WA | Schneider Springs Fire Update

Sunday Update – September 12, 2021

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING – VIRTUAL

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 1900 hours PT (7pm)

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Photo 📸: Burnout operations on the Bull Complex fire.
Credit | NICC

Incident Summary

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 20 miles northwest of Naches and 10 miles west of Nile, Washington in the northern Cascade Mountain Range.

The fire was sparked by lighting that passed over the area on August 3, 2021, which ignited short grass, timber and brush on August 4, 2021, around 1230 hours PT.

The fire has burned 102,407 acres and reached a 17% containment status.

Current Status

The fire’s behavior remains today as moderate with flanking, backing and creeping. Pockets of fire fuels are being burned by surface fire with occasional flare-ups.

Division Alpha – structure protection in effect with some mop-up operations. Firing operations being conducted as needed.

UAS can fly at night and scout portions of the fire that may be inaccessible to ground personnel. Here’s is a photo of real time video. Photo shows trees in the dark with flames.
Credit | USFS

Division Delta – structure protection to continue with one of their fire objectives to complete line construction. They will work to prep the control line and will look towards future operations of going direct when possible.

Division Hotel – main fire objective is to tie in around the Cliffdell down to the river, as their main focus as it is critical to get this completed as soon as possible. They will also continue to monitor and patrol portions of the line.

Division Oscar – crews are working tirelessly to patrol and repair portions of the line, as well as hold and improve the firing operations around Burnt Mountain. Mop-up operations in effect for any new or existing hotspots.

Night Ops – They are working to continue much of the same with providing structure protection and defensive firing as needed. Crews will monitor and hold.

Repair Group – Working in the Bethel Ridge area and will conduct priority repair work as directed.

A rainstorm passed over the area but produced little to no precip over the area.

It continues to threaten several local communities and structures, prompting evacuation orders to remain in effect along with area, road and trails still closed. Some have been reduced down to Level 2 from 3, after rain fell over the fire area.

A Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR is in effect, therefore no drones or other aircraft will be allowed to fly over the fire area. Collisions can occur if drones intrude upon the TFR, putting fire personnel in the air and on the ground in grave danger and it is illegal to do so. Heavy fines and jail time can be give for violations. Questions? Contact the Naches Ranger District at 509-653-1401. Fire Line staffed 0800-1900 daily at 509-653-1468. #NoDronesInFireZones

Resources

Command is under a PNW2 Type 1 IMT Incident Commander (IC) R. Allen with 601 total personnel under their direction, along with 13 crews, 36 engines and eight copters.

A Red Cross shelter was opened on September 9th at 1500 hours PT (3pm) at the Summit View Church of Christ located at 100 N. 72nd Avenue in Yakima, Washington 98801.

On September 8, 2021, the National Interagency Fire Center or NIFC for short, deployed two wildland firefighting hand crews from Quebec, Canada.

Canadian crews pose for a group photo after their arrival at NIFC on September 8, 2021. Credit: Jennifer Myslivy, BLM
Credit | NIFC

Incident Cooperators include: NWS IMET Operations, NIFC, WSP, DOE – Central Region, City of Yakima Government, Yakima County Government (Sheriff’s Office, OEM), Yakama Nation, Quebec (CAN) hand crews, Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), NWS Pendleton (Air Quality reports), Crystal Mountain Resort, NWS Seattle, CK Fire and Rescue (South Puget Sound Strike Team), Zigzag Hotshots, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Jackson Hotshots, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (Oka-Wen NF), NWS Spokane, Oregon Smoke Info, Joseph Elfelt (Mapping), Red Cross NW, National Forest Foundation, Bureau of Land Management (BLM),

Significant Events

  • This firestorm was deemed a megafire on September 10, 2021, with the fire broke the 100,000+-acre record.
  • On August 23, 2021, there were 16 active wildfires with the (Schneider Springs Fire) over 67,000; Lick Creek Fire at 80,000+, Cub Creek Fire at 70,000+ and Whitmore Fire over 58,000+ acres.
  • On August 11, 2021, Social media commented on weather being cooler and wetter helping firefighters contain the wildfire, but it seems that was just a hope.
  • The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $35 Million Dollars of today.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA’s Schneider Springs Fire

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 20 miles northwest of Naches, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands.

Crews continue to work on nighttime firing operations in Bethel Ridge Area
Credit | OK-WEN NF (USFS)

There has been 75,055 acres of timber that has been destroyed. Fire crews have been able to increase the containment from three-to-eight percent. Fire behavior is active, flanking, backing and isolate torching.

The incident is under the direction of PNW2, a Type 1 IMT’s IC R. Allen.

The lightning-caused fire started on August 4, 2021 and has quickly spread over thousands of acres of land, threatening structures and forcing mandatory evacuations.

To assist with fire suppression and containment, there are 670 total personnel along with 13 crews, 50 engines and six aircraft.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (GO NOW)

  • Bumping River Road from north to south

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS (GET SET)

  • Hwy 410 from Bumping River Road to US12

LEVEL EVACUATIONS (GET READY)

  • US12 at Hwy 410 west to Tieton Reservoir Road

Current Restrictions include no flying of drones in the fire zone(s).

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA’s Schneider Springs Fire

Wednesday Update – August 25, 2021

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 18 miles northwest of Naches, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands, which has consumed a total of 71,907 acres of timber, brush and short grass.

The lightning-caused fire started on August 4, 2021 and has quickly spread over thousands of acres of land, threatening structures and forcing mandatory evacuations. This has also been concerns for fire managers for vital infrastructure that also may be threatened.

View of Bumping River with firefighter in far in the background
Credit | USFS

To assist with fire suppression and containment, there are 530 total personnel along with 12 crews, 38 engines, six dozers, nine aircraft resources and 17 other pieces of heavy equipment.

Crews have reached a difficult three-percent containment status but they are slowly making progress on this stubborn fire. Behavior has been observed as active with flanking, back and torching. It said to be burning deep down in several canyons too dangerous for crews to follow and attempt to contain.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (GO NOW)

  • Bumping River Road from north to south

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS (GET SET)

  • Hwy 410 from Bumping River Road to US12

LEVEL EVACUATIONS (GET READY)

  • US12 at Hwy 410 west to Tieton Reservoir Road

Current Restrictions include no flying of drones in the fire zone(s).

There has been no structures destroyed but the total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment cost-to-date has risen to $12.4 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NW Fires | Saturday Recap

You will see that we are broadcasting on Twitter and Facebook new wildfires in Oregon and Washington as separate posts. If they are still active at the time of presenting this recap to you, we will add them.

Here is a recap for Saturday, August 14, 2021 gleaned from resources Inciweb, NIFC, NWCC, USFS, Fire Department, Fire Agencies via Social Media and other sources.

Washington State Wildfires

New! BARTLETTE FIRE – Barlette Road, Pend Orielle County.

AR7411, C301, E31, E32, INV Roberts dispatched via the WA-NEC on WildCAD.net at 1820 hours PT. Fire has been 100% lined at 2015 hours. UPDATE | Contained at 2016 PT.

New! FLOWER FIRE – Winchester Creek Road, Pend Oreille County.

Ar7410 dispatched at 0019 hours PT. 100% lined at 0518 hours PT. Not showing out or controlled in their CAD system.

New! NASON FIRE – 18 miles NE of Skykomish.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and torching.

103 acres. 0% contained. 12 total personnel with 1 crew member. $20K CTD.

(Source: NIFC)

New! QUARRY TOWER FIRE – Quarry Browns Lake Road, Stevenson County.

NC64, NC7306, NC7307 dispatched 0721 hours PT. 1.25 acres of grass, shrub, timber understory and slash. 90% mopped up at 2020 hours PT. Dispatched via the WA-NEC via the WildCAD.net system.

WHITMORE FIRE – 27 miles NE of Bridgeport.

Photo Credit: BIA

The photo posted for this wildfire depicts the process a wildland firefighter uses to for firing operations by using a drip torch. This is during a night operational period.

Colville Agency, BIA. IMT 2 (NW Team 12). Timber. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Community of Nespelem and infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

58,087 acres. 40% contained. 396 personnel. 8 crews, 25 engines and 1 copter. 6 structures have been lost. $6.9M CTD.

WINDY PASS FIRE – 11 miles SW of Cle Elum.

Smoke from Firing Operations 8-10-21
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS, WA. Timber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

82 acres. 64% containment. 98 personnel. 3 crews, 1 engine and 1 copter. $1.5M CTD.

MUCKAMUCK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Conconully.

Colville NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Started 8/4/2021. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

CA IMT Team2 (CIMT2) is managing the fire with IC Mike Minton as the Incident Commander of this fire along with Cub Creek 2 Fire, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires.

1,648 acres. 5% containment. 84 total personnel.

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE – 17 miles W of Inchelium.

Started 7/12/2021. Lightning-caused.

white smoke rises from a drainage
Photo Credit: BIa

Colville Agency, BIA. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (NW Team 7) to IMT 2 (NW Team 10) will occur today. IMT is also managing the Upper Lime Creek Fire. Timber and light slash. Numerous structures and communication infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping, spotting and isolated torching.

28,797 acres. 35% contained. 388 total personnel.

UPPER LIME CREEK FIRE – 6 miles NW of Keller.

Smoke on the Upper Lime Creek Fire 8.8.21
Photo Credit: BIA

Colville Agency, BIA. Timber and light slash. Community of Keller threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect. Community of Keller is now being threatened.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.

376 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines. $472K CTD.

BULLDOG MTN FIRE – 16 miles NW of Kettle Falls.

Burned area on slope with fires edge creeping downhill
Photo Credit: USFS

Colville NF, USFS. Heavy slash and timber. Residences threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing. Fire started 8/2/2021 from lightning.

1,865 acres. 0% contained. 236 total personnel.

NINE MINE FIRE – 4.5 miles SSE of Laurie.

Division A burnout operationsat dusk 8.13.21_2
Photo Credit: WA DNR

WA DNR – NE Region. IC: Shawn Soliday. Jill Ritter (Trainee). Timber, brush and tall grass.

Moderate fire behavior with backing.

157 acres. 45% containment. 100 personnel.

PINCER CREEK FIRE – 15 miles E of Marblemount.

The Pincer Creek Fire creeps in heavy dead and down timber on August 11, 2021.
Photo Credit: USFS

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, USFS. Timber and brush.

Started 8/3/2021 from lightning.

400 acres. 0% contained. 4 total personnel. IC Shawn Otto.

CHUWEAH CREEK FIRE – 4 miles N of Nespelem.

Smokey Bear Fire Danger Sign
Photo Credit: BIA

Colville Agency, BIA. Brush, timber and light slash. Started 7/25/2021 at 1900 hours PT. IC: Mt. Tolman Fire Center.

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area and road closures in effect.

36,752 acres. 98% contained. 8 total personnel.

LICK CREEK FIRE – 15 miles SE of Pomeroy.

Night time burning operations on Lick Creek Fire.
Photo Credit: USFS / Courtesy: Inciweb

Umatilla NF, USFS. IMT 2 (RM Team Black). IMT is also managing the Green Ridge Fire. Short grass, hardwood litter and timber. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Fire started 7/7/2021 at 0800 hours. Lightning-caused.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

80,421 acres. 96% contained. 27 total personnel.

SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE – 21 miles NW of Tieton.

Schneider Springs 8-5-21
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Naches Ranger District. IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). IMT is also managing the Windy Pass Fire. Short grass, timber and brush. Started 8/3/2021. Lightning caused.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing.

15,042 acres. 0% contained. 337 personnel. 12 crews, 15 engines, 2 copters. $3.5M CTD.

CHICKADEE FIRE – 16 miles NW of Tonasket.

photo of a stand that had fuel reduction
Photo Credit: WA DNR

WA DNR-NE Region. Timber and short grass.

Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, short-range spotting and creeping.

Fire Personnel continue to work on increasing containment of the fire with the help of engine crews, working to enforce the line, and putting out any spot fires or hotspots along the line. Personnel will continue to look for hot spots and assist where needed.

656 acres. 55% contained. 114 personnel. 2 crews, 9 engines. $2.3M CTD.

SPUR FIRE – 18 miles NE of Tonasket.

Timber and short grass. Community of Bonaparte and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.

The fire pushed outside the northern containment line and was suppressed by crews and equipment.  Spot fires outside containment lines were also detected and suppressed utilizing engines, dozers, and hand crews. Smoke hampered aerial resources; but they remain available when conditions improve. Today’s activities will focus preparing Road 33, structure protection and suppressing new spot fires.

10,261 acres. 0% contained. 142 personnel. 5 crews, 2 engines. $248K CTD.

GREEN RIDGE FIRE – 31 miles E of Walla Walla.

A plane drops a load of red retardant across a forested mountainside.
Photo Credit: USFS

Umatilla NF, USFS. Thirty miles east of Walla Walla, WA. Closed timber litter, timber and
medium slash.

Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting. Several
communities threatened.

32,298 acres. 15% contained. 499 personnel. 7 crews, 31 engines and 6 copters. $28.1M CTD.

WALKER CREEK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Wauconda.

IMT also managing the Spur and Chickadee Creek Fires. Timber and short grass. Community of Bonaparte and structures
threatened. Evacuations in effect.

Active fire behavior with short-range spotting, group torching and wind-driven runs.

Structure protection continued through the night as firefighters removed vegetation and any materials that could threaten structures.  In the northern area of the fire, dozers are constructing fire line to remove fuel. Work today will include constructing fire line from the fires end down to Bonaparte Lake, continued construction and improvement of containment and contingency lines, and scouting for spot fires.

1,091 acres. 10% contained. 250 personnel. 4 crews, 23 engines. $4.5M CTD.

CUB CREEK 2 FIRE – 5 miles N of Winthrop.

Firefighters cutting line with a group of trees on fire very close
Photo Credit: Skidgen E87

Southeast Region, DNR. IMT 1 (CA Team 2). IMT is also managing the Muckamuck, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires. Short grass, closed timber litter and timber. Infrastructure now threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping.

66,883 acres. 55% contained. 330 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines and 8 copters.

3 structures lost. $21.9M CTD.

CEDAR CREEK FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Our hotshot crew just finished hand ignition along the Thompson Ridge below Gobblers Knob, from the 4410 road across the 500 road. This is to create a black line more slowly. Crews and engines are deployed along the 4410 road to hold the fire.
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, brush and short grass. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with torching, smoldering and uphill runs.

53,215 acres. 50% contained. 437 personnel 8 crews, 26 engines, 7 copters.

2 structures lost. $28M CTD.

DELANCY FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, short grass and closed timber litter. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Minimal fire behavior.

223 acres. 80% contained. No resources assigned but is being monitored. $122K CTD.

Oregon Wildfires

DEVIL’S KNOB COMPLEX – 22 miles NE of Azalea.

Hillside burning and smoking
Photo Credit: USFS

(5 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 8). Timber and medium slash. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting.

6,606 acres. 12% contained. Total 655 personnel.

YAINAX FIRE – 10 miles NE of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

WALRUS FIRE – 11 miles N of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

BOOTLEG FIRE – 23 miles E of Chiloquin.

As part of the BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) effort, hydrologists evaluate potential post-fire flooding.
Hydrologists evaluate an irrigation diversion on the Sprague River. | Photo Credit: USFS.

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (PNW Team 2) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Yainax and Walrus Fires. Timber and brush. Structures threatened. Area and Trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering.

413,717 acres. 98% contained. 253 total personnel.

SKYLINE RIDGE COMPLEX – 5 miles SE of Days Creek.

Night operations on Skyline Ridge Complex
Photo Credit: ODF

(3 fires), South Unit, ODF. IMT 1 (ODF Team 1). Timber and light slash. Numerous residences and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations in effect.

Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and short-range spotting.

4,828 acres. 33% contained. 1254 personnel. 38 crews, 49 engines and 14 copters. $11.7M CTD.

BRULER FIRE – 9 miles S of Detroit.

Willamette National Forest firefighters engage in mop-up- July 15, 2021
Photo Credit: USFS

Willamette NF, USFS. Closed timber litter and timber. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.

195 acres. 75% contained. 66 total personnel.

BLACK BUTTE FIRE – 36 miles SE of John Day, 24.9 miles S of Unity.

Photo of smoke rising from the forest with a hazy sky.
Photo Credit: Eric Risdal, NW IMT 6

Malheur NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 9). IMT 2 (NW Team 6) mobilizing. Timber and light slash. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Started on 8/3/2021. Lightning-caused.

17,571 acres. 30% contained.

New! FOX COMPLEX – W of Lakeview

Includes the Patton Meadow and Willow Valley Fires which just merged together. They are both being managed by a team under Unified Command with the OR DOF’s IMT Team 3 and the OR State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team. they are busy setting up their Incident Command Post (ICP) at the Lake County Fairgrounds. They are also working on coordinating a base for crews and amenities to support them.

Total 7,000 acres. 0% containment.

Patton Meadow Fire_08132021_8PM
Photo Credit: USFS

Patton Meadow Fire – 10 -15 miles W of Lakeview.

Fire behavior increased overnight as winds out of the north pushed it over and to the south of Hwy 140 and well west of the 383 road. Night crews and dozers were able to put a line around those areas and will continue to strengthen those lines throughout the day.

Credit: ODF

Fire is now 4,100 acres. 0% contained.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS in progress – GO NOW!

  •  Highway 140 West at Juniper RV to Antelope Valley Ranch.
  • All of Drews Gap, on both sides of Highway 140.

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS in progress – GET SET!

  • West of Antelope Valley Ranch to Tracy Loop.
  • N of Hwy 140 from Juniper RV to Lower Cottonwood.

LEVEL 1 EVACUATIONS in progress – BE READY!

  • 140 W south to Andy Hill Road
  • West on Andy Hill Road to Dog Lake Lane, to Dog Creek Bridge
  • All residences at Drews Reservoir
  • Tracy Loop to Upper Cottonwood Road
  • East of Lower Cottonwood road to Cottonwood Creek

SHELTER – Red Cross Shelteter. Daly Middle School. 220 South H Street, Lakeview.

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Timber, light slash and brush. Extreme fire behavior with short crown runs, running and spotting. Residences threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

Started 8/12/2021 from dry lightning just before 1530 hours PT. One of several fires in Klamath and Lake Counties.

Cooperating agencies: S Central OR Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP). ODF, USFS/Fremont-Winema National Forest Lakeview District. Lake County SO, OEM.

71 personnel 7 engines and 2 helos. $50K CTD.

Willow Fire – 16 miles south of Bonanza, OR

EVACUATIONS in progress – by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. For more info , go to their website on Facebook here –> https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906.

Fire is burning mostly on BLM Lakeview District lands north of the Stateline, as a portion of the Modoc National Forest to the south. ODF lands are now being threatened. No structures are being threatened. Teams are working to get re-established with the new Unified Command system under this Fox Complex incident.

Resources include: 4 large type 1 copters are en route this afternoon.

KNOLL FIRE – 7 miles NE of McKenzie Bridge.

Firefighters pick up extra health and safety items for their shift.
Photo Credit: USFS

Timber, closed timber litter and light slash. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road, and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, torching and spotting.

544 acres. 30% contained. 82 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines. $222K CTD.

BULL COMPLEX – 25 miles NE of Mill City.

Cascade Type 2 Initial Attack Crew constructing handline
Photo Credit: USFS

Mt. Hood NF, USFS. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, running and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Total 1,865 acres. 0% contained. 236 total personnel.

MIDDLEFORK COMPLEX – 9 miles NE of Oakridge.

Blue sky visible above pink tinted smoke from forest fires. Below the smoke green forested mountains are visible.
Photo Credit: USDA Forest Service

(3 fires), Willamette NF, USFS. IMT 1 (PNW Team 3). IMT is also managing the Knoll Fire. Closed timber litter and timber. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and torching.

8,424 acres. 2% contained. 673 personnel. 134 crews, 30 engines, 6 copter. $11.1M CTD.

ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX – 18 miles SW of Oakridge.

Rough Patch - Chaos Fire on August 7, 2021
Photo Credit: USFS

(4 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 13). IMT 1 (GB Team 2) mobilizing. IMT is also managing the Jack incident. Closed timber litter and timber. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting.

9,905 acres. 3% contained. 441 total personnel.

JACK FIRE – 31 miles E of Roseburg.

photo credit Forrest Ownbey WADNR
Photo Credit: USFS

Umpqua NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Numerous structures threatened.

23,614 acres. 53% contained. 131 total personnel.

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(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfires | Recap

Due to many wildfires, we are going to try this again and put them into a single recap. Please be patient with us as the northwest seems to be catching ablaze and of course, we have been behind for a long time. We thank you for reading our articles and following our blog. You are appreciated!

Here is a recap for Friday, August 13, 2021 gleaned from resources Inciweb, NIFC, NWCC, USFS, Fire Department, Fire Agencies via Social Media and other sources.

Washington State Wildfires

WHITMORE FIRE – 27 miles NE of Bridgeport.

Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. IMT 2 (NW Team 12). Timber. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Community of Nespelem and infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

57,478 acres. 35% contained. 379 personnel. 8 crews, 23 engines and 1 chopper. 6 structures lost. $6.1M CTD.

WINDY PASS FIRE – 11 miles SW of Cle Elum.

Smoke from Firing Operations 8-10-21
Photo Credit: USFS/OK-WEN NF

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS, WA. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Mop-up operations are in progress.

82 acres. 64% contained. 77 personnel. 3 crews, 1 engine and 1 copter. $1.5M CTD.

MUCKAMUCK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Conconully.

Colville NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Started 8/4/2021. Active fire behavior with creeping, group torching and spotting. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

1,648 acres. 0% contained. 54 personnel 1 crew, 7 engines and 4 choppers. $1.9M CTD.

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE – 17 miles W of Inchelium.

A firefighter guards a fireline.  She burns small, calculated areas to ensure that the approaching firefront hits the fireline in a slow, controlled manner.
Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (NW Team 7) to IMT 2 (NW Team 10) will occur today. IMT is also managing the Upper Lime Creek Fire. Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Numerous structures and communication infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

28,797 acres. 35% contained. 429 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines and 4 helicopters. $23M CTD.

UPPER LIME CREEK FIRE – 6 miles NW of Keller.

Smoke on the Upper Lime Creek Fire 8.8.21
Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Timber and light slash. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Community of Keller threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

376 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines. $490K CTD.

BULLDOG MTN FIRE – 16 miles NW of Kettle Falls.

Fire Activity 8-7-21
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Colville NF, USFS. . Heavy slash and timber. Active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing. Residences threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

2,000 acres. 5% contained. 166 personnel. 3 crews, 7 engines and 1 copter. $1.2M CTD.

NINE MINE FIRE – 4.5 miles SSE of Laurie.

Started 8/4/2021. Lightning caused.

139 acres. 42% contained. 4 hand crews, 6 engines and 1 dozer. 107 total personnel. Level 2 evacuations in effect. http://nwccinfo.blogspot.com/

PINCER CREEK FIRE – 15 miles E of Marblemount.

The Pincer Creek Fire creeps in heavy dead and down timber on August 11, 2021.
Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, USFS. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

250 acres. 0% contained. 4 personnel. 1 engine. $50K CTD. This is being managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned.

CHUWEAH CREEK FIRE – 4 miles N of Nespelem.

Chuweah Creek Fire 07.12.21 from Cache Creek Road
Photo Credit: BIA/Coliville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Brush, timber and light slash. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area and road closures in effect.

36,752 acres. 98% contained. 0 resources. 14 structures lost. $8.9M CTD.

LICK CREEK FIRE – 15 miles SE of Pomeroy.

Night time burning operation along road on Lick Creek Fire.
Photo Credit: USFS via courtesy by Inciweb

Umatilla NF, USFS. IMT 2 (RM Team Black). IMT is also managing the Green Ridge Fire. Short grass, hardwood litter and timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

80,421 acres. 96% contained. 21 personnel. 2 engines. 10 structures lost. $16.8M CTD.

SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE – 21 miles NW of Tieton.

A large smoke column is visible against a deep blue sky and rising over a ridgetop, the mountains covered in green conifer trees. In the foreground evergreen trees are adjacent to a home with grass growing in the field before the home.
Photo Credit: Goose Prairie via Courtesy: Inciweb

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). IMT is also managing the Windy Pass Fire. Short grass, timber and brush. Started 8/3/2021. Lightning caused. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, short-range spotting and flanking. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Air resources were unable to fly due to heavy smoke in the air, making it visibility difficult.

13,685 acres. 0% contained. 300 personnel. 7 crews. 14 engines, 4 dozers, 5 water tenders and 2 copters. $2.9M CTD.

CHICKADEE FIRE – 16 miles NW of Tonasket.

photo of a stand that had fuel reduction
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and short-range spotting.

649 acres. 40% contained. 92 personnel. 2 crew, 7 engines. $525k CTD.

SPUR FIRE – 18 miles NE of Tonasket.

View of Spur Fire from Tonasket 8/11/21
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Timber and short grass. Extreme fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting. Community of Bonaparte and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

10,261 acres. 0% contained. 162 personnel. 5 crews, 2 engines. $200K CTD.

GREEN RIDGE FIRE – 31 miles E of Walla Walla.

Green Ridge Fire
Photo Credit: USFS/Umatilla NF

Umatilla NF, USFS. Closed timber litter, timber and medium slash. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting. Several communities threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

29,759 acres. 15% contained. 482 personnel with 7 crews, 28 engines and 6 choppers. $26.9M CTD.

WALKER CREEK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Wauconda.

Retardant Drop over Walker Fire
Credit: WA DNR – NE Region

IMT also managing the Spur and Chickadee Creek Fires. Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with
short-range spotting, single tree torching and wind-driven runs. Community of Bonaparte and structures
threatened. Evacuations in effect.

1,091 acres. 10% contained. 194 personnel. 2 crew, 18 engines. $2.5M CTD.

CUB CREEK 2 FIRE – 5 miles N of Winthrop.

Photo Credit: WA DNR – SE Region

Southeast Region, DNR. IMT 1 (CA Team 2). IMT is also managing the Muckamuck, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires. Short grass, closed timber litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Infrastructure threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

66,883 acres. 55% contained. 411 personnel. 8 crews, 17 engines, 4 copters. $1.9M CTD.

CEDAR CREEK FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Our hotshot crew just finished hand ignition along the Thompson Ridge below Gobblers Knob, from the 4410 road across the 500 road. This is to create a black line more slowly. Crews and engines are deployed along the 4410 road to hold the fire.
Photo Credit: USFS/OK-WEN NF, Courtesy: Inciweb

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with torching, smoldering and uphill runs. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

53,215 acres. 50% contained. 521 total personnel. 10 crews, 29 engines, 7 copters. 2 structures lost. $27.4M CTD.

DELANCY FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, short grass and closed timber litter. Minimal fire behavior. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

223 acres. 0% contained. Being managed by another IMT on another incident. $122K CTD.

Oregon Wildfires

DEVIL’S KNOB COMPLEX – 22 miles NE of Azalea.

Fire fighters working on a hot spot on the Devil's Knob Complex
Photo Credit: USFS/Umpqua NF

(5 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 8). Timber and medium slash. Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

6,606 acres. 12% contained. 674 personnel 16 crews, 39 engines, 1 copter. 1 structure lost. $8.2M CTD.

YAINAX FIRE – 10 miles NE of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

84 acres. 70% contained. No resources assigned. $671K CTD.

WALRUS FIRE – 11 miles N of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

75 acres. 90% contained. No resources. $493K CTD.

WILLOW VALLEY FIRE – 15 miles W of Bonanza.

Lakeview District, BLM. Timber, brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with torching and spotting.

400 acres. 0% contained. 45 personnel along with 6 engines and 1 copter. $50K CTD.

BOOTLEG FIRE – 23 miles E of Chiloquin.

Smokey Sunset Over Camp 8-4-2021
Photo Credit: USFS/FWNF

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (PNW Team 2) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Yainax and Walrus Fires. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area and Trail closures in effect.

413,717 acres. 98% contained. 376 total personnel. 3 crews, 22 engines and 2 helicopters. 408 structures have been destroyed. $99.6M CTD.

SKYLINE RIDGE COMPLEX – 5 miles SE of Days Creek.

Nighttime conditions on Skyline Ridge Complex
Photo Credit: ODF

(3 fires), South Unit, ODF. IMT 1 (ODF Team 1). Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, running and group torching. Numerous residences and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations in effect.

4,828 acres. 33% contained. 1,257 personnel. 38 crews, 49 engines and 14 copters. $10.3M CTD.

BRULER FIRE – 9 miles S of Detroit.

July 20, 2021 Bruler Fire smoking next to Pinnacle Peak
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

Willamette NF, USFS. Closed timber litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

195 acres. 75% contained. 47 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines and 1 helo. $6.7M CTD.

BLACK BUTTE FIRE – 36 miles SE of John Day.

Image taken of the Black Butte Fire from Air Resources.
Photo Credit: USFS/MNF

Malheur NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 9). IMT 2 (NW Team 6) mobilizing. Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

16,609 acres. 30% contained. 688 personnel with 19 crews, 26 engines and 4 copters. $4.8M CTD.

PATTON MEADOW FIRE – 15 miles W of Lakeview.

Patton Meadow Fire_08132021_8PM
Photo Credit: USFS/FWNF

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Timber, light slash and brush. Extreme fire behavior with short crown runs, running and spotting. Residences threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

7,000 acres. 0% contained. 71 personnel 7 engines and 2 helos. $50K CTD.

KNOLL FIRE – 7 miles NE of McKenzie Bridge.

A smoke column rises between tall conifer trees as seen from a highway.
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

Timber, closed timber litter and light slash. Active fire behavior with backing, torching and spotting. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road, and trail closures in effect.

544 acres. 30% contained. 101 personnel 3 crews, 11 engines. $165k CTD.

BULL COMPLEX – 25 miles NE of Mill City.

Smoke column from Janus Fire rising up from forested ridge
Photo Credit: USFS/MHNF

Mt. Hood NF, USFS. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, running and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

858 acres. 0% contained. 236 personnel 4 crews, 5 engines and 1 helicopter. $782K CTD.

MIDDLEFORK COMPLEX – 9 miles NE of Oakridge.

Cold Trailing and Mop-Up
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

(3 fires), Willamette NF, USFS. IMT 1 (PNW Team 3). IMT is also managing the Knoll Fire. Closed timber litter and timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and torching. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

8,424 acres. 2% contained. 689 personnel. 14 crews, 32 engines and 6 helos. $9.7M CTD.

ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX – 18 miles SW of Oakridge.

View from Doehead Mountain weather station
Photo Credit: USFS/UNF

(4 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 13). IMT 1 (GB Team 2) mobilizing. IMT is also managing the Jack incident. Closed timber litter and timber. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

5,738 acres. 3% contained. 412 personnel. 7 crews, 21 engines, 4 copters. $2.9M CTD.

JACK FIRE – 31 miles E of Roseburg.

Jack Fire July 28 2021 cooling off a hot spot
Photo Credit: USFS/UNF

Umpqua NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

23,527 acres. 53% contained. 172 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines. 1 structure lost. $31M CTD.

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WA | Bulldog Mountain Fire

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 6, 2021

A wildfire was reported on Thursday, August 5th on Bulldog Mountain in the Boulder Creek area. It is burning about 16 miles northwest of Kettle Falls (Ferry County), Washington.

May be an image of nature
Credit | USFS

Fire behavior would become very active overnight with resources stretched thin due to other area wildfires, it grew quickly. Today, there are resources in the areas of Boulder Creek, Hodgson Lakin Rd, Hodgson Spur Rd, Archer Drive, and Price Rd.

Cooperators

  • Ferry County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Washington Fire Info, US Forest – Colville National Forest.

According to the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office, they released this presser:

“All of the homes in this area are at a LEVEL 1 evacuation. (GET READY!) There will soon be a pilot car stationed on Boulder Creek Rd later this afternoon, so please plan your travels accordingly and drive with caution in this area. Also, if you choose to be out on Curlew Lake be advised that there will be planes in the area scooping water to help in aide to the firefighters. Stay away from the planes and please allow them to be safe. We will continue to keep the community updated as information is provided.”

Three Rivers Ranger District closures:

  • The closure area begins at the junction of NFS Road 6113 Bulldog Cabin Road at T39 R35 S26 and NFS Road 705 Renner Lake Road at T38 R36E S12, extends south along the NFS Road 700 Matsen Creek Road along the FS boundary to 460 Deadman Creek Rd. T37 R37 S18; then heads west along 460 to 9565 South Fork Deadman T37 R36 S28
  • Continues west along 9565 to 2030 Albian Hill Rd. T37 R35 S31
  • Continues strait north along the Kettle Crest to Boulder Creek Road.

The following National Forest System campgrounds, roads, and trails are included in this closure:

  • Davis Lake Campground
  • NFS Road 6113 – Bulldog Cabin
  • NFS Road 705 – Renner Lake Rd.
  • NFS Road 700 – Matsen Ck Rd.
  • NFS Road 160 – Intersection of 0808 and 3603
  • NFS Road 800 – Alligator Ridge Rd.
  • NFS Road 9565 – South Fork Deadman Rd.
  • NFS Road 2030 – Albian Hill Rd.
  • Trail 107 Thompson Ridge Trail
  • 74 Taylor Ridge Trail
  • 109 Twin Sisters Trail
  • 98 King Mountain Trail
  • 75 US Mountain

At the last update, there were 75 acres were burned. The percentage of containment is unknown.

#BulldogMountainFire #WAwildfires #WAFireSeason2021 #FerryCountyWAWildfires

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Antelope Fire | Tennant, CA | 1

EVACUATION ORDER IN PROCESS — LEAVE NOW!

– Issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (posted 8/2/2021 1626 PT)

Evacuation Information — Siskiyou County Evacuation Map (arcgis.com)

EVACUATION RESOURCES — DIAL 2-1-1 or go to this multi-county website Siskiyou | 2-1-1 NorCal (211norcal.org)

A wildfire is burning near Antelope Creek and Forest Road 41N28, about five miles south of Tennant (Siskiyou County), in California that just had evacuation orders issues for both the Tennant and Antelope Creek area.

This is burning on Klamath National Forest lands and is approximately 300 acres in size with an unknown containment status.

The fire started on August 1, 2201 around 1128 hours, from an unknown cause.

Lead Agency: Klamath National Forest.

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Summit Trail Fire | Inchelium WA

A wildfire named the Summit Trail Fire is burning about 15.26 miles west of Inchelium, Washington on the Colville Indian Reservation, which ignited from lightning on July 13, 2021.

Fire behavior remains active with uphill runs and short crown runs. There has been 118,540 acres of slash, timber and brush consumed. A 12% containment status has been reached.

A fire engine watches a smoky forest, a  hoseline runs down a road
Credit | BIA

There are 816 total personnel attached to this incident along with 13 crews, 28 engines, 12 dozers, 27 water tenders and five copters. As of 1000 hours this morning, the NW IMT Team 7, IC Jason Loomis have taken over command. They are also managing the Chuweah Creek Fire.

Evacuations in progress.

LEVEL 1 (Get Ready)

  • Lafleur south on hall Creek Road to Hall Creek Flat
  • Seyler Valley road south to Bridge Creek Road
  • Bridge Creek Road (including Mollenberg Lane) to edge of Twin Lakes

Closures

  • Sitdown Creek Road at County Hwy 99
  • Reservation closed to industrial activities and the general public

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $10.3 Million.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Hardesty Valley | Elk, WA | 1

A wildfire called the HARDESTY VALLEY FIRE is burning west of Elk in Spokane County, Washington.

The fire incident began on Sunday, July 25, 2021, when resources showing dispatched via the wildcad.net system being deployed to Valley Lane at 1708 hours PT. The following were the original units sent to the area AA4TS/653 AR 25 AR 29 AR 63 AR 7401 AR 7410 AR 7411 AR 7412 FB 201 FB 202 FB 243 and en route about two minutes later.

More resources are rushing to the scene as the fire continues to explode as you can see in the photo below.

Image
Credit — SCFD8 Firefighters

WA DNR _ Fire is releasing pressers on their fire response and evacuation information.

Incident Cooperators: Spokane County Fire District #4. Spokane County FD #10, Spokane County OEM, Strike Team (mobilizing).

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS > GO NOW! > See map of area below

May be an image of map
Credit — SCFD4

Media reports that the County Fire District is fighting three wildfires with two of them burning close to Elk, Washington. Aircraft is dipping from nearby Eloika Lake.

This is a developing story and more updates will be provided as they are received. PLEASE EVACUATE AND AVOID THIS AREA.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Racehorse Fire | Vale, OR | New

UPDATE 1 — JULY 24, 2021 2055 PT — SATURDAY

Incident Summary

A new wildfire was reported within the last 24 hours called the RACEHORSE FIRE located about 27 miles southwest of Vale, Oregon on BLM lands (Vale District).

Current Status

Fire behavior was last listed as active fire behavior with running, creeping and smoldering.

About 500 acres were destroyed and reported as 95% contained.

Resources

There were 55 total personnel assigned with about seven engines and one copter.

Damage Assessment

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses were listed at $180,000.

NOTE: Limited information on this incident, it may be completely contained. We are using sources from the NIFC reported earlier this morning.

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