Washington State Emergency Road Closure Interactive Wildfire Map

Fire Update

Monday, September 14, 2015, PM

Carpenter Road Fire – Fruitland, Washington

Location:  35 miles NW of Spokane, WA;

Information Center: (509) 722-6010 or (509) 722-6040

Incident Commander:  Doug Johnson



Washington Smoke Information:

This will be the last Carpenter Road Fire Update from Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (Oregon Team 3).  A Type 3 organization, with unified incident commanders Roger Brandom and Adam Barnes, will assume command of the Carpenter Road Fire at 6 am tomorrow morning. The Incident Command Post will remain at the Fruitland Bible Camp.

Oregon Team 3 wishes to thank the Spokane Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Spokane District Bureau of Land Management; Washington Department of Natural Resources; Stevens County Fire Protection Districts; multiple partners; and surrounding communities for the great cooperation and support while we safely managed the suppression efforts on the Carpenter Road Fire.

Current Situation
The fire perimeter encompasses 63,972 acres, nearly 100 square miles, and is 95% contained.

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 will be replaced by a smaller organization.  Sufficient progress has been made to downsize the firefighting forces required to complete the remaining work.  Today, the new organization’s leadership accompanied their counterparts to familiarize themselves with the conditions and work at hand.  Tuesday, the new organization will assume full responsibility for continuing operations commonly referred to as a “transition”.

Cooler temperatures, gusty winds, and scattered showers were experienced over the fire area today.  The fire behavior analyst anticipates a down trend and reduced fire behavior with rain in the forecast for the next several days.

Despite the impending leadership changes, the work remains very similar.  The western half of the fire has met established standards and suppression repairs are virtually complete.  An inventory of all suppression lines is being catalogued to assure that all repairs are accomplished. Heavy equipment is being repositioned on the eastern flank where the focus will be on the repairs needed in the Springdale-Hunters Road vicinity, including the road corridor.

In the interest of safety, the public, including archery hunters and other recreationists, is asked to refrain from going near the fire area or driving on interior roads.  Heavy equipment and firefighters continue to work in the area and fire managers remind the public to watch out for them.

Closures and Evacuation Information:

·         Stevens County EOC:  (509) 684-7598 or 

·         On Tribal lands, the fire perimeter remains closed while other Tribal lands are open.  For more information please contact the Spokane Tribal Police:  (509) 258-4400.

Assigned: 306 personnel (total)

7 crews; 1 helicopter; 20 engines (wildland & structural); 8 Dozers; 3 Water Tenders; 5 Excavators; 2 Masticators


Spokane Resolution 2015-368: Complete Reservation Closure

Spokane Resolution 2015-369: State of Emergency

CLICK HERE for Stevens County Evacuation and Road Closure Map



Telephone lines are now available at the base fire camp. The State DNR public information staffed phones will be available from: 8am to 9pm. Community members and media are encouraged to use these numbers for updates.


Department of Natural Resources -- Northeast Region

We have set up a fire information call center for fires in Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties. Trained staff will answer public questions and/or forward callers to the correct Incident Management Team or County Emergency Operations Center that they need to reach.

(509) 684-7260
(509) 684-7261
(509) 684-7263

These phones will be staffed daily from 7 am to 9 pm


Washington Smoke Information

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center

Northwest Large Fire Interactive Map

US Forest Service Daily Smoke Modeling

Washington Fire Incidents

Western Regional Air Partnership - Map of Current Fire Activity

Stevens County Fire Updates


WA Department of Ecology - Air Quality Advisory Map

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency - Current Air Quality

Washington State Department of Health - Wildfire Information

Center for Disease Control - Wildfire Preparation



In the event of an emergency, residents of Stevens County will be alerted to real-time weather emergencies or other emergency situations via recorded voice messages, emails and text messages. 

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