SIT REP 2 — JUNE 6, 2021 2045 PT

Just after 1400 hours on Sunday, June 6, 2021, several individuals enjoying the afternoon were target practicing and sparked a wildfire.

Attempting to contain the fire themselves and failing to do so, they called 911 to report the incident.

Douglas County Fire District 4 – Orondo Fire Department resources and assets were dispatched immediately to the area off of Greens Canyon Road and about four miles south of the Beebe Bridge in Orondo, Washington.

Upon arrival, they reported a one-acre fire with very active behavior with uphill runs up steep hillsides of the Columbia River.

A 2nd alarm was requested through Rivercom Dispatch Center, prompting a response of 18 apparatus and 56 firefighters to the fire line. Mutual aid represented nearby fire agencies from Douglas, Chelan and Okanogan Counties and included WA DNR (State) and BLM (Federal) resources.

Firefighters were challenged by steep terrain, dry grassy conditions and strong winds. Due to the difficult access point for a hose lay, crews were forced to use hand tools for direct fire attack. Some rainfall help crews contain this fire quickly.

With dried out fuels and strong winds, this fire could have easily spread across the hillsides very quickly but crews were able to egress immediately from time of dispatch until it was put out.

Fire is out and was last listed as six acres.

No injuries to civilians or to firefighters was reported.

No reports of structures being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

The cost-to-date of fire suppression and containment costs are unknown at the time of this post.

Photo Credit — DCFD4 – Orondo FD

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