NEWLY REPORTED | Washington State Wildfire | Rattlesnake Fire 2018 | 1

CRESTON, Wash. —

UPDATE 1 – July 15, 2018 – Sunday – 1800 hours PDT

A wildfire is burning on Bureau of Indian Lands (BIA) that started on private land on Thursday afternoon of July 12, 2018 around 1303 hours.

Photo Credit: Gary Carlson Photography (Used with express permission)

It is located 20 miles northwest of Davenport and 45 miles southeast of Keller, Washington.  Additionally, it is west of the Lincoln Boat Launch – west of Creston and within the Hellgate Game Preserve on the Colville Indian Reservation.

Unified Command is  with a Type 3 NE WA IMT Team 3 as command along with Colville Confederated Tribes, BIA and DNR.  ICP is located at the Creston School in Creston, Washington.

It was human-caused fire but the exact cause has not been released.  Some locals who claim were near the fire start speculate it was started by fireworks and those whom allegedly were involved have been taken into custody.

We are waiting for an official cause to be released from Fire Officials.

Photo Credit:  Gary Carlson Photography (Used with express permission)

Currently, there has been 2,600 acres of timber, grass and tall grass scorched and a 49% containment status gained.  The fire size increased substantially from Saturday, due to the winds shifting.

Hazards and challenges will also grow as fire weather changes across terrain.  Firefighters are still working tirelessly through high temps today of 93*F, light winds, very low humidity, battling steep and rugged terrain and RATTLESNAKES! Hence, the name of this wildfire.

Firefighters will be assigned to do the following:

  • Construct dozer lines that were compromised by trees that fell over the line that caused slop over
  • Complete dozer lines on the east flank to the Columbia River
  • Strengthen the fire line by conducting burnout operations of brush not yet burned
  • Strengthen the line to reach the ultimate objective of 100% containment around all sides of the fire’s perimeters.

There are 250 personnel assigned to this wildfire along with four (20) person crews, 15 engines, two bulldozers and eight water tenders along with aviation resources as needed.

About 200 firefighters are staying in a remote spike camp at Sand Flats, where a helicopter will fly in and serve them their very first hot meal since the beginning of the wildfire.

Photo Credit:  Gary Carlson Photography (Used with express permission)

There are no evacuations, however there is one residence and cultural resources that are threatened.

As of today, there has been $350,000 as a total in fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Tacoma, Washington | Structure Fire | 1

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. – An eyewitness account of a multi-story house fire is burning in the 3700 block of S Yakima, near SE 38th Street in Tacoma, Washington on

Thank you to  our NWFB follower, John Lyman for bringing this fire to light.

Fire has been knocked down and firefighters are currently working on hot spots.

Several fire resources remain on-scene as they extinguish hot spots inside the structure.  There is an unknown cause but appears the fire has severely damaged the rear of the house.

Multiple holes by fire crews have been punctured in the roof ventilating fire and heavy smoke.

Photo Credit | Tacoma Fire Department

No injuries reported to civilians or to firefighters have been reported.

Photo Credit | Tacoma Fire Department

There has been no preliminary cause released via the Tacoma Fire Department.

Also, no information if the occupants were home at the time or  if they were alerted by a smoke alarm.

Stay tuned for more details to this fire incident.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington Wildfire | Little Camas Fire | 4 | Last Update

UPDATE 4 – 7/14/2018 – 0730 hours – Last & Final Update

July 11:  Firefighters focused on mopping up the fire’s edge, removing excess equipment and supplies, starting the demobing process. 1 Helicopter was available if water drops were needed. Weather conditions were becoming more poor as the temps heated up to a near 90*F and RH nearing 20%.  Road and trail closures still in effect. This is the last day NWIMT7 will manage the fire. A Type 3 until will be led by IC Charlies Burns which will continue to mop up and patrol the fire beginning on Friday, July 13, 2018.

July 10:  Firefighters secured fire containment lines.  They were tasked with mopping up on the interior of the fire with hand tools and water, as well as to scout for any rolling debris.  Fire was at 74% containment and 317 acres (306 acres on DNR  land and 11 acres on USFS lands). 364 personnel were assigned.  Level 1 evacuations were lifted but road and trail closures were still in effect.  Some of the fire personnel were released from this fire to assist on the Ryegrass Coulee Fire in Vantage.  No significant fire behavior or growth.  Some portions of this incident will start demobilizing.

UPDATE 3 – 0900 hours – July 9, 2018

Cooler weather has dropped over the fire line helping minimize fire behavior and slowing down the rate of spread on this wildfire near the town of Cashmere in Eastern Washington State.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

There has been 338 acres scorched and crews have reached a successful status of 5% containment, but they are continuing aggressively to obtain all fire objectives.

There are still 270 fire personnel with another 175 en route to help increase containment before the forecasted high winds on Monday, July 9, 2018 to be present.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

 

 

Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 4

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 4 – July 14, 2018 – 0715 PDT

The fire some were observing last night near Lincoln County appears to be a possible different fire as this one is said to be burning on the Colville Indian Reservation.

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Photo taken July 13, 2018 – Photo Credit | Ferry County Sheriff’s Office

Fire crews were assigned to work throughout the night on hot spots.  They had a good hand and dozer line around the fire last night.

UPDATE 3 – July 13, 2018 – 2250 hours PDT

We are getting reports of the fire jumping its containment lines and spreading downward towards the lake.  Fire behavior is extreme and is flaring up.

This fire is said to be almost directly across from Lincoln County and is very visible from Lincoln County.There are people on the lake and reporting the fire is heading towards them and that is it appears to be .5 miles along the river.

We have reached out to WA DNR for an update but we have not heard anything as of yet.

We will do another update in the morning before we go mobile in the field on Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for our updates also on our Social Media pages Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (@nwfireblog)

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington Wildfire | Rocky Reach Fire | 2

NORTH CENTRAL, Wash. —

UPDATE 2 – July 14, 2018 (Saturday) – 0645 hours PDT

(Left Photo) Photo Credit | Chandler Rench

The fire has burned approximately 300 – 500 acres since last night that started last night in dry grass and brush. Fire is located in difficult terrain.

A Type 3 IMT has been assigned to this incident.

Photo Credit | WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

Level 1 evacuation advisories were issued to 8 homes from 97A Milepost 204 north to Swakane Canyon Road and including Swakane Canyon Road.  Hwy 97-ALT is closed prior to milepost 202 on the south end, as well as milepost 205.5 at the north end.

Level 1 evacuation notices to Burch Mountain Road and all connecting roads, as well as, Ohme Garden Road to include McMullan Road.

Chelan County Fire District #1 is Unified Command with State DNR, WSDOT and the Chelan County  Sheriff’s Office / OEM.

Chelan County Fire District #8 is also listed as resources on this fie.

This fire is located about 5 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2145 hours PDT

A brush fire is burning up the hillside above the Rocky Reach Dam, located about 7 miles north of Wenatchee towards Chelan in Chelan County, Washington.

Smoke over the highway has been causing poor visibility and safety concerns for drivers.

The Central Washington Interagency Communications Center CAD is reporting the fire has consumed at least five acres.

State Patrol states this is the second fire today in Central Washington.

Fire assets were dispatched to the area Resources include BATT-22, BATT-51, CREW-52, E-341, E351, E-353, SE-139, SE-16 and SE-N BREW. (2019 hours)

The IC assigned is Brewer (2020 hours)

WSDOT crews are en route for a full closure of 97A this evening from Wenatchee to Entitat.  Drivers are being encouraged to take a DETOUR around US97 on the Douglas County side as a detour.  There is still no ETA when this roadway is going to reopen (2205 hours)

Washington State Patrol has shutdown a portion of the US Hwy 97A at milepost 204 , in the Rocky Reach Dam to Swakane Canyon Road.  (2045 hours)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

 

Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 3

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 3 – July 13, 2018 – 2250 hours PDT

We are getting reports of the fire jumping its containment lines and spreading downward towards the lake.  Fire behavior is extreme and is flaring up.

There are people on the lake and reporting the fire is heading towards them and that is it appears to be .5 miles along the river.

This fire is said to be almost directly across from Lincoln County and is very visible from Lincoln County.

We have reached out to WA DNR for an update but we have not heard anything as of yet.

We will do another update in the morning before we go mobile in the field on Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for our updates also on our Social Media pages Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (@nwfireblog)

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 2

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington Wildfire | I-82 Fire | 1

YAKIMA, Wash. —

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2130 hours PDT

A wildfire broke out on I-82 westbound at Milepost 19 just west of Yakima had the WB lanes closed.  Traffic was detoured around to SR-821 at exit 26 westbound by the Washington State Patrol.  (1106 hours)

A single WB lane on I-82 was opened by State Patrol, (1149hours) with the roadway being fully opened. (1153 hours).

No cause of the fire has been released and appears to be under investigation.

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NEW | Washington Wildfire | California Road 2 Fire | 1

MASON COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2045 hours PDT

Fire assets were dispatched at 1157 hours PDT today to the California Road in Mason County, Washington.

There have been a total of between 15 – 20 acres scorched and crews have reached a 20% containment status.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

The South Puget Sound Dispatch Center dispatched the following resources to the incident:

BLACKSTOCK COBLE, E-262, E661-COOP, E-804, E806 EIDE FAKKEMA FOSBERG H-345WIN KIBBE LANZ LOOPER MEYER PIETY WILLIAMS (IC)

Photo Credit | WA DNR

At 1344 hours, WA DNR stated the fire was at 7 acres and one helicopter and three engines were en route to the incident.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog