Today in Fire History

MAY 23, 2017 | TUESDAY

On this day, Chelan County Fire District #3 firefighter personnel and assets were toned out at 1237 hours PT for a commercial fire response at the Brender Log Yard.

First-due units reported a log pile on fire at the old mill, located about three miles north of the iconic and popular Bavarian-themed City of Leavenworth (Chelan County) in Washington State.

A second alarm would be struck for additional mutual aid units from neighboring Chelan County Fire Districts 1 and 2, as well as Douglas County Fire District 2.

Additionally, mutual aid would respond with 50 engines and two helicopters from WA DNR, the US Forest Service and two rail tankers from BNSF.

Credit: Chelan County OEM

Fire behavior would quickly become very active and wind-driven, as it destroyed dry fire fuels around the mill in downed and standing timber and brush. Spot fires outside of the mill began burning on both sides of the Spromberg Canyon Road and Chumstick Highway, also known as SR 209, prompting the naming of the incident, SPROMBERG CANYON FIRE.

It would also destroy up to 40 acres, which is not much according to other wildfires but it prompted Level 3 evacuations and threatening 168 homes, several cabins and infrastructure.

Credit: Chelan County Fire District #3

The incident was approved for State Mobe at 1645 hours PT by the WSP FMO, deploying hundreds of firefighters across the State from various fire zones.

Additionally, there was retardant ordered from our allies from neighboring Canada.

Credit: Chelan County Fire District #3

The incident would carry over into Wednesday, May 24, 2017, with new evacuations at 0950 hours and road closures.

Crews would eventually get an upper hand on suppression and containment on the three alarm fire.

No photo description available.
Credit: Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue

Incident Cooperators: Chelan County Fire District #3, Chelan County Emergency Management, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, WA DNR, WSP FMO, Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue, WSDOT, Chelan PUD, State mobilization with Snohomish County District #7, .

Information researched does not show any release of cause by Fire Officials.

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