Fires Continue to Burn in the NW | Sep 4, 2016

Fires continue to burn in the Northwest, which we have included for Washington State, Oregon and Idaho.  Some have been burning since July while others are coming online or have been previously reported.

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Cayuse mtn IA 8/21/16

Cayuse Mountain Fire

The Cayuse Mountain Fire is located eight miles West of Wellpinit, Washington State.  The fire has minimal fire behavior.  It is burning in timber and tall grass on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  The fire has devoured 18,116 acres but crews have successfully reached a 95% containment status.  Unfortunately, there were 23 structures altogether destroyed.  There are 100 remaining personnel  along with 1 crew, 11 engines and 1 helicopter.  Cost-to-Date:  $3.4 Million.


K-Max heavy helicopter returning to base with water bucket from the Rail Fire.


The Rail Fire is located five miles West of Unity, Oregon that was ignited by an unknown cause on July 31st.  It is currently burning in a portion of the burn scar of the 2002 Monument Fire.  The fire behavior is moderate with backing, creeping and smoldering. Approximately 41,681 acres have been burned.  Fire crews have successfully reached an 80% containment status.  There are currently 804 personnel with the aid of 804 personnel, 22 crews, 19 engines and 7 helicopters. One building has been destroyed.  The Cost-to-date is $30.6 Million.



Both are being managed by the same Fire Managers.

Aug 31. Balck Fire (6pm)

Black Fire on Aug 31 2016.


The Black Fire started on August 19th by lightning about 12 miles NW of Swan Valley, Idaho.  The fire has an unknown containment status. There has been 522 acres destroyed by this wildfire. There are 2 engines and a helitack. Crews are continuing to improve containment lines.

Carrot Fire Burning in Jedediah Smith Wilderness


The Carrot Fire was also started by lightning was detected on August 13, 2016, burning on the the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and SE of Coyote Meadows Trailhead in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness, as well as 11 miles NE of Tetonia, Idaho.  The wildfire has consumed 463 acres of grass, brush and mixed conifer.  463 acres. No word on containment status.

Aerial view of large plume of smoke coming from vegetation burning on slope


The lightning-caused fire is located 6 miles SW of Elba, Idaho in the Sawtooth National Forest.  It ignited on September 1, 2016 @ 2015 hours.  Fire fuels include grass, sage and mixed conifer.  The fire has consumed 1,747 acres but firefighters have successfully gained 25% containment status.  There are 240 personnel assigned alongside resources of 4 crews, 6 engines and 3 helicopters. There no reported structures lost or damaged. Cost-to-date: $300,000.

Hotshot crew buggies are seen parking along the road in Division B.


The Tie Fire is located 10 miles SW of Victor, Idaho and ignited by an undetermined cause on August 2nd @ 1915 hours.  There are 292 personnel attached to this incident alongside 10 crews, 11 engines and 5 helicopters.   The fire has scorched 1,031 acres and has an 86% containment status.   Fire fuels include: timber, brush and grass understory. Cost-to-date: $4.7 Million.


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