Wildfire Activity Report | Sunday

According to the National Interagency Fire Center based out of Boise, Idaho (USA), there are about 11 uncontained wildfires burning across our Nation.

Here is the update for Sunday, October 24, 2021.

CALIFORNIA

Eight new wildfires in Southern California started over the weekend with no new large incidents igniting and about five in the Northern portion of the State. None of these new wildfires were reported as new large incidents, which is great news for these California firefighters.

KNP Complex | The KNP Complex has two active fires burning in the National Park Service in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, about nine miles northeast of Three Rivers. About 88,307 acres has been burned and there has been a 60% containment status reached. Attached to this incident are 622 total personnel along with eight crews, 15 engines and 20 copters. Four structures have been lost and a cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $81.4 Million Dollars.

Current Status: At this time, minimal fire activity has been observed along with creeping and smolder activities.

Windy Fire | The Windy Fire is burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs lands and under the management of the Tule River Fire Department. It is about 22 miles east of Porterville. The fire has destroyed 97,554 acres along with 128 structures. It is now 92% contained. 281 total personnel are still assigned to this incident along with four crews, 11 engines and two copters. Cost-to-date has reached $71.9 Million Dollars. Started September 9, 2021. Lightning caused.

Alert | Flash Flood Alert in effect issued by the National Weather Service. Website: http://www.weather.gov/sto/

Current Status: Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

Alisal Fire | On Los Padres National Forest (USFS) lands, the Alisal Fire is burning about 22 miles northwest of Santa Barbara in chaparral and grass. The fire has burned 16,970 acres and destroyed 12 structures. It is now at a 97% containment status. About 298 total personnel are assigned to this wildfire incident along with six crews, 11 engines and no aircraft resources. $23.7 Million is the cost-to-date reached as of Saturday, October 23, 2021. Started October 11, 2021 around 2:15 PM from an undetermined cause.

Alert | Evacuation order issued starting October 24 beginning at 12:00 PM due to an impending storm that may cause debris flow that threatening the areas.

  • The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER due to an incoming storm Sunday night (October 24) through Monday morning (October 25) with the potential to produce a debris flow.
  • This Order is effective Sunday, October 24 at 12:00 PM (noon) and applies to the following areas in and around the Alisal Fire burn scar: west of Las Flores Canyon, east of Mariposa Reina, south of West Camino Cielo, and down to the ocean. Please evacuate the area by 12:00 PM noon tomorrow Sunday.
  • An Evacuation Center will be opened tomorrow Sunday (exact time to be determined) at the SBCC Wake Center located at 300 N. Turnpike Road, Santa Barbara 93111.
  • For animal evacuation assistance, call the Animal Services Hotline at 805-681-4332. After normal business hours, call the Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch line 805-683-2724 and ask to speak with on-call Animal Control Officer. (Source: Inciweb)

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

Dixie Fire | This fire has been burning for quite some time. It is burning about 15 miles northeast of Paradise and under the Command of CAL FIRE’s Butte Unit. Fire Management is under the GB Team 1,an Type 1 IMT and the EA Silver Team, an Type 2 IMT. Almost one million acres, yes, you read that correctly. One million acres! The actual amount of acres destroyed is 963,309 exactly. Fire personnel from the ground, the air and around the United States have successfully reached a 97% containment status. About 1,102 total personnel are still working on this active incident along with 13 crews and 30 engines. This monstrous fire has destroyed approximately 1,329 structures and topped the costs-to-date at a whopping $630.3 Million Dollars!

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior with smoldering observed. Some rain fell over the fire ground.

McCash Fire | This wildfire is burning in Six Rivers National Forest, about 14 miles northeast of Somes Bar in timber, closed timber litter and brush. The has burned just shy of 95,000 acres to an exact amount of 94,962 and reached a containment status of 93%. Due to the fire incident almost fully contained, there are about 191 total personnel along with two crews and two engines that only remain. This fire has reached a cost-to-date of $51 Million Dollars and may have been more had any structures been reported as lost. No structures were reported as lost.

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Rain fell over the area.

River Complex | This complex is located on lands of the Klamath National Forest, nine miles southwest of Etna in fuels of timber and brush. This Complex has been contained to a 93% status. 119 total personnel are still on this incident along with one crew, four engines and two copters. 122 structures have been consumed along with $95 Million Dollars in costs-to-date. About 199,359 acres were destroyed.

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior. Creeping and smoldering.

Monument Fire | The Monument Fire is located one mile southwest of Del Loma in timber and brush with fire management handed back to to the local unit from a CA Team 11, an Type 2 IMT unit. Fire had consumed 223,124 acres and has been contained to 94% status. Cost-to-date has reached a top of $162.8 Million Dollars. 52 structures were lost. One crew and one copter are showing assigned to this incident. Rain fell over the area.

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior.

MONTANA

Crown Mountain Fire | This Montana fire is located about 15 miles southwest of Augusta in timber on the US Forest Service lands in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. About 1,379 acres have been scorched and is only at a five-percent containment status. There are 66 total personnel as resources along with one crew, seven engines and four copters. Cost-to-date so far has reached $2 Million Dollars.

Current Status: Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures are under threat.

OREGON

Bull Complex | The Bull Complex is located in the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 25 miles northeast of Mill City in timber and closed timber litter fire fuels. About 24,894 acres were lost, along with one structure. Firefighters have successfully gained an 85% containment status. $36.1 Million CTD.

Crew burning at night on Sept. 8
Bull Complex’s Night Crew on a burnout operational fire objective. | Credit: USFS

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior.

WASHINGTON STATE

Schneider Springs Fire | This Washington State fire is located about 18 miles northwest of Naches in short grass, timber and brush. Approximately 107,322 acres were destroyed. It has been contained to a status of 91% status. One crew and engine have been reportedly still remain as resources.

Current Status: No new updates received from sources.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/24/2021 01:00 PT

Bruler Fire | Detroit Lake, OR | 2

UPDATE 2 | JULY 30, 2021

The BRULER FIRE was detected on July 12th near the boundary between the Detroit and Sweet Home Districts, near the junction of FS Rd11 (Straight Creek and Quartzville Roads) and FS Rd 1133. This is about nine miles south of Detroit Lake, Oregon.

Bruler fire smokes with Pinnacle Peak in the background- July 20, 2021
Credit: USDA

Fire behavior is moderate with backing and creeping.

Fire Managers say:

There has been 195 acres burned and there is a 53% containment status.South Cascade Interagency Type 3 Team will continue to mop-up. It is estimated thatanother five days of work is needed to complete all secondary contingency lines and have them secure.

Confidence grows as mop-up efforts progress; however, the fire has not been tested by higher winds. This may
change today as we are expecting scattered thunderstorm cells and lightning in the fire area.

Additionally, there is a Red Flag Warning and a Fire Weather Watch in effect over the Bruler Fire area through Thursday night. Crews will continue to be vigilant and adaptable to any potential increases in fire behavior or new starts in the
area. “Our goal is to focus day to day, and be flexible where needed” said Chris Mushrush, Type 3 Incident
Commander (trainee).

Command is under the direction of the USDA Forest Service. There are about 144 fire personnel along with two engines and 11 copters.

Total CTD is $4.7 Million in suppression and containment expenses. As you can see, the numbers have doubled since our last update on this wildfire incident. On structure has been destroyed and fire crews have saved all others.

Projected containment is expected to be completed on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

The cause is unknown. It is under investigation.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 8

UPDATE 8 | JULY 31, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Current Status

The fire has consumed 413,734 acres of mixed grass and shrub, timber with understory, and timber with litter fuel with a 74% containment.

Fire Operations

“At this point in the fire, we have to think about two things,” says Fire Behavior Analyst Chris Moore, “the fire we know about and the fire we don’t know.” The fire we know is the actively and recently burned portions of the Bootleg Fire. Much of the recent fire activity has been torching and burning pockets of fuel within the burn area. While the fire is not yet contained, a fire line has been constructed around the entire perimeter. Now crews are working to ensure that perimeter holds (is secured) to contain the fire. In some places, fire line is 100 to 150 feet wide from the unburned into the burned area. But some places may require as much as 300 feet to confidently expect the fire to remain contained.  – PIO

South, west east perimeters: crews are patrolling and extinguishing fire and heat (mopping up) where fire is less active.

Northwest and Northeast: To strengthen and expand the fire line. contingency lines or fire breaks, are being constructed.

Engines are lined up along a roadside as headlights shine towards the camera. The sky is darkening behind them.
Credit | USFS

Fire Weather

Critical fire weather is projected for the weekend to include current drought conditions mixed in with low RH, strong surface wind and unstable air. Potential for wind to carry embers and spark new spot fires in areas where the fire line is unsecured.

Resources

Command is under Norm McDonald, Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team.

There are 1,918 total personnel assigned.

Additionally, there are 51 crews, 95 engines and 10 copters.

Agencies and organizations that are assisting with this incident, are called Incident Cooperators. Below is the known partners but some could be missing from this list.

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Damage Assessment

There has been 408 structures destroyed. The total CTD is $70.6 Million Dollars for fire suppression and containment costs.

Public Informaiton

Forest Service Closures | The Fremont-Winema National Forest is now open south of Oregon State Route 140. Closures remain in effect north of the highway to provide for public safety and the safety of firefighters. The full closure order and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/fremont-winema/alerts-notices  

Impacted Fire Victims/Evaucees

Insurance Assistance | How to File Fire-Damage Claims |  For additional information on submitting insurance claims after losing your home or property to a wildfire, please visit  https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/home/storm/Pages/wildfires.aspx or call the state’s team of consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free).   

Public Information

Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 7

UPDATE 7 | JULY 30, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Fire Operations

Thursday was filled with another day of escalated levels of active fire behavior, which was predicted for Fire. Per the IC, that crews are using hose lays, mop up and patrol to contain and improve them. It remains with creeping, torching and smoldering.

Reports of approximately 160 miles of uncontained line in a fire that has over 300 miles of perimeter.

Resources

Currently, there are 1,918 fire personnel, including 47 crews, 22 copters and 98 engines.

A skidder moves vegetation with its grapple hook with smoke and trees in the background.
Credit | Bootleg Fire Facebook Page
  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire has burned about 413,562 acres of timber and brush and is 56% contained.

Damage Assessment

  • Destroyed: 161 homes and 247 other structures destroyed; crews are reporting 408 structures to the NIFC July 30th briefing.
  • Damaged: 16 homes and 15 other structures.
  • Threatened: 2,066 homes.
  • Cost-to-date: $67.4 Million Dollars.

Public Information — Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 6

UPDATE 6 — JULY 26, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 19, 2021.

Resources and Incident Cooperators on this incident are the following. (NOTE: Some are either assigned or have been released).

firing crew setting a backfire in Div L
Crew member lighting backfire. Credit – USFS

There are about 2,216 total personnel assigned along with 49 crews, 148 engines and 21 copters.

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire is about 23 miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon. Fire behavior is extreme with running, group torching and spotting. About 409,611 acres has been consumed but crews have successfully reached a 53% containment status.

Damage Assessment

There has been 184 destroyed structures and there have not been any new ones in this number, which is great news for property owners and fire crews knowing their efforts are starting to show they are fruitful. Damage costs-to-date has reached a high of $55.3 million dollars.

Restrictions

Public Information — Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 5

UPDATE 5 — JULY 24, 2021 — SATURDAY — 2155 PT

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE is located:

  • 23 miles east of Chiloquin
  • 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls
  • 11 miles from the town of Sprague River
  • On the Fremont-Winema National Forest

— COMMUNITY MEETING —-

JULY 25, 2021 AT 1400 HOURS (2PM) PT — VIRTUAL FACEBOOK PAGE —-

No account needed to watch. Hosted by the Bootleg Fire Operations Center

May be an image of fire tower, tree and nature
Credit — Bootleg Fire PIO

The BOOTLEG FIRE began on July 7, 2021 from an unknown cause at the time of the sparked wildfire. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident only, including stats. This occurred on July 19, 2021.

Resources

There are 2,216 total personnel still assigned to this incident, along with 49 crews, 152 engines and 20 copters.

Resources and Incident Cooperators on this incident are the following. (NOTE: Some are either assigned or have been released).

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Command is under the direction of an AK Type 1 Team, an Type 1 IMT.

There are 2,216 total personnel still assigned to this incident, along with 49 crews, 152 engines and 20 copters.

The Amazing Faces Supporting Firefighters and Other Incident Activities – Zuni Camp Crew

It takes a village to put out a wildfire, especially a large wildfire. In Silver Lake Spike Camp, we are supported by an amazing group, the Zuni Pueblo from New Mexico. The Zuni Camp Crew helps serve meals, keep the camp tidy and issue supply. – Bootleg Fire PIO

Zuni Pueblo Camp Crew- Bootleg Fire
Credit — Bootleg Fire PIO

Current Status

The fire has increased to 408,248 acres and crews have made a significant amount of progress on this firestorm with reaching a 46% containment status.

Fire behavior at this time is extreme with running, flanking and group torching. Due to the extremeness of the fire intensity, it is creating its own fire weather. A stunning and rare event occurred on July 18, 2021, when a tornado appeared on the eastern perimeter of the fire.

Here is a photo of the aftermath and you can see what type of destruction it made on the land. Fire Officials and meteorologists will definitely looking at this phenomenal event for years to come.

Credit — Bootleg Fire PIO

Damage Assessment

Structure loss is holding at 184, but the cost-to-date expenses for fire suppression and containment has reached a whopping $48.7 Million Dollars.

Restrictions

Public Information — Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

Stark Stats

July 15, 2021

  • 2 million people are said to be under RED FLAG WARNINGS across California, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon. Bootleg Fire deemed official “megafire” of 2021.

July 16, 2021

  • The Bootleg Fire creates its own weather and with that comes lightning strikes within the pyrocumulus cloud it produces.
  • Just on the same day, the weather produces a tornado on the east fire perimeter and clears out a whole area. This is very dangerous for those on the ground.
  • Very Large Tankers (VLATS) Tankers 910 and 912 arrive to the Medford Tanker Base.

July 17, 2021

  • The fire has burned two-and-a-half sizes of San Francisco worth of forest from July 13 – 17, 2021.

July 18, 2021

  • Fire grows to be 467-square miles, is about 40% the size of Rhode Island (US).
  • Mutual aid (fire agencies) respond from as far away as New York and Florida.
  • Fire continues to remain extremely active. Fire Officials ask the public to avoid the area as it puts their firefighters and people at risk.
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Credit — Bootleg Fire PIO

July 19, 2021

  • Deemed as one of the largest U.S. wildfires, is said to be not only creating its own fire weather but is disrupting up to higher elevations in our atmosphere.
  • Nationally speaking, wildfires were burning in 13 U.S. states where 80 large fires had burned a cumulative of 1,174,486 acres. More than 19,600 firefighters and support personnel were actively assigned to these events.
  • Red Cross volunteers have provided 3,409 meals and snacks, 565 total overnight stays, 145 emergency supplies since July 9, 2021.
  • The Bootleg Fire is deemed the 6th largest fire incident in Oregon’s Fire History with others listed as Silverton Fire at 988,000 acres (1865), Siletz Fire at 800,000 acres (1849), Biscuit Fire 500,000 acres (2002), Long Draw Fire 557,000 acres (2012), Buzzard Complex 396,000 acres (2014) and the Bootleg Fire 303,791 (reported on this day) (2021).

July 20, 2021

  • Fire is deemed to be the 3rd largest fire ever in the State of Oregon’s Fire History.
  • Fire burns into the The Nature Conservancy Sycan Marsh Preserve. The TNC works to protect its research station.
  • Nine wildfires continue to burn across the State. Gov. Kate Brown recognizes this fire is the 4th largest to burn in Oregon since 1900.
  • More than 900 airline flights into Denver (CO) are delayed mostly due to poor visibility from the smoke.
  • Smoke from this wildfire is said to be impacting Philly (PA).
  • Fire burns about one mile east Sprague River.
Image
Credit — Kirkland FD

July 21, 2021

  • Lightning is determined to be the cause of this firestorm.
  • It’s smoke, along with other wildfires has spread across the entire North American continent and is swirling across the Atlantic Ocean towards Europe.
  • The fire is thirteen-times larger than the City of San Francisco and the size of Los Angeles, California.
  • Fire is visible from the JMU campus.
  • Nevada National Guard pilot finds a missing Firefighter, only Nevada soldier assigned to this incident. Awarded by ONG’s General for his heroic actions.
  • Hazy skies observed in Oklahoma.
  • Air Quality Alert issued in Nashville (TN).

July 22, 2021

  • General Daniel Hokanson with the Oregon National Guard thanks Guard members for supporting civilian agencies with firefighting efforts.
  • Nine firefighters test positive for COVID-19, are quarantined.

July 23, 2021

  • 70 homes are burned.
  • Specialty local food cart: Anderson’s helps provide vegan/specialty diets for their firefighters. These guys deserve a HUGE Shoutout and some support to their business!! – ED.
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Credit — Gaston Fire District

“Local food cart at #bootlegfire helps 1 of our vegan firefighters get meals to fit his dietary needs. They drove 45 miles to closest store to get supplies. Thank you Anderson’s Food Cart.” – Gaston FD

  • Kirkland FD’s Lt. Dave Nelson and Captain Ryan Riedl are assigned as line EMTs. Their role is to provide urgent medical care to firefighters on the fire line.
  • American Red Cross is at this fire (70 are burning at this time) providing life-saving shelter, food and water services to anyone who has been forced to evacuate.

July 24, 2021

  • Fire containment increases to just 4% since this morning, but activity has continued to increase.
  • WA County (OR) Task Force 25 has been released from the incident after their 14-day deployment. They return back to their respective agencies and quarters.
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Credit — Forest Grove FD with the WA County (OR) Task Force
  • Firefighters were able to keep fire from moving east towards the towns of Summer Lake and Paisley (OR). Fire is said to be now longer than the I-5 corridor through Oregon at 321 miles.
  • Fire is burning ancient forests, lakes and wildlife refuges, so you can imagine its impacts on the area.
  • Montana Red Cross volunteer finds out one-week during his service on the Bootleg Fire that his own MT home is being threatened by the Harris Fire.
(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 4

UPDATE 4 — JULY 24, 2021 — SATURDAY — 0010 PT

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE is located:

  • 23 miles east of Chiloquin
  • 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls
  • 11 miles from the town of Sprague River
  • On the Fremont-Winema National Forest

The BOOTLEG FIRE began

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident only, including stats. This occurred on July 19, 2021.

July 13 - Image of a red and white Engine 138, smokey sky, a helicopter is in the sky above.
Credit | SW Polk FD

Resources

A total number of fire personnel is currently at 2,389 alongside 50 crews, 80 water tenders, 197 engines, 42 dozers, 28 other heavy equipment and 20 copters.

Mutual Aid Updates: These six Fremont firefighters deployed to the this ginormous fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest on July 8th with CAL OES Strike Team 2870C, remain healthy and all equipment is operational. – Fremont FD (CA)

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators include the American Red Cross, BLM, S Central OR FMP, Fremont-Winema NF, Klamath County, Lake County, ODF, OR and WA National Guards, Civil Air Patrol, Fremont FD (CA), SW Polk Fire, local public health and Oregon Health Authority’s nine cases testing COVID positive cases among resources on the ground, which are now being quarantined from the rest of the crews.

Current Status

There has been 400.389 acres of timber, brush and closed timber consumed. A 42% containment has been reached. Fire crews will continue to strive for reaching all of their fire suppression and containment objectives.

Smoke is visible from OR Hwy 140, Sprague River Hwy, Chiloquin and surrounding areas.

Fire managers reported via the NIFC briefing, that fire behavior remains at extreme with running, flanking and group torching observed activities.

Firefighters have been working around the clock, both day and night, in their continuous effort to contain this more than 400,000-acre wildfire.

Night has proven to be the best timeframe to successfully build line as fire activity generally decreases when the temperature drops and the humidity rises.

The day shift has been working diligently to hold established containment lines, by picking up spot fires and securing the fire’s edge.”

Bootleg Fire PIO Brad Bramlett

Damage Assessment

184 structures destroyed.

CTD for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $41.5 Million Dollars.

Restrictions

  • TFR over the fire is in effect
  • No DRONES in Fire Zones

Public Information | Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bruler Fire | Detroit Lake, OR

July 18, 2021 Helicopter dropping water on the Bruler Fire
Credit; USFS

The BRULER FIRE was detected on July 12th near the boundary between the Detroit and Sweet Home Districts, near the junction of FS Rd11 (Straight Creek and Quartzville Roads) and FS Rd 1133. This is about eight miles south of Detroit Lake, Oregon.

The fire is smaller in comparison to other wildfires burning in the northwest with a small about of 195 acres of closed timber litter, heavy logging slash and timber.

Containment status is now at 12%.

Fire behavior has been reported as moderate with backing, flanking and torching.

There 250 total personnel along with five crews, 11 engines and four copters.

Command is under the direction of IC Gales with the NWIMT Team 13.

Total CTD is $2.2 Million in suppression and containment expenses.

Projected containment is expected to be completed on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

The cause is unknown. It is under investigation.

No injuries/deaths related to civilians or to firefighters have been reported by Officials.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Elbow Creek Fire | Wallowa, Oregon

The ELBOW CREEK FIRE is located 26 miles northeast of Elgin and 17 miles northwest of Wallowa, Oregon on the USFS’s Umatilla National Forest.

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Credit | Elbow Fire Facebook Page

The ELBOW CREEK FIRE is burning on both sides of the Grande Ronde River. It is said to be threatening the UNF, Wallowa-Whitman NF, BLM – Vale District and ODF lands. Fire is being observed burning in the Grande Ronde River drainage near Mud Springs, about 31 miles southeast of Walla Walla, Washington State.

Evacuations in effect > Wallow County Sheriff’s Office

It originally had ignited on July 15th around 1445 hours PT from an unknown cause, that is under investigation. fire management is under IC Joby Sciarrino, a Type 3 IMT out of northeastern Oregon.

There has been 18,599 acres of timber and short grass that have been destroyed, which has a successful 20% containment status. Fire behavior is active with spotting and torching.

There are 469 total personnel along with 11 crews, 21 engines and three copters. Six crews arrived yesterday evening with more resources en route and arriving over the next few days.

Crisis Response

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Damage assessment includes one structure lost and a total CTD of $1.5 Million.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Grandview Fire | Sisters, Oregon

The GRANDVIEW FIRE is located about10 miles NE of Sisters

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Credit | Amity Fire District

The GRANDVIEW FIRE command has been transferred from the ODF Team 2, a Type 1 IMT today. This has been given back to the local unit.

Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activities with smoldering.

About 6,032 acres have been scorched and containment remains at a 95% status.

The fire was reported on Sunday, July 11, 2021, around 1330 hours PT, burning on ODF protected lands on the Crooked River National Grassland (Crooked River Ranch) in Deschutes and Jefferson Counties.

At the time of reporting, the cause was unknown and under investigation by Fire Officials.

About 366 total personnel remain assigned to this incident along with 12 crews and 19 engines. There has been a reduction of personnel by 109 members. On July 13, 2021, the Amity Fire District was part of a Strike Team from Yamhill County (Brush 5, a Type 3 engine).

No structures have been lost.

Cost-to-date in total expenses has reached $10 Million.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog