Wildland Fire

Aug 20 Fire Update (Surprise Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:45
COUGAR AND SURPRISE CREEK FIRE UPDATEAugust 20, 2018 Public Information for Cougar & Surprise Creek Fire: 208-265-8058 Public Information for Northern Idaho Panhandle Fire Information: 208-557-8813 Fire: Cougar Fire Cause: Lightning July 27, 2018 Acres: 5,524 acres Location: N. Idaho. Nearby towns include Hope and Clark Fork, ID The fire remained moderately active with rollouts and short-range spotting. Crews will continue to hold and mop up along the Porcupine Creek fuel break. The fire on the east side of Lightning Creek continues to hold significant heat, but further spread has been minimal. Fire crews will install a hose lay along the east of Lightning Creek Road from the fire edge south to Trapper Creek in case the fire tries to flank southwest and cross Lightning Creek. Aviation will continue to slow the fire spread with bucket drops as visibility allows. Fire managers continue coordination with the Kootenai National Forest as the fire progresses eastward, and...

Gusty winds, rain and hail predicted over Goldstone and Beaver Creek Fires (Goldstone Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:40
General Information: The Incident Management Team will host a community meeting for the Goldstone and Beaver Creek Fires at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 21, at the Wisdom Community Building in Wisdom, Montana. A second community meeting will be hosted in Salmon, Idaho, on Wednesday. More information regarding the Salmon meeting will be shared in a future news release. Goldstone Fire Operations: The Goldstone Fire has burned 1,403 acres onto the Salmon-Challis National Forest at 8000-ft elevation, approximately ½-1 mile north of Kenney Creek Road. Firefighters in this area continue to scout for natural and cultural resource values that may become impacted by the Goldstone Fire. The majority of the fire (7,788 acres) continues to burn on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, although firefighters are making good progress on the north, east and south sides of the fire. Sustained high humidities and rainfall continue to moderate fire activity. To the north, crews are working to...

2018-08-20-Smoke Outlook North Columbia Basin (Crescent Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:15
Fire Red Flag warning today and tonight due to low relative humidity and gusty east-northeast winds. Winds will increase today after inversion lift. This should aid in clearing heavy, pooled smoke in the lower valleys and provide good visibility for air operations. The combination of gusty winds and dry conditions will also lead to more active fire behavior today. Smoke Increasing winds today from a recent cold front passage. Winds will clear out much of the smoke in the forecast area but there will still be lingering smoke throughout the day. More active fire behavior on local fires could produce more smoke in communities closest to the fires. Smoke will settle back into the valleys in the evening but not as thick as yesterday. Overall air quality will improve for all forecast areas today and tomorrow. Other An "Air Quality Alert" has been posted for the forecast area. Unhealthy air will be common in all forecast areas. Under these air quality...

August 20, 2018 Update (Cabin Lake Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:12
Cabin Lake Fire Information Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/ Aug. 20, 2018 9 a.m. Evacuations and Closures Information ● Rio Blanco County Dispatch (970) 878-9600 ● Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s App and Facebook www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/ ● Rio Blanco County alerts www.co.rio-blanco.co.us/298/Rio-Blanco-Alerts-Reverse-911 Fire Information Phone: (970) 364-6112 Email: CabinLakeFire2018@gmail.com Facebook: CabinLakeFire Maps and GIS products: https://go.usa.gov/xUe2R Quick Facts Structures: No structures have been lost or damaged. Forty-six residences and 81 other structures are threatened.Fire size: 6,072 acres and 53% containedLocation: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, COStart date July 29, 2018 Cause unknown and under investigationTotal personnel: 497Previous operational period: The Cabin Lake Fire had minimal spread throughout the day. Firefighters...

2018-08-20-Smoke Outlook North Columbia Basin (McLeod Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:11
Fire Red Flag warning today and tonight due to low relative humidity and gusty east-northeast winds. Winds will increase today after inversion lift. This should aid in clearing heavy, pooled smoke in the lower valleys and provide good visibility for air operations. The combination of gusty winds and dry conditions will also lead to more active fire behavior today. Smoke Increasing winds today from a recent cold front passage. Winds will clear out much of the smoke in the forecast area but there will still be lingering smoke throughout the day. More active fire behavior on local fires could produce more smoke in communities closest to the fires. Smoke will settle back into the valleys in the evening but not as thick as yesterday. Overall air quality will improve for all forecast areas today and tomorrow. Other An "Air Quality Alert" has been posted for the forecast area. Unhealthy air will be common in all forecast areas. Under these air quality...

8/20 Natchez Fire Update (Natchez Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:10
8/20 Natchez Fire UpdateCommunity Meeting: There will be a Fire Information meeting at 6:00pm Tuesday evening, August 21, 2018 at the Grange in Happy Camp, CA. Weather: It will be partly cloudy, warm and dry with areas of smoke. SW to NW terrain-driven winds at 0 to 4 mph will prevail across the fire during the afternoon with winds continuing to shift northeasterly along ridges overnight. Ridgetop winds will be SW to NW at 3-7 mph with gusts up to 10 mph. An upper level low pressure system is predicted to move in Monday through Wednesday. There is a chance of a thunderstorm later in the week. Max temperatures are forecasted to be 82 to 92 degrees. Yesterday’s Activities: Patrol and mop-up occurred along the primary fireline from the South Fork Indian Creek to the southern tip of the fire. Low intensity hand firing continued to secure the primary fire line on the south part of the fire. Patrol and mop-up around the structures in this area also occurred. Fallers and heavy...

August 20, 2018 Fire Updates Cougar Ck, Lost & Bannock Lakes (Eng/Spanish) (Cougar Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:02
Acreage: 38,023 Containment: 35 percent Personnel: 1,070 A community fire information briefing is planned for 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Plain Community Church, 12565 Chapel Drive in Plain, Washington. Fire officials will provide information about operations, as well as current and projected fire behavior. Cougar Creek Fire: A change in prevailing winds pushed the fire in a southwesterly direction Saturday night and Sunday, leading to a Level 1 (BE READY) Advisory Notification for areas west of the Cougar Creek Fire. While smoke continues to be a major concern, and limits the use of aircraft in fighting fire, it did have a moderating effect on fire behavior and temperatures yesterday. On the eastern flank of the fire, crews continued with mop-up and structure protection. To the west, firefighters were actively engaged along the primary containment lines while continuing to construct and improve alternate and contingency lines. With today’s Red Flag Warning for ridgetop winds,...

Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires Daily Update - August 20 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:54
Community Meetings Cave Junction - Monday, August 20, 6 p.m at Illinois Valley High School, 625 E River St., Cave Junction, OR Agness - Monday, August 20, 6 p.m. at the Agness Community Library, 3905 Cougar Lane. Agness, OR Gold Beach - Tuesday, August 21, 6 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds in the Curry Showcase Building, 29392 Ellensburg Avenue, Gold Beach, OR Weather Today will be another critical fire weather day, with temperatures climbing into the 80s, relative humidities falling into the high teens to lower 20 percent range, and northeast wind gusts of 20 mph or higher in the afternoon. Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire East The Alaska Incident Management Team is managing Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire East. Firefighters working day and night have made progress, shown by a spike in containment on both fires today. Containment on the Taylor Creek Fire rose from 61 to 79 percent Sunday while containment on the Klondike Fire increased from 15 to 28...

Boyds Fire Update - August 20, 2018 (Boyds Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:53
Kettle Falls, WA - The Boyds Fire is located 3 miles west of Kettle Falls, WA. The footprint of the fire remains 3249 acres and is currently 49 percent contained. The fire continues to burn in grass, brush and timber. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Yesterday, crews continued burn operations along the west side of the fire line. Work completed over the last few days is being monitored through the night, with crews mopping up hot spots and flareups. Crews continued mopping up on the east side of the fire along Highway 20 and much of this area is in patrol status. Crews have continued to secure the containment line along Nancy Creek by installing hose lays and sprinklers. Today, crews will continue prepping an indirect firing line along the western edge of the fire. Masticators, excavators, feller bunchers and other heavy equipment will be used to strengthen containment lines. These lines will be tested throughout the day by dry, northeasterly winds. Preparations are...

August 20, 2018 Air Quality/Smoke Report (Rabbit Foot Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:44
Fire and Weather Current fire acreage is 34,51 and 3% contained. A moist and very unstable air mass has entered the central Idaho mountains. RED FLAG WARNING today for outflow winds from thunderstorms and lightning. T-storms expected as early as 9AM but the strongest and heaviest precipitation with possible hail will occur after 4PM. Thunderstorms expected into late evening with outflow wind gusts as high as 50 mph. Between T-storms light NE winds expected. A high level of lightning activity is expected. Low fire activity expected on the Rabbit Foot fire on Monday due to higher humidity and possible rain. Tuesday expect weaker, drier storm activity and light winds shifting to SW. Fire activity could pick up slightly on Tuesday due to drier conditions and possible lightning strikes. Smoke Forecast for Challis and Salmon Smoke from local fires should be light in the area on Monday due to higher relative humidity and fuel moisture. Clearing after the inversion lifts around 10AM. However...

Hirz Fire Update August 20, 2018 morning (Hirz Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:43
Public Meeting: There will be a public meeting today, August 20th at 6pm at the McCloud High School located at 133 Campus Way, McCloud, CA 96057. Current Fire Situation: Overnight, fire crews continued firing operations off of Bucks Peak, working south along the constructed dozer line towards Old Mill Road and west towards Middle Salt Creek to protect residences. This strategic firing is progressing slowly to ensure fire behavior is moderated and controlled. The fire will back away from ignition operations, creating a wide black line along the perimeter of the fire. Another tool that firefighters may use over the next few days is an aerial firing technique called Plastic Sphere Dispenser. This enables the ignition of low-intensity fire in areas that are otherwise inaccessible and will be used to burn out interior portions of the fire area. In the northeast, the fire is moving north towards Nawtawaket Mountain and High Mountain. Firing operations around the Bollibokka Fishing Club,...

Kettle River Fire Update - August 20, 2018 (Kettle River Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:41
We continue our efforts to “right size” the resources assigned to the Kettle River Fire. During wildfires such as the Kettle River Fire, agency administrators and incident managers make choices to minimize the risk and focus on areas where firefighters can be the most effective. In keeping with that theme, many of the resources have been re-assigned to fires where there is a greater need such as the Tillman Surprise Fire near Loomis, WA. Many of the homeowners and citizens in this community have asked what they can do to help firefighters deal with wildland fires. The biggest help you can give a firefighter is to create a defensible space around your home or other structures. Taking individual responsibility to reduce flammable materials around homes and communities before a fire occurs can help the public and firefighters be safe. Although we understand that there is an inherent risk to what we do as firefighters, no human life is worth a home or structure; we will not put...

Public Meeting - McCloud, CA (Hirz Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:41
Public Meeting: There will be a public meeting today, August 20th at 6pm at the McCloud High School located at 133 Campus Way, McCloud, CA 96057. Current

Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires Daily Update - August 20 (Taylor Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:38
Public Meetings:Cave Junction - Monday, August 20, 6 p.m at Illinois Valley High School, 625 E River St., Cave Junction, OR Agness - Monday, August 20, 6 p.m. at the Agness Community Library, 3905 Cougar Lane. Agness, OR Gold Beach - Tuesday, August 21, 6 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds in the Curry Showcase Building, 29392 Ellensburg Avenue, Gold Beach, OR Weather Today will be another critical fire weather day, with temperatures climbing into the 80s, relative humidities falling into the high teens to lower 20 percent range, and northeast wind gusts of 20 mph or higher in the afternoon. Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire East The Alaska Incident Management Team is managing Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire East. Firefighters working day and night have made progress, shown by a spike in containment on both fires today. Containment on the Taylor Creek Fire rose from 61 to 79 percent Sunday while containment on the Klondike Fire increased from 15 to 28...

Miriam Fire Update August 20, 2018 (Miriam Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:37
Miriam Fire Update Fire Information Line: 360-481-0031 August 20, 2018 – 9 a.m. Acres: Miriam Fire – 3,146; Clear Fork Fire - 20 Percent Containment: 30% Start Date: 07/30/18 Personnel/Resources: 1-Type 2 IA hand crew, 3-Type 2 hand crews, 2-camp crews, 1-heavy lift helicopter, 1-medium lift helicopter, 1-light lift helicopter, 14-engines, 1-dozer, 8-water tenders, 2-masticators and 1-forwarder processor for 323 total personnel. Resources are being demobilized after the standard fire assignment length of 14 operational periods. Fire managers are concerned with the amount of large, active wildfires in Oregon and Washington, replacement resources maybe difficult to obtain. It is a critical time in the fire season where limited resources must be shared throughout the region. Location: Two miles east of White Pass Ski Area, within the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Naches Ranger District, 13 miles east of Packwood, WA. Cause: Lightning Values at Risk: White Pass area and ski resort;...

Bacon Rind Fire update 8-20-2018 (Bacon Rind Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:37
Summary: Fire behavior was low Sunday, due to cloud cover in the afternoon. No significant change in acreage was noted. The fire is located near the west side of Highway 191. Highway 191 is open with no traffic delays yesterday. Pilot car assistance, with short delays through the fire area, is possible if needed today or in the future. The speed limit on Highway 191 is reduced to 45 MPH through the fire area. The fire and smoke are visible along the roadway. Please be cautious when driving along the road and be alert for firefighters and their vehicles. Stop only in open designated pullouts. A community meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 22nd @ 7:00 pm at the Community Protestant Church, 505 N Electric Street, West Yellowstone, MT. Fire Managers will give an overview and update of the Bacon Rind Fire. Decisions to manage or suppress fires are dependent on numerous factors including risk to firefighting resources, public safety,...

Tenmile Fire and Sterling Complex Fire Update (Tenmile Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:36
Summary: After eight days, crews and heavy equipment working in thick timber have contained 23% of the Huckleberry/ Cliff and Pinkham Tower fires’ perimeter; this despite 121 new acres of growth, occurring mostly on the Huckleberry Fire. Two additional hand crews and engines are arriving to bolster suppression capacity. Their expertise will enable critical burning operations that will increase containment. The number of resources working on the Tenmile Fire and Sterling Complex fires is staring to peak with nearly 300 firefighters supporting the fires. There are 32 pieces of equipment, which include feller-bunchers, skidders, skidgens, water tenders and masticators and four hand crews that are working with 12 engines and two helicopters to deliver water. As a team, this complement of resources are proving to be very effective in the thick timber that continues to torch and occasionally create new spot fires. Weather: A cold front will pass over the fire area this morning. This...

August 20, 2018 Daily Update for the Rabbit Foot Fire (Rabbit Foot Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:24
Fire StatisticsStart: August 2, 2018 Cause: Lightning Location: 22 miles north of Challis IdahoFire Size: 34,512 acres Containment: 0%Resources:Crews 12 Engines 46 Dozers 10 Water Tenders 12 Helicopters 7 Total Personnel: 651Injuries (to date): 3 Structure Destroyed: 0Management: Type 1 Great Basin Incident Management Team 2 Summary: Engagement of firefighters was limited yesterday due to an intermittent failure of the primary radio system. The system was tested extensively and technicians believe that the problem has been identified and solutions are being implemented. Further testing is ongoing and firefighters are expected to re-engage today. The safety of fire personnel and the public is our primary concern and communication is a cornerstone of insuring that safety. Due to the volatility of the fuels and the difficult terrain, a full suppression strategy and indirect tactics has been implemented as the best option for successful containment and control. Strategy and tactics are...

Incident Update 8-20-18 (Kelly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:14
Republic, WA – Mop up operations will continue as fire crews will focus on remaining hotspots, primarily at the head of the fire. Chipping of branches and small woody debris is expected to be completed by the end of the day. Tenders will be driving up and down N. Fork Trout Creek Road and Rose Valley Road to supply water for mop up operations. Yield to tenders on the road, use caution while driving in the area and respect the closed road sign at the Empire Sno-Park. The Kelly Mountain Fire started at approximately 11:00am on August 11th and was a part of eleven lightning and storm related fires reported in the Republic/Curlew/Toroda area. Local resources from US Forest Service, Washington State Department of Natural Resources along with private contractors responded to the Kelly Mountain fire that grew rapidly due to strong winds and extremely dry conditions. The fire is located south of Kelly Mountain, approximately 12 miles north of Republic. There are no structures or...

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