NW Wildfire Updates

This is the July 18, 2021, Sit Rep for all Washington and Oregon wildfires. There are currently 16 incidents burning in the northwest and due to time constraints have only allowed us to post about seven wildfires. The remaining will be added over the next few days.

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1. Bootleg Fire (OR)

Bootleg Fire | Credit: Bootleg Fire Facebook

Summary

  • 23 miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon
  • 11 miles northeast of the Town of Sprague River, Oregon
  • 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon
  • Fremont-Winema National Forest.
  • Started July 6, 2021
  • Unknown cause.

Current Status

  • Fire behavior: extreme with crowning, running and spotting.
  • Fire spreading due to very hot, dry and spotting conditions.
  • Low RH recovery during the night helping spread the fire.
  • 298,662 acres of timber and brush destroyed.
  • 22% containment status.
  • Stats also includes for the LOG FIRE
  • TFR over fire in effect; no Drones in Fire Zones

Resources

  • 2,053 total personnel with 43 crews, 192 engines and 14 copters.
  • Managed by IMT 1, PNW Team (Allen), ODF Team 1 (Hessel) and OSFM Green Team (Hallman); Unified Command.
  • Incident Cooperators: American Red Cross, BLM, S Central OR FMP, Fremont-Winema NF, Klamath County, Lake County, ODF, OR and WA National Guards.

Evacuations

  • Level 2 – Get Set – Be Set From the FS 29 Road and Highway 31 junction to the top of Government Harvey Pass, east to Slide Lake Trailhead, and back north to Highway 31. This includes the Monument Rock area.
  • Level 1 – Be Ready Including Picture Rock Pass, the Ana Subdivision, the communities of Summer Lake and Paisley, and south of Paisley along Clover Flat Road to Moss Pass. Fire officials consider the risk to Paisley to be low but want the community to be aware of increased fire hazards in the surrounding area.
  • Mapping:  https://kcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4bfb02b41eb7473ca95b04c3cbd1da21
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Bootleg Fire Progression Mapping | Credit: Bootleg Fire Facebook

Public Information

  • Community Public Information Meeting (Virtual) – July 20, 2021, 1830 hours (Tuesday).
  • Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331

Damage Assessment

  • 184 structures destroyed.
  • $21.4 Million CTD

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | There was an increase of almost 17,000 (Yes, you are reading that correctly) acres overnight on this wildfire.

2. Bruler Fire (OR)

A photo of the Bruler Fire on July 12, 2021 in the evening
Bruler Fire | Credit: USFS

Summary

  • 9-10 miles south of Detroit Lake (Linn County), Oregon
  • Located between Detroit and Sweet Home Ranger Districts
  • Willamette National Forest
  • Burning near junction of FS Rd 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road) and FS Rd 1133.
  • Started July 12, 2021 from an unknown cause.

Resources

  • Managed by a Type 2 NW IMT, Team 13 (Gales).
  • Incident Cooperators: USFDS,
  • 207 total personnel
  • 3 crews, 11 engines and one aircraft.

Current Status

  • 156 acres burned
  • 10% contained
  • Remains moderate fire behavior with creeping, flanking and short-range flanking.
  • Containment estimated to be by next Saturday, July 24, 2021.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Fire behavior is slowing due to cooler temps, light winds and higher RH which is enabling firefighters to bring a higher containment status on this incident.

3. Chuweah Creek Fire (WA)

Chuweah Creek Fire 07.12.21
Chuweah Fire | Credit: BIA

Summary

  • 4 miles north of Nespelem, Washington
  • Burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) lands
  • Lead Agency: Colville Agency
  • Started on July 12, 2021
  • Unknown cause, under investigation.

Current Status

  • 35,413 acres of tall grass, timber and understory.
  • 30% contained.
  • Active fire behavior with flanking, backing, torching.

Resources

  • 301 total personnel
  • 5 crews, 23 engines and 2 copters
  • Managed by NW Team 12, an Type 2 IMT w/IC Robert Shindelar.

Evacuations / Alerts

  • LEVEL 1 > Get Ready! > Town of Nespelem, Keller, buffalo Lake, McGinnis Lake communities; San Poil Valley/Hwy 21 corridor from South Nanamkin to the Keller Ferry.
  • LEVEL 2 > Get Set1 > Owhi Flats; east of Owhi Lake; residents along Cache Creek Road.

Closed

  • Roads > Cache Creek Rd; Buffalo Lake Rd between Manilla and Cache Creek Road; Cache Creek (Agency) Cut Off Road.

Damage Assessment

  • 11 structures lost.
  • $2.4 Million CTD.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT(S) | There are still structures threatened.

4. Red Apple Fire (WA)

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Red Apple Fire (July 14). | Credit: Yakima County FD5

Summary

  • Formerly the Irish Lane Fire
  • 2 miles southeast of Cashmere (Chelan County), Washington
  • Started on July 13, 2021, reported to RIVERCOM at 1855 hours PT
  • Unknown cause, under active investigation with Chelan Co SO
  • Lead Agency: WA DNR – SE Region

Resources

  • 353 fire personnel
  • 7 crews, 37 engines
  • Incident Cooperators: (Strike Team) YCFD5, West Valley Fire-Rescue, YCFD4, YCFD1, Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue, Chelan Co OEM, Chelan Co SO, WSDOT.

Current Status

  • 11,111 acres of tall grass and brush.
  • 78% contained
  • Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping
  • Warrant served to Chelan County home where Investigators believe the fire originated at.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | The Chelan County commissioners declared a State of Emergency, as the fire has consumed most of Burch Mountain.

5. Darlene Fire (OR)

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Darlene Fire | Credit: DCSO

Summary

  • Started July 13, 2021
  • Unknown cause
  • Began on BLM lands in the Prineville District
  • 2 miles southeast of La Pine, Oregon

Current Status

  • Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.
  • 686 acres.
  • 61% contained.

Resources

  • Command under the NW Team #6, a Type 2 IMT w/IC Shawn Sheldon at the helm.
  • Incident Cooperators: Deschutes Co SO, Klamath Co SO.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Evacuation levels have been reduced on July 16, 2021. – Deschutes County Sheriff Office.

6. Jack Fire (OR)

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Jack Fire (Zulu Division) | Credit: Jack Fire Facebook

Summary

  • Started on July 5, 2021 around 1700 hours PT
  • Burning along Jack Creek on Hwy 138 E
  • 31 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon
  • In the Umpqua National Forest
  • Unknown cause; under investigation

Current status

  • 61% contained.

Resources

  • Incident Cooperators: Douglas Co SO, Douglas Forest Protective Association, MODIS, USFS, Willamette NF, NIFC

Threatened

  • Homes
  • Energy infrastructure

QUOTE OF THE DAY | “The Jack Fire is the only monster on the loose in the Oregon woods right now. Firefighters don’t need anymore human-caused wildfires.” – Media

7. Cedar Creek Fire (WA)

View of fires from Winthrop on 7/13
Varden Fire | Credit: USFS

Summary

  • 15 miles northwest of Winthrop, Washington
  • 6 miles west/southwest of Mazama, Washington
  • On the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
  • Methow Valley area
  • Varden Fire merged with this wildfire.
  • Started on July 11th, 2021
  • Lightning caused multiple fires with three escaping initial attack: Cedar Creek Fire, Varden Fire, Delancy Fire.

Resources

  • NW Team 8, an Type 2 IMT with IC Kevin Stock at the helm.
  • Also, managing the Delancy Fire.
  • 256 total personnel. with 4 crews, 13 engines and 1 copter.

Current Status

  • 4,080 acres of timber, medium logging, slash and short grass.
  • 0% contained.
  • Fire behavior is still active with short crown runs, flanking and short-range spotting.

Public Information – Resources

Damage Assessment

  • $3.3 Million CTD.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | 2 fires merged into one, the Varden Fire and the Cedar Creek Fire becoming just the Cedar Creek Fire.

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