“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” –Desmond Tutu
- Location: 35 miles NW of Spokane & S of Fruitland in Stevens County
- Start: 8/14/15
- Cause: Lightning
- Fire Behavior: Extreme.
- Threatened: 800 homes & structures, 5 commercial properties, 200 others
- Containment: 0%
- Acres: 27,793
- Fire Conditions: Smokey conditions are limiting use of air operations, but also providing for slightly cooler temperatures, and reduced winds
- Actions: Thursday: Highest amount of fire activity happened along the north edge of the fire near Turk Road.
- Obstacles for Fire Crews: Handling 1 abandoned mine within in the fire area.
CURRENT WEATHER CONDITION REPORT
Fruitland Weather Conditions
- Temp: [as of 1915PDT] 70-degrees
- Forecasted: Hi 77. Lo 49.
- Skies: Mostly sunny.
- Winds: W 10 to 20 mph
- Visibility: 6 mph
- Humidity: 26%
- Advisory: Blowing dust advisory remains in effect until 2300 PDT [tonight]
- Destroyed: 17 homes destroyed; unknown number of “other” structures reportedly destroyed.
- Personnel: 363
- Crews: 6
- Helicopters: 3
- Engines: 40
- Level 2: Spokane Agency Reservation.
FIRE CONTACT INFO
- Operational Period: 0800 – 2100 PDT
- Phone Lines: 509-722-6040 or 509-722-6165
Red Flag Warning
- In effect for the fire area through 8/21 at 2300.
- Spokane: Some parts of Spokane showing “Unhealthy”. Purple lines indicate the areas affected.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Pet Loss / Coping –National Humane Society
Red Cross Distress Helpline
- Phone: 1-800-985-5990.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA] – Div of U. S Public Health
- Phone: 1-800-985-5990.
- Online: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/disaster-types/wildfires.
- Text: text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. [English speakeing]; Hablanos to 66746. [Spanish speaking]
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“First-hand Witness Reports on Social Media”
- Media on Condition Report via Flight into Fire Area: “Smoke is so thick we could barely see outside our windows as we prepared to land.”
- Franklin County Fire District #3: “Fresh firefighters leaving today in Van Pool vans to replace crews on the CarpenterRd fire. Thank you Ben Franklin Transit for your support!”
- Media report: “The smoke is omnipresent near Fruitland. Low visibility with a big gulp of ash with each breath”
- Air Quality Report via Twitter User: “Smoke is filling up the Valley”
- Base Camp: Setup at a Bible School near Fruitland.
- Stevens Co Fire Chief: “Ash floating around in the skies and is still warm when it hits them, touches those around them.”
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- Wildland Firefighter Foundation: “Will make a huge difference for these families experiencing the loss of a firefighter tonight. The WFF supports these families like no other, and supports those injured too. Please donate!
RIP brave heroes keeping others safe. https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation?fref=ts” This is from a Twitter supporter. You can Make a Difference in a Family’s life. Click on this link today.
Thank you for what you all are doing out there. Wishing safety and prayers to get those darn fires out. We appreciate your tireless efforts, hard work and dedication.
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