Friday, August 29, 2008

National Fire News Report ~ 8/29/08

National Preparedness Level 3

(On a scale from 1 to 5)

Current hours for the National Fire Information Center are
(MST) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
208-387-5050
This report will be updated Monday - Friday.

August 29, 2008

Initial attack activity was light yesterday, with 109 new starts and one new large fire. Firefighters contained the Mayberry and Lone fires in Colorado and the Corner Canyon in Utah.

The National Fire News will not be updated over the Labor Day weekend. For current fire information, please read the Incident Management Situation Report published daily by the National Interagency Coordination Center.

Weather Discussion: Offshore winds will subside today in northern California, but it will remain quite hot and dry inland. Winds will also diminish over Montana and Wyoming with generally dry weather over most of the West. A few thunderstorms are possible over the southern Sierra Mountains and southern California.

Source: National Interagency Coordination Center

Daily statistics 8/29/08

Number of new large fires

1

States currently reporting large fires:

Number of active large fires

26


Arizona (1)
California (4)
Colorado (1)
Idaho (4)
Montana (2)
Nevada (2)
New Jersey (1)
New Mexico (1)
Oregon (6)
Tennessee (1)
Utah (2)
Wyoming (1)

Acres from active fires

431,184

Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) fires

5

Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) acres

39,544

Fires contained since 8/28/08

3

Year-to-date large fires contained

674

Year-to-date statistics

2008 (1/1/08 - 8/29/08)

Fires: 64,034

Acres: 4,573,574

2007 (1/1/07 - 8/29/07)

Fires: 64,964

Acres: 6,895,624

2006 (1/1/06 - 8/29/06)

Fires: 78,822

Acres: 7,582,939

2005 (1/1/05 - 8/29/05)

Fires: 45,326

Acres: 7,185,797

2004 (1/1/04 - 8/29/04)

Fires: 54,748

Acres: 6,976,128

2003 (1/1/03 - 8/29/03)

Fires: 44,406

Acres: 2,632,681

2002 (1/1/02 - 8/29/02)

Fires: 61,630

Acres: 6,314,411

2001 (1/1/01 - 8/29/01)

Fires: 57,707

Acres: 2,896,439

2000 (1/1/00 - 8/29/00)

Fires: 72,968

Acres: 6,241,982

5-year average

2003 - 2007

Fires: 57,663

Acres: 6,642,812

10-year average

1999 - 2008

Fires: 61,857

Acres: 5,564,288

Current Wildland Fires

Arizona

Fires: 0

Acres: 0

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

WFU Fires: 1

Acres: 1,700

New WFU: 0


The Mill (Kaibab National Forest): 1,700 acres. This previously reported Wildland Fire Use (WFU) incident is 27 miles southeast of Fredonia. It is being managed to accomplish natural resource objectives.

California

Fires: 4

Acres: 231,807

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 0

Olinda (Shasta-Trinity Unit, Cal Fire): 186 acres at 70 percent contained. This fire is four miles southwest of Anderson. Residences are threatened. Fire activity was minimal.
Iron and Alps Complexes (Shasta-Trinity National Forest): 105,325 acres at 96 percent contained. This complex of three fires is one mile north of Junction City. Numerous structures remain threatened.
Information: Call 530-623-6415 or visit the web site.
Panther (Klamath National Forest): 48,108 acres at 75 percent contained. This complex of two fires is 14 miles southwest of Happy Camp. Fire activity was moderate.
Information: Call 530-841-4406 or visit the web site.
Siskiyou/ Blue 2 Complex (Klamath National Forest): 78,188 acres at 89 percent contained. This complex consists of both the Siskiyou and Blue 2 complexes. The complex is 18 miles southwest of Happy Camp. Cultural sites remain threatened.
Information: Call 530-627-3532 or visit the web site.

Colorado

Fires: 1

Acres: 679

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Jordan (White River Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 679 acres at five percent contain. This fire is seven miles northwest of Meeker. Fire activity increased. Structures are threatened.
Information:
Call (970) 319-4130.
Mayberry (Little Snake Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): This fire was contained at 25,385 acres.
Lone (Moffat County FD): This fire was contained at 956 acres.

Idaho

Fires: 2

Acres: 12,900

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 1

WFU Fires: 3

Acres: 35,394

New WFU: 0


Shoestring (Twin Falls Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 2,200 acres at 85 percent contained. Active fire behavior was reported.
Nature (Twin Falls Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 10,700 acres at 35 percent contained. The fire made active runs yesterday.
South Barker (Sawtooth National Forest): 31,744 acres. This fire is two miles east of Featherville. This wildland fire use is being managed to accomplish natural resource objectives. Active fire behavior was reported.
Information: Call 208-867-4323 or visit the web site.
Willow (Caribou-Targhee National Forest): 3,650 acres. This fire is 11 miles west of Macks Inn. This wildland fire use is being managed to accomplish natural resource objectives.

Montana

Fires: 2

Acres: 66,853

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Dunn Mountain Assist (Southern Land Office, Montana Department of Natural Resources): 61,353 acres at zero percent contained. This fire was previously reported as contained. Extreme fire behavior was reported. Residences, communication sites and power lines are threatened.
Kathryn (Lewiston Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 5,500 acres at 90 percent contained. This fire is 10 miles west of Malta. No new information was provided.

Nevada

Fires: 2

Acres: 48,178

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Irish (Ely Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 477 acres at 50 percent contained. This fire is 45 miles west of Caliente. No new information was provided. This will be the last report unless significant activity is reported.
East Slide Rock Ridge (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest): 47,701 acres at 10 percent contained. This fire is 15 miles southeast of Jarbidge. Moderate fire behavior was reported. Structures are threatened and area closures are in effect.
Information: Call (775) 748-4141 or visit the web site.

New Jersey

Fires: 1

Acres: 106

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Swamp (New Jersey Forest Fire Service): 106 acres at 60 percent contained. This fire is six miles north of Hammonton. Moderate fire activity was reported.

New Mexico

Fires: 0

Acres: 0

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

WFU Fires: 1

Acres: 830

New WFU: 0


Alta (Sante Fe National Forest): 830 acres. This fire is four miles northwest of Youngsville. This wildland fire use is being managed to accomplish natural resource objectives.

Oregon

Fires: 5

Acres: 4,939

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

WFU Fires: 1

Acres: 1,620

New WFU: 0


Lonesome Complex (Rogue River National Forest): 551 acres at 80 percent contained. This complex of three fires is 20 miles northeast of Prospect. Fire activity was minimal.
Information: Visit the web site.
Middle Fork Complex (Willamette National Forest): 218 acres at 80 percent contained. This complex of 52 fires is burning in Lane County. Moderate activity was reported.
Information: Visit the web site.
North Fork (Umpqua National Forest): 1,117 acres at zero percent contained. This complex of 11 fires is 26 miles northeast of Glide. Structures are threatened and road closures are in effect.
Information: Call 541-496-9609 or visit the web site.
Summit Springs Complex (Sisters Unit, Oregon Department of Forestry): 1,973 acres at 97 percent contained. This complex of three fires is nine miles north of Sisters. Minimal fire behavior was reported.
Information: Call 541-549-3189 or visit the web site.
Wild Rivers Complex (Siskiyou National Forest): 1,080 acres at 85 percent contained. This complex is 17 miles southwest of Grants Pass.
Information: Visit the web site.
Ochoco Fire Use (Ochoco National Forest): 1,620 acres. This fire is 10 miles southwest of Dayville. These two wildland fire use incidents are being managed to accomplish natural resource objectives. Reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
Information: Call 541-416-6503 or visit the web site.

Tennessee

Fires: 1

Acres: 1,800

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Old 15th (Cherokee National Forest): 1,800 acres at 50 percent contained. This fire is three miles southeast of Del Rio. No new information was provided.

Utah

Fires: 2

Acres: 4,775

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 1

Porcupine Ranch (Southeast Area Office, Utah Department of Forestry): 4,000 acres at zero percent contained. The fire burned actively yesterday. Structures are threatened and evacuations and road closures are in effect.
Gate Narrows (Wasatch Front Area, Utah Department of Forestry): 775 acres at 90 percent contained. This fire is two miles east of Terra. Minimal fire activity was reported. Structures and power lines are threatened.
Information: Call 801-865-2965 or visit the web site.
Corner Canyon (Richfield Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): This fire was contained at 808 acres.

Wyoming

Fires: 1

Acres: 59,147

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Gunbarrel (Shoshone National Forest): 59,147 acres at 16 percent contained. This fire is 40 miles west of Cody. Active fire behavior was observed and structures are threatened.
Information: Call (866) 588-5206 or visit the web site.

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