#ThrowBackThursday | Sutherland Canyon Fire

THROWBACK THURSDAY | This new post title is all about stepping back in time and viewing some of the 2017 Fire Season’s wildfires that scorched many of our NW landscapes and making its own path of destruction.  Today’s fire is the Sutherand Canyon Fires that burned in and near Wenatchee, Washington State in June of this year.

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Sutherland Canyon Fire is showing its fierce side. Photo taken on June 28, 2017. (Credit: Richard Parrish/BLM)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Sutherland Canyon Fire ignited on June 26, 2017, around midnight on a Monday from lightning that touched the area causing multiple grass fires.  The fires were located about 9-20 miles south Wenatchee in the counties of Chelan, Grant and Douglas.

The fires were burning on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) and private lands.  The fire was also said to have destroyed critical sage and grouse habitat.

MULTIPLE FIRES IGNITED.

ALCOA FIRE

June 26, 2017.   Alcoa Hwy near Junction Ridge started on June 26, 2017.  100 firefighters assigned. Grass, brushy fuels.  500 acres. 0% contained. Level 2  evacuations in process. Limited updates.

SUTHERLAND CANYON FIRES

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June 27, 2017.  The Sutherland Canyon Fires was located 8 miles SE of Wenatchee and had 75 personnel assigned.  3,000 acres burned. This was made up of five smaller fires collectively under this single wildfire name. Level 2 evacuation levels were in effect.

June 28, 2017.  No update.

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Fire is seen racing up the hillside of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 28, 2017. 

June 29, 2017.  The fire had expanded and was considered to be very complex.  The Northwest Team 11, a Type 2 IMT Team would become the new face of Command under IC, Nathan Rabe.  His team took command at 0600 hours on this date.  Fire had now burned up to 47,500 acres and had a 20% containment status. This fire was now reportedly burning 15 miles south of East Wenatchee.  275 personnel were assigned.

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Red Flag weather conditions create active fire behavior as seen in this photo of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 29, 2017.

It was also said that on this second day in a row, RED FLAG conditions were warranted due to dry and gusty winds and due to extreme fire growth in steep and rugged terrain.  Both the Sutherland Canyon Fire and the Straight Hollow Fire merged into a single wildfire at the east and southeast flanks displaying the most active fire behavior in both of these locations.  Overnight, firefighters and bulldozers worked to construct and hold fire containment lines where they could engage the fire in a safe manner.  Fire officials were working to keep the fire from spreading towards nearby town of Quincy.

June 30, 2017.  Due to more accurate mapping and better visibility by aerial recon flights, the number of acres was reduced and discovered that the Sutherland  Canyon and the Straight Hollow fires did not actually merge together.  However, they were found to be burning 1/4 miles apart from one another.   The Incident Command Post or ICP was felt it necessary to move to the Quincy High School campus so that they could be closer to both fires.  Fire was now located 6 miles NW of Quincy. There had been 29,433 acres scorched and was now being reported as having a 50% containment.

July 1, 2017.  Fire Managers reported the fire was now at a 74% containment and holding at 29,433 acres.

July 2, 2017.  The fire was holding at 29,433 acres with a 90% containment status. This was said to be the last fire update.

STRAIGHT HOLLOW FIRE

June 30, 2017.  This fire was reported about 1/4 mile from the Sutherland Canyon fire.  11 miles northwest of Quincy.  8,458 acres. 75% contained.  It had been reported that this fire had merged into directly to the Sutherland Canyon Fire but later was determined not to be the case.

July 1, 2017.  Fire crews were still showing the fire was holding at 8,458 acres with a 75% containment status.

July 2, 2017.  8,458 acres. Containment status increased to 90%. No increase in acreage and minimal fire behavior observed.  Fire crews conducted patrolling, mop-up and repair operations. Additionally, repair work included building water bars, smoothing out berms and repairing fences cut during fire suppression efforts.  Aerial recon flights with infrared imaging equipment checked various areas for heat signatures. The Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR was lifted over the fire.  The NW Team 11 unit transitioned over to a local Type 3 IMT on Monday, July 3, 2017.

This was the final fire update.

SPARTAN FIRE

June 27, 2017.  The Spartan Fire was a second fire that ignited on June 26.  It was located five miles SE of Wenatchee with the same fire fuels.  160 firefighters were assigned including handcrews and dozers.  4,500 acres. 10% contained.  Active fire spread to the southwest.

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A USFS handcrew preps to work overnight on the Spartan Fire. Photo taken on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 28, 2017.  No update.

June 29, 2017.  The fire grew to 9,000 acres scorched and had a 60% containment status.  It was now located nine miles SE of Wenatchee.  There were 50 personnel assigned.   Fire Officials were happy to report that all containment lines held and no new fire growth overnight. Crews were tasked with actively monitoring potential hotspots and patches of unburned grass within the fire perimeter.

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In order to lead and organize their fire crews, Interagency fire managers must work together to come up with a plan. Here they are working together doing just that. Spartan Fire on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 30, 2017.  Fire activity showing minimal activity and that all containment lines continue to hold.  Crews were tasked with patrol and to begin repairing of fire line used during suppression efforts.  Two 24-hour shifts of fire crews have been assigned.

July 1, 2017.  The fire was deemed to have a 100% containment status and listed 8,730 acres burned.  Fire command was turned back over to a local fire jurisdiction which included Chelan FD and WA State DNR) at 0600 on Saturday.  This would be the last fire update from NW Team 11.

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Fire suppression from the air assists those on the ground as well, Without this resource would make ground crews’ jobs much more difficult.

RESOURCES

Multiple fire agencies came together for a single purpose – put the wildfire out.   The Incident Cooperators for this event was the BLM, Chelan County Office of Emergency Chelan Co OEM), Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Sheriff Office and WA DNR.

EVACUATIONS

On June 29, 2017, Grant County had Level 2 evacuations in order for residents in parts of NW Quincy and southwest of Monument Hill.  Douglas County would instill Level 3 orders for those along the Palisades Road corridor and at the Hwy 28 Junction.  Level 2 were in effect for the Trinidad area along Mansfield Rd.  A church and the Humane Society opened their doors for people and their pets, as shelters.  Chelan County issued Level 1 orders for the Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moss Carr Road, Ingersoll Road and Tarpiscan Road.

On June 30th, all evacuation orders were lifted.

SMOKE IMPACTS

Smoke impacts on June 29, 2017 were expected to spread to the east towards Quincy and reaching possibly to the furthest areas such as Spokane and Moses Lake.  It was likely that the light canyon winds would push up  the smoke into the Wenatchee Valley.

WILDFIRE STATS

FIRE FACT: In 2017, there were a total of 2,079 human-caused wildfires burning 262,328 total acres in WA & OR. OR: 906 fires, 172,887 acres WA: 1173 fires, 89,441 acres  year-to-date.

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FIRE IMAGES

All Fire Images not listing a Photo Credit underneath are due to multiple images used by the same Photographer/Source.  We give full photo credit to WA DNR – SE Region via Inciweb.  All photo credits have been given to the best of our ability.  We give KUDOS to the men and women behind the camera showcasing firefighters in action from the air and on the ground.

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(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

 

Wildfire CAD Activity | Nov 1-2, 2017

POST SUMMARY  |  Fire Season is slowly sputtering out but it still has some energy left and burning up the landscapes as we know it.  Here is the CAD activity log for November 1 & 2, 2017.

BLUE MOUNTAIN INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#CabinCreek Fire.  Dispatched @ 1257 hours on 11/1/2017.  Timber.  Contained @ 1644 hours.  Controlled @ 1645 hours. 0.1 acres.

#LGODFPiles RX Fire. Dispatched 0758 hours on 11/2/2017.

#BakerODFPiles RX Fire. Dispatched @ 0846 hours on 11/2/2017.

#WallowaODFPiles RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 0909 hours on 11/2/2017.

#PDTODFPiles RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 0931 hours on 11/2/2017.

BOISE INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (ID)

#RXMountainHomeDistrictPiles RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 1107 hours on 11/1/2017.

#StageFire.  Dispatched @ 1541 hours on 11/1/2017.  MM 66 x I-84.  Controlled at 1800 hours.

CENTRAL WA INTERAGENCY COMM CENTER (WA)

#BMIDC 1306 Fire.  Dispatch time @ 0825 hours on 11/1/2017. Asotin County, WA.  Limited info.

#Wellenbrock Fire.  Dispatched @ 0556 hours on 11/1/2017.  Klickitat County, Glenwood.  DNR and local FD response.  0.1 acres.

#CardRoad Fire.  Dispatched @ 0431 hours on 11/1/2017.  Klickitat County.  DNR and local FD response.  0.1 acres.

#RockSprings Fire.  Dispatched @ 0201 hours on 11/1/2017.  Klickitat County, Glenwood.  DNR and FD response. 0.1 acres.

LAKEVIEW INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#RoundLake Fire.  Dispatched @ 1123 hours on 11/2/2017.  3 acres. Last checked on 11/2/2017.

NE WA INTERAGENCY COMM CENTER (WA)

#SilverBeach Fire.  Dispatched @ 1529 hours on 11/1/2017.  Stevens County.  Silver Beach Road. Grass Fire.  Contained at 1600 hours.  Controlled at 1630 hours.  0.01 acres.

#Ton RX – North Flank Fire.  Dispatched at 0822 hours on 11/1/2017.  RX Fire.  Okanogan County.  Burge Mountain.  Ignition @ 1200 hours.  29 acres.

#Kat RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 0813 hours on 11/1/2017.  RX Fire.  Kalspel Reservation.  Ignition @ 0900 hours.  Burning about 20 piles of 10 x 10 x 10.

PAYETTE INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (ID)

#PineSlaughter RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 1140 hours on 11/1/2017.  0.1 acre.

VALE DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#HuntMountain Fire.  Dispatched @ 0728 hours on 11/1/2017.  Hunt Mountain.  Engines 3646 and 3650 initially responded.  91 acres.

#HawkGulch Fire.  Dispatched @ 1157 hours on 11/1/2017.  Unknown location.  14.83 acres.

#MP314 Fire.  Dispatched @ 1556 hours on 11/2/2017.  MP 314 x Highway 84.  Limited info.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/3/2017 @ 0740 hours PDT

And, Then There Were a Few (Wildfires) | October 5, 2017

POST SUMMARY | From over 30 wildfires at one given time during the Fire Season, there are only a few active wildfires in the States of Washington and Oregon.

Here is our recap for Thursday, October 5, 2017.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and one mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon.  Timber.  Min fire behavior.  48,831 acres. 47% contained. 166 personnel. 3 crews, 4 engines and 1 helicopter. 4 structures lost. $17.8 Million cost-to-date.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF and 16 miles west of Selma Oregon.  Transfer from the IMT 1 back to the local unit today.  191,090 acres. 98% contained. 169 personnel. 1 crew, 3 engines and 2 helos.  30 structures lost.  $68.7 Million cost-to-date.

JONES FIRE

Willamette NF and 10 miles northeast of Lowell, Oregon.  Timber and grass fire fuels. Min fire behavior.  10,114 acres. 91% containment. 93 personnel. 1 crew, 5 engine.  1 structure lost. $25.4 Million cost-to-date. 

MILLER COMPLEX

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF and, 17 miles east of Cave Junction, Oregon. 4 fires.  Min fire behavior.  27,543 acres. 85 containment.  85 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines and 2 helos.  $32.6 Million cost-to-date.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

New Fire Start in WA | September 30 2017

POST SUMMARY | Fire season has mostly been dwindled down from over 30 wildfires to less than 10, except for Douglas County in Washington with a new fire start.  Here is our recap for Saturday, September 30, 2017.

WHITEHALL FIRE 

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Photo Credit: Grant County Fire District #13

Around 1216 hours today, a very large fire broke out near Whitehall Road and Road 7 SE and about 12 miles East of Coulee City (WA) from an unknown cause.   Firefighters from Ephrata FD, Grant County Fire Districts 5, 3 and 13 were dispatched as mutual aid for Douglas County and Coulee City Fire.   At that time, structure protection units were also requested.

At 1420 hours, Firefighters were still actively fighting this fire with increased behavior including wind-driven runs and spotting over containment lines.  BLM and DNR were also on-scene and assisting along with Grant County District 4.  Air resources were requested by BLM to deploy to this fast-moving wildfire that is now said to be threatening some structures in the area, where some firefighters are working and have in place structure protection.

Due to the increased wind, the fire has quickly grown from a small 1,000 acres to up to 15,000 in less than an hour with a 0% containment status!  With this being said, State mobe has been requested for assistance.  It was approved at 1545 hours the Washington State Patrol, the Agency that oversees the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Smoke was visible from Ephrata/Soap Lake areas.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

Teamwork to remove debris cleared for containment lines on the Broken Lookout Fire.

Photo Credit: John Moyer

Consists of Pup and Broken Lookout Fires.  (East Zone). Fire update also includes the West Zone.

Pup Fire.  8,279 acres. 42% containment status. Located NW and SE of Hershberger Lookout partially in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness (OR).  Repair work being done on a secondary dozer and hand lines.

Broken Lookout Fire.  19,181 acres. 27% containment. Located directly west of Union Creek on the Southern end of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness.

Total Resources for both Zones include 462 personnel, 2 Type 2 Ia crews, 6 Type 2 crews, 6 camp crews, 8 engines, 4 masticators, 2 medium helicopters, 2 light helicopters, 1 bulldozer, 2 water tenders and 189 overhead personnel.

Incident Command consists of the NW IMT Team 8 (West Zone) that is located at the Joseph Stewart State Park near Lost Creek Reservoir SW of Prospect, OR.  A Spike camp is located at Milo Academy near Milo, OR.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

Beargrass sprouts in burned area - Beargrass is resprouting in some areas that burned in the Eagle Creek Fire. This area is west of Tanner Creek on the BPA right of way.

Beargrass (Life) is starting to sprout again in burned area. Photo Credit: Inciweb

The Eagle Creek fire has now reached 48,831 acres with a 46% containment status.  It is located on lands inside the Columbia River Gorge National Park in Oregon.

A cold front arrived over the fire and delivered up to a 1/4 inch of rain on Friday helped make the ground brush damp enough to not stop fire repair efforts.  Rain and cooler temps are expected throughout the weekend with a broadcasted message to crews to be extra careful of potentially dangerous slippery conditions and other hazards that could impact their safety.

Resources assigned to this wildfire are 4 hand crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter, 10 excavators, 1 dozer, 3 chippers, 1 feller-buncher, 1 forwarder, 1 processor, 1 log loader, 3 skidders, 1 road grader and 229 total personnel.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Store Gulch GS, Illinois River, Unwrapping back side of structure, Sep 22, 2017

Structure protection of the Store Gulch GS. Photo Credit: Inciweb

The Chetco Bar Fire’s Rogue River – Siskiyou NF personnel will host a public meeting this evening at 1800 hours at the Illinois Valley H.S. located at 625 East River Street in Cave Junction, OR.  They will provide a historical update on the fire.    Fire suppression work will continue, to continue patrol for any hotspots and put them out.  The Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR has been lifted.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

The Umpqua North Complex consists of several fires. Total acres burned have been 43,158 with a 79% containment status. This fire originally started on August 11, 2017 from lightning.  Command is being led by a Nevada Type 3 iMT Team 2.

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

Burn out operations in Toketee Falls. Photo Credit: Inciweb

Current resources on-scene are 2 crews, 1 helicopter, 7 engines, 2 bulldozers, 1 grinder, 5 water tenders, 11 pieces of other heavy equipment such as excavators, dump trucks, front end loaders, chippers and the list goes on. There are 216 total personnel assigned to this incident.

MILLER COMPLEX FIRE

The Miller Complex Fire is located on private land and federal land on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles west of Ashland, OR.    Currently, the fire is listed at 37,045 acres destroyed with a 85% containment status.  This fire started on August 14, 2017 from lightning.  There are 187 personnel still assigned to this incident.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/302/017 – 1655 hours PDT

WA Wildfires Expected to Burn into October | Sept 7 2017

Some wildfires have been burning already for a few months, while others are expected to burn well into October or possibly into November.  Overnight, there were eight new wildfires with one being a brand new large incident (Archer Mtn Fire) ,

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The AMERICAN FIRE started on August 10, 2017 from lightning and is located about 11 miles West of Cliffdell, Washington.  Currently the fire is at 1,320 acres that has not wavered from a zero-percent containment status.

Fire behavior is active with single tree and group torching.  The fire crossed over the American Ridge on Tuesday, September 5th and is slowly backing down towards Bumping Lake. Crews were working on continuing with their hose lays and installing sprinklers in the area for structure protection activities.

There are approximately 110 homes still being threatened.

The USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency with two personnel due to being monitored by the Agency.  NORSE PEAK FIRE fire crews are on stand-by in they are needed for fire suppression.

Total costs for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $403,000 to date.

#AmericanFire #NorsePeakFire

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New Wildfire! TThe ARCHER MOUNTAIN FIRE started overnight from a spot fire from the EAGLE CREEK FIRE. 

The fire has burned 120 acres and is currently listed at a six-percent containment status.

There are 82 personnel along with six engines and three crews.

Fire behavior was reported as active with backing and running.

There are currently 12 homes that are being threatened.

#ArcherMtnFire #ArcherMountainFire

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The  BRIDGE CREEK FIRE was ignited by lightning and is located about two miles NE of Keller, Washington on August 8, 2017.  Crews from the Mount Tolman Fire Center immediately responded and applied an initial fire attack on August 9, 2017. Their Incident Management Command team would transition over to the NWIMT Team 6 on August 11, 2017.

A 20-person fire crew on the Bridge Creek Fire.

This is what a 20-person fire crew looks like on the Bridge Creek Fire.

The NWIMT Team 6 would later transition in with the NW IMT Team 11 which assumed command on August 25th around 1800 hours.

The Type 2 IMT team is scheduled to transition with a  new and local Type 3 IMT on Friday, September 8th.

NW IMT11 evening meeting on the fire.

NW IMT Team 11 at an evening meeting. These are the faces behind the fire line management team.

The main focus for Fire Management and crews was to protect the Bridge Creek Road, a key route for the tribal community, which has been completed.  Some areas of the fire have demobilized, while others are still focusing on Division G, which was the center of attention on yesterday’s post where most of the fire was burning. Today, crews will complete mop-up to 30 feet.  Other divisions are reporting they have mopped up to 100 feet into the fire area where it was safe to do so.

Extinguishing the fire.

Extinguishing the fire.

The lead Agency is the Colville Agency.  They currently have 276 personnel along with three crews, one helicopter and 14 engines assigned to this fire that has burned 3,711 acres.  Fire crews have successfully gained an 85% containment status.

Fire is currently burning within containment lines in tall grass, timber, dead and downed debris.

Costs for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a whopping $15,700,000.

#BridgeCreekFire

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The DIAMOND CREEK FIRE is burning 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, Washington on the Pasayten Wilderness that was sparked by human intervention on July 23, 2017 around 0945 hours.  Law enforcement officials have not released the cause of the fire.

Fire fuels include heavy dead and down timber stands.

There has been one home and two minor structures destroyed with 500 homes and 150 minor structures under threat.

 

 

 

A Washington Smoke Blog, which data is gathered from County, State and Federal Agencies along with Indian Tribes and posted to this map by volunteers show the massive amounts of smoke pouring into the lowlands all across the NW.  http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency and has 10 personnel assigned under their command along with one helicopter.

The Diamond Creek Fire crossed over the Canadian border on August 29, 2107.

Fire was reported to have extreme behavior yesterday, appears to be listed as just active.

104,000 acres and 65% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.  Fire fuels include heavy dead and down timber stands.

The cost-to-date for this fire has reached $11,500,000.

 

#DiamondCreekFire

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The EAST CRATER FIRE is burning 12 miles West of Trout Lake, Washington on  Gifford Pinchot National Forest lands and reported to be in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.  The fire is also burning in the Bear Creek Watershed.

It was started by an unknown cause on September 3, 2017.  Law enforcement officials are investigating.

1,000 acres have been burned.

There are 19 personnel on this fire with one engine.

$20,000 is the cost-to-date fire suppression and containment total.

#EastCraterFire

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The JACK CREEK FIRE is another wildfire ignited by lightning.  This fire is located 15 miles WSW of Leavenworth, Washington that started on August 11, 2017.

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Helicopter working on the Jack Creek Fire.

 

 

 National Forest closure list can be found here.  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5581/40150/

There has been 1,800 acres burned and there is a zero-percent containment status.  Estimated containment is November 1, 2017.

The USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency along with 20 personnel.  No other resources are assigned to this incident.

 

#JackCreekFire

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The JOLLY MOUNTAIN  FIRE has been burning intensely ever since it was ignited by lightning on August 11, 2017.  This fire is located 11 miles NW of Cle Elum.

Community relations is key to keep the community well aware of what is happening, what to expect and how to stay prepared.

COMMUNITY MEETING.  September 7, 2017 @ 1800 hours.  Walter Strom Middle School Gym.  2694 SR 903, Cle Elum, WA 98922.

Over 800 (809 to be exact) firefighters along with 17 crews, 77 engines and nine helicopters are assigned on this fire.

4,204 homes and 1,073 minor structures are currently being threatened.

Incident Cooperators include for this  Fire include the American Red Cross, Kittitas County Fire Districts #6 and #7. Kittitas County Sheriff Office, WA DNR and the Nature Conservancy.

National Guard personnel stage at Camp Murray ready to assist at the Jolly Mtn Fire in Cle Elum (Credit: WNG)

On September 2, 2017, the Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee declared a State-of-Emergency due to wildfires burning across the State.  This has activated the National Guard, EOC, local and State firefighting resources.  

The Jolly Fire has definitely burning intensely and this is one of many Fire Images of this incredible out-of-control wildfire.

For those whom may have breathing issues from all the heavy smoke hanging in the air, there are  FREE Personal N95 air masks are available at the Kittitas County Public Health Department, Central Washington University SURC Info desk, Putnam Center in Cle Elum and Kittitas Fire District #7 in Upper County.

There has been 24,514 acres consumed and a five-percent containment status reached. Estimated containment date is October 15, 2017. 

Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, group torching and spotting.

About $13,600,000 in fire suppression and containment cost-to-date have been reached.

#JollyMtnFire #JollyMountainFire

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The  NORSE PEAK FIRE Management team is currently managing the AMERICAN FIRE and all of its personnel have been on stand-by for weeks in case needed to staff that wildfire.  The Norse Peak Fire was started by lightning on August 11, 2017 and is located about 11 miles West of Cliffdell in the same area as its sister fire.

Smoke coming off Norse Peak Fire

Smoke column on the Norse Peak Fire. (Credit: Marlon Batin via Inciweb)

CLOSURE.  The White River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park is closed.  Park Updates – https://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.

Fire behavior is active with flanking, single tree and group torching.  There has been 43,482 acres scorched with an eight-percent containment status.

There are  currently 371 personnel  along with 10 crews, two helicopters and 28 engines assigned to this incident.

EVACUATIONS. Level 3 evacuations were conducted for the Silver Springs Campground, Silver Creek, Deep Creek, Joke Creek, Alta Community, Pick Handle Basin, Goat Creek, Gold Hill Community and the Crystal Mtn Ski Resort areas in Pierce County.   Level 3 had been ordered for Goose Prairie along Bumping River Road in Yakima County.

Total fire suppression and containment cost-to-date have reached $8,000,000.

 

#NorsePeakFire

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The QUARRY FIRE is the closest fire burning near Seattle, Washington.  This wildfire is burning 30 miles NE of North Bend on the  Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest was human-caused that ignited on August 11, 2017.

Dozer and Fire Fighter

Roadways are being used as Fire breaks.

Fire fuels include timber and medium  logging slash.  There has been 130 acres consumed but a 40-percent under control status has been reached.

There is the same amount of resources are there were yesterday with 90 personnel, two crews and three engines.

Due to rugged landscapes, the fire cannot be contained but only listed as under “control”.

#QuarryFire

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 The SAWMILL CREEK FIRstarted on September 4, 2017, from an unknown cause.  It is burning 10 miles NE of Greenwater, Washington in the Greenwater Watershed.  There have been 848 acres burned and at the time of this posting, there is a zero containment status.

Smoke and hazy conditions along the fireline

10 miles NE of Greenwater, Washington.  Start 9/4/2017 around 1930 hours.Cause unknown.

Fire fuels include Timber (litter & understory).  Currently burning on industrial timber, NF land and WA DNR protected lands and in the Greenriver Watershed.  Fire is still burning on industrial timber land, National Forest lands and WA DNR protected lands inside of the watershed.

Fire activity along Sawmill Ridge

WA DNR – South Puget Sound Region is the lead Fire Agency and is assigned 54 personnel and five engines.  The Type 3 SE WA IMT Team 1 has taken command of this fire incident.

Cost for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $150,000 in the initial stages of this fire.

#SawmillFire

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UNO PEAK FIRE started on August 30, 2017, from an unknown cause.  It is located 16 miles NW of Manson, Washington.  Fire has burned 6,520 acres and has a one-percent containment status.  Estimated containment is October 15, 2017.

The Ferry Peak Fire on September 1, 2017.

Ferry Peak Fire on the Uno Fire. (Credit: USFS)

Firefighters will continue to work on building and improving the primary indirect line, structure protection and sprinkler lays in the Llama Ranch area and begin structure protection in the Canoe Creek area.   Culvert installation on Gold Creek will continue.

Fire is threatening 13 homes and 22 minor structures.  It has already destroyed one cabin.

USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency assigned 233 personnel, six crews, eight engines and a single helicopter.

Overall, fire suppression and containment costs have topped out at $1,500,000.

#UnoPeak

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/7/2017 – 0815 hours  PDT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fires Spread All Over Our Landscapes | Sept 6 2017

POST SUMMARY | Wildfires seem to be popping up all over our landscapes here in Washington and Oregon without permission of course, but we must fight them however we can.  Here is how firefighters are doing just that and more.
We are currently tracking almost NW 30 wildfires on a daily basis, while working to bring you Fire Info on additional fires (CA wildfires on The CA Fire Report). Here is our recap for  10+ Washington State wildfires for Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Note:  Fires shown on this map are only for those 350+ acres.

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WASHINGTON STATE FIRES

AMERICAN FIRE

11 miles W of Cliffdell. Start 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. USDA lead agency with 2 personnel. 0 resources.

635 acres. 0% contained.  110 homes still threatened.

Fire is being monitored to make sure it remains confined to the wilderness.  Fire crossed over the Kettle Creek to the East. No further details on this fire due to heavy smoke and limited visibility.

Norse Peak Fire personnel are on stand-by in case needed for fire suppression efforts.

There are currently no other resources or personnel assigned to this fire at this time.

#AmericanFire

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

2 miles NE of Keller. Start 8/9/2017. Colville Agency. Lightning caused.

276 total personnel. 5 line crews, 16 engines, 5 bulldozers, 14 water tenders, 1 skidgins, 2 masticators and 1 feller-buncher along with air resources (1 Type 2 medium helicopter).

Briefing on the Bridge Creek Fire.

Fire has been knocked down to a moderate fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and isolated torching. Some resources are being demobilizing from this fire, as fewer resources are needed at this time.

The Mount Tolman Fire Center has set the Fire Danger Level at “Very High” across the Colville Reservation.

Remaining fire personnel will focus on much of the heat of the fire located along the NE perimeter and interior in Division G. They will also work to establish a solid mop-up line 100 feet from the fire’s edge.  This is where the greatest number of personnel are assigned.

Extinguishing the fire.

Putting the water on the red stuff.

Other firefighters will continue to utilize the infrared camera along the SW perimeter.  There are only three areas where heat has been observed.

3,709 acres. 84% contained.  The estimated containment date has been changed from 9/20/2017 to 10/20/2017.

 Daisy Trail/Lynx Creek Rd., Red Thunder Cutoff , BIA Rd. 1045, Oregon City Rd. and Boss Creek Roads are closed, along with Summit Trail and Oregon City are closed.

$15.4 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

27 miles NNW of Winthrop on the Pasayten Wilderness. Start 7/23/2017 around 0945 hours. Cause has been solved and determined to be human intervention.  Law Enforcement Officials have not released the cause to the Public.

A Washington Smoke Blog, which data is gathered from County, State and Federal Agencies along with Indian Tribes and posted to this map by volunteers show the massive amounts of smoke pouring into the lowlands all across the NW.  http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

USDA Forest Service lead Agency.  50 personnel. 1 engine and 2 helicopters.

The Diamond Creek Fire crossed over the Canadian border on 8/29/2017.

Extreme fire behavior with short-crown runs, group torching and spotting is occurring.  Heavy smoke appears as the inversion continues, now into multiple days enabling the fire  to be stuck in rocky terrain just over Butte Pass at the head of Monument Creek.    Majority of the fire continues to move NW into Canada.

July 31 Dollar Creek Drainage

Fire in the Dollar Creek drainage on 7/31/2017.

105,000 acres and 65% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.  Fire fuels include Heavy dead and down timber stands.

1 home and 2 minor structures destroyed.  500 homes and 150 minor structures threatened.

 Today is the 88th consecutive day without rain over much of the North Central Washington State area. Much of the same weather will continue mid-week.

$10 Million CTD. #DiamondCreekFire

EAST CRATER FIRE

12 miles West of Trout Lake was reported on  9/3/2017, as burning in the Indian Heaven wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot NF.   Unknown cause but is under investigation. Fire currently unstaffed and with no resources assigned to this wildfire.

Fire reported in the Indian Heaven Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot NF on Saturday.  The Pacific Crest Trail or PCT  as known to hikers were evacuated and other trails.

The Indian Heaven Wilderness and approximately 10 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail or the PCT are closed at this time.

Signed Closure Order for East Crater Fire 9/4/2017

Closure map for the East Crater Fire on 9/4/2017.

All trails including the Indian Heaven Wilderness and West to the 65 Road and 30 Road extending North to the 30 Road intersection with Road 24 are closed.

The 24 Road and all campgrounds accessed by the 24 Road from the 30 Road to the 6020 Road are also closed.

Eastern border shut down from the 24 road south along 6020 and the 6030 road to its junction with 6035.

Additional closures on the Southern border at Indian Heave wilderness and the 60 road along with the PCT between FS Road 60 near Crest Horse Camp north to Surprise Lakes.

1,000 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 9/23/2017

$20,000 CTD. #EastCraterFire

JACK CREEK FIRE

15 miles WSW of Leavenworth.  Start 8/11/2017.  Lightning caused. 20 personnel. 0 resources.

NE winds will pull wildfire smoke into the area from the State of Montana and our nearby neighbor, British Columbia, Canada.  This will reduce visibility, which is currently impacting aircraft recon and infrared flights.

Recon flight sept 2, 2017

A recon flight shows the magnitude on the Jack Creek Fire on 9/2/2017.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and isolated tree torching.  Firefighters have spotted fire over Jack Ridge and has been established in the Eightmile drainage prompting immediate evacuation of campers and day hikers closing off all trails in the area.

Firefighters to begin point protection activities within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  

Fire grew to the South in the Van Epps drainage and grew largely east through the 2008 Jack Creek fire footprint.  It currently has a moderate fire behavior with surface fire, single-tree and group tree torching.

 National Forest closure list can be found here.  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5581/40150/

Column to the left is Jack Creek, column in the bottom right is the Jolly Mountain Fire

Jack Creek smoke column from the South on 9/2/2017.

Fire Managers are allowing the fire to burn its natural course for ecological benefits.

2,154 estimated acres. 0% contained.  Estimated containment date is 11/1/2017.

#JackCreekFire

 

JOLLY MOUNTAIN  FIRE

11 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.

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Credit: Jolly Mtn Facebook Page

The Washington State National Guard was activated on 9/6/2017 at the request of the Kittitas County EOC to assist with road blocks, traffic control and firefighting efforts.

WNG personnel will work directly under EOC Command for Law Enforcement support while firefighting resources work for the PNW 2 Type 1 IMT.  They were also requested back in 2014 for the Snag Canyon Fire.

PNW  Team 2, a Type 1 IMT.  775 total personnel. 16 crews, 9 helicopters and 78 engines. Fire is in State Mobe status, which activates many resources at the Local, County and State levels bringing out those statewide.

COMMUNITY MEETING

9/7/2017 @ 1800 Hours

Walter Strom Middle School Gym @ 2694 SR 903, Cle Elum WA 98922

Jolly Mtn Fire ICP briefing Governor Inslee on 9/5/2017. You can see how massive the fire is in the middle of the map. Credit: Gov. Inslee Office

Incident Cooperators include:  American Red Cross, Kittitas County Fire Districts #6 and #7. Kittitas County Sheriff Office, WA DNR and the Nature Conservancy.

On 9/2/2017, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee declared a State-Of-Emergency due to wildfires across the State.  This activated the National Guard, the EOC and  local and state firefighting resources.  

There are 775 personnel, 19 crews, 78 engines and 9 helicopters assigned to this incident.

Proclamation Order.   http://governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/proc_17-12.pdf

Fire crew briefing

4,204 homes and 1,073 minor structures threatened. (no change since 9/5’s post.)

FREE Personal N95 air masks are available at the Kittitas County Public Health Department, Central Washington University SURC Info desk, Putnam Center in Cle Elum and Kittitas Fire District #7 in Upper County.

24,514 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017. 

$12.9 Million fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

#JollyMtnFire #JollyMountainFire

NORSE PEAK FIRE

11 miles West of Cliffdell. Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.

Raven Roost 9-3-17

Raven Roost on 9/3/2017. Credit: Jason Emhoff (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The infrared camera used shows a substantial increase in acreage for both the NORSE PEAK FIRE and AMERICAN FIREs.  

NORSE PEAK FIRE crossed over the PCT on Monday and entered the Crystal Mountain ski area.

341 personnel. 6 crews, 22 engines, 2 helicopters, 3 bulldozers and 7 water tenders.

Fire personnel will continue to complete work along SR 410 to the SSE.  The fire on the Western edge continues to threaten structures and crews are working on suppression and containment.

View from Pyramid Pass 9-3

View from Pyramid Pass on 9/3/2017. Credit: Ken Didion (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Enumclaw residents are not due to evacuate as the fire is about 30 miles away from them. Enumclaw FD has put out a Presser that they are not expecting the fire to move towards town. They are monitoring the fire situation very closely.

43,485 acres.  8% contained.  Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

$7.6 Million total costs. #NorsePeakFire

QUARRY FIRE

30 miles NE of North Bend on the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie NF.  Fire burning on private land and Forest lands. Start 8/11/2017.  Human caused.  Fire fuels include timber and medium  logging slash.

Crew

90 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. The current IC (NV Team 3) transitioned with a local Type 3 organization on 9/3/2017 @ 0600 hours.

Due to rugged landscapes, the fire cannot be contained but only listed as under “control”.

Fire behavior is slowly moving to South and East. 130 acres. 40% controlled. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

$ Unknown. #QuarryFire

SAWMILL CREEK FIRE New!

Fire activity along Sawmill Ridge

10 miles NE of Greenwater, Washington.  Start 9/4/2017 around 1930 hours.Cause unknown.

Fire fuels include Timber (litter & understory).  Currently burning on industrial timber, NF land and WA DNR protected lands and in the Greenriver Watershed.

75 personnel. 2 crews and 5 engines.  Lead Agency is WA DNR. IC is a Type 3, SE WA IMT Team 1.  Type 3 resources have been ordered and will be soon arriving to the fire line.

840 acres. 0% contained.

#SawmillFire

UNO PEAK FIRE

Smoke from the Uno Peak Fire on September 1, 2017.

16 miles NE of Manson and burning on the steep slopes of the east shore of Lake Chelan on USFS managed lands. Start 8/30/2017.  Cause unknown.

13 homes and 22 minor structures threatened.  One home destroyed. Fire fuels include timber and brush.

220 personnel. 4 crews, 7  engines and 1 helicopters.  Fire Command is being managed by the NW IMT Team #10 which they assumed command on 9/2/2017.

Fire behavior is active with torching, flanking and backing. 6,017 acres. 1% contained. Estimated containment date 10/15/2017.

$1.4 Million CTD. #UnoPeak

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/6/2017 2130 PDT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firestorms Explode in the NW | Sept 5 2017

POST SUMMARY | Some wildfires have turned into Firestorms burning up everything that stands in its path, as if it were a runaway freight train.
Here is our recap for Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

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WASHINGTON STATE FIRES

AMERICAN FIRE

11 miles W of Cliffdell. Start 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. USDA lead agency with 2 personnel. 0 resources.  $397,000  total costs.  #AmericanFire

Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and flanking. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.  500 acres. 0% contained. 110 structures threatened.

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

2 miles NE of Keller. Start 8/9/2017. Colville Agency. Lightning caused.  286 personnel. 5 crews, 18 engines, 1 helicopter. $15.1 Million CTD. $15.1 Million total costs. #BridgeCreekFire

SEAT (Fire Boss). Credit: Bonnie Boyd (via Inciweb)

Active fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching. 3,709 acres. 78% contained.  0 structures/infrastructure/assets threatened.  Estimated containment  date is 9/20/2017.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE.  27 miles NNW of Winthrop. Start 7/23/2017. Cause under investigation.  16 personnel. 2 helicopters. 1 engine. #DiamondCreekFire

58,794 acres. 65% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.   1 home destroyed.  4 minor structures threatened. 2 minor structures destroyed.

EAST CRATER FIRE.  12 miles West of Trout Lake. Start 9/3/2017. Unknown cause. 19 personnel. 1 engine. $20,000 CTD. #EastCraterFire

Moderate fire behavior.  1,000 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 9/23/2017

JACK CREEK FIRE.  15 miles WSW of Leavenworth.  Start 8/11/2017.  Lightning caused. 20 personnel. 0 resources. #JackCreekFire

Recon flight sept 2, 2017

Recon flight over the Jack Creek Fire on 9/2/2017.

Structure protection within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness will start on Wednesday. 2,154 acres. Estimated containment date is 11/1/2017.

JOLLY MTN FIRE.  13 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  711 personnel. 15 crews, 82 engines and 5  helicopters. $12 Million total costs. #JollyMtnFire

23,106 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.

NORSE PEAK FIRE.  11 miles West of Cliffdell. Start 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  337 personnel., 9 crews, 22 engines, 3 bulldozers, 7 water tenders and 2 helicopters. $6.9 Million total costs. #NorsePeakFire

Smoke is coming from a wilderness area, with a yellow view around them.

Fire burning on the Norse Peak Fire.

19,382 acres. 8% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

QUARRY FIRE.  30 miles NE of North Bend. Start 8/11/2017. Human caused.  90 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. $ Unknown. #QuarryFire

130 acres. 40% contained. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

UNO PEAK FIRE.  16 miles NE of Manson. Start 8/30/2017.  Cause unknown.  186 personnel. 4 crews, 4 engines and 2 helicopters. #UnoPeak

2,382 acres. 1% contained. Estimated containment date 10/15/2017.

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OREGON FIRES

CHETCO BAR FIRE. 5 miles NE of Brookings in the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. #ChetcoBarFire

Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Fire fuels include:  mixed conifer, brush and snags from previous fire scars (2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire scars).  Extreme fire behavior with group torching, spotting and short-crown runs.

Eagle Fire. Credit: IAFF Local 1159.

Resources include 1,599 personnel. 42 crews, 80 engines, 22 dozers, 21 water tenders and 7 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators include Red Cross, BLM, USDA Forest Service, Brookings F&R, Coos FPA, Curry County, Harbor RFPD, Illinois Valley FD, Josephine County (JoCo), OR DOT, OR DOF and OR State Fire Marshal.

Chetco Bar Fire Community Briefing

9/6/2017 @ 1800 Hours

Brookings-Harbor H.S., 625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, OR

176,700 acres. 5% contained.  8,523 homes, 3,713 non-residential commercial and 50 other minor structures.  1 home and 8  minor structures damaged  6 homes, 20 minor structures destroyed.

Eagle Creek Fire surrounds Munra Pt. in the Columbia River Gorge on 9/4/2017. Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff.

Unified Command is made up of CFPA, OSFM and PNW Team 3.

Become a Fire Smart Hero to yourself and your Family by becoming Firewise.  Here is how you can start today by following these great recommendations, Courtesy of Forest Service NW.

A temporary flight restriction or TFR is in effect. No drones have been present that Fire Officials know of and to keep firefighters safe in the air and ground, it must stay clear of them.  Unsure where you can fly? Check out this website at http://www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org

EAGLE CREEK FIRE  

2 miles South of Cascade Locks on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (USFS).  Start 9/2/2017.  Human caused.  457 personnel.  4 crews, 29 engines and 5 helicopters. $700,000 total costs. #EagleCreekFire

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Smoke billows from the mountainside. Courtesy of Eagle Creek and Indian Creek Fires 2017

283 homes and 15 mixed commercial/residential structures threatened.

Extreme fire behavior with torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.  Fire has moved across the river and burning in both Oregon and Washington State. Fire crews were busy with structure protection and evacuations.

10,000 acres. 0% contained.  Estimated containment is unknown.

Multnomah County Sheriff Office states as of 1000 hours on Tuesday there are no new evacuations but the previous orders are still in effect.  Level 3 Warrendale, Dodson, Larch Mountain, Latourell, Bridal Veil and East Corbett.   Level 2 Corbett and Springdale.  Evacuation Shelter is located at the Mt. Hood Community College at 3691 NE 17th Drive, Gresham, OR.

Social Media is reporting this fire located about 30-40 miles is East of Portland’s air is full of a brownish-grey color of smoke is hanging in the air for the several days and soot raining down below.

STALEY FIRE

Burning on the Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District and 23 miles South of Oakridge.  Start 8/9/2017@ 2100 Hours PDT.  Lightning caused. #Staley Fire

Photo of firefighters mopping up.

Mop-up operations around Staley Fire.

Fire behavior is moderate and backing. 2,234 acres. 76% contained.  217 personnel.

TUMBLE BUG 2 FIRE.   Started at the time and about 5 miles East of the Staley. Suppression efforts being made on fire suppression and structural protection of public and private timber, cultural and historic resources and critical habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl and Bull Trout.  Fire now in patrol status. #TumbleBug2Fire

9/5/17 Jade Creek Mop up

Jade Creek Fire

JADE CREEK FIRE. 16 miles East of Bly on the Oregon Fremont – Winema NF.  Start 8/29/2017.  Lightning caused.  Fire fuels include timber and logging slash.  287 personnel. SW Area IMT 3.  #JadeCreekFire

Very little smoldering and creeping observed on Monday.  Crews are continuing with mop-up operations.  782 acres. 51% contained.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

20 fires burning within the Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF on the High Cascades Ranger District, the Umpqua NF, Tiller Ranger District and the Fremont – Winema NF in the Sky Lakes wilderness. 13 of these wilderness have been contained and are in patrol status. 7 are being managed with full suppression strategy.  742 personnel.  #HighCascadesComplex

Whaleback snow shelter

Snow shelter covered with fire-resistant wrapping.

Broken Lookout Fire.  Priority fire due to Hwy 62 and Union Creek. To use air resources to stop fire spread and to strengthen containment lines, as well as structure protection.

Blanket Fire.  2nd priority due to Hwys 230 & 138 and the entrance to Crater Lake National Park.  Burning within the Blanket Creek drainage on the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. Crater Lake National Park. A lightning strike caused the fire to ignite on 7/26/2017.

Spruce Lake Fire.  3rd priority due to Hwy 62 and Wood River Valley. Another lightning strike caused this fire on 7/29/2017, burning on the West side of the Crater Lake National Park.  NW IMT Team 7 took over management on 8/24/2017.

Burnout ops on HCC

Burnout operations during night operations

Pup Fire.  4th priority due to Hwy 62.  To provide structure protection for Hershberger Lookout and nearby telecommunications site.

Incident Cooperators include OR DOF, OR Military Department and Warm Springs FD.

Fire remains to be active with short-crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. 42,120 acres. 18% contained.

POTATO HILL FIRE

Between FS Rd. 830 and Hwy 20 South of Lost Lake Campground in OR.  Reported 8/29/2017. Cause unknown. 59 personnel. #PotatoHillFire

View of the Potato Hill Fire from Highway 20 on August 31.

Potato Hill fire on 8/31/2017.

Crews continue to mop up within the fire perimeter  and secure containment lines as the fire continues to smolder in heavy fire fuels such as heavy logging slash and timber (litter & understory). Smoke due to heavily impact Hwy 20 night and early morning.

HORSE PRAIRIE FIR

12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley.  Reported 8/27/2017 around 1530 hours.  Cause is unknown.  1,099 personnel.

Incident Cooperators include:  DFPA, Coos FPA, OR DOF andTenmile RFD, along with multiple industrial landowners, logging companies and contract firefighting crews.

16,419 acres. 25% contained.

JONES FIRE

Located in the Little Fall Creek watershed in the Willamette NF and 9 miles East of Fall Creek Reservoir, as well as 1 mile North of Clark Butte.  Start 8/10/2017 around 1850 hours.  Lightning caused. 558 personnel. 4 camp crews, 15 hand crews, 22 engines, 8 dozers, 23 water tenders, 2 medium and 1 light helicopters.  #JonesFire

Moon in sky over mountain.

Fire Moon. Credit: Marcus Kauffman

Unified Command consists of the NW IMT Team #12, Willamette NF and the OR DOF.

Fire behavior is active with spotting, uphill runs, and group torching.  Monday’s activities included addressing and use fire suppression tactics to put out spot fires and securing lines again.

8,536 acres, 48% contained.  Estimated containment date is 10/30/2017.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

Dry Cr., Happy Dog Fire 9-1-17, Kari Greer, USFS

Dry Creek and Happy Dog Fire on 9/1/2017. Credit: Kari Gree/USFS

Located 50 miles East of Roseburg, OR and along 35 miles of the Hwy 138 corridor and spread throughout the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts. Started as multiple fires.   Start 8/11/2017 around 1030 hours. Majority were lightning caused and moved through the area in August.  Main fires separated into east and weest zones.  956 personnel. #UmquaNorthComplex

Fire fuels include timber, tall grass and brush.

Oak Knob, Brookentooth, Devil, Rattlesnake, Happy Dog Fires.

31,568 acres. 24% contained.  Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/5/2017 – 2230 Hours PDT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Wildfires Ignite on Labor Day | Sept 4 2017

POST SUMMARY | Due to the vast number of wildfires breaking out, we will be only covering any wildfire over 10,000 acres in detail, while those under this total will be summarized at the end of each of their States respectively.  

Here are the wildfires for the State of Washington. Oregon will be posted shortly.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE .   27 miles NNW of Winthrop and 12 miles North of Mazama, WA. Start 7/23/17. Burning within the Pasayten Wilderness.  The fire crossed into Canada on August 29, 2017.

Fire continued to move East 2-3 miles further into the Ashonola drainage and into farther North in BC. Smoke could be seen to the West, moving into the Little Willie drainage. Fire is expected to move towards Spanish Camp, Remmel Lake and Ptarmigan Creek areas.  Smoke to impact air quality in upper Methow Valley.  Large smoke columns expected to impact nearby trails.

mopping up along the fireline

75,000 acres.  65% contained.  Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

Cause is unknown, under investigation.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 50 personnel. 2 engines and 1 helicopter.

1 home and 2 minor structures were destroyed and 4 minor structures are threatened.

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JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE.   11 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  Start 8/11/17 by lightning. Timber (litter and understory).

 20,975 acres. 0% containment. Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

Extreme fire behavior with crowning, long-range spotting and flanking.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  677 personnel. 12 crews, 77 engines and 5 helicopters.

Heavy smoke settled into the valleys and did not lift until 1600 hours.  Fire behavior increased but not as significantly as it did on Saturday allowing fire crews to make good progress in the Teanaway Valley area. Crews continued burnout operations throughout the night to further secure communities and values at risk. Aerial resources helped slow the fire’s forward progression along the Sasse Ridge and on Hex Mountain.

Incident Operations Chief Brad Sawyer at Community Meeting August 31, 2017

4,204 homes and 1,073 minor structures are threatened.

Evacuations, which impacted homes, shelter info. Contact the EOC at 509-933-8305.

$10.8 Million CTD.

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NORSE PEAK FIRE .  11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. This fire along with the American Fire are being managed by the same IC IMT team and resources. Start 8/11/2017 by lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material.

PUBLIC MEETING.  9/5/2017 @  1830 – 1900 hours. Nile Valley Community Church, 60 Bedrock Lane in Naches.

Smoke is coming from a wilderness area, with a yellow view around them.

 Inversion conditions remained in place, giving firefighters opportunities to make progress on containment lines.  Brushing operations continued along 462 Rd. to the West.  Prep work continues along FS Rd. 1900 to the East between 410 and Kaner Flat.

USDA Forest Service lead Agency. 330 personnel. 6 crews, 28 engines , 7 water tenders and 2 helicopters.

 Incident Cooperators are the Nile – Cliffdell FD, WA DNR, Yakima Valley OEM and USFS.

An Engine Crew wating for a large orange tank of water to fill up. Crew members are sitting by the supplies setting some up and making sure the Tank fills properly

110 homes are threatened.   Level 1 Evacuations.  All facilities along Bumping River Road and the 1900 Road up to Kaner Flat Campground.

An Engine Crew waiting for the orange  portable tank of water aka Pumpkin to fill up.Forest Closures List. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices.

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FIRES UNDER 10,000 ACRES.

American Fire.  364 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment 10/1/2017. 2 personnel. $396,000 CTD.  Fire being managed with the Norse Peak Fire.  Fire is located 11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.

Bridge Creek Fire.  3,696 acres. 75% contained. 311 personnel. 4 crews, 9 engines and 6 helicopters. $14.8 Million CTD.  fire is located 11 miles NE of Keller, WA in the Colville Agency, BIA managed lands.

Jack Creek Fire.  1,200 acres. 0% contained. 20 personnel. 0 resources. $25,000 CTD.  Fire is located 15 miles SW of Leavenworth, WA on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.

Uno Peak Fire. 2,151 acres. 1% contained. 166 personnel. 4 crews, 1 engine, 2 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $650,000 CTD.  Fire is located 16 miles NW of Manson, WA on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – 9/4/2017 – 1630 hours PDT

 

Temps Increase, RH Falls Equals Firestorm Conditions | Sept 3 2017

AMERICAN FIRE

11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA.  Start 8/10/17. Lightning caused. 110 homes threatened.  Estimated containment date of 10/1/2017.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  4 personnel. Fire being monitored to keep it within the  wilderness.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing down slope towards Naches River. Norse Peak fire resources are available if needed.  362 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

$395,000 cost-to-date. (CTD) #AmericanFire

Fire Fact:

Bureau of Indian Affairs reported as of 9/2/2017:  156 human-caused fires (4,939 total acres) and 2 lightning-caused fires (117 acres). – GACC 

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE  

12 miles NE of Keller, WA.  Start 8/9/17. Lightning. Conifer and hardwood stands, with large fallen trees. Estimated containment is 9/20/17.

USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs. 373 personnel. 9 crews, 2 helos and 4 engines. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching.

A 20-person fire crew on the Bridge Creek Fire.

Commercial timber, infrastructure and cultural resources are under threaten. Direct fire lines strategies are in effect to prevent fire spread. A Fire Weather Watch for the next few days has been forecasted and expected to move through the area

Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching. 3,679 acres. 70% contained. $14.3 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

Fire Fact: 

BLM reported as of 9/2/2017, that there were 80 human-caused wildfires (125,686 acres) and 132 lightning-caused fires (84,407 acres). – GACC

CHETCO BAR FIRE

E/NE of Brookings, OR in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF. Start 7/12/17.  Lightning. Timber, brush and closed canopy understory litter.  Steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain.

smoke column 7-29-17

8,523 homes + 3,713 non-residential commercial, 50 other minor structures threatened. 1 home, 8  minor structures have been damaged.  6 homes and 20 minor other structures destroyed.

Extreme fire behavior with group torching, short-crown runs and spotting.  142,857 acres. 10% contained. Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

View from the eastside of the fire near Tincup Peak

West & NW sides of the fire is focusing on putting out hot spots.  Eastern flank, firefighters are reopening old dozer lines SW of Cave Junction and engine crews are preparing structures to pull back yet burned fire fuels and installing sprinkler systems.  Crews are planning to construct contingency fire line to the South into California.  OR State Fire Marshal task forces are patrolling and assessing structural assets in the Level 2 and Level 3 evacuation areas.  SW Flanks, crews checking fire spread into Emily creek area.  Western perimeter, mop up operations and continued line construction and some possible burnout operations to secure the Pistol River fire lines.

RRSNF Kalmiopsis Wilderness' Chetco Bar Fire at roughly 100 acres, July 16, 2017

Extreme to hazardous smoky conditions to seriously impact the communities downwind of the fire on all sides.  Visibility will be reduced on Hwy 101 and 199, other local roadways in the area. Gold Beach and Brookings, coastal areas are expected see some of the smoke dissipating to the W-NW while moving to the SE.

Level 3 evacuations were reduced to Level 2 on Saturday for those in the Mountain Drive area off the North Bank of Chetco.  Level 1 evacuations were in effect for Oak Flats in Josephine  County.  No recon aircraft with FLIR in operation on Saturday night.

Aug 7, 2017 Looking south at TIncup drainage

Level 1 Notifications. Issued 9/22/017 at 1000 hours. Oak Flats, East of Chetco Bar Fire.

USDA Forest Service is the lead Agency. 1,629 personnel. 45 crews, 82 engines and 7 helicopters. IMT 1 and IMT 2 teams (IC).

$27.3 Million CTD. #ChetcoBarFire

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23/17. Cause unknown, under investigation. Timber and brush.

Crew and chipper removing debris from the Ortell Creek Road, August 26

Fire behavior became active on  Saturday with burning  in the interior islands and movement into the Ashnola River drainage to the SE towards the Spanish Camp, Remmel Lake areas.  It is also moving farther N-E into British Columbia, Canada.   Smoke to continue to impact the air quality in the upper Methow Valley.

1 home and 2 minor structures were destroyed. 4 minor structures are still threatened.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 50 personnel. 2 helicopters and 1 engine. Unknown $ CTD. #DiamondCreekFire

Fire Fact:

Since 9/2/2017, DNR reported 613 human-caused wildfires (6,992 acres) and 44 lightning-caused wildfires (14,781 acres). – GACC, 9/2/2017.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

New! 1/2 miles from Cascade Locks, OR. Reported 9/2/2017 afternoon around 1600 hours in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.   Timber.  Human-caused and being investigated by the Oregon State Police.

Eagle Creek Fire,September 2, 2017

Fire grew to 3,000 acres overnight. 0% contained.

153 hikers had to shelter-in-place near Tunnel Falls on 9/2/2017 due to their only exit was cut off. A National Guard helicopter dropped off supplies on Saturday as well until  local SAR organizations whom were were assisting the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office help evacuate the groups out of the Wahtum Lake area.

HEAT ADVISORY in effect until Tuesday, 9/5/2017 2200 hours PDT.

Type 2 IMT ordered and en route.

To learn more about Ready, Set, Go! visit http://wildlandfirersg.org/

Level 3 evacuations. Community of Cascade Locks, residences South of I-84.

Level 2 evacuations. Communities North of I-84.

A Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Skamania County Fairgrounds across from the Columbia River in Stevenson, Washington.

EAST CRATER FIRE

New! 12 miles West of Trout Lake, WA in the Indian Heaven Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot NF and 10 miles off of the PCT. Start 9/3/2017 this afternoon.  Cause is unknown and under investigation. 

100 acres. 0% contained.

Level 3 evacuations.  Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and sweeping campgrounds in the area.  Evacuation info –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices  #EastCraterFire

FALCON COMPLEX

25 miles East of Tiller, OR. 8/8/2017 started.  Lightning caused. Multiple fires.

Working on the Falcon Complex near Tiller, Oregon

Puerto Rico C-4 Fire Crew. Credit: Jose Martinez via Inciweb

Total 2,935 acres. 55% contained.  Estimated containment is 9/15/2017.

Upper Ash Flat 325 Fire. 1.5 miles from upper end of Ash Valley and close to private land.  1,983 acres.  55% containment. Mop-up operations and secure fire lines in effect.

Double Buck 289 Fire.  762 acres. 55% contained.  Directly East of Skookum Pond.

Night operations on the Falcon Complex

Credit: Scott Lind via Inciwe

Buckskin 313 Fire.  56 acres. 100% contained. Located North of Buckeye Creek along FR 730. In patrol status.

Cougar 284 Fire. 40 acres and 100% contained.

Tallow 311 Fire.  89 acres. 100% contained. Located between Ralph and Tallow Creeks. In patrol status.

Freeze 317 Fire.  5 acres. 100% contained.  In the area West of Abbott Creek.

5 homes and 15 minor structures are threatened.

Smoke lingers over Skookum Pond near the Double Buck Fire on the Falcon Complex, Tiller Ranger District

Credit: Brett Brown

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  299 personnel.  8 crews, 1 helicopter and 18 engines.

$13.4 Million CTD. #FalconComplex  #FreezeFire

 

FANCHER DOUBLE FIRE

Fires burning from CA to Canada. Credit: WA Dept of Energy

New! Near Medical Lake, WA.  Start 9/3/2017 @ 1638 hours (when DNR released through Social Media).

200 acres. 90% contained. Sounds like will be fully contained by either 9/3 or 9/4.

3 aircraft including helicopter, dozer, hand crews and 5 engines. #FancherDoubleFire

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  Burning in the Crater Lake National Park. Started 8/12/17.  Cause unknown and under investigation.  Timber (litter and understory, closed timber litter and brush (2 feet). Complex includes Blanket Creek, Spruce Creek, Broken Lookout, Windy Gap, Paradise, Union Creek and Pup  Fires.

Air operations to establish a fueling station near Fort Klamath.  Air resources to working all sides of the fires to slow the fire spread, knock down flare ups and to transport crews/equipment to complete indirect containment lines.

Total 28,326 acres. 33% contained.  Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.

Blanket Creek Fire crews are ready to do a burnout along Forest Road (FR) 3282 to get ahead of the fire head.  Crews are working to identify operations for indirect containment lines along trails and/or roads on the NE flank.

Spruce Lake Fire crews are looking for ways to protect Red Cone.

Broken Lookout/Windy Gap/Paradise Fires, crews are working to strengthen established containment lines and constructed dozer/handlines.

Pup Fire is being monitored along with continued point protection on the Hershberger Lookout and nearby telecommunication site.

69 homes, 23 mixed commercial/residential and 100 minor structures are threatened.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  647 personnel. 20 crews, 26 engines and 6 helicopters.

$13.4 Million CTD. #FalconComplex #BlanketCreekFire #SpruceLakeFire #BrokenLookoutFire #WindyGapFire #ParadiseFire #PupFire #CraterLakeNP

Fire Fact:

OR Dept. of Forestry reported 472 human-caused wildfires (1,289 acres) and 163 lightning-caused fires (1,721 acres). – GACC, 9/2/2017.

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX

South of Hwy 126 and East of FS Road 19 on the Willamette NF, OR.  Started 8/21/17. timber, litter and light logging slash.  Cause unknown, under investigation.  A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect until Tuesday due to dry conditions and near record temps.  Includes Nash, Jones, Rebel, Whitewater Fires.

Structures prepared with sprinklers ahead of the fire

Nash Fire. 6 miles North of Elk Lake, OR. Started 8/10/17 by Lightning.  Timber.  RED FLAG WARNING until Tuesday from dry-unstable conditions and hot temps.

Active fire behavior with wind-drive runs, torching and spotting. NE flank merged with Separation Fire.  Fires continue to move up the Western slope of South Sister Mtn to the south around Rock Mesa into Sphinx Creek. 3,132 acres. 0% contained. Estimated containment date is 10/1/17. 4 personnel.

50 homes and 3 mixed commercial/residential and 150 other minor structures are threatened.

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Evacuations are in effect (see areas listed) conducted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.   Level 2 (Get Set) evacuations include Lakes – Elk and Hosmer; Resort – Elk Lake; Campgrounds – Elk Lake, Point, Little Fawn, Mallard Marsh; Day Use Areas – Sunset View, Beach Day and Quinn Meadows Horse Camp. Level 1 (Get Ready) notifications Lakes:  Lava and Little Lava; Resort – Lava Lake; Campgrounds – Lava Lake, Little Lava.

$11,000 CTD. #NashFire

Whitewater Fire/Jones/Rebel Fires.  (See separate posts)

150 homes, 770 mixed commercial/residential structures are currently being threatened.

10,054 acres. 0% contained.  Estimated containment date is 9/30/17.

USDA Forest Service. 90 personnel. 2 crews and 9 engines.

$2.1 Million CTD. #HorseCreekComplex

Fire Fact:

The Forest Service reported 380 human-caused fires totaling 67,904 acres and 697 lightning-caused fires for a total of 279,338 acres. – GACC, 9/2/2017.

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE

15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017. Unknown cause and is under investigation. Timber (littler and understory) and medium logging slash.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs and backing.  11,925 acres. 20% contained. Estimated containment is 9/15/2017.

RED FLAG WARNING remains in effect due to elevated temps and NE winds (similar to California’s Santa Ana winds) which is fueling the fire.

Fire crews to continue on Cow Creek where most of the fire is most active.  They will also improve road systems and ridge tops with hand and dozer lines to prep for burnout operations.  Fire is West of the town of the Riddle and continues to move away from communities.

9 homes threatened. 2 minor structures destroyed.

Level 3 evacuations is in effect for Lower Cow Creek Road from the end of County Maintenance to Union Creek and Doe Creek Road.  Local Fire Departments are staffing one engine at nine different homes inside the evacuation area.

OR Dept. of Forestry is lead Agency.  1,042 personnel. 46 crews, 39 engines and 8 helos.

$5.1 Million CTD. #HorsePrairieFire

Fire Fact:

There are over wildfires burning in the NW (WA and OR). – USFS

INDIAN CREEK FIRE

20 miles W-SW of Hood River, OR in the Mark O Hatfield Wilderness on the Hood River District of Mt. Hood NF.   Started 7/4/2017. Cause unknown and under investigation.  Timber (litter and understory).

Lead USDA Forest Service. 61 personnel. 1 crew, 2 helicopters and 0 engines.

Unknown $ CTD. #IndianCreekFire

JACK CREEK FIRE

New! 15 miles SW of Leavenworth, WA and on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF and in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Started 8/11/2017 around 2115 hours PDT but was dormant for several weeks. Lightning caused.  Timber.

Column to the left is Jack Creek, column in the bottom right is the Jolly Mountain Fire

692 acres. 0% containment.

Fire is being managed as an ecological benefit. Assets will be determined as the fire increases/spreads over time. It will be watched from the air.  #JackCreekFire

JADE CREEK FIRE

16 miles East of Bly, OR. Started 8/29/2017. Lightning caused. Timber (grass and understory, medium logging slash)

1,600 acres. 0% contained.  Estimated containment date is 10/4/2017.

Jade Creek Fire Closure Order Map

Moderate fire behavior with torching is burning in steep, rock terrain and is wind-driven making it difficult for crews to fight. Fire is spreading to the NE.  Intermittent road closures on Hwy 140 between Bly and Lakeview are in effect due to poor visibility at times.

2 homes are threatened.

Level 3 evacuations in effect for Corral Creek, Dead Horse Creek, Happy Camp and Clear Springs Campgrounds; hikers from Palisades Rock and Lookout Rock.

OR DOF is lead Agency. 208 personnel. 6 crews, 2 helicopters and 15 engines.

$2 Million CTD. #JadeCreekFire

Fire Fact:

The Fish and Wildland Services reported 27 human-caused fires (3,341 acres) and 3 lightning-caused fires (17,639 acres). – GACC, 9/2/2017

JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE

13 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  Start 8/11/17 by lightning. Timber (litter and understory).  Public Info.  Evacuations, which impacted homes, shelter info. Contact the EOC at 509-933-8305.

On Saturday, fire burned throughout day. extreme fire behavior with crowning and backing  increased late in the day when evening winds began to push fire down into drainages including the West side of Sasse Ridge and into the West Fork of the Teanaway River.

4,204 homes, 1,073 other minor structures are under threat.

Level 3 evacuations.  From Double O Ranch Road North to Boulder Creek.

Level 2 evacuations.  South of Double O Ranch Road including Ronald and Roslyn.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  600 personnel. 12 crews, 67 engines and 5 helicopters.  More resources are on order.

$9.6 Million CTD. #JollyMountainFire #JollyMtnFire

Fire Fact:

For the first time in the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office history for a full-force callout of all available Law Enforcement personnel to be called in. – KCSO on the Jolly Mtn Fire evacuations.

JONES FIRE (Part of the HORSE CREEK COMPLEX)

10 miles NE of Lowell, OR on the Willamette NF.  Started 8/10/17 by lightning. Large downed trees and standing snags. Green trees may weakened from 2003 fire in same area. RED FLAG WARNING for Saturday through Monday due to high temps, low relative humidity and strong drying winds. These prime conditions make for increased fire activity.

8,184 acres. 51% contained. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

Jones Fire 8-19

4 homes and 1 minor structure threatened. 1 minor structure destroyed.

USFS is lead Agency. NW IMT Team 12 (IC). 691 personnel. 20 crews, 6 helicopters and 30 engines.  IMT 2.

$12.9 Million CTD. #JonesFire

MCKAY 1035 NE FIRE

5 miles NE of La Pine, OR on the Deschutes NF. Started 8/29/17.  Cause unknown and under investigation.  Timber and brush.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  1,221 acres. 60% contained. Estimated containment is 9/2/2017.

0 homes are threatened and there are no evacuations in effect.

Crews are working to suppress and contain the fire on all flanks and mop up least 50-feet into the burned area, as well as addressing hot spots.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 67 personnel. 1 crew, 8 engines.

$325,000 CTD. #McKayFire

Fire Fact:

The National Park Service reported 1,743 human-caused fires (210,155 acres) and 1,066 lightning-caused fires (406,574 acres). Collectively, they have had over 2,809 fires with a total of 616,729 scorched acres! – GACC, 9/2/2017

MILLER COMPLEX 

17 miles East of Cave Junction, OR on the Rogue  River – Siskiyou NF.  Started 8/14/2017. Lightning caused.  Mixed conifer understory with Shasta red fir dominance and numerous snags. IMT 1.  Timber.  Multiple fires.

Active fire behavior with short-crown runs, torching and short-range spotting.   17,965 acres. 40% contained. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

40 homes and 5 minor structures threatened. None has been damaged or destroyed.

USDA Forest Service lead Agency. 596 personnel. 17 crews, 40 engines and 1 helicopter.

$12.1 Million CTD. #MillerComplex

MILLI FIRE

9 miles West of Sisters in the Deschutes NF and the Three Sisters Wilderness, OR. Started 8/11/17 by lightning. Timber and brush.

Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing. 22,527 acres. 50% containment. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

SE and South fire perimeters will continue to be in patrol and mop-up operations.

West side of fire continues to burn downslope with occasional torching  unburned fuels and established containment lines.

Historic Elk Lake Guard Station being prepped

Structure protection on the Nash Fire.

NW side fire is backing down to OR 242.

USDA Forest Service. 370 personnel. 59 crews, 19 engines and 4 helicopters.

$14.1 Million CTD. #MilliFire

NAYLOX FIRE

10 miles North of Klamath Falls on Hagelstein Rim, OR.  Start 8/29/2017. Cause is unknown and under investigation.Timber (grass and understory) and brush.

Moderate fire behavior on Wednesday with isolated torching and wind-driven runs. Fire crews will focus on suppression operations that will concentrate holding existing lines and structure protection.

423 acres. 40% contained. Estimated containment date is 9/5/2017.

5 homes threatened. 2 structures destroyed. No evacuations in effect.V

OR DOF lead Agency. 52 personnel. 1 crew, 2 helos and 11 engines.

$220,000 CTD. #NayloxFire

NORSE PEAK FIRE

11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. This fire along with the American Fire are being managed by the same IC IMT team and resources. Start 8/11/2017 by lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material.

SR 410 still closed from Chinook Pass (MP 69) to Hell’s Crossing (MP 84). Highway will reopen at 2000 hours for nighttime travel only.   Pleasant Valley, Lodgepole Campgrounds and Salmon Cove Group Site are closed.

110 homes threatened.

17,100 acres with 8% containment. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

USDA Forest Service lead Agency. 327 personnel. 9 crews, 23 engines and 2 helicopters.

$5.8 Million CTD. #NorsePeakFire

NORTH PELICAN FIRE

25 miles NW of Klamath Falls, OR and on the Fremont – Winema NF. Timber and brush.

Mop up activities

Moderate fire behavior with backing, short-range spotting and group torching.  1,900 acres. 18% containment. Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

200 homes are threatened.

Hand tools being utilized to remove area fuels

Western fire perimeter (East of Cold Springs trailhead). Work in area increased fire traffic on Cold Springs Rd. Closed beyond its junction with FS Rd. 3659. Progression on holding the perimeter around the fire.

FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued for hot and dry conditions which are expected throughout weekend. Gusty easterly winds, poor relative humidity (RH) recoveries with a Haines of 6 are expected to increase fire behavior.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 164 personnel. 3 crews, 14 engines.

$3 Million CTD. #NorthPelicanFire

POTATO HILL FIRE

20 miles NW of Sisters, OR. Started 8/29/2017 from an unknown cause and is under investigation. Heavy logging slash and timber.

Fire is burning in old fire scar with several of standing dead trees. Smoke could impact Hwy 20 visibility at night and early morning.   Crews will continue with direct line construction and burnout operations of small unburned interior fuels.

199 acres. 35% contained.  Estimated containment is 9/6/2017.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  35 personnel. 1 crew and 2 engines.

Unknown $ CTD totals. #PotatoHillFire

QUARRY FIRE

30 miles NE of North Bend, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Human caused.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.

The fire is burning in steep, heavily forested landscapes on the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie NF.  Roads are being improved to act as fire breaks.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 90 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.

Estimated $ CTD unknown. #QuarryFire

REBEL FIRE (Part of the HORSECREEK COMPLEX)

13 miles South of McKenzie Bridge, OR. Started 8/4/2017 by an unknown cause. Timber (Litter and understory) and light logging slash.

6,632 acres. 19% contained.  Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

Burning in heavy timber and steep terrain along the South Fork of McKenzie River. Crews continuing to use indirect fire tactics and prepping line along FS Rd. 19 (Aufderheide Drive).  Will use burnout operations when conditions are favorable.

USDA Forest Service as lead agency. 58 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines.

$4.4 Million CTD. #RebelFire

STALEY FIRE

23 miles South of Oakridge, OR on the Willamette NF.  Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. Timber and brush.  Includes the TUMBLE BUG 2 FIRE.

Moderate fire behavior with backing and flanking.  2,234 acres. 76% contained. Estimated containment is 9/15/2017.

Great fire suppression efforts have been made on both wildfires.  Fire lines have been established around both fires and are widening and strengthening them by conducting burnout operations.  Mop-up operations of remaining hot spots within 100 feet of the control line.  Some fire resources have been released to other fires or to their home Fire Agency for much-needed rest.

376 personnel. 9 crews, 1 helicopter and 9 engines. IMT 2 (IC).

$7.3 Million CTD. #StaleyFire

SULTAN FIRE

New! Sultan Basin Road & FS Rd 6110, Sultan WA. Start 9/3/2017 around 1500 – 1515 hours.  Brush Fire was spreading to the East with uphill runs into timber. Local Fire District on-scene with 2 DNR engines. 1 overhead team was en route with one hour ETA (around 1600 hours).

Unknown acres. 100% contained as of 1635 hours. #SultanFire

Smoke impacts in Eastern WA. Credit: WA Dept. of Ecology.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

50 miles East of Roseburg, OR (along Hwy 138). 8 fires.  Started 8/11/2017. Cause unknown and under investigation. Timber, tall grass and brush.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, single-tree torching and backing. 27,344 acres. 20% contained. Estimated containment is 9/302/017.

101 single homes, 58 non-residential structures and 35 other minor structures threatened. 13 homes damaged. 1 minor structure destroyed.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  1,005 personnel. 23 crews, 5 helicopters and 78 engines.

$20.7 Million CTD. #UmpquaNorthComplex

Fire Fact:

Help yourself and your family by creating a defensible space around your home to protect it from wildfires.  This has helped save so many structures and truly does work!  Here is how. (Credit:  WA DNR)

UNO PEAK FIRE

16 miles NW of Manson, WA. Started 8/30/2017 by an unknown cause that is under investigation. Timber and brush.

Uno Peak’s column of smoke looks eerily mean. Fire behavior will increase as temps rise. Credit: Uno Peak Fire

2,200 acres. 1% contained. Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.

CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER started on Saturday causing the fires to actively spread to the bottom of Safety Harbor drainage but did not cross over to the canyon.  Water drops throughout the day slowed fire forward progression while hotshots and other ground resources improved control lines to the SW.

Smoke is expected to drift down to Lake Chelan and over the Waterville Plateau and highly visible from Manson, Chelan, Pateros and Twisp.

1 home threatened. 0 damaged or destroyed.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency.  109 personnel. 2 crews, 1 engine.

$350,000 CTD. #UnoPeakFire

WHITEWATER FIRE (Part of the HORSE CREEK COMPLEX)

15 miles East of Detroit, OR. Started 7/23/2017 and caused by lightning.  Timber and brush.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing. 11,434 acres. 33% contained. Estimated containment is 10/31/2017.

S-SW Flank.  Burnout operations conducted. Protection of timber assets and private properties on West side of containment lines.

NW Flank. Evaluation of implementation of firing operations ongoing and determination of favorable conditions and the number of resources needed.

USDA Forest Service is lead Agency. 783 personnel. 22 crews, 23 engines and 5 helicopters.

$25.9 Million CTD.  #WhitewaterFire #HorseCreekComplex

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – 9/4/2017 – 1145 hours PDT

 

NW Wildfires Explode | August 31 2017

POST SUMMARY | The Jolly Mtn Fire burning in Cle Elum exploded on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, causing multiple evacuations.

NOTE:  While we understand some of you are asking on specific fires, we are working to the best of our ability to gain information on each fire.  This is why we have compiled this into a SINGLE post because there are just so many wildfires breaking out.

Several wildfires  have ignited and jumped on to our Fire Map. (Note: The fire map only is showing fires over 300+ acres)  Here is our SitRep for Thursday, August 31, 2017.

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AMERICAN FIRE.  (WA) 11 miles West of Cliffdell. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.   Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017. Hwy 410 and numerous campground closures still in effect.  *The American, Norse Peak and the Union Creek Fires are managed by the same single IMT team.

Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and single-torching. Homes threatened.

325 acres. 0% contained.  4 personnel. 0 resources on fire. $310,000 CTD.  #AmericanFire

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE.  (WA) 11 miles NE of Keller.  Start 8/9/2017. Lightning caused. Timber and tall grass.

Active fire behavior with backing and single-tree torching.

3,575 acres. 48% contained. 520 personnel. 13 crews, 19 engines and 4 helicopters. $12.6 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

CHETCO BAR FIRE.  (OR) 16 miles West of Selma and E/NE of Brookings within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness .  Start 7/12/2017. USDA Forest Service.  Lightning. Timber, brush and closed-canopy understory litter.  Steep and rugged terrain.

Chetco Bar Fire activity at 1900 on 8-16-17

Extreme fire behavior on the Chetco Bar Fire taken on 8/16/2017.

Fire behavior has been downgraded to moderate with single-tree torching, backing with uphill runs.

IMT and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office has reduced the area currently under a LEVEL 3 evacuation to a LEVEL 2 starting at the western checkpoint on the North Bank Chetco Road at Da-Tone Rock and East to the North Fork of the Chetco River. This is not including the upper portions of Mountain Drive or Coho Drive.  (See additional areas on this weblink –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/39353/

26 structures have been lost.

Incident Cooperators.  Red Cross, Brookings Fire & Rescue, Coos Forest Protective Association, Curry County, Harbor Rural Fire Protection Department, OR DOF and the OR Fire Marshal.

128,758 acres. 5% contained. 1,427 personnel.  37 crews, 78 engines and 7 helicopters CTD.  #ChetcoBarFire

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE. (WA)  27 miles NNW of Withrop. Started 7/23/2017.  Cause

Photo of active burning north of Cougar Lake

Active fire on the North of Cougar Lake. (Credit: Sara Billings)

unknown, under investigation.  Timber and brush.  USDA Forest Services. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.   1 home, 2 minor structures destroyed.  1 minor structure damaged.

Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting. Homes threatened. 3 destroyed

48,924 acres. 26% contained. 7 crews. 2 helicopters. $8 Million CTD. #Diamond CreekFire

FALCON COMPLEX (OR) 2 fires. 25 miles East of Tiller.  Timber, brush and grass. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service.

NWIMT 7 ICP is located at Broken Arrow Campground near Diamond Lake.  This complex consists of Paradise Fire, Windy Gap Fire and Pup Fire resources are working out of a fire camp established at Milo Academy. Smaller fires are being managed by a Type 3 organization for the Tiller Ranger District.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Homes threatened.

2,935 acres. 45% contained. 319 personnel. 8 crews, 21 engines and 1 helo. $12 Million CTD. #FalconComplex

Paradise Fire. 411 acres. 60% contained. Located on the ridge between Paradise and Cougar Creeks, South of Jackson Creek. Crews are doing construction of indirect handlines on the SW side of the fire between Paradise and Windy Gap. Dozer line off of the FR 500 road has begun. They are constructing an indirect line to the North.

Windy Gap Fire. 87 acres. 0% contained. Located partially in the Research Natural area of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, 1 mile West of Abbot Butte. The southern fire perimeter has been fully lined.

Pup Fire. 145 acres. 0% contained. Located in the headwaters of Hershberger Creek near Pup meadow in the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wilderness. Firefighters have established an anchor point and constructed direct line to contain the fire as it moved out of the wilderness boundary. Water drops have been used to keep the fire from spreading to the NE and East.

2,935 acres.  40% contained.  323 personnel. 8 crews, 21 engines, 1 helicopter.  $11.3 Million CTD.  #Falcon Complex

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX (OR)  6 fires.  9 miles NE of Prospect. Timber.  IMT 2.  20

fires burning within Crater Lake National Park on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest in the High Cascades Ranger District.  It is also burning on the Umpqua National Forest in the tiller Ranger District and the Fremont – Winema National Forest in the Sky Lakes wilderness.

Active fire behavior with short-crown runs and group torching. Structures are being threatened.

25,232 acres. 35% contained. 624 personnel. 14 crews, 22 engines and 7 helicopters. $34.6 Million CTD.  #HighCascadesComplex

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (OR)  7 miles South of Belknap Springs. Timber.

Public Info Meeting.  Wednesday, 8/30/2017 @ 1900  hours.  Upper McKenzie Community Center. 54745 McKenzie River Drive, Blue River, OR.

Avenue Fire.  Burning on the McKenzie River Ranger District area.  3 miles SE of McKenzie Bridge and nearby Olallie Lookout Fire, Separation Fire, Roney Fire and Nash fires.

Nash Fire.  Significant fire growth has occurred over the last few days. Fire crews are working to construct and clean indirect control lines by hand as well as with dozers. Continued structure assessments and protection to be done.

Rebel Fire.  22 miles North of Oakridge.  Timber.

Active fire behavior with short-crown runs, torching and flanking. Structures threatened.

8,317 acres. 0% contained.  131 personnel. 4 crews and 8 engines. $1.9 Million CTD.  #RebelFire

Scorpion Fire. Detected 8/28/2017.  North of Breitenbush between mile 6 and 8.

Crews work to secure the edge of the Scorpion Fire

Working to secure the fire’s edge on the Scorpion Fire

Approximately 30-acre fire moving North. Firefighters are waiting to enter the area when it is safe to use fire suppression tactics.

Whitewater Fire.  10 miles East of Idahana.  Burning in the Mount Jefferson

View from Whitewater Fire lookout - credit: Seth Witherow, Steelhead Enterprises

View from the Whitewater Fire Lookout on the Whitewater Fire. (Credit: Seth)

Wilderness and Willamette National Forest land located about 13 miles East of Detroit.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and flanking. Structures threatened.

10,988 acres. 31% contained. 774 personnel. 18 crews, 29 engines and 5 helicopters. $24.9 Million CTD.  #WhitewaterFire

Little Devil Fire.  Burning approximately 2.5 miles SE of the Breitenbush Hot Springs area. Minimal fire growth on Tuesday. Firefighters are working South of this area to build control lines and to maintain sprinkler systems previously installed.

1,129 acres. 0% contained.   #HorseCreekComplex

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE. (OR).   Start 8/27/2017 @ 1530 hours.  OR DOF.  Natural cover fire near Horse Prairie located 12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley and 15 miles NW of Canyonville.

Douglas County Sheriff Office Evacuation Hotline.  855-419-2349 or http://www.dcso.com/alerts

Active fire behavior with running and spotting.

2 structures have been lost.

7,400 acres. 15% contained. 915 personnel. 33 crews, 24 engines and 8 helicopters.  $1.7 Million CTD. #HorsePrairieFire

INDIAN CREEK FIRE. (OR)  20 miles WSW of Hood River in the Hatfield Wilderness

An aerial view looking southeast at the Indian Creek Fire, showing a moderate amount of smoke rising from a dense stand of trees. This is more smoke than seen in recent pictures.

Indian Creek fire taken on 8/20/2017.

on the Hood River Ranger District. Started 7/4/2017 near 7 1/2 Mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440.

Fire behavior is moderate with smoldering, creeping, flanking and creeping.

61 personnel. 356 acres. 10% contained.  #IndianCreekFire

JOLLY MTN FIRE.  (WA) IMT 2. 13 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Timber.

Community Briefing.  8/31/2017 @ 1800 hours. Walter Strom Middle School. 2694 SR 903, Cle Elum WA 98922.

Fire Info and a Warning. You don’t ever see these Red signage unless you are in a fire zone. (Credit: DNR)

Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, spotting and crowning.

Extreme fire behavior shows itself in this firestorm image on the Jolly Mtn Fire.

Evacuations in effect for the Teanaway Community Forest grow to also inclde 29 Pines Campground and DNR lands North of Dickey Creek. Evacuations for the Middle Florth and North Fork Teanaway. LEVEL 3 evacuations (GO NOW) in effect.

7,692 acres. 0% contained. 379 personnel. 6 crews, 24 engines and 6 helicopters. $6.6 Million CTD. #JollyMtnFire

JONES FIRE (OR)  IMT2.  10 miles NE of Lowell.  Timber and grass.

Moon in sky over mountain.

Fire moon on the Jones Fire (Credit: Marcus Kauffman)

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, backing and single-tree torching.  Structures threatened.

1 structure has been lost.

6,983 acres. 45% contained. 652 personnel. 19 crews, 25 engines and 3 helicopters. $10.8 Million CTD. #JonesFire

MCKAY FIRE.  (OR)  5 miles NE of La Pine.  Timber and brush.

Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and short-range spotting.

1,260 acres. 50% contained. 118 personnel. 2 crews, 13 engines. $150,000 CTD. #McKayFire

MILLER COMPLEX (OR) 5 fires.  IMT 1. 17 miles East of Cave Junction.  Timber.

Firefighters work on night shift on the Burnt Peak Fire

Night ops on Miller Complex Fire

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and spotting.

14,238 acres. 40% contained. 558 personnel. 11 crews, 37 engines and 1 helicopter. $9.9 Million CTD.  #MillerComplexFires

MILLI FIRE. (OR)  The Three Sisters Wilderness.  9 miles West of Sisters.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber.

Successful burnout operations

Burnout operations on the Milli Fire

Active fire behavior with flanking and backing.

21,703 acres. 44% contained. 451 personnel. 9 crews, 22 engines and 3 helicopters. $14.3 Million CTD.  #MilliFire

NAYLOX FIRE New! (OR) Klamath Unit. OR DOF. 10 miles North of Klamath Falls. Timber and brush.

Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and creeping. Homes threatened.

2 structures lost.

440 acres. 10% contained. 48  personnel. 1 crews, 11 engines and 2 helicopters. $200,000 CTD. #NayloxFire

NENA FIRE. (OR)  7 miles NE of Simnasho. Tiber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior.

10 structures lost.

68,007 acres. 95% contained. 12 crews. 1 helicopter. $8.9 Million CTD #NenaFire

NORTH PELICAN FIRE. (OR) 25 miles NW of Klamath Falls. Reported 8/10/2017. Lightning caused.

IC, L Hunter, IC(t) T. Parrish, Rocky Point Community Members Public Meeting 8-26-17

Community Briefing on the North Pelican Fire

Moderate fire behavior with backing,  creeping, and isolated torching. Homes threatened.

1,800 acres. 72% contained. 153 personnel. 2 crews, 15 engines and 1 helicopter. $2.4 Million CTD.  #NorthPelicanFire

NORSE PEAK FIRE.* (WA)  Started 8/11/2017.  USDA Forest Service.  Lightning.  Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material.

White smoke billows above dark ridgelines in the distance.  Some orange flames are barely visible.  The narrow top of a conifer tree is in the right foreground.

Large amounts of smoke billow out of the mountainside. (Credit: PCT hiker)

Active fire behavior with backing, group torching and short-range spotting. Homes threatened.

13,750 acres. 8% contained. 344 personnel. 7 crews, 20 engines and 2 helicopters. $4.5 Million CTD.  #NorsePeakFire

OVERLOOK FIRE New! (OR) Vale District. BLM. 15 miles SE of Rome. Brush and short grass.

Active fire behavior.

900 acres. 20% contained. 45 personnel. 1 crew, 9 engines. $50,000 CTD. #OverlookFire

POTATO HILL FIRE  New! (OR) West of Forest Service Rd 2690 and south of Highway

View from US20 of helicopter dropping water

View from US 20 on the new Potato HIll Fire.

20 and South of the Lost Lake Camground. Reported 8/29/2017. Heavy logging slash and timber (litter and understory).

31 personnel. 50 acres. 0% contained. #PotatoHillFire

QUARRY FIRE New! (WA) Snoqualmie National Forest, 30 miles NW of North Bend. Start 811/2017.  Burning on both private lands and the forest service. Human caused.  Timber and medium logging slash. Estimated containment date is 10/1/2017.

51 personnel 130 acres. 0% contained.  #QuarryFire

SCATTER CREEK FIRE (WA) South Puget Sound Region. DNR.  Started on private land, 1 mile East of Rochester.  Timber, brush and short grass.

Moderate fire behavior.

6 structures lost.

384 acres. 100% contained. 146 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines. $1.3 Million CTD. #ScatterCreekFire

STALEY FIRE (OR)  IMT2.  23 miles South of Oakridge.  Timber and brush.

Picture of firefighter using a drip torch to light fire below a road.

Burnout operations.

Moderate fire behavior with backing and single-tree torching.

2,104 acres.  61% contained. 521 personnel. 15 engines, 15 crews and 1 helicopter. $6 Million CTD. #StaleyFire

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX. (OR) 7 fires. (2) IMT1 teams managing this fire. 50 miles East of Roseburg.  Timber, brush and grass.

Briefing at Toketee Ranger Station, by DOTY AKIMT

Briefing. (Credit: Doty, AKIMT)

Active fire behavior with flanking and torching.

1 structure has been lost.

23,501 acres. 21% contained. 1,040 personnel.  21 crews, 84 engines and 5 helicopters. $17 Million CTD.  #UmpquaNorthComplex

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/31/2017 – 0800 hours PDT