Posted 06-26-2004 at 18:49:21
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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 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.
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.