#MonitorFire | WA | Update 2

Near Wenatchee, Washington | A small brush wildfire broke out in the Monitor area near US Hwy 2 in the westbound lanes on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Here is a timeline of this incident, which prompted evacuations and a partial lane closure.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2

1420:  The Chelan County EM agency first reported that the investigation into the fire originally started around 10:30 am and was due to most likely an unsecured chain dragging along the pavement.

1631:  Later their investigation would turn to another cause for the fire.  This time it was reported due to a broken exhaust pipe.  The evidence had been left behind making it a little easier for fire investigators.  Fire Managers report this incident is now 100% fully contained.  DNR reported at 1540 hours, the fire had burned 1,100 acres and was at 90% contained.

There were no injuries or damage reported to any structure.

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment totals are unknown at this time.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

1124:  Fire reported by State Patrol as small brush fire westbound US 2 west of Wenatchee, Washington.  The right lane is closed while fire suppression efforts are conducted.

1241:  Chelan County Emergency Management reports fire is in the Monitor area on US 2 near milepost 115. Level 1 evacuations go into effect.

1326:  DNR reports new wildfire 4 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington.  100 acres. 7 engines, 1 crew and 1 helicopter on-scene.  Level 1 evacuations of 19 homes are rebroadcasted by DNR Fire PIO

1426: DNR: “700 acres. 3 dozers, 6 additional engines are en route.  Chelan County EM calling for an expanded area for more evacuations.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1450:  Wind is reported to be picking up in the area and the Chelan Co EM is now stating a conflicting number of acres burned (500) vs what DNR  is reporting (700 acres).  2 dozers have arrived on-scene. Chelan County Fire District 1 helicopter is currently deployed and being used for water drops.  Across Grant County, resources are pouring into the fire scene.

1530:  Additional Level 1 evacuation notifications issued by Chelan County EM for all of those on the north side of Easy Street from US 2 to American Fruit Road, both sides of Warm springs Canyon Road, Sunridge Lane, West Eagle Rock Drive and April Drive.

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

Fire was being reported that it started around the milepost 115 area in Monitor area by US 2 which was said to be at 500 acres scorched.  The cause has not been released.

1948:  DNR stated the containment status had reached 30% and that the acreage was listed at 700 acres.  Crews will still remain on the fire ground overnight.

There is no information that has been released as to what the cause is.

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

#MonitorFire | WA | Update 1

Near Wenatchee, Washington | A small brush wildfire broke out in the Monitor area near US Hwy 2 in the westbound lanes on Wednesday, November 1st.  Here is a timeline of this incident, which prompted evacuations and a partial lane closure.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1124:  Fire reported by State Patrol as small brush fire westbound US 2 west of Wenatchee, Washington.  The right lane is closed while fire suppression efforts are conducted.

1241:  Chelan County Emergency Management reports fire is in the Monitor area on US 2 near milepost 115. Level 1 evacuations go into effect.

1326:  DNR reports new wildfire 4 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington.  100 acres. 7 engines, 1 crew and 1 helicopter on-scene.  Level 1 evacuations of 19 homes are rebroadcasted by DNR Fire PIO

1426: DNR: “700 acres. 3 dozers, 6 additional engines are en route.  Chelan County EM calling for an expanded area for more evacuations.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1450:  Wind is reported to be picking up in the area and the Chelan Co EM is now stating a conflicting number of acres burned (500) vs what DNR  is reporting (700 acres).  2 dozers have arrived on-scene. Chelan County Fire District 1 helicopter is currently deployed and being used for water drops.  Across Grant County, resources are pouring into the fire scene.

1530:  Additional Level 1 evacuation notifications issued by Chelan County EM for all of those on the north side of Easy Street from US 2 to American Fruit Road, both sides of Warm springs Canyon Road, Sunridge Lane, West Eagle Rock Drive and April Drive.

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

Fire was being reported that it started around the milepost 115 area in Monitor area by US 2 which was said to be at 500 acres scorched.  The cause has not been released.

1948:  DNR stated the containment status had reached 30% and that the acreage was listed at 700 acres.  Crews will still remain on the fire ground overnight.

There is no information that has been released as to what the cause is.

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

And, Then There Were a Few (Wildfires) | October 5, 2017

POST SUMMARY | From over 30 wildfires at one given time during the Fire Season, there are only a few active wildfires in the States of Washington and Oregon.

Here is our recap for Thursday, October 5, 2017.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and one mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon.  Timber.  Min fire behavior.  48,831 acres. 47% contained. 166 personnel. 3 crews, 4 engines and 1 helicopter. 4 structures lost. $17.8 Million cost-to-date.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF and 16 miles west of Selma Oregon.  Transfer from the IMT 1 back to the local unit today.  191,090 acres. 98% contained. 169 personnel. 1 crew, 3 engines and 2 helos.  30 structures lost.  $68.7 Million cost-to-date.

JONES FIRE

Willamette NF and 10 miles northeast of Lowell, Oregon.  Timber and grass fire fuels. Min fire behavior.  10,114 acres. 91% containment. 93 personnel. 1 crew, 5 engine.  1 structure lost. $25.4 Million cost-to-date. 

MILLER COMPLEX

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF and, 17 miles east of Cave Junction, Oregon. 4 fires.  Min fire behavior.  27,543 acres. 85 containment.  85 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines and 2 helos.  $32.6 Million cost-to-date.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Rainfall Hitting Wildfires | Sept 19 2017

POST SUMMARY |  Some parts of Washington State and Oregon are getting a fresh look at how Mother Nature is now helping, instead of hindering fire suppression efforts. This, we are pretty sure is what firefighters and those that have been impacted by wildfires have been looking for all summer long.

Here is our recap for Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Welcome FALL, we thought you’d never come along but now – here you are. 

AMERICAN FIRE (1)

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA.  Start 8/10/2017.  Lightning.

 Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.  3,583 acres. 95% contained. Minimal fire behavior due to rainfall over fire area.  $1.1 Million cost-to-date (NIFC)

 CHETCO BAR FIRE  (2)

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles W of Selma and E/NE of Brookings, OR.  In the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Burning in the 2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire burn scars.  Timber (litter/understory), medium logging slash and chaparral (6′). 

Incident Cooperators include the Red Cross, BLM, USDA Forest Service, Brookings Fire & Rescue, Coos FPA, Curry County, Harbor RFPD, Illinois Valley FD, Josephine County (JoCo), OR DOT – Trip Check, ODOF and the OR State FMO’s office.

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering due to rainfall over the area.  190,512 acres with a 77% containment status.  1,440 personnel. 47 crews, 50 engines and 8 helicopters. 30 structures lost. $55 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

A Prineville Hotshot Crew member monitors a “burn out” near the confluence of Meadow Creek and the Pistol River on September 15, 2017.

 

DESOLATION FIRE (3)

Ochoco NF.  20 miles NE Prineville, OR in the Mill Creek Wilderness.  Started 9/9/2017. Lightning.  Burning in the 2000 Hash Rock Fire scar.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing.  3,428 acres with a 20% containment status. 195 personnel. 7 crews, 12 engines and 4 helicopters. $1 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Burnout Operations,September13, picture3

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE (4)

 Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  27 miles N of Winthrop, WA. Started 7/23/2017. Cause is unknown & under investigation. Fire still burning in the United States and in Canada where it crossed over.

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Rain fell over the fire area help aid firefighters. 129,000 acres. 30% contained. 294 personnel.  9 crews, 11 engines and 3 helicopters. 3 structures lost. $12.5 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Firefighters use tools to clear debris from work area  

EAGLE CREEK FIRE (5) 

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 1 mile from Cascade Locks, OR.  Started 9/2/2017.  Human caused & under investigation. ICP breaking down camp and moving from the HRV Fairgrounds to Cascade Locks.

Minimum fire behavior due to rain that fell over the fire line helping reduce fire activity. 48,665 acres. 46% contained.  353 personnel. 6 crews, 10 engines, 4 helicopters and 2 water tenders.  $18.9 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

 

EAST CRATER FIRE (6)

Gifford Pinchot NF.  12 miles W of Trout Lake, WA. Started 9/3/2017. Cause unknown. Estimated containment date is 10/31/2017. 

Minimum fire behavior due to substantial rains moving into the area assisting firefighters.  483 acres. 0% containment. 8 personnel and 1 engine.$454,000 cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Large column of smoke,various shades of grey, rising above the forested landscape in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.  A small pristine mountain lake is visible in foreground with high alpine trees bordering the lake.

Credit: USFS

HIGH CASCADE COMPLEX (7)  

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering due to rainfall over the fire line.  79,342 acres. 32% contained.  905 personnel. 22 crews, 44 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $46.5 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Smoke filters through the trees on the High Cascade Complex East Zone

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (8) 

Willamette NF.  7 miles S of Belknap, OR.  IMT is also managing Rebel Fire.  Started 8/21/2017. Cause unknown and is being investigated.  Timber, litter and light logging slash.

Minimal fire behavior with creeping due to moderate to  heavy rainfall over the fire area. 32,567 total acres with a 0% containment status. 348 personnel. 7 crews, 23 engines and 2 helicopters, 2 bulldozers and 6 water tenders. $7.1 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Firefighters stand around a large puddle after mornning briefing at the Rebel Fire Base Camp on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Mother Nature has helped suppression efforts with 2+ inches of rain in the past two days. Tim Mowry/Alaska IMT

Credit: AK IMT

 

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE (9)

OR DOF – Central Unit.  15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017.  Cause unknown.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.  

Minimal fire behavior. 16,436 acres with 95% containment status. 57 personnel. 1 crew, 4 engines and 1 helicopter. 2 structures destroyed. $16.3 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

National Guard Troops have demobed from the Horse Prairie Fire

National Guard unit demobilizing

 

 

JOLLY MTN FIRE (10)  

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. 13 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. 

Fire behavior is minimal with rain hitting the area. 36,808 acres. 40% contained.   136 personnel. 5 crews, 13 engines and 2 helicopters. $24 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Image may contain: sky, outdoor, nature and water

Credit: Kittitas County Sheriff Office

JONES FIRE (11) 

Willamette NF.  10 miles NE of Lowell, OR and 9 miles East of Fall Creek reservoir.  1 mile North of Clark Butte, OR.  Burning in the Little Fall Creek watershed. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning.  Timber (grass and understory), closed timber litter and lichen/moss in trees creating aerial fire fuels.  Some have been known to spread fire.

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering . 10,522 acres. 75% contained.  200 personnel.  5 crews, 13 engines and 3 helicopters. 1 structure destroyed.  $20.4 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb).

Intense Fire Activity

KELSEY CREEK FIRE (12) 

Willamette NF. 11 miles E of Oakridge, OR.  Burning on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Timber. Reported on 9/9/2017. Lightning caused. 

Minimal fire behavior. 527 acres. 10% contained. 202 personnel. 5 crews, 6 engines and 3 helicopters. $950,000 cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

 

 MILLER COMPLEX (13)

 Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles E of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 814/2017 around 1400 hours PDT.  Timber, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Dir dominance and numerous snags.  NW IMT Team 9.

Incident Cooperators include Harbor Rural Fire Protection Dept., OR State Fire Marshal, OR DOT, OR DOF, RRSNF.  

Minimal fire behavior with rain over the fire ground. 36,302 acres. 65% containment. 409 personnel. 10 crews, 16 engines and 3 helos. $25.6 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

MILLI FIRE (14)

Deschutes NF.  9 miles W of Sisters, OR and burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Started 8/11/2017.  Cause unknown & under investigation. 

Minimal fire behavior. 24,079 acres. 65% contained. 14 personnel. 3 engines. $16.5 Million cost-to-date.

Milli Fire on 8-16-17 at 4:00 p.m.

NORSE PEAK FIRE (15) 

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA. Fire has been broken into 2 different zones (North and South). Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down materials.

Minimal fire activity with rain falling over the area. 52,502 acres. 80% containment. 654 personnel. 14 crews, 25 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $ Unknown cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

View from Pyramid Pass 9-3

Credit: Ken Didion

SAWMILL CREEK FIRE (16)

 South of the Tacoma Watershed, Washington. Started 9/4/2017 around 1930 hours. Cause is unknown and under investigation. 

Incident Cooperators include the Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, King County, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Oka-Wen NF, Pierce County Sheriff, Tacoma Water(shed), WA State National Guard and WSDOT.

Min fire behavior with backing, creeping and rain over the area. 1,016 acres. 0% containment status. Total personnel 654 personnel. 19 crews, 27 engines, 5 helos, 1 bulldozer and  9 water tenders (shared among Norse Peak, American, Sawmill Fires). $3.9 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Sawmill Creek Fire Sept. 12, 2017

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX (20)

Umpqua NF.  50 miles East of Roseburg, OR.   (6 fires) Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  Timber, forest litter, grass and shrubs are fire fuels. Great Basin IMT 3, a Type 2 IMT team assumed command on 9/15/2017 @ 1900 hours PDT.

 

 

 

Min fire activity with flanking, creeping and backing. Rain fell over the area. Total 43,139 acres with a 38% containment status. 572 personnel with 11 crews, 22 engines and 5 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $35 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

Standing in the Shadows of Fire

UNO PEAK FIRE (21) 

Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  16 miles NW of Manson, WA.   Started 8/30/2017. Cause unknown.  Timber, grass fire fuels. Rugged terrain.

Min fire activity due to rain that fell over the area. 8,726 acres. 20% containment. 223 personnel. 4 crews, 9 engines and 1 helo.  1 structure lost. $6.2 Million cost-to-date. (NIFC, Inciweb)

National Guard rolling hose

National Guard rolling hose.

 

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Some WA Fires To be Contained | Sept 16 2017

POST SUMMARY |  Western  Washington State wildfires are due to get some much-needed relief from a future heavy rainfall due to hit multiple areas in the upcoming week.  This should aid fire crews in providing some mutual aid in getting these fires contained quickly.  Eastern Washington and Oregon are due to expect some cooling temps.

We are currently reporting on 25+ wildfires and we have merged several sources into one single post.  Here is the recap for Saturday, 9/16/2017.  NOTE:  Fire map is reporting wildfires in size of 300 acres or more.  Credit:  NIFC

1.  AMERICAN FIRE.   Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA.  Start 8/10/2017.  Lightning.

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  Fire has been active on North side of SR 410. Crews will continue to improve line and mop-up.  3,739 acres. 0% contained. 0 resources.

110 homes threatened. $950,000 cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Level 1 - Be Ready, Level 2 - Be Set, Level 3 - Go

If there were Evacuations where you are during a wildfire? Would you know what the Evacuation Levels mean? Here is a great way to prepare you and your family.

2.  CHETCO BAR FIRE.   Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles W of Selma and E/NE of Brookings, OR.  In the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Burning in the 2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire burn scars.  Timber (litter/understory), medium logging slash and chaparral (6′). 

Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and torching.  189,562 acres. 40% contained.  1,676 personnel. 56 crews, 44 engines and 12 helos. ( includes 3 Type 3, 3 Type 2 and 1 Type 1 helicopters, 3 National Guard type 1 Helicopter) East Zone alone:  14 Type 2 crews, 6 engines, 3 fallers, 1 feller buncher, 4 dozers, 5 water tenders, 6 masticators, 2 chippers, 1 skidder and 1 grader.

30 structures lost. Still threatened are 413 homes, 197 non-residential commercial  and 197 mixed use commercial/residential structures.  $53.2 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Colorful smoke cloud in the distance at sunset with Lake Selmac and tents ofn the grass in the foreground.

Chetco Fire – East Zone Fire Camp at Lake Selmac.

3.  DESOLATION FIRE.  Ochoco NF.  20 miles NE Prineville, OR in the Mill Creek Wilderness.  Started 9/9/2017.

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing.  2,763 acres. 0% contained.  206 personnel.  7 crews and 12 engines.

31 homes, 33 mixed commercial/residential structures and 90 other minor buildings are threatened. $800,000 cost-to-date.  (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Burnout Operations,September13, picture2

Burnout operations on the Desolation Fire on 9/3/2017.

4.  DIAMOND CREEK FIRE.   Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  27 miles N of Winthrop, WA. Started 7/23/2017. Cause under unknown & under investigation.

Moderate fire behavior with torching and uphill runs.  125,300 acres. 30% contained. 215 personnel. 7 crews, 9 engines and 2 helos.

3 structures lost.  500 homes threatened with 6 mixed commercial residential and 150 minor structures as well as 50 non-residential commercial properties. $11.7 M cost-to-date.  (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Firefighters use hand tools to clear fuel on a rocky hillside

Building a handline through rocky terrain.

5.  EAGLE CREEK FIRE.  Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 1 mile from Cascade Locks, OR.  Started 9/2/2017.  Human caused & under investigation.

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  45,579 acres. 32% contained.  

Archer Fire.  260 acres. 100% contained.

Total Resources. 1,060 personnel. 27 crews (5Type 1, 14-Type 2, 8 Type 2 Initial Attack) , 61 engines, 12 helos, 9 bulldozers, 18 water tenders.

4 structures lost.  5,461 homes threatened.  $15.8 M cost-to-date. (Sources : NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb, Facebook)

A squad of firefighters surveys the Eagle Creek Fire

Firefighters conducting surveys on the Eagle Creek Fire.

6.  EAST CRATER FIRE.  Gifford Pinchot NF.  12 miles W of Trout Lake, WA. Started 9/3/2017. Cause unknown. Estimated containment date is 10/31/2017. 

Moderate fire behavior. 483 acres.  0% contained.  33 personnel.  1 crew and 1 engine. $424,000 cost-to-date.

 No structures are not currently under threat.  (Sources: NIFC, NWCC and Inciweb)

Large column of smoke,various shades of grey, rising above the forested landscape in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. A small pristine mountain lake is visible in foreground with high alpine trees bordering the lake.

Credit: USFS

 

7.  HIGH CASCADE COMPLEX.   Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.   IMT also managing Spruce Lake Fire.

Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, uphill runs and backing.  61,508 acres.  18% contained.  805 personnel.  12 crews, 44 engines, 5 helicopters. 

EAST ZONE

Spruce Lake Fire.  15,789 acres. 27% contained. Minimal fire behavior. Crews are working to strengthen fire lines.

Blanket Creek Fire.  31,632 acres. 20% contained. Crews continue to hold and strengthen containment lines to the north and east. Structure protection in Mazama Village in Crater Lake NP.

North Pelican Fire. 3,589 acres. 25% contained. Crews working to the build containment lines on the North side, pushing the fire back into the wilderness. 

WEST ZONE

Broken Lookout Fire.  70-member US Army Strike team continued work on helping aid fire crews and giving them much-needed rest. Strike team has been deployed due to extreme fire conditions and when resources are scarce.  

Fire managers are watching potential fire growth near Jackson Creek, where several structures are supporting stream restoration, spawning and brood habitat for Chinook salmon and the endangered Coho salmon. Structure protection is in place for fire lines.

Pup Fire. Fire crews are continuing to scout for potential containment lines. Hazard trees will be removed.  Working to secure the eastern edge of the fire.

OVERALL

69 homes, 23 mixed commercial/residential, 100 other minor structures threatened. 1 minor structure destroyed. $44.5 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC)

Smoke column near Crater Lake NP

Smoke plume west of Crater NP’s West entrance.

8.  HORSE CREEK COMPLEX.   Willamette NF.  7 miles S of Belknap, OR.  IMT is also managing Rebel Fire.  Started 8/21/2017. Cause unknown and is being investigated.  Timber, litter and light logging slash.

Active fire with single-tree torching, flanking and backing.  32,567 acres. 0% contained.  357 personnel.  10 crews, 24 engines and 2 helos.  

42 homes, 688 mixed commercial/residential structures and 150 other minor buildings.  $5.5 M cost-to-date.  (Sources: NIFC)

Rebel Fire.  Willamette NF. 22 miles N of Oakridge, OR. Started 8/4/2017. Cause unknown. 8,653 acres. $6.3 M cost-to-date. Was covered as a separate fire but is part of this complex.  141 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines.

Roney Fire.  3,548 acres.  Fire is being monitored.

Avenue Fire.  2,962 acres. Being contained on the North by burnouts along forest roads and bulldozer lines. Fire continues to move West on the ridge top South of Horse Creek and down to King Creek. Wind direction changed producing an increase in unhealthy smoke levels around McKenzie Bridge. Smoke grounded air resources on the North side on Friday. East edge of fire is slowly moving towards the Roney Fire. 

Separation Fire.  17,747 acres.  Firefighters finished protection efforts near the Melakwa Boy Scout Camp and starting mop-up operations. Resource advisors visited the Camp to assess what their environmental needs are. They are also working to protect resources at Scott Lake Campground and Frog Camp.

Sept 15 - Firefighters protected buildings at Camp Melakwa by laying firehose and setting up sprinklers.

Hose lines protect Camp structures. (Structure protection)

Nash Fire.  6,738 acres.  Fire crews hiked in 7 miles in to the fire using bladder bags (backpacks water pumps) to manage movement of the wildfire.  It is currently smoldering and creeping through ground cover on the South perimeter.  Little movement has been observed on the SE edge as it continues towards the Cascade Lakes Hwy.

OVERALL

Total 41,220 acres.  Total Resources:  542 personnel. 13 crews, 2 helicopters, 27 engines, 4 bulldozers, 6 water tenders, 1 masticator and 2 skidgens.

Briefing at McCoy Spike Camp.

9.  HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE.   OR DOF – Central Unit.  15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017.  Cause unknown.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.

16,436 acres. 90% contained. 286 personnel. 7 crews, 10 engines and 3 helos. 

2 structures lost.  9 homes and 2 other minor structures threatened. $16.2 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Horse Prairie Fire Panoramic Photo

10. INDIGO FIRE.  8 miles E of Agnes Creek, OR.  Fire active again on Friday, 9/15/2017.

521 acres mostly to the West. Fire behavior is active with short uphill runs and group tree torching.  (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

Forested hills with smoke columns and cloud of smoke above. Old sngas from the Biscuit Fire are in the foreground

Fire seen of the Indigo Fire. Foreground are snags from the Biscuit Fire.

11.  JOLLY MTN FIRE.  Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. 13 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. 

Fire behavior has been knocked down from active fire to moderate fire with group torching, spotting and backing.  Transfer of command from IMT Type 1 will go back to the local unit on 9/18/2017.   Containment date is expected on 10/15/2017.

34,221 acres. 30% contained.  788 personnel 13 crews, 46 engines and 5 helos.  

4,204 homes and 1,073 minor structures threatened. Evacuation orders Level 3 reduced to Level 2. $22.5 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Hoselay Removal

Hoselay removal.

12.  JONES FIRE.   Willamette NF.  10 miles NE of Lowell, OR and 9 miles East of Fall Creek reservoir.  1 mile North of Clark Butte, OR.  Burning in the Little Fall Creek watershed. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning.  Timber (grass and understory), closed timber litter and lichen/moss in trees creating aerial fire fuels.  Some have been known to spread fire.

Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching and flanking.  9,562 acres. 54% contained. 259 personnel. 4 crews, 15 engines and 6 helos. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

1 structure lost. $19.4 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

A Fire crew posing in front of a burnout fire.

Burnout operations crew.  Credit:  Marcus Kauffman

13.  KELSEY CREEK FIRE.  NEW!!  Willamette NF. 11 miles E of Oakridge, OR.  Burning on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Timber. Reported on 9/9/2017. Lightning caused. 

Extreme fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and spotting.  Estimated containment status of 10/31/2017.   300 acres. 0% contained.

81 personnel. 1 crew, 2 helicopter and 6 engines.  NW IMT Team 7 will take command on 9/17/2017.

(Source:  NIFC, NWCC)

 14.  MILLER COMPLEX.  Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles E of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 814/2017 around 1400 hours PDT.  Timber, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Dir dominance and numerous snags.  NW IMT Team 9.

Abney Fire. Fire crossed the West Fork of Dutch Creek and traveled up/over the handline placed upon the ridge above the creek.  In the Joe Bar area, fire has now backed down to the creek.  It is expected that it will go through many locations.  Joe Bar is under an evacuation order.

Burnt Peak Fire.  Suppression repair is the next  fire tactic to be used. The fire is almost near completion.

Creedence Fire.  Near completion and along the same lines as the Burnt Peak Fire.

Bigelow Fire.  Near completion and with the same future tactics as the Burnt Peak and Creedence Fires.

OVERALL

Moderate fire behavior with isolated tree torching, flanking and backing.  35,845 acres. 59% contained. 530 personnel.  14 crews, 28 engines and 3 helicopters.   Incident Cooperators include Harbor Rural Fire Protection Dept., OR State Fire Marshal, OR DOT, OR DOF, RRSNF.  

$23.7 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Incident Meterologist monitoring balloon date.

15.  MILLI FIRE.  Deschutes NF.  9 miles W of Sisters, OR and burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Started 8/11/2017.  Cause unknown & under investigation. 

Minimal fire behavior.  24,025 acres. 60% contained.  27 personnel. 4 engines.  

$16.4 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Successful burnout operations

Burnout operations on the Milli Fire.

16.  NORSE PEAK FIRE.  Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA. Fire has been broken into 2 different zones (North and South). Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down materials.

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, backing and creeping.  Transfer of command from IMT Type 2 to IMT Type 1 to change over on Sunday, 9/17/2017.  56,355 acres. 12% contained.  635 personnel. 17 crews, 24 engines, 2 bulldozers, 10 water tenders and 4 helos.

320 homes threatened.  1 structure lost. $15.1 M cost-to-date. (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb)

Sept. 16 ICP Photo

These are the men/women faces behind those who work at the Incident Command Post. (DNR + WA National Guard)

17.  POTATO HILL FIRE.  Willamette NF.  20 miles NW of Sisters, OR in the McKenzie Ranger District and West of FS Rd 2690/South of Hwy 20.  Started 8/29/2017. Cause unknown, under investigation. Heavy logging slash and timber.

Minimal fire behavior.  199 acres. 95% contained.  1 personnel. 0 resources. $484,000 cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

View from US20 of helicopter dropping water

 

18.  SAWMILL CREEK FIRE.   Fire is still threatening the City of Tacoma watershed, industrial timberland and DNR and Forest service lands.

Point-of-Interest:  The 1,098 acres is the size of 57 Seattle Seahawks training complexes and 1,450 football fields…. Good to Know!

No structures damaged or destroyed reported.  $3.1 M cost-to-date.   (Sources:  NIFC, NWCC and Inciweb)

Great energy at the ICP

19.  UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX.  Umpqua NF.  50 miles East of Roseburg, OR.   (6 fires) Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  Timber, forest litter, grass and shrubs are fire fuels. Great Basin IMT 3, a Type 2 IMT team assumed command on 9/15/2017 @ 1900 hours PDT.

Fire 625.  Burning in Devil Canyon area. Lightning caused. 1.5 acres. Contained. 

Devils Fire.  Hoselay and pump established along a 5-active portion of the fire to spray water. 

Happy Dog Fire.  Min fire growth

Ragged Ridge Fire.  Min fire growth.

OVERALL

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and backing.  42,775 acres. 38% contained.  763 personnel.  13 20-person crews, 35 engines,5 bulldozers, 13 water tenders and 5 helos.

79 homes, 48 non-residential structures and 21 other minor structures threatened.  13 non-residential structures damaged. 1 structure lost.  Evacuations are still in effect. $33.5 M cost-to-date. (Sources: NIFC, Inciweb)

Point-of-Interest:  255 JBLM soldiers from the 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion and 1-23 Infantry Battalion have been deployed to assist with this Complex. (Source: NIFC)

Burn Operation in Toketee Falls

Burnout operations in Toketee Falls.

20.  UNO PEAK FIRE.   Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  16 miles NW of Manson, WA.   Started 8/30/2017. Cause unknown.  Timber, grass fire fuels. Rugged terrain.

Minimal fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing.  8,726 acres. 15% contained. 297 personnel. 6 crews, 12 engines and 5 helicopters.  Fire remained 2 miles upslope from Lake Chelan and is slowly backing downhill within the 2001 Rex Creek fire area.

13 homes and 22 other minor structures threatened. 1 cabin lost.  $5.1 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  NIFC, Inciweb)

Hand crews work constructing containment line on the Uno Peak Fire

Hand crews work to establish a containment line.

21.  WHITEWATER FIRE.  10 miles E of Idanha, OR. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing.  

14,005 acres. 35% contained.  341 personnel.  7 crews, 11 engines and 2 helos.  

143 homes, 1 mixed residential/commercial building, 2 non-res commercial structures and 54 other minor buildings. $33.4 M cost-to-date.  (Sources:  Inciweb Last updated 9/15/2017, NIFC)

Crews work to secure the edge of the Scorpion Fire

Firefighters securing the edge of the Scorpion Fire on the Whitewater Fire.

22. CRAB CREEK FIRE.  NEW!!  BLM – Spokane District Office. 28 miles NE of Moses Lake, WA. Brush and grass as fire fuels. Started 9/9/2017. Cause unknown & under investigation.

Active fire behavior with running and flanking. Structures/sage-grouse habitat threatened.  300 acres. 0% contained. 81 personnel. 1 crew, 6 engines and 2 helos. $750,000 cost-to-date.

1 homes and 2 minor structures threatened. (Source: NIFC, NWCC)

 

FIRE IMAGES.  All Fire Images are provided by the Courtesy of Inciweb which are taken by various unknown fire personnel and uploaded into this multi-agency SitRep format. We have given those Photo Credit to the best of our ability and do not lay any claims to these images. All content (excluding images) is copyrighted.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/16/2017 – 2130 PDT

 

 

 

Cliffdell’s Wildfires Continue to Burn | August 27 2017

POST SUMMARY | Three large wildfires continue to burn this morning near Cliffdell, Washington.  Here is an update on the American Fire, Norse Peak Fire and the Union Creek Fire.

Here is the SitRep for Sunday, August 27, 2017.

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AMERICAN FIRE:  11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/10/2017.  Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest.  Lightning caused. #AmericanFire

8/27/2017:  207 acres. 0% contained. 16 personnel. (down 2 from yesterday). 4 engines. $248,000 CTD.

8/26/2017:   Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and group torching.  206 acres. 0% containment. Fire grew 6 acres to the North towards the Highway 410 corridor. The fire’s edge was a half-of-a-mile from the American River.  It slowly backed downhill approximately 1,000 feet in the last 7 days. 18 crews. 0 crews, 4 engines, 2 helos. 110 structures threatened.  $209,000 CTD.

8/25/2017:    Active fire behavior with backing and group torching.193 acres.  0% contained. 110 homes still threatened.  16 personnel. 4 engines. Evacuations in effect.  Estimated containment is 10/1/2017. $165,000 CTD.

8/25/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing and group torching. Homes threatened. Evacuations are in effect.

8/24/2017:   174 aces. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with backing and group torching. 16 personnel. 4 engines. 110 structures threatened. $142,000 CTD.

8/23/2017:  131 acres. 0% contained. 110 homes threatened. 16 personnel. 4 engines. Estimated containment 10/1/2017. $100,000 CTD.

8/22/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. Homes threatened. 129 acres. 8% contained. 16 personnel. 4 engines. $75,000 CTD.

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NORSE PEAK FIRE: 11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/11/2017.  Burning inside the Norse Peak Wilderness in the Naches Ranger District. (includes 4 fires) Lightning caused. Timber.  USDA Forest Service.  #NorsePeakFire

A line of uniformed wildland firefighters is lined up carrying conifer branches and woody material toward the mouth of a yellow chipper.  Chips are being shot out the left side of the machine and off the road shoulder.

Loading up the chipper. Credit: NW IMT#13

8/27/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching.  Homes are threatened.2,160 acres. 8% contained. 342 personnel. 8 crews and 14 engines. $2.5 Million CTD.

8/26/2017:  Type 2 IMT. Active fire with backing, flanking and group torching.  2,217 acres. 5% contained. 110 homes threatened. SR 410 remains closed from Chinook Pass (mile post 69) to Hell’s Crossing (mile post 84). At 2000 hours, the highway will reopen only for night-time travel. It will shutdown again at 0600 hours each morning.  Pleasant Valley Campground, Lodgepole campground and Salmon Cove Group sites are all closed to the public.  368 personnel. 1 Type 1 crew, 8 Type 2 crews, 18 engines, 4 felling teams, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 2 helicopters and additional heavy equipment are assigned to this incident. $2.2 Million CTD.

Image at a distant, dark forested ridge top.  Smoke rises from many places within and at the edges of the American Fire.  No flames are visible.

Burning on the ridge between the American River and Kettle Creek. Credit: NW IMT #13

8/25/2017: (5) fires. Type 2 IMT.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and creeping. 2,092 acres. 96% contained. Structures are being threatened. 344 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines, 3 helos. 8 smokejumpers arrived on-scene, began fire suppression and to secure the small fires North of the American Ridge.$1.7 Million CTD.

8/24/2017:  1,996 acres. 8% contained. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. 339 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines, 1 helo. $1.5 Million CTD.

Firefighters enjoy a break on the Norse Peak Fire.

Firefighting is hard work and you have to be able to do it safely. Taking a break is a big necessity.

8/23/2017:  Active fire behavior with running and torching. 1,643 acres. 8% contained.  110 homes threatened. 279 personnel. 6 crews. 1 helo. 14 engines. Hwy 410 closed. LEVEL 3 evacuations in effect for Union Creek, Pleasant Valley.  LEVEL 1 evacuations for Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake. 9 fires including American and Union Creek Trail as the largest. $1.2 Million CTD.

On Tuesday night firefighters sit down to a well earned meal after a hard days work on the Norse Peak Fires

Meal Time!

8/22/2017:  Type 2 IMT, NW Team 13. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes threatened. 1,566 acres. 6% contained. 274 personnel. 6 crews, 12 engines and 1 helo. $936,000 CTD.

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UNION CREEK:  11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/23/2017. Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. Timber. #UnionCreekFire

8/27/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes threatened. 169 acres. 0% contained. 6 personnel. 2 helicopters. $198,000 CTD.

8/26/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching.  169 acres. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes are under threatened. Evacuations are in effect. 110 homes are threatened. 6 personnel. 2 helicopters.

8/25/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking.  156 acres.  0% contained. Homes threatened. Evacuations in effect. 4 personnel. 0 resources. $130,000 CTD.

8/24/2017:  Newly reported from overnight.  132 acres. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. 4 personnel. $117,000 CTD.

Fire Images | All images are courtesy of Inciweb, unless otherwise noted/credited. – Ed.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 @ 0900 hours PDT.

Wildfires Burn Near Cliffdell, Washington | August 26 2017

POST SUMMARY | Three large wildfires are burning near the town of Cliffdell, Washington State.  All three wildfires are being managed by the same IC.  The American Fire started first with the other two following in close pursuit.

Here is our recap for Saturday, August 26, 2017.

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AMERICAN FIRE:  11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/10/2017.  Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest.  Lightning caused. #AmericanFire

Image across a riverbed at a distant, forested hill. Smoke is rising from many places within and at the edges of the American Fire. A helicopter carries a bucket of water.

Smoke rises between American River and Kettle Creek. The American River is in the unseen foreground where a helicopter scoops water from & drops on to the fire. (Photo Credit: NW IMT #13)

8/26/2017:   Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and group torching.  206 acres. 0% containment. Fire grew 6 acres to the North towards the Highway 410 corridor. The fire’s edge was a half-of-a-mile from the American River.  It slowly backed downhill approximately 1,000 feet in the last 7 days. 18 crews. 0 crews, 4 engines, 2 helos. 110 structures threatened.  $209,000 CTD.

8/25/2017:    Active fire behavior with backing and group torching.193 acres.  0% contained. 110 homes still threatened.  16 personnel. 4 engines. Evacuations in effect.  Estimated containment is 10/1/2017. $165,000 CTD.

8/25/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing and group torching. Homes threatened. Evacuations are in effect.

8/24/2017:   174 aces. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with backing and group torching. 16 personnel. 4 engines. 110 structures threatened. $142,000 CTD.

8/23/2017:  131 acres. 0% contained. 110 homes threatened. 16 personnel. 4 engines. Estimated containment 10/1/2017. $100,000 CTD.

8/22/2017:  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. Homes threatened. 129 acres. 8% contained. 16 personnel. 4 engines. $75,000 CTD.

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NORSE PEAK FIRE: 11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/11/2017.  Burning inside the Norse Peak Wilderness in the Naches Ranger District. (includes 4 fires) Lightning caused. Timber.  USDA Forest Service.  #NorsePeakFire

One of the many resources assisting along Hwy 410

A feller buncher is one of many heavy equipment on-scene assisting fire crews.

8/26/2017:  Type 2 IMT. Active fire with backing, flanking and group torching.  2,217 acres. 5% contained. 110 homes threatened. SR 410 remains closed from Chinook Pass (mile post 69) to Hell’s Crossing (mile post 84). At 2000 hours, the highway will reopen only for night time travel. It will shutdown again at 0600 hours each morning.  Pleasant Valley Campground, Lodgepole campground and Salmon Cove Group sites are all closed to the public.  368 personnel. 1 Type 1 crew, 8 Type 2 crews, 18 engines, 4 felling teams, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 2 helicopters and additional heavy equipment are assigned to this incident. $2.2 Million CTD.

One of the many resources assisting in efforts along Hwy 410

Check out this much needed piece of equipment when removing large felled trees. This is called a Skidder.

8/25/2017: (5) fires. Type 2 IMT.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and creeping. 2,092 acres. 96% contained. Structures are being threatened. 344 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines, 3 helos. 8 smokejumpers arrived on-scene, began fire suppression and to secure the small fires North of the American Ridge.$1.7 Million CTD.

Norse Peak Fire expansion Wed, August 16

Norse Peak fire on 8/16/2017.

8/24/2017:  1,996 acres. 8% contained. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. 339 personnel. 8 crews, 14 engines, 1 helo. $1.5 Million CTD.

8/23/2017:  Active fire behavior with running and torching. 1,643 acres. 8% contained.  110 homes threatened. 279 personnel. 6 crews. 1 helo. 14 engines. Hwy 410 closed. LEVEL 3 evacuations in effect for Union Creek, Pleasant Valley.  LEVEL 1 evacuations for Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake. 9 fires including American and Union Creek Trail as the largest. $1.2 Million CTD.

Feller Buncher removing Hazard Trees in the Closure of 410

Highway 410 is a ghost town, smokey and with large heavy equipment making new paths all over the landscape.

8/22/2017:  Type 2 IMT, NW Team 13. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes threatened. 1,566 acres. 6% contained. 274 personnel. 6 crews, 12 engines and 1 helo. $936,000 CTD.

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UNION CREEK:  11 miles West of Cliffdell.  Start 8/23/2017. Okanogan – Wenatchee NF. Timber. #UnionCreekFire

Sprinkler System

Pump supply for sprinkler system at Union Creek Tract.

8/26/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching.  169 acres. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. Homes are under threatened. Evacuations are in effect. 110 homes are threatened. 6 personnel. 2 helicopters.

Extending a Handline for helping with the burnout

Extending a handline for assistance with burnout operations.

8/25/2017:  Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking.  156 acres.  0% contained. Homes threatened. Evacuations in effect. 4 personnel. 0 resources. $130,000 CTD.

Fire Crews working in conjuction with each other during burnout operations. These crews are keeping an eye on the unburned fuels and in ready mode.

Fire crews are working together monitoring unburned fuels during a burnout operation.

8/24/2017:  Newly reported from overnight.  132 acres. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and flanking. 4 personnel. $117,000 CTD.

One of the many resoureces assisting along Hwy 410

This is what a Strike Team of Engines looks like.

Fire Images | All images are courtesy of Inciweb, unless where other credit is given. We do not lay claim to any of these images. – Ed.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 1445 hours PDT.

OR ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 15, 2017

Post Summary | Poor Oregon is burning up with multiple new wildfires from lightning from all over the place. Mother Nature, you need to play nice…  Here is our recap for Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

UMQUA NORTH COMPLEX

Previously reported fires.  1,410 acres. 0% contained. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, backing.  Structures threatened. 191 personnel w/6 crews, 6 engines. CTD $1,000.

FALCON COMPLEX

Previously reported fires. 1,067 acres. 10% contained. Active fire behavior with flanking and isolated torching, smoldering. Structures threatened. 482 personnel with 11 crews, 22 engines and 5 helos. CTD $2.5 Million.

JONES FIRE

Jones Fire. PC: Jason Carr

Previously reported fire. 2,380 acres. 0% contained.  Active fire behavior with torching and creeping. Structures under threat. 292 personnel w/9 crews, 8 engines and 2 helos. CTD $350,000.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX FIRES

Newly reported.  Blanket Fire – 7 miles E of Prospect. 5,223 acres. 58% contained. Spruce Creek Fire – West side of Crater Lake NP. 4,885 acres. 55% contained. Broken Lookout Fire – 6 miles of Junctions Highways 62 & 230. 25 acres. 0% contained. Roundtop & Needle Fires – 6 miles NW of Prospect. 18 acres. 100% contained. Butte & Silent Fires – 5 miles W of Junctions Highways 230 & 138. 7 acres. 100% contained.

WHITEWATER FIRE

Previously reported.  6,569 acres. 0% contained. Fire behavior is moderate with backing, group and isolated torching. Structures under threat.  650 personnel with 10 crews, 11 engines and 7 helicopters. CTD is $12 Million.

NENA SPRINGS FIRE

Previously reported.  40,000 acres.  80% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Structures under threat.  422 personnel with 8 crews, 35 engines and 3 helos.  10 structures destroyed. CTD $4 Million.

INDIAN CREEK FIRE

Previously reported.  Minimal fire behavior.  83 acres. 10% contained. 63 personnel. 1 crew and 2 helos. CTD $2.1 Million.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Previously reported.  Active fire behavior with flanking and backing. 5,442 acres. 14% containment. 65 personnel with 1 crew and 1 helo. $2.1 Million CTD.

FLOUNCE FIRE

Previously reported.  Minimal fire behavior. 587 acres. 90% containment. 509 personnel with 23 crews, 15 engines and 9 helos. $2.7 Million CTD.

BEAR BUTTE FIRE 

Previously reported. Minimal fire behavior. Structures under threat. No evacuations in effect. 499 acres. 92% containment. 188 personnel with 3 crews, 6 engines. $4.5 Million CTD.

MILLI FIRE

Previously reported. Moderate fire behavior with spotting and group torching. 150 acres. 0% contained. 141 personnel with 8 crews. CTD $50,000.

IBEX FIRE

Previously reported. Salmon-Challis NF. Burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood and Ibex Creeks. Lightning caused. Started 7/24/2017 @ 1545 hours. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and backing. 5,700 acres. 0% contained. 20 personnel.

WHYCRUS FIRE

Previously reported.  Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  2,030 acres with 80% containment. 79 personnel with 3 crews and 5 engines. CTD $480,000.

SHAN CREEK FIRE

Previously reported.  Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and uphill runs. Structures threatened. 350 acres. 20% containment. 65 personnel with 2 crews and 6 engines. CTD $1,000.

REBEL FIRE

New!  3 Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette – Deschuttes NF.  Rebel Fire – South Fork McKenzie Ranger District Office and Rebel Creek.  Part of group of fires Whitewater, Avenue and Box Canyon wildfires.  PNW2 Type 1 IMT command. Assumed command 0600 8/15/2017.  Avenue Fire – 2 miles from MacKenzie Ranger District Office. Box Canyon Fire – 6 miles South of Rebel Fire.  Total 198 personnel, 862 acres. 10% containment.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2017 @ 0800 hours PDT

OR ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 12, 2017

Post Summary | A new wildfire was reported in by Fire Managers.  We are including the newest wildfire in our recap for Saturday, August 12, 2017. Thank you for reading our post!

Smokey on the Falcon Complex Fire. Courtesy/Inciweb

 FALCON COMPLEX

This is a new wildfire that started on Thursday night.  It is located on the Umqua National Forest, about 25 miles East of Tiller that is burning in timber and grass.  An IMT 2 team is managing this fire.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, torching and spotting. Structures are still under threat. 425 acres burned with a 10% containment status today. 332 personnel with 8 crews, 19 engines and 1 helo are listed as resources. CTD $396,000.

NENA SPRINGS WILDFIRE

The Nena Springs wildfire is also another new wildfire from Thursday night.  It is located on the Bureau of Indian  Agency managed lands (Warm Springs Agency), about 7 miles NE of Simnasho.  According to Saturday’s report, the fire has remained at 34,000 acres with no movement which is good news for fire managers.  There is a 15% containment reached.  Fire behavior remains active with torching.  Structures are under threat but no evacuations are in effect. 227 personnel are assigned with 7 crews, 4 engines and 2 helos. 10 structures have been lost. CTD $1 Million.

HANOVER FIRE

6,756 acres burned. 15% containment status. 325 personnel along with 7 crews, 9 engines and 3 helos are assigned to this incident.  Fire behavior is moderate with uphill runs and long-range spotting. Structures are threatened.

BLANKET CREEK FIRE

The Blanket Creek Fire is located 9 miles NE of Prospect on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest. Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal that is smoldering and creeping. Structures are still at risk. 4,820 acres consumed and crews have reached a 41% containment status.  741 personnel with 20 crews, 23 engines and 9 helos are attached on this incident. CTD $13.9 Million.

SPRUCE LAKE FIRE

Spruce Lake fire behavior is unknown on this day. 4,885 acres have been burned. There is a 35% containment status. 405 personnel with 16 crews, 6 engines and 12 helos are deployed on this wildfire.

Scooper Plane over Detroit Lake

Fire suppression aircraft is another key to fire containment. Here is a Airtanker over Detroit Lake on the Whitewater Fire. Courtesy/Inciweb

WHITEWATER FIRE

The Whitewater Fire is burning in the Willamette National Forest, about 10 miles from Idanha. About 5,870 acres have been burned.  There is no containment on this runaway fire.  665 personnel are deployed on this fire along with 18 crews, 19 engines and 9 helicopters.  An IMT1 will take over the helm of as the new the Fire Management team on Monday, August 14, 2017.  Fire behavior is moderate with creeping, backing and smoldering.  Structures are still at risk. CTD $10.3 Million.

INDIAN CREEK FIRE

The Indian Creek wildfire is located 20 miles W-SW of Hood River on the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 6 miles South of Cascade Lock.  It is also near 7.5 mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440 in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  The fire started on July 4, 2017 around 1736 hours PDT.  Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity with creeping and smoldering. There have been 83 acres burned but fire crews have reached a 10% containment status. 46 personnel are assigned along with 1 crew and a single helicopter. CTD is $2 Million.

USAID emergency responder team at Bear Butte ICP

There are many Incident Cooperators on wildfires, here is the USAID emergency response team on the Bear Butte Fire. Courtesy/Inciweb

BEAR BUTTE FIRE

About 20 miles NW of Baker City, a wildfire is burning called the Bear Butte Fire that has been reduced from a moderate to a minimal fire behavior with single tree torching, smoldering and creeping. Structures are still at risk.

Fire Crews listen in on the morning briefing

The faces behind those working on the Flounce Fire at a briefing. Courtesy/Inciweb

FLOUNCE FIRE

The Flounce Fire started on State land about 12 miles NW of Shady Cove on the SW Oregon District / Department of Forestry.  Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity with creeping and smoldering.  Structures are threatened. 690 acres damaged.  45% containment status. 759 personnel attached to this incident with 32 crews, 24 engines and 9 helicopters. $2.1 Million CTD.

Dozer

Dozers help firefighters with containment lines. They are vital to fire line operations. Courtesy/Inciweb

CHETCO BAR FIRE

The Chetco Bar Fire is on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest and is about 16 miles North of Selma.  Fire behavior is moderate with flanking, backing and with uphill runs. 5,286 acres scorched and a 14% containment status has been reached.  73 personnel and 1 crew with a single helo are on-scene.  CTD is $2 Million.

JONES FIRE **New! **

This new wildfire popped up from overnight’s activities.  It is being reported as being located on the Willamette NF, about 10 miles NW of Lowell.  Timber and grass are its fire fuels.  There has been 405 acres burned and has a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is extremely active with running, flanking and long-range spotting. 56 personnel with 1 crew, 4 engines and 1 helo are deployed on the fire line. Structures are in danger. No evacuations are in effect at the time of this posting.  CTD is $60,000.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/12/2017 @ 0830 Hours PDT

 

OR ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 11, 2017

Post Summary | Here are the wildfires for the State of Oregon for Friday, August 11, 2017.  No Fire CAD activity report attached due to multiple new fires in the Pacific Northwest have caused time constraints.

 FALCON COMPLEX

This is a new wildfire that occurred overnight.  It is located on the Umqua National Forest, about 25 miles East of Tiller that is burning in timber and grass.  An IMT 2 team is managing this fire.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, torching and spotting. Structures are being threatened..  There have been 415 acres burned. There is still a 0% containment status. 129 personnel along with 2 crews and  a single engine crew are assigned.  $286,000 CTD.

NENA SPRINGS WILDFIRE

The Nena Springs wildfire is also another new wildfire from overnight.  It is located on the Bureau of Indian  Agency managed lands (Warm Springs Agency), about 7 miles NE of Simnasho.  The fire has scorched 34,000 acres and counting.  Fire behavior is very extreme with crowning and being wind-driven. There is a 4% containment status.  Structures are under threat.  240 personnel are attached to this wildfire along with 5 crews, 16 engines and 1 helo.  2 structures have been destroyed.  CTD is $170,000.

BLANKET CREEK FIRE

The Blanket Creek Fire is located 9 miles NE of Prospect on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest. Fire behavior on the Blanket Creek Fire has been reduced to moderate fire behavior with torching and creeping.  Structures are still being threatened.  4,800 acres have been burned.  There is a 39% containment status. 733 personnel are assigned with 19 crews, 24 engines and 6 helicopters.  CTD is $12.6 Million.

SPRUCE LAKE FIRE

Spruce Lake fire behavior is moderate with isolated torching and flanking. Structures remain threatened. There are 4,734 acres consumed but a 31% containment status has been reached successfully.  383 personnel remain in fire suppression mode with 16 crews, 5 engines and 7 helicopters. CTD is $4.1 Million.

WHITEWATER FIRE

The Whitewater Fire is burning in the Willamette National Forest, about 10 miles from Idanha. About 5,844 acres have been burned.  There is still a 0% containment status. 669 personnel are assigned along with 18 crews, 19 engines and 8 helicopters. CTD is $8.5 Million.

INDIAN CREEK FIRE

The Indian Creek wildfire is located 20 miles W-SW of Hood River on the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 6 miles South of Cascade Lock.  It is also near 7.5 mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440 in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  The fire started on July 4, 2017 around 1736 hours PDT.  The fire behavior has been reduced to minimal, creeping and smoldering which is great news!  Only  83 acres have been burned.  However, there is still a 0% containment status.  49 personnel are assigned with 1 crew and 1 helo. CTD is $1.9 Million.

BEAR BUTTE FIRE

About 20 miles NW of Baker City, a wildfire is burning called the Bear Butte Fire that has a moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, smoldering and is creeping.  499 acres have been burned and fire crews have reached a 65% containment status.  452 personnel are still attached to this fire with 10 crews, 16 engines and 4 helos. CTD is $3.2 Million.

FLOUNCE FIRE

The Flounce Fire started on State land about 12 miles NW of Shady Cove on the SW Oregon District / Department of Forestry.  Fire behavior is moderate with backing, creeping and smoldering. Structures are being threatened. No evacuations are in effect at the time of this posting.  690 acres have been burned.  There is a 40% containment status.  730 personnel are assigned along with 31 crews, 23 engines and 9 helicopters. CTD is only $1.4 Million.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

The Chetco Bar Fire is on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest and is about 16 miles North of Selma.  The fire has been reduced to moderate fire behavior with uphill runs and backing.  It has burned about 5,036 acres.  Currently, 14% is the containment status.  About 69 personnel are assigned with 2 crews and a single helicopter. CTD is $1.9 Million.

CLARKS CREEK

Clarks Creek wildfire is located on the La Grande District of the Oregon Department of Forestry that is about 18 miles NE of La Grande, Oregon.  Fire fuels include timber and short grass. Currently, 300 acres have been consumed.  There is a 90% containment status gained on this incident. 45 personnel remain with one helicopter and 9 engines. CTD is $90,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/11/2017 @ 2344 Hours PDT