#SnakeRiverFire | Washington State | 3

NEAR POMEROY, WASHINGTON  

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Incident Summary | A Washington wildfire is burning 15 miles East of Pomeroy (Garfield County) and about 2-2.5 miles from the Asotin County Line,

The cause of the fire is from lightning.  Many reported there was a huge lightning storm that passed over the fire on Friday evening, initially igniting the landscape near the Snake River.

Photo Credit: Spokane County Fire District 8 Firefighters IAFF 3711.

Size | The Snake River fire was reported earlier today as consuming up to 3,000 acres. No word on what the acreage is this evening.

Resources |  Around 2000 hours on Saturday evening (7/15/2017), State mobe was approved for this fire.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) SE WA IMT Team 3 has arrived on the incident as of 2100 hours.

On order:

1 crew on order for the Baker River Hotshots along with  the SE WA IMT Team 2.

3 additional strike teams ordered by the State Fire Marshal.  2 are already on-scene.

Current Conditions | Terrain is very rugged and steep, which firefighters are working through as challenges.

One fire source stated, “It was awesome watching the two rotors dropping water,  a WA DNR 8 and another rotor.  Great work by both, working the fire. ”

Fire crews have successfully lessened the fire.

Threats | Homes, crops and cell phone towers.

Social Media | We are using #SnakeRiverFire and #WAwildfire2017 #WAwildfire #GarfieldCoFire

ABOUT GARFIELD COUNTY

Pomeroy is the only City and County seat inside this least populated County inside the State of Washington.  Pomeroy has the most amount of residents topping out at a whopping 1,389 (2015 estimation), while other communities such as Gould City, Pataha, Peola and Ping carry the remainder of residents.  The County has a total of 2,247 inhabitants.

Garfield County is known as an iconic town for being created in the 1800’s and has a minimum of 10 blocks that are on the State Historical maps.  The County was created out of a large piece of Columbia County in 1881 then split off in half, creating Asotin County in 1883.

Map of Washington highlighting Garfield County

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The County is about 718 square miles with 711 as land and 7.5 as water.  US Route 12 and State Route 127 run through the County while it also features the Snake River and the Umatilla National Forest.

The County’s Northern border is with Whitman County; Eastern border is Asotin County; Southern border is Wallowa County (OR) and its Western border is Columbia County.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1405 hours PDT

#SnakeRiverFire | Washington State | 2

GARFIELD COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE 

Incident Summary | A Washington wildfire is burning near Pomeroy (Garfield County) and about 2-2.5 miles from the Asotin County Line began on Friday evening.

The area is approximately 4 hours from Seattle (Western WA) to the other side of the State (Eastern Washington).

Size | 500 acres and growing. 0% containment.

Cause | A large lightning storm passed over the area last night and caused this wildfire.

Resources | State Mobe was approved at 0800 hours on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  We are also being told some private contractors (we are respecting their request not to publish their company names) are also being requested as resources on this incident.

So far, we have a Type 6 engine (IA) and 1 dozer either en route or on-scene.  Additional fire assets are pouring into the area.

Threats | Homes, crops and cell phone towers.

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Social Media | We are using #SnakeRiverFire and #WAwildfire2017 #WAwildfire #GarfieldCoFire

Thank you to those who have been helping us with fire information!  It has been a challenging one to locate good sources of information since there is no scanner feed down there. Those who are being deployed, we thank you for your service, dedication and tireless efforts during this busy fire season!  – LR Swenson/Ed.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1405 hours PDT

#SnakeRiverFire | Washington State | New!

GARFIELD COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE (Correction: We goofed and put Grant County.)

Incident Summary | A wildfire ignited from an unknown cause on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

The fire is burning near Pomeroy, Washinigton, about 4 hours from the Seattle area on the other side of the State.

Size | 500 acres and growing. 0% containment.

Cause | Some are speculating that it was caused by lightning as one who lives nearby says there was quite a big lightning show last night. We are still waiting for the official cause.

Resources | State Mobe was approved at 0800 hours on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  Type 3 will be assigned as well. We have reached out to the WA State Mobe and waEMD to try to get additional information.

Threats | Homes, crops and cell phone towers.

Photo Credit: WA DNR

Current Fire Weather | 80*F temps, 47% RH and winds SW 9 mph with gusts of 11 mph.  RED FLAG WARNING due to potential lightning and thunderstorms.

Social Media | We are using #SnakeRiverFire and #WAwildfire2017 #WAwildfire #GarfieldCoFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1315 hours PDT

NEW WILDFIRE | NACHES FIRE | 1

NACHES, WASHINGTON 

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Night fire burning in Naches. (Credit: YCOEM)

Incident Summary

A vegetation fire broke out around midnight on Sunday, July 2, 2017, in the Naches area in Yakima, Washington.

It was reported as burning on the North face of the hill facing Highway 12.

Cause is unknown at this time.

Size Up

The fire is said to be currently at 500 acres. The cause is currently unknown.

Threats

Several homes in the area are currently under direct threat.

Evacuations

Around 0700 hours, more evacuations were occurring on Craig Road with the fire proceeding to move above Highway 12 on the North side of the hill.   Evacuations of South Naches Road is closed between Ranger Road and Rosenkranz Roads.

At 0800 hours, Yakima County Emergency Management:  Riddle Road, Klockhammer Road, and Craig Road  has been downgraded to a Level 2 (Be Set).

Resources

Local district crews were battling the fire as the it continued to move up the hillside, a State Mobe was requested and several hours later approved.  This is to help with additional manpower.

On Sunday, State Mobe resources began pouring into the area from Thurston and Spokane Counties.  (Video of crews working the hillside. Credit:  Spokane Co Fire Dist. 8/Facebook)

Firefighters from the Spartan Fire and Southern Canyon Fire were pulled off these wildfires that are nearly contained and reassigned to the Naches Fire.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog