Montecito Fire burns nearly 1,900 acres in Prosser
PROSSER, Wash.-- Firefighters from around the state are now mopping up a wildfire that has burned nearly 1,900 acres southeast of Prosser Thursday morning.
The Montecito fire has scorched 1,877 acres of land in Prosser off State Route 22.
Fire crews say the Montecito fire started last night at around 7:30 p.m. as a natural cover fire, originally about three acres.
It is now 2,500 acres and is about 80 percent contained as of Friday morning.
Last night, Level 2 Evacuations (meaning pack your things) were issued in the area of East Richards Road to Lincoln Grade and State Route 22 to the top of Horse Heaven.
Now, officials say that all evacuations have been lifted.
The fire has also burned several wheat fields on the top of Horse Haven hill.
The biggest challenges were wind, topography and fuels.
Officials say that no buildings or structures have been burned by the fire, and the cause of the wildfire is still under investigation.
Crews remain at the fire to ensure nearby homes and farmlands are protected.
The Southeast Washington Interagency team has responded and will manage the resources that are called in to help extinguish this fire.
At 0600 on Thursday June 28, 2018 the Type 3 South East Washington Incident Management
Team 2 started managing the fire.
Incident Summary: This is an update for the Montecito Fire in Prosser, Washington. The fire started on
June 27, 2018. The type 3 team will manage the resources that are called in to help mitigate the fire.
The team will work with local agencies, organizations and land owners to manage the fire as safely, and
quickly as possible with the resources available.
Fire Update: Just before midnight on June 27, local agencies requested a level 2 evacuation for the area
of Montecito Estates on the outskirts of Prosser. A level 2 evacuation means that residents should be
prepared to leave if the fire grows and poses an eminent threat to the area. The local resources on scene
were able to reduce the threat to that area and keep those homes safe. The fire continued up the hill
toward Lincoln and Williamson roads.
Fire crews worked through the night to stop the spread of fire. Fire lines held over-night while crews
continued to locate and work hotspots.
Currently the crews that have come from all over the state are strengthening the fire lines and continuing
to look for hot spots that could flare up. The evacuation request has been changed to a level one which
means that residents should be alert and aware that there is active danger in the area, and to be
prepared to evacuate should the situation worsen.
Road Closures: NONE
Resources at Risk: Crews are continuing to make sure that homes along the cities edge are protected
while other crews are working the South West edge of the fire to make sure that range lands and farm
lands are not threatened.
Remember that fire danger is listed as high or very high throughout the state. Temperatures
remain high and humidity is low. Be watchful with any yard work outside that could cause a