“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.”
– Sidney Sheldon
- Location: 20 miles SE Dayton [WA] on WA – OR state line
- National Forest: Umatilla
- Wilderness: Wenaha-Tucannon
- Start: 8/13/15 @ 1300 PDT
- Cause: Lightning
- Fire Incidents: 17 unnamed fires inside complex
- Fire Fuels: Timber, grass, brush.
- Expectations for the #s to grow
- Crowning, Spotting, Long-range Spotting
- Extreme fire activity, difficult firefighting conditions for firefighters.
- Fire crossed the Wenaha River near Cross Canyon, 10 miles from Troy [OR].
- Fire reportedly spreading to the E.
- OR State Task Force from the OR State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived on Friday as a new added resource.
- Acres: 48,000
- IC: Brian Gales
- Command: WA Interagency Type 2 Team
- Personnel: 106
- Crews: 3
- Helicopter: 1
- Engines: 5
- Task Force: 1 from the OR State FMO’s office.
- Mutual Aid: FMAG approved 8/21
- Residences: 200
- Structures: 10
- Firefighter Safety: Unauthorized Drone flights
- Primary Residences: 3
- Outbuildings: 15
Level 3 [Means leave immediately, there is fire danger fast approaching.]
- Town of Troy – except for those remaining for fire suppression activities and those feeding the firefighters.
- From Troy [OR] to Hwy 129 @ Boggan’s Oasis [approx 16 miles NE of Troy]
- Additional Surrounding Towns: Eden Bench, Grouse Flat and Bartlett
Level 2 [ Get Ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice]
- Flora, Lost Prarie, Redmond Grande NE to Hwy 3
- Clearwater Guard Station to LIck Creek Road
- From Lick Creek Rd to Asotin City limits
- Around Asotin to Snake River
- From Snake River S to the State line
- Frm the State line W to Hwy 129
- Federal Funding: To Assist Firefighters to fight the Grizzly Creek Complex Fire. http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2015/08/21/fema-provides-federal-funds-help-fight-grizzly-bear-complex-fire
“Eyewitness Reports, Discussions”
- “Fire is spreading thru the Blue Mtns with no end in sight.”
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