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Palmer Fire

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Spokane District
Bureau of Land Management
Spokane, WA 99212

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Palmer Fire Daily Update 8/28/2020

Palmer Fire Wildfire
News – 8/28/2020

As fire behavior continues to decrease, crews are increasing their mop-up efforts. The goal is to create a secure 200-foot perimeter around the fire's edge before turning the fire over to local resources. Interior pockets of unburned fuel will continue to burn, creating visible but benign smoke for some time. Higher winds today and Saturday may impact firefighting efforts or increase the chances of new starts. These winds will also allow firefighters to test and ensure the efficacy of their contingency lines.

COVID-19 mitigation procedures are in place to protect the health and safety of both firefighters and the community. All fire personnel are required to follow CDC guidelines like keeping groups separated, using face masks whenever feasible, and mandatory daily temperature checks. Contingency plans are also in place in case a firefighter or management team member shows any symptoms. In addition, Okanogan County Emergency Management is offering free COVID testing to all fire personnel.

Okanogan County Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Department are coordinating with fire personnel regularly to assess the status of evacuation levels.

All level 2 Evacuations have been lifted and all of Loomis-Oroville Rd. is now open.

Level 3 Evacuations - GO (leave immediately)
- From the intersection of Alemandi Rd and Loomis-Oroville Rd.
-Area to the south of Ellenmeham Rd to Ellis Barnes Rd
-Area to the west of Wannacut Lake Rd. to the intersection with Ellis Barnes Rd.
-Any area in the burn perimeter

Level 1 Advisory – READY (get ready to leave):
-From the intersection of Alemandi Rd and Loomis-Oroville Rd southeast along the ridgetop to Bull Frog Mountain.
-From Bull Frog Mountain southwest to Split Rock Day Use area.
-From Spilt Rock Day Use Area north on Loomis-Oroville Rd to the intersection of Alemandi Rd.
-Town of Loomis
-South of the burn perimeter to lower Loomis-Oroville Rd.
-West of Wannacut Lake Rd to the burn area
-East of Wannacut Lake Rd to the intersection with Ellis Barnes Rd
-South of Ellis Barnes Rd to the intersection with Ellenmeham Mtn Rd.
-Area to the east and north of Ellenmeham Rd

Fire at a Glance:
Size: 17,988
Containment: 75%
Location: East of Palmer Lake and Northeast of Loomis, WA. West of Highway 97
Cause: Unknown

Assigned Resources:
Type 2 Crews – 11
Engines – 30
Water Tenders – 21
Dozers – 6 
Total Assigned Personnel - 416  

Staffed 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM 
Facebook: Okanogan.County.Emergency.Management
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