Wildland Fire

Bacon Rind Fire Continues to Shape the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (Bacon Rind Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 12:12
Bacon Rind Fire Tuesday, September 26, 2018 Tuesday: The fire continued to find opportunity to burn in dead and down trees within the old Rathbone Burned Area on the west side of Highway 191 south of Fawn Pass. It also burned isolated trees next to the road. Smoke was also observed coming from the southwestern corner of the fire south of Migration Creek and north of Bacon Rind Creek. The northern edges of the fire showed small columns of smoke from fire on the ground with no tree torching. Tuesday night a flight created an infrared map of the fire showing it to be approximately 5,232 acres. The increased acreage was seen from the last flight that was done Sept. 13. Wednesday: Crews will continue to asses and take down dead trees that have the potential for falling on the highway. These actions could cause short delays along Highway 191 south of Fawn Pass. They also are implementing precautionary measures on private inholdings located to the north of the fire. Multiple firefighters...

September 26, 2018 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:34
Klondike Fire West Zone A very dry air mass and gusty winds yesterday contributed to about 2,200 acres of growth on the Klondike Fire, mostly within the Snail Creek, Little Silver Creek and Browns Gulch areas. Due to steady water deliveries by helicopters there was little expansion on the Fire’s west side in the Illinois River / Indigo Creek confluence. Favorable wind direction helped hold the Fire south and west of where the Burnt Ridge Road (Road 2308) meets the Bear Camp Road (Road 23). Additional smoke columns in the area were rising from the Natchez Fire in northern California. Similar fire behavior and suppression activities are planned for today with firefighters engaged in developing direct suppression firelines south from the Burnt Ridge Road, beyond the 150 Road into the Illinois River / Indigo Creek confluence; using existing roads to check fire movement northeast of Browns Gulch; and holding fire below the Burnt Ridge Road, at Horse Sign Creek, and other sites where...

BLM Emergency Closure of Public Lands 9/25/18 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:03
Text from BLM Emergency Closure of Public Lands 9/25/2018 Please see attached full order with map, available for printing below.U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF PUBLIC LANDS: Josephine County, Oregon AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Medford District, Grants Pass Resource Area ACTION: Temporary closure of public lands in Josephine County, Oregon. SUMMARY: Pursuant to 43 CFR 9212.1, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is giving notice that public lands south of the Galice/Bear Camp/23 road down to Brown's Gulch are closed to all unauthorized entry, effective immediately. This closure will remain in effect until the Taylor Creek/Klondike Fire is declared controlled, or until such time as the Grants Pass Field Manager determines public entry is safe. This closure affects public lands within the perimeter of the Taylor Creek/Klondike fire area, administered by the BLM through the Grants Pass Field Office of the Medford...

Spanish Smoke Report for Klondike Fire 09/26/18 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:02
Fuego El fuego Klondike está contenido en un 72% y tiene un tamaño de 156,895 acres. El fuego está más activo en la unión del río Illinois e Indigo Creek, el drenaje de Snail/Slim Creek, Little Silver Creek y Montana Springs. Humo Hoy Las condiciones continúan siendo secas y favorables para que aumente la actividad en el fuego. El viento será liviano y mayormente del este-noreste, moviendo el humo hacia las áreas costeras, como Brookings y Gold Beach, mayormente temprano en horas de la noche. Agness recivirá niveles de humos dañinos para la salud. La mayoría del área, al sur y oeste del fuego, deben esperar buenas condiciones de calidad de aire durante el día. Humo Mañana Se espera que las condiciones sean secas, moderándose un poco durante el fin de semana. Los vientos serán ligeros y provenientes del este-noreste, lo que continuará enviando el humo hacia las áreas costeras y los drenajes de los ríos Eastern Pistol, Rouge, y Chetco. En los próximos día se...

Smoke Report for Klondike Fire 09/26/18 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:54
Fire The Klondike Fire is 72% contained and 156,895 acres. Fire is most active at the confluence of Indigo Creek and Illinois River, Snail/Slim Creek drainages, Little Silver Creek, and Montana Springs. Smoke Today Conditions continue to be dry and favorable for fire activity. Winds will be light and predominately from the East-Northeast, moving smoke towards coastal areas such as Brookings and Gold Beach, mostly in the evening hours. Agness will receive unhealthy levels of smoke. Most areas, south and west of the fire should expect good air quality conditions throughout the day. Smoke Tomorrow Conditions are expected to be dry, moderating by the weekend. Winds will be light and from the East-Northeast, continuing to send smoke to coastal areas and into Eastern Pistol, Rogue, and Chetco River drainages. Expect the morning, evening and overnight hours to have the most

Roosevelt Fire update for Wednesday, Sept. 26 (Roosevelt Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:47
Roosevelt Fire Update Wednesday, September 26, 2018 as of 8:00 a.m. Date of Detection: September 15, 2018 Current Size: 50,586 acres Location: Bondurant, WY Cause: Unknown Containment: 30% Structures Lost: 25 confirmed, more to be determined Injuries: 0 Resources on Fire: There are currently 982 personnel on this incident CREWS TYPE 1 HELICOPTERS TYPE 2 HELICOPTERS TYPE 3 HELICOPTERS ENGINES DOZERS WATER TENDERS 26 5 2 3 56 6 12 Highway 189/191 is fully closed today while burnout operations continue – The closure will be for an undetermined amount of time, but will reopen as soon as possible. The closure points are at Stinking Springs and Daniel Junction. Residents are allowed through the closure points, but no one is allowed to pass through from Bondurant to Daniel Junction or visa versa. Damage assessment will continue today in...

Silver Creek Fire Update - September 26, 2018 (Silver Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:31
Firefighters on the Silver Creek Fire continue to fortify and deepen their containment lines along the northern, eastern and southern flanks. In many areas, the focus of work has shifted to mop-up, back hauling equipment and suppression repair. The fire increased just 36 acres over the last day, bringing the current total size to 18,639 acres. Most of this increase is where the fire continues to slowly back deeper into the Sarvis Creek Wilderness on the western flank. Much of the lingering smoke in the area can also be attributed to the fire in the wilderness. Continuing warm dry weather will keep fire active in interior unburned pockets of the fire as well. In many areas today, firefighters will continue to clean up from previous suppression activities by removing sprinklers and hoses. With the dry warm weather continuing through the next few days, firefighters will also continue to patrol and monitor these areas for hot spots. Air resources are being diverted to other area...

Pole Creek Fire Update 9/26/18 (Pole Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:12
Yesterday: Yesterday was a good day for fighting fire. The cooler temperatures, higher humidity and light winds help moderate fire behavior and provide opportunities for firefighters to continue building direct containment line in many areas. The night operations group focused their efforts on patrolling the fire above Highway 6 and along the Highway 89 corridor. Approximately 139 miles of fire line has been contained. Today: Along Diamond Creek Road firefighters are using the old Sawmill and Red Ledges burn areas to reinforce the containment line. The Heli-Well and Mobile Retardant Batch Plant will remain on the Diamond Creek Road to support air operations. Crews working in the Wanrhodes Creek area will continue suppression repair from yesterday with the aid of an excavator. Crews continue to work from Hwy 6 north towards Wanrhodes Creek building line to keep the fire from moving towards Spanish Fork Peak. Fire crews will continue to back haul equipment from the Hobble Creek...

Bald Mountain Fire Update 9/26/18 (Bald Mountain Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:11
September 26, 2018 8:00 AM Special Note: Containment on the Bald Mountain Fire has climbed to 71 percent. As containment has increased and fire behavior has moderated, the complexity of operations has been reduced. As a result, starting Friday, the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek Fires will be managed by a single Type 1 team. The outgoing Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team and Great Basin Team 1 are working closely with the incoming California Incident Management Team 1 to ensure a smooth transition. Weather/Fire Behavior: Warmer, drier conditions are expected today. High temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s. Low level winds will be terrain driven, with gusts on the ridges of 15 to 20 miles per hour from the west to northwest in the afternoons. Low humidity is expected to continue through Friday, with moisture increasing over the weekend and into early next week. Fire activity continues to moderate as fuels are consumed within the perimeter. The fire is creeping and...

Bryce Canyon NP is Open – Riggs and Lonely Fires Update (Riggs Fire & Lonely Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:00
Bryce Canyon NP is Open – Riggs and Lonely Fires UpdateKane County Utah- Yesterday the fires transitioned to a Type 4 Incident Commander, Brian Johnson and Incident Commander Trainee, Jason Stewart. Johnson and Stewart spent the day familiarizing themselves with the fire area and ongoing operations. Crews continued monitoring and road improvement operations in the Lower Podunk area as some incoming crew replacements received safety and operational briefings. Both fires experienced low fire growth, with some increase in fire activity late in the afternoon. Increased fire activity was short lived, and occurred on the interior as well as a small amount of growth in the Bull Valley drainage. No other measurable fire growth was observed. Today temperatures remain in the mid 70's and winds are expected to be out of the NW with some downslope and down valley funneling of smoke to the south and southeast all day. Relative humidity will be lower than yesterday and combined with higher mixing...

Mirror Lake Complex News Release 9/26/2018 (Mirror Lake Complex Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:51
Summary: There was no significant growth on the Mirror Lake Complex Tuesday. As a whole, the size of the complex grew 67 acres, primarily on the Murdoc fire. Firefighters were able to increase the Complex’s containment by three percent Tuesday. It is now 20 percent contained. There are now 200 firefighters working on the Murdock and Slate fires. Given the very steep, rocky and dead and down timber spread across the fire areas, this increase in capacity is sufficient to meet firefighter’s goals. In the high altitude areas that are steep and inaccessible to firefighters, an airplane is serving as an air traffic controller for the five helicopters. It is keeping eyes on the fires as they gradually move north and eastward Weather: An increasing dry air mass will be over both fire areas the next few days. This air mass from the artic brings with it very dry, cold and windy conditions that will allow the fires to grow down and across the steep slopes of the Uinta Mountains. By the...

Ryan Fire Update 9/26/2018 (Ryan Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:39
Minimal Growth Gives Firefighters Opportunity to Secure Control Lines Current Situation: On Tuesday, the moderate weather limited fire activity to creeping and smoldering. The Ryan Fire is now 21,032 acres and remains 30 percent contained. With the decrease in fire activity, firefighters were able to determine that two structures and ten outbuildings were destroyed during the intense fire activity over the weekend. Investigators accessed the point of origin to begin trying to determine the cause of the fire. On the northeast side of the fire, dozers constructed control lines from Deer Creek to Skyline Ranch. Crews developed a structure protection plan for the community of Beaver Creek north of the fire. On the northwest side of the fire, crews worked with heavy equipment to maintain access to roads affected by the fire. Firefighters also patrolled and mopped up existing control lines. Aircraft were used to protect the active timber sale area near the fire. The night shift continued...

Howe Ridge Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:12
This is the final inciweb update on the Howe Ridge Fire. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 5 will transfer management responsibility of the fire to a Type 4 team effective 1800 this Friday, September 28th.

Howe Ridge Fire Update 9-26-18 (Howe Ridge Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:11
Howe Ridge Fire Update Wednesday, September 26, 2018; 8:30 am – FINAL UPDATE Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 5 Joe Sampson, Incident Commander Recorded Fire Information Line: 406-888-7077 FIRE Website: Howe: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6135 Boundary: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6170 Glacier National Park Information: 406-888-7800, www.nps.gov/glac Weather: Today will be partly cloudy. Temperatures will be in the mid-50’s with chances of wetting rain at 10%. Winds will be southwest at 3-10 mph. Fire behavior will be minimal. No additional fire growth is expected. Howe Ridge Fire Statistics: Location, NW side of Lake McDonald; Start Date, August 11th; Size, 14,522 acres; Containment, 79%; Cause, Lightning; Injuries, 2; Estimated cost, $13.6 million; Residence structures lost, 13; Minor structures lost, 14; Personnel Resources, 43. Howe Ridge: Today, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team will monitor the...

Boundary Fire Update 9-26-18 (Boundary Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:09
Boundary Fire Update Wednesday, September 26, 2018; 8:30 am – FINAL UPDATE Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 5 Joe Sampson, Incident Commander Recorded Fire Information Line: 406-888-7077 FIRE Website: Howe: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6135 Boundary: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6170 Glacier National Park Information: 406-888-7800, www.nps.gov/glac Weather: Today will be partly cloudy. Temperatures will be in the mid-50’s with chances of wetting rain at 10%. Winds will be southwest at 3-10 mph. Fire behavior will be minimal. No additional fire growth is expected. Boundary Fire Statistics: Location, Boundary Creek; Start Date, August 24rd; Size, 2,911 acres; Containment, 82%; Cause, Unknown; Injuries, 0; Estimated Cost, $922 thousand Boundary: Today, fire managers will monitor the fire with air patrol and a remote camera. In Glacier National Park, Waterton Lake trail is open for public use; the Boundary Trail...

Marten Creek Fire Daily Update for 9/26/2018 (Marten Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 08:37
FIRE UPDATE: Less windy conditions and cooler temperatures assisted firefighting efforts yesterday. The more favorable weather helped to moderate fire behavior, resulting in a significant increase in fire containment. Air operations were also able to capitalize on these conditions and continued to assist in suppression efforts. However, high winds and low humidity is expected for today, Wednesday, September 26th. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today. Firefighters will continue to concentrate their efforts on the north and north west side of the fire by working to connect areas already under containment. The small contingency team that has been identified to preserve historic structures near Cottonwood Creek will continue to work in that area. The Marten Creek Fire is producing less smoke than it did last week. Be ready to take precautions if you or your family are sensitive to smoke. FOREST CLOSURE: To protect firefighter and for public safety, a portion of the...

Bull Draw Fire Update Sept 26, 2018 (Bull Draw Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 08:03
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018Acres: 36,549 acres as of September 23 at 1800Containment: 95%Personnel: 40 Planned Activity: At 7:00 am, outgoing Type 3 Incident Commander (IC) Cody Russell transferred command to incoming Type 4 IC Mike Schultz. “Thanks to all the successful, hard work by firefighters over the last couple of weeks, it has allowed us to bring the fire to nearly full containment with a reduction in fire behavior. We feel confident in reducing the number of personnel and transitioning the fire to a Type 4 incident. I would like to thank the public for their tremendous support, understanding, and cooperation during this incident. It’s great to know we have our communities behind us”. – Outgoing IC Cody Russell. The Type 4 team will continue to patrol and monitor fire activity, conduct snagging operations along NFSR 411, and complete suppression repair where needed. Yesterday’s Activity: Crews completed backhaul operations. This entails removing supplies...

Bull Draw Fire Update Sept 26, 2018 (Bull Draw Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 07:54
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018Acres: 36,549 acres as of September 23 at 1800Containment: 95%Personnel: 40Planned Activity: At 7:00 am, outgoing Type 3 Incident Commander (IC) Cody Russell transferred command to incoming Type 4 IC Mike Schultz. “Thanks to all the successful, hard work by firefighters over the last couple of weeks, it has allowed us to bring the fire to nearly full containment with a reduction in fire behavior. We feel confident in reducing the number of personnel and transitioning the fire to a Type 4 incident. I would like to thank the public for their tremendous support, understanding, and cooperation during this incident. It’s great to know we have our communities behind us”. – Outgoing IC Cody Russell. The Type 4 team will continue to patrol and monitor fire activity, conduct snagging operations along NFSR 411, and complete suppression repair where needed. Yesterday’s Activity: Crews completed backhaul operations. This entails removing supplies from...

What to Expect in the Weeks to Come (Bald Mountain Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 07:44
This informational video was created by the Bald Mountain Fire and Pole Creek Fire, along with local agencies, to give the public an idea of what to expect in the coming weeks. While mandatory evacuations have lifted, there is still fire in the area. Please watch this video to assure you know the conditions that might be visible in your surrounding areas and what you can do to help.Click here: Informational Video

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