Skyway Firefighters Fight House Fire

Incident Summary |  Firefighters from Skyway, Renton and Tukwila were called out to their second house fire this afternoon.  This house fire is located in the 7600 block of South 135th Street in Skyway, Washington.

Resources | Firefighters from Skyway Fire, Tukwila Fire and Renton Fire have been deployed to the incident scene which is said to be their second house fire of the day.

Fire Operations | Primary and second searches of the structure were conducted but nothing was found.  At 1800 hours PST, fire operations were at 55 minutes on the incident clock with the Fire Investigator having an ETA of 40 minutes.

Injuries | One person was treated for smoke inhalation and has been transported to Valley Medical Center.

Photo Credit | Skyway Fire (KCFD 20)

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #SkywayFire #RentonRegionalFireAuthority

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1800 hours PST

 

 

#PleasantFire Explodes, Triples in Size | 3

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning on Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Highway 395, north of Bishop, California has tripled in size and still on course towards Laws Museum.  The fire has turned from 900 acres burned to 2,800 acres destroyed!  The fire is said to have started around 1412 hours on Sunday, February 18, 2018.    Strong winds have been hampering fire suppression efforts.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | As of Sunday, there were 90 firefighters tasked with fire suppression efforts but as of Monday would explode alongside the fire to 400 personnel!  Fire engines have doubled from yesterday’s 25 to 50 and  from two fire crews to 20, while boosting  two bulldozers to four.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, ino USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

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Evacuations | Evacuations are in effect for Meadow Creek area, Pleasant Valley campground, Rudolph Ranch, HIghlands, Glenwood, Rite-Aid Complex, Bear Creek, Dixon Lane,  (All housing areas between) North Sierra Highway, Dixon Lane, Brockman, Five Bridges, Fish Slough and Laws. | UPDATE as of 1045 hours PST | The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office will reassess evacuation orders at 1600 hours due to additional safety concerns.

Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 6 closed between Hwy 395 and the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW! #KnobHillFire | St David AZ | 1

KNOBB HILL FIRE

Flight over Knob hill

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning in the Southeast District area of the Arizona Department of Forestry  and on the Coronado National Forest.

The fire ignited from an unknown cause on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

It is located approximately 15 miles east of St. David, Arizona.

Fire fuels consist of timber and chaparral.

Current Fire Conditions | Fire behavior is minimal with creep and backing.  Some structures are reportedly under direct threat with road closures in effect.

The fire has reached a 74 % containment status.

Resources | There are 77 personnel assigned along with three crews, two engines and one helicopter.

Damage Assessment | The fire has scorched 2,896 acres of land and the cost-to-date expenses have reached a high of $150,000.

Flight over Knob Hill

Fire Photo Credit | Coronado National Forest via Inciweb.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #KnobHillFire #AZwildfire for this incident.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 1035 hours PST

CA’s #PleasantFire Wind-Driven Fire | 2

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out around 1412 hours PST on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in the Pleasant Valley area from an unknown ignition.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | There are currently 90 firefighters on the fire line alongside with the aid of 25 engines, two fire crews and two bulldozers.

Incident Cooperators |  Inyo County Sheriff, CAL FIRE, Bishop FD, Independence FD, Big Pine FD, Lone Pine FD, CHP (Bishop) and Mono County Sheriff Department.

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Size Up | Fire suppression has been hampered by high winds at times.  The fire has scorched 900 acres (while other media outlets reporting up to 1,000 acres) and growing quickly.  There is a zero-percent containment status.  The fire had been at 100 acres at time of it starting to 900 acres within a short few hours.  It is currently burning in the Pleasant Valley area but is heading towards Laws Railroad Museum.

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Evacuations |  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office stated there are NO lifted evacuation orders as of 2140 hours PST. (We are thinking someone misreported that the evacuation orders had been lifted, hence, the strong response from the Sheriff’s Office that they have not been lifted).   Evacuation orders are still in order for Meadow Creek, Pleasant Valley campgrounds and Laws Museum.

Eastern Sierra Transit has partnered up with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office to assist with evacuations.

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Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 395 at the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Eastern Sierra Transit (bus).  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office (fires).

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#KnobHillFire Spreads To Public Lands | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire that ignited on private land has spread on to public lands of the Coronado National Forest on the western side of the Dragoon Mountains by Cochise Stronghold.   It is about 15 miles east of St. David, Arizona.

FIRE STATUS

The fire started from an unknown cause on Saturday, February 10, 2018, and has reportedly already scorched 2,896 acres of dry grass and brush.   Fire behavior is moderate, creeping and backing.

Flight over Knob hill

Photo Credit: USFS

Firefighters have successfully reached a 15% containment status.

RESOURCES

About 167 firefighters are currently in full fire suppression on the fire line under an a Type 3 Incident Command.

The Cochise county Sheriff’s Office has set-up a hard closure on the west side of the dragoon Mountains and was due to be lifted at 1700 hours on Sunday.  Deputies will continue to close off the eastern area of the mountainside.

FIRE WEATHER

A Red Flag warning is in effect as of Monday, February 12th from 1200 hours to 1900 hours for high winds and low RH.  Conditions are warm and dry with large amounts of dried brush causing to be easily ignited.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using #KnobHillFire #AZwildfire hashtags for this incident.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#RockhamFire Name Changes to #RockinFire | 2

 

UPDATE | AS of 00:01 PST, the IC changed the name from #RockhamFire to #Rockin as the addressed to show on Rockin Drive. (Chico Fire-Rescue IC)

Butte County, California | Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire after multiple calls to 9-1-1.  The fire is said to be located in the 3200 block of Rockham Drive in Chico, California that began burning around 2311 hours PST on Tuesday, Februay 6, 2018.

CAUSE

There is no known cause for this fire at this time.

COMMAND

The fire has been designated by the IC as #RockhamCommand.  We are also using the hashtag #RockhamFire.

FIRE OPERATIONS

Around 2328 hours PST, Engine 2 arrived on-scene and reporting a large outbuilding on fire with multiple exposures.

Crews knocked down the majority of the fire around 2249 PST hours.  They were also in the middle of a recycling/crew change out.

Photo Credit: Chico Fire-Rescue

EXPOSURES

Firefighters would later report around 2332 hours PST, the fire had spread to include multiple trailers, RVs and outbuildings.  Evacuations in the local area were in progress but have since been discontinued as of 2352 PST.  PD was notified by Fire Dispatch.

FIRE WEATHER

Current weather conditions are temps of 50*F, clear and winds at 3 mph with 53% humidity.

ABOUT CHICO FIRE-RESCUE

The Chico Fire-Rescue has 59 full-time personnel, which 57 of them are uniformed. There are seven active volunteer firefighters. They currently have four fire stations with the modernized 30 pieces of fire apparatus stationed at each one, one training center that serves the Chico population of 92,464 in a 33-square mile radius.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#RockhamFire Burning in California

Butte County, California | Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire after multiple calls to 9-1-1.  The fire is said to be located in the 3200 block of Rockham Drive in Chico, California that began burning around 2311 hours PST on Tuesday, Februay 6, 2018.

CAUSE

There is no known cause for this fire at this time.

COMMAND

The fire has been designated by the IC as #RockhamCommand.  We are also using the hashtag #RockhamFire.

FIRE OPERATIONS

Around 2328 hours PST, Engine 2 arrived on-scene and reporting a large outbuilding on fire with multiple exposures.

Crews knocked down the majority of the fire around 2249 PST hours.  They were also in the middle of a recycling/crew change out.

Photo Credit: Chico Fire-Rescue

EXPOSURES

Firefighters would later report around 2332 hours PST, the fire had spread to include multiple trailers, RVs and outbuildings.  Evacuations in the local area were in progress but have since been discontinued as of 2352 PST.  PD was notified by Fire Dispatch.

FIRE WEATHER

Current weather conditions are temps of 50*F, clear and winds at 3 mph with 53% humidity.

ABOUT CHICO FIRE-RESCUE

The Chico Fire-Rescue has 59 full-time personnel, which 57 of them are uniformed. There are seven active volunteer firefighters. They currently have four fire stations with the modernized 30 pieces of fire apparatus stationed at each one, one training center that serves the Chico population of 92,464 in a 33-square mile radius.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#BroadviewFire Contained to Small Area

Colorado Springs, Colorado | A small two-acre grass fire broke out on the Broadview Place around 1241 hours PDT on Friday, February 2nd, prompting local CSFD crews and their PIO to respond to the fire scene.

Around 1310 hours, crews had a wet line around the perimeter of the fire area and successfully put out interior fire.

Command briefed nearby homeowners on what was happening and expectations.  No evacuations were conducted.

No homes were reported as damaged or destroyed.  No injuries were reported.

Around 1316 hours PST, crews were mopping up hot spots and using foam upon the thick scrub oak areas.

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Fire investigators were called to the fire scene.  No cause is known at this time.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

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

CALIFORNIA 

 

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

Credit: County of Santa Barbara

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

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

PRO-ACTIVE NOT REACTIVE

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

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

IMPACTED AREAS

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

Montecito area. Santa Barbara CHP

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

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

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

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

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

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

Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

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

EVACUATIONS

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

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

PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS

* ALWAYS be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings. 

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

Credit: Regional Flood

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #LARain #FireRainDamage 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

#OtayFire Forward Spread Stopped | California | 2

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 

A fire broke out off the Otay Lakes Road this afternoon on Monday, January 1, 2018 from an unknown cause.

Fire crews from the CAL FIRE – San Diego were quickly on-scene and reported there were actually two small fires, with the largest already reached a full acre.  The fire  would be put out quickly with a total of two acres destroyed.

Resources were said to remain on-scene and committed into the evening hours.

This area has been hit by fire many times over in the last five years.  Here is a timeline of those fire incidents.  (Info is gleaned from mostly Twitter from actual fire pressers, media and eyewitnesses).

5/17/2017:  14600 block x Otay Lakes Road.

  • Mobile home fire
  • With exposures
  • Hashtag #OtayIC

5/20- 5/21/2017:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94, South of Jamul

Gate Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE – San Diego)

  • RV campground evacuated
  • Dubbed #GateFire
  • Reaches 1500 acres
  • Prompts closures of roadways including Otay Lakes Road, Hwy 94
  • Cause under criminal investigation after video surfaces
  • Mandatory evacuations in effect
  • EB/WB SR 94 closes @ Otay Lakes Rd
  • Located on Otay Mountain where fire originated

6/19/2016:  Otay Lakes Road x EB Hwy 94

  • Closed at 188 due to #BorderFire

7/8/2016:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94

  • 10 acres totally burned
  • CAL FIRE, San Diego Co FD response

4/30/2016:  Otay Lakes Road

  • Limited info.

11/30/2015:  Otay Lakes Road Fire

6/26 – 7/5/2015:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Woods Drive, San Diego County.

  • Brush Fire
  • CAL FIRE, Chula Vista FD response
  • 80 acres destroyed
  • Structure threatened
  • Fire reported 6/26/2017 around 1600 hours PST

11/23/2014:  Otay Lakes Road, West of Hwy 94.

  • MVA caused fire
  • Otay Lake Rd, closed at Hwy 94
  • 1/2 acre wildfire sparked

11/6/2014:  Near Upper Otay Lakes Reservoir

  • Small brush fire ignited
  • CAL FIRE Chula Vista FD response
  • Quickly put out
  • 1/4 acre burned

7/28/2013:   Off of Otay Lakes Rd

  • Brush fire
  • CAL FIRE – San Diego responds
  • 5 acres burned with no structure damage
  • SR 94 and SR 188 closed 

And, the fires in the same area continue on….

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2200 Hours PST – 1/1/2018