Crews Begin Mopping Up Washington Fire In Alpine County

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — UPDATE 9:00 a.m., Tuesday: The Washington Fire, located 3 miles south of Markleeville, California has burned 17,787 acres and is 56 percent contained as crews moved into mop-up mode Sunday.

Estimated cost of fighting the fire is $9.3 million.

With cooler temperatures and an increase in humidity over the past 24 hours, firefighters were able to make good progress on line construction. During the day, fire crews continued to construct direct fire line on northern and southern portions of the fire while crews assigned to the eastern and western side continued to mop up and extinguish any hot spots that they encountered.

Resources assigned to the Washington fire include the following; 26 crews, 27 engines, 9 water tenders, 7 helicopters and support personnel. There are 860 personnel assigned.

Photo by Daniel Thielen. View from above Clear Creek Canyon Wednesday.
Photo by Daniel Thielen. View from above Clear Creek Canyon Wednesday.

The availability of water to support firefighting efforts is a concern in large portions of the west this year. Thanks to a generous donation by Park Ranch, L.L.C. and support from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife the use of Heenan Lake water is contributing to the suppression of the Washington Fire.

Map provided by Douglas County GIS Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch & Staff Reports

The fire was ignited by lightning that occurred in previous storms, 10 days before it was detected on Friday, June 19.

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Photos from Wednesday

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited the incident command post for a fire briefing Wednesday and expressed their gratitude to the firefighters for their efforts. California resources secretary John Laird also accompanied Sandoval and Jewell.

Photos from Tuesday:

One minor heat-related injury was reported among fire personnel June 22.

Once removed from the fire line, the firefighter was treated and is doing fine.

Photos from Monday:

A Type II incident management team (Great Basin Team 4-Wilcox) assumed command of the fire June 22 and continues to manage the scene. A Type II team (there are generally five types, ranging from village/township to national/state level) is ordered for smaller scale national or state emergency management incidents and includes interagency cooperation from federal, state and local first-responders.

Smoke from the fire was first reported at 6:19 p.m., June 19.

Ron Brotherton sent in recordings of the initial tone out over the emergency services scanner, along with several ensuing exchanges as responders searched for the fire, can be heard just below.

Initial access to the fire required extended overland hikes over steep and hazardous terrain.

Photos from Sunday:

Photos from Saturday:

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