NW Wildfires Continue to Burn | Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

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Several new wildfires have popped up while others have been put out.  Here is the newest update on all fires in the Northwest, while all other wildfires for the rest of the United States has been compiled into a separate post.

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ACTIVE FIRES

Antilon Lake – 10 miles NW of Chelan, Washington –  Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Road and area closures have been lifted. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping. 315 acres. 90% contained.  70 personnel.  2 crews.  5 engines.  $600,000 CTD. State lands.

Black Rock Road – Washington – 16,025 acres. 100% contained. 219 personnel. 1 crew. 45 engines. 5 structures lost. $620,000 CTD.

Blue Top Fire – Blue Pool Tamolitch Falls Rec area, Oregon – Burning along the McKenzie Rivers Trail along drainage with sheer cliffs, steep rock terrain.  Fire started on 7/27/2016.  29 acres. 7% contained.  Fire is creeping with incidental spotting.  Southern Cascade Type 3 IMT. 115 personnel.

Bybee Creek – 18 miles NE of Prospect / Crater Lake National Park – 720 acres. 13% contained. Timber. Active fire behavior with isolated torching, uphill runs and short-range spotting. Road and trail closures in effect. 289 personnel.  8 crews. 6 engines.  5 copters. $1.6M CTD.

Kewa Fire – Ferry County / Colville Nation, Washington – Start 8/2/2016. Colville Agency, BIA. IMT 2 (Goff). Thirty-one miles southwest of Colville, WA. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with torching, spotting and wind-driven runs. Structures threatened. Area restriction and road closure in effect. 2,500 acres. 0% contained. 67 personnel.  2 crews. 5 engines. 4 structures lost.  $100,000 CTD. BIA lands. The Incident Command Post will be set up at the Inchelium Community Center, Hornet Lane #9, Inchelium, WA.

Halfway Fire – 25 miles west of Naches, Washington – 75 acres.  40% contained. 240 personnel.

North Touchet Fire – 25 miles NE of Walla Walla, Washington –  Minimal fire behavior.  536 acres.  85% contained.  156 personnel.  3 crews.  30 engines. $545,000 CTD.  State lands.

Paulina Fire – 7 miles NE of Lapine, Oregon – Deschutes NF.  Near Forest  Service Rd 9735.  Start 8/2/2016 @ 1537 hours. Unknown cause.  50 acres. 10% contained. Level 1 Evacuations at campgrounds @ Paulina Lake, McKay Crossing, Ogden Group and Prairie.

Rail Fire- 10 miles SW of Unity, Oregon – Wallowa – Wallowa NF. IMT2. 4,500 acres. 0% contained. 293 personnel.  7 crews. 15 engines. 1 copter.  $231,000 CTD.

Range 12 Fire – Near Sunnyside, Washington – 176,600 acres.

Range 12 Fire

Range 12 Fire (Credit: BLM Fire crews)

Firefighters were able to put in place a fire line around the 117-mile fire perimeter.  419 personnel 1- type 1 hand crew, 7 type-2 handcrews, 2 camp crews, 2 helicopters, 34 engines and 4 dozers.  Resources determined as excess to the suppression efforts will be released to return home or made available for reassignment to other fires.

Snake River Fire – Near Colton and 12 miles South of Pullman in Whitman County, Washington.  Brush and tall grass. Active fire behavior with wind-driven and uphill runs. Evacuations and road closures in effect. 11,000 acres. 0% contained. 26 personnel.  10 engines. $100,000 CTD.

South Ward Gap Fire – WA Fire Marshal’s Office/Near Prosser, Washington. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with spotting. Numerous residences threatened. 5,000 acres.  40% contained.  161 personnel.  2 crews.  35 engines.  2 structures lost.  $250,000. State lands.

SR 17 Fire / Road 10 Fire – SR 17 NB @ Milepost 60, Between Moses Lake and Ephrata, Washington – Started 8/2/2016 @ 1500 hours. 7 miles North of Moses Lake. Burning in heavy sage and grass.  3,280 acres 95% containment.  approximately 100 structures were initially threatened. A level 3 evacuation order was issued for residents around the fire but has since been lifted.  Incident Cooperators:  Grant County Fire Districts 5 and 15, Grant Co PUD, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol Fire Marshall’s Office, US Bureau of Reclamation and Grant County Port Authority.

Weigh Station Fire – 13 miles SE of Pendleton, Oregon.  Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened. Area closures in effect.  688 acres. 35% contained. 329 personnel.  12 crews. 23 engines.  2 structures lost.  $908,000 CTD.

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