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Upriver Beacon Fire

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Morning Update 7-20-18

Upriver Beacon Fire Wildfire
News – 7/20/2018

Upriver Beacon Fire

July 20, 2018

8:00 AM

Northeast Washington Interagency IMT Type 3, Team #2

DJ Greene

Unified Incident Commander

Spokane County Fire District #9

Division Chief Nathan Jeffries

Unified Incident Commander

For Immediate Release

Spokane, WA, - Overnight, crews continued to patrol the fire perimeter and identify hot spots inside established containment lines. Firefighters will be addressing those areas today as we begin to start winding down suppression operations. Crews have started to demobilize and are being reassigned to other fires burning around the state.

All evacuation orders have been lifted. Camp Sekani and Shields Park Climbing Rocks remain closed. Citizens are asked to stay clear of the area in and around the fire as work continues with lots of equipment and personnel. There are still many hazards associated with the fire that citizens may not recognize. Citizen and firefighters safety is our number one priority.

The Upriver Beacon fire began at 4pm on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 near the 6400 block of East Upriver Drive. Crews stopped the fire at 115 acres that evening. Washington State Fire Mobilization was approved and resources from across the state have arrived – those resources continue to work on the fire.

Currently there are over 160 personnel assigned to the fire. The fire is 50% contained. Spokane County Fire District 9 and the Northeast Washington Interagency Type 3 IMT are in unified command of the incident.

Fire information and the incident command post is located at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds in Spokane, WA. Fire information contact is Jeff Sevigney at (509) 993-2946.

Quick Facts:

Fire Size: 115 acres

Initial Start: 07/17/18 at 3:56pm

Location: Upriver Drive near Beacon Hill

Hazards: Urban Interface, Power lines and snags

Values at Risk: Homes and infrastructure

Cause: Under Investigation

Containment: 50%

Resources Committed:

3 - Hand crews

20 - Fire Engines

4 – Water Tenders

Personnel: 160

Road Closures: None