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Unit Information

Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
Ellensburg , WA 98926

This incident is no longer being updated.

The Vantage Highway fire started on August 1, 2022 at 1205 PM PDT. The fire was originally reported five miles west of Vantage. This incident started during "Red Flag" weather conditions. A Red Flag Warning bringing warm temperatures, very low humidity, and strong winds combined to produce extreme fire behavior. Additional resources were required to suppress the fire as it continued to grow rapidly due to the passage of a cold front with gusty winds. A Washington State Department of Natural Resources Type 3 Incident Management Team took command of the fire on August 4 and soon after transitioned to a Type 2 Incident Management Team equipped with more resources to battle the expanding incident.
On August 5 at 6AM Jeff Dimke's NW Team 12 (Type 2 Team) assumed command of the fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 PM
Incident CommanderJeff Dimke NW 12
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates46.967 latitude, -120.184 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel154
Size30,659 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Brush and Short Grass

Significant Events

Fire activity is minimal. Potential for fire to escape firelines is minimal.


Planned Actions

All firefighters will be patrolling for hot spots and completing fire suppression repair work to mitigate further impacts to natural and cultural resources. Firefighters will be available for any new starts in the area.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire activity is anticipated. Transition back to the local SE Department of Natural Resources unit will occur at 0600 8/12/2022.

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