WA | Schneider Springs Fire Update

Thursday UPDATE | September 30, 2021

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

Located 20 miles NW of Naches and 10 miles west of Nile, Washington in the northern Cascade Mountain Range on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (USFS).

Lightning storm passed over the area on August 3, 2021.

Started August 4, 2021 at 1230 hours PT, caused by lightning.

Fuels include short grass, timber and brush.

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Determination and hard work seen in this photo leads to successful suppression goals reached.

COMMAND

Managed by the NV IMT3, Team 3; transferred from the NW Team 10.

Assumed command on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 1800 hours PT.

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These are the men and women on the fire lines.

RESOURCES

370 personnel.

Nine crews.

20 engines.

Two aircraft.

11 other types of heavy equipment.

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Burnout operations as seen in this photo.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

USFS – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest: Location where the fire is burning.

NV IMT3, Team 3: Fire Management team.

NWS IMET Operations: NWS Spokane responded to the incident on September 29, 2021, to help with weather forecasts.

NWS Spokane (WA): Part of the NWS IMET Ops team. Helping with fire weather reports/mapping.

NWS Pendleton (OR): same as Spokane.

WA DNR: Thanks to the many Incident Cooperators including fire resources from North Carolina who spent two weeks in September here in Washington State.

InciWeb: Provides fire updates from various sources.

NW Interagency Coordination Center: Coordinates wildfires and all risk incidents for 11 agencies in Washington and Oregon.

Yakima Office of Emergency Management (OEM): Provides essential information to its communities, such as evacuation notices, alerts, etc. during emergencies.

Yakima County Sheriff’s Office: Local law enforcement agency, issues and implements evacuation orders to impacted communities.

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Structure protection in effect by using tactics of a hose lay and sprinklers to protect high values.

SIZE UP

107,118 acres.

55% contained.

CURRENT STATUS

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering activity observed.

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Highly trained/skilled EMTs and medics care for wildland firefighters on the fireline. These are men/women whom are a part of the Rapid Extraction Module (REMS) Team. This resource is an essential resource, which is fully outfitted with gear to extract firefighters from almost any remote location. Helicopters are used as an alternative if they are unable to reach them. Ambulances on standby with some with four-wheel-drive wait for extracted patients to transport to area hospitals.

FIRE OPS

Today, firefighters were successful in reaching their operational objectives, as favorable conditions enabled them to strengthen containment lines, conduct hazard mitigation, repairing damage suppression lines and monitoring overall fire activities.

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Communities love their firefighters and show their support for them. These men and women work extremely hard to protect properties and to stop wildfires at all cost. Nice work, firefighters and to all those involved or support before, during and after the incident!

RESTRICTIONS

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR). No Drones in Fire Zones.

Campfire restrictions are also in effect for WA DNR lands. (https://tinyurl.com/WADNR-lands-reopen).

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This image shows the heavy impact on the lands from wildfire touching its landscape.

CLOSURES

Forest service closures in effect. Check out what is open or closed by visiting the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website – https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts

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Mutual aid or Incident Cooperators come from all over the nation. This photo shows a wildland fire engine being loaded up onto a Port of Anchorage barge, bound for Seattle. The crews were flown to Seattle to pick up their engines and drove them to their intended fire incidents (intended destinations).

AIR EQUALITY

Learn about air equality at this website – https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

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Alaska strike teams assigned to this incident were compromised of five- Type 6 engines. This is one of them.

PHOTOGRAPHY

All images in this post are the property/credit to the Schneider Springs Fire Incident (Social Media) Facebook Page. NW Fire Blog does not retain any rights to these images, only to the content included in this post.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS (Overall incident)

September 30, 2021:

As of today’s post, the CTD has reached an all-time $51.1 Million Dollars.

September 12, 2021:

Our last post showed CTD was listed at $35 Million Dollars.

September 10, 2021:

100,000+ acreage record broken.

August 23, 2021:

16 active wildfires burning at the same time.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

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