NW Wildfires Explode | August 31 2017

POST SUMMARY | The Jolly Mtn Fire burning in Cle Elum exploded on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, causing multiple evacuations.

NOTE:  While we understand some of you are asking on specific fires, we are working to the best of our ability to gain information on each fire.  This is why we have compiled this into a SINGLE post because there are just so many wildfires breaking out.

Several wildfires  have ignited and jumped on to our Fire Map. (Note: The fire map only is showing fires over 300+ acres)  Here is our SitRep for Thursday, August 31, 2017.

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AMERICAN FIRE.  (WA) 11 miles West of Cliffdell. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.   Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017. Hwy 410 and numerous campground closures still in effect.  *The American, Norse Peak and the Union Creek Fires are managed by the same single IMT team.

Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and single-torching. Homes threatened.

325 acres. 0% contained.  4 personnel. 0 resources on fire. $310,000 CTD.  #AmericanFire

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE.  (WA) 11 miles NE of Keller.  Start 8/9/2017. Lightning caused. Timber and tall grass.

Active fire behavior with backing and single-tree torching.

3,575 acres. 48% contained. 520 personnel. 13 crews, 19 engines and 4 helicopters. $12.6 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

CHETCO BAR FIRE.  (OR) 16 miles West of Selma and E/NE of Brookings within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness .  Start 7/12/2017. USDA Forest Service.  Lightning. Timber, brush and closed-canopy understory litter.  Steep and rugged terrain.

Chetco Bar Fire activity at 1900 on 8-16-17

Extreme fire behavior on the Chetco Bar Fire taken on 8/16/2017.

Fire behavior has been downgraded to moderate with single-tree torching, backing with uphill runs.

IMT and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office has reduced the area currently under a LEVEL 3 evacuation to a LEVEL 2 starting at the western checkpoint on the North Bank Chetco Road at Da-Tone Rock and East to the North Fork of the Chetco River. This is not including the upper portions of Mountain Drive or Coho Drive.  (See additional areas on this weblink –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/39353/

26 structures have been lost.

Incident Cooperators.  Red Cross, Brookings Fire & Rescue, Coos Forest Protective Association, Curry County, Harbor Rural Fire Protection Department, OR DOF and the OR Fire Marshal.

128,758 acres. 5% contained. 1,427 personnel.  37 crews, 78 engines and 7 helicopters CTD.  #ChetcoBarFire

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE. (WA)  27 miles NNW of Withrop. Started 7/23/2017.  Cause

Photo of active burning north of Cougar Lake

Active fire on the North of Cougar Lake. (Credit: Sara Billings)

unknown, under investigation.  Timber and brush.  USDA Forest Services. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.   1 home, 2 minor structures destroyed.  1 minor structure damaged.

Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting. Homes threatened. 3 destroyed

48,924 acres. 26% contained. 7 crews. 2 helicopters. $8 Million CTD. #Diamond CreekFire

FALCON COMPLEX (OR) 2 fires. 25 miles East of Tiller.  Timber, brush and grass. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service.

NWIMT 7 ICP is located at Broken Arrow Campground near Diamond Lake.  This complex consists of Paradise Fire, Windy Gap Fire and Pup Fire resources are working out of a fire camp established at Milo Academy. Smaller fires are being managed by a Type 3 organization for the Tiller Ranger District.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Homes threatened.

2,935 acres. 45% contained. 319 personnel. 8 crews, 21 engines and 1 helo. $12 Million CTD. #FalconComplex

Paradise Fire. 411 acres. 60% contained. Located on the ridge between Paradise and Cougar Creeks, South of Jackson Creek. Crews are doing construction of indirect handlines on the SW side of the fire between Paradise and Windy Gap. Dozer line off of the FR 500 road has begun. They are constructing an indirect line to the North.

Windy Gap Fire. 87 acres. 0% contained. Located partially in the Research Natural area of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, 1 mile West of Abbot Butte. The southern fire perimeter has been fully lined.

Pup Fire. 145 acres. 0% contained. Located in the headwaters of Hershberger Creek near Pup meadow in the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wilderness. Firefighters have established an anchor point and constructed direct line to contain the fire as it moved out of the wilderness boundary. Water drops have been used to keep the fire from spreading to the NE and East.

2,935 acres.  40% contained.  323 personnel. 8 crews, 21 engines, 1 helicopter.  $11.3 Million CTD.  #Falcon Complex

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX (OR)  6 fires.  9 miles NE of Prospect. Timber.  IMT 2.  20

fires burning within Crater Lake National Park on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest in the High Cascades Ranger District.  It is also burning on the Umpqua National Forest in the tiller Ranger District and the Fremont – Winema National Forest in the Sky Lakes wilderness.

Active fire behavior with short-crown runs and group torching. Structures are being threatened.

25,232 acres. 35% contained. 624 personnel. 14 crews, 22 engines and 7 helicopters. $34.6 Million CTD.  #HighCascadesComplex

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (OR)  7 miles South of Belknap Springs. Timber.

Public Info Meeting.  Wednesday, 8/30/2017 @ 1900  hours.  Upper McKenzie Community Center. 54745 McKenzie River Drive, Blue River, OR.

Avenue Fire.  Burning on the McKenzie River Ranger District area.  3 miles SE of McKenzie Bridge and nearby Olallie Lookout Fire, Separation Fire, Roney Fire and Nash fires.

Nash Fire.  Significant fire growth has occurred over the last few days. Fire crews are working to construct and clean indirect control lines by hand as well as with dozers. Continued structure assessments and protection to be done.

Rebel Fire.  22 miles North of Oakridge.  Timber.

Active fire behavior with short-crown runs, torching and flanking. Structures threatened.

8,317 acres. 0% contained.  131 personnel. 4 crews and 8 engines. $1.9 Million CTD.  #RebelFire

Scorpion Fire. Detected 8/28/2017.  North of Breitenbush between mile 6 and 8.

Crews work to secure the edge of the Scorpion Fire

Working to secure the fire’s edge on the Scorpion Fire

Approximately 30-acre fire moving North. Firefighters are waiting to enter the area when it is safe to use fire suppression tactics.

Whitewater Fire.  10 miles East of Idahana.  Burning in the Mount Jefferson

View from Whitewater Fire lookout - credit: Seth Witherow, Steelhead Enterprises

View from the Whitewater Fire Lookout on the Whitewater Fire. (Credit: Seth)

Wilderness and Willamette National Forest land located about 13 miles East of Detroit.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and flanking. Structures threatened.

10,988 acres. 31% contained. 774 personnel. 18 crews, 29 engines and 5 helicopters. $24.9 Million CTD.  #WhitewaterFire

Little Devil Fire.  Burning approximately 2.5 miles SE of the Breitenbush Hot Springs area. Minimal fire growth on Tuesday. Firefighters are working South of this area to build control lines and to maintain sprinkler systems previously installed.

1,129 acres. 0% contained.   #HorseCreekComplex

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE. (OR).   Start 8/27/2017 @ 1530 hours.  OR DOF.  Natural cover fire near Horse Prairie located 12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley and 15 miles NW of Canyonville.

Douglas County Sheriff Office Evacuation Hotline.  855-419-2349 or http://www.dcso.com/alerts

Active fire behavior with running and spotting.

2 structures have been lost.

7,400 acres. 15% contained. 915 personnel. 33 crews, 24 engines and 8 helicopters.  $1.7 Million CTD. #HorsePrairieFire

INDIAN CREEK FIRE. (OR)  20 miles WSW of Hood River in the Hatfield Wilderness

An aerial view looking southeast at the Indian Creek Fire, showing a moderate amount of smoke rising from a dense stand of trees. This is more smoke than seen in recent pictures.

Indian Creek fire taken on 8/20/2017.

on the Hood River Ranger District. Started 7/4/2017 near 7 1/2 Mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440.

Fire behavior is moderate with smoldering, creeping, flanking and creeping.

61 personnel. 356 acres. 10% contained.  #IndianCreekFire

JOLLY MTN FIRE.  (WA) IMT 2. 13 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Timber.

Community Briefing.  8/31/2017 @ 1800 hours. Walter Strom Middle School. 2694 SR 903, Cle Elum WA 98922.

Fire Info and a Warning. You don’t ever see these Red signage unless you are in a fire zone. (Credit: DNR)

Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, spotting and crowning.

Extreme fire behavior shows itself in this firestorm image on the Jolly Mtn Fire.

Evacuations in effect for the Teanaway Community Forest grow to also inclde 29 Pines Campground and DNR lands North of Dickey Creek. Evacuations for the Middle Florth and North Fork Teanaway. LEVEL 3 evacuations (GO NOW) in effect.

7,692 acres. 0% contained. 379 personnel. 6 crews, 24 engines and 6 helicopters. $6.6 Million CTD. #JollyMtnFire

JONES FIRE (OR)  IMT2.  10 miles NE of Lowell.  Timber and grass.

Moon in sky over mountain.

Fire moon on the Jones Fire (Credit: Marcus Kauffman)

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, backing and single-tree torching.  Structures threatened.

1 structure has been lost.

6,983 acres. 45% contained. 652 personnel. 19 crews, 25 engines and 3 helicopters. $10.8 Million CTD. #JonesFire

MCKAY FIRE.  (OR)  5 miles NE of La Pine.  Timber and brush.

Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and short-range spotting.

1,260 acres. 50% contained. 118 personnel. 2 crews, 13 engines. $150,000 CTD. #McKayFire

MILLER COMPLEX (OR) 5 fires.  IMT 1. 17 miles East of Cave Junction.  Timber.

Firefighters work on night shift on the Burnt Peak Fire

Night ops on Miller Complex Fire

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and spotting.

14,238 acres. 40% contained. 558 personnel. 11 crews, 37 engines and 1 helicopter. $9.9 Million CTD.  #MillerComplexFires

MILLI FIRE. (OR)  The Three Sisters Wilderness.  9 miles West of Sisters.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber.

Successful burnout operations

Burnout operations on the Milli Fire

Active fire behavior with flanking and backing.

21,703 acres. 44% contained. 451 personnel. 9 crews, 22 engines and 3 helicopters. $14.3 Million CTD.  #MilliFire

NAYLOX FIRE New! (OR) Klamath Unit. OR DOF. 10 miles North of Klamath Falls. Timber and brush.

Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and creeping. Homes threatened.

2 structures lost.

440 acres. 10% contained. 48  personnel. 1 crews, 11 engines and 2 helicopters. $200,000 CTD. #NayloxFire

NENA FIRE. (OR)  7 miles NE of Simnasho. Tiber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior.

10 structures lost.

68,007 acres. 95% contained. 12 crews. 1 helicopter. $8.9 Million CTD #NenaFire

NORTH PELICAN FIRE. (OR) 25 miles NW of Klamath Falls. Reported 8/10/2017. Lightning caused.

IC, L Hunter, IC(t) T. Parrish, Rocky Point Community Members Public Meeting 8-26-17

Community Briefing on the North Pelican Fire

Moderate fire behavior with backing,  creeping, and isolated torching. Homes threatened.

1,800 acres. 72% contained. 153 personnel. 2 crews, 15 engines and 1 helicopter. $2.4 Million CTD.  #NorthPelicanFire

NORSE PEAK FIRE.* (WA)  Started 8/11/2017.  USDA Forest Service.  Lightning.  Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material.

White smoke billows above dark ridgelines in the distance.  Some orange flames are barely visible.  The narrow top of a conifer tree is in the right foreground.

Large amounts of smoke billow out of the mountainside. (Credit: PCT hiker)

Active fire behavior with backing, group torching and short-range spotting. Homes threatened.

13,750 acres. 8% contained. 344 personnel. 7 crews, 20 engines and 2 helicopters. $4.5 Million CTD.  #NorsePeakFire

OVERLOOK FIRE New! (OR) Vale District. BLM. 15 miles SE of Rome. Brush and short grass.

Active fire behavior.

900 acres. 20% contained. 45 personnel. 1 crew, 9 engines. $50,000 CTD. #OverlookFire

POTATO HILL FIRE  New! (OR) West of Forest Service Rd 2690 and south of Highway

View from US20 of helicopter dropping water

View from US 20 on the new Potato HIll Fire.

20 and South of the Lost Lake Camground. Reported 8/29/2017. Heavy logging slash and timber (litter and understory).

31 personnel. 50 acres. 0% contained. #PotatoHillFire

QUARRY FIRE New! (WA) Snoqualmie National Forest, 30 miles NW of North Bend. Start 811/2017.  Burning on both private lands and the forest service. Human caused.  Timber and medium logging slash. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

51 personnel 130 acres. 0% contained.  #QuarryFire

SCATTER CREEK FIRE (WA) South Puget Sound Region. DNR.  Started on private land, 1 mile East of Rochester.  Timber, brush and short grass.

Moderate fire behavior.

6 structures lost.

384 acres. 100% contained. 146 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines. $1.3 Million CTD. #ScatterCreekFire

STALEY FIRE (OR)  IMT2.  23 miles South of Oakridge.  Timber and brush.

Picture of firefighter using a drip torch to light fire below a road.

Burnout operations.

Moderate fire behavior with backing and single-tree torching.

2,104 acres.  61% contained. 521 personnel. 15 engines, 15 crews and 1 helicopter. $6 Million CTD. #StaleyFire

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX. (OR) 7 fires. (2) IMT1 teams managing this fire. 50 miles East of Roseburg.  Timber, brush and grass.

Briefing at Toketee Ranger Station, by DOTY AKIMT

Briefing. (Credit: Doty, AKIMT)

Active fire behavior with flanking and torching.

1 structure has been lost.

23,501 acres. 21% contained. 1,040 personnel.  21 crews, 84 engines and 5 helicopters. $17 Million CTD.  #UmpquaNorthComplex


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