Museum Fire (Wildfire)

32 minutes 51 seconds ago
Heavy air component expected today FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 22, 2019 – Wildland firefighters are using every available aerial platform in the southwest region on a wildfire in the Dry Lake Hills area north of Flagstaff today. The Museum Fire, currently about 1,000 acres, was very active overnight. Crews were not able to conduct burnout operations due to the activity and the fire spotting ahead of itself, but took indirect suppression tactics where they could.The fire was flanked with retardant and water from more than a dozen aircraft Sunday in an effort to keep it in the Schultz Pass area and limit its spread north and south. Spotting was noted toward the east, and hand crews are working to create a fire line to work on containment that ties in with aerial suppression.Fire managers will be using direct and indirect tactics to suppress the fire today. A heavy air component is expected as the objectives are to keep the fire east and south of Forest Road 420 (Schultz Pass Road), west...

Cellar Fire (Wildfire)

33 minutes 3 seconds ago
Cellar Fire Now 47% Contained Cellar Fire – July 21, 2019 Evening Update Acres: Approximately 7,512 acres Percent Containment: 47 % Start Date: July 14, 2019 Cause: Lightning Origin Location: 16 Miles South of Prescott, AZ Jurisdiction: Prescott National Forest Fuels: Upper elevation: Ponderosa pine. Lower elevation: Brush, Grass and Chaparral Resources: 562 personnel including 7 Hot Shot Crews, 4 Type 2 IA Crews, 2 Type 2 Crew, 2 Dozers, and 13 Engines While temperatures remained high today, humidity continues to increase in the area over the fire. Observed fire activity was minimal, with smoldering within the fire perimeter. Increased moisture and decreased winds into the night are expected to further reduce fire activity. Fire growth halted. The reported fire acreage remained static today. Containment along the northwest flank of the fire increased, and crews have transitioned out of this area. It will continue to be...

Castle Fire (Wildfire)

1 hour 11 minutes ago
The Kaibab National Forest plans to allow the lightning-caused Castle Fire to continue growing within a defined area in order to fulfill its natural role of reducing dense forest fuels and improving overall ecosystem health. The wildfire, which was discovered July 12, is located about 11 miles south of Jacob Lake, 3 miles west of Highway 67, and just east of Forest Road 761 near Oquer Canyon on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. The Castle Fire is burning in an area with dense mixed conifer, heavy fuel loading, and a significant amount of dead and down trees. Allowing the fire to act as a natural disturbance process in the ecosystem will help meet a variety of resource objectives including restoring the forest structure to more historic conditions, reducing spruce and fir encroachment of area meadows, removing fuels that could feed future severe wildfires, and promoting aspen regeneration.

Roberts Fire (Wildfire)

1 hour 53 minutes ago
The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began July 13, 2019. The fire is currently burning in Ponderosa Pine, grass, and brush in steep terrain with limited access. Road and trail use is not advised in the area due to the fire traffic and the proximity of the fire. Smoke will be visible from New Mexico 52, New Mexico 107, and U.S. Highway 60 west of Magdalena, NM and I-25 south of Socorro, NM as fire behavior increases. The fire size is likely to increase throughout the week with district closures likely to be implemented on Forest roads and trails.

Shady Fire (Wildfire)

2 hours 3 minutes ago
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 475...The lightning caused Shady Fire was reported the evening of July 10. The fire is located approximately two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Due to heavy fuel loading, active fire behavior, and the presence of numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. The Shady Fire is being managed with a point protection strategy (a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire) to minimize exposure to fire personnel while protecting identified values. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and wilderness values. Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards...

Vader Fire (Wildfire)

2 hours 41 minutes ago
The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger. The Vader Fire, reported July 19 in the afternoon, is located approximately 14 miles northwest of Stanley, south of Highway 21 on the Middle Fork Ranger District. The fire is burning in lodgepole pine and fire size is estimated at 231 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Forest anticipates intermittent impact to State Highway 21 with possible closures due to decreased visibility from smoke or due to heavy fire traffic in the area. Traffic is being rerouted in the Cape Horn area on National Forest System Road #203. Visitors will expect delays getting through the area. For firefighter and public safety, please SLOW DOWN.Highway 21 Detour: The Forest has been advised there may be a mapping error on mobile devices and the route shown may take visitors to a dead-end route. Safety First! Stay on route and follow the posted detour signs. The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant...

Hess Creek Fire (Wildfire)

9 hours 45 minutes ago
The Hess Creek Fire started June 21, 2019 by lightning moving through the area. It quickly spread through the dry black spruce. The Southern Idaho Type 3 Team took control of the fire on Tues. July 9. Objectives from the agency include:Incorporating sound risk management principles during decision process to provide for firefighter and public safety.Provide point protection for values immediately or potentially affected by fire spread.Provide accurate ant timely information to the local community and all involved agencies and cooperators.Initiate suppression actions if the fire establishes on the south side of Elliott and Dalton Highways. Crews observed minimal fire behavior today with only minor smoke drifting up from the interior. Thick cloud cover and high relative humidity prevented an increase in fire activity. As of today, the Hess Creek Fire has burned just over 271 square miles, about one quarter the size of Rhode Island. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was lifted...

Swan Lake Fire (Wildfire)

9 hours 55 minutes ago
The Swan Lake Fire started by lightning on June 5th, 2019 in the USFW Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The highest values at risk are the homes and private properties in and around the community of Sterling, Cooper Landing, the Sterling Highway and it's associated utility right of ways and infrastructure, the natural gas pipeline and structures, shelter cabins and the moose research center. Fire managers have focused suppression efforts to protect the communities of Sterling and Cooper Landing. Black spruce is the primary carrier of the fire. Fire activity has been increasing in hardwood fuel types. There is approximately 40%-50% mortality in spruce

Shovel Creek Fire (Wildfire)

9 hours 59 minutes ago
The Shovel Creek Fire (#319) was started by lightning on June 21 and is located 3 miles north of Murphy Dome, about 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks. Depending on weather conditions, smoke from this fire may drift into the Fairbanks and surrounding areas in the coming weeks. The fire started in a Full Protection Area and the Division of Forestry ordered water-scooping aircraft, air retardant tankers and smokejumpers for initial attack. Burning in continuous black spruce, the fire grew quickly and was estimated to be 300 acres on the first evening. The Northern Rockies Team 6, led by Incident Commander Bob Fry, assumed command of the incident on July 15 at 6pm. The objectives for the incident include:Hold the fire perimeter, mop up to the extent necessary to reduce the likelihood of escape based on firefighter experience, terrain, fuel type, and both current and expected fire behavior and weather in the following locations:• Chatanika River south to Murphy Dome through the Hard Luck...

Hart Fire (Wildfire)

15 hours 22 minutes ago
July 20th Another successful day on the Hart Fire. Fire lines have been continuing to hold on the west side 139B-139A-95-95D and the east side 96-321-9615P roads. This morning’s inversion lifted earlier with lower RH’s and increased winds. This caused more active fire behavior resulting an addition of resources, 1 IHC and 2 Engines. Ignitions from the previous night continued backing into the barber shop drainages with very good fire

Montana Creek Fire (Wildfire)

16 hours 30 minutes ago
The Montana Creek Fire started at 3:00 P.M. on 7-3-2019. Cause of fire is under investigation. The fire is located 2 ½ miles east of the Parks Highway at Mile 98, south of the Talkeetna Cutoff.

441 Fire (Wildfire)

16 hours 36 minutes ago
The 441 fire is a lightning-caused fire, located roughly 5 miles east of Durango, 8 miles north of Highway 160, and 2.5 miles north of County Road 240 on the Columbine Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. It was discovered July 13th and is approximately fifty acres in size. The fire is located in an area that will allow fire to play its natural role in our fire-adapted ecosystem. Fire fighters are working to establish control lines along existing trails and some of these trails are now closed as a result. See the closure tab on this site for a map of the closure area and the text of the closure order.The fire is burning in Ponderosa Pine and an area of significant dead and down within the Missionary Ridge fire scar. This type of wildfire will be allowed to naturally burn through this area to remove fuels that could feed future, severe wildfires. While there is no set end date for the wildfire, forest managers have identified a planning area of about 2,000 acres within...

Nugget Creek Fire (Wildfire)

20 hours 37 minutes ago
The lightning-caused Nugget Creek Fire started on June 21, 2019 approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks in the area of 30 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road in the Chena River State Recreation Area. Air attack responded and reported a 150-acre burning in black spruce approximately 2 miles from Chena Hot Springs Road on the south side of the river. The fire plotted in a Limited protection area near the South Fork Chena River. No resources were threatened and the fire was placed in monitor

Canyon Fire (Wildfire)

22 hours 1 minute ago
Firefighters Continue to Gain on the Canyon Fire After yesterday’s effective burn operation along Idaho State Highway (SH) 21, firefighters are continuing to secure the east side, and monitor the area for hot spots. Today, crews are conducting burn operations on the northern perimeter of the fire. The fire is 303 acres and 18 percent contained. Crews are hopeful for larger containment gains this weekend with favorable wind conditions and weather outlook. The fire is expected to remain active within the perimeter for several days as flames move through unburned fuel pockets. Both lanes of SH 21 between milepost 101- 103 will be open to traffic. Forest Officials are asking drivers to please slowdown in that area as fire traffic will continue to be on the road. Smoke from the Canyon Fire and other nearby fires may affect the overall air quality of this area. For information on smoke impacts to air quality, visit The Canyon Fire is located...

Newman Fire (Wildfire)

22 hours 41 minutes ago
The Newman Fire, a lightning-caused wildfire south of Upper Lake Mary, is being allowed to burn and consume dense forest fuels on the Flagstaff Ranger District. The fire was discovered July 11, it is approximately 5,001 acres (burning in a 22,130 acre planning area) and located about 3 miles directly south of Upper Lake Mary, southeast of the intersection of Forest roads 132D and 655. The fire poses no danger or threat to any residents or structures, but it is producing smoke visible to motorists along Lake Mary Road and can also be seen from Flagstaff. Firefighters are working today to prepare control lines for ignition operations planned for this upcoming week. Boaters and campers in the area should be aware of smoke impacts, which will increase as burnout operations are conducted. Campers should refrain from occupying areas south and southwest of Upper Lake Mary where burnout operations will occur. The public should use caution when recreating or driving in the Lake Mary...

Francisquito Fire (Wildfire)

23 hours 30 minutes ago
The Francisquito Fire was detected on July 13th on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest, approximately 7 miles north of the community of El Rito. The fire is creeping with low to moderate fire behavior and is not a threat to any values at risk. Firefighters will use ignitions to continue to treat this area.Access to the fire is difficult so firefighters have scouted the area for opportunities to find roads or other natural barriers to use to confine the fire to a certain area. The forest just north of these fires already burned in 2018 as part of the Alamosa Prescribed Fire which will provide an opportunity to limit fire spread. After taking into consideration the fire’s location, the fuels it is burning in, considerable green-up in the forest, and current and predicted precipitation, the Carson National Forest decided to manage these fires to achieve multiple resource benefits. The forest’s first priority is always firefighter and public safety. Allowing the...

Woodbury Fire (Wildfire)

2 days 12 hours ago
The Local Type 3 IMT and Tonto National Forest would like to thank the public for their ongoing support and patience throughout the Woodbury Fire. The Woodbury is 100% contained around the perimeter edge. This does NOT mean that the fire is controlled. There is still smoke and active fire moving within the interior through pockets of unburned fuel. State Route 88 Closure: All inquiries in regards to the closure on State Route 88 (Apache Trail Historic Road) should be directed to ADOT. You can submit questions to ADOT by online form or phone by visiting Tortilla Flat businesses remain open. State Route 88 remains closed starting past Tortilla Flat to State Highway 188 at Theodore Roosevelt Dam. Forest Closure: For the purposes of public safety, the forest closure extends beyond the fire perimeter. The forest closure includes a portion of the Arizona Trail (AZT) and Hewitt Station (Forest Road 357). The perimeter of the closure area starts at the forest...

Pitcha Pine Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

2 days 17 hours ago
UPDATE: Pitcha Pine East RX Successfully Implemented on July 19, 2019On July 19, 2019 approximately 65 acres of the Pitcha Pine East Unit (east side of Highway 1) were successfully burned. Crews will remain on site into the evening to monitor the prescribed fire and return again on July 20 to check the lines and extinguish any hot spots.The Pitcha Pine Units (556 acres) are located on both sides of Highway 1 between the Chub Lake boat access and County Highway 2 in T60N, R10W, Sections 20 and 21.Description: The Pitcha Pine Prescribed Fire Units are being burned to meet multiple Forest management objectives. These units of mostly red and white pine species were harvested in 2017 and 2018. Harvest activity involved thinning within the red and white pine stands with minimal slash residue left on site. The resource and prescribed fire objectives include using low to moderate intensity fire to maintain or increase understory species diversity by reducing balsam fir and hazel. It is...

Fish Fire (Wildfire)

2 days 18 hours ago
July 17, 2019 - Overnight fire behavior was at a low, allowing fire crews to gain ground in the suppression actions toward containment of the Fish Fire. Activity remains concentrated to the east flank where crews continue to keep the fire from entering the San Joaquin River drainage. Suppression and control objectives remain unchanged. The Fish Fire is burning in a steep rugged area with dry vegetation consisting of heavy brush, dead and downed timber in an area with an active fire history. Fire crews will continue to hold the fire east of Dead End Rd. (8S67), south of Rock Creek Diversion Rd. (7S47), west of the San Joaquin River, and north of Ross Creek. Today, crews will also continue to improve existing containment lines and continue direct line construction where the fire is still the most active. There are no threatened structures, and there have been no injuries to fire personnel.

Duke Fire (Wildfire)

2 days 19 hours ago
Thursday crews were challenged by extreme fire conditions caused by low relative humidity and elevated winds. There were some spot fires were easily suppressed by the wildland crew. Smoke should travel to the northeast and is expected to dissipate prior to impacting Interstate 40. During the evening smoke is predicted to settle within Jacks Canyon. After careful review and discussion by fire managers, both Hart and Duke Fires will be allowed to burn in their predetermined fire perimeter to obtain resource objectives. Low intensity wildfires are used to help protect ponderosa pine forests from more severe damage by cleaning the forest floor of existing dried pine needles, dead shrubs and grasses. Too much accumulation of dried and dead fuels could allow fires to reach the canopy of the trees and possible crown fires. Fire also helps fertilize the soils to ensure a healthier
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