Granite Lake Fire (Wildfire)

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The Granite Lake Fire was detected on September 21 in the Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness, approximately 13 miles southeast of Meredith, Colorado. It has been relatively inactive until recent dry, windy weather increased fire activity. Smoke from the fire may be visible from surrounding communities. The fire resulted from a natural ignition on a steep slope at approximately 11,000 feet in elevation. Wind has pushed the fire across patches of high alpine vegetation and avalanche paths. Fire managers have closely evaluated terrain, anticipated weather patterns and the fire’s location. They will implement a ‘confine and contain’ strategy using point protection to manage the Granite Lake Fire to minimize risk to the firefighters and public. Difficult risk management decisions are made by fire managers on every wildfire. Steep, rocky terrain raises concerns about firefighter exposure in a backcountry firefighting environment. Additional considerations include the fire’s lack of...

Museum Fire BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response)

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A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been established to begin burned area surveys of the Museum Fire. BAER team assessments are rapid evaluations of post-fire conditions of the burned landscape to determine the level of risk from potential flooding and debris flow to values on National Forest System lands such as human life, safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources. If unacceptable risks are found the team recommends appropriate and effective emergency stabilization measures to reduce the risks to National Forest lands and values. BAER teams conduct field surveys and use science-based models to rapidly evaluate and assess the burned area. The BAER program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on NFS lands and reduce these threats through appropriate emergency measures to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources. BAER is an emergency program for stabilization work that involves...

Decker Fire (Wildfire)

2 months 1 week ago
The Decker Fire is being managed with tactics for corralling and herding the fire in Wilderness and backcountry to limit fire spread to private lands, restore forest health resilience, and provide for community wildfire protection. This includes direct engagement where the probability of success is high and exposure to firefighters is minimized.The fire began September 8, 2019, as a result of a lightning strike. When first scouted it was determined to be located in the Wilderness with a heavy beetle-killed tree fuel component. In adherence with the Wilderness Act and assessment of risk to firefighter safety it was decided to manage the fire to minimize risk to the firefighters and public. A type 3 incident management team assembled on September 10, made up largely of local resources.Forests within the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness have been severely impacted by beetle mortality leaving upwards of 80% of the coniferous trees dead. Steep rocky terrain raised concerns about inserting and...

Sherman Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

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SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. September 26, 2019 – As cooler temperatures arrive in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, fire management staff are preparing for fall prescribed burns. The parks plan to complete three projects this fall, including a final segment of the Sherman Prescribed Burn in the Giant Forest area, the Park Ridge Prescribed Burn in the Grant Grove area, and the final segments of the Cedar Central Prescribed Burn in the Cedar Grove area. The first of these projects is the final segment of the Sherman Prescribed Burn, with ignitions scheduled for three to four consecutive weekdays beginning as early as October 1, with exact dates to be determined by weather. The beginning of ignitions on this project, as well as dates for Park Ridge and Cedar Central, will be announced in subsequent releases. Prescribed burn plans are subject to change, based on weather and other factors. This 244-acre segment of the Sherman Prescribed Burn is nearly the combined size of the...

IPNF Prescribed Fire 2019 (Prescribed Fire)

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·Please see the announcements tab for a summary of planned activity. Prescribed fire is an important component of the USDA Forest Service’s natural resource management program on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest (IPNF). It is intended to reduce hazardous fuels, create fire-adapted communities, reduce risk to firefighters responding to wildland fires, improve the ability to manage wildland fires, benefit wildlife habitat, recycle nutrients, and increase forest resiliency while trending toward desired species composition. Fire is the greatest change agent in our forest and grassland systems. These systems have evolved with fire and must have fire to remain resilient and productive. Prescribed fire can also be the most economical means to reduce community risk to wildland fire. Accumulated dead vegetation on the ground and ladder fuels (vegetation that facilitates the transition of fire from the forest floor to the canopy) will be reduced within prescribed burn areas, making...

Sheridan Fire (Wildfire)

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For the protection of the public’s health and safety forest officials are extending the Sheridan Fire Area Closure which will now remain in effect until October 24th, at 6:00 am. The Sheridan Fire is 80% contained and in monitor status; however potential hazards still exist in the fire area. Risks in recently burned areas include burned out stump holes, unstable terrain, falling trees or limbs, and the potential for washed out roads and trails after a significant rain event.

Shady Fire (Wildfire)

2 months 1 week ago
Fire activity is minimal. The fire is smoldering. Please be prepared if traveling the roads in and next to the fire area and ensure proper travel preparations are made. 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....

Cove Creek Fire (Wildfire)

2 months 1 week ago
Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire. No activity is expected. Starting September 29, Inciweb will only be updated Monday-Friday.

Ikes Fire (Wildfire)

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The lightning-caused Ikes Fire is being utilized to fulfill its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem on the Kaibab Plateau. The fire is being utilized to achieve a variety of resource objectives including reducing hazardous fuels, promoting forest regeneration, improving wildlife habitat, and restoring more open forest understory with grasses and forbs. Fire is a force of nature that has shaped the vegetation and ecosystems of the Grand Canyon region.Location and Cause: The Ikes Fire, which started on July 25, is a lighting-caused fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.Closures: Grand Canyon National Park North Rim is OPEN. Because of concerns for public and firefighter safety, the Rainbow Rim Trail and the viewpoints from Parissawampitts Point to Stina Point on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest are closed. Crazy Jug Point north of Parissawampitts is open. For hikers and...

Johnson Fire (Wildfire)

2 months 1 week ago
Fire Information (928) 925-1111, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Location: 8 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, S16) Start Date: September 22ndThe Johnson Fire is burning in a rather rugged and quite inaccessible area south of Prescott. The fire is being managed for full suppression. The public can obtain additional information via the following: Fire Information: (928) 925-1111 Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ Twitter: @PrescottNF Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/ · Local Ranger Station: Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000

Red Feather Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

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September 30, 2019: Although firefighters attempted to ignite the Red Feather Prescribed Burn today, the weather did not cooperate to get the desired conditions. It is still too damp. Fire managers do not expect ignitions tomorrow, but will continue to look for the next appropriate burn window to complete this important project. Please note that the temporary closure for this area remains in place This prescribed burn is located north of Red Feather Lakes, Colo., east of the Crystal Lakes Subdivision at 8,500 feet elevation. A great deal of work has already taken place on this burn and provides a treated line or previously burned ground around much of the perimeter. Firefighters plan to burn approximately 300 acres of unburned ground, as well as reenter some areas that were burned previously. In some of those previously burned areas, the burn was conducted when there was higher fuel moisture and snow. This reentry will allow firefighters to target fuel that did not burn the...

Swan Lake Fire (Wildfire)

2 months 1 week ago
Lightning ignited the fire on June 5, 2019 in a remote area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness. The area was classified as a Limited Protection Zone in accordance with The Interagency Fire Management Plans for Alaska. That classification indicates low values at risk and difficult or costly suppression efforts. Consequently, it was initially put in a monitor only status. Over the next week the fire grew from an estimated 4 to 5 acres to over 12,700 acres. Active suppression efforts were implemented and the first of several incident management teams was assigned. Important infrastructure was protected, but the spread continued, reaching 15,600 acres on June 19. Heavy smoke became an issue triggering a temporary closure on the Sterling Highway and contributing to an air quality advisory for southcentral Alaska. During the last week of June, the perimeter grew from 32,300 acres to over 62,000 acres under unseasonably hot, dry conditions. In early July, spread to the south...

Middle Fire (Wildfire)

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The Middle Fire was started by lightning on September 5, 2019 and is located northeast of the Canyon Creek Trailhead in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. A containment strategy has been used to manage this fire for maximum forest health benefits and the health and safety of firefighter personnel responding to the fire.Presently the Middle Fire is 90% contained and is 1,339 acres in size. In order to provide protection for the public and firefighters fighting the Middle Fire, a Closure Order has been issued for areas potentially affected by the Middle Fire, including Ripstein Campground, Canyon Creek Trailhead, Trail 10W03, Trail 10W06, and Trail 10W08 south of Canyon Creek Falls. This closure will remain in effect until the Middle Fire is declared out.For additional information, please contact the Fire Information line at (530) 628-0039.

Ramshorn/SHF Lightning Fires 2019 (Wildfire)

2 months 1 week ago
Lightning storms moving through the area in early September ignited several fires. Forest officials and firefighters closely monitor and respond to these fires and aerial reconnaissance flights will often be used to determine potential growth activity of the fires and develop appropriate response activity. The reconnaissance flights are part of our normal operating plan after lightning storms.Below we have listed each fire by the time the fire was reported, the name given to the fire, the approximate location and estimated fire size (if known) and current status. Any large fires will have a new "incident" page started in InciWeb and the link will appear next to the status.South Fork Management Unit (Hayfork and Platina area) 09/05/2019 7:11, LITTLE, Yolla Bolla Wilderness, 0.25 acre, Out09/05/2019 7:14, FORK, southwest of Platina west of Tedoc, 0.25 acre, Out09/05/2019 8:57, LOVE, north of Hayfork near Love Letter Springs, 0.3 acre, Out 09/05/2019 9:34, NATURAL, near Natural Bridge >...

Schaeffer Fire (Wildfire)

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Schaeffer Fire Update Kernville, Ca. September 30, 2019 – The Schaeffer Fire has shown minimal fire growth in the last week, bringing the acreage to 285 acres and 50% containment. This lightning fire is burning in areas of dense snags in the McNally Fire scar of 2002 with heavy dead and down timber amongst mixed brush, white thorn, manzanita and areas of mixed conifer and fir. Firefighters are continuing fire suppression efforts and strengthening fire lines by prepping 20’ out from the Durrwood Creek, Schaeffer Trail #33E24 and North Meadow Trail #33E27. Dylan Johnston, Schaeffer Incident Commander trainee, stated ”Later in the week, as conditions permit, crews will be continuing to utilize the “fire to the ground” tactic to eliminate unburned pockets of fuel between the fire and the hand line”. If left unburned, these could ignite later and put firefighters at risk. Burning the pockets also ensures a safe barrier between the fire and the containment lines. A closure...

Fishhawk Fire (Wildfire)

2 months 1 week ago
Yesterday’s precipitation along with today’s predicted moisture and cooler temperatures have been good for keeping the fire in its place. With more rain forecasted for this coming week, there should be minimal fire activity. Firefighter crews finished all chipping work along the north side of the fire. Many of the firefighters have been demobilized and are heading back to their home units. Remaining crews will be monitoring the fire today with the local fire resources. They are briefing the new team on work that has been completed as well as locations of structure protection supplies and hose lays. The structure protection group finished all the assessments and have shared that information with the Park County Fire Protection District to implement into their county structure protection plan. Please go to www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone or call 307-250-0148 for further information. An area closures is still in place around the Fishhawk Fire.

Stink Water Fire (Wildfire)

2 months 1 week ago
The Stink Water Fire remains at 47 acres, is 68% contained with no anticipated spread. Local resources will continue to monitor. Yesterday’s precipitation along with today’s predicted moisture and cooler temperatures have been good for keeping the fire in its place. With more rain forecasted for this coming week, there should be minimal fire activity.

Chessman Canyon Fire (Wildfire)

2 months 1 week ago
Please DO NOT report this fire. This fire is being monitored by firefighters along the monument rim. The fire is located at the bottom of the amphitheater and is confined by natural barriers. The fire poses no threat to public or structures.Location and Cause: The Chessman Canyon Fire in Cedar Breaks National Monument was discovered on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and is lightning-caused. Size: Approximately 415 acres Wildfire at Cedar Breaks National Monument: Fire is a natural part of the ecosystem and it is being allowed to play its natural role when there are no direct threats to national park resources or visitor safety. Fire managers assess risk, predict fire behavior and growth, and determine where they will limit the fire’s spread within a predetermined area where it can be safely utilized. While fire managers may allow the fire to progress naturally where it is benefiting the landscape, they will use a full range of tactics to delay, direct, or minimize the spread of fire in...

South Fire (Wildfire)

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The South Fire is in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, southeast of Tomhead Mountain, west of Red Bluff, and 15 miles south of Platina, CA. The fire is in a remote and very rugged area of the forest. The western portion of the South Fire, within the Yolla Bolly Wilderness, continues to be confined south of Humbolt Ridge; east of Sanford Ridge; and north of Cottonwood Creek. The eastern portion of the fire has completed containment line.HUNTER AND VISITOR INFORMATION ADVISORY: Currently the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued a Forest Closure Order No: 14-19-06. Pettyjohn road is closed just west of Red Flat Landing Strip due to Forest Fire activity. Please visit the Shasta-Trinity National Forest web page for more information.
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