July 1 2017 Sutherland Canyon Fire Update
Incident: Sutherland Canyon Fire Wildfire
Spartan and Sutherland Canyon Fire Information: Saturday July 1, 2017
The fires are located in Chelan, Grant, and Douglas Counties. Ownership includes Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and private lands, including critical Sage Grouse habitat. The 29,433-acre Sutherland Canyon Fire is 74 percent contained and the 8,458-acre Straight Hollow Fire is 75 percent contained. The 8,730-acre Spartan Fire is 100 percent contained and was transferred back to local jurisdictions (Chelan Fire District 1 and Washington State DNR) at 6:00 am Saturday. This is the last update for the Spartan Fire from NW Team 11.
Containment lines held on all three wildfires and no increase in acreage was reported yesterday. With a significant decrease in fire activity, fire management officials released many firefighting resources and will downsize the number of personnel to meet current and expected needs. Approximately 400 personnel worked collaboratively on the fires. Crews worked to secure existing containment lines and patrolled the fire perimeter, especially in burned areas in close proximity to residences and other structures. Repair work to address the damage from fire suppression activities also began yesterday. This repair work includes; building water bars to limit erosion on steep slopes, smoothing out berms from line construction, and repairing fences cut during fire suppression.
Firefighters will secure containment lines and work on mop up operations. Crews will also continue fireline repair work. Hot and dry weather with increased winds are forecasted for today. High temperatures are expected to be around 90 degrees and minimum relative humidity will be approximately 16 percent. Winds will increase in the afternoon with gusts up to 30 mph.
Evacuations: All evacuation notifications in Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties have been lifted.
Safety Message: Please don’t fly your drone near a wildfire. Drones can cause a serious or fatal accident if it collides with firefighting aircraft. In most situations, if drones are spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft must land due to safety concerns. This prolongs firefighting operations; in many cases, wildfires become larger when aircraft are not able to drop fire retardant, water, monitor wildfires from above, or provide tactical information to firefighters. Homes and other values at risk could burn needlessly, firefighters or others could be injured, or worst of all, a fatal accident could occur.
With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, it is important to check with your local jurisdiction regarding fireworks regulations. Fire officials caution the public that many hazards still exist and fire dangers are still very high. Celebrate safely by planning ahead, being safe, and being responsible.
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