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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8/8/2017 Northwest Coordination Center Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Tuesday, Aug 08, 2017, 06:59


Northwest Activity Summary
Continued hot and dry day in the region yesterday with breezy winds in Southeast OR. Clouds and smoke covered a good part of Oregon and Eastern Washington until mid-day. Northeast OR and Eastern WA had poor overnight humidity recoveries. Lightning again in Southern Oregon with light scattered precipitation. Initial attack was light yesterday, with the Flounce fire in Southwest Oregon reported at 240 acres. Existing large fires had low to moderate growth.


Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest
(8/4)
National
(7/9)
Northwest PL Forecast
5
5
3
3-day
10-day
30-day


Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 29 fires for 255 acres
862 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 18 fires for 251 acres
WA: 11 fires for 4 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 2
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: 10 (OR: 8 WA: 2)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 5

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (127) new fires
New large incidents: 2
Large fires contained: 3
Uncontained large fires: 29
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 6
Type 2 IMTs committed: 16



Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 2
Flounce OR-911S-000629. ICT3. 7 miles SW of Prospect, OR. Start 8/7Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 240 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Active running fire behavior with single tree and group torching. Structures threatened. Evacuations in place.
Whetstone Rd WA-WFS-000021. ICT4. 6 miles NW of Waitsburg, WA. Start 8/5Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 1,350 acres. 99% containment. Grass (Wheat). Patrol status. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.
Incidents Previously Reported: 16
Bear Butte OR-WWF-000629. IMT2 (Goff). 20 miles NW of Baker City, OR. Start 8/4Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 489 acres (+106). 30% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with single tree torching and short range spotting. Residences threatened. Evacuations in place. Road and area closures in place.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT2 (Knerr). 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 5,515 acres (+94). 0% completed. Timber. Active fire behavior with single tree and group torching. Residences threatened. Road, trail and area 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. 3,120 acres (+0). 27% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2 (Gales). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,739 acres (+139). 36% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with torching and short range spotting. Residences and structures threatened. Evacuations in place. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. IMT2 (Gales). 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,618 acres (-619). 19% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching. Residences and structures threatened. Evacuations in place. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267. IMT1 (Schulte). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 9,905 acres (+419). 0% completed. Timber. Active fire behavior with crowning, running and 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. 4,583 acres (+50). 12% completed. Timber/brush. Minimal fire behavior with backing and uphill runs. 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% completed. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Cinder Butte OR-BUD-007092. IMT2 (Ciraulo). 10 miles W of Riley, OR. Start 8/2Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 52,531 acres (+0). 80% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Residences threatened. Sage grouse habitat threatened.
Suiattle WA-NWS-000088. ICT4. 10 miles NE of Darrington, WA. Start 7/30. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 216 acres (+0). 90% containment. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Road and trail closures in place. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.
Devils Lake OR-FWF-000462. ICT4. 7 miles SE of Bly, OR. Start 7/31Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,702 acres (+4). 93% containment. Grass/Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Residences threatened. Evacuations in place. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.
Indian Lake OR-WWF-000628. IMT3. 18 miles E of LaGrande, OR. Start 8/4Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 221 acres (+0). 65% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.
Clarks Creek OR-971S-000638. ICT4. 18 miles NE of La Grande, OR. Start 8/5. Full SuppressionCause: Human. 300 acres (+0). 80% containment. Grass/timber. Minimal fire behavior.
Rebel OR-WIF-170156. IMT3. 13 miles S of McKenzie Bridge, OR. Start 8/4. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 200 acres (+50). 0% completed. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, flanking and backing. Road, trail and area closures in place.  This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Hayes Road WA-WFS-000331. IMT3. 9 miles SE of Bridgeport, WA. Start 8/4. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 2,306 acres (+0). 100% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior. Sage grouse habitat threatened. 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
Across the majority of the region ERCs remain at record values. Smoke and clouds will diminish fire activity today in some areas, areas that clear will see activity increase. Southwestern Oregon is very likely to experience another round of copious lightning, some with wetting rain. Lightning is also expected to nudge northward along the Cascades. Wednesday through Friday remains the primary time of concern for significant lightning and fire starts over most of the region as a low pressure trough approaches from the west. Models differ regarding how fast the moisture and instability move east of the region. However, there is high confidence that, at least the west side, will see relief from the heat and thunderstorm threat beginning this weekend.

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