Washington Fire

Alpine County Last Update: Friday, July 31, 2015 3:46 p.m. PDT

Acres burned
Jun 19
Started (2015)
Washington Fire
Location of
8 to 10 miles south of Markleeville, California, in the Silver Creek Drainage
Structures Destroyed
2 firefighters

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July 5, 2015 10:58 a.m. PDT

Work will continue to secure and mop-up along fire lines. Resources will work with resource advisors to accomplish necessary rehabilitation. The IMT will continue to support area cooperators for initial attack. Phased demobilization will continue.

July 1, 2015 6:43 p.m. PDT

The fire continues to smolder, creeping in some areas and with single-tree torching.

June 28, 2015 11:01 a.m. PDT

Fire crews continued to increase the percent containment near Markleeville as they mopped up and patrolled the fire perimeter throughout the day. Hotshot crews on the eastern fire edge will continue to construct direct handline in steep and rocky terrain while being supported from the air with water-dropping helicopters. Light precipitation occurred over the northeastern section of the fire yesterday afternoon aiding in suppression activities.

June 25, 2015 11:43 a.m. PDT

Fire fighters continued to make progress on the Washington Fire, 8 miles south of Markleeville, California. The fire which began last Friday has burned 17,205 acres and is 10 percent contained. For the safety of the public and due to fire suppression activities, Highways 4 and 89 in the Monitor and Ebbetts Pass areas remain closed. Several campgrounds along Highway 4 south of Markleeville as well as the Turtle Rock and Indian Creek campgrounds north of Markleeville remain closed. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open. Markleeville residents are under an evacuation advisory issued by Alpine County Sherriffs office. No mandatory evacuations are in effect at this time.

June 23, 2015 5:47 p.m. PDT

The fire is actively burning. Fuel- and slope-driven fire spread. Burning in some drainages off of the East Fork Carson River. Also spread to the north and to the east. Fire is burning in hazardous and inaccessible terrain and approaching an increasing number of structures and impacting travel corridors. The section of highway 89 from Woodford's junction is and has been open to the south end of Markleeville. Just to clarify, the section that remains closed begins at the south end of Markleeville.

June 23, 2015 11:10 a.m. PDT

Firefighters plan to continue direct line construction north of Highway 89, as well as utilizing air and ground support. Continuing protection of cultural and historical sites within, and adjacent to the fire area will also be addressed in today's operational period. The tactical priority is to prevent the fire from reaching Markleeville, CA. Today's weather is expected to be sunny and hazy, 81-85 degrees. Winds up slope/up valley at 5-10 mph. Ridge top winds are expected to be light in the morning. Vegetation is feeling the stress from over three years cumulative drought and historically low snow-pack in the mountains this past winter.

June 23, 2015 9:43 a.m. PDT

Resources are focusing their efforts on the NW flank of the fire in an effort to protect the town of Markleeville, CA. There is heavy smoke in the area of the fire as well as drifting to surrounding communities. Be advised to take precaution in areas of heavy smoke and drive safely. More accurate mapping will be available after an aerial flight is conducted.

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