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Daily Update - August 16, 2018 (Miles Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - August 16, 2018 - 8:55am
Summary: Because the predicted lightning failing to materialize, firefighters were able to continue their focused efforts and gain the upper hand in several areas of these fires. In addition, the Fire Weather Watch that had been in place for today has been removed, even though a slight chance of an isolated thunderstorms remains to the east of the fire. Also aiding fire crews is the lingering smoke from this and other fires throughout southern Oregon, providing shade and reducing firer behavior. Fire managers remain cautiously optimistic as suppression objectives are succeeding as planned.Firefighters are sticking to objectives set early in the suppression effort by minimizing acres burned while providing for public and firefighter safety and protecting all values at risk. Crews remain primed and ready should new fire starts occur in the area, providing initial attack as needed. Miles Fire (32,519 acres, 25% contained): Control lines are strengthening as crews continue to douse...

Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires Daily Update - August 16 (Taylor Creek Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - August 16, 2018 - 8:54am
Evacuation level lowered on Galice Creek Road. Due to the progress made along the northern edge of the Taylor Creek Fire, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has downgraded the evacuation level on Galice Creek Rd from a Level 2 to a Level 1. The Level 1 evacuation is expected to remain in place for the rest of the 2018 fire season. A Level 1 evacuation means “BE READY,” remain vigilant and stay informed on current events. You can find current evacuation information at http://bit.ly/joco-evac. Surge resources arrive to help with containment. Three hotshot crews on short-term assignment have been inserted on the southeast side of the Klondike Fire for high priority missions. Containment levels increase on the Taylor Creek Fire. Due to progress on the northern and eastern perimeters, containment increased to 52%. Crews continue to mop up and rehabilitate firelines. Firefighters continue to provide protection to structures along the Illinois River where the fire...

Tayor Creek and Klondike Fires Daily Update - August 16 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - August 16, 2018 - 8:42am
Evacuation level lowered on Galice Creek Road. Due to the progress made along the northern edge of the Taylor Creek Fire, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has downgraded the evacuation level on Galice Creek Rd from a Level 2 to a Level 1. The Level 1 evacuation is expected to remain in place for the rest of the 2018 fire season. A Level 1 evacuation means “BE READY,” remain vigilant and stay informed on current events. You can find current evacuation information at http://bit.ly/joco-evac. Surge resources arrive to help with containment. Three hotshot crews on short-term assignment have been inserted on the southeast side of the Klondike Fire for high priority missions. Containment levels increase on the Taylor Creek Fire. Due to progress on the northern and eastern perimeters, containment increased to 52%. Crews continue to mop up and rehabilitate firelines. Firefighters continue to provide protection to structures along the Illinois River where...

Maple Fire Daily Update 08-16-18 (Maple Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 16, 2018 - 8:17am
Hamma Hamma, WA – Team 10 will transition fire management responsibilities to Western Washington Incident Management Type 3 Team under the leadership of Jim Shank at 6:00 am Friday. The incoming team will continue the long­term strategy of keeping the fire between Forest Road 25 to the north and Forest Road 2401 to the south. Team 10 would like to thank the local communities, businesses, and cooperating agencies along the Hood Canal for their patience and support during this fire suppression effort. The wildfire actively backed down the north side of Jefferson Ridge, primarily consuming ground fuels in a low­intensity understory burn. A small portion of the fire made it to the Hamma Hamma River where crews monitored fire activity and were available to respond if needed. The river is a natural barrier and FR 25 is a man­made barrier that has been brushed by crews and equipment, giving firefighters a primary containment line and a contingency line. To the east, FR 2480 along the...

2018-08-16 Smoke Outlook North Columbia Basin (McLeod Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 16, 2018 - 7:39am
Smoke Outlook North Columbia Basin for August 16, 2018...Fire: High pressure ridging will continue over the area resulting in continued warm and dry conditions. Slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend. Moderate to extreme fire behavior is expected on local wildfires. Smoke Light winds this afternoon but likely not enough to push smoke out of the valleys. Expect very poor air quality through today and tomorrow due to smoke from both Canada and local wildfires. Poor air quality will continue through tomorrow. Safety The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert for all of Central and Eastern Washington. Under these air quality conditions, people should limit outdoor activities. Sensitive groups should continue to consult their medical providers about ways to mitigate smoke exposure. Overnight, roadway visibility will continue to be reduced by pooling smoke on highways 97 and 20, and on roads near active

2018-08-16-Smoke Outlook North Columbia Basin (Crescent Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 16, 2018 - 7:35am
2018-08-16 Smoke Outlook North Columbia Basin for August 16, 2018...Fire: High pressure ridging will continue over the area resulting in continued warm and dry conditions. Slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend. Moderate to extreme fire behavior is expected on local wildfires. Smoke Light winds this afternoon but likely not enough to push smoke out of the valleys. Expect very poor air quality through today and tomorrow due to smoke from both Canada and local wildfires. Poor air quality will continue through tomorrow. Safety The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert for all of Central and Eastern Washington. Under these air quality conditions, people should limit outdoor activities. Sensitive groups should continue to consult their medical providers about ways to mitigate smoke exposure. Overnight, roadway visibility will continue to be reduced by pooling smoke on highways 97 and 20, and on roads near active

Update to Evacuation Levels as of August 15, 2018 7:00 PM (Boyds Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 16, 2018 - 5:53am
Evacuation Level Updates as of 08/15/2018:The roads listed below with homes have been lowered to a level 2 evacuation.·Nancy Creek·Kifer Rd·Lake Side Mobile Home Park·Columbia DR/Arrow CTWith this evacuation level change does not mean that the fire is out and that these areas are out of danger. Fire crews are still in the area and will still be working on the fire. Please be respectful and stay out of the fire crew’s way so they can successfully fight the fire. Levels can change at a moment’s notice, please be prepared to evacuate if the situation changes.Highway 20 from Barney's Junction to Inchelium Highway is still closed. Crews will still be working in that area to create a good fire line, fix power lines and allow a safe passage for residence and travelers.If you do not need to be in the area of the fire, please stay out. This will allow fire crews to safely fight the

Kettle River Fire Update - Wednesday, 8/15/2018 (Kettle River Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 15, 2018 - 6:05pm
Kettle River Fire Update - Thursday evening, August 15, 2018. Click on link

Evacuation Update - August 15, 2018 (Miles Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - August 15, 2018 - 6:04pm
EVACUATION UPDATE from Jackson County Sheriff's Office Full press release: https://flashalert.net/id/JCSO/116576 Due to progress made by crews fighting the Miles Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is further reducing evacuation levels in the Trail and Prospect area on August 15, 2018. The affected area includes only a few homes, plus uninhabited areas. The latest reduction means all homes in the Prospect area previously notified of evacuations are now reduced to a Level 1 “Be Ready” notification. A Citizen Alert notification will be sent today to advise residents affected by the reduced evacuation status. The following is a complete and updated list of evacuation zones associated with the Miles Fire: Level 3 "Go": Trail: Elk Creek Road, 8800-block and above; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses. Level 2 "Be Set": Trail: Elk Creek Road, 5700-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, upper section (uninhabited). Level 1 “Be Ready”: ...

Gifford Pinchot National Forest announces area closure (Miriam Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 15, 2018 - 4:14pm
August 15, 2018- The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has announced an area closure associated to the Clear Fork Fire. The order and map can be accessed at

Evacuation Level Change (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - August 15, 2018 - 3:43pm
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is issuing a downgrade from a Level 2 "BE SET” to a Level 1 “Be Ready” for residents on Galice Creek Road from 287 Galice Creek Rd to 1750 Galice Creek. The change goes into effect 8/15 at 3:30 pm.Several evacuation advisories remain in effect for Josephine County. Click here to view the interactive evacuation map.

Fire Evacuation Level Change (Taylor Creek Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - August 15, 2018 - 3:37pm
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is issuing a downgrade from a Level 2 "BE SET” to a Level 1 “Be Ready” for residents on Galice Creek Road from 287 Galice Creek Rd to 1750 Galice Creek. The change goes into effect 8/15 at 3:30 pm. Several evacuation advisories remain in effect for Josephine County. Click here to view the interactive evacuation

Public Meeting to be Held in Winthrop (Crescent Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 15, 2018 - 2:18pm
Public Meeting to be Held in Winthrop A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the Winthrop Barn in Winthrop, Washington. Fire managers will discuss developments on the Crescent Mountain and McLeod Fires. Community members will be given a chance to ask questions and speak with incident management personnel, agency administrators, and public information officers. The Winthrop Barn (the Red Barn) is located at 51 N. WA-20, Winthrop, WA, 98862.

Public Meeting Scheduled For Winthrop (McLeod Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 15, 2018 - 2:14pm
Public Meeting to be Held in Winthrop A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the Winthrop Barn in Winthrop, Washington. Fire managers will discuss developments on the Crescent Mountain and McLeod Fires. Community members will be given a chance to ask questions and speak with incident management personnel, agency administrators, and public information officers. The Winthrop Barn (the Red Barn) is located at 51 N. WA-20, Winthrop, WA, 98862.

Evacuation and Road Closure Update - August 15, 2018 (Boyds Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 15, 2018 - 1:16pm
Evacuation Levels: Currently, the Matsen Creek Rd. south to Kamloops Island is a Level 2. Matsen Creek Rd. to Boulder Creek Rd. remains at a Level 2. Highway 395 north is still one lane with a pilot car from Barney’s Junction to Kamloops. Highway 20 west remains closed and under a Level 3 evacuation. Many of the public have inquired about this portion of the highway. Although fire activity has diminished, much of the area remains at risk to the public due to danger trees and rolling debris from the fire. Public and firefighter safety is our highest priority. Fire officials will continue to assess the situation and as more information becomes available the public will be notified. A Red Cross Shelter has been set up at the Kettle Falls High School for any evacuees.Road Closures: SR 20 both directions from Milepost 337 Inchelium Road to Milepost 342. Hwy. 395 is one lane from Barney’s Junction to Kamloops

Community Meeting - August 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM (Boyds Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 15, 2018 - 1:16pm
Community MeetingBoyds Fire WHAT: Boyds Fire Community Meeting WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 @ 7:00 P.M.WHERE: Kettle Falls Public Library 605 Myer’s St Kettle Falls, WA 99141WHY: Northwest Team 11 will be holding a community meeting to update the public on the current fire situation. Representatives from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, USFS Colville National Forest, Joint Fire Districts Stevens County 8 / Ferry County 3 and Colville Bureau of Indian Affairs will be in attendance. Updated fire information, evacuations and road closure information will be provided.

Boyds Fire Update - August 15, 2018 (Boyds Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 15, 2018 - 12:24pm
Kettle Falls, WA - The Boyd’s fire is located 3 miles west northwest of Kettle Falls, Washington. The fire has burned 2,950 with no containment at this time. The fire continues to burn in timber, brush and grass. Approximately 430 structures remain threatened. Three residences were lost in the fire in addition to several

(Spanish) Cougar Creek, Lost, Bannock Lakes, Whitepine Fire Update 08/15/18 (Cougar Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - August 15, 2018 - 11:58am
Acres: 31,062Contención: 28 por cientoPersonal: 1,225Incendio de Cougar Creek:El martes los bomberos aumentaron la contención del incendio de Cougar Creek. Las operaciones de fuego en el valle del río Entiat se expandieron el martes alrededor de los hogares y edificios comerciales. "Fue un día muy bueno. Estas estructuras están ahora rodeadas de color negro, eliminando cualquier amenaza a los hogares", dice Steve Burns, jefe de sección de operaciones. Hubo más éxito en el borde sureño del fuego. “Realizamos un fuego controlado y tenemos una línea de contención desde el Mirador Sugarloaf hasta Gold Ridge, al norte de Ardenvoir." El martes por la noche, las cuadrillas patrullaron y reforzaron la línea a lo largo del borde del fuego. Todos los esfuerzos del miércoles se centran en extender y reforzar las líneas de contención antes de los vientos previstos para el miércoles, con ráfagas de hasta 20 mph. Dependiendo del clima, se podrían usar helicópteros para verter...

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