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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Costs to Date: $4,800,000

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

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

Costs to Date: $4,600,000

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

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

Costs to Date: $4,500,000

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

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

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

Costs to Date: $4,100,000

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

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

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

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

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

Costs to Date: $3,500,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No mention of airtankers in the report.

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

Costs to Date: not reported, est $3.2 million

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

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

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

Costs to Date: not reported, est $2.4 million

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

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

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

Costs to Date: not reported, est $1.8 million

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

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

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

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

Costs to Date: $1,400,000

Est date of containment: 08/17/2008

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

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

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Costs to Date: $600,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Aug 2008, 7:44pm
Washington
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Columbia River Road Fire

Location: 9 miles W of Nespelem, Okanogan Co., WA

Specific Location: Hopkins Canyon, Coyote Ck., Colville Indian Res., Lat 48° 8´ 19″ Lon 119° 10´ 19″

Date of Origin: 08/07/08
Cause: alleged arson

Situation as of 08/19/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 259
Size: 22,155 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $8,400,000

Continue to demob and complete rehab

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Situation as of 08/18/08 4:00 PM
Personnel: 395
Size: 22,155 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $8,294,614

Fire perimeter has been mopped to turn back standards. Some minor interior burning is still being observed. Incident will be turned over to a Type III organization at 0600, Tuesday August 19, 2008 for final patrols over the next few days.

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Situation as of 08/15/08 8:00 PM
Personnel: 790
Size: 22,155 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $6 million

100% containment. Weather continues to warm. Some continued interior burning is being observed.

Evacuation notice for Kartar community remains in effect. Threatened structures include 20 residences. Road closures are in effect.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 4:30 PM
Personnel: 986
Size: 22,106 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $5,333,306

Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping. Evacuation notice for Kartar community remains in effect. Threatened structures include 20 residences. Road closures are in effect.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 4:30 PM
Personnel: 866
Size: 22,171 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $4,085,264

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Situation as of 08/11/08 4:30 PM
Personnel: 702
Size: 21,914 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $3,126,916

The level one evacuation notice for the Kartar community remains in effect. A structure protection plan and evacuation triggers have been established for HWY 155, north of the fire.

Fire behavior today was moderate with small runs observed in light fuels and individual and group torching in heavier timber.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 659
Size: Size: 20,655 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $1,589,465

Reduced acreage is due to more accurate mapping of fire perimeter. Evacuations still in effect. Drier weather, lower humidities, strong winds predicted.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 555
Size: Size: 21,638 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $833,331The level one evacuation notice for the Kartar community remains in effect.

Light rain reduced fire behavior. Crews continue work to hold fire at Dan Nason Road.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 307
Size: Size: 18,723 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Level one evacuation notice for the Kartar community.

Fire made major runs thoughout the afternoon. Crews worked to hold fire at Dan Nason Road.

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

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

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

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

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

Costs to Date: not reported, est $2.6 million

100% containment

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

Costs to Date: $2,096,436

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

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

Costs to Date: $1,676,658

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

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

Costs to Date: $828,711

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire was reported 100% contained, again.

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

Continuing aerial observation flights.

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

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

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

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

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

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

100% containment.

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

Interior smokes, nothing threatening line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Aug 2008, 12:25am
California
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Iron Complex Fires (Repost)

Due to widespread concern over the recent fatalities on the Iron Complex Fires, we are reposting the daily fire history of this complex. The original posting is [here]. This posting, not the prior one, will be updated from now on.

Location: Shasta-Trinity NF, Weaverville, Junction City area, Trinity Co., CA

Date of Origin: 06/21/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 09/03/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 158
Size: 105,606 acres
Percent Contained: 98%

Costs to Date: $73,376,167

Buckhorn Fire: Backing and creeping in the headwaters of Big French Creek below Limestone Ridge in timber stringers. Creeping and smoldering in the interior and in Manzanita Creek drainage. Eagle Fire: Smoldering and creeping with interior islands continuing to burn out. Carey and Cedar Fires: Smoldering and creeping fire in the interior.

Actions planned on the Buckhorn Fire are to burnout the top of the bowl along Limestone Ridge and let it creep down into the active fire. Continue suppression repair on Buckhorn and Eagle fires. Structure protection in the Big Bar area will be provided as needed.

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Situation as of 09/02/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 230
Size: 105,445 acres
Percent Contained: 98%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $73.5 million

The Iron Complex is 101,306 acres and includes 1 uncontained fire: The Buckhorn Fire at 28,559 acres, 98% contained. The Alps Complex is 100% contained.

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Situation as of 08/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 270
Size: 105,445 acres
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $72,995,084

Personnel on the Eagle and Buckhorn Fires continue to patrol and mop-up. Crews continue to identify and accomplish significant suppression repair work. A helitack squad was utilized to mop-up on the Carey Fire.

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Situation as of 08/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 270
Size: 105,445 acres
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $72,682,926

The Iron Complex is 101,306 acres and includes 2 uncontained fires: The Eagle Fire at 32,059 acres, 99% contained; and the Buckhorn Fire at 28,559 acres, 96% contained. The Alps Complex at 4,139 acres includes 1 uncontained fire: the Carey Fire at 3,698 acres, 97% contained. Total Cost for the Iron/Alps Complex is $72,682,926 with the Iron Complex costing $70,691,926 and the Alps Complex costing $1,991,000.

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Situation as of 08/27/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 280
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $72,282,029

Personnel on the Eagle and Buckhorn Fires continue to patrol and mop-up. Crews continue to identify and accomplish significant suppression repair work. The type 1 crew was demobed off the Carey Fire today. A helitack crew will be inserted into the Carey Fire to mop-up a pocket of heat near Mary Blaine Meadow.

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Situation as of 08/26/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 447
Size: 105,325 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $71.5 million

Red Flag Warnings for a large area W of the Sierra/Cascade crest through the valley and into parts of the Coastal Range. Temperatures will be about 10 deg warmer than normal during much of this time, along with daytime humidities of 8-15% across most areas. Poor nighttime RH recoveries expected as well, with some of the deeper Sierra canyons getting nighttime winds of 30-50 mph.

The Carey and Buckhorn Fires are located in remote areas, with steep and broken terrain, making access difficult. Significant amounts of unburned fuels remain within perimeters.

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Situation as of 08/26/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 488
Size: 105,325 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $71 million

No substantial movement is expected for the Buckhorn, Carey or Eagle Fires. Continued burning of unburned islands within the Eagle and Buckhorn Fires.

Buckhorn Fire: Creeping and smoldering southeast in Manzanita Creek drainage. Interior islands burning out. Eagle Fire: Smoldering and creeping with interior islands continuing to burn out. Carey Fire: Backing and creeping fire into Slide Creek drainage.

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Situation as of 08/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 560
Size: 105,325 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: $69,476,349

Buckhorn Fire: creeping and smoldering SE in Manzanita Creek drainage. Interior islands burning out. Eagle Fire: smoldering and creeping with interior islands continuing to burn out. Carey Fire: backing and creeping fire into Slide Creek drainage.

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Situation as of 08/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 604
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: $68,905,255

The Iron/Alps Complex is 105,325 acres. The Iron Complex is 101,186 acres and includes 2 uncontained fires: The Eagle Fire at 32,059 acres, 99% contained; and the Buckhorn Fire at 28,439 acres, 92% contained. The Alps Complex at 4,139 acres includes 1 uncontained fire: the Carey Fire at 3,698 acres, 90% contained. Total Cost for the Iron/Alps Complex is $68,905,255 with the Iron Complex costing $67,004,255 and the Alps Complex costing $1,901,000.

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Situation as of 08/21/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 574
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: $67,896,265

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Situation as of 08/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 760
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 93%

Costs to Date: $67,295,255

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Situation as of 08/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 883
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $65,969,965

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Situation as of 08/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 888
Size: 105,123 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $65,016,573

The southeast flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to back into the Manzanita Creek Drainage. Crews on the southwest portion of Carey Fire completed firing operations near Slide Creek and continue to hold and patrol along Slide and Eagle Creeks. A Type 1 crew flown in to the Carey Fire yesterday has begun to secure the northeast portion of the fire.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 992
Size: 104,411 acres
Percent Contained: 81%

Costs to Date: $63,865,778

The mandatory evacuation order was lifted for the community of Big Bar. Highway 299 will be open with traffic controls in effect, however the highway will be closed from 2000 to 0600 hrs.tonight. Power and phone service continues to be shut down in the area of Big Bar.

Firing operations on the Buckhorn Fire near the community of Big Bar have been completed. The south flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to back into the French Creek drainage and the southeast flank is backing into the Manzanita Creek Drainage. Crews on the Carey Fire continue to hold and patrol along Eagle Creek and Slide Creek. A new helispot has been established on the norteast side of the fire near Mary Blaine Meadow and a hotshot crew has been inserted to keep the fire from extending to the north. Crews on the gound are being supported by water drops.

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Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,369
Size: 102,936 acres
Percent Contained: 81%

Costs to Date: $61,873,651

Firefighter fatalities to date: 10

Responsible official: Shasta-Trinity NF Forest Supervisor Sharon Heywood
Phone Number: (530) 226-2500

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Situation as of 08/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,391
Size: Size: 100,114 acres (97,271 Iron, 3,729 Alps)
Percent Contained: 79%

Costs to Date: $60,844,229 ($59,048,229 Iron, $1,796,000 Alps)

Cost decrease is a result of crew/engine costs being overstated in the I-Suite database.

Buckhorn Fire (24,098 acres, 40% contained): Active backing and flanking fire with short uphill runs, single and group torching. Short range spotting. Eagle Fire (31,545 acres, 77% contained): Active Backing and flanking with uphill runs on islands within the perimeter. Carey Fire (3288 acres,62% contained): Backing fire into Eagle Creek and Slide Creek drainages.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,320
Size: Size: 97,612 acres (94,127 Iron, 3,485 Alps)
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $61,023,000 ($59,240,000 Iron, $1,783,000 Alps)

Substantial progress was made with firing operations on the southeast flank of the Buckhorn Fire due to favorable weather conditions. Firing operations were completed this morning on the Eagle fire with crews patrolling and mopping up along the newly established perimeter. Crews on the Carey Fire continue to selectively construct handline as well as hold and patrol and along Eagle creek. PG&E supported the incident, providing for firefighter safety, by de-energizing power lines in the vicinity of incident personnel working on the west flank of the Eagle Fire.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,203
Size: Size: 96,497 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $59,532,000

Continued preparation for planned burnout operations.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,188
Size: Size: 96,046 acres (92,734 Iron, 3,312 Alps)
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $58,238,000 ($56,472,000 Iron, $1,766,000 Alps)

Est date of containment: 09/01/2008

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,075
Size: Size: 95,768 acres (92,503 Iron, 3,265 Alps)
Percent Contained: 69%

Costs to Date: $56,941,000 ($55,200,000 Iron, $1,741,000 Alps)

The S flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to back into the French Creek drainage. Crews are engaged in checking the fire’s progress to allow preparation of indirect containment lines to the S. The SE flank is backing into the Manzanita Creek Drainage. Roll-out, snags, and rugged terrain have limited tactical options. The progress of indirect line construction with firing operations continues on the SW flank of the Eagle Fire with positive results. Crews on the Carey Fire continue to hold, patrol and mop-up along Eagle creek.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,038
Size: Size: 95,171 acres (91,943 Iron, 3,228 Alps)
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $55,924,000 ($54,100,000 Iron, $1,724,000 Alps)

Progress was made with firing operations on the southwest flank of the Eagle Fire with the goal of checking fire spread in the Price Creek drainage towards Big Bar.

Buckhorn Fire (22,046 acres, 21% contained): Active backing fire with single and occasional group torching. Short range spotting due to rollout on the southeast and north flanks. Carey Fire (2,749 acres, 31% contained): Backing fire into Eagle Creek. Eagle Fire (30,284 acres, 80% contained): Continued active flanking fire into Price Creek drainage with uphill runs, single and group torching.

The management strategy for the Buckhorn and Eagle Fires is to use indirect line construction with firing operations and natural barriers to reach containment goals. The strategy for the Carey Fire is to use natural barriers and selective handline construction to reach containment goals.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,148
Size: Size: 94,272 acres (91,098 Iron, 3,174 Alps)
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $54,817,000 ($53,100,000 Iron, $1,717,000 Alps)

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,287
Size: Size: 91,210 acres (88,077 Iron, 3,133 Alps)
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $53,384,000 ($51,700,000 Iron, $1,684,000 Alps)

Structures Threatened: 50 commercial , 477 residences , 650 outbuildings

Buckhorn Fire 21,040 acres 21 % contained: active backing fire with single and occasional group torching Short range spotting due to rollout on the southeast and north flanks. Carey Fire 2,654 acres 34% contained: backing fire into Eagle Creek. Eagle Fire 26,332 acres 88% contained: continued active backing and flanking with short uphill runs.

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6 Aug 2008, 10:35am
Idaho
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Rattlesnake Fire

Location: 36 miles E of Lowell, Idaho Co., ID

Specific Location: Selway River, Clearwater NF, Lat 46° 4´ 6″ Lon 114° 52´ 1″

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

Situation as of 08/17/2008 5:30 PM
Personnel: 13
Size: 2,600 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $50,000

Est date of containment: 10/15/2008 [indicates that no attempt will be made to contain this fire. It is a non-suppression "suppression fire, a de facto whoofoo. - Ed]

Patrol flight indicated fire had spotted across the Bitch Cr. Drainage and was continuing to flank down the Selway River. Crews are continuing to monitor the fires spread and patrol the Selway River corridor for any spotting across the river.

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Situation as of 08/12/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 13
Size: 1,600 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $40,000

Crown runs in the Short Creek Drainage, creeping and backing in the river corridor. Crew swap will occur on 8/13. Staffing at Selway Lodge and Shearer will remain at 9 firefighters.

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Situation as of 08/07/2008 7:30 PM
Personnel: 15
Size: 1,000 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 0%

Est date of containment: 10/15/2008

Fire backing downhill (east) towards Selway River, some perimeter growth on N end of fire near origin. Assessing structure protection needs for Shearer Guard Station, Selway suspension bridge, Pettibone and Bear Creek trail bridges. Stucture [sic] protection at Selway Lodge is in place.

No futher [sic] reports unless significant changes occur. [How about no futher paychecks issued unless required 209 reports are made and posted daily? - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/05/2008 7:30 PM
Personnel: 1
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Est date of containment: 10/15/2008

Selway Lodge threatened.

Fire not yet an official WFU, but no initial attack, no attempt to suppress.

Running, Crowning and long range spotting. Potential for very large fire.

6 Aug 2008, 10:20am
Idaho
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Waterfall WFU Fire

Location: 34 miles W of Salmon, Lemhi Co., ID

Specific Location: S. Fork Lake, Big Creek Bridge, M.F. Salmon River, Salmon NF, Lat 45° 7´ 3″ Lon 114° 41´ 32″

Date of Origin: 08/02/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/19/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 134 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: not reported

No activity seen on fire recently. No further reporting will be done

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Situation as of 08/09/2008 3:00 PM
Personnel: 3
Size: 134 acres
Percent Contained: 16%

Costs to Date: $18,000

Updated acreage due to better intelligence. Fire received 0.2 inches of precip, 2 FEMOs in place monitoring the fire.

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Situation as of 08/05/2008 3:00 PM
Personnel: 3
Size: 200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

MMA: not reported
Est date of containment: none

5 Aug 2008, 9:57am
Montana
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Tumble Creek Fire

Location: 8 miles W of Nye, 20 miles N of Yellowstone NP and Cooke City, Stillwater Co., MT

Specific Location: Jasper (Tumble) Lake, Beartooth Mtns., Lat 45° 21´ 4″ Lon 110° 2´ 9″

Date of Origin: 08/01/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 64
Size: 380 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $1,413,000

A morning Palm IR flight detected some smoldering in the interior. A crew was available for initial attack throughout the day. The fire was not staffed but patrolled by air. Demobilization of supplies and personnel continued throughout the day. Command of the incident is scheduled to be transferred to the Custer National Forest at 0600.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 134
Size: 380 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $1,197,900

The fire received .19 inch of precipitation overnight. Fire behavior today consisted mainly of smoldering from small pockets of fuels in the interior of the fire. The fire received additional light precipation this afternoon.

Crews continued to grid for hot spots and mop-up any accessible hot spots that threatened control lines. Backhaul of equipment continued. A crew shuttle back to ICP began mid-day and all personnel were off the fireline by 1500. Demobilization of the retardant plant is complete. Both Type I helicopters will be released by the end of shift today.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 139
Size: 380 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $1,010,000

Acreage reduction was due to better mapping. The road closures for Picket Pin Road # 2140 and Trail # will be lifted at 2100 tonight. Per revised area closure #08-08-02-14. The West Fork of the Stillwater Road (FS road #846) Trail #’s 20 and 90, and the Initial Creek campground still remain closed.

Crews continued constructing direct line utilizing MIST tactics, searched for hot spots along the line, and cold trailed. The crews mopped up 300 feet in where foot traffic was feasible. The retardant plant was used in the morning and the plant started demobilization in the afternoon. The field observers returned with a GPS traverse of the fire perimeter. The eastern quarter of the fire is inaccessible and the fire perimeter was established from the air.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 145
Size: 620 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $741,000

Clear, dry, and calm conditions throughout the morning changed as a monsoonal moisture pattern arrived mid-afternoon. Increased cloud cover caused the fire to be fairly inactive with smoldering, creeping, and occasional single-tree torching fire behavior.

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Situation as of 08/05/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 132
Size: 620 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

A public meeting was held in Nye at 1800 hours. Road closures for the West Fork of Stillwater Road, FS road # 846 and Picket Pin Road #2140. In addition the Custer National Forest has issued a fire area closure that includes Trails #’s 20, 72 and 90 as well as the Initial Creek Campground.

Crews will continue to construct direct line using MIST (Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics), grid for hot spots along line and cold trail. Bucket drops with retardant for hot spots in cliffs. Structure protection group will continue assessment of structures.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 103
Size: 580 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Wilderness fire in difficult terrain. Communications problems, radio repeater system unmaintained and non-functional, no cell service.

4 Aug 2008, 9:47pm
California
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Craig Fire

Location: Lake Oroville, Butte Co., CA

Specific Location: Craig Access, Lat 39° 34´ 0″ Lon 121° 22´ 1″

Date of Origin: 08/03/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 295
Size: 2,001 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $11,900,000

CAL FIRE Incident Command Team 5 will transition the incident back to the Butte Unit at 11:00 on 8/13/08.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 952
Size: 2,001 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $10,400,000

100% containment. All evacuations and road closures have been rescinded. Continue mop-up and fire line suppression repair, and demobilization of excess resources.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,365
Size: 2,001 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $8,800,000

All evacuations and road closures have been rescinded. Expected containment this evening at 1800 hrs.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,365
Size: 2,001 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: no update, est. $6.5 million

All evacuations and road closures have been rescinded. Acreage reduction due to more accurate mapping.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,517
Size: 2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: no update, est. $5.5 million

The fire made minimal short runs in the afternoon, with slow backing fire near the river’s edge. Fire continues to be burning in surface litter with flame length’s not exceeding 5 feet, with occasional transition into the ladder fuels.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,435
Size: 2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $4,100,000

Structures Destroyed: 1 residence , 1 outbuilding

Road closures at Lumpkin Road and Happy Hollow Lane in Feather Falls. Evacuations on Mills Ranch Road, Onyett Road, Kanaka Ranch Road.

Butte Unit still working the Butte Lightning Complex along with the SRA portion of the Canyon Complex. Unit drawdown creating problems with supporting all three incidents at this time due to fire burning conditions and the structure threat to Berry Creek and Feather Falls. All the fires from the recent lighting series that came through the area have been contained.

Fire continues to move N and NE making short intense runs through the brush. Single and group torching leading to spot fires across the containment lines.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,225
Size: 2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $2,400,000

Road closures at Lumpkin Road and Happy Hollow Lane in Feather Falls. Evacuations on Mills Ranch Road, Onyett Road, Kanaka Ranch Road.

There has been increased fire activity in the mid morning to the late afternoon hours, where the drainages and wind align. Short intense fire runs with flame lengths in excess of 15 feet and a rate of spread between 65 and 70 chains per hour. Slight RH recovery in the afternoon has had minimal impact on the fuel moistures.

Butte unit experienced moderate to heavy amounts of lightning in the Chico, Paradise, Forest Ranch, Butte Meadows and Stirling City areas with one confirmed new fire and two other possible fires as of this morning.

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Situation as of 08/05/08 10:00 PM
Personnel: 1,067
Size: 2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Structures threatened north of Lumpkin Road to Island Bar Hill Road. Immediate evacuations in progress in these areas.

Torching and spotting. The fire continued to make up-canyon runs to the east during the day. Late afternoon development of thunder cells over the incident caused erratic downdrafts which affected fire control operations, forcing crews to retreat to safety zones.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 678
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Potential structure threats if fire cannot be held at Lake Oroville. Spotting 1/2 mile, Middle Fork of the Feather River may not hold the spread. Large Potential for spotting across and into the community of Berry Creek where hundreds of homes are located. Fire spread to the east up canyon. North winds are predicted for Tuesday.

4 Aug 2008, 9:12pm
Montana
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Russian Flats Fire

Location: 27 miles SW of Stanford, Judith Basin Co., MT

Specific Location: Little Belt Mtns., Lewis and Clark NF, Lat 46° 46´ 23″ Lon 110° 24´ 47″

Date of Origin: 08/02/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/20/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 33
Size: 743 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $1,640,000

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:15 PM
Personnel: 45
Size: 743 acres
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: $1,600,000

Morning IR flight detected no heat.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 7:00 PM
Personnel: 45
Size: 743 acres
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $1.8 million

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Situation as of 08/11/08 9:00 PM
Personnel: 45
Size: 743 acres
Percent Contained: 92%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $1.6 million

Received about .10″ of precipitation on the fire last night. Burning and smoldering within the perimeter, no new spots found today.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 3:00 PM
Personnel: 136
Size: 743 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $1,467,731

Completed Palm IR flight. Crews and engines continue to patrol and mop up hot spots. Transition to Type 3 organization will occur at 0600 on 8/10/08.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 248
Size: 743 acres
Percent Contained: 84%

Costs to Date: $1,231,125

Late afternoon thunderstorms produced hail and wetting rain over the fire. Completed constructing fireline around perimeter of fire edge. Crews and engines with helicopter and logistical support continue gridding and mopping up hot spots.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 239
Size: 743 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: $1,037,643

Winds from thunderstorm activity will likely test lines along fire perimeter. Fire activity started earlier today, around 1030 hours.

Line construction completed along E side of fire. Continued handline construction along N flank. Crews and engines with support from helicopters made good progress containing and mopping up hot spots outside the fires perimeter.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 255
Size: 639 acres
Percent Contained: 53%

Costs to Date: $798,195

Employed 6500 feet of FLE to secure south flank of fire. Good progress made constructing handline on north and east flanks. Crews and engines continued working hot spots around fire perimeter with bucket support from light and medium helicopter.

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Situation as of 08/05/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 237
Size: 619 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $425,000

Completed helicopter IR flight in AM. Good progress made constructing handline along north and south flanks. South flank prepped for FLE (fireline explosives). Medium helicopter used for bucket drops on hot spots outside of fire perimiter. Spots identified and mopped up adjacent to constructed line. Brushed out roads along north flank for engine access.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 197
Size: 619 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Creeping and smoldering with open flames and isolated tree torching in thick forest.

4 Aug 2008, 8:54pm
California
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Sherwin Fire

Location: 2 miles S of Mammoth Lakes, Mono Co., CA

Specific Location: Inyo NF, Lat 37° 36´ 38″ Lon 118° 56´ 25″

Date of Origin: 08/03/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 AM
Personnel: 80
Size: 347 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,992,608

Transfer of command today from SoCal Team One to a local Forest Team.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 461
Size: 347 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,584,214

The fire was fully contained today and crews will continue to mop up well with the containment lines to suppress heat sources and smoke. One fire fighter was burned today while mopping up, received partial thickness burns to his leg and was transported to local hospital.

Demobilization of resources in support of other incidents has begun. There is a tentative plan to return the fire back to the Inyo National Forest on 8/10/2008 at 0600hrs.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 601
Size: 347 acres
Percent Contained: 71%

Costs to Date: $1,342,646

Crews were able to establish water handling operations from the top and bottom of the fire. This will allow the firefighters to mop up the fire well within the containment lines and prevent any further spread of the fire.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 AM
Personnel: 588
Size: 347 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $555,405

Crews will continue to implement direct attack on the fire. Structure protection in the immediate fire area as well as for the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Building lines in critical areas of the fire. Crews where unable to work some areas of the fire due to snags and heavy dead and down fuels. The majority of fire activity was interior with no apprehensible fire growth.

The fire was able to support initial attack in the Eastern Sierra/Inyo National Forest, providing handcrews, aircraft and engines.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 11:30 AM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 230 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire is backing down the ridge towards a private group camp with ~10 cabins and YMCA camp with 10-15 cabins. Moderate runs and individual tree torching.

3 Aug 2008, 7:50pm
Idaho
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Willow WFU Fire

Location: 12.5 miles SW of Henry’s Lake (10 mi N of Island Park Reservoir), Fremont Co., ID

Specific Location: near NFD 046 Rd, Caribou-Targhee NF, Lat 44° 31´ 25″ Lon 111° 33´ 52″

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

Situation as of 09/19/08 5:20 PM
Personnel: 76
5,443 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $1,350,000

Fire has grown 900 acres in 4 days. Continue area closure between Willow Creek and Keg Springs Rd. and from the Yale-Kilgore Rd. to the Continental Divide.

Single and group tree torching in green trees with creeping in grass and heavy dead/down. Crews continue to monitor fire spread.

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Situation as of 09/15/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 84
Size: 4,560 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $1,150,000

Fire was allegedly out on 8/31. Now it has grown 600 acres and addtional crews have been called. Continue area closure between Willow Creek and Keg Springs Rd. and from the Yale-Kilgore Rd. to the Continental Divide.

Single and group tree torching in green trees with creeping in grass and heavy dead/down.

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Situation as of 08/31/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 72
Size: 3,901 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $1,050,000

Received precipitation on the incident, released 4 engines and 1 type 2 handcrew. Continue the area closure between Willow Creek and Keg Springs Rd and also from the Yale-Kilgore Rd to the Continental Divide. Stage 3 completed and approved on August 29.

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Situation as of 08/30/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 127
Size: 3,740 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

Area closure between Willow Creek and Keg Springs Rd. and from the Yale-Kilgore Rd to the Continetal Divide.

Smoldering, creeping, backing to the S. Some spotting 1/4 mile, interior torching, single tree torching and group tree torching.

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Situation as of 08/27/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 127
Size: 3,500 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $900,000

Continue holding and monitoring along Keg Springs Rd and along the southern boundary.

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Situation as of 08/26/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 107
Size: 3,450 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $850,000

Continue area closure between Willow Creek and Keg Springs. Willow Creek and Keg Springs roads remain closed.

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Situation as of 08/25/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 85
Size: 3,243 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $850,000

Burning in heavy dead/down with single and group tree torching, some active crown fire with 1/4 mile spotting. Most activity occurring in Keg Springs and West Willow.

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Situation as of 08/24/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 79
Size: 3,123 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $750,000

Group tree torching, burning in heavy dead and down with 1/4 mile spotting. [Note: dead trees do not torch in groups. Those are green trees being killed by this fire. - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/22/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 83
Size: 2,850 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $650,000

Area closure between Willow Creek and Keg Springs. Willow Creek Road and Keg Springs roads closed.

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Situation as of 08/21/08 5:40 PM
Personnel: 81
Size: 2,678 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $600,000

Area closures remain in affect. Placing portable repeater closer to fire to help communications. Communications have been poor on this fire for a month. Poor communications kill firefighters, so after a month somebody decided to try to do something about it. Thankfully, no one has been killed on this fire to date.

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Situation as of 08/20/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 81
Size: 2,678 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres

Costs to Date: $550,000

Closure of entire Keg Springs Rd. Single and group tree torching with short crown runs.

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Situation as of 08/19/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 78
Size: 2,325 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Maximum desired size (MMA): 41,316 acres (first announcement 8/19)

Costs to Date: $500,000 (first announcement 8/19)

Keg Springs Rd and Willow Creek Rd continue to be closed. (first announcement 8/19)

Single and group tree torching with short crown runs.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 33
Size: 1,215 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Single and group tree torching with short crown runs.

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Situation as of 08/16/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 33
Size: 1,115 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Maximum Management Area: not reported
Est containment date: none
Costs to date: not reported

Responsible official: Caribou-Targhee NF Forest Supervisor Larry Timchak
Phone Number: 208-624-3151

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Situation as of 08/09/08 5:40 PM
Personnel: 61
Size: 930 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Maximum Management Area: not reported
Est containment date: none
Costs to date: not reported

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Situation as of 08/04/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 64
Size: 735 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Maximum Management Area: not reported
Est containment date: none

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Situation as of 08/02/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 25 (reported, possibly as many as 60 in reality)
Size: 426 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Maximum Management Area: not reported
Est containment date: none

The USFS says: Fire is located two miles south of the Continental Divide and 12.5 miles northwest [sic - should be SW] of Henry’s Lake. Fire behavior involves smoldering, creeping, single and group tree torching. Long-range spotting up to 0.5 miles has been seen. The fire is burning in a mosaic pattern of Douglas fir [sic - should be subalpine fir], consuming dead and down logs in its path. The Willow WFU is progressing northward toward Montana. Visible from the Shot Gun Valley area and the Centennial Mountains, this fire is still west of Willow Creek and west of the Willow Creek Road. This fire is being managed for resource benefit and ecosystem enhancement to reduce risk of large fires, enhance Whitebark pine regeneration and benefit habitat for wildlife species such as elk, bear and deer. Currently 25 [sic] firefighters are working full-time on the Willow WFU. The top priorities are public and firefighter safety. Additionally, fire officials will maintain Willow WFU as a natural disturbance mechanism in a fire-dependant [sic] ecosystem, improve habitat and forage for wildlife and allow the fire to play its natural role on the landscape. No trail or road closures are in place at this time.

2 Aug 2008, 9:45am
Washington
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Green Lake Fire

Location: 4 miles NW of Omak, Okanogan Co., WA
Specific Location: Green Lake area, Lat 48° 25´ 53″ Lon 119° 38´ 9″

Date of origin: 07/31/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/05/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 383
Size: 2,614 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,638,332

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Situation as of 08/03/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 564
Size: 2,614 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Fireline was completed. Mop up is well established in all Divisions. Demob of excess aircraft, equipment, and some personnel.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 9:30 PM
Total Personnel: 250
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Localized Road Closures in Green Lake area.

High rates of spread in shrub steppe, grass. Torching of pine clumps.

1 Aug 2008, 7:50pm
Other States
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Le Hardy Fire

Location: 2 miles N of Yellowstone Lake, Park Co., WY

Specific Location: near Grand Loop Rd, Yellowstone NP, Lat 44° 35´ 29″ Lon 110° 23´ 9″

Date of Origin: 07/30/2008
Cause: powerline suspected

Situation as of 08/21/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 14
Size: 9,700 acres
Percent Contained: 27%

Costs to Date: $1,400,000

Smokejumpers mopped up hotspots on south control line and water hardware at a cabin was winterized.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 1:45 PM
Personnel: 9
Size: 9,332 acres
Percent Contained: 27%

Costs to Date: $1,360,755

Demobed [sic] the remaining resources after removing the sprinkler system that was around the Fishing Bridge comunnity. Will not be another update until significant activity occurs or Incidnet [sic] submits the Final 209.

This fire had approximately 23 miles of perimeter. Forces concentrated on about six miles of line on the south side to protect the Fishing Bridge community. There is [sic] still about 17 miles of “dirty” line that will be managed with the AMR strategy. Last 209 until significant change or final 209 is submitted.

This fire will be transitioned to Yellowstone Park for long term monitoring. Will not be another update until significant activity occurs or Incident completes Final 209.

[Brought to you by the highly-paid, professional Information Officers at the Northern Rocky Mountains GACC. - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/09/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 45
Size: 9,332 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $1,287,868

Minimal fire behavior, smoldering and creeping observed. Forecast indicate drying conditions over the next several days with the threat of thunderstorms. Fire behavior on the northern perimeter is expected to increase as the drying trend continues. Significant activity may be possible due to heavy dead and down fuels.

209 reports will suspend until significant activity occurs on the incident. [What?? Too much trouble to write a one paragraph report? Time to cut the paychecks down to the capability level of the federal employees. How about a dollar a day plus a crust of moldy bread. - Ed]

[I mean, why not spend $1.3 million of the taxpayer's money and then descend into a cone of silence about it? Why should the taxpayers care about fires in their Nat'l Parks? - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/08/08 7:00 PM
Personnel: 95
Size: 9,332 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $1,146,497

Fire received some rain today, reducing the threat to the local community and the backcountry structures. Began demob of some of the forces due to the rain and the predicted weather. More light precip is expected for the next few days.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 104
Size: 8,950 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $870,000

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Situation as of 08/05/08 4:00 PM
Personnel: 112
Size: 8,500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $735,000

Completed hose lay and burnout in Division Z to reduce threats to Fishing Bridge infrastructure.

Active fire behavior, single and group tree torching and short duration crown runs.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 7:00 PM
Personnel: 97
Size: 7,335 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $464,000

Sprinkler system installed at Fishing Bridge and Fishing Bridge community. Fern Lake cabin wrapped and sprinkler system installed.

Some backburning, but no line building. No actual suppression efforts underway. Park visitors at significant risk if venturing into unmarked closure area.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 100
Size: 4,260 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Fire is continuing to move to the NNE. Active crown fire with spotting distance of 1/2 mile.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 4:00 PM
Personnel: 102
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Extreme fire behavior-moderate duration crown runs, spotting up to 1/2 mile. Very active backing fire as well. Crews backed off the fire edge due to extreme fire behavior.

Yellowstone NP has lost the opportunity to control this fire due to insufficient initial attack.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 99
Size: 650 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Road from Canyon to Fishing Bridge was opened today with no interruption of operations. A/C temporarily diverted for lost child search — child was found unharmed.

Active fire with short duration running crown fire. Spotting distances up to .25 mi. Fire behavior picked up considerably ~1400 in strong winds. Red flag Warning for strong winds predicted for this zone tomorrow.

Helicopters in use to secure the S flank near developed areas. Gunbarrel Fire requested assistance in form of type I and type II helicopters.

 
  
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