#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.

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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.

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(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

 

Fires Into Fall | Oct 1 2017

POST SUMMARY | Wow, cannot believe that crazy summer blazing with wildfires and now, here we are going into Fall with fires still burning.  We start the first day of October, 2017, with less than a dozen or so still with crews fighting fire (in WA) and working to clean up fire scenes (in OR).

CHETCO BAR FIRE

The Chetco Bar Fire started on July 12, 2017, E/NE of Brookinigs (OR) in the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Its cause was due to lightning.  There has been over 191,090 acres scorched and reached a 97% containment status. There were 30 structures destroyed and 9 damaged. 

Chinook Helicopters from the Oregon National Guard, supporting fire fighting efforts on the Chetco Bar Fire, September, 2017

OR National Guard Chinook Helicopters assisting with fire suppression efforts on the Chetco Bar Fire. (Photo Courtesy: Chetco Bar Fire)

Currently, there are 402 personnel along with five crews, two helicopters and 10 engines.   Crews will continue to chip, drag brush and install waterbars to prevent erosion.  They will also patrol and put any hotspots located.  Areas to the north and northwest of the fire have been reopened.   A Burned Area Emergency Response or BAER team is on-scene assisting with post-fire impacts which consists of scientists and resource specialists.  They are evaluating watershed conditions of potential risk to human life, safety, property and natural/cultural-heritage resources.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

The Eagle Creek Fire is located one mile south of Cascade Locks, OR.   The fire’s cause is due to human intervention but Officials have not released the exact ignition.  There has been 48,831 acres burned but crews have reached a 46% containment status. Four residential structures were destroyed.  Limited fire activity was observed during a recon flight on Saturday.  Resources of 229 personnel, four crews, one helicopter and four engines remain assigned to this incident. 

BAER Team

Botanists checking soil samples in an unburned area. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Additionally, there is a Burned Area Emergency Response team on-site that is currently looking at soil and rock types, acreage and how steep the slopes are inside the watershed.  They are also in the midst of creating a Soil Burn Severity or SBS map.  They will also test information by running the model of the SBS map to determine effects on creeks and hill slopes after the fire.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

The High Cascades Complex started on August 12, 2017, from lightning.  The fire is located nine miles northeast of Prospect, Oregon.  There has been 80,197 acres burned and has reached a 34% containment status.  One structure has been destroyed and with seven others that are still being threatened.   The West Zone is reporting there are still interior smokes visible and the only way they will be put out is naturally by rain or snow.  

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Hershberger Creek. (Photo Credit: Josef Porter via Inciweb)

Pup Fire:  The Pup Fire  is reporting 8,279 acres with a 42% containment status.  It is located northwest and southeast of Hershberger Lookout partially in the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wilderness. 

Broken Lookout Fire:  19,181 acres. 27% contained. Located directly west of Union Creek on the southern end of the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wildersness where it is burning on both sides of the wilderness. Fire behavior consists of minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering in heavy fire fuels. Several smokes have been spotted and are being mopped up.

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Repairing dozer lines. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Total resources include 290 personnel along with five Type 2 crews, four camp crews, six engines, three masticators, one medium helicopter, one bulldozer, two water tenders and 115 overhead personnel.  Fire Management is being commanded by a NW IMT Team 8, which is located at the Joseph Stewart State Park facility near Lost Creek Reservoir.

JONES FIRE

The Jones Fire located 10 mile northeast of Lowell, Oregon and on the Willamette National Forest was started by lightning on August 10, 2017.  There has been 10,114 acres of large downed trees and standing snags burned but crews have reached an 89% containment status. 

Chipping operations along roads used as primary containment lines.

Chipping operations. (Photo Credit: Gabe Dumm via Inciweb)

Resources still assigned are 182 personnel along with four crews, one helicopter and five engines.  Crews will continue with repairing suppression lines, moving felled logs, mopping up hot spots, backhauling equipment and chipping.  Rain is expected to fall over the area causing the fire behavior to be reduced to isolated smoldering and creeping.

WHITEHALL FIRE (AKA WHITEHALL ROAD FIRE)

The Whitehall Fire started on Saturday, September 30, 2017, around 1130 hours PDT, from an unknown cause.  It is located approximately eight miles (some reporting 12 and 15 miles) southwest of Coulee City, Washington. It’s cause is under investigation.   WSP PIO Trooper J Sevigney released a presser this morning after taking over from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office last night.     Fire was said to be threatening homes, crops and electrical infrastructure.  State Mobe was approved and the SE WA Type 3 IMT took command of the incident around 2200 hours on Saturday night.  There are no evacuations in effect.  No homes damaged/destroyed or any injuries have been reported. 

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Photo Credit: Grant County Fire District 13

The fast-moving fire with wind-driven runs has scorched 3,500 acres but crews have reached a 50% containment status.  Fire fuels include sage, grass and range lands. There are 160 personnel on-site along with an unknown number of engines, water tenders, dozers and hand crews.  Local firefighters worked throughout the night on containment and structure protection.

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Photo Credit: Grant County Fire District 13

Incident Cooperators include Douglas County Fire Districts 3, 4, 8 and 13, BLM, WA State Patrol Fire Marshal’s Office, East Pierce Fire’s Brush Truck 116.  Other unknown State Mobe resources are also on-scene but information was not released at the time of the presser.

(c) 2017 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

Nationally Fires Are Dwindling | Sept 28 2017

POST SUMMARY | Nationally speaking, the number of large and uncontained wildfires are down.  Reported today, there were 62 new fires that required light initial attack activity.  Three of these were new large incidents, says the National Interagency Coordination Center or NICC for short.

However, there are multiple fires with minimal fire behavior.  One fire was contained as of yesterday, which is good news considering how long of these fires have been burning up the NW landscapes all around us.

We are still seeing that 3 Type 1 and 12 Type 2 IMTs are still committed in our along along with one NIMO.

Fire Fact:  As of today, there are 66 active wildfires staffed by 192 crews, 521 engines, 42 helicopters and 9,028 personnel.  Overall, 1,595,667 acres have been scorched.

The NW is reporting as of today’s date, there are 7 new wildfires and thankfully, none of them are new large incidents.  However, 9 of them are being still classified as uncontained.  We are still seeing 2 Type 1 and 6 Type 2 IMTs that are committed in our region.

This is our recap for Wednesday, September 28, 2017.

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Horse Prairie Fire Panoramic Photo

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE.  Douglas Forest Protective Association.  15 miles West of Canyonville (OR).  Started 8/26/2017 @ 1530 hours.  Unknown cause. Local Type 3 IMT (DFPA unit).  Timber (litter/understory), brush and short grass. 16,436 acres.  95% contained. 57 personnel.  Fire crews to continue to mop up in all Divisions.

Repair of dozer line, Div X, near O'Brien and FR 455

CHETCO BAR LIFE. Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  Kalmiopsis Wilderness in the Illinois River Valley.  Lightning caused.  Timber, chaparral and Douglas Fir.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  191,088 acres.  97% contained.  541 personnel. 

This map shows the perimeters of the fires in the Horse Creek Complex and the Rebel Fire for Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX.  Willamette National Forest.  (5 fires) AVENUE FIRE.  McKenzie River Ranger District.  3 miles SE of McKenzie Bridge. Started 8/11/2017 by Lightning. 3,574 acres.    OLALLIE LOOKOUT FIRE.  McKenzie River Ranger District within the Three Sisters Wilderness.  Started 8/10/2017 by Lightning. 1,572 acres.  RONEY FIRE.  McKenzie River Ranger District with the Three Sisters Wilderness.  8/10/2017 by Lightning. 3,548 acres.  SEPARATION FIRE.  McKenzie River Ranger District within the Three Sisters Wilderness.  Started 8/10/2017 by lightning.  17,914 acres.  NASH FIRE.  Willamette NF in the McKenzie River Ranger District within Three Sisters Wilderness area. Started 8/10/2017 by Lightning.  6,738 acres.  170 total personnel.  Minimal fire behavior on all fires with smoldering.

Clearing Area Around Cabin at Goose Prairie

NORSE PEAK FIRE.  Okanogan/Wenatchee NF.  Minimal fire behavior with isolated pockets of slow surface spread where the fire is sheltered by tree canopy and continued burning in larger dead of downed trees. 55,909 acres.  AMERICAN FIRE.   Minimal fire behavior.  99% contained. 

 

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/28/2017 @ 2050 hours PDT

 

 

 

Temps Up, Fire Starts Down | Sept 25 2017

POST SUMMARY | With a combination of recent rainfall, temps are predicted to be in the high 60’s and even 70’s in the Seattle area.  Things are beginning to dry out but fire starts are relatively down across the Nation.

 On Saturday, nationally there were only 31 new fires requiring light initial attack and on Sunday there was a report of 28 which means things are starting to cool off.   Today, there has been an increase up to 55 new wildfires reported and still 18 wildfires not contained.

Nationally speaking, there are 2 NIMOs, 2 Type 1 and 15 Type 2 IMTs still being committed to wildfire incidents.

In the NW region, today’s report was of 5 new fires and none of them being reported as new large incidents.  However, 12 of the 18 large fires are all burning in the NW with 1 NIMO, 2 Type 1 and 6 Type 2 IMTs committed. (Source:   NIFC)

Here is our recap on Monday, September 25, 2017.

 CHETCO BAR FIRE  (1)

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Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles W of Selma and E/NE of Brookings, OR.  In the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Burning in the 2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire burn scars.  Timber (litter/understory), medium logging slash and chaparral (6′).   #ChetcoBarFire

Incident Cooperators include the Red Cross, BLM, USDA Forest Service, Brookings Fire & Rescue, Coos FPA, Curry County, Harbor RFPD, Illinois Valley FD, Josephine County (JoCo), OR DOT – Trip Check, ODOF and the OR State FMO’s office. 

 191,067 acres.  97% contained.   730 personnel.  15 crews, 21 engines and 7 helos.  

30 structures destroyed.  $60,900,000 cost-to-date.

Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Facebook (made up of BLM, Coos Forest Protective Association, OR State FMO, Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, OR DOF and PNW Team 3 IMT)

DESOLATION FIRE (2)

Ochoco NF.  20 miles NE Prineville, OR in the Mill Creek Wilderness.  Started 9/9/2017. Lightning.  Burning in the 2000 Hash Rock Fire scar.  #DesolationFire

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing.  4,512 acres. 30% contained.

49 personnel. 2 crews. $1,300,000 cost-to-date.

(NIFC, Inciweb)

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE (3)

 Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles NNW of Mazama, WA. Started 7/23/2017. Cause is unknown & under investigation. Fire still burning in the United States and in Canada where it crossed over.  #DiamondCreekFire

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Hidden Lakes. (Photo Credit: Michael Liu, Methow Valley RD Ranger)

Minimal fire behavior with backing, smoldering and creeping. 127,498 acres. 79% contained.

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Spanish Camp in 9/22/2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Liu, Methow Valley RD Ranger)

188 personnel. 6 crews, 1 engines, 1 helicopter. 

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A copter appears in the fire area. (Photo Credit: Diamond Creek Fire Facebook)

3 structures lost. $14,500,000 cost-to-date. 

(NIFC, NWCC, Facebook)

Lake with snow around it and trees surrounding the lake that are not all burned

Remmel Lake. Photo taken on September 22, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Liu, Methow Valley RD Ranger)

EAGLE CREEK FIRE (4) 

Point protection on Herman Creek Footbridge 9/11/17

Point protection on Herman Creek Footbridge. Photo taken on September 11, 2017

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 1 mile South from Cascade Locks, OR.  Started 9/2/2017 around 1600 hours PDT.  Timber (large trees), dense forest and open grass (1 foot tall). Human caused & under investigation. #EagleCreekFire

 

Minimal fire behavior. 48,668 acres. 46% contained.

156 personnel. 2 crews, 6 engines, 1 helicopter. 

4 structures lost. $15,200,000 cost-to-date.

HIGH CASCADE COMPLEX (5)  

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  3 fires. All 3 started by lightning.  Over 40 fires ignited west of Crater Lake after lightning storms hit the area in July and August.  #HighCascadesComplex

This complex is host to 5 fires. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  79,870 acres.  32% contained.

853 personnel. 21 crews, 21 engines and 5 helicopters.

1 structure lost. $60,500,000 cost-to-date.

Bessie's cabin wrapped in fire protective covering to protect from Blanket Creek fire.

A wrapped Bessie’s cabin.

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (6) 

Willamette NF.  7 miles S of Belknap, OR.  IMT is also managing Rebel Fire.  Started 8/21/2017. Cause unknown and is being investigated.  Timber, litter and light logging slash.  Fire managers are also managing the Rebel Fire.  Transfer of command from a Type 1 IMT to the local unit will occur on 9/28/2017.  #HorseCreekComplex

Sept 15 - Firefighters use water pumps to protect buildings at Boy Scout Camp Malakwa. Angela Yost photo

Usage of water pumps are implementation of structure protection. (Photo Credit: Angela Yost)

Totals:  41,873 acres. (A more accurate reported acres due to an Infrared flight was conducted).  337 personnel,. 5 crews, 1 helicopter, 15 engines, 3 water tenders and 1 skidgen.

Firefighters have been busy pulling hose that was laid on fires in the Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire. So far, they have pulled approximately 15 miles of hose and they're not done yet. Tim Mowry/Alaska IMT

This is what 15 miles of hose looks like. This was just the beginning. (Photo Credit: Tim Mowry, AK IMT)

Horse Creek Complex:  Minimal fire behavior.  33,170 acres. 64% contained. 247 personnel. 5 crews, 1 engine and 1 helicopter. $9,200,000 cost-to-date.

Rebel Fire:  Minimal fire behavior. 8,703 acres. 88% contained. Crews are salvaging logging which is near being complete. 65 personnel. 1 crew, 3 engines. $7,200,000 cost-to-date.

Olallie Lookout Fire:  1,572 acres.  Being monitored.

Roney Fire:  3,548 acres.  Being monitored.

Coils of rolled up fire hose are piled on pallets at the Hoodoo Incident Command Post on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Tim Mowry/Alaska IMT

Hose rolling operation. (Photo Credit: Tim Mowry, AK IMT)

Avenue Fire:  3,398 acres.  Dozer and hand lines installed will continue to dry out this weekend. Repair work will continue next week.

Separation Fire:  17,914 acres.  Hand lines are being stabilized on the NW side of this fire. NE of the fire, chipping operations will be completed.

Michael Clendenen from Fagen Trees and Chips of Bend, Ore. operates a chipper along Forest Service Road 19 on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Tim Mowry/Alaska IMT

Chipping operations in effect. (Photo Credit: Tim Mowry, AK IMT)

Nash Fire:  6,738 acres.

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE (7)

OR DOF – Central Unit.  15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017.  Cause unknown.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.  #HorsePrairieFire

No known fire behavior. 16,436 acres. 95% contained.

48 personnel.  2 crews, 1 engine.

2 structures lost. $16,300,000.

JOLLY MOUNTAIN (8 )

13 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  #JollyMountanFire #JollyMtnFire

Video of Friday's (9/15/2017) burnout operation along Road 903 north of Cle Elum Lake. This was a key part of the fire strategy – to bring the fire's northwestern edge down to the road under favorable conditions.

Burnout operations on 9/15/2017.

Minimal fire behavior. 36,808 acres. 45% contained. 

119 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines and 0 helicopters. 

$24,800,000 cost-to-date.

JONES FIRE, KELSEY CREEK FIRE (9,10) 

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Willamette NF. 11 miles E of Oakridge, OR.  Burning on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Timber. Reported on 9/9/2017. Lightning caused. #JonesFire #KelseyCreekFire

Jones Fire:  10 miles NE of Lowell, OR.  Minimal fire behavior. 10,220 acres. 80% contained. 85 personnel. 2 crews, 1 engine and 2 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $21,100,000 cost-to-date. 

Kelsey Creek Fire:  11 miles East of Oakridge, OR. Minimal fire behavior. 441 acres. 15% contained.  225 personnel. 6 crews, 5 engines and 1 helicopter. $2,200,000 cost-to-date.

Firefighter working Kelsey Fire

Working on the Kelsey Fire. (Credit: Gina Troy via Inciweb)

 MILLER COMPLEX (11)

 Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles E of Cave Junction and 20 miles West of Ashland, OR.  Started 8/14/2017 around 1400 hours PDT with 25 wildfires.   Timber, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Dir dominance and numerous snags.  Lightning caused. Type 3 IMT assumed command on Friday, September 22, 2017.  Due to fire behavior decreased, a Type 3 IMT has been moved into place.  #MillerComplex

Incident Cooperators include Harbor Rural Fire Protection Dept., OR State Fire Marshal, OR DOT, OR DOF, RRSNF.  

Totals: 36,496 acres. 70% contained. 167 personnel.  Fire behavior moderate in some areas, limited to creeping, smoldering and backing in others.

Abney Fire:  Fire crews to identify ways to limit fire spread and improve existing contingency lines.

Burnt Peak Fire: Being monitored.

Creedence Fire:  Being monitored.

Knox Fire:  Being monitored by air and showing little fire activity.

Fire behavior is minimal on the Miller Complex after this week's cool, wet weather. However, the fire is not out. Photo credit: Jacob Welsh

A fire smolders after a big rainfall on the Miller Complex.

MILLI FIRE (12 )

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

Minimal fire behavior.  24,025 acres. 85% contained.

7 personnel. 0 resources.  

$16,800,000 cost-to-date.

NORSE PEAK FIRE (13) 

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA. 3 fires.  Fire has been broken into 2 different zones (North and South). Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down materials.

Fire Managers are also managing the American Fire.  Total personnel. 135 and included in totals are 4 crews and 5 engines.  Under SE of fire, a Naches Ranger District Type 4 is in Command. NW side of fire is a Type 3 IMT located at the Expo Center in Enumclaw.

Norse Peak Fire:  52,056 acres. 80% contained.  NW side:  cleanup and fire suppression restoration in progress. Under a monitoring phase: an active portion of fire near SR 410.  All Level 3 evacuations have been lifted.

American Fire:  3,853 acres. 99% contained.  Minimal fire growth is expected.  All Level 3 evacuations have been lifted.

Clearing Area Around Cabin at Goose Prairie

Clearing around a Goose Prairie cabin.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX (14)

Umpqua NF.  50 miles East of Roseburg, OR.   (6 fires) Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  Timber, forest litter, grass and shrubs are fire fuels. Great Basin IMT 3, a Type 2 IMT team assumed command on 9/15/2017 @ 1900 hours PDT. #UmpquaNorthComplex

This complex is host to 6 fires.   Minimal fire behavior.  43,140 acres. 60% contained.

456 personnel. 17 crews, 9 engines and 2 helicopters. 

1 structure lost. $38,200,000 cost-to-date.

Working the hose roller

Hose rolling operation.

WHITEWATER FIRE (15)

The Whitewater Fire includes reporting of Little Devil Fire, Scorpion Fire, Clagett Lake, Slideout Fire, Section Line Fire, French Fire and Potato Hill Fire. Located on the Willamette NF and 10 miles East of Idanha, OR. Closed timber, timber (litter and understory), light logging slash and snags are throughout the area.  #WhitewaterFire

Minimal behavior.  14,451 acres. 47% contained. 

September 22, 2017 photo of a westerly view from Heli-spot 4 on the Whitewater Fire

View from the Heli-spot 4 on the Whitewater Fire. Photo taken on 9/22/2017.

372 personnel. 7 crews, 5 engines. 

$36,600,000 cost-to-date.

SOURCES.  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb, Facebook.

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Rainfall Hitting Wildfires | Sept 19 2017

POST SUMMARY |  Some parts of Washington State and Oregon are getting a fresh look at how Mother Nature is now helping, instead of hindering fire suppression efforts. This, we are pretty sure is what firefighters and those that have been impacted by wildfires have been looking for all summer long.

Here is our recap for Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Welcome FALL, we thought you’d never come along but now – here you are. 

AMERICAN FIRE (1)

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA.  Start 8/10/2017.  Lightning.

 Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.  3,583 acres. 95% contained. Minimal fire behavior due to rainfall over fire area.  $1.1 Million cost-to-date (NIFC)

 CHETCO BAR FIRE  (2)

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles W of Selma and E/NE of Brookings, OR.  In the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Burning in the 2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire burn scars.  Timber (litter/understory), medium logging slash and chaparral (6′). 

Incident Cooperators include the Red Cross, BLM, USDA Forest Service, Brookings Fire & Rescue, Coos FPA, Curry County, Harbor RFPD, Illinois Valley FD, Josephine County (JoCo), OR DOT – Trip Check, ODOF and the OR State FMO’s office.

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering due to rainfall over the area.  190,512 acres with a 77% containment status.  1,440 personnel. 47 crews, 50 engines and 8 helicopters. 30 structures lost. $55 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

A Prineville Hotshot Crew member monitors a “burn out” near the confluence of Meadow Creek and the Pistol River on September 15, 2017.

 

DESOLATION FIRE (3)

Ochoco NF.  20 miles NE Prineville, OR in the Mill Creek Wilderness.  Started 9/9/2017. Lightning.  Burning in the 2000 Hash Rock Fire scar.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing.  3,428 acres with a 20% containment status. 195 personnel. 7 crews, 12 engines and 4 helicopters. $1 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Burnout Operations,September13, picture3

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE (4)

 Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  27 miles N of Winthrop, WA. Started 7/23/2017. Cause is unknown & under investigation. Fire still burning in the United States and in Canada where it crossed over.

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Rain fell over the fire area help aid firefighters. 129,000 acres. 30% contained. 294 personnel.  9 crews, 11 engines and 3 helicopters. 3 structures lost. $12.5 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Firefighters use tools to clear debris from work area  

EAGLE CREEK FIRE (5) 

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 1 mile from Cascade Locks, OR.  Started 9/2/2017.  Human caused & under investigation. ICP breaking down camp and moving from the HRV Fairgrounds to Cascade Locks.

Minimum fire behavior due to rain that fell over the fire line helping reduce fire activity. 48,665 acres. 46% contained.  353 personnel. 6 crews, 10 engines, 4 helicopters and 2 water tenders.  $18.9 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

 

EAST CRATER FIRE (6)

Gifford Pinchot NF.  12 miles W of Trout Lake, WA. Started 9/3/2017. Cause unknown. Estimated containment date is 10/31/2017. 

Minimum fire behavior due to substantial rains moving into the area assisting firefighters.  483 acres. 0% containment. 8 personnel and 1 engine.$454,000 cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Large column of smoke,various shades of grey, rising above the forested landscape in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.  A small pristine mountain lake is visible in foreground with high alpine trees bordering the lake.

Credit: USFS

HIGH CASCADE COMPLEX (7)  

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering due to rainfall over the fire line.  79,342 acres. 32% contained.  905 personnel. 22 crews, 44 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $46.5 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Smoke filters through the trees on the High Cascade Complex East Zone

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (8) 

Willamette NF.  7 miles S of Belknap, OR.  IMT is also managing Rebel Fire.  Started 8/21/2017. Cause unknown and is being investigated.  Timber, litter and light logging slash.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping due to moderate to  heavy rainfall over the fire area. 32,567 total acres with a 0% containment status. 348 personnel. 7 crews, 23 engines and 2 helicopters, 2 bulldozers and 6 water tenders. $7.1 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Firefighters stand around a large puddle after mornning briefing at the Rebel Fire Base Camp on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Mother Nature has helped suppression efforts with 2+ inches of rain in the past two days. Tim Mowry/Alaska IMT

Credit: AK IMT

 

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE (9)

OR DOF – Central Unit.  15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017.  Cause unknown.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.  

Minimal fire behavior. 16,436 acres with 95% containment status. 57 personnel. 1 crew, 4 engines and 1 helicopter. 2 structures destroyed. $16.3 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

National Guard Troops have demobed from the Horse Prairie Fire

National Guard unit demobilizing

 

 

JOLLY MTN FIRE (10)  

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. 13 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. 

Fire behavior is minimal with rain hitting the area. 36,808 acres. 40% contained.   136 personnel. 5 crews, 13 engines and 2 helicopters. $24 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Image may contain: sky, outdoor, nature and water

Credit: Kittitas County Sheriff Office

JONES FIRE (11) 

Willamette NF.  10 miles NE of Lowell, OR and 9 miles East of Fall Creek reservoir.  1 mile North of Clark Butte, OR.  Burning in the Little Fall Creek watershed. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning.  Timber (grass and understory), closed timber litter and lichen/moss in trees creating aerial fire fuels.  Some have been known to spread fire.

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering . 10,522 acres. 75% contained.  200 personnel.  5 crews, 13 engines and 3 helicopters. 1 structure destroyed.  $20.4 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb).

Intense Fire Activity

KELSEY CREEK FIRE (12) 

Willamette NF. 11 miles E of Oakridge, OR.  Burning on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Timber. Reported on 9/9/2017. Lightning caused. 

Minimal fire behavior. 527 acres. 10% contained. 202 personnel. 5 crews, 6 engines and 3 helicopters. $950,000 cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

 

 MILLER COMPLEX (13)

 Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles E of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 814/2017 around 1400 hours PDT.  Timber, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Dir dominance and numerous snags.  NW IMT Team 9.

Incident Cooperators include Harbor Rural Fire Protection Dept., OR State Fire Marshal, OR DOT, OR DOF, RRSNF.  

Minimal fire behavior with rain over the fire ground. 36,302 acres. 65% containment. 409 personnel. 10 crews, 16 engines and 3 helos. $25.6 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

MILLI FIRE (14)

Deschutes NF.  9 miles W of Sisters, OR and burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Started 8/11/2017.  Cause unknown & under investigation. 

Minimal fire behavior. 24,079 acres. 65% contained. 14 personnel. 3 engines. $16.5 Million cost-to-date.

Milli Fire on 8-16-17 at 4:00 p.m.

NORSE PEAK FIRE (15) 

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA. Fire has been broken into 2 different zones (North and South). Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down materials.

Minimal fire activity with rain falling over the area. 52,502 acres. 80% containment. 654 personnel. 14 crews, 25 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $ Unknown cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

View from Pyramid Pass 9-3

Credit: Ken Didion

SAWMILL CREEK FIRE (16)

 South of the Tacoma Watershed, Washington. Started 9/4/2017 around 1930 hours. Cause is unknown and under investigation. 

Incident Cooperators include the Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, King County, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Oka-Wen NF, Pierce County Sheriff, Tacoma Water(shed), WA State National Guard and WSDOT.

Min fire behavior with backing, creeping and rain over the area. 1,016 acres. 0% containment status. Total personnel 654 personnel. 19 crews, 27 engines, 5 helos, 1 bulldozer and  9 water tenders (shared among Norse Peak, American, Sawmill Fires). $3.9 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Sawmill Creek Fire Sept. 12, 2017

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX (20)

Umpqua NF.  50 miles East of Roseburg, OR.   (6 fires) Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  Timber, forest litter, grass and shrubs are fire fuels. Great Basin IMT 3, a Type 2 IMT team assumed command on 9/15/2017 @ 1900 hours PDT.

 

 

 

Min fire activity with flanking, creeping and backing. Rain fell over the area. Total 43,139 acres with a 38% containment status. 572 personnel with 11 crews, 22 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $35 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Standing in the Shadows of Fire

UNO PEAK FIRE (21) 

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  16 miles NW of Manson, WA.   Started 8/30/2017. Cause unknown.  Timber, grass fire fuels. Rugged terrain.

Min fire activity due to rain that fell over the area. 8,726 acres. 20% containment. 223 personnel. 4 crews, 9 engines and 1 helo.  1 structure lost. $6.2 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

National Guard rolling hose

National Guard rolling hose.

 

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/19/2017 – 2130 hours PDT

 

 

 

Some WA Fires To be Contained | Sept 16 2017

POST SUMMARY |  Western  Washington State wildfires are due to get some much-needed relief from a future heavy rainfall due to hit multiple areas in the upcoming week.  This should aid fire crews in providing some mutual aid in getting these fires contained quickly.  Eastern Washington and Oregon are due to expect some cooling temps.

We are currently reporting on 25+ wildfires and we have merged several sources into one single post.  Here is the recap for Saturday, 9/16/2017.  NOTE:  Fire map is reporting wildfires in size of 300 acres or more.  Credit:  NIFC

1.  AMERICAN FIRE.   Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA.  Start 8/10/2017.  Lightning.

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  Fire has been active on North side of SR 410. Crews will continue to improve line and mop-up.  3,739 acres. 0% contained. 0 resources.

110 homes threatened. $950,000 cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Level 1 - Be Ready, Level 2 - Be Set, Level 3 - Go

If there were Evacuations where you are during a wildfire? Would you know what the Evacuation Levels mean? Here is a great way to prepare you and your family.

2.  CHETCO BAR FIRE.   Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles W of Selma and E/NE of Brookings, OR.  In the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Burning in the 2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire burn scars.  Timber (litter/understory), medium logging slash and chaparral (6′). 

Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and torching.  189,562 acres. 40% contained.  1,676 personnel. 56 crews, 44 engines and 12 helos. ( includes 3 Type 3, 3 Type 2 and 1 Type 1 helicopters, 3 National Guard type 1 Helicopter) East Zone alone:  14 Type 2 crews, 6 engines, 3 fallers, 1 feller buncher, 4 dozers, 5 water tenders, 6 masticators, 2 chippers, 1 skidder and 1 grader.

30 structures lost. Still threatened are 413 homes, 197 non-residential commercial  and 197 mixed use commercial/residential structures.  $53.2 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Colorful smoke cloud in the distance at sunset with Lake Selmac and tents ofn the grass in the foreground.

Chetco Fire – East Zone Fire Camp at Lake Selmac.

3.  DESOLATION FIRE.  Ochoco NF.  20 miles NE Prineville, OR in the Mill Creek Wilderness.  Started 9/9/2017.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing.  2,763 acres. 0% contained.  206 personnel.  7 crews and 12 engines.

31 homes, 33 mixed commercial/residential structures and 90 other minor buildings are threatened. $800,000 cost-to-date.  (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Burnout Operations,September13, picture2

Burnout operations on the Desolation Fire on 9/3/2017.

4.  DIAMOND CREEK FIRE.   Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  27 miles N of Winthrop, WA. Started 7/23/2017. Cause under unknown & under investigation.

Moderate fire behavior with torching and uphill runs.  125,300 acres. 30% contained. 215 personnel. 7 crews, 9 engines and 2 helos.

3 structures lost.  500 homes threatened with 6 mixed commercial residential and 150 minor structures as well as 50 non-residential commercial properties. $11.7 M cost-to-date.  (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Firefighters use hand tools to clear fuel on a rocky hillside

Building a handline through rocky terrain.

5.  EAGLE CREEK FIRE.  Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 1 mile from Cascade Locks, OR.  Started 9/2/2017.  Human caused & under investigation.

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  45,579 acres. 32% contained.  

Archer Fire.  260 acres. 100% contained.

Total Resources. 1,060 personnel. 27 crews (5Type 1, 14-Type 2, 8 Type 2 Initial Attack) , 61 engines, 12 helos, 9 bulldozers, 18 water tenders.

4 structures lost.  5,461 homes threatened.  $15.8 M cost-to-date. (Sources : NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb, Facebook)

A squad of firefighters surveys the Eagle Creek Fire

Firefighters conducting surveys on the Eagle Creek Fire.

6.  EAST CRATER FIRE.  Gifford Pinchot NF.  12 miles W of Trout Lake, WA. Started 9/3/2017. Cause unknown. Estimated containment date is 10/31/2017. 

Moderate fire behavior. 483 acres.  0% contained.  33 personnel.  1 crew and 1 engine. $424,000 cost-to-date.

 No structures are not currently under threat.  (Sources: NIFC, NWCC and Inciweb)

Large column of smoke,various shades of grey, rising above the forested landscape in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. A small pristine mountain lake is visible in foreground with high alpine trees bordering the lake.

Credit: USFS

 

7.  HIGH CASCADE COMPLEX.   Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.   IMT also managing Spruce Lake Fire.

Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, uphill runs and backing.  61,508 acres.  18% contained.  805 personnel.  12 crews, 44 engines, 5 helicopters. 

EAST ZONE

Spruce Lake Fire.  15,789 acres. 27% contained. Minimal fire behavior. Crews are working to strengthen fire lines.

Blanket Creek Fire.  31,632 acres. 20% contained. Crews continue to hold and strengthen containment lines to the north and east. Structure protection in Mazama Village in Crater Lake NP.

North Pelican Fire. 3,589 acres. 25% contained. Crews working to the build containment lines on the North side, pushing the fire back into the wilderness. 

WEST ZONE

Broken Lookout Fire.  70-member US Army Strike team continued work on helping aid fire crews and giving them much-needed rest. Strike team has been deployed due to extreme fire conditions and when resources are scarce.  

Fire managers are watching potential fire growth near Jackson Creek, where several structures are supporting stream restoration, spawning and brood habitat for Chinook salmon and the endangered Coho salmon. Structure protection is in place for fire lines.

Pup Fire. Fire crews are continuing to scout for potential containment lines. Hazard trees will be removed.  Working to secure the eastern edge of the fire.

OVERALL

69 homes, 23 mixed commercial/residential, 100 other minor structures threatened. 1 minor structure destroyed. $44.5 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC)

Smoke column near Crater Lake NP

Smoke plume west of Crater NP’s West entrance.

8.  HORSE CREEK COMPLEX.   Willamette NF.  7 miles S of Belknap, OR.  IMT is also managing Rebel Fire.  Started 8/21/2017. Cause unknown and is being investigated.  Timber, litter and light logging slash.

Active fire with single-tree torching, flanking and backing.  32,567 acres. 0% contained.  357 personnel.  10 crews, 24 engines and 2 helos.  

42 homes, 688 mixed commercial/residential structures and 150 other minor buildings.  $5.5 M cost-to-date.  (Sources: NIFC)

Rebel Fire.  Willamette NF. 22 miles N of Oakridge, OR. Started 8/4/2017. Cause unknown. 8,653 acres. $6.3 M cost-to-date. Was covered as a separate fire but is part of this complex.  141 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines.

Roney Fire.  3,548 acres.  Fire is being monitored.

Avenue Fire.  2,962 acres. Being contained on the North by burnouts along forest roads and bulldozer lines. Fire continues to move West on the ridge top South of Horse Creek and down to King Creek. Wind direction changed producing an increase in unhealthy smoke levels around McKenzie Bridge. Smoke grounded air resources on the North side on Friday. East edge of fire is slowly moving towards the Roney Fire. 

Separation Fire.  17,747 acres.  Firefighters finished protection efforts near the Melakwa Boy Scout Camp and starting mop-up operations. Resource advisors visited the Camp to assess what their environmental needs are. They are also working to protect resources at Scott Lake Campground and Frog Camp.

Sept 15 - Firefighters protected buildings at Camp Melakwa by laying firehose and setting up sprinklers.

Hose lines protect Camp structures. (Structure protection)

Nash Fire.  6,738 acres.  Fire crews hiked in 7 miles in to the fire using bladder bags (backpacks water pumps) to manage movement of the wildfire.  It is currently smoldering and creeping through ground cover on the South perimeter.  Little movement has been observed on the SE edge as it continues towards the Cascade Lakes Hwy.

OVERALL

Total 41,220 acres.  Total Resources:  542 personnel. 13 crews, 2 helicopters, 27 engines, 4 bulldozers, 6 water tenders, 1 masticator and 2 skidgens.

Briefing at McCoy Spike Camp.

9.  HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE.   OR DOF – Central Unit.  15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017.  Cause unknown.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.

16,436 acres. 90% contained. 286 personnel. 7 crews, 10 engines and 3 helos. 

2 structures lost.  9 homes and 2 other minor structures threatened. $16.2 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Horse Prairie Fire Panoramic Photo

10. INDIGO FIRE.  8 miles E of Agnes Creek, OR.  Fire active again on Friday, 9/15/2017.

521 acres mostly to the West. Fire behavior is active with short uphill runs and group tree torching.  (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

Forested hills with smoke columns and cloud of smoke above. Old sngas from the Biscuit Fire are in the foreground

Fire seen of the Indigo Fire. Foreground are snags from the Biscuit Fire.

11.  JOLLY MTN FIRE.  Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. 13 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. 

Fire behavior has been knocked down from active fire to moderate fire with group torching, spotting and backing.  Transfer of command from IMT Type 1 will go back to the local unit on 9/18/2017.   Containment date is expected on 10/15/2017.

34,221 acres. 30% contained.  788 personnel 13 crews, 46 engines and 5 helos.  

4,204 homes and 1,073 minor structures threatened. Evacuation orders Level 3 reduced to Level 2. $22.5 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Hoselay Removal

Hoselay removal.

12.  JONES FIRE.   Willamette NF.  10 miles NE of Lowell, OR and 9 miles East of Fall Creek reservoir.  1 mile North of Clark Butte, OR.  Burning in the Little Fall Creek watershed. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning.  Timber (grass and understory), closed timber litter and lichen/moss in trees creating aerial fire fuels.  Some have been known to spread fire.

Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching and flanking.  9,562 acres. 54% contained. 259 personnel. 4 crews, 15 engines and 6 helos. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

1 structure lost. $19.4 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

A Fire crew posing in front of a burnout fire.

Burnout operations crew.  Credit:  Marcus Kauffman

13.  KELSEY CREEK FIRE.  NEW!!  Willamette NF. 11 miles E of Oakridge, OR.  Burning on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Timber. Reported on 9/9/2017. Lightning caused. 

Extreme fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and spotting.  Estimated containment status of 10/31/2017.   300 acres. 0% contained.

81 personnel. 1 crew, 2 helicopter and 6 engines.  NW IMT Team 7 will take command on 9/17/2017.

(Source:  NIFC, NWCC)

 14.  MILLER COMPLEX.  Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles E of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 814/2017 around 1400 hours PDT.  Timber, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Dir dominance and numerous snags.  NW IMT Team 9.

Abney Fire. Fire crossed the West Fork of Dutch Creek and traveled up/over the handline placed upon the ridge above the creek.  In the Joe Bar area, fire has now backed down to the creek.  It is expected that it will go through many locations.  Joe Bar is under an evacuation order.

Burnt Peak Fire.  Suppression repair is the next  fire tactic to be used. The fire is almost near completion.

Creedence Fire.  Near completion and along the same lines as the Burnt Peak Fire.

Bigelow Fire.  Near completion and with the same future tactics as the Burnt Peak and Creedence Fires.

OVERALL

Moderate fire behavior with isolated tree torching, flanking and backing.  35,845 acres. 59% contained. 530 personnel.  14 crews, 28 engines and 3 helicopters.   Incident Cooperators include Harbor Rural Fire Protection Dept., OR State Fire Marshal, OR DOT, OR DOF, RRSNF.  

$23.7 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Incident Meterologist monitoring balloon date.

15.  MILLI FIRE.  Deschutes NF.  9 miles W of Sisters, OR and burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Started 8/11/2017.  Cause unknown & under investigation. 

Minimal fire behavior.  24,025 acres. 60% contained.  27 personnel. 4 engines.  

$16.4 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Successful burnout operations

Burnout operations on the Milli Fire.

16.  NORSE PEAK FIRE.  Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA. Fire has been broken into 2 different zones (North and South). Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down materials.

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  Transfer of command from IMT Type 2 to IMT Type 1 to change over on Sunday, 9/17/2017.  56,355 acres. 12% contained.  635 personnel. 17 crews, 24 engines, 2 bulldozers, 10 water tenders and 4 helos.

320 homes threatened.  1 structure lost. $15.1 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Sept. 16 ICP Photo

These are the men/women faces behind those who work at the Incident Command Post. (DNR + WA National Guard)

17.  POTATO HILL FIRE.  Willamette NF.  20 miles NW of Sisters, OR in the McKenzie Ranger District and West of FS Rd 2690/South of Hwy 20.  Started 8/29/2017. Cause unknown, under investigation. Heavy logging slash and timber.

Minimal fire behavior.  199 acres. 95% contained.  1 personnel. 0 resources. $484,000 cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

View from US20 of helicopter dropping water

 

18.  SAWMILL CREEK FIRE.   Fire is still threatening the City of Tacoma watershed, industrial timberland and DNR and Forest service lands.

Point-of-Interest:  The 1,098 acres is the size of 57 Seattle Seahawks training complexes and 1,450 football fields…. Good to Know!

No structures damaged or destroyed reported.  $3.1 M cost-to-date.   (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC and Inciweb)

Great energy at the ICP

19.  UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX.  Umpqua NF.  50 miles East of Roseburg, OR.   (6 fires) Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  Timber, forest litter, grass and shrubs are fire fuels. Great Basin IMT 3, a Type 2 IMT team assumed command on 9/15/2017 @ 1900 hours PDT.

Fire 625.  Burning in Devil Canyon area. Lightning caused. 1.5 acres. Contained. 

Devils Fire.  Hoselay and pump established along a 5-active portion of the fire to spray water. 

Happy Dog Fire.  Min fire growth

Ragged Ridge Fire.  Min fire growth.

OVERALL

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and backing.  42,775 acres. 38% contained.  763 personnel.  13 20-person crews, 35 engines,5 bulldozers, 13 water tenders and 5 helos.

79 homes, 48 non-residential structures and 21 other minor structures threatened.  13 non-residential structures damaged. 1 structure lost.  Evacuations are still in effect. $33.5 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Point-of-Interest:  255 JBLM soldiers from the 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion and 1-23 Infantry Battalion have been deployed to assist with this Complex. (Source: NIFC)

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

Burnout operations in Toketee Falls.

20.  UNO PEAK FIRE.   Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  16 miles NW of Manson, WA.   Started 8/30/2017. Cause unknown.  Timber, grass fire fuels. Rugged terrain.

Minimal fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing.  8,726 acres. 15% contained. 297 personnel. 6 crews, 12 engines and 5 helicopters.  Fire remained 2 miles upslope from Lake Chelan and is slowly backing downhill within the 2001 Rex Creek fire area.

13 homes and 22 other minor structures threatened. 1 cabin lost.  $5.1 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

Hand crews work constructing containment line on the Uno Peak Fire

Hand crews work to establish a containment line.

21.  WHITEWATER FIRE.  10 miles E of Idanha, OR. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing.  

14,005 acres. 35% contained.  341 personnel.  7 crews, 11 engines and 2 helos.  

143 homes, 1 mixed residential/commercial building, 2 non-res commercial structures and 54 other minor buildings. $33.4 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  Inciweb Last updated 9/15/2017, NIFC)

Crews work to secure the edge of the Scorpion Fire

Firefighters securing the edge of the Scorpion Fire on the Whitewater Fire.

22. CRAB CREEK FIRE.  NEW!!  BLM – Spokane District Office. 28 miles NE of Moses Lake, WA. Brush and grass as fire fuels. Started 9/9/2017. Cause unknown & under investigation.

Active fire behavior with running and flanking. Structures/sage-grouse habitat threatened.  300 acres. 0% contained. 81 personnel. 1 crew, 6 engines and 2 helos. $750,000 cost-to-date.

1 homes and 2 minor structures threatened. (Source: NIFC, NWCC)

 

FIRE IMAGES.  All Fire Images are provided by the Courtesy of Inciweb which are taken by various unknown fire personnel and uploaded into this multi-agency SitRep format. We have given those Photo Credit to the best of our ability and do not lay any claims to these images. All content (excluding images) is copyrighted.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/16/2017 – 2130 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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