On The Eleventh Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

11 Wildland Firefighters

10 Strike Teams Responding…

9 Copters Dropping…   

8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written / Photography Content. Also written by (Becki Coates)

#ThomasFire is Wind-Driven | 16

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

(Credit: CAL FIRE)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire. (VCFD PIO)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Size, Containment |  270,000 acres.  45% containment status.

Fire Resources |  8,526 fire personnel. 972 fire engines, 166 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 75 dozers, 86 water tenders and CAL FIRE IMT-4. 

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Thomas Fire. (Credit VCFD PIO)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments |  1,026 structures destroyed and 242 damaged. 18,000 structures threatened.

Fatalities | 1.

Current Fire Status |  Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area with N – NE winds forecasted combined with very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures and single-digit RH will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the fire.  Areas threatened  coastal Santa Barbara County communities including Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland and the Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

Social Media |  “The fire is so large that its eastern and western fronts are influenced by entirely different wind patterns and terrain. In many ways, it’s as if firefighters are battling two separate fires some 40 miles apart” –  Hollywood Celebrity.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/17/2017 @ 2030 hours PST

On The Tenth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

10 Strike Teams Responding…

9 Copters Dropping…   

8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written / Photography Content. Also written by (Becki Coates)

#ThomasFire Firefighters Working Tirelessly | 15

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL Fire)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire flames burn near the power lines in Sycamore Canyon as seen from West Mountain Drive in Montecito. (Credit: SCB Fire Info)

Size, Containment | Acreage has increased from 259,000 to 267,500 acres.  The containment still remains at a 40% containment status.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

3,000 more burned acres and the Thomas Fire will become 2nd largest wildfire and 6,000  more to become the largest wildfire in all of California’s fire history. – Social Media

Fire Resources | Fire resources have increased even more significantly on Saturday, December 16, 2017, to 8,477 fire personnel, 972 fire engines, 164 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 77 dozers and 94 water tenders.  CAL IMT Type -4.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Ojai Search and Rescue conducts evacuations in Montecito. (Credit: Ojai SAR)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

On December 14, 2017, over 395,000 masks have been distributed in SBC to help residents with poor air quality.

Significant air resources, all headed towards Division U (towards 33 freeway), including both tankers and helicopters in the last 30 min. Sounds like fire issues along that corridor this afternoon. 

Photos taken on Saturday, 12/16/2017. (Credit: VCFD)

Evacuations | A voluntary evacuation warning has been issued for the Painted Cave community which includes the area north of Hwy 154 and south of East Camino Cielo along Painted Cave Road. If you are in this area, be prepared to leave. – Santa Barbara County FD

CalGuard Blackhawk confucts a waterdrop operations on Saturday. (Credit: USFS)

The Fire has caused mandatory and voluntary evacuations within the Santa Barbara (City).  All residents are strongly advised to be packed and ready to leave your homes. If you are in mandatory evacuation zone leave now.  – Santa Barbara County FD

Flames churn towards a large fire break near homes along Gibraltar Road north of Santa Barbara. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

Damage Assessments | 11 additional structures have been destroyed bringing the total to 1,020 structures and 2 additional have been damaged, for a total of 242 structures.  $110 Million Cost-to-date expenses.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status |  Very strong north winds materialized this morning around 0700 increasing fire behavior significantly in the Santa Barbara Front Country. Fire made an aggressive southward push into the community of Montecito, impacting some structures there.

Red flag warnings will remain in place over various portions of the fire over the next operational period for high wind and low humidity. Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area, with north/northeast winds forecasted. This weather pattern will be conducive to west- and southward fire growth, continuing to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland in Santa Barbara County.

North winds will also exasperate the threat to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural values, with fire being established in the Sespe drainage. Mop-up operations in previously burned areas will be ongoing. On the north side of the fire, direct and indirect line construction will occur to contain fire that has spread north of Highway 33 and Rose Valley Road.

Direct line construction, where possible, will continue within the Zaca Fire burn scar to Highway 33 Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions.

Fire near power lines. (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Social Media |  Strong winds and flames are bearing down the ridge and threatening homes up near Gibraltar Rock. – News Media

Parts of Santa Barbara turned into a “ghost town” as residents took appropriate action by listening to new evacuation orders by emergency personnel managing the wind-fed fire. – CAL OES

Brown smoke is seen spewing from the Thomas Fire captured by NASA Earth on December 14. (Credit: NASA)

This fire isn’t letting up & remains dangerous! Stay vigiliant and safe everyone! – CAL OES

Red Cross truck drives through the Skyline neighborhood of Ventura, CA searching for

(Credit: Red Cross)

people in need of assistance. Charred chimney stacks are a common sight in this hillside community, remnants of the beautiful homes consumed by the wrath of the Thomas Fire.  – American Red Cross

Fire intensifies in the Santa Barbara. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

CalTrans continues to work on clearing last nights rockslide on Hwy 150. – VCFD PIO

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 2200 Hours PST

#ThomasFire Firestorm Still Raging | 14

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Size, Containment | The fire has consumed 259,000 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Structure Protection courtesy of a Mutual Aid Portland OR Fire engine company for a Montecito home near San Ysidro Road. (Credit: SBC Fire Info PIO Eliason Mike)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Fire Resources | 8,370 fire personnel along with 973 fire engines, 161 fire crews, 32 helicopters, 77 bulldozers and 92 water tenders.  CAL FIRE IMT -4 is in command.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments | 1,009 structures destroyed.  240 structures damaged. 18,000 still threatened.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status (Santa Barbara) | Firefighters to continue building direct fireline where possible with support from fire resources, working to tie in to the Tea and Jesusita Fires footprints and remain engaged in structure protection operations.  Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara communities are still being threatened.

Current Fire Status (Ventura County) | Firefighters on the east side, are working to improve fireline that has been established to fire out of nearby community of Fillmore.  They will additionally extend north from Fillmore in preparation of future firing operations.

On the north side of the fire, will be closely monitored by crews. Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo with light fuels in the Zaca Fire footprint will continue where lines have never been established. 

Hashtags | #ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 1100 hours PST

#MonitorFire | WA | Update 2

Near Wenatchee, Washington | A small brush wildfire broke out in the Monitor area near US Hwy 2 in the westbound lanes on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Here is a timeline of this incident, which prompted evacuations and a partial lane closure.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2

1420:  The Chelan County EM agency first reported that the investigation into the fire originally started around 10:30 am and was due to most likely an unsecured chain dragging along the pavement.

1631:  Later their investigation would turn to another cause for the fire.  This time it was reported due to a broken exhaust pipe.  The evidence had been left behind making it a little easier for fire investigators.  Fire Managers report this incident is now 100% fully contained.  DNR reported at 1540 hours, the fire had burned 1,100 acres and was at 90% contained.

There were no injuries or damage reported to any structure.

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment totals are unknown at this time.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

1124:  Fire reported by State Patrol as small brush fire westbound US 2 west of Wenatchee, Washington.  The right lane is closed while fire suppression efforts are conducted.

1241:  Chelan County Emergency Management reports fire is in the Monitor area on US 2 near milepost 115. Level 1 evacuations go into effect.

1326:  DNR reports new wildfire 4 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington.  100 acres. 7 engines, 1 crew and 1 helicopter on-scene.  Level 1 evacuations of 19 homes are rebroadcasted by DNR Fire PIO

1426: DNR: “700 acres. 3 dozers, 6 additional engines are en route.  Chelan County EM calling for an expanded area for more evacuations.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1450:  Wind is reported to be picking up in the area and the Chelan Co EM is now stating a conflicting number of acres burned (500) vs what DNR  is reporting (700 acres).  2 dozers have arrived on-scene. Chelan County Fire District 1 helicopter is currently deployed and being used for water drops.  Across Grant County, resources are pouring into the fire scene.

1530:  Additional Level 1 evacuation notifications issued by Chelan County EM for all of those on the north side of Easy Street from US 2 to American Fruit Road, both sides of Warm springs Canyon Road, Sunridge Lane, West Eagle Rock Drive and April Drive.

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

Fire was being reported that it started around the milepost 115 area in Monitor area by US 2 which was said to be at 500 acres scorched.  The cause has not been released.

1948:  DNR stated the containment status had reached 30% and that the acreage was listed at 700 acres.  Crews will still remain on the fire ground overnight.

There is no information that has been released as to what the cause is.

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

#MonitorFire | WA | Update 1

Near Wenatchee, Washington | A small brush wildfire broke out in the Monitor area near US Hwy 2 in the westbound lanes on Wednesday, November 1st.  Here is a timeline of this incident, which prompted evacuations and a partial lane closure.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1124:  Fire reported by State Patrol as small brush fire westbound US 2 west of Wenatchee, Washington.  The right lane is closed while fire suppression efforts are conducted.

1241:  Chelan County Emergency Management reports fire is in the Monitor area on US 2 near milepost 115. Level 1 evacuations go into effect.

1326:  DNR reports new wildfire 4 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington.  100 acres. 7 engines, 1 crew and 1 helicopter on-scene.  Level 1 evacuations of 19 homes are rebroadcasted by DNR Fire PIO

1426: DNR: “700 acres. 3 dozers, 6 additional engines are en route.  Chelan County EM calling for an expanded area for more evacuations.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1450:  Wind is reported to be picking up in the area and the Chelan Co EM is now stating a conflicting number of acres burned (500) vs what DNR  is reporting (700 acres).  2 dozers have arrived on-scene. Chelan County Fire District 1 helicopter is currently deployed and being used for water drops.  Across Grant County, resources are pouring into the fire scene.

1530:  Additional Level 1 evacuation notifications issued by Chelan County EM for all of those on the north side of Easy Street from US 2 to American Fruit Road, both sides of Warm springs Canyon Road, Sunridge Lane, West Eagle Rock Drive and April Drive.

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

Fire was being reported that it started around the milepost 115 area in Monitor area by US 2 which was said to be at 500 acres scorched.  The cause has not been released.

1948:  DNR stated the containment status had reached 30% and that the acreage was listed at 700 acres.  Crews will still remain on the fire ground overnight.

There is no information that has been released as to what the cause is.

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

NW Wildfires Still Active | Sept 14 2017

POST SUMMARY |  We are bringing you the most up-to-date fire info from various sources.  NOTE :  We are posting ahead of some fire sources which may throw some of the numbers off.  We will be posting another update hopefully this evening.

Here is our recap for Thursday, September 14, 2017.

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1.  AMERICAN FIRE.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA.  Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  2,946 acres. 0% containment.  $850,000 cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC)

2.  CHETCO BAR FIRE.  17 miles W of Selma, OR.  Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and torching.  Managing Indigo Fire also.  185,92 acres. 12% contained. 1,600 personnel. 48 crews, 45 engines, 15 helicopters. 30 structures lost. $48.3 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC)

3.  DESOLATION FIRE.  20 miles NE Prineville, OR.  300 acres. 0% contained. 8 personnel. 0 resources. $150,000 cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC)

Desolation Fire, airtanker use, September 12, 2017

4.  DIAMOND CREEK FIRE.  27 miles N of Winthrop, WA. Active fire behavior with torching and backing.  119,000 acres. 30% contained. 109 personnel. 2 crews, 5 engines, 1 helicopter. 3 structures destroyed. $13.7 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC)

Photo of Spanish Camp covered with fire protective wrap. Photo by Zachary Winters

Credit: Z Winters

5.  EAGLE CREEK FIRE.  1 mile from Cascade Locks, OR.  Active fire behavior with running and flanking. 37,567 acres. 17% contained. 934 personnel. 26 crews, 46 engines and 12 helicopters. 4 structures lost. $13.1 M cost-to-date. $13.1 M cost-to-date. (Sources : NIFC, Inciweb)

Night back burn off of I-84 west of Cascade Locks

6.  FALCON COMPLEX. 25 miles E of Tiller, OR. Minimal fire behavior.  2,935 acres. 90% contained. 123 personnel. 3 crews, 7 engines, 1 helicopter. $1,000 cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC)

7.  HAMPTON FIRE.  8 miles SE of Prospect, OR.  Minimal fire behavior. 840 acres. 95% contained. 2 personnel. 0 resources. $112,000 cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC)

8.  HARD ROCK FIRE.  20 miles S of Harper, OR. No new updates.

9.  HIGH CASCADE COMPLEX.  9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, short-range spotting. Rain over fire line on Wednesday.  59,855 acres. 16% contained. 932 personnel. 21 crews, 44 engines and 7 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $1,000 cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

10.  HORSE CREEK COMPLEX.  7 miles S of Belknap, OR.  31,735 acres. 0% contained. 348 personnel. 8 crews, 17 engines and 2 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $31.8 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC)

11.  HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE.  15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR.  16,436 acres. 80% contained. 404 personnel. 13 crews, 12 engines, 3 helicopters. 2 structures lost.  $16.2 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC)

12.  JOLLY MTN FIRE.  Active fire behavior with backing, group torching, backing and creeping.  33,950 acres. 25% contained. 788 personnel. 18 crews, 55 engines and 5 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $20.7 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Sunset

13.  JONES FIRE.  10 miles NE of Lowell, OR.  Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, flanking and backing.  9,367 acres. 55% contained. 223 personnel. 3 crews, 19 engines, 6 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $18.5 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC)

14.  MILLER COMPLEX.  34,536 acres. 40% contained. 574 personnel. 14 crews, 34 engines and 4 helos. 0 structures lost. $21.1 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC)

15.  MILLI FIRE.  9 miles W of Sisters, OR.  Minimal fire behavior.  24,025 acres. 60% contained. 27 personnel. 4 engines. $15.1 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC)

Smoldering tree trunk

16.  NORSE PEAK FIRE.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA.  Minimal fire behavior with backing and creeping. Cooler temps helping with fire suppression. 52,502 acres. 12% contained. 660 personnel. 14 crews, 19 engines and 4 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $13.8 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb and Norse Peak Facebook)

Raven Roost 9-3-17

Credit: Jason Emhoff (via Inciweb)

17.  POTATO HILL FIRE.  20 miles NW of Sisters, OR. Minimal fire behavior. 199 acres. 95% contained. 37 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines and no additional resources. $437,000 cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

View of the Potato Hill Fire from Highway 20 on August 31.

18.  REBEL FIRE.  22 miles N of Oakridge, OR.  Active fire behavior with group torching.  8,410 acres. 20% containment. 76 personnel. 2 crews, 4 engines and no additional resources. $6 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

19.  SAWMILL CREEK FIRE.  25 miles W of Cle Elum, WA.  915 acres. 0% contained. 450 personnel. 7 crews, 12 engines and 2 helicopters. $2 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

Cutting line Still

20.  STALEY FIRE.  33 mile from Oakridge, OR.  No new updates. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb) No updates with Inciweb since 9/10/2017.

Picture of portable tanks and water truck.

21.  UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX.  50 miles East of Roseburg, OR.  Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and backing. 40,856 acres. 38% contained. 842 personnel. 16 crews, 45 engines and 5 helos. 1 structure lost. $31.8 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Briefing at Broken Arrow camp

22.  SPRUCE LAKE FIRE.  19 miles NE of Prospect, OR in the Crater National Park. Part of the High Cascades Complex. Minimal fire behavior.

23.  UNO PEAK FIRE.   16 miles NW of Manson, WA.  Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and flanking. 8,060 acres. 10% contained. 323 personnel. 7 crews, 12 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure  lost. $4.2 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

Hand crews work constructing containment line on the Uno Peak Fire

24.  WHITEWATER FIRE.  10 miles E of Idanha, OR.  Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and smoldering. IMT 2 Teams recycling. 13,666 acres. 35% contained. 297 personnel. 5 crews, 8 engines and 2 helos. No structures lost. $32.6 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

25.  EAST CRATER FIRE.  12 miles W of Trout Lake, WA.  Minimal fire behavior. 470 acres. 0% contained. 36 personnel. 1 crew and no additional resources. $390,000 cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

dark vertical cloud rising above the forest floor in the distance.  Photo was tken east of the fire from a high vantage point on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Credit: Bill Leslie (via Inciweb)

26. INDIGO FIRE.  8 miles E of Agnes Creek, OR. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. 143 acres. 0% contained. $15,000 cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC)

FIRE IMAGES.  All Photo credits are of those uploaded to Inciweb, unless the individual photographer is listed. We do not lie claim to any of these photos and have given the Photo Credit to the best of our ability.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/14/2017 0800 hours PDT

 

 

 

Some Wildfires Dying Down | Sept 10 2017

POST SUMMARY |  The tireless efforts of thousands of firefighters across the Northwest are beginning to make a dent into the many wildfires burning in our areas.  
Nationally speaking, there were 121 new wildfires reported on Sunday, with them being light initial fire activity.  Four of them were new large new incidents.  There are a minimum of 38 not contained fires with 2 Area Command teams with 2 NIMOs, 16 Type 1 IMTs and 22 Type 2 IMTs committed throughout the United States.
Know a wildland firefighter or a deployed/previously deployed member?  Remember to thank them for their hard work in protecting properties and saving lives.  There are countless other Agencies and organizations that support these men/women on the fire line and interface with the communities they work to save.
Law Enforcement Officials have released preliminary investigation information on the Eagle Creek Fire burning in Oregon.  The cause of this fire is from discharged fireworks by at least one 15-year old and Police are seeking additional assistance from the Public to locate additional possible other teens seen in the area.
Here is our recap for Sunday, September 10, 2017, showing some have been downgraded to minimal fire behavior and much-needed rain occurring over the fire line.

ARCHER MTN FIRE

Pacific Cascade Region – WA DNR.  3 miles from Dodson (Skamania County), WA. Timber, brush and grass fire fuels.  #ArcherMtnFire

Credit: WA DNR

253 acres. 30% contained.  Fire crews continue with line construction and burnout operations.  Evacuation orders have been downgraded.

Credit: WA DNR

12 homes, 10 others are currently under threat.

110 personnel. 3 crews, 11 engines, 0 helicopters or any other equipment assigned.

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

2 miles NE of Keller, WA. Start 8/9/2017. Colville Agency. Lightning caused.   #BridgeCreekFire

3,711 acres. 98% contained.   Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.  Firefighters to mop-up, secure lines, patrol and monitor fire.  To remove 34 miles of hose lines and pumps has been much completed.

100 personnel. 2 crews, 8 engines and 0 helicopters or any other equipment.

$16,200,000 Cost-to-date.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Congressional and State and Forest Service Reps visited the Fire. Credit: Forest Service NW.

PUBLIC COMMUNITY MEETING. 9/10/2017 @ 1800 hours. Illinois Valley H.S. 625 E. River St in Cave Junction, OR. Hosted by the Chetco Bar Fire – East Zone IMT.

5 miles NE of Brookings , OR  (SW part of the State) on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Lightning caused.  Fire fuels include:  mixed conifer, brush and snags from previous fire scars (2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire scars). #ChetcoBarFire

184,207 acres. 5% contained.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping.  Flight recon showing low minimal flames and the fire stalled on tops of ridges above cool north-facing slopes and sites with green vegetation. RH has increased and fuels are retaining moisture from previously storms that have passed through the area.

The Northern side of the fire is showing more active fire behavior than the Eastern flank.  Fire crews have successfully secured established containment lines, totally 50 miles.  Today, hand crews will work closing small gaps in the fire lines on the Eastern flank.

Unified Command is made up of CFPA, OSFM and PNW Team 3.

A wooden building with a metal roof has hoselines across the ground around it and sprinklers set on low posts. A higher tripod behind one corner also holds a sprinkler.

Structure protection using hoses and sprinkler system to protect the McCaleb Ranch building. Credit: NW IMT #13

Resources include: 2 Type 3, 2 Type 2, 1 Type 1 and National Guard Type 1 helicopters. 9 Type 2 crews, 9 engines, 6 fallers, 6 bulldozers, 1 water tender, 3 masticators and 1 skidder.  Total 1,421 personnel.

Incident Cooperators include Red Cross, BLM, USDA Forest Service, Brookings F&R, Coos FPA, Curry County, Harbor RFPD, Illinois Valley FD, Josephine County (JoCo), OR DOT, OR DOF and OR State Fire Marshal.

8,523 homes, 3,713 non-residential, 50 minor structures threatened. 1 home, 8 non-residential structures damaged and 6 homes, 24 other structures destroyed.

TFR issued by the FAA is in effect.

$40,800,000 Cost-to-Date.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Fire is burning in both the United States and Canada, as the fire had previously crossed over.  We are covering in both locations.

27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA.  12 miles North of Mazama, WA. Start 7/23/2017. Possible human-caused.  #DiamondCreekFire

Photos and a video from mid-afternoon recon flight on August 10, of confluence of Drake Creek and Jinks Creek area.

Diamond Creek fire on 8/10/2017 from an afternoon recon flight showing that of Drake Creek and Jinks Creek areas. Credit: John Szulc/OSC1.

More fire personnel arrived today bring the total to 85 personnel with 1 helicopter and 1 bulldozer.

91,500 acres in the U.S. and 14,000 acres in Canada. 30% contained.

Recon air flight conducted over fire line and active fire at the head of Monument Creek with fire fuels to the South.  Weather was moderate overnight with increased humidity and lower temps.  The fire did not spread very much to the South.  Fire perimeter remains two miles North of the fire line that prompted a Level 2 evacuation in the Mazama communities.

Fire continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain in the Pasaytan Wilderness.

500 homes, 6 mixed used and 150 minor structures currently being threatened. 1 home, plus 2 minor structures  have been destroyed.

$12,200,000 Cost-to-Date.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE  

COMMUNITY MEETING.  9/11/2017 (Monday). 1800 hours. Edgefield Amphitheater at 2126 Halsey Street, Troutdale, OR.

Night back burn off of I-84 west of Cascade Locks

Burnout operations during night operations off of I-84 West of Cascade Locks, OR.

A break in the weather with moderate temps, higher RH levels and lighter winds has allowed Fire crews to make good progress on this fire.

2 miles South of Cascade Locks, OR on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (USFS).  Start 9/2/2017.  Human caused.  #EagleCreekFire

Fire behavior is active with group torching, flanking and backing.  Smoke to remain moderate and to impact fire activities but not as serious as the day prior. 33,382 acres.  7% contained.  Estimated containment date is 9/30/2017.

Type 6 IMT (IC).  WA DNR is responsible / lead Fire Agency. 987 personnel.

This IS what the EOC looks like during a Disaster and all the faces behind coordination/communication activities. Credit: Forest Service NW.

Level 3 Evacuations.  Cascade Locks South of WaNaPa. Warrendale. Dodson to Larch Mtn. LaTourell. Corebbe East of the 38700 block of Hwy 30.  Archer Mtn and West of Deville Rd. in Skamania County, Washington.

Level 2 Evacuations.  Cascade Locks North of WaNaPa, Viento State Park along I-84 corridor, Wyeth. 38700 block of Hwy to the Sandy River.  Smith-Cripe Rd, Franz Rd. Dim Mill Rd., Archer Mtn. Rd. and East of Deville Rd.

Night back burn off of I-84 west of Cascade Locks

Level 1 Evacuations.  Public land West of Hwy 281 (Lost Lake area), North of Mt. Hood. Portions of Hood River. Area running from Collins Rd. in Dee at the South end of I-84 on the North end and all areas West of Country Club South to Reed Rd., running due South to Hwy 281 and along 281 to MP 12.5.  The Middle Fork of the Hood River until it comes parallel with the South end of Collins Road.  East of 257th, North of Stark and West of the Sandy River in Troutdale.  Mabee Mines Rd.

Red Cross Shelter.  Contact EOC 509-427-8076 for Shelter info.  Set-up at the Skamania Fairgrounds, across from Stevenson, WA.

Smoke Conditions Info.   https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

A green harden canopy has a red and white Fire Information sign. The canopy has tables and people are visible beneath the canopy

Public Education at the Hood River Saturday Farmer’s Market.

Multnomah Co. Sheriff Updates:  https://www.flashalert.net/id/MCSO

Hood River Co. Sheriff Updates:  http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/breaking-news/

Road Closures:  https://tripcheck.com

Fire Wise Tips/Info:  http://www.firewise.org/

$7,100,000 CTD.

EAST CRATER FIRE

Includes 3 fires. East Crater Fire, Bear Creek Fire and Siouxon Fire located in proximity of 12 miles West of Trout Lake, WA. #EastCraterFire #BearCreekFire #SiouxonFire

EAST CRATER FIRE.  Low temps, light rain has kept fire activities low and reducing fire spread to a minimal and fire size of 467 acres. Crews continue to remove trees and brush to prep roads on the East side as fire line to reduce fire spread outside of the wilderness. Fire has been burning in the Indian Heaven Wilderness since the fire started on 9/3/2017.

BEAR CREEK FIRE.  Saturday was aided by cooler temps and higher humidity enabling crews to make great progress securing the fire line and mop-up operations.  Crews will focus on locating remaining heat and extinguishing hot spots in the interior when safe to do so. Fire is 36 acres.  This fire is located 3 miles NE of Carson, Washington.  Concerns of protecting the Bear Creek Watershed remains on the top of their priority list due to the values at risk as this is the water supply for the community of Carson.

SIOUXION FIRE.  Gifford Pinchot NF, a 10-person crew from WA DNR and a set of fallers continued constructing line around the 2 acre ire.  This fire is located 1/4 mile off the Siouxon trail approximately 1 mile up from 5701 Road trailhead.

FALCON COMPLEX

2 fires. Umpqua NF. 25 miles East of Tiller, OR. #FalconComplex

225 personnel. 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helicopters with no additional equipment assigned.

2,935 acres. 68% contained. The fire behavior is minimal.

There are 5 homes and 15 minor structures threatened.

$14,800,000 Cost-to-Date.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

4 fires burning within the Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF on the High Cascades Ranger District, the Umpqua NF, Tiller Ranger District and the Fremont – Winema NF in the Sky Lakes wilderness, OR.   Fire behavior is moderate with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering. #HighCascadesComplex

PUP FIRE.   A spot fire was discovered on Saturday on the South flank of the Pup Fire in the Lone Prairie area.  Ground and aerial resources responded and quickly contained the spot fire to a single acre fire.

BROKEN LOOKOUT FIRE. Crews continued with  prep work on the north end of 6510 Rd.  Burnout and mop-up operations in effect.

Totals:  425 personnel. 16 crews, 39 engines and 6 helicopters assigned.  70,654 acres. 21% contained.

69 homes, 23 mixed used and 100 minor structures are under threat. 1 structure has been destroyed.  Level 2 in the McKenzie River area downgraded from a Level 2 to a Level 1.

$40,200,000 Cost-to-Date.

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX

5 fires. Willamette NF. 50 miles East of Roseburg, OR. Managing Rebel Fire and Nash Fires. 7 miles South of Belknap Springs, OR. Timber.  Total acres are 29,417 with a 0% containment status.  776 personnel. 28 crews, 8 helicopters and 13 engines.  #HorseCreekComplex

Smoke and ash at the Horse Creek Road Guard on September 4.

NASH FIRE.  4 miles from Elk Lake. Has burned almost to the edge of Nash Lake.  Crews will using a Lakota helicopter equipped with daytime infrared capability to determine exact location of the fire perimeter and areas of active fires.  6,376 acres.  #NashFire  Level 2.  Elk and Hosmer Lakes in Deschutes County.   Level 1.  Lava Lake and Little Lava Lake.  For Evacuation alerts, sign up through the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office http://bit.ly/2f3NWMA. or call 541-693-6911.

Structures prepared with sprinklers ahead of the fire

OLALLIE LOOKOUT FIRE. 1,174 acres. The Lakota copter will fly over this fire along with the RONEY FIRE (3,135 acres).  Both fires show minimal fire behavior and are being monitored.

SEPARATION FIRE.  Fire crews are working both sides on the East and West of this fire burning on the North side of Hwy 242.  Copters are being used to assist with fire suppression and containment activities on the fire’s edge.

REBEL FIRE.  Crews completed containment lines along with FS rd. 19 (Aufderheide Drive) from Box Canyon to Cougar Dam.  They continue to remove fallen trees or ones that are threatening on FS Rd. 19.    7,706 acres.  $5,300,000 Cost-to-Date. #RebelFire

View from a helicopter of the Horse Creek Complex(Roney Fire) burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness

AVENUE FIRE.  Located South of Foley Hot Springs and SE of McKenzie Bridge.  Fire is visible from the Community of McKenzie Bridge and it is moving down the ridge above King Rd. towards fire lines. Structure protection to be conducted along Hwy 242 between Foley Hot Springs and Camp White Branch.

 

BOX CANYON FIRE.  27 acres.

PETE FIRE.  51 acres.

$3,700,000 Cost-to-Date.

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE

Horse Prairie Fire Panoramic Photo

12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley, OR  on the Douglas Fire Protective Association lands. Reported 8/27/2017 around 1530 hours.  Cause is unknown.  #HorsePrairieFire

776 personnel with 28 crews, 8 helicopters and 13 engines.

Incident Cooperators include:  DFPA, Coos FPA, OR DOF andTenmile RFD, along with multiple industrial landowners, logging companies and contract firefighting crews.

16,436 acres. 40% contained. Estimated containment date is 9/15/2017.

2 structures have been lost. 9 homes are threatened.

$14,400,000 Cost-to-Date.

JACK CREEK FIRE

Jack Creek Fire View From Van Epps Pass Sept 9

2,732 acres. 0% contained.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and isolated single tree torching.  Fire was observed as having moved into the Jack Creek, Stuart and Eightmile Lake basins.

Point protection implemented by the Wenatchee River Ranger District trail members, Wilderness Rangers and Stock Program Lead assisted local Fire District firefighters with recreational facilities within the Alpine Lakes areas.  Pack animals transported in 65# of wrap for structural protection.  Phase I consisted of wrapping Wallowa wood toilets at Eightmile, Little Eightmile and Stuart Lakes. Wood signage was also removed.

Unknown cost-to-date known.

JOLLY MTN FIRE

WA State Gov. Jay Inslee declared a State-of-Emergency for this wildfire and others across the State.  http://governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/proc_17-12.pdf

Photo credit: Ken Gregor

Conditions firefighters face on the Jolly Mtn. Fire. Credit: Ken Gregor (via Inciweb)

11 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused. Type 1 PNW Team 2.  #JollyMtnFire

814 personnel. 17 crews, 5 helicopters and 75 engines. (State Mobe staffed)

Incident Cooperators include the American Red Cross, USFS – Okanogan – Wenatchee NF, Kittitas County Fire Districts #7 and 6 along with the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, Nature Conservancy, Redmond Hotshots and WA DNR.

Photo credit: Kale Casey

Hotshot Crews in Fire camp. Credit: Kale Casey

29,432 acres. 10% containment.  Fire is moderate behavior with backing, group torching and spotting.  Portions of the fire is backing with some group torching in pockets of unburned heavy ground fuels.  Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.

The fire is currently backing towards containment lines on the West and East sides and is expected along the Northern perimeter.  Limited growth is expected.  On the West perimeter crews will begin construction of indirect fire lines South of Salmon la Sac to protect assets at risk to the North.  On the East perimeter, crews are firing areas in Jungle Creek and Johnson Creek to remove fire fuels.  Structure protection still in effect.

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Filling station on the Jolly Mtn Fire. Credit Kale Casey

EVACUATION INFO.  Kittitas County. http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/press/default.aspx.  Evacuations in effect until at least Monday, 9/11/2017.

RED CROSS SHELTER.  Putnam Centennial Center (Senior Center). 719 E. 3rd Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922.

There are 4,204 homes and 1,073 minor structures currently still being threatened.

$16,500,000 Cost-to-date.

JONES FIRE

Start 8/10/2017 around 1850 hours.  Located in the Little Fall Creek watershed in the Willamette NF and 9 miles East of Fall Creek Reservoir, as well as 1 mile North of Clark Butte, OR. Lightning caused.  #JonesFire

Unified Command consists of the NW IMT Team #12, Willamette NF and the OR DOF. Command will be returned from the Type 2 IMT to a local unit today. 406 personnel. 12 crews, 17 engines and 3 helicopters.

Fire behavior is minimal with backing, flanking and single-tree torching.  8,536 acres. 48% contained.

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

Green trees may be weakened by the 2003 previous fire.  Crews will continue to secure containment lines and mop-up operations.  Focus on the new Forest Service Rd 18 spot fire is being addressed.

Closures in effect.

$16,800,000 Cost-to-Date.

MILLER COMPLEX 

17 miles East Cave Junction OR.  25 fires. Start 8/14/2017 by lightning. #MillerComplex

Creedence Fire.  7 miles South of Williams.  2,089 acres. 40% contained. Min fire behavior.

Bigelow Fire.  Same location as Creedence Fire. 71 acres. 72% containment.  Min fire behavior.

Burnt Peak Fire.  9 miles SW of Ruch, 3 miles N of Applegate Lake. 447 acres. 74% containment.  Crews to secure containment lines.

Abney Fire. South of Applegate Lake, North of Seiad Valley, CA.  27,160 acres. 12% contained. Fire moving to the South.

Cedar Fire.  Fire burning in the Red Buttes Wilderness area.

Totals:  34,126 acres. 35% containment status. 604 personnel. 15 crews, 35 engines, 6 helicopters. Fire is moderate with flanking, backing and torching.  110 homes, 20 mixed use buildings and 5 minor structures are currently being threatened.

$18,900,000 Cost-to-Date.

MILLIFIRE

Deschutes NF. 9 miles West of Sisters, OR. Timber. #MilliFire

59 personnel. 2 crews, 5 engines.

Fire behavior is active with flanking and backing.  24,025 acres. 60% contained.  Fire crews will work to repair and rehab lines along the Northwestern fire edge.  Growth is expected to occur.

205 homes are under threat.

$15,000,000 Cost-to-Date.

NORSE PEAK FIRE

11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA. Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  #NorsePeakFire #AmericanFire

Incident Cooperators include Nile – Cliffdell FD, WA DNR, Okanogan – Wenatchee NF, WA State National Guard, WA DNR,  Yakima County Sheriff Office, WA State DOT, WA State EM and the Yakima Valley OEM.

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National Guard during a briefing on the Norse Peak Fire.

NORSE  PEAK FIRE.  49,997 acres.  12% containment. Crews continue to work on SR 410.  Smoke has increased and moderate fire behavior occurred due to under story fire fuels.  Fire is contained to the North side SR 410.  Fire creeping towards structures in the Crystal Mtn, Gold Hill and Silver Springs areas. Crews working hard to remove vegetation, establish handlines and sprinkler lines int he area. It’s been determined enough fire resources are in the area to stop any significant fire spread. Work on FS Rd. 462 is complete.

9/8/17

Structure protection of cabins.

1 minor injury reported.

599  personnel.  13 crews, 33 engines, 4 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, 10 water tenders.

AMERICAN FIRE. 1,958 acres. Increased fire activity on Saturday with rollout (ignited materials) rolling down into unburned fuels.  Fire is now more active with uphill runs in under story in dead, down and ground fire fuels.  Air resources deployed and were very successful in limiting fire spread.  Structure protection in effect along Bumping River Rd. from the lake to Ira Ford Lane. Firefighters will continue to work their way North today.

CA Central Coast IMT is now Fire Management on this wildfire.

Closure List here –> https://www.fs-usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices

$10,500,000 Cost-to-Date (Norse Peak) and $440,000 Cost-to-Date (American Fire) = Total $10,940,000.

NORTH PELICAN FIRE

Fremont-Winema NF. IMT 2. 25 miles NW of Klamath Falls, OR. #NorthPelicanFire

Fire behavior is moderate with soldering, flanking and single-tree torching.  3,474 acres. 25% containment.

219 personnel. 3 crews, 22 engines and 0 helicopters.

CLOSURES. FS lands West of Westside Rd. East of Pelican Butte Rd. North of FS Rd. 3554.  South of FS rd. 3519.

$4,500,000 Cost-to-Date.

POTATO HILL FIRE

Between FS Rd. 830 and Hwy 20 South of Lost Lake Campground in OR.  Reported 8/29/2017. Cause unknown.  #PotatoHillFire

11 personnel. 2 engines.

Fire behavior is minimal. 199 acres with 95% containment.

$377,000 Cost-to-Date.

SAWMILL CREEK FIRE

COMMUNITY MEETING. 9/10/2017 @ 1800 hours. Greenwater FD. 59705 SR 410, Greenwater, WA.

DNR Crew

National Guards assisting Fire Command.

South Puget Sound Region – WA DNR. IMT West of the Norse Peak wilderness and South of the Tacoma watershed, WA.  Timber. #SawmillCreekFire

Started 9/4/2017 @ 1930 hours. PDT. 360 personnel. 10 crews, 20 engines, 3 bulldozers.  Management has transitioned from a Type 3 SE WA Team 1 to a Type 2 Southern CA IMT Team.  ICP is stationed at the Enumclaw Rodeo Grounds in Enumclaw, WA.

Incident Cooperators include:  Fish and Wildfire Service, NOAA, Mt. Baker-Snowualmie NF, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Pierce Co. Sheriff Office, WA DNR, WA State National Guard and WA DOT.

Fire remained within containment lines, located NE of the town of Greenwater.  Fire behavior was minimal overnight due to light rain and lower temps.  Continues to threaten the City of Tacoma watershed, industrial timberland, USFS forest lands and DNR protected lands.

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CLOSURES.  (Fire) https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/alerts-notices/?aid=43123

TRAIL INFO.  https://www.pcta.org/ (Pacific Crest Trail or PCT)

WEATHER INFO.  NOAA. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=47.2528768&lon=-122.44429059999999#.WbVt0LKGM9B

EVACUATION PREPAREDNESS.  WA DNR. http://www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/wildfire/wildfire-preparedness/emergency-preparedness

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848 acres. 0% contained.

No structures reported as damaged or destroyed.

No injuries have been reported.

$867,000 Cost-to-Date.

STALEY FIRE

Burning on the Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District and 23 miles South of Oakridge, OR.  Start 8/9/2017@ 2100 Hours PDT.  Lightning caused. 2,300 acres and 81% contained.  #Staley Fire

Fire behavior is minimal as rain fell over the fire line on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

90 personnel.  1 crew and 6 engines.

$8,300,000 CTD.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

COMMUNITY MEETING. 9/11/2017 (Monday).  1700 hours.  2900 NW Stewart Pkwy, Roseburg, OR.

Located 50 miles East of Roseburg, OR and along 35 miles of the Hwy 138 corridor and spread throughout the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts. Started as multiple fires.   Start 8/11/2017 around 1030 hours.  Lightning caused.  Fire fuels include Timber, tall grass and brush.  Complex has 9 active wildfires.

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Majority were lightning caused and moved through the area in August.  Main fires separated into east and west zones.   #UmquaNorthComplex

Tents are lined up for soldiers of Task Force Spearhead 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington Friday morning, Sept. 8, 2017, at the Incident Command Post for the Umpqua North Complex. The 200 so

Tents lined up for Task Force Spearhead consisting of 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat team, 7th Infantry Division (JBLM) at the ICP.

CA IMT Team 4 is Fire Management team. 998 personnel.

39,529 acres. 36% containment  Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

Happy Dog Fire.  Mop-up operations on the primary containment lines on the East side to continue.

Soldiers of Task Force Spearhead 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington listen to a briefing Friday morning, Sept. 8, 2017, at the Incident Command Post for the Umpqua North Complex. The 200 sold

Task Force Spearhead being briefed at the ICP.

Devil Fire.  Continuing with fire suppression activities.

Fall Creek Fire.  In monitor status. 100% contained.

Hwy 138 Fire.  Crews working to secure and improve containment lines to contain fire heading towards the Hwy 138 corridor.

Additional wildfires are Oak Nob Fire, Brokentooth Fire, Copeland Fire, Rattlesnake Fire, #320 Fire and #443 Fire.

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

Burnout operations in progress

Fires are still threatening homes and is due to continue to spread and will continue threatening additional structures, as well power lines, road system, commercial timber values.

EVACUATIONS.  Level 1.  Changed from Level 2 to Level 1.  Dry Creek / Illahee Flat areas on Hwy 138 from MP 46.5 to MP 49. Soda Springs/Slide Creek area on Hwy 138 from MP 53 to 56.

Transmission Lines.  Re-energized South transmission line between Illahee Flat and Fish Creek Power Plant.  This allows Fish Creek Power Plan to power the electrical grid.

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

Task Force Spearhead.  10X Crews organized into 3X Strike Teams, overhead and support personnel US Army is providing ,conducted their last day of field training.  The unit is scheduled to be or is already operational today.

Incident Cooperators include BLM, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas Forest Protective Association, OR DOF and OR DOT.

$27,700,000 Cost-to-Date.

UNO PEAK FIRE

16 miles NE of Manson, WA. Start 8/30/2017.  Cause unknown. 7, 236 acres.  1% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017. #UnoPeak

273 personnel. 5 crews, 8 engines and 1 helicopter.

Fire behavior is active with torching, flanking and backing.

$2,600,000 Cost-to-Date.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/10/2017 – 1300 Hours PDT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WA Wildfires Expected to Burn into October | Sept 7 2017

Some wildfires have been burning already for a few months, while others are expected to burn well into October or possibly into November.  Overnight, there were eight new wildfires with one being a brand new large incident (Archer Mtn Fire) ,

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The AMERICAN FIRE started on August 10, 2017 from lightning and is located about 11 miles West of Cliffdell, Washington.  Currently the fire is at 1,320 acres that has not wavered from a zero-percent containment status.

Fire behavior is active with single tree and group torching.  The fire crossed over the American Ridge on Tuesday, September 5th and is slowly backing down towards Bumping Lake. Crews were working on continuing with their hose lays and installing sprinklers in the area for structure protection activities.

There are approximately 110 homes still being threatened.

The USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency with two personnel due to being monitored by the Agency.  NORSE PEAK FIRE fire crews are on stand-by in they are needed for fire suppression.

Total costs for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $403,000 to date.

#AmericanFire #NorsePeakFire

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New Wildfire! TThe ARCHER MOUNTAIN FIRE started overnight from a spot fire from the EAGLE CREEK FIRE. 

The fire has burned 120 acres and is currently listed at a six-percent containment status.

There are 82 personnel along with six engines and three crews.

Fire behavior was reported as active with backing and running.

There are currently 12 homes that are being threatened.

#ArcherMtnFire #ArcherMountainFire

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The  BRIDGE CREEK FIRE was ignited by lightning and is located about two miles NE of Keller, Washington on August 8, 2017.  Crews from the Mount Tolman Fire Center immediately responded and applied an initial fire attack on August 9, 2017. Their Incident Management Command team would transition over to the NWIMT Team 6 on August 11, 2017.

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

This is what a 20-person fire crew looks like on the Bridge Creek Fire.

The NWIMT Team 6 would later transition in with the NW IMT Team 11 which assumed command on August 25th around 1800 hours.

The Type 2 IMT team is scheduled to transition with a  new and local Type 3 IMT on Friday, September 8th.

NW IMT11 evening meeting on the fire.

NW IMT Team 11 at an evening meeting. These are the faces behind the fire line management team.

The main focus for Fire Management and crews was to protect the Bridge Creek Road, a key route for the tribal community, which has been completed.  Some areas of the fire have demobilized, while others are still focusing on Division G, which was the center of attention on yesterday’s post where most of the fire was burning. Today, crews will complete mop-up to 30 feet.  Other divisions are reporting they have mopped up to 100 feet into the fire area where it was safe to do so.

Extinguishing the fire.

Extinguishing the fire.

The lead Agency is the Colville Agency.  They currently have 276 personnel along with three crews, one helicopter and 14 engines assigned to this fire that has burned 3,711 acres.  Fire crews have successfully gained an 85% containment status.

Fire is currently burning within containment lines in tall grass, timber, dead and downed debris.

Costs for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a whopping $15,700,000.

#BridgeCreekFire

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The DIAMOND CREEK FIRE is burning 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, Washington on the Pasayten Wilderness that was sparked by human intervention on July 23, 2017 around 0945 hours.  Law enforcement officials have not released the cause of the fire.

Fire fuels include heavy dead and down timber stands.

There has been one home and two minor structures destroyed with 500 homes and 150 minor structures under threat.

 

 

 

A Washington Smoke Blog, which data is gathered from County, State and Federal Agencies along with Indian Tribes and posted to this map by volunteers show the massive amounts of smoke pouring into the lowlands all across the NW.  http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency and has 10 personnel assigned under their command along with one helicopter.

The Diamond Creek Fire crossed over the Canadian border on August 29, 2107.

Fire was reported to have extreme behavior yesterday, appears to be listed as just active.

104,000 acres and 65% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.  Fire fuels include heavy dead and down timber stands.

The cost-to-date for this fire has reached $11,500,000.

 

#DiamondCreekFire

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The EAST CRATER FIRE is burning 12 miles West of Trout Lake, Washington on  Gifford Pinchot National Forest lands and reported to be in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.  The fire is also burning in the Bear Creek Watershed.

It was started by an unknown cause on September 3, 2017.  Law enforcement officials are investigating.

1,000 acres have been burned.

There are 19 personnel on this fire with one engine.

$20,000 is the cost-to-date fire suppression and containment total.

#EastCraterFire

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The JACK CREEK FIRE is another wildfire ignited by lightning.  This fire is located 15 miles WSW of Leavenworth, Washington that started on August 11, 2017.

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Helicopter working on the Jack Creek Fire.

 

 

 National Forest closure list can be found here.  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5581/40150/

There has been 1,800 acres burned and there is a zero-percent containment status.  Estimated containment is November 1, 2017.

The USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency along with 20 personnel.  No other resources are assigned to this incident.

 

#JackCreekFire

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The JOLLY MOUNTAIN  FIRE has been burning intensely ever since it was ignited by lightning on August 11, 2017.  This fire is located 11 miles NW of Cle Elum.

Community relations is key to keep the community well aware of what is happening, what to expect and how to stay prepared.

COMMUNITY MEETING.  September 7, 2017 @ 1800 hours.  Walter Strom Middle School Gym.  2694 SR 903, Cle Elum, WA 98922.

Over 800 (809 to be exact) firefighters along with 17 crews, 77 engines and nine helicopters are assigned on this fire.

4,204 homes and 1,073 minor structures are currently being threatened.

Incident Cooperators include for this  Fire include the American Red Cross, Kittitas County Fire Districts #6 and #7. Kittitas County Sheriff Office, WA DNR and the Nature Conservancy.

National Guard personnel stage at Camp Murray ready to assist at the Jolly Mtn Fire in Cle Elum (Credit: WNG)

On September 2, 2017, the Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee declared a State-of-Emergency due to wildfires burning across the State.  This has activated the National Guard, EOC, local and State firefighting resources.  

The Jolly Fire has definitely burning intensely and this is one of many Fire Images of this incredible out-of-control wildfire.

For those whom may have breathing issues from all the heavy smoke hanging in the air, there are  FREE Personal N95 air masks are available at the Kittitas County Public Health Department, Central Washington University SURC Info desk, Putnam Center in Cle Elum and Kittitas Fire District #7 in Upper County.

There has been 24,514 acres consumed and a five-percent containment status reached. Estimated containment date is October 15, 2017. 

Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, group torching and spotting.

About $13,600,000 in fire suppression and containment cost-to-date have been reached.

#JollyMtnFire #JollyMountainFire

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The  NORSE PEAK FIRE Management team is currently managing the AMERICAN FIRE and all of its personnel have been on stand-by for weeks in case needed to staff that wildfire.  The Norse Peak Fire was started by lightning on August 11, 2017 and is located about 11 miles West of Cliffdell in the same area as its sister fire.

Smoke coming off Norse Peak Fire

Smoke column on the Norse Peak Fire. (Credit: Marlon Batin via Inciweb)

CLOSURE.  The White River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park is closed.  Park Updates – https://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.

Fire behavior is active with flanking, single tree and group torching.  There has been 43,482 acres scorched with an eight-percent containment status.

There are  currently 371 personnel  along with 10 crews, two helicopters and 28 engines assigned to this incident.

EVACUATIONS. Level 3 evacuations were conducted for the Silver Springs Campground, Silver Creek, Deep Creek, Joke Creek, Alta Community, Pick Handle Basin, Goat Creek, Gold Hill Community and the Crystal Mtn Ski Resort areas in Pierce County.   Level 3 had been ordered for Goose Prairie along Bumping River Road in Yakima County.

Total fire suppression and containment cost-to-date have reached $8,000,000.

 

#NorsePeakFire

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The QUARRY FIRE is the closest fire burning near Seattle, Washington.  This wildfire is burning 30 miles NE of North Bend on the  Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest was human-caused that ignited on August 11, 2017.

Dozer and Fire Fighter

Roadways are being used as Fire breaks.

Fire fuels include timber and medium  logging slash.  There has been 130 acres consumed but a 40-percent under control status has been reached.

There is the same amount of resources are there were yesterday with 90 personnel, two crews and three engines.

Due to rugged landscapes, the fire cannot be contained but only listed as under “control”.

#QuarryFire

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 The SAWMILL CREEK FIRstarted on September 4, 2017, from an unknown cause.  It is burning 10 miles NE of Greenwater, Washington in the Greenwater Watershed.  There have been 848 acres burned and at the time of this posting, there is a zero containment status.

Smoke and hazy conditions along the fireline

10 miles NE of Greenwater, Washington.  Start 9/4/2017 around 1930 hours.Cause unknown.

Fire fuels include Timber (litter & understory).  Currently burning on industrial timber, NF land and WA DNR protected lands and in the Greenriver Watershed.  Fire is still burning on industrial timber land, National Forest lands and WA DNR protected lands inside of the watershed.

Fire activity along Sawmill Ridge

WA DNR – South Puget Sound Region is the lead Fire Agency and is assigned 54 personnel and five engines.  The Type 3 SE WA IMT Team 1 has taken command of this fire incident.

Cost for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $150,000 in the initial stages of this fire.

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UNO PEAK FIRE started on August 30, 2017, from an unknown cause.  It is located 16 miles NW of Manson, Washington.  Fire has burned 6,520 acres and has a one-percent containment status.  Estimated containment is October 15, 2017.

The Ferry Peak Fire on September 1, 2017.

Ferry Peak Fire on the Uno Fire. (Credit: USFS)

Firefighters will continue to work on building and improving the primary indirect line, structure protection and sprinkler lays in the Llama Ranch area and begin structure protection in the Canoe Creek area.   Culvert installation on Gold Creek will continue.

Fire is threatening 13 homes and 22 minor structures.  It has already destroyed one cabin.

USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency assigned 233 personnel, six crews, eight engines and a single helicopter.

Overall, fire suppression and containment costs have topped out at $1,500,000.

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/7/2017 – 0815 hours  PDT