PALMER FIRE | OKANOGAN CO WA | SIT REP 2

SIT REP 2 | 8/18/2020

PALMER FIRE 
Washburn Road
5 mi ESE of Loomis
Okanogan County, Washington State
Dispatched 8/18/2020 1456 PT

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Call Log – Fire Operations 
8/18/2020 2234 PT | Okanogan County local fire units are managing the fire.
8/18/2020 2233 PT | Units are starting to pull out of the area near the lake.   Fire moving East and South. South Oak Dozer has arrived on-scene. Heading to the Lake and to do triage.
 
8/18/2020 2227 PT | IC advises units to be closer to their rigs if the fire shifts to the east. It could go that way any moment. Currently it is burning east AND south, extreme and fast-moving. South Oak unit 27 arrived o/s, to Triage on side of Watauga Lake.
 
8/18/2020 2225 PT | Evacuees who are seeking out an evacuation shelter can receive assistance through the American Red Cross. This is for anyone evacuating from this fire in Okanogan County. Their phone # is 509-670-5331.
 
8/18/2020 2209 | IC requests 3 strike team brush truck types 4, 5, 6 for Structure protection for tonight. Div Alpha | Burning NW, spotting, spreading. Lines challenged.
 
8/18/2020 2105 PT | Wildlife Ofcr in area can see fire coming over the ridge down to Watauga Lake. He is at Blue Lake. Dispatch advises to be cautious, fire is reportedly having destroyed some unk structures, it is fast-moving fire.
 
8/18/2020 2100 PT | Dozers are working on top near Palmer. Section 20 of the map.
 
8/18/2020 2057 PT | Fire is spreading downhill in a drainage towards Watauga Lake Rd. Sheriff Deputies are now going door-to-door to homes on the W side of the road, along the shore making evacuation notifications. There is only about a 30 min ETA or less before reaches this area. LEAVE NOW.
 
8/18/2020 2047 PT | Head of Fire- Div 601 states he is 3/4 mile on Tinkham (?) Rd. 8 primary homes are defensible. Looking for Strike team for structure protection. IC notified a Task Force Leader just showed up with a Trainee.
 
8/18/2020 2038 PT | Dispatch notified IC/Ops Okanogan Co FD4 available with brush trucks to do structure protection. IC was located on Rainbow Lake.
 
8/18/2020 1456 PT | Assets and personnel dispatched by NE WA Interagency Dispatch Center. Fire is NW of Swash Creek. Helos were dipping out of Palmer Lake.
Resources
 
Resources: AA 2QM AA 4TS AR 27 BC 32 BC 601 BC 603 C 6201 DNR 33 E 6695 E 692 FB 201 FB 202 FB 244 FB 245 FP 18 H 344 HB 171PL HI 25 (IC) HI 26 HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 HI 7103 HI 7104 HI 7106 HI 7108 HI 7110 HI 7112 SO 30 T 102 T 152

Evacuations in Effect

LEVEL 2 | BE READY | South and West of Wannacut Lake.  Correction on Lake name.  Should be Wannacut Lake from incorrect name of Watauga Lake.

Evacuation Shelter – If you need shelter, please contact the AMERICAN RED CROSS by calling them at 509-670-5331.

Through the Eyes of Social Media

Fire being reported by Residents, seen from these locations:

  • Aenas Lookout, flames were seen running uphill.
  • Hwy 7 at 6 Miles S. Looking west and northwest.
  • From Palmer Lake
  • From Loomis
  • Hwy 7 and Ernie Robinson, Oroville
  • Cherry Street in Oroville
  • From Omak airport

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PALMER FIRE | OKANOGAN CO WA | SIT REP 1

PALMER FIRE

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SIT REP 1 | 8/18/2020

Incident Summary

A wildfires is burning about 5 miles ESE of Loomis, Washington State.

Fire assets were dispatched via the Northeast Washington Interagency Dispatch Center on Tuesday at 1456 hours PT to the Washburn Road area in Okanogan County, Washington.

Fire is northwest of Swash Creek.

Incident #SPD-1947

Current Status

The fire behavior currently is extreme with running, backing, torching and spotting, as it reaches areas with timber and structures in its path.  It is currently running down the hillside towards Watauga Lake Road and Blue Lake.

Division Zulu | Crews have line around structures and it is holding. They are doing really well. (2133 PT)

Resources 

WA DNR resources and assets include AA 2QM AA 4TS AR 27 BC 32 BC 601 BC 603 C 6201 DNR 33 E 6695 E 692 FB 201 FB 202 FB 244 FB 245 FP 18 H 344 HB 171PL HI 25 (IC) HI 26 HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 HI 7103 HI 7104 HI 7106 HI 7108 HI 7110 HI 7112 SO 30 T 102 T 152 W Zone 10 quickly arrived on-scene of a wildfire at 1517 hours, Tuesday afternoon.

Incident Command looking for air resources for Wednesday: 4 additional fire bosses, multiple Type 1 and 2 helicopters, 3 LAT and 1 lead planes. Says its been difficult for air resources due to high competition/demand from the State of Oregon.

Evacuations in Effect

LEVEL 2 | BE READY | South and West of Watauga Lake.

Wildfire Preparedness Level Escalated

Nationally speaking,

The National Multi Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) will elevate the National Preparedness Level has been increased to 5 (PL5), effective at 2000 MST, August 18 due to significant fire activity occurring in multiple geographical areas, an increase in incident management teams being committed and heavy commitment of shared resources to large fires nationally.
Given the continuing hot and dry weather and the increase in initial attack and large fires in the western U.S., the decision to move to Preparedness Level 5 depicts the complexity that fire managers are encountering to assure that adequate firefighting resources are available for protection of life, property and our nation’s natural resources.
PL5 is the highest level of wildland fire activity. Several geographic areas are experiencing large, complex wildland fire incidents, which have the potential to exhaust national wildland firefighting resources. At least 80 percent of the country’s IMTs and wildland firefighting personnel are committed to wildland fire incidents. At this level, all fire-qualified employees become available for wildfire response.
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Through the Eyes of Social Media

Fire being reported by Residents, seen from these locations:

  • Aenas Lookout, flames were seen running uphill.
  • Hwy 7 at 6 Miles S. Looking west and northwest.
  • From Palmer Lake
  • From Loomis
  • Hwy 7 and Ernie Robinson, Oroville
  • Cherry Street in Oroville
  • From Omak airport

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/18/2020 – 2140 PT