Wildland Fire

Shovel Creek Fire Update - July 13 (Shovel Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:10
Update-Saturday, July 13, 2019Rob Allen, Incident Commander Fire Information: 907-347-6801 Email: 2019.ShovelCreek@firenet.gov Web: www.akfireinfo.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6400/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry/YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2L4Qc7MSize: 23,734 acres Containment: 30% Personnel: 621 Start Date: June 21, 2019 Cause: Lightning Yesterday, rain throughout the fire area dampened fire behavior providing a break in fire growth. Crews continued to make progress with mop-up operations on the western and southern fire lines securing the line near Murphy Dome and along portions of the 2009 Hardluck fire scar. Today, firefighters will continue mop-up along Old Murphy Dome road and the ridge line north of Perfect Perch to the Chatanika River. During mop-up operations, crews will be extinguishing remaining hot spots and smoldering embers along the fire line to secure the perimeter of the fire. During this break in fire behavior, crews have...

Hess Creek Fire Update 7/13/19 (Hess Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:03
Hess Creek Fire Update Saturday, July 13, 2019 Current Situation: The Hess Creek fire received more than an inch of rain on Friday. Although numerous areas continue to smolder on the ground beneath the canopy, the increased moisture dramatically reduced fire activity. Due to low temperatures and high moisture levels, the fire saw no increase in acreage. Firefighters continued mopping-up by extinguishing any hot spots along the southside of the Elliott Highway. By early Friday morning, several trees had fallen across the highway and were removed by firefighters. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities arrived Friday afternoon and removed several other hazardous trees along the highway that were dangerous to motorists. Firefighters continue to check on cabins and suppression equipment put in place in case fire activity increases. Fire Behavior and Weather: Weather moderated on Friday and is expected to remain cooler with more chances of precipitation through...

Nugget Creek Fire Update July 12 (Nugget Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 10:54
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Nugget Creek Fire Update July 11 (Nugget Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 10:53
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Forecaster Confidence for Potential Heavy Rain on or Near the Burn Scar (Woodbury Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 10:00
Weather Briefing for Gila, Pinal, and Maricopa County Emergency Management, and the Tonto National Forest, in Support of the Woodbury Burn Scar Forecaster Confidence for Potential Heavy Rain on or Near the Burn Scar Issued: Saturday July 13, 2019 @ 2:00 AM MST Expert Assessment - Today An isolated thunderstorm is possible today though the threat for heavy rainfall is minimal. Expert Assessment - Tomorrow through Wednesday A few storms may drift over the burn area Sunday afternoon though heavy rainfall is probably unlikely. Drier air sweeps into the area much of next week with heavy rainfall

East Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 21:58
The East Fire was reported by Anthony Peak Lookout June 17 at 4 p.m. The lightning-caused fire is located approximately 23 miles northeast of Covelo, Calif. It is burning in the 2008 Yellow Fire within the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness. Fire managers have developed a confinement strategy for managing the fire. Incident Commander Terry Warlick says, “The Mendocino National Forest has guidance to permit lightning fires to play, as nearly as possible their natural and ecological role within the wilderness to reduce unnatural accumulation of fuels as well as decrease exposure and risk to fire personnel. With firefighter and public safety at the forefront, we are managing this incident toward an outcome which will help improve forest health, protect wilderness characteristics and reduce the potential for a high severity wildfire in this area in the future.”

7.12.19 Final Blue Ridge Fire Update (Blue Ridge Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 21:52
Malheur National Forest Incident Command Team Type 3 Rick Snodgrass-Incident Commander This will be the last Fire Update Friday, July 12, 2019 Fire: Blue Ridge Fire Containment: 100% Acres: 667 Start Date: July 3, 2019 Cause: Lightning Location: 4 miles NW of Flagtail Lookout Total Personnel: 40 Fuels/Topography: timber Type of resources: 1 crew and 6 engines. Today: Fire size 667 acres: Crews and engines continue to monitor the area and continuing mop up efforts. The fire is fully contained. Some resources have started the demobilization process; with demobilization continuing as resources are no longer needed. Tomorrow: Fire management will transition to a Type 4 team as of end of shift July 12, 2019. The crews will build upon the mop up efforts of the Type 3 team over the coming week. Smoke: The fire will continue to produce smoke for several days as interior pockets of fuel are consumed. Closures: Temporary road closures in effect for public and fire staff safety...

SHADY FIRE UPDATE (7/12/19) (Shady Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 21:06
SHADY FIRE UPDATE The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at MODERATE Fire Danger. July 12, 2019 The lightning caused Shady Fire was reported the evening of July 10. The fire is located approximately two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. The fire is estimated at 550 acres burning in subalpine fir and lodgepole pine. The fire is primarily burning in Shady and Casto Creeks. The Ramshorn Type II Wildland Fire Module and two (2) engines are assigned to the fire. Due to heavy fuel loading, active fire behavior, and the presence of numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. The Shady Fire is being managed with a point protection strategy to minimize exposure to fire personnel while protecting identified values. Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards values, with the priority of fire mangers being to provide for employee and public safety while...

Bear Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 18:36
The lightning-caused Bear Fire is approximately 300 acres, burning on National Forest System lands on the Black Range Ranger District, Sierra County, NM. This fire was reported on July 9 and is burning in Indian Peaks in an area that had prescribed fire last year. This fire is demonstrating low to moderate fire behavior. Crews have been working in the field prepping around range improvements. They were also doing small burn out operations on the northwest, north, and northeast to create a buffer between the fire and the El Paso Electric lines. Reminder: Burnout operations put up a great deal of smoke.

Evacuation Reduction Update (Shovel Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 15:26
Firefighters have successfully connected line from Old Murphy Dome Rd to the Chatanika River. As mop up continues along the fire perimeter coupled with higher humidity and rain, the Pacific Northwest Team 2, managing the fire, has recommended that the Fairbanks North Star Borough reduce evacuation levels. The neighborhoods that have previously been in LEVEL 2 (Set), including McCloud, Martin and Perfect Perch are being reduced to LEVEL 1 (Ready). The neighborhoods that have previously been in LEVEL 1 (Ready) including the Chatanika River corridor, Drouin, Hardluck, Moose Mountain, Coyote Jones, Hattie Creek, Lincoln Creek, Murphy and Vancouver neighborhoods will no longer be in an evacuation zone. While the evacuation levels have been lowered in the neighborhoods, the risk to both firefighter and public safety remains our number one priority. Firefighting and residential traffic will continue in the area. Please drive with headlights on and reduce speeds. Evacuation Reentry...

Canyonlands Fire July 12 Morning Update (Canyonlands Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:52
Current Situation: The majority of yesterday’s fire activity occurred within the interior of the Canyonlands Fire. A storm cell yesterday afternoon increased winds, so pockets of available fuel within the interior of the fire were consumed.Also, helicopter water bucket drops were effective in limiting the spread of the fire. The size of the fire maintained at approximately 40 acres and remains on Bureau of Land Management lands. No structures are threatened at this time. The San Juan and Wyoming Hot Shot crews joined the Boulder County Type 2 Crew with firefighting efforts on the ground yesterday. Indirect line construction began on the northwest flank of the fire, taking advantage of natural features that give the best opportunity for successfully holding the line. A full-suppression strategy is guiding fire management operations. Two helicopters, one large Type 1 and a smaller Type 3 ship, will be continuing aerial support with water bucket drops throughout the day as needed,...

Shady Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:21
The lightning caused Shady Fire was reported the evening of July 10. The fire is located approximately two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Due to heavy fuel loading, active fire behavior, and the presence of numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. The Shady Fire is being managed with a point protection strategy to minimize exposure to fire personnel while protecting identified values. Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards values, with the priority of fire mangers being to provide for employee and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include mining and Forest Service infrastructure. Firefighters are actively implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued...

Leamington Pass Wildfire (Leamington Pass Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:19
The Leamington Pass wildfire, burning one mile north of Leamington Pass, is currently 250 acres and 30 percent contained. Crews are making good progress this morning. A Red Flag Warning is in effect in the area of the fire, due to dry thunderstorms and gusty winds.Resources assigned to the fire include two hotshot crews, three engines and one helicopter. There are no closures in effect and no structures are

WARNING: Hazardous trees along the Elliott Highway (Hess Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:13
Due to the Hess Creek Fire, several burned and hazardous trees have fallen across the highway. The public should use caution and drive slowly between MP

Hess Creek Fire Update 7/12/19 (Hess Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:06
Hess Creek Fire Update Friday, July 12, 2019Current Situation: The two spot fires that crossed the Elliott Highway on Tuesday grew by five additional acres by the time firefighters finished constructing line Thursday evening. Suppression efforts were impeded by hazardous trees, which continued to fall across the fire line. Firefighters not engaged in full suppression of these spots on the southside of the road focused their attention on monitoring and assessing fire activity around the cabins directly in the path of the fire. Additional resources arrived yesterday to bolster firefighting presence along the Elliott Highway and pick up any spot fires that may occur.The fire continues to creep down the south side of Amy Dome through a leafy, forested area. Most of Thursday’s growth occurred along the southeast corner. The fire crossed the Tolovana River approximately 7 miles northeast of the Elliott Highway and is approximately 2-½ miles from the Colorado Creek Trailhead. Due to...

Julye 12, 2019: Continued Progress and Increased Containment (Montana Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:01
Mop-up efforts continue on the Montana Creek and Malaspina Fires. Crews have cold-trailed 200 feet in from the containment line on Montana Creek and 100 feet in on the Malaspina Fire. Operations Chief trainee Aaron Rowe walked the entire perimeter of the Montana Creek Fire on Thursday and reported seeing little, if any open flames in the interior. A flight using an Unmanned Aerial System was also used to identify hotspots that might not be visible from the ground. Using UAS technology not only delivers aerial photographs of areas that may be otherwise inaccessible, it also decreases exposure to risk inherent in using manned aircraft.While the cooler weather and increased moisture have contributed to the success of suppressing these fires, it is important to keep in mind that the fire danger remains high. Fire restrictions remain in effect and everyone's cooperation is needed in order to protect your communities and resources. Team 12 remains available to assist with any new fires that...

Rocky Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:29
The lightning-caused Rocky Fire began on July 8, 2019 and is burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Gila National Forest. This plan is to continue prepping Trail #74 to the west for Forest Road

Rocky Fire & South Fire for July 12, 2019 (South Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:29
Rocky Fire Incident Start Date: July 8, 2019 Cause: Lightning Acres: ~85 Containment: 0% Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, heavy dead/down on the ground Strategy: Continue to scout Trail #741 and #74 to evaluate the necessity to prep and protect private property at Cooney and Terry Canyon. Incident Commander: A. James, ICT3 South Fire Incident Start Date: June 29, 2019 Cause: Lightning Acres: ~2,330 Containment: 0% Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, heavy dead/down on the ground Strategy: Monitor via lookouts and aerial reconnaissance Incident Commander: A. James, ICT3 Summary: Helicopter reconnaissance shows that these naturally-ignited fires are doing good things for the land. They are exhibiting low to moderate fire behavior. These fires will enhance the land’s ability to support the natural role of fire. The fire management officers will continue to look at management opportunities to direct the fire around...

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