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Thursday, August 10, 2017

8/10/2017 NWCC Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Thursday, Aug 10, 2017, 06:56


Northwest Activity Summary
The region experienced another hot and dry day with generally light winds. Another round of thunderstorms brought lightning to areas of Southern Oregon, extending north along the Cascades and east across the Ochoco and Blue Mountains. Storms brought scattered to measurable rain. Northeast OR and Eastern WA saw another night of poor humidity recovery at high elevations. Initial attack was moderate yesterday, with the largest fire, Kirk Rd. northeast of Pendleton, OR, reported at 250 acres. Existing large fires had moderate growth. IMT2, NW Team 6 (Sheldon) has been ordered for the Bridge Creek fire near Keller Wa.


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


Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 42 fires for 458 acres
10,345 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 33 fires for 376 acres
WA: 9 fires for 82 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 1
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 11 (OR: 10 WA: 1)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 7

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (127) new fires
New large incidents: 7
Large fires contained: 6
Uncontained large fires: 24
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 6
Type 2 IMTs committed: 17



Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 2
Tupper Corral OR-UMFH-017174. ICT4. 20 miles SE of Heppner, OR. Start 8/8. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 167 acres. 65% containment. Timber. Moderate interior fire behavior. 100% lined. Residences and structures threatened.
Bridge Creek WA-COA-000088. ICT3. 12 miles NE of Keller, WA. Start 8/9. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 79 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior. Steep, rocky terrain. Commercial timber and cultural resources threatened. This incident not included in the large fire count above. IMT2, NW Team 6 (Sheldon) has been ordered for the incident.
Incidents Previously Reported: 15
Flounce OR-MED-000515. IMT1, ODF Team 1 (Hunt). 7 miles SW of Prospect, OR. Start 8/7. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 690 acres (-10). 10% containment. Timber. Moderate backing fire behavior. Structures threatened. Evacuations in place.
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2, NW Team 13 (Gales). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,739 acres (+0). 39% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with torching and spotting. Residences and structures threatened. Evacuations in place. Road, trail and area closures in place. TOC to IMT1 (Vontillow) scheduled for 1600 today.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. IMT2, NW Team 11 (Rabe). 33 miles NE of Colville, WA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 3,550 acres (+0). 35% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT2, NW Team 7 (Knerr). 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 5,580 acres (+65). 0% completed. Timber. Active backing fire behavior with single tree torching. Limited spread due to moderated weather. Residences threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. IMT2, NW Team 13 (Gales). 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,681 acres (+0). 31% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching. Residences and structures threatened. Evacuations in place. Road, trail and area closures in place. TOC to IMT1 (Vontillow) scheduled for 1600 today.
Bear Butte OR-WWF-000629. IMT2, NW Team 9 (Goff). 20 miles NW of Baker City, OR. Start 8/4. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 499 acres (+7). 55% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior. Minimal growth expected. Residences threatened. Evacuations in place. Road and area closures in place.
Chetco Bar OR-RSF-000326. NIMO (Houseman). 16 miles W of Selma, OR. Start 7/12. Monitor/Confine/Point Zone Protection. Cause: Lightning. 4,871 acres (+50). 14% completed. Timber/brush. Minimal fire behavior. 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. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267. IMT3 (Cain). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 12,525 acres (+0). 0% completed. Timber. Active fire behavior with crowning, torching and spotting. Structures threatened. Road, area and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Nena Springs OR-WSA-000423. ICT3. 35 miles S of The Dalles, OR. Start 8/8. Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 14,000 acres (+9,500). 4% containment. Grass. Extreme fire behavior. Structures threatened. IMT2, NW Team 12 (Harrod) mobilizing. Previously listed as the Wapinitia fire.
Falcon Complex OR-UPF-000295. IMT2, NW Team 8 (Keith). 17 miles N of Prospect, OR. Start 8/8. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 602 acres (+522). Numerous lightning fires including Paradise (500 acres) and Double Buck (100 acres). Active Backing fire behavior with group torching. T&E species and cultural sites threatened.
Rebel OR-WIF-170156. IMT3. 13 miles S of McKenzie Bridge, OR. Start 8/4. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 700 acres (+200). 0% completed. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking and backing. Road, trail and area closures in place.  This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Cinder Butte OR-BUD-007092. ICT3. 10 miles W of Riley, OR. Start 8/2. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 52,465 acres (+0). 90% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior. No additional growth expected.
Indian Lake OR-WWF-000628. ICT4. 18 miles E of LaGrande, OR. Start 8/4. Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 222 acres (+1). 85% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Mop-up ongoing. Last report on morning briefing unless significant activity occurs.

Clarks Creek OR-971S-000638. ICT4. 18 miles NE of La Grande, OR. Start 8/5. Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 300 acres (+0). 90% containment. Grass/timber. Minimal fire behavior. Mop-up ongoing. 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
Multiple new starts are being reported across sections of southern and central Oregon due to persistent lightning. This lightning pattern will repeat itself again today and then drift northward on Friday, bringing potentially many new fire starts into sections of western Oregon and western Washington.

With fire danger as high as it is, even wet thunderstorms can result in new fire starts and more new large fires are possible into western Oregon and Washington with the northward drift of the weather pattern. A cold front approaching the region on Sunday will bring welcome cooling to the region, but will also add stronger general winds east of the Cascades. Pay close attention to your local NWS fire weather planning forecast for more details on weather patterns that can affect firefighter safety.

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