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Buzzard Fire Daily UPdate (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:11
The Gila National Forest brought in Steve Millert’s Type 2 Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 (SWIMT4) to assume command of the Buzzard Fire at 6:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 24th. The SWIMT4 will carry forward the incident strategies and objectives developed by the Gila National Forest and Shilow Norton’s Type 3 team. Eagle Peak Lookout initially spotted the Buzzard Fire, located 3 miles northeast of Eagle Peak Lookout, around 3:00 P.M. Tuesday May 22nd. The Type 2 team was called in Tuesday evening due to the complexity of the incident and the need to maintain span of control for the increasing number of responding resources. Additional resources are in route and will be arriving throughout the day. Yesterday evening the fire crossed FR94 near the Continental Divide. Crews worked through the night to contain that portion of the fire. Work also began to protect Eagle Peak Lookout, located near the southern end of the fire. Today crews will continue work to...

Buzzard Fire Temporary Area Closure Order (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:24
Reserve, NM, May 24, 2018—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest has issued Forest Order #06-18-005 Buzzard Fire Temporary Area Closure Order for firefighter and public safety. All roads and trail interior the boundary described in the Forest Order and indicated on the attached map are closed with the exemption of: Persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty Residents in the area accessing private property via a restricted Forest Service road to the extent necessary to gain access to their private property. For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

CDT Alternate Route for the Buzzard Fire, Reserve, NM (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:23
Reserve, NM, May 24, 2018—For Immediate Release. The Buzzard Fire is burning on National Forest lands. Values at risk include Continental Divide trail which is located east of the fire. CDT hikers in the area are advised to avoid the area for in order to avoid fire activity. Maps of alternative routes are available at the district office and on the Gila NF website. Reroute option #1- Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) from the BLM boundary (between Coyote Peak and O Bar O Mountain) north to Highway 12. For hikers traveling north, the Plains of Saint Agustin route at Coyote Peak on the BLM-managed lands, when they get to Coyote Peak- take County Road B 016 north to B 019 north to Highway 12 west to CDT trailhead to resume route northbound. Reroute Option #2- from Snow Lake- Middle Fork route. For hikers taking the alternate route through the Middle Fork/Snow Lake. Hikers should follow FR 28 to FR 94 to County Road B 054 to County Road B 016 to Highway 12. ...

Update of Buzzard Fire, May 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
Location: Reserve Ranger District on the Gila National Forest 4 miles north of Eagle Peak Lookout Catron County, New Mexico Start Date: May 22, 2018 Size: ~3,000 acres Cause: Under investigation Vegetation: Grass, heavy timber Smoke: Smoke may be visible in the area around Eagle Peak Resources: Three Type 6 engines, three Type 1 Initial Attack Crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, dozer Incident Commander: S. Norton, ICT3 Summary: The Buzzard Fire is burning on National Forest lands approximately four (4) miles north of Eagle Peak. A new start was reported on May 22, north of Eagle Peak Lookout. An air reconnaissance flight had confirmed the start and the fire is now at approximately 3,000 acres. The forest has imposed a Temporary Flight Restriction for over the fire. Values at risk include private property, the Continental Divide Trail, North Fork Negrito, Eagle Peak Lookout, Mexican spotted owl critical habitat, narrow-headed garter snake and Chiricahua...

Avian Complex Update, May 23, 2018 (AVIAN COMPLEX Wildfire)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:56
May 23, 2018 Avian Complex 82,461 acres, 90% contained, 106 personnel, 3 helicopters and 2 engines Buzzard Fire: 62,404 acres, 85% contained Flamingo Fire: 11,689 acres, 95% contained Curlew Fire: 8,366 acres, 95% contained Vulture Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained Caracara Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained Previous operational period: Aerial observations showed a couple areas still smoldering within the interior of the Buzzard Fire. The overall containment was bumped up to 90 percent and the size remained at 82,461 acres. Crews monitored the fires, checked their equipment, and cleaned fire camps. The number of personnel and equipment was reduced to match the needs of the incident. Planned action: The complex will be monitored for any new fire activity. Operational resources will support the local district for initial attack if requested. This will be the last fire update from Matt Martens and the Type 3 Incident Management Team. Martens said, “All of the members of the Incident...

Aerial Ignitions Planned for South Monroe Mountain Aspen Prescribed Fire (Fishlake NF 2018 Spring Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:41
Contact Information: Kelly Cornwall 435-896-2326 kcornwall@fs.fed.us,or Ryan McCollin 435-896-1661 rmccollin@fs.fed.us The Richfield Ranger District is planning ignitions on May 24-25, 2018. Crews plan to be finished with ignitions early Friday afternoon, May 25. Fire managers are anticipating some residual smoke being visual through the Memorial Day weekend. Location: Monroe Mountain – (Tibadore, Dry Creek and Pine Canyons) Legal Description: T28 South, R2 West, Sections 17-21, and 28-30; T28 South, R2 ½ West, Sections 13, 23-27, and 35-36 Lat/Long: N 38o 21.754; W 112o 3.221 Planned Actions: The purpose of this prescribed fire project is to restore aspen ecosystems on Monroe Mountain by reintroducing fire to the aspen ecosystems through prescribed burning to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations thus reducing the risk to life, property and natural resources, while promoting aspen regeneration. Prescribed fire treatments will be implemented utilizing aerial and/or hand...

Update on Buzzard Fire, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:51
Location: Reserve Ranger District on the Gila National Forest 4 miles north of Eagle Peak Lookout Catron County, New Mexico Start Date: May 22, 2018 Size: ~800 acres Cause: Under investigation Vegetation: Grass, heavy timber Smoke: Smoke may be visible in the area around Eagle Peak Resources: Three Type 6 engines, two Type 1 Initial Attack Crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, Heavy Air Tankers. Incident Commander: S. Norton, ICT3 Summary: The Buzzard Fire is burning on National Forest lands approximately four (4) miles north of Eagle Peak. A new start has been sighted north of Eagle Peak Lookout. An air reconnaissance flight has confirmed the start and the fire is now at approximately 800 acres. The forest has imposed a Temporary Flight Restriction for over the fire. Initial Attack Crews are prepping the south side of Forest Road 94 as a boundary line for the fire. Smoke is visible in many areas of Catron County. A Type 2 Team is being ordered up. ...

May 22nd Update (Oakridge/Westfir Prescribed Burn Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:12
Over the past weekend, fire crews successfully underburned 125 acres within and near Face Thin Unit 2. Today, crews are underburning the 20 acre Sidewalk Unit further away from Westfir, near the Huckleberry OHV area. Crews will continue to mop up, and monitor the burns through the Memorial Day weekend. Fuels conditions have been optimal this week, leading to the effective consumption of surface fuels and logging debris left from recent thinnings in these areas, overall meeting the goal to reduce wildfire risk. No active ignitions will occur from Friday morning through Monday for the Memorial Day weekend. Based on weather conditions, burning could resume on Tuesday. Anyone traveling along Aufderheide Road, Forest Road 19 and Forest Road 1928, as well as the OHV trails at Huckleberry OHV Park should continue to use caution as firefighters and equipment will still be working in the

Buzzard Fire (Buzzard Fire Wildfire)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:00
Location: Reserve Ranger District on the Gila National Forest 4 miles north of Eagle Peak Lookout Catron County, New Mexico Start Date: May 22, 2018 Size: ~6 acres Cause: Under investigation Vegetation: Grass, heavy timber Smoke: Smoke may be visible in the area around Eagle Peak Resources: Engine on scene, Initial Attack Crews have been ordered. Incident Commander: J. Aragon, ICT4 Summary: The Buzzard Fire is burning on National Forest lands approximately four (4) miles north of Eagle Peak. A new start has been sighted north of Eagle Peak Lookout. An air reconnaissance flight has confirmed the start and initial reports on the fire are approximately 3-4 acres. For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

May 22 - Crews continue with prescribed ignitions in the Starr Project Area (2018 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:00
Fire crews will move forward with prescribed burning in Blue Mountain Ranger District's Starr Project Area today with goals of approximately 127 acres in Unit 30, off of Forest Road 24. Today's prescribed ignitions will include jackpot burning, a form of underburn or broadcast burn where the target fuels to be ignited are the concentrations (or jackpots) of vegetative fuel. Fire will creep between concentrations of slash, increasing as conditions begin to dry from the past few days of heavy rain.

Avian Complex Update May 22, 2018 (AVIAN COMPLEX Wildfire)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:00
May 22, 2018 Avian Complex 82,461 acres, 65% contained, 134 personnel, 3 helicopters and 5 engines Buzzard Fire: 62,404 acres, 45% contained Flamingo Fire: 11,689 acres, 65% contained Curlew Fire: 8,366 acres, 90% contained Vulture Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained Caracara Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained Previous operational period: The size of the complex remained at 82,641 acres while the containment increased to 65 percent Monday. A few areas continued to smolder. Crews monitored the fires, checked their equipment, and cleaned fire camps. The number of personnel and equipment was reduced to match the needs of the incident. Planned action: A helicopter flight is planned to get an overview of the entire complex. The complex will be monitored for any new fire activity. Little activity is expected after several days of precipitation. Operational resources will support the local district for initial attack if requested. Further fire information updates will be provided when significant...

Prescribed Fire Plan for the Week of May 21-27 (Fishlake NF 2018 Spring Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:21
Over the weekend rainfall was localized. Fishlake Portable RAWS on the South Monroe Project shows NO measurable precipitation for the last 24 hours. For the week of May 21-27, the prescribed fire plan is as follows: Richfield Ranger District / South Monroe: This project is approximately 10 miles southeast of the community of Marysvale. Targeted fuels consist of mixed conifer, and aspen. The project is moderate in complexity. The plan is to utilize aerial ignitions within approx. 1000-2000 acres of mixed conifer located in Dry Creek, Tibadore and Pine Canyons. Also may look at small portions in Twin Peaks Project as well. We are planning to utilize 2 helicopters with Heli torches for a majority of the ignitions. Most of the hand ignition areas have been completed. Ignitions on this project are planned to begin mid weeks and be completed prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

FINAL Incident Update 5-21-18 (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:13
OKANOGAN FLOODING 2018 Final Incident Update – May 21, 2018 10 A.M. Okanogan County – With levees built to withstand expected river flows and sandbags stockpiled throughout Okanogan County, the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team (IMT) has completed its mission to solidify flood protection along the Okanogan River. Monitoring efforts will now be managed by the county’s Department of Emergency Management and cities along the river valley. Thanks to the help of dedicated community volunteers, the IMT made of firefighters from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Washington Fire Service, the Washington Conservation Corps and the Washington State Patrol was able to fill and lay more than 220,000 sandbags along the river’s banks, resulting in 6,623 feet of additional protection along levees from Oroville to Okanogan. “We’re glad we were able to come in here quickly and help our neighbors and colleagues in Okanogan County,” said Ed...

NW Sands Burn Operations 5/21 (Northwest Sands Blocks B, D & J Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:33
The Forest Service has completed the prescribed burns at NW Sands Burn Blocks B, D and J. Fire personnel will be continuing to monitor the burn units this week. Forest Road 242 is now open. A portion of Forest Road 849 and the Iron River ATV Trail remain closed until further notice. A closure order is in place which can be viewed at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cnnf/alerts-notices. A map can also be found under the maps tab on InciWeb.

May 21, 2018 Prescribed Fire Activity Update (2018 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:00
With widespread rain received over the weekend, Prairie City and Emigrant Creek Ranger Districts will be evaluating conditions to determine the next possible prescribed burn window. Blue Mountain Ranger District crews will be conducting black line operations in the Starr project area, off Forest Road 24, south of John Day.For further information on planned prescribed burning, visit R6 Malheur N.F. Potential Prescribed Fire Projects Interactive Map.The data in this interactive map represents the recently completed, active, upcoming, and out-year prescribed fire planning for the Malheur National Forest. All units have been analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Burning typically takes place once all other activities described in the project analysis have been completed. Prescribed burning is highly dependent on precise weather and fuel conditions, and managers coordinate with the Oregon Department of Forestry to minimize air quality impacts to local communities....

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