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

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

 

 

 

OR ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 15, 2017

Post Summary | Poor Oregon is burning up with multiple new wildfires from lightning from all over the place. Mother Nature, you need to play nice…  Here is our recap for Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

UMQUA NORTH COMPLEX

Previously reported fires.  1,410 acres. 0% contained. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, backing.  Structures threatened. 191 personnel w/6 crews, 6 engines. CTD $1,000.

FALCON COMPLEX

Previously reported fires. 1,067 acres. 10% contained. Active fire behavior with flanking and isolated torching, smoldering. Structures threatened. 482 personnel with 11 crews, 22 engines and 5 helos. CTD $2.5 Million.

JONES FIRE

Jones Fire. PC: Jason Carr

Previously reported fire. 2,380 acres. 0% contained.  Active fire behavior with torching and creeping. Structures under threat. 292 personnel w/9 crews, 8 engines and 2 helos. CTD $350,000.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX FIRES

Newly reported.  Blanket Fire – 7 miles E of Prospect. 5,223 acres. 58% contained. Spruce Creek Fire – West side of Crater Lake NP. 4,885 acres. 55% contained. Broken Lookout Fire – 6 miles of Junctions Highways 62 & 230. 25 acres. 0% contained. Roundtop & Needle Fires – 6 miles NW of Prospect. 18 acres. 100% contained. Butte & Silent Fires – 5 miles W of Junctions Highways 230 & 138. 7 acres. 100% contained.

WHITEWATER FIRE

Previously reported.  6,569 acres. 0% contained. Fire behavior is moderate with backing, group and isolated torching. Structures under threat.  650 personnel with 10 crews, 11 engines and 7 helicopters. CTD is $12 Million.

NENA SPRINGS FIRE

Previously reported.  40,000 acres.  80% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Structures under threat.  422 personnel with 8 crews, 35 engines and 3 helos.  10 structures destroyed. CTD $4 Million.

INDIAN CREEK FIRE

Previously reported.  Minimal fire behavior.  83 acres. 10% contained. 63 personnel. 1 crew and 2 helos. CTD $2.1 Million.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Previously reported.  Active fire behavior with flanking and backing. 5,442 acres. 14% containment. 65 personnel with 1 crew and 1 helo. $2.1 Million CTD.

FLOUNCE FIRE

Previously reported.  Minimal fire behavior. 587 acres. 90% containment. 509 personnel with 23 crews, 15 engines and 9 helos. $2.7 Million CTD.

BEAR BUTTE FIRE 

Previously reported. Minimal fire behavior. Structures under threat. No evacuations in effect. 499 acres. 92% containment. 188 personnel with 3 crews, 6 engines. $4.5 Million CTD.

MILLI FIRE

Previously reported. Moderate fire behavior with spotting and group torching. 150 acres. 0% contained. 141 personnel with 8 crews. CTD $50,000.

IBEX FIRE

Previously reported. Salmon-Challis NF. Burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood and Ibex Creeks. Lightning caused. Started 7/24/2017 @ 1545 hours. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and backing. 5,700 acres. 0% contained. 20 personnel.

WHYCRUS FIRE

Previously reported.  Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  2,030 acres with 80% containment. 79 personnel with 3 crews and 5 engines. CTD $480,000.

SHAN CREEK FIRE

Previously reported.  Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and uphill runs. Structures threatened. 350 acres. 20% containment. 65 personnel with 2 crews and 6 engines. CTD $1,000.

REBEL FIRE

New!  3 Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette – Deschuttes NF.  Rebel Fire – South Fork McKenzie Ranger District Office and Rebel Creek.  Part of group of fires Whitewater, Avenue and Box Canyon wildfires.  PNW2 Type 1 IMT command. Assumed command 0600 8/15/2017.  Avenue Fire – 2 miles from MacKenzie Ranger District Office. Box Canyon Fire – 6 miles South of Rebel Fire.  Total 198 personnel, 862 acres. 10% containment.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2017 @ 0800 hours PDT

OR ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 12, 2017

Post Summary | A new wildfire was reported in by Fire Managers.  We are including the newest wildfire in our recap for Saturday, August 12, 2017. Thank you for reading our post!

Smokey on the Falcon Complex Fire. Courtesy/Inciweb

 FALCON COMPLEX

This is a new wildfire that started on Thursday night.  It is located on the Umqua National Forest, about 25 miles East of Tiller that is burning in timber and grass.  An IMT 2 team is managing this fire.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, torching and spotting. Structures are still under threat. 425 acres burned with a 10% containment status today. 332 personnel with 8 crews, 19 engines and 1 helo are listed as resources. CTD $396,000.

NENA SPRINGS WILDFIRE

The Nena Springs wildfire is also another new wildfire from Thursday night.  It is located on the Bureau of Indian  Agency managed lands (Warm Springs Agency), about 7 miles NE of Simnasho.  According to Saturday’s report, the fire has remained at 34,000 acres with no movement which is good news for fire managers.  There is a 15% containment reached.  Fire behavior remains active with torching.  Structures are under threat but no evacuations are in effect. 227 personnel are assigned with 7 crews, 4 engines and 2 helos. 10 structures have been lost. CTD $1 Million.

HANOVER FIRE

6,756 acres burned. 15% containment status. 325 personnel along with 7 crews, 9 engines and 3 helos are assigned to this incident.  Fire behavior is moderate with uphill runs and long-range spotting. Structures are threatened.

BLANKET CREEK FIRE

The Blanket Creek Fire is located 9 miles NE of Prospect on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest. Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal that is smoldering and creeping. Structures are still at risk. 4,820 acres consumed and crews have reached a 41% containment status.  741 personnel with 20 crews, 23 engines and 9 helos are attached on this incident. CTD $13.9 Million.

SPRUCE LAKE FIRE

Spruce Lake fire behavior is unknown on this day. 4,885 acres have been burned. There is a 35% containment status. 405 personnel with 16 crews, 6 engines and 12 helos are deployed on this wildfire.

Scooper Plane over Detroit Lake

Fire suppression aircraft is another key to fire containment. Here is a Airtanker over Detroit Lake on the Whitewater Fire. Courtesy/Inciweb

WHITEWATER FIRE

The Whitewater Fire is burning in the Willamette National Forest, about 10 miles from Idanha. About 5,870 acres have been burned.  There is no containment on this runaway fire.  665 personnel are deployed on this fire along with 18 crews, 19 engines and 9 helicopters.  An IMT1 will take over the helm of as the new the Fire Management team on Monday, August 14, 2017.  Fire behavior is moderate with creeping, backing and smoldering.  Structures are still at risk. CTD $10.3 Million.

INDIAN CREEK FIRE

The Indian Creek wildfire is located 20 miles W-SW of Hood River on the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 6 miles South of Cascade Lock.  It is also near 7.5 mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440 in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  The fire started on July 4, 2017 around 1736 hours PDT.  Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity with creeping and smoldering. There have been 83 acres burned but fire crews have reached a 10% containment status. 46 personnel are assigned along with 1 crew and a single helicopter. CTD is $2 Million.

USAID emergency responder team at Bear Butte ICP

There are many Incident Cooperators on wildfires, here is the USAID emergency response team on the Bear Butte Fire. Courtesy/Inciweb

BEAR BUTTE FIRE

About 20 miles NW of Baker City, a wildfire is burning called the Bear Butte Fire that has been reduced from a moderate to a minimal fire behavior with single tree torching, smoldering and creeping. Structures are still at risk.

Fire Crews listen in on the morning briefing

The faces behind those working on the Flounce Fire at a briefing. Courtesy/Inciweb

FLOUNCE FIRE

The Flounce Fire started on State land about 12 miles NW of Shady Cove on the SW Oregon District / Department of Forestry.  Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity with creeping and smoldering.  Structures are threatened. 690 acres damaged.  45% containment status. 759 personnel attached to this incident with 32 crews, 24 engines and 9 helicopters. $2.1 Million CTD.

Dozer

Dozers help firefighters with containment lines. They are vital to fire line operations. Courtesy/Inciweb

CHETCO BAR FIRE

The Chetco Bar Fire is on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest and is about 16 miles North of Selma.  Fire behavior is moderate with flanking, backing and with uphill runs. 5,286 acres scorched and a 14% containment status has been reached.  73 personnel and 1 crew with a single helo are on-scene.  CTD is $2 Million.

JONES FIRE **New! **

This new wildfire popped up from overnight’s activities.  It is being reported as being located on the Willamette NF, about 10 miles NW of Lowell.  Timber and grass are its fire fuels.  There has been 405 acres burned and has a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is extremely active with running, flanking and long-range spotting. 56 personnel with 1 crew, 4 engines and 1 helo are deployed on the fire line. Structures are in danger. No evacuations are in effect at the time of this posting.  CTD is $60,000.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/12/2017 @ 0830 Hours PDT

 

OR ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 11, 2017

Post Summary | Here are the wildfires for the State of Oregon for Friday, August 11, 2017.  No Fire CAD activity report attached due to multiple new fires in the Pacific Northwest have caused time constraints.

 FALCON COMPLEX

This is a new wildfire that occurred overnight.  It is located on the Umqua National Forest, about 25 miles East of Tiller that is burning in timber and grass.  An IMT 2 team is managing this fire.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, torching and spotting. Structures are being threatened..  There have been 415 acres burned. There is still a 0% containment status. 129 personnel along with 2 crews and  a single engine crew are assigned.  $286,000 CTD.

NENA SPRINGS WILDFIRE

The Nena Springs wildfire is also another new wildfire from overnight.  It is located on the Bureau of Indian  Agency managed lands (Warm Springs Agency), about 7 miles NE of Simnasho.  The fire has scorched 34,000 acres and counting.  Fire behavior is very extreme with crowning and being wind-driven. There is a 4% containment status.  Structures are under threat.  240 personnel are attached to this wildfire along with 5 crews, 16 engines and 1 helo.  2 structures have been destroyed.  CTD is $170,000.

BLANKET CREEK FIRE

The Blanket Creek Fire is located 9 miles NE of Prospect on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest. Fire behavior on the Blanket Creek Fire has been reduced to moderate fire behavior with torching and creeping.  Structures are still being threatened.  4,800 acres have been burned.  There is a 39% containment status. 733 personnel are assigned with 19 crews, 24 engines and 6 helicopters.  CTD is $12.6 Million.

SPRUCE LAKE FIRE

Spruce Lake fire behavior is moderate with isolated torching and flanking. Structures remain threatened. There are 4,734 acres consumed but a 31% containment status has been reached successfully.  383 personnel remain in fire suppression mode with 16 crews, 5 engines and 7 helicopters. CTD is $4.1 Million.

WHITEWATER FIRE

The Whitewater Fire is burning in the Willamette National Forest, about 10 miles from Idanha. About 5,844 acres have been burned.  There is still a 0% containment status. 669 personnel are assigned along with 18 crews, 19 engines and 8 helicopters. CTD is $8.5 Million.

INDIAN CREEK FIRE

The Indian Creek wildfire is located 20 miles W-SW of Hood River on the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 6 miles South of Cascade Lock.  It is also near 7.5 mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440 in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  The fire started on July 4, 2017 around 1736 hours PDT.  The fire behavior has been reduced to minimal, creeping and smoldering which is great news!  Only  83 acres have been burned.  However, there is still a 0% containment status.  49 personnel are assigned with 1 crew and 1 helo. CTD is $1.9 Million.

BEAR BUTTE FIRE

About 20 miles NW of Baker City, a wildfire is burning called the Bear Butte Fire that has a moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, smoldering and is creeping.  499 acres have been burned and fire crews have reached a 65% containment status.  452 personnel are still attached to this fire with 10 crews, 16 engines and 4 helos. CTD is $3.2 Million.

FLOUNCE FIRE

The Flounce Fire started on State land about 12 miles NW of Shady Cove on the SW Oregon District / Department of Forestry.  Fire behavior is moderate with backing, creeping and smoldering. Structures are being threatened. No evacuations are in effect at the time of this posting.  690 acres have been burned.  There is a 40% containment status.  730 personnel are assigned along with 31 crews, 23 engines and 9 helicopters. CTD is only $1.4 Million.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

The Chetco Bar Fire is on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest and is about 16 miles North of Selma.  The fire has been reduced to moderate fire behavior with uphill runs and backing.  It has burned about 5,036 acres.  Currently, 14% is the containment status.  About 69 personnel are assigned with 2 crews and a single helicopter. CTD is $1.9 Million.

CLARKS CREEK

Clarks Creek wildfire is located on the La Grande District of the Oregon Department of Forestry that is about 18 miles NE of La Grande, Oregon.  Fire fuels include timber and short grass. Currently, 300 acres have been consumed.  There is a 90% containment status gained on this incident. 45 personnel remain with one helicopter and 9 engines. CTD is $90,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/11/2017 @ 2344 Hours PDT

 

OR ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 10, 2017

Post Summary | 2 overnight wildfires popped up and have been added them to our compiled list. Here are the wildfires for the State of Oregon for Thursday, August 10, 2017.

New!  FALCON COMPLEX

This is a new wildfire that occurred overnight.  It is located on the Umqua National Forest, about 25 miles East of Tiller that is burning in timber and grass.  An IMT 2 team is managing this fire.  So far, 601 acres have been burned.  There is no containment status reached yet.  About 100 personnel are on the fire line or managing the incident, along with 3 crews and 1 helicopter.  The fire behavior is active with creeping, backing and group torching.

New! NENA SPRINGS WILDFIRE

The Nena Springs wildfire is also another new wildfire from overnight.  It is located on the Bureau of Indian  Agency managed lands (Warm Springs Agency), about 7 miles NE of Simnasho.  The fire has scorched 14,000 acres of timber and short grass. There is a 0% containment status.  About 114 personnel with 2 crews, 16 engines and 1 helo are battling this blaze.  Fire behavior is extreme with crowning and wind-driven runs. Structures are being threatened. Evacuations are in effect.

BLANKET CREEK FIRE
View between dark green triangular tree crowns, up across a densely forested hillside. White smoke is billowing up from an unseen source, into blue sky.

Credit: Richard Parrish, NW IMT 13/BLM

The Blanket Creek Fire is located 9 miles NE of Prospect on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest. Fire crews have held this fire to the same 4,739 acre, stopping the forward rate of spread.  In addition, crews are still at a 39% containment status, which was the same as yesterday’s SitRep. Fire command is currently listed as an IMT 2 team and will transition over to just a IMT 1 team on Friday, August 11, 2017.  Fire behavior has been reduced from active to moderate with torching and spotting.  Structures are still being threatened. No evacuations are in effect at the time of this post. Personnel has remained the same at 77 with the same number of 21 crews, 24 engines and 6 helicopters.  Cost-to-date was $10.9 Million on Wednesday but has risen to a whopping $16.5 Million!

DEVILS LAKE 

The Devils Lake fire is located about 7 miles of Bly.  Fire has burned the landscapes with 1,706 acres showing the remarkable destruction it has caused.  There is a 93 containment.  Fire personnel of 277 are assigned along with 5 crews, 4 engines and 1 helo.  CTD is $2.5 Million.

SPRUCE LAKE FIRE
Smoke column of the Spruce Lake Fire, August 1, 2017

Spruce Lake by Richard Parrish, BLM/NW IMT 13

As of today, everything remains the same for acreage burned, containment status and resources except for the containment status rising to 31% from 23%  Fire behavior is moderate with isolate torching, flanking and structures still being threatened.

WHITEWATER FIRE

The Whitewater Fire is burning in the Willamette National Forest, about 10 miles from Idanha. There has been 5,515 acres of timber and brush that has been consumed. There is a 0% containment status.  About 661 personnel are assigned to this incident along with 17 crews, 19 engines and 6 helicopters.  A total of fire suppression and containment efforts have reached a total of $6.8 Million to date.

INDIAN CREEK FIRE
Two men stand by the base of the water bucket from the Chinook helicopter. Part of the water release mechanism is visible.

Standing at the base of a Chinook water bucket. Courtesy: Inciweb

The Indian Creek wildfire is located 20 miles W-SW of Hood River on the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 6 miles South of Cascade Lock.  It is also near 7.5 mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440 in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  The fire started on July 4, 2017 around 1736 hours PDT.  There is a NIMO assigned to this fire incident.  Personnel has dropped from 79 personnel to 48 with one same remaining crew and one helicopter.  The fire remains at 83 acres with a 0% containment status. The total cost-to-date has risen to $1.8 Million from Wednesday’s $1.7 Million.

BEAR BUTTE FIRE
Bear Butte Fire Smoke Obscures the Sunlight on 8/4/17

Fire on the Bear Butte Fire. Courtesy: Inciweb

About 20 miles NW of Baker City, the Bear Butte Fire’s firefighters tireless efforts are being shown off at this incident.  Only 10 acres have increased overnight and fire crews have brought the containment status up to 50% from 30% within a relative short amount of time.  Personnel has increased up to 511 personnel from 395, along with 13 crews up from 9; 16 engines up from 15 and the same remaining number of helicopters.  The cost-to-date has risen significantly to $2.7 Million up from $1 Million.

FLOUNCE FIRE
This is a photo of some of the burned-over area of the Flounce Fire.

Active fire on the Flounce Fire. Credit: ODF

The Flounce Fire started on State land about 12 miles NW of Shady Cove on the SW Oregon District / Department of Forestry.  More accurate mapping has reduced the destroyed 700 acres number to 690 acres.  As of today, personnel has been increased to 660 from 411 with 28 crews up from 16.  The number of engines rose to 19 from 12  but air resources remained strong at 4.  The CTD had been reflected as $2.5 Million but today the same sources are reported the cost as being reduced to $754,000.

CHETCO BAR FIRE
Aug 7, 2017 Looking south at TIncup drainage

Fire burning in a drainage. Courtesy: Inciweb

The Chetco Bar Fire is on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest and is about 16 miles North of Selma.  There has been 4,821 acres of timber and brush burned.  A 50a% containment status has been reached.  There is a NIMO assigned to this wildfire. The fire behavior is minimal, backing and flanking.  There are 67  personnel assigned along with 2 crews and 1 helo.  There is a $1.8 Million cost-to-date total reached.

CLARKS CREEK

Clarks Creek wildfire is located on the La Grande District of the Oregon Department of Forestry that is about 18 miles NE of La Grande, Oregon.  Fire fuels include timber and short grass. As of Thursday, Clarks Creek Fire Managers say about 300 acres have been burned but crews have almost fully contained this fire. While that is the case, does not always mean it is completely out.  Today, there is a 90% containment status.  Fire personnel are listed 45 with 9 engines and 1 helo.  The  CTD as of Thursday is $90,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/9/2017 @ 2215 Hours PDT

 

#SnakeRiverFire | Washington State | 6

NEAR CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON  

Incident Summary | A wildfire prompted fire assets to be dispatched around 1800 on the evening of Saturday, July 15th.  When the first due arrived from the Whitman Fire District #14 Agency, they called in that the fire was on the other side of the river in Garfield County.

Since, then a State Mobe was approved for multiple strike teams around the State.

Location | 8 miles NW of Clarkston and 15 miles East of Pomeroy, Washington State.

Snake River. (Photo Credit: Danny Boyd)

Size | 3,980 acres. 80% contained.

Fire Fuels | Tall grasses.

Cause | Lightning.

Current Conditions |  Active fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and uphill runs.

Resources |  265 personnel. 7 crews. 2 helicopters.

Command |  A BMIDC State Mobe was dispatched at 1505 hours on 7/17/2017 to respond.

Current Conditions |  Fire behavior was minimal Monday as winds subsided after sunset. High Humidity recovery overnight, fire remained in existing footprint. Containment lines are holding. 

 

Social Media | We are using #SnakeRiverFire and #WAwildfire2017 #WAwildfire #GarfieldCoFire as hashtags.  You can also find Fire coverage on our Social Media Channels on Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog).

THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!

 

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1405 hours PDT

Rough Ride Fire | California | Update 2

Updated 10:30 PDT

The Rough Ride Fire reportedly started on October 16, 2016 around 3:15 PM PST from lightning.  The fire is located 13 miles West of Blue Ridge and on the Cohutta Wilderness area on the Chattahoochee National Forest in California.

Plumas Hotshots work on the Rough Ridge Fire

Plumas Hotshots working the fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

About 10,336 acres have been scorched mixed shrub understory, pine needles and leaf litter.

Fire crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.

There are 296 personnel assigned to this incident including 9 crews, 2 helicopters, 7 engines and 2 dozers.

Fire behavior is being fueled by rugged terrain and extreme drought conditions.  The fire is said to be following ridges Westward and flanking to the North and South, creeping and smoldering in shaded areas and back down Southward.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NEW CA Wildfire: Yucca Fire | Update 1

Updated 4:00 PM PST

Yucca Fire as seen from the air on 10-5-16.

The Yucca Fire was reported by a CAL Fire plane flying over the area on Saturday afternoon of November 5th.  It was deemed that lightning caused the wildfire to start burning North of Yucca Mountain, at the junction of Yucca Ridge and Pine Ridge in Sequoia National Park, California.

Four (4) acres of timber have been consumed due to the quick response and tireless fire suppression efforts by fire crews from the Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Forests.

There are no structures that have been effected and there are no evacuation in effect.

No injuries have been reported.

Fire Photography is Courtesy of Inciweb.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog