#SnakeRiverFire | Washington State | 4


Incident Summary | A wildfire that some are reporting started on Saturday, July 15th at 0600 hours while others are saying it started much sooner than that is located near Nisqually John Landing along the Snake River near Pomeroy, Washington State.  It is also said to be burning near its neighboring County, Asotin’s border.

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Size | The Snake River fire was reported earlier today as consuming up to 2,500 acres with a 0% containment status.

Fire Fuels | Tall grasses.

Cause | Lightning.

Current Conditions |  Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and uphill runs.

Resources |  230 personnel. 2 dozers, 5 strike teams via a State mobilization around the State, plus 25 engines. (as of 7/15/2017)

We are hearing of a  SE WA IMT Team 3 PIO, Spokane County Fire District 8 (2 ), Pullman Fire (Medic + R32), Lewis County Fire District 5 sent a staffed brush truck,

Command |  SE Washington Team 3, a type 3 team. The Incident Command Post (ICP) is working out of the Pomeroy Junior/Senior High School.


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Photo Credit: Pullman Fire

Significant Events | The Corral Creek in Idaho is burning near the Snake River fire is listed at 600 acres and growing.  Due to steep and very difficult slopes, apparatus cannot drive down them.

Fire Tactics |  This fire will be mainly handled by hand crews due to steepness of the terrain and it is difficult for engines to maneuver. Bulldozers have completed 1/4 of the perimeter Saturday.

Sunday’s activities consist of the implementation of (6) Type 1 Hand Crews, (5) Strike Teams, and (3) Dozers on the ground. In the air will be a single heavy Helicopter, a fixed wing aircraft, and (4) Fire Bosses using the Snake River for water. The goal is to keep the fire on the river’s slope and away from homes and cropland.


Threats | Homes, crops and cell phone towers.

Weather Forecast |  Sunday’s weather forecast during the day is 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny with highs near 93*F.  East wind 5 to 8 mph.  Tonight is mostly clear, with a low around 73*F. SE wind 6 to 9 mph.

Cost-to-Date | $300,000.

A DNR Rotor takes off from the helibase on the Snake River. (Photo Credit: Danny Boyle)

Social Media | We are using #SnakeRiverFire and #WAwildfire2017 #WAwildfire #GarfieldCoFire as hashtags.  You can also find Fire coverage on our Social Media Channels on Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog).

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Pomeroy is the only City and County seat inside this least populated County inside the State of Washington.  Pomeroy has the most amount of residents topping out at a whopping 1,389 (2015 estimation), while other communities such as Gould City, Pataha, Peola and Ping carry the remainder of residents.  The County has a total of 2,247 inhabitants.

Garfield County is known as an iconic town for being created in the 1800’s and has a minimum of 10 blocks that are on the State Historical maps.  The County was created out of a large piece of Columbia County in 1881 then split off in half, creating Asotin County in 1883.

Map of Washington highlighting Garfield County

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The County is about 718 square miles with 711 as land and 7.5 as water.  US Route 12 and State Route 127 run through the County while it also features the Snake River and the Umatilla National Forest.

The County’s Northern border is with Whitman County; Eastern border is Asotin County; Southern border is Wallowa County (OR) and its Western border is Columbia County.


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