#MillerComplex | Final Update

UPDATE 2 – 10/21/2017

The Miller Complex is located 17 miles east of Cave Junction and 20 miles west of Ashland, OR that started on August 14, 2017, due to a natural cover/lightning storm that hit the area.

This is the last update unless something more significant should occur in this fire area due to heavy rainfall fell over the area helping with fire suppression efforts.

Wheeler Creek Oct 8

Fire in the Wheeler Creek area on October 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Most of the fire resources have been demobilized while some remain on a two-hour standby should any new fire starts should arise.

The total acres burned was 39,715 acres but with the minimal fire activity remains at an 89% containment status.

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

Lightning sparked fires on private and federal lands located 20 miles west of Ashland, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest during August 14, 2017.

Fire crews have been busy with burnout operations, establishing anchor points and patrolling roadways for any potential flareups.

Abney Fire

Morning smoke inversionon the Abney Fire, taken by Division Supervisor

Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice

Several wildfires started including the Abney Fire that still to this day remains active.  Fire behavior is active with single-tree torching, backing and flanking.

Knox Fire

The Knox Fire is burning in the Red Buttes wilderness and is being monitored by air.  It has min fire behavior.  Unknown how many acres this fire has reached or the containment status.

Burnt Peak & Creedence Fire

Both fires are currently being monitored and are being watched for ensure the fires stay within its containment lines.  Crews are also removing and back-hauling equipment no longer needed.  Repair work is in effect.

Fire fuels include timber litter and understory, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Fir dominance and numerous snags.

Crews have also been working through several challenges such as, steep terrain with warm temps, poor overnight humidity recoveries and gusty winds.

Fire has burned about 38,356 acres and there is an 87% containment status.  Full containment is expected to be reached by October 15, 2017.

A Type 3 Incident Command team assumed management of this fire around 0700 hours on Monday, October 9, 2017.   There are 210 personnel assigned to this incident.

Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice (via Inciweb)

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#ChetcoBarFire | Update 2 | Oct 10 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Chetco Bar Fire is located E/NE of Brookings, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest on the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  The fire started on July 12, 2017, from lightning.

We are using the hashtags #ChetcoBarFire  #ORwildfire #NWFireBlog  Please join us on our Media Channels on Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We’d love to see you there!  Due to fire season not being officially over, we wish you all safety wherever you may travel.

Wheeler Creek Oct 8

UPDATE 2 – 10/10/2017

Fire crews are still holding the fire at the same total of burned acres as yesterday (Monday).  There are currently two 20-person hand crews, support engines and a chipper that are continuing with mop-up operations and repair work within the fire perimeter.  An infrared flight on Saturday night indicated a pocket of dispersed heat that indicates a low intensity ground fire that has been creeping and smoldering in thick leaf litter on the forest floor.  Crews are also grading, repairing and seeding the area throughout the fire perimeter. The fire is still being patrolled and any hot spots will be put out.  The fire is at 191,121 acres with a 97% containment status. There are 102 personnel still assigned.

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

There were 402 personnel assigned with 5 crews, 2 helicopters and 10 engines. A BAER team is working on various tests of soils to review for post-fire impacts.  The fire has burned 191,121 acres and there is a 97% containment status.

The fire has said to have burned six homes and 24 other structures, while it has damaged one home and eight other structures.

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

#MillerComplex | October 9 2017

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY – Lightning sparked fires on private and federal lands located 20 miles west of Ashland, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest during August 14, 2017.

Fire crews have been busy with burnout operations, establishing anchor points and patrolling roadways for any potential flareups.

Abney Fire

Morning smoke inversionon the Abney Fire, taken by Division Supervisor

Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice 

Several wildfires started including the Abney Fire that still to this day remains active.  Fire behavior is active with single-tree torching, backing and flanking.

Knox Fire

The Knox Fire is burning in the Red Buttes wilderness and is being monitored by air.  It has min fire behavior.  Unknown how many acres this fire has reached or the containment status.

Burnt Peak & Creedence Fire

Both fires are currently being monitored and are being watched for ensure the fires stay within its containment lines.  Crews are also removing and back-hauling equipment no longer needed.  Repair work is in effect.

FIRE FUELS – Fire fuels include timber litter and understory, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Fir dominance and numerous snags.

CONDITIONS – Crews have also been working through several challenges such as, steep terrain with warm temps, poor overnight humidity recoveries and gusty winds.

Fire has burned about 38,356 acres and there is an 87% containment status.  Full containment is expected to be reached by October 15, 2017.

RESOURCES – A Type 3 Incident Command team assumed management of this fire around 0700 hours on Monday, October 9, 2017.   There are 210 personnel assigned to this incident.

FIRE IMAGE – Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice (via Inciweb)

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#ChetcoBarFire Still Burning | Oct 9 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The Chetco Bar Fire is located E/NE of Brookings, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest on the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  The fire started on July 12, 2017, from lightning.

RESOURCES.  Currently, there are 402 personnel with five crews, two helicopters and 10 engines.  While there are fire crews still working, there is also a Burned Area Emergency Response team or known as a BAER team on-scene assessing post-fire impacts.  They are made up of resource specialists and scientists.  They are also evaluating watershed conditions to determine the potential risk to human life, safety and property.

Chetco Bar Fire Flyover Photos

CURRENT FIRE STATUS.  The fire has burned 191,121 acres and there is a 97% containment status.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.  The fire has said to have burned six homes and 24 other structures, while it has damaged one home and eight other structures.

SOCIAL MEDIA.  We are using the hashtags #ChetcoBarFire  #ORwildfire #NWFireBlog  Please join us on our Media Channels on Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We’d love to see you there!  Due to fire season not being officially over, we wish you all safety wherever you may travel.

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Fires Into Fall | Oct 1 2017

POST SUMMARY | Wow, cannot believe that crazy summer blazing with wildfires and now, here we are going into Fall with fires still burning.  We start the first day of October, 2017, with less than a dozen or so still with crews fighting fire (in WA) and working to clean up fire scenes (in OR).

CHETCO BAR FIRE

The Chetco Bar Fire started on July 12, 2017, E/NE of Brookinigs (OR) in the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Its cause was due to lightning.  There has been over 191,090 acres scorched and reached a 97% containment status. There were 30 structures destroyed and 9 damaged. 

Chinook Helicopters from the Oregon National Guard, supporting fire fighting efforts on the Chetco Bar Fire, September, 2017

OR National Guard Chinook Helicopters assisting with fire suppression efforts on the Chetco Bar Fire. (Photo Courtesy: Chetco Bar Fire)

Currently, there are 402 personnel along with five crews, two helicopters and 10 engines.   Crews will continue to chip, drag brush and install waterbars to prevent erosion.  They will also patrol and put any hotspots located.  Areas to the north and northwest of the fire have been reopened.   A Burned Area Emergency Response or BAER team is on-scene assisting with post-fire impacts which consists of scientists and resource specialists.  They are evaluating watershed conditions of potential risk to human life, safety, property and natural/cultural-heritage resources.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

The Eagle Creek Fire is located one mile south of Cascade Locks, OR.   The fire’s cause is due to human intervention but Officials have not released the exact ignition.  There has been 48,831 acres burned but crews have reached a 46% containment status. Four residential structures were destroyed.  Limited fire activity was observed during a recon flight on Saturday.  Resources of 229 personnel, four crews, one helicopter and four engines remain assigned to this incident. 

BAER Team

Botanists checking soil samples in an unburned area. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Additionally, there is a Burned Area Emergency Response team on-site that is currently looking at soil and rock types, acreage and how steep the slopes are inside the watershed.  They are also in the midst of creating a Soil Burn Severity or SBS map.  They will also test information by running the model of the SBS map to determine effects on creeks and hill slopes after the fire.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

The High Cascades Complex started on August 12, 2017, from lightning.  The fire is located nine miles northeast of Prospect, Oregon.  There has been 80,197 acres burned and has reached a 34% containment status.  One structure has been destroyed and with seven others that are still being threatened.   The West Zone is reporting there are still interior smokes visible and the only way they will be put out is naturally by rain or snow.  

Hershberger Creek

Hershberger Creek. (Photo Credit: Josef Porter via Inciweb)

Pup Fire:  The Pup Fire  is reporting 8,279 acres with a 42% containment status.  It is located northwest and southeast of Hershberger Lookout partially in the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wilderness. 

Broken Lookout Fire:  19,181 acres. 27% contained. Located directly west of Union Creek on the southern end of the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wildersness where it is burning on both sides of the wilderness. Fire behavior consists of minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering in heavy fire fuels. Several smokes have been spotted and are being mopped up.

Crews repairing dozer line

Repairing dozer lines. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Total resources include 290 personnel along with five Type 2 crews, four camp crews, six engines, three masticators, one medium helicopter, one bulldozer, two water tenders and 115 overhead personnel.  Fire Management is being commanded by a NW IMT Team 8, which is located at the Joseph Stewart State Park facility near Lost Creek Reservoir.

JONES FIRE

The Jones Fire located 10 mile northeast of Lowell, Oregon and on the Willamette National Forest was started by lightning on August 10, 2017.  There has been 10,114 acres of large downed trees and standing snags burned but crews have reached an 89% containment status. 

Chipping operations along roads used as primary containment lines.

Chipping operations. (Photo Credit: Gabe Dumm via Inciweb)

Resources still assigned are 182 personnel along with four crews, one helicopter and five engines.  Crews will continue with repairing suppression lines, moving felled logs, mopping up hot spots, backhauling equipment and chipping.  Rain is expected to fall over the area causing the fire behavior to be reduced to isolated smoldering and creeping.

WHITEHALL FIRE (AKA WHITEHALL ROAD FIRE)

The Whitehall Fire started on Saturday, September 30, 2017, around 1130 hours PDT, from an unknown cause.  It is located approximately eight miles (some reporting 12 and 15 miles) southwest of Coulee City, Washington. It’s cause is under investigation.   WSP PIO Trooper J Sevigney released a presser this morning after taking over from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office last night.     Fire was said to be threatening homes, crops and electrical infrastructure.  State Mobe was approved and the SE WA Type 3 IMT took command of the incident around 2200 hours on Saturday night.  There are no evacuations in effect.  No homes damaged/destroyed or any injuries have been reported. 

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Photo Credit: Grant County Fire District 13

The fast-moving fire with wind-driven runs has scorched 3,500 acres but crews have reached a 50% containment status.  Fire fuels include sage, grass and range lands. There are 160 personnel on-site along with an unknown number of engines, water tenders, dozers and hand crews.  Local firefighters worked throughout the night on containment and structure protection.

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Photo Credit: Grant County Fire District 13

Incident Cooperators include Douglas County Fire Districts 3, 4, 8 and 13, BLM, WA State Patrol Fire Marshal’s Office, East Pierce Fire’s Brush Truck 116.  Other unknown State Mobe resources are also on-scene but information was not released at the time of the presser.

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Fire – EMS Jobs | September 22 2017

Though wildfires are starting to be put out and burn bans lifted, we thought we’d post some job opportunities for those seeking positions in the Fire and EMS professions.

Here is our compiled list from various sources.  We wish you luck!

AMR (WA) 

EMT-B.  Seattle, WA.  https://jobs.evhc.net/AMR/job/Seattle-EMT-Basic-WA-98168/431808400/?feedId=205400&utm_source=Indeed&utm_campaign=Envision_Indeed

BREMERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT (WA)

FIRE SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR.  West Sound Technical Skill Center. Bremerton, WA.  $43,825 / year beginning. See job announcement.  http://job-openings.monster.com/Fire-Science-Instructor-West-Sound-Technical-Skill-Center-Bremerton-WA-US-Bremerton-School-District/31/46acd18b-5c5d-4b28-a783-92a101c98306

CITY OF BELLEVUE (WA)

FIRE PREVENTION OFFICER.  $69,682.32 – $90,461.28 / year.  Closes 11/3/2017 @ 1700 hours. https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/1856108-0/fire-prevention-officer?keyword=Fire+%26+EMS&location=washington&pagetype=searchPage

CENTERRA GROUP LLC (WA)

AIRPORT RESCUE FIREFIGHTER.  Moses Lake, WA.  http://job-openings.monster.com/Aircraft-Rescue-Firefighter-WA-WA-US-Centerra-Group-LLC/31/73eea4c0-2d4a-4c56-a214-82c8f87fed7d

CITY OF GRANTS PASS (OR)

STUDENT FIREFIGHTER.  Grants Pass.  Complete Fire Academy/Student Firefighter Application. Job #17-36.  Closes 1/5/2018 @ 1700 hours.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/grantspassor/jobs/1652233/student-firefighter

CITY OF KIRKLAND (WA)

ENTRY-LEVEL FIREFIGHTER.   https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=firefighter+emt&sc.keyword=firefighter+emt&locT=S&locId=3020&jobType=

CITY OF LONGVIEW (WA)

FIRE INTERN.   https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=fire&sc.keyword=fire&locT=S&locId=3020&jobType=

CITY OF MEDFORD (OR)

DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL.   Medford, OR.   https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=fire&sc.keyword=fire&locT=S&locId=3163&jobType=

CITY OF MERCER ISLAND (WA)

ENTRY-LEVEL FIREFIGHTER.    https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=firefighter+emt&sc.keyword=firefighter+emt&locT=S&locId=3020&jobType=

FIRE PREVENTION OFFICER.   https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=fire&sc.keyword=fire&locT=S&locId=3020&jobType=

CITY OF RENTON (WA)

ENTRY-LEVEL FIREFIGHTER.   https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=firefighter+emt&sc.keyword=firefighter+emt&locT=S&locId=3020&jobType=

CITY OF RICHLAND (WA)

FIREFIGHTER/EMT/MEDIC.   Richland, WA. $5,043 – $6,550 /month. Must possess Wildland FF II cert. IFSAC FF I or II certs.  See additional requirements here.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/richlandwa/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1857415  Closes 10/22/2017.

CITY OF SALEM (OR)

FIREFIGHTER – MEDIC.  Salem, OR.   https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=firefighter+emt&sc.keyword=firefighter+emt&locT=S&locId=3163&jobType=

EAST OLYMPIA FIRE DISTRICT #6 (WA)

FIREFIGHTER (P/T).  Olympia, WA.  Part-time position. 2 openings. $12 – $12.50 / hour.  https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/gov/d/east-olympia-fire-district-6/6313012355.html

ENGLE MARTIN & ASSOCIATES (WA)

SR FIRE & EXPLOSION CONSULTANT.  Seattle, WA.  http://job-openings.monster.com/Sr-Fire-Explosion-Consultant-Seattle-WA-US-Engle-Martin-Associates/31/0c5bb2d7-19ff-4358-80ca-c0009cfe23a9

GRAYBACK FORESTRY (OR)

FIREFIGHTER.  Merlin Base, OR.  https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=firefighter+emt&sc.keyword=firefighter+emt&locT=S&locId=3163&jobType=

FIREFIGHTER.  La Grande, OR.  https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=firefighter+emt&sc.keyword=firefighter+emt&locT=S&locId=3163&jobType=

FIREFIGHTER.  John Day Base, OR. https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=firefighter+emt&sc.keyword=firefighter+emt&locT=S&locId=3163&jobType=

KITSAP COUNTY (WA)

DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL 2.  Port Orchard, WA.  https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/washington-state-fire-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,16_IS3020_KE17,21_IP2.htm

DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL 1.  Port Orchard, WA.  https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/washington-state-fire-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,16_IS3020_KE17,21_IP2.htm

KLAMATH COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #1 (OR)

PARAMEDIC, EMT. Klamath Falls, OR.  Establishing 2 hiring lists for Medic and EMT opportunities.  See site requirements and how to apply. Closes 10/20/2017. Information line (541) 885-2056.  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Klamath-County-Fire-District-No.-1/jobs/Ems-Eligibility-List-a4b79cbaf291fb95?sjdu=Zzi_VW2ygsY1fzh3Ma9ZsE4zIT1NTXCwgFBhdjeTC3NUeoTz6a5slNcWnV9u0CnOTb2lgWGXCUA_t_JLMAXFug

LIFELINE (WA)

PARAMEDIC.  Omak, WA.  $38,272 – $61,201 / year. Contact Human  Resources at (509) 665-4285. See details here:  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/eagle-group,-inc./jobs/Parmaedic-f7ab585bfe9848dd?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvS7jf91W2XfjP9QsqlpTIAT5OEkikkToay6tXetN7DE-N_sndOgvHLIcScBUi8YuFA

MILTON FREEWATER RURAL FIRE & EMS (OR)

EMT-B, EMT-P.  Milton-Freewater, OR.  Salary range $32,600 – $41,540 / year. Send  a cover letter, detailed resume’, copies of required and desired certifications, as well as education. Closes 10/15/2017 @ 1200 PDT.  Phone (541)-938-7146. Fax (541)-938-6967.  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Milton-Freewater-Rural-Fire-and-EMS/jobs/EMT-B-EMT-P-4b71914d723c9e61?q=fire

NATIONAL TESTING NETWORK (WA)

https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/search.cfm?position=2&region=all&state=Oregon (OR jobs)

https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/search.cfm?position=2&region=all&state=Washington (Washington Jobs)

ENTRY-LEVEL FF/MEDIC

  • Sunnyside FD. Sunnyside, WA. 
  • East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

EMT.  (Part-time) & FF-EMT (Part-time)

  • Vashon Island Fire & Rescue. Vashon Island, WA.

EMT-B

  • City of Albany. (OR)
  • Lebanon Fire District (OR)

FIREFIGHTER (Part-Time)

  • Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue.

FIREFIGHTER (Entry-Level)

  • Woodinville Fire & Rescue.  Woodinville, WA.

FIREFIGHTER (Lateral Entry-Level Career)

  • Granite Falls FD, Snohomish County FPD 17. Granite Falls, WA.

FIREFIGHTER

  • Poulsbo FD. Poulsbo, WA.

FF/MEDIC

  • City of Salem  (OR)   https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/search.cfm?position=2&region=all&state=Oregon
  • Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue (OR)

OLYMPIC AMBULANCE (WA)

EMT.  Lacey (Thurston County), WA.  Limited info.  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Olympic-Ambulance—Lacey/jobs/Emergency-Medical-Technician-3dea40ed192fcf2b?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvW08cRyO0NFmDUXsWeo83HG15pPSpLkrS1tCtFzzv5HrHLJnMEhqMoml58iLdwMZImyReL6h4yfoCN9tq9gAKdn9sExhx_VjxzOlL2DLl9Wa

OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY

FOREST OFFICER. The Dalles.  Permanent position.  Job #ODF17-0104.  Closes 9/29/2017 @ 2359 hours. $3754-$5469/monthly.  Creating a pool for open vacancies as they come up. Position includes fire suppression and prevention activities, administrative duties and other responsibilities. See site for specific job announcement.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1844893/permanent-forest-officer-the-dalles

OREGON FOREST & INDUSTRIES COUNCIL (OR)

DIRECTOR OF FOREST PROTECTION.  Salem, OR.  Partners with USFS, BLM and Pacific NW Coordinating Group.  Anticipated start date is 11/1/2017.  Check out details here –> https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Oregon-Forest-&-Industries-Council/jobs/Director-Forest-Protection-a466f619e32c5065?q=fire

PORT OF SEATTLE (WA)

FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEER.  Limited / Temp position.  http://job-openings.monster.com/Fire-Protection-Engineer-Limited-Duration-Seattle-WA-US-Port-of-Seattle/31/b30adb69-129c-41ed-88c1-77795fc92b93

SNOHOMISH COUNTY (WA)

FIRE INVESTIGATOR.  Everett, WA.  $65,594 – $79,762 / year.  Full-time permanent position. Closes 10/1/2017.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/snohomish/jobs/1844435/fire-investigator

SNOHOMISH COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #7 (WA)

ENTRY-LEVEL CAREER FF – EMT.  Snohomish, WA.  https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=firefighter+emt&sc.keyword=firefighter+emt&locT=S&locId=3020&jobType=

SOUTH KITSAP FIRE & RESCUE (WA)

FIREFIGHTER.  Port Orchard, WA.  $4,497 – $6424 / month.  Written exam must be completed by 10/16/2017. See additional details here on this post:  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Public-Safety-Testing/jobs/South-Kitsap-Fire-Rescue-030362d260b1b0e0?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvXzH9ZAdrqkzyvdXzE5XaUbkv1cO1ddWd8XRapHcqI_u64mGugPud12whIYoCHvTDzuAMZIfnZyrO2xWGbCAocAmmMCHeQZuYyFUV4_qYxbU

STATE OF OREGON

WILDLAND FIRE SUPPRESSION SPECIALIST.  Springfield, OR.  https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/jobs.htm?suggestCount=0&suggestChosen=false&clickSource=searchBtn&typedKeyword=fire&sc.keyword=fire&locT=S&locId=3163&jobType=

WILDLAND FIRE SUPPRESSION SPECIALIST (Entry-Level). Underfilled positions.  https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/oregon-fire-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,6_IS3163_KE7,11_IP2.htm

THURSTON COUNTY (WA)

MEDIC ONE TRAINING COORDINATOR (BLS).  Olympia, WA. $4,730 – $6,307 / month. Continuous openings. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/thurstonwa/jobs/1742367/medic-one-training-coordinator-bls

TRI-MED AMBULANCE LLC (WA)

EMT – B.  Everett, WA.  Limited info.  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Tri-Med-Ambulance/jobs/Emergency-Medical-Technician-006d0a1a8e034fff?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvW08cRyO0NFmDUXsWeo83HG15pPSpLkrS1tCtFzzv5Hr258fdY0je9vnyCI2h46R0ks3a1GD3XoTtT6WGLgODBA

US DEPT OF AGRICULTURE / FOREST SERVICE (WA)

FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST.  Multiple Location. Closes 10/3/2017.  $85,816 0 $111,560  / year. Full-time perm position.  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/479784200

US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE (OR, WA)

FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (PREVENTION/MITIGATION).  Princeton, OR.  $49,765 / year. Full-time.  Closes 9/29/2017.  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477243800

FOREST CREW SUPERVISOR 2.  Career, Seasonal position. $2,718- $3,522 / month. Okanogan County, WA.  http://job-openings.monster.com/FOREST-CREW-SUPERVISOR-2-08255W-WA-WA-US-Washington-State/31/c61c9af4-a076-42ca-9aca-65749779194b

US FOREST SERVICE (WA)

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN.  Colville, WA.  http://job-openings.monster.com/Forestry-Technician-Colville-WA-US-Forest-Service/31/25dd568a-1670-4336-9969-e4ad2e7437c5

US INTERIOR, BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, (WA)

SUPERVISORY FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (RX Fire/Fuels). Keller, WA. $49,765 – $78,270 /  year. Closes 9/26/2017. Full-time perm position.  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478266100

US NAVY, COMMANDER – NAVY INSTALLATIONS (WA)

FIREFIGHTER (BLS/HAZMAT TECH).  Bangor, WA.  $39,532 – $57,113 / year. http://job-openings.monster.com/FIREFIGHTER-BLS-HAZARDOUS-MATERIALS-TECHNICIAN-Bangor-WA-US-Commander-Navy-Installations/31/eddd72bf-5c84-4cbf-9dde-3d88478a13d6

Note:  We have gleaned information from various posts and recommend you check each site before applying.  We have pulled information from various sites reporting the same or variation of the same position. We have taken careful steps to take info from trusted sites and have provided the best of our ability accurate information as being presented in this post. – Ed.

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Rainfall Hitting Wildfires | Sept 19 2017

POST SUMMARY |  Some parts of Washington State and Oregon are getting a fresh look at how Mother Nature is now helping, instead of hindering fire suppression efforts. This, we are pretty sure is what firefighters and those that have been impacted by wildfires have been looking for all summer long.

Here is our recap for Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Welcome FALL, we thought you’d never come along but now – here you are. 

AMERICAN FIRE (1)

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA.  Start 8/10/2017.  Lightning.

 Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.  3,583 acres. 95% contained. Minimal fire behavior due to rainfall over fire area.  $1.1 Million cost-to-date (NIFC)

 CHETCO BAR FIRE  (2)

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles W of Selma and E/NE of Brookings, OR.  In the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Burning in the 2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire burn scars.  Timber (litter/understory), medium logging slash and chaparral (6′). 

Incident Cooperators include the Red Cross, BLM, USDA Forest Service, Brookings Fire & Rescue, Coos FPA, Curry County, Harbor RFPD, Illinois Valley FD, Josephine County (JoCo), OR DOT – Trip Check, ODOF and the OR State FMO’s office.

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering due to rainfall over the area.  190,512 acres with a 77% containment status.  1,440 personnel. 47 crews, 50 engines and 8 helicopters. 30 structures lost. $55 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

A Prineville Hotshot Crew member monitors a “burn out” near the confluence of Meadow Creek and the Pistol River on September 15, 2017.

 

DESOLATION FIRE (3)

Ochoco NF.  20 miles NE Prineville, OR in the Mill Creek Wilderness.  Started 9/9/2017. Lightning.  Burning in the 2000 Hash Rock Fire scar.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing.  3,428 acres with a 20% containment status. 195 personnel. 7 crews, 12 engines and 4 helicopters. $1 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Burnout Operations,September13, picture3

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE (4)

 Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  27 miles N of Winthrop, WA. Started 7/23/2017. Cause is unknown & under investigation. Fire still burning in the United States and in Canada where it crossed over.

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Rain fell over the fire area help aid firefighters. 129,000 acres. 30% contained. 294 personnel.  9 crews, 11 engines and 3 helicopters. 3 structures lost. $12.5 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Firefighters use tools to clear debris from work area  

EAGLE CREEK FIRE (5) 

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 1 mile from Cascade Locks, OR.  Started 9/2/2017.  Human caused & under investigation. ICP breaking down camp and moving from the HRV Fairgrounds to Cascade Locks.

Minimum fire behavior due to rain that fell over the fire line helping reduce fire activity. 48,665 acres. 46% contained.  353 personnel. 6 crews, 10 engines, 4 helicopters and 2 water tenders.  $18.9 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

 

EAST CRATER FIRE (6)

Gifford Pinchot NF.  12 miles W of Trout Lake, WA. Started 9/3/2017. Cause unknown. Estimated containment date is 10/31/2017. 

Minimum fire behavior due to substantial rains moving into the area assisting firefighters.  483 acres. 0% containment. 8 personnel and 1 engine.$454,000 cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Large column of smoke,various shades of grey, rising above the forested landscape in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.  A small pristine mountain lake is visible in foreground with high alpine trees bordering the lake.

Credit: USFS

HIGH CASCADE COMPLEX (7)  

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering due to rainfall over the fire line.  79,342 acres. 32% contained.  905 personnel. 22 crews, 44 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $46.5 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Smoke filters through the trees on the High Cascade Complex East Zone

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (8) 

Willamette NF.  7 miles S of Belknap, OR.  IMT is also managing Rebel Fire.  Started 8/21/2017. Cause unknown and is being investigated.  Timber, litter and light logging slash.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping due to moderate to  heavy rainfall over the fire area. 32,567 total acres with a 0% containment status. 348 personnel. 7 crews, 23 engines and 2 helicopters, 2 bulldozers and 6 water tenders. $7.1 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Firefighters stand around a large puddle after mornning briefing at the Rebel Fire Base Camp on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Mother Nature has helped suppression efforts with 2+ inches of rain in the past two days. Tim Mowry/Alaska IMT

Credit: AK IMT

 

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE (9)

OR DOF – Central Unit.  15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017.  Cause unknown.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.  

Minimal fire behavior. 16,436 acres with 95% containment status. 57 personnel. 1 crew, 4 engines and 1 helicopter. 2 structures destroyed. $16.3 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

National Guard Troops have demobed from the Horse Prairie Fire

National Guard unit demobilizing

 

 

JOLLY MTN FIRE (10)  

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. 13 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. 

Fire behavior is minimal with rain hitting the area. 36,808 acres. 40% contained.   136 personnel. 5 crews, 13 engines and 2 helicopters. $24 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Image may contain: sky, outdoor, nature and water

Credit: Kittitas County Sheriff Office

JONES FIRE (11) 

Willamette NF.  10 miles NE of Lowell, OR and 9 miles East of Fall Creek reservoir.  1 mile North of Clark Butte, OR.  Burning in the Little Fall Creek watershed. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning.  Timber (grass and understory), closed timber litter and lichen/moss in trees creating aerial fire fuels.  Some have been known to spread fire.

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering . 10,522 acres. 75% contained.  200 personnel.  5 crews, 13 engines and 3 helicopters. 1 structure destroyed.  $20.4 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb).

Intense Fire Activity

KELSEY CREEK FIRE (12) 

Willamette NF. 11 miles E of Oakridge, OR.  Burning on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Timber. Reported on 9/9/2017. Lightning caused. 

Minimal fire behavior. 527 acres. 10% contained. 202 personnel. 5 crews, 6 engines and 3 helicopters. $950,000 cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

 

 MILLER COMPLEX (13)

 Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles E of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 814/2017 around 1400 hours PDT.  Timber, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Dir dominance and numerous snags.  NW IMT Team 9.

Incident Cooperators include Harbor Rural Fire Protection Dept., OR State Fire Marshal, OR DOT, OR DOF, RRSNF.  

Minimal fire behavior with rain over the fire ground. 36,302 acres. 65% containment. 409 personnel. 10 crews, 16 engines and 3 helos. $25.6 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

MILLI FIRE (14)

Deschutes NF.  9 miles W of Sisters, OR and burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Started 8/11/2017.  Cause unknown & under investigation. 

Minimal fire behavior. 24,079 acres. 65% contained. 14 personnel. 3 engines. $16.5 Million cost-to-date.

Milli Fire on 8-16-17 at 4:00 p.m.

NORSE PEAK FIRE (15) 

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA. Fire has been broken into 2 different zones (North and South). Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down materials.

Minimal fire activity with rain falling over the area. 52,502 acres. 80% containment. 654 personnel. 14 crews, 25 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $ Unknown cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

View from Pyramid Pass 9-3

Credit: Ken Didion

SAWMILL CREEK FIRE (16)

 South of the Tacoma Watershed, Washington. Started 9/4/2017 around 1930 hours. Cause is unknown and under investigation. 

Incident Cooperators include the Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, King County, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Oka-Wen NF, Pierce County Sheriff, Tacoma Water(shed), WA State National Guard and WSDOT.

Min fire behavior with backing, creeping and rain over the area. 1,016 acres. 0% containment status. Total personnel 654 personnel. 19 crews, 27 engines, 5 helos, 1 bulldozer and  9 water tenders (shared among Norse Peak, American, Sawmill Fires). $3.9 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Sawmill Creek Fire Sept. 12, 2017

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX (20)

Umpqua NF.  50 miles East of Roseburg, OR.   (6 fires) Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  Timber, forest litter, grass and shrubs are fire fuels. Great Basin IMT 3, a Type 2 IMT team assumed command on 9/15/2017 @ 1900 hours PDT.

 

 

 

Min fire activity with flanking, creeping and backing. Rain fell over the area. Total 43,139 acres with a 38% containment status. 572 personnel with 11 crews, 22 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $35 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Standing in the Shadows of Fire

UNO PEAK FIRE (21) 

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  16 miles NW of Manson, WA.   Started 8/30/2017. Cause unknown.  Timber, grass fire fuels. Rugged terrain.

Min fire activity due to rain that fell over the area. 8,726 acres. 20% containment. 223 personnel. 4 crews, 9 engines and 1 helo.  1 structure lost. $6.2 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

National Guard rolling hose

National Guard rolling hose.

 

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Some WA Fires To be Contained | Sept 16 2017

POST SUMMARY |  Western  Washington State wildfires are due to get some much-needed relief from a future heavy rainfall due to hit multiple areas in the upcoming week.  This should aid fire crews in providing some mutual aid in getting these fires contained quickly.  Eastern Washington and Oregon are due to expect some cooling temps.

We are currently reporting on 25+ wildfires and we have merged several sources into one single post.  Here is the recap for Saturday, 9/16/2017.  NOTE:  Fire map is reporting wildfires in size of 300 acres or more.  Credit:  NIFC

1.  AMERICAN FIRE.   Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA.  Start 8/10/2017.  Lightning.

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  Fire has been active on North side of SR 410. Crews will continue to improve line and mop-up.  3,739 acres. 0% contained. 0 resources.

110 homes threatened. $950,000 cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Level 1 - Be Ready, Level 2 - Be Set, Level 3 - Go

If there were Evacuations where you are during a wildfire? Would you know what the Evacuation Levels mean? Here is a great way to prepare you and your family.

2.  CHETCO BAR FIRE.   Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles W of Selma and E/NE of Brookings, OR.  In the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Burning in the 2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire burn scars.  Timber (litter/understory), medium logging slash and chaparral (6′). 

Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and torching.  189,562 acres. 40% contained.  1,676 personnel. 56 crews, 44 engines and 12 helos. ( includes 3 Type 3, 3 Type 2 and 1 Type 1 helicopters, 3 National Guard type 1 Helicopter) East Zone alone:  14 Type 2 crews, 6 engines, 3 fallers, 1 feller buncher, 4 dozers, 5 water tenders, 6 masticators, 2 chippers, 1 skidder and 1 grader.

30 structures lost. Still threatened are 413 homes, 197 non-residential commercial  and 197 mixed use commercial/residential structures.  $53.2 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Colorful smoke cloud in the distance at sunset with Lake Selmac and tents ofn the grass in the foreground.

Chetco Fire – East Zone Fire Camp at Lake Selmac.

3.  DESOLATION FIRE.  Ochoco NF.  20 miles NE Prineville, OR in the Mill Creek Wilderness.  Started 9/9/2017.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing.  2,763 acres. 0% contained.  206 personnel.  7 crews and 12 engines.

31 homes, 33 mixed commercial/residential structures and 90 other minor buildings are threatened. $800,000 cost-to-date.  (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Burnout Operations,September13, picture2

Burnout operations on the Desolation Fire on 9/3/2017.

4.  DIAMOND CREEK FIRE.   Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  27 miles N of Winthrop, WA. Started 7/23/2017. Cause under unknown & under investigation.

Moderate fire behavior with torching and uphill runs.  125,300 acres. 30% contained. 215 personnel. 7 crews, 9 engines and 2 helos.

3 structures lost.  500 homes threatened with 6 mixed commercial residential and 150 minor structures as well as 50 non-residential commercial properties. $11.7 M cost-to-date.  (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Firefighters use hand tools to clear fuel on a rocky hillside

Building a handline through rocky terrain.

5.  EAGLE CREEK FIRE.  Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 1 mile from Cascade Locks, OR.  Started 9/2/2017.  Human caused & under investigation.

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  45,579 acres. 32% contained.  

Archer Fire.  260 acres. 100% contained.

Total Resources. 1,060 personnel. 27 crews (5Type 1, 14-Type 2, 8 Type 2 Initial Attack) , 61 engines, 12 helos, 9 bulldozers, 18 water tenders.

4 structures lost.  5,461 homes threatened.  $15.8 M cost-to-date. (Sources : NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb, Facebook)

A squad of firefighters surveys the Eagle Creek Fire

Firefighters conducting surveys on the Eagle Creek Fire.

6.  EAST CRATER FIRE.  Gifford Pinchot NF.  12 miles W of Trout Lake, WA. Started 9/3/2017. Cause unknown. Estimated containment date is 10/31/2017. 

Moderate fire behavior. 483 acres.  0% contained.  33 personnel.  1 crew and 1 engine. $424,000 cost-to-date.

 No structures are not currently under threat.  (Sources: NIFC, NWCC and Inciweb)

Large column of smoke,various shades of grey, rising above the forested landscape in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. A small pristine mountain lake is visible in foreground with high alpine trees bordering the lake.

Credit: USFS

 

7.  HIGH CASCADE COMPLEX.   Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.   IMT also managing Spruce Lake Fire.

Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, uphill runs and backing.  61,508 acres.  18% contained.  805 personnel.  12 crews, 44 engines, 5 helicopters. 

EAST ZONE

Spruce Lake Fire.  15,789 acres. 27% contained. Minimal fire behavior. Crews are working to strengthen fire lines.

Blanket Creek Fire.  31,632 acres. 20% contained. Crews continue to hold and strengthen containment lines to the north and east. Structure protection in Mazama Village in Crater Lake NP.

North Pelican Fire. 3,589 acres. 25% contained. Crews working to the build containment lines on the North side, pushing the fire back into the wilderness. 

WEST ZONE

Broken Lookout Fire.  70-member US Army Strike team continued work on helping aid fire crews and giving them much-needed rest. Strike team has been deployed due to extreme fire conditions and when resources are scarce.  

Fire managers are watching potential fire growth near Jackson Creek, where several structures are supporting stream restoration, spawning and brood habitat for Chinook salmon and the endangered Coho salmon. Structure protection is in place for fire lines.

Pup Fire. Fire crews are continuing to scout for potential containment lines. Hazard trees will be removed.  Working to secure the eastern edge of the fire.

OVERALL

69 homes, 23 mixed commercial/residential, 100 other minor structures threatened. 1 minor structure destroyed. $44.5 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC)

Smoke column near Crater Lake NP

Smoke plume west of Crater NP’s West entrance.

8.  HORSE CREEK COMPLEX.   Willamette NF.  7 miles S of Belknap, OR.  IMT is also managing Rebel Fire.  Started 8/21/2017. Cause unknown and is being investigated.  Timber, litter and light logging slash.

Active fire with single-tree torching, flanking and backing.  32,567 acres. 0% contained.  357 personnel.  10 crews, 24 engines and 2 helos.  

42 homes, 688 mixed commercial/residential structures and 150 other minor buildings.  $5.5 M cost-to-date.  (Sources: NIFC)

Rebel Fire.  Willamette NF. 22 miles N of Oakridge, OR. Started 8/4/2017. Cause unknown. 8,653 acres. $6.3 M cost-to-date. Was covered as a separate fire but is part of this complex.  141 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines.

Roney Fire.  3,548 acres.  Fire is being monitored.

Avenue Fire.  2,962 acres. Being contained on the North by burnouts along forest roads and bulldozer lines. Fire continues to move West on the ridge top South of Horse Creek and down to King Creek. Wind direction changed producing an increase in unhealthy smoke levels around McKenzie Bridge. Smoke grounded air resources on the North side on Friday. East edge of fire is slowly moving towards the Roney Fire. 

Separation Fire.  17,747 acres.  Firefighters finished protection efforts near the Melakwa Boy Scout Camp and starting mop-up operations. Resource advisors visited the Camp to assess what their environmental needs are. They are also working to protect resources at Scott Lake Campground and Frog Camp.

Sept 15 - Firefighters protected buildings at Camp Melakwa by laying firehose and setting up sprinklers.

Hose lines protect Camp structures. (Structure protection)

Nash Fire.  6,738 acres.  Fire crews hiked in 7 miles in to the fire using bladder bags (backpacks water pumps) to manage movement of the wildfire.  It is currently smoldering and creeping through ground cover on the South perimeter.  Little movement has been observed on the SE edge as it continues towards the Cascade Lakes Hwy.

OVERALL

Total 41,220 acres.  Total Resources:  542 personnel. 13 crews, 2 helicopters, 27 engines, 4 bulldozers, 6 water tenders, 1 masticator and 2 skidgens.

Briefing at McCoy Spike Camp.

9.  HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE.   OR DOF – Central Unit.  15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017.  Cause unknown.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.

16,436 acres. 90% contained. 286 personnel. 7 crews, 10 engines and 3 helos. 

2 structures lost.  9 homes and 2 other minor structures threatened. $16.2 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Horse Prairie Fire Panoramic Photo

10. INDIGO FIRE.  8 miles E of Agnes Creek, OR.  Fire active again on Friday, 9/15/2017.

521 acres mostly to the West. Fire behavior is active with short uphill runs and group tree torching.  (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

Forested hills with smoke columns and cloud of smoke above. Old sngas from the Biscuit Fire are in the foreground

Fire seen of the Indigo Fire. Foreground are snags from the Biscuit Fire.

11.  JOLLY MTN FIRE.  Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. 13 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. 

Fire behavior has been knocked down from active fire to moderate fire with group torching, spotting and backing.  Transfer of command from IMT Type 1 will go back to the local unit on 9/18/2017.   Containment date is expected on 10/15/2017.

34,221 acres. 30% contained.  788 personnel 13 crews, 46 engines and 5 helos.  

4,204 homes and 1,073 minor structures threatened. Evacuation orders Level 3 reduced to Level 2. $22.5 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Hoselay Removal

Hoselay removal.

12.  JONES FIRE.   Willamette NF.  10 miles NE of Lowell, OR and 9 miles East of Fall Creek reservoir.  1 mile North of Clark Butte, OR.  Burning in the Little Fall Creek watershed. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning.  Timber (grass and understory), closed timber litter and lichen/moss in trees creating aerial fire fuels.  Some have been known to spread fire.

Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching and flanking.  9,562 acres. 54% contained. 259 personnel. 4 crews, 15 engines and 6 helos. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

1 structure lost. $19.4 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

A Fire crew posing in front of a burnout fire.

Burnout operations crew.  Credit:  Marcus Kauffman

13.  KELSEY CREEK FIRE.  NEW!!  Willamette NF. 11 miles E of Oakridge, OR.  Burning on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Timber. Reported on 9/9/2017. Lightning caused. 

Extreme fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and spotting.  Estimated containment status of 10/31/2017.   300 acres. 0% contained.

81 personnel. 1 crew, 2 helicopter and 6 engines.  NW IMT Team 7 will take command on 9/17/2017.

(Source:  NIFC, NWCC)

 14.  MILLER COMPLEX.  Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles E of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 814/2017 around 1400 hours PDT.  Timber, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Dir dominance and numerous snags.  NW IMT Team 9.

Abney Fire. Fire crossed the West Fork of Dutch Creek and traveled up/over the handline placed upon the ridge above the creek.  In the Joe Bar area, fire has now backed down to the creek.  It is expected that it will go through many locations.  Joe Bar is under an evacuation order.

Burnt Peak Fire.  Suppression repair is the next  fire tactic to be used. The fire is almost near completion.

Creedence Fire.  Near completion and along the same lines as the Burnt Peak Fire.

Bigelow Fire.  Near completion and with the same future tactics as the Burnt Peak and Creedence Fires.

OVERALL

Moderate fire behavior with isolated tree torching, flanking and backing.  35,845 acres. 59% contained. 530 personnel.  14 crews, 28 engines and 3 helicopters.   Incident Cooperators include Harbor Rural Fire Protection Dept., OR State Fire Marshal, OR DOT, OR DOF, RRSNF.  

$23.7 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Incident Meterologist monitoring balloon date.

15.  MILLI FIRE.  Deschutes NF.  9 miles W of Sisters, OR and burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Started 8/11/2017.  Cause unknown & under investigation. 

Minimal fire behavior.  24,025 acres. 60% contained.  27 personnel. 4 engines.  

$16.4 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Successful burnout operations

Burnout operations on the Milli Fire.

16.  NORSE PEAK FIRE.  Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA. Fire has been broken into 2 different zones (North and South). Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down materials.

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  Transfer of command from IMT Type 2 to IMT Type 1 to change over on Sunday, 9/17/2017.  56,355 acres. 12% contained.  635 personnel. 17 crews, 24 engines, 2 bulldozers, 10 water tenders and 4 helos.

320 homes threatened.  1 structure lost. $15.1 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Sept. 16 ICP Photo

These are the men/women faces behind those who work at the Incident Command Post. (DNR + WA National Guard)

17.  POTATO HILL FIRE.  Willamette NF.  20 miles NW of Sisters, OR in the McKenzie Ranger District and West of FS Rd 2690/South of Hwy 20.  Started 8/29/2017. Cause unknown, under investigation. Heavy logging slash and timber.

Minimal fire behavior.  199 acres. 95% contained.  1 personnel. 0 resources. $484,000 cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

View from US20 of helicopter dropping water

 

18.  SAWMILL CREEK FIRE.   Fire is still threatening the City of Tacoma watershed, industrial timberland and DNR and Forest service lands.

Point-of-Interest:  The 1,098 acres is the size of 57 Seattle Seahawks training complexes and 1,450 football fields…. Good to Know!

No structures damaged or destroyed reported.  $3.1 M cost-to-date.   (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC and Inciweb)

Great energy at the ICP

19.  UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX.  Umpqua NF.  50 miles East of Roseburg, OR.   (6 fires) Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  Timber, forest litter, grass and shrubs are fire fuels. Great Basin IMT 3, a Type 2 IMT team assumed command on 9/15/2017 @ 1900 hours PDT.

Fire 625.  Burning in Devil Canyon area. Lightning caused. 1.5 acres. Contained. 

Devils Fire.  Hoselay and pump established along a 5-active portion of the fire to spray water. 

Happy Dog Fire.  Min fire growth

Ragged Ridge Fire.  Min fire growth.

OVERALL

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and backing.  42,775 acres. 38% contained.  763 personnel.  13 20-person crews, 35 engines,5 bulldozers, 13 water tenders and 5 helos.

79 homes, 48 non-residential structures and 21 other minor structures threatened.  13 non-residential structures damaged. 1 structure lost.  Evacuations are still in effect. $33.5 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Point-of-Interest:  255 JBLM soldiers from the 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion and 1-23 Infantry Battalion have been deployed to assist with this Complex. (Source: NIFC)

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

Burnout operations in Toketee Falls.

20.  UNO PEAK FIRE.   Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  16 miles NW of Manson, WA.   Started 8/30/2017. Cause unknown.  Timber, grass fire fuels. Rugged terrain.

Minimal fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing.  8,726 acres. 15% contained. 297 personnel. 6 crews, 12 engines and 5 helicopters.  Fire remained 2 miles upslope from Lake Chelan and is slowly backing downhill within the 2001 Rex Creek fire area.

13 homes and 22 other minor structures threatened. 1 cabin lost.  $5.1 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

Hand crews work constructing containment line on the Uno Peak Fire

Hand crews work to establish a containment line.

21.  WHITEWATER FIRE.  10 miles E of Idanha, OR. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing.  

14,005 acres. 35% contained.  341 personnel.  7 crews, 11 engines and 2 helos.  

143 homes, 1 mixed residential/commercial building, 2 non-res commercial structures and 54 other minor buildings. $33.4 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  Inciweb Last updated 9/15/2017, NIFC)

Crews work to secure the edge of the Scorpion Fire

Firefighters securing the edge of the Scorpion Fire on the Whitewater Fire.

22. CRAB CREEK FIRE.  NEW!!  BLM – Spokane District Office. 28 miles NE of Moses Lake, WA. Brush and grass as fire fuels. Started 9/9/2017. Cause unknown & under investigation.

Active fire behavior with running and flanking. Structures/sage-grouse habitat threatened.  300 acres. 0% contained. 81 personnel. 1 crew, 6 engines and 2 helos. $750,000 cost-to-date.

1 homes and 2 minor structures threatened. (Source: NIFC, NWCC)

 

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/16/2017 – 2130 PDT

 

 

 

NW Wildfires Continue to Burn | August 27 2017

POST SUMMARY | Many happenings are occurring in the NW and it is time to regroup.  With that being said, we are once again providing one single SitRep for ALL Wildfires here in the NW along with a Fire Map.

Here is our recap for wildfires burning in both Washington and Oregon on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

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GARFIELD COUNTY (WA)

Garfield County Fire. New! Start 8/27/2017.  1607 hours PDT.  Clarkston, Washington.  Asotin County Fire District #1 assisting Garfield County Fire crews with a wildfire on Knotgrass Ridge Road. #GarfieldCountyFire (Correction:  Original post said 1657 instead of 1607)

Credit: Mia Carlson News

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 BIA – COLVILLE AGENCY (WA)

Bridge Creek Fire. 11 miles NE of Keller.  Timber and tall grass. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and isolated torching.  3,268 acres. 39% contained. 549 personnel.  12 crews, 22 engines and 4 helicopters. $9.7 Million CTD. #BridgeCreekFire

BIA – WARM SPRINGS AGENCY (OR)

Nena Fire.  7 miles NE of Simnasho. Tiber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and isolated torching. 68,135 acres. 80% containment.  33 personnel. 6 engines. 6 copters. $8.4 Million CTD. #NenaFire

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DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Milli Fire.  The Three Sisters Wilderness.  9 miles West of Sisters.  Start 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching and crowning. 14,113 acres.  32% containment. 2,055 homes threatened.  672 personnel. 17 crews, 32 engines and 3 helicopters.

Cedar City Hotshots Prepare for Burn Operations

Cedar City Hotshots on the MIlli Fire.

Fire weather hearts up today with being hotter, dry and with windy conditions.  Poor overnight RH recovery and East winds may increase during night operations and causing an extreme fire behavior.  Evacuation info —> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5517/  $11.1 Million CTD. #MilliFire

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DOUGLAS FOREST PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION (OR)

Horse Prairie Fire.  New! Start 8/27/2017 @ 1530 hours. Natural cover fire near Horse Prairie located 12 miles West of Riddle and 8 miles SE of Camas Valley.  Crews arrived to about 50 acres already burned with multiple spot fires. Incident

Cooperators are DFPA, Coos Forest Protective Association, OR DOF and Tenmile Rural FD.  Additional resources are assigned and working as Mutual Aid are some classified as industrial landowners, logging company and contract firefighters. burning on private and industrial forest lands, as well as BLM lands. No homes are threatened.  A OR DOF IMT has been placed on order. 450 acres. 0% containment. 173 personnel. 

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FREMONT – WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

North Pelican Fire. 25 miles NW of Klamath Falls. Reported 8/10/2017. Lightning

A large column of smoke rising from the North Pelican Fire on August 19. PC: Officer Steve Leslie

caused. Continuing to burn primarily in a remote area of Pelican Butte. Rocky terrain and remote location prevents firefighters access to fire suppression of this fire.  It will be addressed when it moves closer to USFS lands.  On 8/17, aerial operations were aircraft making water drops. On 8/21, fire closures were in effect. 1,525 acres. 18% contained. 170 personnel.  Fire behavior is minimal, smoldering, backing and with isolated torching. #NorthPelicanFire

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MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Indian Creek Fire.  20 miles WSW of Hood River in the Hatfield Wilderness on the

Canadair CL-415 “Super Scooper” is assisting with fire suppression efforts from the air.

Hood River Ranger District. Started 7/4/2017 near 7 1/2 Mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440.  330 acres. Fire behavior is currently moderate with smoldering, creeping and backing.  Firefighters made contact with one hiker which had a drone with the intention to fire it.  Remember, it is unsafe for firefighters and aircraft when you fly your drone – and, plus it is illegal and can net you a ticket and jail time! Aircraft includes 2 type 2 helicopters from the OR DOF.  They are drawing water from the Wahtum Lake.  #IndianCreekFire

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OKANOGAN – WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST (WA)

American Fire.   11 miles West of Cliffdell. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.   Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and group torching.  110 homes threatened.  207 acres. 0% containment. 16 personnel. 4 engines.  Most of the fire suppression resources are being provided by the Norse Peak Fire IMT.  Level 3 evacuations are in effect for Union Creek, Pleasant Valley and Timber Creek.  Level 1 evacuation notice is for Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake. Hwy 410 and surrounding campgrounds are currently closed.  $248,000 CTD. *The American, Norse Peak and the Union Creek Fires are managed by the same single IMT team. #AmericanFire

Norse Peak Fire.*   Started 8/11/2017.  USDA Forest Service.  Lightning.  Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down material. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. 110 homes threatened. 2,160 acres. 8% contained.  342 personnel. 5 crews, 14 engines. Homes threatened. $2.5 Million CTD.  #NorsePeakFire

Union Creek Fire.*   Fire started 8/11/2017 from an unknown cause. Timber and heavy logging slash. USDA Forest Service.  169 acres. 0% containment.  Active fire with group torching, backing and flanking. 110 homes threatened. 6 personnel.  2 helicopters. Level 3 evacuations in effect for Union Creek, Pleasant Valley and Timber Creek. Level 1 evacuation notice for Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake.  Hwy 410 and surrounding camp facilities are currently closed. $198,000 CTD. #UnionCreekFire

Diamond Creek Fire.  27 miles NNW of Withrop. Started 7/23/2017.  Cause unknown, under investigation.  Timber and brush.  USDA Forest Services. Estimated containment date is 10/15/2017.  32,157 acres. 55% contained.  3 homes, 2 minor structures under threat. 1 home, 2 minor structures destroyed.  1 minor structure damaged.  317 personnel. 9 crews, 2 helicopters and 8 engines.  #Diamond CreekFire

Jolly Mountain Fire.  IMT 2. 13 miles NW of Cle Elum.  Timber. Active fire behavior with torching, uphill runs and flanking. Structures threatened. 3,316 acres. 0% contained.  346 personnel. 7 crews, 17 engines and 3 helos. $4.3 Million CTD. #JollyMtnFire

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ROGUE RIVER – SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Chetco Bar.  16 miles West of Selma in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness .  Start 7/12/2017. USDA Forest Service.  Lightning. Timber, brush and closed-canopy understory litter. 105,518 acres. 0% containment.  Steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain. 8,425 homes, 1,955 non-res commercial and 50 minor structures threatened.

Structure Protection

Structure Protection using a sprinkling system.

6 homes, 20 minor structures destroyed. 1 home and 8 minor structures damaged.  Moderate fire behavior currently with backing, flanking and isolate torching but fire conditions/weather are hot, dry and windy with a high potential for extreme fire behavior during the night-time and early morning.    Yesterday’s fire activities (aerial) due to low lying smoke in the air.  Firefighters were due or are working on strengthening containment lines and mop up operations in certain assigned areas.  The Structure Protection is group is working tirelessly with the installation of hoselays and sprinkler systems.

08-25-2017 Night Operations

RED Flag Warning. A RED Flag Warning has been issued today and through Monday.  This is due to conditions occurring now or soon will be. This warning includes gusty winds, low humidity or dry  and unstable conditions that will create the fire to have an extreme fire behavior opportunity.

Evacuation Info —>   https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/

Fire Information Meeting.  A fire info meeting tonight will be held Brookings-Harbor H.S. located at 625 Pioneer Road in Brookings, OR at 1800 hours.  #ChetcoFire

High Cascades Complex.  6 fires.  IMT 2.  3 fires previously reported under Falcon Complex has been moved to this new Complex. 9 miles NE of Prospect. Tmber.  14,463 acres.  60% contained. 526 personnel.  11 crews 10 engines and 8 helicopters. $33.6 Million CTD. #HighCascadesComplex

Horse Creek Complex. 3 fires. 7 miles South of Belknap Springs. Timber.  1,129 acres. 0% contained.   Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single-tree torching.  194 personel. 6 crews, 5 engines. $1.2 Million CTD. Homes threatened. #HorseCreekComplex

Miller Complex. 5 fires.  IMT 1. 17 miles East of Cave Junction.  Timber. 14,065 acres.

Active fire on the Burnt Peak Fire within the Miller Complex.

48% contained. 537 personnel. 12 crews, 24 engines and 1 helo. $7 Million CTD. #MillerComplexFires

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DNR – SOUTH PUGET SOUND REGION (WA)

Scatter Creek Fire.  Started on private land. 1 mile East of Rochester. Timber, brush and grass. 462 acres. 75% contained. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering.  136 personnel. 6 crews, 16 engines and 0 helicopters. 6 structures lost. $1 Million CTD. #ScatterCreekFire

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UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Falcon Complex.  2 fires. 25 miles East of Tiller.  Timber, brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened. 3,400 acres. 35% contained. 330 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines. $9.1 Million CTD. #Falcon Complex

Umpqua North  Complex.  9 fires. (2) IMT1 teams managing this fire. 50 miles East of Roseburg.  Timber, brush and grass. Active fire behavior with flanking and torching. 14,817 total acres. 7% containment. 1,054 personnel. (increased by 15 the day before).  24 crews, 73 engines, 3 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $12 Million CTD. #UmpquaNorthComplex

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WILLAMETTE NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

Horse Creek Complex.  3 fires. 7 miles South of Belknap Springs. Timber.  1,129 acres. 0% containment.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single-tree torching. Structures threatened.

Jones Fire.  IMT2.  10 miles NE of Lowell.  Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, uphill runs and flanking. 5,627 acres. 30% contained. 671 personnel. 20 crews, 22 engines, 2 helos.  1 structure lost. $7.9 Million CTD. Evacuations in effect. #JonesFire

Rebel Fire.  22 miles North of Oakridge.  Timber. 2,940 acres. 17% containment status. 46 personnel. 1 crew and 3 helos. $3.5 Million CTD. #RebelFire

Staley Fire.  IMT2.  23 miles South of Oakridge, OR.  Timber and brush.  Active fire behavior with group torchiing and backing. 1,272 acres. 35% containment.  455 personnel. 13 crews, 11 engines, 1 helciopter.  $3.9 Million CTD. #StaleyFire

Whitewater Fire.  10 miles East of Idahana.  IMT 1 recycling. Managing Rebel and Horse Creek Complex fires. Timber and brush.  9,871 acres. 30% contained. 726 personnel. 19 crews, 19 engines and 5 helos. $21.2 Million CTD. #WhitewaterFire

POINT-OF-INTEREST:  One RC-26 aircraft and support personnel from the 141st Aerial Refueling Wing (Washington Air National Guard) has been deployed to Fairchild AFB (Spokane, WA) in support of wildland fire operations.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 @ 1515 Hours PDT

NW Fire Chronicles | Chetco Bar Fire | 1

ROGUE RIVER-SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST, OREGON

smoke column 7-29-17

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Summary | This wildfire is located on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest that was detected on July 17, 2017, from lightning strike activity in the area.  Additionally, it is located 16 miles West of Selma burning in timber and brush.

Due to firefighter safety and the low risk of assets, there has been no direct fire attacks.

Size Up | There has been 4,583 acres scorched with a 12% containment status.  The fire has burned into the 2002 Biscuit and 1987 Silver Fires scars.   The fire behavior is currently minimal with backing and uphill runs.

Resources | There are 71 personnel assigned along with 2 crews and 1 helicopter.

Cost-To-Date | $1.6 Million.

Social Media |  #ChetcoBarFire #ORwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire – Updated 8/8/2017 2240 PDT