WA | Chuweah Fire | Grand Coulee

UPDATE 2 | AUGUST 6

Updated info @ 2155 PT

Containment has reached up to 95%.

Chuweah Creek Fire view from north of Keller Butte
Credit | USFS

The Chuweah Creek Fire is burning about 15 miles north of Grand Coulee, Washington. It started on July 12, 2021 from lightning. The fire’s origin was deemed to have started right outside the town of Nespelem. (east of)

The fire has now been held at 36,752 acres and has reached a ninety-three percent containment status. Fire fuels include: brush, timber and short grass.

About 99 fire personnel are still attached to this incident.

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering. Rain fell over the area yesterday, which allowed firefighters to work on the fire and reach a higher containment status.

Incident management is being handled by the NW Team 7 with IC Loomis at the helm. This is a Type 2 IMT.

Approximately 14 structures were destroyed and expenses have reached a whopping $8.8 Million Dollars as a CTD.

#ChuweahCreekFire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2021

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Chuweah Creek Fire | Grand Coulee WA

UPDATE 1 | JULY 31, 2021

The Chuweah Creek Fire is burning about 15 miles north of Grand Coulee, Washington. It started on July 12, 2021 from lightning. The fire’s origin was deemed to have started right outside of Nespelem.

Night Shift Chuweah Creek Fire 07.17.21
Credit | Colville Agency

There has been 36,752 acres of brush timber destroyed. Fire has not increased in the last 24 hours as reported by local Fire Officials. Crews however, have gained an 85% containment status.

There are 69 total personnel assigned along with one crew, five engines and one copter.

Fire behavior is minimal.

Road and area closures are still in effect.

14 structures were reportedly lost due to the incident.

There has been about $8.3 Million dollars in fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

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Elmer City Fire | Okanogan County WA | Update 5

ELMER CITY FIRE

Incident Summary

This first fire started  on the afternoon of September 11th  as a wind-driven wildfire driving the flames South and East.

Photo published for Elmer City Fire 9-13-2016

Courtesy of Okanogan County Emergency Management

At one point, the fire was located above Grand Coulee City Hall, prompting firefighters to enact immediate structure protection.

Resources

There are approximately 192 personnel assigned to this fire along with resources of 5 crews, 16 engines and 1 helicopter.

This fire was the original owner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Command was turned over to a Type 3 IMT on September 13th.

Location

The Elmer City Fire is located one (1) mile from  Elmer City (Okanogan County), Washington State.

Status

As of September 13th, the NW Interagency Coordination Center is reporting this fire to be at 100% containment status with 5608 acres burned.

At 1500 hours on September 13th, the Level 3 evacuation order had been lifted.

One (1) unknown type of structure has been lost.

Cause 

Cause of the fire is still under investigation, but power line slap (one wire touching the other due to gusty winds) is being looked at.

Cost-To-Date

$313,000.00

Ways to #PrepareNOW

Social Media

Hashtags being used for this fire are #WaWILDFIRE #NWFireBlogWA  #ElmercityFire  #OkanoganCoFire

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Elmer City Fire | Okanogan County WA | Update 4

ELMER CITY FIRE

Multiple wildfires broke out in the Okanogan-Grant County area on September 11th that has caused much confusion to several of us, including mainstream Media.  Wildfire information from various sources has differed and has been sketchy at times leaving us to wonder.  But have no fear, we think we may have unlocked the mystery which in turn will be two separate posts.

Incident Summary

This first fire started  yesterday afternoon, as a wind-driven wildfire driving the flames South and East. Fire crews a great job protecting Elmer City as the flames pushed up the hillside and around the city while continuing South.

At one point, the fire was located above Grand Coulee City Hall, prompting firefighters to enact immediate structure protection.

Resources

Yesterday during the day, there were several aircraft working the fire, four (4) fire bosses (single engine scoopers), and a four (4) engine heavy fire bombers (BAE 146). Mt. Tolman Fire Center had two (2) dozers actively working the fire.

The fire made a long, narrow section of scorched path, almost reaching the Columbia River several miles upriver from Grand Coulee Dam which was a serious concern to many,

Location

The Elmer City Fire is located just North of Elmer City (Okanogan County), Washington State.

Status

As of September 11th evening, the fire is approximately 2000 acres with a 75% containment status. (reported by Mt. Tolman Fire Center air resources)

Another Fire Burns in Same Area

A second fire was burning between Elmer City and Coulee Dam but was quickly put out, limiting the size to less than a quarter acre.  No evacuations, cause or injuries were reported.

Cause 

Cause of the fire is still under investigation, but power line slap (one wire touching the other due to gusty winds) is being looked at.

Evacuations

Alert Level One is still in effect for the area as the fire has the potential to hook around and move back west towards Coulee Dam and Elmer City. The winds are predicted to pick up again today.

Ways to #PrepareNOW

Warnings

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 1900 hours on September 12th for the following Counties:

  • Adams
  • Benton
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Grant
  • Klickitat
  • Lincoln
  • Yakima

Social Media

Hashtags being used for this fire are #WaWILDFIRE #NWFireBlogWA  #ElmercityFire  #OkanoganCoFire

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1 Fire Is Changed to New Name | WA | Update 3

Incident Summary

The Grand Coulee Fire name has been changed to the #230YardFire due to its proximity to the SV Switch yard near Grand Coulee Dam.

Resources

Firefighters from across Grant, Okanogan and Douglas counties are on the scene.

Courtesy: WSP Trooper/PIO Brian Moore

Grand Coulee Fire is now known as 230 Yard Fire

A wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River located just North of Grand Coulee Dam that ignited on 9/11/2016.

As of 2000 hours this evening the fire had reached 500 acres.

State Mobe has been approved.

Elmer City Fire

A 2nd wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River near Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee. Started 9/11/2016.  Both fires are approximately 5 miles from each other.

Photo of the fires burning on both sides of the Columbia River. (Credit: Grant County Sheriffs Office)

Evacuations

Grant County Sheriff states,

“People in  Elmer City areas need to remain aware of the fire conditions and stand by for any evacuation requests.

Grand Coulee/Crown Point/Coulee Dam remain aware of fire conditions. Please leave if fire threatens.”

Current Status

The Fire Department escalated the fire as a 3rd alarm.

No injuries or structures damaged/destroyed as being reported.

 

 

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NEW! 2 Fires Burn In Same Vicinity | WA | Update 2

Incident Summary

There are 2 wildfires burning within five (5) miles of each other and in different counties and they are in 2 different counties.  So, you can clearly see how confusing this is but we are on it!

Resources

Firefighters from across Grant, Okanogan and Douglas counties are on the scene.

Courtesy: WSP Trooper/PIO Brian Moore

Grand Coulee Fire

A wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River near Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee.  Start 9/11/2016. Unknown size, containment status or resources known at this time.

Elmer City Fire

A 2nd wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River near Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee. Started 9/11/2016.  Both fires are approximately 5 miles from each other.

Road Closures

SR 155 is closed NB at Grand Coulee and SB at Elmer City.  SR 174 is closed at SR 155 (Grand Coulee).

Photo of the fires burning on both sides of the Columbia River. (Credit: Grant County Sheriffs Office)

Evacuations

Grant County Sheriff states,

“People in  Elmer City areas need to remain aware of the fire conditions and stand by for any evacuation requests.

Grand Coulee/Crown Point/Coulee Dam remain aware of fire conditions. Please leave if fire threatens.”

Current Status

The Fire Department escalated the fire as a 3rd alarm.

Weather 

Currently in Ephrata, which is not far from these burning fires – wind is said to be at 24, gusting to 31 m.p.h.

 

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