Wildland Fire

Gate Mountain Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 14:37
The Gate Mountain Fire was reported on Friday, April 13, 2018 at approximately 5:00 PM. It is located south of SR 259 near Fulks Run on Gate Mountain in Rockingham County, VA. The estimated acreage is 1,040 acres as of April 17, 2018. The area received three inches of rain April 15, and is now being monitored.The Virginia Department of Forestry and USDA Forest Service are cooperating on this incident with a total of 34 personnel assigned to the fire.

Final Update and Accomplishments on Area 74 Prescribed Burn (Area 74 Prescribed Burn Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 13:33
Truth or Consequences, NM, May 14, 2018—For Immediate Release. The Area 74 Prescribed Burn, on the Black Range Ranger District, began ignitions on Monday, May 7 and ended ignition operations on Wednesday, May 9. In those three days, approximately 7,800 acres were burned. All personnel on the fire converted to holding operations – which include monitoring the burnt areas and ensuring the fire remains within the planned boundaries. These hard-working firefighters held the fire all weekend, despite wind gusts up to 40 mph. The planned area was a mosaic of first entry prescribed fire to fourth entry prescribed fire. The varied terrain and vegetation types offered a wide variety of opportunity for fire on the landscape and will provide many opportunities in the future for monitoring and learning more about how these vegetation types rebound post-fire. The burn had approximately 100 firefighters, including the Silver City Hot Shots, the Escondido Wildland Fire Use Module, smoke...

Big Cypress National Preserve reopens Loop Road (AVIAN COMPLEX Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 13:08
Big Cypress National Preserve reopens Loop RoadOCHOPEE, Fla. (May 14, 2018) – The Big Cypress National Preserve has reopened Loop Road, which was previously closed due to impacts from the Curlew Wildfire. All other closures remain in place. For more information, please call (305) 229-6659 or email BICYFireInfo@gmail.com. Follow us on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5750, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigCypressNPS and Twitter at

Big Cypress National Preserve reopens Loop Road (Flamingo Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:49
Big Cypress National Preserve reopens Loop RoadOCHOPEE, Fla. (May 14, 2018) – The Big Cypress National Preserve has reopened Loop Road, which was previously closed due to impacts from the Curlew Wildfire. All other closures remain in place. For more information, please call (305) 229-6659 or email BICYFireInfo@gmail.com. Follow us on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5750, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigCypressNPS and Twitter at

2018-5-14 Update Mallard (and McDannald) Fire (Mallard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:33
The Mallard and McDannald Fires are being managed by the Southern Area Red Incident Management Team in unified command with the Texas A&M Forest Service. Mike Dueitt (Red Team Incident Commander) joined Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Commander Rich Gray in unified command of the Mallard Fire on Saturday May 12 at 0700. The Mallard Fire started on Tuesday May 8. The fire is located on the JA Ranch and in Mulberry Canyon to the north. The fire is burning in rugged terrain with cedar, mesquite and grass for fuel. Mallard Fire Size: 74,464 acresContainment: 20%Location: Approximately 25 miles southeast of Amarillo 5-6 miles southeast of Claude, Texas in Armstrong CountyStart Date: May 8, 2018Cause: UnknownLarge helicopters: 4 Small helicopters: 2 Single-engine air tankers: 5Engines: 45Dozers: 6Hand Crews: 3Total Personnel: 340 Yesterday’s Activities: The fire grew by approximately 4,000 acres between Saturday and Sunday. Dozers, engines and handcrews continued constructing...

Pitcha Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:21
Spring 2018 Pitcha Prescribed FireThe West Zone of the Superior National Forest has started to conduct several Prescribed Fires this month. The purpose of the Pitcha Units is fuels reduction and ecosystem management. The units have an over story of red and white pine with a mix of white spruce, jack pine, aspen and paper birch in the understory and mid story. Balsam fire and brush species were cut from the under story, crushed, and burned. Units 1, 2, and 3 were burned in 2016. Crews anticipate re-burning these units this spring if the right conditions develop.A second prescribed fire will clear more surface fuels to mineral soil enabling the tap roots of young pine to flourish. The mature pines will continue to seed, producing their successors. Historically, surface fires cleared underbrush leaving thicker-barked pine forests. These prescribed fires will create fire resistant forest stands that can reduce the intensity of future landscape wildfires.Precise ignition methods will be...

Brimson Area Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 09:38
Spring 2018 Brimson Area Prescribed FireThe West Zone of the Superior National Forest has started to conduct several Prescribed Fires this month. Prescribed fire is not new to many residents in the Brimson Area. Fire is part of the boreal forest ecosystem. There are several Forest management objectives that will be met by using prescribed fire in these areas. In the County Line unit, which is a thinned red pine stand, the objective is to use fire to remove needles and other surface litter and balsam fir to create and maintain a more open understory that will reduce the potential for a fire to start and spread. The other prescribed fires will meet Forest management objectives for fuels reduction along with site preparation for reforestation needs. Prescribed fire treatments also create a patchwork or mosaic of fire-resistant forest stands in the landscape that can reduce intensity of future wildfires. Precise ignition methods will be utilized to start the fires and natural and/or...

May 14, 2018 Conditions in line for further prescribed fire ignitions (2018 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 09:30
Malheur National Forest fire crews, plan to conduct additional prescribed fire operations, starting as early as today, Monday, May 14. Blue Mountain Ranger District crews will be working on approximately 600 acres in the Damon project area, located in the vicinity of Seneca. Crews on Emigrant Creek Ranger District will continue in the Silvies project area, located north of Burns, where crews anticipate accomplishing about 900 acres of treatment. Burning operations may have some short-term impacts on air quality levels. Fire personnel will work closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry in accordance with State Smoke Management Plans to insure that smoke impacts on the local communities are minimized. As compared to wildfires, prescribed fires are shorter in duration and are conducted under weather conditions to minimize the impacts of smoke on the public. Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing health conditions and those who are particularly sensitive to...

Avian Complex Daily Update May 14, 2018 (AVIAN COMPLEX Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 08:16
May 14, 2018 Avian Complex 82,461 acres, 5% contained, 338 personnel, 7 helicopters, 3 single engine air tankers and 19 engines Buzzard Fire: 62,404 acres, 8% contained Flamingo Fire: 11,689 acres, 5% contained Curlew Fire: 8,366 acres, 15% contained Vulture Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained Caracara Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained Previous operational period: The Flamingo and Buzzard Fires continued spreading to the south and west in the morning. However, all fires in the complex became inactive as heavy rain moved into the area. Planned action: Up to an inch of rain today will further slow fire spread. However, it will take extended periods of moisture to recover from the prolonged drought and put out the fires. Crews will work on removing hazards such as downed trees and debris along roads and trails. Smoke impacts: Although rain yesterday led to decreased smoke, roads could still be impacted. Fire weather: Scattered showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms are expected this week....

Woods Fire Final Update 5/14/2018 (Woods Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 07:58
Woods Fire Update May 14, 2018 Final Update Location: NW of Woods Canyon Lake Cause: Human caused, under investigation Resources: 70 Personnel Percent containment: 25% Start date: May 11, 2018 Size: 103 acres Incident Commander (IC): Joshua Salazar - IC Trainee: Matthew Sigg Fire activity: The Woods Fire was discovered at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11 near Forest Road 195 northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District. Driven by strong winds, The Woods Fire quickly spread to the north/northeast until it entered the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn, which immediately slowed the fire’s northern progress. Local community, county, state, and federal fire crews worked through the night Friday to complete a line around the fire. Under the management of Type 3 Incident Commander, Ben Plumb, crews focused on reinforcing the established line and mopping up where possible through the weekend. Despite the high winds, the fire was...

Woods Fire Daily Update - 5/13/2018 (Woods Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 17:55
Crews battle high winds to contain fire Location: NW of Woods Canyon Lake Cause: under investigation Percent containment: 25% Start date: Friday, May 11, 2018 discovered at 2:00 p.m. Size: 103 acres Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass understory Resources: 130 Personnel Incident Commander: Ben Plumb Fire activity: Saturday, crews continued to wrestle high winds for control of the fire, not only succeeding in holding the lines but achieving 25% containment. Today crews are focused on strengthening the lines where the fire is most active, and mopping up along containment lines. Lower wind speeds and cooler temperatures are providing relief and facilitating the crews in their efforts. Weather: Breezy, dry conditions continue today and are expected through the coming week with highs hovering around 70 degrees. Safety: Visitors are reminded to drive with caution in the fire area and to be alert for fire traffic. Forest Road 195 was already affected...

2018-5-13 Update Mallard (and McDannald) Fire (Mallard Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:01
The Mallard and McDannald Fires are being managed by the Southern Area Red Incident Management Team in unified command with the Texas A&M Forest Service. Mike Dueitt (Red Team Incident Commander) joined Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Commander Rich Gray in unified command of the Mallard Fire on Saturday May 12 at 0700. Mallard Fire Size: 69,057 acres Containment: 15% Location: Approximately 25 miles southeast of Amarillo 10 miles south of Claude, Texas in Armstrong County Start Date: May 8, 2018 Cause: Unknown Large helicopters: 4 Small helicopters: 1 Single-engine air tankers: 5 Engines: 31 Dozers: 6 Total Personnel: 277 The Mallard Fire started on Tuesday May 8. The fire is located on the JA Ranch and in Mulberry Canyon to the north. The fire is burning in rugged terrain with cedar, mesquite and grass for fuel. Yesterday’s Activities: The fire grew by 13,000 acres between Friday and Saturday. A solid anchor point from which to construct...

Public Meeting (Missoula County Floods Flood)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:00
PUBLIC MEETINGMonday, May 14 at 6:00 PMHawthorn School, 2835 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT

Avian Complex Daily Update May 13, 2018 (AVIAN COMPLEX Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 10:27
May 13, 2018 Avian Complex 81,458 acres, 5% contained, 339 personnel, 8 helicopters, 3 single engine air tankers, 3 fixed wing aircraft and 19 engines Buzzard Fire: 61,477 acres, 8% contained Flamingo Fire: 11,640 acres, 5% contained Curlew Fire: 8,339 acres, 15% contained Vulture Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained Caracara Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained Previous operational period: The Flamingo and Buzzard Fires were active yesterday with moderate growth. Smoke from both fires impacted roadways in the surrounding area last night and again this morning. Crews observed little fire activity on the Curlew Fire and continued mop-up operations along Loop Road. The Vulture and Caracara Fires remained inactive. Planned action: The probability for 1-2 inches of rain in the next 24 hours will slow fire spread and moderate fire behavior. However, it will take extended periods of moisture to recover from the extended drought. Similar to yesterday, crews will resume strategic firing...

Pinery Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 20:11
Update from National Park Service: Chiricahua National Monument has been evacuated and the park is closed. The human-caused Pinery Fire was first reported Saturday, May 12th, around 1:30pm, in Cochise County. The fire started on private land, moved onto the Chiricahua National Monument, and has since moved northward onto the Coronado National Forest. The fire is estimated to be about 675 acres and is burning through dry vegetation, including grasses and brush, 29 miles SE of Wilcox. The fire is under joint command of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the National Park Service, and the Coronado National Forest. Multiple aircraft have been ordered, including 5 SEATS, 4 heavies, 3 helos, AA, and a lead plane. Seven engines, 2 IA crews, and 2 hotshot crews are working on the ground trying to stop forward progress. Additional resources have been ordered, including four more hotshot crews. The exact source of the fire is under

Woods Fire – May 12, 2018 (Woods Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 17:46
United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests 30 S Chiricahua Drive Springerville, AZ 85938 (928) 333-6280 Web: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf Twitter: @A_SNFs www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnf News Release Media Contact: Debbie Roznovak (928) 535-7300Location: NW of Woods Canyon Lake Cause: under investigation Percent containment: 0%Start date: Friday, May 11, 2018 discovered at 2:00 p.m. Size: 103 acres Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass understory Resources: 130 Personnel Incident Commander: Ben Plumb Fire activity: The Woods Fire was discovered at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12 near Forest Road 195 just west/northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District. The wind driven Woods Fire quickly spread to the north/northeast until it entered the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn, which immediately slowed the fire’s northern progress. Air tanker and water drops were not available due to the high winds....

Woods Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 16:29
The Woods Fire was discovered at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12 near Forest Road 195 just west/northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District. The wind driven Woods Fire quickly spread to the north/northeast until it entered the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn, which immediately slowed the fires northern progress. Air tanker and water drops were not available due to high winds, so ground crews focused energy on the west and east flank of the fire tying the lines together within the Alder prescribed burn. The fire was fully lined late Friday evening.

Containment Grows on Human-Caused Viewpoint Fire (Viewpoint Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 16:08
CONTAINMENT GROWS ON HUMAN-CAUSED VIEWPOINT FIRE Phoenix, AZ (5/12/18) - Firefighters are making excellent progress on the Viewpoint Fire and have the blaze 80% contained. Over the next few days, firefighters will monitor the fire’s perimeter to ensure stability under the windy conditions. They will also patrol for hot spots and continue with mop up efforts. Investigators confirmed Friday’s fast-moving fire is human caused, however, the source of the fire has not yet been determined. Yesterday’s fire destroyed two homes in the Poquito Valley-area, 12 structures, four RV travel trailers, and six vehicles. Roughly 140 firefighters remain assigned to Viewpoint. The Viewpoint Fire started late Friday morning and quickly ran through dry grasses and brush with help from the gusty winds. Firefighters had forward progress stopped on the fire around 4:30 pm, roughly five hours after the initial report was called into the Arizona Interagency Dispatch Center. As a reminder, Stage II...

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