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Palmer Fire

Unit Information

Spokane District
Bureau of Land Management
Spokane, WA 99212

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Palmer Fire August 19, 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Palmer Fire started on August 18th, 2020.  High winds created extreme fire behavior and accelerated rapid fire growth.  Many homes were threatened and Level 3 evacuation orders were issued.

Local and federal firefighters responded to the fire and worked in tandem with air resources, prioritizing structure protection and slowing fire progression.  Over the next several days, additional resources arrived to assist, constructing containment lines along multiple flanks and conducting burnout operations where necessary and appropriate.

Fire activity decreased significantly over the following weekend, and firefighting efforts began to shift from suppression and containment to holding and mop-up.

The Okanogan County Sheriff's department and the Okanogan County Emergency Management Department are notifying the public of changing evacuation levels in the area.

NW IMT Team 6 (Sheldon) is currently managing the incident.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 03:00 PM
Location7 miles SW of Oroville, WA
Incident CommanderKen Powell Type 3 Team
Coordinates48.837 latitude, -119.575 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel231
Size17,988 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained91%
Fuels Involved

timber (grass, litter and understory) and brush

Significant Events

Moderate fire behavior, backing, smoldering creeping

Unburned drainages will continue to burn out with group torching, surface fire and backing/flanking fire.


Planned Actions

Div A: Mop up around structures and mop up along lines to limit escape potential

Div B: Hold completed line, mop up to standard

Div Y: Hold existing line, patrol status

Div Z: Mop up around structures and line

Projected Incident Activity

Unburned drainages will continue to burn out with group torching, surface fire and backing/flanking fire. Potential movement is low.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Partly cloudy. North winds strengthening through the day. Strongest winds expected late afternoon and evening. Temps:79-83 RH:20-25% High Haines: 3