#ThrowBackThursday | Sutherland Canyon Fire

THROWBACK THURSDAY | This new post title is all about stepping back in time and viewing some of the 2017 Fire Season’s wildfires that scorched many of our NW landscapes and making its own path of destruction.  Today’s fire is the Sutherand Canyon Fires that burned in and near Wenatchee, Washington State in June of this year.

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Sutherland Canyon Fire is showing its fierce side. Photo taken on June 28, 2017. (Credit: Richard Parrish/BLM)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Sutherland Canyon Fire ignited on June 26, 2017, around midnight on a Monday from lightning that touched the area causing multiple grass fires.  The fires were located about 9-20 miles south Wenatchee in the counties of Chelan, Grant and Douglas.

The fires were burning on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) and private lands.  The fire was also said to have destroyed critical sage and grouse habitat.

MULTIPLE FIRES IGNITED.

ALCOA FIRE

June 26, 2017.   Alcoa Hwy near Junction Ridge started on June 26, 2017.  100 firefighters assigned. Grass, brushy fuels.  500 acres. 0% contained. Level 2  evacuations in process. Limited updates.

SUTHERLAND CANYON FIRES

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June 27, 2017.  The Sutherland Canyon Fires was located 8 miles SE of Wenatchee and had 75 personnel assigned.  3,000 acres burned. This was made up of five smaller fires collectively under this single wildfire name. Level 2 evacuation levels were in effect.

June 28, 2017.  No update.

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Fire is seen racing up the hillside of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 28, 2017. 

June 29, 2017.  The fire had expanded and was considered to be very complex.  The Northwest Team 11, a Type 2 IMT Team would become the new face of Command under IC, Nathan Rabe.  His team took command at 0600 hours on this date.  Fire had now burned up to 47,500 acres and had a 20% containment status. This fire was now reportedly burning 15 miles south of East Wenatchee.  275 personnel were assigned.

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Red Flag weather conditions create active fire behavior as seen in this photo of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 29, 2017.

It was also said that on this second day in a row, RED FLAG conditions were warranted due to dry and gusty winds and due to extreme fire growth in steep and rugged terrain.  Both the Sutherland Canyon Fire and the Straight Hollow Fire merged into a single wildfire at the east and southeast flanks displaying the most active fire behavior in both of these locations.  Overnight, firefighters and bulldozers worked to construct and hold fire containment lines where they could engage the fire in a safe manner.  Fire officials were working to keep the fire from spreading towards nearby town of Quincy.

June 30, 2017.  Due to more accurate mapping and better visibility by aerial recon flights, the number of acres was reduced and discovered that the Sutherland  Canyon and the Straight Hollow fires did not actually merge together.  However, they were found to be burning 1/4 miles apart from one another.   The Incident Command Post or ICP was felt it necessary to move to the Quincy High School campus so that they could be closer to both fires.  Fire was now located 6 miles NW of Quincy. There had been 29,433 acres scorched and was now being reported as having a 50% containment.

July 1, 2017.  Fire Managers reported the fire was now at a 74% containment and holding at 29,433 acres.

July 2, 2017.  The fire was holding at 29,433 acres with a 90% containment status. This was said to be the last fire update.

STRAIGHT HOLLOW FIRE

June 30, 2017.  This fire was reported about 1/4 mile from the Sutherland Canyon fire.  11 miles northwest of Quincy.  8,458 acres. 75% contained.  It had been reported that this fire had merged into directly to the Sutherland Canyon Fire but later was determined not to be the case.

July 1, 2017.  Fire crews were still showing the fire was holding at 8,458 acres with a 75% containment status.

July 2, 2017.  8,458 acres. Containment status increased to 90%. No increase in acreage and minimal fire behavior observed.  Fire crews conducted patrolling, mop-up and repair operations. Additionally, repair work included building water bars, smoothing out berms and repairing fences cut during fire suppression efforts.  Aerial recon flights with infrared imaging equipment checked various areas for heat signatures. The Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR was lifted over the fire.  The NW Team 11 unit transitioned over to a local Type 3 IMT on Monday, July 3, 2017.

This was the final fire update.

SPARTAN FIRE

June 27, 2017.  The Spartan Fire was a second fire that ignited on June 26.  It was located five miles SE of Wenatchee with the same fire fuels.  160 firefighters were assigned including handcrews and dozers.  4,500 acres. 10% contained.  Active fire spread to the southwest.

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A USFS handcrew preps to work overnight on the Spartan Fire. Photo taken on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 28, 2017.  No update.

June 29, 2017.  The fire grew to 9,000 acres scorched and had a 60% containment status.  It was now located nine miles SE of Wenatchee.  There were 50 personnel assigned.   Fire Officials were happy to report that all containment lines held and no new fire growth overnight. Crews were tasked with actively monitoring potential hotspots and patches of unburned grass within the fire perimeter.

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In order to lead and organize their fire crews, Interagency fire managers must work together to come up with a plan. Here they are working together doing just that. Spartan Fire on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 30, 2017.  Fire activity showing minimal activity and that all containment lines continue to hold.  Crews were tasked with patrol and to begin repairing of fire line used during suppression efforts.  Two 24-hour shifts of fire crews have been assigned.

July 1, 2017.  The fire was deemed to have a 100% containment status and listed 8,730 acres burned.  Fire command was turned back over to a local fire jurisdiction which included Chelan FD and WA State DNR) at 0600 on Saturday.  This would be the last fire update from NW Team 11.

170629 Retardant Drop

Fire suppression from the air assists those on the ground as well, Without this resource would make ground crews’ jobs much more difficult.

RESOURCES

Multiple fire agencies came together for a single purpose – put the wildfire out.   The Incident Cooperators for this event was the BLM, Chelan County Office of Emergency Chelan Co OEM), Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Sheriff Office and WA DNR.

EVACUATIONS

On June 29, 2017, Grant County had Level 2 evacuations in order for residents in parts of NW Quincy and southwest of Monument Hill.  Douglas County would instill Level 3 orders for those along the Palisades Road corridor and at the Hwy 28 Junction.  Level 2 were in effect for the Trinidad area along Mansfield Rd.  A church and the Humane Society opened their doors for people and their pets, as shelters.  Chelan County issued Level 1 orders for the Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moss Carr Road, Ingersoll Road and Tarpiscan Road.

On June 30th, all evacuation orders were lifted.

SMOKE IMPACTS

Smoke impacts on June 29, 2017 were expected to spread to the east towards Quincy and reaching possibly to the furthest areas such as Spokane and Moses Lake.  It was likely that the light canyon winds would push up  the smoke into the Wenatchee Valley.

WILDFIRE STATS

FIRE FACT: In 2017, there were a total of 2,079 human-caused wildfires burning 262,328 total acres in WA & OR. OR: 906 fires, 172,887 acres WA: 1173 fires, 89,441 acres  year-to-date.

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FIRE IMAGES

All Fire Images not listing a Photo Credit underneath are due to multiple images used by the same Photographer/Source.  We give full photo credit to WA DNR – SE Region via Inciweb.  All photo credits have been given to the best of our ability.  We give KUDOS to the men and women behind the camera showcasing firefighters in action from the air and on the ground.

[Source:  GACC/NWCC]

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

 

#MonitorFire | WA | Update 2

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

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

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2

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

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

There were no injuries or damage reported to any structure.

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

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

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

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

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

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

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

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

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

#MonitorFire | WA | Update 1

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

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

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

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

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

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

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

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

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

New Fire Start in WA | September 30 2017

POST SUMMARY | Fire season has mostly been dwindled down from over 30 wildfires to less than 10, except for Douglas County in Washington with a new fire start.  Here is our recap for Saturday, September 30, 2017.

WHITEHALL FIRE 

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Photo Credit: Grant County Fire District #13

Around 1216 hours today, a very large fire broke out near Whitehall Road and Road 7 SE and about 12 miles East of Coulee City (WA) from an unknown cause.   Firefighters from Ephrata FD, Grant County Fire Districts 5, 3 and 13 were dispatched as mutual aid for Douglas County and Coulee City Fire.   At that time, structure protection units were also requested.

At 1420 hours, Firefighters were still actively fighting this fire with increased behavior including wind-driven runs and spotting over containment lines.  BLM and DNR were also on-scene and assisting along with Grant County District 4.  Air resources were requested by BLM to deploy to this fast-moving wildfire that is now said to be threatening some structures in the area, where some firefighters are working and have in place structure protection.

Due to the increased wind, the fire has quickly grown from a small 1,000 acres to up to 15,000 in less than an hour with a 0% containment status!  With this being said, State mobe has been requested for assistance.  It was approved at 1545 hours the Washington State Patrol, the Agency that oversees the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Smoke was visible from Ephrata/Soap Lake areas.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

Teamwork to remove debris cleared for containment lines on the Broken Lookout Fire.

Photo Credit: John Moyer

Consists of Pup and Broken Lookout Fires.  (East Zone). Fire update also includes the West Zone.

Pup Fire.  8,279 acres. 42% containment status. Located NW and SE of Hershberger Lookout partially in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness (OR).  Repair work being done on a secondary dozer and hand lines.

Broken Lookout Fire.  19,181 acres. 27% containment. Located directly west of Union Creek on the Southern end of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness.

Total Resources for both Zones include 462 personnel, 2 Type 2 Ia crews, 6 Type 2 crews, 6 camp crews, 8 engines, 4 masticators, 2 medium helicopters, 2 light helicopters, 1 bulldozer, 2 water tenders and 189 overhead personnel.

Incident Command consists of the NW IMT Team 8 (West Zone) that is located at the Joseph Stewart State Park near Lost Creek Reservoir SW of Prospect, OR.  A Spike camp is located at Milo Academy near Milo, OR.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

Beargrass sprouts in burned area - Beargrass is resprouting in some areas that burned in the Eagle Creek Fire. This area is west of Tanner Creek on the BPA right of way.

Beargrass (Life) is starting to sprout again in burned area. Photo Credit: Inciweb

The Eagle Creek fire has now reached 48,831 acres with a 46% containment status.  It is located on lands inside the Columbia River Gorge National Park in Oregon.

A cold front arrived over the fire and delivered up to a 1/4 inch of rain on Friday helped make the ground brush damp enough to not stop fire repair efforts.  Rain and cooler temps are expected throughout the weekend with a broadcasted message to crews to be extra careful of potentially dangerous slippery conditions and other hazards that could impact their safety.

Resources assigned to this wildfire are 4 hand crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter, 10 excavators, 1 dozer, 3 chippers, 1 feller-buncher, 1 forwarder, 1 processor, 1 log loader, 3 skidders, 1 road grader and 229 total personnel.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Store Gulch GS, Illinois River, Unwrapping back side of structure, Sep 22, 2017

Structure protection of the Store Gulch GS. Photo Credit: Inciweb

The Chetco Bar Fire’s Rogue River – Siskiyou NF personnel will host a public meeting this evening at 1800 hours at the Illinois Valley H.S. located at 625 East River Street in Cave Junction, OR.  They will provide a historical update on the fire.    Fire suppression work will continue, to continue patrol for any hotspots and put them out.  The Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR has been lifted.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

The Umpqua North Complex consists of several fires. Total acres burned have been 43,158 with a 79% containment status. This fire originally started on August 11, 2017 from lightning.  Command is being led by a Nevada Type 3 iMT Team 2.

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

Burn out operations in Toketee Falls. Photo Credit: Inciweb

Current resources on-scene are 2 crews, 1 helicopter, 7 engines, 2 bulldozers, 1 grinder, 5 water tenders, 11 pieces of other heavy equipment such as excavators, dump trucks, front end loaders, chippers and the list goes on. There are 216 total personnel assigned to this incident.

MILLER COMPLEX FIRE

The Miller Complex Fire is located on private land and federal land on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles west of Ashland, OR.    Currently, the fire is listed at 37,045 acres destroyed with a 85% containment status.  This fire started on August 14, 2017 from lightning.  There are 187 personnel still assigned to this incident.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/302/017 – 1655 hours PDT

NW Wildfires Still Active | Sept 14 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Desolation Fire, airtanker use, September 12, 2017

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

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

Credit: Z Winters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smoldering tree trunk

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

Raven Roost 9-3-17

Credit: Jason Emhoff (via Inciweb)

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

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

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

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

Cutting line Still

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

Picture of portable tanks and water truck.

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

Briefing at Broken Arrow camp

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

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

Hand crews work constructing containment line on the Uno Peak Fire

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

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

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

Credit: Bill Leslie (via Inciweb)

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

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

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

 

 

 

Some Wildfires Dying Down | Sept 10 2017

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

ARCHER MTN FIRE

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

Credit: WA DNR

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

Credit: WA DNR

12 homes, 10 others are currently under threat.

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

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

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

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

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

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

CHETCO BAR FIRE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TFR issued by the FAA is in effect.

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

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EAGLE CREEK FIRE  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Road Closures:  https://tripcheck.com

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

$7,100,000 CTD.

EAST CRATER FIRE

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

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

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

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

FALCON COMPLEX

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

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

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

There are 5 homes and 15 minor structures threatened.

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

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

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

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

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

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

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

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

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX

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

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

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

Structures prepared with sprinklers ahead of the fire

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOX CANYON FIRE.  27 acres.

PETE FIRE.  51 acres.

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

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE

Horse Prairie Fire Panoramic Photo

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

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

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

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

2 structures have been lost. 9 homes are threatened.

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

JACK CREEK FIRE

Jack Creek Fire View From Van Epps Pass Sept 9

2,732 acres. 0% contained.

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

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

Unknown cost-to-date known.

JOLLY MTN FIRE

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

Photo credit: Ken Gregor

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Kale Casey

Hotshot Crews in Fire camp. Credit: Kale Casey

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

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

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Filling station on the Jolly Mtn Fire. Credit Kale Casey

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

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

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

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

JONES FIRE

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

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

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

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

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

Closures in effect.

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

MILLER COMPLEX 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILLIFIRE

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

59 personnel. 2 crews, 5 engines.

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

205 homes are under threat.

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

NORSE PEAK FIRE

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

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

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National Guard during a briefing on the Norse Peak Fire.

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

9/8/17

Structure protection of cabins.

1 minor injury reported.

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

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

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

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

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

NORTH PELICAN FIRE

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

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

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

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

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

POTATO HILL FIRE

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

11 personnel. 2 engines.

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

$377,000 Cost-to-Date.

SAWMILL CREEK FIRE

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

DNR Crew

National Guards assisting Fire Command.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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848 acres. 0% contained.

No structures reported as damaged or destroyed.

No injuries have been reported.

$867,000 Cost-to-Date.

STALEY FIRE

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

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

90 personnel.  1 crew and 6 engines.

$8,300,000 CTD.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Task Force Spearhead being briefed at the ICP.

Devil Fire.  Continuing with fire suppression activities.

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

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

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

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

Burnout operations in progress

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

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

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

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

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

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

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

UNO PEAK FIRE

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

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

Fire behavior is active with torching, flanking and backing.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WA Wildfires Expected to Burn into October | Sept 7 2017

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

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

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

There are approximately 110 homes still being threatened.

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

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

#AmericanFire #NorsePeakFire

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

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

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

Fire behavior was reported as active with backing and running.

There are currently 12 homes that are being threatened.

#ArcherMtnFire #ArcherMountainFire

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

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

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

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

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

NW IMT11 evening meeting on the fire.

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

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

Extinguishing the fire.

Extinguishing the fire.

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

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

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

#BridgeCreekFire

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

Fire fuels include heavy dead and down timber stands.

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

#DiamondCreekFire

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

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

1,000 acres have been burned.

There are 19 personnel on this fire with one engine.

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

#EastCraterFire

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

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Helicopter working on the Jack Creek Fire.

 

 

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

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

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

 

#JackCreekFire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#JollyMtnFire #JollyMountainFire

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

Smoke coming off Norse Peak Fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

#NorsePeakFire

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

Dozer and Fire Fighter

Roadways are being used as Fire breaks.

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

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

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

#QuarryFire

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

Smoke and hazy conditions along the fireline

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

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

Fire activity along Sawmill Ridge

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

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

#SawmillFire

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

The Ferry Peak Fire on September 1, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

#UnoPeak

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fires Spread All Over Our Landscapes | Sept 6 2017

POST SUMMARY | Wildfires seem to be popping up all over our landscapes here in Washington and Oregon without permission of course, but we must fight them however we can.  Here is how firefighters are doing just that and more.
We are currently tracking almost NW 30 wildfires on a daily basis, while working to bring you Fire Info on additional fires (CA wildfires on The CA Fire Report). Here is our recap for  10+ Washington State wildfires for Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Note:  Fires shown on this map are only for those 350+ acres.

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WASHINGTON STATE FIRES

AMERICAN FIRE

11 miles W of Cliffdell. Start 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. USDA lead agency with 2 personnel. 0 resources.

635 acres. 0% contained.  110 homes still threatened.

Fire is being monitored to make sure it remains confined to the wilderness.  Fire crossed over the Kettle Creek to the East. No further details on this fire due to heavy smoke and limited visibility.

Norse Peak Fire personnel are on stand-by in case needed for fire suppression efforts.

There are currently no other resources or personnel assigned to this fire at this time.

#AmericanFire

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

2 miles NE of Keller. Start 8/9/2017. Colville Agency. Lightning caused.

276 total personnel. 5 line crews, 16 engines, 5 bulldozers, 14 water tenders, 1 skidgins, 2 masticators and 1 feller-buncher along with air resources (1 Type 2 medium helicopter).

Briefing on the Bridge Creek Fire.

Fire has been knocked down to a moderate fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and isolated torching. Some resources are being demobilizing from this fire, as fewer resources are needed at this time.

The Mount Tolman Fire Center has set the Fire Danger Level at “Very High” across the Colville Reservation.

Remaining fire personnel will focus on much of the heat of the fire located along the NE perimeter and interior in Division G. They will also work to establish a solid mop-up line 100 feet from the fire’s edge.  This is where the greatest number of personnel are assigned.

Extinguishing the fire.

Putting the water on the red stuff.

Other firefighters will continue to utilize the infrared camera along the SW perimeter.  There are only three areas where heat has been observed.

3,709 acres. 84% contained.  The estimated containment date has been changed from 9/20/2017 to 10/20/2017.

 Daisy Trail/Lynx Creek Rd., Red Thunder Cutoff , BIA Rd. 1045, Oregon City Rd. and Boss Creek Roads are closed, along with Summit Trail and Oregon City are closed.

$15.4 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

27 miles NNW of Winthrop on the Pasayten Wilderness. Start 7/23/2017 around 0945 hours. Cause has been solved and determined to be human intervention.  Law Enforcement Officials have not released the cause to the Public.

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

USDA Forest Service lead Agency.  50 personnel. 1 engine and 2 helicopters.

The Diamond Creek Fire crossed over the Canadian border on 8/29/2017.

Extreme fire behavior with short-crown runs, group torching and spotting is occurring.  Heavy smoke appears as the inversion continues, now into multiple days enabling the fire  to be stuck in rocky terrain just over Butte Pass at the head of Monument Creek.    Majority of the fire continues to move NW into Canada.

July 31 Dollar Creek Drainage

Fire in the Dollar Creek drainage on 7/31/2017.

105,000 acres and 65% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.  Fire fuels include Heavy dead and down timber stands.

1 home and 2 minor structures destroyed.  500 homes and 150 minor structures threatened.

 Today is the 88th consecutive day without rain over much of the North Central Washington State area. Much of the same weather will continue mid-week.

$10 Million CTD. #DiamondCreekFire

EAST CRATER FIRE

12 miles West of Trout Lake was reported on  9/3/2017, as burning in the Indian Heaven wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot NF.   Unknown cause but is under investigation. Fire currently unstaffed and with no resources assigned to this wildfire.

Fire reported in the Indian Heaven Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot NF on Saturday.  The Pacific Crest Trail or PCT  as known to hikers were evacuated and other trails.

The Indian Heaven Wilderness and approximately 10 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail or the PCT are closed at this time.

Signed Closure Order for East Crater Fire 9/4/2017

Closure map for the East Crater Fire on 9/4/2017.

All trails including the Indian Heaven Wilderness and West to the 65 Road and 30 Road extending North to the 30 Road intersection with Road 24 are closed.

The 24 Road and all campgrounds accessed by the 24 Road from the 30 Road to the 6020 Road are also closed.

Eastern border shut down from the 24 road south along 6020 and the 6030 road to its junction with 6035.

Additional closures on the Southern border at Indian Heave wilderness and the 60 road along with the PCT between FS Road 60 near Crest Horse Camp north to Surprise Lakes.

1,000 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 9/23/2017

$20,000 CTD. #EastCraterFire

JACK CREEK FIRE

15 miles WSW of Leavenworth.  Start 8/11/2017.  Lightning caused. 20 personnel. 0 resources.

NE winds will pull wildfire smoke into the area from the State of Montana and our nearby neighbor, British Columbia, Canada.  This will reduce visibility, which is currently impacting aircraft recon and infrared flights.

Recon flight sept 2, 2017

A recon flight shows the magnitude on the Jack Creek Fire on 9/2/2017.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and isolated tree torching.  Firefighters have spotted fire over Jack Ridge and has been established in the Eightmile drainage prompting immediate evacuation of campers and day hikers closing off all trails in the area.

Firefighters to begin point protection activities within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  

Fire grew to the South in the Van Epps drainage and grew largely east through the 2008 Jack Creek fire footprint.  It currently has a moderate fire behavior with surface fire, single-tree and group tree torching.

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

Column to the left is Jack Creek, column in the bottom right is the Jolly Mountain Fire

Jack Creek smoke column from the South on 9/2/2017.

Fire Managers are allowing the fire to burn its natural course for ecological benefits.

2,154 estimated acres. 0% contained.  Estimated containment date is 11/1/2017.

#JackCreekFire

 

JOLLY MOUNTAIN  FIRE

11 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.

Image may contain: sky, mountain, cloud, outdoor and nature

Credit: Jolly Mtn Facebook Page

The Washington State National Guard was activated on 9/6/2017 at the request of the Kittitas County EOC to assist with road blocks, traffic control and firefighting efforts.

WNG personnel will work directly under EOC Command for Law Enforcement support while firefighting resources work for the PNW 2 Type 1 IMT.  They were also requested back in 2014 for the Snag Canyon Fire.

PNW  Team 2, a Type 1 IMT.  775 total personnel. 16 crews, 9 helicopters and 78 engines. Fire is in State Mobe status, which activates many resources at the Local, County and State levels bringing out those statewide.

COMMUNITY MEETING

9/7/2017 @ 1800 Hours

Walter Strom Middle School Gym @ 2694 SR 903, Cle Elum WA 98922

Jolly Mtn Fire ICP briefing Governor Inslee on 9/5/2017. You can see how massive the fire is in the middle of the map. Credit: Gov. Inslee Office

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

On 9/2/2017, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee declared a State-Of-Emergency due to wildfires across the State.  This activated the National Guard, the EOC and  local and state firefighting resources.  

There are 775 personnel, 19 crews, 78 engines and 9 helicopters assigned to this incident.

Proclamation Order.   http://governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/proc_17-12.pdf

Fire crew briefing

4,204 homes and 1,073 minor structures threatened. (no change since 9/5’s post.)

FREE Personal N95 air masks are available at the Kittitas County Public Health Department, Central Washington University SURC Info desk, Putnam Center in Cle Elum and Kittitas Fire District #7 in Upper County.

24,514 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017. 

$12.9 Million fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

#JollyMtnFire #JollyMountainFire

NORSE PEAK FIRE

11 miles West of Cliffdell. Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.

Raven Roost 9-3-17

Raven Roost on 9/3/2017. Credit: Jason Emhoff (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The infrared camera used shows a substantial increase in acreage for both the NORSE PEAK FIRE and AMERICAN FIREs.  

NORSE PEAK FIRE crossed over the PCT on Monday and entered the Crystal Mountain ski area.

341 personnel. 6 crews, 22 engines, 2 helicopters, 3 bulldozers and 7 water tenders.

Fire personnel will continue to complete work along SR 410 to the SSE.  The fire on the Western edge continues to threaten structures and crews are working on suppression and containment.

View from Pyramid Pass 9-3

View from Pyramid Pass on 9/3/2017. Credit: Ken Didion (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Enumclaw residents are not due to evacuate as the fire is about 30 miles away from them. Enumclaw FD has put out a Presser that they are not expecting the fire to move towards town. They are monitoring the fire situation very closely.

43,485 acres.  8% contained.  Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

$7.6 Million total costs. #NorsePeakFire

QUARRY FIRE

30 miles NE of North Bend on the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie NF.  Fire burning on private land and Forest lands. Start 8/11/2017.  Human caused.  Fire fuels include timber and medium  logging slash.

Crew

90 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. The current IC (NV Team 3) transitioned with a local Type 3 organization on 9/3/2017 @ 0600 hours.

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

Fire behavior is slowly moving to South and East. 130 acres. 40% controlled. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

$ Unknown. #QuarryFire

SAWMILL CREEK FIRE New!

Fire activity along Sawmill Ridge

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

Fire fuels include Timber (litter & understory).  Currently burning on industrial timber, NF land and WA DNR protected lands and in the Greenriver Watershed.

75 personnel. 2 crews and 5 engines.  Lead Agency is WA DNR. IC is a Type 3, SE WA IMT Team 1.  Type 3 resources have been ordered and will be soon arriving to the fire line.

840 acres. 0% contained.

#SawmillFire

UNO PEAK FIRE

Smoke from the Uno Peak Fire on September 1, 2017.

16 miles NE of Manson and burning on the steep slopes of the east shore of Lake Chelan on USFS managed lands. Start 8/30/2017.  Cause unknown.

13 homes and 22 minor structures threatened.  One home destroyed. Fire fuels include timber and brush.

220 personnel. 4 crews, 7  engines and 1 helicopters.  Fire Command is being managed by the NW IMT Team #10 which they assumed command on 9/2/2017.

Fire behavior is active with torching, flanking and backing. 6,017 acres. 1% contained. Estimated containment date 10/15/2017.

$1.4 Million CTD. #UnoPeak

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/6/2017 2130 PDT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firestorms Explode in the NW | Sept 5 2017

POST SUMMARY | Some wildfires have turned into Firestorms burning up everything that stands in its path, as if it were a runaway freight train.
Here is our recap for Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

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WASHINGTON STATE FIRES

AMERICAN FIRE

11 miles W of Cliffdell. Start 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. USDA lead agency with 2 personnel. 0 resources.  $397,000  total costs.  #AmericanFire

Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and flanking. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.  500 acres. 0% contained. 110 structures threatened.

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

2 miles NE of Keller. Start 8/9/2017. Colville Agency. Lightning caused.  286 personnel. 5 crews, 18 engines, 1 helicopter. $15.1 Million CTD. $15.1 Million total costs. #BridgeCreekFire

SEAT (Fire Boss). Credit: Bonnie Boyd (via Inciweb)

Active fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching. 3,709 acres. 78% contained.  0 structures/infrastructure/assets threatened.  Estimated containment  date is 9/20/2017.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE.  27 miles NNW of Winthrop. Start 7/23/2017. Cause under investigation.  16 personnel. 2 helicopters. 1 engine. #DiamondCreekFire

58,794 acres. 65% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.   1 home destroyed.  4 minor structures threatened. 2 minor structures destroyed.

EAST CRATER FIRE.  12 miles West of Trout Lake. Start 9/3/2017. Unknown cause. 19 personnel. 1 engine. $20,000 CTD. #EastCraterFire

Moderate fire behavior.  1,000 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 9/23/2017

JACK CREEK FIRE.  15 miles WSW of Leavenworth.  Start 8/11/2017.  Lightning caused. 20 personnel. 0 resources. #JackCreekFire

Recon flight sept 2, 2017

Recon flight over the Jack Creek Fire on 9/2/2017.

Structure protection within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness will start on Wednesday. 2,154 acres. Estimated containment date is 11/1/2017.

JOLLY MTN FIRE.  13 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  711 personnel. 15 crews, 82 engines and 5  helicopters. $12 Million total costs. #JollyMtnFire

23,106 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.

NORSE PEAK FIRE.  11 miles West of Cliffdell. Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  337 personnel., 9 crews, 22 engines, 3 bulldozers, 7 water tenders and 2 helicopters. $6.9 Million total costs. #NorsePeakFire

Smoke is coming from a wilderness area, with a yellow view around them.

Fire burning on the Norse Peak Fire.

19,382 acres. 8% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

QUARRY FIRE.  30 miles NE of North Bend. Start 8/11/2017. Human caused.  90 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. $ Unknown. #QuarryFire

130 acres. 40% contained. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

UNO PEAK FIRE.  16 miles NE of Manson. Start 8/30/2017.  Cause unknown.  186 personnel. 4 crews, 4 engines and 2 helicopters. #UnoPeak

2,382 acres. 1% contained. Estimated containment date 10/15/2017.

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OREGON FIRES

CHETCO BAR FIRE. 5 miles NE of Brookings in the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. #ChetcoBarFire

Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Fire fuels include:  mixed conifer, brush and snags from previous fire scars (2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire scars).  Extreme fire behavior with group torching, spotting and short-crown runs.

Eagle Fire. Credit: IAFF Local 1159.

Resources include 1,599 personnel. 42 crews, 80 engines, 22 dozers, 21 water tenders and 7 helicopters.

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

Chetco Bar Fire Community Briefing

9/6/2017 @ 1800 Hours

Brookings-Harbor H.S., 625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, OR

176,700 acres. 5% contained.  8,523 homes, 3,713 non-residential commercial and 50 other minor structures.  1 home and 8  minor structures damaged  6 homes, 20 minor structures destroyed.

Eagle Creek Fire surrounds Munra Pt. in the Columbia River Gorge on 9/4/2017. Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff.

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

Become a Fire Smart Hero to yourself and your Family by becoming Firewise.  Here is how you can start today by following these great recommendations, Courtesy of Forest Service NW.

A temporary flight restriction or TFR is in effect. No drones have been present that Fire Officials know of and to keep firefighters safe in the air and ground, it must stay clear of them.  Unsure where you can fly? Check out this website at http://www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org

EAGLE CREEK FIRE  

2 miles South of Cascade Locks on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (USFS).  Start 9/2/2017.  Human caused.  457 personnel.  4 crews, 29 engines and 5 helicopters. $700,000 total costs. #EagleCreekFire

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Smoke billows from the mountainside. Courtesy of Eagle Creek and Indian Creek Fires 2017

283 homes and 15 mixed commercial/residential structures threatened.

Extreme fire behavior with torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.  Fire has moved across the river and burning in both Oregon and Washington State. Fire crews were busy with structure protection and evacuations.

10,000 acres. 0% contained.  Estimated containment is unknown.

Multnomah County Sheriff Office states as of 1000 hours on Tuesday there are no new evacuations but the previous orders are still in effect.  Level 3 Warrendale, Dodson, Larch Mountain, Latourell, Bridal Veil and East Corbett.   Level 2 Corbett and Springdale.  Evacuation Shelter is located at the Mt. Hood Community College at 3691 NE 17th Drive, Gresham, OR.

Social Media is reporting this fire located about 30-40 miles is East of Portland’s air is full of a brownish-grey color of smoke is hanging in the air for the several days and soot raining down below.

STALEY FIRE

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

Photo of firefighters mopping up.

Mop-up operations around Staley Fire.

Fire behavior is moderate and backing. 2,234 acres. 76% contained.  217 personnel.

TUMBLE BUG 2 FIRE.   Started at the time and about 5 miles East of the Staley. Suppression efforts being made on fire suppression and structural protection of public and private timber, cultural and historic resources and critical habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl and Bull Trout.  Fire now in patrol status. #TumbleBug2Fire

9/5/17 Jade Creek Mop up

Jade Creek Fire

JADE CREEK FIRE. 16 miles East of Bly on the Oregon Fremont – Winema NF.  Start 8/29/2017.  Lightning caused.  Fire fuels include timber and logging slash.  287 personnel. SW Area IMT 3.  #JadeCreekFire

Very little smoldering and creeping observed on Monday.  Crews are continuing with mop-up operations.  782 acres. 51% contained.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

20 fires burning within the Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF on the High Cascades Ranger District, the Umpqua NF, Tiller Ranger District and the Fremont – Winema NF in the Sky Lakes wilderness. 13 of these wilderness have been contained and are in patrol status. 7 are being managed with full suppression strategy.  742 personnel.  #HighCascadesComplex

Whaleback snow shelter

Snow shelter covered with fire-resistant wrapping.

Broken Lookout Fire.  Priority fire due to Hwy 62 and Union Creek. To use air resources to stop fire spread and to strengthen containment lines, as well as structure protection.

Blanket Fire.  2nd priority due to Hwys 230 & 138 and the entrance to Crater Lake National Park.  Burning within the Blanket Creek drainage on the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. Crater Lake National Park. A lightning strike caused the fire to ignite on 7/26/2017.

Spruce Lake Fire.  3rd priority due to Hwy 62 and Wood River Valley. Another lightning strike caused this fire on 7/29/2017, burning on the West side of the Crater Lake National Park.  NW IMT Team 7 took over management on 8/24/2017.

Burnout ops on HCC

Burnout operations during night operations

Pup Fire.  4th priority due to Hwy 62.  To provide structure protection for Hershberger Lookout and nearby telecommunications site.

Incident Cooperators include OR DOF, OR Military Department and Warm Springs FD.

Fire remains to be active with short-crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. 42,120 acres. 18% contained.

POTATO HILL FIRE

Between FS Rd. 830 and Hwy 20 South of Lost Lake Campground in OR.  Reported 8/29/2017. Cause unknown. 59 personnel. #PotatoHillFire

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

Potato Hill fire on 8/31/2017.

Crews continue to mop up within the fire perimeter  and secure containment lines as the fire continues to smolder in heavy fire fuels such as heavy logging slash and timber (litter & understory). Smoke due to heavily impact Hwy 20 night and early morning.

HORSE PRAIRIE FIR

12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley.  Reported 8/27/2017 around 1530 hours.  Cause is unknown.  1,099 personnel.

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

16,419 acres. 25% contained.

JONES FIRE

Located in the Little Fall Creek watershed in the Willamette NF and 9 miles East of Fall Creek Reservoir, as well as 1 mile North of Clark Butte.  Start 8/10/2017 around 1850 hours.  Lightning caused. 558 personnel. 4 camp crews, 15 hand crews, 22 engines, 8 dozers, 23 water tenders, 2 medium and 1 light helicopters.  #JonesFire

Moon in sky over mountain.

Fire Moon. Credit: Marcus Kauffman

Unified Command consists of the NW IMT Team #12, Willamette NF and the OR DOF.

Fire behavior is active with spotting, uphill runs, and group torching.  Monday’s activities included addressing and use fire suppression tactics to put out spot fires and securing lines again.

8,536 acres, 48% contained.  Estimated containment date is 10/30/2017.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

Dry Cr., Happy Dog Fire 9-1-17, Kari Greer, USFS

Dry Creek and Happy Dog Fire on 9/1/2017. Credit: Kari Gree/USFS

Located 50 miles East of Roseburg, OR and along 35 miles of the Hwy 138 corridor and spread throughout the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts. Started as multiple fires.   Start 8/11/2017 around 1030 hours. Majority were lightning caused and moved through the area in August.  Main fires separated into east and weest zones.  956 personnel. #UmquaNorthComplex

Fire fuels include timber, tall grass and brush.

Oak Knob, Brookentooth, Devil, Rattlesnake, Happy Dog Fires.

31,568 acres. 24% contained.  Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/5/2017 – 2230 Hours PDT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Wildfires Ignite on Labor Day | Sept 4 2017

POST SUMMARY | Due to the vast number of wildfires breaking out, we will be only covering any wildfire over 10,000 acres in detail, while those under this total will be summarized at the end of each of their States respectively.  

Here are the wildfires for the State of Washington. Oregon will be posted shortly.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE .   27 miles NNW of Winthrop and 12 miles North of Mazama, WA. Start 7/23/17. Burning within the Pasayten Wilderness.  The fire crossed into Canada on August 29, 2017.

Fire continued to move East 2-3 miles further into the Ashonola drainage and into farther North in BC. Smoke could be seen to the West, moving into the Little Willie drainage. Fire is expected to move towards Spanish Camp, Remmel Lake and Ptarmigan Creek areas.  Smoke to impact air quality in upper Methow Valley.  Large smoke columns expected to impact nearby trails.

mopping up along the fireline

75,000 acres.  65% contained.  Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

Cause is unknown, under investigation.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 50 personnel. 2 engines and 1 helicopter.

1 home and 2 minor structures were destroyed and 4 minor structures are threatened.

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JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE.   11 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  Start 8/11/17 by lightning. Timber (litter and understory).

 20,975 acres. 0% containment. Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

Extreme fire behavior with crowning, long-range spotting and flanking.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  677 personnel. 12 crews, 77 engines and 5 helicopters.

Heavy smoke settled into the valleys and did not lift until 1600 hours.  Fire behavior increased but not as significantly as it did on Saturday allowing fire crews to make good progress in the Teanaway Valley area. Crews continued burnout operations throughout the night to further secure communities and values at risk. Aerial resources helped slow the fire’s forward progression along the Sasse Ridge and on Hex Mountain.

Incident Operations Chief Brad Sawyer at Community Meeting August 31, 2017

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

Evacuations, which impacted homes, shelter info. Contact the EOC at 509-933-8305.

$10.8 Million CTD.

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NORSE PEAK FIRE .  11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. This fire along with the American Fire are being managed by the same IC IMT team and resources. Start 8/11/2017 by lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material.

PUBLIC MEETING.  9/5/2017 @  1830 – 1900 hours. Nile Valley Community Church, 60 Bedrock Lane in Naches.

Smoke is coming from a wilderness area, with a yellow view around them.

 Inversion conditions remained in place, giving firefighters opportunities to make progress on containment lines.  Brushing operations continued along 462 Rd. to the West.  Prep work continues along FS Rd. 1900 to the East between 410 and Kaner Flat.

USDA Forest Service lead Agency. 330 personnel. 6 crews, 28 engines , 7 water tenders and 2 helicopters.

 Incident Cooperators are the Nile – Cliffdell FD, WA DNR, Yakima Valley OEM and USFS.

An Engine Crew wating for a large orange tank of water to fill up. Crew members are sitting by the supplies setting some up and making sure the Tank fills properly

110 homes are threatened.   Level 1 Evacuations.  All facilities along Bumping River Road and the 1900 Road up to Kaner Flat Campground.

An Engine Crew waiting for the orange  portable tank of water aka Pumpkin to fill up.Forest Closures List. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices.

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FIRES UNDER 10,000 ACRES.

American Fire.  364 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment 10/1/2017. 2 personnel. $396,000 CTD.  Fire being managed with the Norse Peak Fire.  Fire is located 11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.

Bridge Creek Fire.  3,696 acres. 75% contained. 311 personnel. 4 crews, 9 engines and 6 helicopters. $14.8 Million CTD.  fire is located 11 miles NE of Keller, WA in the Colville Agency, BIA managed lands.

Jack Creek Fire.  1,200 acres. 0% contained. 20 personnel. 0 resources. $25,000 CTD.  Fire is located 15 miles SW of Leavenworth, WA on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.

Uno Peak Fire. 2,151 acres. 1% contained. 166 personnel. 4 crews, 1 engine, 2 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $650,000 CTD.  Fire is located 16 miles NW of Manson, WA on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.

 

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