Chickadee Creek Fire | WA

Monday Update — September 6, 2021

SUMMARY INFORMATION

Date, Time, Location | The Chickadee Creek Fire is located 16 miles northwest of Tonasket, which was sparked by an undetermined cause on August 4, 2021.

Cause | Some unconfirmed speculation reports that the start of this fire is due to lightning as numerous other nearby starts have been determined to be of the same nature as lightning-caused.

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Credit — USFS/Colville NF

Size Up | At the time of this post, the fire has destroyed 5,847 acres, but fire resources have successfully reached a 65% containment status.

Fire Operations | Firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter and with mop-up operations of any heat near the containment lines.

IMPORTANT INFO

Evacuations | See info here — https://tinyurl.com/6dt8kytx

Colville NF | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/ptkc8rc

Okanogan County | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/jb2xth4

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/faws8t5d

Colville National Forest | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/pt4kc8rc

Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) | Fire Restrictions — https://tinyurl.com/7ypskezs

FIRE RESOURCES/COMMAND

Resources | Fire | 415 personnel, eight hand crews, 32 engines, 30 pieces of heavy equipment, 14 water tenders, two copters and one fixed wing. Resources are being shared between this wildfire incident and the WALKER CREEK FIRE.

Command | NWIMT 12, with Jeff Dimke and Bobby Shindelar as Incident Commanders (ICs).

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA’s Chickadee Creek Fire

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

The Chickadee Creek Fire is located 16 miles northwest of Tonasket, which has burned about 5,199 acres of timber and light slash is now 15% contained.

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Credit | Colville National Forest

It was sparked by an unknown cause on August 4, 2021.

Fire behavior is moderate with flanking, backing and single tree torching.

This fire incident along with the Walker Creek Fire are being managed by the WA DNR’s northwest Region NW Team 12, an Type 2 IMT.

There are about 222 total personnel with six crews and eight engines.

Total Cost-to-date has reached $4 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA Wildfire | Owens Fire | 1

A wildfire ignited on Saturday, May 1, 2021 around 1402 hours PT in Indian Wells Canyon and Short West Canyon, west of Highways 14 and 395 in Inyo/Kern Counties, California.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

The fire has destroyed 2,000 acres of brush and short grass. Its behavior is said to be moderately active with wind-driven runs. Fire Officials say there is still a moderate potential for fire growth.

There are 132 total personnel assigned to this incident who will continue to work on perimeter control with direct fire attack using crews and engines on-scene.

Incident Commander: BC3615 Earl Wilson.

Challenges are continued strong winds from the west that are expected to be on-going around 2100 hours. Gusty winds are forecasted to be reduced for the night.

Incident Cooperators: NWS Hanford, Inciweb.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1640 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CA | 5

SIT REP 5 | OCTOBER 17, 2020

PC:  Mendocino NF

A firefighter with a chain saw cuts a log on the edge of an active wildfire.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex.  Fires are burning about 14 miles northwest of Elk Creek in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.   Fire fuels include timber, chaparral and tall grass.

Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.

Command | Mendocino National Forest, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit, and CAL FIRE Humboldt-Del Norte Unit.

Resources | There are 2,574 total personnel along with

Cause | Lightning.

Injury | One firefighter injury 8/31/2020. One firefighter death 8/31/2020.

PC:  Mendocino NF

Controlled fire is seen burning down to a road being used as a fireline. Hoses can be seen on the road.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire is broken up into four zones:  West, North, Northwest and South. East side of the fire remains unstaffed but is continuously being monitored.

UPDATE | The fire now has three active zones.  The West Zone is 100% contained with 140,522 acres.

Overall Size Up | 1,032,264 acres.  82% contained.

Northwest Zone |  IC Kuo with the Great Basin Team 1.  119,346 acres. 94% contained.

Fire behavior increased due to Red Flag conditions caused by high winds, low RH and unseasonably high temps.  Interior pockets burned in the Bradburn Creek area.  Containment lines were test in the Coffee Pot area.

PG&E continues to repair electrical infrastructure using helicopters to replace damaged power poles and stretch lines to restore power to impacted communities.

PC: Mendocino NF

Two firefighters use hand tools to dig out the roots of a charred stump to remove residual heat

Northeast Zone |  IC DeMasters with Great Basin Team 2. 272,089 acres. 70%.

Firefighters focused on Friday connecting the fire line west of Bear Wallow Mtn and on the east and south sides of the 2017 Buck Fire burn scar. Night shift crews continues to address hot spots along the fire perimeter.

South Zone | IC Sinclair with SW Team 1. 548,295 acres. 90% contained.

Red Flag conditions for the last 2 days. No increase in acreage. Hotshot crews and equipment continue to hold and strengthen previously built lines in the Eel River Canyon area.

PC: Inciweb

August Complex near Elk Creek, CA 9/29/2020 - Photo courtesy Inciweb

The suppression repair includes wok repairs of hand and dozer lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used for suppression efforts.

There are evacuations in this area.

Mendocino County | https://tinyurl.com/MendoEvac

Lake County | https://tinyurl.com/LakeCoIncidentViewer

Glenn County | https://nixle.com/county/ca/glenn/

PC: Mendocino NF

A firefighter with a drip torch is seen in the distance with burning grass nearby.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Size Up | The fire has burned acreage across three National Forests:  Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino and Six Rivers.

Records | A single fire incident has burned over 1,000,000 acres! The State of California becomes known as having the first gigafire status.

Damage Assessment | 54 structures have been destroyed. 6 have been damaged.

PC:  Mendocino NF

Two forest service building are shown, each wrapped in an aluminum foil like material, to protect them from heat and embers.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Evacuations | https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/

Emergency Alerts Sign-Ups | calerts.org/signup.html

AUGUST COMPLEX FIRE IMAGES

PC:  OR OSFM

The last 2 teams assigned from Lane and Marion Counties were demobed earlier than expected.  They were returning back to their home state after a 2-week deployment.  All 6 teams were scheduled to return back in the evening on 10/16/2020.

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4 of the 6 teams from Linn, Yamhill, Clatsop and Washington Counties demobilized after their 14-day shift deployment and have started their drive back to their home state on 10/16/2020.

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6 teams deployed to California as a coordinated response in several locations about two hours apart from one another and safely on 10/10/2020.

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This Yamhill County Task Force came off the fireline for a day of fire before demobilizing.  They helped with mop up activities and improving direct line. Image

PC:  BLM Fire and Aviation 

BLM MTDK Veterans Crews out of Billings, helped train some of the Dept. of Defense 7th ID soldiers who were assigned to this incident.

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PC: Denver FD (CO)’s Engine 301

Engine 301 was switched out on 10/16/2020 and they are heading home from a busy and tiring 14-day shift rotation.

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PC:  US Army’s 14th Brigade

USFS – California

PC:  South Metro Fire & Rescue (CO)’s BRE41 crew

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This replacement wildland crew began its journey to California from Colorado on 10/14/2020.

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PC:  Flower Mound FD (TX)

6 Personnel and a brush truck have returned safely on 10/15/2020 from their 35-days of deployment.

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PC: Director Mark S Ghilarducci / CAL OES

We remained busy today responding & deploying significant “immediate need”. Mutual Aid Fire Strike Teams deploying from around the State to Northern CA Fires.

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PC:  US Forest Service

There are currently 4,800 USDA FS firefighters and support personnel currently across the United States. These firefighters are on the August Complex fire incident.

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Thank you to our military partners, at work on the #AugustComplex on the @MendocinoNF.  From training to the fire line, it’s hard to believe it’s only been 10 days!

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Wind gusts continue to move the North Zone further west, prompting evacuation orders. The fire has grown to 938,044 acres with a 43% containment. 1,612 firefighters and support personnel are assigned. (9/29/2020)

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PC:  USFWS Fire SE

This USFWS helicopter is from Florida and normally works in the southern states. Due to the extreme conditions in the western states the helicopter and crew are currently working the #AugustComplex on the Mendocino National Forest in Northern California.

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SOURCES

CAL FIRE, Inciweb, Fire Departments, Emergency Management, National Forests, Social Media.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/17/2020 2020 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CA | 4

AUGUST COMPLEX

SIT REP 4 | OCTOBER 9, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex.  Fires are burning about 14 miles northwest of Elk Creek in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.

Fire fuels include timber, chaparral and tall grass.

Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.

Cause | Lightning.

CURRENT STATUS

Overall Size Up | Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and flanking.  There has been 884,139 acres and 65% containment status. N

Staffing | There are about 2,326 total personnel assigned with 50 crews, 150 engines and 24 helicopters.

Damage Assessment | There has been 871 structures lost with $92,200,200.00 cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/9/2020 – Updated 1130 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CA | 2

AUGUST COMPLEX

Forest fire. Photo Credit: Robert LeBlanc/USFS

Photo Credit | Robert LeBlanc, USFS

SIT REP 2 | OCTOBER 13, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex.  Fires are burning in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.

Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.

Cause | Lightning.

Trees ablaze. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

CURRENT STATUS

Overall Size Up | This is the largest wildfire burning in the State topping out at 984,404 acres with  a 51% containment status.

Challenges | Fire Officials continue with many challenges when large wildfires are burning in their home state from resource shortages across the fire zones, which have seen their share of spreading thin when various needs flare up.

West Zone Fire | Managed by CAL FIRE (Parkes). 123,381 acres.   55% contained. Fire resources include;  138 National Guardsmen (CA), along with firefighters from states of Montana, Texas, Washington and New Jersey.  There are approximately 195 miles of fire line.  1,600 total firefighters on the ground and in air.  Active fire behavior overnight with torching and spotting.  Structure protection remains in place and around the community of Zenia with fire moving east and west.  Fire activity by firefighters were hampered by flames near the North Zone and as it crossed over the containment lines north of Zenia. Active monitoring of fire burning in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness is on-going by Fire managers.

South Zone – Mendocino National Forest | Managed by PNW Team 2 (Allen), formerly known as the DOE FIRE.  All hose, fixtures, pumps and other fire apparatus have been moved out of this zone for potential use in the northwestern corner of this Complex. Patrol status has been achieved at Lake Pillsbury, Rice Creek and and nearby areas. Sunday will be a transitional day with the Pacific NW Team 2 moving strategies and resources over to the northwestern corner. They will join forces with the West and North Zones.

Hazards | Firefighters are tirelessly working to remove hazards in and near homes to allow residents to repopulate but they must do so that is safe for them to enter the area.  Some of the hazards include:  falling trees, downed powerlines and hotspots. Fire danger remains high due to dry vegetation, drought conditions, low relative humidity, record temps and potential wind events.

Fire and Law Enforcement officials are pleading with residents not to entry closed off areas for the above referenced reasons. They are also asking you all to be just a little patient while longer while they work to clear these hazards.

Damage Assessment | 3 structures damaged. 21primary and 31 other minor structures destroyed.  $72,800,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses.

Threatened | There are 11,310 structures currently threatened.

RESPONSE

Wildfire. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

Unified Command | Mendocino National Forest is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit and the Humboldt-Del Norte Unit.  Fire operations is split up into 3 zones:  West, North and South.

Fire Staffing | There are 1,641 fire personnel that represent some of the agencies that include:  Flower Mound FD, South Metro Fire Rescue, McKinney Fire (TX), SCG Emergency Services, US Army North #JFLCCC, Fort Worth FD.

Additionally, there are 30 crews, 17 helicopters, 181 engines, 39 bulldozers and 44 water tenders assigned.

One firefighter injury has been reported.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Fire near firefighter gear cache. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

Evacuation Warnings

Zone HA | east of Bell Springs Road to Trinity county line and south of Pipe Creek to Medocino County line.

Zone HB | South of Fort Sewart Road, Ware Ranch Road.  West of the Trinity County line. East of the Eel River at Powers Creek.  North of the Eel River at Pipe Creek.

Zone HD | South of Ohman Creek, Pepperwood Springs.  West of Dyerville Loop.  North of Benbow.  East of Hwy 101.

Zone HG | South of Hayfield Creek.  East of the Eel River to the Trinity County line. North of Stewart Ranch Road.

Zone HH | South of Stapp Road.  East of Baker Creek, Little Van Duzen River to the Trinity County line. North of Bear Creek.

Zone HI | South of Olsen Creek. West of Baker Creek, Little Van Duzen River.  East of Alderpoint Road, Kneeland Road.  North of Hayfield Creek.

Road Closures

SR 3 | at Rattlesnake Road and at SR 36.

SR 36 | at Rattlesnake Road. At Post Mountain. At the Humboldt County line.

Zenia Bluffs Road at the Humboldt County line.

Zenia Lake Mountain Road at Peaks Road.

Kekawaka Creek Road to Mendocino County line.

Forest consumed by wildfire. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Evacuations

Zone N | North of 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.  (CAL FIRE)

Road Closures

FH7 (Mendocino Pass Road) and M1 (Indian Dick Road) at the Eel River.  Hwy 162 (Mendocino Pass Road) at Short Creek.

Helicopter flying near smoke plume. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

TRINITY COUNTY

Evacuation Orders | GO NOW!

Hidden Valley, Indian Valley, Bear Wallow, Rowdy Bear and Friend Mountain. Ruth and  Ruth Lake, forest Glen, Post Mountain, Trinity Pines, Three forks, Hettenshaw Valley, Mad River, Zenia, Kettenpom, Island Mountain, Kettempom South to Kekawaka Creek, all areas south of SR 36 to the Trinity County line.

Evacuation Warning | GET READY!

Wildwood area, Peanut and area south of SR 299.

CAL FIRE – https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/16/august-complex-includes-doe-fire/)

Sources | CAL FIRE, Inciweb, NIFC.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 1930 PT

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.

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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