Wildland Fire

New champion tree has ties to forestry of the past

TFS Texas Forest Service - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:31

Jan. 31, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A loblolly pine on the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Boggy Slough Conservation Area west of Lufkin was recently confirmed by Texas A&M Forest Service to be the largest of its kind in the state. Located within 200 feet of Cochino Bayou, a prominent waterway, the champion lob

Prescribed Burn Scheduled at Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park (Sherman Prescribed Burn Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:30
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 21, 2018 – Park fire crews will begin ignitions on a 295-acre prescribed burn in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 based on measurements of appropriate fuel-moisture, weather conditions, and coordination with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. This project, called the Sherman Prescribed Burn, is located roughly half of a mile northeast of the Giant Forest Museum, and consists of segments on both sides of the Generals Highway. Three to four days of ignitions are planned. “Most of the land comprising the project area last saw fire between 2001 and 2002. This prescribed burn will be in keeping with the area’s historical fire return interval, which is once every ten to sixteen years,” says parks fire ecologist Tony Caprio. “We’ve had a number of other prescribed burns adjacent to the area since then. We’re ensuring a diverse mosaic of fire histories, which is very healthy for the...

June 21, 2018 Fire Update (Crooked Creek Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:41
06/21/2018 Fire Update: The Crooked Creek fire, located in a remote location on the northern portion of the Guadalupe Ranger District in Crooked Canyon, is approximately 125 acres. Fire activity continues to be minimal with some smoldering, creeping and backing through brush and grass. Ground resources, which includes one Hotshot crew and six engine modules, completed indirect fire line construction yesterday along the designated perimeter in the north and west edges. Today, firefighters will complete indirect line construction along the south and east perimeters of the fire and prepare for managed burnout operations anticipated for Friday and Saturday if favorable weather conditions are present. Crews will continue to monitor fire activity and growth along with current and predicted weather. Hot and dry conditions have returned to the area and are expected to continue. Increased smoke may be visible the next few days as crews begin to implement managed burnout operations,...

Buzzard Fire Update for June 21, 2018 (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:31
Acres: 48,170 Start Date: May 22, 2018 Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF) Containment: 82% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory) Total Personnel: 140 General Information: On Wednesday, June 19 a transfer of command to the Type 3 team occurred. The Type 3 Incident Commander is Scott Jones, with Marcus Cornwell as trainee. On Thursday, June 21, firefighters took action to suppress the fire and are conducting firing operations and suppression actions in the southwest corner of the fire’s perimeter. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team began emergency treatments to protect life, property, natural and cultural resources. Fire Operations: The BAER team is working on projects such as removing debris (logs, brush, and excess soil) from roadside ditches, culverts and water diversion ditches on roads within and surrounding the fire. Additionally, stream channels will be cleared of woody debris. These treatments will allow for...

Burro Fire Update for June 21 (Burro Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:41
Current Situation: Most of the San Juan National Forest which was closed earlier this month will reopen today at 3:00 p.m. Portions of the forest impacted by the still on-going Burro and 416 fires remain closed. Active firefighting activities are still taking place and fire danger remains very high. Fire restrictions remain in effect and no open fires are allowed in the San Juan National Forest. See the Burro Fire’s Inciweb page (Inciweb.nwcg.gov) for a map of the area that remains closed as well as detailed information on fire restrictions. Residents of the Highway 145 corridor between Cortez and Rico should expect to see and smell smoke from time to time, from both the Burro and 416 fires. During helicopter flights over the Burro Fire yesterday, fire managers spotted numerous areas where the fire is still smoldering. Those, and other areas, can spark renewed fire activity at any time, especially with the weather continuing to get hotter and drier. A smaller management team...

San Antonio Fire Update (San Antonio Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:26
Firefighters continue to make progress in their work to contain the San Antonio Fire that has been active over the past week. Containment is a direct action where crews remove vegetation next to the fires edge, creating a fireline. With no additional fuel to consume, the fire remains within the established fireline. Containment describes how much progress (percentage) crews have made hacking and digging a perimeter around a blaze. While the perimeter-based size hasn't changed in several days, the scattering of the smaller fires inside the perimeter continue to burn. The 495-acre size is based on a perimeter that encompasses all the smaller fires. The southeast side of the fire perimeter is in very rough and steep terrain with dense forests, increasing the potential for falling trees especially in high winds. Crews are working as safely as they can to complete the containment line. Objectives: Firefighter and public safety; containment of the fire while protecting values at risk....

Badger Fire Update - June 21 (Badger Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:16
Type 3 Incident Management Team Beau Kidd, Incident Commander Information Center: (307) 745-2378 Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Type 3 Incident Management Team in Place on the Badger Creek Fire Current Situation: Command of the Badger Creek Fire was transferred this morning to a Type 3 Incident Management Team, Beau Kidd, Incident Commander. There are currently 135 personnel assigned to the fire. Today, firefighters will patrol the fire’s perimeter, taking any necessary action where they can safely cool remaining hot spots. The Badger Creek Fire is 20,357 acres with 94% containment. As residents continue to return to communities that were evacuated because of the Badger Creek Fire, fire managers want them be aware there may still be hazards in the area. Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly as firefighters continue to work in the area. Residents should be aware that smoke and flames may be visible within the fire’s perimeter; fire-weakened and...

Trail Mountain Fire Morning Update 6.21 (Trail Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:00
Trail Mountain Fire Morning UpdateThursday, June 21, 2018Contact Fire Information Email: 2018_UTMTF_TrailMountain@firenet.gov Phone: 435.840.1560Start Date: June 4, 2018 Size: 15,720 acres Percent Contained: 59% Helicopters: 6 Engines: 18 Crews: 12 Total Personnel: 508 Summary: Thanks to numerous successful containment methods including fireline and burnout operations, the Trail Mountain Fire is now 59% contained. Burning operations above Mill Fork and Crandall Canyon successfully consumed vegetation most susceptible to ignition, removing vegetation that would threaten containment lines if the fire made an uphill run. The Crandall Mine has been properly equipped and protected with sprinkler systems, and the burnout left behind a desirable mosaic pattern of burned areas mixed with unburned aspen and sagebrush. Crews also continue to increase containment and slow fire spread by utilizing green aspen stands, which have high moisture content, and natural barriers such as streams...

Working around fawning, calving, newborn, and other critters during spring (2018 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:00
Before implementation of prescribed fire, the effects are analyzed through the NEPA process. During this process concerns and issues are identified and appropriate design criteria and mitigation are developed to minimize impacts to wildlife. For example, areas that are known to be regularly used for big game fawning and calving are identified on maps and measures to minimize impacts from the prescribed fire are discussed among an interdisciplinary team to ensure the measures and objectives are understood. After a Decision is signed for the NEPA document, preparation of the prescribed fire begins. This involves field reconnaissance to identify where to place hand lines and containments areas (roads, scabby flats, or other natural low fuels barriers). Following direction in the NEPA document, areas that were determined to be high value wildlife habitat are avoided or implemented with the previously identified mitigation or design criteria, which may also include timing restrictions....

June 21 Smoke Outlook (Trail Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:00
Smoke Outlook attached as pdf

June 21, 2018 - 416 Fire Update (416 Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:53
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Todd Pechota, Incident Commander Information Center: 970-403-5326 Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Website for 416 Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5822 Email: 2018_cosjf_416@firenet.gov June 21, 2018 (8 a.m.) Special notes: Today at 3 p.m., most San Juan National Forest and Durango-area BLM-managed lands will reopen (fire areas are still closed). Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in effect. All open space and trails in the City of Durango will reopen for use, at 3 p.m., with exception of Lake Nighthorse and surrounding shoreline, which will reopen at 7 a.m. Friday, June 22nd. The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team is transitioning today with the Portland National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team. The transition involves each member of the Rocky Mountain team transferring their knowledge about management of the fire to their counterpart on the NIMO team. This ensures a seamless change in management...

June 20, 2018 - 416 - Evening Fire Update (416 Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:18
416 Fire Update Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Todd Pechota, Incident Commander Information Center: 970-403-5326 Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Website for 416 Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5822 Email: 2018_cosjf_416@firenet.gov June 20, 2018 (8 p.m.) Special notes: The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team will reach the end of their 14 day assignment on the 416 Fire Thursday evening. A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team from Portland, OR will transition with the Rocky Mountain Team on Thursday and assume management of the 416 Fire on Friday morning. The NIMO team will continue to supervise over 600 firefighters currently working on the fire. A NIMO team is structured to manage long duration fires, which will be ideal for managing fire in the remote country on the western side of the 416 Fire. That area has few values at risk and will continue to hold fire until sustained precipitation occurs. Weather: A strong...

Homeowners Tell Their Stories (Badger Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:42
Successful implementation of any fire program is dependent on coordination and cooperation between local agencies and incoming resources that may be needed to support a large incident. Equally important is the support of nearby communities who bear the brunt of inconvenience when businesses are affected, residents are displaced, and priorities need to shift.Read a related story that shares the perspective of two homeowners who experienced the Badger Creek Fire

Most Area Public Lands to Reopen 6-21 at 3:00 p.m. (Burro Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:56
Most San Juan National Forest and Durango-area BLM-managed lands re-open on Thursday. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Remain in Effect.DURANGO, Colo. – On Thursday, June 21, at 3 p.m., the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) will re-open to the public by rescinding the Stage 3 Closure Order that has been in place since June 12. Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Durango area that closed last week will also reopen. An area around the active 416 and Burro Fires will remain closed to public entry, including the segments of the Colorado Trail from Molas Pass to the Junction Creek terminus. The BLM lands and the rest of the SJNF will remain in Stage 2 fire restrictions. This allows campgrounds, roads, and trails to re-open, and operations to resume for those with permits and contracts for doing business on the public lands. While recent messaging has been that one rainstorm would likely not result in much of a difference in fire danger, the weather event that southwest...

Forest to Re-open Thursday, June 21 at 3 p.m. (Burro Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:22
As of Thursday, June 21, at 3 p.m., the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) will re-open except for the areas surrounding the active 416 and Burro Wildfires. Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Durango area will also re-open. · Contributing factors to the forest re-opening are widespread precipitation over the weekend increasing fuel moisture, no new wildfire starts, and moderate predicted fire weather behavior. · Wildfire risk factors could still increase with periodic hot and dry periods in the next few weeks prior to the expected monsoon rains, so agency officials emphasize that people should use extreme caution to prevent human-caused fires. · In an effort to reduce any new wildfires and to protect life, property and natural resource, the San Juan NF and the BLM lands will remain in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions: ü No open fires anywhere including campgrounds, picnic areas and wilderness areas ü No camp stoves and lanterns unless they have an on/off switch,...

Buzzard Fire Update for June 20, 2018 (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:42
Acres: 47,370 Start Date: May 22, 2018 Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF) Containment: 82% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory) Total Personnel: 120 General Information: On Wednesday, June 19 a transfer of command to the Type 3 team occurred. The Type 3 Incident Commander is Scott Jones, with Marcus Cornwell as trainee. Firefighters continue to monitor the fire and are assessing the need for suppression actions in the southwest corner of the fire’s perimeter. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team began emergency treatments to protect life, property, natural and cultural resources. Fire Operations: The BAER team is working on projects such as removing debris (logs, brush, and excess soil) from roadside ditches, culverts and water diversion ditches on roads within and surrounding the fire. Additionally, stream channels will be cleared of woody debris. These treatments will allow for the free flow of water runoff after...

UPDATE-Med Bow-Routt NF, Laramie RD - Closure Order No. MBR-2018-LAR-171 (Badger Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:59
A new closure order has been issued for the Badger Creek Fire area on the Laramie Ranger District of the Medicine Bow National Forest. This order is a reduction in size from the previous order that was in place. This order is in effect as of June 19th. See attached map and order for more information. This replaces the previous order that was enacted for this

Burro Fire Udate for June 20 (Burro Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:33
Current Situation: Firefighters on the Burro Fire continue to make great progress strengthening containment lines on the southern and western edges of the fire. Because of that, managers are confident saying that over half of the fire area is now contained. “Contained is not ‘out’”, says Incident Commander Dan Dallas, “and there are still areas which could become active as everything continues to dry out.” In fact, the fire grew about 26 acres Tuesday along the creek bottom. The focus has been on those areas south of the Bear Creek drainage because those places have more people and property, which firefighters refer to as “values at risk.” Firefighters are monitoring the area to the north and northeast of Bear Creek but are not planning containment lines there because there are few values at risk. Also, natural features, like timberline and aspen groves, will help contain the fire if it should become active again. Because of the decrease in fire activity and increase...

San Antonio Fire Update (San Antonio Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:31
Two firefighters were injured by a falling tree while working on the San Antonio Fire yesterday afternoon. Fire personnel responded quickly to the incident, and patients were airlifted to an area hospital. The firefighters’ injuries were evaluated and treated by medical staff at the hospital. Both firefighters were released from the hospital following treatment early this morning. “This incident again emphasizes that firefighting is a dangerous profession,” stated Valles Caldera National Preserve’s Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “Our firefighters’ and the public’s safety is always our first priority.” The southeast side of the fire perimeter is in very rough and steep terrain with dense forests, increasing the potential for falling trees especially in high winds. Crews are working as safely as they can to complete the containment line. Helicopter water drops have been aiding the efforts to reduce growth of hot spots located within the fire area. Weather...

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