The Wildfire Log: Upper Joe Fire in Chelan County, Washington

Update 1 – July 6, 2019 – Saturday

WA DNR fire assets and personnel have been dispatched to the UPPER JOE FIRE located on Grade Creek in Chelan County, Washington at around 1342 hours PDT.

The fire has destroyed about 5 acres of grass and brush.

Resources include:  Crews 52 and 74; Engines 321 and 353. H-1MR, SE units: 1225, 146 and Escobar.

No word on the cause.

No reports of injuries or deaths to firefighters or civilians have been made.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1515 PDT

The Wildfire Log: Riggs Canyon Fire Continues to Burn | 2

UPDATE 2 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

There has been limited updates from fire resources.

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1505 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Kittitas County’s Riggs Canyon Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

A wildfire burning in the North Riggs Canyon in Kittitas County, Washington which prompted Dispatchers via the Central WA Interagency Communications Center to deploy fire assets and resources at 1255 hours PDT.   Fire assets included:  Ahtanum 20, Engine 331, Helicopters 339 and 346, SE 426, 461 and 468. SE Martin, SE Sylfiel.

Fire behavior is active and moving towards Coleman.  Level 1 evacuations are being coordinated by State Patrol Wildlife Officer and several County officers of the Manastash rec area.

Next update at 1500 hours PDT or unless more significant activity occurs.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1445 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 27

Update 7 | June 27, 2019 | Thursday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.

This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

Near Four Ranch

Near Four Ranch, Arizona | Courtesy: Inciweb

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Current Status | Officials are still reporting minimal fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. The fire has burned 123,404 acres and has a 68% containment status.

Resources | Fire personnel have dramatically dropped down to 538 from the nearly 900-plus only a few days ago.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $18.9 Million Dollars.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2005 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 25

Update 6 | June 25, 2019 | Tuesday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE was actively burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but has since seen minimal activity, which is great news for this wildfire.  This fire has been burning since June 8, 2019.

The now 115,750-acre wildfire is listed as the State’s sixth largest fire.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 48% containment status.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Minimal fire activity allowing Fire Managers, however they expect this incident to be far from over as they are still working on gaining full suppression and it burning for the next few weeks.  Fire Officials are asking the public NOT to report smoke from this fire, as they are monitoring the current fire situation.

Fire Resources | There are still a reported 931 fire personnel, along with 18 crews, 45 engines and  helicopters that are showing still assigned but the IC has started the process of releasing them.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Evacuations | The Gila County Sheriff Office has lifted all evacuation orders and notifications.

Closures | All roadways have been reopened, as well as the highway.  The Tonto National Monument remains CLOSED.

Fire Images | Check out some of these amazing WOODBURY FIRE images posted all over Social Media:

June 25, 2019:

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

The many grateful firefighters and communities that came together. | Credit: Tonto NF

Damage Assessments | The total cost of fire suppression efforts and containment expenses, have toppled out at $16,000,000.

For a fire this large, we are are happily to report 0 structures destroyed, which say a lot about the men and women behind the scenes, from the skies above, on the fire line and those who support them all.  Thank you!

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/25/2019 @ 2100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 24

Update 5 | June 24, 2019 | Monday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE is burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but is moving out of the area.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior consists of being active, uphill runs, flanking and backing.

Cause | The fire began on Saturday, June 8th from an unknown ignition that is currently under investigation.  It was determined to be human caused.

Fire Resources | 931 total personnel.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Fire Size, Containment Status | 112,899 acres. 48% contained.

FIRE FACT | The WOODBURY FIRE is now the 6th largest fire in AZ History.

Expected containment is July 15, 2019 around midnight.

Credit: NWS Phoenix

High Value Assets |  Structure protection has been a high priority task to fire crews, whom have been working non-stop protecting these areas:

  • Tonto National Monument
  • 115kv power lines
  • 500kv power lines – major line
  • Carlotta mines & mine infrastructure
  • Transportation corridors
  • Commercial properties
  • Private homes
  • Rec areas
  • Riparian waterways
  • Endangered species, such as the Mexican Spotted Owl
  • Sonoran Desert ecosystem

Evacuations | Shelter for evacuees is located at the Lee Kornegay Intermediate School. 4735 S Ragus Road, Miami, AZ.

Evacuee Resources | For evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters, call 928-402-8888.

Closures | Tonto NF closures:  https://bit.ly/31O2Ih4.  AZ DOT closures:  https://az511.gov/

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS | Firefighters save a 700-year-old Salado cliff dwelling found at the Tonto National Monument Park.

Fire in Images | Here are some incredible fire images coming out of this incident from official government agencies and public organizations splashing these photos all over Social Media.

June 24, 2019:

The Incident Management Team is happy to report that no structures have been lost to date from the WOODBURY FIRE.  Efforts to protect values in the Highway 188 corridor in Roosevelt have been successful.  Lakeview Park is one of these values protected – Tonto National Forest.

Credit: Tonto NF

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/24/2019 2215 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 23

Update 4 | June 23, 2019 | Sunday

Incident Summary  | The WOODBURY FIRE is burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but is moving out of the area.

FIRE FACT 

On June 11, 2019, there were 5 wildfires burning at the same as the WOODBURY FIRE (5,000 ac. 0% contained), MOUNTAIN FIRE (7,470 ac. 53% contained), COLDWATER FIRE (9,665 ac. 15% contained), MAROON FIRE (8,605 ac. 88% contained) and HELLS GATE FIRE (100 ac. 0% contained).

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roosevelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Woodbury Fire Public Information Map June 23, 2019

Image Credit | Tonto NF IMT team

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, running and flanking. Fire operations are continuing.

Cause | The fire began on Saturday, June 8th from an unknown ignition that is currently under investigation.  It was determined to be human caused.

Fire Resources | There are 905 fire personnel assigned to this incident along with SW Area Type 1 IMT 2. IC is Rich Nieto.

AFMA wildland medics, Aaron and Mac (in photo below) are some of the most elite resources out there because they are constantly prepared to rapidly treat and transport any fire line crew member fighting the fire.  These are the guys you want there if you were injured or felt fatigued.

Photo Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

Most of the fire resources are to the northwest, east and southeast sides of the fire. The Incident Command Post or commonly called the ICP in Gold Canyon will be moving to the Dr. Charles A. Bejaranon Elementary School in Miami. Their move will be completed by the evening of June 24, 2019.

Incident Cooperators | Superstition Fire and Rescue, Golder Ranch FD, Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction (City), AZ State Forestry, BLM AZ Fire, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District, Flagstaff IMET, New Mexico Fire Dispatchers, and Arizona Humane Society.

Incident Cooperators Spotlights:

Pet Disaster Assistance | The AKC’s Pet Disaster Relief organization, a part of the AZ Humane Society is assisting the Gila County Animal Care and Control organization near a Red Cross shelter located at the Miami Intermediate School. They arrived on June 20th and had already two dogs and one cat in their care.

PIOs | There are many men and women Public Information Officers or commonly referred to as ‘PIOs’ that work together from various agencies to bring accurate information to the public, such as evacuation info, community meetings, updates, handling of media and public inquiries and the list goes on.  For this fire, PIOs are representing Tonto NF, City of Apache Junction, Pinal County, AZ Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (AZ EIN), AZ State Forestry, AZ Department of Environment Quality and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) AZ Fire.

SFMD Type 3 crew during burnout operations. | Photo Credit: SFMD

Fire Size, Containment Status | 96,307 acres of tall grass, brush and chaparral destroyed.  There is a 24% containment status.

Current Status | Weather has been in the high temps with very low relative humidity or also more commonly called RH, along with strong southwesterly winds that provide large fire growth. Spread is occurring mostly to the northeast in higher terrain above 4500 feet elevation on the interior of the fire.

Fire Managers are tasking crews with direct and indirect attack operations to  push back the fire and diverted away from the area’s collective assets:

  • Tonto National Monument
  • 115kv power lines
  • 500kv power lines – major line
  • Carlotta mines & mine infrastructure
  • Transportation corridors
  • Commercial properties
  • Private homes
  • Rec areas
  • Riparian waterways
  • Endangered species, such as the Mexican Spotted Owl
  • Sonoran Desert ecosystem

SFMD’s Type 3 crews are continuing with burnout operations for structure protection.  They have helped to save the area near Tonto National Monument and along highway 188 near the Roosevelt Dam Bridge.

Fire is expected to be mostly on the eastern half of the perimeter.

Photo Credit: SFMD

Air Tankers are still being used to assist with fire suppression and containment from the skies.

Evacuations | Shelter for evacuees is located at the Lee Kornegay Intermediate School. 4735 S Ragus Road, Miami, AZ.

Evacuee Resources | For evacuations, shelters, livestock and pet shelters, call 928-402-8888.

Closures | Tonto NF closures:  https://bit.ly/31O2Ih4.  AZ DOT closures:  https://az511.gov/

Fire in Images | Photo Credit: AZ DOT

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS | Firefighters save a 700-year-old Salado cliff dwelling found at the Tonto National Monument Park.

Fire in Images | Here are some incredible fire images coming out of this incident from official government agencies and public organizations splashing these photos all over Social Media.

June 21, 2019:

Woodbury Fire | Photo Credit American Red Cross

Landsat image of the Woodbury Fire

60,000 acres can be seen on this recent Landsat image. | Photo Credit: USGS Landsat Program

June 20, 2019:

Photo of the Roosevelt Dam | Photo Credit: Kevin Duby, ADOT Emergency Manager

Fire crews structure protection of the 700 yo Salado cliff dwellings at the Tonto NM | Photo Credit: Tonto NF

AFMA fire crews, Vince & Ronnie tasked with structure protection. | Photo Credit: AZ Fire & Medical

AKC’s Pet Disaster Relief at the Shelter near Red Cross. | Photo Credit: AZ Humane Society

June 15, 2019:

Smoke rising from fire in Superstitions. View from SR 88 at Canyon Lake. | Photo Credit: Kevin Duby, ADOT Emergency Manager

June 17, 2019:

The Progression Map. | Photo Credit: Tonto NF

June 14, 2019:

Recon flight over the fire. | Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry

Fire emerges from behind the Superstition Mountain on 6/14/2019. | Photo Credit: AZ DOT

June 12, 2019:

The men and women are the faces behind the messaging to the public and media. | Photo Credit: Pinal County OEM

June 11, 2019:

NWS IMET team deployed to the fire. | Photo Credit: NWS IMET

June 10, 2019:

Crews previously working on the Mountain Fire in Cave Creek are diverted to this fire. | Photo Credit: Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/23/2019 – 1115 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 21

Update 3 | June 21, 2019 | Friday

fire burning over desert vegetation with smoke column

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

Incident Summary  | The Woodbury Fire is burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains but is moving out of the area.

Location | About 5 miles northwest of Superior; 8 miles southeast of Roovelt Marina and about 4 miles south of Roosevelt, Arizona.

Fire Behavior | Active with uphill runs, running and flanking.

FIRE DANGER | Payson and Pleasant Valley (Very High)

Cause | The fire began on Saturday, June 8th from an unknown ignition that is currently under investigation.  It was determined to be human caused.

Resources | 1,112 personnel. 21 crews, 5 air tankers, 28 engines and 8 helicopters with some men/women from the Flagstaff and Casa Grande areas, plus a SW Type 1 IMT, Team 2. IC:  Rich Nieto.

Incident Cooperators | Pinal County EMA, Maricopa County, Gila County EMA, Tonto NF, American Red Cross, AZ DOT, FEMA, AZ DOEQ, AZ Department of Public Safety, Gila County SO, Maricopa County SO, Pinal County SO and Tri-City Fire District.

Fire Size, Containment Status | 65,903 acres of tall grass, brush and chaparral destroyed. 42% containment status.  Estimated full containment by July 1, 2019.

FIRE PREPAREDNESS LEVEL | Has been increased to 3, Nationally is 2.

6/21/2019 Day Ops Map | Photo Credit – Tonto NF

Current Status |  The fire has burned 65,903 acres of tall grass, brush and chaparral.  It is currently starting to move out of the Superstition Wilderness and along the corridor of State Highway 188.

Firefighters began firing operations adjacent to the Spring Creek Ranch and additional time will be focused as conditions allow them to do.  This will help create a wider barrier.

5 Air tankers were used on fire operations on Thursday, June 20th.

Tasked with direct and indirect attack operations to stop the threat to assets:  Tonto National Monument, 115kv power lines, 500kv power line serving the Phoenix area, the Pinto Valley and Carlotta mines and their infrastructures, to major infrastructure, transportation corridors, commercial property, private homes, rec areas, riparian waterways, threatened and endangered species (Mexican Spotted Owl) and the Sonoran Desert ecosystem.

FIRE DANGER | Tonto Basin, Globe and Mesa/Cave Creek (Very High)

Fire Status – NE area |   This side burned aggressively within the perimeter causing a lot of smoke, as the fire moved inside its containment lines.  The fire then became wind-driven by winds from the southwest and reportedly reaching top speeds of 25 miles-per-hour!

Fire Status – Eastern side |  It is burning towards the mining operations in the main Pinto creek drainage along Spencer Canyon and West Pinto Creek.

Fire Status – West side | Little fire activity for the last several days was reported.  This area in patrol status.

Fire Status – South side | This is the same information as the West side which is great news for Fire Managers and those whom may live in the area.

Evacuations | Shelter for evacuees is located at the Lee Kornegay Intermediate School. 4735 S Ragus Road, Miami, AZ.

Image may contain: sky, mountain, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

Closures | The Tonto NF has closed the Superstition Wilderness and the adjacent Forest and campgrounds along State Hwy 188, east of the Roosevelt Dam.  More detailed closures, visit —> https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=53108&fbclid=IwAR1pQaAicF-A3dGIvN7zhNYW1vcmBFWKUXck9PSnx5-8j4Yk7l1byDFKEQE

Tortilla Flat Campground and Boulder Picnic area/trailhead are closed.

Highway 88 (Portion of).  The USFS is unsure when this portion of the highway will be reopened.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS | Firefighters save a 700-year-old Salado cliff dwelling found at the Tonto National Monument Park.

No photo description available.

General area where fire is burning.

Damage Assessment |  Structure protection group has installed sprinklers, cleared brush and implemented firing operations at the Reevis Mountain School, one portable yurt suffered minor damage. $10.9 Million cost-to-date in fire suppression costs and containment efforts.

The USFS – Tonto NF states that there has been no damage reported in the Tortilla Flat area.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2019 at 2345 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | June 19

Update 2 | June 19, 2019 | Wednesday

Incident Summary

The Woodbury Fire is burning on the Tonto National Forest in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains, approximately five miles northwest of the town of Superior, Arizona.

Fire Fact | 4 wildfires, COLDWATER FIRE, MOUNTAIN FIRE, BYLAS FIRE and WOODBURY FIRE were burning east and northeast of Phoenix at the same time on June 11, 2019.

Ignition Details

The fire ignited by an unknown source on Saturday, June 8, 2019, that has been deemed to be human-caused. The exact type of ignition has not been released and the cause is still under investigation.

It is deemed as a human caused incident that is still under investigation.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

Fire Assets

About 786 fire personnel are assigned to this include  20 crews, 33 engines and seven helicopters from the following Agencies:

  • Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical
  • USFS
  • Payson Hotshots
  • Golder Ranch FD (Wildland Team/Type 6 engine/Type 3 engine)
  • Fry Fire District (Assistance with Tender support for bucket operations)
  • Tanker 914, plus additional tankers

Additional Incident Cooperators include the following:

  • Gila County OEM
  • Gila County Sheriffs Office

These are the many faces behind those who help manage all aspects of a long-term or large incident.

Photo Credit | Gila County OEM

Community Meetings

Public Community Meetings have been held all week and presenting to the hundred of attendees the who, what, where, when and how on this wildfire by those on the IMT.

Fire Fact | 12 wildfires are burning 67,587 acres on National Forest lands.  – Forest Service_NIFC (June 17)

Air Quality

Reports of increased smoke and ask from the fire was made public to make them aware that it may be seen in the communities of Roosevelt and the Tonto Basin and along the Roosevelt Lake.

Fire Fact | Large wildfires such as this one, can create its on fire weather and we are not talking about sunny days but wind-driven, rock pelting and hazardous conditions in-a-kind-of-way for those that fight it from the sky and ground.

The fire is so huge it can now bee seen from Scottsdale, Miami and many other places around the area. (See Social Media comments)

Photo Credit | Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical

Fire Facts | 44,451 acres of tall grass, brush and chaparral has been destroyed. Crews have reached a 15% containment status. – Tonto NF

Evacuations

As the fire creeps closer to the Roosevelt Lake area, officials are now issuing evacuation orders on a voluntary basis.

Photo Credit | Forest Service_NIFC

Fire Fact | Fire suppression efforts and containment costs have reached a mind boggling $8 Million to date. – NIFC

Social Media 

Social Media users are reporting eyewitness accounts of what has been unfolding out near their homes, businesses and news outlets.  Here is what they are saying (we have mostly paraphrased them):

January 18, 2019

“Smoke visible from the Sky Harbor, making visibility on approach no that great.”

June 17, 2019

“Smoke plume visible on satellite.” – NWS Phoenix

“Smoke from the fire could be smelled from 30 miles away. It also burned my eyes.”

“The unsettling feel when you can see smoke from this fire, let alone any fire from downtown Phoenix.”

“The fire has tripled in size.”

June 16, 2019

“Over 700 personnel. Hoping they’ll have contained by July 1st. No signs of rain to help firefighting efforts.”

June 15, 2019

“Smoke and ash in Globe.”

June 14, 2019

“Smoke can be seen from Queen Valley, Gold Mountain near Tortilla Flats.”

June 13, 2019

“Smoke plumes could be seen from Saguaro Lake.”

“Fire is visible from the ICP, about 7 miles from the Peralta Trailhead.”

June 12, 2019

“Command Center established at the Peralta Trail Elementary School in Gold Canyon.”

June 11, 2019

“Fire has grown to about 5,000 acres. Gold Canyon and Apache Junction still safe. No structures in danger. Fire is in the wilderness about 10 miles northwest of Superior, Arizona.” – SFMD

“It’s rare to see smoke in the Phoenix metro area. ”

June 10, 2019

“Smoke visible from Apache Junction.”

 

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Woodbury Fire | AZ | 1

ARIZONA STATE

Update 1 | June 18, 2019 | Tuesday

The Woodbury Fire is burning on the Tonto National Forest, approximately five miles northwest of the town of Superior.

Image may contain: cloud, sky, mountain, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | Tonto National Forest Fire personnel

The fire ignited by an unknown source on Saturday, June 8, 2019.  It is deemed as a human caused incident that is still under investigation.

About 40,557 acres of tall grass, brush and chaparral have been destroyed but there is a 15% containment status.  Continued fire conditions include: active fire behavior with uphill runs, running and flanking in the rocky steep and difficult areas to reach.

Fire crews have successfully saved the Reavis Ranch area, the Medusa Mother Tree, a historic homestead foundation, an old orchard and Mexican spotted owl habitat.  It is being held in the Superstition Wilderness.

fire burning over desert vegetation with smoke column

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

There are approximately 786 personnel along with 18 crews, 34 engines and six helicopters, including the Southwest Area Incident Management Team (a Type 1 IMT, Team 2) or known as the SWIMT Type 1, Team 2.  Incident Cooperators include the USFS – Tonto NF, Gila County Sheriff’s Office,

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have toppled out at $7.2 Million.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2245 hours PDT