Washington State Wildfire | Mile Post 22 Fire | 3

VANTAGE, Wash. – Fire resources were sent to a brush fire around 1717 hours on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, located near Vantage, Washington when it was only five acres in size.  The original fire assets were H-1MR H-343 SE-461 SE-463 SEWELL SE-SLYFIEL dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Dispatch Center.

Here is a timeline of this fire incident, to clear you a more concise breakdown on how this fire has spread so rapidly:

JUNE 24, 2018 – SUNDAY

1209 hours | Containment has reached a 100% status with DNR resuming command at 1200 hours.  The fire consumed a total of 7,614 acres.  Resources will be continuing to patrol the fire perimeter.

JUNE 23, 2018 – SATURDAY

No information.

JUNE 22, 2018 – FRIDAY

1819 hours | Fire crews have reached a 89% containment status.  7,280 acres have been destroyed. Crews will work to gain their objective of a fully contained (100%) throughout the night with continued patrolling and mopping up.

JUNE 21, 2018 – THURSDAY

0054 hours | Fire mobilization (or Fire MOBE) is approved by the Washington State Patrol HQ Office.  Located in Kittitas County.  2,000 acres in size. 30 homes are under direct threat. Level evacuations in place.

0556 hours | Type 3 IMT is on order. Fire has consumed 1,750 acres.

0628 hours | WA Emergency Management Department (WA EMD) is activated. Correction:  The EMD was “partially” activated. Updated 6/22/2018

0736 hours | Fire is burning in Central Washington near the Columbia River and approximately 19 miles east of Ellensburg.

Photo Credit | @MappingSupport (Twitter)

0905 hours | Fire has grown to an estimated 4,000 – 5,000 acres. 5% containment.  More firefighters are arriving today, including the SE WA IMT team.

1000 hours | Fire mobe resources arriving throughout the day.

1728 hours | Fire has burned up to 5,000 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

1900 hours | Vantage Highway is open but heading West, the bright sun and smoke in the area are reason to caution yourself when driving through the area.

JUNE 20, 2018 – WEDNESDAY

1930 hours |  Washington Department of Natural Resources or WA DNR were called and they dispatched out additional resources, including engines and two helicopters. The fire was estimated to be at well established at 100 ares and growing.  Vantage Highway closed due to down power lines.  Fire located west of Vantage.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2143 hours | DNR sent additional resources including three planes, a single 20-person Ahtanum hand crews which would be later be tasked with performing burnout operations.  Dry grass fire conditions.  Fire estimated at 800-1000 acres with a high rate of spread.

2345 hours | SE WA IMT team is assigned to incident.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags we are using and already established in Social Media are:

#MilePost22 #Milepost22  #MilePost22Fire #WAwildfire2018 #WaWILDFIRE #VantageFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2145 PDT

Washington State Wildfire | Mile Post 22 | 2

VANTAGE, Wash. – Fire resources were sent to a brush fire around 1717 hours on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, located near Vantage, Washington when it was only five acres in size.  The original fire assets were H-1MR H-343 SE-461 SE-463 SEWELL SE-SLYFIEL dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Dispatch Center.

Here is a timeline of this fire incident, to clear you a more concise breakdown on how this fire has spread so rapidly:

JUNE 22, 2018 – FRIDAY

Fire crews have reached a 89% containment status.  7,280 acres have been destroyed. Crews will work to gain their objective of a fully contained (100%) throughout the night with continued patrolling and mopping up.

JUNE 21, 2018 – THURSDAY

0054 hours | Fire mobilization (or Fire MOBE) is approved by the Washington State Patrol HQ Office.  Located in Kittitas County.  2,000 acres in size. 30 homes are under direct threat. Level evacuations in place.

0556 hours | Type 3 IMT is on order. Fire has consumed 1,750 acres.

0628 hours | WA Emergency Management Department (WA EMD) is activated. Correction:  The EMD was “partially” activated. Updated 6/22/2018

0736 hours | Fire is burning in Central Washington near the Columbia River and approximately 19 miles east of Ellensburg.

Photo Credit | @MappingSupport (Twitter)

0905 hours | Fire has grown to an estimated 4,000 – 5,000 acres. 5% containment.  More firefighters are arriving today, including the SE WA IMT team.

1000 hours | Fire mobe resources arriving throughout the day.

1728 hours | Fire has burned up to 5,000 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

1900 hours | Vantage Highway is open but heading West, the bright sun and smoke in the area are reason to caution yourself when driving through the area.

JUNE 20, 2018 – WEDNESDAY

1930 hours |  Washington Department of Natural Resources or WA DNR were called and they dispatched out additional resources, including engines and two helicopters. The fire was estimated to be at well established at 100 ares and growing.  Vantage Highway closed due to down power lines.  Fire located west of Vantage.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2143 hours | DNR sent additional resources including three planes, a single 20-person Ahtanum hand crews which would be later be tasked with performing burnout operations.  Dry grass fire conditions.  Fire estimated at 800-1000 acres with a high rate of spread.

2345 hours | SE WA IMT team is assigned to incident.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags we are using and already established in Social Media are:

#MilePost22 #Milepost22  #MilePost22Fire #WAwildfire2018 #WaWILDFIRE #VantageFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2125 hours PDT

Washington State Wildfire | Mile Post 22 | 1

VANTAGE, Wash. – Fire resources were sent to a brush fire around 1717 hours on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, located near Vantage, Washington when it was only five acres in size.  The original fire assets were H-1MR H-343 SE-461 SE-463 SEWELL SE-SLYFIEL dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Dispatch Center.

Here is a timeline of this fire incident, to clear you a more concise breakdown on how this fire has spread so rapidly:

JUNE 20, 2018 – WEDNESDAY

1930 hours |  Washington Department of Natural Resources or WA DNR were called and they dispatched out additional resources, including engines and two helicopters. The fire was estimated to be at well established at 100 ares and growing.  Vantage Highway closed due to down power lines.  Fire located west of Vantage.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2143 hours | DNR sent additional resources including three planes, a single 20-person Ahtanum hand crews which would be later be tasked with performing burnout operations.  Dry grass fire conditions.  Fire estimated at 800-1000 acres with a high rate of spread.

2345 hours | SE WA IMT team is assigned to incident.

JUNE 21, 2018 – THURSDAY

0054 hours | Fire mobilization (or Fire MOBE) is approved by the Washington State Patrol HQ Office.  Located in Kittitas County.  2,000 acres in size. 30 homes are under direct threat. Level evacuations in place.

0556 hours | Type 3 IMT is on order. Fire has consumed 1,750 acres.

0628 hours | WA Emergency Management Department (WA EMD) is activated.

0736 hours | Fire is burning in Central Washington near the Columbia River and approximately 19 miles east of Ellensburg.

Photo Credit | @MappingSupport

0905 hours | Fire has grown to an estimated 4,000 – 5,000 acres. 5% containment.  More firefighters are arriving today, including the SE WA IMT team.

1000 hours | Fire mobe resources arriving throughout the day.

1728 hours | Fire has burned up to 5,000 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

1900 hours | Vantage Highway is open but heading West, the bright sun and smoke in the area are reason to caution yourself when driving through the area.

I-90 MP 138 Vantage Br. (View West)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags we are using and already established in Social Media are:

#MilePost22 #Milepost22  #MilePost22Fire #WAwildfire2018 #WaWILDFIRE #VantageFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1900 hours PDT

Brush Fire | Vantage, Washington | 2

NEAR VANTAGE, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A wildfire ignited from an unknown source on Friday, July 7, 2017, around 2052 hours PDT.

Resources | Fire resources are on scene working to suppress and contain the brush fire.

Closures | WSP had shutdown both EB & WB lanes of I-90 from MP 115 to 143 in Kittitas County. EB lanes were expected to have already reopened around 2215 hours PDT, but WB was to remain closed due to guardrails being on fire. There was no ETA on when it was due to reopn.

Current Weather Current temps are 76*F with RH at 39%. Winds are 11 mph and it is partly cloudy.

Fire Image | Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore (@wspdpio6)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2305 Hours PDT

Brush Fire | Vantage, Washington | New!

NEAR VANTAGE, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | WSP Trooper Brian Moore tweeted out on Social Media, a brush fire is burning on I-90 near Vantage, Washington State around 2052 hours on Friday evening.

Resources | Fire resources are on scene working to suppress and contain the brush fire.

Closures | WSP has shutdown both EB & WB lanes of I-90 from MP 115 to 143 in Kittitas County due to poor visibility and a brush fire in the area.

Current Weather As of 2111 Hours, current temps are 80*F, partly cloudy with winds at 13 mph and a RH of 36%.

Social Media | Drivers are starting to tweet out that traffic is at a standstill.  Well, just like WSP said – time to put your patience pants on.  Fire crews are working as quick as they can to contain the fire.

Fire Images | Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore (@wspdpio6)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Major #BrushFire | Grant County, Washington | 3

I-90 FIRE

( We called first as FRENCHMAN COULEE FIRE )

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date + Time Started:  A major brush broke out at 1800 hours on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Cause:  Accidental spark from a BBQ along the Columbia River.  The Sheriff’s Office says there will be no criminal charges filed.

Location:  The fire was said to have broken out 11 miles West of George between I-90 and the Columbia River (per PD).

Other sources said the fire was more specifically located in the Frenchman Coulee area near I-90, Mile Marker 142, about 4 miles East of the Vantage Bridge (per FD).

Acreage:  The fire appears to be wind-driven.  PD estimates the fire at about 1,000 acres but other sources are saying the ROS is much more greater and well over the preliminary estimates.

I-90 Fire (Photo Credit: WSP PIO 6 Trooper Brian Moore

There has been a 100% containment and the fire has said to be under control.  No word when it will be completely out but we are guessing they may be handling that throughout the night.

RESOURCES

Command:   Unified Command with GCSO PIO Kyle Foreman and WSP PIO 6 Trooper  Brian Moore.

Fire Resources:  The following Agencies have been dispatched and are currently en route:  Grant County Fire District 5, 10, 11, 13, Ephrata Fire Department and BLM.

Air Resources:  There were none on scene as it was stated due to sundown.

Law Enforcement Resources:  Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol.

WEATHER

Fire Weather:   The current weather conditions(as of 2052 Hours PDT) are sunny and clear with winds at 24 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.  The dew point is 36*F.  Visibility is 10 miles.  The RH is 42%.

Image may contain: outdoor and nature

DNR Helicopter 9 at I-90 Fire (Stock Photo (c) LR Swenson/@nwfireblog)

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Traffic Closures:  WSP has opened both lanes on I-90 and traffic is flowing through the area.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Thank You and Shout Outs to our current readership from the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, China, France, Mexico and the Netherlands!  May you be safe friends, wherever your journeys may take you. – LR Swenson/Editor

Hashtags:  We are using the following hashtags #FrenchmanCouleeFire #WAwildfires2017 #I90Fire #VantageFire  Official hashtag for this fire is #I90Fire

Our Social Media Channels:  Check us out on Facebook or on Twitter (@nwfireblog).

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/4/2017 (Sunday) – 2110 Hours PDT

 

 

Major #BrushFire | Grant County, Washington | 2

I-90 FIRE

( We called first as FRENCHMAN COULEE FIRE )

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date + Time Started:  A major brush broke out at 1800 hours on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Location:  The fire was said to have broken out 11 miles West of George between I-90 and the Columbia River (per PD).

Other sources said the fire was more specifically located in the Frenchman Coulee area near I-90, Mile Marker 142, about 4 miles East of the Vantage Bridge (per FD).

Acreage:  The fire appears to be wind-driven.  PD estimates the fire at about 1,000 acres but other sources are saying the ROS is much more greater and well over the preliminary estimates.

There is a 0% containment status.

RESOURCES

Command:   Unified Command with GCSO PIO Kyle Foreman and WSP PIO 6 Trooper  Brian Moore.

Fire Resources:  The following Agencies have been dispatched and are currently en route:  Grant County Fire District 5, 10, 11, 13, Ephrata Fire Department and BLM.

Law Enforcement Resources:  Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol.

WEATHER

Fire Weather:   The current weather conditions(as of 2052 Hours PDT) are sunny and clear with winds at 24 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.  The dew point is 36*F.  Visibility is 10 miles.  The RH is 42%.

Image may contain: outdoor and nature

DNR Helicopter 9 at I-90 Fire (Stock Photo (c) LR Swenson/@nwfireblog)

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Evacuations:  Level 2 (Prepare to Leave).    Evacuations of the Old Vantage camp area are in effect.  Grant County Sheriff’s Office PIO Kyle Foreman is reporting that all campers are safe and well.  https://local.nixle.com/alert/5989625/

Traffic Closures:  WSP has shutdown both directions of I-90.  AS of 2100 Hours | EB has been reopened. WB still shutdown.  Unknown ETA as to when it will reopen.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Thank You and Shout Outs to our current readership from the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, China, France, Mexico and the Netherlands!  May you be safe friends, wherever your journeys may take you. – LR Swenson/Editor

Hashtags:  We are using the following hashtags #FrenchmanCouleeFire #WAwildfires2017 #I90Fire #VantageFire  Official hashtag for this fire is #I90Fire

Our Social Media Channels:  Check us out on Facebook or on Twitter (@nwfireblog).

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/4/2017 (Sunday) – 2110 Hours PDT

 

 

Major #BrushFire | Grant County, Washington | New!

FRENCHMAN COULEE FIRE

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date + Time Started:  A major brush fire broke out around 1920 hours PDT  on Sunday evening.

Location:  The fire is located in the Frenchman Coulee area near I-90, Mile Marker 142, about 4 miles East of the Vantage Bridge.

RESOURCES

Fire Resources:  The following Agencies have been dispatched and are currently en route:  Grant County Fire District 5, 10, 11, 13 and Ephrata Fire Department.

Law Enforcement Agencies:  Washington State Patrol (WSP) has currently shutdown all Westbound traffic, while Eastbound is currently open time-being.

Image may contain: outdoor and nature

DNR Helicopter 9 at I-90 Fire (Stock Photo (c) LR Swenson/@nwfireblog)

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Traffic Closures:  WSP has shutdown WB traffic on I-90, while EB is open but Law Enforcement is asking to seek out an alternate route around the area.  UPDATE | 1942 PDT | Both directions are NOW closed. WSP trying to clear vehicles stuck in between of end of the closures.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:  We are using the following hashtags #FrenchmanCouleeFire #WAwildfires2017 #I90Fire #VantageFire  NOTE:  There has not been an official name for this brush fire.

Our Social Media Channels:  Check us out on Facebook or on Twitter (@nwfireblog).

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/4/2017 (Sunday) – 1953 Hours PDT

 

 

#SunlandFire Strike Team Makes Progress – May 30, 2016 AM Update

Updated  1000 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire erupted around 1500 hours on Saturday said to have occurred near a popular hiking trail in the area, prompting Level 3 Evacuations.

The GCSO said that the fire was not threatening any crops or the nearby Sasquatch event at the Gorge Amphitheater.

As of this morning, the fire has burned 1,000 acres and is considered as 10% contained. Fire crews will work to complete dozer lines around the fire and conduct mop-up operations.

Evacuation

Around 1530 hours, there was a Level 3 Evacuation issued by the Grant County Sheriffs Office for 10 homes in the Old Vantage Highway and I-90 area.

Mutual Aid Responding

A County-wide page for Grant County fire agencies and equipment to respond.  Quickly following this request, the IC would request a State Mobe of additional resources within Washington State.

These are the resources we know so far that are currently assigned to this incident:

  • Grant County Fire Districts
  • Franklin County Fire District #3
  • Benton County Fire Districts #1 & #2
  • Spokane County Fire District #8
  • Stevens County

Weather Conditions

Current temps are 62-degrees, 32% humidity with no winds and no rain as this morning’s weather update. This definitely should assist Strike Teams in getting an easier handle on the wildfire.

Law Enforcement Officials: Washington State Patrol along with Grant County Sheriff Office. (Credit: GCSO)

Hashtags Used by Social Media

Vantage Fire – #Sunland (We’re using #SunlandFire and #WaWildfires2016)

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

#SunlandFire Scorches Hundreds of Acres – May 29, 2016 PM Update

Updated 2005 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire erupted around 1500 hours this afternoon, prompting Level 3 Evacuations.

Incoming fire agencies were brought in as Mutual Aid to assist with the ever fast moving fire.

Evacuation

Around 1530 hours, there was a Level 3 Evacuation by the Grant County Sheriffs Office but appears to have been lowered to Level 2 for 10 homes in the area of Old Vantage Highway and I-90.

Misinformation

Some were saying the fast moving fire was heading straight for the Gorge Amphitheater but the Grant County Sheriffs Office quickly worked to contained rumors.

Misinformation out on the internet included Sunland Estates had been evacuated as one Social Media poster said that their whole community had been told to leave.  The Sheriffs Office said the Sunland Estates were not evacuated.

Many were frightened about seeing the large plumes of smoke, only three miles from the venue and were reporting that some of the individual shows were being cancelled because the wildfire was heading straight for them.  The Sheriffs Office said the fire WAS not coming towards and infact, the fire was moving AWAY from them at a rather high pace.

Mutual Aid Responding

A county-wide page went out for all available fire agencies and wildland fire equipment to respond to the Staging area located at the Silica Ridge Farms, located at 1454 Silica Road, off of I-90.

Day 303 I90 Fire 2015

#I90Fire in 2015. Rotor 9 sits on a grassy noll in the makeshift helibase near the Vantage Bridge. (Credit: 2015 LR Swenson)

The IC requested a State Mobe to respond to the fire.

It appears that firefighters have gained control of the 600-acre sage and grass burning wildfire with some resources going back into service.

Weather Conditions

Current weather conditions for the area the County is 69-degrees with a 0% precipitation with 23% humidity and winds at 23 mph.

Law Enforcement Officials: Washington State Patrol along with Grant County Sheriff Office. (Credit: GCSO)

Other Fires Burning in the State

At the time of this post, there are two (2) other wildfires burning in Washington State. One fire is near Airway Heights (Spokane County) and the other is in Wenatchee (Chelan County).

Hashtags Used by Social Media

Vantage Fire – #Sunland (We’re using #SunlandFire and #WaWildfires2016)

Wenatchee – #WenatcheeFire

Spokane County – #AirwayHeightsFire

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog