Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 2

HURRICANE MICHAEL

Incident Summary

It has been one week and beyond since the expected Hurricane Michael event caused widespread damage and destruction of States such as Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Most of the major devastation is on the Coast but some other smaller towns also were impacted severely.

Some of the significant events as noted via mainstream media and other sources:

  • Looting has become prevalent in certain areas
  • National Guard has been activated to assist with Law Enforcement
  • Infrastructure, such as communications is still spotty as hosts work to rebuild their major power grids that some are reporting as completely wiped out.
  • The Tyndall AFB suffered major devastation and airmen are busy rebuilding.

We can never really tell you what it is like in any of the hardest hit areas but we can paint of picture of what is happening and being done through eyewitness accounts and reporting.sources and post here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media platforms:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)


INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FDNY IMT

Construction is underway on “Harder’s Base Camp”. 1000 first responders and 750 National Guard members will occupy this camp upon completion. The camp will provide all basic necessities, such as lodging and food service, to all who reside there. (10/17/2018)

PA Task Force 1

As of 10/15/2018, the PATF1 searched over 900 structures in Calhoun County, Florida. Members also made critical repairs at a damaged hospital to enable it to continue serving residents.

Photo(s) Credit: PA Fire (Task Force 1)

USAF Specialized Tactics (USAF Spec Tactics)

They were one of many that arrived on Day 1 of the storm one hour after the storm wiped out most of the Tyndall AFB and cleared a lot of debris to enable humanitarian aid to arrive.  (10/14/2018)

Indiana Task Force 1

RELEASED from the incident. Safe back in their home state.

Gulf County Sheriff Office. (FL)

Palm Beach County Sheriff Office (FL)

U.S. Navy

Naval Air Station Pensacola opening Emergency Family Assistance Center to assist evacuated military personnel and their families from staying on or near installation.  https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107420&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=100000338880876&utm_campaign=Misc  (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: US Navy

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

 Survivors in the 13 counties eligible for individual assistance can now start applying for assistance through FEMA by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/18/2018) 

Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties have been added to the major disaster declaration. Survivors in those counties are now eligible to apply for assistance by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/17/2018)

Operations continued across the state today as GEMA/HS worked with local, state, federal, private sector and volunteer partners to get much-needed supplies & resources to those impacted.  Resources:   gema.ga.gov (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: Georgia EMA

Georgia National Guard

Assistant Adjutant General of Georgia, Brigadier General, Randall V. Simmons, State Command Sergeant Major Shawn Lewis and Command Chief Master Sergeant Reginald McPherson work along side Georgia EMA to continue assessing damage in southwest Georgia. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GANG

White House

Florida Senator Marco Rubio

The American President Donald Trump has approved every single request made to federal government by us  and Florida Governor Scott. Thank you for supporting Florida after the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. And thank you to POTUS & FLOTUS for visiting yesterday to see it first hand. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

US Air Force: Rebuilding of the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Miami Beach Police Department. 40-member team RELEASED and returned from Panama City humanitarian support effort. (10/18/2018)

Photo Credit: MBPD Chief Daniel Oates


HUMAN SERVICES

American Red Cross

Help provide food, shelter, relief supplies and other assistance to thousands of people dealing with the aftermath. (10/18/2018).  

If you or a loved one was affected by Hurricane Michael, here is helpful information about where to find meals, shelter and how to stay safe:  (10/15/2018)

Photo Credit: Red Cross

Compassion Fund

We’ve had so many Stakeholder’s homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael! Our Compassion Fund is accepting donations to help here thecompassionfund.org

Photo Credit: Angie McAllister, Director of Compassion Fund

Animal Rescue

The ASPCA is on the ground in the Florida Panhandle to help rescue and care for animals impacted by Hurricane Michael. Right now, 100% of your donation will go to our Field Investigations and Response Fund: aspca.org/FL

Photo Credit: ASPCA


INFRASTRUCTURE

State of Georgia

The work to rebuild in southwest Georgia has just begun, but we thank everyone for the work that has been accomplished so far. GEMA/HS and its partners will continue the efforts to restore the quality of life in these communities. Visit for more info. (10/18/2018)

City of Tallahassee (FL)

Damage at a Glance: 267 poles replaced, 214 transformers replaced, 27,474 feet of wire and 2,200 insulators. (10/18/2018)

Florida SERT

Homeowners that suffered structural or water damage from Hurricane Michael should shut their home’s main circuit breaker off until the damage has been inspected by an electrician or their utility company. Otherwise, there is a severe risk of fire when power is restored. (10/18/2018)

Sprint Emergency Response Team

Sprint’s Emergency Response Team working around the clock providing critical voice and data services to Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office, EOC, and their Co Data Center as well as to Sacred Heart Hospital in Port St. Joe.

Photo Credit: Spring ERT

First Net Authority

Working with State of Florida, public safety agencies without commercial service were identified & provided hundreds of FirstNet-enabled devices to help these First Responders carry out their important mission in response.   https://about.att.com/newsroom/2018/firstnet_hurricane_michael.html  (10/15/2018)

Cell Phones

Next Generation Drones used as temporary cell towers connecting victims for the first time. (Media/The Weather Channel. 10/18/2018)

Verizon

“Our network impacted by Hurricane Michael continues to improve, and we will not stop until 100% of our service is restored. We recognize how essential our service is & are giving 3 months free service to those impacted by the storm.”    vz.to/2Cl5Y9v

Photo Credit: Verizon

AT&T

“Thank you to our teams and the local community. We know the work isn’t over, and we won’t leave until it is.” (10/15/2018)


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Private Property Clean-up

For those in need of cleanup on private property, contact Crisis Cleanup at 800-451-1954. (10/16/2018)

Burn Permits

Burn permits resume in all but 6 GA counties following . Permits issued in the remaining 11 counties effective as of 12pm today. Hand piled natural vegetation CAN be burned in the 6 counties with proper notification to GFC. ht.ly/pdNr30mgZie

Power Line Safety

ASL Video. 

Water Supply

GA Residents who have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GAEMA

Sanitize pans, dishes, utensils, or ANYTHING that touched flood water. Wash with soap, rinse, then w/ 1 TBSP bleach + 1 gallon water – soak 15 min go.usa.gov/xRhM5



COMMUNITY SUPPORT  – SURVIVOR RESOURCES

Target

To help take care of our team members & communities after Hurricane Michael, Target’s committed $1 million. Learn more here: tgt.biz/r6bkx

Food Stamp Assistance 

Georgia residents who receive food stamps now have additional time to report food lost due to power outages during Hurricane Michael. For more information, please visit ow.ly/webg30mhJxf

Food, Emergency Housing, Farmer and Rancher Assistance

The USDA will provide food, emergency housing as well as farmer and rancher assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by severe storms and flooding. For more information visit, ow.ly/EJ3l30mhYBZ (10/18/2018)

Pet Owners

For pet owners impacted by the storm, here are some resources available to you:

Airport Travel

PET FEES waived incoming/outgoing out of Pensacola and Panama City Beach airports.  (10/18/2018 via Pet Manage)


IMPACTS

Line-of-Duty-Death:  GC Fire Coordinator – Brad Price

Gulf County Fire Coordinator, Brad Price, 49, of Wewahitchka.  Killed when helping family members clear debris from the hurricane when a tree fell on his tractor. 

We are in the process of gleaning all resources from all sources across various platforms listed in Twitter and Facebook and entering them into a fluid spreadsheet for your review. This will be uploaded in the next 24 hours.

If you can support with financial or your volunteering support, please see the above web links. 

We thank you for reading our Blog.   May you all be safe wherever you may be in this world and remember, to Pass It Forward. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/18/2018

Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 1

Looking through the eyes of others can help gain a new viewpoint advantage but to fully grasp the magnitude of the situation, you would have to be there in person.  Instead, we are bringing you the undivided attention of social media and what they are saying because they are there, were impacted or seeing it through other means.

Disclaimer:  We are only sharing through third party sources or from direct sources themselves. We do no lay any claims on the sources of information here but only to our “own” content added. Each item has its own source listed. We give all the credit to them.  Images in this post are also given Photo Credit to them.

OCTOBER 13, 2018 (Saturday)

Eyewitness Accounts

Photo Credit | North Port, Florida

“It’s been an overwhelming few days for North Port Fire Rescue crews aiding in the wake of Hurricane Michael. They are assisting in Mexico Beach, one of the hardest hit areas. Keep on keeping on, and continue to stay safe.”  (City of

https://www.foxnews.com/us/thousands-of-people-reported-missing-to-officials-following-hurricane-michael (Fox News, 10/13/2018)

Greater Naples Fire Rescue District sent 11 of their own personnel to join other rescue workers on a strike response team. https://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-sw-fl-rescue-workers-aid-areas-devastated/1615633002/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (Naples News)

OCTOBER 12, 2018 (Friday)

Blood Donations are urgently needed…..

“Did you know that disasters like #HurricaneMichael affect our nation’s blood supply? To help meet patient needs, we are asking those eligible to give blood. Make an appointment now: rdcrss.org/giveblood1

Incident Management Teams 

The FDNY IMT has been requested to respond to Florida, to assist in the state’s response.  We will be posting updates on the team’s mission, as well as pertinent information about the overall response to this disaster. Our thoughts are with all those effected.  (FDNY IMT))

Eyewitness Accounts

“Last night, almost 2,900 people stayed in as many as 37 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across #Florida, #Georgia and #Alabama due to #Michael. We mobilized more than 1,000 trained disaster workers to support relief efforts.”  https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html?cid=fy19hurmichael&med=social&source=arctwitter   (American Red Cross)

“Hurricane Michael has caused untold devastation along the Gulf Coast. We have pre-positioned enough shelter supplies, including cots and blankets, to be able to support some 15,000 people. To find a shelter location in your area, visit this website.” (American Red Cross)

Recovery Challenges

Thousands of people have been informally missing to local authorities, the Red CRoss and the State.  Here is a story written by mainstream media on the challenges all are facing in this area.  https://www.tampabay.com/photos/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-in-photos-surveying-michaels-path-of-destruction-poses-challenges/ (Tampa Bay Times)

Protect Your Health

Tire and bucket filled with standing water

Photo Credit | HHS.gov

Mosquitoes can breed in standing water left from #HurricaneMichael. If you’re cleaning up, make sure to clear out buckets, planters, trash cans, and other items that hold water. More mosquito safety tips: bit.ly/2uw8YdC

 

Looting

Looting is so rampant, that there was a shooting by a Florida State Fire Marshall when a looter was in the process of stealing his police car, he was shot.  Signs are posted on trees and various places marked LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT.   https://katv.com/news/nation-world/looting-leads-to-deadly-shooting-in-panama-city-florida (KATV)

Law Enforcement

Photo Credit | GA National Guard

The Georgia State Patrol and the GA National Guard are currently working as a joint force.  “The 178th Military Police Company has been activated in support of #HurricaneMichael, they will be assisting local law enforcement.” (GA National Guard)

Emergency Resources – Communications

“Comms are key!  Soldiers from our 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are setting up tactical satellite terminals to provide county Emergency Operations Centers with internet & phone so they can connect sooner with  Florida citizens in need.” (FL National Guard)

U.S. Airmen from the 283rd Combat Communications Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, set up vital voice, data and radio communications capability during #HurricaneMichael relief efforts, Colquitt, GA. (U.S. Air National Guard photos contributed by 283rd CBCS)

“A big reason many of us joined the Air National Guard is to help with humanitarian missions when unexpected events like this happen.” – Georgia National Guard

Photo Credit | Florida Governors Office

Volunteer Ham Radio operators from Nassau County, in conjunction with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, are helping to communicate the needs from the disaster zone to those who can help.   https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20181013/nassau-county-amateur-radio-operators-aid-communications-following-hurricane-michael?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=jaxdotcom-SND  (Florida Times – Union)

Photo Credit | Walter Dix IAFF

Disaster Aid

IAFF Disaster Relief Assistance team dropping off supplies for IAFF Local 4413 members (Walton County) in Freeport, Florida.

Fire Personnel

Deployment Update: Region 5 (Central) is deploying additional teams to panhandle. Units left at 0300. Brings total number of Central Florida fire rescue personnel deployed to #HurricaneMichael to more than 140 responders (including pups ) representing 25 departments. (OC Fire Rescue)

Fire Task Force

PA Task Force1 fueled up today in Enterprise, Alabama, en route to Panama City, Florida, to assist in searches. (Philly Fire Dept)

Search and Rescue Activities

Photo Credit | VA-TF1

#VATF1  continues to conduct wide-area search of Panama City, Florida,with other #USAR teams. While conducting our searches, we’ve provided EMS care to victims of the storm and coordinated their transport to local medical facilities. (Virginia Task Force 1 – USA – 1 – Urban Search and Rescue team)

More Urban SAR operations in process in Mexico Beach. (Florida Forest Service)

Power Restoration

Crews working their second day on Walker St. near the Greensboro City arboretum to rebuild the power grid taken down by #TropicalStormMichael . Downed/broken poles and wire are common sites across the Triad and #NC but we are working hard to repair and restore.

Power Grid Construction 

Around 1,200 DukeEnergy lineman and support staff from the Midwest are working with local crews in the Triad today to rebuild portions of the power grid and restore power. (Jeff Brooks of Duke Energy)

Animal Rescue

“We have been so thankful for the support you’ve shown so far in our efforts to help animals displaced by #HurricaneMichael. But the work isn’t done.” (Humane Society – Naples)

Volunteers

Volunteers arrived at the Florida State Recreation  center into a shelter Floridians with special needs that have been displaced.   To help with volunteering or wish to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, visit them at volunteerflorida.org (Volunteer Florida)

Self-Deployment

“Do not self deploy. Bring items you have here. We can make sure it gets to the people in need in a safe & timely manner.” (Walton Co Sheriff)

Damage Assessment, Serving Meals

Photo Credit | Salvation Army

As debris is  cleared from roadways, The #SalvationArmy is moving in to the areas most impacted by #HurricaneMichael to begin assessing needs and serving Anyone w/inquiries is asked to call 877-285-5505 EXT. 1005 Please be patient as our volunteers work to answer your questions in a timely manner.

OCTOBER 11, 2018 – Thursday

Assessments in Progress

SWFD Command Staff in Bay Co. assessing fire/rescue needs. As State of Florida Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Region 1 Coordinator, we’re coordinating assets/formulating plans to help our bay county neighbors. Continue to keep them in your thoughts. (South Walton FD)

Military Response

National Guard and Department of Defense (DoD) assets respond to the Florida Panhandle prior to the hurricane’s landfall. About 2250 – 3500 troops have been authorized to respond.  http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/1659208/national-guard-other-dod-assets-respond-to-michael/ (US Air Force)

OCTOBER 10, 2018 – Wednesday

Personnel

40 Firefighters from 7 Central Florida FDs on way to Florida Panhandle tonight to help with SAR activities. (Ken Tyndall with WFTV)

At 8 a.m., I activated 1,500 Georgia Guardsmen to be placed on standby and deployed as needed to areas affected by Hurricane Michael. (GA Governor Nathan Deal)

OCTOBER 9, 2018 – Tuesday

Swift Water Rescue Team

Virginia’s Task Force’s 16-person Water Rescue Team departs for Florida in response to the Hurricane after being called upon to respond by FEMA.  This includes Fairfax Fire & Resue personnel. (VA-TF1 Force 1 – USA-1 – Urban Search and Rescue)

Supply Deliveries

Today, dozens of #GARedCross volunteer teams are moving into areas hardest hit by #HurricaneMichael — bringing food and supplies to people in need. In all, more than 1,000 trained #RedCross disaster workers are now on the ground, working with partners to provide the most help.

We will update as more resources and details are obtained from various Social Media and posted here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media outlets:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)

Thank you for reading our Blog post!

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/13/2018 – 1820 hours PDT

Carr Fire | Whiskeytown, California

Update 1 – August 9, 2018 – 2130 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Started 7/23/2018 @ 1315 hours
  •  Unified Command with CAL FIRE – Shasta – Trinity Unit, Redding City Fire and Whiskeytown National Park.
  • It  is located at Hwy 299 and Carr Powerhouse Rd, Whiskeytown, CA.

FIRE RESOURCES

  • 352 engines
  • 125 water tenders
  • 16 helicopters
  • 76 hand crews
  • 118 bulldozers
  • 4,710 personnel

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • PG&E
  • CA National Guard
  • CAL TRANS
  • Shasta County Sheriff
  • CHP
  • Redding Police Department
  • Shasta County Fire Department
  • Shasta County Public Works
  • CAL OES
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Maine Fores Rangers
  • CCC
  • State Parks
  • CDCR
  • Red Cross
  • Silicon Valley Power
  • Redding Electric
  • WAPA
  • Santa Rosa FD
  • California National Guard,
  • Trinity OES
  • Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Secretary Sonny Perdue
  • AT&T
  • Shasta County Probation Dept
  • City of Redding/Carr Fire Recovery website:  https://stories.opengov.com/reddingca/published/bDZJVvdJK

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Samaritans Purse
  • State of California
  • United Way Nor Cal
  • Salvation Army Del Oro with Bethel Church in Redding (Partnership)
  • Dignity Medial Group – putting their patients first with the aid of their staff, firefighters and 1st Responders
  • Team Rubicon

FIRE STATUS

  • 178,752 acres
  • 49% contained
  • Cause was due to a mechanical failure of a vehicle

DESTROYED

  • 1,077 homes
  • 22 commercial structures
  • 500 outbuildings

DAMAGED

  • 191 homes
  • 26 commercial structures
  • 65 outbuildings damaged

THREATS

  • 528 structures are currently being threatened.

FATALITIES

Reported 12 lives – we are working to gather the names from verified sources. Note: we will only publish names and info if it already has been published by verified Fire or Law Enforcement Agencies out of respect for their families.

7/26/2018:  Redding FD Fire Inspector, JEREMY STOKE, 37

8/05/2018:  PG & E Lineman, JAY AYETA, 21

8/09/2018:   CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Mechanic, ANDREW BRAKE, 40.

EVACUATIONS

SHASTA COUNTY

  • Whiskey Park
  • Rainbow Lake

TRINITY – SHASTA COUNTY LINE

  • Buckhorn Summit Rd W. to Sandhouse Rd.
  • All roads w/in this area North of Hwy 299.
  • Deadwood Road East of Trinity Dam Blvd
  • Lewiston Turn Pike East of Trinity Dam Blvd
  • Trinity Dam at Trinity Dam Blvd

MAPPING

SHELTERS

EVACUEES RESOURCES

ASSISTANCE RECOVERY CENTER

  • Disaster Recovery Center, Old Kmart Building, 2685 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA 96003

California Carr Fire survivors can receive in-person disaster assistance at the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Former Kmart building at 2685 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA 96002 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4382. #ShastaCounty

HEALTH

FIRE IMAGES

CREDIT | CAL OES

CREDIT | DIGNITY MEDICAL GROUPS

CREDIT | SANTA ROSA FD

CREDIT | CAL FIRE

CREDIT | MAINE FOREST RANGERS

CREDIT | GLOBAL SUPER TANKER

CREDIT | SILICON VALLEY POWER

SVP crews roll a 115kV utility pole uphill.

CREDIT | LA CITY CHIEFS

proud of Strike Team 1002A enroute to to provide crew support for the thousands of firefighters on the line. has dozens of firefighters & specialists assigned to major wildfires in Nor. Cal.

#CarrFire #CALFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Washington Wildfire | Crystal Cove Fire

LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. – UPDATE 1 – 1900 hours PDT

A new wildfire at about three acres broke out on Sunday evening, prompting resources to be dispatched around 1617 hours PDT through the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

The original resources responding were AA, 444TS, AR-20, AR-26B, AR-44, AR-443, AR-63, C-6201, FB-202, FB-206, H-340, HT-41, HT-43 and NC-347.  They were quickly on-scene by 1642 hours PDT.

WA DNR sent out notification they had sent three engines, two hand crews, three planes and one helicopter at 1808 hours PDT.

The CRYSTAL COVE FIRE is also showing the same incident name as MILES FIRE (in the Wildcad.net system).

The fire is located northwest of Fort Spokane in Lincoln County, Washington.

ABOUT THE NEWICC

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center based in Colville has a coverage area that includes all or portions of Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Lincoln, Whitman, Adams, Grant and Garfield Counties.

The “Center” includes the US Forest Service,  Bureau of Land Management (BLM), USWFS, DNR and the National Park Service.

The Center dispatches and tracks 54 engines, 12 hand crews and over 150 fire personnel at given time.  In 2017, they began dispatching SEAT Bases at Omak and Deer Park, each having two firebosses, one air attack and one helicopter.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

US ACTIVE WILDFIRES | RECAP | JUNE 15, 2018

UNITED STATES – Wildfires seem to be igniting later in the Fire Season for some States while others have been prompting fire crews to run from one call to the next.

Here is a recap for Friday, June 15, 2018.

ALASKA

Door Mountains Fire | NEW! | 27 mi W of Lime Village

SW Area, AK DOF.  Timber and short grass. Extreme fire behavior with running and crowning.  Under fire suppression.  No Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned.  1,352 acres. 0% contained.  $1K CTD. #DoorMtnsFire

Dulby Hot Springs Fire | 61 mi NE of Galena

Timber. Active fire behavior.  26,865 acres. 0% contained.  8 personnel. $7K CTD.  No Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned.  #DulbyHotSpringsFire

Hather Creek Fire | 56 mi S of Kaltag

Galena Zone, AK Fire Service.  Timber.  active fire behavior.  256 acres. 0% contained. No Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned.  0 resources.  $1k CTD.  #HatherCreekFire

Little Melozitna River | 50 mi NW of Tanana

Tanana Zone, AK Fire Service.  Started in last 24 hours.  Timber. Active fire behavior with running and torching.  7,782 acres. 0% contained.  $5K CTD. #LittleMelozitnaRiverFire

Lynx Creek Fire | 50 mi NE of Minchumina

Tanana Zone, AK Fire Service.  Started on state land.  Timber and hardwood litter.  Active fire behavior with torching and running. 900 acres. 0% contained.  $5K CTD. #LynxCreekFire

Molybdenum Mountain Fire | 18 mi N of Chuathbaluk

SW Area Forestry, AK DOF.  Started on BLM land.  Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 650 acres.  65% containment.  63 personnel. 3 crews. $1K CTD  #MolybdenumMountainFire

Mooseheart Fire | 5 mi S of Manley

Tanana Zone. AK Fire Service.  Started on state land.  Timber.  Active fire behavior with running and group torching.   29,791 acres. 0% contained. 0 resources. $5K CTD.  No Type 1 or Type 2 IMT assigned. #MooseheartFire

ARIZONA

377 Fire | 5 mi NE of Heber

Apache-Sigreaves NF, Timber and tall grass. Min fire behavior. Structures threatened.  4,833 acres. 90% contained.  37 personnel. 1 crew, 1 engine, 1 helicopter.  $1.3M CTD.  #377Fire

Judd Fire | 3 miles N of Bisbee

Bisbee County.  Brush and Tall grass. Unknown fire behavior. 4,214 acres. 100% contained.  4 personnel. 1 engine. $520K CTD #JuddFire

Tank Fire | NEW! | 12 mi SE of Happy Jack

Coconino NF.  Timber.  Min fire behavior.  170 acres. 75% contained.  123 personnel. 5 crews, 3 engines, 6 helos.  $200K CTD.  #TankFire

CALIFORNIA

Beaver Fire | Off Coalinga Hwy and Airline Hwy, E of King City

215 acres. 70% containment. #BeaverFire

Boyer Fire | NEW! | Off Boyer Rd x Fox Hollow Lane, Bootjack 

Maricopa County.  CAL FIRE – Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit. Start 6/15/2018 @ 1337 hours. 75 acres. 40% contained. 1 structure lost. All mandatory and advisory evacuations lifted. #BoyerFire

Bridle Fire | Crazy Horse Canyon Drive x Bridle Trail

Unified Command:  CAL FIRE, Riverside Co FD.  Started 6/14/2018 @ 1702 hours. 20 acres. 85% contained.  170 fire personnel, PD, 26 engines, 7 overhead personnel, 4 crews, 3 water tenders, PIO, Medic Squad, FIU Investigator, 2 bulldozers.  Incident Cooperators:  BLM, CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Diego, City of Hemet FD, Murrieta Fire Protection District, Riverside Co FD, Riverside Co SO, USFS/San Bernardino.  #BridleFire

Chrome Fire

CAL FIRE.  2,290 acres. 93% contained. #ChromeFire

Creston Fire | Off Creston Rd, E of Paso Robles

CAL FIRE. 60 acres. 100% contained on June 14, 2018.  #CrestonFire

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SLO

Euclid Fire | Off Hwy 71, S of Ecluid Avenue in Chino

Started 6/12/2018 @ 1422 hours.  154 acres. 75% contained.  CAL FIRE. 244 Fire personnel, 31 engines, 30 overhead personnel, 6 fire crews, 4 water tenders, 2 bulldozers, PIO.  Incident Cooperators:  CAL FIRE/Riverside & San Bernardino, CA DOC, CHP, Chino valley Independent Fire District, City of Corona FD, Ontario FD, Orange Co Fire Authority (OCFA), Riverside City FD, Prado Regional Park and Prado Regional Shooting Range.  #EuclidFire

Planada Fire | Off Roads Doug x Bonner, N of Planada

CAL FIRE.  700 acres. 50% contained. #PlanadaFire

Raymond Fire | Off Roads 407 x 600, Raymond

60 acres. 50% contained. Madera County.  #RaymondFire

COLORADO

416 Fire | 13 mi N of Durango

San Juan National Forest. Timber and brush.  Structures are under direct threat, while evacuations, road, area and trail closures remain in effect. Active fire behavior is present with short crown runs, flanking and group torching. 32,076 acres. 18% contained.   1,137 personnel. 25 crews, 55 engines and 8 helicopters.   $13.6M CTD  #416Fire

Bocco Fire | 3 mi NW of Wolcott

Colorado River Valley Field Office on BLM lands.  Chaparral and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior.  476 acres. 90% containment.  9 personnel. 1 engine.  $650K CTD. #BoccoFire

Burro Fire | 14 mi S of Rico

San Juan National Forest.   Active fire behavior with short crown runs, torching and short-range spotting.  3,408 acres. 0% contained.  174 personnel. 4 crews. 2 engines. $500K CTD #BurroFire

Buffalo Fire | 1 mi W of Silverthorn

White River NF.  Closed timber litter, medium logging slash and tall grass.  Min fire behavior. 81 acres. 45% containment. 249 personnel. 5 crews, 16 engines and 3 helicopters. $550K CTD  #BuffaloFire

IDAHO

Coldwater Fire | NEW! | 15 mi SW of American Falls

Power County. Started on private land. Brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with running and spotting. 800 acres. 0% contained.  32 personnel. 1 helicopter. $20K CTD  #ColdwaterFire

NEW MEXICO

Apple Fire | NEW! | 30 mi SE of Folsom

Cimarron District and New Mexico State Forestry.  Brush and grass.  4,083 acres. 0% contained.  93 personnel. 1 crew. 20 engines. $200K CTD #AppleFireNM

Buzzard Fire | 10 mi E of Reserve

Gila NF.  Min fire behavior. Rain fell over the fire line on Thursday, June 14, 2018 44,402 acres. 74% containment. 362 personnel. 7 crews, 8 engines, 3 helos. $11.6M CTD. #BuzzardFire

Cottonwood Fire | Vermejo Ranch area, Raton (private property)

Started 6/14/2018. Cause is unknown/under investigation. 12 miles N of Cimarron.  4 crews, 1 helicopter, 4 engines and 4 overhead team personnel. Began burning on private land. Colfax County. No risks to structures.

A Type 1 Blackhawk helo helped with water drops on the fire on Thursday and was due to return today.  Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR is in effect which states no aircraft including UAVs or Drones are allowed to fly over the fire scene. #CottonwoodFire

Crooked Fire | Crooked Canyon

In remote location in remote location on the northern portion of Guadalupe Ranger District. Approximately 3 acres. Detected 6/15/2018 @ 1116 hours MDT. #CrookedCanyonFire

San Antonio Fire | Valles Caldera National Preserve

NW area of preserve between Valle San Antonio and norther boundary.  425 acres. 100 fire personnel. Albuquerque Zone IMT Team 3 to take command 0800 on Saturday.  Started by lightning. 0% containment. #SanAntonioFire

Scraper Fire | Panama Ranch

Detected 6/15/2018 2 1036 hours.  Remote area of the Panama Ranch on the Guadalupe Ranger District on the Lincoln NF. 10 acres approximated. USFS fire personnel on fire line.  No risks to structures. #ScraperFire

Soldier Canyon Fire | 1 mi NE of Mescalero, New Mexico

Mescalero Agency (BIA).  Timber, brush and medium logging slash. Min fire behavior. 1,270 acres. 95% containment. 271 personnel. 7 crews, 10 engines, 2 helicopters. $3.5M CTD  #SoldierCanyonFire

Ute Park Fire | 1 mile east of Ute Park

Cimarron District/New Mexico State Forestry.  Timber, brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior.  36,740 acres. 95% contained.  68 personnel. 2 crews.  14 structures lost. $9M CTD #UteParkFire

OKLAHOMA

Porter Fire | 2 mi S of Kenton

Oklahoma DOF.  Brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and single-tree torching. 5,036 acres. 60% contained. 36 personnel. 11 engines. $190K CTD. #PorterFire

UTAH

Trail Mountain Fire | 15 mi NW of Orangeville

Manti-Lasal NF.  Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and short-range spotting.    9,554 acres. 10% containment.  620 personnel. 16 crews, 22 engines, 6 helicopters. 4 structure lost.  $3.8M CTD. #TrailMtnFire

Willow Creek Fire | 20 mi SE of Heber

Uinta-Wasatch Cache NF. 1,301 acres. 33% contained. 91 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines, 1 helo.  $270K CTD  #WillowCreekFire

WASHINGTON

South Jameson Lake Fire | Sulphur Spring

Douglas County. Grass and brush. IC effective 1715. Dispatched @ 1233 hours PDT.  Showing as an open incident. 47.5 acres. Unknown status. #SouthJamesonLakeFire

Smith Canyon Number Two Fire | Smith Canyon Creek

Dispatched at 1451 thru Central WA Interagency Comm Center. IC effective 1925. Lumber, timber, brush and slash. 1 acre. Still showing as an open incident. #SmithCanyonCreekFire

Soap Lake Fire | 100% contained on 6/14/2018

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Photo Credit | Grant Co Fire District 13

Grant County.  Fire mobe resources were sent from across the State.  The Fire Marshal has been unable to determine the cause of the wildfire.  Contact the Grant County Fire Marshal if you have any information. 509-754-2011 ext. 3001. #SoapLakeFire #Milepost81Fire

WYOMING

Badger Creek Fire | 2 mi NW of Mountain Home

Medicine Bow-Routt NF.  Timber.  Active fire behavior with short crown runs, spotting and wind-drive runs. 11,192 acres. 0% contained. 349 personnel. 8 crews, 26 engines, 7 helicopters. 3 structures lost. $2.4M CTD  #BadgerCreekFire

Weintz Fire | NEW! | 5 mi SW of Hyattville

Bighorn County.  Brush and short grass.  Brush/short grass. Active fire behavior with running, flanking, spotting. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.  500 acres. 0% containment.  37 personnel. 10 engines. $10K CTD #WeintzFire

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(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2359 hours PDT

Washington Wildfire: #SoapLakeFire Working to Contain Fire | 7

SOAP LAKE, Wash. – Regional resources from local, County and State from across the State of Washington descended upon the fire line on Tuesday when a large out-of-control brush fire turned wildfire broke out near Soap Lake on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Overtime with all resources joining forcing now have the SOAP LAKE FIRE under control and almost fully contained.  Fire Mobe resources were released earlier today after being briefed.

THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!

Photo Credit| Russell Wagner Photography

FIRE RECAP

Here is a timeline of how fast-moving this wildfire prompted local and later, State Fire resources to e deployed on this incident.

JUNE 13, 2018 – Wednesday

0800 PDT | Fire crews were back on the fire line working on strengthening and hold the containment lines.  Firefighters on night fire operations reported some smoke and hot spots inside the fire perimeter.

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Photo Credit | Grant County Fire District 13

Day fire operations were tasked with new replacement firefighters focus on putting out hot spots and patrolling for any other areas of concern.

All Evacuations orders/notices have all been lifted.

2000 PDT | Firefighters completed construction of containment lines and were able to keep the fire within the established perimeter.

Strong winds were in the forecast today and arrived on the fire line making it a challenge for firefighters this afternoon.

All resources are beginning the stages of demobilizing and fire command will be terminated/when all resources have gone back into service are due to occur on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

The fire is said to have destroyed 2,063 acres and is at a 90% containment status.  No new fire growth was reported.

JUNE 12, 2018 – Tuesday

0045 PDT | Fire had been called many different names from Soap Lake Fire, High Hills Fire and MILEPOST 81 FIRE.  State Patrol authorized the mobilization of fire resources at the request of Grant County Fire District 7.  The fire was estimated to be at 1,400 acres with a 0% containment status.  Homes, agriculture and power infrastructure was currently under direct threat.  Level 3 and 2 evacuations were in effect.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.  Fire to be managed by the NE WA IMT Type 3 team.  The State EOC was activated to a Level 2.

Photo Credit | Russell Wagner Photography

0100 PDT  | Some of the State Mobe units that arrived on-scene were Spokane County

0216 PDT | Fire crews are working tirelessly on the wildfire. Several homes have been notified of the Level 3 evacuation.

0600 PDT | Fire name is changed from #Milepost81Fire back to #SoapLakeFire.  Sheriff’s Office estimates fire around 2,000 acres with a 50% containment status. It is located 1 mile from town.  Fire crews are between the town and the fire. Containment lines are holding. Manpower has been thin but they have successfully saved several homes. No firefighter or civilian injuries have been reported. No damaged or loss of structures have been noted. Cause of fire is under investigation and is unknown at this time.

1002 PDT | A strike team Walla Walla FD is also part of the State Fire Mobe deployment.

Photo Credit | Chief Deputy Darrik Gregg of EMA/Grant County Sheriffs Office

1058 PDT | Grant County Sheriff Office states the fire is not impacting any of the rec lakes in the area.  SR 17 traffic is not impacted currently.  The Smokiam RV Park in Soap Lake is open for business.  Replacement resources are arriving all morning which they are to take over for the local resources that have been working tirelessly through Monday night into Tuesday morning.

1100 PDT | 2 Benton County Fire District #1 engines with a total of 5 personnel was sent as part of an area Strike Team.

1340 PDT | For Public Information Officers or PIO duty was being handled by both the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (initial part of incident) and with Command being assumed by the Washington State Patrol.

1730 PDT | The NE WIMT Team is currently managing the fire. 200 firefighters across Washington State.  Incident Command Post or ICP and Fire Camp has been established at the City of Soap Lake Park.

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Photo Credit | Spokane County Fire District #9

JUNE 11, 2O18 – Monday

1827 PDT | A brush fire was said to be burning near Road 25 NE and High Hill Road (aka Rd A NE), northeast of Soap Lake.  No Sheriff or any other PIO was assigned to the fire incident.  Local fire resources are pouring into the area.  Unknown acreage or size.  The ICP was established on Road A.

1842 PDT | Command on another brush fire notified Dispatch to contact the Fish and Wildlife Services as a fire was burning on their land around Mile marker 81 in Soap Lake becoming the MILEPOST 81 FIRE.

1953 PDT | Fire Command requests immediate response of Grant County Sheriff to issue mandatory evacuations eastside of Hwy 17, south of MILEPOST 81 FIRE, north of RV Resort.  Fire appears to be going back inside the Canyon.

1958 PDT | While firefighters were fighting this fire, a person called to report (also known as a RP or reporting party) 9-1-1 to advise that the fire they were all on previously had fire on Canal Road was now said to be threatening homes on Canal Road x Corral.  More fire units were being dispatched.

2004 PDT | A wildfire was said to be burning near Road 25 – NE and High Hill Road (aka Road A-NE), northeast of Soap Lake.  Fire was reported to be heading east.  No current risk to home or evacuations in effect.

2024 PDT | Grant County Fire Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13 and Ephrata FD were deployed on this wildfire.  Originally District 7 and 13 were on the call.

Fire District #9 with Dozer 9 that began digging fire line around 0100 hours on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

FIRE HISTORY

There have been quite a few wildfires that have hit this area, including several times we have gone firechasing and have up, close and personal with fire.

Here is a historical overview of fire that has touched the Soap Lake area.

June 1, 2018 (Friday) | A fire burned near Soap Lake due to a Farmer driving through a field while chasing a calf. 1,100 acres were destroyed.  Also caused evacuations and damaged four buildings.

2015 | We did some firechasing that year and came across a fire burning in a field off of Hwy 28, near Soap Lake.  This is one of our photos watching huge flames and lots of smoke billow up from near a hay storage area. Firefighters, equipment and air fire suppression resources came quickly and put the fire out.  Exact date, acreage and who was deployed is unknown.

May 25, 2012 | A wildfire broke out near Soap Lake is brought under control by firefighters.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2330 hours PDT

WILDFIRE RECAP: Current Active Fires Burning in U.S. | Tuesday, June 12 2018

UNITED STATES – California seems to be the winner with so many wildfires igniting every so often followed by States such as Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Oklahoma, Arizona, and the list grows like an out-of-control firestorm.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of fires. Please bare with us as we attempt to play catch up of ALL States across our nation. – Ed,

377 (AZ) | Apache-Sitgreaves NF. 5 miles NE of Heber.  Timber and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 4,833 acres. 90% containment.  57 personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines 1 helicopter. $1.2M CTD.

416 (CO) | San Juan NF.  13 miles N of Durango. 20,131 acres. 15% contained. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with short-crown runs, isolated torching and spotting. 917 personnel. 20 crews, 47 engines, 8 helicopters. $9.2M CTD.

APPLE (CA) | Tehama-Glenn Unit, CAL FIRE.  5 miles NE of Flournoy.  2,956 acres. 96% contained. Brush and tall grass. Min fire behavior. 6 personnel. 2 engines. 9 structures lost. $185K CTD.

BADGER CREEK (WY) | Medicine Bow-Routt NF. 2 miles NW of Mountain Home. 1,000 acres. 0% containment. 198 personnel. 5 crews, 10 engines, 5 helos. 1 structure lost. $50K CTD.  NEW fire in the last 24 hours.

BEAVER (CA) |  CAL FIRE.  Off of Coalinga Hwy and Airline Hwy, E of King City (San Benito County). 200 acres. 20% contained. Forward spread stopped. #BeaverFire

BELLA CREEK (AK) | Southwest Area Forestry; DOF.  400 acres.  0% containment. Unknown location.

BOCCO (CO) | Colorado River Valley Field Office of the BLM. 3 miles NE of Wolcott. 415 acres. 50% containment.

BUFFALO FIRE (CO) | NEW!  Fire started on Buffalo Mtn in Summit County about 2 miles west of Silverthorne.  EVACUATIONS in Silverthorne.  CLOSURES – Hard closure at Twenty Grand Rd. INCIDENT COOPERATORS:  Summit Fire & EMS, Summit Co EOC, , Colorado Governor John W Hickenlooper, Breckenridge Police . 1,384 homes evacuated from Mesa Cortina and Wildernest and above 20 Grand Road. 1,160 homes below 20 Grand Road on pre-evac notices.  No homes/structures lost or damaged.  Current moderate smoke levels not a significant health risk but could change later in the evening.   EVAC SHELTER Frisco Elementary (RED CROSS) located at 800 8th Avenue at 2000 hours. 100 acres in heavy timber. Active fire with torching and spotting.  #BuffaloFire

BURRO (CO) | San Juan NF.  14 miles S of Rico.  Timber. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, flanking and torching.  2,136 acres. 0% containment. 168 personnel. 4 crews, 2 engines. $450K CTD.

BUZZARD (NM) | Gila NF. 10 miles E of Reserve.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing, creeping. Structures threatened. 41,227 acres. 69% containment. 410 personnel. 8 crews, 9 engines, 3 helicopters. $10.8M CTD.

CHROME (CA) | Tehama-Glenn Unit, CAL FIRE. 5 miles NW of Chrome. 2,290 acres. 75% contained. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 221 personnel. 10 crews, 15 engines, 1 helo. 1 structure lost. $635K CTD.

DENIKTAW RIDGE (AK) | Galenza Zone of BLM. 20 mi SW of Hughes.  8,525 acres. 0% contained. 32 personnel. 1 crew, 1 helo. $195K CTD.

DOESTOCK CREEK (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  213 acres. 0% containment. 5 miles South of Chuathbaluk.  Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and single-tree torching. 13 personnel. $1K CTD.

DEVIL’S ELBOW (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  180 acres. 0% containment.

DULBY HOT SPRINGS (AK)  | Galena Zone, BLM.  10,000 acres. 0 % containment.

EAGLE CANYON (OK) SE Area, DOF.  9 miles E of Cloudy.   300 acres. 50% containment.  16 personnel, 7 engines. $18K CTD.

EMERY GAP (NM) | Cimarron District. 8 miles N of Folsom. Timber, brush ad short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 834 acres. 60% containment.137 personnel. 6 crews. 18 engines. 5 helicopters. $300K CTD.

EUCLIDE (CA) |  CAL FIRE – Riverside Unit. Off Hwy 71 S of Euclid Avenue in Chino. Riverside County. 100 acres. 5% contained. Forward spread stopped.

FAIRHAVEN CREEK (AK) | Galena Zone of the BLM.  15 miles S of Buckland. 876 acres. 0% containment status.

GWEEK (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  320 acres. 0% containment. 0 resources.

HAYSTACK (AK)  | Tanana Zone of the BLM.  22 miles N of Lake Minchuina.

JUDD (AZ) | SE District, DOF. 3 miles N of Bisbee.  Brush and tall grass. 4,093 acres. 85% containment. 163 personnel. 7 crews, 1 engine, 1 helo.  $500K CTD.

KILOLITNA RIVER (AK) | Tanana Zona of the BLM.  52 miles NW of Rampart. 600 acres. 0% containment.

MOHAB (UT) | 8 homes destroyed in Moab wildfire, fire tears through homes in Holyoak. Over 100 residents are evacuated.  SHELTERS 1) Gravel Pit Lanes Bowling Alley, 1078 Mill Creek Drive.  2) Grand Center, 182 N 500 West. 3) The Gonzo Inn, 100 W 200 South.

MOLYBDENUM MOUNTAIN (AK) | SW Area Forestry, DOF. 18 miles N of Chuathbaluk.  650 acres. 40% contained. Active fire behavior with creeping, backing, single-tree torching.  Timber and short grass.

NORTH INNOKO (AK) | Galena Zona of the BLM. 32 miles NE of Ophir.  2,000 acre. 0% contained.

OTTER BAY (FL) | National Forests in FL. 7 miles NE of Lake City.Southern rough.  120 acres. 50% contained. 13 personnel. 2 engines. 1 helo. $5K CTD.

OUR CREEK (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  200 acres. 8% contained.

PINE RIDGE (UT) | Vernal Field Office of the BLM. 14 miles NW of Vernal. 521 acres. 85% contained. Timber, brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 2 personnel. 1 engine. $727K CTD.

PORTER (OK) | OK DOF. 2 miles S of Kenton. Brush and grass.  Extreme fire behavior with group torching, short crown runs and spotting.  3,000 acres. 10% containment. 78 personnel. 18 engines and 1 helo.  $183K CTD.

RABBIT RIVER (AK) | Galena Zone of the BLM. 700 acres. 0% containment.

RIM (ID) | Upper Snake Field Office.  10 miles SW of American Falls. 1,111 acres. 75% contained.  Brush and tall grass. Mod fire behavior with isolated torching. 44 personnel. 2 crew. 3 engines. $75K CTD.

SANTIAGO FIRE (CA) |  CAL FIRE.  Off Hwy 241 x Santiago Canyon Road (Orange County). 155 acres. 60% containment. Forward spread stopped.

Photo Courtesy | OCFA

SCENIC LOOP COMPLEX (TX) | TX A&M Forest Service. 15 miles NW of Ft. Davis.  190 personnel. 4 crews, 27 engines, 5 helicopters. 26,380 acres. 100% containment. $2.3M CTD.

SOAP LAKE (WA) | Grant County Fire District 7.   Fire started on June 11, 2018 @ 1630 hours along SR 17 4 miles north of Soap Lake.. 2,000 acres of sage and brush. 50% containment. 1 small outbuilding was lost overnight. State Fire Mobe resources authorized on June 12, 2018, at 0045 hours. Unknown cause. Under investigation.

SOLDIER CANYON (NM) | Mescalero Agency of the BIA.  1 mile NE of Mescalero. Timber, brush and medium logging slash.  Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, flanking and backing. 1,270 acres. 90% containment. 418 personnel. 11 crews, 13 engines, 4 helos. $2.5M CTD.

SOUTH (CA) | San Benito-Monterey Unit/CAL FIRE. 5 miles SW of Santa Clarita. 175 acres. 95% containment. Chaparral, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 42 personnel. 5 engines. $1M CTD.

TRAIL MOUNTAIN (UT) | Manti-Lasal NF. 15 miles NW of Orangeville. 1,737 acres. 10% containment. Timber and brush. Extreme fire behavior with crowning and wind-driven runs. 262 personnel. 7 crews, 11 engines, 5 helicopters. 1 structure destroyed. $3.5M CTD.

TRIMOKISH HILLS (AK) | SW Area Forestry; DOF.  18 miles S of Fairbanks.  1,500 acres. 0% containment.

TUMIT CREEK (AK) | Galena Zone of the BLM.  517 acres. 0% containment status.

TUSIKPAK LAKE (AK) | Galena Zone of the BLM.  16 miles E of Point Hope.  13,344 acres. 0% contained.

UTE PARK (NM) | Cimarron District. 1 mile E of Ute Park. Timber, brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior. 36,740 acres. 92% contained. 244 personnel. 4 crews. 8 engines. 2 helos. 14 structures lost. $8.3M CTD.

WEBBER CREEK (AK) | Upper Yukon Zone of the BLM.  32 miles E of Circle Hot Springs. 2,944 acres. 0% containment.

WILLOW (NM) | Gila NF. 6 miles E of Mogollon.  New wildfire in the last 24 hours.  Active wildfire with short-range, spotting, smoldering and backing. 350 acres. 0% containment. Not being managed by a Type 1 or 2 IMT. 89 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines, 1 helo. $74K CTD.

WILLOW CREEK (UT) | Uinta/Wasatch-Cache, Forest Service. 20 miles SE of Heber. 650 acres. 10% containment.

ZITZIANA RIVER (AK) | Tanana Zone of the BLM.  800 acres. 0% containment.

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(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2200 hours PDT

Washington Wildfire: #SoapLakeFire Working to Contain Fire | 6

SOAP LAKE, Wash. – While confusion of the correct name of the wildfire is now over, the fire continues to burn in the area near Soap Lake as a large contingent specialized fire resources work to contain and put the fire out.

FIRE RECAP

Here is a timeline of how fast-moving this wildfire prompted local and later, State Fire resources were deployed on this incident.

JUNE 11, 2O18 – Monday

1827 PDT | A brush fire was said to be burning near Road 25 NE and High Hill Road (aka Rd A NE), northeast of Soap Lake.  No Sheriff or any other PIO was assigned to the fire incident.  Local fire resources are pouring into the area.  Unknown acreage or size.  The ICP was established on Road A.

1842 PDT | Command on another brush fire notified Dispatch to contact the Fish and Wildlife Services as a fire was burning on their land around Mile marker 81 in Soap Lake becoming the MILEPOST 81 FIRE.

1953 PDT | Fire Command requests immediate response of Grant County Sheriff to issue mandatory evacuations eastside of Hwy 17, south of MILEPOST 81 FIRE, north of RV Resort.  Fire appears to be going back inside the Canyon.

1958 PDT | While firefighters were fighting this fire, a person called to report (also known as a RP or reporting party) 9-1-1 to advise that the fire they were all on previously had fire on Canal Road was now said to be threatening homes on Canal Road x Corral.  More fire units were being dispatched.

2004 PDT | A wildfire was said to be burning near Road 25 – NE and High Hill Road (aka Road A-NE), northeast of Soap Lake.  Fire was reported to be heading east.  No current risk to home or evacuations in effect.

2024 PDT | Grant County Fire Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13 and Ephrata FD were deployed on this wildfire.  Originally District 7 and 13 were on the call.

JUNE 12, 2018 – Tuesday

0045 PDT | Fire had been called many different names from Soap Lake Fire, High Hills Fire and MILEPOST 81 FIRE.  State Patrol authorized the mobilization of fire resources at the request of Grant County Fire District 7.  The fire was estimated to be at 1,400 acres with a 0% containment status.  Homes, agriculture and power infrastructure was currently under direct threat.  Level 3 and 2 evacuations were in effect.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.  Fire to be managed by the NE WA IMT Type 3 team.  The State EOC was activated to a Level 2.

0100 PDT  | Some of the State Mobe units that arrived on-scene were Spokane County Fire District #9 with Dozer 9 that began digging fire line around 0100 hours on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

0216 PDT | Fire crews are working tirelessly on the wildfire. Several homes have been notified of the Level 3 evacuation.

0600 PDT | Fire name is changed from #Milepost81Fire back to #SoapLakeFire.  Sheriff’s Office estimates fire around 2,000 acres with a 50% containment status. It is located 1 mile from town.  Fire crews are between the town and the fire. Containment lines are holding. Manpower has been thin but they have successfully saved several homes. No firefighter or civilian injuries have been reported. No damaged or loss of structures have been noted. Cause of fire is under investigation and is unknown at this time.

1002 PDT | A strike team Walla Walla FD is also part of the State Fire Mobe deployment.

Photo Credit | Chief Deputy Darrik Gregg of EMA/Grant County Sheriffs Office

1058 PDT | Grant County Sheriff Office states the fire is not impacting any of the rec lakes in the area.  SR 17 traffic is not impacted currently.  The Smokiam RV Park in Soap Lake is open for business.  Replacement resources are arriving all morning which they are to take over for the local resources that have been working tirelessly through Monday night into Tuesday morning.

1100 PDT | 2 Benton County Fire District #1 engines with a total of 5 personnel was sent as part of an area Strike Team.

1340 PDT | For Public Information Officers or PIO duty was being handled by both the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (initial part of incident) and with Command being assumed by the Washington State Patrol.

1730 PDT | The NE WIMT Team is currently managing the fire. 200 firefighters across Washington State.  Incident Command Post or ICP and Fire Camp has been established at the City of Soap Lake Park.

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Photo Credit | Spokane County Fire District #9

FIRE HISTORY

There have been quite a few wildfires that have hit this area, including several times we have gone firechasing and have up, close and personal with fire.

Here is a historical overview of fire that has touched the Soap Lake area.

June 1, 2018 (Friday) | A fire burned near Soap Lake due to a Farmer driving through a field while chasing a calf. 1,100 acres were destroyed.  Also caused evacuations and damaged four buildings.

2015 | We did some firechasing that year and came across a fire burning in a field off of Hwy 28, near Soap Lake.  This is one of our photos watching huge flames and lots of smoke billow up from near a hay storage area. Firefighters, equipment and air fire suppression resources came quickly and put the fire out.  Exact date, acreage and who was deployed is unknown.

May 25, 2012 | A wildfire broke out near Soap Lake is brought under control by firefighters.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2000 hours PDT

Washington Wildfire: #Milepost81Fire Changes Back to #SoapLakeFire | 5

SOAP LAKE, Wash. – The name of the fire has changed back from MILEPOST 81 FIRE back to its original wildfire name of SOAP LAKE FIRE officially on Monday, June 11, 2018.

STATE MOBE RESOURCES APPROVED

Fire crews will receive additional resources this morning from the State as mobilization units and teams are fast-tracked in being deployed from all over the State.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT

Here is a video from Shirley Lang (used with her written permission) of the scene near her home.

CURRENT RESOURCES

Fire crews from Grant County Fire Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, Ephrata Fire Department, WA DNR engines and Grant County Sheriff Office.

FIRE STATUS

  • The Sheriff’s Office estimates the current to be around 2,000 acres with a 50% containment status.
  • The fire is approximately 1 mile from town.  Fire crews are between the town and the fire.
  • A lot of smoke is expected to be seen and produced throughout the morning.
  • Containment lines are currently holding, though firefighters were challenged overnight when the fire grew in acreage on both the north and south ends.
  • Manpower has been thin but fire crews have been able to save many homes.
  • No firefighter or civilian injuries have been reported.
  • No damaged or loss of structures have been reported.
  • A cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 0600 hours PDT

WILDFIRE RECAP: Current Active Fires Burning in U.S. | Monday, June 11 2018

UNITED STATES – There have been so many wildfires burning during this crazy and most expected Fire Season but we know if we capture them one-by-one for each wildfire, we would probably cause your Social Media pages to implode, so we are doing a Wildfire Recap of  all current and active fires from several acres to thousands of them.

377 (AZ)

The 377 Fire is burning on Apache-Sigreaves NF lands about 5 miles northeast of Heber in timber and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 4,833 acres. 90% contained. 57 personnel. 1 crew. 2 engines. 1 helicopter. $1M CTD. #377Fire

416 (CO)

The 416 Fire is located in the San Juan National Forest, about 13 miles north of Durango in timber and brush.  Active fire behavior is present with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting.  Structures are under direct threat, while evacuations, road, area and trail closures remain in effect.  22,131 acres. 10% containment. Fire was said to be growing largely to the west. 813 personnel. 18 crews. 47 engines. 8 helicopters. $6.6M CTD. #416Fire

AIRLINE (CA)

The Airline Fire is burning in the area of the San Benito-Monterey unit (CAL FIRE) about 16 miles north of King City in brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior is reported.  1,314 acres. 92% containment. 136 personnel. 2 crews. 20 engines. $4.1M CTD. #AirlineFire

APPLE (CA)

The Apple Fire also burning in the same unit as the CHROME FIRE is burning 5 miles northeast of Flournoy in brush and tall grass.  It too, has a minimal fire behavior showing. 2,956 acres. 90% containment. 28 personnel. 7 engines and 9 structure lost. $141K CTD. #AppleFire

BOCCO (CO)

Bocco Fire is a new fire in the last 24 hours that is burning in the district of the Colorado River Valley Field Office on BLM lands about 3 miles northwest of Wolcott in chaparral and short grass.  Moderate fire behavior is present with flanking, backing and creeping.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat is being threatened.  415 acres. 20% contained. 148 personnel. 5 crews. 7 engines. 2 helicopters. $450K CTD. #BoccoFire

BURRO (CO)

The Burro Fire is burning about 14 miles south of Rico in the San Juan National Forest.  Active fire behavior is occurring with short-crown runs, flanking and torching.  Roads, area, trail closures are in effect.  1,000 acres. 0% containment. 123 personnel. 5 crews. 1 engine.  $400,000 CTD. #BurroFire

BUZZARD FIRE (NM)

Burning 10 miles east of the Reserve on New Mexico, this wildfire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and torching.  Structures are still under threat. 41,227 acres.  69% contained.  405 personnel. 8 crews. 9 engines. 4 helos. $10.8M CTD. #BuzzardFire

CHROME (CA)

The Chrome Fire is burning in the area of CAL FIRE’s Tehama-Glenn Unit about 5 miles northwest of Chrome in brush and tall grass with minimal fire activity showing.  2,290 acres. 50% containment status. 250 personnel. 10 crews. 20 engines. 1 helo.  1 structure lost. $389K CTD.  #ChromeFire

EAGLE CANYON (OK)

The Eagle Canyon Fire is burning in the southeast area of the Oklahoma DOF’s lands, about 9 miles east of Cloudy in timber.  There is extreme fire  behavior that is running. 300 acres. 50% containment.  16 personnel. 7 engines. $18K CTD. #EagleCanyonFire

EASTERN (CA)

The Eastern Fire is also burning in the same CAL FIRE Unit’s area but 6 miles east of Bitterwater in brush and tall grass with minimal fire behavior.  513 acres. 92% containment. 312 personnel. 8 crews. 30 engines.  $1.9M CTD. #EasternFire

EMERY GAP (NM)

The Emery Gap Fire is burning 8 miles north of Folsom in timber, brush and short grass.  Fire behavior is active with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting. 850 acres. 25% containment.  122 personnel.  3 crews. 14 engines. 2 helicopters. $145K CTD. #EmeryGapFire

HORSESHOE (UT)

Horseshoe Fire is burning in the Sal Lake Field Office on BLM lands, 5 miles northwest of Lakeside in short grass.  983 acres. 0% contained.  20 personnel. 3 engines. $20K CTD. #HorseshoeFire

JUDD FIRE (AZ)

The Judd wildfire is burning three miles north of Bisbee in brush and tall grass where minimal fire behavior is occurring.  4,093 acres. 85% containment.  163 personnel. 7 crews. 1 engine. 1 helo. $500K CTD. #JuddFire

MOLYBDENUM MOUNTAIN (AK)

The Molybdenum Mountain Fire is burning in the SW Area Forestry in the AK DOF area that started on BLM land, 18 miles north of Chuathbaluk.  It is burning in timber and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior has been observed.  650 acres. 60% contained. 27 personnel.  1 crew. 1 helicopter. $210K CTD. #MolybdenumMountainFire

OTTER BAY (FL)

Otter Bay Fire is in the National Forests in Florida and 7 miles northeast of Lake City burning in southern rough.  Fire behavior is moderate with smoldering and flanking. 120 acres. 50% containment. 13 personnel. 2 engines. 1 helo. $5K CTD. #OtterBayFire

PASADERO DRIVE (CA)

A new fire as of 2302 broke out in the area of 18600 block x W Pasadero drive in Los Angeles dispatching units:  Engines 100, 273, 293, 83, 84 88 90.  This is at the top of Reseda Blvd near Braemar Country Club in Tarzana.

PINE RIDGE (UT)

The Pine Ridge fire is burning in the Vernal Field Office on BLM lands, about 14 miles northwest of Vernal in timber, brush and short grass.  The fire has minimal behavior.  521 acres. 85% contained.  2 personnel. 1 engine. $728K CTD.  #PineRidgeFire

PORTER (OK)

This wildfire ignited in the last 24 hours in the Oklahoma Department of Forestry’s area, about 2 miles south of Kenton. Brush and short grass are this fire’s fuels which is burning up the lands.  Extreme fire behavior with running and short-range spotting is present.  Homes are threatened.  5,000 acres. 10% contained.  61 personnel.  15 engines. $132K CTD. #PorterFire

REINDEER LAKE (AK)

Reindeer Lake fire is burning on the same areas as the MOLYBDENUM MOUNTAIN FIRE but this one started on Doyan Regional Native Corporation land about 20 miles east of Holy Cross.  Fire is burning in closed timber litter and showing minimal fire behavior.  320 acres. 90% containment. 42 personnel. 2 crews. 1 helicopters. Unknown CTD. #ReindeerLakeFire

RIM (ID)

The Rim Fire is burning in the area of Upper Snake Field Office and Bureau of Reclamation, about 10 miles southwest of American Falls in brush and tall grass.  Fire behavior is moderate with creeping. Structures are being threatened. 873 acres. 60% contained. 44 personnel. 1 crew. 3 engines. $50K CTD.  #RimFire

SANTIAGO (CA)

This wildfire is burning in the Ocean County (OCFA Fire District) off of Highway 241 and Santiago Canyon Road.  The fire started around 1615 hours on June 11, 2018. 1 minor injury to a Firefighter.  Firefighters will remain on the fire ground until the end of the night.  Forward rate of spread has been stopped at 1930 hours. 155 acres. 10% containment. #SantiagoFire

SAWMILL FIRE (AZ)

The Sawmill Fire is located on Navajo Region/BIA lands, about 10 miles north of Ft. Defiance in timber and brush.  600 acres. 80% containment. 69 personnel. 2 crews. 4 engines. 1 helicopter. $1.6M CTD. #SawmillFire

SCENIC LOOP COMPLEX (TX)

This Complex is made up of 3 fires which started on private land about 15 miles north of Ft. Davis in timber, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Rain occurred over the fire on Sunday. 26,042 acres. 80% contained. 272 personnel. 4 crews. 50 engines. 5 helicopters. $1.2M CTD. #ScenicLoopComplexFires

SOAP LAKE (WA)

This wildfire started on Monday, June 11, 2018, at an unknown time or from an exact cause in Soap Lake/Grant County, Washington.   Fire crews were dispatched at 1947 hours PDT with the following responding:  AR443, BLM11, BLM13 C6201 E6695 E6696.  All resources on-scene at 1900 hours.  Reporting 300 acres and growing. 0% containment. #SoapLakeFire #Milepost81Fire #HighHillsFire

UPDATE 2124 hours | Due to poor signal, fire size is very rough estimate from the Sheriff’s Office between 100 – 1,000 acres | DNR Wildcad showed approximate time at 1900 hours around 300 aces.

UPDATE 2025 hours | Dispatched just called out a 4-alarm fire and for all resources to respond.

SOLDIER CANYON (NM)

Soldier Canyon wildfire is located 1 mile northeast of Mescalero and burning timber, brush and medium logging slash. Minimal fire behavior. 1204 acres. 28% contained. 392 personnel. 11 crews. 14 engines.  4 helicopters. $1.7M CTD. #SoldierCanyonFire

SOUTH (CA)

The South Fire is burning in Los Angeles County, about 5 miles southwest of Santa Clarita where several fires have broken out. This fire is burning in chaparral, brush and tall grass with it currently being at a minimal fire behavior occurring. 175 acres. 92% containment.  312 personnel. 8 crews. 25 engines. $825K CTD. #SouthFire

TRAIL MOUNTAIN (UT)

The Trail Mountain Fire is burning on Manti-Lasal NF lands, about 15 miles northwest of Orangeville in timber and brush.  The fire behavior is moderate with creeping and isolated torching. Structures are threatened.  1,737 acres. 41% contained. 259 personnel. 7 crews. 11 engines. 5 helos. $2.5M CTD.  #TrailMtnFire

UTE PARK (NM)

The Ute Park Fire is burning 1 mile east of Ute Park in timber, brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior.  36,740 acres.  77% contained. 415 personnel.  8 crews. 11 engines. 7 helicopters. 14 structures lost.  $7.9M CTD.

WILLOW CREEK (UT)

Willow Creek Fire ignited within the last 24 hours in the Uinta/Wasatch-Cache National Forest, located about 20 miles southeast of Heber.  Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and spotting has been reported. Road, area and trail closures are in effect.  Fire is being managed with a strategy other than fire suppression without a type 1 or type 2 IMT assigned.  453 acres. 10% containment.  86 personnel. 2 crews. 3 engines. 1 helicopters. $50K CTD. #WillowCreekFire

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