PALMER FIRE | OKANOGAN CO WA | SIT REP 3

SIT REP 3 | 8/20/2020

PALMER FIRE
Washburn Road
5 mi ESE of Loomis
Okanogan County, Washington State
Start 8/18/2020 1500 PT

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Incident Summary
Reported at 1451 PT  on August 18, 2020 as being half way up Washburn Lake Road towards Washburn Lake.
DNR quickly mobilized, bringing in numerous air and ground resources. The winds were shifting driving the fire in all directions, consuming grass, scrubs and trees.
At 4 PM a level 2 evacuation was issued over Okanogan County Alerts as Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputies, Fish and Wildlife Officers along with Border Patrol Agents made door to door notifications for persons south and west of Wannacut Lake.
By 1800 hours PT the fire was still progressing in all directions and was estimated at 1000 acres.
At 2050 PT, a level 3 evacuation was issued over Okanogan County Alerts as law enforcement made door-to-door notifications for the area west of Wannacut Lake, including Wannacut Lake Road from Ellis Barnes Road in the north, south to Richards Road.  (Presser/NE WA IMT)

The map below:

Estimated fire perimeter map for Palmer. Adjusted acres is 11,191. This is a rough outline that is subject to change with better GIS data and mapping. An infrared flight has been ordered for tonight, but it is not guaranteed to happen.
This map shows the fire perimeter (red), level 3 evacuation area (pink), and level 2 evacuation area (yellow). The black dots are known structures. There could be others not showing on this map.
No photo description available.

PC | NE WA IMT

Current Status
Fire has scorched the BLM-Spokane District land in the amount of 11,191 acres of brush and grass.  It has destroyed 30 or more structures. There is a 0% containment status.
Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 19, 2020, at 9:45 am at the request of Fire Chief Darryl Perry, Okanogan County Fire District 10
Fire is moving towards the Canadian border and can be seen on the other side, prompting multiple emergency reporting and calls.
FIRE FACT
2015:  WA Governonr Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency due to wildfire. It comes 5 years to the day that 3 firefighters were killed in Twisp during the OKANOGAN COMPLEX. (PALMER FIRE has similarities to the Compex Fire)
Fire behavior is extreme and has a fast-moving rate of spread.
A NW IMT Team 6 (Sheldon) has been ordered to manage the incident.
Evacuations – Level 3 (GO NOW!)
  • Wannacut Lake Road at Ellemeham Mountain Road
  • Ellis Barns Road at Loomis-Oroville Road
  • Blue Lake Road at Lake Front Road
  • Washburn Lake Road at Loomis-Oroville Road to Ellis Barnes Road
  • Ellemeham Mountain Road to Ellis Barnes Road
  • Loomis-Oroville Road from Toats Coulee Road to Chopaka Road
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PC | Fire

Fire Weather
Fire continues to burn actively today. I am very concerned about the potential for fire spread tomorrow. Although humidities will be 30-35%, sustained winds could reach 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph, pushing the fire further north. Fuels here are very dry! – WA Fire MET
Resources
There are 398 personnel assigned to the incident.  Fire management is under a NE WA Team 3, IMT.
The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray will remain activated to Level 1 to help coordinate state assistance for the Palmer Fire. State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are en route to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources
Resources: AA 2QM AA 4TS AR 27 BC 32 BC 601 BC 603 C 6201 DNR 33 E 6695 E 692 FB 201 FB 202 FB 244 FB 245 FP 18 H 344 HB 171PL HI 25 (IC) HI 26 HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 HI 7103 HI 7104 HI 7106 HI 7108 HI 7110 HI 7112 SO 30 T 102 T 152
Incident Cooperators:  WA IMET, WA National Guard, District firefighters, DNR, BLM.
Through the Eyes of Social Media

A bad fire situation in the state…exactly 5 years to the day after 3 firefighters died in Twisp during the Okanogan County Complex. – News Media

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PALMER FIRE | OKANOGAN CO WA | SIT REP 2

SIT REP 2 | 8/18/2020

PALMER FIRE 
Washburn Road
5 mi ESE of Loomis
Okanogan County, Washington State
Dispatched 8/18/2020 1456 PT

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Call Log – Fire Operations 
8/18/2020 2234 PT | Okanogan County local fire units are managing the fire.
8/18/2020 2233 PT | Units are starting to pull out of the area near the lake.   Fire moving East and South. South Oak Dozer has arrived on-scene. Heading to the Lake and to do triage.
 
8/18/2020 2227 PT | IC advises units to be closer to their rigs if the fire shifts to the east. It could go that way any moment. Currently it is burning east AND south, extreme and fast-moving. South Oak unit 27 arrived o/s, to Triage on side of Watauga Lake.
 
8/18/2020 2225 PT | Evacuees who are seeking out an evacuation shelter can receive assistance through the American Red Cross. This is for anyone evacuating from this fire in Okanogan County. Their phone # is 509-670-5331.
 
8/18/2020 2209 | IC requests 3 strike team brush truck types 4, 5, 6 for Structure protection for tonight. Div Alpha | Burning NW, spotting, spreading. Lines challenged.
 
8/18/2020 2105 PT | Wildlife Ofcr in area can see fire coming over the ridge down to Watauga Lake. He is at Blue Lake. Dispatch advises to be cautious, fire is reportedly having destroyed some unk structures, it is fast-moving fire.
 
8/18/2020 2100 PT | Dozers are working on top near Palmer. Section 20 of the map.
 
8/18/2020 2057 PT | Fire is spreading downhill in a drainage towards Watauga Lake Rd. Sheriff Deputies are now going door-to-door to homes on the W side of the road, along the shore making evacuation notifications. There is only about a 30 min ETA or less before reaches this area. LEAVE NOW.
 
8/18/2020 2047 PT | Head of Fire- Div 601 states he is 3/4 mile on Tinkham (?) Rd. 8 primary homes are defensible. Looking for Strike team for structure protection. IC notified a Task Force Leader just showed up with a Trainee.
 
8/18/2020 2038 PT | Dispatch notified IC/Ops Okanogan Co FD4 available with brush trucks to do structure protection. IC was located on Rainbow Lake.
 
8/18/2020 1456 PT | Assets and personnel dispatched by NE WA Interagency Dispatch Center. Fire is NW of Swash Creek. Helos were dipping out of Palmer Lake.
Resources
 
Resources: AA 2QM AA 4TS AR 27 BC 32 BC 601 BC 603 C 6201 DNR 33 E 6695 E 692 FB 201 FB 202 FB 244 FB 245 FP 18 H 344 HB 171PL HI 25 (IC) HI 26 HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 HI 7103 HI 7104 HI 7106 HI 7108 HI 7110 HI 7112 SO 30 T 102 T 152

Evacuations in Effect

LEVEL 2 | BE READY | South and West of Wannacut Lake.  Correction on Lake name.  Should be Wannacut Lake from incorrect name of Watauga Lake.

Evacuation Shelter – If you need shelter, please contact the AMERICAN RED CROSS by calling them at 509-670-5331.

Through the Eyes of Social Media

Fire being reported by Residents, seen from these locations:

  • Aenas Lookout, flames were seen running uphill.
  • Hwy 7 at 6 Miles S. Looking west and northwest.
  • From Palmer Lake
  • From Loomis
  • Hwy 7 and Ernie Robinson, Oroville
  • Cherry Street in Oroville
  • From Omak airport

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PALMER FIRE | OKANOGAN CO WA | SIT REP 1

PALMER FIRE

Photo Credit | WA DNR

SIT REP 1 | 8/18/2020

Incident Summary

A wildfires is burning about 5 miles ESE of Loomis, Washington State.

Fire assets were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Dispatch Center on Tuesday at 1456 hours PT to the Washburn Road area in Okanogan County, Washington.

Fire is northwest of Swash Creek.

Incident #SPD-1947

Current Status

The fire behavior currently is extreme with running, backing, torching and spotting, as it reaches areas with timber and structures in its path.  It is currently running down the hillside towards Watauga Lake Road and Blue Lake.

Division Zulu | Crews have line around structures and it is holding. They are doing really well. (2133 PT)

Resources 

WA DNR resources and assets include AA 2QM AA 4TS AR 27 BC 32 BC 601 BC 603 C 6201 DNR 33 E 6695 E 692 FB 201 FB 202 FB 244 FB 245 FP 18 H 344 HB 171PL HI 25 (IC) HI 26 HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 HI 7103 HI 7104 HI 7106 HI 7108 HI 7110 HI 7112 SO 30 T 102 T 152 W Zone 10 quickly arrived on-scene of a wildfire at 1517 hours, Tuesday afternoon.

Incident Command looking for air resources for Wednesday: 4 additional fire bosses, multiple Type 1 and 2 helicopters, 3 LAT and 1 lead planes. Says its been difficult for air resources due to high competition/demand from the State of Oregon.

Evacuations in Effect

LEVEL 2 | BE READY | South and West of Watauga Lake.

Wildfire Preparedness Level Escalated

Nationally speaking,

The National Multi Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) will elevate the National Preparedness Level has been increased to 5 (PL5), effective at 2000 MST, August 18 due to significant fire activity occurring in multiple geographical areas, an increase in incident management teams being committed and heavy commitment of shared resources to large fires nationally.
Given the continuing hot and dry weather and the increase in initial attack and large fires in the western U.S., the decision to move to Preparedness Level 5 depicts the complexity that fire managers are encountering to assure that adequate firefighting resources are available for protection of life, property and our nation’s natural resources.
PL5 is the highest level of wildland fire activity. Several geographic areas are experiencing large, complex wildland fire incidents, which have the potential to exhaust national wildland firefighting resources. At least 80 percent of the country’s IMTs and wildland firefighting personnel are committed to wildland fire incidents. At this level, all fire-qualified employees become available for wildfire response.
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Photo Credit | Joe Bradshaw/BLM

Through the Eyes of Social Media

Fire being reported by Residents, seen from these locations:

  • Aenas Lookout, flames were seen running uphill.
  • Hwy 7 at 6 Miles S. Looking west and northwest.
  • From Palmer Lake
  • From Loomis
  • Hwy 7 and Ernie Robinson, Oroville
  • Cherry Street in Oroville
  • From Omak airport

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/18/2020 – 2140 PT

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.

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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.

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

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(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

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(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

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#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