The Wildfire Log | Yakima County’s Alkali Canyon Fire

Mattawa, Washington State – A wildfire ignited from an unknown cause on Thursday, June 20th located about two miles north of Priest Rapids and 27 miles ENE of Yakima, as well as about four miles from Mattawa.

The fire jumped the night of the 20th and then began running on to the US Army’s Yakima County Training/Firing Center.  Both Yakima County and Kittitas County Fire Departments assisted the Army’s firefighters.

Additional resources were dispatched from the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center around 1230 hours PDT on Thursday.

At the time, there was about 60 total personnel with 12 engines and one helicopter attached to the incident.

A total of 4,000 acres of brush and grass have been destroyed.  Reports of the fire are stating it was contained on Friday, June 21, 2019, around noon.  Fire behavior was previously reported as extreme with running and spotting.

The total cost of fire suppression and containment efforts reached a high of $25,000.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

No damage or destruction of structures were reported.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2019 @ 2230 hours PDT