WA WILDFIRE | Carpenter Road Fire | August 24, 2015

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE

Summary

The Carpenter Road Fire is located 35 miles NW of Spokane and under the direction of Washington State Department of Natural Resources [WA DNR].  The fire was reportedly started on August 14, 2015, from an unknown source.

Command

The Command is under the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team, which is a group of IMTs that come together during large scale all-hazard fire incidents.  Their backgrounds include: Fire and Emergency Professionals from Local, State and Federal Land Management and Emergency Management agencies. Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/RMIMTBlue?fref=ts.

Fire Status

As of today, the fire has burned 36,735 acres with firefighters successfully reaching a 18% containment status. Fire Fuels include timber and grass.  It is said to be burning on Tribal, Private, State and Federal lands.

  • North Section:  Back burning and securing the line throughout the night.
  • NW Section:  High fire activity with a well established spot fire occurred.  A primary dozer line is now in place.
  • SE Section:  Dozer link placed to link containment with main primary line.  Historic Lookout has been destroyed by fire.
  • Southern, Eastern Sections: Firefighters to continue with fire suppression in these areas.

Resources

Staffing includes 395 personnel assigned to this fire along with resources of 6 crews, 2 helicopters and with the assistance of 32 engines.

Firefighters Answer “The Call”

The Benton County ” Billy Goats” Strike Team include a diverse number of firefighters from areas: Pullman, Benton County, Walla Walla, Franklin County and Kennewick Fire.

The Torres Contracting Crew out of Salem, Oregon handled the night shift, while some of the Management team got some much needed rest.

Others come from Federal and County agencies. Spotted in #FireImages, we have BLM, Chelan Co Fire District #1, US Forest Service, Spokane Tribe VFD and the Washington State National Guard.

Damage Assessment

Reports of 600 residences threatened, include 17 destroyed homes. Other threatened structures include 5 commercial structures and 160 other structures.

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