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Wallow Fire: Charging the Criminals

The information in this post was acquired from FOX News.

An announcement was made recently saying two cousins are being charged for causing the Wallow Fire earlier this Spring / Summer.  From what they said, they had left a “campfire unattended” which quickly spread to the forest with high winds.

The two are being charged with 5 counts EACH, “including leaving a fire unattended and failing to maintain control of a fire that damaged a National Forest System.”  Also, according to the article from FOX, if they actually get convicted, each charge brings with it a “maximum penalty of six months in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.”

Here’s hoping that these two get the maximum for destroying such a beautiful area, due to their lack of common sense and poor sense of judgment.  I just wonder .. why is the penalty not higher / longer?

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August 24, 2011 Posted by | AZ Fire Watch | , , , | 1 Comment

Las Conchas Fire: Day 5

The information in this post is from InciWeb.

This fire was in New Mexico and has become the largest fire New Mexico has ever seen, since the Cerro Grande Fire.

Since it started June 26, 2011, it has burned “103,993 acres” at 5% containment, with 1,508 personnel battling the fire.

Los Alamos, NM has been evacuated with “no date for re-opening the town site to the general public [having] been announced yet.”  White Rock, NM is also under a “voluntary evacuation.”

What makes this fire an extreme thing to look at is the fact that it’s about “12 miles southwest of Los Alamos,” where a nuclear lab is located.  Among the lab, other dangers include a gas pipeline, along with “extensive cultural and archaeological sites, watersheds and riparian areas.”  Another issue is that the fuels involved in the growth of Las Conchas are extremely dry, making it much easier for the fire to increase in size and a good bit harder for the men and women to fight to distinguish it.

The image below is from InciWeb.

Map of the Area Burned by Las Conchas

July 1, 2011 Posted by | Fire Watch [of Other Places] | , , | Leave a comment

Pacheco Fire: Day 13

The information in this post comes from InciWeb.

Since 8 days ago, this fire has grown to “10,250 acres” at 55% containment, with 455 personnel on hand.  A very large change is that its growth potential is viewed as “low,” while its terrain difficulty is still viewed as “extreme.”

The picture below is from InciWeb.

View of Pacheco Fire

July 1, 2011 Posted by | Fire Watch [of Other Places] | , , | Leave a comment

Hastings Fire: Day 33

Information in this post is from InciWeb.

The fire has grown to “23,123 acres” at 80% containment, with 200 personnel on site fighting the flames.  According to InciWeb, the fire activity is basically smoldering with the growth potential having gone down (since 8 days ago) to a low stature, the terrain difficulty still viewed as high.

July 1, 2011 Posted by | Fire Watch [of Other Places] | , , | Leave a comment

Wallow Fire: Day 34

The information in this post is from InciWeb.

The fire has grown to “538,049 acres” (15,407 acres in New Mexico), its containment set at 95%, with 991 people in the area to take care of what’s left.  No further damages to buildings, but total injuries are at 16.  The growth potential is at “low,” its terrain difficulty considered at “high.”

Here’s hopes that no more injuries occur to those brave men and women fighting this fire!

Also, due to the fire and the conditions up in Northern Arizona, the Fourth of July celebrations have been canceled.

July 1, 2011 Posted by | AZ Fire Watch | , , | Leave a comment

Monument Fire: Day 19

Information in this post comes from InciWeb.

It has now burned 30,526 acres (with an extra 1,527 acres burned in Mexico) and is at 98% containment, with 70 people on-site to fight what remains.  A major difference between now and 8 days ago, is that now the growth potential has gone from “extreme” to “low,” with its terrain difficulty still viewed as “extreme.”

July 1, 2011 Posted by | AZ Fire Watch | , , | Leave a comment

Horseshoe 2 Fire: Final Day

The information in this post is from InciWeb.

Great news!  The fire reached 100% containment on June 25, 2011 and InciWeb has finished its reports on it as of June 29, 2011; however, according to the site it is still “active” despite its containment and InciWeb has stated that if the situation changes as far as its growth and containment lines, then reporting will continue.  During its most intense destruction of about 50 days or so, it scorched “222,954 acres” near Portal, Arizona, destroying 23 structures and accumulating a “$51.1 million” cost.

July 1, 2011 Posted by | AZ Fire Watch | , , | Leave a comment

Pacheco Fire: Day 5

This one is in New Mexico.

The information in this post is from InciWeb.

Since it began June 18, 2011, it has grown to 5,500 acres and is at 10% containment, with 625 amazing men and women working it.  So far, no towns have been evacuated; however, “New Mexico Route 475, also known as Hyde Park Road, and Artist Road are closed at mile post 9, at the [Santa Fe National] Forest boundary.”  To add, “Forest Service Road 102 to Pacheco Road is also closed.”

The current status of its potential to grow, along with its terrain difficulty, is at extreme making it harder to combat.

Some good news is that, according to the picture below from InciWeb, since its most destructive day on June 20, 2011, the growth of the fire has decreased.

Picture from InciWeb, showing expanse of fire

June 23, 2011 Posted by | Fire Watch [of Other Places] | , , | 1 Comment

Hastings Fire: Day 25

From what I heard, Alaska has several huge wild fires every summer that we don’t hear about much.  So, here’s a post about the Hastings Fire.

The information for this post is from InciWeb.

Since having started May 30, 2011, the fire has grown to 22,819 acres and is sitting at 61% containment, with 1,002 personnel battling it.  Also, the growth potential is at medium, with the terrain difficulty at high.

June 23, 2011 Posted by | Fire Watch [of Other Places] | , , | 1 Comment

Monument Fire: Day 11

The information from this post comes from InciWeb.

Since this fire started June 12, 2011, it has grown to 28,236 acres (“1,527 acres within Mexico”) with a containment at 59%, with 1,311 men and women out there working it.  What makes this a very bad situation is that both the potential to grow and the terrain difficulty are at extreme when it comes to take care of the fire.

This one will be interesting to see how it plays out.

June 23, 2011 Posted by | AZ Fire Watch | , , | Leave a comment

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