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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

8/22/2017 Staley Fire Update

08222017 Chetco Bar Fire Evacuation Re-entry Plan

Chetco Bar Fire
Evacuation Area Re-entry Plan
August 22, 2017-- 1:00 P.M.

Evacuation Area Re-entry Plan:

All residences within the fire affected area starting at Cape Ferrello Road and Carpenterville Road north to Pistol River and east and west off Carpenterville Road will be allowed to return to their homes (see Level 2 Interactive Evacuation map)

All residents that live in this geographic area are asked to present their picture identification to Curry County Sherriff’s Office Staff members to receive re-entry materials. Residents can pick up the re-entry materials at either the Riley Creek Evacuation Center at 94350 6th Street, Gold Beach, Ray’s Market 906 Chetco Ave in Brookings, Oregon, or re-entry points.

Two re-entry points have been established at Carpenterville at Rainbow Rock Road or Pistol River/Hwy 101. Residents will present the materials received from the Sheriffs office at established re-entry points.

Residents should remain prepared in the event the evacuation levels change and residents should not return any large animals home at this time.
Social Media Resources:                                           
Twitter: @RRSNF #ChetcoBarFire                                      
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8/22/2017 North Pelican AM Update

     August 22, 2017 

     North Pelican Fire Info Line

Phone: 541-363-7412

North Pelican A.M. Fire Update

Red Flag warnings are in effect from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. today for abundant lightning on dry fuels in portions of Southern Oregon and Northern California. These storms are predicted to stay to the South and East of the fire area but will likely bring erratic winds and create potentially unsafe conditions on the fire line.

The North Pelican Fire is estimated at 1,200 acres, which includes the 20-acre fire that was found to the west yesterday. The newly discovered fire was originally detected during the same August 10 lightning storm that started North Pelican but was not found until yesterday afternoon. Over 120 firefighters and supporting overhead are currently assigned to the fire.

As a safety precaution, the Fremont-Winema National Forest is in the process of finalizing an Area Closure that will close portions of the forest around the incident to all vehicle and pedestrian entry. This will include the Cold Springs Trailhead and the 3709 and 3710 Trails. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) itself is unaffected by this closure, but access to and from the PCT will be limited in the area. The 3651 Road will be closed at the Road 3659 junction about 1.75 miles south of Cold Springs Trailhead. Pelican Butte Road remains closed.

The general perimeter of the Area Closure will include all Forest Lands west of Westside Road, east of Pelican Butte Road, north of the 3554 Road, and south of 3519 Road.  The closure is currently being finalized and should be in place later today.  We will be sharing the closure via our social media sites and e-mail once it is finalized.

Yesterday, Forest Service staff checked the Cold Springs Trailhead and attempted to contact any hikers who were inside the closure area.  Officials will be posting trailheads that provide access to the Cold Springs Trail area such as the Cherry Creek and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest Trailheads to let folks know that they will not be able to hike into the Cold Springs Trail area. 

Today, firefighters will continue mop up efforts around spot fires and landing piles along the eastern flank. Mop up efforts will further secure the containment lines and reduce the potential for the fire to spread. Crews will also work to improve dozer lines and Forest Service Road near the fire perimeter by clearing brush and limbing trees of all latter fuels. Hazard or snag trees are proving to be another primary safety consideration on this fire.

If traveling on Westside Road or through the Rocky Point area, please be vigilant and drive with caution as emergency traffic vehicles are in the area. When smoke is visible, motorists are encouraged to drive with their headlights on. Please use extreme caution when driving near firefighters and equipment.

An online option for viewing the fire area is Winds from the north continued to push smoke into the Basin today. Air quality advisories are available at  

For more information, contact the North Pelican Fire Information line for the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at 541-363-7412 or Daily wildfire/prescribed fire information, maps and social media links can be found at SCOFMP Blog:

08/22/2017 Jolly Mountain Fire Update

Jolly Mountain Fire Activity Increases
Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Location: Cle Elum Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, 11 miles northwest of Cle Elum, WA
Start Date: August 11, 2017   Cause: Lightning   Size: 916 Acres   Percent Contained:  0%
Vegetation: Timber between rock stringers and ridge tops
Resources Assigned: 301 personnel
Incident Commander: Alan Sinclair with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3
The Jolly Mountain Fire was more active yesterday than it has been the past few days.  The higher temperature and lower relative humidity pattern will continue into the coming days. On Thursday, predictions call for lower temperatures then rising again for the remainder of the week into the following week. The up canyon winds enabled  the fire to make short uphill runs above the West Fork Teanaway River. Most of the acreage increase was along the northwest edge of the fire. 
“We recognize the smoke has become more visible as it moved into an area with excessive amounts of large diameter dead and down fuel. We have expected this and are moving forward with our current plan” stated Incident Commander Alan Sinclair.
Smoke continues to be visible, with most smoke heading north as light southerly winds move over the area.   
Construction of indirect fire control lines continues along the southwest and southeast side of the fire.  Work with the masticators, chippers, feller bunchers and hand crews is nearing completion.  Dozers are being utilized to finish prepping and connecting roads between Middle and West Fork Teanaway just below Spring Creek. 
Conditions will be slightly warmer and drier today as a high pressure sets up over the area.  Light southerly winds 3-6 mile per hour with gusts to 15 miles per hour are expected.  Maximum temperatures will be in the upper 70’s to low 80’s with a minimum relative humidity in the 20% range.
Roads: Forest Roads 4315, 4330-240, 4330-137, 4330-138, 4330-128, 4330-139, 4330-140, 4305 beginning at the western edge of T21N R14E Sec. 24
Trails: Teanaway drainage trails include; Boulder Deroux (#1392), DeRoux Spur (#1392.1), Johnson Medra (#1383), Way Creek (#1235), Jungle Creek (#1383.1), West Fork (#1353), Middle Fork (#1393) and Yellow Hill (#1222). In the Cle Elum Valley they are: Corral Creek (#1340.1), Sasse Mtn. (#1340), Howson Creek (#1349), Jolly Mtn. (#1307, access from Cayuse CG), Paris Creek (#1393) and Boulder Creek (#1392), Little Sac (#1325).
For further information on road and trail closures contact the Cle Elum Ranger District at 509-852-1100.
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Fire Restrictions:  All campfires are banned on Cle Elum Ranger District.
Jolly Mountain Fire Information: (505) 303-0057 (Phones staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)

8/22/2017 Indian Creek Fire Update

Indian Creek Fire Update

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Location: Approximately 20 miles west-southwest of Hood River, Oregon in the
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness on the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest
The Indian Creek Fire has been burning more actively as the vegetation and other fuels get drier, partly from the influence of a dry air mass passing through the area. The fire has spread, crossing a small drainage on the northwest side of the fire. An infrared flight has been requested to map the new perimeter of the fire. As of Monday's recon flight, the fire was consuming surface fuels and hadn't been burning into the crowns of the trees.
On Sunday, two Canadair CL-415 “Super Scooper” airplanes dropped water on the fire, checking its spread and moistening fuels. The Sikorsky S-58T “medium” helicopter worked for much of Monday, also cooling the fire. The increase in fire activity despite these water applications has led fire personnel to call for four “Super Scooper” airplanes to come today. They have also ordered a “heavy” helicopter to increase the water-dropping capabilities.
The Cascade Type 2 Initial Attack (T2IA) crew and a “light” helicopter assigned to Indian Creek Fire worked on the Spring Creek Fire Saturday andSunday. This 15-acre fire near Ripplebrook, on the south side of Mt. Hood National Forest, broke out Friday and is believed to be human-caused. The Cascade T2IA crew includes several new firefighters, who gained valuable experience helping with this active fire.

On Monday, the Cascade T2IA returned to Indian Mountain to help monitor the Indian Creek Fire and be available for initial attack on fires north of Mt. Hood. They also identified a location on Chinidere Mountain for another camera to help monitor the north end of Indian Creek Fire remotely. This is the area that is showing the most smoke now. It is hidden behind a small ridge from the Indian Mountain camera.

Public use restrictions are still in effect for campfires, smoking, internal combustion engines, and off-highway motorized vehicles on the Mt. Hood National Forest. Please contact the Forest or check their website for further details:

Trail & Area Closure:
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail remains open but there is a closure in the fire area. The northern portion of Eagle Creek Trail #440 off of Interstate 84 is open for 4.8 miles. The southern part of Eagle Creek Trail, and several other trails are closed. Wahtum Lake and Indian Springs Campgrounds are closed. A map and full list of closures can be found on the websites below.
Fire information:
Indian Creek Fire Inciweb:
Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook:

8/22/2017 High Cascades Complex Update

High Cascades Complex
Daily Fire Update

Fire growth was seen on Broken Lookout, Sherwood and Blanket Creek Fires. Smoke will impact air quality and visibility throughout the region, causing unhealthy conditions in the fire area. Some crews have been reassigned to higher priority fires in the region.

Blanket Creek Fire -           Start Date: July 26, 2017     Cause: Lightning     Size: 5,889 acres     Containment: 76%   
Location:  Approximately seven miles east of Prospect, Oregon
Status: Steep terrain and standing snags in the area prevent direct fireline construction in the Red Blanket Creek drainage. Aircraft will continue to monitor and drop water to hold the fire from spreading to the bottom of Red Blanket Creek. The fire grew about 200 acres yesterday by spotting to the east.
Spruce Lake Fire -              Start Date: July 29, 2017     Cause: Lightning     Size: 5,360 acres     Containment: 61%   
Location:  West side of Crater Lake National Park
Status:  Active interior burning of pocket fuels continues, but there is a low probability for the fire to spread. The fire is being actively monitored.
SHERWOOD FIRE (formerly Roseburg Fire) -   Cause: Under investigation     Size: 71 Acres     Containment: 80%       
Approximately six miles west of Diamond Lake near Sherwood Butte.  
Status:  Isolated pockets of heavy dead and down fuels continue to burn in the interior and on steep slopes. Crews are continuing to construct direct line and mop up hot spots. Containment of Sherwood is the operational priority today.
Broken Lookout and Lookout 2 Fires -   Cause:  Lightning     Size: 818 Acres     Containment: 0%     Location: Approximately six miles west of the junction of Highways 62 and 230. 
Status:  Fire continues to back down toward Abbott Creek. Small fires from the neighboring Falcon Complex may merge with the Broken Lookout Fire.  A containment strategy is being developed in conjunction with the Falcon Complex.
  Round Top, Needle, Butte, Tom, Jerry, and Silent Fires  -  Cause: Lightning    Size: Total of 25 acres   Containment: 100%        
Values to be protected: Communities of Red Blanket Creek, Prospect, Union Creek, Diamond Lake, Mazama Village, Rim Village, Park infrastructure, forest service timber sales, old growth forest stands in Northern Spotted Owl habitat, Research Natural Areas, Wild and Scenic Rogue River, sensitive aquatic resources, white bark pine and other sensitive species and habit, visitor experience, unique volcanic ecosystems and landscapes.
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Weather:  Temperatures should cool and moister conditions should develop, with a chance of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Smoke should impact visibility in the afternoon.
Smoke Outlook:  To see smoke visibility in the area, check out the webcams on the Crater Lake National Park website A full smoke report is posted on the Inciweb website.
Crater Lake National Park Trail Closures:  Pacific Crest Trail from Dutton Creek Trail to North Entrance Road and from Hwy 62 to South Park Boundary; Boundary Springs Trail; Bald Crater Loop Trail; Bert Creek Trail; Lightning Springs Trail; Union Peak Trail, Stuart Falls Trail, Pumice Flat Trail. More information at
Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Area Closures:  North and south of FSR 6205 from Crater Lake NP boundary west to the Forest Boundary and Park Boundary to Hwy 62. More at

8/22/2017 Norse Peak Update

Norse Peak Fires Update

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.

CONTACT: Fire Information 509-658-2475   ß Note new phone #

The Norse Peak Fire is currently 1,750 acres and the American Fire is 156 acres. There are 290 personnel (1 Type 1 crew; 6 Type 2 crews, 16 engines, 2 water tenders, and 2 helicopters) working on these fires. Three other wilderness fires started by the same lightning event are now 78, 45, and 4 acres. Firefighters are monitoring these fires.
Hwy 410: As of this evening, Hwy 410 will be open from approximately 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Fire managers are asking the public to be patient as this area still has crews working along the highway and all equipment and debris must be removed from the driving lanes prior to allowing traffic on the road. The speed limit will be 45 mph. Drivers should drive cautiously as firefighters will still be working in the area all night. Stopping is prohibited. Camping facilities remain closed within the fire area. This system is being evaluated daily and expected to remain in effect through Friday August 25.
Monday’s Accomplishments: The northwest corner of the Norse Peak Fire was active on Monday. However, firefighters were able to keep the fire east of Union Creek using helicopters to make water drops. Work continued along the 999 Trail and Hwy 410 to remove dead trees and underbrush between Morse Creek Road and Hells Crossing. Structure protection measures, including hose lays and sprinklers, around the Union Creek cabins worked well.
Firefighters were successful in keeping the American Fire south of the American River and north of Kettle Creek. It continues to burn downslope toward the Hwy 410 corridor. Detailed structure assessments of the communities along Bumping Lake Road were also completed.
Today: The plan on the Norse Peak Fire is to continue operations removing dead trees and brush along the Hwy 410 corridor going west to Morse Creek and Bear Gap, and east to Hells Crossing. The protection of the cabins at Union Creek, and facilities along the trailhead, including the Union Creek Footbridge are also a priority fire managers. Strategic firing will be used where and when its safe to do so in order to continue bringing the Norse Peak Fire down to the highway. The American Fire is being allowed to continue to burn downslope to the Hwy 410 corridor due to steep terrain, with the objective of keeping it north of Kettle Creek and south of the American River.
Fire managers continue to monitor the fire activity in the wilderness area. When planning a response to wildfire, the Forest Service considers the values at risk, fuel and weather conditions, availability of wildfire management assets, and other factors, including the ecological benefits of natural fire. In remote areas, where there is no threat to people, naturally occurring fire can improve wildlife habit, add nutrients to the soil, reduce future fire danger and increase overall forest health.
Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake areas remain under a Level 1 Evacuation Notification. This is a precautionary notice so people can think about what they will do if an evacuation were needed. The area remains open for business, including Bumping Lake Marina and Chinook Pass Outfitter and Guides.
Weather Forecast: A high-pressure system over the fire will result in abundant sunshine, lower humidity and slight warming. Winds will remain light and terrain driven throughout the morning, however they will shift to the west/northwest this afternoon and overnight. The weather is expected to be cooler on Wednesday as a cold front approaches the fire area. It will likely be cool and breezy on Thursday.

All Closures, Restrictions and evacuations remain in effect: For more details and maps visit

Check for travel alerts on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website at