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Cow Canyon

Unit Information

Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
Ellensburg , WA 98926

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Cow Canyon Fire Info
Phone: 360-706-3121
Hours: M-F 8AM-4PM

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Kittitas and Yakima Counties have reduced all evacuation levels on the Cow Canyon Fire to a level 1 (be ready). Kittitas County Evacuation Levels:...
Announcement - 08/07/2022

The Cow Canyon Fire was first reported on August 3rd at 2:45 p.m. approximately 1 mile NE of Wenas, WA. The fire is burning in grass, brush, and timber. Numerous ground and aviation resources responded in the initial attack phase. The fire exhibited a high rate of spread with moderate to high fire behavior due to a red flag warning and passage of a cold front bringing gusty, erratic winds. A Washington Department of Natural Resources Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire on August 4th and transitioned to a Type 2 Incident Management Team (PNW 12, Dimke) due to the rapid spread and heightened complexity of the fire.
Several firefighters and aviation assets from multiple agencies and private entities worked together to aid in the full suppression effort. At the height of the incident, there were 460 personnel assigned to the fire including numerous handcrews, engines, dozers, water tenders, and aircraft.

Two primary residences, one cabin, and eleven out buildings were confirmed destroyed on August 3rd. Evacuation orders were reduced to a level 1 in all areas of the fire on Sunday, August 7th. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday August 03rd, 2022 approx. 02:45 PM
Location11 miles north of Naches, WA
Incident CommanderJeff Dimke NW 12
Coordinates46.868 latitude, -120.81 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel90
Size5,832 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateMonday August 15th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass, brush, timber

Significant Events

Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering stumps and logs.


Planned Actions

Firefighters are mopping-up and patrolling. Fire suppression repair work is being completed to mitigate further impacts to natural and cultural resources. Firefighters will be available for any new fires in the area.

Projected Incident Activity

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

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