WA ACTIVE WILDFIRE | OKANOGAN COMPLEX | SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

Lots of information to share on this Complex with you all today.  We appreciate every single one of you in being so patient while we work to catch up after our system upgrade.

INCIDENT INFORMATION

Multiple fires started on August 14, 2015, around 1030 Hours by Lightning.  Multiple fires in this Complex are located West of the towns Omak and Okanogan in Washington State.

FIRE STATUS

Currently, Fire Managers are reporting the Chelan Complex has been separated from the Okanogan Complex Fire reducing the staff of this Complex down by 371 personnel. The Chelan Complex has now been separated with its own Status page on Inciweb which we will be covering in another post.

North of Black Mountain displays moderate fire behavior with active group torching, backing and creeping.  Firefighters are currently holding the fire within the set perimeter and will continue to repair dozer and fire lines.

As of today’s update from Fire Managers, the fire has scorched a total of 132,932 acres.  Firefighters have a 85% containment of the fire.  Overall in Okanogan County, a total of 505,369.13 acres have been burned.  That’s a lot of acres scorched!!

COMMAND

The WA Interagency IMT 5 took command on September 10, 2015, at 06000 hours.  The ICP was formerly at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds but has since moved to the Omak Stampede Fairgrounds.  It is being shared with the ICs from Tunk Block and North Star Fires.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

There have been many personnel from various locations of the State of Washington and from many parts of the United States acting as mutual aid in fire suppression, structure protection, air and communication resources.

The USDA Forest Service, Confederated Tribes of The Colville Reservation, DNR and the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office have worked day in and day out on this fire incident.

RESOURCES

Staffing  levels remain high with 611 personnel assigned to this Complex, including 13 Crews, 36 Engines, 5 Helicopters, 12 Dozers and 17 Water Tenders.

Seven injuries have been reported.  Their conditions are unknown at this time of this post.

EVACUATIONS

On September 11th, the Okanogan County EOC announced Level 3 evacuations were lifted and downgraded to Level 2.  Great news for residents eager to return to their homes, or what may be left standing.

UTILITIES

Word has been announced that the power has been restored to the Omak Mountain residents.  Very good news for all residents.

DEBRIS REMOVAL

September 20, 2015, the Okanogan County Long-Term Recovery Organization will be working in conjunction with the County Solid Waste Department to assist residents with debris removal from fire-affected properties.  If you are one of these residents, you must register with a Room One Disaster Case Manager for eligibility.  You can reach them at 509-923-1979 or 509-997-2050.  This is for all Okanogan County residents.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There has been 120 residences confirmed either damaged or destroyed.  Business losses are unknown. The County is still tallying up personal and business losses.

The Okanogan County EOC is asking all Landowners affected by the fire to call their Center to report Loss Estimates on primary residences only.  You can reach them by calling Monday-Friday from 8 -5 at 509.422-7348.

Landowners with natural resources or agricultural infrastructure losses need to call the Okanogan Conservation District at 509-422-0855 or visit their website at http://www.okanogancd.org/Fires.

VOLUNTEER HOURS

In order for Agencies, organizations or Cities to receive certain types of funding depends on the resources used during the fire incidents.  One FEMA uses is the number of volunteers and hours spent helping others.

The Okanogan County EOC is tracking these Volunteer Hours.  If you helped during this fire event, they are asking that you email this information to them at em2co.okanogan.wa.us.

HUNTING SEASON INFO

The Washington Department of Fish and  Wildlife can answer any questions regarding hunting in fire-affected areas or any other related questions.  Their phone number is 509-754-4624.  Or you can visit them on their website at WDFW.wa.gov .

SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING.

Call 9-1-1 if you see a fire.  Not reporting them can put lives in jeopardy and if left unattended with spreading can be considered as possibly being negligent.  No one wants to be in trouble with the law, especially if the Fire Department can respond within a timely manner stopping any possible wildfires.  As you know, the area has suffered too many severe losses and, that’s just from the power of lightning!

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SIT REPS | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015

ALDER LAKE: LOCATION: 7 mi S of Eatonville. CAUSE:Lightning . START: 7/26/15. RESOURCES: 157 Personnel. 7 Crews. 1 Helicopter. 5 Engines. ACREAGE: 280. CONTAINMENT: 17%. THREATENED: 15 residences threatened with 20 minor structures. FIRE BEHAVIOR: Minimal fire observed today due to rain showers. Fire continues to smolder under the thick canopy in the heavy fuel loading. FUTURE ACTIONS: Burnout operations will be conducted t as opportunities present themselves. Primary objective is to stop and hold eastward spread of the fire. The fire has been steadily growing to the east, west, and north.

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE:  LOCATION: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. CAUSE:  Unknown. Under investigation. ACRES: 65,068

[estimated].  CONTAINMENT: 70% RESOURCES:  1030 Personnel including 30 Crews, 6 Helicopters, 62 Engines [Wildland & Structural], 16 Dozers, 17 Water Tenders, 4 Masticators. THREATENED:   300 residences and structures, 5 commercial.  DESTROYED: 17 reported and 14 minor structures. PUBLIC INFO: Closures & Evacuation Info Line: Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or http://www.co.stevens.wa.us or Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400.

CHELAN COMPLEX [Merged into the OKANOGAN COMPLEX]: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown.  Complex includes:  Reach Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek Fire, Cagle Fire and Antoine Fire.  Start 8/14/15 @ 0500 Hours PDT.   150 commercial property; 650 minor structures; 23 minor structures destroyed along with 21 residences. 697 Personnel. 11 Crews.  57 Engines. 75% Contained.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE:  LOCATION: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. CAUSE: Lightning. START: 8/10/15 @ 1800 Hours PDT. CONTAINMENT:  97%.  RESOURCES:  527 Personnel. 14 Crews. 2 Helicopters.  23 Engines. THREATENED:  10 minor structures.Today firefighters will continue mopping up and improving the strength of existing containment lines.

GRIZZLY BEAR COMPLEX:  LOCATION: 20 miles SE of Dayton, WA; Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. START: 8/13/15.  CAUSE:  Lightning. THREATS/DESTROYED: 45 threatened; 5 reported destroyed. RESOURCES:  885 Personnel. 17 Crews. 5 Helicopters. 25 Engines. ACREAGE:  75,268.  CONTAINMENT: 37%.

KANISKU COMPLEX:  LOCATION:  l5 miles NW of Newport, Wa. CAUSE:  Lightning. START: 8/18/15.. THREATENED: 1,334; multiple residences threatened; 70 multiple residences and Mixed commercial-residential,152; non-residential, commercial property. RESOURCES:  773 Personnel. 14 Crews. 6 Helicopters. 19 Engines. ACREAGE: 26,175. CONTAINMENT: 40%. Tower Fire:  24,296 Acres. 35% Containment.

KETTLE COMPLEX:  LOCATION: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR. IC:  Chris Schulte – Pacific NW Team 2; Tony Falco – British Columbia Forestry.  CONTAINMENT:  44%.  ACTIVE FIRES: Stickpin Fire:  54,554 Acres. 34% Containment. Graves Mtn Fire:  8587 Acres. 55% Contained.  Roy Fire:  120 Acres. 100% Contained. Renner Fire:  13,519 Acres. 59% Contained. COMPLEX TOTALS:  CONTAINMENT:  44%. RESOURCES:  895 Personnel.  22 Crews. 4 Helicopters. 37 Engines. THREATENED:  2,894 residences and 70 mixed commercial and residential threatened; 1 reported destroyed.

NORTH STAR FIRE:  LOCATION. 25 miles N of Coulee Dam on the Colville Indian Reservation. CAUSE: Human. THREATENED:  3,000 homes, 225 commercial properties, 1,000 other structures. RESOURCES: 1359 Personnel. 27 Crews. 6Helicopters. 83 Engines. ACREAGE: 209,504 Acres. CONTAINMENT: 37% Contained.

OKANOGAN COMPLEX [Merged into the CHELAN COMPLEX]: LOCATION: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak.

Okanogan Complex Stats: 

RESOURCES:  1300 Personnel. 25 Crews. 9 Helicopters. 73 Engines. 11 Dozers. 22 Water Tenders. 9 Skidgines and 1 Masticator. ACREAGE: 148,780 Acres. CONTAINMENT: 70%. COST-TO-DATE:. $33.9M INJURIES: 7. DESTROYED: 123 Residences and 72 confirmed destroyed. FIRES IN COMPLEX:  Lime Belt Fire:  132,838 Acres. 60% Contained.Twisp Fire:  11,222 Acres.  98% Containment. Nine Mile Fire:  4720 Acres. 98% Containment.

Chelan Complex Stats: 

RESOURCES: 704 Personnel. 11 Crews.  57 Engines. 5 Dozers. 14 Water Tenders. 4 skidgines and 1 masticator. ACRES: 93,896. CONTAINMENT: 75% Contained. COST-TO-DATE: $16.9M . DESTROYED:  23 Homes burned. INJURIES: 9.

[Editor’s Note:  “Thank You to all firefighters, both Wildland and Structure for your tireless efforts, dedication, commitment and most of all saving lives and property.  For the remaining crews, please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  #EveryoneGoesHome.”]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SIT REPS | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015

ALDER LAKE: 7 mi S of Eatonville. . Lightning caused. Started 7/26/15. 143 Personnel. 280 Acres. 17% contained. Burn-out operations being conducted.

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. Cause still unknown but under investigation. 65,068 Acres

Delta crew on Division Z work to cut open a hot spot, swamp off the cut portions and extinguish the heat with a hose.

Vlad Kulikovskiy-sawer; John Dobrovolskiy-swamper and Tom Greiling-hoseman [Delta crew in Zulu Division] working on a hot spot on the Carpenter Road Fire. [Credit: Gabe Pease-Madore]

[estimated].  70% Containment.  1030 Personnel including 30 Crews, 6 Helicopters, 62 Engines [Wildland & Structural], 16 Dozers, 17 Water Tenders, 4 Masticators. A spike camp has been created for 150 people in Valley at the District #4 Fire Station. Closures & Evacuation Info Line: Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or http://www.co.stevens.wa.us or Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400.

CHELAN COMPLEX [Merged into the OKANOGAN COMPLEX]: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown.  Complex includes:  Reach Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek Fire, Cagle Fire and Antoine Fire.  Start 8/14/15 @ 0500 Hours PDT.  659 Personnel.  93,896 Acres. 75% Contained. Continuing to patrol & hold containment lines. With low humidity, warmer temps – fire expected to spread to the West.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. Lightning caused.  Start 8/10/15 @ 1800 Hours PDT. 527 Personnel.  53,523 Acres. 97% Contained.

KETTLE COMPLEX: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR.  Fire personnel working these fires are from 30 states (including WA) and BC Columbia Canada. IC:  Chris Schulte – Pacific NW Team 2; Tony Falco – British Columbia Forestry.  Fires in this Complex: Stickpin Fire: 54,554 Acres.  34% Contained. 

Military personnel guard a road closure.

Boulder Creek road closure manned by military personnel. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Graves Mtn Fire:  8587 Acres. 55% Contained.  Roy Fire:  120 Acres. 100% Contained. Renner Fire:  13,519 Acres. 59% Contained. Continue line construction and improvements on the north, south, and east flanks of Stickpin in unified command with B.C. Wildfire Service. Burnout unburned fuels between main fire and containment lines when appropriate.  979 Personnel. 76,780 Acres. 44% Contained. Fire Managers:  Increased fire activity and movement is expected.

NORTH STAR FIRE:  25 miles N of Coulee Dam on the Colville Indian Reservation. Human caused. 1359 Personnel. 209,504 Acres. 37% Contained. Surface fuels vary from patchy in higher elevations of the fires to continuous in mid-slope and lower elevations of the fire. Fuel moisture conditions generally are driest on the south.

A view of the grounds at the Omak ICP

Omak ICP on the North Star Fire. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

OKANOGAN COMPLEX [Merged into the CHELAN COMPLEX]: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak.

Okanogan Complex Stats: 

1107 Personnel. 16 Crews. 72 Engines. 11 Dozers. 22 Water Tenders. 9 Helicopters. 9 Skidgines and 1 Masticator. 148,780 Acres. 60% Containment. $33.9M Cost-to-Date. 7 Injuries. 123 Residences burned. Fires in Complex:  Lime Belt Fire:  132,838 Acres. 60% Contained.

Large group of people at morning briefing

AM Briefing on the Okanogan Complex fire [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Twisp Fire:  11,222 Acres.  98% Containment. Nine Mile Fire:  4720 Acres. 98% Containment. | Chelan Complex Stats:  704 Personnel. 93,896 Acres. 75% Contained. $16.9M Cost-to-Date. 23 Homes burned. 9 Injuries. 11 Crews.  57 Engines. 5 Dozers. 14 Water Tenders. 4 skidgines and 1 masticator.

[Editor’s Note:  “Thank You to all firefighters, both Wildland and Structure for your tireless efforts, dedication, commitment and most of all saving lives and property.  For the remaining crews, please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  #EveryoneGoesHome.”]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SIT REPS | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

We’ve been a little busy, so we apologize for us missing Thursday.  Here is Friday’s SitRep.

ALDER LAKE: 7 mi S of Eatonville. . Lightning caused. Started 7/26/15. 143 Personnel. 280 Acres. 17% contained. Burn-out operations being conducted.

ICP at sunset courtesy of Larry Bickel

Alder Lake ICP at Sunset. [Photo Credit: Larry Bickel]

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. Cause still unknown but under investigation. 64,903 Acres [estimated].  55% Containment.  988 Personnel including 29 Crews, 5 Helicopters, 68 Engines [Wildland & Structural], 22 Dozers, 20 Water Tenders, 3 Masticators.

Work in Division B while on the Carpenter Road Fire.

Work in Division B by Summit FD Firefighters from Arizona on the Carpenter Road Fire. [Credit: Carlos Luna]

CHELAN COMPLEX [Merged into the OKANOGAN COMPLEX]: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown.  Complex includes:  Reach Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek Fire, Cagle Fire and Antoine Fire.  Start 8/14/15 @ 0500 Hours PDT.  659 Personnel.  93,896 Acres. 75% Contained. Continuing to patrol & hold containment lines. With low humidity, warmer temps – fire expected to spread to the West.

COUGAR CREEK FIRE: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. Lightning caused.  Start 8/10/15 @ 1800 Hours PDT. 550 Personnel.  53,462 Acres. 62% Contained. Continuing to building containment lines on the North and West portions of the fire. BAER Team has arrived, assessing burned areas and what is needed for fire.

KETTLE COMPLEX: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR.  Fire personnel working these fires are from 30 states (including WA) and BC Columbia Canada. Previously report of 1 home destroyed is now being reported as no injuries or

Photo of firefighter cutting a tree.

Professional Tree faller removing hazardous trees along Boulder Creek on the Kettle Complex. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

homes destroyed.  991 Personnel. 76,864 Acres. 43% Contained.  East flank is in Unified Command with BC Wildfire Service [Stickpin Fire].  Firefighters still working on other fires in this Complex: Stickpin Fire, Graves Mtn Fire, Roy Fire and Renner Fires.

NORTH STAR FIRE:  25 miles N of Coulee Dam. Human caused. 1219 Personnel. 207,641 Acres. 30% Contained. Fire still active. Some areas mop-up operations occurring. Other areas is in an extended attack.

A view of the grounds at the Omak ICP

Omak ICP on the North Star Fire. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

OKANOGAN COMPLEX [Merged into the CHELAN COMPLEX]: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak.

Okanogan Complex Stats: 

1107 Personnel. 16 Crews. 72 Engines. 11 Dozers. 21 Water Tenders. 9 Helicopters. 148,780 Acres. 60% Containment. $32.433M Cost-to-Date. 7 Injuries. 123 Residences burned. Fires in Complex:  Lime Belt Fire:  132,838 Acres. 55% Contained.

Fire crew is seen with fuel can filling drip torches.

Fire Crew preparing for Burnout Operations. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Twisp Fire:  11,222 Acres.  98% Containment. Nine Mile Fire:  4720 Acres. 98% Containment. | Chelan Complex Stats:  659 Personnel. 93,896 Acres. 75% Contained. $15.9M Cost-to-Date. 23 Homes burned. 9 Injuries. 11 Crews.  42 Engines. 5 Dozers. 14 Water Tenders.

[Editor’s Note:  “Thank You to all firefighters, both Wildland and Structure for your tireless efforts, dedication, commitment and most of all saving lives and property.  For the remaining crews, please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  #EveryoneGoesHome.”]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | SIT REPS | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

Here are the morning SitReps for Washington State Fires this Saturday.

Mop up on Alder Lake Fire courtesy of Fred Way

Conducting mop-up operations on the Alder Lake Fire. [Photo Courtesy: Fred Way]

ALDER LAKE: 7 mi S of Eatonville. . Lightning caused. Started 7/26/15. 126 Personnel. 275 Acres. 17% contained. Burn-out operations being conducted.

Chance of showers during the next operational period are expected.

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. Cause still unknown but under investigation. Timber and grass. 870 Personnel.

Night on the line

Night on the Fire Line on the Carpenter Road Fire [Courtesy: Inciweb]

65,346 Acres. 45% Contained.  Continued structure protection, build lines and pick up stops.  HAZMAT Identification will continue.

CHELAN COMPLEX [Merged into the OKANOGAN COMPLEX]: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown. Complex includes:  Reach Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek Fire, Cagle Fire and Antoine Fire.  Start 8/14/15 @ 0500 Hours PDT.  688 Personnel.  93,694 Acres. 55% Contained. Continuing to patrol & hold containment lines. Due to rough conditions, North side of fire proving to be difficult for firefighters, as steep hillsides and unlevel footing.

–> First Creek Fire: 6800 Acres. 33% contained. Threatened: 420 single residences, 73 multi-unit residences, 63 minor other structures. Damaged: 22 commercial structures. Destroyed: 12 Homes. 7 other structures. 265 Personnel. 9 Crews. 22 Engines.

–> Wolverine Fire: 3 mi NW of Lucerne. Start 6/29/15. Lightning. Threatened: 121 single homes, 80 mixed, 75 minor structures and 12 non-residential commercial structures. Fuels: Timber, brush. 226 Personnel. 1 Crew. 1 Helicopter. 17 Engines. 64,849 Acres. 29% contained.

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Military Helicopter on the Colville Complex Fire. [Photo Credit: Ricky and Diana Blakesley]

COLVILLE COMPLEX: 10 miles radius of Kettle Falls. Stevens and Ferry Counties. Human caused. Includes the Gold Hill and the Marble Valley Fires.  Start 8/14/15 @ 1645 Hours PDT. No cause listed. 431 Personnel.  11,522 Acres. 96% Contained. Currently in mop-up operations. [ This is the last update ]

 

COUGAR CREEK FIRE: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. Lightning caused.  Start 8/10/15 @ 1800 Hours PDT. 538 Personnel.  53,162 Acres. 60% Contained. On Tuesday, 9 North Cascades Smokejumpers were inserted into

A photo from the 255 road. Fire is seen burning in timber and grass in half of the photo, and smoke and fire is seen in the other half of the photo.

Burnout operations on the 255 Road/Cougar Creek. [Photo Credit: Amanda Hildenbrand]

Division V [N of Mt Adams] as this is the critical location near the fire.  The conditions are very steep and dangerous. Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3) took command of the Cougar Creek Fire as of 8/31/2015 at 0600

KETTLE COMPLEX: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR.  Fire personnel working these fires are from 30 states (including Washington) and British Columbia Canada. Previously report of 1 home destroyed is now being reported as no injuries or homes destroyed.  1093 Personnel. 76,216 Acres. 17% Contained. PNW Team 2 assumed command of the HOPPS Helibase at 0600 PDT on 9/1/15.

Firefighters cooling a hot section during a burn out process.

When conducting a burnout operation, firefighters keep the fire from creating enough heat to throw spots across the line. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fires in Complex

  • Stickpin Fire: 54,370 Acres. 20% Contained.
  • Graves Mtn Fire: 8617 Acres.  80% Contained.
  • Roy Fire: 120 Acres. 80% Contained.
  • Renner Fires:  13,109 Acres.  15% Contained.

Red Cross Shelters:

  • Grace Evangelical Free Church, 851 S. Miner St., Colville
  • American Legion, 1057 Highway 395 N, Kettle Falls
  • Inchelium Community Health Center, 39 Shortcut Road, Inchelium, WA.

NORTH STAR FIRE: 25 miles N of Coulee Dam. Human caused. 1044 Acres. 205,331 Acres. 25% Contained. 30-40% chance of increased humidity and winds gusting to 25 mph are expecting. Continued structure protection is in process.  The Fire perimeter is 194 miles long, which is the distance from Spokane to Yakima.  An earthquake 4.3M was

North Star Fire August 15, 2015

The North Star Fire on August 15, 2015. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

recorded occurring yesterday.

OKANOGAN COMPLEX [Merged into the CHELAN COMPLEX]: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak. This is being managed by the CAL IM Team #5. Lightning caused. Destroyed: 94 homes, 63 other structures. Fuels: Timber and short grass.1253 Personnel.  147,979 Acres. 45% Contained. Continued fire suppression efforts indirectly and direct. Cooperating Partners:  WA DNR, Okanagon-Wenatchee NF, BLM-Spokane District, Colville Agency, Conconully Fire Department and Okanogan Fire Districts 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 16.

Structure protection

Structure Protection on the Okanogan Complex, taken on August 21, 2015. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Other fires included in this Complex:

  • Lime Belt Fire. 132,037 Acres. 35% Contained.
  • Twisp River Fire.  11,222 Acres.  98% Contained.
  • Nine Mile Fire. 4720 Acres. 98% Contained.

TUCANNON FIRE:  20 miles E of Dayton.  Started 8/29/15 @ 0930 PDT . 149 Personnel.  2630 Acres.  70% Contained.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AM SIT REPS | SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2015

Here are the morning SitReps for Washington State Fires this Saturday.

ALDER LAKE: 7 mi S of Eatonville. . Lightning caused. Started 7/26/15. 119 Personnel. 3 Crews. 7 Engines. Threatened: 15 residences & 20 minor structures, 253 acres. 10% contained.  Weather conditions:  66F. Mostly cloudy. Tonight’s forecast: Tonight – Rain. Thunder possible. Low 52 °F (11.1 °C). Winds S at 10 to 15 mph (16.1 to 24.1 kph). Chance of rain 100%.

Alder Lake Fire from Air 08-18-2015

Aeria shot of Alder Lake on August 18, 2015. [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE: 35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. Cause still unknown but under investigation. Timber and grass. Structure protection overnight. Threatened: 600 structures and residences; 5 commercial properties & 160 other structures. 590 Personnel. 12 Crews. 52 Engines. Fire Assessment of significant growth on fire yesterday. Containment status changed from 25% to 20%. Current weather conditions [1000PDT]: 74F.  Today’s Forecast: A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. High around 80 °F (26.7 °C). Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph (32.2 to 48.3 kph). Tonight’s Forecast:  Tonight – Partly cloudy skies. Low around 55 °F (12.8 °C). Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph (16.1 to 24.1 kph).  Air Quality: Rated poor. Smoke from fires will be in the area. An Alert has been issued.

CHELAN COMPLEX: 1 mile S of Chelan. Cause unknown. 91,502 Total Acres. 52% contained. Threatened: 1330 structures, 150 commercial structures, 650 minor structures. Destroyed: 21 homes, 23 minor structures. Fuels: Short grass, brush, timber . 956 Personnel, 22 Crews, 8 Helicopters, 58 Engines. Plans are in the making to relocate ICP currently at Chelan Falls State to Confluence State Park to streamline, create more efficient usuage of area resources. Winds are due to significantly pick up, potentially testing the already in place containment lines.

ALERT! Community Meeting Tonight! –> August 29 [Saturday] at 7:00pm at the Performing Arts Center, Chelan High School, 215 W. Webster Way, Chelan, WA. Weather Conditions:  72F. Cloudy.  Expected:  Isolated Thunderstorms for the area. An air quality alert has been issued for the area.

–> First Creek Fire: 6800 Acres. 33% contained. Threatened: 420 single residences, 73 multi-unit residences, 63 minor other structures. Damaged: 22 commercial structures. Destroyed: 12 Homes. 7 other structures. 265 Personnel. 9 Crews. 22 Engines.

–> Wolverine Fire: 3 mi NW of Lucerne. Start 6/29/15. Lightning. Threatened: 121 single homes, 80 mixed, 75 minor structures and 12 non-residential commercial structures. Fuels: Timber, brush. 226 Personnel. 1 Crew. 1 Helicopter. 17 Engines. 64,849 Acres. 29% contained.

COLVILLE COMPLEX: 10 miles radius of Kettle Falls. Stevens and Ferry Counties. Human caused. Threatened: 294 residences & 155 other structures. Damaged: 22 homes. Destroyed: 2 homes, 16 other structures. Timber, grass, brush. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs. 472 Personnel. 11 Crews. 31 Engines. 11,350 Acres.. 48% containment.  Current weather conditions [1000 PDT]. 73F and partly cloudy.

–> Gold Hill Fire: 95% contained.
–> Marble Valley Fire: 96% contained

COUGAR CREEK FIRE: 6 mi NW of Glenwood. Lightning caused. Threatened: 10 homes. 483 Personnel. 9 Crews. 6 Helicopters. 26 Engines. 52,700 Acres. 25% contained. Brush, grass, timber. Favorable conditions, firefighters made progress on fire.

KANISKU COMPLEX: 35 mi E of Colville, 15 mi NW of Newport. Lightning caused. Threatened: 218 homes, 1038 commercial along with 490 minor structures. 765 Personnel. 17 Crews. 3 Helicopters. 21 Engines. Fuels: Timber and old logging slash. 19,863 Acres. 10% containment. Firefighters worked on strengthening lines. Wind advisory for the area:  See NOAA alert @ http://weather.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/iwszone3

ALERT! Community Meeting Tonight! –> Sunday, August 29, 2015 @7:30pm. Priest Lake Elementary, 28047 ID-57, Priest River, ID.
–> Baldy: 515 ac. 80% contained.
— > Grease Creek: 75 ac. 0% contained.
–> Onata Creek: 300 ac. 0% contained.
–> Hall Mtn: 20 ac. 0% contained.
-> Slate Creek: 1 ac. 0% contained.
–> S Fork State Trail – D5. 10 ac. 0% containment.

KETTLE COMPLEX: 26 mi NW of Colville. Colville National Forest, private, DNR. 971 Personnel. 15 Crews. 3 Helicopters. 66 Engines. Threatened: 2600 homes. 70 mixed commercial & residential. Destroyed: 1 home.17% total.

Red Cross Shelters:

  • Grace Evangelical Free Church, 851 S. Miner St., Colville
  • American Legion, 1057 Highway 395 N, Kettle Falls
  • Inchelium Community Health Center, 39 Shortcut Road, Inchelium, WA.
    –> Stickpin Fire: 53,469 Acres.
    –> Graves Mtn Fire: 1200 Acres. 15% contained.
    –> Roy Fire: No data.
    –> Renner Fires: 12,495 Acres.
    –> Marble Valley Fire: 50 mi NW of Spokane. 3087 ac. 85% containment.

NORTH STAR FIRE: 25 miles N of Coulee Dam. Human caused. Threatened: 3,000 homes. 225 commercial & 1,000 other structures. 943 Personnel. 13 Crews. 3 Helicopters. 63 Engines. Fuels: Timber, heavy logging slash, grass. 192,900 ac. 22% contained. Current Weather conditions:  67F with haze in the sky. Expectations for the winds to pick up are great.

OKANOGAN COMPLEX: 7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak. Lightning. Threatened: 5140 single residences. Destroyed: 94 homes, 63 other structures. Fuels: Timber and short grass. 1918 Personnel. 34 Crews. 7 Helicopters. 184 Engines. 302,225 Acres. 23% contained.  Current weather conditions are 67F but high expected to 80F.  High winds are expected today.

UPPER SKAGIT COMPLEX: Directly North of the town of Newhalem. Lightning. Threatened: 88 mixed commercial/residential. Damaged: 2 commercial structures. Fuels: Timber & short grass. 142 Personnel. 2 Crews. 2 Helicopters. 4 Engines. 7978 Acres. 61% containment. Weather Conditions: Fair with temps in 66F [currently @ 1010PDT]. Humdity is 68%. Winds currently 21mph from the SE.  Tonight’s forecast:  Rain/Snow mixed near 8500 ft elevation with no accumulations expected. Yes, that’s right – SNOW!

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WA WILDLAND FIRE | Grizzly Bear Complex | Aug 20, 2015 | PM SitRep

SUMMARY

  • Location: 20 Miles SE of Dayton on Weha-Tucannon Wilderness
  • Summary: 17 fires within Complex
  • Start:  8/13/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Complex:  13-16 Fires

FIRE STATUS

  • Acres:  12,000
  • Containment:  0%
  • Behavior:  Active, strong winds pushed to the South into Wenaha River drainage on the Wenaha-Tucannon area.
Grizzly Bear Complex - August 14, 2015

One of many fires burning in this Complex. Courtesy of Inciweb. Photo taken on August 14, 2015.

RESOURCES

  • Ordered:  NIMO ordered 8/15/15 but was redirected to the Okanagon-Wenatchee NF fires.
  • Personnel: 106
  • Crews: 3
  • Helicopters: 1
  • Engines: 5

EVACUATIONS

Level 3

  • Troy:  The whole town has been evacuated

We are working to bring more resource info gleaned from various sources to this post, due to be published on Friday.

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ACTIVE WILDFIRES | Washington | August 2, 2015 – Tuesday

#BaldyFire
Approximately 6 miles NW of Ione – On top of Baldy Mtn

Summary

Start/Time | 8/1/15
Cause | Unknown, under investigation

Status

Acres | 342
Containment | 0%

Resources

Personnel | 200; 3 Type 1 Crews, 4 Type 2 Crews
Equipment | 1 Engine, 2 Type 1 Helos [on loan], 1 Type 2 Helo [on loan] 1 Type 3 [committed], 2 Dozers, 1 Air Attack

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#NBoulder2Fire
3 ½ miles SW of Orient – Colville NF

Summary

Start | 7/20/13
IC | NV Type 3 IMT
Cause | Lightning

Status

Acres | 233
Containment | 80%
ROS | Min. with few smoking hotspots

Resources

Personnel | 98; 2 Crews
Equipment | 1 Helo, 1 Dozers, 1 Skidinge, 3 Tenders

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#ParadiseFire
13 miles N/NE of Quinault in the Olympic National Park

Summary

Start | 5/15/15 @ 1500 PDT
Cause | Lightning

Status

Acres | 2392
Containment | 30%
ROS | Min, isolated torching, creeping, smoldering

Resources

Personnel | 35

Significant Events

Aerial Assessment | Small portion of fire reached Bob Creek. Additional air resources to be deployed for fire suppression.

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#WolverineFire
#BlankenshipFire
3 miles NW of Lucerne / Okanogan – Wenatchee NF
[Managed by same IC]

Summary

Start/Time | 6/29/15 @ 0730 PDT
IC | Chelan Ranger District/USFS
Command | Type1 IMT transitioned 8/4/15 0600 PDT
Cause | Lightning

Status

Acres | 25,634 – #WolverineFire | 170 acres – #BlankenshipFire
Containment | 20%.
ROS | Extreme, wind-driven, group torching, long-range spotting.

Resources

Personnel | 257; 6 Crews
Incident Cooperators | USDA-Forest Service, National Forest Service, WA DNR, Chelan Co Sheriff Office, Chelan Co Fire Districts #7,10.
Equipment | 4 Helos.

Damage Assessment

Destroyed | 1 residence, 3 minor structures.

## Special Notices ##

Community Meeting | 8/5/15, Wednesday @ 1900 Hours PDT. Chelan Middle School, 215 Webster Street, Chelan, WA.

NOTE:  We are working on adding more fires as time allows.

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