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Incident Name: Gibson Creek Fire, spot fire from the Fish Lake Fire 
Date:  07/27/1977, approximately 1557 hrs
Personnel: Ron Neely, Okanogan National Forest
Age:  28
Agency/Organization:  US Forest Service
Position: Assistant Fire Management Officer

Summary: The Fish Lake Fire started on the Okanogan National Forest as the result of an abandoned campfire on July 27. The Gibson Creek Fire started later that afternoon from long range spotting (3/4 mile) on Washington DNR protected lands; hence the 2 separate fires. Ron Neely stated he would take the Concully Crew and work on the spot fire. Neely instructed the crew to start digging line down in the Gibson Creek drainage, he then departed from the crew to further scout the fire, which was about 5 acres at this time. The fire quickly grew to 250 acres and Neely was overrun.

 

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