Wildland Fire

Dry, Windy Weather Expected on the Oregon Lakes Fire Friday (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 17:19
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – After a day of cooler, calmer weather and minimal fire activity on Wednesday, the team assigned to the Oregon Lakes Fire is busy planning for another round of warmer, windier weather forecasted Friday. Cooler temperatures, clouds and even light precipitation moved in over the Oregon Lakes Fire Wednesday, subduing the already moderate fire activity to smoldering along some of its edges. There were only a few puffs of smoke visible, mostly on the southern end, where the fire reached the green timber line and settled down. The timber, which is predominately white spruce with some birch, has been resistant to burning unlike the downed trees from a 2013 fire and dry grass. However, that could change as the summer continues and the warmer, windier weather that typically persists in the Delta River drainage. Due to better mapping, the number of acres burned reduced to 5,633. The National Weather Service predicted near red flag conditions to develop on Friday....

Despite increased winds and smoke, no significant growth reported on Oregon (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:00
After three days of low activity, winds increased and pushed smoke into neighboring communities as the Oregon Lakes Fire burned untouched pockets of fuel in the interior and on its southern end this afternoon. Members of the Alaska Type 2 IMT, who took over management of the fire this morning, reported no fire growth to the north, west and east after a late afternoon helicopter flight. The fire is estimated at 6,745 acres, a slight increase from previous days. The fire was moderately backing and flanking on the on the south and southwest flank of the fire. The northeast corner, the only section of the fire that remained active in the past three days, continued to smolder. Meanwhile, the Alaska Division of Forestry White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Fire Crew arrived in Delta Junction in preparation for the uptick in fire activity and the possibility of taking action if the fire burned outside a military impact area. This is familiar territory for the White Mountain Crew. They...

Prescribed Fire Operations to Begin on Prairie City Ranger District (2019 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 13:26
After carefully monitoring conditions across the Forest, fire officials have determined that conditions are within specific parameters, including temperature, relative humidity, and fuel moisture to start prescribed fire operations in specifically planned units. Starting at 11 am today 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. Emigrant Creek Ranger District fire crews are continuing operations on the Marshall Devine units totaling 2700 acres, Micro unit #5 with 18 acres and Trout unit #9 with 27 acres, this weekend. Moving to Driveway that consists of 4 units, #’s 14, 17, 28, and 26 totaling 99 acres within the coming week and George unit #103 totaling 2000 acres after. Activity will continue depending on...

San Juan NF Prescribed Fire Program (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:49
Update 5/8/19 - Prescribed Fire accomplishments for the past couple of weeks in the San Juan National ForestDolores Ranger District - completed all of the South Carver units targeted for spring, total accomplishment of 1,345 acres. See video of prescribed fire operationsPagosa Ranger District - accomplished 223 acres between Chimney Rock (completed) and Horsefly (ongoing) The next focus, when condition are favorable is the Boggy Draw area in Dolores RD and continue Horsefly units in Pagosa RD. Fire resources supporting these efforts include the San Juan Interagency Hotshots, Columbine Wildfire Module, and many local Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management personnel. Thank You to all involved!In an effort to reduce the risk from high-severity wildfire, fire managers on the San Juan National Forest are increasing the use of prescribed fire. In 2019, we anticipate treating up to 15,000 acres with prescribed fire. Fire can be effectively and efficiently used to reduce fire hazard,...

Slide Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 18:43
The Slide Fire started May 1, 2019 and is a lightning caused fire. One engine with 7 crew members and one fire effects monitor are currently on the fire. The fire is 72 acres and is burning approximately 65 miles south of St. George, Utah. The weather forecast is predicting rain for the next couple of days.The fire is currently being managed for resource benefit.

2019 Umatilla NF Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 17:08
The Umatilla National Forest prescribed fire page contains public information on planned, active and completed prescribed burning for 2018 on the Forest. Burning is planned on each of the four Districts on the Umatilla National Forest. In general, there are two burn seasons each year to accomplish prescribed fire projects. Early season burns typically occur in late winter through the early fire season in late spring/early summer. Late season burns typically occur in late fire season and into December. The specific dates of a burn during a season is dependent on many variables including wildfire activity, resource availability, current and predicted weather, and smoke management constraints. Frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for healthy forests and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup. Prescribed burning is an effective tool for removing excessive amounts of brush, shrubs, and trees, while also encouraging the growth of native...

Norwegian Island Prescribed Fire 2019 (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 15:07
The Norwegian Island Prescribed Fire Unit is designed to meet multiple Forest management objectives. Using understory prescribed fire on the island will result in fuels reduction which removes needles and other surface litter and balsam fir to create and maintain a more open understory that will in turn reduce the potential for a wildfire to start and spread. Prescribed fire treatments also create a patchwork or mosaic of fire-resistant forest stands in the landscape that can also reduce the intensity of future wildfires. Precise ignition methods will be utilized to start the fire and natural lines will be used to control and hold the fire. Hose-lays supplied by water pumps or other water delivery equipment will supplement the holding actions where needed. Fire crews will monitor the prescribed fire until it is declared out.

Trail and Sugar (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 15:06
Fuels crews from the La Grande Ranger District of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest are conducting prescribed burns in the Trail and Sugar harvest units near Mount Emily, reducing harvest slash from timber sales. These burns are located near Forest Road 3106.Today, May 7, crews are planning to burn approximately 75

Dolores Ranger District burning the South Carver Burn Unit (San Juan NF Prescribed Fire Program Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 13:46
The South Carver Burn Unit 5 will be burned today for a total of 193 acres. The South Carver Unit is located on Haycamp Mesa, east and south of FSR 556 and north of FSR 557.During prescribed fire operations, smoke will likely be visible from areas around Mancos, Dolores, Dove Creek, Cortez, and HWY 491 between Dove Creek and Pleasant View. Smoke may settle into low lying valleys, and the Dolores River Canyon overnight. Smoke monitoring will be conducted, and ignitions will be scheduled to minimize smoke impacts to communities. For additional information, please contact Matt Traynham, Assistant Fire Management Officer (Fuels), Dolores Ranger District (970) 882-6838.

Fire Managers Plan Prescribed Fire Adjacent to Grand Canyon South Entrance (South Rim Piles Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 12:34
Grand Canyon National Park fire managers anticipate initiating prescribed pile burning this week as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow. As part of the South Rim Piles Project, they will burn 3,500 piles of woody debris east and west of South Entrance Road and south of Highway 64 (Desert View Drive) East. These 5'x5'x5' piles are comprised of slash left after mechanical thinning or cutting of trees within the 150 acre project area, and are being burned as part of a key objective of the project, which is to reduce the fuel load. Smoke from the South Rim Piles Project will be most visible during ignition operations and will likely gradually diminish after ignitions are completed. Smoke impacts to Highway 64 should be minimal, but drivers are advised to move along the highway slowly with their lights on, avoid stopping in areas where fire personnel are working, and follow directions of signs and personnel. There are no road closures anticipated at this time. Smoke will also...

South Rim Piles (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 12:29
Grand Canyon National Park fire managers anticipate initiating prescribed pile burning this week as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow. This project is anticipated to last throughout the month of May. As part of the South Rim Piles Project, they will burn 3,500 piles of woody debris east and west of South Entrance Road and south of Highway 64 (Desert View Drive) East. These 5'x5'x5' piles are comprised of slash left after mechanical thinning or cutting of trees within the 150 acre project area, and are being burned as part of a key objective of the project, which is to reduce the fuel load.

Red Flag Warning Issued For Tuesday as Alaska IMT Assumes Command (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 21:31
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for dry and windy conditions in Deltana and the Tanana Flats Tuesday, the same day the Type 2 Alaska Incident Management Team (IMT) Green Team will take over the management of the Oregon Lakes Fire. The IMT will develop short and long-term strategies to stabilize this early-season fire burning 11 miles south of Delta Junction. After three days of no significant growth or change in fire behavior, the fire is still estimated at 6,670 acres. This will likely change as winds were starting to pick up during a reconnaissance flight BLM AFS personnel flew midday today. Due to the predicted weather, the fire is expected to continue to grow to the north and possibly threaten State of Alaska timber values along the Delta River and Delta Creek. According to the National Weather Service, a weak south flow will develop over the Alaska Range, causing a slight warming and drying trend. Much stronger southerly chinook...

Mill Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 20:32
The fast moving wildfire started May 6, 2019, and is located approximately 7 miles southwest of Crown King, AZ, in very rough terrain with limited access by road. Multiple aviation resources have been mobilized to assist. Airtankers have been dropping fire retardant in an attempt to slow the fire's progression and helicopters to assist with shuttling firefighters into the remote fire area.

Oregon Lakes (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 17:49
Due to the unseasonable dry fuels and forecasted windy and warmer weather, an incident management team is mobilizing to strategically plan efforts on the Oregon Lakes Fire burning about 11 miles south of Delta Junction. A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) from Alaska started assembling on Monday and will take over the management of Fire #077 on Tuesday to develop a strategy that, if the chance emerges, applies suppression tactics on this early-season fire.The remote fire was reported at about 1 p.m. on April 30, 2019 and so far has been burning in a military training area that is off-limits to firefighters and low-flying fire suppression aircraft due to the likelihood of unexploded ordinance on the ground. It is burning mostly in tall, dry grass and downed trees from the 2013 Mississippi Fire on the west of the braided Delta River. The fire has grown to an estimated 6,670 acres over the past few days, mostly to the northwest. Only five percent of the perimeter was actively burning...

Dolores Ranger District May 6, 2019 (San Juan NF Prescribed Fire Program Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 11:50
The Dolores Ranger District will be burning May 6-7, 2019. South Carver Burn Units 2 & 9 for 544 total acres.

Hoyle Fire Update May 5, 2019 (Hoyle Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/05/2019 - 23:46
U.S. Forest Service Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests 30 S Chiricahua Drive Springerville, AZ 85938 Web: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnf News Release Media Contact: Black Mesa Ranger District 928-535-7300 Hoyle Fire May 5, 2019 Discovered: May 2, 2019 Location: Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Approximately 3 miles southwest of Heber Overgaard Size: 503 acres Percent Containment: 60% Cause: Natural Personnel Assigned: 30 Incident Commander: Joshua Salazar Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine with a heavy dead and down component left behind by the 2002 Rodeo-Chedeski Fire. On Saturday Fire Managers were successful in completing firing operations within pre-existing roads and natural features. The fire will continue to consume isolated pockets of unburned fuels within the interior of the fire. Smoke impacts will be reduced as fuels continue to consume and burn themselves out. Sunday fire crews will focus on...

Type 2 Incident Management Team Mobilizing for Oregon Lakes Fire (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/05/2019 - 19:00
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Due to the unseasonable dry fuels and forecasted windy and warmer weather, an incident management team is mobilizing to strategically plan efforts on the Oregon Lakes Fire burning about 11 miles south of Delta Junction. A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) from Alaska will start assembling on Monday and take over the management of Fire #077 on Tuesday to develop a strategy that, if the chance emerges, applies suppression tactics on this early-season fire. The remote fire was reported at about 1 p.m. on April 30 and so far has been burning in an area that is off-limits to firefighters and low-flying fire suppression aircraft due to the likelihood of unexploded ordinance on the ground. It is burning mostly in tall, dry grass and downed trees from the 2013 Mississippi Fire on the west of the braided Delta River. The IMT will work with the BLM AFS Military Fire Management Zone, the U.S. Army Alaska Garrison and the Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) to...

Burning could resume Monday (Blue Ridge Prescribed Burn Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/05/2019 - 12:10
Weather conditions are looking favorable for ignitions to begin tomorrow, Monday May 6, on the Blue Ridge Prescribed Burn. Depending on conditions, fire managers hope to complete approximately 200 acres of burning in the northwest portion of the project area, near Big Meadows and Cottonwood Pass. Fire managers need the right combination of wind, fuel moisture, temperature and precipitation in the forecast to conduct the burn. Forecasted smoke dispersal conditions and staffing also play a role in whether burning occurs.

Oregon Lakes Fire Grows to an Estimated 5,000 Acres (Oregon Lakes Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 19:00
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel flew over the Oregon Lakes Fire southwest of Fort Greely midday Saturday and estimate the fire has grown to 5,000 acres, mostly to the northwest. Only five percent of the perimeter was actively burning, mostly smoldering along the northeast corner. It was lightly snowing during the flight. However, fire managers do not believe the fire received enough precipitation over the past two days with southerly chinook winds forecasted to start on Sunday. Warmer weather is forecasted and the winds are predicted to increase to 10-20 mph with gusts of up to 30 mph on Sunday. The wind is anticipated to increase to 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph by Monday to bring the forecast close to red flag conditions. Smoke is likely to increase with the warmer weather and increased winds. The fire is predominately burning in dry grass and dead trees left from the 2013 Mississippi Fire. It is in a limited protection area and is not immediately...

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