Washington State Wildfire | Lower Beaver Creek Fire | 3 | Correction

Correction | We inadvertently put Spokane instead of Okanogan County Fire District 6. They are several hours apart from one another. Sorry! – Ed. – Updated @ 2240 hours PDT

UPDATE | Firefighters have successfully reached a 100% containment as of 2010 hours PDT.  The number of acres and personnel will be updated after information has been received from the WA  DNR PIO. – 2115 PDT

TWISP, Wash. – Around 1550 hours, fire assets from Okanogan County Fire District 6, WA DNR and the US Forest Service  (B41, E644, H338, SO221, SO223, SO242, SO244 and SO246) were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center for a reported three acre wildfire.  

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Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

The fire was previously named the Benson Creek Fire but has since been changed.  The new wildfire name is the Lower Beaver Creek Fire.

The fire is said to be about 3-5 acres. No word on the containment status has been received.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.

Location

The fire is located on Benson Creek Road in Okanogan County and southeast of Twisp, which a small town with less than 1,000 residents.  The town is made up of 1.18 square miles with all of it being land.

Cause

Fire caused by lightning.

Resources

WA DNR dispatched an engine, two planes and a helicopter.

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Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

IC Hammer is in command of this incident.

There is no formal information stating how many fire crews are assigned to this incident.

Fuels

Fire fuels include light timber, brush and grass.

Fire Tactics

Heli bucket drops were called in and have greatly impacted the fire . Crews have advanced hose and have water on the fire.

Current Weather

Temps in the area are 81*F with partly cloudy skies and winds at 10 mph.  The relative humidity or RH. as some call it is at 34%.

Public Service Announcement

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A Lightning Safety message comes from your Firefighters with the Okanogan County Fire District 6

Social Media

We are using hashtags for this posting as #BensonCreekFire #LowerBeaverCreekFire #TwispFire #Okanogan #WAwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 6/21/2018 @ 2115 PDT (original post)

Washington State Wildfire | Lower Beaver Creek Fire | 2

UPDATE | Firefighters have successfully reached a 100% containment as of 2010 hours PDT.  The number of acres and personnel will be updated after information has been received from the WA  DNR PIO. – 2115 PDT

TWISP, Wash. – Around 1550 hours, fire assets from Spokane County Fire District 6, WA DNR and the US Forest Service  (B41, E644, H338, SO221, SO223, SO242, SO244 and SO246) were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center for a reported three acre wildfire.

Image may contain: mountain, sky, cloud, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

The fire was previously named the Benson Creek Fire but has since been changed.  The new wildfire name is the Lower Beaver Creek Fire.

The fire is said to be about 3-5 acres. No word on the containment status has been received.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.

Location

The fire is located on Benson Creek Road in Okanogan County and southeast of Twisp, which a small town with less than 1,000 residents.  The town is made up of 1.18 square miles with all of it being land.

Cause

Fire caused by lightning.

Resources

WA DNR dispatched an engine, two planes and a helicopter.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, hat and outdoor

Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

IC Hammer is in command of this incident.

There is no formal information stating how many fire crews are assigned to this incident.

Fuels

Fire fuels include light timber, brush and grass.

Fire Tactics

Heli bucket drops were called in and have greatly impacted the fire . Crews have advanced hose and have water on the fire.

Current Weather

Temps in the area are 81*F with partly cloudy skies and winds at 10 mph.  The relative humidity or RH. as some call it is at 34%.

Public Service Announcement

Image may contain: sky

A Lightning Safety message comes from your Firefighters with the Okanogan County Fire District 6

Social Media

We are using hashtags for this posting as #BensonCreekFire #LowerBeaverCreekFire #TwispFire #Okanogan #WAwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 6/21/2018 @ 2115 PDT (original post)

Washington State Wildfire | Lower Beaver Creek Fire | 1

TWISP, Wash. – Around 1550 hours, fire assets from Spokane County Fire District 6, WA DNR and the US Forest Service  (B41, E644, H338, SO221, SO223, SO242, SO244 and SO246) were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center for a reported three acre wildfire.

Image may contain: mountain, sky, cloud, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

The fire was previously named the Benson Creek Fire but has since been changed.  The new wildfire name is the Lower Beaver Creek Fire.

The fire is said to be about 3-5 acres. No word on the containment status has been received.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.

Location

The fire is located on Benson Creek Road in Okanogan County and southeast of Twisp, which a small town with less than 1,000 residents.  The town is made up of 1.18 square miles with all of it being land.

Cause

Fire caused by lightning.

Resources

WA DNR dispatched an engine, two planes and a helicopter.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, hat and outdoor

Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

IC Hammer is in command of this incident.

There is no formal information stating how many fire crews are assigned to this incident.

Fuels

Fire fuels include light timber, brush and grass.

Fire Tactics

Heli bucket drops were called in and have greatly impacted the fire . Crews have advanced hose and have water on the fire.

Current Weather

Temps in the area are 81*F with partly cloudy skies and winds at 10 mph.  The relative humidity or RH. as some call it is at 34%.

Public Service Announcement

Image may contain: sky

A Lightning Safety message comes from your Firefighters with the Okanogan County Fire District 6

Social Media

We are using hashtags for this posting as #BensonCreekFire #LowerBeaverCreekFire #TwispFire #Okanogan #WAwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 hours PDT

#CanyonCreekFire | Washington | 4

NEAR CARLTON, WASHINGTON

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning about 2 miles North of Carlton, Washington that began on July 15, 2017, that prompted many fire resources to be dispatched would quickly become a larger fire.

RESOURCES

185 personnel.  11 crews.  53 engines.  3 helicopters.  State Mobe approved. IC:  Washington DNR – NE Region.

FIRE FUELS

Timber, brush and tall grass.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Moderate fire behavior.  1,192 acres with a 10% containment status.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

2 structures have been lost.  Fire suppression and containment costs to date have reached up to $204,000. (readjusted figure)

A smokey haze sat in the lower part of Methow Valley which is from a wildfire in nearby along the U.S. – Canadian border. (Fire is in Canada)

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Photo Credit: Okanogan Fire District #6

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

#CanyonCreekFire #WAwildfire2017 #WAwildfire #OkanoganCountyFire

Follow Us!  Facebook and on Twitter ( @nwfireblog )

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/17/2017 @ 2100 Hours PDT

#CanyonCreekFire | Washington | 4

NEAR CARLTON, WASHINGTON

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

On  Saturday, July 15, 2017, a fire was reported 1 mile North of Carlton near Mile Post (MP) 23.75 on the East side of roadway.

The fire then would  cross over SR 153 and the Methow River near Ross Road with it burning North to just past Taylor Road near MP 26 and to the East.

COMMAND

Washington DNR – NE Region.

RESOURCES

107 personnel.  3 crews. 17 engines. 3 helicopters. State mobilization units of 4 strike teams and an a Type 3 IMT unit.

FIRE FUELS

Timber, brush and tall grass.

FIRE BEHAVIOR

Active fire behavior with spotting. 1000 acres. 0% containment.

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Dropping water over the Canyon Creek Fire. (Photo Credit: Methow Valley News)

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 evacuations from Carlton to Benson Creek and Carlton up Texas Creek.

Level 2 evacuations  from Benson Creek to Lower Beaver Creek.

Fire personnel will re-evaluate on 7-16-2017.

SHELTERS

2 Red Cross Shelters are in operation:  Twisp Community Center and Brewster High School.

 

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Fire crews working the line. (Photo Credit: Methow Valley News)

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

PUD turned off electric power from Twisp to Libby Creek due to burning power poles and downed lines. Power was isolated and restored to most users. The burnt poles are planned to be replaced in daylight hours 7-16-2017.

WEATHER FORECAST

The current weather report is a forecast of cooler temps on Monday, July 17, 2017,  with winds out of the North and NW 6 to 11 mph.

COST-TO-DATE

$1,000,000.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#CanyonCreekFire #WAwildfire2017 #WAwildfire #OkanoganCountyFire

Follow Us!  Facebook and on Twitter ( @nwfireblog )

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/16/2017 @ 1740 Hours PDT

#CanyonCreekFire | Washington | Newly Reported!

NEAR CARLTON, WASHINGTON

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A Rotor with a bambi bucket flies over the Canyon Creek Fire. (Photo Credit: Methow Valley News)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

On  Saturday, July 15, 2017, a fire was reported 1 mile North of Carlton near Mile Post (MP) 23.75 on the East side of roadway.

The fire then would  cross over SR 153 and the Methow River near Ross Road with it burning North to just past Taylor Road near MP 26 and to the East.

COMMAND

Washington DNR – NE Region.

RESOURCES

107 personnel.  3 crews. 17 engines. 3 helicopters. State mobilization units of 4 strike teams and an a Type 3 IMT unit.

FIRE FUELS

Timber, brush and tall grass.

FIRE BEHAVIOR

Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting. 1000 acres. 0% containment.

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Dropping water over the Canyon Creek Fire. (Photo Credit: Methow Valley News)

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 evacuations from Carlton to Benson Creek and Carlton up Texas Creek.

Level 2 evacuations  from Benson Creek to Lower Beaver Creek.

Fire personnel will re-evaluate on 7-16-2017.

SHELTERS

2 Red Cross Shelters are in operation:  Twisp Community Center and Brewster High School.

FIRE TIMELINE

(Note:  We are still filling in the blanks)

Saturday, 7/15/2017

1218 hours – Fire reported near Carlton.

1930 hours – State Mob was approved.

2100 hours – Fire was estimated to be 1000 acres, with 1 abandoned house destroyed.

2200 hours – an in-brief meeting was held at the Liberty Bell School for SE WA Team 1 in which will be assuming command on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 0600 hours.

Sunday, 7/16/2017

0600 hours – IMT assumed command.

CLOSURES

SR 153 remains closed (Local Traffic Only) at Lower Beaver Creek and the intersection of the Twisp/Carlton Road just South of Carlton.

Closed due to fire personnel and equipment on the roadway along with tree snags next to the road. Snags planned on being cleared in the morning. WSDOT manning closure.

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Fire crews working the line. (Photo Credit: Methow Valley News)

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

PUD turned off electric power from Twisp to Libby Creek due to burning power poles and downed lines. Power was isolated and restored to most users. The burnt poles are planned to be replaced in daylight hours 7-16-2017.

WEATHER FORECAST

The current weather report is a forecast of cooler temps on Monday, July 17, 2017,  with winds out of the North and NW 6 to 11 mph.

COST-TO-DATE

$1,000,000.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#CanyonCreekFire #WAwildfire2017 #WAwildfire #OkanoganCountyFire

Follow Us!  Facebook and on Twitter ( @nwfireblog )

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#CanyonCreekFire | Washington State | New!

OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE

Incident Summary | Wildland fire fighters were dispatched at 1228 hours to a fire located near Carlton (Okanogan County), Washington State.

Size | 15 acres.

Resources | WA DNR has sent 10 engines and unknown number of hand crews and helicopters.

Fire Weather | Current weather as of 1335 Hours: 93*F temps with 15% RH and dewpoint of 39*F.  Winds are 7 mph.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 1340 Hours PDT

NEW! Mt. Tolman Fire | Near Elmer City Washington | Update 1

Fire incident Summary

A level 1 evacuation alert was issued by The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s Mt. Tolman Fire Center today at 1530 hours for a fast-moving fire.

Location

The location of the fire is said to be South to SE of Elmer City, Washington which is a town of approximately 240 residents (2015 census).

Resources

A Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) resource was requested at 1517 hours for Air resources to respond to the Colville Indian Reservation.

Evacuations Alerts

The Okanogan County Emergency Management Office released this statement on their Facebook page,

“All persons should be aware of their surroundings and be ready for possible evacuation. Do not wait for door to door notification, take action if needed.”

 Current Conditions

The National Weather Service (NWS) is reporting weather in nearby Omak with current winds at 16 m.p.h. and gusts up to 20 m.p.h., as well as relative humidity (RH) of 23%.  It is mostly sunny with temps of 74* degrees.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this fire:  #MtTolmanFire #MtTolmanFireWA #WaWILDFIRE #OkanoganCoFire #NWFireBlogWA

We’d love it if you’d follow here on our Blog, Twitter (@nwfireblog) and on Facebook!

Thank you for reading our post today and be sure to check back with us for updates on this fire and others. Wishing you all a Safe Sunday wherever your journeys may take you.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

#Breaking Vehicle Fire Spreads to Brush | Washington

NEW WILDFIRE – Pickens North Fire in Cache Creek

Firefighters were dispatched around 1704 hours PDT as a car fire, that quickly spread into nearby dry grass and brush.  Resources arrived on-scene at 1724 hours PDT.

This wildfire named #PickensNorthFire is burning in the Cache Creek area of Okanogan County, Washington.

DNR is now reporting the fire has reached 250 acres with a 0% containment status.

No other details are available at this moment but we are working to get an update as soon as possible.

Updated 8/24/2016 @ 2040 hours PDT

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

WILDFIRE: COLD SPRINGS FIRE | Brewster, Washinton | Saturday, June 13, 2015

Douglas County / Eastern Washington State

The Cold Springs Fire began around 1000 hours this morning [Saturday, June 13, 2015] and is located North of Well’s Dam in Brewster, Washington and running alongside the Columbia River.

Initial reports received showed it was a 100 x 100 fire, but has initially grown to between 300 – 500 acres [varying sources reporting different acreage].  Now, one “unconfirmed” report of one or more homes, plus crops are being threatened.

Resources from Douglas [DC1, DC2, DC3, DC4] Chelan [CC1, CC7, CWICC #213] and Okanogan Counties were dispatched and arrived safely on the fire ground.  The fire was listed as a 3rd Alarm Brush Fire.  A State Mobilization has been requested with two Strike Teams coming from Snohomish County here in Western Washington.

New reports as of 2314 hours, states the fire has increased to 800 acres with confirmation of many structures are being threatened as of this post.

The Getchell FD stated on their Facebook page,

Getchell Firefighters along with Firefighters from all over Snohomish County have been deployed tonight on an early season State Mobilization wild fire near Brewster WA.

Snohomish County Firefighters are responding to an 800+acre fire threatening structures. Crews deployed in a Strike Team of Type 6 4×4 brush fire engines lead by a Strike Team Leader.”

As more information comes to light, we will be updating this information.  We wish all of our Firefighter friends a safe journey to the fire, during and after.

ABOUT BREWSTER

Brewster is located on the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers, a city in the Okanogan County in Washington State.   It has a 1.19 square miles.  Three Rivers Hospital has a 30-bed facility and is the largest hospital in the County. The 2010 census reported approximately 2370 residents.

ABOUT WELL’S DAM

Well’s Dam is a hydroelectric dam located on the Columbia River downstream from the confluences of the Oknogan, Methow and Columbia River in Washington State. The dam, associated structures, and machinery make up the Wells Hydroelectric Project. It is owned and operated by the Douglas Co Public Utility District.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog