The Wildfire Log | 8-5-2019 | Monday

WASHINGTON STATE | Here is the Sit Rep (recap) of wildfires in our State on Monday, August 5, 2019.

POPEYES CORNER | 1413 hours

A fire broke out on 116th in Marysville in Snohomish County sending out fire resources to the area at 1413 hours.  0.8 acres of grass, brush and timber were destroyed.

It is in a patrol status.

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FRUITLAND FIRE | 1537 hours

This wildfire is located on Lantzy Road in Stevens County that started today from an unknown cause. Resources include IC NC 7307 @ 1658 hours PDT.  Others are C101, TE11, E552 E5564 NC 7306 NC 7307.  They had arrived on-scene prior to the IC at 1545 hours.  There has been 0.5 acres of grass, brush, timber, logs and duff.

This is an open incident.

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HAVILLAH ROAD FIRE | 1513 hours

The Havillah Road Fire is located on the same name it is named after.  Fire resources and assets were dispatched at 1513 hours for a small burning wildfire held to only 0.01 acre of grass.  IC 7106 arrived at 1546 hours.

This fire is in patrol status.  All resources have been released.

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MOUNTAIN MEADOWS FIRE | 1348 hours

Fire resources and assets were dispatched to Pend Oreille County, where a wildfire aws burning on Deeter Road at 1348 hours.  Resources deployed were:  AR 25, 442, 445, 451 and 63. FL 34, HTs 42 and 44 and INVF Kaino. IC is OH Bortner.  About 0.8 acre of grass, brush, reproduction and timber have been destroyed.

This is an open  incident.

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LOGANBERRY FIRE | 1101 hours

At 1101 hours this morning, fire resources were dispatched to a small wildfire burning in Thurston County’s Rochester.  Quickly crews have held the fire back to 0.1 acres of consumed grass.

It is in patrol status. Resources released.

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KENNYDELL FIRE  | 0849 hours

A small fire ignited in at 6745  Fairview Rd SW in Olympia, the location of a 40-acre park that features 1,000 ft of freshwater beach as well as trails, athletic fields and a swimming pool.  Fire resources responded to a wildfire in the area and containing it to a 0.1 acres of brush and light timber.  Dispatch time was at 0849 hours.

Contained & under control at 1110 hours.  In Patrol status.

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ON-GOING INCIDENTS

DEVORE CREEK FIRE  | Started 7/26/2019

The Devore Creek Fire ignited from lightning at 0000 hours on July 23, 2019, and reported on July 26, 2019.  This is a long burning wildfire.  It is located about 3 air miles SW of Stehekin, burning above an elevation of 8,000 feet in heavy timber.

Image may contain: sky, mountain, cloud, grass, outdoor and nature

Credit | Oscar Vargas, USDA FS

About 189 acres have burned and there is still a 0% containment status.  There are 83 fire personnel along with 2 crews and 3 helicopters.  There is a NIMO (Phoenix) is managing this incident.

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ESQUATZEL FIRE | Started 8/4/2019

The Esquatzel Fire is located about 2 miles NE of Eltopia and was started on August 4, 2019.  The cause is unknown at this time.  500 acres of grass have been burned and crews have a 40% containment status.  There is a minimal fire behavior and the fire has been dozer lined. Fire Managers do not expect any growth from this fire.

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KUSSHI CREEK FIRE | Started 7/24/2019

The Kusshi Creek Fire started on July 24, 2019, from lightning.  The fire is located about 37 miles south of Yakima.  There has been 953 acres of timber with a 90% containment status.  Currently, fire behavior is minimal.

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LEFT HAND FIRE  | Started 7/23/2019

The Left Hand Fire started from lightning at 0000 on July 23, 2019, and is located about 17 miles NW of Naches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that was one of many wildfires ignited by lightning on this date from a passing thunderstorm.  The fire has destroyed 3406 acres of timber and crews have successfully reached an 92% containment status.  It is still burning but now has a minimal fire behavior that is both creeping and smoldering.

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WILLIAMS FLATS FIRE  | Started 7/23/2019

This wildfire is located 5 miles SE of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation.  Active fire behavior.  The fire has now destroyed 13,497 acres of timber, brush and old logging slash and still has a 20% containment status.

The Structure Protecion Group successfully burned out around the buildings at the Goat Ranch aka Hellsgate Ranch prior to the Williams Flats Fire burning into the area.

Credit | Colville Agency – BIA

There are currently 20 homes and 20 other minor structures being threatened.  Approximately, 542  fire personnel along with overhead and support staffing are assigned to this incident, along with 11 crews, 7 helicopters and 16 engines.

Fire behavior is moderate with group torching, flanking and torching.  It is currently moving east and has crossed over Brody Creek Road and Redford Canyon.   Personnel are being challenged by steep slopes, limited access and primitive road conditions, which have slowed them down with their containment efforts.

Fire Management is in Unified Command with Colville Agency and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). NW Team 8 is the IMT which is in Command of this wildfire incident on Saturday at 1800 hours.

ICP is located at the Keller Community Center. The Helibase is located at the Wilbur Airport.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/5/2019 @ 2045 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | 8-4-2019

WASHINGTON STATE | Here is the Sit Rep (recap) of wildfires in our State on Sunday, as of the time this was posted.

BLACKBERRY FARM FIRE | 1758 hours

Resources include:  IC Goodwin and Engines 5466 and 5544 were dispatched this evening at 1758 hours to SR 9 in Arlington (Snohomish County).  The fire has destroyed 0.5 acres of brush and timber and has an unknown containment status.

This is an open Incident.

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Credit | NWFB (Stock Photo)

ESQUATZEL FIRE | 1550 hours

The Esquatzel Fire is located on Highway 395 in Franklin County.   Resources include:  IC C-6695 along with Crew-6201, DIV-602, E6696 (BLM).The fire has scorched 500 acres.  Containment status is unknown.

This is an open Incident.

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CATLIN CANYON FIRE | 1522 hours

The Catlin Canyon Fire was located in Catlin Canyon area in Kittitas County.  Resources included:  IC Hilleman as of 1724 hours, along with SE-461, 463 and 468, which were dispatched at 1522 hours.   There was 0.76 acres of grass and brush destroyed.

Contained at 1724 hours. Controlled at 1744 hours.

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FISH FLATS FIRE | 1411 hours

A wildfire broke out today, prompting resources being dispatched through the Central WA Interagency Communications Center today at 1411 hours.  It was located in Fish Flats in Yakima County.  Resources included:  Clark (IC) along with Engines 311, 382 and SE-539.  About 0.72 acres of grass, timber and snags were consumed.

This is an open Incident.

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UPPER GRANITE FIRE | 1303 hours

Fire broke out in Pend Oreille County’s Harvey Creek, sending dispatched personnel and equipment at 1303 hours.   Resources include:  AR441, 449, 450, 61,  Engines 31 (IC), 32 and HT 44 were on-scene at 1452 hours.   0.3 acres of timber, snags, logs and duff were burned.

This is an open Incident.

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BOAT LAUNCH FIRE | 1300 hours

A wildfire ignited on Rimrock Penninsula in Yakima County earlier this afternoon sending resources and equipment to the area at 1300 hours.  0.1 acre of logs were consumed.

Controlled, contained and out at 1332 hours.

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VINYARD 22 FIRE  | 1247 hours

Fire resources were dispatched at 1247 hours to I Road in Grant County for a wildfire.  About 3 acres of grass and brush have been destroyed.

This is an open Incident.

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GOLD BACK TRAIL FIRE | 1135 hours, 0619 hours

This wildfire is located in Dishman HIlls in Spokane County.  Resources included AR 63 (IC) along with HTs 41 and 43 were dispatched at 0619 hours to the incident.  .01 acres of grass and brush burned.

Contained at 1000 hours. Controlled at 1800 hours. In Patrol Status.

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ON-GOING INCIDENTS

WILLIAMS FLATS FIRE 

This wildfire is located 5 miles SE of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation.  Active fire behavior.  The fire has consumed 10,438 acres of timber, brush and old logging slash and still has a 0% containment status.

Williams Flats Fire on the afternoon of 8-3-2019

Credit | Colville Agency – BIA

LUNDSTROM BUTTE FIRE | New wildfire

The Lundstrom Butte  Fire is a new wildfire that is located within the Williams Flats Fire perimeter.  Currently, it has burned 6 acres and has a  0% containment status.

Fire Management is in Unified Command with Colville Agency and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). NW Team 8 is the IMT which is in Command of this wildfire incident on Saturday at 1800 hours.

ICP is located at the Keller Community Center. The Helibase is located at the Wilbur Airport.

Resources include:

  • 266 personnel
  • 2 – Type 1 hand crews
  • 1 Type 2 IA hand crews
  • 4 Type 2 hand crews
  • 5 Heavy copters
  • 2 Medium copters
  • 5 Engines
  • 5 Dozers
  • 5 Water Tenders

Additional types of resources listed above are on order and continue to arrive throughout each morning, day and evening.

Level 2 evacuations are in effect for one home.  More assessments will be conducted by the structure group and continue to monitor the area. Multiple road closures are in place to the public including Kuehne, Frielander, Canteen Creek and Refrigerator Canyon  Roads.

Total Cost-to-Date fire suppression and containment costs for both wildfires have reached $350,000.

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DEVORE CREEK FIRE 

The Devore Creek Fire ignited from lightning at 0000 hours on July 23, 2019, and reported on July 26, 2019.  This is a long burning wildfire.  It is located about 3 air miles SW of Stehekin, burning above an elevation of 8,000 feet in heavy timber.  A hotshot crew arrived by boat today to reopen a community protection line built in 2015 on the southwestern edge of the community of Stehekin.

Image may contain: sky, mountain, cloud, grass, outdoor and nature

Credit | Oscar Vargas, USDA FS

The fire has destroyed about 189 acres of heavy timber and appears to have a remaining 0% containment status. There are 83 fire personnel assigned along with 2 crews and 3 helicopters.    The lead Fire Agency is the USDA  Forest Service. The fire is still burning but Fire Managers report that the fire behavior is minimal with creeping, smoldering and single-tree torching.  Today, the fire has reached a total of $569,000 cost-to-date.

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LEFT HAND FIRE 

The Left Hand Fire started from lightning at 0000 on July 23, 2019, and is located about 17 miles NW of Naches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that was one of many wildfires ignited by lightning on this date from a passing thunderstorm.  The fire has destroyed 3,459 acres of timber and crews have successfully reached an 85% containment status.  It is still burning but now has a minimal fire behavior that is both creeping and smoldering.

Photo from Tuesday, July 30 depicting a variety of burn intensity in a patchwork pattern in most places. Ranging from pockets of crown fire to less severe underburn fire.

SW Flank of fire. Credit | OWNF

There is currently 598 total fire personnel attached to this incident along with 15 crews, 23 engines and 8 helicopters.

There are still 197 homes and 50 other structures that are still under direct threat. Evacuation levels have been reduced to a Level 1/Get Ready order along SR 410.  Suppression and containment costs-to-date have reach an all-time high of $7.6 Million Dollars.

This is an open Incident.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/4/2019 @ 2025 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Mile Post 7 Fire

MILE POST 7 FIRE | KITTITAS COUNTY, WA

A wildfire is burning off of I-82 and mile post 7 that began on Saturday, July 20th.

There has been a reported 26 acres of grass and brush scorched.

Resources included:  E-331 SE-426 SE-461 SE-463 SE-561 SE-MARTIN SE-POLLACK which were dispatched via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center around 1745 hours PDT.

The fire is being reported by other sources that it has been contained around 2149 hours PDT.

Earlier fire suppression activities included WA DNR resources which included:  Rotors making bucket drops and hand crews. The County Fire Marshal was called out for a fire investigation.

#WAwildfires #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 2200 hours PDT

 

 

The Wildfire Log | WA State Fire Activity | July 6 2019

Due to the high number of wildfires here in Washington State, we will be grouping them together here.

COLUMBIA PLATEAU FIRE – Martindale – Franklin County

Fire resources dispatched at 1436 hours PDT to Martindale in Franklin County.  Assets and resources include:  BATT-603, Engines 341, 373, 6695, (BLM) 672.117 acres of heavy sage destroyed.

DEEP CREEK FIRE – Alladin Road – Stevens County

Fire resources include H344, NC 41+Crew, 7303 and 7304 are o/s of a wildfire which dispatched their agencies and equipment at 1746 hours PDT.  They arrived o/s at 1818 hours.  Less than one acre has been currently burned.

JOURNEY FIRE – Thurston County

Firefighters were dispatched at 1610 hours to a fire in an unknown part of this County for a wildfire that included fire fuels: grass and brush. Engines 8213, EIDE and IC Cooper are still out-of-service at the scene.  Less than one acre burned. No cause is known.

MOOSE JAW FIRE – Pend Oreille County

Fire crews are o/s of a wildfire located on Moose Jaw Road in Pend Oreille County, which were dispatched at 1751 hours and o/s at 1815 hours.  AR450, 451 and 62 have arrived.  0.01 acres. Cause unknown.

PK CANYON FIRE – Smith Canyon -Franklin County

Crew 6201 and a BLM (6696) engine were dispatched today at 1131 hours to a wildfire located in Smith Canyon in Franklin County.  104 acres of grass and brush destroyed.  Fire was contained this evening at 1830 hours PDT.

RIGGS CANYON FIRE – North Riggs Canyon – Kittitas County

Firefighters and equipment were dispatched today at 1255 hours PDT. Resources included:  Ahtanum 20 crew, crews 33, 83 and engines 331, 332. Helicopter 346.  SE 139, 426, 461, 463, 468, 561, 721 and SE Martin, Pollack and Slyfiel.  50 acres of grass, brush and timber have been burned.

SPRING FIRE – Boulder Cave – Kittitas County

Fire assets and resources include: Engines 381 and 382 to Boulder Cave at 1758 hours PDT. 0.12 acres. Fire fuels are timber and logs.

UPPER JOE FIRE – Grade Creek – Chelan County

Crews 52, 74 and Engines 321, 353 with SE 125, 146 and Escobar were dispatched at 1342 hours PDT to Grade Creek in Chelan County. The fire has consumed 14.5 acres of grass and brush.

 

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

The Wildfire Log: 2nd Wildfire Burning in Franklin Co, WA

UPDATE 2 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

A wildfire is burning in Smith Canyon of Franklin County, Washington, prompting Dispatch to dispatch Batt603, Crew 6201 and BLM E6696 to the scene at 1255 hours PDT today.

Correction: Smoth Canyon as previously reported and corrected by sources is actually “Smith” Canyon.

The fire has now destroyed 104 acres of grass and brush.

There have been no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters.

The cause of this wildfire is unknown.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1730  hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Upper Joe Fire in Chelan County, Washington

Update 1 – July 6, 2019 – Saturday

WA DNR fire assets and personnel have been dispatched to the UPPER JOE FIRE located on Grade Creek in Chelan County, Washington at around 1342 hours PDT.

The fire has destroyed about 5 acres of grass and brush.

Resources include:  Crews 52 and 74; Engines 321 and 353. H-1MR, SE units: 1225, 146 and Escobar.

No word on the cause.

No reports of injuries or deaths to firefighters or civilians have been made.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1515 PDT

The Wildfire Log: Smoth Canyon Fire in WA’s Franklin County

UPDATE 1 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

A wildfire is burning in Smoth Canyon of Franklin County, Washington, prompting Dispatch to dispatch Batt603, Crew 6201 and BLM E6696 to the scene at 1255 hours PDT today.

There has been 60 acres of grass and brush destroyed.  There is no containment at this time.

The fire has been named the PK COMMAND FIRE.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1515 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: WA’s Swanson Mill Fire | Final Update

UPDATE 3 – JULY 4 (THURSDAY)

Final Update

A wildfire approximately 200 acres named the SWANSON MILL FIRE located south of Oneil Road in the Swanson Mill area, just north of Ellisforde and south of Oroville, Washington.

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The fire which prompted many air fire suppression aircraft that included 5 fire bosses, several helicopters, heavy airtankers with some of them from Canada and others were brought quickly in.  Additionally, they were dipping from nearby lake and continuously dropping over the fire line and tankers dropping retardant down below.

Overnight, fire crews worked tirelessly to contain the fire bringing the total of acres destroyed at 300 acres.  They are currently mopping up.

Fire was burning near homes and other structures but all were saved. None were reported as damaged.

No injuries to firefighters or to civilians were reported.

The cause is unknown and still under investigation.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated @ 1100 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: WA’s Swanson Mill Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – JULY 3 (WEDNESDAY)

A wildfire approximately 200 acres named the SWANSON MILL FIRE is located south of Oneil Road in the Swanson Mill area, just north of Ellisforde and south of Oroville, Washington.

About 125 personnel are assigned to the fire.

During the height of the incident, there were five fire bosses that included FB 206, 207, 210, 244 and 246.  They worked the fire and at the end of the fire around 1730 hours, they were sent back to Omak airport for a load and return until 1800 hours.  They were on stand-by in case, the Helicopters that were still assigned to the incident needed, were only minutes away from being recalled.

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Two Canadian air tankers 447 and 449 were in the mix with all of the aircraft. They worked their magic and did a great job.  They returned to another airport for a load and hold, but were ultimately released from the fire by 5 Alpha Romeo.

One dozer was on-scene working the dozer line but two more would be ordered and arrived to assist. They made great progress as well.

A TFR (temporary flight restriction) was discussed by Dispatch and the IC but agreed unnecessary due to the fire being quickly contained.  However, there was an incident where a low flying aircraft was flying over the area where it was a concern for some fire suppression aircraft attempting to make water drops.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated 1740 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Illegal Burn Calls Increase

NORTHEAST WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER (WA)

Since June 18, 2019, fire call reports have been pouring into dispatchers with several of them taking precious firefighting resources away to deal with illegal burn incidents. By all means, if you think you see a wildfire – please report it.

Those who choose to burn during a burn ban is risking a lot from your fire potentially escaping its containment to spreading to nearby brush, grass, lands, to structures to infrastructure.  The Fire Service is asking those to be careful.

Check with your county for burn bans and if 4th of July fireworks bans are in place.  There may be some exception to the rules but checking with your County or City will tell you what is allowed and what is not.  It is better to be safe than sorry for the danger that your burn pile could escape its containment.  Some times even embers from your fire can spread through the air and catching nearby brush, grass or other structures on fire.  Please…. heed any and all warnings, alerts and bans.

Here is the fire activity for the last several days and most of the calls firefighters are being dispatched to are illegal burn calls. Please listen to any and all warnings, alerts and bans.

Ferry County

6/18/2019 – 0743 hours PDT – Arborview Road.  Brush. Contained – 0800 hours. Controlled – 0825 hours.  Out – 0830 hours. 0.01 acres.

Okanogan County

 

Pend Oreille County

6/18/2019 – 1355 hours – Davis Lake. – Illegal burn, no escape.

6/21/2019 – 1105 hours – Le Clerc Road North – Illegal burn, no escape.

Spokane County

6/18/2019 – 0840 hours – E Oregon Rd, Elk.  – Illegal burn, no escape.

6/18/2019 – 0848 hours – Military Cemetery.  #TrailsFire. Grass, brush, light timber. Contained – 6/18/2019 @ 1010 hours.  Under control  – 6/18/2019 @ 1200 hours. Out – 6/21/2019 at 1005 hours.  .01 acres.

6/18/2019 – 1119 hours – Dunn Road – #DunnFire.  Grass, brush, reproduction, light timber – Contained 6/18/2019 1530 hours. Controlled at 1903 hours. 3.1 acres.

6/18/2019 – 1632 hours – #MontgomeryGroveFire. Grass, brush, slash. IC AR 444. Contained 6/18/2019 1815 hours. Controlled 6/18/2019 1900 hours. Out 6/21/2019 1032 hours. 0.01 acres.

6/19/2019 – 1233 hours – Fruithill Road – No fire found.

6/21/2019 – 1041 hours – Ritchy Road. #KoskiFire. Grass, brush, light timber. IC AR 443 arrived 6/21/2019 @ 1515 hours. Controlled 1300 hours. Controlled 1700 horus. 0.7 ares. In patrol status.

6/21/2019 – 1453 hours – Milan – No fire found.

Stevens County

6/19/2019 – 0556 hours – Newhouse Lane – Seeing smoke from another wildfire.

6/19/2019 – 0556 hours – Finley Gulch. #CoonradFire.  Brush, slash, reproduction, timber. Contained 6/19/2019 0815 hours. Controlled 6/19/2019 0945 hours. 0.13 acres.

06/19/2019 – 0856 hours – Chamokane Drive at Long Lake Dam –  Illegal burn, no escape.

6/21/2019 – 0811 hours – Spanish Prairie Road – Illegal burn. No escape.

6/21/2019 – 1319 hours – Gold Creek Loop Road – Illegal burn. No escape.

 

(c) 2019 Nw Fire Blog – Updated 6/22/2019 @ 00:25 hours PDT