20 Aug 2008, 9:42am
Washington
by admin

Swanson Lake Fire

Location: 4 Miles Southwest of Creston, Lincoln Co., WA

Specific Location: Swanson Lake, Channeled Scablands, Lat 47° 37´ 40″ Lon 118° 32´ 28″

Date of origin: 08/18/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 08/25/2008 5:15 PM
Personnel: 619
Size: 19,090 acres
Percent contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $3,800,000

All emergency notifications have been lifted today however the boat launch at Hawk Creek Campground remains closed to public access until 8-27-08 so that it can safely be used for filling water tenders.

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Situation as of 08/24/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 709
Size: 19,090 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $3,400,000

Hawk Creek Ranch Rd and Dodd Canyon remain at evacuation level 2; those areas are open to local traffic only. The Boat Launch at Hawk Creek Campground remains closed to public access so that it can safely be used for filling water tenders.

All divisions are in mop-up and/or patrol status today with the goal of achieving 300′ mop-up along the fire perimeter and 500′ around structures. Demob of most resources, except those staying to work with the type 3 organization, will occur on Tuesday Aug 26.

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Situation as of 08/22/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 727
Size: 19,090 acres
Percent contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $2,200,000

Hawk Creek Ranch Rd and Dodd Canyon remain at evacuation level 2. Those areas are open to local traffic only. The Boat Launch at Hawk Creek Campground remains closed to public access. Flare-ups in Div B continue to be a problem around residences.

Included in the reported 17 outbuildings destroyed were two seasonal cabins.

Burnout activity was conducted in Div C today in order to secure the containment line.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 5:00 PM
Personnel: 752
Size: 19,090 acres
Percent contained: 35%

Costs to Date: not reported, est $1.7 million

Hawk Creek Ranch Rd and Dodd Canyon remain at evacuation level 2. Those areas are open to local traffic only. The Boat Launch at Hawk Creek Campground was closed to public access however the campground was reopened.

Strong winds continue to threaten the containment lines. A CL215 water scooper aircraft was dispatched to help keep the fire within containment lines at the Div B/C break. Engines continued to secure structures and mop up.

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Situation as of 08/21/2008 3:30 PM

Approximately 35 residents along the Hawk Creek Canyon Road and Hawk Creek Canyon Estate in the Dodd Canyon area remain under a level 2 evacuation notice. Hawk Creek Campground is now open, but the boat launch remains closed for suppression activity.

A community meeting is scheduled for tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Davenport Memorial Hall, 507 Park St., Davenport, WA.

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Situation as of 08/20/2008 6:30 PM
Personnel: 648
Size: 19,000 acres
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $930,000

Structures Destroyed: 1 residence, 17 outbuildings

Hawk Creek Ranch Rd and Dodd Canyon were evacuated last night due to significant fire behavior. Evacuation notice was returned to level 2 this morning, allowing local traffic back into those areas.

CL215 scooper and helicopters were utilized last night to slow the fire near residences. Light rain has reduced fire activity.

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Situation as of 08/19/2008 6:30 PM
Personnel: 390
Size: 15,415 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $300,000

Structures Threatened: 40 residences. Structures Destroyed: 2 residences.

WA IMT #2 (Reed/Schulte) assumed management of the fire at 1200 8/19. Rapid fire spread in light fuels, torching in timber, spotting.

Light rain is likely in morning, chance of thundershowers with gusty winds in the afternoon and evening. Goal is to reach containment before predicted heat, low humidities. and wind increase on Saturday.

21 Aug 2008, 10:00am
by hors


Thanks for your fire info on Swanson. Living in this immediate area and having to evac meant we had NO info for over 24hrs. I returned home on Tuesday and made call after call seeking info as to fire status, direction of fire movement, etc. Your site truthfully had more info up than DNR or any ‘command’ site. (or SPOK TV news sites)

I appreciate what you did, do, and want to thank you. I G’d Swanson Lake Fire and got your site with updated current info. The other WA state sites were very late posting fire info. Thanks again…

21 Aug 2008, 10:24am
by Mike


Thank you. I do what I can, but also am dependent on gov’t reporting sites. The official reporting from the NW Coordination Center has been exceedingly crappy this year. Many of their reports are 10 days to 2 weeks late! Much of the info is wrong and must be corrected. The spelling and grammar is atrocious.

There is a saying, “You get what you pay for,” but when it comes to gov’t services, we taxpayers don’t.

23 Aug 2008, 11:03am
by hors


Do you have a map showing the divisions? As in this comment: “Flare-ups in Div B ”

I’m assuming thats the N/NE area but if you have a quad map to show the divs that would be good to see… thx..

23 Aug 2008, 3:02pm
by Mike


No, sorry. I could not find a map that specifies where the Divisions are. In fact, it is rare that such maps are posted. Sometimes you can find them at InciWeb, but the Swanson Lake Fire isn’t even mentioned there. It is, however, common for the 209 reports to refer to obscure and undecipherable mapping divisions. The reports are not meant for public consumption; sites like this one are unauthorized and not welcome by the Fire Establishment. But there is nothing they can do about it.

The best map I could copy is [here]. A better map is available with GEOMAC (see righthand sidebar). The Google Earth Fire Map (also see righthand sidebar) shows hot spots, sometimes, but they are often 12 to 24 hours behind.

29 Aug 2008, 7:20pm
by valleyfireman


I was on the Swanson Lake fire from Sunday night until the second next Wednesday noon. I was fighting fire in Div C. That put me 10 days on the fire and 112.5 hours total. I sure do feel good about saving so many structures. I was with the Stevens County Strike Team and am proud to be with such a professional group of individuals.

29 Aug 2008, 7:24pm
by valleyfireman


I also have all the maps from the fire.

29 Aug 2008, 9:44pm
by Mike


Dear VF, if you can digitize the maps (scan as jpg files) then please do. Then email them to me and I will post them. Thank you.

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