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Trailhead and Trail Closures July 24, 2017 (Diamond Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - 7 hours 13 min ago
Billy Goat Trail Head and the following trails are closed to provide for public and firefighter safety.- Hidden Lakes #477- Larch Creek #502 from trailhead to McCall Trail #548- Drake Creek #502B- Burch Mt. #502A- Dollarwatch

Fire Update July 24, 2017 (Diamond Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - 8 hours 7 min ago
Diamond Creek Fire remains about 100 acres this morning. The fire is burning in the steep slopes of the Diamond Creek drainage, east of where it intersects with Lost River. It is about four air miles from the Billy Goat Trailhead. Eight smokejumpers have been deployed from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base and are being supported by helicopters. Additional handcrews have been ordered to support the confine and contain suppression strategy. Diamond Creek Fire is suspected to be human caused, as there was no lightning detected for the area. It was first noticed Saturday night by a hiker who then made his way to a ridgetop to report it on Sunday morning. This morning, fire behavior is moderate and the fie is burning in heavy accumulations of dead and down trees in a spruce and fir forest where the tree tops are close together, or touching (closed canopy). Winds that pushed fire growth yesterday are expected again this afternoon as are similar high temperatures and low...

Fire Update July 23, 2017 (Diamond Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - July 23, 2017 - 7:30pm
Winthrop, WA — Eight smokejumpers were deployed this morning from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base to suppress a small fire in the Pasayten Wilderness. The Diamond Creek fire has grown to 100 acres since then and is continuing to spread to the east/southeast. Incident Commander Inaki Baraibar reports that the fire is making short runs this afternoon and firefighters are seeing some short range spotting. Spotting is where hot embers from the fire are cast out in front of the fire and ignite small spot fires to the front of the main blaze. The Diamond Creek Fire is being pushed by this evening’s gusty winds and smoke from the fire is visible to Methow Valley Residents. The Forest Service is establishing closures to provide for public and firefighter safety. Billy Goat Trailhead is closed, as are the Hidden Lakes Trail (#477), Larch Creek Trail (#502) and the Drake Trail (#502A) #END#

Trail and Area Closure for Indian Creek Frie (Indian Creek Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - July 22, 2017 - 4:41pm
The Forest Service issued a trail and area closure order late July 5 for the area surrounding the Indian Creek Fire, including Eagle Creek Trail #440, from the boundary with Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness (to the north) to its terminus at the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. The closure includes adjacent trails Eagle Benson #434, Indian Springs Trail #435, Eagle Tanner Trail #433and Tanner Butte Trail, south of Tanner Butte. A crew has posted closure signs in the area. The order and map are on our Forest Orders

Fire Update 7/21/17 @ 1300 (Noisy Creek Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - July 21, 2017 - 1:00pm
Update: Friday, July 21, 2017 1300 Hours Metaline Falls, WA –The Noisy Creek Fire on the southwest side of Hall Mountain is now 170 acres, burning in heavy timber on a steep, rugged slope. Smoke is visible from Sullivan Lake recreation area. Closures: National Forest System (NFS) Road No. 2200500 is closed from its intersection with NFS Road No. 2200 to its terminus at the Hall Mountain Trailhead. Noisy Creek Campground is closed for public and firefighter safety. All travel is prohibited on the following National Forest System (NFS) Trails: Lakeshore Trail No. 504; Noisy Creek Trail No. 588; Hall Mountain Trail No. 540; Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail No. 533; Grassy Top Trail No. 503 from Pass Creek Pass to its intersection with Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail No. 533. Yesterday the overall fire behavior was moderate with no significant growth. Firefighting crews continue to hold the fire line at Noisy Creek on the south end of the fire perimeter and crews are preparing for fire...

Interns unite for networking day

WA DNR News - July 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Interns from several divisions and regions of Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gathered in North Bend on Monday, July 10, 2017, for an all-day retreat. With a total of 19 interns from across the state attending the event, the day began with informal introductions. The festivities included a hike to the brand new Mount Tenerife trail (which opened July 1). Sam Jarrett, a South Puget Sound unit operations manager, provided his insights on recent construction projects, including a helicoptered-in bridge, which intrigued the engineering interns.

The keynote speaker was Kyle Blum. Kyle served in a variety of capacities during his time with the DNR, including chief of staff for Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and deputy supervisor for uplands under the previous commissioner, Peter Goldmark. Kyle, who is bordering the millennial age demographic, offered general advice for interns attempting to join the workplace:

  • Although millennials are perceived to have a constant need for approval and promotion, Kyle believes that one should focus on doing their current job exceptionally well and not dwell on a need for approval.
  • Interactions with other staff. Consider each day an interview, with everyday interactions serving as important opportunities to make a good impression when up for internal promotions.
  • Constant complaining about work makes a negative impact on one’s own life. By avoiding constantly complaining, Kyle believes one can live a happier life, due to the significant amount of time out each day that one ultimately spends working.

He concluded by urging the interns: to know what they don’t know, try to be honest about it, and try to learn the unknown.

The afternoon concluded with a question and answer session with a panel composed of staff across the wide scope of DNR operations. Participants included: Viviana Olivares (Nursery Unit); Alex Nagygyor (Engineering); Ralph Johnson (Forrest Resources); Brock Milliern (Conservation, Recreation and Transactions); Lisa Anderson (Executive- Trust Outreach Specialist); Gerry Day (Executive- Wildfire/ State Forester); Ingrid Ekstrom (Product Sales and Leasing); Angus Brodie (Executive- Uplands); Sam Jarrett (Recreation/ Natural Areas); Alex Steely (Washington Geological Survey); and Matt Goehring (Aquatics). These individuals talked about a variety of topics: including their educational background, their path to their position, struggles they have faced along the career path, and their advice for interns.

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Emergency Road and Trail Closures for Public Health and Safety (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - July 20, 2017 - 4:49pm
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE ROGUE RIVER-SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST FOREST ORDER No. 06-10-26-17-08 EMERGENCY ROAD AND TRAIL CLOSURES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY Pursuant to 36 CFR § 261.50(a) and (b), the following act is prohibited within the Wild Rivers and Gold Beach Ranger Districts as described below and as depicted in map attached as Exhibit A, located within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest from 0001 hours, July 20, 2017 until October 31, 2017, unless sooner rescinded. TRAILS CLOSED Being on the following trails closed for public health and safety. [36 CFR § 261.53(e)] Trail 1117 and all of its tributary trails from its junction with Trail 1124 west to Tincup Creek.Trail 1124 and all of its tributary trails, from its junction with FSR 087 northwest to its terminus at Mount Billingslea Summit.Trail 1125 and all of its tributary trails, from Pearsoll Peak Trailhead north to its junction with Trail 1124. ROADS CLOSED Being...

Accurate Mapping Shows Chetco Bar Fire Over 300 Acres (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - July 20, 2017 - 3:30pm
Curry County, OR—Over the past 24-hours, fire personnel from the U.S. Forest Service have been using tools and technology to gather intel and gain a more accurate picture of the fire. The Chetco Bar Fire is now mapped at just over 300 acres. Up until this point, the size of the fire was based off estimates; therefore, the current size up does not mean the fire grew suddenly overnight. Keeping public health and safety at the forefront of our minds, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is putting road and trail closures in place as a precaution. The following closures will take effect immediately: Forest Service Road (FSR) 4103-087 from the beginning of the gated road west to the terminus at Chetco Pass, Trail 1117 and all of its tributary trails from its junction with Trail 1124 west to Tincup Creek, Trail 1124 and all of its tributary trails from its junction with FSR 087 northwest to its terminus at Mount Billingslea Summit and Trail 1125 and all of its tributary trails from...

Trail, road and campground closures (Noisy Creek Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - July 20, 2017 - 1:37pm
Colville National Forest officials announced today that due to firefighting activity additional temporary trail closures have been implemented for public and firefighter safety. All travel is prohibited on National Forest System (NFS) Road No. 2200500 from its intersection with NFS Road No. 2200 to its terminus at the Hall Mountain Trailhead. In addition, Noisy Creek Campground is closed for public and firefighter safety. All travel is prohibited on the following National Forest System (NFS) Trails: Lakeshore Trail No. 504; Noisy Creek Trail No. 588; Hall Mountain Trail No. 540; Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail No. 533; Grassy Top Trail No. 503 from Pass Creek Pass to its intersection with Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail No. 533 These closures are in addition to Trail No. 312 (Hughes Fork Trail) and a portion of Trail No. 512 (Shedroof Divide Trail from trail 311 to 312) due to the North Fork Hughes Fire in the Salmo Priest Wilderness. Sullivan Lake Campground is open and the...

Dry Creek Fire Final Update 7/19/2017 (Dry Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - July 19, 2017 - 8:20am
Incident Commander: Kevin Griffee and Don Melton (t) Western Washington Incident Management Type 3 Team Dry Creek Fire Update for Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Fire at a Glance Containment: 94% Location: Five miles north of Husum, WA Personnel: 208 Cause: Under investigation Resources: 12 Crews 8 Engines 2 Water tenders Evacuations: There are no evacuations in effect at this time Burn Ban: An outdoor burn ban remains in effect for Klickitat County from July 1 through September 30, 2017 The Western Washington Type 3 Team will be turning over the command of the Dry Creek Fire to the local Type 4 team at 6:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2017. The Western Washington Incident Management Type 3 Team wants to say thank you to the community for their support and a special thanks to the White Salmon School District for allowing the Incident Management Teams to use the school as their Incident Command Post. We know our...

Fire Behavior Remains Minimal on Chetco Bar Fire (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - July 18, 2017 - 7:00pm
Curry County, OR—A reconnaissance flight over the Chetco Bar Fire this afternoon revealed the fire behavior remains minimal. The current size of the fire is estimated to be 120 acres. The fire believed to be started by a holdover lightning strike was first reported on July 12, 2017. The Chetco Bar Fire is burning in a combination of multiple fire scars, unburned deciduous and conifer forest, as well as brush up to five feet tall. The body of the fire is located in the center of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness just north of the Chetco River, six air miles west of Pearsoll Peak and roughly eighteen air miles northwest of Cave Junction. The fire is spreading evenly and is burning at a low intensity throughout the understory. Although light smoke may be visible from neighboring peaks and ridges, recreation trails are not impacted at this point and will remain open for the time being. Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest firefighters are facing a safety. Currently, we are still focusing on...

Dry Creek Fire Update 7/18/17 (Dry Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - July 18, 2017 - 10:44am
Incident Commander: Kevin Griffee and Don Melton (T) Western Washington Incident Management Type 3 Team Dry Creek Fire Update for Tuesday 7/18/17 Fire at a Glance Containment: 94% Location: Five miles north of Husum, WA Personnel: 255 Cause: Under investigation Resources: 16 Crews 8 Engines 1 Dozer 5 Water tenders Evacuations: There are no evacuations in effect at this time Burn Ban: An outdoor burn ban remains in effect for Klickitat County from July 1 through September 30, 2017 The Western Washington Type 3 Team had its first day in command of the Dry Creek Fire. Activities on the fire line will continue to focus on mop up and completing the remaining tasks to secure the fire within its existing perimeter. Some smoke could still be visible from State Route 141. Fire crews are monitoring any remaining hot spots. Motorists are advised to reduce speeds and be aware that there are firefighters and equipment still...

Crews Identifying Safe Access Points on the Chetco Bar Fire (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - July 17, 2017 - 3:15pm
Curry County, OR—Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest firefighters are continuing to identify safe access points outside the Chetco Bar Fire’s perimeter. The fire is now estimated to be just under 100 acres in size. The fire burning six miles west of Pearsoll Peak in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness was first reported on July 12, 2017 and is believed to have been started by lightning. Although light smoke may be visible from neighboring peaks and ridges, recreation trails are not impacted at this point and will remain open for the time being. While it is still unsafe to engage with the fire, progress continues to be made locating points of entry, working on installation of camera sites for monitoring fire activity and strengthening our operational plan moving forward. The fire is still spreading equally in all directions; however, the intensity remains low to moderate. While the fire is getting larger in size, it is still creeping in the understory and is not being wind-driven. This...

Dry Creek Fire Update 7/17/17 (Dry Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - July 17, 2017 - 10:37am
Today marks the beginning of the transition in command from Team 6 to a local Washington Type 3 team commanded by Kevin Griffee. Supervisors from both teams worked side-by-side on the transition. Incident Commander Griffee’s organization took command of the Dry Creek Fire this morning Monday 7/17/17. Activities on the fire line will continue to focus on mop up and completing the remaining tasks to secure this fire within its existing perimeter. People passing by could still see some smoke within the fire perimeter. Fire crews are monitoring any remaining hot spots. State Route 141 is open without restrictions. Motorists are strongly advised to reduce speeds and be vigilant for firefighters and equipment as they pass through the fire area (mileposts 14 to 17). The Incident Command teams that have been attached to this fire are extremely appreciative of the support and cooperation extended by local officials and residents of the affected communities. Precaution message:...

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