Mile Marker 28 Fire Daily Update
Incident: Mile Marker 28 Wildfire
The Mile Marker 28 Fire started on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at approximately 11:00 a.m. The fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97 and is burning in grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and remains under investigation by the Confederate Tribes of the Yakama Nation.
The Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the fire at noon on July 25, and will be working cooperatively with the Yakama Nation and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Other cooperators include the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, Klickitat County Emergency Management, Klickitat County Fire District 7 and 2, the American Red Cross, Bonneville Power Administration, Klickitat County Public Utility District and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
Evacuations: On the first day of the fire, approximately 30 residents were evacuated due to the fire danger and several others have been advised of the fire situation. Evacuation Notices remain in place for the following areas:
Level 3 (Immediate Evacuation) From Satus Pass to Brooks Park
Level 2 (Potential Evacuation) From Brooks Park to Box Canyon Road
Level 1 (Advisory) From Box Canyon Road to Woodland Road
Shelter: Red Cross Shelter has been set up at Our Father’s House Fellowship located in Goldendale at 207 South Klickitat Street. You can call for information on the shelter at: (888) 680-1455 24-hrs.
Closures: Due to the fire situation, Highway 97 from Toppenish to Goldendale remains closed. Fire officials and WSDOT are monitoring the situation and will open the highway as soon as safe to do so.
Fire Situation: The fire was very active yesterday and doubled in size during the afternoon. Today’s focus will be on the southwest portion of the fire perimeter. Firefighters will be working to establish and anchor points for fireline construction. Structure protection is in place along the southern portion of the fire area. Spot fires from flying embers are a concern as the probability of fire ignition is near 100% in the afternoon. A night shift will be in place tonight.
Today’s Weather: A red flag warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. Saturday due to low humidity and winds. Expected weather for today is hot and dry in the fire area; maximum temperatures will be 85-87. Winds will be terrain driven from 8-15 miles per hour, with gusts to 22 miles per hour. Relative humidity, 14-16 percent.
Public and firefighter safety is the top priority on the Mile Marker 28 Fire. The public is urged to stay clear from the road closure area and to minimize traffic on roads accessed by fire crews. Fire danger remains high across Washington State. Be sure to check with your fire agencies for local fire restrictions.
The WA Interagency Incident Management Team 2 would like to express their thanks to the public for their continued support and cooperation during this incident.