Bellevue Fire Erupts in Apartment Complex

BELLEVUE, Wash. – A fire broke out at a Factoria apartment complex on the afternoon of Sunday, April 22, 2018 from an unknown cause.

Photo Credit: Fire Photos (@Incidentphotos) Used with written permission

Firefighters quickly responded to the commercial fire on Sunday afternoon.  Exposures around the three-story complex located in the 12900 block and Newport Way were searched and found to be all clear.  Fire was knocked down and contained rapidly to several units.

A Bellevue Fire Investigator responded to the scene.

There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.

Limited information has been found on this incident today.  We will provide updates as details become available.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Arizona’s Wildfire: #RattlesnakeFire | 3

FIRE TIMELINE

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April 14, 2018

Active fire behavior with running.  1,760 acres.  0% contained. 199 personnel. 7 crews, 2 engines, 2 helos.  $800,000 CTD.

April 13, 2018

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – Fort Apache Agency unit. 24 miles SW of Alpine, Arizona. Timber.  Active fire behavior with running.  The fire is burning in the most southern end of the Alpine Ranger District, just north of the Bear Wallow Wilderness.

760 acres. 0% containment status.  600 acres have been destroyed on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation while 160 acres consumed on the Apache-Sitgreaves NF and San Carlos Indian Reservations. Unknown cause.

Strong winds hampered fire suppression efforts and making very slow progress. Control lines were completed in the SW section of the fire, securing it off of Rattlesnake Point. Aircraft was grounded due to high winds A spot fire was detected on San Carlos Agency side of the Black River in an isolated area.  Crews were scheduled to prepare control lines along the North flank of the fire, as well as with the construction of indirect lines on the western flank.

A RED FLAG WARNING was in effect from 1200 until 2100  hours.  Winds are being forecasted to shift coming from the north and northwest and pushing the fire along in a southern and southwesterly direction.

Resources included:  (4) Type-1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, (3) Water Tenders, (1) bulldozer, (2) Type-6 Engines, (1) Type-3 Helicopter and additional overhead team support services.  (1) Type-2 IMT (Andrews, IC), (2) SEATs filled. (1) T3 Helicopter and (2) T1 IHC’s have been ordered as of 1715 hours.

Social Media reported:  The fire had moved on to the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) lands.

April 12, 2018

Fire resources are dispatched around 1609 PDT. Located 28 miles E/SE of Whiteriver, about 30 miles south and east of Alpine, Arizona.  Officials state a far distance from Show Low.

400+ acres with 386 acres burning on Fort Apache and 75 acres on ASNF.

IC Chris Johnson with the White Mountain Zone Type 3 IMT assumed Fire Command at 1800 hours MST.  Resources include:  4 Type 1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, 3 Water Tenders, 1 dozer, 2 Type 6 Engines, 1 Type 3 Helicopter and misc. overhead.

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Fire fuels consist of Ponderosa pine and grass understory.

Social Media was reporting this was a human-caused fire but Officials are still conducting their investigation and are unable to release the ignition until it has been completed and closed.

On Thursday night, fire crews conducted burnout operations in the northwest corner of the fire perimeter.  It held within the maverick burn block and in the Wallow Fire area.  It was said to be moving in a northeast direction and backing into a canyon towards the Black River. Crews were working on two slop overs in the southwest fire perimeter and the eastern flank.  Fire suppression efforts were hampered by high winds.

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Incident Cooperators include:  Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Northeastern AZ Public Information System 311.

April 11, 2018

Fire started from an unknown ignition and was discovered around 1330 hours. Estimated at 165 acres.  Located about 20 miles SE of Whiteriver in a remote location east of Rattlesnake Point.  It is burning just south of a previous Prescribed (RX) burn area and moving towards the Apache Sitgreaves NF boundary.

 

Resources include:   2 Type 6 Engines, Air Attack, Fort Apache Hotshots, and Cibecue Fuels. A type 3 team is on order along with additional resources.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS 

#NoDronesInFireZones and this is why:

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ARSON TIPS

Contact the Fire Command for this fire by calling WE-TIP at 1-800-47ARSON (1-800-472-7766).

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/14/2018 @ 1315 PDT/MST

Oklahoma’s Wildfire: #34ComplexFire | 3

Woodward, OK –  The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began on April 12 (Thursday).

Photo Image taken April 14/2018. | Photo Courtesy | AI6YR – Ham Radio

Here is the Fire Timeline for this event:

April 14, 2018

Moderate fire behavior with wind-driven runs, flanking. Homes threatened.  120,000 acres. 13% contained. 88 personnel. 30 engines. 2 helicopters. 12 homes, 20 outbuildings destroyed. $365,000 Cost-to-date.

April 13, 2018

Fire fuels include tall grass and brush.  Extreme fire behavior with running, flanking and spotting.  120,000 acres burned. 4% containment status. Structures are under direct threat. Road closures in effect. 247 personnel. 100 engines.

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency due to ongoing wildfires. 

You can read more about this Declaration here –> http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/OKGOV-1e9629b

April 12, 2018

Fire started @ 1600 hours.  6 miles North of Woodward, Oklahoma.  Multiple structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. RED CROSS shelter located at Faith United Methodist Church, 1402 Texas Avenue, Woodward, Oklahoma.  115,000 acres consumed. 13% contained. 88 personnel. 30 engines, 2 helicopters. 12 homes, 20 outbuildings destroyed. $365,000 fire suppression and containment Cost-to-date.

 

FEMA:  “This morning, we approved a management grant for the burning in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The grant supports firefighting costs like staffing, emergency work, supplies, and equipment. ” – Grant being offered to those on the #34ComplexFire

Two New Mexico firefighters walk up a hill to continue battling smoldering forest fires. Labels point to the types of costs Fire Management Assistance Grants can cover to support firefighters. Text overlay reads: "Fire Management Assistance Grants, Support to firefighters. • Firefighting tools and equipment • Overtime compensation • Mobilization and travel costs • Meals, health and safety items."

(c) NW Fire Blog – 4/14/2018 @ 1200 hours PDT.

Oklahoma’s Wildfire: #34ComplexFire | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY | The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began at 1600 hours on Thursday, April 12, 2018, which is located about six (6) miles of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Fire crews have reached a 4% containment status.

FIRE FUELS | Fire fuels consist of tall grass and brush.

Fire Fact:  There were 426 fires reported on April 13, 2018 in the Southern Area which consists of OK, FL, TX, SC and NC.

BEHAVIOR | Extreme with running, flanking and spotting. Several homes under threat.  Road closures are in effect.

Fire Fact:  Of those 426 wildfires, 14 were reported as ‘new incidents’ and 10 are considered as ‘not contained’ large fires.

RESOURCES | There are about 247 personnel along with 100 engines assigned to this fire from the Oklahoma Division of Forestry and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS | 12 homes and 20 outbuildings destroyed.  120,000 acres have been consumed.   $110,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment efforts.

Social Media users and media outlets report:  This fire originally broke out near E County Road 35 and Hwy 35 in Woodward.  Some are saying that the number of acreage has been reduced from 115,000 to 59,000 due to more accurate mapping.  We are keeping the # at 120,000 as multiple sources are reporting this total.

EVACUATIONS | Several structures are currently being threatened and evacuations are currently in effect.  A RED CROSS Shelter is open at the Faith United Methodist Church located at 1402 Texas Avenue in Woodward, Oklahoma.

FIRE WEATHER | Current weather conditions (as of 2140 PDT) are showing 38*F (temps), partly cloudy with winds at 25 mph.  There is a 55% of humidity.

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency due to ongoing wildfires.  You can read more about this Declaration here –> http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/OKGOV-1e9629b

HOW CAN YOU HELP | There is a Facebook page called “The 34 Complex Fire in Woodward, Oklahoma, USA” and is listed as a Crisis Response.  https://www.facebook.com/crisisresponse/the-34-complex-fire-in-woodward-oklahoma-usa-apr12-2018/about/?source=search ** We have not vetted this Page or the group/individuals behind it.  We recommend that you check it out before making a Donation. **

FEMA:  “This morning, we approved a management grant for the burning in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The grant supports firefighting costs like staffing, emergency work, supplies, and equipment. “

Two New Mexico firefighters walk up a hill to continue battling smoldering forest fires. Labels point to the types of costs Fire Management Assistance Grants can cover to support firefighters. Text overlay reads: "Fire Management Assistance Grants, Support to firefighters. • Firefighting tools and equipment • Overtime compensation • Mobilization and travel costs • Meals, health and safety items."

(c) NW Fire Blog – 4/13/2018 @ 2200 hours PDT.

Arizona’s Wildfire: #RattlesnakeFire Continues to Burn | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY | Fire resources were dispatched on Thursday, April 12, 2018, around 1609 PDT.  The fire was said to be about 28 miles E/SE of Whiteriver; south and east of Alpine about 30 miles, Arizona.  It is a far distance from Show Low.

The fire is burning in the most southern end of the Alpine Ranger District, just north of the Bear Wallow Wilderness.

On Friday, April 13, 2018, it was said that the fire had moved on to the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) lands.

CAUSE | The cause is unknown at this time and is under investigation.  Other reports indicate it was a human-caused fire but the exact ignition has not been released Fire Officials as of yet due to the ongoing investigation.

FIRE FUELS | Fire fuels consist of Ponderosa pine and grass understory.

COMMAND | The White Mountain Zone Type 3 IMT assumed Fire Command at 1800 hours MST.

RESOURCES | (4) Type-1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, (3) Water Tenders, (1) bulldozer, (2) Type-6 Engines, (1) Type-3 Helicopter and additional overhead team support services.  (1) Type-2 IMT (Andrews, IC), (2) SEATs filled. (1) T3 Helicopter and (2) T1 IHC’s have been ordered.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Northeastern AZ Public Information System 311.

SIZE UP | There is no known cause.  The fire has burned over 1,700 acres (as of 1720 hours MST).  There is a 0% containment status.

On Thursday night, fire crews conducted burnout operations in the northwest corner of the fire perimeter.  It held within the maverick burn block and in the Wallow Fire area.  It was said to be moving in a northeast direction and backing into a canyon towards the Black River. Crews were working on two slop overs in the southwest fire perimeter and the eastern flank.

CLOSURES | A section of the alpine Ranger District on the ASNF’s is now in effect.

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Photo Credit | Angel Ranger District

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS | #NoDronesInFireZones and this is why.

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Photo Credit | ANSFs

Have an Arson Tip? | Contact the Fire Command for this fire by calling WE-TIP at 1-800-47ARSON (1-800-472-7766).

SOCIAL MEDIA | We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/13/2018 @ 2100 PDT/MST

NM Wildfires: #DienerCanyonFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A prescribed burn in Cibola County, New Mexico on Thursday, April 12, 2018, escaped its containment lines and found to be not meeting its desired objectives would soon become a wildfire.

LOCATION |  The fire is located eight (8) miles south of Blue Water Lake and 13-15 miles west of Grants and Milan, New Mexico. It is burning in the Zuni Mountains on the Mount Taylor Ranger District.

Now, the #RedondoPrescribedFire has now become the #DienerCanyon Fire and this fiery fire is not one to be reckoned with.

SIZE UP | The fire has consumed 3,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is extreme with windy and very dry conditions.

RESOURCES |  Fire resources are from the State Forestry Division along with the U.S. Forest Service with additional orders for the SWA T-1 Team #2 Pierson IC, 2 T-1 and 2 T-2IA Crews.

HISTORICAL EVENTS | It is said that this is one of the driest starts to a water year in history.  A big wind event has been forecasted for over a week.  There has been plenty of criticism to go around as to why would there be a Prescribed Fire (RX Fire) when a windstorm has been forecasted in the same week.

SOCIAL MEDIA | Eyewitness accounts are saying the same things over and over again.   Here is a compiling of what people are sharing with others:

“View to the SW of the Diener Canyon Fire in the Mt. Taylor area showing a huge smoke plume on the horizon which is probably 50 miles away and more near Ojo Encino. The smoke is much closer now.”

“Per Forest Service policy, since the Redondo Prescribed Fire was no longer meeting the desired objectives, it was declared a “wildfire”.  A complexity analysis determined the need for a higher level of incident management.” Prescribed Fire gone bad.

#DeinerCanyonFire  #NMwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Texas Fires: #BowersCityFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire reportedly broke out in Bowers City (Gray County), Texas on Thursday, April 12, 2018. We are working on the exact location of the fire.

FIRE TIMELINE | Here is the timeline according to fire suppression and containment efforts as posted on Social Media and verified sources.

“Do you know why some of the wildfires are named? The reason for naming wildfires is to avoid confusion when there are multiple wildfires in an area or the state. Giving each fire a unique names allows first responders and citizens to know which fire is which.”

– Texas A&M Forest Service

1934 PDT:  Containment increases to 70% and fire is holding at 1,750 acres. Containment lines improving and in mop-up operations.

1808 PDT:  Fire burning in Gray County in Bowers City, OK.  1,750 acres. 50% containment. Fire crews are burning pockets of unburned fuels and making good progress.

1630 PDT:  1,000 acres with a 20% containment status.  Forward progression has been stopped.  Fire behavior is active with fire on flanks of the fire.  Good progress being made.

1429 PDT:  Fire resources are volunteer firefighters and working tirelessly on fire suppression efforts.

FIRE WEATHER | Though this map is from almost 12 hours ago, the fire weather remains to be the same, if not more critical and people need to be extremely careful outdoors.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #BowersCityFire  #TXwildfires2018

ABOUT TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE

The Texas A&M Forest Service was created in 1915, that today has been recognized as the leader that defines the way of the future in forestry, tree development and wildfire prevention, mitigation and protection.  This is an integral part of the The Texas A&M University System.  It is mandated by law to “assume direction of all forest interests and all matters pertaining to forestry within the jurisdiction of the State.”

There are approximately 400 employees in offices across the state.

The Texas A&M Forest Service can be found on Social Media such as Facebook (@texasforestservice) or on their website at http://tfsweb.tamu.edu.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Oklahoma On Fire: #34ComplexFire Implodes | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began this afternoon on Thursday, April 12, 2018, is now estimated at 115,000 acres and growing. There is a 0% containment status.

The fire is located four (4) miles NW of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Resources will be working throughout the night focusing on fire suppression efforts as the fire behavior continues to be more extreme.

EVACUATIONS | Several structures are currently being threatened and evacuations are currently in effect.  A Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Faith United Methodist Church located at 1402 Texas Avenue in Woodward, OK.

We are working to gather more intel on these wildfires.

(c) NW Fire Blog

Oklahoma’s #RheaFire Behavior Fierce | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire broke out on Thursday, April 12, 2018, around 1300 hours PDT about nine (9) miles southeast of Leedey (Dewey County) in Oklahoma.

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Photo Credit | OK Forestry Services

CURRENT FIRE STATUS | The fire behavior has exploded when it was reported at its start time around 1300 hours PDT and was about 500 acres but has now reached 19,000 acres.  (yes, we checked the number several times and also reached out to OFS for verification).

There is a 0% containment status.

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Photo Credit | OK Forestry Services

RESOURCES | 2 Wildland Task Forces plus 2 Type-1 helo and Air Attack have been deployed from Oklahoma Forest Services.

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THREATS | Several structures are currently under direct threat.

SOCIAL MEDIA | Social Media reports indicate the fire is heading north and has jumped the river (we are working to gather intel on which river this is).  Additional sources are showing that the fire is now spreading northwest to north as winds shifted to SSE with passage of dryline back to west.

Photo Credit | @stormchaserQ (Quincy Vagell) | Used with written Permission

FIRE WEATHER REPORTS | As of 1828 hours PDT, OK Weather reports indicate the fire seems to be heading towards Mutual.  Highway 60 is blocked east and west out of Cestos.  Seiling/Taloga should be alright.

FIRE HISTORY IN DEWEY COUNTY | According to Social Media, here is a brief post of a previous wildfire that was memorable in this area.

March 14, 2017 | Dewey Co Conservation District works as an Incident Cooperator by providing 8 bale hay trailer for locals to haul hay to fire victims.

Photo Credit | OK Conservation Commission

HASHTAGS | #RheaFire #OKwildfire2018

PHOTO IMAGES | Credit by Oklahoma Forestry Services

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog