Oregon Wildfire | Klondike Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Monday, September 11th

A view of the firing operation near Fish Hook Creek on 9/7/18

Firing operation near Fish Hook Creek on September 7, 2018. Credit: USFS

The KLONDIKE FIRE is  burning on the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, about nine miles northwest of Selma, Oregon.  It was ignited by lightning on July 15, 2018.

Fire behavior has been reduced to a minimal status.  About 132,420 acres of timber and brush have been destroyed but crews have been able to successfully gain a 51% containment status.

There are 1,206 personnel along with 30 crews, 72 engines and eight helicopters.

Total fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have topped out today of $63.2 Million.

#KlondikeFire #ORwildfires2018

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Washington Wildfire | Cougar Creek Fire | 4

UPDATE 4 – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Collage of various men and women firefighters

Various photos of the men and women in the fire service. Credit: OK-WEN NF

The COUGAR CREEK FIRE is burning approximately 20 miles northwest of Entiat, about 12 miles northwest of Ardenvoir and 7.5 miles of Plain, Washington.  The fire started by lightning.

Along with the COUGAR CREEK FIRE, the IC is also managing the LOST FIRE and BANNOCK LAKES FIRE.

The LOST FIRE is located about 10 miles north of Plain, Washington.  The 80-acre fire has been fully contained and is being monitored by air.

The BANNOCK LAKES FIRE is located about 177 miles west of Stehekin in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness.  This fire is burning among large rocky outcroppings and isolated clusters of timber in steep and inaccessible terrain.  The fire is currently not staffed and is also being monitored by air.

The fires are burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and private lands.

Sunrise over Cougar Creek ICP, located at Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, looking toward the southwest.

Sunrise over the Cougar Creek ICP. Credit: OK-WEN NF

There are currently 297 fire personnel assigned along with 7 crews and 13 engines.  The NW IMT Team 10 with IC Alan Lawson will relinquish command to all three wildfires to a local Type 3 Team at 1800 hours PDT this evening.

The Incident Command Post or also known as the ICP is located at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

About 42,712 acres have been destroyed and crews have reached a 79% containment status.

Fire suppression and containment costs have exploded up to $42.3 Million.

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Washington Wildfire | Iron East Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Tuesday, September 11th

Retardant on Iron East

Credit: OK-WEN NF

A wildfire named the IRON EAST FIRE was started around 2200 hours by lightning that sparked two fires in the Blewett Pass area on Friday.

Level 2 evacuations are still in effect for structures .5 to the northeast of the fire with Hwy 97 still closed all week to enable WSDOT workers to install culverts.

The required types and number of crews all have arrived and can now safely work on both fire lines.   They have been tasked with prepping on both fires with improving line, installing hose lays, chipping removed brush and getting ready to remove fuels through burnout operations.

Air resources are still working to cool both fires and slow forward spread of the fire. A Type 1 Helicopter will be assigned solely to this fire today working on the western side of the fires.

The fire has burned 125 acres

Weather is expected to be cooler in the 50’s with a moisture in the air for the next four days. This will allow crews to suppress and contain both fires with weather supporting them.

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Washington Wildfire | Iron East Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Monday, September 10th

A wildfire named the IRON EAST FIRE was started around 2200 hours by lightning that started two fires in the Blewett Pass area.  About 32 acres are burning to the east of Forest Service Rd 9714 and eight acres to the west of FS Rd 9714.

Crew marching to work line

Credit: OK-Wen NF

Level 2 evacuations were issued for homes about .5 miles north of the fire.  Engines were dispatched to the area neighborhoods for structure protection.

A VLAT (very large air tanker), a heavy tanker and helicopters were dropping retardant over the fire line.  Water was also being implemented to slow the fire’s forward spread.  Dozers were used to improve the overgrown roadways on the eastern side of the fire.

Hand crews drove over one-hour and hiked 1.5 hours to the fire line.  Some of the crews would be “spiking out” overnight to lessen their response time.  There are about 283 firefighters assigned to this fire with more due to arrive.

Iron East both fires from the air

Both fires seen via the air. Credit: OK-Wen NF

All fire suppression gear which include hoses and valves/nozzles etc. will be delivered by helicopter.

Highway 97 has been closed for one week while WSDOT installs culverts.

Hikers and campers have been evacuated near the fire by the Forest Service.

Tuesday’s weather is expected to be cooler with a higher relative humidity and gusty winds.  A chance of thunderstorms are expected.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

California Wildfire | Snell Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Monday, September 10, 2018

Incident Summary

A wildfire named the SNELL FIRE is burning in the Sonoma-Lake Unit (CAL FIRE) service area or about 12 miles southeast of Middletown (Napa County), California.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire Map on September 9. Credit: Joseph Elfet @MappingSupport

Fuels

Fire fuels consist of grassy oak woodlands.

Resources

There are 1,241 fire personnel assigned to this incident along with 31 crews, 132 engines, 20 dozers, 20 water tenders and 7 helicopters.

Current Status

Fire behavior has been observed as active with uphill runs, single tree torching and flanking.  Firefighters are beginning to make great progress. A cooling trend is expected and to assist crews with fire suppression.

The fire has burned 2,490 acres and there is a 45% containment status.

Threats

At this time, many structures including homes are being threatened.  Evacuation orders were in effect but have since been lifted.

Damage Assessment

Firefighting suppression and containment costs have soared to $3.9 Million to date.

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Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Monday, September 10, 2018

The TEPEE FIRE also known as a TEPEE 1144 NE is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and about 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon.  It was determined to have been started by an abandoned campfire, or as what we like to call them as “human intervention”.  It is still being investigated as to the whom the responsible party is.

Photo Credit : USFS

Firefighters were being tasked with patrolling of all the lines last night and with resuming mop-up operations today in cooling hot spots about 150′ into the interior.

Moderate fire behavior has been reported along with creeping and smoldering.  The fire  burned 2,064 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Fire management expect to transition to a Type 4 IMT by Tuesday afternoon and expect containment to be completely reached by September 30th.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office downgraded all evacuation orders with the following:

Level 2:  

  • South of Forest Service Rd 2015 (Ford Road)
  • West of FS Rd 2016 (outside of Forest boundary)

Level 1:

  • West of FS Rd 23 (Spencer Wells Rd)
  • North of Forest Boundary
  • East of FS Rd 2016

As of this post, there are 270 total personnel assigned along with 10 crews and 18 engines.

Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached a high of $450,000.00.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

Washington Wildfire | Cougar Creek Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cougar Creek Fire is burning approximately 20 miles northwest of Entiat, about 12 miles northwest of Ardenvoir and 7.5 miles of Plain, Washington.  The fire was ignited by lightning.

Fire is visible within forested mountainside as smoke rises above.

Credit: USFS

There are currently 343 personnel assigned that include 8 crews, 3 helicopters and 14 engines.

There has been 42,687 acres of timber, slash ground litter and snags burned.  A 78% containment status has been reached.  Fire behavior has been reported as being active with short-crown runs, torching and flanking.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, September 8, 2018

A wildfire is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon that was human-caused and that started on Friday, September 7th from an abandoned campfire.

Photo Credit : USFS

The fire has burned about 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

This is a wind-driven wildfire that is active with spotting.  Gusty winds have caused the fire to spot outside of its containment lines.  A dozer and several SEATs attacked the spot fire stopping it at 50 acres.   The overall fire has been 100% lined.

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Washington Wildfire | Crescent Mtn Fire | 2

Crescent Mtn Fire | Monday, September 4 – 0930 PDT

Incident Summary  | The Crescent Mountain Fire started on July 29, 2018, in the Headwaters of the Twisp River Valley which is located about 21 miles west of Twisp, Washington.   The fire was ignited by lightning that struck the area causing many fire starts.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, tree, plant, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | USFS

Fire Size | The fire has scorched 46,650 acres of lodgepole pine, true fire and sub-alpine fir.  Crews have reached a 35% containment status.

Threats | About 196 homes are currently being threatened.

Resources | There are 835 total personnel assigned to this incident along with 23 crews, 25 helicopters and 39 engines.

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Current Fire Status | Fire continues to spread in the Mission Peak area on Sunday. Construction of control lines continue from Libby Creek area to Foggy Dew. Today’s focus will also be on mop-up operations with hand crews and engines.

Cost-to-Date | $24.3 Million.

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Washington State Wildfires | Sit Rep | August 30 2018

Thank you for reading our Blog and today’s Sit Rep for Washington State wildfires.  All active wildfires will be posted as separate incidents.  Here is your fire recap for Thursday, August 30, 2018.

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CENTRAL WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

RED FIELD FIRE – Wildfire – Pine Canyon. Douglas County.  Units dispatched 1312 hours PDT. Grass and brush fire fuels.  Contained and controlled at 1521 hours PDT.  0.1 acre.

HOT SPRINGS FIRE – Wildfire – Hot Springs.  Units SE-641, SE-642, SE-TSUBOTA dispatched at 1716 hours PDT. Resources on-scene.  10 acres.

POLE PICK FIRE – Smoke Check – Frazer Creek.  Units dispatched at 1901 hours PDT.  Div-4 resources on-scene.

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NORTHEAST WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

WELCOME ROAD FIRE – South Welcome Road.  Spokane County.  Dispatched at 1106 hours PDT.  Handled by WFS, not a DNR call.

PASCAL CEMETERY FIRE – Spring Road.  Stevens County.  Dispatched at 1255 hours PDT.  Resources AA 444 TS responded.  Another Agency (SPA) not DNR.

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OLYMPIC REGION DISPATCH

TARBOO 3 FIRE – Tarboo Lake Road, Olympia.  Brush and slash fire fuels.  Units dispatched at 1348 hours PDT.  Contained at 1417 hours PDT.  0.1 acre.

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PACIFIC CASCADE DISPATCH CENTER

HOT SPRINGS FIRE – Hot Springs. Skamania.  E281 and E283.  Dispatched at 1640 hours PDT.  Resources on-scene.

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COLVILLE AGENCY MT TOLMAN DISPATCH CENTER

PETER DAN II FIRE – Colville.  Resources dispatched at 1354 hours PDT.  Grass fire fuels.  Contained & under control at 1809 hours. 0.1 acres.

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COLUMBIA CASCADE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

BIG CREEK FIRE  – Big Creek.  Resources dispatched at 1508 hours PDT. 0.1 acres.  Controlled at 1750 hours PDT.

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