Alaska | OR Lakes Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the military zone managed by the Alaska Fire Service that started on DOD land, about 10 miles southwest of Delta Junction.

FIRE STATUS

About 14,265 acres of tall grass, medium logging slash timber have all been destroyed. There is a 32% containment status reached by fire crews.

Active fire behavior has been reported along with wind-driven runs, backing and flanking.

RESOURCES

There are a total of 130 personnel, which include four crews and two helicopters.

The Alaska Green Team, an IMT-2 team is managing this fire incident.

COST-TO-DATE

Currently, the total cost of fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $1,000,000.00.

FIRE STATS

As of this post, there were 10 new wildfires reported since Friday with one Type 2 IMT committed for the Alaska area.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- 519/2019 @ 1500 PDT

Seattle Fire Responds to 2nd Full Response in Same Night

SEATTLE, Wash. | Seattle Firefighters were again dispatched to a full response to a vacant home located in the 600 block of 9th Avenue on Saturday night at 2335 hours PDT.

Firefighters worked tirelessly throughout the night into the early morning hours on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Photo Credit | Seattle Fire

RESOURCES

Units

Resources (CAD wiped out units before could get all of them) responded from all across the City to this location. This was a full response with additional units added to the call.

Command

Deputy 1 assumed 9th Avenue Command and the Battalion Chief on-scene was assigned Deputy IC (Incident Commander).

Water supply was confirmed by Command and Fire Dispatch that it was already established. (2354 hours)

FIRE OPERATIONS

Fire Suppression, Containment Efforts

One additional company was requested by an Engine company to assist with the fire attack line at the front door. (2350 hours)

A vertical vent was established o E25 reported there was water on the fire on floor 3, while Ladder 1 was tasked with a primary search on the same floor. Sprinkler in the building had been activated. (2352 hours.) n the roof per Roof Operations. (2355 hour).

Ladder 9 reported they were on Floor 2 and could feel the heat above them in the ceiling. (2355 hours).

Fire was reported to be between floors 2 and 3 on the Bravo side. Water on the fire. (2359 hours)

Four members were removed from the room leaving one to two members to observe conditions in Rooftop Operations.

Light smoke was reported after finding no fire but sprinklers were still activated on Floor 3. (5/19/2019 @ 00:07 hours). Not confirmed but was heard a firefighter say that the fire started on Floor 3 from a mattress fire. NOTE: Seattle FIU has not released the actual cause of the fire at the time of this posting.

Photo Credit | Seattle Fire

Command broadcasted several times over the radio, as did Fire Dispatch of a deck hazard on the ground floor on the Charlie side. (5/19/2019 @ 00:13 hours)

Water Supply

Water supply was quickly established by Engine 10. (2351 hours)

Search and Rescue

A primary search of floor 3 was completed and nothing was found. (2356 hours). Floor 2 was searched and nothing found.. (2359 hours)

A secondary search was completed throughout the whole structure with crews reporting nothing found. (5/19/2019 @ 00:22 hours)

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Fire Breaks out in Seattle

SEATTLE, Wash. | Firefighters were dispatched to a three-story apartment complex in the 1020 block of North 38th Street in Seattle on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 1746 hours PDT.

RESOURCES

The following units were dispatched as a “full response” to the structure fire: B6 E17 E9 L9 A2 AIR10 B4 DEP1 E18 E22 L6 L8 M18 M44 MAR5 SAFT2 STAF10 PIO.

FIRE OPERATIONS

The first due engine (E9) established an attack line through the front door of the structure. (1747 hours). Smoke was reported as visible on the Delta side.

It was later reported that structure was a multi-family structure, approximately 50 x 30 in size with smoke on the Charlie/Delta side. The building was observed as a two-story with a basement. Fire was on floor two which was indicated as the top floor. (1748 hours)

Battalion 6 assumed command. (1753 hours) and establishing 38th Street Command. Access appeared to be a little difficult but Command advised all incoming units to access from the Stone Avenue side and entering from the rear stairs to the fire.

Ladder 9 had water on the fire on the Bravo side, while Engine 9 was charging their attack line and Engine 17 as their back-up. Ladder 8 was tasked with search and rescue operations and Ladder 8 was in charge of the vent plan. Battalion 4 assumed (established) Division with Aid 2. (1759 hours)

It was later confirmed that the structure was not a two-story building but a three-story apartment complex with fire on the third floor. This being the actual top floor. Note: Firefighters go out and do fire inspections. They are fully aware of the buildings in their responding areas.

Seattle Firefighters enacted egress suppression efforts resulting in the fire being knocked down quickly. It was reported to Command the fire did not reach the attic. Primary search was all clear in Division 3. Fire crews (E18) were low on air and exited the building while Engine 17 went in to replace them. They were assigned pulling ceilings and checking for extensions with Engine 9 crew. (1803 PDT)

Fire was reported under control at about twenty minutes into the incident. (1803 hours). Firefighters checked for hot spots and pulled ceilings. Gas was secured to the building. (1807 hours).

Shortly thereafter, fire crews in Division 3 reported a tap fire. (1808 hours)

A secondary search of floor three was conducted only, since there was no smoke visible on floors one and two. The search was complete with nothing found deeming the whole structure clear and safe.

The Fire Investigator (Marshal 5) arrived on-scene to start his investigation to determine the cause. At this time, we do not know the cause of this fire.

Units began going back into service / released from the scene. (1827 PDT).

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Photo Credit: Seattle Fire.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/18/2019 1930 PDT

Abby Lane Wildfire | WA | 1

OROVILLE, Wash. | What would appear to be a small wildfire initially when WA DNR resources were dispatched at 1206 hours PDT to a single acre, has grown incredibly to a fast-moving fire and destroying many acres already.

LOCATION

The incident is unfolding on Mt. Hull area, which is located on Rocky Place off of Swanson Mill Road and just past Canyon Creek Road.

SIZE UP

The fire has now destroyed 15-20 acres in just over an hour. (1358 hours PDT)

The fire would later grow to 50 acres and fire crews reaching a 10% containment status but the IC would request any type of aircraft to assist with firefighting resources. Helicopters were reportedly working the fire on both sides but the wildfire was progressing on the southwest side and in the north portion. (Reported at 1435 hours PDT)

RESOURCES

Several engines, brush trucks and tenders have arrived on-scene with several helicopters arriving in tandem to help with firefighting suppression efforts.

Mutual aid units from Tonasket Fire was toned out at 1347 hours to help with additional manpower for structure protection.

The IC (Incident Commander) requested any type of aircraft preferably a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) or a Heavy (large airtanker). States there are three rotors out of Ellensburg. Looking for any fixed wing aircraft but sounded like none available. Dispatched advised that a tanker with retardant would take awhile to find as the closest at the moment is in Redmond (OR). The IC requested that it be lat/loaded at the Omak Airport but that requested would be denied. He would later request that she search for anything up in Canada. His last request for the time-being would be for a D4 or D5 (dozers). (1435 hours PDT)

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/12/2019 – 1458 PDT

MILL FIRE | Arizona | 3 | Final Update

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Air tanker dropping retardant over the Mill Fire

Air tanker dropping fire retardant right over the Mill Fire in Arizona. | Courtesy: Inciweb

CAUSE

It ignited from an unknown cause that is still under undetermined and under investigation.

FUELS

Fire fuels include but are not limited to:  brush, scrub oak, juniper and grass. The environment is also very dry.  179 acres have been completely destroyed.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters have been shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground and back out again.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident on the day the fire started on Monday but have been reduced down to 70 on Tuesday.

There is a Type 3 IC (Castro) also in Command with the PIO Delores Garcia.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

With a heavy emphasis on fire suppression and containment efforts, fire crews successfully reached a 50% containment status on Tuesday afternoon.  Fire Managers reported no fire growth today which is great news.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Weather conditions include isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There were no structures under threat or damaged.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/7/2019 @ 2000 Hour MST

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 2

UPDATE | Humidity and cooler temperatures have significantly reduced fire activity tonight. Firefighters have been flown out of the immediate fire area and will be flown in tomorrow. Interior heat and gusty winds a concern for tomorrow.  2110 hours MST. (Source:  BLM AZ Wildfire)

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 1

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

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Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

MCI | Crane Topples On To Cars Below in Seattle | 1

SEATTLE, Wa.  |  A crane on the top of a building toppled on to several cars below in the area of Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street on  Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2019.

Toppled crane | Credit: SDOT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Seattle Fire and Police were dispatched to the area as a Mass Casualty Incident or MCI as it is more commonly called.  Seattle Fire’s CAD system showed the incident as a heavy rescue – major.

‘”The incident at Fairview Ave N and involved a crane that fell into traffic. 5 cars were crushed. There are a total of 4 fatalities, and 3 injured patients that have been transferred to the hospital.”

– Seattle Fire Department PIO

RESOURCES

Fire Units

At 1527 hours or 3:27 pm, West Coast time, Seattle Fire resources included:

Air Units 10 and 240-260.

Battalions 2, 5, 4 and 6.

Deputy 1, Safety 2, Staff 10, PIO and Chaplain 7. MCI 1.

Aid Units 2, 5, 14 and 25.  Medics 1, 10, 17, 18 and 44 (Supervisor).

Engines 2, 5, 8, 9,  17,  20, 21, 22, 25 and 34.

Ladders 1, 4,  6, 9 and 10.

Heavy Rescue 1.

Majority of fire resources were starting to go back into service around 1700 hours PDT, while others were still assigned to the MCI Incident.

Seattle Police

WSDOT 

Several Incident Response Team personnel were dispatched to shutdown the Mercer Street on/off ramp off of I-5.  (WSDOT)

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Mercer Street

All WB and EB lanes closed at Mercer St at Fairview Ave. Fallen crane on west side of Fairview Ave N and Mercer St intersection. (SDOT 1533 PDT, Alert expected to expire 2359 PDT)

Please avoid travelling near Fairview Avenue and Mercer Street. Roads are closed while emergency personnel respond to a fallen construction crane. Expect and plan for traffic impacts in the surrounding areas. PIO Michaud en route to the scene. (Seattle Police)

SR99

NB | On the SR 99 northbound off-ramp to Mercer St (MP 33) there is a disabled vehicle partially blocking the ramp. (WSDOT 1635 hours PDT)

I-5 

SB | On I-5 southbound at Anderson Rd (MP 225) there is a collision blocking the right lane. The Incident Response Team and the State Patrol have arrived on the scene. (WSDOT 1619 PDT)

NB | Update 4:09 PM : On the I-5 northbound off-ramp to Mercer St (MP 166) there is an incident blocking the ramp and the left general purpose lane. Medical Aid, Fire Assistance, the Incident Response Team, and Seattle Police have arrived on the scene.  (WSDOT 1610 PDT)

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • Construction crane toppled from top of multi-story building.
  • Crane fell atop of multiple number of cars, killing several people.
  • Heavy equipment was seen laying across several lanes of traffic.
  • All lanes blocked.
  • 4 people killed, 3 others injured.

CAUSE

The cause of today’s accident is unknown but we will update as soon as investigators determine it.

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(c) 2019 NW FIRE BLOG – Updated 4/27/2019 @ 1715 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | WA | Week of April 15, 2019

Washington State | Due to the Fire Season starting early this year, we have begun our weekly series called The Wildfire Log for each State starting with Washington and then Oregon.  As fires start picking up, we will be trying our best (to stay caught up) to report them on a daily basis. Past years have been so crazzzzeeeee – and, that’s an understatement.

Here is your Wildfire Activity log for the week of April 15, 2019 (Monday through Saturday).

Chelan County

4/17/2019 @ 1615 hours | Merry Canyon Fire | Merry Canyon. Grass fire fuels.  0.75 acres. Contained and controlled 1453 hours. Incident #SES-45 PN L75T (1502) CDQ-221.

Colville Agency/Mt Tolman

4/20/2019 @ 1324 Hours | Jack Wells Road Fire | Limited information. 1 acre. Inc #COA-1900-50 L78J.

Kittitas County

4/15/2019 @ 1604 hours | Manastash Creek Fire | Manastash Creek.  Grass fire.  0.1 acres. Contained @ 1710 and controlled @ 1711 hours. Incident #SES-43 CDP-221.

Okanogan County

4/18/2019 @ 0759 hours | Silver Queen Fire | Silver Queen.  0.1 acre.  WFS jurisdiction.  Incident #NES-1166 AOH-221.

4/17/2019 @ 1805 hours | Antwyne Split Fire | Antwyne Valley.  1.74 acres of grass, brush, timber, logs and duff.  IC HI 7102.  Contained 4/17/2019 @ 2315 hours. Controlled 4/18/2019 @ 1000 hours. Inc #NES-1168 AOI-221.

Spokane County

4/16/2019 @ 1601 hours | Espanola Fire | Chase Road.  Grass, brush and timber fire fuels. 0.1 acre. IC AR444.  Contained on 4/16/2019 @ 1700 hours. Controlled @ 4/16/2019 @ 1800 hours. Inc #NES-1164 AOF-221.

Stevens County

4/17/2019 @ 1602 hours | Cole Creek Fire | Grass, brush and slash fire fuels. 0.2 acres. IC NC 26.  Patrol status.  Inc #NES-1167 AOJ-221.

4/17/2019 @ 1105 hours | Gillette Creek Fire | Adam Sherry.  WFS jurisdiction. 0.1 acre. Inc# NES-1165 AOG-221.

4/16/2019 @ 1554 hours | Corbett Fire | Corbett Creek.  Grass fire fuels.  0.4 acre.  Contained on 4/16/2019 @ 1630  hours. Controlled and put out on 4/18/2019 @ 1101 hours. Inc #NES-1163  AOE-221.

4/15/2019 @ 1804 Hours | Flowery Fire | Flowery Trail. Grass, brush and slash fire fuels. 2 acres. IC NC 345.  Contained on 4/15/2019 @ 2000.  Controlled on 4/16/2019 @ 1000 hours.  Inc #NES-1160 AOD-221.

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NM WILDFIRE | 267 FIRE | 1

FLOYD, New Mex.

Incident Summary

A brush fire broke out on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, around 1325 hours MDT on the NM Hwy 267 S Roosevelt X Road in Floyd (Roosevelt County) in New Mexico.

The cause is unknown but under investigation.

Current Fire Status

The fire consumed approximately  1,000 of acres of grass which started on privately owned property.  Two residential (homes) structures were said to have been burned.

Evacuations were in effect, as well as road closures.  Closures were due to smoke and dust in the area.  Winds were reportedly as clocked at between 50-65 miles-per-hour. (1526 hours MDT)

The fire was listed at a 0% containment status. (1555 hours MDT) and burning near the eastern New Mexico’s state line. (1555 hours MDT).  It would be later reported that fire crews were able to gain partial containment near the area of Portales (1722 hours MDT).  Fire crews were able to fully gain 100% containment around the fire and enabling Command to lift the evacuation orders. (1750 hours MDT).

Today’s wildfires via the Alamogordo Dispatch Center

Gains Well Fire

Fire crews were dispatched at 1446 hours MDT to the Gains Well area.  Fire was stopped at 0.10 acres. BIA E6066 was on-scene.  No word of the cause.

Honolulu Fire

Firefighters were dispatched at 1351 hours MDT to Darby and Honolulu Road for a wildfire. They were able to stop forward movement at 0.1 acres.  No word of the cause.

Empire Fire

Crews were dispatched through the Alamogordo Dispatch Center to response to Hwy 82 Hill Top at 1341 hours MDT.  The fire burned only a small area with a total of 0.1 acre scorched.  Cause unknown.

Median Fire

VFD and State resources respond at 1123 hours MDT to Hwy 285 N at milepost 182 for a wildfire at 1123 hours MDT.  VFD resources have been released. State Fire resources along with E42 will remain on-scene.  162 acres destroyed. Unknown cause.

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