WA | Schneider Springs Fire Update

Sunday Update – September 12, 2021

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING – VIRTUAL

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 1900 hours PT (7pm)

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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 | Pincer Creek Fire

Monday Update | September 6, 2021

The lightning caused wildfire, the PINCER CREEK FIRE ignited on August 3, 2021, as one of several smaller fires burning on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Credit | USFS

It is located 18 air miles east of the Marblemount community in the Glacier Peak Wilderness and burning in the old burn scar of the 2003 Mineral Park Fire.

There are currently four personnel staffing this incident.

About 980 acres of brush, timber, heavy dead and down debris have been scorched.

Forest Service Closures | https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7797/

(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 Twenty-Five Mile Fire

Update – August 27, 2021 – Friday

The TWENTY-FIVE MILE FIRE is located about 12 miles northwest of Chelan on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington State. This fire started on August 15, 2021.

The cause still remains unknown and under investigation.

The fire’s behavior today is moderate with flanking, torching and smoldering.

Credit | Twentyfive Mile Fire FB Page

About 772 numerous buildings which include communication structures are under threaten prompting evacuations, area and roadway closures.

Command is under the SW Area Team 1’s Alan Sinclair.

Cooperators

  • NWS IMET Operations
  • East Pierce Fire & Rescue (brush truck, Strike Team Leader)
  • CEDR Digital Corps
  • Tanker 912 (10 Tanker Air Carrier)
  • WA DNR
  • Super Scoopers
  • Chelan County Emergency Management

LEVEL 3 Evacuations

  • For all properties north of Cove Marina on South Lakeshore Road
  • The area of Granite Falls road
  • First Creek west of Lakeshore

LEVEL 2 Evacuations

  • From South from Cove Marina to Morning Sun Drive

LEVEL 1 Evacuations

  • Lakeshore Road south of Granite Falls area

There has been 11,116 acres of timber, tall grass and brush have been destroyed, which crews have reached a 24% containment status.

The number of total personnel has been reduced from Wednesday’s report of 611 down to 581with 13 crews, 40 engines and 10 helicopters.

Unfortunately, there have been 11 structures lost with a total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment efforts have increased up to $9.7Million from Wednesday’s $7.1 Million.

(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

WA’s Twenty-Five Mile Fire

Update – August 25, 2021 – Wednesday

The TWENTY-FIVE MILE FIRE is located about 12 miles northwest of Chelan on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington State. This fire started on August 15, 2021.

The fire’s behavior is moderate with flanking, creeping, torching and smoldering.

Numerous buildings, including communication structures are under threaten prompting evacuations, area and roadway closures.

Command is under the SW Area Team 1’s Alan Sinclair.

Cooperators

  • NWS IMET Operations
  • East Pierce Fire & Rescue (brush truck, Strike Team Leader)
  • CEDR Digital Corps
  • Tanker 912 (10 Tanker Air Carrier)
  • WA DNR
  • Super Scoopers
Super Scooper Plane using Lake Chelan as a water source for the Twentyfive Mile fire
Credit | OK-WEN NF

LEVEL 3 Evacuations

  • For all properties north of Cove Marina on South Lakeshore Road
  • The area of Granite Falls road
  • First Creek west of Lakeshore

LEVEL 2 Evacuations

  • From South from Cove Marina to Morning Sun Drive

LEVEL 1 Evacuations

  • Lakeshore Road south of Granite Falls area

There has been 11,055 acres of timber, tall grass and brush have been destroyed but crews have reached a 21% containment status.

A total of 611 total personnel are assigned along with 13 crews, 58 engines and eight copters.

Unfortunately, there have been 11 structures lost with a total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment efforts reaching $7.1 Million.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NW Fire Activity Report

There were hundreds of lightning strikes in the northwest for both the Washington and Oregon States. This is a list of fires that broke out and have since been contained. Check out our separate daily Recap of the 29 wildfires that are currently burning in our areas.

This information is gleaned from various sources, including WildCAD.net.

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August 21, 2021 – Saturday

Moon Creek Fire. Fertile Valley Rd, Pend Orielle, WA. Call dispatched 1653. 0.1 acres. Timber understory. Contained 1800, controlled 1930.

Rattlesnake Springs Fire. Rattlesnake Springs. Chelan County, WA. Dispatched 1532. 0.1 acre of grass. Contained 1715 PT.

Meadow Fire. Meadow Creek. Kittitas County, WA. Dispatched 1500 hours. 0.1 acre of logs. IC: Patrol 3. Contained/controlled at 1516.

Image
Credit | Red Cross NW

Pease Trail Fire. Pease Rd. Pend Orielle County, WA. Dispatched 1316. 0.1 acre. Timber. contained 1433. Controlled 1452.

Duncan Creek Fire. Duncan Creek Rd. Skamania County, WA. Dispatched 1209 PT. 0.1 acre. Agency Assist.

Fuhrman Hill. Fuhrman Rd, Stevens County, WA. Dispatched 0918. 0.1 acres. Grass and shrub. Contained and controlled at 1000 hours.

Vista House Fire. Mt. Spokane, Spokane County, WA. Dispatched 0850. 0.1 acres. Timber, understory. Contained 0940 and controlled at 0950.

Marx Fire. Marx Rd. Stevens County, WA. Dispatched 0150 PT. 0.1 acre. Timber understory and litter. Contained 1057 PT. Controlled 1448 PT.

August 20, 2021 – Friday

Wending Lane Fire. Plain, Chelan County, WA. Dispatched 2012. 0.1 acre of grass, timber and litter. IC: DeSalvo effective 2300 hours. Contained/controlled 2337.

Blue Jay Fire. Badger Mtn. Chelan County WA. Dispatched 1947. 0.1 acre. Timber understory. IC DeSalvo. Contained/controlled/out at 0813 on 8/21/2021.

Rail Trail Fire. Republic in Ferry County, WA. 0.1 acre. Dispatched 1834 PT. Contained 1900 hours. Controlled 1901.

Howard Heights Fire. Howard Heights. OLS (WA). Dispatched 1313 PT. 0.1 acres. Timber, understory. Contained, controlled and out at 1320 PT.

Bear Creek Fire. Newport Hwy. Spokane County, WA. Dispatched 1236 PT. 0.1 acre. Timber and litter. Contained 1300. Controlled 1310.

Spring Gulch Fire. Cold Springs, Umatilla OR. Dispatched 1044 PT. 3 acres of grass and shrub. IC: Basey. Contained 1553.

Skookum Fire. Kamilchie Point. Mason County, WA. Dispatched 0727. 0.1 acre. Grass, shrub and timber. IC: Reynolds. Contained and controlled at 1527.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Lowell Fire | Manson, WA | New

NEW! — JULLY 30, 2021

A new wildfire has been detected in Chelan County, Washington, and fire assets and resources have been dispatched to the Manson area at 1928 hours PT.

Resources include CHELAN 25, E 4103, E4104, and E4106.

About .25 acres of grass, brush and timber have been scorched.

The Incident Command is Desalvo, as of 2042 hours on this Friday night.

Limited information with local Fire and Police Agencies. We will provide an update as info is received.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Hardesty Valley | Elk, WA | 1

A wildfire called the HARDESTY VALLEY FIRE is burning west of Elk in Spokane County, Washington.

The fire incident began on Sunday, July 25, 2021, when resources showing dispatched via the wildcad.net system being deployed to Valley Lane at 1708 hours PT. The following were the original units sent to the area AA4TS/653 AR 25 AR 29 AR 63 AR 7401 AR 7410 AR 7411 AR 7412 FB 201 FB 202 FB 243 and en route about two minutes later.

More resources are rushing to the scene as the fire continues to explode as you can see in the photo below.

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Credit — SCFD8 Firefighters

WA DNR _ Fire is releasing pressers on their fire response and evacuation information.

Incident Cooperators: Spokane County Fire District #4. Spokane County FD #10, Spokane County OEM, Strike Team (mobilizing).

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS > GO NOW! > See map of area below

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Credit — SCFD4

Media reports that the County Fire District is fighting three wildfires with two of them burning close to Elk, Washington. Aircraft is dipping from nearby Eloika Lake.

This is a developing story and more updates will be provided as they are received. PLEASE EVACUATE AND AVOID THIS AREA.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Thorp Prairie Hill | Thorp, WA | 2

UPDATE 2 — JULY 25, 2021 — 1700 HOURS PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire called the THORP PRAIRIE HILL FIRE is burning in the northwest community of Thorp (Kittitas County), Washington. This time the fire ignited from an unknown on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

RESOURCES

Resources sent to this wildfire incident are ALPINE-80 ALPINE-81 E-331 E-4201 E-4202 E-4204 E-4205 H-339 KIT-25 KIT-27 (IC) original resources.

Resources assigned currently are ALPINE-80 ALPINE-81 CREW-83 E-331 E-4201 E-4202 E-4204 E-4205 H-339 KIT-25 KIT-27. (Updated resource list).

Incident Cooperators: WA DNR, KCFD1, Local additional agencies.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire is not impacted I-90 through the area, says the Washington State Patrol.

Fire is estimated at 57 acres of grass and shrub, with an unknown containment status. Crews are working on constructing line around the fire.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog