NW Fires | Saturday Recap

You will see that we are broadcasting on Twitter and Facebook new wildfires in Oregon and Washington as separate posts. If they are still active at the time of presenting this recap to you, we will add them.

Here is a recap for Saturday, August 14, 2021 gleaned from resources Inciweb, NIFC, NWCC, USFS, Fire Department, Fire Agencies via Social Media and other sources.

Washington State Wildfires

New! BARTLETTE FIRE – Barlette Road, Pend Orielle County.

AR7411, C301, E31, E32, INV Roberts dispatched via the WA-NEC on WildCAD.net at 1820 hours PT. Fire has been 100% lined at 2015 hours. UPDATE | Contained at 2016 PT.

New! FLOWER FIRE – Winchester Creek Road, Pend Oreille County.

Ar7410 dispatched at 0019 hours PT. 100% lined at 0518 hours PT. Not showing out or controlled in their CAD system.

New! NASON FIRE – 18 miles NE of Skykomish.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and torching.

103 acres. 0% contained. 12 total personnel with 1 crew member. $20K CTD.

(Source: NIFC)

New! QUARRY TOWER FIRE – Quarry Browns Lake Road, Stevenson County.

NC64, NC7306, NC7307 dispatched 0721 hours PT. 1.25 acres of grass, shrub, timber understory and slash. 90% mopped up at 2020 hours PT. Dispatched via the WA-NEC via the WildCAD.net system.

WHITMORE FIRE – 27 miles NE of Bridgeport.

Photo Credit: BIA

The photo posted for this wildfire depicts the process a wildland firefighter uses to for firing operations by using a drip torch. This is during a night operational period.

Colville Agency, BIA. IMT 2 (NW Team 12). Timber. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Community of Nespelem and infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

58,087 acres. 40% contained. 396 personnel. 8 crews, 25 engines and 1 copter. 6 structures have been lost. $6.9M CTD.

WINDY PASS FIRE – 11 miles SW of Cle Elum.

Smoke from Firing Operations 8-10-21
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS, WA. Timber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

82 acres. 64% containment. 98 personnel. 3 crews, 1 engine and 1 copter. $1.5M CTD.

MUCKAMUCK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Conconully.

Colville NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Started 8/4/2021. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

CA IMT Team2 (CIMT2) is managing the fire with IC Mike Minton as the Incident Commander of this fire along with Cub Creek 2 Fire, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires.

1,648 acres. 5% containment. 84 total personnel.

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE – 17 miles W of Inchelium.

Started 7/12/2021. Lightning-caused.

white smoke rises from a drainage
Photo Credit: BIa

Colville Agency, BIA. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (NW Team 7) to IMT 2 (NW Team 10) will occur today. IMT is also managing the Upper Lime Creek Fire. Timber and light slash. Numerous structures and communication infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping, spotting and isolated torching.

28,797 acres. 35% contained. 388 total personnel.

UPPER LIME CREEK FIRE – 6 miles NW of Keller.

Smoke on the Upper Lime Creek Fire 8.8.21
Photo Credit: BIA

Colville Agency, BIA. Timber and light slash. Community of Keller threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect. Community of Keller is now being threatened.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.

376 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines. $472K CTD.

BULLDOG MTN FIRE – 16 miles NW of Kettle Falls.

Burned area on slope with fires edge creeping downhill
Photo Credit: USFS

Colville NF, USFS. Heavy slash and timber. Residences threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing. Fire started 8/2/2021 from lightning.

1,865 acres. 0% contained. 236 total personnel.

NINE MINE FIRE – 4.5 miles SSE of Laurie.

Division A burnout operationsat dusk 8.13.21_2
Photo Credit: WA DNR

WA DNR – NE Region. IC: Shawn Soliday. Jill Ritter (Trainee). Timber, brush and tall grass.

Moderate fire behavior with backing.

157 acres. 45% containment. 100 personnel.

PINCER CREEK FIRE – 15 miles E of Marblemount.

The Pincer Creek Fire creeps in heavy dead and down timber on August 11, 2021.
Photo Credit: USFS

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, USFS. Timber and brush.

Started 8/3/2021 from lightning.

400 acres. 0% contained. 4 total personnel. IC Shawn Otto.

CHUWEAH CREEK FIRE – 4 miles N of Nespelem.

Smokey Bear Fire Danger Sign
Photo Credit: BIA

Colville Agency, BIA. Brush, timber and light slash. Started 7/25/2021 at 1900 hours PT. IC: Mt. Tolman Fire Center.

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area and road closures in effect.

36,752 acres. 98% contained. 8 total personnel.

LICK CREEK FIRE – 15 miles SE of Pomeroy.

Night time burning operations on Lick Creek Fire.
Photo Credit: USFS / Courtesy: Inciweb

Umatilla NF, USFS. IMT 2 (RM Team Black). IMT is also managing the Green Ridge Fire. Short grass, hardwood litter and timber. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Fire started 7/7/2021 at 0800 hours. Lightning-caused.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

80,421 acres. 96% contained. 27 total personnel.

SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE – 21 miles NW of Tieton.

Schneider Springs 8-5-21
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Naches Ranger District. IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). IMT is also managing the Windy Pass Fire. Short grass, timber and brush. Started 8/3/2021. Lightning caused.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing.

15,042 acres. 0% contained. 337 personnel. 12 crews, 15 engines, 2 copters. $3.5M CTD.

CHICKADEE FIRE – 16 miles NW of Tonasket.

photo of a stand that had fuel reduction
Photo Credit: WA DNR

WA DNR-NE Region. Timber and short grass.

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

Fire Personnel continue to work on increasing containment of the fire with the help of engine crews, working to enforce the line, and putting out any spot fires or hotspots along the line. Personnel will continue to look for hot spots and assist where needed.

656 acres. 55% contained. 114 personnel. 2 crews, 9 engines. $2.3M CTD.

SPUR FIRE – 18 miles NE of Tonasket.

Timber and short grass. Community of Bonaparte and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.

The fire pushed outside the northern containment line and was suppressed by crews and equipment.  Spot fires outside containment lines were also detected and suppressed utilizing engines, dozers, and hand crews. Smoke hampered aerial resources; but they remain available when conditions improve. Today’s activities will focus preparing Road 33, structure protection and suppressing new spot fires.

10,261 acres. 0% contained. 142 personnel. 5 crews, 2 engines. $248K CTD.

GREEN RIDGE FIRE – 31 miles E of Walla Walla.

A plane drops a load of red retardant across a forested mountainside.
Photo Credit: USFS

Umatilla NF, USFS. Thirty miles east of Walla Walla, WA. Closed timber litter, timber and
medium slash.

Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting. Several
communities threatened.

32,298 acres. 15% contained. 499 personnel. 7 crews, 31 engines and 6 copters. $28.1M CTD.

WALKER CREEK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Wauconda.

IMT also managing the Spur and Chickadee Creek Fires. Timber and short grass. Community of Bonaparte and structures
threatened. Evacuations in effect.

Active fire behavior with short-range spotting, group torching and wind-driven runs.

Structure protection continued through the night as firefighters removed vegetation and any materials that could threaten structures.  In the northern area of the fire, dozers are constructing fire line to remove fuel. Work today will include constructing fire line from the fires end down to Bonaparte Lake, continued construction and improvement of containment and contingency lines, and scouting for spot fires.

1,091 acres. 10% contained. 250 personnel. 4 crews, 23 engines. $4.5M CTD.

CUB CREEK 2 FIRE – 5 miles N of Winthrop.

Firefighters cutting line with a group of trees on fire very close
Photo Credit: Skidgen E87

Southeast Region, DNR. IMT 1 (CA Team 2). IMT is also managing the Muckamuck, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires. Short grass, closed timber litter and timber. Infrastructure now threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping.

66,883 acres. 55% contained. 330 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines and 8 copters.

3 structures lost. $21.9M CTD.

CEDAR CREEK FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Our hotshot crew just finished hand ignition along the Thompson Ridge below Gobblers Knob, from the 4410 road across the 500 road. This is to create a black line more slowly. Crews and engines are deployed along the 4410 road to hold the fire.
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, brush and short grass. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with torching, smoldering and uphill runs.

53,215 acres. 50% contained. 437 personnel 8 crews, 26 engines, 7 copters.

2 structures lost. $28M CTD.

DELANCY FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, short grass and closed timber litter. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Minimal fire behavior.

223 acres. 80% contained. No resources assigned but is being monitored. $122K CTD.

Oregon Wildfires

DEVIL’S KNOB COMPLEX – 22 miles NE of Azalea.

Hillside burning and smoking
Photo Credit: USFS

(5 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 8). Timber and medium slash. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting.

6,606 acres. 12% contained. Total 655 personnel.

YAINAX FIRE – 10 miles NE of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

WALRUS FIRE – 11 miles N of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

BOOTLEG FIRE – 23 miles E of Chiloquin.

As part of the BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) effort, hydrologists evaluate potential post-fire flooding.
Hydrologists evaluate an irrigation diversion on the Sprague River. | Photo Credit: USFS.

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (PNW Team 2) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Yainax and Walrus Fires. Timber and brush. Structures threatened. Area and Trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering.

413,717 acres. 98% contained. 253 total personnel.

SKYLINE RIDGE COMPLEX – 5 miles SE of Days Creek.

Night operations on Skyline Ridge Complex
Photo Credit: ODF

(3 fires), South Unit, ODF. IMT 1 (ODF Team 1). Timber and light slash. Numerous residences and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations in effect.

Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and short-range spotting.

4,828 acres. 33% contained. 1254 personnel. 38 crews, 49 engines and 14 copters. $11.7M CTD.

BRULER FIRE – 9 miles S of Detroit.

Willamette National Forest firefighters engage in mop-up- July 15, 2021
Photo Credit: USFS

Willamette NF, USFS. Closed timber litter and timber. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.

195 acres. 75% contained. 66 total personnel.

BLACK BUTTE FIRE – 36 miles SE of John Day, 24.9 miles S of Unity.

Photo of smoke rising from the forest with a hazy sky.
Photo Credit: Eric Risdal, NW IMT 6

Malheur NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 9). IMT 2 (NW Team 6) mobilizing. Timber and light slash. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Started on 8/3/2021. Lightning-caused.

17,571 acres. 30% contained.

New! FOX COMPLEX – W of Lakeview

Includes the Patton Meadow and Willow Valley Fires which just merged together. They are both being managed by a team under Unified Command with the OR DOF’s IMT Team 3 and the OR State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team. they are busy setting up their Incident Command Post (ICP) at the Lake County Fairgrounds. They are also working on coordinating a base for crews and amenities to support them.

Total 7,000 acres. 0% containment.

Patton Meadow Fire_08132021_8PM
Photo Credit: USFS

Patton Meadow Fire – 10 -15 miles W of Lakeview.

Fire behavior increased overnight as winds out of the north pushed it over and to the south of Hwy 140 and well west of the 383 road. Night crews and dozers were able to put a line around those areas and will continue to strengthen those lines throughout the day.

Credit: ODF

Fire is now 4,100 acres. 0% contained.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS in progress – GO NOW!

  •  Highway 140 West at Juniper RV to Antelope Valley Ranch.
  • All of Drews Gap, on both sides of Highway 140.

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS in progress – GET SET!

  • West of Antelope Valley Ranch to Tracy Loop.
  • N of Hwy 140 from Juniper RV to Lower Cottonwood.

LEVEL 1 EVACUATIONS in progress – BE READY!

  • 140 W south to Andy Hill Road
  • West on Andy Hill Road to Dog Lake Lane, to Dog Creek Bridge
  • All residences at Drews Reservoir
  • Tracy Loop to Upper Cottonwood Road
  • East of Lower Cottonwood road to Cottonwood Creek

SHELTER – Red Cross Shelteter. Daly Middle School. 220 South H Street, Lakeview.

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Timber, light slash and brush. Extreme fire behavior with short crown runs, running and spotting. Residences threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

Started 8/12/2021 from dry lightning just before 1530 hours PT. One of several fires in Klamath and Lake Counties.

Cooperating agencies: S Central OR Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP). ODF, USFS/Fremont-Winema National Forest Lakeview District. Lake County SO, OEM.

71 personnel 7 engines and 2 helos. $50K CTD.

Willow Fire – 16 miles south of Bonanza, OR

EVACUATIONS in progress – by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. For more info , go to their website on Facebook here –> https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906.

Fire is burning mostly on BLM Lakeview District lands north of the Stateline, as a portion of the Modoc National Forest to the south. ODF lands are now being threatened. No structures are being threatened. Teams are working to get re-established with the new Unified Command system under this Fox Complex incident.

Resources include: 4 large type 1 copters are en route this afternoon.

KNOLL FIRE – 7 miles NE of McKenzie Bridge.

Firefighters pick up extra health and safety items for their shift.
Photo Credit: USFS

Timber, closed timber litter and light slash. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road, and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, torching and spotting.

544 acres. 30% contained. 82 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines. $222K CTD.

BULL COMPLEX – 25 miles NE of Mill City.

Cascade Type 2 Initial Attack Crew constructing handline
Photo Credit: USFS

Mt. Hood NF, USFS. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, running and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Total 1,865 acres. 0% contained. 236 total personnel.

MIDDLEFORK COMPLEX – 9 miles NE of Oakridge.

Blue sky visible above pink tinted smoke from forest fires. Below the smoke green forested mountains are visible.
Photo Credit: USDA Forest Service

(3 fires), Willamette NF, USFS. IMT 1 (PNW Team 3). IMT is also managing the Knoll Fire. Closed timber litter and timber. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and torching.

8,424 acres. 2% contained. 673 personnel. 134 crews, 30 engines, 6 copter. $11.1M CTD.

ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX – 18 miles SW of Oakridge.

Rough Patch - Chaos Fire on August 7, 2021
Photo Credit: USFS

(4 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 13). IMT 1 (GB Team 2) mobilizing. IMT is also managing the Jack incident. Closed timber litter and timber. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting.

9,905 acres. 3% contained. 441 total personnel.

JACK FIRE – 31 miles E of Roseburg.

photo credit Forrest Ownbey WADNR
Photo Credit: USFS

Umpqua NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Numerous structures threatened.

23,614 acres. 53% contained. 131 total personnel.

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NW Wildfires | Recap

Due to many wildfires, we are going to try this again and put them into a single recap. Please be patient with us as the northwest seems to be catching ablaze and of course, we have been behind for a long time. We thank you for reading our articles and following our blog. You are appreciated!

Here is a recap for Friday, August 13, 2021 gleaned from resources Inciweb, NIFC, NWCC, USFS, Fire Department, Fire Agencies via Social Media and other sources.

Washington State Wildfires

WHITMORE FIRE – 27 miles NE of Bridgeport.

Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. IMT 2 (NW Team 12). Timber. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Community of Nespelem and infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

57,478 acres. 35% contained. 379 personnel. 8 crews, 23 engines and 1 chopper. 6 structures lost. $6.1M CTD.

WINDY PASS FIRE – 11 miles SW of Cle Elum.

Smoke from Firing Operations 8-10-21
Photo Credit: USFS/OK-WEN NF

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS, WA. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Mop-up operations are in progress.

82 acres. 64% contained. 77 personnel. 3 crews, 1 engine and 1 copter. $1.5M CTD.

MUCKAMUCK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Conconully.

Colville NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Started 8/4/2021. Active fire behavior with creeping, group torching and spotting. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

1,648 acres. 0% contained. 54 personnel 1 crew, 7 engines and 4 choppers. $1.9M CTD.

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE – 17 miles W of Inchelium.

A firefighter guards a fireline.  She burns small, calculated areas to ensure that the approaching firefront hits the fireline in a slow, controlled manner.
Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (NW Team 7) to IMT 2 (NW Team 10) will occur today. IMT is also managing the Upper Lime Creek Fire. Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Numerous structures and communication infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

28,797 acres. 35% contained. 429 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines and 4 helicopters. $23M CTD.

UPPER LIME CREEK FIRE – 6 miles NW of Keller.

Smoke on the Upper Lime Creek Fire 8.8.21
Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Timber and light slash. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Community of Keller threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

376 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines. $490K CTD.

BULLDOG MTN FIRE – 16 miles NW of Kettle Falls.

Fire Activity 8-7-21
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Colville NF, USFS. . Heavy slash and timber. Active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing. Residences threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

2,000 acres. 5% contained. 166 personnel. 3 crews, 7 engines and 1 copter. $1.2M CTD.

NINE MINE FIRE – 4.5 miles SSE of Laurie.

Started 8/4/2021. Lightning caused.

139 acres. 42% contained. 4 hand crews, 6 engines and 1 dozer. 107 total personnel. Level 2 evacuations in effect. http://nwccinfo.blogspot.com/

PINCER CREEK FIRE – 15 miles E of Marblemount.

The Pincer Creek Fire creeps in heavy dead and down timber on August 11, 2021.
Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, USFS. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

250 acres. 0% contained. 4 personnel. 1 engine. $50K CTD. This is being managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned.

CHUWEAH CREEK FIRE – 4 miles N of Nespelem.

Chuweah Creek Fire 07.12.21 from Cache Creek Road
Photo Credit: BIA/Coliville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Brush, timber and light slash. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area and road closures in effect.

36,752 acres. 98% contained. 0 resources. 14 structures lost. $8.9M CTD.

LICK CREEK FIRE – 15 miles SE of Pomeroy.

Night time burning operation along road on Lick Creek Fire.
Photo Credit: USFS via courtesy by Inciweb

Umatilla NF, USFS. IMT 2 (RM Team Black). IMT is also managing the Green Ridge Fire. Short grass, hardwood litter and timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

80,421 acres. 96% contained. 21 personnel. 2 engines. 10 structures lost. $16.8M CTD.

SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE – 21 miles NW of Tieton.

A large smoke column is visible against a deep blue sky and rising over a ridgetop, the mountains covered in green conifer trees. In the foreground evergreen trees are adjacent to a home with grass growing in the field before the home.
Photo Credit: Goose Prairie via Courtesy: Inciweb

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). IMT is also managing the Windy Pass Fire. Short grass, timber and brush. Started 8/3/2021. Lightning caused. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, short-range spotting and flanking. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Air resources were unable to fly due to heavy smoke in the air, making it visibility difficult.

13,685 acres. 0% contained. 300 personnel. 7 crews. 14 engines, 4 dozers, 5 water tenders and 2 copters. $2.9M CTD.

CHICKADEE FIRE – 16 miles NW of Tonasket.

photo of a stand that had fuel reduction
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and short-range spotting.

649 acres. 40% contained. 92 personnel. 2 crew, 7 engines. $525k CTD.

SPUR FIRE – 18 miles NE of Tonasket.

View of Spur Fire from Tonasket 8/11/21
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Timber and short grass. Extreme fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting. Community of Bonaparte and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

10,261 acres. 0% contained. 162 personnel. 5 crews, 2 engines. $200K CTD.

GREEN RIDGE FIRE – 31 miles E of Walla Walla.

Green Ridge Fire
Photo Credit: USFS/Umatilla NF

Umatilla NF, USFS. Closed timber litter, timber and medium slash. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting. Several communities threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

29,759 acres. 15% contained. 482 personnel with 7 crews, 28 engines and 6 choppers. $26.9M CTD.

WALKER CREEK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Wauconda.

Retardant Drop over Walker Fire
Credit: WA DNR – NE Region

IMT also managing the Spur and Chickadee Creek Fires. Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with
short-range spotting, single tree torching and wind-driven runs. Community of Bonaparte and structures
threatened. Evacuations in effect.

1,091 acres. 10% contained. 194 personnel. 2 crew, 18 engines. $2.5M CTD.

CUB CREEK 2 FIRE – 5 miles N of Winthrop.

Photo Credit: WA DNR – SE Region

Southeast Region, DNR. IMT 1 (CA Team 2). IMT is also managing the Muckamuck, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires. Short grass, closed timber litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Infrastructure threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

66,883 acres. 55% contained. 411 personnel. 8 crews, 17 engines, 4 copters. $1.9M CTD.

CEDAR CREEK FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Our hotshot crew just finished hand ignition along the Thompson Ridge below Gobblers Knob, from the 4410 road across the 500 road. This is to create a black line more slowly. Crews and engines are deployed along the 4410 road to hold the fire.
Photo Credit: USFS/OK-WEN NF, Courtesy: Inciweb

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with torching, smoldering and uphill runs. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

53,215 acres. 50% contained. 521 total personnel. 10 crews, 29 engines, 7 copters. 2 structures lost. $27.4M CTD.

DELANCY FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, short grass and closed timber litter. Minimal fire behavior. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

223 acres. 0% contained. Being managed by another IMT on another incident. $122K CTD.

Oregon Wildfires

DEVIL’S KNOB COMPLEX – 22 miles NE of Azalea.

Fire fighters working on a hot spot on the Devil's Knob Complex
Photo Credit: USFS/Umpqua NF

(5 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 8). Timber and medium slash. Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

6,606 acres. 12% contained. 674 personnel 16 crews, 39 engines, 1 copter. 1 structure lost. $8.2M CTD.

YAINAX FIRE – 10 miles NE of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

84 acres. 70% contained. No resources assigned. $671K CTD.

WALRUS FIRE – 11 miles N of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

75 acres. 90% contained. No resources. $493K CTD.

WILLOW VALLEY FIRE – 15 miles W of Bonanza.

Lakeview District, BLM. Timber, brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with torching and spotting.

400 acres. 0% contained. 45 personnel along with 6 engines and 1 copter. $50K CTD.

BOOTLEG FIRE – 23 miles E of Chiloquin.

Smokey Sunset Over Camp 8-4-2021
Photo Credit: USFS/FWNF

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (PNW Team 2) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Yainax and Walrus Fires. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area and Trail closures in effect.

413,717 acres. 98% contained. 376 total personnel. 3 crews, 22 engines and 2 helicopters. 408 structures have been destroyed. $99.6M CTD.

SKYLINE RIDGE COMPLEX – 5 miles SE of Days Creek.

Nighttime conditions on Skyline Ridge Complex
Photo Credit: ODF

(3 fires), South Unit, ODF. IMT 1 (ODF Team 1). Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, running and group torching. Numerous residences and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations in effect.

4,828 acres. 33% contained. 1,257 personnel. 38 crews, 49 engines and 14 copters. $10.3M CTD.

BRULER FIRE – 9 miles S of Detroit.

July 20, 2021 Bruler Fire smoking next to Pinnacle Peak
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

Willamette NF, USFS. Closed timber litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

195 acres. 75% contained. 47 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines and 1 helo. $6.7M CTD.

BLACK BUTTE FIRE – 36 miles SE of John Day.

Image taken of the Black Butte Fire from Air Resources.
Photo Credit: USFS/MNF

Malheur NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 9). IMT 2 (NW Team 6) mobilizing. Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

16,609 acres. 30% contained. 688 personnel with 19 crews, 26 engines and 4 copters. $4.8M CTD.

PATTON MEADOW FIRE – 15 miles W of Lakeview.

Patton Meadow Fire_08132021_8PM
Photo Credit: USFS/FWNF

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Timber, light slash and brush. Extreme fire behavior with short crown runs, running and spotting. Residences threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

7,000 acres. 0% contained. 71 personnel 7 engines and 2 helos. $50K CTD.

KNOLL FIRE – 7 miles NE of McKenzie Bridge.

A smoke column rises between tall conifer trees as seen from a highway.
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

Timber, closed timber litter and light slash. Active fire behavior with backing, torching and spotting. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road, and trail closures in effect.

544 acres. 30% contained. 101 personnel 3 crews, 11 engines. $165k CTD.

BULL COMPLEX – 25 miles NE of Mill City.

Smoke column from Janus Fire rising up from forested ridge
Photo Credit: USFS/MHNF

Mt. Hood NF, USFS. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, running and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

858 acres. 0% contained. 236 personnel 4 crews, 5 engines and 1 helicopter. $782K CTD.

MIDDLEFORK COMPLEX – 9 miles NE of Oakridge.

Cold Trailing and Mop-Up
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

(3 fires), Willamette NF, USFS. IMT 1 (PNW Team 3). IMT is also managing the Knoll Fire. Closed timber litter and timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and torching. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

8,424 acres. 2% contained. 689 personnel. 14 crews, 32 engines and 6 helos. $9.7M CTD.

ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX – 18 miles SW of Oakridge.

View from Doehead Mountain weather station
Photo Credit: USFS/UNF

(4 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 13). IMT 1 (GB Team 2) mobilizing. IMT is also managing the Jack incident. Closed timber litter and timber. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

5,738 acres. 3% contained. 412 personnel. 7 crews, 21 engines, 4 copters. $2.9M CTD.

JACK FIRE – 31 miles E of Roseburg.

Jack Fire July 28 2021 cooling off a hot spot
Photo Credit: USFS/UNF

Umpqua NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

23,527 acres. 53% contained. 172 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines. 1 structure lost. $31M CTD.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

County Firefighters Knock Down Big Fire

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida

Sarasota County Firefighters were dispatched just after 1800 EST (1500 PST) to a commercial structure fire in the area of 19th Street and North East Avenue.

Image
Credit: SCG Emergency Svcs

Upon first due arriving companies, flames and heavy smoke were visible from the large commercial building that would turn into a 2nd-alarm response. Explosions were reported during the initial fire attack as well.

The fire was knocked down around 1930 hours EST from the exterior. Interior operations would continue with flow of foam to snuff out any chance of a rekindle.

The red iron steel beam was said to be holding in place in the center of structure but a bow was present on the Bravo side. Exposures were protected.

Around 1937 hours EST, Command advised all members on the fire ground, that they were going to continue operations with two-hand lines from the exterior and not from the interior. The IC strongly encouraged them to get their air bottles filled as well.

Crews will be on-scene for a long duration of time.

A State FIU Investigator was en route to the scene with an unknown ETA.

No known reports to citizens or firefighters being injured at the time of this post. The cause will be determined by the Investigator.

This is a developing story.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/2/2021 1939 EST / 1639 PST

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Swan Lake Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – June 28, 2019 – Friday

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

INCIDENT SUMMARY.    A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be burning inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This was a lightning caused fire that began on June 5th around 1852 hours AKDT.   About 56,200 acres have been destroyed but fire crews are inching closer to a higher containment, now said to be 10%.

CALL 9-1-1 OR 800-237-3633 |  Report a Wildfire

FIRE STATUS.  Fire behavior is currently actively burning with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting.  Structures are still under threat.

RESOURCES.  530 total personnel along with 15 crews, 12 engines and 6 helicopters.  Command is under the direction of an AK IMT.

Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.    The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

Cost-to-Date:  There has been a total cost-to-date of $4.5 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2200 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: AK DOF’s Swan Lake Fire

UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday

Credit: BLM Fire Service

Additional Type 1 and Type 2 crews are bolstering efforts to establish control lines on the eastern edge of the Swan Lake Fire.

Type 1 and 2 crews en route to establish control lines on the East flank of fire.  Credit: AK Fire PIOs

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

About 32,300 acres of timber and short grass has already been destroyed.

The fire was ignited by lightning  on June 5th, around 1852 hours AKDT or 1952 hours PDT.

CALL 9-1-1 OR 800-237-3633 |  Report a Wildfire

Fire crews have gained a 9% containment status.

FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior has been reported as active with flanking, group torching and short-range spotting.   The fire is mostly being carried by Black Spruce, while minimum activity has been spotted in hardwood fuels.

There is a 40-50% mortality in Spruce stands.

TRAFFIC ALERT | Sterling Highway has very low visibility and poor air quality.

You will be seeing these signs on the Sterling Highway. | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

RESOURCES

  • Personnel:  Total of 379 fire personnel.
  • Assets:  11 crews including Yukon and 5 NW Hotshots (Winema Hotshots, Wolf Creek Hotshots and Lakeview Hotshots), 8 engines and 5 helicopters.
  • Command:  AK IMT.
  • Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

AK Governor Mike Dunleavy thanks all first responders and firefighters for protecting homes,, businesses, and residents.    Courtesy: Gov Dunleavy

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Transmission Lines

Homer Electric Association has de-energized a 115,000 volt transmission line to help reduce potential starts, as temps rise and dry conditions continue in the fire prone area.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

Credit: NWS Anchorage

Recreation Areas

Heavy smoke is pouring over the Sterling Highway.  Though the roadway is open, many recreations areas are now closed along the highway.

The Swan Lake Fire in Images:

Canadian Air Scoopers. | Credit: Swan Lake Fire PIO

Crews continue prep work on June 18, 2019.   Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on June 19, 2019. Credit: AK Forestry.

Heavy fog and smoke caused delays on the Sterling Highway on June 21.

A trail of traffic backs up on the Sterling Hwy due to a thick layer of smoke fog hangs in the air.                   Credit: AK Fire PIOs

Damage Assessments

The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $3.4 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2015 hours PDT

Oregon’s #MilliFire Still Burns | August 27 2017

NEAR SISTERS, OREGON

Cedar City Hotshots Prepare for Burn Operations

Cedar City Hotshots prepping for burnout operations.

Summary

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

Current Status

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

Soft ptructure protection

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

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

Fire Behavior

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

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

Resources

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

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

firefighter feeding chickens

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

Incident Cooperators

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

Specialist discuss Milli Fire at public meeting.

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

Weather Conditions

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

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

Alerts!

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

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

crew during burn operations

Burnout operations.

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

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

heavy equipment

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

Cost-To-Date

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

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

Public Meeting

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

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

 

 

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

NEAR SISTERS, OREGON

Smoldering tree trunk

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

Current Fire Conditions

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

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

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

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

torching tree

A single-tree torching.

Fire Behavior

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

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

heavy equipment

Heavy equipment read to enter Division Echo.

Resources

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

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

Weather Conditions

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

Plume from Black Butte Lodge restaurant

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

Alerts!

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

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

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

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

Cost-To-Date

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

Public Meeting

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

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

U.S. Active Wildfires by #Hashtag | Saturday, July 16, 2016

Here are all active wildfires by #Hashtag that we are aware of happening in the United States:

#AlatnaComplex (AK)  Tanana Zone. 15 miles SE of Alatna.  Timber, brush and short grass.  Active fire behavior with crowning, wind-driven runs and spotting. Structures threatened.  (2 Fires) 75,371 acres. 66% contained.  10 personnel. 0 Personnel & 0 resources.  $2,200,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#BacaFire (AZ) Northwest District.  AZ State Forestry. 52 miles NW of Prescott.  Brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with running, flanking and backing.  3,947 acres. 10% contained.  12 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $60,000 CTD. State Lands.

Fire effects in grass and ponderosa pine stands FR 4060 - 07/10/2016

Black Range Complex Fires on July 10, 2016 (Credit: Alejando Rodriguez)

#BeaverCreekFire (CO) Routt NF. 24 mi NW of Walden. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting.  Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect.  21,878 acres.  %5 contained.  314 personnel.  5 crews, 25 engines, 3 helicopters.  4 structures lost.  $10,200,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#BigLightFire (TX) Texas A & M Forest Service. Started on private land 13 miles NE of Matador. Brush and grass.  2,692 acres. 70% contained. 32 personnel. 5 engines, 1 helicopter. $ N/A. Private lands.

#BlacksCanyonFire (CA) Near Simi Valley off the 118 in Blacks Canyon @ 1340 Hours PDT on 7/16/2016. Ventura County FD responding to new Brush Fire. Header showing.

#BlackRangeComplex (NM) Gila National Forest.  45 miles North of Silver City. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and creeping.  3,700 acres.  5% contained.  110 personnel. 6 crews, 7 engines. $253,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#BlairFire (CO)  White River Field Office. BLM.  30 miles W of Meeker.  Brush and short grass.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, crowning and flanking.  1000 acres. 0% contained.  108 personnel.  4 crews, 5 engines, 1 helicopter.  0 structures lost.  $250,000 CTD.

#BrannonFire (NM) Gila National Forest.  26 miles NE of Silver City. Timber, brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. 380 acres. 0% contained.  26 personnel. 1 crew, 1 engine. $20,000 CTD.  Forest Service lands.

#CalienteFire (CA) 17301 Caliente Bodfish Road, Kern County.  Air Attack requesting additional tankers. Structures threatened.  Rapid rate of spread. 1.5 acres.

#ClavelFire (NM) Las Vegas District.  New Mexico State Forestry.  20 miles NE of Roy.  Brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior.  4,000 acres.  95% contained.  7 personnel.  3 engines.  $28,000 CTD. State lands.

#CoveFire (UT). 23 miles East of Salina and 11 miles SW of Emery

#FamosoFire (CA) Kern County Fire Department. Vegetation fire.  Near Poso and Granite Road. Cause from a MVA. Forward movement stopped. 100% contained. 138 acres.

#FullerFire (AZ) Grand Canyon National Park.  IMT 2.  4 miles NE of North Rim.  Timber and medium logging slash.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-drive runs and long-range spotting.  Road, area and trail closures in effect.  3,702 acres.  0% contained.  437 personnel.  12 crews, 14 engines, 4 helicopters. 0 structures lost.  $1,000,000 CTD. National Park Service lands.

Fuller Fire Map. (Courtesy Inciweb)

#GeorgeRiverFire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on BLM land 18 miles NE of Georgetown. Timber. Active fire behavior with running, creeping and backing. 200 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources.  $Unknown. BLM lands.

#GreenFire (CA).  Fresno County. CAL Fire. Off Auberry Rd & White Thorne Rd, near Prather.  Forward progress stopped. Evacuations are in effect for residents on White Thorne, Dry Pond, Hokes Corner Ln. and Wellbarn Road. Evacuation shelter opened at:   Foothill Middle School located at 29147 Auberry Rd, Prather, CA 93651.  A large animal evacuation center has been established at: Sierra High School, 33326 Lodge Rd, Tollhouse, CA 93667. 123 acres. 60% contained.

#GweekRiverFire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on BLM land 17 miles NE of Akiachak. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, running and creeping. 500 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $36,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#HairyFire (CO) Fort Carson Army Base.  21 miles SW of Colorado Springs.  Hardwood Slash, brush and tall grass.  Minimal fire behavior.  Area closures in effect.  720 acres.  95% contained. 9 personnel. 3 engines.  $350,000 CTD.

#HarrisFire (MT) Miles City Filed Office. STarted on private land 26 miles South of Ashland. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior. 3,400 acres. 80% contained. 98 personnel. 3 crews. 5 engines. 1 helicopter. $180,000 CTD. Private lands.

#HaydenPassFire (CO) – Fort Carson Army Base. 21 mi SW of Colorado Springs. Hardwood slash, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Areas closures in effect. 15,759 acres. 5% contained. 768. personnel. 16 crews, 49 engines, 7 helicopters. 1 structures lost. $2,900,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

Hayden Pass Fire Edge - July 12

Hayden Pass Fire on July 12, 2016 (Source: Inciweb)

#HubbellCanyonFire (NM) Lincoln National Forest. Sacramento Ranger District. S Forest Service firefighters and two engines are assigned to the fire. Lightning caused. 25 acres. 0% contained. Full suppression tactics are being utilized. Fire is smoldering and spread potential is low. Started 7/16/2016 @ 1300 hours.

#IniakukLakeFire (AK)  Tanana Zone. Started on state land 40 miles NW of Bettles. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, spotting and backing. Structures threatened.  14,107 acres. 0% contained. 28 personnel.  1 crew. 1 helicopter. $1,100,000 CTD. State lands.

#IsrathorakCreekFire (AK)  Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on FWS land 17 miles NW of Tuluksak. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with backing. 500 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $1,000.  Fish & Wildlife Service lands.

#McBeeCommandFire (WA)  Spokane District, BLM. 6 miles W of Richland. Grass. Minimal fire behavior. 1,800 acres. 0% contained. 26 personnel. 1 crew, 4 engines. $100,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#MidSalchaFire (AK)  Fairbanks Area Forestry.  31 miles SE of North Pole.  Timber, brush and grass.  Moderate fire behavior with win-driven runs, short-range spotting and backing. Homes threatened. 1,500 acres.  0% contained.  88 personnel.  4 crews. 1 helicopter. $300,000 CTD. State Lands.

#OwhatRiver2Fire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  7 miles NW of Aniak.  Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with backing.  550 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources. $1,000 CTD. State lands.

#PachecoFire (CA) Tuolumine-Calavaras Unit. CAL Fire. 2 miles SE of Jenny Lind. Timber, brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. 341 acres. 98% contained. 39 personnel. 1 crews, 4 engines. 2 structures lost. $301,000 CTD. State lands.

#PairODiceFire (AZ) Fort Apache Agency. BIA.  25 miles SW of Alpine.  Timber and grass.  307 acres.  0% contained.  87 personnel. 3 crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter. $50,000 CTD. BIA lands.

#PineFire (CA) Los Padres NF. 30 miles NE of Santa Barbara. Timber, chaparral and brush. Minimal fire behavior. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  2,304 acres. 93% acres. 100 personnel. 2 crews, 5 helicopters. $15,300,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

Sunset photo of the Pine Fire

Sunset image at the Pine Fire. (Credit: Jonathan McGraw of USFS)

#PonyFire (CA) USFS. 15 miles SW of Happy Camp. Siskiyou County. 2,858 acres. 90% contained.

#Puertecito (NM) Cibola National. 15 miles S of Magdalena. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 106 aces. 50% contained. 33 personnel. 1 crew. 1 helicopter. $58,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#ReindeerRiverFire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  30 miles SE of Flat. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, running and backing. 600 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $1,000 CTD.  State lands.

#SanGabrielComplex (CA) Formerly the Fish and Reservoir Fires. North of Azusa. Los Angeles County. CAL Fire. 1146 acres Reservoir.  4253 Fish. Both 96% contained.

#SchoolFire (NM) Gila National Forest.  2 miles NW of Snow Lake. Timber and tall grass.  Minimal fire behavior. 6,500 acres.  50% contained. 57 personnel.  2 crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter. $60,000 CTD.  Forest Service lands,

#ScottFire (AZ) Kaibib National Forest.  Coconino rim 11 miles east of Tusayan. Lightning caused. Pinyon Juniper, ponderosa pine, oak.  2,660 acres. 25 personnel. In mop-up operations. ROS is low.

Big Push

Scott Fire on July 15, 2016 that reached an open meadow. (Credit: D Barringer)

#SepulvedaBasin (CA) Los Angeles Fire Department. Burbank and Woodley.  Fire crews dispatched  @ 1308 hours PDT 7/16/2016. Header can be seen. 10 acres @ 1417 PDT. Additional units requested.

#TaylorFire (FL) 700 acres. 10% contained. 33 personnel. 7 engines, 1 helicopter.  Forests in Florida. 9 miles NE of Sanderson. Southern rough. $100,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#TimberCreekFire (AK)  Southwest Area Forestry. 27 miles SW of Chuathbaluk. Timber and grass. Moderate fire behavior with torching and creeping. 1,000 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources. $1,000 CTD.  State lands.

#TimberonFire (NM) Otero County.  40% contained. Containment lines are holding. 267 acres.  44 structures lost.  Some evacuations lifted up to the fire perimeter. Those inside of that are still under an evacuation order due to falling trees and other dangers.

#TokRiverFire (AK) Tok Area Foresty.  IMT 2. 7 miles of Tok.  Timber, light logging slash and grass. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and creeping. Structures threatened.  Rain occurred over the area  on Friday. 728 acres. 0% contained. 64 personnel. 3 crews, 2 helicopters. $209,000 CTD. State lands.

#TomsCreekRd2Fire (GA) Georgia Forestry Commission. 10 miles SW of Fargo. Souther rough. Minimal fire behavior. Homes threatened. Rain occurred over the fire on Friday.  45 acres. 90% contained. 28 personnel. 12 engines. $100,000 CTD.  State lands.

#TrailheadFire (CA) CALCAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit / El Dorado National Forest, along the  Middle Fork of the American River near Todd Valley.  Started 6/28/2016 @ 1355 hours PDT. Cause under investigation. 3 injuries. 5,466 acres. 95% contained. Command: NorCal Interagency Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire on behalf of CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service. Incident Cooperators: Placer County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and local fire departments from across the region. 80 personnel. 2 engines. 3 crews. 1 dozers.

Fire engines working the Trailhead Fire.

Engines working at the Trailhead Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

#YoknedaLakeFire (AK) Valdez-Copper River area Forestry.  40 miles NE of Glenallen.  Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing. 2,000 acres.  0% contained. 0 personnel or resources.  $9,000 CTD. State lands.

 

Sources:  NW Fire Info, CAL Fire, Inciweb, NWICC, Internet, AZ Fire Info, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Prestine Cherokee NF Touched by Multiple Fires | Railroad Grade 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Carter County, TN – Multiple fires have touched this  in one of Eastern Tennessee’s prime real estate playground since the beginning of this year with Halls Top Fire that occurred in March, along with Sciota Road and Starlight Fires also happening at the end of that same month.

Photo Courtesy:  Cherokee National Forest

Now, the Forest is facing yet another wildfire with Railroad Grade 2016 fire that was caused by human activity.  The exact cause is under investigation with no exact pinpoint of what the “human activity” actually was the root of the cause.

This fire started on April 18, 2016.  At that point, it was deemed a smaller fire but quickly tripled in size on the same day it ignited.  The fire was initially reported on April 18th as moderate to active fire activity with some growth potential.  It was spotting, wind-driven with up hill runs.

LOCATION

The fire is located off of Highway 25/70 at White Rocks Mountain and about 3 miles NW of Roan Mountain.  It is located 5 air miles from Hampton.

PERSONNEL, RESOURCES

80 personnel are assigned to this incident.

Currently, on site there is a 20-person fire crew, 3 helicopters, 2 engines, 1 bulldozer, 2 water tenders and 1 overhead personnel.

Crews work to backfire off the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in order to increase containment of the Railroad Grade Fire

Photo Credit:  Cherokee National Forest

Incident Cooperators are from the U.S. Forest Service, TN Dept. of Forestry, Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Hampton and Roan Mountain VFD, TN Emergency of Management Agency, TN Dept. of Corrections and the TN Valley Authority.

 

CONDITIONS

The terrain is steep with rocky terrain.  It is host to snags and roll-overs.  Fire crews have had a difficult time hiking into and fighting fire in this area.

Smoke may pose future poor visibility as hazards to fire crews and to drivers in the area.  Hikers are asked to avoid the area altogether for safety concerns.

TACTICS

Fire crews will contain to construct fire lines and improve/hold existing lines.

FIRE STATUS

The fire is currently holding at 1,727 acres and has a 75% containment status.  Fire behavior has been reduced to smoldering.

This is one of two wildfires currently burning in the Cherokee National Forest and we will update separately on the second fire named the Raccoon Mountain Fire in a separate post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Current hashtags being used are:  #RailroadGrade2016 #TNWildifres2016

ABOUT CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST

The Cherokee National Forest was established in 1920 and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.  Located in Elizabethton of Carter County in Tenneessee.  Located in the Eastern portion of the State and bordering next door neighbor, North Carolina.

It consists of the Ocoee River, the location of the 1996 Olympics whitewater events that are inside the National Forest’s 655,598 acres.  The Forest is also host to 150 miles of the Appailachan National Scenic Trail system, along with hundreds more.

The Ocoee Whitewater Center from the 1996 Olympics.  Photo Courtesy:  WikiCreative Commons. Taken in 2009.

Vacationers flock to the infamous National park to backpack, fish, kayak, whitewater rafting, gold panning, rafting, camping and so many other fun activities. There are many beautiful waterfalls inside the National Forest, as well as hundreds of trail systems.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

WA WILDFIRE | Carpenter Rd Fire | August 21, 2015 | PM SitRep

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” –Desmond Tutu

SUMMARY

  • Location:  35 miles NW of Spokane & S of Fruitland in Stevens County
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning

Today’s Fire Map. Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain IMT Blue Team & Inciweb.

FIRE STATUS

  • Fire Behavior:  Extreme.
  • Threatened:  800 homes & structures, 5 commercial properties, 200 others
  • Containment:  0%
  • Acres:  27,793
  • Fire Conditions:  Smokey conditions are limiting use of air operations, but also providing for slightly cooler temperatures, and reduced winds
  • Actions:  Thursday: Highest amount of fire activity happened along the north edge of the fire near Turk Road.
  • Obstacles for Fire Crews:  Handling 1 abandoned mine within in the fire area.

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITION REPORT

 Fruitland Weather Conditions

  • Temp:  [as of 1915PDT]  70-degrees
  • Forecasted:  Hi 77.  Lo 49.
  • Skies:  Mostly sunny.
  • Winds:  W 10 to 20 mph
  • Visibility:  6 mph
  • Humidity:  26%
  • Advisory:  Blowing dust advisory remains in effect until 2300 PDT [tonight]

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Destroyed:  17 homes destroyed; unknown number of “other” structures reportedly destroyed.

RESOURCES, EQUIPMENT

  • Personnel:  363
  • Crews:  6
  • Helicopters:  3
  • Engines:  40

EVACUATIONS

  • Level 2:  Spokane Agency Reservation.

FIRE CONTACT INFO

Call Center

  • Operational Period: 0800 – 2100 PDT
  • Phone Lines: 509-722-6040 or  509-722-6165

ALERTS

Red Flag Warning

  •  In effect for the fire area through 8/21 at 2300.

Air Quality

  • Spokane:  Some parts of Spokane showing “Unhealthy”.  Purple lines indicate the areas affected.

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Air Quality Map. Photo Credit: The National Weather Service [NWS] of Spokane.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Pet Loss / Coping  –National Humane Society

Red Cross Distress Helpline

  • Phone:  1-800-985-5990.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA] – Div of U. S Public Health

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SOCIAL MEDIA

“First-hand Witness  Reports on Social Media”

August 21:

  • Media on Condition Report via Flight into Fire Area:  “Smoke is so thick we could barely see outside our windows as we prepared to land.”
  • Franklin County Fire District #3:  “Fresh firefighters leaving today in Van Pool vans to replace crews on the CarpenterRd fire. Thank you Ben Franklin Transit for your support!”
  • Media report:  “The smoke is omnipresent near Fruitland. Low visibility with a big gulp of ash with each breath”
  • Air Quality Report via Twitter User:  “Smoke is filling up the Valley”

August 20:

  • Base Camp:  Setup at a Bible School near Fruitland.

August 19:

  • Stevens Co Fire Chief:  “Ash floating around in the skies and is still warm when it hits them, touches those around them.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Donations

  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation:  “Will make a huge difference for these families experiencing the loss of a firefighter tonight. The WFF supports these families like no other, and supports those injured too. Please donate!
    RIP brave heroes keeping others safe. https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation?fref=ts” This is from a Twitter supporter.  You can Make a Difference in a Family’s life.  Click on this link today.

Thank you for what you all are doing out there.  Wishing safety and prayers to get those darn fires out.  We appreciate your tireless efforts, hard work and dedication.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog