NEW START |25 MILE CREEK FIRE | WA

LAKE CHELAN, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 2000 HOURS PDT

A wildfire is burning near 25 Mile State Park on the south shore of Lake Chelan, Washington.  It is burning east of the intersection of Hal and South Lakeshore.

Lake Chelan area | Credit-WA DNR

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (LEAVE NOW!) have been issued for the following areas:

  • South Lakeshore at milepost 9.5
  • West including Hale Road, Shady Pass and 25 Mile State Park

RESOURCES include engines, hand crews aircraft that have or are currently en route to the area.

FIRE SIZE is currently said to be at approximately five acres and growing.

CAUSE is unknown at this time.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS include Chelan County EM, Washington State Patrol, WSDOT, Cle Elum FD and WA DNR fire resources.  More are en route.

SOCIAL MEDIA hashtags being used for tracking purposes are #25MileFire and #WAwildfires2018.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRE |CHELAN HILLS FIRE | 2

DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 3 – JULY 31, 2018 – 1430 PDT

Fire has burned 1,842 acres and crews have successfully reached a 97% containment status.  There are 244 personnel assigned along with 4 crews, 34 engines and 0 helicopters.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2 primary homes and 1 vacation homes, along with several outbuildings, crops and wheat fields were damaged.

Fire suppression efforts and containment status costs-to-date have reached $1.6Million.

UPDATE 2 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1045 PDT

The fire has burned 1,842 acres and has reached a 40% containment status.

There are 130 firefighters assigned to this incident and today, will be tasked with continued containment efforts throughout the day, along with air resources when needed.

WSP states there could be traffic delays on SR 97 as fire activity could impact roadways off and on today.

Taken on July 27th. Photo Credit:  WSP

Boaters are asked to remain clear of the area used by the planes and helicopters for dipping water.

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2200 PDT

July 27:  WA DNR fire assets joined five airplanes, local and BLM Oregon fire crews that were dispatched to a fire was burning on the east side of the Columbia River, east of Chelan Falls (not to be confused with Lake Chelan) and north of Orondo, Washington State.

Photo taken on July 28th.  Credit:  WA DNR

Friday morning, the NCW Fairgrounds in Waterville opened their facility to shelter any animals impacted by the wildfire. Officials request that if you use this shelter, to leave animal information on the Log at the Fair Office.  Questions or need assistance, you may contact Carolyn @ 775-790-5616.

Taken on July 27 – Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore, PIO

200 Firefighters are assigned on this fire and are working tirelessly around the clock to suppress and contain this extremely active fire.

At about 1900 hours, the fire was said to be moving rapidly due to increased winds.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 2 evacuations for McNeil Canyon including Beebe Ranch area.

Around 2130 hours, the fire had burned 1,200 acres that prompted evacuation notifications to be issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

July 28:  This morning rain fell over the area creating good news in how the  wildfire was moving “away” from the roadway.

DNR estimated the fire had grown to 800 acres scorched earlier in the morning, but  an air flight recon over the fire line was completed just after noon the estimation would come in a whopping 1,800 acres!  However, crews were beginning to make progress with reach a preliminary 20% containment status.

WA State Fire Mobe resources were approved during the day and were in the process of being deployed on this rapidly growing firestorm.

Around 1630 hours, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office reopened McNeil Canyon but wants drivers to know to be cautious and have your situational awareness in tune to your surroundings.  Additionally, yield to fire personnel and their apparatus, as they are still working in the area.

As of 2100 hours, WSP states traffic was returning to alternate traffic in which a WSDOT pilot car would escort drivers on a single lane in each direction from milepost 213 (Orondo) to milepost 235 (SR 97/SR150 Junction).

Drivers whom want to avoid traffic delays, may use alternate SR97A which is fully open.  This traffic operation will remain in effect throughout the night and expect long delays.

#ChelanHillsFire #WAwildfires2018 #WA

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

WRONG CREEK FIRE | WASHINGTON STATE | 2

MT. BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 2 – AUGUST 6, 2018 – 1830 HOURS PDT

On August 4th, DNR Officials stated the fire has burned through 68 acres with only 43 personnel assigned.  This was due to the number of even larger wildfires in the region and across the nation where firefighting resources have been somewhat limited.

Local Firefighting resources in this area were deemed insufficient to continue direct fire attack activities in dense forest that is very steep and rugged terrain.Local Fire Managers have outlined a long-range fire suppression strategy to address future fire behavior.

The Western WA IMT was said to be returning to this incident on August 5, 2018, which did occur.

Photo Credit | USFS

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1030 PDT

USFS firefighters are actively managing a five-acre wildfire just north of Mt. Rainier that ignited on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

The fire is adjacent to Wrong Creek within Highway 410 corridor of the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest.

Due to the remoteness of the area where the fire is burning and the inaccessibility, concerns related to smoke and fire hazards remain low at this time.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRE |CHELAN HILLS FIRE

DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON —

UPDATE 1 – JULY 28, 2018 – 2200 PDT

July 27:  WA DNR fire assets joined five airplanes, local and BLM Oregon fire crews that were dispatched to a fire was burning on the east side of the Columbia River, east of Chelan Falls (not to be confused with Lake Chelan) and north of Orondo, Washington State.

Photo taken on July 28th.  Credit:  WA DNR

Friday morning, the NCW Fairgrounds in Waterville opened their facility to shelter any animals impacted by the wildfire. Officials request that if you use this shelter, to leave animal information on the Log at the Fair Office.  Questions or need assistance, you may contact Carolyn @ 775-790-5616.

Taken on July 27 – Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore, PIO

200 Firefighters are assigned on this fire and are working tirelessly around the clock to suppress and contain this extremely active fire.

At about 1900 hours, the fire was said to be moving rapidly due to increased winds.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 2 evacuations for McNeil Canyon including Beebe Ranch area.

Around 2130 hours, the fire had burned 1,200 acres that prompted evacuation notifications to be issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

July 28:  This morning rain fell over the area creating good news in how the  wildfire was moving “away” from the roadway.

DNR estimated the fire had grown to 800 acres scorched earlier in the morning, but  an air flight recon over the fire line was completed just after noon the estimation would come in a whopping 1,800 acres!  However, crews were beginning to make progress with reach a preliminary 20% containment status.

WA State Fire Mobe resources were approved during the day and were in the process of being deployed on this rapidly growing firestorm.

Around 1630 hours, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office reopened McNeil Canyon but wants drivers to know to be cautious and have your situational awareness in tune to your surroundings.  Additionally, yield to fire personnel and their apparatus, as they are still working in the area.

As of 2100 hours, WSP states traffic was returning to alternate traffic in which a WSDOT pilot car would escort drivers on a single lane in each direction from milepost 213 (Orondo) to milepost 235 (SR 97/SR150 Junction).

Drivers whom want to avoid traffic delays, may use alternate SR97A which is fully open.  This traffic operation will remain in effect throughout the night and expect long delays.

#ChelanHillsFire #WAwildfires2018 #WA

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Wildfire in Fire Images | Days 3, 4

Range 12 Fire – 12 mi N of Sunnyside, Washington

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  • Started 7/30/2016
  • Final Update 8/5/2016
  • 176,600 acres
  • Unknown cause

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#FireImage Credit:  BLM Fire Crews

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

NEW! Old Lady Fire Rekindles | Update 1

Updated 9/13/2016 @ 0155 hours PDT

 

Near Roosevelt, Washington in Klickitat County

REPORTS OF REKINDLING

A wildfire named Old Lady Wildfire has rekindled just NW of Roosevelt’s Old Hwy 8 and about 21 miles East of Goldendale, Washington some sources are reporting as long as four hours ago  (around 2220 hours on September 12th) stating.

The originally fire started on September 10th around 1643 hours and was deemed to be human-caused.  It was listed at 100% containment at 1300 acres on September 12th during the 0700 presser released by the NWICC PIO.

Around 2220 hours, reports of a rekindling had occurred and fire units were reporting over Social Media they were en route, along with State Mobe approved resources. (there was no update on the State Mobe page when we last checked it.)

SIZE UNCONFIRMED

There were multiple unconfirmed reports of the size of the new fire was at 1300 acres to as high as 3000 acres.  We are waiting to hear back from our direct sources for confirmation.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Here is a glimpse into what is being said on this wildfire via Social Media.

“Fire is about 40 miles East of Goldendale, one ranch has burned. Roosevelt is about 49 miles from Goldendale on the Columbia River where the regional landfill is, the fire is to the West with a strong north-east wind.” – as of 2342 hours PDT (9/12/2016)

“Red Cross shelter is open in Goldendale for evacuees.” (9/12/2016)

“Fire District 15 in Klickitat County just got released. Possible one or two structures lost, and the fire hit about 1300 acres. We had 12 fire districts on this fire.” – (9/11/2016)

Thank you for reading our blog Post. We will update as info is received.  

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

 

 

4 Years and Still On Fire for Public Safety

It has been four busy years since we created our online Public Safety publication that has grown more and more by the day, weeks and into the years.  We Thank every single one of you for joining us on our journeys going Fire Chasing to visiting facilities quietly snapping you all in action.  We are still on fire for “Everything Fire, EMS, 1st responders and Law Enforcement”.  It’s just how we roll here in the Northwest.

Copy of Smoke on the Horizon

We cannot get away from this image as we lay witness to the fierce fire taking over  brush  and fields ,within seconds. and working to destroy a lifetime of hard work and dedication.  #RimrockFire [in the Douglas County Complex Fire]

A lot has happened in 2015.  Here’s a recap:

FIRESTORMS

Fire Season came early and it seemed like all of Washington State at one point or another was ablaze and we heard your stories of responding via locally, State, Federal, City, County and across the Globe as mutual aid.

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A Coulson AirTanker sits at the Moses Lake, Washington Tanker Base. Photo was taken Summer of 2015. Photo Credit: LR Swenson.

  • State of Alaska had many fires burning across thousands of acres and even scorching part of Canadian territories.
  • Eastern Washington was like a firestorm and that’s an understatement. Beloved Lake Chelan and other hot travel destinations saw their revenue burning up.  Many homes were lost, as were businesses and communities wiped out.
  • California saw alot and is still reeling from the drought that has brought many fires including arsons, all across their State bringing heartache, hundreds of evacuations, unbelieveable Fire Images taken by some increadible talented Photographers.

We know we are forgetting some States and fire incidents.  We are just highlighting a few in between.  The Fire Season was so busy, we were literally running from call to call and trying to keep up.  We knew that was out of the question.

In the end, we were able to catch our breath and tweet, writing and post a few stories and major events in between.

FIRE CHASING

We had several opportunities to put our Fire Photography skills to the test by capturing several fires, fire suppression tools at work and the personnel on the ground working tirelessly as they jump from one fire to the next.

We were on scene at the Highway 28 Fire, Rimrock Fire, I-90 Fire and several others.

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I-90 Fire near Vantage, Washington gives us a front row view of DNR’s Rotor 9 being used as one of many fire suppression helos. Credit: LR Swenson.

STATION VISITS

While you all were very busy preparing to be deployed as strike teams to area fires, we were quietly photographing your fire suppression tools, stations and some of you flying those great flying machines during incidents.  Next time, we hope to hang with you in person and say, ‘hello’ as we are passing through.

FUTURE PROJECTS

We will be announcing a new Feature on our Blog.  Our 2015 Firestorm Book project has been postponed and we hope to later revisit in the near future.

More details about our newest project will be given in the next few posts.  Make sure to follow us for more detailed postings.

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can catch us on our Social Media platforms, like Twitter @nwfireblog and on Facebook. We love to have you hang with us and partner with us on our journeys together.

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Fire Crws on the Rimrock Fire, part of the Douglas Complex Fire. [Credit: LR Swenson]

We know the Fire Season is just around the corner and yes, we just jinxed it by saying it out loud but we hope to be in the flesh on more Fire Chasing calls bringing more Fire Images and stories.

THANK YOU

We appreciate you following us and reading our stories, career opportunities and engaging with us by providing feedback, ideas, stories and helping us become a Success!  We are not just seen and read in the Northwest, but Globally and any Country you can think of – we’ve probably left a footprint.

~ LR Swenson, Writer/Blogger

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

 

 

Active Wildfires in the U.S. – September 19, 2015

Here are the most Active fires we could find burning in the United States. We have gleaned information from various sources. If we have missed one or more, please let us know! We’re happy to add them to our list.  These will be update on a daily basis, as time allows.

ARIZONA

POTATO PATCH

  • 6 mi east of Forest Lakes
  • Start 9/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 180 Acres
  • 0% Contained
  • No Fire Personnel assigned; will be monitored this weekend.
  • Smoke will be visible from the local communities and from AZ State Highway 260.

CALIFORNIA

BUTTE FIRE [CAL Fire]

  • East of Jackson in Amador & Calaveras Counties
  • Start 9/9/15
  • 3861 Personnel
  • 70,760 Acres
  • 67% Contained
  • 2 Citizen fatalities

GASQUET COMPLEX

  • Multiple Ignited Lightning Fires Within The Gasquet Ranger District
  • Start 7/31/15
  • 272 Personnel
  • 30,361 Acres: Bear Fire 11,619 Acres; Peak Fire 12,166 Acres
  • 47% Contained:  Bear Fire 52%; Peak  Fire 10%
  • Fire Activity: Minimal, lines are holding, continued monitoring and in patrol status

LAURELS FIRE [CAL Fire]

  • off Laureles Grade and Highway 68[Monterey County]
  • Start 9/19/15 @ 1525 PDT
  • CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
  • 95 Acres
  • 60% Contained

NICKOWITZ FIRE

  • Nickowitz Peak
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 42 Personnel
  • Lightning caused
  • 7,509 Acres
  • 90% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Moderate, backing, smoldering, creeping

RIVER COMPLEX

  • New River Drainage near the communities of Dailey Ranch, Hoboken and Denny.
  • Start 7/30/15
  • 244 Personnel
  • 77,077 Acres
  • 55% Contained
  • Fire still smoldering

ROUGH FIRE

  • 2.5 miles to the southwest of Spanish Mountain and 5 miles North of Hume Lake
  • Start 7/30/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 1493 Personnel
  • 141,036 Acres
  • 68% Contained
  • Fire Behavior: Moderate, creeping, backing

TASSAJARA FIRE [CAL Fire]

  • 2.5 miles north of Jamesburg [Monterey County]
  • Start 9/19/15 @ 1500 PDT
  • CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
  • 300 Acres
  • 5% Contained

VALLY FIRE [CAL Fire]

  • Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties-Southern Lake County
  • Start 9/12/15.
  • 4234 Personnel
  • 74,500 Acres.
  • 50% Contained.

IDAHO

TEPEE SPRINGS FIRE

  • Along the river, the fire is 3 miles east of Riggins and 3.5 miles east of French Creek. The fire is one mile east of Chair Mt. Lookout-4 miles west of Florence.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 399 Personnel
  • 95,709 Acres
  • 87% Contained

MONTANA

BEAR LAKE FIRE

  • 12 miles SE of Wisdom
  • Start 8/20/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 87 Personnel
  • 6,443 Acres
  • 80% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  creeping and smoldering

OREGON

CANYON CREEK COMPLEX

  • John Day, Canyon City, Prairie City, Oregon less than 5 miles.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 158 Personnel
  • 110,422 Acres
  • 95% Contained
  • Fire Behavior: Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering. Minimal fire behavior was observed.

WASHINGTON STATE

CHELAN COMPLEX

  • 1 mile S of Chelan, WA
  • Start 8/14/15
  • Unknown cause
  • 254 Personnel
  • 88,985 Acres
  • 98% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Moderate backing, creeping, and single tree torching

KANISKU COMPLEX

  • Tower Fire is 8 mi NE Usk, WA. Baldy is 6 mi NW of Ione, WA. Remaining fires are approximately 4 mi NE of Ione, WA and east of Sullivan Lake.
  • Start 8/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 147 Personnel
  • 26,119 Acres
  • 80% Contained

KETTLE COMPLEX

  • Colville National Forest
  • Start 8/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 715 Personnel
  • 76,061 Acres
  • 77% Contained
  • Fire continues to back towards control lines. IR Flight shows limited growth in uncontrolled areas.

MEEKS TABLE

  • 14 miles NW of Naches, WA
  • Start 9/12/15
  • 301 Personnel
  • Human caused
  • 1,024 Acres
  • 25% Contained.
  • Fire activity is minimal.

NORTH STAR FIRE

  • 25 miles North of Coulee Dam, Washington
  • Start 8/13/15
  • Human caused
  • 1547 Personnel
  • 217,619 Acres
  • 85% Contained

OKANOGAN COMPLEX

  • Fires immediately west of the towns of Omak and Okanogan.
  • Start 8/14/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 442 Personnel
  • 133,142 Acres
  • 95% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Minimal backing, creeping and smoldering

TOWER FIRE

  • Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests
  • Start 8/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 147 Personnel
  • 26,119 Acres
  • 80% Contained
  • Smoldering continues

TUNK BLOCK FIRE

  • Ten miles northeast of Omak, Washington
  • Start 8/14/15
  • Unknown cause
  • 372 Personnel
  • 165,918 Acres
  • 97% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Minimal, creeping and smoldering

WOLVERINE FIRE

  • 15 miles NW of Lucerne, WA and 9 miles NW of Holden Village
  • Start 7/29/15
  • 455 Personnel
  • Lightning caused
  • 65,512 Acres
  • 80% Contained
  • Fire Behavior: Minimal, creeping and smoldering.

Thank you for reading and following our Blog. We appreciate every single one of you! #BeSafe #Friends

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

Active Wildfires in the U.S. – September 17, 2015

Here are the most Active fires we could find burning in the United States. We have gleaned information from various sources. If we have missed one or more, please let us know! We’re happy to add them to our list.  These will be update on a daily basis, as time allows.

CALIFORNIA

Butte Fire

  • East of Jackson
  • Start 9/9/15
  • 70,760 Acres
  • 55% Contained

Gasquet Complex

  • Multiple Ignited Lightning Fires Within The Gasquet Ranger District
  • Start 7/31/15
  • 30,341 Acres
  • 47% Contained

Mad River Complex

  • Ruth Lake and Mad River communities.
  • Start 7/30/15
  • 37,462 Acres
  • 100% Contained

Nickowitz Fire

  • Nickowitz Peak
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 7,509 Acres
  • 90% Contained.

River Complex

  • New River Drainage near the communities of Dailey Ranch, Hoboken and Denny.
  • Start 7/30/15.
  • 77,074 Acres.
  • 55% Contained.

Rough Fire

  • 2.5 miles to the southwest of Spanish Mountain and 5 miles North of Hume Lake
  • Start 7/30/15
  • 141,036 Acres
  • 67% Contained

South Complex

  • 1 mile north of Hyampom
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 29,416 Acres
  • 89% Contained

Valley Fire

  • Southern Lake Co
  • Start 9/12/15.
  • 73,700 Acres.
  • 35% Contained.

IDAHO

Tepee Springs Fire

  • Along the river, the fire is 3 miles east of Riggins and 3.5 miles east of French Creek. The fire is one mile east of Chair Mt. Lookout-4 miles west of Florence.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 95,709 Acres
  • 85% Contained

MONTANA

Bear Creek Fire

  • 1 mile south of the Spotted Bear Ranger District Compound, 57 miles from Hungry Horse
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 70,906 Acres
  • Unknown % Containment Status

Klondike Fire

  • Klondike Creek area (T15N, R9W, Section 20)
  • Unknown date started
  • 550 Acres
  • 26% Contained

Morrell Complex

  • 7 Miles northeast of Seeley Lake
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 870 Acres
  • 95% Contained

Spotted Bear District Fires

  • Monday August 10th, 2015 approx. 05:30 PM
  • 3568 Acres
  • Multiple Fires
  • Unknown Containment Status

Three Sisters

  • 35 miles North East of Swan Lake – Spotted Bear River Drainage
  • Start 8/3/15
  • 431 Acres
  • % of Containment unknown – High elevation fire

Trail Creek Fire

  • 2 miles East of Spotted Bear Ranger Station
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 22,200 Acres
  • Unknown % Containment status

OREGON

Canyon Creek Complex

  • John Day, Canyon City, Prairie City, Oregon less than 5 miles.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 110,422 Acres
  • 90% Contained

Dry Gulch

  • 7 Miles NW of Richland, OR
  • Start 9/12/15
  • 17,823 Acres
  • 65% Contained

Grizzly Bear Complex

  • 20 mile SE of Dayton, WA on the Umatilla National Forest, in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, on the WA/OR border, and on private lands protected by Washington DNR and by the Oregon Dept of Forestry.
  • Start 8/13/15.
  • 76,475 Acres
  • 44% Contained

National Creek Complex

  • Crater Lake National Park, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Umpqua National Forest.
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 20,945 Acres
  • 85% Contained

WASHINGTON STATE

Blankenship Fire

  • 15 miles NW of Lucerne, WA and 9 miles NW of Holden Village
  • Start 7/14/15
  • 212 Acres
  • 2% Contained

Carpenter Road Fire

  • 35 miles NW of Spokane, WA; North and East of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 63,972 Acres
  • 95% Contained

Chelan Complex

  • 1 mile S of Chelan, WA
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 88,985 Acres
  • 98% Contained

Kanisku Complex

  • Tower Fire is 8 mi NE Usk, WA. Baldy is 6 mi NW of Ione, WA. Remaining fires are approximately 4 mi NE of Ione, WA and east of Sullivan Lake.
  • Start 8/11/15
  • 26,044 Acres
  • 100% Contained

Kettle Complex

  • Colville National Forest
  • Start 8/11/15
  • 76,549 Acres
  • 72% Contained

Meeks Table

  • 14 miles NW of Naches, WA
  • Start 9/12/15
  • Human caused
  • 1,024 Acres
  • 20% Contained.

North Star Fire

  • 25 miles North of Coulee Dam, Washington
  • Start 8/13/15
  • 217,601 Acres
  • 65% Contained

Okanogan Complex

  • Fires immediately west of the towns of Omak and Okanogan.
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 133,142 Acres
  • 95% Contained

Tower Fire

  • Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests
  • Start 8/11/15
  • 26,044 Acres
  • 100% Contained

Tunk Block Fire

  • Ten miles northeast of Omak, Washington
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 167,840 Acres
  • 82% Contained

Wolverine Fire

  • 15 miles NW of Lucerne, WA and 9 miles NW of Holden Village
  • Start 7/29/15
  • 65,512 Acres
  • 35% Contained

Thank you for reading and following our Blog. We appreciate every single one of you! #BeSafe #Friends

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 5

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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.

COMMAND

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

FIRE STATUS

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.

RESOURCES

Personnel

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.

Helicopters

Increased to 18 from 8 assigned on Tuesday.

Dozers

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.

INCIDENT PARTNERS

  • Lake County
  • Sonoma County
  • Napa County
  • California Office of Emergency Services
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • CAL TRANS
  • California State Parks
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • CAL FIRE
  • 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

SHELTERS

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

ROAD CLOSURES

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

VOLUNTEERS

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

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

DONATIONS

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. [http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015/09/15/donations-for-fire-victims-collected-at-stockton-fairgrounds/]

Supporting Burn Centers

UC Davis Health System/Burn Unit

https://secure.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/giving/donations/online.

Firefighters Burn Institute

https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/ExpressDonation.aspx?ORGID2=237364927&vlrStratCode=gT0ehrnKCCqY%2bfLVxVPdEsP%2fT1y8bzi%2f3hh15EhJXOnUnDSeXnyVJLb4lqDNjmAs

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  Karlene.Rebich@sen.ca.gov 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.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

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 @safecallnow.org.  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 nwfireblog@comcast.net. 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.

– Lisa Swenson

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