BOBCAT FIRE | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1 | UPDATE

BOBCAT FIRE

SIT REP 1 | SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

Update 9/19/2020 1955 hours PT

Holding the fire along a road

Photo Credit | USFS

The BOB CAT FIRE is burning on the West Fork of the San Gabriel Canyon at Cogswell Dam on the Angeles National Forest in California.  It started on Sunday, September 8th around 1221 hours PT.  Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire has burned 91,017 acres of chaparral, brush and tall grass.   Fire crews have reached a 15% containment status.  Earlier this morning, some evacuation orders were lifted.  However, by 1421 hours (2:21pm), fire behavior began to take off again prompting emergency evacuations.

NEW INFORMATION | Evacuation Warnings –> South of Pearblossom Hwy; East and North of Angeles National Forest Hwy, North and West of Mt Emma Road; East and South of Hwy 122; West of Cheseoboro Road. – LA County FD (9/19/2020 1955)

OTHER AREAS | Chilao; CAL TRANS Yard, 3 Points area; Angeles Christian Camp; Crystal Lake; South of 138th St East; North of Big Pines Hwy and Hwy 2; West of 263rd East; East of Largo Vista Roadd (Issued 9/19 1440 PT)

AQUEDUCT | South of Pearblossom Hwy (SR 138); North of Big Pines; East of 165th ; West of Largo Vista Roadd

WARD | North of Fort Tejon Rd; south of Avenue V; East of 87th E; West of 121th Street East

LONGVIEW | South of Avenue 12, North of Aqueduct; West of 165 Street East and East of 121st Street East

TEJON | South of Tejon Road; North of Cooley Place; East of 89th Street East; West of Longview Road

PEACH | North of Pallett Creek; South of West 114th Street; East of Longview Road; West of 165th Street

CIMA BLOCK | 96th East to 116th SE; Fort Tejon Road south to SR 2

JUNIPER BLOCK | 116th East to Devis Punchbowl Road; Fort Tejor Road to SR 2

PUNCHBOWL BLOCK | Devils Punchbowl Road; Fenner Camp

PARADISE BLOCK | Fenner Camp to intersection of SR 2; Big Pines

A Red Cross Evacuation Shelter is located at the Palmdale High School at 2137 East Avenue R, Palmdale, California 93550.

CLOSED is the first evacuation point at Santa Anita Park.  Assistance needed? Contact the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-675-5799.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/19/2020 1635 PT / Updated 1955 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1

AUGUST COMPLEX | HUMBOLDT and MENDOCINO Counties

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Photo Credit | USFS

SIT REP 1 | September 19, 2020

Operations in the Hull Mountain area - Sept. 11, 2020. US Forest Service photo.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

The AUGUST COMPLEX is made up of several wildfires include the DOE FIRE that is burning on the Mendocino National Forest in counties of Humboldt and Mendocino.

The incident started on August 16, 2020 in the Mendocino National Park.

“This is the State’s largest wildfire. Ever.” – CA Fire Foundation

UNIFIED COMMAND:

Command is Unified Command with Mendocino National Forest, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit and the Humboldt Del Norte Unit.

Almost a million acres or more accurately 832,891 acres have been destroyed from this lightning-caused wildfire.  Fire crews have reached a 30% containment status.

mountain on fire and with smoke from an angle

Doe Fire

RESOURCES:

There are 2,149 total personnel assigned to the incident along with 52 crews that represent from 4 Fire Agencies.  Additionally, there are 17 helicopters, 195 engines, 72 dozers and 49 water tenders, which is so unheard of in the past but more common in today’s world.

Incident Cooperators | Humboldt County OES, Yolo-Solano AQMD, South Metro Fire Rescue, Shasta-Trinity NF, Mendocino NF, CA Fire Foundation, Six Rivers NF,  County of Sonoma, Red Cross, Swinteron Renewable, Sarasota County FD, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, BLM California.

HEARD FROM THE FIRE GROUND 

Firefighters have been for the last month fighting multiple lightning caused wildfires, with this one being the biggest in the State of California. Ever. Here are the eyewitness accounts from the fire ground first hand through photos and despictions.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE AEU

After fighting fires for the past 24 days, AEU Strike Team 9272C is leaving the LNU Lightning Complex and now heading to their 4th fire assignment since August 18th. They took a moment to recognize 9-11 heroes today before their next assignment.

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Photo Credit | SCG Emergency Services

Sarasota County Fire Department Wildfire Mitigation Specialist David Cavanaugh is temporarily assigned to the August Complex fire near Stonyford, California. Thank you David for all your hard work keeping others safe!

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Photo Credit | Flower Mound MD 

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On today’s 24 hour shift at the #AugustComplex West Zone, Strike Team 139 has been assisting other hand crews with back burning operations. These operations use fire to remove fuels between the containment line and the active fire.

Photo Credit | South Metro Fire Rescue

BRE41’s wildland team is working the night shift on the #AugustComplex fire in #California under the Redding Command Team. Firefighters are setting up sprinkler systems for structure protection. This system is setup in a nearby creek to protect 10 homes. Briefings held virtually.

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Photo Credit | McKinney Fire (TX)

The MFD crew in California coming off a 24-hour shift on the line at the August Complex Fire. The crew spent the day doing structure protection prep — then shifted to a massive 2 mile firing operation all night. #californiafires #wildfires2020 #TIFMAS  

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Photo Credit | US Army North #JFLCCCresponds @USArmyNorth (Twitter)

Every single foot of hose must be carried in & placed by hand to help reinforce dozer lines & prepare for burnout operations-14th BEB Soldiers & USFS wildland firefighters are working together to build fire lines, remove fuels & slow the spread of the August Complex fire.

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Photo Credit | Fort Worth FD

Strike team #139 which includes 8 of #yourFWFD firefighters continues to work the August complex fire in Northern California. We will update as we get information.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

A NWS Burlington IMET is in the Command Post. This wildfire is near Elk Creek, CA.

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EVACUATIONS:

  • Zone AB: South of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, west of Eden Creek, north of Salt Flat and east of Salt Creek
  • Zone AC: East of Brushy Mountain, south of the fire road on Salt Flat, west of Eden Valley and north of Bald Mountain
  • Zone E: South of the county line, east of the National Forest boundary, north of Forest Highway 7 and west of the county line near the M2.

“In 2020, there was a total of 3,400,000 acres burned. 25 Souls lost their lives.”                         – CA Fire Foundaiton

  • Zone C: North of the M1, East of the National Forest Boundary, south of Forest Highway 7.
  • Zone B: West of Evacuation Zone A, North of Jack Hollow Creek and Thatcher Creek, East of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, South of Green Lambert Canyon through Bentley Basin to the M1 and South of the M1, to include Timber Ridge, and Bentley Ridge, and Hayshed Basin.

  • Zone A: West of the county line, south of Anthony Peak and North of Hull Mountain.
  • Zone F: East of the National Forest boundary near Garcia Creek, South of Thatcher Creek, west of the County Line and North of the County Line on Hull Mountain.
  • Zone H: West of the National Forest Boundary, North of Thomas Creek and the Eel River, East of Twin Bridges Creek, South of Bald Mountain
  • Zone I: West of Elk Creek, South of Deep Hole Creek, North of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone J: East of Elk River, north of Deep Hole Creek, east of Eden Valley, south of Thatcher Creek.
  • Zone W: West of the Eel River, north of Deep Hole Creek, east of Eden Valley including the entire valley floor, south of Eden Creek.
  • Lake County:  All areas north of Pack Saddle; west of Lake County line; East of the Lake County line.
View of the fire Sunday evening

Rockwell Fire

EVACUATION WARNINGS:

  • Zone S: South of the County Line, East of Bell Springs Rd, North of Bell Springs Creek and West of the North Fork of the Eel River.
  • Zone Q: South of the County Line, West and North of the North Fork of the Eel River, North and East of Bald Mountain Road.
  • Zone D: South and East of the Eel river, North of Bentley Basin and West of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone N: North of the Middle Fork of the Eel River including the Eel River Ranger Station and Black Butte Store, West and South of the National Forest Boundary, East of Williams Creek.
  • Zone U – South of the County Line, east and north of the East Branch of the South Fork of the Eel River, west of Bell Springs Rd.
  • Zone T – South of Bell Springs, east of Bell Springs Rd, north of Iron Peak and Simmerly Rd, west of the Eel River.
  • Zone R – West of and south of Mina Rd, south of the North Fork of Eel River, east of the Eel River.
  • Zone P – South of the County Line, east of Mina Rd, north of Hulls Valley Rd and west of Hulls Creek.
  • Zone O – South of the County Line, east of Hulls Creek, north of Mendocino Pass Rd, and west of Williams Creek
  • Zone L: South and West of Mendocino Pass Rd, West of The Middle Fork of the Eel River, north of Eel River Ranch Rd, East of Hill Rd and Short Creek Rd.
  • Zone K: West and North of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, East of Redwine Spring, South of Hill Rd and Eel River Ranch Rd.
  • Zone X: North of Eden Creek, East of Hearst Willits Rd, South and West of the Eel River.
  • Zone G: West of the County Line, North of the Eel River and Van Aresdale Reservoir, East of the Eel River, South of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone AD: South and west of the Eel River, north of Foster Mountain Road, east of the ridge west of Willits Road
  • Zone AE: North of Twin Bridges Creek, east of the Eel River, south of Brushy Creek and west of Brushy Mountain
  • Zone AN: South of Highway 162 and the Eel River, west of Salt Creek, north of Brushy Creek and the Eel River, east of Highway 162.
  • Zone AQ: North of the Eel River, south and east of Highway 162, west of Redwine Spring.
  • Lake County:  Pillsbury Ranch Area; North of M-1; South of Lake county line; East of the Lake County line.
Airtanker support on the Doe Fire

Doe Fire

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Private Driveway to Murphy Creek
  • Bell Springs closed to north bound traffic at Lundblade Ranch Road
  • Mina Road is closed to north bound traffic at the bridge over the North Fork of the Eel River
  • Mendocino Pass Road closed to east bound traffic just east of the Williams Creek Bridge
  • Hearst Willits Road at the bridge, closed to east bound traffic
  • Hearst Willits Road at the Eel River Bridge
  • FH7 at M1 to Eel River

EVACUATION SHELTERS

MENDOCINO COUNTY | Covelo High School, 76280 High School Street, Covelo, CA.

TRINITY COUNTY | Southern Trinity High School, 600 Van Duzen Road.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY | Contact Fire Information line. Phone #707-268-2500 to be connected to available resources.

ANIMAL EVACUATION CENTERS

SMALL ANIMALS | Ukiah Animal Shelter. 298 Plant Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.

SMALL / LARGE ANIMALS | round Valley Rodeo Grounds. 22830 South Airport Road, Covelo, CA.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There has been 5 structures damaged and 51 destroyed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/19/2020 1950 PT

BOBCAT FIRE | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1

BOBCAT FIRE

SIT REP 1 | SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

Holding the fire along a road

Photo Credit | USFS

The BOB CAT FIRE is burning on the West Fork of the San Gabriel Canyon at Cogswell Dam on the Angeles National Forest in California.  It started on Sunday, September 8th around 1221 hours PT.  Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire has burned 91,017 acres of chaparral, brush and tall grass.   Fire crews have reached a 15% containment status.  Earlier this morning, some evacuation orders were lifted.  However, by 1421 hours (2:21pm), fire behavior began to take off again prompting emergency evacuations.

New evacuation orders are as follows:

OTHER AREAS | Chilao; CAL TRANS Yard, 3 Points area; Angeles Christian Camp; Crystal Lake; South of 138th St East; North of Big Pines Hwy and Hwy 2; West of 263rd East; East of Largo Vista Roadd (Issued 9/19 1440 PT)

AQUEDUCT | South of Pearblossom Hwy (SR 138); North of Big Pines; East of 165th ; West of Largo Vista Roadd

WARD | North of Fort Tejon Rd; south of Avenue V; East of 87th E; West of 121th Street East

LONGVIEW | South of Avenue 12, North of Aqueduct; West of 165 Street East and East of 121st Street East

TEJON | South of Tejon Road; North of Cooley Place; East of 89th Street East; West of Longview Road

PEACH | North of Pallett Creek; South of West 114th Street; East of Longview Road; West of 165th Street

CIMA BLOCK | 96th East to 116th SE; Fort Tejon Road south to SR 2

JUNIPER BLOCK | 116th East to Devis Punchbowl Road; Fort Tejor Road to SR 2

PUNCHBOWL BLOCK | Devils Punchbowl Road; Fenner Camp

PARADISE BLOCK | Fenner Camp to intersection of SR 2; Big Pines

A Red Cross Evacuation Shelter is located at the Palmdale High School at 2137 East Avenue R, Palmdale, California 93550.

CLOSED is the first evacuation point at Santa Anita Park.  Assistance needed? Contact the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-675-5799.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/19/2020 1635 PT

BRITTAIN FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 3

BRITTAIN FIRE

SIT REP 3 | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Establishing Blackline

Photo Credit | USFS

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING –> SAT, 9/19/2020 1900 (7PM) <– FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST FACEBOOK OR ON RADIO STATION “KPAI 103.1FM”  facebook.com, search: Fremont-Winema National Forest 

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE WEATHER, EVACUATION UPDATES AND OPERATIONS.

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INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The BRITTAIN FIRE is currently burning about 8 miles south of Paisley, Oregon on the Fremont-Winema National being managed by the EA Silver Team, an IMT 2 team.

CAUSE.  The fire started on September 7th, 2020, which was human caused.   It was discovered late (night) on this date.  It was stated to have been one of three wildfires sparked on Monday during exceptional fire danger and while occurring while a fire weather even was in motion.

Drip Torch Operator

Photo Credit | USFS

CURRENT STATUS.  47,243 acres. 44% contained.  Thanks to cooler weather and some winds, the smoke has cleared out of the area allowing fire crews to work in impacted areas. They have not been able to see much of the fire area due to heavy smoke.

FIRE BEHAVIOR.  Active fire behavior with short crown runs, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.

RESOURCES.  There are 437 total personnel.

Photo Credit | USFS

EVACUATIONS — > LEVEL 3 < —

  • Hwy 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House lane (north of Paisley)
  • Clover Flat Road from Valley Falls east to Moon Ranch

EVACUATIONS —> LEVEL 2 < —

  • All of Paisley
  • From Red House Lane continuing south on Hwy 31 to Valley  Falls
  • Clover Flat Road from Hwy 31 to Murphy Ranch
  • Hwy 31 north from Summer Lake Store to Picture Rock Pass

EVACUATIONS — > LEVEL 1 < —

  • Valley Falls south on Hwy 395 to Chandler State Park

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.  1 structure has been lost.  Cost-to-date has reached $4,700,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/19/2020 1430 PT

 

BRITTAIN FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 2

BRITTAIN FIRE

UPDATE 2 | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Fire at Dusk

Photo Credit | USFS

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The BRITTAIN FIRE is currently burning about 8 miles south of Paisley, Oregon on the Fremont-Winema National being managed by the EA Silver Team, an IMT 2 team.

CAUSE.  The fire started on September 7th, 2020, which is human caused.   It was discovered late (night) on this date.  It was stated to have been one of three wildfires sparked on Monday during exceptional fire danger and while occurring while a fire weather even was in motion.

Two other fires started off of Hwy 97, one was doused and put out while the other being called the TWO FOUR TWO FIRE is still burning in the Chiloquin area.

FIRE BEHAVIOR.  As of today’s post, fire behavior is active with short crown runs, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.  Fire has scorched 44,800 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

THREATENED.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat are being threatened, prompting area evacuations.

RESOURCES.  Resources include 437 total personnel with 9 crews, 32 engines and 4 helicopters.

EVACUATIONS.

LEVEL 3

  • Hwy 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House Lane (north of Paisley)
  • Clover Flat Road from Valley Falls east to Moon Ranch

LEVEL 2

  • All of Paisley
  • From Red House Lane continuing south on Hwy 31 to Valley  Falls/Junction with US Hwy 395
  • Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Murphy Ranch
  • From Summer Lake Store north along Hwy 31 to the top of Picture Rock Pass

LEVEL 1

  • Valley Falls approximately 5 miles south on Hwy 395 Chandler State Park

CLOSURES.  FS29 southeast to FS3510 and 28 Road east.  All National Forest System lands, facilities and FS 3315.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.  1 structure has been lost.  Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment costs have reached $4,500,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/18/2020 2315 PT

 

LIONSHEAD FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 1

LIONSHEAD FIRE 

SIT REP 1 | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Photo Credit | Lionshead Fire Facebook Page

INCIDENT SUMMARY.   The LIONSHEAD FIRE is burning about 20 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon on BIA lands.

COMMAND.   Command of the fire is under the management of the RM Team 1, an IMT Type 1.   Fire behavior is minimal along with backing, creeping and torching.

CURRENT STATUS.  There has been 192,719 acres of timber and brush. Crews have reached a 10% containment status reached.

RESOURCES.  There are 1,100 personnel with 28 crews, 7 dozers, 28 water tenders, 29 engines and 11 helicopters.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.   About 280 structures have been lost.  Cost suppression and fire suppression expenses have reached up to $25,000,000.

EVACUATIONS   Level 3 –> Idanha, Detroit, Breitenbus  Level 1 –> Sidwalter area; Miller Flat; 1/2 mile East of Hwy 26, mile markers 91.5-99, 1/2 miles E and W of Hwy between mile markers 99-100.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/18/2020 2215 PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 3

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 3  | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE is burning 6 miles from Detroit on the Willamette National Forest in the State of Oregon.

Photo Credit | Beachie Creek Fire Facebook Page

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is moderate that is creeping, isolated torching and smoldering.  Multiple structures in several communities along with communications infrastructure are under threat.

Management of the fire is by the SW Team Team 2, an IMT Type 2.

There are 52 personnel along with 16 crews, 32 engines and 7 helicopters assigned to this incident.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There has been 191,661 acres and 1,288 structures destroyed. Fire crews have reached a 20% containment status.

Cost-to-date expenses have reached $9,340,000 for fire suppression and containment efforts.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/18/2020 – 2145 PT

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 2

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 2 | SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Photo Credit | Beachie Creek Fire FB Page

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE is burning about one mile near the RIVERSIDE FIRE which has prompted some concerns from residents and Fire Officials about these two fires merging into one super firestorm.   With extreme dry vegetation and a lack of natural holding features in the Table Rock Wilderness and surrounding area to keep the two fires from merging are on the mind of a lot of people with this fire catching the attention of many.

Officials are working to stop that from happening.

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE ignited on August 16, 2020 from an unknown cause burning on the Willamette National Forest in the Opal Creek Wilderness area and about 15 miles north of Detroit (Marion County), Oregon.

Photo Credit | Marion County Sheriff Department

CURRENT STATUS

Fire is burning about 2 miles south of Jawbone Flats and 6 miles north of Detroit, Oregon.

About 191,238 acres have been destroyed but crews have reached a 20% containment status.

Fire behavior remains moderate with a continuance of threatening structures.

There are 571 total personnel assigned to this incident which include 14 crews, 43 engines and 7 helicopters.

Photo Credit | Marion County Sheriff Department

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

The fire has damaged 46 homes and 88 other structures, while destroying 470 homes and 818 other structures.  A record of 1,288 structures have been lost.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment status expenses have reached a total of $8,700,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/17/2020 2230 PT

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 1

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 1 | SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Photo Credit | Beachie Creek Fire Facebook page

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE is burning about one mile near the RIVERSIDE FIRE which has prompted some concerns from residents and Fire Officials about these two fires merging into one super firestorm.   With extreme dry vegetation and a lack of natural holding features in the Table Rock Wilderness and surrounding area to keep the two fires from merging are on the mind of a lot of people with this fire catching the attention of many.

Officials are working to stop that from happening.

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE ignited on August 16, 2020 from an unknown cause burning on the Willamette National Forest in the Opal Creek Wilderness area and about 15 miles north of Detroit (Marion County), Oregon.

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Photo Credit | Marion County Sheriff’s Office

CURRENT STATUS

Fire has burned approximately 190,911 acres of timber and logging slash. Crews have reached a 20% containment status.  It’s fire behavior remains at moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Currently, there are 13,551 homes and other structures are threatened which have prompted evacuations in effect.

Marion County Evacuation Zones –> http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

Level 3 Evacuations –> GO NOW!

  • Detroit, Idanha, Breitenbush, Mill City, Gates, Hwy 22 east of Hwy 226 and North Rd north of Hwy 22.

Level 2 Evacuations –> BE SET

  • Lyons, Mehama west of Hwy 226, Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill, Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane.

Level 1 Evacuations –> GET READY

  • Scott Mills, areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County Line.

Closures are in effect for all recreational areas including campgrounds, trails and day-use areas, boat ramps in the following areas:

  • Willamette National Forest lands
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands
  • OR State lands
  • OR Department of Forestry (ODF) lands, including the Santiam State Forest

Recovery efforts are being coordinated by this incident Command and with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with Oregon DOT and Oregon State Patrol along the Santiam Canyon.    About 5,845 structures are still in a Level 3 evacuation order, while 3,961 are under a Level 2.

FIRE OPERATIONS

What is a ‘burn-out’? Does this mean you’ll be putting more fire on the ground? How would that help? If you’ve asked these questions you’re not alone. Our intent with this special update is to help folks understand what’s what and increase your understanding of what this means out on the ground.
A firefighter’s style of ‘burn-out’ has nothing to do with tires, race cars, or cheering fans. In the world of wildland firefighting, a burn-out is defined as intentionally putting fire inside a control line to consume fuel (brush, logs, grass) between the edge of the fire and the control line to create a buffer of burned area around the edge of the fire to help secure the area. This strategy ‘starves’ the fire of fuel and allows our hardworking engines and crews to engage the fire on their terms.
Burnouts will help limit the fire’s spread towards communities. So while you may see more fire or smoke, it’s our hard working crews doing their best to keep you safe today, tomorrow, and for the future.
We appreciate your understanding as we continue to limit new fire growth, protect communities, and safely engage the fire with our partners.
– Beachie Creek Fire Officials
Fire management is under Unified Command with NW Team 13 (Gales) and IMT2 OSFM Green (Hallman) with SW Team 2, IMT 1 (Pierson) shadowing on today, but was transferred to a SW IMT this evening.

Approximately 530 personnel along with 11 crews, 43 engines and 7 helicopters are assigned.

W/NW Operations:  Crews continue to connect and strengthen control lines.

SE Operations:  Crews are continuing to work with landowners to secure control lines.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

The fire has damaged 46 homes and 88 other structures, while destroying 470 homes and 818 other structures.  A record of 1,288 structures have been lost.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment status expenses have reached a total of $7,600,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/16/2020 2305 PT

APPLE ACRES | WA | NEWLY REPORTED – SIT REP1

APPLE ACRES FIRE

SIT REP 1 | September 16, 2020

Foreground - a very black, charred drainage. Middle ground - homes and out buildings surrounded by a charred landscape. Background - a steep, rocky mountain rises and is very black with little unburned vegetation. Green conifers are scattered throughout.

Photo Credit: WA DNR

This is a newly reported incident for us as we have been working to catch up on wildfires burning in the Northwest, specifically in Washington and Oregon States.

This wildfire named the APPLE ACRES FIRE is burning about three miles northeast of Chelan, Washington State that ignited on September 7, 2020 from an unknown cause. It is currently under investigation.

This incident is currently under a Local IMT Type 4 which consists of personnel representing WA DNR, USFS, and BLM.  Command is based at the Chelan High School

The fire has destroyed 5,573 acres of grass, timber and brush with a 99%containment status.  As the fire nears containment, they will be mitigating unburned fuels inside the perimeter which may cause visible smoke to area communities. Mop-up operations near structures are also on effect.

A total of 10 total personnel are still assigned to this incident along with three engines.

Evacuation Information :

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9-16-2020 2050 PT