#TeanawayRiverFire | October 10, 2017

UPDATE 2 – 10/10/2017 – 2300  hours PDT

Fire crews assigned to the Teanaway River/Road Fire were said to be wrapping up fire operations this evening. They were headed to California to assist CAL Fire with the raging firestorms burning all over their State.  They are definitely a welcomed commodity down there as first responders and civilians alike are losing their homes to wildfires burning out-of-control.  They will join the thousands of other wildland firefighters who are fighting multiple ongoing statewide fires.  This fire is basically a wrap.

Here are some #FireImages courtesy (Photo Credit is all them) by the Kittitas County Sheriff Office.  Photos were taken (uploaded) on October 7, 2017.

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These #FireImages are the Credit of Kittitas County Fire District #7.  They were the first due in on October 6, 2017 near mile marker 5.5 on the Teanaway Road to find a wind-drive fire with a fast rate of spread in to brush, grasses and trees.  It is said that the fire began on the west side of the roadway then began spotting to the other side.  Upon arrival, the IC immediately called the Sheriff’s Office for instant Level 3 evacuation orders and mutual aid units to respond to the scene.

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UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

The Teanaway River Fire reportedly started around 1330 hours on Friday, October 6, 2017, near mile marker 5.5 on the Teanaway Road near Cle Elum, Washington.  The cause was deemed to be recreational shooting on private property.

 Kittitas Co. Fire District #7 was first due but would be later joined by WA DNR and other statewide Fire Districts. State mobe had been approved and were said to be assisting as well. the Southwest Washington (SE WA IMT Type 3) Interagency Type 3 Team 3 had assumed command as a State Mobe resource under direction of the State Fire Marshall’s Office.  There are still approximately 200 fire personnel still assigned to this incident.

teanaway road fire

Credit: Kittitas County Sheriff Office

The Incident Command Post or ICP is located at the Kittitas county Fiar and Rodeo Grounds located at 901 East 7th Avenue, Suite #1 in Ellensburg, Washington 98926.

The fire scorched several hundred acres of land and was stopped at 341 acres by actively working fire crews.  As of Monday, October 9, 2017 (today), fire crews were working on removing smoldering stumps and putting out hot spots in the fire’s interior.   Crews have reached an 80% containment status.  Officials expect the fire to be fully contained by Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at which point the ICP will be terminated putting all fire resources back in service.

At the beginning of the fire incident, there were approximately 20 homes that were under direct threat.  The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office conducted Level 3 (Leave Now) and Level 2 (Get Set to Leave) evacuation orders.  The Red Cross opened a shelter for those who had been ordered to evacuate. By the time all of the orders have been established, there were 40 in total.  All orders have been lifted by the Sheriff’s Office.

One outbuilding was reportedly burned. It is unknown if it was completely destroyed or just damaged.

 The Kittitas County Sheriff is using #TeanawayRoadFire while the Fire Department is using #TeanawayRiverFire to which we are using both of these hashtags for reference.

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#EagleCreekFire | Update 1 | October 10, 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Eagle Creek Fire was reported on September 2, 2017 around 1600 hours that is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon.  This fire would soon become like a firestorm exploding into 3,000 acres overnight the first night.  During nights two (9/5) and three (9/6), the east winds would begin to blow scooping up excessive heat and pushing the fire westward.

UPDATE 1 – 10/10/2017 – 2215 hours PDT

On October 9th, crews were working on hazard tree assessments, fire suppression repairs and patrolling.  Area closures are in effect.  ODOT was busy assisting with removing rock and other debris along the iconic and historic Hwy 30.  The highway still remains closed and there is no estimated time when it will reopen.

As of October 8th, the fire was said to be at 48,831 acres with a 50% containment status.  The fire behavior is minimal and an increase is expected to be very small, if at any.  Fire suppression efforts have turned to Burned Area Emergency Response efforts (BAER) which evaluates risks to life, property and critical natural and cultural resources resulting in a post-fire state.  There are still 106 personnel assigned with the fire being managed by a Type 3 Command unit.  The cause is unknown but is being investigated.

Damaged was recorded to have impacted many structures in the area including the Eagle Creek Suspension Bridge. The bridge is notably unstable when a support cable broke free.  The bridge is said to be hanging near the stream.  This has or will be removed to stop further erosion or damage to the environment and nearby lives working in the area.

(Photo Credit:  BAER team)

A view across the Eagle Creek suspension bridge after a support cable pulled free. The bridge and cables hang near the stream. It is proposed for emergency removal before it causes more resource damage.

One of the responsibilities of the BAER team is to look for hazards that may impact or danger human life and property damage.  Here in this photo a team is looking down at the Multnomah Lodge below where rocks are observed falling down the slopes which could pose a serious problem to those at, in, around or outside of the Lodge.

(Photo Credit:  BAER team)

Looking down at Multnomah Lodge - BAER   BAER team members look down at Multnomah Lodge from the same location as the last photo. Rocks falling down the slope pose a serious hazard to Multnomah Lodge.

This photo clearly shows that there has been a rock slide and one are ongoing as two of these member stand here.  This is on the Benson Bridge at the Multnomah Falls.

(Photo Credit:  BAER team)

BAER Team

It appears that the Oneonta Tunnel burned during the Eagle Creek Fire causing the popular trail to become dangerous to those who walk near, through and entering/exiting it.  Since it had burned, rocks are now falling from the burned slopes above on to Highway 30 and this trail (tunnel).    Since, rains come and go in the NW, this will pose a life-threatening injury to all lives should additional water rundown and bringing large rocks with it.  The BAER team has determined this hazard and will close it to prevent injuries/loss of life.

(Photo Credit:  BAER team)

Oneonta Tunnel burned during the Eagle Creek Fire. Rocks are falling from the burned slopes above onto Hwy. 30 and the trail, creating a hazard that will grow worse with winter rains.

Additionally to damage and destruction to buildings or infrastructure, there were four homes that were destroyed.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

 

#ChetcoBarFire | Update 2 | Oct 10 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Chetco Bar Fire is located E/NE of Brookings, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest on the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  The fire started on July 12, 2017, from lightning.

We are using the hashtags #ChetcoBarFire  #ORwildfire #NWFireBlog  Please join us on our Media Channels on Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We’d love to see you there!  Due to fire season not being officially over, we wish you all safety wherever you may travel.

Wheeler Creek Oct 8

UPDATE 2 – 10/10/2017

Fire crews are still holding the fire at the same total of burned acres as yesterday (Monday).  There are currently two 20-person hand crews, support engines and a chipper that are continuing with mop-up operations and repair work within the fire perimeter.  An infrared flight on Saturday night indicated a pocket of dispersed heat that indicates a low intensity ground fire that has been creeping and smoldering in thick leaf litter on the forest floor.  Crews are also grading, repairing and seeding the area throughout the fire perimeter. The fire is still being patrolled and any hot spots will be put out.  The fire is at 191,121 acres with a 97% containment status. There are 102 personnel still assigned.

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

There were 402 personnel assigned with 5 crews, 2 helicopters and 10 engines. A BAER team is working on various tests of soils to review for post-fire impacts.  The fire has burned 191,121 acres and there is a 97% containment status.

The fire has said to have burned six homes and 24 other structures, while it has damaged one home and eight other structures.

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

#HayCreekFire | OR | Update 1

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017 2150 hours PDT

The Hay Creek Fire started after 1600 hours on Friday, October 6, 2017, when it was ignited grass and timber.  The fire is located about three miles northwest of Weston Station in Oregon.

Initially, Oregon Department of Forestry’s Northeast OR District was first due in responding with four engines with two of them headquartered out of the Pendleton area, one from the Wallowa local unit and the fourth out of La Grande. Additionally, the landowners along with the East Umatilla Rural Fire Department, Tribal Fire, Pendleton Fire, MIlton – Freewater Fire, the USFS, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon State Police (OSP).

The fire was said to have reached 74 acres that was contained late into the evening.  Highway 204 was temporarily closed as the fire encroached on to the highway but was later reopened.

A cause is unknown and is still under investigation.

Fire Images are courtesy of the ODF.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

#MorganLake Fire | Update 1

UPDATE 1 

The Morgan Lake Fire is located at Morgan Lake in Adams County, Washington.  Fire crews from Fish and Wildlife were dispatched around 1815 hours PDT through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center.

A total of five acres burned.  There is an unknown containment status or if this fire is still active.

Limited information known.

10/9/2017 – 2140 hours PDT

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#MillerComplex | October 9 2017

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY – Lightning sparked fires on private and federal lands located 20 miles west of Ashland, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest during August 14, 2017.

Fire crews have been busy with burnout operations, establishing anchor points and patrolling roadways for any potential flareups.

Abney Fire

Morning smoke inversionon the Abney Fire, taken by Division Supervisor

Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice 

Several wildfires started including the Abney Fire that still to this day remains active.  Fire behavior is active with single-tree torching, backing and flanking.

Knox Fire

The Knox Fire is burning in the Red Buttes wilderness and is being monitored by air.  It has min fire behavior.  Unknown how many acres this fire has reached or the containment status.

Burnt Peak & Creedence Fire

Both fires are currently being monitored and are being watched for ensure the fires stay within its containment lines.  Crews are also removing and back-hauling equipment no longer needed.  Repair work is in effect.

FIRE FUELS – Fire fuels include timber litter and understory, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Fir dominance and numerous snags.

CONDITIONS – Crews have also been working through several challenges such as, steep terrain with warm temps, poor overnight humidity recoveries and gusty winds.

Fire has burned about 38,356 acres and there is an 87% containment status.  Full containment is expected to be reached by October 15, 2017.

RESOURCES – A Type 3 Incident Command team assumed management of this fire around 0700 hours on Monday, October 9, 2017.   There are 210 personnel assigned to this incident.

FIRE IMAGE – Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice (via Inciweb)

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#ChetcoBarFire Still Burning | Oct 9 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The Chetco Bar Fire is located E/NE of Brookings, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest on the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  The fire started on July 12, 2017, from lightning.

RESOURCES.  Currently, there are 402 personnel with five crews, two helicopters and 10 engines.  While there are fire crews still working, there is also a Burned Area Emergency Response team or known as a BAER team on-scene assessing post-fire impacts.  They are made up of resource specialists and scientists.  They are also evaluating watershed conditions to determine the potential risk to human life, safety and property.

Chetco Bar Fire Flyover Photos

CURRENT FIRE STATUS.  The fire has burned 191,121 acres and there is a 97% containment status.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.  The fire has said to have burned six homes and 24 other structures, while it has damaged one home and eight other structures.

SOCIAL MEDIA.  We are using the hashtags #ChetcoBarFire  #ORwildfire #NWFireBlog  Please join us on our Media Channels on Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We’d love to see you there!  Due to fire season not being officially over, we wish you all safety wherever you may travel.

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#TeanawayRiverFire | October 9, 2017

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

Incident Summary – The Teanaway River Fire reportedly started around 1330 hours on Friday, October 6, 2017, near mile marker 5.5 on the Teanaway Road near Cle Elum, Washington.  The cause was deemed to be recreational shooting on private property.

Resources – Kittitas Co. Fire District #7 was first due but would be later joined by WA DNR and other statewide Fire Districts. State mobe had been approved and were said to be assisting as well. the Southwest Washington (SE WA IMT Type 3) Interagency Type 3 Team 3 had assumed command as a State Mobe resource under direction of the State Fire Marshall’s Office.  There are still approximately 200 fire personnel still assigned to this incident.

teanaway road fire

Credit: Kittitas County Sheriff Office

Command – The Incident Command Post or ICP is located at the Kittitas county Fiar and Rodeo Grounds located at 901 East 7th Avenue, Suite #1 in Ellensburg, Washington 98926.

Current Fire Status – The fire scorched several hundred acres of land and was stopped at 341 acres by actively working fire crews.  As of Monday, October 9, 2017 (today), fire crews were working on removing smoldering stumps and putting out hot spots in the fire’s interior.   Crews have reached an 80% containment status.  Officials expect the fire to be fully contained by Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at which point the ICP will be terminated putting all fire resources back in service.

Evacuations – At the beginning of the fire incident, there were approximately 20 homes that were under direct threat.  The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office conducted Level 3 (Leave Now) and Level 2 (Get Set to Leave) evacuation orders.  The Red Cross opened a shelter for those who had been ordered to evacuate. By the time all of the orders have been established, there were 40 in total.  All orders have been lifted by the Sheriff’s Office.

Damage Assessment – One outbuilding was reportedly burned. It is unknown if it was completely destroyed or just damaged.

Social Media – The Kittitas County Sheriff is using #TeanawayRoadFire while the Fire Department is using #TeanawayRiverFire to which we are using both of these hashtags for reference.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

WILDFIRE ACTIVITY | OCTOBER 5, 2017

POST SUMMARY |  We are still following  CAD systems for wildfire activity in Washington and Oregon.  Here is our recap for Thursday, October 5th.

NORTHEAST WA INTERAGENCY COMM CENTER

Cemetery Road Fire.  Dispatched @ 1351 hours. Cemetery Rd. Stevens County, Washington.  .25 acres. DNR Other Agency responded.

OLYMPIC REGION DISPATCH

Geissler Road Fire.  178 Geissler Road, Washington. Dispatched at 1119 hours. Limited info.

BURNS INTERAGENCY COMM CTR

Lodge Pole Fire.  Dispatched at 1329 hours. 0.1 acre. E-621 responded. Limited info.

CENTRAL OR INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CTR

1258 PR Fire.  Dispatched at 1526 hours. Engines 618, 619. 0.1 acres. Limited info.

1259 RN Fire.  Dispatched at 1622 hours. Engine 420 responded.  Limited info.

EUGENE INTERAGENCY COMM CTR

Jefferson Farm Fire.  Prescribed Fire.  Scheduled/started at 1012 hours. Limited info.

BLUE MTN INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CTR

Little Dean Underburn.  Prescribed Fire.  Started at 0846 hours.  Little Dean Creek area, 16 miles southwest of Baker City, Oregon.  C1-2, E612, E613 resources.  1 acre.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1650 hours PDT – 10/5/2017

 

 

And, Then There Were a Few (Wildfires) | October 5, 2017

POST SUMMARY | From over 30 wildfires at one given time during the Fire Season, there are only a few active wildfires in the States of Washington and Oregon.

Here is our recap for Thursday, October 5, 2017.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and one mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon.  Timber.  Min fire behavior.  48,831 acres. 47% contained. 166 personnel. 3 crews, 4 engines and 1 helicopter. 4 structures lost. $17.8 Million cost-to-date.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF and 16 miles west of Selma Oregon.  Transfer from the IMT 1 back to the local unit today.  191,090 acres. 98% contained. 169 personnel. 1 crew, 3 engines and 2 helos.  30 structures lost.  $68.7 Million cost-to-date.

JONES FIRE

Willamette NF and 10 miles northeast of Lowell, Oregon.  Timber and grass fire fuels. Min fire behavior.  10,114 acres. 91% containment. 93 personnel. 1 crew, 5 engine.  1 structure lost. $25.4 Million cost-to-date. 

MILLER COMPLEX

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF and, 17 miles east of Cave Junction, Oregon. 4 fires.  Min fire behavior.  27,543 acres. 85 containment.  85 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines and 2 helos.  $32.6 Million cost-to-date.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog