Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Monday, September 10, 2018

The TEPEE FIRE also known as a TEPEE 1144 NE is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and about 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon.  It was determined to have been started by an abandoned campfire, or as what we like to call them as “human intervention”.  It is still being investigated as to the whom the responsible party is.

Photo Credit : USFS

Firefighters were being tasked with patrolling of all the lines last night and with resuming mop-up operations today in cooling hot spots about 150′ into the interior.

Moderate fire behavior has been reported along with creeping and smoldering.  The fire  burned 2,064 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Fire management expect to transition to a Type 4 IMT by Tuesday afternoon and expect containment to be completely reached by September 30th.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office downgraded all evacuation orders with the following:

Level 2:  

  • South of Forest Service Rd 2015 (Ford Road)
  • West of FS Rd 2016 (outside of Forest boundary)

Level 1:

  • West of FS Rd 23 (Spencer Wells Rd)
  • North of Forest Boundary
  • East of FS Rd 2016

As of this post, there are 270 total personnel assigned along with 10 crews and 18 engines.

Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached a high of $450,000.00.

 

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Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, September 8, 2018

A wildfire is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon that was human-caused and that started on Friday, September 7th from an abandoned campfire.

Photo Credit : USFS

The fire has burned about 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

This is a wind-driven wildfire that is active with spotting.  Gusty winds have caused the fire to spot outside of its containment lines.  A dozer and several SEATs attacked the spot fire stopping it at 50 acres.   The overall fire has been 100% lined.

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NW Wildfires | Sit Rep | August 27, 2018

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To make it more simple (yes, we are changin’ up things again), we have combined current and past fire incidents that have occurred today and those that are still actively burning.

OREGON 

CENTRAL OREGON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

Active Fire Behavior North flank Jennies Peak Fire - August 23rd

Jennie’s Peak Fire. | Credit: Prineville District

JENNIE’S PEAK 1039 RN FIRE.  14 miles S of Fossil.  Transferred from IMT 2 Command back to the local unit.  Min fire behavior. — 45,956 acres.  95% contained.  — $2.1 Million cost-to-date.

FREMONT – WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST

Image of night firing operations also known as burnout operations

Watson Creek Fire. | Credit: USFS

WATSON CREEK FIRE.  13 miles W of Paisley.  Moderate fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and short-range spotting. Numerous structures threatened.  Closures in effect.  — 56,185 acres.  50% contained.  — 1,043 personnel.  28 crews.  76 engines.  5 helicopters.  — $10.2 Million cost-to-date.

BLM – MEDFORD UNIT

A Baker River Hotshot manning the hose as they burnout dozerline behind Thunderbird Ranch near Taylor Creek, August 3rd..

Taylor Creek Fire. | Credit: USFS

TAYLOR CREEK FIRE.  10 miles W of Grants Pass.  Min fire behavior.  — 52,838 acres.  95% contained.  — 390 personnel.  8 crews.  22 engines.  — $29.9 Million cost-to-date.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

Ramsey Canyon Fire. | Credit: NWS IMET Operations.

RAMSEY CREEK FIRE.  Medford Unit. 12 miles N of Eagle Point. Moderate fire behavior with backing, single-tree torching and spotting.  Home and structures threatened. Road closures in effect. Evacuation orders have been lifted.  — 1,971 acres.  40% contained.  — 942 personnel. 27 crews.  51 engines.  3 helicopters. — 1 structure lost.  — $4.4 Million cost-to-date.

OREGON PRIVATE LANDS

STUBBLEFIELD 1008 RN FIRE.  7 miles W of Condon.  Minimal fire.  — 54,221 acres.  95% contained. — 20 personnel.  — 1 crew.  2 engines.  — 2 structures lost.  — $2.2 Million cost-to-date.  — Started on private land.

ROGUE RIVER – SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST

Night operations firing August 23, 2018 photo by Weston Smith

Klondike Fire. | Credit: Weston Smith via Inciweb

KLONDIKE FIRE.  9 miles NW of Selma.  Active fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and flanking. Structures threatened. Closures in effect. — 89,597 acres.  37% contained.  — 1,046 acres.  20 crews.  47 engines. 3 helos.  $29.3 Million cost-to-date.

Lacey and Australian Firefighter. | Credit: Lacey FD13

NATCHEZ FIRE.  14 miles SE of Cave Junction. Moderate fire behavior with backing, torching and flanking. Structures threatened. Closures in effect.  — 24,605 acres.  70% contained.  — 504 personnel.  11 crews.  16 engines. 6 helicopters. — $32 Million cost-to-date.

SOUTH GILLIAM COUNTY RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

LONEROCK 1057 RN FIRE.   8 miles SE of Condon. Min fire behavior.  — 5,056 acres.  95% contained. — 0 personnel.  — $560,000 cost-to-date.

UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST

COLUMBUS FIRE.  5 miles E of Tiller.  Active fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching.  Closures in effect.  — 10,226 acres. 56% contained. — Total 317 personnel.  3 crews. 13 engines. 2 bulldozers.

Miles Fire. | Credit: Miles Fire Information

MILES FIRE.  5 miles NE of Trail.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and creeping.  Structures threatened. Closures in effect.  — 35,741 acres.  54% contained.  317 personnel.  3 crews.  13 engines.  2 helicopters.  2 structures lost.  $77.4 Million cost-to-date.

SNOW SHOE FIRE.  Approximately, 7 miles NE of Trail.  3,816 acres.  100% contained. Part of the 2018 South Umpqua Complex Fire.  — Total 317 personnel.  3 crews. 13 engines. 2 bulldozers.

ROUND TOP FIRE.  154 acres.   7 miles NE of Trail.  154 acres.  100% contained.  Part of the 2018 South Umpqua Complex Fire. — Total 317 personnel.  3 crews. 13 engines. 2 bulldozers.

WILLIAMETTE NATIONAL FOREST

Terwillinger Fire. | Credit: NWS IMET Operations

TERWILLINGER FIRE.  5 miles SE of Blue River.  Active fire behavior with flanking, spotting and group torching.  Structures threatened. Closures in effect.  Rain fell over the area on Sunday.  — 5,398 acres.  2% contained.  — 382 personnel.  9 crews.  16 engines.  4 helicopters.  — $2.1 Million cost-to-date.

WASHINGTON STATE

COLVILLE NATIONAL FOREST

HORNS MOUNTAIN FIRE.   19 miles N of Evans.  Transferred from IMT2 back to the local unit on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, isolated torching and smoldering.  Rain fell over the area on Sunday.  — 5,439 acres.  85% contained.  — 516 personnel.  13 crews.  10 engines.  3 helicopters.  — $9.6 Million cost-to-date.

NE WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

CORBETT FIRE.  Corbett Creek Road.  Stevens County.  Crown, grass and brush.  PC277 IC at 1630 hours.  Dispatched resources at 1556 hours.  Controlled/contained at 1615 hours. 0.01 acre. Unknown cause.

The light of the burnout operations glows through the trees (Photo: Seth Merrit)

Boyds Fire | Credit: USFS

BOYDS FIRE.  3 miles W of Kettle Falls. Transfer of IMT2 command back to local unit to occur on August 29, 2018.  Min fire behavior. — 4,549 acres.  81% contained.  — 502 personnel.  12 crews. 30 engines. 4 helicopter. — 9 structures lost — $11 Million cost-to-date.

OKANOGAN – WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST

Smoke in the Buttermilk area

Crescent Mountain Fire. | Credit: USFS

CRESCENT MOUNTAIN FIRE.  18 miles W of Winthrop.  Minimal fire behavior.  Structures threatened. Closures in effect. Rain fell over area on Sunday.  — 42,784 acres. 24% contained. — 559 personnel.  10 crews.  29 engines. 7 helicopters. — $15.9 Million cost-to-date.

Firefighters use tactiacal firing along 8-Mile Road in advance of the McLeod Fire.

McLeod Fire. | Credit: USFS

MCLEOD FIRE.  8 miles N of Mazama.  Min fire behavior.  Structures threatened. Closures. Rain fell over area on Sunday.  — 21,585 acres. 5% contained.  — 391 personnel.  9 crews.  35 engines.  — $3.8 Million cost-to-date.

HOLMAN FIRE.  19 miles NW of Mazama. Min fire behavior. Structures threatened. Closures in effect.  — 284 acres.  1% contained.  — 0 resources — $4,000 cost-to-date.

Photo of nightime burning operations with fire visible along the ground a firefighter adjacent to it holding a drip torch.

Cougar Creek Fire. | Credit: USFS

COUGAR CREEK FIRE.  12 miles NW of Ardenvoir.  Min fire behavior. Structures threatened. Closures in effect. Rain fell over area yesterday.  — 41,324 acres.  45% contained.  — 762 personnel.  18 crews.  27 engines.  9 helicopters.  — $30 Million cost-to-date.

BANNOCK LAKES FIRE.  14 miles SW of Stehekin. Min fire behavior. Closures in effect. Rain fell over the area on Sunday.  — 485 acres.  0% contained.  — 0 resources.  — $39k cost-to-date.

Fire crew is testing the ignition quality of fuels.

Miriam Fire. | Credit: USFS

MIRIAM FIRE.  15 miles E of Packwood. Min fire behavior. — 4,228 acres.  40% contained.  — 281 personnel.  5 crews.  3 engines.  4 helos.  — $11.5 Million cost-to-date.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST

Maple Fire. | Credit: Olympic Forest

MAPLE FIRE.  2,600 acres. 45% contained.  Rain fell over the area last night.

 

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NW Wildfires | Sit Rep Report | August 26, 2018

Here is a combined report on Northwest wildfires in the Washington and Oregon states.

OREGON

Oregon State Department of Forestry

Ramsey Canyon Fire.  Medford Unit. 12 miles north of Eagle Point.  Timber, chaparral and short grass. Active fire behavior with backing, isolated torching and spotting. Structures and infrastructure under current threat. Evacuations and road closures in effect.  — 1,861 acres. 25% contained. 1,072 personnel.  30 crews. 66 engines. 8 helicopter.  1 structure lost.  — $3.6 Million Cost-to-date.

BLM – Medford District

Taylor Creek Fire.  10 miles West of Grants Pass.  IMT also managing the Klondike Fire.  Timber and brush are fire fuels.  Minimal fire behavior.  Structures threatened. Closures in effect. — 52,826 ares. 95% contained. 403 personnel.  9 crews.  22 engines. — $29.8 Million Cost-to-date.

Fremont – Winema National Forest

Watson Creek Fire.  13 miles west of Paisley. Timber and brush are fire fuels. Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, short crown runs and long-range spotting. Structures threatened.  Evacuation orders have been lifted.  Closures in effect. — 50,144 acres. 40% contained.  1040 personnel.  27 crews. 75 engines. 5 helos.  — $8.7 Million Cost-to-date.

Payette National Forest

Aerial view showing fire moving across ridges

Caton Fire.  7 miles Southwest of the Village of Yellowpine near Indian Point.   Started August 26, 2018 at 1547 hours.   Fire was detected on August 24 around 1200 hours.  Lightning caused. 400 acres.  Initial attack completed by smokejumpers, helirappellers and ground crews, aided by a SEATs and Air Tankers.  Due to hot, dry and windy conditions on August 24 and 25th, the fire grew.

Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest

Natchez Fire.  15 miles southeast of Cave Junction, OR. Timber and Chaparral. Moderate fire behavior with backing, torching and flanking. Numerous structures threatened.  Closures in effect.  Evacuation orders lifted. — 24,224 acres. 70% contained.  — 491 personnel.  11 crews. 17 engines. 6 helicopters. — $31.3 Million Cost-to-date.

Klondike Fire.  9 miles Northwest of Selma.  Timber and chaparral are fire fuels.  Active fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and spotting.  Homes threatened. Closures in effect.  — 108,530 acres.  41% contained. — 1,240 personnel.  24 crews. 42 engines. 3 helos.  — $28.1 Million Cost-to-date.

Willamette National Forest

Terwillinger Fire.  5 miles southeast of Blue River.  Timber is fire fuel.  Active behavior with running, spotting and group torching.  Structures being directly threatened.  — 4,721 acres. 1 % contained.  — 321 personnel. 7 crews. 13 engines. 4 helicopters. — $1.5 Million Cost-to-date.

WASHINGTON STATE

Colville National Forest

Firefighter dripping fire from drip torch into brush along fireline to burn up fuel ahead of wildfire

Horns Mountain. | Credit: USFS

Horns Mountain Fire.  19 miles north of Evans.  Transfer of command from an IMT 2 back to the local unit to happen on August 28.  Timber and heavy logging slash are fire fuels.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, isolated torching and smoldering are being reported.  Homes threatened.  Closures in effect.  — 5,439 acres. 85% contained.  — 540 personnel.  13 crews.  10 engines. 3 helos. — $7.1 Million Cost-to-date.

Northeast Region – WA DNR

Boyds Fire.  3 miles West of Kettle Falls. Timber and brush are fire fuels.  Moderate fire behavior with baking, isolated torching and flanking. Structures are threatened.  — 4,549 acres. 73% contained.  — 529 personnel.  13 crews. 30 engines. 4 helicopters.  — 9 structures lost.  — $10.5 Million Cost-to-date.

Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest

Crescent Mountain Fire.   18 miles west of Winthrop. IMT also managing McLeod and Holman incidents.  We are reporting them separately from this one.    Moderate fire behavior with running, flanking and backing.  Homes threatened. Trail closures in effect.  Some rain fell over the area on Saturday.  — 42,784 acres. 24% contained.  — 584 personnel. 11 crews. 33 engines. 6 helicopters. — $15.1 Million Cost-to-date.

McLeod Fire.   8 miles north of Mazama.  Timber as fire fuel.  Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing.  Numerous homes threatened.  Closures in effect.  Rain fell over the fire line yesterday. — 21,585 ares.  5 % contained.  — 497 personnel.  14 crews. 36 engines.  — $3.4 Million Cost-to-date.

Holman Fire. 19 miles northwest of Mazama.  Timber as fire fuel.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Structures and communications infrastructure are being threatened. Closures in effect.  — 284 acres. 0% contained. — 0 resources.  — $3,000 Cost-to-date.

Miriam Fire.  15 miles East of Packwood.  IMT 2 transferring  command to the local unit on Monday, August 27, 2018.  — 4,228 acres.  40% contained.  281 personnel.  5 crews.  8 engines. 4 helicopters. — $11.2 Million Cost-to-date.

Cougar Creek Fire.  12 miles northwest of Ardenvoir.  IMT also managing the Bannock Lakes Fire.  Timber is fire fuel, along with medium logging slash and closed timber litter.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Homes threatened. Closures in effect. — 41,324 acres. 45% contained.  — 818 personnel.  19 crews. 28 engines. 9 helicopters.  — $28.8 Million Cost-to-date.

Bannock Lakes Fire.  14 miles southwest of Stehekin.  Timber and brush are fuels.  Minimal fire behavior.  Trails are the only closures in the area.  — 485 acres.  0 % contained. — 0 resources. — $39,000 cost-to-date.

Olympic National Forest

Maple Fire burnout from a distance.

Credit: Olympic National Forest

Maple Fire.  23 miles north of Shelton and 5 miles west of Hwy 101 on the Olympic Peninsula.   Started August 4, 2018 at 1100 hours PDT.  Human caused and under investigation. Heavy timber (litter, grass and understory) as fire fuels.   Fire behavior is moderate, flanking, backing and creeping.

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OR Wildfire | Ramsey Canyon Fire | 2

UPDATE 2

August 25, 2018 -1115 PDT

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Credit: ODF

A wildfire that started on Thursday, April 23, 2018 around 1245 hours PDT is located 12 miles north of Eagle Point on land managed / owned by the OR State Department of Forestry where the Medford unit is in Unified Command with the OR State Fire Marshal Office’s Green Team.

Heavy smoke previously hampered air operations has lifted enabling four helicopters with bucket drops and three air tankers assisting with reinforcement of containment lines with retardant drops.   Fire control lines in the northern, eastern and southern areas were holding well and mop up ops had begun on some parts of the fire.
About 1,861 acres of timber and chaparral & short grass have been destroyed.  There is a 17% containment status.
 There are 315 structures that are currently being threatened along with private, BLM and Industrial lands.
Level 3 [Get Out NOW]  beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.
Incoming IMT briefing

Incoming IMT Briefing. | Credit: ODF

Level 2 [Get Set]  East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.
Shelter is located at Hanby Middle School at 806 6th Avenue, Gold Hill, Oregon.  Phone # 1-888-680-1455.
Resources include 795 total personnel, 45 engines, 12 water tenders, 8+ helicopters, 26 hand crews, 9 bulldozers and air tankers as needed.
Incident Cooperators include Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service – Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Cost-to-date has reached $1.4 Million.
#RamseyCanyonFire #ORwildfires2018
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161 McDonald Fire | Lonerock, Oregon | 1

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 18, 2018 – 2130 PDT

A wildfire has been ignited by lightning on Friday, August 17, 2018 that is located six miles east of Lonerock, Oregon State.

The fire has currently burned 400 acres of grass and brush.  It has a 0% containment status.

There is limited information on this incident at this time.

#161McDonaldFire #ORwildfires2018

Source: NIFC

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McAlister 2 Fire | McAllister Spring, Oregon | Newly Reported

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 18, 2018 – SATURDAY

A wildfire sparked by lightning caused the dispatch from the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center of fire assets on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 1230 hours PDT to the Graves Creek area.

The fire was 100% contained on Friday,  at 1947 hours PDT.  A total of 0.3 acre of grass was burned.

This is the last update for this wildfire.

#McAlister2Fire #ORwildfires2018

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Whiskey Fire | Graves Creek Oregon | 1

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 18, 2018 – SATURDAY – 0016 PDT

A wildfire was sparked by lightning in the Graves Creek area in the service area of the Oregon State Department of Forestry.

Resources were dispatched on Friday, August 17, 2018, at 1300 hours where resources were said to be en route or on-scene.  The fire was fully contained on Friday at 2121 hours.

There was 0.5 acre of grass burned.

Limited information available.

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Goodman Fire | Black Mountain Springs | OR | 1

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 17, 2018 – FRIDAY

A wildfire ignited by lightning on Friday, August 17, 2018, in the Black Mountain Springs area or 17 miles West of Elgin, Oregon.

Fire resources were dispatched today through the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center around 1623 hours PDT.  Resources were said to be en route or on-scene.

There has been one acre of grass and light timber reportedly as scorched.

No other details are available at this time but we will update if any new details are released.

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Watson Creek Fire | Oregon | 1

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 17, 2018 – FRIDAY

A wildfire is burning about 13 miles west of Paisley (Lake County) on the Fremont-Winema National Forest (Paisley Ranger District), Oregon. which started on August 15, 2018.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

3 Surprise Fire-Medical Dept Wildland Firefighters & a Type 6 Brush Truck departed FH307 at 1400 hours today. | Credit: Surprise FD

Fire behavior is active with short crown runs, group torching and long-range spotting.  When it started on the 15th, the fire had reached 350 acres with a 0% containment status.

The fire has burned about 8,500 acres of timber and brush.  There is no containment or estimated as to when that will happen.

Resources include 100 personnel, two fixed wing Air Attack platform, four helicopters, 14 engines, eight water tenders, four dozers, four 20-person crews and two faller modules.   A lead plane and air tankers are being deployed when there is good visibility.

Firefighters face challenges with difficult terrain, access and the dense large amounts of dead and downed debris on the ground making it a safety issue.  A low visibility is also a factor for fire personnel on the ground and in the air.

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Photo taken on August 16, 2018. | Credit: SCOFMP

Incident Cooperators include Oregon State Police, rural fire districts and Lake County Sheriff’s Department.  A Northwest Team 6, a Type II IMT took over fire command at 1800 hours this evening.

The total fire suppression and containment cost-to-date is $350,000.00.

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