Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 7

UPDATE 7 | JULY 30, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Fire Operations

Thursday was filled with another day of escalated levels of active fire behavior, which was predicted for Fire. Per the IC, that crews are using hose lays, mop up and patrol to contain and improve them. It remains with creeping, torching and smoldering.

Reports of approximately 160 miles of uncontained line in a fire that has over 300 miles of perimeter.

Resources

Currently, there are 1,918 fire personnel, including 47 crews, 22 copters and 98 engines.

A skidder moves vegetation with its grapple hook with smoke and trees in the background.
Credit | Bootleg Fire Facebook Page
  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire has burned about 413,562 acres of timber and brush and is 56% contained.

Damage Assessment

  • Destroyed: 161 homes and 247 other structures destroyed; crews are reporting 408 structures to the NIFC July 30th briefing.
  • Damaged: 16 homes and 15 other structures.
  • Threatened: 2,066 homes.
  • Cost-to-date: $67.4 Million Dollars.

Public Information — Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 6

UPDATE 6 — JULY 26, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 19, 2021.

Resources and Incident Cooperators on this incident are the following. (NOTE: Some are either assigned or have been released).

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Crew member lighting backfire. Credit – USFS

There are about 2,216 total personnel assigned along with 49 crews, 148 engines and 21 copters.

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire is about 23 miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon. Fire behavior is extreme with running, group torching and spotting. About 409,611 acres has been consumed but crews have successfully reached a 53% containment status.

Damage Assessment

There has been 184 destroyed structures and there have not been any new ones in this number, which is great news for property owners and fire crews knowing their efforts are starting to show they are fruitful. Damage costs-to-date has reached a high of $55.3 million dollars.

Restrictions

Public Information — Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 5

UPDATE 5 — JULY 24, 2021 — SATURDAY — 2155 PT

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE is located:

  • 23 miles east of Chiloquin
  • 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls
  • 11 miles from the town of Sprague River
  • On the Fremont-Winema National Forest

— COMMUNITY MEETING —-

JULY 25, 2021 AT 1400 HOURS (2PM) PT — VIRTUAL FACEBOOK PAGE —-

No account needed to watch. Hosted by the Bootleg Fire Operations Center

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Credit — Bootleg Fire PIO

The BOOTLEG FIRE began on July 7, 2021 from an unknown cause at the time of the sparked wildfire. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident only, including stats. This occurred on July 19, 2021.

Resources

There are 2,216 total personnel still assigned to this incident, along with 49 crews, 152 engines and 20 copters.

Resources and Incident Cooperators on this incident are the following. (NOTE: Some are either assigned or have been released).

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Command is under the direction of an AK Type 1 Team, an Type 1 IMT.

There are 2,216 total personnel still assigned to this incident, along with 49 crews, 152 engines and 20 copters.

The Amazing Faces Supporting Firefighters and Other Incident Activities – Zuni Camp Crew

It takes a village to put out a wildfire, especially a large wildfire. In Silver Lake Spike Camp, we are supported by an amazing group, the Zuni Pueblo from New Mexico. The Zuni Camp Crew helps serve meals, keep the camp tidy and issue supply. – Bootleg Fire PIO

Zuni Pueblo Camp Crew- Bootleg Fire
Credit — Bootleg Fire PIO

Current Status

The fire has increased to 408,248 acres and crews have made a significant amount of progress on this firestorm with reaching a 46% containment status.

Fire behavior at this time is extreme with running, flanking and group torching. Due to the extremeness of the fire intensity, it is creating its own fire weather. A stunning and rare event occurred on July 18, 2021, when a tornado appeared on the eastern perimeter of the fire.

Here is a photo of the aftermath and you can see what type of destruction it made on the land. Fire Officials and meteorologists will definitely looking at this phenomenal event for years to come.

Credit — Bootleg Fire PIO

Damage Assessment

Structure loss is holding at 184, but the cost-to-date expenses for fire suppression and containment has reached a whopping $48.7 Million Dollars.

Restrictions

Public Information — Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

Stark Stats

July 15, 2021

  • 2 million people are said to be under RED FLAG WARNINGS across California, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon. Bootleg Fire deemed official “megafire” of 2021.

July 16, 2021

  • The Bootleg Fire creates its own weather and with that comes lightning strikes within the pyrocumulus cloud it produces.
  • Just on the same day, the weather produces a tornado on the east fire perimeter and clears out a whole area. This is very dangerous for those on the ground.
  • Very Large Tankers (VLATS) Tankers 910 and 912 arrive to the Medford Tanker Base.

July 17, 2021

  • The fire has burned two-and-a-half sizes of San Francisco worth of forest from July 13 – 17, 2021.

July 18, 2021

  • Fire grows to be 467-square miles, is about 40% the size of Rhode Island (US).
  • Mutual aid (fire agencies) respond from as far away as New York and Florida.
  • Fire continues to remain extremely active. Fire Officials ask the public to avoid the area as it puts their firefighters and people at risk.
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Credit — Bootleg Fire PIO

July 19, 2021

  • Deemed as one of the largest U.S. wildfires, is said to be not only creating its own fire weather but is disrupting up to higher elevations in our atmosphere.
  • Nationally speaking, wildfires were burning in 13 U.S. states where 80 large fires had burned a cumulative of 1,174,486 acres. More than 19,600 firefighters and support personnel were actively assigned to these events.
  • Red Cross volunteers have provided 3,409 meals and snacks, 565 total overnight stays, 145 emergency supplies since July 9, 2021.
  • The Bootleg Fire is deemed the 6th largest fire incident in Oregon’s Fire History with others listed as Silverton Fire at 988,000 acres (1865), Siletz Fire at 800,000 acres (1849), Biscuit Fire 500,000 acres (2002), Long Draw Fire 557,000 acres (2012), Buzzard Complex 396,000 acres (2014) and the Bootleg Fire 303,791 (reported on this day) (2021).

July 20, 2021

  • Fire is deemed to be the 3rd largest fire ever in the State of Oregon’s Fire History.
  • Fire burns into the The Nature Conservancy Sycan Marsh Preserve. The TNC works to protect its research station.
  • Nine wildfires continue to burn across the State. Gov. Kate Brown recognizes this fire is the 4th largest to burn in Oregon since 1900.
  • More than 900 airline flights into Denver (CO) are delayed mostly due to poor visibility from the smoke.
  • Smoke from this wildfire is said to be impacting Philly (PA).
  • Fire burns about one mile east Sprague River.
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Credit — Kirkland FD

July 21, 2021

  • Lightning is determined to be the cause of this firestorm.
  • It’s smoke, along with other wildfires has spread across the entire North American continent and is swirling across the Atlantic Ocean towards Europe.
  • The fire is thirteen-times larger than the City of San Francisco and the size of Los Angeles, California.
  • Fire is visible from the JMU campus.
  • Nevada National Guard pilot finds a missing Firefighter, only Nevada soldier assigned to this incident. Awarded by ONG’s General for his heroic actions.
  • Hazy skies observed in Oklahoma.
  • Air Quality Alert issued in Nashville (TN).

July 22, 2021

  • General Daniel Hokanson with the Oregon National Guard thanks Guard members for supporting civilian agencies with firefighting efforts.
  • Nine firefighters test positive for COVID-19, are quarantined.

July 23, 2021

  • 70 homes are burned.
  • Specialty local food cart: Anderson’s helps provide vegan/specialty diets for their firefighters. These guys deserve a HUGE Shoutout and some support to their business!! – ED.
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Credit — Gaston Fire District

“Local food cart at #bootlegfire helps 1 of our vegan firefighters get meals to fit his dietary needs. They drove 45 miles to closest store to get supplies. Thank you Anderson’s Food Cart.” – Gaston FD

  • Kirkland FD’s Lt. Dave Nelson and Captain Ryan Riedl are assigned as line EMTs. Their role is to provide urgent medical care to firefighters on the fire line.
  • American Red Cross is at this fire (70 are burning at this time) providing life-saving shelter, food and water services to anyone who has been forced to evacuate.

July 24, 2021

  • Fire containment increases to just 4% since this morning, but activity has continued to increase.
  • WA County (OR) Task Force 25 has been released from the incident after their 14-day deployment. They return back to their respective agencies and quarters.
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Credit — Forest Grove FD with the WA County (OR) Task Force
  • Firefighters were able to keep fire from moving east towards the towns of Summer Lake and Paisley (OR). Fire is said to be now longer than the I-5 corridor through Oregon at 321 miles.
  • Fire is burning ancient forests, lakes and wildlife refuges, so you can imagine its impacts on the area.
  • Montana Red Cross volunteer finds out one-week during his service on the Bootleg Fire that his own MT home is being threatened by the Harris Fire.
(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Northrup Fire | Grand Coulee, WA | 2

UPDATE 2 — JULY 24, 2021 — 2100 PT — SATURDAY

Incident Summary

A brush fire broke out on Friday, July 22, 2021, at 1752 hours PT, along Hwy 155, near milepost 18 and Northrup Canyon Road; 5 miles SSE of Electric City and southwest of Grand Coulee near SR-155 in Grant County, Washington.

The fire is named the NORTHRUP FIRE.

Credit — Grant County SO

Resources

112 total personnel are assigned to this incident along with two hand crews, 16 engines, two tenders and one copter.

Incident Cooperators: Grand Coulee FD, Electric City FD, Coulee Dam Fire, Grant County FD, Lincoln County, BLM, WA DNR, NIFC, Inciweb, Park Rangers, WSP Troopers.

Command is under IC Leonard Johnson representing the SEWA IMT 3 Team 2, which assumed Command on July 23, 2021, at 2000 hours.

WA State Mobe approved by the WSP Fire Marshal Office.

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Courtesy — SE WA IMT

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Current Status

This is still an active, on-going incident.

About 250-450 acres of timber, tall grass and hardwood litter have been destroyed (various sources reporting vastly different numbers). A 65% containment status has been reached since early this morning.

Fire behavior is moderate, smoldering, backing, and isolated torching.

ClosuresParks

  • SR 155 and Steamboat Rock Park reopened.

Evacuation Notices

All evacuation orders have been reduced down to Level 1.

Hashtags

#WAwildfires #GrandCouleeDam #NorthrupFire #WAFireSeason2021

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 4

UPDATE 4 — JULY 24, 2021 — SATURDAY — 0010 PT

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE is located:

  • 23 miles east of Chiloquin
  • 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls
  • 11 miles from the town of Sprague River
  • On the Fremont-Winema National Forest

The BOOTLEG FIRE began

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident only, including stats. This occurred on July 19, 2021.

July 13 - Image of a red and white Engine 138, smokey sky, a helicopter is in the sky above.
Credit | SW Polk FD

Resources

A total number of fire personnel is currently at 2,389 alongside 50 crews, 80 water tenders, 197 engines, 42 dozers, 28 other heavy equipment and 20 copters.

Mutual Aid Updates: These six Fremont firefighters deployed to the this ginormous fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest on July 8th with CAL OES Strike Team 2870C, remain healthy and all equipment is operational. – Fremont FD (CA)

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators include the American Red Cross, BLM, S Central OR FMP, Fremont-Winema NF, Klamath County, Lake County, ODF, OR and WA National Guards, Civil Air Patrol, Fremont FD (CA), SW Polk Fire, local public health and Oregon Health Authority’s nine cases testing COVID positive cases among resources on the ground, which are now being quarantined from the rest of the crews.

Current Status

There has been 400.389 acres of timber, brush and closed timber consumed. A 42% containment has been reached. Fire crews will continue to strive for reaching all of their fire suppression and containment objectives.

Smoke is visible from OR Hwy 140, Sprague River Hwy, Chiloquin and surrounding areas.

Fire managers reported via the NIFC briefing, that fire behavior remains at extreme with running, flanking and group torching observed activities.

Firefighters have been working around the clock, both day and night, in their continuous effort to contain this more than 400,000-acre wildfire.

Night has proven to be the best timeframe to successfully build line as fire activity generally decreases when the temperature drops and the humidity rises.

The day shift has been working diligently to hold established containment lines, by picking up spot fires and securing the fire’s edge.”

Bootleg Fire PIO Brad Bramlett

Damage Assessment

184 structures destroyed.

CTD for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $41.5 Million Dollars.

Restrictions

  • TFR over the fire is in effect
  • No DRONES in Fire Zones

Public Information | Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Northrup Fire | Grand Coulee, WA | 1

UPDATE 1 – JULY 23, 2021 2235 PT – FRIDAY

Incident Summary

A brush fire broke out along Hwy 155, near milepost 18 and Northrup Canyon Road, from an unknown cause southwest of Grand Coulee near SR-155 in Grant County, Washington. The fire is named the NORTHRUP FIRE.

Initial Response

Prior to a call out for additional resources, initial attack was conducted by Grand Coulee FD, Electric City FD, Coulee Dam Fire, Grant County FD, Lincoln County and BLM. Initial fire response included five copters, four fire bosses, two air tankers and an air attack.

Resources

The Wildcad.net showed resources on Thursday, July 22, 2021, more personnel and assets being deployed that included the following: AA 4WA CH 6101 DIV 6101 E 6695 E 6696 FB 201 FB 202 FB 243 H 339 H 343 dispatched 7/22/2021 @ 1742 PT with the acreage around 150 acres. Friday’s resources indicated there are two hand crews, three strike teams (engines), two copters and one available dozer.

Incident Cooperators: Grand Coulee FD, Electric City FD, Coulee Dam Fire, Grant County FD, Lincoln County, BLM, WA DNR, NIFC, Inciweb, Park Rangers, WSP Troopers.

Command is under the SE WA Type 3 IMT.

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Current Status

The fire continued to spread overnight on Thursday into Friday morning. Currently, it is listed 442 acres with a zero-percent containment status.

ClosuresRoads

  • Hwy 155 to all non-fire traffic between Steamboat Rock and Electric City

Evacuation Orders in Effect

Level 3 evacuation orders

  • One residence in the north portion of the fire
  • Steamboat Rock State Park

Level 2 evacuation orders

  • 40 homes
  • Areas east of Hwy 155 between MP 18 and Osborn Bay Campground Road

Through the Eyes of Social Media

7/13/2021: (Twitter user) “way more hazy today, lots of ash in cars.” – Twitter user.

8/4/2019: Smoke from the Williams Fire near Grand Coulee Dam impacts the Pendleton, Oregon areas. – NWS Pendleton

8/18/2018: Brett Read, Firefighter is severely burned during the Grass Valley Fire, near the (dam).

8/16/2018: Washington Flats Fire located seven miles north of the Grand Coulee Dam, was contained on July 13, 2018. Credit: Bureau of Reclamation. Works with partners to secure dams and facilities from wildfires. – Bureau of Reclamation.

9/12/2016: Fire crews stage at the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School for an incident. – Media

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WA Flats Fire | Credit: USBR

7/4/2016: No fireworks or lightshow this year. – Twitter user.

7/10/2015: In the last 4 hours, there was lightning, a wildfire, flash flood and visited the Grand Coulee Dam.

8/31/2015: A human-caused wildfire was sparked near Grand Coulee Dam. On this day, it was 200,000 acres.

11/19/2013: Worker hurt after electrical fire at Grand Coulee Dam Pump Generator Plant. – Media

3/22/2013: Bureau to probe fire at Grand Coulee. – Water District Agency

8/23/2011: About 250 firefighters assigned to fire incident. – Media

8/16/2012: The Elder Fire burns into another day. Colville Tribe says brush fire burned 12-square miles. 7,800 acres and growing. – News media

8/15/2012: Wildfire burning near the (dam). 4,100 acres. – News media.

8/23/2011: Crews work to contain fire near Grand Coulee Dam. 200 firefighters assigned. – Media.

Hashtags for this Incident

#WAwildfires #GrandCouleeDam #NorthrupFire

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR

Welcome to Oregon’s Sit Rep on this Thursday, July 22, 2021, where many explosive wildfires are still burning. We are breaking down these incidents now individually.

May you all stay safe!

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Heroic Actions Recognized on the Bootleg Fire: 4-Star Recognition by the Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Daniel Hokanson.

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Credit | Army National Guard of Nevada

Nevada Army Guard helicopter pilot Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kevin Keeler was awarded a challenge coin by Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Daniel Hokanson, center, today in Oregon to recognize the pilot’s effort to locate a missing firefighter at the massive Bootleg Fire on Sunday.

Keeler located the firefighter and informed ground crews of the firefighter’s location; the firefighter is fine and already back on the front lines battling one of the nation’s largest active wildfires.

Keeler is a Lakota helicopter pilot with the 3/140th Security and Support Aviation Detachment based in Las Vegas.

Hokanson was the Oregon Guard’s adjutant general from 2013-2015. Military commanders often present challenge coins in recognition of special achievements or accomplishment.

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USFS | Fremont-Winema National Forest

Bootleg Fire

23 miles E of Chiloquin, 28 miles NE of Klamath Falls, 11 miles of the Town of Sprague River

The many faces behind those who work tirelessly hours, exert lots of energy and are in the best times of their lives (loving their current jobs). We wanted to showcase some of these men and women.

Mutual Aid Updates: These six Fremont firefighters deployed to the this ginormous fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest on July 8th with CAL OES Strike Team 2870C, remain healthy and all equipment is operational. – Fremont FD (CA)

The Bootleg Fire is now 399,359 acres of mixed grass/shrub, timber with understory with litter fuel types. The scorched area is mostly densely populated of timber stands, dry meadows and shrub fields.

The LOG FIRE merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident only, including stats.

Additionally, the containment status has increased to 38%.     These are the images shared from Engine 8231’s assignment thus far.   

Assigned to this incident, there are 2,268 acres with 49 crews, 199 engines and 20 copters. Fire command is under Joe Hessel, Lance Lightly and Rob Allen.

Incident Cooperators include the American Red Cross, BLM, S Central OR FMP, Fremont-Winema NF, Klamath County, Lake County, ODF, OR and WA National Guards, Civil Air Patrol, Fremont FD (CA), SW Polk Fire, local public health and Oregon Health Authority’s nine cases testing COVID positive cases among resources on the ground, which are now being quarantined from the rest of the crews.

“Protecting the health and safety of firefighting personnel and those in the local community is the highest priority.” -Public Health.

Nighttime shot of a smokey orange sky in the night with evergreen trees on the bottom.
Credit | USFS

Restrictions | TFR over fire is in effect, meaning “No drones in Fire Zones”.

Evacuations | Decreased for those in Lake County areas per the Sheriff’s Office.

Level 3 – GO NOW!

From 1 mile from Sprague River on the county line, east to Bear Flat, continuing to Dairy Point.

Level 2 – Be Set

From one mile south of the South Fork Sprague River, on the county line, south to Owen Butte, east to Quartz Valley Mountain, northeast to upper Coleman Rim.

Level 1 – Be Ready

From lower Coleman Rim north Highway 31, north to Owen Butte, east to Quartz Valley to the FS 28 Road.

Evacuation Notices

Quartz Mountain area from the FS 34 Road near Mitchell Monument to Hwy 140 east.

Public Information | Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

MN Wildfire Update

While the West Coast is burning, there are a few wildfires here and there. This is the Sunday wildfire Sit Rep for July 18, 2021.

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Delta Lake Fire

Dense fuels make it challenging for crews to put in containment lines on the Delta Lake Fire
Credit | USFS

Summary

  • Part of the West Zone Complex
  • Located north of Delta Lake
  • About 19 miles east of Ely, Minnesota
  • Burning on private and National Forest System lands
  • Adjacent to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
  • Started July 7, 2021
  • Lighting caused

Current Status

  • Burning in dense blowdown
  • Firefighters had to make a line around fire through the fuels
  • Mop-up operations in effect
  • 65 acres
  • 10% containment reached

Resources

  • Managed by the EA Type 2 Silver Team
  • 211 total personnel assigned.
  • 4 engines, 3 crews, 2 copters, 2 excavators.

Closures

  • The entire Kekebabic Trail is closed.
  • The following BWCAW entry points are closed: #56 Kekekabic Trail East, #74 Kekekabic Trail West/Snowbank, #22 Mudro-Restricted Entry Point/No BWCAW entry, 23 Mudro Entry Point.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfire Updates

This is the July 18, 2021, Sit Rep for all Washington and Oregon wildfires. There are currently 16 incidents burning in the northwest and due to time constraints have only allowed us to post about seven wildfires. The remaining will be added over the next few days.

Be sure to follow us here on our Blog for more engaging daily updates and informational new wildfire incidents. You can also find us on our Social Media channels @nwfireblog (Twitter/Facebook), as well as on our Instagram Page.

Thank you for visiting and reading our Blog about NW wildfires!

1. Bootleg Fire (OR)

Bootleg Fire | Credit: Bootleg Fire Facebook

Summary

  • 23 miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon
  • 11 miles northeast of the Town of Sprague River, Oregon
  • 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon
  • Fremont-Winema National Forest.
  • Started July 6, 2021
  • Unknown cause.

Current Status

  • Fire behavior: extreme with crowning, running and spotting.
  • Fire spreading due to very hot, dry and spotting conditions.
  • Low RH recovery during the night helping spread the fire.
  • 298,662 acres of timber and brush destroyed.
  • 22% containment status.
  • Stats also includes for the LOG FIRE
  • TFR over fire in effect; no Drones in Fire Zones

Resources

  • 2,053 total personnel with 43 crews, 192 engines and 14 copters.
  • Managed by IMT 1, PNW Team (Allen), ODF Team 1 (Hessel) and OSFM Green Team (Hallman); Unified Command.
  • Incident Cooperators: American Red Cross, BLM, S Central OR FMP, Fremont-Winema NF, Klamath County, Lake County, ODF, OR and WA National Guards.

Evacuations

  • Level 2 – Get Set – Be Set From the FS 29 Road and Highway 31 junction to the top of Government Harvey Pass, east to Slide Lake Trailhead, and back north to Highway 31. This includes the Monument Rock area.
  • Level 1 – Be Ready Including Picture Rock Pass, the Ana Subdivision, the communities of Summer Lake and Paisley, and south of Paisley along Clover Flat Road to Moss Pass. Fire officials consider the risk to Paisley to be low but want the community to be aware of increased fire hazards in the surrounding area.
  • Mapping:  https://kcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4bfb02b41eb7473ca95b04c3cbd1da21
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Bootleg Fire Progression Mapping | Credit: Bootleg Fire Facebook

Public Information

  • Community Public Information Meeting (Virtual) – July 20, 2021, 1830 hours (Tuesday).
  • Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331

Damage Assessment

  • 184 structures destroyed.
  • $21.4 Million CTD

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | There was an increase of almost 17,000 (Yes, you are reading that correctly) acres overnight on this wildfire.

2. Bruler Fire (OR)

A photo of the Bruler Fire on July 12, 2021 in the evening
Bruler Fire | Credit: USFS

Summary

  • 9-10 miles south of Detroit Lake (Linn County), Oregon
  • Located between Detroit and Sweet Home Ranger Districts
  • Willamette National Forest
  • Burning near junction of FS Rd 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road) and FS Rd 1133.
  • Started July 12, 2021 from an unknown cause.

Resources

  • Managed by a Type 2 NW IMT, Team 13 (Gales).
  • Incident Cooperators: USFDS,
  • 207 total personnel
  • 3 crews, 11 engines and one aircraft.

Current Status

  • 156 acres burned
  • 10% contained
  • Remains moderate fire behavior with creeping, flanking and short-range flanking.
  • Containment estimated to be by next Saturday, July 24, 2021.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Fire behavior is slowing due to cooler temps, light winds and higher RH which is enabling firefighters to bring a higher containment status on this incident.

3. Chuweah Creek Fire (WA)

Chuweah Creek Fire 07.12.21
Chuweah Fire | Credit: BIA

Summary

  • 4 miles north of Nespelem, Washington
  • Burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) lands
  • Lead Agency: Colville Agency
  • Started on July 12, 2021
  • Unknown cause, under investigation.

Current Status

  • 35,413 acres of tall grass, timber and understory.
  • 30% contained.
  • Active fire behavior with flanking, backing, torching.

Resources

  • 301 total personnel
  • 5 crews, 23 engines and 2 copters
  • Managed by NW Team 12, an Type 2 IMT w/IC Robert Shindelar.

Evacuations / Alerts

  • LEVEL 1 > Get Ready! > Town of Nespelem, Keller, buffalo Lake, McGinnis Lake communities; San Poil Valley/Hwy 21 corridor from South Nanamkin to the Keller Ferry.
  • LEVEL 2 > Get Set1 > Owhi Flats; east of Owhi Lake; residents along Cache Creek Road.

Closed

  • Roads > Cache Creek Rd; Buffalo Lake Rd between Manilla and Cache Creek Road; Cache Creek (Agency) Cut Off Road.

Damage Assessment

  • 11 structures lost.
  • $2.4 Million CTD.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT(S) | There are still structures threatened.

4. Red Apple Fire (WA)

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Red Apple Fire (July 14). | Credit: Yakima County FD5

Summary

  • Formerly the Irish Lane Fire
  • 2 miles southeast of Cashmere (Chelan County), Washington
  • Started on July 13, 2021, reported to RIVERCOM at 1855 hours PT
  • Unknown cause, under active investigation with Chelan Co SO
  • Lead Agency: WA DNR – SE Region

Resources

  • 353 fire personnel
  • 7 crews, 37 engines
  • Incident Cooperators: (Strike Team) YCFD5, West Valley Fire-Rescue, YCFD4, YCFD1, Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue, Chelan Co OEM, Chelan Co SO, WSDOT.

Current Status

  • 11,111 acres of tall grass and brush.
  • 78% contained
  • Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping
  • Warrant served to Chelan County home where Investigators believe the fire originated at.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | The Chelan County commissioners declared a State of Emergency, as the fire has consumed most of Burch Mountain.

5. Darlene Fire (OR)

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Darlene Fire | Credit: DCSO

Summary

  • Started July 13, 2021
  • Unknown cause
  • Began on BLM lands in the Prineville District
  • 2 miles southeast of La Pine, Oregon

Current Status

  • Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.
  • 686 acres.
  • 61% contained.

Resources

  • Command under the NW Team #6, a Type 2 IMT w/IC Shawn Sheldon at the helm.
  • Incident Cooperators: Deschutes Co SO, Klamath Co SO.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Evacuation levels have been reduced on July 16, 2021. – Deschutes County Sheriff Office.

6. Jack Fire (OR)

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Jack Fire (Zulu Division) | Credit: Jack Fire Facebook

Summary

  • Started on July 5, 2021 around 1700 hours PT
  • Burning along Jack Creek on Hwy 138 E
  • 31 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon
  • In the Umpqua National Forest
  • Unknown cause; under investigation

Current status

  • 61% contained.

Resources

  • Incident Cooperators: Douglas Co SO, Douglas Forest Protective Association, MODIS, USFS, Willamette NF, NIFC

Threatened

  • Homes
  • Energy infrastructure

QUOTE OF THE DAY | “The Jack Fire is the only monster on the loose in the Oregon woods right now. Firefighters don’t need anymore human-caused wildfires.” – Media

7. Cedar Creek Fire (WA)

View of fires from Winthrop on 7/13
Varden Fire | Credit: USFS

Summary

  • 15 miles northwest of Winthrop, Washington
  • 6 miles west/southwest of Mazama, Washington
  • On the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
  • Methow Valley area
  • Varden Fire merged with this wildfire.
  • Started on July 11th, 2021
  • Lightning caused multiple fires with three escaping initial attack: Cedar Creek Fire, Varden Fire, Delancy Fire.

Resources

  • NW Team 8, an Type 2 IMT with IC Kevin Stock at the helm.
  • Also, managing the Delancy Fire.
  • 256 total personnel. with 4 crews, 13 engines and 1 copter.

Current Status

  • 4,080 acres of timber, medium logging, slash and short grass.
  • 0% contained.
  • Fire behavior is still active with short crown runs, flanking and short-range spotting.

Public Information – Resources

Damage Assessment

  • $3.3 Million CTD.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | 2 fires merged into one, the Varden Fire and the Cedar Creek Fire becoming just the Cedar Creek Fire.

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1. Bootleg Fire

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Bootleg Fire | Credit: Klamath County

The BOOTLEG FIRE is located 23 miles east of Chiloquin, 11 miles northeast of the Town of Sprague and 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, Oregon in the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

With dry and drought conditions, this fire was sparked by an unknown ignition on July 6th around 1342 hours in the afternoon, which is currently under investigation. Fire behavior continues to be extreme with crowning, running, spotting and more significant in other locations inside the fire perimeter. At night, poor RH recovery is causing the fire the spread even greater.

Fire management of this fire is under Joe Hessel, Lance Lightly and Rob Allen, that represent the following teams IMT 1 (NW Team 2), IMT 1 (ODF Team 1) and IMT 2 (NW Team 10). There are 2,106 personnel assigned to this incident along with resources, which include 44 crews, 195 engines,

There has been 281,208 acres of timber, brush and closed timber litter destroyed, along with 75 structures.

Evacuations > https://kcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4bfb02b41eb7473ca95b04c3cbd1da21

Lake County Emergency Alerts > https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736726383/#/signup

Klamath County Emergency Alerts >  http://alerts.klamathcounty.org.

Cost-to-date has reached a whopping $15.8 Million Dollars.

2. Bruler Fire

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Bruler Fire | Credit: USFS

The BRULER FIRE is located nine miles south of Detroit in between the Detroit and Sweet Home Ranger Districts in Oregon. Fire is burning near the junction of Forest Service Road 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road) and Forest Service Road 1133, near Detroit Lake. This wildfire made it presence, when it ignited on July 12, 2021, from an unknown cause.

It is being managed by a Type 2 Northwest IMT, Team 13. More resources are on order and are expected to arrive in the next few days. There are currently 182 total personnel assigned along with three crews, 11 engines and one aircraft.

Today, it has burned 156 acres and has a zero-percent containment status. Fire behavior remains moderate with creeping, flanking and short-range spotting.

Fire officials have projected to have this incident contained by Saturday, July 24, 2021.

Cost-to-date: $910,000.

3. Log Fire

The LOG FIRE is located about 21 miles northwest of Paisley, Oregon, on the Fremont-Winema National Forest. This fire started on July 12, 2021, from an unknown cause.

There has been 7,626 acres of timber and brush burned. there is a zero-percent containment status. Fire behavior remains active with running, torching and spotting.

Fire suppression and containment efforts have reached a total to date of $600,000.

4. Chuweah Creek Fire

Chuweah Creek Fire view from north of Keller Butte
Chuweah Fire | Credit: Colville Agency

About four miles north of Nespelem, Washington, the CHUWEAH CREEK FIRE is burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs lands managed by the Colville Agency. This incident broke out on July 12, 2021 from an unknown cause.

There has been 34,694 acres of tall grass and timber consumed. Fire behavior is active with single-tree torching, flanking and backing. There is a 25% containment status reached.

There are 275 total personnel on the fire line along with six hand crews, 19 engines, five dozers, seven water tenders, two copters and one fixed wing aircraft.

Numerous structures are threatened.

Evacuations > Town of Nespelem, Keller, buffalo Lake, McGinnis Lake communities; San Poil Valley/Hwy 21 corridor from South Nanamkin to the Keller Ferry >> LEVEL 1

Evacuations > Owhi Flats; east of Owhi Lake; residents along Cache Creek Road > LEVEL 2.

Closed > Cache Creek Rd; Buffalo Lake Rd between Manilla and Cache Creek Road; Cache Creek (Agency) Cut Off Road.

11 structures have been destroyed.

Cost-to-date: $2 Million.

5. Red Apple Fire

The RED APPLE FIRE was originally called the IRISH LANE FIRE as listed in WA DNR’s wildcad.net system and would later have the fire name changed for its location. It is located about two miles southeast of Cashmere (Chelan County), Washington.

It ignited on July 13, 2021 from an unknown cause and reported to RIVERCOM at 1855 hours PT.

Cashmere on 7/16 Credit: Celeste Prescott
Red Apple Fire | Credit: WA DNR – SE Region

There has been 11,111 acres of tall grass, sage and brush destroyed. There is a 51% containment status reached.

About 300 fire personnel are still actively working on this incident under the command of the CA Interagency Incident Team 1.

The IC at the helm is Jerry McGowan, CIIMT1. They assumed command on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 1800 hours PT. Additionally, there are three crews and 35 engines.

Fire behavior has considerably been reduced from extreme down to its current state of minimal with backing and smoldering. This is a great achievement completed by ground and air firefighting resources and equipment.

Law Enforcement Officials served a warrant on a Chelan County home believed to be the origin where the fire started.

Cost-to-Date: $520,000.

6. Darlene Fire

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Darlene Fire | Credit: Prineville District – BLM

DARLENE FIRE is burning about two miles southeast of La Pine, Oregon, on BLM lands in the Prineville District. This fire started on private lands on July 13, 2021 from an unknown cause.

It is under the management of a Type 2 IMT Team, NW Team #6 with IC Shawn Sheldon.

There are 220 total personnel assigned to this incident, along with six crews.

About 686 acres of timber and brush have been consumed. Crews have reached a 61% containment status.

Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal with smoldering.

15 structures have been destroyed.

Cost-to-Date: $800,000.

7. Jack Fire

Fire back burning to road for anchor point
Jack Fire | Credit: UNF

About 31 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon, the JACK FIRE continues to burn on USFS managed/owned territory in the Umpqua National Forest, where numerous structures and energy infrastructure are threatened.

This fire started on July 5, 2021, from an unknown cause, which ignited on July 5, 2021 around 1700 hours PT and is burning along Jack Creek on Highway 138 E.

There are about 760 total personnel with 18 crews, 33 engines and seven copters.

It has burned about 16,667 acres but crews have reached a 35% containment status. The fire behavior is currently active with short-range spotting and backing.

Cost-to-Date: $9.6 Million.

8. Cedar Creek Fire

View of fires from Winthrop on 7/13
Cedar Creek Fire | Credit: USFS

In the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, lies the CEDAR CREEK FIRE burning about 15 miles northwest of Winthrop, Washington, also is managing the DELANCY FIRE. Varden Fire merged in with the Cedar Creek Fire and all three are being managed together by the NW Team 8, an IMT Type 2. This fire started on July 8, 2021 from lightning, along with multiple in the Methow Valley area.

There are about 386 total firefighters assigned under the command of IC Kevin Stock, NWIMT Team 8.

There has been 3,696 acres of timber, medium slash and short grass burned.

Active fire behavior continues with short crown runs, flanking and short-range spotting.

Evacuation notices are in effect.

Cost-to-Date: $2.8 Million.

9. Grandview Fire

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Grandview Fire | Credit: ODF

The GRANDVIEW FIRE is located about 10 miles northeast of Sisters, Oregon. This Oregon wildfire ignited on July 11, 2021, around 1300 hours PT from an unknown cause.

There are about 719 total fire/support personnel attached to this incident along with 23 crews and 38 engines.

There has been 6,013 acres of timber and brush scorched.

Fire behavior is minimal with backing, creeping and smoldering. There is a 31% containment status at this time.

Cost-to-Date: $6.4 Million.

10. Lick Creek Fire

Lick Creek Fire
Lick Creek Fire | Credit: UNF

The LICK CREEK FIRE is located about two miles southwest of Asotin, Washington which broke out on July 7, 2021, from lightning. It was formerly known as the DRY GULCH FIRE, as the two merged together on July 8, 2021.

About 68,153 acres of timber have been consumed, but there is a 30% containment status reached.

Active fire behavior remains to be the key challenge for fire crews.

There are about 611 total personnel assigned under direction of the PNW team 3, a Type 1 IMT, along with 12 crews, 58 engines and four helos.

Structures are threatened, prompting evacuation orders in effect.

Evacuations > Evacuation zones, and fire perimeter maps are posted on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7615.

Six structures have been lost.

Cost-to-Date: $8.5 Million..

11. Green Ridge Fire

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Green Ridge Fire | Credit: USFS

Lightning caused this wildfire to be ignited about 30 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington on July 7, 2021.

About 292 total personnel are assigned, along with seven crews, six engines and seven copters.

Approximately, 1,067 acres of brush and timber have been destroyed.

There is a 15% containment status for this incident.

Active fire behavior remains.

Evacuations > LEVEL 1 > https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/…/pict20210617-193112-0.pdf

Cost-to-Date: $2.7 Million.

12. Summit Trail Fire

SUMMIT TRAIL FIRE broke out on July 13, 2021 from lightning moved through the area, about 12 miles west of Inchelium, Washington. An IMT2, CA IMT Team 10 assumed fire command today at 0600 hours PT.

There are 59 total personnel along with one crew and seven engines.

Fire has destroyed 2,500 acres of timber. Behavior remains being active. Structures are threatened.

Cost-to-Date: $30,000.

13. Elbow Creek Fire

Elbow Creek Fire | Credit: USFS

This incident is located in the Grande Ronde River drainage near Mud Springs, approximately 31 miles southeast of Walla Walla, Washington.

An increase of 5,000 acres since yesterday, has made a name for itself as it continues to exhibit active fire behavior with spotting and torching. An increase in acreage of a total of 10,000 additionally is one of many significant events as of today’s update. It continues to spread from the northeast. There is no containment status at this time.

About 154 total personnel are assigned along with two crews, 24 engines and two copters. Incident Command is a Type 3 NE OR IMT with IC Joby Sciarrino.

Structures are threatened and evacuations are in effect.

On structure has been reportedly as lost.

Cost-to-Date: $1 Million.

14. Goddard Road Fire

Goddard Road Fire | Credit: WA DNR – NE Region

About two miles north of Rice (Stevens County), Washington, the GODDARD ROAD FIRE is burning. The fire started from an unknown cause on Friday, July 16, 2021. This is being managed by a Type 3 IMT, effective July 17, 2021 at 0600 hours.

There are about 235 total personnel that are still assigned to this incident, along with one crew, 16 engines and one helicopter.

Approximately, 300 acres of timber have been destroyed, as well as one structure.

There is a zero-percent containment status.

Structures are under threat. Evacuations are in effect and remain so according to the Fire Incident Command and Fire District 12.

Cost-to-Date: $300,000.

15. Cub Creek 2 Fire

Cub Creek 2 Fire | Credit: USFS

The CUB CREEK 2 FIRE is located five miles north of Winthrop, Washington, when it was reported on Friday, July 16, 2021, around 1327 hours PT from an unknown cause.

Fire management is under an ICT 3 team.

Fire has destroyed 2,000 acres of brush and grass with a zero-containment status. Fire behavior remains active.

Evacuations are in effect.

Evacuations > Current Evacuation Map for the Cedar Creek, Delancy, and Cub Creek Fires: 
https://demokanogan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=d0932c342e6448bcbcf99f3cb4344636 

Emergency Alerts > For Okanogan County Emergency Management information and to sign up for text alerts: https://www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergency_management/index.php

Cost-to-Date: $300,000.

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