Washington Fire Wx & News 2022

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It looks as if the heat is about to be turned up. The 4 corners high pressure system oscillates further NW later this month, and the Pacific High expands north with a potential Omega block. The 6-10 day and 8-14 CPC outlook shows near certain above average temperatures and it looks like fire season will ramp up in a big way for the Pacific NW.

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Your Friday wildland fire :fire::fire::fire: update!

:white_check_mark:Wetting rains were recorded in northwestern Washington along the coast range. Southeastern Oregon experienced continued isolated thunderstorms produced lightning and trace amounts of precipitation.

:four: New Fires

:white_check_mark:The Griffin Fire 10 miles NW of Drewsey, OR is 450 acres and 0% contained.

:white_check_mark:The North Springs Fire is 43 miles E of Cedarville, CA is 950 acres and 0% contained.

:white_check_mark:The Bowden Crater Fire 15 miles SE of Burns Junction, OR is 950 acres and 0% contained.

:white_check_mark:The Lower Goose Fire 24 miles NW of Pomeroy, WA is 700 acres and 100% contained. Last report unless significant activity occurs.

:eight: Previously Reported Fires

:white_check_mark:The Miller Road Fire 8 Miles SW of Maupin, OR is 11,186 acres and 25% contained. The fire saw 686 acres of growth in the last day. Evacuations are in effect for the fire.

:white_check_mark:The Cedar Creek Fire 15 Miles E of Oakridge, OR is 830 acres and 0% contained. This lightning-caused fire saw 530 acres of growth.

:white_check_mark:The Windigo Fire 20 miles SW of La Pine, OR is 978 acres and 0% contained.

:white_check_mark:The Potter Fire 8 Miles NE of Clearwater, OR is 125 acres and 0% contained. The fire is seeing moderate fire behavior.

:white_check_mark:The Vantage Highway 5 Miles W of Vantage, WA is 26,490 acres and 35% contained.

:white_check_mark:The Cow Canyon Fire 11 Miles N of Naches, WA is 5,600 acres and 0% contained.
Evacuations are in effect and structures are threatened.

:white_check_mark:The Williams Lake 11 Miles S of Cheney, WA is 1,500 acres and 0% contained.

:white_check_mark:The Beech Creek Fire 9 Miles S of Long Creek, OR is 248 acres and 25% contained. The fire is exhibiting moderate fire behavior.

:white_check_mark:A warming and drying spell will set in over the weekend and last through mid-week. The potential for initiation of new large fires will drop back to normal background levels for early August on Friday.

Check back here for regular updates and be sure to visit these sites for the most up-to-date wildland fire information!

:fire: NWCC Blog: http://nwccinfo.blogspot.com/
:fire: NWCC Website: NWCC :: Home
:fire: Large Fires in the Northwest: NWCC :: Home
:fire: Northwest Fire Map: NWCC :: Home
:fire: 2021 Fire Season in Review: https://youtu.be/Yz3aQSdU62Y

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Your Northwest Forests U.S. Forest Service - Willamette National Forest Washington State Department of Natural Resources Oregon Department of Forestry BLM Oregon & Washington

Photo :camera_flash:: Flying above the Cedar Creek Fire, August 4, 2022.

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As of Saturday morning, here’s the active large fires in Oregon and Washington. There are 11 active large :fire:fires out there – 4 in Washington and 7 in Oregon.

This new :world_map: shows the exact location of the active and uncontained large fires, as of August 6, 2022.

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#SpokaneCountyFires

#WilliamsLakeFire
ID# NES-1491
1,868 ACRES
TYPE 3 TEAM

#MartinFire
ID# NES-1567
44 ACRES
STAFFED
Level 2 evacuations were downgraded to level 1

#RockCreekFire
ID# NES-1569
5 ACRES
20% MOPPED UP
*Whitman Co

#LukeFire
ID# NES-1566
4 ACRES
PATROL STATUS

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Forest Service News Release
Media Contact:
Robin DeMario, 509-664-9292

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Fire Update

Wenatchee, WA (August 11, 2022) – After recent lightning storms that delivered over 2,700 lightning strikes in Washington State, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest firefighters have responded to 12 new wildfires on the forest. Most of these fires are small in size averaging 1/10 to 1/4 acre, and the largest is estimated at 45 acres. Additional fires may appear over the next few days. Following is a brief synopsis of each fire.

So far, three confirmed fires and two smoke reports occurred on the Wenatchee River Ranger District. The Irving Peak and Wenatchee Ridge fires are located within a few miles of each other in the Little Wenatchee River drainage; the White River fire is about two miles over the ridge from them in the White River drainage.

  1.  Irving Peak Fire is estimated at 45 acres and is located in very steep inaccessible terrain two miles north of Lake Creek Campground. Smoke is very visible. The fire is approximately 19 miles northwest of Plain, WA.
    
  2.  Wenatchee Ridge Fire is ¼ acre and located in the Soda Springs area in the Little Wenatchee River drainage and is staffed with three rappelers.
    
  3.  White River Fire is 6 acres and located in the Sears Creek area of the White River drainage, approximately 16 miles northwest of Plain, WA. Firefighting resources include two Interagency Hotshot crews, rappelers, and a dozer. Smoke is very visible.
    
  4.  There are reports of two smokes near Phelps Ridge and Buck Creek in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, personnel are still collecting information on these incidents.
    

Five fires have occurred on the Cle Elum Ranger District. Crews are either on scene or enroute hiking into the difficult to access steep terrain where these fires are located 11 and 13 miles northwest of Cle Elum, WA.

  1.  Thorp Mountain, 5 acres near Jolly Mountain; the fire is burning in timber and grass. Initially it was staffed with 11 smokejumpers, a 14-person crew, and two engines but firefighters have spread out to help with the other small fires in the same general area.
    
  2.  Lookout Fire, 2 acres, near Thorp Lookout
    
  3.  Knox Creek Fire, 2 acres
    
  4.  No Name Creek Fire, 1/10-1/4 acre
    
  5.  No Name Ridge Fire, 1/10-1/4 acre
    

Two small fires were also found on the Entiat Ranger District and on the Chelan Ranger District, both are ¼ acre and are staffed by firefighters.

At 6 a.m. this morning a small smoke column was observed in the Virginia Ridge area, on the Methow Valley Ranger District, but the fire is still unconfirmed. Neither Goat Peak nor Leecher Lookouts were able to see it.

Campfire restrictions are in effect across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. You can help by continuing to do your part to reduce the risk of human-caused fires and following campfire restrictions:

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Updated acreage from last nights IR flight Irving Peak 51 acres and White River 73 acres.

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