Satellite view of four wildfires in Idaho and Nevada

Above: Smoke from the Roosters Comb Fire was captured in a photo by the (non-operational) GOES-16 satellite at 7:30 p.m. MDT July 10, 2017.

(Originally published at 7:20 a.m. MDT July 11, 2017)

Four wildfires in northeast Nevada and southern Idaho are large enough that satellites are able, in some cases, to see the smoke and the blackened burned areas. These photos were taken late in the afternoon on Monday July 10.

The one putting up the most smoke Monday was the Roosters Comb Fire which as of Monday evening had burned approximately 25,000 acres in Nevada 17 miles northeast of Battle Mountain. It was reported at 9 p.m. Sunday July 9. The fire is spreading rapidly through grass, sagebrush, and pinyon-juniper.

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Four wildfires in Nevada and Idaho were photographed by a satellite Monday afternoon, July 10, 2017.

Farther to the east in Nevada is the Tabor Flats Fire 27 miles northeast of Elko close to Interstate 80. The reported size of this fire is also 25,000 acres. The fire behavior in the tall grass is described as “extreme, running, flanking, wind driven runs”.

In Idaho the Loveridge Fire has burned over 38,000 acres 18 miles south of Mountain Home. It was shown as contained in the Tuesday morning national situation report. The heat detected by the satellite in that area (shown as red dots) could either be from the Loveridge Fire or a new fire in the same area.

The Antelope Fire at Shoshone, Idaho just south of Interstate 84 has covered 29,500 acres. It is exhibiting extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs.

Fires near Reno as seen from space

This satellite photo shows three wildfires near Reno, Nevada as seen by a satellite July 5, 2017 — the Earthstone, Truckee, and Winnemucca Ranch Fires. The burned areas appear very dark and the red dots represent heat.

More information about these fires.

Four wildfires in Reno area have burned about 115,000 acres

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The Limerick Fire, 94 miles northeast of Reno. Photo posted to Inciweb July 5, 2017.

(Originally published at 10:09 a.m. MDT July 6, 2017)

Four large wildfires in the Reno/Sparks, Nevada area have burned a total of about 115,000 acres since the first ones started July 3.  Brook Chadwick’s Type 2 incident management team will be assuming command of the Earthstone, Truckee, and Winnemucca Ranch Fires.

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Map showing the four large wildfires in the Reno, Nevada Area, July 6, 2017. The red, yellow, and brown dots represent heat detected by a satellite. The red dots are the most recent. Click to enlarge.
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Four large wildfires in the Reno, Nevada area. NIFC Situation Report July 6, 2017.

Earthstone Fire, 26,785 acres, just northeast of Reno/Sparks.

Information from Inciweb current as of about 8 p.m. MDT July 5, 2017:

“The Sierra Front Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed control of operations [presumably on Wednesday] and brought in additional resources, including two fire engine strike teams, to allow the releasing of some local fire crews to return to their home districts. A Type 2 Incident Management Team remains scheduled to assume command of the incident on Thursday morning.

Three additional fixed wing aircraft, including one Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT), made retardant drops today. Two Super Scooper air craft, requested from Alaska, are still on order and may arrive as early as Friday, bringing the total number of aircraft on the incident to 18.

Currently, there is no immediate threat to structures; however, residents of the Wadsworth area are encouraged to remain vigilant for the possibility of evacuation and complete their preparations as the head of the fire is now about 10 miles west of the town. Impacts to I-80 are expected in the vicinity of the USA Parkway within the next 24 hours.”

Truckee Fire, 70,546 acres, 28 miles northeast of Reno. Not much information is available, but it is exhibiting extreme fire behavior as it burns in brush and short grass in above normal temperatures and single-digit humidities.

Winnemucca Ranch Fire, 3,000 acres 8 miles north-northeast of Reno. Five structures have been destroyed on this fire and another 175 are threatened. Numerous animals and livestock have been evacuated along rural roads. The fire managers identified competition for firefighting resources as a problem.

Limerick Fire, 14,656 acres 94 miles northeast of Reno and 15 miles northeast of Lovelock. Two outbuildings have burned.

Information from Inciweb current as of about 9:40 a.m. MDT July 6, 2017:

“Firefighters stayed on the fire last night and were able to hold the fire line at the ridge to the south of Wright’s Canyon. Snow is still in the higher elevations and greener grass has helped keep the fire on the ridgetop.

Potential fire weather is predicted for the weekend and a structure protection group has been established as a contingency for active fire behavior.

Crews completed burn outs in the southeast corner of the fire yesterday and were able to connect containment lines to the dozer line near Golden Gate Hill. Crews will continue to secure fire line and begin mop up in the area near Couer Rochester Mine. Fire crews will continue to put in containment line on the eastern side of the fire working their way north.

Limerick Road is open to firefighter and mine traffic only.”

The maps below are forecasts for wildfire smoke at 5 p.m. MDT on Thursday.

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A forecast for wildfire smoke in the Pacific Southwest at 5 p.m. MDT July 6, 2017.

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A forecast for wildfire smoke in the United States at 5 p.m. MDT July 6, 2017.

Videos of the first 5 hours of the Fairview Fire in Nevada

Above: Screen grab from the NVSeismoLab video.

The cameras operated by the Nevada Seismological Laboratory detected and recorded the ignition and spread of a wildfire near Fairview Peak south of U.S. 50 between Fallon and Austin in western Nevada. Below we have the time-lapse videos, each compressing about one hour to one minute.

According to KOLOTV the Fairview Fire burned at least 50 acres of Fallon Naval Air Station land.

Below the descriptions (provided by nvseismolab) are the applicable videos.

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Although the fire starts at 12:50 PM, it begins in earnest around 1 PM … First fire discovery for 2017! Starting to pick up speed by hour’s end.

Although early in the season, the fire still manages to expand and move uphill in plain sight of the Fairview Fire Camera. Time lapse covers from 2 PM to 3 PM.

Fairview Fire continues to grows as air resources begin to drop water on the fire …

4th hour time lapse of the Fairview Fire as more helicopter delivered buckets hit the flames.

This one hour long time lapse video starting at 8 PM shows continued wildfire activity. Near-IR filter is turned on 42 seconds (8:42 PM) …

“Vegetation” involved in fire on roof of Las Vegas hotel

A fire on the roof of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas created quite a show for people who came to watch the fancy water fountain display Thursday night. The Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote that styrofoam facades burned, but it appears that real or fake vegetation on the roof may have also been involved.

Firefighters were able to knock down the wind-driven fire about 25 minutes after it was first reported.

At least there was a wet line on one flank of the fire:

This reminds us of a similar fire on another hotel roof in Vegas in 2015. Here is a screenshot of part of that article:

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Cosmopolitan Hotel Fire, Las Vegas, 2015.