Wildfire activity increases in Washington

The state has 18 wildfires with varying levels of evacuations in effect

Firefighters in Washington state have been very busy recently, especially Saturday when 68 new fires were detected, primarily in the eastern part of the state. Abundant lightning accompanied by strong winds and very dry fuels created critical fire conditions.

They currently have 18 fires with varying levels of evacuations in effect.

map large wildfires Washington
Map showing some of the large wildfires in Washington, August 12, 2018. Click to enlarge.

One of the largest is the 45,000-acre Grass Valley Fire that started August 11 west of Grand Coulee Dam. Firefighters report extreme fire behavior with running and spotting. Evacuations and road closures are in effect.

The Cougar Creek Fire has burned 18,890 acres 25 mi west of Chelan, WA. The fire is exhibiting extreme fire behavior. Evacuations are in effect.

The 15,975-acre Crescent Mountain Fire is 16 miles west of Winthrop, WA.

lighting strikes August 11, 2018

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

4 thoughts on “Wildfire activity increases in Washington”

  1. TO EVERYONE READING THESE DAILY FIRE NEWS AND REPORTS:

    PLEASE DON’T FAIL TO THANK ALL THOSE SACRIFICING FIREFIGHTERS – GIVE THEM FOOD AND DRINK WHENEVER YOU CAN. WELCOME THEM INTO YOUR HOMES IF THEY NEED SOME BREAKS FROM THE HEAT OF THE SUN AND THE FIRES. DO YOUR BEST TO PREVENT START OR SPEADING OF MORE FIRES. COOPERATE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO EVACUATE. FIREFIGHTERS DESERVE THE BEST FROM ALL OF US! WITHOUT THEM, OUR WHOLE COUNTRY WILL GO UP IN FLAMES -TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, TOO! ABOVE ALL, ASK FOR GOD’S HELP!

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