VANTAGE – The Vantage Highway fire is now 90% contained and 30,659 acres. There is currently 154 emergency personnel on the fire that started August 1 during a “Red Flag Warning”
A Red Flag Warning bringing warm temperatures, very low humidity, and strong winds combined to produce extreme fire behavior. Additional resources were required to suppress the fire as it continued to grow rapidly due to the passage of a cold front with gusty winds.
The Vantage Highway Fire area will be a little cooler today, with temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s. A cold front will be moving through the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, bringing lower temperatures and strong and gusty winds.
Firefighters are patrolling and working to complete any remaining repairs on fire containment lines today. Firefighters on the Vantage Highway Fire remain ready to assist local agencies with any new fire starts in the area. Fire equipment, hoses, and all litter is being collected and removed from control lines, roads, and staging areas.
Most remaining resources on the Vantage Highway Fire will demobilize from the fire at the end of the day today; some local Department of Natural Resources firefighters and engines will remain to patrol the fire after NW IMT 12 leaves tomorrow.
The cause of this fire is still under investigation, however, on average, human-caused wildfires make up 87% of all wildfire occurrences annually. Many of these wildfires occur in proximity to roadways, communities, and recreational areas, posing a considerable threat to public safety. Members of the community can help us by making responsible decisions when they recreate on public lands and by following public fire restrictions.