NW Wildfires Rage On | Sit Rep 1

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We are currently tracking 25 wildfires and will be adding/deleting as information is received. Wishing you all safety, prayers and thoughts. 

WASHINGTON STATE

1. WAWAWAI CANYON FIRE – WA NDR

SW of Pullman off of Wawawai Road, Whitman County. Last known acreage 0.1 acre. Brush and grass. Started 9/12/2020 at 0125 PT.  Cause unknown, under investigation.  County Sheriff states they are in mop-up operations for the next few days.

PC:  Whitman Co Sheriff Office

2. INCHELIUM COMPLEX FIRE – BIA. Colville Agency

3 wildfires. 17,086 acres. 33% contained. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching.  17,086 acres. 33% contained. 343 personnel. 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helo. 13 structures destroyed or damaged. $1.1 Million CTD.

PC:  BIA

Shows the kind of fire behavior described as backing fire.

3. BIG HOLLOW FIRE – USFS. Guilford-Pinchot NF

20 miles of Stevenson. 12,050 acres. 0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and flanking. 161 personnel.  6 crews, 9 engines. $150k CTD.

PC:  USFS

Big Hollow Fire - September 9

4. WHITNEY FIRE – WA DNR NE Region.

6 miles NW of Davenport.  Managing 3 fires: Whitney, Babb and Manning Road. 123,893 acres. 35%  contained.  150 personnel. 1 crew, 21 engines, 1 helicopter. 50 structures lost.  $915K CTD.

5. BABB MTN FIRE – WA DNR NE Region.

30 miles from Colfax. 15,266 acres. 25% contained. 63 personnel. 11 engines. Min fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 223 structures lost. $401K CTD.

PC:  WA DNR

Malden city flag pole survived the fire.

6. MANNING ROAD FIRE – WA DNR NE Region

5 miles NW from Colfax.  2,685 acres. 65% contained. 51 personnel, 1 crew and 10 engines. Min fire behavior with torching, creeping and smoldering. 4 structures lost. $133K CTD.

7. APPLE ACRES FIRE – WA DNR – SE Region

3 miles NE of Chelan. 5,753 acres. 93% contained. 103 personnel. 4 crews, 10 engines. $782K CTD.

8. PEARL HILL FIRE – WA FMO

13 miles from Okanogan.  219,956 acres. 64% contained. 528 personnel. 13 crews, 60 engines.  55 structures lost.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and creeping. $1.3M CTD.

PC:  Cole Massey

High winds on September 8th caused the Pearl Hill Fire to spread rapidly across grass and low shrub lands, closing many local highways.

9. EVANS CANYON FIRE – WA DNR – SE Region

8 miles from Naches.  75,817 acres. 90% contained.  89 personnel. 2 crews and 8 engines. 12 structures lost. Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping. $10.1M CTD.

PC:  Spokane Valley FD

Fire engine and patches of flame in scrubland at night.

10. COLD SPRINGS FIRE – WA DNR

4 miles SE of Omak. 187,689 acres. 40% contained. 290 personnel. 5 crews, 38 engines and 1 helicopter. 25 structures lost. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing. $1.4M CTD.

PC:  BIA

Cold Springs 9-6-20

11. CUSTOMS RD FIRE – WA DNR – NE Region

1 mile NW of Curlew. 2,208 acres. 30% contained. 94 personnel. 2 crews and 12 engines. 55 structures lost. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, creeping and backing. $800K CTD.

12. SUMNER GRADE – WA FMO

4 miles W of Sumner (Pierce County). 800 acres. 50% contained. 4 structures lost. 68 personnel. 21 engines. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering and single tree torching. $150K CTD.

OREGON

13. TWO FOUR TWO FIRE – USFS -Fremont-Winema NF

6 miles from Chiloquin. 14,450 acres. 7% contained. 340 personnel. 3 crews, 34 engines and 4 helicopters. 35 structures destroyed. $2.1M CTD.

Evacuations/Road Closures –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7159/

PC: Chiloquin FD

A Chiloquin Fire & Rescue truck is framed by the glow of fire in the near distance. A firefighter is also visible, walking alongside the truck.

14. ECHO MTN COMPLEX

4 miles East of Lincoln City. 2,435 acres. 0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, isolated torching and backing. 305 personnel including 10 crews and 26 engines. 100 structures destroyed. $327K CTD.

15. BRATTAIN FIRE – USFS – Fremont-Winema NF

8 miles from Paisley. 8,000 acres. 0% contained. 90 personnel with 15 helos. 3 structures destroyed. Active fire with short crown runs, group torching and spotting. $1.5M CTD.

PC:  USFS

16. STAR MTN LANE FIRE – ODF – Central Unit

3 miles NW of Glide.  48,000 acres. 9% contained. 86 personnel. 3 crews, 15 engines and 5 helos. $750K CTD.

17. RIVERSIDE FIRE – USFS – Mt Hood NF

8 miles SE of Estacada. 132,545 acres. 0% contained. Timber, brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, single tree torching and isolate torching. 246 personnel. 7 crews, 8 engines and 3 helicopters. 53 structures lost. $500K CTD.

PC: USFS

Riverside Fire from La Dee Flats

18. BEACHIE CREEK FIRE – USFS – WILLAMETTE NF

6 miles N of Detroit. 186,988 acres. 0% contained. 532 personnel. 11 crews 39 engines and 7 helos. Moderate fire behavior with spotting and backing.

PC: USFS

Beachie Creek smoke plume with Opal Lake in the forground

19. S OBENCHIAN FIRE – BLM

5 miles E of Eagle Point. 29,432 acres. 20% contained. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, grass and torching. 486 personnel. 15 crews, 22 engines, 12 helicopters. 19 structures lost. $2.3M CTD.

PC : BLM

A bull dozer and helicpter work in tandem on a control line.

20. HOLIDAY FARM FIRE – ODF

35 miles E of Eugene.  156,708 acres. 0% contained. 538 personnel. 11 crews, 61 engines, 4 helicopters. Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. $1.4M CTD.

PC:  ODF

Holiday Farm Fire 9/8/2020

21. LIONSHEAD FIRE – BIA – WARM SPRINGS

25 miles W of Warm  Springs. 136,346 acres. 5% contained. active fire with flanking, torching and short-range spotting. 1193 personnel.  45 crews, 51 engines and 11 helicopters. $14.3M CTD.

PC:  BLM

22. WHITE RIVER FIRE – USFS – MT HOOD NF

25 miles W of Wamic. 17,383 acres. 70% contained.  714 personnel. 18 crews, 26 engines. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  $20.9M CTD.

PC:  USFS

Paved road boardered by fores with heavy smoke coming from one side of the road

23. P515 FIRE – BIA – WARM SPRINGS

17 miles W of Warming Springs. 4,609 acres. 95% contained. 279 personnel. 6 crews, 15 engines. Minimal fire behavior. $7.8M CTD.

PC:  Erica Wisner

Tree torching at night Photo credit: Erica Wisner

24. ALAMEDA DRIVE FIRE – ODF

1 mile N of Ashland.  3,200 acres. 33% contained. 107 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines and 2 helos. Active fire behavior with backing and creeping. 700 structures lost. $501K CTD.

25. ARCHIE CREEK FIRE

20 miles from Glide. 115,857 acres. 0% contained. 369 personnel. 6 crews, 14 engines and 1 helicopter. 52 structures lost. Active fire behavior with long-range spotting, group torching and short crow runs. $359K CTD.

PC:  BLM

red plume visible from behind a mountain

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/12/2020 1815 PT

 

 

 

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

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Photo Credit | NWS Boulder

15 miles NW of Fraser, Colorado

UPDATE 2  | Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles NW of Fraser in Grand County.

It is west of Winter Park and Denver in  the Fraser Valley and south of Hot Sulphur Springs.  This is located in the Ft. Collins zone, near Ute Pass in Colorado.

Fire started on Friday, August 14 around noon MDT (1043 PT)

Fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $1 Million and is rising each day.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has burned 6,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.  Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire behavior is extreme with rapid rate of spread.

–> Virtual Community Meeting:  August 16, 2020 1700 (5pm) Hours MDT. Go to the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook @GrandCoSheriff in case you miss or missing it <—

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RESOURCES

There are 91 total personnel which includes 5 Type 1 air tankers, 1 VLAT, 1 Type 2 Crew, 1 Type 1 helo, 1 Type 3 helo, 4 Type 3 engines, 8 SEATs.

Incident Cooperators include:  USFS (Lead Agency), CDPHE Air Pollution, Colorado Emergency Management, Grand and Summer County Fire Agencies, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, RMACC, NWS Boulder, NWS IMET Operations, GMUG National Forests, Summit Fire and EMS, Grand County Colorado, Mapping Support (Joseph Elfelt).

CLOSURES

Road closures are in effect for the following areas:

CR 3 is open with intermittent closures.  CR 30 remains closed along with 50, which is closed near Young Life.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

EVACUATION SHELTERS

An evacuation shelter is open at The Inn at Silvercreek Conference Center. 62927 US Hwy 40, Grandby, CO 80446.

For more details, contact the Sheriffs Office at 970-725-3852.

ALERTS

Evacuation order Update here –> Road closures and evacuation is located at this weblink here —>  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781558.pdf (Grand County, Colorado)

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1625 PT, 1725 MDT

 

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

CAMERON PEAK FIRE

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Photo Credit | South Metro Fire & Rescue

UPDATE 2- Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake; about 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes (Rocky Mountains) in  the State of Colorado.

Did You Know?

In 2019, there were 11,755 fires that burned a total of 174,624 acres.  This year by tomorrow will clearly and easily surpass last year’s fire stats. – RMACC (CO, WY, KS, NE, SD)

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Photo Credit | RMACC

The CAMERON PEAK FIRE  started on August 13, 2020 around 1348 hours MDT from an unknown cause. It is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and long-range spotting. The fire has crossed over Total acres destroyed, 10,867 and there is still no containment status.

Fire crews will continue with extensive structure protection and indirect suppression activities. Forest Fire Officials say it is too dangerous for a direct attack.

It has now spread east of Hwy 14.

The biggest fire fuel in these Colorado National Forests are millions of beetle killed trees, dry and high temperatures making it perfect for a firestorm. No rain has fallen to help with fire suppression efforts.

RESOURCES

The South Metro Fire & Rescue (Station 33) will be sending another wildland team to this incident. This will be a 3rd unit from the metro Denver area to assist as a mutual aid resource.

One helicopter was dispatched from Bozeman, Montana as a mutual resource.

Incident Cooperators include the Rocky Mtn IMT, USFS and Larimer County Sheriff, South Metro F&R, NWS Boulder, NWS Grand Junction, Canyon Lakes Ranger District,

Air assets include Tanker 911, a McDonald Douglas DC10 and multiple helicopters (have been working since Day1)

Footage Credit | Arapaho and Roosevelt NF / Pawnee Natl Grassland

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

No structures have been reported as damaged or destroyed.

The expenses for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $564,000 and are climbing rapidly each day.

ALERTS

—> 2nd Community Meeting to be Held Sunday, August 16, 2020 1730 (5:30pm)

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There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR, meaning NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES.

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Today’s been the worst air quality in northern Colorado for a while. – Local resident with Asthma

A large smoke column can be seen from Shadow Mountain Lake in Grand Lake. – Local resident

Another smoky morning in the Canyon. – Local resident

I cannot believe people are still out rafting in the Poudre Canyon right now! Lower PC is safe but who wants to be in all that smoke? – Local resident

[Fire] burning near Walden doubles in size. Prompts health warnings. – MSN.com, Coloradoan.com.

Finally getting some more air support on this fire with several LATs (Large air tankers) and one VLAT (Very large air tanker) in addition to the helicopters that have been working since Day 1. – Local Meterologist

Cannot even see the foothills 2 miles away from Fort Collins. Smoke has really increased today. – Digital Marketer

Like much of Rawah Wilderness/Roosevelt NF is made up of mostly beetle kill which leaves it vulnerable and full of unburned fire fuels.  Going to be very hard to contain. – Local resident/hiker

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1515 PT

 

SEAMAN RD FIRE CONTAINED | WALLA WALLA WA

SEAMAN ROAD FIRE

Photo Courtesy Walla Walla Fire District 8

 SUMMARY

A field/brush fire was reported by the Table Rock Lookout Tower on Lewis Peak Drive on Saturday, August 15th around 1407 PT.  Both Walla Walla FD4 and WA DNR were immediately dispatched to the area of Biscuit Ridge or Seaman Road. (1407)

The fire is also known as the LEWIS PEAK FIRE.

ALARM TIMELINE

1st Alarm

1407 | Table Rock Lookout reports a field fire/brush fire.  Walla Walla FD4 and WA DNR are immediately dispatched to the area of Biscuit Ridge or Seaman Road.

1414 | The fire is reportedly moving into the canyon.  Columbia County Fire and DR Command in La Grande, Oregon are dispatched.

Lewis Peak Fire 
Photos Courtesy of Walla Walla Fire District 8

1418 | Air resources are en route.  Large flames are reported, along that has burned 4 acres.

1424 | First arriving units are requesting additional resources, as fire behavior is extreme with a high rate of spread, they need all the help they can get, including high volumes of water.

2nd and 3rd Alarms

1425 | At the same time, the fire command initiates a 2nd and 3rd alarm for this brush fire.

1426 | Task Force units include Districts 2, 4, 6 are dispatched.  Fire moves  into heavy brush.

4th Alarm

1440 | A 4th Alarm is initiated

1451 | DNR sends a Type 2 helo and 2 trucks.  Level 1 Evacuations for Hooper Road

5th Alarm

1509 | A 5th Alarm is initiated.  An urgent request for additional assets is relayed to Dispatch.

1531 | Level 1 evacuations issued for Lewis Peak Road from Mud Creek up and over to include Seaman Road.  These are voluntary evacuation orders.

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1537 | Reports of the fire moving again into the Canyon

1545 | WA DNR Helo has to be pulled off the fire and has to return to Pendleton for an unknown reason

1600 | 5 structures are threatened

1615 | A dozer and an experienced operator arrives on-scene and begins fire line operations in the Canyon.

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1640 | Fire appears to be contained.

1713 | Burnout operations begin.

1724 | Walla Walla County Emergency Management strongly encourages its residents to keep their situational awareness active and to sign up for emergency alerts at this site here –> https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736724315#/signup

1725 | IC reports the fire is contained in 3 canyons. Fire tries to jump out and is spotting.

1849 | A Power outage in the Lewis Peak near Biscuit Ridge has been reported. A Columbia REA crew is responding.

1852 | A wildland strike team arrives on-scene as mutual aid.  The IC requests the closures of Seaman Road at Biscuit Ridge and Lewis Peak Road.

1943 | Fire is reported as fully contained. Forward progression has stopped, crews will be busy with extensive mop-up operations.  Personnel will remain on-scene for several days. We have reached out to the Walla Walla County Emergency Management for the total acreage and if they have a preliminary cause yet.

POWER OUTAGES

If you see a wire down, always treat it as if it were live. Do not report to 9-1-1 unless it is life threatening.

Report Power Outages to Columbia REA directly at 509-526-4041.

PHOTO CREDIT

All photo(s) credit belong to Walla Walla County Emergency Management

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 – 2005 PT

 

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | COLORADO SIT REP | 1

CAMERON PEAK FIRE

Photo Credit | Cameron Peak Fire Facebook

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, August 15, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes, Colorado.

The fire started on August 13, 2020 around 1348 hours MDT from an unknown cause. It is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

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–> Community Meeting (Virtual Meeting) August 15, 2020 1700 (5pm) MDT <–

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and long-range spotting.  There has been 5,100 acres of timber litter that has been destroyed.  There is a 0% containment status.

Structures are threatened. Evacuations in effect. Road Closures in effect.

Fire crews will continue to identify and protect valued assets, as well as keeping the fire north of CO Hwy 16.

The weather forecast is expected to continue to deteriorate with hot temps, dry and breezy conditions, ripe for fire weather.

RESOURCES

The USFS is the lead agency with the RM Blue Team, a Type 2 IMT assumed command this morning at 0600 MDT.

About 108 total personnel are deployed on this incident along with 4 crews, 7 engines and 3 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators include the Rocky Mtn IMT, USFS and Larimer County Sheriff.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

None reported to structures or infrastructure.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.

ALERTS

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Smoke in Larimer County is turning the sun orange. Some ash landed on me earlier.” – Eyewitness account

“Fire burns portions of popular Poudre Canyon campground.” –  Business leader

“The sky is telling me that Poudre Canyon will not be the place to go camping this weekend.” – Area resident

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 – 1500 PT, 1600 MDT

 

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO SIT REP | 1

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

15 miles NW of Fraser, Colorado

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, August 15, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles NW of Fraser in Grand County.

It is west of Winter Park and Denver in  the Fraser Valley and south of Hot Sulphur Springs.  This is located in the Ft. Collins zone, near Ute Pass in Colorado.

Fire started on Friday, August 14 around noon MDT (1043 PT)

CURRENT STATUS

–> Virtual Community Meeting:  August 15, 2020 1700 (5pm) Hours. Go to the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook @GrandCoSheriff <–

Fire behavior is extreme with crowning and flanking.  Structures and energy infrastructures are under direct threat.   There has been 1,300 acres of timber, litter and under story that has been destroyed.

There is a zero containment status.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Structures and the Henderson Mill and all of its infrastructure are under threat, along with multiple utilities in the area.

On Friday afternoon (Day 1), heavy air support and resources were on-scene supporting up to 50 firefighters from many different mutual aid agencies.

Overnight extreme fire burned and growing significantly.   It was moving east-northeast towards Church and reached the top of Kinney and Darling Creeks. At one point, it was held at CR 30 and south of Keyser Creek.  It is said to be burning in a remote area of the upper Williams Fork Valley, which has been impacted by an intensive beetle kill in the early 2000’s.

This afternoon, fire behavior is due to increase due to winds and temps rising.  Fire is moving in a northeast direction.

Fire weather is expected to continued with hot, dry and windy conditions throughout the weekend.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

RESOURCES

A Type 2 IMT is on order, which will take over from the current Type 3 IMT managing the fire.

There are 93 total personnel assigned along with 1 crew, 8 engines and 2 helicopters. IC is currently LeBlanc.  More resources have arrived today from the 50 firefighters from mutual fire agencies from Summit and Grand Counties.

Incident Cooperators include:  USFS (Lead Agency), CDPHE Air Pollution, Colorado Emergency Management, Grand and Summer County Fire Agencies, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, RMACC, NWS Boulder, NWS IMET Operations, GMUG National Forests, Summit Fire and EMS, Grand County Colorado,

CLOSURES

Road closures are in effect for the following areas:

CR 3 is open with intermittent closures.  CR 30 remains closed along with 50, which is closed near Young Life.

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Photo Credit | FAA

EVACUATION ORDERS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for:

CR 30 on the west to Church Park.  From the St. Louis Creek Road on the east to the Darling Creek drainage to the south.  Sugarloaf and South Fork Campgrounds are also included.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

EVACUATION SHELTERS

An evacuation shelter is planned for The Inn at Silvercreek Conference Center. 62927 US Hwy 40, Grandby, CO 80446. For more details, contact the Sheriffs Office at 970-725-3852.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

A $50,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses has been reached.

ALERTS

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

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Photo Credit | GMUG National Forests

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Another fire burning, I am afraid to say.” – News media

“This is the fourth active wildfire burning in the state.” – Twitter user

“Beetle kill, dry summers and humans are to blame.” – Twitter user

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Photo Credit | USFS

“This is crazy. People are still coming into Grand County while a major wildfire is burning a short distance away. Air quality is horrible. Outdoor activities are still ongoing.” Eyewitness account

“A smoke plume can be seen in Summit County, this is just outside of Idaho Springs.” – Eyewitness account

“Williams Fork Fire looks scary.” -News media

“Lots of flames. Good news, it is closer to the metro area so planes can get to it faster.” – News media

“Smoke can be seen from Soda Springs Ranch along Hwy 34.” – Eyewitness account

A smoky haze is now over the Dillon Reservoir and Breckenridge.” – Eyewitness account

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 1420 PT / 1520 MDT

 

CA WILDFIRE SIT REP | STAGECOACH FIRE | AUGUST 10 2020

We appreciate you and hope you stay safe out there.

Thank you for reading our post about this California wildfire.

Follow us for some more great wildfire news and other important updates!

Photo Credit | USFS

STAGECOACH FIRE | Kern County FD

About 9 miles South of Lake Isabella, near Havilah Community

UPDATE 2 | MONDAY (8/10/2020)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Reported – 8/3/2020, 1529 PT
  • Cause – Unknown, under investigation
  • Response – Wildfire
  • Fuels – Tall brush, tall grass
  • Area – Havilah and Piute communities in Kern County. 9 miles south of Lake Isabella.
  • Command – Kern  County FD (Lead), BLM Fire and Sequoia Forest
  • IMT – IMT 2 – CA Team 15
  • Incident Cooperators – Kern Co SO, CAL FIRE, Kern HS District, CHP, Liberty Ambulance, CAL OES, Red Cross, CA DOC, San Joaquin and East Kern APCD, Joseph Elft (@MappingSupport)

Photo Credit | Kern FD

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CURRENT STATUS

  • Size/Containment – 7,760 acres
  • Containment Status – 77%
  • Personnel – 974 total personnel including 30 crews, 33 engines, 9 helicopters.
  • Fire Behavior – Min with flanking, creeping and smoldering
  • Operations – Firefighters making good press, increased containment achieved daily, construction and reinforcement of fire line in continually progress on eastern and northern edges.
  • Mop-up operations in progress to address hot spots.
  • Fire Weather – expected high winds on Tuesday afternoon, may increase fire behavior
  • Evacuations in progress

Photo Credit | Kern County FD

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EVACUATIONS

  • Thompson Canyon Area – Includes Caliente Bodfish Rd east to Piute Mtn Rd, from area South of School Street to South of Heritage Way
  • Valley Area – Saddles Springs Road/Piute Mtn Road as it goes near Burton Mill, Clear Creek, Cold Spring, Liebel Peak, Piute Peak, Piute Spring, Rocky Point and Saddle Spring

Photo Credit | City of Tehachapi | Photo taken of a helo on August 5th that was seen staged/flying out of the Tehachapi Municipal Airport

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CLOSURES

  • Roads – Thompson Canyon Road east of the cattle guard, approximately .25 mile East of Gossip Rock

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • $9 Million Cost-to-date (Fire Suppression/Containment efforts)
  • Damages – 5 structures
  • Destroyed – 15 structures (habitable), 25 (outbuildings)
  • Injuries – 1

Photo Credit | Alert Wildfire | Photo taken on August 4, 2020 as seen from Breckenridge.  This is showing a wind shift from NV fire cameras. Amazing….

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RESOURCES

  • Engines – 25
  • Helos – 9
  • Dozers – 1
  • Water Tenders – 14
  • Air Tankers – 0
  • Crews  – 21
  • Overhead Personnel – 139
  • Total Personnel – 754

HASHTAGS

  • #StagecoachFire
  • #CAwildfires
  • #FireSeason2020

PHOTO(S) CREDIT

  • Central CA District – BLM

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Follow US!
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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/10/2020 2055 PT

CA WILDFIRE SIT REP | STAGECOACH FIRE | AUGUST 8 2020

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STAGECOACH FIRE | BLM – Central California District

UPDATE 1 – SATURDAY (8/8/2020)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Reported – 8/3/2020, 1529 PT
  • Cause – Unknown, under investigation
  • Response – Wildfire
  • Fuels – Tall brush, tall grass
  • Area – Havilah and Piute communities in Kern County. 9 miles south of Lake Isabella.
  • Command – Unified Command (BLM)

CURRENT STATUS

  • Fire behavior – Active with uphill and wind-driven runs
  • Fire weather concerns – high temps, low RH and winds
  • Size/Containment -7,748 acres, 31% contained
  • Damages – 2 structures damaged
  • Destroyed – 25 structures
  • Injuries – 0
  • EVACUATIONS – in effect

EVACUATIONS !

Mandatory

  • Caliente Bodfish Road East to Piute Mtn Road
  • From area South of School Street to just South of Heritage Way
  • Saddle Springs Road/Piute Mtn Road as it goes near Burton Mill, Clear Creek, Cold Spring, Liebel Peak, Piute Peak, Piute Spring, Rocky Point and Saddle Spring

Temporary Evacuation Point

  • Former K-Mart
  • 710 W Tehachapi Blvd, Tehachapi, CA

Evacuation Shelter

  • RED CROSS – Call 800-733-2767 to make an appointment

Precautionary

  • Dailey Road East to West end of Gold Spur
  • Between top of Indian Oak Loop South to Williams Road and Williams Road South to Walker Basin Road
  • Between Johns Road East to East end of Douglas Avenue

Lifted*

  • LIFTED as of 6pm Saturday evening*
  • West end of Oak Ox Road East to Caliente Bodfish Road
  • Between Quail Canyon Road South to Foxtail Canyon Road
  • The west end of Owls Clover Road/Malivn Road east to the east end of Kendall Road
  • Between Erdle Drive South to Piute Meadows Road

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Thompson Canyon Road east of the cattle guard
  • Approximately .25 mile east of Gossip Rock

RESOURCES

  • Staffing – Total 852 personnel including  92 overhead personnel
  • Equipment – 9 helicopters, 5 air tankers, 7 dozers, 32 engines, 11 water tenders, 22 crews

HASHTAGS

  • #StagecoachFire
  • #CAwildfires
  • #FireSeason2020

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Road 11 Fire Intensifies Prompting Statewide Response | 3

Day 2 | Update 3 | 00:00 PT

UPDATE | Level 3 evacuations for the Town of Mansfield are Level 2.

Waterville, Washington – A 3-alarm brush fire broke out west of SR 172 and Roads 11 NW and E NW, just northeast of Wenatchee in Douglas County. The fire broke out on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

Fire behavior is considered extreme, running and wind-driven.  To give an estimate of how dangerous this fast-moving fire really is to look at these significant events:

  • 1800 – Fire is listed at 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status
  • 1930 – Fire has exploded into 10,000 acres with a 0% containment status
  • 5 outbuildings are destroyed
  • 1 primary residence is lost
  • Level 2 evacuations were upgrade to level 3 due to threats to structures and crops
  • State Mobe approved 1730 PT

“10 residences west of the Town of Mansfield have received Level 2 evacuation notices.  Phone service is reported to be out.  Approximately 6 structures have been lost with one being a primary residence.”

-Douglas County Sheriffs Office

Fire Assets and equipment include:  (2) Type-2 Helicopters, (1) Air Attack Plane, (1) Lead plane, (1) Heavy Tanker and (5) SEATs.  The SEATs are most like dipping out of nearby Banks Lake while the others are able to fly into the Moses Lake Air Tanker base for retardant.  (1) Dozer is also en route.

==============  Evacuations in effect =================

Level 3:

  • area south of McNeil Canyon Road near the fire
  • SR 172 at Rd 8 to McNeil Canyon Road

Level 2:

  • McNeil Canyon Road to the Town of Mansfield

==============  Public Service Announcments =================

Closed Roads | The Sheriffs Office is reporting some drivers are going around barricades that have closed off roadways on the McNeil Canyon Road.  It is important that all drivers heed the area closures to ensure your safety.  Please don’t get into a bind where you may need someone to come in to save you, while risking their life. This is a very dangerous and fast-moving fire and this will definitely save your life.

Resources include |  Douglas County Sheriff Office, Washington Emergency Management Spokane County Fire District 8, NWS Spokane, Washington  State Patrol, WA Fire Marshal, CEDAR Digital Corps, Fire Mappers, SE WA IMT.

State Mobe resources are starting to arrive (2225 PT).  They are working on establishing an ICP in Mansfield, where they will be staging.

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Spokane Co. Fire District 8 Chief Wilkins has been called up as a Strike Team Leader.

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Road 11 Fire Goes State Mobe | Douglas County, WA | 1

Waterville, Washington – A 3-alarm brush fire broke out west of SR 172 and Roads 11 NW and E NW in Douglas County around three-o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

The cause is unknown at the time of this post but we know there have been several RED FLAG WARNINGS issued by the NWS Spokane today and will go into the late hours of the night.

The fire behavior has been extreme with a high rate of spread as it jumps severeal local roadways and burning everything in its path.  At one time, the fire was said to be bumping up against major SR 172, which prompted immediate closures of this road along with many others and Level 1 and 2 evacuations.

Currently, the fire has scorched 2,000 acres and has a 0% containment status.

==============  Evacuations in effect =================

Level 2:

  • area south of McNeil Canyon Road near the fire
  • SR 172 at Rd 8 to McNeil Canyon Road
  • McNeil Canyon Road to the Town of Mansfield

It has been reported that only two outbuildings have been lost. No assessments of damaged structures have been reported as of yet, as the fire is burning out-of-control.

State mobe has been granted and requested by the Incident Commander. We are still waiting for what units/agencies will be deployed.  Stay tuned for more future updates!

Resources include:  Grant County Sheriff Office, WSDOT and local fire agencies.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1838 PT – 7/11/2020