FRIDAY 3:30 p.m.: Evacuation and fire updates

Steve Tool/ChieftainView from the Shiloh Inn Public Bath House parking lot, Aug. 20 at 10 p.m.

The Grizzly Bear Complex has been burning in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness of the Umatilla National Forest for several days. It grew significantly yesterday and last night, within the Wilderness and running to the south and east. Critical weather conditions continue today and additional fire growth is expected. The fire is currently estimated at 48,000 acres.

Evacuation notices include:

Level 3: Troy, Eden Bench, Grouse Flat, Bartlett

Level 3: From Troy to Hwy 129 at Boggan’s Oasis (16 miles northeast of Troy)

Level 2: From Boggan’s Oasis to Anatone

Level 2: From Clearwater Guard Station to Lick Creek Road; from Lick Creek Rd. to Asotin city limits; around Asotin to the Snake River; from the Snake River south to the state line; from the state line west to Highway 129

Level 2: Flora, Lost Prairie, Redmond Grade northeast to Highway 3

Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue personnel are making contact with affected residents. Most of Troy and surrounding Level 3 evacuations are cleared of people. Only a few remained behind to aid in suppression efforts and to feed and care for firefighters.

Three primary residences and 12 outbuildings have burned. Additional assessments continue. A structure protection task force from the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s office has arrived to assist.

The fire continues to spread east and additional evacuations are being proposed and will be announced as they occur.

The fire is currently being managed by Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4 with Brian Gales Incident Commander. The day’s effort continues to focus on point protection of primary residences with current resources on scene. Fire personnel will continue to identify opportunities to safely contain the fire and establish communication between fire managers and local officials to ensure that evacuations are implemented as needed.

A map showing the recommended evacuation levels for the Grizzly Bear Fire Complex has been posted on Inciweb.

The area to the northeast of the fire is proposed as level 2 in the event that the fire makes a significant run due to the predicted winds. This was originally proposed as a level 1 for some of the area near the town of Anatone, but wind alignment may push the fire faster than outstretched resources could notify, so it is recommended to got to level 2 in that area so that we are set to go. The twon of Asotin would remain a level 1.

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