15 May 2008, 3:50pm
California
by admin
11 comments

Honeybee WFU Fire

Location: 30 S of Lone Pine, Inyo Co., CA

Specific Location: SW of Haiwee Pass, Inyo National Forest, South Fork of the Kern River

Date of Origin: 05/06/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 05/23/08 PM
Total Personnel: 0
Size: 1,235 acres
Containment: 0%

Costs to Date: $244,000

All personnel have been pulled from the fire. An 8-man fire use module will be detailed tomorrow. The fire will be monitored for future activity. Light snow has damped fire.

***************

Situation as of 05/23/08 AM
Total Personnel: 81 ?
Size: 1,255 acres ?
Containment: not reported

Costs to Date: $181,300 (not updated)

A shroud of silence has descended on the Honeybee Fire. No daily update report has been posted for 2 days. The USFS has plunged this fire into a black hole of secrecy and deceit. All information from this point on must be regarded as untrustworthy and suspect.

***************

Situation as of 05/21/08 PM
Total Personnel: 81
Size: 1,235 acres
Containment: not reported

Costs to Date: $181,300 (not updated)

Crews continue to hold E and S containment lines, cooling the interior with helicopter-delivered water on hot spots. No significant growth today. Red Flag Weather warning still in effect, gusty winds and thunderstorms predicted. Winds N 20 to 30 mph, changing to W 10 to 15 mph tomorrow afternoon.

***************

Situation as of 05/20/08 PM
Total Personnel: 81
Size: 1,235 acres
Containment 0%

Costs to Date: $181,300

Planned Actions: continue holding, cooling the interior and hot spot with bucket when able.

***************

Situation as of 05/20/08 AM
Total Personnel: 74
Size: 1,225 acres (No significant growth 05/19)
Containment 0%

Additional 8-man crew, helicopter, and helicopter support personnel added today. Currently 1 Type 1 line crew, 4 Type 2 line crews, 2 helicopters.

Maximum Manageable Area (MMA) defined in general geographic terms only, but approx. 30,000 acres.

RED FLAG WARNING

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for much of southern Sierra Nevada, Mohave County, Arizona, and portions of southeast California from 1 pm to 9 pm this evening (Tues. 05/20) for gusty winds and low humidities.

A strong area of high pressure will give way to a strong Pacific low pressure system which will reach Northern California this afternoon. Increasing southwest winds will combine with hot and dry weather to produce critical fire weather conditions this afternoon and evening.

Pacific Crest Trail is open.

***************

Situation as of 05/19/08 AM
Total Personnel:57
Size: 1,225 acres
Containment 0%

Cost to date $156,000

Fire progression:
05/06 __ 1 acre
05/12 __ 185
05/13 __ 300
05/15 __ 370
05/16 __ 950
05/17 __ 1085
05/18 __ 1150
05/19 __ 1225

Weather: A strong area of high pressure will hold over the region today and then gradually give way to a strong pacific low pressure system which will reach the Sierras Tuesday afternoon. Increasing southwest winds will combine with hot and dry weather to produce critical fire weather conditions in several zones Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Winds currently SW 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon.

***************

Situation as of 05/18/08 AM
Total Personnel:57
Size: 1150 acres
Containment 0%

From Cal Fire News [here]: The Sequoia National Forest deployed the Fulton Hotshots and Springville (Type 2 IA crew) into the Kern drainage to keep the fire spread from moving further south. The Inyo has checked fire spread along the crest to prevent fire from running down towards Highway 395.

***************

Situation as of 05/17/08 PM
Total Personnel:57
Size: 1150 acres
Containment 0%

Fire progression:
05/06 __ 1 acre
05/12 __ 185
05/13 __ 300
05/15 __ 370
05/16 __ 950
05/17 __ 1085
05/17 __ 1150

Two 25-man crews were sent out today to fight the Honeybee WFU Fire. The 8-man fire use management team (FUM) was unable to manage or “steer” the fire as high winds caused the fire to expand nearly 4-fold over the last 2 days.

No notice has been issued regarding the Pacific Crest Trail. The Honeybee Fire has crossed Kern River to the West and is creeping along east flank and South Fork of Kern River.

As far as we know the official status of the Honeybee Fire is still WFU although suppression efforts have been applied.

No mention of this incident on InciWeb.

No cost to date information has been released.

***************

Situation as of 05/17/08 AM
Total Personnel: 8
Size: 1085 acres
Containment 0%

Fire progression:
05/06 __ 1 acre
05/12 __ 185
05/13 __ 300
05/15 __ 370
05/16 __ 950
05/17 __ 1085

Is the Honeybee Fire blowing up? No listing on InciWeb. Mostly an info blackout, except for Calfire blog. Large acreage expansions in last two days with strong east winds. Does the USFS really expect to Let It Burn until next Fall?

***************

Situation as of 05/16/08
Total Personnel: 8
Size: 950 acres
Containment 0%

Fire progression:
05/06 __ 1 acre
05/12 __ 185
05/13 __ 300
05/15 __ 370
05/16 __ 950

Fire is putting up black smoke 1500-2000 feet in the air, picking up on the west side flanking with tree torching, east side making small runs. Fire has crossed Kern River to the West and is creeping along east flank and South Fork of Kern River.

***************

Situation as of 05/15/08
Total Personnel: 8
Size: 370 acres
Containment 0%

Fire progression:
05/06 __ 1 acre
05/12 __ 185
05/13 __ 300
05/15 __ 370

Summary: The fire is burning in the area between Haiwee Pass and Olancha Pass, towards the south and west. It has reached the South Fork of the Kern River, and is expected to continue growing, burning onto the Sequoia National Forest.

USFS report: A hand crew, specially trained in wildland fire use, is assigned to the fire and is camping out in the vicinity of the fire, providing on-the-ground observations and monitoring of weather conditions and fire spread predictions. A helicopter is also assigned to the fire and will be used for reconnaissance flights as necessary.

With the north winds, smoke from the Honeybee Fire is traveling down-canyon towards Kennedy Meadows and is expected to have some impact on the area.

Pacific Crest Trail is open?

Note: this map (courtesy Cal Fire News [here]) is from when the fire was 300 acres.

14 May 2008, 5:47pm
Other States
by admin
leave a comment

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].

13 May 2008, 10:38pm
Arizona
by admin
leave a comment

Agua Caliente Prescribed Fire

Location: 20 miles E of Tucson, Pima Co. AZ

Specific location: Aqua Caliente Hill (Aqua Caliente Hill to Reddington Road)

Date of Origin: 05/12/08
Cause: prescribed fire

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 80
Size: 11,000 acres (intended at ignition)
Containment: 100% (intended at ignition)
more »

13 May 2008, 9:47pm
California
by admin
leave a comment

Bighorn Fire

Location: ~10 miles north of Upland, San Bernadino Co./Los Angeles Co., CA

Specific Location: Bear Canyon north of the Mt. Baldy Village area within the Angeles National Forest.

Date of Origin 05/13/2008 at 0430 hrs.
Cause Under Investigation

Situation as of 05/19/08
Total Personnel:
Size: 490 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,688,708

***************

Situation as of 05/18/08
Total Personnel: 289
Size: 490 acres
Percent Contained: 86%

Increase in fire acreage was due to improved mapping; fire is not growing. Demobilization tomorrow, with additional mop-up of hot spots identified with IR flights tonight.

***************

Situation as of 05/16/08 (eve.)
Total Personnel: 388
Size: 461 acres
Percent Contained: 72%
Estimated Containment Date 05/18/2008 at 1800 hrs.

De-mobilization underway

***************

Situation as of 05/16/08
Total Personnel 755
Size 420 acres
Percent Contained 60%
Estimated Containment Date 05/18/2008 at hrs.

Fire Behavior Fire activity remained minimal and was limited to roll out and short runs back into the black.

InciWeb Remarks: Increase in fire size due in part to fire growth (30%) and better mapping (70%)

W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking Remarks: We were the first and only outlet to report the 340 acre figure 36 hours ago. That was because we dot-gridded the map and calculated our own acreage. We posted 340 when everyone else was saying 300 or 320. We know how to measure maps.

Latest map from Inciweb:

***************

Situation as of 05/15/08
Total Personnel: 668
Size: 340 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Fuels Involved: Brush with dry grass understory. The area, part of the Angeles National Forest, has not burned since 1975.

Weather outlook: Warm temperatures (near 100 degrees in the valley), very low RH, and strong N-NE winds gusting 30 to 45 mph. This weather pattern could effect the fire’s spread and push it to the southwest. This spread would threaten more homes and establish the fire in more continuous fuels.

Two airtankers and 5+ water-dropping helicopters flew yesterday. Minimal fire behavior was observed through the night. Some crews spiking (camping) near the fire.

***************

Situation as of 05/14/08
Total Personnel: 396
Size: 340 acres
Percent Contained 10%

At 6:00 a.m. today (Wed., May 14), command of the fire was transferred to Southern California Type II IMT (Joseph). Five helicopters were brought in to fight the fire and four are on the scene today. Flame-retardant-dropping planes were unable to fly because of the high winds Tuesday.

Current Wind Conditions: 7 mph S
Current Temperature: 53 degrees
Current Humidity: 33 %
Outlook: Winds N 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph.

***************

Situation as of 05/13/08
Total Personnel: 250
Size: 300 acres
Containment: 0%

Summary: Approximately 6 recreation residences in the vicinity of Bear Canyon have been evacuated. Fire came within about 100 yards of 30 to 40 cabins that were mostly unoccupied, fire officials said. None had been damaged by late afternoon. Mt. Baldy Road at Shinn is closed to the public and open to residents only. Glendora Ridge Road is closed at Mt. Baldy Road and is closed at the east fork. Winds up to 60 mph pushed flames this afternoon. State, federal, and county fire fighting resources resources are responding.

Map courtesy InciWeb, updated 05/13/08

Photo courtesy Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

13 May 2008, 9:46pm
California
by admin
leave a comment

Ralston2 Fire

Location: 20 miles NE of Georgetown, Placer Co. CA

Specific Location: Pennsylvania Point, Georgetown RD, Eldorado NF

Date of Origin: 05/13/2008 at 1651 hrs.
Cause Under: Investigation

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 100
Size: 50 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Estimated Containment Date 05/14/2008 at 1800 hrs.

Summary: The fire started on private land and burned onto National Forest lands. As of 3:30 PM the fire was estimated to be 50 acres in size. State, federal, and private fire fighting resources resources are responding.

13 May 2008, 1:03pm
Colorado
by admin
leave a comment

Ferguson Fire

Location: 32 miles northwest of Pueblo, Fremont Co., CO

Specific Location: 15 miles west of Canon City, near the Iron Mountain Fire (2002).

Date of Origin: 05/12/03
Cause: Human, under investigation

Situation as of 05/14/08
Total personnel: 110
Size: 200 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

***************

Situation as of 05/13/08
Total personnel: ???
Size: 200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

The agencies working the fire are the Deer Mountain Fire Protection District and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

Some families were asked to evacuate. Active fire behavior was reported. Residences and outbuildings are threatened.

12 May 2008, 5:26pm
Arizona
by admin
leave a comment

Eagle Fire

Location: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, south of Alpine, Gila Co., AZ

Specific Location: East Eagle Creek, Clifton RD

Date of Origin: 04/22/2008 at 180 hrs.
Cause: Human — ember From Citty Prescription fire set by USFS

Current Situation: 100% contained 5/1/08

Former situation
Total Personnel: 70
Size: 3,800 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Fuels: ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, juniper

Summary: The Eagle Fire is on the Clifton Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. It was a prescribed fire started on Thursday, April 17,2023 but burned over containment lines into the East Eagle Creek drainage west of Highway 191.

12 May 2008, 5:08pm
Arizona
by admin
4 comments

22 WFU Fire

Location: 12 miles southeast of Tusayan, Kaibab NF, Coconino Co. AZ

Date of Origin: 05/06/2023 at 1430 hrs.
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 05/22/08
Total Personnel: 5
Size: 1,255 acres
Percent Contained: 100% ???

Kaibab NF no longer reporting on the 22 WFU Fire, although it is still burning and growing. Last known report indicated torching and spotting in ponderosa pine with short duration crown fire runs. Last reported acreage may represent some desired or projected size, not actual fire size.

RED FLAG WARNING: Unseasonably strong low pressure system over the Great Basin and northern Arizona will result in yet another very windy day across all of southeast Arizona today (05/22/08). The combination of the strong winds, low humidities, and a very high to extreme fire danger rating has prompted the issuance of a red flag warning.

Winds west 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph in the evening decreasing to 10 to 20 mph overnight.

***************

Situation as of 05/20/08
Total Personnel: 5
Size: 1,010 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

The 22 Fire has now exceed pre-planned size and has expanded beyond the pre-planned boundaries.

***************

Situation as of 05/19/08
Size 964 acres
Percent Contained 65%

Fire is moving again after smoldering in rains last week.

****************

Situation as of 05/14/08
Total Personnel: 5
Size: 900 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

InciWeb quote: Fire managers are pleased with the results of this wildland fire use event and the resource objectives that were met. The resource benefits to this area include hazardous fuels reduction, cultural resources and wildlife habitat protection and forest health improvement. Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire area.

Interpretation: The 22 WFU Fire did not blow up and destroy tens of thousands of acres of cultural resources and wildlife habitat as did the Kaibab’s Warm WFU Fire in 2006.

***************

Situation as of 05/13/08
Total Personnel: 45
Size: 812 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

The Kaibab NF has announced that the desired management area for this event is 1200 acres. No NEPA documents, such as Environmental Analysis or Environmental Impact Statements have been prepared for the “treatment.” No public involvement process was been implemented prior to this Federal action.

However, should the 22 WFU Fire get out of control, or do damage to resources, then a full NEPA process will be required prior to any rehabilitation efforts or actions.

No announcement has been made regarding the cost of this unprepared burning of public forests, nor of the damage to resources that has occurred.

Fire progression:

05/07 __ 25 acres
05/08 __ 133
05/11 __ 650
05/12 __ 812
05/14 __ 900

National Fire Weather report: Yesterday’s Red Flag Warning has been lifted. A strong cold front will continue to move across Arizona today bringing areas of rain and snow along with isolated thunderstorms, much higher afternoon minimum relative humidities, and much cooler temperatures. Locally accumulating snowfall will occur above 6500 feet over portions of northern and central Arizona. After a drier day on Wednesday scattered showers may return to portions of eastern and central Arizona for Thursday and Friday.

***************

Situation as of 05/12/08
Total Personnel: 45
Size: 650 acres
Percent Contained: 52%

Fuels Involved Grass, ponderosa pine, pinon juniper

Summary: The “22″ Wildland Fire Use fire is currently burning in a fairly open ponderosa pine stand interspersed with meadows. Roads and previously burned areas to the north, northeast and east will limit potential for significant growth. The fire is moving gradually to the southwest as local fire managers predicted. The “22″ Fire will continue to be managed as long as resource objectives are met.

Fire Behavior Primarily surface fire with 1-2 foot flame lengths, isolated interior tree torching.

Weather: Red Flag Weather Warning for strong winds
Current Wind Conditions: 8 mph SW
Current Temperature: 70 degrees
Current Humidity: 10 %

Remarks: Local public interest is high and being addressed by Fire Information Officer. So far, no significant smoke impacts to communities.

Statement released by Kaibab NF: WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Thunderstorms passed over the Kaibab National Forest on Tuesday afternoon igniting several fires on the Kaibab National Forest between Williams and Tusayan. Suppression actions are being taken on all of the new fires except the “22″ Wildland Fire Use fire on the Tusayan Ranger District. The “22″ Fire is about 25 acres, 10 miles southeast of the Tusayan community and is being managed for resource benefits. All of the other new starts have been contained at less than an acre.

The resource benefits from the “22″ Wildland Fire Use fire include: reducing hazardous fuels, protecting and improving wildlife habitat, protecting archaeological sites and restoring fire in its natural role in the ecosystem. This area has benefited from numerous prescribed fire projects over the past 5 years. These treated areas will act as natural barriers to rapid fire spread and will assist fire managers in keeping the fire within a pre-determined area. Actions have been taken to secure the north and the east sides of the “22″ Wildland Fire Use fire to allow it to back slowly into the wind toward the southwest.

Each natural ignition in a fire use management area must meet specific conditions before it can be managed for resource benefits. Some of the criteria include: whether threats to life, property or resources can be alleviated, if sufficient resources are available to manage an incident over the long-term and whether the potential risks outweigh the benefits of a specific wildland fire use incident. If the risks outweigh the benefits, the fire will be suppressed.

Once the decision is made that a fire will be put into wildland fire use status, fire managers actively manage the fire by determining the appropriate boundaries, weather conditions, fuels conditions, etc., under which the fire will be allowed to burn. The “22″ Wildland Fire Use Fire will be managed as a natural part of the ecosystem in a defined area as long as it continues to meet resource objectives.

12 May 2008, 5:00pm
Arizona
by admin
1 comment

Solano Fire

Location: 20 miles east of Sells, Pima Co., AZ

Specific Location: Tohono O’odham Nation, Arizona State Trust Land, and BLM Baboquivari Wilderness Area north of Baboquivari Peak.

Date of Origin: 05/09/2023 at 0639 hrs.
Cause: Human

Situation 05/15/08
Total Personnel 68
Size 2,545 acres
Percent Contained 95%
Estimated Containment Date 05/15/2008 at hrs.

Management responsibility for the Solano Fire passed to the Tohono O’odham Nation at 1800 on 5-14-08.

Planned Actions: patrol and mop-up

***************

Situation as of 05/14/08
Total Personnel 196
Size 2,177 acres
Percent Contained 90%
Estimated Containment Date 05/15/2008 at hrs.

Demobilization continues this morning, 5-14. The incident will be handed over to local agencies on 5-15.

***************

Situation as of 05/13/08
Total Personnel: 278
Size: 2,177 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Significant Events: Completion of all line surrounding fire. Demobilization began this morning at 0800.

***************

Situation as of 05/12/08
Total Personnel: 293
Size: 2,177 acres
Percent Contained: 40%
Estimated Containment Date: 05/15/2008 at hrs.

Costs to date: $563,000

Fuels: desert brush, juniper

Arizona State Type 2 IMT (Raley) are fighting the fire. Four miles of fireline remain to be built. No structures are threatened at this time. No injuries have been reported.

Red Flag Weather Warning: winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph today.

9 May 2008, 8:50am
Nevada
by admin
leave a comment

Como Fire

Location: 17 miles east of Carson City, Lyon Co., NV

Specific location: near the junction of Como Mine Road and Dayton Valley Road in the Pinenut Mountains

Date of Origin: 05/08/2023 at 1455 hrs.

Cause: an excavator that knocked out a power pole.

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 225
Size: 367 acres
Containment: 20 %

Fuels Involved: Pinion and juniper, sagebrush

Summary: The Como fire is reported to have “lain down” overnight. A multi-agency communications site (Rawe Peak communications site) and sage grouse habitat  remain threatened.

8 May 2008, 9:04am
California
by admin
leave a comment

Colyear Fire

Location: 30 miles west of Red Bluff, Tehama Co., CA

Specific Location: Colyear Springs Rd. and Franklin Point

Date of Origin: May 6, 2023 8:45 pm

Current Situation 05/09/08
Total Personnel: 264+
Size: 1,331 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

CalFire outlook is for full containment today.

***************

Current Situation 05/08/08
Total Personnel: ~250
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Summary: from the Red Bluff Daily News [here]

A controlled burn started Saturday to clear brush and provide range improvement 35 miles west of Red Bluff near Red Bank and just east of Colyear Springs roads escaped sometime between Saturday and Tuesday, burning 1,057 acres as of Wednesday afternoon, said CalFire Public Information Officer Mickie Jackez.

“(The owner) was unable to control the burn because of high winds and steep terrain,” Jackez said.

The winds Wednesday, estimated at 10-15 mph with higher gusts, were a concern for firefighters. The remote location and steep terrain with heavy brush also played into controlling the fire.

The owner brought in six bulldozers and two water tenders in an effort to regain control. The fire was reported to CalFire at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. The agency put 235 personnel and two helicopters dropping water and fire retardant on the fire, Jackez said. Tehama County Fire Department and California Department of Corrections assisted.

There have been no injuries or structures damaged as of Wednesday and CalFire notified all owners of homes and cabins in the area except for one, which is unoccupied, Jackez said.

From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the fire went from 5 to 60 percent contained, Jackez said. Firefighters built a line around the fire to contain it for the night and continue to reinforce that line today.

3 May 2008, 5:44pm
Other States
by admin
leave a comment

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

***************

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

2 May 2008, 9:35am
New Mexico
by admin
leave a comment

South Tularosa Fire

Location: 3 miles southeast of Mescalero, Otero Co., NM

Date of Origin: 05/01/08 11:15 AM

Situation as of 05/14/08
Total Personnel: 140
Size: 3,860 acres
Percent contained: 100 % 05/14/08

***************

Situation as of 05/09/08
Total Personnel: 321 (reported Thurs. by AP)
Size: 3,860 acres
Percent contained: 80 %

The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team will transition to a Type 3 organization with Dave Koch as Incident Commander. Approximately 140 firefighters will remain on the South Tularosa Fire. (reported Wed. by InciWeb)

Red Flag Weather Warning Fri and Sat for high winds S and SW 15 to 20 mph gusting to 40 mph

***************

Situation as of 05/07/08
Total Personnel: 461, transitioning to ~140
Size: 3,860 acres
Percent contained: 70 %

The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team will transition to a Type 3 organization with Dave Koch as Incident Commander. Approximately 140 firefighters will remain on the South Tularosa Fire.

New Mexico remains on Red Flag Warning for strong winds.

Current Wind Conditions 35 mph SW
Current Temperature 74 degrees
Current Humidity 10 %

***************

Situation as of 05/06/08
Total Personnel: 500
Size: 3,860 acres
Percent contained: 65 %

Red Flag Warning (from noon until 8:00 p.m.) for high winds and dry conditions.

***************

Situation as of 05/05/08
Total Personnel: 468
Size: 3,860 acres
Percent contained: 45 %

Looking down South Tularosa Canyon toward the village of Mescalero.
Credit: Arnie Friedt, InciWeb

***************

Situation as of 05/04/08
Total Personnel: 315
Size: 3,200 acres
Percent contained: 35 %

Update: The South Tularosa Wildland Fire is now listed on InciWeb. The Southwest Area Type I IMT (Vanbruggen) assumed management of the fire at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2. The fire started in South Tularosa Canyon on Thursday, May 1 and grew quickly due to extremely dry fuel and Red Flag wind conditions. The fire is burning on Mescalero Tribal lands. Air resources available include three on-call air tankers located in Alamogordo and two air attack planes that will monitor the fire activity and one helicopter for incident support. Significant winds are expected to continue throughout this afternoon and may hamper control efforts. Mescalero Tribal lands are under Class 5 Fire Restrictions reflecting the severely dry conditions in the area. Residents and visitors are strongly urged to observe all of the fire restrictions including instructions to smoke only inside buildings and closed vehicles and to be particularly alert during other activities that may start fires. Residents who were asked to evacuate on the night of May 1 have been allowed to return to their homes and the temporary closure of State Highway 244 has been lifted.

Actions: Firefighters on Saturday worked to contain multiple spot fires around the perimeter of the fire on the south and east flanks. Air tankers assisted with one spot fire near State Highway 244 on the north side of the fire.

Fuels: Southwestern edge of the fire includes ganbel oak component. Canopy cover in the timber fuels (ponderosa pine mixed with Douglas-fir) ranges from 60 to 80% and is able to sustain active crown fire within timber fuel types.

Current Wind Conditions: 10-15 mph SE
Current Temperature: 55-60 degrees
Current Humidity: 12-18 %

***************

Situation as of 05/03/08
Total Personnel: ???
Size: 5,000 acres
Percent contained: ???

High winds have been hampering fire fighting efforts. No info or mention of this fire on InciWeb, although this is a Federal agency fire (BIA). No info available at the Southwest Coordination Center either.

Evacuation have been lifted for residents in South Tularosa Canyon and Mudd Canyon. The BIA reported no homes or buildings were lost as of Friday morning, and the fire had moved to an area where it wasn’t threatening any homes.

Highway 244 has been opened.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

***************

Situation as of 05/02/08
Total Personnel: ???
Size: 1000+ acres
Percent contained: ???

Summary: Fire is on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. Firefighters report wind driven flames with crowning in timber. Road 244 east of the fire has been closed. Threats to approximately 40 structures and outbuildings.

30 Apr 2008, 6:21pm
Nevada
by admin
leave a comment

Skinner Fire (East Lake Fire)

Location: northeast side of Washoe Valley 15 miles south of Reno

Date of Origin: 04/29/2008 PM
Cause: powerline downed Tuesday afternoon by fierce winds

Situation as of 04/30/08
Total Personnel: 250
Size: 962 acres
Percent contained: 75 %

Full containment was expected by nightfall.

Summary: Though conditions remained breezy Wednesday, the wind was tame compared to the 70 mph gale-force winds Tuesday. The fire briefly forced the closure of U.S. 395, the main highway between Reno and Nevada’s capital, Carson City, during the evening rush hour. Students at an elementary school in nearby Pleasant Valley also were evacuated as a precaution.

Firefighters were able to keep the flames from four hillside homes, though a pump house and shed were burned. Five firefighters were treated at a local hospital for eye irritations caused by blowing ash and embers, officials said.

Tuesday’s strong winds grounded firefighting helicopters and airplanes. By Wednesday, the aerial equipment was not needed.

Info from KOLO TV [here].

30 Apr 2008, 5:57pm
California
by admin
5 comments

Apache Fire

Location: San Jacinto Wilderness, San Bernardino NF, Riverside County, CA

Specific location: Apache Peak near the Pacific Crest Trail, about six miles east of the Riverside County community of Mountain Center.

Date of Origin: 04/29/2008 at 1635 hrs.

Situation as of 05/04/08, 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 328
Size: 784 acres
Percent contained: 100 %

The Apache Fire was declared 100 % contained this afternoon. Firefighting personnel are being pulled out. The PCT and the San Jacinto Wilderness are closed from Saddle Junction south to Highway 74, but that closure will probably be lifted sometime tomorrow.

***************

Situation as of 05/03/08
Total Personnel: 731
Size: 784 acres
Percent contained: 64 %

Estimated Containment Date 05/04/2023 at 1800 hrs.

Notice 05/03/08 AM: The San Jacinto Wilderness is open from Devil’s Slide Trail northward, includng the PCT. The PCT and the San Jacinto Wilderness are closed from Saddle Junction south to Highway 74 due to the fire. Mt. San Jacinto State Park is open. The Palm Springs Tramway and adjacent Long Valley are open.

***************

Situation as of 05/02/08
Total Personnel: 721
Size: 784 acres
Percent contained: 64 %

Estimated Containment Date 05/04/2023 at 1800 hrs.

***************
Situation as of 05/01/08 (updated)
Total Personnel: 711
Size: 784 acres
Percent contained: 25 %

Resources assigned include 30 handcrews, 2 helicopters, 2 helitankers, and 4 fixed wing aircraft.

***************

Situation as of 04/30/08
Total Personnel: 170
Size: 700 acres
Percent contained: 0 %

Fuels: Heavy brush, some timber, dead and down.

Fire Behavior: Rapid rates of spread.

Summary: Due to steep roadless terrain, 9 handcrews hiked into fire this morning. High winds, smoke and steep terrain have made accessing fire difficult. Aircraft were grounded due to high winds and a heavy marine layer limiting visibility this morning but have been flying this afternoon.

Growth Potential: Extreme.

Current Wind Conditions: 40 mph W
Current Temperature: 54 degrees
Current Humidity: 40 %

 
  
  • Colloquia

  • Commentary and News

  • Contact

  • By State

  • By Month (ignition date)

  • Recent Fires

  • Recent Comments

  • Meta