[7/7/17] Mitchell Fire Update
Wednesday afternoon this wildfire broke out along Highway 97 southeast of Orondo Washington, the cause is currently under investigation. The Mitchell Fire is presently at 659 acres and is currently 25% contained.
Overnight the fire was again patrolled for hotspots and very minimal growth was observed. Today the major effort will be to continue to monitor for hot spots with the goal to have the fire contained by noon today.
Yesterday air attack continued with water drops on the north flank, in conjunction with firefighters on the ground, to slow fire growth and to construct containment lines. The northeast corner of the fire continues to be of concern due to its heat intensity. Crews are making a concerted effort to work to secure that area.
The southern perimeter has dozer and hand crew line securely established. There are other parts of the fire’s perimeter with similar line established. Today’s goal is to connect all the partial lines into one continuous secure perimeter.
Level 2 Evacuation notices are still in effect for residences in the Badger Mountain area, east to Ski Hill Rd. and north from Rd. 3 SW to Pine Canyon. No structures have been lost. The Incident Management Team and the Douglas County Sheriff Department are waiting until after this afternoon’s wind event to determine if the evacuation level will change. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect Friday from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm with hot temperatures, low humidity and increased westerly winds.
Management of the Mitchell Fire is being handled by the Southeast Washington Type 3 Interagency Team #3 under the command of Tony Gilmer. The fire started on Department of Natural Resource (DNR) land and is now burning on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and private lands. Approximately 200 fire personnel worked the wildfire Thursday and will continue to do so today.
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.