Wildfire Activity Report | Sunday

According to the National Interagency Fire Center based out of Boise, Idaho (USA), there are about 11 uncontained wildfires burning across our Nation.

Here is the update for Sunday, October 24, 2021.

CALIFORNIA

Eight new wildfires in Southern California started over the weekend with no new large incidents igniting and about five in the Northern portion of the State. None of these new wildfires were reported as new large incidents, which is great news for these California firefighters.

KNP Complex | The KNP Complex has two active fires burning in the National Park Service in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, about nine miles northeast of Three Rivers. About 88,307 acres has been burned and there has been a 60% containment status reached. Attached to this incident are 622 total personnel along with eight crews, 15 engines and 20 copters. Four structures have been lost and a cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $81.4 Million Dollars.

Current Status: At this time, minimal fire activity has been observed along with creeping and smolder activities.

Windy Fire | The Windy Fire is burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs lands and under the management of the Tule River Fire Department. It is about 22 miles east of Porterville. The fire has destroyed 97,554 acres along with 128 structures. It is now 92% contained. 281 total personnel are still assigned to this incident along with four crews, 11 engines and two copters. Cost-to-date has reached $71.9 Million Dollars. Started September 9, 2021. Lightning caused.

Alert | Flash Flood Alert in effect issued by the National Weather Service. Website: http://www.weather.gov/sto/

Current Status: Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

Alisal Fire | On Los Padres National Forest (USFS) lands, the Alisal Fire is burning about 22 miles northwest of Santa Barbara in chaparral and grass. The fire has burned 16,970 acres and destroyed 12 structures. It is now at a 97% containment status. About 298 total personnel are assigned to this wildfire incident along with six crews, 11 engines and no aircraft resources. $23.7 Million is the cost-to-date reached as of Saturday, October 23, 2021. Started October 11, 2021 around 2:15 PM from an undetermined cause.

Alert | Evacuation order issued starting October 24 beginning at 12:00 PM due to an impending storm that may cause debris flow that threatening the areas.

  • The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER due to an incoming storm Sunday night (October 24) through Monday morning (October 25) with the potential to produce a debris flow.
  • This Order is effective Sunday, October 24 at 12:00 PM (noon) and applies to the following areas in and around the Alisal Fire burn scar: west of Las Flores Canyon, east of Mariposa Reina, south of West Camino Cielo, and down to the ocean. Please evacuate the area by 12:00 PM noon tomorrow Sunday.
  • An Evacuation Center will be opened tomorrow Sunday (exact time to be determined) at the SBCC Wake Center located at 300 N. Turnpike Road, Santa Barbara 93111.
  • For animal evacuation assistance, call the Animal Services Hotline at 805-681-4332. After normal business hours, call the Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch line 805-683-2724 and ask to speak with on-call Animal Control Officer. (Source: Inciweb)

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

Dixie Fire | This fire has been burning for quite some time. It is burning about 15 miles northeast of Paradise and under the Command of CAL FIRE’s Butte Unit. Fire Management is under the GB Team 1,an Type 1 IMT and the EA Silver Team, an Type 2 IMT. Almost one million acres, yes, you read that correctly. One million acres! The actual amount of acres destroyed is 963,309 exactly. Fire personnel from the ground, the air and around the United States have successfully reached a 97% containment status. About 1,102 total personnel are still working on this active incident along with 13 crews and 30 engines. This monstrous fire has destroyed approximately 1,329 structures and topped the costs-to-date at a whopping $630.3 Million Dollars!

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior with smoldering observed. Some rain fell over the fire ground.

McCash Fire | This wildfire is burning in Six Rivers National Forest, about 14 miles northeast of Somes Bar in timber, closed timber litter and brush. The has burned just shy of 95,000 acres to an exact amount of 94,962 and reached a containment status of 93%. Due to the fire incident almost fully contained, there are about 191 total personnel along with two crews and two engines that only remain. This fire has reached a cost-to-date of $51 Million Dollars and may have been more had any structures been reported as lost. No structures were reported as lost.

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Rain fell over the area.

River Complex | This complex is located on lands of the Klamath National Forest, nine miles southwest of Etna in fuels of timber and brush. This Complex has been contained to a 93% status. 119 total personnel are still on this incident along with one crew, four engines and two copters. 122 structures have been consumed along with $95 Million Dollars in costs-to-date. About 199,359 acres were destroyed.

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior. Creeping and smoldering.

Monument Fire | The Monument Fire is located one mile southwest of Del Loma in timber and brush with fire management handed back to to the local unit from a CA Team 11, an Type 2 IMT unit. Fire had consumed 223,124 acres and has been contained to 94% status. Cost-to-date has reached a top of $162.8 Million Dollars. 52 structures were lost. One crew and one copter are showing assigned to this incident. Rain fell over the area.

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior.

MONTANA

Crown Mountain Fire | This Montana fire is located about 15 miles southwest of Augusta in timber on the US Forest Service lands in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. About 1,379 acres have been scorched and is only at a five-percent containment status. There are 66 total personnel as resources along with one crew, seven engines and four copters. Cost-to-date so far has reached $2 Million Dollars.

Current Status: Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures are under threat.

OREGON

Bull Complex | The Bull Complex is located in the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 25 miles northeast of Mill City in timber and closed timber litter fire fuels. About 24,894 acres were lost, along with one structure. Firefighters have successfully gained an 85% containment status. $36.1 Million CTD.

Crew burning at night on Sept. 8
Bull Complex’s Night Crew on a burnout operational fire objective. | Credit: USFS

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior.

WASHINGTON STATE

Schneider Springs Fire | This Washington State fire is located about 18 miles northwest of Naches in short grass, timber and brush. Approximately 107,322 acres were destroyed. It has been contained to a status of 91% status. One crew and engine have been reportedly still remain as resources.

Current Status: No new updates received from sources.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/24/2021 01:00 PT

MT | Haystack Fire | Update

HAYSTACK FIRE UPDATE

Photo courtesy of Nate Siemers
Credit – USFS

Sunday, October 3, 2021

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Fire Fact – There are currently 31 wildfires burning across the United States as of today’s date. – NIFC

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Incident Summary – The Dillion Interagency Dispatch Center received a report of a possible fire start near Haystack Mountain, east of the I-15 between the communities of (10 miles NE of Butte (MT) and Basin on July 31, 2021.

The cause was due to lightning.

Fire Operations – Helicopters were dispatched to the area to make bucket drops and continued to do so in aiding ground crews. Fire personnel were pulled from the area due to being deemed as unsafe for resources due to large boulders, steep slopes, difficult terrain, high number of dangerous snags, as well as no safe locations to insert or extract crews.

On September 6th, the fire spotted ahead and ignited unburned fuels on the interior, just east of Little Boulder Park. Structure protection was immediately put into place to guard high value nearby assets and structures in the area. Crews were able to re-establish strategies to enter the area to start fire suppression activities again.

Additionally, fire personnel have been successful with burnout operations on the northeastern side of the fire (burning off unburned fuels to protect private property and structures. This was/is occurring south of Boulder.

Command – The Great Basin Type 2 IMT, Team #4 assumed command back on September 22, 2021.

They are also managing the Placer Fire incident.

Current Status – Fire behavior is moderate with flanking, backing and group torching. There has been 20,535 acres burned and a 67% containment status reached.

Fire Response – There is currently 428 total personnel assigned to this incident, along with 11 crews, 16 engines and five helicopters.

Damage Assessment – Two structures destroyed. $7.7 Million Dollars (CTD).

Hashtags – #HaystackFire #MontanaFire #MTwildfires2021

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Cedar Creek Fire | WA

Monday Update – September 6, 2021

The CEDAR CREEK FIRE ignited by lightning on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at approximately 1648 hours PT. It is located about four miles southwest from Mazama, Washington State.

The CEDAR CREEK FIRE also includes the VARDEN FIRE when they merged into one another, creating the single fire name.

Fire fuels include brush, closed timber litter and timber understory. There has been 55,187 acres of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands destroyed.

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering still remain but fire suppression efforts have led to an 87% containment status. Fire Managers estimated total containment to be reached on October 31, 2021.

Fire Fact — To date, there are 5,622 northwest firefighters that are still fighting uncontained wildfires. – NWCC

Weather Station — Credit | USFS

Total number of personnel remaining on this incident is 235.

Management is still under the direction of the NW IIMT9, which is also managing the Muckamuck, Cub Creek 2 and Delancy Fires. They assumed command of wildfires on August 25, 2021.

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $38.7 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

New! | MN’s Greenwood Fire

Update 1 – Thursday – September 2, 2021

A 40-square wildfire named the GREENWOOD FIRE is burning 10 miles southwest of Isabella, Minnesota was ignited by lightning on August 15ath around 1445 hours.

The original natural cover fire prompted mandatory evacuations of area residents and they are still awaiting on when they can repopulate their homes in the northeastern portion of the state, where extreme drought conditions have been present.

It is under the management of the Northern Rockies IMT Team 3 which was transferred today from the EA Gold Team, an Type 2 IMT. Other agencies assisting are the USFS – Superior NF agency (https://www.facebook.com/SuperiorNF/), Lake County Sheriff’s Office, MN.

Hotshot crews involved in a firing operation
Credit | USFS – Superior NF

Fire has burned about 26,089 acres of brush and timber. Containment is at thirty-seven percent. Reports of at least 12 homes and cabins have been destroyed and reported on August 25, 2021.

Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity with creeping, isolated torching and smoldering.

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Credit | Superior NF

There have been 71 structures lost.

Currently, there are 493 total personnel along with eight crews, 28 engines and two copters.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $11.5 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | River Complex Fire

Tuesday Update | August 31, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The RIVER COMPLEX includes three current wildfires, Haypress, Summer and Cronan Fires in Siskiyou, Trinity Counties.

Collectively, there has been 106,165 total acres consumed along with a current 23% containment status.

A large plume of smoke from the Haypress Fire is visible west of the town of Etna, CA
Credit | USFS / Courtesy of CAIIMT15

CAUSE

The fire was lightning caused by a passing storm that impacted the area. It ignited these fires on July 30, 2021, around 0700 hours.

FUELS

Fuels include timber and brush.

CURRENT STATUS

Haypress Fire

  • Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and with uphill runs
  • Burning in the 2014 Coffee Fire burn scar
  • 70,049 acres consumed
  • Priority fire

Parker Spot Fire

  • Active fire behavior with potential for growth towards the Haypress Fire

Summer Fire

  • 30,161 acres lost
  • West end – some areas have intense heat, and others have moderate rates of spread
  • South end – many areas of intense heat, will continue to spread.

Cronan Fire

  • 5,918 acres consumed
  • Firefighters have made great progress on this fire
  • Mop-up and patrolling operations will continue

FIRE MANAGEMENT

  • Command is currently under a NIMO, IMT 13 as of Monday, August 30th at 0600 hours yesterday morning.
  • 771 total personnel, 11 crews, 9 copters, 41 engines, 19 dozers, 27 water tenders, 9 masticators, two skid-steers and three packstrings.

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory Orders

  • Cecilville
  • Summerville
  • Petersburg
  • Coffee Creek Road past the Sugar Pine Trailhead (Trinity County)

Warning Notices

  • Sawyers Bar
  • Coffee Creek
  • Trinity Center

Visit either or links for evacuation updates

https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices

https://www.trinitycounty.org/OES

CLOSURES

Trinity County – Road Closures

  • Coffee Creek Road @ North Fork Trailhead, west of Hwy 3.
  • The Callahan-Cecilville Road is closed from approximately one-mile west of the community of Callahan to Cecilville
  • The Sawyers Bar Road from Froks of the Salmon to Forest Road 40N51

Sources: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7760/

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

OR’s Devils Knob Complex

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

The Devils Knob Complex consists of three wildfires is located about 25 miles northeast of Azalea and Roseburg, Oregon on the Umpqua National Forest. All of the fires are burning across the Tiller Ranger District.

Photo Description | Whiskey Camp guard station wrapped for protection.

Picture of Whisky Camp Guard Station completely wrapped to protect it from fires.
Credit | USFS – Umpqua NF

The lightning caused group of fires that were sparked on August 3, 2021.

Smith Fire – 12,012 acres.

Big Hamlin Fire – 12,801 acres.

Dismal Creek, Little Applegate, Mule Creek, Section 30 and Wild Cat Fires – 1,489 acres.

Collectively, there has been 28,151 acres of timber and logging slash scorched, an increase of 1,828 from yesterday’s report. However, firefighters and resources have reached a 25% containment status

Fire behavior remains active with uphill runs, short crown runs, short-range and group torching. It is currently threatening structures and the community of Ash Valley.

There are approximately 744 total personnel along with 21 crews, 38 engines and four copters. This Complex is being managed by the Florida Forest Service Red IMT team with Incident Commander, Rick Dolan.

One structure has been reported as lost.

Together, the cost-to-date has reached $20.2 Million for fire suppression and containment efforts.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Caldor Fire | CA | Sunday

UPDATE 1 | SUNDAY | AUGUST 22, 2021

Another potentially large wildfire is burning about 16 miles northeast of Plymouth (El Dorado County) east of the Omo Ranch and south of the community of Grizzly, California.

It is burning land owned by the USFS in the El Dorado National Forest, which management of the fire is currently under Unified Command with the CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit’s Team 6, a Type 1 IMT and the El Dorado National Forest.

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Taken on 8/17/2021 | Credit: USFS

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire behavior is very active with long-range spotting, torching and crowning. Several communities, structures and infrastructure are under direct threat prompting evacuation mandatory and other types of orders. Evacuation information can be located on the CAL FIRE incidents page here — https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/8/14/caldor-fire/

This wildfire which started on August 14, 2021, has now burned through 104,309 acres in about eight days. Fire personnel have reached a 5% containment status.

About 22 structures have been damaged and 475 structures destroyed.

Currently, there are 1,618 total personnel along with 20 copters, 207 engines, 22 dozers, 15 water tenders and 32 crews assigned to this massive and destructive firestorm.

Through the Eyes of Social Media

“What they are saying on the fire ground.”

August 16, 2021 | Monday

“Fire can be seen from Fair Play, about three miles west of the fire ground.” – Resident

August 17, 2021 | Tuesday

“Caldor Fire grows to more than 98,000 acres and the U.S. see 94 active large wildfires nationally.” – Media

“The (Fire) exploded overnight and is still uncontained. I have never seen anything like it before.” – Actor

“Fire can be seen from Pollock Pines.” – News Media

“Smoke can be seen on the Lake Tahoe cam. It looks apocalyptic.” – Resident

“Media shouldn’t be out here without a chainsaw and a fire shelter w training on how to use it.” – Great advice from a well-seasoned photojournalist covering wildfires.

Near Grizzly Flats in the Sierra foothills.” – Weatherman

Image
Credit: AlertWildfire.org

Fire can be seen from the Sky Park Rec area.” – News media

This is terrible. Everyone needs to take this seriously. This is a major major life threat.” Media

It’s a scary scene here in Apple Hill.” – Resident

August 18, 2021 | Wednesday

Beautiful clear skies in Lake Tahoe yesterday, while about 40 miles southwest of Tahoe, the Caldor Fire rages at 54,000 acres and a zero containment status. This new normal really sucks.” – News Media

“The Caldor Fire is in the Sierra Nevada, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.” – Media

August 21, 2021 | Saturday

“Fire resources move into structure protection mode to protect a 76-Gas Station, west of Kyburz as the fire is approaching the highway.” – Media

Fire can be seen east of Kyburz view on the north side of Hwy 50. Spectacular.” – Media

August 22, 2021 | Sunday

“It’s another day of thick, unhealthy smoke over Lake Tahoe.” – Weatherman

(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

Antelope Fire | Tennant, CA | 1

EVACUATION ORDER IN PROCESS — LEAVE NOW!

– Issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (posted 8/2/2021 1626 PT)

Evacuation Information — Siskiyou County Evacuation Map (arcgis.com)

EVACUATION RESOURCES — DIAL 2-1-1 or go to this multi-county website Siskiyou | 2-1-1 NorCal (211norcal.org)

A wildfire is burning near Antelope Creek and Forest Road 41N28, about five miles south of Tennant (Siskiyou County), in California that just had evacuation orders issues for both the Tennant and Antelope Creek area.

This is burning on Klamath National Forest lands and is approximately 300 acres in size with an unknown containment status.

The fire started on August 1, 2201 around 1128 hours, from an unknown cause.

Lead Agency: Klamath National Forest.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Dixie Fire | Paradise, CA | 1

UPDATE 1 || AUGUST 2, 2021

—- LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT —- FOR THE COMMUNITY OF GREENVILLE, CA. — (1714 PT)

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FIRE COMMUNITY MEETING – AUGUST 2, 2021 – 1900 HOURS – VIRTUAL MEETING https://www.facebook.com/CALFIREButteCo – Facebook

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81721688745 – Zoom

Dial
USA 215-446-3649 Conference code: 746758
USA 888-557-8511 (US Free) Conference code: 746758

INCIDENT SUMMARY.

The DIXIE FIRE in California is not to be confused with the DIXIE FIRE in Idaho. This California wildfire is burning about 15 miles northeast of Paradise, above the Cresta Dam in Feather River Canyon in Butte and Plumas Counties, California.

SIZE UP.

There has been 248,820 acres consumed. Firefighters from the air and ground have successfully reached a 35% containment status.

CAUSE.

It was sparked by an unknown cause on July 14, 2021.

COMMAND.

In Unified Command with CAL FIRE Butte County and Lassen National Forest.

FIRE REPORTING.

It was reported to the NIFC at 0700 hours this morning, the fire behavior was minimal with creeping, flanking and creeping with several communities and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures were in effect.

Reports on Social Media began pouring, showing anything else but minimal fire activity.

CURRENT FIRE ACTIVITES.

1635 | Possible flare-ups. AA210 requested 4 LATs for air drops.

1659 | Northern side of the fire is very active.

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Credit: CAL FIRE

1705 | Fire on south of Greenville, has crossed firelines at Round valley Reservoir and burning over the ridge towards Greenville.

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Credit: PG&E

1720 | 2 USFS – Plumas NF multiple units to Greenville HS for structure protection.

RESOURCES.

There are 22 copters, 427 engines, 72 dozers, 79 water tenders, 101 crews and 5,463 total personnel.

COOPERATORS.

Lassen National Forest, CAL OES, BNSF, Marin County SO, CZU Strike Team 9170C (working Div I and J), Modesto FD (5-engine strike team), Plumas County, SO, SCC Firefighters, NASA, Tehama County SO.

A firefighter looks out at a burning forest on the Dixie Fire.
Credit: Lassen NF

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • 9 Structures (residential, commercial, other) damaged
  • 67 structures (residential, commercial, other) destroyed

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Fire Train

Saving Lives on the way to the Dixie Fire

Modesto Fire Department sent a five-engine strike team to the wildfire incident, when there was a crash landed near the Truckee Tahoe Airport. These firefighters were in the in right place at the right time.

10 Tanker’s Many Successes

10 Tanker has done 69 missions so far, dropping 635,868 gallons of retardant.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Closed. Hwy 36 between Hwy 32 and Hwy 89. (8/2/2021)

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog