The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 6

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status |  The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is demobilizing their PIOs unless there is further fire activity that requires them to give evacuation orders.

The footage listed below was what fire crews observed when they arrived on-scene earlier this morning.  (Photo Credit:  Grant County Fire District #13)

Evacuations | Level 1 and 2 are still in effect.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.  ICP is located at the Wahluke High School in Mattawa.

State Mobe has been arriving throughout the night to the fire scene.

ALERTS | To receive  Emergency Text Messages to your cell phone, text GCSHERIFF to 888777.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog .

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/15/2019 @ 1130 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 5

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status | The fire has destroyed approximately 5,000 acres and is still growing.  There is a 0% containment status.   Aircraft is dipping from the Columbia River.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.

WA State Fire Marshal has approved WA STATE MOBILIZATION.

Evacuations | A new alert was given by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (1820 hours) Deputies will be going door-to-door to make sure residents and guests are leaving the area.  Do not delay. This is an escalated and serious level of evacuation orders.  This means that your safety is at risk and staying could put others in danger of having to rescue, extricate or provide EMS services.

Fire Weather |  As the time of this post, fire weather in Mattawa was 82* F temps, sunny skies with winds at 13 mph and humidity down to 24%. Temps are forcasted to dip down to a low temp of 65* F.

To receive  Emergency Text Messages to your cell phone, text GCSHERIFF to 888777.

GO NOW:

  • 23000 block Road O SW, P SW, Q SW, R SW (Level 3)
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What responding fire crews are seeing. | Credit: GCFD13

Power infrastructure threatened.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog .

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1950 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 3

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status | The fire has scorched up to 2,000 acres. There are multiple air and ground resources on-scene. The Sheriff’s Office is reporting the fire only at 1,500 acres.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.

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Photo Credit | Grant County Fire District 10’s PIO Janet Eckenberg

Evacuations | About 1815 hours, evacuation orders given by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for those homes located in the 23000 block of Road “O” SW to Road “E” SW.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog .

Thank you for reading this post and others.  We encourage you to become a Blog follower and joining our 300-plus readership.  – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1850 PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

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Photo Credit: Grant County SO

Current Fire Status | At about 1353 hours, the fire had burned 100 acres and was at a 0% containment status.

Evacuations | No evacuation orders are on order at the moment.

About the Saddle Mountains

The Saddle Mountains are an upfolded anticline ridge of basalt in Grant County, which is located in the central portion of Washington State.

Credit & Info by Wikipedia

The ridge is approximately 2,700 feet in elevation and ends in Othello near the foot of the Drumheller Channels. It continues to the west where it is broken up at the Sentinel Gap, a water gap through which the Columbia River passes before ending in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblogThank you for reading this post and others.  We encourage you to become a Blog follower and joining our 300-plus readership.  – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1445 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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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 | 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

STRUCTURE FIRE | EPHRATA WASHINGTON | 1

EPHRATA, Wash. – A fire erupted inside an Ephrata residential structure, sending heavy billowing dark smoke outside and observed by many.  The fire broke out on July 4, 2018, on Wednesday from an unknown cause.

The house fire is located in the 100 block of L Street NE where firefighters from Ephrata and the Grant County Fire District 13 responded.

Firefighters quickly began engaging the fire.

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Photo Credit | Grant County Fire District 13

Both Ephrata Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff Office were also on-scene of the fire.

Fire crews are currently battling this fire and limited details are available.

Photo Credit | Grant County Sheriff Office

No injuries to casualties or firefighters have been reported at this time.

No preliminary cause of the is known at this time.

There is no Grant County Public Safety feed due to being offline.  We will provide an update if anything changes. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1640 hours PDT

New Wildfires Ignite in the NW Region | August 27 2017

SUMMARY POST | There have been several new wildfires that have ignited in Washington State and in order to get information out to you all, we are separating this post for today only.  All information from these fires (if applicable starting on Monday, August 28th) will be added to our “NW Active Fires single daily SitRep”.

GARFILED COUNTY (WA)

Hill Fire.  In Pomeroy.  100+ acres. Homes threatened. Evacuations in effect. State Mobe approved. SE WA IMT is monitoring natural cover fire. Incident Cooperators include Garfield County Fire District 1 has requested mutual aid from Asotin, Columbia Counties and Walla Walla /Columbia County Fire District #2.

Unofficial word of cars, structures and power infrastructure afire.  Fire resources were being staged in parking lots across from Grain Elevators on Main Street in Pomeroy. (about 1700 hours).

GRANT COUNTY (WA)

Unnamed Fire.  Grant County Fire District 13 is on-scene of a brush fire incident burning in cut wheat and sagebrush.  Located in the area of Rd. B NE and Rd 25 NE, just NE of Soap Lake.  Fire pushing NE. Estimated at 350-400 acres. GCFD 5 and 12 responded as Mutual Aid, along with a farmer with a tractor. Fire Officials say that if you feel like you are in danger, to self-evacuate.  As of 1830 hours, State Mobe resources had not been requested/approved.

Unnamed Fire.  Grant County Fire District 13 is assisting GCFD 7 with a very large wildfire near Rd 23 NE and Rd A (High Hill Road).  Started 8/27/2017 around 1700 hours PDT. Dry brush and grass. No homes threatened and no evacuations in effect at the moment.

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Credit: GCFD 13

THURSTON COUNTY (WA)

Rock Candy Fire. Start 8/27/2017. Dispatch time @ 1607 hours. Rock Candy Mtn on the Capitol State Forest. Copter on-scene.

 Rock Pit Fire.  Start 8/27/2017. WA DNR. Located in the Capitol State Forest. Multiple resources (+ helicopter). Initial call dispatched E262 at 1453 hours. Fire is on Capitol Peak in the Capitol Forest. Grass, light slash.  IC arrived at 1614 hours.

SOCIAL MEDIA

More to come as the details are received in.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#MonumentHillFire | Grant County WA | New!

GRANT COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Monument Hill is the second highest peak in Beezley Hills at an elevation of 2,882 feet.  It is located near Quincy, just South of Ephrata. (Wikipedia)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire crews were dispatched to a brush fire around 2019 hours on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, located on Monument Hill  is located near Quincy, Washington.  (FireCAD)

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 (LEAVE NOW!) Evacuations were ordered forAdams Rd N, areas of Rd 13NW and Rd J8 NW.  (this was approximately around 2100 hours PDT from GCSO)

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Level 1 (Get Ready) Evacuations for Painted Hills area.  For what you need to bring during an evacuation or learn of which areas are in evacuations, check out the Grant County Sheriff Office website here —-> https://www.nixle.us/9JCSD

RESOURCES

Initial resources (BATT-17 BLM-11 BLM E-6695) were originally dispatched. We have heard since the original call time, pages out for mutual aid from Spokane city firefighters and others. (Scanner Feed)  Additionally, State fire mobe has been approved as well bringing out additional resources. (WSP PIO)

Press releases are coming out of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Washington State Patrol (WSP), as well as Grant County PUD.

SIZE UP

Grant County Sheriff is reporting the brush fire is approximately 500 acres(as of 2300 hours PDT) and is growing quickly. No containment status has been achieved as of yet. Homes and crops are currently being threatened.  State Fire Mobe has been approved. (Released around 2225 hours PDT)

#MonumentHillFire night fire operations. Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore)

ALERTS

Power Outage – Douglas County PUD stated as of 2200 hours PDT, about 350 residents were affected by the power outage in the Palisades area due to the fire in Grant County.  Crews are out and working very hard to restore power as quickly as possible.

Stay Out of the Area –The WA State Patrol reminds everyone to STAY OUT OF THE AREA and not park on the shoulders. Fire crews need the space to work in and with heavy traffic they cannot reach the fire ground.  Please help them put this fire out by leaving enough space for emergency vehicles and support personnel access to various roadways.

Evacuation orders/alerts – To receive Nixle alerts (evacuation notices), if you live in Grant County, text your zip code to 888777. You can also follow us on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff #MonumentHillFire (GCSO)

Red Cross Shelter – will be set up for evacuees at midnight tonight.  This will be opened up at the Quincy High School in Quincy. (GCSO)

HISTORICAL FIRE INFORMATION

This area is familiar to large wildfires and also previously called the #MonumentHillFire when the last one in July of 2015, caused evacuations in the Baird Springs Road of Rd Q NW, just North of Quincy.  Evacuations were ordered on July 1 and listed on July 5, 2015. (News Media)

This what it looked like on July 1, 2015.  Fire was out around 1900 hours on July 5, 2015.  Over 2,000 acres.

Credit: GCSO.

Here it is on August 16, 2017. Fire started August 16, 2017 and growing.  500 acres and growing.

Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, on Twitter @nwfireblog and on our Facebook Page, The NW Fire Blog.

#MonumentHillFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE #NWFB #GrantCoWAFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2017 @ 2320 Hours PDT