UPDATE 7 — August 7, 2022, 1155 hours PT
The number of acres burned has reached 31,000 acres as of today’s date. Fire containment has increased to 60%, as reported by Fire Officials.
There are still quite a number of fire personnel assigned to this incident. Today, the number has reached 259.
Fire personnel will continue to mop up and patrol for spot fires.
Fire weather forecasted for today states a warming and drying trend has settled into the area with temps reaching up to the mid-90s and the RH dropping into the teens. These are prime conditions for possible new fire starts, which will be closely watched by the fire management team so resources can be deployed accordingly.
The expected containment date is Monday, August 8, 2022.
UPDATE 6 — August 6, 2022, 1310 hours PT
The VANTAGE HWY FIRE is located in the SE Region of WA DNR’s area and about five miles west of the town of Vantage, Washington State, which ignited from an unknown cause on August 1, 2022.
Incident # is WA-SES-0000263.
The command is under the NW Team 12, a Type 2 IMT, which is managing this fire along with the COW CANYON FIRE. We will continue to report these as separate wildfire incidents in two separate posts.
The Incident Command Post is located at the Kittitas Fairgrounds in Ellensburg. This facility is closed to the general public, except for Emergency Fire personnel and authorized persons.
The fire has destroyed 30,021 acres of grass and brush. It now has a 45% containment status.
Fire behavior remains moderate with backing, flanking, and creeping. Fire weather has been forecasted with a warming trend with lower RH and temps in the mid-80s. Winds will be terrain driven and mainly upslope under 10 mph.
Structures and energy (windfarm) infrastructure are under threat.
Area closures are in effect.
About 341 total personnel are assigned along with 10 hand crews, 10 engines, four dozers and one water tender.
A TFR still remains in effect.
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