UPDATE: Vantage Highway Fire 90 Percent Contained
Update: August 11, 2022 at 1:00 a.m.
The Vantage Highway Fire continues to wind down with fire activity reported as minimal.
Firefighters say it has little chance of expanding, with weather possibly playing positive role with a cold front moving through this weekend.
The fire still covers almost 31,000 acres and is 90 percent contained.
The Vantage Highway Fire is still estimated to be fully contained by Thursday, August 11.
Update: August 10, 2022 at 1:00 a.m.
The Vantage Highway Fire is still 90 percent contained, with a possible final move to full containment coming in the next day.
Fire activity is now very minimal, with any opportunity for fire to spread beyond fire lines also very minimal.
Crews say they're now mopping up and patrolling all areas of the fire and completing fire suppression repair work.
The Vantage Highway fire still covers 30,659 acres, but is expected to be fully contained by midnight Thursday morning.
The fire was first reported on August 1st at about 12 noon. It's cause is still not known.
Update: August 8, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.
The Vantage Highway Fire is 90 percent contained just nine days after it was first discovered to exist.
It currently covers 30,659 acres and is projected to be fully contained by Thursday morning at midnight.
It's being battled by a Type 2 response team, which reports minimal fire activity with little it'll spread beyond its current boundaries.
Planned actions include mopping up and patrolling all areas of the fire as well as continued work to prevent damage to natural and cultural resources.
Firefighters are optimistic about results, even with the chance of thunderstorms and possible lightning strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Vantage Highway Fire was first spotted in Monday, August 1 at about 12 noon.
Update: August 7, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.
The Vantage fire is now 75 percent contained, and there's an expectation it'll be fully contained by midnight on Monday.
Information posted on the fire shows activity is minimal with very isolated islands, and the potential for escape is minimal. The outlook is for little fire activity with areas of smoldering.
Planned action includes the mop up of all areas and patrolling for spots that may threaten the line.
The fire now covers 32,284 acres. The cause is still not known. It was first reported Monday August 1 at about 12 noon.
Firefighters have largely been successful in protecting windfarms and homes in the area as well as sensitive cultural and natural resources such as the Thompson's clover and Chelan Rockmat.
There are 117 personnel still working the Vantage Highway Fire.
Update: August 7, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.
The fire is now 60% contained.
Original: August 6, 2022 at 2:04 p.m.
The Vantage Highway Fire is currently at 30,021 acres with an estimated 45% containment.
As of August 5, both the Cow Canyon fire and the Vantage Highway Fire are under the management of a Type 2 incident management team.
Northwest Incident Management Team 12 Public Information Officer Heather Appelhof said they are making good progress on the fire, with crews working on the eastern flank of the fire.
Although fire conditions are still high, she said the fire has a secure perimeter along the Columbia River, along with the south flank of the fire.
Grant County residents should expect to see smoke coming from this fire.
Team 12 will be hosting a virtual community meeting on August 6 at 5 p.m. on the Central Washington Fire Information Facebook page to discuss more.