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.

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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].

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15 Jul 2008, 10:35am
Washington
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243 Fire

Location: 12 miles E of Desert Aire, Grant Co. WA

Specific Location: Saddle Mtn. Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Lat 46° 39´ 0″ Lon 119° 45´ 0″

Date of Origin: 07/14/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 07/18/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 1,384 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

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Situation as of 07/14/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 101
Size: 1,800 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

No further growth expected. Fire across the Columbia River from Hanford Nuclear site.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 10 pm PDT Wednesday for winds and low humidities. Eastern WA and OR. West winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to NW 12 to 19 mph in the afternoon. In the eastern Columbia River Gorge west winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph.

15 Jul 2008, 10:29am
Washington
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Willow Creek Fire

Location: ~5 miles SE of Soap Lake, ~10 miles N of Moses Lake, Grant Co. WA

Specific Location: Willow Lake area, North Columbia Basin Wildlife Area, Lat 47° 19´ 32″ Lon 119° 25´ 35″

Date of Origin: 07/13/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 07/14/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 70
Size: 3,600 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Fire in grass with no further growth expected.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 10 pm PDT Wednesday for winds and low humidities. Eastern WA and OR. West winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to NW 12 to 19 mph in the afternoon. In the eastern Columbia River Gorge west winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph.

14 Jul 2008, 10:11am
Washington
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Wilmont Fire

Location: 15 miles SSW of Inchelium, Ferry Co. WA

Specific Location: Wilmont Creek area, Colville Indian Res., Lat 48° 5´ 0″ Lon 118° 19´ 25″

Date of Origin: 07/13/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 07/13/08 9:00 PM
Total Personnel: 49
Size: 100 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Complexed with Abraham Fire, see [here].

13 Jul 2008, 3:42pm
Washington
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Cold Springs Fire (with Badger Fire)

Location: 10 miles N of Trout Lake, Yakima Co., WA

Specific Location: Cold Springs, Mt. Adams area, Lat 46° 7´ 18″ Lon 121° 29´ 55″

Date of Origin: 07/13/2008
Cause: lightning, “sleeper” delayed ignition from week-old strike

Situation as of 07/29/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 225
Size: 7,729 acres
Percent Contained: 98%

Costs to Date: $9,432,795

Heavy fuels continue to burn and smolder in the interior. No expected growth over the next 12-24 hours.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 225
Size: 7,729 acres
Percent Contained: 98%

Costs to Date: $9,153,436

Acreage by ownership: Yakama Indian Reservation - 1,623 ac; Gifford Pinchot NF - 4,723 ac; Hancock Forest Management - 307 ac; Washington DNR - 1,076 ac.

Continue aggressive mop-up and cold trail of perimeter. Back haul equipment. Make preparations for rehabilitation.

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Situation as of 07/24/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 948
Size: 7,980 acres
Percent Contained: 98%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $8 million

On Friday, July 25, 2008, the Central Oregon Incident Management Team, led by IC Mark Rapp, will transfer command of the Cold Spring, Sheep Lake, and Big Lava Fire to a Type III Incident Management Team lead by IC Alan Lawson. The Big Lava Fire is on patrol status. The Sheep Lake Fire is being monitored by air.

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Situation as of 07/22/08 3:30 PM
Total Personnel: 1,042
Size: 7,980 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $7,523,887

One helicopter and reassigned two Type 1 crews from the Cold Springs Fire supported initial attack on a new fire start, the Badger Fire, on the Mt. Hood National Forest.

The Badger Fire is 15 acres and was contained last night around midnight. Location not reported.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,096
Size: 7,980 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $5,237,455 (not updated)

Burnout of interior islands continue in Division E. Crews made good progress in all Divisions to meet mop-up objectives. Supported initial attack on two new starts on the Mt. Adams R.D. Four rappellers were used for initial attack on the Sheep Lake Fire.

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM PDT TUESDAY FOR ABUNDANT LIGHTNING ACROSS CRITICALLY DRY FUELS FOR FIRE. STORMS WILL CONTINUE OVERNIGHT AND THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON AS THEY PROGRESS TOWARD NORTHEAST OREGON. SOME OF THESE STORMS MAY PRODUCE STRONG OUTFLOW WINDS.

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Situation as of 07/19/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,128
Size: 7,956 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $5,237,455

Acres by ownership: Yakama Indian Reservation - 1,529. Hancock Forest Management - 643. Washington DNR - 1,104. Mt. Adams RD, Gifford Pinchot NF - 4,670.

Burnout of interior islands was completed in Division C and initiated in Division E. There was no perimeter growth in the last operational period so acres burned remain at 7,956. Occasional torching, short range spotting, some located N of fire line, some created from original 7/13 burn period.

A Long-Term Assessment Team was assigned to the incident to develop a plan to manage the fire through the remainder of the summer.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,086
Size: 7,956 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: not reported, est $4.4 million

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Situation as of 07/17/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,037
Size: 7,933 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $3,239,632

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Situation as of 07/16/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 930
Size: 7,604 acres
Percent Contained: 18%

Costs to Date: $2,243,698

20 miles of line construction was completed. No significant fire growth despite high temps, low humidity, and strong Gorge winds. Active torching and spotting as interior fuels continued to burn throughout.

Briefing with Yakama Tribal counsel on 7/17. Community meeting held on 7/15 with
the community of Trout Lake. On-going communication with Yakama Tribe, Washington DNR,
and Hancock Forest Management.

Note: The CO2’s (Central Oregon Type II IIMT, Rapp) accomplished more in one day than many IMT’s fighting California fires have accomplished in a month. When a good team wants to contain a forest fire, they do so. When a poor team wants to milk a fire for weeks or even months on end, well, that apparently happens, too.

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Red Flag Weather Warning in effect until 10 PM PDT Wednesday. NW winds 11 to 18 mph with gusts to 35 mph, becoming west 5 to 10 mph after midnight. In the E Columbia River Gorge W winds 14 to 21 mph with gusts to 35 mph decreasing to 6 to 11 mph after midnight.

Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 518
Size: 7,160 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $1,210,301

Fire is moving E to NE with short range spotting, active torching, and runs of 1-2 miles.

Line building is in progress. Central OR Type 2 IMT (Rapp) assumed command of the incident on 7/14/2008 at 2000. On-going communications with Yakama Tribe, Washington DNR, and Hancock Forest Management.

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Situation as of 07/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 335
Size: 8,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $200,000

Fire active throughout night with spread towards the Bird
Creek meadow area. Crews and dozers worked to secure private lands adjacent to Forest and Yakama Agency lands on 7/14. Burnout operations underway.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 10 pm PDT Wednesday for winds and low humidities. Eastern WA and OR. West winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to NW 12 to 19 mph in the afternoon. In the eastern Columbia River Gorge west winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 9:00 PM
Total Personnel: 237
Size: 2,000+
Percent Contained: 0%

Evacuation of Climbers at Cold Spring Trailhead and Climbers on on Mt Adams. All Forest Roads closed east of Forest Road 25. All Trails on eastside of Mt. Adams closed at this time.

Central Oregon IMT2 (Rapp) ordered for 07/14/08.

Fire very active tonite making a major run to the east at 2100. Fire
spotting 1/2 mile out from main fire. torching of groups of trees.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: unknown
Size: ~100 acres (500+ acres at 6:00 PM)
Percent Contained: 0%

Two air tankers and a helicopter have been flown. Access closed to the Cold Springs South Climb trailhead and all hikers are being evacuated from the area. Large smoke plume visible for many miles. (217 registered climbers on Mt. Adams today. Autos parked at trailhead are at risk. USFS attempting to notify all climbers and have autos removed by Sunday evening.)

Note: Trout Lake is in Klickitat Co., but the fire (at this point) is in Yakima Co. on the Gifford Pinchot NF, not Yakima Indian Res., close to and possibly in the Mt. Adams Wilderness Area. Thick forest, much dead and down from various pathogens, heavy fuel loading.

Cold Creek Fire from upper Hood River Valley, 07/13/08. Photo courtesy John Marker.

13 Jul 2008, 9:59am
Washington
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French Valley Fire

Location: 7 miles SE of Omak, Okanogan Co., WA

Specific Location: French Valley, Colville Indian Res., Lat 48° 20´ 22″ Lon 119° 25´ 23″

Date of Origin: 07/10/2008
Cause: Unknown

Situation as of 07/15/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 140
Size: 1,420 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $942,000

Fire remained within containment lines, crews burned out or isolated unburned fuels south end of fire, located and mopped up hot spots with IR. Increased acreage due to updated mapping.

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Situation as of 07/14/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 268
Size: 1,366 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $725,000

Fire remained within containment lines, crews burned out or isolated unburned fuels south end of fire. Two hundred foot mop up all divisions. Palm IR on all divisions planned.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 10 pm PDT Wednesday for winds and low humidities. Eastern WA and OR. West winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to NW 12 to 19 mph in the afternoon. In the eastern Columbia River Gorge west winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 236
Size: 1,234 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $505,000

Handline completed across south end of fire at 1700 hours, but significant unburned fuels adjacent to trail requiring treatment today. Fire is carried by dead and down timber in the draws.

Division A is in patrol status, crews to mop up and burnout in Division B.

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Situation as of 07/12/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 211
Size: 1,234 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Grass fire moved into an old burn area with dead and down timber. Currently burning in pockets of heavy dead and down fuel.

13 Jul 2008, 9:53am
Washington
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Abraham Canyon Fire

Location: 5 miles NW of Inchelium, Ferry Co. WA

Specific Location: Abraham Canyon, Hall Creek, Rainy Ridge, Colville Indian Res., Lat 48° 23´ 14″ Lon 118° 17´ 47″

Date of Origin: 07/10/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 07/15/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 271 (Abraham 154, Wilmont 117)
Size: 526 acres (Abraham 372 acs, Wilmont 154 acs)
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $745,000 (Abraham $640,000, Wilmont $105,000)

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Situation as of 07/14/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 224
Size: 472 acres (Abraham 372 acs, Wilmont 100 acs)
Percent Contained: 95%

Wilmont and the Abraham Canyon Fires have been complexed and are now called the Inchelium Complex Fires. IMT assisting with initial attack on a new fire just south of Inchelium.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 10 pm PDT Wednesday for winds and low humidities. Eastern WA and OR. West winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to NW 12 to 19 mph in the afternoon. In the eastern Columbia River Gorge west winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 214
Size: 372 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $320,000

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Situation as of 07/12/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 104
Size: 277 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Critical resources identified are needed to quickly contain the fire before conditions change and the opportunity is lost. The fire is on steep, timbered ground where handcrews will be the most effective resource.

13 Jul 2008, 9:35am
Washington
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Doyle Complex Fire

Location: 2 miles NW of Barstow, Ferry Co., WA

Specific Location: Lat 48° 47´ 34″ Lon 118° 10´ 4″

Date of Origin: 07/09/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 07/15/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 330
Size: 862 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $950,000

Structures Destroyed: 2 residences , 9 outbuildings

Significant progress was made today mopping and securing structures. All divisions have starting gridding parts of their divisions where mop up had been easily accessed.

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Situation as of 07/14/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 357
Size: 864 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $750,000

Minimal fire behavior was observed. Mostly smoldering, some creeping
with occasional flare ups in jackpots and islands of unburned fuel within the fire perimeter.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 10 pm PDT Wednesday for winds and low humidities. Eastern WA and OR. West winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to NW 12 to 19 mph in the afternoon. In the eastern Columbia River Gorge west winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 359
Size: 842 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $550,000

Line completion and mop-up operations planned for 7/14/08.

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Situation as of 07/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 315
Size: 842 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $325,000

Structures Destroyed: 2 residences , 8 outbuildings

Fire has burned into riparian areas along the Kettle River.

11 Jul 2008, 10:08am
Washington
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Cayuse Fire

Location: 12 miles E of Tonasket, Okanogan Co. WA

Specific Location: Lat 48° 41´ 31″ Lon 119° 12´ 0″

Date of Origin: 07/09/2008
Cause: Unknown

Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 180
Size: 1,778 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,900,000

Beginning demob. Accounting and removal of equipment.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 324
Size: 1,778 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,348,000

Continue with securing the fireline, mopup, and patrol.

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Situation as of 07/14/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 410
Size: 1,768 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $2,003,600

Red Flag Warning in effect until 10 pm PDT Wednesday for winds and low humidities. Eastern WA and OR. West winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to NW 12 to 19 mph in the afternoon. In the eastern Columbia River Gorge west winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 506
Size: 1,768 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $1,250,000

Demobilization this morning.

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Situation as of 07/12/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 482
Size: 1,768 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $841,042

Heavy concentrations of fuel burned intensely, posing containment challenges.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 287
Size: 1,500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $245,000

Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place. Structures Destroyed: 1 residence

Remarks: High political impact in an area with historic heavy fire experience. [That's what the report said - Ed]

[The Lat/Lon put this fire on Cayuse Mtn. ~12 miles E of Tonasket, N of Hwy 20, at least 30 miles NE of Okanogan. The coordinates indicate private land, although Okanogan NF lands are in the immediate vicinity. -Ed]

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Situation as of 07/10/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 202
Size: 1,100 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

11 Jul 2008, 9:56am
Washington
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Spokane Valley Fire

Location: E side of Spokane, Spokane Co. WA

Specific Location: Dishman Hills, S of Dishman, Lat 47° 38´ 13″ Lon 117° 19´ 13″

Date of Origin: 07/10/08
Cause: human

Situation as of 07/19/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 140
Size: 1,006 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: not updated

State mobilization did not end at 2400 on 7/15/08 and continues to be in place on this incident. Evac notice lifted at 0600 Tuesday. Private security has been put in place by homeownersat Ely Rd and Park Ln.

Planned Actions: Complete rehab of handline. Pull all remaining equipment from line at the end of shift. Demob of remaining hand crews will occur 07/20. Tonight thermo-vision will work until midnight. Engine strike teams will complete mop up and rehab 07/20. Containment expected 07/20.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 458
Size: 1,006 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $2,940,000

Structures Destroyed: 11 residences , 10 outbuildings

Updated damage numbers resulted from further assessment. Evacuation notice was lifted at 0600 hrs today.

State mobilization did not end at 2400 hrs 7/15/08 and continues to be in place on this incident. Transition today with Type 3 Team. Transfer of command to take place at 0630 on 7/17/08. Demobilizing the Type 2 Team tomorrow morning 7/17/08.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 467
Size: 1,006 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $2,300,000

Evacuation notice to be lifted at 0600 hrs on 7/16/08. Anticipate demobilizing the Type 2 Team on the morning of 7/17/08.

Thermovision will continue to check for hot spots around structures and line. Day shift tomorrow: All Divisions; Mop up goal of 300 feet around perimeter and 400 feet around structures.

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Situation as of 07/14/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: 473
Size: 1,006 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Road closures were lifted today by the Sheriff’s Department in cooperation with the Incident Commander. Private security has been put in place by homeowners.

Fire line completed around perimeter of fire includes ~2.35 miles of dozer line and 4.37 miles of hand line. Anticipate demobilizing 6 Strike Teams of Type 1 Engines.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 10 pm PDT Wednesday for winds and low humidities. Eastern WA and OR. West winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to NW 12 to 19 mph in the afternoon. In the eastern Columbia River Gorge west winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 407
Size: 1,006 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Structures Destroyed: 13 residences , 1 outbuilding

Increase in number of structures destroyed is due to a more accurate accounting. Approximately 2300 homes remain in level 2 evacuation status. Road closures remain in effect.

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Situation as of 07/12/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 313
Size: 1,006 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

No additional structures destroyed.

Four road closures in effect: 25th and Thierman Lane, 10th and Park, 24th and Dishman, Mica 16th and Old Farm Lane.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 138
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent Contained: not reported

In SW portion of the city of Spokane Valley. Structures Destroyed: 13 residences , 1 outbuilding.

Minimal fire activity yesterday.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 1,200 acres
Percent Contained: not reported

Seven residences and 1 outbuilding have been destroyed. Evacuations are in effect.

11 Jul 2008, 9:49am
Washington
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Browns Canyon Fire

Location: ~9 mi NE of Orondo, Douglas Co. WA

Specific Location: Browns Canyon, Waterville Plateau, Lat 47° 42´ 26″ Lon 120° 11´ 13″

Date of Origin: 07/09/08
Cause: Unknown

This fire incorporated into Badger Mountain Fire. As of 07/13/08, 100% contained, mopping up.***************

Situation as of 07/10/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Structures Destroyed: NONE

Brown Canyon Rd. closed. Level 1 Evacuation Notice. Explanation of levels not given.

10 Jul 2008, 9:38am
Washington
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Badger Mountain Fire

Location: 8 miles north of East Wenatchee,

Specific Location: Badger Mtn. Rd., Lat 47° 31′ 30″ Lon 120° 10′ 30″

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

Situation as of 07/16/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 265
Size: 15,023 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $2,877,191

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Situation as of 07/15/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 441
Size: 15,023 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $2,577,876

Est containment date: 07/17/2008

Crews are making good progress toward completing control lines. Control lines are holding at this time. Crews are also mopping up and starting rehab of dozer lines.

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Situation as of 07/14/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 459
Size: 15,023 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $1,941,944

Active fire behavior on Badger Mountain fire. Small group torching and surface fire within the control lines. Control lines are holding at this time.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 10 pm PDT Wednesday for winds and low humidities. Eastern WA and OR. West winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to NW 12 to 19 mph in the afternoon. In the eastern Columbia River Gorge west winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 370
Size: 14,722 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $1,139,231

Level 3 evacuations of residences are in effect at this time effecting approximately 160 residences.

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Situation as of 07/12/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: 313
Size: 13,349 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Est containment date: 07/20/2008

Costs to Date: $598,386

Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations of residences are in effect at this time. Over 200 residences threatened.

Significant fire activity on NE side of fire. Active surface fire, single and group torching, spotting up to 1/10 of a mile. Dense smoke is causing problems for air resources.

Brown Canyon Fire is complexed with this fire, but no separate information provided. Extremely poor quality information, spotty, irregular, poorly written, of little or no value to residents or fire analysts.

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Situation as of 7/10 not updated. Please contact the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center for an explanation and more information regarding this fire:

Phone: (503) 808-2720
Email: ornwc@dms.nwcg.gov

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Situation as of 07/09/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 2,600 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Est containment date: 07/10/2008

4 Jul 2008, 9:42am
Washington
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Rattle Snake Point Fire

Location: 10 miles SW of Okanogan, and 17 miles SE of Omak, Okanogan Co., WA

Specific Location: Colville Indian Reservation, Lat 48° 15´ 19″ Lon 119° 44´ 5″

Date of Origin: 06/30/08
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 368
Size: 2,633 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $1,300,000

Control lines completed in all fires. The two new lightning strike fires found yesterday (Double Shot East and West) were contained today at 2 acres each. The Rattlesnake Fire will be mopped up to 300 feet. Other fires in complex are contained: Kartar Fire, Jackass Butte Fire, Coyote Creek Fire.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:15 PM
Total Personnel: 380
Size: 2,629 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $800,000

Two new fires were discovered this afternoon that were probably new lightning fires from the storm that passed through the area last night. Rain fell over most of the area after the storm and again in the morning. The new fires were contained.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 332
Size: 2,620 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $400,000

Structures Threatened: 4 PRIM , 10 OUTB Structures Destroyed: NONE

The Type 2 IMT (Reed) assumed management of three fires on the Colville Agency, the Coyote Creek, Kartar and Jackass Butte Fires. Control lines were completed around the Rattlesnake Point Fire.

30 Jun 2008, 2:44pm
Washington
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Seep Lakes Fire

Location: ~3 miles W of Warden, Grant Co., WA

Specific Location: Lat 46° 57′ 49″ Lon 119° 8′ 28″

Date of Origin: 06/29/08
Cause: human

Situation as of 07/01/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: 120
Size: 1,950 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Resources: Grant Co. - 5 engines, 14 overhead, DNR - 1 crew, 1 helicopter, Private - 1 crew. Demobilize all resources by noon.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 65
Size: 1,970 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 AM
Total Personnel: unknown
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Grass fire. Approximately 100 people have been evacuated and 55 structures are threatened. A Type 3 IMT is committed and State Mobilization has been authorized.

 
  
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