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U.S. Wildfires – June 21 Update

Posted by feww on June 21, 2011

Monument Fire: AZ  Governor Deploys National Guard in Sierra Vista

(Posted June 20, 2011, at 4:33 pm MST on AZEIN)

  • Beginning Tuesday, June 21, the service members will provide area security for locations evacuated due to the fire…
  • “The Monument Fire continues to draw a massive response from federal, state and local authorities,” said Governor Brewer. “I’ve deployed these National Guard members to assist with the effort, and won’t hesitate to authorize additional manpower if necessary.”

Ozone Health Watch Issued for June 20; High Pollution Advisory Issued for June 21 

Fire Details (NO recent bulletin available)

  • Size: 26,980 acres
  • Containment: 27%
  • Fire Reported: June 12, 2011 at 1 p.m.
  • Location: Palominas Fire District, in the Huachuca Mountains
  • Jurisdiction: Coronado National Memorial/Coronado National Forest
  • Resources on Fire: There are 1,097 people assigned to the fire, including 22 crews, 108 engines, 9 helicopters, 10 Air Tankers and 4 Dozers.
  • Fire Behavior: Extreme fire behavior with sustained runs,medium spotting, and flame lengths in excess of 20 feet.
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
    Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
  • Remarks: The fire has burned a total of 1,526 acres within Mexico which are not included in the acres reported in block 15. Over 130 Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement officers are conducting evacuation and re-entry operations.
  • Pre-Evacuation Areas
    • High Knoll Area
    • West of Highway 92: Yaqui north to Buffalo Soldier Trail and west to Fort Huachuca
    • East of Highway 92: Camino Prinicpal north to Buffalo Soldier Trail and east to Aquaduct Road
  • For more Information Click HERE

Monument and Horseshoe Two Fires Satellite Image


Monument and Horseshoe Two Fires were burning fiercely in southern Arizona on June 19, 2011 when  MODIS on the Aqua satellite took this image at 1:05 pm MST. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.

Horseshoe Two Fire summary:

The fire moved through Marble, Emigrant and Woods canyons on June 19, 2011.

  • Size: 213,511 acres
  • Percent Contained: 80%
  • Date started: May 8, 2011
  • Number of Personnel: 1,230
  • Location: Portal, Ariz.
  • Total structures destroyed: 23
  • Cost to Date: $45,631,443

 

Wallow Fire

  • Size: 519,319 acres
  • Percent Contained: 51%
  • Residences: 2,714 threatened; 32 destroyed; 5 damaged
  • Commercial Property: 473 threatened; 4 destroyed
  • Outbuildings: 1,216 threatened; 36 destroyed; 1 damaged
  • Vehicles: 1 destroyed
  • Date of Origin: Sunday May 29th, 2011 approx. 01:30 PM
  • Location: Eastern AZ near Alpine, Nutrioso, and Springerville
  • Total Personnel: 3,531
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: High
  • Current Weather
    • Temperature: 72-88 degrees
    • Humidity: 8-9%

Honey Prairie Complex Fire, Georgia Satellite Image

  • Size: 261,663 acres
  • Percent Contained: 60%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Date of Origin: Saturday April 30th, 2011 approx. 12:00 AM
  • Location: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 5 mi NE of Fargo, GA
  • Total Personnel 629
  • Fire Behavior: Numerous hot spots around the fire perimeter. Active fire spread in Divisions Z toward the Northeast.
  • Growth Potential: High
  • Terrain Difficulty: High
  • Current Weather
    • Wind Conditions: 19 mph W
    • Temperature: 100 degrees
    • Humidity: 31%

Honey Prairie Complex Fire Map


Click image to enlarge.


MODIS Active Fire Detection Map SGA – SE. Click image to enlarge.


The Honey Prairie Fire, largest of nine separate fires dubbed the Honey Prairie Complex Fire were burning in and around the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge when MODIS on the Aqua satellite took this image. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.

Texas Wildfires [Source Texas Forest Service]

  • TFS reported 43 new fires for 23,965 acres, including 12 new large fires.
  • National Preparedness Level: 3
  • Southern Area Preparedness Level: 3
  • TFS Preparedness Level: 4
  • Due to the shortage of aviation resources, four National Guard Blackhawk helicopters were activated in Austin.
  • Since June 14, 2011 TFS has responded to 148 fires for 72,707 acres.

New Fires

  • DYER Mill FIRE, Grimes County. This fast-moving fire three miles east of Whitehall has burned at least 4,000 acres. NO containment reported.
  • MIDWAY (COWBOY CHURCH) FIRE, Walker County. 1,000 acres, 5 percent contained. The fire is burning near Huntsville. One hundred sixty-three homes were evacuated near Midway. The fire is burning on both sides of Interstate 45 with crowning in the timber.
  • LONGFELLOW FIRE, Pecos County. 1,700 acres, 5 percent contained. The fire is burning in heavy brush 40 miles southeast of Ft. Stockton.
  • COWBOY FIRE, Jasper County. 322 acres, contained. The fire is a rekindle from a fire earlier in the month. It is burning in pine plantation.
  • McDONALD II FIRE, Clay County. 5,000 acres, unknown containment. The fire was threatening the town of Henrietta. Evacuations of numerous homes and businesses took place last night (June 19).
  • MASTERSON FIRE, Moore County. 5,000 acres, contained. The fire is burning 12 miles west of Lake Meredith. Gas and oil infrastructure and cattle are threatened.
  • ROCK CREEK FIRE, Stonewall County. 2,000 acres, 50 percent contained. The fire is burning seven miles northeast of Aspermont in tall grass.
  • PATILLO FIRE, Erath County. 300 acres, 60 percent contained. Evacuations occurred but no structures were lost.
  • SCHAFFNER FIRE, Clay County. 400 acres, unknown containment. The fire is eight miles northwest of Henrietta.
  • RIDDLE FIRE, Stonewall County. 600 acres, contained. The fire is burning seven miles southeast of Aspermont.
  • JRM FIRE, Throckmorton County. 2,500 acres, unknown containment. This fire is a complex of four lightning fires near Throckmorton. Twelve homes are threatened.
  • NANCE RANCHFIRE , Randall County. 350 acres, 90 percent contained. Two SEATs and a TFS task force worked the fire burning in grass six miles east of Canyon.

Uncontained Fires from June 19

  • BEARING BEARING FIRE, Polk and Trinity Counties. 14,000 acres, 40 percent contained. The fire is burning near Carmona. Two homes were destroyed and dozens have been evacuated.
  • POWER LINE FIRE, Jasper County. 2,500 acres, 25 percent contained. The fire is burning just south of Lake Sam Rayburn Dam. Five hundred homes are threatened.
  • SMAC FIRE, Brooks County. 20,000 acres, 40 percent contained. Extreme fire behavior was observed again yesterday on this fire 13 miles southwest of Falfurrias.
  • DHI FIRE, Pecos County. 8,000 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning 35 miles southeast of Ft. Stockton.
  • HUDSON COMPLEX FIRE, Sterling County. 3,160 acres, 95 percent contained. The fire is burning 34 miles northwest of San Angelo.
  • FAULKNER FIRE, Crockett County. 2,200 acres, 95 percent contained. 900 acres, 40 percent contained. The fire is burning southwest of Big Lake.
  • FATHER’S DAY FIRE, Cochran County. 3,000 acres, 30 percent contained. One hundred homes were threatened in Whiteface.
  • 4097 FIRE, Newton County. 410 acres, unknown containment., Polk and Trinity Counties. 14,000 acres, 40 percent contained. The fire is burning near Carmona.Two homes were destroyed and dozens have been evacuated.

Other Stats for Texas Fires

Year-To-Date Totals (Source: Texas Forest Service)

  • Fires: 10,331
  • Acres burned: 3,018,008
  • Structures Destroyed: 1,325 units [More likely as many as 1,750 structures have been lost]
  • Six of the 10 largest recorded fires in Texas history have occurred in 2011, so far.

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