NW Wildfire Activity Report | Friday

Thank you for visiting our page and reading our post! This is the NW Wildfire Activity Report for Friday, October 15, 2021.

NEW WILDFIRES

Deer Loop Fire

Okanogan County, WA. 0.1 acre. Grass, shrub and timber. IC Wiggs. Dispatched 1238 PT. Contained/controlled/out at 1330 PT. Central WA Communications Center.

ONGOING INCIDENTS

Rough Patch Complex

Crews in Alpha and Charlie Divisions of the Little Bend Fire build primary containment on the west and south perimeter of the fire. (U.S. Forest Service photo by Kevin S. Abel)
Little Bend Fire. Firefighters remove hazardous fire fuels from the Alpha and Charlie Divisions. – Credit: Kevin S Abel, USFS.

18 miles SW of Oakridge, OR. Umpqua National Forest (USFS). Closed litter and timber. Started July 29, 2021 from about 20-plus lightning strikes hit the area. Jack Fire is part of this complex but is listed as a single incident due to being reported by fire officials as a separate standalone fire.

50,409 acres. 74% contained. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering observed. Area, road and trail closures still in effect. Expected containment on October 31, 2021. 46 total personnel. One helicopter assisting. $56.9 Million CTD.

NOTICE: Closures can be found on the Jack Fire post, which gives instructions where you can find maps.

Jack Fire

Courtesy of B. Kicklighter
Fire along Calf Ridge looking towards Calf Creek on July 24, 2021. – Credit. USFS

31 miles E of Roseburg, OR. Umpqua National Forest (USFS). Closed timber litter and timber. Started July 5, 2021 around 1700 hours PT via a human-caused ignition. Fire management turned back this over to local USFS Officials.

24,165 acres. 83% contained. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area, road and trail closures still in effect. Four total personnel along with one engine assigned. $44.7 Million CTD.

NOTICE: Pile burning operations in the Umpqua NF started on October 12, 2021. This is occurring near Laying Creek Road on Cottage Grove Ranger District near the Dellenback Trail on Diamond Lake Ranger District. It is also occurring near the Steamboat Ballfield and the 4712 Road on North Umpqua Ranger District.

Call 9-1-1 if you see any new wildfire starts. These operational incidents will be occurring on a regular basis until they have reached all of their prescribed fire objectives. These prescribed fires are to help reduce hazardous and heavy fire fuels to prevent further spread of future wildfires in the areas.

NOTICE: Some areas within the UNF are closed. Check out the newest USFS closure map on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UmpquaNationalForest or on inciweb’s website at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/7771/0/127415.

Bull Complex

Night burn on the Bull Complex 9.9.2021
Night burn on September 9, 2021. – Credit: USFS

21 miles NE of Mill City, OR. Mt. Hood National Forest (USFS). Timber and closed timber litter. Started on the afternoon of August 2, 2021, after a lighting storm passed over sparking four new different fires on the south end of the forest. Five total fires would be detected on the 2nd and a fifth one on the 3rd: Janus, Kola, Ridge Fires in the SE area of the Bull of the Woods wilderness. Fourth fire in the Round Lake area. Fifth fire Orge Creek Fire.

24,894 acres with a 70% containment status. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering activity observed. 77 total personnel with one engine. One structure was lost. $35.1 Million CTD.

Schneider Springs Fire

Burning Operations Photo Credit: Aaron Merritt
Springs Canyon Fire – Credit: Ok-Wen NF

18 miles NW of Naches, WA. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (USFS). Fire managed by Thomas, Naches Ranger District Type 4 IC. Short grass, timber and brush. Lightning caused. Started on August 4, 2021.

107,322 acres. 91% containment reached. Expected containment by October 31, 2021. Minimal fire activity along with smoldering and creeping activities reported. 72 total personnel still assisting with two crews and five engines. $53.9 Million CTD.

Devils’s Knob Complex

The first days of the Devils Knob fires from Pickett Butte Lookout 8/1
A photo snapped from the Pickett Butte Lookout on August 1, 2021. – Credit: USFS

21 miles NE of Azalea, OR. Umpqua National Forest (USFS). Timber and hardwood litter. Started around August 3, 2021 after lightning strikes hit the area between July 29, 2021 through August 1, 2021. A collection of 25 wildfires began burning. It was quickly contained to 65% (today) and has been turned back over to the local IMT. Personnel will continue fire objectives of suppression repair, falling and clearing trees.

70,110 acres. 65% containment status reached. 184 total personnel with two crews and three engines. One structure destroyed. $62.6 Million CTD.

NOTICE: A TFR (temporary flight restriction) is still in effect. No unauthorized aircraft including Drones can be in the current airspace around the fire ground or around it. Please check your local flight restrictions for this TFR in effect.

Nason Fire

Smoke column on the Nason Fire in August 2021..
Smoke visible in August of 2021. – Credit: Mike Barajas, USFS

17 miles NE of Plain and 7 miles SE of the unincorporated area of Lake Wenatchee, WA. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (USFS). Being managed without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned with focus on a strategy other than full suppression. Burning in steep, rocky terrain and difficult to access. Started August 4, 2021 from lightning.

Minimal fire behavior has been reported. 1,321 acres. 90% contained. Two people are assisting. $300,000 CTD.

NOTE: Some details gleaned from various verified sources may have changed, as some agencies have stopped reporting within the last one-to-two days.

SOURCES: USFS, OK-WEN NF, Umpqua NF, Inciweb, nifc, WildCAD.net.

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