Wildland Fire

Lolo Peak Post-Fire BAER Assessment Report Summary (Northern Region-2017 Post-Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 20:31
LOLO PEAK POST-FIRE BAER ASSESSMENT REPORT SUMMARY FS-2500-8 Burned-Area Report: Watershed Analysis, Condition, and Response The Lolo Peak Fire, which was ignited by a lighting strike on July 15, 2017, is located on the Bitterroot, Lolo and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (NFs), southwest of Lolo, Montana. The fire was managed for full suppression since its start, but steep terrain, high temperatures, low relative humidity, high pre-existing tree mortality, and gusty winds promoted fire spread. For about six weeks, the fire spread steadily to the east toward Lolo. As of September 28, 2017, the fire burned 43,096 acres on Forest Service System (NFS) land, 845 acres on state land, and 9,522 acres on private land. The Lolo Peak Fire includes a variety of vegetation types that are aspect, elevation, and slope dependent. The dominant vegetation types within the burned area are dry, mixed coniferous forests (lodgepole pine, western larch, Douglas fir, and...

2017-10-26: Evening smoke impacts to Verde Valley from Coyote Park project (Fall 2017 Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 16:18
Thursday, October 26, 2017: Two 650 acre burns (for a total of 1300 acres) on the Coyote Park prescribed burn project were performed Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26. The project is near Munds Park, south of Flagstaff, Arizona. Glow from prescribed burn activity was visible along I-17 last night.Today: Light to moderate smoke impacts from Wednesday evening's nighttime cooling were experienced in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, and the Verde Valley today. There is a large smoke plume currently visible from Flagstaff, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, I-17, I-40, and much of the surrounding area. Winds are from the west today, moving smoke east, impacting Mormon Lake and the Lake Mary corridor. Tonight: Wind direction is expected shift tonight around midnight to northerly winds: smoke will move south. Additionally, as the air temperatures cool in the evening, smoke will settle into and move down the canyons and drainages. Smoke will drain down nearby Munds Canyon moving smoke into lower...

Eureka Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:45
The Eureka Fire is burning west of Johnsville, CA near McRae Meadow. It was ignited by lightning on Tuesday, September 5 and is being managed under an alternative suppression approach. A “Confine and Contain” suppression strategy is being utilized to keep the fire in a planned area. Fire line and natural barriers are limiting the fire’s spread. As the fire burns through the planned area, it will rid the forest floor of heavy dead and downed materials and restore a healthy and resilient forest. The fire is now 100 percent contained after receiving significant precipitation. Firefighters will continue to patrol containment lines and monitor any fire activity until the fire is determined to be ‘out’. Smoke may be visible as interior pockets of unburned vegetation continue to smolder and burn deep within containment lines. Smoke is continuously monitored for adverse impacts to forest visitors and surrounding communities. This will be the final update unless significant events...

Klamath Prescribed Burning 2017-2018 (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:23
Although still engaged in the latter portion of the 2017 fire season, the Klamath National Forest would like our cooperators and public to know we are beginning preparations for fall prescribed burning. The 2017 fire season provided significant firefighting challenges. In order to meet future challenges in the most effective way possible, the Forest will continue to use prescribed burning as a tool in our mission to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems, and improve resiliency and safety of communities within the wildland urban interface. Planned projects include burning piles of stacked materials and low to moderate intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor. The main goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface. In addition, the burns will promote a diverse and more resilient forest, and improve habitat for wildlife. The burns will...

Erickson RX Burn Continues on the Goosenest Salmon/Scott Burn Notification (Klamath Prescribed Burning 2017-2018 Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:15
The Goosenest Ranger District is planning on continuing prescribed fire operations on Erickson, Unit 5 & 2 beginning Monday, October 30th and likely continuing through the week. Please see attached map , in the map section for location. Salmon/Scott River Ranger District Burn Notification Project Name: Sawyers Bar WUI RXAgency Contact: , Ron McEwen 530-468-1271Descriptive Location: T40N, R11W, Sec. 19-21 & 28-30Type of burn: Understory BurnTotal Acreage: up to 1,700 acresPlanned Ignition: Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2017Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production: 4 days of ignition and 5 days of smoke productionEstimated Direction of Smoke Travel: variable; generally to the northeastCommunities or Smoke Sensitive Areas: Smoke may be visible from the Salmon River Road and the community of Sawyers Bar

Northeast Regional Cohesive Strategy Group highlights Firewise site successes

NFPA - Wildfire - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:00
The Firewise USA™ Program and the Northeastern Region Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Committee have teamed up to highlight community success stories in resident-led mitigation and preparedness from a region very much at risk to
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October 26 - Eureka Fire FINAL Update (Eureka Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:00
Eureka Fire FINAL Update October 26, 2017 Location: West of Johnsville near McRae Meadow Start Date: September 5, 2017 Cause: Lightning Current Size: 450 acres Planned Area: 450 acres Containment: 100 percent The lightning caused Eureka Fire is now 100 percent contained after receiving significant precipitation last week. The fire has been burning on the Plumas National Forest since September 5 and is being managed under a “Confine and Contain” suppression strategy. Firefighters will continue to patrol containment lines and monitor any fire activity until the fire is determined to be ‘out’. Smoke may be visible as interior pockets of unburned vegetation continue to smolder and burn deep within containment lines. This will be the final update unless significant events occur. More information can be found on InciWeb at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov; look for Eureka Fire on the dropdown menu. ### Twitter: https://twitter.com/usfsplumas Facebook:...

Prescribed Fire Brings Life to the Wayne National Forest (Lawrence Co.) (Fall 2017 Prescribed Burns (WNF) Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 05:38
PEDRO, Ohio – Fire helps maintain healthy oak forests, according to scientists who study native plants, birds and other wildlife. That’s why the Wayne National Forest uses fire as a tool to restore southern Ohio forests. “Fire rejuvenates the forest. It increases nutrient availability, favors some plants over others, and can remove some of the leaf litter and smaller trees and brush. This lets more sunlight into the forest floor, which is important for regenerating oak trees, the dominant tree in Ohio forests, and many sun-loving plants,” said Ironton District Ranger Tim Slone. Prescribed fire is a planned fire that is overseen by professional firefighters. Fall marks the beginning of the forest’s prescribed burn season, during which professionals plan to burn up to 1,797 acres between October 30th and December 31st, 2017, on the Ironton Ranger District. Areas include: Lake Vesuvius Prescribed Burn Size: Approximately 300 acres Location: Lawrence...

Prescribed Fire Brings Life to the Wayne National Forest (Washington Co.) (Fall 2017 Prescribed Burns (WNF) Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 05:21
NELSONVILLE, Ohio – Fire helps maintain healthy oak forests, according to scientists who study native plants, birds and other wildlife. That’s why the Wayne National Forest uses fire as a tool to restore southern Ohio forests. “Fire rejuvenates the forest. It increases nutrient availability, favors some plants over others, and can remove some of the leaf litter and smaller trees and brush. This lets more sunlight into the forest floor, which is important for regenerating oak trees, the dominant tree in Ohio forests, and many sun-loving plants,” said Athens District Ranger Jason Reed. Prescribed fire is a planned fire that is overseen by professional firefighters. Fall marks the beginning of the forest’s prescribed burn season, during which professionals plan to burn up to 262 acres between October 30th and December 31st, 2017, on the Athens Ranger District-Marietta Unit. Areas include: Dart Prescribed Burns Size: Approximately 145 acres Location: Washington County,...

Northern Region-2017 Post-Fire BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response)

Inciweb - Incidents - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 21:34
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams have been established to begin burned area surveys of the wildfires that recently burned on federal lands of the U.S. Forest Service - Northern Region. BAER team surveys are rapid assessments of the burned areas that evaluate post-fire conditions of the burned watersheds and determine the potential for increased post-fire flooding, sediment flows, and rock slides. BAER teams consist of scientists and specialists including hydrologists, geologists, soil scientists, road engineers, botanists, wildlife and fisheries biologists, archeologists, and geographic information specialists, from federal and state agencies. BAER teams work together during the burned area surveys, field data analysis and modeling phase, to present findings along with recommended BAER treatments to the Forest Supervisor. BAER teams analyze the data they collect during the surveys, to produce a “Soil Burn Severity” map. This is the first step in assessing...

Little Hogback Post-Fire BAER Assessment Report Summary (Northern Region-2017 Post-Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 21:32
LITTLE HOGBACK POST-FIRE BAER ASSESSMENT REPORT SUMMARY FS-2500-8 Burned-Area Report: Watershed Analysis, Condition, and Response The Little Hogback Fire, ignited by lighting on July 13, 2017, is located on the Lolo and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests (NFs), in the Sapphire and John Long Mountains, approximately 30 miles southeast of Missoula, Montana. The fire along with the Goat Creek and Slide Rock Fires were managed as the Sapphire Complex. The fire was managed for full suppression since its start, but steep rocky terrain, high temperatures, dry conditions, low relative humidity, high pre-existing tree mortality, and gusty winds promoted fire spread. As of September 21, 2017, the fire burned 30,137 acres on Forest Service System (NFS) land, 3,924 aces on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, 33 acres on state land, and 1,893 acres on private land. The Little Hogback Fire includes a variety of vegetation types that are aspect, elevation, and slope...

Goat Creek & Sliderock Post-Fire BAER Assessment Report Summary (Northern Region-2017 Post-Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 21:30
GOAT CREEK & SLIDEROCK POST-FIRE BAER ASSESSMENT REPORT SUMMARY FS-2500-8 Burned-Area Report: Watershed Analysis, Condition, and Response The Goat Creek and Sliderock Fires, ignited by lighting on July 19, and July 13, 2017, respectively, are located on the Lolo National Forest (NF), in the John Long Mountains, approximately 25 miles southeast of Missoula, Montana. The two fires along with the Little Hogback Fire were managed as the Sapphire Complex. The fires were managed for full suppression since its start, but steep rocky terrain, high temperatures, dry conditions, low relative humidity, high pre-existing tree mortality, and gusty winds promoted fire spread. As of September 21, 2017, the Goat Creek Fire burned approximately 8,330 acres and the Sliderock Fire burned approximately 917 acres. Together, the fires burned 9,082 acres on Forest Service System (NFS) land, and 163 acres on private land. The fire areas include a variety of vegetation types that...

North Zone Interagency Prescribed Fire Update (KNF-GRCA North Zone Fire Rx 2017-2018 Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:29
Grand Canyon, AZ., Oct. 25, 2017 – For Immediate Release. National Park Service (NPS) and US Forest Service (USFS) fire managers, working together as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, anticipate initiating more prescribed fire (Rx) treatments this week as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Prescribed fires play an important role in decreasing risks to life, resources, and property. Fire managers carefully plan prescribed fires, initiating them only under environmental conditions that are favorable to assuring firefighter and visitor safety and to achieving the desired objectives. Thompson Rx: Fire managers anticipate igniting up to 2,000 acres of the Thompson Rx unit. The unit is located on the east side of Arizona Highway 67, directly east of the North Rim entrance station, and adjacent to the northern boundary of the Park and Forest Service Road 610. The Thompson Rx unit is predominantly spruce, fir,...

Tank Hollow Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:19
The Tank Hollow fire is burning in the Sheep Creek drainage on the Spanish Fork Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. This lightning-caused fire started on August 11th. Fire managers, along with personnel from the U.S Forest Service, State of Utah Department of Natural Resources, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands, and the Bureau of Land Management, are assigned to the fire. The fire is being suppressed to protect critical watershed and transmission lines. Forest Service Unicorn Campground, Forest Service road #042 and Forest Service road #043 are now open for public access. The following roads and trails remain closed due to the potential of mud slides and snags or dead standing trees that could fall throughout these areas which pose a public safety risk: Forest Service roads (Forest Service road #032), (Forest Service road #761) (Tie Fork road, Forest Service road #725) and Upper Tie Fork Single Track Trail (Forest Service trail #023). This...

Fall 2017 Prescribed Burns (WNF) (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 13:14
Fall marks the beginning of the forest’s prescribed burn season, during which professionals plan to burn up to 2,059 acres between October 30th and December 31st, 2017, on the Athens and Ironton Ranger Districts Ironton Ranger District Lake Vesuvius Prescribed Burn Where: Lawrence County, Elizabeth Township, in the vicinity of Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area Size: Approximately 300 acres Closures/Restrictions: None Handley Branch Prescribed Burn Where: Lawrence County, Symmes Township, in the vicinity of County Road 4 Size: Approximately 230 acres Closures/Restrictions: None Bluegrass Prescribed Burn Where: Lawrence County, Aid Township, in the vicinity of County Road 19 Size: Approximately 1,267 acres Closures/Restrictions: None Athens Ranger District-Marietta Unit Dart Prescribed Burns Where: Washington County, Lawrence and Independence Townships, in the vicinity of Felter Road Size:...

Kaibab South Zone RX Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 08:03
Operations are currently occurring on four prescribed fire projects on both the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts. Ignitions are implemented in different areas only when favorable weather conditions exist allowing for desirable burning effects and where smoke impacts can be minimized in rural areas. Crews are currently working on the Hardy and Dry Lake projects on the Williams Ranger District, and the Reed Project on the Tusayan Ranger District. The Sunflower project is scheduled to begin early next week. Smoke management will remain a top priority to minimize impacts to roadways, business and residential areas. The flowing project areas are scheduled for treatments: Green Base Dry Lake Project: Thirteen burn units northeast of Williams, north of I-40 and east of Highway 64 near Pittman Valley. This project is a total of 5,990 acres. Green Base Hardy Project: Five burn units also northeast of Williams, north of I-40 and east of Highway 64 near Pittman Valley. This project is a...

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