The Wildfire Log | Museum Fire in Arizona | 1

UPDATE 1 | JULY 21, 2019 

Incident Summary

A wildfire prompted fire personnel and equipment to be dispatched around 1142 hours MST on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

The fire was reported by multiple calls from the general public and from fire lookouts around 1100 hours.

Almost one hour later, multiple engines, crews, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft along with nearly 100 personnel were on-scene of the five-acre fire.

The fire’s cause has not been released and is currently under investigation.

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Credit | Coconino NF

Location

The fire is located north of Flagstaff, near Schultz Pass Road.

Size

By almost 1330 Hours MST, the fire slowly grew to 20 acres.  Now at 1630 hours MST, the fire has been reported to have reached 400 acres of ponderosa pines and mixed conifer with a 0% containment status.

Resources

There are a total of 182 personnel and assets, which included 7 engines, 4 fuels crews, 2 hotshot crews, 14 patrol units, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 4 heavy air tankers, 4 SEATs (single engine air tankers), 3 Type Type-1 helicopters, 1 Type 3 helicopter, a VLAT (very large air tanker) and an air attack plane.

A Type 1 IMT Team 2 (SW IMT) is on order and will take command over this wildfire at 1800 hours MST on Monday evening.

Museum Fire near Dry Lake

Fire photo taken at 15 hours MST | Credit: Coconino NF

EOC Activated

The Coconino County Emergency Management and City of Flagstaff collectively, have activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in support of this wildfire named the MUSEUM FIRE.

Evacuations

An evacuation notice has been issued for the areas of Forest Road to Highway 89 (Mount Elden Lookout) and Schultz Pass Road to private land.   A pre-evacuation notice has also been issued for the area of Forest Road 420 to Friedlein Prairie.

The Coconino County Sheriff SAR members are assisting with evacuations.

Notifications

An American Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Sinaqua Middle School. 3950 E. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004.

For emergency notifications and other notices, go to coconino.az.gov/ready .

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1630 hours MST.

 

The Wildfire Log | Otero County (CO)’s Grass Fire Human Caused

A grass fire sparked by a driver on Highway 350 in Otero County, Colorado was charged for starting the wildfire on July 14, 2019, in the early afternoon on Sunday.

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Photo Credit | Otero Co SO

Otero County Sheriff’s Office and Fire units from the outlining areas responded to the fire which at the time was determined to be likely from a vehicle.

Firefighters were in mop up operations at 1448 hours PDT. The estimated amount of acres burned were around 20 but this could have been so much more worse.  

Nice work, firefighters and Sheriff’s Office for your great egress and teamwork! – Ed.

Opinion | Did You Know? You can prevent these types of Fires

Never park your vehicle on grass on the side of the highway as the hot vehicle exhaust pipe can burn the grass underneath and cause a fire.  If it is a windy day, the wind can pick up the fire and spread it around on very dry fire fuels around your vehicle.

Not only is this preventable, but also will be a cost saver for the one that is being charged for fire suppression assets and law enforcement costs.  We are pretty sure, there is a hefty fine that will be sure to included in that amount too.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated at 1500 hours PDT on 7/14/2019

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: Benton County’s Toothaker Fire

Benton County, Wa. – A wildfire ignited from an unknown cause on Thursday, June 20th, at approximately 1540 (3:40 pm) hours PDT in the area of South Meals Road and East Toothaker Road, near Finley, Washington.  The location is also approximately 80 miles ESE of Yakima,  Washington.

Fire Resources

Additional resources were dispatched via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center at 1607 (4:07 pm) Hours PDT on June 20, 2019.

Incident Cooperators include Benton County Fire Districts 1, 2 and 4; West Benton Fire and Rescue, Richland Fire Department, Pasco Fire Department and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Fire Status

The fire has destroyed 100 acres of grass and brush in the Heaven Hills area.  It was limited to this number of acreage due to a precipitation producing storm that fell over the fire line on Thursday night.  Fire Managers estimated there was a 75% containment status reached.

As of this morning (6/21/2019), the fire response had been reduced to just two engines.  They were being tasked with mop-up operations and putting out any new hot spots.

Damage Assessment

There was no injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.

No homes or outbuildings were reported as damaged or destroyed.

Fire Danger is High

No photo description available.

Eastern Washington State has increased their Preparedness Level and they are reporting the Fire Danger at an all “HIGH” level for the time period of June 19 – July 3, 2019.  The Fire Service all across this portion of the State is asking for you to be very careful when burning outside. The only fires allowed are: recreational and warming fires, as well as agricultural burning.  NO residential burning is being allowed.

Image Courtesy of:  Benton County Fire District #1

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2019 @ 2200 (10 pm) Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log’s East Kachess Fire

KITTITAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE

A wildfire broke out on Friday, June 21,2019 around 1301 (1:01 pm) hours PDT from an unknown cause on the Kachess Dam in Kittitas County, Washington.

Firefighters quickly contained and brought the fire under control today at 1415 (2:15 pm) this afternoon.

Fire fuels included Duff.  The total acreage loss was less than one acre.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2019 @ 2130 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 3

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Update 3 | June 10, 2019 | 2100 hours PDT

Incident Summary | A wildfire, called the DRY SAGE FIRE is burning on Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington State.  Fire assets were dispatched on June 8th around 1006 hours.

Current Fire Status | The fire has destroyed about 397 acres of short grass and brush.  Crews have reached a 70% containment status.

Resources | There are about 31 total personnel assigned along with 10 engines.

Costs-To-Date | Total expenses as of today’s date have reached $75,000.00.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Bear Creek Fire | WA | 1

KITSAP COUNTY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 1 | June 10th – Monday | 1830 hours PDT

Incident Summary | Fire personnel and assets were dispatched today at 1340 hours PDT to a brush fire in the town of Tahuya is near Crosby in Kitsap County, Washington.

Fire Fuels, Size Up | The fire, as of 1700 hours, has destroyed 22 acres of brush, slash and reprod timeber.

Resources |   DNR personnel and equipment – BRADSHAW BRADY, M DOZER-1 DOZER-2 DUNCAN E804 E808 E8213 EXCAVATOR1 H341WN H343WN H345WN JEWELL MCREYNOLDS PROVENCHER.  A Type 4 IC has arrived on-scene.

Status | Windy conditions are challenging ground firefighters and helicopters working on the wildfire.

Cause | Cause is unknown at the time of this posting.

Social Media | #BearCreekFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 2

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH @ 0115 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire, called the DRY SAGE FIRE is burning on Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington State.

Fire assets were dispatched on June 8th around 1006 hours.

Current Fire Status

There has been about 397 acres of grass and brush destroyed.

Resources

SE 540 and SE 700 are showing attached to this incident.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | The Mountain Fire | AZ | 1

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 @ 1530 HOURS MST

Incident Summary

A wildfire ignited just before noon on  Friday, June 7th, located approximately eight miles east of the nearest town of Cave Creek, Arizona.  It is about eight miles of the Cave Creek Ranger District office and near Horseshoe Dam Road turnoff.

The fire was caused by human intervention from an unknown ignition source.  The cause is currently under investigation.

Current Status

The fire has destroyed 7,225 acres and there is still a 0% containment status.

Image of smoke from Mountain Fire

Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

It is being reported to be burning on the Tonto National Forest and east and northeast towards Bartlett Lake and Horshoe.  The nearby Bartlett Dam Road and Cave Road have both been shutdown.  This closure is to continue throughout the weekend.

A helicopter is currently dipping out of the Barlett Lake.

Fire Resources

There are currently 243 total personnel assigned to this wildfire along with fire assets that include multiple air tankers and a helicopter.

Mountain Fire burned area

Aerial fly over. | Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

Command was assumed by the Central West Zone Type 3 IMT at 0600 hours this morning.

Additional resources are on order.

Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

Evacuation Orders

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was assisting with the mandatory evacuations of those in the Bartlett Lake users and campers who had remained in the area, after voluntary evacuations were issued on Friday, June 7th.

Social Media

#TheMountainFire #AZwildfires2019

(c) 2019 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 2

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – 1440 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire is burning in Yakima County, called the Dry Sage Fire that is approximately 400 acres and growing. The location of the fire has been released by WA DNR as being on the Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington.

Fire fuels include grass and brush.

Current Fire Status

We have reached out to WA DNR for any recent updates on this fire.

According to their CAD system, they are still reporting 400 acres. We are trying to find out the containment status, any increase in acreage, the fire behavior and if any homes are being threatened, etc.

Resources

AA-10F, E381, FB205, FB244, H339, H336, SE463, SE521, SE540, SE JAMES, SE JONES were dispatched at 1006 hours PDT this morning.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog