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Monday, August 13, 2018

8/13/2018 WA/OR Large Fire Map

8/13/2018 Taylor Creek and Klondike Fire Update

8/13/2018 Joint Information Center Fire Update

Joint Information Center Fire Update August 13, 2018

Information for Southwest Oregon Fires is available at the Joint Information Center (JIC) at

Phone: 541-474-5305
Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fire Summary (as reported on at 9:00 a.m. August 13)
8,886 (Combined total)
30,974 (Miles)
9,545 (Columbus)
3,816 (Snow Shoe)
154 (Round Top)
95%-Snow Shoe
95%-Round Top

Monday will be mostly sunny with areas of smoke. The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures in the upper 90s in the valleys and lower 80s on the ridges, with overnight lows between 55 and 60 degrees. Warmer and drier weather, with increasing amounts of lingering smoke, is predicted to continue throughout the week. Light and variable northwest winds, from 5-7 mph, will continue throughout the day, and becoming calm in the evening.

SMOKE Fire activity today will produce more smoke that could impact communities around the fires. Overall air quality is expected to deteriorate as winds decrease and smoke settles in. Winds will become light through Monday. Pay attention to changing conditions and visibility in your area.

For relief from smoke, travel to the Oregon Coast, or north into the Roseburg area.

More info about evacuation levels and preparedness can be found at
Josephine County current evacuation information is available at the Josephine County Sheriff’s website at 

Evacuation levels in Jackson County have recently changed. Please check the website. Jackson County current evacuation information is available at the Jackson County Sheriff’s website at
Douglas County current evacuation information is available at the Douglas County Sheriff’s website at Existing Level 2 evacuations in Douglas County remain.
Per the Natchez Fire Incident Management Team, the community of Sunstar, California has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for two residences near the terminus of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32). One additional residence in the South Fork of Indian Creek moved from an evacuation warning to an evacuation order. An evacuation warning remains in effect for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and all residences accessed by the Grayback Road north of the junction of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and Grayback Road. Those that are in the warning area are reminded to remain vigilant in the possible event that the evacuation warning is upgraded to a mandatory evacuation order.
Information about fire evacuation levels is also available from the Joint Information Center at 541-474-5305.

Evacuees seeking assistance can contact the American Red Cross at (888) 680-1455.


Galice Road remains open, restoring access to local businesses and boat ramps. Crews continue to patrol the area and protect structures. Drivers should expect to see firefighters along the road and drive with caution.

All Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands along the Merlin-Galice Road remain open.

Grayback Road (Forest Highway 48) remains open to public travel. Short-term delays may occur.

Due to increased fire behavior and firefighting operations on the Taylor Creek Fire, Bear Camp and Peavine Roads remain closed due to firefighter activity.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Taylor Creek Fire Emergency Area Closure Order 06-10-22-18-62 closes national forest lands near the Taylor Creek Fire for public health and safety. Effective July 19, 2018 through October 31, 2018, unless sooner rescinded. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available at

The Oregon State Marine Board filed a temporary rule to close boating effective immediately on the Rogue River from Hog Creek to Galice due to the Taylor Creek Fire:

A temporary forest closure order is in effect for the area around the Klondike Fire. Forest Roads 4103, 4105, 2512, and 2402-676 remain closed. Information on current conditions can be found at the Rogue River National Forest website:

Closure orders are in effect on Klamath National Forest and Rogue River-­Siskiyou National Forest within the vicinity of the Natchez Fire. A closure order was issued August 5th, effective until the Natchez Fire is declared out. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Natchez Fire Closure Area is prohibited. The Closure Area begins at the intersection of Forest Road No. 48 (Grayback Road), the Klamath National Forest boundary and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary. For details of the closure order please go to the Klamath National Forest Website

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Hendrix Fire Area Closure for the southern portion of the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District remains in effect.Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available at

An Emergency Road and Area Fire Closure has been issued by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. All portions of the Forest west of Forest Roads 68 near the northern boundary and all of 6640 are closed. This area is bounded on the south by BLM and private land, to the north and west by the Umpqua National Forest and to the east by open portions of the Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forest.

The Umpqua National Forest has implemented emergency road and trail closures on the Tiller Ranger District because of the South Umpqua Complex. This closure order is a combination of roads and trails which had remained closed from last year’s fire season. With continued fire suppression operations, the closures are essential to allow for public and firefighter safety. In addition, this Forest Order includes previous closures on the Diamond Lake Ranger District and North Umpqua Ranger District to create a current and comprehensive list.
 More information is available at:


Klondike Fire: There will be a community meeting tonight, Monday August 13, at 6 pm, at the Selma Community and Education Center, 18255 Redwood Highway (Hwy.199).

Natchez Fire: There will be a community fire information meeting tonight, Monday, August 13, 6 pm, at the Grange on 2nd Street in Happy Camp.


When you want to help….
In a time of crisis people naturally want to reach out and help.  We appreciate those efforts and have a few suggestions for you to consider.
Most appreciated by firefighters:
·       Thank you notes and banners
·       Donation information:
·       Donations to Wildland Firefighter Foundation:

Other ideas:
·  Join or support your local fire department or emergency organizations- they appreciate your generosity since they are the first responders in many cases.
·       Donate to local charitable organizations like the Red Cross.
·       Donate to local food banks, which sometimes get forgotten when fires impact a community.
·       Create and maintain a defensible space around your home!  Give emergency responders and yourself a safe area to defend your home in or retreat to, if necessary.
Note: Fire camps cannot accept food items due to health and federal contract regulations.  We feed our assigned fire crews three meals a day plus snacks.

8/13/2018 Horns Mountain Update

8/13/2018 Miles, Columbus, Snow Shoe & Round Top Fire Update

8/13/2018 Cougar Creek Fire Update

Cougar Creek, Lost, Bannock Lakes Whitepine Fires Monday, August 13, 2018
Acreage: 29,192
Containment: 5 percent
Personnel: 1,151

Community Meetings:
·       Monday, August 13: Entiat Fire Station, 2200 Entiat Way, 6:00 p.m.
·       Tuesday, August 14: Chelan Performing Arts Center, 215 Webster Ave., 6:00 p.m.
Cougar Creek Fire:
Sunday’s firing operations stopped the progression of spot fires within the Entiat River Valley and protected the town of Ardenvoir. “On the heels of an intense two days, our firefighters held the fire lines, and we saved structures,” said Incident Commander Rick Young.

Favorable weather conditions Sunday night allowed direct attack on the Cougar Creek Fire. Personnel worked through the night, protecting structures and strengthening fire lines south of Stormy Creek and north of Mud Creek.

Residents may see smoke in the valleys Monday with an inversion layer putting a lid over the fire. The stable atmosphere makes Monday a great day to directly engage the fire. Firefighting priorities remain in the Entiat River Valley Monday. Active firing occurs on the east side, south of Tyee Creek, in Stormy Creek, and in Potato Creek. Firing operations are also extending around the southeast tip of the fire toward the west. Dozers will reinforce line around the southern and western perimeter to protect Plain.

Lost Fire:
Monday morning’s infrared photos indicated no growth on the Lost Fire; acres holding at 114. Sunday, crews hiked the entire fire perimeter, and the fireline that surrounds the fire is holding.  

Bannock Lakes Fire:
This lightning-caused fire is approximately 17 miles west of Stehekin in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness. The fire is currently around 400 acres. It is burning among large rocky outcroppings and isolated clusters of timber in steep, inaccessible terrain. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) is closed from Suiattle Pass to High Bridge. The PCT detour is from Suiattle Pass to Stehekin. More information and a map is available at Aerial observers continue to monitor the fire.

Whitepine Fire:
The Whitepine Fire, in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, is approximately three miles south of Stevens Pass Nordic Center and 19 miles northwest of Leavenworth. This lightning-caused fire remains small, with crews on scene Monday.  
Weather and Fire Behavior:
Light and variable winds Monday may result in short term, intense, fire behavior in the afternoon. As the week progresses, daytime temperatures will increase; minimum relative humidity will drop.   
Cougar Creek Fire Evacuations:
  • Level 3: Means leave now – Entiat River Road north from Mad River Road to the end of Entiat River Road, Ardenvoir, and Mad River Road
  • Level 2: Means prepare to evacuate – Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon north to Ardenvoir and all of Crum Canyon Road
  • Level 1: Means be aware of a potential evacuation – Entiat River Road from 97A to Crum Canyon Road, Oklahoma Gulch Road, Navarre Coulee Road, from Hwy 97-ALT to South Lakeshore Road, Johnson Creek Road, and First Creek Road

Call the Chelan County Emergency Management at 509-667-6863 or visit their Facebook page at An American Red Cross shelter is open at 14916 US 97A, Entiat. The Red Cross can be contacted at 509-663-3907.

Smoke from the Cougar Creek and Lost Fires continues to be visible from surrounding communities. Individuals with respiratory problems are encouraged to acquire N95 masks. These masks are available at local fire stations, provided by the Chelan County Sheriff's Office. For more information on smoke and public health, go to or (Spanish).

U.S. Forest Service Closure Orders:

Incident Management Team:
California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 is managing the fire out of the Incident Command Post located at the Entiat School. The team is working closely with cooperators from the US Forest Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Entiat Rural Fire District 8, Peshastin Rural District 6, Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Department of Emergency Management, Chelan County Public Utility Dept., WA Dept. of Transportation, American Red Cross, Chelan Public Schools, and Chelan Public Works.  

Fire Information:
Phone: 509-664-9210 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Facebook: #WaWildfire #CougarCreekFire

8/13/2018 Natchez Fire Update

8/13/2018 Crescent Mountain Fire Update

8/13/18 Miriam Fire Update

Miriam Fire Update
Monday, August 13, 2018
Miriam Fire Update
Fire Information Line: New Number 360-481-0031
August 13, 2018 – 9 a.m.
Acres: Miriam Fire – 2,250 acres: Clear Fork Fire - 10 acres                                                                                     
Percent Containment: 10%                                                                                                                          
Start Date: 07/30/18
Personnel/Resources: Six 20-person crews, 4 helicopters (others available, as needed), 15 engines, 1 dozer, 354 total personnel
Location: Two miles east of White Pass Ski Area, within the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Naches Ranger District, 13 miles east of Packwood, WA.
Cause: Lightning
Estimated Incident Containment or completion: 9/1/2018

Fire Fighters Continue to Strengthen Containment Lines on the Miriam Fire

Current Activity:  Fire behavior was minimal yesterday on the Miriam Fire. Crews and heavy equipment continued to strengthen and improve containment and contingency lines in several areas. The fireline from Ginnette Lake to Twin Peaks is complete and a ‘hose lay’ was installed to help firefighters hold this important north flank. Crews continued structure protection work at the White Pass Ski Area, and on the east flank mop-up continued along Forest Road (FR) 1207. Work is nearly completed on the contingency lines east of the fire. 

Today the Wildland Fire Module will continue to assess suppression opportunities west and south of the Miriam Fire within the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Mop-up will continue along FR 1207 and the constructed fireline up to the Twin Peaks Fire burn scar. The work on the contingency line will continue and structure protection resources will again monitor the Clear Lake area.

On the Clear Fork Fire, helicopters were again used to box-in the fire with retardant and dropped water on the interior to prevent flare ups. This fire will be monitored closely with aerial resources today and will be kept in place with helicopter bucket drops if needed.

NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 7 will transition command of the Miriam and Clear Fork Fires to NW IMT 8 (Incident Commander – Doug Johnson) tomorrow, August 14 at 6 a.m.  NW INT Team 7 would like to thank the Washington Department of Natural Resources for making several of their helicopters available for the incident. They were critical resources for implementing the strategy developed to suppress these fires.  

Weather and Fire Behavior: Temperatures should be a few degrees warmer today in the mid to high 70’s with relative humidity down to 24%. Portions of the fire remain moist from Saturday’s scattered showers. By the afternoon we could see flare ups with torching on slopes, lateral spread, and the potential for rapid upslope spread. Warm and dryer conditions are expected to return on Tuesday and Wednesday

Evacuations: Level 1, 2 and 3 evacuations in the White Pass, Rimrock Lake and Clear Lake areas have not changed. Continue to follow Yakima County OEM for specific details on evacuation information.

Closures: A Closure Area is in effect for the Miriam Fire on the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Gifford Pinchot National Forests.  An Emergency Area Closure was been issued for the Clear Fork Fire on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest adjacent to the current closure area associated with the Miriam Fire. Find a maps and list of affected sites at: The PCT is closed from Elk Pass to White Pass.

For Online Miriam Fire Updates visit:
Miriam Fire Facebook at

Incident Management Team:  Pacific NW IMT 7