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Incident Information -- Northwest Large Fire Information Summary

A Large Fire as defined by the National Wildland Coordinating Group, is any wildland fire in timber 100 acres or greater, and 300 acres or greater in grasslands/rangelands, or has an Incident Management Team assigned to it.

Information received from the National ICS-209 incident reporting database for large fires is updated each morning, and shows what has been reported by the Incident Commander the previous day at 7:00 PM. Information shown for each fire incident on the current day may not reflect changes made since the previous days ICS-209 input.

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Updated:    Friday, 23rd August 2019 at 11:02:39 AM

163 HK Complex

General Info
163 HK Complex OR-UMF-019163
15 miles N of Monument, OR 2,705
2019-08-05 Lightning
96% 2019-08-31
Timber, Brush, Logging Slash USDA Forest Service
64 2 0 1
Incident Contacts

(541) 278-3722; Email:


Transfer of command for the HK Complex Fire from Northwest Incident Management Team 6 to a local Type 4 Incident Management Team occurred at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019. Updated information about these fires will be provided periodically and as needed.

The 163 HK Complex is a combination of 14 lightning fires that were reported on August 5, 2019 following a lightning storm on the Umatilla National Forest. The fires are located near the Alder Creek Skookum Trailhead, approximately two miles east of Tupper Guard Station. The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber. Firefighters and aerial resources were promptly dispatched to the fires, however strong evening winds produced rapid fire growth, causing some of the fires to grow together and increasing the overall fire size to approximately 2,387 acres. A Type 2 Incident Management Team took command of the fire at 6 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2019.

The fire was transitioned back to the local unit to a Type 4 incident management organization on August 14.

Most of the fire will be in patrol status with the majority of the work being done on the North end of the fire. Resources will fall snags as necessary for safety, secure firelines, and continue with mop up operations.

Warmer, dryer weather is expected to increase fuel consumption in unburned areas within the fire footprint. Minimal fire behavior with surface fire creeping and smoldering. Interior drainages with unburned fuel will continue to have isolated torching. As of Thursday (8/22), expecting light precipitation over the fire area and strong wind associated with a frontal passage. Following the cold front, a warming trend is forecast over the next few days

HK Complex Fire Road Closure Reduction Announced
August 21, 2019

Area and road closures to be reduced on the HK Complex

PENDLETON, Ore. – Forest officials will reduce the area and road closure for the HK Complex to provide access to Umatilla National Forest lands not impacted by the wildfire or suppression efforts.

Effective Aug. 22, 2019, at 5 p.m. (pacific time), Forest Service Road (FSR) 21 will be open to through traffic. All roads that spur off FSR 21 between FSR 140 and FSR 2110 will remain closed. Both FSR 140 and FSR 2110 will be open. A full description of the area closure is available at the end of this release or on the Umatilla National Forest website at

The HK Complex is estimated at 2,707 acres and 95% contained, but the fire is still active within the interior. The public is asked to avoid entering the remaining closure area, which is still in place for public and firefighter safety. Firefighters continue to conduct suppression and repair activities, including mopping up hot spots and hazard tree removal. The HK Complex is located approximately 15 miles north of Monument, Oregon.

Fire officials want to remind everyone that the current fire danger rating remains at HIGH and Public Use Restrictions involving chainsaw use are in effect.

For more information regarding Umatilla National Forest Public Use Restrictions, please contact:

Umatilla National Forest:

Information Hotline: Toll-Free (877) 958-9663

Twitter: @UmatillaNF

The latest fire information will be posted on the Blue Mountains Fire Information Blog. To receive updates on fires in the Blue Mountains, follow our blog at


2019-08-23 07:16:44

204 Cow

General Info
204 Cow OR-MAF-019204
17 miles SW of Unity, OR 1,100
2019-08-09 Lightning
0% 2019-10-15
2 other minor structures
Timber, predominately lodgepole pine USDA Forest Service
289 9 2 2
Incident Contacts

Phone: 541-820-3802



The 900-acre 204 Cow Fire, on the Prairie City Ranger District , started August 9 as a result of multiple lightning storms that moved across the Malheur National Forest. The fire is burning in the remote high elevation area within the Glacier (1998) and Sheep Mountain (1990) fire scars. On August 22, 2019, the Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 9, led by Incident Commander Brian Goff, took command of the fire. Firefighters are focusing on scouting for locations favorable to containment and structure protection of historic resources.

204 Cow Fire Update
Thursday August 23, 2019

Firefighters are building containment line and planning lines for full containment of the 1,100-acre 204 Cow Fire, burning southeast of Prairie City on the Malheur National Forest. Additional crews and resources have arrived at the fire, which is being managed by Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 9.

Crews and heavy equipment are constructing and reinforcing containment line along Forest Road 13 to check the fire’s eastward progression, while scouting for defensible terrain suitable for line construction along the fire’s north and south flanks. This will enable suppression of the fire and protection of values at risk while minimizing firefighter exposure to hazards. Structure defense of a historic cow camp and the Short Creek Guard Station are a high priority; extensive work has been completed to protect these resources.

Other values to protect from fire include active grazing allotments and timber sales. Firefighting resources assigned include three Type 1 Hotshot handcrews, five Type 2 handcrews, a Wildland Fire Module, two Type 6 engines, a Type 2 dozer and a Type 1 and a Type 3 helicopter.

A public meeting is scheduled today at the Prairie City Senior Center at 5 p.m. Incident Commander Brian Goff, District Ranger Ed Guzman and other fire managers will address their plan of action for the 204 Cow Fire and answer questions about fire suppression efforts.

Fire behavior yesterday was moderate, with backing fire and single-tree torching observed. A warming and drying trend is expected through the weekend, with passage of a dry cold front and associated high winds predicted tomorrow.

To protect public and firefighter safety, a Closure Order is in effect for the vicinity of the Cow Fire and surrounding roads. The Closure Order can be viewed on the Cow Fire InciWeb site at

Fire Facts:
Fire Size: 1,100 acres
Containment: 0%
Location: 15 miles southeast of Prairie City, OR
Start Date: August 9, 2019
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel: 289

Incident Information: 541-820-3389

2019-08-23 11:02:36

Williams Flats

General Info
Williams Flats WA-COA-190106
5 miles SE of Keller, WA 44,446
2019-08-02 Lightning
92% 2019-08-25
36 single residences
20 minor structures
Timber and grass Tribal Agency
433 13 1 14
Incident Contacts

Fire Information: 509-634-7341




The Williams Flats Fire started on August 2, 2019 after a band of early morning thunderstorms with lightning moved across the eastern portion of the Colville Indian Reservation. The NWIMT8 assumed command of the fire on August 3, 2019. Command of the fire was transferred at 6 a.m. on August 15 to the Type 3 Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2.

Crews have continued to map the footprint of the fire and sized it at 44,446 acres. To put this into perspective, the total perimeter of the Williams Flats Fire is approximately 50 miles. Crews will be back on the line today continuing detection and mop up of small hot spots and fire line rehabilitation. The southern and western sections of the fire remain in patrol status. Some crews have begun the process of being demobilized off the fire line and are now available to be reassigned to other incidents and/or returned to their home unit.

Today’s weather is expected to be sunny early, then becoming partly sunny with a maximum high of 86° at lower elevations and 79° at elevations above 3,000 feet. Humidity will range between 25 - 31% with South winds 2 -5 mph in the morning trending to Southwest winds 3 – 7 mph in the afternoon with ridgetop gusts to 12 mph.

Quick Facts:
Incident Start: August 2, 2019
Incident Size: 44,446 acres
Fire Containment: 92%
Total Personnel on Incident: 433

Crews – 13
Engines – 14
Ambulances – 2
Dozers – 1
Water Tenders – 9
Skidgens – 2

Evacuations and Closures: Evacuation notices issued for homes near the Williams Flats Fire by the Colville Tribes Emergency Services and the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office have been revised as follows:

Level 1:
• Areas south of Four Corners,
• On or near the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt along the Ninemile-Hellgate Road.

The Kuehne Road area is not under any evacuation orders. There are no longer any “Traffic Control Points” as they were discontinued on Monday, August 12, 2019. “Road Closed” signs have been placed at these locations to keep unnecessary traffic out of areas where fire mop-up and rehabilitation are still in progress. Those areas where traffic is still limited are:

- Kuehne Road south of the junction of Kuehne and Silver Creek:
- The Ninemile-Hellgate road at Friedlander Meadow, just south of the junction with Silver Creek Road; and
- Ninemile-Hellgate road south of Four Corners.

Public and Fire Fighter Safety is The Number One priority!
Do not enter into the area of the fire. Fire weakened trees can fall suddenly and hot deep ash pits can cause severe burns and are present throughout the burn area.

2019-08-23 09:33:41