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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.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

National Fire News Report ~ 8/28/08

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 28 , 2008

Three new large fires were reported yesterday, one each in California, Idaho, and Utah. Firefighters contained the Meadow Creek fire in Idaho and the Lonesome Pine fire in Utah. Strong winds in Montana caused the Dunn Mountain Assist fire to make at 26,400-acre run yesterday.

Weather Discussion: Gusty winds, low humidity and hot weather will continue over northern California today. Otherwise, dry weather is expected over most of the West with decreasing winds in Montana and Wyoming.

Source: National Interagency Coordination Center

Daily statistics 8/28/08

Number of new large fires

3

States currently reporting large fires:

Number of active large fires

29


Arizona (1)
California (5)
Colorado (3)
Idaho (3)
Montana (2)
Nevada (2)
New Jersey (1)
New Mexico (1)
Oregon (6)
Tennessee (1)
Utah (3)
Wyoming (1)

Acres from active fires

409,024

Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) fires

5

Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) acres

31,524

Fires contained since 8/27/08

2

Year-to-date large fires contained

671

Year-to-date statistics

2008 (1/1/08 - 8/28/08)

Fires: 63,945

Acres: 4,549,283

2007 (1/1/07 - 8/28/07)

Fires: 64,796

Acres: 6,890,431

2006 (1/1/06 - 8/28/06)

Fires: 78,633

Acres: 7,575,768

2005 (1/1/05 - 8/28/05)

Fires: 45,023

Acres: 7,211,224

2004 (1/1/04 - 8/28/04)

Fires: 54,718

Acres: 6,841,203

2003 (1/1/03 - 8/28/03)

Fires: 44,282

Acres: 2,612,430

2002 (1/1/02 - 8/28/02)

Fires: 61,438

Acres: 6,311,519

2001 (1/1/01 - 8/28/01)

Fires: 57,536

Acres: 2,868,434

2000 (1/1/00 - 8/28/00)

Fires: 72,130

Acres: 6,200,080

5-year average

2003 - 2007

Fires: 61,423

Acres: 6,613,582

10-year average

1999 - 2008

Fires: 61,632

Acres: 5,532,999

Current Wildland Fires

Arizona

Fires: 0

Acres: 0

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

WFU Fires: 1

Acres: 1,500

New WFU: 0


The Mill (Kaibab National Forest): 1,500 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: 5

Acres: 232,951

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 0

NEW Olinda (Shast-Trinity Unit, Cal Fire): 140 acres at 30 percent contained. This fire is four miles southwest of Anderson. Residences are threatened and evacuations are in effect.
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 fire is 14 miles southwest of Happy Camp. Fire activity was moderate.
Information: Call 530-841-4406 or visit the web site.
Tehipite (Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park): 1,192 acres at 10 percent contained. This previously reported confine/contain fire is 20 miles northeast of Dunlap. No other information was provided.
Siskiyou/ Blue 2 Complex (Klamath National Forest): 78,186 acres at 85 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: 3

Acres: 28,450

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Mayberry (Little Snake Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 27,000 acres at 75 percent contain. This fire is 32 miles northwest of Craig. Fire activity was minimal yesterday.
Information: Call (970) 319-4130.
Lone (Moffat County FD): 950 acres at an unknown percent contain. This fire is 15 miles north of Elk Springs. Minimal fire activity was reported.
Information: Call (970) 319-4130.
Jordan (White River Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 500 acres at zero percent contain. This fire is seven miles northwest of Meeker. Fire activity increased. Structures are threatened.
Information:
Call (970) 319-4130.

Idaho

Fires: 1

Acres: 700

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 1

WFU Fires: 3

Acres: 27,584

New WFU: 0


NEW Nature (Twin Falls Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 700 acres at zero percent contained.
Meadow Creek (Eastern Idaho Area Office, Idaho Department of Lands): This fire was contained at 987 acres.
South Barker (Sawtooth National Forest): 24,084 acres. This fire is five miles northwest of Rocky Bar. 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): 3,500 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: 35,500

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Dunn Mountain Assist (Southern Land Office, Montana Department of Natural Resources): 30,000 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. Road closures are in effect.
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: 43,752

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.
East Slide Rock Ridge (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest): 43,275 acres at 10 percent contained. This fire is 15 miles southeast of Jarbidge. Active 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 50 percent contained. This fire is six miles north of Hammonton. Minimal fire activity was observed yesterday.

New Mexico

Fires: 0

Acres: 0

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

WFU Fires: 1

Acres: 820

New WFU: 0


Alta (Sante Fe National Forest): 820 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: 4,978

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 70 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): 1,071 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 91 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): 924 acres at an unknown 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. Minimal fire behavior was reported. Minimal fire activity was reported.

Utah

Fires: 3

Acres: 3,583

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 1

NEW Porcupine Ranch (Southeast Area Office, Utah Department of Forestry): 2,000 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 70 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): 808 acres at 75 percent contained. This fire is four miles west of Draper. Fire activity was minimal yesterday.
Lonesome Pine (Richfield Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): This fire was contained at 560 acres.

Wyoming

Fires: 1

Acres: 57,384

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Gunbarrel (Shoshone National Forest): 57,384 acres at 13 percent contained. This fire is 40 miles west of Cody. Extreme fire behavior was observed and structures are threatened.
Information: Call (866) 588-5206 or visit the web site.

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