WA | Schneider Springs Fire Update

Sunday Update – September 12, 2021

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Photo 📸: Burnout operations on the Bull Complex fire.
Credit | NICC

Incident Summary

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 20 miles northwest of Naches and 10 miles west of Nile, Washington in the northern Cascade Mountain Range.

The fire was sparked by lighting that passed over the area on August 3, 2021, which ignited short grass, timber and brush on August 4, 2021, around 1230 hours PT.

The fire has burned 102,407 acres and reached a 17% containment status.

Current Status

The fire’s behavior remains today as moderate with flanking, backing and creeping. Pockets of fire fuels are being burned by surface fire with occasional flare-ups.

Division Alpha – structure protection in effect with some mop-up operations. Firing operations being conducted as needed.

UAS can fly at night and scout portions of the fire that may be inaccessible to ground personnel. Here’s is a photo of real time video. Photo shows trees in the dark with flames.
Credit | USFS

Division Delta – structure protection to continue with one of their fire objectives to complete line construction. They will work to prep the control line and will look towards future operations of going direct when possible.

Division Hotel – main fire objective is to tie in around the Cliffdell down to the river, as their main focus as it is critical to get this completed as soon as possible. They will also continue to monitor and patrol portions of the line.

Division Oscar – crews are working tirelessly to patrol and repair portions of the line, as well as hold and improve the firing operations around Burnt Mountain. Mop-up operations in effect for any new or existing hotspots.

Night Ops – They are working to continue much of the same with providing structure protection and defensive firing as needed. Crews will monitor and hold.

Repair Group – Working in the Bethel Ridge area and will conduct priority repair work as directed.

A rainstorm passed over the area but produced little to no precip over the area.

It continues to threaten several local communities and structures, prompting evacuation orders to remain in effect along with area, road and trails still closed. Some have been reduced down to Level 2 from 3, after rain fell over the fire area.

A Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR is in effect, therefore no drones or other aircraft will be allowed to fly over the fire area. Collisions can occur if drones intrude upon the TFR, putting fire personnel in the air and on the ground in grave danger and it is illegal to do so. Heavy fines and jail time can be give for violations. Questions? Contact the Naches Ranger District at 509-653-1401. Fire Line staffed 0800-1900 daily at 509-653-1468. #NoDronesInFireZones

Resources

Command is under a PNW2 Type 1 IMT Incident Commander (IC) R. Allen with 601 total personnel under their direction, along with 13 crews, 36 engines and eight copters.

A Red Cross shelter was opened on September 9th at 1500 hours PT (3pm) at the Summit View Church of Christ located at 100 N. 72nd Avenue in Yakima, Washington 98801.

On September 8, 2021, the National Interagency Fire Center or NIFC for short, deployed two wildland firefighting hand crews from Quebec, Canada.

Canadian crews pose for a group photo after their arrival at NIFC on September 8, 2021. Credit: Jennifer Myslivy, BLM
Credit | NIFC

Incident Cooperators include: NWS IMET Operations, NIFC, WSP, DOE – Central Region, City of Yakima Government, Yakima County Government (Sheriff’s Office, OEM), Yakama Nation, Quebec (CAN) hand crews, Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), NWS Pendleton (Air Quality reports), Crystal Mountain Resort, NWS Seattle, CK Fire and Rescue (South Puget Sound Strike Team), Zigzag Hotshots, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Jackson Hotshots, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (Oka-Wen NF), NWS Spokane, Oregon Smoke Info, Joseph Elfelt (Mapping), Red Cross NW, National Forest Foundation, Bureau of Land Management (BLM),

Significant Events

  • This firestorm was deemed a megafire on September 10, 2021, with the fire broke the 100,000+-acre record.
  • On August 23, 2021, there were 16 active wildfires with the (Schneider Springs Fire) over 67,000; Lick Creek Fire at 80,000+, Cub Creek Fire at 70,000+ and Whitmore Fire over 58,000+ acres.
  • On August 11, 2021, Social media commented on weather being cooler and wetter helping firefighters contain the wildfire, but it seems that was just a hope.
  • The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $35 Million Dollars of today.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA Wildfire Activity Report

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

It has been a busy weekend full of wildfires on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is a recap of this weekend’s wildfire activity as of this evening as of 2000 hours. Information has been gleaned from the Wildcad.net website.

395 TURF FIRE. Fender Road, Spokane County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021, 1434. .1 acre of grass. Patrol Status.

4010 FIRE. Capitol Forest, Thurston County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021, 1044. 0.25 acres of timber litter. Contained at 1245 hours and under control at 1431 hours.

8TH AVE FIRE. Pinnacle Unit in Roy of Pierce County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021, 1910 hours. Controlled on 8/29/2021 at 1058 hours. In patrol status.

AMANDA FIRE. Amanda Drive in Olympia (Thurston County). Call date/time – 8/29/2021 1136 hours. 1.5 acres of grass and brush. Contained at 1555 hours. In patrol status.

BERNHILL ROAD FIRE. Bernhill Road, Spokane County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021 1203. 3.3 acres of grass, shrub, timber understory. Resources on-scene 8/292/2021 1220. Open incident.

CENTERVILLE FIRE. Exit 83 in Lewis County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021, 1344. 0.5 acre of grass, shrub and timber understory. In patrol status.

FARWELL TRACK FIRE. East Farwell Road, Spokane County. Call date/time – 8/27/2021 0619. 0.1 acre of slash and blowdown. Contained 0740 and controlled 0755 hours PT.

G1800 FIRE. Kingston in Kitsap County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021 1123 hours. 0.3 acres of shrub and timber understory. IC: Meyer as of 8/29/2021 at 1307 hours. Contained at 1548 hours. In patrol status.

LACEY FIRE. Martin Way and Meridian Road NE, Lacey. Call date/time, unknown. Info posted by FD3 on 8/29/2021 at 1150 PT. 2nd Alarm. Lacey FD3 and WA DNR worked the fire. Unknown wildfire name. This was considered as a large grass/brush fire threatening structures. Cause is unknown and under investigation.

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Credit | LFD3

LEUDINGHAUSE FIRE. Dryad in Lewis County. Call date/time 8/29/2021, 1659. 1 acre of grass and shrub. Engines 2300 and 2402 dispatched. Contained at 1800 and under control at 1900 hours PT.

ORCAS ROAD FIRE. Orcas Road on Orcas Island in San Juan County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021, 1539. 4.5 acres of timber understory, grass. IC White on 8/28/2021 1650 hours PT. Patrol status on 8/29/2021 at 1637 PT.

OXBOW FIRE. Brown’s Creek Campground in Mason County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021, 1438 hours. 0.3 acres of shrub, timber litter, timber understory and brush. IC: USFS/Neal on 8/28/2021 on 1558 hours. DNR resources were released and USFS assisted with incident.

PINELODGE FIRE. Stonelodge in Stevens County. Call date/time – 8/28/201, 1414. 0.45 acre of grass and timber understory. In patrol status.

QUARTZ RIDGE FIRE. Republic, Ferry County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021, 1937. 0.37 acre of timber understory, grass and timber litter. Contained 8/292/2021 1557.

ROCKY HILL FIRE. Rock Hill, Spokane County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021, 1232. 0.1 acre of timber understory. Contained 1320, under control 1345.

TWISTED TREE FIRE. Lacey in Thurston County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021 1507 PT. 0.01 acre of grass, shrub and timber. IC: Cooper as of 8/29/2021 at 1531 hours. Contained 1537. Controlled at 1601 hours. In patrol status.

VEIT FIRE. Veit Road in Pend Oreille County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021 1839. 0.1 acres of timber understory. contained 8/29/2021 0928 and controlled at 1003 hours.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA’s Rooster Comb Fire | New!

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

A new wildfire named the ROOSTER COMB FIRE broke out this afternoon has prompted a vast number of fire and heavy equipment resources dispatched to the Rooster Comb area in Chelan County, Washington.

Since the initial response time of 1649 hours PT, the fire has already consumed a minimum of 220 acres of grass and brush.

LEVEL 3 evacuations were ordered for those near Methow Street, which is south of Wenatchee, Washington. (per Media). We were unable to find out which agency is reporting this and found no orders issued through the Nixle app.

The Incident Command is Tom Hayes, effective 1905 hours PT.

Resources include:

  • CHELAN-26
  • CREW-22
  • DIV-610
  • E-351
  • E-4102
  • E-4104
  • E-4106
  • E-4107
  • E-6695
  • E-6696
  • E-672
  • PATROL-2

About Rooster Comb, Washington

The Rooster Comb is a famous hiking sub-peak area in the Saddle Rock areas and in the most southern portion of the Wenatchee foothills. It is one of many summits in Chelan County, Washington.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA’s Schneider Springs Fire

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 20 miles northwest of Naches, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands.

Crews continue to work on nighttime firing operations in Bethel Ridge Area
Credit | OK-WEN NF (USFS)

There has been 75,055 acres of timber that has been destroyed. Fire crews have been able to increase the containment from three-to-eight percent. Fire behavior is active, flanking, backing and isolate torching.

The incident is under the direction of PNW2, a Type 1 IMT’s IC R. Allen.

The lightning-caused fire started on August 4, 2021 and has quickly spread over thousands of acres of land, threatening structures and forcing mandatory evacuations.

To assist with fire suppression and containment, there are 670 total personnel along with 13 crews, 50 engines and six aircraft.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (GO NOW)

  • Bumping River Road from north to south

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS (GET SET)

  • Hwy 410 from Bumping River Road to US12

LEVEL EVACUATIONS (GET READY)

  • US12 at Hwy 410 west to Tieton Reservoir Road

Current Restrictions include no flying of drones in the fire zone(s).

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA’s Schneider Springs Fire

Wednesday Update – August 25, 2021

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 18 miles northwest of Naches, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands, which has consumed a total of 71,907 acres of timber, brush and short grass.

The lightning-caused fire started on August 4, 2021 and has quickly spread over thousands of acres of land, threatening structures and forcing mandatory evacuations. This has also been concerns for fire managers for vital infrastructure that also may be threatened.

View of Bumping River with firefighter in far in the background
Credit | USFS

To assist with fire suppression and containment, there are 530 total personnel along with 12 crews, 38 engines, six dozers, nine aircraft resources and 17 other pieces of heavy equipment.

Crews have reached a difficult three-percent containment status but they are slowly making progress on this stubborn fire. Behavior has been observed as active with flanking, back and torching. It said to be burning deep down in several canyons too dangerous for crews to follow and attempt to contain.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (GO NOW)

  • Bumping River Road from north to south

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS (GET SET)

  • Hwy 410 from Bumping River Road to US12

LEVEL EVACUATIONS (GET READY)

  • US12 at Hwy 410 west to Tieton Reservoir Road

Current Restrictions include no flying of drones in the fire zone(s).

There has been no structures destroyed but the total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment cost-to-date has risen to $12.4 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NW Fires | Saturday Recap

Welcome to our Daily Sit Rep aka Recap updates about wildfires here in Washington and Oregon.

This is the recap for Saturday, August 21, 2021.

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Fire Fact

One RC-26 aircraft with Distributed Real-Time Infrared (DRTI) capability and support personnel from the 162nd Operations Group (Arizona Air National Guard) have been deployed to Eugene, OR in support of wildland fire operations. – NIFC

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BEAR CREEK FIRE

This new wildfire is under the no full suppression strategy and listed as an incident without an assigned Type 1 or 2 IMT. It is located inside the North Cascades National Park Service.

About 857 acres have been burned and is 6% contained.

There are 12 personnel along with one crew and a single helicopter.

There has been $90,000 cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment status expenses reached.

BLACK BUTTE FIRE

24.9 miles S of Unity; 36 miles SE of John Day, OR.

The Black Butte Fire started on August 3, 2021 around 1000 hours, from a lightning storm that passed over the area, igniting several fires. This fire is burning in the The North of Little Malheur River drainage. Timber grass and understory, timber litter and understory and light logging slash are fire fuels.

It is under the management of the USFS NW Team 6, an IMT type 2.

Behavior is minimal with backing, and single tree torching in timber and light slash. About 22,179 acres have been destroyed but crews have reached a temporary 59% containment status.

They are focusing on their full compression objectives and goals. Firefighters have been successful in saving area homes and structures that may be in the area.

The incident is under management of the NW IMT Team 6’s Shawn Sheldon. Currently, there are 424 total personnel with six crews, 27 engines and a single helicopter.

Total cost-to-date is $11 Million CTD.

BULL COMPLEX

13 miles NE of Detroit; 25 miles of Mill City, OR.

The Bull Complex is burning on the USFS’ Mount Hood National Forest Service lands, which was sparked by afternoon lightning on August 2, 2021. It is current under the SW IMT Gray Team but will be under the management of the GB Team 4, an IMT 2 at 0600 hours on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Five total fires in this complex: Janus, Kola and Ridge (SE corner of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness) and Round Lake and Ogre Creek Fires (Round Lake areas).

There has been 6,264 acres of timber burned. This stubborn fire is still showing a moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single-torching. A zero containment status is still listed for this wildfire.

There are 367 current personnel assigned to this incident along with nine crews, 10 engines, two dozers, six water tenders, five feller bunchers, eight skidsteers, five excavators and two helicopters.

A record of $3.8 Million Dollars has been reached for this Oregon wildfire.

BULLDOG MTN FIRE

16 miles N of Kettle Falls, WA.

The Bulldog Mountain Fire is located on Bulldog Mountain in Ferry County, Washington. It is under the management of the USFS-Colville NF’s NW Team 7, an IMT Type 2 which assumed command on Saturday, August 21st at 0700 hours PT. They are also managing the Mack Mountain Fire.

The Incident Command Post or also known as the ICP, where fire management & IC’s operational hub is located at the Community Colleges of Spokane – Colville 985 S Elm St, Colville, Washington.

The lightning caused fire has burned through 5,087 acres of heavy slash and timber. Though the fire behavior is minimal with backing, creeping and smoldering, it is still a threat to area residential structures. Rain did fall over the fire area lessening fire behavior and bringing cooler temps.

Evacuations are in effect:

LEVEL 1 – Get Ready (Notification Only)

  • Boulder Creek
  • Hodgson Lakin Rd
  • Hodgson Spur Rd
  • Archer Dr
  • Price Rd

There are 200 personnel along with four crews, two copters, 11 engines, 15 dozers and six water tenders.

Total cost-to-date is $2.9 Million Dollars.

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Fire Fact

One RC-26 aircraft with Distributed Real-Time Infrared (DRTI) capability and support personnel from the 141stAir Refueling Wing (Washington Air National Guard) have been deployed to Fairchild, WA. – NIFC

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CHICKADEE CREEK FIRE

16 miles W of Tonasket, WA.

The Chickadee Creek Fire ignited on August 4, 2021, from an unknown cause that is under investigation. Total 1,453 acres of timber and short grass have been burned but firefighters have reached an 11% containment status.

WA DNR -NE reg timber and sH gr. Active FB uphill runs, ST torch, SR spot

4861a 11% 207p 5c 4e $2.2M

CUB CREEK 2 FIRE

5 miles N of Winthrop, WA.

This incident is also being managed under the Cedar Creek fire, along with the unmanned Delancy Fire. It is managed by the CA Team 2, an IMT Type 1 under the IC M. Minton. The Cub Creek Fire ignited from lightning on July 8th and has been burning at least forty-five days already. However, there are still structures being threatened, prompting evacuations to remain in effect for impacted residents.

Active fire behavior with single tree torching, short range spotting and creeping, while burning lands in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Rain fell over the fire area on Friday but the fire is still a threat to communities and infrastructure.

There has been 70,154 acres destroyed but crews have tirelessly worked to reach a 65% containment status on today’s update. About 312 fire personnel, air and ground resources, support and other personnel are still actively engaged on this incident to reach all fire objectives. Equipment / resources also include six crews, 20 engines and seven copters.

Three structures have been lost.

Total cost-to-date has reached a whopping $22.4 Million Dollars.

Cedar Creek Fire

15 miles NW of Winthrop, WA.

This fire is near the Cub Creek 2 Fire which is burning lands in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest owned by the United States Forest Service or USFS for short. Fire fuels in this area include timber, brush and short grass.

The Cedar Creek Fire remains with active fire behavior with single tree torching and short-range spotting, that continue to keep area roadways closed. Rain did fall over the fire area and helped with lessening the fire from spreading even faster than anticipated.

Delancy Fire

4 miles W of Mazama, WA.

Also, sparked by lightning, this wildfire has been burning since July 11, 2021 and has been kept at a holding status of 223 acres of timber. No changes to the 223 acres this fire has destroyed. Rain did fall over the area.

This is currently an unstaffed incident but is under the watchful eyes of area incident commanders.

Costs associated with this wildfire have reached $122,000 to-date.

DEVILS KNOB COMPLEX

30 miles SE of Roseburg; 20 miles of Azalea, OR.

The Devil’s Knob Complex is burning on lands in the Umpqua National Forest in the Tiller Ranger District that broke out on August 3, 2021 around 0800 hours from lightning passing over the area. There are several wildfires in this complex.

The four fires in this complex are being reported as a single incident under this complex that include active fire behavior with short uphill runs, backing and group torching. Structures are still being threatened.

There has been a total of 18,772 acres consumed collectively but there is a 15% containment status reach.

Previously, there was a total number of 627 personnel but has since increased to 690 with 19 crews, 44 engines and three copters.

Together, the cost-to-date has reached $14.3 Million with one structure being lost.

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Fire Fact

Nationally, there are 48 fires being managed under a strategy other than full suppression. – NIFC

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FORD CORKSCREW FIRE

21 miles NW of Spokane, WA.

The Ford Corkscrew Fire ignited on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 1329 hours PT in Ford, Washington. WA DNR-NE Region.

Currently, the fire behavior is moderate with flanking, isolated torching and spotting. There has been 15,758 acres destroyed and a 30% containment status reached. About 319 personnel are still active engaging on this incident to reach their fire objectives and full containment goals. To assist them, they have seven crews, 29 engines on hand.

Unfortunately, 53 structures have been destroyed.

Several communities and structures are threatened. Evacuations are in effect.

At the time of this post, there has been $2.8 Million Dollars costs-to-date.

FOX COMPLEX

14 miles W of Lakeview, OR.

This Complex includes two fires: Patton Meadow Fire and Willow Valley Fire burning on lands owned by the USFS-Fremont-Winema National Forest and under the management of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)’s Team 3, an type 1 IMT.

Fire fuels on this fire are timber, short grass and brush. Today’s fire behavior is listed as moderate with flanking, backing and isolated torching.

Structures and infrastructure are still being threatened.

Patton Meadow Fire

Detected August 12, 2021, from a lightning storm that passed over the area just before 1530 hours PT.

Four structures destroyed.

Evacuations in progress. See information –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7798/

Willow Valley Fire

This fire was reported just before 1600 hours on August 12th also caused by lightning (dry), which is located16 miles southeast of Bonanza in Klamath County.

No evacuations are in effect at this time.

For all of these fires, stats are grouped together in a single report by fire managers. The total acres burned has been 8,304 and a 41% containment has bee reached.

Sharing resources across all incidents include 863 total personnel with 26 crews, 35 engines and 12 copters.

Four structures have been lost and a cost-to-date in expenses has reached $8.5 Million Dollars.

GREEN RIDGE FIRE

30 miles E of Walla Walla, WA.

This incident includes both the Green Ridge and the Turkey Trail Fires.

The Green Ridge fire is located in the Green Ridge area , about 30 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington.

The Turkey Trail Fire has merged into the Green Ridge Fire and all stats are combined totals for both wildfires. Both fires were sparked by lightning strikes on July 7, 2021.

Collectively, these fires are being reported as if it is a single incident by fire managers.

Fire behavior is listed as minimal with single-torching, creeping and smoldering and still threatening structures in the fire perimeter. A total of 39,235 acres have been consumed but a 35% containment status has been reached.

A total of 474 personnel with seven crews, 20 engines and three helicopters are assisting with fire suppression efforts.

About $37 Million Dollars has been reached for both fires.

JACK FIRE

20 miles E of Glide, OR.

The Jack Fire is part of the Rough Patch Complex which is being managed under this Complex. Other fires are included in the Complex, which include the Chaos and Little Bend Fires, as well as the Buckhead and Near Minky Fires.

Burning on lands owned by the USFS’s Umpqua National Forest has consumed 23,755 acres of closed timber, litter and timber. Today, it is currently has a moderate fire behavior with torching, backing and creeping.

The Jack Fire was ignited by a human-caused source which started on July 5, 2021 around 1700 hours PT. The exact cause is under investigation.

After the initial ignition, the fire quickly spread due to dry weather, heavy fuels and steep terrain. Initial attack activity occurred in the beginning stages by the USFS, ODF and the Douglas Fire Protection Association (DFPA) forcing the closure of a major Highway (138).

The Great Basin Team 2, a Type 1 IMT assumed command of the incident on August 15,2021.

One structure has been lost which has created a cost-to-date of $36.1 Million Dollars in fire suppression and containment expenses.

Closures are in effect.

At this time, there are 339 total personnel on the fire line and supporting this incident along with nine crews, 18 engines and four copters.

KNOLL FIRE

7 miles NE of McKenzie Bridge, OR.

The Knoll Fire was turned back to the local Fire District to monitor and staff this incident. At the last update today, there are still 32 personnel along with one crew and three engines assigned to this wildfire.

It still has an fire behavior of minimal activity with creeping and smoldering, which it is still threatening structures and infrastructure.

A total of 544 acres has been consumed but the remaining crew and 31 total personnel with three engines on-scene have reached a 90% containment status.

USFS – Willamette NF. closed timber litter, light slash.

Cost-to-date have reached $360,000.

LICK CREEK FIRE

2 miles SW of Asotin; 15 miles SE of Pomeroy, WA.

Just like a lot of these Washington wildfires, lightning struck the land and sparked a fire that originally included the Dry Gulch Fire which would eventually merge in with the Lick Creek Fire, creating a single incident. These are located southwest of Asotin in Lick Creek and in the Dry Gulch on lands owned by the USFS in the Umatilla National Forest.

This large wildfire ignited by Mother Nature burned 80,421 acres of short grass, hardwood timber and timber but it is almost fully contained at 97%, however, this does not mean it will be considered out.

Thirteen personnel remain on-scene with one engine and are still working to fully suppress and contain this once, stubborn fire storm now more tamed.

It’s fire behavior is reduced to minimal active with creeping and smoldering activities.

Cost-to-date have reached a whopping $16.6 Million Dollars.

MACK MTN FIRE

15 miles N of Kettle Falls, WA.

The Mack Mtn Fire started on 8/5/2021, from lightning which moved quickly over the area in the Colville National Forest (USFS).

It is 1,201 acres with a zero percent containment status. Fire behavior has been reduced and is now reported as with minimal activity with backing, creeping and flanking. Timber is generally the fire fuels. Road/trail and area closures are in effect.

This is currently an unstaffed incident but is under management of area incident managers.

MIDDLEFORK COMPLEX

9 miles N of Oakridge, OR.

The Middlefork Complex originally included 12 wildfires that were burning on lands under management of the Middle Fork Ranger District. Today, firefighters have successfully reduced the number down to two remaining fires. The original date of ignition was on July 29, 2021, around 1400 hours.

Personnel has been increased from 550 to 556 and have nine crews, 17 engines and five helicopters assisting with fire suppression and containment efforts.

Command was under Randy Johnson, PNW Team, an IMT1 and will be transitioning over to the NW Team13, an IMT2 which will occur on Sunday, August 22, 2021. They are also managing the Knoll Fire.

Almost 15,000 acres have been burned (14,866 acres) and there has been a small dent in containment by reaching 9%. All resources are working tirelessly to reaching all fire objective and goals on this fire with moderate behavior that is flanking and torching.

Structures are still being threatened with evacuations are in effect.

Total cost-to-date has reached $16.7 Million Dollars.

14,866a 9% 556p 9c 17e 5h $16.7M

MORAINE LAKE FIRE

This fire is burning in the North Cascade National Park that has consumed 164 acres and is now 10% contained. It is under management without a Type 1 or 2 IMT.

Two personnel are staffing this incident only.

$15,000 Cost-to-date has been reached.

MUCKAMUCK FIRE

4 miles NE of Conconully, WA.

This wildfire incident is located near the town of Conconully, which began on August 4th from lightning. It is burning in the USFS – Colville National Forest but is threatening the town and other communities, prompting evacuations (see below).

The Management team for this fire is also assigned to the Cub Creek 2, Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires. There is 241 personnel on-scene shared between all of the listed fires, along with eight crews and 18 engines.

The total cost-to-date expenses were $5.6 Million Dollars have increased almost $2 Million since our last update, now have reached $7.4 Million to-date.

Fire behavior is active with group torching, short-range spotting and creeping. It has destroyed 13,004 acres but there is good news that it has reached a 15% containment status.

LEVEL 3 (Go Now)

  • Salmon Meadows-Kerry
  • Mineral Hill
  • West Fork-Conconully
  • Area immediately surrounding the town limits of Concunully

LEVEL 1 (Get Ready)

  • Area within the limits of Conconully

SHELTER

  • United Methodist Church, 130 N Cedar St, Omak 509 422 7348

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Fire Fact

One Boeing 737 airtanker from New South Wales, Australia is supporting fire suppression efforts in the
western United States.
– NIFC

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NASON FIRE

17 miles NW of Plain; 7 miles SE of Unincorporated Lake Wenatchee, WA.

The Nason Fire was sparked by lightning on August 4, 2021. It is located about seven miles southeast of the unincorporated areas of Lake Wenatchee. It is being managed by IC Barajas with Trainee Brownlee.

About 132 acres have been destroyed but a 12% containment status has been reached.

12 personnel are on-scene along with a single crew.

$30,000 is the cost-to-date and is being managed without a Type 1 or 2 IMT.

PINCER CREEK FIRE

The Pincer Creek Fire is being managed like some other fires without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned and with a strategy other than full suppression as its objective.

This one has had 850 acres burned and remains at a zero containment status with four personnel assigned.

$28,000 is the total cost-to-date.

ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX

18 miles SW of Oakridge, OR.

The Rough Patch Complex is made up of the Jack Fire and the Devil’s Complex, which are being reported separately. Collectively, this Complex has had 19,405 acres of closed timber litter and timber burned and together, has reached a three-percent containment status.

Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, flanking and torching. About 19,405 acres has been destroyed but there is a 3% containment status.

There are 335 personnel with seven crews, nine engines and five copters.

$7.6 Million Dollars is the cost-to-date.

SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE

18 miles NW of Naches, 21 miles NW of Tieton, WA.

The Schneider Springs Fire ignited from lightning on August 4, 2021 around 1230 hours PT about 18 miles northwest of Naches, Washington State. Fuels include: short grass, timber and brush.

Command to transfer from IMT2 EA Silver Team to PNW Team 2, IMT1 on Sunday.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, running and flanking. Several communities and infrastructure are threatened. Evacuations in effect.

Fire growth slower yesterday due to favorable weather conditions. West Flank (Along Bumping River) crews cont to strengthn cont lines using existing road and topographical features. North area – dozer work began to connect a fire break of several roadways. South (of Nile Road) west of Hwy 410, crews worked to asses which values at risk and pre-plan for future struction protection needs. Mostly active fire in in the south/west area in the William o douglas wilderness area where it is embedded in steep, dangerous and inaccessible terrain. Moved within 4 miles of US 12 impacting crucial infrastructure which includes a communication tower. / Today – Working in south and east of bumping lake, building dozer lines, connecting existing roadways as defensible space. North – dozers to construct fireline. Firing ops to occur during night ops. NW Team2, type 1 IMT to assume command on Sun 0600, August 22.

LEVEL 3

  • Bumping River Road from north to south
  • Hwy410 from Bumping River Rd to US Rt12

LEVEL 2

  • From US12 at Hwy410 west to Tieton Reservoir Rd

SHELTER

  • Summit View Church of Christ, 100 N 72nd Avenue, Yakima, WA

Resources

There has been 64,454 acres burned. Fire remains at a zero-containment status.

Four-hundred-sixty-four personnel are currently staffing this fire along with 10 crews, 34 engines and nine copters.

The cost-to-date has reached $8.7 Million Dollars.

Level 3 Evacuations – GO NOW. are in effect. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7775/

SKYLINE RIDGE COMPLEX

5 miles E of Canyonville; SE of Days Creek, OR.

The Skyline Complex includes three first burning on lands owned/managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)’s South Unit that have collectively burned 5,760 acres in heavy timber and light slash. It is almost fully contained at a 95% status.

Fire behavior is listed as minimal activity with backing, smoldering and creeping.

Three-hundred-fifteen personnel are actively working to reach all fire objectives with nine crews, 14 engines and three copters.

There has been a $20.3 Million Dollars cost-to-date reached as of today’s post.

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE

17 miles W of Inchelium, WA.

The Summit Trail Fire’s BIA-Colville Agency is also managing the Upper Lime Creek Fire that has had a total of 45,483 acres of timber and light slash scorched. They have successfully reduced fire behavior down to minimal activity that is currently backing, creeping and smoldering.

However, full containment has not been reached but it is sitting at a 39% rate. Structures and communication infrastructure is currently still threatened.

A total of 410 personnel remain committed and engaged along with four crews, 18 engines and multiple number of copters.

A total of $28.5 Million has been reached as the cost-to-date.

TWENTYFIVE MILE FIRE

12 miles NW of Chelan, WA.

On August 15th in the early morning hours, a wildfire was sparked near the Lake Chelan from an unknown cause that is still under investigation. It is burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands that is under command by the SW Team 1, an IMT 1.

Fire behavior remains moderate with flanking, torching and smoldering. About 9,464 acres have been lost and firefighters have successfully made a dent in the fire’s containment numbers at a current 5% status.

However, numerous structures and infrastructure are still in danger, prompting previous evacuations and closures in the area. Previous reports indicate, 11 have been lost.

There are 441 personnel along with nine crews, 51 engines and six helicopters.

The total cost-to-date has reached $3.5 Million Dollars.

UPPER LIME CREEK FIRE

6 miles NW of Keller, WA.

The total of acres burned on this fire has reached 382 but it is listed at a 95% containment status, which means firefighters are making progress.

At this time, there are 29 personnel assigned to this incident along with one crew and a single engine crew.

Cost-to-date has reached $450,000.

WALKER CREEK FIRE

4 miles NW of Wauconda; 2 miles SE of Bonaparte.

This incident was sparked from an unknown cause on August 3, 2021 on WA DNR land in the NE Region. Command was transferred from the Northern Rockies Team 6, an IMT2 team to the Rocky Mountain Team Blue, both type 2 IMTs which occurred on Saturday. They are also managing the Chickadee Creek Fire.

Fire behavior remains active with uphill runs, single-tree torching and short-range spotting. Evacuations are still in effect.

This fire has scorched 23,184 acres. It is listed at a 3% containment status.

A total of 529 personnel are on the fire line with the assistance of 11 crews, 42 engines.

Six structures have been destroyed. A total of $10.2 Million Dollars has been reached for the current cost-to-date totals.

WHITMORE FIRE

18 miles SE of Omak; 27 miles NE of Bridgeport, WA.

The Whitmore Fire appears to be have been started like it’s fellow wildfires by the same cause as lightning. This one also started on August 3, 2021 around 2030 hours PT It is about seven miles west of Nespelem, Washington. It is under the management of The Colville Agency’s IC Bobby Shindelar with the NW Team 2.

About 58,280 acres have been consumed along with six structures and reaching a whopping $9.2 Million Dollars as cost-to-date.

There are 228 total personnel assigned with five crews, 10 engines and a single helicopter.

WINDY PASS FIRE

11 miles SW of Cle Elum, WA.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Timber and short grass are fire fuels. Fire is being held at 82 acres but there has been a 95% containment status reached, which is great news for these 21 firefighters working tirelessly and still assigned to this incident. One crew is also assisting.

Though there is a minimal fire behavior, structures are still said to be threatened. Closures in effect.

About $1.5 Million has been reached for the cost-to-date at this time.

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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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WA | Chuweah Fire | Grand Coulee

UPDATE 2 | AUGUST 6

Updated info @ 2155 PT

Containment has reached up to 95%.

Chuweah Creek Fire view from north of Keller Butte
Credit | USFS

The Chuweah Creek Fire is burning about 15 miles north of Grand Coulee, Washington. It started on July 12, 2021 from lightning. The fire’s origin was deemed to have started right outside the town of Nespelem. (east of)

The fire has now been held at 36,752 acres and has reached a ninety-three percent containment status. Fire fuels include: brush, timber and short grass.

About 99 fire personnel are still attached to this incident.

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering. Rain fell over the area yesterday, which allowed firefighters to work on the fire and reach a higher containment status.

Incident management is being handled by the NW Team 7 with IC Loomis at the helm. This is a Type 2 IMT.

Approximately 14 structures were destroyed and expenses have reached a whopping $8.8 Million Dollars as a CTD.

#ChuweahCreekFire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2021

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WA | Bulldog Mountain Fire

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 6, 2021

A wildfire was reported on Thursday, August 5th on Bulldog Mountain in the Boulder Creek area. It is burning about 16 miles northwest of Kettle Falls (Ferry County), Washington.

May be an image of nature
Credit | USFS

Fire behavior would become very active overnight with resources stretched thin due to other area wildfires, it grew quickly. Today, there are resources in the areas of Boulder Creek, Hodgson Lakin Rd, Hodgson Spur Rd, Archer Drive, and Price Rd.

Cooperators

  • Ferry County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Washington Fire Info, US Forest – Colville National Forest.

According to the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office, they released this presser:

“All of the homes in this area are at a LEVEL 1 evacuation. (GET READY!) There will soon be a pilot car stationed on Boulder Creek Rd later this afternoon, so please plan your travels accordingly and drive with caution in this area. Also, if you choose to be out on Curlew Lake be advised that there will be planes in the area scooping water to help in aide to the firefighters. Stay away from the planes and please allow them to be safe. We will continue to keep the community updated as information is provided.”

Three Rivers Ranger District closures:

  • The closure area begins at the junction of NFS Road 6113 Bulldog Cabin Road at T39 R35 S26 and NFS Road 705 Renner Lake Road at T38 R36E S12, extends south along the NFS Road 700 Matsen Creek Road along the FS boundary to 460 Deadman Creek Rd. T37 R37 S18; then heads west along 460 to 9565 South Fork Deadman T37 R36 S28
  • Continues west along 9565 to 2030 Albian Hill Rd. T37 R35 S31
  • Continues strait north along the Kettle Crest to Boulder Creek Road.

The following National Forest System campgrounds, roads, and trails are included in this closure:

  • Davis Lake Campground
  • NFS Road 6113 – Bulldog Cabin
  • NFS Road 705 – Renner Lake Rd.
  • NFS Road 700 – Matsen Ck Rd.
  • NFS Road 160 – Intersection of 0808 and 3603
  • NFS Road 800 – Alligator Ridge Rd.
  • NFS Road 9565 – South Fork Deadman Rd.
  • NFS Road 2030 – Albian Hill Rd.
  • Trail 107 Thompson Ridge Trail
  • 74 Taylor Ridge Trail
  • 109 Twin Sisters Trail
  • 98 King Mountain Trail
  • 75 US Mountain

At the last update, there were 75 acres were burned. The percentage of containment is unknown.

#BulldogMountainFire #WAwildfires #WAFireSeason2021 #FerryCountyWAWildfires

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