COLOCKUM FIRE | CHELAN CO WA | SIT REP 3

COLOCKUM FIRE

UPDATE 3 – JULY 2020 2330 PT

1,759 acres. 25% containment status. 67 total personnel staffing the incident. 2 crews, 11 engines and 2 water tenders. Cause is still under investigation. SE IMT 3, TEam 2 assumed command this morning at 0700 hours PT.   Replacement crews came in this morning to relieve tired personnel who had been on the fire line all night long.

LEVEL 3 evacuations in effect | Colockum, Kingsbury and Jumpoff Roads.  LEVEL 2 evacuations in effect for Tarpiscan, Stemilt Loop Roads. Timberline and Sherron Lanes, Big Springs Ranch Road.

Fire appears to have been laying down for the night.

UPDATE 2 – JULY 25, 2020 – 1230 PT

The fire started on private land 10 miles southeast of Wenatchee and 3 miles south of Malaga (Chelan County)  in  Washington State.  It started on 7/24/2020 around 1430 PT.  It was quickly escalated to a 2-alarm brush fire.

The cause is currently unknown and under investigation. Sources are reporting the fire from 1,000 – 1,300 acres variation. 15% contained. Brush and grass. Active fire behavior with running.

WA DNR – SE WA IMT took command of the fire management at 0700 hours today. 282 total personnel with 7 crews, 32 engines, 3 dozers, 4 water tenders and aircraft on order. Agencies include:  Chelan County Fire District #1, BLM, DNR. Chelan Co SO, Chelan Co Emergency Management, WA State Patrol.

Field camp is located at Wenatchee School District’s Lincoln Elementary School.

Current Weather Report (1210 PT). 79*F temps with 0% precip, winds are at 6 mph and RH at 27% with sunny skies. Tomorrow’s temp are forecasted to increase to a high of 94*F temps and a low of 66*F.  The weather will remain in the mid-90’s until Thursday when it will drop back down in the 80’s.

An unknown number of structures have been damaged. No word on if there are any that have been destroyed.  60 homes are still under threat, as well as high value assets such as several orchards and crops within the fire perimeter.

LEVEL 3 (Go Now!) Evacuations – Colockum and Kingsbury and Jumpoff Roads.

LEVEL 2 (Get Ready) Evacuations – Tarpiscan Road.

Road Closures | Kingsbury and Colockum Roads.  All south and east of the intersection of Colockum and Tarpiscan.

Cost-to-date of fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $200,000.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 24, 2020

A wildfire ignited in Malaga (Chelan County), Washington on July 24, 2020 from an unknown cause. Resources WA DNR BATT-22 BATT-602 BATT-71 BRANCH-3 CHIEF-601 CREW-22 CREW-52 CREW-74 DIV-601 E-332 E-4103 E-4104 E-4107 E-4202 E-6695 E-6696 PATROL-2 PATROL-603 SE-BREWER SE-ESCOBAR (IC) SE-LAPOINT SE-TSUBOTA was dispatched at 1414 PT.

State Mobe was approved on 1830 by the WA Fire Marshal’s Office.

Incident Cooperators include:

Wenatchee School District. Red Cross.  Chelan County Emergency Management. WA Fire Marshal’s Office. Zone 3 Fire Rehab (2 members).

The Incident Command Post or ICP as more commonly known as will be in the field of the Lincoln Elementary, a Wenatchee School District property.   The School District sent out a presser to all to advise of additional personnel on school property.

Photo Credit | Zone 3 Fire REHAB’s 2 members en route to the fire as part of the State Mobilization.

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Fire had burned 1,300 acres of grass and brush with an unknown containment status.  Level 3 and 2 evacuations were in effect on Tarpiscan and Kingsbury Way roadways.  60 structures were under direct threat.

Due to the COVID, the Red Cross was unable to set-up a shelter which all evacuees seeking shelter but make an appointment by calling the organization at 509-670-5331.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog 

WA WILDFIRE | COLOCKUM FIRE | CHELAN COUNTY | 2

COLOCKUM FIRE

UPDATE 2 – JULY 25, 2020

The fire started on private land 10 miles southeast of Wenatchee and 3 miles south of Malaga (Chelan County)  in  Washington State.  It started on 7/24/2020 around 1430 PT.  It was quickly escalated to a 2-alarm brush fire.

The cause is currently unknown and under investigation. Sources are reporting the fire from 1,000 – 1,300 acres variation. 15% contained. Brush and grass. Active fire behavior with running.

WA DNR – SE WA IMT took command of the fire management at 0700 hours today. 282 total personnel with 7 crews, 32 engines, 3 dozers, 4 water tenders and aircraft on order. Agencies include:  Chelan County Fire District #1, BLM, DNR. Chelan Co SO, Chelan Co Emergency Management, WA State Patrol.

Field camp is located at Wenatchee School District’s Lincoln Elementary School.

Current Weather Report (1210 PT). 79*F temps with 0% precip, winds are at 6 mph and RH at 27% with sunny skies. Tomorrow’s temp are forecasted to increase to a high of 94*F temps and a low of 66*F.  The weather will remain in the mid-90’s until Thursday when it will drop back down in the 80’s.

An unknown number of structures have been damaged. No word on if there are any that have been destroyed.  60 homes are still under threat, as well as high value assets such as several orchards and crops within the fire perimeter.

LEVEL 3 (Go Now!) Evacuations – Colockum and Kingsbury and Jumpoff Roads.

LEVEL 2 (Get Ready) Evacuations – Tarpiscan Road.

Road Closures | Kingsbury and Colockum Roads.  All south and east of the intersection of Colockum and Tarpiscan.

Cost-to-date of fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $200,000.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 24, 2020

A wildfire ignited in Malaga (Chelan County), Washington on July 24, 2020 from an unknown cause. Resources WA DNR BATT-22 BATT-602 BATT-71 BRANCH-3 CHIEF-601 CREW-22 CREW-52 CREW-74 DIV-601 E-332 E-4103 E-4104 E-4107 E-4202 E-6695 E-6696 PATROL-2 PATROL-603 SE-BREWER SE-ESCOBAR (IC) SE-LAPOINT SE-TSUBOTA was dispatched at 1414 PT.

State Mobe was approved on 1900 by the WA Fire Marshal’s Office.

Incident Cooperators include:

Wenatchee School District. Red Cross.  Chelan County Emergency Management. WA Fire Marshal’s Office. Zone 3 Fire Rehab (2 members).

The Incident Command Post or ICP as more commonly known as will be in the field of the Lincoln Elementary, a Wenatchee School District property.   The School District sent out a presser to all to advise of additional personnel on school property.

Photo Credit | Zone 3 Fire REHAB’s 2 members en route to the fire as part of the State Mobilization.

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Fire had burned 1,300 acres of grass and brush with an unknown containment status.  Level 3 and 2 evacuations were in effect on Tarpiscan and Kingsbury Way roadways.  60 structures were under direct threat.

Due to the COVID, the Red Cross was unable to set-up a shelter which all evacuees seeking shelter but make an appointment by calling the organization at 509-670-5331.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2 – 7/25/2020 – 1230 PT

WA WILDFIRE | COLOCKUM FIRE | CHELAN COUNTY | 1

COLOCKUM FIRE

— UPDATE 1 —

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Wildfire is burning in Chelan County in Malaga, Washington State.  Resources were dispatched Friday, July 24, 2020 at 1414 PT.

The Incident Command Post or ICP as more commonly known as will be in the field of the Lincoln Elementary, a Wenatchee School District property.   The School District sent out a presser to all to advise of additional personnel on school property.

Photo Credit | WSD

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RESOURCES

Air Assets

2 SEATs from Spokane and 2 from Moses Lake are currently on the fire working.

Ground Resources

WA DNR BATT-22 BATT-602 BATT-71 BRANCH-3 CHIEF-601 CREW-22 CREW-52 CREW-74 DIV-601 E-332 E-4103 E-4104 E-4107 E-4202 E-6695 E-6696 PATROL-2 PATROL-603 SE-BREWER SE-ESCOBAR (IC) SE-LAPOINT SE-TSUBOTA.

Mutual Aid

State Mobe approved at 1900 PT by the Washington State Fire Marshal Office.

Incident Cooperators

Wenatchee School District. Red Cross.  Chelan County Emergency Management. WA Fire Marshal’s Office. Zone 3 Fire Rehab (2 members).

Photo Credit | Zone 3 Fire REHAB’s 2 members en route to the fire as part of the State Mobilization.

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CURRENT STATUS

  • 1,300 acres of grass and brush.
  • Unknown containment or cause.
  • Fire jumped road (1608)
  • Level 3 evacuations in effect (1608) for those on Tarpiscan and Kingsbury Way.
  • Winds have decreased.
  • 60 structures under threat.

FIRE WEATHER

The fire weather report is as of 2155 PT.

  • 68*F temps
  • Clear evening
  • Precip is 0%
  • Winds are 22 mph
  • RH is 36%

EVACUATIONS

  • Red Cross shelter available. Due to COVID, evacuees can make an appointment by calling 509.670.5331.
  • LEVEL 3:  Colockum, Kingsbury.
  • LEVEL 2:  Tarpiscan. Jumpoff Roads.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 1 – 7/24/2020 2200 PT

The Wildfire Log | 243 Fire | WA | 4

ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 4 – 6/7/2019 FRIDAY – @2300 PDT

Incident Summary

The 243 Command Fire started on Monday night on June 3, 2019, near Hwy 243 and Wanapum Dam.

Photo Credit | GCSO

A more pinpointed area lists the fire about 20 miles away the Gorge in Washington State.

Those travelling to the Gorge this weekend were reassured by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office that the fire was far enough away from them on their way to this venue.  Many were worried but would later rest reassured by GCSO.

Photo Credit | GCSO

Fire behavior was reported as wind-driven and with a high rate of spread and spotting.  It quickly ran easterly through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon were it was being within its northern and southern ridges.

Resources

There are still 280 total personnel currently assigned to this incident. (earlier in the day).  More will be released as they put out this fire completely.

Photo Credit | Chief Deputy Gregg/GCSO

Current Status

Fire Managers reported on Friday, June 7th around 2100 hours tonight, there was a hot spot the size of 30 (ft) x 30 ft flared up.  There was a little spark among Fire Managers but they were able to deploy engines and fire crews whom were already on-scene to extinguish it.

Most personnel were said to be released from the incident as containment increases and therefore Incident Command (SE WA IMT) would be disbanded but with this new information with the hot spot – the number of personnel on-scene is unknown.

A total of 20,380 acres have been destroyed. Firefighters have reached a 65% containment status.

The cause is still undetermined and under investigation.

Due to the out-of-control wildfire during the last few days, the Level evacuation orders (1, 2, 3) were all lifted as of last night.  A Red Cross evacuation shelter was opened at the Royal Itermediate School was opened but would later be closed due to a low amount of evacuees using the facility.

Damage Assessments

There were three outbuildings damaged according to Fire Officials’ damage assessment report, along with one of three railway trestles as being destroyed.

 

#243Fire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | 243 Fire | WA | 3

ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 3 – 6/6/2019 THURSDAY @ 2100 hours PDT

Incident Summary

A grass fire – turned – wildfire started on June 3, 2019 from an unknown ignition source near Hwy 243 and Wanapum Dam.  Fierce winds pushed the fire easterly through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon where it was contained between two canyons in the north and south.

Nearby residents were speculating a motor vehicle accident ignited the blaze but we have not received any type of official word yet.  We believe that the investigation of the cause is still on-going by Fire Officials.

Courtesy: @SE_WA_IMT

Current Status

Earlier this morning around 0925 hours, There was 18,774 acres scorched with a 50% containment status. Four aircraft were attached to this incident, along with 350 total personnel.

As of 1630 hours PDT, the Incident Management Team (aka SE WA IMT) released a presser:

Due to more accurate mapping by an airplane, it has been determined that 20,500 acres had been destroyed. Containment of 65% has been successfully reached and some State mobe resources have been released.

All roads have been opened and all evacuation order levels have been removed as of 1800 hours this evening.

Mop-up operations are currently in effect.

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Firefighters working a very long shift. | Credit: GCFD13

Incident Cooperators

Those that help support those on an active major incident are called Incident Cooperators, with some of them called up as Mutual Aid partners.  Here are some of the agencies and organizations that supported the 243 Fire.

  • WA State EMD
  • Grant County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ecology-Central Region
  • Grant PUD
  • WA DNR – sent 2 helicopters, 2 small planes (aka fire bosses), 20 firefighters and 2 strike teams of engines.  They are mutual aid for Bureau of Land Management or BLM.
  • Grant County Fire District 10
  • Grant County Fire District 13
  • Moses Lake Firefighters
  • Lake Stevens FD
  • Arlington FD
  • WA State Patrol
  • American Red Cross

Fire Command was handled by the SE WA IMT and Command Post was established in Royal City.  Some of their challenges were communications issues, technology difficulties, weather conditions, terrain and even those pesky mosquitoes.

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Brush Truck 46 (Arlington FD) was dispatched/deployed to respond to the 243 Fire with Capt Hillis and FF/DO Chamberlin and FF Brown | Credit: IAFF Local 3728

Damage Assessments

There is an unknown number of damaged and destroyed structures at the time of this post.

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The Sheriff’s Office stated fire passed 15 SW and Beverly Burke Rd. | Credit: GCSOGreat job to all of the firefighters, IMT personnel, support staffing, non-profit organizations, Sheriff’s Office, State Troopers and others that cooperated on this incident making it a success. We appreciate every single one of you all for your tireless efforts, dedication and persistence in winning over this wildfire. – ed.

#243Fire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/5/2019 @ 1940 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | 243 Fire | WA | 2

ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 2 – 6/5/2019 – WEDNESDAY

Incident Summary

A raging wildfire that started on Monday, June 3, 2019, near Hwy 243 and Wanapum Dam.  It would quickly spread and put Wanapum Village and the town of Beverly of being threatened, prompting various evacuation orders (Levels 1,2,3) by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The brush fire would turn into a firestorm burning anything in its pathway, including an unknown number of outbuildings that some have described possibly as shops or industrial type businesses.

Fire Fact | This wildfire is the first one ever, where the Grant County Sheriff PIO has sent out emergency messages in Spanish.

It would quickly be wind-driven and move easterly up through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon area and towards Red Rock Road.  Crews were able to stop the forward progression and contain it to the Canyon area.

The area has been mapped more closer to being west of Royal City than Beverly in Washington.

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GCFD13 and GCFD10 responding to the call and this is what they observed | Credit: GCFD13

Fire Resources

There are about 266 total personnel assigned to this fire.

Current ICs are Tony Gilmer and Bob Gear.

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Posted 6/4/2019 @ 1150 hours PDT | Credit: Grant County Sheriff Office

Containment Status

Fire has reached a 25% containment status.

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Firefighters worked into the night and morning in an attempt to save structures | Credit: GCFD13

Donations

If you wish to DONATE, please donate cash directly to organizations, such as the American Red Cross or other known and verified groups that are helping the evacuees directly. This will best serve your Donation and you are saving so many lives and assisting with those who may have just lost everything!

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Firefighters working a very long shift. | Credit: GCFD13

Incident Cooperators

The SE Washington (State) IMT is currently the Fire Manager of this wildfire.  They are being supported by the following Incident Cooperators:

  • WA State EMD
  • Grant County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ecology-Central Region
  • Grant PUD
  • WA DNR – sent 2 helicopters, 2 small planes (aka fire bosses), 20 firefighters and 2 strike teams of engines.  They are mutual aid for Bureau of Land Management or BLM.
  • Grant County Fire District 10
  • Grant County Fire District 13
  • Moses Lake Firefighters
  • Lake Stevens FD
  • Arlington FD
  • WA State Patrol

Fire Activities

Aviation resources were said to be dipping out of the upper pool (north) of the Wanapum Dam.

It was reported that conditions included high temps, dry fire fuels, steep terrain and high winds.

The fire was reported this morning around 1000 hours PDT, that the fire was heading east and being monitored by Fire Managers due to the thousands of people heading to and from the Gorge amphitheater. It was stated that it will not impact drivers heading to/from that venue.

Weather forecasts by several meterologists are predicting cool clouds and showers but winds will be gusty and there is a slim chance for lightning later this week.

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Brush Truck 46 (Arlington FD) was dispatched/deployed to respond to the 243 Fire with Capt Hillis and FF/DO Chamberlin and FF Brown | Credit: IAFF Local 3728

Threatened

There have been many resources threatened as the wildfire swept through many commercial and residential areas that included:

Agriculture

  • Farms and agricultural lands

Protected Species

  • Migrating Monarch Butterflies
  • Ground Squirrels

Infrastructure

  • High voltage power line poles
  • Train trestles
  • Others as well

Evacuations

Evacuations are still in progress.  You can check for an updated list by visiting the Grant County Sheriff Office on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff for evacuation orders and shelter information

The Red Cross closed it shelter because they only had three evacuees show up over the last few days.  It has been reported that residents are sheltering-in-place as the fire has traveled past them in fire impacted areas.

Damage Assessments

All damaged and/or destroyed structures are unknown at the time of this posting.

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The Sheriff’s Office stated fire passed 15 SW and Beverly Burke Rd. | Credit: GCSO

Closures

Two closures to make a mental note of and avoid this area are at Beverly Burke Road between SR 26 and SR 243 and Lower Crab Creek Road from SR 243 to SR 26.

Donations

Firefighters are mobilized by the State and they are equipped with an abundant cache of drinking water, food and clothing, etc.  The best way to DONATE to these men and women is to show them your appreciation for their efforts.

OR, if you really want to donate on their behalf – the American Red Cross will be happy to accept your donation for those they are helping during this incident or any other wildfire impacted evacuee.

Donations of free drinks, sugary treats and other items may impact a firefighter’s normal healthy routine and could harm their safety. Some ICs have complained that an over abundance of items such as clothing, donuts, cookies, drinks, etc have heeded their Fire Operations. They have to assign others on their team to move and go through the mounds of donations. They are grateful but overwhelmed while trying to run a Fire operation and get the fire out quickly.

Please…. DONATE to a verified organization like the American Red Cross or one of our favorites, Wildland Fallen Firefighter Foundation (WFFF).  And, please do your research – all non-profit organizations or those claiming to be collecting on behalf of fire victims are legal or created equally.

The Command Center does not and will get overwhelmed by all the donations the public donate through the outpouring of support that reign upon their incident. There have been many images showing vast amounts of clothing, stockpiled snacks and fluids that they either have to donate out or may go unused.

This WILL impact the Command as they will have to take unplanned fire resources to manage the donations and this is something that can be so overwhelming while they are working to put the fire out.

This is a disservice to them and the residents that have been impacted by the wildfire.

Social Media

Eyewitness Accounts

Here are some of the footage and photos being posted online.  NOTE: We are not on-scene and do not lie claim to any of the images that are being posted here.  Some of the statements here are also paraphrased unless it is a direct presser being released.

East head of the Fire | Credit:  SE_WA_IMT as of 1937 hours PDT on 6/4/2019

“Some residents are talking about a possible vehicle rollover as the possible cause of the fire but there is no official word yet released by Officials.” – News Media | 1830 hours PDT

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/5/2019 @ 1940 hours PDT

Washington Wildfire | Conrad Fire | 2

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. – Local Fire crews were dispatched at 1424 hours on Sunday, July 1, 2018 to the area on the 800 block of Suesanna, just outside of the Naches area.

The cause is unknown at this time and is under investigation.

State mobe resources were approved, dispatched and on-scene quickly.  Those that have arrived last night and this morning have been full-on in engagement.

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July 2, 2018 – Monday

0741 | Fire has grown to 4,000 acres. Crews are battling fire under windy conditions and difficult terrain today. Firefighters from all over the State of Washington  are due to engage the wildfire on the fire line.

0910 | Fire grew to 4,000 acres.  0% containment status. Crews worked overnight on the IA and building containment lines.  State mobe resources including 7 strike teams.

1112 | Fire behavior becoming more active. Helos and air tankers are dropping water and retardant on a spot fire on the ridge above and visible from Naches.

1120 | Fire activity increasing. WA DNR helicopters are working around the clock.

1453 | Fire Weather Watch issued for Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Klikkitat, Walla Walla & Yakima counties for Wednesday afternoon thru the evening of July 4, 2018, due to low humidity and gusty winds, as reported by the National Weather Service.

1523 | AA continues.  Copters dipping out of the water source on South Naches Road.

1714 | AA continued throughout the day. Windy conditions biggest factor. Helicopters have been able to make dips and drops over the fire.

1939 | 5,200 acres. Dozens of engines, 4 aircraft responded today.  Crews will be working throughout evening on night operations.

2125 |  4 Everett FD firefighters and a Type 1 engine have been deployed.

 

July 1, 2018 – Sunday

Photo taken on Sunday night looking north from Old Naches Hwy area | Photo Credit: Ellie Sensney

1513 | New fire. 10 acres. Burning on Clemens Mountain, outside of Naches.  Fire District plus DNR air and ground resources responding.  Original resources included Ahtanum 20 crew, H-343, SE-521, SE-540, SE-POLLACK.

1520 | Burning on Clemens Mtn, outside of Naches Fire District. 1 helo, 3 engines responding.

Photo Credit | Joseph Elfelt @MappingSupport

1557 | 200 acres. 7 engines, 2 bulldozers, 1 crew and 1 helicopter en route.

1605 | Fire elevated to a 3-alarm wildfire by Fire Incident Commander (IC).  South Puget Sound Wildland Team is activated as part of the State Mobe team.

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Photo Credit | SE WA IMT

1621 | Fire had reached 200 acres, with 0% containment status. Evacuations were in effect.

1634 | Conrad ICP is located on Box Canyon. Additionally, there were engines sent from Yakima FD, West Valley, Yakima County Fire District #5.  Per Fire Dispatch, they had maxed out all engines for the Upper Valley area.

Near Selah. Photo Taken on July 1 at 1748 | PC: Midge Thomas 

1639 | Staging is at 21 x Conrad Road.

1647 | ICP located at the west end of Suesanna.

1648 | Tender 42 arrived o/s.

1702 | Nearly 50 homes evacuated in the area of Box Canyon and Conrad Roads.

1707 | 500 acres.

1807 | 1,000 acres. Air tanker and lead plane en route.

1808 | Shelter Location is Naches Middle School.

Taken in evening on July 1, 2018 | Photo Credit | Midge Thomas 

1825 | State Mobe approved for 1,500 acres, near Selah.  Homes, crops, infrastructure and power lines are under direct threat.  50-75 homes under Level 3 evacuations.  WA State EMD partially activated.

1859 | Spokane Co FD8 Division Chief en route, part of the SE WA IMT and DNR team.

2043 | Fire is beyond structures and burning in south Wenas.  Apparatus released as warranted.

2115 | 1,500 acres. 12 engines, 1 20-person Ahtanum crew, 2 helicopters.

2128 | SE WA IMT Team 2 is assigned to this wildfire.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

WA DNR, Spokane County Fire District 8, Fire Mobe units.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#ConradFire #NachesFire #Wenas #Wildfire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog- Updated 2150 hours PDT

 

 

Fires Into Fall | Oct 1 2017

POST SUMMARY | Wow, cannot believe that crazy summer blazing with wildfires and now, here we are going into Fall with fires still burning.  We start the first day of October, 2017, with less than a dozen or so still with crews fighting fire (in WA) and working to clean up fire scenes (in OR).

CHETCO BAR FIRE

The Chetco Bar Fire started on July 12, 2017, E/NE of Brookinigs (OR) in the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Its cause was due to lightning.  There has been over 191,090 acres scorched and reached a 97% containment status. There were 30 structures destroyed and 9 damaged. 

Chinook Helicopters from the Oregon National Guard, supporting fire fighting efforts on the Chetco Bar Fire, September, 2017

OR National Guard Chinook Helicopters assisting with fire suppression efforts on the Chetco Bar Fire. (Photo Courtesy: Chetco Bar Fire)

Currently, there are 402 personnel along with five crews, two helicopters and 10 engines.   Crews will continue to chip, drag brush and install waterbars to prevent erosion.  They will also patrol and put any hotspots located.  Areas to the north and northwest of the fire have been reopened.   A Burned Area Emergency Response or BAER team is on-scene assisting with post-fire impacts which consists of scientists and resource specialists.  They are evaluating watershed conditions of potential risk to human life, safety, property and natural/cultural-heritage resources.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

The Eagle Creek Fire is located one mile south of Cascade Locks, OR.   The fire’s cause is due to human intervention but Officials have not released the exact ignition.  There has been 48,831 acres burned but crews have reached a 46% containment status. Four residential structures were destroyed.  Limited fire activity was observed during a recon flight on Saturday.  Resources of 229 personnel, four crews, one helicopter and four engines remain assigned to this incident. 

BAER Team

Botanists checking soil samples in an unburned area. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Additionally, there is a Burned Area Emergency Response team on-site that is currently looking at soil and rock types, acreage and how steep the slopes are inside the watershed.  They are also in the midst of creating a Soil Burn Severity or SBS map.  They will also test information by running the model of the SBS map to determine effects on creeks and hill slopes after the fire.

HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

The High Cascades Complex started on August 12, 2017, from lightning.  The fire is located nine miles northeast of Prospect, Oregon.  There has been 80,197 acres burned and has reached a 34% containment status.  One structure has been destroyed and with seven others that are still being threatened.   The West Zone is reporting there are still interior smokes visible and the only way they will be put out is naturally by rain or snow.  

Hershberger Creek

Hershberger Creek. (Photo Credit: Josef Porter via Inciweb)

Pup Fire:  The Pup Fire  is reporting 8,279 acres with a 42% containment status.  It is located northwest and southeast of Hershberger Lookout partially in the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wilderness. 

Broken Lookout Fire:  19,181 acres. 27% contained. Located directly west of Union Creek on the southern end of the Rogue – Umpqua Divide Wildersness where it is burning on both sides of the wilderness. Fire behavior consists of minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering in heavy fire fuels. Several smokes have been spotted and are being mopped up.

Crews repairing dozer line

Repairing dozer lines. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Total resources include 290 personnel along with five Type 2 crews, four camp crews, six engines, three masticators, one medium helicopter, one bulldozer, two water tenders and 115 overhead personnel.  Fire Management is being commanded by a NW IMT Team 8, which is located at the Joseph Stewart State Park facility near Lost Creek Reservoir.

JONES FIRE

The Jones Fire located 10 mile northeast of Lowell, Oregon and on the Willamette National Forest was started by lightning on August 10, 2017.  There has been 10,114 acres of large downed trees and standing snags burned but crews have reached an 89% containment status. 

Chipping operations along roads used as primary containment lines.

Chipping operations. (Photo Credit: Gabe Dumm via Inciweb)

Resources still assigned are 182 personnel along with four crews, one helicopter and five engines.  Crews will continue with repairing suppression lines, moving felled logs, mopping up hot spots, backhauling equipment and chipping.  Rain is expected to fall over the area causing the fire behavior to be reduced to isolated smoldering and creeping.

WHITEHALL FIRE (AKA WHITEHALL ROAD FIRE)

The Whitehall Fire started on Saturday, September 30, 2017, around 1130 hours PDT, from an unknown cause.  It is located approximately eight miles (some reporting 12 and 15 miles) southwest of Coulee City, Washington. It’s cause is under investigation.   WSP PIO Trooper J Sevigney released a presser this morning after taking over from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office last night.     Fire was said to be threatening homes, crops and electrical infrastructure.  State Mobe was approved and the SE WA Type 3 IMT took command of the incident around 2200 hours on Saturday night.  There are no evacuations in effect.  No homes damaged/destroyed or any injuries have been reported. 

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Photo Credit: Grant County Fire District 13

The fast-moving fire with wind-driven runs has scorched 3,500 acres but crews have reached a 50% containment status.  Fire fuels include sage, grass and range lands. There are 160 personnel on-site along with an unknown number of engines, water tenders, dozers and hand crews.  Local firefighters worked throughout the night on containment and structure protection.

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Photo Credit: Grant County Fire District 13

Incident Cooperators include Douglas County Fire Districts 3, 4, 8 and 13, BLM, WA State Patrol Fire Marshal’s Office, East Pierce Fire’s Brush Truck 116.  Other unknown State Mobe resources are also on-scene but information was not released at the time of the presser.

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#HayesRoadFire | Washington | 3

NEAR BRIDGEPORT (DOUGLAS COUNTY), WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire was reported around 1325 hours on Friday, August 4, 2017.  The fire is located between Bridgeport and Leahy in Douglas County, Washington.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Size Up | A statement was released by Ben Sherer, an IMT PIO in training stated, “Fire is 90% contained.  Fire crews walked fire lines. GPS mapping complete. 2,306 acres. Level 1 evacuations are still in effect.”

Command | SE WA IMT 3 Team

Resources | Douglas, Chelan, Grant and Okanogan County Fire Departments, 2 strike teams from WA DNR, Douglas County Sheriff Office, Red Cross, Douglas County DOT, WA State DOT and WA State Patrol PIO 6.

Evaucations | Evacuations are in effect Roads K and Q.  Level 2 orders for Road 19 and Hwy 172.  Level 3 orders for Hwy 17 and Rd 19.

Shelter | A Red Cross shelter is open for evacuees at the Bridgeport High School.

 

Fire Level | Fire level has been raised to 3.

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#HayesRoadFire #SR17Fire #DouglasCoFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE

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#HayesRoadFire | Washington | 2

NEAR BRIDGEPORT (DOUGLAS COUNTY), WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire was reported around 1325 hours on Friday, August 4, 2017.  The fire is located between Bridgeport and Leahy in Douglas County, Washington.

Large grass fire burning. PC: Douglas County Fire District #5

Single fire split into two wildfires.  One moving East and other moving South towards Hwy 172 at Rd 18 NE.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Size Up | Active fire behavior on Eastern and Southern flanks. Containment lines are being reinforced with an unknown containment status.  Fire was last reported at 500+ and growing. No word on current scorched acreage.  No known cause at the moment but is being investigated.

Command | SE WA IMT 3 Team

Resources | Douglas, Chelan, Grant and Okanogan County Fire Departments, 2 strike teams from WA DNR, Douglas County Sheriff Office, Red Cross, Douglas County DOT, WA State DOT and WA State Patrol PIO 6.

Evaucations | Evacuations are in effect Roads K and Q.  Level 2 orders for Road 19 and Hwy 172.  Level 3 orders for Hwy 17 and Rd 19.

Shelter | A Red Cross shelter is open for evacuees at the Bridgeport High School.

Night operations on the Hayes Road Fire. PC: Douglas County Fire District #5

Alerts | SR17 is open to single lane use with a pilot car escort about 9 miles East of Bridgeport at MP 124.5 to 126.

And remember, #NoDronesInFireZones

Fire Level | Fire level has been raised to 3.

Social Media | Follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, Twitter – @nwfireblog and Facebook.

#HayesRoadFire #SR17Fire #DouglasCoFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE

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