WASHINGTON WILDFIRE – #BlueCreekFire – Friday, July 24, 2015

FIRE SUMMARY: 

The Blue Creek Wildfire ignited on Monday, July 20, 2015.  It was a human-caused fire.  Investigators are still reviewing this case and have yet to release specific details.

Three firefighters in front of a fire drop from a safe distance

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The fire is located 8 miles E of Walla Walla in Washington State.

One structure and 7 outbuildings have been reportedly destroyed.

FIRE STATUS

The fire has burned 6,225 acres but has gained a 25% containment status, which is a great success for the almost 1,000 firefighters on this incident.

Firefighters continue to fight fire in the E and SE sections.  They are working extremely hard to keep fire from the Mills Creek Watershed. So far, it has not entered on to the Watershed property.

MAP OF FIRE AREA

ALERT!

A Community Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Performing Arts Theater at the Walla Walla Community College beginning at 1900 hours.

Previous Community Meeting minutes here –> http://www.co.walla-walla.wa.us/Departments/EMD/docs/WWSOBlueCreekFireInformation7-22-15.pdf

ASSETS:

Staffing:

  • Total Personnel:  1,000
  • 17 [20] Person Hand Crews
  • 3 Type 1 Hotshot Crews
  • Injuries:  5 [Bee stings, twisted ankle]
  • Crews:  5
  • WAIMT #1
  • WAIMT #1 COM1
  • State Mobe approved on 7/20/2015

Incident Cooperators:

  • WA DNR SE Region
  • Walla Walla County Fire District 4
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Washington State Fire Marshal
  • Walla Walla Emergency Management Department
  • Walla Walla County Sheriff
  • Columbia County EMD
  • USDA Forest Service Umatilla National Forest

numberous small tents sit in front of the Deitrich Dome

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Equipment

  • Engines:  82
  • Dozers:  7
  • Water Tenders:  19
  • Airtankers: 2
  • Helicopters:  9

REPORTS FROM THE FIRE GROUND:

“Thank you,  #WallaWalla, for boosting the spirits of fire crews working hard to fight #BlueCreekFire

“We had to climb up a 2,000′ elevation to a ridge line to get out a stubborn fire.  We, as a crew were able to sway the fire away from homes and the City.” Bellevue Fire #101 Engine crew [Structure Protection guys] talking about the steep and rugged terrain.

“Calling in the Hotshots right away is a very good thing.  We don’t want another political mess like the Carlton Complex.” an unnamed Firefighter on Social Media.

TRENDING ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

“Show support with social media or place signs of support in your yards to show appreciation.” @pnwvost

“This fire was way too close for comfort.” Walla Walla resident talking about how close the fire was to her home.

“The Blue Creek Fire is the highest priority Fire in the Northwest.” KUOW.org

EVACUATION:

LEVEL 3 [Only local residents, land owners and emergency services are allowed in this point to allow firefighters and equipment to work safely in the area]:

  • Klicker Mountain Road
  • Blue Creek Road

RED CROSS SHELTER:

The Red Cross has set up an Evacuation Shelter at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.  For information on Evacuations, contact the Red Cross at 509.386.6306 or the Walla Walla County EOC at 509.524.2900.

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