The Wildfire Log | Wenatchee Brush Fires | WA | 1

WENATCHEE, Wa. | Firefighters were deployed to various parts of Benton and Franklin Counties for multiple brush fires burning at the same time, with reports of up to five different incidents.

Some of the fires were located on Case Road, County Road 12, Roth Rock and in Prosser, Washington.

Fire crews were starting to get a handle on the wildfires. Due to multiple TAC channels owned/managed by the Lower Columbia Fire Department, we were unable to capture all of the locations and assets information.

Thank you for reading our post and following us on Twitter (@nwfireblog).

We will update as more information comes to light.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/28/2019 @ 2120 PDT

#SunlandFire Strike Team Makes Progress – May 30, 2016 AM Update

Updated  1000 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire erupted around 1500 hours on Saturday said to have occurred near a popular hiking trail in the area, prompting Level 3 Evacuations.

The GCSO said that the fire was not threatening any crops or the nearby Sasquatch event at the Gorge Amphitheater.

As of this morning, the fire has burned 1,000 acres and is considered as 10% contained. Fire crews will work to complete dozer lines around the fire and conduct mop-up operations.

Evacuation

Around 1530 hours, there was a Level 3 Evacuation issued by the Grant County Sheriffs Office for 10 homes in the Old Vantage Highway and I-90 area.

Mutual Aid Responding

A County-wide page for Grant County fire agencies and equipment to respond.  Quickly following this request, the IC would request a State Mobe of additional resources within Washington State.

These are the resources we know so far that are currently assigned to this incident:

  • Grant County Fire Districts
  • Franklin County Fire District #3
  • Benton County Fire Districts #1 & #2
  • Spokane County Fire District #8
  • Stevens County

Weather Conditions

Current temps are 62-degrees, 32% humidity with no winds and no rain as this morning’s weather update. This definitely should assist Strike Teams in getting an easier handle on the wildfire.

Law Enforcement Officials: Washington State Patrol along with Grant County Sheriff Office. (Credit: GCSO)

Hashtags Used by Social Media

Vantage Fire – #Sunland (We’re using #SunlandFire and #WaWildfires2016)

 

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#SunlandFire Scorches Hundreds of Acres – May 29, 2016 PM Update

Updated 2005 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire erupted around 1500 hours this afternoon, prompting Level 3 Evacuations.

Incoming fire agencies were brought in as Mutual Aid to assist with the ever fast moving fire.

Evacuation

Around 1530 hours, there was a Level 3 Evacuation by the Grant County Sheriffs Office but appears to have been lowered to Level 2 for 10 homes in the area of Old Vantage Highway and I-90.

Misinformation

Some were saying the fast moving fire was heading straight for the Gorge Amphitheater but the Grant County Sheriffs Office quickly worked to contained rumors.

Misinformation out on the internet included Sunland Estates had been evacuated as one Social Media poster said that their whole community had been told to leave.  The Sheriffs Office said the Sunland Estates were not evacuated.

Many were frightened about seeing the large plumes of smoke, only three miles from the venue and were reporting that some of the individual shows were being cancelled because the wildfire was heading straight for them.  The Sheriffs Office said the fire WAS not coming towards and infact, the fire was moving AWAY from them at a rather high pace.

Mutual Aid Responding

A county-wide page went out for all available fire agencies and wildland fire equipment to respond to the Staging area located at the Silica Ridge Farms, located at 1454 Silica Road, off of I-90.

Day 303 I90 Fire 2015

#I90Fire in 2015. Rotor 9 sits on a grassy noll in the makeshift helibase near the Vantage Bridge. (Credit: 2015 LR Swenson)

The IC requested a State Mobe to respond to the fire.

It appears that firefighters have gained control of the 600-acre sage and grass burning wildfire with some resources going back into service.

Weather Conditions

Current weather conditions for the area the County is 69-degrees with a 0% precipitation with 23% humidity and winds at 23 mph.

Law Enforcement Officials: Washington State Patrol along with Grant County Sheriff Office. (Credit: GCSO)

Other Fires Burning in the State

At the time of this post, there are two (2) other wildfires burning in Washington State. One fire is near Airway Heights (Spokane County) and the other is in Wenatchee (Chelan County).

Hashtags Used by Social Media

Vantage Fire – #Sunland (We’re using #SunlandFire and #WaWildfires2016)

Wenatchee – #WenatcheeFire

Spokane County – #AirwayHeightsFire

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#Breaking – Wildfire #SunlandFire Breaks Out in Vantage Washington

Updated 1615 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

A Level 3 evacuation was issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office around 1500 Hours PDT today, for residents living in the area of Old Vantage Highway and Frenchman Coulee in Vantage Washington.  A Level 3 means, “Leave now.  Danger to Life and Property is Imminent.”

Mutual Aid Responding

A county-wide page went out for all available fire agencies and wildland fire equipment to respond to the Staging area located at the Silica Ridge Farms, located at 1454 Silica Road, off of I-90.

Day 303 I90 Fire 2015

#I90Fire in 2015. Rotor 9 sits on a grassy noll in the makeshift helibase near the Vantage Bridge. (Credit: 2015 LR Swenson)

Nearby Event

There is a large event happening at the Gorge and smoke can be seen but the fire is blowing South of the venue and is not endangering any lives or properties. Due to the high wind, the venue does have their high wind protocols activated, including cancelling some individual shows. The Sasquatch Festival is still ongoing and no evacuations have occurred.

Weather Conditions

The weather has been deemed to be pushing the fire at a higher than expected forward rate prompting some evacuations.   It is now becoming a wind-driven fire.

Current conditions consist of 18 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Law Enforcement briefing at the #SunlandFire in Vantage, Washington. (Credit: Grant County Sheriff Office)

Other Fires Burning in the State

At the time of this post, there are two (2) other wildfires burning in Washington State. One fire is near Airway Heights (Spokane County) and the other is in Wenatchee (Chelan County).

Hashtags Used by Social Media

Vantage Fire – #Sunland (We’re using #SunlandFire and #WaWildfires2016)

Wenatchee – #WenatcheeFire

Spokane County – #AirwayHeightsFire

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

WA WILDLAND FIRE | Grizzly Bear Complex | Aug 20, 2015 | PM SitRep

SUMMARY

  • Location: 20 Miles SE of Dayton on Weha-Tucannon Wilderness
  • Summary: 17 fires within Complex
  • Start:  8/13/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Complex:  13-16 Fires

FIRE STATUS

  • Acres:  12,000
  • Containment:  0%
  • Behavior:  Active, strong winds pushed to the South into Wenaha River drainage on the Wenaha-Tucannon area.
Grizzly Bear Complex - August 14, 2015

One of many fires burning in this Complex. Courtesy of Inciweb. Photo taken on August 14, 2015.

RESOURCES

  • Ordered:  NIMO ordered 8/15/15 but was redirected to the Okanagon-Wenatchee NF fires.
  • Personnel: 106
  • Crews: 3
  • Helicopters: 1
  • Engines: 5

EVACUATIONS

Level 3

  • Troy:  The whole town has been evacuated

We are working to bring more resource info gleaned from various sources to this post, due to be published on Friday.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

ACTIVE WILDFIRES | Washington | August 2, 2015 – Tuesday

#BaldyFire
Approximately 6 miles NW of Ione – On top of Baldy Mtn

Summary

Start/Time | 8/1/15
Cause | Unknown, under investigation

Status

Acres | 342
Containment | 0%

Resources

Personnel | 200; 3 Type 1 Crews, 4 Type 2 Crews
Equipment | 1 Engine, 2 Type 1 Helos [on loan], 1 Type 2 Helo [on loan] 1 Type 3 [committed], 2 Dozers, 1 Air Attack

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#NBoulder2Fire
3 ½ miles SW of Orient – Colville NF

Summary

Start | 7/20/13
IC | NV Type 3 IMT
Cause | Lightning

Status

Acres | 233
Containment | 80%
ROS | Min. with few smoking hotspots

Resources

Personnel | 98; 2 Crews
Equipment | 1 Helo, 1 Dozers, 1 Skidinge, 3 Tenders

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#ParadiseFire
13 miles N/NE of Quinault in the Olympic National Park

Summary

Start | 5/15/15 @ 1500 PDT
Cause | Lightning

Status

Acres | 2392
Containment | 30%
ROS | Min, isolated torching, creeping, smoldering

Resources

Personnel | 35

Significant Events

Aerial Assessment | Small portion of fire reached Bob Creek. Additional air resources to be deployed for fire suppression.

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#WolverineFire
#BlankenshipFire
3 miles NW of Lucerne / Okanogan – Wenatchee NF
[Managed by same IC]

Summary

Start/Time | 6/29/15 @ 0730 PDT
IC | Chelan Ranger District/USFS
Command | Type1 IMT transitioned 8/4/15 0600 PDT
Cause | Lightning

Status

Acres | 25,634 – #WolverineFire | 170 acres – #BlankenshipFire
Containment | 20%.
ROS | Extreme, wind-driven, group torching, long-range spotting.

Resources

Personnel | 257; 6 Crews
Incident Cooperators | USDA-Forest Service, National Forest Service, WA DNR, Chelan Co Sheriff Office, Chelan Co Fire Districts #7,10.
Equipment | 4 Helos.

Damage Assessment

Destroyed | 1 residence, 3 minor structures.

## Special Notices ##

Community Meeting | 8/5/15, Wednesday @ 1900 Hours PDT. Chelan Middle School, 215 Webster Street, Chelan, WA.

NOTE:  We are working on adding more fires as time allows.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog