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Carpenter Road Fire now 100 percent contained

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FRUITLAND, Wash -

UPDATE: September 19, 2015 1:00 p.m.: As of Saturday afternoon the Carpenter Road Fire has been declared 100 percent contained at 63,972 acres.

Officials report thousands of hours of hard work have been invested to bring the Carpenter Road Fire to the point that it can be turned back to the local agencies for management through the end of the fire season. They remind people that even though the fire has been called contained, smoke will still be observed within the fire’s footprint.

UPDATE: September 7, 2015 11:00 a.m.: The Carpenter Road Fire is estimated at 65,068 acres and 70% containment.

Current Situation:

Yesterday afternoon, multiple rounds of gun fire were discharged near the fire area. The number one objective of every fire management organization is to provide for firefighter and public safety during wildland fire suppression efforts. Firefighters will not engage if their safety is in question. Please be cautious during any activities near the firefighters and suppression efforts.

Along the southern portion of the fire, mostly along tribal lands, suppression repair work is well underway. Crews assigned to the west and northwest areas of the fire are in a patrol and mop up. This is to ensure that any remaining hot spots within the burn area do not make their way beyond the containment line. Firefighters in the northeast division will continue to construct direct lines along the fire’s edge. Additional crews will start mop up and suppression repair on unused containment lines.

Again today, the moderate weather will assist firefighters and no growth is expected.

A spike camp for approximately 150 people has been established in Valley at the District #4 Fire Station. The spike camp provides for increased firefighter efficiency and reduces drive times by two hours.

The Springdale-Hunters Road is open. The Hunters Campground in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is open. Recreationists will see occasional water tenders near the lake drafting water at the boat ramp for fire suppression support.

Closures and Evacuation Information:

· Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or www.co.stevens.wa.us

· Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400

Resources Assigned1030 personnel (total)

· 30 crews; 6 helicopters; 62 engines (wildland & structural); 16 Dozers; 17 Water Tenders; 4 Masticators

A warming and drying trend is expected Wednesday with higher temperatures and lower relative humidity. Light fuels will begin to dry out quickly and become more susceptible to carry fire so please follow local fire restrictions and remain mindful of fire prevention. For up to date information on the Industrial Fire Protection Level (IFPL), please check the Washington Department of Natural Resources website athttp://www.dnr.wa.gov/ifpl

Local schools will open Tuesday morning. Please slow down, watch for children and school buses along with firefighting traffic on the highways.



UPDATE: September 6, 2015 9:15 a.m.:

Saturday's rains helped crews battling the Carpenter Road fire northwest of Spokane. The incident command post received over an inch of rain, while the south end of the fire reported 1.5 inches, and the north end saw about 0.6 inches. The fire remains 64,903 acres. It is now 60 percent contained. Anticipating cooler temperatures for today and warmer and drier days to follow, fire managers are planning all actions based on safety for personnel to meet objectives. Areas once covered with a bed of dust could now become mud, making driving potentially dangerous.

On the north end, where less rain was received, the plan is to continue constructing direct lines against the fire’s edge. Fuels will slowly dry out and smoke is anticipated to appear later this evening and in the coming days.

UPDATE: September 5, 2015 9:45 a.m.:

The Carpenter Road Fire is estimated at 64,903 acres and 55 percent contained as of Saturday morning.

The Springdale – Hunters Road has reopened to the public and drivers are asked to drive cautiously due to continuing fire related operations and heavy traffic.  The Hunters Campground in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area has also reopened.  Recreationists will see occasional water tenders near the lake drawing water for fire suppression use.

Saturday’s rain over the fire will keep fire behavior to a minimum. The higher humidity and precipitation will be beneficial to reduce heat while cooling areas still smoldering in lighter fuels. Personnel will be adjusting assignment locations to assist in areas that are safe to access. The expected amount of rain should not cause major runoffs however it could hinder crews from accessing the lines due to the slick and steep conditions. Firefighters will work off established roads today monitoring hot spots and mopping up where possible.

UPDATE: September 4, 2015 2:21 p.m.:

The Carpenter Road Fire is estimated at 64,903 acres and 50% containment.

The Springdale – Hunters Road reopened to the public as of 8 am this morning. Chief Rick Anderson, Stevens County Fire Protection District #2 reminds everyone, “With the holiday weekend approaching, hunting season open and general traffic on the Springdale-Hunters Road, drivers are asked to drive cautiously.”

 The Hunters Campground in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area has also reopened. Recreationists will see an occasional water tender near the lake drawing water for fire suppression use. The fire has remained within the established containment lines from four days ago.

Friday’s weather will be favorable for firefighters as winds will be light from the north, slightly warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity. The possible change to wetting rains Saturday should assist cooling hot spots. Weather is expected to warm and dry after the possible rain this weekend.

The southern portion of the fire below Springdale – Hunters Road remains in patrol status with crews mopping up by checking hot spots by hand, digging out smoldering vegetation and spraying with water where necessary. Smoke could be visible again today from burnout operations along the east and west sides of the fire. Hand held infra-red heat detection devices are being used along the fire edges to locate heat sources for mop-up. National Guard troops will be inserted into areas of the fire assisting to cool hot spots and mop up near structures on both the east and west sides of the fire. Containment lines north of Springdale – Hunters Road are nearly complete. Direct primary lines are being constructed to prevent further fire spread.

A spike camp near Valley is being established for approximately 150 personnel. There is currently no fire movement in this direction; the camp will improve firefighter safety by reducing travel time to the fire line.

Aerial resources are available to assist the fire suppression with water drops and visual observations.

Closures and Evacuation Information:

Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or www.co.stevens.wa.us

Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400

UPDATE: September 3, 2015 12:30 p.m.:

The Carpenter Road Fire is estimated at 64,903 acres and 45% containment.

Unseasonably cool weather conditions have slowed the Carpenter Road Fire expansion and allowed firefighters to make significant progress on containment. Perimeters where indirect containment lines were constructed are being reworked to construct line closer to the fire’s edge to reduce the burned acreage footprint.

The southwest, south and southeast flanks of the fire are in various stages of mop-up and patrol. Impacts from suppression efforts are being documented and repaired to agency standards. Hand held infra-red heat detection devices are being utilized along these flanks to locate heat sources for mop-up. Direct and indirect dozer line has been constructed on the north end and will be improved to secure the fires edge. Opportunities to use existing logging roads for more direct line construction are being evaluated. Point protection is being provided for the Stensgar Communication site and other infrastructure in the fire area.

Aerial assets remain at the ready to assist firefighters with bucket drops to cool hot spots. Snag falling operation along the Springdale-Hunters Road was completed today. Cleanup efforts will continue in order to open this road as soon as possible for safe public passage.

Closures and Evacuation Information:

For evacuation and road closure information:

Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or www.co.stevens.wa.us

Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400

UPDATE: 1:00 p.m. Wednesday:

The Carpenter Road Fire did not grow in the last 24 hours, and even more good news is containment went up to 45%. 

Crews tonight will patrol and monitor the southern area of the fire where most of the containment lines are.Other crews will continue creating and improving the dozer lines put in today on the northern part of the fire.

For evacuation and road closure information call the following numbers:

Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or by visiting www.co.stevens.wa.us

Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400

UPDATE: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday:

The Carpenter Road Fire experienced minimal growth overnight and is now listed at 65,346 acres and 40% contained. 

Drum Road and Cottonwood Road remain on Level 3 evacuation while the Spokane Indian Reservation remains on Level 1. 

"The west portion of the fire below Springdale-Hunters Road remains in patrol status with little to no heat. The south and southeast border of the fire remains in mop up and patrol status. Firefighters are mopping up by digging smoldering stumps and putting water on hot spots," according to a post by the Stevens County Fire District #1's Facebook page. 

Slow growth is expected over the next 24 hours.

UPDATE: 10:20 a.m. Monday: 

Fire officials tell KHQ's Cynthia Johnson the Carpenter Road Fire has burned about 65,130 acres as of Monday morning. 

Rain over the weekend helped fire suppression efforts and the southern part of the fire is contained, however overall containment is still listed at 35%. 

The following areas are still under evacuation orders:

Springdale-Hunters Road remains closed, Lessig to Rosehill Road - level 3

Barstow Road - level 2

Genett / Belinger Road - level 2

Klines Meadow Road - level 2

Hesseltin/Deer Creek - level 1

Selder/West Rose Hill Road - level 1

Allen Road / Bear Ridge Way/ Olinger Road - level 1

Spokane Indian Reservation on Level 1 evacuation

Previous Coverage:

UPDATE: 9:55 a.m. Sunday: As of Sunday morning the Carpenter Road fire is 64,173 acres and remains 20 percent contained. Fire crews say Sunday's wetting rain will give fire managers some breathing room and an opportunity to evaluate the progression of the fire. Yesterday’s smoke kept fire personnel from determining the actual location of the fire along the northern edge. Today’s rain will fortunately dampen the spread of the fire significantly although a thunderstorm or two are possible during the afternoon hours.

Containment has decreased with the growth of the fire along the northern edge. The western and eastern fire boundaries have remained very stable for the past several days.

Because the prevailing winds have pushed the fire in a northeasterly direction causing significant regional public concern, a community meeting will be held tonight at 6:00 pm at the Valley High School located at 3030 Huffman Road in Valley, WA. 

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. Saturday: As of Saturday afternoon the Carpenter Road fire is now 59,828 acres and 20 percent contained. Containment decreased due to fire growth along the northern edge of the fire.

Crews continue to build and strengthen fire lines. Due to high winds and weakened trees the public should stay out of the area.

Springdale-Hunters Road remains closed and evacuations are currently in place.

UPDATE: 10:00 a.m. Friday: 

After significant growth Thursday night, the Carpenter Road fire is now at 55,886 acres and is 25% contained. 

The fire experienced significant growth on the north side of the fire today when several spot fires crossed the Springdale – Hunters Road near Adams Mountain. Structure protection engines continue to work diligently to provide point protection around homes. Incident managers will evaluate conditions, scout potential fire line, and reestablish anchor points and lookouts ahead of the fire to determine where to best stop the fire’s forward progress. Crews are working with heavy equipment to create containment lines in the area of new growth. The primary concern of any wildland fire is the safety of the public and firefighters.The winds, terrain, and vegetation have created the potential for large growth.

This evening, Incident Meteorologist Darren Clabo emphasized the active burning conditions projected to continue until midnight. Winds are expected to increase Friday and a high wind watch is forecast for Saturday.

The use of aerial resources was limited today due to low visibility. However, helicopters with buckets were able to be used in limited areas of the fire.

Road closures remain on and along the Springdale – Hunters Road due to suppression operations and public safety concerns.

Night Operations Section Chief Rob Powell said firefighters are “on the offensive” on the rest of the fire edge. Crews are using these wind events in their favor to secure the southern fire’s edge.

Please call Stevens County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for additional information regarding road closures and evacuation notices in Stevens County. Please call the Spokane Tribal Police for additional information on road closures and evacuation levels on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

For evacuation and road closure information call the following numbers:

Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598

Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Thursday: New level 3 evacuations: Lessig Road from Springdale-Hunters Road to Harvey Creek Road including Dahl-Lewis Way and Cleveland Mine Road. There are as many as 30 homes threatened. Winds made fire flare up, crossing Springdale Hunters Road.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. Thursday:

The Carpenter Road fire has grown to 46,160 acres and is 25% contained. 

Statistics of the Carpenter Road Fire:

Start Date: 8/14/2015

Location: Washington State, Stevens County off of State Highway 25 north of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road and south of the Springdale-Hunters Road

Cause: Lightning

Size: 46,160 Acres

25 % containment

Local, Tribal, Federal, and State resources are assigned to the fire

Fire is burning on Tribal, Private, State and Federal lands

Weather continues to be hot and dry. Red Flag Warning for today 1:00 to 9:00 PM.

542 personnel assigned to fire

The fire continues to receive resources to support ongoing firefighting efforts

Springdale-Hunters Road remains closed.

Evacuations: For Evacuation Information please contact the following numbers.

Tribal Police: 509 258 4400

Stevens County Sheriff’s Office: 509 684 2555

Stevens County Emergency Operations (EOC) 509 684 7598

UPDATE 11:00 a.m. Wednesday: 

The Carpenter Road Fire has grown to 43,929 acres and is 20% contained. 

There will be a public meeting tonight at the Springdale/Camas Valley Grange Hall, in Springdale at 8:00 PM.

Personnel continue to focus on holding the fire within the established fire perimeter and protecting structures that are threatened. Fire managers are monitoring the portion of the fire burning on Mt. Adams in steep terrain. Aircraft assigned to the incident are helping firefighters especially in the northeast section of the fire to cool and suppress active fire.

Firefighters will continue with burn out operations as weather allows in the north and south sections of the fire to help strengthen containment lines. Burn out operations are used by firefighters to reduce pockets of unburned fuels within the fire perimeter. Residents are advised that they may observe smoke plumes in the area.

Springdale-Hunters Road remains closed for the safety of the public and also the firefighters working in close proximity to the roadway. The road is closed eastbound approximately 5 miles east of State Route 25 and westbound approximately 11 miles west of State Route 231. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

For evacuation information call the following numbers.

Stevens County Emergency Operations Center (EOC): 509 684 7563

Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258 4400

UPDATE 8:45 a.m. Tuesday: 

Steven County Fire District #1 says the Carpenter Road Fire grew 1,000 acres overnight to 37,500, but they say that is good news as it was a relatively quiet night on the fire lines. There were successful burn operations on the north end of the fire and additional dozer lines put in place (overall, around 10 miles of dozer line have been put in place). 

The Spokane Indian Reservation is still under a state of emergency as the Carpenter Road Fire burns on the reservation and in Stevens County. 

Late Monday, smoke cleared out enough so fire crews were able to fly helicopters and planes to do air drops. They are pulling water from the Spokane River. However, crews say boaters have been getting in the way of the fire fight because they've been crusing down the river taking photos, which causes safety issues for pilots.

The reservation is still under a level 2 evacuation. Level 3 evacautions are in place for residents along Drum Road and Cottonwood Road on the Spokane Reservation. 

The Wellpinit School District is delaying the start of school because of  this fire. This may change as the fire fight changes, but as of Tuesday morning the plan is as follows: students grades 1 through 12 start Aug. 31 instead of Aug. 26. Kindergarteners start Sept. 3 instead of Aug. 31.  

There will be a Town Hall meeting in Springdale Tuesday night, Grange Hall, 8pm!!! Q&A with the team running the fire, DNR, BLM and your local Fire Chief, Mike Bucy.

UPDATE: 2:00 p.m. Monday: 

Officials say the Carpenter Road Fire now is 36,735 and is 18% contained. 

There will be a public Meeting Monday night at the West End Assembly of God Church on the Spokane Reservation at 5:30.

For further evacuation information call the following numbers:

Stevens County Emergency Operations Center (EOC): 509 684 7563

Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258 4400

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. Sunday: As the Carpenter Road fire continues to grow 20 miles west of Springdale, the Spokane Tribe has declared a State of Emergency for the reservation. The entire Spokane Reservation is under a level 2 evacuation notice. A level 3 evacuation notice is in effect for Drum Road and Cottonwood Road on the Spokane Reservation.

The fire has grown to 35,198 acres Sunday afternoon with 15 percent containment. 

Containment was increased as more line was constructed and successful burn-out operations were conducted. Firefighters continue to patrol secure areas, mop-up recently constructed line, and continue to extend fire line on both the northern and southern edges of the fire. Containment lines have been started on the eastern edge of the fire. Firefighters also continue to patrol and mop-up around structures.

Air tankers and helicopters are available if conditions allow.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until midnight.

UPDATE: 1:00 p.m. Saturday: Forest Service officials say the Carpenter Road Fire burning 20 miles west of Springdale in Stevens County is now 31,853 acres in size Saturday. The lightning-caused fire remains five percent contained. 

A portion of the Carpenter Road Fire is burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The fire continues to grow and as a result a Level 2 evacuation alert is in effect for the entire Spokane Indian Reservation.

 Two community meetings are happening Saturday for the Carpenter Road Fire. The first is happening at 3:30 p.m. at Wellpinit Community Center at 6201 Community Center Drive. Another meeting is happening Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Columbia High School at 4961B Hunters Shop Road.

UPDATE: 9:00 a.m. Friday:

Fire officials say the Carpenter Road Fire has been quieter than expected Thursday night into Friday morning. Thankfully, strong winds and fire behavior did not materialize due to overcast smoke conditions, which helped with cooler temperatures and less wind. However a Red Flag warning is still in effect until 11:00 p.m. Friday. 

The fire is now at 19,686 acres and is 5% contained, according to Inciweb. Spokesperson for the Spokane Tribe, Jamie Sijohn however tells KHQ the fire is at 28,000 acres and the entire Spokane Indian Reservation is on a Level 2 evacuation. Sijohn also said the fire is heading toward Midnight Mine, which is a superfund site. 

Stevens County Fire District #1 posted the following update on evacuations and planned work on Friday:

1. No change in evacuation status. Springdale proper is NOT and has NOT been in any evacuation status. This may change today. 
2. Fire District crews will be hard at work today. Our goal is to put some protection lines in around homes most in danger and easiest to defend. The other goal is put in some fire breaks to re-direct or slow the head of the fire down--at least long enough for air support to resume. 
3. Today will be a make or break day for our Fire District as far as this fire goes. If the bold plan works, we will have made a good defensible stand. 
4. All of this depends on the weather today. Strong and changing wind patterns today will make a HUGE difference. 
5. The fire is at 25,500 acres as of last night at 945pm. It probably grew a few hundred acres overnight even though it appeared very active. 
6. Stay tuned--we will have more information as the day progresses.

Since there is no change in evacuation status, here are the latest areas under orders:

Level 3 Evacuation from Lessig Road along the Springdale Hunters Road to Springdale. This includes all secondary roads off of Springdale Hunters Road including Gennett Road and Rosehill Road and other road spurs to the South.

Level 3 Evacuation: Region from Belinger Road to the SOUTHEAST "the way the crow flies" to State Highway 231. (North of this region is a Level 2 Evacuation, see below).

Level 3 Evacuation out of Fruitland Valley which includes Fruitland Valley Road and Turk Road.

Level 2 Evacuation from the Spokane Agency Reservation boundary south to Lake Roosevelt (to include the West End Community).

Level 2 Evacuation from Springdale Hunters Road to Waitts Lake.

Level 2 Evacuation from Belinger Road EAST to State Highway 231.

Level 2 Evacuation includes the area around Waitts Lake to the Huckleberry Mountains south to Springdale Hunters Road to State Highway 231.

Evacuation areas and levels change minute-to-minute depending upon the fire path and fire behavior. Here's an explanation of evacuation levels:
LEVEL ONE: No evacuation – public information distributed about the fire. 
LEVEL TWO: Prepare to evacuate. This is a mid-range level of preparing to evacuate and also a level of voluntary evacuation. 
LEVEL THREE: Mandatory evacuation. Leave your home/business now for your own personal safety.

UPDATE: 1:00 p.m. Thursday:

Stevens County Fire District #1 Chief Mike Bucy told KHQ's Katie Chen the fire doubled in size overnight and is now around 20,000 acres. However, InciWeb is still reporting the fire is around 10,000 acres. 

Chief Bucy says the concern now is that winds will push the fire across the Springdale-Hunters Road. 

Level 3 Evacuation from Lessig Road along the Springdale Hunters Road to Springdale. This includes all secondary roads off of Springdale Hunters Road including Gennett Road and Rosehill Road and other road spurs to the South.

Level 3 Evacuation: Region from Belinger Road to the SOUTHEAST "the way the crow flies" to State Highway 231. (North of this region is a Level 2 Evacuation, see below).

Level 3 Evacuation out of Fruitland Valley which includes Fruitland Valley Road and Turk Road.

Level 2 Evacuation from the Spokane Agency Reservation boundary south to Lake Roosevelt (to include the West End Community).

Level 2 Evacuation from Springdale Hunters Road to Waitts Lake.

Level 2 Evacuation from Belinger Road EAST to State Highway 231.

Level 2 Evacuation includes the area around Waitts Lake to the Huckleberry Mountains south to Springdale Hunters Road to State Highway 231.

Evacuation areas and levels change minute-to-minute depending upon the fire path and fire behavior. Here's an explanation of evacuation levels:
LEVEL ONE: No evacuation – public information distributed about the fire. 
LEVEL TWO: Prepare to evacuate. This is a mid-range level of preparing to evacuate and also a level of voluntary evacuation. 
LEVEL THREE: Mandatory evacuation. Leave your home/business now for your own personal safety.

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Thursday: 

EVACUATION UPDATE on the Carpenter Road Fire:

Level 3 Evacuation from Lessig Road along the Springdale Hunters Road to Springdale. This includes all secondary roads off of Springdale Hunters Road including Gennett Road and Rosehill Road and other road spurs to the South.

Level 3 Evacuation: Region from Belinger Road to the SOUTHEAST "the way the crow flies" to State Highway 231. (North of this region is a Level 2 Evacuation, see below).

Level 3 Evacuation out of Fruitland Valley which includes Fruitland Valley Road and Turk Road.

Level 2 Evacuation from the Spokane Agency Reservation boundary south to Lake Roosevelt (to include the West End Community).

Level 2 Evacuation from Springdale Hunters Road to Waitts Lake.

Level 2 Evacuation from Belinger Road EAST to State Highway 231.

Level 2 Evacuation includes the area around Waitts Lake to the Huckleberry Mountains south to Springdale Hunters Road to State Highway 231.

Evacuation areas and levels change minute-to-minute depending upon the fire path and fire behavior. Here's an explanation of evacuation levels:
LEVEL ONE: No evacuation – public information distributed about the fire. 
LEVEL TWO: Prepare to evacuate. This is a mid-range level of preparing to evacuate and also a level of voluntary evacuation. 
LEVEL THREE: Mandatory evacuation. Leave your home/business now for your own personal safety.

Previous Coverage: 

The Carpenter Road Fire burning near Fruitland continues to grow. 

As of Thursday morning, the fire is estimated to be nearly 9,700 acres and 0 percent contained. 

No new evacuation notices have been posted as of Thursday morning. Fruitland Valley is currently in Level 2 evacuation status. This includes Fruitland Valley Road, Turk Road, Coyote Canyon Road, Conner Road, Kennedy Road, Pleasant Way, Hart Road, and Cedar Canyon Road.

In addition the following Spokane Reservation Roads have been closed: Boundary Lookout Road, Sand Draw Road, Reardon Road, and Turtle Lake Cut-Off Road.

The Incident Command Post, also known as Fire Base Camp, is located at Fruitland Bible Camp.

Current objectives include providing for the safety of the public and firefighters, protect structures within and near the fire and continue to work toward containment with secure fire lines.

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