18 Aug 2008, 5:20pm
Oregon
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Snow Creek Fire

Location: 14 miles W of Sunriver, Deschutes Co., OR

Specific Location: Snow Creek near S. Century Drive, 3 mi N of Crane Prairie Reservoir, Lat 43° 50′ 20″ Lon 121° 44′ 51″

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

Situation as of 08/27/2008 6:30 PM
Personnel: 308
Size: 447 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: Not reported, est. $3.6 million

Fire is 100% contained. This is the Final 209.

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 4:30 PM
Personnel: 441
Size: 447 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $3,037,000

A transition and shadowing day is planned for tomorrow between WA-IIMT3 and Local Agency personnel (USFS) that will be managing this fire on 08/27/08.

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Situation as of 08/24/2008 4:30 PM
Personnel: 611
Size: 447 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,624,860

Area closure remains in effect in the fire area.

Fire 758, 126 acs. Fire 761, 263 acs. Fire 757, 2 acs. Fire 853, 0.1 acs. Fire 901, 56 acs. All fires 100% containment. Small fire is extinguished.

7.5 miles constructed dozer line and 1.25 miles constructed hand lines (758, 761,757, and 853 fires). 2.44 miles constructed dozer line and 0.27 miles constructed hand lines (901 Fire). Demobilize air resources and 6 crews this morning (8/25/08).

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 463
Size: 389 acres (and 57 acres from 901 Fire)
Percent contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $1,400,000

Area closure remains in effect in the fire area.

Fire activity was confined to areas with heavy downed fuels today. Held all lines. Met today’s objectives of mop up along all control lines.

Relocated ICP/Base Camp to USFS Ogden Group Camp site. Fire 758 is 126 acres. Fire 761 is 263 acres. Picking up 901 Fire from USFS, currently 57 acres.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 459
Size: 389 acres
Percent contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $1,015,000

Line construction was completed around fires 761, 758 and spot fires. Held all lines. Fire 758 is 126 acres. Fire 761 is 263 acres. Approx. 7.5 miles constructed dozer line accomplished to date. Approx. 1.25 miles constructed hand lines accomplished to date.

Communications from ICP (Command Channel) to fire line is an issue that is being worked on. Plan to move ICP/Base Camp to new location tomorrow.

Locate, line, GPS and mop up spot fires. Mop up at least 50 feet to a goal of 300 feet of all control lines.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 320
Size: 300 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $570,000

Anticipate the majority of line construction to be completed by end of shift today.

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 213
Size: 300 acres
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: not reported

Command of this fire was transferred from Deschutes NF to WA IMT 3 at 0600 hrs today.

Thank goodness, because the local fireteam was a circus of dunces. First they complained because they couldn’t get backburns lit and turn a small fire into a raging holocaust that could have burned down Sunriver. The Snow Creek Fire is bounded by roads and rivers. It does not need to be backburned one square foot.

Then someone on the local firecrew was injured “by a snag” and rushed to the hospital. More details were not forthcoming.

Acreage reduction based on better mapping by a professional firefighting IMT who now have the situation well in hand. The Deschutes NF employees are so pathetically incompetent that they should really not be allowed anywhere near the actual forest.

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 7:45 PM
Personnel: 86
Size: 350 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Costs to Date: not reported

Burnout operations hampered by rain. [No kidding. That's what the report said. The USFS could not expand and prolong the fire because the rain interfered with their BURNOUT!!!]

However, an Incident Command Post has been established at MT Bachelor Resort, and transition has begun to LaFevre Type-II IMT (Washington Team 3). Tough duty! Let’s hope for their sake that the rain stops and they can get some good forest incineration hours in!

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 2:30 PM
Personnel: 36
Size: 309 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Cow Camp and Snow Creek Guard Station are evacuated. State Road 40 (Three Trappers Rd) is closed between FS Road 4270 (S. Century Dr) and State Road 46 (Lava Lakes Rd).

Maintaining the fire between FS Road 4270, State Road 40, and the Deschutes River.

18 Aug 2008, 4:57pm
Oregon
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Ochoco WFU Fire Complex/Black Canyon WFU Fire

Location: 10 Miles S of Dayville, Grant Co., OR

Specific Location: Black Canyon, Lat 44° 20′ 26″ Lon 119° 42′ 46″

Date of Origin: 08/07/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/29/2008 4:30 PM
Personnel: 15
Size: 1,620 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 63,603 acres

Costs to Date: $1,785,504 (not updated)

Transitioning to a T4 organization at 2000 tonight. This will be the last 209 until there is a significant change.

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Situation as of 08/27/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 48
Size: 1,620 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 63,603 acres

Costs to Date: $1,785,504 (not updated)

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 108
Size: 1,620 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 63,603 acres

Costs to Date: $1,785,504

Reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping. Type 3 organization will assume command of the Black Canyon Fire on August 26, 2008, replacing Reidy FUMT.

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Situation as of 08/24/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 189
Size: ~2,000 acres (no update)
Percent contained: 0%

Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 63,603 acres

Costs to Date: $1,681,829

Forest incineration impacts were not mentioned in the EA prepared prior to incorporating WFU into the Ochoco NF Fire Plan, because there was no EA prepared, nor any NEPA process whatsoever.

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 295
Size: 2,000 acres (no update)
Percent contained: 0%

Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 63,603 acres

Costs to Date: $1,309,463

Trees torching, mortality to green treens, loss of timber, habitat, watershed, air quality, and other resource values. No benefit to anything whatsoever, except perhaps to radicals who like to see forests destroyed.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 291
Size: 2,000 acres (no update)
Percent contained: 0%

Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 63,603 acres

Costs to Date: $1,098,830

A million dollars spent on a fire that could have been put out for $5,000. No plan, no authority, no EIS, no “resource benefit.” Just wild and crazy punks looting the Treasury by inducing catastrophe and disaster.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 275
Size: 2,000 acres (no update)
Percent contained: 0%

Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 63,603 acres

Costs to Date: $781,094

Illegal WFU fire continues to burn, each day solidifying the criminal case against USFS officials. You do the crime, you do the time. Prison guards are in a public employee union, too, so don’t expect your union to save you.

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 254
Size: 2,000 acres (no update)
Percent contained: 0%

Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 63,603 acres

MMA adjusted (tripled in size) while the fire is burning. No EIS. No prior planning. Just crazy whatever from the felonious loony-toon folks who just burned up the Mitchell Watershed.

Costs to Date: $488,308

Taxpayer dollars thrown in a burn barrel. This fire could have been extinguished at less than ten acres ten days ago for pennies.

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 8:00 PM
Personnel: 208
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 22,500 acres

Single tree torching with modest surface spread. Fires received minimal amount of rainfall.

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Situation as of 08/17/2008 7:00 AM
Personnel: 79
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 22,500 acres

First reported at NWCC 8/16. Ochoco NF Forest Supervisor Jeff Walter’s WFU strategy has blown up. The Black Creek Fire Used For Resource Benefit exploded to 2,000 acres overnight. At last report the USFS is continuing to let It Burn.

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Situation as of 08/16/2008
Personnel: 55
Size: 125 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 22,500 acres

Trees torching, fire running. No EIS.

Responsible official: Ochoco NF Forest Supervisor Jeff Walter
Phone Number: (541) 416-6500

17 Aug 2008, 12:01am
Oregon
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Ochoco WFU Fire Complex/Bridge Creek Fire

Location: 5 Miles S of Mitchell, Wheeler Co., OR

Specific Location: Mt. Pisgah, Lat 44°28′30″, Lon 120°13′24″

Date of Origin: 08/07/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/27/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 340 (not updated)
Size: 4,891 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to date: not updated, est. $4.4 million

Mop up patrol and rehab.

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 8:00 PM
Personnel: 340
Size: 4,891 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to date: $4,171,782

Local type 3 team will take over the incident at 0600 on 8/26.

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Situation as of 08/24/2008 8:00 PM
Personnel: 489
Size: 4,891 acres
Percent contained: 91%

Costs to date: $3,873,386

Adjusted breakdown of acres by ownership: 2,796 acres on USFS, 1,963 acres on private, and 132 acres on BLM.

Demob of excess resources will occur on 8/25 and 8/26 to downsize to a type 3 organization of approximately 200 personnel.

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 8:00 PM
Personnel: 584
Size: 4,902 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to date: $3,003,876

Line construction is complete, without backburning. Hot spotting in Division E where the fire
burned into the Maxwell Fire (2006). [Maxwell Burn is not "safe black" but is flammable again due to natural regrowth of vegetation. - Ed]

Breakdown of acres by ownership: 2720 acres on USFS, 2048 acres on private, and 134 acres on BLM. A Burn Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) Team has arrived and will begin analysis tomorrow.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 10:00 PM
Personnel: 595
Size: 4,902 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to date: $2,444,171

Direct line construction in division E. Mop-up in all divisions. Direct line means no 20,000 acre backburns.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 10:00 PM
Personnel: 572
Size: 4,902 acres
Percent contained: 45%

Costs to date: $1,827,555

Twenty-four hour precipitation has ranged from .05 inches on the east side of the fire to .15 inches on the west side of the fire. Mop-up is continuing in divisions A and B, direct line construction and mopup is continuing in divisions C, D, and E.

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 10:00 PM
Personnel: 519
Size: 4,902 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to date: $1,275,922

Completed control lines on the N portion of the incident.

A meeting was held with local private landowners this morning. Breakdown of acres by owner: 2,463 acres on USFS, 2,291 acres on private, and 147 acres on BLM.

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 10:10 PM
Personnel: 413
Size: 4,902 acres
Percent contained: 35%

Costs to date: $727,226

The fire spread to the northeast overnight on private land. Today the fire received precipitation which significantly diminished fire spread.

Single command with joint delegation of authority between USFS and ODF (OR Dept. Forestry). Firefighter suffered a seizure; no additional report.

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Situation as of 08/17/2008 10:00 PM
Personnel: 185
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Costs to date: $650,000

Major fire spread on private land.

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Situation as of 08/17/2008 7:00 AM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 4,000 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 22,500 acres

First reported at NWCC on 8/16. Ochoco NF Forest Supervisor Jeff Walter’s WFU strategy has blown up. The Bridge Creek Fire Used For Resource Benefit exploded to 4,000 acres overnight, and is no longer “benefiting” resources. The CO2’s (Central Oregon Type 2 IMT - Rapp) have been ordered. Mucho bucks have to be spent now. No word yet on whether the cost of suppression will come out of Walter’s paycheck. Probably not, since the costs will run in the $millions and Walter is not paid all that much. No, the taxpayers will foot the bill for Supe Walter’s glaring incompetence.

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Situation as of 08/16/2008
Personnel: 55
Size: 125 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 22,500 acres

Trees torching, fire running. No EIS. 4 fires, largest is Black Canyon WFU Fire

Responsible official: Ochoco NF Forest Supervisor Jeff Walter
Phone Number: (541) 416-6500

15 Aug 2008, 11:51pm
Oregon
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North Fork Complex/Rattle Fire

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 09/17/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 929
Size: 11,658 acres (Rattle Fire 11,207 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

Percent contained: 30% (reported)

Costs to Date: ~$19 million ($10,091,514 reported)

Estimated date of containment: 09/30/2008

Fire is continuing to move eastward out of the Boulder Creek Wilderness boundary. Fire continues to back into the Singe and Reynolds Creek drainages. Fire is well established on Western slopes of Steamboat drainage and will continue until contained. Fire has also spotted into Medicine Creek. Fire is plume dominated with active spotting.

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Situation as of 09/16/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 936
Size: 7,475 acres (Rattle Fire 7,024 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)

[That is clearly an underestimate. 13,000 acres is closer to the truth. -Ed]

Percent contained: 25% (reported, 10% more honestly)

Costs to Date: $9,117,852 million (reported but the truth is closer to $18 million)

Estimated date of containment: 09/30/2008

Without a doubt the ORCA Type 2 IMT (Paul) are grossly understating every fire statistic. Ken Paul’s team cannot be trusted to tell the truth. They are doing a lousy job of fighting the fire, too, unless their goal is to burn as much of the Umpqua NF as possible, in which case they are succeeding according to plan.

According to MODIS satellite sensing the Rattle Fire gained ~6,000 acres yesterday. It has spread east out of the Boulder Creek Wilderness, has crested Thorn Mountain and is in the Deer Creek drainage due N of Toketee Falls.

Plume dominated extreme fire behavior was observed unofficially but not reported in the 209.

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Situation as of 09/15/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 927
Size: 6,184 acres (Rattle Fire 5,733 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 25%

Costs to Date: ~$17.4 million (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, ~$11.5 million)

Estimated date of containment: 09/30/2008

Costs reported by ORCA Type 2 IMT (Paul) are grossly understated. They fail to account for the $3.1 million spent on the Rattle Fire before ORCA was assigned, and fail to include the $5.9 million spent on the other fires in the North Fork Complex.

Fire gained ~2,000 acres yesterday.

Plume dominated fire activity occuring within the Spring Creek and Onion Creek drainages of the Boulder Creek Wilderness and is threatening to cross to the East side of the Boulder Creek drainage. Fire has crossed the head of Singe Creek and Reynolds Creek. Fire has spotted over the wilderness boundary on the W flank as well as E and S flanks.

Extreme fire behavior with torching, running, and long range spotting. Flame lengths of 100 feet were observed early in the burn period. Plume dominated fire in both the A.M. and P.M.

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Situation as of 09/14/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 998
Size: 4,473 acres (Rattle Fire 3,801 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 30%

Costs to Date: ~$16.2 million (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, ~$10.3 million)

Estimated date of containment: 09/30/2008

Costs reported by ORCA Type 2 IMT (Paul) are grossly understated. They fail to account for the $3.1 million spent on the Rattle Fire before ORCA was assigned, and fail to include the $5.9 million spent on the other fires in the North Fork Complex.

A voluntary evacuation notice continues to remain in place for 2 Slide Creek residences,
and a voluntary evacuation was issued for Wilson Creek. PacifiCorp is in the process of de-energizing the 39 and 46 line.

Fire gained ~220 acres yesterday.

Plume dominated fire activity within the Boulder Creek Wilderness.

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Situation as of 09/13/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,018
Size: 4,252 acres (Rattle Fire 3,801 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: ~$15.2 million (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, ~$9.3 million)

Estimated date of containment: 09/30/2008

Costs reported by ORCA Type 2 IMT (Paul) are grossly understated. They fail to account for the $3.1 million spent on the Rattle Fire before ORCA was assigned, and fail to include the $5.9 million spent on the other fires in the North Fork Complex.

A voluntary evacuation notice continues to remain in place for 2 Slide Creek residences,
and a voluntary evacuation was issued for Wilson Creek. PacifiCorp is in the process of de-energizing the 39 and 46 line.

Fire gained ~340 acres yesterday.

Interior spread along Rattlesnake Ridge into Eagle Creek is being checked by use of heavy helicopters and hotspotting tactics. [That was the method used by NWO Type 1 IMT (West) before they were kicked off the fire for doing suppression.]

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Situation as of 09/12/2008 at 6:15 PM
Personnel: 944
Size: 3,912 acres (Rattle Fire 3,461 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 16%

Costs to Date: ~$14,151,150 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $8,295,165)

Estimated date of containment: 09/30/2008

Costs reported by ORCA Type 2 IMT (Paul) are grossly understated. They fail to account for the $3.1 million spent on the Rattle Fire before ORCA was assigned, and fail to include the $5.9 million spent on the other fires in the North Fork Complex.

A voluntary evacuation notice continues to remain in place for 2 Slide Creek residences,
and a voluntary evacuation was issued for Wilson Creek. PacifiCorp is in the process of de-energizing the 39 line.

Fire gained ~200 acres yesterday. Increasing surface fire spread, short range spotting, and isolated torching.

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Situation as of 09/11/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 899
Size: 3,723 acres (Rattle Fire 3,272 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $13,242,834 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $7,386,852)

Estimated date of containment: 09/30/2008

A four mile section of Highway 138 remains closed between Copeland Creek and Slide
Creek. A voluntary evacuation notice continues to remain in place for 2 Slide Creek residencies. No report on Rock Creek power station.

Fire gained 572 acres yesterday. Interior spread along Rattlesnake Ridge into Eagle Creek is being checked by use of heavy helicopters and hotspotting tactics. Suppression efforts continue along SW flank in DIV E. Hotspotting tactics continuing along Rattlesnake Ridge and head of Onion drainage.

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Situation as of 09/10/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 856
Size: 3,318 acres (Rattle Fire 2,867 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $11,918,259 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $6,062,277)

Estimated date of containment: 09/30/2008

A voluntary evacuation notice continues in preparation for potential evacuation of structures in the incident area. Highway 138 closed between MP 47 and MP 59.

Increasing surface fire spread, short range spotting, and isolated torching. Soda Spring overrun.

Control lines established on S and E flanks. Preparing for backfire operations.

Interior spread along Rattlesnake Ridge into Eagle Creek is being checked by use of heavy helicopters and limited hand line construction.

No announcement of the desired burn area.

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Situation as of 09/09/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 711
Size: 3,151 acres (Rattle Fire 2,700 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: bogus numbers reported, est. true costs at $12.1 million (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, ~$6,300,000)

Estimated date of containment: 09/30/2008

Notification level is currently at 2, preparation for potential evacuation of structures in the incident area. Highway 138 was closed between MP 47 and MP 59.

Active surface fire spread with active backing and lateral spread.

Fire S of Highway 138 has contingency control lines established. Preparing for potential backfire operations.

No word yet on whether the desired burn area will be 80,000 to 100,000 acres, as on the Ukonom, Iron, and Siskiyou Fires in Northern CA. Those target incineration areas were announced in June and achieved in September.

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Situation as of 09/08/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 466
Size: 2,689 acres (Rattle Fire 2,238 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: bogus numbers reported, est. true costs at $11.1 million (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, ~$5,300,000)

Notification level is currently at 2, preparation for potential evacuation of structures in the incident area. Highway 138 was closed between MP 47 and MP 59.

Active surface fire spread with active backing and lateral spread.

Fire S of Highway 138 has contingency control lines established. Preparing for potential backfire operations.

No word yet on whether the desired burn area will be 80,000 to 100,000 acres, as on the Ukonom, Iron, and Siskiyou Fires in Northern CA. Those target incineration areas were announced in June and achieved in September.

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Situation as of 09/07/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 372
Size: 2,433 acres (Rattle Fire 1,982 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 5%

Costs to Date: no update, est. $10 million (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, ~$4,200,000)

State Highway 138 is closed from MP 45 to MP 59. Notification level is currently at 2 in preparation for potential evacuation of structures in the incident area.

Fire burning within and outside of the wilderness. Crews are focusing on spot fires south of the highway and protection of Pacific Corp powerlines and facilities in the area. Additional equipment and crews are being ordered to help in the suppression efforts.

Spring Fire (1996) area has numerous dead snags, thick brush. Fire spread from snag torching and spotting, easterly winds, low humidities. Forecast is for north winds 5 to 15 mph, gusts to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon.

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Situation as of 09/06/2008 at 4:30 PM
Personnel: 190
Size: 1,750 acres (not updated from 09/05)
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: (not updated from 09/05) $8,955,982 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $3,100,000)

Fire acreage increased due to extreme fire behavior on 9/5/08. Running wind driven fire with long range spotting across Hwy 138.

Highway 138 was closed between MP 47 and MP 59. Pacific Corp powerlines were de-energized.

The Type 3 Team Team (Lunde) in place for one day was transitioned to a Type 2 Team (Paul).

Preparing for extensive burnouts and wholesale forest incineration as per desires of criminal lunatics in charge of the RR-SNF. I have no idea why West’s Type 1 IMT bailed, except possibly that they wanted no part of destroying Oregon forests. And since they wouldn’t do the dirty deed, they were ordered off.

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Situation as of 09/05/2008 at 4:00 PM
Personnel: 210
Size: 1,461 acres (Rattle Fire 1,300 acs; North Fork Fire 451 acs and 100% contained)
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $8,955,982 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $3,100,000)

The fire spotted across Boulder Creek and is burning in the 1996 Spring Fire burn to the southeast, with areas of spotting and upslope runs in brush and timber. Crews were pulled back to the roads in the late afternoon.

Transfer of command took place to Type 3 organization led by Nick Lunde today at
0600.

Note: the NW OR IMT (West) has experience with wilderness fires. They contained the Blueridge Fire last year on Mt. Hood, and the Gnarl Fire this year, also on Mt. Hood. The NW OR IMT (West) knows how to contain these fires. However, they have disengaged and turned fire management over to the local Umpqua NF Type 3 team.

Now the fire is rapidly expanding. In my estimation the NW OR IMT (West) should not have been pulled off this fire until it was under control. Now we shall see how much unecessary damage and expense result from that rash and untimely decision. - Ed

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Situation as of 09/04/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 210
Size: 1,461 acres (Rattle Fire 1,010)
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $8,855,982 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $3,000,000)

With the warmer and dryer weather, there has been a moderate increase in the observed fire behavior. Some open flame has been observed with isolated short runs in the larger more continuous fuels.

The transfer of command to the type 3 organization led by IC Nick Lunde, is scheduled to occur Friday, 9/5/2008 at 0600 hours.

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Situation as of 09/03/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 223
Size: 1,411 acres (Rattle Fire 960)
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $8,555,982 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $2,700,000)

A closure order remains in effect, however several roads were reopened to the public today around the fire area adjacent to the Boulder Creek wilderness area.

The transition to the Type 3 organization led by IC Nick Lunde is scheduled to occur on Friday September 5, 2008 at 0600 hours.

Continued mostly a backing, creeping and smoldering fire, some isolated short runs in larger continuous fuels. Continued to use of type 1 helicopters for bucket work to check the fire spread with the objective of keeping it east of Rattlesnake Ridge and north of Boulder Creek, and away from the Dry Creek community.

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Situation as of 09/01/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 292
Size: 1,396 acres (Rattle Fire 945)
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $8,101,852 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $2,245,870)

The Rattle Fire is 945 acres, and 0% contained. The fire spread seems to have been successfully checked yesterday afternoon to north of Boulder Creek and east of Rattlesnake Ridge by heavy helicopter bucket work. Will continue improving the proposed contingency containment lines. Use the helicopters for reconnaissance and for bucket work to check the fire spread with the objective of keeping it east of Rattlesnake Ridge and north of Boulder Creek.

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Situation as of 08/31/2008 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 383
Size: 1,396 acres (Rattle Fire 945)
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $7,777,546 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $1,921,564)

The Rattle Fire is 945 acres, and 0% contained. Continued backing in the dense timber stand on the north side of Onion Ridge.

The Northwest Oregon Incident Management Team led by IC Carl West was delegated the responsibility for the management of this Incident as of 0600 hours today, 8/31/2008. The Rattle Fire was previously included in the North Fork Complex Incident, but as of 0600 hours today, the Rattle Fire Incident has been separated out and delegated to the NWOIMT. The rest of the North Fork Complex has been delegated back to the local unit. Costs to date include the cost accumulated for the suppression of this incident while it was included in the North Fork Complex.

Assisted the local forest today with IA as rapellors assigned to this Incident were used on a small fire near Mt Thielson. Continued demobilization of resources is planned to “right size” the Incident.

Continue to monitor the mapped decision points for the possible evacuation of the Dry Creek community. Use IR as one of the tools for monitoring the spread of the Fire. Continued reconnaisance of the access trails east of Boulder Creek for possible contingency containment lines, otherwise continued improvement of all proposed indirect containment lines. Continued snag falling along access roads and contingency containment lines where appropriate to address safety issues. Continued road brushing on access roads to increase travel visibility/safety concerns where identified. Use heavy helicopter bucket drops to check the fire spread and keep it east of Rattlesnake Ridge and north of Boulder Creek.

Note: the NW OR IMT (West) has experience with wilderness fires. They contained the Blueridge Fire last year on Mt. Hood, and the Gnarl Fire this year, also on Mt. Hood. The NW OR IMT (West) knows how to contain these fires. They have not resorted to massive burnouts in the past. The Rattle Fire currently has burned less than 4% of the Boulder Creek Wilderness and the weather is cool and wet. There is no reason to incinerate the entire drainage. We sincerely hope and expect that the Rattle Fire will be quickly contained so that massive resource destruction does not occur. - Ed

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Situation as of 08/30/2008 at 5:45 PM
Personnel: 410
Size: 1,341 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $7,428,601 (North Fork Fire, $5,855,982; Rattle Fire, $1,572,610)

The Rattle Fire is 890 acres, and 0% contained. Continued backing in the dense timber stand on the north side of Onion Ridge.

Transition with the Northwest Oregon IMT occurred today.

Continued indirect line preparation in DIV A. Abandoned ridgetop DIV T proposal from Balm Mountain and will use Rd. 3810 flanking the NE side of the fire as DIV T. Rd 3810 flanking the NW side of the fire will become an extension of DIV N. A new division, C, is anticipated that will run north from Old Man Rock up the Boulder Creek drainage. Improve line in all other divisions.

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Regarding the discussion above, Balm Mtn. and Rd. 3810 are not shown on this map. They are at least 6 or 7 miles distant from the Rattle Fire. If the Rattle Fire extended all the way to Rd. 3810 it would encompass 25,000 acres and the entirety of the Boulder Creek Wilderness. I hope the Northwest Oregon IMT does not intend to backburn from Rd. 3810. That would increase the fire size 20-fold and destroy nearly 40 square miles of Oregon Cascade forest.

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Situation as of 08/29/2008 at 5:30 PM
Personnel: 428
Size: 1,286 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $7,140,417

The Rattle Fire is 835 acres, and 0% contained. Continued backing in the dense timber stand on the north side of Onion Ridge.

Completed scouting new division (T) and anticipating beginning indirect line construction next operational period. Held transition briefing with incoming Northwest T2

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Situation as of 08/27/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 546
Size: 1,071 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $6,329,471

The Rattle Fire is 620 acres, and 0% contained. Backing downslope with short uphill runs. Flame lengths occasionally to 4 feet. Indirect line construction in preparation for potential burnout.

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 580
Size: 892 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $5,518,015

Currently working with cooperating agencies and the community of Dry Creek to develop an Evacuation and Protection Plan.

The North Fork Complex is comprised of 7 small IA fires all in control status. The North Fork Fire is 451 acres and 100% contained. The Rattle Fire is 442 acres and 0% contained. Divisions A, J, and N on the Rattle Fire will continue to prep containment lines for possible burnout. Snags continue to be a safety issue.

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Situation as of 08/24/2008 at 5:20 PM
Personnel: 575
Size: 728 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $5,057,809

The North Fork Complex is comprised of 7 small IA fires all in controlled status, the North Fork Fire (451 acres and 90 percent contained) and the Rattle Fire (277 acres and 0 percent contained). Blue Mountain Team in briefed with the Umpqua NF today and assumed
command of the Rattle Fire at 0600 on 8/24/2008.

North Fork Fire continues to have a few smoldering spots far into the interior. Rattle Fire is backing down slope with short uphill runs. Flame lengths to 4 feet. Will continue to scout for indirect line locations using trails and roads, prep containment lines for burnout, and snag falling where needed for safety.

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 at 5:15 PM
Personnel: 751
Size: 451 acres
Percent contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $4,124,468

Acreage does not include acres from the IA fires the team is suppressing.

Fire behavior minimal. Fire continues to smolder and creep. Stumps are burning out. Continued mop-up and falling of hazard trees as necessary.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 758
Size: 450 acres (not updated)
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $3,463,608

2 fires in contained status and 4 fires in controlled status.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 708
Size: 450 acres (not updated)
Percent contained: 37%

Costs to Date: $2,869,832

There are 4 staffed IA fires and 2 IA fires in patrol. On the North Fork Fire, crews will continue to build handline and to install water handling equipment.

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 745
Size: 450 acres
Percent contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $2,076,494

Campgrounds along FS Road 38 remain closed.

Seven IA [initial attack] fires are staffed with 10 more IA fires to be located and staffed. The IA fires are actively spreading requiring ground and air resources to check spread.

Direct line construction where needed, installing water handling equipment on all divisions, and beginning mopup. IA Group will continue to take action on all new starts and continue with appropriate containment actions.

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 718
Size: 450 acres
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $1,249,398

Minimal fire activity today, 8/18/2008 in main fire. 2 initial attack fires started were staffed with 5 more fires still to be staffed, but fires are not growing appreciably. There was significant direct containment line established around the perimeter of the North Fork Fire. Red flag warnings are currently in effect for the fire area due to lightning and high winds.

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Situation as of 08/17/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 451
Size: 400 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Road closures established 8/17/08 in Steamboat drainage. Forest Service Road 38 in the Steamboat Drainage is closed, and campgrounds along FS Road 38 have been evacuated.

Late afternoon lighting storm has started numerous new fires in the Initial Attack area of the IMT. One 3-5 acre fire (Incident No. S08103) in the Team IA boundary area will be contained the evening of 8/17/08. More thunderstorms expected.

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Situation as of 08/16/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 217
Size: 250 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Type 2 IMT ordered and assumed command 8/16/08 at 18:00.

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Situation as of 08/15/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 217
Size: 150+ acres
Percent contained: 2%

The fire is moving in a NE direction, and is expected to grow to 150 acres by the end of the day 8/15/08. Lost control lines today with some spotting and single tree torching. Due to the steep, rugged terrain there are concerns of lack of safety zones. Fuels are very dry and there is a potential for thunderstorms for the next several days. Three road closures are in effect.

15 Aug 2008, 11:24pm
Oregon
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Dry Creek Fire

Location: 13 miles W of Sisters, Deschutes Co., OR

Specific Location: the Mount Washington Wilderness, between areas blackened by the Lake George and GW fires (2007), Lat 44° 19′ 55″ Lon 121° 48′ 47″

Date of Origin: 08/07/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/19/2008 at 8:45 PM
Personnel: 8
Size: 110 acres
Percent contained: 50%

No change from yesterday. Still monitoring fire.

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 at 9:00 PM
Personnel: 8
Size: 110 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Command and crew will camp-out at the incident tonight. Tomorrow, monitor and patrol.

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Situation as of 08/17/2008 at 6:30 PM
Personnel: 8
Size: 110 acres
Percent contained: 30%

2 jumpers and a local 5-person hand crew are camped out on scene. The fire is contained by natural barriers. Supplies are adequate through Tuesday. A Type-1 Helo is available out of Sisters, OR. Main concern today was various thunderstorms in the area and heavy winds out of the west.

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Situation as of 08/16/2008 at 6:00 PM (reported 24 hrs later)
Personnel: 17 (no update)
Size: 102 acres (no update)
Percent contained: 0% (no update)

Stated Objectives: Continue to contain the fire and confine it within the area.

Implied but not stated: up-to-date 209 reports not something fire managers are concerned with.

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Situation as of 08/16/2008: no update

Responsible official: Deschutes NF Forest Supervisor John Allen
Phone Number: (541) 383-5300

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Situation as of 08/15/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 17
Size: 102 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Red Flag Warning for heat through Saturday. Minimal fire behavior observed 8/14/08.

Fire strategy: Contain the fire and confine it within the area, “the area” being currently undefined.

12 Aug 2008, 9:55am
Oregon
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Eagle Creek Fire

Location: 6 miles SE of Athena, Umatilla Co., OR

Specific Location: Umatilla Indian Res, Lat/Lon not reported

Date of Origin: 08/07/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/12/08 8:00 AM
Personnel: 146
Size: 370 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $115,000

Fire was contained yesterday - utilizing Golden Eagle Hot Shots for burning sped up the projected containment date. Today, mop up will continue in Division A and B (300-500 ft from fireline) and mop-up will begin on Division C.

[Note to Carl on the Gnarl Ridge Fire. See how to do it? No farting around, just line the fire right now. Weaver's Type 3 did it with half the personnel you have. If you can't do your job, we can replace you in a minute, Carl. - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/11/08 10:00 AM
Personnel: 127
Size: 370 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $110,000

Torching, backburning to road, short runs in draws with heavier fuel. Will be utilizing hot shot crew to clean up unburned fuel within interior.

12 Aug 2008, 9:43am
Oregon
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650 Fire

Location: 4 miles W of Moro, Sherman Co., OR

Specific Location: Harris Canyon, Deschutes River, Lat 45° 29´ 49″ Lon 120° 49´ 14″

Date of Origin: 08/07/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/11/08 2:20 PM
Personnel: 10
Size: 5,175 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Structures destroyed: a hunters shack, a historical homesteader’s house, and barn.

Costs to Date: not reported

First report issued by NWCC 08/11/08 9:00 AM

9 Aug 2008, 7:51pm
Oregon
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Gnarl Ridge Fire

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 09/17/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: unknown
Size: Size: 200 to 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

The Gnarl Ridge Fire has flared up again. Evacuation ordered for Cooper Spur Inn, Mountain Shadows, and other homes on the south end of Cooper Spur Road. A large fire plume is visible. Strong winds are preventing air attack. A Type 2 IMT has been requested.

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Situation as of 08/22/08 6:15 PM
Total Personnel: 174
Size: Size: 516 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $4,800,000

Crews are continuing with rehabbing of trails, repairing water damage to access routes and inventorying equipment and materials to be left around the fire line. Air support has been assisting in removal of excess materials and equipment including trash. Demobilization of crews and resources continues in preparation of hand off to the type III team tomorrow. Closing of the Mt Hood Meadows ICP, complete Type II demobilization and hand off is anticipated to be completed by 1400 hrs Saturday. The Type III team will work out of the County fairgrounds in Odell.

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Situation as of 08/21/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 208
Size: Size: 516 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $4,600,000

No fire activity observed today, air resources grounded. Demobilization of crews and resources is being matched to the transition time and the needs of the incoming Type III team.

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Situation as of 08/20/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 353
Size: Size: 516 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $4,500,000

Incident command staff has reevaluated resource needs. Demobilization of crews and
resources is being matched with the remaining tasks at hand. Crews are still assigned for IA activities. Confirmation a Fire Use module will arrive 8/22/08 at 1800 hrs. Finalized a Type III team organization and will be ordering resources to fill out the organization.

Significant rain has fallen within the last 24hrs and is expected to persist through tonight returning to showers through midday Thursday. No fire activity observed today, air resources grounded and the area is unsafe for ground crews, especially at water crossings. With heavy rain persisting through today, and no activity on the fire lines, it is anticipated that crews will be on the line again tomorrow afternoon to recover excess equipment and materials and rehab to meet turn back standards.

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Situation as of 08/19/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 510
Size: Size: 516 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $4,100,000

Crews have finished construction of line from the S edge of the fire to Elk Meadows trail on the E side of the fire. Crews also left the S line plumbed with hose and pumps. Excess equipment and material was placed at sling sites for removal. All crews walked out yesterday due to heavy rain overnight last night.

Operational needs have been adjusted to reflect the revised strategy that includes placement of contingency lines to keep the fire within agreed geographical boundaries.

Some larger 1000 hr fuels are still burning, and fire may be creeping in the ground fuels in areas of established canopy.

Additional crews have been reassigned for IA activities to assist in controlling many of the lightning starts in the forest beyond the confines of the agreed IA area. Three new starts were attacked today. Crews are working with the Clackamas office of the Mt Hood NF.

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Situation as of 08/18/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 544
Size: Size: 516 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $3,500,000

Threatened Structures: 43. Cooper Spur and Mountain Shadow residents remain in a precautionary notification status.

Minimal fire activity today, 8/18/2008. The possibility of measurable amounts of precipitation exists over the next two days. Crews have been working to finish construction of line on S edge of the fire to Elk Meadows trail on E side of fire. Some crews remain at the lower elevation spike camp ovenight while others will hike out due to continuing threat of showers and cooler weather.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 529
Size: Size: 516 acres
Percent Contained: 8%

Costs to Date: $2,425,000 reported 08/16, est $3.2 million today

An advisory notice has been given by the Hood River County Sheriff to residents of the Cooper Spur and Mountain Shadow residents. Residents were notified of the fires movement and inquiries were made of any special needs by the residents should evacuation become necessary. The Sheriff’s office is monitoring the fires progress and will notify residents should the situation deteriorate. [Correcting yesterday's report of a Level 1 Evacuation Notice - Ed]

Acreage reported 8/16/08 was an estimate only. The large plume from the spot fire prevented accurate measurement. The revised acreage estimate is based on infra-red data observations.

With 80-100% cloud cover 8/17/08 there has not been significant fire activity. Crews worked to establish, reinforce, and construct a contingency line on the south edge of the fire. Contingency line of 3000 feet was built proceeding east to an established trail. Line was started to the west to tie existing containment lines to the timberline on Mt Hood. The 200 acre spot fire from 8/16/08 was worked with helicopter and buckets only. Crews worked to establish another spike camp further to the west to replace White Spike Camp that was burned over 8/16/08. All crew activity today was limited to the south side of the fire. Additional crews and engines have been requested and are beginning to arrive.

The large numbers of snags requiring mitigation before line can be safely built is significantly slowing forward progress, as is the deep layer of dry duff that is now being encountered. [Professional contract firefallers are needed in this type of situation - Ed]

No mention of airtankers in the report.

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Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 415
Size: Size: 800 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: not reported, est $3.2 million

A level 1 evacuation notice was implemented for the Cooper Spur Ski Area, Cooper Spur Inn, Mtn. Shadows. Decision point to begin structure protection on the historic structures at Cloud Cap and Tilly Jane campground has been reached, therefore structure protection has been initiated.

Fire escaped containment lines early the afternoon of 8/16/08 and made a very large run to the north. All ground forces have been disengaged for safety reasons. White spike camp (located on the northwest side of the fire) was burned over and has been emptied, all personnel have been safely relocated.

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Situation as of 08/15/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 392
Size: Size: 299 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: not reported, est $2.4 million

There is a Red Flag Warning for dry and unstable conditions through Saturday. Should constructed fire line be compromised there is potential for significant growth. The large numbers of snags requiring mitigation before line can be safely built is significantly slowing forward progress, as is the deep layer of dry duff that is now being encountered.

Retardant was utilized 8/15/08 to assist in maintaining control of the northern fire line.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 401
Size: Size: 296 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: not reported, est $1.8 million

The fire is burning in the Mount Hood Wilderness in steep, rugged terrain. There is a heavy dead and down timber component and limited access for ground crews. It is a 3 hour walk one way into the fire perimeter. Ten crews are in two spike camps. Helicopters are used to provide logistical support for the spike camps.

Crews continue to make good progress in constructing containment lines around the fire perimeter. Helicopters are being used for bucket drops on spots outside the constructed fireline to hold them until ground crews can build containment lines around them.

The Carson Type 1 helicopter will not work 8/15/08 to allow personnel to attend memorial services for firefighters recently killed in California.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 414
Size: Size: 270 acres
Percent Contained: 37%

Costs to Date: $1,400,000

Est date of containment: 08/17/2008

A second spike camp within the wilderness, supporting two crews is established to support firefighting activities. The area of public closure remains in effect. Additional felling crews are being utilized in preparation of line construction.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 393
Size: Size: 270 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

Spike Camp has been established within the wilderness boundary to support firefighting activities. Scouting has taken place for the possibility of an additional spike camp. The area of public closure remains in effect.

[No, no no. Build the damn line, Carl!!! This is not a wienie roast, it is a forest fire. Your job is to contain and control it, not have a campout. It is only 270 acres, according to you. 300 people could have lined it already. Do not delay and dawdle, farting around while my forest incinerates. - Ed]

Continue with intelligence gathering on the fire perimeter looking for opportunities to contine perimeter lines and venues for resupply.

[What??? The whole damn place has trails. Everybody knows where everything is and have for 100 years!!!! It is not a mystery. Mt. Hood has been mapped and remapped and combed over since the 1800's. Your team was right there 2 years ago. Stop acting stupid. - Ed]

Using wilderness MIST tactics, continue containment lines. Using aviation resources provide logistical support to the spike camp and firefighting activities. Continue to provide access for structure protection resources to address needs at Cloud Cap histirical [sic]

[The fire is not near Cloud Cap and should NEVER get there. Use the aircraft for bucketing water on the fire. It should have been contained by now. Put the damn fire out, Carl. Stop playing incineration games. Fork MIST. Put the fire out. - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/11/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 335
Size: Size: 270 acres
Percent Contained: 22%

Costs to Date: $600,000

Spike camp has been established within the wilderness boundary to support fire fighting activities. The area of public closure remains in effect.

Isolated individual torching with some running and spotting fire. Continue with intelligence gathering on the fire perimeter looking for opportunities to continue containment lines. Using wilderness MIST tactics; aviation resources to provide logistical support to the spike camp and firefighting activities. Continue structure protection efforts on the Cloud Cap historical structures and Tilly Jane campground.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 194
Size: Size: 150 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 0% (not updated)

A relatively large area closure was put into place today for the safety of firefighters and the public.

Northwest Oregon IMT (West) assigned 0600 hours 8/10/2008. Base camp at Mount Hood Meadows ski area. Structure protection on the Cloud Cap historic structures and Tilly Jane campground area. Using wilderness MIST tactics, aviation resources. Several washed out stream crossings on access trails are being reestablished to allow firefighing crew walking access.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: Size: 150 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

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Situation as of 08/08/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: Size: 80 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Steep, heavily wooded terrain. Close to Blueridge Fire (2006). Heavy smoke visible in HR Valley. W winds 15 to 25 mph.

9 Aug 2008, 7:32pm
Oregon
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Silvies River Fire

Location: 13 miles NW of Burns/Hines, Harney Co., OR

Specific Location: Silvies River, Lat 43° 43´ 46″ Lon 119° 11´ 46″

Date of Origin: 08/07/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 302
Size: Size: 4,040 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: not reported, est $2.6 million

100% containment

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 422
Size: Size: 4,040 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $2,096,436

Size of fire increased due to more accurate mapping of perimeter. Little fire activity, some scattered smoldering.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 545
Size: Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $1,676,658

Very little activity, some smoldering and low intensity flames. Demob resources.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 572
Size: Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $828,711

Occasional torching of unburned areas. Handline completed in Div Z from ridge to river. Continue control lines, and begin mop up utilizing water sources.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 157
Size: Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Central Oregon Type 2 IMT (Rapp) engaged. Establishing control lines and water sources. Successful burnout on west side of fire.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 86
Size: Size: 1,100 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

An historic cabin was destroyed in 8/8 run. Type 2 IMT assigned to take over fire at 1800 8/9/2008.

9 Aug 2008, 7:22pm
Oregon
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North Pole Ridge Fire

Location: 10 miles N of Clarno, Wasco Co., OR

Specific Location: E of Long Hollow Ck, W of the John Day River, 7 mi E of Hwy 97, Lat 45° 2´ 48″ Lon 120° 32´ 5″

Date of Origin: 08/07/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/21/08 1:00 PM
Total Personnel: 0
Size: Size: 6,319 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Fire was reported 100% contained, again.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 0
Size: Size: 6,319 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Continuing aerial observation flights.

On 08/13 this fire was reported 100% contained. Yesterday it was reported that the fire had flared up and jumped containment lines. Today there is no mention of that flare up and no change in the reported acreage. Somewhere in that mess is the truth, but it is difficult to suss it out.

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Situation as of 08/16/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 16+
Size: Size: 6,319+ acres
Percent Contained: 80%

An increase in winds on the NE flank caused the fire to jump containment lines.

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Situation as of 08/15/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 16
Size: Size: 6,319 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

The fire was mapped with a GPA on 8/15/08. This resulted in a slight decrease in the acreage burned.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 31
Size: Size: 6,700 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

100% containment.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 31
Size: Size: 6,700 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Interior smokes, nothing threatening line.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 31
Size: Size: 6,700 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

All lines holding; few torching trees on South flank. A good line is in place on the west side where the escape occurred yesterday. Type-II CONWR crew will be staged at Clarno Bridge, east of Antelope, OR until the roads can be flagged.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 15
Size: Size: 6,000 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Creeping with occasional flare-ups, with an afternoon run on the Northwest flank. 1 Type-I and 2 Type-III helicopters are doing bucket drops to knock down the fire.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 10
Size: Size: 6,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

A Type3-IC and 2 engines on scene. Fire constrained by topographic breaks (rimrock).

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Situation as of 08/08/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: Size: 6,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Heavy smoke and thunderstorms prevented aerial observations and action. Washed out roads have prevented equipment and crews from accessing the fire.

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Please take some time to explore W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking. There is a wealth of information being collected there. Sometimes you may need to read between the lines because the whole truth is only hinted at. Your analysis of specific fires is also welcome, as are your photos, maps, and on-the-ground observations.

20 Jul 2008, 11:28am
Oregon
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Jersey 2 Fire

Location: 22 miles N of Madras, OR

Specific Location: South Junction Road. Lat 44° 53´ 36″ Lon 121° 3´ 40″

Date of Origin: 07/19/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 27
Size: 429 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

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Situation as of 07/20/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 429 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

About W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking

This Spring W.I.S.E. initiated THIS Fire Tracking site. We have been endeavoring to track the larger fires in the West. So far we have tracked over 110 fires, many still active.

The way W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking works is that each fire (that we choose to track) gets it’s own post. That post is updated periodically. We try to update on a daily basis while the fire is active, but some days the information is not available.

If a fire you are interested in is not on the main page (it only holds 15 posts), then there are a few ways you can find it. First, try typing the name of the fire in the search applet in the upper righthand sidebar. Second, you can click on the “state” category if you know what state the fire is in. Third, if you know what month the fire started, you can look in the archives under that month.

For each fire we are attempting to post daily stats for acreage, personnel, percent containment, and suppression costs to date. That way each post becomes a historical record for that fire. You can see how the fire grew day by day, along with the changes in the other stats. That’s something InciWeb doesn’t do.

W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking is in blog form, designed for feedback. People on the scene, or anywhere else for that matter, can contribute information, photos, or ask questions. It’s a two-way communication, something else InciWeb does not do.

W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking is free. It costs the taxpayers nothing. That’s definitely not the case with InciWeb. Your donations are sincerely appreciated, in any case.

Unlike other fire sites, W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking is not designed by and for firefighters. Our expertise and concern is about forests and other landscape types, and so we can provide indepth analysis regarding the effects of a particular fire on multiple forest values and resources. By collecting and posting the daily record for each fire, we are establishing the basic information needed to analyze fire effects.

InciWeb, the government fire reporting site, has been up and down this year. Right now it is functional again. If the InciWebbers show they can report fires consistently and without server glitches, we may pick and choose which fires we track more selectively. Our intention was never to compete with InciWeb or supplant them. We only provided a comprehensive fire reporting service because we thought such was needed during their long absence.

Due to the workload involved with W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking, the other subsites at W.I.S.E. have been neglected. Sorry about that. Hopefully in a week or two the fire season will calm down a bit and the other subsites will get more attention.

In that regard, if you feel like reviewing a new book or paper of exceptional quality and cutting-edge, new paradigm thinking in the environmental sciences, please do so. We are always happy to post contributions from the experts.

For those select few among you to whom we have promised specific projects, please bear with us. We have not forgotten. The list is still right here on the W.I.S.E. bulletin board. Your project is circled in red. We will get to it when we can and eventually for sure.

Please take some time to explore W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking. There is a wealth of information being collected there. Sometimes you may need to read between the lines because the whole truth is only hinted at. Your analysis of specific fires is also welcome, as are your photos, maps, and on-the-ground observations.

Please Donate to the Cause

W.I.S.E. is non-profit. Heck, we’re damn near non-income. But we are endeavoring against all odds to save forests and spread good information and knowledge about stewardship of our forests and landscapes.

We’re trying to save forests. We’re trying to stop or reduce the megafires that are ravaging our forests. We’re trying to make this planet a more habitable place for all life forms.

To that end we have created and are managing 12 websites. Our most recent site, W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking, is building records of the major fires burning this year, so that we can evaluate those fires after the season is over and seek ways to lessen the destruction.

We have not shirked from controversy. We have pushed the envelope. We have berated the Powers That Be for their incompetence and misguided policies that destroy forests, both public and private, and incinerate homes, farms, and ranches, and pollute the air and water, and cripple economies, and drain the Treasury.

We have endeavored to post the best, most cutting edge science, so that visitors can learn the facts for a change instead being pepper sprayed with rude and a-scientific propaganda all the time. We are a beacon, a light in the smoky darkness of a thousand forest fires burning at once.

W.I.S.E. is free. Our sites are open to all, free of charge, without a fee, buy in, ticket charge, or gate receipt.

But it is not free to do all this work. It is time consuming. Moreover, the expertise displayed here is the result of hundreds of years of combined professional effort. All of the experts published at W.I.S.E. have contributed their knowledge for free, and we are deeply grateful, but we also recognize that their expertise is hard won and represents lifetimes of dedication.

Your financial contributions are also deeply appreciated. We share this wonderful letter we received today, with gratitude:

Dear Mike,

Enclosed please find a check in the amount of $200. I hope it will help to keep your great sites going and allow you to continue to share wisdom and expertise.

As I promised myself, “a dollar a day” contribution will hopefully assist this endeavor to spread the word about forest health in particular and the rational study of the environment in general.
Randy

We send Randy a big Thank You. He would never admit it, but he is a victim of excruciatingly bad forest policies. His home and landscape are under tremendous threat. His area has been visited by fire storms emanating from mis-managed federal forests and hundreds of his neighbors’ homes have been incinerated by those fire storms. There is little he can do to change those terrible policies on his own.

But W.I.S.E. is attempting to do just that. We want to save rural homes from predicted, preventable fires. We desire to save the taxpayers $billions in emergency fire costs by encouraging the application of restoration forestry to millions of acres, thereby rendering forest safe and resilient to fire and far less prone to catastrophic destruction by holocaust. We wish to protect, maintain, and perpetuate forests, wildlife habitat, watersheds, airsheds, recreation opportunities, and all the other amenities and values that forests provide us. We are deeply cognizant of the heritage of our landscapes, and promote the respect and restoration that our heritage deserves.

That is our quest. Little by little we are having an effect. Top policy makers are reading our sites. The pendulum is being swung, the elephant is slowly moving.

Your contributions make it possible for W.I.S.E. to pursue this quest. Our budget is threadbare. We can barely pay our monthly Internet fees. But with your help we will persevere.

Your contributions are tax deductible. The Western Institute for Study of the Environment is a 501(c)(3) non-profit collaboration of environmental scientists, practitioners, and the interested public.

W.I.S.E. provides a free, on-line set of post-graduate courses in environmental studies, currently fifty Topics in eight Colloquia, each containing book and article reviews, original papers, and essays. In addition, we present two Commentary sub-sites, a news clipping sub-site, and the W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking site.

Our mission is to further advancements in knowledge and environmental stewardship across a spectrum of related environmental disciplines and professions. We teach and advocate good stewardship and caring for the land.

Please help us out. Please visit our donations page [here].

Thank you.

13 Jul 2008, 9:43am
Oregon
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Jim Creek Fire

Location: 15 miles E of Roseburg, Douglas Co. WA

Specific Location: ~5 S of Glide, Little River area, Lat 43° 14´ 10″ Lon 123° 2´ 23″

Date of Origin: 07/11/2008
Cause: Unknown

Situation as of 07/13/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 255
Size: 164 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Fire is burning on lands protected by the Douglas County Fire Protection Association (Douglas FPA) with mutual assistance from Oregon Department of Forestry.

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Situation as of 07/12/08 1:00 PM
Total Personnel: 62
Size: 200 acres
Percent Contained: not reported

 
  
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