Mile Marker 28 Fire Update 7/31/2013
Incident: Mile Marker 28 Wildfire
Mile Marker 28 Fire Update
July 31, 2013 – 10:00 AM
WEBSITE: Inciweb.org/incident/3557 INFO CENTER: (509) 773-7136 or 7059
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. Resources from several states are working on the Mile Maker 28 Fire. Represented states include: Arkansas, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Virginia.
FIRE SITUATION: Operational priorities for yesterday on the Mile Maker 28 Fire included working on the east and northeast edge of the fire. Overnight, firefighters were able to complete burnout operations along the east perimeter and will now begin mop-up operations. Fire officials continue to work extensively with the local resource advisors minimizing the impacts of the fire and suppression activities.
Crews will spend another day working on the southern perimeter completing mop-up operations. Firefighters continue to experience difficulty in completing line construction along the western boundary within the Satus Creek drainage. The challenging topography and erratic winds increased fire activity making it difficult for firefighters to construct line. Fire activity will increase in the afternoon hours. Several interior areas of unburned fuel will continue to smolder and cause isolated torching, and short-range spotting. Although a Red Flag Warning has been issued for this area, the best chance of thunderstorms will occur this afternoon. Challenges on the Mile Marker 28 Fire include warm weather conditions, potential for dehydration, increased traffic on many roads, and the steep, rugged terrain. Firefighter and public safety is the priority on the fire. Only minor injuries related to the heat have occurred on the Mile Marker 28 Fire.
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 .
EVACUATIONS: (Information from the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office). As of noon today, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office is reducing a Level 2 (Precautionary) emergency notice to a Level 1 (Advisory) notice from Satus Pass south to Box Canyon Road. All other levels remain unchanged.
The Cleveland/Bickleton area Evacuation Levels set on July 28, remain unchanged.
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 now been closed. For information please call the National Red Cross at 888-610-1455.
CLOSURES: US Highway 97 opening is anticipated for later today. Go to WSDOT website for additional information: www.wsdot.wa.gov .
RESOURCES: 35 Crews, 7 Helicopters, 102 Engines, 16 Dozers, 21 Water Tenders, 216 Overhead, 4 Camp Crew = Total Personnel 1,345 # # #