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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

8/9/2017 Northwest Coordination Center Morning Brief

Date/Time Stamp: Wednesday, Aug 09, 2017, 06:51


Northwest Activity Summary
Clouds and smoke dissipated early yesterday, bringing another hot and dry day to the region. Southern Oregon experienced another round of lightning and strong to severe thunderstorms with scattered to measurable rain. Northeast OR and Eastern WA saw another night of poor humidity recovery at high elevations. There was an uptick in initial attack, with the largest fire, Wapinitia, reported at 4,500 acres. Existing large fires had moderate growth.


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


Northwest Fire Activity 
New Fires and Acres 35 fires for 4,683 acres
4,114 acres growth on existing large fires
OR: 26 fires for 4,664 acres
WA: 9 fires for 19 acres
Large Fire Summary
New large fires: 1
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: 8 (OR: 7 WA: 1)
Northwest IMT Activity
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 5

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (146) new fires
New large incidents: 6
Large fires contained: 5
Uncontained large fires: 27
National IMT Activity
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 7
Type 2 IMTs committed: 17



Northwest Current Incident Details
Incidents not Previously Reported: 2
Wapinitea OR-JUPN-000780. Juniper Flats RFD. 35 miles S of The Dalles, OR. Start 8/8Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 4,500 acres. 0% containment. Grass. Active fire behavior. Limited information at this time.
Falcon Complex OR-UPF-000295. 17 miles N of Prospect, OR. Start 8/8. IMT2, NW Team 8 (Johnson) ordered. Full Suppression. 80 acres. Numerous lightning fires. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Incidents Previously Reported: 13
Blanket Creek OR-RSF-000371. IMT2 (Gales). 9 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/25Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,739 acres (+0). 39% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with torching and spotting. Residences and structures threatened. Evacuations in place. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Whitewater OR-WIF-170123. IMT2 (Knerr). 15 miles E of Detroit, OR. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 5,515 acres (+0). 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.
Noisy Creek WA-COF-001416. IMT2 (Rabe). 33 miles NE of Colville, WA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 3,550 acres (+430). 30% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and backing. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Spruce Lake OR-CLP-000453. IMT2 (Gales). 18 miles NE of Prospect, OR. Start 7/29Full Suppression. Cause: Lightning. 4,681 acres (+63). 23% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching. Residences and structures threatened. Evacuations in place. Road, trail and area closures in place.
Bear Butte OR-WWF-000629. IMT2 (Goff). 20 miles NW of Baker City, OR. Start 8/4Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 492 acres (+3). 45% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior. Residences threatened. Evacuations in place. Road and area closures in place.
Diamond Creek WA-OWF-000267. IMT1 (Schulte). 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA. Start 7/23. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 12,525 acres (+2,620). 0% completed. Timber. Active fire behavior with crowning, running and spotting. Structures threatened. Road, area and trail closures in place. Transition to an IMT3 planned for 8/10. 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. 4,821 acres (+238). 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. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Trail and area closures in place. This incident not included in the large fire count above.
Cinder Butte OR-BUD-007092. IMT2 (Ciraulo). 10 miles W of Riley, OR. Start 8/2Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 52,465 acres (-66). 90% containment. Grass/brush. Minimal fire behavior. Residences threatened. Sage grouse habitat threatened. TOC to IMT3 will occur at 1400 today.
Flounce OR-MED-000515. IMT1, ODF Team 1 (Hunt) / OSFM Blue Team (Magers). 7 miles SW of Prospect, OR. Start 8/7Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 700 acres (+460). 0% containment. Timber. Active running fire behavior with short range spotting and group torching. Structures threatened. Evacuations in place.
Rebel OR-WIF-170156. IMT3. 13 miles S of McKenzie Bridge, OR. Start 8/4. Confine/Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 500 acres (+300). 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.
Indian Lake OR-WWF-000628. IMT3. 18 miles E of LaGrande, OR. Start 8/4Full Suppression. Cause: Human. 221 acres (+0). 65% containment. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. No update received.
Clarks Creek OR-971S-000638. ICT4. 18 miles NE of La Grande, OR. Start 8/5. Full SuppressionCause: Human. 300 acres (+0). 90% containment. Grass/timber. Minimal fire behavior. Mop-up ongoing.

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
Low pressure centered well west of the Northern California coast will maintain moisture and instability over Southwestern Oregon today, resulting in another round of isolated to scattered thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are expected to expand north and westward, with the greatest concern west of the Cascades in Southern Oregon. Wednesday night into Friday instability and moisture will drift northward, as a broader scale low pressure trough approaches from the west. This time period continues to be of most concern across the region, as thunderstorms and record ERCs combine to result in high lightning efficiency. While wetting rain will occur with some storms, associated winds are expected to increase. This weekend the threat of thunderstorms will spread to portions of the east side. A trough of low pressure is likely to move into the area next week and there is moderate confidence that this will bring some precipitation to areas in the northern Oregon Cascades and westward.

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