CA WILDFIRE | CARTER FIRE | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A 4-Alarm brush is burning off of Austin and Weaver Roads, south of Brawley (Imperial County) in California, that started earlier this afternoon.

COMMAND NAME(S)

With all of the confusing wildfire names, Social Media is reporting this fire as the CARTER FIRE but they are also using WEAVER FIRE and RIVER BOTTOM FIRE.  To make it easier since there appears to be no PIO available, we will just keep it simple and call it the CARTER FIRE.  For all intent and purpose, we will use all three hashtags when posting on our own Social Media channels which are @nwfireblog (Twitter & Facebook) and nwfireblog (Instagram).

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has been reported as 200 acres destroyed with an 8% containment status.

Four air tankers were deployed via Hemet, California.

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Photo Credit | Imperial County FD

RESOURCES

Units from Imperial County, El Centro, Brawley and Calipatria Fire Departments have been deployed.  CAL FIRE was enroute to the scene at 2025 hours.  Rural Metro Firefighters dispatched/arrived on-scene at 2055 hours PDT.

The Lead Agency is Imperial County Fire Department.

FIRE OPERATIONS

We have reached out to the Imperial County Fire Department for number of acres, containment status and other incident information.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/4/2020. 2345 hours PDT

 

 

Seattle Firefighters Battle Weeks of Large Fire Incidents

March and April has been a very long and busy month already for Seattle Firefighters and it does not appear to be slowing down any time soon.

I don’t know about you but there seems to be a pattern of fires breaking out spontaneously, or perhaps not but we won’t say.  However, there appears to be more and more fires breaking out in abandoned structures in the same general area, but don’t take it from us.  Social Media posters are also noticing the same fire trends.

Here are some fires that have lit up Seattle today and in the past weeks.

APRIL 4, 2020 | SATURDAY

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Photo Credit | Seattle FD

On Saturday (today) morning, a full  response  was sent into action via  the Seattle Fire Alarm Center at 0518 hours,  sending a large number of Seattle firefighters  and assets to an abandoned building located in the 800 block of North 50th Street off of Aurora Avenue North.

Responding units were: E9, B6, E31, L9, A25, AIR10, B4, DEP1, E17, E18, E21, L6, L8, M17, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, E16, E20, E22, L1, L8.

Firefighters fought it from the exterior side, an obvious defensive fire .  Using hose lines and Ladder pipe operations, water was sent through the partially collapsed roof over the fire building.  It was deemed  too dangerous for them to enter the interior of the structure during fire suppression activities.

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The Seattle Department of Transportation shutdown the right southbound lane due to the fire and blocking Fire equipment.

Fire Investigators have not released the cause of the fire and say it is still under investigation.

There have been a host of other fires in the City today, which include the following by each time fire personnel and assets are dispatched via the Seattle Fire Alarm Center.

0723: 6100 block x 28th Avenue Northwest. Garbage Fire. Handled by a single engine response (E8).

1139 hours: 800 block of  Maynard Avenue South. Illegal burn call. Handled by Engine 10.

1201 hours:  1600 block of South Lane Street.  Illegal burn. Single engine response. Handled by Engine 6.

1223 hours:  Southbound I5 to Corson. Brush fire. Dispatched were Engines 2, 13, 36 and Battalion 5.

1323 hours:  1700 block of Harvard West.  Illegal Burn. Engine 25 dispatched.

1426 hours: 200 Wall Street. Illegal Burn. Engine 25 was dispatched to this call and resolved the situation.

1843 hours:  East Madison Street and 31st Avenue East. Garbage Fire. Engine 34 dispatched.

1904 hours:  Ballard Ave NW / NW Market Street. Engine 18 dispatched.

2122 hours:  4300 block on 29th Avenue South. Dryer Fire. (Fire in Building).  Units dispatched: A14, Air10, B2, B5, Dep1, E13, E27, E28, E30, E6, L12, L3, M28, M44, MAR5, R1, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10.

MARCH 30, 2020 | MONDAY

1934 hours:  2221 42nd Avenue SW (West Seattle). Fire in Building.

0934 hours:  Rainier Avenue South x 23rd Avenue South. E30 dispatched.

MARCH 29, 2020 | SUNDAY

1547 hours: Dumpster Fire. 60 Diagonal Avenue south. Engine 36 is dispatched.

MARCH 28, 2020 | SATURDAY

1605 hours:  Garbage Fire. Stewart Street x Westlake Avenue. Engine 5 dispatched.

1335 hours:  Garbage Fire.  4th Avenue South x South Massachusetts Street. Engine 16 dispatched.

Heavy flames and smoke destroyed an abandoned building on the corner of Roy and Aurora Avenue North in the 600 block of Roy Street.  Both directions of Highway 99 and Mercer Street was closed.

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Roy Street Fire.  Photo Credit: Seattle FD

MARCH 27, 2020 | FRIDAY

 An extremely hot and fast-moving fire put the lives of many in danger, as firefighters raced to try to access the fire from the shore and had no choice but to shuttle personnel in fire boats to fire suppression from the water side. Multiple boats were reportedly lost.

MARCH 16, 2020 | TUESDAY

1334 hours:  A resident acros the street on 8th and Weller captured video of extreme fire behavior of a homeless encampment going up in flames. He pleaded to the Seattle Mayor that we need to put our unhoused folks in better accommodations and decried their current conditions as inhumane. Saying additionally, we need to better protect them.

MARCH 15, 2020 | MONDAY

A fire breaks out underneath I5 and Boren Avenue bridge in the Chinatown International District.  Seattle firefighters respond to a fire due to cooking at a homeless encampment gets out of control. this is what they have to deal with.

Story Photo, Article:  Seattle Times.  See story here –> https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/fire-in-chinatown-international-district-engulfs-homeless-camp/

We are still waiting for causes for most of these but we are patient while they work it out in the fire investigation unit.

We will keep you informed and provide an update as information is received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 4/4/2020 – 2330 hours PDT

 

 

 

 

 

Firefighters Respond to Dryer Fire in South Seattle

Firefighters were called  out on Saturday night at 2122 hours PDT to respond to a dryer fire in the building located in the 4300 block of 29th Avenue South in Seattle, Washington.

The call went out as a full response dispatching the following units:  A14 AIR10 B2 B5 DEP1 E13 E27 E28 E30 E6 L12 L3 M28 M44 MAR5 R1 REHAB1 SAFT2 and STAF10.

Firefighters quickly egressed and ten minutes into the incident, it was determined the first arriving units could handle as a single response, lealving Engines 13 and 30, Ladder 3 and Battalion 5 on-scene.

Fire was reported as under control with no preconnect.  A ventilation system was put into place.

Primary search of floor one was complete with nothing found (2141 hours).  A search of a nearby exposure was also conducted and nothing found.

Engine 30 was working with the challenge of shutting off the continuous spray of fire sprinklers.  They were finally shutoff at 2142 hours.

There were no reports of any injuries to citizens, residents or firefighters.

The cause is currently unknown at this time, as firefighters to continue with fire operations.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted:  4/4/2020 2145 PDT

CA WILDFIRE | IMPERIAL COUNTY | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A 4-Alarm brush is burning off of Austin and Weaver Roads, south of Brawley (Imperial County) in California, that started earlier this afternoon.

Around 1600 hours, it was reported at a 2-Alarm but would be later be escalated to a 4-Alarm fire.  Fire behavior has been extreme with wind-driven runs and spotting.

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Photo Credit | Imperial County FD

RESOURCES

Units from Imperial County, El Centro, Brawley and Calipatria Fire Departments have been deployed.  CAL FIRE was enroute to the scene at 2025 hours.  Rural Metro Firefighters dispatched/arrived on-scene at 2055 hours PDT.

The Lead Agency is Imperial County Fire Department.

EVACUATIONS

Media reported that the Tangerine Gardens Mobile Home Park on West Legion Road is under mandatory evacuation orders.

FIRE OPERATIONS

We have reached out to the Imperial County Fire Department for number of acres, containment status and other incident information.

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Many citizens reported heavy smoke and flames could be seen from areas such as Malan, Parkside, Westmorland and Monterrey Park.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/4/2020. 2100 hours PDT

 

 

Wildfire Activity | NIFC Sit Rep | March 27, 2020

Southern Area (MS and FL), United States

As of Friday, March 27, 2020, there were 226 wildfires that broke out with two of them being large incidents, Three Forks Marsh Fire and the Wildcat Fire.  These two fires are located in the State of Florida.

Here is a listing of wildfires that have since been 100% contained.

4 Point Fire  :  National Forests in Mississippi. 1, 858 acres. 100% contained. 2 total personnel remain on one engine. The cost-to-date is $35,000.00 in fire suppression and containment expenses.

Lee Cook Road (46) Fire:  Florida Forest Service.  537 acres. 100% contained. 1 person on an engine remains. $5,000 cost-to-date.

Three Forks Fire:  This fire started on March 26, 2020, from an unknown cause.  570 acres in the Florida Forest Service owned/managed lands. 100% contained. 4 personnel remain on three engines. $2,000 cost-to-date.

Wildcat Fire:  This fire also started on March 26, 2020 on Eglin Air Force Base, owned by the Department of Defense.  500 acres. 100% contained. 8 personnel are on-scene with three engines. $5,000 cost-to-date.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/292020 2240 PST

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

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