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Saturday, August 12, 2017

8/12/2017 NWCC Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Saturday, Aug 12, 2017, 06:51


Northwest Activity Summary
Yesterday, hot and dry with gusty winds in Southeast OR. Abundant lightning from the Cascade crest east, with some strikes west of the Cascades. Scattered light to heavy precipitation. Poor humidity recovery at higher elevation in Northeast OR and Eastern WA with good recoveries west of the Cascades. Heavy initial attack yesterday, with the Jones fire reported at 405 acres, 10 miles NE of Lowell, OR. Moderate growth on existing large fires.


Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest
5 (8/12)
National
5 (8/10)
Northwest PL Forecast
5
5
3
3-day
10-day
30-day


Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 68 fires for 959 acres
15,234 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 57 fires for 874 acres
WA: 11 fires for 85 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 1
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 11 (OR: 9 WA: 2)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 3
Type 2 IMTs committed: 8

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (129) new fires
New large incidents: 6
Large fires contained: 3
Uncontained large fires: 22
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 9
Type 2 IMTs committed: 19



Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 1
Jones OR-WIF-170191. IMT3. 10 miles NE of Lowell, OR. Start 8/10. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 405 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Extreme fire behavior with long range spotting. Area closures and campground evacuations. Structures threatened. IMT2, NW Team 10 (Ciraulo) mobilizing to the fire.
Incidents Previously Reported: 15
Nena Springs OR-WSA-000054. IMT2, NW Team 12 (Harrod). 35 miles S of The Dalles, OR. Start 8/8. Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 34,000 acres (+10,000). 15% containment. Grass/Timber/Brush. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened. Conflagration act invoked 8/11.
Flounce OR-MED-000515. IMT1, ODF Team 1 (Hunt). 7 miles SW of Prospect, OR. Start 8/7. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 690 acres (+0). 45% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior. Minimal growth expected. Supporting IA.
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT1, CA Team 3 (von Tillow). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,820 acres (+20). 41% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place. Supporting IA.
Falcon Complex OR-UPF-000295. IMT2, NW Team 8 (Keith). 17 miles N of Prospect, OR. Start 8/8. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 425 acres (+10). Includes 15 lightning fires totaling 445 acres. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and spotting. Structures, T&E species and cultural sites threatened.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. IMT2, NW Team 11 (Rabe). 33 miles NE of Colville, WA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 3,870 acres (+0). 41% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, flanking and backing. Structures and T&E species threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Bear Butte OR-WWF-000629. IMT2, NW Team 9 (Goff). 20 miles NW of Baker City, OR. Start 8/4. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 499 acres (+0). 75% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and single tree torching. Minimal growth expected. Residences threatened. Evacuations in place. Road and area closures in place.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT2, NW Team 7 (Knerr). 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 5,870 acres (+26). 0% completed. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above. IMT1, PNW Team 2 (Schulte) scheduled to assume command 8/14.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. IMT1, CA Team 3 (von Tillow). 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,885 acres (+151). 35% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Evacuations in place. 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. 5,286 acres (+250). 14% completed. Timber/brush. Moderate fire behavior. Road and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Indian Creek OR- MHF-000176. NIMO (Quesinberry). 6 miles S of Cascade Locks, OR. Start 7/4. Confine. Cause: Unknown. 83 acres (+0). 10% completed. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. No growth expected. Trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Rebel OR-WIF-170156. IMT3. 13 miles S of McKenzie Bridge, OR. Start 8/4. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 756 acres (+64). 5% completed. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing. Road, trail and area closures in place.  This incident not included in the large fire count above. IMT1, PNW Team 2 (Schulte) scheduled to assume command 8/14.
Bridge Creek WA-COA-000088. IMT2, NW Team 6 (Sheldon). 12 miles NE of Keller, WA. Start 8/9. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,000 acres (+750). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior. Steep, rocky terrain. Commercial timber and cultural resources threatened.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267. IMT2, SW Team 3 (Sinclair). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 23,650 acres (+3,963). 5% completed. Timber. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, torching and spotting. Structures threatened. Road, area and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
OR-RFPN-000821. 4 miles S of Antelope, OR. Start 8/10. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 10,000 acres (+0). Grass and brush. Burnout operations completed.
Cinder Butte OR-BUD-007092. ICT3. 10 miles W of Riley, OR. Start 8/2. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 52,465 acres (+0). 95% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior. No additional growth expected. 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
Lightning will continue along and east of the Cascades today with some storms lingering overnight across eastern portions of Washington and Oregon. With near or record high fire danger, even wet thunderstorms can result in new fire starts. Thunderstorm outflow winds can create erratic fire behavior. Moderate to heavy initial attack and several new large fires are expected across the region due to the abundant lightning and dry fuels.

As an upper level trough moves onshore over the weekend bringing lower temperatures and slightly higher RH to the region, Showers are possible in western Washington and northwest Oregon. Temperatures and RH will not moderate as much east of the Cascades and stronger westerly winds will develop. Stronger winds along and east of the Cascades will increase fire behavior on any existing fires and spark holdovers this weekend and into early next week. Pay close attention to your local NWS fire weather planning forecast for more details on weather that can affect firefighter safety.

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