Friday, November 11, 2016

2016 fall wildfire season - Southeast U.S. (Nov 11th)

I wrote about the 2016 fall wildfire season in the Southeastern United States on November 9th, I continue today.

Accessed via kml file  on 11/11/16 from Active Fire Mapping Program: (fire data in Google Earth)
Wildfires continue to burn in the Southeastern United States. Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in western North Carolina, see this report from WCQS  for more information. A state of emergency was also declared yesterday in Tennessee which has 53 active wildfires that have burned from 6,000 to 8.00 acres, see this article from WATE 6 ABC for more information.

According to this morning’s (November 11, 2016) National Situation Report there are 31 uncontained large wildfires (100 acres or more) burning in the Southeastern U.S. Some of these wildfires are threatening structures and evacuations are in place for at least one wildfire. (obtained on November 11, 2016 from the National Interagency Coordination Center - Incident Management Situation Report).

I understand from reading the Southern Area Coordination Center’s (SACC) Morning Report for November 11th  that aerial resources are available to assist the wildland firefighters on the ground including but not necessarily limited to: 12 air attack platforms, 2 Aerial Supervision Modules (Bravo 6 and Bravo 33), 4 Type-1 air tankers (T-41 (day off?), T-10, T-131, and T-162), 2 “scoopers” (T-262 and T-263), 6 SEATs (T-801, T-806, T-813, T-819, T-842, and T-892), 11 Type-1 Helicopters, 5 type-2 helicopters, 18 type-3 helicopters. Some of these aircraft were committed to specific wildfires and others are listed as available.

Wildfire crews from outside the SACC are assisting SACC wildfire crews: California (including crews from Los Angeles, Hemet and Chula Vista), Connecticut, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and numerous federal agencies.  Crews from the following Native American Tribes are working wildfires in the south: Cherokee Nation, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Sup Chippewa. Grand Portage Band of Lake Sub Chippewa, Passamaquody Tribe, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, and the Tule River Indian Tribe (obtained on November 11, 2016 from the November 11th SACC Morning Report. There is a nice article from News Channel 9 on three "heavy airtankers based in Chattanooga Tennessee working the wildfires in the southeast.

Smoke from these fires is impacting Georgia, see Bill Gabbert’s November 10th article on Wildfire Today

Many, but not all, of the wildfires currently burning in the Southeastern U..S. have incident pages on Inciweb, the incident management system, click on select a State in the upper right and then click the go button to see a list of wildfires in the State you are interested in. In addition there are data filters for max age, status (active, inactive, all) and type.

For more information about the wildfires in Western North Carolina:
Bill Gabbert of Wildfire Today shared some photos from the Rough Ridge Fire in Georgia

Added on November 14th: Several (but not all) of the wildfires that are currently burning in the Southeastern United States have incident pages on Inciweb, please see my November 14th article for those links.

For my friends in western North Carolina and Tennessee, stay safe and please heed any evacuation orders. Thank-you to all the wildland firefighters in the air and on the ground, stay safe!

Note: Reports from the National Interagency Coordination Center and the Southern Area Coordination Center that I cited here change frequently during wildfire season. Depending on when you are accessing this article, the reports you access will be later than those I cited here. Links to the media reports may only be available for a limited amount of time, links were good on the day I wrote the article.

Article updated on November 11, 2016 at 7:35 PM and 8:35 PM EDT

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