Wildland Fire

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...

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

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:50
June 20, 2018 (8 a.m.) Special notes: All residents evacuated during the 416 Fire have now been able to return to their homes and businesses. (Falls Creek Ranch and High Meadows subdivisions remain under pre-evacuation.) The normal time an Incident Management Team is assigned to a fire is 14 days, after which they return home to rest and prepare for their next assignment. The Rocky Mountain Team will reach this time frame in the latter part of this week. An orderly transition will occur with another highly qualified team, which will then lead the nearly 700 firefighters who remain on the incident. Fire managers are currently planning this transition, and more information will follow as it becomes available. Paramount in this planning is ensuring that the fire, our firefighters, and residents of local communities remain in good hands. Weather: Relative humidity continues decreasing today, possibly as low as 10%. Temperature will be highs 78-81, lows 44-47. Winds are from the...

Trail Mountain Fire Morning Update 6.20 (Trail Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:45
Trail Mountain Fire Morning UpdateWednesday, June 20, 2018Contact Fire Information Email: 2018_UTMTF_TrailMountain@firenet.gov Phone: 435.840.1560Start Date: June 4, 2018 Size: 14,684 acres Percent Contained: 49% Helicopters: 6 Engines: 21 Crews: 15 Total Personnel: 583 Summary: The Trail Mountain Fire is 49% contained. This containment includes most of the southern boundary and sections of the east and west boundaries of the fire. In contained areas crews are patrolling and looking for any remaining hot spots. They are also beginning some remediation work such as removing hazardous trees, clearing roads, chipping cut vegetation, and building structures to manage runoff and sediment. The most recent fire activity has been in the northwest corner near East Mountain Ridge and the head of Mill Fork Canyon. A combination of fireline, intentionally burned areas, natural barriers, and green aspen stands will be used to contain the fire in this area. Crews have built fireline on top...

June 20 Smoke Outlook (Trail Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:26
Smoke Outlook attached as pdf

Badger Creek Fire Update - June 20 (Badger Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 08:58
Badger Creek Fire Update June 20, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team BlackShane Greer, Incident Commander Information Center: (307) 745-2378Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Containment of Badger Creek Fire Increases to 94 Percent This will be the final update for the Badger Creek Fire from Rocky Mountain Team Black. Current Situation: On Tuesday, Wyoming highway 230 was reopened and all evacuations were lifted. Firefighters were able to successfully contain a section of control line in the northeast corner of the fire, east of Wyoming highway 230, bringing containment up to 94 percent. The Badger Creek Fire is now 20,357 acres. The additional acreage is due to better mapping of the fire’s perimeter and not new growth. All of the containment lines were tested by strong outflow winds on Tuesday, and the fire did not spread. Firefighters and engines patrolled the entire fire perimeter; taking any necessary action where they could safely cool remaining hot...

June 19, 2018 - Evening Fire Update (416 Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 21:24
June 19, 2018 (8 p.m.) Special notes: Today, residents of the Falls Creek Ranch and High Meadows subdivisions returned to their homes. These areas remain under pre-evacuation status. All residents evacuated due to the 416 Fire have now been able to return to their homes and businesses. Weather: Wednesday will be clear, dry, and warm, with highs 78-81, and lows 44-47. Minimum relative humidity will be 13-16%. Winds will be from the northwest at 8-12 mph with gusts near 25 mph. The Haines Index will remain at 6. Isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms may arrive between Thursday and Saturday. Temperatures will continue to warm into the mid-70s to mid-80s. The combination of rising temperatures, decreasing relative humidity, and increasing winds has the potential to create a Red Flag Warning later this week. Current Situation: Fire activity today was minimal to none. Fuels are drying out quickly; this will create fire spread as the week progresses. Fuel type, exposure, and...

UPDATE-Med Bow-Routt NF, Laramie RD - Closure Order No. MBR-2018-LAR-170 (Badger Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:13
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Laramie Ranger District EMERGENCY ORDER No. MBR-2018-LAR-170. The closure order was update on June 19, 2018. This order is to ensure the protection of the public and fire personnel during operations for the Badger Creek Fire. This closure order will go into effect on June 19, 2018 and remain in effect until

Flood impacts lead to road and motorized trail closures (Chequamegon Flood 2018 Flood)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:14
WASHBURN, Wis. (June 19, 2018) – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest continues to assess the damages caused by the heavy rain and flash flooding over the weekend. The Forest Service has more than 70 employees working the incident conducting initial assessments and mobilizing equipment to begin making emergency repairs to priority roads. Nearly 60 miles of Forest Service roads were damaged from the storm. The Forest has issued a Road and Trail Closure listing the roads and trails that are closed due to storm damage. The closure order and associated map will be updated daily as temporary repairs are made and roads and trails are once again safe for the public. The closure order and map can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/CNNF by clicking on Flood Updates. The Forest’s recreation areas in the impacted area remain open for business. Traditional travel routes to and from recreation areas may have been impacted in some places. For a complete list of alternative routes please visit...

Motorized Trail and Road Closures on West Side of Chequamegon-Nicolet NF (Chequamegon Flood 2018 Flood)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:58
The Forest has issued a Road and Trail Closure listing the roads and trails that are closed due to storm damage. The closure order and associated map will be updated daily as temporary repairs are made and roads and trails are once again safe for the public. The closure order and map can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/CNNF by clicking on Flood Updates. CHEQUAMEGON-NICOLET NATIONAL FOREST Rhinelander, Wisconsin Order No. 09-09-18-03 Region/Forest/District:(09/13/02) FOREST ORDER Closed Roads and Trails on National Forest System Lands – June 19, 2018 ATTACHMENT A: Roads and Trails currently closed to the public: Washburn Ranger District: Roads Closed: Forest Road 1855 Forest Road 217 (Cutacross Road) Forest Road 218 (Bearsdale Road) Forest Road 224 (Star Lake Road) Forest Road 227 (Rocky Run Road) Forest Road 228 (Pigeon Lake Road) Forest Road 239 (Ottman Road) Forest Road 368 (Horseshoe Lake Road) Forest Road 392 (Reynard Lake Road) Forest Road 394 (Pigeon Lake Road) Forest Road 397...

Burro Fire Update for June 19 (Burro Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:36
Current Situation: Our second sunny day continues the drying trend over the Burro Fire area. Smoke will become more visible as fuels smolder in the previously burned areas and flames may begin to reappear. Fire activity tends to increase soonest in those areas that receive direct sunlight, such as ridge tops. The dirt roads in the fire area dried out enough so heavy equipment was able to resume improving control lines and removing hazardous fuels along the completed dozer line. Hand crews continued constructing indirect fireline on the south side of the fire. (Indirect means the line is not along the fires edge). Weather: Forecasts indicate that temperatures will continue to rise during the week with relative humidity values moving into the lower teens by Thursday. Isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms may return on Thursday. Highs Tuesday will be 76-79 degrees. Closures and Public Safety: US Highway 550 between Durango and Silverton opened Sunday at 8 A.M. Highway...

June 19, 2018 Fire Update (Crooked Creek Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:25
06/19/2018 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 100 acres. Fire activity is minimal and burning within the current perimeter with some smoldering, creeping and backing through brush and grass. No additional growth was recorded yesterday. Yesterday, ground resources, which includes one Hotshot crew and five engine modules, completed fire line construction along the 321A road. In the southeast corner of the fire, crews constructed fire line and completed the portion that connects to the drainage bottom. Today, firefighters will continue line construction in the northern and southern perimeters of the fire, and monitor fire activity and growth. Dozer work along existing Forest Service road 9513 will continue and allow firefighters greater access to monitor the westward movement, keeping the fire within National Forest System lands. Due to the remote location and...

Red Feather Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:59
Firefighters have had great success implementing the Red Feather Prescribed Burn this March, with approximately 1,700 acres burned with the help of many partners. Snow covered the ground March 16, 2018. Additional burning will need to take place before this project is completed. Red Feather Prescribed Burn: Located north of Red Feather Lakes; east of the Crystal Lakes Subdivision.March 2018: Approximately 1,700 acres burnedLast spring 1,513 acres of the total 4,348-acre project was successfully burned.The two burn units targeted are 707 acres and 2,027 acres. Continuing the spring, we will be looking to burn the north facing slopes now that south facing slopes have been burned, significantly reducing the fire spread potential, along with blacklining. Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel...

Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:59
Update: Firefighters were able to successfully burn 25 acres of the Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn on April 19, 2018. Staff will be monitoring the burn April 20 and precipitation is expected later in the day. Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn: Located north of Highway 14, east of Rustic. Over 500 acres of this 2,027 acre burn took place between 2014 and 2016.95 acres were burned in Fall 2017. Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions. In ideal conditions, as many as 500 acres could be burned in one day. The goal of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat. Work has already taken place within this project area to help...

Buzzard Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:07
The Buzzard Fire is burning in rugged country southwest of Eagle Peak Lookout on the Reserve Ranger District of the Gila National Forest. The fire was first discovered on Tuesday, May 22. The fire is burning mainly in mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, pinion pine, juniper, and grass. Fire activity is being affected by very dry conditions, gusty winds, and the rugged terrain.

Closures (Missoula County Floods Flood)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:00
Road Closures:Kehrwald Dr. and Tower St. intersection closed to all traffic River Closures:The Clark Fork River from the Reserve Street Bridge in Missoula to Kelly Island is closed until further notice, due to dangers caused by downed power lines in the river and high water levels full of hazardous debris. The closure applies to all water-based recreation, including, but not limited to: wading, swimming, fishing, floating, boating. For more information on FWP river access site closures and restrictions visit the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is now open (Chequamegon Flood 2018 Flood)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:52
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland has re-opened this morning & road repair crews have moved on to help in other spots affected by the flooding in the area.

Rains Not Sufficient to Lift Fire Restrictions and Closures (San Antonio Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:49
Fire officials want to stress that the rains received a couple of days ago were not enough to lift the Stage III fire restrictions and closures within the Jemez Mountain area. It typically takes several rain events before the moisture saturates the ground enough to allow the vegetation to restore its dehydrated system. In others words, imagine spending all day outside doing yard work in the sun and heat, but you only get 8 ounces of water to rehydrate yourself, that amount of water just isn’t enough for your body. Firefighters continue to strengthen hand line on the steep and rocky southwestern perimeter of the San Antonio Fire. Although containment of the fire remains a high priority, the safety of 263 fire personnel is essential. Hazards include snags, fallen trees, steep and rugged terrain, and travel to and from the fire. Objectives: Firefighter and public safety; containment of the fire while protecting values at risk. Restrictions: The Valle Grande entrance station and...

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