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Friday, September 23, 2016

9/23/2016 NWCC Large Fire Briefing

Date/Time Stamp: Friday, Sep 23, 2016, 07:40
Posting frequency will be daily by 0800. While IMTs are mobilized, posting will be by 0700.

Northwest Activity Summary
Mild yesterday with relatively high RH region-wide. Light to moderate precipitation in Oregon and scattered, light precipitation in Washington. A few lighting strikes in Oregon. Light initial attack, with all fires reporting minimal acreage. No ongoing large fires. Nine prescribed fires for 446 acres, and multiple units with planned prescribed fires in Oregon and Washington.

Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest2 (9/2)
National2 (9/6)
Northwest PL Forecast
211
3-day10-day30-day

Northwest Fire Activity
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 0 
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 0 (OR: 0, WA: 0)
New Fires and Acres15 fires for 0 acresNo existing large fires
OR: 8 fires for 0 acres
WA: 7 fires for 0 acres
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0
National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: 66 new fires
New large incidents: 0
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: 9
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 3

Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 0
Incidents Previously Reported: 0

Lists fires (of any size) that singly utilize Monitor, Confine or Point Zone Protection suppression strategies, or use Multiple Suppression Strategies (which may also include a Full Suppression component).

Northwest Fire Potential Summary
An autumn-like weather pattern today will bring precipitation west of the Cascades and chances of mountain showers east of the Cascades. An upper level ridge builds this weekend creating warm and dry conditions with hot weather in southwest Oregon. The next trough starts to affect the region around mid-week, bringing cooler weather. Significant fire potential will slowly rise through early next week before moderating by mid-week.


National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR): http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf
Other GACC Morning Reports:
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9/21/2016 NWCC Large Fire Brief

Posting frequency will be daily by 0800. While IMTs are mobilized, posting will be by 0700.

Northwest Activity Summary
Fall like temperatures continue over most of the region with warm and dry conditions in the southeast half of Oregon. Light, scattered precipitation in northwestern Washington. Scattered lightning in northwestern Washington. Very light initial attack. No growth and increased containment on existing large fire (Rock Creek). One prescribed fire reported for 217 acres, and multiple units with planned prescribed fires in Oregon and Washington.

Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest2 (9/2)
National2 (9/6)
Northwest PL Forecast
211
3-day10-day30-day

Northwest Fire Activity
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 0 
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 1 (OR: 0, WA: 1)
New Fires and Acres2 fires for 0 acres0 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 1 fire for 0 acres
WA: 1 fire for 0 acres
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0
National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: 65 new fires
New large incidents: 3
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: 12
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 3

Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 0
Incidents Previously Reported: 1
Rock Creek WA-OWF-000495. IMT3. 12 miles NW of Naches, WA. Start 9/10. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 1,383 acres (+0). Timber. 95% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Mop-up and suppression repair. Road and trail closures in effect.

Lists fires (of any size) that singly utilize Monitor, Confine or Point Zone Protection suppression strategies, or use Multiple Suppression Strategies (which may also include a Full Suppression component).

Northwest Fire Potential Summary
A fall pattern remains over the region through early Friday, with a fast moving front bringing precipitation west of Cascades and a chance of light precipitation on the east side. A high pressure ridge moves over the area bringing a warming and drying trend beginning this weekend.


National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR): http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf
Other GACC Morning Reports:
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

9/19/2016 Wildland Fire Minute


Fire season is winding down in the Pacific Northwest, as well as across the nation. We haven’t had a record season here in Oregon and Washington, but elsewhere 2016 has had some notable fires.
In early May, the 1.5 million acre Horse River fire near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada that forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people and burned 2,400 structures. 

Here in the U.S., the Soberanes Fire near Big Sur, California is now the most expensive fire in U.S. History, costing more than $200 Mil. The cause? An illegal campfire.

While the fall weather pattern is cooler and wetter in the Pacific Northwest, it’s still important to practice fire safety when enjoying the great outdoors. One simple prevention tip is to always ensure your campfires are cool to the touch before leaving them. 

Thanks for watching the Wildland Fire Minute this summer. With the slowing of fire season, we’re also going to drop back to one WFM a month. Be sure to check in with us to see what’s happening in the world of wildland fire. 

To learn more about the latest wildland fire conditions in the Pacific Northwest head on over to: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/

Video by Michael Campbell, BLM -- Graphics by Matt Christenson, BLM – Featuring Traci Weaver, BLM/U.S. Forest Service.

9/20/2016 NWCC Large Fire Briefing

Date/Time Stamp: Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016, 07:41
Posting frequency will be daily by 0800. While IMTs are mobilized, posting will be by 0700.

Northwest Activity Summary
Fall like temperatures over most of the region with warm and dry conditions in the southeast half of Oregon. Light precipitation in northern and western Washington. Lightning in northwest Washington. Very light initial attack. No growth on existing large fire (Rock Creek). Two prescribed fires reported for 56 acres, and multiple units with planned prescribed fires in Oregon and Washington.

Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest2 (9/2)
National2 (9/6)
Northwest PL Forecast
211
3-day10-day30-day

Northwest Fire Activity
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 0 
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 1 (OR: 0, WA: 1)
New Fires and Acres4 fires for 5 acres0 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 1 fire for 0 acres
WA: 3 fires for 5 acres
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0
National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: 87 new fires
New large incidents: 3
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: 13
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 3

Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 0
Incidents Previously Reported: 1
Rock Creek WA-OWF-000495. IMT3. 12 miles NW of Naches, WA. Start 9/10. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 1,383 acres (+0). Timber. 90% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Continue to secure line, mop-up and suppression repair. Road and trail closures in effect. Road closures reduced, area closure lifted.

Lists fires (of any size) that singly utilize Monitor, Confine or Point Zone Protection suppression strategies, or use Multiple Suppression Strategies (which may also include a Full Suppression component).

Northwest Fire Potential Summary
Cool and unsettled over the work week with windy conditions at times. Showery weather Wednesday and Thursday on the east side will provide localized relief to the dry conditions. High pressure returns over the weekend and into next week. Significant fire potential declines through the work week, and starts to slowly rise over the weekend.


National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR): http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf
Other GACC Morning Reports:
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9/20/2016 Rock Creek Fire Closure - UPDATE

Effective September 19,2016 the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has replaced the previously established area closure with a temporary road closure. The new order closes Forest Service Roads 1701, 1720 and 1702 within the National Forest boundary to any type of travel. In addition, all spur roads within the interior of the polygon created by those routes are also closed. The full closure order is available here:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5025/

9/19/2016 Rock Creek Fire Update

Rock Creek Fire Update
9/19/2016 2:00 p.m. PT
Fire Information: (509) 658-1376 (new number)
Significant progress on containing this fire has allowed fire managers to scale back the resources assigned to it. Northwest Incident Management Team 7 has met its objectives and has transferred command to a smaller local team led by Incident Commander Rob Kephart to complete the remaining work.

Location – The Rock Creek Fire is on lands protected by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Washington Department of Natural Resources 12 miles northwest of Naches, Washington in the Rock Creek drainage east of SR 410.

Operations- Mop-up standards have largely been met on the southern side of the fire. On that area, attention is turning to rehabilitating fire lines and repairing damage done by suppression activities. The focus on the northern flank continues to be mop-up. Firefighters are also tasked with monitoring the entire fire edge.

Weather and Fire Behavior – A “fall” weather pattern with mild daytime temperatures is forecast to set up over the area through midweek. There is a possibility of light showers, but no significant precipitation is expected in that period. Anticipated fire behavior will be minimal with some creeping and smoldering in larger fuels within the interior of the fire.

Closures – Reference closure order and map on INCIWEB at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5025/33709/
· Closure begins from the southeast point at the junction of FSR 1701 and SR 410.· Closure continues northeast along the south side of FSR 1701 to the junction with FSR 1714 and 1713.
· Closure then runs east along the south side of FSR 1714 to the junction with FSR 1714-615. · Closure then runs east following the 17-615 to NF boundary and extends due east beyond the NF boundary for approximately 0.46 miles into DNR ownership.
· Closure then turns due north and continues north for approximately 5.6 miles to the northeast corner of Section 19.
· Closure then turns north and runs for 2 miles to Naches /Cle Elum District boundaries and follows that until 4X4 Route 686.
· Closure travels westerly on 4X4 Route 686 on to FSR 1708 and westerly to SR 410.
· Closure follows SR 410 easterly to its point of origin at FSR 1701.

The closure order also affects lands managed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Monday, September 19, 2016

9/19/2016 NWCC Large Fire Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Monday, Sep 19, 2016, 07:23
Posting frequency will be daily by 0800. While IMTs are mobilized, posting will be by 0700.

Northwest Activity Summary
Fall like temperatures region wide with breezy conditions on the east side. Continued dry weather in Southern Oregon with light scattered precipitation throughout the rest of the region. Light initial attack with the largest fire reported at 160 acres in far Eastern Oregon. The Rock Creek fire reported increased containment and no growth. No prescribed fire activity reported.

Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest2 (9/2)
National2 (9/6)
Northwest PL Forecast
211
3-day10-day30-day

Northwest Fire Activity
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 0 
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 1 (OR: 0, WA: 1)
New Fires and Acres10 fires for 234 acres0 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 8 fires for 228 acres
WA: 2 fires for 6 acre
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: 62 new fires
New large incidents: 4
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 12
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 4


Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 0
Incidents Previously Reported: 1
Rock Creek WA-OWF-000495. IMT3. 12 miles NW  of Naches, WA. Start 9/10. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 1383 acres (+0). Timber. 90% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Continue to patrol, hold and mop-up. Road, trail and area closures in effect. Transition from NW Team 7 to IMT3 at 0600 this morning.

Lists fires (of any size) that singly utilize Monitor, Confine or Point Zone Protection suppression strategies, or use Multiple Suppression Strategies (which may also include a Full Suppression component).

Northwest Fire Potential Summary
The weather over the region is shifting toward an autumn pattern. Several frontal systems are expected to bring increasingly wet weather from Washington spreading southward into Oregon. Despite gusty winds at times, fire danger will decline and large fire potential is expected to remain low.


National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR): http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf
Other GACC Morning Reports:
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