Major #BrushFire | Grant County, Washington | 2


( We called first as FRENCHMAN COULEE FIRE )


Date + Time Started:  A major brush broke out at 1800 hours on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Location:  The fire was said to have broken out 11 miles West of George between I-90 and the Columbia River (per PD).

Other sources said the fire was more specifically located in the Frenchman Coulee area near I-90, Mile Marker 142, about 4 miles East of the Vantage Bridge (per FD).

Acreage:  The fire appears to be wind-driven.  PD estimates the fire at about 1,000 acres but other sources are saying the ROS is much more greater and well over the preliminary estimates.

There is a 0% containment status.


Command:   Unified Command with GCSO PIO Kyle Foreman and WSP PIO 6 Trooper  Brian Moore.

Fire Resources:  The following Agencies have been dispatched and are currently en route:  Grant County Fire District 5, 10, 11, 13, Ephrata Fire Department and BLM.

Law Enforcement Resources:  Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol.


Fire Weather:   The current weather conditions(as of 2052 Hours PDT) are sunny and clear with winds at 24 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.  The dew point is 36*F.  Visibility is 10 miles.  The RH is 42%.

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DNR Helicopter 9 at I-90 Fire (Stock Photo (c) LR Swenson/@nwfireblog)


Evacuations:  Level 2 (Prepare to Leave).    Evacuations of the Old Vantage camp area are in effect.  Grant County Sheriff’s Office PIO Kyle Foreman is reporting that all campers are safe and well.

Traffic Closures:  WSP has shutdown both directions of I-90.  AS of 2100 Hours | EB has been reopened. WB still shutdown.  Unknown ETA as to when it will reopen.


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Hashtags:  We are using the following hashtags #FrenchmanCouleeFire #WAwildfires2017 #I90Fire #VantageFire  Official hashtag for this fire is #I90Fire

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/4/2017 (Sunday) – 2110 Hours PDT