Published Saturday, August 6, 2022, 1100 hours PT

The COW CANYON FIRE is located 11 miles north of Naches, and 13 miles southwest of Ellensburg, Washington.

The fire incident # is WA-SES-000277.

This is on the Kittitas and Yakima County line.

Credit: NWICC

The fire has burned 4,633 acres of grass, brush, and timber and there is a 15% containment status.

Fire behavior is moderate to the extreme with a high rate of spread.

It originally was reported on August 3, 2022.


There is about 148 total personnel with six hand crews, six engines, six dozers, two water tenders, and one copter. The fire incident was originally under the direction of a WA DNR, Type 3 IMT but transitioned over to a Type 2 IMT on August 4, 2022. The Incident Commander is Jim Dinke, PNW12.

Credit: NWICC

According to Fire Officials, “fire crews will continue to secure the northwest flank of the fire
as well as watch for spot fires or flare-ups that may emerge as the
temperatures warm through the day. Firefighters will be scouting for
spot fires to further secure the perimeter. Multiple aircraft are available
today for water bucket drops and retardant as needed.”

Two primary homes, one cabin, and 11 outbuildings were destroyed on August 3, 2022.

A Red Cross shelter has opened at the Selah Civic Center.

Evacuations are for the following impacted areas:

The entirety of the Wenas Wildlife Area is temporarily closed for human
safety due to the Cow Canyon Fire. Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in place on the Cow Canyon Fire in both
Yakima and Kittitas Counties. Evacuation details for Yakima County are located at and Kittitas
The county is at

About 50 structures are still threatened.

The hashtags used are #CowCanyonFire #waWILDFIRE

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