MOSES LAKE, WASHINGTON STATE
Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning in the Upper Goose Lake recreation area that is adjacent to the Columbia National Wildlife Reservoir, located in Moses Lake and North of Othello, Washington.
Size Up | Unknown fire size and has been stated to be a huge fire.
Conditions | Firefighters will be faced with the area’s landscapes peppered with rugged cliffs, canyons, lakes, and sagebrush grasslands.
Evacuations | Level 3 evacuation orders were given by the Grant County Sheriff’s
Office around 1630 hours PDT, to leave immediately. This order pertains to only people inside the Recreation area. The Sheriff’s Office stated there is no danger to homes on the outside of the area.
Fire Weather | The current weather report as of 1720 hours are temps of 93*F, RH of 13% and winds out of the W-SW 13 mph. There is currently a RED FLAG WARNING until 2100 hours on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
ABOUT UPPER GOOSE LAKE
Upper Goose Lake Rec area is located adjacent to the Western border of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and South of Potholes Reservoir. It consists of channeled scab land created by glacial floodwaters, and basalt outcroppings forming cliffs, mesas, box canyons and potholes. One major canyon is filled with water that has seeped from the Potholes Reservoir north of this unit. Two low rock dams were built-in the 1950’s to create Upper and Lower Goose lakes.
The area has 130.4 acres of lake and is at an elevation of 865 feet.
This area is popular for camping, fishing and other outdoor activities.
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