WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 16 2017

SUMMARY:   Some of you have asked for maps and we are working on a single map listing all wildfires. Maps are provided for each fire that are currently available.

The Holt (should be “Hult”) Butte Fire in Boardman has been moved to the Oregon wildfires post. The source reporting has it listed as Washington and should be Oregon.

Here is our recap for Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

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NORSE PEAK FIRE – 11 miles W of Cliffdell (Okanogan – Wenatchee NF)

Previously reported. This fire is located just NW of Highway 410 that was ignited by lightning.  The fire remains at 500 acres and has been holding since reported on Tuesday, August 15th.  There are 30 personnel assigned. There is no containment being reported on this incident.

EAST SADDLE MTN FIRE – 10 miles W of Othello (Mid-Columbia NWR)

Structure protection in effect by multiple agencies. Courtesy/Spokane Fire District 8

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge 

This wildfire started on the afternoon of August 12th from presumably lightning but that is an unconfirmed cause report.  There have been 17,465 acres burned. There has been a 95% containment reached.  Fire behavior is minimal. Crews are working to get power back on for residents (0730 hours PDT)  There are 136 personnel assigned with 37 engines.  2 structures have been lost.  CTD is $397,000.

JOLLY MTN FIRE- 13 miles NW of Cle Elum (Okanogan – Wenatchee NF)

Jolly Mountain Fire map

This map indicates where the fire is located. Though from August 13th, it shows this fire in the upper potion of the map its in heavy timber. Courtesy/Inciweb

The Jolly Mountain Fire is made up of five wildfires burning in a remote part of the forest about 5 miles NE at the North end of Lake Cle Elum.  There has been 378 acres burned.  Fire crews have gained a 44% contained.  Fire behavior is minimal with backing and isolated torching.  Structures are still being threatened.  There are 197 personnel with 3 crews, 10 engines and 3 helos.  $558,000 CTD…

NOISY CREEK FIRE – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls (Colville NF)

Briefing map for 8/15/17

This map from yesterday indicates where the fire is located and how the areas broken up by Divisions. Courtesy/Inciweb

The Noisy Creek fire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and single-tree torching.  There has been 4,000 acres destroyed with 64% containment.  Command changed from a NV Type 3 team to a SW IMT Team 5 on August 15, 2017.  There are 178 personnel.  4 crews, 3 engines and 1 helicopter.  $5 Million CTD…

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE – 13 miles NNE of Keller (Colville Agency/BIA)

The latest map indicates where and how the fire is on this image. Courtesy/Inciweb

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday, August 10, 2017.  Today (Wednesday) has a moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and flanking.  There has been 1,343 acres burned.  Fire crews have reached a 22% containment status.  There are 350 personnel assigned with 6 crews, 13 engines and 1 helo.  CTD $2 Million…

HEAD WATER FIRE – 25 miles West of Goldendale

The wildfire located in Goldendale started on Sunday, August 13, 2017.  The biggest overnight news from this wildfire were two DOC convicts had escaped from the DNR fire work camp. Law Enforcement reported they were serving time for assault and another for stolen property.  As of 0500 hours today due to the keen eye of a witness, one is back in custody.   Police are searching for the second DOC convict.  Some wildland firefighters say this is the most sought out opportunity to serve and they have nothing but good things to say about these DOC firefighters who work super hard.  They say this rarely happens!

There have been 100 acres burned with a 60% containment status reached…

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE – 27 miles NNW of Winthrop (Paysaten Wilderness)
August 14 - Infrared Map

This the latest map from August 14 gives you an idea how big the fire really is. Courtesy/Inciweb

The Diamond Creek Fire started on July 23rd from an unknown human-caused ignition. Fire behavior is still active with group torching, flanking and backing. Structures are under threat. No evacuations in effect at the time of this posting.  There has been 27,210 acres but crews have reached an 8% containment. There are 301 personnel assigned along with 7 crews, 18 engines and 3 helos.  CTD is $4.2 Million…

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2017 0800 Hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 15 2017

Post  Summary | Two new wildfires in the Washington State area have ignited overnight.  Here is our recap for Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

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HOLT BUTTE FIRE

Washington State – 20 miles NW of Boardman, Washington

This is a NEW wildfire being reported overnight.  This fire started on private land and burning in brush and timber.  Fire behavior is active and putting structures at risk.  There has been 500 acres burned. There is a 0% containment at the time of this posting.  CTD is $250,000..

NORSE PEAK FIRE

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF – 11 miles West of Cliffdell, Washington

Here is another NEW wildfire being reported this morning. This fire has also burned 500 acres. There is no containment status on this fire yet.  Fire behavior is active, spotting and torching.  Structures are in danger but there is no evacuations at the time of this post.  30 personnel are assigned with 1 crew and 2 helos.  CTD is $25,000..

EAST SADDLE MTN FIRE 

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge – 10 miles W of Othello, Washington

This wildfire started on the afternoon of August 12th from presumably lightning but that is an unconfirmed cause report.  17,465 acres. 80% contained. There are 146 personnel with 48 engines, 1 helicopter.  2 structures have been lost.  CTD is $332,000..

 

JOLLY MTN FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF – 13 miles NW of Cle Elum, Washington

The Jolly Mountain Fire is made up of five wildfires burning in a remote part of the forest about 5 miles NE at the North end of Lake Cle Elum.  About 334 acres of timber has been burned.  Fire behavior is minimal. There is a 0% containment status on these wildfires. Approximately 207 personnel are assigned with 3 crews, 12 engines and 3 helos.  CTD is $358,000..

NOISY CREEK FIRE

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

The Noisy Creek Fire behavior this morning is moderate with backing, creeping and single-tree torching.  Structures are being threatened.  There have been 4,000 acres scorched but containment has reached 58%.  There are 229 personnel assigned along with 5 crews, 4 engines and 3 helos.  CTD is $4.7 Million..

 

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Colville Agency – BIA – 11 miles NE of Keller

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday, August 10, 2017.  This fire is active with group torching, backing and flanking. 1,150 acres have been consumed.  There is an 18% containment reached.  336 personnel with 6 crews, 13 engines and 1 helo are assigned.  CTD is $2 Million..

HEAD WATER FIRE

25 miles West of Goldendale, Washington

The wildfire located in Goldendale started on Sunday, August 13, 2017. 100 acres have been destroyed.  There is a 40% containment status.  Fire behavior is active with group and single-tree torching. Structures are under threat. There are no evacuations in effect.  123 personnel are assigned along with 2 crews, 13 engines and 3 helos. CTD is $383,000..

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2017 – 0740 Hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 15 2017

Post  Summary | There has been a lot of wildfires in the NW area and we will try to glean all incident information as best as we can.  This is the update for Monday, August 14, 2017.

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EAST SADDLE MTN FIRE ** New! **

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge – 10 miles W of Othello, Washington

This wildfire started on the afternoon of August 12th from presumably lightning but is currently is an unconfirmed fire.

The fire was burning from the top of the mountain running downhill in various spots.

Currently, the fire has scorched about 17,000 acres of brush and grass.  Fire behavior is moderate with a 41% containment status.  There are 160 personnel (with State Mobe resources on-scene) with 1 crew, 39 engines, 2 helicopters. 2 structures have been destroyed. CTD is $186,000..

JOLLY MTN FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF – 13 miles NW of Cle Elum, Washington

The Jolly Mountain Fire is made up of five wildfires burning in a remote part of the forest about 5 miles NE at the North end of Lake Cle Elum.  About 334 acres of timber has been burned.  Fire behavior is minimal. There is a 0% containment status on these wildfires.  Firefighters having a difficulty accessing these fires and currently there is no resources on them.  About 61 personnel are assigned with 1 crew.  Cause of these wildfires are lightning which started on August 11, 2017. CTD is $500,000..

NOISY CREEK FIRE

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

The Noisy Creek Fire behavior has been reduced from active to moderate with backing, creeping and smoldering. It is burning on the East side of Sullivan Lake. It was reported on July 15, 2017. The cause of this wildfire is lightning.  So far, 4,000 acres have been damaged and there is 58% containment status at this time. 254 personnel are assigned with 5 crews, 7 engines and 3 helos.  CTD is $4.5 Million..

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – 25 miles N of Winthrop, Washington

The Diamond Creek Fire behavior is active with torching, short-crown runs and short-range spotting.  The fire has destroyed 938 acres that is located in the Pasayten Wilderness and about 5.5 miles South of the Canadian border..

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Colville Agency – BIA – 11 miles NE of Keller

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday, August 10, 2017.  This fire is active, backing, creeping and torching. There have been 1118 acres burned but has a 13% containment status.  There are 313 personnel, 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helicopter. CTD is $1.4 Million..

HEAD WATER FIRE

25 miles West of Goldendale, Washington

The wildfire located in Goldendale started on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from an unconfirmed reports of lightning.  Over 125 acres of timber burned.  Fire behavior is said to be moderate with structures being threatened. 63 personnel are assigned along with 2 crews and 5 engines. CTD is $241,000..

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/14/2017 – 2130 Hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 13 2017

Post  Summary | Thank you for reading our post.  Here are updates on previously reported and new fires from overnight. We have missed a few new ones but we’ll get them on our compiled list on Monday. Wishing all of you safe journeys wherever they may take you and remember to be safe out there with fire. Those on the fire line, thank you for what you are doing out there to save lives and property.

Here is our compiled list for Washington wildfires for Sunday, August 13, 2017.

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EAST SADDLE MTN FIRE ** New! **

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge – 10 miles W of Othello, Washington

The East Saddle Mtn Fire started in the late afternoon on Saturday, August 12, 2017, just outside of Royal City.  We had the opportunity to visit the area about 2 hours after the fire started and with front-row seats to the unfolding fire starting at the top of the hillside running and spotting down below. We will be doing an in-depth coverage of this fire in a separate post with photos, etc.  According to sources, the ICP moved to Othello in Adams County. Overnight, the fire has destroyed over 10,000 acres and had a zero containment status. State mobe was approved late last night where mutual aid was seen from Grant County Fire District 5 and other surrounding districts, fire departments pouring into the area.  Prior to State Mobe approval/resources inbound, there were 19 personnel , 4 Engines, 1 helicopter and a VLAT dropping water and retardant.

JOLLY MTN FIRE ** New! **

The Jolly Mountain Fire is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, about 13 miles NW of Cle Elum, Washington.  We passed the ICP where it was located at one of the town’s schools.  They were not putting firefighters into the field due to being too dangerous for them, so it has been a wait-and-see for these Fire folks.  According to sources, fire fuels include timber.  Active fire behavior, torching and spotting is occurring. 600 acres and growing. There is a 0% containment status. 25 personnel are assigned with one crew. $500,000 CTD so far.

NOISY CREEK FIRE

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

The Noisy Creek Fire’s behavior is still being reported as active with backing, flanking, group torching.  Structures are still are under threat. About 3,870 acres have been scorched but there has been a 41% containment status reached. 308 personnel with 6 crews, 10 engines and 3 helicopters are on-scene.  CTD is $3.9 Million.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – 25 miles N of Winthrop, Washington

The Diamond Creek wildfire’s fire behavior on this Saturday is extremely active with uphill runs and long-range spotting.  23,650 acres have been destroyed and fire crews have successfully a 5% containment around the fire.  149 personnel are assigned along with 3 crews, 5 engines and 4 helicopters. CTD is $2.9 Million.

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Colville Agency – BIA – 11 miles NE of Keller

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday which has burned up to 1,000 acres and with a 0% containment status.  There are 153 personnel attached to this incident with 2 crews, 2 engines and 1 helo.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, short-range spotting and torching.  CTD is $850,000.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/13/2017 2200 Hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 12 2017

Post  Summary | Thank you for reading our post.  Here are updates on previously reported fires.  We are thankful nothing new has started in Washington or, at least officially reported as so.

Here is our compiled list for Washington wildfires for Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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Night shot of fire at the base of Hall Mountain taken across Sullivan Lake

Base of Hall Mountain on the Noisy Creek Fire. Courtesy: Inciweb

NOISY CREEK FIRE

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

The Noisy Creek Fire’s behavior is still being reported as active with backing, flanking, group torching.  Structures are still are under threat. About 3,870 acres have been scorched but there has been a 41% containment status reached. 308 personnel with 6 crews, 10 engines and 3 helicopters are on-scene.  CTD is $3.9 Million.

Photos and a video from mid-afternoon recon flight on August 10, of confluence of Drake Creek and Jinks Creek area.

Photo of the Diamond Creek Fire. PC: OSC1 John Szulc

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – 25 miles N of Winthrop, Washington

The Diamond Creek wildfire’s fire behavior on this Saturday is extremely active with uphill runs and long-range spotting.  23,650 acres have been destroyed and fire crews have successfully a 5% containment around the fire.  149 personnel are assigned along with 3 crews, 5 engines and 4 helicopters. CTD is $2.9 Million.

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Colville Agency – BIA – 11 miles NE of Keller

The Bridge Creek Fire started on Thursday which has burned up to 1,000 acres and with a 0% containment status.  There are 153 personnel attached to this incident with 2 crews, 2 engines and 1 helo.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, short-range spotting and torching.  CTD is $850,000.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/12/2017 0800 Hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 11 2017

Post  Summary | Severe lightning storms have passed over the Eastern Washington area with one area (Bumping Lake) that may have sustained nine possible new fire starts caused by lightning.  We will be visiting this area in a few hours with other locations as we find possible new fire starts.  We will be publishing updates on our Social Media channels as we will be providing *Live* coverage on Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook.

Thanks for reading our Post!

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NOISY CREEK FIRE

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

The Noisy Creek fire behavior is now active with backing, flanking and group torching. Structures are under threat.  There have been 3,870 acres burned.  There is a 38% containment status. 337 personnel along with 8 crews, 11 engines and 3 helos are present on this incident.  CTD is $3.5 Million.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – 25 miles N of Winthrop, Washington

The Diamond Creek wildfire’s fire behavior still remains active with short-crown runs, torching and spotting.  Structures are under threat.  About 19,687 acres have been destroyed and there still remains a 0% containment status. 151 personnel are attached to this event along with 3 crews, 5 engines and 3 helicopters.

BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Colville Agency – BIA – 11 miles NE of Keller

*** New! *** The Bridge Creek Fire started yesterday and has burned 250 acres of tall grass, timber and light logging slash.  There is a 0% containment status.  There is an IMT 2 team managing the fire.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs and flanking. 61 personnel are on the fire line with 1 crew, 1 engine and 3 helos.  CTD so far is $350,000,

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/12/2017 00:09 Hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 10 2017

Post  Summary | You told us that you prefer wildfire information for each single State grouped together.  So, that’s what we are doing. Here is a recap for all Washington wildfires and fire activity for Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Thanks for reading our Post!

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NOISY CREEK FIRE

Photo of Noisy Creek Fire from Sullivan Lake Road

A mirror image reflects a wildfire burning. Noisy Creek Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

Fire behavior has been reduced from active to moderate with isolated torching.  Structures are still under threat.  No evacuations are in effect. There has been 3,550 acres burned but fire crews have successfully gained a 35% containment status. There are 336 personnel with 8 crews, 11 engines and 3  helos attached to this incident.  The cost-to-date total has been raised to $3.2 Million.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – 25 miles N of Winthrop, Washington

The Diamond Creek wildfire’s fire manager (IMT1) is handing command over to a local management unit which took place today (Thursday).  Currently, fire conditions are active fire behavior with short crown runs, torching and spotting.  Structures are still being threatened. No evacuations are in effect.  As of today, 12,525 acres have been consumed.  There is still no containment around this big wildfire.  There are 111 personnel deployed along with 1 crew, 5 engines and 4 helos.  Total costs for fire suppression and containment is $2.5 Million.

SUIATTLE FIRE

DNR – NW Region. 9 miles NE of Darrington, Washington

Fire Managers are still reporting in to the NW Incident Coordination Center that this fire spread has been stopped and holding at 216 acres with 90% containment.  There are 178 personnel with 3 crews, 6 engines and 2 helicopters on the fire line.  Total costs have reached $2.3 Million CTD.

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/10/2017 2015 Hours PDT

WA ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 9 2017

Post  Summary | You told us that you prefer wildfire information for each single State grouped together.  So, that’s what we are doing. Here is a recap for all Washington wildfires and fire activity for Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Thanks for reading our Post!

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NOISY CREEK FIRE

Photo of Noisy Creek Fire taken by Chris DiRienz

PC: Chris DiRien (via inciweb)

 Colville National Forest – 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls, Washington

Fire behavior is reported as active with backing, flanking and uphill runs in grass. There has been 3,550 acres burned.  Firefighters have  gained a 30% containment status. About 333 personnel are assigned to this incident with 8 crews, 11 engines and 3 helos.  Cost-to-date has reached $2.8 Million.

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Photo of the Diamond Creek Fire Smoke Column

PC: Mike Liu/USFS

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – 25 miles N of Winthrop, Washington

This fire is burning in timber and grass with 12,525 acres scorched.  There is a 0% containment status at this time. Fire behavior is active with crowns, running and spotting.  Structures are under threat. No evacuations in effect.   There are 187 personnel attached to this incident, along with 2 crews, 5 engines and 4 helicopters. Fire suppression and containment cost-to-date are $1 Million.

SUIATTLE FIRE

Smoke rises above a slash pile

Courtesy: Inciweb

DNR – NW Region. 9 miles NE of Darrington, Washington

This fire has been reduced to minimal fire behavior with it almost being contained (90% containment) in full.  There are 216 acres of charred timber.  On this wildfire, 178 personnel are still actively working along with 3 crews, 6 engines and 2 helos.  The cost-to-date for this wildfire have reached $2.3 Million.

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FIRE CAD ACTIVITY

Fire CADs across Washington State have very been busy today and we are reporting in all activity occurred as of 1900 hours PDT.

EDWARDS CREEK FIRE

At 1900 hours PDT, fire crews (HI 142, 147) were dispatched to a wildfire to the Aeneas Valley in Okanogan County. Resources arrived on-scene around 1844 hours PDT.  Limited information.  ATT 17, E373, 6695, BLM SE 139, 140, 164 and N BREW were listed as resources.  The fire was reported as being contained by 1821 hours PDT.

TEN DOLLAR FIRE

Resources from DNR, a local unknown Fire District and Yakima Training Center fire crews responded to the 2-acre grass fire Ten Dollar Fire around 1055 hours PDT.  The fire was located in Kittitas County.  The fire was brought under control by 1223 hours PDT.

WALLACE FIRE

Dispatcher sent DNR – NW Region fire crews (E523, 541) to the Wallace Fire located in Gold Bar (Snohomish County) around 1555 hours PDT.  They have currently arrived. The IC arrived on-scene around 1700 hours PDT.

BORDER PATTISON FIRE

In the NE Region area, fire suppression (air resources) were dispatched to this area at 1730 hours PDT. A total of 0.1 acres were burned.

SOUTH MARBLE FIRE

The South Marble Fire located off of Highway 25 N in Stevens County has since been degraded to remain in a patrol status but not before resources were dispatched earlier this morning.  Around 1045 hours, fire assets were dispatched to the area which brought the small fire to a fully contained incident.  Around noon today, it was said to be under control.

WEST MERRILL LAKE FIRE

Dispatchers from the Pacific Cascade Comm Center dispatched fire crews, a single DNR engine. An OH engine was en route.  The original dispatched time was at 1633 hours PDT.  The fire was said to be burning grass and smoldering logs in Cowlitz County.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/9/2017 – 2020 Hours PDT

NW Fire Chronicles | Suiattle Fire | 1

NEAR DARRINGTON, WASHINGTON STATE

Incident Summary | The Suiattle Fire is considered almost fully contained as firefighters still on the fire line  continue to work tirelessly to reach their ultimate fire objectives.

First arriving units see this when they reach the fire line. PC: Jessica Nenmich

Location | This wildfire is located approximately 9 miles NE of Darrington , Washington State.

Size Up | Fire behavior has now been reduced to minimal activity. There are 216 acres of timber that were consumed.  Firefighters have reached a 90% containment status.  Command will turb management of the fire back over to a local IMT team on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Resources | There are still 178 personnel assigned to this fire incident alongside 3 crews, 6 engines and 2 helicopters.

Costs | Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached a whopping $2.3 Million.

Social Media | #SuiattleFire #WAwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2340 hours PDT on 8/8/2017