Friday, July 31, 2015

BMIDC's Morning Briefing

BMIDC BRIEFING
Friday, July 31, 2015
7/30 (NEW) INTITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
1
.1
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla
0
0
Total
1
.1
INCIDENT SUMMARY
July 30th
 Inc. 734 (9 Mile), Walla Walla Forest Service protection, 26 miles ESE of Walla Walla, .1 acre, incident is controlled.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BMIDC Morning Briefing 7/30/15

BMIDC BRIEFING
Thursday, July 30, 2015
7/29 (NEW) INTITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
July 29th
Rye OR-974S-000681. IMT3. 38 miles N of Enterprise, OR. Start 7/23. 763 Acres. 100% contained. Returned to the district for local management.  

Blue Creek WA-SES-000653. Blue Creek WA-SES-000653. IMT2. WA Team 1 (Ciraulo/Jennings). 10 miles E of Walla Walla, WA. Start 7/20. 6,004 Acres. 85% contained with progress being made daily. Expected demob starting today, Thursday, July 30th. Will be returned to local management on Friday., 7/31.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Busy Hub of Activity: Forest Service, other agencies depend on regional airport, fuel amid bustling fire season in the area

By Cherise Kaechele
The Observer
Pictures: Tim Mustoe 
Monday July, 27th, 2015






While the Blue Creek Fire is not directly impacting Union County, it’s still very much affecting the area. The La Grande/Union County airport is a huge asset to the crews currently fighting the blaze that’s several hours away.
The Blue Creek Fire is eight miles east of Walla Walla, Washington, according to a news release from the incident information system out of Washington. It began a week ago and is approximately 50 percent contained as of Sunday. This human-caused fire is now the highest priority in the nation for wildfires because of the threat to Mill Creek’s watershed, Walla Walla’s only water supply, according to a news article from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin Newspaper
Union County Emergency Services Manager J. B. Brock said the fire is flirting dangerously close to the watershed — a significant problem that could have lasting effects to Mill Creek.
“That fire, depending on how it evolves, can go from a bad fire to a nightmare,” Brock said. “Depending on what it does over the next couple of weeks, that could easily turn into a nightmare scenario.”
The fire is estimated to have burned more than 6,000 acres as of Sunday, according to the release. There are evacuations already in place, including several road closures.
The fire season means an influx of revenue for Union County’s airport due to the number of planes flying into and out of the airport to fight the Washington state fire and the others in the area.
“Fuel sales is a major revenue source,” said County Commissioner Steve McClure. “Most people in the community don’t realize how engaged the airport is. The tanker base, the fire cache, rappel crews, hotshot crews are all using that airport year-round, but especially during fire season.”
A company out of Montana is using the county airport as a base for its tanker planes, which travel to Blue Creek and drop retardant then fly back to refuel and reload, said Union County Public Works Director Doug Wright. Wright said the fuel tanks at the airport are being replenished every day and the airport has been going through 10,000 gallons of fuel on a daily basis since this fire began. That’s all revenue for the airport.
“The fuel sales keep us going,” said Wright, who is also the airport director.
The Blue Creek Fire is not the first fire the county airport has assisted with this season, noted Larry Aragon, the air tactical group supervisor at the Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center.
“The fire season started earlier in June,” Aragon said. “And it started with more ferocity. You can’t predict the kind of fire season we’re going to have. A week from now it can turn.”
Aragon said the tankers are flying in and out of the airport for a maximum of eight hours. He said he doesn’t know how many trips they can really make because sometimes it’s just a constant come-and-go flight. It just depends where the fire is and how much retardant needs to be dropped.
At the fire center, a small group of dispatchers oversee the management of fires across seven million acres of land, including the Blue Creek Fire.
Renae Crippen, the manager of the Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center, said the Blue Creek Fire got so big that a separate team of dispatchers had to be called in from the base at the fire to focus only on that fire. She said that small group is taking care of 1,000 firefighters at Blue Creek.
The center focuses on seven different agencies, taking care of the crews and planes in the 7-million acre span. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Umatilla National Forest, Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Indian The agencies are all constantly managed by the dispatchers at the fire center, Crippen said.
Another asset to those utilizing the airport is its fire cache, also located at the fire center.
The agencies call in orders to the fire cache located at the airport, where every supply a firefighter may need to fight a fire is stored. The orders are shipped out to the fires and can be loaded within an hour if need be, Crippen said.
McClure and Wright agree that during the fire season is when the airport’s budget is made. The revenue generated from the planes utilizing the airport can cover the whole year’s expenses.


Neptune, a tanker plane company out of Montana, is using the La Grande/Union County airport to refuel its planes and reload more retardant to fight the Blue Creek Fire as well as the other fires in the area.

BMIDC 7/29 Morning Briefing

BMIDC BRIEFING
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
7/28 (NEW) INTITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
July 28th
Rye OR-974S-000681. IMT3. 38 miles N of Enterprise, OR. Start 7/23. 763 Acres. 100% contained. Returned to the district for local management.  

Blue Creek WA-SES-000653. Blue Creek WA-SES-000653. IMT2. WA Team 1 (Ciraulo/Jennings). 10 miles E of Walla Walla, WA. Start 7/20. 6,004 Acres. 73% contained with progress being made daily. Expected demob starting Thursday, July 30th. Will be returned to local management on Friday.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BMIDC 7/28 Morning Briefing

BMIDC BRIEFING
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
7/27 (NEW) INTITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
July 27th
Rye OR-974S-000681. IMT3. 38 miles N of Enterprise, OR. Start 7/23. 80% contained. Returned to the district for local management.  

Blue Creek WA-SES-000653. Blue Creek WA-SES-000653. IMT2. WA Team 1 (Ciraulo/Jennings). 10 miles E of Walla Walla, WA. Start 7/20. 73% contained with progress being made daily. Expected demob starting Thursday, July 30th. Will be returned to local management on Friday.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cooler Weather Helps Firefighters on the Rye Fire

              July 27, 2015
              NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Jamie Knight (541)786-0501


Good progress was made Sunday on the Rye Fire.  The fire has been burning near the Oregon/Washington border in Joseph Canyon in Wallowa County.  The fire is burning in steep terrain, in brush and grass.  The fire started following a lightning storm on Thursday and burnt on private lands protected the Oregon Department of Forestry, including Nez Perce Precious Lands.  The fire is currently 763 acres. The fire has reached 80% contained and will be transitioning to a Type 4 Incident Commander and the local unit today.

“The weather made a transition to cooler over the weekend and that really helped us out.” said Joseph Goebel, Wildland Fire Supervisor, Wallowa.  “It’s important that people don’t forget that the warm summer weather isn’t gone though.  By next weekend, temperatures are expected to be hot and dry again, and we ask that people use extreme caution when they are out enjoying the forest.”

The weather forecast for the region is calling for warming and drying by mid-week with temperatures climbing back into the high 90s by weeks end.  People that are recreating in the forest are asked to check fire restrictions with the Oregon Department of Forestry for public lands or the United States Forest Service for public lands before going out.

Contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information on ODF Restrictions.
         La Grande Unit              (541)963-3168
         Baker City Sub-Unit      (541)523-5831
         Wallowa Unit                (541) 886-2881
         Pendleton Unit               (541)276-3491

Please check with your local National Forest for public use restrictions on National Forest land. You can visit the Umatilla NF website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla  or the Wallowa-Whitman NF at www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman or contact them by phone at Umatilla 541-278-3716; Wallowa-Whitman 541-523-6391.

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains.  

To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1. 


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BMIDC BRIEFING
Monday, July 27, 2015
7/26 (NEW) INTITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla
1
.1
Total
1
.1
INCIDENT SUMMARY
July 26th
Inc. 702, (Ditch) – Umatilla BIA protection, Human caused, .1 acres, 1 mile SE of Mission, and incident is controlled.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BMIDC's Morning Briefing

BMIDC BRIEFING
Sunday, July 26, 2015
7/25 (NEW) INTITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
July 25th
No Fire Activity

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rye Fire Success Due In Part To Interagency Resources

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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Jamie Knight, (541) 786-0501

RYE FIRE SUCCESS DUE IN PART TO INTERAGENCY RESOURCES

Progress has been made on the Rye Fire.  The fire is burning in grass and brush near the Oregon/Washington border in Joseph Canyon.  Joseph Canyon is known for steep terrain and difficult firefighting.  The fire has burned on private lands protected the Oregon Department of Forestry, including Nez Perce Precious Lands.  The fire is currently 763 acres.  The decrease in size is due to more accurate mapping by crews on the ground.  The fire is currently 30% contained.

The successful firefighting effort on this fire are in part due to the interagency relationships between the Oregon Department of Forestry and the United States Forest Service.  “We just work well together.  We’re able to come together as a team and meet the objectives for the managing agency, whether it is ODF or USFS.”  Jess Bohnsack, Incident Commander.

Cooler, yet breezy conditions are expected over the fire area today.  Firefighters are working on securing the perimeter and continue to hold the line through the day.  Aircraft are supporting these activities as necessary.  Due to the terrain, most of the firefighting activity is being conducted using hand crews with some support from engines.

A fire camp has been established near Flora, Oregon to help support firefighters and limit the amount of traffic on area roads.  The public is reminded to use caution on area roads as there is a potential for slower moving fire-fighting traffic to be present.    

Contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information on ODF Restrictions.
         La Grande Unit              (541)963-3168
         Baker City Sub-Unit      (541)523-5831
         Wallowa Unit                (541) 886-2881
         Pendleton Unit               (541)276-3491

Please check with your local National Forest for public use restrictions on National Forest land. You can visit the Umatilla NF website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla  or the Wallowa-Whitman NF at www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman or contact them by phone at Umatilla 541-278-3716; Wallowa-Whitman 541-523-6391.

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. 

To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1. 

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Type 1 Helicopter Working Rye Fire
Photo Courtesy: Jana Peterson, ODF