NW Wildfires Growing and Growing | August 24, 2016


wildfires 2016

Wow…. these wildfires are growing by the minute and, because once again where there are so many – we are finding ourselves having a difficult time keeping up.  Some will be individually reported as time permits, whereas, others may be grouped together.

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Photo credit: Joanie Schmidgall (Blue Top Fire)

Today, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) released a report that approximately 89% of all of their wildfires this year have been from arson.  That seems to be hitting a lot of States, including Washington (and our nearby neighbor, California).

Blue Top Fire

The fire started on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Initial attack crews responded to a 2 acre fire located in the vicinity of Blue Pool and Tamolitch Falls, a popular recreation area along the McKenzie River Trail (#3507).  The fire is currently being investigated to see if it is human-caused.

63 personnel.  58 acres. 80% contained.  It is currently minimal, creeping, smoldering and isolated torching.

Cherry Road Fire

This fire is located in East of Owyhee Reservoir, Oregon. BLM lands.The fire threatened the Lake Owyhee State Park, Greater Sage Grouse habitat and wild horse management areas; the Wild Horse Basin Wilderness Study Area, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and several grazing allotments.

32,100 acres. 85% contained. 252 personnel.  4 crews, 29 engines. 2 copters. 0 structures lost.  $1 Million.

Rail Fire

This wildfire is burning on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and being managed by a IMT 2 Team with IC (Sheldon). It is located about 5 miles West of Unity, Oregon and burning in timber.  The fire behavior is being reported as smoldering with group torching, single torching and wind-driven runs.  Numerous structures are still being threatened. Numerous structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in effect.

32,530 acres. 45% contained. 867 personnel. 24 Crews, 42 Engines, 7 Dozers, 25 Water tenders, 4 Masticators, 5 Skidders/Skidgins   Aircraft: 4 Type 1 heavy helicopters, 1 Type 2 medium helicopter, 2 Type 3 light helicopter. 0 structures lost. $19.3 Million.  Forest Service lands.

2500 Road Fire

This wildfire is burning in the Toledo Unit of the Oregon DOF’s territory, about 3 miles NE of Depoe Bay, Oregon in heavy and medium logging slash.  . The fire behavior is active with creeping and smoldering.

200 acres. 0% contained. 276 personnel.  16 crews. 16 engines. 2 copters. 0 structures lost. $175,000.00.  State lands.

Withers Fire (Last report)

This fire was burning in the territory of the Lakeview District of the  BLM, about 1 mile North of Paisley, Oregon.  It was burning brush and short grass.  At one time, multiple homes were threatened with road closures in effect.

3,424 acres. 100% contained.


Hand crew extinguishing fire within 300' radius of residence

Hand crew doing Mop-up operations around structures on the Hart Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Washington State DNR has stated that humans have started over 80 fires so far.  Remember, you can do your part by making sure campfires are completely out and no outdoor fires due to dry conditions.  #OneLessSpark

Buck Creek Fire

Located Upper Chiwawa River in Leavenworth, Washington. This wildfire was ignited by lightning.  It currently has 85 personnel and has burned 1,987 acres of timber.  There is no known containment status but the fire is said to be creeping.

Cayuse Mtn Fire

This wildfire is burning inside the Spokane Agency/BIA lands.  It is being managed by a IMT 2 (Goff). It is located 8 miles SW of Wellpinit, Washington and burning in timber and tall grass.  The fire behavior is moderate with single tree torching and backing.  Numerous structures are still under threat.  Evacuations, road and trail closures are in effect.

18,000 acres. 30% contained. 0 personnel/resources. 13 structures lost. $1 Million. BIA land.

Hart Fire

The Hart Fire is burning in the NE Region managed by Washington’s DNR.  It is being managed by a IMT 2 team.  It is located 35 miles NW of Spokane and 13 miles North of Davenport and South of the Spokane River in Washington State.  It is burning in timber and short grass.  The fire behavior is moderate with single tree torching, creeping and backing.

Additional crews and engines arrived yesterday evening. The primary focus will be on strengthening  fire line in the northwest portion of the fire and extinguishing all fires within 300 feet of structures.

The entire fire area is under a Level II evacuation. Road closures are in place at the junction of Highway 25 and Hart Road and at Porcupine Hill Road.

4200 acres. 20% contained. 206 personnel.  3 crews. 29 engines. 3 helicopters.  15 structures lost. $250,000.00.  State lands.

Spokane Complex (2 fires)

The Spokane Complex consists of two fires: the Wellesley Fire and the Yale Road Fire. The Wellesley Fire is located North of I 90 on the eastern edge of Spokane. The Yale Road Fire is located South of Spokane and I-90, and SW of the small community of Valleyford.  Both fires started on the afternoon of Sunday, August 21, 2016 as a dry cold front moved through the area with strong gusty winds.

6,132 acres. 0% contained.  581 personnel.  10 crews.  69 engines.  5 helicopters. 17 structures lost.  $450,000.00 Cost-to-date.

Pickens North Fire

DNR fire crews were originally dispatched to a car fire that extended into nearby grass and brush in East of Ellisford near the intersection of Pickens Valley Road and Round-up Road in Okanogan County, Washington.  At 2033 hours, it was reported by DNR at 250 acres. Resources include an unknown number of dozers, hand crews and engines on the fire ground

Tule #6 Fire

This fire is burning in the (BIA) Yakama Agency’s territory located ,about 7 miles South of Toppenish, Washington.  It is said to be burning in timber, brush and tall grass and has a minimal fire behavior.  Fire is threatening structures.

6,200 acres. 80% contained.  173 personnel.  5 crews. 20 engines. $195,000.00.  BIA lands.

Kahlotus Fire

The Washington State Fire Marshall’s Office is managing this wildfire that is located about 1 mile SE of Kahlotus, Washington that is burning in brush and short grass.  It’s fire behavior is wind-driven and spotting threatening multiple structures in its path Road closures in effect. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping

5942 acres. 80% contained.  78 personnel.  2 crews. 10 engines.  4 structures lost.  $500,000.00.  State Lands. Some media outlets are reporting this is was 100% contained this morning.

Olympic National Park (Unofficial Complex)

There are currently 4 fires burning inside the Park.  We are classifying them as a Complex due to multiple fires are burning at the same time

Fire Name: Godkin
Initial Report: 7.25.2016
Approximate Acreage: 515 acres
Location: 25 miles south of Port Angeles along the Elwha River
Elevation: 3500’

Fire Name: Hayes
Initial Report: 7.26.2016
Approximate Acreage: 1617 acres
Location: 20 miles south of Port Angeles on a ridgeline between the Lost River and Hayes River
Elevation: 5000’

Fire Name: Cox Valley
Initial Report: 7.28.2016
Approximate Acreage: 56 acres
Location: Approximately 12 miles south of Port Angeles, near PJ Lake north of Obstruction Point Ridge
Elevation: 4200’

Fire Name: Ignar Creek
Initial Report: 7.29.2016
Approximate Acreage: Approximately 3/4th Acre
Location: Approximately 22 miles northeast of Lake Quinault
Elevation: 2400’


Health and Well

Wildfires, we know can very dangerous to our safety if we come in contact with a wildfire burning in near or around our towns or even having the winds carrying the smoke impacting our breathing.

Learn how to protect your Health and Wellness with this great website from the Washington State Public of Health –> http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/AirQuality/SmokeFromFires/WildfireSmoke


Learn about Wildfires and Insurance and how it all works.  Here’s a great link to check out —> https://twitter.com/QW_ShantaeYoung/status/766321629836091394?lang=en

FEMA Region 10

Fire grants have been approved for the Yale Fire and the Wellesley Fire located in Eastern Washington.  Learn more here —> http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/08/22/fema-provides-federal-funds-help-fight-wellesley-fire

American Red Cross

Learn how the Red Cross is helping those affected by Wildfires in the Northwest by checking out their website here –> http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/wildfire#/About .

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