Wildland Fire

Trinity Post Fire Hazard Reduction Project near Hayfork planned for May 22 (Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2018-19 Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 18:09
Fire managers on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest are planning on prescribed burning 110 acres of hand piles over the next week as part of the Trinity Post Fire Hazard Reduction Project Area located approximately three miles north of Hyampom and to the east and west of Forest Road 60 south of the Big Bar/Hayfork District divide; west of Rays Peak. The main goal of these projects is to reduce fuels along roads in these fire footprints. In addition, these projects will help public access and ingress/egress for communities. Weather dependent, this prescribed fire is expected to begin on May 22, 2019 and last up to five days. Smoke will remain visible in the area for 2-4 days after ignitions are completed. Prescribed fire projects are conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan to ensure the safety of people and property. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted including appropriate weather parameters and ways to minimize smoke impacts....

Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:17
The Black Range Ranger District is prepared and ready to implement the Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire Project. The estimated project size is 9,400 acres on National Forest System lands, and an additional 600 acres of New Mexico State Trust Lands and private property inholdings. The district is closely monitoring onsite fuel conditions and forecasted weather. This project area includes portions of Mule, Bear and Kennedy Canyons located northeast of Beaverhead Work Center.

Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire Scheduled to begin May 28 on Black Range (Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:15
Truth or Consequences, NM, May 20, 2019—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District is prepared and ready to implement the Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire Project. The estimated project size is 9,400 acres on National Forest System lands, and an additional 600 acres of New Mexico State Trust Lands and private property inholdings. The district is closely monitoring onsite fuel conditions and forecasted weather. This project area includes portions of Mule, Bear and Kennedy Canyons located northeast of Beaverhead Work Center. Affected Forest Roads (FR) include FR 14, FR 520 and FR 955. New Mexico State Highway 59 and 163 may be impacted by smoke and fire personnel traffic to and from the project. Objectives for the Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire include: Fire introduced or maintained across 50-80% of the landscape within the next decade. Reduce natural and activity fuel accumulations. Introduce and maintain fire back into a fire dependent...

Nabokov Blue Prescribed Fire-Plouff Ck (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:31
Anticipated Dates of Burn: Historically the burns take place between the last week in April and the first three weeks in May, however, burn dates in 2019 will be scheduled anytime during the spring, summer and fall months. Location and Sizes: The Plouff Creek units are located in Township 61 North, Range 5 West Section 2 and approximately 4 miles southwest of the Sawbill Lake Campground. Unit 1 is 17 acres, and Unit 5 is 4 acres. The Track Lake unit is located in Township 62 North, Range 1 West, Section 1 and approximately 3 miles east of Two Island Lake. The Track Lake unit is 7 acres. The Old Bill unit is located in Township 61 North, Range 4 West, Section 18 and approximately 14 miles north of the town of Tofte. The Old Bill unit is 6 acres. The Hoist Lake unit is located in Township 60 North, Range 7 West, Section 35, and approximately 10 miles east of the town of Isabella. The Hoist Lake unit is 6 acres. PURPOSE: Stimulate growth of Dwarf Bilberry, and reduce brush to keep...

Oregon Lakes Fire update for Monday, May 20, 2019 (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:09
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Less than a trace of precipitation fell on parts of the Oregon Lakes Fire as firefighters continue to hold and improve sections of the more than 8-miles of line created during burn operations. Crews will monitor the fire in anticipation of increased southerly winds and warmer temperatures today. Structure protection preparations of military observation sites on the west side of the fire will continue should the fire move farther west. Delta Junction will see more activity today as the Type 2 Pacific Northwest (PNW) Team 11 shadows the Type 2 Alaska Interagency Incident Management (AKIIMT) Green Team today before taking command of the fire at 7 a.m. tomorrow An Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team responded last night to address an unidentified object discovered while firefighters were mopping up the burn operation in the northwest corner of the fire. Firefighter safety is paramount to wildland firefighting, finding the unidentified explosive ordinance...

Compartment #1 Fire Update - May 20 (Compartment #1 Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:03
Folkston, GA…...At approximately noon on Sunday May 19, a wildfire was reported in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on the northern end of the refuge, about 1/2 mile east of Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross. Crews from both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Georgia Forestry Commission arrived on scene with Type VI engines and tractor plow units. Working until well after dark on Sunday, crews were able to establish a plow line around the fire to create containment and will continue mopping up any smoke that remains on the fire in the coming days. The weather is forecast to be extremely hot and dry for this week and into the holiday weekend, so fire crews will be extra vigilant in ensuring containment is maintained on this fire and that any new starts are extinguished as quickly as possible. The Compartment #1 Fire was caused by lightning and is estimated at 180 acres and 90% contained. There are currently six Type VI engines, four tractor plow units, and one type III...

Compartment #1 Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:46
At approximately noon on Sunday May 19, a wildfire was reported in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on the northern end of the refuge, about 1/2 mile east of Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross. Crews from both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Georgia Forestry Commission arrived on scene with Type VI engines and tractor plow units. Working until well after dark on Sunday, crews were able to establish a plow line around the fire to create containment and will continue mopping up any smoke that remains on the fire in the coming days. The weather is forecast to be extremely hot and dry for this week and into the holiday weekend, so fire crews will be extra vigilant in ensuring containment is maintained on this fire and that any new starts are extinguished as quickly as

Oregon Lakes Fire update for Sunday, May 19, 2019 (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/19/2019 - 13:21
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Light rain, up to a .10-inch in places, moderated fire behavior yesterday giving firefighters a chance to improve the more than 8 miles of firebreak they have constructed along the northern edge of the Oregon Lakes Fire. Portions of the firebreak that were constructed with a dozer have been repaired to protect the permafrost and slow erosion. The Type 2 Alaska Interagency Incident Management Green Team is approaching the end of their two-week assignment. On Tuesday, command of the fire will transfer to the Type 2 Pacific Northwest Team 11. The decision to request a management team from Outside is to have Alaska’s teams ready to respond to emerging incidents in the state during this period of high fire danger. The strategic plan developed by the Alaska team will ensure a smooth transition to the incoming PNW team. Alaska has a long relationship with our neighbors in the Pacific Northwest. For the past several seasons, Alaska has experienced minimal fire...

Oregon Lakes Fire update for Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 16:19
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – While firefighters continue strengthening the firebreak along the northern edge of the Oregon Lakes Fire, fire managers are considering burning farther west and east to reduce the chances the fire will spread north as the summer progresses. Firefighters are taking advantage of the cooler temperatures today to concentrate on fortifying firebreaks in anticipation warmer, drier weather returning Sunday. Aided by heavy equipment and suppression aircraft, crews were able to secure the northwest corner of the fire and tie it into a stand of fire-resistant hardwoods. Fire managers are planning to use natural barriers and pre-existing fuel breaks to burn farther west towards Delta Creek to protect military sites north of the Oklahoma Range. Firefighters are also preparing to extend their burn operation east past the Lester Line toward the Delta River. Firefighters will utilize a wide firebreak constructed by the U.S. Army over the past five years to conduct a...

Tunnel Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 09:22
Location and size: 16 Miles North of Tofte, MN off of Forest Service Road 1278 Township 62 N, Range 4 W, Section 33. One unit totaling 71 acres will be burned. Purpose: Prescribed fire will be used under favorable conditions to reduce post-harvest logging slash. The removal of logging slash with prescribed fire will prepare the site for natural pine seeding by removing competing vegetation and exposing the mineral soil to receive seeds from overstory trees. Prescribed fire will also aid in the reduction of vegetative fuels that could increase the potential for a wildfire to start and spread. Closure Information: Smoke warning signs will be placed along Forest Service Road 170 “The Grade” road. No closures are anticipated.

Patterson Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:33
The Patterson Fire, located in Chaves County, has forced evacuations of Bottomless Lakes State Park and at least one home. Lightning started the fire Thursday (05/16) evening just before 7:00 p.m. on private land. The fire is approximately 10 miles southeast of Roswell and west of Bottomless Lakes State Park. Resources from NM State Forestry, US Fish and Wildlife, USFS, BLM, Chaves County, and Roswell are fighting the fire from the ground and air. Temperatures are in the upper 80s with wind gusts to 40

Showers Calm Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:42
Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 14,265 Personnel assigned: 130 Crews assigned: 4 Estimated costs to date: $1 million Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – A shot of moisture calmed fire activity on the Oregon Lakes Fire yesterday as firefighters continue to extend and strengthen firebreaks ahead of the fire. Firefighters working in the northwest corner of the fire west of Douglas Creek experienced rain and even hail that halted an evening burn operation. The fire area received only about .01-.02 of rain yesterday. The continued cooler weather will allow firefighters to concentrate on fortifying firebreaks in anticipation warmer, drier weather starting Sunday. Fire managers are considering extending the burnout farther west and east in front of the fire. Removing the fuel ahead of the fire significantly reduces chances the fire will spread, keeping the fire to the smallest footprint possible and decreasing the threat to values at risk farther to the north. ...

Temporary Flight Restriction 9/9029 (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 00:32
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the fire. See https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_9204.html for more

Firefighters Continue to Strengthen Line on Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:17
Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 12,904 Personnel assigned: 128 Crews assigned: 4 Estimated costs to date: $776,239 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – The Oregon Lakes Fire more than doubled in size after thundercells moved in with gusty winds that merged the fire and burn operation together last night. The fire is now outside the impact area, but is still south of the winter trail and shear line, the existing fuel breaks that firefighters have been utilizing. The past few days of firing has removed the burnable vegetation between the fire and pre-existing fuel breaks from the Lester Line on the east to the Douglas Creek on the west. Firefighters, aided by heavy equipment, will spend today fortifying firebreaks, anticipating afternoon thundercells and southerly winds. Removing the fuel in front of the fire significantly reduces chances the fire will spread, keeping the fire to the smallest footprint possible and decreasing the threat to values at risk...

Bluff Mesa Rx (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 21:18
To help create defensible space and restore a meadow, crews are planning to treat 178 acres in an area to the southwest of Big Bear Lake beginning Monday, May 20. The area targeted is to the north and south of Bluff Meadow. Other areas in the 867-acre project will be treated later in the year if conditions allow. Smoke will be visible in the immediate area and may even be seen from areas off the mountain.The low-intensity prescribed burn will target needle cast and duff on forest floor. Lightning strike-caused fires historically frequented the area, but with fire suppression over the last century, the duff layer has built up. An unmanaged fire in the duff can reach the roots of trees, killing stands of them across an area. Fire crews have removed the duff layer around old growth trees, including the champion lodgepole pine, one of the world’s largest known of the species.

Trails (Bluff Mesa Rx Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 21:00
Due to the proximity to the prescribed burning area, the Champion Lodgepole Trail will be closed during the project. The upper trailheads of the Siberia Creek and Castle Rock trails may be closed.

Forest Roads (Bluff Mesa Rx Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 20:58
During operations, forest roads 2N11 and 2N86 are expected to be closed. Traffic delays may occur along 2N10 on the west side.

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