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Current US Wildfires


Current Wildfires
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Arizona Fires: 2 Acres: 16,800 New: 0 Contained: 0
Ikes Grand Canyon National Park NPS 16,400 80 60 miles southwest of Paige 928-643-8110
Molino Coronado National Forest FS 400 50 6 miles northeast of Tanque Verde 602-730-6144
California Fires: 6 Acres: 90,526 New: 0 Contained: 0
Burris Mendocino Unit, Cal Fire ST 350 75 4 miles south of Potter Valley
Caples Eldorado National Forest FS 3,435 92 18 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe 530 622-5061
Getty Los Angeles City Fire Department CNTY/Local 656 15 1 miles south of West Lake Village
Kincade Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, Cal Fire FS 76,138 15 10 miles northeast of Geyserville 707-967-4207
Tick Los Angeles County Fire Department CNTY/Local 4,615 90 10 miles northeast of Santa Clarita
South Shasta-Trinity National Forest FS 5,332 75 15 miles south of Platina 530-628-0039
Colorado Fires: 4 Acres: 4,997 New: 1 Contained: 0
Cow Creek Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison NF FS 859 20 9 miles east of Ridgeway 970-589-0842
G18 Conejos County CNTY/Local 2,183 80 4 miles east of Antonito
Granite Lake White River National Forest FS 720 2 13 miles southeast of Meredith 970-963-2266
Middle Mamm White River National Forest FS 1,235 42 11 miles south of Rifle 970-930-1548
Texas Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 0 Contained: 1
Switchhouse Texas A&M Forest Service FS 400 95 9 miles northeast of Archer City
Utah Fires: 2 Acres: 703 New: 0 Contained: 0
Skull Flat 2 Fishlake National Forest FS 600 0 7 miles east of Beaver
Swasey Peak Richfield Field Office BLM 103 0 1 mile southeast of Mesa
Washington Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 1 Contained: 1
* Milepost 20 Spokane District BLM 800 100

12 large fires in four states


October 30, 2019

Firefighters continue to work toward containment goals on 12 large fires in four states. Conditions in California continue to challenge suppression efforts.

Weather: The current Foehn Wind episode will reach it’s peak today across California. Expect very windy conditions and single digit humidities in prone areas. Winds will continue through the overnight period. High pressure along the West Coast will move on shore and inland by afternoon. This will allow for continued dry conditions. Middle and upper elevations and also coastal areas will see temperatures that are well above average. However, the lower valleys and basins will likely see the development of strong valley temperature inversions. A breezy northwesterly flow will continue across the Great Plains in the wake of a passing cold front that should cross the Mississippi River around mid-day. As it does so, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will be drawn north and should bring wetting rainfall to both the Appalachian Mountains and areas east. Widespread significant fire weather concerns are not expected today.

Daily statistics 10/30/19
Number of new large fires or emergency response 4 States currently reporting large fires:
Number of active large fires
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
14 Arizona (2)
California (6)
Colorado (4)
Utah (2)
Acres from active fires 113,026
Fires contained 0
Year-to-date statistics
2019 (1/1/19 – 10/30/19) Fires: 44,545 Acres: 4,554,331
2018 (1/1/18 – 10/30/18) Fires: 50,860 Acres: 8,240,081
2017 (1/1/17 – 10/30/17) Fires: 52,699 Acres: 8,830,898
2016 (1/1/16 – 10/30/16) Fires: 51,431 Acres: 5,012,778
2015 (1/1/15 – 10/30/15) Fires: 53,798 Acres: 9,407,571
2014 (1/1/14 – 10/30/14) Fires: 42,981 Acres: 3,260,427
2013 (1/1/13 – 10/30/13) Fires: 42,008 Acres: 4,111,498
2012 (1/1/12 – 10/30/12) Fires: 51,352 Acres: 8,968,251
2011 (1/1/11 – 10/30/11) Fires: 63,601 Acres: 8,232,788
2010 (1/1/10 – 10/30/10) Fires: 61,736 Acres: 3,182,499
2009 (1/1/09 – 10/30/09) Fires: 73,342 Acres: 5,774,397
10-year average Year-to-Date
2009-2018 Fires: 54,381 Acres: 6,502,119

The California wildfires as seen from Outer Space

Pakistan: 70 dead and another 30 are injured after gas cylinder explosion sparks fire on train

The Grenfell Tower Fire of 2017: Who’s to blame?


“Some of the 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 would have survived if firefighters and emergency operators had not told them to stay in their apartments, according to a government report to be released on Wednesday.

The 1,000-page report, which comes more than two years after the deadliest fire in recent British history, is harshly critical of the London Fire Brigade, calling it dangerously unprepared for such a tragedy, according to multiple British news organizations that gained access to the conclusions before their release.

The fire on June 14, 2017, began on the fourth floor of the 24-story building and spread rapidly upward because of flammable exterior cladding and insulation that had been added to the building the year before…….”

Hospital evacuations amid California wildfires

Sacramento Bee

A Santa Rosa hospital evacuated about 100 patients Saturday night out of “an abundance of caution” as the Kincade Fire continues to ravage Sonoma County,……..

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital began evacuating at 6:30 p.m……….

Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, which also had started a voluntary evacuation Saturday night, came under a mandatory evacuation order at 4:30 a.m. Sunday…….. About 110 patients are being transferred…….

Patients evacuated from Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa went to Sutter Health in Novato and California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco……….

Evacuees included 13 emergency room patients, 8 neonatal patients and 10 intensive care patients…… The rest are surgical patients.

“…..The Kincade blaze has consumed more than 25,455 acres since it began on Wednesday, one of 1,300 wildfires to ignite in California over the past two weeks……”

The Kincaid Fire: “….Winds reaching up to 75 mph or more during a “historic wind event” this weekend could help spread the fire, which has already burned more than 26,000 acres,….”


  • Mandatory evacuation order expanded from 50,000 to 90,000 residents Saturday night

  • Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), planned to shut off power for an estimated 2.35 million residents over fears that high winds and low humidity would spread the blaze.

  • The entire towns of Healdsburg and Windsor in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, were under mandatory evacuation


As thousands in California evacuate due to fires, others prepare for more PG&E outages

The Kincade Fire update


• The Kincade Fire is a fast burning wildfire, spurred by high winds and dry conditions in Sonoma County, CA

Lifeline Impacts: (Region IX SPOTREP, as of 2:27 pm EDT)
Safety and Security:                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Six school districts in Sonoma County have closed some or all their schools

Food, Water, Sheltering:                                                                                                                                                                                               • Two shelters open with 138 occupants (ARC Midnight shelter count as of 6:08 am EDT)

Energy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Geyser Geothermal Power Plant; two of the power units have received some damage, additional details are unknown

Response                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • FMAG was approved on October 24, 2019                                                                                                                                                             • CA EOC at Partial Activation                                                                                                                                                                                     • Region IX RWC at Steady State, continues to monitor                                                                                                                                         • 2 LNOs deployed to CA EOC


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