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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

8/1/2017 NWCC Fire Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017, 07:16


Northwest Activity Summary
Hot and dry yesterday with generally light winds. Warm nighttime temperatures with poor humidity recovery on the east side and at higher elevations. No lightning and no precipitation. Light initial attack with 2 new fires exceeding 100 acres in Northwest Washington and Southcentral Oregon. Moderate growth on existing large fires. Two Type 2 incident management teams ordered: NW Team 11, Harrod, for the Suiattle fire in Northwest Washington and NW Team 12, Rabe, for the Noisy Creek fire in Northeast Washington.

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

Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 24 fires for 418 acres
2,623 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 13 fires for 310 acres
WA: 11 fires for 108 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 3
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: 5 (OR: 3 WA: 2)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 4

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (108) new fires
New large incidents: 5
Large fires contained: 9
Uncontained large fires: 29
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 6
Type 2 IMTs committed: 10


Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 3
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. IMT2 (Gales). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29. Cause: Lightning. 130 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and spotting.
Suiattle WA-NWS-000088. IMT3. 9 miles NE of Darrington, WA. Start 7/30. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 180 acres. Limited information available. IMT2 (Harrod) has been ordered.
Devils Lake OR-FWF-000462. IMT4. 7 miles SE of Bly, OR. Start 7/31. Cause: Lightning. 400 acres. 0% containment. Grass/Timber. Active fire behavior with running, torching and short range spotting. Residences threatened.
Incidents Previously Reported: 7
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2 (Gales). IMT is also managing Spruce Lake Incident. 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25. Cause: Lightning. 916 acres (+291). 7% 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.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267. IMT1 (Schulte). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Monitor/Confine. Cause: Unknown. 4,495 acres (+195). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching and long range spotting. Structures threatened. 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/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 168 acres (+1). 10% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching and flanking. Road, area and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. IMT3. 33 miles NE of Colville, WA. Start 7/15. Point Zone Protection/ Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,020 acres (+0). 4% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, torching and backing. Road, trail and area closures in place. Residences threatened. This incident not included in the large fire count above. IMT2 (Rabe) has been ordered.
Glade 3 WA-WFS-000806. IMT3. 3 miles S of Mabton, WA. Start 7/30. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 10,669 acres (+1,669). 60% containment. Brush/grass. Minimal fire behavior.
Upper Mine OR-BUD-007058. 100% contained 7/31. 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
A significant heat wave kicks in today. 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 elevate as the fuels become more receptive to starts through the week. 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 today and again on Starting Thursday evening.
Pay close attention to NWS fire weather forecasts.


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