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Burned Area Emergency Response Team Assembled for South Umpqua Comple (Miles Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 19, 2018 - 12:45pm
Miles Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team assembled Sept. 10 and began its assessment of the Miles, Columbus, and Snow Shoe fires burn scars. It is under the direction of Joe Blanchard, watershed program manager for the Umpqua National Forest and Claire Campbell, soil scientist for the Lolo National Forest. The team is surveying the burned areas to determine if emergency treatments are warranted. They are looking at potential safety risks to the public and Forest Service personnel as well as natural and cultural resource damage from post-fire rain events. BAER team surveys are rapid assessments of the burned area to determine the potential for increased post-fire flooding, debris flows, and rock slides. They will also assess the potential for spread of noxious weeds and public safety along trails and roads. The BAER team will analyze the data they collect during the surveys, to produce a “Soil Burn Severity” map. This is the first step in assessing potential watershed...

Spanish Translation: Klondike Fire Update 2018-09-19 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 19, 2018 - 12:04pm
Comandante: Brian Gales Diputado, IC: Larry Nickey Aprendiz IC: Aaron Schuh RESUMEN Incendio Klondite. Zona Oeste. El dia de ayer, se observo un aumento en la actividad del incendio debido a la presencia de una masa de aire seco y rafagas de viento. Dicha actividad fue captada en las siguientes confluencias de los rios: Indigo Creek con Illinois River, en los drenages de Snail y Slim Creek y tambien en Little Silver Creek. A pesar del nivel de humedad que se presento el fin de semana pasado, todavia hay residuos de material de combustion seco quemando con facilidad. De acuerdo al pronostico del tiempo, se presentaran condiciones similares el dia de hoy y muy probablemente el dia de manana. Los bomberos continuan enfocandose en la limpieza y sosteniendo la linea de fuego a lo largo de la carretera 2308, asi como tambien en la proteccion de las estructura en el area de drenaje de Little Silver Creek. Se continua con el trabajo de reparacion de gradeo o nivelacion de caminos y en las...

September 19, 2018 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 19, 2018 - 10:03am
Overview Klondike Fire West Zone Fire activity picked up yesterday due to the arrival of a dry air mass and gusty winds. Growth was seen at the confluence of Indigo Creek and Illinois River, Snail and Slim Creek drainages, and Little Silver Creek. Despite the moisture from this past weekend, fuels remain very dry and are burning readily. The weather forecast is calling for similar conditions today and likely again tomorrow.Firefighters continue to focus on mopping up and holding the fireline along the 2308 road, as well as providing structure protection in Little Silver Creek drainage. Road graders continue repair work on the roads and contingency lines south and west of the fire perimeter. They are steadily making their way north when the need for contingency lines is eliminated. Helicopters will continue to use bucket drops to minimize growth along the 2308 road and confluence of Indigo Creek and the Illinois River.Northwest Team 13 is responsible for managing the fire as of 6...

Terwilliger Fire Update September 19, 2018 (Terwilliger Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 19, 2018 - 9:40am
Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson September 19, 2018 - 9:00 A.M. Special Announcements: This will be the last update from the Northwest Incident Management Team 8 (NWIMT8) on the Terwilliger Fire. Tomorrow the management of the fire will be transferred to the Southern Cascades Type III Team, Incident Commander Neil Miller. The local units will provide any updated information. NWIMT8 would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to the community, cooperators, agency staff, and firefighters for the unwavering support during our management of the Terwilliger Fire. Terwilliger Hot Springs will remain closed for public safety. Hazard trees around the hot springs will likely need to be felled in the coming months, as well as, trail reconstruction. Forest Service Road (FR) 19 remains closed to the public due to unsafe conditions from falling rocks, debris and fire weakened trees. The closure begins at the junction of FR 408 south to Box...

2018 9/18-19 Natchez Fire Update (Natchez Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 18, 2018 - 1:09pm
Happy Camp, CA – On September 17 at 0600, management of the fire was assumed by a local Type 3 Incident Management team, with Ed Willy the Incident Commander. A warming and drying trend Tuesday and Wednesday, with northerly wind component, could lead to increase fire activity Firefighters continued to monitor for and extinguish hot spots within firelines. Today, fire managers will continue with repair and rehab on controlled fire boundaries , taking advantage of moderating weather conditions and monitoring on uncontrolled fire edge. Evacuations: Evacuation warning notices, using California’s evacuation warning protocol, are in place for residents of 3 private inholdings within the National Forest System Lands near South Fork Indian Creek. Smoke: Air quality and health information are available at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. Information from a temporary air quality monitor located in Happy Camp can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/2o2Z4xf. Closure Orders: Two Closure...

Miriam Fire FINAL Update - September 18, 2018 (Miriam Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 18, 2018 - 12:46pm
Miriam Fire FINAL UpdateFire Information Line: 509-653-1468 September 18, 2018 – 12:30 p.m.Acres: 5,400Percent Containment: 50% Start Date: 07/30/18 Today is the final daily update. Future updates will only be released if the situation changes significantly. Fire suppression efforts are winding down and crews are now working on fire line repair. The Forest has begun to shift resources to focus on burned area emergency response assessments. That information will be posted here when it becomes available: http://centralwashingtonfirerecovery.info/Announcements: Because minimal fire growth is expected after the recent rain and snow, the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management terminated all evacuations levels yesterday. Current situation: After Sunday’s rain, the strategy on the Miriam Fire turned to monitoring, patrol, hazard mitigation and equipment removal. Despite the significant decrease in fire activity, smoke is still visible in some locations well within fire containment...

Spanish Translation: Klondike Fire Update 2018-09-18 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 18, 2018 - 12:38pm
RESUMEN: Incendio: Klondike. Zona Oeste Desde el dia de ayer, la actividad del fuego continua siendo minima extendiendose muy poco en los drenajes de Indigo Creek y de Horse Sign Creek. La labor de los helicopteros ha jugado un papel importante al hacer posible que el incendio no aumente de una manera significativa en las areas afectadas. Las estructuras de proteccion siguen vigentes en el area de Silver Creek. Para los proximos dias, las predicciones climaticas tienden a indicar un clima seco por lo que se podria esperar un incremento en la actividad del fuego. Ademas, se esperan rafagas de viento en el area del incendio. Los bomberos continuan enfocandose en la limpieza del area y a la vez en mcontrolar la linea del fuego. Ademas, se continua con la limpieza de arboles caidos y arboles que representan un peligro alrededor del bosque. El trabajo para el gradeo de caminos y las zonas de contingencia sigue avanzando en la zona del perimetro del incendio. Se ha estado eliminando...

Terwilliger Fire Update September 18, 2018 (Terwilliger Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 18, 2018 - 10:46am
Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson September 18, 2018 - 9:00 A.M. Special Announcements: A very large, weakened tree of approximately 50 inches in diameter fell across Aufderheide Scenic Byway, Forest Road 19 (FR 19), yesterday closing the road to all traffic. A large front-end loader was brought in to assist cutters in removing the tree so access for work could continue. Today, a specialized scaling contract operation will begin work along FR 19. The purpose is to identify and remove potential falling rock and fire weakened trees that are likely to come loose, fall or slide. This work must first be accomplished before other crews and work can continue along those segments of the road. Terwilliger Hot Springs will remain closed for public safety. Hazard trees around the hot springs will likely need to be felled in the coming months, we well as, trail reconstruction. Forest Service Road (FR) 19 remains closed to the public due to unsafe...

September 18, 2018 Update for Klondike Fire (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 18, 2018 - 10:21am
Overview Klondike Fire West Zone Fire activity continued to be minimal yesterday with limited spread seen in the Indigo and Horse Sign Creek drainages. Helicopters played a large role in keeping growth in those areas minimal. Structure protection continues in the Silver Creek area. The weather forecast is calling for a drying trend that is expected to result in increased fire activity over the next several days. Gusty winds are also likely to be seen in the fire area. Firefighters are continuing to focus on mopping up and holding the fireline, as well as felling snags and fire-damaged trees along forest roadways. Road graders will continue repair work on the roads and contingency lines west of the fire perimeter. There are several hot spots along the 150 road that are being addressed. The Northwest Team 13 will be assuming command of the fire on Wednesday morning. The Southern Area Red Team has timed out after three weeks on the incident. Klondike Fire East Zone and Taylor Creek...

18-19 de septiembre de 2018 actualización (Crescent Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 18, 2018 - 9:13am
18-19 de septiembre de 2018 actualización Gracias por asistir a la reunión pública del lunes en Winthrop. Para los que se la perdieron, la retransmisión se puede ver en https://tinyurl.com/y7gqzaty Se presentó un vistazo aéreo de Google para dar a los participantes de la reunión una visión general y actualización del estado de los incendios. Esto se publicará hoy en Facebook. Incendios Crescent Mountain y McLeod las cuadrillas continúan reparando el daño causado por las operaciones de extinción de incendios. La intención de la reparación de supresión es minimizar la erosión del suelo y restablecer las funciones ecológicas dañadas a las condiciones que existían antes del incidente. Todas las reparaciones ocurren bajo aviso de asesores de recursos locales. El cálculo de la contención en los incendios Crescent y McLeod ha cambiado significativamente debido a la manera que los oficiales del incendio evalúan y combinan dos factores: 1) acciones de supresión...

09-18 & 19 update (Crescent Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 18, 2018 - 8:57am
September 18-19 UpdateCrescent: 51,975 acresMcLeod: 22,898 acresTotal acreage: 74,873 Thank you for attending Monday’s public meeting in Winthrop. For those who missed it, the livestream can be viewed here on this facebook page. A Google flyover was presented to provide meeting participants an overview and status update on the fires. This will be posted on Facebook today.Crescent Mountain and McLeod Fire crews continue to repair damage caused by firefighting operations. The intent of suppression repair is to minimize soil erosion and restore damaged ecological functions to conditions that existed before the incident. All repairs occur under advisement of local Resource Advisors. Containment calculation on Crescent and McLeod Fires has changed significantly due to the way fire officials assess and combine two factors: 1) suppression actions accomplished and 2) extent of fire perimeter under ‘monitor’ status, with little potential for spread. Pairing these elements together yields...

Smoke Report for Taylor Cr/Klondike Fires 9/18/18 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 18, 2018 - 8:22am
Special Statement This will be the final smoke outlook for the Klondike Fire. Air quality monitors in Gold Beach, Brookings, Agness, Selma, and Merlin will be taken offline. Air quality monitors in Cave Junction, Provolt, Grants Pass, Medford, and Ashland are permanent monitors operated by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and will remain in operation. Fire The Klondike Fire is 72% contained and 140,232 acres. Limited smoldering and creeping is expected today with the potential for increased fire activity around Silver Creek. Smoke Today Smoke production and movement is expected to follow closely in Monday's footprint with the potential for limited additional smoke from Northern CA fires in Cave Junction, Selma, Ashland, and Medford. Agness will experience the same smoke patterns of good air quality over night and early in the morning, degrading to unhealthy to hazardous conditions midmorning through early afternoon. Take actions to reduce exposure:...

Evacuation levels terminated (Miriam Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 17, 2018 - 6:16pm
Due to the recent rain and snow, minimal fire growth is expected for the duration of the Miriam fire. The Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management has terminated all evacuation levels associated with the fire Monday

Know Before You Go: Is Your Favorite RRSNF Location Open and Accessible (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 17, 2018 - 3:39pm
Southwest OR – The 2018 fire season has resulted in a number of emergency area and road closures across the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. These closures were put in place for the health and safety of both the public and firefighting personnel, and often remain in place even after the flames are extinguished. Forest roads are often included in these closures, and while not all closures have security guards that prevent people from passing through, the RRSNF would like to remind people that these closed roads and areas are considered dangerous until they are assessed for post-fire safety concerns. Things like standing snags, fallen trees across roadways, and persistent fire traffic are also factors in keeping closures in place.The RRSNF is asking people to be aware: Know Before You Go. Many of the 2018 fires still have closure orders in place, all of which include roads that many Forest visitors are accustomed to using to access their favorite spots on the RRSNF. Questions...

Bear Camp Road Open: Public Encouraged to Exercise Caution (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 17, 2018 - 3:28pm
Southwest OR – Effective immediately, the Bear Camp Road is open to public travel following a week closure due to suppression efforts on the Klondike Fire. The RRSNF and fire officials would like to caution that there is still fire traffic on the road, and that the public should drive slowly and cautiously. The Burnt Ridge and Chrome Ridge roads remain closed to protect public health and safety.The public is encouraged to follow the RRSNF on Facebook and Twitter for current updates regarding closures, or the Forest

Fire Staff Schedule Prescribed Fire Operations for This Week (2018 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 17, 2018 - 1:33pm
After carefully monitoring conditions across the Forest, fire officials have determined that conditions are within specific parameters, including temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture to start prescribed fire operations in specifically planned units. Prairie City Ranger District fire crews are planning to begin operations on the 16 Road project, located south of Forest Road 16 near Crane Prairie. Crews plan to treat approximately 150 acres starting as early as today, activity will continue through the week on additional acreage if objectives are being met. Also this week, crews on the Blue Mountain Ranger District are scheduled to initiate prescribed fire operations on 450 acres in the Damon North unit, about four miles north of Seneca. The prescribed fire activity taking place in this area is not related to the wildfire (Incident 206) that was suppressed by firefighters earlier this month. Additionally on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District, officials are looking to...

Spanish Translation: Smoke Report for Taylor Cr/Klondike Fires 2018-09-17 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 17, 2018 - 1:22pm
Fuego El fuego Klondike está contenido en un 72%. No hubo un vuelo infrarrojo (IR) ayer para observar el crecimiento del fuego, por lo tanto, no hay actualización del tamaño total. Hoy se espera que el fuego no se propague demasiado debido a la humedad del combustible residual por el clima húmedo de ayer. Se espera solo un poco de actividad lenta en los combustibles ocultos que continúan ardiendo en los alrededores de Indigo Creek, Horse Sign Drainage y en el interior del fuego. Humo Hoy La lluvia trajo buena calidad de aire en toda el área de pronostico en el día de ayer. Hoy se puede esperar un ligero aumento en la producción de humo. Los vientos serán del Noreste por la mañana, cambiando a vientos del Noroeste por la tarde. Las áreas al suroeste pueden esperar humo de ligero a moderado por la mañana y nuevamente durante la noche, cuando los vientos vuelvan a ser desde el Noreste. Las áreas al sur de la actividad de fuego, pueden experimentar impactos de humo de leve a...

Spanish Translation: Klondike Fire Update 2018-09-17 (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 17, 2018 - 1:16pm
RESUMEN: Incendio: Klondike. Zona Oeste En la reunion de esta manana, el Comandante del Incendio, Diputado Charlie Patterson,resumio diciendo que “Por varios dias hemos estado trabajando en el area del lado Oeste del incendio cercano a Agnes. El dia de ayer tuvimos un dia exitoso”. Igniciones aereas ayudo a los bomberos a exterminar espacios aun no quemados y reforzar las lineas de control situadas entre la parte superior del riachuelo Fish Hook y la carretera forestall 150 hacia arriba del riachuelo Indigo. Basados en las predicciones climaticas para el dia de hoy, con el viento proveniente del Suroeste, se espera que el incendiiosiga quemandose en su misma area hasta consumir los materiales de combustion residuals reduciendo enormemente la amenaza de incendio en el area. Un frente frio que se esta moviendo a travez de la zona Suroeste de Oregon esta produciendo para el incendio vientos altos y aire seco La Humedad baja con vientos altos incrementara el comportamiento del...

Miriam Fire Update - September 17, 2018 (Miriam Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 17, 2018 - 11:14am
Miriam Fire UpdateFire Information Line: 509-653-1468 September 17, 2018 – 11 a.m.Acres: 5,400Percent Containment: 50% Start Date: 07/30/18 Current situation: After a week of waiting for more consistent precipitation, Mother Nature finally delivered wetting rains on the Miriam Fire yesterday. Firefighters reported heavy rains in the morning with scattered showers throughout the day. After conditions are determined to be safe firefighters will take advantage of the moisture to continue constructing the new control line along the Forest Road Spur #530 and remove snags and debris that may have fallen over the road. They’ll also continue to pull equipment off the fire now that the fire has settled down thanks to the rain and cooler fall temperatures.The rain and little sprinkle of snow on top of Pigtail Peak in the White Pass Ski Area yesterday kept the Naches Initial Attack Fire Crew from removing equipment such as sprinkler systems left in place in case they were needed more than a...

Terwilliger Fire Update September 17, 2018 (Terwilliger Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - September 17, 2018 - 10:31am
Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson September 17, 2018 - 9:00 A.M. Special Announcements: This past weekend, a special team of staff from the McKenzie River Ranger District worked to mitigate hazards posed by fire weakened and damaged trees around the Terwilliger Hot Springs. The fire burned through the springs with varying levels of severity. Approximately, five burned trees were felled. These trees posed the most imminent danger of falling and further damaging the springs and the rock work constructed around them. Additional hazard trees around the hot springs will likely need to be felled in the coming months. Only the minimum number of staff needed to do this work are entering the area due to the myriad of fire hazards that remain in the vicinity of the springs and along Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19). Forest Service Road (FR) 19 remains closed to the public due to unsafe conditions from falling rocks, debris and fire...

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