#MonumentHillFire | Grant County WA | New!

GRANT COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Monument Hill is the second highest peak in Beezley Hills at an elevation of 2,882 feet.  It is located near Quincy, just South of Ephrata. (Wikipedia)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire crews were dispatched to a brush fire around 2019 hours on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, located on Monument Hill  is located near Quincy, Washington.  (FireCAD)

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 (LEAVE NOW!) Evacuations were ordered forAdams Rd N, areas of Rd 13NW and Rd J8 NW.  (this was approximately around 2100 hours PDT from GCSO)

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Level 1 (Get Ready) Evacuations for Painted Hills area.  For what you need to bring during an evacuation or learn of which areas are in evacuations, check out the Grant County Sheriff Office website here —-> https://www.nixle.us/9JCSD

RESOURCES

Initial resources (BATT-17 BLM-11 BLM E-6695) were originally dispatched. We have heard since the original call time, pages out for mutual aid from Spokane city firefighters and others. (Scanner Feed)  Additionally, State fire mobe has been approved as well bringing out additional resources. (WSP PIO)

Press releases are coming out of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Washington State Patrol (WSP), as well as Grant County PUD.

SIZE UP

Grant County Sheriff is reporting the brush fire is approximately 500 acres(as of 2300 hours PDT) and is growing quickly. No containment status has been achieved as of yet. Homes and crops are currently being threatened.  State Fire Mobe has been approved. (Released around 2225 hours PDT)

#MonumentHillFire night fire operations. Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore)

ALERTS

Power Outage – Douglas County PUD stated as of 2200 hours PDT, about 350 residents were affected by the power outage in the Palisades area due to the fire in Grant County.  Crews are out and working very hard to restore power as quickly as possible.

Stay Out of the Area –The WA State Patrol reminds everyone to STAY OUT OF THE AREA and not park on the shoulders. Fire crews need the space to work in and with heavy traffic they cannot reach the fire ground.  Please help them put this fire out by leaving enough space for emergency vehicles and support personnel access to various roadways.

Evacuation orders/alerts – To receive Nixle alerts (evacuation notices), if you live in Grant County, text your zip code to 888777. You can also follow us on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff #MonumentHillFire (GCSO)

Red Cross Shelter – will be set up for evacuees at midnight tonight.  This will be opened up at the Quincy High School in Quincy. (GCSO)

HISTORICAL FIRE INFORMATION

This area is familiar to large wildfires and also previously called the #MonumentHillFire when the last one in July of 2015, caused evacuations in the Baird Springs Road of Rd Q NW, just North of Quincy.  Evacuations were ordered on July 1 and listed on July 5, 2015. (News Media)

This what it looked like on July 1, 2015.  Fire was out around 1900 hours on July 5, 2015.  Over 2,000 acres.

Credit: GCSO.

Here it is on August 16, 2017. Fire started August 16, 2017 and growing.  500 acres and growing.

Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, on Twitter @nwfireblog and on our Facebook Page, The NW Fire Blog.

#MonumentHillFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE #NWFB #GrantCoWAFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2017 @ 2320 Hours PDT

 

#HayesRoadFire | Washington | 3

NEAR BRIDGEPORT (DOUGLAS COUNTY), WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire was reported around 1325 hours on Friday, August 4, 2017.  The fire is located between Bridgeport and Leahy in Douglas County, Washington.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Size Up | A statement was released by Ben Sherer, an IMT PIO in training stated, “Fire is 90% contained.  Fire crews walked fire lines. GPS mapping complete. 2,306 acres. Level 1 evacuations are still in effect.”

Command | SE WA IMT 3 Team

Resources | Douglas, Chelan, Grant and Okanogan County Fire Departments, 2 strike teams from WA DNR, Douglas County Sheriff Office, Red Cross, Douglas County DOT, WA State DOT and WA State Patrol PIO 6.

Evaucations | Evacuations are in effect Roads K and Q.  Level 2 orders for Road 19 and Hwy 172.  Level 3 orders for Hwy 17 and Rd 19.

Shelter | A Red Cross shelter is open for evacuees at the Bridgeport High School.

 

Fire Level | Fire level has been raised to 3.

Social Media | Follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, Twitter – @nwfireblog and Facebook.

#HayesRoadFire #SR17Fire #DouglasCoFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#HayesRoadFire | Washington | 2

NEAR BRIDGEPORT (DOUGLAS COUNTY), WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire was reported around 1325 hours on Friday, August 4, 2017.  The fire is located between Bridgeport and Leahy in Douglas County, Washington.

Large grass fire burning. PC: Douglas County Fire District #5

Single fire split into two wildfires.  One moving East and other moving South towards Hwy 172 at Rd 18 NE.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Size Up | Active fire behavior on Eastern and Southern flanks. Containment lines are being reinforced with an unknown containment status.  Fire was last reported at 500+ and growing. No word on current scorched acreage.  No known cause at the moment but is being investigated.

Command | SE WA IMT 3 Team

Resources | Douglas, Chelan, Grant and Okanogan County Fire Departments, 2 strike teams from WA DNR, Douglas County Sheriff Office, Red Cross, Douglas County DOT, WA State DOT and WA State Patrol PIO 6.

Evaucations | Evacuations are in effect Roads K and Q.  Level 2 orders for Road 19 and Hwy 172.  Level 3 orders for Hwy 17 and Rd 19.

Shelter | A Red Cross shelter is open for evacuees at the Bridgeport High School.

Night operations on the Hayes Road Fire. PC: Douglas County Fire District #5

Alerts | SR17 is open to single lane use with a pilot car escort about 9 miles East of Bridgeport at MP 124.5 to 126.

And remember, #NoDronesInFireZones

Fire Level | Fire level has been raised to 3.

Social Media | Follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, Twitter – @nwfireblog and Facebook.

#HayesRoadFire #SR17Fire #DouglasCoFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#HayesRoadFire | Washington | New!

NEAR BRIDGEPORT (DOUGLAS COUNTY), WASHINGTON

Fire on SR 17 taken on 8/4/2017. PC: WSP PIO 6 Trooper B Moore

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire turned wildfire broke out around 1325 hours this Friday afternoon between Bridgeport and Leahy in Douglas County, Washington State.

At the time of this post, the fire is now estimated to be at 500+ acres with an unknown containment status.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Command | SE WA IMT 3 Team

Fire Timeline | 1325 – Brush reported burning on both sides of SR 17.  Multi-agency response en-route.

| 1335 – SR 17 is closed at 11 miles South of Bridgeport.  Fast moving brush fire in area.

| 1450 – Level 3 Evacuations are in effect.

| 1600 – Red Cross shelter @ Bridgeport High School is to open within 2-3 hours.

Fire burning on the hillside on the Hayes Road Fire. PC: Douglas Co WA

| 1749 – 200 – 300 acres (estimation). 0% containment status. Fire Level raised to 3.

| 1750 – SR 17 open to one lane of traffic with a pilot car, 9 miles East of Bridgeport at milepost 124.5 to milepost 126.

Fire consumes grass on the Hayes Road Fire. PC: Douglas Co WA

| 1907 – Single fire split into two wildfires.  One moving East and other moving South towards Hwy 172 at Rd 18 NE.

Fire map of affected areas. PC: Douglas Co WA

| 1908 – Northern side of wildfire is mostly contained (unknown %) and being monitored by fire crews.

| 1910 – Douglas County DOT grader deployed to scene to help cut fire lines.  Fire mobe approved.

| 1949 – New evacuations for Roads K and Q.  Level 2 orders for Road 19 and Hwy 172.  Level 3 orders for Hwy 17 and Rd 19.

DNR Fire Preparedness Level | See multi-colored fire map down below in this post. Yellow (High Alert) and Red (Very High/Extreme). PC: WA DNR

Incident Cooperators | Douglas County Sheriff Office, Douglas County School District, WA State Patrol PIO 6, Red Cross and State mobe resources.

Social Media | Follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, Twitter – @nwfireblog and Facebook.

#HayesRoadFire #SR17Fire #DouglasCoFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Brush Fire | Vantage, Washington | 2

NEAR VANTAGE, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A wildfire ignited from an unknown source on Friday, July 7, 2017, around 2052 hours PDT.

Resources | Fire resources are on scene working to suppress and contain the brush fire.

Closures | WSP had shutdown both EB & WB lanes of I-90 from MP 115 to 143 in Kittitas County. EB lanes were expected to have already reopened around 2215 hours PDT, but WB was to remain closed due to guardrails being on fire. There was no ETA on when it was due to reopn.

Current Weather Current temps are 76*F with RH at 39%. Winds are 11 mph and it is partly cloudy.

Fire Image | Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore (@wspdpio6)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2305 Hours PDT

Brush Fire | Vantage, Washington | New!

NEAR VANTAGE, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | WSP Trooper Brian Moore tweeted out on Social Media, a brush fire is burning on I-90 near Vantage, Washington State around 2052 hours on Friday evening.

Resources | Fire resources are on scene working to suppress and contain the brush fire.

Closures | WSP has shutdown both EB & WB lanes of I-90 from MP 115 to 143 in Kittitas County due to poor visibility and a brush fire in the area.

Current Weather As of 2111 Hours, current temps are 80*F, partly cloudy with winds at 13 mph and a RH of 36%.

Social Media | Drivers are starting to tweet out that traffic is at a standstill.  Well, just like WSP said – time to put your patience pants on.  Fire crews are working as quick as they can to contain the fire.

Fire Images | Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore (@wspdpio6)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#SprombergFire | WA | New!

NEAR LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary

A fire broke out an old log yard located on Chumstick Highway at Spromberg Canyon, about 4 miles North of Leavenworth, Washington.

It was said to be contained in the log yard at about 5 acres but then the winds kicked up.

You can imagine what happened after that.

Incident Cooperators

WSDOT, WSP, WA DNR, Chelan Co (also Sheriff Office) Emergency Management, Chelan PUD,  Chelan County Fire District #3.

Resources

Resources include 3 helicopters, 5 engines and 2 crews from DNR.  Additionally, there are fire crews from Chelan County Fire District #3 assigned.

Fire Mob was approved @ 1645 on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  A Type 3 IMT has been assigned.

Fire Conditions

The wildfire has exploded from the initial 5 acres to over 40 acres with a 0% containment status.  The 3-alarm wildfire is both spotting and wind-driven.

Evacuations

Evacuations are approximately 150 homes at this time.

Level 3 (LEAVE NOW) evacuations were conducted by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office 1 mile North and 1 mile South (on both sides of roadway) on Chumstick Highway of Spromberg Road.

Level 1 (FIRE IS IN YOUR AREA) evacuations were conducted by the CCSO’s office from 1 miles South of Spromberg Canyon to Leavenworth.  Update | 1840 Hours | Eagle Creek Road just updated to  Level 1.

Closures

Eagle Creek and South Sunitsch Canyon Road.   Caution:  Troopers, Deputies will be manning the road block along with flaggers on the roadway.

Fire Weather

Current weather is clear and sunny with 84* temps and 12% RH.  Winds are West-SW at 16 m.p.h. with gusts up to 22 m.p.h.  The dew point is at 27.   Tonight’s winds are expected to increase from the West at 20-24 m.p.h. with gusts up to 39 m.p.h.

Update | 1848 Hours | DNR reports excessive winds, low fire activity and retardant ordered from Canada.  No information on if/when they would ever use the Hawaii Martin Mars tanker.  We would imagine this is way too small of a wildfire.  Would need to be used on something like the #GateFire that has burned over 150,000 of acres.

Utilities 

Spromberg Canyon – Power is out in the area.

Mission Creek – An unrelated power outage has occurred in this area as well.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Update 8 | #Oso SR 530 Reopens Again | Washington

UPDATE 8 – APRIL 13, 2017 – 1715 HOURS PDT

The SR530 highway is once again open to the motoring public.

The WSDOT released this statement on Wednesday, April 12th just after 1400 Hours PDT.  “Over the past weekend, crews installed 11 monitoring locations to track ground movement and analyzed the hillside twice a day.

After several days of no measurable movement to the slide area above SR 530, geologists from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) agreed to reopen the roadway.”

Snohomish County residents were allowed to return to their homes/businesses/areas after Officials lifted the evacuation order.

Please be vigilant to driving conditions as the roadway could close again if the area begins to shift once again.

UPDATE 7 – APRIL 11, 2017 – 1900 HOURS PDT

Again, crews checked the slide and found no movement.  A new assessment and  will be made on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

UPDATE 6 – APRIL 10, 2017  

WSDOT crews have checked the original slide on Monday, April 10th stating there has been no movement found.  Another check was due to occur on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

UPDATE 5 – APRIL 9, 2017 – 2115 HOURS PDT

Due to the unstable hillside above the SR530 highway, WSDOT states they have extended the shutdown in both directions of the roadway until at least next Thursday, April 13th.  Another assessment will be made at that time.

The weather for next week is as follows:

* Sun  Rain April 9.   Current Temps 46*F and cloudy. 55% humidity with a chance of rain this evening.  Winds are at 5 mph.
* Mon  Thunderstorms April 10.  Temps  49º / 35º
* Tue Partly Cloudy April 11.  Temps  58º / 39º
* Wed Rain April 12. Temps 53º / 41º
* Thu  Rain April 13. Temps  52º  / 41º
* Fri   Light Rain April 14.  Temps  51º  / 38º
* Sat  Partly Cloudy April 15. Temps  58º /  37º

UPDATE 4- APRIL 8, 2017 – 1815 HOURS PDT

SR 530 remains closed from Mile Post 34-40 so that Geologists can still monitor the land and any movements.

News conference. [Photo Credit: WSDOT]

On Monday, Officials will reassess the situation to see if it is safe for the motoring public and if they can reopen SR530 once again.

About Oso, Washington

A town located in Snohomish County, Washington is approximately 50 air miles from Seattle; is just West of Darrington and South of the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River.  

It is said to have 180 residents (2010 census).  There is no census information to reflect how many were living in the area in 2014.

The small town was placed on the international news map when a large mass of  mud and debris [approximately one square mile] slid down a hillside covering a rural  community and killing 43 in March of 2014.  The incident was located 4 miles East of the town of Oso.

Families reached a $50 Million Settlement for the 2014 Oso mudslide major disaster due to Officials had full knowledge of the future dangers and risks building/living in the area while not providing that information to residents/visitors.  This caused many parties to be at fault for not warning those down below prior to the disaster occurring, leading to many deaths and injuries and listing this as one of the most horrific and largest disasters in Washington State.  

Oso has also been touched by wildfire.  On May 13, 2016, there was a wildfire just off of SR 530 that burned about 100 acres.

UPDATE 3 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 1015 HOURS PDT

SR530 was closed last night as a precaution due to the mudslide being above the highway.  No actual mud flowed on to the roadway, says WSDOT North Traffic.

Some of the debris above the highway. [Photo Credit: WSDOT]

The roadway is still closed from Mile post 34-38 on SR 530 to enable Geologists to assess the area and if it poses a threat to the motoring public below.

No injuries have been reported.

UPDATE 2 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 0740 HOURS PDT

The slow-moving mudslide in Oso, Washington has prompted area residents on the North end of where the unstable ground to evacuate from their homes voluntarily on a precautionary basis overnight.

Correction:  The incident is not in Skagit County as reported last night but in Snohomish County.

Per the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Command is in Unified Command with the Oso Fire Department to be available and work with the residents to ensure their safety (Update around 2230 Hours PDT).

Location of the incident at the Yellow spot. [Photo Credit: WSDOT]

About 10 homes in the North end of the slide voluntarily evacuated as an overnight precaution.

Yellow area indicates the evacuation and closed road areas. [Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff Office]

According to the WSDOT’s website last updated at midnight, SR 530 eastbound & westbound directions at Oso Loop Rd (MP 35) to 310th St NE (MP 39) is closed due to the mudslide.

WSDOT also stated, ” For clarification of the incident. This is on the opposite side of road as the 2014 slide and approximately 1.5 miles west. Crews will reevaluate @ daylight.”

There have been no additional updates since last night’s pressers.

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 7, 2017 – 2115 HOURS PDT

A slow-moving mudslide has hit the Oso, Washington area around 2015 Hours PDT on Friday evening.

Both WSP and WSDOT were en route to the slide moments after the slide occurred to shut down SR 530, the same roadway involved in the previous devastating Oso mudslide event in 2014.

HIGHEST IMPACT – Update
SR 530 Both Directions – On SR 530 eastbound & westbound at MP 36 there is an incident blocking all lanes. Last Updated: 4/7/2017 8:11 PM – WSDOT Traffic Alert

This appears to be about 2-3 miles West of the mudslide that devastated Oso back on March 22, 2014.  The 2014 mudslide killed several people, destroyed many lives and brought compassion, kindness and human love upon a much deserving community.

“Our hearts nearly dropped again, hearing of a second slide touching the #Oso community. We are hoping for the best in that it is minor compared to the last event. We know they have suffered much.

Prayers and thoughts to our 1st Responders on-scene and to those that may be impacted.”

LR Swenson, NW Fire Blog Editor 

Officials were said to notify homeowners and residents if evacuations were needed.

So far no injuries or property damage have been reported.

There is no updates from the Oso Fire Department.  We are waiting for additional details about this incident.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

Update 7 | #Oso SR 530 Closure Extends | Washington

UPDATE 7 – APRIL 11, 2017 – 1900 HOURS PDT

Again, crews checked the slide and found no movement.  A new assessment and  will be made on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

UPDATE 6 – APRIL 10, 2017  

WSDOT crews have checked the original slide on Monday, April 10th stating there has been no movement found.  Another check was due to occur on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

UPDATE 5 – APRIL 9, 2017 – 2115 HOURS PDT

Due to the unstable hillside above the SR530 highway, WSDOT states they have extended the shutdown in both directions of the roadway until at least next Thursday, April 13th.  Another assessment will be made at that time.

The weather for next week is as follows:

* Sun  Rain April 9.   Current Temps 46*F and cloudy. 55% humidity with a chance of rain this evening.  Winds are at 5 mph.
* Mon  Thunderstorms April 10.  Temps  49º / 35º
* Tue Partly Cloudy April 11.  Temps  58º / 39º
* Wed Rain April 12. Temps 53º / 41º
* Thu  Rain April 13. Temps  52º  / 41º
* Fri   Light Rain April 14.  Temps  51º  / 38º
* Sat  Partly Cloudy April 15. Temps  58º /  37º

UPDATE 4- APRIL 8, 2017 – 1815 HOURS PDT

SR 530 remains closed from Mile Post 34-40 so that Geologists can still monitor the land and any movements.

News conference. [Photo Credit: WSDOT]

On Monday, Officials will reassess the situation to see if it is safe for the motoring public and if they can reopen SR530 once again.

About Oso, Washington

A town located in Snohomish County, Washington is approximately 50 air miles from Seattle; is just West of Darrington and South of the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River.  

It is said to have 180 residents (2010 census).  There is no census information to reflect how many were living in the area in 2014.

The small town was placed on the international news map when a large mass of  mud and debris [approximately one square mile] slid down a hillside covering a rural  community and killing 43 in March of 2014.  The incident was located 4 miles East of the town of Oso.

Families reached a $50 Million Settlement for the 2014 Oso mudslide major disaster due to Officials had full knowledge of the future dangers and risks building/living in the area while not providing that information to residents/visitors.  This caused many parties to be at fault for not warning those down below prior to the disaster occurring, leading to many deaths and injuries and listing this as one of the most horrific and largest disasters in Washington State.  

Oso has also been touched by wildfire.  On May 13, 2016, there was a wildfire just off of SR 530 that burned about 100 acres.

UPDATE 3 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 1015 HOURS PDT

SR530 was closed last night as a precaution due to the mudslide being above the highway.  No actual mud flowed on to the roadway, says WSDOT North Traffic.

Some of the debris above the highway. [Photo Credit: WSDOT]

The roadway is still closed from Mile post 34-38 on SR 530 to enable Geologists to assess the area and if it poses a threat to the motoring public below.

No injuries have been reported.

UPDATE 2 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 0740 HOURS PDT

The slow-moving mudslide in Oso, Washington has prompted area residents on the North end of where the unstable ground to evacuate from their homes voluntarily on a precautionary basis overnight.

Correction:  The incident is not in Skagit County as reported last night but in Snohomish County.

Per the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Command is in Unified Command with the Oso Fire Department to be available and work with the residents to ensure their safety (Update around 2230 Hours PDT).

Location of the incident at the Yellow spot. [Photo Credit: WSDOT]

About 10 homes in the North end of the slide voluntarily evacuated as an overnight precaution.

Yellow area indicates the evacuation and closed road areas. [Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff Office]

According to the WSDOT’s website last updated at midnight, SR 530 eastbound & westbound directions at Oso Loop Rd (MP 35) to 310th St NE (MP 39) is closed due to the mudslide.

WSDOT also stated, ” For clarification of the incident. This is on the opposite side of road as the 2014 slide and approximately 1.5 miles west. Crews will reevaluate @ daylight.”

There have been no additional updates since last night’s pressers.

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 7, 2017 – 2115 HOURS PDT

A slow-moving mudslide has hit the Oso, Washington area around 2015 Hours PDT on Friday evening.

Both WSP and WSDOT were en route to the slide moments after the slide occurred to shut down SR 530, the same roadway involved in the previous devastating Oso mudslide event in 2014.

HIGHEST IMPACT – Update
SR 530 Both Directions – On SR 530 eastbound & westbound at MP 36 there is an incident blocking all lanes. Last Updated: 4/7/2017 8:11 PM – WSDOT Traffic Alert

This appears to be about 2-3 miles West of the mudslide that devastated Oso back on March 22, 2014.  The 2014 mudslide killed several people, destroyed many lives and brought compassion, kindness and human love upon a much deserving community.

“Our hearts nearly dropped again, hearing of a second slide touching the #Oso community. We are hoping for the best in that it is minor compared to the last event. We know they have suffered much.

Prayers and thoughts to our 1st Responders on-scene and to those that may be impacted.”

LR Swenson, NW Fire Blog Editor 

Officials were said to notify homeowners and residents if evacuations were needed.

So far no injuries or property damage have been reported.

There is no updates from the Oso Fire Department.  We are waiting for additional details about this incident.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog