23 Aug 2009, 8:18am
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Dry Creek Complex Fires

Location: 2 miles S of Priest Rapids, Yakima and Benton Cos., WA

Specific Location: Rattlesnake Hills, Yakima Military Res., Arid Land Ecological Res., ~4? miles W of Hanford DOE Site, Lat 46° 34´ 46″ Lon 119° 43´ 41″

Date of Origin: 08/20/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/24/2008 8:00 am
Personnel: 112
Size: 48,902 acres
Percent contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $850,000

Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM , 1 COMM


Situation as of 08/22/2008 4:00 pm
Personnel: not reported
Size: 40,000 acres
Percent contained: 0%

The fire is estimated at 40,000 acres, wind-driven and burning in sage brush and grass on Federal and private lands from 6 miles north of Sunnyside N to the Columbia River straddling Hwy 241. Within ~4? miles of Hanford Waste Management and Processing Area.

One structure, the Silver Dollar Cafe located at the intersection of Hwy 241 and Hwy 24, and one manufactured home were lost. There are no evacuation orders currently in place. Hwy 241 is closed between Sunnyside N to Hwy 24, and Hwy 24 is closed from Moxee E to Hwy 240.

Two type 1 heavy helicopters, dozers, and engines are working the fire. State mobilization was ordered and approved at midnight Friday allowing fire resources from across Washington to come and assist the local fire districts. A type 2 WA IMT took over management of the fire at 1800 hrs 08/22.



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