The Wildfire Log | Poker Fire | Oregon

UPDATE 1 | Monday | 9-16-2019

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire was detected September 15th (Sunday) around 1100 hours PDT.  It is burning  on the Sheldon-Hart Mountain Wildlife Refuge on lands managed / owned by the Fish & Wildlife Services, about 19 miles northeast of Plush, Oregon.  It is also been reported near Lakeview, Oregon.

The cause has been stated to be lightning related ignition.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior has been reported as active with creeping, torching and wind-driven runs. There has been over 15,000 acres destroyed.

There is no containment at this time.  However, estimated contained is expected on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

RESOURCES

There are 96 total personnel along with four hand crews, seven engines and one helicopter.  Vale Dispatch Center dispatched E3434 as an additional resource to the POKER FIRE on Sunday evening around 1736 hours PDT.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $250,000.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 9/16/2019 @ 2100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | 204 Cow Fire | Oregon

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The 204 COW FIRE is burning approximately 17 miles southwest of Unity on the Prairie City Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest in Oregon.  It was sparked by lightning on August 9, 2019, after storms passed over the area.

Image taken during evening fly over of the Cow Fire

SIZE UP

About 5,516 acres of timber and brush have been destroyed.  Crews have reached a five-percent containment status.

Containment is expected to be reached by October 15, 2019.

Firefighters completed removal of fuels along the south primary line, as well as completing construction of a hoselay supporting this line.

The eastern control was almost completed on Thursday, August 29th with additional fire fuels removed and chipped.

The north control was also established yesterday with meeting all fire objectives.  Fire was said to be contained along the 13 Road from Short Creek north for about one mile.

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The west control line is located in higher elevations and in areas within burn scars of previous wildfires that have passed through.

FIRE BEHAVIOR

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

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FIRE RESOURCES

There are 590 fire personnel assigned to this incident along with 12 handcrews, four dozers, 3 heavy and one light helicopters, two masticators, six feller-bunchers, four skidders and two skidgeons.  Skidgeons are described as skidders with mounted water tanks.

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Fire Management has been tasked by the Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 9 or more commonly called NWIIMT 9.

Panoramic Image of the Cow Fire from the ROAS camera at 4: 30 pm

Additionally, there are mutual aid units also attached to this incident which include:

* Blue Mountain Ranger District – 643, 671, crew 041, PV19, BC41

No photo description available.

THREATS

Structures are threatened.

THROUGH THE EYES OF A FIRE MANAGER

“Fire is an integral part of Eastern Oregon forest ecosystems. Prior to fire exclusion policies, the average acre of Blue Mountains forests experienced fire every 20 years, for thousands of years.

Without periodic fire, the forest becomes choked with dead-and-downed wood, undergrowth, and small and unhealthy trees.

We are suppressing this fire to protect values at risk such as active timber sales and structures, but dead trees are not values at risk, and our intent is not to place firefighters in harm’s way to “protect” jackpots of dead lodgepole from being naturally recycled.” – 204 COW FIRE PIO

Aerial view of the 204 Cow Fire

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses have risen to $4.4 Million dollars.

ALERTS

Some local roads in the area are closed. Please check with the USFS online before going to the area.

There is a temporary flight restriction or commonly called a TFR to provide more airspace for firefighting aircraft to work. This also includes restrictions to other non-fire aircraft and Unmanned Aircraft Systems or (UAS), as well as drones.

For more information on the TFR issued by the FAA, please visit this link for details https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_9780.html?fbclid=IwAR30VwjghTqTJHrhrkZfdTRz1zbZC_ro5ONuvtDE2x8PywPNnQ6FbCLRCmM

FIRE IMAGES

All images in this Blog are the Credit of the United States Forest Service (USFS).  We do not lie claim to them but are reposting them from our verified sources.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using the following hashtags for this wildfire:  #ORwildfires #FireSeason2019 #204Fire

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ABOUT MALHEUR NATIONAL FOREST

The Malheur National is host to over 1.7 Million acres of forested areas in the Blue Mountains in the eastern portion of the State of Oregon (USA).  Within the vast amount of lands, there is beautiful scenes of high desert grasslands, sage, juniper, pine, fir, other kinds of trees and with hidden alpine lakes and meadows.

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/30/2019 @ 2110 hours PDT

The Wildfire Report | Washington State | August 10, 2019

The Wildfire Report, is all about wildfires in Washington State and beyond.  Here is a summary wildfire activity that has occurred on this summer day in August.

Each wildfire is listed by the dispatch call time, Wildfire name and location.

We appreciate you reading and following our Fire Blog.  Much appreciated for all those in the Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement professions everywhere. – LR

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2002 PDT | Gold Lake Road Fire | Colville Indian Reservation.

Crews were dispatched via the Mt. Tolman Dispatch Center this even around 2002 hours to Gold Lake Road.

This is an open incident.

1931 PDT | Dreyer Fire | Barrett Creek, Ferry County.

HI 7101, 7105 and 7109 were dispatched at 1931 hours to Barrett Creek for a wildfire.  They arrived at 2006 hours.  Fire fuels are grass, brush, slash and light timber. 0.1 acre.

This still an open incident.

1746 PDT | Moe Ridge Fire | Moe Ridge, Chelan County.

Fire crews were dispatched at 1746 hours to the Moe Ridge area the CWICC in Chelan County.  Fire fuels include grass and brush.  0.1 acre.

Contained @ 1830 PDT; Controlled/Out at 1900 PDT.

1744 PDT ALICE MAY FIRE | Bodie Mountain, Stevens County.

Resources are still showing responding as of 1747 hours. NEWAICC Dispatch Center.

This is an open incident.

1712 PDT | Sandy Fire | Sandy, Lewis County.

Fire crews were dispatched via the Pacific Cascade Dispatch Center to a wildfire in Lewis County.  Crews assigned were Engine 266 and IC Stigall. Fire was held at 0.01 acre and under control at 1805 hours PDT.

In patrol status.

1533 PDT | Round Top Fire | Pass Creek Pass, Pend Oreille County.

Dispatched at 1533 hours PDT.  Limited information.  Rapellers are on order. NEWAICC Dispatch Center.

This is an open incident.

1437 PDT | Salmon Creek Fire | Tenino, Thurston County.

A fire prompted crews to be dispatched via the South Puget Sound Dispatch Center to Salmon Creek in Thurston County.  Fire fuels included grass, brush and stumps.  0.1 acre.

In patrol status.

1300 PDT | Second Strike Fire | Olympia, Thurston County.

A wildfire prompted more resources to be deployed to Olympia for a wildfire we are guessing was caused by lightning.  Fire fuels included duff.  The fire was limited to 0.01 acre.

Contained at 1300 PDT; Controlled at 1345 PDT.  In patrol status.

1012 PDT | Cedar Strike Fire | Olympia, Thurston County.

Crews were dispatched to the Olympia area in Thurston County at 1012 hours, where a fire was burning in grass and brush.  It was limited to 0.1 acres.

Contained at 1135 hours.  Controlled at 1230 hours PDT.  

1201 PDT | McCumber Spring Fire | McCumber Spring, Klickitat County.

Resources and equipment were dispatched to the McCumber Spring area at 1201 hours, located in Klickitat County. Brush and light timber were fuels.  0.1 acre. CWICC Dispatch Center.

Contained at 1358 PDT.

1107 PDT | Marble 4 Fire | Marble Mountain, Skamania County.

Crews were dispatched at 1107 PDT via the Pacific Cascade Dispatch Center  where a wildfire was burning grass, brush and timber.  Crews successfully limited the fire to 0.1 acre.  It was brought under control and contained at 1400 PDT.

Fire out at 1503 PDT.

0806 PDT | Girl Scout Fire | Dog Mountain, Skamania County.

Resources were dispatched to Dog Mountain at 0816 this morning where grass and brush were burning.  0.1 acre.

Contained, controlled and out at 0921 PDT.

0647 PDT | Alpha Fire | Alpha, Lewis County.

This wildfire was dispatched early this morning and put out. It was limited to 0.2 acres.

In patrol status.

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ON-GOING WILDFIRE EVENTS

Devore Creek Fire | Stehekin, Washington

Aerial view of the fire on August 7, 2109.

Devore Creek Fire | Courtesy/Inciweb

A wildfire sparked by lightning began on 7/23/2019, which is located 3 miles southwest of Stehekin, Washington.  Approximately 450 acres of heavy timber have been destroyed in the Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest.   The fire behavior has been reported to be minimal with creeping, backing and flanking.

Lead Agency is the USDA Forest Service.  About 58 personnel have been deployed to the front lines alongside one crew and two helicopters.

Cost-to-date have reached $1.1 Million dollars.

This an open incident.  0% contained.

North Mill Creek Fire | Colville, Washington

The North Mill Creek Fire is located 13 miles northeast of Colville.  This fire started from an unknown cause on 8/8/2019.  It is currently under investigation.

The fire has burned approximately 497 acres of timber. Lead Agency is USDA Forest Service.  There are 75 personnel assigned along with the 2 crews and 5 engines.  An IMT3 assumed command on 8/9/2019.

Open incident. 10% containment.

Williams Flats Fire | Keller, Washington

Hand crew conducting burnout operations on the Williams Flat Fire.

William Flats Fire | Courtesy/Inciweb

The Williams Flats Fire ignited from lightning on 8/2/2019.

The fire has burned 43,000 acres of grass and brush.   It is moving east and has crossed over the Brody Creek Road and Redford Canyon areas.  Fire behavior is now minimal that is creeping, flanking and smoldering, which means crews are getting an upper hand on the fire ground.  Mop-up operations will be in effect for Divisions Alpha and Bravo, with continue with line scouting, construction and road improvements in Divisions Foxtrot and Ida.  Limited movement is expected by Fire Managers.

There are approximately 36 homes and 20 minor structures that are still being threatened.  Lead Agency is Colville Tribal Agency.  Approximately, 1203 personnel are assigned along with 32 crews, 8 helicopters and 51 engines.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have toppled to $8.7 Million Dollars due to personnel, equipment, resources and one home that was lost.

This is an open incident.  40% containment reached.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/10/2019 @ 2230 PDT

The Wildfire Report | Pacific NW | August 9 2019

Thank you for reading our The Wildfire Report, a listing of wildfires for Friday, August 9, 2019.  This includes incidents for the Pacific Northwest in Washington and Oregon States.

Scanner feed for the South Central Washington and Northeast Oregon Fire Agencies came alive around 2230 hours PDT with reports of new wildfire starts from lots of lightning and hailstorms.  Additionally, reports of flash flooding due to heavy rains and high winds, along with large hail pellets were reported and said to be causing extensive damage.  Power outages were being felt by many in multiple hard-hit areas.

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2115 PDT | Wygant Fire | I-84, Milepost 84 , Oregon

A recent wildfire shows via wildCAD that there were fire resources dispatched via the Columbia Cascade Communication Center to mile post on I-84 in an unknown part of Oregon State.  Crews have kept the fire to a minimum of 0.1 acre so far.

This is an open incident.

2034 PDT | 0721 OD Fire | Pilot Butte Ridgeline, Oregon

Limited information.

This is an open incident.

2030 PDT | 0720 OD Fire | Triangle Hill, Oregon

Engine 9551 dispatched.

This is an open incident.

1925 PDT | 0712 OD Fire | Trout Creek Butte, Oregon

Located 2 miles north of Trout Creek Butte in Oregon.

This is an open incident.

1920 PDT | 0711 NW Fire | Cultus MT, Oregon

This is an open incident.

1920 PDT | 0710 NW Fire | Tumalo Reservoir, Oregon

Located north of the Tumalo Reservoir.

This is an open incident.

1919 PDT  | Riddle Fire | Tom Jenkins Ranch, Oregon

Crews were dispatched via the Burns Interagency Communications Center to respond to the Tom Jenkins Ranch for a wildfire at 1919 hours PDT.  Fire fuels include grass, brush and timber.  0.1 acres burned.

This is an open incident.

1910 PDT | 0709 OD Fire | Geneva Road, Oregon

Engine 9563 dispatched at 1910 hours this evening. Located east of Geneva Road.  0.1 acres.

Contained at 2041 hours. Controlled at 2041 hours PDT.

1843 PDT | Warthog Fire | Moffitt Table, Oregon

This fire is located east of Moffitt Table in Oregon, where crews were dispatched via the Burns Interagency Communications Center at almost seven this evening.  Fire fuels include grass, brush and timber. IC Bailey is on-scene.

This is an open incident.

1755 PDT | Soggy Fire | Trail Flat area, Oregon

Resources were dispatched via the Burns Interagency.

Open incident.

1704 PDT | Hollow 0696 RS Fire | Sulfur Butte, Oregon

Dispatched via the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 1704 hours PDT.  Resources included Engines 420, 625 and 628.  15 acres burned.

This is an open incident.

1608 PDT | Scatter Creek Fire | Tieton Meadows (Yakima County), Washington State

A wildfire has been sparked by an unknown cause.  Fire resources were dispatched at 1608 hours this afternoon.  Fire fuels include single trees. No word on the status of the acreage burning and containment status.

Fire being monitored as of 1844 hours PDT.

1603 PDT | Hogback Fire | Shoe Lake  (Yakima County), Washington State

Fire resources were dispatched this afternoon to the Shoe Lake area for a wildfire at 1603 hours.  Fire fuels were single trees.   No word on the status of the acreage burning and containment status.

Fire being monitored as of 1844 hours PDT.

1305 PDT | Whites Ridge Fire | Whites Ridge (Yakima County), WA

Fire broke out and prompted resources to be dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center earlier in the afternoon today to Whites Ridge.  Resources included WA DNR SE-540 and 561 with IC as Schwenn as of 1454 PDT.  Crews have held the fire to 0.1 acres.  Fire fuels include:  grass, timber and snags.

Open Incident as of the time this was posted.

1147 PDT | Kidder Fire | Rochester (Thurston County), Washington State

Firefighters were dispatched via the South Puget Sound Dispatch Center to Rochester where a wildfire ignited.  Fire fuels included brush, grass and light timber.  Acreage was limited to .15 acres.

Contained at 1300 hours.  Controlled at 1500 hours. In Patrol status.

0955 PDT | Hereford Meadow Fire  | Quartz Mountain (Kittitas County), Washington

Earlier this morning, resources and assets were deployed via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center at 0955 hours to Quartz Mountain.  This included Engines 331 and 332 along with IC Johnson.  Resources kept the fire to a minimum of .25 acres of destroyed timber.

Contained at 1852 PDT.

0735 PDT | Riverbend Fire | River Bend (Clark County), Washington State

Fire resources were dispatched via the Pacific Cascade Communications Center to River Bend in Clark County.  Fire fuels were brush.  Crews contained and controlled the wildfire at 0930 hours PDT.  The total acreage burned was .02 acres.

In patrol status.

0607 PDT | Jamieson Fire | Jamieson Lane (Spokane County), Washington State

Resources were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center early this morning, just past six-o’clock to Jamieson Lane in Spokane County.  Fire fuels included grass, brush and light timber. Total land burned as kept to 0.3 acre.

Contained at 0755 PDT.  Brought under control at 1000 PDT.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/9/2019 @ 2330 PDT

The Wildfire Log | 0276 NW Fire | OR | 1

OREGON STATE

UPDATE 1 | Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 2100 hours PDT

Fire crews were dispatched through the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center this afternoon at 1643 hours to a wildfire burning in the Wickiup Reservoir.

A total of 0.1 acres was scorched.

There is no current CAD data showing if resources are on-scene, if this is an active incident or the fire status.

More will be updated as details are received.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

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.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

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.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

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.
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