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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

8/2/2017 Northwest Coordination Center Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Wednesday, Aug 02, 2017, 07:02

Northwest Activity Summary
Hot and dry yesterday with generally light winds. Warm nighttime temperatures. No lightning and no precipitation. Light initial attack across the region. Moderate growth on existing large fires. One Type 2 incident management team ordered: NW Team 6, Sheldon for the Devils Lake incident on the Fremont-Winema NF.

Preparedness Levels
Current:
Northwest
(7/13)
National
(7/9)
Northwest PL Forecast
4
4
3
3-day
10-day
30-day

Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 21 fires for 69 acres
5,660 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 13 fires for 6 acres
WA:  8 fires for 63 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 0
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: 4 (OR: 3 WA: 1)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 5

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (147) new fires
New large incidents: 6
Large fires contained: 4
Uncontained large fires: 28
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 5
Type 2 IMTs committed: 10


Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 0

Incidents Previously Reported: 10
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2 (Gales). IMT is also managing Spruce Lake Incident. 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,241 acres (+325). 7% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with short crown runs, flanking and group torching. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,200 acres (+1,070). 5% containment. Timber. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, spotting and running. Road, trail and area closures in place
Suiattle WA-NWS-000088. IMT2 (Harrod). 9 miles NE of Darrington, WA. Start 7/30. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 180 acres (+0). 0% containment. Limited information available.
Indian Creek OR- MHF-000176. NIMO (Quesinberry). 6 miles S of Cascade Locks, OR. Start 7/4. Confine. Cause: Unknown. 74 acres (+0). 0% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 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. 2,907 acres (+30). 12% containment. Timber/brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing and flanking. Road and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267. IMT1 (Schulte). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 6,996 acres (+2,501). 0% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and spotting. Structures threatened. Trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT2 (Knerr). 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 297 acres (+129). 10% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with single tree torching, group torching and backing. Road, area and trail closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. IMT2 (Rabe). 33 miles NE of Colville, WA. Start 7/15. Point Zone Protection/ Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 1,825 acres (+805). 4% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and flanking. Road, trail and area closures in place. Residences threatened. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Devils Lake OR-FWF-000462. IMT3. 7 miles SE of Bly, OR. Start 7/31Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 1,200 acres (+800). 0% containment. Grass/Timber. Active fire behavior with short range spotting, running and isolated torching. Road closures in place. Residences threatened. NW Team 6, IMT2 (Sheldon) has been ordered.
Glade 3 WA-WFS-000806. IMT3. 3 miles S of Mabton, WA. Start 7/30. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 10,669 acres (+0). 100% containment. Brush/grass. Minimal fire behavior. Lastreport 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
The wildfire environment will continue to worsen over the northwest geographic area. Fire danger, which is already high, will keep rising due to the hot, dry weather settling over the region. General winds tend to be light during hot weather patterns like this but instability in the atmosphere will boost the Haines Index to 5 or 6 with a weak thermal trough developing west of the Cascades this week.
New ignitions or ongoing incidents will display faster growth and become more difficult to control due to the combination of these contributing factors. Isolated lightning will add some additional fire starts to sections of southern Oregon through the weekend. Lightning is likely to spread further north into Oregon but the timing of that is impossible at the moment.
Pay close attention to NWS fire weather forecasts and advisories in your local area.


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