OROVILLE, Wash. | What would appear to be a small wildfire initially when WA DNR resources were dispatched at 1206 hours PDT to a single acre, has grown incredibly to a fast-moving fire and destroying many acres already.
The incident is unfolding on Mt. Hull area, which is located on Rocky Place off of Swanson Mill Road and just past Canyon Creek Road.
The fire has now destroyed 15-20 acres in just over an hour. (1358 hours PDT)
The fire would later grow to 50 acres and fire crews reaching a 10% containment status but the IC would request any type of aircraft to assist with firefighting resources. Helicopters were reportedly working the fire on both sides but the wildfire was progressing on the southwest side and in the north portion. (Reported at 1435 hours PDT)
Several engines, brush trucks and tenders have arrived on-scene with several helicopters arriving in tandem to help with firefighting suppression efforts.
Mutual aid units from Tonasket Fire was toned out at 1347 hours to help with additional manpower for structure protection.
The IC (Incident Commander) requested any type of aircraft preferably a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) or a Heavy (large airtanker). States there are three rotors out of Ellensburg. Looking for any fixed wing aircraft but sounded like none available. Dispatched advised that a tanker with retardant would take awhile to find as the closest at the moment is in Redmond (OR). The IC requested that it be lat/loaded at the Omak Airport but that requested would be denied. He would later request that she search for anything up in Canada. His last request for the time-being would be for a D4 or D5 (dozers). (1435 hours PDT)
More updates will be posted as information is received. We are working to gain more details on this fire, as well as any images. You can follow us for live updates on Twitter @nwfireblog.
Thank you for reading our posts and updates on this wildfire and more fire-related news. – Ed.
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