Wildfires Rage in the Northwest | Sunday, July 31, 2016

We have been so busy tweeting and posting wildfire information on our Facebook and Twitter accounts which has literally left us no time for our Blog.  We wanted to make sure everything was on board with us knowing the crazy fires that are now occurring right here at home.

At this moment there are 7 wildfires burning in both Washington and Oregon.  We will provide updates for these and additional fires that may pop up in between posts.  To get more updated and live coverage, follow us on our Social Media accounts @nwfireblog (Twitter) and on our Facebook page at The NW Fire Blog.  Lots of live tweets via Scanner Feeds on actual calls, fire updates and much more.  We promise you will want to join in with us.

Here is the latest on the following 7 fires:

Antilon Lake Fire – 10 Miles NW of Chelan (WA)
596 acres. 50% contained. 130 firefighters assigned.
Black Rock Road Fire – 18 miles WSW of Odessa (WA)
Start 7/30/2016 Cause unknown. 15,000 acres. 0% contained. Grass and brush fuels. Active fire with wind-driven runs. Structures, habitat threatened. Transitioned to IMT 3 as of this morning.
Black Rock Road Fire (Photo Credit: Dylan Anderson)

Black Rock Road Fire (Photo Credit: Dylan Anderson)

Bybee Creek Fire – 18 miles NE of Prospect (OR)
Start 7/28. Cause unknown. 325 acres. 5% contained. Timber fuels. Active fire behavior. Trail closures in effect.
North Touchet Fire – 26 miles NE of Walla Walla (WA)
Start 7/30/2016. Cause unknown. 300 acres. 20% contained. Grass and brush fuels. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened. Evacuations in effect.
Range 12 Fire – 14 miles E of Yakima (WA)
Start 7/30/2016. Cause unknown. 12,000 acres. 0% contained. Grass and brush fuels. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs. Both structures and habitat are threatened.
 
Rattlesnake Fire – 10 miles NE of Warm Springs (OR)
Human caused. 9,235 acres. 95% contained. Grass and brush fuels. Min fire behavior with creeping, smoldering. Mop-up ops in progress.
Weigh Station Fire – 13 miles SE of Pendleton (OR)
Start 7/30/2016. Cause unknown. 600 acres. 5% contained. Grass and timber fuels. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened.

Fire Danger Map of Washington State. Yellow = High Danger. (Credit: WA DNR)

Thank you for following along on our journey in covering Fire News in the Northwest and Beyond.  Be Safe friends!
(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SIT REPS | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015

ALDER LAKE: LOCATION: 7 mi S of Eatonville. CAUSE:Lightning . START: 7/26/15. RESOURCES: 157 Personnel. 7 Crews. 1 Helicopter. 5 Engines. ACREAGE: 280. CONTAINMENT: 17%. THREATENED: 15 residences threatened with 20 minor structures. FIRE BEHAVIOR: Minimal fire observed today due to rain showers. Fire continues to smolder under the thick canopy in the heavy fuel loading. FUTURE ACTIONS: Burnout operations will be conducted t as opportunities present themselves. Primary objective is to stop and hold eastward spread of the fire. The fire has been steadily growing to the east, west, and north.

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE:  LOCATION: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. CAUSE:  Unknown. Under investigation. ACRES: 65,068

[estimated].  CONTAINMENT: 70% RESOURCES:  1030 Personnel including 30 Crews, 6 Helicopters, 62 Engines [Wildland & Structural], 16 Dozers, 17 Water Tenders, 4 Masticators. THREATENED:   300 residences and structures, 5 commercial.  DESTROYED: 17 reported and 14 minor structures. PUBLIC INFO: Closures & Evacuation Info Line: Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or http://www.co.stevens.wa.us or Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400.

CHELAN COMPLEX [Merged into the OKANOGAN COMPLEX]: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown.  Complex includes:  Reach Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek Fire, Cagle Fire and Antoine Fire.  Start 8/14/15 @ 0500 Hours PDT.   150 commercial property; 650 minor structures; 23 minor structures destroyed along with 21 residences. 697 Personnel. 11 Crews.  57 Engines. 75% Contained.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE:  LOCATION: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. CAUSE: Lightning. START: 8/10/15 @ 1800 Hours PDT. CONTAINMENT:  97%.  RESOURCES:  527 Personnel. 14 Crews. 2 Helicopters.  23 Engines. THREATENED:  10 minor structures.Today firefighters will continue mopping up and improving the strength of existing containment lines.

GRIZZLY BEAR COMPLEX:  LOCATION: 20 miles SE of Dayton, WA; Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. START: 8/13/15.  CAUSE:  Lightning. THREATS/DESTROYED: 45 threatened; 5 reported destroyed. RESOURCES:  885 Personnel. 17 Crews. 5 Helicopters. 25 Engines. ACREAGE:  75,268.  CONTAINMENT: 37%.

KANISKU COMPLEX:  LOCATION:  l5 miles NW of Newport, Wa. CAUSE:  Lightning. START: 8/18/15.. THREATENED: 1,334; multiple residences threatened; 70 multiple residences and Mixed commercial-residential,152; non-residential, commercial property. RESOURCES:  773 Personnel. 14 Crews. 6 Helicopters. 19 Engines. ACREAGE: 26,175. CONTAINMENT: 40%. Tower Fire:  24,296 Acres. 35% Containment.

KETTLE COMPLEX:  LOCATION: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR. IC:  Chris Schulte – Pacific NW Team 2; Tony Falco – British Columbia Forestry.  CONTAINMENT:  44%.  ACTIVE FIRES: Stickpin Fire:  54,554 Acres. 34% Containment. Graves Mtn Fire:  8587 Acres. 55% Contained.  Roy Fire:  120 Acres. 100% Contained. Renner Fire:  13,519 Acres. 59% Contained. COMPLEX TOTALS:  CONTAINMENT:  44%. RESOURCES:  895 Personnel.  22 Crews. 4 Helicopters. 37 Engines. THREATENED:  2,894 residences and 70 mixed commercial and residential threatened; 1 reported destroyed.

NORTH STAR FIRE:  LOCATION. 25 miles N of Coulee Dam on the Colville Indian Reservation. CAUSE: Human. THREATENED:  3,000 homes, 225 commercial properties, 1,000 other structures. RESOURCES: 1359 Personnel. 27 Crews. 6Helicopters. 83 Engines. ACREAGE: 209,504 Acres. CONTAINMENT: 37% Contained.

OKANOGAN COMPLEX [Merged into the CHELAN COMPLEX]: LOCATION: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak.

Okanogan Complex Stats: 

RESOURCES:  1300 Personnel. 25 Crews. 9 Helicopters. 73 Engines. 11 Dozers. 22 Water Tenders. 9 Skidgines and 1 Masticator. ACREAGE: 148,780 Acres. CONTAINMENT: 70%. COST-TO-DATE:. $33.9M INJURIES: 7. DESTROYED: 123 Residences and 72 confirmed destroyed. FIRES IN COMPLEX:  Lime Belt Fire:  132,838 Acres. 60% Contained.Twisp Fire:  11,222 Acres.  98% Containment. Nine Mile Fire:  4720 Acres. 98% Containment.

Chelan Complex Stats: 

RESOURCES: 704 Personnel. 11 Crews.  57 Engines. 5 Dozers. 14 Water Tenders. 4 skidgines and 1 masticator. ACRES: 93,896. CONTAINMENT: 75% Contained. COST-TO-DATE: $16.9M . DESTROYED:  23 Homes burned. INJURIES: 9.

[Editor’s Note:  “Thank You to all firefighters, both Wildland and Structure for your tireless efforts, dedication, commitment and most of all saving lives and property.  For the remaining crews, please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  #EveryoneGoesHome.”]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SIT REPS | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015

ALDER LAKE: 7 mi S of Eatonville. . Lightning caused. Started 7/26/15. 143 Personnel. 280 Acres. 17% contained. Burn-out operations being conducted.

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. Cause still unknown but under investigation. 65,068 Acres

Delta crew on Division Z work to cut open a hot spot, swamp off the cut portions and extinguish the heat with a hose.

Vlad Kulikovskiy-sawer; John Dobrovolskiy-swamper and Tom Greiling-hoseman [Delta crew in Zulu Division] working on a hot spot on the Carpenter Road Fire. [Credit: Gabe Pease-Madore]

[estimated].  70% Containment.  1030 Personnel including 30 Crews, 6 Helicopters, 62 Engines [Wildland & Structural], 16 Dozers, 17 Water Tenders, 4 Masticators. A spike camp has been created for 150 people in Valley at the District #4 Fire Station. Closures & Evacuation Info Line: Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or http://www.co.stevens.wa.us or Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400.

CHELAN COMPLEX [Merged into the OKANOGAN COMPLEX]: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown.  Complex includes:  Reach Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek Fire, Cagle Fire and Antoine Fire.  Start 8/14/15 @ 0500 Hours PDT.  659 Personnel.  93,896 Acres. 75% Contained. Continuing to patrol & hold containment lines. With low humidity, warmer temps – fire expected to spread to the West.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. Lightning caused.  Start 8/10/15 @ 1800 Hours PDT. 527 Personnel.  53,523 Acres. 97% Contained.

KETTLE COMPLEX: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR.  Fire personnel working these fires are from 30 states (including WA) and BC Columbia Canada. IC:  Chris Schulte – Pacific NW Team 2; Tony Falco – British Columbia Forestry.  Fires in this Complex: Stickpin Fire: 54,554 Acres.  34% Contained. 

Military personnel guard a road closure.

Boulder Creek road closure manned by military personnel. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Graves Mtn Fire:  8587 Acres. 55% Contained.  Roy Fire:  120 Acres. 100% Contained. Renner Fire:  13,519 Acres. 59% Contained. Continue line construction and improvements on the north, south, and east flanks of Stickpin in unified command with B.C. Wildfire Service. Burnout unburned fuels between main fire and containment lines when appropriate.  979 Personnel. 76,780 Acres. 44% Contained. Fire Managers:  Increased fire activity and movement is expected.

NORTH STAR FIRE:  25 miles N of Coulee Dam on the Colville Indian Reservation. Human caused. 1359 Personnel. 209,504 Acres. 37% Contained. Surface fuels vary from patchy in higher elevations of the fires to continuous in mid-slope and lower elevations of the fire. Fuel moisture conditions generally are driest on the south.

A view of the grounds at the Omak ICP

Omak ICP on the North Star Fire. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

OKANOGAN COMPLEX [Merged into the CHELAN COMPLEX]: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak.

Okanogan Complex Stats: 

1107 Personnel. 16 Crews. 72 Engines. 11 Dozers. 22 Water Tenders. 9 Helicopters. 9 Skidgines and 1 Masticator. 148,780 Acres. 60% Containment. $33.9M Cost-to-Date. 7 Injuries. 123 Residences burned. Fires in Complex:  Lime Belt Fire:  132,838 Acres. 60% Contained.

Large group of people at morning briefing

AM Briefing on the Okanogan Complex fire [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Twisp Fire:  11,222 Acres.  98% Containment. Nine Mile Fire:  4720 Acres. 98% Containment. | Chelan Complex Stats:  704 Personnel. 93,896 Acres. 75% Contained. $16.9M Cost-to-Date. 23 Homes burned. 9 Injuries. 11 Crews.  57 Engines. 5 Dozers. 14 Water Tenders. 4 skidgines and 1 masticator.

[Editor’s Note:  “Thank You to all firefighters, both Wildland and Structure for your tireless efforts, dedication, commitment and most of all saving lives and property.  For the remaining crews, please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  #EveryoneGoesHome.”]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SIT REPS | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

We’ve been a little busy, so we apologize for us missing Thursday.  Here is Friday’s SitRep.

ALDER LAKE: 7 mi S of Eatonville. . Lightning caused. Started 7/26/15. 143 Personnel. 280 Acres. 17% contained. Burn-out operations being conducted.

ICP at sunset courtesy of Larry Bickel

Alder Lake ICP at Sunset. [Photo Credit: Larry Bickel]

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. Cause still unknown but under investigation. 64,903 Acres [estimated].  55% Containment.  988 Personnel including 29 Crews, 5 Helicopters, 68 Engines [Wildland & Structural], 22 Dozers, 20 Water Tenders, 3 Masticators.

Work in Division B while on the Carpenter Road Fire.

Work in Division B by Summit FD Firefighters from Arizona on the Carpenter Road Fire. [Credit: Carlos Luna]

CHELAN COMPLEX [Merged into the OKANOGAN COMPLEX]: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown.  Complex includes:  Reach Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek Fire, Cagle Fire and Antoine Fire.  Start 8/14/15 @ 0500 Hours PDT.  659 Personnel.  93,896 Acres. 75% Contained. Continuing to patrol & hold containment lines. With low humidity, warmer temps – fire expected to spread to the West.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. Lightning caused.  Start 8/10/15 @ 1800 Hours PDT. 550 Personnel.  53,462 Acres. 62% Contained. Continuing to building containment lines on the North and West portions of the fire. BAER Team has arrived, assessing burned areas and what is needed for fire.

KETTLE COMPLEX: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR.  Fire personnel working these fires are from 30 states (including WA) and BC Columbia Canada. Previously report of 1 home destroyed is now being reported as no injuries or

Photo of firefighter cutting a tree.

Professional Tree faller removing hazardous trees along Boulder Creek on the Kettle Complex. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

homes destroyed.  991 Personnel. 76,864 Acres. 43% Contained.  East flank is in Unified Command with BC Wildfire Service [Stickpin Fire].  Firefighters still working on other fires in this Complex: Stickpin Fire, Graves Mtn Fire, Roy Fire and Renner Fires.

NORTH STAR FIRE:  25 miles N of Coulee Dam. Human caused. 1219 Personnel. 207,641 Acres. 30% Contained. Fire still active. Some areas mop-up operations occurring. Other areas is in an extended attack.

A view of the grounds at the Omak ICP

Omak ICP on the North Star Fire. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

OKANOGAN COMPLEX [Merged into the CHELAN COMPLEX]: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak.

Okanogan Complex Stats: 

1107 Personnel. 16 Crews. 72 Engines. 11 Dozers. 21 Water Tenders. 9 Helicopters. 148,780 Acres. 60% Containment. $32.433M Cost-to-Date. 7 Injuries. 123 Residences burned. Fires in Complex:  Lime Belt Fire:  132,838 Acres. 55% Contained.

Fire crew is seen with fuel can filling drip torches.

Fire Crew preparing for Burnout Operations. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Twisp Fire:  11,222 Acres.  98% Containment. Nine Mile Fire:  4720 Acres. 98% Containment. | Chelan Complex Stats:  659 Personnel. 93,896 Acres. 75% Contained. $15.9M Cost-to-Date. 23 Homes burned. 9 Injuries. 11 Crews.  42 Engines. 5 Dozers. 14 Water Tenders.

[Editor’s Note:  “Thank You to all firefighters, both Wildland and Structure for your tireless efforts, dedication, commitment and most of all saving lives and property.  For the remaining crews, please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  #EveryoneGoesHome.”]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SIT REPS | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

Here are the morning SitReps for Washington State Fires this Saturday.

Mop up on Alder Lake Fire courtesy of Fred Way

Conducting mop-up operations on the Alder Lake Fire. [Photo Courtesy: Fred Way]

ALDER LAKE: 7 mi S of Eatonville. . Lightning caused. Started 7/26/15. 126 Personnel. 275 Acres. 17% contained. Burn-out operations being conducted.

Chance of showers during the next operational period are expected.

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. Cause still unknown but under investigation. Timber and grass. 870 Personnel.

Night on the line

Night on the Fire Line on the Carpenter Road Fire [Courtesy: Inciweb]

65,346 Acres. 45% Contained.  Continued structure protection, build lines and pick up stops.  HAZMAT Identification will continue.

CHELAN COMPLEX [Merged into the OKANOGAN COMPLEX]: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown. Complex includes:  Reach Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek Fire, Cagle Fire and Antoine Fire.  Start 8/14/15 @ 0500 Hours PDT.  688 Personnel.  93,694 Acres. 55% Contained. Continuing to patrol & hold containment lines. Due to rough conditions, North side of fire proving to be difficult for firefighters, as steep hillsides and unlevel footing.

–> First Creek Fire: 6800 Acres. 33% contained. Threatened: 420 single residences, 73 multi-unit residences, 63 minor other structures. Damaged: 22 commercial structures. Destroyed: 12 Homes. 7 other structures. 265 Personnel. 9 Crews. 22 Engines.

–> Wolverine Fire: 3 mi NW of Lucerne. Start 6/29/15. Lightning. Threatened: 121 single homes, 80 mixed, 75 minor structures and 12 non-residential commercial structures. Fuels: Timber, brush. 226 Personnel. 1 Crew. 1 Helicopter. 17 Engines. 64,849 Acres. 29% contained.

https://i2.wp.com/inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WANES/2015-08-23-1432-Colville-Complex/medium/2015_08_29-15.45.03.575-CDT.jpeg

Military Helicopter on the Colville Complex Fire. [Photo Credit: Ricky and Diana Blakesley]

COLVILLE COMPLEX: 10 miles radius of Kettle Falls. Stevens and Ferry Counties. Human caused. Includes the Gold Hill and the Marble Valley Fires.  Start 8/14/15 @ 1645 Hours PDT. No cause listed. 431 Personnel.  11,522 Acres. 96% Contained. Currently in mop-up operations. [ This is the last update ]

 

COUGAR CREEK FIRE: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. Lightning caused.  Start 8/10/15 @ 1800 Hours PDT. 538 Personnel.  53,162 Acres. 60% Contained. On Tuesday, 9 North Cascades Smokejumpers were inserted into

A photo from the 255 road. Fire is seen burning in timber and grass in half of the photo, and smoke and fire is seen in the other half of the photo.

Burnout operations on the 255 Road/Cougar Creek. [Photo Credit: Amanda Hildenbrand]

Division V [N of Mt Adams] as this is the critical location near the fire.  The conditions are very steep and dangerous. Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3) took command of the Cougar Creek Fire as of 8/31/2015 at 0600

KETTLE COMPLEX: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR.  Fire personnel working these fires are from 30 states (including Washington) and British Columbia Canada. Previously report of 1 home destroyed is now being reported as no injuries or homes destroyed.  1093 Personnel. 76,216 Acres. 17% Contained. PNW Team 2 assumed command of the HOPPS Helibase at 0600 PDT on 9/1/15.

Firefighters cooling a hot section during a burn out process.

When conducting a burnout operation, firefighters keep the fire from creating enough heat to throw spots across the line. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fires in Complex

  • Stickpin Fire: 54,370 Acres. 20% Contained.
  • Graves Mtn Fire: 8617 Acres.  80% Contained.
  • Roy Fire: 120 Acres. 80% Contained.
  • Renner Fires:  13,109 Acres.  15% Contained.

Red Cross Shelters:

  • Grace Evangelical Free Church, 851 S. Miner St., Colville
  • American Legion, 1057 Highway 395 N, Kettle Falls
  • Inchelium Community Health Center, 39 Shortcut Road, Inchelium, WA.

NORTH STAR FIRE: 25 miles N of Coulee Dam. Human caused. 1044 Acres. 205,331 Acres. 25% Contained. 30-40% chance of increased humidity and winds gusting to 25 mph are expecting. Continued structure protection is in process.  The Fire perimeter is 194 miles long, which is the distance from Spokane to Yakima.  An earthquake 4.3M was

North Star Fire August 15, 2015

The North Star Fire on August 15, 2015. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

recorded occurring yesterday.

OKANOGAN COMPLEX [Merged into the CHELAN COMPLEX]: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak. This is being managed by the CAL IM Team #5. Lightning caused. Destroyed: 94 homes, 63 other structures. Fuels: Timber and short grass.1253 Personnel.  147,979 Acres. 45% Contained. Continued fire suppression efforts indirectly and direct. Cooperating Partners:  WA DNR, Okanagon-Wenatchee NF, BLM-Spokane District, Colville Agency, Conconully Fire Department and Okanogan Fire Districts 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 16.

Structure protection

Structure Protection on the Okanogan Complex, taken on August 21, 2015. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Other fires included in this Complex:

  • Lime Belt Fire. 132,037 Acres. 35% Contained.
  • Twisp River Fire.  11,222 Acres.  98% Contained.
  • Nine Mile Fire. 4720 Acres. 98% Contained.

TUCANNON FIRE:  20 miles E of Dayton.  Started 8/29/15 @ 0930 PDT . 149 Personnel.  2630 Acres.  70% Contained.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AM SIT REPS | SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2015

Here are the morning SitReps for Washington State Fires this Saturday.

ALDER LAKE: 7 mi S of Eatonville. . Lightning caused. Started 7/26/15. 119 Personnel. 3 Crews. 7 Engines. Threatened: 15 residences & 20 minor structures, 253 acres. 10% contained.  Weather conditions:  66F. Mostly cloudy. Tonight’s forecast: Tonight – Rain. Thunder possible. Low 52 °F (11.1 °C). Winds S at 10 to 15 mph (16.1 to 24.1 kph). Chance of rain 100%.

Alder Lake Fire from Air 08-18-2015

Aeria shot of Alder Lake on August 18, 2015. [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. Cause still unknown but under investigation. Timber and grass. Structure protection overnight. Threatened: 600 structures and residences; 5 commercial properties & 160 other structures. 590 Personnel. 12 Crews. 52 Engines. Fire Assessment of significant growth on fire yesterday. Containment status changed from 25% to 20%. Current weather conditions [1000PDT]: 74F.  Today’s Forecast: A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. High around 80 °F (26.7 °C). Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph (32.2 to 48.3 kph). Tonight’s Forecast:  Tonight – Partly cloudy skies. Low around 55 °F (12.8 °C). Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph (16.1 to 24.1 kph).  Air Quality: Rated poor. Smoke from fires will be in the area. An Alert has been issued.

CHELAN COMPLEX: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown. 91,502 Total Acres. 52% contained. Threatened: 1330 structures, 150 commercial structures, 650 minor structures. Destroyed: 21 homes, 23 minor structures. Fuels: Short grass, brush, timber . 956 Personnel, 22 Crews, 8 Helicopters, 58 Engines. Plans are in the making to relocate ICP currently at Chelan Falls State to Confluence State Park to streamline, create more efficient usuage of area resources. Winds are due to significantly pick up, potentially testing the already in place containment lines.

ALERT! Community Meeting Tonight! –> August 29 [Saturday] at 7:00pm at the Performing Arts Center, Chelan High School, 215 W. Webster Way, Chelan, WA. Weather Conditions:  72F. Cloudy.  Expected:  Isolated Thunderstorms for the area. An air quality alert has been issued for the area.

–> First Creek Fire: 6800 Acres. 33% contained. Threatened: 420 single residences, 73 multi-unit residences, 63 minor other structures. Damaged: 22 commercial structures. Destroyed: 12 Homes. 7 other structures. 265 Personnel. 9 Crews. 22 Engines.

–> Wolverine Fire: 3 mi NW of Lucerne. Start 6/29/15. Lightning. Threatened: 121 single homes, 80 mixed, 75 minor structures and 12 non-residential commercial structures. Fuels: Timber, brush. 226 Personnel. 1 Crew. 1 Helicopter. 17 Engines. 64,849 Acres. 29% contained.

COLVILLE COMPLEX: 10 miles radius of Kettle Falls. Stevens and Ferry Counties. Human caused. Threatened: 294 residences & 155 other structures. Damaged: 22 homes. Destroyed: 2 homes, 16 other structures. Timber, grass, brush. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs. 472 Personnel. 11 Crews. 31 Engines. 11,350 Acres.. 48% containment.  Current weather conditions [1000 PDT]. 73F and partly cloudy.

–> Gold Hill Fire: 95% contained.
–> Marble Valley Fire: 96% contained

COUGAR CREEK FIRE: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. Lightning caused. Threatened: 10 homes. 483 Personnel. 9 Crews. 6 Helicopters. 26 Engines. 52,700 Acres. 25% contained. Brush, grass, timber. Favorable conditions, firefighters made progress on fire.

KANISKU COMPLEX: 35 mi E of Colville, 15 mi NW of Newport. Lightning caused. Threatened: 218 homes, 1038 commercial along with 490 minor structures. 765 Personnel. 17 Crews. 3 Helicopters. 21 Engines. Fuels: Timber and old logging slash. 19,863 Acres. 10% containment. Firefighters worked on strengthening lines. Wind advisory for the area:  See NOAA alert @ http://weather.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/iwszone3

ALERT! Community Meeting Tonight! –> Sunday, August 29, 2015 @7:30pm. Priest Lake Elementary, 28047 ID-57, Priest River, ID.
–> Baldy: 515 ac. 80% contained.
— > Grease Creek: 75 ac. 0% contained.
–> Onata Creek: 300 ac. 0% contained.
–> Hall Mtn: 20 ac. 0% contained.
-> Slate Creek: 1 ac. 0% contained.
–> S Fork State Trail – D5. 10 ac. 0% containment.

KETTLE COMPLEX: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR. 971 Personnel. 15 Crews. 3 Helicopters. 66 Engines. Threatened: 2600 homes. 70 mixed commercial & residential. Destroyed: 1 home.17% total.

Red Cross Shelters:

  • Grace Evangelical Free Church, 851 S. Miner St., Colville
  • American Legion, 1057 Highway 395 N, Kettle Falls
  • Inchelium Community Health Center, 39 Shortcut Road, Inchelium, WA.
    –> Stickpin Fire: 53,469 Acres.
    –> Graves Mtn Fire: 1200 Acres. 15% contained.
    –> Roy Fire: No data.
    –> Renner Fires: 12,495 Acres.
    –> Marble Valley Fire: 50 mi NW of Spokane. 3087 ac. 85% containment.

NORTH STAR FIRE: 25 miles N of Coulee Dam. Human caused. Threatened: 3,000 homes. 225 commercial & 1,000 other structures. 943 Personnel. 13 Crews. 3 Helicopters. 63 Engines. Fuels: Timber, heavy logging slash, grass. 192,900 ac. 22% contained. Current Weather conditions:  67F with haze in the sky. Expectations for the winds to pick up are great.

OKANOGAN COMPLEX: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak. Lightning. Threatened: 5140 single residences. Destroyed: 94 homes, 63 other structures. Fuels: Timber and short grass. 1918 Personnel. 34 Crews. 7 Helicopters. 184 Engines. 302,225 Acres. 23% contained.  Current weather conditions are 67F but high expected to 80F.  High winds are expected today.

UPPER SKAGIT COMPLEX: Directly North of the town of Newhalem. Lightning. Threatened: 88 mixed commercial/residential. Damaged: 2 commercial structures. Fuels: Timber & short grass. 142 Personnel. 2 Crews. 2 Helicopters. 4 Engines. 7978 Acres. 61% containment. Weather Conditions: Fair with temps in 66F [currently @ 1010PDT]. Humdity is 68%. Winds currently 21mph from the SE.  Tonight’s forecast:  Rain/Snow mixed near 8500 ft elevation with no accumulations expected. Yes, that’s right – SNOW!

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRES | By State | August 25, 2015

WASHINGTON

Carpenter Road Fire:  Start 8/14/15 around 200 PDT from unknown cause. 35 mi NW of Spokane, N & E of Carpenter Rd & Mudget Lk Rd. 484 personnel. 37,589 acres with 20% containment.

Chelan Complex:  Includes Wolverine Fire:  5 mi E of Chiwawa Valley, near Stehekin. First Creek Fire:  Moving along Slide Ridge. Some parts of the fire are 3 miles from Lake Chelan, while others area near the Columbia River are contained. 644 personnel. 88,104 acres. 40% contained.

Announcement:  Fire Info Community Meeting. Wed, August 26, 2015, @ 1900 [7pm] PDT at the Plain Community Church located at 12565 Chapel Dr, Leavenworth, WA.

Cougar Creek:  Start 8/10/15. Located on lands of Yakama Nationa, WA DNR and USFS. Burning S & W flanks of Mt. Adams. 6 mi NW of Glenwood. 552 personnel. 37,900 acres. 15% containment.

North Star Fire:  Start Date 8/13/15. Cause under investigation. 12 miles NE of Nespelem. 539 personnel. 150,000 acres. 5% contained. 2000+ structures threatened.

Upper Skagit Complex:  Start 8/10/15. 8 fires: Goodell Fire: 5573 ac. Cat Island:  .25 acres. Thursday Fire:  481 acres. No Name 15 Fire:  413 acres.  Neve Creek Fire:  .1 acre. Rocky Beaver, 141 acres. Snowfield Fire:  37 acres. Klawatti Fire:  10 acres, located near Cascades National Park. Lightning caused. 6655 acres. 179 personnel. 0% contained listed.

WASHINGTON/OREGON BORDER

Grizzly Bear Complex:  20 miles SE of Dayton, WA, burning on Umatilla NF on the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, private lands and lands protected by WADNR. 60, 272 acres.  New Fire:  Green Ridge Fire. near Little Turkey trail. Started 8/24/15. Bear Ridge Fire:  100 acres. Grouse Flats:  in mop-up operations.  Notes:  14 miles containment line around the fire.  125 National Guard to arrive on Sunday to assist with mop-up ops.  They will be based E of the fire near Flora or Troy, OR.  Total personnel is 676 with 59,200 acres total burned and a 5% containment status.

Announcement:  The Fire Managers are asking the Public NOT provide food as firefighters are on strict diets and must maintain their high energy levels, their health and to remain in tip top shape.  However, if you would like to donate please contact the Wildland Firefighter Foundation or the American Red Cross. – Thank you.

We will add more fires to this list, as time allows.

Thank you for following us this evening and, may you be safe wherever your shift or journey takes you.

[c] The NW Fire Blog

ACTIVE WILDFIRES | WASHINGTON | AUGUST 16, 2015

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek

It definitely has been a long and busy Fire Season for Fire Crews and the rest of us reporting on these incidents.  We went on a Fire Chasing mission this weekend to Moses Lake and near the Chelan, Washington areas but we’ll be posting about those adventures tomorrow.

For the time-being, here’s an update on fires happening in the State of Washington only.

WASHINGTON FIRE STATS

9 “New” large fires were reported with 24 being uncontained as of today’s date.  In addition, 23 “New” fires were reported as of today reaching a total acreage of 7372.  There are 6 Type 1 IMTs along with 4 Type 2 IMTs committed. 3 OSFM are also committed.  Area Command has been ordered to manage the fires in NE Washington.

NATIONAL FIRE STATS

As of today’s date, there were 153 “new” fires reported [Initial Attack Activities with 29 “new” large incidents.  5 large fires were contained but there are still 106 uncontained large fires reported.  2 Area Command teams have been committed with 14 of them Type 1 IMTs and 27 Type 2 IMTs.

ANTONE CREEK FIRE

Located 10 miles N of Chelan, started on Friday, 8/14/15 from lightning.  It is currently at 1726 acres with a 0% containment.  Extreme fire behavior.  Homes threatened.  Evacutations in effect.

BALDY FIRE

Located on the Colville National Forest and 6 mi NW of Ione started on 8/1/15 around 1530 hours.

Image taken from helicopter August 8th showing footprint of fire.

Aerial photo of Baldy Fire, August 8th showing the extent of the fire and the burn pattern. Credit: Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4

The cause is unknown.  It is transitioning to a Type 3 organization, leaving a small group of Firefighters at out of the Selkirk HS.  Fire to merge into Kanisku Complex and managed by the AK Black Type 2 Team.  In addition, it will include the The Tower Fire. There are 194 personnel that have successfully reached an 80% containment.  They are currently in mop-up operations in all divisions. 515 acres.

BEAVER LAKE FIRE

This fire is located 15 miles E of Winthrop which started on Friday, 8/14/15 with an unknown cause.  ICT3 team is in command.  They are reporting 800 acres with a 0% containment status.  Active fire behavior with running and single tree torching.

BLACK CANYON FIRE

The Black Canyon Fire started on Friday, 8/14/15 around 1145 hours, located 8 miles W of Pateros area by lightning.  The fire has burned 3,000 acres with a 0% containment status. 36 personnel are on the fire ground with reporting the fire behavior is active with spotting, torching and with short crown runs.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE

On Friday, 8/14/15 the Cougar Creek Fire ignited from an unknown cause, 35 miles NW of Spokane.  It has reached 5,000 acres with a 0% containment status.  Structures have been reportedly destroyed with more in danger. Evacuations in effect.  Fire behavior is active with runs.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE

The Cougar Creek Fire started on Monday, 8/11/15,  from lightning and is located 6 miles NW of Glenwood protected by the Yakama Indian Nation, DNR and the USFS.  It has burned 22,300 acres but has reached a 5% containment status.  The fire ignited from a lightning strike.  It currently has had no movement.  Resources on the incident include:  6 Helicopters, 11 Water Tenders, 459 Personnel, 14 Crews, 15 Engines, 9 Dozers and 1 Other.

Water drips out of the intake hose of a Sikorsky Skychief, one of six helicopters dousing the Cougar Creek Fire on the southeast flank of Mt. Adams, as it lifts off after filling up its tank out of Mill Pond outside the Klickitat County town of Glenwood S

Water drips out of the intake hose of a Sikorsky Skychief, one of six helicopters. Via Inciweb

Cougar Creek Public Info Meeting –> Monday, 8/17/15 at 1900 Hours at the Trout Lake School in town.

FIRST CREEK FIRE

The First Creek is located 8 miles NW of Chelan that was started by lightning on Friday, 8/14/15.  The fire has burned 1726 acres and has no containment status.  The fire is active with short crown runs, backing and is creeping; it’s spreading to the West.  Residences on S Lake Shore Rd, 1st Creek Rd, SR 971 and the Lake Chelan State Park are currently being threatened.  Fire Managers report that the fire is S of the Cove area but have not crossed First Creek, Navarre Coulee or reached the Lake Chelan State Park.Evacuations are in effect.

Red Cross Evacuation Shelter 1 –> Sterling Middle School, 600 N James Street, E Wenatchee.

Red Cross Evacauation Shelter 2 –>Entiat Valley Resource Center, 2084 Entiat Way,  Entiat.

GOLD HILL FIRE

The Gold Hill Fire located 10 miles W of Colville has limited information but what is known is that it is in full suppression and listed as a large fire.  The cause is unknown.

KNOBBY FIRE

Located 50 miles NW of Spokane, this incident started on Saturday, 8/15/15. In monitor status.  The fire is only at 150 acres and has a 0% containment status.  Cause is unknown.  Limited info being reported.

LIME BELT FIRE

Lightning started this fire located 13 miles NW of Omak, which has scorched 2560 acres.  Reports the fire is has an active fire behavior with single torching, running and short-range spotting.

MARBLE VALLEY FIRE

The Marble Valley Fire ignited on Friday 8/14/15 by an unknown cause.  It is located 50 miles NW of Spokane.  The fire is in monitor status.  It is reported as a large fire with unknown acres.  Limited info coming from incident.

MCFARLAND CREEK FIRE

Located 8 miles W of Pateros in Okanogan County. Limited information available.

NINE MILE FIRE

The Nine Mile Fire is located 6 miles E of Oroville that started on Saturday, 8/15/15 from an unknown cause.  It has reached 4673 acres but has a 50% containment around the fire.  Min fire growth and is expected to be contained on Monday, 8/17/15.  A WAIMT2 has relocated to the Okanogan Co Fairgrounds.  In mop-up operations.

NORTH STAR FIRE

Located 25 miles E of Omak, this fire was the result of a Human involvement that is burning in the Stepstone Creek drainage.  It started on Thursday, 8/13/15, approximately around 1530 hours.  It has been reported having extreme fire behavior with evacuations in effect.  68 Personnel are on this incident.  It has a 30% containment status but they are in structure protection mode along with long- range planning.  A Red Flag has been issued for windy conditions.  Type 2 SW IMT is to assume command on Tuesday, 8/16/15 in the evening.  ICP is located at the Nespelem Community Center at the Intersection of Schoolhouse Loop Rd off of Highway 155.  22,000 acres.

North Star Fire via Inciweb

OKANOGAN COMPLEX

The Okanogan Complex is located 50 miles NW of Winthrop that was started by lightning, has reached 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status.  It is reported to have active fire behavior, threatening residences. Road and area closures are in effect.  FMAG approved on 8/15.

PARADISE FIRE

This fire has been burning for a little while in the Olympic National Park which began slowly spreading as a natural way to clear the heavy fire fuels.  It is located 13 miles N / NE of Quinault ignited by lightning.  Today, it is currently at 2440 acres.  The usage of a Type 2 DNR helicopter has been assisting firefighters on the fire ground with water bucket drops.  It is now contained at 30%.

REACH FIRE

The Reach Fire is located 1 mile S of Chelan, which started on Friday, 8/14/15 by an unknown.  Other fires in the area have been ignited by lightning.  It is now being reported at 55,454 acres with a 1% containment status.  There have been an unknown number of residences and structures destroyed and more are being threatened, including the Chelan airport. The fire behavior is torching, active, backing and spotting. [Includes the Cagle and Antonie Fires]

ROCKY FIRE

The Rocky Fire is located 25 miles NW of Spokane with an unknown cause that started on Friday, 8/14/15.  It is being reported as a large fire but acreage at this time is unknown. Limited Fire info available.

RUTTER CANYON FIRE

Located 2 miles N of Spokane, The Rutter Canyon Fire started on 8/11/15.  The fire has an unknown cause of ignition but has been successfully contained to 70% status.  It is listed at 155 acres with minimal fire and smoldering.  It is being reported however, residences & structures are still being threatened.

RYE RIDGE FIRE

The Rye Ridge Fire previously reported by us as the “Rye Fire” is located 8 miles of Anatone that started on 8/12/15 by lightning.  Currently, it is at 580 acres with a 10% containment status with moderate fire behavior that includes smoldering.  Homes and structures are threatened.

SQUAW CREEK FIRE

An IMT/PNW Team 2 is in command over this fire located 18 miles N of Chelan, which started on Friday, 8/14/15 by an unknown cause.  It is reported at 300 acres at the moment with a 0% containment status.  It is listed as having active fire behavior with short crown runs, backing and torching.  [Fire also being managed along w/Wolvering, Blankenship, Reach, First Creek, Antoine Creek and Black Canyon Fires]

STICKPIN FIRE

The Stickpin Fire is located in the Colville National Forest, approximately 26 miles NW of Colville and listed to be geographically between Profanity Peak and Ryan Hill in the Republic Ranger District of Ferry County.  It started on 8/11/15 by lightning.  As of today, it has burned 35,530 acres.  A State Mobe was approved and has arrived on scene including the aid to the Ferry Co Fire District #14 with structure protection.  Resources are 6 Crews, 24 Engines, 6 Dozers, 15 Water Tenders, 0 Copters but available upon request, 300 personnel with reports of 0 injuries. 0 homes have been destroyed.  0% containment.

Fire Spreading near Boulder Creek Road

Stickpin Public Info Meeting –> Tuesday, 8/18/15 at 1900 Hours at the Malo Grange.  An additional one is being planned to be hosted in the Orient area.

THURSDAY CREEK

The Thursday Creek is located 13 miles NE of Newhalem that started on 8/10/15 by lightning.  It is currently at 200 acres with a 0% containment status. Active fire behavior reported.

WOLVERINE FIRE

The Wolverine Fire started on 6/29/15 around 0730 hours is located 3 miles NW of Lucerne on the Chelan Ranger District.  The command has been assumed by the PNW IMT2.  It is considered to be managing the following fires:  Reach Fire, First Creek, Black Canyon, McFarland Creek and Wolverine Fires.  Firefighters were able to contain the fire between the N and S ends.  Currently in mop-up operations.  Level 3 evacuations still in force. 2368 acres burned in the N Cascade National Park and 36,425 in the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF. 377 Personnel have been able to contain the fire by 30%.  It has reached a total amount of 38,793 acres.

A HUGE Thank You –> Thank you to the many fire crews, firefighters, pilots, Fire Managers, Support personnel, Red Cross shelter volunteers and the vast amount of others we probably have unintentionally forgotten to mention & thank for all of your hard work, dedication, commitment and tireless efforts. You all are so awesome and we can’t thank you enough for what you all are doing or have done out there on the many fire incidents.

Thank You —> To our many followers, those who have provided great tips and engaging us with questions, concerns or corrections.  We appreciate every single one of you all.  We wish you all a Safe and Sane day/night wherever your journeys may take you.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA CAREER OPPORTUNITIES | FIRE | August 2, 2015

These Fire Career Opportunities have been gleened from Monster.com, Indeed.com, CraigsList.com, USAJobs.gov, Simply Hired job boards.

DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL I/II

City of Vancouver   http://agency.governmentjobs.com/vancouver/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1206977

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EMERGENCY, FIRE AND RESCUE – Reserve

U.S. Navy Reserve | Vancouver | Must apply online | No Closing or Salary info listed | http://www.simplyhired.com/job/emergency-fire-rescue-reserve-job/us-navy-reserve/mzuvw64vli?cid=tumtkecjdnimezmhotkupiakugyinoso

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FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

USFS | White Salmon | Closes 9/30/15 | $57,982 / year | https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382490100

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FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST [Prescribed Fire and Fuels]

USFS | Forks & White Salmon | Pay Grade:  GS-0401-09/09 | Closes 9/30/15 | $47,923 / year | https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382362000

USFS | Wenatchee | Pay Grade:  GS-0401-11/11 | Closes 9/30/15 | $57,982 / year | https://www.usajobs.gov/Search?Keyword=fire&Location=wa&search=Search&AutoCompleteSelected=False

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FIRE MARSHAL

City of Burlington http://job-openings.monster.com/monster/369b9c8b-e80f-499d-b389-8e616e36e084?mescoid=3300567001001&jobPosition=21#

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FIREFIGHTER

City of Everett | No closing date | Multiple levels of salary depending on your job title | http://jobs.heraldnet.com /Job?data=iEf4pR083r2  %2b%2fIF4FGEhVgNey2z61GIJzfRtIN5O4YMBxO0SdJVorw%3d%3d [indeed.com]

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FIREFIGHTER / ENGINEER

City of Chehalis FD  http://www.dailydispatch.com/Classifieds/Jobs/Item_19347.aspx

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FIREFIGHTER – EXPERIENCED

City of Everett  https://everettwa.gov/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=98&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=Experienced-Firefighter-68

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FIREFIGHTER – LATERAL ENTRY

City of Bellevue http://www.resume-library.com/job/view/4775429/Lateral-Entry-Level-Firefighter?pj=yes

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FOREST ASSISTANT FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER

USFS | Colville and Wenatchee | Closes 9/30/15 | 47,923.00 to $57,982.00 / year | https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382443400.

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FORESTRY TECHNICIAN [Fire]

USFS | WA areas:  Chelan, Cle Elum, Entiat, Forks, Kettle Falls, Leavenworth, Metaline Falls, Naches, Newport, Pomeroy, Republic, Tonasket, Wenatchee and Winthrop | Closes 9/30/15 | $43,389 / year | https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382501900

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FORESTRY TECHNICIAN [Fire Engine Operator]

USFS | Areas:  Amboy, Concrete, Forks, Hoodsports, Husum, Kettle Falls, Metaline Falls, Newport, North Bend, Pomeroy, Quilcene, Randle, Republic, Stevenson, Trout Lake and Walla Walla | Closes 9/30/15 | $28,26931,628/ year | https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382373600.

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FORESTRY TECHNICIAN [Fire Prevention]

USFS | Areas:  Amboy, Chelan, Cle Elum, Forks, Leavenworth, Metaline Falls, Newport, Randle, Trout Lake, Tonasket, Winthrop, Darrington and Quilcene | Closes 9/30/15 | $43,389 – $47,923 /year | https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382323300.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog