Seattle Firefighters Tap Basement Fire Quickly

SEATTLE, Washington —

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 9000 block of 17th Avenue SW on Friday, September 28, 2018 around 1733 hours PDT.  Battalion 5 assumed fire control and the incident became 17th Avenue Command.

The fire appears to have been fully engulfed in the basement when crews arrived.

RESOURCES

Fire Units included Aid 14, Air Unit 10, Battalions 5 and 7, Deputy 1, Engines 11, 26, 27, 36 and 37; Ladders 1 and 11; Medics 32 and 44 (Supervisor); Marshal 5 (FIU); Rescue 1 (Heavy Rescue unit), REHAB1 (Firefighter REHAB), Safety 2 Officer and Staff 10 (Officer).

Seattle Fire apparatus. (Not the fire scene) Stock Photo Credit: NW Fire Blog

FIRE TACTICS

Fire was reported to be burning in the basement on the alpha/bravo corner.  A 360* was completed of the building by Command/Staffing.  Primary and secondary searches of whole building resulted in nothing found.

Water was on the fire around 1929 hours. Less than 10 minutes later, overhaul was in progress.  A DECON line was established along with ventilation.  Rescue 1 had secured gas and established ventilation and was working securing the power.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

The fire was tapped (put out) at 1941 hours.

Most of the Command staff (B5, Deputy 1 and Safety 2) went back into service quickly, while fire crews continued to overhaul and go through the DECON (decontaminate their gear and equipment) Line established at one of their engines.

Great job to Seattle Firefighters for putting out this basement fire so quickly and safely, so that everyone goes home.

INJURIES

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

CAUSE

The cause is currently unknown, as well as the financial damage to the contents and structure.

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Washington Wildfire | Cougar Creek Fire | 4

UPDATE 4 – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Collage of various men and women firefighters

Various photos of the men and women in the fire service. Credit: OK-WEN NF

The COUGAR CREEK FIRE is burning approximately 20 miles northwest of Entiat, about 12 miles northwest of Ardenvoir and 7.5 miles of Plain, Washington.  The fire started by lightning.

Along with the COUGAR CREEK FIRE, the IC is also managing the LOST FIRE and BANNOCK LAKES FIRE.

The LOST FIRE is located about 10 miles north of Plain, Washington.  The 80-acre fire has been fully contained and is being monitored by air.

The BANNOCK LAKES FIRE is located about 177 miles west of Stehekin in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness.  This fire is burning among large rocky outcroppings and isolated clusters of timber in steep and inaccessible terrain.  The fire is currently not staffed and is also being monitored by air.

The fires are burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and private lands.

Sunrise over Cougar Creek ICP, located at Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, looking toward the southwest.

Sunrise over the Cougar Creek ICP. Credit: OK-WEN NF

There are currently 297 fire personnel assigned along with 7 crews and 13 engines.  The NW IMT Team 10 with IC Alan Lawson will relinquish command to all three wildfires to a local Type 3 Team at 1800 hours PDT this evening.

The Incident Command Post or also known as the ICP is located at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

About 42,712 acres have been destroyed and crews have reached a 79% containment status.

Fire suppression and containment costs have exploded up to $42.3 Million.

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Washington Wildfire | Iron East Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Tuesday, September 11th

Retardant on Iron East

Credit: OK-WEN NF

A wildfire named the IRON EAST FIRE was started around 2200 hours by lightning that sparked two fires in the Blewett Pass area on Friday.

Level 2 evacuations are still in effect for structures .5 to the northeast of the fire with Hwy 97 still closed all week to enable WSDOT workers to install culverts.

The required types and number of crews all have arrived and can now safely work on both fire lines.   They have been tasked with prepping on both fires with improving line, installing hose lays, chipping removed brush and getting ready to remove fuels through burnout operations.

Air resources are still working to cool both fires and slow forward spread of the fire. A Type 1 Helicopter will be assigned solely to this fire today working on the western side of the fires.

The fire has burned 125 acres

Weather is expected to be cooler in the 50’s with a moisture in the air for the next four days. This will allow crews to suppress and contain both fires with weather supporting them.

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Washington Wildfire | Iron East Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Monday, September 10th

A wildfire named the IRON EAST FIRE was started around 2200 hours by lightning that started two fires in the Blewett Pass area.  About 32 acres are burning to the east of Forest Service Rd 9714 and eight acres to the west of FS Rd 9714.

Crew marching to work line

Credit: OK-Wen NF

Level 2 evacuations were issued for homes about .5 miles north of the fire.  Engines were dispatched to the area neighborhoods for structure protection.

A VLAT (very large air tanker), a heavy tanker and helicopters were dropping retardant over the fire line.  Water was also being implemented to slow the fire’s forward spread.  Dozers were used to improve the overgrown roadways on the eastern side of the fire.

Hand crews drove over one-hour and hiked 1.5 hours to the fire line.  Some of the crews would be “spiking out” overnight to lessen their response time.  There are about 283 firefighters assigned to this fire with more due to arrive.

Iron East both fires from the air

Both fires seen via the air. Credit: OK-Wen NF

All fire suppression gear which include hoses and valves/nozzles etc. will be delivered by helicopter.

Highway 97 has been closed for one week while WSDOT installs culverts.

Hikers and campers have been evacuated near the fire by the Forest Service.

Tuesday’s weather is expected to be cooler with a higher relative humidity and gusty winds.  A chance of thunderstorms are expected.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington Wildfire | Crescent Mtn Fire | 2

Crescent Mtn Fire | Monday, September 4 – 0930 PDT

Incident Summary  | The Crescent Mountain Fire started on July 29, 2018, in the Headwaters of the Twisp River Valley which is located about 21 miles west of Twisp, Washington.   The fire was ignited by lightning that struck the area causing many fire starts.

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Photo Credit | USFS

Fire Size | The fire has scorched 46,650 acres of lodgepole pine, true fire and sub-alpine fir.  Crews have reached a 35% containment status.

Threats | About 196 homes are currently being threatened.

Resources | There are 835 total personnel assigned to this incident along with 23 crews, 25 helicopters and 39 engines.

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Current Fire Status | Fire continues to spread in the Mission Peak area on Sunday. Construction of control lines continue from Libby Creek area to Foggy Dew. Today’s focus will also be on mop-up operations with hand crews and engines.

Cost-to-Date | $24.3 Million.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

WA Wildfire | Wagon Wheel Fire | 1

Benton County, Washington | Wagon Wheel Fire

Incident Summary | A 2-alarm wildfire broke out on Saturday, September 1, 2018, near Highway 225, just north of Benton City would grow from a smaller into a large one advancing towards Red Mountain.

The fire was said to have originated just before 1415 hours PDT near the end of W Sunrise PR NW in Benton County.  The fire was said to be near the southeast edge of the Arid Lands Ecology Preserve.

Level 3 evacuations were initiated for those who live between SR 225, N Trinity PR and S Wagon Wheel around 1630 hours on Saturday.  Road closures included SR 225 from Acord Road to SR 240.

Evacuations would be later lifted at 1730 hours for residents for the same previous areas broadcasted but SR 225 remained closed.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Resources | State was approved and were/are en route.

Current Situation Report | All roadways are back open and evacuation orders have been lifted.  Crews have reached a 50% containment status.  Around 1720 hours on Saturday, Level 3 evacuations had been ordered for the Wagon Wheel PR to the north of Trinity PR NW.  Fire is said to have burned up to 7,500 acres. (per a media report). WildCAD is still showing 3,000 acres burned.

#WagonWheelFire #WAwildfires

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Washington Wildfire | Crystal Fire | 3

East Wenatchee, Washington | Crystal Fire | Sunday, September 2, 2018 —
Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out near the Pangborn Airport in Douglas County on September 1, 2018.  It was said to have started on County land, one mile from East Wenatchee, Washington. Fire crews were dispatched just after 0530 hours PDT on Saturday after reports of the fire behavior being very active and burning downward towards homes, orchards and near the airport sparking evacuation notices to be issued to residents.
Situation Report  |  As of today, the fire is estimated at 2,610 acres with no fire growth overnight.  All evacuation notices have been removed along with roads being reopened.  3 Divisions are working the fire today in strengthening containment lines.
Fire Fuels | Grass and brush are fire fuels.
Cause |  No word on the cause but it is under investigation.
Resources |  State Fire Mobe was approved and en route around 1100 hours PDT. Initial resources included AHTANUM 20 BLM-13 CREW-52 CREW-74 E-6695 BLM E-6696 BLM were dispatched around 0537 hours this morning.
Several aircraft were ordered back to Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee and hold.  We caught these choppers at Pangborn after we left the fire incident on Saturday afternoon.
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One of two rotors at Pangborn Memorial Airport.

Cost-to-Date | CTD has reached approximately $20,000.00.
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Washington Wildfire | Crystal Fire | 2

East Wenatchee, Washington | Crystal Fire
Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out near the Pangborn Airport in East Wenatchee in Douglas County on September 1, 2018.  Earlier this morning, the fire was observed as active and surrounding the hillside and moving downward towards the airport.
Fire Size  |  At the time of resources being dispatched, the fire was at around five acres but less than two hours later the fire had reached a whopping 2,500 acres!  (According to WildCAD)
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An Engine sits at the bottom of the hillside while crews behind are working on hose lines and appear to be doing some mop up work. (They are not pictured here). (c) NW Fire Blog

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush are fire fuels.
Cause | No word on the cause but it is under investigation.
Resources |  State Fire Mobe was approved and en route around 1100 hours PDT. Initial resources included AHTANUM 20 BLM-13 CREW-52 CREW-74 E-6695 BLM E-6696 BLM were dispatched around 0537 hours this morning.
OUR Fire Chasing Activities |  We arrived around 1430 hours PDT, at or near the same time the IC requested the two rotors which he wanted to work a little area making drops before being released from the incident.
They were ordered to go to Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee and hold.
Crews appeared to be working with hose lines and mop-up work while were checking out their fire tactics and activities.  These crew members are at the bottom of the hillside where the fire scorched the landscape and came literally a few steps from the back doors of many homes.
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Updates |  Here are some of the Updates released by other Agencies. (We apologize for our delayed responses while we were mobile – we had some technical difficulties in the field).
* 0537 | Units dispatched.  Fire reported at 5 acres with 0% containment status.
*  0715 | WA Fire Marshal’s Office (WSP) states fire is now at 2,500+ acres.
* 1100 |  State mobe resources along with a  Type 3 IMT are approved and en route.  The IMT is expected to assume control of the fire later in the afternoon.
* 1130 |  2 helicopters are assisting on the wildfire.  There are no additional evacuations, however,  road closures are in effect for 10th Street NE from N Lyle to N Stark.  The perimeter around the fire is N of 10th Street between N Lyle Avenue and Keane Grade.
* 1255 |  2 helicopters and 4 SEATs are making drops over the fire line. A 5th Air Tanker is on order.  The Douglas County Sheriff Office (DCSO) Marine unit is at Hydro Park assisting with dipping activities at both above and below Rock Island Dam.
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One of two rotors at Pangborn Memorial Airport.

* 1321 | WA DNR retweets the DCSO resource order tweet.
* 1533 |  DCSO announces all road closures have been lifted as of 1500 hours.  Level 2 evacuations notices remain in effect for about 40 homes on N Nickel Lane, NE Olympic Drive and NE 10th Street from N Nile to N Stark Avenue.
* 2145 | The Type 3 IMT unit took over fire control at 1600 hours and the official size of the fire is said to be at 2,000 acres.
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Smoke still billows out in the canyon. Crews are in mop-up operations.

Fire Chasing Activities |  What we observed while out in the field.
* Fire Conditions | Lots and lots of Beetle Kill trees with down and dead debris, extremely dry conditions.
* Burn Scars | We drove through several burn scars on Hwy 97 towards Wenatchee on both sides of the highway.
* Air Quality | It was very smoky in the Quincy Valley where there are many vineyards.
* Fire Tactics | We arrived in time to see crews working on mop-up and see that the fire behavior appeared to be smoldering with some hot spots.
* Mutual Aid/State Mobe Resources | An engine strike team from Clark County Fire District passed us in the opposite direction in Quincy while we were leaving the Crystal Fire scene.
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Fire burned the area near vineyards, orchards, homes and the airport. (c) NW Fire Blog

* Aircraft Resources | Visiting Pangborn Memorial Airport and seeing two SEATs and two Rotors.  There may have been additional aircraft there but it was not visible to us.
* Additional Aircraft Resources | A visit to one of our many places we like to photograph and this was the Moses Lake Air Tanker Base.  We spied two Air Tankers 101 and 103 from Erickson, VLAT Tanker 912 and a lead plane that all took off and were being dispatched to an unknown wildfire.
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Washington Wildfire | Crystal Fire | 1

Washington | Crystal Fire
 
Douglas County. Burning near Pangborn Airport. Units dispatched 9/1/2018 @ 0537 hours PDT at which time it was at 5 acres. It is now reported at 2500 acres and growing as of 0715 hours PDT. Grass and brush fire fuels. Resources originally dispatched were AHTANUM 20 BLM-13 CREW-52 CREW-74 E-6695 BLM E-6696 BLM. 0% contained. State Fire mobe approved and units are starting to deploy to the fire line.
 
NOTE: If the fire is still actively burning and growing, we will be heading that way to cover this fire. More updates to follow.
 
9/1/2018 @ 0925 hours PDT
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Washington State Wildfires | Sit Rep | August 30 2018

Thank you for reading our Blog and today’s Sit Rep for Washington State wildfires.  All active wildfires will be posted as separate incidents.  Here is your fire recap for Thursday, August 30, 2018.

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CENTRAL WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

RED FIELD FIRE – Wildfire – Pine Canyon. Douglas County.  Units dispatched 1312 hours PDT. Grass and brush fire fuels.  Contained and controlled at 1521 hours PDT.  0.1 acre.

HOT SPRINGS FIRE – Wildfire – Hot Springs.  Units SE-641, SE-642, SE-TSUBOTA dispatched at 1716 hours PDT. Resources on-scene.  10 acres.

POLE PICK FIRE – Smoke Check – Frazer Creek.  Units dispatched at 1901 hours PDT.  Div-4 resources on-scene.

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NORTHEAST WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

WELCOME ROAD FIRE – South Welcome Road.  Spokane County.  Dispatched at 1106 hours PDT.  Handled by WFS, not a DNR call.

PASCAL CEMETERY FIRE – Spring Road.  Stevens County.  Dispatched at 1255 hours PDT.  Resources AA 444 TS responded.  Another Agency (SPA) not DNR.

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OLYMPIC REGION DISPATCH

TARBOO 3 FIRE – Tarboo Lake Road, Olympia.  Brush and slash fire fuels.  Units dispatched at 1348 hours PDT.  Contained at 1417 hours PDT.  0.1 acre.

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PACIFIC CASCADE DISPATCH CENTER

HOT SPRINGS FIRE – Hot Springs. Skamania.  E281 and E283.  Dispatched at 1640 hours PDT.  Resources on-scene.

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COLVILLE AGENCY MT TOLMAN DISPATCH CENTER

PETER DAN II FIRE – Colville.  Resources dispatched at 1354 hours PDT.  Grass fire fuels.  Contained & under control at 1809 hours. 0.1 acres.

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COLUMBIA CASCADE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

BIG CREEK FIRE  – Big Creek.  Resources dispatched at 1508 hours PDT. 0.1 acres.  Controlled at 1750 hours PDT.

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