Active Wildfires | Northern Rockies | August 19 2017

Post Summary | Want to know what’s happening in other regions? The Northern Rockies consist of fires in Idaho and Montana.

(Graphic) Map of Northern Rockies Geographic Area Daily Fire Weather Outlook

Please NOTE:  We are still providing fire information in the NW but we also covering stories in other regions as well.

Here is our recap for Idaho and Montana which is part of the Northern Rockies region.  This is for Saturday, August 19, 2017.

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1. LOLO PEAK FIRE

A column is coming up in the Carlton Creek area as the fire behavior increases.

Fire column coming up Carlton Creek area on the Lolo Peak Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Lolo NF.  Type 1 IMT. 10 miles SW of Lolo, MT.  Closed end timber liter and timber (litter/understory). Lightning caused. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, running and spotting. 18,896 acres. 0% contained. 655 personnel. 14 crews, 27 engines, 6 helicopters. 850 residences under evacuation order. 750 homes under evacuation warning. 10 structures lost. Structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. $18.8 Million CTD.

 

2. SUNRISE FIRE

When a sunset photobombs a large wildfire – you get a wild-looking fire image on the Sunrise Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Lolo NF.  Type 1 IMT of this wildfire, plus Burdette Fire. 11 miles SE of Superior MT. Lightning caused. Timber and brush.  Active fire behavior with short-crown runs, short-range spotting and backing. 24,784 acres. 35% containment. 585 personnel. 10 crews, 46 engines, 7 helicopters. Threats to homes, I-90, Montana Rail Link, transmission lines and to other structures. Evacuations in effect. $21.5 Million CTD. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

3. BURDETTE FIRE

Burdette Fire creeping and smoldering 7/26/17

This is what creeping and smoldering fire looks like. This is on the Burdette Fire on 7/26/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Lolo NF. IMT 1 of this wildfire also managing Sunrise Fire.  13 miles SE of Tarkio, MT.  Lightning caused. Timber. Min fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. 649 acres.  Petty Creek and Fish Creek areas could be part of a threat. 90% contained. 3 personnel. 0 resources. $1.2 Million CTD. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

4. SAPPHIRE COMPLEX

Firing Operations on the Goat Creek Fire July 31

Firing operations on the Goat Creek Fire. Taken on 7/31/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Lolo NF. IMT 2.  (3 fires).  Type 2 IMT.  15 miles SE of Clinton and 25 miles SE of Missoula, MT.  Lightning caused.  Complex includes Sliderock Fire, Goat Creek Fire and Little Hogback Fire.   Timber (litter, grass and understory) and closed timber. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and long-range spotting. 36,056 acres. 42% contained 558 personnel. 9 crews, 41 engines and 6 helicopters. 1 structure lost.  Multiple homes, commercial properties, BPA power lines, a communication site and other structures are threatened. Evacuations in effect.  $22.2 Million CTD.  Estimated containment status is 10/31/2017.

5. RICE RIDGE FIRE

Lolo NF. 6 miles North of Seeley Lake and 7 miles East of Eureka, MT. Timber (grass and understory). Lightning caused.  Type 2 IMT.  Extreme fire behavior with crowning, group torching and spotting. 14,834 acres. 62% contained.  573 personnel. 9 crews, 32 engines, 4 helicopters.  Town of Seeley Lake and outlying communities are threatened. $14.3 Million CTD. Anticipated containment is 10/1/2017.

6. GILBRALTER RIDGE FIRE

A night time picture that shows flames in the understory of ponderosa pine trees

When fire hits ponderosa pine trees on the Gilbralter Ridge Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Kootenai NF.   Type 2 IMT.   7 miles East of Eureka, MT. Timber. Lightning caused. Active fire behavior with creeping, torching and spotting. Homes being threatened.   Evacuation warnings in effect. 2,884 acres. 13% contained. 424 personnel. 7 crews, 27 engines and 3 helos. $5.4 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

7. MEYERS FIRE

View of Fire Activity as of 6:00 p.m.

Large column on the Meyers Fire. Photo taken on 8/18/2017 @ 1800 hours. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Beaverhead – Deerlodge NF. IMT 2. 4 miles NE of Florence, ID.  Timber, brush and grass. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, uphill runs and short-range spotting.  Structures under threat. Evacuations n the Frog pond area are in effect. 14,151 acres. 5% contained. 451 personnel. 11 crews, 10 engines and 4 helos. $17.5 Million CTD.

8. HANOVER FIRE

Smoke rises up from the Hanover Fire near Halls Gulch drainage

Fire near the Halls Gulch drainage on the Hanover Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Nez Perce – Clearwater NF. Type 2 IMT.  4 miles NE of Florence and 17 miles NW of Riggins, ID. Lightning caused. Timber, brush and grass. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, uphill runs and short-range spotting. Structures threatened including many residences, lookout structures, active mine, grazing and communication sites are under threat.  13,716 acres. 35% contained. 315 personnel. 3 crews, 8 engines and 3 helos. $6.9 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

9. TAMARACK FIRE

A bulldozer in the background with recently disturbed road surface in the foreground

A dozer working on a roadway on the Tamarack Fire. Taken on 8/18/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Northwestern Land Office, Montana DNR. IMT 2. IMT also managing the Peoples Creek Fire.  Started on forest service land 22 miles NW of Marion, MT.  Timber.  Active fire behavior with group and single-tree torching and backing.  Threatened are Lookouts, high tension power lines and timber investments. 340 acres. 40% contained. 212 personnel. 4 crews, 10 engines. $1.6 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

 

10. PEOPLES CREEK FIRE 

Northwestern Land Office, Montana DNR. Started on private land 9 miles East of Libby, MT.  Timber and grass. Min fire behavior. 77 acres. 90% contained. 10 personnel.2 engines. $365,000 CTD.

11. LIBERTY FIRE

Firefighter at work

Firefighters on the fire line on the Liberty Fire. (Credit: Kari Greer/Inciweb)

Flathead Agency, BIA.  IMT 2. 17 miles SE of Arlee, MT.  Timber.  Lightning caused. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and long-range spotting.  Structures under threat including cultural and timber resources, plus endangered species habitat. 5,813 acres. 90% contained. 252 personnel. 2 crews, 8 engines and 1 helo. $9.5 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 9/25/2017.

12. PARK CREEK FIRE 

Fire activity on the afternoon of 7/20. Taken bu Security Officer Duggan.

Smoke column on the Park Creek Fire. Taken on 7/20/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Helena – Lewis and Clark NF.   Fire Command transferred from IMT 2 to local unit on Friday, 8/18/2017.  2 miles North of Lincoln, MT.  Timber.  Lightning caused. Moderate fire behavior.  6,632 acres. 50% contained. 178 personnel. 4 crews, 8 engines and 1 helo. $9.6 Million CTD. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

13. ARRASTRA CREEK FIRE

Helena – Lewis and Clark NF. 6 miles NW of Lincoln, MT.  Timber.  Lightning caused.  Moderate fire behavior. Structures under threat.  5,810 acres. 41% contained. 24 personnel. 3 engines. $3.9 Million CTD. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

Taken on the Beaver reek Road, below the Arrastra Trailhead on road 1804A

Arrastra Fire taken on 7/20/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

14. BUCK FIRE

Idaho Panhandle NF. 16 miles SE of Avery, ID. Timber and brush. Human caused. Min fire behavior.  132 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crew. 3 helos. $1.4  Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 10/10/2017.

15. BLUE BAY FIRE

A small white smoke column is visible from across a lake, surrounded by timber.

Smoke column visible from across Flathead Lake. (Credit: Kim Kelly/Fire Ecologist. Courtesy/Inciweb)

Flathead Agency, BIA.  10 miles NE of Polson, MT. Timber.  Lightning caused. Active fire behavior with single-tree and group torching and uphill runs. 270 acres. 10% contained. 104 personnel. 3 crews, 2 engines and 4 helos. Commercial timber, cultural and rec areas threatened. $1 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 8/25/2017.

16. WOLVERINE FIRE

Blackfeet Agency. BIA.  10 miles NE of St. Mary and 7 miles East of Babb, MT. Timber, brush and short grass. Human caused. Active fire behavior with flanking, torching and wind-driven runs. 3,010 acres. 20% containment. 32 personnel. 7 engines, 1 helo. 1 structure destroyed. Multiple homes threatened.  $85,000 CTD. Estimated containment is 8/25/2017.

17. SCALP FIRE

Looking East 8-18-2017

Looking East on the Scalp Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Bow Mountain n the Bob Marshall Wilderness and 3 miles South of Gooseberry Cabin in MT. Lightning caused. Started 8/15/2017 around 1900 hours. Fire is being managed for resource benefit/natural ecological role. The fire is visible from both Spotted Bear and Beartop Lookouts.  It is being managed by the Spotted Bear Ranger District. 30 acres. 0% contained. Timber, heavy timber and snags.  Active fire behavior including pocket torching, short-range spotting and re-burning uphill.

18. DOLLY VARDEN FIRE

Looking East on 8-15-2017

Looking eastward on the Dolly Varden Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Flathead NF.  Reported around 1930 hours on 8/15/2017. 5.5 miles SE of Schafer Meadows Work Center above Dolly Varden Creek in the Great Bear Wilderness in MT.  Fire being managed as a resource benefit. 3 personnel. 10 acres. Timber, heavy timber and snags. Moderate fire activity with single-tree and pocket torching, some uphill runs and moving eastward.

19. MONAHAN FIRE

Group torching on the north end of the fire.

Group torching on the Northern end of the fire on the Monahan Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Located between Monahan Mountain (Lolo NF) and Little Apex Mountain (Flathead NF). Being managed as natural ecological fire. This is based out of the Spotted Bear Ranger District office. Reported at 2000 hours on 7/23/2017. Lightning caused. Smoke can be seen from the Ovando and Helmville areas. 11 personnel. 1,895 acres. Unknown containment status. Fire is burning in timber, short grass, subalpine fir and in heavy dead/down woody fire fuels.  Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

20. GOAT CREEK FIRE

Goat Creek & Sliderock PM Fire Activity 7/23/17

Goat Creek Fire on 7/23/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Part of the Sapphire Complex and along with Slide Rock, Little Hogback Fire.  Started 7/24/2017. Lolo NF. Lightning caused. 6 miles South of Bonita Guard Station and 1 mile EAst of Rock Creek Road on Missoula Ranger District.  In remote terrain. 8,100 acres. 83% contained. Timber, litter, grass and understory.

21. LITTLE HOGBACK FIRE

Part of the Sapphire Complex and included other wildfires Sliderock Fire, Goat Creek Fires.  This wildfire started on 7/13/2017 around 1751 hours. Fire being managed by the Northern Rockies IMT 2 IC. Located 27 miles SE of Missoula, MT.  Lightning caused.  Burning in remote terrain.  27,071 acres. 16% contained.  Burning in timber, litter, grass and understory.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – 8/19/2017 @ 2355 Hours PDT

 

 

 

 

NW ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 19, 2017

 Post Summary |  Over 30 wildfires  are burning across the Northwest in WA and Oregon, while thousands are flocking to one state to view the eclipse.  Fire officials will continue to fight fires while those may be near these fire incident locations.

We will be posting OREclipse safety tips and other important information to protect you and your family.  These will be in separate posts all over our Social Media Channels (Twitter, Facebook and this Blog). Stay tuned for important Public Service Announcements aka PSAs).

Here is our recap for Saturday, August 19, 2017.  NOTE:  Not all wildfires are listed on this map.

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1. BEAR BUTTE FIRE

Bear Butte Fire 0600 briefing, Aug. 11 2017

It literally takes a village to fight wildfires just like this one on the Bear Butte. Photo taken on 8/11/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

20 miles NW of Baker City, OR.  Wallowa – Whitman NF. Started 8/4/2017.  USDA Forest Service Unknown cause. 499 acres. 98% contained.  3 crews, 5 engines, 2 helicopters. Crews are currently mopping up and gridding is in progress.

2. BELNAP FIRE

20 miles NE of Prineville, OR. USDA Forest Service.  Started 8/11/2017.  Lightning caused. Timber Brush. Lightning. 125 acres. 65% contained.  Threatened are 31 single-family residences (SFR), 33 mixed residential/commercial, 90 minor structures. 83 personnel, 3 crews, 3 engines. Minimal fire behavior. $209,000 cost-to-date.

3. BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Fire Management team discussing fire strategies. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

12 Miles NE of Keller, WA.  Started 8/9/2017. Lightning caused. 1,863 acres. 27% contained. Fire behavior is active with backing, isolated torching and short-range spotting. 474 personnel. 10 crews. 3 helicopters. 21 engines. $4.7 Million cost-to-date.

4. CHETCO BAR FIRE 

Fire Activity on the Chetco Bar Fire on Aug. 17, 2017 at 9:00pm

Extreme fire behavior on the Chetco Bar Fire on 8/17/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Kalmiopsis Wilderness, OR.  Started 7/12/2017. Unknown cause. USDA Forest Service. Type 2 IMT with NIMO shadowing. 22,042 acres. 14% contained. Structures threatened: 50 homes, 50 minor. Destroyed structures: 2 homes, 1 minor.  Extreme fire behavior that is wind-driven, creeping and smoldering.  65 personnel. 1 crew. 1 helo. 1 engine. Cost-to-date is $2.8 Million.

5. DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

mopping up along the fireline

Mopping up is hard work and these firefighters are showing how to get it done near the fire line on the Diamond Creek Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA.  Timber, brush.  30,043 acres. 17% contained. Under threat:  2 homes, 2 minor structures. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. 364 personnel. 9 acres. 2 helos. 18 engines. CTD is $5.4 Million.

6. EAST SADDLE MOUNTAIN FIRE

10 miles West of Othello, WA. Mid-Columbia NWRC.  Started 8/12/2017. Brush, grass. 17,470 acres. 95% contained. Minimum fire behavior. 3 personnel. 1 engine. 2 structures destroyed. $397,000 cost-to-date.

7. FALCON COMPLEX

Sunrise cloud pattern over ICP 8-14-2017

Incident Command does not stay in luxurious suites but this suits for their mission. This is the Falcon Complex ICP

25 miles East of Tiller, OR.   Started 8/8/2017. Lightning caused. Active fire behavior with flanking, running and creeping. 1,900 acres total. 17% containment. 15 fires included. Threatened 5 homes, 15 minor structures. 493 personnel. 10 crews. 5 helicopters. 23 engines. $4.8 Million cost-to-date.

8. FLOUNCE FIRE

This is a photo of the Flounce Fire, burning in southwestern Oregon.

Flounce Fire burning in SW Oregon. (Credit: ODF)

12 miles NW of Shady Cove, OR.   8/7/2017 start date. Lightning caused. 587 acres. 94% containment. Minimal fire behavior. 122 personnel. 6 crews. 1 helicopter. 4 engines. $3 Million cost-to-date.

9. HEADWATER FIRE 

25 miles North of Goldendale, WA.  Started on 8/12/2017 from an unknown cause & is under investigation. Unknown fire behavior. 234 personnel. 6 crews. 17 engines. CTD is unknown.

10. HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

August 19, 2017 Fire Area Map

Fire map on Saturday, 8/19/2017.

9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  Unknown fire date started or time. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and single-tree torching. 10,654 acres. 61% containment. Spruce Creek Fire (5,043 acres), Silent Fire (2 acres), Blanket Creek Fire (5,396 acres), Butte Fire (5 acres), Broken Lookout Fire (125 acres), Roundtop Fire (10 acres), Needle Fire (8 acres), Sherwood Fire (65 acres). 941 personnel. 28 crews. 6  helos. 20 engines.  $26.3 Million cost-to-date.

11. INDIAN CREEK FIRE

A group of people, including the Incident Commander and representatives from the Mt. Hood National Forest and Oregon Division of Forestry, stand around a table covered with maps, discussing plans for the fire.

The key to success is in the Planning phase. Here is some great discussion in progress from the IC with Forest reps on the Indian Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Eagle Creek Trail System, OR.  Started 7/4/2017. Unknown cause. 83 acres. 10% containment. 47 personnel. 1 crew. 2 helicopters. Unknown cost-to-date.

12. JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE

13 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA.. 8/11/2017 start date. Lightning caused.  Timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, single-tree torching. 548 acres. 0% containment. Threatening 850 homes, 13 mix residential/commercial and 500 minor structures. 276 personnel. 4 crews. 5 helos. 17 engines. Unknown CTD.

13. JONES FIRE

Flare up on the eastern flank of the Jones fire

Torching on the eastern flank of the Jones Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

10 miles NE of Lowell, OR.  8/10/2017 started. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. Active fire behavior with running, group torching and spotting. 3,728 acres. 12% containment. Threatened are 4 homes, 1 minor structures. 624 personnel. 21 crews. 2 helos. 15 engines. 11 water tenders. 1 air attack. 4 injuries. $2.5 Million cost-to-date.

14. MILLER COMPLEX

17 miles East of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 8/14/2017. Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. Made up of 20 individual fires. Lightning caused. 3,200 total acres. 4% contained. Threatened are 14 single-family homes, 5 minor structures.  Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and creeping. $1.4 Million cost-to-date.

15. MILLI FIRE

Fire engine providing structure protection

Structure protection on the Milli Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Burning along 16 Road (South of) and 9 miles West of Sisters, OR.  Started 8/11/2017 from an unknown cause. Located in Three Sisters Wilderness and about 1.5 miles SW of Black Crater Lake. 7,814 acres. 0% contained. 652 homes are under threat. Level 3 Evacuations in effect for Eddington, Crossroads, Ramuda and along 16 Road, South of Sisters.  Level 1 Evacuations for Tollgate. Extreme fire behavior with running, spotting and crowning. 410 personnel. 10 crews and 11 engines. Cost-to-date is $870,000.

16. MONUMENT HILL FIRE

Started on private land about 5 miles NE of Quincy, WA.  Started 8/16/2017. WA Fire Service. Cause under investigation. 6,255 acres. 85% contained. Tall grass and brush. Unknown fire behavior.  Threatened are 50 single family hoes, 25 non-residential commercial structures and 100 minor structures. Damaged are 4 homes, 15 minor structures.  Destroyed are 4 homes and 20 minor structures. 122 personnel. 3 helos. 30 engines. Unknown cost-to-date.

17. NENA SPRINGS FIRE

Photo of firefighter using a drip torch to burn a line.

A Confederated Tribes firefighter uses a drip torch to create a “containment line” to keep the fire from spreading through the grasses. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

7 air miles NE of Simnasho and on the NE Boundary of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, OR.  Started 8/8/2017. USDA BIA. Grass, timber, dormant brush.  Human caused, under investigation. 66,003 acres. 40% containment. Threatened are 50 homes, 4 multi-residential structures, 3 mixed commercial/residential structures, plus 50 minor structures and 1 non-residential commercial structures. Damaged are 1 home and 3 minor structures. Destroyed are 6 homes plus 4 minor structures. Extreme fire behavior with uphill runs and is a wind-driven fire.  Significant Event: fire escaped containment lines on 8/17/2017 and made a big run and with extreme fire activity and an extreme rate of spread. 127 personnel. 4 crews. 5 helos. 24 engines.  CTD is $24 Million.

18. NOISY CREEK FIRE

33 miles from Colville, WA. Started 8/11/2017.   Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. 4,000 acres. 68% containment. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and single-tree torching. 3 homes are under threat. 139 personnel. 4 crews. 3 engines. CTD is $5.4 Million.

19. NORSE PEAK FIRE

Norse Peak Fire expansion Wed, August 16

Extreme fire behavior is visible on the Norse Peak Fire on 8/16/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.  USDA Forest Service. ALERT: Highway 410 is closed due to trees over the roadway.  Level 3 evacuations for Union Creek.   Level 1 evacuations for Goose Prairie, Bumping Lake. 9 wildfires:  American Fire (150 acres), Union Creek Trail Fire (20 acres). 1,250 total acres. 4% containment. 110 structures threatened. 201 personnel. 5 crews. 2 helos. 4 engines. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and spotting. $500,000 cost-to-date.

20. NORTH PELICAN FIRE

A large column of smoke rising from the North Pelican Fire on August 19. PC: Officer Steve Leslie

Smoke column on the North Pelican Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

North slope of Pelican Butte, OR. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. 200 homes threatened. 500 acres. 0% containment. Timber, brush. 45 personnel. 1 helicopter. 8 engines. Unknown cost-to-date.

21. REBEL FIRE

the French Fire burns on a ridge above Detroit, OR

Burning above Detroit on the French Fire. (Courtesy/Incident)

13 miles South of McKenzie Bridge, OR.  Started unknown. USDA Forest Service. Started 8/4/2017. Cause unknown. Active fire behavior with backing and single-family homes threatened. IC also managing other fires Whitewater Fire (6,428 acres), Little Devil Fire (103 acres), Avenue Fire (14 acres), Bob Canyon Fire (27 acres) and French Fire (27 acres). 294 personnel total. 10 crews. 12 engines. $1.8 Million cost-to-date.

22. SHAN CREEK FIRE

10 miles West of Grants Pass, OR.  Started 8/10/2017. Lightning. USDA Forest Service. Transitioned to Type 3 IMT as of this morning at 0600 hours. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 156 acres. 85% contained. 180 personnel. 3 crews and 14 engines. $1.7 Million CTD.

23. STALEY FIRE

Smoke rising out of the forest in front of Staley Ridge.

Smoke on the Staley Fire (Credit: Mark McCool via Inciweb)

23 miles South of Oakridge, OR.  Willamette NF. Lightning caused. 761 acres.  0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with group torching, flanking and short-range spotting.  Type 2 NW team 9 on order. 233 personnel. 7 crews. 7 engines. $823,000 CTD.

24. UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

Night Shift Fire fighters holding line on Happy Dog

Operations on this Umpqua North Complex goes into the dead of night. This is on Happy Dog fire along Hwy 138. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

50 miles East of Roseburg, OR. Started 8/11/2017. Cause unknown, under investigation. Active fire behavior with group and single-tree torching. 6,881 total acres. 1% containment. Multiple fires. Happy Dog Fire (1,736 acres), Fall Creek Fire (997 acres), Ragged Ridge Fire (150 acres), Oak Nob Fire (59 acres), Calf – Copeland Fire (260 acres), Broken Tooth Fire (190 acres) and Devils Canyon Fire (140 acres). Threatened structures (36 homes, 21 non-residential commercial and 30 minor structures).  Damaged structures (13 non-residential commercial buildings.  686 personnel. 17 crews. 46 engines. 4 helos. $1.8 Million CTD.

Umpqua North Complex Fire Alert!  Level 1-3 evacuations Douglas County Sheriff Office along Hwy. 138.  Red Cross Shelter located at Glide Seventh Day Adventist Church at 19085 N. Umqua Hwy. in Glide, OR.

25. WHITEWATER FIRE

View of the Whitewater Fire backing to containment line on the west side of the fire on August 18

This is what “backing” looks like on a wildfire like this one on the Whitewater Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

15 miles East of Detroit, OR.  Started 7/23/2017. Lightning ignited. Multiple fires. Timber, brush. USDA Forest.  7,595 acres. 0% contained.  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and single-tree torching.  113 homes, 1 mixed commercial/residential, 2 non-residential/commercial and 46 minor structures threatened.  646 personnel. 16 crews. 8 helos. 13 engines. $15 Million CTD.

26. WHYCHUS FIRE

10 miles NE of Sisters, OR. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  2,012 acres. 95% contained. Brush and tall grass. 51 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. $700,000 CTD.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/19/2017 1920 Hours PDT

NW Wildfire CAD Activity | Friday | Aug 18 2017

Post Summary | As time permits, we are gleaning wildfire information from NW Dispatch Centers in Oregon and Washington.  Here is a our recap for Friday evening as of the time this was posted.

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BLUE MOUNTAIN (OR)

31 Road Campfire

Dispatched @ 2025 hours. Limited Info.

Bowman Creek

Dispatched @ 1639 hours.  18 miles SE of Pilot Rock, French Corral Meadows. Cause unknown.

Lewis Gulch

Dispatched @ 1357 hours. Rural assist. 11 miles NE of Pomeroy, ID. WA DNR. Rural assist. 32 acres.

Bismarck

Dispatched at 1235 hours. Bismarck Creek, about 16 miles SE of Ukiah. NFJD. 0.5 acres. Timber and heavy slash. Resources GR 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Teal

Dispatched @ 1212 hours. Clover Spring. 32 miles SW of Lewiston, ID. 4 acres. Unknown cause.  Sub alpine and larch. Resources on-scene.

CENTRAL (WA)

Counts Butte

Dispatched @ 1446 hours. 0.05 acres. Klickitat County. Crofton Prairie.  Grass fire. FD / DNR response. Contained @ 1605 hours. Controlled @ 1825 hours.

COLUMBIA – CASCADE (WA)

Ayance

Dispatched @ 1924 hours. Junctions Highways 12 & 123. 0.1 acres. IC 2114 hours. Resources include P-741.

Spring Creek

Dispatched @ 1645 hours. 3 acres. Resources include E312 and 423. IC arrived at 2114 hours.

Lucky 13

Dispatched @ 1150 hours. Clackamas River Campground, Site 13.  0.1 acres. IC arrived @ 1209 hours.

EUGENE (OR)

Tumblebug 2 Fire

Dispatched @ 1729 hours.  30 acres. Timber, snaps. E351 and 454 dispatched. Fire fully staffed.

JOHN DAY (OR)

228 Mt. Mount Vernon

Dispatched @ 1452 hours. Rural Assist. Near Fields Creek turnoff. Rural resources on-scene.

NE REGION (WA)

Tonasket Shop

Dispatched @ 1343 hours. Okanogan County. Tonasket Shop Road. Grass. FD #4 arrived.

Gold Creek Loop

Dispatched @ 1337 hours. Stevens County. Gold Creek. 23.5 acres. Grass, timber and brush. IC arrived @ 2135 hours. Resources include AR 441, 447.  H1, 141, 25.  HT 41. NC 26, 322, 326, 341. NE 50.

Stengar

Dispatched @ 1253 hours. Stevens County. Stengar Mtn. 0.1 acres. In patrol status.

Addy Cedonia

Dispatched @ 1217 hours. Stevens County. Addy-Cedonia.  5 acres.  Resources include E561. H345. HT42. NC37, 40+Crew 41, 61, 62, 25.

Dover

Dispatched @ 0754  hours. Stevens County. 0.01 acres. Grass, brush and timber. AR448 0900 hours. Contained @ 0830 hours. Controlled @ 1000 hours.

NW REGION (WA)

Lummi Shore

Dispatched @ 0230 hours. Whatcom County – Lummi Indian Reservation. 0.75 acres. IC arrived @ 0740 hours. 3 personnel. 2 engines and 1 OH on-scene.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

NW ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 17 2017

 Post Summary | Due to the vast amounts of wildfires, we are combining Washington and Oregon together.  Idaho will be a separate post of its own. Many new ones have popped up in both Washington and Oregon.  Here is the recap for Thursday, August 17, 2017.

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Fire Map lists most fires but is missing just a few. (Credit: NWCC)

Bear Butte – 20 miles Baker City, OR

Started 8/4/2017.  Unknown cause. 499 acres. Unknown containment status. 48 structures threatened. 184 personnel. 4 crews. 2 helos. 6 engines. USDA FS. Mop up operations, fire secured. CTD is $5.1 Million.

Belnap – 20 miles NE of Prineville, OR

Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused. 123 acres. 5% contained. 31 single-family homes, 33 mixed/commercial structures, 90 minor structures are threatened. 83 personnel. 3 crews. 3 engines. Timber Brush. USDA Forest Service.

Bridge Creek – 12 miles NE Keller, WA

Started 8/9/2017. Lightning caused. 1,343 acres. 22% contained. USDA Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Transitioned from Mt. Tolman Fire Ctr. to NW IMT Team 6. ICP at Keller Community Center. 454 personnel. 10 crews. 2 helicopters. 20 engines. CTD $3.5 Million.

FIRE FACT!  

All campfires in Eastern WA on DNR’s protected forest lands are restricted.

Chetco Bar – Kalmiopsis Wilderness, OR

Started 7/12/2017. Unknown cause. 6,016 acres. 14% contained. Structures threatened. Timber, brush and closed timber litter. USDA Forest Service. 72 personnel. 2 crews. 1 helicopter. CTD $2.3 Million.

Diamond Creek – 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA

28,143 acres. 8% contained. Timber, brush. 2 single-family homes, 2 minor structures threatened. Active fire behavior with long-range spotting, uphill crowning, fast rate of spread. Expected to spread to the South and NW. 340 personnel. 7 crews. 5 helos. 18 engines. CTD $4.5 Million.

East Saddle Mtn Fire – 10 miles W of Othello, WA

Started 8/12/2017. Unknown cause. 17,465 acres. 95% contained. Brush, timber. Structures threatened, 1 minor damaged. USDI Fish & Wildlife Services. 136 personnel. 13 engines. $397,000 CTD.

Falcon Complex – 25 miles East of Tiller, OR

Started 8/8/2017. Lightning caused. 1,100 acres. 12% contained. 5 structures (SFR) and 15 minor structures threatened. Biggest fires Upper Ash Flat (382 acres) Buckskin (50 acres), Double Buck (161 acres), Paradise (189 acres), Pup (73 acres), Tallow (84 acres) and Windy Gap  (18 acres).  Timber. 503 personnel. 11 crews. 5 helicopters. 22 engines.  USDA FS. NW IMT team 8. 5 single-family residences (SFR) and 15 minor structures are threatened. CTD $3.6 Million.

Ferry Canyon – 7 miles WNW of Grass Valley, OR.

Started 8/12/2017. Lightning caused. 500 acres. 100% contained. USDI BIA. 1 person. Tall grass and brush.  Unknown CTD.

FIRE FACT!

Fire Preparedness Level is at Level 5.

Flounce – 12 miles NW of Shady Cove, OR

8/7/2017 start date. Lightning caused. 587 acres. 90% contained.  Timber, brush and tall grass. USDI BIA. 160 personnel. 7 crews. 7 helos. 5 engines. Structures threatened. CTD is $2.8 Million.

Headwater – 25 miles North of Goldendale, WA

Started on 8/12/2017 from unknown cause & under investigation. 87 acres. 60% containment. Timber (grass/understory). WA DNR. 220 personnel. 8 crews. 3 helos. 13 engines. Unknown CTD.

High Cascades Complex – 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR

On the Spruce Lake fire. (Credit; Jay Bright)

Started 8/12/2017. Lightning caused. 10,447 acres. 60% contained. Timber. Threatened are 15 SFR, 14 multiple residences, 10 mixed used commercial/residential. 13 non-residential commercial properties and 20 minor structures.  USDA Forest Service. 1,030 personnel. 31 crews, 24 engines and 7 helos. Fires included are Spruce Lake (5,043 acres), Blanket (5,292 acres), Silent (2 acres), Butte (5 acres), Sherwood (5 acres), Broken Lookout (32 acres), Roundtop (10 acres) and Needle (8 acres).

Hult Butte – 6 miles West of Vantage, WA

Started 8/13/2017. Human caused (caused not released). WA DNR. 500 acres. 100% contained.  Structures threatened. 0 resources on the fire incident.

Indian Creek – Eagle Creek Trail System, OR

Started 7/4/2017. Unknown cause. 83 acres. 10% containment. USDA Forest Service. Timber. Structures threatened. 66 personnel. 1 crew. 2 helicopters. CTD $2.3 Million.

Jolly Mtn – 13 mles NW of Cle Elum, WA

8/11/2017 start date. Lightning caused. Unknown acreage.  0% containment status. 500 SFRs, 13 commercial/residential and 50 minor structures are threatened. Timber. 238 personnel. 6 crews. 4 helicopters. 12 engines. CTD $1.2 Million.

Jones Fire on 8/12/2017. (Credit: Jason Carr)

Jones – 10 miles NE of Lowell, OR

8/10/2017 started. Lightning caused. 2,581 acres. 10% contained. Timber. USDA Forest Service. 4 SFR and 1 minor structures are threatened. 540 personnel. 18 crews. 2 helos. 15 engines. $1.6 Million CTD.

Miller Complex – 17 miles East of Cave Junction, OR

Started 8/14/2017. Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. Made up of 20 individual fires. Lightning caused. 1,210 acres. 6% containment. USDA Forest Service. 7 minor structures threatened. Biggest fire Burnt Peak (300 acres) and Creedence (800 acres).  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, creeping and smoldering. 153 personnel. 3 crews. 7 engines. CTD $400,000.

Milli – 9 miles West of Sisters, OR

Started 8/11/2017 from an unknown cause. Located in Three Sisters Wilderness and about 1.5 miles SW of Black Crater Lake. Fire behavior is moderate with spotting and group torching. 206 personnel. 9 crews. CTD $200,000.

Mop-up operations from day crew on 8/17/2017. PC: DCSO

Monument HIll – 4 miles NE of Quincy, WA

Started 8/16/2017. WA Fire Service. Cause under investigation. 500 acres. 0% containment. Tall grass and brush. Unknown resources. 50 SFR, 25 non-res commercial structures under threat. Unknown CTD.

MR 3 Sisters Central – Point, OR

Limited information. 15 acres. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning started.

Nena Springs – 7 air miles NE of Simnasho/NE Boundary of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, OR

Started 8/8/2017. USDA BIA. Grass, timber, dormant brush. 39,526 acres.  Human caused. 1 SFR and 3 minor structures damaged.  6 SFR and 4 minor structures destroyed.  Unified Command:  NW 12 IMT and OSFM.  299 personnel. 6 crews. 3 helos. 6 engines. CTD $4 Million.

Noisy Creek – 33 miles from Colville, WA

Started 8/11/2017.   Lightning caused. 4,000 acres. 64% contained. 3 SFR structures threatened. Timber. USDA Forest Service. 142 personnel. 4 crews. 1 helo and 3 engines. CTD $5.2 Million.

Norse Peak – 11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA

Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused. 500 acres. 0% containment status. Timber.  USDA Forest Service. 30 personnel. 1 crew. 2 engines. 6 SFR threatened.  Unknown CTD.

Point-of-Interest

A single RC-26 aircraft and support personnel from the 162nd Fighter Wing, (Arizona Air National Guard) has been deployed to Mahlon Sweet Field (Eugene, OR) in support of wildland fire operations. – NWICC

North Pole – 8 miles East of Shaniko, OR

8/13/2017 start date.  Lightning caused. 5,075 acres. 100% containment. USDI BLM . 17 personnel. 5 engines.  CTD $50,000.

Rebel – 13 miles South of McKenzie Bridge, OR

Started unknown. 1,051 acres. 0% containment status. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing. 4 SFR threatened. USDA Forest Service. 202 personnel. 6 crews. 11 engines. Unknown CTD.

Shan Creek – 10 miles West of Grants Pass, OR

Started 8/10/2017. Lightning. 400 acres. 20% containment. 12 SFR and 1 minor structure threatened. Timber, logging slashing. USADA Forest Service. 162 personnel. 4 crews.  11 engines. MT2.  $1,000 CTD.

Staley – 23 miles South of Oakridge, OR

Started 8/10/2017. Wilamette NF. 257 acres. 0% containment. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, long and short-range spotting. Timber, brush. Structures threatened. 174 personnel. 5 crews. 6 engines. $326,0000 CTD.

OR Traffic Alert!

Law Enforcement agencies are reminding drivers not to pull over on shoulders to watch the Eclipse.  You may not only get a shot at seeing the Eclipse but a little extra unexpected surprise – A Ticket!

Umpqua North Complex – 50 miles East of Roseburg, along Hwy 138, OR

Started 8/11/2017. Cause under investigation. unknown acres. Fire behavior is active with crowning, torching and uphill runs.  36 SFR, 21 non- residential commercial and 30 minor structures threatened.  USDA Forest. 443 personnel. 12 crews. 5 helos. 21 engines. Unknown CTD.

Whitewater – 15 miles East of Detroit, OR

Started 7/23/2017. Lightning ignited. made up multiple fires.  6,716 acres. no  status on containment known. 113 SFR, 1 commercial/residential, 2 non-residential commercial, 46 minor structures threatened. Timber, brush. USDA Forest. Also managing Rebel (1,051 acres), Little Devil (76 ares), Avenue (acres unknown), Box Canyon (acres unknown), French (1,051 acres).  443 personnel. 12 crews. 5 helicopters. 21 engines.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/17/2017 2111 Hours PDT

#MonumentHillFire | Grant County WA | New!

GRANT COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Monument Hill is the second highest peak in Beezley Hills at an elevation of 2,882 feet.  It is located near Quincy, just South of Ephrata. (Wikipedia)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire crews were dispatched to a brush fire around 2019 hours on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, located on Monument Hill  is located near Quincy, Washington.  (FireCAD)

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 (LEAVE NOW!) Evacuations were ordered forAdams Rd N, areas of Rd 13NW and Rd J8 NW.  (this was approximately around 2100 hours PDT from GCSO)

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Level 1 (Get Ready) Evacuations for Painted Hills area.  For what you need to bring during an evacuation or learn of which areas are in evacuations, check out the Grant County Sheriff Office website here —-> https://www.nixle.us/9JCSD

RESOURCES

Initial resources (BATT-17 BLM-11 BLM E-6695) were originally dispatched. We have heard since the original call time, pages out for mutual aid from Spokane city firefighters and others. (Scanner Feed)  Additionally, State fire mobe has been approved as well bringing out additional resources. (WSP PIO)

Press releases are coming out of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Washington State Patrol (WSP), as well as Grant County PUD.

SIZE UP

Grant County Sheriff is reporting the brush fire is approximately 500 acres(as of 2300 hours PDT) and is growing quickly. No containment status has been achieved as of yet. Homes and crops are currently being threatened.  State Fire Mobe has been approved. (Released around 2225 hours PDT)

#MonumentHillFire night fire operations. Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore)

ALERTS

Power Outage – Douglas County PUD stated as of 2200 hours PDT, about 350 residents were affected by the power outage in the Palisades area due to the fire in Grant County.  Crews are out and working very hard to restore power as quickly as possible.

Stay Out of the Area –The WA State Patrol reminds everyone to STAY OUT OF THE AREA and not park on the shoulders. Fire crews need the space to work in and with heavy traffic they cannot reach the fire ground.  Please help them put this fire out by leaving enough space for emergency vehicles and support personnel access to various roadways.

Evacuation orders/alerts – To receive Nixle alerts (evacuation notices), if you live in Grant County, text your zip code to 888777. You can also follow us on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff #MonumentHillFire (GCSO)

Red Cross Shelter – will be set up for evacuees at midnight tonight.  This will be opened up at the Quincy High School in Quincy. (GCSO)

HISTORICAL FIRE INFORMATION

This area is familiar to large wildfires and also previously called the #MonumentHillFire when the last one in July of 2015, caused evacuations in the Baird Springs Road of Rd Q NW, just North of Quincy.  Evacuations were ordered on July 1 and listed on July 5, 2015. (News Media)

This what it looked like on July 1, 2015.  Fire was out around 1900 hours on July 5, 2015.  Over 2,000 acres.

Credit: GCSO.

Here it is on August 16, 2017. Fire started August 16, 2017 and growing.  500 acres and growing.

Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore

SOCIAL MEDIA

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#MonumentHillFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE #NWFB #GrantCoWAFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2017 @ 2320 Hours PDT

 

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 16 2017

SUMMARY:   Some of you have asked for maps and we are working on a single map listing all wildfires. Maps are provided for each fire that are currently available.

The Holt (should be “Hult”) Butte Fire in Boardman has been moved to the Oregon wildfires post. The source reporting has it listed as Washington and should be Oregon.

Here is our recap for Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

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NORSE PEAK FIRE – 11 miles W of Cliffdell (Okanogan – Wenatchee NF)

Previously reported. This fire is located just NW of Highway 410 that was ignited by lightning.  The fire remains at 500 acres and has been holding since reported on Tuesday, August 15th.  There are 30 personnel assigned. There is no containment being reported on this incident.

EAST SADDLE MTN FIRE – 10 miles W of Othello (Mid-Columbia NWR)

Structure protection in effect by multiple agencies. Courtesy/Spokane Fire District 8

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge 

This wildfire started on the afternoon of August 12th from presumably lightning but that is an unconfirmed cause report.  There have been 17,465 acres burned. There has been a 95% containment reached.  Fire behavior is minimal. Crews are working to get power back on for residents (0730 hours PDT)  There are 136 personnel assigned with 37 engines.  2 structures have been lost.  CTD is $397,000.

JOLLY MTN FIRE- 13 miles NW of Cle Elum (Okanogan – Wenatchee NF)

Jolly Mountain Fire map

This map indicates where the fire is located. Though from August 13th, it shows this fire in the upper potion of the map its in heavy timber. Courtesy/Inciweb

The Jolly Mountain Fire is made up of five wildfires burning in a remote part of the forest about 5 miles NE at the North end of Lake Cle Elum.  There has been 378 acres burned.  Fire crews have gained a 44% contained.  Fire behavior is minimal with backing and isolated torching.  Structures are still being threatened.  There are 197 personnel with 3 crews, 10 engines and 3 helos.  $558,000 CTD…

NOISY CREEK FIRE – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls (Colville NF)

Briefing map for 8/15/17

This map from yesterday indicates where the fire is located and how the areas broken up by Divisions. Courtesy/Inciweb

The Noisy Creek fire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and single-tree torching.  There has been 4,000 acres destroyed with 64% containment.  Command changed from a NV Type 3 team to a SW IMT Team 5 on August 15, 2017.  There are 178 personnel.  4 crews, 3 engines and 1 helicopter.  $5 Million CTD…

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE – 13 miles NNE of Keller (Colville Agency/BIA)

The latest map indicates where and how the fire is on this image. Courtesy/Inciweb

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday, August 10, 2017.  Today (Wednesday) has a moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and flanking.  There has been 1,343 acres burned.  Fire crews have reached a 22% containment status.  There are 350 personnel assigned with 6 crews, 13 engines and 1 helo.  CTD $2 Million…

HEAD WATER FIRE – 25 miles West of Goldendale

The wildfire located in Goldendale started on Sunday, August 13, 2017.  The biggest overnight news from this wildfire were two DOC convicts had escaped from the DNR fire work camp. Law Enforcement reported they were serving time for assault and another for stolen property.  As of 0500 hours today due to the keen eye of a witness, one is back in custody.   Police are searching for the second DOC convict.  Some wildland firefighters say this is the most sought out opportunity to serve and they have nothing but good things to say about these DOC firefighters who work super hard.  They say this rarely happens!

There have been 100 acres burned with a 60% containment status reached…

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE – 27 miles NNW of Winthrop (Paysaten Wilderness)
August 14 - Infrared Map

This the latest map from August 14 gives you an idea how big the fire really is. Courtesy/Inciweb

The Diamond Creek Fire started on July 23rd from an unknown human-caused ignition. Fire behavior is still active with group torching, flanking and backing. Structures are under threat. No evacuations in effect at the time of this posting.  There has been 27,210 acres but crews have reached an 8% containment. There are 301 personnel assigned along with 7 crews, 18 engines and 3 helos.  CTD is $4.2 Million…

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2017 0800 Hours PDT

OR ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 15, 2017

Post Summary | Poor Oregon is burning up with multiple new wildfires from lightning from all over the place. Mother Nature, you need to play nice…  Here is our recap for Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

UMQUA NORTH COMPLEX

Previously reported fires.  1,410 acres. 0% contained. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, backing.  Structures threatened. 191 personnel w/6 crews, 6 engines. CTD $1,000.

FALCON COMPLEX

Previously reported fires. 1,067 acres. 10% contained. Active fire behavior with flanking and isolated torching, smoldering. Structures threatened. 482 personnel with 11 crews, 22 engines and 5 helos. CTD $2.5 Million.

JONES FIRE

Jones Fire. PC: Jason Carr

Previously reported fire. 2,380 acres. 0% contained.  Active fire behavior with torching and creeping. Structures under threat. 292 personnel w/9 crews, 8 engines and 2 helos. CTD $350,000.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX FIRES

Newly reported.  Blanket Fire – 7 miles E of Prospect. 5,223 acres. 58% contained. Spruce Creek Fire – West side of Crater Lake NP. 4,885 acres. 55% contained. Broken Lookout Fire – 6 miles of Junctions Highways 62 & 230. 25 acres. 0% contained. Roundtop & Needle Fires – 6 miles NW of Prospect. 18 acres. 100% contained. Butte & Silent Fires – 5 miles W of Junctions Highways 230 & 138. 7 acres. 100% contained.

WHITEWATER FIRE

Previously reported.  6,569 acres. 0% contained. Fire behavior is moderate with backing, group and isolated torching. Structures under threat.  650 personnel with 10 crews, 11 engines and 7 helicopters. CTD is $12 Million.

NENA SPRINGS FIRE

Previously reported.  40,000 acres.  80% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Structures under threat.  422 personnel with 8 crews, 35 engines and 3 helos.  10 structures destroyed. CTD $4 Million.

INDIAN CREEK FIRE

Previously reported.  Minimal fire behavior.  83 acres. 10% contained. 63 personnel. 1 crew and 2 helos. CTD $2.1 Million.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Previously reported.  Active fire behavior with flanking and backing. 5,442 acres. 14% containment. 65 personnel with 1 crew and 1 helo. $2.1 Million CTD.

FLOUNCE FIRE

Previously reported.  Minimal fire behavior. 587 acres. 90% containment. 509 personnel with 23 crews, 15 engines and 9 helos. $2.7 Million CTD.

BEAR BUTTE FIRE 

Previously reported. Minimal fire behavior. Structures under threat. No evacuations in effect. 499 acres. 92% containment. 188 personnel with 3 crews, 6 engines. $4.5 Million CTD.

MILLI FIRE

Previously reported. Moderate fire behavior with spotting and group torching. 150 acres. 0% contained. 141 personnel with 8 crews. CTD $50,000.

IBEX FIRE

Previously reported. Salmon-Challis NF. Burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood and Ibex Creeks. Lightning caused. Started 7/24/2017 @ 1545 hours. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and backing. 5,700 acres. 0% contained. 20 personnel.

WHYCRUS FIRE

Previously reported.  Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  2,030 acres with 80% containment. 79 personnel with 3 crews and 5 engines. CTD $480,000.

SHAN CREEK FIRE

Previously reported.  Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and uphill runs. Structures threatened. 350 acres. 20% containment. 65 personnel with 2 crews and 6 engines. CTD $1,000.

REBEL FIRE

New!  3 Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette – Deschuttes NF.  Rebel Fire – South Fork McKenzie Ranger District Office and Rebel Creek.  Part of group of fires Whitewater, Avenue and Box Canyon wildfires.  PNW2 Type 1 IMT command. Assumed command 0600 8/15/2017.  Avenue Fire – 2 miles from MacKenzie Ranger District Office. Box Canyon Fire – 6 miles South of Rebel Fire.  Total 198 personnel, 862 acres. 10% containment.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2017 @ 0800 hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 15 2017

Post  Summary | Two new wildfires in the Washington State area have ignited overnight.  Here is our recap for Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

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HOLT BUTTE FIRE

Washington State – 20 miles NW of Boardman, Washington

This is a NEW wildfire being reported overnight.  This fire started on private land and burning in brush and timber.  Fire behavior is active and putting structures at risk.  There has been 500 acres burned. There is a 0% containment at the time of this posting.  CTD is $250,000..

NORSE PEAK FIRE

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF – 11 miles West of Cliffdell, Washington

Here is another NEW wildfire being reported this morning. This fire has also burned 500 acres. There is no containment status on this fire yet.  Fire behavior is active, spotting and torching.  Structures are in danger but there is no evacuations at the time of this post.  30 personnel are assigned with 1 crew and 2 helos.  CTD is $25,000..

EAST SADDLE MTN FIRE 

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge – 10 miles W of Othello, Washington

This wildfire started on the afternoon of August 12th from presumably lightning but that is an unconfirmed cause report.  17,465 acres. 80% contained. There are 146 personnel with 48 engines, 1 helicopter.  2 structures have been lost.  CTD is $332,000..

 

JOLLY MTN FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF – 13 miles NW of Cle Elum, Washington

The Jolly Mountain Fire is made up of five wildfires burning in a remote part of the forest about 5 miles NE at the North end of Lake Cle Elum.  About 334 acres of timber has been burned.  Fire behavior is minimal. There is a 0% containment status on these wildfires. Approximately 207 personnel are assigned with 3 crews, 12 engines and 3 helos.  CTD is $358,000..

NOISY CREEK FIRE

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

The Noisy Creek Fire behavior this morning is moderate with backing, creeping and single-tree torching.  Structures are being threatened.  There have been 4,000 acres scorched but containment has reached 58%.  There are 229 personnel assigned along with 5 crews, 4 engines and 3 helos.  CTD is $4.7 Million..

 

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Colville Agency – BIA – 11 miles NE of Keller

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday, August 10, 2017.  This fire is active with group torching, backing and flanking. 1,150 acres have been consumed.  There is an 18% containment reached.  336 personnel with 6 crews, 13 engines and 1 helo are assigned.  CTD is $2 Million..

HEAD WATER FIRE

25 miles West of Goldendale, Washington

The wildfire located in Goldendale started on Sunday, August 13, 2017. 100 acres have been destroyed.  There is a 40% containment status.  Fire behavior is active with group and single-tree torching. Structures are under threat. There are no evacuations in effect.  123 personnel are assigned along with 2 crews, 13 engines and 3 helos. CTD is $383,000..

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2017 – 0740 Hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 15 2017

Post  Summary | There has been a lot of wildfires in the NW area and we will try to glean all incident information as best as we can.  This is the update for Monday, August 14, 2017.

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EAST SADDLE MTN FIRE ** New! **

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge – 10 miles W of Othello, Washington

This wildfire started on the afternoon of August 12th from presumably lightning but is currently is an unconfirmed fire.

The fire was burning from the top of the mountain running downhill in various spots.

Currently, the fire has scorched about 17,000 acres of brush and grass.  Fire behavior is moderate with a 41% containment status.  There are 160 personnel (with State Mobe resources on-scene) with 1 crew, 39 engines, 2 helicopters. 2 structures have been destroyed. CTD is $186,000..

JOLLY MTN FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF – 13 miles NW of Cle Elum, Washington

The Jolly Mountain Fire is made up of five wildfires burning in a remote part of the forest about 5 miles NE at the North end of Lake Cle Elum.  About 334 acres of timber has been burned.  Fire behavior is minimal. There is a 0% containment status on these wildfires.  Firefighters having a difficulty accessing these fires and currently there is no resources on them.  About 61 personnel are assigned with 1 crew.  Cause of these wildfires are lightning which started on August 11, 2017. CTD is $500,000..

NOISY CREEK FIRE

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

The Noisy Creek Fire behavior has been reduced from active to moderate with backing, creeping and smoldering. It is burning on the East side of Sullivan Lake. It was reported on July 15, 2017. The cause of this wildfire is lightning.  So far, 4,000 acres have been damaged and there is 58% containment status at this time. 254 personnel are assigned with 5 crews, 7 engines and 3 helos.  CTD is $4.5 Million..

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – 25 miles N of Winthrop, Washington

The Diamond Creek Fire behavior is active with torching, short-crown runs and short-range spotting.  The fire has destroyed 938 acres that is located in the Pasayten Wilderness and about 5.5 miles South of the Canadian border..

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Colville Agency – BIA – 11 miles NE of Keller

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday, August 10, 2017.  This fire is active, backing, creeping and torching. There have been 1118 acres burned but has a 13% containment status.  There are 313 personnel, 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helicopter. CTD is $1.4 Million..

HEAD WATER FIRE

25 miles West of Goldendale, Washington

The wildfire located in Goldendale started on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from an unconfirmed reports of lightning.  Over 125 acres of timber burned.  Fire behavior is said to be moderate with structures being threatened. 63 personnel are assigned along with 2 crews and 5 engines. CTD is $241,000..

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/14/2017 – 2130 Hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 13 2017

Post  Summary | Thank you for reading our post.  Here are updates on previously reported and new fires from overnight. We have missed a few new ones but we’ll get them on our compiled list on Monday. Wishing all of you safe journeys wherever they may take you and remember to be safe out there with fire. Those on the fire line, thank you for what you are doing out there to save lives and property.

Here is our compiled list for Washington wildfires for Sunday, August 13, 2017.

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EAST SADDLE MTN FIRE ** New! **

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge – 10 miles W of Othello, Washington

The East Saddle Mtn Fire started in the late afternoon on Saturday, August 12, 2017, just outside of Royal City.  We had the opportunity to visit the area about 2 hours after the fire started and with front-row seats to the unfolding fire starting at the top of the hillside running and spotting down below. We will be doing an in-depth coverage of this fire in a separate post with photos, etc.  According to sources, the ICP moved to Othello in Adams County. Overnight, the fire has destroyed over 10,000 acres and had a zero containment status. State mobe was approved late last night where mutual aid was seen from Grant County Fire District 5 and other surrounding districts, fire departments pouring into the area.  Prior to State Mobe approval/resources inbound, there were 19 personnel , 4 Engines, 1 helicopter and a VLAT dropping water and retardant.

JOLLY MTN FIRE ** New! **

The Jolly Mountain Fire is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, about 13 miles NW of Cle Elum, Washington.  We passed the ICP where it was located at one of the town’s schools.  They were not putting firefighters into the field due to being too dangerous for them, so it has been a wait-and-see for these Fire folks.  According to sources, fire fuels include timber.  Active fire behavior, torching and spotting is occurring. 600 acres and growing. There is a 0% containment status. 25 personnel are assigned with one crew. $500,000 CTD so far.

NOISY CREEK FIRE

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

The Noisy Creek Fire’s behavior is still being reported as active with backing, flanking, group torching.  Structures are still are under threat. About 3,870 acres have been scorched but there has been a 41% containment status reached. 308 personnel with 6 crews, 10 engines and 3 helicopters are on-scene.  CTD is $3.9 Million.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – 25 miles N of Winthrop, Washington

The Diamond Creek wildfire’s fire behavior on this Saturday is extremely active with uphill runs and long-range spotting.  23,650 acres have been destroyed and fire crews have successfully a 5% containment around the fire.  149 personnel are assigned along with 3 crews, 5 engines and 4 helicopters. CTD is $2.9 Million.

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Colville Agency – BIA – 11 miles NE of Keller

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday which has burned up to 1,000 acres and with a 0% containment status.  There are 153 personnel attached to this incident with 2 crews, 2 engines and 1 helo.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, short-range spotting and torching.  CTD is $850,000.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/13/2017 2200 Hours PDT