The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 3

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Update 3 | June 10, 2019 | 2100 hours PDT

Incident Summary | A wildfire, called the DRY SAGE FIRE is burning on Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington State.  Fire assets were dispatched on June 8th around 1006 hours.

Current Fire Status | The fire has destroyed about 397 acres of short grass and brush.  Crews have reached a 70% containment status.

Resources | There are about 31 total personnel assigned along with 10 engines.

Costs-To-Date | Total expenses as of today’s date have reached $75,000.00.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 2

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH @ 0115 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire, called the DRY SAGE FIRE is burning on Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington State.

Fire assets were dispatched on June 8th around 1006 hours.

Current Fire Status

There has been about 397 acres of grass and brush destroyed.

Resources

SE 540 and SE 700 are showing attached to this incident.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

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Fire Event | Era of Megafires | Cle Elum, Washington

CLE ELUM, WASHINGTON

ERA OF MEGAFIRES,

A Multimedia Digital Video Presentation

Kittitas Fire Adapted Communities Coalition and The Nature Conservacy in Washington – Central Cascades Forest are host to this great fire event to be held in Cle Elum, Washington.

The event will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 1800 hours PDT (6pm) to 2000 hours PDT (8pm) at the Swauk Teanaway Grange #984.  It is located at 1361 W. Ballard Hill Road in Cle Elum, Washington State 98922.

This is a FREE event and open to all.  It is sponsored by the Washington Department of Resources (WA DNR) Landowner Assistance Program.

The presentation is said to discuss the increased firestorms, or destructive megafires well over 100,000 acres and how they impact our personal and business lives.   Learn about ways to be prepared, the research and the visual storytelling from the award-winning film company, NORTH 40 PRODUCTIONS.

You will surely be educated and a must-see for fire prone communities.  More details here (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/events/375005303138275/

Wishing we could but we have other commitments but we encourage you and your family to attend this very informative and engaging event. – Ed.

2019 NW Fire Blog (repost)

 

The Wildfire Log | Gold Creek Fire | WA | 1

STEVENS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

JUNE 8, 2019 – SATURDAY – 2355 HOURS PDT

Fire assets and personnel were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Communication Center to respond to a wildfire on Gold Creek Loop Road in Stevens County, Washington State at 1936 hours PDT.

NC 61 arrived on-scene and assumed Incident Command.

There is no known cause at this time, nor any additional details other than there is a note in their CAD system stating resources will be returning on June 9th, Sunday.

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The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 2

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – 1440 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire is burning in Yakima County, called the Dry Sage Fire that is approximately 400 acres and growing. The location of the fire has been released by WA DNR as being on the Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington.

Fire fuels include grass and brush.

Current Fire Status

We have reached out to WA DNR for any recent updates on this fire.

According to their CAD system, they are still reporting 400 acres. We are trying to find out the containment status, any increase in acreage, the fire behavior and if any homes are being threatened, etc.

Resources

AA-10F, E381, FB205, FB244, H339, H336, SE463, SE521, SE540, SE JAMES, SE JONES were dispatched at 1006 hours PDT this morning.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 1

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – 1345 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire is burning in Yakima County, called the Dry Sage Fire that is approximately 400 acres and growing.  The exact location is unknown.

Fire fuels include grass and brush.

Resources

AA-10F, E381, FB205, FB244, H339, H336, SE463, SE521, SE540, SE JAMES, SE JONES were dispatched at 1006 hours PDT this morning.

Weather Report

Current weather at 1335 hours PDT:  Partly cloudy, 69*F with a humidity of 29*. Winds are from the SE 12 mph with gusts to 17 mph.   Visibility is 10 miles.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | 243 Fire | WA | 4

ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 4 – 6/7/2019 FRIDAY – @2300 PDT

Incident Summary

The 243 Command Fire started on Monday night on June 3, 2019, near Hwy 243 and Wanapum Dam.

Photo Credit | GCSO

A more pinpointed area lists the fire about 20 miles away the Gorge in Washington State.

Those travelling to the Gorge this weekend were reassured by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office that the fire was far enough away from them on their way to this venue.  Many were worried but would later rest reassured by GCSO.

Photo Credit | GCSO

Fire behavior was reported as wind-driven and with a high rate of spread and spotting.  It quickly ran easterly through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon were it was being within its northern and southern ridges.

Resources

There are still 280 total personnel currently assigned to this incident. (earlier in the day).  More will be released as they put out this fire completely.

Photo Credit | Chief Deputy Gregg/GCSO

Current Status

Fire Managers reported on Friday, June 7th around 2100 hours tonight, there was a hot spot the size of 30 (ft) x 30 ft flared up.  There was a little spark among Fire Managers but they were able to deploy engines and fire crews whom were already on-scene to extinguish it.

Most personnel were said to be released from the incident as containment increases and therefore Incident Command (SE WA IMT) would be disbanded but with this new information with the hot spot – the number of personnel on-scene is unknown.

A total of 20,380 acres have been destroyed. Firefighters have reached a 65% containment status.

The cause is still undetermined and under investigation.

Due to the out-of-control wildfire during the last few days, the Level evacuation orders (1, 2, 3) were all lifted as of last night.  A Red Cross evacuation shelter was opened at the Royal Itermediate School was opened but would later be closed due to a low amount of evacuees using the facility.

Damage Assessments

There were three outbuildings damaged according to Fire Officials’ damage assessment report, along with one of three railway trestles as being destroyed.

 

#243Fire #WAwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | 243 Fire | WA | 3

ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 3 – 6/6/2019 THURSDAY @ 2100 hours PDT

Incident Summary

A grass fire – turned – wildfire started on June 3, 2019 from an unknown ignition source near Hwy 243 and Wanapum Dam.  Fierce winds pushed the fire easterly through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon where it was contained between two canyons in the north and south.

Nearby residents were speculating a motor vehicle accident ignited the blaze but we have not received any type of official word yet.  We believe that the investigation of the cause is still on-going by Fire Officials.

Courtesy: @SE_WA_IMT

Current Status

Earlier this morning around 0925 hours, There was 18,774 acres scorched with a 50% containment status. Four aircraft were attached to this incident, along with 350 total personnel.

As of 1630 hours PDT, the Incident Management Team (aka SE WA IMT) released a presser:

Due to more accurate mapping by an airplane, it has been determined that 20,500 acres had been destroyed. Containment of 65% has been successfully reached and some State mobe resources have been released.

All roads have been opened and all evacuation order levels have been removed as of 1800 hours this evening.

Mop-up operations are currently in effect.

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Firefighters working a very long shift. | Credit: GCFD13

Incident Cooperators

Those that help support those on an active major incident are called Incident Cooperators, with some of them called up as Mutual Aid partners.  Here are some of the agencies and organizations that supported the 243 Fire.

  • WA State EMD
  • Grant County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ecology-Central Region
  • Grant PUD
  • WA DNR – sent 2 helicopters, 2 small planes (aka fire bosses), 20 firefighters and 2 strike teams of engines.  They are mutual aid for Bureau of Land Management or BLM.
  • Grant County Fire District 10
  • Grant County Fire District 13
  • Moses Lake Firefighters
  • Lake Stevens FD
  • Arlington FD
  • WA State Patrol
  • American Red Cross

Fire Command was handled by the SE WA IMT and Command Post was established in Royal City.  Some of their challenges were communications issues, technology difficulties, weather conditions, terrain and even those pesky mosquitoes.

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Brush Truck 46 (Arlington FD) was dispatched/deployed to respond to the 243 Fire with Capt Hillis and FF/DO Chamberlin and FF Brown | Credit: IAFF Local 3728

Damage Assessments

There is an unknown number of damaged and destroyed structures at the time of this post.

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The Sheriff’s Office stated fire passed 15 SW and Beverly Burke Rd. | Credit: GCSOGreat job to all of the firefighters, IMT personnel, support staffing, non-profit organizations, Sheriff’s Office, State Troopers and others that cooperated on this incident making it a success. We appreciate every single one of you all for your tireless efforts, dedication and persistence in winning over this wildfire. – ed.

#243Fire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/5/2019 @ 1940 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Smugglers Slough Fire | WA

WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A wildfire was detected on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, prompting Dispatchers to send out fire assets through the Northwest Region DNR Communication Center to Ferndale Road in the County at 2330 hours or 11:30 pm.

Fire Activities |  Fire crews arrived on-scene and brought the fire under control and contained on Wednesday, June 5th at 0107 hours or 1:07 am.

Containment | The fire was put out on June 5th at 0938 hours or 9:38 am.

Size Up|There was 1.4 acres of grass destroyed.

Cause| No word on the cause.

DamageAssessment | No report if any injuries/damages were known at the time of this posting.

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The Wildfire Log | 243 Fire | WA | 2

ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 2 – 6/5/2019 – WEDNESDAY

Incident Summary

A raging wildfire that started on Monday, June 3, 2019, near Hwy 243 and Wanapum Dam.  It would quickly spread and put Wanapum Village and the town of Beverly of being threatened, prompting various evacuation orders (Levels 1,2,3) by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The brush fire would turn into a firestorm burning anything in its pathway, including an unknown number of outbuildings that some have described possibly as shops or industrial type businesses.

Fire Fact | This wildfire is the first one ever, where the Grant County Sheriff PIO has sent out emergency messages in Spanish.

It would quickly be wind-driven and move easterly up through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon area and towards Red Rock Road.  Crews were able to stop the forward progression and contain it to the Canyon area.

The area has been mapped more closer to being west of Royal City than Beverly in Washington.

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GCFD13 and GCFD10 responding to the call and this is what they observed | Credit: GCFD13

Fire Resources

There are about 266 total personnel assigned to this fire.

Current ICs are Tony Gilmer and Bob Gear.

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Posted 6/4/2019 @ 1150 hours PDT | Credit: Grant County Sheriff Office

Containment Status

Fire has reached a 25% containment status.

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Firefighters worked into the night and morning in an attempt to save structures | Credit: GCFD13

Donations

If you wish to DONATE, please donate cash directly to organizations, such as the American Red Cross or other known and verified groups that are helping the evacuees directly. This will best serve your Donation and you are saving so many lives and assisting with those who may have just lost everything!

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Firefighters working a very long shift. | Credit: GCFD13

Incident Cooperators

The SE Washington (State) IMT is currently the Fire Manager of this wildfire.  They are being supported by the following Incident Cooperators:

  • WA State EMD
  • Grant County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ecology-Central Region
  • Grant PUD
  • WA DNR – sent 2 helicopters, 2 small planes (aka fire bosses), 20 firefighters and 2 strike teams of engines.  They are mutual aid for Bureau of Land Management or BLM.
  • Grant County Fire District 10
  • Grant County Fire District 13
  • Moses Lake Firefighters
  • Lake Stevens FD
  • Arlington FD
  • WA State Patrol

Fire Activities

Aviation resources were said to be dipping out of the upper pool (north) of the Wanapum Dam.

It was reported that conditions included high temps, dry fire fuels, steep terrain and high winds.

The fire was reported this morning around 1000 hours PDT, that the fire was heading east and being monitored by Fire Managers due to the thousands of people heading to and from the Gorge amphitheater. It was stated that it will not impact drivers heading to/from that venue.

Weather forecasts by several meterologists are predicting cool clouds and showers but winds will be gusty and there is a slim chance for lightning later this week.

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Brush Truck 46 (Arlington FD) was dispatched/deployed to respond to the 243 Fire with Capt Hillis and FF/DO Chamberlin and FF Brown | Credit: IAFF Local 3728

Threatened

There have been many resources threatened as the wildfire swept through many commercial and residential areas that included:

Agriculture

  • Farms and agricultural lands

Protected Species

  • Migrating Monarch Butterflies
  • Ground Squirrels

Infrastructure

  • High voltage power line poles
  • Train trestles
  • Others as well

Evacuations

Evacuations are still in progress.  You can check for an updated list by visiting the Grant County Sheriff Office on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff for evacuation orders and shelter information

The Red Cross closed it shelter because they only had three evacuees show up over the last few days.  It has been reported that residents are sheltering-in-place as the fire has traveled past them in fire impacted areas.

Damage Assessments

All damaged and/or destroyed structures are unknown at the time of this posting.

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The Sheriff’s Office stated fire passed 15 SW and Beverly Burke Rd. | Credit: GCSO

Closures

Two closures to make a mental note of and avoid this area are at Beverly Burke Road between SR 26 and SR 243 and Lower Crab Creek Road from SR 243 to SR 26.

Donations

Firefighters are mobilized by the State and they are equipped with an abundant cache of drinking water, food and clothing, etc.  The best way to DONATE to these men and women is to show them your appreciation for their efforts.

OR, if you really want to donate on their behalf – the American Red Cross will be happy to accept your donation for those they are helping during this incident or any other wildfire impacted evacuee.

Donations of free drinks, sugary treats and other items may impact a firefighter’s normal healthy routine and could harm their safety. Some ICs have complained that an over abundance of items such as clothing, donuts, cookies, drinks, etc have heeded their Fire Operations. They have to assign others on their team to move and go through the mounds of donations. They are grateful but overwhelmed while trying to run a Fire operation and get the fire out quickly.

Please…. DONATE to a verified organization like the American Red Cross or one of our favorites, Wildland Fallen Firefighter Foundation (WFFF).  And, please do your research – all non-profit organizations or those claiming to be collecting on behalf of fire victims are legal or created equally.

The Command Center does not and will get overwhelmed by all the donations the public donate through the outpouring of support that reign upon their incident. There have been many images showing vast amounts of clothing, stockpiled snacks and fluids that they either have to donate out or may go unused.

This WILL impact the Command as they will have to take unplanned fire resources to manage the donations and this is something that can be so overwhelming while they are working to put the fire out.

This is a disservice to them and the residents that have been impacted by the wildfire.

Social Media

Eyewitness Accounts

Here are some of the footage and photos being posted online.  NOTE: We are not on-scene and do not lie claim to any of the images that are being posted here.  Some of the statements here are also paraphrased unless it is a direct presser being released.

East head of the Fire | Credit:  SE_WA_IMT as of 1937 hours PDT on 6/4/2019

“Some residents are talking about a possible vehicle rollover as the possible cause of the fire but there is no official word yet released by Officials.” – News Media | 1830 hours PDT

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/5/2019 @ 1940 hours PDT