Mitchell Fire near Orondo fully contained, evacuation notices in Douglas County lifted

Mitchell Fire

ORONDO- Fire officials have contained 100% of the Mitchell Fire as of 7 a.m. this morning. According to InciWeb, there are still some interior hot spots that a crew of 45 personnel and an engine will continue to monitor and patrol over the next few days.

A type 4 Incident Commander has been assigned to the fire, and crews will begin mop up to extinguish potential sources of escape.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, July 7, Level 2 notifications were lifted for all residences in the Badger Mountain area, east to Ski Hill Road and north from Road 3 SW to Pine Canyon, associated with the Mitchell Fire.

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal announced in a press release around 10 p.m. Friday that “all fire evacuation notices have been lifted in Douglas County,” he went on to thank firefighters and emergency services for their hard work.

No structures were reported lost, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. A total of 200 personnel worked the fire, with the acreage totaling 700 acres according to InciWeb.



Recent Update from InciWeb as of 7 a.m.:

The Mitchell Fire is l00% contained. Contained does not mean that all fire is out. There are still some interior hot spots. A Type 4 Incident Commander has been assigned. He will have about 45 personnel and an engine to monitor and patrol the fire for the next few days to make sure that there will be no spread of fire.

The Incident Command Structure has 5 distinct levels 1-5. The incident’s complexity and values at risk help determine the level of engagement.

This InciWeb site will continue to be updated through the weekend.

Wednesday afternoon this wildfire broke out along Highway 97 southeast of Orondo, Washington, the cause is currently under investigation. Approximately 200 fire personnel worked the wildfire Thursday and Friday.

Fire can change the ph of the soil, the condition of the vegetation, and the landscape’s health. Now the mop up process begins, to extinguish potential sources of escape. Fire suppression repair removes berms caused by the dozers and the line digging, in addition to prevent erosion by diverting surface water channeling. At 7:00 pm Friday night, Level 2 Evacuation notices were removed for all residences in the Badger Mountain area, east to Ski Hill Rd. and north from Rd. 3 SW to Pine Canyon associated with the Mitchell Fire.

The Incident Management Team and the Douglas County Sheriff Department agreed after this afternoon’s wind event to announce the cancellation of the evacuation level. No structures were lost.

Management of the Mitchell Fire was initially handled by the Southeast Washington Type 3 Interagency Team #3 under the command of Tony Gilmer. The team extends appreciation for all of the local cooperation.

Safety Message Drone usage in the area is prohibited. If you fly we can’t!

Thanks to the local residents and agencies for their cooperation during the Mitchell Fire. Of note, but not limited to, Douglas Fire Districts #1 and #4, the American Red Cross, Eastmont Junior High School, Orondo School, PUD, and those impacted by the Level 2 Evacuation Notice. You made the Team’s job easier. Thank you!