OR | Joseph Canyon Fire | 3

SIT REP 3 | JUNE 6, 2021 | 2240 PT

JOSEPH CANYON FIRE

A wildfire ignited by lightning is burning about 23 miles southwest of Lewiston, Idaho in Joseph Canyon.

The fire started in the morning hours of June 4, 2021.

It has now crossed over from the Oregon side into the southeastern portion of Washington State.

“This is probably one of the most difficult places to fight fire in Oregon. Joseph Canyon is known for its extreme terrain, communications challenges, and natural hazards.” – Matt Howard, Deputy Agency Administrator for the ODF.

View from Cottonwood Creek late Saturday, Photo by Jana Peterson, ODF
Joseph Fire. Credit – BLM

It was reported by the Washington Department of Resources, which began on the Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands that soon crossed over into the State of Washington protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The fire has burned 4,000 acres of grass and timber. There is a 0% containment status.

Fire behavior contains to be active with running and isolated torching. Conditions also include high winds.

There are 209 total personnel assigned along with 4 crews, 2 engines and 3 helicopters.

Four hand crews, two engines and three helicopters are currently assigned to the fire. Additional aviation and ground resources are arriving steadily.

Fire personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (USFS), Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) are working cooperatively to protect public and private lands affected by the fire.

Northwest 7 Type 2 Incident Management Team is shadowing the interagency Blue Mountain Type 3 Incident Management Team today and will assume command of the fire Monday, June 7, 2021.

A Resource Order was dispatched through the Roseburg Interagency Communications Center at 1151 hours this morning.

Cost-to-date has reached $150,000.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

OR | Wildfire Activity | 2

JUNE 6, 2021 | SUNDAY | 1715 PT

JOSEPH CANYON FIRE

A wildfire ignited by lightning is burning about 23 miles southwest of Lewiston, Idaho in Joseph Canyon. The fire started in the morning hours of June 4, 2021.

View from Cottonwood Creek late Saturday, Photo by Jana Peterson, ODF
Joseph Fire. Credit – BLM

It was reported by the Washington Department of Resources, which began on the Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands that soon crossed over into the State of Washington protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The fire has burned 3,700 acres of grass and timber. There is a 0% containment status.

Fire behavior contains to be active with running and isolated torching. Conditions also include high winds.

There are 107 total personnel assigned along with 4 crews, 2 engines and 3 helos. An IC IMT 2 (NW Team 7) is in comand.

Cost-to-date has reached $150,000.

SYCAN RIVER FIRE

The SYCAN RIVER FIRE has been fully contained.

679 acres were burned.

There are still 140 personnel attached with 3 crews and 8 helicopters.

No structures were reported as damaged or destroyed.

$1 Million is the Cost-to-date.

Cause is unknown.

MEHL CREEK FIRE

The Mehl Creek fire is located on the Oregon Department of Forestry lands, about two miles west of Elkton, Oregon.

110 acres consumed. 10% containment has been reached.

There are 140 total personnel assigned alongside of eight crews and two helicopters.

Total costs-to-date are $120,000.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

OR | Wildfire Activity

JUNE 5, 2021 2015 HOURS PT

JOSEPH CANYON FIRE

A new wildfire ignited by lightning is burning about 23 miles southwest of Lewiston, Idaho. The fire started in the morning hours of June 4. It was reported by the Washington Department of Resources, which began on the Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands that soon crossed over into the State of Washington protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Joseph Canyon Fire, June 4, 2021
Credit | BLM – Vale District

About 2,500 acres of grass have burned. It is burning in steep rugged terrain in the Joseph Canyon area of northern Wallowa County, Oregon.

On Friday, three airtankers dropped retardant on the fire perimeter inside the canyon, in addition to three Type-2 helicopters dropping water on hot spots.

Did You Know? | There were 22 new fires in the Northwest area in the last 24 hours which one became a large incident and making that three not contained wildfires burning. – NIFC

DRY CREEK FIRE

A second new fire is burning near the Joseph Canyon Fire and burning in the Walowa-Whitman National Forest. It too was sparked by lightning on June 4th.

Resources include: BLM Oregon, ODF and the USFS – Wallowa-Whitman NF.

This is an 80-acre fire.

Photo of the Medford Air Tanker Base, circa 2014. Repairs at the base were recently completed, and will ensure greater safety for operations heading into this fire season and those in the future.
Medford Airtanker Base. Credit | Rogue River-Siskiyou NF

SYCAN RIVER FIRE

The Sycan River Fire is burning on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, about 20 miles northeast of Beatty, Oregon. 679 acres of grass, timber and brush have been destroyed. Crews have successfully contained it to 75%. Expected full containment is expected on June 16, 2021.

There are 57 total personnel assigned along with one crew, and seven engines.

Total estimated fire suppression and containment costs to date is $1,000,000.

Did You Know? | As of June 4th, there were acres burned in 2021 to this date compared to last year at this time, which is four times the 10-year average. – ODF

MEHL CREEK FIRE

The Mehl Creek fire is located on Oregon Department of Forestry lands, about two miles west of Elkton, Oregon. 110 acres of timber and slash have been consumed.

There are 140 total personnel assigned alongside of eight crews and two helicopters.

Total costs-to-date are $120,000.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

#DryCreekFire | Washington State | 10

NEAR HUSUM, WASHINGTON STATE

Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out on WA DNR lands and on private properties.

Fire crews were dispatched on Friday, July 7th @ 2250 hours PDT.

Cause | Unknown and under investigation.

Location | The fire is located off of Highway 141 and 5 miles North of Husum, Washington State.

Command |  Transfer of command from IMT 2 back to the local
unit will occur today.

Resources | 521 personnel.  22 crews. 18 engines. 2 dozers. 8 water tenders. 2 skidders.

Fire Fuels | Medium logging slash, brush and tall grass.

Current Conditions |   Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with backing,
smoldering and creeping. 337 acres. 83% contained.

Evacuation Alert! |  Level 1 evacuation notice for homeowners North of Meyers Road and South of Pine Flats Road will be rescinded effective Monday, July 16, 2017 morning, as announced by the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office.

Traffic Alert! | SR 141 is open without restrictions.  Watch out for fire apparatus still operating in the area.

Burn Ban Alert |  An outdoor burn ban remains in effect for Klickitat County from July 1 through September 30, 2017.

Cost-To-Date | $3,500,000

 

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident #DryCreekFire #WaDNR #WAwildfires2017

Fire Image | Credit: WaDNR

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – 7/16/2017 @ 1040 Hours PDT

 

 

#DryCreekFire | Washington State | 9

NEAR HUSUM, WASHINGTON STATE

Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out on WA DNR lands and on private properties.

Fire crews were dispatched on Friday, July 7th @ 2250 hours PDT.

Cause | Unknown and under investigation.

Location | The fire is located off of Highway 141 and 5 miles North of Husum, Washington State.

Resources | 670 personnel; 27 crews, 26 engines, 2 dozers, 8 water tenders, 2 skidders and a Type 1 helicopter.  IC:  NW IMT Team 6.

Fire Fuels | Medium logging slash, brush and tall grass.

Current Conditions |  Conditions drying out, increased temps, low RH levels.  337 acres. 50% containment.  Crews in mop up operations.

Evacuation Alert! | Level evacuation orders for the Meyers Road and South of Pine Flat Road.

Traffic Alert! | Highway 141 near Dry Creek Fire in Klickitat County is now open to traffic led by a pilot car between Mile Marker 14 and Mile Marker 17.

Cost-To-Date | The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1.8 Million.

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident #DryCreekFire #WaDNR #WAwildfires2017

Fire Images | Credit: WaDNR

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2355 Hours PDT

 

 

#DryCreekFire | Washington State | 8

NEAR HUSUM, WASHINGTON STATE

Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out on WA DNR lands.

Fire crews were dispatched on Friday, July 7th @ 2250 hours PDT.

Cause | Unknown and under investigation.

Location | The fire is located off of Highway 141 and 5 miles North of Husum, Washington State.

Resources | 544 personnel. 24 crews, 21 engines, 2 dozers, 8 water tenders, 3 skidders and 3 helicopters.

Fire Fuels | Medium logging slash, brush and tall grass.

Current Conditions |  Decreased fire behavior with hot spots. Fire crews focused on installing and using water tanks, pumps and hoses to douse remaining hot spots around the perimeter of the burned area. The goal is to establish a buffer of reduced fuels.

Size | 322 acres destroyed but there is a 28% containment status gained.

Traffic Alert! | Highway 141 near Dry Creek Fire in Klickitat County is now open to traffic led by a pilot car between Mile Marker 14 and Mile Marker 17.

Cost-To-Date | The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1.8 Million.

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident #DryCreekFire #WaDNR #WAwildfires2017

Fire Images | Credit: WaDNR

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2355 Hours PDT

 

 

#DryCreekFire | Washington State | 7 | Special Broadcast Attached

NEAR HUSUM, WASHINGTON STATE

** Please see Special Broadcast at the bottom of this Post ** We also ask that you please share on your Social Media channels, local pawn stores, friends, family and anyone else you may know.  #SeeSomethingSaySomething and call 9-1-1 if you have any tips related to this burglary.  Thank you – LR Swenson/Editor **

Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out on WA DNR lands.  Fire crews were dispatched on Friday, July 7th @ 2250 hours PDT.

Cause | Unknown and under investigation.

Location | The fire is located off of Highway 141 and 5 miles North of Husum, Washington State.

Resources | 385 personnel broken down to 13 crews, 13 engines, 9 dozers, 3 water tender and 1 skidder, plus 4 helos (1 Type 1, 2 Type 2 and 1 Type 3).

Fire Fuels | Medium logging slash, brush and tall grass.

Current Conditions | Fire behavior on Monday was described as moderate with some backing, creeping and isolated flaring. Fire continues to back down into the drainages and make short uphill runs.

322 acres destroyed but there is a 15% containment status gained.

Traffic Alert! (1) | Highway 141 near Dry Creek Fire in Klickitat County is now open to traffic led by a pilot car between Mile Marker 14 and Mile Marker 17.

Traffic Alert! (2) | State Route 141 remains closed from Milepost 12 through Milepost 21.

Road Closure Alert! | Recreational access to White Salmon River remains closed from BZ Corner Boat Launch north to Warner Road and Sunnyside Road.

Cost-To-Date | The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1.3 Million.

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident #DryCreekFire #WaDNR #WAwildfires2017

Fire Images | Credit: WaDNR

## SPECIAL BROADCAST — Credit:  Klickitat Co FD3 Chief Long ##

July 11, 2017

For immediate release:

Subject: Klickitat County Fire District #3 – Burglary and theft

Sometime during the overnight hours of July 10th 2017, unknown persons forced entry into Station 32. This is an unoccupied station that houses one engine, one water tender, and one brush/EMS vehicle. Station 32 (Cherry Lane) is supported by 10 volunteer firefighter/EMT’s and covers the community of Snowden, down to the boarder of the City of White Salmon and areas in to Husum and BZ Corners.

At 04:20 hours on July 11th, firefighter’s arriving to their assigned station to retrieve fire trucks needed for a small brush fire (started by fireworks) noticed that all three vehicles had equipment strewn about on the floor of the truck bay, compartment doors were open and several items were missing. After returning from the assignment an inventory was taken and stolen items are as follows:

1. 1 MSA thermal imaging camera and base charger removed from engine compartment. Used value $1500.00
2. 1 Physio Control Automatic External Defibrillator removed from EMS vehicle. Used value $1750.00
3. 1 Dewault extrication sawzall, chargers and blades removed from rescue equipment cabinet. Used value $500.00 with accessories.
4. 3 Firefighter portable flashlights removed from apparatus and individual self contained breathing apparatus units. $300.00
5. 1 Stihl weed trimmer removed from utility area of the station. $150.00

We ask that if anyone has information about vehicles or pedestrians in the vicinity of this facility, please contact the Klickitat County Sherriff’s Office immediately.

Fire District #3 is a small agency with limited ability to fund critical equipment, facilities and other items. We cherish our volunteer members who are skilled and extremely committed. Having life-saving equipment stolen from our citizens is extremely difficult to comprehend and tolerate. It has also created a significant financial burden during a time when we are hosting a significant Wildland fire in our jurisdiction.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2355 Hours PDT

 

 

#DryCreekFire | Washington State | 6

NEAR HUSUM, WASHINGTON STATE

Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out on WA DNR lands.  Fire crews were dispatched on Friday, July 7th @ 2250 hours PDT.

Cause | Unknown and under investigation.

Location | The fire is located off of Highway 141 and 5 miles North of Husum, Washington State.

Resources | 385 personnel broken down to 13 crews, 13 engines, 9 dozers, 3 water tender and 1 skidder, plus 4 helos (1 Type 1, 2 Type 2 and 1 Type 3).

Fire Fuels | Medium logging slash, brush and tall grass.

Current Conditions | Fire behavior on Monday was described as moderate with some backing, creeping and isolated flaring. Fire continues to back down into the drainages and make short uphill runs.

322 acres destroyed but there is a 15% containment status gained.

Traffic Alert! (1) | Highway 141 near Dry Creek Fire in Klickitat County is now open to traffic led by a pilot car between Mile Marker 14 and Mile Marker 17.

Traffic Alert! (2) | State Route 141 remains closed from Milepost 12 through Milepost 21.

Road Closure Alert! | Recreational access to White Salmon River remains closed from BZ Corner Boat Launch north to Warner Road and Sunnyside Road.

Cost-To-Date | The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1.3 Million.

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident #DryCreekFire #WaDNR #WAwildfires2017

Fire Images | Credit: WaDNR

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2250 Hours PDT

 

 

#DryCreekFire | Washington State | 5

NEAR HUSUM, WASHINGTON STATE

Photo taken on 7/8/2017. Fire grew overnight say Fire Officials.

Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out on WA DNR lands.  Fire crews were dispatched on Friday, July 7th @ 2250 hours PDT.

Cause | Unknown and under investigation.

Location | The fire is located off of Highway 141 and 5 miles North of Husum, Washington State.

Resources | 385 personnel.

Fire Fuels | Fire fuels include grass, brush and slash.

Current Conditions | Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching.  415 acres burned. 15% containment.11 crews. 13 engines. 3 helicopters.

Closures | Recreational access to portions of the White Salmon River from BZ Corner Boat Launch north to Warner Road have been closed effective Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Cost-To-Date | The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1.3 Million.

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident #DryCreekFire #WaDNR #WAwildfires2017

Fire Images | Credit: WaDNR

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 0645 Hours PDT

 

 

#DryCreekFire | Washington State | 4

NEAR WHITE SALMON, WASHINGTON STATE

Photo taken on 7/8/2017. Fire grew overnight say Fire Officials.

Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out on WA DNR lands.  Fire crews were dispatched on Friday, July 7th @ 2250 hours PDT.

Cause | Unknown and under investigation.

Location | The fire is located off of Highway 141 and 5 miles North of Husum, Washington State.

Resources | There are 275 firefighters and 1 Type 1 heavy helicopters, 1 Type 2 medium helicopter and 1 Type 3 light helicopter.1 Type 1 heavy helicopters

 

Fire Fuels | Fire fuels include grass, brush and slash.

Current Conditions | Some fire growth occurred on Sunday evening bringing the total of scorched earth to 400 acres.  A 10% containment status has been reached.

Closures | Recreational access to portions of the White Salmon River from BZ Corner Boat Launch north to Warner Road have been closed effective Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Cost-To-Date | The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment costs have reached $500,000.

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident #DryCreekFire #WaDNR #WAwildfires2017

Fire Images | Credit: WaDNR

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2150 Hours PDT