Post-Fire Vegetation Conditions on the National Forests

The USFS RAVG interactive website [here]:

… offers an initial description of post-fire vegetative conditions using the Rapid Assessment of Vegetation Condition after Wildfire (RAVG) process. RAVG analysis looks at fires that burn more than 1,000 acres of forested National Forest System (NFS) lands, beginning with fires that occurred in 2007. These fires result in direct losses of vegetative cover and many of the benefits associated with forested ecosystems.

NFS lands experience thousands of wildfires every year, most of which are relatively small. The largest fires typically account for 90% of the total acreage burned. RAVG analysis provides a first approximation of areas that due to severity of the fire may require reforestation treatments. These reforestation treatments would re-establish forest cover and restore associated ecosystem services. This initial approximation could be followed by a site-specific diagnosis and development of a silvicultural prescription identifying reforestation needs.

Search for RAVG wildfire summaries using the Select Wildfires… “By Year…”, “By State…”, or “By National Forest/Grassland…” menus (does not allow multiple criteria selection) to produce lists of wildfires; or, you may select an individual wildfire using the “By Wildfire…” selection menu. You may also select a Forest Service Region on the map below to display a wildfire list for that region of the United States.

26 Sep 2008, 9:37am
Oregon
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Wizard Fire

Location: 18 Miles NW of Sisters, Deschutes Co., OR

Specific Location: Wizard Falls, 1 mile N of Canyon Creek, 3 miles N of Camp Sherman, both sides Metolius River, Deschutes NF, Lat 44° 30´ 49″ Lon 121° 37´ 21″

Date of Origin: 09/25/2008
Cause: Human, escaped prescribed burn

Situation as of 10/04/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 162
Size: 1,840 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $3,849,914

Light rain over fire area. Mop up, patrol and rehab. continued on all Divisions. Evacuation plan has been lifted. Transfer of command from IMT2 Paul to IMT3 Mitchel October 5 at 0600.

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Situation as of 10/02/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 442
Size: 1,840 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $3,294,627

Area closure reduced. Successful burnout last operational period. Isolated showers over fire area.

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Situation as of 10/01/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 562
Size: 1,500 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $2,774,114

Burnout continues in Div Z as dictated by fire spread. Burnout operations to the 14 Road should be complete by end of night shift. Acreage increase (~400 acs) due to burnout operations.

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Situation as of 09/30/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 533
Size: 1,190 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $2,224,210

Firing operations continue from Green Ridge Lookout down ridge to Road 14. Burnout timing critical with fire weather and the fire spread towards the control line. Firing will occur later to continue to bring the fire edge off steeper slopes. Fire effects being considered closely within the Green Ridge RNA. Helicopter bucket support working to slow fire movement as well as prevent stand replacement fire intensities.

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Situation as of 09/29/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 451
Size: 1,150 acres
Percent contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $1,500,000

Local public interest is very high. [No doubt. Camp Sherman is about the only patch of the Metolius watershed that hasn't been incinerated in the last 10 years. -Ed]

Fire grew ~650 acres in the last few days. Some of that is due to backburning. Fire still spreading N. Originally supposed to be a 30 acre prescribed fire, now 1,150 acres burned and $1.5 million spent.

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Situation as of 09/28/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 449
Size: 500 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $1,025,000

Transfer of command to the ORCA type 2 IMT will occur at 0600 on 9/29.

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Situation as of 09/27/2008 at 8:20 PM
Personnel: 424
Size: 500 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $400,000

The ORCA Type 2 team has been ordered, inbriefing scheduled for 1000 on 9/28.

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Situation as of 09/26/2008 at 7:15 PM
Personnel: 257
Size: 300 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Area Closure was established today, Allen Springs, Pioneer Ford and Lower Bridge campgrounds are closed.

Active fire behavior with spotting up to 1 mile.

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Situation as of 09/25/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 115
Size: 200 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Fire mostly E of Rd 14 and the Metolius River. Isolated crown runs with short range spotting. Fire moving uphill, downwind, to the E.

No report on structures at Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.

25 Sep 2008, 10:24am
Oregon
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Big Cove Fire

Location: 5 miles W of Willowdale, Wasco Co. OR

Specific Location: N of South Junction, S. Junction Rd., E side Deschutes River, Lat 44° 49´ 31″ Lon 120° 57´ 49″ [coordinates corrected based on Google Fire map].

Date of Origin: 09/20/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/25/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 7
Size: 4,779 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Fire was downsized in acreage, due to gps mapping.

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Situation as of 09/24/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 11
Size: 6,000 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Trout Creek Campground threatened. South Junction Campground burned over with no structures involved. Fire started on private, unprotected land and then moved onto BLM
protection on 9/23 around 1700 hrs.

First official report on 09/25/2008.

25 Sep 2008, 10:05am
Oregon
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Horseshoe Fire

Location: 25 Miles E of LaPine, Lake Co., OR

Specific Location: Horseshoe Butte, Deschutes NF, Lat 43° 33´ 8″ Lon 120° 58´ 13″

Date of Origin: 09/24/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 09/27/2008 at 4:30 PM
Personnel: 15
Size: 415 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: not updated

Fire declared contained. Last report until we get a Control date and Fire Out date.

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Situation as of 09/26/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 15
Size: 415 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: not updated

Creeping and smoldering

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Situation as of 09/25/2008 at 7:30 PM
Personnel: 22
Size: 415 acres
Percent contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $50,000

Only interior islands burning, no spots outside the line.

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Situation as of 09/24/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 22
Size: 414 acres
Percent contained: 20%

25 Sep 2008, 9:57am
Oregon
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Kitson Fire

Location: 4 miles SE of Oakridge, Lane Co. OR

Specific Location: Kitson Ridge near Hills Creek Reservoir, Lat 43° 40´ 42″ Lon 122° 20´ 50″

Date of Origin: 09/24/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 10/02/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 303
Size: 808 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $3,953,981

Reached containment. Central Oregon Incident Management Team will transfer command of this incident to a Type 3 management team (Poet) tomorrow, Friday, October 3, 2008 at 0630.

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Situation as of 10/01/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 535
Size: 808 acres
Percent contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $3,608,229

Containment expected today. Demob planned.

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Situation as of 09/30/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 774
Size: 808 acres
Percent contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $3,188,322

Div. A, B, and C mopped up 300+ feet. Smoldering and creeping with heavy fuels continuing to burn out in the interior. Winds may pick up late evening, 15 mph with gusts to 22 max. Rain late Friday.

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Situation as of 09/29/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 750
Size: 808 acres
Percent contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $2,663,203

Acreage change is due to more accurate mapping. East winds did not surface(stayed high). Haines 5 on Tuesday. Still hot and dry. Heavy fuels continue to burn out. Areas of low intensity surface fire with intense interior heat.

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Situation as of 09/28/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 713
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $2,001,510

3/4 acre slopover on Div. Z and spot fire on Div. C. More active fire late today. Creeping, smoldering in closed canopy. Single tree torching in reprod and short range spotting. Low intensity surface fire.

East winds will persist through late Monday. Red Flag Warning 0300 to 2300. Haines 6.

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Situation as of 09/27/2008 at 8:30 PM
Personnel: 616
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $1,383,530

Line completed (but not burned out yet). Will be completed tomorrow (9/28). Heavy fuels continue to burn. Burnouts on Div. Z and C.

East winds predicted for tomorrow and Monday. Peaking AM Monday. Predicted Haines 5 tomorrow and Haines 6 for Monday.

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Situation as of 09/26/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 516
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $800,691

A public closure order has been issued for the area.

Held existing line with the help of Type I helicopters. Line nearly completed, 1/4 miles of line remaining to be constructed. Started plumbing some sections of Div A & B. An unoccupied vehicle was destroyed by a fire-weakend green trees. No one was near the rig at the time of incident.

East winds projected for Sunday.

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Situation as of 09/25/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: not reported, 100+
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent contained: 45%

Central Oregon Type 2 IMT (Rapp) will be taking over the fire at 0600 hours, 09/26/2008.

Fire Behavior: Flame Lengths: 2-3 feet. ROS: 1-2 chains per hour. Fire behavior was minimal today due to elevated fuel moistures on the fire.

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Situation as of 09/24/2008 at 2:45 PM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 250 acres
Percent contained: 0%

18 Sep 2008, 8:33pm
Oregon
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North Fork Complex/Rattle Fire (Repost)

Location: 10 miles NE of Steamboat, Lane Co., OR

Specific Location: S Fork Cedar Creek, trib to Steamboat Creek, trib to N Umpqua River, Umpqua NF, Lat 43° 27′ 21″ Lon 122° 38′ 25″

Date of Origin: 08/13/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 10/08/2008 at 4:00 PM
Personnel: 26
Size: 20,226 acres (Rattle Fire 19,775 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 90%

Costs to Date: ~$30 million ($21,057,784 reported)

Transfer fire back to local unit at 1800 and close out with forest.

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Situation as of 10/06/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 112
Size: 20,226 acres (Rattle Fire 19,775 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 90%

Costs to Date: ~$30 million ($20,955,000 reported)

Continued demob of resources and equipment. Stump holes and snags smoldering.

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Situation as of 10/05/2008 at 4:30 PM
Personnel: 131
Size: 20,226 acres (Rattle Fire 19,775 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 90%

Costs to Date: ~$29.8 million ($20,760,000 reported)

Extensive demob continues. Chipping and road work.

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Situation as of 10/04/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 170
Size: 20,226 acres (Rattle Fire 19,775 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 90%

Costs to Date: ~$29.6 million ($20,580,000 reported)

Approx 2″ of rain has been received over most of the fire area from this frontal passage. Extensive rehab on line and backhaul or equipment.

Boulder Creek Wilderness 90% burned. Click map for larger image.

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Situation as of 10/02/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 310
Size: 20,226 acres (Rattle Fire 19,775 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 70%

Costs to Date: ~$29.1 million ($20,100,000 reported)

Fire size increased by ~110 acres yesterday. A road closure order was put into effect for Forest Road 5851 on the Willamette National Forest.

Rain on the fire allowed crews to advance containment lines around the slop-over to the N. Fire behavior was moderated due to the weather. Significant rain is forecasted for the area over the next few days and fire behavior is expected to decrease.

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Situation as of 10/01/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 340
Size: 20,113 acres (Rattle Fire 19,662 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 65%

Costs to Date: ~$28.8 million ($19,760,000 reported)

Fire size increased by ~660 acres yesterday. Indirect line is being built north of the Boulder Creek Wilderness boundary along Bulldog Trail 1534 and Road 5851. Plans have been developed to burn out this area if conditions warrent. Additional resources have arrived to help with this effort.

The fire continues to move northward within and beyond the Boulder Creek Wilderness Area. Multiple spots across the north contingency line. Fire now in the Willamette National Forest.

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Situation as of 09/30/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 301
Size: 19,457 acres (Rattle Fire 19,006 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 65%

Costs to Date: ~$28.5 million ($19,450,000 reported)

Fire size increased by ~170 acres yesterday. Fire intensity has increased and the fire has moved steadily to the north and east. It has crossed the 3810 road at several locations. [The 3810 Rd. is N of the wilderness boundary at the ridgetop separating the Umpqua and Willamette watersheds. - Ed].

The fire continues to move northward within and beyond the Boulder Creek Wilderness Area. The spot across the 3810 road yesterday was 13 acres. Today there were multiple spots across the north contingency line, the largest estimated at 50 acres. These spots are near the boundary of the Willamette National Forest.

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Situation as of 09/29/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 305
Size: 19,289 acres (Rattle Fire 18,838 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 65%

Costs to Date: ~$28.2 million ($19,200,000 reported)

Fire size increased by ~450 acres yesterday. Forest closures remain in place around the fire area. Crews continued burnout operations along the northwest perimeter.

The SE and SW corners of the fire are in a mop-up and patrol status. Additional support has been placed in this area due to the winds and the proximity to the Dry Creek community. The burnout along the N flank will continue to keep just in front of the fire edge. Rehabilitation continues on the S and E flanks of the fire. Scouting for contingency lines to the N of the fire is taking place.

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Situation as of 09/28/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 414
Size: 18,841 acres (Rattle Fire 18,390 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 65%

Costs to Date: ~$27.8 million ($18,800,000 reported)

Fire size increased by ~130 acres yesterday. Forest closures remain in place around the fire area. Crews continued burnout operations along the northwest perimeter.

Red Flag Warning for Monday.

Fire behavior has increased with the continued dry hot weather. Jim Valentine’s Type 3 organization has taken over the fire as of 0630 today. ICP has been moved to the Toketee Ranger Station.

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Situation as of 09/27/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 562
Size: 18,713 acres (Rattle Fire 18,262 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 65%

Costs to Date: ~$27.4 million ($18,400,000 reported)

Fire size increased by ~200 acres yesterday. Forest closures remain in place around the fire area. Crews continued burnout operations along the northwest perimeter.

HIGH PRESSURE WILL STRENGTHEN OVER THE REGION LEADING TO WARMER AND DRIER CONDITIONS. IN PARTICULAR UNSEASONABLY WARM DRY AND UNSTABLE CONDITIONS WILL EXIST SUNDAY AND MONDAY AFTERNOON ALONG WITH POOR RIDGETOP RECOVERIES THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT, ESPECIALLY OVER THE CASCADES AND SISKIYOUS. ON MONDAY AFTERNOON ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST NEAR AND
EAST OF THE CASCADES.

Transition with a Type 3 organization began today. Transfer of command will occur at 630 on 9/28 to a local Type 3 organization (Valentine). PNW2 Type 1 IMT (Hoff) has been managing the fire for 9 days, but now they are calling it quits. The fire is still actively growing and fire weather warnings are in effect.

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Situation as of 09/26/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 654
Size: 18,529 acres (Rattle Fire 18,078 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 62%

Costs to Date: ~$26.9 million ($17,885,672 reported)

Fire size increased by ~40 acres yesterday.

Forest closures remain in place around the fire area.

Crews began small burnout operations along the northwest perimeter due to fire growth and hot/dry weather conditions.

HIGH PRESSURE WILL STRENGTHEN OVER THE REGION LEADING TO WARMER AND DRIER CONDITIONS. IN PARTICULAR UNSEASONABLY WARM DRY AND UNSTABLE CONDITIONS WILL EXIST SUNDAY AND MONDAY AFTERNOON ALONG WITH POOR RIDGETOP RECOVERIES THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT, ESPECIALLY OVER THE CASCADES AND SISKIYOUS. ON MONDAY AFTERNOON ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST NEAR AND
EAST OF THE CASCADES.

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Situation as of 09/25/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 723
Size: 18,490 acres (Rattle Fire 18,039 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 60%

Costs to Date: ~$26.4 million ($17,382,372 reported)

Fire size increased by ~500 acres yesterday.

Forest closures remain in place around the fire area.

The fire continues to move slowly northward within the Boulder Creek Wilderness Area. The roads on the Northern flank have been prepped for containment, or burnout, if necessary. Small scale burnout conducted on SE flank.

90% of Boulder Creek Wilderness has been burned so far.

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Situation as of 09/24/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 808
Size: 18,003 acres (Rattle Fire 17,552 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 58%

Costs to Date: ~$26 million ($17,041,400 reported)

Fire size increased by ~400 acres yesterday.

Forest closures remain in place around the fire area. The Stage 1 evacuation level was lifted for all residences at 1800.

The fire continues to move slowly northward within the Boulder Creek Wilderness Area. The roads on the Northern flank have been prepped for containment, or burnout, if necessary.

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18 Sep 2008, 8:26pm
Oregon
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Lonesome Complex/Middlefork Fire (Repost)

Location: 21 mi NE of Prospect, Douglas Co., OR

Specific Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, Middle Fork Rogue River near Halifax Cr in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, Lat 42 43 10. Long 122 15 50.

Date of origin: 08/16/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 10/09/2008 4:00 PM
Personnel: 19
Size: 21,125 acres
Percent contained: 95%

Costs to date: $18,413,719

Mop-up is complete. Equipment is pulled and fire suppression impacts have been rehabilitated where needed.

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Situation as of 10/08/2008 7:00 PM
Personnel: 55
Size: 21,125 acres
Percent contained: 95%

Costs to date: $18,413,719

Rain and snow showers likely in the afternoon.Mop-up is complete. Equipment is pulled and fire suppression impacts are being rehabilitated where needed. Weather forecast for 10/9 is rain and showers likely. Mop up activities complete. Rehab efforts are ongoing.

Type 3 organization in place. Transitioning to a Type 4 team on 10/9/08 at 1500 hours.

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Situation as of 10/06/2008 6:30 PM
Personnel: 125
Size: 21,125 acres
Percent contained: 70%

Costs to date: $18,189,300

Estimated costs decreased due to actual costs and decrease of crew and air operations.

Tuesday mostly cloudy in the morning with a few rain showers. Mop-up is complete. Equipment is being pulled and fire suppression impacts are being rehabilitated where possible.

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Situation as of 10/05/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 97
Size: 21,125 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to date: $18,060,000

Estimated costs decreased due to actual costs and decrease of crew and air operations.

Weather forecast for 10/6 promises warmer and drier conditions Monday afternoon.
Mop-up activities complete. Transfer of command to a Type 3 organization has occurred.

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Situation as of 10/04/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 115
Size: 21,125 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to date: $18,600,000

Wetting rain received on the fire last night and today, much cooler and moister weather aided in reducing fire activity. Weather forecast for 10/5 promises an increase in rainfall and snow levels dropping to 5200 feet.

Mop-up is complete. Equipment is being pulled and fire suppression impacts are being rehabilitated where weather permits. Transfer of command to a Type 3 organization is scheduled for 0600 on October 4, 2008.

The breakdown of acres by ownership is: Crater Lake National Park – 2,017; Rogue River Siskiyou NF – 18,569; Fremont Winema NF - 539.

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Situation as of 10/02/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 328
Size: 21,125 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to date: $18,300,000

Fire increased ~325 acres yesterday.

Widespread rainfall received on the fire today. Much cooler and moister weather aided in reducing fire activity and spread. Mop-up is progressing well on west and north flanks, equipment is being pulled and fire suppression impacts are being rehabilitated where possible.

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Situation as of 10/01/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 440
Size: 20,808 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to date: $18,200,000

Fire increased ~120 acres yesterday.

Cooler and moister weather aided in reducing fire activity and spread. For October 2, rainfall near 0.25” is forecast.

Costs in this report are for the complex, however, acres and containment figures reflect the Middle Fork Fire only. The breakdown of acres by ownership is: Crater Lake National Park – 2,009; Rogue River Siskiyou NF – 18,307; Fremont Winema NF - 492.

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Situation as of 09/30/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 541
Size: 20,687 acres
Percent contained: 42%

Costs to date: $17,700,000

Fire increased ~640 acres yesterday.

Easterly winds are hitting the uncontained east flank of the fire and are pushing the fire back in on itself. Continued flanking action along north perimeter for burnout. Weather forecast for tomorrow (Wed) is nearing critical burning thresholds.

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Situation as of 09/29/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 521
Size: 20,045 acres
Percent contained: 42%

Costs to date: $17,000,000

Fire increased ~300 acres yesterday.

The breakdown of acres are: Crater Lake National Park - 1,927; Rogue River Siskiyou NF – 17,628; Fremont Winema NF - 490.

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Situation as of 09/28/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 787
Size: 19,748 acres
Percent contained: 42%

Costs to date: $16,300,000

Fire increased ~200 acres yesterday.

East winds are hitting the uncontained E flank of the fire and are pushing the fire back in on itself. Continued flanking action along N perimeter in CLNP for burnout.

Red Flag Warnings have been issued for 0300 to 2300 hours tomorrow (Monday).

Completing major mop-up activities. Rehab Plan has been developed and ongoing rehab efforts will be completed as soon as practicable. Cost are for the complex, however, acres and containment reflect the Middle Fork Fire only. The breakdown of acres are: Crater Lake National Park - 1,893; Rogue River Siskiyou NF – 17,365; Fremont Winema NF - 490.

Active burning in the ground fuels with single and group tree torching developing by mid-day. By afternoon, areas of previous spotting pulled together creating several plume columns across the fire, all inside of the containment lines.

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Situation as of 09/27/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 851
Size: 19,539 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to date: $15,400,000

Fire increased ~175 acres yesterday.

A new Division (Lima) was staffed today, starting an indirect strategy to contain the north and east flanks of the fire. Deliberate Burnout of heritage old-growth Oregon Cascades forest was initiated in Division Kilo.

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Situation as of 09/26/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 936
Size: 19,263 acres
Percent contained: 35%

Costs to date: $14,700,000

Fire decreased ~100 acres yesterday; no explanation. Fire continues to spread in old-growth, esp to the S in Seven Lakes basin.

Continued flanking action along W and N perimeter for burnout.

WFSA # 4 has been certified by the Regional Forester.

HIGH PRESSURE WILL STRENGTHEN OVER THE REGION LEADING TO WARMER AND DRIER CONDITIONS. IN PARTICULAR UNSEASONABLY WARM DRY AND UNSTABLE CONDITIONS WILL EXIST SUNDAY AND MONDAY AFTERNOON ALONG WITH POOR RIDGETOP RECOVERIES THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT, ESPECIALLY OVER THE CASCADES AND SISKIYOUS. ON MONDAY AFTERNOON ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST NEAR AND EAST OF THE CASCADES.

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Situation as of 09/25/2008 7:00 PM
Personnel: 1,036
Size: 19,361 acres
Percent contained: 35%

Costs to date: $13,900,000

Fire grew ~200 acres yesterday. Fire continues to spread in old-growth, esp to the S in Seven Lakes basin.

Continued progress with direct line to the north and east portion of the fire in the park.

The breakdown of acres by management unit are: Crater Lake Lake National Park (NPS)-1,743 acres; Rogue River-Siskiyou NF - 17,127 acres; Fremont-Winema NF - 491 acres.

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Situation as of 09/24/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 999
Size: 19,135 acres
Percent contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $13,092,572

Fire grew ~160 acres yesterday. Burnouts on SW and E perimeter of fire.

Continued progress with direct line to the north and east portion of the fire in the park.

PNW team 3 Type 1 IMT (Pendleton) assumed command at 0600 9/25.

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18 Sep 2008, 6:09pm
Oregon
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Doubleday Fire

Location: 1 mile S of Butte Falls, Jackson Co., OR

Specific Location: Hukill Creek to Doubleday Creek and S to Salt Creek Access Rd., Lat 42 30 24 Lon 122 33 56

Date of origin: 09/17/2008
Cause: not reported

Situation as of 09/22/2008 1:00 PM
Personnel: 286
Size: 1,275 acres
Percent contained 100%

Costs to Date: $2,671,707

Transition to local Type 3 organization (Simrell - IC) takes place at 1300 hr.

Minimal activity confined to stump holes and larger interior fuels.

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Situation as of 09/21/2008 1:00 PM
Personnel: 553
Size: 1,275 acres
Percent contained 95%

Barricades and limited access to the public are still in place. Containment expected to take place at end of shift today. Transition will take place tomorrow at 1300hr. Management of the incident will transfer to a local Type 3 organization.

Moderate temperature and relatively high humidity have created favorable firefighting conditions for holding line and mopping up. Continued consumption of heavy fuels continues where jackpots of blowdown still exist; tree torching and short-range spotting is still possible. Flare-ups and torching has occurred in areas where patchy burning has occurred.

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Situation as of 09/19/2008 1:00 PM
Personnel: 628
Size: 1,250 acres
Percent contained 75%

Fire progression north towards Butte Falls has been halted. ODF has laid water hose on perimeter. Cloud cover, lower temperature, and higher humidity provided favorable firefighting conditions.

Fire activity increased overnight in the NE portion of the fire and is expected to contine until line is complete in that portion. Probability of ignition from spots is 40-50%.

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Situation as of 09/18/2008 1:30 PM
Personnel: 441
Size: 750 acres (reported, at least 4 sq miles within perimeter)
Percent contained 5%

Fire progressing north, towards Butte Falls. Jackpots of heavy downed material burning actively. Fire has been lined, either direct or indirect. Dozer line constructed on
west side of fire. Hand line and dozer line constructed on east side of the fire.

MODIS satellite images this morning indicate the fire subsided overnight and is no longer progressing toward Butte Falls.

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Situation as of 09/18/2008 12:30 PM
Personnel: 169
Size: 600+ acres (~2,400 acres based on Google fire maps at 6:00 PM)
Percent contained 5%

Butte Falls on alert for possible evacuation. 160 residences, school, and 10 commercial buildings threatened.

ODF IMT 2 (Hunt) on fire. S winds pushing fire towards Butte Falls. Burning in heavy fuels, including blowdown and snags, in the Butte Falls watershed. Checkerboard ownership, private and BLM.

18 Sep 2008, 8:48am
Oregon
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Lake Lenore Fire

Location: 11 miles N of Detroit Lake, Clackamas and Marion Cos., OR
Specific Location: Bull of the Woods Wilderness, Lat 44° 53´ 56″ Lon 122° 3´ 21″

Date of Origin: 08/16/2008 (first official report 09/18/08)
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/21/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 8
Size: 536 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $475,000

No suppression, monitoring only. Old-growth fire. Backing, group tree torching and small uphill runs. No explanation for acreage reduction. Name of fire changed to “Clackamas Complex.” Last report from USFS. Big secret deal. Hush hush. Old-growth murder fire. Mums the word.

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Situation as of 09/18/2008 at 6:15 PM
Personnel: 20
Size: 650 acres
Percent contained: 0%

No suppression, monitoring only. Old-growth fire. Backing, group tree torching and small uphill runs.

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Situation as of 09/17/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 14
Size: 550 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Fire Behavior: Backing, group tree torching and small uphill runs.

Evidently a smoldering lightning strike that flared up yesterday. Old-growth westside Cascades forest. Trees up to 450 years old torching. Irreplaceable. Extreme resource destruction.

No initial attack. No attempt to contain, control, or extinguish. Fire is being “monitored.”

17 Sep 2008, 2:47pm
Oregon
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Gnarl Ridge Fire (Repost)

Location: 14 miles S of Parkdale, Hood River Co., OR

Specific Location: Cold Springs Ck, 3 mi SW Cloud Cap Inn, Mt. Hood NF, Lat 45° 22´ 21″ Lon 121° 37´ 40″

Date of Origin: 08/08/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 10/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 132
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $15,000,000

Transition and turnback from Type III IMT to district Type IV organization in progress. Demobilization of Type III project NLT 1700 tomorrow. Type IV organization will retain 2 crews, 2 engines and some overhead.

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Situation as of 10/04/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 272
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $14,900,000

Precipitation delayed today’s rehab operations due to road and flood safety concerns. In process of demobilizing operational resources to those needed for continued work after turnback to the district.

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Situation as of 10/02/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 272
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $14,500,000

Area closure reduced in size. Type III IMT assumed command at 0600. Significant demob of resources continued. Mopup and rehab continued on Divs D, G and K.

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Situation as of 10/01/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 471
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $14,200,000

The area closure is scheduled to be reduced in size effective tomorrow, Thursday, October 2, 2008.

The retardant was cleaned off of the historic structures at Cloud Cap. Yellow Spike, which had been used to spike up to 3 crews for suppression operations in Division M, was demobilized this afternoon.

A type 3 organization led by Type 3 IC Leo Segovia and trainee Matt White is scheduled to be delegated the responsibility for the suppression of this Incident as of 0600 hours, tomorrow, Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 0600 hours.

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Situation as of 09/30/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 571
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $13,800,000

Red Spike, which had been used to spike 4 crews for suppression operations in Division A, was demobilized this afternoon. Yellow Spike, which is being used to spike 3 crews for suppression operations in Division M, is scheduled to be demobilized tomorrow. The Area Closure has been reviewed and is expected to be reduced in size effective Thursday, October 2, 2008. Contractors will be allowed access to the Cloud Cap Inn beginning tomorrow to continue remodeling efforts which had started prior to the occurence of this Fire.

A Type 3 organization led by Type 3 IC Leo Segovia is scheduled to be delegated the responsibility for the suppression of this Incident as of 0600 hours, Thursday, October 2, 2008. A transition day for the Type 3 organization is expected to occur tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

Some open flame in unburned islands and in large fuels, otherwise creeping and smoldering fire.

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Situation as of 09/29/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 613
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $13,400,000

The existing closure order around the fire remains in effect. 7 crews were demobilized from the Incident today.

Some open flame in unburned islands and in large fuels, otherwise creeping and smoldering fire.

Night operations tonight includes 5 engines with overhead to patrol and mop up. For day operations tomorrow, initial attack all new starts in the initial attack responsibility area. Continue securing and mopping up containment lines. Continue to use the hand held Palm IR and the Helicopter RAM IR to identify heat targets to assist in the mop up operation. Continue using aviation resources to provide logistical support to the spike camps, to check the fire spread in the unlined areas, and to support ground crews in the suppression effort. Continue to mop up the unburned islands along the Cloud Cap access road. Continue to clean the retardant off of the Cloud Cap historic structures.

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Situation as of 09/28/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 765
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $12,800,000

Progress is being made in securing containment lines and mopping up on all perimeter. Flew the fire perimeter today with helicopter FLIR to identify heat targets to assist in the mop up.

Some open flame in large fuels and within unburned islands, otherwise creeping and smoldering fire.

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Situation as of 09/27/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 774
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $12,350,000

Continued good progress is being made securing containment lines and mopping up on all fire perimeter. Incident personnel began cleaning the retardant off of the historic structures at Cloud Cap today. Five IHC crews from the SW are scheduled for demobilization on Monday September 29, 2008.

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Situation as of 09/26/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 774
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $11,700,000

The level 3 evacuation notice for the subdivisions in the Cooper Spur area has been reduced to a Level 1 as of 1200 hours today.

A containment line has now been established on the perimeter, however, there are several portions on the perimeter where the containment lines are natural barriers tied into glaciers.

Securing and mopping up containment lines. Using Palm IR units to assist with the mop up operations. Continuing with excavator suppression rehabilitation and chipping operations on contingency containment lines and access roads. Continuing with BAER team assessment. Using air resources to provide logistical support to the 2 spike camps, for bucket work in the suppression effort, and backhaul of excess material from the spike camps.

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Situation as of 09/25/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 807
Size: Size: 3,280 acres
Percent Contained: 38%

Costs to Date: $10,900,000

The Level 3 evacuation notice for the subdivisions in the Cooper Spur area remains in effect, it is tentatively scheduled to be reduced to a Level 1 9/26/2008 at 1200 hours.

No change in acreage reported, minimal perimeter growth. Approximately 0.25 inches of precipitation fell over the fire area beginning yesterday evening and through the night. Fire most active above Cold Springs Ck on the E side of Mt Hood.

For night operations tonight 9/25/2008, use 5 engine crews to continue with structure protection and for mop up. For day operations tomorrow, 9/26/2008, continue establishing, securing, and mopping up containment lines on the fire perimeter. Continue with excavator suppression rehabilitation and chipping operations on the indirect contingency containment lines and access roads. Continue with hazard tree felling for fire fighter safety on all fire perimeter and on the access roads. Begin with the BAER team assessment. Continue using air resources to provide logistical support to the 2 spike camps, for bucket work with the suppression effort, for BAER assessment reconaissance, and backhaul of excess material from the spike camps.

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16 Sep 2008, 7:36pm
Oregon
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Royce Butte Fire

Location: Crescent Lake, Klamath Co. OR

Specific Location: ~Lat 43 33 31, ~Lon 121 52 51

Date of Origin: 09/16/08
Cause: human

Situation as of 09/30/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 381 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: not updated

Fire declared controlled today. [There are 3 stages in firefighting: contain, control, and extinguish. Roughly speaking, contain means get a line around it, control means no more flames, extinguish means no more smokes, fire dead out. - Ed]

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Situation as of 09/20/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 250
Size: 381 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $1,340,513

Transitioned to local Type 3 Team 9/21.

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Situation as of 09/19/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 371
Size: 381 acres
Percent contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $1,042,004

Highway 58 opened to the public, evacuation lifted and changed to level 2.

Minimal fire behavior. Continue mop up, patrol, rehab and remove equipment. Expected transition to local Type 3 Team on 9/21.

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Situation as of 09/18/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 336
Size: 381 acres
Percent contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $699,707

Highway 58 opened to the public, evacuation lifted and changed to level 2.

Oregon State Fire Marshall Red Team demobed yesterday.

Minimal fire behavior, smoldering and creeping in needle litter.

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Situation as of 09/17/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 238
Size: 381 acres
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $375,000

Highway 58 remains closed and residences and businesses of Crescent Junction remain evacuated. Community meeting last night.

Acres decreased due to more accurate gps mapping of fire perimeter.

Active burning in jackpots of fuel and spot fires. Some smoldering and creeping fire. Good progress made with dozer line on fire. Continue line improvement and construction, locate spot fires, protect structures and improvements.

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Situation as of 09/16/2008 at 6:00 PM (posted 7:00 AM 9/17)
Personnel: 155
Size: 1,100 acres
Percent contained: 0%

First official report. Evacuation of Crescent Lake Junction community, E Odell Lodge and all summer homes at Crescent and Odell Lakes; Diamond Peaks subdivision (located E of Crescent Lake Junction).

The American Red Cross Oregon Mountain River Chapter mobilized volunteers and gear to set up a shelter at the Crescent Community Center.

Fire crossed Hwy 58 at the airstrip N of CLJ. Active fire with crown runs and long range spotting, erratic high winds with gusts to 40mph. Intense burning observed.

Central Oregon Type 2 IMT (Rapp) requested and on the way.

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Situation as of 09/16/2008 at 10:00 PM
Personnel: 150+
Size: 600+ acres
Percent contained: unknown

No official reports, but one TV station is calling it the Royce Butte Fire. All reports on this fire so far are unofficial. (11 PM report KTVZ Bend [here])

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Situation as of 09/016/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: unknown
Size: 100+ acres
Percent contained: unknown

Evacuation of homes, a resort, and campgrounds is underway. Highway 58 is closed E of Willamette Pass. The next route to the S across the Cascades is Highway 138, which is also closed due to the Rattle Fire.

From KVAL Eugene [here]:

The fire grew to more than 100 acres in less than three hours Tuesday afternoon and was moving fast. The fire was started by human activity, but exactly how is not yet known, according to Virginia Gibbons with the Deschutes National Forest.

The fire jumped containment lines as a thunderstorm passed through the area. The wind and unstable air pushed the flames past bulldozers working to contain the fire.

Ten fire trucks are on the ground right now with one light helicopter and four air tankers dumping water and fire retardant on the blaze.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed Highway 58 from milepost 61 to 73 due to the fire.

The fire jumped Hwy. 58 and is burning on both sides, according to recent reports.

11 Sep 2008, 9:59am
Oregon
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Lime Fire

Lime Fire

Location: 0.5 mile N of Lime, Baker Co., Oregon

Location: 0.5 mile N of Lime, Baker Co., Oregon

Specific Location: Between Baker City and Ontario 5 mi north of Huntington, adjacent to I-84, Hwy 30, and Burnt River, Lat 44° 24´ 36″ Lon 117° 18´ 37″

Date of Origin: 09/10/2008
Cause: Human

Situation as of 09/11/2008 at 7:30 PM
Personnel: 89
Size: 349 acres
Percent contained: 100%

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Situation as of 09/10/2008 at 7:30 PM
Personnel: 107
Size: 349 acres
Percent contained: 75%

2 structures destroyed

Crews will finish putting line around the fire and mop up 50 ft in today (9/11

24 Aug 2008, 8:30am
Oregon
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Rattle Fire

Location: 6 miles NW of Toketee Falls, Douglas Co., OR

Specific Location: Boulder Creek, ~1 mi N of Hwy 138, Umpqua NF ~Lat 43° 20´ ~Lon 122° 29´

Date of Origin: 08/17/2008 (First official report 8/24)
Cause: lightning

Rattle Fire now incorporated into the North Fork Complex [here].

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Situation as of 08/24/2008 6:00 AM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 150 acres
Percent contained:0%

Operational plans for today call for turning the fire over to the Type 2 IMT at North Fork Fire (Batten-IC)

This is a complex of existing fires around the Toketee Falls area. Estimate 47 fires for approximately 30 acres. The Rattle Fire experienced significant growth on 8/23 because both the Umpqua NF and the Batten IMT failed to contain it with initial attack, and it is now a separate incident.

The Rattle Fire is partially within the Boulder Creek Wilderness, a pocket mini-wilderness.

22 Aug 2008, 9:27am
Oregon
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Clackamas River Complex Fires

Location: 26 miles SE of Estacada, Clackamas Co., OR

Specific Location: Rhododendron Ridge, NFD 4672 Rd, Mt. Hood NF, Lat 44° 56´ 35″ Lon 121° 56´ 33″

Date of Origin: 08/17/2008 (first official report 0/22)
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/24/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 55
Size: 175 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $745,350

Significant rain on fire Sunday night.

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 100
Size: 140 acres
Percent contained: 90%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $600,000

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 183
Size: 140 acres
Percent contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $485,400

Direct ground attack. Continue to suppress and mop up identified fires. Precipitation over fire area today.

22 Aug 2008, 9:10am
Oregon
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Harvey Lake Fire

Location: 20 miles W of Madras, Wasco Co., OR

Specific Location: Warm Springs Reservation, Harvey Lake area W of Pyramid Butte, Lat 44° 45´ 33″ Lon 121° 44´ 57″

Date of Origin: 08/17/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/24/2008 10:40 PM
Personnel: 108
Size: 152 acres
Percent contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $843,238

Fire behavior minimal. Secure line and mop up

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 10:00 PM
Personnel: 147
Size: 152 acres
Percent contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $430,000

Fire behavior minimal. Secure line and mop up

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 10:00 PM
Personnel: 169
Size: 152 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $275,000

PCT open. Showers and cool weather dampened fire. Secure line and mop up

 
  
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