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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

08/16/2017 Umqua North Complex Update

8/16/2017 Jolly Mountain Fire Update

Minimal Growth Observed Yesterday 
Wednesday, August 16, 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: 378 Acres   Percent Contained:  0%
Vegetation: Timber between rock stringers and ridge tops
Resources Assigned: 197 personnel
Incident Commander: Alan Sinclair with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3

Summary:
Fire activity has increased slightly, with movement towards the beetle kill timber area on the southwest corner of the fire. Firefighters are scouting an opportunity to go more direct with the fire on its northern perimeter. Heavy helicopter bucket work was utilized yesterday to slow fire spread on the southwest perimeter.

Crews will continue scouting fire line locations to plan protection for property and values at risk and assess conditions for additional control line locations. Efforts continue to tie in contingency lines on the southwest side of the fire.

“We are looking for the best areas to engage fire with the highest probability of success, ensuring the consideration of firefighter safety is at the forefront of all decisions.” stated Incident Commander Alan Sinclair.

Weather: A weak dry front is passing through this afternoon.  The forecast is calling for an increase n winds with gusts up to 20 miles per hour.  Although no precipitation is expected through the week, relative humidity recovery will increase as the cold fronts move through the fire area.

Closures:
Road: Forest Road 4315
Trails: A number of trails are signed closed due to fire activity, in the Teanaway drainage these include; Boulder Deroux (#1392), 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).

Fire Restrictions:  All campfires are banned on Cle Elum Ranger District, as the resources to handle additional human fires are in short supply.

For more information on how you can create a defensible space around your home go to www.firewise.org

Jolly Mountain Fire Information: (505) 303-0057 (Phones staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)


8/16/2017 Umpqua North Complex Fire Update

Umpqua North Complex Update 
Fire Information Line (541) 378-6944                                     UmpquaNorthComplex17@gmail.com Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Recorded Information: (855) 419-2349

Incident: During the week of August 9th, lightning started dozens of fires across the northern Umpqua National Forest along both sides of State Route 138 east of Roseburg in Douglas County, Oregon.

Incident Command:  Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team, Tom Kurth, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 1,410 acres, approximate total of complex.
Containment: 0%
Current Resources:  Crews:  9, Helicopters:  1, Engines:  15, Dozers:  5, Water Tenders:  6, Total Personnel:  324

Current Situation
On Tuesday, fire activity across the Umpqua North Complex was moderate.  Cloud cover and heavy smoke kept temperatures lower than forecasted, giving firefighters an opportunity to begin making good progress with both direct and indirect fireline construction.  The Alaska Team continues to develop a strategy to respond to the numerous fires burning in the Umpqua National Forest.  Resources continue to arrive to aid in the effort.  The highest priority area being addressed is the Fall Creek Fire along Highway 138, with the plan to limit its westerly progression towards private land.  Forest Road 4711, off Highway 138 is closed to traffic.  This is box canyon country, very steep terrain and heavy brush.  Happy Dog Fire (Dry Creek area) is holding well and firefighters are managing the incident. Structure protection is in place for those areas that have been threatened. Other fires are being managed throughout the complex. Firefighting resources from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Management, Oregon Department of Forestry and volunteer and local fire departments all continue to work together to aid the firefighting efforts.

Weather Conditions:
Weather conditions are stable overhead, with a slow warming and drying trend forecasted for the weekend.  Relative humidity should stay the same. 


The Douglas County Sherriff’s Office, in coordination with the Umpqua North Complex Fire Managers, lowered the Level 3 Evacuation Notice for the Dry Creek area to Level 2. Floating on and fishing along the North Umpqua River between Steamboat/Gravel Bin take-out and Susan Creek remains closed due to rolling debris and falling trees. The road shoulders and pullouts between Mile Posts 31 to 35 and Mile Posts 45 to 50.5 of the State Highway 138 East, also known as the North Umpqua Highway, are being closed to protect public and firefighter safety. The road remains open to through traffic. Please drive with extra care on this highway.

Flight Restrictions:  A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fires. Pilots looking for more information on the TFR go to: http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html. The objective is to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operations. The public is reminded that it is illegal to operate drones within a TFR.
           
Over 100 people were at the well-attended community meeting at the Glide Community CenterTuesday evening.  Community members were engaged, very knowledgeable, and interested about the fire activities. The main topics of concern were dangerous traffic on Highway 138 and limiting access to the North Umpqua River.

The Umpqua National Forest has announced the following closures in the Umpqua North and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts. To read the Forest Closure Orders go here:https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices
Umpqua North Complex Closure Area: See attached map.
National Forest System (NFS) Roads Closures:
NFS Road No. 4750 and all roads within the area closure listed above. NFS Road No. 2800-620
Trails:  Trail No. 1414- The North Umpqua Trail, from the Forest Service boundary to the Mott & Panther Trailheads on NFS Road No. 4712, Trail No. 1502 - Fall Creek Falls Trail, Trail No. 1513 - Williams Creek Trail, Trail No. 1530 - Riverview Trail, Trail No. 1510 - Deception Trail, Trail No. 1521, Twin Lakes Loop, Trail No. 1500, Twin Lakes Trail.
Recreation Sites:  Steamboat Falls Campground, Wright Creek Campground, and Horseshoe Bend Campground.

08/16/2017 Central Oregon Fire Update

COIDC MORNING Update, August 16
Redmond, OR – Clear and dry conditions with winds out of the northwest continue to persist over central Oregon. There were three new fires yesterday, all of which we contained at less than a half acre. There is the potential today for dispatch to receive new smoke reports from the lightning over the area last week and crews are ready to respond to any new reports. We are asking visitors and residents to follow all fire bans and use extra precautions when visiting public lands during this time of increased visitation and high fire danger.

Milli Fire – Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Milli Fire is estimated at 260 acres and 2% contained. There are currently 176 personnel on the fire including three type 2 crews, six IA crews, four dozers, four masticators, and a variety of overhead resources.   The fire is currently 8 miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. Moderate fire activity was observed yesterday and is expected again today with continued fire spread to the east and northeast.  The fire is partially burning in an old fire scar with significant stands of dead timber caused by the 2006 Black Crater Fire. Yesterday, wind driven runs pushed the fire out of the wilderness onto non-wilderness Forest Service lands. Today, crews will continue direct and indirect suppression strategies while improving existing Forest Service roads and establishing containment line to protect private property. There is a public meeting planned for Thursday, August 17, at 6:00 P.M. at the Sisters Middle School (15200 OR-242, Sisters, OR 97759).

The Willamette and Deschutes National Forests have implemented a closure order for a large portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness. The Willamette National Forest has closed all trails south of Highway 242 into the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest with the exception of Proxy Falls, which remains open.   Also closed is the Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area.

The area closure also includes Deschutes National Forest managed lands within the Three Sisters Wilderness that are threatened by fire activity. The northern closure area border includes trails south of Highway 242 and west of Forest Road 1018 and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Boundary on the Willamette National Forest down to approximately Scott’s Pass Trail, which is also included in the closure. In addition, the closure area contains trails north of Cascade Lakes Highway, west of the South Sisters Climber Trail and includes all of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Elk Lake north to the PCT Trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground. For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/

While the closure includes all trails east of the PCT from Elk Lake to the South Sisters Climber Trail, the South Sisters Climber Trail and Elk Lake Trail remain open. Popular areas like Wickiup Plains and Sisters Mirror Lake are closed.
  • Recreationists should be aware of these additional trail closures: Black Crater Trail #4058, Millican Crater Trail #4066, Scott Pass Trail #4068, North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062, Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067, Millican Crater Trailhead, Scott Pass Trailhead, A portion of the Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Pole Creek Trail #4072 to Scott Pass Trail #4068, Moraine Lake Trail from South Sister Climber Trail to Leconte Crater Trail, Leconte Crater Trail, Devils Lake Trail, Mirror Lakes Trail, Elk-Devils Trail, and Horse Lake Trail.
  • Green Lakes Trail #17 from the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Pole Creek Trail #4072 is OPEN.  

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place over the fire. Information on the TFR can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_1668.html.  This TFR is in place for all aircraft, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Whychus Fire – Located about eight miles northeast of Sisters, is currently 2030 acres and 90% contained. 

Belknap Fire – Located in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, the Belknap Fire is estimated at 123 acres and 5% contained. There are 83 personnel assigned to the fire including three crews, three engines, and three dozers. Crews will be working to reinforce the retardant line around the fire by constructing hand line using extra precautions due to hazard trees from the 2000 Hash Rock Fire.

A trail closure has been put in place by the Ochoco National Forest for trails within the Mill Creek Wilderness.  All hiking trails within Mill Creek Wilderness are temporarily closed to the public including Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Information on the TFR can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_9749.html. This TFR is in place for all aircraft, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

North Pole Fire – Located eight miles east of Shaniko and is currently 5075 acres and 0% contained and is burning on private lands and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire

For Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711.

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08/16/2017 Jolly Mountain Fire Update

Minimal Growth Observed Yesterday 
Wednesday, August 16, 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: 378 Acres   Percent Contained:  0%
Vegetation: Timber between rock stringers and ridge tops
Resources Assigned: 197 personnel
Incident Commander: Alan Sinclair with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3
 
Summary:
Fire activity has increased slightly, with movement towards the beetle kill timber area on the southwest corner of the fire. Firefighters are scouting an opportunity to go more direct with the fire on its northern perimeter. Heavy helicopter bucket work was utilized yesterday to slow fire spread on the southwest perimeter.
 
Crews will continue scouting fire line locations to plan protection for property and values at risk and assess conditions for additional control line locations. Efforts continue to tie in contingency lines on the southwest side of the fire.
 
“We are looking for the best areas to engage fire with the highest probability of success, ensuring the consideration of firefighter safety is at the forefront of all decisions.” stated Incident Commander Alan Sinclair.
 
Weather: A weak dry front is passing through this afternoon.  The forecast is calling for an increase n winds with gusts up to 20 miles per hour.  Although no precipitation is expected through the week, relative humidity recovery will increase as the cold fronts move through the fire area.
 
Closures:
Road: Forest Road 4315
Trails: A number of trails are signed closed due to fire activity, in the Teanaway drainage these include; Boulder Deroux (#1392), 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).
 
Fire Restrictions:  All campfires are banned on Cle Elum Ranger District, as the resources to handle additional human fires are in short supply.
 
For more information on how you can create a defensible space around your home go to www.firewise.org
 
Jolly Mountain Fire Information: (505) 303-0057 (Phones staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
 
 
 

8/16/2017 Diamond Fire Update

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 8:30 am
Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 5
Jeff Andrews, Incident Commander

Fire Information:  (503)-765-5724 - 8 am – 8 pm
Email:  diamondcreekfire@gmail
Website:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DiamondCreekFire2017
Smoke Conditions:  http://wasmoke.blogspot.com

Location:  Methow Valley Ranger District on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest; 12 miles north of Mazama, AZ.
Summary:  Temperatures are predicted to be seasonal with W to NW winds 10-25mph.  The tail end of a dry cold front will pass through the Diamond Creek Fire on Wednesday, causing a discernible increase in west-northwest wind. A warming and drying trend will continue, with temperatures at the fire’s elevation expected to reach the mid to upper 70s, and RH values dipping into the lower 20s.
Hand crews continue to hold line in the Eightmile drainage, both by hand lines and helicopter water drops, as needed.  Resources are constructing additional contingency firelines in the area.  The scouting for additional contingency hand and dozer lines in Cub Creek, Goat Creek, and Falls Creek continues.  Additional firefighting resources continue to arrive.
The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire at 9.00 pm, August 15.  The Team wishes to extend its thanks to the departing Nevada Team 4 for its excellent and successful work.
Closures:  A fire area closure is in effect.  Eightmile Creek 5130 Road is now closed from West Chewuch 51 Road to Billy Goat Trailhead.  This closure includes the Ruffed Grouse, Honeymoon, Nice, Flat, and Buck Lake campgrounds.  The Ortell 5220 Road is closed from Cub Pass, at the intersection with the Sweetgrass Butte 5220-100 Road, to the Eightmile 5130 Road.  Sweetgrass Butte 5220-100 Road is closed from Cub Pass, at the intersection with Ortell 5220 Road, to Sweetgrass Butte.  The entire Falls Creek 5140 Road is closed.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5409/
Fire Restrictions:  Maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, and use of charcoal briquette barbecues, or other devices that use solid fuel is prohibited across most of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  An Industrial Fire Precaution Level III is in effect which does not allow any firewood cutting with a power saw for commercial or personal use.
Visitors should check conditions before traveling in the area and register at trailheads.

8/16/2017 Stanley Fire Update



Fire Update


503-867-7941
StaleyFire17@gmail.com

  Staley Fire – August 16, 2017
Location: Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Staley Creek drainage.
Start Date: Reported August 9, 2017   Size: 150 acres   Containment: 0%    Cause: Lighting            Vegetation: Dense mixed conifer forest.  Incident Commander: Ricky Cox/Heath Barker
Resources: 5 crews, 2 falling teams, 8 engines, 1 water tender, 1 helicopter, and other fire personnel with a total of 140.
Closed Roads: Forest Service Roads 2134 and 2136 are closed at this time for firefighter and public safety. Barriers are in place.
Firefighters have made good progress on the Staley Fire despite the steep, rough terrain and large number of snags. Dozer line has been completed on the south side. Portions of the northern flank has both hand and dozer line. Hand lines have been completed on parts of the fire along a wet drainage bottom on the west flank. The Staley Fire is exhibiting moderate fire behavior.
Values at risk in, and adjacent to the incident include private industrial timberlands, high water quality, Bull Trout habitat, cultural resources, and recreation sites.
Smoke will continue to be most noticeable in the evening till morning, as smoke will pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. Smoke can irritate your respiratory system and intensify chronic heart and lung problems. If you are having health effects from smoke exposure, stay inside or get to an area with better air quality. See your doctor or healthcare professional as needed. For more information and daily air quality updates in Lane County see: http://www.lrapa.org/

Current Fire information can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident