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FINAL Incident Update 5-21-18 (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

InciWeb Articles WA - May 21, 2018 - 9:13am
OKANOGAN FLOODING 2018 Final Incident Update – May 21, 2018 10 A.M. Okanogan County – With levees built to withstand expected river flows and sandbags stockpiled throughout Okanogan County, the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team (IMT) has completed its mission to solidify flood protection along the Okanogan River. Monitoring efforts will now be managed by the county’s Department of Emergency Management and cities along the river valley. Thanks to the help of dedicated community volunteers, the IMT made of firefighters from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Washington Fire Service, the Washington Conservation Corps and the Washington State Patrol was able to fill and lay more than 220,000 sandbags along the river’s banks, resulting in 6,623 feet of additional protection along levees from Oroville to Okanogan. “We’re glad we were able to come in here quickly and help our neighbors and colleagues in Okanogan County,” said Ed...

Incident Update 5-18-18 (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

InciWeb Articles WA - May 18, 2018 - 11:45am
OKANOGAN FLOODING 2018 Incident Update – May 18, 2018 11 A.M. Okanogan County – Flood mitigation efforts along the Okanogan River are moving into defense mode as crews finish shoring up protection efforts. Crews working with community volunteers have filled and laid approximately 200,000 sandbags along the river throughout Okanogan County to protect critical infrastructure and homes. Work will now focus on strengthening those barriers and responding to leaks as they arise. Although water levels are not as high as earlier forecasted, the ground is extremely saturated and may become unstable in areas. All citizens should be prepared and take appropriate actions to protect lives and property as necessary. A flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service Thursday remains in effect. Citizens should be aware of the potential for flash floods especially over recent burn scars, as well as the possibility of rapidly rising tributary systems feeding into the Okanogan River. The...

Incident Update 5-17-18 (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

InciWeb Articles WA - May 17, 2018 - 12:23pm
OKANOGAN FLOODING 2018 Incident Update – May 17, 2018 12 P.M. Okanogan County – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch due to severe thunderstorms that are predicted for later today. These storms will produce the potential for flash floods especially over recent burn scars, as well as the possibility of rapidly rising tributary systems feeding into the Okanogan River. All citizens should be prepared for rising water and take appropriate actions to protect lives and property as necessary. Flooding began last week when warm temperatures melted a record Canadian snowpack into the Okanogan, Similkameen and Methow rivers and their tributaries. Incident Commanders are working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor water levels, which are expected to continue to rise through the weekend. Residents living near these rivers should continue to monitor high water levels and be prepared to move to higher ground if necessary. Colville Tribes Emergency...

Road Closure Information (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

InciWeb Articles WA - May 16, 2018 - 3:36pm
Road closure information for Okanogan County can be found at

Incident Update 5-16-18 (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

InciWeb Articles WA - May 16, 2018 - 10:00am
OKANOGAN FLOODING 2018 Incident Update – May 16, 2018 10:00 AM Okanogan County – More than 200 responders from around the state are continuing efforts to solidify protection of critical infrastructure throughout Okanogan County against flooding that began last week and is expected to intensify through this weekend. We want all citizens to be prepared for rivers rising and take appropriate actions to protect lives and property as necessary. These efforts are being organized by the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management and the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team. Crews from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Conservation Corps are working closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers, local officials and countless community volunteers and contractors to assess and strengthen flood protections. Flooding began last week when warm temperatures melted a record Canadian snowpack into the Okanogan, Similkameen and...

Umatilla National Forest prepares for prescribed burning (2018 Umatilla NF Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - February 7, 2018 - 12:57pm
North Fork John Day Ranger District to implement prescribed burn this week PENDLETON, Ore. – The Umatilla National Forest is preparing to implement early season prescribed burning activities as soon as Thursday across portions of the Forest. Fire management officials on the North Fork John Day Ranger District will begin implementing a prescribed burn plan on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, three miles south of Dale along the west side of Highway 395. The District’s upcoming prescribed burn operations consist of approximately 200 acres of grass within a 600 acre burn unit. The objective of the burn is to reduce the spread of invasive grasses, such as Ventenata and Medusahead, by burning the first germination of grass following the recent snow melt. Implementing these burn operations will help encourage the growth of native vegetation. Smoke from the burn operations will be visible along the highway, but the activities are not anticipated to produce significant or long-lasting smoke....

Eagle Creek Fire Contained, But Not Yet Out (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - November 30, 2017 - 1:00pm
Following an official review of Eagle Creek Fire status on November 30, 2017, the fire has been declared 100% contained. The change reflects a determination made that the fire is not expected to grow beyond its perimeter, and is not the same as officially declaring the fire “out.” At this stage of the fire, no further growth is expected, but “fuels” (timber and other flammable natural materials) may still be smoldering within the fire perimeter. An incident commander with the U.S. Forest Service is still assigned to the fire and will continue to apprise the situation. Current personnel on the fire are focused on protecting public safety in the closed areas. The Eagle Creek Fire Closure, which includes numerous recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mt. Hood National Forest, remains unchanged except for Multnomah Falls Lodge and front plaza, which opened yesterday. More information about the fire closure and post-fire response can be found on the...

Burned Area Reports (2017 Central Washington BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - November 15, 2017 - 11:31am
Burned Area Report Summaries and Values at Risk Matrix and Treatments [Along with JPG and PDF Treatment Maps below, KMZ map files are also available to view maps in greater detail in Google Earth (and many other mapping programs). Download the KMZ file (links at right) and save to your computer. Open the Google Earth program. [ If you don’t already have Google Earth, you can download and install it for free HERE. ] Drag the KMZ file onto the Google Earth program icon or main screen (or in Google Earth, click File, Import and select the KMZ file). After the KMZ file loads, you can zoom way in for more detail, change the angle of view, show or hide layers, and adjust transparency of layers.]Diamond Creek Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and TreatmentsTreatments Map JPG and PDF format Jack Creek Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and Treatments Treatments Map JPG and PDF format Uno Peak Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and Treatments Treatments...

Burned Area Reports (2017 Central Washington BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - November 15, 2017 - 10:31am
Burned Area Report Summaries and Values at Risk Matrix and Treatments [Along with JPG and PDF Treatment Maps below, KMZ map files are also available to view maps in greater detail in Google Earth (and many other mapping programs). Download the KMZ file (links at right) and save to your computer. Open the Google Earth program. [ If you don’t already have Google Earth, you can download and install it for free HERE. ] Drag the KMZ file onto the Google Earth program icon or main screen (or in Google Earth, click File, Import and select the KMZ file). After the KMZ file loads, you can zoom way in for more detail, change the angle of view, show or hide layers, and adjust transparency of layers.]Diamond Creek Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and TreatmentsTreatments Map JPG and PDF format Jack Creek Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and Treatments Treatments Map JPG and PDF format Uno Peak Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and Treatments Treatments...

Chetco Bar Fire Declared 100% Contained (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - November 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Contact: Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist (541) 618-2051 SW Oregon—The Chetco Bar Fire has been declared 100% contained, effective November 2, 2017. The announcement comes as more wet weather moves into the southwest Oregon area, bringing rain and, at higher elevations, snow. Additionally, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has made documents related to the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) effort available to the public via the RRSNF’s website. People can now access both the full BAER report, and the Specialist Reports that informed that document. (The public should be aware that the Specialist Reports document is a 163-page PDF document, and may take some time to download on slower internet connections.) For up-to-date information regarding the Chetco Bar Fire BAER efforts, follow the RRSNF on Twitter and Facebook.

Norse Peak Fire Closure (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - November 3, 2017 - 12:52pm
Numerous hazards brought on by the Norse Peak Fire on the Snoqualmie Ranger District has required the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to close down sections of the affected area to provide for public safety. The closure order can be viewed here. Click on Exhibit A and Exhibit B to view the closure map and a list of closed roads and trails.

Norse Peak Fire Closure (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - November 3, 2017 - 11:52am
Numerous hazards brought on by the Norse Peak Fire on the Snoqualmie Ranger District has required the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to close down sections of the affected area to provide for public safety. The closure order can be viewed here. Click on Exhibit A and Exhibit B to view the closure map and a list of closed roads and trails.

Norse Peak Hydrology Report (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 31, 2017 - 4:15pm
View the Norse Peak Hydrology Report here. You may also be interested in the Norse Peak Geology and Soils Reports.

Norse Peak Geology Report (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 31, 2017 - 4:05pm
Norse Peak Geology ReportObjectivesThe objectives of this report are to: 1. Identify debris flow hazards potentially affected by the fire. 2. Identify both emergency and long-term actions that could mitigate potential hazards. View the full report here and the USGS Preliminary Hazard Assessment (debris flow prediction model outputs) here.

Norse Peak Hydrology Report (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 31, 2017 - 3:15pm
View the Norse Peak Hydrology Report here. You may also be interested in the Norse Peak Geology and Soils Reports.

Norse Peak Geology Report (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 31, 2017 - 3:05pm
Norse Peak Geology ReportObjectivesThe objectives of this report are to: 1. Identify debris flow hazards potentially affected by the fire. 2. Identify both emergency and long-term actions that could mitigate potential hazards. View the full report here and the USGS Preliminary Hazard Assessment (debris flow prediction model outputs) here.

Norse Peak Soils Report Final (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 31, 2017 - 2:54pm
Norse Peak Soils ReportObjectives: This purpose of this soil assessment is to: ● Summarize the soil types within the fire and briefly discuss the management importance of each type ● Describe the Soil Burn Severity (SBS) within the fire area ● Estimate soil erosion in watersheds determined sensitive to erosion and sediment transport ● Determine whether threat to soil productivity and threat of erosion constitute an emergency ● Determine any needed treatments ● Make recommendations to Forest management View the full report

Norse Peak Soils Report Final (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 31, 2017 - 1:54pm
Norse Peak Soils ReportObjectives: This purpose of this soil assessment is to: ● Summarize the soil types within the fire and briefly discuss the management importance of each type ● Describe the Soil Burn Severity (SBS) within the fire area ● Estimate soil erosion in watersheds determined sensitive to erosion and sediment transport ● Determine whether threat to soil productivity and threat of erosion constitute an emergency ● Determine any needed treatments ● Make recommendations to Forest management View the full report

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