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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:    Thursday, 23rd September 2021 at 11:51:06 AM

Bull Complex

General Info
Bull Complex OR-MHF-000753
12 miles NE of Detroit, OR 24,837
2021-08-03 Under Investigation
20% 2021-10-30
0
1 minor structure destroyed
Timber USDA Forest Service
Resources
478 7 5 11
Incident Contacts

971-277-5075

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7773/

https://www.facebook.com/mthoodnf

https://twitter.com/mthoodnf

2021.bull@firenet.gov

Status

9/23/2021
Firefighters will continue to remove vegetation from along Forest Road 70 on the north side of the fire
perimeter. On the east flank, chipping work progresses to remove slash that will improve roads and fire
breaks. Ladder fuels are being removed from established lines surrounding the Bull Complex
footprint.Ripplebrook and Rainbow Campgrounds are also being assessed for hazard trees and dangerous
aerial hazards so that they can be safely used as a fire camp by incoming teams. Risk mitigation provides a
safe environment for firefighters and future public access.

Fire activity is expected to remain low today. This will provide more time for firefighters to actively engage
areas of low activity while moderated fire behavior is on the landscape. Weather: Today will be a few degrees
warmer than yesterday, with high temperatures near 70 degrees. Northeast winds from 5 to 10 mph will occur
in the fire area. Tomorrow will bring highs near 80 degrees, with light east wind. Weather this weekend will be
seasonal, with light winds and mostly clear skies. Precipitation is forecast to arrive on Monday, with a 50%
chance of wetting rain. Evacuations: The Marion County Sheriff has issued a Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation
advisory for Breitenbush Hot Springs. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area,
monitor emergency services websites and local media, and make an action plan should the evacuation level
rise. The advisory can be viewed at: https://www.flashalert.net/id/MarionSheriff?alert=1. Closures: For the
safety of wildland firefighters and the public, National Forests have enacted area closures that prevent the
public from being upon National Forest System lands in the vicinity of the Bull Complex Fire. All Forest lands
that are south and west of Forest Road 46, and east of the Riverside Fire perimeter are closed. The entire
length of Forest Road 46 is closed. Lands within the 2020 Lionshead and Beachie Creek Fire areas are also
closed. See the closure orders and maps at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7773/. Air Quality:
For information on air quality, visit https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

2021-09-23 09:50:09

Cougar Peak

General Info
Cougar Peak OR-FWF-210452
15 miles northwest of Lakeview, OR 91,332
2021-09-07 Under Investigation
52% 2021-10-05
111 single residences threatened, 4 destroyed
228 minor structures threatened, 6 destroyed
Timber, brush, logging slash USDA Forest Service
Resources
1,041 29 4 37
Incident Contacts

541-900-5788

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7835/

Email: 2021.cougarpeak@firenet.gov

Status

September 23, 2021
The Cougar Peak Fire is currently burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview. Northwest Incident
Management Team 12 assumed command of the fire at 6:00AM today.

Weather

Lighter winds are expected today with another warm, dry, and light wind period coming up this weekend.
Temperatures are expected to cool early next week ahead of another Pacific storm system that could bring
some precipitation and gustier winds by late Monday into Tuesday.

Operations

On the southern portion of the fire, crews made progress yesterday installing hose lays on the north side of
Cougar Peak Mountain. Some fire activity inside containment lines picked up around Cougar Peak Mountain
due to increased winds, and helicopters used bucket drops to cool hot spots. Mop-up along the western edge
of the fire progressed an additional 50-100 feet interior as crews added depth to containment lines. Wind also
picked up near the northern fire edge, but fire activity remained minimal. Special efforts to manage smoldering
areas of the peat bog continued. In the north and east, crews continued to remove equipment no longer
needed for fire suppression, patrol firelines, and conduct occasional mop-up as needed. Heavy equipment
continued to secure the interior roads in the eastern fire area by removing hazard trees and snags along
transportation corridors.

Today, crews will continue the same efforts as yesterday. Hose installations and mop-up will continue around
Cougar Peak Mountain. Patrol and mop-up will occur around all areas of the fire. To the north, work will
continue within Willow Springs Ranch and the smoldering peat bog. Helicopters will be available in case
bucket work is needed to cool interior fire activity. The equipment group will continue working to open access
along the eastern side of the fire.

Evacuations

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office decreased evacuation levels yesterday, September 22. Level 1, Level 2, and
Level 3 evacuations remain in and around the Cougar Peak Fire. For further information please see:

Lake County website at https://www.lakecountyor.org/index.php

Lake County Facebook at @Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906

Interactive map at https://tinyurl.com/InteractiveEvacMap

2021-09-23 11:51:04

Devil's Knob Complex

General Info
Devil's Knob Complex OR-UPF-000450
30 mi SE of Roseburg, OR 69,942
2021-08-03 Under Investigation
51% 2021-10-31
Timber USDA Forest Service
Resources
739 17 3 42
Incident Contacts

541-900-6133 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7771/

Facebook.com/2021DevilsKnobComplex

2021.DevilsKnob@firenet.gov

Status

9/23/2021 Update

The Palomar Interagency Hotshot crew has been working to contain and secure several areas between the
Smith Fire and the Jack Fire (Rough Patch Complex). In general, ground resources are moving from active
mop up to patrolling fire perimeters and suppression repair. Sawyers and chainsaw teams continued the work
to remove hazard trees along Forest Road (FR) 28 on the Smith Fire. Engines patrolled FR 29 and continued
suppression repair efforts on the Mule Creek and Big Hamlin Fires. Chippers are still working along
containment lines to process small diameter branches and debris.



Current Situation:

As road conditions improve with the warmer and drier weather, crews have been able to increase containment
on the northwestern portion of the Smith Fire and are now able to transition from active suppression to patrol.
The perimeter will continue to be monitored for any increase in fire activity while firefighters begin suppression
repair near the recently contained fire edge in the area. With more than a hundred miles of fireline constructed
during active suppression on the 43 fires in the Devils Knob Complex, it will take crews and heavy equipment
weeks to repair and naturalize dozer line, clean out ditches and chip small diameter debris. Multiple chippers
will continue that work today as crews remove debris piles along roads.



The Palomar Hotshots will continue their work to contain and secure the perimeter of the hot spots in rugged
terrain between the Jack and Smith Fires. Sawyers will also resume the task of hazard tree removal along FR
28. As suppression repair efforts continue, fire managers will work with the Forest Service to evaluate the fire
area closure.

2021-09-23 08:51:54

Jack Fire

General Info
Jack Fire OR-UPF-000265
20 mi E of Glide, OR 24,165
2021-07-05 Human
55% 2021-10-31
0
0
Timber and brush USDA Forest Service
Resources
4 0 0 1
Incident Contacts

541-482-1331

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7605/

Email: 2021.jack@firenet.gov

Status

9/23/2021 Update

Fuels across the complex are drying with this week's warmer and drier weather; however, fire behavior
yesterday was limited to creeping and smoldering. Fire managers from the incoming incident management
team inspected the fire area and began making plans for suppression activities going forward.

Chaos and Little Bend Fires: The Chaos Fire is 28,841 acres, and the Little Bend Fire is 9,417 acres.
Firefighters secured several spot fires on the north and northeast sides of the Chaos Fire along the 2460
Road. Crews also worked to secure the fire’s perimeter along Noon Day Ridge from the 2212 Road. On the
Little Bend Fire, helicopters performed water bucket drops to cool hot spots on the eastern edge of the fire.

Jack and Buckhead Fires: The Jack Fire is 24,1665 acres, and the Buckhead Fire is 7,237 acres. Fire crews
used helicopter water bucket drops to check the movement of the Buckhead Fire north of the 2715 Road.
Firefighters performed road preparation and chipping work on indirect lines on the east side of the complex.
You can find information on the nearby Smith Fire at the Devil's Knob Complex Inciweb page:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7771/.

Near Minky Fire: The Near Minky Fire is at 4,869 acres. No significant fire activity has been reported.

Evacuations and Closures: Evacuations and closures are available at
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7758/.

Umpqua and Willamette National Forests have temporarily closed areas of both forests due to the Jack Fire,
Rough Patch Complex, and Devil's Knob Complex.

Amended BLM Roseburg District fire closure: BLM road 24-1-26 (Francis Creek) from the junction with BLM
road 25-1E-31 (Canton Creek Road) North to the Roseburg District Boundary in Township 24 South Range 1
West Section 1 will remain closed.

Highway 138 between Roseburg and Diamond remains open. Expect short delays for hazard tree removal
operations east of Glide. Slow down and be alert.

2021-09-23 11:47:27

Middle Fork Complex

General Info
Middle Fork Complex OR-WIF-210307
9 miles N of Oakridge, OR 30,928
2021-07-29 Under Investigation
55% 2021-10-15
timber USDA Forest Service
Resources
324 6 2 4
Incident Contacts

425-324-1267

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7745/

www.facebook.com/MiddleForkComplex

2021.middlefork@firenet.gov

Status

9/23/2021
Today is Northwest Team Six’s last day on the Middle Fork Complex Fire. Friday morning at 7 am, a local
Type 3 team will be taking over management of this incident. Today, the incoming management is shadowing
the current team to share information and allow for continuity. Due to anticipated low fire activity and minimal
perimeter growth, many crews and machinery have demobilized from the fire as focus steers toward
suppression repair. In addition, these daily updates will become semi-weekly updates, posted on Mondays
and Fridays effective tomorrow. Our mailbox, phone line, and chat box will continue to be open for questions,
along with Facebook, and Inciweb postings.

Operational focus will be changing from divisions around the fire to three purpose-focused groups:
suppression (e.g. mop-up), suppression repair, and moving material away from suppression lines. The
previous couple months, crews have focused work on achieving containment around the northwest side of the
fire and constructing indirect line on the southeast side should the fire move unexpectedly beyond its footprint.

Weather: A high pressure system will move over the area beginning today, bringing warmer temperatures and
lower humidity the next two days. Friday will be the warmest day, with near-critical fire weather. However,
vegetation is still holding moisture from recent rains.


Smoke: Air Quality from Oakridge to Bend and Eugene continues to be good. Minimal smoke has been
produced in the last few days from the smoldering and creeping activity of the Gales Fire. Material interior to
the perimeter is expected to produce heat and smoke through this season.

Safety: The Willamette National Forest is in IFPL II and “moderate” fire danger, but fire restrictions are still in
place. This includes restrictions on power saws, campfires, and smoking in brushy areas. All fire restrictions
on the Willamette National Forest will be rescinded on September 25, effective at 12:01 am.

Closures: Some National Forest System lands near the Middle Fork Complex fires are temporarily closed to
provide for public and firefighter safety. Please be sure to check current conditions before planning your trip to
the Willamette National Forest. More here:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices

2021-09-23 10:47:15

Rough Patch Complex

General Info
Rough Patch Complex OR-UPF-000373
26 mi SE of Cottage Grove, OR 50,376
2021-07-29 Under Investigation
42% 2021-10-31
0
1 nonresidential commercial property destroyed
Timber/Litter Understory/Brush USDA Forest Service
Resources
323 16 10 16
Incident Contacts

541-482-1331

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7758/

www.facebook.com/JackFire2021

Email: 2021.jack@firenet.gov

Status

9/23/2021 Update

Fuels across the complex are drying with this week's warmer and drier weather; however, fire behavior
yesterday was limited to creeping and smoldering. Fire managers from the incoming incident management
team inspected the fire area and began making plans for suppression activities going forward.

Chaos and Little Bend Fires: The Chaos Fire is 28,841 acres, and the Little Bend Fire is 9,417 acres.
Firefighters secured several spot fires on the north and northeast sides of the Chaos Fire along the 2460
Road. Crews also worked to secure the fire’s perimeter along Noon Day Ridge from the 2212 Road. On the
Little Bend Fire, helicopters performed water bucket drops to cool hot spots on the eastern edge of the fire.

Jack and Buckhead Fires: The Jack Fire is 24,1665 acres, and the Buckhead Fire is 7,237 acres. Fire crews
used helicopter water bucket drops to check the movement of the Buckhead Fire north of the 2715 Road.
Firefighters performed road preparation and chipping work on indirect lines on the east side of the complex.
You can find information on the nearby Smith Fire at the Devil's Knob Complex Inciweb page:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7771/.

Near Minky Fire: The Near Minky Fire is at 4,869 acres. No significant fire activity has been reported.

Evacuations and Closures: Evacuations and closures are available at
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7758/.

Umpqua and Willamette National Forests have temporarily closed areas of both forests due to the Jack Fire,
Rough Patch Complex, and Devil's Knob Complex.

Amended BLM Roseburg District fire closure: BLM road 24-1-26 (Francis Creek) from the junction with BLM
road 25-1E-31 (Canton Creek Road) North to the Roseburg District Boundary in Township 24 South Range 1
West Section 1 will remain closed.

Highway 138 between Roseburg and Diamond remains open. Expect short delays for hazard tree removal
operations east of Glide. Slow down and be alert.

2021-09-23 11:47:09

Schneider Springs

General Info
Schneider Springs WA-OWF-000453
20 mi NW of Naches, WA 105,523
2021-08-04 Lightning
32% 2021-10-31
0
0
Timber USDA Forest Service
Resources
529 10 3 28
Incident Contacts

509-653-1468 (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7775/

Evacuations: https://www.facebook.com/YakimaCountyOEM.

2021.schneidersprings@firenet.gov

Status

9/23/2021 Update
Yesterday and Overnight: Light fire activity was observed throughout the day. Crews along Bumping River
Road improved protection measures around structures as well as monitored the American River Lodge.
Additional work took place along the control line from Forest Road (FR) 1709 to Bumping River to further
improve the line. From the areas along Highway (HWY) 410 south of Cliffdell down to the US 12 junction and
US 12 junction westward, fire personnel continued to collect excess equipment no longer needed for fire
suppression. Repair work on previous hazard mitigations and road disturbances resumed along the southern
flank of the fire.

Today: A dry day is forecast with light winds. Repair work continues within the private community of Goose
Prairie and Camp Fife. Suppression repair work consists of chipping, mitigating hazards and repairing fire
lines and roads on Russel Ridge, Bethel Ridge Soup Creek and the Nile Roads. Crews will continue to utilize
heavy equipment along containment lines northwest of Cliffdell. On the south side of the fire perimeter, fire
personnel continue to focus on improving road systems. Firefighters will monitor areas of the fire within the
wilderness. A night shift will resume with an objective to address critical needs identified by the current day
shift, provide structure protection and patrol for threats.

Evacuations: Yakima Valley Emergency Management has updated the evacuation levels as follows: LEVEL
2: The intersection of Little Naches Road and Hwy 410 to Wash Creek and HWY 410 (both sides of the
highway). From the intersection of HWY 410 and Bumping River Road to Sunrise Creek. The west side of
HWY 410, from the intersection of HWY 410 and Swamp Creek Road, then going south to the intersection of
HWY 410 and the south end of Old River Road, to include all Old River Road (FR 1704), Lost Creek Road
(FR 311), Wapiti Run Lane, Linker Lane and Fontaine Lane. See a map at Yakima Valley Emergency
Management: https://www.facebook.com/YakimaCountyOEM . To sign up for alerts at Yakima County geo-
specific emergency alert system: https://www.yakimacounty.us/2222/Alert-Yakima Closures: Some closures
remain on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands. For current Forest closure information:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices.

2021-09-23 09:49:03

Twentyfive Mile

General Info
Twentyfive Mile WA-OWF-000521
12 NW of Chelan, WA 22,117
2021-08-15 Under Investigation
61% 2021-10-30
2 residences destroyed
12 other minor structures destroyed
Timber USDA Forest Service
Resources
252 3 2 6
Incident Contacts

509-761-9217

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7804/

https://www.facebook.com/OkaWenNF

2021.twentyfivemile@firenet.gov

Status

9/22/2021 Update

Southwest Incident Management Team will begin to transition command of the Twentyfive Mile Fire to a Type
3 Organization. As suppression repair activities are completed, personnel will begin to time out and demob or
be reassigned to other fires in need. Due to the decrease in fire activity, the last update for the Twentyfive Mile
Fire will be released on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Update: Fire management is transitioning resources to concentrate on rehab, repair, and recovery. Monitoring
and patrolling continues. Crews are securing and mopping up handlines and perimeter roads. Chipping along
the roads and containment lines will continue. Crews are using heavy equipment to rehab and repair dozer
lines. Road crews will continue to spread gravel and repair damaged roads.

The BAER Team (Burned Area Emergency Response) is on site to assess damage and develop a
recommendation plan to address stabilization and other recovery issues for the fire area. To find out more
about the work of BAER team on the Twentyfive Mile Fire, please visit
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7846/.

2021-09-23 06:43:28

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