#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).

Thank you for reading our post!

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

#SnakeRiverFire | Washington State | 3

NEAR POMEROY, WASHINGTON  

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Photo Credit: Methow Valley News (Republished with written permission)

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

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

WILDFIRE: #MonumentFire Reignites as Weather Becomes More Erratic

Quincy, Washington

Around 1130 hours this morning, sources were reporting the original incident #MonumentFire [name has been used by many fire agencies, Law Enforcement and Media sources], that it had been completely contained and evacuation orders were lifted.

As of 1615 hours, we were beginning to hear firefighters on the fireground reporting hight temps of 103F, low humidity of 12% and winds picking up.  Usually, when we hear this – it makes cringe knowing what all three can do to an already damaged fire scorched are.  [As of 1830 hours, the temps in Quincy are being reported as 98F but we all know temps can see higher with gear/equipment & standing directly under the sun].

Unfortunately, that all too familiar image of fire burning again has come back to visit.  It has reignited and large amounts of Firefighters are yet, facing the dangers.

We posted a question on the State’s Department of Emergency Management Camp Murray Washington] for an update on the new info that had come to light, as no new details found on Grant County Sheriff’s Office or any of the other media sources.

It appears that several Law Enforcement Agencies like the WSP including EOC WA EMD, some Fire Departments and others have been using the same hashtag as us #MonumentFire while some are using #MonumentHillFire.  The morale of this post is that there is simply no new information but just for entertainment purposes, here is our response.  [This is intended not to offend anyone.  We are here to provide you all with true, up-to-date and accurate information just like anyone else.]

This is the response we received:

Washington Emergency Management Division We have no new updates from Grant County Sheriff’s Office – Tom Jones, Sheriff.

As an FYI.

We don’t monitor our Facebook Account 24-7. Most up-to-date information on Washington Wildfires can be found on Twitter using the hashtag #wawildfire

If you don’t have a Twitter Account, you can go to the website tagboard.com and insert #wawildfire into the search box and it will search across the area for you and a Twitter Account will not be necessary.

Tagboard. The social media hub for hashtags.
TAGBOARD.COM”

Hate to say it but they are following our @nwfireblog account. Maybe it’s an auto reply? Interesting response…. [We still Love our peeps at the State EOC and appreciate all of the long hours they are putting into these very active Fire incidents!]

Anyway, this is what we have been able to gather so far:

  • Higher temps
  • Low humdity
  • Winds picking
  • Fire rekindling

Some of the visual highlights being seen on the fireground.

#FireImages Credit:  Tender40Boss, Jake Weigley/Orting Valley Fire & Rescue [Published with permission]

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Check out the view what firefighters are now facing.

The Puget Sound Strike Team posted this great video about 1720 hours ago of an Air Tanker dropping over the ridge.  Spectacular footage pf a tanker working to secure and protect a farm.  [Check out their Facebook Page for the video clip –> https://www.facebook.com/SouthPugetstriketeam]

As more information is received, we’ll post more details.  For now, this is all we have but want to end with one of our most favorite quotes:

“Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

– Mattie Stepanek

[Editor’s Note:  “Thank You to all of our friends and followers whom are Firefighters,  in EMS, Law Enforcement, 1st Responders, Medical, Emergency Managment, Support personnel, Shelter Volunteers and everyone [sorry if we fogot anyone. It’s unintentional.]

“Your tireless efforts, compassion, dedication, endless hours of Saving/Protecting Lives & Property do not go unnoticed at the Washington Fires [#SleepyHollow, #Road6Fire and now #MonumentFire].

Though we are not there with you physically, we are there with you emotionally.  For those who cannot or will not say Thank You, we would stand on one of the hillsides and shout out our gratitude [okay, maybe not], but we really do appreciate what you are doing for the great people of Washington State and for those around the Country. We are truly proud of you all.  Keep up the great work!-Lisa]

Thanks for the follows! We appreciate every single one of You.

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