U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE -- Current Situation: Mop up operations has been very successful today; line construction and improvement has continued and containment is at 100%.
Most crews and engines have been released; one hand crew and two strike teams of engines will continue to patrol and mop up hot spots.
The Type 3 Management Team will transition out at the end of shift Thursday. A smaller, Type 4 organization will assume command at 6:00 PM.
The fire has burned grass and sage on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hazards within the fire perimeter include power lines and an underground gas line.
Two outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire. A bridge over the Roza Irrigation Canal has been damaged; this bridge is in place for wildlife passage, and is not part of a public roadway.
No injuries have been reported.
Trail Closures: Yakima Skyline Trail is closed
Evacuation order: The evacuation order that was in place was lifted, Wednesday June 18 at 1:00PM.
Flight Restrictions: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place over the fire area has been lifted.
Background: This fire started on the morning of June 17 near Sheep Company Road and is named for nearby Cottonwood Creek. The point of origin has been located and fire investigators are working to determine the cause.
FIRE STATUS & RESOURCES
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Personnel: 52
Serious Injuries: None
Hand Crews: 1
Water Tenders: 0