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Monday, July 24, 2017

7/24/2017 NWCC Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Monday, Jul 24, 2017, 07:25
Update due to information on Bissell incident.

Northwest Activity Summary
Warm and dry yesterday, with mostly dry lightning entering southeastern Oregon in the evening and early morning hours and resuming this morning. Moderate initial attack yesterday, with the heaviest in south-central Oregon. The largest new fire reported at 1,200 acres in central Washington. Minimal growth and increased containment on large fires yesterday.

Preparedness Levels
3 (7/13)
4 (7/9)
Northwest PL Forecast

Northwest Fire Activity 
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 2
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: 0 (OR: 0 WA: 3)
New Fires and Acres 19 fires for 1,550 acres 0 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 7 fires for 1 acres
WA: 12 fires for 1,549 acres
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0
National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (178) new fires
New large incidents: 10
Large fires contained: 6
Uncontained large fires: 38
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 4
Type 2 IMTs committed: 9

Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 2
Sheep WA-SES-000274. 7 mi N of Selah, WA. Start 7/23. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 1,200 acres. 0% containment. Brush/grass. Moderate fire behavior on the north end. Holding on the south and west. IMT3 will in-brief at 0800 7/24.
Bissell WA-NES-001521. 7 mi N of Hunters WA. Start 7/23. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 200 acres. 0% containment. Timber/brush/grass. Fire was active overnight. Structures threatened. Level 3 evacuations are in place. IMT3 will assume command this morning (7/24).
Incidents Previously Reported: 2
Horn Butte 0594 OR-PRD-000594. ICT3. 4 mi S of Arlington, OR. Start: 7/21. Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 9,300 acres (+6,000). 100% containment. Brush/grass. Minimal fire behavior. Additional acreage documents private land previously burned.  Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.
400 WA-SES-000250. IMT3. 4 mi W of Mattawa, WA. Start 7/20. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 24,650 acres (+0). 99% containment. Brush/grass. Minimal fire behavior. Transfer of command to local unit.  Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.

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
Expect a surge in Initial attack activity today and Tuesday as a thunderstorm pattern provides lightning for ignitions in Oregon moving from south to northeast. This is due a weather system parked just off the Northern California coast. The combination of hot weather, high fire danger, and increased initial attack means the potential for new large fires is elevated in PSAs NW04, NW07, NW11 and NW12 for the next several days. Lightning starts are possible elsewhere in central and eastern Oregon today and Tuesdaytrailing off Wednesday.

By Tuesday, thunderstorm cells are expected to become wetter which should help reduce the threat of new large fires and ease pressure on initial attack with fewer starts due to rain with thundercells. The lightning pattern will eventually move eastward by Wednesday.

See your local NWS fire weather planning forecast for the weather details and any Red Flag Warnings in your area.

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