Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Monday, September 10, 2018

The TEPEE FIRE also known as a TEPEE 1144 NE is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and about 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon.  It was determined to have been started by an abandoned campfire, or as what we like to call them as “human intervention”.  It is still being investigated as to the whom the responsible party is.

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Firefighters were being tasked with patrolling of all the lines last night and with resuming mop-up operations today in cooling hot spots about 150′ into the interior.

Moderate fire behavior has been reported along with creeping and smoldering.  The fire  burned 2,064 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Fire management expect to transition to a Type 4 IMT by Tuesday afternoon and expect containment to be completely reached by September 30th.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office downgraded all evacuation orders with the following:

Level 2:  

  • South of Forest Service Rd 2015 (Ford Road)
  • West of FS Rd 2016 (outside of Forest boundary)

Level 1:

  • West of FS Rd 23 (Spencer Wells Rd)
  • North of Forest Boundary
  • East of FS Rd 2016

As of this post, there are 270 total personnel assigned along with 10 crews and 18 engines.

Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached a high of $450,000.00.

 

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Washington Wildfire | Cougar Creek Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cougar Creek Fire is burning approximately 20 miles northwest of Entiat, about 12 miles northwest of Ardenvoir and 7.5 miles of Plain, Washington.  The fire was ignited by lightning.

Fire is visible within forested mountainside as smoke rises above.

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There are currently 343 personnel assigned that include 8 crews, 3 helicopters and 14 engines.

There has been 42,687 acres of timber, slash ground litter and snags burned.  A 78% containment status has been reached.  Fire behavior has been reported as being active with short-crown runs, torching and flanking.

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Washington Wildfire | Cougar Creek Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Saturday, September 8, 2018

Cougar Creek Fire is burning approximately 20 miles northwest of Entiat, about 12 miles northwest of Ardenvoir and 7.5 miles of Plain, Washington.  The fire was ignited by lightning.

There are currently 352 personnel assigned that include 11 crews, 3 helicopters and 17 engines.

There has been 42,687 acres of timber, slash ground litter and snags burned.  A 78% containment status has been reached.  Fire behavior has been observed as smoldering and creeping.

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Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, September 8, 2018

A wildfire is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon that was human-caused and that started on Friday, September 7th from an abandoned campfire.

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The fire has burned about 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

This is a wind-driven wildfire that is active with spotting.  Gusty winds have caused the fire to spot outside of its containment lines.  A dozer and several SEATs attacked the spot fire stopping it at 50 acres.   The overall fire has been 100% lined.

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California Wildfire | Hirz Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, September 8, 2018

The very first wildfire named the HIRZ FIRE is burning about 11 miles east of Lakehead and near the Delta Fire with some saying that the two wildfires have merged into one but our sources say they are still two separate incidents.

The HIRZ FIRE is burning in the Shasta – Trinity National Forest and is being staffed by approximately 418 personnel that include 4 crews, 11 engines and 3 helicopters.

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California Wildfire | Delta Fire | 1

UPDATE 2 – Saturday, September 8 2018

Incident Summary

A human-caused wildfire broke out about two miles northwest from Lakehead and on I-5 at Lamoine in California.  When we first broke the news just after the large wildfire started, it was only at 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status.  It was stated that the fire would explode to three-times its size overnight, jumping the freeway and burning up numerous vehicles and five semis.  The location of the fire it would prompt mandatory evacuations and cause both northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 to shutdown.  I don’t think we have ever heard this happen before – the closure of a major interstate that transports a lot of commerce.

The fire has merged with the Hirz Fire and together it has become a monstrous firestorm eating up the landscape and reaching 40,580 acres collectively.

Fire vehicles stopped at an I-5 exit ramp . Photo by Eamon Sigler.

Photo Courtesy: Eamon Sigler via Inciweb

Current Fire Status

The fire behavior is considered as active with running, backing and spotting.  There is a 0% containment status at this time.  Because of the fire, I-5 NB lanes are closed at Fawndale exit approximately 10 miles north of Redding and in the SB lanes at Mott Road, about 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta in California.

Resources

There are currently 2,132 personnel battling this fire including air and ground resources that include 52 crews, 163 engines and 7 helicopters.

Evacuations

The following are evacuation notices and mandatory orders for each impacted County.  Please heed the alerts given to you and please do not stay back to save your property.  You are putting First Responders (Firefighters, Volunteers and Police Officers’ lives in jeopardy).  Your property can be replaced, YOU and your FAMILY cannot.

Shasta County – Mandatory evacuations along I-5 from exit 707 at Vollmers N. to Exit 714 at Gibson. These are being implemented by the Sheriff’s Office.

Trinity County – Mandatory evacuation orders are being implemented by the Sheriff’s Office for all residents on E. Fork Road to Ramshorn Road and to the Shasta – Trinity County line.

Siskiyou County – Evacuation order notice only but all should be ready in case you have to leave.  This is for all residents in the Dunsmuri area.

Evacuation Shelters

There are two evacuation shelters set-up for residents and are located in the following locations:

Mercy Oaks – 100 Mercy Oaks Drive.  Redding, California.

National Guard Armory – 618 Everitt Memorial Highway.  Mt. Shasta, California.

There is one animal shelters taking in cats and dogs.  Those who use this shelter’s services must provide food/water/meds for their own pets and must come by to care for their sheltered pets everyday.

Siskiyou Animal Shelter – 1208 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. Shelter hours are 0900-1600 hours.  Phone number is 530-926-4052.

Cost-to-Date

Firefighting suppression and containment costs have surged to $4.1 Million to date.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Washington Wildfire | Crescent Mtn Fire | 2

Crescent Mtn Fire | Monday, September 4 – 0930 PDT

Incident Summary  | The Crescent Mountain Fire started on July 29, 2018, in the Headwaters of the Twisp River Valley which is located about 21 miles west of Twisp, Washington.   The fire was ignited by lightning that struck the area causing many fire starts.

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Fire Size | The fire has scorched 46,650 acres of lodgepole pine, true fire and sub-alpine fir.  Crews have reached a 35% containment status.

Threats | About 196 homes are currently being threatened.

Resources | There are 835 total personnel assigned to this incident along with 23 crews, 25 helicopters and 39 engines.

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Current Fire Status | Fire continues to spread in the Mission Peak area on Sunday. Construction of control lines continue from Libby Creek area to Foggy Dew. Today’s focus will also be on mop-up operations with hand crews and engines.

Cost-to-Date | $24.3 Million.

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WA Wildfire | Wagon Wheel Fire | 1

Benton County, Washington | Wagon Wheel Fire

Incident Summary | A 2-alarm wildfire broke out on Saturday, September 1, 2018, near Highway 225, just north of Benton City would grow from a smaller into a large one advancing towards Red Mountain.

The fire was said to have originated just before 1415 hours PDT near the end of W Sunrise PR NW in Benton County.  The fire was said to be near the southeast edge of the Arid Lands Ecology Preserve.

Level 3 evacuations were initiated for those who live between SR 225, N Trinity PR and S Wagon Wheel around 1630 hours on Saturday.  Road closures included SR 225 from Acord Road to SR 240.

Evacuations would be later lifted at 1730 hours for residents for the same previous areas broadcasted but SR 225 remained closed.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Resources | State was approved and were/are en route.

Current Situation Report | All roadways are back open and evacuation orders have been lifted.  Crews have reached a 50% containment status.  Around 1720 hours on Saturday, Level 3 evacuations had been ordered for the Wagon Wheel PR to the north of Trinity PR NW.  Fire is said to have burned up to 7,500 acres. (per a media report). WildCAD is still showing 3,000 acres burned.

#WagonWheelFire #WAwildfires

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Washington Wildfire | Crystal Fire | 3

East Wenatchee, Washington | Crystal Fire | Sunday, September 2, 2018 —
Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out near the Pangborn Airport in Douglas County on September 1, 2018.  It was said to have started on County land, one mile from East Wenatchee, Washington. Fire crews were dispatched just after 0530 hours PDT on Saturday after reports of the fire behavior being very active and burning downward towards homes, orchards and near the airport sparking evacuation notices to be issued to residents.
Situation Report  |  As of today, the fire is estimated at 2,610 acres with no fire growth overnight.  All evacuation notices have been removed along with roads being reopened.  3 Divisions are working the fire today in strengthening containment lines.
Fire Fuels | Grass and brush are fire fuels.
Cause |  No word on the cause but it is under investigation.
Resources |  State Fire Mobe was approved and en route around 1100 hours PDT. Initial resources included AHTANUM 20 BLM-13 CREW-52 CREW-74 E-6695 BLM E-6696 BLM were dispatched around 0537 hours this morning.
Several aircraft were ordered back to Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee and hold.  We caught these choppers at Pangborn after we left the fire incident on Saturday afternoon.
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One of two rotors at Pangborn Memorial Airport.

Cost-to-Date | CTD has reached approximately $20,000.00.
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Washington Wildfire | Crystal Fire | 2

East Wenatchee, Washington | Crystal Fire
Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out near the Pangborn Airport in East Wenatchee in Douglas County on September 1, 2018.  Earlier this morning, the fire was observed as active and surrounding the hillside and moving downward towards the airport.
Fire Size  |  At the time of resources being dispatched, the fire was at around five acres but less than two hours later the fire had reached a whopping 2,500 acres!  (According to WildCAD)
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An Engine sits at the bottom of the hillside while crews behind are working on hose lines and appear to be doing some mop up work. (They are not pictured here). (c) NW Fire Blog

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush are fire fuels.
Cause | No word on the cause but it is under investigation.
Resources |  State Fire Mobe was approved and en route around 1100 hours PDT. Initial resources included AHTANUM 20 BLM-13 CREW-52 CREW-74 E-6695 BLM E-6696 BLM were dispatched around 0537 hours this morning.
OUR Fire Chasing Activities |  We arrived around 1430 hours PDT, at or near the same time the IC requested the two rotors which he wanted to work a little area making drops before being released from the incident.
They were ordered to go to Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee and hold.
Crews appeared to be working with hose lines and mop-up work while were checking out their fire tactics and activities.  These crew members are at the bottom of the hillside where the fire scorched the landscape and came literally a few steps from the back doors of many homes.
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Updates |  Here are some of the Updates released by other Agencies. (We apologize for our delayed responses while we were mobile – we had some technical difficulties in the field).
* 0537 | Units dispatched.  Fire reported at 5 acres with 0% containment status.
*  0715 | WA Fire Marshal’s Office (WSP) states fire is now at 2,500+ acres.
* 1100 |  State mobe resources along with a  Type 3 IMT are approved and en route.  The IMT is expected to assume control of the fire later in the afternoon.
* 1130 |  2 helicopters are assisting on the wildfire.  There are no additional evacuations, however,  road closures are in effect for 10th Street NE from N Lyle to N Stark.  The perimeter around the fire is N of 10th Street between N Lyle Avenue and Keane Grade.
* 1255 |  2 helicopters and 4 SEATs are making drops over the fire line. A 5th Air Tanker is on order.  The Douglas County Sheriff Office (DCSO) Marine unit is at Hydro Park assisting with dipping activities at both above and below Rock Island Dam.
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One of two rotors at Pangborn Memorial Airport.

* 1321 | WA DNR retweets the DCSO resource order tweet.
* 1533 |  DCSO announces all road closures have been lifted as of 1500 hours.  Level 2 evacuations notices remain in effect for about 40 homes on N Nickel Lane, NE Olympic Drive and NE 10th Street from N Nile to N Stark Avenue.
* 2145 | The Type 3 IMT unit took over fire control at 1600 hours and the official size of the fire is said to be at 2,000 acres.
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Smoke still billows out in the canyon. Crews are in mop-up operations.

Fire Chasing Activities |  What we observed while out in the field.
* Fire Conditions | Lots and lots of Beetle Kill trees with down and dead debris, extremely dry conditions.
* Burn Scars | We drove through several burn scars on Hwy 97 towards Wenatchee on both sides of the highway.
* Air Quality | It was very smoky in the Quincy Valley where there are many vineyards.
* Fire Tactics | We arrived in time to see crews working on mop-up and see that the fire behavior appeared to be smoldering with some hot spots.
* Mutual Aid/State Mobe Resources | An engine strike team from Clark County Fire District passed us in the opposite direction in Quincy while we were leaving the Crystal Fire scene.
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Fire burned the area near vineyards, orchards, homes and the airport. (c) NW Fire Blog

* Aircraft Resources | Visiting Pangborn Memorial Airport and seeing two SEATs and two Rotors.  There may have been additional aircraft there but it was not visible to us.
* Additional Aircraft Resources | A visit to one of our many places we like to photograph and this was the Moses Lake Air Tanker Base.  We spied two Air Tankers 101 and 103 from Erickson, VLAT Tanker 912 and a lead plane that all took off and were being dispatched to an unknown wildfire.
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