27 Jul 2010, 10:31am
California
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Bull Fire (CA)

Location: 3 mi N of Kernville, Kern Co. CA
Specific Location: Lat 35° 46´ 58″ Lon 118° 26´ 31″

Date of Origin: 07/26/2010
Cause: Human

Situation as of 08/04/2010 7:00 pm
Personnel: 213
Size: 16,442 acres
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $11.0 million

Mop up and patrol.

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Situation as of 08/02/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 455
Size: 16,442 acres
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $10.2 million (no update)

Minimal fire activity.

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Situation as of 08/01/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 580
Size: 16,460 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $10,231,598

Minimal fire activity. The fire will transition back to the forest on 8/3 at 0600.

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Situation as of 07/29/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 2,060
Size: 16,074 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Structures Threatened: 30 PRIM

Structures Destroyed: 8 residences, 6 outbuildings

Costs to Date: $5,500,000

Major progress made advancing hand lines on all branches.

The increase in cost is due to a more accurate count of resources, previously unreported air tanker costs and costs for base camp facilities.

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Situation as of 07/28/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 2,249
Size: 15,982 acres
Percent Contained: 12%

Structures Threatened: 30 PRIM

Structures Destroyed: 8 residences, 6 outbuildings

Costs to Date: $2,700,000

Fire behavior moderated significantly today due to cloud cover. With the diminished fire behavior crews were able to establish anchor points and begin direct line construction in areas previously inaccessible.

Demob of many structure protection resources has begun as the structure threat to Kernville and Riverkern has been mitigated.

Mop up around structures in Kernville and Riverkern. Mop up and patrol along the river corridor.

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Situation as of 07/28/2010 6:00 am
Personnel: 1,200+
Size: 15,586 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Structures Threatened: 1,200 PRIM

Structures Destroyed: 6+ homes, unofficially

TWO ACTIVE FRONTS ON BOTH SIDES OF RT 99. VERY ACTIVE FIRE BEHAVIOR, MODERATE TO FAST RATE OF SPREAD, STEEP HARSH TERRAIN AND LINE CONSTRUCTION DIFFICULT DO TO TERRAIN. ERRATIC FIRE BEHAVIOR.

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Situation as of 07/27/2010 8:00 am
Personnel: 550
Size: 4,500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Numerous residences are threatened. The communities of Camp Owen and River Kern have been evacuated. The fire crossed the Kern River and established itself in the community of Riverkern, adjacent to the many residences. Five residences reported damaged. Roads in the area are closed.

Opliger’s Type I Incident Management Team will assume command of the incident at 1800 tonight.

26 Jul 2010, 1:15pm
California
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Russel Fire

Location: E of Straylor Lake, Lassen Co. CA
Specific Location: not reported

Date of Origin: 07/25/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/28/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 734
Size: 250 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $1,500,000

The complex includes 9 fires. All fires are 100% contained. Complete mop up on existing fires. Demob resources.

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Situation as of 07/27/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,005
Size: 250 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Base camp and ICP are located at the Intermountain Fairgrounds in McArthur, CA. Red Flag Warning issued for tonight beginning at 2300 hours and ending tomorrow at 1100 hours, for dry lightning and gusty winds. The 5 acre spot fire in front of the Russel Fire continues with mop up and is located in rugged terrain. More accurate mapping from FOBS. Tonight’s IR will be done utilizing the DOD Drone. All forward progress of all fires has been stopped. Fire suppression repair has begun. The complex includes 9 fires (1 uncontained): Uncontained fire is Russel Fire, 110 acres, 80%.

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Situation as of 07/27/2010 6:00 am
Personnel: 645
Size: 250 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Numerous fires caused by lightning. Various spot fires continue to be extinguished as well as new fires within the Russel Complex. Dozer lines and hand lines continue to be established around the Russel Fire. At the present time, all fires are staffed or contained. Weather calls for the possibility of additional thunderstorms and dry lightning. Because of the quantity of fire apparatus on the roadway we ask the public to be extra cautious when traveling the local roadways during this fire activity.

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Situation as of 07/26/2010 6:00 am
Personnel: 199
Size: 200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit is lead agency. The fire is 1 of 15 lightning sparked fires in the Bieber area of Lassen County. Since Saturday July 24 there have been over 3,500 lightning strikes across northeast California. As a result 33 confirmed fires have sparked in CAL FIRE jurisdiction. The US Forest Service reports another 78 lightning sparked fires for 115 acres and the Bureau of Land Management has another 19 fires for 6 acres. The Russel Fire is the largest. A Red Flag Warning for dry thunderstorms continues for the area through this morning.

26 Jul 2010, 1:06pm
Other States
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Bull Let It Burn Fire (WY)

Location: ~8 mi E of Hoback Jct, Teton Co. WY
Specific Location: ~1 mi N of Hwy 189-191, Gros Ventre Wilderness, Bridger-Teton NF, ~Lat 47° 24´ 31″ Lon 113° 19´ 00″

Date of Origin: 07/21/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 10/06/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 8
Size: 5,273 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire behavior has moderated but still is burning in timber in the lower Bull Creek drainage, the Rough Hollow drainage and the west side of the Little Granite drainage. The heavy dead and downed fuels on the fire are very dry and is the primary force driving the fire behavior. The area of closure encompasses the western side of the Little Granite Road, North along the ridgeline dividing the Boulder Creek and Little Granite Creek drainages, south along the Highline trail and south east along the Rough Hollow ridgeline. The Highline trail and Little Granite road remains open.

Fire management decisions balance concerns for the safety of the public and firefighters, the values threatened by the fire, forecasted weather, expected fire behavior, and long term plans and objectives for the area as described in our Land and Resource Management Plan. That may include wilderness values, forest health concerns, and long term sustainability of ecosystems that have evolved in the presence of periodic fire.

We may add firefighters and equipment to meet our objectives as fire activity increases, or scale back during quiet periods of the fire.

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Situation as of 10/03/2010 6:40 pm
Personnel: 11
Size: 4,978 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Continue holding the fire at the Little Granite Creek drainage, and monitor growth on the northeast and east. The one new injury reported was from a patroller on horseback was bucked off their horse while posting closure signs on 9/30 for area closure.

The fire became more active in the Rough Hollow drainage with the effects of up canyon winds out of the southeast. smoldering, creeping and isolated and group torching.

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Situation as of 09/11/2010 4:30 pm
Personnel: none
Size: 4,422 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

desired incineration footprint: 66,000 acres

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Situation as of 08/27/2010 7:15 pm
Personnel: 128
Size: 4,255 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $1,705,382

Whoops. Turns out the fire did not just fade away quietly into the red tape archives. Fire expanded 700 acres. Crews have been recalled. Burnouts in progress. Another half a $million spent. Area closure still in effect.

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Situation as of 08/23/2010 7:00 pm
Personnel: 31
Size: 3,539 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

No more reports. Let It Burn and hide the information from the public.

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Situation as of 08/23/2010 7:00 pm
Personnel: 31
Size: 3,293 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Demobbed. Let It Burn.

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Situation as of 08/22/2010 7:45 pm
Personnel: 137
Size: 3,120 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $1,104,000

Kniffy’s desired incineration area: 66,000 acres.

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Situation as of 08/21/2010 7:00 pm
Personnel: 138
Size: 3,047 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $1,001,410

After a month of Let It Burn, this fire has passed the 3,000 acre and the $million dollar marks. Expensive burnout operations underway. Area closure to recreation. Trees torching in groups. All great “benefits” brought to you (at your expense) by the Bridger-Teton NF.

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Situation as of 08/20/2010 9:45 pm
Personnel: 108
Size: 2,800 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $900,000

Fire up-sized again for unreported reasons. Active fire behavior with isolated and group torching. Began burnout operations to secure southern flank.

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Situation as of 08/11/2010 9:00 am
Personnel: 10
Size: 1,754 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $750,000

Fire has downsized to a Type 4 organization with only the Kings Peak Fire Module monitoring for growth and increased activity and data collection for monitoring objectives.

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Situation as of 07/31/2010 9:00 pm
Personnel: 113
Size: 1,462 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Desired incineration area: 66,000 acres.

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Situation as of 07/28/2010 10:00 am
Personnel: 11
Size: 521 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

The Bull Fire was located and sized up at 3 acres on the afternoon of July 22. Without any NEPA process, ESA consultation, NHPA consultation, or legally required analysis or public involvement of any kind, Bridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor Kniffy Hamilton made the illegal and criminal decision to Let It Burn.

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Situation as of 07/25/2010 7:30 pm
Personnel: 0
Size: 680 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Let It Burn. That’s the great thing about wilderness designation. The government no longer bears any responsibility for holocausts. So what if the entire Gros Ventre Range is incinerated? Don’t blame the goobernment; they are self-incapacitated.

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 10/05/2010 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 10/04/2010 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 10/03/2010 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 10/02/2010 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 09/11/2010 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 09/09/2010 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 09/07/2010 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 09/06/2010 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 09/05/2010 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 09/04/2010 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 09/01/2010 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 08/12/2010 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 08/10/2010 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 08/05/2010 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.

26 Jul 2010, 12:33pm
Montana
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Cardinal Creek Let It Burn Fire

Location: ~19 mi ESE of Condon, Missoula Co. MT
Specific Location: Cardinal Creek, Bob Marshal Wilderness, Flathead NF, ~Lat 47° 24´ 31″ Lon 113° 19´ 00″

Date of Origin: 07/25/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/27/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: 5
Size: ? acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire growth of approximately 150 acres on 8-26 with hot, dry and windy conditions.

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Situation as of 08/12/2010 2:30 pm
Personnel: 5
Size: 2,100 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

No growth in the past week. Minimal fire behavior.

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Situation as of 08/05/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: 8
Size: 2,100 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Estimated Containment Date Monday November 15th, 2010.

Fuels Involved: heavy timber with large component of red-needled dead and down fuels.

Fire behavior is presently low with creeping and smoldering throughout the day.

Gordon Creek Trail is Open! Temporary Trail Closures include: Cardinal Creek Trail #506, -Cardinal Peak Trail #136, -Kid Mountain Trail #628, -Fossil Mountain Trail #128, and -Cabin Creek Trail #205.

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Situation as of 07/29/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: 15
Size: 2,100 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire increased 75 acres yesterday. Single tree and group torching. Monitors monitoring.

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Situation as of 07/27/2010 4:30 pm
Personnel: 7
Size: 2,027 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire doubled in size yesterday.

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Situation as of 07/26/2010 7:50 pm
Personnel: 6
Size: 1,200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire tripled in size yesterday.

Continue monitor and preparing for structure protection of administrative buildings. [Note: what buildings? This is a Let It Burn fire in the alleged wilderness]. Transfer of command to Type III. [Why call in outside help? Type 3 IMT's are for fire suppression fires with 100+ firefighter personnel. Don't need anything like that for Let It Burn].

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Situation as of 07/25/2010 9:30 pm
Personnel: 0
Size: 400 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Significant runs, active sustained crowning. 3 individuals will fly into the incident to monitor.

26 Jul 2010, 12:14pm
Montana
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Dominic Point Fire

Location: ~12 mi NE of Hamilton, Ravalli Co. MT
Specific Location: Willow Mountain, Bitterroot NF, Lat 46° 19´ 28″ Lon 113° 56´ 29″

Date of Origin: 07/25/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/03/2010 11:40 am
Personnel: 1
Size: 894 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $1,360,000 (no explanation for reduction)

The area closure was lifted. Nearly all assigned resources were demobed on 8/2. The fire will continue to be patrolled by forest IA resources.

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Situation as of 08/01/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 95
Size: 894 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $1,500,000

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Situation as of 07/28/2010 7:30 pm
Personnel: 180
Size: 894 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $657,000

Made significant progress on the W, S and E flanks of the fire. Due to recent wet weather firefighters are going to proceed with direct line construction on the N flank of the fire. Minimal fire behavior, smoldering and creeping spread with isolated single tree torching.

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Situation as of 07/27/2010 7:45 pm
Personnel: 138
Size: 894 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $481,600

Crews made progress in 2 DIVS tying in direct handline. Reconnaisance of road access out through private land for escape route for crews/equipment. Ordered 2 additional crews, excavator to support operations. Improving jeep trail on north end of the fire for contingency line.

Minimal fire behavior, smoldering and creeping spread with isolated single tree torching.

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Situation as of 07/26/2010 5:50 pm
Personnel: 128
Size: 897 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $225,000

Area closure remains in place west of the Bitterroot Forest Boundary north to Gold Creek Campground (which remains open at this time). The Forest Service Engine and 2 private vehicles were successfully removed from Burnt Fork Lake early this a.m. after egress out the main road was cutoff by active fire behavior below Willow Mountain Lookout.

If weather conditions allow direct handline, then full suppression will be implemented. If due to the inaccessible terrain and active fire behavior continues; then a partial suppression tactic will be chosen based on the safety and effectiveness of the crews/equipment being deployed on the line’s capabilities.

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Situation as of 07/25/2010 11:15 pm
Personnel: 66
Size: 300 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Road closure of the Willow Mountain Road. Willow Mountain Lookout was evacuated. 2 USFS engines and 4 civilian were trapped behind the fire as it crossed the road. Helicopter had to evacuate 4 civilians and 5 USFS personnel. Vehicles were parked at the end of the road. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, running and torching.

26 Jul 2010, 12:05pm
Arizona
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Wash WFU Fire

Location: ~15 mi SE of Tusayan, Coconino Co. AZ
Specific Location: Kaibab NF, Lat 35° 50´ 33″ Lon 111° 51´ 59″

Date of Origin: 07/22/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/29/2010 4:00 pm
Personnel: 4
Size: 201 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Desired burn area increased to 3,700 acres but rain fell on the fire today.

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Situation as of 07/25/2010 5:40 pm
Personnel: 30
Size: 200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Desired burn area: 2,700 acres

Completed 1 1/2 miles of burnout along Road 310RC

25 Jul 2010, 9:37am
Colorado
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Whirlpool WFU Fire

Location: ~20 mi N of Dinosaur, Moffat Co. CO
Specific Location: Jones Hole, trib to Green River, Dinosaur National Monument, Lat 40° 33´ 58″ Lon 109° 2´ 19″

Date of Origin: 07/23/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/26/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: 0
Size: 0.7 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Well, the Brain Trust at Dinosaur N.M. decided to contain, control, and extinguish the fire after all, which took all of 2 hours. Then the TNC/Goldman Sachs Let It Burn Module was excused and shipped out.

No reports on the actual costs of this fire and how much cash was transferred to TNC/Goldman Sachs. That kind of disclosure of info is not required under the new banking regulation bill.

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Situation as of 07/25/2010 5:30 pm
Personnel: 10
Size: 0.7 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire now staffed by the TNC/Goldman Sachs Let It Burn Module. The fire is less than one acre. It is smoldering. One guy with a garden hose could put it out. Instead, the TNC/Goldman Sachs Southern Rockies Wildfire Module has been flown in at huge expense, to watch a spot fire smolder. How embarrassing. How degrading. How utterly stupid. When it comes to stupid, it’s hard to top the National Park Service.

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Situation as of 07/24/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: 1
Size: 1 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Even though this fire is only one acre, it is hoped that fully 7,000 acres will be incinerated eventually. The TNC/Goldman Sachs Let It Burn Module has been ordered.

The area of the fire, Jones Hole and Green River, are heritage sites with rock art dating back 10,000 years. The National Park Service doesn’t give a crap, though, and wants it all burned, baby, burned.

Most of Dinosaur National Monument’s 210,000 acres is proposed wilderness, even though human beings have been continuously resident there for 10,000 years!

The National Park Service leadership is on drugs or something. They are sick, sick, sick individuals.

25 Jul 2010, 9:23am
Idaho
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Copper Let It Burn Fire

Location: ~10 mi E of Big Creek, Valley Co. ID.
Specific Location: Payette NF, Lat 45° 10´ 8″ Lon 115° 9´ 7″

Date of Origin: 07/10/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/12/2010 4:45 pm
Personnel: 0
Size: 409 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire received significant moisture the last few days.

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Situation as of 08/05/2010 4:30 pm
Personnel: 0
Size: 400 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

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Situation as of 07/29/2010 7:00 pm
Personnel: 0
Size: 290 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

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Situation as of 07/24/2010 7:00 pm
Personnel: 0
Size: 180 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire was detected on July 23rd by aircraft flying over the area around 0830. Currently the fire is being monitored by ‘on the ground’ personnel.

Meaning in the air, not actually on the ground. Sort of like: the Payette NF is staffed by ‘intelligent and capable’ people.

19 Jul 2010, 10:07am
Uncategorized
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Cowiche Mill Fire

Location: ~3 mi W of Yakima, Yakima Co. WA
Specific Location: Cowiche Creek, ~Lat 40° 39´ 00″ ~Lon 120° 45´ 00″

Date of Origin: 07/18/2010
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 07/19/2010 10:00 pm
Personnel: 250 to 300
Size: 6,200 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Fire size reduction due to more accurate mapping. The fire destroyed or heavily damaged two homes and several outbuildings. Now smoldering.

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Situation as of 07/19/2010 9:00 am
Personnel: not reported
Size: 10,000+ acres
Percent Contained: 0%

5 alarm Wildland Fire Incident. Cowiche Mill Road. 10,000+ acres, multiple structures lost. Dozens of homes threatened. Ongoing Evacuations in place. Extreme rates of spread.

Fed, state, private resources are now being ordered up now from Western Washington. Fire District, DNR responding.

19 Jul 2010, 9:52am
Arizona
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Juniper WFU Fire

Location: ~18 mi N of Williams, Coconino Co. AZ
Specific Location: Kaibab NF, Lat 35° 25´ 59″ Lon 111° 55´ 59″

Date of Origin: 07/17/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/29/2010 3:00 pm
Personnel: 2
Size: 470 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Light rain continues to fall on the fire daily.

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Situation as of 07/22/2010 4:30 pm
Personnel: 12
Size: 440 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Light rain on the fire, growth has stalled

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Situation as of 07/19/2010 9:30 pm
Personnel: 59
Size: 262 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Crews burned out areas along Roads 90 and 101 to the north and east of the fire, creating an effective barrier to rapid fire spread.

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Situation as of 07/18/2010 6:30 pm
Personnel: 10
Size: 11 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Target acres 1,600. Fire being managed for unspecified “resource objectives” in an area of the forest that will be “enhanced by the fire effects.” Roads surround the fire on all four sides and the 2009 Wildhorse Complex is north of the fire. The fire will be managed within an area encompassing approximately 1,600 acres.

Note: no NEPA, no ESA consultations with USFWS, no public involvement.

19 Jul 2010, 9:42am
Other States
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Beach Fire

Location: Yellowstone NP, Teton Co. WY
Specific Location: 2 mi S of Beach Lake, 7 mi SW of Bridge Bay Campground, Lat 44° 30´ 54″ Lon 110° 34´ 23″

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

Situation as of 07/29/2010 4:30 pm
Personnel: 13
Size: 520 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $2,599,437

No significant fire activity noted. Aerial recon during burn period Bucketing hotspots if needed.

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Situation as of 07/27/2010 4:35 pm
Personnel: 156
Size: 520 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $2,000,000

All crews pulled off the line and are being demobed. Backhaul of supplies and equipment from fire and spike camp. Transition fire management from Secrest Type II team to Yellowstone NP. Transition at 0600 0n 7/28/2010. Fire will be monitored with aircraft. This will be the last 209 report unless significant activity occurs in the future.

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Situation as of 07/26/2010 3:45 pm
Personnel: 222
Size: 520 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: $1,900,000

Two Type I hand crews demobed. Began backhaul of supplies and equipment from fire and spike camp. Start demob of all line resources at end of shift.

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Situation as of 07/25/2010 4:40 pm
Personnel: 263
Size: 520 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: $1,700,000

Line construction around main body of fire is complete. Spot fire control is expected to be completed during Monday shift. This will complete the remainder of total containment.

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Situation as of 07/24/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: 272
Size: 520 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: $1,285,000

Line construction around main body of fire is complete, spot fire control either by complete mop-up or perimeter control is still to be accomplished. Active surface fire with single and group tree torching, with spotting along northeast corner.

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Situation as of 07/23/2010 4:00 pm
Personnel: 270
Size: 520 acres
Percent Contained: 43%

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

Line construction is close to complete on the main fire perimeter, where line construction was determined to be necessary.

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Situation as of 07/18/2010 9:00 pm
Personnel: 11
Size: ~150 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Situation as of 07/19/2010 8:30 pm
Personnel: 75
Size: 385 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Two more 20-person Type 1 “hotshot” crews, two 20-person Type 2 –initial attack hand crews, and three more helicopters have been ordered in to assist with firefighting efforts.

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Sunday afternoon, gusty thunderstorm winds caused the fire to move into the crowns and spread.

Two helicopters from the Gallatin National Forest, an air tanker from Helena, Montana, and a second airtanker from Pocatello, Idaho, were called in Sunday to augment Yellowstone National Park firefighters and the park’s contract helicopter in their efforts to suppress the fire. They will work to direct the fire into meadows and toward the west side of last year’s Arnica Fire ~2 mi E.

18 Jul 2010, 12:48pm
Colorado
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Twin Buttes/Goldman Sachs WFU Fire

Location: ~25 mi SSW of Rangley, Rio Blanco Co. CO
Specific Location: White River District, BLM, ~2 mi W of Hwy 139, 2 mi N of Douglas Pass, Lat 39° 41´ 53″ Lon 108° 49´ 36″

Date of Origin: 07/16/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/24/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: not reported
Size: 145 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

The duty officer (?) made the decision to fully suppress this fire, which was achieved Saturday morning (7/24). Achieved 100% containment - full suppression. No explanation given for the change in acreage. TNC/Goldman Sachs Module pulled off fire.

This will be the final final 209.

What a cluster…!

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This fire is no longer being reported. TNC/Goldman Sachs is above the law. They are not required to inform the citizenry regarding their nefarious dealings, even if it is with your money and in this case, on your land too.

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Situation as of 07/19/2010 7:00 pm
Personnel: 29
Size: 280 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

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Situation as of 07/18/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 38
Size: 280 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Target acres increased to 100,000. Southern Rockies TNC/Goldman Sachs Wildfire Module arrived today. Monitoring to commence.

Note: no NEPA, no ESA consultations with USFWS, no public involvement, no plan.

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Situation as of 07/17/2010 4:00 pm
Personnel: 8
Size: 200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Target acres: 10,000. Smokejumpers on scene, will transition to THE NATURE CONSERVANCY WILDFIRE MODULE!

TNC is a quango (quasi-govermental non-governmental organization). They now contract WFU’s using their own “module”, a private fire monitoring (not firefighting) team. TNC’s Module “is trained to assist federal agencies to allow natural wildland fires to burn…” [here]

TNC is a multi-billion-dollar quango, the largest in the world, and is intimately tied to the Goldman Sachs international banking concern.

The Twin Buttes Fire has thus become a Goldman Sachs Let It Burn While We Rob the U.S. Treasury fire.

16 Jul 2010, 9:01am
Arizona
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Mill 2 Fire

Location: ~10 mi SW of Globe, Gila Co., AZ
Specific Location: Pinal Mountains, Tonto NF, Lat 33° 16´ 54″ Lon 110° 51´ 50″

Date of Origin: 07/10/2010
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/18/2010 8:40 pm
Personnel: 45
Size: 720 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Structures Threatened: 14 PRIM , 20 OUTB

Costs to Date: $190,000

Moderate activity today with growth to the north and minimal growth to the south. Tomorrow should experience moderate fire growth to the north and possibly southwest.

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Situation as of 07/16/2010 7:00 pm
Personnel: 45
Size: 625 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Structures Threatened: 14 PRIM , 20 OUTB

Costs to Date: $170,000

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Situation as of 07/15/2010 7:00 pm
Personnel: 45
Size: 400 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Structures Threatened: 14 PRIM , 20 OUTB

Costs to Date: $130,000

Moderate behavior with active backing fire and occasional torching. Tomorrow should experience moderate fire growth to the north.

13 Jul 2010, 12:13pm
Montana
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North Fork Fire

Location: 7 mi NE of Craig, Meagher Co. MT
Specific Location: N Fork of Stickney Creek, 2 mi E of I-15, Lat 47.126 Lon -111.838

Date of Origin: 07/12/2010
Cause: Under Investigation

Situation as of 07/15/2010 2:00 pm
Personnel: 160
Size: 310 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $239,000

Complete containment - finished lining fire. Last 209 unless condition changes.

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Situation as of 07/13/2010 2:00 pm
Personnel: 123
Size: 310 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

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Situation as of 07/13/2010 10:00 am
Personnel: 100+
Size: ~200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire burning in timber in steep, rugged terrain. Windy weather and difficult terrain. MT-DNR lead agency.

 
  
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