Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 2


Incident Summary

It has been one week and beyond since the expected Hurricane Michael event caused widespread damage and destruction of States such as Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Most of the major devastation is on the Coast but some other smaller towns also were impacted severely.

Some of the significant events as noted via mainstream media and other sources:

  • Looting has become prevalent in certain areas
  • National Guard has been activated to assist with Law Enforcement
  • Infrastructure, such as communications is still spotty as hosts work to rebuild their major power grids that some are reporting as completely wiped out.
  • The Tyndall AFB suffered major devastation and airmen are busy rebuilding.

We can never really tell you what it is like in any of the hardest hit areas but we can paint of picture of what is happening and being done through eyewitness accounts and reporting.sources and post here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media platforms:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)



Construction is underway on “Harder’s Base Camp”. 1000 first responders and 750 National Guard members will occupy this camp upon completion. The camp will provide all basic necessities, such as lodging and food service, to all who reside there. (10/17/2018)

PA Task Force 1

As of 10/15/2018, the PATF1 searched over 900 structures in Calhoun County, Florida. Members also made critical repairs at a damaged hospital to enable it to continue serving residents.

Photo(s) Credit: PA Fire (Task Force 1)

USAF Specialized Tactics (USAF Spec Tactics)

They were one of many that arrived on Day 1 of the storm one hour after the storm wiped out most of the Tyndall AFB and cleared a lot of debris to enable humanitarian aid to arrive.  (10/14/2018)

Indiana Task Force 1

RELEASED from the incident. Safe back in their home state.

Gulf County Sheriff Office. (FL)

Palm Beach County Sheriff Office (FL)

U.S. Navy

Naval Air Station Pensacola opening Emergency Family Assistance Center to assist evacuated military personnel and their families from staying on or near installation.  (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: US Navy

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

 Survivors in the 13 counties eligible for individual assistance can now start applying for assistance through FEMA by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/18/2018) 

Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties have been added to the major disaster declaration. Survivors in those counties are now eligible to apply for assistance by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/17/2018)

Operations continued across the state today as GEMA/HS worked with local, state, federal, private sector and volunteer partners to get much-needed supplies & resources to those impacted.  Resources: (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: Georgia EMA

Georgia National Guard

Assistant Adjutant General of Georgia, Brigadier General, Randall V. Simmons, State Command Sergeant Major Shawn Lewis and Command Chief Master Sergeant Reginald McPherson work along side Georgia EMA to continue assessing damage in southwest Georgia. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GANG

White House

Florida Senator Marco Rubio

The American President Donald Trump has approved every single request made to federal government by us  and Florida Governor Scott. Thank you for supporting Florida after the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. And thank you to POTUS & FLOTUS for visiting yesterday to see it first hand. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

US Air Force: Rebuilding of the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Miami Beach Police Department. 40-member team RELEASED and returned from Panama City humanitarian support effort. (10/18/2018)

Photo Credit: MBPD Chief Daniel Oates


American Red Cross

Help provide food, shelter, relief supplies and other assistance to thousands of people dealing with the aftermath. (10/18/2018).  

If you or a loved one was affected by Hurricane Michael, here is helpful information about where to find meals, shelter and how to stay safe:  (10/15/2018)

Photo Credit: Red Cross

Compassion Fund

We’ve had so many Stakeholder’s homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael! Our Compassion Fund is accepting donations to help here

Photo Credit: Angie McAllister, Director of Compassion Fund

Animal Rescue

The ASPCA is on the ground in the Florida Panhandle to help rescue and care for animals impacted by Hurricane Michael. Right now, 100% of your donation will go to our Field Investigations and Response Fund:

Photo Credit: ASPCA


State of Georgia

The work to rebuild in southwest Georgia has just begun, but we thank everyone for the work that has been accomplished so far. GEMA/HS and its partners will continue the efforts to restore the quality of life in these communities. Visit for more info. (10/18/2018)

City of Tallahassee (FL)

Damage at a Glance: 267 poles replaced, 214 transformers replaced, 27,474 feet of wire and 2,200 insulators. (10/18/2018)

Florida SERT

Homeowners that suffered structural or water damage from Hurricane Michael should shut their home’s main circuit breaker off until the damage has been inspected by an electrician or their utility company. Otherwise, there is a severe risk of fire when power is restored. (10/18/2018)

Sprint Emergency Response Team

Sprint’s Emergency Response Team working around the clock providing critical voice and data services to Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office, EOC, and their Co Data Center as well as to Sacred Heart Hospital in Port St. Joe.

Photo Credit: Spring ERT

First Net Authority

Working with State of Florida, public safety agencies without commercial service were identified & provided hundreds of FirstNet-enabled devices to help these First Responders carry out their important mission in response.  (10/15/2018)

Cell Phones

Next Generation Drones used as temporary cell towers connecting victims for the first time. (Media/The Weather Channel. 10/18/2018)


“Our network impacted by Hurricane Michael continues to improve, and we will not stop until 100% of our service is restored. We recognize how essential our service is & are giving 3 months free service to those impacted by the storm.”

Photo Credit: Verizon


“Thank you to our teams and the local community. We know the work isn’t over, and we won’t leave until it is.” (10/15/2018)


Private Property Clean-up

For those in need of cleanup on private property, contact Crisis Cleanup at 800-451-1954. (10/16/2018)

Burn Permits

Burn permits resume in all but 6 GA counties following . Permits issued in the remaining 11 counties effective as of 12pm today. Hand piled natural vegetation CAN be burned in the 6 counties with proper notification to GFC.

Power Line Safety

ASL Video. 

Water Supply

GA Residents who have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GAEMA

Sanitize pans, dishes, utensils, or ANYTHING that touched flood water. Wash with soap, rinse, then w/ 1 TBSP bleach + 1 gallon water – soak 15 min



To help take care of our team members & communities after Hurricane Michael, Target’s committed $1 million. Learn more here:

Food Stamp Assistance 

Georgia residents who receive food stamps now have additional time to report food lost due to power outages during Hurricane Michael. For more information, please visit

Food, Emergency Housing, Farmer and Rancher Assistance

The USDA will provide food, emergency housing as well as farmer and rancher assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by severe storms and flooding. For more information visit, (10/18/2018)

Pet Owners

For pet owners impacted by the storm, here are some resources available to you:

Airport Travel

PET FEES waived incoming/outgoing out of Pensacola and Panama City Beach airports.  (10/18/2018 via Pet Manage)


Line-of-Duty-Death:  GC Fire Coordinator – Brad Price

Gulf County Fire Coordinator, Brad Price, 49, of Wewahitchka.  Killed when helping family members clear debris from the hurricane when a tree fell on his tractor. 

We are in the process of gleaning all resources from all sources across various platforms listed in Twitter and Facebook and entering them into a fluid spreadsheet for your review. This will be uploaded in the next 24 hours.

If you can support with financial or your volunteering support, please see the above web links. 

We thank you for reading our Blog.   May you all be safe wherever you may be in this world and remember, to Pass It Forward. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/18/2018

#Breaking | Gibraltar Fire in CA’s Los Padres NF | Update 2


A brush fire was reported around 0516 PDT on Thursday morning with first arriving equipment on scene at 0609 PDT.  The fire is located 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak, approximately 3 – 5 miles from populated areas in Santa Barbara County of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fire is said to be wind-driven event.


The incident is in Unified Command with the following:

  • US Forest Service
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Montecito Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Command Post is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Retardant Surrounding the Gibraltar Fire

“Photo shows Retardant surrounding the fire”, says Fire Managers. [Credit: Jonathan Nunez]


Today’s press release is now showing only 40 acres have been burned [Source: Inciweb].


Those assisting with the incident are:

  • City of Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara Co FD
  • Capinteria/Summerland Fire
  • CALFire
  • Vanderburg AFB
  • Santa Barbara Co Sheriff Office
  • Santa Barbara City PD
  • Santa Barbara Co OEM
  • Red Cross
  • California Highway Patrol


Fire Resources showing tied to this incident are:

  • (250) Personnel
  • (4) Dozers
  • (8) Handcrews
  • (5) Water Tenders


The following are closed due to fire activities in the area. This is for safety for both firefighters and the Public:

  • E of Camino Cielo @ Painted Cave Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • W Mtn Dr @ Gibraltar Road


Evacuation orders were all lifted this morning at 0800 PDT.


The fire has reached a 50% containment status.  It is burning in heavy Chaparral.


#LPNF #Gibraltar

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog


#Breaking | Gibraltar Fire in CA’s Los Padres NF | Update 1


A brush fire was reported around 0516 PDT this morning with first arriving equipment on scene at 0609 PDT.  The fire is located 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak, approximately 3 – 5 miles from populated areas in Santa Barbara County of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fire is said to be wind-driven event.


The incident is in Unified Command with the following:

  • US Forest Service
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Montecito Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Command Post is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.


The fire was said to have consumed 75 acres but was reduced to 50 acres after a more precise mapping was completed producing the correction.


Those assisting with the incident are:

  • City of Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara Co FD
  • Capinteria/Summerland Fire
  • CALFire
  • Vanderburg AFB
  • Santa Barbara Co Sheriff Office
  • Santa Barbara City PD
  • Santa Barbara Co OEM
  • Red Cross
  • California Highway Patrol


Fire Resources showing tied to this incident are:

  • (520) Personnel
  • (20) Engines
  • (10) Strike Teams of 50 Engines – in Staging @ Earl Warren Showgrounds
  • (4) Dozers
  • (8) Handcrews
  • (5) Water Tenders
  • (10) Helicopters (4- Type 1 and 4-Type 2’s)
  • (4) Airtankers – in Staging @ Santa Maria Airtanker Base


The following are closed until further notice:

  • E of Camino Cielo @ Painted Cave Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • W Mtn Dr @ Gibraltar Road


The following have been evacuated and this order is in effect until Friday @ 0800 PDT. There has been no Shelter established as of yet but Red Cross is on stand-by if needed.

  • N of Hwy 192
  • S of E Camino Cielo
  • W of Buena Vista Rd
  • E of Coyote Rd


Small Pets

Santa Barbara Humane Society is accepting animals for boarding. 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Large Pets

Animal Services Hotline is 681-4332.


The fire has reached a 10% containment status.  It is burning in heavy Chaparral.


#LPNF #Gibraltar

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog


#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 5


On Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the first report of a fire [now named the Valley Fire] in the area of Cobb Mountain. The fire is located off of High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Southern Lake County, California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.


The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit


The fire has burned 73,700 acres and is threatening 7,473 structures. Approximately, 585 homes have been destroyed along with a confirmation of hundreds of “other” structures receiving the same fate.

A containment of 35% has been reached.



There are now 3,921 Fire Personnel assigned to this fire incident from a previous level of 2,362..

Equipment & Resources

Fire Engines

Increased to 441 from Tuesday, when they had 258 Engines.

Fire Crews

Increased to 84 on Thursday from Tuesday’s levels of only 54.

Air Tankers

2 have been added.


Increased to 18 from 8 assigned on Tuesday.


Dozers have more than tripled in size from Tuesday’s count of 31 to 72 on Thursday.

Water Tenders

Increased to only 3 more Water Tender to 70 on Thursday from Tuesday’s 67.


  • Lake County
  • Sonoma County
  • Napa County
  • California Office of Emergency Services
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • California State Parks
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • CHP
  • Red Cross
  • PG&E


Mandatory Evacuations – Lake County

  • Butts Canyon Road to Napa County line
  • Cobb
  • Seigler Canyon
  • Loch Lomond
  • Middletown
  • Hidden Valley Lake
  • All residences on Bottle Rock Road
  • From Harrington Flat Road
  • All residences on SR 175 (Cobb)
  • All residences on Sr 29 at SR 53 south to SR 29 at Tubbs Lane

Mandatory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Butts Canyon Rd west of Snell Valley Rd
  • Aetna Springs Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd
  • James Creek Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd

Advisory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Pope Valley north of Ink Grade Rd


Red Cross 

  • Kelseyville High School @ 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fair Grounds @ 1435 N Oak Street in Calistoga

Lake County

  • Highland Senior Center @ 3245 Bowers Center in Clearlake
  • Big Valley Rancheria Gym @1002 Osprey Court in Kelseyville


Lake County

  • SR 175 at Red Hill Rd (SR 281)
  • SR 29 at Red Hill Rd
  • SR 29 at Diener Dr
  • SR 29 at Siegler Canyon
  • SR 29 at SR 53 closed for southbound traffic
  • Bottle Rock Rd south of SR 29
  • SR 175 at Dry Creek cut-off

Napa County

  • Aetna Springs Rd at Pope Springs Rd
  • SR 29 at Tubbs Lane
  • James Creek Rd at Butts Canyon Rd
  • Butts Canyon Rd, Snell Valley Rd

Sonoma County [Local Residents Only]

  • Ida Clayton Rd At SR 128
  • Pine Flat Rd ascending addresses from the 11000 block



  • 4 Firefighters with burns
  • 1 Citizen Fatality
  • 585 homes destroyed
  • Hundreds of “other” structures destroyed
  • 9,000 structures currently being threatened


Small Animals Donations

Being accepted at Wasson Memorial Vet Clinic, 3083 Hwy 175, Lakeport, 707.263.5380. [9/15/15]

Large Animal Donations

Being accepted at Main Street Veterinary Clinic, 2530 S. Main Street, Lakeport, 707.263.6232.

Red Cross

Call 1-800-Red-Cross and say “California Wildfires.” OR Text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Stockton Fairgrounds

Volunteers in Stockton are taking donations for fire victims in Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. []

Supporting Burn Centers

UC Davis Health System/Burn Unit

Firefighters Burn Institute

Lake County’s State Senator Mike McGuire has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.

A check may be dropped off to the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive Up between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street in Santa Rosa. Contact: Karlene Rebich or (707) 576-2771

The Redwood Credit Union is also collecting funds. Checks can be made payable to Redwood Credit Union and sent to RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.


We Offer our sincere apologies, thoughts and prayers that you all are going through this.  We don’t know why this is happening to you but be reassured we are here for you.  If you are a First Responder and feel overwhelmed, there is 24 hour/365 day support through many organizations.

We recommend  They are a national non-profit organization and understand your pain and what you have seen.  We ask that you seek help, if not for yourself but for your fellow First Responder[s]. Together, we are one big Family that looks out for each other, night or day, 24/7 365 days a year.

For those who are non-responders and may need to talk to someone, reach out to those at the Shelters, churches, to your friends or to a Professional.  We can reassure you, that many care about you and your family and this is something that is affecting those directly and indirectly.  We want to let you know we are here to support you and provide you with any resources or pointing in the right direction to seek assistance.

You all mean a lot to us and we again are so sorry for what you are going through.

If you wish to share your story, you may drop us line at NOTE: We are not mainstream media and this would be an informal phone call or email – whichever is easiest for you.  Thank you and God Bless.

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U.S. WILDFIRES | By State| August 29, 2015 Saturday


CABIN FIRE:  8 mi NE of Camp Nelson in the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia NF. Start 7/19/15. Lightning. 32 Personnel. 6980 Acres. 96% contained.

Red River Complex Fire [Rattlesnake Fire]. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

CUESTA FIRE:  East of SR101 between San Luis Obispo and Santa Margarita. Start 8/16/15. Car Fire. 434 Personnel. 2446 Acres. 100% contained.

DEMOCRAT FIRE:  Democrat Gulch, west of Weaverville. Start 8/25/15 @ 1408PDT. Cause unknown. 514 Personnel. 25 Engines. 22 Crews. 3 Dozers. 11 Water Tenders. 128 Acres. 85% contained.

FORK COMPLEX:  Community of Hayfork. Start 7/30/15. Lightning. 294 Personnel. 36,499 Acres. 97% contained.

GASQUET FIRE:  Gasquet Ranger District. Start 8/3/15 Lightning. 755 Personnel. 23,542 Acres. 27% containment.

–> Coon Fire:  5657 Acres. 74% containment.

–> Peak Fire:  9663 Acres. 5% contained.

–>  Bear Fire:  7324 Acres. 14% contained.

–> Feeder Fire:  898 Acres. 100% contained.

HORSE FIRE:  Saddle Mountain Road, 6 miles NE Shelter Cove. Start 8/18/15 @1830 PDT.  Cause under investigation. 499 Personnel. 16 Fire Engines. 14 Crews. 4 Helicopters. 1 Dozer. 6 Water Tenders. 148 Acres. 96% contained. In mop-up mode.

A dozer begins to work.

Dozer Operations. [Photo Credit: Brad Clark]

MAD RIVER COMPLEX:  2.5 mi to the SW of Spanish Mtn & 5 mi N of Hume Lake. Start 7/30/15. Lightning. 288 Personnel. 37,278 Acres. 88% contained.

NICKOWITZ FIRE:  Nickowitz Peak. Start 8/1/15. Lightning. 273 Personnel. 6631 Acres. 55% contained.

RIVER COMPLEX:  New River Drainage near the communities of Dailey Ranch, Hoboken and Denny. Start 7/30/15. Lightning. 531 Personnel. 67,225 Acres. 29% contained.

ROUTE COMPLEX:  Mad River,Dinsmore, Hyampom. Start 7/30/15. Lightning. 657 Personnel. 35,674 Acres. 93% contained.

Falls Creek Fire Aug 25th

Falls Creek Fire / OR [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

ROUGH FIRE:  2.5 miles to the southwest of Spanish Mountain and 5 miles North of Hume Lake. Start 7/31/15. Lightning. Fuels:  Timber, chaparral, tall grass. 2033 Personnel. 60,238 Acres. 25% containment.

SOUTH COMPLEX:  Hyampom, south of 299 along the 60 Road. Start 7/30/15. Lightning. 605 Personnel. 29,275 Acres. 65% contained.

SUMMIT FIRE:  near Snow Summit Mountain Resort, south of Big Bear Lake. Start 8/23/15. Cause unknown. 118 Personnel. 55 Acres. 85% contained.

TEXAS FIRE:   Lytle Creek Road x Glen Helen Pkwy.  Start: 8/28/15 0947. Cause unknown. Chaparral. 1 Acre. 0% contained.


BALDY [ID] FIRE:  14 Miles WNW of Elk City. Start 8/10/15.  Lightning. 283 Personnel. 2220 Acres. 9% contained.

plane scoops up water

Plane scoops up water on the Carpenter Road Fire [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

BOBCAT FIRE:  15 miles north of Salmon, ID on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. Start 8/14/15 @ 1600 hours. Lightning. 41 Personnel. 237 Acres. 80% contained.

CAMPBELL FIRE:  In the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 10 miles southeast of Dixie. Start 8/13/15. Lightning. 29 Personnel. 6720 Acres. Unknown % of containment status.

CLARK FORK COMPLEX:  6 miles NE and 9 mi. S of Clark Fork, Idaho; 5 mi. N of Noxon, MT.  Start 8/13/15. Lightning. 323 Personnel. 13,762 Acres. 35% contained.

CLEARWATER COMPLEX:  Most of the Complex is adjacent to Kamiah, ID. Other fire locations are in the vicinity of Kooskia, Craigmont, Ruebens, Greer, Woodland, and Harrisburg.  Start 8/10/15. Lightning.  607 Personnel.  67,992 Acres. 75% contained.

Smoke Collumn

Smoke column on the Carpenter Road Fire [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

COUGAR FIRE:   3 mi SW of Warm Lake and 20 mi NE of Cascade. Start 8/13/15 Lightning. 329 Personnel. 1237 Acres. 81% contained.

ELEVEN MILE FIRE:  15 miles west of Challis, in the Yankee Fork Drainage.  Start 8/24/15.  Lightning. 227 Personnel. 8,000 Acres. No % on containment status.

FISHER FIRE:  7 mi N of Craigmont in the Big Canyon area. Start 8/12/15. Lightning. 132 Personnel. 21,640 Acres. 75% containment.

GRIZZLY COMPLEX: In the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River drainage, near Grizzly Peak.  Start 8/10/15.  Lightning. 181 Personnel. 15,703 Acres. Unknown Personnel or containment status.

Smoke Collumn

Smoke billows from the mountainside on the Carpenter Road Fire [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

LARKIN COMPLEX:  30 miles northeast of Pierce. Start 8/17/15. Lightning. Unknown Personnel or containment status. 4988 Acres.

LOCHSA SOUTH COMPLEX:  South side of the Lochsa River drainage from Warm Springs to the Selway River. Start 8/15/15. Lightning. 5535 Acres. No status on # of personnel or containment status.

MIDDLE FORK COMPLEX FIRES:  North Fork Ranger District. Start 8/11/15. Lightning. 5115 Acres. Unknown personnel, containment status.

MOTORWAY COMPLEX:  Numerous fires 10 miles east of Kooskia, 4 miles east of Pierce, 1 mile north of Syringa. Start 8/14/15.  Lightning. 429 Personnel. 30,974 total Acres. 2% contained.

The moon in the sky visible during night burnout operations.

Moonlight and night burnout operations [Photo Credit: Kyle Miller Wyoming IHC]

–> Jay Point Fire:  1.5 mi W of Powell, 1 mi downriver from Powell Power Station.   Detected 8/17/15. Lightning caused. 148 Personnel. 3753 Acres. 0% contained.

Sunset on the Motorway Complex.

unset on the Motorway Complex. Photo taken on 08/24/15 [Photo Credit: by Kevin Korbel]

MUNICIPAL COMPLEX FIRE:   Clearwater, Lewis and Nez Perce Counties. Start 8/18/15. Human caused. 607 Personnel. 67,992 Acres. 75% contained.

NEW SELWAY 2015 FIRE:  4 miles WNW and 7 miles NE of Elk City. Start 8/10/15.  Lightning. 283 Personnel. 31,691 Acres. 0% containment.

PARKER RIDGE:  7 mi SW of Porthill. Start 7/29/15. Lightning. 82 Personnel. 6252 Acres. 27% contained.

RAPID FIRE:  2 mi SE of McCall, Idaho, E of Jug Handle Mtn. Start 8/14/15. Lightning. 314 Personnel. 5869 Acres. 37% Contained.

–>  Slide Fire:  7 1/4 mi E of Lowell. 3 mi East of the homes on the Selway River. Start 8/13/15. 9953 Acres. Lightning. 148 Personnel.

RED RIVER COMPLEX:  Southern portion of the Red River Ranger District including two Wilderness Areas. Start 8/17/15  Lightning. 11,800 Acres. No # of personnel or containment status.

SCURVY MTN FIRE:  28 miles east and northeast of Pierce. Started 8/21/15 @ 1130. Lightning. 381 Acres.  Unknown personnel & containment status.

TEPEE SPRINGS FIRE:  Located in the area of Tepee Springs and Hazard Creek. 20 mi S of Riggins, Idaho; on E side of Hwy 95. 22 mi NW of McCall and N of Goose Lake. Start 8/12/15 @ 0730. Lightning.  710 Personnel.  40,665 Acres. 30% contained.

Night Ops

Danger lurks in the darkness on the Carpenter Road Fire [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

TOWER FIRE:  Wildfire On The Pend Oreille Divide With Fire On Both The Colville And Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Start 8/11/15. Lightning. 755 Personnel. 16,335 Acres. 10% containment.

WASH FIRE:  8 mi E of Lowell. About 5 mi E of houses on the Selway River. Start 8/13/15.  Lightning. 31,608 Acres. Unknown status or personnel assigned.

WILDERNESS COMPLEX:    Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness. Start 8/21/15. Lightning. 8 Personnel. 14,900 Acres. 1% contained.

WOODRAT FIRE:  1  mile N and W of the community of Syringa. Start 8/14/15. Lightning caused. 4654 Acres. 2% contained.

Night photo of burnout operations.

Burnout operations on the southeast side of the Woodrat Fire on 08/22/15. [Photo Credit: Kyle Miller Wyoming IHC]


BEAR LAKE FIRE:  1/2 north of Bear Lake in the West Pioneer Mountains near Wisdom. Start 8/20/15.  Lightning. 200 Personnel. 4117 Acres. Unknown status.

GOAT ROCK COMPLEX:  SW of Libby. Start 8/20/15. Lightning. 78 Personnel. 4492 Acres. 0 % containment.

LITTLE JOE FIRE:  7 miles southwest of St. Regis on the Superior Ranger District. Start Unknown.  Lightning. 120 Acres. 17 Firefighters.

Little Joe Mtn. [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

MOUNT SILCOX FIRE:  North of Silcox Peak on the main ridge at over 6,000 feet elevation. Detected by helicopter working on another nearby fire.  Start 8/25/15. No threats to structures. High elevation Fire. Approx 60 acres.

MORRELL COMPLEX:  7 mi N of Seeley Lake. Start 8/14/15. Lightning. 211 Personnel. 795 Acres. 50% contained.

REYNOLDS CREEK FIRE:  4.4 miles East of Logan Pass.  Start 7/21/15. Cause under Investigation. 4850 Acres. 90% containment.

Structure protect group at nght near potentially threatened structures

A Structure protection group patrolling on the night shift during the Okanogan Complex Fires in WA. [Photo Credit: Jeremiah Mushen]

SPOTTED BEAR DISTRICT FIRES:   22 fires. 0% containment. 3566 Acres. Start 8/10/15. Lightning. Located in Spotted Bear Ranger District in the Flathead National Forest..

SQUEEZER FIRE:  Squeezer Ridge north of Swan Peak.  Detected 8/25/15.  Lightning. 80 Personnel. 114 Acres. 0% contained.

SUCKER CREEK FIRE:  Helena NF. 8/10/15. Cause unknown. 150 Personnel. 2850 Acres. 55% contained.

THOMPSON-DIVIDE FIRE:  Glacier National Park & Flathead National Forest. Start 8/9/15. Lightning. 3 fires. 332 Personnel. 18,893 Acres. 14% contained.

TRAILS CREEK FIRE:  2 miles East of Spotted Bear Ranger Station. Start 8/12/15. Lightning. 33 Personnel.  12,250 Acres. 0% contained.

Trail Creek Fire

Trail Creek Fire [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

WEST FORK FISH CREEK FIRE: 15 miles southwest of Tarkio.  Start 8/14/15. Lightning. 2900 Acres. No # of personnel or containment status known.

WHIPCRACKER FIRE:  Elkhorn Mountains in the Whipcracker Gulch area (T7N, R1E, Sec 29). Start 8/27/15.  Lightning. 40 Personnel. 12 Acres. 95% contained.

Smoke column from fire activity

Whipcracker Fire. [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]


CANYON CREEK COMPLEX:  South of the towns of John Day and Canyon City. Start 8/12/15. Lightning. Threatened:  75 homes.  Damaged:  50 homes.  Destroyed:  39 homes, 11 minor structures.  Fuels:  Timber, medium logging slash, and short grass. 759 Personnel. 14 Crews. 9 Helicopters. 67 Engines. 86,929 Acres. 44% contained.

COLLIER BUTTE FIRE:  18 mi E of Gold Beach in Gold Beach Ranger District. Start 8/2/15. Lightning. Threatened: 1 non-residential commercial property. 0 Homes threatened. 155 Personnel. 3 Crews. 2 Helicopters. 6 Engines. Fuels:  Timber, slash and brush. 11,110 Acres. 55% contained.

CORNET-WINDY RIDGE FIRE: 4 mi W of Durkee. Start 8/11/2015. Unknown cause. Destroyed:  4 homes. 21 other structures. 33 Personnel. 1 Crew. 4 Engines. 102,089 Acres. 85% containment.

COUNTY LINE 2 FIRE:  US Hwy 26 MP 100 to 92, just north of Warm Springs. Start 8/12/15. Unknown cause. Threatened:  955 homes, 22 mixed commercial/residentiall. Destroyed: 4 homes, 3 minor structures. 553 Personnel. 14 Crews. 3 Helicopters. 21 Engines. Fuels: Brush, short grass. 66,374 Acres. 72% contained.. 

EAGLE COMPLEX:  20 mi NW of Richland, OR. Start 8/11/15. lightning. Threatened:  21 single residences, 30 minor structures. Destroyed:  1 home.  327 Personnel. 7 Crews. 4 Helicopters. 12 Engines. 12,298 Acres. 25% contained.

ELDORADO FIRE:   5 mi of Unity.  Start 8/14/15. Unknown cause. Destroyed: 1 home, 3 other structures. Fuels: Grass, timber and brush. 32 Personnel. 1 Crew. 4 Engines. 20,635  Acres. 90% contained.

Firefighter in dense smoke with a bandanna over his face.

Firefighter protects his face in the dense smoke on the Okanogan Complex fires in WA. [Photo Credit: Alan Barbian]

FALLS CREEK FIRE:  5 mi SW of Joseph, Oregon near Hurricane Creek Trailhead. Start: 8/22/15. Unknown cause. Threatened:  60 single primary homes. Fuels:  Timber and grass. 168 Personnel. 6 Crews and 7 Engines. 15% contained.

GRIZZLY BEAR COMPLEX:  20 mile SE of Dayton, WA on the Umatilla National Forest, in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, and on private lands protected by Washington DNR and by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Lightning caused. Timber and short grass. 72,421 Acres. Firefighters working on containment and battling increased winds. 558 Personnel. 8 Crews. 5 Helicopters. 31 Engines. Threatened: 400 homes, 35 non-residential commercial properties & 35 minor structures.  Destroyed:  5 homes & 28 other structures. 10% contained.

NATIONAL CREEK COMPLEX:  10 miles SW of Diamond Lake. Start 8/1/15. Lightning. No Threats at this time. Fuels:  Timber litter, light logging slash. 287 Personnel. 2 Crews. 5 Helicopters. 11 Engines. 13,211 Acres. 40% contained.

STOUTS CREEK FIRE:  16 miles east of Canyonville; 1 mile south of Milo, OR. Start 7/30/15. Human-caused; Mowing During Hours Prohibited By Fire Restrictions. Threatened:  158 single residences, non-residential commercial structures. Fuels: Timber (litter and understory), Brush and Medium Logging Slash. 417 Personnel. 8 Crews. 4 Helicopters. 11 Engines. 26,452 Acres. 84% contained.  

WILLAMINA CREEK FIRE:  45 mi SW of Portland, 10 mi N of Willamina. Start 8/19/15. Unknown Cause. Fire Fuels:  Timber and logging slash.  63 Personnel. 5 Crews. 2 Engines. 230 Acres. 97% contained.


ALDER LAKE:  7 mi S of Eatonville. . Lightning caused. Started 7/26/15. 119 Personnel. 3 Crews. 7 Engines. Threatened: 15 residences & 20 minor structures, 253 acres. 10% contained. Current weather conditions: [2225 8/28]. 68F with rain showers. Visibility: 10 miles. Humidity: 68%. Wind:  3NNW.

Alder Lake Fire on 08-24-2015

Alder Lake [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

CARPENTER ROAD FIRE:  35 mi NW of Spokane; N and E of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road. Cause still unknown but under investigation. Significant growth to the NE.  New containment lines to be constructed.  Timber and grass.  Threatened:  600 structures and residences; 5 commercial properties & 160 other structures. 575 Personnel. 11 Crews. 53 Engines. 25% contained.

CHELAN COMPLEX:  1 mile S of Chelan.  Cause unknown.  91,172 Total Acres. 52% contained. Threatened:  1330 structures, 150 commercial structures, 650 minor structures.  Destroyed: 21 homes, 23 minor structures. Fuels:  Short grass, brush, timber . 963 Personnel, 21 Crews, 8 Helicopters, 69 Engines.

–> First Creek Fire: 6800 Acres. 25% contained. Threatened:  420 single residences, 73 multi-unit residences, 63 minor other structures.  Damaged:  22 commercial structures. Destroyed:  12 Homes. 7 other structures. 263 Personnel. 9 Crews. 2 Helicopters. 23 Engines.  Water drops & structure protection continue.

–> Wolverine Fire:   3 mi NW of Lucerne. Start 6/29/15.  Lightning. Threatened: 121 single homes, 80 mixed, 75 minor structures and 12 non-residential commercial structures. Fuels:  Timber, brush. 226 Personnel. 1 Crew. 1 Helicopter. 17 Engines. 64,849 Acres. 28% contained.

COMMUNITY MEETING –> August 29 [Saturday] at 7:00pm at the Performing Arts Center, Chelan High School, 215 W. Webster Way, Chelan, WA. #ChelanComplex

COLVILLE COMPLEX:  10 miles radius of Kettle Falls. Stevens and Ferry Counties. Human caused. Threatened: 294 residences & 155 other structures.  Damaged:  22 homes. Destroyed:  2 homes, 16 other structures.  Timber, grass, brush. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs. 486 Personnel. 12 Crews. 31 Engines. 10,800 Acres.. 48% containment.

Night burn operations on Graves Mountain

Graves Mtn Fire on the Colville Complex / SE Flank. [Photo Courtesy: Inciweb]

 –> Gold Hill Fire:  95% contained.

–> Marble Valley Fire:  96% contained

COUGAR CREEK FIRE:  6 mi NW of Glenwood. Lightning caused. Threatened:  10 homes. 527 Personnel. 11 Crews. 6 Helicopters. 26 Engines. 49,200 Acres. 25% contained. Brush, grass, timber. Extensive bug-killed timber in north half of fire.

KANISKU COMPLEX:  35 mi E of Colville, 15 mi NW of Newport. Lightning caused. Threatened:  218 homes, 1038 commercial along with 490 minor structures. 755 Personnel. 17 Crews. 3 Helicopters. 21 Engines. Fuels:  Timber and old logging slash. 17,510 Acres. 10% containment.

–> Baldy: 515 ac. 80% contained.

— > Grease Creek:  75 ac. 0% contained.

–> Onata Creek:  300 ac. 0% contained.

–> Hall Mtn:  20 ac. 0% contained.

–> Slate Creek: 1 ac. 0% contained.

–> S Fork State Trail – D5.  10 ac. 0% containment.

Capturing Heroes on the Front line [Photo Credit: Alan Barbian]

KETTLE COMPLEX:  26 mi NW of Colville.Colville National Forest, private, DNR. 862 Personnel. 12 Crews. 6 Helicopters. 65 Engines. Threatened:  2600 homes. 70 mixed commercial & residential.  Destroyed: 1 home. Red Cross Shelters: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 851 S. Miner St., Colville —  American Legion, 1057 Highway 395 N, Kettle Falls — the Inchelium Community Health Center, 39 Shortcut Road, Inchelium, WA.

–> Stickpin Fire:  100% contained.

–> Graves Mtn Fire:  1200 Acres. 15% contained.

–> Roy Fire:   No data.

–> Renner Fire: 11,776 Acres.

–>  Marble Valley Fire:  50 mi NW of Spokane. 3087 ac. 85% containment.

NORTH STAR FIRE:  25 miles N of Coulee Dam. Human caused. Threatened: 3,000 homes. 225 commercial & 1,000 other structures.  808 Personnel. 12 Crews. 2 Helicopters. 62 Engines. Fuels:  Timber, heavy logging slash, grass. 190,000 ac. 22% contained.

OKANOGAN COMPLEX:  7-11 miles NE and NW of Omak. Lightning. Threatened: 5140 single residences.  Destroyed: 94 homes, 63 other structures. Fuels:  Timber and short grass. 1831 Personnel. 33 Crews. 7 Helicopters.  173 Engines. 302,224 Acres. 12% contained.

A fire engine is seen as a reflection in the side mirror of a vehicle

Fire reflections on the Okanogan Complex Fires [Photo Credit: Alan Barbian]

UPPER SKAGIT COMPLEX:  Directly North of the town of Newhalem. Lightning. Threatened: 88 mixed commercial/residential.  Damaged:  2 commercial structures. Fuels:  Timber & short grass. 205 Personnel. 3 Crews. 2 Helicopters. 17 Engines.  7978 Acres. 37% containment.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

Disclaimer:  Photos/Images are not ours and we do not lay claim to them. Photographers have been credited to the best of our knowledge.

Sources:  Inciweb, NWCC, other locations


WA WILDFIRE | Chelan Complex | August 20, 2015 | PM SitRep


Complex Fires: Black Canyon, McFarland, Reach and Wolverine Fires.
Location: 1 Mile S of Chelan
• Start:  8/14/15
Cause: Unknown
Fire Mobe:  Approved, as of 8/14/15

Sikorsky Skycrane dipping straight out of Lake Chelan in support of initial attack.

Sikorsky Skycrane dipping right out of Lake Chelan. Courtesy via Inciweb


  • Wolverine Fire: 40,904 acres. 30% containment
  • Reach Fire:  68,465 acres. 49% containment.
  • First Creek:  1902 acres.  2% containment.
  • Black Canyon Fire:  11,394 acres. 2% containment.
  • Blakenship Fire:  180 acres.  0% containment.
  • Total Acres:  122,845.

Courtesy of Reach Complex Fire Info Facebook page.


  • Personnel:  993
  • Crews: 27
  • Engines: 78
  • Water Tenders: 17
  • Bulldozers:  16
  • Helicopters: 5
  • Fixed Wings: 2

This Image shows you where most fires lie. Courtesy of the Reach Complex Facebook Page


  • Chelan Co Fire Districts #7, 10
  • Chelan Co Sheriff Office
  • WA DNR
  • USDA Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
Wolverine Fire

Smokey conditions at the Wolverine Fire. Courtesy of Inciweb


  • Chelan Co: 67 lost
  • Douglas Co: 17 [incl residences, businesses & outbuildings] lost

# # #

The Whos. The Whys. The Whats.  And, The Hows – Important Contact Info [Persons Affected by Wildfires]


USDA Farm Service Agency

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Indemnity Program

Tree Assistance Program

WA State Dept. of Revenue

Wolverine Fire

The Wolverine Fire burns hot and heavy in this #FireImage. Courtesy of Inciweb


Dept of Licensing –

  • Offering those affected by wildfires expedited service
  • Accepts inquiries via phone #360-902-0172, in person or online


DSHS Community Services Office [Wenatchee]

  • Open & serving clients affected by wildfires
  • Assists with food and cash assistance replacement
  • Contact by phone:  800-209-5446


  • Basic Fire Info:  800-803-0622 from 0800-2000 PDT, Monday – Saturday.
  • Emergencies:  Dial “9-1-1”
Tree torching with smoky sky.

This is what “Tree Torching” looks like. It is very dangerous for Firefighters. Courtesy of Inciweb

National Forest Closures

  • Methow Ranger District:  509-996-4003
  • Chelan Ranger District:  509-682-4900

Roads, Highways, Evacuations

  • Chelan County Emergency Management:  509-667-6863
  • Douglas County Emergency Management:  509-888-6841
  • Okanogan Emergency Management:  509-422-7207
  • Washington State DOT:  5-1-1 or on Twitter: @wsdot
  • Washington State Patrol:  509-682-8090


  • Chelan County PUD:  877-783-8123


Masks Supplies

  • Chelan: Chelan Hospital, Chelan Clinic or Chelan County Sheriff Office
  • Manson:  Red Apple Market – go to Customer Service Desk
  • Wenatchee: Emergency Managment Office @ Fire Station on 5 St / Western
  • Cashmere:  City Hall
  • Leavenworth:  Hospital


Red Cross Shelters

  • Moe Elementary:  407 E Woodin Ave, Chelan
  • Sterling Middle School:  600 N James St, E Wenatchee
  • Brewster H. S. :  503 S 7th St, Brewster
  • Evacuation Shelters [Red Cross]: 509-663-3907

Animal Shelters

  • Small Animals:  Humane Society in Cashmere. [Evacuees must be at a Level 3 to bring animals in]
  • Large Animals:  Cashmere Fairgrounds. Note:  Use gate in back [Tillicum Gate] and gray stalls.
Sunset in Railroad Creek drainage with smoke from Wolverine fire.

Some serious smokey skies. This is a Sunset in Railroad Creek drainage. Courtesy of Inciweb

How YOU Can Help Those Affected by Wildfires


Red Cross

Washington State Employees

“Thank you for your tireless efforts, commitment, dedication and everything else in between.  We know it will be never enough for our appreciation for what you all are doing out there on those wildfires, but it’s the least we can offer.  Some of you may be strangers to us, but we will also be related via fire.  That’s a pretty good benefit to us because we consider all of you a HUGE part of our Family.  Wishing you safety on the fire ground, mental well-being, much support offered and a safe return wherever your home base may be.”

We also thank the countless personnel who are Dispatchers, Police Officers, Fire Managers, EOM Volunteers, Pilots, Staff and everyone else we probably have unintentionally have forgotten.  Your actions to support the many fire personnel on the ground and taking care of the Public is very admirable.  We appreciate your tireless hours of staffing the EOCs, Dispatching, road blocks, evacuation notifications and much much more that we can even name.  Keep up the great work that you all do! We Thank You!”

~ Lisa, Editor/Blogger

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog


AT A GLANCE: U.S. Active Wildfires – July 25, 2015 [Saturday]



Blair Fire:  39 miles southeast of Fairbanks.  Start 6/20/15 at noon by lightning. 11 personnel. 41,290 acres


ANIAK COMPLEX:  White Fish Lake 1, N Aniak Fire: 155,072 acres.  19% contained. 191 personnel.


COMPLEX:  All 5 fires: Lloyd Fire, Rock Fire, The Spicer Creek Fire, Deep Creek and Tozitna Fire [Tozitna merged into Spicer Creek Fire] were ignited by lightning on or around on 6/19/15 around 1315 Hours.  They are located 7 miles NE of Tanana. 489,289 acres burned. 4% contained. The Spicer Creek Fire:  178,395 acres. Absorbed Tozitna Fire.  Lloyd Fire:  65,566 acres. In mop-up stages. Rock Fire: 84,629 acres. Active fire behavior. Deep Creek Fire:  11,259 acres. Minimal fire behavior.


Aggie Creek Fire:  30 miles NW of Fairbanks. Start 6/22/15 00:00 by Lightning. Div of Forestry [Blankenship]. 164 personnel. 55% contained. 31,705 acres.  Fire behavior limited to smoldering and isolated torching in the interior.

REX COMPLEX FIRES:  Includes 3 fires originally June Fire, the Kobe Fire and Fish Creek Fire, we were all started by lightning on 6/20/15. June Fire: 15 miles Southwest of Anderson. It is currently in monitor status. Kobe Fire:  West of the Parks Highway near MP 275. 8,642 acres. Fish Creek Fire:  East of the Parks Highway near MP 290. 7,464 acres.


 All Lightning caused.  6 “New” Fires for 108 acres.  24 Staffed. 289 Active Burning Fires. As of 7/19/15: 4,768,762 acres burned. Iron Fire:  4,148 acres. McLeod Fire: 452 acres. Foraker River Fire:  1043 Acres. Bear Creek Fire: 5,774 acres. Bear Paw Fire: 41 acres. Carlson Lake Fire:  40,257 acres. Castle Rock Fire: 323 acres. Chilchukabena Fire: 361 acres. Diamond Fire: 15 acres. Herron Fire: 903 acres. Moose Creek Fire: 2,865 acres. Munsalti 2 Fire: 91,442 acres


Healy Lake Fire:  28 miles SE of Delta Junction.  Start 6/16/15 by Lightning.  Managed by AK DOF [Farnsworth]. 39 personnel. 15% contained. 11,473 acres.


Long Lake Fire:  Directly South of Northway.  Start 6/20/15 around 1600 hours by Lightning. Being managed by IMT 4 under ICT3 [Hutchinson]. 76 personnel. 60% contained. 29,100 acres.

Tetlin Hills Fire:  8 miles SEof Tok. Start 6/20/15 by lightning. Transitioned to Type 4 IMT 7/23/15. 71 personnel. 95% contained.  1,878 acres.



Springs Fire: East of Davenport Knoll, about 2 miles south of Summit Mountain and East of County Road. Start 7/2/15 around midnight.  Lightning caused.  410 acres



3-12 Fire:  On Splawn Mountain, northeast of Bieber in Modoc County.  Start 7/23/15 at 1640 PDT. 116 acres. 90% contained.

Park Fire:  Off of Lake Morena Drive near Lake Morena Park, north of Campo in San Diego County.  Started 7/24/15 at 1243 PDT.  25 acres. 45% contained.

Queen Fire:  Off Hwy 169 & McKinnon Hill Rd, 5 miles southeast of Pecwan in Humboldt County. Started 7/25/15 1404 PDT. 200 acres.

Triple Fire:  Globe Dr and Mountain Rd, Springville in Tulare County. Start 7/21/15 at 1235 PDT. 430 acres. 95% contained.

TUU Lightning Complex:  1 mile South of Springville. 446 acres. 75% contained.

Wragg Fire:    off of Hwy 128 near Greaves Rd, Lake Berryessa in Nappa/Solano Counties. Start 7/22/15 at 1424 PDT . 1825 personnel from CAL FIRE, Napa County Fire, Winters FPD, Vacaville FPD, Vacaville City Fire, Napa County Sheriff, Solano County Sheriff, Yolo County Sheriff, CHP, Red Cross, Napa County Roads, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, North Bay Incident Management Team and CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6.  Cause: Initially car accident but under investigation. 1 tent trailer, 1 outbuilding have been damaged. 1 structure damaged. 140 currently threatened. Resources:  157 Engines, 45 Fire Crews, 13 helicopters, 28 Dozers, 19 Water Tenders, 6 IMT personnel.

ALERT!:  COMMUNITY MEETING [Wragg Fire]:  Saturday, July 25, 2015, 1800 Hours PDT at the Winters FD located at 700 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694. with  CAL FIRE Sonoma Lake Napa Unit, Incident Management Team 6 and the Winters Fire Department.  They will be hosting a town hall community meeting open to residents affected by the Wragg Fire. Information presented at this meeting will include a discussion regarding the current fire situation, an overview of what happened during this fire, and the objectives of the fire managers. After a brief presentation there will be time for questions and answers with the fire officials.


Kyburz Fire:   Start 7/23/15 around 1358 PDT. South Fork of the American River canyon, west of the community of Kyburz. The fire is east of Whitehall on both sides of the American River. Resources:  55 Engines, 13 Crews, 18 Water Tenders, 3 Helicopters, 667 total Personnel. 200 acres. 30% contained.



Dean S Fire:  6 miles of Miles City – BLM. 866 acres. 40% contained.


Reynolds Creek Fire :   6 miles east of Logan Pass, along the western side of Saint Mary Lake. Reported:  7/21/15 1545 PDT.  Type 1 IMT took Command on 7/23 at 1000 Hours. 3,166 acres. 10% contained.


Cabin Gulch Fire: Approximately 14 miles east of Townsend, MT burning in the Deep Creek Drainage, north of Highway 12 [T7N, R4E, SW corner of Section 28 through SE corner of Section 24].  Start 7/21/15 around 1130 Hours. John Thompson is IC. Cause is unknown and under investigation. . 1,616 acres.



Rye Fire: 13 miles Northwest of Flora, OR (about 1 1/2 miles South of the Oregon/Washington border] in Joseph Canyon. Start 7/23/15 1800 PDT. Lightning caused. OR Type 3 IMT. 125 personnel. 763 acres.  30% contained.



Kettle N Complex:  Kettle Falls. Start 7/20/15 around 1400 PDT due to lightning. New Mexico IMT3 [Corral]. Consists of 6 fires. 170 total acres. Observations:  Most visible to communities along Highway 395 from Barstow to Orient. No current threat for this areas.

North Boulder 2 Fire:  27 miles NW of Colville. Start 7/20/15, 1400 Hours. Lightning caused. 158 acres.WAIMT2 [Rabe] assumed Command 7/25/15 at 0600 Hours..147 personnel. Expecting lightning this weekend.


Blankenship Fire:   South Fork Agnes drainage on Pacific Crest Trail. Managed by Chelan Ranger District – USFS.  Started 7/14/15 around midnight. 70 acres.


Blue Creek Fire: 8 miles E of Walla Walla.  Start 7/20/15, 1230 PDT. Human caused, under investigation. 6,225 acres. WAIMT1 [Ciraulo]. 1,000 personnel.

ALERT!: Community Meeting Tonight [Blue Creek Fire]:   July 25, 2015 – Saturday.  1900 PDT. Walla Walla Community College – Performing Arts Theater.  Agenda:  Discuss Blue Creek Fire, answer questions, feedback.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog – Published 1400 PDT 7/25/15

2015 HOT! Career Opportunities

Here are some great career opportunities in the Public Safety realm.  Good Luck!

Photo Credit | LR Swenson

Photo Credit | LR Swenson


Photo Credit | LR Swenson

Photo Credit | LR Swenson


January 13, 2015

  • Grants Management Specialist – FEMA, Bothell WA.  $61,867-$80,427/yr.

January 14, 2015

  • Communications Specialist – City of Bothell PD, WA.  $4273-$5432/mo.

January 16, 2015

  • Park Ranger – National Park Service, Longmire WA.  $16.17-$20.03/hour.
  • Communications Officer 2 – WA State Patrol, Bellevue WA.  $3121-$4064/mo.
  • Radio & Communications Systems Specialist – King County DOT, Seattle WA.   $26.29-$37.55/hour.
  • Forensic Scientist 5 / Firearms/Toolmarks, Questioned Documents, and Latent Prints Supervisor –  WA State Patrol, Cheney [Spokane Co] WA.  $4888-$6575/mo.

January 20, 2015

  • 9-1-1 Police Communications Dispatcher, City of Seattle, WA.  $23.92-$27.77/hour.

January 24, 2015

January 28, 2015

  • Forest Crew Supervisor I – WA DNR, Colville WA.  $2289-$3024/mo.

January 29, 2015

  • Fire Inspector I – City of Renton FD, Renton WA.  $4806-$5857/mo.

February 1, 2015

  • Fire Chief – Lake Stevens FD, Lk Stevens WA.  $130-$160,000/annually.

February 3, 2015

  • Wildland Fire Crew Supervisor, WA DNR, Spokane Co WA.  $2482-$3213/mo.

February 6, 2015

  • Entry-Level Firefighter – Bates Technical College, Tacoma, WA.  Multiple Fire Departments in Olympia, South Kitsap, South King and Bremerton looking to hire qualified candidates.

February 13, 2015

February 15, 2015

  • Police Officer Recruit – City of Tacoma [WA].  $25.52-$30.57/hour.
Photo Credit | LR Swenson

Photo Credit | LR Swenson

March 31, 2015

  • Fire Logistics Dispatcher – National Park Service.  Marblemount WA.  $16.17/hour. Temporary, seasonal position.

April 1, 2015

  • 2015 Helitack Firefighter – WA Department of Natural Resources [DNR]. Ellensburg, WA. $1940-$2161/mo. Seasonal position.
  • 2015 Helitack Fuel Support Truck Driver – WA DNR. Ellensburg WA. $2920-$3292/mo.
  • 2015 Helitack Squad Leader – WA DNR.  Ellensburg WA. $2161-2789/mo.

April 6, 2015

  • Lateral Firefighter/EMT & Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic – Snohomish County Fire District #1.  Everett WA.  Applications must be received no later than 1600 on 4/6. After this time or date will NOT be considered.  See link for more information.

June 30, 2015

  • 2015 Wildland Firefighter SE Region – WA DNR.  Multiple Locations. $1940-$2789/mo. Seasonal position.
  • 2015 Wildland Firefighter NW Region – WA DNR.  Multiple Locations. $1940-$2789/mo. Seasonal position.
  • 2015 Wildland Firefighter Pacific Cascade Region – WA DNR.  Multiple Locations. $1940-$2789/mo. Seasonal position.
  • 2015 Wildland Firefighter Olympic Region – WA DNR.  Multiple Locations. $1940-$2789/mo.  Seasonal position.
  • 2015 Wildland Firefighter NE Region – WA DNR.  Multiple locations. $1940-$2789/mo.  Seasonal.
  • 2015 Wildland Firefighter South Puget Sound – WA DNR.  Multiple locations. $1940-$2789/mo.  Seasonal.

Good Luck in your search, application and testing process!

[c] 2015 LR Swenson

CA WILDFIRE: King Fire in El Dorado National Forest [Update]


Rain mixed with Fog on 9/25/14

Rain mixed with Fog on 9/25/14

  • Forebay Rd
  • Pollock Pines, CA
  • Place County &
  • El Dorado County
View of Burn in White Meadows on 9/19/14

View of Burn in White Meadows on 9/19/14


  • Start Date 9/13/14
  • 1837 Hours
  • Heavy timber, Steep Terrain
Sierra Ridge MS Evac on 9/19/14

Sierra MS Evac on 9/19/14


  • 97,099 acres
  • 74% contained
  • Unified Command with CALFire, Eldorado NF & El Dorado Co Sheriff’s Office
View from Heliport on 9/16/14

View from Heliport on 9/16/14

Fire Suppression Efforts

NASA Image of the King Fire [Photo Credit: NASA]

NASA Image of the King Fire [Photo Credit: NASA]

Zone 1

  • Threat has been reduced
  • Excessive resources were released
  • Suppression repair plan approved by the El Dorado NF
  • Implemented today
View near Placerville and Highway 49 on 9/14/14

View near Placerville and Highway 49 on 9/14/14

Zone 2

  • S & SW areas have been combined
  • Control lines are in mop up area
  • Patrol continues
  • Direct & Indirect lines have been strengthened
  • Concers with the Rubicon drainage
  • Spot fires in the E & SW have been caught, put out
  • Exisitng control lines were strengthened
  • Still working on containment lines in both zones
Smoke Column can be seen near Placerville on 9/16

Smoke Column can be seen near Placerville on 9/16


View of MT Danahar From Camino on 9.15

View of MT Danahar From Camino on 9.15

Fire – Assigned

  • 7214 personnel
  • 418 engines
  • 172 fire crews
  • 21 helos
  • 95 dozers
  • 80 water tenders
  • 5 IMT
View from Hwy 50 on 9/15/14

View from Hwy 50 on 9/15/14

Shelter Resources

View From Crystal View Gas Station 9/15

View From Crystal View Gas Station 9/15

Red Cross will be staffing 2 Locations for Residents whom may need additional services

  • Placerville:  Church of Our Savior.  2979 Coloma St.  Hours 1000-1800 on Saturday
  • Georgetown.  Fire Station #61.  6281 Main St.  Hours 1200-1700 on Saturday.


Near Mosquito

Near Mosquito

  • 80 structures – 12 residences, 68 others – destroyed
  • 6 injuries
  • 289 structures threatened
  • Cause determined to be Arson


Conditions seen on the roadway

Conditions seen on the roadway

Friday, 9/26/14 AM 

  • Mostly cloudy to cloudy conditions
  • Upper level low pressure approached the west coast near San Francisco
  • Light showers in the area this afternoon and evening
  • High temps ranged from 53-65 degrees
  • Expected 6-12 mph winds from the SW to W in the lower slopes and valleys
  • Wind gusts up to 15 mph expected from the S ridgetop
  • Minimum relative humidity ranged from 50-55%.


Friday Night

  • Continuing tonight will be isolated to scattered rain showers
  • Isolated Thunderstorms with high amounts of more severe storms
  • Rain to drop over the E’strn & N’thrn parts of the Fire
  • Expecting less than .50 inches of percipitation
  • Temps will drop to around 38-48 degrees
  • Relative humidity will be between 70-100%
  • Snowfall may dust the mountain at 7500-8000 ft elevation


Rubicon River area

Rubicon River area

  • Mosquito Ridge Rd from its intersecion with Gorman Ranch Rd
  • Forest Service Rd 22 from near French Meadows
  • The Western States Trail
  • Tevis Cup Trail

Road Closure & Alerts –


Union Valley Reservoir From Dam

Union Valley Reservoir From Dam

  • CHP
  • Red Cross
  • Cal OES
  • Caltrans
  • El Dorado Irrigation Dist
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • PG&E
  • Placer Co Water Agency
  • Placer Co Sheriffs Office
  • California Conservation Corps
  • El Dorado Co Animal Services


Fire scene early on

Fire scene early on

Fire PIO Contacts

  • Zone 1 (north portion) Fire Information Line: (530) 587-9096
  • Zone 1 (north portion) Media Information Line: (925) 588-6770
  • Zone 2 (south portion) Fire Information Line: (530) 647-5218
  • Zone 2 (south portion) Media information Line: (530) 708- 2724

El Dorado County

  • Hotline (530) 642-7263
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  • Monday- Friday
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2014 The NW Fire Blog

CA WILDFIRE: King Fire Located in El Dorado National Forest


  • In the Canyons of the South Fork American River Canyon & Silver Creek Canyon
  • NE of the Community of Pollock Pines
  • El Dorado National Forest
  • Off of King of the Mountain Rd
  • El Dorado County, California
  • East of Pollock Pines


  • Steep Terrain.
  • 8600 acres burned.
  • Cause unknown.
  • 5% containment.
  • Fire traveling E/NE & NW.
  • Rapid rate of spread.


  • 500 homes.


  • Eastside of Forebay Rd from King of the Mtn to Pony Express Trail.
  • All roads N or Pony Express Trail from Forebay Rd E from Boullion Bend.
  • White Meadows Rd
  • Spring Valley Rd


  •  Entire community of Swansbro
  • N of the South Fork of the American River between the American River between Brushy Creek & Rock Creek.
  • E side of Sly Park Rd between Hwy 50 & Park Crk Rd
  • Extending East to Fresh Pond.
  • W of Forebay Rd from Blair Rd to Pony Express Trail.
  • Badger Hill Rd.
  • Marmot Rd.
  • Lucky Mine Rd.
  • Old Blair Mill Rd.
  • Apple Crk Ct.
  • Applemont Ranch
  • Chickaree Ln.
  • Longs Crk
  • Quick Silver Rd.
  • Quick Silver Ct.
  • Baltimore Rd.


  • *NEW* Seventh Day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road, Camino, CA 95709.


  • Forebay Road at Blair Rd & Forebay Rd at Pony Express Trail.
  • White Meadows Rd is closed at Ice House Rd.


  • 1477 Personnel
  •   137 Engines
  •    35 Fire Crews
  •      6 Helos
  •    36 Dozers
  •    25 Water Tenders


  • 1


  • USFS
  • EDSO
  • CHP
  • Red Cross
  • Cal OES
  • El Dorado County Animal Control
  • Sacramento Regional Type 3 IMT
  • El Dorado Irrigation District
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Sierra Pacific Industries


  • 530-647-5218  CAL Fire Public Info Line
  • 530-642-7263  El Dorado County OEM
  • 530-621-5795  El Dorado Animal Shelter Services

We are thinking of those who fight fires on the front lines, wishing you safety and most of all that persistence of fire suppression from ground and air quickly. Thank you for your service, dedication and your tireless efforts.

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