MT | 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.

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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 (, 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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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


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


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 include timber and brush.


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


  • 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.


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


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


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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


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.

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 —

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


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


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.

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


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

Evacuation Information — Siskiyou County Evacuation Map (

EVACUATION RESOURCES — DIAL 2-1-1 or go to this multi-county website Siskiyou | 2-1-1 NorCal (

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




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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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

1659 | Northern side of the fire is very active.

Credit: CAL FIRE

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

Credit: PG&E

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


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


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


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


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.


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

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA Wildfire Activity Report

There many wildfires still burning in the State but here is the report from showing past wildfire activity for Saturday, July 31, 2021.

2038 | Mountain Home Road

Smoke Check to Mountain Home Road in Chelan County. CHELAN-26 dispatched. Open call.

1944 | Danville Fire

HI 7109 dispatched to Danville in Ferry County. This is an other Agency Assist call. Dispatch Center: WA-NEC.

1941 | C-Post Fire

C-Post Road in Oso (Snohomish County). 0.1 acre of grass, shrub, timber and understory. IC Entringer as of 2016. In Patrol status as of 2204. Dispatch Center: WA-NDC.

1521 | Moxie Fire

Chehalis Road in Moxie (Grays Harbor). 1 acre of grass and shrub. IC: Reed. Contained/controlled at 2100 hours. In patrol status. Dispatch Center: WA-SPS.

1459 | Race Track Spot Two

Fire assets, resources dispatched to Sheep Creek in Stevens County. 0.1 acre of grass, shrub, timber and understory burned. Contained 1558 and controlled at 1641 hours. It is currently in a patrol status. Dispatch Center: WA-NEC.

1426 | Race Track Spot Fire

1st fire at Sheep Creek as the second fire. Contained and controlled at 1500 hours. Dispatch Center: WA-NEC.

1328 | Central Park Drive Fire

Central Park area in Olympics area. 0.1 acre of timber and understory. IC Johnson. Contained 1555 and under control at 1640 hours. Currently in patrol status. Dispatch Center: WA-OLS.

1140 | Ram Fire

Venita Bridge, Benton County. 0.1 acre. Grass and shrub. Contained 1310 hours. Dispatch Center: WA-CWC.

1137 | Elk Pine Fire

East Valley Lane in Spokane County. 0.1 acre of grass. Contained at 1220 hours. Controlled at 1230 hours PT. Dispatch Center: WA-NEC.

0918 | Jones Island Fire

Jones Island Marine State Park in San Juan County. 0.1 acre of grass, slash and timber litter. IC: Etringer 1224. Out at 1327. Dispatch Center: WA-NDC.

0726 | Bug Lake Fire

Bellingham Squallicum Parkway in Whatcom County. 0.1 acre of shrub and timber. IC: Mcgough at 0141 PT. In patrol status at 1422 hours PT. Dispatch Center: WA-NDC.

0540 | Cook Landing Fire

Cook in Klickitat County. 0.1 acre of grass and shrub. IC: Miller. Contained at 0828 hours PT. Dispatch Center: WA-CWC.

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