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Thursday, July 20, 2017

7/20/2017 NWCC Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Thursday, Jul 20, 2017, 07:06


Northwest Activity Summary
Warm and dry across the region with very dry conditions in Southeast Oregon. Light scattered precipitation in the Coastal Mountains and in Northeast Washington, A few lightning strikes between Yakima and Richland, WA. Light initial attack yesterday with the largest fire reported at 6 acres in Northeast Oregon. Two limited suppression fires (Noisy Creek, Coleville NF and Chetco Bar, Rogue River-Siskiyou NF) have reached large fire status. Limited growth on other existing large fires.

Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest
3 (7/13)
National
4 (7/9)
Northwest PL Forecast
3
3
3
3-day
10-day
30-day

Northwest Fire Activity 
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 2
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 2 (OR: 0 WA: 2)
New Fires and Acres 14 fires for 36 acres 0 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 11 fires for 28 acres
WA: 3 fires for 8 acres
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (155) new fires
New large incidents: 13
Large fires contained: 4
Uncontained large fires: 34
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 4
Type 2 IMTs committed: 7


Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 3
L Road WA-MCR-000243. ICT3. 7 mi E of Mattawa, WA. Start 7/18. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 526 acres. 90% containment. Grass/brush. Extreme fire behavior. Expected containment 7/19. Late report on incident from 7/18.   Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.
Chetco Bar OR-RSF-000326. IMT3. 17 mi W of Selma, OR. Start 7/12. Multiple Strategies. Cause: Lightning. 300 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking, and isolated torching. Fire is burning in steep, inaccessible conditions in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Not included in Uncontained large fires above. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs. See NW Fires Utilizing Monitor, Confine, Point Zone Protection Suppression Strategies (YTD) (link) for future updates.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. ICT3. 8 mi NE of Ione, WA. Start 7/15. Multiple Strategies. Cause: Unknown. 125 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior. Steep, rugged terrain. Structures, habitat, and campground are threatened. Not included in Uncontained large fires above. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs. See NW Fires Utilizing Monitor, Confine, Point Zone Protection Suppression Strategies (YTD) (link) for future updates.
Incidents Previously Reported: 1
Redford Canyon WA-COA-000053. IMT3. 8 mi SE of Keller, WA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 681 acres (+0). 80% containment. Timber and logging slash. Minimal fire behavior. No perimeter growth expected.

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
Large fire potential boosts slightly on Thursday as a dry cold front moves across eastern Washington. General winds are expected to increase across the Columbia Basin and along the east slopes of the Washington Cascades. PSA NW10 is at moderate risk of new large fires under the expected weather scenario on Thursday.

Wind decreases Friday and Saturday across most of the geographic area as another warming trend takes hold, mainly east of the Cascades. The focus shifts to southern Oregon over the weekend as an upper level weather disturbance increases the risk of lightning fire starts over PSA NW04 and NW07. The number of new starts appears as if it will sufficient to significantly boost the threat of new large fires in those areas on Sunday. The weather disturbance drifts east on Monday and transports the threat of fire starts and new large fires toward southeastern Oregon..


National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR): https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf
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