NW Wildfires | Sit Rep Report | August 26, 2018

Here is a combined report on Northwest wildfires in the Washington and Oregon states.


Oregon State Department of Forestry

Ramsey Canyon Fire.  Medford Unit. 12 miles north of Eagle Point.  Timber, chaparral and short grass. Active fire behavior with backing, isolated torching and spotting. Structures and infrastructure under current threat. Evacuations and road closures in effect.  — 1,861 acres. 25% contained. 1,072 personnel.  30 crews. 66 engines. 8 helicopter.  1 structure lost.  — $3.6 Million Cost-to-date.

BLM – Medford District

Taylor Creek Fire.  10 miles West of Grants Pass.  IMT also managing the Klondike Fire.  Timber and brush are fire fuels.  Minimal fire behavior.  Structures threatened. Closures in effect. — 52,826 ares. 95% contained. 403 personnel.  9 crews.  22 engines. — $29.8 Million Cost-to-date.

Fremont – Winema National Forest

Watson Creek Fire.  13 miles west of Paisley. Timber and brush are fire fuels. Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, short crown runs and long-range spotting. Structures threatened.  Evacuation orders have been lifted.  Closures in effect. — 50,144 acres. 40% contained.  1040 personnel.  27 crews. 75 engines. 5 helos.  — $8.7 Million Cost-to-date.

Payette National Forest

Aerial view showing fire moving across ridges

Caton Fire.  7 miles Southwest of the Village of Yellowpine near Indian Point.   Started August 26, 2018 at 1547 hours.   Fire was detected on August 24 around 1200 hours.  Lightning caused. 400 acres.  Initial attack completed by smokejumpers, helirappellers and ground crews, aided by a SEATs and Air Tankers.  Due to hot, dry and windy conditions on August 24 and 25th, the fire grew.

Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest

Natchez Fire.  15 miles southeast of Cave Junction, OR. Timber and Chaparral. Moderate fire behavior with backing, torching and flanking. Numerous structures threatened.  Closures in effect.  Evacuation orders lifted. — 24,224 acres. 70% contained.  — 491 personnel.  11 crews. 17 engines. 6 helicopters. — $31.3 Million Cost-to-date.

Klondike Fire.  9 miles Northwest of Selma.  Timber and chaparral are fire fuels.  Active fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and spotting.  Homes threatened. Closures in effect.  — 108,530 acres.  41% contained. — 1,240 personnel.  24 crews. 42 engines. 3 helos.  — $28.1 Million Cost-to-date.

Willamette National Forest

Terwillinger Fire.  5 miles southeast of Blue River.  Timber is fire fuel.  Active behavior with running, spotting and group torching.  Structures being directly threatened.  — 4,721 acres. 1 % contained.  — 321 personnel. 7 crews. 13 engines. 4 helicopters. — $1.5 Million Cost-to-date.


Colville National Forest

Firefighter dripping fire from drip torch into brush along fireline to burn up fuel ahead of wildfire

Horns Mountain. | Credit: USFS

Horns Mountain Fire.  19 miles north of Evans.  Transfer of command from an IMT 2 back to the local unit to happen on August 28.  Timber and heavy logging slash are fire fuels.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, isolated torching and smoldering are being reported.  Homes threatened.  Closures in effect.  — 5,439 acres. 85% contained.  — 540 personnel.  13 crews.  10 engines. 3 helos. — $7.1 Million Cost-to-date.

Northeast Region – WA DNR

Boyds Fire.  3 miles West of Kettle Falls. Timber and brush are fire fuels.  Moderate fire behavior with baking, isolated torching and flanking. Structures are threatened.  — 4,549 acres. 73% contained.  — 529 personnel.  13 crews. 30 engines. 4 helicopters.  — 9 structures lost.  — $10.5 Million Cost-to-date.

Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest

Crescent Mountain Fire.   18 miles west of Winthrop. IMT also managing McLeod and Holman incidents.  We are reporting them separately from this one.    Moderate fire behavior with running, flanking and backing.  Homes threatened. Trail closures in effect.  Some rain fell over the area on Saturday.  — 42,784 acres. 24% contained.  — 584 personnel. 11 crews. 33 engines. 6 helicopters. — $15.1 Million Cost-to-date.

McLeod Fire.   8 miles north of Mazama.  Timber as fire fuel.  Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing.  Numerous homes threatened.  Closures in effect.  Rain fell over the fire line yesterday. — 21,585 ares.  5 % contained.  — 497 personnel.  14 crews. 36 engines.  — $3.4 Million Cost-to-date.

Holman Fire. 19 miles northwest of Mazama.  Timber as fire fuel.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Structures and communications infrastructure are being threatened. Closures in effect.  — 284 acres. 0% contained. — 0 resources.  — $3,000 Cost-to-date.

Miriam Fire.  15 miles East of Packwood.  IMT 2 transferring  command to the local unit on Monday, August 27, 2018.  — 4,228 acres.  40% contained.  281 personnel.  5 crews.  8 engines. 4 helicopters. — $11.2 Million Cost-to-date.

Cougar Creek Fire.  12 miles northwest of Ardenvoir.  IMT also managing the Bannock Lakes Fire.  Timber is fire fuel, along with medium logging slash and closed timber litter.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Homes threatened. Closures in effect. — 41,324 acres. 45% contained.  — 818 personnel.  19 crews. 28 engines. 9 helicopters.  — $28.8 Million Cost-to-date.

Bannock Lakes Fire.  14 miles southwest of Stehekin.  Timber and brush are fuels.  Minimal fire behavior.  Trails are the only closures in the area.  — 485 acres.  0 % contained. — 0 resources. — $39,000 cost-to-date.

Olympic National Forest

Maple Fire burnout from a distance.

Credit: Olympic National Forest

Maple Fire.  23 miles north of Shelton and 5 miles west of Hwy 101 on the Olympic Peninsula.   Started August 4, 2018 at 1100 hours PDT.  Human caused and under investigation. Heavy timber (litter, grass and understory) as fire fuels.   Fire behavior is moderate, flanking, backing and creeping.

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Remembering The Fallen 3 Heroes of the Twisp River Fire


August 19th today is a day of remembrance to three USFS wildland firefighters, Rick Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Tom Zbyszewski that were killed in 2015.  In attempt to escape in their fire apparatus a fast-moving wildfire, their vehicle veered off the road and was overrun by fire.

Video includes the Actual Call.  Video Credit:  Andy Lyon.

A fourth firefighter, Daniel Lyon exited the vehicle and ran to safety but not before the fire burned over 70% of his body.  He would survive his injuries but has endured a lot of surgeries, fingertip amputations, skin grafts and emotional scarring.  His doctors have said he has recovered remarkably but has a long journey ahead.  He is supported by his immediate family, fire family, friends and communities.  We often think of those who have lost their lives and those that have been saved.

WARNING:  Some of the descriptions and images may be disturbing to some of our readers. Please be cautioned and view at your own risk.   Video Credit:  Andy Lyon

These are the many untold stories shared on this unforgettable fire.  Video Credit:  Andy Lyon.

Please take the time to remember those in your communities and thank them for working tirelessly to protect homes, businesses, properties and in saving lives.  They give so much to protect us all.

We ask that you remember those who have left us way too early and to be with those that have been impacted by their loss. #NeverForget

#TheFallen3 #TwispRiverFire #WAwildfires2015 #USFS

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Tillman Surprise Fire | Loomis Forest | Washington | 1


Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 1950 hours PDT

Loomis Natural Resources Conservation area | Credit: WA DNR

A firestorm is brewing in the Loomis State Forest (Okanogan National Forest)  but for now it is a small 25-acre wildfire that is located seven miles west of Tonasket, Washington that started today.

Fire behavior is very active with a high rate of spread that is  wind-driven with torching and spotting.

As of 1925 hours this evening, the fire had burned through 25 acres.

Engine and hand crews were said to be engaging the fire and will do so into the night as safety allows them to do so. Original fire assets H 338 HI 142 HI 143 HI 145 HI 146 HI 147 HI 149 (IC)  HI 30 HI 60 NC 322 NC 325 SO 25 SO 27 were dispatched at 0959 hours PDT.  Resources arrived on-scene around 1040 hours PDT.

WA DNR resources include additional resources as engaging and acting as mutual aid assets.

Current weather conditions are 79*F temps with partly cloudy skies and winds at 2 mph (according to current weather reports).  Humidity is 34%.

TONASKET is a city within Okanogan County and is located along the eastern bank of the Okanogan River in north-central Okanogan County.   The City has approximately total of .80 square mile radius with a with a population of 1,016  (2015 census).  There is no water areas listed.

Source(s):  WA DNR,  WildCAD, Weather websites, Social Media


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A wildfire began on Saturday, August 11, 2018 is located west of Grand Coulee Dam and Banks Lake near Mansfield in Washington State.  The fire is burning near Sims Corner in Douglas County.

8/12/2018 – 1130 PDT – SUNDAY

SE WA IMT Team 2 is in command of fire. Team is handling PIO Social media posts.

————— SHELTER  —————
Lake Roosevelt Elementary.  503 Crest Dr, Coulee Dam WA
————— RESOURCES —————-
Arrived on-scene today.
Evacuation Notification: Grant Co Sheriff Office
————— FIRE STATUS  —————
Fire reported at 45,000 as of 0800 on 8/12 but some are now stating an unconfirmed number as 60,000 and fiercely growing by the minute.  Fire behavior is extreme with running and spotting.  Numerous structures, energy infrastructure and sage-grouse
habitat threatened.   Fire mobe resources have arrived and are on the fire line.
————— FIRE PHOTO —————
Credit:  Grant County Fire District #13:  Fire visible from Ephrata, Washington
Image may contain: cloud, sky, mountain, outdoor and nature
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Angel Springs Fire | Davenport WA | FINAL UPDATE


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Credit | WA DNR


A wildfire is burning about 7 – 8 miles northeast of Davenport, Washington that started on August 2, 2018 @ 1500 hours PDT by equipment.

8/12/2018 1100 PDT
5,046 acres. 95% contained. Firefighters on Saturday kept the fire within containment lines despite heavy wind conditions which would cause significant events such as knocking down snags within the fire perimeter. Crews also worked on extensive mop up and repair work on fences and lines. 214 personnel remain with engines checking & putting out hot spots. More resources will be released throughout the day. | FINAL UPDATE

8/11/2018 – 2130 PDT

5,046 acres. 90% contained. Minimal fire behavior. 351 personnel. 6 crews. 43 engines. 3 helos. 14 structures lost. 170 structures threatened. Some crews released today. $4.6M CTD.

8/10/2018  – 1945 PDT

5,081 acres. 60% contained. 14 structures burned. 180 threatened. 564 personnel. 13 crews. 3 helicopters. 68 engines.

8/9/2018 2000 PDT

5.081 acres. 60% contained. IC IMT Goldman. Minimal Fire behavior. 564 personnel. 13 crews, 68 engines and 3 helicopters. 14 structures have been lost. $3.3M.

8/8/2018 – 2100 PDT

5,043 acres. 35% contained with continued moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, observed isolated torching and backing. Cause is still unknown and under investigation.

There are 549 personnel along with 12 crews, 3 helos and 72 engines. Fire resources are pouring from the National Guard, Canada and Australia.

170 homes are threatened with 4 already destroyed along with 10 other structures which totals to 14 buildings. Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached $2,200,000.

8/6/2018 – 2145 PDT

Spokane County Fire District 8 Firefighters worked throughout the night on August 5th on the fire line and conducting burn out operations on the day of the 6th. Additional resources from Lincoln County Fire Districts 4 and 5, WA DNR, Federal, State and local agencies have come together collectively through fire suppression and containment efforts. Local farmers have gathered together to help build fire lines across their fields, as well as mineral soil to aid firefighters to stop the spread of the fire.

Per fire sources this morning, here is what we know so far (please be patient, things change so rapidly): 4,500 ares of timber, grass and brush. 15% contained. 2 structures lost. 170 threatened. 1 minor structure burned and one other threatened. 272 personnel with 8 crews, 3 helicopters and 45 engines.

On August 5th: Fire on NE portion was very active with visible fire and smoke throughout the day and night. Efforts focused in this area with crews, engines and dozers. Crews used air resources to their advantage including super scoopers dipping out of the Spokane River arm of Lake Roosevelt.

8/5/2018 – 1145 PDT

Started 8/2/2018. Cause unknown. 4,500 acres. 0% contained. 60 homes threatened, 1 destroyed. Other minor structures threatened, 1 destroyed. 160 personnel. 3 crews, 25 engines. Fire located in steep canyons w/rugged terrain.

8/4/2018 –  2030 PDT

Level 2 and 3 evacuations have been issued and assistance through Washington State Fire mobe have arrived on the fire line. The Northeast WA Interagency IMT with IC Eddie Lewis, a Type 3 has assumed command of the fire yesterday around 0600 hours. Cause is still unknown and under investigation.

4,700 acres scorched. 0% contained.

8/4/2018 – 0121 PDT

Initial call fire info – Angel Springs Rd, Lincoln County. Grass, brush, reproduction, timber. AR IC as of 8/2 1642 PDT. Resources dispatched BC 51 FP 13 FP 18 HI 35 NC 40+Crew NC 41+Crew NE 06 NE 12 at 1448 PDT. TYPE 3 TEAM IN PLACE – IC LEWIS / LOVE. TYPE 2 TEAM ORDERED.

8/3/2018 – 2300 PDT

160 firefighters. 4,500 ac. 0% containment. Dayshifters (FFs) are home (local Fire District) getting much-needed rest and sleep, will be back out on the fire line on Day 3. Night operations in effect with structure protection. Active Fire behavior with running, spotting and group torching. 2 structures destroyed (1 home and 1 outbuilding).

8/3/2018 – 0956 PDT

Aircraft and other resources dispatched from Roberts Field -Redmond Municipal Airport. Angel Springs Aerial Support. Lat/Lon 47 44.898, -118 4.500 dispatched through the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center.

8/2/2018 – 2030 PDT

Resources were dispatched around 1557 hours PDT today to a wildfire producing a large smoke plume about five miles north of Reardan which included engines fire boss airplanes and hand crews. (Video as of 1800 hours PDT – Courtesy NE WA IMT) 170 acres. 60% containment achieved. 6 structures threatened. 1 lost.  Gusty wind conditions are making fire suppression efforts challenging.


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A wildfire began on Saturday, August 11, 2018 is located west of Grand Coulee Dam and Banks Lake near Mansfield in Washington State.  The fire is burning near Sims Corner in Douglas County.

8/11/2018 – 2330 PDT – Saturday

————— LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS  —————

Town of Coulee Dam, Barker Canyon Rd, Pleasant Valley, N / NW Grand Coulee, Town of Coulee Dam, W side of Columbia River

 ————— LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS  —————

OTHER SIDE  of Columbia River

————— SHELTER  —————
Lake Roosevelt Elementary.  503 Crest Dr, Coulee Dam WA
————— RESOURCES —————-
State Fire mobe approved earlier this afternoon.  Tulalip Bay Firefighters have been deployed to the fire as of 2200 hours on Saturday evening.
Evacuation Notification: Grant Co Sheriff Office
————— FIRE STATUS  —————
1000 acres (about 1900 hours PDT). 0% contained.
We reached out to Grant County to verify that some are reporting the fire to be at 15,000 acres with an increase to 45,000 acres by morning. They told us that there is no official known acreage amount and the IMT will release those numbers on Sunday, August 12th when their presser is updated.
Big fire spread today with high winds. Burning into sagebrush land with grazing and sporadic homes and ranches.
1 firefighter injury with burns (reported by media o/s) to face, neck, hands. Transported to HMC (Seattle).
Mapping Credit: Mapping Support
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Washington Wildfire | Trinidad Fire | 2

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. – Update 2 – 2030 hours PDT


We are calling this wildfire the TRINIDAD FIRE because that’s what on the WildCAD that they are using. This fire is also know as the SR 28 FIRE (Grant County Sheriff Office) and SR 28 CRESCENT BAR FIRE (WSP).

Photo Credit | Washington State Patrol PIO Brian Moore

The fire is located on SR 28 at mile marker 19 in Douglas County, Washington State.


The fire is being reported as a 50-acre of grass and brush.  It is currently under control.  No word on the containment status.


The fire incident is considered open and active.

We will provide an update as soon as information is available.


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NEW | Washington Wildfire Has Three Incident Names | 1

QUINCY, Wash. – Update 1- 2015 hours PDT


A wildfire with three names is just as confusing as to the location and the fire resources it has called upon to respond to contain it.

Douglas County Resources

Fire units CREW-6201, CREW-6695, BLM E-6696, BLM H-1MR were just dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center to SR 28 and milemarker 19 (T20 R22 S10) at 1811 hours PDT.

Grant County Resources

Grant County Sheriff’s Office Deputies immediately implemented a Level 3 evacuation order of those on Mansfield Road with those on Crescent Bar Road were told to shelter-in-place.

This wildfire is being called by three different wildfire incident names.

–> SR28 FIRE by the Grant County Sheriff’s office

–> SR28 CRESCENT BAR FIRE by Washington State Patrol

–> TRINIDAD FIRE by the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center


The Washington State Patrol states the cause was due to a vehicle losing a tire.

ALERT –> Traffic Alerts

SR28: At Crescent Bar is now open.

ALERT –> Evacuations

Photo Courtesy | Grant County Sheriff’s Office

All evacuations on the Grant County side have been lifted.  Police state evacuations have been reduced to Level 1 and request that all persons stay off of this roadway.

As a reminder, always yield to Fire apparatus,  as firefighters will still be working in the area and because it is the #MoveOver law.

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Washington Wildfire | Cleveland Road Fire

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – A small wildfire broke out in grass, brush, reproduction and light timber on Sunday, July 8, 2018, when fire assets were rapidly deployed at 1535 hours today.

Resources AR-28 (IC), AR-414, AR-442 and AR-444 arrived on-scene and successfully reached all of their fire objectives.

The fire was held to 1.25 acres which was quickly contained at 1630 hours and under control at 1704 hours PDT.

Limited details available.

This is our first and last post regarding this incident, unless further information is provided.

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NEW | Washington Wildfire | Crystal Cove Fire

LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. – UPDATE 1 – 1900 hours PDT

A new wildfire at about three acres broke out on Sunday evening, prompting resources to be dispatched around 1617 hours PDT through the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

The original resources responding were AA, 444TS, AR-20, AR-26B, AR-44, AR-443, AR-63, C-6201, FB-202, FB-206, H-340, HT-41, HT-43 and NC-347.  They were quickly on-scene by 1642 hours PDT.

WA DNR sent out notification they had sent three engines, two hand crews, three planes and one helicopter at 1808 hours PDT.

The CRYSTAL COVE FIRE is also showing the same incident name as MILES FIRE (in the Wildcad.net system).

The fire is located northwest of Fort Spokane in Lincoln County, Washington.


The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center based in Colville has a coverage area that includes all or portions of Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Lincoln, Whitman, Adams, Grant and Garfield Counties.

The “Center” includes the US Forest Service,  Bureau of Land Management (BLM), USWFS, DNR and the National Park Service.

The Center dispatches and tracks 54 engines, 12 hand crews and over 150 fire personnel at given time.  In 2017, they began dispatching SEAT Bases at Omak and Deer Park, each having two firebosses, one air attack and one helicopter.

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