Washington Wildfire | Cowiche Fire | Cause is Determined

YAKIMA, Wash. – We picked up and did a live coverage on Social Media of the Cowiche Fire that was said to be with an Urban Interface brush fire and a vacant barn in the 5600 block of Cowiche Canyon Road and near Pecks Canyon.

The incident would be escalated to three alarms.

Cause

Witnesses reported seeing someone in a vehicle who threw a firework into the brush which started the wildfire.  Fire Investigators say the fire was intentionally set.

Resources

C-Shift from Yakima City FD was staffed along with mutual aid fire resources from Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima Training Center, Grainger and Yakima County Fire District 5.

Damage Assessment

A barn was lost on Cowiche Road in the fire but fire crews successfully and should be credited for saving many homes in the area.

#SeeSomethingSaySomething

Investigators are looking for any witness that may have information regarding this fire by contacting the Yakima City FD at 509-575-6060.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2030 Hours PDT

BC Wildfire | Bachelor Heights Fire | 1

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A wildfire broke out on Thursday, June 21, 2018 off of the Grasslands boulevard prompting immediate evacuations of about 12 homes.  Evacuated residents were welcomed in to the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre where a comfort center was established.

Shortly after the evacuations were in effect, the order was lifted and all residents were allowed to return to their homes as the threat of wildfire was no longer endangering their homes or their personal safety.

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Photo Credit | BC Wildfire Service

Resources

Fire crews from the Kamloops Fire and Rescue along with BC Wildfire Service were working to suppress and contain the wildfire.

17 personnel along with air support are tied to this incident.

Size

The fire is said to be at 60 hectares or a little over 148 acres.

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

Washington State Wildfire | Lower Beaver Creek Fire | 1

TWISP, Wash. – Around 1550 hours, fire assets from Spokane County Fire District 6, WA DNR and the US Forest Service  (B41, E644, H338, SO221, SO223, SO242, SO244 and SO246) were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center for a reported three acre wildfire.

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Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

The fire was previously named the Benson Creek Fire but has since been changed.  The new wildfire name is the Lower Beaver Creek Fire.

The fire is said to be about 3-5 acres. No word on the containment status has been received.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.

Location

The fire is located on Benson Creek Road in Okanogan County and southeast of Twisp, which a small town with less than 1,000 residents.  The town is made up of 1.18 square miles with all of it being land.

Cause

Fire caused by lightning.

Resources

WA DNR dispatched an engine, two planes and a helicopter.

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Photo Credit | Okanogan Fire District 6

IC Hammer is in command of this incident.

There is no formal information stating how many fire crews are assigned to this incident.

Fuels

Fire fuels include light timber, brush and grass.

Fire Tactics

Heli bucket drops were called in and have greatly impacted the fire . Crews have advanced hose and have water on the fire.

Current Weather

Temps in the area are 81*F with partly cloudy skies and winds at 10 mph.  The relative humidity or RH. as some call it is at 34%.

Public Service Announcement

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A Lightning Safety message comes from your Firefighters with the Okanogan County Fire District 6

Social Media

We are using hashtags for this posting as #BensonCreekFire #LowerBeaverCreekFire #TwispFire #Okanogan #WAwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 hours PDT

Washington State Wildfire | Mile Post 22 | 1

VANTAGE, Wash. – Fire resources were sent to a brush fire around 1717 hours on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, located near Vantage, Washington when it was only five acres in size.  The original fire assets were H-1MR H-343 SE-461 SE-463 SEWELL SE-SLYFIEL dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Dispatch Center.

Here is a timeline of this fire incident, to clear you a more concise breakdown on how this fire has spread so rapidly:

JUNE 20, 2018 – WEDNESDAY

1930 hours |  Washington Department of Natural Resources or WA DNR were called and they dispatched out additional resources, including engines and two helicopters. The fire was estimated to be at well established at 100 ares and growing.  Vantage Highway closed due to down power lines.  Fire located west of Vantage.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2143 hours | DNR sent additional resources including three planes, a single 20-person Ahtanum hand crews which would be later be tasked with performing burnout operations.  Dry grass fire conditions.  Fire estimated at 800-1000 acres with a high rate of spread.

2345 hours | SE WA IMT team is assigned to incident.

JUNE 21, 2018 – THURSDAY

0054 hours | Fire mobilization (or Fire MOBE) is approved by the Washington State Patrol HQ Office.  Located in Kittitas County.  2,000 acres in size. 30 homes are under direct threat. Level evacuations in place.

0556 hours | Type 3 IMT is on order. Fire has consumed 1,750 acres.

0628 hours | WA Emergency Management Department (WA EMD) is activated.

0736 hours | Fire is burning in Central Washington near the Columbia River and approximately 19 miles east of Ellensburg.

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0905 hours | Fire has grown to an estimated 4,000 – 5,000 acres. 5% containment.  More firefighters are arriving today, including the SE WA IMT team.

1000 hours | Fire mobe resources arriving throughout the day.

1728 hours | Fire has burned up to 5,000 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

1900 hours | Vantage Highway is open but heading West, the bright sun and smoke in the area are reason to caution yourself when driving through the area.

I-90 MP 138 Vantage Br. (View West)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags we are using and already established in Social Media are:

#MilePost22 #Milepost22  #MilePost22Fire #WAwildfire2018 #WaWILDFIRE #VantageFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1900 hours PDT

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

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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

Disaster News | Wilkes-Barre Township, PA Struck by Tornado | 1

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Penn.  – A tornado warning went into effect around 2100 hours EDT until 2300  on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

An expected tornado hit a shopping district (one of the largest in NE PA or NEPA) near the Mohegan Sun Arena causing building structural collapses, significant damage, overturned vehicles and entrapment in building and vehicles.

A regional amount of resources descended upon the area and worked through the night and early morning hours to search for survivors.   There is no word on the count of injuries or if there are any deaths reported.

Tornado Warning for Luzerne/Lackawana Counties. Strongest rotation over Wilkes-Barre. | Photo Credit – Weather Media

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

There are several fire, EMS and other Agencies involved with this incident which include:

Photo Credit | Red Cross of Eastern PA

  • Luzerne County Fire Companies
  • Luzerne County EOC (activated/opened at 2254 EDT)
  • Avoca Fire Department
  • Mountain Top Hose Company 1
  • Naniticoke City Fire Rescue
  • Fairmount Township Vol Fire and Ambulance Co
  • Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company
  • Sweet Valley Ambulance Association
  • Slocum Township Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company
  • Township Police Department
  • Red Cross Eastern PA
  • Nanticoke City Fire Department

All regional units were released from this incident at 0049 EDT on Wednesday.  Local units are still on-scene.

REPORTED DAMAGE

There are many eyewitness damage assessments being reported across Social Media and verifiable/reliable sources.

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

U-Haul Rentals

  • Vehicles turned upside in the parking lot
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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

Panera Bread

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

  • 3750 Wilkes Barre Township Commons
  • Building collapsed.
  • Fire crews are doing a deep SAR search for possible entrapped victims.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

  • 265 Mund Street
  • Light poles on vehicles
  • A search by M9Alpha is in effect.

Township Road – Pine Tree x Loyalville Roads

  • Mud slide in roadway

Wilkes-Barre Township – Olive Garden Plaza

  • Unknown structure damage report

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El Rey Azteca

  • Significant structural damage
  • Windows broken out
  • Roof appears to have caved in
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Photo Credit | El Rey Azteca

Dicks

  • Significant structural damage

Mundy Street

  • Multiple collapsed/damaged buildings
  • AVOID Mundy Street around the Wyoming Valley Mall

Barnes & Noble Books

  • Part of the building has been destroyed
  • Appears Tornado hit the side of the building
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Photo Credit | El Rey Azteca

PetSmart

  • Building completely destroyed on the interior
  • Roofing has littered the parking lot
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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Some say it is rare due to being at nighttime and usually at night, the instability is low causing storms to weaken.  Saying between EF3-EF4.

ABOUT WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, PA

This is located southwest of Scranton and  situated in Luzerne County, PA.  It has approximately a population of 40,569 residents.  It has industrial roots that is located along the Susquehanna River. The City is approximately two hours away from NYC and Philadelphia.

It is about 2.9 square land miles.  It is crossed from the northeast to the southwest by I-81, PA RT 309 and Business RT 309 (Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd).  Recognizable roadways are Kidder Street, Mundy Street, Highland Park Boulevard, Coal Street, Northampton Street and Blackman Street.

The downtown business district is host to about 11,000 employees, the 4th largest downtown workforce in Pennsylvania.

Some of the major shopping districts are the Mohegan Sn Area at Casey Plaza (formerly Wachovia Arena), Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township Commons, Highland Park Boulevard Plaza and the Wyoming Valley Mall (rebuilt after Hurricane Agnes destroyed it in the 1970’s).

The Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department consists of 3 Fire/EMS Stations (HQ, South Station and Hollenback Station) located on Ross Street, High Street and Washington Street. This is a paid career Fire Agency.

The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department is made up of both Patrol and Detective Divisions.  There are 40 Police Officers and 1 Civilian personnel. The Agency has its own K-9 unit, Directed Enforcement Unit, Narcotics & Gang Unit and a Traffic and Parking Enforcement unit.

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Their substations are located at the Wyoming Valley Mall, the largest shopping facility in Northeastern part of the State and at Wegman’s Food Market on HIghland Park Boulevard.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2315 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.

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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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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.

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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