Wildland Fire

A little known part of wildfire fighting: Stopping nasty hitchhikers. (Liberty Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 17:17
Liberty Fire, outside of Arlee, MT - suppressing, containing or putting out a wildfire is the result of the intricate interaction and coordination of dozens to hundreds of moving parts. All while making a minimal impact to the wildfire area. One of the lesser known aspects of wildfire response is preventing the import or spread of noxious weeds and/or Invasive Aquatic Species. Invasive or bad hitchhikers such as Nap Weed or the Zebra Mussel. Here Great Basin IMT#3 Logistics Section Chief Jason Kling explains one of the lesser known logistics functions of a fire camp, the Weed Wash & tank/hose wash stations.Link to video ops brief: Stopping Bad

No Aviation Resources Requested (Holmes Gulch Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 16:08
Firefighters are working hard on the line today. No aviation resources i.e. helicopter water drops, have been needed yet today! GREAT WORK AND GOOD

Caribou Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 15:19
The Caribou Fire, located primarily on the Three Rivers Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest, is in the vicinity of the upper reaches of Caribou Creek and Robinson Mountain. A Type 3 Incident Management Team, lead by Justin Erickson is in command of the fire. The district is coordinating with Canadian officials as the fire is heading north towards the international border. Closure orders are in effect, refer to : https://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/. Fire restrictions are in place for Lincoln County, refer to:

Burnout Operations are Expected to Continue Today (Lolo Peak Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 15:06
Fire managers believe that weather conditions this afternoon (Saturday, August 26th) may be just right to start a new burnout operation in the Larry Creek area as they continue to link together a chain of burnout areas south from Florence. The burnout area identified has a control line completely surrounding it to keep it contained. This is how the decision to go, or no go on the burnout will be made, and how the activity will proceed: First, weather conditions will be checked. Then, a small test fire will be started to see IF conditions (weather, fuel moisture, terrain) are right to burn vegetation at a low intensity within the control lines. Smoke may be visible from the test fire. Firefighters will extinguish the test fire if conditions are not right to manage the fire at a low intensity level. They will then wait for favorable conditions. Second, if conditions ARE right, firefighters will begin a controlled burn in the area, with firefighting resources on the control line. ...

Salmon August Complex Fire Update for August 26, 2017 (Salmon August Complex Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 14:58
Salmon-August Complex Update August 26, 2017 Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 12,897 acres Cumulative Containment: 16% Total Personnel: 1,362 Operational update: Fire fighters continue to aggressively suppress and contain the Wallow Fire. The fire continues to spread steadily towards the southwest. Crews are improving and strengthening lines to prevent fire spread towards the Scott Valley, as well as improving contingency lines. Fire behavior was moderate again overnight due to the smoke inversion layer and light winds. Increased temperatures and lower relative humidity expected through the weekend will bring the potential for increased fire activity. Fire conditions are in alignment to burn toward the ridge line. Steep rocky terrain with significant dead and down fuels, standing timber and predicted higher temperatures and lower humidity beginning this afternoon are a few of the challenges firefighters face on the line. There is a new forest closure within the Marble...

Level 1 Evacuations for Miller Complex areas (Miller Complex Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 14:54
As a precautionary measure, officials have issued a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice for the following areas: Palmer Creek Road at Upper Applegate Road to the 1090/1095 split West of Upper Applegate Road and east of Applegate River from Palmer Creek Road to Jackson Campground (11,000 block) Boulder City at 11425 Upper Applegate Road Carberry Creek Road at Applegate Road to Steamboat Ranch Joe Bar area A Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice alerts residents to be prepared for a potential evacuation. Officials will be in these areas today notifying residents in person. While an evacuation is not necessarily imminent, residents should take precautionary steps to address issues that require extra time to accomplish, such as relocating large animals. Residents should monitor incident information sources below and local media.

News Release, Aug 25 (Caribou Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 14:53
CARIBOU FIRE UPDATE TROY, Mont. August 25, 2017 – The Caribou Fire located on the Three Rivers and Rexford Ranger Districts is one of three active fires currently being staffed on the Forest. The fire, in the vicinity of the upper reaches of Caribou Creek and Robinson Mountain, is now estimated at 806 acres and burning in timber with active fire behavior and exhibiting torching and spotting. The Type 3 Team led by Justin Erickson at the Three Rivers Ranger District will continue work which includes equipment use to help establish containment lines along the fire perimeter. Air resources, including helicopters and air tankers, have contributed significantly in suppression efforts. All fire control actions are taken with firefighter and public safety in mind. Temperatures are currently in the 75-80 degree range which may benefit firefighters, but weather forecast for next week calls for highs in the mid to late 90s. The district will continue to coordinate with Canadian...

News Release, Aug 24 (Caribou Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 14:51
CARIBOU FIRE CONTINUES TO BURN IN THE YAAK AREA TROY, Mont. August 24, 2017 – The Caribou Fire, located primarily on the Three Rivers Ranger District, is one of three active fires currently being staffed on the Forest. The fire, in the vicinity of the upper reaches of Caribou Creek and Robinson Mountain, is estimated at 520 acres and burning in timber with active fire behavior and exhibiting torching and spotting. A Type III Team led by Justin Erickson of the Three Rivers Ranger District is in command of the fire. The team will continue mop up work and patrol for hot spots. The district will continue to coordinate with Canada, and use aircraft to drop fire retardant to improve existing lines on the north side of the fire. Closure orders are in effect and can be found at Forest Service offices as well as online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/. Stage II Fire Restriction are in effect, with extreme fire conditions. Under Stage II Fire Restrictions the...

Update August 26, 2017 (Falcon Complex Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 14:48
Paradise, Windy Gap and Pup Fires (Formerly Part of the Falcon Complex) 8/26/2017 10:00 a.m. Fire Information: (541) 825-3761 and (541) 316-8352 FalconComplex17@gmail.com blanketcreekfireinfo@gmail.com Special Announcement Transfer of management of the Paradise, Windy Gap and Pup fires in the Falcon Complex from Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team (NWIIMT) 8 (Keith) to NWIIMT7 (Knerr) occurred at 6:00 AM today, Saturday, August 26th, 2017. Future updates on these fires will be included in the High Cascades Complex update. NWIIMT 7 incident command post is located at Broken Arrow Campground near Diamond Lake. Resources assigned to the Paradise, Windy Gap and Pup Fires continue to work from the fire camp established at Milo Academy. The remaining fires in the Falcon Complex will be managed by a smaller type 3 organization (Markalunas), for the Tiller Ranger District. The incident command post for the type 3 organization will remain at the Milo Academy. New...

Area Closure for Alice Creek Fire (Alice Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 14:45
HELENA-LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL FOREST Lincoln Ranger District Lincoln, Montana Order No. 01-15-14-17-29 EMERGENCY ORDER National Forest System Roads and Trails Public Health and Safety Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), when provided by an order, the following are prohibited: Being on the road. (36 CFR 261.54e) Being on the trail. (36 CFR 261.55a) Going into or being upon an area. (36 CFR 261.52e) These restrictions apply to the area, National Forest System Trails on the Lincoln Ranger District and the Rocky Mountain Ranger District, as described below (see Closure Area Map): The area closure boundary includes on the East side: the Forest boundary in Section 1, T17N, R8W, then due south to the intersection of Trail 493. The area closure boundary on the south is Trail 493 to the intersection of Alice Creek Road (NFSR 293) and continuing along and including the road to Section 22, T16N, R7W for 1000 feet and then heading northwest across Alice Mountain to the...

Fire Update, 8/26 (Alice Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 14:44
ALICE CREEK FIRE FIRE INFORMATION FACT SHEET AUGUST 26, 2017 11:00 a.m. DATE OF DETECTION: Saturday, July 22, 2017 CAUSE: Lightning CURRENT ·ESTIMATED· SIZE: 750 acres CONTAINMENT: 5% JURISDICTION: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lincoln Ranger District and Rocky Mountain Ranger District COOPERATING AGENCIES: Lewis & Clark County, Montana DNRC, Lincoln Fire Rescue Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team 5 will assume management of the Alice Creek Fire Sunday, 8/27/17, morning. The Team will be at the Augusta Rodeo Grounds. PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: A crew of firefighters from the forest, assisted by numerous air resources when needed. YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fueled by windy conditions, the fire actively burned to the east spotting across the Continental Divide and burned into Camp Creek onto the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. Helicopters worked throughout the day dropping water on fuels to help slow the fire growth. TODAY’S...

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