UPDATE — AUGUST 13, 2021

A wildfire broke out on August 3, 2021, due to being lightning but not detected until the following day on lands owned by the United State National Forest Service ‘s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

It is burning about 18 miles northwest of Naches and 21 miles of Tieton (Yakima County), Washington.

A woman stands in field of dry yellow grass adjacent to a gravel road. She is watching the column of orange/coral colored smoke from the Schneider Springs fire rise over the horizon. Four homes are visible among the trees adjacent to the grass field.

Photo Credit: Dee & Harlan Peterson (via Inciweb)

The fire has currently burned 13,665 acres and has been contained to 30%. Due to the fire’s extreme behavior, it has caused LEVEL 3 mandatory evacuations.

More resources are pouring into the staging area and being deployed to the fire line. At the time of this post, there is 300 personnel along with 14 engines, seven crews, four dozers and five tenders. Additional will be arriving throughout this incident, which include engine strike teams, smokejumpers and hotshot crews.

Fire behavior is extreme due to intense heat causing growth with torching, crowning and spotting.

No aircraft could fly yesterday due to a heavy blanket of smoke in the sky, making visibility very poor and unsafe for pilots.

Crews and dozers will continue to work together to build contingency lines.

Cost-to-date expenses for fire suppression and containment efforts have topped out at $2.9 Million.

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