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State of Emergency Declared in Oregon due to Wildfires

Posted by feww on July 31, 2013

Josephine and Douglas counties declare states of emergency

Oregon Gov. has declared a state of emergency Josephine and Douglas counties as wildfires burn thousands of acres, destroy scores of buildings and threaten hundreds of homes.

At least 7 major wildfires are currently active in the state of Oregon.  [Dozens of smaller fires have not been logged.]

Meantime, a threat of dry lightning and thunderstorms is forecast Tuesday night through Wednesday.

“A strong weather system will move through the Pacific Northwest and across the northern Rockies over the course of the week. Dry, gusty winds are already contributing to increased fire danger in this region, but conditions will worsen on Wednesday as the weather system brings a chance of ‘dry’ thunderstorms. The lightning from these storms could ignite new wildfires that could spread rapidly.” NWS reported.

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Douglas Complex Fire. Credit: Marvin Vetter, ODF

Douglas Complex Fire. Some 54 lightning-sparked blazes have been burning at least 21,400 acres since Friday and were only 5 percent contained Tuesday evening.

  • Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR
  • Percent Contained: 5%
  • Complex Size: 21,400 acres
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Start Date: 7/26/13
  • Total Personnel: 1,260
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme

Evacuations and Closures:

Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed. The public is asked to honor the road blocks and not interfere with firefighters working in the area.

Evacuations have been ordered for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County, and Poorman Creek Road in Josephine County.

An additional four hundred residences are considered threatened. This means evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future. Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine Sheriff’s Offices. [Inciweb]

The Whiskey Complex Fire. The Whiskey Complex consists of four distinct fires on the Tiller Ranger District: Buckeye, Big Brother, Whiskey, and Smith Ridge. The fires were caused by lightning on July 26, 2013. The blazes have consumed at least 3,068 acres in steep and remote terrain in timber, the fire activity has been primarily ground fire with occasional tree torching and spotting. [Oregon Interagency Incident Management]

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The Whiskey Complex Fire.  Credit:  K. Gregor

The Whiskey Complex Fire is currently ZERO – 7 percent contained with about 780 personnel deployed.

  • Nine people were evacuated from five residences in Ash Valley on Monday as the Buckeye Fire crossed the top of the ridge above the homes. Firefighters expect the fire to slowly back down toward Ash Creek and spare the homes, but asked residents to leave as a precaution.
  • Residences in Ash Valley are being served a Level 3 evacuation due to an increase in fire activity on the Buckeye Fire.  Additional road closures are expected.

The Big Windy Complex Fire. The Big Windy consists of 3 fires: The Big Windy Fire, Calvert Peak Fire, and Jenny Fire (formerly the Windy 16 Fire).

  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 2,914 acres
  • Date of Origin: Friday July 26th, 2013 approx. 03:00 AM
  • Location: 25 miles NW of Grants Pass
  • Total Personnel: 186
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Growth Potential: High
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme

Brimstone Fire.  Another lightning-sparked wildfire 10 miles northwest of Merlin, the blaze has consumed more than 2000 acres since Monday July 29th, 2013. Some 773 personnel have been deployed to control the fire.  Brimstone is one of 24 lightning-fires on land protected by ODF’s Grants Pass District.

The Labrador Fire. The blaze was ignited by lightning on July 26. The fire is currently estimated to be 1,050 acres and burning adjacent to the Illinois River near the community of Oak Flat.

  • Containment: The fire is 0 % contained
  • personnel: 414
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: High

The Colockum Tarps Fire. The blaze started at about 8:00 a.m. on Saturday July 27 near  the intersections of Colockum Road and Tarpiscan Road, south of Malaga, Chelan County, Washington. Malaga is near Wenatchee, Washington.

  • The Kittitas County Sheriff established a Level 3 Evacuation Notification for the western shore of the Columbia River from the northern boundary of Kittitas County south to Skookumchuck Creek and Scammon Landing. The Wild Hourse Wind Farm was placed under Level 2 evacuation notice. The Renewable Energy Center is now closed to the public. A Level 1 Evacuation Notice is now in effect for the Whiskey Wildlife Area as well.
  • Size:  59,316 acres (~93 square miles)
  • Percent Contained 8%
  • Total Personnel: 370
  • Significant Events:  Evacuations, continued progress on west, scouting for perimeter control opportunities in the south. Significant growth continues in south and west portions of the fire. Fire crossed Quilmene Rd. to the south. VLAT used to hold fire on Quilmene ridge and check slopover. Established trigger points with Kittitas County.
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: High

News Link: Evacuation and destruction caused by Colockum Tarps Fire

The Mile Marker 28 Fire. The blaze started on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97 and is burning in grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • Size 22,469 acres
  • Percent Contained: 60%
  • Total Personnel: 1,345
  • Significant Events: US Hwy 97 remains closed Teusday. The Level 1 (advisory) advisory and level 2 (potential evacuation) remains in effect.

Sunnyside Turnoff Fire

  • Size: 51,340 acres
  • Contained: 95%

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Third Town May Be Forced to Evacuate

Posted by feww on July 29, 2013

Wildfires may force a third Washington town to evacuate

Mile Marker 28 Fire – Central Washington

The Mile Marker 28 Fire has more than doubled in size, burning on more than 17,171 acres. Hundreds of homes have already been evacuated in the towns of Bickleton and Cleveland, and another township farther south may soon be evacuated.

EVACUATION LEVEL UPDATE Issued by  Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office

The following areas are being upgraded from a Level 1 to a Level 2: The residences north Box Springs Rd. within Township 6N, Range 19E, Sections 17-20 & 29-30. Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage residents in these areas to prepare to evacuate if their areas are upgraded to a Level 3. This is the time to pack your valuables, family heirlooms, clothing, and make the necessary preparations for your animals and to seek out viable lodging arrangements.

The fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97 and is burning in grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter. The cause of the fire is unknown, authorities said.

  • Date Started:  Wednesday July 24th, 2013 approx. 11:00 AM
  • Location: 15 miles NE of Goldendale, Washington along State Highway 97
  • Size: 17,171 acres (28.3 square miles)
  • Total Personnel: 1,201
  • Growth Potential: High
  • Humidity: 24 percent

CLOSURES: Due to the fire situation, Highway 97 from Toppenish to Goldendale remains closed. Maintenance crews with WSDOT are currently removing large danger trees that have burned from the fire, and crews are also repairing portions of burned guardrail. Fire officials and WSDOT continue to evaluate the situation. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes on State Route 14, State Route 221, and Interstate 82.

Colockum Tarps Fire

The Colockum Tarps Fire started at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Saturday July 27 in the vicinity of the intersections of Colockum Road and Tarpiscan Road, south of Malaga, Chelan County, Washington. 

The fire spread quickly, burning dry grass and brush, exceeding 1000 acres by 11:00 a.m., destroying  several unoccupied structures and outbuildings .

The Chelan County Sheriff issued a Level 3 Evacuation notification to approximately 60 residences along Colockum, Tarpiscan, and Kingsbury Roads. Three primary residences and additional outbuildings burned.

By 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 the fire had exceeded 7,000 to 10,000 acres and was continuing to grow to the South and uphill to the West. Erratic, gusty winds from 10-15 mph, with gusts to 25 continued to affect the fire which has reached some timber.

25 Mile Fire

A fire in Chelan County has destroyed at least two buildings and forced the evacuation of about 60 homes and cabins along the Columbia River near Quincy, officials said. The fire has engulfed about 2,100 acres.

A third smaller fire has consumed about 100 acres, forcing the closure of Highway 28 west of Soap Lake, said a report.

Red Flag Warnings were in effect earlier in much of Eastern Washington including Goldendale, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Moses Lake.

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Mass Evacuations as Wildfires Erupt in Wash.

Posted by feww on July 28, 2013

Hundreds of homes evacuated, two highways closed as wildfires spread across Central Washington

Mile Marker 28 Fire

More than 200 homes are under mandatory evacuation and two state highways have been closed as several wildfires continue to spread across Central Washington.

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 Mile Marker 28 Smoke Column. Credit: WIIMT #2

The Mile Marker 28 Fire started on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at approximately 11:00 a.m. and rapidly spread to about 14 square miles. The fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97 and is burning in grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter. The cause of the fire is unknown, authorities said.

  • Date Started:  Wednesday July 24th, 2013 approx. 11:00 AM
  • Location: 15 miles NE of Goldendale, Washington along State Highway 97
  • Size: 8,956 acres (14 square miles)
  • Growth Potential: High
  • Humidity: 18 percent

Evacuation information Released by

EVACUATION LEVEL UPDATE: Due to spotting and the southward movement of the fire, the following areas are being upgraded to LEVEL 3 (Immediate Evacuation): All residences east of US-97 in Township 5N, Range 17E, Sections 25-30. These areas include Piney Woods Rd, Thompson Trail, Toad Road, Indian Basin, Indian Hill Trail, England Dr, Shajewabe Rd, Pinto Pony Rd, Camplin Rd, Black Label Ln, and Buckskin Rd. All residences located in Township 5N, Range 18E, Sections 29 & 30. These areas include Ekone Rd, Harbison Rd, Old Mountain Rd (north of Old Cabin Rd) the north side of Ownby Rd. All residences west of US-97 within Township 5N, Range 17E, Sections 4, 8, 17-20, & 30. These areas include Dry Creek Rd, Jenkins Creek Rd, Christie Rd, Home Place Ln, Lane Dr. All level three evacuation notices previously issued remain in place.

UPGRADED LEVEL 2 NOTIFICATIONS: The following locations are being upgraded to LEVEL 2 EVACUATION (Potential Evacuation) areas: All residences north of Bickleton Hwy in the areas of Township 4N, Range 17E, Sections 1-12, 17-18. These areas include Piluk Ln, Cahill Rd, Log Cabin Rd, Chisholm Rd, Oak Springs Rd, Brengo Ln, Badger Gulch, New Hope Farms Rd, Palmer Ln, Pumphouse Rd, Bluff Rd, and Rocky Ridge Rd. All residences north of Bickleton Hwy in Township 4N, Range 18E, Sections 5-8. These areas include Homestead Rd, Hayfield Rd, Holter Rd, Big Springs Rd, and Wheatland Rd.Citizens within these areas are encouraged to make proper preparations for evacuation. This includes, but is not limited to moving animals to alternate locations, packing valuables and heirlooms and moving them to a safe location, and making alternate housing arrangements should this zone be upgraded to a Level 3. Unless otherwise notified by the Klickitat County Sheriffs office, all notifications previously issued remain in place.

CLOSURES: Due to the fire situation, Highway 97 from Toppenish to Goldendale remains closed. Maintenance crews with WSDOT are currently removing large danger trees that have burned from the fire, and crews are also repairing portions of burned guardrail. Fire officials and WSDOT continue to evaluate the situation. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes on State Route 14, State Route 221, and Interstate 82.

25 Mile Fire

A fire in Chelan County has destroyed at least two buildings and forced the evacuation of about 60 homes and cabins along the Columbia River near Quincy, officials said. The fire has engulfed about 2,100 acres.

A third smaller fire has consumed about 100 acres, forcing the closure of Highway 28 west of Soap Lake, said a report.

Red Flag Warnings were in effect earlier in much of Eastern Washington including Goldendale, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Moses Lake.

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