Powerline 2 Fire Update
Friday, October 6, 2012
Dave LaFave — Incident Commander
Information Contact Number: 509-660-0100
- Acres Burned: Estimated 216 plus
- Cause: Under Investigation
- Containment: 40%
- Total Personnel: 152
- Serious Injuries: None
- Crews: Four 20 Person
- Engines: 35
- Dozers: 1
- Water Tenders: 1
- Helicopers: 2 available
There will be a meeting tonight, Saturday, from 7 to 8 PM at the PUD building, 2621 E. Johns Prairie Rd in Shelton. There will be an update on thefire situation andattendees willhave opportunity to ask questions.
The fire did not grow significantly yesterday despite the large amount of smoke yesterday afternoon. Most of the burning was interior. Crews did not finish thefireline around the fire last night, but expect to finish that today. Crews are working around the clock to contain the the fire. The fire is now 40% contained. The percentage of containment is not simply a measure of completed line, but a measure of secureline, that is line that has been burned out and there is little chance the fire will escape.The tedious task of mop up starts today with firefighters stringing hose and sprinkler linesaround the fire. Since Johns Creek is salmon bearing,it will not be used as a water source. Water will be supplied by water tenders.
The Red Cross shelter that was set up at the PUD building closed yesterday afternoon due to lack of use. We are concerned about the amount of traffic and on-lookers around the fire area regarding safety. Fire managers are asking the public to get off theroadand not impedefire traffic. Fire conditions are extreme right nowdue to thelack of rain for nearly 80 days. Fire managers are asking everyone to be extra careful.The best source of updated information regarding this and other fires is the Inciweb web site at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3291/
Similar to yesterday. Temps inthe low 70’s, calm winds in the morning becoming NE 6-10 with gusts to 18in the afternoon. Relative humidity 24%. Haines Index 5, moderate which means unstable atmospheric conditions that could cause increased fire behavior.Weather tomorrow will be similar to today with less wind.
The Powerline 2 fire is threemiles north of Shelton WA. It started mid-afternoon on Thursday,October 4. It is burning in Scotch Broom and timber. Initial attack was made from local fire agencies that did a great job preventing loss of homes in the area. Several residences were evacuated, but all residents have returned to their homes. Agencies involved in the initial attack included all Mason, Thurston and Grays Harbor Fire Districts, Department of Natural Resources, Bonneville Power, Green Diamond Resources, and MankeTimber Co. Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #3 took over management of the fire today at noonFriday, allowing local fire forces to return to their normal duties. State Mobilization was approved Friday morning.