Hayes Road Fire Crews Demobilize

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Douglas County Brush fire

Wenatchee, Wa.- Its transition day on the Hayes Road Fire in Douglas County as crews start to demobilize after containing the wind-driven brush fire. The blaze blackened over 2300 acres of mostly sage and grasslands. The blaze was first reported burning along Highway 17 South of Bridgeport Friday afternoon. The fire went to three alarms resulting in Level 3 evacuations for several homes in the area. No structures were damaged and no injuries resulted. The fire is now completely lined and 90 percent contained as crews will continue to mop up hotspots today within the fire’s perimeter. The latest incident report says the Type 3 incident management team will be turning the fire over to local fire districts today.

Update: Sunday August 6, 2017
Time: 1830

Fire started: Friday afternoon at MP 125 on Hwy 17.
Fire Cause: Under investigation
Acreage: 2306
Containment: 90 % The fire is lined and teams are working into the burned areas.

Work performed today: Water drops by helicopter today dropped water on to some hard to reach areas. Crews continued to watch for possible flare ups.

Fire losses and injuries: There have been no new reports of property loss from the fire. There have been no injuries to personnel on the fire.

Status Summary: Fire breaks have been improved to keep fire within the existing perimeter. Crews expect to be at 90% containment by the end of today.

In coordination with Douglas County Sheriff office, all evacuation orders have been lifted.

There is a planned transition back to local agencies at 0800 on Aug 7, 2017.

Number of resources: Resources are being demobilized as the fire becomes contained and to contain cost.

The next press release will be at: Monday, August 7, 2017 0800

This incident management team is coordinating with local agencies to insure local response capabilities are maintained.

The Southeastern Washington All Hazard IMT3 team was happy to be able to come to the aid of Douglas County FD5, Douglas County FD3, Douglas County Sheriff office, the citizens and property owner involved, as well as all the other agencies that all came together to mitigate this incident. We hope that your experience with us provided the aid you needed.

The weather headed into this week is going to bring some unstable conditions. Fire danger is still HIGH. Be aware of conditions around your home that could put you at risk.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.