Washington Wildfire: #SkamaniaFire

STEVENSON, Wash. – Fire crews were dispatched on Friday, June 8, 2018, at 1135 hours PDT via the Pacific Cascade Dispatch Center to respond to Sweeney Falls located in the Columbia River Gorge (Skamania County) near Stevenson, Washington State where a wildfire ignited.

The Columbia River Gorge suffered a very large wildfire called the EAGLE CREEK FIRE which occurred in September 2017.

Fire fuels included Grass, brush and timber.

Unknown resources were dispatched and on-scene quickly.

Locals call Sweeney Falls , The Falls at Sweeney’s Corner but technically this waterfall does not have an official name.  The nameless waterfall is due to the lack of being visible from its home on Highway.

This fire was contained to 0.3 acres.

No cause for this fire is known at the time of this post.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog- Updated 0100 PDT

Washington Wildfire: #OregonFire

ELK, Wash. – Fire crews were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center on Friday, June 8, 2018, around 1237 hours PDT to East Oregon Road in Spokane County for a brush fire.

AR 414 (IC) arrived on-scene.

Fire crews quickly and successfully lined the fire completely reaching a 100% containment status by 1350 hours and stopping forward rate of spread.

The cause of this fire is unknown.

There were .02 acres consumed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 0045 hours 6/8/2018


Fundraiser Will Raise Funds for Recovery Camp for Kids

SOUTH WHIDBEY, Wash. – Kids are remarkable young people who deserve so much admiration for their bravery, strength and willingness to protect one another, especially those whom have been impacted by traumatic and gone through unimaginable experiences in their short lives.

The kids we are speaking of, are those who have been burned and live everyday with their internal and external scars which can be emotionally binding for them and disheartening for those who have sat idly by until now.

It Takes a Community (Village)

There is one non-profit that has been changing and positively creating a loving, caring and supportive atmosphere that is the center of this article. Burned Children Recovery Foundation is the focus of such a special South Whidbey Middle School student (he is unnamed – as we do not have permission to name him) who chose this organization as a community project.  Him and his family (parents are both firefighters) have been involved with Camp Phoenix (National Burned Children’s Camp) that occurs every year for many years. The trio will be present at the Fundraiser.

Every Day Heroes In Action

The SWMS student has voluntarily chosen this Foundation because of how important to him.  He wants to raise enough funds to send a child to camp.  Additionally, he has a lot of friends he has made over the years and would like to see them again.  Building friendships, networking, counseling, support, being wrapped with love and just being able to be yourself is one of many key ways to a successful recovery.

Empower The Foundation, Create Hope for Kids

Though the public may never understand or can ever understand the trauma of what a burn (serious) can do to a child’s confidence, constant stares or people making fun of them that can cause even greater scarring by tearing them down.   These are children who are just like any other child but have been burned on their faces, hands, limbs and caused serious disfigurements or may be in crisis depend on organizations like,  The Burned Children Recovery Foundation.  The Foundation’s main focus is to direct fund recovery activities to families with children who have been burned, survived and are living with scars.

Donate and Help Send a Child To Camp

Camp Phoenix, is a camp geared especially for burned children to be able to be with other kids who may look like them and understand what they are going through.  Many “counselors” and “staff” consist of firefighters, their families and those who truly understand and love these kids as if they were their own.

Why not help keep a great thing going and know that you are impacting all of their lives like you could never imagine?  With all of the tragedies in this world today, donate to this cause and know that you are saving many lives.

Here is what this post is all about.  Raising money to help send a child to camp.  This one of many ways, this SWMS student is working to see that funds are available to send more kids to camp.  Will you be that special someone who helps make that happen?


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On Saturday, May 26, 2018, a Charity Car Wash and, Donation Station for the Burned Children Recovery Foundation ‘s Camp Phoenix will take place from 1100 – 1700 hours at the Goose Parking (Bayview Center) lot near Bayview Appliance who donated the wash rack space!

A Special Treat

Big Betty, a retired former Seattle Fire engine will be on display on the big day gracing all those who come into her presence.  A fire engine that surely went on many fire calls back in the day will be on-scene working to save even more lives than you can imagine. And, what a great way to show her how much you appreciate everything she has done for the communities she has served and the lives she has saved.

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Credit | Barry Pomeroy

A chance to ride in the back of this engine can be yours if you WIN! What a great opportunity to feel the nostalgic of how it must have been for firefighters racing to a fire call.  Okay, maybe it won’t be like that but the chance to ride in this beauty would be a special treat for anyone.

We are sorry about the late posting. We just received this info a little late but felt it is a great fundraiser for a great organization whom does many great things for burned children and their families!  We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to share with you all.  – Ed.


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog


SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle appears to be touched by “more-than-your-usual-number-of-brush-fires” in a single day according to the City Fire Department’s CAD activity on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Here is a recap of today’s fires that have occurred this afternoon and are still occurring throughout the City of Seattle.

1600 Hours PDT –  SR 99 @ Holden.  Fire Officials stated firefighters were battling several brush fires near SB SR 99 at South Holden Street and 5th Avenue South x South Cloverdale Street. B2 E11 E27 E37 B7 dispatched.

1605 Hours PDT – 130 South Kenyon Street.  E32 dispatched.

1612 Hours PDT – 5th Avenue South x South Cloverdale Street.  E28 dispatched.

1646 Hours PDT – 7400 Sand Point Way NE.  E 38 dispatched.

1929 Hours PDT – 8604 8th Avenue South. E27 E37 MAR5 L7 dispatched.  Firefighters are still battling this brush fire along with a new one that broke out at 1931 Hours PDT. Seattle FIU is still investigating these string of brush fires. No preliminary cause is known at the time of this post.

SR 99: SR 599 Interchange

This brush can be seen from SR 99 x SR 599, down the street from 14th Ave S | Credit: WSDOT

1931 Hours PDT – NB SR 99 @ 14 Avenue South.  B5 E11 E33 E36 dispatched.  1950 PDT, Seattle Fire PIO stated fire was under control and Fire Investigators were en route to determine the cause.  As of 2030 Hours PDT, Fire Investigators were still investigating.  No preliminary cause is known at this time.

2035 – MLK Jr. Way South x South Bayview Street.  E30 dispatched.


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated May 22, 2018 – 2100 Hours PDT

Nationally Fires Are Dwindling | Sept 28 2017

POST SUMMARY | Nationally speaking, the number of large and uncontained wildfires are down.  Reported today, there were 62 new fires that required light initial attack activity.  Three of these were new large incidents, says the National Interagency Coordination Center or NICC for short.

However, there are multiple fires with minimal fire behavior.  One fire was contained as of yesterday, which is good news considering how long of these fires have been burning up the NW landscapes all around us.

We are still seeing that 3 Type 1 and 12 Type 2 IMTs are still committed in our along along with one NIMO.

Fire Fact:  As of today, there are 66 active wildfires staffed by 192 crews, 521 engines, 42 helicopters and 9,028 personnel.  Overall, 1,595,667 acres have been scorched.

The NW is reporting as of today’s date, there are 7 new wildfires and thankfully, none of them are new large incidents.  However, 9 of them are being still classified as uncontained.  We are still seeing 2 Type 1 and 6 Type 2 IMTs that are committed in our region.

This is our recap for Wednesday, September 28, 2017.

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Horse Prairie Fire Panoramic Photo

HORSE PRAIRIE FIRE.  Douglas Forest Protective Association.  15 miles West of Canyonville (OR).  Started 8/26/2017 @ 1530 hours.  Unknown cause. Local Type 3 IMT (DFPA unit).  Timber (litter/understory), brush and short grass. 16,436 acres.  95% contained. 57 personnel.  Fire crews to continue to mop up in all Divisions.

Repair of dozer line, Div X, near O'Brien and FR 455

CHETCO BAR LIFE. Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  Kalmiopsis Wilderness in the Illinois River Valley.  Lightning caused.  Timber, chaparral and Douglas Fir.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  191,088 acres.  97% contained.  541 personnel. 

This map shows the perimeters of the fires in the Horse Creek Complex and the Rebel Fire for Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

HORSE CREEK COMPLEX.  Willamette National Forest.  (5 fires) AVENUE FIRE.  McKenzie River Ranger District.  3 miles SE of McKenzie Bridge. Started 8/11/2017 by Lightning. 3,574 acres.    OLALLIE LOOKOUT FIRE.  McKenzie River Ranger District within the Three Sisters Wilderness.  Started 8/10/2017 by Lightning. 1,572 acres.  RONEY FIRE.  McKenzie River Ranger District with the Three Sisters Wilderness.  8/10/2017 by Lightning. 3,548 acres.  SEPARATION FIRE.  McKenzie River Ranger District within the Three Sisters Wilderness.  Started 8/10/2017 by lightning.  17,914 acres.  NASH FIRE.  Willamette NF in the McKenzie River Ranger District within Three Sisters Wilderness area. Started 8/10/2017 by Lightning.  6,738 acres.  170 total personnel.  Minimal fire behavior on all fires with smoldering.

Clearing Area Around Cabin at Goose Prairie

NORSE PEAK FIRE.  Okanogan/Wenatchee NF.  Minimal fire behavior with isolated pockets of slow surface spread where the fire is sheltered by tree canopy and continued burning in larger dead of downed trees. 55,909 acres.  AMERICAN FIRE.   Minimal fire behavior.  99% contained. 



(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/28/2017 @ 2050 hours PDT




Temps Up, Fire Starts Down | Sept 25 2017

POST SUMMARY | With a combination of recent rainfall, temps are predicted to be in the high 60’s and even 70’s in the Seattle area.  Things are beginning to dry out but fire starts are relatively down across the Nation.

 On Saturday, nationally there were only 31 new fires requiring light initial attack and on Sunday there was a report of 28 which means things are starting to cool off.   Today, there has been an increase up to 55 new wildfires reported and still 18 wildfires not contained.

Nationally speaking, there are 2 NIMOs, 2 Type 1 and 15 Type 2 IMTs still being committed to wildfire incidents.

In the NW region, today’s report was of 5 new fires and none of them being reported as new large incidents.  However, 12 of the 18 large fires are all burning in the NW with 1 NIMO, 2 Type 1 and 6 Type 2 IMTs committed. (Source:   NIFC)

Here is our recap on Monday, September 25, 2017.


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Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles W of Selma and E/NE of Brookings, OR.  In the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Start 7/12/2017. Lightning caused.  Burning in the 2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire burn scars.  Timber (litter/understory), medium logging slash and chaparral (6′).   #ChetcoBarFire

Incident Cooperators include the Red Cross, BLM, USDA Forest Service, Brookings Fire & Rescue, Coos FPA, Curry County, Harbor RFPD, Illinois Valley FD, Josephine County (JoCo), OR DOT – Trip Check, ODOF and the OR State FMO’s office. 

 191,067 acres.  97% contained.   730 personnel.  15 crews, 21 engines and 7 helos.  

30 structures destroyed.  $60,900,000 cost-to-date.

Sources: NIFC, NWCC, Facebook (made up of BLM, Coos Forest Protective Association, OR State FMO, Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, OR DOF and PNW Team 3 IMT)


Ochoco NF.  20 miles NE Prineville, OR in the Mill Creek Wilderness.  Started 9/9/2017. Lightning.  Burning in the 2000 Hash Rock Fire scar.  #DesolationFire

Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing.  4,512 acres. 30% contained.

49 personnel. 2 crews. $1,300,000 cost-to-date.

(NIFC, Inciweb)


 Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles NNW of Mazama, WA. Started 7/23/2017. Cause is unknown & under investigation. Fire still burning in the United States and in Canada where it crossed over.  #DiamondCreekFire

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Hidden Lakes. (Photo Credit: Michael Liu, Methow Valley RD Ranger)

Minimal fire behavior with backing, smoldering and creeping. 127,498 acres. 79% contained.

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Spanish Camp in 9/22/2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Liu, Methow Valley RD Ranger)

188 personnel. 6 crews, 1 engines, 1 helicopter. 

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A copter appears in the fire area. (Photo Credit: Diamond Creek Fire Facebook)

3 structures lost. $14,500,000 cost-to-date. 

(NIFC, NWCC, Facebook)

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Remmel Lake. Photo taken on September 22, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Liu, Methow Valley RD Ranger)


Point protection on Herman Creek Footbridge 9/11/17

Point protection on Herman Creek Footbridge. Photo taken on September 11, 2017

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 1 mile South from Cascade Locks, OR.  Started 9/2/2017 around 1600 hours PDT.  Timber (large trees), dense forest and open grass (1 foot tall). Human caused & under investigation. #EagleCreekFire


Minimal fire behavior. 48,668 acres. 46% contained.

156 personnel. 2 crews, 6 engines, 1 helicopter. 

4 structures lost. $15,200,000 cost-to-date.


Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  3 fires. All 3 started by lightning.  Over 40 fires ignited west of Crater Lake after lightning storms hit the area in July and August.  #HighCascadesComplex

This complex is host to 5 fires. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  79,870 acres.  32% contained.

853 personnel. 21 crews, 21 engines and 5 helicopters.

1 structure lost. $60,500,000 cost-to-date.

Bessie's cabin wrapped in fire protective covering to protect from Blanket Creek fire.

A wrapped Bessie’s cabin.


Willamette NF.  7 miles S of Belknap, OR.  IMT is also managing Rebel Fire.  Started 8/21/2017. Cause unknown and is being investigated.  Timber, litter and light logging slash.  Fire managers are also managing the Rebel Fire.  Transfer of command from a Type 1 IMT to the local unit will occur on 9/28/2017.  #HorseCreekComplex

Sept 15 - Firefighters use water pumps to protect buildings at Boy Scout Camp Malakwa. Angela Yost photo

Usage of water pumps are implementation of structure protection. (Photo Credit: Angela Yost)

Totals:  41,873 acres. (A more accurate reported acres due to an Infrared flight was conducted).  337 personnel,. 5 crews, 1 helicopter, 15 engines, 3 water tenders and 1 skidgen.

Firefighters have been busy pulling hose that was laid on fires in the Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire. So far, they have pulled approximately 15 miles of hose and they're not done yet. Tim Mowry/Alaska IMT

This is what 15 miles of hose looks like. This was just the beginning. (Photo Credit: Tim Mowry, AK IMT)

Horse Creek Complex:  Minimal fire behavior.  33,170 acres. 64% contained. 247 personnel. 5 crews, 1 engine and 1 helicopter. $9,200,000 cost-to-date.

Rebel Fire:  Minimal fire behavior. 8,703 acres. 88% contained. Crews are salvaging logging which is near being complete. 65 personnel. 1 crew, 3 engines. $7,200,000 cost-to-date.

Olallie Lookout Fire:  1,572 acres.  Being monitored.

Roney Fire:  3,548 acres.  Being monitored.

Coils of rolled up fire hose are piled on pallets at the Hoodoo Incident Command Post on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Tim Mowry/Alaska IMT

Hose rolling operation. (Photo Credit: Tim Mowry, AK IMT)

Avenue Fire:  3,398 acres.  Dozer and hand lines installed will continue to dry out this weekend. Repair work will continue next week.

Separation Fire:  17,914 acres.  Hand lines are being stabilized on the NW side of this fire. NE of the fire, chipping operations will be completed.

Michael Clendenen from Fagen Trees and Chips of Bend, Ore. operates a chipper along Forest Service Road 19 on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Tim Mowry/Alaska IMT

Chipping operations in effect. (Photo Credit: Tim Mowry, AK IMT)

Nash Fire:  6,738 acres.


OR DOF – Central Unit.  15 miles NW of Canyonville, OR. Started 8/26/2017.  Cause unknown.  Timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.  #HorsePrairieFire

No known fire behavior. 16,436 acres. 95% contained.

48 personnel.  2 crews, 1 engine.

2 structures lost. $16,300,000.


13 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA on the Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  #JollyMountanFire #JollyMtnFire

Video of Friday's (9/15/2017) burnout operation along Road 903 north of Cle Elum Lake. This was a key part of the fire strategy – to bring the fire's northwestern edge down to the road under favorable conditions.

Burnout operations on 9/15/2017.

Minimal fire behavior. 36,808 acres. 45% contained. 

119 personnel. 2 crews, 12 engines and 0 helicopters. 

$24,800,000 cost-to-date.


Siuslaw hand crew building fireline

Willamette NF. 11 miles E of Oakridge, OR.  Burning on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Timber. Reported on 9/9/2017. Lightning caused. #JonesFire #KelseyCreekFire

Jones Fire:  10 miles NE of Lowell, OR.  Minimal fire behavior. 10,220 acres. 80% contained. 85 personnel. 2 crews, 1 engine and 2 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $21,100,000 cost-to-date. 

Kelsey Creek Fire:  11 miles East of Oakridge, OR. Minimal fire behavior. 441 acres. 15% contained.  225 personnel. 6 crews, 5 engines and 1 helicopter. $2,200,000 cost-to-date.

Firefighter working Kelsey Fire

Working on the Kelsey Fire. (Credit: Gina Troy via Inciweb)


 Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. 17 miles E of Cave Junction and 20 miles West of Ashland, OR.  Started 8/14/2017 around 1400 hours PDT with 25 wildfires.   Timber, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Dir dominance and numerous snags.  Lightning caused. Type 3 IMT assumed command on Friday, September 22, 2017.  Due to fire behavior decreased, a Type 3 IMT has been moved into place.  #MillerComplex

Incident Cooperators include Harbor Rural Fire Protection Dept., OR State Fire Marshal, OR DOT, OR DOF, RRSNF.  

Totals: 36,496 acres. 70% contained. 167 personnel.  Fire behavior moderate in some areas, limited to creeping, smoldering and backing in others.

Abney Fire:  Fire crews to identify ways to limit fire spread and improve existing contingency lines.

Burnt Peak Fire: Being monitored.

Creedence Fire:  Being monitored.

Knox Fire:  Being monitored by air and showing little fire activity.

Fire behavior is minimal on the Miller Complex after this week's cool, wet weather. However, the fire is not out. Photo credit: Jacob Welsh

A fire smolders after a big rainfall on the Miller Complex.


9 miles West of Sisters, OR on the Deschutes NF.  #MilliFire

Minimal fire behavior.  24,025 acres. 85% contained.

7 personnel. 0 resources.  

$16,800,000 cost-to-date.


Okanogan – Wenatchee NF.  11 miles W of Cliffdell, WA. 3 fires.  Fire has been broken into 2 different zones (North and South). Started 8/11/2017. Lightning. Timber (litter and understory), heavy dead and down materials.

Fire Managers are also managing the American Fire.  Total personnel. 135 and included in totals are 4 crews and 5 engines.  Under SE of fire, a Naches Ranger District Type 4 is in Command. NW side of fire is a Type 3 IMT located at the Expo Center in Enumclaw.

Norse Peak Fire:  52,056 acres. 80% contained.  NW side:  cleanup and fire suppression restoration in progress. Under a monitoring phase: an active portion of fire near SR 410.  All Level 3 evacuations have been lifted.

American Fire:  3,853 acres. 99% contained.  Minimal fire growth is expected.  All Level 3 evacuations have been lifted.

Clearing Area Around Cabin at Goose Prairie

Clearing around a Goose Prairie cabin.


Umpqua NF.  50 miles East of Roseburg, OR.   (6 fires) Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused.  Timber, forest litter, grass and shrubs are fire fuels. Great Basin IMT 3, a Type 2 IMT team assumed command on 9/15/2017 @ 1900 hours PDT. #UmpquaNorthComplex

This complex is host to 6 fires.   Minimal fire behavior.  43,140 acres. 60% contained.

456 personnel. 17 crews, 9 engines and 2 helicopters. 

1 structure lost. $38,200,000 cost-to-date.

Working the hose roller

Hose rolling operation.


The Whitewater Fire includes reporting of Little Devil Fire, Scorpion Fire, Clagett Lake, Slideout Fire, Section Line Fire, French Fire and Potato Hill Fire. Located on the Willamette NF and 10 miles East of Idanha, OR. Closed timber, timber (litter and understory), light logging slash and snags are throughout the area.  #WhitewaterFire

Minimal behavior.  14,451 acres. 47% contained. 

September 22, 2017 photo of a westerly view from Heli-spot 4 on the Whitewater Fire

View from the Heli-spot 4 on the Whitewater Fire. Photo taken on 9/22/2017.

372 personnel. 7 crews, 5 engines. 

$36,600,000 cost-to-date.

SOURCES.  NIFC, NWCC, Inciweb, Facebook.

FIRE IMAGES.  All fire images have been given appropriate Photo Credit respectively and to the best of our ability.  We do not lie claim to any of them. 

If a Photo Credit is not listed for the fire image, it is implied that it is a Courtesy/Credit Photo from Inciweb.  Inciweb is an interagency that gleans information  from various Fire Departments, Districts, Forest Service and other Agencies working together. 

Photos are uploaded from various Firefighters, Strike Teams, IMTs, Incident Command, etc.  We respect their roles in where they play in obtaining these photos.  They often give us a great front row seat in looking through their eyes and under what conditions lie before them.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/23/2017 – 1830 hours PDT




New Wildfires Ignite in the NW Region | August 27 2017

SUMMARY POST | There have been several new wildfires that have ignited in Washington State and in order to get information out to you all, we are separating this post for today only.  All information from these fires (if applicable starting on Monday, August 28th) will be added to our “NW Active Fires single daily SitRep”.


Hill Fire.  In Pomeroy.  100+ acres. Homes threatened. Evacuations in effect. State Mobe approved. SE WA IMT is monitoring natural cover fire. Incident Cooperators include Garfield County Fire District 1 has requested mutual aid from Asotin, Columbia Counties and Walla Walla /Columbia County Fire District #2.

Unofficial word of cars, structures and power infrastructure afire.  Fire resources were being staged in parking lots across from Grain Elevators on Main Street in Pomeroy. (about 1700 hours).


Unnamed Fire.  Grant County Fire District 13 is on-scene of a brush fire incident burning in cut wheat and sagebrush.  Located in the area of Rd. B NE and Rd 25 NE, just NE of Soap Lake.  Fire pushing NE. Estimated at 350-400 acres. GCFD 5 and 12 responded as Mutual Aid, along with a farmer with a tractor. Fire Officials say that if you feel like you are in danger, to self-evacuate.  As of 1830 hours, State Mobe resources had not been requested/approved.

Unnamed Fire.  Grant County Fire District 13 is assisting GCFD 7 with a very large wildfire near Rd 23 NE and Rd A (High Hill Road).  Started 8/27/2017 around 1700 hours PDT. Dry brush and grass. No homes threatened and no evacuations in effect at the moment.

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Rock Candy Fire. Start 8/27/2017. Dispatch time @ 1607 hours. Rock Candy Mtn on the Capitol State Forest. Copter on-scene.

 Rock Pit Fire.  Start 8/27/2017. WA DNR. Located in the Capitol State Forest. Multiple resources (+ helicopter). Initial call dispatched E262 at 1453 hours. Fire is on Capitol Peak in the Capitol Forest. Grass, light slash.  IC arrived at 1614 hours.


More to come as the details are received in.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#MonumentHillFire | Grant County WA | New!


Monument Hill is the second highest peak in Beezley Hills at an elevation of 2,882 feet.  It is located near Quincy, just South of Ephrata. (Wikipedia)


Fire crews were dispatched to a brush fire around 2019 hours on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, located on Monument Hill  is located near Quincy, Washington.  (FireCAD)


Level 3 (LEAVE NOW!) Evacuations were ordered forAdams Rd N, areas of Rd 13NW and Rd J8 NW.  (this was approximately around 2100 hours PDT from GCSO)

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Level 1 (Get Ready) Evacuations for Painted Hills area.  For what you need to bring during an evacuation or learn of which areas are in evacuations, check out the Grant County Sheriff Office website here —-> https://www.nixle.us/9JCSD


Initial resources (BATT-17 BLM-11 BLM E-6695) were originally dispatched. We have heard since the original call time, pages out for mutual aid from Spokane city firefighters and others. (Scanner Feed)  Additionally, State fire mobe has been approved as well bringing out additional resources. (WSP PIO)

Press releases are coming out of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Washington State Patrol (WSP), as well as Grant County PUD.


Grant County Sheriff is reporting the brush fire is approximately 500 acres(as of 2300 hours PDT) and is growing quickly. No containment status has been achieved as of yet. Homes and crops are currently being threatened.  State Fire Mobe has been approved. (Released around 2225 hours PDT)

#MonumentHillFire night fire operations. Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore)


Power Outage – Douglas County PUD stated as of 2200 hours PDT, about 350 residents were affected by the power outage in the Palisades area due to the fire in Grant County.  Crews are out and working very hard to restore power as quickly as possible.

Stay Out of the Area –The WA State Patrol reminds everyone to STAY OUT OF THE AREA and not park on the shoulders. Fire crews need the space to work in and with heavy traffic they cannot reach the fire ground.  Please help them put this fire out by leaving enough space for emergency vehicles and support personnel access to various roadways.

Evacuation orders/alerts – To receive Nixle alerts (evacuation notices), if you live in Grant County, text your zip code to 888777. You can also follow us on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff #MonumentHillFire (GCSO)

Red Cross Shelter – will be set up for evacuees at midnight tonight.  This will be opened up at the Quincy High School in Quincy. (GCSO)


This area is familiar to large wildfires and also previously called the #MonumentHillFire when the last one in July of 2015, caused evacuations in the Baird Springs Road of Rd Q NW, just North of Quincy.  Evacuations were ordered on July 1 and listed on July 5, 2015. (News Media)

This what it looked like on July 1, 2015.  Fire was out around 1900 hours on July 5, 2015.  Over 2,000 acres.

Credit: GCSO.

Here it is on August 16, 2017. Fire started August 16, 2017 and growing.  500 acres and growing.

Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore


You can follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, on Twitter @nwfireblog and on our Facebook Page, The NW Fire Blog.

#MonumentHillFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE #NWFB #GrantCoWAFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2017 @ 2320 Hours PDT


WA Fire CAD | Overnight Activity | August 12, 2017

Fire CAD Activity Summary | A very active lightning storm passed over the Yakima area last night.  One particular area being reported in the Bumping Lake area with nine possible new starts from dry lightning strikes.

Here is the Wildfire CAD Activity for multiple areas and you can see how lively it was in several areas in the late evening.  Each fire is broken down by Dispatch hours, name and burned acres where listed.

Yakima County

1910 PDT | Jack Creek. 5 acres.

1848 PDT | E Jolly Creek. 0.25 acres.

1837 PDT | Jollyn Mtn. 0.5 acres.

1833 PDT | NW Jolly Creek. 5 acres.

1810 PDT | Scab Mtn. 0 acres recorded.

1809 PDT | Crow Creek (Union Creek). 0 acres recorded.

1808 PDT | Union Creek Trail. 0 acres listed.

1804 PDT | N Fork Union Creek.  0 acres recorded.

1803 PDT | Survey (Union Creek). 0 acres listed.

Kittitas County

1758 PDT | Peasant Valley. Lake Cle Elum. 1 acre. Fire District, USFS response.  Up Hwy 410.

1747 PDT | Jollyy Mtn. 30 acres.

1618 PDT | Pinegrass Ridge. 0.1 acre.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/12/17 @ 0725 Hours PDT

#BissellFire | Washington | 4



A wildfire broke out on Sunday, July 23, 2017, around 1900.

Resources were dispatched at 1912 hours and en route at 1915 hours to the wildfire.


The fire is located about 8 miles North of Hunters, Washington in very rugged and steep terrain. Fire fuels are timber, brush and tall grass.


The fire is listed at 411 acres with a 10% containment status.


The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

It is being investigated.


Lead Agency:  WA DNR – NE Region.

There are approximately 150 personnel assigned to this incident.

No other equipment or resources are known at this time.  We do know that those currently engaging the fire are working tirelessly on fire suppression and containment efforts.

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Aerial View of the Fire on Monday. (Credit: WA DNR)


American Red Cross (NW Chapter), Stevens County Emergency Services and Sheriff’s Office.


About 25 area residents that are in the fire area were inside the fire area were under Level 2 and 3 evacuation orders.   All orders have since been lifted.


A significant power outage has occurred in the area and fire officials are working with utilities  to get it back on. No ETA given as to when this will occur.



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