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Palmer Fire (Wildfire)

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:18
Located on Rowe Mesa 8 miles southeast of Rowe, the Palmer Fire ignited from a lightning strike on September 12. Fire staff are managing the fire for multiple resource benefits by adding fire to the landscape as conditions allow. Several existing roads in the planning area help crews by serving as fire control lines. Rowe Mesa is popular with hunters and open to the public for fuelwood collection under permit. Two grazing allotments and private property within the planning area are top priorities in managing this fire.Fire crews are taking all necessary steps to protect private property inholdings and infrastructure on the grazing allotments. Currently at 840 acres, fire crews have been successful blacklining along private property within the 11,500 acre planning area. Aerial ignitions are planned for next week. Road closures may be in place to address public safety concerns.Using low-intensity fire under controlled conditions help reduce the risk of future high-severity wildfire...

Bearskin Fire (Wildfire)

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:57
Acres: 30,251 Acres Containment: 10 percent Personnel: 25 Resources assigned: 1 crews, 1 engine Type 4 Incident Management Team Most work on the Bearskin Fire was completed by the end of shift Saturday, September 16. A second National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team was managing the fire since September 11. On Monday, September 18, the local unit resumed management of the fire.A small workforce of 1 crew and 1 engine will remain in the area for monitoring operations until the fire is in contained and controled status.One engine will patrol along County Road 579 on the west side of the fire. The east side of the fire is quiet and also in patrol status. 3-6 inches of snow and rain fell in the fire area during the week of September 18-22. Smoke may linger for weeks, and even flare up, as interior hot spots ignite in warmer days predicted for the week of September 25 - 30.All the suppression repair work has been completed. Suppression repair work restores areas on the...

Orleans Complex (Wildfire)

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:47
Orleans, CA September 22, 2017Current Fire Situation: The Orleans Complex is currently 27,276 acres and is 66% complete. The Haypress Fire, the largest in the complex, has burned 21,127 acres and is 23% complete. Fire crews are continuing to emphasize working on direct line, water bars and suppression repair in addition to locating, pulling and removing surplus hose and pumps. Cool, moist weather conditions over the past few days have been aiding the firefighting efforts. Repair work has begun on some dozer lines and roads in the northern section of the fire. Safety: Increase in precipitation, rock and mud slides and debris have been creating potentially hazardous driving conditions for fire crews. Hunting season is currently open and portions of the Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests are closed. Contact your local ranger station for current closure information. Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 are reminded that there will be numerous firefighting vehicles on...

Sequoia Creek Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:28
The USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service are planning to start the Sequoia Creek Prescribed Burn as early as this Monday, September 25, 2017. This date was selected due to favorable weather and approval by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The burn is located north of Highway 180, between the Big Stump Entrance to Kings Canyon National Park and Wilsonia Village. The total planned acreage for the project is 264-acres with 55-acres in Sequoia National Forest and 209-acres in Kings Canyon National Park. Ignitions are expected to take 3 to 4 days. A portion of the South Boundary Trail and the Hitchcock Meadow Trail will close for the duration of the burn. Other trails in Grant Grove will remain open. Smoke impacts can be expected in the Grant Grove and Wilsonia areas during the day and in the Sequoia Lake area and the Highway 245 corridor at night. The Generals Highway should not experience any delays. A network of smoke monitors will be...

Crucifixion Creek Fire (Wildfire)

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:07
The Crucifixion Creek Fire was reported August 11, 2017 by an aerial detection flight. The fire is located in the Badger Two Medicine area on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. The fire is in rough terrain of heavy timber and rocky, discontinuous vegetation. On 8 September 2017, a type 3 Incident Management Team assumed management responsibility for the Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry Creek, and Scalp fires. They will continue a confine and contain strategy. There are area closures now in effect in the fire area and many trails are closed as a result. Please see the Complex Closure Map for the North half of the Bob Marshall posted in inciweb for details. Prior large fire events from two years ago are present on the landscape east of the current fire activity. There is no immediate threat to any structures at this

Klamath Prescribed Burning 2017-2018 (Prescribed Fire)

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:04
Although still engaged in the latter portion of the 2017 fire season, the Klamath National Forest would like our cooperators and public to know we are beginning preparations for fall prescribed burning. The 2017 fire season provided significant firefighting challenges. In order to meet future challenges in the most effective way possible, the Forest will continue to use prescribed burning as a tool in our mission to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems, and improve resiliency and safety of communities within the wildland urban interface. Planned projects include burning piles of stacked materials and low to moderate intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor. The main goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface. In addition, the burns will promote a diverse and more resilient forest, and improve habitat for wildlife. The burns will...

Alice Creek Fire (Wildfire)

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:47
This will be the last update for the Alice Creek Fire unless a need to post additional information arises.The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will assume command of the Alice Creek Fire on Monday, September 18. As weather conditions allow, additional work on the fire will occur. If hot spots arise as the area dries out, firefighters will address the situation.Revised Forest Service Fire Area Closures are in effect as of September 15, 2017. Please see the closure orders under the "Closure" tab, and the maps that go with the closures under the "Maps" tab.By order of the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff, evacuation orders have been lifted. The Alice Creek Fire was discovered on July 22 in the Alice Creek Drainage, 16 miles northeast of Lincoln, Montana at 11 p.m. The fire start was likely a holdover lightning strike from a large thunderstorm that passed across the forest on July 14. Initial and extended attack efforts on the fire were not successful. The fire...

Moose Creek 1 Fire (Wildfire)

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:36
(This incident will only be updated when fire behavior or acreage significantly change.) The lightning-caused Moose Creek 1 fire started in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, immediately southeast of the historic Moose Creek Ranger Station. Originally three fires (Moose Creek 1, Moose Creek 2, and Moose Creek 3), they were merged together on July 20 as the Moose Creek 1 fire. The fire has also consumed the former Freeman fire. Structure protection measures are in place for various identified values at risk. Fire continues to fulfill its historical and natural role across the landscape. This includes reducing overstocked vegetation, improving wildlife habitat, reintroducing nutrients to the soil, and reducing competitive vegetation and vegetation that could pose a risk of higher intensity fires in the future. At the same time, fire activity is carefully monitored for degree of intensity, potential and direction of spread, and threats to natural and human values. Burn out operations have...

Ibex Fire (Wildfire)

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:11
Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. Changes to closures will be posted and highlighted on this site when changes are made. Recent cooler temperatures, precipitation, and lower relative humidity have led to minimal fire activity over the past few days. Weather predictions indicate these weather trends will continue, allowing fire managers to engage in rehabilitation efforts safely. The Fire will not be called contained until a season ending event, such as snow covering the fire area for an extended period of time. Fire and smoke may still be visible from the fire and the Custer Motorway (FS Road #070). The Motorway remains open to all traffic. If traveling in the area, be prepared to encounter traffic associated with the fire and other forest visitors. It is advised to use caution and be aware of hazards associated with burned areas. Hazards associated with burned areas include conditions such as: ash and needles on the trail making the trail...

Whitewater Fire (Wildfire)

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:33
MARION COUNTY EVACUATION NOTICESMarion County Evacuation Information: (503) 588-5108 or www.co.marion.or.us/pages/County-News.aspxSign up for Marion County Emergency Alerts here.On September 3rd Marion County Emergency Management released a Level 2 evacuation notice for the Breitenbush Hot Springs resort area and a portion of the Willamette National Forest as described in the attached map. The area includes the Humbug and Breitenbush Campgrounds, the Fox Creek and Cleator Bend Group Sites, and the Short Mountain and Bald Butte Trailheads. The notice is in response to wildfires currently burning within approximately two miles of the Breitenbush Hot Springs resort area.Olallie is open for business and accessible from the Estacada side via Hwy 46. Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" for evacuation. Level 3 Evacuation means "GO" evacuate "NOW". For more details, see Marion County's Ready, Set, Go - Evacuation Levels. The...

Reef Fire (Wildfire)

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:59
As of September 7, 2017, the Rice Ridge Fire has burned into the Reef Fire and management of the fire has been absorbed by the Incident Management Team for Rice Ridge Fire. This page will continue to be used to update fire information in regard to the portion of the Rice Ridge Fire that is burning within the Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Flathead National Forest. Updates will include fire activity, structure protection, and trail and area closures. 10,658 acres were burned by the Reef Fire and are now included in the total 53,008 acres Rice Ridge has burned on the Flathead National Forest.For additional information on the Rice Ridge Fire see Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5414/SummaryStarted by lightning on August 13th, the fire continues to burn actively and has burned approximately 53,008 acres on the Flathead National Forest. Cooler temperatures and some precipitation have resulted in minimal fire activity reported over the last few days. Personnel continue to monitor...

Rice Ridge Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 22:19
Monday, September 18, 2017September 17 was the last Operational video that will be posted unless something significant occurs on the fire. For yesterday's accomplishments and today's planned operations please read our Fire Update posted under the News tab. Interactive Map Interactive Progression Map Super Scoopers Bear Aware

Tenderfoot II Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 20:24
The Tenderfoot II Fire wildfire was reported 9/18/2017. The fire is currently at 21 acres burning in heavy fuel load of lodgepole pine mixed with sagebrush and Aspen. Fire activity is displaying group tree torching and active fire in the sagebrush. Due to the close proximity to lake Dillon some structures are threatened. Resources have been ordered to the fire. Cause is unknown.

Diamond Creek Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 17:59
Incident Summary: The Diamond Creek Fire was reported on July 23, 2017 at approximately 9:45 a.m. The fire is burning in the Pasayten Wilderness and Eightmile drainage about 11 miles north of Mazama, Washington. Smokejumpers responded to the fire within two hours of it being reported. However, due to extreme terrain, heavy dead and down timber, and critical fire weather conditions, the fire was unable to be contained during initial response. The fire crossed into Canada on August 29. Fire managers recognized the Diamond Creek Fire would likely be a long term event. Monitor, confine and point protection strategies are being used inside the Pasayten Wilderness. Outside the wilderness, the fire is being managed under a suppression strategy using a mixture of direct, indirect and point protection tactics when and where there is a high probability of success. Fire personnel will engage the fire at the appropriate time and location, while keeping public and firefighter safety as the top...

Milli Fire (Wildfire)

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:03
Fire Information: (541) 383-5517 Containment: 60% Size: 24,079 Milli Fire This will be the last update of the Milli Fire The Milli Fire acreage remains the same with 60% containment. Fire activity remains minimal with the majority of the activity from interior pockets of heat that will continue to produce smoke until a season ending event completely extinguishes this fire. Because of this, we will not produce another fire update until Friday, September 15. This incident will be managed by a Type 4 Incident Management Team effective September 16, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. The firefighters assigned to the fire will continue to rehabilitate fire line along the northwestern edge of the fire area. Work continues in conjunction with Oregon Department of Transportation and the Sisters Ranger District to identify and remove hazard trees along Highway 242 and continue repairing and rehabilitating culverts, fire lines and burned areas along the highway. A season ending event will...

Horse Creek Complex (Wildfire)

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:21
Highway 126 is open. Visit https://tripcheck.com/ or call 511 for more information.Please be aware of the danger that exists in your area and continue to monitor emergency services website and local media outlets for information. Conditions can change rapidly. Be ready. Be Alert. Act Early!LANE COUNTY EVACUATION INFORMATION(541) 682-3977 or http://lanecounty.org/prepareSign up to receive Lane County emergency alerts here.Lane County Sheriff's Office - Current McKenzie Bridge Area Evacuation Information Lane County has set up a Joint Information Center and a public phone line to answer inquiries regarding the awareness of local fire danger and current evacuation levels of the McKenzie Bridge area. The Joint Information Center is currently staffed by members of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Willamette National Forest, and Lane County Health and Human Services. The public phone line is 541-682-3977. Areas of the upper McKenzie River Valley that have been on a Level 2 evacuation...

Monahan Fire (Wildfire)

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:25
The Monahan Fire was reported at approximately 5:30pm on Sunday July, 16th. The incident is located between Monahan Mountain on the Lolo National Forest and Little Apex Mountain on the Flathead National Forest. The fire is being managed for resource benefit including allowing the fire to play its natural ecological role with consideration for public and firefighter safety and point protection of historic resources and trail infrastructure. The Flathead National Forest, based out of the Spotted Bear Ranger District office, assumed responsibility for the management of the fire on July 23rd at 8pm. SummaryCooler temperatures and some precipitation have resulted in minimal fire activity reported over the last few days, however - creeping, smoldering and burning of heavy fuels continue to be observed. Moisture received has been very inconsistent across the area. Fire activity continues to be monitored by on-the-ground resources. Personnel have begun to conduct trail reconnaissance where...

Kelsey Creek Fire (Wildfire)

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 20:27
The Kelsey Creek Fire was reported on September 9, 2017 after a passing storm producing lightning and strong winds. The fire is on the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. The fire is burning northeast of McCredie Hot Springs, approximately 10 miles east of the town of Oakridge, Oregon. Northwest Incident Management Team 7 will be assigned management of the fire on at 6 a.m. September 17. All Willamette National Forest Fires: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3860/ Forest Closure Information (Roads, Campgrounds, Trails): https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices or call (541) 225-6350 For information concerning smoke: https://tools-c2.airfire.org/outlooks/2017/Whitewater#Area1 Travel Information: https://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp# or call 511

Bummers (Wildfire)

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 22:20
The Bummers Fire is located on the Summit Ranger District, in the remote area of Bummers Flat. The fire is burning at a moderate rate spread in timber.Attention - Bummers Fire closure area: FS road 6N05 is closed at Shoe Fly Creek and north to Bummers Flat.Start Date: 9/11/2017Cause: LightningSize: 5 acresContainment: 0%Personnel Assigned:

Dolly Varden Fire (Wildfire)

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 17:44
The Dolly Varden Fire was reported at approximately 7:30pm on Tuesday, August 15th. The incident is located 5½ miles southeast of Schafer Meadows Work Center, above Dolly Varden Creek, in the Great Bear Wilderness on the Flathead National Forest. The fire is being managed for resource benefit including allowing the fire to play its natural ecological role, with consideration for public and fire fighter safety, point protection of historic resources and trail infrastructure. The fire is being managed by the Spotted Bear Ranger District. Summary The first fall system moved through the Spotted Bear Ranger District on Thursday, bringing highs in the upper 40’s with trace precipitation in the valleys and snowfall reported as low as 5600’. These elements combined with limited visibility resulted in minimal fire activity reported. No IR flights were scheduled for last night as they would be ineffective due to cloud cover. The fire has not yet crossed Dolly Varden Creek. The fire is...

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