SIT REP 1 | 8/18/2020

Incident Summary | A wildfire was sparked on the Yakima Firing Center on Sunday, August 16, 2020 started around 1830 PT was originally 20 acres in size then spread rapidly to drainages and along slopes.

Local fire districts immediately respond as well as resources from the JBLM.

Winds were considerably high and a challenge for local resources to handle the rapidly moving wildfire that would become ultimately a firestorm.

Fire was ignited by a lightning strike from a sudden thunderstorm that passed over the area on Sunday.  Multiple wildfires were breaking out and causing lots of chaos.

Current Status | Fire has destroyed 34,792 acres of grass and brush.

Resources  | WA DNR Resources assigned to this incident are: 7-MENDO CAPT-341 CREW-43 E-332 E-353 SE-JONES S SE-TSUBOTA GOLDSMITH (IC).  There is 1 crew, 2 engines and 26 total personnel.

The SE WA IMT Type 3, Team took command on Monday, August 17th around 1800 hours PT.

Fire Weather |  Weather remains at triple digits with low RH, which is more than ripe for fire behavior to increase.
Public Service Announcements | EMERGENCY ALERTS | yakimacounty.us/2222/Aler-Yakima
Incident Cooperators | Yakima County Sheriff Office, Yakima County Emergency Management,

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