2110: Snohomish County Fire District #21 Fire Officials gave a presser on their Social Media page on Friday morning about how all fire attack operations have been terminated and all resources were released, except for one Navy crew on Fire Watch.
Wheeler Mountain Fire: Remains at 100% containment status.
Blue Mountain Fire: The Naval Station Everett PIO states the fire has reached a 60% containment status. Rain fell the night before and helped extinguish the fire. The main firefighting operation is standing down while a Federal fire unit will monitor until the fire is completely out.
If the rain continues to fall over the fireline then the Navy is expecting to reopen the area next week again to resume rec activities.
Resources: Fire agencies throughout Snohomish County, Washington State, Yakima, and Fairchild AFB.
1300: The JIM CREEK FIRE Incident is not solely named the Jim Creek Fire but has two wildfires under this “complex” name including the WHEELER MOUNTAIN FIRE and the BLUE MOUNTAIN FIRE. They are both next to each other in the same area.
Wheeler Mountain Fire: The fire is 100% contained.
Blue Mountain Fire: The fire is about 20% contained and with its last report yesterday, the fire had reached 200+ acres in size, as fire behavior became more active last evening and throughout the night. Crews will continue to focus primarily on fire suppression efforts on the east flank to increase containment objectives. Resources for both wildfires include those from local fire districts and the Naval Station Everett which have been fighting together as a cohesive and unified team.
1900: 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. 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.
AIR QUALITY report from Snohomish County in various languages. Please share with your family, friends, communities and those you know may have compromised health issues. https://snohomish-county-public-safety-hub-snoco-gis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/smoke
Our full story on our Official Fire Blog here –> https://thenwfireblog.com/2022/10/17/wa-wildfire-jim-creek-fire-updates-2/
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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
- Everett Fire Department
- WA DNR
- Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue
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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