Wildland Fire News

Monday, June 5, 2023

Firefighters get brush fire 90% contained after burning 1,300 acres in Southern California

VIDEO: Firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department battled a second-alarm brush fire in the Antelope Valley area Sunday. The fire was reported just before 2 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of West Avenue D and 130th Street West in Fairmont and burned 1,300 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. As of Sunday evening, firefighters reached 90% containment and announced that crews would continue working through the night. A firefighting helicopter from the Los Angeles Fire Department was requested around 2:10 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported, but one barn was destroyed by the fire. Avenue D was closed for the replacement of burned power poles. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Allen Road Fire in New Jersey’s Bass River State Forest 100% contained after burning 5K acres

After days of firefighting efforts, the massive wildfire in Bass River State Forest is now 100% contained, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said Saturday. The fire that broke out earlier in the week grew to over 5,000 acres, sending smoke for miles and creating hazy skies around the region. The smoke was so thick it closed the Garden State Parkway for a few hours due to visibility issues. "The public is advised that smoke may be visible for an extended period while firefighters work to mop-up the wildfire," NJFFS said on Twitter. "Motorists traveling in the area should remain cautious of smoke." In a news conference, NJFFS Chief Greg McLaughlin said the fire was 5,950 acres and that the service had fought nine major wildfires this year. A "major" fire is anything over 100 acres, he said.
KYW-TV CBS 3 Philadelphia

’The Bullet Fire’ burns 4,000+ acres in Arizona

VIDEO: Crews are battling "The Bullet Fire," which has burned more than 4,000 acres north of Fountain Hills. Tonto National Forest officials say there is a Very Large Airtanker, two Hotshot crews, one state crew, and six engines working to contain the blaze. It has scorched 4,178 acres as of late Monday morning and is 50% contained, officials say. The Sugar Loaf area has been evacuated due to the fire. The Lower Sycamore area is also shut down to the public. SR 87 was closed in both directions for several hours Sunday evening into early Monday morning. Arizona Department of Transportation officials said Monday that both directions of travel had reopened. Southbound traffic is open at milepost 204, though one lane is still blocked, according to ADOT. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix

Wildfire in Northern Michigan now 90% contained, officials say

A massive wildfire that has been burning in Northern Michigan since Saturday afternoon is now 90% contained, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said on Sunday night. It comes as a team of 10 firefighters from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources arrived Sunday to help contain the fire. While the fire is 90% contained, the DNR said the fire remains at about 2,400 acres, southeast of Grayling. “The crews were working in hilly, sandy terrain and that was difficult,” said Mike Janisse, Incident Commander of the Michigan DNR Incident Management Team supporting the fire. “Weather conditions also were hot, dry and windy.” Fire risks have been high throughout the state for the past few weeks due to hot and dry weather conditions. The fire started around 1 p.m. Saturday from a campfire on private property and burned through jack pines, mixed pines and forest land.
WMYD-TV 20 Detroit

Friday, June 2, 2023

Grass fire disrupts high school graduation ceremony in Southern California

VIDEO: A large brushfire interrupted the graduation ceremony at Golden Valley High School in South Bakersfield. The fire damaged multiple parked vehicles, but no injuries have been reported so far. Video sent by Nick Hill from the Kern High School District shows the blaze that broke out just before 8:30 p.m. in a field just east of the Golden Valley football field where the graduation ceremony was underway. Battalion Chief Matt Imbelloni with the Kern County Fire Department says their preliminary investigation indicates that a firework set off nearby sparked the fire, which spread eastward, threatening the field where the graduates and their families were, as well as a few houses just south of the field in the nearby neighborhood.
KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield

New Jersey’s Bass River State Forest wildfire continues to burn; Garden State Parkway reopens

VIDEOS: The smoke from the ongoing Bass River State Forest wildfire in Burlington County shut down a portion of the Garden State Parkway for hours Friday morning. The smoke, as well as dense fog, led to the closure of the parkway between exits 38 and 63 around 5 a.m. Both sides reopened to traffic more than four hours later. "Smoke is no longer limiting visibility on the road, so the speed restriction has been lifted," the Parkway tweeted just after 11 a.m. The wildfire in Bass River Township has reached over 5,000 acres in size and is 50% contained, according to officials. During a news conference Thursday, officials said they may be working to put out the flames for several days due to the continued warm and dry weather. The fire began on Wednesday.
WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

Fire department in southeast Idaho receives 3 new brush trucks ahead of wildfire season

The Pocatello Fire Department is excited to roll out three new Ford F550 wildland brush trucks just ahead of wildfire season. The new trucks were made possible by a generous donation from Idaho Central Credit Union, the Assistance to Firefighter Grant, and Pocatello City Council approving the purchase of one. The total cost for the three new brush trucks was $511,695. “We are excited to get these new brush trucks with wildfire season just around the corner. The new trucks will be a great asset to the team,” Pocatello Fire Chief Ryan O’Hearn said. The new brush trucks are outfitted with a custom bed, 4-wheel drive chassis, 150 gpm Darley diesel powered pump, ability to carry 400 gallons of water, latest advancements in safety features, and the necessary equipment for crews to handle a wildland fire.
KIFI-TV ABC/CBS/CW 8 Idaho Falls

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