Wildland Fire

June 18, 2018 Evening Update (416 Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:27
June 18, 2018 (8 p.m.) Weather: Tonight’s temperatures will be between 47 and 52 and winds will remain calm. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and clear, with temperatures 76-79 for the highs and 47-53 for the lows. Minimum relative humidity will be 15-20%, with a maximum of 30-35%. Winds will be from the southwest at 8-12 mph with gusts to 25 mph. A warming, drying trend will continue through the week with relative humidity values moving into the lower teens by Thursday. Isolated, dry thunderstorms may return on Thursday and Friday. Current Situation: Tonight, six engines will patrol and monitor the fire perimeter. Fire behavior was limited today with minimal to no growth. As heat returns and fuels quickly dry out, some smoke will likely be visible as fuels smolder in already burned areas, and some fuels could kindle with flame. Activity tends to increase soonest on exposed areas such as ridge tops. It will take significant amounts of rain over time to completely cool the 416 Fire. ...

Burro Fire Update for June 18, 2018 (Burro Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:26
Current Situation: The heavy rain that fell over the Burro Fire area, just over an inch, is expected to continue to moderate the fires activity for the next few days. However, the large sized fuels that have been sustaining this fire need exposure to moisture for a long period of time before their ability to continue to burn is reduced. Multiple rains events over an extended period of time are needed to alleviate the likelihood that these heavy fuels will burn. The rains had a limited impact on dirt roads in the fire area, but did limit the use of heavy equipment for fire line improvement. Hands crews were able to resume work shortly after the rain. Weather: Conditions are expected to be warm and dry today and continue that way throughout most of this week. Highs Tuesday in the fire area will be between 74-77 with light winds. Closures and Public Safety: US Highway 550 between Durango and Silverton opened Sunday at 8 A.M. Highway 145 to Rico and over Lizard Head Pass remains...

Additional public input sought on cause of Badger Creek Fire (Badger Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:15
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests & Thunder Basin National Grassland2468 Jackson StreetLaramie, WY 82070307-745-2300www.fs.usda.gov/mbrNews ReleaseMedia Contact: Aaron Voos307-745-2323atvoos@fs.fed.usAdditional public input sought on cause of Badger Creek Fire (LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 10, 2018 – The Badger Creek Fire began on the afternoon of Sunday, June 10, 2018. The U.S. Forest Service has been actively investigating the cause of the fire. Wildland fire investigators have located the origin area of the Badger Creek Fire, and preliminary investigation indicates that the fire was human-caused. The fire remains under investigation. Law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service have received information from the public through the anonymous tip line; however, additional information is needed to assist with the ongoing investigation. If you have information on activity occurring in the area near Mountain Home Off-Highway Vehicle Trails north of Forest Road 501 and south of...

Flood damage assessments continue in parts of the Chequamegon-Nicolet Nati (Chequamegon Flood 2018 Flood)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:40
PARK FALLS, Wis. (June 18, 2018) – Parts of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest have experienced flooding due to the recent heavy rains. Closed roads include portions of US Highway 2 near Ashland, which leads to the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. The NGLVC is closed until further notice. Road and trail damage is heaviest on the southern end of the Washburn Ranger District and on the northwest part of Great Divide Ranger District. Damage assessment teams are on the ground now. We will continue to provide the public with updates regarding the status of roads, trails, and campgrounds through news releases and social media posts. Visitors are urged to stay cautious. Do not drive through water. When in doubt, turn around. Stay alert and drive with caution. Do not go around barricades. The latest road closure information and other updates, including reports from the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center (EOC), is available online, here: http://511wi.gov (Twitter @511WI) and...

Chequamegon Flood 2018 (Flood)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:30
Flood damage assessments continue in parts of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Parts of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest have experienced flooding due to the recent heavy rains. Closed roads include portions of US Highway 2 near Ashland, which leads to the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. The NGLVC is closed until further notice. Road and trail damage is heaviest on the southern end of the Washburn Ranger District and on the northwest part of Great Divide Ranger District. Damage assessment teams are on the ground now. We will continue to provide the public with updates regarding the status of roads, trails, and campgrounds through news releases and social media posts. For more information, visit the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/CNNF or call the GreatDivide Ranger District at 715-634-4821 or Washburn Ranger District at

Hazardous Fuels Projects Change the Course (Badger Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:04
The fire preparedness work homeowners do on their property can greatly reduce impacts from wildfires, create safer environments for responding firefighters, and save structures. Creating defensible space involves clearing or reducing vegetation, debris, and other combustible materials near buildings in order to slow the spread of an approaching fire. Read a related success story of how work by the U.S. Forest Service and adjacent landowners in the Mountain Home and Wold Tract communities in southeastern Wyoming affected the Badger Creek Fire and reduced the loss of homes during the

Upper Mailbox (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:01
Lightning-caused wildfire burning on BLM lands northwest of Norwood, CO. Current size is 474 acres with 35% containment. Fire is being managed by the Southern Idaho Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Lion Point (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:23
Sierra National Forest’s Shuteye lookout tower verified a report of a smoke from the public on Monday afternoon June 11, 2018 in the area of Lion Point, in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, managed by the Sierra National Forest. Aircraft was used for a reconnaissance flight to verify the smoke and pinpoint the fire location. Reconnaissance confirmed the smoke finding a 20’ x 20’ fire burning in timber on the upper 1/3 of the western facing slope, east of Stairway Creek between Lion Point and Granite Stairway, in the Ansel Adams Wilderness at an elevation of 8,300 feet. This fire is approximately 10 miles west of Mammoth Lakes, CA and 32 miles east of North Fork. The fire has low to moderate potential to spread to between 600-800 acres on the Sierra National Forest and 1,200-1,400 acres on the Inyo National Forest before burning into lighter fuels. This lightning caused fire started approximately two weeks ago. Forest managers are determining the feasibility to manage this fire for...

Upper Colony (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:08
Lyon County, NV - The Upper Colony Fire began at 11:44 a.m. on June 17, 2018 north of Highway 208 in Lyon County, 15 miles southwest of Yerington, NV. Command of the fire was transferred to Fraser's Sierra Front Incident Management Team 2 on June 18, at 6 a.m. The fire is currently 1,180 acres, 5 percent contained, structures threatened but none lost and no injuries have occurred. Voluntary evacuations are still in effect along with a road closure for Upper Colony Road between Day and Wedertz Lanes. The cause of the Colony Fire is still under investigation. Power is currently being restored back to those affected. The evacuation center is currently closed. However, if needed, large animals may be sheltered at Dressler Park in Yerington,

Drying Trend Poses Risk (San Antonio Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:54
Although the much needed rain aided the firefighting efforts, it was short lived as a drying trend is predicted for the next week. With an increase in temperature and lowering of humidity, roads and vegetation are drying, which may contribute to higher fire activity. Yesterday’s reconnaissance flight indicated multiple spot fires on the northwest perimeter of the fire. Fire fighters will continue work today strengthening hand line on the steep and rocky southwestern perimeter of the fire. Majority of fire fighter’s efforts will be focused on construction of hand and dozer line on the northwest side of the fire. Although containment of the fire is a high priority, the safety of 201 fire personnel is essential. Hazards include snags, fallen trees, steep and rugged terrain, and travel to and from the fire. Objectives: Firefighter and public safety; containment of the fire while protecting values at risk. Restrictions: The Valle Grande entrance station and bookstore will remain...

Lightning-Caused Fire Sees Minimal Growth Over the Weekend (Crooked Creek Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:44
The Crooked Creek fire, a lightning-caused fire, was detected June 15, 2018, in a remote location in Crooked Canyon on the northern portion of the Guadalupe Ranger District on the Lincoln National Forest. Accurate mapping of the fire’s perimeter shows the size of the fire to be approximately 100 acres. Forward progression of the fire has been limited by precipitation received on Saturday and terrain. The fire is currently smoldering, creeping and backing down through brush and grass. Due to the remote location and rough terrain firefighters are implementing tactics that will yield a high probability of success and meet land management objectives while allowing for the safety of firefighters. Yesterday, ground resources, which includes one Hotshot crew and three engine modules, mapped the perimeter of the fire, began fire line construction on the northern and southern perimeters, and continued to monitor fire activity. Today, firefighters will continue line construction in...

June 18 Smoke Outlook (Trail Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:28
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Crooked Creek (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:26
The Crooked Creek fire, a lightning-cause fire, was detected June 15, 2018, in a remote location on the northern portion of the Guadalupe Ranger District in Crooked Canyon. Forward progression of the fire has been limited by precipitation received over the weekend. The fire is currently smoldering, creeping and backing down through brush and grass. Due to the remote location and rough terrain firefighters are implementing tactics that will yield a high probability of success and meet land management objectives while allowing for the safety of firefighters.

416 Fire Update 06.18.2018 AM (416 Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:19
June 18, 2018 (8:00 a.m.) Special notes: Yesterday, evacuated residents and businesses in the Hermosa area returned to homes and businesses. Weather: Warmer and drier conditions begin today. Temperatures will be mid to upper 70s with minimum humidity at 18%. Winds will be 4-8 mph with gusts up to 22 mph. This warming, drying trend will continue through the week with relative humidity values moving into the lower teens by Thursday. Isolated thunderstorms will return on Thursday. Current Situation: Fire behavior will remain limited today with minimal to no growth. Much of the fire is now in a state of smoldering and creeping, and active flames have been infrequent. Today, however, starts a weather trend that will quickly dry out fuels and re-elevate fire potential as the week goes on. Activity tends to increase soonest on exposed areas such as ridge tops. While the threat to people and values has been significantly reduced, it is important to remember that the fire is not yet...

Trail Mountain Fire Morning Update 6.18 (Trail Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 09:55
Trail Mountain Fire Morning Update Monday, June 18, 2018 Contact Fire Information Email: 2018_UTMTF_TrailMountain@firenet.gov Phone: 435.840.1560 Start Date: June 4, 2018 Size: 13,862 acres Percent Contained: 40% Helicopters: 8 Engines: 23 Crews: 15 Total Personnel: 595 Summary: Containment increased to 40% as a result of work done this weekend. Firefighters took advantage of terrain, variations in vegetation types, and favorable weather conditions to build fireline directly along the active fire boundary. This work occurred along most of the southern perimeter of the fire and parts of the eastern and western perimeters. Utility companies will start visiting areas near Meetinghouse and Mill Fork Creeks to assess impacts of the fire on power lines and water sources. Today in areas where the fire is contained, crews will be patrolling and starting some repair work. This work includes: Scattering cut vegetation, Stabilizing soils, Installing water bars to manage water...

Command of Buzzard Fire Transfers to Type 3 Team (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 09:53
General Information: Even though recent rains dampened much of the fire over the last few days, a few pockets of heat were observed in Kiehne and Perry Canyons. Firefighters will monitor these areas and look for opportunities to secure the fire’s edge. Crews continue to patrol control lines for hot spots, look for opportunities to secure the fire and mop up in the southwest portion. Fire suppression repair and rehabilitation continues along control lines. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin emergency treatments to protect life, property, natural and cultural resources. Initial attack crews will respond to new fire starts. Wednesday, a transfer of command and transition from Incident Commander Ricky Cox to Incident Commander Scott Jones will occur. Local resources will work with Incident Commander Jones. Fire Operations: Today, the BAER team will begin projects such as removing debris (logs, brush, and excess soil) from roadside ditches, culverts and...

Badger Creek Fire Update - June 18 (Badger Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 09:04
Badger Creek Fire Update June 18, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team BlackShane Greer, Incident Commander Information Center: (307) 745-2378Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Several Road Openings as Containment Climbs to 85 Percent Current Situation: On Sunday, firefighters placed an increased emphasis on safety. Rain across the fire area mitigated some of the threat from the fire, but also made access to and around the fire challenging. Crews worked to improve sections of the fire perimeter that were not yet contained, and patrolled the areas that are contained. Fire managers worked with utility providers in the area to access and repair any damage to infrastructure on Sunday. The Badger Creek Fire is 20,090 acres, and now 85 percent contained. On Monday, firefighters will focus their efforts on those sections of the fire perimeter that remain uncontained. Crews will address areas along the southern edge of the fire that they were not able to access on...

Brief Morning Update (416 Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:28
The 416 Fire stayed at 34,161 acres and is now 30% contained.Please join our public information officers around the area today for a 416 Fire briefing. They will be at the following locations:Durango Joes by Rite Aid at 9:30 amTrueValue on Trimble at 11:30 amEvacuation Center (Escalante Middle School) at noonSilverton Post Office at 2:00

Trail Mountain Fire Evening Update 6.17 (Trail Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 22:03
Trail Mountain Fire Evening Update Sunday, June 17, 2018 Contact Fire Information Email: 2018_UTMTF_TrailMountain@firenet.gov Phone: 435.840.1560 Start Date: June 4, 2018 Size: 13,710 acres Percent Contained: 40% Helicopters: 8 Engines: 23 Crews: 15 Total Personnel: 595 Summary: Trail Mountain containment reached 40% today after showers Saturday night and a productive day with higher relative humidity Sunday. Relative humidity is expected to decrease with temperatures reaching the mid-70s leading to possible increase in fire activity later in the week. Fire movement currently is decreasing due to containment line in place and lack of receptive fuels. As firefighters work to complete the containment line near the power plant, utility companies will be evaluating possible after effects of the fire in Meetinghouse Canyon, such as sediment issues near water sources. Some sections of the fire are entering the mop up phase, and firefighters will be putting out lingering heat,...

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