2 Sep 2008, 6:15pm
California
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Burnside Fire

Location: 6-8 Miles W of Woodfords, Alpine Co. CA

Specific Location: 15 mi S of South Lake Tahoe, Burnside Lake Road, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, Lat 38° 45´ 29″ Lon 119° 55´ 23″

Date of origin: 08/31/2008 (First official report 09/01)
Cause: Under investigation

3 FATALITIES

On 09/01 an air tanker with three crew aboard crashed upon takeoff from Reno Airport. There were no survivors. Names of the deceased have not been released. See [here].

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Situation as of 09/01/2008 at 10:00 PM
Personnel: 183
Size: 204 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to Date: not updated

Start date corrected to 8/31. Evacuations have been lifted at local resorts, campgrounds and private residences. Fire behavior is less erratic now that the cold front has passed. Progress was made today on the fire due to favorable weather and air support (2 Air Tankers, 4 Helicopters).

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Situation as of 08/31/2008 at 10:00 PM
Personnel: 183
Size: 100 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $500,000

Structures Threatened: 150 residences , 2 commercial buildings , 10 outbuildings

Advisory evacuations of the Sorenson and Hope Valley Resorts, as well as campgrounds and nearby residences were accomplished. Structure protection is in place in the Resort areas and in residential areas. An emergency evacuation center has been set up at the Diamond Valley School east of Woodfords.

Political sensitivity is a priority with local residents due to the past history of the Acorn Fire.

Note: The Acorn Fire of 1987 burned 6,600 acres and destroyed 24 homes in Woodfords, CA, near the Nevada state line. The federal government later paid $1.7 million to those who lost their homes, acknowledging mistakes were made in fighting the fire. - Ed

Red Flag level gusty and erratic winds caused running and spotting today. A cold front is moving over the area will continue to cause windy conditions tomorrow. Gusty and erratic winds caused short fire runs and crowning. Spotting was observed 75 to 100 feet ahead of the main fire.

Note: The 7/31 start date seems in error. Will check. - Ed

1 Sep 2008, 11:07am
Montana
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Dunn Mtn. Assist Fire

Location: 30 Miles NE of Billings, MT

Specific Location: Lat 46° 41´ 26″ Lon 108° 20´ 50″

Date of Origin: 08/21/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/01/2008 at 4:30 PM
Personnel: 204
Size: 102,383 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,384,877

Events: Due to rain during the day and all last night demobilization started and went throughout the day.

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Situation as of 08/31/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 398
Size: 102,383 acres
Percent contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $1,848,482

Ongoing cooperative efforts between Incident Management Team, Musselshell and Yellowstone Counties.

We have not posted regarding this megafire because we thought it would be contained much sooner. But now it has gone mega (100,000+ acres), so it deserves mention.

29 Aug 2008, 10:12pm
Idaho
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Pepper WFU Fire

Location: 6 miles E of Yellowpine, Valley Co., ID

Specific Location: Pepper Ck, Lat 44° 56´ 56″ Lon 115° 21´ 12″

Date of Origin: 08/21/2008 (First official report 08/29/08)
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/29/08 at 11:00 AM
Personnel: 0
Size: 137 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Desired maximum Fire Size (MMA): not reported

Est. containment date: 10/31/08 (in other words, whenever)

Sam Hescock is in charge of this fire, too. Sam burned down 470,000 acres of the Payette NF last year.

28 Aug 2008, 9:20am
Utah
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Porcupine Ranch Fire

Location: 2 miles east of Castle Valley, Grand Co., UT

Specific Location: Lat 38° 34´ 53″ Lon 109° 19´ 59″

Date of Origin: 08/27/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/07/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 27
Size: 3,432
Recent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: not reported

95% of the line has been constructed, leaving 5% unable to construct due to terrain. Will leave in current status until the snow flies.

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Situation as of 09/01/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 110
Size: 3,432
Recent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $2,048,443

Transfer of command to a Type III organization will occur on 9/2/2008 at 0600.

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Situation as of 08/31/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 299
Size: 3,432
Recent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $1,750,000

Thunderstorm activity reduced fire behavior. Continue mopup, patrol, and rehab.

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Situation as of 08/29/2008 at 5:30 PM
Personnel: 355
Size: 3,250
Recent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $780,000

Area closures, 3 subdivisions evacuated, 2 com sites threatened (1 is a major com site for southern UT).

Creeping ground fire with isolated group torching. Crews making a direct flanking action.

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Situation as of 08/28/2008 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 202
Size: 4,000
Recent Contained: 0%

Team inbrief is 1800 8/28/08, take over is 0600 on 8/29/08.

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Situation as of 08/27/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 27
Size: 2,000
Recent Contained: 0%

Structures Threatened: 60 residences, 50 outbuildings

Closed Lasal Loop Rd to Castal Valley closed. Evacuations in place.

Wilde’s Type 2 IMT is on order. Will report to Moab Fire Center, inbrief at the BLM main office at 1800 8/28

28 Aug 2008, 9:13am
Idaho
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Nature Fire

Location: 3 miles W of Picabo, Blaine Co., ID

Specific Location: Silver Creek Nature Preserve, S of Hwy 20, Lat 43° 18´ 49″ Lon 114° 12´ 51″

Date of Origin: 08/27/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 08/25/2008 at 5:20 PM
Personnel: 166
Size: 14,874 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Structures Destroyed: 4 outbuildings total

100% containment. Minimal interior smokes. Mop up.

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Situation as of 08/28/2008 at 5:45 PM
Personnel: 207
Size: 10,700 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Structures Destroyed: 3 outbuildings

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Situation as of 08/27/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 117
Size: 700 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Roads to the Silver Creek Nature Preserve (The Nature Conservancy) have been closed. It is unclear from the reports whether the fire started on TNC property. The Nature Fire is not a WFU, despite the fact that TNC is a principal supporter and proponent of WFU. Evidently WFU applies to other people’s property, not theirs. When TNC gets a fire, they expect firefighters to put it out and the taxpayers (not the TNC, they pay no taxes) to pay for it.

26 Aug 2008, 11:38am
Utah
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Lonesome Pine Fire

Location: 3.5 NW of Eureka, Utah Co., UT

Specific Location: Van Wagoner Canyon, Lat 39° 59´ 3″ Lon 112° 10´ 17″

Date of Origin: 08/24/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 08/27/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 76
Size: 560 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $205,000

Reached containment. In monitoring status.

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Situation as of 08/26/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 116
Size: 560 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $105,000

Hand crews completed fire line around the fire. Line was held with air and ground resources.

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 132
Size: 560 acres
Percent contained: 30%

IC3 Team in place and arrival of resources.

26 Aug 2008, 9:36am
Utah
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Corner Canyon Fire

Location: 4 Miles West of Draper, Wasatch Co., UT

Specific Location: E of Draper-Alpine Rd., Lat 40° 30´ 16″ Lon 111° 49´ 46″

Date of Origin: 08/25/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 08/29/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 32
Size: 808 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $759,000

Transitioned at 1630 to Type 4 IC (Zimmerman). Isolated smokes in interior. Mop up.

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Situation as of 08/27/2008 6:30 PM
Personnel: 167
Size: 808 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $520,000

Completed line around the N, W, and E flanks over some extremely difficult terrain.

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 600 acres
Percent contained: 0%

60 homes evacuated. 1 (uninjured) hiker air-lifted off of the mountain.

Extremely rapid spread to the North. The fire is driven by strong winds from the South and steep, mountainous slopes.

25 Aug 2008, 12:14pm
Montana
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Indian Creek WFU Fire

Location: 29 miles SW of Darby, MT

Specific Location: Bitterroot NF, Lat 45° 46´ 2″ Lon 114° 39´ 4″

Date of Origin: 08/02/2008 (First official report 8/25)
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/23/08 3:30 PM
Total Personnel: 0
Size: 400 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum fire area desired: 4,000,000 acres

25 Aug 2008, 12:13pm
Idaho
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Storm WFU Fire

Location: 15 Miles E of Powell, ID

Specific Location: Clearwater NF, Lat 46° 31´ 27″ Lon 114° 23´ 0″

Date of Origin: 08/09/2008 (First official report 8/25)
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/23/2008 3:00 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 340 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 4 million acres

25 Aug 2008, 12:06pm
Montana
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Cooper WFU Fire

Location: 23 miles SW of Darby, MT

Specific Location: Bitterroot NF, Lat 45° 51´ 15″ Lon 114° 35´ 19″

Date of Origin: 08/09/2008 (First official report 8/25)
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/23/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 0
Size: 115 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum fire area desired: 4,000,000 acres

25 Aug 2008, 12:04pm
Montana
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Wapiti WFU Fire

Location: 27 miles W of Darby, MT

Specific Location: Bitterroot NF, Lat 45° 54´ 20″ Lon 114° 42´ 40″

Date of Origin: 08/09/2008 (First official report 8/25)
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/23/08 3:30 PM
Total Personnel: 0
Size: 170 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum fire area desired: 4,000,000 acres

24 Aug 2008, 8:30am
Oregon
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Rattle Fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 Aug 2008, 9:50pm
Idaho
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4th of July Fire

Location: 5 miles SE of North Fork, Lemhi Co., ID

Specific Location: 4th of July Creek Rd., 0.7 mi E of Hwy 93, Lat 45° 22´ 16″ Lon 113° 56´ 8″

Date of Origin: 08/21/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 08/23/2008 4:00 PM
Personnel: 15
Size: 330 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Good cooperation between agency and county (rural fire departments) contributed to successfully protecting the communities that were threatened, and controlling the fire at minimal acreage.

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 66
Size: 330 acres
Percent contained: not reported

Structures Threatened: 40 residences , 12 outbuildings

Wind driven fire with winds recorded at 45 mph on the fire. Fire received some precipitation overnight with good RH recovery. Some interior burning of larger fuels, with most of the perimeter being cold.

22 Aug 2008, 9:37pm
Idaho
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Border Complex WFU Fires

Location: 30 miles W of North Fork, Lemhi Co., ID
Specific Location: Salmon Challis NF, Lat 45° 30´ 47″ Lon 114° 37´ 24″

Date of Origin: 08/05/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/10/2008 3:30 PM
Personnel: 1
Size: 7,137 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 106,000 acres

Costs to Date: $232,000

Plan to transition to a Type 4 IC on Saturday, Sept. 13. It is possible that the trail closures will be lifted next week. This will be our last report until significant activity occurs. Roan Fire: 230 Acres Cayuse/Woodhump: 6,907

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Situation as of 08/31/2008 12:30 PM
Personnel: 1
Size: 6,676 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 106,000 acres

Costs to Date: $230,000 (not updated)

Rainfall over night and continuing on today and 1/4″ total. Demobbed 6 of the 7 overhead. Fires will be monitored by lookouts throughout the week. Last report until significant activity occurs.

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Situation as of 08/29/2008 3:00 PM
Personnel: 7
Size: 6,676 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 106,000 acres

Costs to Date: $230,000

Cayuse and Wood Hump Fires have grown together and total 6,448 acres. Roan Fire total 228 acres per GPS mapping 8/28/2008.

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Situation as of 08/26/2008 3:00 PM
Personnel: 10
Size: 6,000 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 106,000 acres

Costs to Date: $228,000

The Wood Hump and Cayuse Fires have burned together; acreage of each individual fire is estimated until better observation can be made. Wood Hump: 4,807 - Cayuse: 986 - Roan: 207

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Situation as of 08/24/2008 3:30 PM
Personnel: 3 reported, but they are nowhere near the fires
Size: 5,537 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 106,000 acres

Costs to Date: not updated

The complex includes the Wood Hump WFU on the Bitterroot NF (4,544 acres), the Cayuse WFU (786 acres) and the Roan WFU (207 acres) all on the Salmon Challis NF.

The Wood Hump and Cayuse fires expected burn into each other by the end of the day.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 2,662 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): 106,000 acres

Costs to Date: $228,000

The complex includes the Wood Hump WFU [here] on the Bitterroot NF (2,212 acres), the Cayuse WFU [here] (400 acres) and the Roan WFU (40 acres) on the Salmon Challis NF.

Significant fire growth in the last 24 hours not reported but evident on Google Earth Fire Map.

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

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

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

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

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

Costs to Date: $745,350

Significant rain on fire Sunday night.

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

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

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

Costs to Date: $485,400

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

 
  
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