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Silver Dollar Fire

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Spokane District
Bureau of Land Management
Spokane, WA 99212

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Active fire behavior in grass on the Silver Dollar Fire on July 2, 2017.Image options: [ Full Size ]

On July 2, 2017, a grass and brush fire was reported approximately 30 miles northwest of Richland, WA. The fire is currently 23,350 acres in size in Yakima and Benton counties.

This will be the final update for the Silver Dollar Fire unless significant fire activity occurs. Working in the temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees, firefighters continued securing the fire perimeter and extinguishing smoldering debris within containment lines. The majority of repair work to address the impacts resulting from the fire suppression effort was also completed yesterday. This work includes; smoothing out berms along dozer lines, constructing water bars on steep slopes to limit erosion and repairing fences cut for access during the fire suppression effort. Today fire crews will patrol the fire area and extinguish any heat they find. A transfer of fire management responsibilities back to the local agencies will occur today at 8:00 pm. Fire managers will adjust the number of firefighters to accommodate the current and expected workload. The Incident Command Post located at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in Richland, Washington will be dismantled. The fire information number will be deactivated today at 8:00 pm.

Unburned pockets of fuel located well inside containment lines along steep, rocky slopes above the Columbia River may continue to burn, but pose no risk of the fire escaping established control lines. Several columns of dust, also known as dust devils, were reported to authorities as smoke columns. Please note that hot, dry weather coupled with atmospheric instability will create dust columns that may resemble smoke.

Jurisdiction/Agencies Involved: Spokane District Bureau of Land Management, Southeast Washington Department of Natural Resources, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Yakima County, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, US Coast Guard, and private land.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM
Location30 miles northwest of Richland, WA
Incident CommanderChris Hutsell
Coordinates46.546 latitude, -119.886 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel131
Size30,984 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved




At 11:20 on July 4, 2017 a drone was spotted, shutting down all aerial firefighting operations. Reminder- NO drones over wildfires.