WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 15 2017

Post  Summary | There has been a lot of wildfires in the NW area and we will try to glean all incident information as best as we can.  This is the update for Monday, August 14, 2017.

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EAST SADDLE MTN FIRE ** New! **

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge – 10 miles W of Othello, Washington

This wildfire started on the afternoon of August 12th from presumably lightning but is currently is an unconfirmed fire.

The fire was burning from the top of the mountain running downhill in various spots.

Currently, the fire has scorched about 17,000 acres of brush and grass.  Fire behavior is moderate with a 41% containment status.  There are 160 personnel (with State Mobe resources on-scene) with 1 crew, 39 engines, 2 helicopters. 2 structures have been destroyed. CTD is $186,000..

JOLLY MTN FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF – 13 miles NW of Cle Elum, Washington

The Jolly Mountain Fire is made up of five wildfires burning in a remote part of the forest about 5 miles NE at the North end of Lake Cle Elum.  About 334 acres of timber has been burned.  Fire behavior is minimal. There is a 0% containment status on these wildfires.  Firefighters having a difficulty accessing these fires and currently there is no resources on them.  About 61 personnel are assigned with 1 crew.  Cause of these wildfires are lightning which started on August 11, 2017. CTD is $500,000..

NOISY CREEK FIRE

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

The Noisy Creek Fire behavior has been reduced from active to moderate with backing, creeping and smoldering. It is burning on the East side of Sullivan Lake. It was reported on July 15, 2017. The cause of this wildfire is lightning.  So far, 4,000 acres have been damaged and there is 58% containment status at this time. 254 personnel are assigned with 5 crews, 7 engines and 3 helos.  CTD is $4.5 Million..

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – 25 miles N of Winthrop, Washington

The Diamond Creek Fire behavior is active with torching, short-crown runs and short-range spotting.  The fire has destroyed 938 acres that is located in the Pasayten Wilderness and about 5.5 miles South of the Canadian border..

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Colville Agency – BIA – 11 miles NE of Keller

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday, August 10, 2017.  This fire is active, backing, creeping and torching. There have been 1118 acres burned but has a 13% containment status.  There are 313 personnel, 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helicopter. CTD is $1.4 Million..

HEAD WATER FIRE

25 miles West of Goldendale, Washington

The wildfire located in Goldendale started on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from an unconfirmed reports of lightning.  Over 125 acres of timber burned.  Fire behavior is said to be moderate with structures being threatened. 63 personnel are assigned along with 2 crews and 5 engines. CTD is $241,000..

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/14/2017 – 2130 Hours PDT