More Expected Storms = More Fires | Friday, August 5, 2016

Thank you for joining us on our newest post for Friday, August 5, 2016, where we report on everything Wildfires in the NW and Beyond.

Weather for the Northwest area is expected lightning and adverse weather conditions in the Eastern and Western parts of Washington and into the State of Oregon.

Smoke rises over the fire as a result of strategic firing operations.

Burnout operations on the Bybee Creek Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

ACTIVE FIRES

NEW | 10 Fire Starts – Central Oregon to SE/E of Bend, Oregon – Started 8/5/2016 by lightning strikes.  Dispatchers from the CO Interagency Dispatch Division are monitoring fire activity. ~

Blue Top Fire – Blue Pool Tamolitch Falls Rec area, Oregon – Burning along the McKenzie Rivers Trail along drainage with sheer cliffs, steep rock terrain.  50 acres. 59% contained. Start 7/27/2016 from an unknown cause (is under investigation). Type 3 IMT.  Resources include:  (2) Type 2 hand crews. (2) Type 1 hand crews. (2) engines. (1) dozer. (3) water tenders. (1) Type 3 helicopters. 143 personnel. ~

Bybee Creek – 18 miles NE of Prospect / Crater Lake National Park – 720 acres. 13% contained. Timber.  872 acres.  12% contained.  377 personnel.  9 crews.  12 engines. 8 copters. $2.5M CTD.  National Park Service. Active fire behavior with creeping, torching, spotting.  PNW2 assumed command at 0600 on 8/4/2016.  ~

Foothills Fire – Douglas County, West of Beebe Bridge.  On river side of Orondo, Washington.  500 acres. 0% contained. Fire mob requested. 3 alarm brush fire. 1 brush truck and 1 tender from Cashmere FD requested and was en route.  Level 1/2 evacuations of Browns Canyon in effect. Fire reported @ 1501 PDT that smoke could be seen from Pepper Canyon. Fire crews were dispatched to Brush fire on Rd Q NW in Waterville in Douglas County. ~

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

Kewa Fire – Ferry County / Colville Indian Reservation, Colville, Washington – Start 8/2/2016. Colville Agency, BIA. IMT 2 (Goff). Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Evacuations, area restriction, road and area closures in effect.  375 personnel.  1,859 acres. 25% contained. 324 personnel.  10 crews.  15 engines.  5 structures lost.  $871,000 CTD. BIA ~

NEW | Neal Creek Fire – Neal Creek, Oregon.  15.5 acres. 75 contained. ~

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. ~

Rail Fire- 10 miles SW of Unity, Oregon – Wallowa – Wallowa NF. IMT2. Burning National Forest system with some spotting on private lands. Start 7/31/2016 from unknown cause.  6,549 acres. 5% contained. 621 personnel.  18 crews. 27 engines. 6 copters. $1.6M CTD.  Break in weather allowed fire crews to make good progress.  ~ Call-in Public Information Conference to be held on Friday, August 6, 2016 @ 1700 hours (5pm).  Call this phone #1-888-844-9904 and use access code #2651088#.  Questions will be answered by email to RAILWILDFIRE@gmail.com after the conference is over. ~

Range 12 Fire – Near Sunnyside, Washington – 176,600 acres.  95% contained. 71 total personnel 8 Engines, 1 Camp Crew.  $1.6M  BLM lands. ~

Snake River Fire – Near Colton and 12 miles South of Pullman in Whitman County, Washington.  Brush and tall grass.  11,000 acres.  30% contained.  343 personnel.  4 crews.  77 engines.  1 structure lost.  $800,000 CTD.  State lands. ~

NEW | South Ward Gap Fire – 1 Mile South of Prosser, Washington – Brush and tall grass.  5,000 acres.  95% contained.  28 personnel.  2 structures lost. $350,000 CTD. 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.  1 house destroyed. 100% contained. 30 personnel.  Fire resources still on-scene.  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, Near Meacham, Oregon. Near I84 Milepost 228 @ Emigrant Hill. Timber and brush. 688 acres. 80% contained. 207 personnel. 6 crews. 13 engines.  2 structures lost.$1.3M CTD.  State Lands.  IMT3 transitioning to smaller IMT4 on Friday.  Mop-up and rehabbing of dozer lines in progress..  ~

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