Wildland Fire

Sycamore Fire - May 29 Update (Sycamore Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 18:43
The Sycamore Fire was reported on Monday, May 28 and is approximately 230 acres with 25% containment; burning on the Chino Valley Ranger District in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness (T19N, R4E, Sec 31). The human caused fire is burning in rugged terrain consisting mostly of pinyon juniper and grass. Firefighters reported minimal activity overnight and will continue to build line around the perimeter. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighting resources include 5 - Helicopters, 1 – Air Attack, 3- Type I Hot Shot Crews, 1 - Fuels Crew and 1 Engine; totaling more than 100 personnel. No structures are threatened. The origin of the fire was determined to be on the west side of the canyon, which is located on the Prescott National Forest approximately 14 miles northwest of Sedona. At this time, the fire has been kept to the west side of the canyon and light winds are pushing smoke toward the west/northwest. Know Before You Go! To help you understand where and when fire...

Kellar Fire Closure Notice (Kellar Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:59
Kellar Fire Closure Order

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Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:58
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Kellar Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:14
A lightning strike started the low-intensity Kellar Fire, giving fire managers on the Lincoln National Forest the opportunity to use a natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits.The Kellar Fire is located northeast of Queen, NM. Fire managers looked at the fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and historic fire behavior to assess risks and predict fire behavior. The analysis determined that the Kellar Fire is a good candidate to manage for multiple objectives, including reducing pinon/juniper density, which will enhance long-term forage production, increase resiliency to wildfire and provide additional fire protection to the community of Queen, NM.

Forest Service Firefighters Respond to Eagle Creek Hotspot (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:00
Hood River, Ore. —May 29, 2018—Forest Service firefighters responded this morning to a small hotspot reported near Herman Creek. The glow from the flare-up was reported around 2:00 a.m. on May 29. Firefighters located the hotspot early this morning, about a half mile east of Herman Creek Trailhead, north of the Gorge 400 trail. Two engines and a hand crew from Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are on scene suppressing the fire, which was found smoldering in heavy downed timber with few ground fuels. Eagle Creek Fire, contained in late November 2017, has not yet been declared out and the hotspot is not unexpected. Heavy fuels and organic material known as duff can hold heat underground over winter and flare back up after a period of warm dry weather. Hotspots are among the known post-fire hazards that have caused area trails to remain closed in the wake of Eagle Creek Fire. Other hazards include fire-weakened trees and loose boulders that can fall on trails at unpredictable...

Eagle Creek Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:27
Eagle Creek Fire was 100% contained on November 30, 2017.The fire was reported September 2 at 4 p.m in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon. The fire grew to 3,000 acres overnight that first night. During the night of September 4th and 5th, east winds, combined with excessive heat caused the fire rapidly increase in size pushing westward. By the morning of September 5th, the fire had grown to over 20,000 acres and had spotted across the Columbia River into Washington near Archer Mountain. The efforts of firefighters, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity helped slow fire growth in the days that followed, but the fire grew to the east and ultimately reached 48,861 acres. Fire suppression repair – measures to mitigate erosion and restore areas impacted by constructing containment lines – have been completed. A BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) team evaluated risks to life, property, and critical natural and cultural resources...

May 29th update (Oakridge/Westfir Prescribed Burn Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:41
Last week, fire crews completed underburning in Sidewalk Thin Unit 15, located near the Huckleberry OHV Area. It was another effective burn, reducing wildfire risk as part of the Oakridge and Westfir Thinning and Fuels Reduction Project. Fuels, particularly larger logs and branches, may continue to smolder and produce some lingering smoke through the weekend. Area residents and visitors may also, at times, smell smoke. You can check the local air quality rating at http://www.lrapa.org/. The District plans to continue burning near High Prairie after the holiday weekend. There are two units to complete in the project area by early July, Face Thin 1 which is 25 acres and Face Thin 3, a 20 acre unit, as part of the larger project to reduce wildfire risk to the communities of Oakridge and Westfir.

Buzzard Fire Community Meeting Tonight (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:13
The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 will host a community meeting for the Buzzard Fire at 6:00 P.M. tonight, May 29, 2018, at the Ray Estrada Community Center on the corner of Mountaineer Road and Juniper Avenue in Reserve. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the Gila National Forest Facebook page and Buzzard Fire InciWeb page for those unable to attend. General Information: The Buzzard Fire is now 34% contained. Firefighters have made good progress, with their primary focus now on the west and the eastern edges. On the southwest, the fire has been backing slowly against the wind through piñon-juniper grasslands and is not currently posing a threat to values in the area. On the eastern edge of the fire, fire managers and crews are scouting for the best approach to keeping the fire from crossing Long Canyon, which has very rugged terrain and has proven difficult to work in. Fire Operations: Crews on the west side of the fire near upper Wilson Canyon and on...

Crews Successfully Complete Burning on South Monroe Rx (Fishlake NF 2018 Spring Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:24
Prior to forecast storms, personnel from the Fishlake National Forest and the Richfield BLM, with help from the Dixie National Forest, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and the Bridget-Teton National Forest teamed up to help implement a portion of the Monroe Mountain Aspen Ecosystems Restoration Project. A large portion of the funding to accomplish this great work came from Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative. Working together, 2,940 acres were safely burned. Aspen, rangelands, and wildlife will all benefit tremendously from these successful treatments. A big thank you to all those involved in helping make these past few days a great success!Including this entry, the Fishlake has reported 30,413 acres treated. This results in 55% of the Utah POD target and 22% of the Region Target. Resources plan to continue to monitor the South Monroe burn area until there is no longer a need. No additional prescribed fire operations are planned.

Wildfire risk reduction in the shadow of volcanoes, lava flows and earthquakes

NFPA - Wildfire - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 00:05
During the first week of May, 2018, the big island of Hawaii hosted the first Hawaii Wildfire Summit.  The conference was hosted by the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, (HWMO), a non-profit dedicated to reducing wildfire risks through local
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May 28 - Buzzard Fire Operational Briefing Video (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 11:00
The operational briefing video for Monday, May 28, is now available on the Gila National Forest Facebook

Buzzard Fire Community Meeting Planned for Tuesday (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 10:01
The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 will host a community meeting for the Buzzard Fire at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the Community Center in Reserve. General Information: Firefighters on the Buzzard Fire were able to secure more firelines yesterday and last night, and the fire is now 14% contained. Firefighters are coordinating with fuels specialists to determine the most effective firefighting approach based on vegetation type, density, and other factors. Due to successful firefighting efforts, tonight will be the final night operations shift. A fire investigation team has arrived on the incident to investigate the origin on the fire. Fire Operations: Crews are making good progress with fire containment along the northern portion of the fire. Yesterday, crews were successful with their burnout along the constructed line through Deep Canyon. This action has secured the northwest portion of the fire, allowing the crews to continuing securing fireline...

May 27 - Buzzard Fire Operational Video (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 10:18
The operational briefing video for Sunday, May 27, is now available on the Gila National Forest Facebook

Fire Conditions Remain Elevated on the Buzzard Fire (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 09:33
General Information: The Buzzard Fire grew nearly 3,000 acres in size yesterday, although some of the acreage gain was a result of burnout operations aimed at keeping the fire from spreading toward valuable resources. The anticipated high winds predicted for yesterday did not materialize until much later in the day, giving crews more time to construct additional fire line and conduct burnout operations along the roads. Crews were also able to proactively scout areas ahead of the fire to identify strong contingency lines. Fire Operations: On the northwest side of the fire, crews have secured the fire edge as it nears Deep Canyon. Crews were able to locate a path through the steep ledges of Deep Canyon, construct fire line, and will begin conducting burnout activities through the canyon to secure their fire line. On the northeast side, crews have been successful in holding the fire south of the Long Canyon road (FR 3070). Fire line is being constructed along FR 3074 which, if...

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