Wildland Fire

Yellow-Post Sites (Bluff Mesa Rx Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 20:57
Due to their proximity to the burn area, yellow-post sites #28 and #29 have been closed and will reopen after the burn and area is deemed safe.

Prescribed burning planned for the Big Bear area (Bluff Mesa Rx Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 20:54
After a wet winter and with spring weather conditions continuing to be ideal for prescribed burning, San Bernardino National Forest officials are planning to begin ignitions in an area southwest of Big Bear Lake beginning Monday, May 20. The broadcast burn on Bluff Mesa is expected to last through the end of the week. Smoke will be visible in the immediate area and may even be seen from areas off the mountain. The project is part of a larger effort to create defensible space for communities and infrastructure along the lake’s south shore. It is also aimed at restoring Bluff Meadow. 178 acres to the north and south of the meadow are targeted next week, with the remaining acres slated for burning later in the year if conditions allow. “One of our highest priorities is to manage the forest to aid in protecting communities from wildfire,” said Mountaintop District Ranger Marc Stamer. “We have been preparing this area for prescribed burning for a number of years and are at a point...

Prescribed pile burning planned May 16-24 on west side of forest (Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2018-19 Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:56
Fire managers on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest are planning on prescribed burning hand piles in two areas on the west side of the forest over the next week to ten days. The Trinity Post Fire Hazard Reduction Project area is located three miles north of Hyampom and the Helena Suppression Repair Project is located three miles south of Big Bar. “The cool temperatures and wet weather forecasted over the next week to ten days is ideal for prescribed burning,” explained Assistant Forest Fire Management Officer James Courtright. “Fire managers plan on igniting 165 acres of hand piles in the Trinity Post Fire Hazard Reduction area and 13 in the Helena Suppression Repair area, but there may be an opportunity for treating more acres if conditions are favorable.” 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. Prescribed fire projects are...

Burn Operations Continue on Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 16:09
Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 5,732 Personnel assigned: 125 Crews assigned: 4 Estimated costs to date: $631,238 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Firefighters took advantage of northerly winds that pushed smoke and flames south toward the Oregon Lakes Fire while conducting a burnout Tuesday evening. Work will continue today to fortify this new burned area. Aided by heavy equipment, crews will extend the line farther west past Douglas Creek. The goal is to remove the burnable vegetation between the impact area boundary and the winter trail from the Lester Line on the east, and west to roughly two miles past Douglas Creek. 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 farther to the north. The Division of Forestry’s Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew will join crews already on the fire line today to help...

Firefighters Continue Mop-Up and Burnout Ahead of the Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:04
Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 5,732 Personnel assigned: 101 Crews assigned: 3 Estimated costs to date: $533,943 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Firefighters are mopping up Sunday’s slopover and, when conditions allow, resume the initial burn operation, extending it farther west along the fuel break to create a larger buffer ahead of the Oregon Lakes Fire. Firefighters worked Monday mopping up Sunday’s burn operation and securing its edges. The main fire became active Monday in the northwest corner that had previously shown no activity. Because of this, the Alaska Incident Management Team will use the three crews assigned to extend the burnout further to the west. Firefighters are setting up a water pump and hose system to assist in their firing operation. Suppression aircraft will be on standby when the burn is ignited. Burnouts are a common tool used to fight fire. Removing the dead grass in front of the fire significantly reduces chances...

Payette NF Prescribed Fire, 2019 (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 14:27
See the 'Announcements' and 'News' Tabs for the latest information on planned prescribed burns. For detailed information regarding prescribed fires on the Payette, visit our on-line Southwest Idaho Interagency Fuels Treatments Map.The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires this spring. Depending on weather conditions burns could take place anytime from April to early July. These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees. This will improve our ability to protect communities from wildfire as well as conserve current and future timber values. These fires also improve wildlife habitat and promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire. The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to:1,500 acres in Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area, 8 miles northeast of Council5,000 acres in the Weasel Fuels...

Taking on excellence: Texas shares their story

NFPA - Wildfire - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:35
Located in north Texas hill country, 7-R Ranch is an ideal getaway for its residents, most of whom are retired professionals seeking an escape from urban/suburban life. About 1.5 hours from the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area and 45 minutes from a grocery
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More Firefighters Join Efforts as Weather Increases Fire Activity (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:34
Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 5,633 Personnel assigned: 96 Crews assigned: 3 Estimated costs to date: $342,120 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Firefighters and aircraft worked late into the evening Sunday to suppress an estimated 240-acre section of the firing operation that slopped over the containment line. Firefighters were burning a roughly 3-mile long grassy section along a fire break when the winds picked up and caused the fire to move north of the line. Firefighters, aided by heavy equipment and a helicopter, were burning the grass along a fuel break about 2 miles north of a military training impact area where the Oregon Lakes Fire is burning. Removing the dead grass in front of the fire significantly reduces the chances the fire will spread and threaten values at risk. As standard when conducting burn operations, additional aircraft were on standby. Also, part of normal burning procedures, as firefighters burned along the line, other members...

Mica Bowl Rx (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 13:20
Saguaro National Park Plans Prescribed Fire in Rincon Mountains Tucson, AZ – Fire managers at Saguaro National Park plan to conduct a prescribed burn on Mica Mountain in the Saguaro Wilderness of the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East) this week when conditions are favorable. Planned ignitions is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 14th 2019. The Mica Bowl Prescribed Burn area is divided into several burn units. Up to 541 acres may be treated with prescribed fire. Ignitions may continue for approximately two - three days. Fire managers will only conduct the prescribed burn when environmental factors such as wind, temperature, and relative humidity are favorable. Additional information, including a map and updates will be posted on https://www.nps.gov/sagu/learn/nature/fire-updates.htm. The following backcountry trails will be closed during prescribed burn operations: Bonita, Spud Rock, Mica Mountain, Mica Meadow, Fire Loop/Heartbreak Ridge (between the junctions of Mica...

Brimson Area RX Fire Projects 2019 (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:15
If weather conditions allow, prescribed fire projects will being in the Brimson area starting May 13th and continue throughout the week. Fire crews will begin with the County Line Unit 204 and continue on to the other units.

Heppner Ranger District implements prescribed burn (2019 Umatilla NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:10
In partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Blue Mountain Elk Initiative and Oregon Department of Forestry, fire management officials on the Heppner Ranger District are implementing a large-scale prescribed natural fuel burn today. The Lovlett prescribed burn is anticipated to take 4-5 days to complete and includes 500 acres of grass, brush, timber litter and timber understory south of Sunflower Flat near Lovlett Creek. The objective of the burn is to improve foraging habitat for big game, reduce long-term wildfire risk through reductions in existing fuel loading, and to restore the ecological functions of a fire adapted ecosystem to the area. Additional information about this prescribed burn is available by visiting the Umatilla National Forest’s prescribed fire interactive map. This map displays burning activities and is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8b433th. The interactive map allows the user to zoom in on certain areas and click on a burn unit for more...

Firefighters Plan to Initiate Burn Operation Today (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 14:12
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Today, firefighters plan to burn a roughly 3-mile long grassy section along a fire break constructed by the military over the past five years. Burning the grass along this fuel break, about 2 miles north of a military training impact area where the fire is burning, will remove the burnable vegetation in front of the fire. This will significantly reduce the chances the fire will spread north and threaten values at risk. There may be an increase in visible smoke when they ignite the burn, which is planned for midday. The fire remains in an area that is unsafe for firefighters and low-flying fire suppression aircraft due to the likelihood of unexploded ordinance on the ground. Because of this, the Alaska Interagency has been formulating short- and long-term strategy for the early-season fire while remaining ready to act if the fire came out of the impact area. The Division of Forestry White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Fire has also been on standby for...

Community Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Plan of Action on Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 13:31
Community Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Plan of Action on Oregon Lakes FireStart Date: April 30, 2019Acres: 5,633Personnel assigned: 53Crews assigned: 1Estimated costs to date: $251,852Cause: human, under investigationDELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team has scheduled a community meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Delta Junction City Hall. Members of the team will give an update on the Oregon Lakes Fire’s progression and present their plan to initiate suppression efforts. Time will be available to answer questions about the fire. Despite Red Flag conditions, with wind gusts of more than 55 mph, the fire produced little smoke and no movement on Friday. Instead, dust from the Delta River was to blame for the haze that settled over Delta Junction and surrounding areas. Firefighters were unable to fly reconnaissance due to the winds, but kept an eye on the fire area throughout the day from a nearby ridge. They reported only seeing a few small puffs of...

Another Red Flag Warning for the Oregon Lakes Fire Friday (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 21:11
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – The Alaska Incident Management Team wrapped up its long-term strategic planning just in time to be tested by dry and windy weather forecasted to move into the Oregon Lakes Fire area for the second time since it started on April 30. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning from noon through Saturday afternoon. Forecasted winds could cause rapid fire growth and likely lead to very visible smoke in Delta Junction and communities to the north of the fire. Strong southerly chinook winds will develop this afternoon along the north side of the Alaska Range and will continue through Saturday afternoon. South winds of 25-35 mph with gusts to 55 mph are possible near Delta Junction. Minimum relative humidity levels are expected to fall into the 20-30% range this afternoon and in the 25-30% range on Saturday afternoon in the Tanana Valley. The first wind test, last Tuesday, was preceded by three days of cooler wetter weather and resulted in little...

Umatilla National Forest prepares for prescribed burning (2019 Umatilla NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:03
PENDLETON, Ore. – With the recent warmer and drier weather, fire management officials on the Umatilla National Forest are preparing to implement early season prescribed burning activities as soon as Monday, May 13, across portions of the Forest. “Frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for healthy forests and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup,” said Andrew Stinchfield, Deputy Fire Staff Officer. Prescribed burning is an effective tool for removing excessive amounts of brush, shrubs, and trees, while also encouraging the growth of native vegetation. In addition to reducing wildfire risk, prescribed fire also improves overall forest health and resilience to insects and diseases, and enhances habitat for elk, deer, and other wildlife. Prescribed burning is also highly dependent on weather conditions, which have to be within a narrow criteria window in order to use prescribed fire. Factors such as wind speed and direction,...

2019 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 13:52
Starting May 8th, at 11 am Prairie City Ranger District will begin ignitions on Elk 16 Hb, full ignition for the 330 acre unit is scheduled for Friday, May 10. Smoke may be visible from Forest Roads 16 and 1420 for several days. Signs will be posted along Forest Road 1420 for public safety. Please use caution while traveling in the area. Friday May 10th, Emigrant Creek Ranger District fire crews are starting ignition on George unit #103 totaling 2000 acres after. Activity will continue depending on weather, conditions, and if objectives are being met. Blue Mountain Ranger District continuing to monitor conditions to begin spring prescribed fire activity.

Making a difference on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day!

NFPA - Wildfire - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:07
Incredible stories are pouring in about projects accomplished across the country and the globe on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.  Here at NFPA®’s main office, we hosted a training session provided by two Massachusetts Department of
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