Active Wildfires | NW Region | July 30 2017

NORTHWEST WILDFIRES | We are listing the current active wildfires gleaned from various sources and compiled into a single post for Sunday, July 30, 2017.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. ” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.


Fire Fact:

Nationally speaking, there were 152 new wildfires (Light IAA) with 4 of those being large incidents; 7 contained and 32 uncontained.

Bissell Fire. Northeast Region, Washington DNR. Eight miles north of Hunters. Timber, brush and tall grass. | 377 acres. 100% contained. 132 personnel. 3 crews + 15 engines. $638,000 CTD. #BissellFire

Diamond Creek Fire.  (NF Fire not included in NICC #s).  18 air miles from Mazama and at the intersection of Diamond Creek and Lost River in the Paysaten Wilderness of the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.  Started 7/22/2017. Cause is suspected as human intervention. | Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and long-range spotting. Structures threatened. Trail closures in effect. | 4,285 acres. 0% contained. 88 personnel. 1 crew + 3 helicopters. $300,000  CTD. #DiamondCreekFire

Fire Fact:  

There were 8 new wildfires for 5 acres reported today in Washington State alone.

Noisy Creek Fire.  3 miles E of Sullivan Lake. Pend Orielle County.  Colville NF. Moderate fire behavior with lateral movement. Lightning caused. Start 7/15/2017 @ 0800 hours PDT. | 905 acres. 4% contained. #NoisyCreekFire

North Mill Fire.  13 miles NE of Colville. Colville NF. USFS + DNR. Slash and smoldering stumps. Started 7/26/2017 @

A feller-buncher is a casualty of this wildfire (North Mill Fire). (Courtesy: Inciweb)

1530 hours. | 40 acres. 50% contained. 150 personnel. #NorthMillFire

Fire Fact:  

There are 2 NIMOs, 6 Type 1 and 11 Type 2 IMTs committed nationally.

Paterson Slough.   Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex, FWS.  4 miles East of Paterson.  Tall grass. | 886 acres. 100% contained. 5 personnel. 1 engine. $100,000 CTD. # PatersonSloughFire

New! Ward Fire. Ward Lake. Ferry County. (NE WA)Grass, brush and duff. 0244 dispatch time. 0730 resources on-scene:  Div2, H141, 60. 1126 IC E21 on-scene. | 0.1 acre. Unknown containment status. #WardFire


Fire Weather:

 Warm and dry conditions, as well as lightning in the SE portion of the State were reported with little precip.

Blanket Creek Fire.   Rouge River-Siskiyou NF. IMT 2. 9 miles NE of Prospect. Timber.
Moderate fire behavior with short crown runs, flanking and group torching. Road, trail and area closures in effect. | 3,269 acres. 3% contained. 350 personnel. 14 crews, 4 engines. $700,000 CTD. #BlanketCreekFire

View of white smoke column rising through hazy sky into blue sky above.  The actual point of origin is hidden by hazy hills.  Grassy fields in foreground.

A smoke column rises on the Blanket Fire. (Photo Credit: NW IMT 13)

Chetco Bar Fire.  Rogue River-Siskiyou NF. NIMO. 16 miles East of Selma, OR. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single-tree torching. Road and trail closures in effect.  |  2,181 acres. 0% contained. 131 personnel. 4 crews + 4 helicopters. $791,000 CTD. #ChetcoBarFire

Crane Fire.  Lake Unit, Oregon DOF. 4 miles SE of Lakeview. Timber. | 602 acres. 90% contained.  138 personnel. 4 crews, 11 engines + 2 helicopters. $988,000 CTD. #CraneFire

New! Dry Creek Buttes Fire.   Vale District, BLM. 22 miles SW of Adrian. Brush and tall grass.  Active fire behavior. Sage-grouse habitat threatened. | 3,000 acres. 20% contained. 135 personnel. 4 crews + 17 engines. $250,000 CTD. #DryCreekButtesFire

Fire Fact:  

24 new wildfires were reported with a total of 122 acres in the State of Oregon.

Emerson Fire.   Ochoco NF. 4 miles NE of Madras. Brush and tall grass.   1 structure destroyed. | 10,527 acres. 70% contained. 92 personnel. 2 crews + 9 engines.  $650,000 CTD. #EmersonFire

Haystack Rock Fire.  Vale District, BLM. 11 miles SW of Adrian. Brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage-grouse habitat threatened. | 512 acres (reduced due to more accurate mapping). 10% contained. 13 personnel. 4 engines. $250,000 CTD. #HaystackRockFire

Firefighter engaged in suppression efforts on Whitewater Fire

Fire suppression efforts at work on the Whitewater Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Indian Creek Fire.  West side of Eagle Creek Trail.  Between Tunnel Falls and 7.5 mile camp Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness within the Hood River Ranger District of Mt. Hood NF. Started 7/4/2017.   Moderate fire behavior with smoldering and creeping.  | 74 acres. 0% contained. 66 personnel. 1 crew. 2 helos. $700,000 CTD. #IndianCreekFire

Fire Fact:  

In the NW region, there was 1 new large wildfire and 3 contained.

New! Oxbow Fire. Vale District, BLM. 12 miles SW of Adrian. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage-grouse habitat threatened. | 1,454 acres. 80% contained. 54 personnel. 14 engines. $250,000 CTD. #OxbowFire

Upper Mine Fire.  Burns District, BLM.  8 miles South of Fields. Brush and grass.  3 structures destroyed.Minimal fire behavior. Structures and sage-grouse habitat threatened. | 4,135 acres. 95% contained. 74 personnel. 1 crew, 11 engines & 1 helicopter. $1.2 Million CTD.  #UpperMineFire

Flames visible on the Upper Mine Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Whitewater Fire.  Willamette NF. IMT 2. Started on BLM land 10 miles east of Idanha. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in effect. | 99 acres. 60% contained. 127 personnel. 3 crews + 4 helos. $1 Million CTD. #WhitewaterFire


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