WA WILDFIRES | 4 | JUNE 28 2017

WASHINGTON STATE |  2 New wildfires popped up overnight with the South Wenas Fire (Yakima County) and the Straight Hollow Fire (Spokane County).  Here is your Fire News for Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

YAKIMA COUNTY

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South Wenas Fire (Courtesy: Yakima Co OEM)

South Wenas Fire NEW!

Incident Summary:  A wildfire has broken out on S Wenas Road in Selah, Washington.  Due to dry and hot conditions, the fire has scorched 400 acres.  State Mobe has been approved and is/has been deployed to the area.

Evacuations (as of 6/27/17 @ 2340):  Selah residents in the vicinity of Collins road have been given evacuation notice due to the fire growing to 500+ acres. The fire was close to being contained but high winds helped it to strengthen and grow.

Shelter:  The Red Cross has set up shelter at the Selah Civic Center and it will be open by midnight.

SPOKANE COUNTY

Straight Hollow  NEW!

Size/Containment:  5,000 acres. 10% contained.

Location:  Spokane District, BLM. Fourteen miles northwest of Quincy, WA.

Resources: 2 personnel.  2 helicopters. BLM.

Fire Fuels/Conditions:  Short grass and brush. Extreme fire behavior.

CTD:  $200,000.

CHELAN COUNTY

Spartan Fire

Incident Summary: A report of 3 separate grass fires started burning near the Alcoa/Malaga area 5 miles SE of Wenatchee later merged into one wildfire now called the Spartan Fire (renamed from the Alcoa Fire).

Resources:  There are 160 personnel deployed on this fire.  State Mobe has been approved on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Incident Cooperators:  BLM, Chelan County OEM, Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Sheriff, WA DNR and US Forest Service.

Size/Fuels:  About 4,500 acres of grass and brushy fire fuels have been consumed.  Fire crews have been able to gain a 10% containment status.

Social Media:  #SpartanFire #WAwildfire

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Southern Canyon Fire

Incident Summary:  The Southern Canyon Fire formerly known as the Southern Fire is now incorporating 5 fires, that were also reported in the Palisades area 8 miles South of Wenatchee in Douglas County.  It is now being called the Sutherland Canyon Fires.

Size/Fuels:  There have been 3,000 acres of grass and brushy fire fuels with a 10% containment status.

Resources:  There are 75 personnel assigned.  A Type 3 IMT assumed command at 1000 hours on June 27, 2017.  State Mobe has been approved and will be starting to receive incoming fresh crews.

 

 

 

 

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WA WILDFIRES | 3 | JUNE 27 2017

LIGHTNING SPARKED WILDFIRES IN WASHINGTON STATE

CHELAN COUNTY

 

Incident Summary: A report of 3 separate grass fires started burning near the Alcoa/Malaga area 5 miles SE of Wenatchee later merged into one wildfire now called the Spartan Fire (renamed from the Alcoa Fire).

Spartan Fire

Resources:  There are 160 personnel deployed on this fire.

Incident Cooperators:  BLM, Chelan County OEM, Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Sheriff, WA DNR and US Forest Service.

There is a strong possibility that there may be another IMT being placed on the other side of the river or it may bump up the fire incident to a Complex (where there are multiple wildfires being managed by a single Incident Command)

170626 Spartan Fire

Photo Credit: Holly Krake, USFS

Size/Fuels:  About 4,500 acres of grass and brushy fire fuels have been consumed.  Fire crews have been able to gain a 10% containment status.

Fire Managers:  “Overnight hand crews and dozers successfully held the fire to the north of Colockum Road and west of Alcoa Highway. The most active fire spread was reported to the Southwest.

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017 with the return of dry, windy conditions, firefighters and multiple air resources will continue to build fireline and engage the fire when it is safe to do so. Firefighters will use existing roads, dozer lines, water drops and natural features wherever possible to limit future fire spread in this area.” – Unified Command

Evacuations:   Level 2 evacuation levels remain in place for the Spartan Fire along Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moses Carr Road, Ingersoll Road, and Tarpiscan Road.

Level 2 means to be ready to leave in an instant. There are approximately 80 structures threatened in this area. Level 1 evacuations are in place for the Sutherland Canyon Fire from the Columbia River to milepost 10 along the Palisade Road corridor.

There are approximately 24 structures threatened. There have been no reported loss or damages to structures on either fire.

Social Media:  #SpartanFire #WAwildfire

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Southern Canyon Fire

Incident Summary:  The Southern Canyon Fire formerly known as the Southern Fire is now incorporating 5 fires, that were also reported in the Palisades area 8 miles South of Wenatchee in Douglas County.  It is now being called the Sutherland Canyon Fires.

Size/Fuels:  There have been 3,000 acres of grass and brushy fire fuels with a 10% containment status.

Resources:  There are 75 personnel assigned.  A Type 3 IMT assumed command at 1000 hours on June 27, 2017.

Fire Managers:   “Crews actively worked to construct fire containment lines overnight on five separate smaller fires collectively called the Sutherland Canyon Fire. Today firefighters will continue to assess opportunities to safely engage with the fires as they move through steep, rugged terrain.” – Unified Command

Other Non-Reported Wildfires from Monday, June 26, 2017

Kingsbury: 30 acres.

Francis Canyon:  300 acres.

Wood:  60 acres.

Straight Hollow  1,400 acres.

Press Release

The department has issued an emergency order that imposes restrictions beginning June 30 on agency lands east of the Cascades. The new rule prohibits:

  • Fires or campfires, including those in fire rings, although personal camp stoves and lanterns fueled by propane, liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas are allowed.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle.
  • Welding and the use of chainsaws. Operating a torch with an open flame and all equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited.
  • Operating a motor vehicle away from developed roads. Parking is permitted within designated parking areas, including developed campgrounds and trailheads; and in areas without vegetation that are within 10 feet of roadways.

Fireworks are prohibited year-round at all 33 WDFW wildlife areas and 700-plus water access sites around the state. Throwing a lit cigarette or any other burning material from a motor vehicle on a state highway also is prohibited year-round.

WDFW owns and manages over 700,000 acres in eastern Washington. The restrictions in these areas will remain in effect until conditions improve and the risk of wildfires decreases, Wilkerson said. Any changes will be posted on the department’s website: http://wdfw.wa.gov.” – “Cynthia Wilkerson, WDFW Lands Division Manager.

 

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WA WILDFIRES | 2 | JUNE 27 2017

CHELAN & DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE

LIGHTNING SPARKED FIRES

A surprising and an unexpected lightning storm burst through Chelan and Douglas Counties in Washington State on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Multiple lightning-caused starts ignited with one becoming a large wildfire (Spartan), prompting the immediate deployment of both fire suppression ground and air resources  around 1600 hours PDT

CHELAN COUNTY WILDFIRES

#AlcoaFire

Alcoa Wildfire (Printed with Permission – Credit: Kristen Horner)

The Alcoa Fire is located West of the Alcoa Highway and North of Clockum Road in Chelan County has burned up to 500 acres and is continuing with a forward progression that has 0% containment.

No update as of yet fro June 27th.

#SpartanFire

Located SE of Wenatchee (Chelan), Washington State has consumed around 4,397  acres and has a zero containment status. 80 homes are considered  under direct threat and  Level 2 evacuations have begun (Get Set to Go).

State Mobilization was approved last night.  No word on which resources and from where are being deployed to this incident.   An interagency Type 3 incident management team from SE WA has taken over on Tuesday, June 27th at 0600 hours.

DOUGLAS COUNTY WILDFIRES

Spartan Fire from a recon flight on June 26, 2017. (Credit: WA DNR)

#SoutherlandFire

5 wildfires are burning for a total 300 acres in Douglas County, near Palisades.  BLM, DNR and air support are on-scene, as of 1800 hours PDT.

No update yet for Tuesday, June 27th.

 

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WA WILDFIRES | NEW! | JUNE 26 2017

CHELAN & DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE

LIGHTNING SPARKED FIRES

A surprising and an unexpected lightning storm burst through Chelan and Douglas Counties in Washington State on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Multiple lightning-caused starts ignited with one becoming a large wildfire, prompting the immediate deployment of both fire suppression ground and air resources  around 1600 hours PDT.

Here are the wildfires of Washington State, a separate post from all other fires in Oregon and Idaho due to the number of incidents ongoing.

CHELAN COUNTY WILDFIRES

#AlcoaFire

‘We were about 1/2 mile up the road to where it forks to either Colokum or Tapiscan to drop off watercraft, in case we had to evacuate.  It was crazy hot inside our truck. There were a ton of smoke and patches of flames all around us.  

I have never been closer to a wildfire.

After we arrived back home, we saw lots of aircraft dropping water on the wildfires. It was an attention getter.’

– Photographer Kristen Horner

Alcoa Wildfire (Printed with Permission – Credit: Kristen Horner)

The Alcoa Fire is located West of the Alcoa Highway and North of Clockum Road in Chelan County has burned up to 500 acres and is continuing with a forward progression that has 0% containment.

#SpartanFire

Located SE of Wenatchee (Chelan), Washington State has consumed around 500 acres and has a zero containment status.  Local and DNR assets, including 2 helicopters are on-scene.  50 homes are considered  under direct threat and evacuations have begun.

DOUGLAS COUNTY WILDFIRES

Spartan Fire from a recon flight on June 26, 2017. (Credit: WA DNR)

#SoutherlandFire

5 wildfires are burning for a total 300 acres in Douglas County, near Palisades.  BLM, DNR and air support are on-scene, as of 1800 hours PDT.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has posted a LEVEL 2 (Get Ready To Go) evacuation notification for Colockum, Kingsbury, Moses Carr and Ingersol Roads.

WEATHER ALERT!

The heaviest portion of the storm is now moving through NE Washington and heading towards Idaho, where a Significant Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).

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