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Friday, August 11, 2017

8/11/2017 Updated NW Morning Brief - New Large Fire

Date/Time Stamp: Friday, Aug 11, 2017, 06:58 Update: New large fire.


Northwest Activity Summary
Yesterday, hot and dry with gusty winds in Southeast OR. Wide spread thunderstorms and abundant lightning throughout Oregon with widely scattered light to heavy precipitation. Poor humidity recovery at higher elevation in Northeast OR and Eastern WA with good recoveries west of the Cascades. Moderate initial attack yesterday, with a couple fires near 50 acres on the east side. Moderate growth on existing large fires.


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


Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 66 fires for 10,642 acres
18,903 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 57 fires for 10,538 acres
WA: 9 fires for 104 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 1
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: 10 (OR: 8 WA: 2)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 6

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (130) new fires
New large incidents: 10
Large fires contained: 2
Uncontained large fires: 22
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 8
Type 2 IMTs committed: 18



Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 1
OR-RFPN-000821. 4 miles S of Antelope, OR. Start 8/10Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 10,000 acres. Grass and brush. Limited information at this time.
Incidents Previously Reported: 15
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT1, CA Team 3 (von Tillow). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,800 acres (+61). 39% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with torching and creeping. Precip received. Some growth to E. Residences and structures threatened. Evacuations in place. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Flounce OR-MED-000515. IMT1, ODF Team 1 (Hunt). 7 miles SW of Prospect, OR. Start 8/7Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 690 acres (+0). 40% containment. Timber. Moderate backing fire behavior. Structures threatened. Evacuations in place.
Falcon Complex OR-UPF-000295. IMT2, NW Team 8 (Keith). 17 miles N of Prospect, OR. Start 8/8. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 415 acres (-187). Numerous lightning fires including Paradise (308 acres) and Double Buck (100 acres). Active Backing fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and spotting. Structures, T&E species and cultural sites threatened.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. IMT2, NW Team 11 (Rabe). 33 miles NE of Colville, WA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 3,870 acres (+320). 38% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, flanking and backing. Structuresand T&E species threatened. 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. 5,844 acres (+264). 0% completed. Timber. Active backing 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.
Bear Butte OR-WWF-000629. IMT2, NW Team 9 (Goff). 20 miles NW of Baker City, OR. Start 8/4Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 499 acres (+0). 65% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and single tree torching. Minimal growth expected. Residences threatened. Evacuations in place. Road and area closures in place.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. IMT1, CA Team 3 (von Tillow). 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,734 acres (+53). 31% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching. Residences and structures threatened. Evacuations in place. Road, trail 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. 5,036 acres (+165). 14% completed. Timber/brush. Moderate 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. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. No growth expected. Trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Nena Springs OR-WSA-000423. IMT2, NW Team 12 (Harrod). 35 miles S of The Dalles, OR. Start 8/8Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 24,000 acres (+10,000). 4% containment. Grass. Extreme fire behavior. Structures threatened.
Rebel OR-WIF-170156. IMT3. 13 miles S of McKenzie Bridge, OR. Start 8/4. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 692 acres (-8). 5% 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.
Bridge Creek WA-COA-000088. ICT3. 12 miles NE of Keller, WA. Start 8/9Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 250 acres (+171). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior. Steep, rocky terrain. Commercial timber and cultural resources threatened. IMT2, NW Team 6 (Sheldon) in-briefing today.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267. IMT3 (Cain). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 19,687 acres (+7,162). 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.
Cinder Butte OR-BUD-007092. ICT3. 10 miles W of Riley, OR. Start 8/2Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 52,465 acres (+0). 90% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior. No additional growth expected.
Tupper Corral OR-UMFH-017174. ICT4. 20 miles SE of Heppner, OR. Start 8/8Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 176 acres (+9). 100% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior. Mop-up progressing. 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
Lightning will increase in coverage further to the north and possibly west of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington on Friday. Nocturnal thunderstorms are also possible Friday night east of the Cascades. With near or record high fire danger, even wet thunderstorms can result in new fire starts. More new large fires are expected across much of the region as the lightning expands in coverage and amount.

A cold front approaching the region on Sunday will bring welcome cooling and slightly higher RH to the region, and possible showers in western Washington and northwest Oregon. However, dry conditions and strong westerly winds will develop east of the Cascades. Outflow winds from thunderstorms and stronger winds due to the front could increase fire growth and quickly change the direction of fire spread on any existing fires. 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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