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Buzzard Fire (Wildfire)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:58
The Buzzard Fire was reported by the Eagle Peak Lookout at approximately 3:00 p.m. today. An air reconnaissance flight over the fire occurred and estimated acreage is 800 acres. This start was initially about 3 miles northwest of the Eagle Peak Lookout. A Temporary Flight Restriction has been put into place. Currently, two hot shot crews are prepped Forest Road

Kangas Stewardship Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:10
Kangas Stewardship 2018 Spring Prescribed Fire Units 1 and 2The actual date of ignition is dependent on many factors including: fuel moisture, relative humidity, temperature, and wind. Fire managers hope to complete the units during this spring burning season. Currently, Tuesday, May 22, shows the most promise for wind direction and speed, relative humidity, soil moisture, and other factors. However, conditions will be monitored closely. The exact date and time of ignition will be determined by weather factors as they develop. Fire is part of the boreal forest ecosystem. The main objective for this unit is to prepare for planting by reducing slash and vegetation competition in units that were harvested for fuels treatment. Fire will reduce tree encroachment and stimulate the growth of grasses sedges, rushes, and forbs. All of the Kangas units are part of a greater Ely area hazardous fuel reduction effort. Precise ignition methods will be used to start the fires. Natural and/or...

Northeast Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:50
Location: The Northeast Prescribed Fire Project is located on the Tofte Ranger District, near the intersection of Forest Road 170 and 170m, approximately 17 miles north of Tofte, in Lake County, MN. LEGAL: Township 61 North, Range 4 West, Section 33. Description: This project includes multiple units that are being completed over multiple years. Unit 8 was completed in May 2017 and objectives were met. The current plan is to burn Unit 11 which is 10 acres. Fire crews will use broadcast prescribed fire technique to burn off residual slash from the timber sale in order to reduce hazardous fuels, prepare the site for seeding and planting, and simulate the role of naturally-occurring fire in the ecosystem. Closure Information: No closures are planned, but possible traffic delays on Forest Road 170, “The Grade”, near the Temperance River are possible during the prescribed fire operation. Fire Management Objectives: Low to moderate fire intensity with flame lengths 1 to 8 feet except in...

Trumpet/Koski Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:26
Township 61 North, Range 4 West, Section 5. Approximately 17 miles north of Tofte, along Forest Road 167I near the intersection of Sawbill Trail and Perent Lake Road. Two adjoining units totaling 42 acres will be treated with prescribed fire. Purpose: Prescribed fire will be used under favorable conditions to reduce post-harvest logging slash. The removal of logging slash with prescribed fire will prepare the site for tree planting and natural seeding by removing competing vegetation and exposing the mineral soil to receive young tree plantings and seeds from adjacent trees. Prescribed fire will also aid in the reduction of vegetative fuels that could increase the potential for a wildfire to start and spread. Closure Information: No closure of recreation sites or roadways are anticipated with this prescribed fire. If fire managers determine that smoke from the prescribed fire is likely to impact visibility along the Sawbill Trail and The Grade Road (Forest Road 170), warning...

2018 Umatilla NF Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 19:06
The Umatilla National Forest prescribed fire page contains public information on planned, active and completed prescribed burning for 2018 on the Forest. Burning is planned on each of the four Districts on the Umatilla National Forest. In general, there are two burn seasons each year to accomplish prescribed fire projects. Early season burns typically occur in late winter through the early fire season in late spring/early summer. Late season burns typically occur in late fire season and into December. The specific dates of a burn during a season is dependent on many variables including wildfire activity, resource availability, current and predicted weather, and smoke management constraints. Frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for healthy forests and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup. Prescribed burning is an effective tool for removing excessive amounts of brush, shrubs, and trees, while also encouraging the growth of native...

Norwegian Point /Island Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:52
Spring/Summer 2018 Norwegian Point and Norwegian Island Prescribed FireThe Norwegian Island and Norwegian Point Prescribed Fire Units are designed to meet multiple Forest management objectives. Using understory prescribed fire on the island will result in fuels reduction which removes needles and other surface litter and balsam fir to create and maintain a more open understory that will in turn reduce the potential for a wildfire to start and spread. On the point a broadcast prescribed fire will be used in the open with similar results of removing the needles, litter, balsam, and dead balsam fir. Prescribed fire treatments also create a patchwork or mosaic of fire-resistant forest stands in the landscape that can also reduce the intensity of future wildfires. Precise ignition methods will be utilized to start the fires and natural and/or constructed lines will be used to control and hold the fires. Hose-lays supplied by water pumps or other water delivery equipment will supplement...

Bluewater Fire (Wildfire)

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:48
Firefighters Make Progress Utilizing Favorable WeatherThe Diener Canyon Fire (6,106 acres) is burning on Mount Sedgwick within the old fire scar from 2004. The Bluewater fire (2,532 acres) is located approximately 4 miles north of the Diener Canyon Fire on Salitre Mesa.On Saturday afternoon firefighters engaged in a successful firing operation on the west end of the Diener Canyon Fire, taking advantage of lighter wind. Low intensity fire backed downhill to Forest Road 178, efficiently consuming light fuels in the process.On the north side of the Bluewater Fire windrows of dead uprooted juniper trees were consumed and helicopters dropped water on flames in north side canyons where Ponderosa pine timber predominates.Today, firefighters plan to complete a burn out between Forest Road 425 and the east flank of the Diener Canyon fire while conditions are favorable, in anticipation of Red Flag conditions on Monday. Fire crews will work directly on the fire’s edge on the Bluewater Fire....

Happy Fire (Wildfire)

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 23:42
On Tuesday, May 15th, the Happy Fire was reported 19 miles north of Bagdad on Mohon Peak in Yavapai County. The fire is inaccessible to engines and the rugged terrain is a safety concern for ground crews. Therefore, the fire is being monitored by the air. Today, the fire was mapped at 1,116 acres and is burning in short grasses and brush. Fire growth is minimal and smoke impacts to communities in the area, including Seligman, will decrease as the fire winds itself down. There are no values at risk and the fire is not threatening any structures. There are no closures and no evacuation orders.

Trumpet/Koski Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:24
Location and Size: Township 61 North, Range 4 West, Section 5. Approximately 17 miles north of Tofte, along Forest Road 167I near the intersection of Sawbill Trail and Perent Lake Road. Two adjoining units totaling 42 acres will be treated with prescribed fire. Purpose: Prescribed fire will be used under favorable conditions to reduce post-harvest logging slash. The removal of logging slash with prescribed fire will prepare the site for tree planting and natural seeding by removing competing vegetation and exposing the mineral soil to receive young tree plantings and seeds from adjacent trees. Prescribed fire will also aid in the reduction of vegetative fuels that could increase the potential for a wildfire to start and spread. Closure Information: No closure of recreation sites or roadways are anticipated with this prescribed fire. If fire managers determine that smoke from the prescribed fire is likely to impact visibility along the Sawbill Trail and The Grade Road (Forest...

Okanogan Flooding 2018 (Flood)

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:43
Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (NEWIMT) has been tasked by Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management with managing and coordinating the field response to the Okanogan County Flooding that started May 10, 2018. This includes providing relief for sandbagging efforts. In addition, we are coordinating the planning and implementation of contingency plans for additional impacts to the communities effected by the rise of the Okanogan River. The personnel assigned to the incident are assisting with sand bag operations and levy reinforcement actions along the Okanogan River from the Canadian border south to the City of Okanogan. Crews are working in numerous communities including: Okanogan, Omak, Riverside, Tonasket and Oroville. The NEWIMT has established a command post at the Okanogan County

AVIAN COMPLEX (Wildfire)

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:25
Avian Complex The Avian Complex includes five fires within the Big Cypress National Preserve: the Buzzard, Flamingo, Curlew, Vulture and Caracara fires. The Buzzard Fire (reported on April 10, 2018), the Caracara fire (reported on April 17, 2018) and the Curlew Fire (reported on May 2, 2018), remain under investigation. The Flamingo Fire (reported on May 1, 2018) and the Vulture Fire (reported on April 10, 2018) were caused by lightning. The Vuture and the Caracara wildfires are 100% contained. Firefighters continue to work on the other three fires. The priorities for these fires remain firefighter and public safety. Ground and aviation personnel will continue to identify and protect values at risk. Multiple Closure Orders are in effect to promote visitor safety. Travel through the preserve on US-41 has not been impacted. Please continue to check back for updates on a regular basis.

Weiser River Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 15:41
From Friday April 20th through Friday April 27th the Council Ranger District burned 440 acres at the Weiser River prescribed burn. An additional 100 acres will be burned on May 14th and 15th to complete the units at Weiser River RX. Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest. It is intended to create fire-adapted communities, reduce risk to firefighters responding to wildland fires, improve the ability to manage wildland fires, restore or enhance wildlife habitat, improve forest and grassland resiliency, increase seral tree species, improve water carrying capacity in our soils and recycle nutrients. Fire is the greatest change agent in our forest and grassland systems. These systems have evolved with fire and must have fire to remain resilient and productive. Fire managers strive to minimize impacts from prescribed fire to local communities. However, smoke is an...

Willow Springs (Wildfire)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:22
BLY, Ore. – A 50 acre wildfire was reported at noon on May 14, south of Bly by the Klamath Falls Resource Area, Lakeview District, Bureau of Land Management.The Willow Springs fire is located about 20 miles south southeast of Bly, just east of Willow Spring. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.Fire crews, including a hand crew and three engine crews, have been assigned to control the fire by using roads and natural features in the area.The Willow Springs fire is projected to be 100% contained on or about Wednesday.Each fire can appear different visually depending on the forest type, fuel load and how long fire has been absent from the area. This includes wildfires and prescribed fires. SCOFMP employees are committed to a safe and successful fire season.For more information, please call (541) 947-6157. Or get our most recent updates online at scofmp.org/lifc.shtml, on Facebook at facebook.com/SCOFMPFireInfo and on Twitter at

Northwest Sands Blocks B, D & J (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:20
PRESCRIBED BURNS AT MOQUAH BARRENS THIS WEEK The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is planning to conduct prescribed burns at Moquah Barrens north of Ino, Wis., this week beginning Wednesday. Fire specialists will be burning approximately 3000 acres over multiple days in three separate units to reduce hazardous fuel loads, encroaching shrubs and trees, These specialists are highly trained and the burns are only implemented after careful planning and coordination. The three areas that will be burned are in different parts of the Moquah Barrens. The first area is near the Bladder Lake Campground along Forest Roads 244, 849 and 241. The second is along Forest Road 248 and Forest Road 423 and the third along Forest Road 242 and 236, north of Ino. Smoke from these burns can be visible from great distances and can sometimes impact visibility in the nearby communities. Fire personnel will be onsite monitoring the burn and smoke throughout the week. ...

Sylvania Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:53
Location and Sizes: 153 acres all in one continuous unit. Township 61 North, Range 8 West Section 36, Township 61 North, Range 7 West, Section 31. The burn unit is located approximately twelve miles northeast of the community of Isabella next to Sylvania and Bunny Lakes and just off of Forest Rd. 369 and junction with FDR 379. Description: This unit includes stands of mature red pine with mixed upland conifer/deciduous trees, small down, dead, woody material underneath. Fire crews will use an “under burn” technique to remove the slash to reduce wildfire hazard and improve site conditions for natural regeneration with seeds from surrounding pines The prescribed fire will push back encroaching brush and improve the health of the stand. Closure Information: No closure of recreational use or travel routes is anticipated unless smoke heavily impacts the roads. There will be smoke warning signs in place as needed. A road guard and public information person will be on site.

SZ Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 18:25
This prescribed burn is part of the Big Hill Insect and Disease Project. The purpose for the project is to address current forest conditions through vegetation management, in order to increase forest resiliency against current or future insect or disease occurrence, and increase resiliency to wildland fire. Current tree stands in the Big Hill area, predominantly consisting of Douglas-fir stands and some mixed conifers stands, are categorized as heavily stocked with closed canopies. Multiple disease agents are present throughout, but the dominant, widely spread disease is Douglas-fir mistletoe and lodgepole pine mistletoe. Also, in the last decade, the general area has experienced elevated levels of bark beetle activity, some to epidemic proportion as was the case with mountain pine beetle that resulted in extensive mortality to lodgepole pine and whitebark pine species. Prescribed fire, when implemented where timber harvest or thinning is not practical, will reduce high tree...

Grape Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 15:20
The Grape fire continues to be held at 60% containment and 244 acres in size. No significant changes have occurred and no change in fire behavior is expected in the next few days. For up to date fire information, please call the Hayfork Ranger Station at (530) 628-5227, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to an increase in fire activity, the Sims Restoration Project area prescribed burn was declared a wildfire. This incident is referred to as the Grape Fire and a local Type 5 incident management organization is in command. The Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests worked together to safely suppress the Grape Fire while keeping firefighters safe and protecting the public, private property, water systems, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) transmission lines and natural forest stands. The Grape Fire is currently estimated to be 244 acres in size and is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Hyampom, near Grapevine creek. The fire is 60 percent contained and no...

Gate Mountain Fire (Wildfire)

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.

Pitcha Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

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)

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...

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