“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” –Buddha

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176 New Fires [Light] Intiial Activity. Large fire not contained. Contained fires. 95 Uncontained large fires nationally. 2 Area Command Teams.  15 Type 1 IMTs committed. 26 Type 2 IMTs committed.

We have separated the fires by areas to make it a little easier to see what’s burning and where in the State of Washington.

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Today’s Fire Stats:  0 new Large fires. 17 new fires for 1 acre.  6 Type 1 IMTs Committed. 10 Type 2 with 1 en route.  3 OSFM. 1  Area Command Team..

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Tanker 131 @ Moses Lake on August 16, 2015. Photo Credit: LR Swenson

FIRST CREEK FIRE – 8 miles NW of

Start:  8/14/15.  Acres:  1726 reduced to 1424 [resized]  Containment:  Unknown Fire Behavior:    Active. Crowing.  Short crown runs. Backing.    Threatened:
Homes & structures.  Evacuations:  In effect.  Closures:  Roads and certain areas.  Command:  IMT1. PNW Team 2 [Schulte].   Red Cross Evacuation Shelter 1 –> Sterling Middle School, 600 N James Street, E Wenatchee. Shelter 2 –> Entiat Valley Resource Center, 2084 Entiat Way,  Entiat.

wa fire map

CHELAN COMPLEX –  10 miles N of

Start:  8/14/15.  Cause:  Lightning. .  Evacuations:  In effect.  Closures:  Roads and certain areas.  Command:  IMT1. PNW Team 2 [Schulte]

Fire Status:  3 fires [Antoine Creek, Cagle and Reach Fires previously reported individually, merged into this one Complex.]  Fire Behavior:  Active fire behavior. Uphill runs. Torching. Spotting.  Spreading in all different directions to N of Chelan, on both sides of Columbia River.  South Flank:  Burnouts, dozer lines complete.  NW Flank:  Structure protection, building dozer lines, working to control spotting. East Flank:  Fire slowly spreading E side of Union Valley & NW to Washington Butte. Damage:  Some homes, structures and commercial properties destroyed.  Threatened:  Homes, structures, commercial property, Chelan Airport.  Acres:  56,500. Containment:  0%.  Resources:  WA DNR, State Fire Marshal, WA National Guard.  5 Mobe strike teams for night shift that include 5 Engines each.  6 Helos being used for Water drops, Crew shuttle and Recon.  2 Fixed Wing aircraft for water and/or retardant drops as needed.  Antoine Creek Fire.  2313 acres. Cagle Fire. 47,342 acres. Reach Fire. 6845 acres.

 MCFARLAND CREEK – 18 miles N of Chelan, 8 miles of Pateros

Previously reported as “Squaw Creek”

Start:  8/14/15 on Friday.  Cause:  Unknown.  Comments:  Previously reported as Squaw Creek, this fire is being managed by an IMT/PNW Team 2 . Fire Status:    Active fire behavior with flanking, group torching and spotting. Acres:  384. Containment:  0%.   Closures:  Roads and trails. Conditions: Steep terrain. Fire Suppression Tactics:   Indirect and Direct fire suppression.

First Creek Fire

Firefighters on First Creek Fire. Courtesy via Inciweb


GOLD HILL FIRE – 10 miles W of

Start:  Unknown.  Cause:  Lightning. Acres:  700. Fire Behavior:  Moderate. Group torching. Containment:  0%.


KETTLE COMPLEX – Northern Ferry County

Fire Summary:  Resources:  400.  Total Acres:  36,950.

Stickpin Fire.  26 miles NW of Colville.  Start:  8/11/15.  Cause:  Lightning.  Geographical Location:   Between Profanity Peak and Ryan Hill.  Ranger District:    National Forest:  Colville NF.  County:  Ferry. Acres:  35,530. State Mobe:  8/15/15. Resources.  Crews: 6.  Engines: 24. Dozers:  6. Water Tenders:  15. Helicopters:  0, but on stand-by. Personnel:  400.. Injuries:  0. Damages:  0 homes.  Containment:  0%.

[ NEW ! ] Graves Mtn Fire. Hwy 20/ Sherman Pass. Start:  8/13/15.  Cause:  Tree falling into power lines after thunderstorm in area. Acres:  1300.  National Forest:  Colville. Shelter:  Red Cross Shelter at Republic School.

[ NEW! ] Roy Rd Fire. W of Republic. Start:  Unknown. Cause:  Unknown Acres:  120.  Limited Info.



WDNR Ahtanum hand crew member completing night operations on the Cougar Creek fire outside of Glenwood Washington shortly after the fire began.  Aggressive, direct attack fire-fighting was employed, but extreme fire behavior forced them to pull back.

Start:  8/10/15.  Cause:  Lightning.   Land Protected:  by Yakama Indian Nation, DNR and the USFS.  Acres:  22,500. Fire Status:  Active fire behavior. Group torching. Containment: 15%. ROS: None.  Resources.  Personnel:  452.  Helicopters:  6. Water Tenders:  11.  Crews:  14.  Engines:  15.  Dozers:  9.  Other:  1.  Command:  IMT2. WA Team5 [Leitch].  Evacuations:  Level 1 notices for residents N of Glenwood.


WOLVERINE FIRE – 3 miles NW of

Start:  6/29/15, around 0730 hours.  Cause:      Ranger District:  Chelan.  Command:  PNW IMT2.  [Also, managing Reach Fires, First Creek Fire, Black Canyon Fire, McFarland Creek and Wolverine Fire]  Acres:  Containment:


THURSDAY CREEK – 13 miles NW of

The Thursday Creek is located 13 miles NE of Newhalem that started on 8/10/15 by lightning.  It is currently at 200 acres with a 0% containment status. Active fire behavior reported.


LIME BELT FIRE – 13 miles NW of

Lightning started this fire located 13 miles NW of Omak, which has scorched 2560 acres.  Reports the fire is has an active fire behavior with single torching, running and short-range spotting.

NORTH STAR FIRE – 25 miles E of

Start:  8/13/15.  Cause:  Human.  Acres:  25,000.  Geographical Area:  Colville Indian Reservation. Personnel:  83.  Evacuations:  In effect. [see info on inciweb

Smoke laying in the Queets River drainage

Paradise Fire in the Olympic National Park. Courtesy of Inciweb


BLACK CANYON FIRE – 8 miles W of

Start:  8/14/15 @ 1145 hours.  Cause:  Lightning.  Conditions:  Steep terrain. Acres:  3449.  Containment:  0%.  Fire Status:  Active Fire behavior.  Flanking. Group torching. Spotting:  Closures:  Road and trails. Command:  IMT1. PNW Team 2 [Schulte].  NOTICE –> Community Meeting, Tuesday, 8/18/15 at the Pateros Fire Station at 1900 Hours.  Update of Black Canyon and McFarland Fires on Agenda. Part of the Okanogan Complex / to be updated Tuesday PM

KNOBBY FIRE – 50 miles NW of

Located 50 miles NW of Spokane, this incident started on Saturday, 8/15/15. In monitor status.  The fire is only at 150 acres and has a 0% containment status.  Cause is unknown.  Limited info being reported. Part of the Okanogan Complex Fire / to be updated 8/18/15 Tuesday.


BEAVER LAKE FIRE – 15 miles E of

This fire is located 15 miles E of Winthrop which started on Friday, 8/14/15 with an unknown cause.  ICT3 team is in command.  They are reporting 800 acres with a 0% containment status.  Active fire behavior with running and single tree torching. Part of the Okanogan Complex / to be updated 8/18/15.


The Okanogan Complex is located 50 miles NW of Winthrop that was started by lightning, has reached 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status.  It is reported to have active fire behavior, threatening residences. Road and area closures are in effect.  FMAG approved on 8/15.  To be updated 8/18/15.

Additional Fires:

Due to time constraint, we were unable to add the following:  Tower Fire, Carpenter Rd, Lime Belt, Beaver Lake and Marple Valley. Any new ones will be added to our Tuesday post.

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