26 Mar 2009, 12:37am
Arizona
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Geronimo Fire

Location: Sunizona, 34 miles SE of Willcox, Cochise Co. AZ
Specific Location: Lat: 31° 52′ 35″ Lon: 109° 39′ 05″

Date of Origin: 03/25/2009
Cause: human, under investigation

Situation as of 03/27/2009 3:30 pm
Personnel: 74
Size: 2,460 acres:
Percent Contained: 100%

Eight outbuildings, two travel trailers and two vehicles have burned.

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Situation as of 03/25/2009 10:00 pm
Personnel: ~50
Size: 2,000 acres:
Percent Contained: unknown

The Cochise County authorities have confirmed ten structures have burned, ~70 residences threatened.

Air tankers retardant drops today on fire burning in dry grass.

Red Flag Warning for strong winds, gusts to 50 mph, in effect for Thursday.

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.

9 Mar 2009, 1:52pm
Arizona
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Hog Fire

Location: 25 Miles northeast of Douglas, Cochise Co. AZ
Specific Location: Coronado NF, Lat: 31° 30´ 8″ Lon: 109° 5´ 1″

Date of Origin: 03/01/2009
Cause: Human

Situation as of 03/09/2009 3:00 pm
Personnel: unknown
Size: 16,802 acres:
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $265,000

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Situation as of 03/07/2009 3:00 pm
Personnel: 163
Size: 16,800 acres:
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $245,000

Fire consisted of 9,136 acres on forest, 532 acres belonging to BLM, 5,581 acres on AZ State land and 1,018 acres of privately owned land.

Fire is burning in grass, oak and juniper in steep terrain. Areas which had burned in prior years are open savannah-like grasslands. Unburned areas are characterized by thick manzanita. Approximately 90% of the fire has burned at low to moderate intensities, with little to no tree mortality. Approximately 10% of the burned at a high intensity in the manzanita.

Fire progression:

March 2 - 1,600 acs
March 3 - 4,000
March 4 - 16,000
March 5 - 16,800
March 6 - 16,800

28 Oct 2008, 3:44pm
Arizona
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Marteen WFU Fire

Marteen WFU Fire

Location: 15 miles northeast of Williams, Coconino Co., AZ

Specific Location: Kaibab NF, 35.443 latitude, -112.023 longitude

Date of Origin: 08/07/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 10/31/2008 1:00 PM
Personnel: 28
Size: 9,947 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Very active fire behavior with spotting and torching. Fire reached and burned approximately 40-50 acres on the W side on Laws Hill. Fireline was reinforced along Forest Road 118 to Horse Lake. Worked on a 20 acre spot north of Red Hill.

Increased winds, up to 20 mph, are predicted this week.

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Situation as of 10/29/2008 11:00 PM
Personnel: 19
Size: 7,181 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Fuels Involved: Ponderosa pine, grass, brush and pinyon juniper

Fire Behavior: Active ground fire, short runs with isolated torching.

Aerial and hand ignitions used to reinforce buffer zone between fire and private property.

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Situation as of 10/27/2008
Personnel: 13
Size: 4,452 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Fire spreading at a steady pace along the Coxcomb Ridge System. Fire personnel on the Kaibab National Forest continue to manage the Marteen Wildland Fire Use for resource benefits. Tuesday, 10/28, personnel will take actions to reinforce a fireline southeast of the fire along the boundary between the Kaibab National Forest and private property.

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Situation as of 10/24/2008
Personnel: unknown
Size: 2,982 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Currently, actions are taking place to create a buffer between the leading edge of the fire and private property in Spring Valley, north of I-40. Other actions taken on the incident to date include protecting archaeological sites, preventing rapid-fire spread upslope on Squaw Mountain and pre-emptive burning around private property to the north in advance of fire spread.

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Situation as of 10/21/2008
Personnel: unknown
Size: 1,135 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

The fire started August 7 by lightning and grew to 700 acres before stalling out under steady monsoonal wet weather. On Oct. 15, fire personnel observed renewed activity. Personnel assigned to the incident are monitoring activity and recording fire progression.

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Situation as of 8/23/2008
Personnel: 8
Size: 469 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Today, personnel will implement management actions to prevent fire spread toward private property. Friday, personnel took measures to protect archaeological sites. Managers are also developing a comprehensive strategy that outlines management actions that will be implemented throughout the duration of the incident.

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Situation as of 8/22/2008
Personnel: unknown
Size: 389 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Fire activity has increased on the Marteen Wildland Fire Use and the Newt Wildland Fire Use incidents on the Kaibab National Forest. Over the past week, a dry and warm weather pattern has contributed to increased fire behavior on both fires.

This year, the Kaibab National Forest is one of 30 sites participating in a pilot program testing proposed changes to the Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy. These modifications will allow fire managers a full range of management options on naturally ignited fires on federal lands.

3 Oct 2008, 9:34am
Arizona California
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Sacramento Fire

Location: N of Topock, AZ, 10 mi SE of Needles, CA

Specific Location: N of I-40, both sides Colorado River, Havasu Natl Wildlife Refuge to Moab Regional Park, Lat 34° 43´ 38″ Lon 114° 28´ 39″

Date of origin: 09/29/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 10/01/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 119
Size: 328 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Hwy 66 closed. Structures Threatened: 20 residences , 2 commercial , 12 outbuildings

Firefighter Fatality: from the Havasu Sun News, Thursday, October 2, 2008 [here]

An Arizona Department of Corrections officer collapsed and died of apparent natural causes Wednesday while fighting a wild fire near Topock.

Douglas Falconer was the supervisor of an inmate wild fire hand crew from Globe brought in to fight the so-called Sacramento Fire under the direction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The fire, which started Sunday, has burned at least 328 acres in the Havasu Wildlife Refuge and was 30 percent contained Wednesday, according to a USFWS press release.

According to the Department of Corrections, officers and inmates on the hand crew responded with emergency medical assistance when Falconer collapsed, but they were unable to revive him. …

15 Aug 2008, 8:49am
Arizona
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Marteen WFU Fire

Location: 15 miles N of Williams, Coconino Co., AZ

Specific Location: Marteen Tank, Kaibab NF, Lat 35° 26´ 36″ Lon 112° 1´ 22″

Date of Origin: 08/07/2008
Date of first report on SWCC: 08/15/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/15/08 5:45 PM
Personnel: 13
Size: 310 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: not reported
Maximum desired fire size: not reported

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 23
Size: 237 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: not reported
Maximum desired fire size: not reported

Monitor fire progress. Took measures to prevent possible rapid fire spread upslope on Squaw Mountain.

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1 Aug 2008, 10:22am
Arizona
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Newt WFU Fire

Location: 15 mi SE of Grand Canyon Village, Kaibab NF, Coconino Co. AZ

Specific Location: Lat 35° 54´ 29″ Lon 111° 53´ 34″

Date of origin: 07/19/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/22/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 7
Size: 642 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $40,000

Completed preemptive burning between FS Road 310 and the AZ trail to ensure public safety.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 8
Size: 420 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Arizona Trail closed

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Situation as of 07/30/08 9:30 AM
Total Personnel: 6
Size: 150 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Maximum Manageable Area: not reported

The crew that brought us the 58,000 acre, $70 million Warm WFU Fire in 2006 is at it again. Burn baby burn.

About W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking

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The way W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking works is that each fire (that we choose to track) gets it’s own post. That post is updated periodically. We try to update on a daily basis while the fire is active, but some days the information is not available.

If a fire you are interested in is not on the main page (it only holds 15 posts), then there are a few ways you can find it. First, try typing the name of the fire in the search applet in the upper righthand sidebar. Second, you can click on the “state” category if you know what state the fire is in. Third, if you know what month the fire started, you can look in the archives under that month.

For each fire we are attempting to post daily stats for acreage, personnel, percent containment, and suppression costs to date. That way each post becomes a historical record for that fire. You can see how the fire grew day by day, along with the changes in the other stats. That’s something InciWeb doesn’t do.

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Unlike other fire sites, W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking is not designed by and for firefighters. Our expertise and concern is about forests and other landscape types, and so we can provide indepth analysis regarding the effects of a particular fire on multiple forest values and resources. By collecting and posting the daily record for each fire, we are establishing the basic information needed to analyze fire effects.

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

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5 Jul 2008, 5:08pm
Arizona
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Buck Fire

Location: 23 miles NE of Douglas, Cochise Co., AZ

Specific Location: Coronado NF, Lat 31° 37′ 35″ Lon 109° 20′ 45″

Date of Origin: 07/03/08
Cause: human

Situation as of 07/06/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 135
Size: 2,250 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

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Situation as of 07/05/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 58
Size: 375 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Thunderstorms pushed fire 1.5 miles between 0930 and 1500 yesterday.

Lightning Storms of June 30

Vaisala Lightning Explorer [here] has been registering significant lightning strikes this afternoon in Eastern Oregon, Northern Nevada, Central and Southern Idaho, Utah, Southern Montana, Western Wyoming, Western Colorado, Northern Arizona, and Northwestern New Mexico.

30 Jun 2008, 10:37am
Arizona
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Lane 2 Fire

Location: ~50 N of Phoenix on Hwy 17, community of Crown King, Yavapai Co. AZ

Specific Location: Lat 34° 10′ 25″ Lon 112° 20′ 23″

Date of Origin: 06/28/08
Cause: human

Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 aM
Total Personnel: 299
Size: 9,629 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $5,143,321

Structures Destroyed: 5 residences , 1 comercial building , 12 outbuildings

Lorena Gulch and Horsethief Basin area remained closed as powerlines are being reconstructed and hazards mitigated. Rehabilitation work progressing across the eastern and southern divisions of the fire. Resources compiled final count of structures damaged.

Fire area received precipitation last night. Incident Command will be transferred back to the local unit at 18:00.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 585
Size: 10,100 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

11 Structures destroyed. Increase in the number of destroyed structure were due to yesterday’s discovery; they were burned on 6/29 (the first day of the fire). APS restored power to the community of Crown King; and Wild Flower and Towers infrastructure sites on 7/2. Mop-up and patrol area surrounding the communities of Crown King and Horsethief Basin Summer Homes. Contingency line is in-place south of Horsethief Basin Summer Homes (DIV D) and ready for burnout if fire growth warrants.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 608
Size: 9,600 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $2,900,239

Structures Destroyed: 3 residences , 4 outbuildings

Extreme fire behavior on the eastern flank (DIV C). Moderate fire on southern flank (DIV’s D and Y).

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM

Total Personnel: 646
Size: 7,580 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $1,961,501

Structures Threatened: 291 residences, 10 commercial, 274 outbuildings. Structures Destroyed: 3 residences, 4 outbuildings.

Plume over fire developed at 1000 due to limited inversion and extreme fire behavior. East flank terrain driven running crown fire in the drainage south of Twin Peaks (2 miles NE of Horsethief Basin Summer Homes).

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Situation as of 07/02/08 8:30 AM
Total Personnel: 447
Size: 7,200 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Extreme fire behavior on the eastern flank due to winds from afternoon thunder cells, and hot and dry conditions. Spotting and running fires in dead ponderosa pine. Fire perimeter expanded on eastern flank and moving towards the ridge above Horsethief Basin Summer Homes.

There will be a community meeting at Mayer Recreation Center today.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 264
Size: 5,300 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Evacuation Center at Mayer High School in Spring Valley.

Area road blocks were established to limit traffic to the area on Senator Highway at Goodwin and at the Crown King Road at Cleator. Powerlines were deactivated to the Crown King area to include the citical infrastructure on Towers Mountain and Wildflower Mountain.

Continual threat to Crown King with fire approaching community from Poland Creek Basin to the east.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 77
Size: 500 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Community of Crown King evacuated. Evacuation Center set up at Spring Valley High School.

Structures Threatened: 430 PRIM , 10 COMM , 100 OUTB

Terrain and wind driven fire. Torching and spotting up to 1/4 mile. Fire spread in all directions.

29 Jun 2008, 2:56pm
Arizona
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Black Mesa Fire

Location: 15 miles northeast of San Carlos, Gila Co., CA

Specific Location: Lat 33° 27′ 29″ Lon 110° 23′ 54″

Date of Origin: 06/26/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 06/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 52
Size: 1,744 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

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Situation as of 06/27/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 5
Size: 1,744 acres
Percent Contained: 16%

Active fire activity at 30% northeast and northwest side of the perimeter. Allowing fire to back into Oak Creek drainage along the northern perimeter.

Natural barriers and monsoonal season should contain and extinguish the fire.

29 Jun 2008, 2:22pm
Arizona
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Jack Wood WFU Fire

Location: ~40 miles SE of Willcox, Cochise Co., AZ

Specific Location: SE of Chiricahua National Monument, S of Paradise, Coronado NF, Lat 31° 45′ 53″ Lon 109° 9′ 55″

Date of Origin: 06/23/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/02/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 8,241 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $170,000

estimated containment 07/07

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Situation as of 06/27/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 66
Size: 8,000 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $130,000

Planned Actions: Burning operations in Horseshoe Canyon as fire backs to road.

 
  
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