NEWLY REPORTED | CUTTHROAT FIRE | WASHINGTON

MAZAMA, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 1 – JULY 31 2018 – 0600 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire named the CUTTHROAT FIRE is burning about 13 miles west of Mazama, in the Methow Ranger District which was detected on July 29, 2018 and reported at that time as a 125-acre.

Resources deployed on Sunday, July 29th at that time were a 20-person crew, smoke jumpers and a helicopter dropping water as well as water tanker dropping retardant over the fire line.Area Closure Map for Cutthroat Fire on July 30, 2018.

During that time, 6 trails were closed including the Pacific Crest Trail at Rainy Pass due to the wildfire.

Current Fire Status

Fire has burned 25 acres which is located in heavy timber and inaccessible area of the Methow Valley Ranger District.

The fire was started by lightning which roared over the dry lands this past weekend ignited this fire and 21 other fires. Most have been kept small and are out or holding to less than .5 acre.

Closures

Closures in the area including the following locations due to the wildfire burning in the area:

  • Cutthroat Lake Trail #483 and trailhead
  • PCT #2000 from Rainy Pass to the Jct of West Fork Methow Trail #480
  • Blue Lake Trail #314
  • Rainy Lake Trail #310
  • Maple Pass Trail #310
  • Maple Pass Trail
  • Bridge Creek Trailhead; where the PCT crosses Hwy 20
  • Lone Fir Campground
  • Washington Pass Overlook
  • Road #400 to Cutthroat Lake Trailhead

Hwy 20 remains open.

Social Media

#CutthroatFire #WAwildfires2018

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NEWLY REPORTED | COUGAR CREEK FIRE | WASHINGTON STATE

OKANOGAN – WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST , WASHINGTON

Photo Credit | OWNF

UPDATE 1 – JULY 31, 2018 – 0550 HOURS PDT

A wildfire is burning about 20 miles northwest of Entiat and near Plain. It is burning in the Mad River area on the Entiat Ranger District.

Fire fuels include heavy timber, snags and logs in very steep inaccessible terrain.

It was detected July 29, 2018 and started by an unknown ignition. Cause is still being determined and is under investigation.

NEW START |25 MILE CREEK FIRE | WA

LAKE CHELAN, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 2000 HOURS PDT

A wildfire is burning near 25 Mile State Park on the south shore of Lake Chelan, Washington.  It is burning east of the intersection of Hal and South Lakeshore.

Lake Chelan area | Credit-WA DNR

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (LEAVE NOW!) have been issued for the following areas:

  • South Lakeshore at milepost 9.5
  • West including Hale Road, Shady Pass and 25 Mile State Park

RESOURCES include engines, hand crews aircraft that have or are currently en route to the area.

FIRE SIZE is currently said to be at approximately five acres and growing.

CAUSE is unknown at this time.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS include Chelan County EM, Washington State Patrol, WSDOT, Cle Elum FD and WA DNR fire resources.  More are en route.

SOCIAL MEDIA hashtags being used for tracking purposes are #25MileFire and #WAwildfires2018.

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WA WILDFIRE |CHELAN HILLS FIRE | 2

DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 3 – JULY 31, 2018 – 1430 PDT

Fire has burned 1,842 acres and crews have successfully reached a 97% containment status.  There are 244 personnel assigned along with 4 crews, 34 engines and 0 helicopters.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2 primary homes and 1 vacation homes, along with several outbuildings, crops and wheat fields were damaged.

Fire suppression efforts and containment status costs-to-date have reached $1.6Million.

UPDATE 2 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1045 PDT

The fire has burned 1,842 acres and has reached a 40% containment status.

There are 130 firefighters assigned to this incident and today, will be tasked with continued containment efforts throughout the day, along with air resources when needed.

WSP states there could be traffic delays on SR 97 as fire activity could impact roadways off and on today.

Taken on July 27th. Photo Credit:  WSP

Boaters are asked to remain clear of the area used by the planes and helicopters for dipping water.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2200 PDT

July 27:  WA DNR fire assets joined five airplanes, local and BLM Oregon fire crews that were dispatched to a fire was burning on the east side of the Columbia River, east of Chelan Falls (not to be confused with Lake Chelan) and north of Orondo, Washington State.

Photo taken on July 28th.  Credit:  WA DNR

Friday morning, the NCW Fairgrounds in Waterville opened their facility to shelter any animals impacted by the wildfire. Officials request that if you use this shelter, to leave animal information on the Log at the Fair Office.  Questions or need assistance, you may contact Carolyn @ 775-790-5616.

Taken on July 27 – Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore, PIO

200 Firefighters are assigned on this fire and are working tirelessly around the clock to suppress and contain this extremely active fire.

At about 1900 hours, the fire was said to be moving rapidly due to increased winds.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 2 evacuations for McNeil Canyon including Beebe Ranch area.

Around 2130 hours, the fire had burned 1,200 acres that prompted evacuation notifications to be issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

July 28:  This morning rain fell over the area creating good news in how the  wildfire was moving “away” from the roadway.

DNR estimated the fire had grown to 800 acres scorched earlier in the morning, but  an air flight recon over the fire line was completed just after noon the estimation would come in a whopping 1,800 acres!  However, crews were beginning to make progress with reach a preliminary 20% containment status.

WA State Fire Mobe resources were approved during the day and were in the process of being deployed on this rapidly growing firestorm.

Around 1630 hours, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office reopened McNeil Canyon but wants drivers to know to be cautious and have your situational awareness in tune to your surroundings.  Additionally, yield to fire personnel and their apparatus, as they are still working in the area.

As of 2100 hours, WSP states traffic was returning to alternate traffic in which a WSDOT pilot car would escort drivers on a single lane in each direction from milepost 213 (Orondo) to milepost 235 (SR 97/SR150 Junction).

Drivers whom want to avoid traffic delays, may use alternate SR97A which is fully open.  This traffic operation will remain in effect throughout the night and expect long delays.

#ChelanHillsFire #WAwildfires2018 #WA

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WRONG CREEK FIRE | WASHINGTON STATE | 2

MT. BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 2 – AUGUST 6, 2018 – 1830 HOURS PDT

On August 4th, DNR Officials stated the fire has burned through 68 acres with only 43 personnel assigned.  This was due to the number of even larger wildfires in the region and across the nation where firefighting resources have been somewhat limited.

Local Firefighting resources in this area were deemed insufficient to continue direct fire attack activities in dense forest that is very steep and rugged terrain.Local Fire Managers have outlined a long-range fire suppression strategy to address future fire behavior.

The Western WA IMT was said to be returning to this incident on August 5, 2018, which did occur.

Photo Credit | USFS

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1030 PDT

USFS firefighters are actively managing a five-acre wildfire just north of Mt. Rainier that ignited on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

The fire is adjacent to Wrong Creek within Highway 410 corridor of the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest.

Due to the remoteness of the area where the fire is burning and the inaccessibility, concerns related to smoke and fire hazards remain low at this time.

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WA WILDFIRE |CHELAN HILLS FIRE

DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON —

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2200 PDT

July 27:  WA DNR fire assets joined five airplanes, local and BLM Oregon fire crews that were dispatched to a fire was burning on the east side of the Columbia River, east of Chelan Falls (not to be confused with Lake Chelan) and north of Orondo, Washington State.

Photo taken on July 28th.  Credit:  WA DNR

Friday morning, the NCW Fairgrounds in Waterville opened their facility to shelter any animals impacted by the wildfire. Officials request that if you use this shelter, to leave animal information on the Log at the Fair Office.  Questions or need assistance, you may contact Carolyn @ 775-790-5616.

Taken on July 27 – Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore, PIO

200 Firefighters are assigned on this fire and are working tirelessly around the clock to suppress and contain this extremely active fire.

At about 1900 hours, the fire was said to be moving rapidly due to increased winds.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 2 evacuations for McNeil Canyon including Beebe Ranch area.

Around 2130 hours, the fire had burned 1,200 acres that prompted evacuation notifications to be issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

July 28:  This morning rain fell over the area creating good news in how the  wildfire was moving “away” from the roadway.

DNR estimated the fire had grown to 800 acres scorched earlier in the morning, but  an air flight recon over the fire line was completed just after noon the estimation would come in a whopping 1,800 acres!  However, crews were beginning to make progress with reach a preliminary 20% containment status.

WA State Fire Mobe resources were approved during the day and were in the process of being deployed on this rapidly growing firestorm.

Around 1630 hours, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office reopened McNeil Canyon but wants drivers to know to be cautious and have your situational awareness in tune to your surroundings.  Additionally, yield to fire personnel and their apparatus, as they are still working in the area.

As of 2100 hours, WSP states traffic was returning to alternate traffic in which a WSDOT pilot car would escort drivers on a single lane in each direction from milepost 213 (Orondo) to milepost 235 (SR 97/SR150 Junction).

Drivers whom want to avoid traffic delays, may use alternate SR97A which is fully open.  This traffic operation will remain in effect throughout the night and expect long delays.

#ChelanHillsFire #WAwildfires2018 #WA

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OREGON WILDFIRE | GARNER COMPLEX | 1

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. | Four wildfires are burning in separate areas under the GARNER COMPLEX FIRES on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s service area, which is being handled by the Grants Pass Unit.

UPDATE 1 | JULY 28, 2018 | 2030 HOURS PDT

Photo Credit |Prineville IHC

LOCATION

The fires are located about four miles east of Cave Junction, in Southern Oregon.

All four fires are burning in both Jackson and Josephine Counties.

“On July 26, 2018, there were about 2,500 firefighters on this incident alone and working to protect about 20,000 acres of fires.”

– OR State Treasurer Reed

Photo Credit | OR State Treasurer Reed

RESOURCES

ODF IMT 1’s Cline to Hessel will transfer on Monday, July 30th.

“I’m doing everything in my power as Governor to make sure that all state resources are available to ensure that our crews on the ground have the tools that they need to fight this fire,”

– OR State Governor Kate Brown

Approximately, 2,637 personnel have been assigned along with 82 crews, 114 engines and 26 helicopters.

View of Taylor Fire from Robertson Bridge Road

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Some resources assigned to this incident represent the Eugene-Springfield FD, Coburg FD, McKenzie FD, Siuslaw FD and Roseburg Fire which was deployed as a second wildland fire Task Force originally on July 21, 2018.

How to Protect Your Health

* Keep windows and doors closed

* Run an air conditioner (if you have one) with the intake closed

* Run a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or an electro-static precipitator (ESP)

– OR Health Authority

Global SuperTanker have been tasked with drops and continue to assist as needed.

Night burnout operations in the Limpy Creek area, July 25.

Taken on July 25th | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 Evacuations (LEAVE NOW) were issued for the Taylor Creek area.

Taken on July 22nd of the Taylor Creek Fire| Photo Credit | ODF Southwest

FIRE STATUS

Collectively, the fires have burned 25,097 acres of timber and medium logging slash. There has been a 27% containment status reached.

Garner Complex plume, Monday 7-23

Taken on July 23rd | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Fire behavior is active with short-crown runs, spotting and group torching.

One of the large fires within this Complex is the Taylor Creek fire, which has been reported as growing in the last 24 hours.  As a standalone fire, it has grown more than 3,600 acres.

July 22nd fire activity along W. Pickett Creek Road

Fire burns along Pickett Creek Roadon July 22nd | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Costs-to-date have reached a staggering total of $23.7 Million.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Looking over Grave #3 Fire 7-18-18

Looking over Grave #3 Fire on July 18th | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Hashtags we are using are #KlondikeFire #NatchezFire #ORwildfires2018 #TaylorCreekFire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#TrumpTowerFire Kills 1, Injures 4 | 1

MANHATTAN, NY | A 4-Alarm fire from an unknown cause ripped through the 50th story of the Trump Tower this afternoon killing one civilian and injuring four firefighters.  Onlookers shot video and photos spreading like wildfire all over Social Media.

Photo Credit | NYC OEM

FIRE TIMELINE 

1427 PDT – MAN 2-ALARM 721 5 AVE, HIGH RISE (TRUMP TOWER) FIRE ON 50TH FLR.

1524 PDT – Due to a fire at Trump Tower in Manhattan, expect police and FDNY in the area of 5th Ave/W.57 St. Expect traffic and street closures nearby by due to emergency vehicles.

1527 PDT – Members are on scene of a 3-alarm fire at 721 5th Ave Manhattan. There are currently no injuries reported.

1530 PDT – Current street closures due to the fire at Trump Tower.   5th Ave between W. 55 St to W. 57 St and W. 56 St between Madison Ave to 5th Ave.

1556 PDT – Members remain on scene of a 4-alarm fire, 721 5th Ave in Manhattan. There is currently one serious injury to a civilian reported.

1628 PDT – 

1657 PDT –  Fire brought under control.

1658 PDT – We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment who is in critical condition.

1659 PDT – We had many floors to search, and stairways, and right now the only civilian injury is to the occupant of that apartment. There are four Firefighters with non-life-threatening injuries.

1659 PDT (2) – This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke. 200 Firefighters and EMS members are on scene.

1700 PDT – The fire is still not considered to be under control because of the smoke conditions on all the floors above, says FDNY Fire Commissioner Nigro gives update on 4th alarm, 721 5th Ave Manhattan.

INCIDENT SUMMARY | 1 person has succumbed to his injuries, 4 firefighters were injured and have non-life threatening injuries.

FIRE BUILDING HISTORY 

January 8, 2018 | A fire in the building’s HVAC system injuring two civilians and one firefighter (non-life threatening injuries) and caused smoke to billow from the room.  It reportedly started around 0700 on Monday morning.  It was stated that some debris fell on to a firefighter and an engineer breathed in some smoke.  This fire took about one hour to put out.

PHOTO CREDIT | FDNY unless credits given otherwise to photos.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #TrumpTowerFire #NYFire

Senator Chuck Schumer (NY):  “Thinking tonight of those lost and injured in the fire that broke out in Trump Tower today, and incredibly thankful to the FDNY for their work that kept more NYers from harm.”

Editor’s Comments:  While there are very hateful things said on Social Media, we don’t always agree to agree with things going on in this world either but this is fire related and this is what we report on.  There was one person who was reportedly killed from their fire related injuries and four FDNY firefighters injured. We need to rally around the civilian’s life and family, as well as the firefighters, their family and our Fire Family.

When everyone runs out of a building or are trapped, these amazing and highly trained firefighters run in with a cache of personnel supporting them.  We need to recognize them for stopping this fire from spreading and extending beyond its current position.” LR Swenson, Editor

SOURCES | FDNY, FDNY Alerts, NYPD, Social Media

2018 NW Fire Blog

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

CALIFORNIA 

 

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

Credit: County of Santa Barbara

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

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

PRO-ACTIVE NOT REACTIVE

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

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

IMPACTED AREAS

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

Montecito area. Santa Barbara CHP

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

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

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

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

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

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

Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

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

EVACUATIONS

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

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

PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS

* ALWAYS be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings. 

Credit: CAL FIRE

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

Credit: Regional Flood

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #LARain #FireRainDamage 

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NW Fire Chronicles | Whitewater Fire | 1

OREGON

Airtanker flying over. Courtesy: Inciweb

WHITEWATER FIRE

Incident Summary

This wildfire was discovered with a report of smoke in the area.  It was started by lightning that passed over the area in the month of June and reported on July 23rd at 1730 hours PDT.

Location

It is located about three miles East of Whitewater Trailhead on Mount Jefferson.

Size Up

The fire has currently burned 5,515 acres of land and has a 0% containment status.  There is active fire behavior with backing and group torching.

Command

Command is currently located at the Hoodoo Ski Resort.

Resources

There are 661 personnel assigned.  There are 17 crews, 15 engines and 6 helicopters.

Cost-to-Date

$6.1 Million

Social Media

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#WhitewaterFire #ORwildfire2017

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