The Wildfire Log | Bald Mtn Rd Fire | WA | 2

YAKIMA, Wash. | An RV fire reportedly sparked a brush-turned-wildfire on Sunday, June 2, 2019 in the late morning.  The fire was said to be about 1.7 miles southeast of the Squaq Rock Campground.

Fire crews and equipment was quickly dispatched via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center from Yakima City FD, County, WA DNR and Nile FD to approximately 1-1.5 miles up Bald Mtn. Rd and located between Mileposts 103 and 104 off of Hwy 410 in Yakima.

Resources consisted of three brush trucks, one DNR helicopter and multiple engines, as well as fire support personnel.

The fire was stopped heading south down to 410 but it continued to move uphill and burning on the hillside above.

Firefighters egressed on the RV fire putting it out and immediately going into mop up operations.

The size of the fire was reportedly approximately to be three acres.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/2/2019 @ 1332 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Bald Mtn Rd Fire | WA | 1

YAKIMA, Wash. | An RV fire reportedly sparked a brush-turned-wildfire on Sunday, June 2, 2019 in the late morning.  The RV was said to be blocking the Bald Mtn Road and was found to be on fire.

Fire crews and equipment was quickly dispatched from Yakima City FD, County, WA DNR and Nile FD to approximately 1-1.5 miles up Bald Mtn. Rd and located between Mileposts 103 and 104 off of Hwy 410 in Yakima.

Resources consisted of three brush trucks, one DNR helicopter and multiple engines, as well as fire support personnel.

The fire was stopped heading south down to 410 but it continued to move uphill and burning on the hillside above.

Firefighters egressed on the RV fire putting it out and immediately going into mop up operations.

The size of the fire was reportedly approximately to be three acres.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/2/2019 @ 1220 hours PDT

FISHER 231 FIRE | WASHINGTON| NEWLY REPORTED

WASHINGTON STATE

UPDATE 1 – 8/1/2018 – 1500 HOURS PDT – A wildfire ignited on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and fire assets were deployed on 1729 hours PDT with multiple resources, along with two fire bosses on order.

The fire is burning about nine miles north of Reardan in Lincoln County, Washington State.

Around 1750 hours, the fire behavior had increased to torching and running. burning about 20-25 acres.

Level 3 evacuations were in effect for those around the Moore Road and 231.

At 1809 hours, a heavy air tanker was inbound.

#Fisher231Fire  #WAwildfires2018

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WA STATE FIRE | HARSTINE FIRE | NEWLY REPORTED

WASHINGTON STATE

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 1 , 2018 – 1445 HOURS PDT – A wildfire was reported on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, with two helicopters en route to the fire line at 1852 hours PDT.

The fire has burned approximately 19 acres and crews have successfully reached a 60% containment status.

#HarstineIslandFire #WAwildfires2018 #NWFire

NEWLY REPORTED | CUTTHROAT FIRE | WASHINGTON

MAZAMA, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 1 – JULY 31 2018 – 0600 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire named the CUTTHROAT FIRE is burning about 13 miles west of Mazama, in the Methow Ranger District which was detected on July 29, 2018 and reported at that time as a 125-acre.

Resources deployed on Sunday, July 29th at that time were a 20-person crew, smoke jumpers and a helicopter dropping water as well as water tanker dropping retardant over the fire line.Area Closure Map for Cutthroat Fire on July 30, 2018.

During that time, 6 trails were closed including the Pacific Crest Trail at Rainy Pass due to the wildfire.

Current Fire Status

Fire has burned 25 acres which is located in heavy timber and inaccessible area of the Methow Valley Ranger District.

The fire was started by lightning which roared over the dry lands this past weekend ignited this fire and 21 other fires. Most have been kept small and are out or holding to less than .5 acre.

Closures

Closures in the area including the following locations due to the wildfire burning in the area:

  • Cutthroat Lake Trail #483 and trailhead
  • PCT #2000 from Rainy Pass to the Jct of West Fork Methow Trail #480
  • Blue Lake Trail #314
  • Rainy Lake Trail #310
  • Maple Pass Trail #310
  • Maple Pass Trail
  • Bridge Creek Trailhead; where the PCT crosses Hwy 20
  • Lone Fir Campground
  • Washington Pass Overlook
  • Road #400 to Cutthroat Lake Trailhead

Hwy 20 remains open.

Social Media

#CutthroatFire #WAwildfires2018

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NEWLY REPORTED | COUGAR CREEK FIRE | WASHINGTON STATE

OKANOGAN – WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST , WASHINGTON

Photo Credit | OWNF

UPDATE 1 – JULY 31, 2018 – 0550 HOURS PDT

A wildfire is burning about 20 miles northwest of Entiat and near Plain. It is burning in the Mad River area on the Entiat Ranger District.

Fire fuels include heavy timber, snags and logs in very steep inaccessible terrain.

It was detected July 29, 2018 and started by an unknown ignition. Cause is still being determined and is under investigation.

NEW START |25 MILE CREEK FIRE | WA

LAKE CHELAN, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 2000 HOURS PDT

A wildfire is burning near 25 Mile State Park on the south shore of Lake Chelan, Washington.  It is burning east of the intersection of Hal and South Lakeshore.

Lake Chelan area | Credit-WA DNR

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (LEAVE NOW!) have been issued for the following areas:

  • South Lakeshore at milepost 9.5
  • West including Hale Road, Shady Pass and 25 Mile State Park

RESOURCES include engines, hand crews aircraft that have or are currently en route to the area.

FIRE SIZE is currently said to be at approximately five acres and growing.

CAUSE is unknown at this time.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS include Chelan County EM, Washington State Patrol, WSDOT, Cle Elum FD and WA DNR fire resources.  More are en route.

SOCIAL MEDIA hashtags being used for tracking purposes are #25MileFire and #WAwildfires2018.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRE |CHELAN HILLS FIRE | 2

DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 3 – JULY 31, 2018 – 1430 PDT

Fire has burned 1,842 acres and crews have successfully reached a 97% containment status.  There are 244 personnel assigned along with 4 crews, 34 engines and 0 helicopters.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2 primary homes and 1 vacation homes, along with several outbuildings, crops and wheat fields were damaged.

Fire suppression efforts and containment status costs-to-date have reached $1.6Million.

UPDATE 2 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1045 PDT

The fire has burned 1,842 acres and has reached a 40% containment status.

There are 130 firefighters assigned to this incident and today, will be tasked with continued containment efforts throughout the day, along with air resources when needed.

WSP states there could be traffic delays on SR 97 as fire activity could impact roadways off and on today.

Taken on July 27th. Photo Credit:  WSP

Boaters are asked to remain clear of the area used by the planes and helicopters for dipping water.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2200 PDT

July 27:  WA DNR fire assets joined five airplanes, local and BLM Oregon fire crews that were dispatched to a fire was burning on the east side of the Columbia River, east of Chelan Falls (not to be confused with Lake Chelan) and north of Orondo, Washington State.

Photo taken on July 28th.  Credit:  WA DNR

Friday morning, the NCW Fairgrounds in Waterville opened their facility to shelter any animals impacted by the wildfire. Officials request that if you use this shelter, to leave animal information on the Log at the Fair Office.  Questions or need assistance, you may contact Carolyn @ 775-790-5616.

Taken on July 27 – Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore, PIO

200 Firefighters are assigned on this fire and are working tirelessly around the clock to suppress and contain this extremely active fire.

At about 1900 hours, the fire was said to be moving rapidly due to increased winds.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 2 evacuations for McNeil Canyon including Beebe Ranch area.

Around 2130 hours, the fire had burned 1,200 acres that prompted evacuation notifications to be issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

July 28:  This morning rain fell over the area creating good news in how the  wildfire was moving “away” from the roadway.

DNR estimated the fire had grown to 800 acres scorched earlier in the morning, but  an air flight recon over the fire line was completed just after noon the estimation would come in a whopping 1,800 acres!  However, crews were beginning to make progress with reach a preliminary 20% containment status.

WA State Fire Mobe resources were approved during the day and were in the process of being deployed on this rapidly growing firestorm.

Around 1630 hours, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office reopened McNeil Canyon but wants drivers to know to be cautious and have your situational awareness in tune to your surroundings.  Additionally, yield to fire personnel and their apparatus, as they are still working in the area.

As of 2100 hours, WSP states traffic was returning to alternate traffic in which a WSDOT pilot car would escort drivers on a single lane in each direction from milepost 213 (Orondo) to milepost 235 (SR 97/SR150 Junction).

Drivers whom want to avoid traffic delays, may use alternate SR97A which is fully open.  This traffic operation will remain in effect throughout the night and expect long delays.

#ChelanHillsFire #WAwildfires2018 #WA

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

WASHINGTON WILDFIRE | WARNER GULCH FIRE |2

ASOTIN, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 2 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1045 HOURS PDT

Fire tactics today will include heavy usage of fire suppression aircraft all day to keep fire in steep canyons.

Fire has burned an estimated 500 acres.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2120 HOURS PDT

A new start is burning in the Blue Mountains, just south of Asotin, Washington

Local Fire resources are on-scene are reporting steep terrain as hampering their ground and air fire attack efforts. They are working to control this extremely active fire and moving at a high rate of spread.

A Type 3 SE WA IMT team has been dispatched to the fire scene and will be ready to assess the area and determine which additional resources to order.

About 120 acres have been scorched already.

We are waiting for an update for additional details.  Thank you for following and reading our post!

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

WRONG CREEK FIRE | WASHINGTON STATE | 2

MT. BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 2 – AUGUST 6, 2018 – 1830 HOURS PDT

On August 4th, DNR Officials stated the fire has burned through 68 acres with only 43 personnel assigned.  This was due to the number of even larger wildfires in the region and across the nation where firefighting resources have been somewhat limited.

Local Firefighting resources in this area were deemed insufficient to continue direct fire attack activities in dense forest that is very steep and rugged terrain.Local Fire Managers have outlined a long-range fire suppression strategy to address future fire behavior.

The Western WA IMT was said to be returning to this incident on August 5, 2018, which did occur.

Photo Credit | USFS

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1030 PDT

USFS firefighters are actively managing a five-acre wildfire just north of Mt. Rainier that ignited on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

The fire is adjacent to Wrong Creek within Highway 410 corridor of the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest.

Due to the remoteness of the area where the fire is burning and the inaccessibility, concerns related to smoke and fire hazards remain low at this time.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog