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Thursday, August 3, 2017

8/3/2017 NWCC Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Thursday, Aug 03, 2017, 06:55

Northwest Activity Summary
Hot and dry yesterday with generally light winds. Warm overnight temperatures with poor humidity recovery. A few lightning strikes in Southeast Oregon with no precipitation reported. Light initial attack with the Cinder Butte fire on the Burns District reported at 10,000 acres. Significant growth on the Whitewater and Spruce Lake fires in Oregon. NW Team 10, Ciraulo, ordered for the Cinder Butte fire.

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 23 fires for 10,454 acres
5,190 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 11 fires for 10,019 acres
WA: 12 fires for 435 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 3
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 8 (OR: 4 WA: 4)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 6
National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (153) new fires
New large incidents: 7
Large fires contained: 5
Uncontained large fires: 29
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 4
Type 2 IMTs committed: 13


Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 3
Cinder Butte OR-BUD-007092. IMT3. 10 miles W of Riley, OR. Start 8/2. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 10,000 acres. 0% containment. Grass/brush. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, running and spotting. Road closures in place. Residences threatened. Evacuations in place. NW Team 10, IMT2 (Ciraulo) has been ordered.
Knotgrass WA-WFS-020609. IMT3. 6 miles NW of Prescott, WA. Start 8/2. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 500 acres. 0% containment. Grass. Stopped forward spread. Residences threatened.
Malden WA-WFS-000808. IC4. 1 mile N of Malden, WA. Start 8/2. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 350 acres. 0% containment. Grass/timber. Active fire behavior with wind driven runs and torching. Residences threatened.
Incidents Previously Reported: 9
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2 (Gales). IMT is also managing Spruce Lake Incident. 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,800 acres (+559). 7% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with short crown runs, flanking and group torching. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 2,500 acres (+1,300). 5% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with crowning, spotting and running. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Suiattle WA-NWS-000088. IMT2 (Harrod). 9 miles NE of Darrington, WA. Start 7/30. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 200 acres (+20). 13% containment. Moderate fire behavior. Road and trail closures in place.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT2 (Knerr). 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,800 acres (+1,503). 5% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, short range spotting, and uphill runs. Road and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Devils Lake OR-FWF-000462. IMT2 (Sheldon). 7 miles SE of Bly, OR. Start 7/31. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 1,600 acres (+400). 9% containment. Grass/Timber. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, backing and creeping. Residences threatened.
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 backing. Trail and area 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. 3,636 acres (+729). 12% containment. Timber/brush. Moderate fire behavior with 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. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 7,100 acres (+104). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and spotting. Structures threatened. Trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. IMT2 (Rabe). 33 miles NE of Colville, WA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 2,400 acres (+575). 4% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and flanking. Road, trail and area closures in place. Residences threatened.

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
Burning environment conditions are high Thursday mainly from the Cascades westward due to the extreme heat, low humidity and unstable atmosphere. General winds remain fairly light but the overall fire activity picture is focused on flare-ups for existing fires and potential rapid growth for new ignitions. The current weather pattern is conducive to high probability of ignition and poor relative humidity recovery at night which prolongs burning periods. East of the Cascades, low humidity and high fuel loading in fine fuels remain a problem.
Fortunately, lightning fire starts are not expected to be much of a factor due to the dry atmosphere until Sunday and Monday when a greater potential for new ignitions moves into Oregon. The period of high fire danger is expected to continue through the weekend and into next week.
Please review NWS forecasts carefully for fire weather details in your area.


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