Wildland Fire

Green Mountain perscribed fire planned April 3 and 4 (Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2017-18 Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 14:11
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is planning to continue the Green Mountain Prescribed Fire burning operations on 4/3/2018. Fire crews anticipate burning 2000 acres between the Pit River Arm and the Squaw Creek Arm of Shasta Lake.

Cumbee Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:51
Fire Name: Cumbee Location: The Francis Marion National Forest (near the entrance of the Wambaw Cycle Trail, which is open) Forest Service Road 161 is closed between 166 and Halfway Creek Rd. Start Date: March 14, 2018, initial call received at 2:30 p.m. Cause: Under investigation Size: Approx. 1638 acres Containment: 90% Vegetation: Mostly longleaf pine, loblolly and hardwoods Resources Assigned: Resources are from the Francis Marion Ranger District Incident Command: Francis Marion Ranger District fire personnel are on scene with IC- Danny Carlson Objectives: Firefighter and public safety Summary: Crews and helicopters continue patrolling and monitoring. Closures and Evacuations: Forest Service Road is now open today between 166 and Halfway Creek Rd. Values at Risk: n/a Fire Weather: Partly cloudy today. Chance of rain Sun.-Tues. For more information on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests and its district offices, visit...

Greenwood Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:18
Local Francis Marion Ranger District fire personnel have deemed the Greenwood Fire as "Out."Questions please call the Francis Marion Ranger District at 843-336-2200.

Salmon/Scott Bun Notification (Klamath National Forest Prescibed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 10:46
Contingent upon weather conditions and local burn day restrictions, the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest will be conducting the following prescribed burning project April 3rd , 2018 • Project Name: Scott Bar Mountain Underburn and Habitat Improvement • Agency contact: USFS/KNF/Scott River Clint Isbell 530-598-4079 or Josh Schmalenberger 530-598-9393 • Legal Location: T44N R11W SEC 26 • Descriptive Location: Scott Bar Mountain – 12 miles west of Fort Jones, CA down the Scott River Drainage. Block 2 – Unit 3-A (See attached map). • Type: Underburn • Total Acreage: 45 acres • Planned Ignition: Tuesday, April 3 – After 10am • Duration: Ignition 1 day, Smoke Production 2 to 3 days • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel: East • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas: Scott River corridor including Scott Bar – smoke will be monitored and ignition will cease if impacting populated areas

Public Closure Lifted on Santa Cruz Island Fire—Containment at 70% (Santa Cruz Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 10:15
Ventura, CA — The Santa Cruz Island fire is now estimated to be 70 percent contained as firefighters continue to make steady progress. The crew of firefighters has been reduced to 26 personnel. Ground crews continue to monitor and tend to any potential hot spots left from the blaze that ignited last Tuesday. The public closure for the entire isthmus area of Santa Cruz Island has been lifted allowing all park concession trips by Island Packers to resume landing at Prisoner’s Harbor. Private boaters will be able to land at beaches that had been closed the past few days for fire safety. Santa Cruz Island, at 96 square miles, is the largest in the chain of eight California Channel Islands. The Nature Conservancy owns 76 percent of Santa Cruz Island and the National Park Service owns 24 percent. Together, they cooperatively manage this island as one ecological unit. This publication is available online at:

Payette NF Prescribed Fire 2018 (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 09:48
The Payette National Forest is targeting the areas of Bald Hill and Four Mile Creek on the Krassel Ranger District, Lost Creek/Boulder Creek, Brundage (Bear Basin and Meadows Slope) and Rapid River on the New Meadows and McCall Ranger Districts and Weiser River and Mill Creek on the Council Ranger District for prescribed fire in 2018. These areas are identified as potential prescribed fire areas; however, because prescribed fire is dependent on specific weather and resource conditions, all targeted acres may not be achieved this year. Active Prescribed Fires: Click these links for information specific to these prescribed fire events.Mill Creek - Council Ranger District Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest. It is intended to create fire-adapted communities, reduce risk to firefighters responding to wildland fires, improve the ability to manage wildland fires,...

4-1 to 4-7 (Payette NF Prescribed Fire 2018 Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 09:41
For the week of April 1 to April 7, the West Zone and Central Zone will be plowing access to RX units. The West Zone will continue RX in the Mill Creek area as weather, access and fuel conditions permit The East Zone will begin prepping units at Bald Hill and Four Mile Creek.

Knoll Fire Public Safety Closure Order - Revised (Knoll Wildfire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 19:57
Order Number: 03-12-04-18-331R UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE TONTO NATIONAL FOREST PAYSON RANGER DISTRICT KNOLL FIRE PUBLIC SAFETY CLOSURE ORDER PROHIBITIONS Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.51(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited on the area, described in this order, and depicted on the attached map hereby incorporated as Exhibit A (the “closure area”), all within the Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts of the Tonto National Forest, Arizona; 1. Going into or being upon an area described in the Order, 36 CFR 261.53(e) 2. Being upon the road 36 CFR 261.54(e) 3. Being upon the trail 36 CFR 261.55(a) EXEMPTIONS Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order: 1. Persons with a US Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission. 2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of any organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an...

Knoll Fire 60% Contained (Knoll Wildfire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 19:49
Knoll Fire Location: Approximately 13 miles northeast of Payson Nearest town is Payson, Arizona Start Date: March 30, 2018 Size: 60 acres Percent Contained: 60% Cause: Initial investigation indicates this wildfire was human caused by fireworks. Fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico. Summary: Firefighters continue to improve and secure fire lines and mop-up hot spots to keep the Knoll Fire within the existing containment lines. Light smoke may continue to be visible from Forest Service Road 29 over the next few days. This smoke is from burning logs well inside the fireline, and not a cause for alarm. One hundred thirty six firefighters remain assigned to the fire, but will begin to be released as the fire winds down. A temporary closure remains in place around the fire area. Additional details can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd575561.pdf. Landowners and/or residents of the communities...

Knoll Wildfire Area Closure (Knoll Wildfire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 12:31
Order Number: 03-12-04-18-331 UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE TONTO NATIONAL FOREST PAYSON RANGER DISTRICT KNOLL FIRE PUBLIC SAFETY CLOSURE ORDER PROHIBITIONS Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.51(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited on the area, described in this order, and depicted on the attached map hereby incorporated as Exhibit A (the “closure area”), all within the Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts of the Tonto National Forest, Arizona; 1. Going into or being upon an area described in the Order, 36 CFR 261.53(e) 2. Being upon the road 36 CFR 261.54(e) 3. Being upon the trail 36 CFR 261.55(a) EXEMPTIONS Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order: 1. Persons with a US Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission. 2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of any organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an...

Knoll Wildfire Morning Update (Knoll Wildfire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 12:00
Payson, AZ, March 31, 2018 —For Immediate Release. Location: Approximately 13 miles northeast of Payson Nearest town is Payson, Arizona Start Date: March 30, 2018 Size: 60 acres Percent Contained: 40% Cause: Initial investigation indicates this wildfire was human caused by fireworks. Fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico. Summary: Firefighters made good progress on the Knoll Fire yesterday, and were able to build dozer and handline around most of the fire. Approximately 140 firefighters are on the fire, and will spend today improving and making sure the fire cannot escape containment lines. An area closure has been implemented to keep the public out of the fire area. The area closure includes: beginning at Forest Service Road 430, travelling east along the Highline Trail to the junction of Forest Service Road 289, south along Forest Service Road 289 to the junction of Forest Service Road 29, west along Forest...

Knoll Wildfire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:50
The Knoll Fire was reported on Friday morning, March 30, 2018, and is located approximately 13 miles northeast of Payson, AZ. Cause: Initial investigation indicates this wildfire was human caused by fireworks. Fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico. Summary: The Knoll Wildfire was reported this morning, and has grown to approximately 10 acres. It is burning approximately one mile north of Meads Ranch in the Robert’s Mesa area. Nearly 45 firefighters are responding or on-scene to fight this fire. Additional resources, including an airtanker and helicopter have been ordered. This new fire comes at the end of Wildfire Awareness Week and demonstrates why the wildfire community continues to stress that Arizona is in a drought and it only takes one spark to start a wildfire.

Steady Containment of Santa Cruz Island Fire (Santa Cruz Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:10
Ventura, CA — The Santa Cruz Fire perimeter has not grown the past two days. Containment is still estimated at 60 percent. Intensive efforts by firefighters continue and weather conditions have been favorable. The fire burned approximately 71% nonnative species and 26% native species within its perimeter. The nonnative species included fennel, grasses, and eucalyptus logs. Mapping shows that the fire laid down when it burned into the native chaparral and oak woodland communities. “The fire appears to have not impacted any historic or cultural resources or native wildlife such as the island fox, bald eagle, or island scrub jay,” said Channel Islands National Park Service Superintendent Russel Galipeau. “We are thankful for the swift and impressive actions of our firefighting teams.” Firefighting ground crews are carefully tending to potential hot spots and air attack resources have been released. Crew numbers have been reduced to 70, providing some needed relief for...

Knoll Fire Evening Update (Knoll Wildfire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:00
Firefighters Continue to fight Knoll Wildfire Payson, AZ, March 30, 2018 —For Immediate Release. Location: Approximately 13 miles northeast of Payson Nearest town is Payson, Arizona Start Date: March 30, 2018 Size: 70 acres Percent Contained: 0% Cause: Initial investigation indicates this wildfire was human caused by fireworks. Fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico. Summary: The Knoll Wildfire has grown to approximately 70 acres, and continues to burn in brush, juniper and ponderosa pine near Robert’s Mesa. Firefighting resources include three 20-person crews, 8 engines, 1 dozer, 5 water tenders, 1 airtanker and 1 light helicopter. The public is asked to stay away from this area to allow firefighters to concentrate on suppressing this wildfire. Please be extra careful while enjoying your national forest this holiday weekend. The Knoll Fire shows how dry Arizona is, and how easily one spark can start a wildfire....

Knoll Wildfire Reported This Morning (Knoll Wildfire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:00
Payson, AZ, March 30, 2018 —For Immediate Release. Location: Approximately 13 miles northeast of Payson Nearest town is Payson, Arizona Start Date: March 30, 2018 Size: 10 acres Percent Contained: 0% Cause: Initial investigation indicates this wildfire was human caused by fireworks. Fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico. Summary: The Knoll Wildfire was reported this morning, and has grown to approximately 10 acres. It is burning approximately one mile north of Meads Ranch in the Robert’s Mesa area. Nearly 45 firefighters are responding or on-scene to fight this fire. Additional resources, including an airtanker and helicopter have been ordered. This new fire comes at the end of Wildfire Awareness Week and demonstrates why the wildfire community continues to stress that Arizona is in a drought and it only takes one spark to start a wildfire.

Mesa Re-Entry (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 13:08
The Clifton Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to begin the Mesa Re-Entry prescribed burn on April 2. The project will be ongoing until May 4, depending on weather conditions. The 7,471 acre burn area is bounded to the north and west by Pine Flat Rd (Forest Service Road (FSR) 515), to the south by Upper Eagle Creek Rd (FSR 215), and to the east by Sheep Wash Canyon.

Prescribed burning planned on Clifton Ranger District (Mesa Re-Entry Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:30
The Clifton Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to begin the Mesa Re-Entry prescribed burn on April 2. The project will be ongoing until May 4, depending on weather conditions. The 7,471 acre burn area is bounded to the north and west by Pine Flat Rd (Forest Service Road (FSR) 515), to the south by Upper Eagle Creek Rd (FSR 215), and to the east by Sheep Wash Canyon. Fuel types include grass, juniper, oak, pinyon pine, and ponderosa pine. The burn is intended to reduce canopy cover and maintain areas of reduced canopy cover achieved in past prescribed burns. It will also reduce juniper re-sprouts and enhance mule deer, white-tail deer, turkey, pronghorn antelope, and javelina habitat. Prescribed burning enhances wildlife habitat and watershed conditions, while promoting forest health and protecting communities from the effects of future high severity wildfire. Smoke will be visible from Morenci, the community of Eagle Creek, and U.S. Highway 191....

Significant Progress on the Santa Cruz Island Fire (Santa Cruz Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 18:31
Ventura, CA — Today the Santa Cruz Fire is estimated to be 60 percent contained following intensive effort by firefighters on the ground and consistent air attack. Air attack is transitioning from the use of air tankers with retardant drops to helicopters water drops as needed. Ground crews are establishing a hand line fire perimeter and are systematically putting out hot spots. The ground crew effort increased to 95, with an additional 45 firefighters, including a hotshot crew from Tonto National Forest in Arizona and teams from Sequoia and Sierra National Forests in California. A heavy marine layer and light winds have produced favorable conditions, although winds gusts are possible in the afternoon and evening hours. There was one small non-historic outbuilding lost in the fire and no reported injuries. “There has been an impressive interagency effort to fight this fire: U.S. National Forest Service and National Park Service sites; Vandenberg Air Force Station; Santa Barbara...

Coconino NF 2018 Spring Prescibed burns (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:40
Fire managers plan to conduct several prescribed burns in 2018. Projects are dependent upon weather and wind conditions, so they can be cancelled after they have been announced if conditions are not suitable.Smoke from the burns is generally expected to disperse toward the northeast and may settle in low areas northeast of the specific burn, especially during the evening and early morning hours.Prescribed fires are essential tools for restoring the forests in our fire-adapted ecosystem, and smoke is an unavoidable byproduct of these vital efforts. Fire managers strive to minimize smoke impacts to the community as much as possible. They burn when winds and other atmospheric conditions will push the majority of smoke away from homes; they’ll burn larger sections at a time to ultimately limit the number of days smoke is in the air; and they work closely with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council, as well as neighboring forests...

Prescribed burn plans for the week of April 3 (Coconino NF 2018 Spring Prescibed burns Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:38
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., March 29, 2018, For Immediate Release —Coconino National Forest fire managers plan to burn excess fuels near Mountainaire and Lake Mary during next week as weather allows.The Howard Burn Project encompasses approximately 800 acres and is located just southeast of Mountainaire (35°04'31.6"N, 111°39'35.0"W). Within this broadcast burn area there are also slash piles which will burn and may smoke for several days within the prescription area. Fire managers are planning to use Forest Roads 235, 235A, 235J and local topography as area boundaries. The project is scheduled after 9 a.m. on Tuesday or Wednesday (April 3-4) and should be completed the same day.If all of the prescription criteria is correct to burn the Lake Mary Burn Project, it encompasses up to 1,200 acres and is located approximately one mile south of Lower Lake Mary (35°04'14.4"N, 111°32'11.0"W). This broadcast burn area and large fuel sources may smoke for several days within the prescription area....

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