Washington Wildfire | Iron East Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Tuesday, September 11th

Retardant on Iron East

Credit: OK-WEN NF

A wildfire named the IRON EAST FIRE was started around 2200 hours by lightning that sparked two fires in the Blewett Pass area on Friday.

Level 2 evacuations are still in effect for structures .5 to the northeast of the fire with Hwy 97 still closed all week to enable WSDOT workers to install culverts.

The required types and number of crews all have arrived and can now safely work on both fire lines.   They have been tasked with prepping on both fires with improving line, installing hose lays, chipping removed brush and getting ready to remove fuels through burnout operations.

Air resources are still working to cool both fires and slow forward spread of the fire. A Type 1 Helicopter will be assigned solely to this fire today working on the western side of the fires.

The fire has burned 125 acres

Weather is expected to be cooler in the 50’s with a moisture in the air for the next four days. This will allow crews to suppress and contain both fires with weather supporting them.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington Wildfire | Iron East Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Monday, September 10th

A wildfire named the IRON EAST FIRE was started around 2200 hours by lightning that started two fires in the Blewett Pass area.  About 32 acres are burning to the east of Forest Service Rd 9714 and eight acres to the west of FS Rd 9714.

Crew marching to work line

Credit: OK-Wen NF

Level 2 evacuations were issued for homes about .5 miles north of the fire.  Engines were dispatched to the area neighborhoods for structure protection.

A VLAT (very large air tanker), a heavy tanker and helicopters were dropping retardant over the fire line.  Water was also being implemented to slow the fire’s forward spread.  Dozers were used to improve the overgrown roadways on the eastern side of the fire.

Hand crews drove over one-hour and hiked 1.5 hours to the fire line.  Some of the crews would be “spiking out” overnight to lessen their response time.  There are about 283 firefighters assigned to this fire with more due to arrive.

Iron East both fires from the air

Both fires seen via the air. Credit: OK-Wen NF

All fire suppression gear which include hoses and valves/nozzles etc. will be delivered by helicopter.

Highway 97 has been closed for one week while WSDOT installs culverts.

Hikers and campers have been evacuated near the fire by the Forest Service.

Tuesday’s weather is expected to be cooler with a higher relative humidity and gusty winds.  A chance of thunderstorms are expected.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

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 State Wildfire | Lower Waitsburg Road | Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – A wheat fire broke out today on Lower Waitsburg Road in Walla Walla County, Washington.

RESOURCES

Fire assets from Walla Walla County Fire District #8 initially responded but the incident was quickly escalated to a 3-alarm fire.

Photo Credit | Bob Clendaniel,

Additional resources from Walla Walla County Fire Districts 2, 4, 7 and Cities of Walla Walla and College Place were also deployed on the fire line.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire was quickly brought under control and put out.  Firefighters were successful in limiting the damage to 100 acres being destroyed.

Due to the dry conditions and heavy fire fuels – this could have been way worse but it was stopped just in time.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Washington Wildfire | Crystal Cove Fire

LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. – UPDATE 1 – 1900 hours PDT

A new wildfire at about three acres broke out on Sunday evening, prompting resources to be dispatched around 1617 hours PDT through the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

The original resources responding were AA, 444TS, AR-20, AR-26B, AR-44, AR-443, AR-63, C-6201, FB-202, FB-206, H-340, HT-41, HT-43 and NC-347.  They were quickly on-scene by 1642 hours PDT.

WA DNR sent out notification they had sent three engines, two hand crews, three planes and one helicopter at 1808 hours PDT.

The CRYSTAL COVE FIRE is also showing the same incident name as MILES FIRE (in the Wildcad.net system).

The fire is located northwest of Fort Spokane in Lincoln County, Washington.

ABOUT THE NEWICC

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center based in Colville has a coverage area that includes all or portions of Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Lincoln, Whitman, Adams, Grant and Garfield Counties.

The “Center” includes the US Forest Service,  Bureau of Land Management (BLM), USWFS, DNR and the National Park Service.

The Center dispatches and tracks 54 engines, 12 hand crews and over 150 fire personnel at given time.  In 2017, they began dispatching SEAT Bases at Omak and Deer Park, each having two firebosses, one air attack and one helicopter.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEWLY REPORTED | Washington Wildfire | Marble Valley Fire

UPDATE 1 – 0915 hours

A new wildfire was reported on July 6, 2018, around 1506 hours PDT for a wind-drive fire burning in Marble Valley, northwest of Chewelah in Stevens County, Washington State.

Resources were immediately dispatched from Washington State Department of Resources or WA DNR that included four engines, two (10) person crews and two airplanes.

Today (July 7), the fire is estimated at 92 acres and crews have successfully fully lined the perimeter.  They are in the midst of putting out the rest of the hot spots present inside the fire’s perimeter.  One helicopter remains on-scene.

#MarbleValleyFire #WAwildfires2018  #ChewelahFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | New Mexico Wildfire | Owl Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 | 0815 PDT

Incident Summary 

Fire started on June 30, 2018, by lightning about 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain and is south of Aspen Mountain near the Flying T trail in an inventoried roadless area on  Gila National Forest lands.

Fire fuels include Timber (litter, grass and understory).

Resources

There are currently 276 fire assets assigned on this incident.

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior has been low to moderate with single-tree torching.  It has mostly spread is to the north and east while being visible from Alma, New Mexico along the US Hwy 180 corridor through Luna.  Those may be able to see smoke from Alpine Arizona and the Rancho Grande subdivision.

Current Status

Fire has consumed 4,018 acres.  There is no known containment status at the time of this posting.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Washington Wildfire | Sand Dune Road Fire | Update 1

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – A Level 1 evacuation alert was issued by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for all residents in the area from Sage Road to Camas Road in Moses Lake.

EVACUATIONS

UPDATE | 2306 | Per the Sheriff’s Office, they cancelled the evacuations after receiving info that the wildfire was put out.

BLM-13 was dispatched by the Central Washington Interagency Command Center for a smoke check at 2227 hours and an immediately  the Sheriff’s Office issued the evacuation alert for a fast-moving wildfire on Sand Dune Road.

FIRE WEATHER

Current fire weather conditions are 71*F with winds at 8 mph, partly cloudy and a humidity of 36%.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The fire is called the SAND DUNE ROAD FIRE.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2303 Hours PDT