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.

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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.

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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 | Museum Fire in Arizona | 1

UPDATE 1 | JULY 21, 2019 

Incident Summary

A wildfire prompted fire personnel and equipment to be dispatched around 1142 hours MST on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

The fire was reported by multiple calls from the general public and from fire lookouts around 1100 hours.

Almost one hour later, multiple engines, crews, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft along with nearly 100 personnel were on-scene of the five-acre fire.

The fire’s cause has not been released and is currently under investigation.

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Credit | Coconino NF

Location

The fire is located north of Flagstaff, near Schultz Pass Road.

Size

By almost 1330 Hours MST, the fire slowly grew to 20 acres.  Now at 1630 hours MST, the fire has been reported to have reached 400 acres of ponderosa pines and mixed conifer with a 0% containment status.

Resources

There are a total of 182 personnel and assets, which included 7 engines, 4 fuels crews, 2 hotshot crews, 14 patrol units, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 4 heavy air tankers, 4 SEATs (single engine air tankers), 3 Type Type-1 helicopters, 1 Type 3 helicopter, a VLAT (very large air tanker) and an air attack plane.

A Type 1 IMT Team 2 (SW IMT) is on order and will take command over this wildfire at 1800 hours MST on Monday evening.

Museum Fire near Dry Lake

Fire photo taken at 15 hours MST | Credit: Coconino NF

EOC Activated

The Coconino County Emergency Management and City of Flagstaff collectively, have activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in support of this wildfire named the MUSEUM FIRE.

Evacuations

An evacuation notice has been issued for the areas of Forest Road to Highway 89 (Mount Elden Lookout) and Schultz Pass Road to private land.   A pre-evacuation notice has also been issued for the area of Forest Road 420 to Friedlein Prairie.

The Coconino County Sheriff SAR members are assisting with evacuations.

Notifications

An American Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Sinaqua Middle School. 3950 E. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004.

For emergency notifications and other notices, go to coconino.az.gov/ready .

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1630 hours MST.

 

The Wildfire Log | Lassen County’s Doyle Fire (CA) | 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out on Sunday, July 14, 2019, near the community of Doyle in Lassen County, California.  It’s exact location is off Old Highway and Cowboy Joe Road, northwest of Doyle Northern California District – Susanville.

IC | Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office.

Resources | California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL Fire.

Current Status | The fire has burned 150 acres of grass and brush.  0% containment.  Fire suppression efforts include fire crews using initial attack with engines and aircraft.  Fire is burning on both the east and west sides of Highway 395.

Fire Wx | There are concerns with possible future windy conditions that will hit the area.

Evacuations | Ordered for those homes inside the fire perimeter which include on Highway 395.

Social Media | We are using #CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 to track these incidents. 2019 has sure been a terrible year for California’s wildfire season.

Thank you for reading this post and hope you will join our 300+ readership to catch your news on fires, wildfires and disaster events. Hope you all stay safe out there wherever your travels may take you. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1515 hours PDT.

 

The Wildfire Log: CAL Fire’s Wolf Fire

CAL FIRE resources from the Riverside Unit were dispatched to a wildfire around this morning.  The fire named the WOLF FIRE is located off of Lamb Canyon Road and California Avenue, southeast of Beaumont in Riverside County in an unincorporated area in the State of California.

Just before noon, the fire had scorched just over 15 acres and fire behavior was moderate to a dangerous rate of spread.  Air support was en route.

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Credit: CAL FIRE Riverside FD/ Sudmeier

About ten minutes later, Air Attack was saying the fire was more than 20-plus acres and quickly growing.  At the time there was an additional resources that included two additional tankers and a Type 2 copter with crew that was the closest available.

All-in-all, there was a total of 340 acres burned.  Resources were in overhaul mode around 1540 hours PDT and will remain overnight to gain a 100% containment status.  At the time of this posting, fire crews have reached a 40% containment status.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1930 Hours PDT.

 

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Swan Lake Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – June 28, 2019 – Friday

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

INCIDENT SUMMARY.    A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be burning inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This was a lightning caused fire that began on June 5th around 1852 hours AKDT.   About 56,200 acres have been destroyed but fire crews are inching closer to a higher containment, now said to be 10%.

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FIRE STATUS.  Fire behavior is currently actively burning with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting.  Structures are still under threat.

RESOURCES.  530 total personnel along with 15 crews, 12 engines and 6 helicopters.  Command is under the direction of an AK IMT.

Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.    The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

Cost-to-Date:  There has been a total cost-to-date of $4.5 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2200 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: AK DOF’s Swan Lake Fire

UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday

Credit: BLM Fire Service

Additional Type 1 and Type 2 crews are bolstering efforts to establish control lines on the eastern edge of the Swan Lake Fire.

Type 1 and 2 crews en route to establish control lines on the East flank of fire.  Credit: AK Fire PIOs

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

About 32,300 acres of timber and short grass has already been destroyed.

The fire was ignited by lightning  on June 5th, around 1852 hours AKDT or 1952 hours PDT.

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Fire crews have gained a 9% containment status.

FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior has been reported as active with flanking, group torching and short-range spotting.   The fire is mostly being carried by Black Spruce, while minimum activity has been spotted in hardwood fuels.

There is a 40-50% mortality in Spruce stands.

TRAFFIC ALERT | Sterling Highway has very low visibility and poor air quality.

You will be seeing these signs on the Sterling Highway. | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

RESOURCES

  • Personnel:  Total of 379 fire personnel.
  • Assets:  11 crews including Yukon and 5 NW Hotshots (Winema Hotshots, Wolf Creek Hotshots and Lakeview Hotshots), 8 engines and 5 helicopters.
  • Command:  AK IMT.
  • Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

AK Governor Mike Dunleavy thanks all first responders and firefighters for protecting homes,, businesses, and residents.    Courtesy: Gov Dunleavy

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Transmission Lines

Homer Electric Association has de-energized a 115,000 volt transmission line to help reduce potential starts, as temps rise and dry conditions continue in the fire prone area.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

Credit: NWS Anchorage

Recreation Areas

Heavy smoke is pouring over the Sterling Highway.  Though the roadway is open, many recreations areas are now closed along the highway.

The Swan Lake Fire in Images:

Canadian Air Scoopers. | Credit: Swan Lake Fire PIO

Crews continue prep work on June 18, 2019.   Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on June 19, 2019. Credit: AK Forestry.

Heavy fog and smoke caused delays on the Sterling Highway on June 21.

A trail of traffic backs up on the Sterling Hwy due to a thick layer of smoke fog hangs in the air.                   Credit: AK Fire PIOs

Damage Assessments

The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $3.4 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2015 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Elmer City Fire Command Transferred

WASHINGTON STATE

UPDATE 2

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Photo Courtesy: Grant County Sheriff Office on behalf of NOAA

Incident Summary | A wildfire started on Sunday, June 23 , 2019, around 1547 hours PDT, which is located about 4.7 miles north of Elmer City, Washington State from an unknown cause. Some residents and eyewitnesses have their own speculations but the cause is still being investigated by the Fire Service and they have not released any type of preliminary at the time of this post.

FIRE FACT | 96 new wildfires were reported as of Sunday, June 23, 2019

Size, Containment Status | The fire has destroyed 3,500 acres of grass, sage and bitter brush.  Fire crews have reached a 60% containment status.

FIRE FACT | 5 wildland fire suppression crews have been deployed to Alberta, CAN.

Resources | There are still 100 personnel assigned to this incident along with 3-20 person crews, 7 engines, 3 dozers and 2 Type 2 Tenders.   Command was turned over by the Mt. Tolman Fire Center over to the NW IMT Team 3 at 1800 hours this evening.

Air resources included: 5 fire bosses, 2 air attacks, 2 Type 2 Helicopters.

During the initial fire attack, Firefighters from the Colville Indian Reservation, WA DNR and other mutual aid resources converged upon the area to fight the initial five-acre-fire-turned-wildfire.  They  would deploy every available resource from hand crews, water tenders, air tankers, dozers and a large number of personnel and assets with them and quickly bringing the wildfire to a halt.  It was a difficult wind-driven fire but they worked quickly, efficiently and effectively.

FIRE FACT | 2 new large wildfires have started, but 4 contained.

Evacuations | All Level 3 evacuation orders in the Rebecca Lake HUD and Buffalo Lake areas have been lifted.

Road Closures | None.

Updates | This will be our last and final update, unless more information is received or the fire activity increases.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1900 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Colville’s Elmer City Fire

WASHINGTON STATE

UPDATE 1

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Incident Summary | A wildfire has ignited this Sunday afternoon at a meat smoker near a garage of a structure in the 3500 block of Hwy 155 north in between Belvedere and Elmer City, Washington.  (unconfirmed by our verified fire sources pf the exact cause but info being reported by a 3rd party on a fire related site).

The fire is burning on the Colville Indian Reservation and fire personnel along with assets are working to stop the fire from damaging or destroying any of their structures.

No photo description available.

GOES-17 satellite data showing a fire between Elmer City and Nespelem, Washington. | Credit: NWS – Spokane

Resources | Resources include 2 helicopters from Omak and Colville (H340, 344), WA DNR, Colville Fire, Redding air tanker (on a load and return) and hand crews. Various fire districts.

Evacuations | Those in the Rebecca Lake community are under evacuation.

Fire History | There have been a rash of fires that have hit the Elmer City area.  Here is a timeline of some of those previous fires.

October 3, 2018:  A fire started inside the Grandview Trailer Park just outside of Elmer City.  4 mobile homes are destroyed. 2 are damaged.  Residents are devastated, including one local artist who loses his art studio. Fire resources who responded were:  Elmer City, Colville Confederated Tribes, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mount Tolman Fire Center, Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, Electric City and Douglas County responded.

Photo Credit:  Okanogan County Emergency Management Agency.

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Sept. 11, 2016:  SR 155 @ SR 174 is closed due to a 2nd fire. Parts of Grand Coulee communities are at a Level 2 evacuation.  Fire heads down towards the Elmer City Post Office in this photo.

Photo Credit:  Grant County Sheriff Office.

August 16, 2012:  An Okanogan County sheriff deputy trades his badge to help with firefighting.

Current Social Media Reports | Here are some eyewitness accounts and what others are saying across all Social Media Channels:

“Can see smoke 1 mile N of the Grand Coulee Dam.”

“Fire started downhill near the river and worked its way east/southeast and now due east. “

Fire may have started behind a fruit stand on Hwy 155 and north of Peter Dan Road.”

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2045 hours PDT

 

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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