Temps Increase, RH Falls Equals Firestorm Conditions | Sept 3 2017

AMERICAN FIRE

11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA.  Start 8/10/17. Lightning caused. 110 homes threatened.  Estimated containment date of 10/1/2017.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  4 personnel. Fire being monitored to keep it within the  wilderness.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing down slope towards Naches River. Norse Peak fire resources are available if needed.  362 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

$395,000 cost-to-date. (CTD) #AmericanFire

Fire Fact:

Bureau of Indian Affairs reported as of 9/2/2017:  156 human-caused fires (4,939 total acres) and 2 lightning-caused fires (117 acres). – GACC 

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE  

12 miles NE of Keller, WA.  Start 8/9/17. Lightning. Conifer and hardwood stands, with large fallen trees. Estimated containment is 9/20/17.

USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs. 373 personnel. 9 crews, 2 helos and 4 engines. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching.

A 20-person fire crew on the Bridge Creek Fire.

Commercial timber, infrastructure and cultural resources are under threaten. Direct fire lines strategies are in effect to prevent fire spread. A Fire Weather Watch for the next few days has been forecasted and expected to move through the area

Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching. 3,679 acres. 70% contained. $14.3 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

Fire Fact: 

BLM reported as of 9/2/2017, that there were 80 human-caused wildfires (125,686 acres) and 132 lightning-caused fires (84,407 acres). – GACC

CHETCO BAR FIRE

E/NE of Brookings, OR in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF. Start 7/12/17.  Lightning. Timber, brush and closed canopy understory litter.  Steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain.

smoke column 7-29-17

8,523 homes + 3,713 non-residential commercial, 50 other minor structures threatened. 1 home, 8  minor structures have been damaged.  6 homes and 20 minor other structures destroyed.

Extreme fire behavior with group torching, short-crown runs and spotting.  142,857 acres. 10% contained. Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

View from the eastside of the fire near Tincup Peak

West & NW sides of the fire is focusing on putting out hot spots.  Eastern flank, firefighters are reopening old dozer lines SW of Cave Junction and engine crews are preparing structures to pull back yet burned fire fuels and installing sprinkler systems.  Crews are planning to construct contingency fire line to the South into California.  OR State Fire Marshal task forces are patrolling and assessing structural assets in the Level 2 and Level 3 evacuation areas.  SW Flanks, crews checking fire spread into Emily creek area.  Western perimeter, mop up operations and continued line construction and some possible burnout operations to secure the Pistol River fire lines.

RRSNF Kalmiopsis Wilderness' Chetco Bar Fire at roughly 100 acres, July 16, 2017

Extreme to hazardous smoky conditions to seriously impact the communities downwind of the fire on all sides.  Visibility will be reduced on Hwy 101 and 199, other local roadways in the area. Gold Beach and Brookings, coastal areas are expected see some of the smoke dissipating to the W-NW while moving to the SE.

Level 3 evacuations were reduced to Level 2 on Saturday for those in the Mountain Drive area off the North Bank of Chetco.  Level 1 evacuations were in effect for Oak Flats in Josephine  County.  No recon aircraft with FLIR in operation on Saturday night.

Aug 7, 2017 Looking south at TIncup drainage

Level 1 Notifications. Issued 9/22/017 at 1000 hours. Oak Flats, East of Chetco Bar Fire.

USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency. 1,629 personnel. 45 crews, 82 engines and 7 helicopters. IMT 1 and IMT 2 teams (IC).

$27.3 Million CTD. #ChetcoBarFire

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23/17. Cause unknown, under investigation. Timber and brush.

Crew and chipper removing debris from the Ortell Creek Road, August 26

Fire behavior became active on  Saturday with burning  in the interior islands and movement into the Ashnola River drainage to the SE towards the Spanish Camp, Remmel Lake areas.  It is also moving farther N-E into British Columbia, Canada.   Smoke to continue to impact the air quality in the upper Methow Valley.

1 home and 2 minor structures were destroyed. 4 minor structures are still threatened.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 50 personnel. 2 helicopters and 1 engine. Unknown $ CTD. #DiamondCreekFire

Fire Fact:

Since 9/2/2017, DNR reported 613 human-caused wildfires (6,992 acres) and 44 lightning-caused wildfires (14,781 acres). – GACC, 9/2/2017.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

New! 1/2 miles from Cascade Locks, OR. Reported 9/2/2017 afternoon around 1600 hours in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.   Timber.  Human-caused and being investigated by the Oregon State Police.

Eagle Creek Fire,September 2, 2017

Fire grew to 3,000 acres overnight. 0% contained.

153 hikers had to shelter-in-place near Tunnel Falls on 9/2/2017 due to their only exit was cut off. A National Guard helicopter dropped off supplies on Saturday as well until  local SAR organizations whom were were assisting the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office help evacuate the groups out of the Wahtum Lake area.

HEAT ADVISORY in effect until Tuesday, 9/5/2017 2200 hours PDT.

Type 2 IMT ordered and en route.

To learn more about Ready, Set, Go! visit http://wildlandfirersg.org/

Level 3 evacuations. Community of Cascade Locks, residences South of I-84.

Level 2 evacuations. Communities North of I-84.

A Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Skamania County Fairgrounds across from the Columbia River in Stevenson, Washington.

EAST CRATER FIRE

New! 12 miles West of Trout Lake, WA in the Indian Heaven Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot NF and 10 miles off of the PCT. Start 9/3/2017 this afternoon.  Cause is unknown and under investigation. 

100 acres. 0% contained.

Level 3 evacuations.  Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and sweeping campgrounds in the area.  Evacuation info –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices  #EastCraterFire

FALCON COMPLEX

25 miles East of Tiller, OR. 8/8/2017 started.  Lightning caused. Multiple fires.

Working on the Falcon Complex near Tiller, Oregon

Puerto Rico C-4 Fire Crew. Credit: Jose Martinez via Inciweb

Total 2,935 acres. 55% contained.  Estimated containment is 9/15/2017.

Upper Ash Flat 325 Fire. 1.5 miles from upper end of Ash Valley and close to private land.  1,983 acres.  55% containment. Mop-up operations and secure fire lines in effect.

Double Buck 289 Fire.  762 acres. 55% contained.  Directly East of Skookum Pond.

Night operations on the Falcon Complex

Credit: Scott Lind via Inciwe

Buckskin 313 Fire.  56 acres. 100% contained. Located North of Buckeye Creek along FR 730. In patrol status.

Cougar 284 Fire. 40 acres and 100% contained.

Tallow 311 Fire.  89 acres. 100% contained. Located between Ralph and Tallow Creeks. In patrol status.

Freeze 317 Fire.  5 acres. 100% contained.  In the area West of Abbott Creek.

5 homes and 15 minor structures are threatened.

Smoke lingers over Skookum Pond near the Double Buck Fire on the Falcon Complex, Tiller Ranger District

Credit: Brett Brown

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  299 personnel.  8 crews, 1 helicopter and 18 engines.

$13.4 Million CTD. #FalconComplex  #FreezeFire

 

FANCHER DOUBLE FIRE

Fires burning from CA to Canada. Credit: WA Dept of Energy

New! Near Medical Lake, WA.  Start 9/3/2017 @ 1638 hours (when DNR released through Social Media).

200 acres. 90% contained. Sounds like will be fully contained by either 9/3 or 9/4.

3 aircraft including helicopter, dozer, hand crews and 5 engines. #FancherDoubleFire

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  Burning in the Crater Lake National Park. Started 8/12/17.  Cause unknown and under investigation.  Timber (litter and understory, closed timber litter and brush (2 feet). Complex includes Blanket Creek, Spruce Creek, Broken Lookout, Windy Gap, Paradise, Union Creek and Pup  Fires.

Air operations to establish a fueling station near Fort Klamath.  Air resources to working all sides of the fires to slow the fire spread, knock down flare ups and to transport crews/equipment to complete indirect containment lines.

Total 28,326 acres. 33% contained.  Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.

Blanket Creek Fire crews are ready to do a burnout along Forest Road (FR) 3282 to get ahead of the fire head.  Crews are working to identify operations for indirect containment lines along trails and/or roads on the NE flank.

Spruce Lake Fire crews are looking for ways to protect Red Cone.

Broken Lookout/Windy Gap/Paradise Fires, crews are working to strengthen established containment lines and constructed dozer/handlines.

Pup Fire is being monitored along with continued point protection on the Hershberger Lookout and nearby telecommunication site.

69 homes, 23 mixed commercial/residential and 100 minor structures are threatened.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  647 personnel. 20 crews, 26 engines and 6 helicopters.

$13.4 Million CTD. #FalconComplex #BlanketCreekFire #SpruceLakeFire #BrokenLookoutFire #WindyGapFire #ParadiseFire #PupFire #CraterLakeNP

Fire Fact:

OR Dept. of Forestry reported 472 human-caused wildfires (1,289 acres) and 163 lightning-caused fires (1,721 acres). – GACC, 9/2/2017.

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX

South of Hwy 126 and East of FS Road 19 on the Willamette NF, OR.  Started 8/21/17. timber, litter and light logging slash.  Cause unknown, under investigation.  A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect until Tuesday due to dry conditions and near record temps.  Includes Nash, Jones, Rebel, Whitewater Fires.

Structures prepared with sprinklers ahead of the fire

Nash Fire. 6 miles North of Elk Lake, OR. Started 8/10/17 by Lightning.  Timber.  RED FLAG WARNING until Tuesday from dry-unstable conditions and hot temps.

Active fire behavior with wind-drive runs, torching and spotting. NE flank merged with Separation Fire.  Fires continue to move up the Western slope of South Sister Mtn to the south around Rock Mesa into Sphinx Creek. 3,132 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/1/17. 4 personnel.

50 homes and 3 mixed commercial/residential and 150 other minor structures are threatened.

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Evacuations are in effect (see areas listed) conducted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.   Level 2 (Get Set) evacuations include Lakes – Elk and Hosmer; Resort – Elk Lake; Campgrounds – Elk Lake, Point, Little Fawn, Mallard Marsh; Day Use Areas – Sunset View, Beach Day and Quinn Meadows Horse Camp. Level 1 (Get Ready) notifications Lakes:  Lava and Little Lava; Resort – Lava Lake; Campgrounds – Lava Lake, Little Lava.

$11,000 CTD. #NashFire

Whitewater Fire/Jones/Rebel Fires.  (See separate posts)

150 homes, 770 mixed commercial/residential structures are currently being threatened.

10,054 acres. 0% contained.  Estimated containment date is 9/30/17.

USDA Forest Service. 90 personnel. 2 crews and 9 engines.

$2.1 Million CTD. #HorseCreekComplex

Fire Fact:

The Forest Service reported 380 human-caused fires totaling 67,904 acres and 697 lightning-caused fires for a total of 279,338 acres. – GACC, 9/2/2017.

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE

15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017. Unknown cause and is under investigation. Timber (littler and understory) and medium logging slash.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs and backing.  11,925 acres. 20% contained. Estimated containment is 9/15/2017.

RED FLAG WARNING remains in effect due to elevated temps and NE winds (similar to California’s Santa Ana winds) which is fueling the fire.

Fire crews to continue on Cow Creek where most of the fire is most active.  They will also improve road systems and ridge tops with hand and dozer lines to prep for burnout operations.  Fire is West of the town of the Riddle and continues to move away from communities.

9 homes threatened. 2 minor structures destroyed.

Level 3 evacuations is in effect for Lower Cow Creek Road from the end of County Maintenance to Union Creek and Doe Creek Road.  Local Fire Departments are staffing one engine at nine different homes inside the evacuation area.

OR Dept. of Forestry is lead Agency.  1,042 personnel. 46 crews, 39 engines and 8 helos.

$5.1 Million CTD. #HorsePrairieFire

Fire Fact:

There are over wildfires burning in the NW (WA and OR). – USFS

INDIAN CREEK FIRE

20 miles W-SW of Hood River, OR in the Mark O Hatfield Wilderness on the Hood River District of Mt. Hood NF.   Started 7/4/2017. Cause unknown and under investigation.  Timber (litter and understory).

Lead USDA Forest Service. 61 personnel. 1 crew, 2 helicopters and 0 engines.

Unknown $ CTD. #IndianCreekFire

JACK CREEK FIRE

New! 15 miles SW of Leavenworth, WA and on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF and in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Started 8/11/2017 around 2115 hours PDT but was dormant for several weeks. Lightning caused.  Timber.

Column to the left is Jack Creek, column in the bottom right is the Jolly Mountain Fire

692 acres. 0% containment.

Fire is being managed as an ecological benefit. Assets will be determined as the fire increases/spreads over time. It will be watched from the air.  #JackCreekFire

JADE CREEK FIRE

16 miles East of Bly, OR. Started 8/29/2017. Lightning caused. Timber (grass and understory, medium logging slash)

1,600 acres. 0% contained.  Estimated containment date is 10/4/2017.

Jade Creek Fire Closure Order Map

Moderate fire behavior with torching is burning in steep, rock terrain and is wind-driven making it difficult for crews to fight. Fire is spreading to the NE.  Intermittent road closures on Hwy 140 between Bly and Lakeview are in effect due to poor visibility at times.

2 homes are threatened.

Level 3 evacuations in effect for Corral Creek, Dead Horse Creek, Happy Camp and Clear Springs Campgrounds; hikers from Palisades Rock and Lookout Rock.

OR DOF is lead Agency. 208 personnel. 6 crews, 2 helicopters and 15 engines.

$2 Million CTD. #JadeCreekFire

Fire Fact:

The Fish and Wildland Services reported 27 human-caused fires (3,341 acres) and 3 lightning-caused fires (17,639 acres). – GACC, 9/2/2017

JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE

13 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  Start 8/11/17 by lightning. Timber (litter and understory).  Public Info.  Evacuations, which impacted homes, shelter info. Contact the EOC at 509-933-8305.

On Saturday, fire burned throughout day. extreme fire behavior with crowning and backing  increased late in the day when evening winds began to push fire down into drainages including the West side of Sasse Ridge and into the West Fork of the Teanaway River.

4,204 homes, 1,073 other minor structures are under threat.

Level 3 evacuations.  From Double O Ranch Road North to Boulder Creek.

Level 2 evacuations.  South of Double O Ranch Road including Ronald and Roslyn.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  600 personnel. 12 crews, 67 engines and 5 helicopters.  More resources are on order.

$9.6 Million CTD. #JollyMountainFire #JollyMtnFire

Fire Fact:

For the first time in the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office history for a full-force callout of all available Law Enforcement personnel to be called in. – KCSO on the Jolly Mtn Fire evacuations.

JONES FIRE (Part of the HORSE CREEK COMPLEX)

10 miles NE of Lowell, OR on the Willamette NF.  Started 8/10/17 by lightning. Large downed trees and standing snags. Green trees may weakened from 2003 fire in same area. RED FLAG WARNING for Saturday through Monday due to high temps, low relative humidity and strong drying winds. These prime conditions make for increased fire activity.

8,184 acres. 51% contained. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

Jones Fire 8-19

4 homes and 1 minor structure threatened. 1 minor structure destroyed.

USFS is lead Agency. NW IMT Team 12 (IC). 691 personnel. 20 crews, 6 helicopters and 30 engines.  IMT 2.

$12.9 Million CTD. #JonesFire

MCKAY 1035 NE FIRE

5 miles NE of La Pine, OR on the Deschutes NF. Started 8/29/17.  Cause unknown and under investigation.  Timber and brush.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  1,221 acres. 60% contained. Estimated containment is 9/2/2017.

0 homes are threatened and there are no evacuations in effect.

Crews are working to suppress and contain the fire on all flanks and mop up least 50-feet into the burned area, as well as addressing hot spots.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 67 personnel. 1 crew, 8 engines.

$325,000 CTD. #McKayFire

Fire Fact:

The National Park Service reported 1,743 human-caused fires (210,155 acres) and 1,066 lightning-caused fires (406,574 acres). Collectively, they have had over 2,809 fires with a total of 616,729 scorched acres! – GACC, 9/2/2017

MILLER COMPLEX 

17 miles East of Cave Junction, OR on the Rogue  River – Siskiyou NF.  Started 8/14/2017. Lightning caused.  Mixed conifer understory with Shasta red fir dominance and numerous snags. IMT 1.  Timber.  Multiple fires.

Active fire behavior with short-crown runs, torching and short-range spotting.   17,965 acres. 40% contained. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

40 homes and 5 minor structures threatened. None has been damaged or destroyed.

USDA Forest Service lead Agency. 596 personnel. 17 crews, 40 engines and 1 helicopter.

$12.1 Million CTD. #MillerComplex

MILLI FIRE

9 miles West of Sisters in the Deschutes NF and the Three Sisters Wilderness, OR. Started 8/11/17 by lightning. Timber and brush.

Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing. 22,527 acres. 50% containment. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

SE and South fire perimeters will continue to be in patrol and mop-up operations.

West side of fire continues to burn downslope with occasional torching  unburned fuels and established containment lines.

Historic Elk Lake Guard Station being prepped

Structure protection on the Nash Fire.

NW side fire is backing down to OR 242.

USDA Forest Service. 370 personnel. 59 crews, 19 engines and 4 helicopters.

$14.1 Million CTD. #MilliFire

NAYLOX FIRE

10 miles North of Klamath Falls on Hagelstein Rim, OR.  Start 8/29/2017. Cause is unknown and under investigation.Timber (grass and understory) and brush.

Moderate fire behavior on Wednesday with isolated torching and wind-driven runs. Fire crews will focus on suppression operations that will concentrate holding existing lines and structure protection.

423 acres. 40% contained. Estimated containment date is 9/5/2017.

5 homes threatened. 2 structures destroyed. No evacuations in effect.V

OR DOF lead Agency. 52 personnel. 1 crew, 2 helos and 11 engines.

$220,000 CTD. #NayloxFire

NORSE PEAK FIRE

11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. This fire along with the American Fire are being managed by the same IC IMT team and resources. Start 8/11/2017 by lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material.

SR 410 still closed from Chinook Pass (MP 69) to Hell’s Crossing (MP 84). Highway will reopen at 2000 hours for nighttime travel only.   Pleasant Valley, Lodgepole Campgrounds and Salmon Cove Group Site are closed.

110 homes threatened.

17,100 acres with 8% containment. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

USDA Forest Service lead Agency. 327 personnel. 9 crews, 23 engines and 2 helicopters.

$5.8 Million CTD. #NorsePeakFire

NORTH PELICAN FIRE

25 miles NW of Klamath Falls, OR and on the Fremont – Winema NF. Timber and brush.

Mop up activities

Moderate fire behavior with backing, short-range spotting and group torching.  1,900 acres. 18% containment. Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

200 homes are threatened.

Hand tools being utilized to remove area fuels

Western fire perimeter (East of Cold Springs trailhead). Work in area increased fire traffic on Cold Springs Rd. Closed beyond its junction with FS Rd. 3659. Progression on holding the perimeter around the fire.

FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued for hot and dry conditions which are expected throughout weekend. Gusty easterly winds, poor relative humidity (RH) recoveries with a Haines of 6 are expected to increase fire behavior.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 164 personnel. 3 crews, 14 engines.

$3 Million CTD. #NorthPelicanFire

POTATO HILL FIRE

20 miles NW of Sisters, OR. Started 8/29/2017 from an unknown cause and is under investigation. Heavy logging slash and timber.

Fire is burning in old fire scar with several of standing dead trees. Smoke could impact Hwy 20 visibility at night and early morning.   Crews will continue with direct line construction and burnout operations of small unburned interior fuels.

199 acres. 35% contained.  Estimated containment is 9/6/2017.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  35 personnel. 1 crew and 2 engines.

Unknown $ CTD totals. #PotatoHillFire

QUARRY FIRE

30 miles NE of North Bend, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Human caused.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.

The fire is burning in steep, heavily forested landscapes on the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie NF.  Roads are being improved to act as fire breaks.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 90 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

Estimated $ CTD unknown. #QuarryFire

REBEL FIRE (Part of the HORSECREEK COMPLEX)

13 miles South of McKenzie Bridge, OR. Started 8/4/2017 by an unknown cause. Timber (Litter and understory) and light logging slash.

6,632 acres. 19% contained.  Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

Burning in heavy timber and steep terrain along the South Fork of McKenzie River. Crews continuing to use indirect fire tactics and prepping line along FS Rd. 19 (Aufderheide Drive).  Will use burnout operations when conditions are favorable.

USDA Forest Service as lead agency. 58 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines.

$4.4 Million CTD. #RebelFire

STALEY FIRE

23 miles South of Oakridge, OR on the Willamette NF.  Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. Timber and brush.  Includes the TUMBLE BUG 2 FIRE.

Moderate fire behavior with backing and flanking.  2,234 acres. 76% contained. Estimated containment is 9/15/2017.

Great fire suppression efforts have been made on both wildfires.  Fire lines have been established around both fires and are widening and strengthening them by conducting burnout operations.  Mop-up operations of remaining hot spots within 100 feet of the control line.  Some fire resources have been released to other fires or to their home Fire Agency for much-needed rest.

376 personnel. 9 crews, 1 helicopter and 9 engines. IMT 2 (IC).

$7.3 Million CTD. #StaleyFire

SULTAN FIRE

New! Sultan Basin Road & FS Rd 6110, Sultan WA. Start 9/3/2017 around 1500 – 1515 hours.  Brush Fire was spreading to the East with uphill runs into timber. Local Fire District on-scene with 2 DNR engines. 1 overhead team was en route with one hour ETA (around 1600 hours).

Unknown acres. 100% contained as of 1635 hours. #SultanFire

Smoke impacts in Eastern WA. Credit: WA Dept. of Ecology.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

50 miles East of Roseburg, OR (along Hwy 138). 8 fires.  Started 8/11/2017. Cause unknown and under investigation. Timber, tall grass and brush.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, single-tree torching and backing. 27,344 acres. 20% contained. Estimated containment is 9/302/017.

101 single homes, 58 non-residential structures and 35 other minor structures threatened. 13 homes damaged. 1 minor structure destroyed.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  1,005 personnel. 23 crews, 5 helicopters and 78 engines.

$20.7 Million CTD. #UmpquaNorthComplex

Fire Fact:

Help yourself and your family by creating a defensible space around your home to protect it from wildfires.  This has helped save so many structures and truly does work!  Here is how. (Credit:  WA DNR)

UNO PEAK FIRE

16 miles NW of Manson, WA. Started 8/30/2017 by an unknown cause that is under investigation. Timber and brush.

Uno Peak’s column of smoke looks eerily mean. Fire behavior will increase as temps rise. Credit: Uno Peak Fire

2,200 acres. 1% contained. Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER started on Saturday causing the fires to actively spread to the bottom of Safety Harbor drainage but did not cross over to the canyon.  Water drops throughout the day slowed fire forward progression while hotshots and other ground resources improved control lines to the SW.

Smoke is expected to drift down to Lake Chelan and over the Waterville Plateau and highly visible from Manson, Chelan, Pateros and Twisp.

1 home threatened. 0 damaged or destroyed.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  109 personnel. 2 crews, 1 engine.

$350,000 CTD. #UnoPeakFire

WHITEWATER FIRE (Part of the HORSE CREEK COMPLEX)

15 miles East of Detroit, OR. Started 7/23/2017 and caused by lightning.  Timber and brush.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing. 11,434 acres. 33% contained. Estimated containment is 10/31/2017.

S-SW Flank.  Burnout operations conducted. Protection of timber assets and private properties on West side of containment lines.

NW Flank. Evaluation of implementation of firing operations ongoing and determination of favorable conditions and the number of resources needed.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 783 personnel. 22 crews, 23 engines and 5 helicopters.

$25.9 Million CTD.  #WhitewaterFire #HorseCreekComplex

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – 9/4/2017 – 1145 hours PDT

 

NW Wildfires Explode | August 31 2017

POST SUMMARY | The Jolly Mtn Fire burning in Cle Elum exploded on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, causing multiple evacuations.

NOTE:  While we understand some of you are asking on specific fires, we are working to the best of our ability to gain information on each fire.  This is why we have compiled this into a SINGLE post because there are just so many wildfires breaking out.

Several wildfires  have ignited and jumped on to our Fire Map. (Note: The fire map only is showing fires over 300+ acres)  Here is our SitRep for Thursday, August 31, 2017.

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AMERICAN FIRE.  (WA) 11 miles West of Cliffdell. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.   Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017. Hwy 410 and numerous campground closures still in effect.  *The American, Norse Peak and the Union Creek Fires are managed by the same single IMT team.

Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and single-torching. Homes threatened.

325 acres. 0% contained.  4 personnel. 0 resources on fire. $310,000 CTD.  #AmericanFire

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE.  (WA) 11 miles NE of Keller.  Start 8/9/2017. Lightning caused. Timber and tall grass.

Active fire behavior with backing and single-tree torching.

3,575 acres. 48% contained. 520 personnel. 13 crews, 19 engines and 4 helicopters. $12.6 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

CHETCO BAR FIRE.  (OR) 16 miles West of Selma and E/NE of Brookings within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness .  Start 7/12/2017. USDA Forest Service.  Lightning. Timber, brush and closed-canopy understory litter.  Steep and rugged terrain.

Chetco Bar Fire activity at 1900 on 8-16-17

Extreme fire behavior on the Chetco Bar Fire taken on 8/16/2017.

Fire behavior has been downgraded to moderate with single-tree torching, backing with uphill runs.

IMT and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office has reduced the area currently under a LEVEL 3 evacuation to a LEVEL 2 starting at the western checkpoint on the North Bank Chetco Road at Da-Tone Rock and East to the North Fork of the Chetco River. This is not including the upper portions of Mountain Drive or Coho Drive.  (See additional areas on this weblink –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/39353/

26 structures have been lost.

Incident Cooperators.  Red Cross, Brookings Fire & Rescue, Coos Forest Protective Association, Curry County, Harbor Rural Fire Protection Department, OR DOF and the OR Fire Marshal.

128,758 acres. 5% contained. 1,427 personnel.  37 crews, 78 engines and 7 helicopters CTD.  #ChetcoBarFire

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE. (WA)  27 miles NNW of Withrop. Started 7/23/2017.  Cause

Photo of active burning north of Cougar Lake

Active fire on the North of Cougar Lake. (Credit: Sara Billings)

unknown, under investigation.  Timber and brush.  USDA Forest Services. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.   1 home, 2 minor structures destroyed.  1 minor structure damaged.

Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting. Homes threatened. 3 destroyed

48,924 acres. 26% contained. 7 crews. 2 helicopters. $8 Million CTD. #Diamond CreekFire

FALCON COMPLEX (OR) 2 fires. 25 miles East of Tiller.  Timber, brush and grass. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service.

NWIMT 7 ICP is located at Broken Arrow Campground near Diamond Lake.  This complex consists of Paradise Fire, Windy Gap Fire and Pup Fire resources are working out of a fire camp established at Milo Academy. Smaller fires are being managed by a Type 3 organization for the Tiller Ranger District.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Homes threatened.

2,935 acres. 45% contained. 319 personnel. 8 crews, 21 engines and 1 helo. $12 Million CTD. #FalconComplex

Paradise Fire. 411 acres. 60% contained. Located on the ridge between Paradise and Cougar Creeks, South of Jackson Creek. Crews are doing construction of indirect handlines on the SW side of the fire between Paradise and Windy Gap. Dozer line off of the FR 500 road has begun. They are constructing an indirect line to the North.

Windy Gap Fire. 87 acres. 0% contained. Located partially in the Research Natural area of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, 1 mile West of Abbot Butte. The southern fire perimeter has been fully lined.

Pup Fire. 145 acres. 0% contained. Located in the headwaters of Hershberger Creek near Pup meadow in the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wilderness. Firefighters have established an anchor point and constructed direct line to contain the fire as it moved out of the wilderness boundary. Water drops have been used to keep the fire from spreading to the NE and East.

2,935 acres.  40% contained.  323 personnel. 8 crews, 21 engines, 1 helicopter.  $11.3 Million CTD.  #Falcon Complex

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX (OR)  6 fires.  9 miles NE of Prospect. Timber.  IMT 2.  20

fires burning within Crater Lake National Park on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest in the High Cascades Ranger District.  It is also burning on the Umpqua National Forest in the tiller Ranger District and the Fremont – Winema National Forest in the Sky Lakes wilderness.

Active fire behavior with short-crown runs and group torching. Structures are being threatened.

25,232 acres. 35% contained. 624 personnel. 14 crews, 22 engines and 7 helicopters. $34.6 Million CTD.  #HighCascadesComplex

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (OR)  7 miles South of Belknap Springs. Timber.

Public Info Meeting.  Wednesday, 8/30/2017 @ 1900  hours.  Upper McKenzie Community Center. 54745 McKenzie River Drive, Blue River, OR.

Avenue Fire.  Burning on the McKenzie River Ranger District area.  3 miles SE of McKenzie Bridge and nearby Olallie Lookout Fire, Separation Fire, Roney Fire and Nash fires.

Nash Fire.  Significant fire growth has occurred over the last few days. Fire crews are working to construct and clean indirect control lines by hand as well as with dozers. Continued structure assessments and protection to be done.

Rebel Fire.  22 miles North of Oakridge.  Timber.

Active fire behavior with short-crown runs, torching and flanking. Structures threatened.

8,317 acres. 0% contained.  131 personnel. 4 crews and 8 engines. $1.9 Million CTD.  #RebelFire

Scorpion Fire. Detected 8/28/2017.  North of Breitenbush between mile 6 and 8.

Crews work to secure the edge of the Scorpion Fire

Working to secure the fire’s edge on the Scorpion Fire

Approximately 30-acre fire moving North. Firefighters are waiting to enter the area when it is safe to use fire suppression tactics.

Whitewater Fire.  10 miles East of Idahana.  Burning in the Mount Jefferson

View from Whitewater Fire lookout - credit: Seth Witherow, Steelhead Enterprises

View from the Whitewater Fire Lookout on the Whitewater Fire. (Credit: Seth)

Wilderness and Willamette National Forest land located about 13 miles East of Detroit.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and flanking. Structures threatened.

10,988 acres. 31% contained. 774 personnel. 18 crews, 29 engines and 5 helicopters. $24.9 Million CTD.  #WhitewaterFire

Little Devil Fire.  Burning approximately 2.5 miles SE of the Breitenbush Hot Springs area. Minimal fire growth on Tuesday. Firefighters are working South of this area to build control lines and to maintain sprinkler systems previously installed.

1,129 acres. 0% contained.   #HorseCreekComplex

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE. (OR).   Start 8/27/2017 @ 1530 hours.  OR DOF.  Natural cover fire near Horse Prairie located 12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley and 15 miles NW of Canyonville.

Douglas County Sheriff Office Evacuation Hotline.  855-419-2349 or http://www.dcso.com/alerts

Active fire behavior with running and spotting.

2 structures have been lost.

7,400 acres. 15% contained. 915 personnel. 33 crews, 24 engines and 8 helicopters.  $1.7 Million CTD. #HorsePrairieFire

INDIAN CREEK FIRE. (OR)  20 miles WSW of Hood River in the Hatfield Wilderness

An aerial view looking southeast at the Indian Creek Fire, showing a moderate amount of smoke rising from a dense stand of trees. This is more smoke than seen in recent pictures.

Indian Creek fire taken on 8/20/2017.

on the Hood River Ranger District. Started 7/4/2017 near 7 1/2 Mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440.

Fire behavior is moderate with smoldering, creeping, flanking and creeping.

61 personnel. 356 acres. 10% contained.  #IndianCreekFire

JOLLY MTN FIRE.  (WA) IMT 2. 13 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Timber.

Community Briefing.  8/31/2017 @ 1800 hours. Walter Strom Middle School. 2694 SR 903, Cle Elum WA 98922.

Fire Info and a Warning. You don’t ever see these Red signage unless you are in a fire zone. (Credit: DNR)

Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, spotting and crowning.

Extreme fire behavior shows itself in this firestorm image on the Jolly Mtn Fire.

Evacuations in effect for the Teanaway Community Forest grow to also inclde 29 Pines Campground and DNR lands North of Dickey Creek. Evacuations for the Middle Florth and North Fork Teanaway. LEVEL 3 evacuations (GO NOW) in effect.

7,692 acres. 0% contained. 379 personnel. 6 crews, 24 engines and 6 helicopters. $6.6 Million CTD. #JollyMtnFire

JONES FIRE (OR)  IMT2.  10 miles NE of Lowell.  Timber and grass.

Moon in sky over mountain.

Fire moon on the Jones Fire (Credit: Marcus Kauffman)

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, backing and single-tree torching.  Structures threatened.

1 structure has been lost.

6,983 acres. 45% contained. 652 personnel. 19 crews, 25 engines and 3 helicopters. $10.8 Million CTD. #JonesFire

MCKAY FIRE.  (OR)  5 miles NE of La Pine.  Timber and brush.

Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and short-range spotting.

1,260 acres. 50% contained. 118 personnel. 2 crews, 13 engines. $150,000 CTD. #McKayFire

MILLER COMPLEX (OR) 5 fires.  IMT 1. 17 miles East of Cave Junction.  Timber.

Firefighters work on night shift on the Burnt Peak Fire

Night ops on Miller Complex Fire

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and spotting.

14,238 acres. 40% contained. 558 personnel. 11 crews, 37 engines and 1 helicopter. $9.9 Million CTD.  #MillerComplexFires

MILLI FIRE. (OR)  The Three Sisters Wilderness.  9 miles West of Sisters.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber.

Successful burnout operations

Burnout operations on the Milli Fire

Active fire behavior with flanking and backing.

21,703 acres. 44% contained. 451 personnel. 9 crews, 22 engines and 3 helicopters. $14.3 Million CTD.  #MilliFire

NAYLOX FIRE New! (OR) Klamath Unit. OR DOF. 10 miles North of Klamath Falls. Timber and brush.

Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and creeping. Homes threatened.

2 structures lost.

440 acres. 10% contained. 48  personnel. 1 crews, 11 engines and 2 helicopters. $200,000 CTD. #NayloxFire

NENA FIRE. (OR)  7 miles NE of Simnasho. Tiber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior.

10 structures lost.

68,007 acres. 95% contained. 12 crews. 1 helicopter. $8.9 Million CTD #NenaFire

NORTH PELICAN FIRE. (OR) 25 miles NW of Klamath Falls. Reported 8/10/2017. Lightning caused.

IC, L Hunter, IC(t) T. Parrish, Rocky Point Community Members Public Meeting 8-26-17

Community Briefing on the North Pelican Fire

Moderate fire behavior with backing,  creeping, and isolated torching. Homes threatened.

1,800 acres. 72% contained. 153 personnel. 2 crews, 15 engines and 1 helicopter. $2.4 Million CTD.  #NorthPelicanFire

NORSE PEAK FIRE.* (WA)  Started 8/11/2017.  USDA Forest Service.  Lightning.  Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material.

White smoke billows above dark ridgelines in the distance.  Some orange flames are barely visible.  The narrow top of a conifer tree is in the right foreground.

Large amounts of smoke billow out of the mountainside. (Credit: PCT hiker)

Active fire behavior with backing, group torching and short-range spotting. Homes threatened.

13,750 acres. 8% contained. 344 personnel. 7 crews, 20 engines and 2 helicopters. $4.5 Million CTD.  #NorsePeakFire

OVERLOOK FIRE New! (OR) Vale District. BLM. 15 miles SE of Rome. Brush and short grass.

Active fire behavior.

900 acres. 20% contained. 45 personnel. 1 crew, 9 engines. $50,000 CTD. #OverlookFire

POTATO HILL FIRE  New! (OR) West of Forest Service Rd 2690 and south of Highway

View from US20 of helicopter dropping water

View from US 20 on the new Potato HIll Fire.

20 and South of the Lost Lake Camground. Reported 8/29/2017. Heavy logging slash and timber (litter and understory).

31 personnel. 50 acres. 0% contained. #PotatoHillFire

QUARRY FIRE New! (WA) Snoqualmie National Forest, 30 miles NW of North Bend. Start 811/2017.  Burning on both private lands and the forest service. Human caused.  Timber and medium logging slash. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

51 personnel 130 acres. 0% contained.  #QuarryFire

SCATTER CREEK FIRE (WA) South Puget Sound Region. DNR.  Started on private land, 1 mile East of Rochester.  Timber, brush and short grass.

Moderate fire behavior.

6 structures lost.

384 acres. 100% contained. 146 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines. $1.3 Million CTD. #ScatterCreekFire

STALEY FIRE (OR)  IMT2.  23 miles South of Oakridge.  Timber and brush.

Picture of firefighter using a drip torch to light fire below a road.

Burnout operations.

Moderate fire behavior with backing and single-tree torching.

2,104 acres.  61% contained. 521 personnel. 15 engines, 15 crews and 1 helicopter. $6 Million CTD. #StaleyFire

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX. (OR) 7 fires. (2) IMT1 teams managing this fire. 50 miles East of Roseburg.  Timber, brush and grass.

Briefing at Toketee Ranger Station, by DOTY AKIMT

Briefing. (Credit: Doty, AKIMT)

Active fire behavior with flanking and torching.

1 structure has been lost.

23,501 acres. 21% contained. 1,040 personnel.  21 crews, 84 engines and 5 helicopters. $17 Million CTD.  #UmpquaNorthComplex

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/31/2017 – 0800 hours PDT

NW Wildfires and Smoke | August 30 2017

POST SUMMARY | A smokey haze from the Jolly Mountain Fire in Cle Elum has now moved into Western Washington.  A brush fire broke out in Kent, Washington on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 that had been burning for quite some time.  Heavy traffic flowed past extreme fire behavior and visible as  flames shot up the hillside into a residential area.

NOTE:  While we understand some of you are asking specific fires, we are working to the best of our ability to gain information on each fire.  This is why we have compiled this into a SINGLE post because there are just so many wildfires breaking out.

Several wildfires  have ignited and jumped on to our Fire Map. (Note: The fire map only is showing fires over 300+ acres)  Here is our SitRep for Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

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AMERICAN FIRE.  (WA) 11 miles West of Cliffdell. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.   Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017. Hwy 410 and numerous campground closures still in effect.  *The American, Norse Peak and the Union Creek Fires are managed by the same single IMT team.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and group torching. Homes threatened.

300 acres. 0% contained.  16 personnel. 4 engines. $300,000 CTD.  #AmericanFire

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE.  (WA) 11 miles NE of Keller.  Start 8/9/2017. Lightning caused. Timber and tall grass.

Active fire behavior with backing, flanking, torching.

3,530 acres. 42% contained.  551 personnel.  14 crews, 22 engines. 4 helicopters.  $11.8 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

CHETCO BAR FIRE.  (OR) 16 miles West of Selma and E/NE of Brookings within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness .  Start 7/12/2017. USDA Forest Service.  Lightning. Timber, brush and closed-canopy understory litter.  Steep and rugged terrain.

Fire Activity on the Chetco Bar Fire on Aug. 17, 2017 at 9:00pm

Chetco Fire on 8/17/2017.

Moderate fire activity Monday with a coastal inversion. Wednesday’s fire behavior changed to extreme fire behavior with torching, spotting, wind-driven runs. Smoke moved out in the afternoon.

IMT and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office has reduced the area currently under a LEVEL 3 evacuation to a LEVEL 2 starting at the western checkpoint on the North Bank Chetco Road at Da-Tone Rock and East to the North Fork of the Chetco River. This is not including the upper portions of Mountain Drive or Coho Drive.  (See additional areas on this weblink –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/39353/

120 National Guard firefighters are en route to assist with mop-up operations on the Fire’s Western perimeter.  

 Aircraft in the area affected by low visibility, therefore were grounded several different times.   Fire has grown and with that so has the width and length of the containment lines on the Southern and Western sides of the fire’s edge.

Incident Cooperators.  Red Cross, Brookings Fire & Rescue, Coos Forest Protective Association, Curry County, Harbor Rural Fire Protection Department, OR DOF and the OR Fire Marshal.

125,271 acres.  5% contained.  1,498 personnel.  38 crews, 114 engines, 8 helicopters.  26 structures lost. $20.6 Million CTD.  #ChetcoBarFire

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE. (WA)  27 miles NNW of Withrop. Started 7/23/2017.  Cause unknown, under investigation.  Timber and brush.  USDA Forest Services. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.   1 home, 2 minor structures destroyed.  1 minor structure damaged.

Interior burning of green islands burning inside of fire’s perimeter. Limited amount of fire growth expected. Fire crews will continue to keep this fire out of Canada’s border.  Fire being monitored from air.  Aircraft will be used to assist with fire suppression needs.

Unknown $ CTD.  #Diamond CreekFire

FALCON COMPLEX (OR) 2 fires. 25 miles East of Tiller.  Timber, brush and grass. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service.  Moderate fire behavior with expected cooler temps.  Crews to monitor any new potential spot fires, security lines and burn out operations as needed.

Hersheberger Lookout will be wrapped in a fire protective material during the Falcon Complex as the Pup burns nearby

Historic Hersheberger Lookout.

Moderate fire behavior on Monday on all fires within the complex. Crews monitoring all fires and watching for hot spots, securing fire lines and completely burnout operations as needed.

NWIMT 7 ICP is located at Broken Arrow Campground near Diamond Lake.  This complex consists of Paradise Fire, Windy Gap Fire and Pup Fire resources are working out of a fire camp established at Milo Academy. Smaller fires are being managed by a Type 3 organization for the Tiller Ranger District.

Paradise Fire. 411 acres. 60% contained. Located on the ridge between Paradise and Cougar Creeks, South of Jackson Creek. Crews are doing construction of indirect handlines on the SW side of the fire between Paradise and Windy Gap. Dozer line off of the FR 500 road has began. They are constructing an indirect line to the North.

Windy Gap Fire. 87 acres. 0% contained. Located partially in the Research Natural area of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, 1 mile West of Abbot Butte. The southern fire perimeter has been fully lined.

Pup Fire. 145 acres. 0% contained. Located in the headwaters of Hershberger Creek near Pup meadow in the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wilderness. Firefighters have established an anchor point and constructed direct line to contain the fire as it moved out of the wilderness boundary. Water drops have been used to keep the fire from spreading to the NE and East.

2,935 acres.  40% contained.  323 personnel. 8 crews, 21 engines, 1 helicopter.  $11.3 Million CTD.  #Falcon Complex

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX (OR)  6 fires.  9 miles NE of Prospect. Timber.  IMT 2.  20

A large tree with multiple holes in the bark leading up the trunk is burninig from the interior, thowing flames out through the open pockets in the bark.

Single tree with its interior burning on the High Cascades Complex fires.

fires burning within Crater Lake National Park on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest in the High Cascades Ranger District.  It is also burning on the Umpqua National Forest in the tiller Ranger District and the Fremont – Winema National Forest in the Sky Lakes wilderness. 13 fires have been contained and are in patrol status.  Seven remaining fires are being addressed by fire crews.

Active fire behavior with short-crown runs and group torching. Homes threatened.

22,692 acres. 38% contained. 589 personnel. 12 crews, 23 engines, 7 helicopter.  $35.8 Million CTD.  #HighCascadesComplex

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (OR)  7 miles South of Belknap Springs. Timber.

Public Info Meeting.  Wednesday, 8/30/2017 @ 1900  hours.  Upper McKenzie Community Center. 54745 McKenzie River Drive, Blue River, OR.

Video: Watch PNW2 Deputy Incident Commander Rob Allen deliver the leader's intent at morning briefing for the Whitewater, Rebel, and Horse Creek Complex Fires.

Avenue Fire.  Burning on the McKenzie River Ranger District area.  3 miles SE of McKenzie Bridge and nearby Olallie Lookout Fire, Separation Fire, Roney Fire and Nash fires.

Nash Fire.  Significant fire growth has occurred over the last few days. Fire rews are working to construct and clean indirect control lines by hand as well as with dozers. Continued structure assessments and protection to be done.

Rebel Fire.  22 miles North of Oakridge.  Timber. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single-tree torching and flanking.  4,979 acres. 19% contained.  52 crews. 1 crew, 3 engines.  $1.7 Million CTD.  #RebelFire

Scorpion Fire. Detected 8/28/2017.  North of Breitenbush between mile 6 and 8. Appoximately 30-acre fire moving North. Firefighters are waiting to enter the area when it is safe to use fire suppression tactics.

Whitewater Fire.  10 miles East of Idahana.  Burning in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and Willamette National Forest land located about 13 miles East of Detroit.   IMT 1 recycling. Managing Rebel and Horse Creek Complex fires. Timber and brush. Crews are monitoring the Southern control lines where previous firing operations were done. They will strengthen existing control lines and do assements. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single-tree torching. Homes threatened. 10,432 acres. 31% contained.  827 personnel. 21 crews, 26 engines, 5 helicopters. $24 Million CTD.  #WhitewaterFire

Little Devil Fire.  Burning approximately 2.5 miles SE of the Breitenbush Hot Springs area. Minimal fire growth on Tuesday. Firefighters are working South of this area to build control lines and to maintain sprinkler systems previously installed.

1,129 acres. 0% contained.   #HorseCreekComplex

 

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE. (OR).   Start 8/27/2017 @ 1530 hours.  OR DOF.  Natural cover fire near Horse Prairie located 12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley and 15 miles NW of Canyonville.

Horse Prairie Fire

Extreme fire behavior with crowning, group torching and spotting reported overnight.  An additional 400 acres were burned.  Night Operations Section Chief of the OR DOF reported:  fire conditions were much hotter and dryer on the ridges around 0300 on Wednesday morning than in Camas Valley – about 8 miles North of the fire. The fire is moving primarily S-SE direction.  Homes threatened.

Douglas County Sheriff Office Evacuation Hotline.  855-419-2349 or http://www.dcso.com/alerts

Active fire behavior with group torching, short-crown runs and long-range spotting.  Homes threatened.

4,410 acres. 15% contained. 794 personnel.  29 crews, 21 engines, 8 helos. $1 Million CTD. #HorsePrairieFire

INDIAN CREEK FIRE. (OR)  20 miles WSW of Hood River in the Hatfield Wilderness on the Hood River Ranger District. Started 7/4/2017 near 7 1/2 Mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440.

Fire behavior is moderate with smoldering, creeping, flanking and creeping.

61 personnel. 356 acres. 10% contained.  #IndianCreekFire

JOLLY MTN FIRE.  (WA) IMT 2. 13 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Timber.

Active fire behavior with  flanking, short-crown runs and torching. Homes threatened.

5,164 acres. 0% contained.  372 personnel. 7 crews, 22 engines, 4 helicopters.  $6 Million CTD. #JollyMtnFire

JONES FIRE (OR)  IMT2.  10 miles NE of Lowell.  Timber and grass.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and smoldering.  Structures threatened.

6,670 acres. 40% contained. 688 personnel.  21 crews, 24 engines, 2 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $10.2 Million CTD. #JonesFire

 

 

MCKAY FIRE.  (OR) New!  5 miles NE of La Pine.  Timber and brush.

Extreme fire behavior with group torching and long-range spotting. Evacuations in effect.  120 acres. 0% contained.  118 personnel. 2 crews, 13 engines. $50,000 CTD. #McKayFire

MILLER COMPLEX (OR) 5 fires.  IMT 1. 17 miles East of Cave Junction.  Timber.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and spotting. Homes threatened.

12,595 acres.  40% contained.  563 personnel.  11 crews, 36 engines, 1 helicopter. $9.2 Million CTD.  #MillerComplexFires

MILLI FIRE. (OR)  The Three Sisters Wilderness.  9 miles West of Sisters.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber.

Active fire behavior with flanking, torching and backing. Homes threatened.

21,100 acres. 44% contained. 500 personnel. 11 crews, 22 engines, 3 helicopters.  $13.6 Million CTD.  #MilliFire

NENA FIRE. (OR)  7 miles NE of Simnasho. Tiber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior.  68,000 acres. 90% contained. 15 personnel. 1 helicopter. 10 structures lost. #NenaFire

 

NORTH PELICAN FIRE. (OR) 25 miles NW of Klamath Falls. Reported 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. Continuing to burn primarily in a remote area of Pelican Butte. Rocky terrain and remote location prevents firefighters access to fire suppression of this fire.

1,728 acres.  18% contained.  153 personnel. 2 crews, 15 engines, 1 helicopter. $2.1 Million CTD.  #NorthPelicanFire

 

 

NORSE PEAK FIRE.* (WA)  Started 8/11/2017.  USDA Forest Service.  Lightning.  Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material.

Extreme fire behavior with running, group torching and short-range spotting. Homes threatened.

13,504 acres. 8% contained. 349 personnel. 8 crews, 16 engines, 2 helicopters. $4 Million CTD.  #NorsePeakFire

 

SCATTER CREEK FIRE (WA) South Puget Sound Region. DNR.  Started on private land, 1 mile East of Rochester.  Timber, brush and short grass.

Moderate fire behavior.

384 acres. 90% contained. 146 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines. 6 structures lost. $1.3 Million CTD. #ScatterCreekFire

STALEY FIRE (OR)  IMT2.  23 miles South of Oakridge.  Timber and brush.

Active fire behavior with backing, single-tree torching and short-range spotting.

1,912 acres. 56% contained. 555 personnel. 16 crews, 18 engines, 1 helicopter. $5.5 Million CTD. #StaleyFire

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX. (OR) 7 fires. (2) IMT1 teams managing this fire. 50 miles East of Roseburg.  Timber, brush and grass.

IMT 1 recycling on 9/1/2017.  Active fire behavior with flanking and torching. Homes threatened.

20,924 acres. 7% contained.  1,022 personnel.  21 crews, 80 engines, 6 helicopters. 1 structure lost.  #UmpquaNorthComplex

UNION CREEK FIRE. * (WA)   Fire started 8/11/2017 from an unknown cause. Timber and heavy logging slash. USDA Forest Service.    Hwy 410 and surrounding camp facilities are currently closed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/30/2017 – 0800 hours PDT

TX Reeling From Post-Storm Affects – 2

POST SUMMARY State of Texas, known as The Lone Star State was hit extremely hard from by a Category 4 Hurricane (Harvey) that made landfall late evening on Friday, August 25, 2017.  It was downgraded to a Category 2 later but not before the storm unleashed its fury of downpours.  

This storm is due to produce ever more water than the areas can even hold flooding structures, infrastructures, threatening the State’s economy.    The storm reached its peak intensity slamming into Rockport sustaining much of the extreme amount of damage.  Many parts of the State have been devastated beyond recognition.

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” It is the first time since 9/11 that all 28 FEMA Urban SAR teams have been mobilized.”

– Jeff Stern, VA State DEM Coordinator

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DISTRESS CALLS

Call 9-1-1.  The US Coast Guard says do not report Distress calls over Social Media. You must report by calling 911.  Keep trying until you get through.

EVACUATIONS

Rosenburg, TX.  Mandatory evacuations for homes on Huntington Road. Unknown if bridge into area will hold as river levels are rising. Bridge is only escape out of area. (Posted by RPD 2202 Hours CDT). 

Bay City, TX. Mayor announces entire City is under a mandatory evacuation by 1300  hours on Monday, 8/28/2017, due to 10-foot flood expected. https://www.facebook.com/footstepsforthefallen/posts/645510148987649

Sugar Land, TX. Two LIDs are under mandatory evacuations. http://abc13.com/judge-mandatory-evacuations-for-two-sugar-land-lids/2349438/

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As of Aug 27, 2017,  there is NO evacuation orders in place for the City of Pearland. (This was fake news)

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(Credit: Rosenberg PD)

RESCUE TIPS

What to Do to Be Rescued.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

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Houston 911 received 56,000 calls (from 2200 hours Saturday, 8/26/2017 through 0100 hours on Sunday, 8/27/2017).  During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000 calls.  

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No Drones in Disaster Recovery Zones.  TX Military Department has seen a rise of

Drone operators trying to get in on some action of their own, but did you know that it is extremely dangerous for those on the ground and in the air?  Did you know it is illegal and can not only net you a ticket, but some hefty jail time? It is true.  Here are some of the problems and where rescuers are working.

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FAA, DOD asking people not to fly drones in and around Houston, TX.  There have been reports of close calls by pilots.

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CLOSURES

WB I-10. Westbound I-10 being closed at mile marker 655 or about 40 miles east of Seguin due to flooding. (TxDOT – Yoakum)

Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson. Shutdown as of 1913 hours CDT.  These are the two trauma hospitals in the City.

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As of 0600 Hours CDT 8/27/2017, Houston TranStar logged 174 high-water road closures in the area. This included I-10, I-45, I-610, I-69, US 290, TX 225, TX 288,  Beltway 8 and TX 3 in Galveston, Texas.

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HOW TO HELP

Volunteers Needed.  City of Dallas, TX.  http://www.voly.org/join/index.html

Boats Needed.  Houston Police Department.  Call 713-881-3100.

Blood Donations. Austin hospitals need blood donations at We Are Blood, A Blood  Center in Central Texas.  https://weareblood.org/

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 Social media rumors tell of hundreds dead, thousands of rooftop rescues and millions of people stranded is #FakeNews. 

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SAFETY

Boil Water Alert.  City of Corpus Christi is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to the Storm’s destruction. Effective 8/25/2017, until further notice.

American Red Cross.  Safe and Well.  Register today so your loved ones can find you, or use as a way to find those who may be missing.  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown campaign is critical in saving lives more than ever. 

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Facebook Safety Check.  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP.  https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/hurricane-harvey-aug24-2017/about/

Emergency Alerts.  Sign up for Pearland, TX Residential Alerts here –> https://www.pearlandtx.gov/residents/get-connected/e-alerts  Government offices currently shutdown on 8/28/2017 and 8/29/2017 with a possibility of longer says their website.

Wading Through Flood WatersAVOID DRIVING, WALKING through flood waters.  6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult over.  (NWS Houston)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators are those who act as Partners and as in this State of Emergency – work together on Federal, State and Local levels to ensure resources are able to assist the area’s needs of the government, its people, property and its communities. Due to the vast amount of resources, we apologize ahead of time if we missed anyone!

American Red Cross.  100’s of volunteers are/have traveled all over the U.S. to lend their time, talents and compassion to victims and evacuees. 

LA Cajun Navy.  State of Louisiana sending the LA Cajuna Navy. 

TX Governor Greg Abbott  

Houston OEM

Houston PD.  SWAT team conducted several hundred high-water rescues and were still actively searching and conducting more rescue operations. (1713 CDT)

(Credit: Houston PD)

INTF-1 HAZMAT Support.  Indiana Task Force 1 arriving in Katy (near Houston), TX. (1834 PDT)

LAFD TF1.  70 members en route says LAFD Fire Chief Terrazas.

MA-TF1.  A FEMA Task Force is en route from Massachussetts and will soon joining others. (1810 PDT)

Miami-Dade Fire.  FL-TF1 en route to Texas to assist with SAR effects in affected areas.

(Credit: MDFR)

National Guard.  Multiple military trucks, Humvees and other vehicles that can tread water were seen driving down City streets.

New Jersey.  SAR crews were deployed.

FDNY – NYPD USAR NY TF1.  The Joint FDNY and NYPD USAR NY Task Force-1 deployed earlier today.

(Credit: FDNY)

PA TF-1.  40 members.  Leaving the PA Fire Academy and heading to South Texas.  (1917 PDT)

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.  Hotline setup for people with Disabilities. 800-626-4959.

Sacramento Fire.  USAR TF7 sends 14-member water rescue team.  Crews drove 2,000 miles to their destination.

Salvation Army.  Previously shipped extra pallets of water and food on 8/23/2017.

Save The Children.  Setting up Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters to help kids and families.  DONATIONS. Text “HURRICANE” to 2022 to donate $25 to the “Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey  Relief Fund”.

TX State, Emergency Management Department Is the main hub of activity that will coordinate Federal, State and local resources pouring into their State.

US Coast Guard Heartland.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

USCG makes sure no Family member is left behind. Rescuing pets and their people. (Credit: USCG Heartland)

WA TF1 Urban SAR.  FEMA team from Pierce County, Washington State is sent to assist along with other FEMA units.

SHELTERS

American Red Cross Shelters.  Shelter Locator here –> http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter?utm_source=arctwitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvey

Harris County, TX.  Compiled list of open shelters. http://readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26637

Katy ISD.  The Morton Ranch HS (MRHS) located at 21000 Franz  Road 77449 and the Cinco Ranch HS (CRHS) located at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, both in Katy, TX will be opening at 0730 CDT on Monday.  They will be offering shelter, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need.  DONATIONS of blankets, pillows, towels will be accepted at either High School beginning at 0730 hours.  SOCIAL MEDIA Channels are Katy ISD “OnTheGo” app. Website:  www.Katyisd.org.  Twitter:  @katyisd 

 

WEATHER TRACKERS

Storm Surge Tracker.  The NWS  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

There are multitudes of photos, storm images and other unimaginative descriptions of what those are truly seeing, hearing and experiencing.  We will share with you what they are feeling, see and what they are hearing.  Some photos are copyrighted so we will try to explain the best way we can as to what is being posted out there in the Social Media world.

(Credit: USCG Heartland)

USCG Heartland.  Sector Corpus Christi IMD members assess damage in Port Aransas, TX. 

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –>  http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT

Gas Prices.  National news media reporting gas prices are set to spike due to #HurricaneHarvey wreaks havoc on our vital energy facilities.  It is time to focus on rescues and saving lives.  This something that can easily be put back on the back burner.

Roadblocks.  I-10 freeway is now closed due to heavy flooding. Police are using multiple cruiser to keep motorists out of harm’s way.  A photo by a news media outlet shows mostly semis (approximately 8 semi rigs across and unknown how long the back-up is but there is no getting off this freeway by turning around.

Pet Rescues.  Social media reporting dog rescues are coming in at 60 per hour. 

Countries Pray for  Our U.S. Texas.  Canadian President: “Canadians are keeping the people of Texas in our thoughts – we’re ready to offer any assistance needed to help recover from this disaster.” – Justin Trudeau

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 

New Wildfires Ignite in the NW Region | August 27 2017

SUMMARY POST | There have been several new wildfires that have ignited in Washington State and in order to get information out to you all, we are separating this post for today only.  All information from these fires (if applicable starting on Monday, August 28th) will be added to our “NW Active Fires single daily SitRep”.

GARFILED COUNTY (WA)

Hill Fire.  In Pomeroy.  100+ acres. Homes threatened. Evacuations in effect. State Mobe approved. SE WA IMT is monitoring natural cover fire. Incident Cooperators include Garfield County Fire District 1 has requested mutual aid from Asotin, Columbia Counties and Walla Walla /Columbia County Fire District #2.

Unofficial word of cars, structures and power infrastructure afire.  Fire resources were being staged in parking lots across from Grain Elevators on Main Street in Pomeroy. (about 1700 hours).

GRANT COUNTY (WA)

Unnamed Fire.  Grant County Fire District 13 is on-scene of a brush fire incident burning in cut wheat and sagebrush.  Located in the area of Rd. B NE and Rd 25 NE, just NE of Soap Lake.  Fire pushing NE. Estimated at 350-400 acres. GCFD 5 and 12 responded as Mutual Aid, along with a farmer with a tractor. Fire Officials say that if you feel like you are in danger, to self-evacuate.  As of 1830 hours, State Mobe resources had not been requested/approved.

Unnamed Fire.  Grant County Fire District 13 is assisting GCFD 7 with a very large wildfire near Rd 23 NE and Rd A (High Hill Road).  Started 8/27/2017 around 1700 hours PDT. Dry brush and grass. No homes threatened and no evacuations in effect at the moment.

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Credit: GCFD 13

THURSTON COUNTY (WA)

Rock Candy Fire. Start 8/27/2017. Dispatch time @ 1607 hours. Rock Candy Mtn on the Capitol State Forest. Copter on-scene.

 Rock Pit Fire.  Start 8/27/2017. WA DNR. Located in the Capitol State Forest. Multiple resources (+ helicopter). Initial call dispatched E262 at 1453 hours. Fire is on Capitol Peak in the Capitol Forest. Grass, light slash.  IC arrived at 1614 hours.

SOCIAL MEDIA

More to come as the details are received in.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfires Continue to Burn | August 27 2017

POST SUMMARY | Many happenings are occurring in the NW and it is time to regroup.  With that being said, we are once again providing one single SitRep for ALL Wildfires here in the NW along with a Fire Map.

Here is our recap for wildfires burning in both Washington and Oregon on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

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GARFIELD COUNTY (WA)

Garfield County Fire. New! Start 8/27/2017.  1607 hours PDT.  Clarkston, Washington.  Asotin County Fire District #1 assisting Garfield County Fire crews with a wildfire on Knotgrass Ridge Road. #GarfieldCountyFire (Correction:  Original post said 1657 instead of 1607)

Credit: Mia Carlson News

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 BIA – COLVILLE AGENCY (WA)

Bridge Creek Fire. 11 miles NE of Keller.  Timber and tall grass. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and isolated torching.  3,268 acres. 39% contained. 549 personnel.  12 crews, 22 engines and 4 helicopters. $9.7 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

BIA – WARM SPRINGS AGENCY (OR)

Nena Fire.  7 miles NE of Simnasho. Tiber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and isolated torching. 68,135 acres. 80% containment.  33 personnel. 6 engines. 6 copters. $8.4 Million CTD. #NenaFire

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DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Milli Fire.  The Three Sisters Wilderness.  9 miles West of Sisters.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching and crowning. 14,113 acres.  32% containment. 2,055 homes threatened.  672 personnel. 17 crews, 32 engines and 3 helicopters.

Cedar City Hotshots Prepare for Burn Operations

Cedar City Hotshots on the MIlli Fire.

Fire weather hearts up today with being hotter, dry and with windy conditions.  Poor overnight RH recovery and East winds may increase during night operations and causing an extreme fire behavior.  Evacuation info —> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5517/  $11.1 Million CTD. #MilliFire

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DOUGLAS FOREST PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION (OR)

Horse Prairie Fire.  New! Start 8/27/2017 @ 1530 hours. Natural cover fire near Horse Prairie located 12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley.  Crews arrived to about 50 acres already burned with multiple spot fires. Incident

Cooperators are DFPA, Coos Forest Protective Association, OR DOF and Tenmile Rural FD.  Additional resources are assigned and working as Mutual Aid are some classified as industrial landowners, logging company and contract firefighters. burning on private and industrial forest lands, as well as BLM lands. No homes are threatened.  A OR DOF IMT has been placed on order. 450 acres. 0% containment. 173 personnel. 

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FREMONT – WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

North Pelican Fire. 25 miles NW of Klamath Falls. Reported 8/10/2017. Lightning

A large column of smoke rising from the North Pelican Fire on August 19. PC: Officer Steve Leslie

caused. Continuing to burn primarily in a remote area of Pelican Butte. Rocky terrain and remote location prevents firefighters access to fire suppression of this fire.  It will be addressed when it moves closer to USFS lands.  On 8/17, aerial operations were aircraft making water drops. On 8/21, fire closures were in effect. 1,525 acres. 18% contained. 170 personnel.  Fire behavior is minimal, smoldering, backing and with isolated torching. #NorthPelicanFire

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MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Indian Creek Fire.  20 miles WSW of Hood River in the Hatfield Wilderness on the

Canadair CL-415 “Super Scooper” is assisting with fire suppression efforts from the air.

Hood River Ranger District. Started 7/4/2017 near 7 1/2 Mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440.  330 acres. Fire behavior is currently moderate with smoldering, creeping and backing.  Firefighters made contact with one hiker which had a drone with the intention to fire it.  Remember, it is unsafe for firefighters and aircraft when you fly your drone – and, plus it is illegal and can net you a ticket and jail time! Aircraft includes 2 type 2 helicopters from the OR DOF.  They are drawing water from the Wahtum Lake.  #IndianCreekFire

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OKANOGAN – WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST (WA)

American Fire.   11 miles West of Cliffdell. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.   Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and group torching.  110 homes threatened.  207 acres. 0% containment. 16 personnel. 4 engines.  Most of the fire suppression resources are being provided by the Norse Peak Fire IMT.  Level 3 evacuations are in effect for Union Creek, Pleasant Valley and Timber Creek.  Level 1 evacuation notice is for Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake. Hwy 410 and surrounding campgrounds are currently closed.  $248,000 CTD. *The American, Norse Peak and the Union Creek Fires are managed by the same single IMT team. #AmericanFire

Norse Peak Fire.*   Started 8/11/2017.  USDA Forest Service.  Lightning.  Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. 110 homes threatened. 2,160 acres. 8% contained.  342 personnel. 5 crews, 14 engines. Homes threatened. $2.5 Million CTD.  #NorsePeakFire

Union Creek Fire.*   Fire started 8/11/2017 from an unknown cause. Timber and heavy logging slash. USDA Forest Service.  169 acres. 0% containment.  Active fire with group torching, backing and flanking. 110 homes threatened. 6 personnel.  2 helicopters. Level 3 evacuations in effect for Union Creek, Pleasant Valley and Timber Creek. Level 1 evacuation notice for Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake.  Hwy 410 and surrounding camp facilities are currently closed. $198,000 CTD. #UnionCreekFire

Diamond Creek Fire.  27 miles NNW of Withrop. Started 7/23/2017.  Cause unknown, under investigation.  Timber and brush.  USDA Forest Services. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.  32,157 acres. 55% contained.  3 homes, 2 minor structures under threat. 1 home, 2 minor structures destroyed.  1 minor structure damaged.  317 personnel. 9 crews, 2 helicopters and 8 engines.  #Diamond CreekFire

Jolly Mountain Fire.  IMT 2. 13 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Timber. Active fire behavior with torching, uphill runs and flanking. Structures threatened. 3,316 acres. 0% contained.  346 personnel. 7 crews, 17 engines and 3 helos. $4.3 Million CTD. #JollyMtnFire

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ROGUE RIVER – SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Chetco Bar.  16 miles West of Selma in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness .  Start 7/12/2017. USDA Forest Service.  Lightning. Timber, brush and closed-canopy understory litter. 105,518 acres. 0% containment.  Steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain. 8,425 homes, 1,955 non-res commercial and 50 minor structures threatened.

Structure Protection

Structure Protection using a sprinkling system.

6 homes, 20 minor structures destroyed. 1 home and 8 minor structures damaged.  Moderate fire behavior currently with backing, flanking and isolate torching but fire conditions/weather are hot, dry and windy with a high potential for extreme fire behavior during the night-time and early morning.    Yesterday’s fire activities (aerial) due to low lying smoke in the air.  Firefighters were due or are working on strengthening containment lines and mop up operations in certain assigned areas.  The Structure Protection is group is working tirelessly with the installation of hoselays and sprinkler systems.

08-25-2017 Night Operations

RED Flag Warning. A RED Flag Warning has been issued today and through Monday.  This is due to conditions occurring now or soon will be. This warning includes gusty winds, low humidity or dry  and unstable conditions that will create the fire to have an extreme fire behavior opportunity.

Evacuation Info —>   https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/

Fire Information Meeting.  A fire info meeting tonight will be held Brookings-Harbor H.S. located at 625 Pioneer Road in Brookings, OR at 1800 hours.  #ChetcoFire

High Cascades Complex.  6 fires.  IMT 2.  3 fires previously reported under Falcon Complex has been moved to this new Complex. 9 miles NE of Prospect. Tmber.  14,463 acres.  60% contained. 526 personnel.  11 crews 10 engines and 8 helicopters. $33.6 Million CTD. #HighCascadesComplex

Horse Creek Complex. 3 fires. 7 miles South of Belknap Springs. Timber.  1,129 acres. 0% contained.   Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single-tree torching.  194 personel. 6 crews, 5 engines. $1.2 Million CTD. Homes threatened. #HorseCreekComplex

Miller Complex. 5 fires.  IMT 1. 17 miles East of Cave Junction.  Timber. 14,065 acres.

Active fire on the Burnt Peak Fire within the Miller Complex.

48% contained. 537 personnel. 12 crews, 24 engines and 1 helo. $7 Million CTD. #MillerComplexFires

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DNR – SOUTH PUGET SOUND REGION (WA)

Scatter Creek Fire.  Started on private land. 1 mile East of Rochester. Timber, brush and grass. 462 acres. 75% contained. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering.  136 personnel. 6 crews, 16 engines and 0 helicopters. 6 structures lost. $1 Million CTD. #ScatterCreekFire

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UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Falcon Complex.  2 fires. 25 miles East of Tiller.  Timber, brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened. 3,400 acres. 35% contained. 330 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines. $9.1 Million CTD. #Falcon Complex

Umpqua North  Complex.  9 fires. (2) IMT1 teams managing this fire. 50 miles East of Roseburg.  Timber, brush and grass. Active fire behavior with flanking and torching. 14,817 total acres. 7% containment. 1,054 personnel. (increased by 15 the day before).  24 crews, 73 engines, 3 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $12 Million CTD. #UmpquaNorthComplex

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WILLAMETTE NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Horse Creek Complex.  3 fires. 7 miles South of Belknap Springs. Timber.  1,129 acres. 0% containment.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single-tree torching. Structures threatened.

Jones Fire.  IMT2.  10 miles NE of Lowell.  Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, uphill runs and flanking. 5,627 acres. 30% contained. 671 personnel. 20 crews, 22 engines, 2 helos.  1 structure lost. $7.9 Million CTD. Evacuations in effect. #JonesFire

Rebel Fire.  22 miles North of Oakridge.  Timber. 2,940 acres. 17% containment status. 46 personnel. 1 crew and 3 helos. $3.5 Million CTD. #RebelFire

Staley Fire.  IMT2.  23 miles South of Oakridge, OR.  Timber and brush.  Active fire behavior with group torchiing and backing. 1,272 acres. 35% containment.  455 personnel. 13 crews, 11 engines, 1 helciopter.  $3.9 Million CTD. #StaleyFire

Whitewater Fire.  10 miles East of Idahana.  IMT 1 recycling. Managing Rebel and Horse Creek Complex fires. Timber and brush.  9,871 acres. 30% contained. 726 personnel. 19 crews, 19 engines and 5 helos. $21.2 Million CTD. #WhitewaterFire

POINT-OF-INTEREST:  One RC-26 aircraft and support personnel from the 141st Aerial Refueling Wing (Washington Air National Guard) has been deployed to Fairchild AFB (Spokane, WA) in support of wildland fire operations.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 @ 1515 Hours PDT

Oregon’s #MilliFire Still Burns | August 27 2017

NEAR SISTERS, OREGON

Cedar City Hotshots Prepare for Burn Operations

Cedar City Hotshots prepping for burnout operations.

Summary

A wildfire broke out on the Deschutes National Forest, about 9 miles West of Sisters, Oregon on August 11, 2017 (1442 hours).

Current Status

8/27/2017:  Homes are still threatening homes but fire crews have been able to hold the containment lines at 32%.  There has been 15,509 acres burned.  Night shift crews continued with burnout operations for planned aerial ignition on the NW flank of the fire.  Additional fire activities included clearing fire fuels along roadways and mop up along the fire’s edge.

Soft ptructure protection

Lane County Task Force #7 doing a soft structure protection task.

8/26/2017:  It is still burning and threatening homes.  There have been 13,485 acres burned.

Fire Behavior

8/27/2017:  Active fire behavior with isolated torching and crowning.

8/26/2017:  The fire is burning in timber and is said to have a moderate fire behavior with some isolated torching.  Fire managers are reporting the fire is actively backing down the Black Crater to the West and North slopes.  Predictions are being made in the Lava Camp Lake will not suffer any extensive damage due to a low amount of fire fuels in the area.

Resources

8/27/2017:  672 personnel. 17 crews, 32 engines and 3 helicopters.

8/26/2017:  There are about 683 personnel assigned along with 17 crews, 4 helicopters and 33 engines.  Command is the SWA IMT Team 2.

firefighter feeding chickens

It’s not all just about firefighting, it is about helping homeowners with those they left behind they were evacuated.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators for this fire are the Deschutes Sheriff’s Office and Deschutes National Forest.

Specialist discuss Milli Fire at public meeting.

Keeping an open lines of community helps put homeowners minds to ease knowing what is happening with Fire operations.

Weather Conditions

8/27/2017:  Warmer and drier conditions.  Forecasters say it will be sunny and warm today with areas of dense smoke.

8/26/2017:  It has been more warm and drier which will continue throughout the weekend.  The fire is active on the West side and burning into the wilderness. Depending on future conditions, the fire behavior can become active producing more increased flames and heavy smoke.

Alerts!

8/27/2017  Archery Hunting Season begins on Saturday.  If your region is within the fire area – you may not be able to participate in these hunting areas until the closure is lifted.

8/26/2017:  The fire closure area will slightly be reduced.  Changes to t he closure include the opening of Forest Road 16, the campgrounds at Three Creeks Lake, Tam MacArthur Rim and the Petersen Ridge trail system, East of Forest of Road 16. Due to wildland firefighting, all roads West of Forest Road will still remain closed.

crew during burn operations

Burnout operations.

8/26/2017:  The Deschutes County Sheriff Office is constantly evaluating the need to make changes to evacuation notices.  All evacuation questions should be directed to the DCSO by calling their non-emergency evacuation orders line at 541-693-6911.

Level 2 (Get Set) evacuations are currently in effect for the Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences.  This allowed residents to return to their homes.

heavy equipment

Level 1 evacuations are in effect for the Tollgate subdivision, all areas between OR 242 and Highway 20; West of Cold Springs Cutoff (Forest Service Road 1018).  This also includes Black Butte Ranch.

Cost-To-Date

8/27/2017:  The cost-to-date has risen to $11.1 Million just from overnight fire operations.

8/26/2017:  The cost-to-date is $9.8 Million and growing as each day passes.

Public Meeting

A  public meeting has been scheduled for Monday, August 28th at the Sisters High School located at 1700 McKinney Butte Road in Sisters, Oregon.  The meeting begins at 1800 hours (6pm) PDT.  Fire Officials will provide Fire Info, Closure information and status of evacuation orders.  Make sure if you have questions to bring them up in the meeting.  If you have KUDOS, they do like to hear your compliments also.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 @ 0915 Hours PDT

 

 

Cliffdell’s Wildfires Continue to Burn | August 27 2017

POST SUMMARY | Three large wildfires continue to burn this morning near Cliffdell, Washington.  Here is an update on the American Fire, Norse Peak Fire and the Union Creek Fire.

Here is the SitRep for Sunday, August 27, 2017.

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AMERICAN FIRE:  11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/10/2017.  Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest.  Lightning caused. #AmericanFire

8/27/2017:  207 acres. 0% contained. 16 personnel. (down 2 from yesterday). 4 engines. $248,000 CTD.

8/26/2017:   Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and group torching.  206 acres. 0% containment. Fire grew 6 acres to the North towards the Highway 410 corridor. The fire’s edge was a half-of-a-mile from the American River.  It slowly backed downhill approximately 1,000 feet in the last 7 days. 18 crews. 0 crews, 4 engines, 2 helos. 110 structures threatened.  $209,000 CTD.

8/25/2017:    Active fire behavior with backing and group torching.193 acres.  0% contained. 110 homes still threatened.  16 personnel. 4 engines. Evacuations in effect.  Estimated containment is 10/1/2017. $165,000 CTD.

8/25/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing and group torching. Homes threatened. Evacuations are in effect.

8/24/2017:   174 aces. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with backing and group torching. 16 personnel. 4 engines. 110 structures threatened. $142,000 CTD.

8/23/2017:  131 acres. 0% contained. 110 homes threatened. 16 personnel. 4 engines. Estimated containment 10/1/2017. $100,000 CTD.

8/22/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. Homes threatened. 129 acres. 8% contained. 16 personnel. 4 engines. $75,000 CTD.

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NORSE PEAK FIRE: 11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/11/2017.  Burning inside the Norse Peak Wilderness in the Naches Ranger District. (includes 4 fires) Lightning caused. Timber.  USDA Forest Service.  #NorsePeakFire

A line of uniformed wildland firefighters is lined up carrying conifer branches and woody material toward the mouth of a yellow chipper.  Chips are being shot out the left side of the machine and off the road shoulder.

Loading up the chipper. Credit: NW IMT#13

8/27/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching.  Homes are threatened.2,160 acres. 8% contained. 342 personnel. 8 crews and 14 engines. $2.5 Million CTD.

8/26/2017:  Type 2 IMT. Active fire with backing, flanking and group torching.  2,217 acres. 5% contained. 110 homes threatened. SR 410 remains closed from Chinook Pass (mile post 69) to Hell’s Crossing (mile post 84). At 2000 hours, the highway will reopen only for night-time travel. It will shutdown again at 0600 hours each morning.  Pleasant Valley Campground, Lodgepole campground and Salmon Cove Group sites are all closed to the public.  368 personnel. 1 Type 1 crew, 8 Type 2 crews, 18 engines, 4 felling teams, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 2 helicopters and additional heavy equipment are assigned to this incident. $2.2 Million CTD.

Image at a distant, dark forested ridge top.  Smoke rises from many places within and at the edges of the American Fire.  No flames are visible.

Burning on the ridge between the American River and Kettle Creek. Credit: NW IMT #13

8/25/2017: (5) fires. Type 2 IMT.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and creeping. 2,092 acres. 96% contained. Structures are being threatened. 344 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines, 3 helos. 8 smokejumpers arrived on-scene, began fire suppression and to secure the small fires North of the American Ridge.$1.7 Million CTD.

8/24/2017:  1,996 acres. 8% contained. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. 339 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines, 1 helo. $1.5 Million CTD.

Firefighters enjoy a break on the Norse Peak Fire.

Firefighting is hard work and you have to be able to do it safely. Taking a break is a big necessity.

8/23/2017:  Active fire behavior with running and torching. 1,643 acres. 8% contained.  110 homes threatened. 279 personnel. 6 crews. 1 helo. 14 engines. Hwy 410 closed. LEVEL 3 evacuations in effect for Union Creek, Pleasant Valley.  LEVEL 1 evacuations for Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake. 9 fires including American and Union Creek Trail as the largest. $1.2 Million CTD.

On Tuesday night firefighters sit down to a well earned meal after a hard days work on the Norse Peak Fires

Meal Time!

8/22/2017:  Type 2 IMT, NW Team 13. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes threatened. 1,566 acres. 6% contained. 274 personnel. 6 crews, 12 engines and 1 helo. $936,000 CTD.

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UNION CREEK:  11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/23/2017. Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. Timber. #UnionCreekFire

8/27/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes threatened. 169 acres. 0% contained. 6 personnel. 2 helicopters. $198,000 CTD.

8/26/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching.  169 acres. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes are under threatened. Evacuations are in effect. 110 homes are threatened. 6 personnel. 2 helicopters.

8/25/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking.  156 acres.  0% contained. Homes threatened. Evacuations in effect. 4 personnel. 0 resources. $130,000 CTD.

8/24/2017:  Newly reported from overnight.  132 acres. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. 4 personnel. $117,000 CTD.

Fire Images | All images are courtesy of Inciweb, unless otherwise noted/credited. – Ed.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 @ 0900 hours PDT.

Oregon’s #MilliFire Near Sisters Still Active | August 26 2017

NEAR SISTERS, OREGON

Smoldering tree trunk

A smoldering tree trunk of many burns in the middle of the forest.

Current Fire Conditions

A wildfire broke out on the Deschutes National Forest, about 9 miles West of Sisters, Oregon on August 11, 2017 (1442 hours).  It is still burning and threatening homes.

Day shift crews will continue with burnout operations to strengthen fire lines.  Fire crews are stating these the burnouts have been successful so far.  A second burnout operation is ongoing on the North side of the fire in a block of land between Forest Service Road 1030 and OR 242 that is just about complete. More crews are monitoring in that area to ensure the fire has not escaped the exterior containment fire lines.

Fire suppression efforts are just about finished on the South side as well.  This along Forest Service 15.

There have been 13,485 acres burned and a 32% containment status reached.

torching tree

A single-tree torching.

Fire Behavior

The fire is burning in timber and is said to have a moderate fire behavior with some isolated torching.  Fire managers are reporting the fire is actively backing down the Black Crater to the West and North slopes.

Predictions are being made in the Lava Camp Lake will not suffer any extensive damage due to a low amount of fire fuels in the area.

heavy equipment

Heavy equipment read to enter Division Echo.

Resources

There are about 683 personnel assigned along with 17 crews, 4 helicopters and 33 engines.  Command is the SWA IMT Team 2.

Incident Cooperators for this fire are the Deschutes Sheriff’s Office and Deschutes National Forest.

Weather Conditions

It has been more warm and drier which will continue throughout the weekend.  The fire is active on the West side and burning into the wilderness. Depending on future conditions, the fire behavior can become active producing more increased flames and heavy smoke.

Plume from Black Butte Lodge restaurant

A plume of heavy smoke can be seen from the Black Butte Lodge restaurant across the Valley.

Alerts!

Closures.  As of Saturday, August 26, 2017, the fire closure area will slightly be reduced.  Changes to t he closure include the opening of Forest Road 16, the campgrounds at Three Creeks Lake, Tam MacArthur Rim and the Petersen Ridge trail system, East of Forest of Road 16. Due to wildland firefighting, all roads West of Forest Road will still remain closed.

Evacuation Orders. The Deschutes County Sheriff Office is constantly evaluating the need to make changes to evacuation notices.  All evacuation questions should be directed to the DCSO by calling their non-emergency evacuation orders line at 541-693-6911.

Level 2 (Get Set) evacuations are currently in effect for the Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences.  This allowed residents to return to their homes.

Level 1 evacuations are in effect for the Tollgate subdivision, all areas between OR 242 and Highway 20; West of Cold Springs Cutoff (Forest Service Road 1018).  This also includes Black Butte Ranch.

Cost-To-Date

The cost-to-date is $9.8 Million and growing as each day passes.

Public Meeting

A  public meeting has been scheduled for Monday, August 28th at the Sisters High School located at 1700 McKinney Butte Road in Sisters, Oregon.  The meeting begins at 1800 hours (6pm) PDT.  Fire Officials will provide Fire Info, Closure information and status of evacuation orders.  Make sure if you have questions to bring them up in the meeting.  If you have KUDOS, they do like to hear your compliments also.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

#ScatterCreekFire Update 2 | August 26 2017

THURSTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary.   On the afternoon of August 22, 2017, a brush fire broke out causing immediate evacuations and other fire assets to be dispatched to the fire scene located about .75 of a mile East of Rochester, Washington.

Cause.  The cause is unknown and remains under investigation by Law Enforcement Officials.

Evacuations.  Later Law Enforcement officials would lift the evacuation orders but told residents not to return until they received the all-clear from them to do so.

. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office

Size Up.  The fire is currently at 462 acres of short grass, brush and timber scorched. Fire crews have reached a 65% containment status.  Fire is still active in the northern section of the scorched area.  Fire crews are expecting it could be another 10 days before the it is completely out.

 

Fire Personnel.  At the time of this post, there were 274 personnel with 3 crews and 25 engines assigned to this incident.

Command Post has moved from the Rochester H.S. to the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Fire Station on Sergeant Road. It will be in Unified Command with DNR – South Puget Sound Region and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

Incident Cooperators. Resources also include: personnel from Thurston County Sheriff Office, Emergency Management and from the WA State Department of Corrections inmates as hand crews.

EPA Dispatched.  Due to many structures and damaged structures, the Department of Ecology (DOE) was called in to assess the possibility HAZMAT runoff.  They were tasked with reviewing the fire area in its entirety to ensure no runoff had been detected.

Utility Response.The fire burned a lot of power poles and hardware.  Utility crews have been in the area working tirelessly to repair and restore services in affected area.  By the end of Friday evening, all services had been restored.

Air Resources.  On August 22, 2017, a VLAT (Very large airtanker) dropped retardant from above.  Some residents had concerns about the retardant being used by air resources with the State distributing brochures and informational broadcast about it.  For further questions, please visit the following website —-> https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/fire/wfcs/documents/cleanup.pdf

Firefighting Efforts, Costs.  State mobe resources were placed back in service (at 0600 hours on Saturday) and transition of Command will be given back to Regional and Local resources.

The total fire suppression and containment costs-to-date is $950,00.

Incident Command Post at the High School aka Fire Camp. (Credit: Thurston County EM)

Community Losses.  There were 2 primary and one unoccupied historic homes, along with 1 commercial building and 2 historic barns destroyed.  An additional structure has been reported as lost but we are unsure what type of building it was. A total of 6 structures have been lost.

Injuries

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Social Media

A firefighter posted on his Facebook page around 0248 hours on Saturday morning that the fire is winding down and they would be demobbing later on in the day.  Thurston County Emergency Management released a presser on Friday, August 25th saying that there was still active fire on the northern portion of the fire area and would be expecting crews to take an additional 10 days putting all local fire crews back in service.

A helicopter can be seen in the background with a bambi bucket (orange bucket below the aircraft. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 1540 hours PDT