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Monday, July 31, 2017

7/31/2017 NWCC Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Monday, Jul 31, 2017, 06:47

Northwest Activity Summary
Warm and dry yesterday with generally light winds and breezy conditions in Northeast Washington. No lightning and no precipitation. Light initial attack with the Glade 3 fire reported at 9,000 acres in Eastern Washington. Moderate growth on existing large fires. PNW Team 3, Livingston ordered for the Northern Rockies.

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

Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 29 fires for 9,098 acres
782 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 15 fires for 11 acres
WA:  14 fires for 2,087 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 1
Large fires contained: 4
Uncontained large fires: 3 (OR: 2 WA: 1)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 2

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Moderate (242) new fires
New large incidents: 11
Large fires contained: 4
Uncontained large fires: 35
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 7
Type 2 IMTs committed: 8


Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 1
Glade 3 WA-WFS-000306. IMT4. 3 miles S of Mabton, WA. Start 7/30. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 9,000 acres. 0% containment. Brush/grass. Active fire behavior. Residences threatened. Road closures in place.
Incidents Previously Reported: 8
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2 (Gales). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 625 acres (+299). 3% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with short crown runs, flanking and group torching. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Indian Creek OR- MHF-000176. NIMO (Quesinberry). 6 miles S of Cascade Locks, OR. Start 7/4. Confine. Cause: Unknown. 74 acres (+0). 0% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Chetco Bar OR-RSF-000326. NIMO (Houseman). 16 miles W of Selma, OR. Start 7/12. Monitor/Confine/Point Zone Protection. Cause: Lightning. 2,410 acres (+205). 0% containment. Timber/brush. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs and flanking. Road and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT2 (Knerr). 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine. Cause: Lightning. 167 acres (+68). 40% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with torching, backing and short range spotting. Road, area and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267. IMT1 (Schulte). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Monitor/Confine. Cause: Unknown. 4,495 acres (+210). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior. Trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Upper Mine OR-BUD-007058. IMT3. 8 mi S of Fields, OR. Start 7/24. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,135 acres (+0). 95% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Structures threatened. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.
Dry Creek Buttes OR-VAD-000148. IMT3. 23 miles SW of Adrian, OR. Start 7/28. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 3,000 acres (+0). 100% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Sage grouse habitat threatened. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.
Oxbow OR-VAD-000152. IMT3. 12 miles SW of Adrian, OR. Start 7/28. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,454 acres (+0). 100% containment. Brush/grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage grouse habitat threatened. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.
Haystack Rock OR-VAD-000151. IMT4. 11 miles W of Adrian, OR. Start 7/28. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 511 acres (-1). 100% containment. Brush/grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage grouse habitat threatened. 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
The region is poised to undergo a significant heat wave this week. Temperatures will rise well above average on both sides of the Cascades and fire danger indices will respond accordingly. The number of new fire ignitions will also slowly elevate as the fuels become more receptive to starts in the next 7 days. The burning environment for ongoing incidents will become more elevated due to the heat and drying.
General winds under this heating pattern tend to decrease for the majority of the geographic but there will be local exceptions such as a thermal trough developing west of the Cascades. Instability in the atmosphere will gradually worsen with possible Haines Index 5 or 6 values. There is limited potential for lightning in Southern Oregon throughout this period that will increases slightly later this week.
Pay close attention to NWS fire weather forecasts.


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