#ThrowBackThursday | Sutherland Canyon Fire

THROWBACK THURSDAY | This new post title is all about stepping back in time and viewing some of the 2017 Fire Season’s wildfires that scorched many of our NW landscapes and making its own path of destruction.  Today’s fire is the Sutherand Canyon Fires that burned in and near Wenatchee, Washington State in June of this year.

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Sutherland Canyon Fire is showing its fierce side. Photo taken on June 28, 2017. (Credit: Richard Parrish/BLM)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Sutherland Canyon Fire ignited on June 26, 2017, around midnight on a Monday from lightning that touched the area causing multiple grass fires.  The fires were located about 9-20 miles south Wenatchee in the counties of Chelan, Grant and Douglas.

The fires were burning on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) and private lands.  The fire was also said to have destroyed critical sage and grouse habitat.

MULTIPLE FIRES IGNITED.

ALCOA FIRE

June 26, 2017.   Alcoa Hwy near Junction Ridge started on June 26, 2017.  100 firefighters assigned. Grass, brushy fuels.  500 acres. 0% contained. Level 2  evacuations in process. Limited updates.

SUTHERLAND CANYON FIRES

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June 27, 2017.  The Sutherland Canyon Fires was located 8 miles SE of Wenatchee and had 75 personnel assigned.  3,000 acres burned. This was made up of five smaller fires collectively under this single wildfire name. Level 2 evacuation levels were in effect.

June 28, 2017.  No update.

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Fire is seen racing up the hillside of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 28, 2017. 

June 29, 2017.  The fire had expanded and was considered to be very complex.  The Northwest Team 11, a Type 2 IMT Team would become the new face of Command under IC, Nathan Rabe.  His team took command at 0600 hours on this date.  Fire had now burned up to 47,500 acres and had a 20% containment status. This fire was now reportedly burning 15 miles south of East Wenatchee.  275 personnel were assigned.

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Red Flag weather conditions create active fire behavior as seen in this photo of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 29, 2017.

It was also said that on this second day in a row, RED FLAG conditions were warranted due to dry and gusty winds and due to extreme fire growth in steep and rugged terrain.  Both the Sutherland Canyon Fire and the Straight Hollow Fire merged into a single wildfire at the east and southeast flanks displaying the most active fire behavior in both of these locations.  Overnight, firefighters and bulldozers worked to construct and hold fire containment lines where they could engage the fire in a safe manner.  Fire officials were working to keep the fire from spreading towards nearby town of Quincy.

June 30, 2017.  Due to more accurate mapping and better visibility by aerial recon flights, the number of acres was reduced and discovered that the Sutherland  Canyon and the Straight Hollow fires did not actually merge together.  However, they were found to be burning 1/4 miles apart from one another.   The Incident Command Post or ICP was felt it necessary to move to the Quincy High School campus so that they could be closer to both fires.  Fire was now located 6 miles NW of Quincy. There had been 29,433 acres scorched and was now being reported as having a 50% containment.

July 1, 2017.  Fire Managers reported the fire was now at a 74% containment and holding at 29,433 acres.

July 2, 2017.  The fire was holding at 29,433 acres with a 90% containment status. This was said to be the last fire update.

STRAIGHT HOLLOW FIRE

June 30, 2017.  This fire was reported about 1/4 mile from the Sutherland Canyon fire.  11 miles northwest of Quincy.  8,458 acres. 75% contained.  It had been reported that this fire had merged into directly to the Sutherland Canyon Fire but later was determined not to be the case.

July 1, 2017.  Fire crews were still showing the fire was holding at 8,458 acres with a 75% containment status.

July 2, 2017.  8,458 acres. Containment status increased to 90%. No increase in acreage and minimal fire behavior observed.  Fire crews conducted patrolling, mop-up and repair operations. Additionally, repair work included building water bars, smoothing out berms and repairing fences cut during fire suppression efforts.  Aerial recon flights with infrared imaging equipment checked various areas for heat signatures. The Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR was lifted over the fire.  The NW Team 11 unit transitioned over to a local Type 3 IMT on Monday, July 3, 2017.

This was the final fire update.

SPARTAN FIRE

June 27, 2017.  The Spartan Fire was a second fire that ignited on June 26.  It was located five miles SE of Wenatchee with the same fire fuels.  160 firefighters were assigned including handcrews and dozers.  4,500 acres. 10% contained.  Active fire spread to the southwest.

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A USFS handcrew preps to work overnight on the Spartan Fire. Photo taken on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 28, 2017.  No update.

June 29, 2017.  The fire grew to 9,000 acres scorched and had a 60% containment status.  It was now located nine miles SE of Wenatchee.  There were 50 personnel assigned.   Fire Officials were happy to report that all containment lines held and no new fire growth overnight. Crews were tasked with actively monitoring potential hotspots and patches of unburned grass within the fire perimeter.

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In order to lead and organize their fire crews, Interagency fire managers must work together to come up with a plan. Here they are working together doing just that. Spartan Fire on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 30, 2017.  Fire activity showing minimal activity and that all containment lines continue to hold.  Crews were tasked with patrol and to begin repairing of fire line used during suppression efforts.  Two 24-hour shifts of fire crews have been assigned.

July 1, 2017.  The fire was deemed to have a 100% containment status and listed 8,730 acres burned.  Fire command was turned back over to a local fire jurisdiction which included Chelan FD and WA State DNR) at 0600 on Saturday.  This would be the last fire update from NW Team 11.

170629 Retardant Drop

Fire suppression from the air assists those on the ground as well, Without this resource would make ground crews’ jobs much more difficult.

RESOURCES

Multiple fire agencies came together for a single purpose – put the wildfire out.   The Incident Cooperators for this event was the BLM, Chelan County Office of Emergency Chelan Co OEM), Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Sheriff Office and WA DNR.

EVACUATIONS

On June 29, 2017, Grant County had Level 2 evacuations in order for residents in parts of NW Quincy and southwest of Monument Hill.  Douglas County would instill Level 3 orders for those along the Palisades Road corridor and at the Hwy 28 Junction.  Level 2 were in effect for the Trinidad area along Mansfield Rd.  A church and the Humane Society opened their doors for people and their pets, as shelters.  Chelan County issued Level 1 orders for the Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moss Carr Road, Ingersoll Road and Tarpiscan Road.

On June 30th, all evacuation orders were lifted.

SMOKE IMPACTS

Smoke impacts on June 29, 2017 were expected to spread to the east towards Quincy and reaching possibly to the furthest areas such as Spokane and Moses Lake.  It was likely that the light canyon winds would push up  the smoke into the Wenatchee Valley.

WILDFIRE STATS

FIRE FACT: In 2017, there were a total of 2,079 human-caused wildfires burning 262,328 total acres in WA & OR. OR: 906 fires, 172,887 acres WA: 1173 fires, 89,441 acres  year-to-date.

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FIRE IMAGES

All Fire Images not listing a Photo Credit underneath are due to multiple images used by the same Photographer/Source.  We give full photo credit to WA DNR – SE Region via Inciweb.  All photo credits have been given to the best of our ability.  We give KUDOS to the men and women behind the camera showcasing firefighters in action from the air and on the ground.

[Source:  GACC/NWCC]

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

 

WA Elections Night Molds Fire Service

ELECTIONS NIGHT was an important time for all registered voters to get out and vote on November 6, 2017.  We try not to cover too many political ads, messages or other related content but when it deals with reshaping our State, we find it necessary to share as it impacts us all.

Here are preliminary results from various Counties within Washington all related to the Fire Service and who the winners were.

ELECTED POSITIONS

Sheriff Office

King County Sheriff.  Mitzi Johanknecht with a slight lead over John Urquhart.

Fire Commissioners

East Pierce F&R Commissioner Position 4.  Britt D Kauffman.  Position 6 Randy J Kroum.

Enumclaw FD Commissioner Position 1.  Jenny Page.

Enumclaw FD Commissioner Position 4.  Jim Zoll.

King County Fire Protection District 2 Commissioner, Position 1:   Rudy Peden.

King County Fire Protection District 10 Commissioner (unopposed) Positions 1 Gloria Hatcher-Mays, Position 2 Donald Smith and Position 4 Alan Martin.

King County Fire Protection District 16 Commissioner Position 1 Rick Verlinda.

King County Fire Protection District 20 Commissioner Position 1 Craig Buckton.

King County Fire Protection District 25 Commissioner Position 1. Marcus Morrell (unopposed).

King County Fire Protection District 27 Commissioner Position 1.  Lilly Hansen (unopposed).

King County Fire Protection District 31 Commissioner Position 1.  Gerry Bertellotti (unopposed).  Position 3.  Paul K. Reckamp.

King County Fire Protection District 34 Commissioner Position 1.  Peter Lucarelli (unopposed).  Position 3 Joe Pylant (unopposed).

King County Fire Protection District 37 Commissioner Position 1.  Allan Barrie (unopposed).  Position 3. Margaret L Harto (unopposed).

King County Fire Protection District 38 Commissioner Position 1. Ron Pedee.

King County Fire Protection District 40 Commissioner Position 1. Linda Sartnurak (unopposed).

King County Fire Protection District 43 Commissioner Position 1.  John Herbert (unopposed).  Position 2 Chris Bodlovic (unopposed). Position 4 Ben Hayman (unopposed).  Position 5 Craig Hooper.

King County Fire Protection District 45 Commissioner Position 1. Harry Oestreich.

King County Fire Protection District 47 Commissioner Position 1. Colleen K Deveraux (unopposed).

King County Fire Protection District 50 Commissioner Position 1. Arthur R Allegri (unopposed).

Snoqualmie Pass Fire Protection District 51 Commissioner Position 2. Billy Powers (unopposed).

Mountain View F&R Commissioner Position 1.  Joanne Seng (unopposed).  Position 3 Scott D. Currie (unopposed) and Position 5 Don Gentry.

North Highline Fire District Commissioner Position 1 Liz Giba.

Shoreline FD Commissioner Positions unopposed:  Position 1 Jon Kennison and Position 4 David M Harris.

Snohomish County Fire District Commissioner Position 1. Michael Ellis.

South King F&R Commissioner Position 4 Mark Thompson (unopposed) and Position 5 James Fossos.

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue Commissioner Position 1 Andy Johnson  (unopposed) and Position 4 Candy McCulough.

Woodinville F&R Commissioner Position 1 Derek van Veen (unopposed).

PROPOSITIONS

Increase Number of Fire Commissioners

Pierce County Fire District 21 Prop 1. ” Increase Board Commissioners from three to five.”  Passing.

Fire Mergers

Skagit County Fire District Levy and bond approved.  “Merger between two fire districts”.  Failing.

Fire District 2 and the City of Kittitas approved the merger of Kittitas Volunteer Fire Department with Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue.

Fire District 8 approved to merge with Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue

Property Tax Levy/Lid Lifts

Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue Island County Fire District 1 Prop 1. Property Tax Levy Lift. ”  Passing.

King County Fire Protection District 20 Prop 1. “Levy of General Tax for Maintenance and Operations.” Approved/Passing.

King County Fire Protection District 43 Prop 1.  “Authorization Restoration of Previous Property Tax Levy Rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of Assessed Valuation.”  Approved/Passing.

North Whidbey Fire Prop 1. “Property Levy Lid Lift”.  Failing.

Pierce County Fire District 5 Prop 1. “Property Levy Lid Lift”.  Passing.

Pierce County Fire District 17 Prop 1. “Property Levy Lid Lift”.  Passing.

Skagit County Fire District 4 Prop 1.  “Property Tax Levy”.  Passing.

Skagit County Fire District 6 Prop 1. “Property Tax Levy.”  Passing.

Vashon Island F&R Prop 1.   “Authorizing Restoration of Previous Property Tax Levy Rate”.  Approved/Passing.

Levy for Support General Fund

Mason County Public Safety Levy.  “Levy to Support General Fund Expenses and Services but not limited to basic public safety, criminal justice and other mandated services.”  Failing.

Jail Tax

Whatcom County Prop 2017-6. “Jail Tax to replace current jail facilities.”  Failing.

 

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

 

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

November 7, 2017 | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

SLC, UTAH.  A West Valley Police Officer was reportedly shot in the foot at an apartment complex Tuesday evening around 1900 hours.  It was stated by Police his injuries are not life-threatening. Info is still fluid and news media was reporting that it may have been a possible shooting between two suspects.  A large presence was at a nearby hospital in Murray where it was said both suspects arrived in a silver pickup at the front of the hospital bringing a large presence of police. [Code3 Alerts, Salt Lake City News]

WARM BEACH & CANNON BEACH, OR.  Multiple shark sightings were confirmed in both areas and signs  posted to area beaches, along with a message posted by both communities to warn swimmers, surfers and boaters. [Social Media]

EVER-CHANGING STATISTICS.  The Columbine HS mass shooting event stats was considered to be no longer the in the Top 10 Deadliest shootings in modern US History. [CNN]

MARYSVILLE, WA.  District Firefighters responded to a garage fire that was reported around 1845 hours.  Upon arrival, they found the structure to be fully engulfed. Mutual aid responded from nearby Cities, Everett, Getchell and Silvana. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

MAPLE VALLEY, WA.  A fire broke out around 2030 hours in the 19400 block of the Renton Maple Valley Road SE in Maple Valley.  Engines, Tenders, Ladder trucks, Medic unit and the area regional REHAB unit responded to the house fire. No word on the cause.  3 people were dispatched.  Red Cross was called in to assist. [Scanner Feed]

HOLLYWOOD, CA.  A large fire broke out in a vacant combination one & two-story residential 4-plex with excessive interior storage said to be near Sunset Gower studios in Hollywood that was reported to be vacant.  It was located in the 1300 block of N Gordon Street.  An additional Task Force was requested around 2229 hours PDT by ‘Gordon IC’. Knockdown was completed around 2245 hours. A good stop by firefighters to two [residential] exposure buildings.  Fire cause and value of damage is unknown at this time but will be later released by the LAFD.  [CA Fire Scanner, KTLA, LAFD]

FRESNO, CA.  2 large fires broke out at an apartment complex in the area of 900 of E Divisadero and a house fire at the 200 block of S Madera Avenue in Kerman.  No word on the extent of the damage or status.  The fires were still burning at the time of this post (around 2230 hours PDT, Tuesday) [Fresno Fire PIO]

OSWEGO, OR. Oswego Firefighters Local 4773 (Oswego Fire District Protection District) is coordinating a relief effort with all donations going directly to the 24 families effected by a large fire that took place 1500 Light Road on November 6, 2017.  Firefighters are accepting gift cards, certificates and monetary donations.  Families can use these to purchase items that are necessities such as clothing, food and toiletries.  Some families lost more than others and will need additional assistance.  [Oswego FF Local 4773 Facebook Page]

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES KEY NOTE SPEAKERS.  The National Wildfire Suppression Association or NWSA for short has announced two great Keynote Speakers for their Conference that will take place on February 26 and 27, 2018.  Bruce Vincent’s There is Hope with Vision and the USFS Fire & Aviation Director Shawn LaGarza will be highlighted.  They will also have some great panels.  To learn more, go to their website – http://www.nwsa.us/2018-nwsa-conference.  [NWSA Facebook page]

OPERATION WARM.  Clark County Fire District 6 located in Vancouver, WA (IAFF 1805) is working to raise money to help “warm” kids by purchasing a little more than $5,000 worth of new coast for kids who need them in at least three Vancouver schools.  Want to help them achieve their goal?  You can find them on their Facebook page here  https://www.facebook.com/IAFFLocal1805/ [Clark Co Fire Dist 6 Facebook Page]

NEW WILDLAND FIRE VIDEO RELEASED. It’s showcasing some great #FireImages of men and women during the 2017 Fire Season in Western Washington State.  Photos are of those fire resources called into deployment.  Music Credit is Guadal Canal Diary – Where Angels Fear to Tread. [Washington State Fire, Stevens County Fire District 1 Facebook Pages]

MORE VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE.  Seattle Police responded to a call of a “man on fire” around 1900 hours in the area of the 4500 block of Leary Way NW.  A passerby extinguished the flames while waiting for Fire and Police to show up.  The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle where he is listed in critical condition. Police are asking for any tips or information to call the Homicide/Assault Tipline at 206-233-5000. [Seattle.gov]

AIRLINER ENGINE FIRE. News media began reporting around 2150 hours, a Hawaiian Airlines ferry flight from Paine Field (Everett) had an engine fire and landed safely at Sea-Tac airport (Seattle). The fire was out upon arrival. There were no passengers onboard, only crew members.  There were no injuries reported.  The FAA is investigating. [KOMO News, KIR0 7 News, Sea-Tac Airport]

FIRE MERGERS APPROVED.  In Kittitas County elections results, voters approved the Fire merger (Fire 8 Merger Resolution) of Kittitas County Fire Protection District 8 into Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue, a Fire Protection District.

MOUNTAIN RESCUE TRAINING HELD.  NAS Whidbey SAR held some training today on the snowy slopes in the beautiful Pacific NW and practicing for mountain rescues.  With their many hours of training, they hone their rescue skills becoming the best-of-the-best.  They are used as resources for many SAR missions.  [NAS Whidbey SAR]

BULLETPROOFING STUDENTS.  One Florida school is selling bulletproof panels that can be inserted into students’ backpacks.  [CNN]

HEROES ON A MISSION.  6 Las Cruces Police Officers are headed to Puerto Rico to assist with #HurricaneMaria relief. [KFOX14 News]

FIREFIGHTER CANCER SPOKESMAN.  Former LA Fire Chief, Sandy Davis who spoke candidly about firefighter cancer has passed away.  He created a compelling video that focused on his own battle with cancer.  [Firehouse.com]

 

 

 

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation as to what is Trending gleaned from various sources.  Here is your overnight news from Monday, November 6, 2017.

6 FIREFIGHTERS LOSE THEIR JOBS.  6 male ( 5 are white, 1 black ) Firefighters (1 Captain, 1 LT, 4 FFs) were fired after a noose, lewd drawings were found over a black LT’s firefighter’s family photo and lewd pictures drawn on it.  Police investigated the incident at the fire station while the Miami City manager said in a statement that investigators found sexually explicit and racially offensive conduct by the 6 employees.  A noose was made out of twine and several of the LT’s family photos were defaced.  This is the second incident in the Southern portion of Florida. The Union says they are aware of the incident but claim the facts are still unclear as provided by the City.  [Sources: AP, Fire Rescue1, KOMO 4 TV, Social Media]

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS.  The killer was able to obtain guns w/o the USAF providing the #TXShooter’s DV history to the FBI as required by Pentagon rules. This enabled him to purchase several weapons that killed 26 people.  At today’s (Monday) presser, Police stated there were 4 victims that remained in serious condition while 10 others are in critical condition. One of the children killed, was the Pastor’s youngest daughter.   We send our sincere sympathies and so sorry for the loss of Life. God be with you all. [Photo Courtesy:  OC Firefighters]

CHURCH FIRE.  A large fire broke out at a church in Van Nuys, California around 1820 hours on Monday evening.  Investigators rule the cause is due to arson.

TEACHING HOW TO “SAVE A LIFE”.  The Los Angeles FD (LAFD) wants people to learn life-saving skills by using hands-only CPR and how to use AEDs by placing the devices around public places. This week there will be training for people around the City. [Sources:  LA Police Foundation, KFI AM 640]

4 HEROES RECOGNIZED.  4 San Bernardino County Captain Bob Brockert, Engineer Matt Helmcamp, Firefighters Mike Kordich (he was shot in the arm while rendering CPR to one of the shooting victims) and Dave Arnold were off-duty in Vegas sprang into action helping provide aid to the victims.  They were recognized as Heroes on [Source:  Channel 4 News/NBC Los Angeles] on “The Challenge Hero of the Night: San Bernardino County Fire.

SUICIDES AMONG WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS are on the rise.  The article talks about how suicides are generally spike after Fire Season is long over.  Check out this article and make sure your guys and gals are getting the most of CISD debriefings.  If there aren’t any, why not? They can help save a life! [Source:  The Atlantic.com].

STAGGERING NUMBERS.  Chicago was just named one of the Cities where they are about to surpass 600 homicides in 2017. This is the second time they have been named the deadliest City in America as it occurred the first time in 2003. [Al Boe News, Chicago Tribune]

WEEK LONG FIRE NOW OUT.  A massive plastics fire burned for eight days before it was put out.  The International Import Export warehouse located in Parkersburg, West Virginia kept drums of unknown chemicals stored inside and outside of the building which housed plastics recycling debris.  It is now a 10-acre property of hulking twisted metal and looking more like a war-zone than anything else.  Nearby residents reported their “throats were burning”.  It was reported that the smoke in the air was more similar to a wildland fire. [Source: Huffington Post]

 

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

TEXAS MASSACRE.  Around 1120 am a gunman opened fire upon a church service in progress at the 1st Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX killing 26 people and injuring scores more.  The shooter was approached by a neighbor next to the church and began shooting back at him.  The shooter is said to be deceased from an unknown bullet used by either the killer or the neighbor.  This is said to be the worst mass shooting in all of Texas history.

A FALLEN HERO.  Fallen Hillsboro FD Firefighter Ryan Grimaldi was out on a hunting trip when a tree fell on him.  He passed away from his injuries.  He was well-respected and loved in his community.  His fellow firefighters and Fire Agency brought him home yesterday.  Several hundreds were seen in his procession as they headed to their destination.

HOMELESSNESS GROWING ON WEST COAST.   How is this Public Safety related?  It has to do with Officer and 1st Responder safety when they are responding to aid and fire calls inside the camps.  There have been often too many dangers where Seattle Police have to provide an escort to Firefighters because of the looming problems with some homeless people.  KOMO News put out an article about the homeless population soaring on the West Coast and how cities are struggling to cope.

HIGHRISE FIRE IN THE BRONX, NY.   A fire broke out on the top floors of a multi-dwelling highrise where fire was seen from different angles shooting through the roof. The FDNY responded to the fire burning on the top floors and inside the cockloft that was located at 4769 White Plains Road.  Command called out to their firefighters to use caution as this building had been cited before for doing illegal rennovations on the top floors.  The 3-alarm fire was ruled accidental due to electrical building wires that caught fire.  (Photo Credit:  FDNY)

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SECOND SHOOTING IN ONE DAY.  Another church shooting occurred on Sunday, November 5 and one that is not being covered as much as the large mass shooting in Texas.  An estranged wife and her boyfriend were leaving the St . Alphonsus Catholic Church in Fremont, California when they were gunned down by her soon-to-be-husband killing them both. They were in the middle of a divorce. He was later found in his vehicle deceased of self-inflicted wounds.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Wildfire CAD Activity | Nov 1-2, 2017

POST SUMMARY  |  Fire Season is slowly sputtering out but it still has some energy left and burning up the landscapes as we know it.  Here is the CAD activity log for November 1 & 2, 2017.

BLUE MOUNTAIN INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#CabinCreek Fire.  Dispatched @ 1257 hours on 11/1/2017.  Timber.  Contained @ 1644 hours.  Controlled @ 1645 hours. 0.1 acres.

#LGODFPiles RX Fire. Dispatched 0758 hours on 11/2/2017.

#BakerODFPiles RX Fire. Dispatched @ 0846 hours on 11/2/2017.

#WallowaODFPiles RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 0909 hours on 11/2/2017.

#PDTODFPiles RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 0931 hours on 11/2/2017.

BOISE INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (ID)

#RXMountainHomeDistrictPiles RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 1107 hours on 11/1/2017.

#StageFire.  Dispatched @ 1541 hours on 11/1/2017.  MM 66 x I-84.  Controlled at 1800 hours.

CENTRAL WA INTERAGENCY COMM CENTER (WA)

#BMIDC 1306 Fire.  Dispatch time @ 0825 hours on 11/1/2017. Asotin County, WA.  Limited info.

#Wellenbrock Fire.  Dispatched @ 0556 hours on 11/1/2017.  Klickitat County, Glenwood.  DNR and local FD response.  0.1 acres.

#CardRoad Fire.  Dispatched @ 0431 hours on 11/1/2017.  Klickitat County.  DNR and local FD response.  0.1 acres.

#RockSprings Fire.  Dispatched @ 0201 hours on 11/1/2017.  Klickitat County, Glenwood.  DNR and FD response. 0.1 acres.

LAKEVIEW INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#RoundLake Fire.  Dispatched @ 1123 hours on 11/2/2017.  3 acres. Last checked on 11/2/2017.

NE WA INTERAGENCY COMM CENTER (WA)

#SilverBeach Fire.  Dispatched @ 1529 hours on 11/1/2017.  Stevens County.  Silver Beach Road. Grass Fire.  Contained at 1600 hours.  Controlled at 1630 hours.  0.01 acres.

#Ton RX – North Flank Fire.  Dispatched at 0822 hours on 11/1/2017.  RX Fire.  Okanogan County.  Burge Mountain.  Ignition @ 1200 hours.  29 acres.

#Kat RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 0813 hours on 11/1/2017.  RX Fire.  Kalspel Reservation.  Ignition @ 0900 hours.  Burning about 20 piles of 10 x 10 x 10.

PAYETTE INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (ID)

#PineSlaughter RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 1140 hours on 11/1/2017.  0.1 acre.

VALE DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#HuntMountain Fire.  Dispatched @ 0728 hours on 11/1/2017.  Hunt Mountain.  Engines 3646 and 3650 initially responded.  91 acres.

#HawkGulch Fire.  Dispatched @ 1157 hours on 11/1/2017.  Unknown location.  14.83 acres.

#MP314 Fire.  Dispatched @ 1556 hours on 11/2/2017.  MP 314 x Highway 84.  Limited info.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/3/2017 @ 0740 hours PDT

#MonitorFire | WA | Update 2

Near Wenatchee, Washington | A small brush wildfire broke out in the Monitor area near US Hwy 2 in the westbound lanes on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Here is a timeline of this incident, which prompted evacuations and a partial lane closure.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2

1420:  The Chelan County EM agency first reported that the investigation into the fire originally started around 10:30 am and was due to most likely an unsecured chain dragging along the pavement.

1631:  Later their investigation would turn to another cause for the fire.  This time it was reported due to a broken exhaust pipe.  The evidence had been left behind making it a little easier for fire investigators.  Fire Managers report this incident is now 100% fully contained.  DNR reported at 1540 hours, the fire had burned 1,100 acres and was at 90% contained.

There were no injuries or damage reported to any structure.

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment totals are unknown at this time.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

1124:  Fire reported by State Patrol as small brush fire westbound US 2 west of Wenatchee, Washington.  The right lane is closed while fire suppression efforts are conducted.

1241:  Chelan County Emergency Management reports fire is in the Monitor area on US 2 near milepost 115. Level 1 evacuations go into effect.

1326:  DNR reports new wildfire 4 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington.  100 acres. 7 engines, 1 crew and 1 helicopter on-scene.  Level 1 evacuations of 19 homes are rebroadcasted by DNR Fire PIO

1426: DNR: “700 acres. 3 dozers, 6 additional engines are en route.  Chelan County EM calling for an expanded area for more evacuations.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1450:  Wind is reported to be picking up in the area and the Chelan Co EM is now stating a conflicting number of acres burned (500) vs what DNR  is reporting (700 acres).  2 dozers have arrived on-scene. Chelan County Fire District 1 helicopter is currently deployed and being used for water drops.  Across Grant County, resources are pouring into the fire scene.

1530:  Additional Level 1 evacuation notifications issued by Chelan County EM for all of those on the north side of Easy Street from US 2 to American Fruit Road, both sides of Warm springs Canyon Road, Sunridge Lane, West Eagle Rock Drive and April Drive.

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

Fire was being reported that it started around the milepost 115 area in Monitor area by US 2 which was said to be at 500 acres scorched.  The cause has not been released.

1948:  DNR stated the containment status had reached 30% and that the acreage was listed at 700 acres.  Crews will still remain on the fire ground overnight.

There is no information that has been released as to what the cause is.

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

#MonitorFire | WA | Update 1

Near Wenatchee, Washington | A small brush wildfire broke out in the Monitor area near US Hwy 2 in the westbound lanes on Wednesday, November 1st.  Here is a timeline of this incident, which prompted evacuations and a partial lane closure.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1124:  Fire reported by State Patrol as small brush fire westbound US 2 west of Wenatchee, Washington.  The right lane is closed while fire suppression efforts are conducted.

1241:  Chelan County Emergency Management reports fire is in the Monitor area on US 2 near milepost 115. Level 1 evacuations go into effect.

1326:  DNR reports new wildfire 4 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington.  100 acres. 7 engines, 1 crew and 1 helicopter on-scene.  Level 1 evacuations of 19 homes are rebroadcasted by DNR Fire PIO

1426: DNR: “700 acres. 3 dozers, 6 additional engines are en route.  Chelan County EM calling for an expanded area for more evacuations.

Photo credit: WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

1450:  Wind is reported to be picking up in the area and the Chelan Co EM is now stating a conflicting number of acres burned (500) vs what DNR  is reporting (700 acres).  2 dozers have arrived on-scene. Chelan County Fire District 1 helicopter is currently deployed and being used for water drops.  Across Grant County, resources are pouring into the fire scene.

1530:  Additional Level 1 evacuation notifications issued by Chelan County EM for all of those on the north side of Easy Street from US 2 to American Fruit Road, both sides of Warm springs Canyon Road, Sunridge Lane, West Eagle Rock Drive and April Drive.

Photo credit: TSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

Fire was being reported that it started around the milepost 115 area in Monitor area by US 2 which was said to be at 500 acres scorched.  The cause has not been released.

1948:  DNR stated the containment status had reached 30% and that the acreage was listed at 700 acres.  Crews will still remain on the fire ground overnight.

There is no information that has been released as to what the cause is.

No injuries to civilians, firefighters or animals were reported.

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Only The Brave Movie Honors Hotshots

PRESCOTT, ARIZONA | Only The Brave movie starring Josh Brolin (high power Hollywood actor) and others tell the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots during one of the worst wildfires Arizona has ever experienced.   The Yarnell Fire took the lives of 19 firefighters and saved one on June 30, 2013.  We will never forget this day or the lives that were taken and those whom have been impacted directly or indirectly from this tragic loss.

News media outlets working to verify the validity of the Hollywood movie that its trailer says is based upon “true events” says it stays to the facts of the crew’s final day together but in between it is hit and miss.  To keep the movie suspense going, we will not provide the spoiler of what is true and what is not. We are also not going to dishonor those whom were lost, but remember them for who they were and what sacrifices they gave to this profession.

We have been told that it is a known fact that the majority of the spouses worked with writers, producers and directors.  They were at the Movie Premiere in Tempe, Arizona.  Eric Marsh’s wife was one of the biggest supporters of the Movie.

“It was a fitting tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots.”

“Saw the movie tonight – very beautiful and touching.  Lots of laughter and sadness.”

“This film is honorable, given an accurate depiction of wildland firefighter life and their families. Does not sensationalize it.”

“Hollywood always adds a spin to everything they made. You should always remember that when watch any of their movies that this is not a documentary but based upon true events.”

“It’s a Hollywood movie, not a documentary.  If Brendan likes it (and he does) that’s good enough. We need to not dishonor them (Hotshots lives lost, one survivor).”

We could go on and on about what those are saying about this Movie but we won’t.  We have not seen the movie personally but when we get our courage up to see it – trust us… we will be bringing lots of tissues with us.

We thank all Firefighters for the tireless efforts you have given to protect properties and save Lives.  You do this every time you go out in to wildland interfaces while leaving your loved ones at home.

Our hearts were completely broken in half by the news of the Granite Mountain Hotshots lives lost and to learn about their last moments.  Our sobbing on the outside has stopped but not on the inside.  It breaks our hearts when we hear of additional firefighters’ deaths.

This article is dedicated to the Families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and to the only survivor, Firefighter Brendan McDonough. We know the hurt may never stop but the love will continue to flow over you all.  Please know that we are also here for you with lots of love and an over abundance of prayers for healing, friendship and support. – Ed.

The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters was created after the Yarnell Fire took the lives of him and his fellow firefighters. Today, the Foundation offers those a lifetime of emotional support, PTSD mental health treatment and financial donations to next-of-kin.  Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/ericmarshfoundationforwildlandfirefighters/

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#MillerComplex | Final Update

UPDATE 2 – 10/21/2017

The Miller Complex is located 17 miles east of Cave Junction and 20 miles west of Ashland, OR that started on August 14, 2017, due to a natural cover/lightning storm that hit the area.

This is the last update unless something more significant should occur in this fire area due to heavy rainfall fell over the area helping with fire suppression efforts.

Wheeler Creek Oct 8

Fire in the Wheeler Creek area on October 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Most of the fire resources have been demobilized while some remain on a two-hour standby should any new fire starts should arise.

The total acres burned was 39,715 acres but with the minimal fire activity remains at an 89% containment status.

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

Lightning sparked fires on private and federal lands located 20 miles west of Ashland, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest during August 14, 2017.

Fire crews have been busy with burnout operations, establishing anchor points and patrolling roadways for any potential flareups.

Abney Fire

Morning smoke inversionon the Abney Fire, taken by Division Supervisor

Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice

Several wildfires started including the Abney Fire that still to this day remains active.  Fire behavior is active with single-tree torching, backing and flanking.

Knox Fire

The Knox Fire is burning in the Red Buttes wilderness and is being monitored by air.  It has min fire behavior.  Unknown how many acres this fire has reached or the containment status.

Burnt Peak & Creedence Fire

Both fires are currently being monitored and are being watched for ensure the fires stay within its containment lines.  Crews are also removing and back-hauling equipment no longer needed.  Repair work is in effect.

Fire fuels include timber litter and understory, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Fir dominance and numerous snags.

Crews have also been working through several challenges such as, steep terrain with warm temps, poor overnight humidity recoveries and gusty winds.

Fire has burned about 38,356 acres and there is an 87% containment status.  Full containment is expected to be reached by October 15, 2017.

A Type 3 Incident Command team assumed management of this fire around 0700 hours on Monday, October 9, 2017.   There are 210 personnel assigned to this incident.

Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice (via Inciweb)

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