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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

7/11/2018 Morning Brief

Morning Brief
Date/Time Stamp:  Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018, 06:56

Northwest Activity Summary
Scattered lightning occurred again yesterday in Northeast Washington. Light precipitation occurred in Western Washington and Northeast Washington. Post-frontal winds tested fire lines for most of the day in Central Washington. Initial attack was light with 17 fires for 98 acres, with the largest fire reported at 49 acres. Acreage growth on existing fires is mainly attributed to more accurate mapping.

Preparedness Levels
Northwest PL
2 (6/22)

National PL
3 (6/29)

Northwest Incident Activity
New Fires and Acres
17 fires for 98 acres
OR: 6 fires for 30 acres
WA: 11 fires for 68 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large incidents: 0
Reported incidents: (OR: 1 WA: 2)
662 acres growth on existing incidents.
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs Committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1

National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Light (167) new fires
New large incidents: 3
Large fires contained: 5
Uncontained large fires: 33
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 5
Type 2 IMTs committed: 9
*Nationally, there are 23 large fires being managed under a strategy other than Full Suppression

Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents listed below meet large fire criteria and/or incidents with a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned. Large incidents are defined as fires which are 100+ acres in timber or 300+ acres in grass/brush. For additional information on incidents no longer listed below please refer to the NW Large Incident Summary or Northwest Fires Utilizing Monitor, Confine, Point Zone Protection Suppression Strategies (YTD)

Incidents not Previously Reported: 0
Incidents Previously Reported: 3
Little Camas. WA-SES-000268. IMT2, NW Team 7 (Knerr). 6 miles SW of Cashmere, WA. Start 7/05. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 317 acres (+0). 74% containment. Timber and slash. Minimal fire behavior. Steep terrain. T & E species and commercial timber threatened. Road and trail closures. Evacuation notices in place.
Solitude. OR-PRD-000610. IMT3. 5 miles W/SW of Spray, OR. Start 7/8. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 750 acres (+50). 30% containment. Brush and grass. Active fire behavior with isolated torching and backing. Steep rugged canyon terrain. Structures threatened. The fire remains south of the John Day River.
Ryegrass Coulee. WA-SES-000298. IMT3. 17 miles E of Ellensburg, WA. Start 7/9. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 1,612 acres (+612). 50% containment. Grass and Brush. Moderate wind driven fire behavior. Structures and power line infrastructure threatened. Evacuations in place. Washington State fire mob authorized 7/10. Acreage increase due to better mapping. Little growth expected.

Northwest Fire Weather Summary
Upper level zonal flow brings drying and warming across the region today and through the rest of the work week. Tomorrow and Friday, high temperatures will exceed 100 degrees for some locations in Southern and Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington. An upper level trough should move through the region with gusty winds and cooler temperatures Friday night and Saturday. With monsoonal moisture moving in from the south, the system could bring a chance of thunderstorms to Southern and Eastern Oregon. More warming throughout the region starts again on Sunday.  Check your NWS forecast for the latest weather details for your area.

Northwest Fire Potential Summary
The risk of new significant fires remains at or below seasonal normal today. The fire danger indices will rise considerably tomorrow and Friday however, as hotter and drier weather sets into the region. Potential for lightning late in the week after several hot, dry days brings high risk of significant fires.

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