Lacey Firefighters Respond to Huge Vacant Structure Fire

Lacey, Washington —-

Fire personnel and equipment were dispatched from Lacey Fire District #3 and #8, and Olympia Fire just before 0500 hours on Sunday morning, March 29, 2020, to a structure fire.

The fire was located in the 5000 block of 15th Avenue NE in Lacey, Washington.

Photo Credit | Lacey Fire District #3

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Fire District #6 staffed up Lacey’s stations and responded to fire calls for Lacey Fire District #8.

Firefighters quickly egressed the situation and knocked down the fire.  Primary and secondary searched were conducted with no occupants located inside.

There were no reports of injuries to firefighters or bystanders.

There is no cause released at the time of this report and is under investigation by Fire Investigators.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/29/2020 – 2100 PST

UPDATE | Puget Sound Firefighters Fight SeaTac Fire

Seatac, Washington —

Firefighters and resources from  Renton RFA, Tukwila Fire Department,  Puget Sound Fire and Zone 3 Fire Rehab were dispatched on Sunday, March 29, 2020, in the early evening to a structure fire in the 2400 block of South 146th Street.

Additional fire mutual aid resources dispatched from Skyway Fire, Burien Fire and Medic One.

All occupants self-extricated themselves from the home.

This was a fire in the home’s kitchen.  The fire is now out and there were no reports of injuries to the occupants or to firefighters.

A Fire Investigator is en route to the fire scene.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/29/2020 1828 hours PST

Another Disaster Hits State of Arkansas | 1

UPDATE 1 – 3/28/2020 – 1730  HOURS PST

Craighead County, Arkansas.

A tornado touched down early in the evening on Saturday, March 28th in Jonesboro, Arkansas, causing significant damage to homes, businesses, a shopping mall and utility infrastructure.

Video footage | AR DOT

Resources involved in the incident includes Volunteer Fire Departments, along with the Red Cross and the Arkansas Governor’s office.

Red Cross:  50 volunteers.

Governor Asa Hutchinson:  Monitoring situation. Wishing all are safe.

Lake City VFD:   Rescue, Brush, 7 personnel.

Caraway FD: 7 personnel, pumper truck.

Monette FD:  Unknown # of personnel & equipment on-scene.

Southridge : 12 personnel.

Valley View Fire Protection District:  Unknown # of personnel & equipment on-scene.

Cash FD:  # of personnel/equipment unknown.

Philadelphia Fire Protection District:  6 members.

Brookland Fire Protection District:  1 squad, 5 personnel.

Bono Fire Protection Dist:  Unknown # of personnel/equipment.

Operations quickly came together at the helm of the local Jonesboro Police Department, County Sheriffs and State Police in what appears to be Unified Command at the Turtle Creek Mall.  Emergency responders are working diligently to search, rescue and treat injured, as well as addressing potential hazardous conditions out in roadways, highways, homes and structures.

Photo Credit:  Jonesboro E911

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Officials are asking all to stay home where you are safe and healthy.

Photo Credit:  City of Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Current Alerts that are in effect currently are:

Citywide curfew has been issued by the Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin for 1900 hours PST. No one should be on the streets.  (Mayor’s Office)

Damage reports coming in on Social Media, showing :

Caraway/Race intersection.  German auto, Aldi and Gateway Tire look like they took a direct hit.

A local meteoroligst says based upon some of the damage, this appears this could be the worst tornado to hit the area since the F3 on April 3, 1984 (36 years ago).

This tornado is said to be at a F4, which ripped through the heart of downtown Jonesboro.

More updates will be posted as information trickles through.  Please be safe, Arkansasians.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/28/2020 – 1730 hours PST

Seattle Firefighters Battling Building Fire

SEATTLE, Washington

Firefighters are yet again on another large blaze this weekend.  Seattle Firefighters were dispatched on Saturday morning around 1051 hours PST to a 2-alarm fire in a vacant building located in the 600 block of South Roy Street.

First due units reported heavy smoke and flames in the vacant building.  Due to heavy fire and unknown interior conditions of the building, crews were being forced to fight it from the outside; a defensive operation.  No fire crews were allowed inside the building.

The Fire Department was encouraging those who live in the area to close their windows due to heavy smoky conditions to prevent smoke inhalation.

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A wall on the Delta side was starting to bow out (around 1227 hours) and command asked crews on this and Charlie sides to watch the structure.  All firefighters were out of the collapse zone.

After almost fighting the fire over a period of two hours, fuel tanks were beginning to run low.  A fuel truck was requested to assist with several companies.

We are covering this incident with Live Updates on Twitter @nwfireblog 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/282020 1230 PST

Friday Night Fire Breaks Out at Seattle Marina

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a well-involved fire at a local Marina located in the 1300 block of SW Spokane Street on Friday night at 2127 hours PST.

This incident was designated as “Spokane Command” by the Incident Commander.

The fire broke out from an unknown cause at the Jim Clark Marina located near Harbor Island in West Seattle with crews emptying out several Seattle fire stations.

Units dispatched were:

  • Medical: Aid10, Aid14, Medic1.
  • Battalion Chiefs: 5, 7.
  • Command Staff:  Deputy1, Safety2, Staff 10.
  • Engine Companies:  10, 13, 27, 29, 32, 36, 5, 8, 30, 11.
  • Marine Group:  Fire Boats 4 and 5. Patrol 4 (Seattle PD), Marine 1, Rescue1.
  • Ladder Trucks:  L1, 3, 11.
  • FIU: Marshal5.
  • Firefighter REHAB:  REHAB1 (Ladder 27, Seattle Fire Buff volunteers).

Fire operations included limited access, so firefighters were being shuttled around by both Seattle Fire Boats to access points on the dock.  Due to the severity of the fire, the IC was concerned with putting too much weight on the docks and quickly pulled  crews off.  He also did not want them going too deep into boathouses, docks and boats putting themselves in harm’s way.

First due units reported that the fire was on a dock and heading towards the marina. Units found limited access and fire boats were being used as primary firefighting suppression resources.

Video Credit | Bryan Vlok (used with written permission)

Fire Boat 4 came around the water side through a railroad trestle (bridge goes over the water) and to the fire scene.  Due to limited access by firefighters on the shore side, FB4 and crew were tasked with primary fire suppression activities.  A masterstream was used at that moment to put water on the fire.

Eventually, when they were done – they were sent around to another side of the fire.  Later, when firefighters were pulled off the dock – FB4 and crew stopped the masterstream and used handlines.

At the end of the fire incident they used their masterstream again but this time for a foam blanket over the fire damaged areas.

The train trestle that goes over the water was secured for crews to lay hose down to extend near the marina.  This worked in their favor.

Units would soon be released from the scene, while a few remained to address the spot fires.

All-in-all, it was estimated at a loss of 1 boat (east side of fire) and 12 boats (including a houseboat and boathouse) on the west side.  It was reported that a boat appeared to be drifting, eventually sank completely under water.

Though a foam blanket was being applied to the fire ravaged scene, some may be conducting “fire watch” throughout the night until they are relieved by other crews.

Fire History at this Marina

There was one previous fire that broke out at this marina on December 29, 2015 from an unknown cause, which burned two boats and damaged two more.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2350 hours PST

NEW Wildfire | Camino Fire | California | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A brush fire is burning on Hwy 154 and west Camino Cielo Road is burning uphill on the north slope that started on Monday afternoon.

It was ignited by an unknown source, which is currently under investigation. No preliminary has been released at the time of this post.

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Photo Credit | Daniel Bertucelli, SBCFD PIO

RESOURCES

Ground crews and a helicopter from the South Barbara County Fire Department are currently assigned and actively working on the fire line.

EVACUATIONS

There are evacuation warnings for those on East Camino Cielo Road east of Hwy 154 and the Painted Cave community.  The County Fire Department wants you to know this is a WARNING only and not an order.

UPDATES

More updates will be released when additional information is known and/or fire activity increases significantly.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1830 hours PDT

 

#SouthMainFire | Wildfire | California

The  SOUTH MAIN FIRE is located off of South Main Divide and Hacienda Road in El Cariso (Riverside County), California started on Friday, March 6, 2020.

The cause of the fire is most probable due to a burn on the South Main Divide that escaped containment lines and was immediately declared a wildfire.  It was at the time, a five-acre fire with a moderate rate of spread. No structures in the early stages of the incident were threated.  Additional air and ground resources were on order.

286 CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire firefighters were dispatched to the fire, along with two fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters dropping water.

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Photo Credit | Cleveland NF

Currently, the fire is 20 acres and 85% contained.  The forward progression was stopped on Friday, March 6th.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/7/2020 @ 2205 PST

 

Wildfire Activity Log | California | March 7, 2020

The wildfire activity log for Saturday, March 7, 2020, for the State of California:

1521 | MANZANITA FIRE:  Behind address located in the 3600 block of north Hemlock Drive in San Bernardino. IC:  CPT 228.

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Photo Credit | Richard Cordova, CAL FIRE PIO (Stock Photo)

1427 | BRUSH FIRE:  23800 block x Mailbu Road. Between Malibu Colony Road and Puerco Canyon Road. City of Malibu. Reported as a wildfire.  Dispatched via Angeles National Forest ECC.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/7/2020 2140 hours PST

NEW Wildfire | #412Fire | Oklahoma

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A large wildfire is burning in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

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FIRE FACT | Critical to Extreme fire weather for much of Kansas again today (Saturday, March 7) with a 🚩🔥Red Flag Warning 🔥🚩 issued from US National Weather Service Topeka Kansas and US National Weather Service Dodge City Kansasfrom noon to 6:00 p.m.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

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OKLAHOMA

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  • Oklahoma Forestry Services
  • Beaver County
  • Beaver County Oklahoma Emergency Management
  • Ellis County Oklahoma Emergency Management
  • Ellis County – Fire Strike Team – Harmon FD, Arnett FD
  • Harper County

FIRE FACT | OKFS fire crews are fighting 19 active wildfires. 7 are considered large wildfires. Crews are engaged on fires from near the Arkansas border to the Panhandle of Oklahoma.

TEXAS

  • Texas Forestry
  • NWS Amarillo
  • Texas Counties

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Kansas

  • Kansas Forestry  Service
  • KS Volunteer Fire Departments
  • NWS Wichita
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FIRE FACT | 7 Clark County Wildland Task Force units is also assisting local resources in Meade County, Kansas, while local fire departments assist on this wildfire.

  • Clark County Wildland Fire Task Force
  • NWS Dodge City
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TIMELINE

2212 CST  | Reports of patients and clients of the Beavert hospital and nursing home have been transported to Buffalo, Oklahoma and Meade, Kansas during the evacuation orders given.

2130 CST | Local news reporting:  “Woolly Buffalo Inn in Buffalo, Oklahoma. Offering displaced 412 Fire evacuees can stay for free this evening and Sunday night.

2014 CST | Fire continues to burn.  Fire is south of Forgan.  Smoke can be seen in the State of Kansas.

1934 CST | Continued line construction around the fire. 10% containment status.  Challenging conditions.  Beaver and Forgan have been evacuated. Reported unknown number of structures have been lost, pending the outcome of a damage assessment.

1731 CST | Fire burning on the EW 100 road, about 3 miles north of Beaver. Tanker 95 is working the flanks with ground resources.

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1717 CST | Plume  visible and reportedly near Beaver.  Estimated to have grown to 10,000. Numerous fire departments, include Oklahoma Forestry Services and Kansas Forest Service. Can be seen on satellite. Located in Beaver County. Evacuation in effect for the town of Beaver.

KSFS Tanker 95 is one of many resources deployed as mutual aid.

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1708 CST | Beaver Emergency Management is asking people to evacuate in Forgan, Oklahoma.

1641 CST |  Continued extreme Fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting. Fire has moved 14-miles from the point-of-origin.  Evacuations for the town of Beaver , Oklahoma in effect.

1535 CST | Extreme fire behavor with wind-driven runs.  Structure protection in effect.

1446 CST  | Town of Beaver initiates mandatory evacuations. Fire has reached the southwestern edge of town. Structures were on fire, along with a burned area at the local High School football field.

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1307 CST | Sirens continuously going off in the town of Beaver to evacuate the fast-moving wildfire approaching their town.

1136 CST | Resource Order dispatched via the Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency Coordination Center.

1037 CST | The Ellis County Strike Team (OH) has been dispatched to the 412 Fire, a grass fire located about 5 miles west of Ellwood in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

0707 CST | Kansas Fire Weather

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 HASHTAGS

#412Fire #OKFire #KSFire #TXFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 3/7/2020 2040 PST 2240 CST

 

#MannFire | Wildfire | California | Sit Rep 1

SIT REP  1 – MARCH 3, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A second wildfire is burning inside the State of California.  This is burning in the Santa Ana Riverbottom near California Avenue and Grulla Court in the Norco community and just south of (Riverside County) Jurupda Valley.

There is an unknown cause and is currently under investigation.

RESOURCES | 30 engines. 5 water tender. 3 heliccopter. 210 firefighters.  7 Crews. 3 Bulldozers. 8 overhead personnel. Additionally there are Police Officers, Utilities, Air Attack, PIO and one Helitender on-scene. Earlier during the incident this afternoon, 2 OCFA strike teams and one helicopter were being deployed as mutual aid.

Parters Include | AMR, Animal Control, CAL FiRE / Riverside Unit and San Bernardino Units, City of Corona FD, Los Angele County FD, Orange County Fire Authority, Riverside FD, Riverside County Fire EMD, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, San bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, Southern California Edison and the Norco Animal Rescue Team.

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CURRENT STATUS | CAL FIRE firefighters f rom the Riverside unit have been able to gain a 20% containment status.  The forward progression of the fire has been stopped.  Fire has burned 175 acres.

Not long ago, fire was threatening about 500 homes as the winds were picking up but have suddenly died down.  The Evacuation orders were downgraded from a mandatory evacuation orders to a Warning.

INJURIES | 2 civilians with non-threatening injuries

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT | 5 properties to fencing & outbuildings, minor damage.

HASHTAGS | #CAwildfires2020 #FireSeason2020 #CAFires #CAwildfires2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1920 hours PST