WA | Chuweah Fire | Grand Coulee

UPDATE 2 | AUGUST 6

Updated info @ 2155 PT

Containment has reached up to 95%.

Chuweah Creek Fire view from north of Keller Butte
Credit | USFS

The Chuweah Creek Fire is burning about 15 miles north of Grand Coulee, Washington. It started on July 12, 2021 from lightning. The fire’s origin was deemed to have started right outside the town of Nespelem. (east of)

The fire has now been held at 36,752 acres and has reached a ninety-three percent containment status. Fire fuels include: brush, timber and short grass.

About 99 fire personnel are still attached to this incident.

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering. Rain fell over the area yesterday, which allowed firefighters to work on the fire and reach a higher containment status.

Incident management is being handled by the NW Team 7 with IC Loomis at the helm. This is a Type 2 IMT.

Approximately 14 structures were destroyed and expenses have reached a whopping $8.8 Million Dollars as a CTD.

#ChuweahCreekFire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2021

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Chuweah Creek Fire | Grand Coulee WA

UPDATE 1 | JULY 31, 2021

The Chuweah Creek Fire is burning about 15 miles north of Grand Coulee, Washington. It started on July 12, 2021 from lightning. The fire’s origin was deemed to have started right outside of Nespelem.

Night Shift Chuweah Creek Fire 07.17.21
Credit | Colville Agency

There has been 36,752 acres of brush timber destroyed. Fire has not increased in the last 24 hours as reported by local Fire Officials. Crews however, have gained an 85% containment status.

There are 69 total personnel assigned along with one crew, five engines and one copter.

Fire behavior is minimal.

Road and area closures are still in effect.

14 structures were reportedly lost due to the incident.

There has been about $8.3 Million dollars in fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Lick Creek Fire | Pomeroy, WA | 2

UPDATE 2 — JULY 23, 2021 — FRIDAY — 2300 PT

Incident Summary

This fire ignited on Monday, July 5, 2021 around 1700 hours PT, along Hwy 138 E near Jack Creek and about 15 miles southeast of Pomeroy, as well as southwest of Asotin, Washington. The DRY GULCH FIRE merged in with this incident.

Command

This incident is being managed by the NW Team 3 (type 1 IMT) and CA Team 12 (Type 2 IMT) (en route). IMTs are also managing the GREEN RIDGE FIRE.

A wildland firefighting crew carrier vehicle is parked on a road while low vegetation is burned on the left side and firefighters stand on the right looking out at unburned vegeation.
Credit: USFS

Current Status

There has been 78,158 acres of timber and closed timber litter scorched. There is a 75% containment status reached. Fire Managers have forecasted this fire to be fully contained on September 1, 2021.

This used to be the DRY GULCH FIRE, which merged into the larger fire.

Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching.

Resources

There are 278 total personnel with a reduction of 75 resources since yesterday. At this time there are four crews, 23 engines and seven copters.

Closures

  • Forest Service lands, roads, trails – Unmatilla National Forest

Evacuations

LEVEL 1

  • Grouse Flats
  • Garfield County
  • Columbia County

LEVEL 1 dropped

  • Groverland
  • Anetone

Evacuations – Grouse Flats now a Level 1 from a Level 2 (Asotin County), along with Groverland, along with Garfield, Columbia counties.

Damage Assessments

About 10 structures have been lost and there has been a CTD reached at $11.9 Million.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Steptoe Fire | Whitman Co, WA | 2

UPDATE 2 — JULY 23, 2021 — FRIDAY — 2240 PT

Incident Summary

A wildfire named the STEPTOE FIRE is burning about five miles south of Colton (Whitman County) on the Snake River near the Nisqually John Landing and about 192 miles ENE from The Dalles, Oregon in Whitman County, Washington State.

This fire is north of the Lick Creek Fire in Asotin County, Washington.

The fire ignited on Thursday from an unknown cause, prompting local, County and State fire assets and resources to be dispatched this morning around 0230 hours PT.

The fire was caused by lightning that passed over the area.

Initial Response

Whitman County Fire District #14 was first due on-scene reporting the fire had extended across hundreds of acres. Fire crews were dispatched overnight for structure protection and for life-safety activities. State mobe was approved early this morning.

Fire Resources

Lead Agency: WA State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Franklin County Fire District #3’s SE Strike Team just returned last Sunday for some much needed rest after working long hours and tirelessly in Lyle Hills (Klickitat County) and on the Red Apple Fire incidents. The Strike Team consisted of Strike Team Leader from Benton Co. 4 and Walla Walla FD. Engines from Benton Co. 1 & 2, Walla Walla Co. 4, Columbia Co. 3, College Place FD and Franklin Co. 3.

About 80 total fire personnel are assigned along with one crew and 14 engines.

Fire Command

They have now been dispatched to this new this wildfire under approved State mobe as mutual aid resources. A Type 3 IMT is on order.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators: Whitman County FD14, Asotin County FD1, City of Clarkston FD, Pullman FD, Whitman County and Franklin Co FD3, Walla Walla FD8 w/Eastern Washington State Mobe Strike Team # 1 (Walla Walla FD, city of College Place, WW FD4, Columbia FD3, Clarkston FD, Super Scoopers 283.

Current Status

About 2,700 acres of grass and brush have burned and there is a 20% containment status.

Fire behavior is moderate with some backing down slope and smoldering. with uphill runs, backing downslope and smoldering.

There are NO active evacuation orders in effect at this time.

Closures

  • Steptoe Canyon Road from Rimrock Road to Snake River

Damage Assessment

One structure has been lost. Total CTD is $150,000.

Hashtags

#SteptoeCanyonFire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2021

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Steptoe Fire | Whitman Co, WA

A wildfire named the STEPTOE FIRE is burning about 12 miles south of Colton on the Snake River in Whitman County, Washington State. The fire ignited on Thursday from an unknown cause, prompting local, County and State fire assets and resources to be dispatched this morning around 0230 hours PT.

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Credit: Asotin Co FD1

Whitman County Fire District #14 was first due on-scene reporting the fire had extended across hundreds of acres. Fire crews were dispatched overnight for structure protection and for life-safety activities. State mobe was approved early this morning.

Franklin County Fire District #3’s SE Strike Team just returned last Sunday for some much needed rest after working long hours and tirelessly in Lyle Hills (Klickitat County) and on the Red Apple Fire incidents. The Strike Team consisted of Strike Team Leader from Benton Co. 4 and Walla Walla FD. Engines from Benton Co. 1 & 2, Walla Walla Co. 4, Columbia Co. 3, College Place FD and Franklin Co. 3.

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They have now been dispatched to this new this wildfire under approved State mobe as mutual aid resources. A Type 3 IMT is on order.

This new wildfire appears to been lightning caused and said to be over 1,300 acres with an unknown containment status. Fire behavior is very active with a high rate of spread, spotting and making runs.

Incident Cooperators: Whitman County, Asotin County FD1, City of Clarkston FD, Pullman FD, Whitman County and Franklin Co FD3.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Elbow Creek Fire | Wallowa, Oregon

The ELBOW CREEK FIRE is located 26 miles northeast of Elgin and 17 miles northwest of Wallowa, Oregon on the USFS’s Umatilla National Forest.

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Credit | Elbow Fire Facebook Page

The ELBOW CREEK FIRE is burning on both sides of the Grande Ronde River. It is said to be threatening the UNF, Wallowa-Whitman NF, BLM – Vale District and ODF lands. Fire is being observed burning in the Grande Ronde River drainage near Mud Springs, about 31 miles southeast of Walla Walla, Washington State.

Evacuations in effect > Wallow County Sheriff’s Office

It originally had ignited on July 15th around 1445 hours PT from an unknown cause, that is under investigation. fire management is under IC Joby Sciarrino, a Type 3 IMT out of northeastern Oregon.

There has been 18,599 acres of timber and short grass that have been destroyed, which has a successful 20% containment status. Fire behavior is active with spotting and torching.

There are 469 total personnel along with 11 crews, 21 engines and three copters. Six crews arrived yesterday evening with more resources en route and arriving over the next few days.

Crisis Response

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Damage assessment includes one structure lost and a total CTD of $1.5 Million.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

MT | Burnt Peak Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – JULY 13, 2021 – 2215 HOURS PT

7.12.21 Burnt Peak Fire Photo
Credit: USFS

The BURNT PEAK FIRE was ignited by lightning on the morning of July 7th and detected later at an unknown exact time.

It is located about nine miles southwest of Troy and Keeler Rattle drainage and southwest of Burnt Peak, Montana. The fire is burning on the Three Rivers Ranger District on the Kootenai National Forest.

There are about 101 fire personnel assigned under Management of Erickson and Trainee, Farmer.

The fire has burned about 990 acres of timber litter and understory. Containment is ten-percent.

Fire behavior is active with flanking, group torching, short-range spotting and uphill runs. It is currently said to be about two miles away from nearby homes, prompting future potential evacuation orders.

More of the same isolated and scattered showers with thunderstorms are due to impact the area this evening. Concerns of lightning and breezy winds will be the most primary threats to the already fire-prone areas.

> PRE-EVACUATION NOTICES IN EFFECT >

* North Fork Keeler area

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Seattle Firefighters Respond to T-Mobile Park

SEATTLE, Wash. | Seattle Firefighters were dispatched at 1727 hours PDT on Saturday, May 25th to the City’s baseball park, named the T-Mobile Park and formerly known as Safeco Field.

A small fire was quickly contained in the concession stand.  No word on what caused the fire but units are still on-scene at the Park located in the 1200 block of 1st Avenue South.

The original units dispatched on the “full response” were B2, E5, L1, A10, Air10, B5, Dep1, E2, E25, E6, L3, M10, M44, MAR5, R1 REHAB1, Saft2 and Staff10.

There was no pressers released as to stating which concession stand it was or the extent of the fire damage but some users posted photos of the incident on Social Media.  The fire appeared to be seen from many miles on the ground and in the air.

There were no reports of injuries to civilians or to firefighters.

#SeattleFire #TmobileFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted 5/25/2019 @ 1850 hours PDT

Washington Wildfire: #OregonFire

ELK, Wash. – Fire crews were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center on Friday, June 8, 2018, around 1237 hours PDT to East Oregon Road in Spokane County for a brush fire.

AR 414 (IC) arrived on-scene.

Fire crews quickly and successfully lined the fire completely reaching a 100% containment status by 1350 hours and stopping forward rate of spread.

The cause of this fire is unknown.

There were .02 acres consumed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 0045 hours 6/8/2018

 

NEW: Moose Creek Fire | Alaska | Update 1

Updated 10:15 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

An early-morning photo of the Moose Creek Fire near Sutton. Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and local fire departments are working to contain the blaze, which was reported at 2:10 a.m. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

Credit: AK Forestry

Date/Time Started: 

  • The Moose Creek Fire was reported @ 2:10 AM on October 15th by a passing motorist.

Location:

  • The Moose Creek Fire is burning near the Moose Creek Campground.
  • About 12 miles North of Palmer and 5 miles South of Sutton, Alaska.

Fire Fuels:

  • Fire fuels are burning in cured grass and hardwoods.

Cause: 

  • The cause is unknown and under investigation, but media is now reporting this is a human-caused fire with an escaped debris pile fire.

Current Fire Conditions:

  • Fire crews are facing the harsh sub-freezing cold weather and even more colder temps from extreme windy conditions.
  • On Saturday, Fire managers used burn out operations to reinforce the containment line on the north flank with most of the fire on that side being fully contained.
  • On Sunday, fire crews are focusing most of their fire suppression efforts on the western perimeter which appears to be the most active portion of the fire.

(Credit: AK Forestry)

Size Up:

  • At the time of fire being reported, it was at 10 acres.
  • Today, it is at 300 acres with a 25% containment status.

Fire perimeter map. (Credit: AK Forestry)

PERSONNEL

Staffing: 

  • This Fire comes late into the Wildfire Season and most firefighters with most of them already laid off.
  • Fire Managers forced to scramble to find  Staffing.
  • About 50  Firefighters  are assigned from BLM Alaska Fire Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service.

Air Resources: 

  • 2 Helicopters are assisting ground fire crews and dropping water over the fire, but at times the winds were too fierce for flying.

SOCIAL MEDIA

NW Fire Blog:

  • We are using the following hashtags for this article:  #MooseCreekFire  #AkWILDFIRE

From the Fireground:

  • “Winds wreaking havoc for firefighters in Matanuska Valley.” – AK Forestry (10/16/2016)

Credit: Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Evacuations:

  • “Palmer Correctional Center inmates evacuated.” – Media (10/16/2016)

The People Have Spoken:

  • “Late-season fire burning near Sutton – Surface fuels burn.” (10/16/2016).
  • “Wildfire season keeps getting longer..” (10/15/2016)
  •  “It was pretty hazy out here today.” (10/15/2016)
  •  “Helicopters pulling water out of Elks Lake.” (10/15/2016)

News Media:

  • “The weather combo of cold & wind at the #MooseCreekFire is BRUTAL.” (10/16/2016)
  • “Alaska Div. Forestry says #MooseCreekFire is human caused–started as an escaped debris fire.” (10/16/2016)
  • “Forestry says the wind is too strong for helicopters to assist.” (10/16/2016)”

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog