1800: The Naval Station Everett released an official presser yesterday just before 2230 hours last night, pertaining to the initial fire response to this incident. Personnel and guests were evacuated from the area while Federal and Local firefighters were in the area and responding to the fire scene.
Earlier this afternoon, the NAS Whidbey Island SAR helo was deployed to do an air recon over the fire for a size up.
This information is generally relayed to Fire Command, which will deploy additional resources as needed in those critical burning areas and update their Dispatch Center and/or Emergency Operations Center. Just before 1300 hours PT this afternoon, firefighters were still fighting this stubborn and out-of-control wildfire. The Naval Base located in Everett (Snohomish), said the JIM CREEK FIRE is on Wheeler Mountain and Blue Mountain, which are both next to one another.
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At 1600 hours this afternoon, the JIM CREEK FIRE has an 82% containment status, while another unreported wildfire incident we were unaware of designated as the BLUE MOUNTAIN FIRE is 15% contained. We are unsure of the cause or if it is a suspected spot fire.
Due to multiple fire agencies providing updates, info is kind of convoluted and this is one reason, we are pulling all of these resources together into one single update as info is being released simultaneously.
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Incident Cooperators: WA DNR, Naval Station Everett, Arlington/Stanwood IAFF 3438, Snohomish County DEM, SCFD19, 20, 21 and 22 (Getchel FD), Naval Base Everett, Everett FD, North County Fire/EMS, Union Firefighters of Snohomish County (IAFF 2781), Oso FD, Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue, Sky Valley FD and the Darrington Fire District 24,
Some of these fire agencies may no longer be assigned to this incident but were a big integral part of fire suppression and containment efforts.
This fire is within the Jim Creek Navy Base and east of Arlington Height, where residents the fire has close come to their homes – two miles too close.
0400: According to the Arlington/Stanwood Firefighters IAFF Local 3438 fire update: “All resources have been pulled off the front line due to erratic fire behavior and the inability to get an overhead view of fire conditions.
A unified command center will continue to work cooperatively to update fire conditions and notify the community of any changes.”
Resources assigned to this incident are: Snohomish County Fire Districts 19, 21, and 22, North County Fire/EMS, Darrington Fire District #24, Oso Fire Department, Sky Valley Fire, Arlington/Stanwood Firefighters, WA DNR, Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue and the Everett Fire Department
At 2322 hours, firefighters were Local, State, and Federal Resources experiencing crowning in trees and erratic fire behavior. There were no expected evacuation orders scheduled to be issued at this time, but area residents were somewhat on the edge as they voiced their concerns on the FD’s Facebook page overnight.
At 2216 hours, Snohomish County Fire District #22 released a fire update, “Getchell Firefighters are on the scene of a Brush fire located within the Jim Creek Navy Base just East of Arlington Height. The first 911 call came in about 5:40pm and it didn’t take long for Arlington Rural first arriving units to request additional resources from throughout Snohomish County as well as the Washington State Department Of Natural Resources, and Navy Federal Firefighters from Everett and Whidbey Island.
It is reported that the fire is still growing with no containment reported. The only structures threatened at this time are military buildings and infrastructure.”
2145: New Incident. 3rd Alarm brush fire. 21000 block of Jim Creek Road, Arlington (Snohomish County), WA. The fire name given is the unofficial fire name as it is not showing on wildCAD.net nor is the PIO (Facebook) able to state what the fire name is. The fire has been reported as on Wheeler Mtn, on the road leading up to the Lake on Base property. A thermal column was reported visible by arriving units. This is the Jim Creek Navy Community Rec area for active Navy servicemembers.
Resources: Arlington/Stanwood FF IAFF Local 3438, WA DNR, USFS, North County Fire/EMS, SCFD19 and SCFD21, and resources from the Arlington Rural Firefighters (IAFF 3438). Strike Teams BR31, 43, 51, 53, T85, 87, TN54, BR1. BR97, AC37, B39, B94, B99, BR81, BR90, CH49, E49, T37, T49, T95, U49, BR37, T68, CH38, BR104, ATV49 and UAS54.
Another fire update will be posted on Monday, October 17, 2022.
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