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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


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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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Arizona Wildfires Update – June 19

Posted by feww on June 19, 2011

Wallow Fire Crosses US 180, Burns Toward Luna, NM 

(Posted June 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.) Strong southwest winds have caused the Wallow Fire to breach containment lines along US 180, on the east side of the fire. The fire is burning toward Luna, New Mexico which, as of 3:15 p.m., is being evacuated.

  • High winds have also caused very active fire behavior in the Blue River area.
  • A Red Flag Warning to continue Sunday because of strong winds and low relative humidity.
  • Southwest winds are expected to increase to 20-30 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph.
  • Humidity is in the single digits.
  • Strong winds and low relative humidity could create extreme fire behavior.


The Landsat 5 satellite captured this image of Wallow Fire, consuming a large section of eastern Arizona forests on June 15 at 3:54 pm EDT. In this false-colored image burn scars appear in red and ongoing fire in bright red. Vegetation is colored green, smoke is colored blue and bare ground is tan-colored. Source: USGS.

Wallow Fire Summary:

  • Size: 500,409 acres total
  • Percent Contained: 38%
  • Location: Apache, Navajo, Graham, and Greenlee counties; White Mountain Apache Reservation; San Carlos Apache Reservation, Ariz.; Catron County, N.M.
  • Injuries to Date: 11
  • Total Personnel: 4,152, including 19 hotshot crews; 64 handcrews
  • Commercial Property: 473 threatened; 4 destroyed
  • Outbuildings: 1,216 threatened; 36 destroyed; 1 damaged
  • Vehicles: 1 destroyed

Wallow Fire Evacuations


Source: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ photostream

Public Safety Issues

  • Smoke from the ongoing wildfires in AZ will continue to impact southwestern NM.
  • Apache County is in contact with local Fire Departments to begin the process of staging sandbag locations in anticipation of the monsoon season. Burned areas can produce significantly more run-off resulting in flooding, mud and debris flows. More information will be provided as locations are confirmed.

Current Evacuations

  • Luna, NM was evacuated as of 3:15 p.m. today.
  • Evacuations remain in effect in Sunrise, Greer and Blue River.

Evacuee Information

  • An evacuation center is open at the High School in Reserve, NM for Luna residents.
  • 10 a.m. daily evacuee meetings will be held at the former Evacuation Center at Blue Ridge High School.
  • Arizona evacuees whose Post Office is closed may pick up their mail at the Eagar Post Office.

Pre-Evacuation Alert

  • A pre-evacuation alert continues in Apache County for Greens Peak, Hidden Meadows Lodge and surrounding areas.
  • Residents in these communities are asked to remain prepared for evacuation.

Horseshoe Two Fire
(Posted on June 18, 2011, at 9:15 p.m.) The Horseshoe Two fire is 210,331 acres and is estimated to be 75 percent contained.

Fire Summary

  • Size: 210,331 acres
  • Percent Contained: 75%
  • Location: Portal, Arizona
  • Total structures destroyed: 23
  • Cost to Date: $44,412,804
  • Source: Great Basin 2 Incident Management Team

Monument Fire Update

Location: Coronado National Memorial/Coronado National Forest

New Evacuations Announced as of 5:15 pm, 6/18/2011

Hard (Mandatory) Evacuation: All areas north of Hereford Rd, east of Y Lightning Rd, South of Ramsey Rd, East to San Pedro River.

Pre-Evacuation: All areas north of Ramsey Road, east of Y Lightning Rd. south of Buffalo Soldier Trail/Lower Ranch Road to the San Pedro River.

Pre-Evacuation Areas:
Most Current Alert: Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Information Alert

Fire Summary

  • Size: 20,956 acres
  • Percent Contained: 27%
  • Location: 4 Miles east of Hereford, Az
  • Current Weather
    • Temperature: 96 degrees
    • Humidity: 7%

Track Fire, NM

  • Date of Origin: Monday June 27th, 2011 approx. 11:00 AM
  • Location: 1 Mile North of Raton, NM
  • Size: 27,140 acres
  • Percent Contained: 45%
  • Current Weather
    • Wind Conditions: 20 G/35 mph SW
    • Temperature: 84 degrees
    • Humidity: 14%

New Mexico:

Alaska

North Carolina: Pains Bay Fire
Texas: Dos Amigos FIRE

Honey Prairie Complex

  • Size; 231,018 Acres
  • Contained: 54%
  • Click HERE for additional info

Texas Initial Attack 2011

  • West Texas total: 251 fires for 24,073 acres. New: 10. New acres: 385.
  • East Texas total: 776 fires for 10,846 acres. New: 13. New acres: 175.

Florida: Bicy Oil Pad Fire Complex

  • Cause: Lightning
  • Location: Big Cypress National Preserve (FL)
  • Size: 9,500 acres

A new start – the Corral Fire – occurred on Thursday, June 16, 2011 increasing the number of active fires within the complex to five. A map of approximate locations of active fires posted at http://www.nps.gov/bicy/naturescience/oil-pad-fire-complex.htm

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Monument Fire Explodes

Posted by feww on June 18, 2011

Monument Fire grows by 100% in 10 hrs;  Gov Brewer declares emergency

Current size: 19,335 acres [17, 2011 at 1:45 pm MST]
Containment: 15% (dropped from 17%)

About 2,000 families have so far been evacuated as the fire forces closure of Highway 92, reports said.

(Posted June 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm MST) All residents in the area of the Monument Fire are encouraged to make advanced arrangements for livestock and large animals to be moved, which will allow an evacuation process to run more smoothly if necessary.

  • Date of Origin: Sunday June 12th, 2011 approx. 01:16 PM
  • Location: Palominas Fire District
  • Size: 19,335 acres
  • Percent Contained: 15%
  • Fuels Involved: Short grass, drought stressed mixed conifer, chaparral, and brush.
  • Fire Behavior: Extreme fire behavior with sustained runs,medium spotting, and flame lengths in excess of 20 to 30 feet.
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
  • Temperature: 92 degrees
  • Humidity: 12%
  • State of Emergency exists in Cochise County

Other Details

Pre-Evacuation Areas: East of Highway 92: Ramsey Road north to Camino Principal and east to Campobello

Fire Location: Now coming down Miller Canyon closing in on Highway 92/ potentially crossing at that location

Closures/Evacuations

  • Ash Canyon, Hunter Canyon, Stump Canyon (both upper and lower), Turkey Track, will remain closed until further notice.
  • Highway 92 closed at Ramsey Road on the north and Palominas Road on the south. All traffic coming from Bisbee to Sierra Vista DO NOT USE Highway 92. All traffic going to Bisbee from Sierra Vista DO NOT USE Highway 92.
  • Ramsey Road is closed at Moson Road
  • Ramsey Road is closed at Hargis Ranch Road

Evacuation

As of 2:30  PM (MST) on June 17  evacuations are underway at the following:

  • West side of Highway 92 on Yaqui west to Calle Matate / north to Choctaw Drive / east to Highway 92. Assisting with the evacuations today are members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Pima County Sheriff’s Office, Graham County Sheriff’s Office, and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.  (Source: Northern Rockies Incident Management Team)

Damage

“Officials said the update on the fire’s toll is 47 burned homes and 14 out-buildings destroyed in the Coronado National Forest near Sierra Vista.” Source

Wallow Fire Update

  • Size: 495,016 acres total [official estimate]
  • Containment: 38%
  • Location: Apache, Navajo, Graham, and Greenlee
  • Injuries to Date: 10
  • White Mountain Apache Reservation, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona; Catron County, New Mexico
  • Total Personnel: 4,418
  • 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.


Wallow Fire false-color image taken on June 15, 2011 by the Landsat 5 satellite. “The slightly blue blur is smoke, and dots of bright orange-red on the south side of the burn are active fires. Unburned forest is green, and sparsely vegetated land is pink.” Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download largest image (3 MB, JPEG)

Horseshoe Two  Fire – The Expensive Blaze

(Posted June 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm MST) The Horseshoe Two Fire is burning on the Coronado National Forest near Portal, Ariz.

  • Size: 206,314 acres
  • Containment: 70%
  • Date started: May 8, 2011
  • Number of Personnel: 1,284
  • Total structures destroyed: 23
  • Cost to Date: $43,271,795
  • Source: Great Basin 2 Incident Management Team

 

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