Mile Marker 28 Fire Update 8/4/2013
Incident: Mile Marker 28 Wildfire
. Washington Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander – Nathan Rabe
Deputy Incident Commander – Rex Reed
Mile Marker 28 Fire Update
August 4, 2013 – 9:00 AM
WEBSITE: Inciweb.org/incident/3557 INFO CENTER: (509) 773-7136 or 7059
EMAIL: MileMarker28Fire@gmail.com The phone lines will be disconnected tomorrow.
The Mile Marker 28 Fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97. The fuels on this fire include grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter.
FIRE SITUATION: Mop-up operations continued yesterday, extinguishing and removing burning material 150-200 feet from the fire perimeter. Nearly all 41 miles of the fire line have now been covered by fire crews. In addition, handheld infrared thermovision equipment is being utilized by crews to identify “hot spots” within the 200 foot buffer of the fire perimeter. Night time patrolling of the fire perimeter will continue tonight.
Fire activity is expected to be minimal due to the combined abundance of mop-up along containment lines and the relatively high humidity levels. Nevertheless, the continued burning of heavy fuels within the fire perimeter will be noticeable, but the risk of spread will remain relatively low. Fire officials have indicated that smoke will likely be visible throughout the burn area for many weeks to come. Air quality and smoke information for Washington State can be found at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com.
Fire lines no longer being utilized, as well as roads used by fire personnel, are being identified by resource advisors and fire operations. The rehabilitation of these areas is designed to protect human life and safety, and reduce flood severity, soil erosion and prevent the establishment of non-native plants.
There are now 797 personnel assigned to the fire. Several are being demobilized today and the personnel remaining, including the management team, will be demobilized over the next several days. The plan is to transition to a smaller, Type 3 fire organization on Monday morning. That smaller force will consist of two Co-Incident commanders, two Division Supervisors, four Task Force Leaders, four crews, four Strike Team of engines and other overhead personnel, whose assignment will be to hold and patrol the existing fire perimeter. The fire information phone lines listed above will be disconnected tomorrow. For fire information, call the Klicitat Co. Sheriff’s Office at (509) 773-4455 or Dispatch Center at (509) 773-4545 or 4547.
Although much of the fire danger has passed, many areas of concern to the public remain. Fire officials recommend anyone driving through US Highway 97 only stop if you are experiencing an emergency situation. Rolling debris, dangerous and unstable trees, and underground burning stumps continue to create hazards for anyone in the burn area. US Highway 97 is now open and due to safety concerns, the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. For additional information call the WSDOT closure hotline: (509) 577-1617.
Regard for human safety and management of risks guides all fire management decisions and actions on the Mile Marker 28 Fire. Only minor injuries related to the heat have occurred at this time. The Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 would like to thank the public for their support during the fire situation.
A Burn Ban is in effect on all Department of Natural Resources administered lands. No campfires are permitted on state protected lands, even in developed campgrounds: www.dnr.wa.gov . Most wildfires are caused by people. Fire officials urge the public to be cautious during the summer season and help us prevent wildfires.
EVACUATIONS: (Information from the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office). All emergency notices remain the same at Level 1. 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: The Red Cross Shelter located at Fathers House Fellowship has been closed. For information please call the National Red Cross at 888-610-1455.
RESOURCES: 17 Crews, 2 Helicopters, 58 Engines, 5 Dozers, 13 Water Tenders, 4 Camp Crew = Total Personnel 797
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