NEWLY REPORTED | Washington State Wildfire | Rattlesnake Fire 2018 | 1

CRESTON, Wash. —

UPDATE 1 – July 15, 2018 – Sunday – 1800 hours PDT

A wildfire is burning on Bureau of Indian Lands (BIA) that started on private land on Thursday afternoon of July 12, 2018 around 1303 hours.

Photo Credit: Gary Carlson Photography (Used with express permission)

It is located 20 miles northwest of Davenport and 45 miles southeast of Keller, Washington.  Additionally, it is west of the Lincoln Boat Launch – west of Creston and within the Hellgate Game Preserve on the Colville Indian Reservation.

Unified Command is  with a Type 3 NE WA IMT Team 3 as command along with Colville Confederated Tribes, BIA and DNR.  ICP is located at the Creston School in Creston, Washington.

It was human-caused fire but the exact cause has not been released.  Some locals who claim were near the fire start speculate it was started by fireworks and those whom allegedly were involved have been taken into custody.

We are waiting for an official cause to be released from Fire Officials.

Photo Credit:  Gary Carlson Photography (Used with express permission)

Currently, there has been 2,600 acres of timber, grass and tall grass scorched and a 49% containment status gained.  The fire size increased substantially from Saturday, due to the winds shifting.

Hazards and challenges will also grow as fire weather changes across terrain.  Firefighters are still working tirelessly through high temps today of 93*F, light winds, very low humidity, battling steep and rugged terrain and RATTLESNAKES! Hence, the name of this wildfire.

Firefighters will be assigned to do the following:

  • Construct dozer lines that were compromised by trees that fell over the line that caused slop over
  • Complete dozer lines on the east flank to the Columbia River
  • Strengthen the fire line by conducting burnout operations of brush not yet burned
  • Strengthen the line to reach the ultimate objective of 100% containment around all sides of the fire’s perimeters.

There are 250 personnel assigned to this wildfire along with four (20) person crews, 15 engines, two bulldozers and eight water tenders along with aviation resources as needed.

About 200 firefighters are staying in a remote spike camp at Sand Flats, where a helicopter will fly in and serve them their very first hot meal since the beginning of the wildfire.

Photo Credit:  Gary Carlson Photography (Used with express permission)

There are no evacuations, however there is one residence and cultural resources that are threatened.

As of today, there has been $350,000 as a total in fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington Wildfire | Little Camas Fire | 4 | Last Update

UPDATE 4 – 7/14/2018 – 0730 hours – Last & Final Update

July 11:  Firefighters focused on mopping up the fire’s edge, removing excess equipment and supplies, starting the demobing process. 1 Helicopter was available if water drops were needed. Weather conditions were becoming more poor as the temps heated up to a near 90*F and RH nearing 20%.  Road and trail closures still in effect. This is the last day NWIMT7 will manage the fire. A Type 3 until will be led by IC Charlies Burns which will continue to mop up and patrol the fire beginning on Friday, July 13, 2018.

July 10:  Firefighters secured fire containment lines.  They were tasked with mopping up on the interior of the fire with hand tools and water, as well as to scout for any rolling debris.  Fire was at 74% containment and 317 acres (306 acres on DNR  land and 11 acres on USFS lands). 364 personnel were assigned.  Level 1 evacuations were lifted but road and trail closures were still in effect.  Some of the fire personnel were released from this fire to assist on the Ryegrass Coulee Fire in Vantage.  No significant fire behavior or growth.  Some portions of this incident will start demobilizing.

UPDATE 3 – 0900 hours – July 9, 2018

Cooler weather has dropped over the fire line helping minimize fire behavior and slowing down the rate of spread on this wildfire near the town of Cashmere in Eastern Washington State.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

There has been 338 acres scorched and crews have reached a successful status of 5% containment, but they are continuing aggressively to obtain all fire objectives.

There are still 270 fire personnel with another 175 en route to help increase containment before the forecasted high winds on Monday, July 9, 2018 to be present.

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Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 4

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 4 – July 14, 2018 – 0715 PDT

The fire some were observing last night near Lincoln County appears to be a possible different fire as this one is said to be burning on the Colville Indian Reservation.

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Photo taken July 13, 2018 – Photo Credit | Ferry County Sheriff’s Office

Fire crews were assigned to work throughout the night on hot spots.  They had a good hand and dozer line around the fire last night.

UPDATE 3 – July 13, 2018 – 2250 hours PDT

We are getting reports of the fire jumping its containment lines and spreading downward towards the lake.  Fire behavior is extreme and is flaring up.

This fire is said to be almost directly across from Lincoln County and is very visible from Lincoln County.There are people on the lake and reporting the fire is heading towards them and that is it appears to be .5 miles along the river.

We have reached out to WA DNR for an update but we have not heard anything as of yet.

We will do another update in the morning before we go mobile in the field on Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for our updates also on our Social Media pages Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (@nwfireblog)

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 3

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 3 – July 13, 2018 – 2250 hours PDT

We are getting reports of the fire jumping its containment lines and spreading downward towards the lake.  Fire behavior is extreme and is flaring up.

There are people on the lake and reporting the fire is heading towards them and that is it appears to be .5 miles along the river.

This fire is said to be almost directly across from Lincoln County and is very visible from Lincoln County.

We have reached out to WA DNR for an update but we have not heard anything as of yet.

We will do another update in the morning before we go mobile in the field on Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for our updates also on our Social Media pages Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (@nwfireblog)

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 2

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 1

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Washington Wildfire | Rumsey Road Fire | 1

PEND OREILLE COUNTY, Washington —

UPDATE 1 – 1945 hours PDT

LOCATION

A wildfire is burning on Highway 2 at Milepost #330 in Pend O’reille County as of Friday, July 13, 2018.  This area is near Newport, Washington.

RESOURCES

Resources include AR-414, AR-63, BENNETT E-31, H-340, HT-42, LT-34 and NC-343 at 1759 hours.  Al resources were on-scene by 1805 hours.

SIZE

The fire was listed as consuming three acres.  There is a 0% containment status.

RESOURCES

Pend O’Reille County Fire District and the POC Sheriff Office

CLOSURES

The Pend O’Relle County Sheriff’s Office is handling traffic enforcement for the following areas:

Highway 2 @ MP 330:  Closed about three miles south of Newport).

Highway 2 Detour:  Calispel x 1st Street to Deer Valley in Newport and South Shore to Coyote Trail at Diamond Lake.

CURRENT WEATHER

The current temps are 88*F with winds at 7 mph with RH at 17%.  Skies are fair. Temps are expected to dip into the 50’s later this evening with partly cloudy skies.

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NEW | Washington Wildfire | Webber Canyon Fire | 2

BENTON COUNTY, Wash.

UPDATE 2 – 1930 hours PDT

Fire was contained at 1448 hours, stopping forward progression of the wildfire.

There were 750 acres reported destroyed in total.

UPDATE 1 – 0645 Hours PDT

Fire is reported at 200 acres and growing.

BLM E-665 dispatched at 0207 hours PDT to Webber Canyon in Benton County, Washington.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington State | Tieton Reservoir Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 1915 hours PDT

NACHES, Washington.  A fire is burning at Rimrock Lake, which is a lake along the Tieton River in Yakima County.

The lake about 22 miles west of Yakima on the Tieton River on White Pass.

Fire resources were deployed through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 1809 hours.

Resources include BATT-82, CREW-83, E-381 and E-382.

Current fire weather in the area of Naches are temps of 88*F, partially cloudy with winds at 12 mph and a RH of 27%.

The fire has burned 0.5 acres of grass so far.

(c) 2018  NW Fire Blog

Washington State | SR 512 Fire | Pierce County | 1

Friday, July 13, 2018 – 1900 hours PDT —

A very large brush fire is burning in the area of Vickery, where it reportedly started on SR 512 and Portland Avenue in Pierce County, Washington on Friday, July 13,2 018. The fire had spread to about .5 miles and reached a home in the area, where it is now being impacted directly by fire.

Washington Patrol has only one lane in the westbound direction of SR 512.  All eastbound lanes are open but there are reports of a MVA in the area.

Photo Credit | Orting Valley Firefighters

Incident Cooperators include:  Central Pierce Fire Department, Orting Valley Fire and the Washington State Patrol

No injuries have been reported.

No exact cause is known and is under investigation.

== PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT == Pierce Co OEM

Countywide burn ban in Pierce County begins Thursday, July 12

Due to dry weather, both now and in forecasts, Pierce County’s Fire Marshal, in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has declared a countywide burn ban effective Thursday, July 12 at 8 a.m., until further notice.

The burn ban applies to all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning. The ban does not apply to small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner’s permission.  The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues are allowed under the ban.

Recreational fires must:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds and not be used as debris disposal
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire, such as hand tools and a charged garden hose or not less than two 5-gallon buckets of water
  • No burning when winds exceed 5 miles per hour

The ban applies only to residents in unincorporated Pierce County. For residents of incorporated Pierce County cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.

If you have an approved burn permit from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and/or your property falls under the jurisdiction of DNR, you are advised to call 1-800-323-BURN for more information.

For current information, please call the Pierce County Burn Ban hotline at (253) 798-7278.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sarah Foster, Public Information Officer
253-798-2204

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