#SprombergFire | WA | New!


Incident Summary

A fire broke out an old log yard located on Chumstick Highway at Spromberg Canyon, about 4 miles North of Leavenworth, Washington.

It was said to be contained in the log yard at about 5 acres but then the winds kicked up.

You can imagine what happened after that.

Incident Cooperators

WSDOT, WSP, WA DNR, Chelan Co (also Sheriff Office) Emergency Management, Chelan PUD,  Chelan County Fire District #3.


Resources include 3 helicopters, 5 engines and 2 crews from DNR.  Additionally, there are fire crews from Chelan County Fire District #3 assigned.

Fire Mob was approved @ 1645 on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  A Type 3 IMT has been assigned.

Fire Conditions

The wildfire has exploded from the initial 5 acres to over 40 acres with a 0% containment status.  The 3-alarm wildfire is both spotting and wind-driven.


Evacuations are approximately 150 homes at this time.

Level 3 (LEAVE NOW) evacuations were conducted by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office 1 mile North and 1 mile South (on both sides of roadway) on Chumstick Highway of Spromberg Road.

Level 1 (FIRE IS IN YOUR AREA) evacuations were conducted by the CCSO’s office from 1 miles South of Spromberg Canyon to Leavenworth.  Update | 1840 Hours | Eagle Creek Road just updated to  Level 1.


Eagle Creek and South Sunitsch Canyon Road.   Caution:  Troopers, Deputies will be manning the road block along with flaggers on the roadway.

Fire Weather

Current weather is clear and sunny with 84* temps and 12% RH.  Winds are West-SW at 16 m.p.h. with gusts up to 22 m.p.h.  The dew point is at 27.   Tonight’s winds are expected to increase from the West at 20-24 m.p.h. with gusts up to 39 m.p.h.

Update | 1848 Hours | DNR reports excessive winds, low fire activity and retardant ordered from Canada.  No information on if/when they would ever use the Hawaii Martin Mars tanker.  We would imagine this is way too small of a wildfire.  Would need to be used on something like the #GateFire that has burned over 150,000 of acres.


Spromberg Canyon – Power is out in the area.

Mission Creek – An unrelated power outage has occurred in this area as well.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRES | By State | August 25, 2015


Carpenter Road Fire:  Start 8/14/15 around 200 PDT from unknown cause. 35 mi NW of Spokane, N & E of Carpenter Rd & Mudget Lk Rd. 484 personnel. 37,589 acres with 20% containment.

Chelan Complex:  Includes Wolverine Fire:  5 mi E of Chiwawa Valley, near Stehekin. First Creek Fire:  Moving along Slide Ridge. Some parts of the fire are 3 miles from Lake Chelan, while others area near the Columbia River are contained. 644 personnel. 88,104 acres. 40% contained.

Announcement:  Fire Info Community Meeting. Wed, August 26, 2015, @ 1900 [7pm] PDT at the Plain Community Church located at 12565 Chapel Dr, Leavenworth, WA.

Cougar Creek:  Start 8/10/15. Located on lands of Yakama Nationa, WA DNR and USFS. Burning S & W flanks of Mt. Adams. 6 mi NW of Glenwood. 552 personnel. 37,900 acres. 15% containment.

North Star Fire:  Start Date 8/13/15. Cause under investigation. 12 miles NE of Nespelem. 539 personnel. 150,000 acres. 5% contained. 2000+ structures threatened.

Upper Skagit Complex:  Start 8/10/15. 8 fires: Goodell Fire: 5573 ac. Cat Island:  .25 acres. Thursday Fire:  481 acres. No Name 15 Fire:  413 acres.  Neve Creek Fire:  .1 acre. Rocky Beaver, 141 acres. Snowfield Fire:  37 acres. Klawatti Fire:  10 acres, located near Cascades National Park. Lightning caused. 6655 acres. 179 personnel. 0% contained listed.


Grizzly Bear Complex:  20 miles SE of Dayton, WA, burning on Umatilla NF on the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, private lands and lands protected by WADNR. 60, 272 acres.  New Fire:  Green Ridge Fire. near Little Turkey trail. Started 8/24/15. Bear Ridge Fire:  100 acres. Grouse Flats:  in mop-up operations.  Notes:  14 miles containment line around the fire.  125 National Guard to arrive on Sunday to assist with mop-up ops.  They will be based E of the fire near Flora or Troy, OR.  Total personnel is 676 with 59,200 acres total burned and a 5% containment status.

Announcement:  The Fire Managers are asking the Public NOT provide food as firefighters are on strict diets and must maintain their high energy levels, their health and to remain in tip top shape.  However, if you would like to donate please contact the Wildland Firefighter Foundation or the American Red Cross. – Thank you.

We will add more fires to this list, as time allows.

Thank you for following us this evening and, may you be safe wherever your shift or journey takes you.

[c] The NW Fire Blog

#ChiwaukumComplex Fire – Near Leavenworth, #WA – Update 7/29/14

Near community of Leavenworth, Washington State a fire burns thousands of acres.

Photo Credit:  Daniel O'Connor via Inciweb

Photo Credit: Daniel O’Connor via Inciweb

Mother Nature Strikes, Causing Fire to Near Iconic Town

Lightning caused a very stubborn fire, refusing to be tapped. It has been a very dangerous, HOT and frustrating fire for Firefighters. The fire started on July 15, 2014, when it was reported around 1300 hours.

Containment Status

It is currently at a 25% containment status.

More Than One Fire Makes This A Super Fire

The Complex Fire is made up of several fires:  Duncan, Kelly, Mills Canyon and Chiwaukum Creek Fires, located in the Okanogan-Wentachee National Forest.  Together, it has burned 12,377 acres with over 1200 Fire Personnel on the ground including 100 National Guardsmen joining in on the firefight.

The location of the fire is near the communities of Leavenworth, Duncan and North of Klone Peak.

  • Chiwaukum Creek Fire

Fire is moving slowly down the slope just North of Thomson Creek towards Route 2.  Creeping and individual torching is being done eliminating unburned fuels in a controlled fashion.  A handline has been built on McCue Ridge using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics, along North line into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  Crews remain confident catching all spot fires along Route 2.  Helos are dropping water as needed.

Photo Credit: Daniel O'Connor via inciweb

Photo Credit: Daniel O’Connor via Inciweb

  • Kelly Mountain Fire

The Entiat and LaGrange Hotshots have mopped up remaining heat and have since been flown off the incident.  It is currently being unstaffed and monitored by aerial resources.

  • Duncan Fire

Heavy equipment and timber harvesters with masticators along with handcrews are currently thinning out trees and brush along Shady Pass Road [Forest Service Rd 5900] and Entiat Road.  There has been some fire activity on the North end on Monday.

  • Mills Canyon Fire

Firefighters have successfully gained a 95% containment perimeter, which has been reduced down to three Engine crews monitoring the current situation for any flareups or issues.  Past infra-red flights indicate there has been little nor heat detected.

Evacuations & Closures

  • Portions of Route 2

From Coles Corner to Mile Post 99, West of Leavenworth.  This is due to increased fire activity and to protect the Public and Firefighters.

InterAgency Cooperators

Many Agencies have come together to form one major Team helping protect Life and Property.

CC3 by Daniel O'Connor

Photo Credit: Daniel O’Connor via Inciweb

We’d like to recognize these Agencies for their tireless efforts, dedication, commitment and compassion for others.

  • Chelan County Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 8 & 9
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Personnel
  • Bureau of Land Management Personnel
  • Washington State National Guardsmen
  • American Red Cross
  • Chelan County Emergency Operations Center
  • Chelan County Emergency Services Personnel
  • Chelan County Sheriff’s Office

We know they say they are just doing their jobs, but this is really difficult, HOT and hard work and we’d like to say “Thank You” for the many residents, business owners and those who may not be able to express their gratitude – so we’ll take care of it just for them.

Leavenworth is the Best Place to Visit: Rain, Snow or Fire 

Leavenworth businesses are currently open and getting there will be a fun, memorable adventure in addition to the many activities, shops, restaurants and lodging that are so much to explore and visit.

Directions into and out of beautiful Leavenworth, Washington [Announcement via inciweb]


Weather in Leavenworth

Leavenworth is currently reporting 96-degrees with clear skies and will remain in the 60’s this evening with a slight breeze from 10-15 mph.

However, for firefighters – the current temps and wind speed favor Fire Activity.  Firefighters are beginning to see some relief but could use rain in the forecast to help stop the spread and dampen the dry conditions they continue to face.

Community Meeting Announcement

A Community Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 1900 hours at Fire District #8.  The Public is invited to attend this meeting located at 2200 Entiat Way, Entiat, Washington.  It is being hosted by the Southern Area Incident Management Red Team.

The Agenda will include:

  1. Updates on Duncan, Kelly, Mills Canyon and Chiwaukum Fires.
  2. Correcting damage on private or other lands:  DNR, BLM and USFS.
  3. Rehab Status:  Mills Canyon.

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Photography is the Property of Daniel O’Connor via Inciweb.gov