NW Fires | Saturday Recap

You will see that we are broadcasting on Twitter and Facebook new wildfires in Oregon and Washington as separate posts. If they are still active at the time of presenting this recap to you, we will add them.

Here is a recap for Saturday, August 14, 2021 gleaned from resources Inciweb, NIFC, NWCC, USFS, Fire Department, Fire Agencies via Social Media and other sources.

Washington State Wildfires

New! BARTLETTE FIRE – Barlette Road, Pend Orielle County.

AR7411, C301, E31, E32, INV Roberts dispatched via the WA-NEC on WildCAD.net at 1820 hours PT. Fire has been 100% lined at 2015 hours. UPDATE | Contained at 2016 PT.

New! FLOWER FIRE – Winchester Creek Road, Pend Oreille County.

Ar7410 dispatched at 0019 hours PT. 100% lined at 0518 hours PT. Not showing out or controlled in their CAD system.

New! NASON FIRE – 18 miles NE of Skykomish.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and torching.

103 acres. 0% contained. 12 total personnel with 1 crew member. $20K CTD.

(Source: NIFC)

New! QUARRY TOWER FIRE – Quarry Browns Lake Road, Stevenson County.

NC64, NC7306, NC7307 dispatched 0721 hours PT. 1.25 acres of grass, shrub, timber understory and slash. 90% mopped up at 2020 hours PT. Dispatched via the WA-NEC via the WildCAD.net system.

WHITMORE FIRE – 27 miles NE of Bridgeport.

Photo Credit: BIA

The photo posted for this wildfire depicts the process a wildland firefighter uses to for firing operations by using a drip torch. This is during a night operational period.

Colville Agency, BIA. IMT 2 (NW Team 12). Timber. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Community of Nespelem and infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

58,087 acres. 40% contained. 396 personnel. 8 crews, 25 engines and 1 copter. 6 structures have been lost. $6.9M CTD.

WINDY PASS FIRE – 11 miles SW of Cle Elum.

Smoke from Firing Operations 8-10-21
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS, WA. Timber and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

82 acres. 64% containment. 98 personnel. 3 crews, 1 engine and 1 copter. $1.5M CTD.

MUCKAMUCK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Conconully.

Colville NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Started 8/4/2021. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

CA IMT Team2 (CIMT2) is managing the fire with IC Mike Minton as the Incident Commander of this fire along with Cub Creek 2 Fire, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires.

1,648 acres. 5% containment. 84 total personnel.

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE – 17 miles W of Inchelium.

Started 7/12/2021. Lightning-caused.

white smoke rises from a drainage
Photo Credit: BIa

Colville Agency, BIA. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (NW Team 7) to IMT 2 (NW Team 10) will occur today. IMT is also managing the Upper Lime Creek Fire. Timber and light slash. Numerous structures and communication infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping, spotting and isolated torching.

28,797 acres. 35% contained. 388 total personnel.

UPPER LIME CREEK FIRE – 6 miles NW of Keller.

Smoke on the Upper Lime Creek Fire 8.8.21
Photo Credit: BIA

Colville Agency, BIA. Timber and light slash. Community of Keller threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect. Community of Keller is now being threatened.

Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.

376 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines. $472K CTD.

BULLDOG MTN FIRE – 16 miles NW of Kettle Falls.

Burned area on slope with fires edge creeping downhill
Photo Credit: USFS

Colville NF, USFS. Heavy slash and timber. Residences threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing. Fire started 8/2/2021 from lightning.

1,865 acres. 0% contained. 236 total personnel.

NINE MINE FIRE – 4.5 miles SSE of Laurie.

Division A burnout operationsat dusk 8.13.21_2
Photo Credit: WA DNR

WA DNR – NE Region. IC: Shawn Soliday. Jill Ritter (Trainee). Timber, brush and tall grass.

Moderate fire behavior with backing.

157 acres. 45% containment. 100 personnel.

PINCER CREEK FIRE – 15 miles E of Marblemount.

The Pincer Creek Fire creeps in heavy dead and down timber on August 11, 2021.
Photo Credit: USFS

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, USFS. Timber and brush.

Started 8/3/2021 from lightning.

400 acres. 0% contained. 4 total personnel. IC Shawn Otto.

CHUWEAH CREEK FIRE – 4 miles N of Nespelem.

Smokey Bear Fire Danger Sign
Photo Credit: BIA

Colville Agency, BIA. Brush, timber and light slash. Started 7/25/2021 at 1900 hours PT. IC: Mt. Tolman Fire Center.

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area and road closures in effect.

36,752 acres. 98% contained. 8 total personnel.

LICK CREEK FIRE – 15 miles SE of Pomeroy.

Night time burning operations on Lick Creek Fire.
Photo Credit: USFS / Courtesy: Inciweb

Umatilla NF, USFS. IMT 2 (RM Team Black). IMT is also managing the Green Ridge Fire. Short grass, hardwood litter and timber. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Fire started 7/7/2021 at 0800 hours. Lightning-caused.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

80,421 acres. 96% contained. 27 total personnel.

SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE – 21 miles NW of Tieton.

Schneider Springs 8-5-21
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Naches Ranger District. IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). IMT is also managing the Windy Pass Fire. Short grass, timber and brush. Started 8/3/2021. Lightning caused.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing.

15,042 acres. 0% contained. 337 personnel. 12 crews, 15 engines, 2 copters. $3.5M CTD.

CHICKADEE FIRE – 16 miles NW of Tonasket.

photo of a stand that had fuel reduction
Photo Credit: WA DNR

WA DNR-NE Region. Timber and short grass.

Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, short-range spotting and creeping.

Fire Personnel continue to work on increasing containment of the fire with the help of engine crews, working to enforce the line, and putting out any spot fires or hotspots along the line. Personnel will continue to look for hot spots and assist where needed.

656 acres. 55% contained. 114 personnel. 2 crews, 9 engines. $2.3M CTD.

SPUR FIRE – 18 miles NE of Tonasket.

Timber and short grass. Community of Bonaparte and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.

The fire pushed outside the northern containment line and was suppressed by crews and equipment.  Spot fires outside containment lines were also detected and suppressed utilizing engines, dozers, and hand crews. Smoke hampered aerial resources; but they remain available when conditions improve. Today’s activities will focus preparing Road 33, structure protection and suppressing new spot fires.

10,261 acres. 0% contained. 142 personnel. 5 crews, 2 engines. $248K CTD.

GREEN RIDGE FIRE – 31 miles E of Walla Walla.

A plane drops a load of red retardant across a forested mountainside.
Photo Credit: USFS

Umatilla NF, USFS. Thirty miles east of Walla Walla, WA. Closed timber litter, timber and
medium slash.

Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting. Several
communities threatened.

32,298 acres. 15% contained. 499 personnel. 7 crews, 31 engines and 6 copters. $28.1M CTD.

WALKER CREEK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Wauconda.

IMT also managing the Spur and Chickadee Creek Fires. Timber and short grass. Community of Bonaparte and structures
threatened. Evacuations in effect.

Active fire behavior with short-range spotting, group torching and wind-driven runs.

Structure protection continued through the night as firefighters removed vegetation and any materials that could threaten structures.  In the northern area of the fire, dozers are constructing fire line to remove fuel. Work today will include constructing fire line from the fires end down to Bonaparte Lake, continued construction and improvement of containment and contingency lines, and scouting for spot fires.

1,091 acres. 10% contained. 250 personnel. 4 crews, 23 engines. $4.5M CTD.

CUB CREEK 2 FIRE – 5 miles N of Winthrop.

Firefighters cutting line with a group of trees on fire very close
Photo Credit: Skidgen E87

Southeast Region, DNR. IMT 1 (CA Team 2). IMT is also managing the Muckamuck, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires. Short grass, closed timber litter and timber. Infrastructure now threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping.

66,883 acres. 55% contained. 330 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines and 8 copters.

3 structures lost. $21.9M CTD.

CEDAR CREEK FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Our hotshot crew just finished hand ignition along the Thompson Ridge below Gobblers Knob, from the 4410 road across the 500 road. This is to create a black line more slowly. Crews and engines are deployed along the 4410 road to hold the fire.
Photo Credit: USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, brush and short grass. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with torching, smoldering and uphill runs.

53,215 acres. 50% contained. 437 personnel 8 crews, 26 engines, 7 copters.

2 structures lost. $28M CTD.

DELANCY FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, short grass and closed timber litter. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Minimal fire behavior.

223 acres. 80% contained. No resources assigned but is being monitored. $122K CTD.

Oregon Wildfires

DEVIL’S KNOB COMPLEX – 22 miles NE of Azalea.

Hillside burning and smoking
Photo Credit: USFS

(5 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 8). Timber and medium slash. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting.

6,606 acres. 12% contained. Total 655 personnel.

YAINAX FIRE – 10 miles NE of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

WALRUS FIRE – 11 miles N of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

BOOTLEG FIRE – 23 miles E of Chiloquin.

As part of the BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) effort, hydrologists evaluate potential post-fire flooding.
Hydrologists evaluate an irrigation diversion on the Sprague River. | Photo Credit: USFS.

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (PNW Team 2) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Yainax and Walrus Fires. Timber and brush. Structures threatened. Area and Trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering.

413,717 acres. 98% contained. 253 total personnel.

SKYLINE RIDGE COMPLEX – 5 miles SE of Days Creek.

Night operations on Skyline Ridge Complex
Photo Credit: ODF

(3 fires), South Unit, ODF. IMT 1 (ODF Team 1). Timber and light slash. Numerous residences and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations in effect.

Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and short-range spotting.

4,828 acres. 33% contained. 1254 personnel. 38 crews, 49 engines and 14 copters. $11.7M CTD.

BRULER FIRE – 9 miles S of Detroit.

Willamette National Forest firefighters engage in mop-up- July 15, 2021
Photo Credit: USFS

Willamette NF, USFS. Closed timber litter and timber. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.

195 acres. 75% contained. 66 total personnel.

BLACK BUTTE FIRE – 36 miles SE of John Day, 24.9 miles S of Unity.

Photo of smoke rising from the forest with a hazy sky.
Photo Credit: Eric Risdal, NW IMT 6

Malheur NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 9). IMT 2 (NW Team 6) mobilizing. Timber and light slash. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Started on 8/3/2021. Lightning-caused.

17,571 acres. 30% contained.

New! FOX COMPLEX – W of Lakeview

Includes the Patton Meadow and Willow Valley Fires which just merged together. They are both being managed by a team under Unified Command with the OR DOF’s IMT Team 3 and the OR State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team. they are busy setting up their Incident Command Post (ICP) at the Lake County Fairgrounds. They are also working on coordinating a base for crews and amenities to support them.

Total 7,000 acres. 0% containment.

Patton Meadow Fire_08132021_8PM
Photo Credit: USFS

Patton Meadow Fire – 10 -15 miles W of Lakeview.

Fire behavior increased overnight as winds out of the north pushed it over and to the south of Hwy 140 and well west of the 383 road. Night crews and dozers were able to put a line around those areas and will continue to strengthen those lines throughout the day.

Credit: ODF

Fire is now 4,100 acres. 0% contained.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS in progress – GO NOW!

  •  Highway 140 West at Juniper RV to Antelope Valley Ranch.
  • All of Drews Gap, on both sides of Highway 140.

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS in progress – GET SET!

  • West of Antelope Valley Ranch to Tracy Loop.
  • N of Hwy 140 from Juniper RV to Lower Cottonwood.

LEVEL 1 EVACUATIONS in progress – BE READY!

  • 140 W south to Andy Hill Road
  • West on Andy Hill Road to Dog Lake Lane, to Dog Creek Bridge
  • All residences at Drews Reservoir
  • Tracy Loop to Upper Cottonwood Road
  • East of Lower Cottonwood road to Cottonwood Creek

SHELTER – Red Cross Shelteter. Daly Middle School. 220 South H Street, Lakeview.

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Timber, light slash and brush. Extreme fire behavior with short crown runs, running and spotting. Residences threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

Started 8/12/2021 from dry lightning just before 1530 hours PT. One of several fires in Klamath and Lake Counties.

Cooperating agencies: S Central OR Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP). ODF, USFS/Fremont-Winema National Forest Lakeview District. Lake County SO, OEM.

71 personnel 7 engines and 2 helos. $50K CTD.

Willow Fire – 16 miles south of Bonanza, OR

EVACUATIONS in progress – by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. For more info , go to their website on Facebook here –> https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906.

Fire is burning mostly on BLM Lakeview District lands north of the Stateline, as a portion of the Modoc National Forest to the south. ODF lands are now being threatened. No structures are being threatened. Teams are working to get re-established with the new Unified Command system under this Fox Complex incident.

Resources include: 4 large type 1 copters are en route this afternoon.

KNOLL FIRE – 7 miles NE of McKenzie Bridge.

Firefighters pick up extra health and safety items for their shift.
Photo Credit: USFS

Timber, closed timber litter and light slash. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road, and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking, torching and spotting.

544 acres. 30% contained. 82 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines. $222K CTD.

BULL COMPLEX – 25 miles NE of Mill City.

Cascade Type 2 Initial Attack Crew constructing handline
Photo Credit: USFS

Mt. Hood NF, USFS. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, running and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Total 1,865 acres. 0% contained. 236 total personnel.

MIDDLEFORK COMPLEX – 9 miles NE of Oakridge.

Blue sky visible above pink tinted smoke from forest fires. Below the smoke green forested mountains are visible.
Photo Credit: USDA Forest Service

(3 fires), Willamette NF, USFS. IMT 1 (PNW Team 3). IMT is also managing the Knoll Fire. Closed timber litter and timber. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and torching.

8,424 acres. 2% contained. 673 personnel. 134 crews, 30 engines, 6 copter. $11.1M CTD.

ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX – 18 miles SW of Oakridge.

Rough Patch - Chaos Fire on August 7, 2021
Photo Credit: USFS

(4 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 13). IMT 1 (GB Team 2) mobilizing. IMT is also managing the Jack incident. Closed timber litter and timber. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting.

9,905 acres. 3% contained. 441 total personnel.

JACK FIRE – 31 miles E of Roseburg.

photo credit Forrest Ownbey WADNR
Photo Credit: USFS

Umpqua NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Active fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Numerous structures threatened.

23,614 acres. 53% contained. 131 total personnel.

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NW Wildfires | Recap

Due to many wildfires, we are going to try this again and put them into a single recap. Please be patient with us as the northwest seems to be catching ablaze and of course, we have been behind for a long time. We thank you for reading our articles and following our blog. You are appreciated!

Here is a recap for Friday, August 13, 2021 gleaned from resources Inciweb, NIFC, NWCC, USFS, Fire Department, Fire Agencies via Social Media and other sources.

Washington State Wildfires

WHITMORE FIRE – 27 miles NE of Bridgeport.

Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. IMT 2 (NW Team 12). Timber. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Community of Nespelem and infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

57,478 acres. 35% contained. 379 personnel. 8 crews, 23 engines and 1 chopper. 6 structures lost. $6.1M CTD.

WINDY PASS FIRE – 11 miles SW of Cle Elum.

Smoke from Firing Operations 8-10-21
Photo Credit: USFS/OK-WEN NF

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS, WA. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Mop-up operations are in progress.

82 acres. 64% contained. 77 personnel. 3 crews, 1 engine and 1 copter. $1.5M CTD.

MUCKAMUCK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Conconully.

Colville NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Started 8/4/2021. Active fire behavior with creeping, group torching and spotting. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

1,648 acres. 0% contained. 54 personnel 1 crew, 7 engines and 4 choppers. $1.9M CTD.

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE – 17 miles W of Inchelium.

A firefighter guards a fireline.  She burns small, calculated areas to ensure that the approaching firefront hits the fireline in a slow, controlled manner.
Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (NW Team 7) to IMT 2 (NW Team 10) will occur today. IMT is also managing the Upper Lime Creek Fire. Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Numerous structures and communication infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

28,797 acres. 35% contained. 429 personnel. 7 crews, 18 engines and 4 helicopters. $23M CTD.

UPPER LIME CREEK FIRE – 6 miles NW of Keller.

Smoke on the Upper Lime Creek Fire 8.8.21
Photo Credit: Colville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Timber and light slash. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Community of Keller threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

376 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines. $490K CTD.

BULLDOG MTN FIRE – 16 miles NW of Kettle Falls.

Fire Activity 8-7-21
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Colville NF, USFS. . Heavy slash and timber. Active fire behavior with torching, flanking and backing. Residences threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

2,000 acres. 5% contained. 166 personnel. 3 crews, 7 engines and 1 copter. $1.2M CTD.

NINE MINE FIRE – 4.5 miles SSE of Laurie.

Started 8/4/2021. Lightning caused.

139 acres. 42% contained. 4 hand crews, 6 engines and 1 dozer. 107 total personnel. Level 2 evacuations in effect. http://nwccinfo.blogspot.com/

PINCER CREEK FIRE – 15 miles E of Marblemount.

The Pincer Creek Fire creeps in heavy dead and down timber on August 11, 2021.
Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, USFS. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

250 acres. 0% contained. 4 personnel. 1 engine. $50K CTD. This is being managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned.

CHUWEAH CREEK FIRE – 4 miles N of Nespelem.

Chuweah Creek Fire 07.12.21 from Cache Creek Road
Photo Credit: BIA/Coliville Agency

Colville Agency, BIA. Brush, timber and light slash. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area and road closures in effect.

36,752 acres. 98% contained. 0 resources. 14 structures lost. $8.9M CTD.

LICK CREEK FIRE – 15 miles SE of Pomeroy.

Night time burning operation along road on Lick Creek Fire.
Photo Credit: USFS via courtesy by Inciweb

Umatilla NF, USFS. IMT 2 (RM Team Black). IMT is also managing the Green Ridge Fire. Short grass, hardwood litter and timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

80,421 acres. 96% contained. 21 personnel. 2 engines. 10 structures lost. $16.8M CTD.

SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE – 21 miles NW of Tieton.

A large smoke column is visible against a deep blue sky and rising over a ridgetop, the mountains covered in green conifer trees. In the foreground evergreen trees are adjacent to a home with grass growing in the field before the home.
Photo Credit: Goose Prairie via Courtesy: Inciweb

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). IMT is also managing the Windy Pass Fire. Short grass, timber and brush. Started 8/3/2021. Lightning caused. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, short-range spotting and flanking. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Air resources were unable to fly due to heavy smoke in the air, making it visibility difficult.

13,685 acres. 0% contained. 300 personnel. 7 crews. 14 engines, 4 dozers, 5 water tenders and 2 copters. $2.9M CTD.

CHICKADEE FIRE – 16 miles NW of Tonasket.

photo of a stand that had fuel reduction
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and short-range spotting.

649 acres. 40% contained. 92 personnel. 2 crew, 7 engines. $525k CTD.

SPUR FIRE – 18 miles NE of Tonasket.

View of Spur Fire from Tonasket 8/11/21
Photo Credit: USFS/Colville NF

Timber and short grass. Extreme fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting. Community of Bonaparte and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

10,261 acres. 0% contained. 162 personnel. 5 crews, 2 engines. $200K CTD.

GREEN RIDGE FIRE – 31 miles E of Walla Walla.

Green Ridge Fire
Photo Credit: USFS/Umatilla NF

Umatilla NF, USFS. Closed timber litter, timber and medium slash. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting. Several communities threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

29,759 acres. 15% contained. 482 personnel with 7 crews, 28 engines and 6 choppers. $26.9M CTD.

WALKER CREEK FIRE – 4 miles NW of Wauconda.

Retardant Drop over Walker Fire
Credit: WA DNR – NE Region

IMT also managing the Spur and Chickadee Creek Fires. Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with
short-range spotting, single tree torching and wind-driven runs. Community of Bonaparte and structures
threatened. Evacuations in effect.

1,091 acres. 10% contained. 194 personnel. 2 crew, 18 engines. $2.5M CTD.

CUB CREEK 2 FIRE – 5 miles N of Winthrop.

Photo Credit: WA DNR – SE Region

Southeast Region, DNR. IMT 1 (CA Team 2). IMT is also managing the Muckamuck, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires. Short grass, closed timber litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Infrastructure threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

66,883 acres. 55% contained. 411 personnel. 8 crews, 17 engines, 4 copters. $1.9M CTD.

CEDAR CREEK FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Our hotshot crew just finished hand ignition along the Thompson Ridge below Gobblers Knob, from the 4410 road across the 500 road. This is to create a black line more slowly. Crews and engines are deployed along the 4410 road to hold the fire.
Photo Credit: USFS/OK-WEN NF, Courtesy: Inciweb

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with torching, smoldering and uphill runs. Several communities threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

53,215 acres. 50% contained. 521 total personnel. 10 crews, 29 engines, 7 copters. 2 structures lost. $27.4M CTD.

DELANCY FIRE – 15 miles NW of Winthrop.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, USFS. Timber, short grass and closed timber litter. Minimal fire behavior. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

223 acres. 0% contained. Being managed by another IMT on another incident. $122K CTD.

Oregon Wildfires

DEVIL’S KNOB COMPLEX – 22 miles NE of Azalea.

Fire fighters working on a hot spot on the Devil's Knob Complex
Photo Credit: USFS/Umpqua NF

(5 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 8). Timber and medium slash. Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

6,606 acres. 12% contained. 674 personnel 16 crews, 39 engines, 1 copter. 1 structure lost. $8.2M CTD.

YAINAX FIRE – 10 miles NE of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

84 acres. 70% contained. No resources assigned. $671K CTD.

WALRUS FIRE – 11 miles N of Bonanza.

Klamath Unit, ODF. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

75 acres. 90% contained. No resources. $493K CTD.

WILLOW VALLEY FIRE – 15 miles W of Bonanza.

Lakeview District, BLM. Timber, brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with torching and spotting.

400 acres. 0% contained. 45 personnel along with 6 engines and 1 copter. $50K CTD.

BOOTLEG FIRE – 23 miles E of Chiloquin.

Smokey Sunset Over Camp 8-4-2021
Photo Credit: USFS/FWNF

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (PNW Team 2) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Yainax and Walrus Fires. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area and Trail closures in effect.

413,717 acres. 98% contained. 376 total personnel. 3 crews, 22 engines and 2 helicopters. 408 structures have been destroyed. $99.6M CTD.

SKYLINE RIDGE COMPLEX – 5 miles SE of Days Creek.

Nighttime conditions on Skyline Ridge Complex
Photo Credit: ODF

(3 fires), South Unit, ODF. IMT 1 (ODF Team 1). Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, running and group torching. Numerous residences and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations in effect.

4,828 acres. 33% contained. 1,257 personnel. 38 crews, 49 engines and 14 copters. $10.3M CTD.

BRULER FIRE – 9 miles S of Detroit.

July 20, 2021 Bruler Fire smoking next to Pinnacle Peak
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

Willamette NF, USFS. Closed timber litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

195 acres. 75% contained. 47 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines and 1 helo. $6.7M CTD.

BLACK BUTTE FIRE – 36 miles SE of John Day.

Image taken of the Black Butte Fire from Air Resources.
Photo Credit: USFS/MNF

Malheur NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 9). IMT 2 (NW Team 6) mobilizing. Timber and light slash. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

16,609 acres. 30% contained. 688 personnel with 19 crews, 26 engines and 4 copters. $4.8M CTD.

PATTON MEADOW FIRE – 15 miles W of Lakeview.

Patton Meadow Fire_08132021_8PM
Photo Credit: USFS/FWNF

Fremont-Winema NF, USFS. Timber, light slash and brush. Extreme fire behavior with short crown runs, running and spotting. Residences threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

7,000 acres. 0% contained. 71 personnel 7 engines and 2 helos. $50K CTD.

KNOLL FIRE – 7 miles NE of McKenzie Bridge.

A smoke column rises between tall conifer trees as seen from a highway.
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

Timber, closed timber litter and light slash. Active fire behavior with backing, torching and spotting. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road, and trail closures in effect.

544 acres. 30% contained. 101 personnel 3 crews, 11 engines. $165k CTD.

BULL COMPLEX – 25 miles NE of Mill City.

Smoke column from Janus Fire rising up from forested ridge
Photo Credit: USFS/MHNF

Mt. Hood NF, USFS. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, running and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

858 acres. 0% contained. 236 personnel 4 crews, 5 engines and 1 helicopter. $782K CTD.

MIDDLEFORK COMPLEX – 9 miles NE of Oakridge.

Cold Trailing and Mop-Up
Photo Credit: USFS/WNF

(3 fires), Willamette NF, USFS. IMT 1 (PNW Team 3). IMT is also managing the Knoll Fire. Closed timber litter and timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and torching. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

8,424 acres. 2% contained. 689 personnel. 14 crews, 32 engines and 6 helos. $9.7M CTD.

ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX – 18 miles SW of Oakridge.

View from Doehead Mountain weather station
Photo Credit: USFS/UNF

(4 fires), Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 13). IMT 1 (GB Team 2) mobilizing. IMT is also managing the Jack incident. Closed timber litter and timber. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

5,738 acres. 3% contained. 412 personnel. 7 crews, 21 engines, 4 copters. $2.9M CTD.

JACK FIRE – 31 miles E of Roseburg.

Jack Fire July 28 2021 cooling off a hot spot
Photo Credit: USFS/UNF

Umpqua NF, USFS. Timber and closed timber litter. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Numerous structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

23,527 acres. 53% contained. 172 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines. 1 structure lost. $31M CTD.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Image
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

Northrup Fire | Grand Coulee, WA | 2

UPDATE 2 — JULY 24, 2021 — 2100 PT — SATURDAY

Incident Summary

A brush fire broke out on Friday, July 22, 2021, at 1752 hours PT, along Hwy 155, near milepost 18 and Northrup Canyon Road; 5 miles SSE of Electric City and southwest of Grand Coulee near SR-155 in Grant County, Washington.

The fire is named the NORTHRUP FIRE.

Credit — Grant County SO

Resources

112 total personnel are assigned to this incident along with two hand crews, 16 engines, two tenders and one copter.

Incident Cooperators: Grand Coulee FD, Electric City FD, Coulee Dam Fire, Grant County FD, Lincoln County, BLM, WA DNR, NIFC, Inciweb, Park Rangers, WSP Troopers.

Command is under IC Leonard Johnson representing the SEWA IMT 3 Team 2, which assumed Command on July 23, 2021, at 2000 hours.

WA State Mobe approved by the WSP Fire Marshal Office.

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Courtesy — SE WA IMT

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Current Status

This is still an active, on-going incident.

About 250-450 acres of timber, tall grass and hardwood litter have been destroyed (various sources reporting vastly different numbers). A 65% containment status has been reached since early this morning.

Fire behavior is moderate, smoldering, backing, and isolated torching.

ClosuresParks

  • SR 155 and Steamboat Rock Park reopened.

Evacuation Notices

All evacuation orders have been reduced down to Level 1.

Hashtags

#WAwildfires #GrandCouleeDam #NorthrupFire #WAFireSeason2021

(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

Northrup Fire | Grand Coulee, WA | 1

UPDATE 1 – JULY 23, 2021 2235 PT – FRIDAY

Incident Summary

A brush fire broke out along Hwy 155, near milepost 18 and Northrup Canyon Road, from an unknown cause southwest of Grand Coulee near SR-155 in Grant County, Washington. The fire is named the NORTHRUP FIRE.

Initial Response

Prior to a call out for additional resources, initial attack was conducted by Grand Coulee FD, Electric City FD, Coulee Dam Fire, Grant County FD, Lincoln County and BLM. Initial fire response included five copters, four fire bosses, two air tankers and an air attack.

Resources

The Wildcad.net showed resources on Thursday, July 22, 2021, more personnel and assets being deployed that included the following: AA 4WA CH 6101 DIV 6101 E 6695 E 6696 FB 201 FB 202 FB 243 H 339 H 343 dispatched 7/22/2021 @ 1742 PT with the acreage around 150 acres. Friday’s resources indicated there are two hand crews, three strike teams (engines), two copters and one available dozer.

Incident Cooperators: Grand Coulee FD, Electric City FD, Coulee Dam Fire, Grant County FD, Lincoln County, BLM, WA DNR, NIFC, Inciweb, Park Rangers, WSP Troopers.

Command is under the SE WA Type 3 IMT.

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Current Status

The fire continued to spread overnight on Thursday into Friday morning. Currently, it is listed 442 acres with a zero-percent containment status.

ClosuresRoads

  • Hwy 155 to all non-fire traffic between Steamboat Rock and Electric City

Evacuation Orders in Effect

Level 3 evacuation orders

  • One residence in the north portion of the fire
  • Steamboat Rock State Park

Level 2 evacuation orders

  • 40 homes
  • Areas east of Hwy 155 between MP 18 and Osborn Bay Campground Road

Through the Eyes of Social Media

7/13/2021: (Twitter user) “way more hazy today, lots of ash in cars.” – Twitter user.

8/4/2019: Smoke from the Williams Fire near Grand Coulee Dam impacts the Pendleton, Oregon areas. – NWS Pendleton

8/18/2018: Brett Read, Firefighter is severely burned during the Grass Valley Fire, near the (dam).

8/16/2018: Washington Flats Fire located seven miles north of the Grand Coulee Dam, was contained on July 13, 2018. Credit: Bureau of Reclamation. Works with partners to secure dams and facilities from wildfires. – Bureau of Reclamation.

9/12/2016: Fire crews stage at the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School for an incident. – Media

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WA Flats Fire | Credit: USBR

7/4/2016: No fireworks or lightshow this year. – Twitter user.

7/10/2015: In the last 4 hours, there was lightning, a wildfire, flash flood and visited the Grand Coulee Dam.

8/31/2015: A human-caused wildfire was sparked near Grand Coulee Dam. On this day, it was 200,000 acres.

11/19/2013: Worker hurt after electrical fire at Grand Coulee Dam Pump Generator Plant. – Media

3/22/2013: Bureau to probe fire at Grand Coulee. – Water District Agency

8/23/2011: About 250 firefighters assigned to fire incident. – Media

8/16/2012: The Elder Fire burns into another day. Colville Tribe says brush fire burned 12-square miles. 7,800 acres and growing. – News media

8/15/2012: Wildfire burning near the (dam). 4,100 acres. – News media.

8/23/2011: Crews work to contain fire near Grand Coulee Dam. 200 firefighters assigned. – Media.

Hashtags for this Incident

#WAwildfires #GrandCouleeDam #NorthrupFire

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