Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 1950 hours PDT
A firestorm is brewing in the Loomis State Forest (Okanogan National Forest) but for now it is a small 25-acre wildfire that is located seven miles west of Tonasket, Washington that started today.
Fire behavior is very active with a high rate of spread that is wind-driven with torching and spotting.
As of 1925 hours this evening, the fire had burned through 25 acres.
Engine and hand crews were said to be engaging the fire and will do so into the night as safety allows them to do so. Original fire assets H 338 HI 142 HI 143 HI 145 HI 146 HI 147 HI 149 (IC) HI 30 HI 60 NC 322 NC 325 SO 25 SO 27 were dispatched at 0959 hours PDT. Resources arrived on-scene around 1040 hours PDT.
WA DNR resources include additional resources as engaging and acting as mutual aid assets.
Current weather conditions are 79*F temps with partly cloudy skies and winds at 2 mph (according to current weather reports). Humidity is 34%.
TONASKET is a city within Okanogan County and is located along the eastern bank of the Okanogan River in north-central Okanogan County. The City has approximately total of .80 square mile radius with a with a population of 1,016 (2015 census). There is no water areas listed.
Source(s): WA DNR, WildCAD, Weather websites, Social Media
(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog