NW Wildfires | Recap

Due to many wildfires, we are going to try this again and put them into a single recap. Please be patient with us as the northwest seems to be catching ablaze and of course, we have been behind for a long time. We thank you for reading our articles and following our blog. You are appreciated!

Here is a recap for Friday, August 13, 2021 gleaned from resources Inciweb, NIFC, NWCC, USFS, Fire Department, Fire Agencies via Social Media and other sources.

Washington State Wildfires

WHITMORE FIRE – 27 miles NE of Bridgeport.

Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. IMT 2 (NW Team 12). Timber. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Community of Nespelem and infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

57,478 acres. 35% contained. 379 personnel. 8 crews, 23 engines and 1 chopper. 6 structures lost. $6.1M CTD.

WINDY PASS FIRE – 11 miles SW of Cle Elum.

Smoke from Firing Operations 8-10-21
Photo Credit: USFS/OK-WEN NF

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS, WA. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Mop-up operations are in progress.

82 acres. 64% contained. 77 personnel. 3 crews, 1 engine and 1 copter. $1.5M CTD.

MUCKAMUCK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Conconully.

Colville NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Started 8/4/2021. Active fire behavior with creeping, group torching and spotting. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

1,648 acres. 0% contained. 54 personnel 1 crew, 7 engines and 4 choppers. $1.9M CTD.

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE – 17 miles W of Inchelium.

A firefighter guards a fireline.  She burns small, calculated areas to ensure that the approaching firefront hits the fireline in a slow, controlled manner.
Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (NW Team 7) to IMT 2 (NW Team 10) will occur today. IMT is also managing the Upper Lime Creek Fire. Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Numerous structures and communication infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

28,797 acres. 35% contained. 429 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines and 4 helicopters. $23M CTD.

UPPER LIME CREEK FIRE – 6 miles NW of Keller.

Smoke on the Upper Lime Creek Fire 8.8.21
Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Timber and light slash. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Community of Keller threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

376 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines. $490K CTD.

BULLDOG MTN FIRE – 16 miles NW of Kettle Falls.

Fire Activity 8-7-21
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Colville NF, USFS. . Heavy slash and timber. Active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing. Residences threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

2,000 acres. 5% contained. 166 personnel. 3 crews, 7 engines and 1 copter. $1.2M CTD.

NINE MINE FIRE – 4.5 miles SSE of Laurie.

Started 8/4/2021. Lightning caused.

139 acres. 42% contained. 4 hand crews, 6 engines and 1 dozer. 107 total personnel. Level 2 evacuations in effect. http://nwccinfo.blogspot.com/

PINCER CREEK FIRE – 15 miles E of Marblemount.

The Pincer Creek Fire creeps in heavy dead and down timber on August 11, 2021.
Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, USFS. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

250 acres. 0% contained. 4 personnel. 1 engine. $50K CTD. This is being managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned.

CHUWEAH CREEK FIRE – 4 miles N of Nespelem.

Chuweah Creek Fire 07.12.21 from Cache Creek Road
Photo Credit: BIA/Coliville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Brush, timber and light slash. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area and road closures in effect.

36,752 acres. 98% contained. 0 resources. 14 structures lost. $8.9M CTD.

LICK CREEK FIRE – 15 miles SE of Pomeroy.

Night time burning operation along road on Lick Creek Fire.
Photo Credit: USFS via courtesy by Inciweb

Umatilla NF, USFS. IMT 2 (RM Team Black). IMT is also managing the Green Ridge Fire. Short grass, hardwood litter and timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

80,421 acres. 96% contained. 21 personnel. 2 engines. 10 structures lost. $16.8M CTD.

SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE – 21 miles NW of Tieton.

A large smoke column is visible against a deep blue sky and rising over a ridgetop, the mountains covered in green conifer trees. In the foreground evergreen trees are adjacent to a home with grass growing in the field before the home.
Photo Credit: Goose Prairie via Courtesy: Inciweb

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). IMT is also managing the Windy Pass Fire. Short grass, timber and brush. Started 8/3/2021. Lightning caused. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, short-range spotting and flanking. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Air resources were unable to fly due to heavy smoke in the air, making it visibility difficult.

13,685 acres. 0% contained. 300 personnel. 7 crews. 14 engines, 4 dozers, 5 water tenders and 2 copters. $2.9M CTD.

CHICKADEE FIRE – 16 miles NW of Tonasket.

photo of a stand that had fuel reduction
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and short-range spotting.

649 acres. 40% contained. 92 personnel. 2 crew, 7 engines. $525k CTD.

SPUR FIRE – 18 miles NE of Tonasket.

View of Spur Fire from Tonasket 8/11/21
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Timber and short grass. Extreme fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting. Community of Bonaparte and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

10,261 acres. 0% contained. 162 personnel. 5 crews, 2 engines. $200K CTD.

GREEN RIDGE FIRE – 31 miles E of Walla Walla.

Green Ridge Fire
Photo Credit: USFS/Umatilla NF

Umatilla NF, USFS. Closed timber litter, timber and medium slash. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting. Several communities threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

29,759 acres. 15% contained. 482 personnel with 7 crews, 28 engines and 6 choppers. $26.9M CTD.

WALKER CREEK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Wauconda.

Retardant Drop over Walker Fire
Credit: WA DNR – NE Region

IMT also managing the Spur and Chickadee Creek Fires. Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with
short-range spotting, single tree torching and wind-driven runs. Community of Bonaparte and structures
threatened. Evacuations in effect.

1,091 acres. 10% contained. 194 personnel. 2 crew, 18 engines. $2.5M CTD.

CUB CREEK 2 FIRE – 5 miles N of Winthrop.

Photo Credit: WA DNR – SE Region

Southeast Region, DNR. IMT 1 (CA Team 2). IMT is also managing the Muckamuck, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires. Short grass, closed timber litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Infrastructure threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

66,883 acres. 55% contained. 411 personnel. 8 crews, 17 engines, 4 copters. $1.9M CTD.

CEDAR CREEK FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Our hotshot crew just finished hand ignition along the Thompson Ridge below Gobblers Knob, from the 4410 road across the 500 road. This is to create a black line more slowly. Crews and engines are deployed along the 4410 road to hold the fire.
Photo Credit: USFS/OK-WEN NF, Courtesy: Inciweb

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with torching, smoldering and uphill runs. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

53,215 acres. 50% contained. 521 total personnel. 10 crews, 29 engines, 7 copters. 2 structures lost. $27.4M CTD.

DELANCY FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, short grass and closed timber litter. Minimal fire behavior. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

223 acres. 0% contained. Being managed by another IMT on another incident. $122K CTD.

Oregon Wildfires

DEVIL’S KNOB COMPLEX – 22 miles NE of Azalea.

Fire fighters working on a hot spot on the Devil's Knob Complex
Photo Credit: USFS/Umpqua NF

(5 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 8). Timber and medium slash. Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

6,606 acres. 12% contained. 674 personnel 16 crews, 39 engines, 1 copter. 1 structure lost. $8.2M CTD.

YAINAX FIRE – 10 miles NE of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

84 acres. 70% contained. No resources assigned. $671K CTD.

WALRUS FIRE – 11 miles N of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

75 acres. 90% contained. No resources. $493K CTD.

WILLOW VALLEY FIRE – 15 miles W of Bonanza.

Lakeview District, BLM. Timber, brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with torching and spotting.

400 acres. 0% contained. 45 personnel along with 6 engines and 1 copter. $50K CTD.

BOOTLEG FIRE – 23 miles E of Chiloquin.

Smokey Sunset Over Camp 8-4-2021
Photo Credit: USFS/FWNF

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (PNW Team 2) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Yainax and Walrus Fires. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area and Trail closures in effect.

413,717 acres. 98% contained. 376 total personnel. 3 crews, 22 engines and 2 helicopters. 408 structures have been destroyed. $99.6M CTD.

SKYLINE RIDGE COMPLEX – 5 miles SE of Days Creek.

Nighttime conditions on Skyline Ridge Complex
Photo Credit: ODF

(3 fires), South Unit, ODF. IMT 1 (ODF Team 1). Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, running and group torching. Numerous residences and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations in effect.

4,828 acres. 33% contained. 1,257 personnel. 38 crews, 49 engines and 14 copters. $10.3M CTD.

BRULER FIRE – 9 miles S of Detroit.

July 20, 2021 Bruler Fire smoking next to Pinnacle Peak
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

Willamette NF, USFS. Closed timber litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

195 acres. 75% contained. 47 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines and 1 helo. $6.7M CTD.

BLACK BUTTE FIRE – 36 miles SE of John Day.

Image taken of the Black Butte Fire from Air Resources.
Photo Credit: USFS/MNF

Malheur NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 9). IMT 2 (NW Team 6) mobilizing. Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

16,609 acres. 30% contained. 688 personnel with 19 crews, 26 engines and 4 copters. $4.8M CTD.

PATTON MEADOW FIRE – 15 miles W of Lakeview.

Patton Meadow Fire_08132021_8PM
Photo Credit: USFS/FWNF

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Timber, light slash and brush. Extreme fire behavior with short crown runs, running and spotting. Residences threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

7,000 acres. 0% contained. 71 personnel 7 engines and 2 helos. $50K CTD.

KNOLL FIRE – 7 miles NE of McKenzie Bridge.

A smoke column rises between tall conifer trees as seen from a highway.
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

Timber, closed timber litter and light slash. Active fire behavior with backing, torching and spotting. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road, and trail closures in effect.

544 acres. 30% contained. 101 personnel 3 crews, 11 engines. $165k CTD.

BULL COMPLEX – 25 miles NE of Mill City.

Smoke column from Janus Fire rising up from forested ridge
Photo Credit: USFS/MHNF

Mt. Hood NF, USFS. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, running and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

858 acres. 0% contained. 236 personnel 4 crews, 5 engines and 1 helicopter. $782K CTD.

MIDDLEFORK COMPLEX – 9 miles NE of Oakridge.

Cold Trailing and Mop-Up
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

(3 fires), Willamette NF, USFS. IMT 1 (PNW Team 3). IMT is also managing the Knoll Fire. Closed timber litter and timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and torching. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

8,424 acres. 2% contained. 689 personnel. 14 crews, 32 engines and 6 helos. $9.7M CTD.

ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX – 18 miles SW of Oakridge.

View from Doehead Mountain weather station
Photo Credit: USFS/UNF

(4 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 13). IMT 1 (GB Team 2) mobilizing. IMT is also managing the Jack incident. Closed timber litter and timber. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

5,738 acres. 3% contained. 412 personnel. 7 crews, 21 engines, 4 copters. $2.9M CTD.

JACK FIRE – 31 miles E of Roseburg.

Jack Fire July 28 2021 cooling off a hot spot
Photo Credit: USFS/UNF

Umpqua NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

23,527 acres. 53% contained. 172 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines. 1 structure lost. $31M CTD.

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2 thoughts on “NW Wildfires | Recap

  1. Thank you so much for this update. I’ve looked to see all the fires in our area and this shows everything. God Bless all the firefighter. Ground and air. I want you to know that there are so many people out there thinking you and Praying for you on so many different sights. I know you don’t have time to look at them but I want you all to know there is so many of us with Prayers.

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