UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 18, 2018
A wildfire broke out on August 11, 2018, located 11 miles northwest of Northport, Washington State that was started by a lightning strike. Due to extremely dry and high temps, the fire would build up to 300 acres scorched.
On August 14th, the fire was 19 miles north of Evans, Washington and was reportedly near the US / Canadian border. The fire behavior at that time was said to be very active with uphill runs, torching and backing. On that day, the fire had burned up to 667 acres with a 0% containment status. 229 personnel along with 9 crews, 5 engines and 3 helos staffed the incident. On the same day, an Air Spray USA firefighting plane crashed around 1400 hours but the pilot was able to self-extricate himself and walking away with non-threatening injuries.
Today, the fire has now crossed over the US / Canadian border burning the area threatening regional transmission lines, private timber, grazing allotments and 33 nearby homes. Evacuation orders are in effect.
Unified Command consist of BC Wildfire Services, Regional District Kootenay Fire Mgmt, USFS and NWIIMT9.
At the time of this report, the fire has burned 3,000 acres and is 20% contained. Firefighters have been faced with many active wildfires and brand new fire starts.
There are currently 386 personnel along with aircraft, engines and heavy equipment resources assigned to this incident.
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