Spartan, Sutherland & Straight Hollow Fire Update

23,500 Acres Have Burned in Chelan, Douglas and Now Grant Counties

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NCWLIFE Channel spoke with Public Information Officer Holly Krake Wednesday afternoon for an update on the Spartan, Sutherland Canyon and Straight Hallow Fires in Chelan, Douglas and now Grant Counties.

From InciWeb and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Fire: Spartan Fire
Containment: 30%
Acres: 7,500
Start Date: June 26, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Location: 9 miles SE of Wenatchee, WA
Total Personnel: 160
Fuels/Topography: Grass, brushy fuels
Spartan Fire Summary: Overnight crews conducted 1 ½ miles of burnout operations along Kingsbury Road to remove unburned grasses along the existing containment lines. Today fire managers will continue to monitor burned areas for hotspots as well as continue building lines to contain any new fire growth to the west.

Fire: Sutherland Canyon Fire
Containment: 10%
Acres: 10,000
Start Date: June 26, 2017
Cause: Unknown
Location: 15 miles S of East Wenatchee, WA
Total Personnel: 150
Fuels/Topography: Grass, brushy fuels
Sutherland Canyon Fire Summary: Yesterday, winds resulted in very active fire behavior with the fire spotting over Palisades Road in the Moses Coulee area. Overnight firefighters conducted approximately 600 acres of burnout operations to stop future fire growth to the north. Today, with the return of dry, windy conditions, firefighters and multiple air resources will continue to build fireline and engage the fire when it is safe to do so.

Fire: Straight Hollow Fire
Containment: 20%
Acres: 6,000
Start Date: June 26, 2017
Cause: Unknown
Location: 20 miles S of East Wenatchee, WA
Total Personnel: 50
Fuels/Topography: Grass, brushy fuels
Straight Hollow Fire Summary: Formerly grouped under the Sutherland Canyon fires, the Straight Hollow Fire experienced rapid, wind driven growth yesterday growing to approximately 6,000 acres. There are no structures threatened in the area. Crews will work to assess the fire today and utilize dozer and handlines where the steep and rugged terrain allows to protect sage grouse habitat.

Smoke: Light to moderate smoke from today’s fire activity will spread to the east toward Quincy, WA and the greater Waterville Plateau. For more information on smoke and air quality please visit: wasmoke.blogspot.com

Evacuations: Level 3 evacuations are now in place for the Sutherland Canyon Fire along the Palisades Road corridor beginning at the Highway 28 juncture. Level 2 evacuations are in place the Trinidad area along Mansfield Road. Shelter is available for evacuated residents at the Columbia Grove Covenant Church at 19 McElmurry Lane in East Wenatchee, WA. Shelter for pets is also available at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society in Wenatchee, WA. There are approximately 30 structures threatened. Level 2 evacuation levels remain in place for the Spartan Fire along Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moses Carr Road, Ingersoll Road, and Tarpiscan Road. Level 2 means to be ready to leave in an instant. There are approximately 80 structures threatened in this area. There have been no reported loss or damages to structures.

Closures: Traffic is limited to local traffic only beyond milepost 8 along the Alcoa/Malaga Highway. There are no other closures in place at this time for either the Spartan, Sutherland Canyon, or Straight Hollow fires.

Other: These fires are now burning in Chelan, Grant, and Douglas Counties across BLM, state, private and other lands. Due to the expanding nature and complexity of these fires, a Type 2 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at approximately 6am Thursday June 29, 2017.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in East Wenatchee with his wife, Marion and has one daughter, Gracie (21) and two stepsons Trent (26) and Taylor (21).