Washington State Wildfires | Sit Rep | August 30 2018

Thank you for reading our Blog and today’s Sit Rep for Washington State wildfires.  All active wildfires will be posted as separate incidents.  Here is your fire recap for Thursday, August 30, 2018.

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CENTRAL WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

RED FIELD FIRE – Wildfire – Pine Canyon. Douglas County.  Units dispatched 1312 hours PDT. Grass and brush fire fuels.  Contained and controlled at 1521 hours PDT.  0.1 acre.

HOT SPRINGS FIRE – Wildfire – Hot Springs.  Units SE-641, SE-642, SE-TSUBOTA dispatched at 1716 hours PDT. Resources on-scene.  10 acres.

POLE PICK FIRE – Smoke Check – Frazer Creek.  Units dispatched at 1901 hours PDT.  Div-4 resources on-scene.

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NORTHEAST WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

WELCOME ROAD FIRE – South Welcome Road.  Spokane County.  Dispatched at 1106 hours PDT.  Handled by WFS, not a DNR call.

PASCAL CEMETERY FIRE – Spring Road.  Stevens County.  Dispatched at 1255 hours PDT.  Resources AA 444 TS responded.  Another Agency (SPA) not DNR.

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OLYMPIC REGION DISPATCH

TARBOO 3 FIRE – Tarboo Lake Road, Olympia.  Brush and slash fire fuels.  Units dispatched at 1348 hours PDT.  Contained at 1417 hours PDT.  0.1 acre.

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PACIFIC CASCADE DISPATCH CENTER

HOT SPRINGS FIRE – Hot Springs. Skamania.  E281 and E283.  Dispatched at 1640 hours PDT.  Resources on-scene.

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COLVILLE AGENCY MT TOLMAN DISPATCH CENTER

PETER DAN II FIRE – Colville.  Resources dispatched at 1354 hours PDT.  Grass fire fuels.  Contained & under control at 1809 hours. 0.1 acres.

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COLUMBIA CASCADE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

BIG CREEK FIRE  – Big Creek.  Resources dispatched at 1508 hours PDT. 0.1 acres.  Controlled at 1750 hours PDT.

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Wildfire Sparked on Highway 18 | Covington, Washington

KING COUNTY, Wash. – At approximately 1602 hours PDT, Valley Com received an emergency call of a brush fire  in the area of  the 25000 block of 188th Avenue S.E. in Covington, Washington.

The first due engine reported rapid rate of spread and threatening a home.  They (1st due engine) immediately went into structure protection mode, while two other engines began putting water on the fire.

After a Chief arrived, he assumed Command and ordered additional fire resources. A tender supply was established on the closest hydrant located .5 mile away.

Due to poor visibility and the fire advancing towards the Highway, the Washington State Patrol shutdown the two westbound lanes for safety to drivers.

A Washington State DNR helicopter responded from Olympia, was able to find a nearby pond to dip from.  They began dropping water over the fire.

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Photo Credit: Randi Valantine

Both photos were taken around 2130 hours on Sunday evening.  (Written permission has been granted by the Photographer.)

One Social Media user reported  two structures had been burned, but the official Fire presser states no homes or outbuildings were damaged.  Fire crews would remain on-scene throughout the night.

A dozer was on order so they could put a containment line around the fire.

The fire behavior was said to be at around 2250 hours PDT, smoldering with hotspots.

Incident Cooperators included personnel and equipment from the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA), Mountain View Fire & Rescue, Black Diamond and Puget Sound Fire.  Zone 3 Fire Explorers provided Firefighter REHAB services.

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Photo Credit: Randi Valantine

The number of acres burned, containment status or cause was unknown at the time of this post.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Remembering The Fallen 3 Heroes of the Twisp River Fire

TWISP, WASHINGTON

August 19th today is a day of remembrance to three USFS wildland firefighters, Rick Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Tom Zbyszewski that were killed in 2015.  In attempt to escape in their fire apparatus a fast-moving wildfire, their vehicle veered off the road and was overrun by fire.

Video includes the Actual Call.  Video Credit:  Andy Lyon.

A fourth firefighter, Daniel Lyon exited the vehicle and ran to safety but not before the fire burned over 70% of his body.  He would survive his injuries but has endured a lot of surgeries, fingertip amputations, skin grafts and emotional scarring.  His doctors have said he has recovered remarkably but has a long journey ahead.  He is supported by his immediate family, fire family, friends and communities.  We often think of those who have lost their lives and those that have been saved.

WARNING:  Some of the descriptions and images may be disturbing to some of our readers. Please be cautioned and view at your own risk.   Video Credit:  Andy Lyon

These are the many untold stories shared on this unforgettable fire.  Video Credit:  Andy Lyon.

Please take the time to remember those in your communities and thank them for working tirelessly to protect homes, businesses, properties and in saving lives.  They give so much to protect us all.

We ask that you remember those who have left us way too early and to be with those that have been impacted by their loss. #NeverForget

#TheFallen3 #TwispRiverFire #WAwildfires2015 #USFS

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Project Road Fire | Mason County | Washington State

UPDATE 2 | 2045 HOURS PDT

Crews have successfully reached a 70% containment status on the fire overnight to continue reaching all fire objectives as assigned.

** Level 1 Evacuations will remain in effect around the Lake. ***

There has been 8.7 acres scorched.

There is still no preliminary cause for this wildfire.

More updates to be posted as information is received.

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UPDATE 1 | JULY 24, 2018 | TUESDAY | 1845 HOURS PDT 

 A wildfire named the #ProjectRoadFire is burning between Shelton and Matlock in Mason County, Washington.

** Level 2 Evacuations are in effect forLake Nahwatzel and surrounding areas off of Shelton Matlock Road due to the fire burning near Shelton. **

Photo Credit | WA DNR

Resources assigned to this fire include two helicopters, two dozers, 12 engines and two (20) person hand crews.

The fire has scorched 10 acres but crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.

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Project Road Fire | Mason County | Washington State

UPDATE 1 | JULY 24, 2018 | TUESDAY | 1845 HOURS PDT 

 A wildfire named the #ProjectRoadFire is burning between Shelton and Matlock in Mason County, Washington.

** Level 2 Evacuations are in effect forLake Nahwatzel and surrounding areas off of Shelton Matlock Road due to the fire burning near Shelton. **

Photo Credit | WA DNR

Resources assigned to this fire include two helicopters, two dozers, 12 engines and two (20) person hand crews.

The fire has scorched 10 acres but crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.

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Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 3

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 3 – July 13, 2018 – 2250 hours PDT

We are getting reports of the fire jumping its containment lines and spreading downward towards the lake.  Fire behavior is extreme and is flaring up.

There are people on the lake and reporting the fire is heading towards them and that is it appears to be .5 miles along the river.

This fire is said to be almost directly across from Lincoln County and is very visible from Lincoln County.

We have reached out to WA DNR for an update but we have not heard anything as of yet.

We will do another update in the morning before we go mobile in the field on Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for our updates also on our Social Media pages Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (@nwfireblog)

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 2

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 1

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington Wildfire | Highlands Fire | 2

UPDATE | 2221 | This fire has been confirmed to be part of the SR 821 Fire.  All units have returned back in service.

SELAH, Wash. – A sighting by a Selah resident at 230 Highlands in Yakima County has prompted multiple fire assets to be dispatched to the area. It is not believed to be the nearby Wenas fire but a different one.

There are no updates as of yet due to responding fire resources to the area.

We will provide an update as soon details are available.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Post 1 Updated @ 2215 Hours