Mendocino Complex | California

INCIDENT SUMMARY – 2 large wildfires are burning in multiple county, destroying and damaging hundreds of structures, prompting massive evacuations and injuring two firefighters.  Here is the Sit Rep and summary of today’s fire activities.

Credit – Mendocino NF

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 11 2018 – 1100 HOURS PDT

COMMAND – Unified Command with CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit / USFS Mendocino National Forest. Colusa County, Lake County and Mendocino County.

Credit: Mendocino NF


Started 7/27/2018 1203 PDT. Cause unk. SR CA-20 @ MP 39, Old Lake County SR, Blue Lake, 8 mi NE of Ukiah. 276,306 acres. 58% contained.

Mutual Global Partners on the fire. Credit: Mendocino NF


Started 7/27/2018 1301 PDT. Cause unk. Old River Road, 6 miles N of Hopland. 48,920 acres. 92% contained.

Credit: Mendocino NF


325,226 acres. 67% contained. 0 deaths. 2 FF injuries. 1525 structures threatened. 139 homes, 119 other destroyed. 13 homes, 24 others damaged.

Heat map. Courtesy: Inciweb

The northern portion of the Ranch Fire was very active overnight and continues to threaten areas north of the fire perimeter. There was success bringing the western edge of the fire back into the Mendocino National Forest.
Fire crews continue working on bringing bring the east edge of the fire back in to the Mendocino National Forest, but obstacles and access still prove to be challenging. Most of the fire attack resources are being moved to the northern region of the fire to help fight and suppress an active fire front that is pushing north.
Crews southern perimeter continue suppression repair and patrol. The River Fire continues to be patrolled with suppression repair crews on the ground.

Credit: Mendocino NF

Credit: Mendocino NF

293 engines. 92 water tenders. 20 helicopters. 65 crews. 80 bulldozers. 7 others. 3,521 personnel.

Credit : Mendocino NF

Potter Valley Fire, Redwood Valley Fire, Ukiah Fire, California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California SR Patrol, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Australia and New Zealand Fire, Bureau of Land Management, Hopland Fire, Lakeport Fire, PG&E, AT&T, California Conservation Corps, and additional agencies from throughout California and other States.

Credit: Mendocino NF

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UPDATE 1 – 8/1/2018 – 1500 HOURS PDT – A wildfire ignited on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and fire assets were deployed on 1729 hours PDT with multiple resources, along with two fire bosses on order.

The fire is burning about nine miles north of Reardan in Lincoln County, Washington State.

Around 1750 hours, the fire behavior had increased to torching and running. burning about 20-25 acres.

Level 3 evacuations were in effect for those around the Moore Road and 231.

At 1809 hours, a heavy air tanker was inbound.

#Fisher231Fire  #WAwildfires2018

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UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 1 , 2018 – 1445 HOURS PDT – A wildfire was reported on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, with two helicopters en route to the fire line at 1852 hours PDT.

The fire has burned approximately 19 acres and crews have successfully reached a 60% containment status.

#HarstineIslandFire #WAwildfires2018 #NWFire



UPDATE 1 – JULY 31 2018 – 0600 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire named the CUTTHROAT FIRE is burning about 13 miles west of Mazama, in the Methow Ranger District which was detected on July 29, 2018 and reported at that time as a 125-acre.

Resources deployed on Sunday, July 29th at that time were a 20-person crew, smoke jumpers and a helicopter dropping water as well as water tanker dropping retardant over the fire line.Area Closure Map for Cutthroat Fire on July 30, 2018.

During that time, 6 trails were closed including the Pacific Crest Trail at Rainy Pass due to the wildfire.

Current Fire Status

Fire has burned 25 acres which is located in heavy timber and inaccessible area of the Methow Valley Ranger District.

The fire was started by lightning which roared over the dry lands this past weekend ignited this fire and 21 other fires. Most have been kept small and are out or holding to less than .5 acre.


Closures in the area including the following locations due to the wildfire burning in the area:

  • Cutthroat Lake Trail #483 and trailhead
  • PCT #2000 from Rainy Pass to the Jct of West Fork Methow Trail #480
  • Blue Lake Trail #314
  • Rainy Lake Trail #310
  • Maple Pass Trail #310
  • Maple Pass Trail
  • Bridge Creek Trailhead; where the PCT crosses Hwy 20
  • Lone Fir Campground
  • Washington Pass Overlook
  • Road #400 to Cutthroat Lake Trailhead

Hwy 20 remains open.

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#CutthroatFire #WAwildfires2018

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Photo Credit | OWNF

UPDATE 1 – JULY 31, 2018 – 0550 HOURS PDT

A wildfire is burning about 20 miles northwest of Entiat and near Plain. It is burning in the Mad River area on the Entiat Ranger District.

Fire fuels include heavy timber, snags and logs in very steep inaccessible terrain.

It was detected July 29, 2018 and started by an unknown ignition. Cause is still being determined and is under investigation.



UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 2000 HOURS PDT

A wildfire is burning near 25 Mile State Park on the south shore of Lake Chelan, Washington.  It is burning east of the intersection of Hal and South Lakeshore.

Lake Chelan area | Credit-WA DNR

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (LEAVE NOW!) have been issued for the following areas:

  • South Lakeshore at milepost 9.5
  • West including Hale Road, Shady Pass and 25 Mile State Park

RESOURCES include engines, hand crews aircraft that have or are currently en route to the area.

FIRE SIZE is currently said to be at approximately five acres and growing.

CAUSE is unknown at this time.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS include Chelan County EM, Washington State Patrol, WSDOT, Cle Elum FD and WA DNR fire resources.  More are en route.

SOCIAL MEDIA hashtags being used for tracking purposes are #25MileFire and #WAwildfires2018.

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UPDATE 3 – JULY 31, 2018 – 1430 PDT

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

Photo Credit | WA DNR

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

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

UPDATE 2 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1045 PDT

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

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

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

Taken on July 27th. Photo Credit:  WSP

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

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2200 PDT

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

Photo taken on July 28th.  Credit:  WA DNR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#ChelanHillsFire #WAwildfires2018 #WA

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UPDATE 2 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1045 HOURS PDT

Fire tactics today will include heavy usage of fire suppression aircraft all day to keep fire in steep canyons.

Fire has burned an estimated 500 acres.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2120 HOURS PDT

A new start is burning in the Blue Mountains, just south of Asotin, Washington

Local Fire resources are on-scene are reporting steep terrain as hampering their ground and air fire attack efforts. They are working to control this extremely active fire and moving at a high rate of spread.

A Type 3 SE WA IMT team has been dispatched to the fire scene and will be ready to assess the area and determine which additional resources to order.

About 120 acres have been scorched already.

We are waiting for an update for additional details.  Thank you for following and reading our post!

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UPDATE 2 – AUGUST 6, 2018 – 1830 HOURS PDT

On August 4th, DNR Officials stated the fire has burned through 68 acres with only 43 personnel assigned.  This was due to the number of even larger wildfires in the region and across the nation where firefighting resources have been somewhat limited.

Local Firefighting resources in this area were deemed insufficient to continue direct fire attack activities in dense forest that is very steep and rugged terrain.Local Fire Managers have outlined a long-range fire suppression strategy to address future fire behavior.

The Western WA IMT was said to be returning to this incident on August 5, 2018, which did occur.

Photo Credit | USFS

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1030 PDT

USFS firefighters are actively managing a five-acre wildfire just north of Mt. Rainier that ignited on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

The fire is adjacent to Wrong Creek within Highway 410 corridor of the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest.

Due to the remoteness of the area where the fire is burning and the inaccessibility, concerns related to smoke and fire hazards remain low at this time.

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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.



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.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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



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.


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.



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.



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.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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.



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.



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.



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.


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



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.


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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