#MidnightFire Explodes Into Large Wildfire

Poteau Mountain Wilderness | This fire is not technically a very large fire incident like the ones we have reported on in the past but it has potential to grow into one.

The #MidnightFire exploded from its Saturday’s sit rep of 190 to now 700-plus acres that originally ignited on Thursday, February 1st around 2345 hours.  Fire behavior is said to be moderate with flanking that is burning hardwood litter on the Ouachita National Forest near Waldron, Arkansas in steep and rugged terrain.

Rain is due to fall over the area in the next 12 hours and last for the next two days which greatly impact fire behavior.

There have been  no increase in fire resources with only 18 firefighters on the fire line.

There is still no word on the cause.

No injuries and no threats to nearby communities have been reported.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#MidnightFire Discovered Thursday Still Burning

Poteau Mountain Wilderness | A wildfire discovered on Thursday, February 1st near Waldron, Arkansas  was appropriately named the #MidnightFire appears to be still burning as of Saturday, February 3, 2018.

The fire behavior has a slow moderation of spread in steep and rugged terrain in the Ouachita National Forest.  The current land scorched is 190 acres.

There are 18 firefighters and Command is R.L. Self, IC of the U.S. Forest Service.

No injuries or damage has been reported.

No known cause has been determined as of yet.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

On The Ninth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

9 Copters Dropping… 

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8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written / Photography Content. Also written by (Becki Coates)

On The Eighth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

On The Seventh Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

Fire Dispatchers are an integral part of the “single-minded” team in helping move vital resources along in the process.  Fire Logistics Dispatchers provide a wide range of fire dispatch support functions. Receives fire location information and notifies supervisor. Processes resource orders, informs supervisor of logistical support activities, inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications, records and maintains communication logs involving all telephones and two-way radio transmissions. (Source: USA Jobs)

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

On The Sixth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

Helitack crews are specially trained in the tactical and logistical use of helicopters for fire suppression. These crews can be rapidly deployed and are often the first to respond to a wildland fire. Helitack crews are also trained to “rappel” from a hovering helicopter in areas where the terrain or vegetation does not allow the helicopter to land.  A primary job for the crew is to load and unload “slings” of equipment and supplies needed for firefighting. (Sources: National Park Service/US Department of the Interior)

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

On The Fifth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

5 I M T ‘ s….

For those who are unfamiliar with what an IMT is, it is simple.  An IMT or Incident Management Team is an American Fire term for a group that responds to generally to a wildland fire response.  It can also respond to a wide-range of emergencies such as fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami, HAZMAT materials or other human-caused incidents.  (Source:  wikipedia) For this post, we are referring to them in the wildland interface.  There are various “types” of IMTs, such as a Type 5 (local village and township level), Type 4 (City, County or Fire District level), Type 3 (State or Metropolitan area level), Type 2 (National and State level) and Type 1 is also at the National and State levels but with those with the most training and experience.  This team is part of the Incident Command System or known as ICS.

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

On The Fourth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

“Bulldozers are firefighters too.” As one news article quoted saying about those whom are sworn firefighters using these large machines to plow through vegetation, dirt and large debris to build a fire break or to keep fire from spreading.  These operators are often faced with fiery situations, but are great assets during fire incidents.

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

#MonitorFire | WA | Update 2

Near Wenatchee, Washington | A small brush wildfire broke out in the Monitor area near US Hwy 2 in the westbound lanes on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Here is a timeline of this incident, which prompted evacuations and a partial lane closure.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2

1420:  The Chelan County EM agency first reported that the investigation into the fire originally started around 10:30 am and was due to most likely an unsecured chain dragging along the pavement.

1631:  Later their investigation would turn to another cause for the fire.  This time it was reported due to a broken exhaust pipe.  The evidence had been left behind making it a little easier for fire investigators.  Fire Managers report this incident is now 100% fully contained.  DNR reported at 1540 hours, the fire had burned 1,100 acres and was at 90% contained.

There were no injuries or damage reported to any structure.

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment totals are unknown at this time.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

1124:  Fire reported by State Patrol as small brush fire westbound US 2 west of Wenatchee, Washington.  The right lane is closed while fire suppression efforts are conducted.

1241:  Chelan County Emergency Management reports fire is in the Monitor area on US 2 near milepost 115. Level 1 evacuations go into effect.

1326:  DNR reports new wildfire 4 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington.  100 acres. 7 engines, 1 crew and 1 helicopter on-scene.  Level 1 evacuations of 19 homes are rebroadcasted by DNR Fire PIO

1426: DNR: “700 acres. 3 dozers, 6 additional engines are en route.  Chelan County EM calling for an expanded area for more evacuations.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1450:  Wind is reported to be picking up in the area and the Chelan Co EM is now stating a conflicting number of acres burned (500) vs what DNR  is reporting (700 acres).  2 dozers have arrived on-scene. Chelan County Fire District 1 helicopter is currently deployed and being used for water drops.  Across Grant County, resources are pouring into the fire scene.

1530:  Additional Level 1 evacuation notifications issued by Chelan County EM for all of those on the north side of Easy Street from US 2 to American Fruit Road, both sides of Warm springs Canyon Road, Sunridge Lane, West Eagle Rock Drive and April Drive.

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

Fire was being reported that it started around the milepost 115 area in Monitor area by US 2 which was said to be at 500 acres scorched.  The cause has not been released.

1948:  DNR stated the containment status had reached 30% and that the acreage was listed at 700 acres.  Crews will still remain on the fire ground overnight.

There is no information that has been released as to what the cause is.

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

#MonitorFire | WA | Update 1

Near Wenatchee, Washington | A small brush wildfire broke out in the Monitor area near US Hwy 2 in the westbound lanes on Wednesday, November 1st.  Here is a timeline of this incident, which prompted evacuations and a partial lane closure.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1124:  Fire reported by State Patrol as small brush fire westbound US 2 west of Wenatchee, Washington.  The right lane is closed while fire suppression efforts are conducted.

1241:  Chelan County Emergency Management reports fire is in the Monitor area on US 2 near milepost 115. Level 1 evacuations go into effect.

1326:  DNR reports new wildfire 4 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington.  100 acres. 7 engines, 1 crew and 1 helicopter on-scene.  Level 1 evacuations of 19 homes are rebroadcasted by DNR Fire PIO

1426: DNR: “700 acres. 3 dozers, 6 additional engines are en route.  Chelan County EM calling for an expanded area for more evacuations.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1450:  Wind is reported to be picking up in the area and the Chelan Co EM is now stating a conflicting number of acres burned (500) vs what DNR  is reporting (700 acres).  2 dozers have arrived on-scene. Chelan County Fire District 1 helicopter is currently deployed and being used for water drops.  Across Grant County, resources are pouring into the fire scene.

1530:  Additional Level 1 evacuation notifications issued by Chelan County EM for all of those on the north side of Easy Street from US 2 to American Fruit Road, both sides of Warm springs Canyon Road, Sunridge Lane, West Eagle Rock Drive and April Drive.

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

Fire was being reported that it started around the milepost 115 area in Monitor area by US 2 which was said to be at 500 acres scorched.  The cause has not been released.

1948:  DNR stated the containment status had reached 30% and that the acreage was listed at 700 acres.  Crews will still remain on the fire ground overnight.

There is no information that has been released as to what the cause is.

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog