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Sunday, August 13, 2017

8/13/2017 NWCC Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Sunday, Aug 13, 2017, 06:45


Northwest Activity Summary
Yesterday, hot and dry with gusty winds east of the Cascades and warm on the west side. Lightning in Eastern Oregon with some lightning in Washington. Light to moderate precipitation in Northwest Oregon and Western Washington with widely scattered precipitation on the east side. Good overnight humidity recovery region wide. Moderate initial attack yesterday, with the East Saddle fire reported at 6,500 acres in Southeast WA. Moderate growth on existing large fires. AK Team, Kurth, mobilizing to the Umpqua North Complex and RM Team Black, Greer, mobilizing to preposition. An additional Type 2 IMT has been ordered for the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF.


Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest
5 (8/12)
National
5 (8/10)
Northwest PL Forecast
5
5
3
3-day
10-day
30-day


Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 55 fires for 7,088 acres
9,217 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 42 fires for 560 acres
WA: 13 fires for 6,528 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 6
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 15 (OR: 10 WA: 5)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 4
Type 2 IMTs committed: 9

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Moderate (213) new fires
New large incidents: 13
Large fires contained: 5
Uncontained large fires: 30
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 9
Type 2 IMTs committed: 20



Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 6
East Saddle WA-MCR-000384. ICT3. 10 miles W of Othello, WA. Start 8/12. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 6,500 acres. 0% containment. Brush and Grass. Active fire behavior. Structures and T&E species threatened. An IMT3 will assume command today.
Ferry Canyon OR-PRD-000878. ICT4. 7 miles WNW of Grass Valley, OR. Start 8/12. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 500 acres. 0% containment. Grass and Brush. Moderate fire behavior.
Head Water WA-SES-000383. IMT3. 25 miles N of Goldendale, WA. Start 8/12. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 150 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with long range spotting.
Jolly Mountain WA-OWF-000361. IMT3. 13 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA. Start 8/11. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 600 acres. 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with torching and spotting. Structures, campgrounds, and T&E species threatened. Additional growth expected.  IMT2, SW Team 3 (Sinclair) mobilizing.
Whychus 0814 CS OR-OCF-000814. ICT3. 10 miles NE of Sisters, OR. Start 8/10. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 300 acres. 0% containment. Brush and Grass. Active running fire behavior. Structures threatened. Evacuations in place.
Umpqua North Complex Limited information at this time. AK Team in brief 8/13 in AM.
Incidents Previously Reported: 15
Nena Springs OR-WSA-000054. IMT2, NW Team 12 (Harrod) / OSFM Blue team (Magers). 35 miles S of The Dalles, OR. Start 8/8. Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 40,000 acres (+6,000). 25% containment. Grass/Timber/Brush. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened. Conflagration act invoked 8/11.
Bridge Creek WA-COA-000088. IMT2, NW Team 6 (Sheldon). 12 miles NE of Keller, WA. Start 8/9. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,200 acres (+200). 8% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior. Steep, rocky terrain. Commercial timber and cultural resources threatened.
Falcon Complex OR-UPF-000295. IMT2, NW Team 8 (Keith). 17 miles N of Prospect, OR. Start 8/8. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 689 acres (+264). 10% containment. Includes 14 fires. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and spotting. Structures, T&E species and cultural sites threatened.
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT1, CA Team 3 (von Tillow). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,820 acres (+0). 51% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place. Supporting IA.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT2, NW Team 7 (Knerr). 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 6,569 acres (+699). 0% completed. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above. IMT1, PNW Team 2 (Schulte) scheduled to assume command 8/14.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. IMT2, NW Team 11 (Rabe). 33 miles NE of Colville, WA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,000 acres (+130). 44% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, flanking and backing. Structures and T&E species threatened. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Flounce OR-MED-000515. IMT1, ODF Team 1 (Hunt). 7 miles SW of Prospect, OR. Start 8/7. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 690 acres (+0). 60% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior. No additional growth expected. Supporting IA.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. IMT1, CA Team 3 (von Tillow). 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,885 acres (+0). 45% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Evacuations in place. Road, trail and area closures in place.
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 (+0). 85% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and single tree torching. No additional growth expected. Residences threatened. Evacuations in place. Road and area closures in place.
Indian Creek OR- MHF-000176. NIMO (Quesinberry). 6 miles S of Cascade Locks, OR. Start 7/4. Confine. Cause: Unknown. 83 acres (+0). 10% 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.
Chetco Bar OR-RSF-000326. NIMO (Houseman). 16 miles W of Selma, OR. Start 7/12. Monitor/Confine/Point Zone Protection. Cause: Lightning. 5,328 acres (+42). 14% completed. Timber/brush. Active fire behavior. Road and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Jones OR-WIF-170191. IMT3. 10 miles NE of Lowell, OR. Start 8/10. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,700 acres (+1,295). 0% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior. Area closures and campground evacuations. Structures and commercial timber threatened. IMT2, NW Team 10 (Ciraulo) mobilizing to the fire.
Rebel OR-WIF-170156. IMT3. 13 miles S of McKenzie Bridge, OR. Start 8/4. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 850 acres (+94). 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. IMT1, PNW Team 2 (Schulte) scheduled to assume command 8/14.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267.IMT3 (Cain). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 25,438 acres (+1,788). 4% completed. Timber. Extreme 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. IMT2, SW Team 5 (Andrews) Mobilizing.
OR-RFPN-000821. 4 miles S of Antelope, OR. Start 8/10. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 10,000 acres (+0). Grass and brush. Burnout operations completed.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
Westerly winds will increase today as the trough moves onshore, and temperatures will be lower and RH will be higher, especially west of the Cascades. However, east of the Cascades RH will be low enough (15-35%) and winds will be strong enough to increase fire behavior and growth and spark holdovers. A dry cold front will move through in the afternoon that will shift winds from west-southwest to west-northwest with gusts exceeding 30 mph. The strongest winds will be in and around the Columbia River Gorge, Columbia Basin, and the lee slopes of the Cascades, especially in Washington.

The general westerly onshore flow will result in above normal winds and near to above normal temperatures into next week. Some weak ridging will move in from the eastern Pacific around mid-week that could move the thermal trough and offshore flow into southwestern Oregon. Pay close attention to your local NWS fire weather planning forecast for more details on weather 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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