22 Sep 2010, 9:32am
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Coffee Pot Let It Burn Fire

Location: 15 mi N of Indianola, Utah Co. UT
Specific Location: Lake Fork Canyon, Manti-La Sal National Forest, Lat 39° 54´ 38″ Lon 111° 27´ 5″

Date of Origin: 07/18/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 10/06/2023 5:00 pm
Personnel: 14
Size: 1,910 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Desired incineration area: 9,914 acres

Costs to Date: $1,092,000 (no update)

Return fire to local management. This will be the last daily report unless there is significant activity.

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Situation as of 10/04/2023 6:25 pm
Personnel: 62
Size: 1,910 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Desired incineration area: 9,914 acres

Costs to Date: $1,092,000

FEMOs continue to monitor.

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Situation as of 10/03/2023 5:45 pm
Personnel: 81
Size: 1,875 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Desired incineration area: 9,914 acres

Costs to Date: $1,053,000

FEMOs continue to monitor.

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Situation as of 10/02/2024 4:45 pm
Personnel: 75
Size: 1,795 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Desired incineration area: 9,914 acres

Costs to Date: $1,006,000

Waiting for arrival for ordered resources. Single and multiple tree torching. FEMOs will continue to monitor fire, fuels conditions, and weather.

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Situation as of 09/29/2010 5:30 pm
Personnel: 45
Size: 1,040 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Desired incineration area: 9,914 acres

Costs to Date: $917,000

Transition complete to Type 4 team. FEMOs will continue to monitor fire, fuels conditions, and weather.

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Situation as of 09/28/2010 5:50 pm
Personnel: 45
Size: 950 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Desired incineration area: 9,914 acres

Costs to Date: $917,000

Increased activity. Fire is backing, flanking, and group torching. Continue to monitor fire…

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21 Sep 2010, 9:23am
Utah
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Machine Gun Fire

Location: Camp Williams, 2 mi S of Herriman, Salk Lake Co. UT
Specific Location: Rose Canyon, Lat 40° 24´ 33″ Lon 112° 4´ 59″

Date of Origin: 09/19/2010
Cause: Human, Camp Williams machine gun firing

Situation as of 09/27/2010 3:30 pm
Personnel: 108
Size: 4,346 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Structures Destroyed: 3 PRIM

Costs to Date: $3,818,000

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Situation as of 09/22/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 234
Size: 4,346 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Significant moisture received on fire area today.

Remaining evacuation orders have been lifted for residents, public access to entire fire area will be limited. Two UXO [unexploded ordinance] instances were identified and diffused by Air Force EOD team. Burned Area Emergency Rehab team personnel arrived on incident and have developed a plan to be implemented in the next operational period.

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Situation as of 09/21/2010 5:30 pm
Personnel: 255
Size: 4,346 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Some evacuation orders have been lifted. Fire held throughout the wind event and red flag warning period.

Completed line on Division B. Continued containment on divisions A and E. Burnout operations completed on A.

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Situation as of 09/20/2010 5:30 pm
Personnel: 166
Size: 4,346 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Residences remain evacuated in Rose Canyon, Hi Country Estates and Majestic (~732 homes). All other evacuations have been lifted. An evacuation site has been set up at Herriman High School at 11917 S. 6000 West. The site was originally established at Fort Herriman Middle School but had to be moved when the fire got too close.

Herriman City Mayor Josh Mills and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon have signed a declaration of State of Emergency. Gov. Gary Herbert is also on site. Officials are asking residents in Salt Lake County to stay off their cell phones so emergency information can be transmitted. Residents are asked not to call 911, but to instead call Herriman City Hall at 801-446-5323.

Structures Threatened: 1,651 PRIM
Structures Destroyed: 3 PRIM

Camp Williams is a National Guard Training Site operated by the Utah Army National Guard. It is located 26 miles south of Salt Lake City. It consists of 28,000 acres of training areas and has a billeting capacity of 2,800 troops. The main training site for the UTNG, including artillery, engineers, academies and other units. Adjacent to large metropolitan areas — Salt Lake City and Provo — the area consists of semi-desert and sage steppe [here].

18 Aug 2010, 8:29am
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Willow Creek Fire

Location: ~3 mi E of Mona, Uinta NF, Juab Co. UT
Specific Location: Mt. Nebo Wilderness area, Lat 39° 48´ 9″ Lon 111° 47´ 24″

Date of Origin: 08/16/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/18/2010 6:30 pm
Personnel: 105
Size: 148 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $115,000

Significant thunderstorms with wetting rain have moved over the fire area. Demob commencing tonight, transfer to type 4 organization to occur within the next two days.

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Situation as of 08/17/2010 4:00 pm
Personnel: 0
Size: 110 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

26 Jul 2010, 12:54pm
Utah
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Twitchell Canyon WFU Fire

Location: ~7 mi E of Manderfield, Beaver Co. UT
Specific Location: near Manderfield Reservoir, Fishlake NF, Lat 38° 25´ 31″ Lon 112° 29´ 57″

Date of Origin: 07/20/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 10/05/2023 6:00 pm
Personnel: 206
Size: 44,874 acres
Percent Contained: 76%

Costs to Date: $17,363,000

Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.

Demobilization of Base Camp, crews, and miscellaneous overhead due to weather, with plan to return when weather allows for operations to proceed.

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Situation as of 10/04/2023 6:00 pm
Personnel: 333
Size: 45,216 acres
Percent Contained: 76%

Costs to Date: $17,004,000

Crews were pulled from the fire due to adverse weather. A fire suppression damage repair plan is in development.

Boise NIMO assumed command at 0600 on 10/4.

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Situation as of 10/03/2023 6:00 pm
Personnel: 478
Size: 45,126 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $16,500,000

The interstates are currently open however the potential for further closures exists with reassessments ongoing. Power corridor that parallels the interstate remains de-energized. The fire is currently active on the southern and western flanks. Resources are constructing direct line in DIV F and DIV D with the intention of checking fire spread.

Gage’s NIMO team has transitioned with Whalen’s team and will assume command on 10/4/10 @ 06:00.

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Situation as of 10/02/2024 6:00 pm
Personnel: 530
Size: 44,966 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $16,025,257

Fire continues to creep down North Creek, Wildcat and Pine Creek drainages and toward I-15. Resources are constructing direct line in DIV F and DIV D with the intention of checking fire spread. Fire line in DIV D is expected to be completed by Monday morning 10-04-10. A structure protection plan for Beaver has been completed.

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Situation as of 09/29/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 433
Size: 42,427 acres
Percent Contained: 28%

Costs to Date: $13,583,000

Last night the fire exhibited extreme fire behavior with sustained crown runs late into the evening pushing south into the North Creek drainage with very poor humidity recoveries. Fire continues to to back down North Creek drainage and toward I-15.

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Situation as of 09/28/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 527
Size: 40,463 acres
Percent Contained: 28%

Costs to Date: $13,075,500

Burnouts planned. The interstates are currently open however the potential for further closures exists with reassessments ongoing. Power corridor that parallels the interstate remains threatened and is de-energized.

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Situation as of 09/27/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 520
Size: 39,883 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $12,940,000 (no update)

Burnouts planned.

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Situation as of 09/26/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 538
Size: 39,073 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $12,940,000

Fire continues to creep toward I-15. The interstates are currently open however the potential for further closures exists with reassessments ongoing. Power corridor that parallels the interstate remains threatened and power is off. The fire is currently active on the southern and western flank. Multiple divisions continue to be staffed with necessary resources however the current focus is holding the fire spread south of I-70. Resources are currently assessing and constructing direct and indirect line in DIV V with the intention of slowing and checking the fire spread.

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Situation as of 09/22/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 548
Size: 38,644 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $10,172,000

Another 5,000 acres “scenically” destroyed yesterday.

Private land now incinerated. Acreage amount not reported.

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Situation as of 09/21/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 571
Size: 33,687 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $9,877,267 (no update)

Transition to Great Basin IMT (Whalen).

Number of firefighter injuries not reported by GACC but there have been many. No firefighter fatalities yet, though.

Private land now incinerated. Acreage amount not reported.

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Situation as of 09/20/2010 5:30 pm
Personnel: 520
Size: 33,071 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $9,877,267

All fire resources were outstanding in holding the fire to the south side of I-70 while also containing numerous spot fires north of the interstate. Tushar Mountain WFM was also instrumental in containing and suppressing a large spot fire in DIV H. Fire continues to flank to the west while surging with short runs north towards I-70. I-70 currently is open to east and west bound traffic however the potential for additional closures exist with reassessments ongoing. Power corridor that parallels the interstate remains threatened and power is off. Fire on eastern edge of southern flank is extremely active at this time and exhibiting extreme fire behavior. Multiple divisions continue to be staffed with necessary resources however the current focus is holding the fire spread to the south of I-70. Resources completed direct and indirect line construction in DIV A and D with the intention of slowing and checking fire spread towards private property to the west.

Great Basin IMT2 (Whalen) have arrived at the incident and will spend the afternoon shadowing current IMT. Great Basin IMT2 Ourada will transition with Great Basin IMT2 Whalen at 0600 hours on Tuesday the 21st of September, 2010.

Extremely dry fuels conditions, ERC’s hovering around historical highs and ongoing Red Flag Warnings are creating critical and even volatile fire behavior potential. Observed fire behavior: Fire was active through the night with group tree torching and short uphill runs. Extreme fire behavior with sustained wind driven crown fire through in conifer fuel types. Rapid rates of spread with flame lengths of over 200 feet and frequent 1/2 mile spotting ahead of fire head.

Resources will work in conjunction with aircraft to contain fire spread to the south of I-70. Protection of private property remains the focus with an emphasis being place upon firefighter and public safety. Direct and indirect line tactics will be utilized. Assessment of the situation is ongoing. Remaining divisions will be appropriately staffed with efforts being placed to holding existing lines and monitoring. All fire resources are informed and cognizant of the IMT2 transition occurring prior to tomorrow’s shift.

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Situation as of 09/19/2010 6:30 pm
Personnel: 485
Size: 30,000 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $8,513,107

Kaboom. Blow up to 30,000 acres.

Fire made a significant runs to I-70 resulting in a closure which has resulted in a closure of both east and west bound lanes. Power corridor that parallels the interstate is also threatened and power has been shut off. Resources are actively working on holding the fire south of the interstate along with picking up any spots occurring north of the interstate. Intelligence gathering and dissemination is ongoing. Secondary contingency line is being constructed in DIV A and DIV D. Multiple divisions continue to be staffed with necessary resources however the current focus is holding the fire spread south of the interstate.

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Situation as of 09/18/2010 4:45 pm
Personnel: 505
Size: 22,788 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $8,050,768

Note: For the first time in two months, the IMT is reporting something other than 0% containment. After $8 million had been spent deliberately NOT containing the fire, deliberately letting it burn uncontained until it grew to over 20,000 acres in size, the Powers That Be decided maybe they should do some actual firefighting. And in one day they achieved 25% containment.

Red Flag Warning for high winds.

On-site resources are working to limit fire spread while prepping for forecasted Red Flag Warning and Fire Weather Watch. Secondary contingency line is being constructed in DIV A and DIV D.

“Bonneville Cutthroat Trout”, shown in block 27 of the 209, reflects a “genetically unique strand” of trout found in streams North of I-70. The protection of this trout is identified as an Incident Requirement in the WFDSS and was activated on 09/16/2010.

Note: they didn’t give a crap about Bonneville trout while they were incinerating the watershed for two months. The only reason it is brought up now is to hamper fire containment. That’s right. The trout is a tool used by holocausters to monkey wrench firefighting, to endanger firefighters, and to perpetrate even more watershed destruction.

These are the same folks who have been pushing Let It Burn for the cockamamie “Scenic Vegetation Mosaic Effect”.

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Situation as of 09/17/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: 383
Size: 22,200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $7,357,616

Structures Threatened: 28 PRIM , 35 OUTB
Structures Destroyed: 2 historical cabins

Red Flag Warning for high winds.

Continuing burnout operations in Fish Creek along the I-70 Corridor. Aerial resources working to control fire spread in Mill Creek Canyon. Resources will begin indirect line construction in DIV D with the intention of slowing and checking fire spread towards private property.

Historical highs ERC’s were broken over the fire area again today. Currently above the 90 % percentile and tied with the historic max for this date and time.

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Situation as of 09/16/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: 319
Size: 21,738 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $6,447,627

Reestablished heli-well in Cove Fort. DIV R will be conducting burning operations in Fish Creek along the I-70 Corridor. On-site resources are working to limit fire spread while prepping for forecasted Red Flag Warning and Fire Weather Watch.

Historical highs ERC’s were broken over the fire area again today.

Direct line tactics are being implemented in Twitchell Canyon with support of aerial resources.

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Situation as of 09/15/2010 5:30 pm
Personnel: 201
Size: 20,870 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $6,013,158

Voluntarily evacuation of Castle Rock Campground is in place. Great Basin IMT2 will no longer transition the fire back to the local unit.Voluntarily evacuation of Castle Rock Campground is in place. Great Basin IMT2 will no longer transition the fire back to the local unit.

Historical highs ERC’s were broken over the fire area today. Currently above the 80% percentile and within 3 points of the 90% percentile.

Note: The Energy Release Component is a number related to the available energy (BTU) per unit area (square foot) within the flaming front at the head of a fire. ERC is an NFDRS (National Fire Danger Rating System) index related to how hot a fire. This fire is burning VERY HOT. It is not a lazy or light “mosaic” burn. It is total incineration. Nothing is left alive.

Implement contingency, work to control fire spread in Mill Creek Canyon, develop contingency plan for protecting I-70 Corridor. Work aircraft in conjunction with crews to contain spot fires.

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Situation as of 09/15/2010 8:00 am
Personnel: 86 (that was what was reported!)
Size: 17,891 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $5,767,345 (no update)

Overall, extreme fire behavior observed over entire fire area. Rapid rates of spread, flame lengths observed of over 200 feet, 1/2 mile spotting with large ash landing over five miles northeast of fire area.

Fire made significant runs and exhibited extreme fire behavior. Fire moved in high rates of spread to the north and is currently posing significant threats to a Power Corridor parallelling I-70 and to I-70 itself. IMT overhead along with local resources are currently gathering intel and discussing strategy and tactics. Mobilization of desired resources are critical to success.

The fire is being managed for multiple objectives, which included providing for the safety of the public and firefighters, to increase structural diversity in forest and shrubland ecosystems through use of fire, reducing fuels in a mosaic pattern to effectively manage future fires, and to manage the fire for a scenic vegetation mosaic effect in the Manderfield Reservoir viewshed.

Note: all of the above is direct copy and paste.

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Situation as of 09/13/2010 5:30 pm
Personnel: 161
Size: 11,293 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $5,767,345

Predominately creeping and smoldering throughout the majority of the fire area with the exception of; Ground fire in heavy down and dead fuels in Line and Trail Canyons resulting in group tree torching and short range crown runs with medium range spotting. Backing fire on the western flank in Twitchell Canyon. Backing fire with isolated group torching, short uphill runs and short range spotting on the fires southern heel in Indian Canyon.

3-IHC’s are currently available and would be demobed at 07:00 on September 14th, 2010. 1-IHC has been reassigned to a wildland fire in Nevada. 1-T1 and the T2 Helicopter have been released. Air attack platform has been released and are available in Cedar City. Great Basin T2IMT will transition with the local unit at 06:00 hours on September 15th, 2010. Area Closure is still signed and in effect. Some miscellaneous overhead have been demobed.

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Situation as of 09/11/2023 5:30 pm
Personnel: 308
Size: 10,925 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $5,690,250

Crews along with aerial resources completed direct and indirect holding line in support of Management Action Point 22. In support of Mangagement Action Point’s 8 and 22, crews continue to construct and improve indirect contingency lines. Crews completed constructing indirect contingency lines in support of Management Action Point 11. Crews continue progress containing spot fires utilizing direct attack tactics along with aerial resources.

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Situation as of 09/09/2023 6:30 pm
Personnel: 266
Size: 10,871 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $4,842,309

Another 260 acres burned yesterday. Additional 41 firefighters deployed. Uutilizing direct attack tactics along with aerial resources. Crews continue to construct indirect line on the fire’s W flank.

Area closure is still signed and in effect.

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Situation as of 09/07/2023 6:30 pm
Personnel: 215
Size: 10,608 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $3,979,609

Another 1,840 acres burned yesterday. Additional 17 firefighters deployed. Now utilizing direct attack tactics along with aerial resources.

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Situation as of 09/06/2023 6:30 pm
Personnel: 198
Size: 8,870 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $3,600,000

Another 1,900 acres burned yesterday. Additional 45 firefighters deployed. Building firelines, finally, after a month and a half of Let It Burn. This fire could have been extinguished at less than 1,000 acres for less than $100,000, but oh no, the US Forest Service determined that Let It Burn was the best course of action. Now look at the disaster and expense!

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Situation as of 09/05/2023 7:20 pm
Personnel: 151
Size: 7,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $3,200,000

Another 1,600 acres burned yesterday. Additional 26 firefighters deployed.

Evacuated Kimberly Mining District. Transition to Ourada’s Type 2 IMT will occur tomorrow morning.

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Situation as of 09/04/2023 6:45 pm
Personnel: 127
Size: 5,400 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $3,090,374

Another 700 acres burned. Additional 14 firefighters deployed.

Historic structure destroyed. Wind and terrain driven surface fire and sustained crown with associated short range spotting.

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Situation as of 09/01/2024 7:00 pm
Personnel: 113
Size: 4,700 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $2,666,554

Another 50 acres burned. Additional 20 firefighters deployed.

1 new injury today - crewmember tripped and fell. Individual walked off the line and was transported to the Sevier Valley Hospital to be checked out.

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Situation as of 08/31/2010 9:00 pm
Personnel: 92
Size: 4,657 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $2,548,000

Another 100 acres burned. Additional 60 firefighters deployed.

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Situation as of 08/30/2010 9:00 pm
Personnel: 33
Size: 4,550 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $2,468,000

Fire now established on the east side of Fish Creek.

New mission: protect the Manderfield view shed utilizing hand ignition as necessary [sic]. It’s not enough to Let It Burn. Now deliberate ignition is underway to “protect the viewshed” or a viewed shed or something else as nutty as a fruitcake.

Burn, baby, burn. For all the wrong reasons.

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Situation as of 08/26/2010 12:00 pm
Personnel: 20
Size: 4,508 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $2,448,000

Fire Module to continue monitoring and collecting data in the fish creek drainage. Engine module to monitor fire activity and keep its presents in the indian creek drainage. [sic]

Note: How do you like $millions spent on not fighting fires as performed by people who can barely read or write?

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Situation as of 08/21/2010 6:40 pm
Personnel: 119
Size: 4,482 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $2,434,250

Wildland fire module to gather fire and weather related data.

Note: WTF for? What good is having children “gather data” on a Let It Burn wildfire? Will the data be examined and /or archived? By whom and for what purpose? GD useless busywork on a Let It Burn holocaust is surreal. What planet do these people live on?

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Situation as of 08/20/2010 8:00 pm
Personnel: 145
Size: 4,482 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $2,228,210

Handline construction in the Fish Creek drainage, assessing locations for hoselays for structure protection, waterbarring handline.

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Situation as of 08/18/2010 8:00 pm
Personnel: 243
Size: 4,482 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $1,773,409

Historic register properties now at risk.

Million-dollar fire still being un-managed for unspecified multiple objectives, such as watershed incineration, public endangerment, government functionary overtime, historic cabin demolition, looming disaster.

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Situation as of 08/17/2010 8:00 pm
Personnel: 204
Size: 4,482 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $1,065,516

Began implementation of contingency line adjacent to historic mining district.

Million-dollar fire still being un-managed for unspecified multiple objectives, such as watershed incineration, public endangerment, government functionary overtime, looming disaster.

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Situation as of 08/16/2010 8:30 pm
Personnel: 177
Size: 4,482 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $739,637

After jerking around for 3 weeks, allowing the fire to grow and grow (ostensibly for unnamed resource “benefits”), hundreds of firefighters have been called out to prevent the now conflagration from spreading onto private land. The watershed of the Manderfield Reservoir has been fried and denuded, with serious erosion expected next winter. Before it is finished, over a million dollars will have been spent on a fire that could have been contained for a pittance. Fishlake National Forest Supervisor Allen Rowley is responsible. His pay should be docked for the cost of this fire and the damages that have and will ensue.

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Situation as of 08/14/2010 8:00 pm
Personnel: 28
Size: 4,128 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Prepeing to transition to a Type 3 Team. Transistion to Type 3 IMT. Continue to monitor incednet and develop protection plan. Prep grassy dreek road for potential burnout operation. [sic]

Note: watershed damages occurring. Morons in charge.

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Situation as of 08/12/2023 3:20 pm
Personnel: 26
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire moving E towards Fish Creek.

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Situation as of 08/10/2023 3:00 pm
Personnel: 37
Size: 1,120 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Still burning. Watershed degradation taking place.

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Situation as of 08/05/2023 2:30 pm
Personnel: 37
Size: 825 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Still burning.

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Situation as of 07/25/2010 6:30 pm
Personnel: 88
Size: 560 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Deliberate burnout operations around Manderfield Reservoir, ostensibly to “provide benefits to forest resources”, which apparently includes polluting the reservoir.

Big money long-term Let It Burn Plan being written, without any semblance of a NEPA process. Torch, torch, torch the public estate.

1 Sep 2009, 11:17pm
Utah
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West Scofield Fire

Location: W of Scofield Reservoir, 40 miles NW of Price, UT
Specific Location: Manti-La Sal NF, Fish Creek, Lat 39° 46´ 20″ Lon 111° 14´ 59″

Date of Origin: August 30, 2023
Cause: Human

Situation as of 09/03/2023 7:30 pm
Personnel: 110
Size: 251 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $810,000

Scofield mountain estates evacuation will be lifted today at 1600. Steve Rutter will transition with Adam Heyder as the type IV IC at 1600.

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Situation as of 09/02/2024 5:30 pm
Personnel: 156
Size: ? acres*
Percent contained: 60%

*Yesterday’s report was 2,840 acres. Today’s report is 251 acres. That is a huge discrepancy with no explanation given. This fire is not listed on InciWeb.

Costs to Date: $716,000

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Situation as of 09/01/2024 11:00 am
Personnel: 160
Size: 2,840 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Structures Threatened: 87 PRIM , 25 OUTB

Scofield Subdivision under evacuation order.

19 Aug 2009, 8:42pm
Utah
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Mill Flat Foofurb* Fire

Location: 4 to 5 miles SW of New Harmony, 10 miles W of Zion NP, Washington Co., UT
Specific Location: Mill Flat, Dixie NF, Lat 37° 26´ 18″ Lon 113° 23´ 33″

Date of Origin: 07/25/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 09/07/2023 7:00 am
Personnel: 75
Size: 12,607 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $6,500,000

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Situation as of 09/04/2023 4:00 pm
Personnel: 688
Size: 12,607 acres
Percent contained: 62%

Costs to Date: $5,000,000

Use of hand crews and engines to mop up line on the N and SE flanks. Helicopters were used to limit fire spread in inaccessible areas. Ground resources continued line construction on the NW and SW flanks; crews will be spiked out. A US Forest Service BAER team is in place.

Flash Flooding Announcement:

New Harmony, Utah - Meteorologists have predicted the potential for flash floods in the area. Residents should be advised that The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Burnt Area Emergency Response Team (BAER), have made assessments and set priorities in order to minimize risk to problem areas and structures. This includes natural areas and infrastructures. Mitigation measures will include water diversion by building sand bag barriers around affected areas. These areas are in the Dam, Comanche, Strait and Main Canyon drainages.

Residents of the Ash Creek drainage including the area around New Harmony may pick up sand bags at the triangle south of the cemetery in New Harmony. Crews will fill and stock-pile sand bags until midnight today and may continue later if the situation requires.

Julie Woods with New Harmony Valley Fire District will be the Incident Commander in these flood preparation work efforts.

Emergency notification of residents will be through reverse 911. Residents may report any personal emergencies to 911 as well.

Individuals are reminded not to enter or attempt to cross areas that are flooding. Fast moving water is dangerous and even vehicles should not be used in crossing. Stay on high ground until the flooding abates.

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Situation as of 09/03/2023 4:00 pm
Personnel: 746
Size: 12,607 acres
Percent contained: 33%

Costs to Date: $4,100,000

Direct line construction will commence on the W, S, and SW flanks.

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Situation as of 09/02/2024 4:00 pm
Personnel: 765
Size: 12,564 acres
Percent contained: 33%

Costs to Date: $3,100,000

Use of hand crews, engines and air resources to limit spread on the N and SE flanks to protect structures and infrastructure. Helicopters were used to limit fire spread in inaccessible areas. Ground resources began line construction on NW flank, crews will be spiked out.

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Situation as of 09/01/2024 1:30 pm
Personnel: 754
Size: 11,180 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $2,000,000

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Situation as of 08/31/2009 4:45 pm
Personnel: 647
Size: 10,382 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Maximum fire area: 29,000 acres

Structures Destroyed: 3 residences , 8 outbuildings

Community of New Harmony, 150 homes threatened.

Costs to Date: not reported

Transistion to Muir’s IMT 1 at 0600 today. Use of hand crew, engine and air resources to limit spread on the N and SE flanks to protect structures and infrastructure. Fixed-wing air delivered retardant and helicopters were used to check fire spread in inaccessible areas. Initiated scouting and assessment on other flanks to prepare for future actions. Acres by owner- BLM 41ac., Private 440 ac., and USFS 9901 ac. Continued media attention by print and television at both the state and local levels.

This Let It Burn fire blew up and burned private homes far from the ignition point on the Dixie NF. This is the second Let It Burn fire on the Dixie NF this summer that blew up and caused serious damages and costs (see Bridge Fire [here]).To date neither Bevan Killpack, Pine Valley District Ranger nor Rob MacWhorter Forest Supervisor for the Dixie NF have been formally charged with criminal negligence.

*foofurb: euphemism for “fire used for resource benefit.” However, as is usual with foofurbs, no benefits have been elucidated, no EIS created, no public involvement or hearings held.

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8 Aug 2009, 9:53pm
Utah
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Big Pole Fire

Location: 12 miles W of Grantsville, Tooele Co., UT
Specific Location: Lat 40° 36´ 49″, Lon 112° 39´ 59″

Date of Origin: 08/06/2023
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/23/2009 4:45 pm
Personnel: 0
Size: 44,344 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM , 10 OUTB

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Situation as of 08/12/2023 7:30 pm
Personnel: 138
Size: 44,344 acres
Percent contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $2,190,163

Type 3 team took control of incident at 0600.

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Situation as of 08/11/2023 6:00 pm
Personnel: 276
Size: 44,344 acres
Percent contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $1,995,000

Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM , 10 OUTB

Ourada’s IMT2 transitioned with Type 3 organization (Peel) in preparation for transfer of command at 0600 hrs tomorrow.

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Situation as of 08/08/2023 4:30 pm
Personnel: 330
Size: 44,200 acres
Percent contained: 20%

Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM , 2 COMM , 10 OUTB
Structures Threatened: 2 PRIM , 2 COMM , 12 OUTB

ICP was established at Grantsville High School. Ourada’s Great Basin Type 2 IMT assumed command at 0600 hrs. today. Acreage breakdown as follows: BLM 23,651; USFS 12,993; Private 6,273; State 1,283.

30 Jul 2009, 1:38am
Utah
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Cliffs Fire

Location: 20 miles S of Cedar City, Zion National Park, Washington Co. UT
Specific Location: 6 miles S of the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, Black Ridge, LaVerkin Creek, ~Lat 37° 24´ 04″, ~Lon 113° 11´ 03″

Date of Origin: 07/28/2009
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/01/2024 6:30 pm
Personnel: 153
Size: 744 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $430,000

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Situation as of 07/30/2009 8:00 pm
Personnel: 145
Size: 744 acres
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $200,000

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Situation as of 07/29/2009 11:00 pm
Personnel: not reported
Size: 200+ acres
Percent contained: 0%

Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive, located at Exit 40 on Interstate 15, and all trails leading from it are closed to the public at the park visitor center gate.

Kolob Canyons Visitor Center and parking lot remain open. Park rangers have evacuated hikers from the LaVerkin Creek Trail. The Hop Valley Trail along Kolob Terrace Road is also closed.

17 Jul 2009, 9:08pm
Utah
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Bridge Foofurb* Fire

Location: 8 miles SW of Bryce Canyon City, Garfield Co., UT
Specific Location: Bryce Canyon N.P., Lat 37° 32´ 45″, Lon 112° 16´ 25″

Date of Origin: 06/14/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 09/03/2023 4:45 pm
Personnel: 3
Size: 4,759 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: not reported

Fire 100% contained as of 1546 today

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Situation as of 07/25/2009 6:20 pm
Personnel: 27
Size: 3,766 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $1,630,000

Light precipitation, very limited fire behavior, smoldering, creeping. Fire will be placed in monitor status with Ty 5 IC.

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Situation as of 07/22/2009 6:30 pm
Personnel: 21
Size: 3,616 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $1,600,000

Increased fire activity. Continuing to burn out on Whiteman Bench Road.

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Situation as of 07/21/2009 3:45 pm
Personnel: 102
Size: 3,556 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $1,300,000

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Situation as of 07/20/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 163
Size: 3,556 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $1 reported

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Situation as of 07/19/2009 5:30 pm
Personnel: 291
Size: 3,556 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: not reported

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Situation as of 07/18/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 299
Size: 3,488 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: not reported

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Situation as of 07/17/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 249
Size: 2,900 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: not reported

The Bridge Fire was allowed to burn unimpeded for a month. Then it blew up on 7/14. Whatever “resource benefits” were gained, they have been overwhelmed by costs and damages from a runaway wildfire.

Bryce Canyon N.P. closure of park service road 63 begins one mile after the main park entrance.

Direct suppression of south flank below the rim of Bryce Canyon, and continuing holding at the Whiteman Bench Road on the north flank. Air attack, 3 helos, 5 crews, 3 eng assigned; additional orders being filled.

No listing of this fire on InciWeb.

*foofurb: euphemism for “fire used for resource benefit.” However, as is usual with foofurbs, no benefits have been elucidated, no EIS created, no public involvement or hearings held.

11 Jul 2009, 10:37pm
Utah
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Horse Valley Foofurb* Fire

Location: 10 miles WSW of Panguitch,  Garfield Co., UT
Specific Location: Haycock Creek, Dixie NF, Lat 37° 45´ 40″, Lon 112° 39´ 10″

Date of Origin: 07/05/2023
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/17/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 173
Size: 2,916 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,100,000

Return to Dixie National Forest on 7-18-09.

No listing of this fire on InciWeb.

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Post-Fire Vegetation Conditions on the National Forests

The USFS RAVG interactive website [here]:

… offers an initial description of post-fire vegetative conditions using the Rapid Assessment of Vegetation Condition after Wildfire (RAVG) process. RAVG analysis looks at fires that burn more than 1,000 acres of forested National Forest System (NFS) lands, beginning with fires that occurred in 2007. These fires result in direct losses of vegetative cover and many of the benefits associated with forested ecosystems.

NFS lands experience thousands of wildfires every year, most of which are relatively small. The largest fires typically account for 90% of the total acreage burned. RAVG analysis provides a first approximation of areas that due to severity of the fire may require reforestation treatments. These reforestation treatments would re-establish forest cover and restore associated ecosystem services. This initial approximation could be followed by a site-specific diagnosis and development of a silvicultural prescription identifying reforestation needs.

Search for RAVG wildfire summaries using the Select Wildfires… “By Year…”, “By State…”, or “By National Forest/Grassland…” menus (does not allow multiple criteria selection) to produce lists of wildfires; or, you may select an individual wildfire using the “By Wildfire…” selection menu. You may also select a Forest Service Region on the map below to display a wildfire list for that region of the United States.

28 Aug 2008, 9:20am
Utah
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Porcupine Ranch Fire

Location: 2 miles east of Castle Valley, Grand Co., UT

Specific Location: Lat 38° 34´ 53″ Lon 109° 19´ 59″

Date of Origin: 08/27/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/07/2023 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 27
Size: 3,432
Recent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: not reported

95% of the line has been constructed, leaving 5% unable to construct due to terrain. Will leave in current status until the snow flies.

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Situation as of 09/01/2024 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 110
Size: 3,432
Recent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $2,048,443

Transfer of command to a Type III organization will occur on 9/2/2024 at 0600.

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Situation as of 08/31/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 299
Size: 3,432
Recent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $1,750,000

Thunderstorm activity reduced fire behavior. Continue mopup, patrol, and rehab.

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Situation as of 08/29/2008 at 5:30 PM
Personnel: 355
Size: 3,250
Recent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $780,000

Area closures, 3 subdivisions evacuated, 2 com sites threatened (1 is a major com site for southern UT).

Creeping ground fire with isolated group torching. Crews making a direct flanking action.

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Situation as of 08/28/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 202
Size: 4,000
Recent Contained: 0%

Team inbrief is 1800 8/28/08, take over is 0600 on 8/29/08.

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Situation as of 08/27/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 27
Size: 2,000
Recent Contained: 0%

Structures Threatened: 60 residences, 50 outbuildings

Closed Lasal Loop Rd to Castal Valley closed. Evacuations in place.

Wilde’s Type 2 IMT is on order. Will report to Moab Fire Center, inbrief at the BLM main office at 1800 8/28

26 Aug 2008, 11:38am
Utah
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Lonesome Pine Fire

Location: 3.5 NW of Eureka, Utah Co., UT

Specific Location: Van Wagoner Canyon, Lat 39° 59´ 3″ Lon 112° 10´ 17″

Date of Origin: 08/24/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 08/27/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 76
Size: 560 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $205,000

Reached containment. In monitoring status.

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Situation as of 08/26/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 116
Size: 560 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $105,000

Hand crews completed fire line around the fire. Line was held with air and ground resources.

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 132
Size: 560 acres
Percent contained: 30%

IC3 Team in place and arrival of resources.

26 Aug 2008, 9:36am
Utah
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Corner Canyon Fire

Location: 4 Miles West of Draper, Wasatch Co., UT

Specific Location: E of Draper-Alpine Rd., Lat 40° 30´ 16″ Lon 111° 49´ 46″

Date of Origin: 08/25/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 08/29/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 32
Size: 808 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $759,000

Transitioned at 1630 to Type 4 IC (Zimmerman). Isolated smokes in interior. Mop up.

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Situation as of 08/27/2008 6:30 PM
Personnel: 167
Size: 808 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $520,000

Completed line around the N, W, and E flanks over some extremely difficult terrain.

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 600 acres
Percent contained: 0%

60 homes evacuated. 1 (uninjured) hiker air-lifted off of the mountain.

Extremely rapid spread to the North. The fire is driven by strong winds from the South and steep, mountainous slopes.

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