There are multitudes of wildfires burning in the State of Washington with several in the Okanogan County, as well as others. Here is a recap of both new and on-going wildfire incidents for Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Badger Canyon Road. Start 7/24/2020. Dispatched 1755 PT. 250 acres. Grass and Brush. IC: Ahshpanek as of 7/26/2020 1315 PT. Incident # SPD-371/PD NA8L/221-CSS. Dispatch Center. CWC.
Photo Credit | Benton Co Sheriff’s Office
Possible cause of the fire is from an individual target practice shooting. Residents say it is legal in this area. BLM issued fire restrictions order on July 3rd for those in Eastern Washington stating that target shooting with the use of exploding targes is prohibited. – however, it is legal and gives tips on fire prevention. It does say explicitly if target shooters start wildfires, they may be responsible for the cost of fire suppression.
Photo Credit | Benton Co PUD
“Fire Danger Forecast: 𝙑𝙀𝙍𝙔 𝙃𝙄𝙂𝙃/𝙀𝙓𝙏𝙍𝙀𝙈𝙀……
Start 7/24/2020. Dispatched 1755 PT. Kingsbury Road. 2,967 acres. Grass and brush. 90% contained. Mop-up operations in effect. IC: SE WA IMT Escobar has turned the fire operations back over to the local Type 4 IC.
Photo Credit | Lincoln County Fire District #1
NE WA ICC, Team 2. WA DNR. Wenatchee Community and Chelan County Fire District 1, along with State and Federal agencies. Resources originally dispatched were E-4202 and SE-Burris. Incident #: SES-370/PN NA7W/CBG-221. Dispatch Center: CWC.
WILDFIRE. 3rd Alarm Brush fire. US 2, mile post 151, near Waterville. Dispatched 1758 PT. Incident #DGEN-394/CSU-221.
Incident Cooperators: SE WA Interagency IMT. DCSO.
Photo Credit | Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS ” Lifted” for –> 1275 Road 2 NW; Road 2 NW from Hwy 2 to Road L NW; Road 3 NW from Road O to Road L NW.
ROAD CLOSURES —> Road 2 NW from Hwy 2 to Road K NW; Road 3 NW from Road O to Road K NW.
Granite Lake Fire
NEW! Granite Lake Road. AR63 (IC), AR25, 7403, 7404, 7406 C6201, E531. Dispatched 1813 PT. 1 acre grass, brush, reproduction. Resources on-scene 1830 PT. Incident #NES-1734/ADU-221. Dispatch Center: NEC.
SMOKE CHECK. Springdale. Dispatched 2108 PT. AR61 and 7412 en route 2136 PT.
Nine Mine Fire
NEW! Nine Mine Road. 7302 (IC) as of 1100 PT. E12, NC26, 62, 7302 on-scene at 1727 P. 0.1 acre. Incident #NES-173/ADT-221. Dispatch Center; NEC.
BURN BAN IN EFFECT
“Effective immediately, Washington State DNR has banned all outdoor burning, with the exception of recreational fires in approved fire pits due to the rapidly increasing fire danger and high temperatures. There are currently multiple wildfires in Okanagan County which is stretching available resources.
Fox Ridge Fire
ON-GOING FIRE. East Olympia. 0.5 acre grass, brush and slash. IC brunton. Dispatched 7/21/2020 1716 PT. Out 7/28/2020 1140 PT. Incident #SPS-96/221-FAZ. Dispatch Center: SPS.
Milepost 102 Fire
NEW! I-5. 1 acre. Grass, brush and timber. IC Hanley. DNR 32, E8203, 8310 and 8312. On-scene. Dispatched 1804 PT. Incident #SPS-113/221-FBM. Dispatch Center: SPS.
Milespost 98 Fire
NEW! I-5 at milepost 97-98. 0.5 acre. Grass, brush and light timber. IC Brunton. Dispatched 1330 PT. Incident #SPS-112/221-FBL. Dispatch Center: SPS.
Rainier Road 2 Fire
NEW! Rainier Road SE. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush. IC Sheets. Dispatched 1240 PT. In patrol status. Incident #SPS-111/FBK-221. Dispatch Center: SPS.
ON-GOING FIRE. Rochester. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush. IC: Sheets. Start 7/21/2020. Dispatched: 1404 PT. Contained/controlled 7/21/2020 1450 PT. Out 7/28/2020 1225 PT. Incident #SPS-93/FAW-221. Dispatch Center; SPS.
Anglin / Green Fires
Both the ANGLIN and GREEN FIRES are under the single control of a NE WA Interagency IMT Type 3, Team 3 IC Dean Kiefer. There are approximately 300 total personnel for both fire incidents.
ICP is located at the Tonasket HS in Tonasket. Incident Cooperators: WA DNR, Okanogan County Sheriff Office, Okanogan County Emergency Management Agency, NE WA Type 3 IMT, Team 2, Tonasket HS, Red Cross, Okanogan County PUD. Lincoln County Fire District #1.
Started 7/27/2020, Monday.
Resources today include IC Dean Kiefer, a Type 3 IMT managing fire operations. Fire is 80% lined. 1,000 acres.
ROAD CLOSURES —> Rehmke Road at Siwash Road. North siwash Creek road at Havillah Road, except for residents who live on these roads.
LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS —> Cayuse and Island Mountain areas, all of Rehmke Road.
RED CROSS SHELTER LINE —-> Call 509-670-5331 if you need shelter. Due to COVID, you will need to make an appointment.
The GREEN FIRE also started yesterday and it is burning off of Tunk Creek Road and about 12 miles NE of Riverside. It is about 1 mile NW of Synarep. The fire started on 7/27/2020 around 1600 hours PT and it too was picked up by winds, high temps and low RH. Crews were able to get a full line around the fire and will continue with mop-up operations.
The fire has burned 700 acres. 100% lined. There is the NC 40+ crew on-scene.
ROAD CLOSURES —> JH Green Road is closed due to heavy fire traffic and poor road conditions. Those who live on this road will be allowed in.
LEVEL 1 EVACUATIONS —> Chewiliken Road, JH Green Road and surrounding areas.
Cause is due to a traffic collision that caused a car fire which spread quickly into the wildland interface. This occurred in the 1200 block of Tunk Creek Road, near JH Green Road.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Report Fires on DNR-owned/managed Lands
Okanogan Emergency Alert System
“Opting IN will enable Okanogan County Emergency Management to provide residents with critical information when it is needed to give you an opportunity to take action and be in the know.” – Okanogan County Emergency Management.
“Put campfires out before leaving the US National Forest! . Keep campfires small. Never leave fires unattended. Put them DEAD OUT and cold to the touch before leaving.” – USFS
https://www.facebook.com/Okanogan.County.Emergency.Management (County’s Facebook page).
Okanogan Animal Shelter
For those who need temporary animal shelter, call the Okanogan Fairgrounds Manager at 509-322-1621 to make arrangements. An alternative are the Tonasket Rodeo grounds. Call Roger Sawyer at 509-429-8036.
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Fire Prevention Tips
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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/28/2020 – 2300 Hours PT