LIGHTNING SPARKED WILDFIRES IN WASHINGTON STATE
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.
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)
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
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.
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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