WA WILDFIRE ACTIVITY | JULY 28, 2018

WASHINGTON STATE

We are all too familiar with fire images plastered all over our televisions, through digital communications  and in print.  Those who may have not seen these vivid photos visually, most we have spoken to have in some sort of way been impacted by word-of-mouth or indirectly or directly touched by wildfires here in Washington State.

Though there are so many wildfires, we are going to try to give you a picture of current and past Wildfires incidents in a single post.  For larger incidents, we will continue to post them separately.

Here is a recap for all fires for Saturday, July 28, 2018.

WASHINGTON STATE WILDFIRES BY COUNTY AND DISPATCH TIME

BENTON COUNTY

Benton County is located in the south-central portion of the State.  It is about 1,760 square miles with Kennewick as its largest City and Prosser as its County seat. The County is the venue to Columbia and Yakima Rivers.  Mountains and ridges include Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Hills, Badger Mountain, Candy Mountain and Red Mountain. 

North of this County is Grant County; Franklin County is northeast; Walla Walla County to the east; to the southwest are Klickitat County, Umatilla and Morrow Counties in Oregon.

Communities include Benton City, Kennewick, Richland and West Richland, as well as unincoporated communities which include Badger, Gibbon, North Prosser and Susie.

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1234.  #GNCFire.  Hwy 24, mile post 33.  T12N R24E S4. Grass.  Thompson IC. 0.5 acre.  Contained/controlled at 1449 PDT.  Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

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CHELAN COUNTY

Chelan County is approximately 2,994 square miles with 2,921 of land and only 73 square miles water.  Its largest city and county seat is Wenatchee.  The County has many well-defined features such as the Cascade Mountains, Chelan Mountains, Chiwaukum Mountains, Columbia Rivers, Entiat Mountains, Lake Wenatchee, Wenatchee River and the Columbia River.

It is host to the iconic and beautiful 55-mile long Lake Chelan which has a depth to 1,486 feet!

In 2017, the population was at 76,533 residents.

Nearby counties include to the northeast Okanogan County; Douglas County to the east; Kittitas County to the south; King County to the southwest; Snohomish County to the west and Skagit County to the northwest.

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1921. #CougarCreekFire. Cougar Creek. Unknown acreage.  T27 R18 S11. Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1545. #WindyFire.  Trout Creek. 0.25 acres. T24N R16E S18.  Brush.  Dufurrena IC as of 1700 PDT. Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1013.  #RockIslandFire.  Rock Island. T24 R15 S1. Single pine fire fuels.  0.1 acre. Contained/controlled 1230 hours. Patrol 7 IC.   Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

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KITTITAS COUNTY

Kittitas County is about 2,333 square miles with 2,297 of that being land and 36 square miles is water.  The highest point in the County is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.

Its geographic features include the Cascade Mountains, Yakima River, Manastash Ridge and the Wenatchee Mountains.

There are currently 46,205 residents (as of 2017) that call this County home.  The largest City in the county is Ellensburg, home to many farms, logging and livestock raising.

Nearby counties include Chelan County to the north; Douglas County to the northeast; Grant County to the east; Yakima County to the south; Pierce County to the west and King County to the northwest.

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1507.  #HundleyFire.  Hundley Road. T20 R14 S26.  1 acre.  Contained/controlled at 1730 PDT.

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LINCOLN COUNTY

Lincoln County is considered the 5th least populated County in the State with its County Seat as Davenport.  The county is host to 2,339 total square miles with 2,310 of that land and 29 square miles of water. 

The County had a population of only 10,579 in 2017.

Nearby Counties include Ferry County to the north; Stevens County to the northeast; Spokane County to the east; Whitman County to the southeast; Adams County to the south; Grant County to the west and Oknogan County to the northwest.

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1247.  #OdessaFire.  Odessa.  2 acres.  Grass and brush.  E653 (IC).  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

1124. #KickFire. Crystal Springs Road.  .01 acres. Grass, light timber.  WFS agency.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

0934. #RoadXFire.  Road X.  36.6 acres. Grass and brush.  C6201 (IC).  Resources on-scene at 1343 PDT.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

0934. #IrbyFire.  Irby.  0.7 acres.  Grass.  Helitack Roggenkamp (IC).  In patrol status.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

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MASON COUNTY

Mason County has a total of 1,051 square miles that include 959 of land and 92 of water. It has a population of 63,710 residents as of 2017.  Its largest city and County seat is Shelton.

It is home to Brown  Cove, Case Inlet, Harstine Island, Hood Canal, Lake Cushman, Mason Lake, Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound and the Totten Inlet.

1431.  #BoundaryCutoffFire.  West Boundary Road.  0.1 acres.  In patrol status.  South Puget Sound Dispatch.

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OKANOGAN COUNTY

The Okanogan County is located along the Canada-US Border according to Wikipedia, which states is occupied by 41,742 residents and has a total 5,315 total square mile area.  This includes 5,268 of land and only 47 square miles of water.

The infamous Cascade Mountains, Columbia River, Okanogan River and Beaner Lake occupy portions inside this County.  National protected areas include the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Nez Perce National Historical Park, Okanogan National Forest and the Pasayten Wilderness.

This County was the venue where the Carlton Complex fire over 250,00 acres in July of 2014.  It destroyed over 300 homes including 100 in and around Pateros.

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1939.   #CutthroatLake.  Cutthroat Lake.  Unknown acreage. T35 R18 S7. Fuels-41 dispatched.  Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1807.  #BlackRidge2Fire.  War Creek. T33 R19S20. Timber, snags and logs. IC assigned. .25 acres. Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1644.  #CherokeeFire.  Omak. 0.1 acre.  Contained at 1845 hours. Colville Agency MT Tolman Dispatch Center.

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PEND ORIELLE COUNTY

This County is located in the northeastern portion of Washington State along the Canada-US Border.  Its largest City and County seat is Newport.  The total square miles is 1,425 square miles that includes 1,400 of land and 25 as water.  

The County is home to 13,354 residents as of 2017.

Nearby Counties include to the east Boundary County, Idaho; Spokane County is to the south; Stevens County to the west and Central Kootenay Regional District of British Columbia (Canada) to the north.

National protected areas include portions of land of the Colville National Forest, Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Kaniksu National Forest and the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge.

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1602. #SmallWinchesterFire.  Winchester.  Resources en route as 1615 hours.  Bennett C301A and C301B.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

1415.  #LittleBlueGrouseFire.  Little Blue Grouse.  3 acres. Slash and timber.  AR422 (IC) as of 2244 PDT.  Resources on-scene as of 1452 hours.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

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SKAGIT COUNTY

Skagit County is home to an estimated 125,619 residents as of 2017, that has a total of 1,920 square miles of area including 1,731 of land and 189 as water.  This County is host to very fertile valley of the Skagit River, a very popular tourist destination for those visiting the Tulip and Strawberry Festivals in its largest City of Mt. Vernon and county seat.

Geographic features include Allan Island, Cascade Mountains, Cypress Island, Fidalgo Island, Samish Island, Sauk River, Skagit River, Skagit Island, Hope Island and Hart Island.

Nearby Counties include to the north is Whatcom County; Okanogan to the east; Chelan to the southeast; Snohomish to the south and San Juan to the west.

National protected areas include portions in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Rec area and the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.

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1850.  #CavanaughFire.  33582 Cliff Road, Mt. Vernon – Lake Cavanaugh. 0.10 acres. Local FD arrived and requested assistance from H-344. Helitack was en route by ground to help with recon. NW Region DNR Dispatch Center.

1422. #SouthRockportFire.  Hwy 530, one mile south of Rockport.  Fire fuels include garbage, tree. In patrol status.  NW Region DNR Dispatch Center.

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Snohomish County is located in the western part of the State and home to about 801,633 residents as of 2017.  It is considered to be the 3rd most populated County in the State of Washington.   It has a total 2,196 square miles with 2,087 as land and 109 as water. 

Cities within this County include Arlington, Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Gold Bar, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Snohomish, Sultan, Stanwood and Woodway.  Towns include are Darrington and Index, along with unincorporated areas such as the Tulalip Indian Reservation and Trafton.

1800. #JohnsonMtnFire.  West of Johnson Mtn.  47.9969, -121.1790.  A Non-DNR fire, limited details.

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STEVENS COUNTY

Stevens County has approximately 44,730 residents as of 2017, in a total square mile area of 2,541 of which 2,478 is land and 63 is water.  Geographic features the Columbia River.

Communities include Chewelah, Colville and Kettle Falls, as well as Marcus, Northport and Springdale.  Unincorporated areas include Arden, Daisy, Echo, Fruitland, Hunters, Nine Mile Falls, Rice, Wellpinit.

1817.  #HwyytSpotFire.  Hyytianinen Road.  NC 345 (IC).  In patrol status. Limited info.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

1246.  #Hwy25Fire.  Hunters.  0.02 acres.  Grass and brush. NC326 (IC).  Contained at 1315 PDT. Controlled at 1435 PDT.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

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THURSTON COUNTY

Thurston County has a small 774 square miles compared to its predecessor which 722 is land and 52 is water.  It includes major watershed such as the Black River, Chehalis River, Henderson Inlet, Nisqually River, Skookumchuck River and West Capitol Forest.

Some geographic features include Alder Lake, Bass Lake, Black River, Chambers Lake, Grass Lake, Deschutes River, Capitol Peak, Susan Lake and Ward Lake.

Thurston County is host to Cities of Lacey, Olympia (county seat), Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater and Yelm, as well as Bucoda.

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1957.  #MimaFallsFire.  Mima Falls.  Resources en route. Limited details. South Puget Sound Dispatch.

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YAKIMA COUNTY

Yakima County is about 4,311 total square miles with 4,295 is land and 16 is water.  About 250,193 residents call this area home, the second largest County in the State.

Some geographic features include Mount Adams, Gilbert Peak, Cascade Mountains, Rattlesnake Hills and Horse Heaven Hills.  Rivers include the Yakima River, Columbia River, Naches River, Tieton River, Bumping River and American River.

National protected areas include the Wenatchee National Forest, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Snoqualmie National Forest, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Norse Peak Wilderness and Mount Adams Wilderness.

Communities include Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Moxee, Selah, Sunnyside, Tieton, Toppenish, Union Gap, Wapato, Yakima and Zillah, including towns of Harrah and Naches.

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1945.  #IronstoneFire. Ironstone Mtn.   0.1 acres. T14 R12 S24. Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1941.  #Shellrock.  Shellrock Lake. 0.1 acre. T14 R12 S28. Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1929. #HellLakeFire. Hell Lake.  0.3 acre.  T13 R11 S12. Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1855.   #NileCreekFire.  Nile Campground. Brush, timber and duff. T16<R14E S24.  IC as of 2036 PDT. E-381 dispatched. .1 acre.  Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1851.  #LeechFire.  Leech Lake. T13 R11 S2. 0.1 acre. Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1753.  #PigtailFire. Pigtail Peak. T13 R11 S11. 0.1 acres. Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

1643.  #BearFire.  Ahtanum NF. T12N R14E S26.  Grass and timber.  SE Stillwaugh IC.  0.1 acre.

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Thank you for following and reading our post! Stay safe out there, friends.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SIT REPS | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015

ALDER LAKE: LOCATION: 7 mi S of Eatonville. CAUSE:Lightning . START: 7/26/15. RESOURCES: 157 Personnel. 7 Crews. 1 Helicopter. 5 Engines. ACREAGE: 280. CONTAINMENT: 17%. THREATENED: 15 residences threatened with 20 minor structures. FIRE BEHAVIOR: Minimal fire observed today due to rain showers. Fire continues to smolder under the thick canopy in the heavy fuel loading. FUTURE ACTIONS: Burnout operations will be conducted t as opportunities present themselves. Primary objective is to stop and hold eastward spread of the fire. The fire has been steadily growing to the east, west, and north.

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE:  LOCATION: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. CAUSE:  Unknown. Under investigation. ACRES: 65,068

[estimated].  CONTAINMENT: 70% RESOURCES:  1030 Personnel including 30 Crews, 6 Helicopters, 62 Engines [Wildland & Structural], 16 Dozers, 17 Water Tenders, 4 Masticators. THREATENED:   300 residences and structures, 5 commercial.  DESTROYED: 17 reported and 14 minor structures. PUBLIC INFO: Closures & Evacuation Info Line: Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or http://www.co.stevens.wa.us or Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400.

CHELAN COMPLEX [Merged into the OKANOGAN COMPLEX]: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown.  Complex includes:  Reach Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek Fire, Cagle Fire and Antoine Fire.  Start 8/14/15 @ 0500 Hours PDT.   150 commercial property; 650 minor structures; 23 minor structures destroyed along with 21 residences. 697 Personnel. 11 Crews.  57 Engines. 75% Contained.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE:  LOCATION: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. CAUSE: Lightning. START: 8/10/15 @ 1800 Hours PDT. CONTAINMENT:  97%.  RESOURCES:  527 Personnel. 14 Crews. 2 Helicopters.  23 Engines. THREATENED:  10 minor structures.Today firefighters will continue mopping up and improving the strength of existing containment lines.

GRIZZLY BEAR COMPLEX:  LOCATION: 20 miles SE of Dayton, WA; Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. START: 8/13/15.  CAUSE:  Lightning. THREATS/DESTROYED: 45 threatened; 5 reported destroyed. RESOURCES:  885 Personnel. 17 Crews. 5 Helicopters. 25 Engines. ACREAGE:  75,268.  CONTAINMENT: 37%.

KANISKU COMPLEX:  LOCATION:  l5 miles NW of Newport, Wa. CAUSE:  Lightning. START: 8/18/15.. THREATENED: 1,334; multiple residences threatened; 70 multiple residences and Mixed commercial-residential,152; non-residential, commercial property. RESOURCES:  773 Personnel. 14 Crews. 6 Helicopters. 19 Engines. ACREAGE: 26,175. CONTAINMENT: 40%. Tower Fire:  24,296 Acres. 35% Containment.

KETTLE COMPLEX:  LOCATION: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR. IC:  Chris Schulte – Pacific NW Team 2; Tony Falco – British Columbia Forestry.  CONTAINMENT:  44%.  ACTIVE FIRES: Stickpin Fire:  54,554 Acres. 34% Containment. Graves Mtn Fire:  8587 Acres. 55% Contained.  Roy Fire:  120 Acres. 100% Contained. Renner Fire:  13,519 Acres. 59% Contained. COMPLEX TOTALS:  CONTAINMENT:  44%. RESOURCES:  895 Personnel.  22 Crews. 4 Helicopters. 37 Engines. THREATENED:  2,894 residences and 70 mixed commercial and residential threatened; 1 reported destroyed.

NORTH STAR FIRE:  LOCATION. 25 miles N of Coulee Dam on the Colville Indian Reservation. CAUSE: Human. THREATENED:  3,000 homes, 225 commercial properties, 1,000 other structures. RESOURCES: 1359 Personnel. 27 Crews. 6Helicopters. 83 Engines. ACREAGE: 209,504 Acres. CONTAINMENT: 37% Contained.

OKANOGAN COMPLEX [Merged into the CHELAN COMPLEX]: LOCATION: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak.

Okanogan Complex Stats: 

RESOURCES:  1300 Personnel. 25 Crews. 9 Helicopters. 73 Engines. 11 Dozers. 22 Water Tenders. 9 Skidgines and 1 Masticator. ACREAGE: 148,780 Acres. CONTAINMENT: 70%. COST-TO-DATE:. $33.9M INJURIES: 7. DESTROYED: 123 Residences and 72 confirmed destroyed. FIRES IN COMPLEX:  Lime Belt Fire:  132,838 Acres. 60% Contained.Twisp Fire:  11,222 Acres.  98% Containment. Nine Mile Fire:  4720 Acres. 98% Containment.

Chelan Complex Stats: 

RESOURCES: 704 Personnel. 11 Crews.  57 Engines. 5 Dozers. 14 Water Tenders. 4 skidgines and 1 masticator. ACRES: 93,896. CONTAINMENT: 75% Contained. COST-TO-DATE: $16.9M . DESTROYED:  23 Homes burned. INJURIES: 9.

[Editor’s Note:  “Thank You to all firefighters, both Wildland and Structure for your tireless efforts, dedication, commitment and most of all saving lives and property.  For the remaining crews, please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  #EveryoneGoesHome.”]

[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&#8221; 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.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRE | Carpenter Rd Fire | August 20, 2015 | PM SitRep

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

~ William Shakespeare

SUMMARY

  • Location:  35 miles NW of Spokane
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  9658

FIRE STATUS

  • Fire Behavior:  Extreme.
  • Threatened:  400 homes & structures, 5 commercial properties, 200 others
  • Containment:  0%

Carpenter Road Fire Map. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team. [8/19/15]

Map updated on 8/18/15. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Destroyed:  16 homes destroyed; unknown number of “other” structures reportedly destroyed.

RESOURCES, EQUIPMENT

  • Personnel:  301
  • Crews:  5
  • Helicopters:  3
  • Engines:  32
  • Actions:  Structure Protection

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 [Mandatory evacuation. Leave your home/business now for your own personal safety.]

  • Lessig Road along the Springdale Hunters Road to Springdale. This includes all secondary roads off of Springdale Hunters Road including Gennett Road and Rosehill Road and other road spurs to the South.
  • Region from Belinger Road to the SOUTHEAST “the way the crow flies” to State Highway 231.
  • Out of Fruitland Valley which includes Fruitland Valley Road and Turk Road.

Level 2 [Prepare to evacuate. This is a mid-range level of preparing to evacuate and also a level of voluntary evacuation.]

  • From the Spokane Agency Reservation boundary south to Lake Roosevelt (to include the West End Community).
  • From Springdale Hunters Road to Waitts Lake.
  • From Belinger Road EAST to State Highway 231.
  • From area around Waitts Lake to the Huckleberry Mountains south to Springdale Hunters Road to State Highway 231.

FIRE CONTACT INFO

Call Center

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

ALERTS

Red Flag Warning

  • Initiated due to hot dry weather, very low relative humidity, and strong winds in the Columbia River Valley. These conditions have led to the persistence of the same extreme fire behavior as has been seen over the past several days.

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&#8221; 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.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRE | Chelan Complex | August 20, 2015 | PM SitRep

FIRE SUMMARY

Complex Fires: Black Canyon, McFarland, Reach and Wolverine Fires.
Location: 1 Mile S of Chelan
• Start:  8/14/15
Cause: Unknown
Fire Mobe:  Approved, as of 8/14/15

Sikorsky Skycrane dipping straight out of Lake Chelan in support of initial attack.

Sikorsky Skycrane dipping right out of Lake Chelan. Courtesy via Inciweb

FIRES IN COMPLEX

  • Wolverine Fire: 40,904 acres. 30% containment
  • Reach Fire:  68,465 acres. 49% containment.
  • First Creek:  1902 acres.  2% containment.
  • Black Canyon Fire:  11,394 acres. 2% containment.
  • Blakenship Fire:  180 acres.  0% containment.
  • Total Acres:  122,845.

Courtesy of Reach Complex Fire Info Facebook page.

RESOURCES / EQUIPMENT

  • Personnel:  993
  • Crews: 27
  • Engines: 78
  • Water Tenders: 17
  • Bulldozers:  16
  • Helicopters: 5
  • Fixed Wings: 2

This Image shows you where most fires lie. Courtesy of the Reach Complex Facebook Page

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • Chelan Co Fire Districts #7, 10
  • Chelan Co Sheriff Office
  • WA DNR
  • USDA Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
Wolverine Fire

Smokey conditions at the Wolverine Fire. Courtesy of Inciweb

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Chelan Co: 67 lost
  • Douglas Co: 17 [incl residences, businesses & outbuildings] lost

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The Whos. The Whys. The Whats.  And, The Hows – Important Contact Info [Persons Affected by Wildfires]

ASSISTANCE

USDA Farm Service Agency

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Indemnity Program

Tree Assistance Program

WA State Dept. of Revenue

Wolverine Fire

The Wolverine Fire burns hot and heavy in this #FireImage. Courtesy of Inciweb

DRIVERS LICENSE, DOCUMENT REPLACEMENT

Dept of Licensing – http://www.dol.wa.gov/dol-services.html

  • Offering those affected by wildfires expedited service
  • Accepts inquiries via phone #360-902-0172, in person or online

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

DSHS Community Services Office [Wenatchee]

  • Open & serving clients affected by wildfires
  • Assists with food and cash assistance replacement
  • Contact by phone:  800-209-5446

PUBLIC INFO

  • Basic Fire Info:  800-803-0622 from 0800-2000 PDT, Monday – Saturday.
  • Emergencies:  Dial “9-1-1”
Tree torching with smoky sky.

This is what “Tree Torching” looks like. It is very dangerous for Firefighters. Courtesy of Inciweb

National Forest Closures

  • Methow Ranger District:  509-996-4003
  • Chelan Ranger District:  509-682-4900

Roads, Highways, Evacuations

  • Chelan County Emergency Management:  509-667-6863
  • Douglas County Emergency Management:  509-888-6841
  • Okanogan Emergency Management:  509-422-7207
  • Washington State DOT:  5-1-1 or on Twitter: @wsdot
  • Washington State Patrol:  509-682-8090

Utilities

  • Chelan County PUD:  877-783-8123

RESOURCES

Masks Supplies

  • Chelan: Chelan Hospital, Chelan Clinic or Chelan County Sheriff Office
  • Manson:  Red Apple Market – go to Customer Service Desk
  • Wenatchee: Emergency Managment Office @ Fire Station on 5 St / Western
  • Cashmere:  City Hall
  • Leavenworth:  Hospital

SHELTERS

Red Cross Shelters

  • Moe Elementary:  407 E Woodin Ave, Chelan
  • Sterling Middle School:  600 N James St, E Wenatchee
  • Brewster H. S. :  503 S 7th St, Brewster
  • Evacuation Shelters [Red Cross]: 509-663-3907

Animal Shelters

  • Small Animals:  Humane Society in Cashmere. [Evacuees must be at a Level 3 to bring animals in]
  • Large Animals:  Cashmere Fairgrounds. Note:  Use gate in back [Tillicum Gate] and gray stalls.
Sunset in Railroad Creek drainage with smoke from Wolverine fire.

Some serious smokey skies. This is a Sunset in Railroad Creek drainage. Courtesy of Inciweb

How YOU Can Help Those Affected by Wildfires

DONATIONS

Red Cross

Washington State Employees

“Thank you for your tireless efforts, commitment, dedication and everything else in between.  We know it will be never enough for our appreciation for what you all are doing out there on those wildfires, but it’s the least we can offer.  Some of you may be strangers to us, but we will also be related via fire.  That’s a pretty good benefit to us because we consider all of you a HUGE part of our Family.  Wishing you safety on the fire ground, mental well-being, much support offered and a safe return wherever your home base may be.”

We also thank the countless personnel who are Dispatchers, Police Officers, Fire Managers, EOM Volunteers, Pilots, Staff and everyone else we probably have unintentionally have forgotten.  Your actions to support the many fire personnel on the ground and taking care of the Public is very admirable.  We appreciate your tireless hours of staffing the EOCs, Dispatching, road blocks, evacuation notifications and much much more that we can even name.  Keep up the great work that you all do! We Thank You!”

~ Lisa, Editor/Blogger

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

WA WILDFIRES by Incident Name| August 19, 2015 | PM SitReps

Gone, but Never Forgotten.” –  This Post is dedicated to the 3 Unknown Firefighters who were killed in the Line of Duty near the #Twisp Fire in Washington State.  3 Others were injured when the winds shifted trapping them all.  – Editor
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NATIONAL FIRE STATS

92 NEW Fires [Light] Initial Activity. 4 NEW Large Fire Incidents.  6 Large Fires Contained. 96 Uncontained Large Fires. 2 Area Command Teams Committed.  16 Type 1 IMTs & 27 Type 2 IMTs Committed.

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WASHINGTON FIRE STATS

Today’s Fire Stats:  0 NEW Large fires. 9 New fires for 68 acres.  14  Uncontained Large Fires. for 67 acreS.  7 Type 1 IMTs Committed. 12 Type 2 with 1 en route. 1  Area Command Team.

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CARPENTER FIRE 

  • Location:  35 miles NW of Spokane
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  6786.
  • Threatened:  400 homes, commercial property, structures.
  • Destroyed:  15 homes, 13 others.
  • Personnel:  151
  • Helicopters:  3
  • Engines:  22
  • Actions:  Structure Protection
  • Evacuations:  In effect

CHELAN COMPLEX

  • Summary:  Made up of Reach, Cagle and Antoine Creek.
  • Location:  1 Mile S of Chelan
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Unknown
  • Fire Mobe:  Y [Approved 8/14/15]

Black Canyon

  • Location: 8 miles W of Pateros
  • Start:  Unknown
  • Cause:  Lightnng.
  • Acres:  6761
  • Containment:  0%
  • Fire Fuels:  Timber, brush, short grass
  • Fire Behavior:  Actively burning, crowning, flanking
  • Personnel:  15
  • Engines:  2
  • Fire Mobe:  Y
  • Resources:  WA National Guard, Strike Teams [5 Engines to a Team], WA DNR, State Fire Marshal.

 McFarland Fire

  • Location:  8 Miles W of Pateros
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Unknown
  • Acres:  4708
  • Containment:  0%
  • Fire Behavior:  Actively burning, flanking, crowning.
  • Threatened:  206 unknown type of structures
  • Personnel:  28
  • Crews:  1
  • Engines:  1
  • Evacuations:   Level 3 in effect for 2900 residents.
  • Evacuation Info:  http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

Wolverine Fire

  • Location:  3 Miles NW of Lucerne
  • Start:  6/29/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  40,891
  • Containment:  30%
  • Threatened:  150 single family homes, 80 Mixed Commercial/Residential; 12 non-residential commercial properties
  • Destroyed:  1
  • Personnel:  241
  • Crews:  1
  • Engines:  5

Red Cross Shelters

  • Moe Elementary –> 407 E Woodin Ave, Chelan
  • Sterling Middle School –> 600 N James St, East Wenatchee
  • Brewster High School –> 503 S 7 St, Brewster

Important Phone Numbers

  • Douglas County Emergency Ops Center –> 509-888-6841
  • Chelan County Emergency Management –> 509-667-6863
  • Okanogan Emergency Management –> 509-422-7207
  • Red Cross –> 509-663-3907
  • Chelan County PUD –> 877-783-8123
  • Washington State Patrol –> 509-682-8090

Reach Fire

  • Acres:  70,621
  • Containment:  50%
  • Personnel:  589
  • Crews:  15
  • Helicopters:  6
  • Engines:  73
  • Threatened:  500 homes.
  • Destroyed:  29 homes.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE

  • Location:  6 miles NW of Glenwood
  • Command:  WA IMT #5
  • Acres:  23,100
  • Containment:  20%
  • Personnel:  446. [+5]
  • Crews:  10
  • Helicopters: 5
  • Engines:  19
  • Fire Status:  Continue using heavy aerial resources.
  • Threatened:  20 homes along w/10 other structures
  • Evacuations:  Level 1 for homes N of Ladiges Road. 
  • Area, Trail Closures:  All DNR Trust lands, Glenwood Block rec sites, Yakama Indian Nation – Tract D Mt. Adams Recreation Area, South Climb & all other trails on the south & east sides of Mt. Adams are closed between Forest Road 23 at Williams Mine to the eastern boundary of the Forest.
  • Road Closures:  Forest Roads 80 & 82.

GOLD HILL FIRE

  •  Location:  10 miles W of Colville & 1 mile of Kettle Falls
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  600
  • Containment:  10%
  • Fire Fuels:  Timber, tall grass.
  • Fire Behavior:  Moderate w/group torching, uphill runs
  • Threatened:  40 residences, 60 other structures
  • Personnel:  124.
  • Crews:  3
  • Engines:  8

GOODELL FIRE

  • Location:  Near Town of Newhalem, in N Cascades National Park Service Complex
  • Start:  Detected 8/10/15
  • Cause:  Unknown
  • Status:  Unknown.  Limited info from incident.

GRIZZLY BEAR COMPLEX

  • Location:  20 Miles SE of Dayton on Weha-Tucannon Wilderness
  • Summary:  17 fires within Complex
  • Start:  8/13/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Resources:  NIMO ordered 8/18/15
  • Containment:  0%
  • Acres:  10k
  • Personnel:  40
  • Crew:  1
  • Helicopter[s]:  1 
  • Engines:  2
  • Resources:  Natl Incident Management Org [NIMO] to work with IMT 3.
  • Fire Behavior:  Unknown
  • Threatened:  12 homes, 1 other

KANIKSU COMPLEX

Baldy Fire

  • Located:  26 miles NE of Colville, 6 miles NW of Ione
  • Start:  8/1/15.
  • Cause:  Unknown
  • Acres:  515
  • Containment:  80%

Grease Creek

  • Acres:  45
  • Containment:  Unknown

Hall Mtn

  • Acres:  10
  • Containment:  Unknown

S Fork Slate Creek Trail

  • Acres:  5
  • Containment:  Unknown

Slate Creek

  • Acres:  1
  • Containment:  Unknown

Tower

  • Location:  35 miles E of Colville
  • Start:  8/12/15
  • Cause:  Unknown
  • Acres:  7743
  • Containment:  Unknown

KETTLE COMPLEX

  • Summary:  Consists of 4 fires.
  • Location:  26 Miles NW of Colville
  • Start:  8/17/15
  • Cause:  Unknown

 Stickpin Fire 

  • Location:  14 miles NE of Republic
  • Start:  8/11/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  37,850
  • Containment:  5
  • Threatened:  2400 homes, 50 mixed used, 100 commercial properties
  • Fire Mobe:  Y [approved 8/14/15]
  • Personnel:  464
  • Crews:  6
  • Engines:  36
  • Helicopters:  7
  • Evacuation Info:  http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

 Graves Mtn Fire

  • Location:  16 E of Republic
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  1304
  • Containment:  0%
  • Fire Fuels:  Timber, brush
  • Fire Behavior:  Unknown
  • Threatened:  100 homes, 200 others
  • Evacuations:  See link for specific evacuation info. http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx
  • Personnel:  16
  • Engines:  4

Roy Road Fire

  • Location:  4 Miles W of Republic
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Unknown
  • Acres: 120
  • Containment:  14%
  • Fire Behavior:
  • Personnel:  6
  • Engines:  2
  • Threatened:  4

Renner Lake Fire

  • Location:  13 Miles NW of Kettle Falls & 2.5 Miles W of Barstow
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  130
  • Containment:  0%
  • Threatened:  40 residences
  • Evacuations:  Y – Level 1.
  • Evacuation Info:  http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx
  • Personnel:  21
  • Engines:  1

  MARBLE VALLEY FIRE

  • Location:  50 Miles NW of Spokane
  • Start:   8/14/15
  • Cause:  Unknown
  • Fire Behavior:  Moderate fire, creeping, backing, spot fires
  • Acres:  3100
  • Containment:  10%
  • Threatened:  250 SFR [homes], 75 other
  • Destroyed:  3 homes, 31 others
  • Personnel:  47
  • Engines:  7

NORTH STAR FIRE

  • Location:  25 miles N of Coulee Dam & 12 miles N of Nespelm / N to Dugout Mtn and W of Moses Lake, off of the Colville Indian Reservation on to the Okanogan NF.
  • Start:  8/13/15
  • Cause:  Human
  • Acres:  35,000
  • Containment:  0%
  • Fire Level:
  • Threatened:  350 homes, 35 commercial properties, 250 other structures.
  • Personnel:  184
  • Crews:  3
  • Engines:  6
  • Evacuations:  In Effect
  • Evacuation Info:  http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx
  • People Shelter:  Grand Coulee Middle School 412 Federal Ave, Grand Coulee.
  • Livestock Shelter:  The Agri-Plex and Annex Facility at the Okanogan Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road, Okanogan, WA 98844

OKANOGAN COMPLEX

  • Location:  7-11 Miles W of Omak
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  42,327
  • Personnel:  426
  • Helicopters:  3
  • Engines:  16
  • Crews:  9
  • Includes the following fires:  9-Mile, Lime Belt, Beaver Lake, Tunk Block, and Blue Lake fires. The Knobby Fire merged with the Lime Belt Fire. [Blue Lake & Lime Belt Fires have merged]
  • Threatened: 115 single residences.
  • Destroyed:  3 single family homes, 10 others structures.

THURSDAY CREEK

  • Location:  13 Miles NE of Newhalem in Ross Lake National Recreation area
  • Status:  Fire is not being Staffed, as not considered as a Priority fire
  • Start:  8/10/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres:  421
  • Personnel:  0
  • Containment:  0%

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[Thank You to our Fire Personnel, Support, Pilots, Medics, Structure Firefighters, Wildland Fire Crews and Everyone Else we Unintentionally have Forgotten:  Thank you to the many who are in these photos and are not, we greatly appreciate all of your dedication, service and tireless efforts working to protect structures, buildings, commercial and other structures.  For putting your lives on the line so others can live is something that we cannot express how many folks are saying “thank you”. We’ve been hearing about the many successes and the hard work you all are putting in.  We wish you safety all around you.  Keep it up the great work!]

[Thank You to our Supporters, You we call Family and Those in Between…Thank You for reading our Blog, becoming Followers on our Blog here, on Facebook and engaging us on Twitter.  We couldn’t and definitely wouldn’t want to do this gig without you all.  You all make it worthwhile and a blast!  It’s what keeps us moving every day and worth the journey.  Have a safe day/evening wherever the journey takes you.]

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WA WILDFIRES by Incident Name| August 18, 2015 | PM SitReps

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

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NATIONAL FIRE STATS

166 NEW Fires [Light] Initial Activity. 16 NEW Large Fire Incidents.  4 NEW Large Fires Contained. 105 Uncontained Large Fires. 2 Area Command Teams Committed.  15 Type 1 IMTs & 28 Type 2 IMTs Committed.

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WASHINGTON FIRE STATS

Today’s Fire Stats:  0 NEW Large fires. 15 NEW Fires for 67 acreS.  6 Type 1 IMTs Committed. 11 Type 2 with 1 en route. 1  Area Command Team.

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BALDY FIRE:   Located 26 miles NE of Colville and 6 miles NW of Ione, this fire started on 8/1/15 with an unknown reported cause but 25 lightning strikes occurred during one of the most recent thunderstorms.  The fire behavior has minimal spread, but is still backing with group torching.  Homes and structures are currently also threatened. Evacuations still in effect.  Resources:  194 Personnel, 3 Crews, 2 Helos, 1 Engine.  The fire is at a 80% containment status.  515 total acres burned.  This fire will soon become part of the Kaniksu Complex. 

Remote Automated Weather Station

“A Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) was used to get real-time weather information from the vicinity of the fire.” – Courtesy via Inciweb.

BLACK CANYON FIRE:  Located just 8 miles W of Pateros, the Black Canyon Fire was ignited by lightning that has consumed 4,667 acres worth of land and has no 0% containment status yet.  It is reported have “extreme” fire behavior with crowning, flanking and spotting.  Road and area closures are in effect.  Fire is managed by the PNW Team 2 along with Chelan Complex, McFarland, First Creek, Wolverine and Blankenship Fires.

“Super Skidgent” Used to bring water to Mop-Up. Courtesy via Inciweb.

CARPENTER FIRE:  This fire started on 8/14/15 from lightning and is located 35 miles NW of Spokane.  It has destroyed 5,170 acres and currently has a 0% containment status. Still threatened are 400 homes, commercial property and structures.  15 homes have been destroyed along with 13 others.  Threatened currently now are 200 other structures.Some have been reportedly as destroyed.  Evacuations completed, remain in effect. Fire Mobe approved 8/14/15.  Current staffing includes 103 Personnel, 3 Helicopters and 1 Engine.

CHELAN COMPLEX:  The Chelan Complex is composed of 3 merged fires: Reach, Cagle and Antoine Creek.  This complex is located 1 mile S of Chelan.  It was stated to have started on 8/14/15, with still an unknown cause.  63,425 acres have been scorched but fire crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status so far. Active fire behavior is being reported with uphill runs, group torching and spotting.  Roads and area closures are in effect.  Some reports indicate structures and residences destroyed with more being threatened, including commercial property and the Chelan Airport.  Fire Mobe approved 8/14.

–> Reach Fire:  The Reach fire is located 1 mile S of Chelan that has destroyed 29 homes.  It continues to threaten 500 homes, structures, Hwy 97 and infrastructure.  506 Personnel, 11 Crews, 6 Helicopters and 76 Engines are working tirelessly on this incident and on many others.  It has reached a 30% containment burning 814 acres.

Reach Fire

“The Reach Fire, in all it’s Glory.” Courtesy via Inciweb

COUGAR CREEK FIRE:  Located 6 miles NW of Greenwood,441 personnel are on this fire incident and have achieved a 20% containment status, due to morning mist, cooler temps and calmer winds.  However, it still has an active fire behavior with flanking, torching and short-range spotting.  Resources have been moved N to keep from the fire reaching the Big Muddy Creek area.  441 Personnel, 10 Crews, 6 Helicopters, 18 Engines on scene..  Heavy usage of air resources were scheduled to be used today. 20 Homes are threatened along with 10 other structures.  22,600 acres have burned.

A photo of the smoke plume from the Cougar Creek Fire, as visible from the Incident Command Post (ICP) in Glenwood, WA.

“Cougar Creek Smoke Plume via visual from the Glenwood ICP.” Taken on 8/12/15 around 1600 PDT. Courtesy via Inciweb.

FIRST CREEK FIRE:  This fire is located 8 miles NW of Chelan and is listed with a 2% containment status. It was started by lightning which has burned 1656 acres.  Reports of active fire behavior with short crown runs, backing and creeping are in progress. Area and road closures are in effect.  Threats include:  419 single residences, 73 multi-unit residences and 63 other minor structures.  Evacuations have been conducted. Staffing includes:  204 Personnel, 6 Crews and 22 Engines.  Managed by the PNW Team 2 along with Chelan Complex, McFarland, Black Canyon, Wolverine and Blankenship Fires.

GOLD HILL FIRE:  The Gold Hill Fire is located 10 miles W of Colville and 1 mile of Kettle Falls.  The fire ignited on 8/14/15 by lightning, starting ablaze heavy fire fuels consuming 600 acres so far.  Moderate fire behavior reported but still a threat to 40 homes.  121 Personnel, 3 Crews, 8 Engines are the current resources on the fire ground.

First Creek Fire

“Firefighters on First Creek Fire”.  Courtesy via Inciweb

GRIZZLY BEAR COMPLEX:  17 Fires are in this Complex burning in the Weha-Tucannon Wilderness.  It is said to be 20 miles SE of Dayton that started on 8/13/15 by lightning.  A NIMO has been ordered.  It has a 0% containment status and burned up 2,357 acres.  34 Personnel, 1 Crew, 1 Helicopter and 2 Engines are on this Fire incident.  Fire behavior reportedly is active with structures and homes currently being threatened.

Crews and equipment on the way to First Creek Fire

“The high number of Fire Resources on the First Creek Fire.” Courtesy via Inciweb.

KETTLE COMPLEX:  The Kettle Complex consists of 4 fires.  These group of fires are located 26 miles NW of Colville.  The start date of these incidents were reported on 8/11/15 with a new one starting on 8/17/15 from an unknown cause.

Picture of guard rails with posts burned away near Boulder Summit

“Burned out Guardrails”

#FireImage Courtesy of Inciweb

 

 

–> Stickpin Fire:  Located 14 miles NE of Republic.  Burned 37,850 acres. 0% containment status. Active fire behavior with group torching, spotting and creeping. 2400 Homes, 50 Mixed residential/commercial structures, 100 commercial properties, 1000 others along with major power lines, infrastructure are threatened.  The fire is said to be burning on Kettle Crest between Curfew and Orient.  The fire has also said to have reached the 2003 Tongo Fire area. Fire Mobe approved 8/14/15.  381 Personnel, 6 Crews, 33 Engines on the fire ground.

Photo of Kettle Crest Trailhead at Boulder Summit      Photo of north end of the fire on August 16th.

#FireImages Courtesy of Inciweb

–> Graves Mtn Fire:  The fire started on 8/14/15 from lightning that has scorched 1300 acres.  The fire is located 16 miles E of Republic and has reached 1304 acres.  It’s current containment status is 0.  100 Residences are threatened along with 200 others. Primary power lines are threatened. Evacuations in effect.  Staffing includes:  16 Personnel and 4 Engines.

“North End of Stickpin Fire” – Courtesy of Inciweb

–> Roy Road Fire:  Roy also started on 8/14/15, but from an unknown cause. This fire has a low growth potential and is sitting at 120 acres. However, it is currently threatening 4 homes.  Dozer lines have been completed around the fire perimeter.  1 Engine and 2 Tenders have been working on this incident.  WA National Guard is also said to be deployed for additional manpower.  Evacuations in effect.  However, primary power lines, homes and structures are still being threatened. Area Command is managing this fire along with Kettle Complex, Stevens County Complex and Kanisku Complex.

Photo of fire whirl taken by John Foster-Fanning.

–> Renner Fire:  Renner Fire is located 13 miles NW of Kettle Falls that reportedly started on 8/14/15 by lightning.  The fire threatens 40 homes and 60 other structures.  21 Personnel and 1 Engine are working on this fire that started  yesterday on Monday, 8/17/15, with an unknown reason for ignition.  Homes and structures are being reported as threatened.  There is a 0% containment status. Update:  Multiple calls received.  A dozer and 1 20-person hand crew are now working on flanking the fire with the aid of air resources.  It has not crossed Thompson Ridge.  Level 1 Evacuations from Ferry County Sheriff’s Office still remain in effect with no change.

#FireImage [above] by John Foster-Fanning – Courtesy of Inciweb

MARBLE VALLEY FIRE:  Fire started on 8/14/15 with an unknown cause.  The fire has burned away 3,085 acres.  This incident is listed with a 10% containment status.  The fire behavior is moderate, however it is still threatening 1 non-residential commercial property, 75 other minor structures and 31 others.  3 have been destroyed. 73 personnel and 2 crews are on this incident.

The Cougar Creek Fire plume is seen from the south.

“Cougar Creek Perspective from the South” by Amanda Hildenbrand – Courtesy of Inciweb

MCFARLAND CREEK FIRE:  The McFarland Fire is located 8 miles W of Pateros that ignited on 8/14/15 from an unknown cause.  Currently, it has a 0% containment status with 1368 acres scorched.  206 structures are threatened.  28 Personnel, 1 Crew and 1 Engine are staffing this fire event.

View of new fire starts from Wolverine Fire ICP

NORTH STAR FIRE:  The North Star fire is located 25 miles N of Coulee Dam and 12 miles N of Nespelm and has burned N to Dugout Mtn and W of Moses Lake, off of the Colville Indian Reservation on to the Okanogan National Forest.  The Fire Level has been raised to a 4 due to drought conditions, limited firefighting resources, new possible fire starts and extreme fire behavior.  Currently, there have been Level 1 evacuations issued due to 20 homes, 150 outbuildings, 10 commercial structures and cattle being threatened.  Other parts of the area have received Level 3 evaucations. To see the areas under evacuation, check out this great resource at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/indicent/4524.  Total acres burned:  30,559 with a 0% containment status. This was caused by Human and under investigation.  167 Personnel along with 6 Crews, 9 Engines and 1 Helicopter are working this incident. There is no containment at this time.

“View from the Wolverine ICP” [Above]  Courtesy of Inciweb

OKANOGAN COMPLEX:  This fire has a combined staffing of 402 Personnel, 9 Crews, 2 Helos, 19 Engines.  It is located 8 miles W of Pateros. This Complex includes the following fires:

–> Blue Lake Fire:  823 acres, 40% contained.

–> Lime Belt Fire:  3443 acres, 25% contained.  NOTE:  We heard this evening, that the fire has jumped Hwy 97 on to the other side from an unconfirmed source.

–> Tunk Block Fire:  2,744 acres, 20% contained.

–> Beaver Lake Fire:  723 acres. 0% containment.

–> 9 Mile Fire:  4704 acres.  90% containment.

THURSDAY CREEK:  Started on 8/10/15, Thursday Creek is located 13 miles NE of Newhalem in the Ross Lake National Recreation area started by lightning.  It is stated to have minimal staffing due to resources assigned to other priority fire incidents.  This fire has burned 421 acres and has a 0% containment status.

TOWER FIRE:  This fire named the Tower Fire is currently burning 35 miles E of Colville that began on 8/12/15 with an unknown ignition.  It has consumed 7,743 acres but has a 5% containment status.  At the moment, 25 residences are threatened along with 10 minor structures.  39 Personnel, 3 Engines are on this incident.

WOLVERINE FIRE:  The long burning fire began originally on 6/29/15, from lightning that passed over in the area.  It has consumed 40,357 acres, reaching a 30% containment status.  However, it is still displaying active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing.  The fire has destroyed many residences and structures, while still threatening an undetermined number of others.  Evacuations in effect.  The fire has caused the halting of the $300M Holden Mine reclamation project.  Smoke and ash are considerably affecting the area.The fire is threatening 150 Single homes, 80 Mixed commerical/residential and 12 non-residential/commercial properties. An unknown # of structures were lost.   252 Personnel, 1 Crew and 8 Engines are current resources assigned to this event.  PNW Team 2 along with Chelan Complex, McFarland, First Creek, Wolverine and Blankenship Fires.

Firefighters planning attack

“Wolverine Fire Managers Planning Fire Tactics, Discuss Attack”. Courtesy via Inciweb.

[Thank You to our Fire Personnel, Support, Pilots, Medics, Structure Firefighters, Wildland Fire Crews and Everyone Else we Unintentionally have Forgotten:  Thank you to the many who are in these photos and are not, we greatly appreciate all of your dedication, service and tireless efforts working to protect structures, buildings, commercial and other structures.  For putting your lives on the line so others can live is something that we cannot express how many folks are saying “thank you”. We’ve been hearing about the many successes and the hard work you all are putting in.  We wish you safety all around you.  Keep it up the great work!]

[Thank You to our Supporters, You we call Family and Those in Between…Thank You for reading our Blog, becoming Followers on our Blog here, on Facebook and engaging us on Twitter.  We couldn’t and definitely wouldn’t want to do this gig without you all.  You all make it worthwhile and a blast!  It’s what keeps us moving every day and worth the journey.  Have a safe day/evening wherever the journey takes you.]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

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NORTHWEST WILDFIRES [OR, WA] – SitReps for Monday, July 13, 2015

NW FIRE SUMMARY

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“Rimrock Fire” by LR Swenson / NWFB

  • New Large Fires: 0
  • Large Fires Contained:  1
  • New Fires:  13 fires for 131 acres [WA], 11 fires for 2 acres [OR]
  • Uncontained Fires:  8 [Oregon 3, Washington 5]
  • NIMOs Committed:  1
  • Type 1 IMT Committed: 1
  • Type 2 IMT Committed:  3

NATIONAL FIRE SUMMARY

  • New Intial Attack Fires: 92 [Light]
  • New Large Incidents:  6
  • New Large Fires Contained:  3
  • Uncontained Fires:  14
  • NIMOs Committed:  1
  • Type 1 IMTs Committed:  1
  • Type 2 IMTs Committed:  10

Sheriff, Evacuations

“Douglas County Complex Evacuations” by LR Swenson / NWFB

 

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NEWBY LAKE FIRE – 23 mi NW of Oroville [WA]

Canadian Recon Flight July 4, 2015

“Canadian Recon Flight July 4, 2015” #FireImage via Inciweb

  • Start 7/2/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 5065 acres
  • 15% contained
  • Minimal ROS due to wetting rain
  • Fire started in Canada, crossing US border
  • Located in Pasayten wilderness / Loomis State Forest
  • Lynx habitat / natural resources threatened
  • IC:  IMT1. PNW Team 3 (Lewis)
  • 537 personnel
  • United States acres listed

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MT ADAMS COMPLEX

15 miles NNW of Trout Lake [WA]

Fire moving across drainage, Riddle Creek in background

“High Elevation Fire on July 3, 2015” – Courtesy of Inciweb

  • Start 7/10/15
  • Confine / Full suppression
  • Lightning caused
  • Total 403 acres
  • 41% contained
  • Minimal ROS
  • Closures:  Area / trail closures in effect incl portion of Pacific Crest Trail
  • IMT2, WA Team 4 [Gales/Nickey]
  • 231 personnel
  • Timber [fire fuel]

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HORSESHOE FIRE – Gifford Pinchot National Forest

A photo of spike camp.  A look toward the meadow that is home to firefighters.  With boxes stacked in the foreground, a firefighter in a yellow shirt is seen packing his bag across the meadow.  Yellow tents are seen in the distance.

“Horseshoe Spike Camp” by Curtis Schwarm

  • 340 acres
  • Confine / full suppression
  • 75% contained

Smoke plume rising from Horseshoe Fire  as viewed from high on the slopes of Mount Adams

“Horseshoe Fire smoke plume as seen from Mount Adams on July 3 2015”

Courtesy via Inciweb

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RILEY FIRE – Gifford Pinchot National Forest

  • 340 acres
  • Full suppression
  • 0% contained

# # #

CANYON FIRE 

  • .01 acres
  • Full suppression
  • 50% contained

# # #

7 LAKES FIRE – Gifford Pinchot National Forest

  • 0.1 acres
  • Full suppression
  • 95% contained

# # #

DEEP LAKE – NE side of Deep Lake, Colville

  • Start 7/8/15 around 1600 hours
  • Human caused – under investigation
  • 77 acres
  • 50% contained
  • 165 personnel
  • Fire fuel:  Timber
  • Ray Corral, New Mexico Type 3 Team

PARADISE FIRE – 13 miles NNE of Quinault – Olympic National Park

view from Hurricane Ridge

“Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park” Web Cam

  • Start 6/15
  • Confine
  • Lightning caused
  • 1590 acres
  • 21% contained
  • Minimal ROS
  • Timber burning
  • Wetting rains occurred over the fire
  • Firefighters working to “confine” fire N of Queets River / E of Bob Creek
  • Located in Olympic National Park
  • Crews continuing to limit forward spread to W & S.
  • NW NIMO (Hahnenberg) is currently managing fire
  • Transitioning to IMT3 team on Tuesday, 7/14/15
  • 130 personnel

# # #

DOUGLAS COUNTY COMPLEX – 23 miles E of Wenatchee [WA]

Fire Apparatus, Tender 65

“Tender 65 on the Rimrock Fire” by LR Swenson / NWFB

  • Residences, crops, T&E species, and Sage-Grouse habitat threatened
  • Numerous homes evacuated. IMT2
  • IC:  IMT2, OR Team 3 (Johnson/Keith)
  • Level 3 evacs:  30 residents on North Palisades Rd
  • Level 1 evacs:  Rock Island Grade
  • Evacuations being handled by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Red Cross Shelter at the Ephrata High School – Closed – due to lack of activity
  • 276 personnel on both fires [Jameson & Rimrock Fires]
  • 22,700 acres – total
  • 55% contained
  • Brush, grass and sage

# # #

JAMESON LAKE FIRE – 17 miles NE of Waterville near Jameson Lake 

  • Full Suppression
  • 7700 acres
  • 80% containment
  • 0 structures reported lost
  • No injuries reported

# # #

RIMROCK FIRE – 10 miles SE of Waterville

Air tanker 001

“Tanker 131 Fly Over”  by LR Swenson / NWFB

  • South of Douglas
  • 300 acres

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PEGG CANYON / WAGON RD 

  • In full suppression
  • 15,000 acres
  • 40% containment

# # #

MOSES STOOL – 16 mi E of Wenatchee – Added to Complex 7/12/15

  • Start 7/10/15
  • Caused by lightning
  • Full suppression
  • 1300 acres
  • 40% contained
  • Moderate ROS
  • Wind driven
  • Sage-grouse habitat burning

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WOLVERINE FIRE – 5 miles S of Stehekin [WA]

“High Elevation Fire” – 

  •  Start 6/29/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 314 acres
  • 0% containment
  • Moderate fire behavior
  • Steep, rugged terrain
  • Homes, historic cabins and mine infrastructure threatened
  • Level 2 evacuations
  • IMT 3 in Command
  • 75 personnel

“Removing Brush from Holden Rd” [#FireImage via Inciweb]

 

–> OREGON FIRES <–

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WEST FORK – 10 miles SE of Dayville [OR]

“Dropping Retardant on Fire” Courtesy of inciweb

  • Started 6/29/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 770 acres
  • 15% containment
  • Minimal ROS due to rain received
  • Threats to natural resources and a Fire lookout
  • Fire fuels: Timber, short grass, brush.
  • Located within the perimeter of the 2006 Shake Table Fire complex (Thorn Creek fire).
  • Currently being managed by IMT2, OR Team 2 (Fillis/Knerr) / also managing the Corner Creek Fire
  • Transitioning to a local unit at 0600 on Monday, 7/13/15
  • 137 personnel

# # #

CORNER CREEK FIRE – 11 miles S of Dayville [OR]

Tree torching in Division T

“Firefighter Carlos Ontiveros captures the image of trees torching in Division T early in the fire” by Carlos Ontiveros

  •  Started 6/29/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 29,407 acres
  • 85% contained
  • Full suppression
  • Minimal ROS
  • Rain received
  • Cultural sites, scenic waters, T&E species, private land, improvements and Sage-grouse habitat are under threat
  • Fire fuels:  Timber (Grass and Understory),  short grass (1 foot) and light logging slash
  • IMT2, OR Team 2 (Fillis/Knerr)
  • 334 personnel

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 GENEVA 15 – 5 miles W of Culver [OR]

  • Start 7/10/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 880 acres
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • Full suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  • 10% containment
  • Burnout operations completed
  • No additional growth expected
  • IMT 4 in Command

# # #

SHEEP ROCK – 45 NW of Vale [OR]

  • Start 7/8/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 590 acres
  • Full Suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • Cabins and Sage-Grouse habitat threatened.
  • 80% containment
  • Mop-up ongoing
  • ICT 3 Team on incident

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10-MILE CANYON FIRE – 10 miles W of Antelope [OR]

  • Start 7/8/10
  • Unknown cause
  • Full Suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  •  6707 acres
  • ICT 4 IMT
  • ** 100 % contained **
  • Final report unless conditions change

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DENNIS CREEK – 15 miles E of Union [OR]

  • Start 7/1/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 157 acres
  • 10% contained
  • Confine/Full Suppression
  • Timber burning
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • Steep, remote ground in the Eagle Cap Wilderness
  • Using air resources to check Northward spread
  • Rain fell over the fire
  • ICT 4 Team on this incident

Thank you for following us.  Though this is for Monday’s SitReps.  We will be providing another update later today.  Thanks for what you all do out there whether you are in a Public Safety profession or not.  Keep up the great work you’re doing.

 

 

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

NORTHWEST WILDFIRES [OR, WA] – SitReps for Sunday, July 12, 2015

NORTHWEST FIRE SUMMARY for Sunday, July 12, 2015

  • 1 new fire
  • 1 contained fire
  • 12 uncontained fires [Oregon 5, Washington 7]
  • 29 new fires for 5 acres in OR
  • 6 new fires for 1301 acres in WA
  • 1 Type 1 IMT committed
  • 5 Type 2 IMT committed

–>  CURRENT FIRES <–

MOSES STOOL – 16 mi E of Wenatchee [WA] 

  • Start 7/10/15
  • Caused by lightning
  • Full suppression
  • 1300 acres
  • 40% contained
  • Moderate ROS
  • Wind driven
  • Sage-grouse habitat burning
  • ICT3

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NEWBY LAKE FIRE – 23 mi NW of Oroville [WA]

Canadian Recon Flight July 4, 2015

“Canadian Recon Flight on July 3” [#FireImage via Inciweb]

  • Start 7/2/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 5065 acres
  • 15% contained
  • Moderate ROS
  • Some rain received
  • Fire started in Canada, crossing US border
  • Located in Pasayten wilderness / Loomis State Forest
  • Lynx habitat / natural resources threatened
  • IMT 2, WA Team 2 [Rabe/Reidy]
  • IMT 1, PNW Team 3 [Lewis] to assume Command as of 7/13 0600

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MT ADAMS COMPLEX – 15 miles NNW of Trout Lake [WA]

  • Start 7/10/15
  • Confine / Full suppression
  • Lightning caused
  • Total 403 acres
  • 41% contained
  • Minimal ROS
  • Closures:  Area / trail closures in effect incl portion of Pacific Crest Trail
  • IMT2, WA Team 4 [Gales/Nickey]
  • Timber

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HORSESHOE FIRE

  • 340 acres
  • Confine / full suppression
  • 75% contained

Photo looking down at the base of large tree.  The area around the base of the tree is burned to ash.  The edge of the photo shows unburned tree limbs with flames.

Hotspot on Horseshoe Fire by Justin Ewer, USFS [#FireImage via Inciweb]

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RILEY FIRE

  • 340 acres
  • Full suppression
  • 0% contained

A ground perspective looking uphill of the Riley Trail, covered in ash and burnt logs.  Burned trees and snags are standing in the area.

Burned Riley Trail by Justin Ewer, USFS [#FireImage via Inciweb]

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CANYON FIRE

  • .01 acres
  • Full suppression
  • 50% contained

Photo taken from the edge a meadow, which houses the Mt Adams Complex spike camp.   A helicopter is seen delivering supplies, hovering above the meadow with sling loads on the ground. Yellow tents are seen in the distance, at the edge of the meadow.

Sling loads being delivered to Spike Camp

by Justin Ewer, USFS [#FireImage via Inciweb]

# # #

7 LAKES FIRE

  • 0.1 acres
  • Full suppression
  • 95% contained

# # #

WEST FORK – 10 miles SE of Dayville [OR]

Retardant drop on West Fork fire

“Retardant Drop” by Nick Stiner [#FireImage via Inciweb]

  • Started 6/29/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 770 acres
  • 15% containment
  • Minimal ROS due to rain received
  • Threats to natural resources and a Fire lookout
  • Currently being managed by IMT2, OR Team 2 (Fillis/Knerr) / also managing the Corner Creek Fire
  • Transitioning to a local unit at 0600 on Monday, 7/13/15

# # #

CORNER CREEK FIRE – 11 miles S of Dayville [OR]

From a great vantage point, firefighter Carlos Ontiveros snaps a great photo of fire over the hill.

“Fire Over the Hill on July 3” by Carlos Ontiveros

[#FireImage via Inciweb]

  •  Started 6/29/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 29,407 acres
  • 75% contained
  • Full suppression
  • Minimal ROS
  • Rain received
  • Cultural sites, scenic waters, T&E species, private land, improvements and Sage-grouse habitat are under threat
  • Brush/Grass/Timber burning
  • IMT2, OR Team 2 (Fillis/Knerr)

One of many air tankers drops a load of retardant on the fire.

“Air Tanker Retardant Drop” by Jeff Priest [#FireImage via Inciweb]

# # #

PARADISE FIRE – 13 miles NNE of Quinault [WA]

Hot and dry conditions led to a prolonged burning period on Friday July 3

“Fire on July 3”  [#FireImage via Inciweb]

  • Start 6/15
  • Confine
  • Lightning caused
  • 1590 acres
  • 21% contained
  • Minimal ROS
  • Timber burning
  • Wetting rains occurred over the fire
  • Firefighters working to “confine” fire N of Queets River / E of Bob Creek
  • Located in Olympic National Park
  • Crews continuing to limit forward spread to W & S.
  • NW NIMO (Hahnenberg) is currently managing fire
  • Transitioning to IMT3 team on Tuesday, 7/14/15


“Aerial View in Afternoon on June 23” – [#FireImage via Inciweb]

# # #

DOUGLAS COUNTY COMPLEX – 23 miles E of Wenatchee [WA]

  • Start 7/10/15 at 1800 East of Waterville
  • Lightning caused – 5 sparks merged into 2 large fires
  • 19,700 acres
  • Extreme fire behavior due to wind-driven
  • Full suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  • 0% containment
  • Residences, crops, T&E species, and Sage-Grouse habitat threatened
  • Numerous homes evacuated. IMT2
  • OR Team 3 (Johnson/Keith) is mobilizing to the complex
  • Eric Riener, IC 3 Type 3 IMT ordered
  • Level 3 evacs:  30 residents on North Palisades Rd
  • Level 1 evacs:  Rock Island Grade
  • Evacuations being handled by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Red Cross Shelter at the Ephrata High School
  • 300 personnel on both fires [Jameson & Rimrock Fires]
  • 22,212 acres – total
  • 55% contained
  • Brush, grass and sage

# # #

JAMESON LAKE FIRE – 17 miles NE of Waterville near Jameson Lake

  • Full Suppression
  • 7700 acres
  • 0% containment
  • 0 structures reported lost
  • No injuries reported

# # #

RIMROCK FIRE – 10 miles SE of Waterville

Brush Truck from Thurston County Fire Protection District [Credit  / LR Swenson]

 

“Thurston Co Fire District’s Brush Truck 16-2” – #FireImage by LR Swenson

  • South of Douglas
  • 300 acres

Rimrock Fire, Tanker 131 0

“Tanker 131 Circling Back Around” – #FireImage by LR Swenson

[See our separate post on this fire for our firsthand visit to the incident on Saturday, 7/11/15]

# # #

GENEVA 15 – 5 miles W of Culver [OR]

  • Start 7/10/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 880 acres
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • Full suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  • 10% containment
  • Burnout operations completed
  • No additional growth expected
  • IMT 4 in Command

# # #

WOLVERINE FIRE – 5 miles S of Stehekin [WA]

Helispot built by rapellers on July 29.

“Wolverine HeliSpot” [#FireImage via Inciweb]

  •  Start 6/29/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 314 acres
  • 0% containment
  • Moderate fire behavior
  • Steep, rugged terrain
  • Homes, historic cabins and mine infrastructure threatened
  • Level 2 evacuations
  • IMT 3 in Command

“Removing Brush from Holden Rd” [#FireImage via Inciweb]

# # #

SHEEP ROCK – 45 NW of Vale [OR]

  • Start 7/8/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 590 acres
  • Full Suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • Cabins and Sage-Grouse habitat threatened.
  • 80% containment
  • Mop-up ongoing
  • ICT 3 Team on incident

# # #

10-MILE CANYON FIRE – 10 miles W of Antelope [OR]

  • Start 7/8/10
  • Unknown cause
  • Full Suppression
  • Grass/Brush
  •  6707 acres
  • ICT 4 IMT
  • ** 100 % contained **
  • Final report unless conditions change

# # #

DENNIS CREEK – 15 miles E of Union [OR]

  • Start 7/1/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 157 acres
  • 10% contained
  • Confine/Full Suppression
  • Timber burning
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • Steep, remote ground in the Eagle Cap Wilderness
  • Using air resources to check Northward spread
  • Rain fell over the fire
  • ICT 4 Team on this incident

# # # #

*** CONTAINED FIRES ****

231 FIRE – 7 miles S of Springdale [WA]

Two members of the Washington Air National Guard with equipment and computers

“Air National Guard helps with Communications” [#FireImage via Inciweb] 

  • 400 personnel total for 231 Fire Little Spokane  Fire
  • Started 7/3/15 1500 hours
  • 231 Fire – 970 acres / Little Spokane Fire – 168 acres
  • Both fires 100% contained
  • Incident Cooperators:  Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Stevens County Fire District 1, Spokane Fire District 4, Spokane Fire District 9

# # #

Though rain has fallen in parts of Washington State, it is still dry as ever.

Thank you for reading our post today and as always, we hope you have a Safe day.  Thank you to those who are out fighting these recognized wildfires in both Washington and Oregon.  We appreciate your tireless efforts, dedication and working hard during these hot, humid and in difficult conditions to save property and lives.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

WILDLAND FIRE: Colby Fire Almost Contained

Fire Containment Status

As of 6:00 am January 21 2014 the Colby Fire is at 95% containment with a total of 1952 acres consumed by the fire. There are approximately 300 personnel still assigned to this incident.

Smoke encroaching on the city of Glendora.

Smoke encroaching on City of Glendora, CA. [Photo Credit: inciweb.org]

Fire Status

The fire activity was light during night operations. The overall heat remaining on the fire is isolated to interior hot spots well inside containment lines and diminishing daily. The objective in the coming days is to keep the fire with in the existing containment lines.

Fire Plan

Firefighters are focusing on the following:

A view from Morris Dam

A view from Morris Dam [Photo Credit: inciweb.org]

* Continue to patrol monitor and reinforce containment lines

* Ensure thorough mop up is completed 100 feet inside containment lines

Crews working diligently to contain the fire.

Crews working diligently to contain the fire. [Photo Credit: inciweb.org]

* Southern California Incident Management Team 3 is demobilizing and will transition the management of the Colby Fire to a joint command with the US Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department at 6:00 PM today.

BAER Assigned to Incident

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is being assigned to the incident. After a fire the first priority is emergency stabilization and to determine the need for mitigation efforts to minimize any ongoing threats to life property and the environment.

Monarch Crew 70 from Little Tujunga after night operations

Monarch Crew 70 from Little Tujunga after night operations [Photo Credit: inciweb.org]

The stabilization work begins before the fire is out and may continue for up to a year.

Rehabilitation focuses on the lands unlikely to recover naturally from wildland fire damage.

Closures

Glendora Mountain Road and Ridge Road closed until further notice.

Fire threatening electrical infrastructure

Fire threatening electrical infrastructure [ Photo Credit: inciweb.org]

Per CalTrans-Highway 39 is closed at San Gabriel Gateway Center due to fallen rocks until 1/22 at 7pm. SR-39 still remains OPEN to residents.

Evacuations

Evacuations were lifted for the Community of Mountain Cove at 6:00 PM. January 18, 2014.

No evacuation are currently in place.

The Incident Information Center for the Angeles National Forest is closed. Please call the Forest during regular business hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (626) 574-5200.

Structure Damage Totals

Residence Damaged:7

Residence Destroyed: 5

Out-Buildings Damaged: 1

Out-Buildings Destroyed: 10

KUDOS! to firefighters, Fire Managers and everyone who came together to stop this fire from growing out of control. You all did amazing work and your tireless efforts did not go unnoticed!

Great job everyone.

 

Source: inciweb.org

2014 The NW Fire Blog