Arizona’s Wildfire: #RattlesnakeFire | 3

FIRE TIMELINE

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April 14, 2018

Active fire behavior with running.  1,760 acres.  0% contained. 199 personnel. 7 crews, 2 engines, 2 helos.  $800,000 CTD.

April 13, 2018

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – Fort Apache Agency unit. 24 miles SW of Alpine, Arizona. Timber.  Active fire behavior with running.  The fire is burning in the most southern end of the Alpine Ranger District, just north of the Bear Wallow Wilderness.

760 acres. 0% containment status.  600 acres have been destroyed on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation while 160 acres consumed on the Apache-Sitgreaves NF and San Carlos Indian Reservations. Unknown cause.

Strong winds hampered fire suppression efforts and making very slow progress. Control lines were completed in the SW section of the fire, securing it off of Rattlesnake Point. Aircraft was grounded due to high winds A spot fire was detected on San Carlos Agency side of the Black River in an isolated area.  Crews were scheduled to prepare control lines along the North flank of the fire, as well as with the construction of indirect lines on the western flank.

A RED FLAG WARNING was in effect from 1200 until 2100  hours.  Winds are being forecasted to shift coming from the north and northwest and pushing the fire along in a southern and southwesterly direction.

Resources included:  (4) Type-1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, (3) Water Tenders, (1) bulldozer, (2) Type-6 Engines, (1) Type-3 Helicopter and additional overhead team support services.  (1) Type-2 IMT (Andrews, IC), (2) SEATs filled. (1) T3 Helicopter and (2) T1 IHC’s have been ordered as of 1715 hours.

Social Media reported:  The fire had moved on to the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) lands.

April 12, 2018

Fire resources are dispatched around 1609 PDT. Located 28 miles E/SE of Whiteriver, about 30 miles south and east of Alpine, Arizona.  Officials state a far distance from Show Low.

400+ acres with 386 acres burning on Fort Apache and 75 acres on ASNF.

IC Chris Johnson with the White Mountain Zone Type 3 IMT assumed Fire Command at 1800 hours MST.  Resources include:  4 Type 1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, 3 Water Tenders, 1 dozer, 2 Type 6 Engines, 1 Type 3 Helicopter and misc. overhead.

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Fire fuels consist of Ponderosa pine and grass understory.

Social Media was reporting this was a human-caused fire but Officials are still conducting their investigation and are unable to release the ignition until it has been completed and closed.

On Thursday night, fire crews conducted burnout operations in the northwest corner of the fire perimeter.  It held within the maverick burn block and in the Wallow Fire area.  It was said to be moving in a northeast direction and backing into a canyon towards the Black River. Crews were working on two slop overs in the southwest fire perimeter and the eastern flank.  Fire suppression efforts were hampered by high winds.

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Photo Credit | BIA

Incident Cooperators include:  Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Northeastern AZ Public Information System 311.

April 11, 2018

Fire started from an unknown ignition and was discovered around 1330 hours. Estimated at 165 acres.  Located about 20 miles SE of Whiteriver in a remote location east of Rattlesnake Point.  It is burning just south of a previous Prescribed (RX) burn area and moving towards the Apache Sitgreaves NF boundary.

 

Resources include:   2 Type 6 Engines, Air Attack, Fort Apache Hotshots, and Cibecue Fuels. A type 3 team is on order along with additional resources.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS 

#NoDronesInFireZones and this is why:

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ARSON TIPS

Contact the Fire Command for this fire by calling WE-TIP at 1-800-47ARSON (1-800-472-7766).

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/14/2018 @ 1315 PDT/MST

Oklahoma’s #BrakeRoadFire | 2

FIRE TIMELINE

Photo Credit | Oklahoma Forestry Services

FIRE FACT:  Oklahoma has had over 366,000 acres consumed in the western portion of their State since last week.  The map above visualizes the numerous fire locations plus operational strategies.

 

April 14, 2018

Located in Logan County, Oklahoma.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 386 acres. 75% contained. 4 personnel along with 2 engines.  $264,000 CTD.

April 13, 2018

We begin to report on this wildfire.  Located in the Oklahoma Division of Forestry area. Active fire behavior with flanking. 386 acres. 57% contained. Type 4 IC. 13 personnel. 4 engines and 1 helicopter. $262,000 Cost-to-Date for fire suppression and containment expenses.

April 11, 2018

Fire reportedly breaks out at 1553 hours CTD.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the following hashtags for this wildfire incident:  #BrakeRoadFire  #OKwildfire2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/14/2018 @ 1220 PDT

 

Oklahoma’s #BrakeRoadFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire was reported to have broken out on April 11, 2018, at 1553 CDT (1353 PDT) which is located about eight (8) miles NE of Kilidare, Oklahoma.

RESOURCES  | There are about 13 personnel that are still attached to this incident along with (4) engines and (1) helicopter in addition to a Type 4 Incident Commander from the Oklahoma Division of Forestry.

SIZE UP | There has been 386 acres burned but fire crews have successfully through tireless efforts reached a 57% containment status.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS | There have been no injuries or structures reported as damaged or destroyed.  There has been $262,000 in fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #BrakeRoadFire  #OKwildfire2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Arizona’s Wildfire: #RattlesnakeFire Continues to Burn | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY | Fire resources were dispatched on Thursday, April 12, 2018, around 1609 PDT.  The fire was said to be about 28 miles E/SE of Whiteriver; south and east of Alpine about 30 miles, Arizona.  It is a far distance from Show Low.

The fire is burning in the most southern end of the Alpine Ranger District, just north of the Bear Wallow Wilderness.

On Friday, April 13, 2018, it was said that the fire had moved on to the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) lands.

CAUSE | The cause is unknown at this time and is under investigation.  Other reports indicate it was a human-caused fire but the exact ignition has not been released Fire Officials as of yet due to the ongoing investigation.

FIRE FUELS | Fire fuels consist of Ponderosa pine and grass understory.

COMMAND | The White Mountain Zone Type 3 IMT assumed Fire Command at 1800 hours MST.

RESOURCES | (4) Type-1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, (3) Water Tenders, (1) bulldozer, (2) Type-6 Engines, (1) Type-3 Helicopter and additional overhead team support services.  (1) Type-2 IMT (Andrews, IC), (2) SEATs filled. (1) T3 Helicopter and (2) T1 IHC’s have been ordered.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Northeastern AZ Public Information System 311.

SIZE UP | There is no known cause.  The fire has burned over 1,700 acres (as of 1720 hours MST).  There is a 0% containment status.

On Thursday night, fire crews conducted burnout operations in the northwest corner of the fire perimeter.  It held within the maverick burn block and in the Wallow Fire area.  It was said to be moving in a northeast direction and backing into a canyon towards the Black River. Crews were working on two slop overs in the southwest fire perimeter and the eastern flank.

CLOSURES | A section of the alpine Ranger District on the ASNF’s is now in effect.

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Photo Credit | Angel Ranger District

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS | #NoDronesInFireZones and this is why.

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Photo Credit | ANSFs

Have an Arson Tip? | Contact the Fire Command for this fire by calling WE-TIP at 1-800-47ARSON (1-800-472-7766).

SOCIAL MEDIA | We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/13/2018 @ 2100 PDT/MST

#RattlesnakeFire Burning In Arizona | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire has prompted resources to be on order and dispatched around 1609 PDT is burning approximately 28 miles east to southeast of Whiteriver, Arizona, which started on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

COMMAND | Bureau of Indian Affairs, FTA – 138 unit.

Arizona’s Fire Preparation Level has been increased to a 2, while the National Level remains at a 1.

RESOURCES |  1 Type-1 hand crew from the SWCC area, 1 air tactical and 1 Type-3 helicopter responding from the local area (1609 hours PDT).  Additional resources were ordered  which included 1 air tanker, 1 fixed wing (ASM) from SWCC and 1 fixed wing (air tactical) from the  local area (1653 hours PDT).  More resources were added to the list of the IC’s needs which include 1 Type-3 IMT, 1 Type-1 Helicopter and 1 Type-2 Initial Attack.

SIZE UP | There is no known cause.  The fire has reached 165 acres burned.  There is a 0% containment status at this time and it is currently in full fire suppression mode.

SOCIAL MEDIA | We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Out of Area | #SantaCruzFire | California

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA | A wildfire that was ignited on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 around 1430 hours PDT is located on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park in Ventura, California.

A view of the Santa Cruz Fire on 3-27-18

Resources | 70 personnel recently reduced down to from the initial fire response.

A fire helicopter at the air base for the Santa Cruz Fire.

Fire Timeline |  Learn how fire operations evolved on this wildfire.

March 27:  Fire escaped RX small burn pile fire set earlier in the week. Fire broke out at 1430 hours on near the main rain on the Nature Conservancy property on Santa Cruz Island. Listed as a wind-driven fire by moderate strong winds, grew from 20 acres to 100 acres in three (3) hours.  The USFS was requested by the The Nature Conservancy to help with fire suppression efforts. Four (4) Los Padres NF dispatched four (4) airtankers that arrived on the island a little after 1630 hours.  They were aided by 11 NPS firefighters.  30 people included eight (8) campers were evacuated as a precaution from the main ranch, Santa Cruze Island Reserve, Navy site, Del Norte campground via the park concessioner, Island Packers.  The Island Packers cancelled all public trips to the Island on March 28.  USFS had three (3) crews with a total of 60 firefighters that arrived in Ventura to be transported to the island.

March 28:  Forward progression has been stopped. Holding at 250 acres.  No estimated date as to when to be fully contained. SBCFD and LPNF sent out two (2) crews of 10 firefighters arriving from Sequoia and Sierra National Forest with a total of close to 50. Hotshot crews were also dispatched from the SW area.  No structures damaged/destroyed or injuries reported.

March 29:  Due to intensive firefighting suppression efforts and a bombardment of an air attack, containment has been increased to 60%.  Air fire suppression efforts consisted of air tankers dropping retardant to helicopters to doing the same but as water drops. Ground crews swelled up to 95 including an additional 45 firefighters with one of them being a hotshot crew from Tonto NF in Arizona as well from units from Sequoia and Sierra National Forest in California. Crews established a hand line fire perimeter and putting out hot spots.  One (1) non-historical outbuilding was lost. No injuries reported.  Incident Cooperators include:  USFS, NPS, Vandenberg Air Force Station, Santa Barbara Co FD, Santa Barbara City FD, Montecito FD.  Closures in effect.

March 30: Fire holding, hasn’t grown in two days. Still at 60% containment status. Weather conditions have improved.

March 31:  250 acres. 70% contained.

A wildfire burns in the central valley on Santa Cruz Island

Current Incident Cooperators | National Park Service (NPS), USDA Forest Service (USFS), National Weather Service (NWS), Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCoFD), the Nature Conservancy, Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD).

An aerial view of the Santa Cruz Fire on 3-28-18

Damage Assessments | Fire burned about 71% non-native species of fennel, grasses and eucalyptus logs and 26% native species within fire perimeter.  Fire laid down when it burned into native chaparral and oak woodland areas.

Fire Photography | Courtesy of Channel Islands National Park

Social Media | #SantaCruzFire #SantaCruzIsland #CAwildfire

ABOUT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz Island is a 96-square mile island that is the largest in the chain of eight (8) California Channel Islands.  The Nature Conservancy owns 76% of the Island and the NPS owns the other 24%.  They both together work together to manage the island as one ecological unit.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

South Carolina #CumbeeFire Still Burning | 2

FRANCIS  MARION NATIONAL FIRE, SOUTH CAROLINA |  A second wildfire (original wildfire) is burning on the National Forest located on FSRd 161.  Initial calls came into the Dispatch Center around 1430 hours.

Size Up |  A reduction of acres due to better mapping has been downgraded to 1630 acres.

Cumbee Fire aerial view

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Status | Crews are still in patrol and monitoring status.  Expected time and day of 100% containment is on March 24, 2018 @ 1700 hours.

Resources |  There is an unknown number of personnel still assigned to this incident.  All resources are from the Francis Marion Ranger District.

Threats | None.

Fire Weather | Light rain.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #CumbeeFire #SCwildifre2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 1635 PDT

South Carolina’s Second Wildfire #CumbeeFire Sparked | 1

FRANCIS  MARION NATIONAL FIRE, SOUTH CAROLINA |  A second wildfire (original wildfire) is burning on the National Forest located on FSRd 161.  Initial calls came into the Dispatch Center around 1430 hours.

Smoke from Cumbee Fire

Aerial recon flight on the Cumbee Fire. (Photo Credit | Francis Marion & Sumter NF)

Size Up |  There has been 1,638 acres of mostly longleaf pine, lob lolly and hardwoods destroyed.

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Status | Crews will continue with fire suppression and containment efforts with some back burning.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 90% containment status.

Resources |  There are 21 personnel assigned along with three engines, one bulldozer and one helicopter from the Francis Marion Ranger District with IC, Russ Marshall.

Threats | None.

Fire Weather | Dry and warm conditions.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #CumbeeFire #SCwildifre2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Rice County, Kansas Touched by Wildfires | 1

RICE COUNTY, KANSAS

Photo Credit | Hutchinson Fire PIO

Incident Summary |  Three active wildfires are burning in Rice County.  Fire #1 has entered McPherson County from Rice County with other counties beginning to report additional fire starts.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management has activated the KS EOC in Topeka, Kansas to a partial Level 2 due to very high and extreme fire weather conditions across the State.  the State EOC will be staffed with personnel from the KDEM, KS National Guard, Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Kansas Forest Service.

Location | The fire is located on Buhler Road in SE Rice and SW McPherson Counties, about 8-10 miles southeast of Lyons, Kansas.

Cause | Unknown.  There has been a known drought.

Units working south of Ave Q during firing operations. Photo Credit | Hutch Deputy Fire Chief Hanen

Incident Cooperators | Hutchinson FD, Reno County TF, Kansas National Guard,  Kansas Governor Jeff Coyler’s Office, Rice County EMA, Kansas State Police, Rice County Sheriff Office, KS EMA, State Fire Marshal and the KS Forest Service, Sterling Police Department.

Resources | Resources from the Hutchinson Fire Department and the Reno County Task Force.   UPDATE | The Reno County TF has been released from the fire as of 2058 CDT and will return back to the fire at 0800 on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Photo Credit | Hutch Deputy Fire Chief Hanen

UPDATE -1154 CDT | Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued an emergency declaration for three fires in Rice County. Kansas National Guard along with several Black Hawks were deployed to the incident.

Air Assets | One UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter (KSNG) with one out of Salina.  Three helicopters on standby with one in Salina and two in Topeka, Kansas.

Photo Credit | Hutchinson Municipal Airport (HUT)

Damage Assessment | No injuries reported.  One abandoned home was destroyed.

Social Media | Though there is no known name of these wildfires, we have dubbed them the #RiceCountyFires #KansasFires #KSwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 2215 PDT / 0014 CDT

Fire Season Starts Early in Washington State

Union Valley, Washington State | A brush fire broke out in Union Valley, Washington on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the first wildfire for the State starting off the season early.

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Fire Conditions  | Firefighters from Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to their first wildland fire and found where there was no ground cover, fire fuels were said to be already dry – surprising crews.    Good Samaritans attempted to use a fire break made of fallen snow until crews arrived.  This means that even though snow has fallen, ground fuels not impacted are already drying out this first week of March, 2018.

The fire was quickly extinguished by arriving crews.

Size Up | The size of the fire was only an acre but could have spread making it a large incident.  Great part on bystanders and fire crews working together.

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #UnionValleyFire  #WAwildfire2018

Photo Credit | Chelan Fire and Rescue

 

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