NORTHWEST WILDFIRES [OR, WA] – SitReps for Sunday, July 12, 2015

NORTHWEST FIRE SUMMARY for Sunday, July 12, 2015

  • 1 new fire
  • 1 contained fire
  • 12 uncontained fires [Oregon 5, Washington 7]
  • 29 new fires for 5 acres in OR
  • 6 new fires for 1301 acres in WA
  • 1 Type 1 IMT committed
  • 5 Type 2 IMT committed

–>  CURRENT FIRES <–

MOSES STOOL – 16 mi E of Wenatchee [WA] 

  • Start 7/10/15
  • Caused by lightning
  • Full suppression
  • 1300 acres
  • 40% contained
  • Moderate ROS
  • Wind driven
  • Sage-grouse habitat burning
  • ICT3

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NEWBY LAKE FIRE – 23 mi NW of Oroville [WA]

Canadian Recon Flight July 4, 2015

“Canadian Recon Flight on July 3” [#FireImage via Inciweb]

  • Start 7/2/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 5065 acres
  • 15% contained
  • Moderate ROS
  • Some rain received
  • Fire started in Canada, crossing US border
  • Located in Pasayten wilderness / Loomis State Forest
  • Lynx habitat / natural resources threatened
  • IMT 2, WA Team 2 [Rabe/Reidy]
  • IMT 1, PNW Team 3 [Lewis] to assume Command as of 7/13 0600

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MT ADAMS COMPLEX – 15 miles NNW of Trout Lake [WA]

  • Start 7/10/15
  • Confine / Full suppression
  • Lightning caused
  • Total 403 acres
  • 41% contained
  • Minimal ROS
  • Closures:  Area / trail closures in effect incl portion of Pacific Crest Trail
  • IMT2, WA Team 4 [Gales/Nickey]
  • Timber

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HORSESHOE FIRE

  • 340 acres
  • Confine / full suppression
  • 75% contained

Photo looking down at the base of large tree.  The area around the base of the tree is burned to ash.  The edge of the photo shows unburned tree limbs with flames.

Hotspot on Horseshoe Fire by Justin Ewer, USFS [#FireImage via Inciweb]

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RILEY FIRE

  • 340 acres
  • Full suppression
  • 0% contained

A ground perspective looking uphill of the Riley Trail, covered in ash and burnt logs.  Burned trees and snags are standing in the area.

Burned Riley Trail by Justin Ewer, USFS [#FireImage via Inciweb]

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CANYON FIRE

  • .01 acres
  • Full suppression
  • 50% contained

Photo taken from the edge a meadow, which houses the Mt Adams Complex spike camp.   A helicopter is seen delivering supplies, hovering above the meadow with sling loads on the ground. Yellow tents are seen in the distance, at the edge of the meadow.

Sling loads being delivered to Spike Camp

by Justin Ewer, USFS [#FireImage via Inciweb]

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7 LAKES FIRE

  • 0.1 acres
  • Full suppression
  • 95% contained

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WEST FORK – 10 miles SE of Dayville [OR]

Retardant drop on West Fork fire

“Retardant Drop” by Nick Stiner [#FireImage via Inciweb]

  • Started 6/29/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 770 acres
  • 15% containment
  • Minimal ROS due to rain received
  • Threats to natural resources and a Fire lookout
  • Currently being managed by IMT2, OR Team 2 (Fillis/Knerr) / also managing the Corner Creek Fire
  • Transitioning to a local unit at 0600 on Monday, 7/13/15

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CORNER CREEK FIRE – 11 miles S of Dayville [OR]

From a great vantage point, firefighter Carlos Ontiveros snaps a great photo of fire over the hill.

“Fire Over the Hill on July 3” by Carlos Ontiveros

[#FireImage via Inciweb]

  •  Started 6/29/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 29,407 acres
  • 75% contained
  • Full suppression
  • Minimal ROS
  • Rain received
  • Cultural sites, scenic waters, T&E species, private land, improvements and Sage-grouse habitat are under threat
  • Brush/Grass/Timber burning
  • IMT2, OR Team 2 (Fillis/Knerr)

One of many air tankers drops a load of retardant on the fire.

“Air Tanker Retardant Drop” by Jeff Priest [#FireImage via Inciweb]

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PARADISE FIRE – 13 miles NNE of Quinault [WA]

Hot and dry conditions led to a prolonged burning period on Friday July 3

“Fire on July 3”  [#FireImage via Inciweb]

  • Start 6/15
  • Confine
  • Lightning caused
  • 1590 acres
  • 21% contained
  • Minimal ROS
  • Timber burning
  • Wetting rains occurred over the fire
  • Firefighters working to “confine” fire N of Queets River / E of Bob Creek
  • Located in Olympic National Park
  • Crews continuing to limit forward spread to W & S.
  • NW NIMO (Hahnenberg) is currently managing fire
  • Transitioning to IMT3 team on Tuesday, 7/14/15


“Aerial View in Afternoon on June 23” – [#FireImage via Inciweb]

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DOUGLAS COUNTY COMPLEX – 23 miles E of Wenatchee [WA]

  • Start 7/10/15 at 1800 East of Waterville
  • Lightning caused – 5 sparks merged into 2 large fires
  • 19,700 acres
  • Extreme fire behavior due to wind-driven
  • Full suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  • 0% containment
  • Residences, crops, T&E species, and Sage-Grouse habitat threatened
  • Numerous homes evacuated. IMT2
  • OR Team 3 (Johnson/Keith) is mobilizing to the complex
  • Eric Riener, IC 3 Type 3 IMT ordered
  • Level 3 evacs:  30 residents on North Palisades Rd
  • Level 1 evacs:  Rock Island Grade
  • Evacuations being handled by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Red Cross Shelter at the Ephrata High School
  • 300 personnel on both fires [Jameson & Rimrock Fires]
  • 22,212 acres – total
  • 55% contained
  • Brush, grass and sage

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JAMESON LAKE FIRE – 17 miles NE of Waterville near Jameson Lake

  • Full Suppression
  • 7700 acres
  • 0% containment
  • 0 structures reported lost
  • No injuries reported

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RIMROCK FIRE – 10 miles SE of Waterville

Brush Truck from Thurston County Fire Protection District [Credit  / LR Swenson]

 

“Thurston Co Fire District’s Brush Truck 16-2” – #FireImage by LR Swenson

  • South of Douglas
  • 300 acres

Rimrock Fire, Tanker 131 0

“Tanker 131 Circling Back Around” – #FireImage by LR Swenson

[See our separate post on this fire for our firsthand visit to the incident on Saturday, 7/11/15]

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GENEVA 15 – 5 miles W of Culver [OR]

  • Start 7/10/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 880 acres
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • Full suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  • 10% containment
  • Burnout operations completed
  • No additional growth expected
  • IMT 4 in Command

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WOLVERINE FIRE – 5 miles S of Stehekin [WA]

Helispot built by rapellers on July 29.

“Wolverine HeliSpot” [#FireImage via Inciweb]

  •  Start 6/29/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 314 acres
  • 0% containment
  • Moderate fire behavior
  • Steep, rugged terrain
  • Homes, historic cabins and mine infrastructure threatened
  • Level 2 evacuations
  • IMT 3 in Command

“Removing Brush from Holden Rd” [#FireImage via Inciweb]

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SHEEP ROCK – 45 NW of Vale [OR]

  • Start 7/8/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 590 acres
  • Full Suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • Cabins and Sage-Grouse habitat threatened.
  • 80% containment
  • Mop-up ongoing
  • ICT 3 Team on incident

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10-MILE CANYON FIRE – 10 miles W of Antelope [OR]

  • Start 7/8/10
  • Unknown cause
  • Full Suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  •  6707 acres
  • ICT 4 IMT
  • ** 100 % contained **
  • Final report unless conditions change

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DENNIS CREEK – 15 miles E of Union [OR]

  • Start 7/1/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 157 acres
  • 10% contained
  • Confine/Full Suppression
  • Timber burning
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • Steep, remote ground in the Eagle Cap Wilderness
  • Using air resources to check Northward spread
  • Rain fell over the fire
  • ICT 4 Team on this incident

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*** CONTAINED FIRES ****

231 FIRE – 7 miles S of Springdale [WA]

Two members of the Washington Air National Guard with equipment and computers

“Air National Guard helps with Communications” [#FireImage via Inciweb] 

  • 400 personnel total for 231 Fire Little Spokane  Fire
  • Started 7/3/15 1500 hours
  • 231 Fire – 970 acres / Little Spokane Fire – 168 acres
  • Both fires 100% contained
  • Incident Cooperators:  Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Stevens County Fire District 1, Spokane Fire District 4, Spokane Fire District 9

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Though rain has fallen in parts of Washington State, it is still dry as ever.

Thank you for reading our post today and as always, we hope you have a Safe day.  Thank you to those who are out fighting these recognized wildfires in both Washington and Oregon.  We appreciate your tireless efforts, dedication and working hard during these hot, humid and in difficult conditions to save property and lives.

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