FIRE INFORMATION


Quick Info

WaDNR Wildfire Twitter Feed
Official Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Twitter account.

Tracks large fires (100+ acres in timber or 300+ acres in grass/brush) and/or incidents with a Type 1 or 2 incident management team assigned. Small fires or new fires show up as unnamed red heat detects.

Map of Large Wildfires - National Wildfire Coordinating Group
Clickable map of known fires and hotspots.

Washington Burn Bans
Air quality and fire safety burn ban information for Washington.

Details

InciWeb       
Wildfire Incident Information System - Washington Wildfires
May have 24-48 hr delay between fire detection and posting.

Northwest Coordination Center         

NWCC Map
Washington & Oregon Fire Locations

USFS National Map
Large Incidents

MODIS Map
Larger wildfire smoke plumes are clearly visible. Cloud cover can interfere with view.


Fire Facts : Learn about Types of fire, Fire behavior, Red Flag Warnings, Incident Command and other useful information




Evacuation Information

Most Washington counties follow the Ready, Set, Go! procedure below for issuing evacuation orders. However, if you are in the following counties, follow their specific emergency management plans:


READY  – Level 1

A Level 1 Evacuation advises residents that danger exists in their area. You should monitor local media outlets for information. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.

Residents with special needs (such as a susceptibility to breathing problems in wildfires or those with animals/pets) should take note and begin making arrangements to evacuate. For wildfires, smoke can often cause the most problems for residents, especially those sensitive to smoke and animals.

Evacuations at this time are voluntary. 

Tip: Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures.


SET  – Level 2

A Level 2 Evacuation indicates there is significant danger to your area. Pack your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media, your local fire department, and public safety. 

Residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready at a moment's notice.

Note: In some counties a Level 2 evacuation may be the only notice provided. Level 2 evacuation advisements may or may not be accompanied by checkpoints, roadblocks, or road closures.


GO!  – Level 3

A LEVEL 3 EVACUATION MEANS "GO!" EVACUATE NOW, LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!

The threat to the area is current or imminent, and immediate evacuation is required. If ignored residents must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. Residents should NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect property. THIS IS THE LAST NOTICE THAT WILL BE GIVEN. Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe. Area radio and TV stations will have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.

Tip: Act early! Follow your personal wildlfire action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

Wildfire Resources

How to prepare for a wildfire
InciWeb – Large Wildfire Information
Ready, Set, Go!
WA DNR –  Burn risk map
WA DNR – Emergency Preparedness
WA DNR –  Fire Information Contacts