Washington State: #BuffaloFire Air Resources Working It | 3

SELAH, Wash. – Wildfire resources are deploying to a 5-10 acre wildfire that was detected around 1624 hours PDT but resources were not heard deploying until 1700 hours PDT on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Fire burning 3 miles to the northwest, away from structures. Photo Credit | Midge Thomas

The fire is located on Buffalo Road, just north of Selah (Yakima County), Washington State.


Incident Command (IC):

  • Located on Buffalo Road in a gravel parking lot.


  • WA DNR sending an unknown number of personnel, 2 Helicopters (H339 is one of them) and a dozer.
  • Command asked Dispatch for 5 additional engines and dozers.
  • Engine 521 to arrive in about 30 minutes. (as of 1758 PDT)
  • Engine 463 is en route. (as of 1758 PDT)

Air Resources:

  • Helicopters 339 and 341 are actively working over the fire.
  • 1 Air Attack has arrived with one fire boss, a second one (boss) has been requested.
  • Current resources on-scene:  2 rotors, 2 engines, 1 Air Attack with Air Tanker out of The Dalles (OR) with 1 hour ETA (as of 1745 hours PDT)
  • Helicopters are at 3,000 feet or below.
  • Airtankers to fly at 3,500 – 4,000 at pilot’s discretion.


Burning in Selah. Photo Credit | Midge Thomas


  • 5-10 acres but growing rapidly (1700 hours PDT)
  • 300 acres (as of 1725 hours PDT) after a helicopter air recon flight.
  • 0% containment status.

Fire Behavior:

  • Rate of Spread is high.
  • Fire is burning in Selah.
  • Fire photos included in this post are burning 3 miles northwest away from structures.  Photo Credit:  Midge Thomas.
  • Fire most active in the SE corner of the canyon.

Fire Operations:

  • East flank:  engines are being lined out. Fire operations trying to knockdown the fire and keep it out of the Canyon.
  • SE Corner:  fire burning in this area.

Heli Comms:

  • Using “Wenatchee” as Dispatch and Air Communitications.



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