Wildfires Explode in the Dry Pacific NW | Monday, August 1, 2016

We all knew this day was coming and were expecting it to be really bad again year as weather forecasters predicted.  We are talking Wildfires Exploding in the great Pacific Northwest touching many lives, homes, businesses, livelihoods and hearts everywhere.

Over the weekend there were seven (7) fires burning in Washington and Oregon alone.  Today, there are more popping up everywhere.  Here is a recap of the current fires burning in both States.

Due to time constraints, we have left off a few from our list and will be adding those on Wednesday.

OREGON

#BybeeCreekFire – West of Crater Lake Rim Drive, Oregon.

The Bybee Creek Fire started on 7/28/2016 from an unknown cause that is currently under investigation.  The fire has consumed up to 425 acres and has a 10% containment status.

The fire has been spotted at the West Rim Drive area.  Closures include on West Rim Drive from Discovery Point to North Junction are closed.

Fire crews will be working fire on the East side up the Pacific Crest Trail; South on Lightning Springs Trail and West of Crater Lake Rim Drive.

There are 280 personnel assigned to this incident, along with nine (9) hand crews, five (5) water tenders, six (6) engines, five (5) helos and two (2) Fixed Wing aircraft.

The temps have been in the 70’s with a 19% humidity.  Fire restrictions are at a Stage 1.  Visitors are not at risk and the Park is still open.

#RailFire – 10 miles SW of Unity, Oregon.

The Rail Fire has consumed 1,000 acres of lodge pole pine but has reached a 50% containment status. This fire started on 7/31/2016, is said to be two (2) miles long and one-half (1/2) mile wide.  It is burning timber and logging slash. Fire behavior is extreme with crowning and group torching.

There are four (4) engines, two (2) crews, one (1) bulldozer assigned to this fire, with a total of 100 personnel.  An Air Attack has been ordered for Tuesday, August 2nd.

#WeighStationFire – near Meachem, Oregon.

The Weigh Station Fire is about 688 acres with a 25% containment status, thanks to a very productive day today.  However, evening winds did pick up but lines held. There has been little fire activity, enabling fire crews to mop up to 300-feet from the control lines.

306 Personnel are assigned.   I-84 is reportedly open.

Weigh Station Fire (Credit: Erik Jacobs)

Weigh Station Fire (Credit: Erik Jacobs)

#WhitneyFire – 11 miles NW of Unity, Oregon.

This wildfire is very active, burning in grass and timber with torching and spotting.  As of this morning’s press release, the fire had only burned 10 acres and a 0% containment status.  The cause is unknown.

Firefighters are continuing to  improve lines and constructing fire lines.

WASHINGTON STATE

#AntilonLakeFire – Burning near Manson, Washington.

The Antilon Lake Fire is said to be burning near Manson, Washington that has consumed up to 540 acres.  It has reached a 65% containment status, despite flare-ups this afternoon.  It was started by equipment failure on Friday, July 29th.  There is still an ongoing investigation into the cause.

Fire personnel include those from the U.S. Forest Service, WA Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) and Chelan County Fire District #7.  Additional resources include 150 personnel, two (2) helicopters, 10 engines, two (2) tenders, along with a Fire Boss Scooper that dipped out of nearby Lake Chelan.  Two (2) Type-2 Helicopters were also assigned to assist ground fire resources.

#HalfWayFire – Burning along Hwy 410, near Boulder Cave Rec area / 25 miles West of Yakima  (Yakima County), Washington.

This 99-acre fire is burning mostly in heavy stands of timber along the Naches River, about 25 miles West of Yakima.  On Sunday, July 31, 2016, Halfway Flat and Sawmill Campground were evacuated.  As a precaution, Camp Roganuda Christian Camp/Retreat and Conference, along with 25 homes in the Stillwater/Crag summer homes were also evacuated.

The fire behavior is very active.  Structures are still being threatened. Evacuations are still in effect.

Resources include: 70 Interagency USFS personnel, along with DNR, rural county Fire Districts with the assistance of two (2) – 20-person crews, three (3) engines, one (1) overhead team and Airtankers and Helicopters as needed

No structures or injuries have been reported.

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Updated 2357 Hours PDT 8/1/2016