18 Aug 2008, 11:21pm
California
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Slinkard Fire

Location: 4 miles SE of town of Seiad Valley, Siskiyou Co., CA

Specific Location: Slinkard Ridge, Klamath NF, Lat 41° 48´ 59″ Lon 123° 9´ 55″

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

Situation as of 08/24/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 193
Size: 374 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,910,000

Piloted traffic controls were lifted today on State Highway 96 at 1600 hours. Backhauling of fire suppression equipment was accomplished in all divisions.

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 431
Size: 374 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $2,200,000

Crews successfully maintained holding operations along State Highway 96 as well as hand lines on the northwest and northeast flanks.

Why was this fire held to under 400 acres and less than week of firefighting when the other fires on the Klamath NF topped 120,000 acres, required over two months of firefighting, and are still growing and costing taxpayers over $1 million per day?

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 412
Size: 320 acres
Percent contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $1,650,000

Burn out operations were initiated in the Klamath River drainage. The fire was backed down to within a few hundred feet of State Highway 96. Point protection and monitoring was maintained along State Highway 96. Cal Trans provided pilot car guidance for public traffic along State Highway 96 avoiding the need for closure.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 517
Size: 290 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $1,300,000

Perimeter growth was again restrained by the use of water drops from helicopters. The final section of indirect handline from Slinkard Peak to State Highway 96 was established. Between this section of line and that which was established 8/19/08, the amount of highway frontage likely to be burned out has been reduced from 4.3 miles to less than 0.5 miles. The threat to developed private properties has also been reduced to a small number of structures. Successful burn out operations in Div. Z has brought the fire to the Walker Creek Road. This burn out has reduced the western exposure from approximately 2 miles of road to approximately 0.5 miles.

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 428
Size: 170 acres
Percent contained: 6%

Costs to Date: $500,000

NorCal Team II assumed command of the Slinkard Fire at 0900 today. Good progress was made opening up indirect containment lines as well as seeking and scouting opportunities for indirect line construction closer to the current fire perimeter.

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 3:00 AM
Personnel: 112
Size: 130 acres
Percent contained: 6%

Type 2 IMT ordered. Fire spreading on all flanks, rolling out and making runs, torching.

18 Aug 2008, 10:49pm
California
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Jack Fire

Location: 10 miles SW of Newell, Modoc Co., CA

Specific Location: SW of Tule Lake, near Lava Beds Nat’l Monument entrance station, Lat 41° 49´ 36″ Lon 121° 33´ 34″

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

Situation as of 08/21/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 32
Size: 6,900 acres
Percent contained: 83%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $280,000

All park roads have been re-opened. Transition to local team.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 63
Size: 6,730 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $240,000

Road closures still in effect in the northern portions of the Lava Beds National Monument. Road closure will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 163
Size: 6,500 acres
Percent contained: 60%

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 5:15 PM
Personnel: 202
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent contained: 30%

Fire has made a run to the N and W causing Lava Beds National Park to be closed and start preparing residential evacuations. Type 2 team on order.

18 Aug 2008, 6:11pm
Washington
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Arctic Creek WFU Fire

Location: 13 miles north of Diablo, Whatcom Co., WA

Specific Location: Arctic Creek, 4 mi W of Ross Lake, North Cascades NP, Lat 48° 53′ 35″ Lon 121° 9′ 12″

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

Situation as of 08/25/2008 12:15 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 105 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

Costs to Date: $4,000

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Situation as of 08/21/2008

no update

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 2:30 PM
Personnel: 7
Size: 110 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

First report by NWCC 08/18.

Correction: there are no personnel on the ground. The 7 reported personnel are somewhere else, but billing their time to this fire.

18 Aug 2008, 6:04pm
Oregon
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Summit Springs Complex Fires

Location: 6 mi N of Sisters, Deschutes Co., OR

Specific Location: SW Cutoff Rd, Lat 44° 25′ 24″ Lon 121° 30′ 47″

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

Situation as of 08/29/2008 11:30 AM
Personnel: 20
Size: 1,973 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $4,900,000

Smoldering and creeping interior. Patrol and rehab.

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Situation as of 08/27/2008 8:30 AM
Personnel: 132
Size: 1,973 acres
Percent contained: 91%

Costs to Date: $4,500,000

Mop up continues on portions of the Summit Springs fire. The Green Ridge and Stevens Canyon fires are in patrol status today.

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 2:00 PM
Personnel: 217
Size: 1,973 acres
Percent contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $4,300,000

ODF team 3 transferred command of fire to type III transition team (Keith) at 1300
hours. Limited burning on interior unburned islands. Mop-up standard will be met for all three fires. IR camera continues to work night shift picking up scattered hot spots.

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Situation as of 08/24/2008 1:20 PM
Personnel: 843
Size: 1,973 acres
Percent contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $3,300,000

Growth potential on Green Ridge and Summit Springs Fire (1747 acres) is moderate due to terrain and increases in temperature and lower humidity. Stevens Canyon (173 acres), Green Ridge, and Summit Springs are in mop up status.

Type 1 ODF Incident Management Team #3 will transfer command to a Type 3 Transition Team at 1300 hrs on 8/25/08.

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 2:00 PM
Personnel: 919
Size: 1,926 acres
Percent contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $2,600,000

Active fire behavior anticipated with high pressure system moving into the region. Currently burning within control lines.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 2:00 PM
Personnel: 744
Size: 1,926 acres
Percent contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $1,800,000

Active fire behavior anticipated with significant winds.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 2:00 PM
Personnel: 588
Size: 1,740 acres
Percent contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $560,000

There are closure orders in the Metolius basin area. Several trails and the Lower Bridge Campground remain closed. For information directly from fire camp you can call 541-549-3189.

Active fire behavior driven by significant winds. Some torching and spotting across
lines. Cooler than normal temperatures and favorable relative humidities are helping to moderate fire behavior.

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 2:00 PM
Personnel: 371
Size: 1,370 acres
Percent contained: 25%

ODF Team 3 (Hirsch) took command of the fires. Began line construction on Green Ridge Fire. Completed line construction on Stevens Canyon Fire. Improved fire lines on Summit Springs Fire and started mopup 25 feet. Assumed IA responsibility on 120 square miles that encompasses the complex.

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 8:00 PM
Personnel: 83
Size: 1,350 acres
Percent contained: 10%

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 2:30 PM
Personnel: 20
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Wind driven crown runs. Spotting up to one quarter of a mile. Land owners and dozer operators are attempting to anchor the southeast corner and begin line construction.

18 Aug 2008, 5:47pm
Oregon
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Camas Knob Fire

Location: 3 miles S of Ukiah, Umatilla Co., OR

Specific Location: Hwy 395 near Ukiah-Dale Forest Wayside, Lat 45° 6′ 51″ Lon 118° 58′ 27″

Date of Origin: 08/15/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/18/2008 2:30 PM
Personnel: 249
Size: 125 acres
Percent contained: 90%

Hwy 395 is under limited closure. ODT is providing a pilot car.

First report from NWCC 08/18. Red Flag Warning for gusty winds Monday.

18 Aug 2008, 5:35pm
Oregon
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Wildcat Fire

Location: 12 miles W of Lakeview, Lake Co., OR

Specific Location: Willow Creek Hills, 3 mi E of Drews Reservoir, 2 mi S of Hwy 140, Lat 42° 10′ 23″ Lon 120° 35′ 53″

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

Situation as of 08/18/2008 2:30 PM
Personnel: 100
Size: 150 acres
Percent contained: 0%

18 Aug 2008, 5:30pm
Oregon
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Minam Peak WFU Fire

Location: 12 miles SW of Joseph, Wallowa Co., OR

Specific Location: Long Lake, SE side of Minam Peak, Lat 45° 14′ 8″ Lon 117° 26′ 38″

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

Situation as of 08/21/2008 3:00 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 375 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

The fire received a significant amount of moisture yesterday.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 2:00 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 375 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

Increase in fire size due to better guess-timating.

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 305 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

Fire received a significant amount of moisture yesterday and today grew approximately 1 ac. Very few smokes observed today.

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 7:00 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 300 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

The fire is doing exactly what the managers want in the WFU. [sic] Possible flight again tomorrow.

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 2:30 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 200 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

First report by NWCC 8/18. Creeping, single and group torching observed 8/17/08.

Responsible official: Wallowa-Whitman NF Forest Supervisor Steve Ellis
Phone Number: (541) 523-6391

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, 5:06pm
Washington
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Foam Creek WFU Fire

Location: 13 miles NW of Leavenworth, Chelan Co. WA
Specific Location: Foam Creek, Lat 48° 2′ 25″ Lon 121° 5′ 26″

Date of Origin: 08/09/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/21/2008 1:30 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 595 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

Trail closures in effect on White River Trail and part of the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 1:30 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: unknown
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

No initial attack, no attempt to contain or control.

Responsible official: Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Forest Supervisor Rebecca Heath
Phone Number: (509) 664-9200

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 7:30 PM
Personnel: 2
Size: 600 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

No initial attack, no attempt to contain or control.

Responsible official: Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Forest Supervisor Rebecca Heath
Phone Number: (509) 664-9200

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 2:30 PM
Personnel: 3
Size: 309 acres
Percent contained: 0%
Maximum desired fire size (MMA): not reported

First reported at NWCC 8/18. Closure in effect on the White River Trail. Smoke impacts to the Lake Wenatchee area and Wenatchee Valley are a concern. Hot and dry weather for the next few days could significantly increase fire behavior and size.

The fire crossed Foam Creek on the W flank 8/17/08 and made a run up the drainage. The fire has progressed down slope and is adjacent to the White River.

No initial attack, no attempt to contain or control.

Responsible official: Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Forest Supervisor Rebecca Heath
Phone Number: (509) 664-9200

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, 9:31pm
Nevada
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East Slide Rock Ridge WFU Fire

Location: 15 miles SE of Jarbidge, Elko Co. NV

Specific Location: Humboldt NF, Lat 41° 46´ 48″ Lon 115° 19´ 38″

Date of Origin: 08/10/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/14/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 6
Size: 54,549 acres
Percent Contained: 50%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $8,873,000??? (no explanation for a reduction in costs of $600,000)

No active flame observed.

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Situation as of 09/10/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 39
Size: 54,549 acres
Percent Contained: 50%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $9,571,300

Interior islands of heavy fuel continue low intensity burning. Isolated creeping and some single and group tree torching.

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Situation as of 09/07/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 79
Size: 54,549 acres
Percent Contained: 50%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $9,240,530

No explanation given for reported reduction in costs.

Interior islands of heavy fuel continue low intensity burning. Isolated creeping and some single and group tree torching.

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Situation as of 09/06/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 96
Size: 54,549 acres
Percent Contained: 50%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $9,387,160

Type 3 Team will remain in place until threat of escape no longer exists. On 9/4 there was an accident with an excavator that tipped over during rehab sustaining no injuries and no damage.

Continue monitor conditions inside wilderness by helicopter, patrol and mop-up outside wilderness with crews and engines, and continue with rehab.

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Situation as of 09/02/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 271
Size: 54,549 acres
Percent Contained: 50%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $8,400,000

Containment of areas outside the wilderness occured today.

Jurisdictional interest and involvement has declined. [What does that mean?]

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Situation as of 09/01/2008 5:45 PM
Personnel: 449
Size: 54,329 acres
Percent Contained: 50%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $7,700,000

Mass demob of line resources began today in preparation for transition to a T3 incident on Wednesday 9/3. Radiometric mapping of heat sources continued today and showed very limited heat sources near the line outside of the wilderness. Spike camps were closed.

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Situation as of 08/31/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 678
Size: 54,329 acres (58,036 acs?)
Percent Contained: 40%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $7,200,000

Acreage figure reflects an actual growth on the perimeter of 660 acres and 4,890 acres in unburned islands in the interior that were previously excluded from reported acreages. Incident start date was changed to reflect info found on the initial 209 dated 8/10. Burned Acreage Ownership: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest = 54,329: Elko District Bureau of Land Management = 2,043: Private = 1,664. [Note: this may be a mistake. These numbers add up to 58,036 acres. I think they got their math wrong. - Ed].

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Situation as of 08/30/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 721
Size: 48,779 acres
Percent Contained: 30%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $6,600,000

All portions of the North line were held successfully during today’s wind event and Red Flag conditions. High wind conditions prevented use of helicopters in the afternoon. Radiometric mapping of heat sources was begun today and showed minimal areas of intense heat and a few points of moderate or subsiding heat scattered along the North line.

Active fire behavior in timbered areas in the interior of the fire mainly in the Jarbidge Wilderness. Terrain and wind driven uphill crown runs were observed in Cottonwood Creek along the southern edge of the fire. A significant smoke column was again generated today from the upper portions of Cottonwood Creek.

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Situation as of 08/29/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 714
Size: 48,157 acres
Percent Contained: 25%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $5,800,000

Governor Gibbons, US Congressman Heller, Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson, and other government and local officials visited helibase, received a briefing, and toured the fire area.

A significant amount of line was declared contained along the northern flank of the fire. In anticipation of the wind event tomorrow, aggressive action to secure the North flank continued. Air resources, including 7 helicopters, are being used to provide water to secure line and mop up hot spots. Contingency plans finalized for protection of ICP/Cottonwood Ranch and areas affected by potential fire spread to the NE.

Continue direct suppression in areas outside the wilderness. Preparing line along eastern flank of the fire for a planned burnout on 8/31 that will secure line outside of wilderness.

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Situation as of 08/28/2008 7:20 PM
Personnel: 713
Size: 47,701 acres
Percent Contained: 10%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: not reported, est. $5,000,000

Structures Threatened: 100 residences, 80 outbuildings, reflect the estimated number in the community of Murphy Hot Springs, ID.

All non-fireline qualified support people were removed from the Pole Creek spike camp due to the proximity of the fire. Three historic cabins were verified as lost during yesterday afternoons active burning in the wilderness.

A community meeting was held in Jarbidge to discuss allocation of fire resources over the next few days. The Director of Nevada Division of Forestry visited Thursday as the advance party for Friday’s visit from the Governor of Nevada and a US Congressman.

Aggressive action continued with a burnout in Div A to secure the N flank in advance of Saturday’s red flag conditions.

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Situation as of 08/27/2008 8:00 PM
Personnel: 653
Size: 43,275 acres
Percent Contained: 10%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: not reported, est. $3.4 million

Structures Threatened: 100 residences, 80 outbuildings, reflect the estimated number in the community of Murphy Hot Springs, ID.

The road closure on Forest Road 74 was extended to the N to the Three Creeks area in Owyhee County in Southern Idaho. There is a strong probablity that 3 historic cabins in the Jarbidge Wilderness were lost today but fire behavior prevented verification attempts until tomorrow.

Burned Acreage Ownership: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest = 40,971: Elko District Bureau of Land Management = 698: Private = 1606

Active wind driven flanking and head fire in the sage brush. Additional spread to the Southwest towards Matterhorn Peak in the Jarbidge Mountains at high elevations was also observed.

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Situation as of 08/26/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 559
Size: 38,595 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $2,400,000

Structures Threatened: 100 residences, 80 outbuildings, reflect the estimated number in the community of Murphy Hot Springs, ID.

Acreage increase on todays report occurred 8/25. Acres reported yesterday (28,000) was an estimate. Acres reported on this report are from IR flight evening of 8/25.

Fire activity moderated today allowing line personnel to evaluate, re-engage, and continue suppression actions. Pole Creek Guard Station survived the fire front with no damage and has been reoccupied as a Spike Camp. An Evacuation Guide was finalized for Jarbidge, Murphy Hot Springs, and outlying ranches in Nevada and Idaho. WFSA is being revised. Focus will be perimeter control outside wilderness and point/zone protection along wilderness boundary.

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Situation as of 08/25/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 476
Size: 28,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $1,500,000

Structures Threatened: 100 residences, 80 outbuildings, reflect the estimated number in the community of Murphy Hot Springs, ID.

Sheriff’s department notified numerous ranches in northern NV and southern ID as well as residents of Murphy Hot Springs of potential evacuation. Pole Creek Guard Station was foamed and evacuated. Fire made significant runs to N and NE and is most certainly off Forest Service lands to north. Fire has exceeded WFSA boundaries along the North and NE flanks.

A burnout operation was conducted last evening along Road 074 on the NE flank of fire. Burnout was conducted to try to prevent forecasted winds pushing fire beyond this line. The burnout held for about 2 hours in Red Flag conditions before being overwhelmed by fire. Crews disengaged from fire around 1400 due to extreme fire behavior.

The acreage for the fire is estimated at 28,000 acres and the estimate is most likely conservative. Fire doubled in size today. Extreme fire behavior with spotting in excess of 1/2 mile. Fire was wind driven with sustained crown runs in timber with rapid rates of spread in sagebrush and grass fuels.

Transfer of command occurred at 2100 last night from Svalberg Fire Use Team to Rocky Mountain Type 1 Team (Summerfelt).

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Situation as of 08/24/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 340
Size: 14,489 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Desired maximum fire size: does not apply anymore

Costs to date: $1,135,440

30 historic cabins currently threatened by the fire as well as the Forest Service administrative site.

Pulled fire personnel from the line in all divisions due to very active fire behavior in late afternoon. Due to lack of effectiveness, all aerial resources were also pulled.

A SAFECOM was filed today for a hydraulic pressure problem with the landing gear of a fixed wing aircraft. The pilot declared an emergency and crash-rescue was positioned at the airport. Emergency landing gear procedures were executed and the aircraft landed safely.

Very active fire behavior during the afternoon hours with group tree torching, spotting and crown runs. Primary fire spread was to the NW in the North Fork of Falls Creek, to the NW along Biroth Ridge, to the NE in upper Canyon Creek and to the SSE in the Middle Fork of Cottonwood Creek.

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 8:00 PM
Personnel: 145
Size: 11,252 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Desired maximum fire size: 113,000

Costs to date: $508,144

Incident converted from wildland fire use incident to wildfire in response to updated complexity analysis and uncontained fire outside MMA boundary; WFSA developed and awaiting approvals. Type 1 IMT (Summerfelt) ordered and scheduled to inbrief at 1600 tomorrow (Saturday). Expanded forest area closure in effect at noon today; road guard group deployed for public contact.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 7:00 PM
Personnel: 100
Size: 9,901 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Desired maximum fire size: 113,000

Costs to date: $196,733

~300 acres outside MMA/wilderness boundary; air resources made progress in containing spread. Area closure expanded to reflect increased fire size and projected movement. Pole Creek Guard Station threatened.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 1:00 PM

Fire has blown up to over 8,500 acres and surged out of the wilderness area. Aerial retardant drops have been requested. Four 20-person crews, along with engines and dozers, are scheduled to arrive Friday and Saturday.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe NF issued the following statement:

The East Slide Rock Ridge Fire, burning in the remote Jarbidge Wilderness, is proving itself useful in getting bug-infested, dead-and-dying trees off the landscape. It’s estimated that half the trees in the fire area are either dead, diseased or have reached the end of their natural lifespan. Fire is playing its role in nature’s cycle.

The problem with that is half the trees were not dead, at least not until the fire killed them. Also, what in the world is “nature’s cycle” and when did that become a silvicultural goal? This is the kind of pseudo-scientific, rah rah for holocaust propaganda that makes the USFS look like arsonists without a clue.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 33
Size: 5,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Desired maximum fire size: 113,000

Costs to date: $134,120

Structures Threatened: 30 historic cabins

Group torching with crown runs in the sub-alpine fir and medium range spotting. Fire behavior continues to increase daily with afternoon winds.

5 person AMR module, aerial resources, and incoming resource to limit fire movement to the east and northeast; attempting to keep the fire in the Jarbidge Wilderness. FUMT will be borrowing local resources for contingencies. Begin setting up spike camp at Pole Creek.

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Situation as of 08/17/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 20
Size: 300 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Desired maximum fire size: not reported

Costs to date: not reported

Significant movement due to winds and low humidity added about 100 acres. Short crown runs, torching and spotting up to 1/4 mile. All ground personnel were relocated to monitor at a greater distance.

17 Aug 2008, 8:41pm
California
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Santa Lucia Lightning Complex Fire

Location: 20 miles E of Santa Maria,

Specific Location: Smith Canyon area, Los Padres NF, Lat 34° 58´ 4″ Lon 120° 7´ 47″

Date of Origin: 08/15/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/22/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 38
Size: 244 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $3,400,450

Forest closure was lifted at 0600. One type 2 crew will remain on the incident for continued patrol and mop-up for the next few days.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 5:00 AM
Personnel: 153
Size: 244 acres
Percent contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $3,275,431

Complex includes: Owl Fire – 18 acres. Manzanita Fire – 53 acres. Buckhorn Fire – 177 acres. Los Padres National Forest Type 3 Organization (Incident Commander Jimmy Harris) assumed command of the fire at 0600 this morning from CIIMT 7 (Incident Commander Danna D’Andrea).

Owl and Manzanita Fires are contained and in patrol status. The Buckhorn Fire will have crews today reinforcing handlines; grid out burn area and mopping up.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 5:00 AM
Personnel: 282
Size: 256 acres
Percent contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $2,699,000

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 5:30 AM
Personnel: 499
Size: 256 acres
Percent contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $2,285,000

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Situation as of 08/18/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 499
Size: 256 acres
Percent contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $2,100,000

Owl Fire (18 acs) and Manzanita Fire (50 acs) – patrol. Buckhorn Fire (185 acs) - reinforce handlines; start to grid out burn area and mop up.

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Situation as of 08/17/2008 5:30 AM
Personnel: 310
Size: 230 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $370,000

Complex includes: Buckhorn Fire - 150 acres with 2 miles of line to build. Owl Fire - 30 acres with line in place, but the line needs to be improved. Manzanita Fire - 60 acres with 1 mile of line to build.

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

16 Aug 2008, 9:26am
Washington
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Jump Off Joe WFU Fire

Location: 2.5 miles south of Kennewick, Benton Co., WA

Specific Location: Jump Off Joe Road, wind generator farm, Lat 46° 6′ 20″ Lon 119° 8′ 42″

Date of Origin: 08/15/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 08/16/08
Personnel: 50
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent contained: 100%

This fire was in the wind generator farm on Jump Off Joe Butte. A radio tower was also threatened. The WA DNR, Benton County Fire District 1, Benton County Fire Districts 2, 3, and 4, Richland Fire, Franklin County District 3, Walla Walla County Fire District 5, Pasco Fire, and US DOE Hanford Fire all responded and contained the fire in a matter of hours.

Obviously, it was not a WFU (wildland fire use). The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center is WFU-happy, having declared 11 WFU’s a week ago (though keeping them secret). Today they declared another WFU that wasn’t a WFU at all (this fire). No 209 updates have been issued by the NWCC since Wednesday, 08/13/08. That office is in disarray and drowning in confusion.

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.

 
  
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