WILDFIRE ACTIVITY REPORT | OREGON

WILDFIRE ACTIVITY REPORT | SEPT 21, 2020

Here is the State of Oregon Wildfire Activity Report for Monday, September 21, 2020.  This covers all wildfire activity and smoke reports from Sunday 0800 PT until 2000 hours PT on Monday for all incidents across the State.

Incidents are listed by each time resources were dispatched via each Communications Center.

1551 PT | RITTER FIRE | 7.1 miles north of Long Creek. 680 acres. Grass, brush, juniper and sage. Resources on-scene. john Day Interagency Dispatch Center.

1321 PT | 0926 PR FIRE | Off of the 2730 RD.  0.1 acre. Contained/controlled and out at 1432 PT. Central OR Interagency Dispatch Center.

1321 PT | 0925 NW  | Lapine. False Alarm.

0913 PT | 0924 PR FIRE | Off of the 300 Road. 0.1 acre. Contained/controlled at 1257 PT. Out at 1432 PT.  Central OR Interagency Dispatch Center.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/21/2020 1950 PT

WILDFIRE ACTIVITY REPORT | WASHINGTON

WILDFIRE ACTIVITY REPORT | SEPT 21, 2020

Here is the Washington State Wildfire Activity Report for Monday, September 21, 2020.  This covers all wildfire activity and smoke reports from Sunday 0800 PT until 2000 hours PT on Monday for all incidents across the State

Incidents are listed by each time resources were dispatched via each Communications Center.

September 21, 2020

1605 PT | YALE FIRE |  Yale Road. Spokane County.  0.1acre.  Grass, brush and reproduction. IC 7411. Patrol status.  NE WA Communications Center.

1306 PT | HWY 20 PIT  | False Alarm. Hwy 20. Concrete. False alarm. Not WA DNR jurisdiction. Northwest DNR Region.

1212 PT | OYSTER DOME |  Oyster Dome. Skagit County. 1 acre. No fire located.

1200 PT | BOISE CREEK FIRE | 0.1 acre. Grass, timber and brush. IC HOB1. Contained 1300 hours PT. Controlled 1350 hours PT. South Puget Sound Dispatch Center.

0815 PT | BULLDOG FIRE | Bulldog Mtn. Ferry County. 0.7acre.  Grass, brush, reproduction, timber, slash, logs and duff.  Resources on-scene at 1055 PT.  CAD showing as an open incident. NE WA Communications Center.

September 20, 2020

2138 PT | BRENDER CANYON | Smoke Check.  Second Canyon.  Fire units unable to locate anything in the area.  Central WA Communications Center.

2124 PT | PETE LAKE | Smoke Check. Kittitas County.  Nothing found.  Central WA Communications Center.

2115 PT | LAKE GOODWIN | 7700 block x 143rd Place NW, Lake Goodwin in Snohomish. 0.1 acre. Patrol Status.  Northwest DNR Region.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/21/2020 1935 PT

BRITTAIN FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 3

BRITTAIN FIRE

SIT REP 3 | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Establishing Blackline

Photo Credit | USFS

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING –> SAT, 9/19/2020 1900 (7PM) <– FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST FACEBOOK OR ON RADIO STATION “KPAI 103.1FM”  facebook.com, search: Fremont-Winema National Forest 

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE WEATHER, EVACUATION UPDATES AND OPERATIONS.

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INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The BRITTAIN FIRE is currently burning about 8 miles south of Paisley, Oregon on the Fremont-Winema National being managed by the EA Silver Team, an IMT 2 team.

CAUSE.  The fire started on September 7th, 2020, which was human caused.   It was discovered late (night) on this date.  It was stated to have been one of three wildfires sparked on Monday during exceptional fire danger and while occurring while a fire weather even was in motion.

Drip Torch Operator

Photo Credit | USFS

CURRENT STATUS.  47,243 acres. 44% contained.  Thanks to cooler weather and some winds, the smoke has cleared out of the area allowing fire crews to work in impacted areas. They have not been able to see much of the fire area due to heavy smoke.

FIRE BEHAVIOR.  Active fire behavior with short crown runs, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.

RESOURCES.  There are 437 total personnel.

Photo Credit | USFS

EVACUATIONS — > LEVEL 3 < —

  • Hwy 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House lane (north of Paisley)
  • Clover Flat Road from Valley Falls east to Moon Ranch

EVACUATIONS —> LEVEL 2 < —

  • All of Paisley
  • From Red House Lane continuing south on Hwy 31 to Valley  Falls
  • Clover Flat Road from Hwy 31 to Murphy Ranch
  • Hwy 31 north from Summer Lake Store to Picture Rock Pass

EVACUATIONS — > LEVEL 1 < —

  • Valley Falls south on Hwy 395 to Chandler State Park

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.  1 structure has been lost.  Cost-to-date has reached $4,700,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/19/2020 1430 PT

 

BRITTAIN FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 2

BRITTAIN FIRE

UPDATE 2 | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Fire at Dusk

Photo Credit | USFS

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The BRITTAIN FIRE is currently burning about 8 miles south of Paisley, Oregon on the Fremont-Winema National being managed by the EA Silver Team, an IMT 2 team.

CAUSE.  The fire started on September 7th, 2020, which is human caused.   It was discovered late (night) on this date.  It was stated to have been one of three wildfires sparked on Monday during exceptional fire danger and while occurring while a fire weather even was in motion.

Two other fires started off of Hwy 97, one was doused and put out while the other being called the TWO FOUR TWO FIRE is still burning in the Chiloquin area.

FIRE BEHAVIOR.  As of today’s post, fire behavior is active with short crown runs, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.  Fire has scorched 44,800 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

THREATENED.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat are being threatened, prompting area evacuations.

RESOURCES.  Resources include 437 total personnel with 9 crews, 32 engines and 4 helicopters.

EVACUATIONS.

LEVEL 3

  • Hwy 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House Lane (north of Paisley)
  • Clover Flat Road from Valley Falls east to Moon Ranch

LEVEL 2

  • All of Paisley
  • From Red House Lane continuing south on Hwy 31 to Valley  Falls/Junction with US Hwy 395
  • Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Murphy Ranch
  • From Summer Lake Store north along Hwy 31 to the top of Picture Rock Pass

LEVEL 1

  • Valley Falls approximately 5 miles south on Hwy 395 Chandler State Park

CLOSURES.  FS29 southeast to FS3510 and 28 Road east.  All National Forest System lands, facilities and FS 3315.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.  1 structure has been lost.  Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment costs have reached $4,500,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/18/2020 2315 PT

 

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE | OR | SIT REP 5

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 5 | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Keep Oregon Green

Photo Credit | BLM – Roseburg District

INCIDENT SUMMARY.    The ARCHIE CREEK FIRE is burning 20 miles east of Glide and just east of Roseburg in the north Umpqua drainage on the west slope of the Cascades. This is in Douglas County.

CAUSE.    The fire broke out and quickly spread to state, private and federal lands in the State of Oregon on September 8, 2020 from an unknown cause. It is currently under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS.    The fire has burned 130,429 acres, while crews have reached a 25% containment status.

FIRE BEHAVIOR.    Fire behavior is moderate with group torching, short-range spotting and flanking.

OPERATIONS.   About 1,094 personnel along with 19 crews, 39 engines and 4 helicopters are assigned to this incident.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.    There are 687 homes threatened along 7 other structures damaged.  111  homes and other structures have been destroyed.

RESOURCES.    The following are resources available in the area:

Evacuation Shelter –> Douglas Co Sheriff Office http://www.dcso.com/evacuations

Air Quality –> OR DOEQ http://www.oregon.gov

Road Closures –> http://www.tripcheck.com

Umpqua NF Closures –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices

COMMUNITY HELP.  There are many ways you can help an impacted community.

Wildland Firefighter Foundation – Helping wildland firefighters and their families, including support for fallen firefighter’s families.

Glide Helping Hands  – Food and Clothing Distribution Center

  • Call 541.733.6860.
  • Leave message on how you wish to help them.

Greater Douglas United Way – Human Services Organization

Douglas Timber Operators / Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby

  • Provides direct relief to communities and individuals
  • Provides financial assistance for food and supplies, etc.
  • Specifically for those impacted by the Archie Creek Fire
  • www://donorbox.org/2020-archie-creek-fire-relief-fund

Saving Grace – Human Services organization

Red Cross – National/International Disaster Relief Organization

  • Staged at the Douglas County Fairgrounds
  • Check for needs

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/18/2020 2245 PT

LIONSHEAD FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 1

LIONSHEAD FIRE 

SIT REP 1 | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Photo Credit | Lionshead Fire Facebook Page

INCIDENT SUMMARY.   The LIONSHEAD FIRE is burning about 20 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon on BIA lands.

COMMAND.   Command of the fire is under the management of the RM Team 1, an IMT Type 1.   Fire behavior is minimal along with backing, creeping and torching.

CURRENT STATUS.  There has been 192,719 acres of timber and brush. Crews have reached a 10% containment status reached.

RESOURCES.  There are 1,100 personnel with 28 crews, 7 dozers, 28 water tenders, 29 engines and 11 helicopters.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.   About 280 structures have been lost.  Cost suppression and fire suppression expenses have reached up to $25,000,000.

EVACUATIONS   Level 3 –> Idanha, Detroit, Breitenbus  Level 1 –> Sidwalter area; Miller Flat; 1/2 mile East of Hwy 26, mile markers 91.5-99, 1/2 miles E and W of Hwy between mile markers 99-100.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/18/2020 2215 PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 3

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 3  | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE is burning 6 miles from Detroit on the Willamette National Forest in the State of Oregon.

Photo Credit | Beachie Creek Fire Facebook Page

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is moderate that is creeping, isolated torching and smoldering.  Multiple structures in several communities along with communications infrastructure are under threat.

Management of the fire is by the SW Team Team 2, an IMT Type 2.

There are 52 personnel along with 16 crews, 32 engines and 7 helicopters assigned to this incident.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There has been 191,661 acres and 1,288 structures destroyed. Fire crews have reached a 20% containment status.

Cost-to-date expenses have reached $9,340,000 for fire suppression and containment efforts.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/18/2020 – 2145 PT

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 2

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 2 | SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Photo Credit | Beachie Creek Fire FB Page

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE is burning about one mile near the RIVERSIDE FIRE which has prompted some concerns from residents and Fire Officials about these two fires merging into one super firestorm.   With extreme dry vegetation and a lack of natural holding features in the Table Rock Wilderness and surrounding area to keep the two fires from merging are on the mind of a lot of people with this fire catching the attention of many.

Officials are working to stop that from happening.

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE ignited on August 16, 2020 from an unknown cause burning on the Willamette National Forest in the Opal Creek Wilderness area and about 15 miles north of Detroit (Marion County), Oregon.

Photo Credit | Marion County Sheriff Department

CURRENT STATUS

Fire is burning about 2 miles south of Jawbone Flats and 6 miles north of Detroit, Oregon.

About 191,238 acres have been destroyed but crews have reached a 20% containment status.

Fire behavior remains moderate with a continuance of threatening structures.

There are 571 total personnel assigned to this incident which include 14 crews, 43 engines and 7 helicopters.

Photo Credit | Marion County Sheriff Department

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

The fire has damaged 46 homes and 88 other structures, while destroying 470 homes and 818 other structures.  A record of 1,288 structures have been lost.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment status expenses have reached a total of $8,700,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/17/2020 2230 PT

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE | OR | SIT REP 4

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 4 | SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

The photo below shows the remnants of what has been left of the Douglas Forest Protection Association’s Guard Station.

Rubble of a burned guard station.

Photo Credit | Douglas Forest Protection Association

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The ARCHIE CREEK FIRE is burning 20 miles east of Glide and just east of Roseburg in the north Umpqua drainage on the west slope of the Cascades.

The fire broke out and quickly spread to state, private and federal lands in the State of Oregon on September 8, 2020 from an unknown cause. It is currently under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has taken additional land and reached up to 130,429 acres but crews have been able to reach a 25% containment status.

The cause is still unknown and under investigation.

OPERATIONS

Management of this fire will transfer to the SA Red Team, an Type 1 IMT on September 18, 2020.

There are currently 1,029 personnel (an increase from Wednesday) along with 19 crews, 3 helicopters and 28 engines.

Repopulation Info –>IDLEYLD residents have been approved by the Douglas County Sheriff’s office to return to their homes on Thursday, 9/17/2020 from 12 noon to 7pm.  Fire Managers and the Sheriff’s Department urge residents to be careful when driving in the area and for falling hazards such as trees and debris.

A firefighter watches the fire puposely set to burn out an area to reduce fuel the main fire could consumer.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Current assessments of the area have been received and are as follows:

THREATENED. 687 homes.

DAMAGED. 7 other structures.

DESTROYED.  111 homes, 2 other structures.

RESOURCES

Evacuation Shelter –> Douglas Co Sheriff Office http://www.dcso.com/evacuations

Air Quality –> OR DOEQ http://www.oregon.gov

Road Closures –> http://www.tripcheck.com

Umpqua NF Closures –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices

HOW TO HELP THOSE IMPACTED

Disclaimer | All organizations have been deemed per the original poster, a government agency.  If you wish to donate funds, please always check to make sure they are legitimate before providing your personal or financial information. We do not take responsibility for any discrepancies as we do our best to report information gleaned from legitimate sources.

NEW! Wildland Firefighter Foundation – Helping wildland firefighters and their families, including support for fallen firefighter’s families.

Glide Helping Hands  – Food and Clothing Distribution Center

  • Call 541.733.6860.
  • Leave message on how you wish to help them.

Greater Douglas United Way – Human Services Organization

Douglas Timber Operators / Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby

  • Provides direct relief to communities and individuals
  • Provides financial assistance for food and supplies, etc.
  • Specifically for those impacted by the Archie Creek Fire
  • www://donorbox.org/2020-archie-creek-fire-relief-fund

Saving Grace – Human Services organization

Red Cross – National/International Disaster Relief Organization

  • Staged at the Douglas County Fairgrounds
  • Check for needs

DHS

  • Donations can be dropped off at the Roseburg DHS building
  • 738 W Harvard, Roseburg, OR
  • Taking donations until 9/18/2020
  • Accepting donations at 9am – 4pm

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/17/2020 2215 PT

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 1

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 1 | SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Photo Credit | Beachie Creek Fire Facebook page

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE is burning about one mile near the RIVERSIDE FIRE which has prompted some concerns from residents and Fire Officials about these two fires merging into one super firestorm.   With extreme dry vegetation and a lack of natural holding features in the Table Rock Wilderness and surrounding area to keep the two fires from merging are on the mind of a lot of people with this fire catching the attention of many.

Officials are working to stop that from happening.

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE ignited on August 16, 2020 from an unknown cause burning on the Willamette National Forest in the Opal Creek Wilderness area and about 15 miles north of Detroit (Marion County), Oregon.

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Photo Credit | Marion County Sheriff’s Office

CURRENT STATUS

Fire has burned approximately 190,911 acres of timber and logging slash. Crews have reached a 20% containment status.  It’s fire behavior remains at moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Currently, there are 13,551 homes and other structures are threatened which have prompted evacuations in effect.

Marion County Evacuation Zones –> http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

Level 3 Evacuations –> GO NOW!

  • Detroit, Idanha, Breitenbush, Mill City, Gates, Hwy 22 east of Hwy 226 and North Rd north of Hwy 22.

Level 2 Evacuations –> BE SET

  • Lyons, Mehama west of Hwy 226, Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill, Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane.

Level 1 Evacuations –> GET READY

  • Scott Mills, areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County Line.

Closures are in effect for all recreational areas including campgrounds, trails and day-use areas, boat ramps in the following areas:

  • Willamette National Forest lands
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands
  • OR State lands
  • OR Department of Forestry (ODF) lands, including the Santiam State Forest

Recovery efforts are being coordinated by this incident Command and with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with Oregon DOT and Oregon State Patrol along the Santiam Canyon.    About 5,845 structures are still in a Level 3 evacuation order, while 3,961 are under a Level 2.

FIRE OPERATIONS

What is a ‘burn-out’? Does this mean you’ll be putting more fire on the ground? How would that help? If you’ve asked these questions you’re not alone. Our intent with this special update is to help folks understand what’s what and increase your understanding of what this means out on the ground.
A firefighter’s style of ‘burn-out’ has nothing to do with tires, race cars, or cheering fans. In the world of wildland firefighting, a burn-out is defined as intentionally putting fire inside a control line to consume fuel (brush, logs, grass) between the edge of the fire and the control line to create a buffer of burned area around the edge of the fire to help secure the area. This strategy ‘starves’ the fire of fuel and allows our hardworking engines and crews to engage the fire on their terms.
Burnouts will help limit the fire’s spread towards communities. So while you may see more fire or smoke, it’s our hard working crews doing their best to keep you safe today, tomorrow, and for the future.
We appreciate your understanding as we continue to limit new fire growth, protect communities, and safely engage the fire with our partners.
– Beachie Creek Fire Officials
Fire management is under Unified Command with NW Team 13 (Gales) and IMT2 OSFM Green (Hallman) with SW Team 2, IMT 1 (Pierson) shadowing on today, but was transferred to a SW IMT this evening.

Approximately 530 personnel along with 11 crews, 43 engines and 7 helicopters are assigned.

W/NW Operations:  Crews continue to connect and strengthen control lines.

SE Operations:  Crews are continuing to work with landowners to secure control lines.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

The fire has damaged 46 homes and 88 other structures, while destroying 470 homes and 818 other structures.  A record of 1,288 structures have been lost.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment status expenses have reached a total of $7,600,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/16/2020 2305 PT