New Fire Start in WA | September 30 2017

POST SUMMARY | Fire season has mostly been dwindled down from over 30 wildfires to less than 10, except for Douglas County in Washington with a new fire start.  Here is our recap for Saturday, September 30, 2017.

WHITEHALL FIRE 

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Photo Credit: Grant County Fire District #13

Around 1216 hours today, a very large fire broke out near Whitehall Road and Road 7 SE and about 12 miles East of Coulee City (WA) from an unknown cause.   Firefighters from Ephrata FD, Grant County Fire Districts 5, 3 and 13 were dispatched as mutual aid for Douglas County and Coulee City Fire.   At that time, structure protection units were also requested.

At 1420 hours, Firefighters were still actively fighting this fire with increased behavior including wind-driven runs and spotting over containment lines.  BLM and DNR were also on-scene and assisting along with Grant County District 4.  Air resources were requested by BLM to deploy to this fast-moving wildfire that is now said to be threatening some structures in the area, where some firefighters are working and have in place structure protection.

Due to the increased wind, the fire has quickly grown from a small 1,000 acres to up to 15,000 in less than an hour with a 0% containment status!  With this being said, State mobe has been requested for assistance.  It was approved at 1545 hours the Washington State Patrol, the Agency that oversees the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Smoke was visible from Ephrata/Soap Lake areas.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

Teamwork to remove debris cleared for containment lines on the Broken Lookout Fire.

Photo Credit: John Moyer

Consists of Pup and Broken Lookout Fires.  (East Zone). Fire update also includes the West Zone.

Pup Fire.  8,279 acres. 42% containment status. Located NW and SE of Hershberger Lookout partially in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness (OR).  Repair work being done on a secondary dozer and hand lines.

Broken Lookout Fire.  19,181 acres. 27% containment. Located directly west of Union Creek on the Southern end of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness.

Total Resources for both Zones include 462 personnel, 2 Type 2 Ia crews, 6 Type 2 crews, 6 camp crews, 8 engines, 4 masticators, 2 medium helicopters, 2 light helicopters, 1 bulldozer, 2 water tenders and 189 overhead personnel.

Incident Command consists of the NW IMT Team 8 (West Zone) that is located at the Joseph Stewart State Park near Lost Creek Reservoir SW of Prospect, OR.  A Spike camp is located at Milo Academy near Milo, OR.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

Beargrass sprouts in burned area - Beargrass is resprouting in some areas that burned in the Eagle Creek Fire. This area is west of Tanner Creek on the BPA right of way.

Beargrass (Life) is starting to sprout again in burned area. Photo Credit: Inciweb

The Eagle Creek fire has now reached 48,831 acres with a 46% containment status.  It is located on lands inside the Columbia River Gorge National Park in Oregon.

A cold front arrived over the fire and delivered up to a 1/4 inch of rain on Friday helped make the ground brush damp enough to not stop fire repair efforts.  Rain and cooler temps are expected throughout the weekend with a broadcasted message to crews to be extra careful of potentially dangerous slippery conditions and other hazards that could impact their safety.

Resources assigned to this wildfire are 4 hand crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter, 10 excavators, 1 dozer, 3 chippers, 1 feller-buncher, 1 forwarder, 1 processor, 1 log loader, 3 skidders, 1 road grader and 229 total personnel.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Store Gulch GS, Illinois River, Unwrapping back side of structure, Sep 22, 2017

Structure protection of the Store Gulch GS. Photo Credit: Inciweb

The Chetco Bar Fire’s Rogue River – Siskiyou NF personnel will host a public meeting this evening at 1800 hours at the Illinois Valley H.S. located at 625 East River Street in Cave Junction, OR.  They will provide a historical update on the fire.    Fire suppression work will continue, to continue patrol for any hotspots and put them out.  The Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR has been lifted.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

The Umpqua North Complex consists of several fires. Total acres burned have been 43,158 with a 79% containment status. This fire originally started on August 11, 2017 from lightning.  Command is being led by a Nevada Type 3 iMT Team 2.

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

Burn out operations in Toketee Falls. Photo Credit: Inciweb

Current resources on-scene are 2 crews, 1 helicopter, 7 engines, 2 bulldozers, 1 grinder, 5 water tenders, 11 pieces of other heavy equipment such as excavators, dump trucks, front end loaders, chippers and the list goes on. There are 216 total personnel assigned to this incident.

MILLER COMPLEX FIRE

The Miller Complex Fire is located on private land and federal land on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles west of Ashland, OR.    Currently, the fire is listed at 37,045 acres destroyed with a 85% containment status.  This fire started on August 14, 2017 from lightning.  There are 187 personnel still assigned to this incident.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/302/017 – 1655 hours PDT

#DiamondCreekFire | Washington | 3

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE – PASAYTEN WILDERNESS, WASHINGTON

INCIDENT SUMMARY

This wildfire is burning in the steep slopes in the Diamond Creek drainage,  where it intersects with Lost River in the Pasayten Wilderness on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands.

It was discovered on Saturday, July 22nd and reported on Sunday, July 23, 2017 by a hiker in the Methow Valley area.

The smokejumpers were dispatched around 0952 hours on Sunday morning.  Initially it was reported as a small fire but has grown to 250 acres with a 0% containment status.

Fire fuels are heavy loads of dead and down trees, making it difficult to fight.

CAUSE

Fire Officials say the probable cause is human-intervention as there was no lightning passing over the fire line.  However, the exact cause is under investigation.

Photo showing an Aerial Overview of Diamond Creek Fire on July 23, 2017

Photo Credit: Matt Castle, USFS

STAFFING

About 8 smokejumpers, plus air resources out of the North Cascade Smokejumpers Base are currently working together to suppress and contain this fire.

Want to know about these amazing smokejumpers? Check out their website here ———> http://www.northcascadessmokejumperbase.com/

 

CLOSURES

The Billy Goat Trailhead and all associated trails are closed.

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Hashtags for this fire are #DiamondCreekFire #USFS #OkWenNF #WAwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/24/2017 @2000 Hours PDT

#BlueRidgeComplexFire | Montana | Newly Reported!

JORDAN, MONTANA

Three firefighters reel in hose to a Type 6 wildland engine

Type 6 engines picking up hose. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Incident Summary

The Blue Ridge Complex Fire is comprised of 5 separate fires burning 39 miles NW of Jordan in Garfield County (Eastern) Montana.

#5011 Fire,  #Curry Fire, #Germaine Fire , #Russell Fire and #Westholder Fire

The wildfires started on July 10th around 1110 hours from an unknown cause, that is currently  under investigation.

Size

Collectively, there have been 3,000 acres destroyed with a 0% containment status.

Fire Fuels

Fire fuels include hardwood litter, timber, grass and understory.

Fire Behavior

Active torching and running. Firefighters will continue structure protection, burnouts and addressing hot spots.

Resources

Resources include 23 total personnel, 5 engines and 2 helicopters.

Cost-To-Date

$152,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

#AnaFire | Oregon | 5

NEAR SUMMER LAKE, OREGON

Incident Summary | An active  wildfire sparked by an unknown human cause is burning  about 2 miles North of Summer Lake, between Milepost 64 and 71 on Hwy 31.

It is also located about 100 miles SE of Bend, Oregon.

The fire is burning on private land and on the Fremont-Winema NF, BLM Lakeview District, OR Department of Fish & Wildlife and in the Summer Wildlife area lands.

Size |  5,874 acres. 50% containment.

Current Conditions | Mop up to continue on north, west and east flanks of the fire.

Command | BLM – Lakeview District. IMT 2.

Resources | 405 firefighters.  11 crews. 32 engines. 1 helicopter.

Aerial view of the Ana Fire, photo by John Ketchum, SCOFMP

Photo Credit: John Ketchum SCOFMP

Closures | The Freemont Point Lookout has been closed until 8/1/2017, though not affected by fire.

Traffic Alert! | Hwy 31 is open but with flaggers. BEWARE!

Evacuations | Level 1 evacuations are still in effect for areas located 2 miles North of Forest Service (FS) Road #2901 that extends 2 miles South of The Lodge at Summer Lake on Hwy 31 and all of Ana Estates.

Damage Assessment | There were 3 structures (1 barn, 1 outbuilding, 1 hunting cabin) last night.  Structure protection is still in place for the Summer Lake Lodge area.

Cost-To-Date | $2 Million.

Social Media | #AnaFire #ORwildfire2017 #OR #SummerLakeOR #SilverLakeOR

Fire Image | Courtesy of Inciweb

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2330 Hours PDT

#AnaFire | Oregon | 4

NEAR SUMMER LAKE, OREGON

Incident Summary | An active  wildfire sparked by an unknown human cause is burning  about 2 miles North of Summer Lake, between Milepost 64 and 71 on Hwy 31.  It is also located about 100 miles SE of Bend, Oregon.

The fire is burning on private land and on the Fremont-Winema NF, BLM Lakeview District, OR Department of Fish & Wildlife and in the Summer Wildlife area lands.

Size |  5,833 acres with a 50% containment status.

Current Conditions |  Active fire behavior minimum fire growth.  Fire crews are mopping up in the North, West and East side of the fire. There is a potential of the fire spreading to the South.

Command | There is a NW IMT Team 2 in Command.  The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the North Lake School in Silver Lake, Oregon.

Resources | 405 firefighters.

Aerial view of the Ana Fire, photo by John Ketchum, SCOFMP

Photo Credit: John Ketchum SCOFMP

Closures | The Freemont Point Lookout has been closed until 8/1/2017, though not affected by fire.

Traffic Alert! | Hwy 31 is open but with flaggers. BEWARE!

Evacuations | Level 1 evacuations are still in effect for areas located 2 miles North of Forest Service (FS) Road #2901 that extends 2 miles South of The Lodge at Summer Lake on Hwy 31 and all of Ana Estates.

Damage Assessment | There were 3 structures (1 barn, 1 outbuilding, 1 hunting cabin) last night.  Structure protection is still in place for the Summer Lake Lodge area.

Cost-To-Date | $2 Million.

Social Media | #AnaFire #ORwildfire2017 #OR #SummerLakeOR #SilverLakeOR

Fire Image | Courtesy of Inciweb

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2330 Hours PDT

Wildland Fires | Arizona | July 9 2017

STATE OF ARIZONA – Here is the recap of wildland fires dispatched via the Wildland Fire CAD system only by dispatch hours.

2107 Hours | Village Meadows Fire | Buffalo Soldier Trail.#

1943 Hours | Rex Fire | Jurassic Park. 3 acres.#

1819 Hours | ASF 694 Fire | Hwy 260. MP 319.#

1739 Hours | Whetstones Fire | North side of Whetstone Mountains & West of Benson.#

1729 Hours | Huffer #9 Fire | .25 acres. Contained by MRRD.#

1719 Hours | Odart Fire | 1 mile North of Odart LO.#

1636 Hours | Doyle #8 Fire | Doyle Ridge. 0.1 acre. Contained by FRD.#

1617 Hours | Sun Fire | I-17, MM 254.  14 acres. Contained and out.#

1611 Hours | Sun PDC | I-17 @ Mile markers 252-255.#

1545 Hours | Standsbury Fire |  Graham County behind Heliograph Peak. 103 acres. Dispatched Engines 361 and 332.#

1520 Hours | Tumbleweed Fire | PMA E5763 dispatched. District #4. 0.1 acres.#

1452 Hours | First Fire | Scotts Res. Pondo and litter. #

1450 Hours | Diablo Fire | I-40 @ MP 228, Coconino County. 486 acres. Dispatched E131 from Florence.#

1436 Hours | Fisher Tank Fire | South of Highawy 40 @ Mile post 190 in Coconino County.  #

1420 Hours | Beale Fire | 3 miles North of Topac. #

1412 Hours | Beal Fire | Havasu Refuge. 100 acres. Resources on-scene. ( unsure if the same as the one above at 1420 Hours.)#

1351 Hours | Del Sol Fire | Kino Springs area.  20 acres.#

1344 Hours | Volunteer Fire | I-40 at MP 181.#

1332 Hours | Garrett Fire | I-10 at MP 364.#

1322 Hours | Yam Fire | Yam Canyon. 0.1 acres. #

1256 Hours | Nutri Fire | East of Nutrioso.#

1236 Hours  | Lee Valley Fire | West of Lee Valley Reservoir.

1156 Hours | Ridge #5 Fire | .10 acres. Contained by AZ State DOF.#

1147 Hours | Carrizo Fire | Hwy 260 at MP 300.#

1146 Hours | Shadow Fire | Hwy 260 @ MP 300 (appears to be the same as the Carrizo Fire reported by another Dispatch Center).   .75 acres. Grass and brush fuels.#

1135 Hours | Rucker Fire | Rucker Canyon Fire.#

1101 Hours | Stuck Fire | Gilson Wash. 0.25 acres.#

0938 Hours | Well #4 Fire | 0.25 acres. Contained by MRRD.#

0751 Hours | No Name #3 Fire | Observatory in Mesa. 0.1 acre.  Lightning struck single tree.#

0718 Hours | Hillside Road Fire | MP 17 on Hillside Road.#

0647 Hours | Lookout #2 Fire | Mt. Elden Road. Private land. 0.1 acre. Out.#

0617 Hours | Suizo Wash Fire | 79 at MP 96. 5 acres.#

0613 Hours | 182 Fire | I-10 @ MP 182.   .10 acres#

NOTE: Does not include Tucson or William Dispatch Center wildfires due to time constraints.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

West Mims Fire Behavior Slowing | 15

WEST MIMS FIRE

The West Mims Fire is located approximately  2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and 7 miles east of Fargo, Georgia.

The wildfire started on April 6, 2017 from lightning.

Update 14 – May 24, 2017

  • Slow fire operations day due to adverse weather (thunderstorms) causing firefighters to be pulled off the line.
  • 833 fire personnel
  • 152,748 acres destroyed
  • 60% containment status
  • Fire behavior is minimal and smoldering
  • Ground fire said to be in heavy fire fuels, dozer berms and logging debris piles.
  • Continued structural protection, patrol and mop-up operations in the next 12 hour operational period.
mopping up (extinguishing hotspots) a dozer berm

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb (mopping up hotspots)

# # #

Update 14 – May 15, 2017

  • 152,147 acres.
  • 18% containment status.
  • 944 personnel assigned.
  • Fire activity was quiet today.
  • Fuel moisture was high enough that little growth occurred.
  • Some areas still had smoldering and creeping in heavy fuels and dozer berms.
  • High potential for initial attach from recent lightning activity.
  • Expected 100% containment status on 11/1/2017.

# # #

Update 13 – May 12, 2017

  •  148,303 acres.
  • 16% containment status
  • 804 personnel assigned.
  • Fire behavior is very active, running, spotting and flanking.
  • There has been a strong push from the Southeast to the  Northeast across the interior of the swamp and South of Bugaboo Island, as well as other areas.
  • Unified Command:  The Southern Area Type 1 Red Incident Management Team is managing the fire with Georgia Forestry Commission, Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners (GOAL), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  •  As of 1812 Hours, mandatory evacuations for GA Bend, St. George, Canady Loop and Moniac area.

# # #

Update 12 – May 12, 2017

  • Conditions are hot and dry.
  •  The fire is most active on the West side of St. George, South of GA 94 and North of Rd. 8.  2 fingers of the wildfire on the SE perimeter have multiple spot fires.
  • Firefighters are currently holding and are working to improve containment lines.
  • Fire behavior is currently active, running, flanking and spotting.
  • An additional four bulldozers and operators, along with additional personnel have been hired, in case the wind shift to the West towards Fargo, Georgia.
  • Resources showing attached to this incident are:  Southern Area Type 1 IMT, GA Forestry Commission,  Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners, USFWS, FLFS and the USFS.
  • About 700 firefighters from 36 States, including DC and Puerto Rico are said to be here helping.
  • 144,073 acres.
  • 15% containment status.
  • 500 structures threatened due to fire head SE towards Jacksonville.

# # #

Update 11 – May 6, 2017

  • 135,391 acres
  • Towns St. George, GA have been added to mandatory evacuation order list
  •  A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.
  • 12% containment status

# # #

Update 10 – May 5, 2017

  • 111,650 acres
  • 12% containment status
  • Fire in holding pattern
  • 492 personnel
  • 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.
  • TFR in effect including unmanned aircraft and drones.
  • $12.4 Million for fire suppression costs to date.

# # #

Update 9 – May 4, 2017

  • 111,650 acres.
  • 12% containment status.
  • 503 personnel
  • Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.
  • Firefighters will continue putting out spot fires, monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

# # #

Updates 4-8 – April 29, 2017 – May 2, 2017

  • Located 16 miles SE of Fargo, GA
  • 100,517 acres
  • 18% containment status
  • Working against NW winds and 19% RH level.
  • Back firing ops to continue.
  • 466 personnel
  • Assigned equipment/resources:  53 engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor  plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

# # #

Update 3 – April 28, 2017

  • 86,868 acres.
  • 8% contained.
  • Unified Command: The Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  • 488 personnel
  • Resources/Equipment:  6 helicopters, 56 engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 Interagency Hotshot crews and various overhead personnel.
  • Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.

# # #

Update 2 – April 17, 2017

  • 265 personnel
  • 21,308 acres destroyed
  • 3% contained
  • Timber (grass/understory) fire fuels
  • Equipment on site:  Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs
  • Resources:  12 FWS helicopters, 17 engines, 5 dozers, 27 tractor plows and 1 Hotshot crew.
  • The fire is in Unified Command with the Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team assisting in managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  • The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

# # #

Update 1 – April 10, 2017

  • Located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia.
  • The fire started on April 6, 2017, reported at 1700 hours PDT.
  • Fire Behavior is  active, wind driven runs and creeping.
  • New Fire.
  • Resources en route.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

#PineappleWildfire | FL | 2

FT PIERCE, FLORIDA

Fire Incident | A wildfire was burning off of US1 and Turnpike Feeder Road in Ft. Pierce, Florida that started from an unknown cause on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 1439 hours.  The fire was burning in the wetlands.  It had completely dried out the wetlands behind Pineapple Joe’s Restaurant.

Resources | County and State firefighters worked around the clock to suppress and contain the fire.

Current Conditions | About 90-100 acres were destroyed.  It has now been contained 100%.  Fire Managers are waiting for everything to cool down then to use metrics to determine more accurate burned acreage.

Photo Credit: FFS Okeechobee

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident;  #StLucieCountyFire #FtPierceFL #FLwildfires2017 #PineappleWildfire

Corrections | The St. Lucie Cointy Fire has been changed to Pineapple Wildfire as listed by Social Media and Cointy changed to County.  Earlier fire reporting by one direct source had incorrect information.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#StLucieCointyFire | FL | New!

FT PIERCE, FLORIDA

Fire Incident | A wildfire is burning off of US1 and Turnpike Feeder Road in Ft. Pierce, Florida that started from an unknown cause on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Resources | County and State fire crews have arrived.

Current Conditions | There have been approximately 20 acres destroyed.  The cause unknown at this time.  There is a 0% containment status.

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident;  #StLucieCointyFire #FtPierceFL #FLwildfires2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

West Mims Fire Activity Quiet | 14

WEST MIMS FIRE

The West Mims Fire is located approximately  2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and 7 miles east of Fargo, Georgia.

The wildfire started on April 6, 2017 from lightning.

# # #

Update 14 – May 15, 2017

A long helicopter, the blades stopped in motion by the camera, is dragging a red rubberized bucket of water to be dropped on the West Mims Fire.

  • 152,147 acres.
  • 18% containment status.
  • 944 personnel assigned.
  • Fire activity was quiet today.
  • Fuel moisture was high enough that little growth occurred.
  • Some areas still had smoldering and creeping in heavy fuels and dozer berms.
  • High potential for initial attach from recent lightning activity.
  • Expected 100% containment status on 11/1/2017.

# # #

Update 13 – May 12, 2017

  •  148,303 acres.
  • 16% containment status
  • 804 personnel assigned.
  • Fire behavior is very active, running, spotting and flanking.
  • There has been a strong push from the Southeast to the  Northeast across the interior of the swamp and South of Bugaboo Island, as well as other areas.
  • Unified Command:  The Southern Area Type 1 Red Incident Management Team is managing the fire with Georgia Forestry Commission, Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners (GOAL), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  •  As of 1812 Hours, mandatory evacuations for GA Bend, St. George, Canady Loop and Moniac area.

# # #

Update 12 – May 12, 2017

  • Conditions are hot and dry.
  •  The fire is most active on the West side of St. George, South of GA 94 and North of Rd. 8.  2 fingers of the wildfire on the SE perimeter have multiple spot fires.
  • Firefighters are currently holding and are working to improve containment lines.
  • Fire behavior is currently active, running, flanking and spotting.
  • An additional four bulldozers and operators, along with additional personnel have been hired, in case the wind shift to the West towards Fargo, Georgia.
  • Resources showing attached to this incident are:  Southern Area Type 1 IMT, GA Forestry Commission,  Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners, USFWS, FLFS and the USFS.
  • About 700 firefighters from 36 States, including DC and Puerto Rico are said to be here helping.
  • 144,073 acres.
  • 15% containment status.
  • 500 structures threatened due to fire head SE towards Jacksonville.

# # #

Update 11 – May 6, 2017

  • 135,391 acres
  • Towns St. George, GA have been added to mandatory evacuation order list
  •  A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.
  • 12% containment status

# # #

Update 10 – May 5, 2017

  • 111,650 acres
  • 12% containment status
  • Fire in holding pattern
  • 492 personnel
  • 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.
  • TFR in effect including unmanned aircraft and drones.
  • $12.4 Million for fire suppression costs to date.

# # #

Update 9 – May 4, 2017

  • 111,650 acres.
  • 12% containment status.
  • 503 personnel
  • Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.
  • Firefighters will continue putting out spot fires, monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

# # #

Updates 4-8 – April 29, 2017 – May 2, 2017

  • Located 16 miles SE of Fargo, GA
  • 100,517 acres
  • 18% containment status
  • Working against NW winds and 19% RH level.
  • Back firing ops to continue.
  • 466 personnel
  • Assigned equipment/resources:  53 engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor  plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

# # #

Update 3 – April 28, 2017

  • 86,868 acres.
  • 8% contained.
  • Unified Command: The Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  • 488 personnel
  • Resources/Equipment:  6 helicopters, 56 engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 Interagency Hotshot crews and various overhead personnel.
  • Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.

# # #

Update 2 – April 17, 2017

  • 265 personnel
  • 21,308 acres destroyed
  • 3% contained
  • Timber (grass/understory) fire fuels
  • Equipment on site:  Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs
  • Resources:  12 FWS helicopters, 17 engines, 5 dozers, 27 tractor plows and 1 Hotshot crew.
  • The fire is in Unified Command with the Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team assisting in managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  • The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

# # #

Update 1 – April 10, 2017

  • Located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia.
  • The fire started on April 6, 2017, reported at 1700 hours PDT.
  • Fire Behavior is  active, wind driven runs and creeping.
  • New Fire.
  • Resources en route.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog