28 Sep 2009, 12:11pm
Montana
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MacDonald Pass Fire

Location: 8 miles W of Helena, Jefferson Co., MT
Specific Location: S of Hwy 12 at Frontier Town, Lat 46° 33´ 24″ Lon 112° 18´ 15″

Date of Origin: 09/25/2009
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 09/28/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 299
Size: 170 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

Secrest Type II Team assumed command at 0600 hrs today. Continued constructing hand line, improved existing hand line and established access route into Division C. Entire perimeter has had some control action.

Observed Fire Behavior: Creeping and smoldering with limited surface fire. Holding in heavy fuels.

Planned Actions: Hold and secure entire perimeter.

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Situation as of 09/27/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 362
Size: 239 acres
Percent contained: 15%

Secrest T2 team on at 0600 on 9/28

28 Sep 2009, 12:05pm
Other States
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Bearpaw Bay Fire

Location: 10 miles W of Moran, Teton Co., WY
Specific Location: S shore Jackson Lake, Lat 43° 50´ 33″ Lon 110° 42´ 32″

Date of Origin: 08/30/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 09/30/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 7
Size: 2,844 acres
Percent contained: 2%

Minimal fire behavior as fire is affected by cooler weather with precipitation.

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Situation as of 09/28/2009 7:00 pm
Personnel: 85
Size: 2,844 acres
Percent contained: 2%

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Situation as of 09/27/2009 7:00 pm
Personnel: 94
Size: 2,250 acres
Percent contained: 2%

Single and group tree torching in mixed conifer stands. With a grass understory, pockets of sage were burning but with limited spread. Fire is being monitored.

28 Sep 2009, 11:59am
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Gunsight Foofurb* Fire

Location: 24 miles NE of Jackson, Teton Co., WY
Specific Location: Bridger-Teton NF, near Deer Creek Mtn., Lat 43° 38´ 0″ Lon 110° 17´ 51″

Date of Origin: 09/27/2009
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 10/02/2024 3:45 pm
Personnel: 1
Size: 3,257 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Most of the fire covered with snow — will continue to monitor. Future weather forecast for more snow this weekend.

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Situation as of 09/28/2009 8:00 pm
Personnel: 7
Size: 1,200 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Group torching and medium range spotting.

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Situation as of 09/27/2009 9:00 pm
Personnel: ~10
Size: 500 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Evacuation of hunters in area. Extreme fire behavior, long range spotting, wind driven runs. No direct action on fire at this time. Six smoke jumpers, 1 engine assigned.

23 Sep 2009, 2:03pm
California
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Guiberson Fire

Location: between Fillmore and Moor Park, Ventura Co., CA
Specific Location: Guiberson Canyon, Lat 34° 22´ 20″ Lon 118° 51´ 54″

Date of Origin: 09/22/2009
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 09/27/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 547
Size: 17,500 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date (9/28): $12,000,000

Structures Destroyed: 1 outbuilding

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Situation as of 09/23/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,831
Size: 16,100 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $2,900,000

Structures Threatened: 1,000 PRIM , 20 COMM , 0 OUTB

The fire has slopped over control lines at Balcom Canyon Road, however firefighters were able to pick up and contain these spots. The fire continues to move to the E, where it has damaged high voltage lines causing power delivery issues and concerns. This problem has resulted in the ISO having to redistribute power at a large expense to Southern California Edison. Should the fire align properly with topography, the potential exists for large runs into the footprint of the Sheckel and Simi fires. Evacuations orders in some areas are currently being modified and in some cases, lifted.

CALFIRE Team 10 (Lewin) is in unifed command with Ventura County Fire (Vanden Bosch). The Incident Command Post is located at Arroyo Vista Community Park in the city of Moorpark. An FMAG application has been filed and approved for this incident. Firefighting resources continue to arrive on the incident.

Red Flag Warning conditions exist in the fire area until 1800 on 9/24. Extreme rates of spread and long range spotting. Fire behavior is being driven by winds and topography. Weather conditions are predicted to not improve until Sunday 9/27.

Structure protection in threatened residential areas. Continue direct line construction and perimeter control where feasible. Protect public and private infrastructure and utilities in the fire area. Continue to provide for public and firefighter safety. Protect agricultural assets.

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Situation as of 09/22/2009 10:00 am
Personnel: not reported
Size: 6,000 acres
Percent contained: 0%

LARGE SCALE EVACUATIONS WEST OF GRIMES CANYON ROAD

23 Sep 2009, 1:48pm
Oregon
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Deer Ridge Fire

Location: E of Medford, Jackson Co., OR
Specific Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, Lat 42°20′48″, Lon 122°48′42″

Date of Origin: 09/21/2009
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 09/22/2009 8:00 pm
Personnel: 611
Size: 633 acres
Percent contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $772,000

350 residences threatened, none destroyed. Evacuees begin to return.

23 Sep 2009, 1:43pm
Oregon
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Siskiyou Fire

Location: Ashland Watershed, Jackson Co., OR
Specific Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, Lat 42° 10´ 38″, Lon 122° 40´ 32″

Date of Origin: 09/21/2009
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 09/22/2009 8:00 pm
Personnel: 250
Size: 190 acres
Percent contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $831,291

Structures Destroyed: 1 residence , 3 outbuildings

Evacuees are being allowed to return.

23 Sep 2009, 1:35pm
Oregon
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Tumblebug Complex Fires

Location: 23 miles SE of Oakridge, Douglas Co., OR
Specific Location: Willamette NF, Tumblebug Creek, Lat 43° 25´ 53″, Lon 122° 14´ 28″

Date of Origin: 09/12/2023
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 10/04/2023 5:00 pm
Personnel: 211
Size: 14,560 acres
Percent contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $11,914,000

Stumps and heavy fuels will continue to smolder and burn out. Progress is being made with chipping and backhauling of slash along major forest roads. Rehabilitation of fire lines will continue where safe and effective. The BAER team will begin assessing natural resource needs on Monday.

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Situation as of 10/01/2024 5:00 pm
Personnel: 232
Size: 14,374 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $11,215,000

Due to the modified suppression strategy, the fire will not be controlled until a season ending weather event occurs over the area. Recent showers have slowed the fires growth and fire behavior. Stumps and heavy fuels will continue to smolder and burn out. Progress is being made with chipping and backhauling of slash along major forest roads. Rehabilitation of fire lines continues.

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Situation as of 09/28/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 724
Size: 13,000 acres
Percent contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $10,600,000

Last night the fire grew to the south toward Road 2143308. Additional acreage from last night’s fire growth is not calculated in the current acreage.

Heavy smoke in the lower regions has restricted the use of aircraft.

Spike camps have been demobilized in anticipation of the forecasted cool and showery weather, anticipation of transition with Type 3 organization on Wednesday at 0600.

Observed Fire Behavior: Running fire with group and single tree torching moderate range
spotting up to a mile.

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Situation as of 09/27/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 1,002
Size: 12,000 acres
Percent contained: 18%

Costs to Date: $9,700,000

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Situation as of 09/23/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 1,136
Size: 7,000 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $4,900,000

The fire behavior was again very active this afternoon, under a Haines of 6, with hot and dry weather, and especially active on the S and E perimeter with running fire, group tree torching, with long range spotting up to 1 mile. Probability of ignition is 95%.

Planned Actions: Use night operations for private land protection and burn out. Initial attack all new starts in the IA area and assist the local forest in the IA on new starts outside of the IA area. Continue with patrol and mop up on the successfully suppressed fires in the complex. If the weather allows, re-engage with more direct suppression action on all open perimeter on the Incident, otherwise continue with contigency containment line planning and improvement. Continue to use the helicopters for bucket work in support of the suppression effort and for reconnaisance. The overall highest priority is to keep the fire from spreading N and W.

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Situation as of 09/22/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 828
Size: 3,500 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $3,850,000

The size of the road and area closure was increased substantially today to accomodate the increasing size of the Incident. There are multiple recreationists camping within the new closure area that are being displaced. A Branch 3 staffed mainly by the Oregon Department of Forestry has been added to incident to assist in the protection of the private land.

Night operations began yesterday evening in a limited capacity, full night operations are planned for tonight. Overnight IR mapped the incident at 2240 acres, after yesterday’s significant run, much of the north, west, and south perimeter is now open. The incident will likely again be doubled in size with tomorrows IR, based upon this afternoons fire activity.

Extreme fire behavior observed again this afternoon with running fire, group tree torching and short to long range spotting. The incident was much more active earlier today than yesterday.

16 Sep 2009, 10:13am
Arizona
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Fracas Foofurb* Fire

Location: 5 miles S of Jacob Lake, Coconino Co., AZ
Specific Location: Kaibab NF, in the Warm Burn. Lat 36° 38´ 26″, Lon 112° 14´ 46″

Date of Origin: 09/03/2023
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 09/20/2009 7:00 pm
Personnel: 31
Size: 2,339 acres
Percent contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $569,064

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Situation as of 09/15/2009 9:00 pm
Personnel: 51
Size: 200 acres
Percent contained: 40%

The Kaibab NF engendered a major disaster with the Warm Whoofoo Fire in 2007. Now they are back at it, in the same place, doing another Let It Burn fire “for resource benefit.” However, no resources are benefiting, as their post-fire analysis of the Warm Fire documented.

*foofurb: euphemism for “fire used for resource benefit.” However, as is usual with foofurbs, no benefits have been elucidated, no EIS created, no public involvement or hearings held.

16 Sep 2009, 9:57am
Oregon
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Boze Fire

Location: 10 miles SW of Toketee Falls, Douglas Co., OR
Specific Location: Black Rock Creek, trib to S. Umpqua, Lat 43° 9´ 39″, Lon 122° 32´ 11″

Date of Origin: 09/13/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 10/04/2023 5:00 pm
Personnel: 68
Size: 16,725 acres (Boze - 10,640; Rainbow - 6,085)
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $7,019,985

Fire smoldering. Plan to return to local unit on 10/06.

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Situation as of 10/01/2024 5:30 pm
Personnel: 233
Size: 14,500 acres (Boze - 10,500, Rainbow - 4,000)
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $6,573,426

Continue rehab work snagging and hazard tree falling. Continued demobilization.

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Situation as of 09/28/2009 5:30 pm
Personnel: 551
Size: 13,910 acres (Boze 9,482 and Rainbow 3,244)
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $5,832,008

Continued progress made in chipping brush along Road 28 and other associated roads near the Boze Fire. The acres for the two fires are: Boze 10,092 and Rainbow 3,818.

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Situation as of 09/27/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 551
Size: 12,726 acres (Boze 9,482 and Rainbow 3,244)
Percent contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $5,406,243

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Situation as of 09/23/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 596
Size: 9,462 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $3,088,000

Relocated helicopters from Toketee airstrip to Glide primarily due to smoke and fire spread. Extreme fire behavior on Boze and Rainbow Creek. Some burnout operations are continuing. Expect a reduction in fire behavior and higher relative humidities tomorrow but the fire will still be active. The acres reported are on two fires (Boze, 7,800 acres)(Rainbow Creek, 1,662 acres).

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Situation as of 09/22/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 542
Size: 7,000 acres
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $2,800,000

Yesterday very low, single digit relative humidities, along with sustained winds, increased the fire behavior significantly on all flanks of the fire, causing a big increase in acreage. Similiar fire behavior is expected again today.

Status Road closures remain in effect. Forest Service Road(FSR) 28 beginning at French Junction (junction of FSR 28 and 2715) southwest along FSR 28 to spur 430. FSR 2715 from the French Junction (FSR 28) on the east to the junction with FSR 715 on the west. The public is asked to drive slowly and use caution near the South Umpqua river area and to please stay off closed roads.

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Situation as of 09/15/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 162
Size: 200 acres
Percent contained: 15%

Forest Service Road 2715 was closed between French Junction on the 28 Road to 2814 Road.

11 Sep 2009, 12:36am
Montana
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Little People Fire

Location: Crow Reservation, 16 miles E of Bridger, Big Horn Co., MT
Specific Location: Pryor Creek above Pryor Gap, 45.313 latitude, -108.528 longitude

Date of Origin: August 31, 2023
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 09/10/2023 6:00 pm
Personnel: not specifically reported
Size: 126 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Incident Overview [http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1887/]

More than 3000 lightning strikes hit the Crow Reservation as a cold front passed through Monday, August 31. Lots of rain accompanied the storm, yet smoldering smokes appeared for several days afterward.

The Flatlip fire was reported at 12:30 Wednesday, September 2 in Lost Creek Canyon by homeowners south of Pryor. A squad from Crow and 16 smokejumpers contained that fire September 6. Responding to the Flatlip fire Wednesday Sept. 2, at 12:40 Pryor Engine Boss Darin Plain Bull saw a second smoke behind the Castle Rocks.

Recognizing that the second fire would have more burn potential and better access, he brought the Pryor squad and Engine 204 to the Little People fire, calling for air support. The firefighters had to ford Pryor Creek six times and climb almost 1000′ to the fire.

Within a half hour after the crew arrived, single engine and heavy air tankers from Billings supported by an aerial observer (”air attack”) were dropping retardant on the Little People fire, which then burned across retardant lines during the night two nights in a row.

Firefighters needed the fire to be dampened by water or retardant before they could dig line on the extremely steep, inaccessible canyon slopes at the fire. The fire area was too hazardous and inaccessible for work after dark.

Five helicopters and about 130 line firefighters were on the fire during its most intense fire behavior. Crews came from the Blackfeet, Crow, Ft. Peck, and Rocky Boy Reservations, and from the Bighorn National Forest. Helitack came from Yellowstone National Park and the Boise National Forest. Photos of crews and helitack are posted at “Photographs” above.

The fire slopped across containment lines for two nights due to rolling material. To rectify that, smokejumpers from the Flatlip fire spiked out on the fireline two nights to catch any fire growth early in the morning.

On September 6 crews maintained lines around the 126 acre fire for a full day without any further slopovers. Wetting rain of 0.13″ or so fell on September 7, the same day the fire was declared contained. Two crews demobed September 8. Two more crews worked through the day extinguishing hotspots, and putting water bars into fireline to prevent erosion. Most personnel demobed September 9, when the fire was turned over to Type 4 management from Crow BIA Forestry.

8 Sep 2009, 8:29pm
California
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Oasis Fire

Location: 12 miles E of Clear Lake, S of Hwy 20, 6 miles W of Hwy 16, Lake Co., CA
Specific Location: Cache Creek, Lat 38° 56´ 54″ Lon 122° 24´ 33″

Date of Origin: 09/07/2023
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 09/12/2023 6:45 pm
Personnel: 153
Size: 1,575 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to date: $3.5 million

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Situation as of 09/11/2023 8:00 pm
Personnel: 940
Size: 1,575 acres
Percent contained: 90%

Costs to date: $3 million

Containment and mop-up and patrol of the fire continues.

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Situation as of 09/10/2023 5:00 pm
Personnel: 1,114
Size: 1,400 acres
Percent contained: 80%

Costs to date: $2.4 million

Containment and mop-up and patrol of the fire continues.

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Situation as of 09/09/2023 6:30 pm
Personnel: 1,114
Size: 1,400 acres
Percent contained: 55%

Costs to date: $1.7 Million

No established roads in the fire area. Dozers are re-opening old dozer lines and improving them for vehicle access.

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Situation as of 09/08/2023 7:00 pm
Personnel: 709
Size: 1,200 acres
Percent contained: 30%

The fire is moving to the E and S towards Baldy Mountain and has jumped Cache Creek. Estimated containment date is September 11.

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Situation as of 09/08/2023 7:00 am
Personnel: 160
Size: 400 acres
Percent contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $104,000

Fire was active with short-range spotting. Establishing access into the fire and beginning fireline construction.

5 Sep 2009, 9:30pm
Other States
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Butte Fire

Location: Yellowstone NP, 16 miles SW of Cooke City, MT
Specific Location: near the summit of Druid Peak, E of the Buffalo Ranch along the Northeast Entrance Road, Lat 44° 54´ 14″ Lon 110° 11´ 21″

Date of Origin: not reported
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 09/06/2023 11:00 am
Personnel: not reported
Size: 230 acres
Percent contained: 0%

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Situation as of 09/05/2023 8:00 pm
Personnel: not reported
Size: not reported
Percent contained: 0%

4 Sep 2009, 9:16pm
Montana
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Gabe Creek Foofurb* Fire

Location: 19 Miles NNE of Seeley Lake, Missoula Co., MT
Specific Location: Gabe Creek, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Flathead NF, Lat 47° 24´ 57″ Lon 113° 19´ 9″

Date of Origin: 08/06/2023
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 09/09/2023 2:00 pm
Personnel: not reported
Size: 1,278 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Fire activity in the NW corner.

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Situation as of 09/06/2023 11:00 am
Personnel: 3
Size: 1,214 acres
Percent contained: 0%

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Situation as of 09/05/2023 2:30 pm
Personnel: 3
Size: 814 acres
Percent contained: 0%

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Situation as of 09/04/2023 7:00 pm
Personnel: 3
Size: 740 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Maximum manageable area: not reported

This fire has grown 700+ acres in the last two days. Fire managers flew over the fire today and individuals have been in the area monitoring fire activity. Dry, hot, windy weather contributed to the fire growth. Crowning, torching, and short range spotting reported. The weather forecast for the area calls for increased winds on Saturday with a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms and a chance for more wind and moisture on Sunday and Monday.

*foofurb: euphemism for “fire used for resource benefit.” However, as is usual with foofurbs, no benefits have been elucidated, no EIS created, no public involvement or hearings held.

1 Sep 2009, 11:17pm
Utah
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West Scofield Fire

Location: W of Scofield Reservoir, 40 miles NW of Price, UT
Specific Location: Manti-La Sal NF, Fish Creek, Lat 39° 46´ 20″ Lon 111° 14´ 59″

Date of Origin: August 30, 2023
Cause: Human

Situation as of 09/03/2023 7:30 pm
Personnel: 110
Size: 251 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $810,000

Scofield mountain estates evacuation will be lifted today at 1600. Steve Rutter will transition with Adam Heyder as the type IV IC at 1600.

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Situation as of 09/02/2024 5:30 pm
Personnel: 156
Size: ? acres*
Percent contained: 60%

*Yesterday’s report was 2,840 acres. Today’s report is 251 acres. That is a huge discrepancy with no explanation given. This fire is not listed on InciWeb.

Costs to Date: $716,000

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Situation as of 09/01/2024 11:00 am
Personnel: 160
Size: 2,840 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Structures Threatened: 87 PRIM , 25 OUTB

Scofield Subdivision under evacuation order.

1 Sep 2009, 10:59pm
Oregon
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Microwave Fire

Location: 3 miles W of Mosier, Wasco Co., OR
Specific Location: Lat 45° 40´ 59″ Lon 121° 28´ 7″

Date of Origin: 08/27/2009
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 09/04/2023 8:30 am
Personnel: 258
Size: 1,224 acres
Percent contained: 100%

The fire continues to burn out interior unburned fuels. Motorists traveling on Interstate 84 between Hood River and Mosier may see smoke above the freeway, but are asked to refrain from calling 911. This area is still active and is currently staffed by firefighters.

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Situation as of 09/03/2023 11:00 am
Personnel: 536
Size: 1,224 acres
Percent contained: 90%

The fire has been turned back to the local unit for continued mop up.

he Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail between Hood River and Mosier remains closed. Fire Managers and State Park officials are concerned about the hazards to the public caused by rolling rocks and debris. The fire has consumed much of the ground vegetation above the trail which has caused the steep slopes to become unstable. Specialists will evaluate the situation to determine if the hazards can be mitigated and when the trail could be opened.

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Situation as of 09/01/2024 10:00 am*
Personnel: 536
Size: 1,224 acres
Percent contained: 90%

*Reports from the NW Interagency Coordination Center have been 24+ hours late all year. Other GACC’s don’t have that problem. Something is amiss at the NWCC. Their contact info is:

NWCC Contact Information
Phone: (503) 808-2720
Admin Fax: (503) 808-2789
Operations Fax: (503) 808-2750
Email: ornwc@dms.nwcg.gov

Please call them and ask them what their main incompetency problem is.

Costs to date: Not reported (see above)

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Situation as of 08/31/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 638
Size: 1,224 acres
Percent contained: 75%

ODF Costs to date - $1,700,000. OSFM Costs to date - $603,000

3 residences, 2 outbuildings destroyed

The fire is also burning in Hood River Co. Burnouts continued to be conducted to strengthen containment lines on the N and NW flanks of the fire. Elsewhere, mop up operations are being emphasized. Planning is underway for the transition to a Type 3 Team.

 
  
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