( 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%.
ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS
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. https://local.nixle.com/alert/5989625/
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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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/4/2017 (Sunday) – 2110 Hours PDT