Wildland Fire

Type 1 Incident Management Team ordered for Museum Fire (Museum Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 2 hours 12 min ago
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 21, 2019 – Due to the complexity of the Museum Fire and additional resources needed, a Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow for in-briefing and assume command of the fire. The Southwest Area Incident Management Team #2 (IMT), led by Incident Commander Rich Nieto, will arrive tomorrow afternoon and is planning to take over management of the fire at approximately 6 p.m. The Museum Fire, located about a mile north of Flagstaff (Latitude/Longitude: 35°15'47.3"N 111°38'19.2"W), was reported at about 5 acres at 10:53 a.m. this morning. The fire has grown quickly and is currently estimated at 400 acres. Smoke will be visible from Flagstaff and other local communities. The public should use extreme caution when driving on U.S. Highways 180 and 89 north of Flagstaff as firefighting vehicles, personnel, and equipment will frequently be using those roads as they fight the fire. Evacuation information is handled...

Firefighters responding to Museum Fire north of Flagstaff (Museum Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 3 hours 50 min ago
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 21, 2019 – Wildland firefighters are responding with ground crews, engines, heavy helicopters, fixed wing and attack aircraft to a wildfire in the Dry Lake Hills area northwest of Mount Elden today. The Museum Fire, last reported at 5 acres and growing, was reported just before 11 a.m. by fire lookouts and multiple calls from the public. Smoke will be visible from Flagstaff and other local communities. The public should use extreme caution when driving on U.S. Highways 180 and 89 north of Flagstaff as firefighting vehicles will be responding to the area north of Flagstaff. Updates about the Museum Fire, acreage, and latest activity will be found daily on Inciweb and posted on the Coconino National Forest Twitter and Facebook social media sites. MUSEUM FIRE OVERVIEW Discovery date: July 12, 2019. Cause: Under investigation. Current resources: Several engines, crews, three heavy helicopters, two heavy fixed wing, air attack aircraft and miscellaneous...

Museum Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - 5 hours 13 min ago
Wildland firefighters are responding with ground crews, engines, heavy helicopters, fixed wing and attack aircraft to a wildfire in the Dry Lake Hills area northwest of Mount Elden today. The Museum Fire, last reported at 20 acres and growing, was reported just before 11 a.m. by fire lookouts and multiple calls from the public. Smoke will be visible from Flagstaff and other local communities. The public should use extreme caution when driving on U.S. Highways 180 and 89 north of Flagstaff as firefighting vehicles will be responding to the area north of Flagstaff.

Nugget Creek Fire Update July 21 (Nugget Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 5 min ago
The Nugget Creek Fire (#323) continues to burn east of Fairbanks, although most fire activity consists of pockets of unburned fuel within the fire perimeter that are being gradually consumed. The fire is now approximately 18,115 acres, with minimal growth to the south and east. A reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping that was obtained on July 19. Firefighters are working along the northern boundary of the fire along Chena Hot Springs Road patrolling for any hot spots close to the river and road. The fire is located in the Chena River State Recreation Area, where it is creeping slowly into the scar from the 2013 Stuart Creek Fire on the west and the Rock Creek Fire scar from 2000 on the east. Lower fuel loads within the old fire scars slow the rate of fire spread. Fire growth is taking place predominately on the south and east flank. The fire was started by lightning on June 21 and is burning south of Chena Hot Springs Road between mileposts 29 and 40. It has burned up...

Hess Creek Fire Update 7/21/19 (Hess Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 54 min ago
The Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team 2 took command of the fire at 7:00 a.m. this morning. Yesterday they shadowed the previous team to gain critical information about resources at risk, fire operation tactics, and local knowledge. Team 2’s goal is to transition the fire back to local land managers as the potential for significant growth diminishes. Fire behavior yesterday was minimal with smoldering and movement observed in a few parts of the fire. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was lifted Friday to allow for other aircraft in the area. However, a helicopter remains on-hand should activity increase, and aerial resources are needed. With warmer and drier weather expected next week, crews will continue checking pumps and hoses, and ensuring sprinkler systems around structures will be ready if needed. They have also been assessing other structures further from the fire in case future weather causes fire growth. Black spruce is one of the most flammable vegetation...

Firefighters Making Significant Progress (Cellar Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 7 hours 41 min ago
Firefighters Making Significant Progress Cellar Fire – July 21, 2019 Morning Update Acres: Approximately 7,512 acres Percent Containment: 18 % Start Date: July 14, 2019 Cause: Lightning Origin Location: 16 Miles South of Prescott, AZ Jurisdiction: Prescott National Forest Fuels: Upper elevation: Ponderosa pine. Lower elevation: Brush, Grass and Chaparral Resources: 661 personnel including 8 Hot Shot Crews, 6 Type 2 IA Crews, 2 Type 2 Crew, 2 Dozers, and 19 Engines After another night of poor relative humidity recovery, conditions over the fire will be hot and dry today. While fire activity is minimal, the potential for active fire behavior still exists. Due to an increase in mid-level moisture, a few cumulus buildups are likely over the mountainous terrain, but no rain is expected today over the fire. The Blind Indian Creek drainage area on the east side of the fire remains the most active. Firefighters have been using...

Firefighters Continue to Gain on the Canyon Fire (Canyon Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 7 hours 51 min ago
LOWMAN, Idaho, July 21, 2019 After yesterday’s effective burn operation along Idaho State Highway (SH) 21, firefighters are continuing to secure the east side, and monitor the area for hot spots. Today, crews are conducting burn operations on the northern perimeter of the fire. The fire is 303 acres and 18 percent contained. Crews are hopeful for larger containment gains this weekend with favorable wind conditions and weather outlook. The fire is expected to remain active within the perimeter for several days as flames move through unburned fuel pockets. Both lanes of SH 21 between milepost 101- 103 will be open to traffic. Forest Officials are asking drivers to please slowdown in that area as fire traffic will continue to be on the road. Smoke from the Canyon Fire and other nearby fires may affect the overall air quality of this area. For information on smoke impacts to air quality, visit http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ The Canyon Fire is located southeast of Bull Trout...

July 21 Swan Lake Fire Daily Update (Swan Lake Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 7 hours 54 min ago
YESTERDAY: Firefighters made exceptional strides yesterday in moving toward completing fire suppression objectives and the fire is now 72 percent complete. There was no forward movement of the fire and acreage decreased by 185 acres due to more accurate mapping. Crews mopped-up or extinguished hot spots in the Upper Jean Lake area. Protection of historic cabins was assessed and equipment such as sprinklers and pumps were tested. Crews began removing excess supplies and equipment from the fireline where it is no longer needed. Crews worked with heavy equipment to repair dozer lines used to suppress the fire. Excavators smoothed out berms and dragged brush over dozer lines to reduce the erosion. TODAY: Fire crews are mopping-up and clearing brush and debris near the containment lines in the southern portions of the fire. Hot spots are extinguished up to 300 feet into the burn. Chippers will be used to chip the limbs and trees that were cut along secondary containment lines during...

Containment increases on the Newman Fire (Newman Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 8 hours 13 min ago
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 21, 2019 – The 4,907-acre Newman Fire is 77 percent contained. Firefighters made significant progress securing control lines and mitigating hazards yesterday. Residual smoke can be expected to linger in the Lake Mary corridor until monsoon rains move into the area. Crews will continue to asses and mitigate hazard trees along travel corridors and near recreational areas. Containment will steadily increase as firefighters detect and extinguish sources of heat along control lines. The southern Upper Lake Mary shoreline remains closed to any activities until further notice as a part of the temporary forest closure order. The public should use caution when recreating along the Lake Mary corridor as crews will be working in the area. The forest closure order will remain in effect until post-fire safety concerns have been assessed and mitigated. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is still in effect over the fire area. NEWMAN FIRE OVERVIEW ...

SHADY FIRE UPDATE (7/21/19) (Shady Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 8 hours 13 min ago
SHADY FIRE UPDATE The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger. On Inciweb @ https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6433/ July 21, 2019 Date of Detection: July 10, 2019 Current Size: 1,382 acres Location: Two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District Cause: Lightning Fuels: subalpine fir and lodgepole pine Resources on Fire: 25 personnel TYPE II WILDLAND FIRE MODULE: 1 ENGINES: 2FIRE UPDATE: Fire activity has increased the last several days. The fire is primarily backing down the ridges and burning the dead and down fuel (grass, brush, and timber) in Shady and Casto Creeks and in a no name drainage to the east of Casto Creek. Fire managers are urging the public to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the Shady Fire as firefighters are in the area. In addition, they are urging the public to be aware of the many blind corners on the roads and please slow...

Smoke Outlook for July 21 (Shovel Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 9 hours 7 min ago
Special StatementFor the area south of this map, see the AlaskaSouth SmokeOutlook. FireFire activity in the East Central Interior could increase withhigher temperatures and drier conditions. Other parts of thestate, including the Galena Zone and Upper Yukon Valley,continue to have hot dry conditions with intense fire activity. SmokeFairbanks and North Pole can expect good to moderate airquality, with some smoke being transported in fromsurrounding areas. In areas with large, active fires such as the Upper Yukon Valleyand the Galena Zone there may be smoke at unhealthy levels.If you begin to notice health effects from smoke, you areencouraged to follow the "actions to protect yourself" listedbelow. OtherA listing of activity for specific fires is usually available at:https://fire.ak.blm.gov/ then AICC Situation Report. However, it is likely that thiswebsite will be down today. Blue Sky computer modelingindicates good to moderate air quality in Denali National

Operational Briefing for July 21, 2019 (Cellar Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 9 hours 17 min ago
Operational Briefing for Sunday, July 21, 2019. Operations Section Chief Jeremy Human gives updates on worked performed yesterday and the plan for today. Operational briefing

Shovel Creek Fire Update July 21 (Shovel Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 9 hours 19 min ago
Bob Fry, Incident Commander Fire Information: 907-347-6801Web: www.akfireinfo.com Email: 2019.ShovelCreek@firenet.govFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry/ Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6400/ Size: 21,309 acres Containment: 51% Personnel: 477 Start Date: June 21, 2019 Cause: Lightning Helicopter crews teamed up with firefighters and removed 9,000 pounds of equipment, such as hoses, pumps, and sprinklers, which are no longer needed on containment lines. Fire crews working in the northwestern corner began breaking down structure protection equipment north of the Chatanika river yesterday. This multi-day effort to back haul gear continues today. Today, crews in the northeastern corner, near the Chatanika River, will mop up hot spots. Excavators and bulldozers will be knock down berms and repair drainage in areas along the western, southern and eastern line. While wind gusts hit 18 to 25 miles per hour yesterday, temperatures were in the mid 60’s, and humidity...

VADER FIRE UPDATE 7/21/2019 (Vader Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 10 hours 19 min ago
The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger. On Inciweb @ https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6449/ July 21, 2019 Date of Detection: July 16, 2019 Current Size: 411 Location: 14 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, south of Highway 21, Middle Fork Ranger District Cause: Under Investigation Containment: 5% Resources on Fire: 154 personnel CREWS: 6 TYPE 1 HELICOPTERS (HEAVY): 1 TYPE 3 HELICOPTERS (LIGHT): 1 ENGINES: 3 DOZERS: 2 WATER TENDERS: 2 FIRE UPDATE: The Vader Fire was active yesterday and continues to move south towards Vader Creek and east towards Highway 21. The fire is being actively suppressed with a mixture of ground crews, mechanical equipment, and aerial resources. A Type II Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage the Vader Fire. Great Basin Team 5 will in brief with the Forest this evening. The Forest anticipates intermittent impact to State Highway 21 with possible closures due to decreased visibility from smoke...

Ignitions Complete, Firefighters Securing Containment Lines (Francisquito Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 10 hours 32 min ago
Name: Francisquito Date detected: July 13 Cause: Lightning Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, near FR 44 and FR 123 Size: 2021 Acres Growth Potential: Moderate Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine and Mixed Conifer The Francisquito Fire, located on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest, is now approximately 2000 acres in size. Yesterday’s operations were successful. Roughly an additional 1000 acres were treated, completing ignitions for this fire. By using a predetermined area and expanding this fire area through ground and aerial ignitions throughout, managers actually significantly decreased the duration of the fire, thereby reducing the risk to firefighters. The primary goal on the Francisquito fire will now be to secure all existing containment lines. Smoke impacts today will be greatly reduced as all the ignitions have been completed. Some smoke will still be visible as unburned pockets continue to smolder and creep around within the designated...

Roberts Fire Acreage Remains at 2,332 Acres (Roberts Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 11 hours 34 min ago
Magdalena, NM; July 21, 2019 - For Immediate Release. The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began July 13, 2019. The fire perimeter remains at 2,332 acres. There are approximately 128 personnel assigned. Resources include three Wildland Fire Modules, two Inmate Work Crews from New Mexico State Forestry, two Type 6 Engines, and one Type 3 Helicopter. The fire continues to burn in Ponderosa Pine, mixed-conifer, grass, and brush in steep, terrain with limited access. Fire behavior is moderate in intensity with occasional flanking, backing and wind driven runs when slope and wind align along ridge lines. Pre-determined management areas have been and will continue to be identified as the fire continues to burn, so that it can be kept within established boundaries. In order to reduce firefighter exposure, fire managers are utilizing a values-driven strategy which incorporates...

Burnout operations successful on Castle Fire (Castle Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 11 hours 37 min ago
FREDONIA, Ariz., July 21, 2019 — The Castle Fire, which started on July 12, is approximately 400 acres. Growth yesterday was primarily along the northeastern portion of the fire perimeter. The Castle Fire is located about 11 miles south of Jacob Lake, 3 miles west of Highway 67, and just east of Forest Road 761 near Oquer Canyon. The lightning-caused fire is being allowed to fulfill its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem within a predetermined planning area of 19,368 acres. The fire is burning in an area with a significant amount of dead and down trees as well as substantial encroachment by mixed conifer species. Allowing the wildfire to naturally burn through this area will help ensure the ecosystem will be healthier and more resilient in the future. Yesterday, wildland fire crews conducted burnout operations along Forest Road 760 to secure the northeastern flank of the planning area. Fire behavior was active, consuming heavy dense fuels on the forest floor. This helps...

Evacuations Lifted for the Community Pine Flat (Cellar Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 22:49
Evacuations Lifted for the Community Pine Flat Cellar Fire – July 20, 2019 Evening Update Acres: Approximately 7,512 acres Percent Containment: 18 % Start Date: July 14, 2019 Cause: Lightning Origin Location: 16 Miles South of Prescott, AZ Jurisdiction: Prescott National Forest Fuels: Upper elevation: Ponderosa pine. Lower elevation: Brush, Grass and Chaparral Resources: 661 personnel including 8 Hot Shot Crews, 6 Type 2 IA Crews, 2 Type 2 Crew, 2 Dozers, and 19 Engines Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the evacuation for Pine Flat. Residents were allowed to return home at 6 pm tonight, July 20, but will remain in Code Red “READY.” The communities of Walker, Groom Creek, Wolf Creek, Potato Patch, Indian Creek and Crown King remain in ‘READY’ status. For information on Code Red alerts, visit the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/ . For the latest...

State campfire closure in Southcentral Alaska to end Thursday 7-18-19 (Swan Lake Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 21:34
Alaska Division of Forestry For immediate release: July 17, 2019 State campfire closure in Southcentral Alaska to end Thursday (Anchorage, AK) – With wildfire danger moderating as a result of cooler, moister weather, the Alaska Division of Forestry will end campfire closures on state, private and municipal lands in Southcentral Alaska, effective 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 18. A similar state campfire closure was lifted for the northern half of Alaska on Sunday after cooler, wetter weather lessened wildfire danger in that region. Reversal of the Southcentral Alaska closure means campfires under three feet in diameter will be allowed in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the Copper River Basin and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. While campfires will be allowed in designated fire pits and rings in state campgrounds within the Municipality of Anchorage, the Municipality is retaining its ban on outdoor fires within the rest of the Municipality. Likewise, while campfire closures are...

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