WA WILDFIRE |CHELAN HILLS FIRE | 2

DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 3 – JULY 31, 2018 – 1430 PDT

Fire has burned 1,842 acres and crews have successfully reached a 97% containment status.  There are 244 personnel assigned along with 4 crews, 34 engines and 0 helicopters.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2 primary homes and 1 vacation homes, along with several outbuildings, crops and wheat fields were damaged.

Fire suppression efforts and containment status costs-to-date have reached $1.6Million.

UPDATE 2 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1045 PDT

The fire has burned 1,842 acres and has reached a 40% containment status.

There are 130 firefighters assigned to this incident and today, will be tasked with continued containment efforts throughout the day, along with air resources when needed.

WSP states there could be traffic delays on SR 97 as fire activity could impact roadways off and on today.

Taken on July 27th. Photo Credit:  WSP

Boaters are asked to remain clear of the area used by the planes and helicopters for dipping water.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2200 PDT

July 27:  WA DNR fire assets joined five airplanes, local and BLM Oregon fire crews that were dispatched to a fire was burning on the east side of the Columbia River, east of Chelan Falls (not to be confused with Lake Chelan) and north of Orondo, Washington State.

Photo taken on July 28th.  Credit:  WA DNR

Friday morning, the NCW Fairgrounds in Waterville opened their facility to shelter any animals impacted by the wildfire. Officials request that if you use this shelter, to leave animal information on the Log at the Fair Office.  Questions or need assistance, you may contact Carolyn @ 775-790-5616.

Taken on July 27 – Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore, PIO

200 Firefighters are assigned on this fire and are working tirelessly around the clock to suppress and contain this extremely active fire.

At about 1900 hours, the fire was said to be moving rapidly due to increased winds.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 2 evacuations for McNeil Canyon including Beebe Ranch area.

Around 2130 hours, the fire had burned 1,200 acres that prompted evacuation notifications to be issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

July 28:  This morning rain fell over the area creating good news in how the  wildfire was moving “away” from the roadway.

DNR estimated the fire had grown to 800 acres scorched earlier in the morning, but  an air flight recon over the fire line was completed just after noon the estimation would come in a whopping 1,800 acres!  However, crews were beginning to make progress with reach a preliminary 20% containment status.

WA State Fire Mobe resources were approved during the day and were in the process of being deployed on this rapidly growing firestorm.

Around 1630 hours, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office reopened McNeil Canyon but wants drivers to know to be cautious and have your situational awareness in tune to your surroundings.  Additionally, yield to fire personnel and their apparatus, as they are still working in the area.

As of 2100 hours, WSP states traffic was returning to alternate traffic in which a WSDOT pilot car would escort drivers on a single lane in each direction from milepost 213 (Orondo) to milepost 235 (SR 97/SR150 Junction).

Drivers whom want to avoid traffic delays, may use alternate SR97A which is fully open.  This traffic operation will remain in effect throughout the night and expect long delays.

#ChelanHillsFire #WAwildfires2018 #WA

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WA WILDFIRE |CHELAN HILLS FIRE

DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON —

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2200 PDT

July 27:  WA DNR fire assets joined five airplanes, local and BLM Oregon fire crews that were dispatched to a fire was burning on the east side of the Columbia River, east of Chelan Falls (not to be confused with Lake Chelan) and north of Orondo, Washington State.

Photo taken on July 28th.  Credit:  WA DNR

Friday morning, the NCW Fairgrounds in Waterville opened their facility to shelter any animals impacted by the wildfire. Officials request that if you use this shelter, to leave animal information on the Log at the Fair Office.  Questions or need assistance, you may contact Carolyn @ 775-790-5616.

Taken on July 27 – Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore, PIO

200 Firefighters are assigned on this fire and are working tirelessly around the clock to suppress and contain this extremely active fire.

At about 1900 hours, the fire was said to be moving rapidly due to increased winds.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 2 evacuations for McNeil Canyon including Beebe Ranch area.

Around 2130 hours, the fire had burned 1,200 acres that prompted evacuation notifications to be issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

July 28:  This morning rain fell over the area creating good news in how the  wildfire was moving “away” from the roadway.

DNR estimated the fire had grown to 800 acres scorched earlier in the morning, but  an air flight recon over the fire line was completed just after noon the estimation would come in a whopping 1,800 acres!  However, crews were beginning to make progress with reach a preliminary 20% containment status.

WA State Fire Mobe resources were approved during the day and were in the process of being deployed on this rapidly growing firestorm.

Around 1630 hours, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office reopened McNeil Canyon but wants drivers to know to be cautious and have your situational awareness in tune to your surroundings.  Additionally, yield to fire personnel and their apparatus, as they are still working in the area.

As of 2100 hours, WSP states traffic was returning to alternate traffic in which a WSDOT pilot car would escort drivers on a single lane in each direction from milepost 213 (Orondo) to milepost 235 (SR 97/SR150 Junction).

Drivers whom want to avoid traffic delays, may use alternate SR97A which is fully open.  This traffic operation will remain in effect throughout the night and expect long delays.

#ChelanHillsFire #WAwildfires2018 #WA

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Active Wildfires | NW Region | August 8 2017

NORTHWEST WILDFIRES | A few more wildfires to add to our list while removing some of them now fully contained, not necessarily out. Here is our recap for Monday, August 7, 2017.

#BearButteFire (OR) Wallowa – Whitman NF. IMT 2 . 20 miles NW of Baker City. Timber(OR) Rouge River-Siskiyou NF. IMT 2 (also managing Spruce Lake Fire). Active fire behavior with group isolated torching. 383 acres. 10% containment. 341 personnel.  7 crews, 15 engines and 2 helicopters. $87,000 CTD..

Fire burns up ladder fuels and torches a tree within the Blanket Creek Fire.

This is what Fire crews may be faced when fighting forest fires. Courtesy: Inciweb

#BlanketFire (OR).  Active fire behavior with torching, short-range spotting. 4,600 acres. 31% contained. 727 personnel. 20 crews, 20 engines and 5 helicopters. $8.7 Million CTD..

#ChetcoBarFire.  (OR) Rogue River-Siskiyou NF. NIMO. 16 miles East of Selma, OR. Phoenix NIMO. Timber and brush.  Fire has burned into the scars of Biscuit Fire (2002) and Silver Fire (1987).  Moderate fire with flanking and backing. 4,533 acres. 12% containment status. 66 personnel.  2 crews, 1 helicopter. $1.5 Million CTD..

#CinderButteFire (OR)  BLM – Burns District. 10 miles W of Riley.  Brush and tall grass. Start August 2, 2017. 52,531 acres. 60% containment status. 496 personnel. 14 crews, 27 engines and 2 helos. $2.1 Million CTD..

New! #ClarksCreekFire (OR) DOF. 18 miles NE of La Grande.  Timber, short grass.  Moderate fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and backing. 300 acres. 0% contained. 47 personnel. 11 engines and 1 helo. $45,000 CTD..

#DevilsLakeFire (OR) Fremont-Winema NF. 7 miles SE of Bly. Timber and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. 1,702 acres. 82% containment.  487 personnel. 10 crews, 17 engines and 2 helos. $3.4 Million CTD..

Helicopter at Foster Field helibase. Photo: Marshall Wallace.

This much-needed fire asset is leaving  the Foster Field helibase presumably taking a full bambi bucket of water. Photo Credit: Mark Wallace, USFS

#DiamondCreekFire    (WA) 18 air miles from Mazama and at the intersection of Diamond Creek and Lost River in the Paysaten Wilderness of the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.  Started July 22, 2017. Cause is suspected as human intervention. — Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and spotting. 9,486 acres. 0% contained. 117 personnel. 2 crews, 5 engines and 4 helos. $1.7 Million CTD..

#HanoverFire (ID) Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs and long-range spotting.  5,431 acres. 0% containment. 282 personnel. 1 Type 1 crew, 2 Type 2 crews, 8 engines, 1 dozer, 4 feller bunchers, 3 skidders, 2 log loaders and 1 processor. Northern Rockies IMT 2..

 #HayesRoadFire (WA). 10 miles NE of Mansfield.  SE WA IMT 2. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 2,306 acres. 90% containment. 90 personnel. 1 crew, 17 engines and 1 helo. $406,000 CTD.

#IbexFire (ID) Active fire behavior with running, group torching and spotting. Structures threatened. 4,4646 acres. 0% containment. 27 personnel. 2 helos. $250,000 CTD..

A group of people working on the Indian Creek Fire are listening to a briefing from the Helibase Manager and helicopter pilot about the Indian Creek Fire activity. Mt. Adams is visible in the background.

Some of the most important people you want to ever meet – the talented pilots of those large flying machines that like to drop retardant and water down below on the Indian Creek Fire. Courtesy: Inciweb

#IndianCreekFire (OR)  West side of Eagle Creek Trail.  Between Tunnel Falls and 7.5 mile camp Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness within the Hood River Ranger District of Mt. Hood NF.  NIMO.  Moderate fire behavior with backing and creeping.  83 acres. 0% containment status. 75 personnel. 1 crew, 2 helos. $1.5 Million CTD..

#KnotGrassFire (WA) S of Pomeroy (SE part of State) on Asotin and Garfield County line. Grassland, some crops and timber. 350 acres. 90% contained.  54 personnel. 1 crew, 11 engines and 1 helo. $69,000 CTD..

#LavaFlowFire  (ID) Idaho Falls District, BLM.  7 miles South of Atomic City. Brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. 22,651 acres. 98% containment. 65 personnel. 2 crews, 5 engines. $875,000 CTD..

 #MammothCaveFire (OR).  Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. 47,052 acres. 40% contained. 234 personnel. 3 crews, 24 engines and 3 helos. 3 structures destroyed. $360,000 CTD..

Type II rotor filling its bucket in preparation for a drop on Noisy Creek fire

A Type 2 rotor fills it Bambi bucket (orange container) full of water from a source preparing for a drop over the Noisy Creek Fire. Courtesy: Inciweb

#NoisyCreekFire  (WA) 3 miles E of Sullivan Lake. Pend Orielle County.  Colville NF. Lightning caused. Start July 15, 2017 @ 0800 hours PDT.   Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and uphill runs.  3,120 acres. 22% containment. 212 personnel. 3 crews, 10 engines and 3 helos. $2.1 Million CTD..

 #PowerlineFire (ID) BIA – Ft. Hall Agency. 20 miles SW of Pocatello. Brush and grass. Extreme fire behavior with running, flanking, torching. Evacuations in effect. 46,000 acres. 25% contained. 301 personnel. 8 crews, 26 engines, 4 helos. $300,000 CTD..

New! #RebelFire (OR) Willamette NF. 23 miles NE of Oak Ridge. Oak. Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and flanking. 150 acres. 0% contained. 109 personnel. 4 crews, 4 engines. $100,000 CTD..

#ShoestringFire (ID) BLM – Twin Falls District. 4 miles S of Gooding. Brush, Short grass. Active fire behavior with running. 35,737 acres. 50% containment. 50 personnel. 6 engines, 3 helos. 1 structure destroyed. $170,000 CTD..

Smoke column with fire visible at the leading edge of the fire

Explosive smoke and flames on the Spruce Fire. Courtesy: Inciweb

 #SpruceLake Fire (OR) Crater Lake National Park. 15 miles SW of Diamond Lake. Timber.   East of Idanha. Timber and brush.   Active fire behavior with short-range spotting, torching and flanking. 5,300 acres. 13% containment. 332 personnel. 14 crews, 4 engines and 2 helos.$2.1 Million CTD..

Yellow shirted firefighter standing by a fire engine and portable water tanks on a road

Fire engines with portable tanks on the Suiattle Fire. Courtesy: Inciweb

#SuiattleFire  (WA) Near Suiattle River Road. Snohomish County. DNR air and ground resources on-scene. Start July 30, 2017. — Minimal fire behavior. Contained and in mop-up operations on Saturday, August 5, 2017. 216 acres. 221 personnel. 3 crews, 10 engines and 3 helos. $2.1 Million CTD..

#WhitewaterFire (OR). 15 East of Detroit. Active fire behavior with spotting, group torching. 5,421 acres. 0% containment. 619 personnel. 18 crews, 11 engines and 6 helos. $5.2 Million CTD..

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Active Wildfires | NW Region | August 6 2017

NORTHWEST WILDFIRES | It has been an extremely busy time for those in the State of Idaho with several new starts.  Here is our recap for the  Northwest Region on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Fire Fact:

National Fire Preparedness Level is at 4 (with 5 being the highest), as of July 9, 2017.

#BearButteFire (OR) Wallowa – Whitman NF. IMT 2 . 20 miles NW of Baker City. Timber. Active fire behavior with short crowns and group torching.  — 383 acres. 0% containment. — 170 personnel.  2 crews, 27 engines and 3 helos. — $522,000 CTD.

#BlanketCreekFire  (OR) Rouge River-Siskiyou NF. IMT 2 (also managing Spruce Lake Fire). 9 miles NE of Prospect. Timber.  — Active fire behavior, crowning, spotting and running. — 3,852 acres. 27% contained. — 730 personnel. 21 crews, 18 engines and 5 helicopters. — $6.2 Million CTD.

Large smoke on the Chetco Fire. PC: Rogue River-Siskiyou NF.

#ChetcoBarFire.  (OR) Rogue River-Siskiyou NF. NIMO. 16 miles East of Selma, OR. Phoenix NIMO. Timber and brush.  Fire has burned into the scars of Biscuit Fire (2002) and Silver Fire (1987).  — Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. — 4,341 acres. 12% contained. — 66 personnel. 2 crews and 1 helo. — $1.5 Million CTD.

Dispatch Areas Map

NW Dispatch Offices (WA only) PC: NWCC

#CinderButteFire (OR)  BLM – Burns District. 10 miles W of Riley.  Brush and tall grass. Start August 2, 2017. — Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and uphill runs. — 52,223 acres. 40% contained. — 378 personnel.  10 crews, 22 engines and 2 helicopters. — 2 structures destroyed.  — $1.5 Million CTD.

New! #CrestView3Fire (ID) Upper Snake Field Office/Bureau of Reclamation. 12 miles NW of Burley. — Active fire behavior with running. — 418 acres. 0% contained. — 23 personnel. 5 engines. — $9,000 CTD.

#DevilsLakeFire (OR) Fremont-Winema NF. 7 miles SE of Bly. Timber and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and smoldering.  — 1,694 acres. 44% contained.  — 657 personnel. 18 crews, 20 engines and 4 helos. — $2.8 Million CTD.

#DiamondCreekFire    (WA) 18 air miles from Mazama and at the intersection of Diamond Creek and Lost River in the Paysaten Wilderness of the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.  Started July 22, 2017. Cause is suspected as human intervention. — Moderate fire behavior with up hill runs, torching and spotting. — 8,742 acres. 0% containment. — 162 personnel. 1 crew, 5 engines and 4 helos. — $1.4 Million CTD.

Fire Fact:

As of August 5, 2017,  Nationally speaking we are at 5,771,813 acres burned!

 #HayesRoadFire (WA). 10 miles NE of Mansfield.  SE WA IMT 2. Brush and tall grass. — Moderate fire behavior — 3,000 acres. 50% contained. — 142 personnel. 39 engines. 2 helos. — 1 structure destroyed. — $196,000 CTD.

#HighlineFire (ID) 12 miles SW of Dixie. Timber. — Active fire behavior with short crown runs, short-range spotting and group torching. — 2300 acres. 0% contained. — 10 personnel. — $15,000 CTD.

#IndianCreekFire (OR)  West side of Eagle Creek Trail.  Between Tunnel Falls and 7.5 mile camp Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness within the Hood River Ranger District of Mt. Hood NF.  NIMO.  — Minimal fire behavior. — 83 acres. 0% containment. — 71 personnel. 1 crew, 2 helos. — $1.4 Million CTD.

Fire Fact:

3/4 Humans cause preventable wildfires.

#KnotGrassFire (WA) S of Pomeroy (SE part of State) on Asotin and Garfield County line. Grassland, some crops and timber. — 350 acres. 90% contained. — 54 personnel. 1 crew and 11 engines. — 1 structure destroyed. — $69,000.

Burning grasses on the Lava Flow Fire. PC: BLM – Idaho Fire.

#LavaFlowFire  (ID) Idaho Falls District, BLM.  7 miles South of Atomic City. Brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. — 22,651 acres. 75% containment. — 124 personnel. 3 crews, 10 engines, 1 helo. — $850,000 CTD.

#LonePineFire  (ID) Nez – Perce NF. 25 miles NE of Elk City. Below Lone Pine Point in the vicinity of Mink Peak Fire and expected to merge into this wildfire. Lightning caused. Started on July 14, 2017. Type 4 IC managing fire burning naturally.

New! #MammothCaveFire (OR). Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs. Evacuations in effect. — 30,000 acres. 0% contained. — 137 personnel. 20 engines and 3 helos. — 3 structures destroyed. — $300,000 CTD.

Fire Fact:

Nationally speaking, there were 44 large fires burning in 7 states with Oregon and Idaho reporting overnight with the most increased fire activity, burned acreage.

#MorganCreekFire (OR) Vale District, BLM. 6 miles NE of Huntington. Brush and short grass. — 2,286 acres. 50% contained. — 123 personnel. 5 crews, 12 engines. — $200,000 CTD.

Mammoth Fire. PC: BLM – Idaho Fire

#NoisyCreekFire  (WA) 3 miles E of Sullivan Lake. Pend Orielle County.  Colville NF. Lightning caused. Start July 15, 2017 @ 0800 hours PDT.  — Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and uphill runs. — 3380 acres. 20% contained. — 156 personnel.  2 crews and 2 helicopters. — $1.9 Million CTD.

#NForkHughesFire  (ID) Panhandle. 20 miles N of Nordman on Priest Lake Ranger District in Upper Hughes Creek drainage and N of Hughes Meadow across from the Washington State line. Lightning cause possibly.

Fire Fact:

Drones flying in the same airspace as Fire Suppression helicopters and planes can not only collide with them, but force them to land or even crash.

Fire has crossed over the Bannock County line. PC: BLM – Idaho Fire

New! #PowerlineFire (ID) BIA – Ft. Hall Agency. 20 miles SW of Pocatello. Brush and grass. Extreme fire behavior with running, spotting. — Residences threatened. Evacuations in effect. — 23,000 acres. 20% containment. 142 personnel. 2 crews, 22 engines. — $200,000 CTD.

Another great shot of the Suiattle Fire. PC: Marcus Pond

New! #ShoestringFire (ID) BLM – Twin Falls District. 4 miles S of Gooding. Brush, Short grass. — Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs. — Structures threatened. — 12,000 acres. 0% contained. — 5 engines, 3 helos. — $90,000 CTD.

 #SpruceLake Fire (OR) Crater Lake National Park. 15 miles SW of Diamond Lake. Timber.   East of Idanha. Timber and brush.   — Moderate fire behavior with spotting, torching and flanking. — 4,668 acres. 9% contained.  — 324 personnel. 14 crews, 4 engines and 2 helos. — $1.7 Million CTD.

Fire Fact:

There are no official rules but first responders generally name a fire after a meadow, creek, city of type of plant they see.

#SuiattleFire  (WA) Near Suiattle River Road. Snohomish County. DNR air and ground resources on-scene. Start July 30, 2017. — Minimal fire behavior. Contained and in mop-up operations on Saturday, August 5, 2017. — 216 acres. — 325 personnel. 8 crews, 11 engines and 3 helos. — $1.8 Million CTD.

Fire suppression helicopter on the Suiattle Fire. PC: Marcus Pond

#WhitewaterFire (OR). 15 East of Detroit. Active Fire behavior with spotting and group torching. — 54,219 acres. 0% containment. — 393 personnel. 10 crews, 10 engines and 7 helicopters. — $4.5 Million CTD.

Fire Fact:

Stage 1 burn ban for Washington has been lifted.

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Active Wildfires | WA, OR, ID | August 5 2017

NORTHWEST WILDFIRES | We are listing the current active wildfires gleaned from various sources and compiled into a single post for Saturday, August 5, 2017

WASHINGTON STATE

How to Report a Wildfire:  Call 911 and 800-562-6010.

#BurnoutRdFire DNR – NW Region. 6 miles southeast of the Lost Lake Trailhead of the Larrabee State Park which is 4 miles south of Bellingham on Chuckanut Drive.  48 acres. 80% contained. 104 personnel.

#DiamondCreekFire    18 air miles from Mazama and at the intersection of Diamond Creek and Lost River in the Paysaten Wilderness of the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.  Started July 22, 2017. Cause is suspected as human intervention. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and long-range spotting. Structures threatened. 8,742 acres. 0% contained. 149 personnel. 1 crew, 5 engines and 4 helos. $1.1 Million CTD.

Hayes Road Fire in WA. PC: Douglas County Fire District #5

Newly Reported! #HayesRoadFire Washington State. 10 miles NE of Mansfield.  SE WA IMT 2. Brush and tall grass. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs. Residences threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. 500 acres. 0% contained. 14 personnel. 1 engine. 25,000 CTD.

#KnotGrassFire S of Pomeroy (SE part of State) on Asotin and Garfield County line. Grassland, some crops and timber. Minimal fire behavior. Residences threatened.  350 acres. 50% contained. 54 personnel. 1 crew, 11 engines. 1 structure destroyed. $69,000 CTD.

 #MaldenFire  WA FMO. Started 8/2 on private land, 1 mile N of Malden. Tall grass. 246 acres. 80% contained. Limited info available.

#NoisyCreekFire  3 miles E of Sullivan Lake. Pend Orielle County.  Colville NF. Lightning caused. Start July 15, 2017 @ 0800 hours PDT.  Active fire behavior with flanking, uphill runs and group torching. 2,470 acres. 4% contained. 142 personnel. 2 crews, 1 engine and 2 helicopters. $1.7 Million CTD.

Vehicles are parked at a drop point on the fire

This is what Interagency cooperation looks like. 3 different Agencies working together. PC: Julie Knubel (via Inciweb)

 #SuiattleFire  Near Suiattle River Road. Snohomish County. DNR air and ground resources on-scene. Start July 30, 2017. Moderate fire behavior.  216 acres. 25% contained. 356 personnel. 9 crews, 11 engines and 6 helos. $1.3 Million CTD.

OREGON

New! #BearButteFire Wallowa – Whitman NF. IMT 2 . 20 miles NW of Baker City. Timber. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, long-range spotting and group torching. Structures threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. 750 acres. 0% containment. 67 personnel. 7 engines and 3 helos. $150,000 CTD.

Firefighter monitors fuel consumption along the Blanket Creek Fire, August 1, 2017

Firefighters on the Blanket Fire monitor as fire consumes the landscape before them. PC: Inciweb

#BlanketCreekFire Rouge River-Siskiyou NF. IMT 2 (also managing Spruce Lake Fire). 9 miles NE of Prospect. Timber.  Moderate fire behavior with short crown runs, flanking and torching.  3,750 acres. 14% contained. 737 personnel. 23 crews, 14 engines 5 helicopters. $6.2 Million CTD.

smoke column 7-29-17

Smoke column rises on July 29, 2017 on the Chetco  Bar Fire. PC: Inciweb

#ChetcoBarFire.  Rogue River-Siskiyou NF. NIMO. 16 miles East of Selma, OR. Phoenix NIMO. Timber and brush.  Fire has burned into the scars of Biscuit Fire (2002) and Silver Fire (1987).  Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. 4,228 acres. 12% contained. 63 personnel. 2 crews, 1 helicopter. $1.6 Million CTD.

#CinderButteFire BLM – Burns District. 10 miles W of Riley.  Brush and tall grass. Start August 2, 2017. Active fire behavior with torching.  52,223 acres. 15% contained. 271 personnel. 6 crews, 23 engines and 1 helicopter. 2 structures destroyed. $300,000 CTD.

Photo from the air of Devils Lake Fire on its first day

Air recon flight on the Devils Lake Fire. PC: Daniel Williams (via Inciweb)

 #DevilsLakeFire Fremont-Winema NF. 7 miles SE of Bly. Timber and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and isolated torching. 1,694 acres. 25% contained. 577 personnel. 17 crews, 16 engines and 4 helos. $2 Million. CTD.

#IndianCreekFire. West side of Eagle Creek Trail.  Between Tunnel Falls and 7.5 mile camp Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness within the Hood River Ranger District of Mt. Hood NF.  NIMO.  Min fire behavior. 83 acres. 0% contained. 69 personnel. 1 crew and 2 helos. $1.3 Million CTD.

#MorganCreekFire. Vale District, BLM. 6 miles NE of Huntington. Brush and short grass. Min fire behavior. 2,286 acres. 50% contained. 123 personnel. 5 crews, 12 engines. $200,000 CTD.

Cinder Butte fire burning interior pockets of fuels

Black smoke says it is burning unburned fire fuels on the Cinder Butte Fire. PC: Inciweb

 #SpruceLake Fire. Crater Lake National Park. 15 miles SW of Diamond Lake. Timber.   Active fire behavior with crowning, spotting and running. 5,000 acres. 5% contained. 319 personnel. 14 crews, 4 engines and 2 helos. $1.4 Million CTD.

#WhitewaterFire Willamette NF. IMT 2. Started on BLM land 10 miles east of Idanha. Timber and brush.   Active fire behavior with short-range spotting and group torching.  5,000 acres. 0% containment. 264 personnel. 4 crews, 8 engines and 5 helos. $3.8 Million CTD.

IDAHO WILDFIRES

#CoeFire   Twin Falls District, BLM. 3 miles NW of Malta. Timber, brush and short grass.

Photo of fire plume  from Hanover Fire

Air recon flight from Chair Point Lookout taken on August 3 on the Hanover Fire. PC: Inciweb

#HanoverFire  Nez – Perce NF.  4 miles NE of Florence. IMT2 Timber, brush and grass. Active fire behavior with group torching and single-tree torching. Structures threatened. 3,078 acres. 0% contained. 36 personnel. 2 engines and 4 helos. $1.5 Million CTD.

#HiddenFire Nez – Perce NF.  14 mles W of Pinesdale.  Timber, brush. 7 miles NE of the Elk Summit Guard Station and in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. Being managed as long-term natural burning fire. 549 acres. 1 person.

#IbexFire   Salmon-Challis NF. Previously reported incident. 23 miles NW of Challis. Timber. Start July 24, 2017. Active fire behavior with crowning, torching and long-range spotting. Smoke is due to impact Challis and surrounding areas. Lightning caused. 3,696 acres. 0% contained. 26 personnel.

#LavaFlowFire  Idaho Falls District, BLM.  7 miles South of Atomic City. Brush and grass. Min fire behavior. 22,651 acres. 45% contained. 147 personnel. 14 crews and 2 engines. $704,000 CTD.

Ibex Fire from Twin Peaks Lookout August 2

Ibex Fire from the Twin Peaks Lookout on August 2, 2017. PC: Inciweb

#LonePineFire  Nez – Perce NF. 25 miles NE of Elk City. Below Lone Pine Point in the vicinity of Mink Peak Fire and expected to merge into this wildfire. Lightning caused. Started on July 14, 2017. Type 4 IC managing fire burning naturally. 2,626 acres. 0% contained.

color photo of Missouri Fire on July 16, 2017

Vast fire spreading on the Missouri Fire taken on July 16. PC: Inciweb

New!  #MissouriFire Krassel Ranger District of Payette NF. 1,277 acres. 50% contained. 52 personnel. Limited details.

#NForkHughesFire  ID Panhandle. 20 miles N of Nordman on Priest Lake Ranger District in Upper Hughes Creek drainage and N of Hughes Meadow across from the Washington State line. Lightning cause possibly. active fire behavior with group torching, backing and some uphill runs. 693 acres. 0% contained.

New! #PuebloFire 6 miles N of Big Creek / Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit. East of Mosquito Ridge.  Fire reported by Sheepeater Lookout on July 30, 2017 at 1030 Hours. 100% contained.  Limited info.

Tappan Fire August 2, 2017

Fire and smoke backing down the canyon on the Tappan Fire taken on August 2, 2017. PC: Inciweb

#TappanFire  Salmon-Challis NF. Previously reported incident. 28 miles SW of Salmon. Timber and short grass. Active fire with backing down the North side of Camas Creek towards Middle Fork Salmon River. 1,154 acres. 0% contained. 24 personnel. 1 helo.

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NEW! Old Lady Fire Rekindles | Update 1

Updated 9/13/2016 @ 0155 hours PDT

 

Near Roosevelt, Washington in Klickitat County

REPORTS OF REKINDLING

A wildfire named Old Lady Wildfire has rekindled just NW of Roosevelt’s Old Hwy 8 and about 21 miles East of Goldendale, Washington some sources are reporting as long as four hours ago  (around 2220 hours on September 12th) stating.

The originally fire started on September 10th around 1643 hours and was deemed to be human-caused.  It was listed at 100% containment at 1300 acres on September 12th during the 0700 presser released by the NWICC PIO.

Around 2220 hours, reports of a rekindling had occurred and fire units were reporting over Social Media they were en route, along with State Mobe approved resources. (there was no update on the State Mobe page when we last checked it.)

SIZE UNCONFIRMED

There were multiple unconfirmed reports of the size of the new fire was at 1300 acres to as high as 3000 acres.  We are waiting to hear back from our direct sources for confirmation.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Here is a glimpse into what is being said on this wildfire via Social Media.

“Fire is about 40 miles East of Goldendale, one ranch has burned. Roosevelt is about 49 miles from Goldendale on the Columbia River where the regional landfill is, the fire is to the West with a strong north-east wind.” – as of 2342 hours PDT (9/12/2016)

“Red Cross shelter is open in Goldendale for evacuees.” (9/12/2016)

“Fire District 15 in Klickitat County just got released. Possible one or two structures lost, and the fire hit about 1300 acres. We had 12 fire districts on this fire.” – (9/11/2016)

Thank you for reading our blog Post. We will update as info is received.  

 

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WA Wildfire: Fletcher Rd Fire | Update 1

Updated 8/7/2016 @ 1930 Hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Fletcher Rd Fire was reported as wildfire that  broke out on Fletcher Rd in Walla Walla County and spreading into nearby Columbia County on Sunday, August 7, 2016. (12noon)

Earlier this afternoon, State Mobe resources were authorized by Washington State to deploy to the Fletcher Road Fire. (1407 PDT)

Less than an hour later, media and other sources began to report fire was threatening homes, crops and that destruction was heading towards Walla Walla, Washington (1 hour away).

FIRE SIZE

The fire has scorched 2,000 acres and is currently not contained at this time. (1542 PDT)

CAUSE

Started by lightning.

EVACUATIONS

Follow the lead of the fire coming towards many towns, evacuations began to occur. (1426 PDT).

RESOURCES

About 180 personnel are assigned to this incident including State Mobe resources that were demobilized from the Snake River Fire.  Washington DNR, State Mobilization fire and support personnel are on the fire ground, in addition to DNR heavy and light air tankers.

CLOSURES

Lyons Ferry Rd is closed from Highway 261 south to TOMCO seed.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#FletcherRdFire #NWFireBlogWA #WaWildfires2016

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ID ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SITREPS | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015

AVERY COMPLEX [New Complex!]. Complex consists of four separate fires on the

Active Fire on the Marble Creek Fire

Active fire on the Marble Creek Fire. [Credit: Donald Fitka]

St. Joe Ranger District – Marble Creek, Breezy, Crater and the Pretty Fires. Southeastern portion of St. Joe Ranger District. Start 8/11/15 @ 1400 PDT IC:  Mark Rosenthal, Great Basin Team 3, Type 2 Incident Command Team428 Personnel. 5176 Acres. 20% Contained.

BOBCAT FIRE. [New!] Approximately 15 miles north of Salmon, ID onthe Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. Start 8/14/15 @ 1600 PDT. Lightning caused. 1 personnel.  237 Acres. 91% Contained.

CAMPBELL’S FIRE. [New!] Located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 10 miles southeast of Dixie, ID. Start 8/13/15 @ 1745 PDT by lightning. 29 Personnel. 7821 Acres. Campbell’s Fire now includes Burnt Knob is showing increased spread in upper Trout Creek on to Highline Ridge.

Photo showing the Campbells Fire

Fire crews on the Campbells Fire. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

CLARK FORK COMPLEX.  6 fires in Complex.  6 miles NE and 9 mi. S of Clark Fork, Idaho; 5 mi. N of Noxon, MT.  Start 8/13/15 @ 1500 Hours.  is a combination of 6 fires burning on the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forests in northern Idaho and northwestern Montana. The Complex is being managed by Diane Hutton’s Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team.  173 Personnel.  15,744 Acres. 75% Contained.  Demobilizing overhead, equipment and divisions. Continually to patrol, holding, rehab along private & USFS boundaries.

CLEARWATER-MUNICIPAL COMPLEX. Complex consists of a group of fires in Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis Counties in northern Idaho. Start 8/10/15 @ 1315 Hours.  Lightning caused. Clearwater Complex merged with the Municipal Complex. Lawyer 2 Fire:   41,195 acres 80% Contained. Municipal Fire:  1,770 acres 100% Contained.  Fisher Fire:  18,889 Acres.  100% Contained.  Lolo 2 Fire:  6200 Acres.  80% Contained. Old Greer:  73 Acres. 100% Contained.302 Personnel. 68,1276 Acres. 90% Contained.

ELEVENMILE FIRE.  [New!] 17 miles west of Challis.  Start 8/24/15.

Gabe Medina – Sawyer HTF: “It’s Been a Good Day” [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Lightning. 10,387 Acres. 20% Contained. The East side of Yankee Fork is hottest with open flame burning heavy timber in the snow. Crews will extinguish hot spots along the fire’s edge for the next several days.Camp crews will establish a new spike camp in Bonanza campground to minimize travel time and reduce the risk associated with driving. 588 Personnel.  17 Crews. 7 Helicopters. 15 Engines.

LARKIN COMPLEX. [New!]. Complex includes a combination of lightning caused fires burning in the vicinity 30 miles NE of Pierce, ID. The active fires are Snow Creek:  3270 Acres.  WolfPack Fire:  1370 Acres.  Heather Fire:  2085 Acres.  Minnesaka Fire:  450 Acres.Roaring Fire:  100 Acres.  Start 8/17/15 @ 1430 Hours. 4 Personnel.  7550 Total Acres.

Crews on the Woodrat fire begin their hike uphill from Reflection Inn on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Crews on the Woodrat fire begin their hike uphill from Reflection Inn on Saturday, Aug, 29, 2015. [Credit: Borg Hendrickson]

LAST INCH FIRE. [New!] Glover Creek/Woesner Ridge and into West Fork of Floodwood Creek drainage. Start 8/12/15 @ 1657 Hours. 66 Personnel.  689 Acres. 78% Contained. Reinforce existing dozer line & dig handline where appropriate.

 

LOCHSA COMPLEX. [New!] Consists of 12 fires on the S side of the Lochsa River drainage from Warm Springs to the Selway River. Start 8/15/15 @ 2045 Hours. 5535 Acres. Active Fires in Complex:  Sponge Fire:  5100 Acres.  Lone Lake Fire:  220 Acres. Airstrip Fire:  1425 Acres.  Grit Fire:  525 Acres.  Lone Knob Fire:  460 Acres.  Horse Camp Fire:  570 Acres. Fire Creek Fire: 1210 Acres.  Structure protection continues for Wilderness Gateway Campground and outfitter area, the Fish Lake airstrip and cabin and Gold Meadows, as well as Horse Camp cabins.

Six firefighters work on a steep slope on a containment line.

Firefighters work on a containment line on a steep slope on the Last Inch Fire. [Credit: Mariah Wieske-Ormsby]

MIDDLE FORK COMPLEX.  Consists of The Waterfall Fire, Stoddard Fire, Roaring Harbor Fire and Alpine Fire.  In the N Fork Ranger District.  Start 8/11/15 @ 2000 Hours.  2 Personnel. 5199 Acres. Lightning caused. In monitoring stages.

MOTORWAY COMPLEX – JAY POINT – BOULDER FIRES.  Consists of fires Woodrat Fire, Slide Fires  near Syringa, Lowell, and Powell ID. Others may have limited or are not staffed within this Complex. 627 Personnel.  16,854 Acres. 30% Contained. Jay Point-Boulder Fires.   Jay Point Fire:  Located 1 mi downriver from Powell Ranger Station.Boulder-2 miles from Lolo Pass.  Start 8/17/15 @ 1315 PDT.

Functional Crew In-briefing on the Woodrat fire Saturday, Aug. 29.

Crew Briefing on the Woodrat Fire [Credit: Borg Hendrickson]

Lightning caused.   . Goal is to keep the Jay Point Fire from progressing north and east, away from corporate and private lands and the town of Powell and Highway 12.In essence, turn it back to the wilderness.Boulder Fire:  In the SW area of the fire, opportunities to construct line utilizing heavy equipment will be investigated. 95 Personnel. 8016 Acres.  25% Contained.

RAPID FIRE. [New!] 12 miles southeast of McCall, Idaho, east of Jug Handle mountain.. Start 8/14/15 @ 0800 Hours by Lightning. IC:  The fire is being managed by the Stephens Nevada Type 3 Team121 Personnel. 9617 Acres. 40% Contained.Continue to patrol on the west and south flanks. Continue to rely on aerial resources to support ground resources and suppress new fire growth in the Maloney Lake area.

 

Part of a helicopter crew, from Alberta Canada.

Part of a Helicopter Crew from Alberta Canada assigned on the Selway Complex. [Credit: Inciweb]

SCURVY MOUNTAIN FIRE.  Start 8/21/15 1130 Hours.  28 miles E & NE of Pierce, Idaho.  527 Acres.  4 Personnel. 3 North Fork Fires have been contained:  Rock Fire, Pot Lake Fire and Little Wash. Work continues to contain a NEW FIRE Siwash Fire, located near Elk Mountain. The Forest has detected 280 Fires burning nearly 130,000 Acres of land.

SELWAY COMPLEX.  Start 8/10/15 @ 1900 Hours.  Elk City and Red River areas of Idaho.  530 Personnel.  83,337  Acres.  The Selway Complex, the Red River Complex and the Elk City Complex (7 fires totally 83.337) are being reported on this ICS-209. The Slide Fire acres are a new addition today.

Snow on the Tepee Springs Fire

Snow has fallen on the Tepee Springs Fire on Sunday, September 6, 2015. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

TEPEE SPRINGS FIRE.  Start 8/12/15 @ 0730 Hours.  Along the river, the fire is 3 miles east of Riggins and 1 mile east of French Creek.  1008 Personnel. 94,655 Acres. 60% Contained.

TOWER FIRE.  Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The Tower Fire and six smaller fires are all part of the Kaniksu Complex. 791 Personnel. 24,296 Total Acres. 35% Contained.

Fires consist of:  Tower Fire: 791 Personnel. 24,372 Acres, 35% containment. Located 6 miles northeast of Usk, Wash., and 6 miles west of Priest Lake, Idaho. Onata Creek Fire: 546 acres, 91% containment. Located about 8 eight miles east, southeast of Ione, Wash.  Grease Creek Fire: .609 Acres. Located east of Sullivan Lake.  Hall Mountain Fire: 39 acres. Located on Hall Mountain. Slate Creek and South Fork Slate Creek Trail fires: 1 acre and 167 acres respectively. Located near the northwest boundary of Salmo-Priest Wilderness.  Baldy Fire: 515 acres, 100% containment. Located 6 miles north of Ione, Wash.

Feller Buncher on Marble Creek Fire

Feller Buncher on the Marble Creek Fire. [Credit: Kyande Anderson]

WILDERNESS COMPLEX. [New!] Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness.  Start 8/21/15 @ noon. Lightning caused. Consists of 8 fires in Complex but these are the most active fires:  Active fires within the Complex include Roll Creek Fire:  7800 Acres. Rock Point Fire:  250 Acres. Meeker Fire:  2400 Acres.  Baily Fire:  1525 Acres.  Army Mule Fire:  5400 Acres.  Barren Fire:  1205 Acres.  Wahoo Fire:  650 Acres.6 Personnel. 19,295 Total Acres. Fire sizes will be updates when IR imagery is available.

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Disclaimer:  We do not lay claims to the FireImages in this post and have given the Photo Credits to its original creators as best as we can.  We do not accept responsibility for misinformation as stated by the Courtesy or Photo Credits given.

WA WILDFIRES | Okanogan Complex | August 22, 2015

SUMMARY

Complex Fires:  9-Mile, Beaver Lake, Lime Belt [Knobbly merged with this fire, with Blue Lake later also merging into], Tunk Block, Twisp Fire [merged into complex on 8/20/15]

  • Location:  13 miles NW of Omak
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres Total:  124,083
  • Containment:  38%
  • Fuels:  Timber

FIRE STATUS

Fire Behavior

  • Extreme fire with crowning
  • Wind-driven runs
  • Long-range spotting.

Fire Ignition

  • 8/21 Update:  80% expected due to high winds.  Spotting distance could be up to 2-miles.

9-Mile Fire:

  • 8/22 Update: Mop-up & Patrol in progress. 4720 acres.  95% containment.

Beaver Lake: 

  • 8/22 Update: Fire grew significantly overnight to the SE and is at Hwy 20. 14,760 acres. 0% containment.
  • 8/21:  Last 24 Hrs:  grew to 14,760 acres . Fire managers: anticipate very high rates of fire spread in the lighter fuels. Where the fire gets into heavier timber, expect crown fire runs with long range spotting.

Twisp River: 

  • 8/22 Update: Fire crews providing structure protection along the river.
  • 8/21: Grew overnight on 8/21 to 8402 acres. Fire moving down into the valley.   The Fire that faces the Methow Valley will be exposed to strong winds.  W Flank: fire is expected to spread with single and group tree torching. In the Twisp River drainage, winds will vary in speed and direction, resulting in the potential for flare-ups and spotting.9,054 acres. 0% containment.

Lime Belt/Blue Lake 

  • 8/22:  Fire moved SE and crossed over Salmon Creek Rd.65,715 acres.  20% containment.
  • 8/21 Update:  A major run the last 24 hours, gaining almost 20,000 acres to the S & Wt. Fire managers anticipate very high head rates of spread in the lighter fuels, with the fire backing and flanking actively into the wind and on protected slopes. Crown fires with long range spotting is expected where the fire gets into heavier timber.

Tunk Block Fire

  • 8/22 Update: Active fire in the North corner area. 68,066 acres.  15% containment.
  • 8/21:  Fre grew  36,000+ acres, now burning on the Colville Reservation. Fire managers are anticipating very high rates of spread at the fire’s head, potentially resulting in the Tunk Block Fire to join the North Star Fire to the E. Tunk Block is burning in grass and timber about four miles NE of Riverside

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Spike Camp @ Concully State Park

  • Costs:  Disbanded due to Costs
  • Governor:  Has requested a Federal Emergency Declaration to provide additional resources to cover some of the costs.

RESOURCES

Staffing 

  • Personnel:  820 incl from Canada
  • Crews:  16
  • Type 2 Hand crews: 9
  • Type 21A Crews: 4

Equipment

  • Engines: 76
  • Water Tenders: 28
  • Type 1 Helicopters: 3
  • Type 2 Helicopters: 3

Command 

  • IC:  Ted Pechota
  • Complex Team: Rocky Mtn Type 1 IMT

Fire Mobe 

  • Authorized
  • Effective:  8/17/15

Incident Cooperators

  • USDA Forest Service
  • Dept of Natural Resources [WA DNR]
  • Okanogan County Sheriff Office
  • Okanogan County Emergency Management Office
  • Okanogan Public District #1
  • WA Dept of Transportation
  • American Red Cross
  • WA National Guard
  • Graham FD
  • Multiple FDs, Agencies across the State & outside of WA
  • Canadian resources

EVACUATIONS

LEVEL 3 [Means to leave now, you are in imminient danger or fire is near]

  • Aenas Valley
  • Area NE of Nespelem
  • Concully
  • Malott
  • Twisp River Rd
  • Winthrop

LEVEL 2 [Be Ready to Evacuate a moment’s notice]

  • Okanogan [ as of 1020 Alert now a Level 1]
  • Riverside
  • Tonasket
  • Twisp

LEVEL 1 [Alert only, but beware]

  • Brewster
  • Carlton
  • Chesaw
  • Mazama
  • Molson
  • Omak
  • Oroville
  • Pateros

SHELTERS

Red Cross

  • Brewster Middle School
  • Brewster H.S.

Animals

  • Okanogan Fairgrounds

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Community Meeting

  • Twisp Mayor  Soo Ing-Moody called Meeting
  • 8/22/15 1700PDT
  • Methow Valley Comm Ctr. 201 Methow St

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTS

“Eyewitness News, Discussions”

August 22

  • Seattle TV Station: “Fire now 227,226 acres. That’s 27k larger estimate than we got late last night.”
  • Eyewitness [Media]: Incident Command Post has nearly 1,000 Fire personnel based.
  • “There’s an orange tint and haze to everything in Portland” – rockyfierro [@finnslighthouse]
  • Via Seattle local TV Station:  “Impressive news video of fire spread at the Okanogan Fire Complex that claimed the lives of 3
    Firefighters and badly burned 4 more. Fires across the state continue to burn fiercely, but a calmer day of winds in some areas have firefighters hoping to improve lines and go on the offensive in some areas. Resources remain stretched extremely thin and President Obama has issued a disaster declaration in many Washington counties.”
  • DNR Calls for Citizen Volunteer Firefighters;  Firefighting resources are stretched so thin across central and eastern WA that fire resources have been requested from across the United States and even Canada. Now there have been requests for citizen volunteers to respond, but news media stories on this unique request tends to leave out that very specific requirements are being called for.
  • DNR Volunteer Program:  http://www.dnr.wa.gov/WildfireVolunteer – Guidelines are very strict. Please read carefully before visiting or applying.

August 21

  • “Okanogan Complex Fire at 88,000 acres; New Level III evacuations in place”
  • “Fire has been reported at the Okanogan city limits.”@LastAlarmAlert tweeted
  • Local media during a press conference:  “Fires is now 161,633 acres and growing fast.”

On the Loss of USFS Firefighters

  • The Bellevue Firefighters express our deepest sadness at the loss of 3 firefighters in the Okanogan Fire Complex in a burnover on Wednesday. 4 other firefighters reportedly suffered burn injuries and were treated. One of the 4 was transported to Harborview Burn Center in Seattle. We delayed this announcement in part to confirm facts on this tragic event and to account for our own firefighters operating on fires in the area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and fellow firefighters of those lost and badly injured.

August 20

Strike Teams Deployed

  • Engine 101 as part of a type 1 engine strike team from King County at the Okanogoan Complex last night. Fire conditions were heavy to the say the least. Note: We have very limited posts at this time as our primary moderator is deployed to fires in central/eastern Washington.

On the Loss of USFS Firefighters

  • Western WA Fire Dept:  Our hearts are with the families of those killed but not forgotten: Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler.

August 19

August 18

August 17

October 10, 2012 – The Okanogan Complex occurred 5 years earlier.

Our prayers, thoughts and support is for all of our Firefighters, Pilots, Fire Managers, Dispatchers, Mutual Support, Volunteers, Incident Cooperators are with you during this tough time with firefighting operations.  We wish you Safety, emotional and mental support and a safe journey to/out off of the fire ground.  Your loved ones are praying too. – Lisa/Editor

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRE | Carpenter Rd Fire | August 21, 2015 | PM SitRep

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” –Desmond Tutu

SUMMARY

  • Location:  35 miles NW of Spokane & S of Fruitland in Stevens County
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning

Today’s Fire Map. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain IMT Blue Team & Inciweb.

FIRE STATUS

  • Fire Behavior:  Extreme.
  • Threatened:  800 homes & structures, 5 commercial properties, 200 others
  • Containment:  0%
  • Acres:  27,793
  • Fire Conditions:  Smokey conditions are limiting use of air operations, but also providing for slightly cooler temperatures, and reduced winds
  • Actions:  Thursday: Highest amount of fire activity happened along the north edge of the fire near Turk Road.
  • Obstacles for Fire Crews:  Handling 1 abandoned mine within in the fire area.

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITION REPORT

 Fruitland Weather Conditions

  • Temp:  [as of 1915PDT]  70-degrees
  • Forecasted:  Hi 77.  Lo 49.
  • Skies:  Mostly sunny.
  • Winds:  W 10 to 20 mph
  • Visibility:  6 mph
  • Humidity:  26%
  • Advisory:  Blowing dust advisory remains in effect until 2300 PDT [tonight]

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Destroyed:  17 homes destroyed; unknown number of “other” structures reportedly destroyed.

RESOURCES, EQUIPMENT

  • Personnel:  363
  • Crews:  6
  • Helicopters:  3
  • Engines:  40

EVACUATIONS

  • Level 2:  Spokane Agency Reservation.

FIRE CONTACT INFO

Call Center

  • Operational Period: 0800 – 2100 PDT
  • Phone Lines: 509-722-6040 or  509-722-6165

ALERTS

Red Flag Warning

  •  In effect for the fire area through 8/21 at 2300.

Air Quality

  • Spokane:  Some parts of Spokane showing “Unhealthy”.  Purple lines indicate the areas affected.
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Air Quality Map. Photo Credit: The National Weather Service [NWS] of Spokane.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Pet Loss / Coping  –National Humane Society

Red Cross Distress Helpline

  • Phone:  1-800-985-5990.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA] – Div of U. S Public Health

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SOCIAL MEDIA

“First-hand Witness  Reports on Social Media”

August 21:

  • Media on Condition Report via Flight into Fire Area:  “Smoke is so thick we could barely see outside our windows as we prepared to land.”
  • Franklin County Fire District #3:  “Fresh firefighters leaving today in Van Pool vans to replace crews on the CarpenterRd fire. Thank you Ben Franklin Transit for your support!”
  • Media report:  “The smoke is omnipresent near Fruitland. Low visibility with a big gulp of ash with each breath”
  • Air Quality Report via Twitter User:  “Smoke is filling up the Valley”

August 20:

  • Base Camp:  Setup at a Bible School near Fruitland.

August 19:

  • Stevens Co Fire Chief:  “Ash floating around in the skies and is still warm when it hits them, touches those around them.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Donations

  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation:  “Will make a huge difference for these families experiencing the loss of a firefighter tonight. The WFF supports these families like no other, and supports those injured too. Please donate!
    RIP brave heroes keeping others safe. https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation?fref=ts” This is from a Twitter supporter.  You can Make a Difference in a Family’s life.  Click on this link today.

Thank you for what you all are doing out there.  Wishing safety and prayers to get those darn fires out.  We appreciate your tireless efforts, hard work and dedication.

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