Cliffdell’s Wildfires Continue to Burn | August 27 2017

POST SUMMARY | Three large wildfires continue to burn this morning near Cliffdell, Washington.  Here is an update on the American Fire, Norse Peak Fire and the Union Creek Fire.

Here is the SitRep for Sunday, August 27, 2017.

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AMERICAN FIRE:  11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/10/2017.  Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest.  Lightning caused. #AmericanFire

8/27/2017:  207 acres. 0% contained. 16 personnel. (down 2 from yesterday). 4 engines. $248,000 CTD.

8/26/2017:   Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and group torching.  206 acres. 0% containment. Fire grew 6 acres to the North towards the Highway 410 corridor. The fire’s edge was a half-of-a-mile from the American River.  It slowly backed downhill approximately 1,000 feet in the last 7 days. 18 crews. 0 crews, 4 engines, 2 helos. 110 structures threatened.  $209,000 CTD.

8/25/2017:    Active fire behavior with backing and group torching.193 acres.  0% contained. 110 homes still threatened.  16 personnel. 4 engines. Evacuations in effect.  Estimated containment is 10/1/2017. $165,000 CTD.

8/25/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing and group torching. Homes threatened. Evacuations are in effect.

8/24/2017:   174 aces. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with backing and group torching. 16 personnel. 4 engines. 110 structures threatened. $142,000 CTD.

8/23/2017:  131 acres. 0% contained. 110 homes threatened. 16 personnel. 4 engines. Estimated containment 10/1/2017. $100,000 CTD.

8/22/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. Homes threatened. 129 acres. 8% contained. 16 personnel. 4 engines. $75,000 CTD.

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NORSE PEAK FIRE: 11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/11/2017.  Burning inside the Norse Peak Wilderness in the Naches Ranger District. (includes 4 fires) Lightning caused. Timber.  USDA Forest Service.  #NorsePeakFire

A line of uniformed wildland firefighters is lined up carrying conifer branches and woody material toward the mouth of a yellow chipper.  Chips are being shot out the left side of the machine and off the road shoulder.

Loading up the chipper. Credit: NW IMT#13

8/27/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching.  Homes are threatened.2,160 acres. 8% contained. 342 personnel. 8 crews and 14 engines. $2.5 Million CTD.

8/26/2017:  Type 2 IMT. Active fire with backing, flanking and group torching.  2,217 acres. 5% contained. 110 homes threatened. SR 410 remains closed from Chinook Pass (mile post 69) to Hell’s Crossing (mile post 84). At 2000 hours, the highway will reopen only for night-time travel. It will shutdown again at 0600 hours each morning.  Pleasant Valley Campground, Lodgepole campground and Salmon Cove Group sites are all closed to the public.  368 personnel. 1 Type 1 crew, 8 Type 2 crews, 18 engines, 4 felling teams, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 2 helicopters and additional heavy equipment are assigned to this incident. $2.2 Million CTD.

Image at a distant, dark forested ridge top.  Smoke rises from many places within and at the edges of the American Fire.  No flames are visible.

Burning on the ridge between the American River and Kettle Creek. Credit: NW IMT #13

8/25/2017: (5) fires. Type 2 IMT.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and creeping. 2,092 acres. 96% contained. Structures are being threatened. 344 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines, 3 helos. 8 smokejumpers arrived on-scene, began fire suppression and to secure the small fires North of the American Ridge.$1.7 Million CTD.

8/24/2017:  1,996 acres. 8% contained. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. 339 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines, 1 helo. $1.5 Million CTD.

Firefighters enjoy a break on the Norse Peak Fire.

Firefighting is hard work and you have to be able to do it safely. Taking a break is a big necessity.

8/23/2017:  Active fire behavior with running and torching. 1,643 acres. 8% contained.  110 homes threatened. 279 personnel. 6 crews. 1 helo. 14 engines. Hwy 410 closed. LEVEL 3 evacuations in effect for Union Creek, Pleasant Valley.  LEVEL 1 evacuations for Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake. 9 fires including American and Union Creek Trail as the largest. $1.2 Million CTD.

On Tuesday night firefighters sit down to a well earned meal after a hard days work on the Norse Peak Fires

Meal Time!

8/22/2017:  Type 2 IMT, NW Team 13. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes threatened. 1,566 acres. 6% contained. 274 personnel. 6 crews, 12 engines and 1 helo. $936,000 CTD.

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UNION CREEK:  11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/23/2017. Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. Timber. #UnionCreekFire

8/27/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes threatened. 169 acres. 0% contained. 6 personnel. 2 helicopters. $198,000 CTD.

8/26/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching.  169 acres. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes are under threatened. Evacuations are in effect. 110 homes are threatened. 6 personnel. 2 helicopters.

8/25/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking.  156 acres.  0% contained. Homes threatened. Evacuations in effect. 4 personnel. 0 resources. $130,000 CTD.

8/24/2017:  Newly reported from overnight.  132 acres. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. 4 personnel. $117,000 CTD.

Fire Images | All images are courtesy of Inciweb, unless otherwise noted/credited. – Ed.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 @ 0900 hours PDT.