AUGUST COMPLEX | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1

AUGUST COMPLEX | HUMBOLDT and MENDOCINO Counties

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Photo Credit | USFS

SIT REP 1 | September 19, 2020

Operations in the Hull Mountain area - Sept. 11, 2020. US Forest Service photo.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

The AUGUST COMPLEX is made up of several wildfires include the DOE FIRE that is burning on the Mendocino National Forest in counties of Humboldt and Mendocino.

The incident started on August 16, 2020 in the Mendocino National Park.

“This is the State’s largest wildfire. Ever.” – CA Fire Foundation

UNIFIED COMMAND:

Command is Unified Command with Mendocino National Forest, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit and the Humboldt Del Norte Unit.

Almost a million acres or more accurately 832,891 acres have been destroyed from this lightning-caused wildfire.  Fire crews have reached a 30% containment status.

mountain on fire and with smoke from an angle

Doe Fire

RESOURCES:

There are 2,149 total personnel assigned to the incident along with 52 crews that represent from 4 Fire Agencies.  Additionally, there are 17 helicopters, 195 engines, 72 dozers and 49 water tenders, which is so unheard of in the past but more common in today’s world.

Incident Cooperators | Humboldt County OES, Yolo-Solano AQMD, South Metro Fire Rescue, Shasta-Trinity NF, Mendocino NF, CA Fire Foundation, Six Rivers NF,  County of Sonoma, Red Cross, Swinteron Renewable, Sarasota County FD, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, BLM California.

HEARD FROM THE FIRE GROUND 

Firefighters have been for the last month fighting multiple lightning caused wildfires, with this one being the biggest in the State of California. Ever. Here are the eyewitness accounts from the fire ground first hand through photos and despictions.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE AEU

After fighting fires for the past 24 days, AEU Strike Team 9272C is leaving the LNU Lightning Complex and now heading to their 4th fire assignment since August 18th. They took a moment to recognize 9-11 heroes today before their next assignment.

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Photo Credit | SCG Emergency Services

Sarasota County Fire Department Wildfire Mitigation Specialist David Cavanaugh is temporarily assigned to the August Complex fire near Stonyford, California. Thank you David for all your hard work keeping others safe!

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Photo Credit | Flower Mound MD 

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On today’s 24 hour shift at the #AugustComplex West Zone, Strike Team 139 has been assisting other hand crews with back burning operations. These operations use fire to remove fuels between the containment line and the active fire.

Photo Credit | South Metro Fire Rescue

BRE41’s wildland team is working the night shift on the #AugustComplex fire in #California under the Redding Command Team. Firefighters are setting up sprinkler systems for structure protection. This system is setup in a nearby creek to protect 10 homes. Briefings held virtually.

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Photo Credit | McKinney Fire (TX)

The MFD crew in California coming off a 24-hour shift on the line at the August Complex Fire. The crew spent the day doing structure protection prep — then shifted to a massive 2 mile firing operation all night. #californiafires #wildfires2020 #TIFMAS  

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Photo Credit | US Army North #JFLCCCresponds @USArmyNorth (Twitter)

Every single foot of hose must be carried in & placed by hand to help reinforce dozer lines & prepare for burnout operations-14th BEB Soldiers & USFS wildland firefighters are working together to build fire lines, remove fuels & slow the spread of the August Complex fire.

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Photo Credit | Fort Worth FD

Strike team #139 which includes 8 of #yourFWFD firefighters continues to work the August complex fire in Northern California. We will update as we get information.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

A NWS Burlington IMET is in the Command Post. This wildfire is near Elk Creek, CA.

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EVACUATIONS:

  • Zone AB: South of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, west of Eden Creek, north of Salt Flat and east of Salt Creek
  • Zone AC: East of Brushy Mountain, south of the fire road on Salt Flat, west of Eden Valley and north of Bald Mountain
  • Zone E: South of the county line, east of the National Forest boundary, north of Forest Highway 7 and west of the county line near the M2.

“In 2020, there was a total of 3,400,000 acres burned. 25 Souls lost their lives.”                         – CA Fire Foundaiton

  • Zone C: North of the M1, East of the National Forest Boundary, south of Forest Highway 7.
  • Zone B: West of Evacuation Zone A, North of Jack Hollow Creek and Thatcher Creek, East of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, South of Green Lambert Canyon through Bentley Basin to the M1 and South of the M1, to include Timber Ridge, and Bentley Ridge, and Hayshed Basin.

  • Zone A: West of the county line, south of Anthony Peak and North of Hull Mountain.
  • Zone F: East of the National Forest boundary near Garcia Creek, South of Thatcher Creek, west of the County Line and North of the County Line on Hull Mountain.
  • Zone H: West of the National Forest Boundary, North of Thomas Creek and the Eel River, East of Twin Bridges Creek, South of Bald Mountain
  • Zone I: West of Elk Creek, South of Deep Hole Creek, North of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone J: East of Elk River, north of Deep Hole Creek, east of Eden Valley, south of Thatcher Creek.
  • Zone W: West of the Eel River, north of Deep Hole Creek, east of Eden Valley including the entire valley floor, south of Eden Creek.
  • Lake County:  All areas north of Pack Saddle; west of Lake County line; East of the Lake County line.
View of the fire Sunday evening

Rockwell Fire

EVACUATION WARNINGS:

  • Zone S: South of the County Line, East of Bell Springs Rd, North of Bell Springs Creek and West of the North Fork of the Eel River.
  • Zone Q: South of the County Line, West and North of the North Fork of the Eel River, North and East of Bald Mountain Road.
  • Zone D: South and East of the Eel river, North of Bentley Basin and West of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone N: North of the Middle Fork of the Eel River including the Eel River Ranger Station and Black Butte Store, West and South of the National Forest Boundary, East of Williams Creek.
  • Zone U – South of the County Line, east and north of the East Branch of the South Fork of the Eel River, west of Bell Springs Rd.
  • Zone T – South of Bell Springs, east of Bell Springs Rd, north of Iron Peak and Simmerly Rd, west of the Eel River.
  • Zone R – West of and south of Mina Rd, south of the North Fork of Eel River, east of the Eel River.
  • Zone P – South of the County Line, east of Mina Rd, north of Hulls Valley Rd and west of Hulls Creek.
  • Zone O – South of the County Line, east of Hulls Creek, north of Mendocino Pass Rd, and west of Williams Creek
  • Zone L: South and West of Mendocino Pass Rd, West of The Middle Fork of the Eel River, north of Eel River Ranch Rd, East of Hill Rd and Short Creek Rd.
  • Zone K: West and North of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, East of Redwine Spring, South of Hill Rd and Eel River Ranch Rd.
  • Zone X: North of Eden Creek, East of Hearst Willits Rd, South and West of the Eel River.
  • Zone G: West of the County Line, North of the Eel River and Van Aresdale Reservoir, East of the Eel River, South of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone AD: South and west of the Eel River, north of Foster Mountain Road, east of the ridge west of Willits Road
  • Zone AE: North of Twin Bridges Creek, east of the Eel River, south of Brushy Creek and west of Brushy Mountain
  • Zone AN: South of Highway 162 and the Eel River, west of Salt Creek, north of Brushy Creek and the Eel River, east of Highway 162.
  • Zone AQ: North of the Eel River, south and east of Highway 162, west of Redwine Spring.
  • Lake County:  Pillsbury Ranch Area; North of M-1; South of Lake county line; East of the Lake County line.
Airtanker support on the Doe Fire

Doe Fire

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Private Driveway to Murphy Creek
  • Bell Springs closed to north bound traffic at Lundblade Ranch Road
  • Mina Road is closed to north bound traffic at the bridge over the North Fork of the Eel River
  • Mendocino Pass Road closed to east bound traffic just east of the Williams Creek Bridge
  • Hearst Willits Road at the bridge, closed to east bound traffic
  • Hearst Willits Road at the Eel River Bridge
  • FH7 at M1 to Eel River

EVACUATION SHELTERS

MENDOCINO COUNTY | Covelo High School, 76280 High School Street, Covelo, CA.

TRINITY COUNTY | Southern Trinity High School, 600 Van Duzen Road.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY | Contact Fire Information line. Phone #707-268-2500 to be connected to available resources.

ANIMAL EVACUATION CENTERS

SMALL ANIMALS | Ukiah Animal Shelter. 298 Plant Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.

SMALL / LARGE ANIMALS | round Valley Rodeo Grounds. 22830 South Airport Road, Covelo, CA.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There has been 5 structures damaged and 51 destroyed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/19/2020 1950 PT

ALMEDA DRIVE FIRE | OR | SIT REP 2

ALMEDA DRIVE FIRE

Sit Rep 2 | September 15, 2020

The ALMEDA DRIVE FIRE started on September 8th on  private land, one-mile north of Ashland, Oregon from an unknown cause.  It has now moved on to lands owned by the Oregon State Department of Forestry – Medford Unit and is the Lead Agency on this wildfire incident.

Currently, the fire has been kept within its perimeter and beginning to become more stabilized.  The fire has destroyed 3,200 acres and crews have successfully reached a 70% containment status.

An Urban Search and Rescue Team, UT Task force 1 and members from Utah and Nevada have begun the painstakingly process of damage assessments, hazards mitigation and detailed searches. Fire Officials are urging people to stay away from evacuated and fire areas, as they work to complete their specific objectives.

There are a total of 48 personnel along with 12 engines.

There have been 600 homes  and 100 other structures destroyed.  At the time of this post, there are 6,100 homes and 500 other structures still under direct threat.  Updated | Multiple reports of 2,357 homes have been lost after damage assessment reports roll in. 

SHELTER NEEDS –> Jackson County EXPO 541.774.8270 for info, details.

TFR –> Still in effect meaning NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES

Missing persons –> Medford Police Department 541.774.2283. Line staffed al evening. If no answer, leave a message.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/15/2020 2250 PT

RIVERSIDE FIRE | OR | SIT REP 2

RIVERSIDE FIRE | SE of Estacada (Clackamas Co), Oregon

PC:  Clackamas County Sheriff Office

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

The RIVERSIDE FIRE started on September 8, 2020, from an unknown human-caused ignition.  The investigation is ongoing and information has not be released to the public or some of their preliminary findings.

At this time, we have not found correlated evidence or information from verifiable sources reporting as such.  However, there are some that are reporting arson on all of the wildfires.  We will wait for the official cause and if Officials use the word arson, then we will bring that information to you.

It is burning approximately one-half mile southeast of Estacada in the State of Oregon in timber, brush and short grass on top of steep terrain.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior has continued to be moderate with creeping, single-tree torching and smoldering.  It appears there are no isolated torching going on as it was in yesterday’s report.

PC: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

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Approximately, 135,401 acres have been destroyed along with 53 structures.

Resources include:  458 total personnel along with 12 crews, 21 engines and 3 helicopters.   More Task Forces and a flooding of additional resources are expected to enter the area as soon as tomorrow.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Those whom are partnering or working to support this wildfire incident include:  Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Riverside Fire, IMT SWA Team 1, OR FMO, USFS, BLM (Bureau of Land Mgmt) and the OR DOT, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Gresham Fire.

PC:  HFR sent 7 members tasked with structure protection as part of the Washington County Task Force near Estacada.

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Additional resources and equipment are expected to continue to arrive and assist current personnel on this incident.

– ALERTS, NOTIFICATIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS –

Evacuations  —> 503.655.8224 or http://www.clackamas.us/wildfires

Fire Community Meeting –> Held this evening at 6pm.  Recording fb.com/riversidefireinfo

Questions? –> Call 503.228.7805 or Email 2020.riverside@firenet.gov

Air Quality  –> oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Closures –> TripCheck.com

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TFR in Effect –> No Drones in Fire Zones

Help firefighters and other responders stay safe by not flying your drone over wildfires or burned areas. This can prevent firefighters from successfully completing search operations

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Stop spreading misinformation about people starting these [OR} wildfires.” – Clackamas County Sheriff Office, Clackamas County Government

PC: Clackamas County Sheriff

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“Half of the town of Talent burned to the ground but my parent’s home was saved.” – Daughter of a Talent resident.

“The fire is devastated.  The [Fire] took only minutes to burn, but a lifetime of 8 years to build.” – Media about a homeowner in Molalla.

“Several homes and a church were leveled by fire that torn through the Hillockburn area.” – Media

“Fire described as historic for Clackamas County.” – Media

RIVERSIDE FIRE IN FIRE IMAGES

Clackamas County Sheriff Office | The “team” is compromised of many incident cooperators including radio operators, search and rescue teams, fire weather and ground resources.  Without them, it would difficult to locate the missing, to communicate and fight/ contain these destructive fire storms.

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Gresham Firefighters | Crews deploy around the State including this [fire] which are tasked with direct fire attack, cutting fire line to protect unburned area, structure preps and extinguishing hot spots.

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Washington County Task Force | Members are made up from various Fire Agencies that include Hillsboro FD, Gaston FD, Cornelius FD, Forest Grove FD and TVFR.

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Mt Hood National Park | Fire spots across Hwy 211 on 9/9, about 2 air miles from Estacada. Taken on 9/13/2020.

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Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office | 10-15 miles from Molalla Forest Corridor. Taken 9/14/2020.

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Mt. Hood National Forest | Near Estacada. Photo taken on 9/10/2020 when the fire was at 125,000 acres.

Smoke darkens the sky above the Riverside Fire on September 8, 2020 on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. Credit: USDA Forest Service Mt. Hood National Forest

Photo taken on September 11, 2020 when the fire was 1/2 mile from Estacada and SE 6 miles from Molalla.

Smoke billows above the Riverside Fire on September 8, 2020 on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. Credit: USDA Forest Service Mt. Hood National Forest

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue | The Washington County Task Force work together to pick up the port-a-tank after a long day’s work on 9/12/2020.

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ALMEDA DRIVE FIRE | OR | SIT REP 1

ALMEDA DRIVE

Sit Rep 1 | September 14, 2020

The ALMEDA DRIVE FIRE started on September 8th on  private land, one-mile north of Ashland, Oregon from an unknown cause.  It has now moved on to lands owned by the Oregon State Department of Forestry – Medford Unit and is the Lead Agency on this wildfire incident.

Currently, the fire behavior is active with backing and creeping while threatening several communities or to about 6,100 single and multiple structures.

As of today, there has been 3,200 acres of timber, brush and tall grass and 700 structures that have been destroyed in this costly wildfire. Fire suppression and containment costs have skyrocketed to $751,000 to date.

About 48 personnel along with 12 engines are attached to this incident.

The Command Post has been staged at the Scenic Middle School Central Point School District 6 for their venue.  A big shoutout for the school district’s generosity was announced on Facebook, which is being managed by the Joint Information Center, OR Fire Marshal’s Office Type 2 team.

This incident is being managed by the NW IMT Team8, IC Doug Joshnson. OR State FMO Blue Team.

Fire crews were able to keep the fire within its perimeter and reaching a successful 70% containment status.  They will also continue to ID and mitigate hazardous conditions which include fire debris, structure integrity, downed utility lines as well as venting natural gas lines inside the perimeter.

These are very dangerous conditions for firefighters as they go into the unknown.  Safety Officers will work to keep firefighters safe while working under these conditions.  PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA.

Temps were in the mid 70’s and will remain as such for the next several days.  It is expected to be cloudy with overcast smoke and haze.  Air quality issues remain hazardous.  Those with respiratory issues should remain indoors with windows closed to avoid inhaling unhealthy smoke.  If you must drive, turn on your headlights and go very slow as roadways have limited visibility.

Shelter for residents impacted by this wildfire, can contact the Jackson County EXPO at 541-774-8270 for further information and details.

A TFR or temporary flight restriction over the fire is effect meaning no aircraft including drones can fly any distance within this fire.  It is illegal and dangerous to fly drones inside a fire zone.  This also cause aircraft to be forced to land taking precious time away from fighting wildfires.  It can also cause mid-air collision, crashes or kill those in the air or ground.  NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES.

A significant event occurred on this incident where a Southern winery was destroyed. Our Thoughts and Prayers to those whom have been impacted by this fire and others.  

Photo Images | PC:  Almeda and Obenchain Fire Info Facebook Page

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/14/2020 2330 PT

OREGON WILDFIRE | RIVERSIDE FIRE | SIT REP 1

RIVERSIDE FIRE | SE of Estacada (Clackamas Co), Oregon

PC:  USFS

Riverside Fire from La Dee Flats area.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The RIVERSIDE FIRE started on September 8, 2020 which was human caused.  The ignition source has not been released and appears this is an on-going investigation.

Fire fuels include timber, brush and short grass on top of steep terrain.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has destroyed 133,799 acres and remains at a zero containment status.  Fire behavior is moderate with creeping, single tree and isolated torching.

The  BEACHIE CREEK FIRE and this wildfire merging are of great concern as both  are only one-mile apart from one another.

Fire Officials say the RIVERSIDE FIRE is their number one priority for resources.  Currently, the State has depleted all of their fire personnel and equipment resources due to so many incidents burning in the State of Oregon.

A County-wide Community Meeting was held on Sunday at 1400 hours discussing the Fire, Public Health and other important information.

53 structures have been reportedly lost with a total in fire suppression and containment expenses up to $850,000 cost-to-date.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Those whom are partnering or working to support this wildfire incident include:  Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Riverside Fire, IMT SWA Team 1, OR FMO, USFS, BLM (Bureau of Land Mgmt) and the OR DOT.

There are currently 315 total personnel assigned to this wildfire, along with 8 crews, 11 engines, 3 helicopters.

PC:  USFS

Riverside Fire from La Dee Flats

– ALERTS, NOTIFICATIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS –

Evacuations

Level 1 evacuations were lifted fro Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Lin, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Milwaukie and Tualatin.

Curfew

A curfew is in effect for Clackamas County from  2200 (10pm) – 0600 (6am) for Level 2 and 3 evacuated areas.

Water Conservation

The Clackamas County Officials are asking its residents to conserve on water due to low pressure and save water for firefighting efforts.

LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE

The Clackamas County Sheriff made it explicitly clear that they have many Deputies visiting the evacuated areas providing security and other patrol duties.

A HUGE SHOUTOUT to their County Dispatchers for taking hundreds of calls this week, which surmounts to a 400% increase in 9-1-1 calls. Most were non-substantiated but some led to arrests. He wanted to let residents know they are out to protect their property and to remove those who have been reported to be armed security guards for homeowners. A strong message was given to those to stop what they are doing, as this is illegal and can get some hurt or killed.   He urged people to still call 9-1-1 so they can handle it and not anyone else. They want to protect their communities from any danger or keep everyone safe.

CLOSURES

Oregon Department of Forestry or more commonly called “ODF”  has closed all lands to public entry and use including the Santiam, Tillamook, Clatsop, Gilchrist and Sun Pass Forests.  It is necessary due to the current extreme fire conditions that are endangering life, forest resources and property.   This was announced on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

PC:  ODF

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NW Wildfires Rage On | Sit Rep 1

Thank you for following and reading our Fire Blog posts about wildfires burning in both the States of Washington and Oregon.

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We are currently tracking 25 wildfires and will be adding/deleting as information is received. Wishing you all safety, prayers and thoughts. 

WASHINGTON STATE

1. WAWAWAI CANYON FIRE – WA NDR

SW of Pullman off of Wawawai Road, Whitman County. Last known acreage 0.1 acre. Brush and grass. Started 9/12/2020 at 0125 PT.  Cause unknown, under investigation.  County Sheriff states they are in mop-up operations for the next few days.

PC:  Whitman Co Sheriff Office

2. INCHELIUM COMPLEX FIRE – BIA. Colville Agency

3 wildfires. 17,086 acres. 33% contained. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching.  17,086 acres. 33% contained. 343 personnel. 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helo. 13 structures destroyed or damaged. $1.1 Million CTD.

PC:  BIA

Shows the kind of fire behavior described as backing fire.

3. BIG HOLLOW FIRE – USFS. Guilford-Pinchot NF

20 miles of Stevenson. 12,050 acres. 0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and flanking. 161 personnel.  6 crews, 9 engines. $150k CTD.

PC:  USFS

Big Hollow Fire - September 9

4. WHITNEY FIRE – WA DNR NE Region.

6 miles NW of Davenport.  Managing 3 fires: Whitney, Babb and Manning Road. 123,893 acres. 35%  contained.  150 personnel. 1 crew, 21 engines, 1 helicopter. 50 structures lost.  $915K CTD.

5. BABB MTN FIRE – WA DNR NE Region.

30 miles from Colfax. 15,266 acres. 25% contained. 63 personnel. 11 engines. Min fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 223 structures lost. $401K CTD.

PC:  WA DNR

Malden city flag pole survived the fire.

6. MANNING ROAD FIRE – WA DNR NE Region

5 miles NW from Colfax.  2,685 acres. 65% contained. 51 personnel, 1 crew and 10 engines. Min fire behavior with torching, creeping and smoldering. 4 structures lost. $133K CTD.

7. APPLE ACRES FIRE – WA DNR – SE Region

3 miles NE of Chelan. 5,753 acres. 93% contained. 103 personnel. 4 crews, 10 engines. $782K CTD.

8. PEARL HILL FIRE – WA FMO

13 miles from Okanogan.  219,956 acres. 64% contained. 528 personnel. 13 crews, 60 engines.  55 structures lost.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and creeping. $1.3M CTD.

PC:  Cole Massey

High winds on September 8th caused the Pearl Hill Fire to spread rapidly across grass and low shrub lands, closing many local highways.

9. EVANS CANYON FIRE – WA DNR – SE Region

8 miles from Naches.  75,817 acres. 90% contained.  89 personnel. 2 crews and 8 engines. 12 structures lost. Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping. $10.1M CTD.

PC:  Spokane Valley FD

Fire engine and patches of flame in scrubland at night.

10. COLD SPRINGS FIRE – WA DNR

4 miles SE of Omak. 187,689 acres. 40% contained. 290 personnel. 5 crews, 38 engines and 1 helicopter. 25 structures lost. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing. $1.4M CTD.

PC:  BIA

Cold Springs 9-6-20

11. CUSTOMS RD FIRE – WA DNR – NE Region

1 mile NW of Curlew. 2,208 acres. 30% contained. 94 personnel. 2 crews and 12 engines. 55 structures lost. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, creeping and backing. $800K CTD.

12. SUMNER GRADE – WA FMO

4 miles W of Sumner (Pierce County). 800 acres. 50% contained. 4 structures lost. 68 personnel. 21 engines. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering and single tree torching. $150K CTD.

OREGON

13. TWO FOUR TWO FIRE – USFS -Fremont-Winema NF

6 miles from Chiloquin. 14,450 acres. 7% contained. 340 personnel. 3 crews, 34 engines and 4 helicopters. 35 structures destroyed. $2.1M CTD.

Evacuations/Road Closures –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7159/

PC: Chiloquin FD

A Chiloquin Fire & Rescue truck is framed by the glow of fire in the near distance. A firefighter is also visible, walking alongside the truck.

14. ECHO MTN COMPLEX

4 miles East of Lincoln City. 2,435 acres. 0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, isolated torching and backing. 305 personnel including 10 crews and 26 engines. 100 structures destroyed. $327K CTD.

15. BRATTAIN FIRE – USFS – Fremont-Winema NF

8 miles from Paisley. 8,000 acres. 0% contained. 90 personnel with 15 helos. 3 structures destroyed. Active fire with short crown runs, group torching and spotting. $1.5M CTD.

PC:  USFS

16. STAR MTN LANE FIRE – ODF – Central Unit

3 miles NW of Glide.  48,000 acres. 9% contained. 86 personnel. 3 crews, 15 engines and 5 helos. $750K CTD.

17. RIVERSIDE FIRE – USFS – Mt Hood NF

8 miles SE of Estacada. 132,545 acres. 0% contained. Timber, brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, single tree torching and isolate torching. 246 personnel. 7 crews, 8 engines and 3 helicopters. 53 structures lost. $500K CTD.

PC: USFS

Riverside Fire from La Dee Flats

18. BEACHIE CREEK FIRE – USFS – WILLAMETTE NF

6 miles N of Detroit. 186,988 acres. 0% contained. 532 personnel. 11 crews 39 engines and 7 helos. Moderate fire behavior with spotting and backing.

PC: USFS

Beachie Creek smoke plume with Opal Lake in the forground

19. S OBENCHIAN FIRE – BLM

5 miles E of Eagle Point. 29,432 acres. 20% contained. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, grass and torching. 486 personnel. 15 crews, 22 engines, 12 helicopters. 19 structures lost. $2.3M CTD.

PC : BLM

A bull dozer and helicpter work in tandem on a control line.

20. HOLIDAY FARM FIRE – ODF

35 miles E of Eugene.  156,708 acres. 0% contained. 538 personnel. 11 crews, 61 engines, 4 helicopters. Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. $1.4M CTD.

PC:  ODF

Holiday Farm Fire 9/8/2020

21. LIONSHEAD FIRE – BIA – WARM SPRINGS

25 miles W of Warm  Springs. 136,346 acres. 5% contained. active fire with flanking, torching and short-range spotting. 1193 personnel.  45 crews, 51 engines and 11 helicopters. $14.3M CTD.

PC:  BLM

22. WHITE RIVER FIRE – USFS – MT HOOD NF

25 miles W of Wamic. 17,383 acres. 70% contained.  714 personnel. 18 crews, 26 engines. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  $20.9M CTD.

PC:  USFS

Paved road boardered by fores with heavy smoke coming from one side of the road

23. P515 FIRE – BIA – WARM SPRINGS

17 miles W of Warming Springs. 4,609 acres. 95% contained. 279 personnel. 6 crews, 15 engines. Minimal fire behavior. $7.8M CTD.

PC:  Erica Wisner

Tree torching at night Photo credit: Erica Wisner

24. ALAMEDA DRIVE FIRE – ODF

1 mile N of Ashland.  3,200 acres. 33% contained. 107 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines and 2 helos. Active fire behavior with backing and creeping. 700 structures lost. $501K CTD.

25. ARCHIE CREEK FIRE

20 miles from Glide. 115,857 acres. 0% contained. 369 personnel. 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helicopter. 52 structures lost. Active fire behavior with long-range spotting, group torching and short crow runs. $359K CTD.

PC:  BLM

red plume visible from behind a mountain

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/12/2020 1815 PT

 

 

 

P515 FIRE | OREGON | WILDFIRE SIT REP 1

UPDATE 1 | AUGUST 24, 2020

P515 FIRE

P-515 Fire Photo credit: A. Stacona

Photo Credit | BIA

The P515 FIRE is located 17 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon and is under the management of an IMT Type 2, the NW Team 7 which is also in charge of the LIONSHEAD FIRE.  Fire behavior is active with flanking, backing and torching. Homes are threatened, as well as closures in effect for roads, areas and trails.

About 4,339 acres of timber has been destroyed.  Firefighters have reached a 30% containment status. No structures have been destroyed but there has been a total cost-to-date of $2 Million Dollars for fire suppression and containment expenses.

There are 405 total personnel assigned to this incident along with 11 crews, 16 engines and 7 helos.

LIONSHEAD FIRE

Steep terrain. Photo credit: Vernon Suppah

Photo Credit | Vernon Suppah via Inciweb

The LIONSHEAD FIRE is located 20 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon.   Fire behavior is active with flanking, backing and torching.  Closures are in effect for roads, trails and areas.

The fire has scorched 2,109 acres and there is a 5% containment status.

About 121 employees with 5 crews and 3 engines are assigned.

Cost-to-date have reached $510,000.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/24/2020 1950 PT

 

 

 

GREEN RIDGE FIRE | NW SISTERS, OREGON | 1

GREEN RIDGE FIRE

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Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Update, August 17, 9:30 p.m.

Photo Credit | USFS – Deschutes NF

The GREEN RIDGE FIRE is located about 12 miles northwest of Sisters, Oregon on the USFS about 2 miles northeast of Camp Sherman on the Deschutes National Forest and Sisters Ranger District.

Fire was sparked by lightning on Sunday, August 16, 2020 around 1700 hours PT.

There is active fire behavior with short crown running, torching and long-range spotting. Challenges continue for firefighters due to active fire and extensive spotting.

About 1,937 acres of heavy timber and brush have been scorched.  There is a 1% containment status reached.

Personnel consist of 264 total personnel along with 6 crews and 5 engines.  Incident Commander is Al Lawson.  Fire Management is under the NW Interagency IMT Team 10.

Fire Fact | 11 new wildfires were ignited all across Central Oregon from lightning storms.  – Central OR Fire Info (8/17/2020)

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have already reached $1 Million Dollars.

Evacuations are in effect and issued by the USFS Deschutes and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

There is a TFR over the fire.  #NoDronesInFireZones

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/20/2020 2310 PT

LOYALTON FIRE | CA | UPDATE 2

LOYALTON FIRE

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Photo Credit | TMFPD

UPDATE 2 | AUGUST 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire was sparked by an unknown ignition on August 14th around 1630 hours, is burning 4 miles east of the town of Loyalton and southwest of Mount Ina Coolbirth, California.  It is just north of Reno (Washoe County), Nevada.

CURRENT STATUS

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Fire is still currently at the time of this post was published holding at 20,000 acres with a 5% containment status.  Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs, short-range spotting and running.

The CA Team 10, a Type 2 IMT is currently mobilizing today.

Homes are still being threatened,  prompting evacuations and closures in effect.

The cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $1 Million.

ALERTS!

  • See Evacuation orders for impacted areas
  • RED FLAG WARNING in the Washoe County (NV) area from 0900 – 1900 PT (9am-7pm) for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds. Conditions remain hot/dry.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 about the Loyalton Fire. There are no fires in the Washoe County area.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Plumas, Lassen and Sierra Counties, as well as for the following areas:

  • Chilcoot, south of Hwy 70
  • Long Valley Road and Scott’s Flat Road south of Hwy 70
  • West of Hwy 395 from Hallelujah unction to Cold Springs
  • Cold Springs and Bordertown
  • West side of US 395

ADVISORY EVACUATIONS

Advisory Evacuation orders for the following:

  • Vinton
  • Chilcoot, north of Hwy 70
  • East of 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Cold Springs

EVACUATION SHELTER

  • Washoe County Senior Services. 1155 E 9th Street, Reno, NV. For residents under evacuation advisories.
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Photo Credit | Red Cross Nevada

ROAD CLOSURES

Closures are in effect for:

  • Hwy 70 from Hwy 49 to Hwy 395
  • Hwy 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Border Town
  • UPDATE | Hwy 395 open with CHP escort

RESOURCES

There are 441 total personnel including 11 crews, 35 engines and 6 helos. Resource orders are starting to appear from the Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency (1243) and Arizona Dispatch Center (1310 MST) Comm Centers, sending reinforcements as mutual aid.

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Photo Credit | TMFPD

Incident Cooperators Include: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (CA), Washoe County (NV), Tahoe National Forest. BLM Nevada, Reno FD, EFP Firefighters, Tahoe FFD, Central Lyon FD, Washoe County EQ, Washoe County SO, Tahoe NF, Red Cross.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 

LOYALTON FIRE | CA | UPDATE 1

LOYALTON FIRE

Smoke from a wildfire billowing above a hillside.

PC: BLM

UPDATE 1 | AUGUST 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire was sparked by an unknown ignition on August 14th around 1630 hours, is burning east of the town of Loyalton and southwest of Mount Ina Coolbirth and just north of Reno, Nevada.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire was said to be at least 20,000 acres of timber, sage and grass has been destroyed but fire crews have reached a 5% containment status.

Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs with short-range spotting with rapid rates of spread.  It has forced many evacuations, road closures and creating its very own and dangerous fire tornadoes.

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PC: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue

The fire jumped Highway 395 with vehicles stuck on the road.  Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue’s Brush Engine 44 provided cover as they worked tirelessly and under pressure to help assist drivers evacuate the area. No injuries were reported. (1926 PT)

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Plumas, Lassen and Sierra Counties, as well as for the following areas:

  • Chilcoot, south of Hwy 70
  • Long Valley Road and Scott’s Flat Road south of Hwy 70
  • West of Hwy 395 from Hallelujah unction to Cold Springs

ADVISORY EVACUATIONS

Advisory Evacuation orders for the following:

  • Vinton
  • Chilcoot, north of Hwy 70
  • East of 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Cold Springs

ROAD CLOSURES

Closures are in effect for:

  • Hwy 70 from Hwy 49 to Hwy 395
  • Hwy 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Border Town

RESOURCES

There are approximately 441 total personnel that represent many California and Nevada fire agencies.

Incident Cooperators Include: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (CA), Washoe County (NV), Tahoe National Forest. BLM Nevada, Reno FD, EFP Firefighters, Tahoe FFD, Central Lyon FD.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 0225 PT