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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 8/29/2020

Palmer Fire Wildfire
News – 8/29/2020


The fire is completely lined and firefighters are now focusing on holding and improving their lines and eliminating any remaining heat within 200 feet of the fire's edge or within 300 feet of structures. Breezy conditions yesterday (Friday) afternoon did not create any problems, giving firefighters confidence their existing lines are adequate for containment. A significant wind event is expected later today, which could raise the chances of new starts in the area. There will also be a Red Flag warning from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The public is urged to use extreme caution and to be vigilant as this will bring elevated fire danger to Eastern Washington.

Some members of the public have expressed uncertainty as to whether sifting through ashes is safe or prudent. Agitating dry ash can throw tiny particles of burned material into the air, which are easily inhaled. Any burned material, even organic material like wood and plants, contains carcinogens that are hazardous to your health. If you sift any ash, it is highly recommended that you wear a mask, just as you would if you were working with paint, varnish, cement, or other potentially hazardous chemicals.

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

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

Firefighters and staff on the Palmer Fire would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of support from the public. Local community members opened up their schools, helped to run the base camp, and did everything else they could to help us establish and execute a strong and effective firefighting operation. Your service to firefighters allowed us to serve you. Thank you.

Fire at a Glance

Size: 17,988
Containment: 84%
Location: East of Palmer Lake and Northeast of Loomis, WA. West of Highway 97
Cause: Unknown
Total Assigned Personnel: 349
Assigned Resources:
Type 2 Crews – 9
Engines – 18
Water Tenders – 8
Dozers – 3

-Wannacut Lake Rd. at Ellemeham Mountain Rd.
-Blue Lake Rd. at Lake Front Rd.
-Washburn Lake Rd. at Loomis-Oroville Rd.
-Ellemeham Mtn Rd. to Ellis Barnes Rd.

Staffed 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM



Interactive Evacuation Map: