AUGUST COMPLEX | CA | 5

SIT REP 5 | OCTOBER 17, 2020

PC:  Mendocino NF

A firefighter with a chain saw cuts a log on the edge of an active wildfire.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex.  Fires are burning about 14 miles northwest of Elk Creek in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.   Fire fuels include timber, chaparral and tall grass.

Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.

Command | Mendocino National Forest, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit, and CAL FIRE Humboldt-Del Norte Unit.

Resources | There are 2,574 total personnel along with

Cause | Lightning.

Injury | One firefighter injury 8/31/2020. One firefighter death 8/31/2020.

PC:  Mendocino NF

Controlled fire is seen burning down to a road being used as a fireline. Hoses can be seen on the road.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire is broken up into four zones:  West, North, Northwest and South. East side of the fire remains unstaffed but is continuously being monitored.

UPDATE | The fire now has three active zones.  The West Zone is 100% contained with 140,522 acres.

Overall Size Up | 1,032,264 acres.  82% contained.

Northwest Zone |  IC Kuo with the Great Basin Team 1.  119,346 acres. 94% contained.

Fire behavior increased due to Red Flag conditions caused by high winds, low RH and unseasonably high temps.  Interior pockets burned in the Bradburn Creek area.  Containment lines were test in the Coffee Pot area.

PG&E continues to repair electrical infrastructure using helicopters to replace damaged power poles and stretch lines to restore power to impacted communities.

PC: Mendocino NF

Two firefighters use hand tools to dig out the roots of a charred stump to remove residual heat

Northeast Zone |  IC DeMasters with Great Basin Team 2. 272,089 acres. 70%.

Firefighters focused on Friday connecting the fire line west of Bear Wallow Mtn and on the east and south sides of the 2017 Buck Fire burn scar. Night shift crews continues to address hot spots along the fire perimeter.

South Zone | IC Sinclair with SW Team 1. 548,295 acres. 90% contained.

Red Flag conditions for the last 2 days. No increase in acreage. Hotshot crews and equipment continue to hold and strengthen previously built lines in the Eel River Canyon area.

PC: Inciweb

August Complex near Elk Creek, CA 9/29/2020 - Photo courtesy Inciweb

The suppression repair includes wok repairs of hand and dozer lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used for suppression efforts.

There are evacuations in this area.

Mendocino County | https://tinyurl.com/MendoEvac

Lake County | https://tinyurl.com/LakeCoIncidentViewer

Glenn County | https://nixle.com/county/ca/glenn/

PC: Mendocino NF

A firefighter with a drip torch is seen in the distance with burning grass nearby.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Size Up | The fire has burned acreage across three National Forests:  Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino and Six Rivers.

Records | A single fire incident has burned over 1,000,000 acres! The State of California becomes known as having the first gigafire status.

Damage Assessment | 54 structures have been destroyed. 6 have been damaged.

PC:  Mendocino NF

Two forest service building are shown, each wrapped in an aluminum foil like material, to protect them from heat and embers.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Evacuations | https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/

Emergency Alerts Sign-Ups | calerts.org/signup.html

AUGUST COMPLEX FIRE IMAGES

PC:  OR OSFM

The last 2 teams assigned from Lane and Marion Counties were demobed earlier than expected.  They were returning back to their home state after a 2-week deployment.  All 6 teams were scheduled to return back in the evening on 10/16/2020.

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4 of the 6 teams from Linn, Yamhill, Clatsop and Washington Counties demobilized after their 14-day shift deployment and have started their drive back to their home state on 10/16/2020.

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6 teams deployed to California as a coordinated response in several locations about two hours apart from one another and safely on 10/10/2020.

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This Yamhill County Task Force came off the fireline for a day of fire before demobilizing.  They helped with mop up activities and improving direct line. Image

PC:  BLM Fire and Aviation 

BLM MTDK Veterans Crews out of Billings, helped train some of the Dept. of Defense 7th ID soldiers who were assigned to this incident.

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PC: Denver FD (CO)’s Engine 301

Engine 301 was switched out on 10/16/2020 and they are heading home from a busy and tiring 14-day shift rotation.

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PC:  US Army’s 14th Brigade

USFS – California

PC:  South Metro Fire & Rescue (CO)’s BRE41 crew

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This replacement wildland crew began its journey to California from Colorado on 10/14/2020.

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PC:  Flower Mound FD (TX)

6 Personnel and a brush truck have returned safely on 10/15/2020 from their 35-days of deployment.

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PC: Director Mark S Ghilarducci / CAL OES

We remained busy today responding & deploying significant “immediate need”. Mutual Aid Fire Strike Teams deploying from around the State to Northern CA Fires.

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PC:  US Forest Service

There are currently 4,800 USDA FS firefighters and support personnel currently across the United States. These firefighters are on the August Complex fire incident.

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Thank you to our military partners, at work on the #AugustComplex on the @MendocinoNF.  From training to the fire line, it’s hard to believe it’s only been 10 days!

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Wind gusts continue to move the North Zone further west, prompting evacuation orders. The fire has grown to 938,044 acres with a 43% containment. 1,612 firefighters and support personnel are assigned. (9/29/2020)

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PC:  USFWS Fire SE

This USFWS helicopter is from Florida and normally works in the southern states. Due to the extreme conditions in the western states the helicopter and crew are currently working the #AugustComplex on the Mendocino National Forest in Northern California.

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SOURCES

CAL FIRE, Inciweb, Fire Departments, Emergency Management, National Forests, Social Media.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/17/2020 2020 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CA | 4

AUGUST COMPLEX

SIT REP 4 | OCTOBER 9, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex.  Fires are burning about 14 miles northwest of Elk Creek in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.

Fire fuels include timber, chaparral and tall grass.

Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.

Cause | Lightning.

CURRENT STATUS

Overall Size Up | Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and flanking.  There has been 884,139 acres and 65% containment status. N

Staffing | There are about 2,326 total personnel assigned with 50 crews, 150 engines and 24 helicopters.

Damage Assessment | There has been 871 structures lost with $92,200,200.00 cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/9/2020 – Updated 1130 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CA | 2

AUGUST COMPLEX

Forest fire. Photo Credit: Robert LeBlanc/USFS

Photo Credit | Robert LeBlanc, USFS

SIT REP 2 | OCTOBER 13, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex.  Fires are burning in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.

Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.

Cause | Lightning.

Trees ablaze. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

CURRENT STATUS

Overall Size Up | This is the largest wildfire burning in the State topping out at 984,404 acres with  a 51% containment status.

Challenges | Fire Officials continue with many challenges when large wildfires are burning in their home state from resource shortages across the fire zones, which have seen their share of spreading thin when various needs flare up.

West Zone Fire | Managed by CAL FIRE (Parkes). 123,381 acres.   55% contained. Fire resources include;  138 National Guardsmen (CA), along with firefighters from states of Montana, Texas, Washington and New Jersey.  There are approximately 195 miles of fire line.  1,600 total firefighters on the ground and in air.  Active fire behavior overnight with torching and spotting.  Structure protection remains in place and around the community of Zenia with fire moving east and west.  Fire activity by firefighters were hampered by flames near the North Zone and as it crossed over the containment lines north of Zenia. Active monitoring of fire burning in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness is on-going by Fire managers.

South Zone – Mendocino National Forest | Managed by PNW Team 2 (Allen), formerly known as the DOE FIRE.  All hose, fixtures, pumps and other fire apparatus have been moved out of this zone for potential use in the northwestern corner of this Complex. Patrol status has been achieved at Lake Pillsbury, Rice Creek and and nearby areas. Sunday will be a transitional day with the Pacific NW Team 2 moving strategies and resources over to the northwestern corner. They will join forces with the West and North Zones.

Hazards | Firefighters are tirelessly working to remove hazards in and near homes to allow residents to repopulate but they must do so that is safe for them to enter the area.  Some of the hazards include:  falling trees, downed powerlines and hotspots. Fire danger remains high due to dry vegetation, drought conditions, low relative humidity, record temps and potential wind events.

Fire and Law Enforcement officials are pleading with residents not to entry closed off areas for the above referenced reasons. They are also asking you all to be just a little patient while longer while they work to clear these hazards.

Damage Assessment | 3 structures damaged. 21primary and 31 other minor structures destroyed.  $72,800,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses.

Threatened | There are 11,310 structures currently threatened.

RESPONSE

Wildfire. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

Unified Command | Mendocino National Forest is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit and the Humboldt-Del Norte Unit.  Fire operations is split up into 3 zones:  West, North and South.

Fire Staffing | There are 1,641 fire personnel that represent some of the agencies that include:  Flower Mound FD, South Metro Fire Rescue, McKinney Fire (TX), SCG Emergency Services, US Army North #JFLCCC, Fort Worth FD.

Additionally, there are 30 crews, 17 helicopters, 181 engines, 39 bulldozers and 44 water tenders assigned.

One firefighter injury has been reported.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Fire near firefighter gear cache. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

Evacuation Warnings

Zone HA | east of Bell Springs Road to Trinity county line and south of Pipe Creek to Medocino County line.

Zone HB | South of Fort Sewart Road, Ware Ranch Road.  West of the Trinity County line. East of the Eel River at Powers Creek.  North of the Eel River at Pipe Creek.

Zone HD | South of Ohman Creek, Pepperwood Springs.  West of Dyerville Loop.  North of Benbow.  East of Hwy 101.

Zone HG | South of Hayfield Creek.  East of the Eel River to the Trinity County line. North of Stewart Ranch Road.

Zone HH | South of Stapp Road.  East of Baker Creek, Little Van Duzen River to the Trinity County line. North of Bear Creek.

Zone HI | South of Olsen Creek. West of Baker Creek, Little Van Duzen River.  East of Alderpoint Road, Kneeland Road.  North of Hayfield Creek.

Road Closures

SR 3 | at Rattlesnake Road and at SR 36.

SR 36 | at Rattlesnake Road. At Post Mountain. At the Humboldt County line.

Zenia Bluffs Road at the Humboldt County line.

Zenia Lake Mountain Road at Peaks Road.

Kekawaka Creek Road to Mendocino County line.

Forest consumed by wildfire. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Evacuations

Zone N | North of Middle Fork of the Eel River including the Eel River Ranger Station and Black Butte Store.  West and South of the National Forest Boundary.  East of Williams Creek.  (CAL FIRE)

Road Closures

FH7 (Mendocino Pass Road) and M1 (Indian Dick Road) at the Eel River.  Hwy 162 (Mendocino Pass Road) at Short Creek.

Helicopter flying near smoke plume. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

TRINITY COUNTY

Evacuation Orders | GO NOW!

Hidden Valley, Indian Valley, Bear Wallow, Rowdy Bear and Friend Mountain. Ruth and  Ruth Lake, forest Glen, Post Mountain, Trinity Pines, Three forks, Hettenshaw Valley, Mad River, Zenia, Kettenpom, Island Mountain, Kettempom South to Kekawaka Creek, all areas south of SR 36 to the Trinity County line.

Evacuation Warning | GET READY!

Wildwood area, Peanut and area south of SR 299.

CAL FIRE – https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/16/august-complex-includes-doe-fire/)

Sources | CAL FIRE, Inciweb, NIFC.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 1930 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1

AUGUST COMPLEX | HUMBOLDT and MENDOCINO Counties

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Photo Credit | USFS

SIT REP 1 | September 19, 2020

Operations in the Hull Mountain area - Sept. 11, 2020. US Forest Service photo.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

The AUGUST COMPLEX is made up of several wildfires include the DOE FIRE that is burning on the Mendocino National Forest in counties of Humboldt and Mendocino.

The incident started on August 16, 2020 in the Mendocino National Park.

“This is the State’s largest wildfire. Ever.” – CA Fire Foundation

UNIFIED COMMAND:

Command is Unified Command with Mendocino National Forest, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit and the Humboldt Del Norte Unit.

Almost a million acres or more accurately 832,891 acres have been destroyed from this lightning-caused wildfire.  Fire crews have reached a 30% containment status.

mountain on fire and with smoke from an angle

Doe Fire

RESOURCES:

There are 2,149 total personnel assigned to the incident along with 52 crews that represent from 4 Fire Agencies.  Additionally, there are 17 helicopters, 195 engines, 72 dozers and 49 water tenders, which is so unheard of in the past but more common in today’s world.

Incident Cooperators | Humboldt County OES, Yolo-Solano AQMD, South Metro Fire Rescue, Shasta-Trinity NF, Mendocino NF, CA Fire Foundation, Six Rivers NF,  County of Sonoma, Red Cross, Swinteron Renewable, Sarasota County FD, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, BLM California.

HEARD FROM THE FIRE GROUND 

Firefighters have been for the last month fighting multiple lightning caused wildfires, with this one being the biggest in the State of California. Ever. Here are the eyewitness accounts from the fire ground first hand through photos and despictions.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE AEU

After fighting fires for the past 24 days, AEU Strike Team 9272C is leaving the LNU Lightning Complex and now heading to their 4th fire assignment since August 18th. They took a moment to recognize 9-11 heroes today before their next assignment.

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Photo Credit | SCG Emergency Services

Sarasota County Fire Department Wildfire Mitigation Specialist David Cavanaugh is temporarily assigned to the August Complex fire near Stonyford, California. Thank you David for all your hard work keeping others safe!

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Photo Credit | Flower Mound MD 

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On today’s 24 hour shift at the #AugustComplex West Zone, Strike Team 139 has been assisting other hand crews with back burning operations. These operations use fire to remove fuels between the containment line and the active fire.

Photo Credit | South Metro Fire Rescue

BRE41’s wildland team is working the night shift on the #AugustComplex fire in #California under the Redding Command Team. Firefighters are setting up sprinkler systems for structure protection. This system is setup in a nearby creek to protect 10 homes. Briefings held virtually.

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Photo Credit | McKinney Fire (TX)

The MFD crew in California coming off a 24-hour shift on the line at the August Complex Fire. The crew spent the day doing structure protection prep — then shifted to a massive 2 mile firing operation all night. #californiafires #wildfires2020 #TIFMAS  

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Photo Credit | US Army North #JFLCCCresponds @USArmyNorth (Twitter)

Every single foot of hose must be carried in & placed by hand to help reinforce dozer lines & prepare for burnout operations-14th BEB Soldiers & USFS wildland firefighters are working together to build fire lines, remove fuels & slow the spread of the August Complex fire.

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Photo Credit | Fort Worth FD

Strike team #139 which includes 8 of #yourFWFD firefighters continues to work the August complex fire in Northern California. We will update as we get information.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

A NWS Burlington IMET is in the Command Post. This wildfire is near Elk Creek, CA.

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EVACUATIONS:

  • Zone AB: South of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, west of Eden Creek, north of Salt Flat and east of Salt Creek
  • Zone AC: East of Brushy Mountain, south of the fire road on Salt Flat, west of Eden Valley and north of Bald Mountain
  • Zone E: South of the county line, east of the National Forest boundary, north of Forest Highway 7 and west of the county line near the M2.

“In 2020, there was a total of 3,400,000 acres burned. 25 Souls lost their lives.”                         – CA Fire Foundaiton

  • Zone C: North of the M1, East of the National Forest Boundary, south of Forest Highway 7.
  • Zone B: West of Evacuation Zone A, North of Jack Hollow Creek and Thatcher Creek, East of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, South of Green Lambert Canyon through Bentley Basin to the M1 and South of the M1, to include Timber Ridge, and Bentley Ridge, and Hayshed Basin.

  • Zone A: West of the county line, south of Anthony Peak and North of Hull Mountain.
  • Zone F: East of the National Forest boundary near Garcia Creek, South of Thatcher Creek, west of the County Line and North of the County Line on Hull Mountain.
  • Zone H: West of the National Forest Boundary, North of Thomas Creek and the Eel River, East of Twin Bridges Creek, South of Bald Mountain
  • Zone I: West of Elk Creek, South of Deep Hole Creek, North of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone J: East of Elk River, north of Deep Hole Creek, east of Eden Valley, south of Thatcher Creek.
  • Zone W: West of the Eel River, north of Deep Hole Creek, east of Eden Valley including the entire valley floor, south of Eden Creek.
  • Lake County:  All areas north of Pack Saddle; west of Lake County line; East of the Lake County line.
View of the fire Sunday evening

Rockwell Fire

EVACUATION WARNINGS:

  • Zone S: South of the County Line, East of Bell Springs Rd, North of Bell Springs Creek and West of the North Fork of the Eel River.
  • Zone Q: South of the County Line, West and North of the North Fork of the Eel River, North and East of Bald Mountain Road.
  • Zone D: South and East of the Eel river, North of Bentley Basin and West of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone N: North of the Middle Fork of the Eel River including the Eel River Ranger Station and Black Butte Store, West and South of the National Forest Boundary, East of Williams Creek.
  • Zone U – South of the County Line, east and north of the East Branch of the South Fork of the Eel River, west of Bell Springs Rd.
  • Zone T – South of Bell Springs, east of Bell Springs Rd, north of Iron Peak and Simmerly Rd, west of the Eel River.
  • Zone R – West of and south of Mina Rd, south of the North Fork of Eel River, east of the Eel River.
  • Zone P – South of the County Line, east of Mina Rd, north of Hulls Valley Rd and west of Hulls Creek.
  • Zone O – South of the County Line, east of Hulls Creek, north of Mendocino Pass Rd, and west of Williams Creek
  • Zone L: South and West of Mendocino Pass Rd, West of The Middle Fork of the Eel River, north of Eel River Ranch Rd, East of Hill Rd and Short Creek Rd.
  • Zone K: West and North of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, East of Redwine Spring, South of Hill Rd and Eel River Ranch Rd.
  • Zone X: North of Eden Creek, East of Hearst Willits Rd, South and West of the Eel River.
  • Zone G: West of the County Line, North of the Eel River and Van Aresdale Reservoir, East of the Eel River, South of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone AD: South and west of the Eel River, north of Foster Mountain Road, east of the ridge west of Willits Road
  • Zone AE: North of Twin Bridges Creek, east of the Eel River, south of Brushy Creek and west of Brushy Mountain
  • Zone AN: South of Highway 162 and the Eel River, west of Salt Creek, north of Brushy Creek and the Eel River, east of Highway 162.
  • Zone AQ: North of the Eel River, south and east of Highway 162, west of Redwine Spring.
  • Lake County:  Pillsbury Ranch Area; North of M-1; South of Lake county line; East of the Lake County line.
Airtanker support on the Doe Fire

Doe Fire

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Private Driveway to Murphy Creek
  • Bell Springs closed to north bound traffic at Lundblade Ranch Road
  • Mina Road is closed to north bound traffic at the bridge over the North Fork of the Eel River
  • Mendocino Pass Road closed to east bound traffic just east of the Williams Creek Bridge
  • Hearst Willits Road at the bridge, closed to east bound traffic
  • Hearst Willits Road at the Eel River Bridge
  • FH7 at M1 to Eel River

EVACUATION SHELTERS

MENDOCINO COUNTY | Covelo High School, 76280 High School Street, Covelo, CA.

TRINITY COUNTY | Southern Trinity High School, 600 Van Duzen Road.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY | Contact Fire Information line. Phone #707-268-2500 to be connected to available resources.

ANIMAL EVACUATION CENTERS

SMALL ANIMALS | Ukiah Animal Shelter. 298 Plant Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.

SMALL / LARGE ANIMALS | round Valley Rodeo Grounds. 22830 South Airport Road, Covelo, CA.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There has been 5 structures damaged and 51 destroyed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/19/2020 1950 PT

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We are currently tracking 25 wildfires and will be adding/deleting as information is received. Wishing you all safety, prayers and thoughts. 

WASHINGTON STATE

1. WAWAWAI CANYON FIRE – WA NDR

SW of Pullman off of Wawawai Road, Whitman County. Last known acreage 0.1 acre. Brush and grass. Started 9/12/2020 at 0125 PT.  Cause unknown, under investigation.  County Sheriff states they are in mop-up operations for the next few days.

PC:  Whitman Co Sheriff Office

2. INCHELIUM COMPLEX FIRE – BIA. Colville Agency

3 wildfires. 17,086 acres. 33% contained. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching.  17,086 acres. 33% contained. 343 personnel. 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helo. 13 structures destroyed or damaged. $1.1 Million CTD.

PC:  BIA

Shows the kind of fire behavior described as backing fire.

3. BIG HOLLOW FIRE – USFS. Guilford-Pinchot NF

20 miles of Stevenson. 12,050 acres. 0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and flanking. 161 personnel.  6 crews, 9 engines. $150k CTD.

PC:  USFS

Big Hollow Fire - September 9

4. WHITNEY FIRE – WA DNR NE Region.

6 miles NW of Davenport.  Managing 3 fires: Whitney, Babb and Manning Road. 123,893 acres. 35%  contained.  150 personnel. 1 crew, 21 engines, 1 helicopter. 50 structures lost.  $915K CTD.

5. BABB MTN FIRE – WA DNR NE Region.

30 miles from Colfax. 15,266 acres. 25% contained. 63 personnel. 11 engines. Min fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 223 structures lost. $401K CTD.

PC:  WA DNR

Malden city flag pole survived the fire.

6. MANNING ROAD FIRE – WA DNR NE Region

5 miles NW from Colfax.  2,685 acres. 65% contained. 51 personnel, 1 crew and 10 engines. Min fire behavior with torching, creeping and smoldering. 4 structures lost. $133K CTD.

7. APPLE ACRES FIRE – WA DNR – SE Region

3 miles NE of Chelan. 5,753 acres. 93% contained. 103 personnel. 4 crews, 10 engines. $782K CTD.

8. PEARL HILL FIRE – WA FMO

13 miles from Okanogan.  219,956 acres. 64% contained. 528 personnel. 13 crews, 60 engines.  55 structures lost.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and creeping. $1.3M CTD.

PC:  Cole Massey

High winds on September 8th caused the Pearl Hill Fire to spread rapidly across grass and low shrub lands, closing many local highways.

9. EVANS CANYON FIRE – WA DNR – SE Region

8 miles from Naches.  75,817 acres. 90% contained.  89 personnel. 2 crews and 8 engines. 12 structures lost. Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping. $10.1M CTD.

PC:  Spokane Valley FD

Fire engine and patches of flame in scrubland at night.

10. COLD SPRINGS FIRE – WA DNR

4 miles SE of Omak. 187,689 acres. 40% contained. 290 personnel. 5 crews, 38 engines and 1 helicopter. 25 structures lost. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing. $1.4M CTD.

PC:  BIA

Cold Springs 9-6-20

11. CUSTOMS RD FIRE – WA DNR – NE Region

1 mile NW of Curlew. 2,208 acres. 30% contained. 94 personnel. 2 crews and 12 engines. 55 structures lost. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, creeping and backing. $800K CTD.

12. SUMNER GRADE – WA FMO

4 miles W of Sumner (Pierce County). 800 acres. 50% contained. 4 structures lost. 68 personnel. 21 engines. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering and single tree torching. $150K CTD.

OREGON

13. TWO FOUR TWO FIRE – USFS -Fremont-Winema NF

6 miles from Chiloquin. 14,450 acres. 7% contained. 340 personnel. 3 crews, 34 engines and 4 helicopters. 35 structures destroyed. $2.1M CTD.

Evacuations/Road Closures –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7159/

PC: Chiloquin FD

A Chiloquin Fire & Rescue truck is framed by the glow of fire in the near distance. A firefighter is also visible, walking alongside the truck.

14. ECHO MTN COMPLEX

4 miles East of Lincoln City. 2,435 acres. 0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, isolated torching and backing. 305 personnel including 10 crews and 26 engines. 100 structures destroyed. $327K CTD.

15. BRATTAIN FIRE – USFS – Fremont-Winema NF

8 miles from Paisley. 8,000 acres. 0% contained. 90 personnel with 15 helos. 3 structures destroyed. Active fire with short crown runs, group torching and spotting. $1.5M CTD.

PC:  USFS

16. STAR MTN LANE FIRE – ODF – Central Unit

3 miles NW of Glide.  48,000 acres. 9% contained. 86 personnel. 3 crews, 15 engines and 5 helos. $750K CTD.

17. RIVERSIDE FIRE – USFS – Mt Hood NF

8 miles SE of Estacada. 132,545 acres. 0% contained. Timber, brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, single tree torching and isolate torching. 246 personnel. 7 crews, 8 engines and 3 helicopters. 53 structures lost. $500K CTD.

PC: USFS

Riverside Fire from La Dee Flats

18. BEACHIE CREEK FIRE – USFS – WILLAMETTE NF

6 miles N of Detroit. 186,988 acres. 0% contained. 532 personnel. 11 crews 39 engines and 7 helos. Moderate fire behavior with spotting and backing.

PC: USFS

Beachie Creek smoke plume with Opal Lake in the forground

19. S OBENCHIAN FIRE – BLM

5 miles E of Eagle Point. 29,432 acres. 20% contained. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, grass and torching. 486 personnel. 15 crews, 22 engines, 12 helicopters. 19 structures lost. $2.3M CTD.

PC : BLM

A bull dozer and helicpter work in tandem on a control line.

20. HOLIDAY FARM FIRE – ODF

35 miles E of Eugene.  156,708 acres. 0% contained. 538 personnel. 11 crews, 61 engines, 4 helicopters. Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. $1.4M CTD.

PC:  ODF

Holiday Farm Fire 9/8/2020

21. LIONSHEAD FIRE – BIA – WARM SPRINGS

25 miles W of Warm  Springs. 136,346 acres. 5% contained. active fire with flanking, torching and short-range spotting. 1193 personnel.  45 crews, 51 engines and 11 helicopters. $14.3M CTD.

PC:  BLM

22. WHITE RIVER FIRE – USFS – MT HOOD NF

25 miles W of Wamic. 17,383 acres. 70% contained.  714 personnel. 18 crews, 26 engines. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  $20.9M CTD.

PC:  USFS

Paved road boardered by fores with heavy smoke coming from one side of the road

23. P515 FIRE – BIA – WARM SPRINGS

17 miles W of Warming Springs. 4,609 acres. 95% contained. 279 personnel. 6 crews, 15 engines. Minimal fire behavior. $7.8M CTD.

PC:  Erica Wisner

Tree torching at night Photo credit: Erica Wisner

24. ALAMEDA DRIVE FIRE – ODF

1 mile N of Ashland.  3,200 acres. 33% contained. 107 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines and 2 helos. Active fire behavior with backing and creeping. 700 structures lost. $501K CTD.

25. ARCHIE CREEK FIRE

20 miles from Glide. 115,857 acres. 0% contained. 369 personnel. 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helicopter. 52 structures lost. Active fire behavior with long-range spotting, group torching and short crow runs. $359K CTD.

PC:  BLM

red plume visible from behind a mountain

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/12/2020 1815 PT

 

 

 

HOLSER FIRE | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1

HOLSER FIRE

SIT REP 1 | AUGUST 17, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the area of Holser Canyon Rd which is near the shooting range in unicorporated area of Piru (Ventura County) but it is headed towards Los Angeles County.  It is burning in a remote area.

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SIZE, CONTAINMENT

  There has been 4,000 + acres that have been destroyed.  There is a 0% containment status.

FIRE BEHAVIOR

Extreme behavior in light to medium fire fuels with a rapid rate of spread.  Fire crossed over into Lechler Canyon with structures now being impacted. (1748)  Reports of too much fire activity for structure defense (1748).

FIRE OPERATIONS  

COMMAND

Unified Command between LA Co FD and VCFD. A5 is the Agency Rep.

Photo Credit | S Cal Ops

Photo Credit | So Cal Ops

DIVISIONS

Echo, Foxtrot and Gulft recently added.

FIRE ATTACK

Direct attack will continue overnight.

RESOURCES

AIR RESOURCES

Numerous aircraft being diverted from the Lake and Ranch Fires to respond to this one.

According to sources, there are S-2: T78, T73.  LATs:  T101, T107, T15, T131. VLATs: T944. Copters:  C16, C7, C2 and C21.

Tuesday’s Order: AA340 | Helco 51, 4 tankers, 3 tankers, 2 copters. AA, fixed-wing and rotarwing will all be up and ready at 0800 hours PT.

AGENCY DEPLOYMENTS

CEDR Digital Corps

Gleaning information and updating it on Social Media. Great resource for evacuations and other important Public Service Announcements.

CHP Moorpark

Road closures: Piru Canyon Road x Main Street at Orchard St in Piru.  Access limited to emergency vehicles only. No access to Lake Piru

Fillmore SO

Flightradar 24

Flight radar mapper

Kern Co FD

Sending 1 Type 3 strike team, hand crew and ground resources (mutual aid).

LA Co  Fire Ops

Aircraft dipping out of a nearby lake.

LA Co FD

1 Type 1 Strike Team (ST1135A) en route. A second one is on order.  Staging set-up at LA Co Fire Station 143 in Castaic. Has not arrived but to arrive any minute.

American Red Cross

Temporary Evacuation point has been opened at Fillmore Middle School in Fillmore.

Ventura Co FD

VLAT (structure protection)

Ventura Co SO

EVACUATIONS

 —> Oak Canyon, Piru Canyon Rd, North to Lake Piru, Southto Hwy 126, East to the LA County line and West to Piru Canyon Road <—- (1850PT)

THREATS

  Structures are threatened on Lechler and Santa Felicia Roads.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

INJURIES

2 Firefighters have suffered minor injuries. 1 resident also injured. They were evaluated and released.

FIRE FACT | Lake Fire (LA Co), Ranch 2 Fire (LA Co), Dome Fire (Mojave Natl Preserve) are now burning in the State of California as large incidents.

CLOSURES

Go to vemergency.com for specific details.  There is a lot of information.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Beautiful sunset can be seen through the smoke, just east of Hwy 126. – Local photographer

Even my dogs are sneezing from the smoke. – Local Resident

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/17/2020 2030 PT

YAKIMA, WASHINGTON | MULTIPLE FIRES | 1

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY | Multiple wildfires are burning in Union Gap, Yakima and on the Yakima Fire Training Center.  There are multitudes of other incidents happening including MVAs, rescues, evacuations, etc.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | Yakima Valley Emergency Management, BIA, BLM, Yakima County Fire District 5, West Valley RFD, Yakima City FD, Yakima County OEM.

UNITS ASSIGNED | Engines 53, 61, 51, 293, 71, 94, 96.

REHAB | (Rehab 50) was established in Staging in a church parking lot, west of 44th and S Ahtanum Ridge.

SHELTER | Red Cross Shelter is located at 2403 South 18th Avenue, Union Gap, WA 98903

ALERTS |  To find out more about emergency alerts, go to the Yakima County website and sign up at https://www.yakimacounty.us/222/Alert-Yakima

MCCULLOUGH COMMAND

DIVISION | McCullough Division consists of Captain 50, Engines 51, 52, 94, 96 and 251;  Brush Truck 51.  As of 2320 PT, Engine 94 turned over command to Brush Truck 51 Officer. Captain 50 was due to return back to this Command.

McCullough Road

Evacuations | 3600 Block | Residents on S 79th are refusing to evacuate.  FD having a hard time getting people to flee their home.

Evacuations | 3800 Block | Fire reported in this block.

Evacuations | 40th Avenue |  One adult male refused to evacuate, saying he will take full responsibility for his actions if he does not come back out again.

Evacuations | 4000 – 4200 Blocks | This would get extended to 42nd and Emma.

Brush Fires | 4200 Block | 4207, 4211, 4219 addresses were reported as fully engulfed or fire in their yards.  6 resources were applied to 4207 and 4211. A unit is working on a full containment line around these homes.

Threatened | 4200 Block |  Fire moving west, threatening a structure and 1 manufactured home.  Fire were responding to more fire at 4215. They were going to provide structure protection.

SOUTH OF AHTANUM  COMMAND

South Ahtanum

Evacuations | 6200 Block | Notifications made to residents south of 62nd to close to Ahtanum, to Red Sky to 20th will be their boundary.

Hazard ID | 6400 Block | Power pole has been burned at the base and has tipped over. Utilities has been notified.

Evacuations | 7400 – 7900 Blocks | Residents notified.

Evacuation | 7621 Block | Residents were being evacuated from this address.

Evacuation | 7900 Block |  Notifications are being made to those of East of 79th to South Ahtanum.

Hazards | 7900 Block | Power pole is leaning 45-degrees at an angle.  South of 6206 Ahtanum Road.

Evacuations | 8300 Block | x Summit Avenue. Were given to those north of this area due to flames.

TULE ROAD FIRE COMMAND

Tule Road, South of Granger

Point-of-Origin | 2000 Block | FD determined appears that this area may be the point-of-origin and wants to meet up with Tribal Police.

Hazards | 2000 Block | Several damaged power poles with some of them burned 50% all the way thru making them hazards. Yakima Power has been notified via FD Dispatch.

Resorces | 2000 Block |  Command is located at 2000 x Tule Road. A dozer is inbound and to access via Plank and Pioneer then to the south side of the fire.

Brush Fire | South of Granger | Resources from Yakima County FD5 responded to this area.

Photo Credit | Yakima Co FD 5

As of 2340 PT, some fire units were slowly being released. This was definitely an intense and scary brush fire incidents and will continue throughout the night as they work put out hot spots and continue with extensive mop up operations.

We will post an update on Monday with any new information and if preliminary causes have been released.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 2330 PT

 

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

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Photo Credit | NWS Boulder

15 miles NW of Fraser, Colorado

UPDATE 2  | Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles NW of Fraser in Grand County.

It is west of Winter Park and Denver in  the Fraser Valley and south of Hot Sulphur Springs.  This is located in the Ft. Collins zone, near Ute Pass in Colorado.

Fire started on Friday, August 14 around noon MDT (1043 PT)

Fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $1 Million and is rising each day.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has burned 6,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.  Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire behavior is extreme with rapid rate of spread.

–> Virtual Community Meeting:  August 16, 2020 1700 (5pm) Hours MDT. Go to the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook @GrandCoSheriff in case you miss or missing it <—

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RESOURCES

There are 91 total personnel which includes 5 Type 1 air tankers, 1 VLAT, 1 Type 2 Crew, 1 Type 1 helo, 1 Type 3 helo, 4 Type 3 engines, 8 SEATs.

Incident Cooperators include:  USFS (Lead Agency), CDPHE Air Pollution, Colorado Emergency Management, Grand and Summer County Fire Agencies, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, RMACC, NWS Boulder, NWS IMET Operations, GMUG National Forests, Summit Fire and EMS, Grand County Colorado, Mapping Support (Joseph Elfelt).

CLOSURES

Road closures are in effect for the following areas:

CR 3 is open with intermittent closures.  CR 30 remains closed along with 50, which is closed near Young Life.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

EVACUATION SHELTERS

An evacuation shelter is open at The Inn at Silvercreek Conference Center. 62927 US Hwy 40, Grandby, CO 80446.

For more details, contact the Sheriffs Office at 970-725-3852.

ALERTS

Evacuation order Update here –> Road closures and evacuation is located at this weblink here —>  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781558.pdf (Grand County, Colorado)

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1625 PT, 1725 MDT

 

RIVER FIRE | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1

RIVER FIRE

UPDATE 1 | AUGUST 16, 2020

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Photo Credit | PG&E

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The RIVER FIRE is located in Pine Canyon and River Road, just south of Salinas (Monterey County) in the State of California. It was sparked on Sunday, August 16, 2020 around 1456 hours PT.

Fire is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit and Monterey County Regional FD.

Incident Cooperators:  Monterey County Sheriff Office.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has destroyed 150 acres but fire crews have been able to reach a 20% containment status.

Evacuation advisory in effect. (Level 1 – Notification).  A shelter has been set-up. Road closures are also in effect.

RESOURCES

There are 190 total personnel along with 4 crews, 2 helicopters, 18 engines, 4 dozers, 4 water tenders and 6 air tankers.

EVACUATION INFO

Evacuation warnings are in effect for the following areas:

  • Mt. Toro Access Roads
  • San Benancio Road from Troy Lane to Corral De Tierra
  • Corral Del Cielo Road
  • Lucie Lane
  • Covey lane

A shelter is opening up at the Carmel Valley Library (Masks are required for entry).

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There have been 2 firefighters have suffered heat-related injuries.

30 structures are under threat.

CLOSURES

Road closures include Corral del Cielo and Mt. Toro Access Roads.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1600 PT

 

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

CAMERON PEAK FIRE

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Photo Credit | South Metro Fire & Rescue

UPDATE 2- Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake; about 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes (Rocky Mountains) in  the State of Colorado.

Did You Know?

In 2019, there were 11,755 fires that burned a total of 174,624 acres.  This year by tomorrow will clearly and easily surpass last year’s fire stats. – RMACC (CO, WY, KS, NE, SD)

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Photo Credit | RMACC

The CAMERON PEAK FIRE  started on August 13, 2020 around 1348 hours MDT from an unknown cause. It is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and long-range spotting. The fire has crossed over Total acres destroyed, 10,867 and there is still no containment status.

Fire crews will continue with extensive structure protection and indirect suppression activities. Forest Fire Officials say it is too dangerous for a direct attack.

It has now spread east of Hwy 14.

The biggest fire fuel in these Colorado National Forests are millions of beetle killed trees, dry and high temperatures making it perfect for a firestorm. No rain has fallen to help with fire suppression efforts.

RESOURCES

The South Metro Fire & Rescue (Station 33) will be sending another wildland team to this incident. This will be a 3rd unit from the metro Denver area to assist as a mutual aid resource.

One helicopter was dispatched from Bozeman, Montana as a mutual resource.

Incident Cooperators include the Rocky Mtn IMT, USFS and Larimer County Sheriff, South Metro F&R, NWS Boulder, NWS Grand Junction, Canyon Lakes Ranger District,

Air assets include Tanker 911, a McDonald Douglas DC10 and multiple helicopters (have been working since Day1)

Footage Credit | Arapaho and Roosevelt NF / Pawnee Natl Grassland

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

No structures have been reported as damaged or destroyed.

The expenses for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $564,000 and are climbing rapidly each day.

ALERTS

—> 2nd Community Meeting to be Held Sunday, August 16, 2020 1730 (5:30pm)

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There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR, meaning NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES.

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Today’s been the worst air quality in northern Colorado for a while. – Local resident with Asthma

A large smoke column can be seen from Shadow Mountain Lake in Grand Lake. – Local resident

Another smoky morning in the Canyon. – Local resident

I cannot believe people are still out rafting in the Poudre Canyon right now! Lower PC is safe but who wants to be in all that smoke? – Local resident

[Fire] burning near Walden doubles in size. Prompts health warnings. – MSN.com, Coloradoan.com.

Finally getting some more air support on this fire with several LATs (Large air tankers) and one VLAT (Very large air tanker) in addition to the helicopters that have been working since Day 1. – Local Meterologist

Cannot even see the foothills 2 miles away from Fort Collins. Smoke has really increased today. – Digital Marketer

Like much of Rawah Wilderness/Roosevelt NF is made up of mostly beetle kill which leaves it vulnerable and full of unburned fire fuels.  Going to be very hard to contain. – Local resident/hiker

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1515 PT