Incident Management Team ordered for the Neiber Fire south of Worland, WY

(UPDATED at 12:57 p.m. MDT July 17, 2020)

Neiber Fire wind forecast map Worland Wyoming
Neiber Fire wind forecast, July 17, 2020.

Over the last two days the primary growth of the Neiber Fire  13 miles south-southeast of Worland, Wyoming has been to the southeast, pushed by winds out of the northwest. The map above shows the predicted wind direction for Friday.

Neiber Fire map Wyoming Worland
Neiber Fire map showing heat detected by satellites as late as 1 p.m. MDT July 16, 2020.

Thursday evening information from the Type 3 Incident Management Team indicated it had burned 17,545 acres of private and BLM managed land, an increase of almost 10,000 acres in two days.

The Neiber Fire is spreading through brush and short grass and is threatening facilities in the Murphy Dome Oil Field.


(Originally published at 7:10 p.m. MDT July 15, 2020)

map Neiber Fire Wyoming Worland
The map shows heat detected on the Neiber Fire by satellites at 2:06 p.m. MDT July 15, 2020.

In the 24 hours since the Neiber Fire was reported Tuesday afternoon, by 4 p.m. Wednesday it had grown to 7,800 acres according to the Bureau of Land Management. The fire is in Pistol Draw .

A Type 3 Incident Management Team has been ordered. The firefighters on the ground, including the Palouse hand crew from Idaho and the Black Hats from South Dakota, are being assisted by a DC-10 very large air tanker, large air tankers, single engine air tankers, and helicopters.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

Neiber Fire Wyoming Worland
Neiber Fire. BLM photo.

Three large wildfires in southwest Utah

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wildfires in southwest Utah
Fires in southwest Utah. Data from fixed wing mapping flights around 8 p.m. MDT July 14, 2020.

Three large wildfires are burning in southwest Utah.

At least one home has burned in the 2,618-acre Veyo West Fire which is very close to Veyo, Utah and 18 miles northwest of St George, Utah.

BAe-146 drops on the Turkey Farm Road Fire
A BAe-146 air tanker drops on the Turkey Farm Road Fire. @UtahWildfire photo.

The Turkey Farm Road Fire was very active Tuesday and was mapped at 11,993 acres Tuesday night. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been mobilized. The fire is 3 miles north of St George.

Law enforcement officials are asking for help in identifying the individuals who started the fire with fireworks.

Turkey Farm Road fire

The 4,000-acre Big Summit Fire started July 13 about 17 miles northeast of Panaca, Nevada and burned into Utah. It is 10 miles north of Modena, Utah and 61 miles northwest of St George, Utah. No structures have burned in either state.  Evacuations were in effect July 14.

Mineral Fire burns thousands of acres west of Coalinga, CA

East of King City

(UPDATED at 8:41 a.m. PDT July 15, 2020)

Mineral Fire July 14, 2020
Mineral Fire July 14, 2020. BLM photo.

The Mineral Fire spread incrementally to the north Tuesday and Tuesday night. Most of the additional growth was on the south side adjacent to highway 198 which may be a firing operation by firefighters to tie it in with the highway.

The fire started Monday afternoon and is seven miles west of Coalinga, California and 29 miles east of King City.

Mineral Fire map July 15, 2020
Map of the Mineral Fire. The red line was the perimeter mapped by a fixed wing aircraft at 7:45 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 3:24 a.m. PDT July 15, 2020.

An update from CAL FIRE Wednesday morning said the fire had burned 11,000 acres and evacuations were still in place.

CAL FIRE’s new format for updating citizens about ongoing fires contains much less information than previous versions.

Mineral Fire July 15, 2020
A very small amount of smoke is visible from the distant ridge where the Mineral Fire is burning. Ground fog is visible in the foreground. Looking NE from Rocky Butte at 7:24 a.m. PDT July 15, 2020 AlertWildfire.

(Originally published at 6:41 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020)

map Mineral Fire Coalinga California
3-D map of the APPROXIMATE location of the Mineral Fire, based on heat detected by a satellite at 1:24 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020.

The Mineral Fire, reported at about 3:30 p.m. July 13, is burning in a remote area 7 miles west of Coalinga, California east of King City. So far it has remained north of Highway 198 and is on both sides of S. Coalinga-Mineral Springs Road.

Evacuations are in progress.

Our very, very unofficial estimate of the size of the fire, based on heat detected by a satellite at 1:24 p.m. MDT July 14, 2020, puts it at approximately 6,500 acres.

map Mineral Fire Coalinga California
Map showing heat detected by a satellite on the Mineral Fire at 1:24 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020.
Mineral Fire Coalinga California
Mineral Fire looking west-southwest at 3:42 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020. AlertWildfire.
Mineral Fire Coalinga California
Mineral Fire looking northeast at 3:42 p.m. PDT July 14, 2020. AlertWildfire.

The video below posted Tuesday morning shows very active fire behavior, including numerous spot fires out ahead of the main fire.

Elephant Butte Fire near Evergreen, Colorado prompts evacuations

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Residents of 1,000 homes ordered to evacuate

Elephant Butte Fire map
Map showing the location of the Elephant Butte Fire about two miles northwest of Evergreen, Colorado.

The Elephant Butte Fire, reported Monday afternoon west of Evergreen, Colorado has prompted the evacuation of about 1,000 homes, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff Department. The evacuation orders are expected to remain in effect through Monday night.

The fire is burning on steep terrain two miles northwest of Evergreen Lake. It is being suppressed by firefighters from several departments, three large air tankers, three helicopters, single engine air tankers, and the Tatanka and Pike Hotshot crews. Firefighters had to withdraw from the fire around 7 p.m. due to lighting, but planned to reengage.

At about 8 p.m. MDT the state’s multi-mission aircraft mapped the Elephant Butte Fire at 48 acres.

At 6:30 p.m. there were no reports of injuries or burned structures.

Elephant Butte Fire July 13, 2020
Elephant Butte Fire July 13, 2020. JEFFCO Sheriff photo.

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