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This is our Fire Report for the last 3-Days
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Willy-N    Posted 06-26-2004 at 18:49:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is a break down of most of the 3 days with out the new ones added yet. It is our Fire Site that keeps track of them for Washington. The biggest one on the Colvill Reservation 30-40 acres was near my place our VFD went on that you could see the smoke from the house. Mark H.

PNW Situation

PNW Update 6/26/04 @ 0645 hrs

For yet a third day widespread lightning in the eastern portion of the Northwest Area has resulted in many new starts with almost all being caught as Class A fires, and units felt confident with the few remaining fires that they could be held from growing larger than Class B or C size. Only two fires are thought to have been over 20 acres and they were primarily range fires in open country.

Still, another day of forecast convection and possible lightning, particularly in Eastern Oregon and along the Oregon Cascade Crest, will again test initial attack forces throughout the area. Northcentral Washington may see convection activity ease but winds along the higher ridgetops may complicate the situation on any new starts and the larger fires already burning throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests.

New Suppression: Approximately 45 fires for 60+/- acres, with a few fires still to be looked at today.

Units with significant IA included:

WA-OWF : Okanogan-Wenatchee NF

Approximately 14 new starts, none over Class B size and staffed with smokejumpers and rappellers. A few smoke reports and possibly other fires will be checked today though the number did not appear to be significant as darkness prevented further reconnaissance. Largest new start was in Douglas County where CWC controlled resources assisted Washington DNR and Douglas County initial attack forces with a fire thought to be around 20 acres plus.

WA-COA: Colville Agency (BIA)

12 new starts after 10 on 6/24; largest size was 30-40 acres but most were small or single tree fires caused by another day of extensive lightning.

OR-PIC: Pendleton Interagency Center

5 new starts with the most significant being a one acre fire on the Umatilla NF in the North Fork of the John Day River area requiring Redmond Air Center USFS smokejumpers with assistance provided by Malheur NF rappellers. No significant problems with this fire or the other new starts in the dispatch area.

WA-COF: Colville NF

3 new starts on the forest itself and assistance with approximately 4 new Washington DNR fires. All were kept small and no problems were encountered. Lightning was again extensive across Northeastern Washington.

In addition to the above clusters, 3-5 new starts were experienced by these dispatch units:

Northeastern Oregon Center-3-5 new starts, Vale District BLM-4 new starts for 2 acres, Yakama BIA Agency having 2 small grass fires, and the Malheur NF having 3-5 small starts with one requiring 2 rappellers to overnight on the fire.

On-going suppression:

WA-OWF-248 Freezeout Fire

This fire is located in the Northern Pasayten Wilderness near the Canadian border. Due to other initial attack priorities on the forest, this fire was not reconned thru the day, plans call for the deployment of a Wildfire Use Team on Sunday 6/27.

WA-OWF-233 Ninemile Fire

Fire is located near the community of Lucerne west of upper Lake Chelan. Staffed by the Union IHC crew, still in the 3 acre size range at last report.




Willy-N Started again!    Posted 06-26-2004 at 21:58:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man this is not ever going to quit! 40 mph winds and more lightning!! More crews just went out. Weather report said storms to next Friday. Going to be some tired people soon! Mark H.


Ron,ar    Posted 06-26-2004 at 19:22:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Willy,I should come see you, I can stop all those fires. Everywhere I go it rains for days, maybe weeks. I am beginning to think I am kin to that little cartoon character that always had a black cloud over his head, maybe was in Lil Abner?


Joe Btfsplk    Posted 06-26-2004 at 19:42:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

You called?


~Lenore    Posted 06-26-2004 at 19:31:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good to know, Ron.
If our usual summer drought hits,
we will all plan a big block party and invite you.
We like to have those parties at the court house square.
Clod likes that big ole gun there
and there are lots of nice big oak shade trees too.
so if you hear of drought here try to keep a few open days on your calendar. LOL


Clod    Posted 06-26-2004 at 19:04:08       [Reply]  [No Email]

Im sending Burrhead to jump in there and put out the fire.


Sid    Posted 06-26-2004 at 19:45:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
He is a lot younger than i imagined


ron,ar    Posted 06-26-2004 at 19:48:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think that may be his grandson, :^)


Clod    Posted 06-26-2004 at 20:00:35       [Reply]  [No Email]

The real Burrhead picture >


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