NW Fires | Saturday Recap

You will see that we are broadcasting on Twitter and Facebook new wildfires in Oregon and Washington as separate posts. If they are still active at the time of presenting this recap to you, we will add them.

Here is a recap for Saturday, August 14, 2021 gleaned from resources Inciweb, NIFC, NWCC, USFS, Fire Department, Fire Agencies via Social Media and other sources.

Washington State Wildfires

New! BARTLETTE FIRE – Barlette Road, Pend Orielle County.

AR7411, C301, E31, E32, INV Roberts dispatched via the WA-NEC on WildCAD.net at 1820 hours PT. Fire has been 100% lined at 2015 hours. UPDATE | Contained at 2016 PT.

New! FLOWER FIRE – Winchester Creek Road, Pend Oreille County.

Ar7410 dispatched at 0019 hours PT. 100% lined at 0518 hours PT. Not showing out or controlled in their CAD system.

New! NASON FIRE – 18 miles NE of Skykomish.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and torching.

103 acres. 0% contained. 12 total personnel with 1 crew member. $20K CTD.

(Source: NIFC)

New! QUARRY TOWER FIRE – Quarry Browns Lake Road, Stevenson County.

NC64, NC7306, NC7307 dispatched 0721 hours PT. 1.25 acres of grass, shrub, timber understory and slash. 90% mopped up at 2020 hours PT. Dispatched via the WA-NEC via the WildCAD.net system.

WHITMORE FIRE – 27 miles NE of Bridgeport.

Photo Credit: BIA

The photo posted for this wildfire depicts the process a wildland firefighter uses to for firing operations by using a drip torch. This is during a night operational period.

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.

58,087 acres. 40% contained. 396 personnel. 8 crews, 25 engines and 1 copter. 6 structures have been lost. $6.9M CTD.

WINDY PASS FIRE – 11 miles SW of Cle Elum.

Smoke from Firing Operations 8-10-21
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS, WA. Timber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

82 acres. 64% containment. 98 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. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

CA IMT Team2 (CIMT2) is managing the fire with IC Mike Minton as the Incident Commander of this fire along with Cub Creek 2 Fire, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires.

1,648 acres. 5% containment. 84 total personnel.

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE – 17 miles W of Inchelium.

Started 7/12/2021. Lightning-caused.

white smoke rises from a drainage
Photo Credit: BIa

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. Numerous structures and communication infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping, spotting and isolated torching.

28,797 acres. 35% contained. 388 total personnel.

UPPER LIME CREEK FIRE – 6 miles NW of Keller.

Smoke on the Upper Lime Creek Fire 8.8.21
Photo Credit: BIA

Colville Agency, BIA. Timber and light slash. Community of Keller threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect. Community of Keller is now being threatened.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.

376 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines. $472K CTD.

BULLDOG MTN FIRE – 16 miles NW of Kettle Falls.

Burned area on slope with fires edge creeping downhill
Photo Credit: USFS

Colville NF, USFS. Heavy slash and timber. Residences threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing. Fire started 8/2/2021 from lightning.

1,865 acres. 0% contained. 236 total personnel.

NINE MINE FIRE – 4.5 miles SSE of Laurie.

Division A burnout operationsat dusk 8.13.21_2
Photo Credit: WA DNR

WA DNR – NE Region. IC: Shawn Soliday. Jill Ritter (Trainee). Timber, brush and tall grass.

Moderate fire behavior with backing.

157 acres. 45% containment. 100 personnel.

PINCER CREEK FIRE – 15 miles E of Marblemount.

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

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, USFS. Timber and brush.

Started 8/3/2021 from lightning.

400 acres. 0% contained. 4 total personnel. IC Shawn Otto.

CHUWEAH CREEK FIRE – 4 miles N of Nespelem.

Smokey Bear Fire Danger Sign
Photo Credit: BIA

Colville Agency, BIA. Brush, timber and light slash. Started 7/25/2021 at 1900 hours PT. IC: Mt. Tolman Fire Center.

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area and road closures in effect.

36,752 acres. 98% contained. 8 total personnel.

LICK CREEK FIRE – 15 miles SE of Pomeroy.

Night time burning operations on Lick Creek Fire.
Photo Credit: USFS / Courtesy: Inciweb

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

Fire started 7/7/2021 at 0800 hours. Lightning-caused.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

80,421 acres. 96% contained. 27 total personnel.

SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE – 21 miles NW of Tieton.

Schneider Springs 8-5-21
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Naches Ranger District. IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). IMT is also managing the Windy Pass Fire. Short grass, timber and brush. Started 8/3/2021. Lightning caused.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing.

15,042 acres. 0% contained. 337 personnel. 12 crews, 15 engines, 2 copters. $3.5M CTD.

CHICKADEE FIRE – 16 miles NW of Tonasket.

photo of a stand that had fuel reduction
Photo Credit: WA DNR

WA DNR-NE Region. Timber and short grass.

Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, short-range spotting and creeping.

Fire Personnel continue to work on increasing containment of the fire with the help of engine crews, working to enforce the line, and putting out any spot fires or hotspots along the line. Personnel will continue to look for hot spots and assist where needed.

656 acres. 55% contained. 114 personnel. 2 crews, 9 engines. $2.3M CTD.

SPUR FIRE – 18 miles NE of Tonasket.

Timber and short grass. Community of Bonaparte and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.

The fire pushed outside the northern containment line and was suppressed by crews and equipment.  Spot fires outside containment lines were also detected and suppressed utilizing engines, dozers, and hand crews. Smoke hampered aerial resources; but they remain available when conditions improve. Today’s activities will focus preparing Road 33, structure protection and suppressing new spot fires.

10,261 acres. 0% contained. 142 personnel. 5 crews, 2 engines. $248K CTD.

GREEN RIDGE FIRE – 31 miles E of Walla Walla.

A plane drops a load of red retardant across a forested mountainside.
Photo Credit: USFS

Umatilla NF, USFS. Thirty miles east of Walla Walla, WA. Closed timber litter, timber and
medium slash.

Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting. Several
communities threatened.

32,298 acres. 15% contained. 499 personnel. 7 crews, 31 engines and 6 copters. $28.1M CTD.

WALKER CREEK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Wauconda.

IMT also managing the Spur and Chickadee Creek Fires. Timber and short grass. Community of Bonaparte and structures
threatened. Evacuations in effect.

Active fire behavior with short-range spotting, group torching and wind-driven runs.

Structure protection continued through the night as firefighters removed vegetation and any materials that could threaten structures.  In the northern area of the fire, dozers are constructing fire line to remove fuel. Work today will include constructing fire line from the fires end down to Bonaparte Lake, continued construction and improvement of containment and contingency lines, and scouting for spot fires.

1,091 acres. 10% contained. 250 personnel. 4 crews, 23 engines. $4.5M CTD.

CUB CREEK 2 FIRE – 5 miles N of Winthrop.

Firefighters cutting line with a group of trees on fire very close
Photo Credit: Skidgen E87

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. Infrastructure now threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping.

66,883 acres. 55% contained. 330 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines and 8 copters.

3 structures lost. $21.9M 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

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, brush and short grass. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with torching, smoldering and uphill runs.

53,215 acres. 50% contained. 437 personnel 8 crews, 26 engines, 7 copters.

2 structures lost. $28M CTD.

DELANCY FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

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

Minimal fire behavior.

223 acres. 80% contained. No resources assigned but is being monitored. $122K CTD.

Oregon Wildfires

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

Hillside burning and smoking
Photo Credit: USFS

(5 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 8). Timber and medium slash. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting.

6,606 acres. 12% contained. Total 655 personnel.

YAINAX FIRE – 10 miles NE of Bonanza.

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

WALRUS FIRE – 11 miles N of Bonanza.

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

BOOTLEG FIRE – 23 miles E of Chiloquin.

As part of the BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) effort, hydrologists evaluate potential post-fire flooding.
Hydrologists evaluate an irrigation diversion on the Sprague River. | Photo Credit: USFS.

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. Structures threatened. Area and Trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering.

413,717 acres. 98% contained. 253 total personnel.

SKYLINE RIDGE COMPLEX – 5 miles SE of Days Creek.

Night operations on Skyline Ridge Complex
Photo Credit: ODF

(3 fires), South Unit, ODF. IMT 1 (ODF Team 1). Timber and light slash. Numerous residences and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations in effect.

Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and short-range spotting.

4,828 acres. 33% contained. 1254 personnel. 38 crews, 49 engines and 14 copters. $11.7M CTD.

BRULER FIRE – 9 miles S of Detroit.

Willamette National Forest firefighters engage in mop-up- July 15, 2021
Photo Credit: USFS

Willamette NF, USFS. Closed timber litter and timber. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.

195 acres. 75% contained. 66 total personnel.

BLACK BUTTE FIRE – 36 miles SE of John Day, 24.9 miles S of Unity.

Photo of smoke rising from the forest with a hazy sky.
Photo Credit: Eric Risdal, NW IMT 6

Malheur NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 9). IMT 2 (NW Team 6) mobilizing. Timber and light slash. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Started on 8/3/2021. Lightning-caused.

17,571 acres. 30% contained.

New! FOX COMPLEX – W of Lakeview

Includes the Patton Meadow and Willow Valley Fires which just merged together. They are both being managed by a team under Unified Command with the OR DOF’s IMT Team 3 and the OR State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team. they are busy setting up their Incident Command Post (ICP) at the Lake County Fairgrounds. They are also working on coordinating a base for crews and amenities to support them.

Total 7,000 acres. 0% containment.

Patton Meadow Fire_08132021_8PM
Photo Credit: USFS

Patton Meadow Fire – 10 -15 miles W of Lakeview.

Fire behavior increased overnight as winds out of the north pushed it over and to the south of Hwy 140 and well west of the 383 road. Night crews and dozers were able to put a line around those areas and will continue to strengthen those lines throughout the day.

Credit: ODF

Fire is now 4,100 acres. 0% contained.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS in progress – GO NOW!

  •  Highway 140 West at Juniper RV to Antelope Valley Ranch.
  • All of Drews Gap, on both sides of Highway 140.

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS in progress – GET SET!

  • West of Antelope Valley Ranch to Tracy Loop.
  • N of Hwy 140 from Juniper RV to Lower Cottonwood.

LEVEL 1 EVACUATIONS in progress – BE READY!

  • 140 W south to Andy Hill Road
  • West on Andy Hill Road to Dog Lake Lane, to Dog Creek Bridge
  • All residences at Drews Reservoir
  • Tracy Loop to Upper Cottonwood Road
  • East of Lower Cottonwood road to Cottonwood Creek

SHELTER – Red Cross Shelteter. Daly Middle School. 220 South H Street, Lakeview.

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.

Started 8/12/2021 from dry lightning just before 1530 hours PT. One of several fires in Klamath and Lake Counties.

Cooperating agencies: S Central OR Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP). ODF, USFS/Fremont-Winema National Forest Lakeview District. Lake County SO, OEM.

71 personnel 7 engines and 2 helos. $50K CTD.

Willow Fire – 16 miles south of Bonanza, OR

EVACUATIONS in progress – by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. For more info , go to their website on Facebook here –> https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906.

Fire is burning mostly on BLM Lakeview District lands north of the Stateline, as a portion of the Modoc National Forest to the south. ODF lands are now being threatened. No structures are being threatened. Teams are working to get re-established with the new Unified Command system under this Fox Complex incident.

Resources include: 4 large type 1 copters are en route this afternoon.

KNOLL FIRE – 7 miles NE of McKenzie Bridge.

Firefighters pick up extra health and safety items for their shift.
Photo Credit: USFS

Timber, closed timber litter and light slash. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road, and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, torching and spotting.

544 acres. 30% contained. 82 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines. $222K CTD.

BULL COMPLEX – 25 miles NE of Mill City.

Cascade Type 2 Initial Attack Crew constructing handline
Photo Credit: USFS

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

Total 1,865 acres. 0% contained. 236 total personnel.

MIDDLEFORK COMPLEX – 9 miles NE of Oakridge.

Blue sky visible above pink tinted smoke from forest fires. Below the smoke green forested mountains are visible.
Photo Credit: USDA Forest Service

(3 fires), Willamette NF, USFS. IMT 1 (PNW Team 3). IMT is also managing the Knoll Fire. Closed timber litter and timber. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and torching.

8,424 acres. 2% contained. 673 personnel. 134 crews, 30 engines, 6 copter. $11.1M CTD.

ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX – 18 miles SW of Oakridge.

Rough Patch - Chaos Fire on August 7, 2021
Photo Credit: USFS

(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. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting.

9,905 acres. 3% contained. 441 total personnel.

JACK FIRE – 31 miles E of Roseburg.

photo credit Forrest Ownbey WADNR
Photo Credit: USFS

Umpqua NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Numerous structures threatened.

23,614 acres. 53% contained. 131 total personnel.

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