Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Sunday, January 16, 2022 5:27:10 PM PST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Burbank Fire
Last Updated
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 3:37 PM PDT
(6 months ago)
Fire Reported
Saturday, July 10, 2021 5:44 PM PDT
(6 months ago)
Incident Type
10.7 miles NNE of Yakima, WA
Responsible Agency
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Mid Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Burbank fire, located west of South Badger Pocket Road in Yakima County and east of I-82, is spreading in a south/southwest direction. Southeast WA Type 3 Incident Management Team has assumed command of the response to the Burbank fire and is working with the Yakima Training Center Emergency Operation Center.

The fire started at approximately 4:30 p.m. by I-82 milepost 18 in the Burbank Creek area on Saturday, July 10th. Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue (KVFR) firefighters were first on scene, followed shortly at 4:40 p.m. by the Yakima Training Center Fire Department (YTC FD), which was requested by Kittitas County for mutual aid. At 5:40 p.m., driven by high wind speeds, dry weather conditions, and quickly igniting sage and grass fuels, the fire spread eastward into the Yakima Training Center. Once the fire spread to the training center, it threatened several structures, which fire resources successfully protected. By 8:30 pm, the fire had expanded to approximately 5,000 acres and was moving through the canyon between Yakima and Umtanum Ridges. Firefighters from YTC FD, KVFR, Selah, Yakima and the BLM, along with WA DNR air assets and YTC dozer crews, worked diligently through the afternoon and night to protect structures and mitigate the spread of the fire.

The cause is unknown and a fire investigator has been ordered to the fire. The fire started adjacent to I-82, not from within the training center. Due to a red flag warning (hot, dry, and windy weather conditions which mark a high potential for fire activity), no training was taking place in the Yakima Training Center when the fire ignited.   

Incident Type
Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Saturday July 10th, 2021 approx. 04:45 PM
8 miles NE of Yakima, WA
Incident Commander
Bob Gear
Incident Description
46.752, -120.388
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Wednesday July 14th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Tall grass (2.5 ft), brush (2 ft)
Significant Events
Planned Actions
Patrol status and mop up actions and start demob
Weather Concerns
Historic low fuel moisture levels combined with historically high temperature/low relative humidity in the area creating unpredictable erratic fire behavior.
Incident Contact
Grace DeBusschere
Email: publicfireinformation@gmail.com
Phone: (509)656-4235
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Fire Unit Information
Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
Ellensburg , WA 98926
Dispatch Contact
Central Washington Interagency Center | Wenatchee, WA
Phone: 509-884-3473
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/districts/CWICC
Incident Map

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