WA | Vista Ridge Fire

A wildfire broke out on Thursday, June 10, 2021, which prompted WA DNR resources to be dispatched at 1914 hours PT to the incident located on east North Rim Lane in Spokane, Washington.

Fire crews successfully held the fire to less than an acre (.25) of timber and understory, which could have been a lot worse due to dry and heavy fuels.

The cause is unknown.

The last update indicated the fire was 100% line and they were at a 80%-plus mop up.

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UT | Mammoth Fire | 1

SIT REP 1 — JUNE 6, 2021 — 2340 HOURS PT

Incident Summary — A wildfire is burning on the USFS’s Dixie National Forest, about one mile south of Mammoth Cree, which ignited by an unknown cause in the last 24 hours is known as MAMMOTH FIRE. The fire started on Saturday, June 5th around 1155 hours.

Resources — An IMT2 (GB team 5) is en route. 14 engines, 3 Single Engine Air Tankers, air attack and 5 Crews are assigned.  Incident Cooperators from Cedar Mountain Fire Protection and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Fonger Type 3 IMT assumed command this morning at 0600 hours.

Location — The fire is located about 20 miles southwest of Panguitch on Tommy Creek on the Mammonth.

Size Up — There has been 566 acres of grass and timber consumed. There is a 0% containment status.

Fire Behavior — Extreme fire behavior with crowning, short crown runs and spotting.

Fire Weather — Most of southern Utah is under REG FLAG WARNINGS.

Evacuations — Are in effect for Mammoth Creek Village. Structures are under direct threat.

Losses — One structure has been lost.

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Cost-to-Date — $100,000

Photo Credits — Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Looking Through the Eyes of Social Media — This kills me!!!! I can’t believe this is happening AGAIN! I love that place!!!”

“Today we went to a great training with Thurl Bailey and Southwest Health and as soon as the training was over we had a real life fire that started at Tommy Creek on the Mammoth.‘ – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

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NV | Wilson Creek Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 | JUNE 5, 2021 2330 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –Lightning ignited the WILSON CREEK FIRE, which was reported on Saturday evening, May 20, 2021. It located about 15 miles northeast of Pioche, Nevada in the Ely District Office area on Mt. Wilson.

SIZE UP — 1,598 acres of Timber (litter and understory), dormant brush, hardwood slash, and brush. 80% containment. Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering. Expecting to fully contain on Tuesday, June 8th.

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Credit — Boise Smokejumpers

RESOURCES —  145 firefighters remain assigned to this wildfire incident. There are four Type 1 hand crews, the Arc Dome wildland fire suppression module, three engines, and two water tenders with aerial support from one Type 2 and one Type 3 helicopters.

COMMAND — Bill Panagopoulos, a Type 3 IC.

FIRE OPS — Crews will focus on completing line construction on all divisions and mopping up any remaining threats to the line.

FIRE WEATHER — RED FLAG WARNING in effect until 1200 hours on Sunday, June 6th. Expectations for strong winds and low humidity on Monday.

THREATS — No threats to structures or assets in the fire zone.

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WA | S Helena Fire

SPOKANE COUNTY — A wildfire is burning off of South Helena Street in the County named as the HELENA FIRE that started on Tuesday, June 1st.

State fire assets and resources were dispatched via the WA-NEC Dispatch Center on Tuesday at 1456 hours PT which include AR25, AR7402 and AR7406. The fire was quickly contained at 1630 hours, lined at 1724 hours and controlled at 1800 hours PT.

Fire crews stopped the forward progression and kept the fire spread rather small and holding it at a 0.3 acre.

Fuels included timber and understory.

Cause is unknown.

No reports of injuries to firefighters or citizens is known at this time.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/1/2021 1940 PT

AZ | Sycamore Canyon Fire | 2

SYCAMORE CANYON, AZ — A wildfire, the SYCAMORE CANYON FIRE started on BLM and BIA lands on May 23, 2021, from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located about 15 miles southeast of Sells, Arizona.

SIZE UP — The fire has burned about 1,858 acres of short grass and brush and 26% contained.

Aerial View of the Sycamore Canyon Fire May 24, 2021
Credit: BIA

RESOURCES — There are 212 assigned firefighters and support personnel on this incident. Today, there are 5 engines, 4 hand crews, 11 water tenders, and 4 helicopters.

COMMAND — Deputy IC Aaron Hulburd, SW Area Type 2 Team 4, assumed command on Saturday, may 29, 2021 at 0600 hours.

Helicopter at Dip Site
Credit: BIA

CHALLENGES — Crews may be challenged by the continued dry conditions and high winds expected over the next week. In addition to full suppression of the Sycamore Canyon Fire, the incident management team is also responsible for responding to any new fire starts in the area surrounding the fire.  – USFS

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION (TFR) —  Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sycamore Canyon Fire to ensure safe air operations.

Geronimo Hotshot vehicles parked along a dirt road in Division Alpha. There is a bright blue sky above with just a hint of wispy smoke in the background.
Credit: BIA

RESTRICTIONS — Due to increased fire activity and dry conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are currently in effect in southeastern Arizona.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions or contact the nearest land management agency office.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 5/30/2021 1123 PT

WA | Boundary Ridge Fire | Final

UPDATE 2 (FINAL) | MAY 31, 2021 | 1010 HOURS PT

CHELAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE — A wildfire named the BOUNDARY RIDGE FIRE is burning off of NF 500 and southeast of Wedge Mountain.

CREW-74, E-4104 and E-4105 were dispatched via the Central Washington Comm Center on Sunday, May 30th at 1441 hours PT.

There has been 0.1 acres of grass, shrub and timber burned.

IC Gonzalez (E4015) is the Incident Commander.

Fire contained on May 30th at 1951 hours PT and controlled at 2030 hours.

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NV | Wilson Creek Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 | MAY 31, 2021 | 1000 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –Lightning ignited the WILSON CREEK FIRE and was reported on Saturday evening, May 20th, about 15 miles northeast of Pioche, Nevada in the Ely District Office area on Mt. Wilson.

SIZE UP — 1,536 acres of timber (litter and understory), dormant brush, hardwood slash, and brush. 40% contained. Fire behavior is moderate with group torching, isolated torching and creeping.

Wilson Creek Fire
Credit: BLM – Ely District Office

RESOURCES —  Today, there are four Type 1 hand crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew, and eight smokejumpers. Also onsite are five engines, one bulldozer, and two water tenders. One Type 1 helicopter and one Type 2 helicopter are providing aerial support with a total of 167 total personnel.

COMMAND — Harmon, Type 3 IC.

FIRE OPS — Additionally, there are two Type 1 hand crews and one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew worked northward along the west flank of the fire while one Type 1 hand crew worked toward the south. Hand crews were assisted by water drops on the northwest and southwest flanks of the fire.

Expected containment is June 5, 2021 around 2000 hours.

THREATS — No threats to structures or assets in the fire zone.

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NM | Johnson Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 | MAY 31, 2021 | 0955 PT

GILA NATIONAL FOREST, NM — A lightning ignited wildfire was sparked on Thursday, May 20th around 00:00 hours, about 11 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings in Johnson Canyon, west of McKenna Park in Catron County, New Mexico.

COMMAND — M.Cornwell,ICT3; A. Jones, ICT3T.

Credit: USFS – Gila NF

INCIDENT COOPERATORS — USFS.

CURRENT STATUS — The fire has burn 30,826 acres of timber (grass and understory) and tall grass. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and running.

A Community Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Doc Campbell’s Post in Gila Center off NM Hwy 15 to discuss fire operations.

STAFFING —  91 personnel. Two Interagency Hotshot Crew, one ten-person Handcrew, three ten-person Wildfire Modules, three Type 3 Engines, one Type 6 Engine, one Water Tender, and two Type 3 Helicopters including a short haul medical helicopter.

FIRE OPERATIONS — The suppression strategy for this fire is confine and contain. Yesterday the fire continued to have an active perimeter and fire behavior was moderate. Crews continued to monitor the fire as it backed toward the West Fork Gila River.

The plan for today is to continue prepping the Trail #163 in EE Canyon for future fire operations and monitor fire as it moves towards the West Fork Gila River. Crews will begin protection activities around White Creek Cabin and monitor fire as it moves towards the west.

Additionally, crews will assess structures around Gila Center, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and the Scorpion Campsites.

CLOSED — Additional trail closures will occur beginning June 1 for public safety. For further information please call 575-536-2250 (M-F 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.) or 575-519-0103 (any time before 9:00 p.m.).

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AZ | Sycamore Canyon Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 — MAY 31, 2021 — 0940 PT

SYCAMORE CANYON, AZ — A wildfire, the SYCAMORE CANYON FIRE started on BLM and BIA lands on May 23, 2021, at around 0815 hours MST from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located about 15 miles southeast of Sells, Arizona.

SIZE UP — The fire has burned about 1,858 acres of short grass and brush and 40% contained. Fire behavior is minimal, creeping and smoldering.

Geronimo Hotshot vehicles parked along a dirt road in Division Alpha. There is a bright blue sky above with just a hint of wispy smoke in the background.
Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES — Geronimo Hotshots.

COMMAND — Deputy IC Carl Schwope, SW Area Type 2 Team 4, assumed command on Saturday, may 29, 2021 at 0600 hours.

THREATS — Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and AZ Department of Forestry and Fire Management (AZDFFM) lands.

CHALLENGES — Crews may be challenged by the continued dry conditions and high winds expected over the next week. In addition to full suppression of the Sycamore Canyon Fire, the incident management team is also responsible for responding to any new fire starts in the area surrounding the fire.  – USFS

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION (TFR) —  Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sycamore Canyon Fire to ensure safe air operations.

RESTRICTIONS — Due to increased fire activity and dry conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are currently in effect in southeastern Arizona.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions or contact the nearest land management agency office.

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OR | Harlow Ridge Fire | 1

ASOTIN, WASHINGTON — A wildfire named the HARLOW RIDGE FIRE is burning in Cloverland – Asotin, Washington State that started on Sunday, May 30, 2021.

WA DNR SE-4501 and SE-4504 were dispatched via the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at 1917 hours PT.

Currently, two acres of grass, brush and timber have been burned.

This is an open and active incident.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/30/2021 2325 PT