RIVERSIDE FIRE | OR | SIT REP 2

RIVERSIDE FIRE | SE of Estacada (Clackamas Co), Oregon

PC:  Clackamas County Sheriff Office

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

The RIVERSIDE FIRE started on September 8, 2020, from an unknown human-caused ignition.  The investigation is ongoing and information has not be released to the public or some of their preliminary findings.

At this time, we have not found correlated evidence or information from verifiable sources reporting as such.  However, there are some that are reporting arson on all of the wildfires.  We will wait for the official cause and if Officials use the word arson, then we will bring that information to you.

It is burning approximately one-half mile southeast of Estacada in the State of Oregon in timber, brush and short grass on top of steep terrain.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior has continued to be moderate with creeping, single-tree torching and smoldering.  It appears there are no isolated torching going on as it was in yesterday’s report.

PC: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

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Approximately, 135,401 acres have been destroyed along with 53 structures.

Resources include:  458 total personnel along with 12 crews, 21 engines and 3 helicopters.   More Task Forces and a flooding of additional resources are expected to enter the area as soon as tomorrow.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Those whom are partnering or working to support this wildfire incident include:  Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Riverside Fire, IMT SWA Team 1, OR FMO, USFS, BLM (Bureau of Land Mgmt) and the OR DOT, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Gresham Fire.

PC:  HFR sent 7 members tasked with structure protection as part of the Washington County Task Force near Estacada.

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Additional resources and equipment are expected to continue to arrive and assist current personnel on this incident.

– ALERTS, NOTIFICATIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS –

Evacuations  —> 503.655.8224 or http://www.clackamas.us/wildfires

Fire Community Meeting –> Held this evening at 6pm.  Recording fb.com/riversidefireinfo

Questions? –> Call 503.228.7805 or Email 2020.riverside@firenet.gov

Air Quality  –> oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Closures –> TripCheck.com

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TFR in Effect –> No Drones in Fire Zones

Help firefighters and other responders stay safe by not flying your drone over wildfires or burned areas. This can prevent firefighters from successfully completing search operations

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Stop spreading misinformation about people starting these [OR} wildfires.” – Clackamas County Sheriff Office, Clackamas County Government

PC: Clackamas County Sheriff

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“Half of the town of Talent burned to the ground but my parent’s home was saved.” – Daughter of a Talent resident.

“The fire is devastated.  The [Fire] took only minutes to burn, but a lifetime of 8 years to build.” – Media about a homeowner in Molalla.

“Several homes and a church were leveled by fire that torn through the Hillockburn area.” – Media

“Fire described as historic for Clackamas County.” – Media

RIVERSIDE FIRE IN FIRE IMAGES

Clackamas County Sheriff Office | The “team” is compromised of many incident cooperators including radio operators, search and rescue teams, fire weather and ground resources.  Without them, it would difficult to locate the missing, to communicate and fight/ contain these destructive fire storms.

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Gresham Firefighters | Crews deploy around the State including this [fire] which are tasked with direct fire attack, cutting fire line to protect unburned area, structure preps and extinguishing hot spots.

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Washington County Task Force | Members are made up from various Fire Agencies that include Hillsboro FD, Gaston FD, Cornelius FD, Forest Grove FD and TVFR.

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Mt Hood National Park | Fire spots across Hwy 211 on 9/9, about 2 air miles from Estacada. Taken on 9/13/2020.

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Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office | 10-15 miles from Molalla Forest Corridor. Taken 9/14/2020.

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Mt. Hood National Forest | Near Estacada. Photo taken on 9/10/2020 when the fire was at 125,000 acres.

Smoke darkens the sky above the Riverside Fire on September 8, 2020 on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. Credit: USDA Forest Service Mt. Hood National Forest

Photo taken on September 11, 2020 when the fire was 1/2 mile from Estacada and SE 6 miles from Molalla.

Smoke billows above the Riverside Fire on September 8, 2020 on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. Credit: USDA Forest Service Mt. Hood National Forest

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue | The Washington County Task Force work together to pick up the port-a-tank after a long day’s work on 9/12/2020.

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OREGON FIRE | SOUTH OBENCHAIN FIRE | SIT REP 1

SOUTH OBENCHAIN FIRE | BLM – MEDFORD DISTRICT

A bull dozer and helicpter work in tandem on a control line.

PC:  BLM

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The SOUTH OBENCHAIN FIRE started on September 8, 2020 at 1359 (1:5pm) PT from an unknown cause, which is currently under investigation.

The fire is burning in Jackson County, about five miles east of Eagle Point, Oregon.

Fire fuels include:  Timber, brush and logging slash.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is active with uphill wind-driven runs, mid-range spotting and group tree torching.

About 30,503 acres have been scorched.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.

Smokes continues to keep air assets grounded on Saturday. Some clearing of smoke was anticipated today. However, a dry cold front was due to move in. A RED FLAG WARNING was issued today from 1500 – 2000 (3pm – 8pm) for gusty winds, low RH and conditions becoming unstable.  All are big concerns for Fire Managers, which are generally understandable.

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $2.3 Million Dollars.

RESOURCES

There are 623 total personnel assigned to this incident.   The OR DOF – Medford Unit is the lead agency on this with the PNW Team 8, an IMT 2 team is managing this wildfire.

There are approximately 15 crews, 22 engines and 12 helicopters that are assisting from the ground to the air.

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 –> Shady Cove, Trail and Butte Falls

HOW TO HELP IMPACTED COMMUNITIES

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OREGON WILDFIRE | RIVERSIDE FIRE | SIT REP 1

RIVERSIDE FIRE | SE of Estacada (Clackamas Co), Oregon

PC:  USFS

Riverside Fire from La Dee Flats area.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The RIVERSIDE FIRE started on September 8, 2020 which was human caused.  The ignition source has not been released and appears this is an on-going investigation.

Fire fuels include timber, brush and short grass on top of steep terrain.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has destroyed 133,799 acres and remains at a zero containment status.  Fire behavior is moderate with creeping, single tree and isolated torching.

The  BEACHIE CREEK FIRE and this wildfire merging are of great concern as both  are only one-mile apart from one another.

Fire Officials say the RIVERSIDE FIRE is their number one priority for resources.  Currently, the State has depleted all of their fire personnel and equipment resources due to so many incidents burning in the State of Oregon.

A County-wide Community Meeting was held on Sunday at 1400 hours discussing the Fire, Public Health and other important information.

53 structures have been reportedly lost with a total in fire suppression and containment expenses up to $850,000 cost-to-date.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Those whom are partnering or working to support this wildfire incident include:  Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Riverside Fire, IMT SWA Team 1, OR FMO, USFS, BLM (Bureau of Land Mgmt) and the OR DOT.

There are currently 315 total personnel assigned to this wildfire, along with 8 crews, 11 engines, 3 helicopters.

PC:  USFS

Riverside Fire from La Dee Flats

– ALERTS, NOTIFICATIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS –

Evacuations

Level 1 evacuations were lifted fro Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Lin, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Milwaukie and Tualatin.

Curfew

A curfew is in effect for Clackamas County from  2200 (10pm) – 0600 (6am) for Level 2 and 3 evacuated areas.

Water Conservation

The Clackamas County Officials are asking its residents to conserve on water due to low pressure and save water for firefighting efforts.

LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE

The Clackamas County Sheriff made it explicitly clear that they have many Deputies visiting the evacuated areas providing security and other patrol duties.

A HUGE SHOUTOUT to their County Dispatchers for taking hundreds of calls this week, which surmounts to a 400% increase in 9-1-1 calls. Most were non-substantiated but some led to arrests. He wanted to let residents know they are out to protect their property and to remove those who have been reported to be armed security guards for homeowners. A strong message was given to those to stop what they are doing, as this is illegal and can get some hurt or killed.   He urged people to still call 9-1-1 so they can handle it and not anyone else. They want to protect their communities from any danger or keep everyone safe.

CLOSURES

Oregon Department of Forestry or more commonly called “ODF”  has closed all lands to public entry and use including the Santiam, Tillamook, Clatsop, Gilchrist and Sun Pass Forests.  It is necessary due to the current extreme fire conditions that are endangering life, forest resources and property.   This was announced on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

PC:  ODF

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NW Wildfires Rage On | Sit Rep 1

Thank you for following and reading our Fire Blog posts about wildfires burning in both the States of Washington and Oregon.

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We are currently tracking 25 wildfires and will be adding/deleting as information is received. Wishing you all safety, prayers and thoughts. 

WASHINGTON STATE

1. WAWAWAI CANYON FIRE – WA NDR

SW of Pullman off of Wawawai Road, Whitman County. Last known acreage 0.1 acre. Brush and grass. Started 9/12/2020 at 0125 PT.  Cause unknown, under investigation.  County Sheriff states they are in mop-up operations for the next few days.

PC:  Whitman Co Sheriff Office

2. INCHELIUM COMPLEX FIRE – BIA. Colville Agency

3 wildfires. 17,086 acres. 33% contained. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching.  17,086 acres. 33% contained. 343 personnel. 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helo. 13 structures destroyed or damaged. $1.1 Million CTD.

PC:  BIA

Shows the kind of fire behavior described as backing fire.

3. BIG HOLLOW FIRE – USFS. Guilford-Pinchot NF

20 miles of Stevenson. 12,050 acres. 0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and flanking. 161 personnel.  6 crews, 9 engines. $150k CTD.

PC:  USFS

Big Hollow Fire - September 9

4. WHITNEY FIRE – WA DNR NE Region.

6 miles NW of Davenport.  Managing 3 fires: Whitney, Babb and Manning Road. 123,893 acres. 35%  contained.  150 personnel. 1 crew, 21 engines, 1 helicopter. 50 structures lost.  $915K CTD.

5. BABB MTN FIRE – WA DNR NE Region.

30 miles from Colfax. 15,266 acres. 25% contained. 63 personnel. 11 engines. Min fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 223 structures lost. $401K CTD.

PC:  WA DNR

Malden city flag pole survived the fire.

6. MANNING ROAD FIRE – WA DNR NE Region

5 miles NW from Colfax.  2,685 acres. 65% contained. 51 personnel, 1 crew and 10 engines. Min fire behavior with torching, creeping and smoldering. 4 structures lost. $133K CTD.

7. APPLE ACRES FIRE – WA DNR – SE Region

3 miles NE of Chelan. 5,753 acres. 93% contained. 103 personnel. 4 crews, 10 engines. $782K CTD.

8. PEARL HILL FIRE – WA FMO

13 miles from Okanogan.  219,956 acres. 64% contained. 528 personnel. 13 crews, 60 engines.  55 structures lost.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and creeping. $1.3M CTD.

PC:  Cole Massey

High winds on September 8th caused the Pearl Hill Fire to spread rapidly across grass and low shrub lands, closing many local highways.

9. EVANS CANYON FIRE – WA DNR – SE Region

8 miles from Naches.  75,817 acres. 90% contained.  89 personnel. 2 crews and 8 engines. 12 structures lost. Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping. $10.1M CTD.

PC:  Spokane Valley FD

Fire engine and patches of flame in scrubland at night.

10. COLD SPRINGS FIRE – WA DNR

4 miles SE of Omak. 187,689 acres. 40% contained. 290 personnel. 5 crews, 38 engines and 1 helicopter. 25 structures lost. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing. $1.4M CTD.

PC:  BIA

Cold Springs 9-6-20

11. CUSTOMS RD FIRE – WA DNR – NE Region

1 mile NW of Curlew. 2,208 acres. 30% contained. 94 personnel. 2 crews and 12 engines. 55 structures lost. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, creeping and backing. $800K CTD.

12. SUMNER GRADE – WA FMO

4 miles W of Sumner (Pierce County). 800 acres. 50% contained. 4 structures lost. 68 personnel. 21 engines. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering and single tree torching. $150K CTD.

OREGON

13. TWO FOUR TWO FIRE – USFS -Fremont-Winema NF

6 miles from Chiloquin. 14,450 acres. 7% contained. 340 personnel. 3 crews, 34 engines and 4 helicopters. 35 structures destroyed. $2.1M CTD.

Evacuations/Road Closures –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7159/

PC: Chiloquin FD

A Chiloquin Fire & Rescue truck is framed by the glow of fire in the near distance. A firefighter is also visible, walking alongside the truck.

14. ECHO MTN COMPLEX

4 miles East of Lincoln City. 2,435 acres. 0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, isolated torching and backing. 305 personnel including 10 crews and 26 engines. 100 structures destroyed. $327K CTD.

15. BRATTAIN FIRE – USFS – Fremont-Winema NF

8 miles from Paisley. 8,000 acres. 0% contained. 90 personnel with 15 helos. 3 structures destroyed. Active fire with short crown runs, group torching and spotting. $1.5M CTD.

PC:  USFS

16. STAR MTN LANE FIRE – ODF – Central Unit

3 miles NW of Glide.  48,000 acres. 9% contained. 86 personnel. 3 crews, 15 engines and 5 helos. $750K CTD.

17. RIVERSIDE FIRE – USFS – Mt Hood NF

8 miles SE of Estacada. 132,545 acres. 0% contained. Timber, brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, single tree torching and isolate torching. 246 personnel. 7 crews, 8 engines and 3 helicopters. 53 structures lost. $500K CTD.

PC: USFS

Riverside Fire from La Dee Flats

18. BEACHIE CREEK FIRE – USFS – WILLAMETTE NF

6 miles N of Detroit. 186,988 acres. 0% contained. 532 personnel. 11 crews 39 engines and 7 helos. Moderate fire behavior with spotting and backing.

PC: USFS

Beachie Creek smoke plume with Opal Lake in the forground

19. S OBENCHIAN FIRE – BLM

5 miles E of Eagle Point. 29,432 acres. 20% contained. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, grass and torching. 486 personnel. 15 crews, 22 engines, 12 helicopters. 19 structures lost. $2.3M CTD.

PC : BLM

A bull dozer and helicpter work in tandem on a control line.

20. HOLIDAY FARM FIRE – ODF

35 miles E of Eugene.  156,708 acres. 0% contained. 538 personnel. 11 crews, 61 engines, 4 helicopters. Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. $1.4M CTD.

PC:  ODF

Holiday Farm Fire 9/8/2020

21. LIONSHEAD FIRE – BIA – WARM SPRINGS

25 miles W of Warm  Springs. 136,346 acres. 5% contained. active fire with flanking, torching and short-range spotting. 1193 personnel.  45 crews, 51 engines and 11 helicopters. $14.3M CTD.

PC:  BLM

22. WHITE RIVER FIRE – USFS – MT HOOD NF

25 miles W of Wamic. 17,383 acres. 70% contained.  714 personnel. 18 crews, 26 engines. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  $20.9M CTD.

PC:  USFS

Paved road boardered by fores with heavy smoke coming from one side of the road

23. P515 FIRE – BIA – WARM SPRINGS

17 miles W of Warming Springs. 4,609 acres. 95% contained. 279 personnel. 6 crews, 15 engines. Minimal fire behavior. $7.8M CTD.

PC:  Erica Wisner

Tree torching at night Photo credit: Erica Wisner

24. ALAMEDA DRIVE FIRE – ODF

1 mile N of Ashland.  3,200 acres. 33% contained. 107 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines and 2 helos. Active fire behavior with backing and creeping. 700 structures lost. $501K CTD.

25. ARCHIE CREEK FIRE

20 miles from Glide. 115,857 acres. 0% contained. 369 personnel. 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helicopter. 52 structures lost. Active fire behavior with long-range spotting, group torching and short crow runs. $359K CTD.

PC:  BLM

red plume visible from behind a mountain

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/12/2020 1815 PT

 

 

 

P515 FIRE | OREGON | WILDFIRE SIT REP 1

UPDATE 1 | AUGUST 24, 2020

P515 FIRE

P-515 Fire Photo credit: A. Stacona

Photo Credit | BIA

The P515 FIRE is located 17 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon and is under the management of an IMT Type 2, the NW Team 7 which is also in charge of the LIONSHEAD FIRE.  Fire behavior is active with flanking, backing and torching. Homes are threatened, as well as closures in effect for roads, areas and trails.

About 4,339 acres of timber has been destroyed.  Firefighters have reached a 30% containment status. No structures have been destroyed but there has been a total cost-to-date of $2 Million Dollars for fire suppression and containment expenses.

There are 405 total personnel assigned to this incident along with 11 crews, 16 engines and 7 helos.

LIONSHEAD FIRE

Steep terrain. Photo credit: Vernon Suppah

Photo Credit | Vernon Suppah via Inciweb

The LIONSHEAD FIRE is located 20 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon.   Fire behavior is active with flanking, backing and torching.  Closures are in effect for roads, trails and areas.

The fire has scorched 2,109 acres and there is a 5% containment status.

About 121 employees with 5 crews and 3 engines are assigned.

Cost-to-date have reached $510,000.

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PALMER FIRE | OKANOGAN CO WA | SIT REP 3

SIT REP 3 | 8/20/2020

PALMER FIRE
Washburn Road
5 mi ESE of Loomis
Okanogan County, Washington State
Start 8/18/2020 1500 PT

Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Incident Summary
Reported at 1451 PT  on August 18, 2020 as being half way up Washburn Lake Road towards Washburn Lake.
DNR quickly mobilized, bringing in numerous air and ground resources. The winds were shifting driving the fire in all directions, consuming grass, scrubs and trees.
At 4 PM a level 2 evacuation was issued over Okanogan County Alerts as Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputies, Fish and Wildlife Officers along with Border Patrol Agents made door to door notifications for persons south and west of Wannacut Lake.
By 1800 hours PT the fire was still progressing in all directions and was estimated at 1000 acres.
At 2050 PT, a level 3 evacuation was issued over Okanogan County Alerts as law enforcement made door-to-door notifications for the area west of Wannacut Lake, including Wannacut Lake Road from Ellis Barnes Road in the north, south to Richards Road.  (Presser/NE WA IMT)

The map below:

Estimated fire perimeter map for Palmer. Adjusted acres is 11,191. This is a rough outline that is subject to change with better GIS data and mapping. An infrared flight has been ordered for tonight, but it is not guaranteed to happen.
This map shows the fire perimeter (red), level 3 evacuation area (pink), and level 2 evacuation area (yellow). The black dots are known structures. There could be others not showing on this map.
No photo description available.

PC | NE WA IMT

Current Status
Fire has scorched the BLM-Spokane District land in the amount of 11,191 acres of brush and grass.  It has destroyed 30 or more structures. There is a 0% containment status.
Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 19, 2020, at 9:45 am at the request of Fire Chief Darryl Perry, Okanogan County Fire District 10
Fire is moving towards the Canadian border and can be seen on the other side, prompting multiple emergency reporting and calls.
FIRE FACT
2015:  WA Governonr Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency due to wildfire. It comes 5 years to the day that 3 firefighters were killed in Twisp during the OKANOGAN COMPLEX. (PALMER FIRE has similarities to the Compex Fire)
Fire behavior is extreme and has a fast-moving rate of spread.
A NW IMT Team 6 (Sheldon) has been ordered to manage the incident.
Evacuations – Level 3 (GO NOW!)
  • Wannacut Lake Road at Ellemeham Mountain Road
  • Ellis Barns Road at Loomis-Oroville Road
  • Blue Lake Road at Lake Front Road
  • Washburn Lake Road at Loomis-Oroville Road to Ellis Barnes Road
  • Ellemeham Mountain Road to Ellis Barnes Road
  • Loomis-Oroville Road from Toats Coulee Road to Chopaka Road
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PC | Fire

Fire Weather
Fire continues to burn actively today. I am very concerned about the potential for fire spread tomorrow. Although humidities will be 30-35%, sustained winds could reach 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph, pushing the fire further north. Fuels here are very dry! – WA Fire MET
Resources
There are 398 personnel assigned to the incident.  Fire management is under a NE WA Team 3, IMT.
The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray will remain activated to Level 1 to help coordinate state assistance for the Palmer Fire. State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are en route to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources
Resources: AA 2QM AA 4TS AR 27 BC 32 BC 601 BC 603 C 6201 DNR 33 E 6695 E 692 FB 201 FB 202 FB 244 FB 245 FP 18 H 344 HB 171PL HI 25 (IC) HI 26 HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 HI 7103 HI 7104 HI 7106 HI 7108 HI 7110 HI 7112 SO 30 T 102 T 152
Incident Cooperators:  WA IMET, WA National Guard, District firefighters, DNR, BLM.
Through the Eyes of Social Media

A bad fire situation in the state…exactly 5 years to the day after 3 firefighters died in Twisp during the Okanogan County Complex. – News Media

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/20/2020 2215 PT

TAYLOR POND FIRE | YAKIMA CO WA | SIT REP 1

TAYLOR POND FIRE

SIT REP 1 | 8/18/2020

Incident Summary | A wildfire was sparked on the Yakima Firing Center on Sunday, August 16, 2020 started around 1830 PT was originally 20 acres in size then spread rapidly to drainages and along slopes.

Local fire districts immediately respond as well as resources from the JBLM.

Winds were considerably high and a challenge for local resources to handle the rapidly moving wildfire that would become ultimately a firestorm.

Fire was ignited by a lightning strike from a sudden thunderstorm that passed over the area on Sunday.  Multiple wildfires were breaking out and causing lots of chaos.

Current Status | Fire has destroyed 34,792 acres of grass and brush.

Resources  | WA DNR Resources assigned to this incident are: 7-MENDO CAPT-341 CREW-43 E-332 E-353 SE-JONES S SE-TSUBOTA GOLDSMITH (IC).  There is 1 crew, 2 engines and 26 total personnel.

The SE WA IMT Type 3, Team took command on Monday, August 17th around 1800 hours PT.

Fire Weather |  Weather remains at triple digits with low RH, which is more than ripe for fire behavior to increase.
Public Service Announcements | EMERGENCY ALERTS | yakimacounty.us/2222/Aler-Yakima
Incident Cooperators | Yakima County Sheriff Office, Yakima County Emergency Management,

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PALMER FIRE | OKANOGAN CO WA | SIT REP 2

SIT REP 2 | 8/18/2020

PALMER FIRE 
Washburn Road
5 mi ESE of Loomis
Okanogan County, Washington State
Dispatched 8/18/2020 1456 PT

Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Call Log – Fire Operations 
8/18/2020 2234 PT | Okanogan County local fire units are managing the fire.
8/18/2020 2233 PT | Units are starting to pull out of the area near the lake.   Fire moving East and South. South Oak Dozer has arrived on-scene. Heading to the Lake and to do triage.
 
8/18/2020 2227 PT | IC advises units to be closer to their rigs if the fire shifts to the east. It could go that way any moment. Currently it is burning east AND south, extreme and fast-moving. South Oak unit 27 arrived o/s, to Triage on side of Watauga Lake.
 
8/18/2020 2225 PT | Evacuees who are seeking out an evacuation shelter can receive assistance through the American Red Cross. This is for anyone evacuating from this fire in Okanogan County. Their phone # is 509-670-5331.
 
8/18/2020 2209 | IC requests 3 strike team brush truck types 4, 5, 6 for Structure protection for tonight. Div Alpha | Burning NW, spotting, spreading. Lines challenged.
 
8/18/2020 2105 PT | Wildlife Ofcr in area can see fire coming over the ridge down to Watauga Lake. He is at Blue Lake. Dispatch advises to be cautious, fire is reportedly having destroyed some unk structures, it is fast-moving fire.
 
8/18/2020 2100 PT | Dozers are working on top near Palmer. Section 20 of the map.
 
8/18/2020 2057 PT | Fire is spreading downhill in a drainage towards Watauga Lake Rd. Sheriff Deputies are now going door-to-door to homes on the W side of the road, along the shore making evacuation notifications. There is only about a 30 min ETA or less before reaches this area. LEAVE NOW.
 
8/18/2020 2047 PT | Head of Fire- Div 601 states he is 3/4 mile on Tinkham (?) Rd. 8 primary homes are defensible. Looking for Strike team for structure protection. IC notified a Task Force Leader just showed up with a Trainee.
 
8/18/2020 2038 PT | Dispatch notified IC/Ops Okanogan Co FD4 available with brush trucks to do structure protection. IC was located on Rainbow Lake.
 
8/18/2020 1456 PT | Assets and personnel dispatched by NE WA Interagency Dispatch Center. Fire is NW of Swash Creek. Helos were dipping out of Palmer Lake.
Resources
 
Resources: AA 2QM AA 4TS AR 27 BC 32 BC 601 BC 603 C 6201 DNR 33 E 6695 E 692 FB 201 FB 202 FB 244 FB 245 FP 18 H 344 HB 171PL HI 25 (IC) HI 26 HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 HI 7103 HI 7104 HI 7106 HI 7108 HI 7110 HI 7112 SO 30 T 102 T 152

Evacuations in Effect

LEVEL 2 | BE READY | South and West of Wannacut Lake.  Correction on Lake name.  Should be Wannacut Lake from incorrect name of Watauga Lake.

Evacuation Shelter – If you need shelter, please contact the AMERICAN RED CROSS by calling them at 509-670-5331.

Through the Eyes of Social Media

Fire being reported by Residents, seen from these locations:

  • Aenas Lookout, flames were seen running uphill.
  • Hwy 7 at 6 Miles S. Looking west and northwest.
  • From Palmer Lake
  • From Loomis
  • Hwy 7 and Ernie Robinson, Oroville
  • Cherry Street in Oroville
  • From Omak airport

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PALMER FIRE | OKANOGAN CO WA | SIT REP 1

PALMER FIRE

Photo Credit | WA DNR

SIT REP 1 | 8/18/2020

Incident Summary

A wildfires is burning about 5 miles ESE of Loomis, Washington State.

Fire assets were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Dispatch Center on Tuesday at 1456 hours PT to the Washburn Road area in Okanogan County, Washington.

Fire is northwest of Swash Creek.

Incident #SPD-1947

Current Status

The fire behavior currently is extreme with running, backing, torching and spotting, as it reaches areas with timber and structures in its path.  It is currently running down the hillside towards Watauga Lake Road and Blue Lake.

Division Zulu | Crews have line around structures and it is holding. They are doing really well. (2133 PT)

Resources 

WA DNR resources and assets include AA 2QM AA 4TS AR 27 BC 32 BC 601 BC 603 C 6201 DNR 33 E 6695 E 692 FB 201 FB 202 FB 244 FB 245 FP 18 H 344 HB 171PL HI 25 (IC) HI 26 HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 HI 7103 HI 7104 HI 7106 HI 7108 HI 7110 HI 7112 SO 30 T 102 T 152 W Zone 10 quickly arrived on-scene of a wildfire at 1517 hours, Tuesday afternoon.

Incident Command looking for air resources for Wednesday: 4 additional fire bosses, multiple Type 1 and 2 helicopters, 3 LAT and 1 lead planes. Says its been difficult for air resources due to high competition/demand from the State of Oregon.

Evacuations in Effect

LEVEL 2 | BE READY | South and West of Watauga Lake.

Wildfire Preparedness Level Escalated

Nationally speaking,

The National Multi Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) will elevate the National Preparedness Level has been increased to 5 (PL5), effective at 2000 MST, August 18 due to significant fire activity occurring in multiple geographical areas, an increase in incident management teams being committed and heavy commitment of shared resources to large fires nationally.
Given the continuing hot and dry weather and the increase in initial attack and large fires in the western U.S., the decision to move to Preparedness Level 5 depicts the complexity that fire managers are encountering to assure that adequate firefighting resources are available for protection of life, property and our nation’s natural resources.
PL5 is the highest level of wildland fire activity. Several geographic areas are experiencing large, complex wildland fire incidents, which have the potential to exhaust national wildland firefighting resources. At least 80 percent of the country’s IMTs and wildland firefighting personnel are committed to wildland fire incidents. At this level, all fire-qualified employees become available for wildfire response.
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Through the Eyes of Social Media

Fire being reported by Residents, seen from these locations:

  • Aenas Lookout, flames were seen running uphill.
  • Hwy 7 at 6 Miles S. Looking west and northwest.
  • From Palmer Lake
  • From Loomis
  • Hwy 7 and Ernie Robinson, Oroville
  • Cherry Street in Oroville
  • From Omak airport

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SMOKE CHECK | 9 MILE FALLS | WASHINGTON

Nine Mile Falls, Washington

WA DNR Resources AR 29, AR 7408 and AR 7409 were dispatched on Tuesday evening around 1834 PT to the Nine Mile Falls area in Stevens County.

As of the dispatch time, already 0.1 acre has been reportedly scorched.

Incident #NES-1953.

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