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Sourdough Fire slowing down, Cowlitz Complex costs rise

By Joel Martin, Columbia Basin Herald
Published: September 8, 2023, 9:49am

MOSES LAKE — With cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and light rains over several days, the Sourdough Fire has had minimal growth and low areas of heat, according to a statement from the U.S. Forest Service. The fire was at 6,234 acres with 30 percent containment Thursday.

The Cowlitz Complex of fires in Gifford Pinchot National Forest between Mount Rainier and the Columbia River was 12 percent contained Thursday and holding fairly steady at 697 acres, according to the Forest Service. Estimated costs had risen to $5.9 million.

These fires were also burning or were recently extinguished Thursday, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center:

• Blue Lake: This blaze about 53 miles west of Omak was still 1,074 acres Thursday but containment had increased to 39 percent. Costs were estimated at $5 million. It was discovered July 29.

• Salmo Basin: This fire, on the Canadian border 55 miles north of Newport, stood at 75 acres Thursday. The blaze was discovered July 30. Containment information was not available. Costs are estimated at $500,000.

• Yellepit: This fire, discovered Sept. 1 about 14 miles southeast of Kennewick on the Columbia River, has burned 1,582 acres. It was 100 percent contained Thursday and costs were estimated at $100,000.

• Oregon Road: This fire discovered Aug. 18 about 31 miles north of Spokane was 92 percent contained at 10,817 acres Thursday. Costs are estimated at $13.5 million.

• Tieton Grade: Discovered Aug. 18 about 12 miles northwest of Yakima, this fire burned 20 acres and was human-caused. Containment and cost information was not available Thursday.

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• Lake Whatcom: Discovered Aug. 28 about 9 miles southeast of Bellingham, this fire was 90 percent contained at 40 acres Thursday. Costs were estimated at $700,000.

• Kindy Creek: Discovered Aug. 18 in the mountains above Lake Chelan about 75 miles northwest of Wenatchee, this blaze was still at 197 acres Thursday. It was uncontained and costs were estimated at $90,000.

• Eagle Point: Discovered Aug. 29 about 12 miles south of Port Angeles, this fire held steady at 105 acres Thursday and costs were estimated at $100,000. Containment information was unavailable.

• Diamond Mountain: This fire about 25 miles south of Port Angeles, was discovered Sept. 1 and had burned 20 acres Thursday. Cost and containment information was not available. The cause was determined to be natural.

• Chocolate Creek: This blaze about 58 miles northwest of Wenatchee was still uncontained Thursday, but the acreage had decreased to 15. Costs were estimated at $90,000.

• Dome Peak: This fire, located northeast of Mt. Baker National Forest, was still uncontained as of Thursday and was holding steady at 1,076 acres. The fire was reported July 29. Costs were estimated at $100,000.

• Airplane Lake: This blaze about 53 miles northwest of Wenatchee had grown to 5,160 acres Thursday and costs are estimated at $500,000. It is reported as uncontained and no cause has been identified. It was discovered July 7.

• Gray: discovered Aug. 18 about 17 miles west of Spokane, it was 98 percent contained at 10,085 acres Thursday. The fire was determined to be caused by human activity and costs were estimated at $10 million.

• Eagle Bluff: This blaze, southwest of Oroville near the Canadian border, has burned 16,428 acres. The fire has cost about $9.9 million and was 90 percent contained Thursday. The cause of the fire is unknown.

• Huckleberry Flats: This fire was discovered Aug. 19 about 41 miles east of Everett and was 100 percent contained at 134 acres Thursday. It was human-caused and costs were estimated at $1 million.

• Winona: The fire, discovered Aug. 18, had burned 2,525 acres about 35 miles northwest of Pullman and was 90 percent contained Thursday. Costs were estimated at $300,000.

• Toothaker: 300 acres burned about 8 miles southeast of Kennewick. The fire was discovered Aug. 17. It was 100 percent contained Thursday with costs estimated at $350,000.

• Consalus Incident: Around 475 acres burned near the Idaho border due east of the Little Oreille National Wildlife Refuge. The fire has cost about $12 million and is 100 percent contained. Authorities report that the cause of the fire is natural.

Several other fires are reported throughout the state but have burned less than 10 acres and are not included in this report. The majority are less than 1 acre.