Firestorms Explode in the NW | Sept 5 2017

POST SUMMARY | Some wildfires have turned into Firestorms burning up everything that stands in its path, as if it were a runaway freight train.
Here is our recap for Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

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11 miles W of Cliffdell. Start 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. USDA lead agency with 2 personnel. 0 resources.  $397,000  total costs.  #AmericanFire

Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and flanking. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.  500 acres. 0% contained. 110 structures threatened.


2 miles NE of Keller. Start 8/9/2017. Colville Agency. Lightning caused.  286 personnel. 5 crews, 18 engines, 1 helicopter. $15.1 Million CTD. $15.1 Million total costs. #BridgeCreekFire

SEAT (Fire Boss). Credit: Bonnie Boyd (via Inciweb)

Active fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching. 3,709 acres. 78% contained.  0 structures/infrastructure/assets threatened.  Estimated containment  date is 9/20/2017.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE.  27 miles NNW of Winthrop. Start 7/23/2017. Cause under investigation.  16 personnel. 2 helicopters. 1 engine. #DiamondCreekFire

58,794 acres. 65% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.   1 home destroyed.  4 minor structures threatened. 2 minor structures destroyed.

EAST CRATER FIRE.  12 miles West of Trout Lake. Start 9/3/2017. Unknown cause. 19 personnel. 1 engine. $20,000 CTD. #EastCraterFire

Moderate fire behavior.  1,000 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 9/23/2017

JACK CREEK FIRE.  15 miles WSW of Leavenworth.  Start 8/11/2017.  Lightning caused. 20 personnel. 0 resources. #JackCreekFire

Recon flight sept 2, 2017

Recon flight over the Jack Creek Fire on 9/2/2017.

Structure protection within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness will start on Wednesday. 2,154 acres. Estimated containment date is 11/1/2017.

JOLLY MTN FIRE.  13 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  711 personnel. 15 crews, 82 engines and 5  helicopters. $12 Million total costs. #JollyMtnFire

23,106 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.

NORSE PEAK FIRE.  11 miles West of Cliffdell. Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  337 personnel., 9 crews, 22 engines, 3 bulldozers, 7 water tenders and 2 helicopters. $6.9 Million total costs. #NorsePeakFire

Smoke is coming from a wilderness area, with a yellow view around them.

Fire burning on the Norse Peak Fire.

19,382 acres. 8% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

QUARRY FIRE.  30 miles NE of North Bend. Start 8/11/2017. Human caused.  90 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. $ Unknown. #QuarryFire

130 acres. 40% contained. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

UNO PEAK FIRE.  16 miles NE of Manson. Start 8/30/2017.  Cause unknown.  186 personnel. 4 crews, 4 engines and 2 helicopters. #UnoPeak

2,382 acres. 1% contained. Estimated containment date 10/15/2017.

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CHETCO BAR FIRE. 5 miles NE of Brookings in the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. #ChetcoBarFire

Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Fire fuels include:  mixed conifer, brush and snags from previous fire scars (2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire scars).  Extreme fire behavior with group torching, spotting and short-crown runs.

Eagle Fire. Credit: IAFF Local 1159.

Resources include 1,599 personnel. 42 crews, 80 engines, 22 dozers, 21 water tenders and 7 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators include Red Cross, BLM, USDA Forest Service, Brookings F&R, Coos FPA, Curry County, Harbor RFPD, Illinois Valley FD, Josephine County (JoCo), OR DOT, OR DOF and OR State Fire Marshal.

Chetco Bar Fire Community Briefing

9/6/2017 @ 1800 Hours

Brookings-Harbor H.S., 625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, OR

176,700 acres. 5% contained.  8,523 homes, 3,713 non-residential commercial and 50 other minor structures.  1 home and 8  minor structures damaged  6 homes, 20 minor structures destroyed.

Eagle Creek Fire surrounds Munra Pt. in the Columbia River Gorge on 9/4/2017. Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff.

Unified Command is made up of CFPA, OSFM and PNW Team 3.

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2 miles South of Cascade Locks on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (USFS).  Start 9/2/2017.  Human caused.  457 personnel.  4 crews, 29 engines and 5 helicopters. $700,000 total costs. #EagleCreekFire

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Smoke billows from the mountainside. Courtesy of Eagle Creek and Indian Creek Fires 2017

283 homes and 15 mixed commercial/residential structures threatened.

Extreme fire behavior with torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.  Fire has moved across the river and burning in both Oregon and Washington State. Fire crews were busy with structure protection and evacuations.

10,000 acres. 0% contained.  Estimated containment is unknown.

Multnomah County Sheriff Office states as of 1000 hours on Tuesday there are no new evacuations but the previous orders are still in effect.  Level 3 Warrendale, Dodson, Larch Mountain, Latourell, Bridal Veil and East Corbett.   Level 2 Corbett and Springdale.  Evacuation Shelter is located at the Mt. Hood Community College at 3691 NE 17th Drive, Gresham, OR.

Social Media is reporting this fire located about 30-40 miles is East of Portland’s air is full of a brownish-grey color of smoke is hanging in the air for the several days and soot raining down below.


Burning on the Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District and 23 miles South of Oakridge.  Start 8/9/2017@ 2100 Hours PDT.  Lightning caused. #Staley Fire

Photo of firefighters mopping up.

Mop-up operations around Staley Fire.

Fire behavior is moderate and backing. 2,234 acres. 76% contained.  217 personnel.

TUMBLE BUG 2 FIRE.   Started at the time and about 5 miles East of the Staley. Suppression efforts being made on fire suppression and structural protection of public and private timber, cultural and historic resources and critical habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl and Bull Trout.  Fire now in patrol status. #TumbleBug2Fire

9/5/17 Jade Creek Mop up

Jade Creek Fire

JADE CREEK FIRE. 16 miles East of Bly on the Oregon Fremont – Winema NF.  Start 8/29/2017.  Lightning caused.  Fire fuels include timber and logging slash.  287 personnel. SW Area IMT 3.  #JadeCreekFire

Very little smoldering and creeping observed on Monday.  Crews are continuing with mop-up operations.  782 acres. 51% contained.


20 fires burning within the Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF on the High Cascades Ranger District, the Umpqua NF, Tiller Ranger District and the Fremont – Winema NF in the Sky Lakes wilderness. 13 of these wilderness have been contained and are in patrol status. 7 are being managed with full suppression strategy.  742 personnel.  #HighCascadesComplex

Whaleback snow shelter

Snow shelter covered with fire-resistant wrapping.

Broken Lookout Fire.  Priority fire due to Hwy 62 and Union Creek. To use air resources to stop fire spread and to strengthen containment lines, as well as structure protection.

Blanket Fire.  2nd priority due to Hwys 230 & 138 and the entrance to Crater Lake National Park.  Burning within the Blanket Creek drainage on the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. Crater Lake National Park. A lightning strike caused the fire to ignite on 7/26/2017.

Spruce Lake Fire.  3rd priority due to Hwy 62 and Wood River Valley. Another lightning strike caused this fire on 7/29/2017, burning on the West side of the Crater Lake National Park.  NW IMT Team 7 took over management on 8/24/2017.

Burnout ops on HCC

Burnout operations during night operations

Pup Fire.  4th priority due to Hwy 62.  To provide structure protection for Hershberger Lookout and nearby telecommunications site.

Incident Cooperators include OR DOF, OR Military Department and Warm Springs FD.

Fire remains to be active with short-crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. 42,120 acres. 18% contained.


Between FS Rd. 830 and Hwy 20 South of Lost Lake Campground in OR.  Reported 8/29/2017. Cause unknown. 59 personnel. #PotatoHillFire

View of the Potato Hill Fire from Highway 20 on August 31.

Potato Hill fire on 8/31/2017.

Crews continue to mop up within the fire perimeter  and secure containment lines as the fire continues to smolder in heavy fire fuels such as heavy logging slash and timber (litter & understory). Smoke due to heavily impact Hwy 20 night and early morning.


12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley.  Reported 8/27/2017 around 1530 hours.  Cause is unknown.  1,099 personnel.

Incident Cooperators include:  DFPA, Coos FPA, OR DOF andTenmile RFD, along with multiple industrial landowners, logging companies and contract firefighting crews.

16,419 acres. 25% contained.


Located in the Little Fall Creek watershed in the Willamette NF and 9 miles East of Fall Creek Reservoir, as well as 1 mile North of Clark Butte.  Start 8/10/2017 around 1850 hours.  Lightning caused. 558 personnel. 4 camp crews, 15 hand crews, 22 engines, 8 dozers, 23 water tenders, 2 medium and 1 light helicopters.  #JonesFire

Moon in sky over mountain.

Fire Moon. Credit: Marcus Kauffman

Unified Command consists of the NW IMT Team #12, Willamette NF and the OR DOF.

Fire behavior is active with spotting, uphill runs, and group torching.  Monday’s activities included addressing and use fire suppression tactics to put out spot fires and securing lines again.

8,536 acres, 48% contained.  Estimated containment date is 10/30/2017.


Dry Cr., Happy Dog Fire 9-1-17, Kari Greer, USFS

Dry Creek and Happy Dog Fire on 9/1/2017. Credit: Kari Gree/USFS

Located 50 miles East of Roseburg, OR and along 35 miles of the Hwy 138 corridor and spread throughout the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts. Started as multiple fires.   Start 8/11/2017 around 1030 hours. Majority were lightning caused and moved through the area in August.  Main fires separated into east and weest zones.  956 personnel. #UmquaNorthComplex

Fire fuels include timber, tall grass and brush.

Oak Knob, Brookentooth, Devil, Rattlesnake, Happy Dog Fires.

31,568 acres. 24% contained.  Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/5/2017 – 2230 Hours PDT