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Kelsey Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:58
The Kelsey Fire was reported on September 9, 2017 after a passing storm producing lightning and strong winds. The fire is on the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. The fire is burning northeast of McCredie Hot Springs, approximately 10 miles east of the town of Oakridge, Oregon. Northwest Incident Management Team 7 will transition command of the Jones & Kelsey Fire to a local type 3 incident management team on Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. All Willamette National Forest Fires: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3860/ Forest Closure Information (Roads, Campgrounds, Trails): https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices Travel Information: https://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp# or call

Whitewater Fire (Wildfire)

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:41
On Wednesday, September 27, the local Type 3 Team will spend most of the day shadowing with outgoing NW Team 11. The Incident Command Post for the new Type 3 Team will be relocated to the Detroit Lake State Park on Highway 22. The Type 3 Team will continue to focus on suppression repair efforts, preparing the fire areas for the coming winter months. Please remember that although the teams will be transitioning, there will still be crews continuing to work along Highway 22 and on Forest Service Road 46. Please drive safely and watch for fire traffic in and around the communities. Hunters should be aware that firefighters will continue to work in the area of the fires and several areas remain closed to the public. Closure areas remain in place until further notice and can be found at - https://fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices. Once firefighters complete suppression activities and repair work this fall, some closures will be opened. The following trails and roads will...

Thomas Fire (Wildfire)

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:20
The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017 at approximately 6:35 p.m. in upper Ojai near Thomas Aquinas College in the city of Santa Paula, CA in Ventura County. Due to the Santa Ana wind events in the area, the fire spread rapidly and continues to burn actively with extreme rates of spread and long range spotting when pushed by winds. The fire is established on the north and east side of Highway 150 and is also burning on the west side of Highway 30. The fire has pushed northwest of Ventura and has reached Highway 101. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the perimeter. While the majority of the fire is on state land, it has consumed approximately 5,000 acres of forest land in the Ojai Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest. Crews are working to stop the growth in this area and preventing the fire from establishing in the Sespe Wilderness.Fire Status:Total Acreage: 65,000Containment: 0%Structures...

Creek (Wildfire)

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:55
Firefighters are responding a fire in the Gold Creek area north of San Fernando on the Los Angeles Gateway Ranger District. The fire was reported just before 4 AM. The fire is approximately 4000 acres. The Angeles NF is in unified command with LA County Fire Department and LA City Fire Department. Approximately 100 Forest Service personnel are currently assigned. Road Closures Hubbard Mackey Osbourne Please note that Kagel CYN and Lopez CYN are

Diamond Creek Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:22
Diamond Creek Fire is declared controlled today, October 23, 2017. The Snotel weather stations at Harts Pass and Washington Pass are showing about 22-25 inches of snow with high moisture content. There may be minimal suppression repair work left to do next spring. All area and trail closures for the Diamond Creek Fire were lifted on October 20. Forest visitors are cautioned that hazards still exist in burned areas such as falling snags/dead trees which might injure people or block roads or trails, stump holes and root channels that may be burning and are hidden from sight until stepped upon, and rolling rocks and mudslides or debris flows off hillsides can occur any time but especially after rain and freeze-thaw events. Please stay current on weather forecasts, carry a saw or axe in case a tree falls across a rod or trail, and always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return home.For information about Burned Area Emergency Response work occurring in the...

Alder Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:18
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District conducted prescribed burning operations within the Alder Burn Block of the Rim Lakes Forest Health Prescribed Burn area, on November 8 and 9. This burn was northwest of Woods Canyon Lake north of Forest Road 195, east of Forest Road 300, and south of Forest Road 169. The whole burn project encompasses about 1,400 acres.

Buck Fire (CA) (Wildfire)

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:20
The Buck Fire began at approximately 6:42 p.m. on September 12, 2017 as the result of a lightning strike near Black Rock Mountain, close to the Yolla-Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness. It was declared out on November 28, 2017 and the associated closure order No. 14-17-07 has been rescinded.

Fall 2017 Prescribed Fires (Prescribed Fire)

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 08:22
The National Park Service is planning five prescribed fires this fall at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 950 acres are expected to be burned as a tool for the park's long-term restoration and hazard fuel reduction efforts. In Gary, 178 acres of Oak-Savannah will be burned in a continued effort to restore the Miller Woods immediately west of the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. An additional 62 acres will be burned west of County Line Rd and south of US 12 near the Woodlake Dunes Apartments. In Porter, the Mnoke Prairie will be burned as part of the long term restoration of this tall-grass prairie. The 191-acre prairie is one of the last natural prairie areas in Northwest Indiana and is located north of Beam Street and west of US20. Near Beverly Shores, 77 acres of the Dunewood Campground will be burned to reduce woody debris and leaf litter around the campsites. In Hobart, the National Park Service intends to burn 178 acres of the Hobart Prairie Grove on...

Prescribed Burns 2017 (Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:51
Fire managers are planning to conduct several prescribed burn projects during the late summer 2016 through winter 2017, as weather conditions allow. Prescribed fires are essential for restoring the landscape 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. Burning occurs when winds and other atmospheric conditions will push the majority of smoke away from homes, and fire managers will burn larger areas when conditions permit, to limit the number of days smoke is in the air. Fire managers work closely with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and neighboring forests to monitor air quality. Fire crews also seek opportunities to use excess material from thinning projects around the community instead of burning it whenever possible. However, this doesn't remove all of the material necessary to restore the landscape. Fire is a natural and necessary...

Fall 2017 Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 14:22
Fire managers plan to conduct several prescribed burns over fall 2017 and into spring 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,...

Hoosier National Forest Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 08:30
Hoosier National Forest (NF) staff have several prescribed burns planned for this fall if weather and other factors allow. At this time there are areas planned in Brown, Orange, Crawford and Perry Counties. Each area has been identified to improve wildlife habitat or woodland restoration. Other areas may also be included later in the fall burning season. Planned areas to receive prescribed fire treatments this fall include: Brownstown Ranger District: Brown County: Harris - 131 acres of mixed grass and woodlands near Spurgeons Corner Ogala – 91 acres of mixed grass and woodlands near Spurgeons Corner Orange County:Roland – 268 acres comprised of a mixture of wetlands, grasslands, and woodland near RolandTell City Ranger District: Crawford County: Bird Cemetery – 25 acres of grassland between Deuchars and Alton Harvey Flat – 42 acres of mixed grass and woodland between Deuchars and Alton Kiln – 35 acres of grassland near Mifflin Schmidt – 28 acres of grassland near...

South Fork Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 22:20
Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona on the west and south flank of the fire. Sections of the north flank and the entire east flank are continuing to burn in the wilderness. Fire activity has been minimal this week. There still may be some burning well interior and visible smoke with increased winds. The fire will be monitored by aircraft and fire lookouts. As fire burns into the high country wilderness it will burn actively through pockets of dense vegetation but will then slow down as it progresses into sparse vegetation and natural granite barriers limiting smoke production. This high country wilderness area has minimal values at risk.

Empire Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 22:16
Due to a very dry air mass over Yosemite during mid October, fire activity has increased on the NE portion of the Empire fire. Active fire and smoke can be seen from Glacier Point Road. Additional smoke production combined with stable air mass will impact Yosemite Valley during the early morning hours. Normal daytime heating will help clear smoke impacts starting around noon each

Tom's Mill Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:38
November 27, 2017Tom’s Mill Wild Fire Closes Roads in Pilot Rock Area The 512-acre Tom’s Mill Fire has prompted forest officials to issue multiple temporary road closures in the Johnson County area of Pilot Rock due to fire suppression efforts. The following roads will be temporarily closed in the Pilot Rock/Pilot Knob area during ongoing wildfire suppression activities: Pilot Rock Road (1800) between the intersection of Forest Service Road (FSR) 1826 and east to the FSR 1802 intersectionFSR 1813FSR 1826FSR 93237A Due to extremely dry conditions, forest visitors should be extra vigilant in managing campfires and use caution when traveling around the Pilot Rock area with the increased fire suppression traffic. Approximately 20 firefighters are working to suppress the Tom’s Mill Fire, which began Saturday, Nov. 25. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Forked Fire (Wildfire)

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:59
The Forked Fire, which started Nov. 21, has grown today to approximately 400 acres and caused the temporary closure of the Flatside Wilderness and the portion of the Ouachita Trail that goes through the Wilderness. “We are bringing in additional resources to help combat the fire,” said Jessieville-Winona-Fourche District Ranger Megan Moynihan. “A 20-person crew is coming in from North Carolina this afternoon and additional firefighting personnel and equipment are in route.” Firefighter and visitor safety is our priority, so we are temporarily closing the Wilderness to everyone other than fire suppression personnel. Hunters and visitors should be cautious around the Flatside Wilderness area with the increased traffic from fire suppression activities. The Ouachita has 12 active fires currently for approximately 619 acres, while the Ozark-St. Francis has two active fires for a total of two acres. Visitors are urged to use extreme caution when utilizing campfires in the area due...

Eagle Creek Fire (Wildfire)

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:07
The Eagle Creek Fire was reported September 2 at approximately 4 p.m in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon. The fire grew to 3,000 acres overnight that first night. During the night of September 4th and 5th, east winds, combined with excessive heat caused the fire rapidly increase in size pushing westward. By the morning of September 5th, the fire had grown to over 20,000 acres and had spotted across the Columbia River into Washington near Archer Mountain. The efforts of firefighters, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity helped slow fire growth in the days that followed, but the fire grew to the east and ultimately reached 48,831 acres. Since October 13th, the fire has been considered 50% contained, with little to no growth expected. Most of the fire suppression repair – measures to mitigate erosion and restore areas impacted by constructing containment lines – have been completed. A BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) team...

Hollis (Wildfire)

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:23
The Forked fire was detected on Nov. 21 and is presently at 200 acres and located on both National Forest and private land. The Arkansas Forestry Commission and Green Bay Packing, Inc. are also managing the fire on private land. The fire is located in a remote location and there are no structures in the area.

Northern Region-2017 Post-Fire BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response)

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:49
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams have been established to begin burned area surveys of the wildfires that recently burned on federal lands of the U.S. Forest Service - Northern Region. BAER team surveys are rapid assessments of the burned areas that evaluate post-fire conditions of the burned watersheds and determine the potential for increased post-fire flooding, sediment flows, and rock slides. BAER teams consist of scientists and specialists including hydrologists, geologists, soil scientists, road engineers, botanists, wildlife and fisheries biologists, archeologists, and geographic information specialists, from federal and state agencies. BAER teams work together during the burned area surveys, field data analysis and modeling phase, to present findings along with recommended BAER treatments to the Forest Supervisor. BAER teams analyze the data they collect during the surveys, to produce a “Soil Burn Severity” map. This is the first step in assessing...

Summit Complex (Wildfire)

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:04
The Summit Complex consists of four fires burning 5,205 acres on the Summit Ranger District. The McCormick Fire (4,332 acres) is located north of Fence Creek Road and Clark Fork Road. The Bummers Fire (462 acres) is located near Bummers Flat and FS road 6N05. The Douglas Fire (311 acres) is located south of Douglas Picnic Area and Hwy 108. The Willow Fire (100 acres, includes a meadow and natural barriers, actual acres burned is 35) is located west of Groundhog Meadow and bound by Hammill Canyon Loop Rd. The Bummers fire is the only active

Prescribed Fire Pile Burning 2017/2018 (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:53
Winter conditions mark the start of pile burning season As winter conditions settle in, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will work to burn slash piles resulting from fuels reductions and hazardous tree removal projects in the area. Hand piles are a result of crews using chainsaws to thin the forest. Much of the smaller cut material is piled for burning. Machine piles are the result of using logging equipment and consist of primarily the limbs of trees as most of the logs have already been removed. Piles must be burned before the treatment is complete. Last season, the Forests accomplished burning some 9,470 individual piles, of which some 627 were large, machine built piles accounting for many acres of hazardous fuels treatment. This season’s pile burning could begin next week and will continue through the spring, as conditions allow. Piles are only ignited under favorable weather conditions. Adequate snow cover, precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and...

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