US Wildfire Log | Large Incidents | August 15, 2019

Fire Season has been fairly active in some states, while others are slowly burning.  Here is a current Sit Rep for all fires currently burning or have recently ignited. They are being listed by the acre burned, state and then by the fire name.

Fire Fact: There has been 22 new wildfires that have ignited in the Northwest area in the last 24 hours.  One of them turned into a large incident, while there are still 7 wildfires still burning in this area.

45,359 acres | Washington State | Williams Flats Fire

The Williams Flats Fire is burning about 5 miles southeast of Keller.  Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping. Road and area closures are still in effect. Evacuation orders have all been lifted.  Command was transferred from an IMT2 (NW Team 8) back to the local unit as of today’s date.

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Williams Flats Fire | Credit: Colville Agency

There have been 45,359 acres that have been destroyed.  There is an 81% containment status.  According to the NIFC, there are 679 total personnel assigned along with 16 crews, 21 engines and 2 helicopters.

There have been 3 structures lost and a total losses have reached $14.2 Million Dollars.

13,119 acres | Oregon | Mile Post 97 Fire

The Mile Post 97 Fire is located 1 mile south of Canyonville and is being managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters.  About 13,119 acres of timber have been lost.  Fire behavior is minimal.   There is a 95% containment status at the moment.

There are 106 total personnel assigned along with 2 crews, 6 engines and 1 helicopter.

Total losses have reached a whopping $20 Million Dollars.

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Fire Fact:  There have been 26 new wildfires that have been sparked in the the Great Basin  Area in the last 24 hours, with two of them being large incidents and 5 of them still listed as being not contained.

16,526 acres | Nevada | Corta Fire

The Corta Fire is burning in the Elko District of BLM lands and about 8 miles southeast of Jiggs, Nevada.  The fire has destroyed 16,526 acres of timber, brush and tall grass.  Fire behavior has been reduced down to minimal activities with possibility of any future growth.   The current containment status is 98%.

Corta Fire scene from Harrison Pass Road

Corta Fire | Credit: USFS – HTNF

There are approximately 40 total personnel  along with 1 crew, 1 engine and no additional resources.  Total losses have reached $3.3 Million Dollars.

1,383 acres | Nevada | NEW Wood Canyon Fire

The Wood Canyon Fire ignited in the last 24 hours as being reported by Fire Managers to be located in the Carson City District of BLM.  It is located about 75 miles south of Winnemucca, Nevada.

Approximately 1,383 acres of timber, chaparral and short have been destroyed and there is only a 5% containment status. Fire behavior is active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting.

About 196 fire personnel and resources, along with 5 crews, 4 engines and 3 helicopters are deployed on this fire.

Costs have reached $250,000 to date.

505 acres | Utah | NEW Trumbull Fire

This NEW fire started within the last 24 hours and is being included to the possibility of becoming a large wildfire incident.  This fire is located in the Arizona Strip District on BLM lands and about 52 miles southeast of St. George, Utah.

There has been 505 acres of timber and light logging slash consumed.  There is a 0% containment status at this time.

Only 38 fire personnel are assigned to this incident but with the aid of 1 crew, 2 engines and 1 helicopter.

Current cost-to-date have reached $50,000.

Due to time constraints, we were unable to list all active large incidents but another update will be on Friday, August 15, 2019.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2019 @ 2300 hours PDT


Fire District Purchases New Equipment in Washington State


The Pierce County Fire District #23 Fire & Rescue announced the purchase of two  new Stryker power cots and loading systems for two of their four ambulances.  The purchase will help reduce and hopefully prevent injuries to their firefighters and EMTs.

This will also enable their patients to be more comfortable and safer as they are being transported to the hospital.

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Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue (Facebook)

To see this new equipment in action, the public and residents are invited for their Annual Open House on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 1000 hours to 1600 hours (10-4).  It will be held at the Ashford Fire Station located at 29815 SR 706, Ashford, WA 98328.

Additionally, the Air Care air ambulance will be arriving to the Open House at 1100 hours or 11 am.

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Courtesy | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue

The equipment was purchased with the assistance of their Fire Commissioners.

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Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue (Facebook)

This is a great family event for those who live in the area or are fire buffs, like ourselves.


The Fire Department serves the southern portion of Pierce County considered to be the Upper Nisqually Valley to areas that include Ashford, Elbe and Alder, Washington.  It is home to 2,500 residents and travelers who pass to and from the southwest side of Mt. Rainier National Park.

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Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue

The Department has four different stations and 25 active volunteers that staff them, as well as one paid Chief.   They provide services to those in a 67-square mile that includes Route 7 and State Route 706, which can be busy due to high volume of traffic from those who work/play/live in the area.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2215 PDT on 8/15/2019

The Wildfire Report | Washington State | August 10, 2019

The Wildfire Report, is all about wildfires in Washington State and beyond.  Here is a summary wildfire activity that has occurred on this summer day in August.

Each wildfire is listed by the dispatch call time, Wildfire name and location.

We appreciate you reading and following our Fire Blog.  Much appreciated for all those in the Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement professions everywhere. – LR


2002 PDT | Gold Lake Road Fire | Colville Indian Reservation.

Crews were dispatched via the Mt. Tolman Dispatch Center this even around 2002 hours to Gold Lake Road.

This is an open incident.

1931 PDT | Dreyer Fire | Barrett Creek, Ferry County.

HI 7101, 7105 and 7109 were dispatched at 1931 hours to Barrett Creek for a wildfire.  They arrived at 2006 hours.  Fire fuels are grass, brush, slash and light timber. 0.1 acre.

This still an open incident.

1746 PDT | Moe Ridge Fire | Moe Ridge, Chelan County.

Fire crews were dispatched at 1746 hours to the Moe Ridge area the CWICC in Chelan County.  Fire fuels include grass and brush.  0.1 acre.

Contained @ 1830 PDT; Controlled/Out at 1900 PDT.

1744 PDT ALICE MAY FIRE | Bodie Mountain, Stevens County.

Resources are still showing responding as of 1747 hours. NEWAICC Dispatch Center.

This is an open incident.

1712 PDT | Sandy Fire | Sandy, Lewis County.

Fire crews were dispatched via the Pacific Cascade Dispatch Center to a wildfire in Lewis County.  Crews assigned were Engine 266 and IC Stigall. Fire was held at 0.01 acre and under control at 1805 hours PDT.

In patrol status.

1533 PDT | Round Top Fire | Pass Creek Pass, Pend Oreille County.

Dispatched at 1533 hours PDT.  Limited information.  Rapellers are on order. NEWAICC Dispatch Center.

This is an open incident.

1437 PDT | Salmon Creek Fire | Tenino, Thurston County.

A fire prompted crews to be dispatched via the South Puget Sound Dispatch Center to Salmon Creek in Thurston County.  Fire fuels included grass, brush and stumps.  0.1 acre.

In patrol status.

1300 PDT | Second Strike Fire | Olympia, Thurston County.

A wildfire prompted more resources to be deployed to Olympia for a wildfire we are guessing was caused by lightning.  Fire fuels included duff.  The fire was limited to 0.01 acre.

Contained at 1300 PDT; Controlled at 1345 PDT.  In patrol status.

1012 PDT | Cedar Strike Fire | Olympia, Thurston County.

Crews were dispatched to the Olympia area in Thurston County at 1012 hours, where a fire was burning in grass and brush.  It was limited to 0.1 acres.

Contained at 1135 hours.  Controlled at 1230 hours PDT.  

1201 PDT | McCumber Spring Fire | McCumber Spring, Klickitat County.

Resources and equipment were dispatched to the McCumber Spring area at 1201 hours, located in Klickitat County. Brush and light timber were fuels.  0.1 acre. CWICC Dispatch Center.

Contained at 1358 PDT.

1107 PDT | Marble 4 Fire | Marble Mountain, Skamania County.

Crews were dispatched at 1107 PDT via the Pacific Cascade Dispatch Center  where a wildfire was burning grass, brush and timber.  Crews successfully limited the fire to 0.1 acre.  It was brought under control and contained at 1400 PDT.

Fire out at 1503 PDT.

0806 PDT | Girl Scout Fire | Dog Mountain, Skamania County.

Resources were dispatched to Dog Mountain at 0816 this morning where grass and brush were burning.  0.1 acre.

Contained, controlled and out at 0921 PDT.

0647 PDT | Alpha Fire | Alpha, Lewis County.

This wildfire was dispatched early this morning and put out. It was limited to 0.2 acres.

In patrol status.



Devore Creek Fire | Stehekin, Washington

Aerial view of the fire on August 7, 2109.

Devore Creek Fire | Courtesy/Inciweb

A wildfire sparked by lightning began on 7/23/2019, which is located 3 miles southwest of Stehekin, Washington.  Approximately 450 acres of heavy timber have been destroyed in the Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest.   The fire behavior has been reported to be minimal with creeping, backing and flanking.

Lead Agency is the USDA Forest Service.  About 58 personnel have been deployed to the front lines alongside one crew and two helicopters.

Cost-to-date have reached $1.1 Million dollars.

This an open incident.  0% contained.

North Mill Creek Fire | Colville, Washington

The North Mill Creek Fire is located 13 miles northeast of Colville.  This fire started from an unknown cause on 8/8/2019.  It is currently under investigation.

The fire has burned approximately 497 acres of timber. Lead Agency is USDA Forest Service.  There are 75 personnel assigned along with the 2 crews and 5 engines.  An IMT3 assumed command on 8/9/2019.

Open incident. 10% containment.

Williams Flats Fire | Keller, Washington

Hand crew conducting burnout operations on the Williams Flat Fire.

William Flats Fire | Courtesy/Inciweb

The Williams Flats Fire ignited from lightning on 8/2/2019.

The fire has burned 43,000 acres of grass and brush.   It is moving east and has crossed over the Brody Creek Road and Redford Canyon areas.  Fire behavior is now minimal that is creeping, flanking and smoldering, which means crews are getting an upper hand on the fire ground.  Mop-up operations will be in effect for Divisions Alpha and Bravo, with continue with line scouting, construction and road improvements in Divisions Foxtrot and Ida.  Limited movement is expected by Fire Managers.

There are approximately 36 homes and 20 minor structures that are still being threatened.  Lead Agency is Colville Tribal Agency.  Approximately, 1203 personnel are assigned along with 32 crews, 8 helicopters and 51 engines.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have toppled to $8.7 Million Dollars due to personnel, equipment, resources and one home that was lost.

This is an open incident.  40% containment reached.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/10/2019 @ 2230 PDT

The Wildfire Report | Pacific NW | August 9 2019

Thank you for reading our The Wildfire Report, a listing of wildfires for Friday, August 9, 2019.  This includes incidents for the Pacific Northwest in Washington and Oregon States.

Scanner feed for the South Central Washington and Northeast Oregon Fire Agencies came alive around 2230 hours PDT with reports of new wildfire starts from lots of lightning and hailstorms.  Additionally, reports of flash flooding due to heavy rains and high winds, along with large hail pellets were reported and said to be causing extensive damage.  Power outages were being felt by many in multiple hard-hit areas.


2115 PDT | Wygant Fire | I-84, Milepost 84 , Oregon

A recent wildfire shows via wildCAD that there were fire resources dispatched via the Columbia Cascade Communication Center to mile post on I-84 in an unknown part of Oregon State.  Crews have kept the fire to a minimum of 0.1 acre so far.

This is an open incident.

2034 PDT | 0721 OD Fire | Pilot Butte Ridgeline, Oregon

Limited information.

This is an open incident.

2030 PDT | 0720 OD Fire | Triangle Hill, Oregon

Engine 9551 dispatched.

This is an open incident.

1925 PDT | 0712 OD Fire | Trout Creek Butte, Oregon

Located 2 miles north of Trout Creek Butte in Oregon.

This is an open incident.

1920 PDT | 0711 NW Fire | Cultus MT, Oregon

This is an open incident.

1920 PDT | 0710 NW Fire | Tumalo Reservoir, Oregon

Located north of the Tumalo Reservoir.

This is an open incident.

1919 PDT  | Riddle Fire | Tom Jenkins Ranch, Oregon

Crews were dispatched via the Burns Interagency Communications Center to respond to the Tom Jenkins Ranch for a wildfire at 1919 hours PDT.  Fire fuels include grass, brush and timber.  0.1 acres burned.

This is an open incident.

1910 PDT | 0709 OD Fire | Geneva Road, Oregon

Engine 9563 dispatched at 1910 hours this evening. Located east of Geneva Road.  0.1 acres.

Contained at 2041 hours. Controlled at 2041 hours PDT.

1843 PDT | Warthog Fire | Moffitt Table, Oregon

This fire is located east of Moffitt Table in Oregon, where crews were dispatched via the Burns Interagency Communications Center at almost seven this evening.  Fire fuels include grass, brush and timber. IC Bailey is on-scene.

This is an open incident.

1755 PDT | Soggy Fire | Trail Flat area, Oregon

Resources were dispatched via the Burns Interagency.

Open incident.

1704 PDT | Hollow 0696 RS Fire | Sulfur Butte, Oregon

Dispatched via the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 1704 hours PDT.  Resources included Engines 420, 625 and 628.  15 acres burned.

This is an open incident.

1608 PDT | Scatter Creek Fire | Tieton Meadows (Yakima County), Washington State

A wildfire has been sparked by an unknown cause.  Fire resources were dispatched at 1608 hours this afternoon.  Fire fuels include single trees. No word on the status of the acreage burning and containment status.

Fire being monitored as of 1844 hours PDT.

1603 PDT | Hogback Fire | Shoe Lake  (Yakima County), Washington State

Fire resources were dispatched this afternoon to the Shoe Lake area for a wildfire at 1603 hours.  Fire fuels were single trees.   No word on the status of the acreage burning and containment status.

Fire being monitored as of 1844 hours PDT.

1305 PDT | Whites Ridge Fire | Whites Ridge (Yakima County), WA

Fire broke out and prompted resources to be dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center earlier in the afternoon today to Whites Ridge.  Resources included WA DNR SE-540 and 561 with IC as Schwenn as of 1454 PDT.  Crews have held the fire to 0.1 acres.  Fire fuels include:  grass, timber and snags.

Open Incident as of the time this was posted.

1147 PDT | Kidder Fire | Rochester (Thurston County), Washington State

Firefighters were dispatched via the South Puget Sound Dispatch Center to Rochester where a wildfire ignited.  Fire fuels included brush, grass and light timber.  Acreage was limited to .15 acres.

Contained at 1300 hours.  Controlled at 1500 hours. In Patrol status.

0955 PDT | Hereford Meadow Fire  | Quartz Mountain (Kittitas County), Washington

Earlier this morning, resources and assets were deployed via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center at 0955 hours to Quartz Mountain.  This included Engines 331 and 332 along with IC Johnson.  Resources kept the fire to a minimum of .25 acres of destroyed timber.

Contained at 1852 PDT.

0735 PDT | Riverbend Fire | River Bend (Clark County), Washington State

Fire resources were dispatched via the Pacific Cascade Communications Center to River Bend in Clark County.  Fire fuels were brush.  Crews contained and controlled the wildfire at 0930 hours PDT.  The total acreage burned was .02 acres.

In patrol status.

0607 PDT | Jamieson Fire | Jamieson Lane (Spokane County), Washington State

Resources were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center early this morning, just past six-o’clock to Jamieson Lane in Spokane County.  Fire fuels included grass, brush and light timber. Total land burned as kept to 0.3 acre.

Contained at 0755 PDT.  Brought under control at 1000 PDT.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/9/2019 @ 2330 PDT

The Wildfire Log | Mile Post 7 Fire


A wildfire is burning off of I-82 and mile post 7 that began on Saturday, July 20th.

There has been a reported 26 acres of grass and brush scorched.

Resources included:  E-331 SE-426 SE-461 SE-463 SE-561 SE-MARTIN SE-POLLACK which were dispatched via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center around 1745 hours PDT.

The fire is being reported by other sources that it has been contained around 2149 hours PDT.

Earlier fire suppression activities included WA DNR resources which included:  Rotors making bucket drops and hand crews. The County Fire Marshal was called out for a fire investigation.

#WAwildfires #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 2200 hours PDT



The Wildfire Log | Juniper Wind Tower Fire | 1

JULY 20, 2019 | UPDATE 1

KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. | A wildfire has prompted resources to be dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center at 1659 hours on Saturday, July 20, 2019.  Resources included:  SE 722, 742, TSUBOTA.  More are en route.

The fire is named the JUNIPER WIND TUNNEL FIRE.

Approximately 300 acres of grass, brush and timber have been burned with the fire currently now  threatening structures and wind farms is located off of E Road, south of Bickleton, Washington State.

Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (@wafiremarshal) has approved State Mobilization of resources as of 1930 this evening.

There are limited released details on this wildfire. We are working to gain more intel and will post a new update as information is received.

We are using the following hashtags for this fire #JuniperWindTowerFire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2019.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

Woodinville Firefighters Face Extreme Conditions

Update 1 – June 26, 2019 – 2100 hours PDT

Fire conditions are much better when black billowing smoke could be seen. | Credit: WSDOT

Firefighters are working to suppress and contain a very large fire that broke out at the  Schnitzer Steel recycling plant located in the 23700 block of 63rd Ave SE in Woodinville.  It is located off of SR 522 and near SR 9.

The WSDOT sent out a broadcast over social media almost two hours ago, warning drivers to be careful due to smoke blowing over the highway.  There was unknown details if they were shutting down the highway for safety reasons at the time of this post.

The Schnitzer Scrap Metals Recycling Yard is said to accept Ferrous and nonferrous metals, auto bodies; provides trucking and/or container service and equipment including balers, cranes, loaders, forklifts, car processing station and 80 and 90 foot truck scales.

They are said to be one of the nation’s largest scrap metal recyclers and purchase from the Western US, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, the New England states, the Southeast and Puerto Rico.  The Company states the metals are from old machinery and equipment such as automobiles, RR cars and tracks, home appliances and metal from demolition structures and other obsolete buildings.

Their recycled metal is sorted, shredding and bailed to be used in new steel products sold to domestic and foreign customers being shipped in bulk on cargo ships, barges, RR cars and trucks.

Fire History

June 26, 2019 – Woodinville, Washington

See above incident summary.

June 2, 2018 – Oakland, California

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Credit: Oakland Firefighters Local 55

A scrap yard bursts into flamer in Oakland, California, so Alameda Fire 689 and Alameda FD along with San Francisco Fire Department bring in their fire boats as Oakland FD did not have one.   Mutual aid was requested and Oakland received additional personnel and equipment:  Water tenders from Alameda County Fire and, Moraga-Orinda Fire Department.

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Credit: Oakland Firefighters Local 55

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The Recycling company had another fire break out at a metal recycling center but this time in the Port of Oakland, sending the same black smoke into the air and several drivers taking notice.  This plant was located in the 1100 block of Embarcadero West near Jack London Square.

It was reported around 1600 hours.  Fire investigators found a large pile of recycled material burning in the yard and port and due to it being so close to flammable gases that it was escalated to numerous fire alarms.  One interesting fire tactic was pumping water directly out of the Willamette River because the fire demanded so much water.  The media source states that the fire started as employees were processing metal.  (Source:  news media)

August 6, 2017 – Portland, Oregon

Black smoke was seen going straight up in the sky in North Portland (OR) that was reportedly started at 5:30 p.m. at the center located at 12005 N Burgard Road, about three miles northwest of St. Johns Bridge.

It would take firefighters about 12-hours to bring the fire under control (at 2000 hours) but would remain on-scene until 0415 hours into the next morning to fully put out the fire. (Source: news media)

April 8, 2009 – Oakland, California

Black smoke, a theme of sorts was shooting up into Oakland’s skies was said to be burning on Embarcadero West which was fairly close to the West Oakland BART station.  Even though the fire would eventually be put out, those stated could smell the remnants of the fire as away to the Bay Bridge toll plaza.  No cause was known. No injuries were reported. (Source: news media)

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

The Wildfire Log: Snohomish County’s Happy Hollow Fire

Snohomish County, Washington State

At about 0845 hours PDT this morning, fire assets via the Northwest Region DNR Dispatch Center were dispatched to the Happy Hollow Road in Stanwood (Snohomish County), Washington State.

Fire crews were immediately on top of the fire as they brought the less than one acre of slash under control and contained by 0900  hours.  It was put out shortly thereafter at 0928 hours.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2019 @ 2345  hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Yakima County’s Alkali Canyon Fire

Mattawa, Washington State – A wildfire ignited from an unknown cause on Thursday, June 20th located about two miles north of Priest Rapids and 27 miles ENE of Yakima, as well as about four miles from Mattawa.

The fire jumped the night of the 20th and then began running on to the US Army’s Yakima County Training/Firing Center.  Both Yakima County and Kittitas County Fire Departments assisted the Army’s firefighters.

Additional resources were dispatched from the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center around 1230 hours PDT on Thursday.

At the time, there was about 60 total personnel with 12 engines and one helicopter attached to the incident.

A total of 4,000 acres of brush and grass have been destroyed.  Reports of the fire are stating it was contained on Friday, June 21, 2019, around noon.  Fire behavior was previously reported as extreme with running and spotting.

The total cost of fire suppression and containment efforts reached a high of $25,000.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

No damage or destruction of structures were reported.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2019 @ 2230 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Benton County’s Toothaker Fire

Benton County, Wa. – A wildfire ignited from an unknown cause on Thursday, June 20th, at approximately 1540 (3:40 pm) hours PDT in the area of South Meals Road and East Toothaker Road, near Finley, Washington.  The location is also approximately 80 miles ESE of Yakima,  Washington.

Fire Resources

Additional resources were dispatched via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center at 1607 (4:07 pm) Hours PDT on June 20, 2019.

Incident Cooperators include Benton County Fire Districts 1, 2 and 4; West Benton Fire and Rescue, Richland Fire Department, Pasco Fire Department and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Fire Status

The fire has destroyed 100 acres of grass and brush in the Heaven Hills area.  It was limited to this number of acreage due to a precipitation producing storm that fell over the fire line on Thursday night.  Fire Managers estimated there was a 75% containment status reached.

As of this morning (6/21/2019), the fire response had been reduced to just two engines.  They were being tasked with mop-up operations and putting out any new hot spots.

Damage Assessment

There was no injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.

No homes or outbuildings were reported as damaged or destroyed.

Fire Danger is High

No photo description available.

Eastern Washington State has increased their Preparedness Level and they are reporting the Fire Danger at an all “HIGH” level for the time period of June 19 – July 3, 2019.  The Fire Service all across this portion of the State is asking for you to be very careful when burning outside. The only fires allowed are: recreational and warming fires, as well as agricultural burning.  NO residential burning is being allowed.

Image Courtesy of:  Benton County Fire District #1


(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2019 @ 2200 (10 pm) Hours PDT