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Sunday, July 30, 2017

07/30/2017 NWCC Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Sunday, Jul 30, 2017, 06:47


Northwest Activity Summary
Warm and very dry yesterday with windy conditions in Southeast Oregon. Poor overnight humidity recoveries at higher elevations. Lightning in Southeast Oregon with very little precipitation. Just below moderate levels of initial attack with the largest new fire reported at 100 acres on the Vale District. Moderate growth on existing large fires.


Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest
3 (7/13)
National
4 (7/9)

Northwest PL Forecast
3
4
3
3-day
10-day
30-day



Northwest Fire Activity
New Fires and Acres 32 fires for 127 acres
3,619 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 24 fires for 122 acres
WA:  8 fires for 5 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 1
Large fires contained: 3
Uncontained large fires: 6 (OR: 6 WA: 0)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1
National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Light (152) new fires
New large incidents: 4
Large fires contained: 7
Uncontained large fires: 32
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 6
Type 2 IMTs committed: 11


Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 2
Oxbow OR-VAD-000152. IMT3. 12 miles SW of Adrian, OR. Start 7/28. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,454 acres. 80% containment. Brush/grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage grouse habitat threatened.
Indian Creek OR- MHF-000176. NIMO (Quesinberry). 6 miles S of Cascade Locks, OR. Start 7/4. Confine. Cause: Unknown. 74 acres (-1). 0% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Incidents Previously Reported: 8
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2 (Gales). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 326 acres (+76). 3% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with short crown runs, flanking and group torching. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Chetco Bar OR-RSF-000326. NIMO (Houseman). 16 miles W of Selma, OR. Start 7/12. Monitor/Confine/Point Zone Protection. Cause: Lightning. 2,205 acres (-24). 0% containment. Timber/brush. Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Road 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. 4,285 acres (+1,575). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with wind driven runs, group torching and long range spotting. Trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT3. 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine. Cause: Lightning. 99 acres (+14). 60% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching.  Road, area and trail closures in place. IMT2 (Knerr) planned to assume command tomorrow (7/31). This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Upper Mine OR-BUD-007058. IMT2 (Johnson). 8 mi S of Fields, OR. Start 7/24. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,135 acres (+0). 95% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened. Transfer command back to local unit today at 0600.
Haystack Rock OR-VAD-000151. IMT4. 11 miles W of Adrian, OR. Start 7/28. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 512 acres (-988). 90% containment. Brush/grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage grouse habitat threatened.
Dry Creek Buttes OR-VAD-000148. IMT3. 23 miles SW of Adrian, OR. Start 7/28. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 3,000 acres (+500). 20% containment. Sage grouse habitat threatened.
Emerson OR-OCF-000638. IMT3. 4 miles NE of Madras, OR. Start 7/25. Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 10,527 acres (+0). 70% containment. Grass/brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and isolated torching. Residences and structures threatened. Road and area closures in place. 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 in the coming 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. Lightning will diminish initially with this pattern but could show up again later this coming 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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