The Wildfire Log | Howard Road Fire | WA | 1

Whidbey Island, Washington

Update 1 | Friday | June 14, 2019 | 2100 hours PDT

Firefighters and assets were dispatched to a brush fire located on Howard Road and SR 525, in the woods behind a bus stop on Whidbey Island around 2055 hours PDT.

Personnel was responding from South Whidbey Fire & EMS.

AVOID AREA.

Limited information.

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The Wildfire Log | Almond Tree Fire | AZ | 1

KINGMAN, ARIZONA

Update 1 | June 13, 2019 | Thursday

A wildfire is burning on Stockton Road and Mile Marker 38 in Kingman, Arizona which prompted fire personnel and assets to be dispatched through the Arizona Dispatch Center today at 0812 hours MST.

No word what sparked the wildfire, acreage or status of the fire.

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The Wildfire Log | Spring Fire | NM | 1

GILA NATIONAL FOREST, NEW MEXICO

Update 1:  June 10, 2019 (Monday) – 1000 hours PDT

A wildfire named the SPRING FIRE is burning on the Gila National Forest, about 44 miles north of Mimbres, New Mexico.

About 2,200 acres of timber and short grass have been scorched.  This incident is being managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT team.  Crews have reached a 10% containment status.

There are 53 total personnel assigned with one crew and five engines.

Total fire suppression and containment costs have reached $136,000.00.

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The Wildfire Log | Elk Fire | NM | 2

MANGUS, NEW MEXICO

JUNE 10, 2019 – MONDAY – 0955 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A lightning sparked wildfire, named the ELK FIRE is burning in the Gila National Forest about 18 miles northeast of Aragon, New Mexico.

Current Status

There is moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping, single-tree torching that are threatening structures.

The fire is under the command of a Type IMT2 – SW Team 3.

500 acres of timber have been destroyed.  There is no containment at this time.

Resources

There are approximately 119 total personnel assigned along with 5 crews and 1 helicopter.

Damage Assessments

Fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $40,000.

Social Media

#ElkFire #NMwildfires2019

 

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The Wildfire Log | Elk Fire | NM | 1

MANGUS, NEW MEXICO

JUNE 9, 2019 – SUNDAY – 1315 HOURS PDT

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The men and women are the faces behind fire suppression, containment and management of the fire. | Credit: Gila NF

Incident Summary

A wildfire started on June 6, 2019 is located six miles southeast of Mangus, New Mexico on the Gila National Forest of the Quemada Ranger District.

The cause has been determined to be a lightning sparked wildfire.

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Credit: Gila NF

Current Status

The IC has ordered a Type 2 team.

The fire was reported as 100 acres but has now increased to 250 acres with a 0% containment status.  It is moving up the Mangas Mountain from pinyon juniper grasslands to ponderosa pine to dry mixed conifer with aspen.

Fire behavior has been low to a moderate intensity with dead fallen trees and brush piles burning.

Hot Shot crews will continue to prepping communication sites, the lookout tower and helispots.  Challenges include lack of access, fire suppression and control.

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Credit: Gila NF

A Type 2 Southwest Incident Management Team (Dave Gesser, IC) will assume command on Monday, June 10th.

Conditions include: fire being in a remote location with rugged terrain with rocky and steep slopes, deep drainages and lava rock.

Resources

Resources include One Type 3 helicopter and a USFS engine along with Silver City IHC, Gila IHC and Escondido WFM.  The IC is Heath Barker with a ICT Type 3 team.

Social Media

#ElkFire #NMwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | French Canyon Fire | WA | 1

TIETON, WASHINGTON

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 @ 1430 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire ignited in French Canyon, about 95 miles southeast of Seattle and located in Tieton (Yakima County), Washington State.

Current Status

Fire personnel and assets were dispatched @ 1246 hours PDT to a 2-acre fire.  Resources included Anthanum 20, other brush trucks and engines.

The Fire Command was named “French Command”.  Yakima County Fire and WA DNR would become “Unified Command”.

The size up of the fire: 6.2 acres (correction) , on private land, in District 1’s area with fire fuels of grass and brush with the fire backing.  There was a low chance of the fire progressing.

Evacuations were beginning to occur but due to the scratchiness of the fire scanners, the locations are unknown at this time.  We are working to gather more intel to provide another update.

Firefighters were working on the West Flank which appeared to be stopped. They were going into direct fire attack on the East Flank.

No additional resources were needed at the time the size up was given.

Social Media

#FrenchFire #WAwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | Punch Bowl Fire | WA

CLALLAM COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE

Friday, June 7th @ 2330 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

An early wildfire ignited this morning , just before  0700 hours PDT on Lake Crescent, located in the Olympic National Park in Port Angeles named the PUNCH BOWL FIRE.

Cause

There is no known cause of the wildfire.

Current Status

The fire was contained at 1030 hours PDT and brought under control at 1118 hours PDT.  It was completely put out at 1232 hours PDT.

Crews successfully held the fire to less than one acre.

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The Wildfire Log | Flaming Raft Fire | WA

COWLITZ COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE

Friday, June 7, 2019 – 2330 PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire broke out in the area of the Pacific Cascade communications center whom dispatched WA DNR Engines 272 and 277 at 1715 hours PDT tonight. The fire named the FLAMING RAFT FIRE was reported as a 20 ft by 20 ft area on Dike Road in Cowlitz County, Washington.

Fire crews were able to keep the fire to less than one acre burned of grass and brush.

Cause

At the time of this post, the cause was unknown.

Injuries

There were no injuries reported.

Damage Assesment

There was no report of damaged or destroyed structures.

Social Media

#WAwildfires2019  #FlamingRaftFire

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The Wildfire Log | 243 Fire | WA | 4

ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 4 – 6/7/2019 FRIDAY – @2300 PDT

Incident Summary

The 243 Command Fire started on Monday night on June 3, 2019, near Hwy 243 and Wanapum Dam.

Photo Credit | GCSO

A more pinpointed area lists the fire about 20 miles away the Gorge in Washington State.

Those travelling to the Gorge this weekend were reassured by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office that the fire was far enough away from them on their way to this venue.  Many were worried but would later rest reassured by GCSO.

Photo Credit | GCSO

Fire behavior was reported as wind-driven and with a high rate of spread and spotting.  It quickly ran easterly through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon were it was being within its northern and southern ridges.

Resources

There are still 280 total personnel currently assigned to this incident. (earlier in the day).  More will be released as they put out this fire completely.

Photo Credit | Chief Deputy Gregg/GCSO

Current Status

Fire Managers reported on Friday, June 7th around 2100 hours tonight, there was a hot spot the size of 30 (ft) x 30 ft flared up.  There was a little spark among Fire Managers but they were able to deploy engines and fire crews whom were already on-scene to extinguish it.

Most personnel were said to be released from the incident as containment increases and therefore Incident Command (SE WA IMT) would be disbanded but with this new information with the hot spot – the number of personnel on-scene is unknown.

A total of 20,380 acres have been destroyed. Firefighters have reached a 65% containment status.

The cause is still undetermined and under investigation.

Due to the out-of-control wildfire during the last few days, the Level evacuation orders (1, 2, 3) were all lifted as of last night.  A Red Cross evacuation shelter was opened at the Royal Itermediate School was opened but would later be closed due to a low amount of evacuees using the facility.

Damage Assessments

There were three outbuildings damaged according to Fire Officials’ damage assessment report, along with one of three railway trestles as being destroyed.

 

#243Fire #WAwildfires2019

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The Wildfire Log | 243 Fire | WA | 3

ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 3 – 6/6/2019 THURSDAY @ 2100 hours PDT

Incident Summary

A grass fire – turned – wildfire started on June 3, 2019 from an unknown ignition source near Hwy 243 and Wanapum Dam.  Fierce winds pushed the fire easterly through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon where it was contained between two canyons in the north and south.

Nearby residents were speculating a motor vehicle accident ignited the blaze but we have not received any type of official word yet.  We believe that the investigation of the cause is still on-going by Fire Officials.

Courtesy: @SE_WA_IMT

Current Status

Earlier this morning around 0925 hours, There was 18,774 acres scorched with a 50% containment status. Four aircraft were attached to this incident, along with 350 total personnel.

As of 1630 hours PDT, the Incident Management Team (aka SE WA IMT) released a presser:

Due to more accurate mapping by an airplane, it has been determined that 20,500 acres had been destroyed. Containment of 65% has been successfully reached and some State mobe resources have been released.

All roads have been opened and all evacuation order levels have been removed as of 1800 hours this evening.

Mop-up operations are currently in effect.

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Firefighters working a very long shift. | Credit: GCFD13

Incident Cooperators

Those that help support those on an active major incident are called Incident Cooperators, with some of them called up as Mutual Aid partners.  Here are some of the agencies and organizations that supported the 243 Fire.

  • WA State EMD
  • Grant County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ecology-Central Region
  • Grant PUD
  • WA DNR – sent 2 helicopters, 2 small planes (aka fire bosses), 20 firefighters and 2 strike teams of engines.  They are mutual aid for Bureau of Land Management or BLM.
  • Grant County Fire District 10
  • Grant County Fire District 13
  • Moses Lake Firefighters
  • Lake Stevens FD
  • Arlington FD
  • WA State Patrol
  • American Red Cross

Fire Command was handled by the SE WA IMT and Command Post was established in Royal City.  Some of their challenges were communications issues, technology difficulties, weather conditions, terrain and even those pesky mosquitoes.

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Brush Truck 46 (Arlington FD) was dispatched/deployed to respond to the 243 Fire with Capt Hillis and FF/DO Chamberlin and FF Brown | Credit: IAFF Local 3728

Damage Assessments

There is an unknown number of damaged and destroyed structures at the time of this post.

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The Sheriff’s Office stated fire passed 15 SW and Beverly Burke Rd. | Credit: GCSOGreat job to all of the firefighters, IMT personnel, support staffing, non-profit organizations, Sheriff’s Office, State Troopers and others that cooperated on this incident making it a success. We appreciate every single one of you all for your tireless efforts, dedication and persistence in winning over this wildfire. – ed.

#243Fire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/5/2019 @ 1940 hours PDT