Brush Fire | Vantage, Washington | 2

NEAR VANTAGE, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A wildfire ignited from an unknown source on Friday, July 7, 2017, around 2052 hours PDT.

Resources | Fire resources are on scene working to suppress and contain the brush fire.

Closures | WSP had shutdown both EB & WB lanes of I-90 from MP 115 to 143 in Kittitas County. EB lanes were expected to have already reopened around 2215 hours PDT, but WB was to remain closed due to guardrails being on fire. There was no ETA on when it was due to reopn.

Current Weather Current temps are 76*F with RH at 39%. Winds are 11 mph and it is partly cloudy.

Fire Image | Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore (@wspdpio6)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2305 Hours PDT

Brush Fire | Vantage, Washington | New!

NEAR VANTAGE, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | WSP Trooper Brian Moore tweeted out on Social Media, a brush fire is burning on I-90 near Vantage, Washington State around 2052 hours on Friday evening.

Resources | Fire resources are on scene working to suppress and contain the brush fire.

Closures | WSP has shutdown both EB & WB lanes of I-90 from MP 115 to 143 in Kittitas County due to poor visibility and a brush fire in the area.

Current Weather As of 2111 Hours, current temps are 80*F, partly cloudy with winds at 13 mph and a RH of 36%.

Social Media | Drivers are starting to tweet out that traffic is at a standstill.  Well, just like WSP said – time to put your patience pants on.  Fire crews are working as quick as they can to contain the fire.

Fire Images | Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore (@wspdpio6)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Major #BrushFire | Grant County, Washington | 3

I-90 FIRE

( We called first as FRENCHMAN COULEE FIRE )

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date + Time Started:  A major brush broke out at 1800 hours on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Cause:  Accidental spark from a BBQ along the Columbia River.  The Sheriff’s Office says there will be no criminal charges filed.

Location:  The fire was said to have broken out 11 miles West of George between I-90 and the Columbia River (per PD).

Other sources said the fire was more specifically located in the Frenchman Coulee area near I-90, Mile Marker 142, about 4 miles East of the Vantage Bridge (per FD).

Acreage:  The fire appears to be wind-driven.  PD estimates the fire at about 1,000 acres but other sources are saying the ROS is much more greater and well over the preliminary estimates.

I-90 Fire (Photo Credit: WSP PIO 6 Trooper Brian Moore

There has been a 100% containment and the fire has said to be under control.  No word when it will be completely out but we are guessing they may be handling that throughout the night.

RESOURCES

Command:   Unified Command with GCSO PIO Kyle Foreman and WSP PIO 6 Trooper  Brian Moore.

Fire Resources:  The following Agencies have been dispatched and are currently en route:  Grant County Fire District 5, 10, 11, 13, Ephrata Fire Department and BLM.

Air Resources:  There were none on scene as it was stated due to sundown.

Law Enforcement Resources:  Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol.

WEATHER

Fire Weather:   The current weather conditions(as of 2052 Hours PDT) are sunny and clear with winds at 24 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.  The dew point is 36*F.  Visibility is 10 miles.  The RH is 42%.

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DNR Helicopter 9 at I-90 Fire (Stock Photo (c) LR Swenson/@nwfireblog)

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Traffic Closures:  WSP has opened both lanes on I-90 and traffic is flowing through the area.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Thank You and Shout Outs to our current readership from the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, China, France, Mexico and the Netherlands!  May you be safe friends, wherever your journeys may take you. – LR Swenson/Editor

Hashtags:  We are using the following hashtags #FrenchmanCouleeFire #WAwildfires2017 #I90Fire #VantageFire  Official hashtag for this fire is #I90Fire

Our Social Media Channels:  Check us out on Facebook or on Twitter (@nwfireblog).

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/4/2017 (Sunday) – 2110 Hours PDT

 

 

Major #BrushFire | Grant County, Washington | 2

I-90 FIRE

( We called first as FRENCHMAN COULEE FIRE )

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date + Time Started:  A major brush broke out at 1800 hours on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Location:  The fire was said to have broken out 11 miles West of George between I-90 and the Columbia River (per PD).

Other sources said the fire was more specifically located in the Frenchman Coulee area near I-90, Mile Marker 142, about 4 miles East of the Vantage Bridge (per FD).

Acreage:  The fire appears to be wind-driven.  PD estimates the fire at about 1,000 acres but other sources are saying the ROS is much more greater and well over the preliminary estimates.

There is a 0% containment status.

RESOURCES

Command:   Unified Command with GCSO PIO Kyle Foreman and WSP PIO 6 Trooper  Brian Moore.

Fire Resources:  The following Agencies have been dispatched and are currently en route:  Grant County Fire District 5, 10, 11, 13, Ephrata Fire Department and BLM.

Law Enforcement Resources:  Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol.

WEATHER

Fire Weather:   The current weather conditions(as of 2052 Hours PDT) are sunny and clear with winds at 24 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.  The dew point is 36*F.  Visibility is 10 miles.  The RH is 42%.

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DNR Helicopter 9 at I-90 Fire (Stock Photo (c) LR Swenson/@nwfireblog)

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Evacuations:  Level 2 (Prepare to Leave).    Evacuations of the Old Vantage camp area are in effect.  Grant County Sheriff’s Office PIO Kyle Foreman is reporting that all campers are safe and well.  https://local.nixle.com/alert/5989625/

Traffic Closures:  WSP has shutdown both directions of I-90.  AS of 2100 Hours | EB has been reopened. WB still shutdown.  Unknown ETA as to when it will reopen.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Thank You and Shout Outs to our current readership from the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, China, France, Mexico and the Netherlands!  May you be safe friends, wherever your journeys may take you. – LR Swenson/Editor

Hashtags:  We are using the following hashtags #FrenchmanCouleeFire #WAwildfires2017 #I90Fire #VantageFire  Official hashtag for this fire is #I90Fire

Our Social Media Channels:  Check us out on Facebook or on Twitter (@nwfireblog).

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/4/2017 (Sunday) – 2110 Hours PDT

 

 

Major #BrushFire | Grant County, Washington | New!

FRENCHMAN COULEE FIRE

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date + Time Started:  A major brush fire broke out around 1920 hours PDT  on Sunday evening.

Location:  The fire is located in the Frenchman Coulee area near I-90, Mile Marker 142, about 4 miles East of the Vantage Bridge.

RESOURCES

Fire Resources:  The following Agencies have been dispatched and are currently en route:  Grant County Fire District 5, 10, 11, 13 and Ephrata Fire Department.

Law Enforcement Agencies:  Washington State Patrol (WSP) has currently shutdown all Westbound traffic, while Eastbound is currently open time-being.

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DNR Helicopter 9 at I-90 Fire (Stock Photo (c) LR Swenson/@nwfireblog)

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Traffic Closures:  WSP has shutdown WB traffic on I-90, while EB is open but Law Enforcement is asking to seek out an alternate route around the area.  UPDATE | 1942 PDT | Both directions are NOW closed. WSP trying to clear vehicles stuck in between of end of the closures.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:  We are using the following hashtags #FrenchmanCouleeFire #WAwildfires2017 #I90Fire #VantageFire  NOTE:  There has not been an official name for this brush fire.

Our Social Media Channels:  Check us out on Facebook or on Twitter (@nwfireblog).

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/4/2017 (Sunday) – 1953 Hours PDT

 

 

#MT WILDFIRE 2: #PineCrestFire – March 29, 2015 – Sunday

Stillwater County MT | A second fire has broken out in Montana and this one is approximately 8 miles East of Columbus and 6 miles West of Park City. It is burning near a subdivision.

ACREAGE. CONTAINMENT STATUS.

The fire has scorched 3,000 acres and has a 0% containment status.

STRUCTURES. EVACUATIONS.

One structure has been lost.    Many are currently threatened. Number is unknown.

Evacuations are in place for the north end of Pine Crest Subdivision.

NOTE:  If you receive a notice to evacuate, please know they are doing this to save you and your family. You are irreplaceable, your home is replaceable. We understand that this is YOUR home. Please take what you can. Staying may cause people to put their lives on the line unnecessarily or could cause you to lose your own.  It is NOT worth it.  Your LIFE is.

COMMAND.

Previously, the Fire & Aviation Mgmt Bureau out of Missoula, MT were managing the fire but had requested additional resources, including establishment of a Type 3 IMT team which has been assumed by DNRC as of 1000 hours MT in partnership with Columbus Fire Department.

RESOURCES.

Current resources on the fire are:

  • BLM
  • Absarokee VFD
  • Columbus VFD
  • Park City VFD
  • Stillwater County
  • Sweet Grass County
  • Yellowstone County
  • US Fish & Wildlife
  • US Forest Service
  • 4 helicopters

WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Currently, the weather is partly cloudy with 57-degrees and 0% chance of rain.  The high is expected to get up to 68-degrees.  Winds are 10 mph from the N to the SW with gusts up to 18 mph.  [Park City, MT]

Weather conditions in Columbus MT are 67-degrees, partly cloudy with winds from the West at 14 mph with no chance of rain in the forecast.

Saturday’s winds had been coming from the West at 5-15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph as of yesterday. [Park City, MT]

ROAD ALERTS.

I-90 is currently open but had been previously closed due to blowing smoke and low visibility and multiple vehicle crashes.

 

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