Published Friday, August 5, 20220, 1855 hours PT

====== INCIDENT SUMMARY ======

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The VANTAGE HWY FIRE is still burning about five miles west of the town of Vantage (Kittitas County), Washington State.

It was sparked by an unknown source on August 1, 2022, around 1205 hours PT. A RED FLAG WARNING was in effect at the time of the fire.

A cold front passed over the area on Thursday but unfortunately, higher temps and low RH were expected for today (Friday).

The NWIMT 12 assumed command of this incident at 0600 hours this morning.

====== CURRENT STATUS ======

The wildfire has burned 26,490 acres and is now has a 35% containment status. Fire behavior has been observed by Fire Officials as moderate with wind-driven runs, uphill runs, and running.

According to a Fire press release, personnel on the line are working in the following areas:

NORTH FLANK – Worked on fire line throughout the day.

SOUTHERN EDGE – Mop-up operations either have started or will be starting shortly. This will be on the southern edge of the fire.

EASTERN PERIMETER – Patrolling for hot spots and unburned pockets of fire fuels along the Columbia River.

FIRE AVIATION ASSETS – DNR IA aircraft and a type 2 copter are being shared between this incident and the COW CANYON FIRE.

The Quilomene and Whiskey Dick wildlife area units within the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area are temporarily closed.

Winds are expected to push the fire into the windmill farm.

====== RESOURCES ======

The ICP is located at the Kittitas Fairgrounds in Ellensburg, Washington is open only to essential personnel only.

There is approximately 269 total personnel along with six hand crews, 31 engines, three dozers and six water tenders.


According to the NIFC report, there have been four structures lost.

The total CTD has reached $4 Million Dollars.

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