231 Fire – 7 miles S of Springdale

  • 100% containment
  • Cause till under investigation

Little Spokane Fire – Riverside State Park – near Mile Marker 10, off Hwy 291

  • Cause unknown, under investigation
  • 176 acres
  • 20% containment
  • Hose around fire
  • Continue to strengthen lines
  • Resources:  [7] 20-person crews, 3 water tenders, 16 engines, 1 dozer.
  • Closures:  Painted Rocks Trail, Lake Spokane campground and boat launch
  • Partners:  Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Stevens County Fire District 1, Spokane Fire District 4, Spokane Fire District 9.

Green tree burning in foreground with gray/white smoke in the background
“Tree torching” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]
smoke puffs around green trees
“231 Fire” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]
Three firefighters monitor a burn out along a control line
“Burn Out Operations on 231 Fire” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]
Chinookhelicopter drops water on smoke
“Initial Attack” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]

DEEP LAKE – NE side of Deep Lake, Colville, WA

  • Started 7/8/15 around 1600  hours PDT
  • Fire Manager:  Ray Corral, New Mexico Type 3 Team
  • 179 personnel
  • 77 acres
  • 20% containment
  • Cause:  Human-caused, under investigation
  • Timber [Fire Fuel]
  • Road Closures:   County Rd 9445, 1 mile from North Shore Drive north of Deep Lake


Horseshoe Fire- 15 NNW Trout Lk/MT Adams WildernessGilfford Pinchot NF

Fire crews are seen hiking the 3.2 miles to the remote spike camp carrying their fire gear

“Crews Heading to Spike Camp with Gear” – #FireImage Courtesy via inciweb

Hiking trail is seen at the point where it enters the area burned by the Horseshoe Fire
‘Trail Entering Into Horseshoe Trail” [Photo Courtesy via inciweb]
  • 250 acres
  • 15% contained
  • Cause under investigation
  • Suppression efforts to continue
  • Lightning & Thunderstorms passed over area
  • Firefighters had to abandon / take shelter until storms passed over
  • 3 new fire starts:  Riley Fire, 7 Lakes Fire, Canyon Fire
Helicopter hovering over Island Lake filling submerged bucket in Island Lake
“Helicopter with submerged bucket Island Lake Horseshoe Fire July 6 2015” by John Nakai USFS
Helicopter crew members are seen loading supplies into cargo nets for transport to spike camp
“Loading Sling Loads at Horseshoe Helibase” [Photo Courtesy via inciweb]

Riley Fire *New* – 1 mile from Horseshoe Fire

With Takhlakh Lake in the foreground, smoke is seen from the Riley Fire, with Mt Adams in the background.

“View of Riley Fire from Lake Takhlakh Lake” by Credit: Brian Gales, WIIMT#4

  • 1000 acres
  • 2 retardant air drops made
  • Lightning caused

7 Lakes *New* – 2 Mi S of Takhlakn Lk in Lewis River drainage

  • 0.01 acres
  • Small fire burning
  • Lightning Caused

Canyon Fire *New* S side of Council Bluff/1.5 Mi NW of Council Lk

  • 0.01 acres
  • Small fire burning
  • Lightning Caused

Complex [total] Resources:

  • 1 Type 1 crew
  • 6 Type 2 crews
  • 2 Type 1 [Heavy] helos
  • 1 Type 2 [Medium] helo for Cargo hauling
  • 1 Type 3 [Light] helo for recon
  • 8 Water tenders
  • 3 Chippers
  • 305 personnel

NEWBY LAKE – 15 miles NW of Loomis, WA

Canadian Recon Flight July 4, 2015
“Recon Flight by Canadian Crew” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]
  • Active fire behavior
  • Fire made push to 1 mi to the South on eastern perimeter
  • Fire pushing into Hells Hole
  • 544 personnel
  • 5,065 acres
  • Acres in Field 7 are those in the US.
  • Inbriefing for Lewis Type 1 IMT at 1600 on 7/11/15.

PARADISE FIRE – Approx 13 mi N/NE of Quinault

  • 87 personnel
  • 1,588 acres
  • 21% containment

Hot and dry conditions led to a prolonged burning period on Friday July 3
“Fire Behavior on July 3, 2015, at Paradise Fire” [Photo Courtesy of inciweb]
We will cover more Wildland Fires as they pop up across the State.  Please remember to follow all “rules” when out at State Parks and most importantly, have lots of “fun”!

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