Southend Firefighters Respond to Commercial Fire

White Center, Washington | Southend Fire assets and equipment were dispatched to a 2-Alarm Commercial structure fire on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, just before five o’clock in the morning.

Photo Credit | Zone3 Fire REHAB


Units were quickly on-scene. Agencies were from the Puget Sound, Tukwila, Burien, Tukwila and Skyway Fire Departments, as well as the North Highline and King County Fire Districts.

King County Paramedics (IAFF 2595) and the King County Sheriff’s assisting with medical and traffic control.


REHAB units were also tied in to the call bringing out REHAB units 2, 3, 302, 304 and 322.

Crews brought in aerials and specialized equipment working to put out the stubborn and fierce fire.

The 2-Alarm incident took place  in the 10700 block of 16th Avenue, S.W., Seattle, Washington.

The structure was verified to be vacant building once housing a former funeral home.

As it continued to burn in the area, roadway closures began impacting the White Center community streets, one block out from 16th Avenue S.W. to S.W. 107th Streets.  This would be a normal process as multiple lines would be laid on the streets and up connected to hydrants.  This is to avoid drivers or those from damaging or destroying fire hoses.

No reports of firefighter injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/9/2020 – 1155 PT

Wildfire Activity Log | WA | July 7, 2020

Washington is starting to have have some wildfire activity this morning and this is a compiled list for Tuesday’s incidents in the State.

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GENE FIRE – Lyle – Klickitat County.

Dispatched 1246 PT. 0.1 acre. Grass and brush Contained/controlled 1511.

HOMER ADAMS FIRE – Deckerville, Mason County.

Dispatched 1115 PT. 0.1 acre. Grass. IC SHAFTO. Open CAD call. In patrol status. South Puget Sound Dispatch Center.

HORSE PARK FIRE – I-90 and Milepost 80 – Kittitas County.

Dispatched 1531 PT. .25 acres. Grass, brush and timber. Contained 1717 PT. Out 1800 PT.

LOWELL POINT FIRE – South end of Camano Island.

Dispatched 1235 PT. 0.1 acre of timber, hardwoods. Open CAD call.  Northwest Dispatch Center.

MULLINIX FIRE – South Millinix Road – Spokane County.

Dispatched 1836 PT.  AR7403 (IC), AR26 and AR7404. On-scene 1909 PT.  .25 acres. Open CAD call.  NE WA Comm Ctr.

QUAIL FIRE – Quail Valley Run, Kittitas County. 

Dispatched 1644 PT. Quail Valley Run. 0.3 acres slah, logs, duff. SE-Martin (IC), E4201, E4206, SE-Slyfiiel. Contained 1721 PT. Controlled 1855 PT.

SADDLE MTN FIRE – Western end of Saddle Mtn – Grant County.

Started approximately 7/6/2020 at 1230 PT. 9,958 acres. 50% contained. Cause is under investigation. No structures reported damaged or destroyed. No closures or evacuations are in effect.    This is the most current information for this wildfire. Fire is burning on US Fish & Wildlife protected land.

Resources include:  7 crews, 20 engines, 2 dozers, water and aircraft are unknown. 1 team of 8 smoke jumpbers with a total of 232 fire personnel assigned to this incident. the SE WA Interagency IMT, Team 2 is current managing this wildfire.  (this is also covered in a post of its own.


Additional resources were brought in on the day one of the fire (7/6/2020) which includes Grant County Fire District 8 and 5, as well as BLM and Handford FD.  There were 4 aircraft with an 8-person team of Jumpers. Afternoon winds would impact the fire area causing a challenge of keeping the fire within its containment lines.

STARR FIRE – Starr Road – Okanogan County.

Dispatched 1306 PT. 5.4 acres. Grass and brush. 1414 (IC). Open CAD Call. NE WA Comm Ctr and Central WA Comm Ctr. 2 acres.  Grass and brush.  Contained/controlled 1511 PT

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/7/2020 2005 PT


WA Wildfire | Saddle Mountain 2020 Fire | Update 3

Update 3- July 7, 2020 – Tuesday

PM Update

A wildfire is burning in the Saddle Mountains, on Road E just east of Mattawa in Grant County, Washington State.  The fire is burning in an area in unpopulated mountains.

Approximately 186 total personnel including 6 crews, 13 engines and no helicopters are assigned at the moment.

Photo Credit | WA Fire Marshal


There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR in effect.  No drones should be in the fire zone. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA.

Currently, there has been 5,760 acres burned and firefighters have a 10% containment status. This was lowered due to high winds that picked up in the area..

Roadways SR 24 from Road 24 SW to Hendricks Road were closed but reopened this morning at 0145 hours PT.

Photo Credit |  WSP Trooper John Bryant


This wildfire is being called the SADDLEMTNFIRE2020. #SaddleMountainFire2020 #SaddleMtnFire2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/7/2020 1930 PT


WA Wildfire | Saddle Mountain 2020 Fire | Update 2

Update 2 – July 7, 2020 – Tuesday

AM Update

A wildfire is burning in the Saddle Mountains, on Road E just east of Mattawa in Grant County, Washington State.  The fire is burning in unpopulated mountains and is being battled by air resources.

Approximately 186 total personnel including 6 crews, 13 engines and no helicopters are assigned at the moment.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR in effect.  No drones should be in the fire zone. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA.

The fire has destroyed 4,000 acres and there has been a successful 40% containment status gained.

The fire suppression and containment costs for this incident have reached $300,000 costs-to-date.

This wildfire is being called the SADDLEMTNFIRE2020. #SaddleMountainFire2020 #SaddleMtnFire2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/7/2020 0645 PT


New! WA Wildfire | Saddle Mountain 2020 Fire | 1

Update 1 – July 6, 2020 – Monday

A wildfire is burning in the Saddle Mountains, on Road E just east of Mattawa in Grant County, Washington State.  The fire is burning in unpopulated mountains and is being battled by air resources.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR in effect.  No drones should be in the fire zone. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA.

Map Credit | Grant County Sheriff’s Office


Fire units and equipments were dispatched today at  1311 PT which include:  BATT-32 CHIEF-601 CREW-22 CREW-52 DIV-601 E-4304 E-4401 E-4409 E-561 E-6696 E-841 E-842 E-863 PATROL-604 SE-JONES S SE-POLLACK SE-SEWELL SE-TSUBOTA.  Units represent  Grant County Fire Districts 5 (sent 3 tenders and Dozer5) and 8, Royal Slope, Hanford and Franklin County Fire Departments.

The SE WA Type 3 IMT assumed command at 1900 hours PT.

Additional Fire resources assigned:  Grant County Sheriff Office.  SE WA Type 3 IMT Team 2(Fire Managers), WA EMD, WA Fire Marshal.

A resource order was dispatched through the Puget Sound Interagency Communications Center at 1530 PT to respond to Highway 24 at milemarker 62.

The fire has scorched 4,000 acres of grass and brush with a rapid rate of spread.  The containment status is unknown at the time of this post. Acreage per WA DNR’s CAD system.

Photo Credit | Vicki Holt

This wildfire is being called the SADDLEMTNFIRE2020. #SaddleMountainFire2020 #SaddleMtnFire2020

This fire name has been used many times over.  Fire history using this name include:

4/28/2020 | #SaddleMontainFire | Phoenix, Arizona.  3-4 acres. Forward progress has been stopped, mop-up operations in progress. – BLM AZ Fire

7/24/2019 | #SaddleMountainFire | 34 miles ENE of Yakima, near Mattawa, Washington. 350 acres. – Wildfire Bot

9/4/2018-9/7/2018  | #SaddleMountainFire | Grays Harbor County, WA. 67 acres. Helicopters and crews on-scene. The fire was quickly lined and fully contained on 9/7/2018.. – WA DNR

Photo Credit  | WA DNR


8/02/2018 | #SaddleMountainFire | SE of Othello, Washington State.  5 engines, 1 helicopter are dispatched. Fire at 1,000 acres. – WA DNR

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/6/2020 2330 PT

Wildfire Activity Log | CA | July 6, 2020

California is battling wildfires across the State and because there are so many of them, we are grouping them together in a single post.  This is also to avoid from overwhelming you with hundreds of posts at a time.

Thank you for following our Blog and California Fire News!

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California St. x Springwood Street, Contra Costa County

Brush fire. Started 7/6/2020.  CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit.  Burning in the wildlands between I-80, Hwy 4 and Cummings Skyway and heading towards Crockett.  Fire was said to be headed towards Oil storage tanks in the area, calling for an immediate order for 2 strike teams, 2 copters and 4 air tankers. (1525PT).  Later the fire was elevated to a three-alarm brush fire.  At 2158 PT, the fire was estimated to be at 230 acres. Fresh crews will arrive on Tuesday, July 7th to replace those on the fireline.  Extensive mopping will occur.  Hot spots will be addressed overnight.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SCU


Resources included:  Con Fire, Rodeo-Hercules FD and CAL FIRE SCU.  Fire has destroyed 150 acres and has a 50% containment status.  Forward progression has been stopped.

Fire Fact | PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of Manslaughter tied to the Deadliest Wildfires in California History – Media


3 miles NE of Gilroy, Santa Clara County

Started 7/5/2020.  Reported after 1400 PT.  CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit. Crews Road x Oak Spring Circle. North of Gilroy.

The 14 freeway was shutdown in both directions as the fire crossed over the freeway on Sunday afternoon. Evacuations were in progress yesterday for hundreds of residents, their pets and livestock.   5,400 acres. 20% contained.

Fire Fact | In 2019, the CA Governor stated while the State increases fire prevention investments, the Federal Government has made significant cuts to fire prevention programs. – Governor’s Office


Near Cedar Flats on 299W, East of Burnt Ranch 

Started 6/30/2020 1500 PT. Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Cause unknown and under investigation.  3 Type1 Hotshot crews, 3 Type-3 Engines, 1 Tactical Water Tender, 2 Type-2 Helicopters, 1 Type-1 Helicopter, Mountain Medics and 2 Line Safety Officers.  65 acres. 50% contained.

Fire Fact | The 2020 fire season is said to be the driest February in 150 years which is causing droughts, wildfires and means there will be no superbloom this year. – Media


King Canyon Rd x Dunlap Rd, Fresno County

Fire started 7/5/2020 and firefighters were immeidately dispatched.  Arriving just before 1900 hours, units reported the fire at 67 acres. They have successfully gained a 65% containment status.  Located  East of Squaw Valley.  CAL FIRE Fresno Kings Unit.

Fire Fact | In 2018, the deadliest fire on record was the Camp Fire that burned 153,336 acres, destroyed 18,804 structures and killed 85 people. The cause was due to powerlines. – CAL FIRE


13000 blk of Soda Lake Rd, Santa Margarita, SLO County

Started 7/4/2020. CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo Unit.  Unknown cause.  Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened.  0 resources on incident.  $10,000 cost-to-date expenses. 1 structure and 1 vehicle destroyed. 2nd Alarm. Fire was contained to 588 acres and fully contained on 7/5/2020.

Photo Credit | SLO City Fire


Fire Fact | In 2020, PG&E was hit with a $1.9-Billion penalty over California wildfires but residents who lost loved ones and their properties, feel they have lost way more than this Utility company could ever repay them. Media


In the Hills of the 210 Freeway, NE of San Fernando Valley

Photo Credit | LAFD


LAFD, LA County FD and Angeles National Forest firefighters were on-scene of a wildfire in the 8300 block of West La Tuna Canyon Road in the Shadow HIlls area of Los Angeles. The brush fire was burning approximately .5 miles from the 210 freeway.

Two LA County FD engines and several camp crews were able to stop forward progression one-hour as mutual aid to the city of Los Angeles FD.  LACoFD Copters 18 and 17 and LAFD Copters 3 and 4 were also assisting from the air.

No injuries or damages were reported.  No evacuation orders were initiated.  LA County Fire Ops were also assigned to help with air support.

All resources were released around 1624 hours PT.

Photo Credit | LAFD Fire Ops



Mtn Meadows Dr. x Cedar Creek Crt., Solano County

Fire started 7/6/2020. Firefighters were on-scene just after 1800 hours PT, located SW of Fairfield. Unified Command CALF FIRE Lake Napa Unit, Cordelia Fire Protection District, Fairfield City Fire Department. 50 acres burned. 0% contained.  Evacuations were in progress.

Fire Fact | On July 4, 2020, firefighters responded to 50-plus fires including wildfires that were human-caused by fireworks. There were so many they could only provide one engine responses.- Contra Costa FD


Patterson Pass Rd, Tracy in San Joaquin County

CAL FIRE SCU firefighters were on-cene of a vegetation fire in the Tracy area around 1635 PT today. The forward progression has been stopped and crews were able to hold it to  150 acres. It has been 100% contained.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SCU


Fire Fact | Sky lanterns may be beautiful and all, they can easily spark a wildfire. These are to be never launched on public lands. – NIFC


Quicksilver County Park, San Jose (Santa Clara County)

Brush fire.  Fire reported 1658 7/6/2020. CAL FIRE SCU Firefighters were at the park along with San Jose Firefighters.  Fire was 1 acre.  CAL FIRE engines, dozers and aircraft were on-scene.

Fire Fact | In 2018, there were approximately 12.91-Billion dollars in losses, the largest in the State of California since 2001. – NFPA


900 block of California Street

Brush fire. Possible multiple smaller fires in the same area per CHP.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE


Fire Fact | There have been 3,562 total fires for 23,640 total acres from the period of January 1 through July 5, 2020, up from 2019’s 2,041 total fires and a total of 18,564 acres. – CAL FIRE


Soledad Canyon Road 14 Freeway, Los Angeles County

Photo Credit | Angeles NF


Started 7/5/2020 at 1528 hours PT on July 5, 2020.  2 miles south of Agua Dulce.  Brush, chaparral and short grass. Fire was driven by 20-30 mph winds and warm weather conditions.   Firefighters put out hotspots before winds and high heat returned today. Fire threatenting containment lines.

Photo Credit | Angeles NF


Unified Command LA Co FD and Angeles NF.  25 engines, 9 hand crews, 2 water tenders, 4 helicopters, 517 total personnel.

Photo Credit | Caltrans District 7


Incident Cooperators also included the CA Highway Patrol, LA Co Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Land Management, CalTrans District 7, Red Cross. SoCal AirOps, LASD Palmdale Station, SVC Sheriff, Santa Clarita City.

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Photo Credit | So Cal Air Ops

(left) Photos of aircraft assigned on the incident.

Fire behavior slowed overnight but during the day, it has increased as extreme fire behavior with running, uphill runs and wind-driven runs.

It is currently 1,498 acres with a 48% containment status.  4,795 structures threatened. 0 structures destroyed or damaged.  0 injuries reported.

9 homes with approximately 40 residents are under current evacuations.  A temporary shelter located at Victory Outreach, 37419 25th Street E, Palmdale, CA 93550. Clients/small animals can relocate on temporary basis. Red Cross will make an assessment on indivdual’s needs.

Photo Credit | Angeles NF


$1 Million Cost-to-Date in fire suppression and containment efforts.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/6/2020 2230 PT

NEW! | Polles Fire | Near Payson, Arizona

UPDATE 1 – JULY 5, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY.   A wildfire sparked by lightning, called the POLLES FIRE is burning about 11 miles west of Payson, Arizona and 6 miles south of Pine-Strawberry, Arizona in the Mazatzal Widerness.   It is also on the Tonto National Forest lands.

The fire started around July 3, 2020, from an isolated thunderstorm that showered  the area.

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

Polles Fire 7/3

RESOURCES.  There are 220 personnel assigned to this incident.

CURRENT STATUS.   The fire has destroyed 549 acres and there is a 0% containment status.

The NWS IMET is en route to the fire and should be arriving shortly.

The fire is only accessible by copter where it brought in 2 hotshot crews on July 3rd.  The fire has been pushed around with high sustained winds out of the southwest and low humidity, causing it to become very active and heading north and northeast on July 4th.

THREATS.   There are no communities or structures threatened at this time.

HASHTAGS.   #PollesFire #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 7/5/2020 2030 PT

CA Wildfire | Crews Fire | Santa Clara County | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  A wildfire is burning in the 7400 block of Crews Road and east of Gilroy in Santa Clara County named the CREWS FIRE in the State of California that ignited on Sunday, July 5th.

CURRENT STATUS.   Evacuations are in progress for those at Highway 152 between Bloomfield Avenue and San Felipe. A temporary Red Cross shelter has been set-up in the parking lot of the

RESOURCES.   CAL FIRE SCU (Lead Agency). Santa Clara County FD. Red Cross. Joseph Elfelt/MappingSupport.


Photo Credit | PG&E


1936 | Evacuation orders issued for Highway 152 between Bloomfield Avenue and San Felipe.

1932 | Multiple spot fires across Canada Road. Possible evacuations for those on along Highway 152. It is still about 5 miles out in front. T914 (VLAT) now en route from Arizona.

1924 | AA140 reporting 1,200 acres with potential for 5,000 acrew. VLAT still on order but appears order has not been filled.

1915 | Hollister Airtanker Base is low on retardant. Tankers being diverted to Paso Robles to refill. Not preferred but allows tankers to continue with evening operations.

1900 | 12 air tankers reported being in the area. Units are reportng 4 new spot fires across Canada Road.

1835 | 1,000 acres. 0% contained.

1829 | Fire burning towards Hwy 152. Evacuations continue on Canada Road.

1824 | AA140 reports another 50-acre spot fire in the fire. Firing operations in progress.

1724 | Cowboy 911 helps with evacuations off Canada Road.  Fire is estimated 600 acres.

HASHTAGS.  #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #CrewsFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/5/2020 2000 PT

CA Wildfire | Three Points Fire | Angeles National Forest | New!

A NEW START on the Angeles National Forest on Sunday, July 5th just before 6:00 p.m. PT, prompted a full response from USFS firefighters to the area of Pine Canyon and Three Points in the State of California.

RESOURCES include BC-21 DIV-1 ENG-311 ENG-315 ENG-511 PAT-13 PAT-35 whom were dispatched at 1739 hours PT.

TIMELINE OF THIS INCIDENT is broken down from the first initial call to current fire status.

1753 | P78 reports the fire to be 50 x 50 in siz spot fire.  There is a slow rate of spread. No structures are being threatened.  It is moving in some heavy brush fire fuels.

1752 | New fire start. Smoke showing from 10 miles out.

HASHTAGS include #ThreePointsFire #CAwildfires  #FireSeason2020

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/5/2020 1755 PT

New! Wildfire | Green Fire | Altamont Pass, California

INCIDENT SUMMARY.   The State of California is under RED FLAG WARNING weather conditions and wildfires are starting to break out everywhere.

This is a new fire start in the Altamont Pass area, east of Livermore on I-580 near north Flynn Road in Alameda County, California. This incident is called the GREEN FIRE.



1739 PT | New start reported. Alameda Co FD reporting 15-20 acres. CAL FIRE dispatches a medium fire response.

HASHTAGS.  #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #GreenFire

SOCIAL MEDIA.  @nwfireblog (Twitter, Facebook).  nwfireblog (Instagram)

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1750 PT