17 Sep 2008, 7:47pm
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Shingle Mill WFU Fire

Location: 45 miles north of Kemmerer, Lincoln Co., WY

Specific Location: E of Harris River, Bridger-Teton NF, Lat 42° 13´ 29″ Lon 110° 42´ 12″

Date of Origin: 09/11/2023
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 10/01/2024 3:30 PM
Personnel: 10
Size: 1,110 acres
Percent contained: 0%
MMA: not reported

Costs to Date: not reported

Last report unless significant activity occurs.

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Situation as of 09/19/2008 8:00 AM
Personnel: 12
Size: 693 acres
Percent contained: 0%
MMA: not reported

Costs to Date: $40,000

Group tree torching with moderate range spotting up to 1/4 mile. Thundercell produced strong outflow east winds over a three hour period which contributed to fire growth to the west.

Stage II WFIP has been completed. Slowing and checking actions in front of Management Action Point 3.

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Situation as of 09/16/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 8
Size: 187 acres (old data)
Percent contained: 0%
MMA: not reported

Costs to Date: $20,000

Single to group tree torching with short range spotting. Fire doubled in size today (9/17)

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1 Aug 2008, 7:50pm
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Le Hardy Fire

Location: 2 miles N of Yellowstone Lake, Park Co., WY

Specific Location: near Grand Loop Rd, Yellowstone NP, Lat 44° 35´ 29″ Lon 110° 23´ 9″

Date of Origin: 07/30/2008
Cause: powerline suspected

Situation as of 08/21/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 14
Size: 9,700 acres
Percent Contained: 27%

Costs to Date: $1,400,000

Smokejumpers mopped up hotspots on south control line and water hardware at a cabin was winterized.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 1:45 PM
Personnel: 9
Size: 9,332 acres
Percent Contained: 27%

Costs to Date: $1,360,755

Demobed [sic] the remaining resources after removing the sprinkler system that was around the Fishing Bridge comunnity. Will not be another update until significant activity occurs or Incidnet [sic] submits the Final 209.

This fire had approximately 23 miles of perimeter. Forces concentrated on about six miles of line on the south side to protect the Fishing Bridge community. There is [sic] still about 17 miles of “dirty” line that will be managed with the AMR strategy. Last 209 until significant change or final 209 is submitted.

This fire will be transitioned to Yellowstone Park for long term monitoring. Will not be another update until significant activity occurs or Incident completes Final 209.

[Brought to you by the highly-paid, professional Information Officers at the Northern Rocky Mountains GACC. - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/09/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 45
Size: 9,332 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $1,287,868

Minimal fire behavior, smoldering and creeping observed. Forecast indicate drying conditions over the next several days with the threat of thunderstorms. Fire behavior on the northern perimeter is expected to increase as the drying trend continues. Significant activity may be possible due to heavy dead and down fuels.

209 reports will suspend until significant activity occurs on the incident. [What?? Too much trouble to write a one paragraph report? Time to cut the paychecks down to the capability level of the federal employees. How about a dollar a day plus a crust of moldy bread. - Ed]

[I mean, why not spend $1.3 million of the taxpayer's money and then descend into a cone of silence about it? Why should the taxpayers care about fires in their Nat'l Parks? - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/08/08 7:00 PM
Personnel: 95
Size: 9,332 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $1,146,497

Fire received some rain today, reducing the threat to the local community and the backcountry structures. Began demob of some of the forces due to the rain and the predicted weather. More light precip is expected for the next few days.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 104
Size: 8,950 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $870,000

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Situation as of 08/05/08 4:00 PM
Personnel: 112
Size: 8,500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $735,000

Completed hose lay and burnout in Division Z to reduce threats to Fishing Bridge infrastructure.

Active fire behavior, single and group tree torching and short duration crown runs.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 7:00 PM
Personnel: 97
Size: 7,335 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $464,000

Sprinkler system installed at Fishing Bridge and Fishing Bridge community. Fern Lake cabin wrapped and sprinkler system installed.

Some backburning, but no line building. No actual suppression efforts underway. Park visitors at significant risk if venturing into unmarked closure area.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 100
Size: 4,260 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Fire is continuing to move to the NNE. Active crown fire with spotting distance of 1/2 mile.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 4:00 PM
Personnel: 102
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Extreme fire behavior-moderate duration crown runs, spotting up to 1/2 mile. Very active backing fire as well. Crews backed off the fire edge due to extreme fire behavior.

Yellowstone NP has lost the opportunity to control this fire due to insufficient initial attack.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 99
Size: 650 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Road from Canyon to Fishing Bridge was opened today with no interruption of operations. A/C temporarily diverted for lost child search — child was found unharmed.

Active fire with short duration running crown fire. Spotting distances up to .25 mi. Fire behavior picked up considerably ~1400 in strong winds. Red flag Warning for strong winds predicted for this zone tomorrow.

Helicopters in use to secure the S flank near developed areas. Gunbarrel Fire requested assistance in form of type I and type II helicopters.

30 Jul 2008, 12:18am
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New Fork Lakes Fire

Location: 15 miles N of Pinedale, Sublette Co., WY

Specific Location: near New Forks Lake, Bridger-Teton NF, Lat 43° 6´ 20″ Lon 109° 54´ 37″

Date of Origin: 07/29/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 08/31/08 1:30 PM
Personnel: 6
Size: 15,089 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $2,830,000

FLE [fire line explosives] operations complete yesterday. Fire received some precip, but not significant so far. Expect more precip tonight and tomorrow. No staffing today or tomorrow because of weather conditions.

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Situation as of 08/29/08 5:45 PM
Personnel: 6
Size: 13,986 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $2.9 million

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Situation as of 08/28/08 5:20 PM
Personnel: 6
Size: 13,936 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $2,830,000

Implemented trail closures out of Spring Creek Park Trailhead. Completed structure wrap on Spring Creek Park rider’s cabin.

Group tree torching with short to moderate range spotting. Small uphill crown runs. Backing and flanking fire following heavy fuels.

Planning to construct contingency lines in light fuels with Fireline Explosives.

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Situation as of 08/27/08 5:20 PM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 13,200 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $2,800,000

Initiated slowing action on Management Action Point 1 with Type 3 helicopter and ground personnel. Inserted pumps and hose into Chamber’s Bay Structures near Fremont Lake. Continued monitoring on SE edge of fire.

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Situation as of 08/26/08 3:00 PM
Personnel: 2
Size: 12,373 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $2,800,000

New Fork Fire is still being monitored by the local District. No trail or area closures currently in place. 2 FEMOs will be on the fire starting tomorrow to monitor activity.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 5:45 PM
Personnel: 56
Size: 11,960 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $2,359,624 (not updated)

The percent contained has changed from 95 to 65. The entire north end of the fire is burning within wilderness and management has changed the percentage to reflect this correction. Fire is in monitor status.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 2:00 PM
Personnel: 64
Size: 11,960 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $2,359,624

Fire currently being managed by local unit. Continue line improvement where needed and monitor fire activity.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 422
Size: 11,960 acres reported
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $1,688,854

Definitive fire perimeter established today resulting in reduction of acreage burned. [<em>This is the second remapping in two days. Who knows if the newly reported numbers are accurate? - Ed</em>].

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 401
Size: 13,209 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $1,688,854

Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.

Forest Wilderness closures in effect today. Progress on assigned portions of the line for AMR 55% per Delegation of Authority. [<em>That means the Appropriate Management Response has been determined to be fighting the fire on the east side only, allowing the west side to burn freely -Ed</em>].

Team will secure SW side of fire in Willow Lake/Fremont Lake area and on E side of New Fork Lake, to prevent fire from exiting the Bridger Wilderness. The W side will be unstaffed. [<em>This is a risky strategy. There are still 4 to 7 weeks until Fall rains. Allowing the fire burn actively may result in a blow up when the regular Aug winds hit. We will continue to track this fire to evaluate the outcome of the AMR strategy - Ed</em>].

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Situation as of 08/05/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 323
Size: 13,791 acres
Percent Contained: 33%

Costs to Date: $1,306,881

Successful backburn conducted today. Measureable progress made on line construction on the SW portion of the fire. Whalen’s Type 2 IMT first operational period.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 6:30 PM
Personnel: 165
Size: 11,585 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $1,238,352

Trailheads in area closed. Public contacts made with wilderness users to vacate area.

Continued to build and hold line south from Willow Creek guard station to Willow Lake. Transition to Whalen’s Type 2 IMT 8/5 @ 0600.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 167
Size: 11,585 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

More warning of wilderness users to vacate ahead of fire. Spring Creek and New Fork Lakes trailheads closed. Transitioning to Whalen’s Type 2 team.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 158
Size: 7,960 acres
Percent Contained: 9%

Recreational users removed from area by federal law enforcement personnel.

Running, torching, spotting, crown fire with significant plume. Fire is creating it’s own weather.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 129
Size: 3,600 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Active fire behavior, torching, spotting.

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Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 129
Size: 2,600 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Active fire behavior, torching, spotting.

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Situation as of 07/29/08 1:15 PM
Personnel: 46
Size: 1,120 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Torching, crowning, spotting fire behavior.

28 Jul 2008, 1:12pm
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Gunbarrel WFU Fire

Location: 40 miles W of Cody, Shoshone NF, Park Co., WY

Specific Location: near Yellowstone NP, 2.5 mi N of Hwy. 14, Lat 44° 29´ 41″ Lon 109° 49´ 25″

Date of Origin: 07/26/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/08/08 4:55 PM
Total Personnel: 3
Size: 67,141 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Est containment date: 10/15/08

Costs to Date: not updated, est. $11 million

2 reported smokes today in a large green area. Area is surrounded by black. Resources are enroute to try and locate the 2 new smokes.

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Situation as of 09/03/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 44
Size: 67,141 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Est containment date: 10/15/08

Costs to Date: not updated, est. $10.8 million

Kole Berriochoa Type 3 Local Team now in charge of this fire.

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Situation as of 09/02/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 139
Size: 67,141 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Est containment date: 10/15/08

Costs to Date: $10,606,111

Transfer command of the Gunbarrel Fire to Type 3 organization (Berriochoa) at 1800 hrs. today. The IC, PIO, LOFR and Agency Admin. met with the Park County Commissioners this morning. Began removing ICP from Buffalo Bill State Park.

Last report unless significant fire activity occurs. [No, this will not be the last report. This fire is going to haunt careers from now until Doomsday - Ed]

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Situation as of 09/01/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 164
Size: 67,141 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Est containment date: 10/15/08

Costs to Date: $10,500,000

Acre increase due to inclusion of large unburned affected area within fire perimeter that had previously been excluded from the totals.

Fire received 1/2 inch of precip last night with snow above 7,500 feet. On and off rain during the day today. Broyles IMT1 transitioning with Type 3 organization for transfer of command on Tuesday, 09/02/08 at 1800 hrs. Continue to demob and dismantle and remove Gunbarrel ICP.

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Situation as of 08/31/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 338
Size: 61,923 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Est containment date: 10/15/08

Costs to Date: $10,300,000

Single and group tree torching with minimal fire movement. Continue equipment recovery and rehab fire lines. Monitor fire activity. Continue to demob toward smaller Type 3 organization.

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Situation as of 08/30/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 476
Size: 61,433 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Est containment date: 10/15/08

Costs to Date: $9,860,899

Burnout operations conducted last evening in Division X were successful in securing structures in the Division.

Red Flag Warning (high winds) for Saturday and Sunday.

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Situation as of 08/29/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 540
Size: 59,147 acres (no update, IR not flown)
Percent Contained: 50%

Est containment date: 10/15/08

Costs to Date: $9,100,000

Heavy helicopters were used in support of structure protection operations in Divisions C, B, X and W and hold the fire S of the drainage divide in Robber’s Roost Creek. Type 1 crews were used to cold trail and hot spot N of the highway in Division W.

Red Flag Warning (high winds) for Saturday and Sunday.

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Situation as of 08/28/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 569
Size: 59,147 acres
Percent Contained: 16%

Costs to Date: $8,085,000

Heavy helicopters were used in support of structure protection operations in Divisions B,C,X and W. Retardant plant established to support suppression efforts.

No explanation for the decline in acreage.

Another Palouser (late summer Northern Rockies windstorm) is expected Saturday or Sunday.

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Situation as of 08/27/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 364
Size: 57,384 acres
Percent Contained: 13%

Costs to Date: $7,800,000

A red flag warning was issued from 1200 hrs to 2100 hrs today.

Fire, pushed by 40 mph sustained winds out of the west and northwest, caused extreme fire behavior, with spotting up to 0.5 miles on the east end of the fire.

Broyles IMT1 assumed incident command at 0600 hrs. today. Heavy helicopters were used in support of structure protection operations in Divisions X and W until they were grounded by high winds around noon.

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Situation as of 08/26/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 349
Size: 55,471 acres
Percent Contained: 13%

Costs to Date: $7,603,000

Two lodges remains on stage one evacuation notice; fire has backed down toward the management action point, burn out operations are underway. Structure protection evaluation and actions in Trout Creek and Rattlesnake drainages.

Broyles IMT1 is shadowing today Hahnenberg FUMT and will assume command at 0600 on Wednesday.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 9 PM this evening and from 12 PM to 9 PM MDT Wednesday.

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Situation as of 08/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 250
Size: 53,960 acres
Percent Contained: 13%

Costs to Date: $6,988,000

Fire is highly active on both ends of the incident, potential fire growth and increased demands for aircraft has prompted the need for a type one IMT. Team was ordered last night and Paul Broyles’ Type 1 IMT will be in-briefed in the morning in Cody, WY. Three Fire Use Modules are counted as overhead

Red Flag Warning will increase fire behavior this evening, over night and up to 1800 tomorrow. Fire is running up unburned stringers on the west side with spotting and back activity. Fire activity is increasing in the Trout Creek area. Fire is slope and wind driven with spotting, running and backing.

Flag warning will continue through the day early evening. Expecting extreme fire behavior for the next 24 hours.

Structures Threatened: 420 residences, 11 commercial buildings, 149 outbuildings

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Situation as of 08/24/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 231
Size: 52,974 acres
Percent Contained: 13%
MMA: whoops, this no longer applies

Costs to Date: $6,570,000

Fire was converted to a suppression incident at midnight!!!!

That’s it for whoofoo. Six and a half million bucks and 50,000 acres whoofooed, and now they finally figure out that maybe it wasn’t such a swell idea after all!!

Fire activity has become plume dominated with an increase in fire behavior on the west in Libby Creek; Big Creek, Jim Creek, North Fork of Big Creek; and on the east in Trout Creek. Fire is slope and wind driven with spotting, running and backing.

Red Flag Warning for Monday, gusty winds and low humidity.

Airtankers and helitankers are attempting to slow the growth in the eastern portions of the fire. Medium helicopters are attempting to slow the growth in Libby Creek. High winds may ground the air attack Monday, however.

Structures Threatened: 420 residences, 11 commercial buildings, 149 outbuildings

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Situation as of 08/23/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 203
Size: 52,388 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $6,111,000

Fire has breached a couple of management action points and has moved out of the MMA on the eastern portion of the fire and into the Trout Creek drainage. Fire continues to move south down toward improvements in the Big Creek and Jim Creek subdivision. County and federal resources continue structural protection planning on private improvements east of Big Creek and updating the Community Protection Plan. With the fire breaching the MMA, the Forest is preparing a WFSA and will continue to manage the fire with the same strategy and tactics.

[That's a cut-and paste. That's what they said. The fire has jumped the boundary is bearing down on homes, and the strategy is the same: watch it burn, slack-jawed and impotent. - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/22/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 167
Size: 50,615 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $5,914,000

Fire has breached a couple of management action points and has moved out of the MMA. Fire spotted over Jim Mountain and is now established in the Trout Creek drainage on the E end of the fire. Fire has moved S down toward improvements in the Big Creek and Jim Creek subdivision and a couple of home were triaged overnight. County resources continue structural protection planning on private improvements E of Big Creek. Line construction and burnouts are ongoing in the Big Creek area to protect private structures.

Planning has begun on a Long Term Implementation Plan for the area out of the MMA.

Continue to monitor fire for resource benefit.

[These are all direct quotes from the 209 report, just in case you think I made them up. - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/21/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 167
Size: 43,372 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $5,708,000

Fire activity has increased in the Big Creek area to the east. Fire is wind driven with running, crowning and spotting.

Fire has breached a management action point on the eastern end of the fire in the Big Creek area prompting heightened monitoring actions and order of an additional strike team. Bucket drops were suspended due to high winds. [Get that? Monitoring has been heightened! Lots of notes being taken now, or so they would like you to believe. - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/20/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 168
Size: 43,066 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $5,600,000

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Situation as of 08/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 146
Size: 42,450 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $5,400,000

Fire activity has increased and will continue to increase over the next couple of days. Haines of six today, overnight and through tomorrow. Possible red flag warning for tomorrow and into Thursday. Group tree torching with short runs up side drainages and spotting in the Northern and Western sections of the fire. Fire is driven by short to medium range spotting, up hill runs and plume dominated behavior on the east side in the Big Creek drainage.

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Situation as of 08/18/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 139
Size: 41,406 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $5,200,000

Fire activity is increasing with additional acres burned in Big Creek, Sweetwater and Mormon Creek drainages. Fire is driven by short range spotting and up hill runs. Bucket drops to slow spread of fire to the SW. Monitoring fire on the E flank.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 139
Size: 41,406 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $5,006,747

Fire activity increased due to drying. Group tree torching (crown fire, fatal to the trees) with short runs up side drainages in the Northern and Western sections of the fire.

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Situation as of 08/16/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 151
Size: 41,406 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $4,880,000

Responsible official: Shoshone NF Forest Supervisor Rebecca Aus
Phone Number: 307-527-6241

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Situation as of 08/15/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 193
Size: 41,328 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $4,740,000

The updated Gunbarrel WFIP identifies 40 management action points containing 342 structures. Active implementation is occurring on 24 management action points containing 160 primary structures (mostly lodges and cabins). 28 structures are secured. 125 are prepped for future actions if needed.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 147
Size: 41,328 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $4,570,000

Smoldering, creeping with occasional single tree and group torching and isolated intense burning of small drainages.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 4:10 PM
Total Personnel: 151
Size: 41,066 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $4,400,000

A Public Meeting was help with local lodge and home owners. If anyone reading this attended that meeting, please let us know what transpired.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 4:20 PM
Total Personnel: 166
Size: 39,475 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $4,270,000

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Situation as of 08/11/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 188
Size: 39,370 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $4,140,000

Structures Destroyed: 7 abandoned publicly-owned buildings

The updated Gunbarrel WFIP [wildfire implementation plan] identifies 40 management action points containing 342 structures. Active implementation is occurring on 24 management action points containing 160 primary structures (mostly lodges and cabins). 28 structures are secured. 125 are prepped for future actions if needed. 7 abandoned Forest Service structures were destroyed on 8/3. Continue to amend WFIP as additional Management Action Points (MAP’s) are identified. [Abandoned? Why and when did the USFS "abandon" structures? What other public assets has the USFS abandoned? -Ed]

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Situation as of 08/10/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 200
Size: 37,650 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $4,000,000

Generally very active wind driven fire behavior, especially in the Libby Creek Drainage. Concerns by homeowners in the Moss Creek Area. Taking action to further reduce threats on the SW end of the fire.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 248
Size: 35,500 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $3,700,000

IR flight unavailable again last evening, so acreage figures remain at 8/7/08 number.

There was light rain on the fire last night, but Initial Attack was initiated on one lighting start within the unburned portion of the MMA. [Looks like the WFU idea has lost favor!!! - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/08/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 346
Size: 35,500 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $3,400,000

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Situation as of 08/07/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 361
Size: 35,500 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $2,900,000

Current evacuations lifted, however residents and visitors remain on potential evacuation alerts.

Perimeter growth slowed by cloud cover; however areas of active burning continues on the SW edge with spotting and torching. Extreme fire behavior on interior islands.

Line construction to limit spread from Mormon Creek to Grinnell Creek Drainage. Structure protection and fuels management at Shoshone Lodge.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 343
Size: 34,770 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
MMA: 416,112 acres

Costs to Date: $2,500,000

Initiating structure protection W of current operations. Anticipate lifting evacuations for the homeowners in the Moss Creek Area.

Unaweep Fire Use Module assigned. The Unaweep FUM was burned over in the Little Venus Fire (2006) also on the Shoshone NF [here]. Hopefully the Lessons Learned from the Little Venus Shelter Deployment have been drilled into the current Unaweep personnel and fire managers.


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Situation as of 08/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 322
Size: 32,590 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $2,050,000

No structures lost since 8/3. Yesterdays evacuations remain in place. Evacuations initiated today at Goff Creek and Libby Creek summer home groups. Evacuation re-established at the Elephant Head Resort.

A large plume column began building at 11:00am on the W end of the fire with activity continuing all day; growing to the S and W. Fire is now 6 miles from E entrance to Yellowstone NP.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 288
Size: 31,050 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $1,370,000

Fire made a 9000+ acre run to the Northeast yesterday evening after 1900. The former Sweetwater Resort and a USFS structure were destroyed during the run. Evacuations continue. Strong winds anticipated.

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Update: The MMA (Maximum Manageable Area, or desired incineration zone) has been announced. It is 417,000 acres (652 sq miles) and includes public and private properties north and south of Highway 14. No map of the MMA was issued.

Situation as of 08/03/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 200
Size: 21,995 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

Evacations are underway for the Elephant Head, Absaroka Lodge and summer cabins in Moss Creek. Fire came down to highway from the Sweetwater Creek drainage threatening cultural resources. Temporary road closure on the North Fork occurred.

Team transition to Type II (Angel) will occur at 1800 hrs. WFU is still main strategy. Hahnenberg will remain committed to complete stage 3 WFIP. One million dollars worth of “resource benefit” has been inflicted to date. Taxpayers, residents, visitors ecstatic. Numerous signs out in Cody WY, “Thanks for the Benefits.”

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Situation as of 08/02/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 142
Size: 15,529 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $475,000

Evacuations are underway for the Elephant Head, Absaroka Lodge, and summer cabins in Moss Creek. Fire may have spotted over the North Fork.

Fire out of control. Firestorm, pluming. 100% mortality of forest. Threats to structures. Shut down of recreation. Despite that, Shoshone NF has announced that WFU is still main strategy. Hahnenberg FUM remains committed to complete stage 3 Wildfire Use Plan, even as the fire rages outside the previously designated Maximum Manageable Area.

Dimwit Shoshone Forest Supervisor Becky Aus, pictured [here], is legally responsible.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 142
Size: 9,560 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $323,786

As predicted (below), the Gunbarrel WFU Fire is now close to 10,000 acres. Fire may breach the non-reported MMA this evening or overnight. Evacautions are underway for multiple lodges and homes within the North Fork area.

Fire managers are currently re-evaluating complexity analysis and developing Management Action Plans for appropriate management response. [sic - no kidding, that's what the report said, although I corrected their misspellings. Interpretation: the WFU idea has failed catastrophically. Another Let It Burn fire is blowing up. - Ed]. Two helicopters, 5 engines, and 50 firefighters have no chance of affecting this fire in any manner.

Fire is running, spotting and crowning downhill in the drainage of the North Fork. Fire is moving N and NE with runs up and down drainages, and creating significant growth toward the S as well.

Red Flag Warning for strong winds again tomorrow.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 70
Size: 7,844 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Maximum Manageable Area: not reported
Est date of containment: none

Red Flag Warning for strong winds today, 10 to 15 MPH increasing to 25 TO 30 MPH in the afternoon.

And thar she blows. Still no plan except let ‘er burn. Should be 10,000+ acres by evening tomorrow. Personnel in grave danger given the capabilities of the fire managers.

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Situation as of 07/30/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 60
Size: 4,701 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Maximum Manageable Area: not reported
Est date of containment: none

Continue to evaluate threats to MMA and developing Management Action Plans for appropriate management response. Meanwhile fire has quadrupled in size in two days.

Incident Command Post located at the Supervisors Office of the Shoshone National Forest, 40 miles away in Cody, WY. Shoshone NF was site of infamous Little Venus burnover of a Fire Use Module in 2006. No LCES led to near fatalities to 10 personnel.

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Situation as of 07/29/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 28
Size: 2,103 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Beginning WFIP Stage III process [they plan to make a plan]. Continue to evaluate threats to MMA and developing management action plans for appropriate management response. [Maximum Manageable Area indeterminate and subject to govt. functionary whim. The response chosen has been to watch gape-jawed as a few thousand acres per day are consumed by the fire. Eventually many $millions will be spent on a megafire and on the aftermath, damage that will last for decades].

Fire spotting ahead of fire front from wind-blown embers. Crown fire in forested areas. Fire spreading up side drainages in all directions.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 14
Size: 800 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Hannenberg’s Fire Use team has been ordered. FUT will assume control of the fire at 0600 07/29/2008.

Continue to monitor and take action if fire moves down drainage toward North Fork Shoshone River (Hwy 14) corridor. Fire backing into the wind in heavy timber and spotting to the east.

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InciWeb, the government fire reporting site, has been up and down this year. Right now it is functional again. If the InciWebbers show they can report fires consistently and without server glitches, we may pick and choose which fires we track more selectively. Our intention was never to compete with InciWeb or supplant them. We only provided a comprehensive fire reporting service because we thought such was needed during their long absence.

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7 Jun 2008, 9:02pm
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Evans Road Fire

Location: 15 miles NW of Fairfield and 7 miles S of Creswell in Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, NC

Specific Location: Western Road, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Date of Origin: 06/01/2024 at 120 hrs.
Cause Lightning

Situation as of 06/17/08
Total Personnel 465
Size 41,060 acres
Percent Contained 60%

The fire continues to progress further to the North and East and into Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Smoldering fire in deep peat soils.

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Situation as of 06/10/08
Total Personnel 351
Size 40,195 acres
Percent Contained 40%

Evacuation of Waterway Landing and upper New Lake Rd area repeated due to fire advancement across some local trigger points and change in weather. Multiple local and mutual aid fire units are on scene along with N. C. Division of Forest Resources. Extremely smoky conditions have also now set in the entire Ponzer area. Visibility is greatly reduced. The Belhaven Fire Station remains open as a sheltering location for any displaced persons.

Most of the 4,504-acre increase in the fire’s size has occurred since this morning. The fire continues advancing further north and east within the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. At its current rate of spread, the fire should reach the northeastern boundary of the Refuge within the next 12 hours.

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Situation as of 06/07/08
Total Personnel: 210
Size: 30,809 acres
Percent Contained 40%

Fire Behavior: Short runs with torching and short range spotting observed. Smoldering ground fire in deep organic soils. Growth potential extreme.

Fire followed up the significant run yesterday evening with another major run today toward the E-NE. A voluntary evacuation was issued in and around the Cross Landing and New Lands Community.

Current Wind Conditions: 5 mph W
Current Temperature: 101 degrees
Current Humidity: 40 %

Summary from InciWeb: The Evans Road Fire started on June 1 approximately 15 miles NW of Fairfield in the New Lake vicinity in eastern North Carolina. The fire resulted from a lightning strike. On the afternoon of June 3, the fire broke from containment, running 3,000 acres onto Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. By late evening, the blaze had grown to approximately 8,000 acres. Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is approximately 93,000-acres and is home to the endangered red wolf, black bear, hundreds of species of migratory birds, and a variety of other native wildlife. The refuge is a popular attraction for birders, wildlife photographers, as well as being a good hunting and fishing hot spot.

Windy weather and a limited water supply have complicated suppression efforts for firefighters. The fire is primarily burning in shrubby swamp lands which are very difficult to suppress in dry conditions due to the explosive fire movement through the shrubs and the large amounts of organic vegetation in the soil available to burn. The fire will likely linger for weeks in the soil until significant rainfall floods the swamp.

On June 4, a Type 2 Incident Management Team from the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources arrived to manage the fire. An incident command post was established in Ponser, NC. The incident is being jointly managed by the agencies involved at 6pm on June 4, the fire was considered to be 30% contained and had grown to over 13,000 acres. On June 5, winds weakened a bit and direction was extremely variable. By late afternoon, the fire was recorded as over 20,000 acres, with about half being on refuge land and half being on state/private land.

At 6 pm on June 5, the fire had grown to almost 30,000 acres. It had jumped Western Road and continued to head east-northeast. Fortunately, the winds continued to abate, slowing the forward movement of the fire and continued to have shifting directions, slowing the increase in acreage. Evacuation included 75 residences and 20 outbuilding/other.

June 6, acreage was at 29,970, still at 30% contained, with 186 people, 25 tractor/plows, two flex-tracks, 2 helicopters, 8 engines, and 1 air tanker working the fire.

18 May 2008, 5:53pm
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Mustang Corner Fire

Location: 10 miles NW of Homestead, FL

Specific location: south of the Chekika visitor area of Everglades National Park

Date of Origin: 05/14/2008 at 0831 hrs.
Cause: human

Situation as of 05/21/08
Total Personnel: 252
Size: 39,465 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

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Situation as of 05/20/08
Total Personnel: 252
Size: 39,465 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

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Situation as of 05/18/08
Total Personnel: 194
Size: 32,821 acres
Percent Contained:30%

Fuels: Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

Summary: Primarily wind-driven fire with flame lengths of 5 to 10 feet in grass fuels. Rates of spread about 1/2 mile per hour in sustained winds. Spotting up to 0.1 miles. Southern Area Type 1 IMT (Quesinberry) took over the incident Saturday, May 17. Firefighters are directly attacking the fire along the southern perimeter without backburning. Along the northeastern edge of the fire, aerial resources worked today to douse the flames with water.

The fire impacts important habitat for two subpopulations of the Federally endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow.

Current Wind Conditions: 25 mph SW

14 May 2008, 5:47pm
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Brevard Fire(s)

Location: Palm Bay, Brevard Co., FL

Date of Origin: 05/11/08
Cause: Arson

Osage Fire (Malabar): 3,708 acres

Madden Fire (Palm Bay): 1,185 acres

Jupiter Fire (Palm Bay): 190 acres

Lowry Fire (Southeast Brevard County): 5,300 acres

Situation as of 05/14/08
Total acreage: 10,300
Personnel: 300
Containment: 40%

An estimated nine fires set. 162 homes reported burned. Suspected arsonist arrested. All Brevard schools will open tomorrow. About 550 Florida Power & Light personnel and contractors are working to restore power. Power should be restored by Friday night.

Breaking news from Orlando Sentinel [here].

3 May 2008, 5:44pm
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The Huckabee Fire

Location: Pecos Co., TX

Specific location: 30 miles SE of Fort Stockton off Hwy 285.

Date of Origin: 04/30/2008 at 1732 hrs

Cause: Downed power line

Situation as of 05/06/08
Total Personnel: Not available
Size: 98,200 acres
Percent Contained: 90%
Estimated Containment Date: 05/06/2023 at 1800 hrs

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Current Situation 05/03/08
Total Personnel: 62
Size: 96,700 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Fuels Involved: 2.5 feet tall grass with a medium brush component. Heavy fuels in the drainages and north slopes.

Crews are working to put in a contingency line on the north side of the fire in order to protect the windmill farm. Air resources cooled the line and allowed the crews to make direct attack on the fire.

Oil wells, critical infrastructure, ranches, houses and outbuildings are all threatened by this fire.

To date in 2008 Texas has experienced about 150 fires, and close to 800,000 acres have burned. Most of the acreage has been grass. The Texas Forest Service has been the lead agency in fighting the Texas fires, although Federal IMT’s have participated in many cases. The larger fires (5-digit acreages) are listed below with acres and date of containment:

Cathedral Wildland Fire — 23,000 (still active)

Borden County Complex Wildland Fire — 15,000 — 4/15/2008

Ellison Fire Wildland Fire — 16,000 — 4/14/2008

Porter Wildland Fire — 51,400 — 4/5/2023

Highway 322 Wildland Fire — 67,500 — 4/5/2023

Eighty-two Wildland Fire — 33,037 — 4/5/2023

Glass Wildland Fire — 220,000 — 4/5/2023

Burns Ranch Wildland Fire — 25,600 — 3/23/2008

Dana Wildland Fire — 10,000 — 3/21/2008

Snyder Complex Wildland Fire — 28,625 — 3/18/2008

Silver Wildland Fire T — 20,200 — 3/18/2008

Archer County Wildland Fire — 13,548 — 3/2/2024

19 Apr 2008, 11:56am
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Texas Fires Update

As of 04/18/08 there have been 149 wildfires in Texas this year, three of which are still active. Burned area totals 696,976 acres to date.

As of 04/23/08 there have been 153 wildfires in Texas this year, all contained. Burned area totals 698,411 acres to date.

As of 04/30/08 there have been 149 wildfires in Texas this year, three of which are still active. Burned area totals 700,437 Acres acres to date.

As of 05/03/08 there have been 147* wildfires in Texas this year, two of which are still active. Burned area totals 771,800* acres to date.

*Note: information based on InciWeb reportage. No specific info provided as to why the total fire count went down between 4/23 and 4/30, and again between 4/30 and 5/03. These are contained incidents. They either happened or they didn’t. The acreage totals are also suspect, and apparently lower than actual by ~30,000 acres.

 
  
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