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Friday, August 31, 2018

8/31/2018 Miriam Fire Update

Miriam Fire Update
August 31, 2018
Final Miriam Fire update; patrol and rehabilitation work continues
Acres: Miriam Fire 4,584 ac. | Clear Fork Fire 74 ac.
Percent Containment: 60%                                                                 
Start Date: July 30, 2018

Current Situation: Today is the final daily update. Additional updates may occur as fire activity warrants. The Southeast Washington Interagency Type 3 Team 1 would like to thank the local community for their support during this incident.
Firefighters will patrol the southwestern edge of the fire on foot to assess the perimeter and helicopter crews will monitor the fire by air as conditions allow. Fire managers are working to rehabilitate areas affected by fire suppression activities. The spot fire east of the Tieton River showed minimal growth as the sprinkler system remains in place. The Clear Fork Fire grew slightly but slowed considerably after Wednesday’s wind event.

Smoke Information: Smoke will likely be visible in the morning and clearing in the afternoon. For further smoke information visit

Weather and Fire Behavior: Lower temperatures, combined with higher humidity levels and cool, marine air will help moderate activity on the Miriam Fire today. Mild weather is expected to last for several days allowing for reduced rates of spread, with continued backing, creeping, and beneficial surface fuel consumption.

Evacuations: Evacuation levels are evaluated daily, but remain unchanged. Please see the Yakima County Office of Emergency Management at for details.

Closures: Area closures are in effect on the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Gifford Pinchot National Forests. Maps and a list of affected areas can be found at Fire restrictions are also in effect and can be found at The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Elk Pass to White Pass with a detour available; please see the Pacific Crest Trail Association at for a current trail map.

Online Miriam Fire Updates:
InciWeb at    

8/31/2018 Joint Information Center Fire Update

Information for Southwest Oregon Fires is available at the Joint Information Center (JIC) at 541-474-5305 7 AM – 8 PM.

8/31/2018 Terwilliger Fire Update

Friday, August 31, 2018 at 9:00AM

Inciweb: Email:
Public Information Phone: (541) 719-8135 Media Information Phone: (541) 719-8203
Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River, OR
Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.
Size: 7,845 acres Containment: 26% Personnel: 604
Current Status: Yesterday, fire behavior was low due to moisture and increased cloud cover, allowing significant progress by fire fighters. On the southern perimeter of the fire, it continued to grow and progress up the Hardy Creek area in very rough terrain. The eastern front of the fire exhibited low intensity burning over Sawtooth Ridge and began to move northeast towards the east fork of the south fork of the McKenzie River. Fire area north from Basalt Creek did not exhibit much growth. Personnel in that area continued to solidify a control line along the road with hand crews and saw crews to begin burnout operations in securing the line.
Planned Actions: Fire behavior is expected to be more active than yesterday as cloud cover departs, and lower humidity and warmer temperatures occur over the fire area. Fuels remain very dry throughout the region and will continue to contribute to high fire danger. Crews will work to strengthen existing control lines established along nearby roadways with crews, heavy machinery, and support from additional aerial resources. The line constructed along the northern perimeter will be a major focus area to secure in the coming days, as conditions allow. The northeastern perimeter saw brushing work along nearby roadways as containment lines, in addition to contingency lines being developed for the section. The southern perimeter continues to be engaged when rough terrain allows. Contingency lines continue to be identified and prepared as fire behavior changes.
Key Message: Over Labor Day weekend, visitors are expected to arrive and fill many local campgrounds. Closures and campfire bans will remain in place during this time. With fire activity being high and fire danger at very high for the Willamette National Forest, campfires are banned forest-wide, including at developed sites and in all wilderness areas. In addition to a ban on all campfires, smoking is not allowed, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site. Camp stoves that run on propane or liquid fuels and have an on/off switch are acceptable. For information on fire activity on the Willamette National Forest ranging from fire danger levels, public use restrictions, and official closures visit
Closures: Willamette National Forest has implemented closure order # 06-18-01-18-19. Go to for more details, a map and a link to the Forest Order, or on Inciweb for a map and a pdf of the original Forest Order.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones). If you fly, we can’t!
Air Quality: For smoke monitoring information, see Oregon Department of Environmental Quality or
Cooperating Agencies: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Upper McKenzie River Fire Department, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Lane County Emergency Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Fire Marshall, Campbell Global, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

8/31/2018 Horns Mountain Fire Update

8/31/2018 Cougar Creek, Lost and Bannock Lakes Fires

Cougar Creek, Lost and Bannock Lakes Fires
Friday, August 31, 2018
Acreage: 41,704
Containment: 50 percent
Personnel: 381

Containment of Cougar Creek Fire continues as
some road and recreation sites reopen

Cougar Creek Fire:
On Thursday, columns of smoke were again visible from Plain late in the day as drier and warmer conditions caused the fire to become more active within its existing perimeter. Local residents and visitors can expect to see smoke emanating from the interior of the fire until a fire season ending event of rain or snow occurs. 

Thursday and Friday, firefighters continue to conduct burn-out operations at portions of the western part of the fire as conditions allow. Although this tactic does produce additional smoke, it is crucial to secure the fire line.

The most active area of the fire is at its northern edge. In this area, crews continue to recon and construct containment lines fire between Signal Peak and Cougar Meadow. This effort is intended to halt the northern progression of the fire and to contain the northeast corner of the fire. Thursday, extensive use of helicopters with water buckets successfully checked the northern spread of the fire. Six helicopters will continue to assist firefighters on the ground as deemed necessary. Mop up of hot spots and patrol of fire lines continues on the eastern, southern, and western perimeters of the fire. Repair of fire containment lines on the eastern and southern sections of the fire progresses. 

Fire managers continue to “right-size” the fire- fighting organization as containment advances. 

The Entiat River Road, Chiwawa River Road, and all Forest Service Campgrounds along these roads are now open. All trails connecting with the Chiwawa River Road are open. The Shady Pass Road #5900 is also open. Forest visitors are encouraged to view the interactive closure map, located on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF website before traveling to the national forest. This map shows areas of the national forest that are closed to public use. It is available at
Lost Fire:
The Lost Fire has been held at 80 acres. Containment lines are complete. The fire will continue to be monitored by air using Distributed Real-Time Infrared (DRTI) and air attack aircraft.

Bannock Lakes Fire:
Burning in a remote section of the Glacier Peaks Wilderness, the Bannock Lakes Fire is now 489 acres in size. The fire is burning among large rocky outcroppings and isolated clusters of timber in steep, inaccessible terrain. It is being monitored by air and satellite. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) is closed from Suiattle Pass to High Bridge. The PCT detour is from Suiattle Pass to Stehekin. More information is available at

Weather and Fire Behavior:
A high pressure will promote a dry warming trend Friday through Sunday. Afternoon humidity values are expected to drop below 30 percent and overnight humidity recovery will be fair to poor. Winds will continue to be out of the west and southwest on ridgetops and west to northwest through drainages with afternoon gusts of 15 to 25 mph. A cold front is expected to pass through the region late Sunday into Monday bringing gusty winds and some cooling. High temperatures on Friday are expected to be 76-80 degrees at 1500 feet elevation, and 58-62 degrees at 5000 feet.  
Traffic Safety:
Fire equipment will be on the roads in and around the fire area. These vehicles may stop in unexpected locations. Please use caution when fire apparatus are present, the operator may not see you in his or her mirrors.

Cougar Creek Fire Evacuation Levels

Plain Area:
Effective Monday (08/27/2018) at 9:00am, the Level 2 evacuation status for all of the Chiwawa Loop Road area (including Shugart Flats and Chiwawa River Pines communities) has been lowered to a Level 1 “fire advisory” status. Areas in Plain and Lake Wenatchee which had been at a Level 1 status, are no longer be under any evacuation notification.

Entiat Area:
That portion of the Mad River Road below the fire area, to the Entiat River Road, and the Entiat River Road from the intersection of the Mad River Road, north to Mile Marker 16.5 is no longer under an evacuation order. The Entiat River Road from Mile Marker 16.5, north to its end is now under a Level 1 Evacuation Alert. The 25 mile per hour speed restriction has been rescinded. For more information, call the Chelan County Emergency Management at 509-667-6863, or visit their Facebook page at An American Red Cross shelter, at 14916 US 97A in Entiat, is on standby. The Red Cross can be contacted at 509-663-3907.

Air quality has been substantially better for the last 72 hours as winds pushed smoke out of the area. However, multiple fires continue to burn across the region and smoke should be expected to return. Individuals with compromised respiratory systems are encouraged to acquire N95 masks. These masks are being provided free of charge, by the Chelan County Sheriff's Office and are available at local fire stations. For more information on smoke and public health, visit: or (Spanish).

U.S. Forest Service Closure Orders:
The Cougar Creek Fire Area closure remains in effect. However, the entire length of the Entiat River Road is now open to the public as well as all campgrounds within the Entiat River Valley. The Shady Pass Road #5900 is also now open.

Area businesses are open. Please consider showing your support by shopping in the local community.

Incident Management Team:
Northwest Team 10 (Type 2) continues to work closely with cooperators from the US Forest Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Entiat Rural Fire District 8, Chelan County Fire District 3, Peshastin Rural District 6, Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Department of Emergency Management, Chelan County Public Utility Dept., Washington Department of Transportation, American Red Cross, Chelan Public Schools, and Chelan Public Works. 19 Firefighters from Australia are supporting.

Fire Information:
Phone: 509-664-9210 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Facebook:  #WaWildfire #CougarCreekFire
Interactive Evacuation Map:                                   

8/31/2018 OR/WA Current Large Fire Map

8/31/2018 Klondike and Taylor Creek Fire Update

August 31, 2018 Update Crescent Mountain, McLeod, Holman Fires

Harts Pass Road reopens at Holman Fire
August 31, 2018

Crescent Mountain Fire: 44,450 acres; 35 percent contained
●  Personnel: 625
●  Point of Origin: Approximately 21 miles west of Twisp
●  Start Date: July 29, 2018
●  Cause: Lightning

McLeod Fire: 22,511 acres; 35 percent contained
●  Personnel: 458
●  Point of Origin: Approximately eight miles north of Mazama
●  Start Date: August 11, 2018
●  Cause: Lightning

Holman Fire: 297 acres, no containment
●  Point of Origin: Holman Peak
●  Start Date: August 17, 2018
●  Cause: Unknown

Crescent Mountain Fire: Late in the afternoon on Thursday, increased winds and lower humidity levels caused the fire to grow in the Buttermilk Butte area, crossing into the East Fork of Buttermilk Creek near Mission Peak. Crews will be working today to assess and respond to the fire this morning. Fire growth also occurred in the triangle near Kenny Dip, at Scaffold Ridge and West Buttermilk Road. Crews continued to hold and mop-up in the Twisp River corridor. A hotshot crew worked with air operations to cool and hold the fire in the Slate Dip area. Structural assessment teams will continue their work in the Libby Creek area communities today.

McLeod Fire: Crews neared completion of the tactical firing operation tying the fire into the old Diamond Fire burn scar on the north end of 8 mile Road. This work should be completed today. Strategic firing will be used today to complete the protection of Honeymoon and Ruffed Grouse campgrounds. Assessments will be made today of the heat that continues to be an issue on the southwest edge of the fire in the Yellow Jacket Creek area.

Holman Fire: The fire is still actively burning in the Pasayten Wilderness. The Harts Pass road is now open, although there are several trails in the areas that remain closed, including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Evacuations: Crescent Mountain Fire: A Level 3 (GO now) evacuation is in effect for all persons living west of the Little Bridge Creek intersection in the Twisp River Valley. A Level 2 (get SET) evacuation is in effect for persons living west of Newby Creek Road to Little Bridge Creek Road in the Twisp River Valley. Alerts have been issued for Poorman and Libby Creek. The Red Cross has a shelter available at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp. No evacuations are in effect for the McLeod or Holman Fires.
Closures: The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and North Cascades National Park have issued trail and area closures orders in the vicinity of all three fires. Maps and information on the closures can be found on InciWeb. Temporary flight restriction information is available at the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.
Slight warming and drying is expected over the fires. Temperatures will climb with slightly lower relative humidity. Winds will continue out of the west to northwest during most of the day on the ridges with gusts to 15 mph expected in the afternoon and evening. The Washington Smoke Information’s webpage has information on smoke and public health. Smoke information in Spanish can be found on the WA Dept. of Health’s website.
Area businesses are open. Please consider showing your support by shopping in the local community.

Inciweb: Crescent Mountain:   
Fire Information Center: (480) 744-9318                   

8/31/2018 Natchez Fire Update

8-31-2018 Watson Creek Update

8/31/2018 Ramsey Canyon Update (Final)

8/31/2018 NWCC Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Friday, Aug 31, 2018, 06:52

Northwest Activity Summary
Seasonal temperatures and above average humidities yesterday contributed to minimal growth on existing incidents and light initial attack. Scattered light precipitation fell across portions of Western Washington and Western Oregon. No new lightning strikes were recorded.

Preparedness LevelsNorthwest PL
4 (8/30)

National PL
4 (8/31)

Northwest Incident Activity 
New Fires and Acres9 fires for 24 acres
OR: 1
 fire for 1 acre
8 fires for 23 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large incidents: 0
Reported incidents: 
14 (OR: 8 WA: 6) 
4,453 acres growth on existing incidents
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs Committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 5

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (57) new fires
New large incidents: 
Large fires contained: 11
Uncontained large fires: 34

National IMT ActivityArea Command Teams: 0
NIMOs committed: 
Type 1 IMTs committed: 
Type 2 IMTs committed: 

*Nationally, there are 62 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: 14
Crescent Mtn. WA-OWF-000428. IMT1, NR Team (Turman).16 mi W of Winthrop WA. Start 7/29. Monitor/Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 44,450 acres (+734). 35% containment. Active fire behavior. Timber. Evacuations in effect. Structures, T&E species habitat and timber threatened. Road, trail and area closures.
Klondike. OR-RSF-000354. IMT2, NW Team 12 (Harrod). Klondike East. IMT1, SA Team (Dueitt). Klondike West. 9 mi NW of Selma, OR. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 102,168 (+1,172). 40% containment. Active fire behavior. Timber and brush. Fire now well established on west side of the Illinois River. Structures, private inholdings and Redwood Hwy 199 corridor threatened. Evacuations in effect. Area restrictions in effect. Road, trail and area closures.
Terwilliger. OR-WIF-180227. IMT2, NR Team (Connell). 5 mi SE of Blue River, OR. Start 08/19. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 7,572 acres (+706). 17% containment. Active fire behavior. Timber. Structures, timber and recreational sites threatened. Road, trail and area closures.
Natchez. OR-RSF-000348. IMT2, NW Team 13 (Gales). 8 mi NW of Happy Camp, CA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 26,702 acres (+475). 70% containment. Moderate fire behavior. Timber and brush. Burnout ops progressing. Evacuations notices. Steep terrain. Structures, infrastructure and timber threatened. Road, trail and area closures.
McLeod. WA-OWF-000522. IMT1, NR Team (Turman). 6 mi N of Mazama, WA. Start 8/11. Monitor/Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 22,511 acres (+0). 35% containment. Active fire behavior. Timber. Structures, natural resources and T&E species threatened. Road, trail and area closures.

Cougar Creek. WA-OWF-000419. IMT2, NW Team 10 (Lawson). 12 mi NW of Ardenvoir, WA. Start 7/28. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 41,704 acres (+274). 50% containment. Active fire behavior. Slash and brush. Evacuation notices. Structures, cultural resources, timber, infrastructure and recreation threatened. Road, trail and area closures.
Watson Creek. OR-FWF-000360. IMT2, NW Team 6 (Sheldon). 13 mi W of Paisley, OR. Start 08/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 58,218 acres (+847). 80% containment. Moderate fire behavior. Timber. Evacuation notices. Structures, campgrounds and T&E species habitat threatened. Road, trail and area closures.
Taylor Creek. OR-MED-000395. IMT2, NW Team 12 (Harrod).10 mi W of Grants Pass, OR. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 52,839 acres (+0). 95% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Timber and brush. Evacuation notices. Steep terrain. Road, trail and area closures.
Boyds. WA-NES-001909. IMT3. 3 mi W of Kettle Falls, WA. Start 08/11. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 4,712 acres (+0). 94% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Timber and grass. Mop-up progressing. Communication infrastructure, forest and grazing lands threatened.
Horns Mountain. WA-COF-001904. IMT3. 12 mi NW of Northport, WA. Start 08/11. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 5,583 acres (+0). 93% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Brush and Timber. Mop-up progressing. Area closure in effect.
Miriam. WA-OWF-000443. IMT3. 2 mi SE of White Pass, WA. Start 7/30. Monitor/Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,584 acres (+245). 60% containment. Moderate fire behavior. Timber. Steep terrain. Evacuations in effect. Structures, White Pass Ski Resort and T&E species habitat threatened. Road, trail and area closures.
Miles. OR-UPF-000246. IMT3. 7 mi NE of Trail, OR. Start 7/16. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 35,770 acres (+0). 56% containment. Active backing fire behavior with isolated torching. Timber. Evacuation notices. Structures, commercial timber, power line infrastructure and T&E habitat threatened. Road, trail and area closures.
Columbus. OR-UPF-000237. IMT3. 18 mi NE of Trail, OR. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 10,226 acres (+0). 56% containment. Active backing fire behavior with isolated torching. Timber. T&E species habitat, timber, recreation, cultural and natural resources threatened. Steep terrain. Road, area, and trail closures.
Ramsey Canyon. OR-711S-032519. ICT3. 12 mi N of Eagle Point. Start 8/22. Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 1,971 acres (+0). 95% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Mop-up progressing. Structures, timber and T&E species habitat threatened. Evacuations notices. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.

Northwest Fire Weather Summary
Expect a slow warming and drying trend into the Labor Day weekend with decreasing general winds over most of the geographic area except sections of extreme Southwest Oregon. The atmosphere is stable with no risk of thunderstorms. No critical fire weather patterns appear likely.

Northwest Fire Potential Summary
Fire danger has moderated but remains above average in some areas. Nevertheless, without critical weather patterns and sufficient ignitions, the potential for new large fires on the landscape is limited through Labor Day.

National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR):
Other GACC Morning Reports: