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Saturday, August 5, 2017

8/5/2017 Northwest Coordination Center Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Saturday, Aug 05, 2017, 06:54

Northwest Activity Summary
The region remained hot and dry yesterday with gusty winds in Southeast OR and light winds elsewhere. Warm overnight temperatures and poor humidity recovery in Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington with some relief in humidity recovery across the rest of the region. Initial attack was light yesterday with three new large fires, two in Oregon and one in Washington. There was moderate growth on existing large fires. NW Team 9, Goff, ordered for the Bear Butte fire on the Wallowa-Whitman NF.

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 20 fires for 1,660 acres
4,159 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 10 fires for 1,154 acres
WA: 10 fires for 505 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 3
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 12 (OR: 7 WA: 5)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 7

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (99) new fires
New large incidents: 8
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: 30
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 5
Type 2 IMTs committed: 17


Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 3
Bear Butte OR-WWF-000629. IMT3. 20 miles NW of Baker City, OR. Start 8/4Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 750 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, long-range spotting and group torching. Residences threatened. Road closures in place. IMT2 (Goff) has been ordered.
Hayes Road WA-WFS-000331. IC4. 9 miles S of Bridgeport, WA. Start 8/4. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 500 acres. 0% containment. Grass/brush. Active fire behavior with wind driven runs. Residences threatened. Evacuations in place. Road closures in place. Sage grouse habitat threatened.
Indian Lake OR-WWF-000628. 9 miles S of Meacham, OR. Start 8/4Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 140 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Checked with dozer and retardant lines. Limited information available.
Incidents Previously Reported: 13
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2 (Gales). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 3,750 acres (+750). 14% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with short crown runs, torching and flanking. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Cinder Butte OR-BUD-007092. IMT2 (Ciraulo). 10 miles W of Riley, OR. Start 8/2Monitor/confine/full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 52,223 acres (-3,777). 15% containment. Grass/brush. Active fire behavior with torching. Road closures in place. Residences threatened.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT2 (Knerr). 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 5,000 acres (+200). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, single tree torching and short-range spotting. Residences threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 5,000 acres (+1,400). 5% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with crowning, running and spotting. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. IMT2 (Rabe). 33 miles NE of Colville, WA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 2,740 acres (+340). 4% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and flanking. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Suiattle WA-NWS-000088. IMT2 (Harrod). 10 miles NE of Darrington, WA. Start 7/30. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 216 acres (+16). 25% containment. Moderate fire behavior. Road and trail closures in place.
Devils Lake OR-FWF-000462. IMT2 (Sheldon). 7 miles SE of Bly, OR. Start 7/31Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,694 acres (+48). 25% containment. Grass/Timber. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Residences threatened.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267. IMT1 (Schulte). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 8,742 acres (+528). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and long-range spotting. Structures threatened. Road, area and 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. 4,228 acres (+91). 12% completed. Timber/brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing and flanking. 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). 0% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping. Trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Morgan Creek OR-VAD-000171. IMT3. 38 miles SE of Baker City, OR. Start 8/3Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 2,286 acres (+786). 50% containment. Brush/grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage grouse habitat threatened.
Knotgrass WA-WFS-020609. IMT3. 12 miles SE of Pomeroy, WA. Start 8/2. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 350 acres (-150). 90% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.
Malden WA-WFS-000808. IC4. 1 mile N of Malden, WA. Start 8/2. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 246 acres (+0) 80% containment. Grass/timber. 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
ERCs surpassed record values for Thursday, August 3rd. With continued above normal temperatures and dry conditions expected through early next week, fuels will remain highly receptive to fire and new fire starts. The thermal trough is expected to be east of the Cascades Saturday, and then is likely to move westward back to or even slightly west of the Cascade crest Sunday. Under and east of it, dryness and instability will be greatest.

An upper level low drifting northward this weekend into early next week will bring a high probability of lightning. Lightning ignitions are likely from Sunday through Thursday, peaking aroundWednesday. The greatest concern for large fire potential remains centered across southwestern Oregon, where fuels are highly sensitive to any lightning. The lightning threat is expanding northward next week, yielding increasing large fire concerns in western and central Washington. Slow storm movement and smoke can limit lightning coverage and resultant large fire threat slightly, but that is likely to change around mid-week, as the pressure pattern shifts eastward.


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