NW ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 19, 2017

 Post Summary |  Over 30 wildfires  are burning across the Northwest in WA and Oregon, while thousands are flocking to one state to view the eclipse.  Fire officials will continue to fight fires while those may be near these fire incident locations.

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Here is our recap for Saturday, August 19, 2017.  NOTE:  Not all wildfires are listed on this map.

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1. BEAR BUTTE FIRE

Bear Butte Fire 0600 briefing, Aug. 11 2017

It literally takes a village to fight wildfires just like this one on the Bear Butte. Photo taken on 8/11/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

20 miles NW of Baker City, OR.  Wallowa – Whitman NF. Started 8/4/2017.  USDA Forest Service Unknown cause. 499 acres. 98% contained.  3 crews, 5 engines, 2 helicopters. Crews are currently mopping up and gridding is in progress.

2. BELNAP FIRE

20 miles NE of Prineville, OR. USDA Forest Service.  Started 8/11/2017.  Lightning caused. Timber Brush. Lightning. 125 acres. 65% contained.  Threatened are 31 single-family residences (SFR), 33 mixed residential/commercial, 90 minor structures. 83 personnel, 3 crews, 3 engines. Minimal fire behavior. $209,000 cost-to-date.

3. BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Fire Management team discussing fire strategies. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

12 Miles NE of Keller, WA.  Started 8/9/2017. Lightning caused. 1,863 acres. 27% contained. Fire behavior is active with backing, isolated torching and short-range spotting. 474 personnel. 10 crews. 3 helicopters. 21 engines. $4.7 Million cost-to-date.

4. CHETCO BAR FIRE 

Fire Activity on the Chetco Bar Fire on Aug. 17, 2017 at 9:00pm

Extreme fire behavior on the Chetco Bar Fire on 8/17/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Kalmiopsis Wilderness, OR.  Started 7/12/2017. Unknown cause. USDA Forest Service. Type 2 IMT with NIMO shadowing. 22,042 acres. 14% contained. Structures threatened: 50 homes, 50 minor. Destroyed structures: 2 homes, 1 minor.  Extreme fire behavior that is wind-driven, creeping and smoldering.  65 personnel. 1 crew. 1 helo. 1 engine. Cost-to-date is $2.8 Million.

5. DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

mopping up along the fireline

Mopping up is hard work and these firefighters are showing how to get it done near the fire line on the Diamond Creek Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA.  Timber, brush.  30,043 acres. 17% contained. Under threat:  2 homes, 2 minor structures. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. 364 personnel. 9 acres. 2 helos. 18 engines. CTD is $5.4 Million.

6. EAST SADDLE MOUNTAIN FIRE

10 miles West of Othello, WA. Mid-Columbia NWRC.  Started 8/12/2017. Brush, grass. 17,470 acres. 95% contained. Minimum fire behavior. 3 personnel. 1 engine. 2 structures destroyed. $397,000 cost-to-date.

7. FALCON COMPLEX

Sunrise cloud pattern over ICP 8-14-2017

Incident Command does not stay in luxurious suites but this suits for their mission. This is the Falcon Complex ICP

25 miles East of Tiller, OR.   Started 8/8/2017. Lightning caused. Active fire behavior with flanking, running and creeping. 1,900 acres total. 17% containment. 15 fires included. Threatened 5 homes, 15 minor structures. 493 personnel. 10 crews. 5 helicopters. 23 engines. $4.8 Million cost-to-date.

8. FLOUNCE FIRE

This is a photo of the Flounce Fire, burning in southwestern Oregon.

Flounce Fire burning in SW Oregon. (Credit: ODF)

12 miles NW of Shady Cove, OR.   8/7/2017 start date. Lightning caused. 587 acres. 94% containment. Minimal fire behavior. 122 personnel. 6 crews. 1 helicopter. 4 engines. $3 Million cost-to-date.

9. HEADWATER FIRE 

25 miles North of Goldendale, WA.  Started on 8/12/2017 from an unknown cause & is under investigation. Unknown fire behavior. 234 personnel. 6 crews. 17 engines. CTD is unknown.

10. HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

August 19, 2017 Fire Area Map

Fire map on Saturday, 8/19/2017.

9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  Unknown fire date started or time. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and single-tree torching. 10,654 acres. 61% containment. Spruce Creek Fire (5,043 acres), Silent Fire (2 acres), Blanket Creek Fire (5,396 acres), Butte Fire (5 acres), Broken Lookout Fire (125 acres), Roundtop Fire (10 acres), Needle Fire (8 acres), Sherwood Fire (65 acres). 941 personnel. 28 crews. 6  helos. 20 engines.  $26.3 Million cost-to-date.

11. INDIAN CREEK FIRE

A group of people, including the Incident Commander and representatives from the Mt. Hood National Forest and Oregon Division of Forestry, stand around a table covered with maps, discussing plans for the fire.

The key to success is in the Planning phase. Here is some great discussion in progress from the IC with Forest reps on the Indian Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Eagle Creek Trail System, OR.  Started 7/4/2017. Unknown cause. 83 acres. 10% containment. 47 personnel. 1 crew. 2 helicopters. Unknown cost-to-date.

12. JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE

13 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA.. 8/11/2017 start date. Lightning caused.  Timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, single-tree torching. 548 acres. 0% containment. Threatening 850 homes, 13 mix residential/commercial and 500 minor structures. 276 personnel. 4 crews. 5 helos. 17 engines. Unknown CTD.

13. JONES FIRE

Flare up on the eastern flank of the Jones fire

Torching on the eastern flank of the Jones Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

10 miles NE of Lowell, OR.  8/10/2017 started. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. Active fire behavior with running, group torching and spotting. 3,728 acres. 12% containment. Threatened are 4 homes, 1 minor structures. 624 personnel. 21 crews. 2 helos. 15 engines. 11 water tenders. 1 air attack. 4 injuries. $2.5 Million cost-to-date.

14. MILLER COMPLEX

17 miles East of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 8/14/2017. Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. Made up of 20 individual fires. Lightning caused. 3,200 total acres. 4% contained. Threatened are 14 single-family homes, 5 minor structures.  Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and creeping. $1.4 Million cost-to-date.

15. MILLI FIRE

Fire engine providing structure protection

Structure protection on the Milli Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Burning along 16 Road (South of) and 9 miles West of Sisters, OR.  Started 8/11/2017 from an unknown cause. Located in Three Sisters Wilderness and about 1.5 miles SW of Black Crater Lake. 7,814 acres. 0% contained. 652 homes are under threat. Level 3 Evacuations in effect for Eddington, Crossroads, Ramuda and along 16 Road, South of Sisters.  Level 1 Evacuations for Tollgate. Extreme fire behavior with running, spotting and crowning. 410 personnel. 10 crews and 11 engines. Cost-to-date is $870,000.

16. MONUMENT HILL FIRE

Started on private land about 5 miles NE of Quincy, WA.  Started 8/16/2017. WA Fire Service. Cause under investigation. 6,255 acres. 85% contained. Tall grass and brush. Unknown fire behavior.  Threatened are 50 single family hoes, 25 non-residential commercial structures and 100 minor structures. Damaged are 4 homes, 15 minor structures.  Destroyed are 4 homes and 20 minor structures. 122 personnel. 3 helos. 30 engines. Unknown cost-to-date.

17. NENA SPRINGS FIRE

Photo of firefighter using a drip torch to burn a line.

A Confederated Tribes firefighter uses a drip torch to create a “containment line” to keep the fire from spreading through the grasses. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

7 air miles NE of Simnasho and on the NE Boundary of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, OR.  Started 8/8/2017. USDA BIA. Grass, timber, dormant brush.  Human caused, under investigation. 66,003 acres. 40% containment. Threatened are 50 homes, 4 multi-residential structures, 3 mixed commercial/residential structures, plus 50 minor structures and 1 non-residential commercial structures. Damaged are 1 home and 3 minor structures. Destroyed are 6 homes plus 4 minor structures. Extreme fire behavior with uphill runs and is a wind-driven fire.  Significant Event: fire escaped containment lines on 8/17/2017 and made a big run and with extreme fire activity and an extreme rate of spread. 127 personnel. 4 crews. 5 helos. 24 engines.  CTD is $24 Million.

18. NOISY CREEK FIRE

33 miles from Colville, WA. Started 8/11/2017.   Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. 4,000 acres. 68% containment. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and single-tree torching. 3 homes are under threat. 139 personnel. 4 crews. 3 engines. CTD is $5.4 Million.

19. NORSE PEAK FIRE

Norse Peak Fire expansion Wed, August 16

Extreme fire behavior is visible on the Norse Peak Fire on 8/16/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.  USDA Forest Service. ALERT: Highway 410 is closed due to trees over the roadway.  Level 3 evacuations for Union Creek.   Level 1 evacuations for Goose Prairie, Bumping Lake. 9 wildfires:  American Fire (150 acres), Union Creek Trail Fire (20 acres). 1,250 total acres. 4% containment. 110 structures threatened. 201 personnel. 5 crews. 2 helos. 4 engines. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and spotting. $500,000 cost-to-date.

20. NORTH PELICAN FIRE

A large column of smoke rising from the North Pelican Fire on August 19. PC: Officer Steve Leslie

Smoke column on the North Pelican Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

North slope of Pelican Butte, OR. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. 200 homes threatened. 500 acres. 0% containment. Timber, brush. 45 personnel. 1 helicopter. 8 engines. Unknown cost-to-date.

21. REBEL FIRE

the French Fire burns on a ridge above Detroit, OR

Burning above Detroit on the French Fire. (Courtesy/Incident)

13 miles South of McKenzie Bridge, OR.  Started unknown. USDA Forest Service. Started 8/4/2017. Cause unknown. Active fire behavior with backing and single-family homes threatened. IC also managing other fires Whitewater Fire (6,428 acres), Little Devil Fire (103 acres), Avenue Fire (14 acres), Bob Canyon Fire (27 acres) and French Fire (27 acres). 294 personnel total. 10 crews. 12 engines. $1.8 Million cost-to-date.

22. SHAN CREEK FIRE

10 miles West of Grants Pass, OR.  Started 8/10/2017. Lightning. USDA Forest Service. Transitioned to Type 3 IMT as of this morning at 0600 hours. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 156 acres. 85% contained. 180 personnel. 3 crews and 14 engines. $1.7 Million CTD.

23. STALEY FIRE

Smoke rising out of the forest in front of Staley Ridge.

Smoke on the Staley Fire (Credit: Mark McCool via Inciweb)

23 miles South of Oakridge, OR.  Willamette NF. Lightning caused. 761 acres.  0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with group torching, flanking and short-range spotting.  Type 2 NW team 9 on order. 233 personnel. 7 crews. 7 engines. $823,000 CTD.

24. UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

Night Shift Fire fighters holding line on Happy Dog

Operations on this Umpqua North Complex goes into the dead of night. This is on Happy Dog fire along Hwy 138. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

50 miles East of Roseburg, OR. Started 8/11/2017. Cause unknown, under investigation. Active fire behavior with group and single-tree torching. 6,881 total acres. 1% containment. Multiple fires. Happy Dog Fire (1,736 acres), Fall Creek Fire (997 acres), Ragged Ridge Fire (150 acres), Oak Nob Fire (59 acres), Calf – Copeland Fire (260 acres), Broken Tooth Fire (190 acres) and Devils Canyon Fire (140 acres). Threatened structures (36 homes, 21 non-residential commercial and 30 minor structures).  Damaged structures (13 non-residential commercial buildings.  686 personnel. 17 crews. 46 engines. 4 helos. $1.8 Million CTD.

Umpqua North Complex Fire Alert!  Level 1-3 evacuations Douglas County Sheriff Office along Hwy. 138.  Red Cross Shelter located at Glide Seventh Day Adventist Church at 19085 N. Umqua Hwy. in Glide, OR.

25. WHITEWATER FIRE

View of the Whitewater Fire backing to containment line on the west side of the fire on August 18

This is what “backing” looks like on a wildfire like this one on the Whitewater Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

15 miles East of Detroit, OR.  Started 7/23/2017. Lightning ignited. Multiple fires. Timber, brush. USDA Forest.  7,595 acres. 0% contained.  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and single-tree torching.  113 homes, 1 mixed commercial/residential, 2 non-residential/commercial and 46 minor structures threatened.  646 personnel. 16 crews. 8 helos. 13 engines. $15 Million CTD.

26. WHYCHUS FIRE

10 miles NE of Sisters, OR. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  2,012 acres. 95% contained. Brush and tall grass. 51 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. $700,000 CTD.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/19/2017 1920 Hours PDT