Oklahoma’s Wildfire: #34ComplexFire | 3

Woodward, OK –  The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began on April 12 (Thursday).

Photo Image taken April 14/2018. | Photo Courtesy | AI6YR – Ham Radio

Here is the Fire Timeline for this event:

April 14, 2018

Moderate fire behavior with wind-driven runs, flanking. Homes threatened.  120,000 acres. 13% contained. 88 personnel. 30 engines. 2 helicopters. 12 homes, 20 outbuildings destroyed. $365,000 Cost-to-date.

April 13, 2018

Fire fuels include tall grass and brush.  Extreme fire behavior with running, flanking and spotting.  120,000 acres burned. 4% containment status. Structures are under direct threat. Road closures in effect. 247 personnel. 100 engines.

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency due to ongoing wildfires. 

You can read more about this Declaration here –> http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/OKGOV-1e9629b

April 12, 2018

Fire started @ 1600 hours.  6 miles North of Woodward, Oklahoma.  Multiple structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. RED CROSS shelter located at Faith United Methodist Church, 1402 Texas Avenue, Woodward, Oklahoma.  115,000 acres consumed. 13% contained. 88 personnel. 30 engines, 2 helicopters. 12 homes, 20 outbuildings destroyed. $365,000 fire suppression and containment Cost-to-date.


FEMA:  “This morning, we approved a management grant for the burning in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The grant supports firefighting costs like staffing, emergency work, supplies, and equipment. ” – Grant being offered to those on the #34ComplexFire

Two New Mexico firefighters walk up a hill to continue battling smoldering forest fires. Labels point to the types of costs Fire Management Assistance Grants can cover to support firefighters. Text overlay reads: "Fire Management Assistance Grants, Support to firefighters. • Firefighting tools and equipment • Overtime compensation • Mobilization and travel costs • Meals, health and safety items."

(c) NW Fire Blog – 4/14/2018 @ 1200 hours PDT.

Oklahoma’s Wildfire: #34ComplexFire | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY | The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began at 1600 hours on Thursday, April 12, 2018, which is located about six (6) miles of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Fire crews have reached a 4% containment status.

FIRE FUELS | Fire fuels consist of tall grass and brush.

Fire Fact:  There were 426 fires reported on April 13, 2018 in the Southern Area which consists of OK, FL, TX, SC and NC.

BEHAVIOR | Extreme with running, flanking and spotting. Several homes under threat.  Road closures are in effect.

Fire Fact:  Of those 426 wildfires, 14 were reported as ‘new incidents’ and 10 are considered as ‘not contained’ large fires.

RESOURCES | There are about 247 personnel along with 100 engines assigned to this fire from the Oklahoma Division of Forestry and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS | 12 homes and 20 outbuildings destroyed.  120,000 acres have been consumed.   $110,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment efforts.

Social Media users and media outlets report:  This fire originally broke out near E County Road 35 and Hwy 35 in Woodward.  Some are saying that the number of acreage has been reduced from 115,000 to 59,000 due to more accurate mapping.  We are keeping the # at 120,000 as multiple sources are reporting this total.

EVACUATIONS | Several structures are currently being threatened and evacuations are currently in effect.  A RED CROSS Shelter is open at the Faith United Methodist Church located at 1402 Texas Avenue in Woodward, Oklahoma.

FIRE WEATHER | Current weather conditions (as of 2140 PDT) are showing 38*F (temps), partly cloudy with winds at 25 mph.  There is a 55% of humidity.

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency due to ongoing wildfires.  You can read more about this Declaration here –> http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/OKGOV-1e9629b

HOW CAN YOU HELP | There is a Facebook page called “The 34 Complex Fire in Woodward, Oklahoma, USA” and is listed as a Crisis Response.  https://www.facebook.com/crisisresponse/the-34-complex-fire-in-woodward-oklahoma-usa-apr12-2018/about/?source=search ** We have not vetted this Page or the group/individuals behind it.  We recommend that you check it out before making a Donation. **

FEMA:  “This morning, we approved a management grant for the burning in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The grant supports firefighting costs like staffing, emergency work, supplies, and equipment. “

Two New Mexico firefighters walk up a hill to continue battling smoldering forest fires. Labels point to the types of costs Fire Management Assistance Grants can cover to support firefighters. Text overlay reads: "Fire Management Assistance Grants, Support to firefighters. • Firefighting tools and equipment • Overtime compensation • Mobilization and travel costs • Meals, health and safety items."

(c) NW Fire Blog – 4/13/2018 @ 2200 hours PDT.

NM Wildfires: #DienerCanyonFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A prescribed burn in Cibola County, New Mexico on Thursday, April 12, 2018, escaped its containment lines and found to be not meeting its desired objectives would soon become a wildfire.

LOCATION |  The fire is located eight (8) miles south of Blue Water Lake and 13-15 miles west of Grants and Milan, New Mexico. It is burning in the Zuni Mountains on the Mount Taylor Ranger District.

Now, the #RedondoPrescribedFire has now become the #DienerCanyon Fire and this fiery fire is not one to be reckoned with.

SIZE UP | The fire has consumed 3,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is extreme with windy and very dry conditions.

RESOURCES |  Fire resources are from the State Forestry Division along with the U.S. Forest Service with additional orders for the SWA T-1 Team #2 Pierson IC, 2 T-1 and 2 T-2IA Crews.

HISTORICAL EVENTS | It is said that this is one of the driest starts to a water year in history.  A big wind event has been forecasted for over a week.  There has been plenty of criticism to go around as to why would there be a Prescribed Fire (RX Fire) when a windstorm has been forecasted in the same week.

SOCIAL MEDIA | Eyewitness accounts are saying the same things over and over again.   Here is a compiling of what people are sharing with others:

“View to the SW of the Diener Canyon Fire in the Mt. Taylor area showing a huge smoke plume on the horizon which is probably 50 miles away and more near Ojo Encino. The smoke is much closer now.”

“Per Forest Service policy, since the Redondo Prescribed Fire was no longer meeting the desired objectives, it was declared a “wildfire”.  A complexity analysis determined the need for a higher level of incident management.” Prescribed Fire gone bad.

#DeinerCanyonFire  #NMwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog


Oklahoma On Fire: #34ComplexFire Implodes | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began this afternoon on Thursday, April 12, 2018, is now estimated at 115,000 acres and growing. There is a 0% containment status.

The fire is located four (4) miles NW of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Resources will be working throughout the night focusing on fire suppression efforts as the fire behavior continues to be more extreme.

EVACUATIONS | Several structures are currently being threatened and evacuations are currently in effect.  A Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Faith United Methodist Church located at 1402 Texas Avenue in Woodward, OK.

We are working to gather more intel on these wildfires.

(c) NW Fire Blog

Oklahoma’s #RheaFire Behavior Fierce | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire broke out on Thursday, April 12, 2018, around 1300 hours PDT about nine (9) miles southeast of Leedey (Dewey County) in Oklahoma.

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Photo Credit | OK Forestry Services

CURRENT FIRE STATUS | The fire behavior has exploded when it was reported at its start time around 1300 hours PDT and was about 500 acres but has now reached 19,000 acres.  (yes, we checked the number several times and also reached out to OFS for verification).

There is a 0% containment status.

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Photo Credit | OK Forestry Services

RESOURCES | 2 Wildland Task Forces plus 2 Type-1 helo and Air Attack have been deployed from Oklahoma Forest Services.

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THREATS | Several structures are currently under direct threat.

SOCIAL MEDIA | Social Media reports indicate the fire is heading north and has jumped the river (we are working to gather intel on which river this is).  Additional sources are showing that the fire is now spreading northwest to north as winds shifted to SSE with passage of dryline back to west.

Photo Credit | @stormchaserQ (Quincy Vagell) | Used with written Permission

FIRE WEATHER REPORTS | As of 1828 hours PDT, OK Weather reports indicate the fire seems to be heading towards Mutual.  Highway 60 is blocked east and west out of Cestos.  Seiling/Taloga should be alright.

FIRE HISTORY IN DEWEY COUNTY | According to Social Media, here is a brief post of a previous wildfire that was memorable in this area.

March 14, 2017 | Dewey Co Conservation District works as an Incident Cooperator by providing 8 bale hay trailer for locals to haul hay to fire victims.

Photo Credit | OK Conservation Commission

HASHTAGS | #RheaFire #OKwildfire2018

PHOTO IMAGES | Credit by Oklahoma Forestry Services

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Public Safety Job Announcements | April 8, 2018


Administrative Specialist (Lead Dispatch) – State of Oregon.  Forest Grove (OR).  ** Closes 4/17/2018 @ 2359 hours PDT **   Permanent position.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/2035887/administrative-specialist-1-lead-dispatch

Asset Fire Management Officer – US Fish & Wildlife Services/US Dept. of the Interior.  Burbank (WA).  $61,218-79,586 / year.  Closes 4/19/2018.   https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495907700

Combat Student Intern Firefighter – City of Forest Grove.  Forest Grove (OR).  ** Closes 6/30/2018 **   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/forestgrove/jobs/2034632/combat-student-intern-firefighter

Combat Volunteer Firefighter – City of Forest Grove.  Forest Grove (OR).  ** Closes 6/30/2018 @ 1700 hours PDT **   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/forestgrove/jobs/2034627/combat-volunteer-firefighter

Deputy State Fire Marshal – Codes & Technical Services – State of Oregon.  Salem (OR).  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=20&vjk=bc646207feccb390

Dispatcher / Radio Operator – State of WA Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR).  Sedro-Wooley (WA).  $2,262 – $2,914 / month. ** Closes 4/9/2018 **  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?  q=Firefighter&l=wa&start=10&vjk=1c323be4a23008c3

Engine Boss – Firestromers Inc.  Ontario (OR)  $28 – $32 / hour.   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=10&vjk=fc8f803c53d19e05

Fire Investigator – Envista Forensics.  Tukwila (WA) https://envistaforensics.jobs.net/en-US/job/fire-investigator/J3V8HL654RC7Z0KVMMP?idpartenaire=10107

Fire Protection Engineer – Port of Seattle.  Seattle (WA).  https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/washington-state-firefighter-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,16_IS3020_KO17,28.htm

Fire Secretary – Cowlitz County Fire & Rescue.  Kelso (WA).  $43,272 / year.   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Fire&l=Washington%20State&ts=1522729484874&rq=1&fromage=last&vjk=d8331efe25bb253f

Firefighter – City of Redmond.  Redmond (WA).  $72,348 – $99,012 / year.  ** Closes 4/10/2018 (Tuesday) @ 2359 PDT. **    https://agency.governmentjobs.com/redmondwa/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=2014043

Firefighter.  Grayback Forestry.  Merlin (OR) base.  $15.41 / hour.   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&vjk=250a40005f6e8d58

Firefighter – EMT. Vashon Island Fire and Rescue (King County Fire District #13).  Vashon (WA).  Part-Time position.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Firefighter&l=wa&ts=1523067621967&rq=1&vjk=e92ed88cc343e924

Firefighter – Medic (Lateral).  City of Salem (OR).  $5,574 – $7035 / month.   https://www.indeed.com/q-EMT-l-Oregon-jobs.html?from=relatedQueries&saIdx=1&rqf=1&parentQnorm=Firefighter&vjk=8534273f3cebf30b

Firefighter – Medic.  City of Salem (OR).  $5,574 – $7035 / month.   https://www.indeed.com/q-EMT-l-Oregon-jobs.html?from=relatedQueries&saIdx=1&rqf=1&parentQnorm=Firefighter&vjk=5ab9a8b6c0f65fa3

Firefighter – Paramedic (Open Entry and Lateral) – City of Spokane.  Spokane (WA).  $40,444 – $80, 894 / year.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/spokanecity/jobs/1150196/firefighter-open-entry

Forest Officer (Senior Wildland Firefighter) – State of Oregon.  Hermiston (OR).  ** Closes 4/17/2018 @ 2359 PDT. **    https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/2023014/forest-officer-senior-wildland-firefighter

Forestry Technician – Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.  Grand Ronde (OR).   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=20&vjk=4d91cf2ff8549d04

Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression) – US Department of Agriculture.  Bend (OR).  $16.00 / hour.    https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=30&vjk=3f42015107ea9de4

Forestry Technician – Green Diamond Resource Company.  Klamath Falls (OR).  Seasonal opening.   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=30&vjk=57763b4e93acc917

Paramedic – Metro WEst Ambulance.  Hillsboro (OR).  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=firefighter&l=Oregon&sort=date&start=20&vjk=054795329e8528d5

Wildland Paramedics and EMTs – Wilderness Medics Inc (OR).  Temporary openings. Limited details.  https://www.indeed.com/q-EMT-l-Oregon-jobs.html?from=relatedQueries&saIdx=1&rqf=1&parentQnorm=Firefighter&vjk=1edb3247d9cb09af


Regional Manager (Firefighter Partnerships) – Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Mountlake Terrace (WA).  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Firefighter&l=wa&start=20&vjk=8d34574272b0831a


Community Corrections Specialist I – Washington County.  Hillsboro (OR).  $44,574 – $54,246 / year.  ** Closes 4/15/2018 @ 2359 hours PDT **    https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cowashingtonor/jobs/2029345/community-corrections-specialist-i

Corrections Deputy – Tillamook County (OR).  $3,594 – $4,430 / month.  ** Closes 4/30/2018 @ 2359 hours PDT. **   https://agency.governmentjobs.com/tillamookor/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=2038002

Corrections Deputy (Lateral) – Klamath Falls / Klamath Falls County (OR).  $20.92 – $23.06 / hour.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=10&vjk=4ffc97cef1dcc8f4

Criminal Deputy (Lateral Sheriff) – Jackson County Sheriff Office.  Medford (OR).  $51,334 – $65,520 / year.   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/jacksoncountyor/jobs/2034758/7140-criminal-deputy-lateral-sheriff

Police Officer – City of Eugene (OR).  $60,528 – $77,168 / year.  ** Closes 5/25/2018 @ 1715 hours PDT **  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/eugene/jobs/2026459/police-officer

Police Officer – City of Stayton (OR).  $3,830 / month.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Police&l=Oregon&from=relatedQueries&saIdx=6&rqf=1&parentQnorm=firefighter&vjk=39b7280fcae7ac5a

Police Officer (Animal Welfare) – Oregon Humane Society.  Portland (OR).  OHS Main Shelter.  https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=44620&clientkey=69D3DFDA5AE82633AF41AAC425DD34D0&source=indeed.com

Police Officer (Lateral Transfers Only) – City of Albany (OR).  $4,678 – $5,891 / month.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/albanyor/jobs/2006277/police-officer-laterals-only

Police Officer (Lateral Transfer) – Port of Portland (OR).  https://agency.governmentjobs.com/portofportland/

Police Officer (Senior) – City of Powers (OR).  $40,000 – $60,000 / year.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Police&l=Oregon&from=relatedQueries&saIdx=6&rqf=1&parentQnorm=firefighter&vjk=7b0c10616516d686

Police Property & Evidence Technician – City of Woodburn (OR). $14.88 – $20.74 / hour.  ** Closes 4/9/2018 @ 1700 hours PDT **   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/woodburnor/jobs/2029288/police-property-evidence-technician

Police Support Tech – Josephine County.  Grants Pass (OR).  $3,019 / month. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Police&l=Oregon&rqf=1&start=10&vjk=04a45d2b022d9356

Sergeant (Sheriff) – Jackson County. Medford (OR).  $68,494 – $87,422 / year.  ** Closes 4/11/2018 **   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/jacksoncountyor/jobs/2031755/7134-sergeant-ii-sheriff

State Trooper (Lateral) – Oregon State.  $4,682 – $6,274 / month.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/2028432/lateral-state-trooper


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Out of the Area | CA Wildfire #SchoolHouseFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small wildfire is burning off of County Road (CR) 339 near Buena Vista (Chaffee County) in Colorado, ignited on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

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Photo Credit | Chaffee County Fire Protection District

Incident Cooperators |  Firefighters from Chaffee County Fire Protection District, Salida Fire, Buena Vista Fire, Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Chaffee EMS and Chaffee OEM are currently working together.

Resources | Resources included multiple units from the skies to the ground, including this DFPC Engine 3161 alongside Swift Buena Vista.

Photo Credit | CO Div of Fire Prevention and Control

Size Up | The small fire wildfire was listed at 26.7 acres and had a 60% containment status on Monday.  No cause was known at the time of a presser released at 2015 hours on Sunday night.

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Photo Credit | CO Div of Fire Prevention and Control

Photo Credit | Photo Credits are given to those that are listed and to the best of our ability. We do not lay claim to any of the fire images, just the content.

Social Media | #SchoolHouseFire #COwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Kitsap County Hit by Fire | 1

KITSAP COUNTY, WASHINGTON | A late night fire hit the County on Friday, March 30th said to be located on the Point in the Kingston area.  Fire Officials stated response was delayed due to the fire not being reported until it was fully engulfed by flames.

Resources | Fire crews from North Kitsap Fire and Rescue responded with multiple tenders.  One civilian reported that it was a tanker that responded but fire officials quickly provided the Public with the correct information.

Details of the initial fire being reported via the Public on Social Media brought the fire to light.  Eyewitness counts were also uploaded to various Twitter and Facebook pages.  The Fire agency did not appear to have a PIO assigned to the incident nor an immediate report as to what was happening until around 2200 hours PDT.

Cause | The cause is unknown at this time and we are unsure if there is a FIU Investigator for this Agency or if it through the County or if there has one that has been assigned yet.

Current Fire Conditions | It was stated on the Fire Agency’s Social Media pages that the fire was under control and that there were some obstacles with suppression and containment efforts.  Some of those included narrow roadways, poor access to the fire ground and water supply issues due to the lack of fire hydrants in the area.   Locals have stated fire crews have told them they will be doing fire watch throughout the night and address any potential hot spots that may flare up.

Evacuations |  Neighbors self-evacuated as a precaution.  Others were told to evacuate when friends/family members could see flames across the water in nearby Edmonds, about ten-plus miles away.

(Video Credit | Wayne Marshall ) Reposted with written permission.

Damage Assessments | The Kingston home was completely destroyed and is a loss to the homeowner.  Reports from locals state this was an older cabin that had many additions built on to it over the years and was said to be unoccupied possible summer cabin due to the owners living in Seattle.

There were no reports of casualties/injuries to civilians or firefighters.

How to Be Fire Smart |  Having a fire hydrant near your home, whether a summer home or a permanent residence can reduce your insurance rating which helps with lower insurance premiums and assists Firefighters to getting water on the structure more quickly.  Currently, businesses and residences that are located within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant reap the benefits of a rating of a insurance rating of 5.

Check with your Insurance company to see how you and your neighbors can tell you what Fire/Wildfire Prevention tips can help drastically reduce your insurance costs, assist Firefighters and protect your home against fire.  Become #FireSmart today.


North Kitsap Fire & Rescue is made up of 33 paid career,12 volunteer-intern and 6 home volunteer(respond from home) firefighters.  They provide fire service to about 19,935 residents in an approximate 46-square mile area that includes Kingston, Suquamish, Hansville, Indianola and Miller Bay.

They have a total of five stations that are fully staffed.

Firefighters responded to about 3,052 incidents with approximately 64% of them being dispatched as EMS calls.

(Details are based upon 2017 stats)

To find out more about this County Fire Agency, check them out on their website here –> http://www.nkfr.org/about-us/

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog


NEW Reported Wildfire | #MiniRanchFire | Florida | 1

UPDATE |  We previously reported this as an authorized debris burn pile should have been listed as an “UNauthorized” burn.  3/17/2018 @ 1552 PDT

Near Sebring Regional Airport, Florida | An authorized debris burning originally in a swamp bayhead which was said to be inaccessible by heavy equipment.  The fire was reported on March 3, 2018, that began to burn organic materials, muck and producing a stubborn smelly smolder.

When there is a potential danger for a muck fire to spread underground, burning tree roots and making trees unpredictable for stability, firefighters must have situational awareness to all potential hazards surrounding them.

The wildland fire has been named the #MiniRanchFire

Fire Timeline |   March 5, 2018, there were no planned evacuations and no structures were under a current threat.  The fire was listed at 40 acres. (1105 Hours EST).

Almost one hour later on the same day, the fire had grown to 125 acres and was said to be threatening four homes off of Moon Ranch Road. (1218 Hours EST)

At one point, homeowners whom stayed in their residences while the wildfire burned nearby, turned on their sprinklers to ensure their yards were holding moisture as precautionary to the multitudes of burning embers floating and raining down on their residences and nearby exposures.

In one location, the fire came within 25 feet of a residence but volunteer fire crews were able to stop it from lapping at the home through structure protection.  Here are the four crews that saved it from the stubborn wildfire.  (1348 Hours EST)

Fire Managers were now reporting the acreage had increased up to 220 acres while resources were busy with securing four homes.  Fire crews would now be prepping for the wind to shift  that would require them to secure bulldozer containment lines. (1406 Hours EST)

Over two hours later, the fire was still holding at 220 acres and crews had successfully reached a 40% containment status.  They were in the process of establishing containment lines between the fire and structures to prep for the windshift change forecasted the following day. (1622 Hours EST).

Fire Managers reported the fire was holding at 220 acres with a 40% containment, being held overnight and with no changes.  Firefighters were tasked with mop-up operations and to secure the fire by working on reducing visible smokes.  They were also working on debris removal along or near the control line and felled snags. (March 6, 2018 0548 Hours EST).

Half way through the day, Fire Managers reported the wildfire beginning to move away from homes from increased southwest winds spreading it towards nearby sod fields.  State fire crews monitored and patrolled for any new starts and quickly put them out to stop any future forward spread. (March 6, 2018 1240 Hours EST).

Resources | Florida Forest Service (FFS) Firefighters (along with two bulldozers, two engines, one fixed wing aircraft, one fire helo with a bambi bucket), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Highlands County Fire Service,

A fixed wing aircraft did a recon flight over the fire giving ground personnel a visual on fire behavior and weather conditions.

Photo Credit | Florida Forest Service – Okeechobee District PIO

Social Media |  We are using the hashtags for this incident as #MiniRanchFire #HighlandsCounty and #FLwildfire2018


The Florida Forest Service – Okeechobee District protects areas in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Highlands and Glades Counties from wildland fire dangers and manages forestry resources in these six counties.

General information on the Florida Forest Service by visiting their website  https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service

How to Find current burn bans and helpful tips regarding wildfires in Florida.  


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog


Colorado’s Wildfire #ForestRidgeFire Burning Up Landscapes | 1


RED Flag Warning Issued

A RED FLAG WARNING was issued today on March 4th, at 41056 hours MST until March 5, 2018 at 0200 hours MST.

This is a CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER ALERT in how Conditions are expected today through Monday.

Warm, dry and very windy conditions during the afternoon and early evening hours today ahead of and behind a strong cold front will again produce critical wildfire conditions. The critical conditions will encompass most of the plains as well as the southern foothills so the Red Flag Warning has been expanded.

Southwest winds are expected to be ahead of the front will shift to the west/northwest and increase with gusts to around 45 mph as the front sweeps across the plains late in the afternoon. The shifting winds may produce erratic fire behavior and growth of any existing fires. Strong and gusty northwest winds and low relative humidity on Monday may again produce high fire danger on the plains on Monday.

As a result, a Fire Weather Watch has been expanded to include all of northeast Colorado. 

Incident Summary

Just after a RED FLAG WARNING was issued, Elbert  County firefighters were dispatched to a fast-moving grass fire named the FOREST RIDGE FIRE.

Due to high windy conditions, single engine air tankers or known commonly as SEATs based out of Rampart and Pueblo, so ground fire crews along with dozers, tenders and a Type-6 strike team were dispatched.

Date / Time Started

The fire started at 1015 hours MST on Sunday, March 4, 2018.


The fire originated on County Road (CR) 45 and CR 118, south of Kiowa, Colorado.  Due to the high winds, the fire moved east.

Current Fire Conditions

The fire had scorched an estimated 350-370 acres.  Firefighters are still on-scene and have successfully reached an 80% containment status.  Crews are still in progress of applying fire suppression efforts by working from the outer perimeter towards the center of the fire.



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Mandatory evacuations were issued and implemented by the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office for those homes between Maul road and west of CR 45 and between CR 118 and 110.

Pre-evacuation notices were issued for those between Maul Road and CR 45 and south of CR 110 to CR 102.

Those with livestock were evacuated to the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa.


Elbert County officials say they are receiving requests on if donations are needed for fire victims but they say there are none needed at this time.  Should this change, they will update those needs as more assessments are completed.

Photo Credit

Elizabeth Fire Rescue, Elbert County Sheriff Office

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #ForestRidgeFire  #COwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog