Grandview Canyon Road Fire Keeping Firefighters Busy
Firefighters in the lower valley are battling flames of the Canyon Road Fire near Grandview but it's at 90% containment. The fire was last estimated at 2,000 acres. Level 2 evacuation notices have lifted in the area. No injuries have been reported during the fire in the 1800 block of Canyon Road. The fire started Wednesday afternoon and officials from the Yakima County Fire District 5 requested state help in fighting the blaze.That state help allowed firefighters to gain the upper hand on the fire on Thursday.
State fire resources were approved on Thursday morning
Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on Thursday morning at the request of Deputy Fire Chief Joel Byam, Yakima County Fire District 5. It's burning in grass, brush, and small trees and is threatening homes, infrastructure, and the Grandview Wastewater Treatment Plant. Level 2 evacuations are in effect at this time. The fire cause is currently under investigation.
Air resources have been ordered for the Canyon Road Fire
A press release says the State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray "remains activated to Level 2 to help coordinate state assistance for the Canyon Road Fire. Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered air resources at this time. State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are working remotely to coordinate the dispatch of resources."
Good news about the Cow Canyon and Vantage Highway Fires
Good news about two other fires burning in our region. The Cow Canyon Fire burning north of Naches is at 90% containment at 5,832 acres. Fire officials say Thursday is Northwest Incident Management Team 12’s last day on the Cow Canyon Fire. Management of remaining firefighting resources will transition back to the Southeast Washington Department of Natural Resources on Friday.
Firefighters are also wrapping up operations on the Vantage Highway Fire burning in Kitittas County which is now at 100% contained at 30,659 acres. Just like the Cow Canyon Fire operations will wrap up on Friday when management of the fire goes back to the Southeast Washington Department of Natural Resources. Some of the firefighters and other resources will now be transitioned to the Canyon Road Fire near Grandview.