Office of the State Fire Marshal
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy
Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
July 13, 2015
Contact: Trooper Jeff Sevigney
Phone: (509) 993-2946
Douglas County Complex Fire Update
Overnight firefighters did excellent work keeping the fire with in the established perimeter while continuing to strengthen fire lines. Today crews will continue to reinforce and maintain fire lines. Aircraft will be over the fire today assisting ground crews with cooling interior hot spots and other fire suppression efforts. Firefighters will also be assessing rehabilitation needs around the fire perimeter. A level 3 evacuation order remains in place for approximately 30 residents on North Palisades Road. All other previous evacuations orders remain at level 1.
The Douglas County Complex fires started Friday July 10, 2015 at approximately 6:00 PM, east of Waterville, WA. The five lightening sparked fires merged into two large fires. One fire is burning approximately 17 miles northeast of Waterville near Jamieson Lake. The other fire is burning approximately 10 miles southeast of Waterville. Both fires are being managed as the Douglas County Complex.
Evacuation orders are being managed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. There have been no reports of structures lost or injuries at this time. Red Cross at Ephrata High School is now closed due to lack of activity.
Incident website: inciweb.nwcg.org/incident/4388
SIZE: 22,212 acres (acreage increased due to more accurate mapping)
LOCATION: 17 miles northeast of Waterville, WA and 10 miles southeast of Waterville, WA
VEGETATION TYPE AND TERRAIN: Brush, grass and sage.
WEATHER: Temp 83 degrees, 28% humidity with southwest winds 5-8 MPH shifting to the west 8-11 MPH after 1 PM. Small chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.
RESOURCES: Aircraft, engines, dozers, water tenders and hand crews along with a Type 3 incident management team.
AGENCIES & COOPERATORS INVOLVED: Douglas County Fire Districts 1 & 8, Grant County Fire District 13, Washington State Fire Marshalls Office, Bureau of Land Management, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Emergency Management.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens
of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire
sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.