This page is designed to provide for timely and official fire information about wildland fires across the Pacific Northwest. The information is posted by the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in partnership with Public Information Officers that work for federal, state and local fire agencies and is drawn from official sources within the wildland fire community.
fires are named for a topographical feature, such as a water or land
feature, in the immediate area of the fire. The chosen feature is
usually familiar to local firefighters and local residents. For
example, if a fire is close to a creek named “Pioneer” the fire likely
would be called the Pioneer Fire.
Fire Complexes, the name of the Complex generally refers to either the
first fire of the Complex or the largest fire in the Complex.
fire names are changed during the incident if the name leads to public
or media confusion. For example, in 2002, the Florence Fire, named for
its proximity to a small creek on the Siskiyou National Forest, was
renamed the Biscuit Fire. The change was needed because as the fire
grew larger and media attention increased, people thought the name
referred to the coastal community of Florence, Oregon. The confusion
began to affect the tourist economy of Florence, Oregon. Once the name
was changed, the confusion was eliminated and the community of Florence
was no longer impacted.