New! | WA | Monument Hill Fire

Update 1 | Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | 2349 PT

Incident Summary – A wildfire ignited in the evening of Tuesday prompting resources BATT-6101 (IC as of 8/31/2021 @ 2349), DIV-6101, E-6695 and E-6696 to be dispatched around 2116 hours PT.

The Wildcad.net system is showing the name as the BEEZLEY FIRE while the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is naming it the MONUMENT HILL FIRE. They state the name is due to this area burns almost every year.

Location – The fire is said to be in the Monument Hill area in Grant County, Washington.

Size Up – There has been a total of 150 acres of grass and shrubs consumed. There is an unknown containment status, if it even applies.

Evacuations are in effect as of 8/31/2021 @ 2333 hours PT for:

LEVEL 3 Evacuations have been issued by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for the following areas: Road 13 from Adams Road north to J.8 Northwest and to the east end of Road 13-Northwest (Source: nixle.com)

We are going to use both Command and Wildfire designator names as it appears to be the same fire incident. We are also waiting for updates from local fire districts that may be responding to this new fire. For now, we are going out of service and provide an update on Wednesday morning. – Ed.

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WA | Lower Crab Creek Fire | 1

Update 2 – August 17, 2021

Today, the fire has been pinpointed to its more exact location in the Lower Crab Creek area. BATT 804, E865 are currently assigned to this incident. About 1.53 acres have been destroyed. This is an open and active scene.

Update 1 – August 16, 2021

What started out as a smoke check in Crab Creek are at 1915 hours PT on Monday, August 16, 2021, would convert over to an active wildfire. Resources BATT-610, BATT-804, E-1642, E842, and E865 dispatched.

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WA | Schneider Springs Fire

UPDATE — AUGUST 13, 2021

A wildfire broke out on August 3, 2021, due to being lightning but not detected until the following day on lands owned by the United State National Forest Service ‘s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

It is burning about 18 miles northwest of Naches and 21 miles of Tieton (Yakima County), Washington.

A woman stands in field of dry yellow grass adjacent to a gravel road. She is watching the column of orange/coral colored smoke from the Schneider Springs fire rise over the horizon. Four homes are visible among the trees adjacent to the grass field.

Photo Credit: Dee & Harlan Peterson (via Inciweb)

The fire has currently burned 13,665 acres and has been contained to 30%. Due to the fire’s extreme behavior, it has caused LEVEL 3 mandatory evacuations.

More resources are pouring into the staging area and being deployed to the fire line. At the time of this post, there is 300 personnel along with 14 engines, seven crews, four dozers and five tenders. Additional will be arriving throughout this incident, which include engine strike teams, smokejumpers and hotshot crews.

Fire behavior is extreme due to intense heat causing growth with torching, crowning and spotting.

No aircraft could fly yesterday due to a heavy blanket of smoke in the sky, making visibility very poor and unsafe for pilots.

Crews and dozers will continue to work together to build contingency lines.

Cost-to-date expenses for fire suppression and containment efforts have topped out at $2.9 Million.

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WA | Cub Creek 2 Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 | AUGUST 6, 2021

The CUB CREEK 2 FIRE started on July 16, 2021, around 1327 hours PT, is burning about five miles north of (revised 8/7/2021) Winthrop, Washington.

Firefighters cutting line with a group of trees on fire very close
Credit | USFS

The cause is still unknown and under investigation.

Fire crews have extinguished a new start on the western flank. USFS crews supported local ground and air resources on fires: Cub Creek 2 and other wildfire incidents nearby. Mop-ups are occurring in some areas.

About 679 fire personnel are still attached to this incident.

The fire is being managed by an IMT1, SW Team 2 (Bales).

Incident Cooperators include WA DNR, Okanogan County Fire District #6, Okanogan County, WSP, WSDOT, OCEC, City of Winthrop, City of Twisp and WA State Parks.

There has been 61,391 acres of brush and timber burned with a 24% containment status. The fire behavior remains moderate. Some homes are still being threatened.

#CubCreek2Fire #WAwildfires #WAFireSeason2021

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WA | Cub Creek 2 Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 | AUGUST 6, 2021

The CUB CREEK 2 FIRE started on July 16, 2021, around 1327 hours PT, is burning about five miles north of Grand Coulee, Washington.

Firefighters cutting line with a group of trees on fire very close
Credit | USFS

The cause is still unknown and under investigation.

Fire crews have extinguished a new start on the western flank. USFS crews supported local ground and air resources on fires: Cub Creek 2 and other wildfire incidents nearby. Mop-ups are occurring in some areas.

About 679 fire personnel are still attached to this incident.

The fire is being managed by an IMT1, SW Team 2 (Bales).

Incident Cooperators include WA DNR, Okanogan County Fire District #6, Okanogan County, WSP, WSDOT, OCEC, City of Winthrop, City of Twisp and WA State Parks.

There has been 61,391 acres of brush and timber burned with a 24% containment status. The fire behavior remains moderate. Some homes are still being threatened.

#CubCreek2Fire #WAwildfires #WAFireSeason2021

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Cub Creek 2 | Winthrop, WA | 2

UPDATE 2 | JULY 31, 2021

The CUB CREEK 2 FIRE started on July 16, 2021, around 1327 hours PT, is burning about five miles north of Winthrop, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Photo was taken on July 25, and shows the Cascade Type 2IA Crew on night ops.
Credit | WA DNR

The fire is being managed by an MT1, SW Team 2 (Bales).

Incident Cooperators include WA DNR, Okanogan County Fire District #6, Okanogan County, WSP, WSDOT, OCEC, City of Winthrop, City of Twisp and WA State Parks.

There has been 54,858 acres of brush and timber burned – an increase of 1,581 acres. There is a 24% containment status.

Fire behavior is moderate with torching, flanking and backing. Operations is broken up in multiple areas.

Branch 6: Crews will continue to open up interior roads to mitigate hazard trees within the fire perimeter, as well as assess specific areas along the Cub Creek drainage area. Mop-up operations to continue.

Branch 8: To continue to prep FS Road 37 and FR39 to anticipate fire to move easterly and cause growth within the Inventoried roadless areas and into past fire burn scars. to scout for possible control line locations and ID road/ridge systems that connect back to FS Road 37.

Communication infrastructure is being threatened, as well as the communities of Mazama and Winthrop. A total of three structures have been lost. A total of $11.3 Million Dollars is the cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses.

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Cub Creek 2 | Winthrop, WA | 1

UPDATE 1 — JULY 24, 2021 — SATURDAY — 2130 HOURS PT

Incident Summary

The CUB CREEK 2 FIRE started on July 16, 2021, around 1327 hours PT, is burning about five miles north of Winthrop, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands.

Additional fire has burned about 640 acres on private land, along with 687 acres on State lands, along with 173 acres on Fish and Wildlife. Forest land has lost 39,377 acres.

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Credit — Cub Creek Fire FB Page

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command

The fire is being managed by the a CA IMT Team 1 on July 23, 2021. The Incident Commander is Jerry McGowen.

Resources

There are 553 total personnel with 13 crews and 23 engines.

Incident Cooperators include WA DNR, Okanogan County Fire District #6, Okanogan County, WSP, WSDOT, OCEC, City of Winthrop, City of Twisp and WA State Parks.

Current Status

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, torching and flanking. It has burned about 42,785 acres of timber and brush. The Fire is now at a 10% containment status.

Fire Operations

Modest growth on the east flank as the fire burns through jackpots of heavy dead & down fuel from the 2006 Tripod Fire. Fire is backing and flanking, with occasional torching and short crown runs.

Significant activity overnight in the Eight Mile Creek drainage between the 2018 McLeod Fire and the 2014 Upper Falls Creek Fire. Northerly spread from the west flank is blocked by these previous fires, which are currently checking fire behavior.

Greatest risk of spread is to the south toward Cub Creek, since there has been no recent fire history there. Fortunately, the Cub Creek 2 Fire is somewhat sheltered from northern winds.

Damage Assessments

Three structures have been lost. The total CTD is $3.8 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA | Mission Creek Fire | New!

1845 PT | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

SUMMARY — The MISSION CREEK FIRE is burning in the Mission Creek area, just outside of Cashmere (Chelan County), Washington, which was sparked from an unknown cause on Sunday, June 30th.

RESOURCES — WA DNR resources were dispatched on Sunday at 1546 hours PT via the Central Washington Communications Center. Those included BATT-71 CHELAN-25 CHELAN-27 CREW-33 CREW-52 E-4101 E-4104 E-4107 E-4204 E-6695 E-6696.

SIZE UP — Media reporting the fire burning at 25 acres in unknown fire fuels.

EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT

>> Yaksum Canyon road from the 3900 block all the way to the top.

>> Mission Creek Road from the 2800 block to Sand Creek One

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WA | Road 20 Fire | 3

WASHINGTON — A small brush fire ignited on Sunday, May 30th around 1500 hours PT. The fire is named the ROAD 20 FIRE for its location on Road 20 NW in Douglas County.

CAUSE — Unknown and under investigated by the Bureau of Land Management, also known as BLM.

SIZE UP — 20 acres. Unknown containment status. (DCFD5 update 22:20)

RESOURCES — BLM, Douglas County Fire Districts 1,2, 4 and 5, Chelan County Fire District 7, WA DNR along two Rotors.

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Credit — DCFD5

FIRE STATUS — Some resources have been released. On Monday, May 31st, additional BLM and DCFD5 crews will be on-scene to assist with full containment and mop-up operations. No movement on the fire is expected tonight. (Per DCFD5)

WA DNR is stating the fire has been contained as of 2030 PT.

EVACUATIONS — None.

THREATENED — No structures, infrastructure or assets are under threat.

MAPPING —

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Credit — DCFD5

ALERTS — Douglas County has released of a new mobile app, “MyAlerts”, powered by AlertSense, the county’s new emergency alerting service. Residents and visitors can now receive life-saving emergency alerts and advanced warning of severe weather directly on their Android or Apple iOS phone or table. You can download the free MyAlerts app today from Google Play myAlerts – Apps on Google Play or the App Store ‎AlertSense My Alerts on the App Store (apple.com)

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Update 2 — 5/30/2021 2300 Hours PT

WA | Mineral Hill Fire | 3 (Final)

MINERAL HILL, WA — Update 3 | 2105 PT | The fire has been contained at 1905 hours. It is holding to .17 acre.

C 93 HI 7108 SO 7201 SO 7208 were dispatched at 1004 hours PT to Mineral Hill Road in Okanogan County for a smoke check on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 1010 hours PT.

The smoke check call turned into a wildfire related incident.

Fire crews have stopped the forward progression of the fire and are holding it to 0.5 acres of grass, brush and shrub. It is 100% lined with a 50% mop-up status.

Dispatch Center: WA-NEC.

(c) 2021 NW Fire – 5/30/2021 – 1450 PT