NEW! | Polles Fire | Near Payson, Arizona

UPDATE 1 – JULY 5, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY.   A wildfire sparked by lightning, called the POLLES FIRE is burning about 11 miles west of Payson, Arizona and 6 miles south of Pine-Strawberry, Arizona in the Mazatzal Widerness.   It is also on the Tonto National Forest lands.

The fire started around July 3, 2020, from an isolated thunderstorm that showered  the area.

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

Polles Fire 7/3

RESOURCES.  There are 220 personnel assigned to this incident.

CURRENT STATUS.   The fire has destroyed 549 acres and there is a 0% containment status.

The NWS IMET is en route to the fire and should be arriving shortly.

The fire is only accessible by copter where it brought in 2 hotshot crews on July 3rd.  The fire has been pushed around with high sustained winds out of the southwest and low humidity, causing it to become very active and heading north and northeast on July 4th.

THREATS.   There are no communities or structures threatened at this time.

HASHTAGS.   #PollesFire #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 7/5/2020 2030 PT

CA Wildfire | Crews Fire | Santa Clara County | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  A wildfire is burning in the 7400 block of Crews Road and east of Gilroy in Santa Clara County named the CREWS FIRE in the State of California that ignited on Sunday, July 5th.

CURRENT STATUS.   Evacuations are in progress for those at Highway 152 between Bloomfield Avenue and San Felipe. A temporary Red Cross shelter has been set-up in the parking lot of the

RESOURCES.   CAL FIRE SCU (Lead Agency). Santa Clara County FD. Red Cross. Joseph Elfelt/MappingSupport.


Photo Credit | PG&E


1936 | Evacuation orders issued for Highway 152 between Bloomfield Avenue and San Felipe.

1932 | Multiple spot fires across Canada Road. Possible evacuations for those on along Highway 152. It is still about 5 miles out in front. T914 (VLAT) now en route from Arizona.

1924 | AA140 reporting 1,200 acres with potential for 5,000 acrew. VLAT still on order but appears order has not been filled.

1915 | Hollister Airtanker Base is low on retardant. Tankers being diverted to Paso Robles to refill. Not preferred but allows tankers to continue with evening operations.

1900 | 12 air tankers reported being in the area. Units are reportng 4 new spot fires across Canada Road.

1835 | 1,000 acres. 0% contained.

1829 | Fire burning towards Hwy 152. Evacuations continue on Canada Road.

1824 | AA140 reports another 50-acre spot fire in the fire. Firing operations in progress.

1724 | Cowboy 911 helps with evacuations off Canada Road.  Fire is estimated 600 acres.

HASHTAGS.  #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #CrewsFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/5/2020 2000 PT

CA Wildfire | Three Points Fire | Angeles National Forest | New!

A NEW START on the Angeles National Forest on Sunday, July 5th just before 6:00 p.m. PT, prompted a full response from USFS firefighters to the area of Pine Canyon and Three Points in the State of California.

RESOURCES include BC-21 DIV-1 ENG-311 ENG-315 ENG-511 PAT-13 PAT-35 whom were dispatched at 1739 hours PT.

TIMELINE OF THIS INCIDENT is broken down from the first initial call to current fire status.

1753 | P78 reports the fire to be 50 x 50 in siz spot fire.  There is a slow rate of spread. No structures are being threatened.  It is moving in some heavy brush fire fuels.

1752 | New fire start. Smoke showing from 10 miles out.

HASHTAGS include #ThreePointsFire #CAwildfires  #FireSeason2020

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/5/2020 1755 PT

New! Wildfire | Green Fire | Altamont Pass, California

INCIDENT SUMMARY.   The State of California is under RED FLAG WARNING weather conditions and wildfires are starting to break out everywhere.

This is a new fire start in the Altamont Pass area, east of Livermore on I-580 near north Flynn Road in Alameda County, California. This incident is called the GREEN FIRE.



1739 PT | New start reported. Alameda Co FD reporting 15-20 acres. CAL FIRE dispatches a medium fire response.

HASHTAGS.  #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #GreenFire

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1750 PT

July 5, 2020 | Park Fire | CA | New!

INCIDENT SUMMARY.    This is one of several fires first wildfire burning in Santa Clara County called the PARK FIRE.  It is located on East Dunne Avenue and Finley Ridge Road in the area of Anderson Reservoir in Morgan Hill, California.

Fire was reported on Saturday, July 4th at 2300 hours PT.   Some reporting fireworks were the cause of this wildfire. Fire Officials have not released the cause at the time of this post.

CURRENT STATUS.   There has been 343 acres burned.  It now has a 50% containment status.  Earlier this morning, 25 homes were threated but none were reported as damaged or destroyed.  However, several outbuildings were damaged.

Forward progression was stopped on Sunday morning around 1030 hours PT.  Expected long duration for mop-up operations due to steep and poor inaccessible terain.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SCU


RESOURCES.   38 fire engines, 8 hand crews, 4 dozers. 237 CAL FIRE and OCFA Firefighters.  Incident Cooperators:  Santa Clara County Parks Department, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.  CAL FIRE. OCFA PIO.

EVACUATIONS.    80 people have been evacuated.  20 more are sheltering-in-place.  Animals are safe at the Irvine Regional Park.

HASHTAGS.  #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #ParkFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/5/2020 1615 PT

July 5, 2020 | Crews Fire | CA | New!

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  A wildfire is burning in the 7400 block of Crews Road and east of Gilroy in Santa Clara County named the CREWS FIRE in the State of California that ignited on Sunday, July 5th.

Photo Credit | PG&E


CURRENT STATUS.  Several structures have been involved with more being threatened.  It is currently 150 acres with a moderate rate of spread. Additional firefighting suppression aircraft and equipment are en route to the fireline.   Evacuations are in progress.



1553 | Fire is at 150 acres. 0% containment.

1550 | Fire has jumped Canada Road.

1516 | CAL FIRE SCU units on-scene of fire off of Crews Road and Oak Spring Circle, north of Gilroy in Santa Clara County County. 150 acres. Moderate rate of spread. Evacuations are in progress.

1510 | IC reporting 150 acres. Making good progress onthe fire but head of the fire still is active.

Photo Credit | PG&E


1500 | The CREWS FIRE is the second fire in Santa Clara County. 1st fire is named the PARK FIRE.

1450 | Large column visible from 15 miles out can be seen. (eyewitness report)

1445 | CREWS FIRE starting to spread. 5 tankers are dispatched.  IC asked for 5 closest Type 3 engines and 3 additional water tenders.

1443 | CREWS FIRE firefighters are on-scene of a vegetation fire with structures involved and additional ones threatened. Fire currently at 30 acres with a moderate rate of spread per CAL FIRE PIO.

1429 | AA460 requesting 1 additional air tanker.  Total of 5 tankers and 3 copters have been assigned.

1419 | AA460 orders 4 tankers and 2 copters. Structures threatened in area of Crews Road and Sunlit Oaks Court. Tanker 80 laying down retardant.

1409 | Units race to Sunlit Oaks for emergency structure protection. Fire behavior now has a rapid rate of spread. IC requesting 1 additional Type-2 copter.

1406 | E348 reporting fire building rapidly, 2 structures are now fully involved. CAL FIRE BC requesting 5 additional Type 3 engines.

1402 | AA460 reports fire east of Gilroy. Structure fire into wilderness interface that is approximately 3-5 acres with dangerous rate of spread with multiple structures threatened. Fire located in the 7400 block of Crews Road.  AA460 was over the 1st fire called the PARK FIRE called in the CREWS FIRE.

HASHTAGS.  #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #CrewsFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/5/2020 1550 PT


Today has been a very busy day for wildland firefighters across the Nation on this Independence Day.  It is also one day in a year where it is different that years  COVID19, a virus in a pandemic has many people cooped up and a lot of folks say they will be celebrating like they always have.

In Washington State, it is dry and there have been some very hot days but not compared to years past.  Please refer to your local fire department/agency’s bans or limited restrictions on fireworks.

Here is a list of wildfires that have occurred in the State of Washington today.  This is up to the date of this post.  NOTE:  It is not dark yet but soon-to-be. We will report on the wildfires from tonight’s activities.  We hope there won’t be but we know people are this time of year.

Wishing everyone a safe and sane rest of your 4th of July!

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COLEMAN CREEK FIRE.  Wildfire. Coleman Creek Road. Kittitas County. 0.1 acre. Logs. Dispatched 1351 PT. Contained/controlled 1700 PT. Central Washington Comm Center.

DENNIS ROAD FIRE.  Wildfire.   Webber Canyon. Benton County. 58 acres. Grass and brush. Dispatched 1532 PT. Contained 1710 PT. Central Washington Comm Center.

FLAGG MOUNTAIN FIRE.  Wildfire. Goat Creek. Okanogan County. 0.1 acre. Log, Duff. Dispatched 1647 PT. Contained 1856 PT. Central Washington Comm Center.

INDEPENDENCE FIRE. Wildfire. unknown location. Douglas, grass and brush. 0.1 acre. Dispatched 1730 PT. Contained/controlled 1830 PT. South Puget Sound Dispatch Center.

LOG JAM FIRE.  Wildfire. Tumwater. Thurston County. 0.1 acre. Logs. E8201, Duvall (IC) on-scene. Dispatched 1849 PT.  South Puget Sound Dispatch Center. Open call.

LOMBARD FIRE.  Wildfire. 300 block of  E Lombard Road North, Mason County. 0.1 acre. Grass and brush. Dispatched 1532 PT. In Patrol status. South Puget Sound Dispatch Center.

LOYD ROAD FIRE.  Smoke Check.  Loyd Road.  0.3 acres. E-4103 and E4104 dispatched at 2000 PT. Open call. Central Washington Comm Center.

MCALLISTER FIRE.  Wildfire. 1700 block of McAllister Court SE. Thurston County. 0.1 cre. E8207 dispatched. Edwards (IC). Dispatched 1920 PT. Resources en route. Open call. South Puget Sound Dispatch Center.

NORTH BRIAN FIRE.  Smoke Check. North Brian. Spokane County. AR63 and AR7409 are en route. Dispatched 1945 PT.  Open call. NEC Dispatch Center.

PICKENS FIRE.  Wildfire. Oberg Lake. Okanogan County. 4.5 acres. Grass and brush. HI27 (IC), HI7104 and HI7105. Dispatched 1512 PT. Resources on-scene 1538 PT. Open call. NEC Dispatch Center.

ROCK SPRINGS FIRE.  Wildfire. Yakima Training Center. Kittitas County. 100 acres. Grass and Brush. Dispatched 1229 PT. Contained 1755 PT. Controlled 1807 PT. Central WA Dispatch Center.

SILICA FIRE. Wildfire. Frenchman Coulee. Grant County. 15.5 acres. Grass and Brush. Dispatched 0045 PT. Crew-33 and E6696 still showing on-scene. Open incident. Central WA Dispatch Center.

TOWER FIRE. Wildfire.  Riverside. Okanogan County. 4.14 acres. Grass and brush. SO27 (IC) Dispatched 0038 PT. Contained 0400 PT. Controlled 0751 PT. NEC Dispatch Center.

HASHTAGS.  #WAwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2045 PT



Metro Firefighters were dispatched to a vegetation fire located at Elder Creek Road at Bradshaw around 1857 PT hours on Saturday, July 4, 2020.


The cause is unknown at this time. It is under investigation.


Metro Fire of Sacramento was also working on another vegetation fire on Airpark Drive and Bear Hollow Drive which was said to be only 20×20 in diameter.  This was the AIRPARK DRIVE Command.


The ELDER CREEK ROAD FIRE is currently under control at this time and being held to 5-acres with an unknown containment status.

No injuries to firefighters or citizens have been reported.


#CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #ElderCreekRoadFire #AirparkDriveFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1935 PT

Seattle Firefighters Respond to 4th of July Fire

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  Local Firefighters were dispatched to a fire in building call on Saturday, July 4th, located in the 7000 block of California Avenue Southwest, Seattle, Washington State.

RESOURCES.  Resources dispatched to the incident were:  B7, E32, E37, L13, Safety2, Aid14, Air10, B5, Deputy1, E11, E13, E36, L11, M26, M44, Marshal5 (FIU), Rescue1, REHAB1 and Staff10.  Red Cross. PSE.

CAUSE.  A nearby brush fire extended to an apartment deck.

TIMELINE.   The timeline as the incident unfolded:

1756 | Dispatched call.

1805 | SFD PIO: “Water on the fire. Ladder truck crews entering structure to conduct interior search on all floors of apartment building.”

1814 | SFD PIO:  “Fire under control. No injuries.  Most contained to brush, exterior of building. Fire Investigator responding to scene.”

1832 | Secondary search completed of floor 4, moving to floor 3.  Dispatch: “30 minutes on the clock from units first arriving.”

1833 | PSE is cancelled.

1834 | Secondary search of floor has been cleared by Ladder  13.  All clear, nothing found.

1835 | Dispatch center: “IC, we need your displaced names and info on those dispatched for Red Cross.  Request to call into the Fire Alarm Center (FAC).

1838 | Rescue tasked with checking the Alpha/Bravo corner on the roof for extensions. Secondary search of the entire structure has been completed. Nothing found.

1840 | Safety2 Officer and Medic44 (Medical Supervisor) is placed back in service.

1841 | FAC asks if there is a tap fire. The IC is waiting for Rescue1’s confirmation that there is no residual fire in the roof.  And, demobing the RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) team.

1843 | Rescue1: “No charring found on the roof deck.”

1845 | Rescue1:  “Tap Fire.”

1846 | Rescue1 told by IC to hold off on overhauling. FIU to get some photos.

1848 |  Rescue1 demobilizing and starting to remove fans from the structure.

1853 |  E36 is still on-scene but FAC contacts fire ground IC to see if they are able to respond to another call in their service area.

1859 | REHAB1 (firefighter rehab unit) begins to demobilize.

1900 |  E13 is still on floor 3. Conditions: all clear, checked for heat on all balconies with none found. 1 line still on floor 3.

1904 | Medic 26 back in service.

HASHTAGS.  #SeattleFire #FireInBuilding

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1925 PT

JULY 4 2020 | SHERIDAN FIRE | CA | 1

Vegetation was ignited from an  unknown cause in the 7000 block of Sheridan Road, just south of the sunol in Santa Clara (Alameda County) and north of the Mission Peak Regional Preserve in the State of California (USA) on Saturday, July 4th.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SCU


Here is a timeline of the fire as it was reported on Social Media:

1400 | Vegetation fire.  AA460  “25-30 acres. Moderate to dangerous rate of spread. Requesting additional aircraft.”

1429 | Units reportedly repositioning to stop the fire from making runs as it approaches another ridge. Winds are starting to pick up.

1440 | Fire is moving south but air tankers are working to slow it down.

1609 | Fire is at 100 acres. It is 30% contained.

1614 | Forward progression stopped. Staff and Officers: Helping East Bay Regional Park visitors to be evacuated.

1715 | Fire is now in mop-up operations.

Photo Credit | Alameda Co FD



This incident name is also being used for another fire in New Mexico but these are two unrelated wildfires. The other Sheridan Fire started on June 30, 2020, at 1341 hourst on the Sheridan Corral Gila National Forest.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/4/2020 1825 PT