Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
Ellensburg , WA 98926
The Batterman Road Fire started on July 4, 2021 at approximately 12:15 PM along the north side of Batterman Road in East Wenatchee. Resources from Douglas County and various local fire departments were called out for the initial response.
Within the first few hours the fire spread quickly in grass and additional firefighters were called from the Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service. Due to the extreme terrain with steep drainages and cliffs, firefighters on the ground had trouble getting direct access to parts of the fire. Numerous aircraft, including air tankers dropping retardant and several helicopters providing water drops, worked to extinguish the fire in the inaccessible terrain.
The evening of July 4 brought shifting winds that pushed the fire toward Rock Island Grade and down drainage. A Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team was called in to provide additional support.
The fire moved across multiple jurisdictions including privately owned land. At that time, priorities were structure protection as well as public and firefighter safety. Douglas County Sheriff's Office promptly issued many evacuation notices to residents living in the Batterman Road and Rock Island Grade areas.
The fire continued to grow and aviation resources were heavily relied upon. Additional resources on the ground were also needed. Due to the increased number of personnel and overall complexity of the situation, a Type 2 Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command on July 6, 2021 at 6AM.
Resources have made continue progress toward containing the fire by constructing hand line and dozer line and lighting small controlled fires along the lines to reinforce the perimeter and stop the advancing fire by removing unburned fuel. Aircraft has been relied upon throughout the duration of the incident for retardant and water drops to cool hot spots and quell flaming fronts. Mop-up operations have been carried out and continue to be in progress in many areas of the fire.
The cause remains unknown and under investigation by local authorities.
Local Type 4 Incident Commander will transition into command on July 10, 2021. No further Inciweb updates will be provided by this team.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday July 04th, 2021 approx. 12:15 PM|
|Location||East Wenatchee heading East|
|Coordinates||47.409 latitude, -120.176 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Brush, short grass.
This will be the last report from the Incident Management Team. Minimal fire activity, smoldering.
Patrol for smoldering.
|Projected Incident Activity|
There is a slight chance of fire activity in an unburned internal island. The fire is expected to stay within fire control lines.
Transition back to the local Type 4 Incident Commander is planned 7/10/2021.