Wildland Fire

Stina Fire … What Happens Next (Stina Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 5 hours 28 min ago
Fredonia, Ariz., Aug. 22, 2018 - Firefighters and fire managers are working to contain the Stina Fire, burning since July 26, 2018. As fire suppression activities wind down, crews have begun the task of cleaning up after all their hard work. The task of mitigating the impact of the fight to stop the fire is referred to as “suppression repair”. Suppression repair encompasses many tasks. Crews will chip and spread or scatter slash left along firelines and roads and drop damaged trees that may pose a hazard to visitors. All equipment and supplies brought into the area will be “back-hauled” or collected and removed. Roads will be graded and water diversion features will be added to road, trails, dozer and hand lines, etc. to provide drainage and minimize erosion. Dozer and hand lines, staging areas, safety zones, and heli-spots constructed for the fire will be naturally contoured and covered with slash or seeded where necessary to reduce soil erosion. This does not include...

Air Quality - August 21, 2018 (Cougar Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 5 hours 30 min ago
Fire - Similar weather conditions as yesterday mean moderate to high intensity fire behavior expected again today. Crescent and McLeod fires, the two largest in the Methow Valley area, in combination grew about 8,000 acres yesterday. Cougar fire between Plain and Entiat, is estimated to be 39,344 acres in total. Smoke - Persistent smoke throughout the forecast area means that air quality is expected to remain impaired although east winds may produce some periods of improved air today (Tuesday). Winds shift to westerly tomorrow meaning smoke conditions are likely to worsen especially in areas near the fires. Other - An "Air Quality Alert" remains in effect for the forecast area. Some improvement in air quality is tentatively forecast for the end of the week as a cold front moves through on Thursday. The Cle Elum monitor has been replaced and is reporting measurements again.

2018-08-21-Update-CrescentMTN (McLeod Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 5 hours 40 min ago
Community Meeting: Methow Valley Community Center, in Twisp, Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 PM August 21, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m. Crescent Mountain Fire: 26,181 acres; 34 percent contained Personnel: 260Point of Origin: Approximately 21 miles west of TwispStart Date: July 29, 2018Cause: LightningMcLeod Fire: 15,313 acres; five percent containedPersonnel: 569Point of Origin: Approximately eight miles north of MazamaStart Date: August 11, 2018Cause: Lightning Holman Fire: 110 acres, no containment Point of Origin: Holman PeakStart Date: August 17, 2018Cause: Unknown Current Activity: Crescent Mountain Fire: The fire is at the North Cascades National Park boundary at Splawn Mountain. The team has been in constant contact with Park staff and will assess needs. Work in Eagle Creek was completed from the fire edge of Eagle Creek Trail out to the Twisp River as a check line. A mobile retardant station was set up and will be used if visibility allows for air attack to strengthen lines along Scaffold...

2018-08-21-Update-CrescentMTN (Crescent Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 5 hours 42 min ago
Community Meeting: Methow Valley Community Center, in Twisp, Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 PM August 21, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m. Crescent Mountain Fire: 26,181 acres; 34 percent contained Personnel: 260Point of Origin: Approximately 21 miles west of TwispStart Date: July 29, 2018Cause: LightningMcLeod Fire: 15,313 acres; five percent containedPersonnel: 569Point of Origin: Approximately eight miles north of MazamaStart Date: August 11, 2018Cause: Lightning Holman Fire: 110 acres, no containment Point of Origin: Holman PeakStart Date: August 17, 2018Cause: Unknown Current Activity: Crescent Mountain Fire: The fire is at the North Cascades National Park boundary at Splawn Mountain. The team has been in constant contact with Park staff and will assess needs. Work in Eagle Creek was completed from the fire edge of Eagle Creek Trail out to the Twisp River as a check line. A mobile retardant station was set up and will be used if visibility allows for air attack to strengthen lines along Scaffold...

Lions Fire Update for 8/21/18 (Lions Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 5 hours 43 min ago
Incident Start Date: 6/11/2018 Cause: Lightning Size: 11,606 acres Containment: 75% Incident Type: Full Suppression Vegetation Type: Brush and timber Resources Assigned: Engines: 0 Water Tenders:0 Helicopters:5 Crews:6 Dozers:0 Masticators:0 Total Personnel: 211 Current Situation: Fire activity was moderate in the northwest portion of the fire in the Lily Lake, Naked Lady Meadow, Earthquake Meadow area. A new helispot was constructed between Lily Lake and Naked Lady Meadow and ground crews can now be safely flown into the area to start mitigating the fire in the northwest corner. Crews working on contingency lines on the west side of the North Fork of the San Joaquin River keep making progress. Aircraft continue to support suppression efforts with water drops and patrolling of the fire. Smoky Conditions Remain in the Area: Smoke and fire, like wind and waterfalls are part of the Sierra’s natural environment. Mornings can be smoky and unhealthy when fires are burning in the...

Paola Ridge Fire Update 8-21-18 (Paola Ridge Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 1 min ago
Paola Ridge Fire August 21, 2018 The Paola Ridge Fire is burning in the Flathead National Forest. Cooler temperatures and a small amount of rain allowed milder working conditions allowing crews to get a lot of work done. Yesterday, firefighters completed a shaded fuel break with heavy equipment from Dickey Creek Road #1639 to the local gravel pit. Hand crews dug line to tie into the heavy equipment line along the north side of the fire. Structure protection is complete with installation of pumps, water hoses and sprinklers for structures affected by the evacuation notice. The fire reached the toe of the slope and made runs towards Paola Creek. Additional resources are in place to adapt to changes as the fire moves down the hillside. Today firefighters will improve handline and heavy equipment line to strengthen already established fuel breaks. Heavy equipment work continues north to Paola Creek Road #1638 to complete the shaded fuel break in that area. Crews will assess...

Community meeting tonight in Gold Beach (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 6 min ago
There will be a community meeting regarding the Klondike Fire West in the Curry Showcase Room at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach tonight beginning at 6 p.m. Join California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 for an update on the fire activity and an opportunity to ask questions. The meeting will be live-streamed or recorded and posted to the Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire Information Page. For more information call (541)

DRONE SHUTS DOWN AIR OPERATIONS A THIRD TIME (Rattlesnake Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 9 min ago
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 9:00 a.m. Rattlesnake Creek Fire Information Phone Number (208) 495-6934 DRONE SHUTS DOWN AIR OPERATIONS A THIRD TIME COMMUNITY MEETING IN NEW MEADOWS TONIGHT Size: 8,135 acres (based on infrared data) Containment: 28% Cause: Human Location: West of Pinehurst and Gotzinger, Idaho Structures Destroyed: 0 Total Personnel: 408 including 6 hand crews, 20 engines, 3 dozers, 13 water tenders, 2 masticators and 3 helicopters Summary: Late yesterday, a third drone intrusion into the area under a Temporary Flight Restriction caused the helicopters that were delivering food for the firefighters on White Bird Ridge to return to the helibase. Drones create a serious safety hazard for aircraft, and air operations did not resume until the threat was resolved. One-tenth to two-tenths of an inch of rain fell on the fire area, raising fuel moisture substantially in the fine fuels and limiting fire behavior to backing, creeping and smoldering. When the storm front...

Whale Butte Fire Update 8-21-18 (Whale Butte Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 16 min ago
Whale Butte FireAugust 21, 2018 Fire Summary: Whale Butte Fire – This lightning caused fire was also ignited on August 11 and is located in the Flathead National Forest. Due to improved smoke conditions yesterday, fire managers were able to take an aerial recon flight over the area. The fire area received some precipitation yesterday that helped temporarily slow fire progression. This type of rain event effects primarily light fuels, such as grass, and only slightly effects heavy fuels, such as the dead and downed timber that is primarily carrying this fire. For that reason, fire activity may increase as the area dries out again over the next two days following the brief rains. The fire continues to slowly back through surface fuels around the entire fire perimeter. Today, firefighters will continue to utilize heavy equipment to improve existing roads to be used as fuel breaks. They will also continue improving the fuel breaks along Whale Creek-Moose Creek Road #1671....

Mendocino Complex News Release 8.21.18 (Mendocino Complex Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 18 min ago
WILLOWS, Calif. — The Mendocino Complex (comprised of the Ranch and River fires) is being managed by the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and CAL FIRE under unified command. Starting Wednesday, California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 will assume command of the western zone of the Ranch Fire. CAL FIRE Team 2 will continue to manage the eastern zone of the Ranch Fire. Ranch Fire: The Ranch Fire was under an inversion most of Monday which limited fire growth. Early in the evening the inversion began to lift and the fire became more active. The fire grew approximately 6,000 acres in the last twenty-four hours. The fire is now estimated at 355,612 acres and 67 percent contained. The decrease in containment is due to the fire’s movement to the east across the dozer line Sunday afternoon. This illustrates the difficult challenge that firefighters face when the fire aligns with fuels, topography and weather and spreads at extreme rates. On Monday, crews...

Coal Ridge Fire Update 8-21-18 (Coal Ridge Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 22 min ago
Coal Ridge Fire August 21, 2018 Fire Summary: Coal Ridge Fire – Due to improved smoke conditions yesterday, fire managers were able to take an aerial recon flight over the fire area. Little fire growth has been observed over the last several days. The fire continues to smolder along the fire perimeter and it is expected to slowly move downslope towards Hay Creek to the north and Moran Creek to the south. The fire is primarily being carried by heavy dead and downed surface fuels. Firefighters have limited direct access to the fire’s edge due to difficult and hazardous terrain. Firefighters are continuing to create fuel breaks along Hay Creek Road #376 and Spruce Creek Road #1685. They are also working with heavy equipment to improve control lines along the North Fork Road and around the community of Polebridge. With the increased fire related traffic on the North Fork Road, the fire management team has coordinated with the Flathead County Roads Department to do maintenance work...

Miriam Fire Update August 21, 2018 (Miriam Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 40 min ago
Miriam Fire Update Fire Information Line: 360-481-0031 August 21, 2018 – 9 a.m. Acres: Miriam Fire – 3,448; Clear Fork Fire - 20 Percent Containment: 30% Start Date: 07/30/18 Personnel/Resources: 1-Type 2 IA hand crew, 2-Type 2 hand crews, 1-camp crew, 1-heavy lift helicopter, 1-medium lift helicopter, 1-light lift helicopter, 13-engines, 1-dozer, 6-water tenders, 2-masticators and 1-forwarder processor for 286 total personnel. Location: Two miles east of White Pass Ski Area, within the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Naches Ranger District, 13 miles east of Packwood, WA. Cause: Lightning Values at Risk: White Pass area and ski resort; homes and organizational camps at Clear and Rimrock Lakes; wilderness; late successional reserve; northern spotted owl and other wildlife habitat; bull trout habitat; and state highway 12. Estimated Incident Containment or completion: 9/30/2018 Smoke Information: Heavy concentrations of smoke are located over the area to very unhealthy levels....

Daily Update-August 21, 2018 (Miles Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 45 min ago
Fire Information Phone number and email have changed: Phone number: 541-560-3374 Email:2018southumpquacomplex@gmail.com Evacuation levels were lowered to Level 1 (be ready) in the Trail and Prospect areas by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office due to hard work and determination by firefighters to secure containment lines and provide for public safety. Homeowners will continue to see smoke and occasional interior flair ups within contained lines. Yesterday’s Activities: The Miles Fire is now 35,455 acres and 39 percent contained. Firefighters continued mop up and removal of hose lays on the southern half of the Miles Fire and the northern edge of the Columbus Fire. Crews tasked with initial attack responsibilities responded to a new small fire west of the Snow Shoe Fire which is now contained. Today’s Activities: Firefighters will continue prep work along the 6640 Road on the east fire flank between the Miles and Columbus Fires. If east winds and fuel conditions are...

Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires Update- August 21 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 48 min ago
Community Meeting Gold Beach – Tuesday, August 21, 6 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds in the Curry Showcase Building, 29392 Ellensburg Avenue, Gold Beach, OR. Weather Another day of elevated fire weather is predicted today. Temperatures will rise to around 90 degrees in the valleys and slightly cooler on the ridges. Relative humidities will be in the high teens or low 20 percent range. It will be slightly cooler on Wednesday with temperatures in the low 80s and relative humidities in the mid 20s. Taylor Creek and Klondike East The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team is managing the Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire East. The hard, around-the-clock work by firefighters continues to pay dividends in the form of increased containment. The Taylor Creek Fire is now 95% contained and the Klondike Fire is at 32%, more than double what it was two days ago. Fire behavior was not as active as expected on Monday given the hot, dry conditions, a trend that has continued...

Howe Ridge Fire Update 8-21-18 (Howe Ridge Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 54 min ago
Howe Ridge FireAugust 21, 2018Yesterday’s weather system brought variable showers and cooler temperatures which moderated fire behavior and aided in firefighting efforts. However, gusty conditions caused the fire to grow on the southwestern flank. Erratic winds are expected to continue as a cold front passes through the area. Due to better visibility yesterday, air operations were able to aid in suppression efforts. CL-215 “Super Scoopers” and helicopters continued to drop water near the southwestern flank of the fire. High volume pumps and sprinklers will be installed at Lake McDonald Lodge. Firefighters will continue to fortify containment lines on the southwest flank of the fire and protect structures at the Fish Creek Campground as well as patrol and protect structures on the North Lake McDonald Road. On the northeastern flank, north of Lake McDonald, firefighters will continue to utilize pumps and hose lays to aid in suppression efforts and limit fire spread towards the...

Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires Daily Update - August 21 (Taylor Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 7 hours 34 sec ago
Community Meeting Gold Beach – Tuesday, August 21, 6 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds in the Curry Showcase Building, 29392 Ellensburg Avenue, Gold Beach, OR. Weather Another day of elevated fire weather is predicted today. Temperatures will rise to around 90 degrees in the valleys and slightly cooler on the ridges. Relative humidities will be in the high teens or low 20 percent range. It will be slightly cooler on Wednesday with temperatures in the low 80s and relative humidities in the mid 20s. Taylor Creek and Klondike East The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team is managing the Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire East. The hard, around-the-clock work by firefighters continues to pay dividends in the form of increased containment. The Taylor Creek Fire is now 95% contained and the Klondike Fire is at 32%, more than double what it was two days ago. Fire behavior was not as active as expected on Monday given the hot, dry conditions, a trend that has continued...

August 21 Daily Update for Rabbit Foot Fire (Rabbit Foot Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 7 hours 4 min ago
Summary: Firefighter engagement on the fire was limited yesterday because of predicted extreme weather and persistent radio communication problems. Technical experts tested the entire system without a definitive solution and are planning a complete replacement this morning. Fire behavior was minimal due to cooler temperatures, and higher fuel moistures. The widespread inclement weather did not materialize to the predicted levels with precipitation locally spotty and in smaller amounts. Thunderstorms did materialize producing outflow winds and lightning strikes. At this point, the majority of indirect line has been completed due to the hard work of the firefighters and favorable weather conditions. Firefighters are working closely with Resource Advisors to efficiently fortify lines to conduct burn operations if possible. Planned contingency lines are being reassessed as the fire stalls due to the weather. A full suppression strategy and indirect tactics are the best options for...

Smoke Report for August 21 and 22 (Miles Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 7 hours 6 min ago
Smoke Outlook for 8/21 - 8/22California-Oregon Border South Umpqua ComplexSpecial Statement This air quality forecast predicts potential particulate matter levels, not ozone. Forecast is based on 24 hour average. Fire Miles Fire increased by 2,251 acres burning the northern flank. Columbus Fire increased by 677 acres burning the southern flank bringing a total of 49,943 acres for South Umpqua Complex. Increased fire activities produced more smoke than forecasted yesterday. The planned firing operation for today is expected to produce more smoke until the wind pushes the smoke out of the area. Smoke With today's wind shift from northwest to northeast, smoke impact is expected to increase with greater impact to the communities south of the South Umpqua Complex fire. Inversion will hold down the smoke until a break around noon but smoke will remain visible area wide south of the fire. With a possible development of afternoon thunderstorm, gusty wind may push the smoke out of the area....

Incident Update 8-21-18 (Kelly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 7 hours 13 min ago
Republic, WA – Fire crews will grid through the remaining areas as mop up operations continue. Hose lays will be disassembled where mop up is complete. Tenders will be driving up and down N. Fork Trout Creek Road and Rose Valley Road to supply water for the remaining mop up operations. Yield to tenders on the road, use caution while driving in the area and respect the closed road sign at the Empire Sno-Park. The Kelly Mountain Fire started at approximately 11:00am on August 11th and was a part of eleven lightning and storm related fires reported in the Republic/Curlew/Toroda area. Local resources from US Forest Service, Washington State Department of Natural Resources along with private contractors responded to the Kelly Mountain fire that grew rapidly due to strong winds and extremely dry conditions. The fire is located south of Kelly Mountain, approximately 12 miles north of Republic. There are no structures or residences threatened at this time. Local road closures on...

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