14 Aug 2008, 3:13pm
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Malott Fire

Location: 10 mi SW of Malott, Okanogan Co. WA

Specific Location: Lat 48° 17′ 29″ Lon 119° 44′ 4″

Date of Origin: 8/13/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/20/08 10:00 AM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 333 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: not reported

All-in-all, one of the worst fire reporting jobs of the year. The Information Officer should be fired or shot. Get that incompetent drunk out of the public employ immediately.


Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 177
Size: 333 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: not reported

Getting water to the fireline has been a challenge. Using blivets to fill bladder bags. Mop up 200 feet from fire line. Removing all equipment from the fire.


Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 236
Size: 331 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: not reported

Acreage updated because of GPS and more accurate mapping. Plan to release about 100 people on 8/18/08 and demobilize on 8/19/08.


Situation as of 08/15/08 8:00 PM
Personnel: 250
Size: 450 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: not reported

A spot fire that started the night of 8/14 was lined and mop up has begun. The spot fire contributed to the increase in estimated fire size. Remaining acreage increase is due to updated mapping. The fire will be GPS mapped 8/16/08 to get a more accurate acreage.


Situation as of 08/13/08 8:00 AM
Personnel: 200
Size: 150 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: not reported

This fire has been burning for a few days but there have been no reports issued by the NW Interagency Coordination Center, who are apparently fast asleep at the wheel, or on vacation, or sick leave, or just doing nothing and getting paid for it.

Feel free to call them up and ask them just what it is, exactly, that they do to earn their paychecks: 503-808-2720.



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