COLOCKUM FIRE | CHELAN CO WA | SIT REP 3

COLOCKUM FIRE

UPDATE 3 – JULY 2020 2330 PT

1,759 acres. 25% containment status. 67 total personnel staffing the incident. 2 crews, 11 engines and 2 water tenders. Cause is still under investigation. SE IMT 3, TEam 2 assumed command this morning at 0700 hours PT.   Replacement crews came in this morning to relieve tired personnel who had been on the fire line all night long.

LEVEL 3 evacuations in effect | Colockum, Kingsbury and Jumpoff Roads.  LEVEL 2 evacuations in effect for Tarpiscan, Stemilt Loop Roads. Timberline and Sherron Lanes, Big Springs Ranch Road.

Fire appears to have been laying down for the night.

UPDATE 2 – JULY 25, 2020 – 1230 PT

The fire started on private land 10 miles southeast of Wenatchee and 3 miles south of Malaga (Chelan County)  in  Washington State.  It started on 7/24/2020 around 1430 PT.  It was quickly escalated to a 2-alarm brush fire.

The cause is currently unknown and under investigation. Sources are reporting the fire from 1,000 – 1,300 acres variation. 15% contained. Brush and grass. Active fire behavior with running.

WA DNR – SE WA IMT took command of the fire management at 0700 hours today. 282 total personnel with 7 crews, 32 engines, 3 dozers, 4 water tenders and aircraft on order. Agencies include:  Chelan County Fire District #1, BLM, DNR. Chelan Co SO, Chelan Co Emergency Management, WA State Patrol.

Field camp is located at Wenatchee School District’s Lincoln Elementary School.

Current Weather Report (1210 PT). 79*F temps with 0% precip, winds are at 6 mph and RH at 27% with sunny skies. Tomorrow’s temp are forecasted to increase to a high of 94*F temps and a low of 66*F.  The weather will remain in the mid-90’s until Thursday when it will drop back down in the 80’s.

An unknown number of structures have been damaged. No word on if there are any that have been destroyed.  60 homes are still under threat, as well as high value assets such as several orchards and crops within the fire perimeter.

LEVEL 3 (Go Now!) Evacuations – Colockum and Kingsbury and Jumpoff Roads.

LEVEL 2 (Get Ready) Evacuations – Tarpiscan Road.

Road Closures | Kingsbury and Colockum Roads.  All south and east of the intersection of Colockum and Tarpiscan.

Cost-to-date of fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $200,000.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 24, 2020

A wildfire ignited in Malaga (Chelan County), Washington on July 24, 2020 from an unknown cause. Resources WA DNR BATT-22 BATT-602 BATT-71 BRANCH-3 CHIEF-601 CREW-22 CREW-52 CREW-74 DIV-601 E-332 E-4103 E-4104 E-4107 E-4202 E-6695 E-6696 PATROL-2 PATROL-603 SE-BREWER SE-ESCOBAR (IC) SE-LAPOINT SE-TSUBOTA was dispatched at 1414 PT.

State Mobe was approved on 1830 by the WA Fire Marshal’s Office.

Incident Cooperators include:

Wenatchee School District. Red Cross.  Chelan County Emergency Management. WA Fire Marshal’s Office. Zone 3 Fire Rehab (2 members).

The Incident Command Post or ICP as more commonly known as will be in the field of the Lincoln Elementary, a Wenatchee School District property.   The School District sent out a presser to all to advise of additional personnel on school property.

Photo Credit | Zone 3 Fire REHAB’s 2 members en route to the fire as part of the State Mobilization.

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Fire had burned 1,300 acres of grass and brush with an unknown containment status.  Level 3 and 2 evacuations were in effect on Tarpiscan and Kingsbury Way roadways.  60 structures were under direct threat.

Due to the COVID, the Red Cross was unable to set-up a shelter which all evacuees seeking shelter but make an appointment by calling the organization at 509-670-5331.

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WA WILDFIRE | COLOCKUM FIRE | CHELAN COUNTY | 2

COLOCKUM FIRE

UPDATE 2 – JULY 25, 2020

The fire started on private land 10 miles southeast of Wenatchee and 3 miles south of Malaga (Chelan County)  in  Washington State.  It started on 7/24/2020 around 1430 PT.  It was quickly escalated to a 2-alarm brush fire.

The cause is currently unknown and under investigation. Sources are reporting the fire from 1,000 – 1,300 acres variation. 15% contained. Brush and grass. Active fire behavior with running.

WA DNR – SE WA IMT took command of the fire management at 0700 hours today. 282 total personnel with 7 crews, 32 engines, 3 dozers, 4 water tenders and aircraft on order. Agencies include:  Chelan County Fire District #1, BLM, DNR. Chelan Co SO, Chelan Co Emergency Management, WA State Patrol.

Field camp is located at Wenatchee School District’s Lincoln Elementary School.

Current Weather Report (1210 PT). 79*F temps with 0% precip, winds are at 6 mph and RH at 27% with sunny skies. Tomorrow’s temp are forecasted to increase to a high of 94*F temps and a low of 66*F.  The weather will remain in the mid-90’s until Thursday when it will drop back down in the 80’s.

An unknown number of structures have been damaged. No word on if there are any that have been destroyed.  60 homes are still under threat, as well as high value assets such as several orchards and crops within the fire perimeter.

LEVEL 3 (Go Now!) Evacuations – Colockum and Kingsbury and Jumpoff Roads.

LEVEL 2 (Get Ready) Evacuations – Tarpiscan Road.

Road Closures | Kingsbury and Colockum Roads.  All south and east of the intersection of Colockum and Tarpiscan.

Cost-to-date of fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $200,000.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 24, 2020

A wildfire ignited in Malaga (Chelan County), Washington on July 24, 2020 from an unknown cause. Resources WA DNR BATT-22 BATT-602 BATT-71 BRANCH-3 CHIEF-601 CREW-22 CREW-52 CREW-74 DIV-601 E-332 E-4103 E-4104 E-4107 E-4202 E-6695 E-6696 PATROL-2 PATROL-603 SE-BREWER SE-ESCOBAR (IC) SE-LAPOINT SE-TSUBOTA was dispatched at 1414 PT.

State Mobe was approved on 1900 by the WA Fire Marshal’s Office.

Incident Cooperators include:

Wenatchee School District. Red Cross.  Chelan County Emergency Management. WA Fire Marshal’s Office. Zone 3 Fire Rehab (2 members).

The Incident Command Post or ICP as more commonly known as will be in the field of the Lincoln Elementary, a Wenatchee School District property.   The School District sent out a presser to all to advise of additional personnel on school property.

Photo Credit | Zone 3 Fire REHAB’s 2 members en route to the fire as part of the State Mobilization.

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Fire had burned 1,300 acres of grass and brush with an unknown containment status.  Level 3 and 2 evacuations were in effect on Tarpiscan and Kingsbury Way roadways.  60 structures were under direct threat.

Due to the COVID, the Red Cross was unable to set-up a shelter which all evacuees seeking shelter but make an appointment by calling the organization at 509-670-5331.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2 – 7/25/2020 – 1230 PT

WA WILDFIRE | COLOCKUM FIRE | CHELAN COUNTY | 1

COLOCKUM FIRE

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Wildfire is burning in Chelan County in Malaga, Washington State.  Resources were dispatched Friday, July 24, 2020 at 1414 PT.

The Incident Command Post or ICP as more commonly known as will be in the field of the Lincoln Elementary, a Wenatchee School District property.   The School District sent out a presser to all to advise of additional personnel on school property.

Photo Credit | WSD

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RESOURCES

Air Assets

2 SEATs from Spokane and 2 from Moses Lake are currently on the fire working.

Ground Resources

WA DNR BATT-22 BATT-602 BATT-71 BRANCH-3 CHIEF-601 CREW-22 CREW-52 CREW-74 DIV-601 E-332 E-4103 E-4104 E-4107 E-4202 E-6695 E-6696 PATROL-2 PATROL-603 SE-BREWER SE-ESCOBAR (IC) SE-LAPOINT SE-TSUBOTA.

Mutual Aid

State Mobe approved at 1900 PT by the Washington State Fire Marshal Office.

Incident Cooperators

Wenatchee School District. Red Cross.  Chelan County Emergency Management. WA Fire Marshal’s Office. Zone 3 Fire Rehab (2 members).

Photo Credit | Zone 3 Fire REHAB’s 2 members en route to the fire as part of the State Mobilization.

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CURRENT STATUS

  • 1,300 acres of grass and brush.
  • Unknown containment or cause.
  • Fire jumped road (1608)
  • Level 3 evacuations in effect (1608) for those on Tarpiscan and Kingsbury Way.
  • Winds have decreased.
  • 60 structures under threat.

FIRE WEATHER

The fire weather report is as of 2155 PT.

  • 68*F temps
  • Clear evening
  • Precip is 0%
  • Winds are 22 mph
  • RH is 36%

EVACUATIONS

  • Red Cross shelter available. Due to COVID, evacuees can make an appointment by calling 509.670.5331.
  • LEVEL 3:  Colockum, Kingsbury.
  • LEVEL 2:  Tarpiscan. Jumpoff Roads.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 1 – 7/24/2020 2200 PT

The Wildfire Log | 8-5-2019 | Monday

WASHINGTON STATE | Here is the Sit Rep (recap) of wildfires in our State on Monday, August 5, 2019.

POPEYES CORNER | 1413 hours

A fire broke out on 116th in Marysville in Snohomish County sending out fire resources to the area at 1413 hours.  0.8 acres of grass, brush and timber were destroyed.

It is in a patrol status.

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FRUITLAND FIRE | 1537 hours

This wildfire is located on Lantzy Road in Stevens County that started today from an unknown cause. Resources include IC NC 7307 @ 1658 hours PDT.  Others are C101, TE11, E552 E5564 NC 7306 NC 7307.  They had arrived on-scene prior to the IC at 1545 hours.  There has been 0.5 acres of grass, brush, timber, logs and duff.

This is an open incident.

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HAVILLAH ROAD FIRE | 1513 hours

The Havillah Road Fire is located on the same name it is named after.  Fire resources and assets were dispatched at 1513 hours for a small burning wildfire held to only 0.01 acre of grass.  IC 7106 arrived at 1546 hours.

This fire is in patrol status.  All resources have been released.

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MOUNTAIN MEADOWS FIRE | 1348 hours

Fire resources and assets were dispatched to Pend Oreille County, where a wildfire aws burning on Deeter Road at 1348 hours.  Resources deployed were:  AR 25, 442, 445, 451 and 63. FL 34, HTs 42 and 44 and INVF Kaino. IC is OH Bortner.  About 0.8 acre of grass, brush, reproduction and timber have been destroyed.

This is an open  incident.

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LOGANBERRY FIRE | 1101 hours

At 1101 hours this morning, fire resources were dispatched to a small wildfire burning in Thurston County’s Rochester.  Quickly crews have held the fire back to 0.1 acres of consumed grass.

It is in patrol status. Resources released.

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KENNYDELL FIRE  | 0849 hours

A small fire ignited in at 6745  Fairview Rd SW in Olympia, the location of a 40-acre park that features 1,000 ft of freshwater beach as well as trails, athletic fields and a swimming pool.  Fire resources responded to a wildfire in the area and containing it to a 0.1 acres of brush and light timber.  Dispatch time was at 0849 hours.

Contained & under control at 1110 hours.  In Patrol status.

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ON-GOING INCIDENTS

DEVORE CREEK FIRE  | Started 7/26/2019

The Devore Creek Fire ignited from lightning at 0000 hours on July 23, 2019, and reported on July 26, 2019.  This is a long burning wildfire.  It is located about 3 air miles SW of Stehekin, burning above an elevation of 8,000 feet in heavy timber.

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Credit | Oscar Vargas, USDA FS

About 189 acres have burned and there is still a 0% containment status.  There are 83 fire personnel along with 2 crews and 3 helicopters.  There is a NIMO (Phoenix) is managing this incident.

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ESQUATZEL FIRE | Started 8/4/2019

The Esquatzel Fire is located about 2 miles NE of Eltopia and was started on August 4, 2019.  The cause is unknown at this time.  500 acres of grass have been burned and crews have a 40% containment status.  There is a minimal fire behavior and the fire has been dozer lined. Fire Managers do not expect any growth from this fire.

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KUSSHI CREEK FIRE | Started 7/24/2019

The Kusshi Creek Fire started on July 24, 2019, from lightning.  The fire is located about 37 miles south of Yakima.  There has been 953 acres of timber with a 90% containment status.  Currently, fire behavior is minimal.

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LEFT HAND FIRE  | Started 7/23/2019

The Left Hand Fire started from lightning at 0000 on July 23, 2019, and is located about 17 miles NW of Naches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that was one of many wildfires ignited by lightning on this date from a passing thunderstorm.  The fire has destroyed 3406 acres of timber and crews have successfully reached an 92% containment status.  It is still burning but now has a minimal fire behavior that is both creeping and smoldering.

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WILLIAMS FLATS FIRE  | Started 7/23/2019

This wildfire is located 5 miles SE of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation.  Active fire behavior.  The fire has now destroyed 13,497 acres of timber, brush and old logging slash and still has a 20% containment status.

The Structure Protecion Group successfully burned out around the buildings at the Goat Ranch aka Hellsgate Ranch prior to the Williams Flats Fire burning into the area.

Credit | Colville Agency – BIA

There are currently 20 homes and 20 other minor structures being threatened.  Approximately, 542  fire personnel along with overhead and support staffing are assigned to this incident, along with 11 crews, 7 helicopters and 16 engines.

Fire behavior is moderate with group torching, flanking and torching.  It is currently moving east and has crossed over Brody Creek Road and Redford Canyon.   Personnel are being challenged by steep slopes, limited access and primitive road conditions, which have slowed them down with their containment efforts.

Fire Management is in Unified Command with Colville Agency and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). NW Team 8 is the IMT which is in Command of this wildfire incident on Saturday at 1800 hours.

ICP is located at the Keller Community Center. The Helibase is located at the Wilbur Airport.

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The Wildfire Log | 8-4-2019

WASHINGTON STATE | Here is the Sit Rep (recap) of wildfires in our State on Sunday, as of the time this was posted.

BLACKBERRY FARM FIRE | 1758 hours

Resources include:  IC Goodwin and Engines 5466 and 5544 were dispatched this evening at 1758 hours to SR 9 in Arlington (Snohomish County).  The fire has destroyed 0.5 acres of brush and timber and has an unknown containment status.

This is an open Incident.

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Credit | NWFB (Stock Photo)

ESQUATZEL FIRE | 1550 hours

The Esquatzel Fire is located on Highway 395 in Franklin County.   Resources include:  IC C-6695 along with Crew-6201, DIV-602, E6696 (BLM).The fire has scorched 500 acres.  Containment status is unknown.

This is an open Incident.

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CATLIN CANYON FIRE | 1522 hours

The Catlin Canyon Fire was located in Catlin Canyon area in Kittitas County.  Resources included:  IC Hilleman as of 1724 hours, along with SE-461, 463 and 468, which were dispatched at 1522 hours.   There was 0.76 acres of grass and brush destroyed.

Contained at 1724 hours. Controlled at 1744 hours.

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FISH FLATS FIRE | 1411 hours

A wildfire broke out today, prompting resources being dispatched through the Central WA Interagency Communications Center today at 1411 hours.  It was located in Fish Flats in Yakima County.  Resources included:  Clark (IC) along with Engines 311, 382 and SE-539.  About 0.72 acres of grass, timber and snags were consumed.

This is an open Incident.

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UPPER GRANITE FIRE | 1303 hours

Fire broke out in Pend Oreille County’s Harvey Creek, sending dispatched personnel and equipment at 1303 hours.   Resources include:  AR441, 449, 450, 61,  Engines 31 (IC), 32 and HT 44 were on-scene at 1452 hours.   0.3 acres of timber, snags, logs and duff were burned.

This is an open Incident.

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BOAT LAUNCH FIRE | 1300 hours

A wildfire ignited on Rimrock Penninsula in Yakima County earlier this afternoon sending resources and equipment to the area at 1300 hours.  0.1 acre of logs were consumed.

Controlled, contained and out at 1332 hours.

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VINYARD 22 FIRE  | 1247 hours

Fire resources were dispatched at 1247 hours to I Road in Grant County for a wildfire.  About 3 acres of grass and brush have been destroyed.

This is an open Incident.

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GOLD BACK TRAIL FIRE | 1135 hours, 0619 hours

This wildfire is located in Dishman HIlls in Spokane County.  Resources included AR 63 (IC) along with HTs 41 and 43 were dispatched at 0619 hours to the incident.  .01 acres of grass and brush burned.

Contained at 1000 hours. Controlled at 1800 hours. In Patrol Status.

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ON-GOING INCIDENTS

WILLIAMS FLATS FIRE 

This wildfire is located 5 miles SE of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation.  Active fire behavior.  The fire has consumed 10,438 acres of timber, brush and old logging slash and still has a 0% containment status.

Williams Flats Fire on the afternoon of 8-3-2019

Credit | Colville Agency – BIA

LUNDSTROM BUTTE FIRE | New wildfire

The Lundstrom Butte  Fire is a new wildfire that is located within the Williams Flats Fire perimeter.  Currently, it has burned 6 acres and has a  0% containment status.

Fire Management is in Unified Command with Colville Agency and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). NW Team 8 is the IMT which is in Command of this wildfire incident on Saturday at 1800 hours.

ICP is located at the Keller Community Center. The Helibase is located at the Wilbur Airport.

Resources include:

  • 266 personnel
  • 2 – Type 1 hand crews
  • 1 Type 2 IA hand crews
  • 4 Type 2 hand crews
  • 5 Heavy copters
  • 2 Medium copters
  • 5 Engines
  • 5 Dozers
  • 5 Water Tenders

Additional types of resources listed above are on order and continue to arrive throughout each morning, day and evening.

Level 2 evacuations are in effect for one home.  More assessments will be conducted by the structure group and continue to monitor the area. Multiple road closures are in place to the public including Kuehne, Frielander, Canteen Creek and Refrigerator Canyon  Roads.

Total Cost-to-Date fire suppression and containment costs for both wildfires have reached $350,000.

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DEVORE CREEK FIRE 

The Devore Creek Fire ignited from lightning at 0000 hours on July 23, 2019, and reported on July 26, 2019.  This is a long burning wildfire.  It is located about 3 air miles SW of Stehekin, burning above an elevation of 8,000 feet in heavy timber.  A hotshot crew arrived by boat today to reopen a community protection line built in 2015 on the southwestern edge of the community of Stehekin.

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Credit | Oscar Vargas, USDA FS

The fire has destroyed about 189 acres of heavy timber and appears to have a remaining 0% containment status. There are 83 fire personnel assigned along with 2 crews and 3 helicopters.    The lead Fire Agency is the USDA  Forest Service. The fire is still burning but Fire Managers report that the fire behavior is minimal with creeping, smoldering and single-tree torching.  Today, the fire has reached a total of $569,000 cost-to-date.

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LEFT HAND FIRE 

The Left Hand Fire started from lightning at 0000 on July 23, 2019, and is located about 17 miles NW of Naches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that was one of many wildfires ignited by lightning on this date from a passing thunderstorm.  The fire has destroyed 3,459 acres of timber and crews have successfully reached an 85% containment status.  It is still burning but now has a minimal fire behavior that is both creeping and smoldering.

Photo from Tuesday, July 30 depicting a variety of burn intensity in a patchwork pattern in most places. Ranging from pockets of crown fire to less severe underburn fire.

SW Flank of fire. Credit | OWNF

There is currently 598 total fire personnel attached to this incident along with 15 crews, 23 engines and 8 helicopters.

There are still 197 homes and 50 other structures that are still under direct threat. Evacuation levels have been reduced to a Level 1/Get Ready order along SR 410.  Suppression and containment costs-to-date have reach an all-time high of $7.6 Million Dollars.

This is an open Incident.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/4/2019 @ 2025 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | 8-3-2019

WASHINGTON STATE | It was a busy day for fire resources on Saturday.  Here is a recap of the fire activities that happened over the weekend.

No photo description available.

Credit | NWFB (Stock Photo)

APPLEWAY DISHMAN FIRE | 0133 hours

Located in the Dishman Hills Natural area in Spokane County. Crews were dispatched at 0133 hours PDT and arrived o/s quickly. They were able to contain and control the fire 0430 hours. Grass, brush and light timber were the fire fuels.  Fire limited to 0.1 acre.

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WILLIAMS FLATS FIRE | 0323  hours (by BIA)

This wildfire is located 5 miles SE of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation.

Fire behavior is reported as extreme with wind-driven runs, short crown runs and short-range spotting.  The cause has been determined to be sparked by lightning.

About 8,200 acres have been destroyed and a 0% containment status remains.

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Credit | Brenda Clemenson Nee 

Fire Management is in Unified Command with Colville Agency and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

NW Team 8 is the IMT which is in Command of this wildfire incident.

Resources include 2 Type 1 crews (Hot Shots), 2 20-person crews, 2 12-person crews, 3 Dozers, 12 Type 6 Engines, 5 Tenders, 1 Air Attack, 3 Fire Bosses, 3 Type 1 Tanker, 1 Type 1 Rotor and 1 Lead Plane. 132 personnel are the fire line.

No structures have been reported as damaged or lost but there is one structure and cultural resources that are being threatened.

The Cost-to-Date for fire suppression and costs have reached $150,000.

This is an active Incident.

Colville Tribal Natural Resource Police Officers are asking boaters to stay clear of firefighting efforts at the Lake Roosevelt Recreational area.

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DEVORE CREEK FIRE | 1200 hours on 7-23-2019

The Devorce Creek Fire is a long burning wildfire which started on July 23, 2019, from a lightning strike.  It is located about 3 air miles SW of Stehekin.

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Credit | USFS – OKNF

The fire has destroyed about 180 acres of heavy timber and appears to have a remaining 0% containment status.

There are 85 fire personnel assigned along with 2 crews and 3 helicopters.  The lead Fire Agency is the USDA  Forest Service.

On July 28th, there were approximately 45 personnel on-scene and the cost-to-date had been raised to $200,000 for cost-to-date expenses for firefighting suppression and containment costs.  It was stated by USFS on containment completion as no estimate known at this time.

The fire is still burning but Fire Managers report that the fire behavior is minimal with creeping, smoldering and single-tree torching.

Today, the fire has reached a total of $346,000 cost-to-date.

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LEFT HAND FIRE | 1200 on 7-23-2019

The Left Hand Fire is burning about 17 miles NW of Naches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that was one of many wildfires ignited by lightning on July 23, 2019.

The fire has destroyed 3,459 acres of timber and crews have successfully reached a 70% containment status.  It is still burning but now has a minimal fire behavior that is both creeping and smoldering.

There is currently 598 total fire personnel attached to this incident along with 15 crews, 8 helicopters and 23 engines.

There are still 197 homes and 50 other structures under direct threat. Evacuation levels have been reduced to a Level 1/Get Ready order along SR 410.

Suppression and containment costs-to-date have reach an all-time high of $7.4 Million Dollars.

No photo description available.

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HIGH TENSION FIRE | 1233 hours

The High Tension Fire was located on Highway 24 in Benton County. Fire crews were dispatched through the CWC Dispatch Center at 1233 hours.  Fire fuels included grass and brush.  The fire was contained to 5 acres at 1815 hours.

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CAP SANTE FIRE | 1344 hours

The Cap Sante Fire was located at the CAP Sante Lookout in Anacortes (Skagit County) which prompted resources to be dispatched at 1344 hours via the Northwest Dispatch Center.  The IC assigned was Schmitz along with additional unknown resources. The fire was limited to 0.25 acres of grass and brush being destroyed.  The fire is now in patrol status as of 2000 hours.

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BREA BURN FIRE  | 1604 hours

The fire was located on Brea Burn Road in Chelan County. Crews would be dispatched from the Central Washington Communications Center at 1604 hours which included IC Inglking, BATT-71, E 672 and SE 139.  Fire was brought under control and contained at 1733 hours. It was limited to 0.1 acre of brush scorched.

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HUCKLEBERRY MOUNTAIN FIRE | 1754 hours

Located in Pend Oreille County. Big Meadow Lake. Dispatched at 1754 hours PDT. Brush, light timber and duff were fire fuels. E31 was IC. 0.1 acre. Fire has been contained and is in patrol status.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/4/2019 @ 0220 hours PDT

First Came the Fires, Now the Rains | Disasters x 2

CALIFORNIA 

 

On January 5, 2018, Santa Barbara County began flooding (pardon the pun) Social Media and broadcasting to its citizens of impending dangers of increased risk of flood/debris flows due to the #ThomasFire. 

Credit: County of Santa Barbara

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

CAL FIRE is assisting Ventura County Fire Department and Santa Barbara County Fire in the Montecito, Summerland and Carpenteria areas (Santa Barbara County) due to flooding and mudflows.

PRO-ACTIVE NOT REACTIVE

Evacuation orders were issued on Sunday, January 7th for those living in or near the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey Fire burn scars at noon on Monday, January 8th.  This is due to an approaching winter storm to sure to greatly impact these areas.

Alerting the Public, residents and visitors alike. Credit: Santa Barbara City OES

IMPACTED AREAS

Closures were beginning to occur as flooding in the area were rising.  The CHP closed the NB lanes of US 101 at Seacliff & SB lanes at Milpas due to flooding from the Thomas Fire burn area.  I-5 was left open as an alternate route.  SR33 was also closed just north of Ojai.  Santa Barbara CHP was still assessing damage in the area and requested all drivers avoid this area altogether. (1/9/2018 0515 Hours PST)

Montecito area. Santa Barbara CHP

It was also said for Santa Barbara County residents in the evacuation warning and order areas to shelter-in-place or go to higher ground and staying off of roadways.  Reports of mudslides, downed power lines and trees were said to be blocking roads. (1/9/2018 0602 Hours PST)

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

The Santa Barbara CHP closed all on and off ramps of US 101 between Seacliff and Milpas.  CAL Trans District 5 was in the process of closing each ramp.  They stated that there was a delay for road crews due to blockage.  They warned drivers that if they entered either section, they could be trapped. (1/9/0218 0643 Hours PST)

Around 0832 Hours PST, the CHP updated the closure list to include US 101 as closed SB at Milpas, NB at Seacliff and SR 126.  SR 33 was closed at Fairview. SR 150 was closed at Santa Ana.  

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

Later the CHP closed US 101 between Milpas and SR 126.  Drivers not heeding the CHP’s alerts about not entering the freeway were being reported getting stuck.  Signage was not in shutdown areas because transportation crews weren’t able to get them up in time as they too were stuck.  The freeway was listed as being impassable. (1/9/2018 1054 Hours PST)

Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

Freeways and roads in the Montecito area were reported as blocked with water and debris over the roadways.  The photos taken  by Santa Barbara CHP show the extensive damage and devastating impacts in the area.  Please heed all warnings and alerts from issuing Public Safety broadcasts or you too come became an unwanted and preventable statistic!  (1/9/2018 1336 Hours PST)

EVACUATIONS

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter for the Burn Evacuation Order areas at the Santa Barbara City College Cafeteria.  Access through the main college entrance. (1/8/2018 0750 Hours PST)

The large animal evacuation shelter for the Burn Areas Evacuation Order is at the Earl Warren Show Grounds.

PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS

* ALWAYS be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings. 

Credit: CAL FIRE

* Stay away from fast moving water.  Though it may not look like it, it can pull you under or you could get injured by unseen hazards underwater.

Credit: Regional Flood

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #LARain #FireRainDamage 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

UPDATE 5 | #FindingDavid Search Has Concluded

Update 0000 Hours PST / 0100 Hours MDT

#FindingDavid

While those celebrated and were about to ring in the New Year, a family painstaking reported their little boy, David Puckett, 6, missing around 1745 hours MDT from his home in the 15700 block and Amherst Place in Aurora, Colorado.

He had been known to wander off a few times before but was always brought back by concerned citizens.

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This time it was different. Very different.

The Aurora Police Department was called out to search for their missing little boy. When Patrols canvassed the area and found nothing, a National Center for Missing and Exploited Center (NCMEC) organization deployed one of their own Bloodhound K9 teams “Jessie” around 2000 Hours.  Along with Bloodhound K9 “Jessie”  from nearby Jefferson County, Aurora PD Patrols, County Deputies and with air support from Dallas PD’s Air One, would search throughout the night with a negative find for David Puckett.

Social Media Blasts

Law Enforcement immediately began releasing Media releases regarding his disappearances and creating a hashtag #FindingDavid.

Highlights from Case

Here are some of the highlights from #FindingDavid ‘s case.

December 31, 2016

  • David is considered as an At-Risk child due to his age, length of time missing and frigid weather conditions.
  • One hour delayed on night missing due to Family looking in all places where has frequented, cannot locate.
  • Aurora PD called.
  • NCMEC Bloodhounds are deployed
  • Officers, County Deputies and SAR personnel search throughout the night

January 1, 2017

  • ERT and SRT units are activated
  • Major Crimes unit, Crimes Against Children Unit gets involved in the case
  • (3) Reverse 911 calls are sent to Aurora’s 27,000 residents, approximately 2.5 miles from David’s home
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association deploys 400 of their Citizens Missing and Abducted Response Team

January 2 2017

  • Marking 3 days of searching by Officers conducting extensive neighborhood canvasses and interviews
  • Looked through parents home several times through Search
  • Police tell the public, residents to STOP voluntary searches as they could interfere with the SAR Dogs (Bloodhounds)
  • Alerts have been previously sent to Aurora Public Schools parents; set-up Counseling for parents, staff and children if needed
  • Witness report says seen missing boy on Saturday
  • AMBER ALERT issued
  • Family is cooperative
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol and Officers checked bodies of water in area

January 3, 2017

  • 1st and Final Press release from APD
  • 150 Law Enforcement personnel, 200 citizens have helped with the Search
  • 6 cadaver dogs (trailing/air scent SAR Dogs) deployed on January 2nd & 3rd.
  • 1 SAR Dog has a positive find in a smaller pond in the Olympic Park (PLS near Park)
  • Divers search and locate the body of an unknown child inside the pond and under the ice
  • Police say they are unable to provide a positive ID; tell Family takes a long time for this process
  • Police are treating pond as a crime scene, w/CSI & FBI teams on site
  • Police say there were hundreds of searchers, family, citizens and Officers that checked all bodies of water & no indication of someone falling in or under the ice (searched numerous times)
  • APD states since they are not able to ID the body of the child, they are continuing to look but all Pressers are now terminated, except for Press releases on Social Media (Twitter/Facebook)

Incident Partners

There were many who helped locate David Puckett from the initial call on NYE until the very end.  Here is a listing of those Incident Cooperators.

  • Arapahoe County Sheriff Office
  • Arapahoe Fire Department Technical Rescue Team
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol
  • Aurora PD: ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, Major Crimes Unit
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association: Citizens Missing & Abducted  Response Team
  • Aurora Public Schools:  Staff and Parents
  • CBI
  • Dallas PD: Air One helo
  • FBI
  • Jefferson County Bloodhound K9 Team
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Metro Dallas Crime Stoppers
  • NCMEC
  • Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force
  • Search and Rescue Dogs of the US (SARDUS)
  • Westminister Colorado PD

Help for the Rescuer

It does not matter if you are a Volunteer, Police Officer, Firefighter or School Staff Member, it is hard to lose a child or respond to a call dealing with a child.  If you are feeling grief because of this loss, we recommend that you reach out to your local organization such as the Police or Fire Chaplin (or confidentially to @SafeCallNow) or to your local School Counselor.

Editor’s Comments:

“Though APD has not officially ID’d this found child, we know their Family is looking for him/her.  We send our sincere and heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the Puckett Family during this difficult time as the continued search for David goes on.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

UPDATE 4 | #FindingDavid Puckett

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST and has not been seen since. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

UPDATE | An AMBER ALERT has been issued the by Colorado Bureau Investigation (CBI) due to his young age, gone so long and weather conditions.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

Over the course of the last three (3) days, hundreds of volunteers, LE personnel and others have partnered together in #FindingDavid launching ground SAR (aka groundpounders) to a Police Helicopters, those who specialize in Missing and Exploited Children, SAR K9s.

If you know anything, please call 9-1-1 or the Tip Line listed in this Post. No detail is considered small and may even help break the case wide open.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

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Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

 Aurora PD states within their Search perimeter, all bodies of water have been checked. They had deployed 3 Bloodhound trailing K9 dogs.  This is a Priority case for all Law Enforcement in the area.

CURRENT WEATHER 

Temps are 26*F, with a humidity of 77%, cloudy and winds at 6 mph.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?) Trailing SAR K9.

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.  So far, they have had zeros or picking up of a scent trail leading to the missing person.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing SAR dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1820 PST / 1920 Hours MST

UPDATE 3 | Searching for 6 YO David Puckett

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST (New Year’s Eve) and has not been located as of this post. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

On December 31st when David was reported missing, a huge presence of Law Enforcement Officers, personnel and volunteers came out in full force representing such units as Major Crimes, Citizens Missing/Abducted Response Team (CMART), Arapahoe County Deputies, Jefferson County K9 Team (1 Bloodhound) and over 400 volunteers from the Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association and Aurora PD patrols.  Dallas PD’s Air One with a mounted FLIR also assisted from the air.

Resources searched well into the night but still were unable to locate the missing child.

On New Year’s Day, David still had not been found and resources from APD (Aurora)’s ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, FBI and hundreds of volunteers put their NYE plans on hold to search for missing David Puckett.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

Map

Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

We sent a request to Aurora PD for additional information asking if the Bloodhound K9s are finding scent trails and if there are any bodies of water nearby. Additionally, we have asked the size of their search perimeter to gain a feel of how their Search is set-up.

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

It is currently mostly cloudy with temps at 40*F with winds at 16 mph and humidity of 38%. There is a zero chance of any precip today.  Temps are expected to drop later this evening into the 20’s with a chance of snow showers on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?).

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Editor’s Comments:  “We had to be careful with our Bloodhound because once he got on a scent trail, his behavior became so animated nearly pulling my hubby’s arm out of the socket or causing him to lose his footing.” 

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1233 PST / 1333 Hours MST