Wildland Fire

Daily Update for May 25th 2019 Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 13:11
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Firefighting equipment has been delivered to by helicopters, boats and parachutes to Oregon Lakes fire crews in the Whitestone Farms, South Bank and Richardson-Clearwater River communities. Five pallets of equipment were delivered, and each crew is now fully outfitted. Crews installed two miles of plumbing along the 2013 Mississippi fire dozer line near Whitestone Farms, and plan to install three additional miles today. Structure protection on cabins and homes on private land and vegetation management efforts are underway in all three areas. Point protection work in the communities is expected to take up to six days. After that, any of the equipment not needed to protect cabins and other buildings must be removed from the area by helicopters and boats. Crews are evaluating fire lines constructed during the 2013 Mississippi Fire and determining if those lines can be cleaned up and provide additional defense to cabins and other property. Locations where...

Prescribed Burns Planned at Moquah Barrens (Northwest Sands Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 10:37
NOTE TO MEDIA – Please contact the Chequamegon-Nicolet Public Affairs Officer, Hilary Markin, if you have further questions. She can be reached at 715-482-0115 or email hilary.r.markin@usda.gov. Prescribed Burns Planned at Moquah Barrens Washburn, Wis. (May 24, 2019) – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is planning to conduct prescribed burns at Moquah Barrens north of Ino, Wis., beginning Sunday. “We would like to burn four separate units this spring, most likely doing one unit each day,” said Jennifer Rabuck, West Zone Fire Management Officer, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Fire specialists plan to burn approximately 3,788 acres in the four units to reduce hazardous fuel loads, encroaching shrubs and trees, improve wildlife habitat and promote barrens native plant species. “The large smoke columns tend to attract people to the area of the burn,” said Rabuck. “We will have signs posted letting people know that fire activity is happening in the...

Closures (Castolon Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 10:15
Maverick Road/Santa Elena Cyn area, and Ross Maxwell (at mile 22) closed for today.

Castolon Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:36
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Fire Crews Save Structures (Castolon Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:15
Big Bend National Park News

Daily Update for Friday May 24th 2019 Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:41
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Firefighter crews from the Oregon Lakes Fire have arrived in the Whitestone Farms, Southbank and Richardson Clearwater River communities. Additional equipment will be air-dropped today. Crews will begin structure protection today and also look for locations where contingency fire lines could be constructed. Crews will protect structures at Rainbow Lake. The crews providing structure protection now are the same crews that protected structures from the Mississippi Fire in 2013. Their local experience is a big advantage and will allow field operations to be conducted efficiently. Fire is not currently threatening the communities, but equipment will be installed and tested to help residents and property owners be prepared if fire becomes more active and moves north. Crews are not working on the ground within the Impact Area to contain the fire. The Oregon Lakes Fire is being monitored and Fire Managers will use aerial suppression techniques as needed to slow its...

Press Release: Fire Crews Save Structures (Castolon Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:26
Big Bend National Park News Release Release Date: May 24, 2019 Contact: Tom VandenBerg 432-477-1107 or tom_vandenberg@nps.gov Jennette Jurado 432-477-1109 or jennette_jurado@nps.gov Fire Crews Save Structures BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TX - Fire crews working on the Castolon Fire in Big Bend National Park worked late into the evening on May 23rd to slow the wildland fire and prevent loss to park infrastructure and historic buildings.Yesterday, the fire grew to roughly 800 acres, as afternoon heat rose to 110 degree shade temperature with single digit humidity and gusting winds. In these extreme conditions, Big Bend National Park wildland fire crews including the Los Diablos, with help from the Texas A&M Forest Service wildland fire crews, were able to protect numerous structures.Through their hard work the Cottonwood Campground and amphitheater, a visitor’s vehicle, a dozen structures including park housing and historic buildings, and numerous additional structures suchas wells, pumps,...

Compartment #1 Fire 100% Contained - May 23, 2019 (Compartment #1 Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:14
Folkston, GA…...As of this afternoon, the Compartment #1 Fire is 100% contained. Containment means that fire personnel have confidence that the fire progression has ceased and there will not be additional fire growth. Fire personnel will continue to patrol and monitor the fire each day, as there will continue to be areas of smoke within the fire perimeter until the area receives sufficient rain. With no rain in the forecast and a hot and dry holiday weekend approaching, fire personnel will also be ready for any additional fires that may occur due to the drying conditions. Fire personnel and equipment from area refuges are also onsite to assist with monitoring the Compartment #1 Fire as well as being available for any new fires that may occur during this forecast increase in fire danger. The Compartment #1 Fire was caused by lightning and is estimated at 185 acres. The burn ban on campfires and charcoal grills in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge remains in effect until...

Northwest Sands Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:29
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is planning to conduct prescribed burns at Moquah Barrens north of Ino, Wis., beginning this weekend, weather permitting. If there is a break from the wet weather we have been experiencing in the Northwoods, fire specialists will be burning approximately 3700 acres over multiple days in four separate units: Northwest Sands Block A (western 1/3), Block C (southern portion), Block F, and Block I. The objective of the burns is to maintain the globally-imperiled Pine Barrens ecosystem, home to a wide diversity of plants and wildlife. Fire is needed to maintain this unique plant community; the goal is to reduce the density of woody shrubs and trees and also hazardous fuels. Fire specialists are highly trained and the burns are only implemented after careful planning and coordination. The four areas that will be burned are in different parts of the Moquah Barrens (see attached maps). Smoke from these burns can be visible from great distances and can...

Daily Update for May 23rd 2019 Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 12:57
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Mop up activities along the primary fireline west of Delta Junction have been finalized and firefighters are transitioning to structure protection in the Whitestone, Southbank and Richardson Clearwater communities. Fire Managers and representatives from state and federal agencies decided to move firefighters after continually evaluating risks of working close to ordinance remaining in and near the Impact Area, which has been in use for more than 50 years. Firefighter safety is the top priority. Several fires have been fought near the impact area in past years, but Fire Managers are aware of unexploded ordinance both within and outside the boundary the impact area, and crews continue to find evidence of military activity. Managers and agency administrators agreed reduce risk to firefighters by using a more indirect strategy involving point protection of resources. Crews will travel to communities today and protection activities will commence Friday. Although...

Cedar Central Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 17:58
The 218-acre Cedar Central Prescribed Burn, located in Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, has been delayed due to unusually wet seasonal weather. The burn is currently scheduled to take place between Monday, June 3, and Friday, June 14. Further information will be provided as it becomes

Daily Update for May 22 2019 Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 13:43
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Moderate to active fire behavior was observed along parts of the west perimeter during the warmest part of the day, but minimal activity was noted elsewhere. Slightly cooler temperatures and winds from the north allowed crews to make significant progress toward clearing, improving and maintaining firelines and installing structure protection measures along the north side of the Oregon Lakes fire.Pumps have been installed and tested providing point protection. Some equipment used to build firelines is being backhauled. Hose lines are being pulled from some areas. Crews remain on the fireline as they test structure and point protection equipment in place, but will be transported to other areas if fire threatens or conditions change.During the 2013 fire season, a structure protection plan was developed for the vicinity of Whitestone Farms, the Richardson Clearwater and the Southbank communities. If the need arises, the 2013 plan will allow fire managers to...

Lightning-caused fire to fulfill natural role near Maroon Crater (Maroon Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:00
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 22, 2019 – Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest are making use of a lightning-caused fire to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing the fire to fulfill its natural role and consume forest debris. The 26-acre Maroon Fire is approximately 3 miles north of Leupp Road and 7 miles east of U.S. Highway 89 in an area consisting of cinders, pine, juniper, grass and brush. The area includes a World War II artillery training area with unexploded ordnance (UXO) surrounding Maroon Crater, as well as public utilities infrastructure and homes several miles northeast of the fire. Allowing the fire to move across the landscape and consume forest fuels will help protect vital infrastructure and homes in the area from severe wildfires. Additionally, the wildfire may benefit a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operation planned for next year to remove UXO on Maroon Crater by burning grasses and forest fuels, exposing ordnance that would have...

Kern River Ranger District Prescribed RX (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:18
PLEASE USE CAUTION AND SLOW DOWN WHEN DRIVING THROUGH PRESCRIBED BURN AREAS.Work is being carried out in and around parked fire equipment. Public and firefighter safety remain our #1 priorityHazardous Fuel Reduction projects are scheduled this winter/spring on three mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest, as well as various lower elevation burning near communities around Isabella Lake.Per John Lange, Fuels Battalion: Yesterday (3/28/19) was the last day that burn operations will be conducted on the Boundary RX - Greenhorn Mountains/Alta Sierra. There will be residual smoke and the area will be in patrol status through the weekend. (3/29 - 3/31). Fire Management personnel have been conducting prescribed pile burning on Greenhorn Mountains, this week, and plans are to continue, at least, through the end of March.The piles are along Highway 155, west of the Forest Service Greenhorn Summit Station, including below Slick Rock to the sand shed off...

Lightning-caused fire to fulfill natural role near Maroon Crater (Maroon Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:56
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 21, 2018 – Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest are making use of a lightning-caused fire to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing the fire to fulfill its natural role and consume forest debris. The 26-acre Maroon Fire is approximately 3 miles north of Leupp Road and 7 miles east of U.S. Highway 89 in an area consisting of cinders, pine, juniper, grass and brush. The area includes a World War II artillery training area with unexploded ordnance (UXO) surrounding Maroon Crater, as well as public utilities infrastructure and homes several miles northeast of the fire. Allowing the fire to creep across the landscape and consume forest fuels will help protect vital infrastructure and homes in the area from severe wildfires. Additionally, the wildfire may benefit a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operation planned for next year to remove UXO on Maroon Crater by burning grasses and forest fuels, exposing ordnance that would have...

Daily Update for May 21st 2019 Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:35
Type 2 Northwest (NW) Team 11 assumed command of the Oregon Lakes Fire today as the Alaska team completed a two week assignment and returned home to prepare for additional fires which may develop this summer. Alaskan firefighting crews remain on the fireline and several Alaska team members have been integrated into the NW team to assist with the complexities of operating in Alaska.Crews are continuing to hold and improve the fireline. They also plan to assess areas where firing operations may be conducted to tie existing lines into the Delta River.Fire was more active on the west side. Helicopter bucket drops and aerial retardant helped slow the growth. The active fire is in an area where crews continue to hold sections of fireline. Crews continue to prepare sites for point protection near military observation posts. Options for safe firing operations will continue to be assessed.An unidentified object discovered yesterday was determined to be a very old Howitzer shell casing that...

Maroon Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:25
The Maroon Fire is a lightning fire discovered May 16, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. This fire is in monitor status and has grown to 26 acres as of May 20, 2019 at 4

Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2018-19 (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 18:14
See the 'Announcements' and 'News' Tabs for the latest information on planned prescribed burns. As temperatures drop and the first precipitation of the season arrives, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is conducting its fall, winter and spring prescribed fire projects. “The 2018 fire season has provided significant firefighting challenges for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, our partners and cooperators. In order to meet future challenges in the most effective way possible, the forest will continue to use tools such as prescribed burning in our mission to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems and improve safety of communities within the wildland urban interface,” explained Forest Fire Management Officer Ben Newburn. Pre-planned prescribed fire projects may take place at specific locations across the forest from October through June 2019. Actual project ignition will depend upon local weather and fuel conditions. Planned projects include burn piles and...

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