#SnakeRiverFire | Washington State | 4

NEAR POMEROY, WASHINGTON  

Incident Summary | A wildfire that some are reporting started on Saturday, July 15th at 0600 hours while others are saying it started much sooner than that is located near Nisqually John Landing along the Snake River near Pomeroy, Washington State.  It is also said to be burning near its neighboring County, Asotin’s border.

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Size | The Snake River fire was reported earlier today as consuming up to 2,500 acres with a 0% containment status.

Fire Fuels | Tall grasses.

Cause | Lightning.

Current Conditions |  Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and uphill runs.

Resources |  230 personnel. 2 dozers, 5 strike teams via a State mobilization around the State, plus 25 engines. (as of 7/15/2017)

We are hearing of a  SE WA IMT Team 3 PIO, Spokane County Fire District 8 (2 ), Pullman Fire (Medic + R32), Lewis County Fire District 5 sent a staffed brush truck,

Command |  SE Washington Team 3, a type 3 team. The Incident Command Post (ICP) is working out of the Pomeroy Junior/Senior High School.

 

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Photo Credit: Pullman Fire

Significant Events | The Corral Creek in Idaho is burning near the Snake River fire is listed at 600 acres and growing.  Due to steep and very difficult slopes, apparatus cannot drive down them.

Fire Tactics |  This fire will be mainly handled by hand crews due to steepness of the terrain and it is difficult for engines to maneuver. Bulldozers have completed 1/4 of the perimeter Saturday.

Sunday’s activities consist of the implementation of (6) Type 1 Hand Crews, (5) Strike Teams, and (3) Dozers on the ground. In the air will be a single heavy Helicopter, a fixed wing aircraft, and (4) Fire Bosses using the Snake River for water. The goal is to keep the fire on the river’s slope and away from homes and cropland.

 

Threats | Homes, crops and cell phone towers.

Weather Forecast |  Sunday’s weather forecast during the day is 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny with highs near 93*F.  East wind 5 to 8 mph.  Tonight is mostly clear, with a low around 73*F. SE wind 6 to 9 mph.

Cost-to-Date | $300,000.

A DNR Rotor takes off from the helibase on the Snake River. (Photo Credit: Danny Boyle)

Social Media | We are using #SnakeRiverFire and #WAwildfire2017 #WAwildfire #GarfieldCoFire as hashtags.  You can also find Fire coverage on our Social Media Channels on Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog).

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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

Photo & Source Credits: Wikipedia

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

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

CA WILDFIRE: King Fire [Update]

FIRE LOCATION

  • El Dorado NF
  • In canyon of the South Fork of the American River Canyon, Silver Creek Canyon &nd Rubicon Canyon
  • North of the community of Pollock Pines. The fire has crossed into Placer County. The fire is approaching the Tahoe National Forest north of the Eldorado National Forest.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Start 9/13
  • Arson caused
  • Suspect Arrested 9/18/14 & is in Custody
  • Bail set at $10 Million

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FIRE STATUS

  • 10% contained
  • 81,944 acres
  • The fire has crossed into Placer County.
  • Approaching the Tahoe National Forest north of the Eldorado National Forest
  • 2,819 homes evacuated
  • 21,000 structures threatened including 12,000 residences

Congressman Tom McClintock getting a morning briefing on the King Fire from Operations Section Chief Keith Garolla, CA Incident Management Team 5 [Photo Credit: King Fire IMT via Facebook]

Congressman Tom McClintock getting a morning briefing on the King Fire from Operations Section Chief Keith Garolla, CA Incident Management Team 5 [Photo Credit: King Fire IMT via Facebook]

INJURIES

  • 4

RESOURCES

  • 4,901 personnel
  • 379 engines
  • 137 fire crews
  • 21 helos
  • 77 dozers
  • 78 water tenders
  • 5 IMT
  • Ventura County FD [7 engines & overhead team]
  • ConFire Engine 22

Fire Info Board [Photo Credit: King Fire IMT via Facebook]

Fire Info Board [Photo Credit: King Fire IMT via Facebook]

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • EDSO
  • CHP
  • American Red Cross
  • Cal OES
  • El Dorado Irrigation District
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • PG&E
  • El Dorado County Animal Control
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Ventura County FD
  • Pala Alto FD
  • Alameda County FD
  • Mountain View FD

View of 6 a.m. operational briefing for overhead and supervisors of firefighting personnel. 4,425 people are assigned to the King Fire [Photo Credit: King Fire IMT via Facebook]

View of 6 a.m. operational briefing for overhead and supervisors of firefighting personnel. 4,425 people are assigned to the King Fire [Photo Credit: King Fire IMT via Facebook]

STRUCTURES DAMAGED, DESTROYED

  • White Meadows area: pending damage assessment on number of residences.
  • Additional Info: County CAO’s office – call 530-642-7263 or email KingFireElDoradoCounty@gmail.com.

0530 9/20 in the eating area where the day shift is having breakfast before heading out to the fire. [[[ These are your Heroes! ]]] Photo Credit: King Fire IMT

0530 9/20 in the eating area where the day shift is having breakfast before heading out to the fire. [[[ These are your Heroes! ]]] Photo Credit: King Fire IMT

EVACUATIONS

  • El Dorado County Sheriff’s blog (pio.edso.org) OR http://www.edcgov.us/Government/El_Dorado_County_King_Fire_Information.aspx [Evacuation Info Line]
  • Shelter: Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road, Camino, CA 95709.

Lead PIOs coordination meeting on assignments of personnel to N & S Zones [Photo Credit: King Fire IMT via Facebook page]

Lead PIOs coordination meeting on assignments of personnel to N & S Zones [Photo Credit: King Fire IMT via Facebook page]

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The hotline phone number is (530) 642-7263. The hotline will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Voicemail is available outside of the hotline hours. Information will also be updated via the County’s Twitter @CountyElDorado and Facebook.

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[ Editor’s Note:  Info is gleaned from several websites and sources. We do not claim rights to any of the content or photographs in this post and have viewed info for any possible copyright infringements. ]