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Friday, August 4, 2017

8/4/2017 Northwest Coordination Center Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Friday, Aug 04, 2017, 06:51

Northwest Activity Summary
Hot and dry yesterday with generally light winds. Overnight temperatures remained relatively warm, with poor humidity recovery across most of the region. Initial attack was light yesterday with Morgan Creek in the Snake River canyon, OR reported at 1,500 acres. There was moderate growth on existing large fires.

Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest
(8/4)
National
(7/9)
Northwest PL Forecast
4
4
3
3-day
10-day
30-day

Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 17 fires for 2,091 acres
52,970 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 9 fires for 2,042 acres
WA: 8 fires for 49 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 1
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 9 (OR: 5 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 (114) new fires
New large incidents: 6
Large fires contained: 4
Uncontained large fires: 26
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 4
Type 2 IMTs committed: 15


Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 1
Morgan Creek OR-VAD-000171. IMT3. 38 miles SE of Baker City, OR. Start 8/3Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 1,500 acres. 40% containment. Brush/grass. Active fire behavior with running and flanking. Sage grouse habitat threatened.
Incidents Previously Reported: 12
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2 (Gales). IMT is also managing Spruce Lake Incident. 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 3,000 acres (+1,200). 9% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with short crown runs, torching and flanking. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 3,600 acres (+1,100). 5% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with crowning, spotting and running. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Suiattle WA-NWS-000088. IMT2 (Harrod) (Johnson IC). 9 miles NE of Darrington, WA. Start 7/30. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 200 acres (+0). 15% 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. 4,800 acres (+3,000). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, spotting and backing. Residences threatened. Road, trail and area 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 7/31Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,646 acres (+46). 14% containment. Grass/Timber. Active fire behavior with flanking, isolated and spotting. Residences threatened.
Indian Creek OR- MHF-000176. NIMO (Quesinberry). 6 miles S of Cascade Locks, OR. Start 7/4. Confine. Cause: Unknown. 83 acres (+9). 0% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing and creeping. 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. 4,137 acres (+501). 12% completed. Timber/brush. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, backing 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. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 8,214 acres (+1,114). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and long-range spotting. Structures threatened. Road, area and 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 (+0). 4% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and flanking. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Cinder Butte OR-BUD-007092. IMT2 (Ciraulo). 10 miles W of Riley, OR. Start 8/2Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 56,000 acres. (+46,000) 9% containment. Grass/brush. Active fire behavior with torching, spotting and wind driven runs. Road closures in place. Residences threatened.
Knotgrass WA-WFS-020609. IMT3. 12 miles SE of Pomeroy, WA. Start 8/2. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 500 acres (+0). 50% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior. Residences threatened.
Malden WA-WFS-000808. IC4. 1 mile N of Malden, WA. Start 8/2. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 246 acres (-104). 80% containment. Grass/timber. Transfer of command back to local unit planned today (8/4).

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 significant heat wave that has caused record breaking temperatures across the area will moderate early next week. Extremely dry air has also caused fire danger indices to respond accordingly, with ERCs across the region approaching record levels. The number of new fire ignitions will slowly elevate as the fuel conditions and burning environment combine through today.
An upper level low is expected to drift northward along and near the coast from west of California this weekend into early next week leading to a high probability of lightning and resultant ignitions in highly receptive fuels. Currently, the greatest concern is centered across southwestern Oregon, where significant instability and moisture are expected to combine. Model trends indicate that the lightning threat across the area might expand northeastward next week. Slow storm movement and the lightning limiting effects of smoke are likely to partially mitigate the threat of large fire activity, but that could change later next week.


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