Photo Courtesy Walla Walla Fire District 8


A field/brush fire was reported by the Table Rock Lookout Tower on Lewis Peak Drive on Saturday, August 15th around 1407 PT.  Both Walla Walla FD4 and WA DNR were immediately dispatched to the area of Biscuit Ridge or Seaman Road. (1407)

The fire is also known as the LEWIS PEAK FIRE.


1st Alarm

1407 | Table Rock Lookout reports a field fire/brush fire.  Walla Walla FD4 and WA DNR are immediately dispatched to the area of Biscuit Ridge or Seaman Road.

1414 | The fire is reportedly moving into the canyon.  Columbia County Fire and DR Command in La Grande, Oregon are dispatched.

Lewis Peak Fire 
Photos Courtesy of Walla Walla Fire District 8

1418 | Air resources are en route.  Large flames are reported, along that has burned 4 acres.

1424 | First arriving units are requesting additional resources, as fire behavior is extreme with a high rate of spread, they need all the help they can get, including high volumes of water.

2nd and 3rd Alarms

1425 | At the same time, the fire command initiates a 2nd and 3rd alarm for this brush fire.

1426 | Task Force units include Districts 2, 4, 6 are dispatched.  Fire moves  into heavy brush.

4th Alarm

1440 | A 4th Alarm is initiated

1451 | DNR sends a Type 2 helo and 2 trucks.  Level 1 Evacuations for Hooper Road

5th Alarm

1509 | A 5th Alarm is initiated.  An urgent request for additional assets is relayed to Dispatch.

1531 | Level 1 evacuations issued for Lewis Peak Road from Mud Creek up and over to include Seaman Road.  These are voluntary evacuation orders.


1537 | Reports of the fire moving again into the Canyon

1545 | WA DNR Helo has to be pulled off the fire and has to return to Pendleton for an unknown reason

1600 | 5 structures are threatened

1615 | A dozer and an experienced operator arrives on-scene and begins fire line operations in the Canyon.


1640 | Fire appears to be contained.

1713 | Burnout operations begin.

1724 | Walla Walla County Emergency Management strongly encourages its residents to keep their situational awareness active and to sign up for emergency alerts at this site here –>

1725 | IC reports the fire is contained in 3 canyons. Fire tries to jump out and is spotting.

1849 | A Power outage in the Lewis Peak near Biscuit Ridge has been reported. A Columbia REA crew is responding.

1852 | A wildland strike team arrives on-scene as mutual aid.  The IC requests the closures of Seaman Road at Biscuit Ridge and Lewis Peak Road.

1943 | Fire is reported as fully contained. Forward progression has stopped, crews will be busy with extensive mop-up operations.  Personnel will remain on-scene for several days. We have reached out to the Walla Walla County Emergency Management for the total acreage and if they have a preliminary cause yet.


If you see a wire down, always treat it as if it were live. Do not report to 9-1-1 unless it is life threatening.

Report Power Outages to Columbia REA directly at 509-526-4041.


All photo(s) credit belong to Walla Walla County Emergency Management

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