Mile Marker 28 Fire Update 7/30/2013
Incident: Mile Marker 28 Wildfire
The Mile Marker 28 Fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97. The fire continues to burn in grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter. Yesterday morning, Incident Commander Nathan Rabe updated the Yakama Nation Tribal Council on the current fire situation. Approximately 14 tribal members attended.
FIRE SITUATION: Fire crews continue to make progress on the Mile Marker 28 Fire. Firefighters worked along Division N, the northeastern boundary, preparing for burnout, an operation conducted by setting fire inside a control line to consume unburned fuels between the fire and the perimeter. Crews along the southern border focused on mop-up efforts, extinguishing and removing burning material near the control lines. An evening flight with infrared heat detection devices was used again to map the fire perimeter and identify areas with hot spots.
Today, firefighters are working on the east and northeast perimeter where hot spots occurred overnight. A retardant batch plant has been set up to facilitate the heavy lift helicopters with retardant drops. Helicopters will also be dropping water on the most critical areas of the fire where portions of the interior continue to smolder and burn isolated areas of fuel.
Containment lines have been completed on the southern perimeter of the fire and crews are focusing on mop-up operations throughout the day. The structure protection group has completed fuels reduction around structures. Evacuation levels in that area have been reduced by the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office and State Mobilization resources will return to their home units.
EVACUATIONS: (Information from the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office)
The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday at 12:00 PM, the following areas are being reduced from a Level 3 (Immediate Evacuation) to a Level 2 (Precautionary).
All areas north of Box Canyon Rd. up to the fireline, including the area contained within Township 5N, Range 17E, Sections 1 to 16 and Township 5N, Range 18E, Section 18.
The following areas are being reduced to a Level 1 (Advisory). All areas east of US Highway 97 and south of Box Canyon Rd. and within the following sections: Township 5N, Range 17E, Sections 13 to 16, and 20 to 30.
The Cleveland/Bickleton area Evacuation Levels set on July 28, remain unchanged. US Highway 97 will remain closed until further notice. Non-emergency vehicle traffic north of Satus Pass is prohibited. Local traffic may utilize US Highway 97 to access their homes.
The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office urges the public to be cautious and aware of emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, supporting vehicles and personnel which will remain in the area.
SHELTER: As of 5:00 PM on July 29, the Red Cross Shelter located at Fathers House Fellowship in Goldendale has closed. For information please call the National Red Cross at 888-610-1455.
CLOSURES: Due to the fire situation, US Highway 97 from Toppenish to Goldendale remains closed. Highway 97 is open to local traffic only from Mile Marker 13 to 24. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes on State Route 14, State Route 221, and Interstate 82. For questions contact the WSDOT Highway 24-Hour Hotline (509) 577-1617.
RESOURCES: 35 Crews, 7 Helicopters, 102 Engines, 16 Dozers, 21 Water Tenders, 216 Overhead, 4 Camp Crew = Total Personnel 1,345
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