WA | Schneider Springs Fire Update

Sunday Update – September 12, 2021

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING – VIRTUAL

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 1900 hours PT (7pm)

https://www.facebook.com/SchneiderSpringsFire

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Photo 📸: Burnout operations on the Bull Complex fire.
Credit | NICC

Incident Summary

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 20 miles northwest of Naches and 10 miles west of Nile, Washington in the northern Cascade Mountain Range.

The fire was sparked by lighting that passed over the area on August 3, 2021, which ignited short grass, timber and brush on August 4, 2021, around 1230 hours PT.

The fire has burned 102,407 acres and reached a 17% containment status.

Current Status

The fire’s behavior remains today as moderate with flanking, backing and creeping. Pockets of fire fuels are being burned by surface fire with occasional flare-ups.

Division Alpha – structure protection in effect with some mop-up operations. Firing operations being conducted as needed.

UAS can fly at night and scout portions of the fire that may be inaccessible to ground personnel. Here’s is a photo of real time video. Photo shows trees in the dark with flames.
Credit | USFS

Division Delta – structure protection to continue with one of their fire objectives to complete line construction. They will work to prep the control line and will look towards future operations of going direct when possible.

Division Hotel – main fire objective is to tie in around the Cliffdell down to the river, as their main focus as it is critical to get this completed as soon as possible. They will also continue to monitor and patrol portions of the line.

Division Oscar – crews are working tirelessly to patrol and repair portions of the line, as well as hold and improve the firing operations around Burnt Mountain. Mop-up operations in effect for any new or existing hotspots.

Night Ops – They are working to continue much of the same with providing structure protection and defensive firing as needed. Crews will monitor and hold.

Repair Group – Working in the Bethel Ridge area and will conduct priority repair work as directed.

A rainstorm passed over the area but produced little to no precip over the area.

It continues to threaten several local communities and structures, prompting evacuation orders to remain in effect along with area, road and trails still closed. Some have been reduced down to Level 2 from 3, after rain fell over the fire area.

A Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR is in effect, therefore no drones or other aircraft will be allowed to fly over the fire area. Collisions can occur if drones intrude upon the TFR, putting fire personnel in the air and on the ground in grave danger and it is illegal to do so. Heavy fines and jail time can be give for violations. Questions? Contact the Naches Ranger District at 509-653-1401. Fire Line staffed 0800-1900 daily at 509-653-1468. #NoDronesInFireZones

Resources

Command is under a PNW2 Type 1 IMT Incident Commander (IC) R. Allen with 601 total personnel under their direction, along with 13 crews, 36 engines and eight copters.

A Red Cross shelter was opened on September 9th at 1500 hours PT (3pm) at the Summit View Church of Christ located at 100 N. 72nd Avenue in Yakima, Washington 98801.

On September 8, 2021, the National Interagency Fire Center or NIFC for short, deployed two wildland firefighting hand crews from Quebec, Canada.

Canadian crews pose for a group photo after their arrival at NIFC on September 8, 2021. Credit: Jennifer Myslivy, BLM
Credit | NIFC

Incident Cooperators include: NWS IMET Operations, NIFC, WSP, DOE – Central Region, City of Yakima Government, Yakima County Government (Sheriff’s Office, OEM), Yakama Nation, Quebec (CAN) hand crews, Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), NWS Pendleton (Air Quality reports), Crystal Mountain Resort, NWS Seattle, CK Fire and Rescue (South Puget Sound Strike Team), Zigzag Hotshots, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Jackson Hotshots, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (Oka-Wen NF), NWS Spokane, Oregon Smoke Info, Joseph Elfelt (Mapping), Red Cross NW, National Forest Foundation, Bureau of Land Management (BLM),

Significant Events

  • This firestorm was deemed a megafire on September 10, 2021, with the fire broke the 100,000+-acre record.
  • On August 23, 2021, there were 16 active wildfires with the (Schneider Springs Fire) over 67,000; Lick Creek Fire at 80,000+, Cub Creek Fire at 70,000+ and Whitmore Fire over 58,000+ acres.
  • On August 11, 2021, Social media commented on weather being cooler and wetter helping firefighters contain the wildfire, but it seems that was just a hope.
  • The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $35 Million Dollars of today.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

OR | Cougar Peak Fire

Sunday, Update 1 – September 12, 2021

May be an image of nature and sky
Credit | ODF

Incident Summary

The COUGAR PEAK FIRE is a newly reported fire by us today and this is what we know so far. The fire is located about 15 miles northwest of Lakeview, Oregon in timber, brush and medium slash.

It ignited on September 7, 2021, from an undetermined cause, around 1345 hours PT.

Special Request

Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service, Lake County, Oregon Sheriff and ODF are asking for the public’s help on possible human-caused wildfires in Lake County. More info: https://flashalert.net/id/OSPOre/148341 If you have information, please call 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP from mobile. Reference Case # SP21257103.

Current Status

At the time of this post, the fire behavior has been reduced down to minimal activity with creeping, isolated torching and smoldering.

The fire is still threatening numerous structures and evacuation orders are still in effect, along with road and trail closures being closed.

There has been 86,170 acres consumed and there is no containment of this fire at this time. Fire officials do have a fire plan in how they expect this fire to be contained by October 5, 2021.

Resources

About 793 total fire personnel including overhead and support staffing is assigned to this incident, along with 17 crews, 65 engines and six copters.

The Incident Command consists of Unified Command with Kevin Stock with the USFS and Scott Magers with the Oregon State Fire Marshals Office.

Incident Cooperators include: the American Red Cross, Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lake County (OR) Government, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Inciweb, Wildcad.net and the National Fire Interagency Center.

To learn more about wildfires or to get direct updates via this fire, you can visit the COUGAR PEAK FIRE Facebook page or still follow us for more great fire news. https://www.facebook.com/CougarPeakFire2021

Damage Assessment

About 10 structures have been lost.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression efforts have reached $4.1 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Dixie Fire | Update

Sunday Update – September 12, 2021

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Credit | NIFC/JBLM PAO

Incident Summary

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the Dixie Fire which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source. This is still under investigation.

Fire Fact – This fire has been burning as an active wildfire for 59 days. – CAL FIRE

Location

The fire is said to be burning in the Feather River Canyon area above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.

It is burning on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests, Lassen Volcanic National Park and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama, California.

Fire Fact – This firestorm is burning in five Counties: Butte, Tehama, Plumas, Shasta and Lassen. – CAL FIRE

Current Status

There has been 960,335 acres consumed and a 67% containment status.

Evacuations are still in effect. Details here –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/

A boil water advisory is in effect. Details here –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/

A TFR is in effect, meaning no drones in fire zones. Even small ones are dangerous, especially if they collide with firefighting aircraft.

Fire Fact – As of today, there were 13,325 personnel assigned to 16 active wildfires. – CAL FIRE

Damage Assessments

1,329 structures have been destroyed.

95 structures have been damaged.

One fatality has been reported.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $519 Million Dollars reached for fire suppression and containment expenses.

Fire Fact – September is National Preparedness Month and a great reminder to get prepared. – NWFB

Resources

There are 38 copters, 292 engines, 108 dozers, 174 water tenders, 4,334 personnel and 70 crews still assigned to this incident.

Hero SpotlightTruckee Meadows Fire and Rescue

Credit | TMFR

We dedicate this post to our HEROES SAVING HEROES SPOTLIGHT to the Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue who donated and delivered a Type 1 Fire Engine, stocked with all the necessary supplies and equipment to the Indian Valley Fire and Rescue in Greenville. This was to replace what they lost in what the (Dixie) fire took from them – which was their Fire Station, equipment and engine.

We LOVE these types of good-feel stories. Nice work, TMFR!

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Caldor Fire | Update

Sunday, September 12, 2021 Update

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COMMUNITY PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Online at 1700 hours (5pm) Daily

Details –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/

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INCIDENT SUMMARY – The Incident Summary includes the date and time the fire ignited, the cause (if determined or released by officials), the location and other incident related information.

Bright orange flames light up a dark night sky while smoke is visible across a hilly landscape.
Credit | Kaleena Lynde/USFS
  • Located15 miles northeast of Paradise, California
  • Two miles east of Omo Ranch
  • Four miles south of Grizzly Flat
  • Burning in El Dorado, Amador and Douglas Counties
  • Initially a brush fire, turned wildfire
  • Started August 14, 2021, around 1900 hours PT
  • Fire fuels: timber, light slash and brush

CURRENT FIRE BEHAVIOR / WEATHER – Listed below are today’s fire and significant weather conditions that are contributing to current fire behavior.

  • Fire behavior is active with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering

CURRENT STATUS – The current status and its stats are listed below

FIRE RESPONSE

  • Unified Command: NIMO (Team 2), IMT1 (CAL FIRE, Team 2) and IMT (CA Team 4).
  • 4,029 total personnel
  • 52 crews
  • 249 engines
  • 45 copters
  • 34 dozers
  • 70 water tenders
  • Super Scoopers – dipping into Lake Tahoe

THREATENED – Threats are listed by different communities and what type of structures or valued assets in the area, if known.

  • Multiple communities, structures and infrastructure

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT – Damage assessments are constantly ongoing. These are the current stats that include: structural loss, damaged, injuries to both first responders and citizens, as well as cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses.

  • 1,033 structures lost (residences, commercial and other)
  • 81 structures damaged (homes, commercial, other)
  • 5 injuries (fire personnel and civilians)
  • $152 Million CTD
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Credit | CAL FIRE

COMMUNITY RESOURCES – Incident Cooperators usually include all facets of infrastructure from fire response, law enforcement, government, utilities, human and animal services, public health, environmental, weather-related and community resources. Due to so many partners, we are only going to list resources for evacuees, those impacted directly/indirectly by the fire and others helping to make a difference and support those engaged on this incident.

Animal Services

  • Wildlife Disaster Network – 800-942-6459 (injured wildlife)
  • UC Davis Vet Med
  • Gold Country Wildlife Rescue – 530-885-0862 (rescues)
  • California Raptor Center


Gold Country Wildlife Rescue@GCWRescue·This little flying squirrel, who was found by a firefighter working the #CaldorFire, is feeling much better! He is more active and eating on his own now. Great progress! If you see a wildlife fire victim, please call the Wildlife Disaster Network at 1-800-942-6459.

Human Services

  • Grizzly Flats Community Service District
  • Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless (@TahoeWarmRoom Twitter). 530-600-2822
  • World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen)
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Credit | CHP

How You Can Make a Difference

  • Starfield Vineyards – donating $1 for “every” bottle of Starfield win sold now through 9/14/2021 to the El Dorado Community Foundation. (starfieldivneyards.com)
  • Greater Nevada CU – accepting donations of essential items to support impacted fire victims/evacuees/business owners/etc. Most effective way is to make monetary donations to the American Red Cross. Go to GNCu.org/RedCross

#CaldorFire #CAwildfires2021 #CAwildfires

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Chickadee Creek Fire | WA

Monday Update — September 6, 2021

SUMMARY INFORMATION

Date, Time, Location | The Chickadee Creek Fire is located 16 miles northwest of Tonasket, which was sparked by an undetermined cause on August 4, 2021.

Cause | Some unconfirmed speculation reports that the start of this fire is due to lightning as numerous other nearby starts have been determined to be of the same nature as lightning-caused.

Smoke Column2
Credit — USFS/Colville NF

Size Up | At the time of this post, the fire has destroyed 5,847 acres, but fire resources have successfully reached a 65% containment status.

Fire Operations | Firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter and with mop-up operations of any heat near the containment lines.

IMPORTANT INFO

Evacuations | See info here — https://tinyurl.com/6dt8kytx

Colville NF | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/ptkc8rc

Okanogan County | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/jb2xth4

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/faws8t5d

Colville National Forest | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/pt4kc8rc

Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/7ypskezs

FIRE RESOURCES/COMMAND

Resources | Fire | 415 personnel, eight hand crews, 32 engines, 30 pieces of heavy equipment, 14 water tenders, two copters and one fixed wing. Resources are being shared between this wildfire incident and the WALKER CREEK FIRE.

Command | NWIMT 12, with Jeff Dimke and Bobby Shindelar as Incident Commanders (ICs).

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Cedar Creek Fire | WA

Monday Update – September 6, 2021

The CEDAR CREEK FIRE ignited by lightning on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at approximately 1648 hours PT. It is located about four miles southwest from Mazama, Washington State.

The CEDAR CREEK FIRE also includes the VARDEN FIRE when they merged into one another, creating the single fire name.

Fire fuels include brush, closed timber litter and timber understory. There has been 55,187 acres of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands destroyed.

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering still remain but fire suppression efforts have led to an 87% containment status. Fire Managers estimated total containment to be reached on October 31, 2021.

Fire Fact — To date, there are 5,622 northwest firefighters that are still fighting uncontained wildfires. – NWCC

Weather Station — Credit | USFS

Total number of personnel remaining on this incident is 235.

Management is still under the direction of the NW IIMT9, which is also managing the Muckamuck, Cub Creek 2 and Delancy Fires. They assumed command of wildfires on August 25, 2021.

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $38.7 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA | Pincer Creek Fire

Monday Update | September 6, 2021

The lightning caused wildfire, the PINCER CREEK FIRE ignited on August 3, 2021, as one of several smaller fires burning on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Credit | USFS

It is located 18 air miles east of the Marblemount community in the Glacier Peak Wilderness and burning in the old burn scar of the 2003 Mineral Park Fire.

There are currently four personnel staffing this incident.

About 980 acres of brush, timber, heavy dead and down debris have been scorched.

Forest Service Closures | https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7797/

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Caldor Fire | Update

Thursday, September 2, 2021

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COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Daily @ 1700 (5 pm) PT – Facebook: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/

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INCIDENT SUMMARY – The Incident Summary includes the date and time the fire ignited, the cause (if determined or released by officials), the location and other incident related information.

  • Burning 16 miles NE of Plymouth (El Dorado County)
  • East of Omo Ranch
  • South of Grizzly
  • Burning across the Sierra Nevada
  • Now impacting South Lake Tahoe (NV) areas
  • Consuming lands and forcing mandatory evacuations
  • Started August 14, 2021, before 1900 hours PT
  • Unknown cause
  • Cause is under investigation
  • Heavy timber and steep terrain

CURRENT FIRE BEHAVIOR / WEATHER – Listed below are today’s fire and significant weather conditions that are contributing to current fire behavior.

  • Extreme behavior
  • Long-range spotting
  • Crowning
  • Torching

CURRENT STATUS – The current status and its stats are listed below.

  • 210,893 acres
  • 27% contained
  • 811 structures destroyed
  • 44 structures damaged
  • $80.4 Million cost-to-date
  • Five injuries (fire and citizens)

INCIDENT COMMAND – The Incident is in Unified Command, which consists of these three main agencies working together to manage the CALDOR FIRE.

  • Jeff Veik, CAL FIRE IMT6
  • Joe Reinarz, USFS NIMO 2
  • Rocky Oplinger, ICT1, USFS CIIMT4

INCIDENT COOPERATORS – Incident Cooperators are human and animal service organizations, local/state/federal resources and private businesses/organizations that support one another and the communities they serve in during large long-term disasters/incidents.

Animal Services

  • Wildlife Disaster Network – 800-942-6459 (injured wildlife)
  • UC Davis Vet Med
  • Gold Country Wildlife Rescue – 530-885-0862 (rescues)
  • California Raptor Center

Fire / EMS / Medical

  • Pioneer FD
  • CAL FIRE AEU
  • Georgetown FD
  • El Dorado FD
  • Placerville FD
  • CAL FIRE
  • Mosquito FD
  • Garden Valley FD
  • Cal OES Fire
  • Marshall Medical Center
  • Barton Health
  • Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians FD
  • Lake Valley Fire District
  • CAL FIRE AEU (https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/8/14/caldor-fire/)
  • USFS – El Dorado NF
  • TWF Sawtooth Hotshots
  • Lake Tahoe – USFS

Government

  • El Dorado County
  • Indian Diggins School District
  • El Dorado County EMSA
  • El Dorado County Office of Education
  • CAL EPA
  • El Dorado County Department of Agriculture
  • Nevada Guard
  • CA Dept. of Ed.
  • Carson City, Nevada Government
  • Carson City FD
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Credit – Nevada National Guard

Human Services

  • Grizzly Flats Community Service District
  • Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless (@TahoeWarmRoom Twitter). 530-600-2822
  • World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen)

Law Enforcement

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Credit – GBPD
  • SLO City Police
  • SLO Sheriff
  • CAL Poly Police
  • APD

Transportation

  • CALTRANS
  • El Dorado County DOT
  • Nevada DOT
  • Tahoe Trans District

Utilities

  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • PG&E
  • El Dorado Irrigation District
  • SMUD
  • AT&T
  • Grizzly Flats Water District
  • Volcano Telephone
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • KAMPS
  • Verizon

Donors / Fundraisers

  • Starfield Vineyards – donating $1 for “every” bottle of Starfield win sold now through 9/14/2021 to the El Dorado Community Foundation. (starfieldivneyards.com)
  • Greater Nevada CU – accepting donations of essential items to support impacted fire victims/evacuees/business owners/etc. Most effective way is to make monetary donations to the American Red Cross. Go to GNCu.org/RedCross

THREATENED – Threats are listed by different communities and what type of structures or valued assets in the area, if known.

  • Several communities including the Lake Tahoe area
  • Infrastructure

FIRE RESPONSE – The Fire response states the number of personnel and equipment that has been released by various agencies that are currently assigned or engaged on the incident.

  • 4,451 personnel
  • 80 crews
  • 523 engines
  • 26 copters
  • 96 dozers
  • 77 water tenders
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Credit – GBPD

HOW TO HELP

The Animal Shelter in Diamond Springs

  • This Shelter is looking for lots and lots of volunteers 18+ of age to help with all of the misplaced animals.
  • If you are unable to volunteer, they sure could use blankets, cat boxes and cat bowls. Phone #530-621-5795.

KQED, Local Media

California Department of Education Foundation
https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/cde-emergency-response-fund/cdefoundation?modified=1

Community Support

  • Carson City FD requests that you not donate to the stations but directly to the community.
  • We are asking for evacuees to not bring the items to Station 51. Instead, call 775-887-2100 for more information on where you can donate! We are proud of the support from our community for those who are impacted by the fire.

EVACUEE RESOURCES

#CaldorFire #CAwildfires2021 #CAwildfires

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

New! | MN’s Greenwood Fire

Update 1 – Thursday – September 2, 2021

A 40-square wildfire named the GREENWOOD FIRE is burning 10 miles southwest of Isabella, Minnesota was ignited by lightning on August 15ath around 1445 hours.

The original natural cover fire prompted mandatory evacuations of area residents and they are still awaiting on when they can repopulate their homes in the northeastern portion of the state, where extreme drought conditions have been present.

It is under the management of the Northern Rockies IMT Team 3 which was transferred today from the EA Gold Team, an Type 2 IMT. Other agencies assisting are the USFS – Superior NF agency (https://www.facebook.com/SuperiorNF/), Lake County Sheriff’s Office, MN.

Hotshot crews involved in a firing operation
Credit | USFS – Superior NF

Fire has burned about 26,089 acres of brush and timber. Containment is at thirty-seven percent. Reports of at least 12 homes and cabins have been destroyed and reported on August 25, 2021.

Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity with creeping, isolated torching and smoldering.

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Credit | Superior NF

There have been 71 structures lost.

Currently, there are 493 total personnel along with eight crews, 28 engines and two copters.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $11.5 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

New! | WA | Monument Hill Fire

Update 1 | Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | 2349 PT

Incident Summary – A wildfire ignited in the evening of Tuesday prompting resources BATT-6101 (IC as of 8/31/2021 @ 2349), DIV-6101, E-6695 and E-6696 to be dispatched around 2116 hours PT.

The Wildcad.net system is showing the name as the BEEZLEY FIRE while the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is naming it the MONUMENT HILL FIRE. They state the name is due to this area burns almost every year.

Location – The fire is said to be in the Monument Hill area in Grant County, Washington.

Size Up – There has been a total of 150 acres of grass and shrubs consumed. There is an unknown containment status, if it even applies.

Evacuations are in effect as of 8/31/2021 @ 2333 hours PT for:

LEVEL 3 Evacuations have been issued by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for the following areas: Road 13 from Adams Road north to J.8 Northwest and to the east end of Road 13-Northwest (Source: nixle.com)

We are going to use both Command and Wildfire designator names as it appears to be the same fire incident. We are also waiting for updates from local fire districts that may be responding to this new fire. For now, we are going out of service and provide an update on Wednesday morning. – Ed.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog