Willie Fire Burns USFS Land in Missouri

When we hear about wildfires, sometimes we think about windy California or dry Arizona where it is a common sight year-round. However, the State of Missouri was touched by the WILLIE FIRE, that was reported near the Glad Top Trail on the ACW Ranger District in the Mark Twain National Forest (USFS).

The incident took place on Thursday afternoon on December 10, 2020.

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PC: Mark Twain NF Stock Photo

The cause of the fire is unknown but was reported to be located about four miles northwest of Logrun, Missouri on the Mark Twain National Forest.

Firefighters have successfully contained the fire and have held it at 2,538 acres (Source: USFS).

Rain fell over the fire area and helped extinguish any unforseen hot spots or unburn interior fuels.

No homes were damaged or destroyed and no firefighters or civilians were reported as being injured.

ABOUT THE MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FOREST

The Mark Twain National Forest is home to about 1.5 acres that spreads over 29 counties inside of the State of Missouri. It welcomes visitors to access the 750 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and motorized usuage.

Learn more about this vast and popular venue by visiting their website on Facebook at @MarkTwainNationalForest or on their Twitter page @marktwain_nf .

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/11/2020 2205 PT

CA Wildfire | Bond Fire | 1

12/6/2020 0020 PT

Current weather report: 56*F temps, precip 0%, Winds at 6pm. RH 24%. Skies are currently clear.

Fire has currently burned 7,375 acres and crews have reached a 45% containment status.

12/6/2020 0015 PT

During the week of November 27th through December 3rd, there were 91 reported new wildfires that required light initial attack activity per the National Interagency Coordination Center’s Sit Report released on Friday, December 4th at 0800 MDT.

12/5/2020 2320 PT

The #BONDFIRE started on December 2, 2020, around 2014 hours PT. The incident is located in the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon, about 3 miles north of Silverado, in Orange County, California.

Command is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, OCFA and the USFS.

USFS units BC23^ E320** E322 E323** E325^ E327 have been deployed through the Cleveland National Forest dispatch center (original call dispatched 12/2/2020 2221 PT)

Incident Cooperators include the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange PD, City of Orange PD, Red Cross Southern CA Region, SLO FD, City of Lake forest, PG&E.

Resources include 10 helicopters, 179 engines, 5 water tenders, 22 hand crews, 10 dozers, 242 other resources and 1,588 total personnel from CAL Fire and the Orange County Fire Authority.

Damage so far includes 5 damaged and 5 destroyed structures, along with 7,375 acres of chaparral, brush and grass being consumed. Damage assessment teams continued a systematic survey of the fire area. They have completed 50% of the fire area and will continue their assessment tomorrow.” – CAL FIRE PIO

12/5/2020 2040 PT

Firefighters continued to work today to construct and reinforce fire lines, which are currently holding. They will work overnight to extend these firelines and improve containment. There is still potential in many areas for a strong wind event to spread the fire and threaten adjacent communities.

In the coming days, dry conditions will continue with low humidities and the potential for gusty winds. Moderate Santa Ana winds are expected to return on Monday and Tuesday, bringing a Red Flag Warning beginning early Monday morning.

“Temporary Evacuation Point at El Modena High School will be virtual tonight (12/5). If you are in need of Red Cross assistance from 10PM – 7AM, please call 310-650-1698 for support. The evacuation point will resume in-person service on Sunday (12/6) at 7AM.”

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12/5/2020 2015 PT | OCFA PIO

“Good evening. Firefighters continued to seek & mop up hot spots to secure containment lines today. The #BondFire is @ 7,375 acres w/45% containment. We’re also going to be holding a meeting for residents who evacuated from Silverado, Modjeska, & Williams Canyons tomorrow @ 3pm.”

12/4/2020 1946 PT | OCFA PIO

Continued mapping of the #BondFire has it at 7,375 acres with 30% containment. There are 1,560 personnel working on the incident. Firefighters & 11 helicopters continued to mop up hot spots & improve containment lines today.

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12/4/2020 1856 PT | USFS – CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

“Forest Service Sends Additional Firefighting Resources to Southern California.

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has prepositioned additional firefighting resources to support Southern California ahead of critical fire weather forecasts. Approximately nine hand-crews, 46 engines, three bulldozers, eight helicopters, five large air tankers, and one very-large air tanker are ready to respond to any new fires in the Cleveland, San Bernardino, Angeles, and Los Padres National Forests.

Fire suppression resources were staged prior to the recent Santa Ana wind event, and more have been allocated with hazardous fire weather conditions forecasted through next week.

The potential for fires is expected to increase across Southern California on Monday and Tuesday, with another possible Santa Ana wind event forecasted next Thursday and Friday. All four Southern California National Forests remain under fire restrictions. Please check with the specific forests for more information.”

12/4/2020 1640 PT | OCFA PIO

Evacuation orders have been lifted in the city of Lake Forest. Lake Forest is under evacuation warning only. Modjeska, Silverado and Williams Canyons are still under mandatory evacuation.

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12/4/2020 1035 PT | SLO FD

SLO City Firefighters are supporting a @CALFIRE_SLO hand crew with establishing hand line at the fire’s edge of the #BondFire. Photographed is SLO City Firefighter Mitchel Woods from OES 385 mopping up in Santiago Canyon.

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12/4/2020 0834 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 1153 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 0635 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 0150 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 0058 PT | WEATHER SPOTTER

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/6/2020 0030 PT

Hansen Dam Hit By Fire

HANSEN DAM, Calif.

A brush fire broke out at the Hansen Dam with LAFD firefighters responding at 1437 hours PT. It was said that the fire was burning towards the dam wall that was said to have an active fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting.

No structures were threatened, damaged or destroyed.

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Angeles National Forest (USFS) resources BC-11, CRW-5, E10, E13, WT-10 were quickly dispatched via the Angeles ECC at 1504 PT to assist as mutual aid for the LAFD.

LAFD units originally dispatched were  FS 98; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; AO2 BC10 BC12 BC14 CM42 E18 E24 E27 E274 E289 E298 E70 E75 E77 E81 E89 E90 E91 E98 EM15 H2 H3 H5 HA2 HA3 HA5 RA90 RA98 T89 T98 WT77; CH5; 17.

The combined wildland firefighters along with additional resources were getting a good knockdown on the fire around 1513 hours PT. It was reported at one acre with no structures being threatened.

About 30 minutes later around 1548 hours PT, 89 firefighters had stopped the forward progression of the fire . They were working to satisfy their fire suppression and containment objectives. These were the units on-scene at this time during the incident: FS 98; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; AO2 BC10 BC12 BC14 CM42 E18 E24 E27 E274 E289 E298 E70 E75 E77 E81 E89 E90 E91 E98 EM15 H2 H3 H5 HA2 HA3 HA5 RA90 RA98 T89 T98 WT77; CH5; CH17.

No structures were damaged or destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Original 11/26/2020 1550 PT | Updated 1627 PT

Hansen Dam Hit By Fire

HANSEN DAM, Calif. | A brush fire broke out at the Hansen Dam this afternoon that quickly spread and holding at just shy of two acres.

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Angeles National Forest (USFS) resources BC-11, CRW-5, E10, E13, WT-10 were quickly dispatched via the Angeles ECC at 1504 PT to assist as mutual aid for the LAFD.

Winds were reported as being strong helping spread the fire quickly but firefighters are said to have nearly contained the fire.

The cause is unknown at the time of this post.

Firefighters and resources are still on-scene.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Updated 11/26/2020 1550 PT

Wildfire Starts in California

CHATSWORTH, Calif. | A brush fire broke out in the 21900 block of Bella Vista Place on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th.

The fire is approximately 1/4 acre in Ybarra Canyon near the Browns Canyon Motorway at the end of the dumping ground.

The incident is named the YBARRA FIRE.

Winds have been reportedly reached 15 miles-per-hour.

Units responded were Copters 15, 16 and QB1 and 2 due to water supply issues and access for ground resources.

At last of reporting, Engine 75 had water on the fire with Engine 75 and additional resources headed up the Browns Canyon advising they could handle. Others were canceled.

Though we are unsure what caused this brush fire, here is a reminder for those on how to be Fire Smart., courtesy of the National Weather Service Los Angeles.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/25/2020 1510 PT

COLORADO’S WILDFIRES

While some States are see a reduced number of wildfires due to either rain or through containment during favorable weather condition, Colorado has seen their fair share of wildfires.

Here is a current list of wildfires burning in Colorado.

ARAPAHO AND ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FORESTS

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes | USFS

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Photo Credit | Mt View Fire Rescue

Active fire behavior with short crown runs, wind-driven runs and flanking. 205,005 acres of timber. 51% contained.

Several communities threatened. Evacuations. Closures in effect. 250 structures lost. $93.8 Million cost-to-date.

1,591 total personnel. 36 crews, 108 engines, 15 helicopters.

LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE | 1 mile E of Ward | USFS

Firefighters working along Lefthand Canyon Road on October 19.
Photo Credit | Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

Pawnee National Grassland. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. 460 acres of timber. 43% contained.

Homes threatened. Closures in effect. $400,000 cost-to-date.

115 total personnel. 3 crews, 12 crews.

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | 15 miles SW of Fraser | USFS

Fire consumes aspen and lodgepole as the burning operation progresses on the Williams Fork Fire Aug. 24. Photo by Kari Greer
Photo Credit | USFS

Pawnee national Grassland. Minimal fire behavior with single tree torching, short-range spotting and creeping.

14,670 acres of timber and short grass. 26% contained.

Several communities and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effect. $24 Million cost-to-date.

190 total personnel. 1 crew, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

BOULDER COUNTY

CALWOOD FIRE | 10 miles NW of Boulder | Boulder County lands

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Photo Credit | Boulder County OEM

RM Team Black Team, IMT 2 also managing the LEFTHAND FIRE.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching. 9,854 acres of timber, brush and short grass. 21% contained.

Several communities threatened. Closures in effect. 28 structures lost. $1.4 Million cost-to-date.

411 total personnel. 10 crews, 28 engines and 8 helicopters.

MEDICINE BOW-ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST

EAST TROUBLESOME FIRE | 16 miles NE of Kremmling | USFS

East Troublesome Fire, Oct. 16, 2020
Photo Credit | USFS

Thunder Basin Grassland. Active fire behavior with group torching and long-range spotting. Transfer of command from NR Team6, IMT2 to PNW Team 3, IMT1.

19,086 acres of timber and grass. 10% contained. $5.1 Million cost-to-date.

295 total personnel. 10 crews, 23 engines and 4 helicopters.

MIDDLE FORK FIRE | 10 miles N of Steamboat Springs | USFS

Unburned aspen and mixed conifer are visible in the foreground, with smoke rising behind a rocky ridge in the near distance.
Photo Credit | USFS

Thunder Basin Grassland. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

20,194 acres of timber. 1% contained. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effect. $6.4 Million cost-to-date.

114 total personnel. 3 engines and 3 helicopters.

SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST

ICE FIRE | 5 miles W of Silverton | USFS

A mountain side with smoke rises in places is shown. The South Fork Mineral Creek Road is visible at the bottom.
Photo Credit | USFS

Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, spotting and backing. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effort.

583 acres of timber and short grass. 25% contained. $400,000 cost-to-date.

100 total personnel. 2 crews, 6 engines and 5 helicopters.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/21/2020 2030 PT

Boulder County Sees 2 Fires

Two wildfires are burning in Boulder County, Colorado igniting a day from one another.

LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE

The newest wildfire is called the LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE which ignited from an unknown cause on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Fire behavior is said to be very active. It is located in the 14000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive, near Ward, Colorado.

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Photo Credit | Boulder County Office of Emergency Management

Immediate evacuations by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office consisted of Deputies going out to the nearby town of Ward, Gold Hill, Sunshine Canyon and surrounding areas.

Evacuation point set up at Nederland Community Center 750 CO-72, Nederland, CO 80466. Livestock should go to the Gilpin County Fairgrounds at 230 Norton Dr., Black Hawk CO 80422.

The areas north of Ward, Gold hill and the 10,000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive. Included in the evacuation order are residents of Spring Gulch Road and Gold Lake Road. Leave the area immediately if you are in those zones.

The fire has burned 303 acres.

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Photo Credit | Arvada Fire Department

CALWOOD FIRE

CALWOOD FIRE would be the County’s first wildfire that broke out about three miles west of the town of Jamestown and prompting emergency evacuations of nearby Heil Valley Ranch and Hall Ranch Trails.

Boulder County EOC was activated on October 17th. Fire management is in Unified Command with USFS IC Griffin and Boulder County Buchanan.

The fire has burned 8,788 acres. Crews have reached a 15% containment status. The footprint has held steadily, according to county officials.

No new fire growth has been observed.

There are 445 total personnel still assigned to this incident.

26 homes have been damaged. Out of respect for those who have been impacted by so much, we will not publish the areas where homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed. However, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has a list of homes and their addresses on their website, which can be found at: https://www.boulderoem.com/

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Larimer County | https://member.everbridge.net/892807736722338/new

Boulder County | https://www.bouldercounty.org

911 Reverse | For landlines only.

TRANSPORTATION NEEDS

303-413-7730 | For Transportation assistance needs.

MENTAL HEALTH

Reaching out for help is definitely not a weaken and nothing to be ashamed about. There are just traumatic times in our lives we have absolutely no control over and professionals out there that can help through various methods.

303-447-1665 – Mental Health Partners

844-493-8255 – Rock Mountain Mental Health

MAPS

Maps of both fires can be found on the BOCO website located at https://bouldercounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=13ab214fe2bb4da5a850df0ca0f00fc5

CA’s October 2020 Wildfires

The State of California and its people have suffered greatly from small to large and devastating wildfires burning down outbuildings, homes, businesses and infrastructure. It has been said to be contributed to global-warming, human-caused, infrastructure (powerlines) to other undetermined causes.

Here is a list of current wildfires burning in the State of California.

AUGUST COMPLEX (Includes DOE FIRE)

Firefighters with orange glow on the horizon. Photo Credit: Tiana Huddlestun/USFS
Photo Credit | USFS

Started 8/16/2020 @ 2037 PT. It is burning in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa Counties. It is about 14 miles NW of elk Creek. Caused by lightning.

Extreme fire behavior with group torching, short crown runs and running. 987,654 and 54% contained. CTD is unknown.

Operations broken into four zones: North and Northeast, West and South (CAL FIRE).

6 structures damaged. 52 structures lost. 1 injury. 1,588 personnel along with 30 crews, 13 helicopters, 166 engines, 39 dozers and 44 water tenders.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/16/august-complex-includes-doe-fire/

AUGUST COMPLEX – WEST ZONE

Managed by Mendocino Unit, CAL FIRE. CAL FIRE Team 5 (IMT1). 4 miles NE of Covelo.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and spotting. There has been 128,799 acres burned and a 55% containment status reached. 52 structures have been lost.

There are 1,588 total personnel along with 30 crews, 166 engines and 13 helicopters.

CTD is $75,500,000.

BOBCAT FIRE

Large smoke column blowing across the highway
Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

The BOBCAT FIRE is situated on the Angeles National Forest, about 12 miles NE of Pasadena.

Fire behavior is minimal with backing, creeping and smoldering. There has been 115,007 acres burned but crews have successfully reached an 84% containment status.

Assigned to this incident are 711 total personnel with 15 crews, 29 engines and 12 helos.

About 171 structures were lost. CTD has reached $63,500,000.

CREEK FIRE

Whiskey Falls burnout, 7th Marine Battalion - Creek Fire.
Photo Credit | USFS

Started 9/4/2020 at 1821 PT. The fire is burning on both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake.

315,413 acres of timber, chaparral and tall grass have been scorched. There is a 62% containment status. However, fire behavior remains active with uphill runs, group torching and lasting short-range spotting.

71 structures damaged. 856 structures destroyed. 12 injuries.

Fire management is Unified Command with CAL FIRE FRESNO, Fresno County Sheriff Office and Sierra National Forest. 2,048 total personnel with 39 crews, 11 helos, 172 engines, 14 dozers and 46 water tenders.

Cost-to-date has topped out at $116,000,000.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/4/creek-fire/

DOLAN FIRE

A group of firefighters on a road next to a slope covered in flames and smoke.
Photo Credit | USFS

The DOLAN FIRE is about 10 miles S of Big Sur on the Los Padres National Forest.

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, single-tree torching and creeping. 124,924 acres of brush, chaparral and short grass have been destroyed, along with 19 structures. CTD have reached $54,800,000.

A 90% containment status has been reached.

There are 552 total personnel along with 5 crews, 25 engines and 5 helicopters.

EL DORADO FIRE

Fire  Activity builds near Highway 38 / Valley of the Falls Drive
Photo Credit | USFS

The EL DORADO FIRE is located 3 miles NE of Yucaipa.

Minimal fire behavior is occurring and there has been a total assessed at 22,744 acres destroyed along with 20 structures lost. A total of 93% containment status has been reached.

CTD has topped out at $38,000,000.

Fire resources include 149 total personnel along with 3 crews, 10 engines and 3 helicopters.

FORK FIRE

Fire 1130 9/9/20 by Matt Daniels
Photo Credit | USFS

This fire is burning about 15 miles NE of Pollock Pines on the Eldorado National forest.

Fire behavior is minimal. Total acreage burned was 1,667 acres. There has been a 70% containment status reached.

Remaining resources are about 134 total personnel with 3 crews, 3 engines and 1 copter. Cost-to-date have topped out at $6,500,000.

GLASS FIRE

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

Started 9/27/2020 at 0348 hours PT. Burning on North Fork Crystal Springs Road x Crystal Springs Road. Cause unknown, under investigation.

There has been 63,885 acres consumed. 17% containment has been secured. 163 structures damaged. 826 structures destroyed. CTD is $24,700,000.

Management under Unified Command with CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa FD, Santa Rosa PD. There are 2,773 total personnel along with 27 crews, 23 helicopters, 408 engines, 66 dozers and 49 water tenders. (CAL FIRE)

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/glass-fire/

NORTH COMPLEX

Engines working the North Complex Fire
Photo Credit | USFS

The NORTH COMPLEX is located on the Plumas National Forest. This incident is located 1 mile SW of Crescent Mills.

Command transfers from RM Team Black (IMT2) back to CA Team 4 (IMT1) today. There are still 1,604 total personnel along with 35 crews, 102 engines and 13 helicopters.

Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. 317,459 acres have been consumed but a 83% containment status has been reached.

2,342 structures have been lost. Cost-to-date has reached $143,000,000.

SQF COMPLEX

tall flames south of camp nelson
Photo Credit | USFS

This Complex includes 2 fires which is being managed by CA Team 2 (IMT1) and CAL FIRE Team 6 (IMT1) with CA Team 13 (IMT2) mobilizing. It is situated about 34 miles E of Porterview.

Active fire behavior has been observed along with flanking, backing and spotting. It has burned 156,435 acres of timber and chaparral. There is a 65% containment status reached at the time of this post. 228 structures have been notably lost.

Attached to this incident is 912 total personnel along with 17 crews, 59 engines and 8 helicopters.

CTD $78,200,000.

ZOGG FIRE

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The ZOGG FIRE started on 9/27/2020 around 1603 PT from an unknown cause, which is still under investigation. It originated on Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane, north of Igo.

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.

There has been 56,305 acres lost but a 68% containment status achieved. 26 structures have been damaged with 196 structures lost. 1 injury and 4 deaths have occurred.

Assigned to this incident are 1,767 total personnel with 39 crews, 14 helicopters, 196 engines, 24 dozers and 55 water tenders.

Costs-to-date have reached $15,600,000.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/zogg-fire/

LAMBERT FIRE

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE AEU

A new wildfire has popped up. It started on 10/4/2020 from an unknown cause. It is burning in the 16000 block of Lambert Road and 800 block of Carbondale Road in Ione (Amador County).

About 25 acres have been burned. There is a 0% containment status.

Mandatory evacuation issued by the Amador County Sheriff Office for those Moriah Heights Road.

RED SALMON COMPLEX

9.27.2020 Slide Creek from the air
Photo Credit | USFS

This complex has 2 fires inside it. It is located on the Six Rivers National Forest and managed by NW Team 10 (IMT2). It is about 14 miles miles NE of Willow Creek.

There has been 132,065 acres burned with 33% containment status gained. There has been 0 structures lost. CTD is $77,500,000.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, running and short-range spotting is occurring.

There are 724 personnel along with 11 crews, 61 engines and 6 helos.

SLATER FIRE

9/14/20 Firefighter from Galice Wildland Fire Module securing the containment lines edge near Goodwish road, Dwight Creek and Almost Heaven off Hwy 199
Photo Credit | USFS

This fire is on the Klamath National Forest and located 5 miles NE of Happy Camp. The incident is being managed by NW Team 7 (IMT2), which is also managing the DEVIL FIRE.

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and with isolated torching. About 130,154 acres have been destroyed and crews have successfully reached a 55% containment status.

There are a total personnel of 686 firefighters along with 13 crews, 47 engines and 19 helicopters.

440 structures have been lost. About $32,900,000 has been reached for total fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

DEVIL FIRE

Point protection, Rogue River, 9/15/20
Photo Credit | USFS

The DEVIL FIRE is located about 5 miles N of Seiad.

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and with single-tree torching. There has been 8,598 acres lost but crews have reached a 25% containment status.

There are 6 total personnel along with one engine and two copters.

No structures have been lost but the total cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment costs have reached $494,000.

Repairing Powerlines in Happy Camp, CA, on September 17, 2020
Repairing powerlines in Happy Camp. | Credit | USFS

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/4/2020 1500 PT

Cameron Peak Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The CAMERON PEAK FIRE is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and on the Pawnee National Grasslands.

Ignited from an unknown source, it was reported on August 13, 2020.

Roosevelt Hotshot Vehicles
Photo Credit | USFS

It is located about 15 miles northwest of Redfeather Lakes (Larimer County) in the beautiful State of Colorado (USA).

Command is comprised of the NW IMT Team 6 with IC Shawn Sheldon and Deputy ICs Shane Theall and Ken Paul.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is current active with flanking, group torching and backing.

Crews have reached a 40% containment status after a successful day of making progress with heavy equipment and air support.

Airtanker drops retardant near Manhattan Road
Photo Credit | USFS

A TFR is in effect. No Drones in Fire Zones.

FIRE RESPONSE

Currently, assigned are 866 total personnel with 17 crews, 53 engines and 11 helcopters.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There has been 126,164 acres of timber destroyed along with 89 structures.

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $63,100,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 2130 PT

Creek Fire Continues to Burn

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date/Time of Incident | The CREEK FIRE ignited on September 4th around 1821 hours PT and has since been burning.

Location | It is currently burning on both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake areas in both Fresno and Madera Counties, California. More precisely 35 miles northeast of Clovis.

Fire Fuels | Timber, chaparral and tall grass.

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Photo Credit | US Navy

FIRE OPERATIONS

Resources | There are 2,038 total personnel along with 39 crews, 11 helicopters, 169 engines, 14 dozers and 44 water tenders.

They rep the USFS, AZ Fire & Medical, CAL FIRE along with the NWS Binghamton, Sierra National Forest, NOAA.

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Photo Credit | AZ Fire and Medical

Unified Command | Command is in Unified command which includes CAL FIRE, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra National Forest. This includes the CA Team 5 (IMT1) and NR Team 4 (IMT2).

South Zone – Fresno County | Fire activity near Edison Lake and Mono Hot Springs produced quite a bit of smoke today. This will impact Kaiser Pass Road towards the northeast portion of the fire. Fire behavior is active due to drought stressed fuels.

From San Jaoquin River north to Central Camp will transition to patrol status in the southwestern portion of the area. Crews have completely mopped up and widened/secured the containment lines. Aircraft flew over yesterday supporting fire operations. New aircraft was due to arrive today to recycle existing resources.

North Zone – Madera County | Continued high pressure, low humidity remains for potential flare-ups and short-range spotting. Active burning of surface fuels in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is confined by natural barriers, but it still remains about 10-12 miles west of Mammoth Lakes. It has had little forward progression as it is being held by the 2018 LIONS FIRE burn scar.

Firefighters will continue with securing the edge, mopping up and increasing containment lines in the northwestern corner.

CURRENT STATUS

Size Up | There has been 313,660 acres destroyed. Current containment status is 49%. Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, backing and short-range spotting.

Damage Assessments | There has been 71 structures damaged and 856 destroyed. 12 people (fire/civilians) have been injured. Cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a whopping $113,000,000.

Infrastructure | Power companies are assessing re-energenzing areas and making infrastructure repairs.

Creek Fire, mop-up near 7 road
Photo Credit | USFS

Repopulation | Residents, business owners and others are starting to repopulate areas again.

Temporary Entry Permits | Temporary Entry permits will be given to those who were evacuated from campgrounds, camping areas and cabins south of the fire to return and pick up their belongings on October 4, 2020 and again on October 10th and 11th. Additional dates will be given for the northern side.

How to Request a Permit –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=fseprd815384/

Cattle Round-up | Cattle in and around the fire area are being rounded up and evacuated out of the area.

Creek Fire, mop-up near 7 road
Photo Credit | USFS

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Fire-nadoes | 2 Fire-nadoes shows its face as fire weather intensifies on September 25th. (Media)

Military Assistance | Army, Navy and Marines are all helping fight the good fight, together as one.

Community of Shaver | Many homes in this community are saved.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 2030 PT