there was little to zero fire activity.

Very Large Air Tanker is dropping retardant on the Long Valley Fire

A VLAT (Very large air tanker) dropping some retardant on the Long Valley Fire

Approximately 83,733 acres have been scorched.  57% containment has been reached.  The fire started on 7/11/2017 from an unknown cause that is being investigated.  There are 896 personnel assigned along with 47 engines, 9 helicopters, 13 dozers, 15 water tenders and 25 crews.

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GARZA FIRE – California

The Garza Wildfire is burning near Avenal in California that began on an unknown cause on July 9, 2017.  48,889 acres have been burned but crews have reached a 97% containment status.

A California National Guard (CNG) helicopter sits in a LZ with a bambi bucket nearby on the Garza Fire, while another one takes off. (Credit: LACoFireAirOps)

There are still 625 personnel with 21 engines, 16 crews, 2 helicopters and 5 water tenders.

There has been 1 reported injury.  We are unsure if it is a firefighter or a civilian casualty.

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FRYE FIRE – Arizona

The Frye Fire is burning in the old burn scar of the 2004 Nuttall Complex Fire, which is located on both the North and South of Mt. Graham on the Safford Ranger District in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona.

Portable water tanks, commonly called pumpkins for their orange color and rounded shapes, are positioned near the summer homes on Mount Graham on July 4, 2017.

Pumpkins (portable water tanks) are placed strategically near summer homes as part of Fire crews tactics to protect structures aka structure protection on the Frye Fire.

There has been 48,443 acres destroyed but there is almost a line around the whole fire reaching today a 93% containment status.  There has been minimal fire behavior.

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Two firefighter trucks are stopped by a wall of flame crossing the highway

Stopped by a wall of flames on the Frye Fire.


Lightning passed over the Onaqui Mountains on July 16, 2017 @ 1700 hours causing several wildfires under this complex.  No names have been given to the wildfires so we are collectively reporting on the complex only.  Fire fuels include Grass, sage and pinyon-juniper.


Onaqui Mtn Complex fire photo taken on 7/16/2017.

35,153 acres have been consumed but fire crews have successfully reached a 45% complete partially around the wildfire.  325 personnel are assigned.

This fire is burning on Utah’s Department of Forestry Forest State Lands.


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CAL Firefighters and other Agencies are battling a firestorm about 2 miles East Lake of McClure (Mariposa County) in California.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office gathers for an Evacuation briefing. See the background of the fire storm behind Officers. (Credit: TCSO)

The town of Mariposa is in the process of evacuating the whole town with up to 1,500 structures currently under direct threat.

Structure protection in effect for the town of Mariposa, California. (Photo Credit: Novato Fire District)

25,000 acres have been scorched while the wildfire is racing out-of-control to nearby towns.  There is a 5% containment reached by fire crews.

Evacuations are in effect.  Red Cross has several shelters open.

There are 1,405 personnel assigned along with 217 engines, 35 crews, 9 airtankers, 11 helicopters, 35 dozers and 26 water tenders.

The fire is burning near the Central California Reservoir.

Fire behavior has been reported as extreme and aggressive with active crowning, short-range spotting and uphill runs.

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Active Wildfires | Great Basin Area | July 16 2017

Not only are many States more drier than ever, some are literally burning up the landscapes all around us and becoming large fire incidents.  Here is our compiled list for the States of Nevada and Utah.

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Hotshots travel the fireline as they begin thier day.

Hotshots traveling up the fireline beginning their day on the Brianhead Fire. It is not easy being a wildfire firefighter. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Brianhead Fire.  1 mile North of Brian Head, UT.  71,673 acres. 95% contained.  355 personnel. 7 crews. 9 engines. 1 helo. 26 structures destroyed. $34.8 Million CTD.

Cornucopia Fire.  32 miles SW of Owyhee, NV.  1,523 acres. 25% containment. 73 personnel. 1 crew. 14 engines. 1 helo.  $50,000 CTD.

Long Valley Fire.  (also reported on the CA wildfires post).  50 miles North of Reno, NV. 51,750 acres. 24% contained. 533 personnel. 14 crews. 39 engines. 7 helicopters. 5 structures lost. $3.4 Million CTD.

MM 155 Fire.  21 miles SW of Winneamuca, NV.  11,789 acres. 15% containment. 173 personnel. 5 crews. 11 engines. $500,000 CTD.

Roosters Comb Fire.  25 miles North of Battle Mtn, NV.  218,380 acres. 90% contained. 362 personnel. 3 crews. 16 engines. 5 helicopters. $3.5 Million CTD.

Snowstorm Fire. 50 miles North of Battle Mtn, NV.  IMT also managing Cornucopia and Roosters Comb fires. 60,000 acres. 5% containment. 142 personnel. 6 crews. 5 engines. $500,000 CTD.

Summer Fire.  10 miles North of Wells, NV.  1,250 acres. 80% contained. 201 personnel. 7 crews. 9 engines. 1 helo. $75,000 CTD.

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