Cedar Creek Fire | Winthrop WA | 5

UPDATE 5 | JULY 30, 2021

The CEDAR CREEK FIRE started on July 8, 2021 that was sparked from lightning in the early hours.

Three wildfires escaped initial attack and causing the naming of three incidents: Cedar Creek, Varden Fires and the Delancy Fires. Varden Fire merged into the Cedar Creek incident early stages of the fire.

Credit | USFS

The VARDEN FIRE merged into the Cedar Creek Fire, while the DELANCY FIRE has burned separately in this incident. This is not a Complex.

Both the Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires are burning on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands in steep and rocky terrain with heavy dead and down heavy fire fuels.

The CEDAR CREEK FIRE is 41,142 acres with a 11% containment.

Hwy 20 Operations: Crews working along the highway in the Early Winter Creek area are making great progress today and yesterday. Fire Managers expected to divert resources to other areas of the incident.

Free Stone area — Fire crews continued to work in the in the area where active fire was observed. Fire has been reported as backing down towards the road and to use it as a fire break.

Little Wolf creek, Little Bridge Creek and Thompson Ridge areas — Crews worked to strengthen control features in hope of a burn out, which will stop the forward progression of the fire. Projected fire lines are due to tie in with the old Little Bridge Fire burn scar. This will create a barrier between active fire and the Twisp River.

Structure protection — is one of the Fire Managers key focus. On the way to a successful suppression and containment path, Managers are using assets, such as strike teams (State and Local) of engines by patrolling residences along the fire perimeter.

Damage Assessment — 533 homes are under threat, while two other structures were destroyed. CTD has reached $12.4 Million. Estimated containment is October 31, 2021.

The DELANCY FIRE is 223 acres. No increased fire behavior has been observed.

It is located about 15 miles northwest of Winthrop and four miles WSW of Mazama, Washington.

Resources — The are 689 total personnel along with 14 crews, 11 copters and 53 engines. Lead Agency is the USDA Forest Service.

Hashtags — #MazamaFires2021 #cedarcreekfire #delancyfire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2021

Smoke Forecast — via Inciweb —  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WAOWF/2021-07-12-1429-Varden-Fire/related_files/pict20210622-095718-0.pdf

Smoke Blog — https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

Highway Information — https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx

Evacuations — Okanogan County, Washington — For the Cedar Creek, Delancy and Cub Creek 2 Fires https://www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergeny_management/index.php

Wildfire Preparedness — Methow Conservancy– https://methowconservancy.org/discover/fire-prep-recovery%20

House Assessment –Wildfire ready Neighbors — https://wildfireready.dnr.wa.gov/

Emergency Alert Sign-ups — Okanogan County government —  https://www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergency_management/index.php  

National Forest Closures — Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – –inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WAOWF/2021-07-12-1429-Varden-Fire/related_files/pict20210618-090120-0.pdf 

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Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 7

UPDATE 7 | JULY 30, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Fire Operations

Thursday was filled with another day of escalated levels of active fire behavior, which was predicted for Fire. Per the IC, that crews are using hose lays, mop up and patrol to contain and improve them. It remains with creeping, torching and smoldering.

Reports of approximately 160 miles of uncontained line in a fire that has over 300 miles of perimeter.

Resources

Currently, there are 1,918 fire personnel, including 47 crews, 22 copters and 98 engines.

A skidder moves vegetation with its grapple hook with smoke and trees in the background.
Credit | Bootleg Fire Facebook Page
  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire has burned about 413,562 acres of timber and brush and is 56% contained.

Damage Assessment

  • Destroyed: 161 homes and 247 other structures destroyed; crews are reporting 408 structures to the NIFC July 30th briefing.
  • Damaged: 16 homes and 15 other structures.
  • Threatened: 2,066 homes.
  • Cost-to-date: $67.4 Million Dollars.

Public Information — Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

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Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 6

UPDATE 6 — JULY 26, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 19, 2021.

Resources and Incident Cooperators on this incident are the following. (NOTE: Some are either assigned or have been released).

firing crew setting a backfire in Div L
Crew member lighting backfire. Credit – USFS

There are about 2,216 total personnel assigned along with 49 crews, 148 engines and 21 copters.

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire is about 23 miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon. Fire behavior is extreme with running, group torching and spotting. About 409,611 acres has been consumed but crews have successfully reached a 53% containment status.

Damage Assessment

There has been 184 destroyed structures and there have not been any new ones in this number, which is great news for property owners and fire crews knowing their efforts are starting to show they are fruitful. Damage costs-to-date has reached a high of $55.3 million dollars.

Restrictions

Public Information — Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

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Cedar Creek, Delancy Fires | 4

UPDATE 4 — JULY 26, 2021 — 2000 HOURS PT — MONDAY

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

July 27, 2021 — 1800 hours PT — Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop, Washington

July 28, 2021 — 1800 hours PT — Twisp River Park, 325 N. Lincoln St., Twisp, Washington

Cedar Creek Fire. Credit: USFS

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The CEDAR CREEK FIRE started on Sunday, July 11, 2021 around 0545 hours in the early morning, when multiple wildfires were sparked by lightning in the Methow Alley (Okanogan County) on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Fires.

Three wildfires escaped initial attack and causing the naming of three incidents: Cedar Creek, Varden Fires and the Delancy Fires. Varden Fire merged into the Cedar Creek incident early stages of the fire.

It is now the Cedar Creek Fire only with command also reporting/fighting the Delancy Fire. The IMT is also managing the Cub Creek 2 Fire.

Cause was determined to be lightning.

LOCATION

It is located about 15 miles northwest of Winthrop and four miles WSW of Mazama, Washington.

CURRENT STATUS

Cedar Creek Fire — 24,647 acres. 11% contained. The amount of acreage burned increased by 2,000 more of timber burned inside the fire perimeter. Total CTD for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $8.4 Million with no structures lost.

Fire behavior is still active with short crown runs, flanking and with short-range spotting.

Delancy Fire — 223 acres. This fire is also in the same location as the Cedar Creek Fire. Fire fuels are timber, medium slash and short grass. Fire behavior has been observed as moderate with flanking, backing and single tree torching. Damage assessment for this incident have topped out at $300,000 to-date.

RESOURCES

There are a total of fire personnel – 535: 3 – type 1 hotshot crews, 5 – type 2 hand crews, 2 – camp crews, 4 – type 1 (heavy) helicopters, 1 – type 2 helicopter, 2 – type 3 helicopter, 55 – engines, 5 – dozers, 16 – water tenders,1 – masticator, 1 – skidgen, 3 – skidders, 1 – excavator, 4 – feller bunchers, 1 – Aerial Supervision Module, and 151 overhead.

COMMAND

Command is under the direction of IC Stock with the NW Team 8, a Type 2 IMT of both wildfires Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags — #MazamaFires2021 #cedarcreekfire #delancyfire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2021

PUBLIC INFORMATION – RESOURCES

Smoke Forecast — via Inciweb —  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WAOWF/2021-07-12-1429-Varden-Fire/related_files/pict20210622-095718-0.pdf

Smoke Blog — https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

Highway Information — https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx

Evacuations — Okanogan County, Washington — For the Cedar Creek, Delancy and Cub Creek 2 Fires https://www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergeny_management/index.php

Wildfire Preparedness — Methow Conservancy– https://methowconservancy.org/discover/fire-prep-recovery%20

House Assessment –Wildfire ready Neighbors — https://wildfireready.dnr.wa.gov/

Emergency Alert Sign-ups — Okanogan County government —  https://www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergency_management/index.php  

National Forest Closures — Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – –inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WAOWF/2021-07-12-1429-Varden-Fire/related_files/pict20210618-090120-0.pdf 

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Hazard Hill Fire | Elk, WA | 2

UPDATE 2 — JULY 25, 2021 — 1925 HOURS PT

WA DNR_Fire is assisting as mutual aid to the Spokane County Fire District 4 agency to the Hazard Hill Fire burning south of Deer Park in Spokane County, Washington.

This was originally listed as a smoke check in the wildcad.net’s system with 10 acres burned.

Currently, WA DNR says ground resources are on-scene with air resources en route.

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W Hazard Rd | Smoke Check | WA

UPDATE 1 – JULY 25, 2021 – 1845 PT

Lots of things are starting to ignite in Eastern Washington and this is listed as smoke check in the wildcad.net system with units AR 27 AR 32 AR 7407 AR 7408 E Zone 10 NC 7305 NC 7307 deployed at 1753 hours PT.

Resources were quickly on-scene at 1805 hours PT.

It has been reported that 10 acres has already been scorched.

The fire incident is located on West Hazard Road in Spokane County, Washington.

This is a developing story and we are waiting for a size up. Updates will be provided as soon as information is received.

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Hardesty Valley | Elk, WA | 1

A wildfire called the HARDESTY VALLEY FIRE is burning west of Elk in Spokane County, Washington.

The fire incident began on Sunday, July 25, 2021, when resources showing dispatched via the wildcad.net system being deployed to Valley Lane at 1708 hours PT. The following were the original units sent to the area AA4TS/653 AR 25 AR 29 AR 63 AR 7401 AR 7410 AR 7411 AR 7412 FB 201 FB 202 FB 243 and en route about two minutes later.

More resources are rushing to the scene as the fire continues to explode as you can see in the photo below.

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Credit — SCFD8 Firefighters

WA DNR _ Fire is releasing pressers on their fire response and evacuation information.

Incident Cooperators: Spokane County Fire District #4. Spokane County FD #10, Spokane County OEM, Strike Team (mobilizing).

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS > GO NOW! > See map of area below

May be an image of map
Credit — SCFD4

Media reports that the County Fire District is fighting three wildfires with two of them burning close to Elk, Washington. Aircraft is dipping from nearby Eloika Lake.

This is a developing story and more updates will be provided as they are received. PLEASE EVACUATE AND AVOID THIS AREA.

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NW Fire Jobs | July 25, 2021

Looking for a job as a First Responder, in the Emergency Management field or even as a Dispatcher? We have gleaned information from various sites to the best of our abilities. Please research/vet before offering to give personal information. No site should require you to pay a fee to apply for a job unless it is for a testing site, like reputable companies like Public Safety Testing Network or National Testing Network.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Cowlitz County, Kelso, WA | Local Emergency Response Coordinator (LERC)

$56,616 – $66,600/year. No closing date. Address 207 4th Avenue N., Kelso, WA 98626. Phone # 360.577.3065. Website: http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us. Job Announcement: Job Opportunities | Career Pages (governmentjobs.com)

Thurston County, Olympia, WA | HSR3 Emergency Management Coordinator

$5,58 – $7144/month. 3 years experience. Temporary position with an end date of December 31, 2022. Apply online: Thurston County Employment Opportunities | Thurston County Human Resources (governmentjobs.com).

EMT

Falck Northwest, Mountlake Terrace, WA | EMT – Basic (Pierce Program)

A global EMS provider originally from Denmark that serves California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado, has been operating in the US since 2010, is the second largest known private provider.

Olympic Ambulance Service, Olympic Peninsula, WA | 911 & IFT EMT

$46,000/year. 10 opportunities. Full or part-time available.

Tri-Med Ambulance LLC, Kent, WA | EMT (EMT-B)

$1600 bonus (immediately) to go towards cost of your EMT course after six months of employment with them.

FIREFIGHTER

City of Bellingham Fire Department, Bellingham, WA | Firefighter – Entry-Level, Lateral

See job announcement at Job Opportunities | City of Bellingham Employment (governmentjobs.com). CLOSES August 31, 2021 1630 hours PT.

City of Oak Harbor Fire Department, Oak Harbor, WA | Firefighter – Paid On-call

City of Redmond FD, Redmond, WA | Firefighter/Paramedic – Lateral

$122,076-$125,496 annual. CLOSES September 6, 2021.

Spokane County Fire District 13, Newman Lake, WA. | FF EMTVolunteer Resident

AKA Newman Lake F&R is located 13 miles northeast of Spokane Valley. Avg. call volume is 150 calls per year. Staffing includes community, resident and shift volunteer firefighters. CLOSES September 1, 2021.

City of Tumwater Fire Department, Tumwater, WA | Firefighter – Entry – Level

Must test through Public Safety Testing http://www.PublicSafetyTesting.com. TESTING MUST BE COMPLETED BY September 19, 2021, 1700 with a score of 80% or higher.

POLICE OFFICER

Everett Police Department, Everett (City of), WA | Police Officer – Entry Level.

Must test through the Public Safety Testing site. CLOSES August 31, 2021.

Lakewood Police Department, Lakewood, WA | Police Officer – Entry Level

First 100 applicants to be invited to take the written exam.

Olympia Police Department, City of Olympia, WA | Police Officer – Lateral

Must test through the Public Safety Testing site. No Closing date listed. Questions about the position or resources, contact Sgt. Dan Duncan at 360-753-8300 or via email dduncan@ci.olympia.wa.us

Tacoma Police Department, City of Tacoma, WA | Police Officer – Experienced

In-State members $44.14 (Step 5) per hour and out-of-state $42.07/hour at a Step 4 (in the ranges of).

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Thorp Prairie Hill | Thorp, WA | 2

UPDATE 2 — JULY 25, 2021 — 1700 HOURS PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire called the THORP PRAIRIE HILL FIRE is burning in the northwest community of Thorp (Kittitas County), Washington. This time the fire ignited from an unknown on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

RESOURCES

Resources sent to this wildfire incident are ALPINE-80 ALPINE-81 E-331 E-4201 E-4202 E-4204 E-4205 H-339 KIT-25 KIT-27 (IC) original resources.

Resources assigned currently are ALPINE-80 ALPINE-81 CREW-83 E-331 E-4201 E-4202 E-4204 E-4205 H-339 KIT-25 KIT-27. (Updated resource list).

Incident Cooperators: WA DNR, KCFD1, Local additional agencies.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire is not impacted I-90 through the area, says the Washington State Patrol.

Fire is estimated at 57 acres of grass and shrub, with an unknown containment status. Crews are working on constructing line around the fire.

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Thorp Prairie Hill | Thorp, WA | 1

UPDATE 1 — JULY 25, 2021 — SUNDAY — 1455 HOURS PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire called the THORP PRAIRIE HILL FIRE is burning in the northwest community of Thorp (Kittitas County), Washington. This time the fire ignited from an unknown on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

FIRE HISTORY IN THIS IMPACTED AREA

Today’s fire is just one of many that have hit this area. Here is a compiled list of previous incidents.

July 23, 2021

THORP PRAIRIE CANAL FIRE. Call dispatched 1432 hours PT. Contained 1751 hours. Controlled 2134 hours. Brush fire on median and shoulders of I-90. EB I-90 shut down at MP 77. 5 miles west of Cle Elum. WB I-90 at MP 84 also closed. 27.7 acres. Incident Cooperators: KCFD1, KVFR, WA DNR.

2nd fire breaks out on I-90 near exit 93. 7 miles east of Cle Elum.

June 26, 2021

HORLICK ROAD FIRE. 3rd alarm brush fire. Located in Sunlight Waters / Thorp areas. Level 3 evacuations were ordered on June 26, 2021 then lowered back down to Level 1. Cause of the fire is unknown. All structures were saved by firefighters. Incident Cooperators: Kittitas County Fire District 1, KVFR, KCFD7, WA DNR, USFS, Kittitas County SO.

June 17, 2021

Credit — KCFD1

Brush Fire. Brush fire along I-90, mile post 95. Near Thorp Prairie Road. Call dispatched 1259 hours. Out. 0.5 acres. Incident Cooperators: KCFD1, WA DNR.

May 9, 2021

Wildfire. South of Cle Elum. Incident Cooperators; KCFD1, KCFD7, WA DNR, Roslyn FD.

Credit: KCFD1

September 2, 2020

EVANS CANYON FIRE. 12,900 acres with a 0% containment is notably covered on Social Media. Fire started in Yakima County and quickly moved into Kittitas County onto Thorp Highway. Incident Cooperators: KCFD1, Yakima Valley VFD, Ellensburg FD, Selah Fire, Easton FD (KCFD3), KCFD7 and Yakima County FD. Both Level 2 and 1 evacuations were ordered by the Kittitas County SO on September 1, 2020.

Credit — KCFD1

August 5, 2020

Fire located outside of Cle Elum. 2 acres. Incident cooperators: KCFD7, FD1, FD3, Roslyn FD, WA DNR and Cle Elum FD.

Credit — KCFD1

June 28, 2020

Brush fire on North Thorp Highway in Thorp. Dispatched time around 1330 hours PT.

Credit — KCFD1

July 20, 2019July 24, 2019

PIPELINE FIRE. Brush Fire. WB I-90, exit 101 at Thorp Road. 9 miles west of Ellensburg, near the Gladmar Road (Thorp Fruit stand). Gibson and Sons recognized for helping fire suppression efforts by running their excavator out to the fire line to spread out the piles that were causing fire objective challenges. Cause: unknown but large piles of wood and debris caught fire. Fire put out on July 23, 2021 and moved to Patrol status. Incident Cooperators: KCFD1, KVFR, KCFD7, WA DNR, WSP and Roslyn FD.

Credit – KCFD1

June 11, 2019

Brush Fire on Dudley Road in Thorp. Fire quickly knocked down, lined and mopped up. .25 acres burned.

Credit — KCFD1

August 23, 2018

Grass fire. WB I-90 at mile marker 104.

June 28, 2017

Brush Fire. EB I-90, mile post 94. 8 miles east of Cle Elum. Thorp Road is closed.

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Credit – WSP PIO Trooper John Bryant. June 28, 2017 Fire.

September 6, 2016

HAYWARD FIRE. Northwest of Thorp. 50 acres. Fire behavior is active with wind-driven runs and a rate of spread to grass fuels.

July 4, 2016

Brush Fire. 2 miles east of Thorp off of I-90. small fire in the median. Dispatched at 2345 hours PT.

August 25, 2013

MANASTASH RIDGE FIRE. Located in Thorp, Washington.

August 24, 2012

Fire consumes fuels around wind turbines just outside of Thorp. No damage done to mammoth turbines.

August 15, 2012

A wildfire in Cle Elum and Thorp has burned more than 40-square miles.

August 13, 2012

Thorp Fire. Limited info. Smoke and Air Quality broadcasts made.

RESOURCES

Resources sent to this wildfire incident are ALPINE-80 ALPINE-81 E-331 E-4201 E-4202 E-4204 E-4205 H-339 KIT-25 KIT-27 (IC).

Incident Cooperators: WA DNR, KCFD1, Local additional agencies.

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