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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10/01/2014 NWCC Morning Brief

NWCC Morning Brief: Wednesday, October 01, 2014

National Preparedness Level: 1
For the National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR), see: http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf

Summary: In the Northwest (last 24 hrs), light precipitation occurred west of the Cascades with isolated lightning in northeast Washington. No IA activity.   

National Fire Activity Initial attack activity: Light (18 new fires)
New large fires: *0
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: *5
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0
*Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression strategy.

Northwest Preparedness Levels: Today: 
1
3-Day: 1, 10-Day: 1, 30-Day: 1

Northwest Fire Activity
New fires and acres (Last 24 hrs)
: 0 fires for 0 acres (0 acres growth on existing large fires*)
OR: 0 fires for 0 acres
WA: 0 fires for 0 acres
*[acreage reductions not included]


Northwest Large Fires
Uncontained Large Fires: *4 (OR:4, WA:0)
*[complexes tallied as 1 fire]

IMTs Committed in NW
NIMO Teams committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0

Incidents not Previously-Reported: 0

Incidents Previously-Reported: 4

36 Pit OR-MHF-000728. IMT3 (Wilstead [FS]/West [ODF]). 10 mi SE of Estacada, OR. Start 9/13. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause human. 5,520 acres (+0 ac.). 75% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Steep rocky terrain. Road and area closures in effect.
Deception Complex OR-WIF-140274. IMT3 (Poet). 2 mi W of Oakridge, OR. Start 8/13. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 6,033 acres (+0 ac.). 95% containment. Interior smoldering. Area and road closures in effect. Steep, rocky terrain.
Onion Mountain OR-RSF-001146. IMT3 (Coville). 15 mi W of Grants Pass, OR. Start 9/13. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause human. 4,105 acres (+0 ac.). 95% containment. Mop up and patrol. Transitioning to local district today.
Freezeout Ridge OR-WWF-001151. ICT3 (Bush). 29 mi E of Joseph, OR. Start 9/5. Timber. Cause unknown. Multiple Suppression Strategies (Monitor 75% / Confine 25%).3,624 acres (+0 ac.). 0% containment. Creeping and smoldering. Fire managed in cooperation with the Nez Perce and Payette National Forests. Tallied in NW Uncontained Large Fires count. Origin in Idaho on OR-WWF portion. See “NW Fires Utilizing Monitor, Confine, Point Zone Protection Strategies (YTD)” link for future updates. Last report unless significant activity occurs.

Lists fires (of any size) that singly utilize Monitor, Confine, or Point Zone Protection suppression strategies, or use Multiple Suppression Strategies (which may also include a Full Suppression component).

Northwest RX Burning

Completed (Last 24 hrs): 0 fires for 2 acres
OR: 0 fires for 2 acres 
WA: 0 fires for 0 acres
Planned (Next 24 hrs): 7 fires for 786 acres 

OR: 2 fires for 266 acres (1 fire for 210 ac. at UPF, 1 fire for 56 ac. at WIF)
WA: 5 fires for 520 acres (2 fires for 200 ac. at COF, 3 fires
 for 320 ac. on OWF)

Northwest Weather Highlights / Fire Potential:

High pressure ridge will begin to build over the region today and be with us well into next week. This will result in warm and dry Fall weather. Light low level offshore flow will be with us in varying amounts into next week. Overall IA will be light and the large fire potential low.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

9/30/2014 36 Pit Fire Update



36 Pit Fire FACT SHEET - Last Update


FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE:   http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/

                            
FIRE SIZE: 5,520

CONTAINMENT:  75%

PERSONNEL: 243

SUMMARY: All divisions are undergoing mop up, backhaul of equipment, and suppression repair. On the Western flank of the fire near the 45 Road/Hillockburn roads, crews continue to chip material that was created during line construction. On the North West corner of the fire, crews are finishing line that will tie existing line into the South bank of the Clackamas River. The 36 Pit fire will be transitioning from the Type 3 team back to the local unit this weekend.

This will be the last update produced for the 36 pit fire. Fire management will continue to update Inciweb until the fire is 100% contained.

For additional information after today please call the Clackamas Ranger District: 503-630-6861.

HAZARDS: Recreationist using the Clackamas River should be aware that there are existing hazards such as falling and downed trees, loose rocks, and other debris along the water way.  Due to the fire foot print and changing weather conditions these hazards will increase.

ROAD INFORMATION:  Several roads remain closed to the general public but open to residents. For more information please call Clackamas County Emergency Management at 503-655-8378 or go to their website www.clackamas.us .  ODOT has closed OR 224 indefinitely due to hazardous trees that are in danger of falling into the roadway.  Local residents and workers who provide identification will be escorted through the closure during daylight hours.  At this time, there is no estimate for a day or time when OR 224 will reopen to all travelers.  For updates about the OR 224 closure please visit www.TripCheck.com or call 511 within Oregon or 1-800-977-6358.  The Mt. Hood National Forest also has fire closure areas in affect (Closure Order: MH-2014-13), for more information please visit their website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/.

WEATHER OUTLOOK: Rain forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information on the 36 Pit Fire, please use the contacts listed above.

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9/30/2014 NWCC Morning Brief

National Preparedness Level: 1For the National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR), see: http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf

Summary: Northwest Preparedness Level lowered to PL-1 effective 9/30 at 0001. National Preparedness Level lowered to PL-1 effective 9/29 at 1000. In the Northwest (last 24 hrs), scattered light to moderate precipitation occurred primarily west of the Cascades and in eastern Oregon. Initial attack was light.

National Fire Activity Initial attack activity: Light (44 new fires)
New large fires: *0
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: *6
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0
*Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression strategy.

Northwest Preparedness Levels: Today: 
1
3-Day: 1, 10-Day: 1, 30-Day: 1

Northwest Fire Activity
New fires and acres (Last 24 hrs)
: 2 fires for 0 acres (0 acres growth on existing large fires*)
OR: 0 fires for 0 acres
WA: 2 fires for 0 acres
*[acreage reductions not included]


Northwest Large Fires
Uncontained Large Fires: *4 (OR:4, WA:0)
*[complexes tallied as 1 fire]

IMTs Committed in NW
NIMO Teams committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 0

Incidents not Previously-Reported: 0

Incidents Previously-Reported: 4

36 Pit OR-MHF-000728. IMT3 (Wilstead [FS]/West [ODF]). 10 mi SE of Estacada, OR. Start 9/13. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause human. 5,520 acres (+0 ac.). 75% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Steep rocky terrain. Road and area closures in effect.
Deception Complex OR-WIF-140274. IMT3 (Poet). 2 mi W of Oakridge, OR. Start 8/13. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 6,033 acres (+0 ac.). 95% containment. Interior smoldering. Area and road closures in effect. Steep, rocky terrain.
Onion Mountain OR-RSF-001146. IMT3 (Coville). 15 mi W of Grants Pass, OR. Start 9/13. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause human. 4,105 acres (+0 ac.). 95% containment. Mop up and patrol.
Freezeout Ridge OR-WWF-001151. ICT3 (Bush). 29 mi E of Joseph, OR. Start 9/5. Timber. Cause unknown. Multiple Suppression Strategies (Monitor 75% / Confine 25%).3,624 acres (+0 ac.). 0% containment. Creeping and smoldering. Fire managed in cooperation with the Nez Perce and Payette National Forests. Tallied in NW Uncontained Large Fires count. Origin in Idaho on OR-WWF portion.


Lists fires (of any size) that singly utilize Monitor, Confine, or Point Zone Protection suppression strategies, or use Multiple Suppression Strategies (which may also include a Full Suppression component).

Northwest RX Burning

Completed (Last 24 hrs): 0 fires for 0 acres
OR: 0 fires for 0 acres 
WA: 0 fires for 0 acres
Planned (Next 24 hrs): 3 fires for 230 acres 

OR: 0 fires for 0 acres
WA: 3 fires for 230 acres (3 fires for 230 ac. at COF)

Northwest Weather Highlights / Fire Potential:

A weak cold front provided a little light rain mainly to western Washington and northwest Oregon. This will be followed by an upper trough today for widely scattered showers over the region and possibly a few thundershowers east of the Cascades. Warming and drying expected to return as high pressure and offshore flow returns for the second half of the week.
NW 7-Day Significant Fire Potential Forecast
Nat’l 7-Day Significant Fire Potential Forecast

Monday, September 29, 2014

9/29/2014 Wallowa-Whitman Fire Update- includes Freezeout Ridge Fire Update

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Fire Update
Fire Information:  541-523-1246 or 541-519-4623
E-mail:  WallowaWhitman1@gmail.com
Twitter: @WallowaWhitman
Members of the public interested in receiving fire information updates are asked to send an Email request to WallowaWhitman1@gmail.com
FIRE RESTRICTIONS:  Effective 12:01 am on September 27, 2014, Public Use Restrictions pertaining to chainsaw use, smoking, and off-road travel will be lifted on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.  This allows firewood cutting to resume all day.  Seasonal campfire restrictions will remain in place until October 31, 2014; please see specific PURs information which can be found at the end of this document or at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/PURS.
**CLOSURE UPDATES:
·         The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) on the West Fork Fire has been lifted.
·         The Ice Lake Trail (#1808) closure has been lifted.
·         The Area Closure for the Somers Fire has been lifted.
·         Trail closures related to the Freezeout Ridge fire are still in place; however fire management officers are evaluating the situation due to change in weather conditions, with potential lifting of the closures sometime this week.  
Forest Officials encourage everyone to be safe and careful when recreating, hunting, or using the National Forest.  EVERYONE needs to MAKE SURE their campfires are DEAD OUT before leaving their site; the fire should be cold to the touch with no potential to ignite.  We are still in fire season… even though temperatures are getting cooler at night, vegetation is still dry, and the weather is still hot during the day.
The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has a 14-day stay limit for camping and visitors should not leave a camp unattended for more than 24 hours. Additional information on the 14-day stay limit can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5251602
HELLS CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA


Freezeout Ridge Fire (Idaho side of the Snake River - T22N R2W S4):
Date Started:  09/06/14
Estimated Acreage:  3,624 acres
Location:  Hells Canyon National Recreation Areas, Hells Canyon Wilderness in Idaho, on Freezeout Ridge. Approximately ½ mile west of Horse Heaven Cabin.
Management Strategy:  Suppression                                          Cause:  Unknown
Containment:  1%                                                                       
Terrain: Steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain, burning in timber and grass        Fire Activity:  Active
Resources Assigned:  21 personnel, and Type 1 and Type 3 helicopters
Current Status:  Fire activity was minimal with no growth in acres.  The small amount of fire activity was occurring in Granite and Two Creeks. The fire received approximately ¼" of rain and it is currently raining in the area.  Flights are limited today because of visibility.  
Closures: The following Trail Closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety; however fire management officers are evaluating the situation with potential lifting of the closures sometime this week:
·         Trail #113:  Closed from Junction with Trail #62 (#625) southwest to Junction with Trail #192/#191
·         Trail #101 (#101A):  Closed from Junction with Trail #61 south to Junction with Trail #214 and #124
·         Trail #61:  Closed from Junction with Trail #101 east to Junction with Trail #55.
·         Trail #62 (#625):  Closed from Junction with Trail #101 East to Junction with trail #113.
·         Trail #192: Closed from Junction with Trail #189 at Stevens Saddle north to Junction with Trail #194/191/113.
·         Trail  #194 (#113):  Closed from Junction with Trail #214 east to Junction with Trail #191 (#113)
·         Trail #191: Closed from HCNRA Wilderness Boundary by Holbrook Saddle to Junction with Trail #113/192.
·         Trail # 214: Closed from Junction with Trail #101 south to Junction with Trail #218 at Purgatory Saddle.
·         Trail # 216:  Closed from Junction with Trail #214 west to Junction with Trail #215.
·         Trail #189:  Closed from Junction with Trail #214 east to Junction with Trial #191
·         Trail # 321:  Closed from Junction with Trail #189 to Ruth Lake.
·         Trail #124:  Closed from Junction with Trail #69 south to Junction with Trail # 214
·         Trail #114:  Closed from Junction with Trail 112 southeast to Junction with Trail # 214
Somers Fire (Oregon side of the Snake River- T3N, R50E, Sect 28, NW/SW):
 EAGLE CAP WILDERNESS

West Fork Fire (T4S R45E S7):
Hurricane Creek Fire (T3S R44E S15 SE/NW):
China Cap Fire (T4S R42E S25 SE/NE):
Katy Mountain Fire (T4S R43E S7 SE/SW):
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
·         Area closures and burning restrictions:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/wallowa-whitman/alerts-notices
·         Blue Mountains Interagency Dispatch Center:  http://bmidc.org 
Visit the Blue Mountains Interagency Dispatch Center (BMIDC) web site 24 hours a day at: www.bmidc.org or www.inciweb.nwcg.gov for current information about fires, weather, and fire closure information. For more information about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, please call 541-523-1246 or 541-523-1302.  Public-use restrictions will be updated on a recorded message line at: Baker City (541) 523-1234, La Grande (541) 962-8679, and Enterprise (541) 426-5552, and are also available online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman/
Seasonal Campfire Restrictions include the following but do not apply to designated Wilderness areas and specified exempted developed recreation sites (see Forest websites for exempted sites or areas).  The activities that fall under the seasonal campfire restrictions include:
1.    Campfires allowed only in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread, at a minimum clear of flammable material within a radius of 5 feet from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Use existing pits wherever possible.
a.    Campfires must be attended at all times, and completely extinguished prior to leaving.
b.    Persons with campfires are required to have an axe, shovel, and one gallon of water in their possession (except in specified developed recreation sites listed in the Forest Order).
c.    Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled gas and wood burning stoves equipped with a chimney that is at least five (5) feet in length with a spark-arresting screen consisting of ¼ inch mesh hardware cloth are allowed.
d.    Use of charcoal briquettes is permitted within the clearing requirements outlined under #1 above.
As a reminder, there are also site-specific year-round public use regulations in effect in the following locations:
·         Wallowa-Whitman: Grande Ronde River (WAW Forest Order T-2010-WW-0616-07):  Fire restrictions (campfire, smoking, driving off-road) are in effect on lands within a ¼ mile of the Grande Ronde River located in Wallowa county, OR.
·         Wallowa-Whitman:  Snake River in Hells Canyon NRA (WAW Forest Order 207-01):  Yearlong fire restrictions (building, maintaining, attending or using fire or campfires) on land within a ¼ mile of the Snake River in Hells Canyon NRA.
o   All lands within ¼ mile of Hells Canyon Reservoir between the mouth of Spring Creek and downstream to Hells Canyon Dam on the Oregon side only.
o   All lands within ¼ mile of the Snake River on both sides of the river from Hells Canyon Dam downstream 71.5 river miles to the Oregon-Washington border at Snake River Mile 176.0.
·         Wallowa-Whitman:  Eagle Cap Wilderness (WAW Forest Order 357-02):  Specific campfire restrictions in the Eagle Cap Wilderness such as:
o   Building, maintaining, attending or using a camp fire within 100 feet of any lake or posted wetlands (36 CFR 261.52(a)).
o   Building, maintaining, attending or using a camp fire within ¼ mile (1320 feet) of the following lakes: Bear Lake (Bear Cr. Area), Blue Lake, Chimney Lake, Dollar Lake, Eagle Lake, Frazier Lake, Little Frazier Lake, Glacier Lake, Hobo Lake, Ice lake, Jewett Lake, Laverty Lake, Maxwell Lake, Mirror Lake, Moccasin Lake, Prospect lake, Steamboat Lake, Sunshine Lake, Swamp Lake, Tombstone Lake, Traverse Lake, and Upper Lake. 36 CFR 261.52(a).