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Palmer Fire

Unit Information

Spokane District
Bureau of Land Management
Spokane, WA 99212

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Palmer Fire Update 8/21/2020

Palmer Fire Wildfire
News – 8/21/2020

Firefighters working overnight made significant progress conducting burn-out operations in the vicinity of Wannacut Lake and around Palmer Lake lodge. Today crews will focus on mopping-up hot spots and structure protection while reinforcing and improving fire lines. More burn-out operations may happen, but this will be dependent on favorable weather conditions and wind direction. This afternoon, a cold front is forecast to arrive over the fire bringing strong wind gusts up to 40 mph, challenging the strength of fire lines. National Guard helicopters will continue to support the fire with water drops.

All previous evacuation levels remain in place

Level 3 Evacuations (leave immediately): 
 -Wannacut Lake Road (East) from Washburn to Ellemeham Mtn Road.-Toats Coulee Road to Chopaka Road, along the Loomis-Oroville Road

Level 2 Evacuations (be ready to leave)
 -Ellemeham Mtn Road from Ellis Barns Road to Loomis-Oroville Road
Our highest priority is the safety of the public and all wildland fire personnel. To keep firefighters and communities healthy and safe during the Palmer Fire, all fire personnel are expected to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes COVID-19 specific recommendations like social distancing, use of face masks, and limiting public access to the Incident Command Post (ICP).

Residents under evacuation are being notified by the Okanogen Country Sheriff’s Department. Evacuation levels may quickly expand. Leave immediately if you see fire in the area. Do not wait for an evacuation notice. You may contact the Red Cross at 509-670-5331 for assistance if you have evacuated your home. For information on livestock evacuations, please contact Roger Sawyer at 509-429-8036. 
Public use restrictions take effect today and all campfires and shooting of firearms are prohibited. Please visit:

Fire at a Glance
Size:  11,190
Containment: 0%
Location: 7 miles SW of Oroville, WA
Cause: Unknown
Total Assigned Personnel: 398
Assigned Resources
Type 1 Crews - 4
Type 2 Crews – 7
Helicopters – 3
Engines – 24
Water Tenders – 11
Dozers –  8
Closures: -Wannacut Lake Rd. at Ellemeham Mountain Rd
-Ellis Barns Rd. at Loomis-Oroville Rd
-Blue Lake Rd. at Lake Front Rd
-Washburn Lake Rd. at Loomis-Oroville Rd. to Ellis Barnes Rd.
-Ellemeham Mtn Rd. to Ellis Barnes Rd.
-Loomis-Oroville Rd. from Toats Coulee to Chopaka Rd.
Staffed 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM