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Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11/2015 Carpenter Road Fire Update

Carpenter Road Fire – Fruitland, Washington
Location: 35 miles NW of Spokane, WA;
Information Center: (509) 722-6010 or (509) 722-6040
Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
Washington Smoke Information:
Today we pause to remember the anniversary of 9/11. Please honor the families affected and pay tribute to those who keep our nation safe.

Current Situation:
The Carpenter Road Fire remains at 65,068 acres and is 90% contained.
A community meeting last night in Valley, WA was well received. Maps, question and answer period, and a Google Earth fly-over presentation gave the audience the current fire status.
Crews are conducting repair work on all areas and expanding mop up operations while adhering to agency guidelines. Firefighters are focusing on the 93 miles of suppression repair to perimeter and alternate fire lines on the fire including constructing water bars and employing actions to control runoff and soil erosion. Heavy equipment will continue to assist firefighters. As the warming and drying trend progresses this week, smoke may be visible as fuels dry out and continue to burn. Tomorrow will be the warmest forecast day with highs reaching near 88 degrees.
The public is asked to refrain from going near the fire area on secondary roads for public and firefighter safety. Fire managers would like to remind the public to watch out for fire equipment working in the area. Bow hunting season is open and hunters and outdoor enthusiasts should use caution while recreating on private and public lands. Extreme drought conditions still exist, creating very receptive fuels. Any spark or flame may ignite a wildfire, so please follow local fire restrictions and remain mindful of fire prevention.
Recreationists and visitors will find businesses and destination locations open and eager to serve near the Carpenter Road Fire.
Closures and Evacuation Information:
Resources Assigned: 574 personnel (total)
  • 12 crews; 1 helicopters; 33 engines (wildland & structural); 10 Dozers; 7 Water Tenders; 5 Excavators; 1 Masticator
For up to date information on the Industrial Fire Protection Level (IFPL), please check the Washington Department of Natural Resources website at

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