Washington State Struck by Wildfires | Fire Recap | 1

WASHINGTON, Statewide – The State of Washington has been hit by several wildfires and here is your recap for the last 24-72 hours.

JUNE 20, 2018 – WEDNESDAY

1258 | Nason Camp Fire | Nason Creek. Chelan County.  0.1 acre. Grass. Dispatched resources @ 1117 hours. Contained @ 1258 hours. Controlled at 1408 hours and out at 1409 hours.

1557 | Deep Miner Fire  | Bumping. Yakima County. 0.1 acre.  Timber, duff and slash. Dispatched E381 @ 1557 hours.  Unknown status.

1704 | Overlook Fire | Echo Vista. Grant County. 1 acre. Grass and brush. Dispatched at 1704 hours. Controlled at 1430  hours. Contained at 2100 hours.

1717 | Mile Post 22 Fire | Vantage Highway. Kittitas County. 7,280 acres. Grass and brush. Dispatched at 1717 hours Ahtanum 20 Crew, Crew-83, SE-140, SE-461, SE-Hoerner SE-Slyfiel. Unknown current status.

JUNE 21, 2018 – THURSDAY

1136 | Wildcat Ridge Fire | Wildcat Ridge. Yakima County.  0.25 acres. Grass, snags, logs and duff. Dispatched at 1136 hours. Unknown status.

1547 | Tommy Fire | Tommy  Creek.  Chelan County. 15 acres.  Timber, logs, snags and brush. Dispatched 1547 Crews 22, 52. Unknown status.

1550 | Lower Beaver Creek Fire | Benson Creek Road. Okanogan County. Light timber, brush and grass. Dispatched at 1550 hours. Controlled on 6/22/2018 @ 1517 hours. Contained on 6/21/2018 @ 2153 hours.

1913 | Brown Hill Fire | Watermelon Hill. Lincoln County. 17.5 acres. Grass and brush. E-6695 arrived. Dispatched at 1913 hours. Contained @ 2300 hours. Controlled on 6/22/2018 @ 1300 hours.

1916 | North Fork Fire | Nasty Creek. Yakima County. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush, timber, light timber and grass. Dispatched at 1725 hours. Contained and controlled at 1916 hours.

2105 | Strahl Fire | Strahl Canyon Road.  Douglas County. Dispatched @ 2105 hours. Unknown status. Limited information.

JUNE 22, 2018 – FRIDAY

1139 | Beverly Hills Fire | Deer Creek. Ferry County. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush and timber. Dispatched at 1139 hours. C-202 arrival. Unknown status.

1224 | Beverly Hills Two Fire | Day Creek. Ferry County. 0.1 acre. Grass and brush. Dispatched at 1224 hours. HI-147 arrived.

1352 | Cutoff Strike Fire | Riverside Cutoff. Okanogan County. 6.41 acres. grass. Dispatched at 1352 hours. IC SO-245 arrived.  Contained at 1600 hours. Controlled at 1700 hours.

1356 | South Fork Fire | Harvey Creek. Stevens County. 3.7 acres. Grass, brush and light timber. Helitac arrived. Dispatched at 1356 hours. Contained on 6/22/2018 @ 2007 hours.

1436 | Forks Fire | Middle Ridge.  Okanogan County.  0.3 acres. Unknown fire fuels. Dispatched at 1436 hours with E-66, H-IMR, SO-221 as resources. Limited information.

1641 | Easterday Fire | Switzler Canyon.  Benton County. See our separate Large wildfire posting of this incident.

1719 | Flat Creek Fire | Northport Flatcreek Road. Stevens County. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush and logs. Dispatched at 1719 hours. Contained @ 1810 hours. Controlled at 1835 hours. Patrol status.

1838 | Hope Spot Fire | Rutter Parkway. Spokane County. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush and slash. IC AR-448. Dispatched 1838 hours. In patrol status.

1841 | Crumbacher Double Fire | Crumbacher Road. Okanogan County. 0.1 acre of grass, brush, timber. Contained at 1900 hours. Controlled at 1920 hours. IC HI-146.

1852 | Shearer Shale Fire | Bench Road. Pend Oreille County.  0.1 acres. In patrol status.

2117 | Paris Creek Fire | Paris Creek. Kittitas County. 0.25 acres. Grass, brush, reproduction, timber, slash, light timber and duff.  Contained at 1206 on 6/22/2018 and controlled on 6/22/2018 @ 1806 hours.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 0700 hours PDT

 

 

Washington State Wildfire | Lower Beaver Creek Fire | 3 | Correction

Correction | We inadvertently put Spokane instead of Okanogan County Fire District 6. They are several hours apart from one another. Sorry! – Ed. – Updated @ 2240 hours PDT

UPDATE | Firefighters have successfully reached a 100% containment as of 2010 hours PDT.  The number of acres and personnel will be updated after information has been received from the WA  DNR PIO. – 2115 PDT

TWISP, Wash. – Around 1550 hours, fire assets from Okanogan County Fire District 6, WA DNR and the US Forest Service  (B41, E644, H338, SO221, SO223, SO242, SO244 and SO246) were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center for a reported three acre wildfire.  

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Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

The fire was previously named the Benson Creek Fire but has since been changed.  The new wildfire name is the Lower Beaver Creek Fire.

The fire is said to be about 3-5 acres. No word on the containment status has been received.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.

Location

The fire is located on Benson Creek Road in Okanogan County and southeast of Twisp, which a small town with less than 1,000 residents.  The town is made up of 1.18 square miles with all of it being land.

Cause

Fire caused by lightning.

Resources

WA DNR dispatched an engine, two planes and a helicopter.

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Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

IC Hammer is in command of this incident.

There is no formal information stating how many fire crews are assigned to this incident.

Fuels

Fire fuels include light timber, brush and grass.

Fire Tactics

Heli bucket drops were called in and have greatly impacted the fire . Crews have advanced hose and have water on the fire.

Current Weather

Temps in the area are 81*F with partly cloudy skies and winds at 10 mph.  The relative humidity or RH. as some call it is at 34%.

Public Service Announcement

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A Lightning Safety message comes from your Firefighters with the Okanogan County Fire District 6

Social Media

We are using hashtags for this posting as #BensonCreekFire #LowerBeaverCreekFire #TwispFire #Okanogan #WAwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 6/21/2018 @ 2115 PDT (original post)

Washington Wildfire | Easterday Fire | 1

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Benton County Fire District #1 fire crews responded to a brush fire near Easterday Farms, just south of Nine Canyon Road on Friday, June 22nd around 1007 hours.

Containment became a factor when the eastern Washington winds and dried out fire fuels mixed with the wildfire were picked up spreading to the east end.  This prompted an immediate for more resources to respond on to the fire line.

Here is a timeline of the wildfire as it unfolded throughout the incident:

JUNE 22, 2018 – FRIDAY

1007 hours | Benton County Fire District #1 firefighters respond and battle a brush fire that was at 25 hours but with the winds, it would spread.  2 Strike teams are ordered.

1009 hours | Fire is burning along Nine Canyon Road.

1044 hours | The fire has increased rapidly and is now at 200 acres with a 20% containment status.  It is located in the Switzler Canyon which cannot be directly accessed due to poor terrain for ground fire crews.  A dozer line is put in. No structures are threatened and there are no injuries reported.   Local mutual aid units Benton County Fire Districts #2, #4 and Franklin 3, KFD, PFD and RFD join forces to fight this stubborn wildfire.

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Photo Credit | Benton County Fire District #1

1330 hours | Fire crews are beginning to get a handle on the fire with a new containment status of 30%.  The fire is almost completely surrounded by a dozer line in prepping crews to start conducting burnout operations. After all that is complete, Fire Officials estimate the fire should be at 350 acres. They are working against the weather clock which includes windy conditions.  No structures or agriculture are being threatened.

1601 hours | The wildfire jumped the dozer line and could not hold it to a full containment status.  More resources are ordered.

1641 hours | Resources were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center to the fire.

1723 hours | Fire is burning 17 miles south of Kennewick near S Findley Road in Nine Canyon.

1757 hours | Washington State Fire Mobilization has been approved the Washington State Patrol (Fire Manager).  Air resources have arrived.  Several reports of minor burns and smoke inhalation injuries but none were critical for ALS or BLS transports.  Some structures were threatened temporarily but structure protection was put into place.  These are no longer under threat.

2257 hours | Forward rate of spread has been stopped and in mop up operations. Fire Officials estimate the size of the fire to 1,000 acres.  7 engines will remain on the fire line tonight with an additional Strike Team arriving on Saturday, June 23, 2018 for day fire operations.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2230 hours PDT

Washington State Wildfire | Mile Post 22 | 2

VANTAGE, Wash. – Fire resources were sent to a brush fire around 1717 hours on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, located near Vantage, Washington when it was only five acres in size.  The original fire assets were H-1MR H-343 SE-461 SE-463 SEWELL SE-SLYFIEL dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Dispatch Center.

Here is a timeline of this fire incident, to clear you a more concise breakdown on how this fire has spread so rapidly:

JUNE 22, 2018 – FRIDAY

Fire crews have reached a 89% containment status.  7,280 acres have been destroyed. Crews will work to gain their objective of a fully contained (100%) throughout the night with continued patrolling and mopping up.

JUNE 21, 2018 – THURSDAY

0054 hours | Fire mobilization (or Fire MOBE) is approved by the Washington State Patrol HQ Office.  Located in Kittitas County.  2,000 acres in size. 30 homes are under direct threat. Level evacuations in place.

0556 hours | Type 3 IMT is on order. Fire has consumed 1,750 acres.

0628 hours | WA Emergency Management Department (WA EMD) is activated. Correction:  The EMD was “partially” activated. Updated 6/22/2018

0736 hours | Fire is burning in Central Washington near the Columbia River and approximately 19 miles east of Ellensburg.

Photo Credit | @MappingSupport (Twitter)

0905 hours | Fire has grown to an estimated 4,000 – 5,000 acres. 5% containment.  More firefighters are arriving today, including the SE WA IMT team.

1000 hours | Fire mobe resources arriving throughout the day.

1728 hours | Fire has burned up to 5,000 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

1900 hours | Vantage Highway is open but heading West, the bright sun and smoke in the area are reason to caution yourself when driving through the area.

JUNE 20, 2018 – WEDNESDAY

1930 hours |  Washington Department of Natural Resources or WA DNR were called and they dispatched out additional resources, including engines and two helicopters. The fire was estimated to be at well established at 100 ares and growing.  Vantage Highway closed due to down power lines.  Fire located west of Vantage.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2143 hours | DNR sent additional resources including three planes, a single 20-person Ahtanum hand crews which would be later be tasked with performing burnout operations.  Dry grass fire conditions.  Fire estimated at 800-1000 acres with a high rate of spread.

2345 hours | SE WA IMT team is assigned to incident.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags we are using and already established in Social Media are:

#MilePost22 #Milepost22  #MilePost22Fire #WAwildfire2018 #WaWILDFIRE #VantageFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2125 hours PDT

Washington State Wildfire | Lower Beaver Creek Fire | 2

UPDATE | Firefighters have successfully reached a 100% containment as of 2010 hours PDT.  The number of acres and personnel will be updated after information has been received from the WA  DNR PIO. – 2115 PDT

TWISP, Wash. – Around 1550 hours, fire assets from Spokane County Fire District 6, WA DNR and the US Forest Service  (B41, E644, H338, SO221, SO223, SO242, SO244 and SO246) were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center for a reported three acre wildfire.

Image may contain: mountain, sky, cloud, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

The fire was previously named the Benson Creek Fire but has since been changed.  The new wildfire name is the Lower Beaver Creek Fire.

The fire is said to be about 3-5 acres. No word on the containment status has been received.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.

Location

The fire is located on Benson Creek Road in Okanogan County and southeast of Twisp, which a small town with less than 1,000 residents.  The town is made up of 1.18 square miles with all of it being land.

Cause

Fire caused by lightning.

Resources

WA DNR dispatched an engine, two planes and a helicopter.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, hat and outdoor

Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

IC Hammer is in command of this incident.

There is no formal information stating how many fire crews are assigned to this incident.

Fuels

Fire fuels include light timber, brush and grass.

Fire Tactics

Heli bucket drops were called in and have greatly impacted the fire . Crews have advanced hose and have water on the fire.

Current Weather

Temps in the area are 81*F with partly cloudy skies and winds at 10 mph.  The relative humidity or RH. as some call it is at 34%.

Public Service Announcement

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A Lightning Safety message comes from your Firefighters with the Okanogan County Fire District 6

Social Media

We are using hashtags for this posting as #BensonCreekFire #LowerBeaverCreekFire #TwispFire #Okanogan #WAwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 6/21/2018 @ 2115 PDT (original post)

Washington Wildfire | Cowiche Fire | Cause is Determined

YAKIMA, Wash. – We picked up and did a live coverage on Social Media of the Cowiche Fire that was said to be with an Urban Interface brush fire and a vacant barn in the 5600 block of Cowiche Canyon Road and near Pecks Canyon.

The incident would be escalated to three alarms.

Cause

Witnesses reported seeing someone in a vehicle who threw a firework into the brush which started the wildfire.  Fire Investigators say the fire was intentionally set.

Resources

C-Shift from Yakima City FD was staffed along with mutual aid fire resources from Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima Training Center, Grainger and Yakima County Fire District 5.

Damage Assessment

A barn was lost on Cowiche Road in the fire but fire crews successfully and should be credited for saving many homes in the area.

#SeeSomethingSaySomething

Investigators are looking for any witness that may have information regarding this fire by contacting the Yakima City FD at 509-575-6060.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2030 Hours PDT

BC Wildfire | Bachelor Heights Fire | 1

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A wildfire broke out on Thursday, June 21, 2018 off of the Grasslands boulevard prompting immediate evacuations of about 12 homes.  Evacuated residents were welcomed in to the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre where a comfort center was established.

Shortly after the evacuations were in effect, the order was lifted and all residents were allowed to return to their homes as the threat of wildfire was no longer endangering their homes or their personal safety.

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Photo Credit | BC Wildfire Service

Resources

Fire crews from the Kamloops Fire and Rescue along with BC Wildfire Service were working to suppress and contain the wildfire.

17 personnel along with air support are tied to this incident.

Size

The fire is said to be at 60 hectares or a little over 148 acres.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2000 hours PDT

Washington State Wildfire | Lower Beaver Creek Fire | 1

TWISP, Wash. – Around 1550 hours, fire assets from Spokane County Fire District 6, WA DNR and the US Forest Service  (B41, E644, H338, SO221, SO223, SO242, SO244 and SO246) were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center for a reported three acre wildfire.

Image may contain: mountain, sky, cloud, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

The fire was previously named the Benson Creek Fire but has since been changed.  The new wildfire name is the Lower Beaver Creek Fire.

The fire is said to be about 3-5 acres. No word on the containment status has been received.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.

Location

The fire is located on Benson Creek Road in Okanogan County and southeast of Twisp, which a small town with less than 1,000 residents.  The town is made up of 1.18 square miles with all of it being land.

Cause

Fire caused by lightning.

Resources

WA DNR dispatched an engine, two planes and a helicopter.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, hat and outdoor

Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

IC Hammer is in command of this incident.

There is no formal information stating how many fire crews are assigned to this incident.

Fuels

Fire fuels include light timber, brush and grass.

Fire Tactics

Heli bucket drops were called in and have greatly impacted the fire . Crews have advanced hose and have water on the fire.

Current Weather

Temps in the area are 81*F with partly cloudy skies and winds at 10 mph.  The relative humidity or RH. as some call it is at 34%.

Public Service Announcement

Image may contain: sky

A Lightning Safety message comes from your Firefighters with the Okanogan County Fire District 6

Social Media

We are using hashtags for this posting as #BensonCreekFire #LowerBeaverCreekFire #TwispFire #Okanogan #WAwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 hours PDT

Washington State Wildfire | Mile Post 22 | 1

VANTAGE, Wash. – Fire resources were sent to a brush fire around 1717 hours on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, located near Vantage, Washington when it was only five acres in size.  The original fire assets were H-1MR H-343 SE-461 SE-463 SEWELL SE-SLYFIEL dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Dispatch Center.

Here is a timeline of this fire incident, to clear you a more concise breakdown on how this fire has spread so rapidly:

JUNE 20, 2018 – WEDNESDAY

1930 hours |  Washington Department of Natural Resources or WA DNR were called and they dispatched out additional resources, including engines and two helicopters. The fire was estimated to be at well established at 100 ares and growing.  Vantage Highway closed due to down power lines.  Fire located west of Vantage.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2143 hours | DNR sent additional resources including three planes, a single 20-person Ahtanum hand crews which would be later be tasked with performing burnout operations.  Dry grass fire conditions.  Fire estimated at 800-1000 acres with a high rate of spread.

2345 hours | SE WA IMT team is assigned to incident.

JUNE 21, 2018 – THURSDAY

0054 hours | Fire mobilization (or Fire MOBE) is approved by the Washington State Patrol HQ Office.  Located in Kittitas County.  2,000 acres in size. 30 homes are under direct threat. Level evacuations in place.

0556 hours | Type 3 IMT is on order. Fire has consumed 1,750 acres.

0628 hours | WA Emergency Management Department (WA EMD) is activated.

0736 hours | Fire is burning in Central Washington near the Columbia River and approximately 19 miles east of Ellensburg.

Photo Credit | @MappingSupport

0905 hours | Fire has grown to an estimated 4,000 – 5,000 acres. 5% containment.  More firefighters are arriving today, including the SE WA IMT team.

1000 hours | Fire mobe resources arriving throughout the day.

1728 hours | Fire has burned up to 5,000 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

1900 hours | Vantage Highway is open but heading West, the bright sun and smoke in the area are reason to caution yourself when driving through the area.

I-90 MP 138 Vantage Br. (View West)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags we are using and already established in Social Media are:

#MilePost22 #Milepost22  #MilePost22Fire #WAwildfire2018 #WaWILDFIRE #VantageFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1900 hours PDT

Washington Wildfires Recap: June 18, 2018

Here is a Recap of Wildfires for Monday, June 18, 2018.  This is for the State of Washington only.

104 ECHO FIRE

North Bend. King County. Grass fire fuels. Dispatched @ 1502 hours. (South Puget Sound Dispatch)

BELL TERRA FIRE

Della Terra. Spokane County. Dispatched @ 1131 hours. Grass, timber, duff, brush. IC (Kling) @ 1245 hours. Contained at 1200 hours. Controlled at 1230 hours. 0.1 acres.  (NE WA Interagency Comm Center)

COLLINS LAKE FIRE

Mason County. Dispatched @ 1750 hours. Grass, brush. In Patrol status. 0.1 acres. (South Puget Sound Dispatch)

EXCELSIOR SPOT FIRE

Excelsior Road. Spokane County. Dispatched at 1735 hours. Resources on-scene at 1748 hours. Slash. 0.01 acres.  (NE WA Interagency Comm Center)

GIBSON FIRE

Gibson Road. Thurston County. Dispatched @ 1740 hours.  Grass, brush. IC (Dalzotto) E262 E 264 #801 on-scene resources. 0.5 acres. (South Puget Sound Dispatch)

SAGELAND FIRE

Dispatched @ 1331 hours. Sageland Road. Douglas County.  0.25 acres. Contained at 1332 hours. Controlled at 1411 hours.  (Central WA Interagency Comm Center)

TAHUYA RIVER ROAD FIRE

Tahuya. Mason County. Dispatched @ 1359 hours. DNR on-scene. Limited info. Showing as an open incident.  (South Puget Sound Dispatch)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2200 hours PDT