Cow Canyon Fire Update
August 4, 2021 4:00 a.m.
Fire Information Line: 360-706-3121 (Daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Size: 1,500 acres
Total Personnel: 100
Cause: Under investigation
Structures Threatened: Apx. 50 single residences
Structures Lost: 0
The Cow Canyon Fire was first reported on August 3 at approximately 2:45 p.m. The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber in moderately difficult terrain. A high level of resources were ordered and multiple crews and aircraft responded.
The fire is burning in brush, grass and timber. It was first assessed at 5 acres and grew to approximately 1500 acres. Multiple engine crews, air resources and heavy equipment are on scene. Evacuation orders are currently impacting approximately 50 homes or structures. No major injuries have been reported to residents or firefighting personnel.
Air resources provided heavy attack on the fire throughout August 3. Aircraft are using local bodies of water, including Wenas Lake, to fill. Recreational boaters should be aware of aircraft takeoff and landings and keep a safe distance.
This operational period, crews will engage in direct and indirect attack on both flanks of the fire with the goal of securing and increasing containment.
Evacuations and Closures: The most up-to-date evacuation information is available through Yakima County Emergency Management at the following link:
Per Yakima County Emergency Management, Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations are in place for a 1.5 mile radius from the intersection of Malloy Road and North Wenas Road.
An emergency shelter has been established at the Selah Civic Center. Anyone displaced by the fire can call the American Red Cross at 509-457-1690.
Weather: Forecast for August 4 is partly sunny skies with a highs in the 80s. West wind 7-14 mph with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Smoke Information: Smoke will be visible throughout most of the Yakima Valley and may impact air quality. Visit https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/ for local air quality information.
Fire Restrictions: An outdoor burn ban is in place for most of Central and Eastern Washington. Campfires are prohibited or restricted throughout the region. Visit https://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions for the most up-to-date campfire and burn information.