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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NW Wildfires | Sit Rep | August 27, 2018

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To make it more simple (yes, we are changin’ up things again), we have combined current and past fire incidents that have occurred today and those that are still actively burning.

OREGON 

CENTRAL OREGON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

Active Fire Behavior North flank Jennies Peak Fire - August 23rd

Jennie’s Peak Fire. | Credit: Prineville District

JENNIE’S PEAK 1039 RN FIRE.  14 miles S of Fossil.  Transferred from IMT 2 Command back to the local unit.  Min fire behavior. — 45,956 acres.  95% contained.  — $2.1 Million cost-to-date.

FREMONT – WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST

Image of night firing operations also known as burnout operations

Watson Creek Fire. | Credit: USFS

WATSON CREEK FIRE.  13 miles W of Paisley.  Moderate fire behavior with group torching, wind-driven runs and short-range spotting. Numerous structures threatened.  Closures in effect.  — 56,185 acres.  50% contained.  — 1,043 personnel.  28 crews.  76 engines.  5 helicopters.  — $10.2 Million cost-to-date.

BLM – MEDFORD UNIT

A Baker River Hotshot manning the hose as they burnout dozerline behind Thunderbird Ranch near Taylor Creek, August 3rd..

Taylor Creek Fire. | Credit: USFS

TAYLOR CREEK FIRE.  10 miles W of Grants Pass.  Min fire behavior.  — 52,838 acres.  95% contained.  — 390 personnel.  8 crews.  22 engines.  — $29.9 Million cost-to-date.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

Ramsey Canyon Fire. | Credit: NWS IMET Operations.

RAMSEY CREEK FIRE.  Medford Unit. 12 miles N of Eagle Point. Moderate fire behavior with backing, single-tree torching and spotting.  Home and structures threatened. Road closures in effect. Evacuation orders have been lifted.  — 1,971 acres.  40% contained.  — 942 personnel. 27 crews.  51 engines.  3 helicopters. — 1 structure lost.  — $4.4 Million cost-to-date.

OREGON PRIVATE LANDS

STUBBLEFIELD 1008 RN FIRE.  7 miles W of Condon.  Minimal fire.  — 54,221 acres.  95% contained. — 20 personnel.  — 1 crew.  2 engines.  — 2 structures lost.  — $2.2 Million cost-to-date.  — Started on private land.

ROGUE RIVER – SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST

Night operations firing August 23, 2018 photo by Weston Smith

Klondike Fire. | Credit: Weston Smith via Inciweb

KLONDIKE FIRE.  9 miles NW of Selma.  Active fire behavior with uphill runs, single tree torching and flanking. Structures threatened. Closures in effect. — 89,597 acres.  37% contained.  — 1,046 acres.  20 crews.  47 engines. 3 helos.  $29.3 Million cost-to-date.

Lacey and Australian Firefighter. | Credit: Lacey FD13

NATCHEZ FIRE.  14 miles SE of Cave Junction. Moderate fire behavior with backing, torching and flanking. Structures threatened. Closures in effect.  — 24,605 acres.  70% contained.  — 504 personnel.  11 crews.  16 engines. 6 helicopters. — $32 Million cost-to-date.

SOUTH GILLIAM COUNTY RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

LONEROCK 1057 RN FIRE.   8 miles SE of Condon. Min fire behavior.  — 5,056 acres.  95% contained. — 0 personnel.  — $560,000 cost-to-date.

UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST

COLUMBUS FIRE.  5 miles E of Tiller.  Active fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching.  Closures in effect.  — 10,226 acres. 56% contained. — Total 317 personnel.  3 crews. 13 engines. 2 bulldozers.

Miles Fire. | Credit: Miles Fire Information

MILES FIRE.  5 miles NE of Trail.  Active fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and creeping.  Structures threatened. Closures in effect.  — 35,741 acres.  54% contained.  317 personnel.  3 crews.  13 engines.  2 helicopters.  2 structures lost.  $77.4 Million cost-to-date.

SNOW SHOE FIRE.  Approximately, 7 miles NE of Trail.  3,816 acres.  100% contained. Part of the 2018 South Umpqua Complex Fire.  — Total 317 personnel.  3 crews. 13 engines. 2 bulldozers.

ROUND TOP FIRE.  154 acres.   7 miles NE of Trail.  154 acres.  100% contained.  Part of the 2018 South Umpqua Complex Fire. — Total 317 personnel.  3 crews. 13 engines. 2 bulldozers.

WILLIAMETTE NATIONAL FOREST

Terwillinger Fire. | Credit: NWS IMET Operations

TERWILLINGER FIRE.  5 miles SE of Blue River.  Active fire behavior with flanking, spotting and group torching.  Structures threatened. Closures in effect.  Rain fell over the area on Sunday.  — 5,398 acres.  2% contained.  — 382 personnel.  9 crews.  16 engines.  4 helicopters.  — $2.1 Million cost-to-date.

WASHINGTON STATE

COLVILLE NATIONAL FOREST

HORNS MOUNTAIN FIRE.   19 miles N of Evans.  Transferred from IMT2 back to the local unit on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  Moderate fire behavior with backing, isolated torching and smoldering.  Rain fell over the area on Sunday.  — 5,439 acres.  85% contained.  — 516 personnel.  13 crews.  10 engines.  3 helicopters.  — $9.6 Million cost-to-date.

NE WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

CORBETT FIRE.  Corbett Creek Road.  Stevens County.  Crown, grass and brush.  PC277 IC at 1630 hours.  Dispatched resources at 1556 hours.  Controlled/contained at 1615 hours. 0.01 acre. Unknown cause.

The light of the burnout operations glows through the trees (Photo: Seth Merrit)

Boyds Fire | Credit: USFS

BOYDS FIRE.  3 miles W of Kettle Falls. Transfer of IMT2 command back to local unit to occur on August 29, 2018.  Min fire behavior. — 4,549 acres.  81% contained.  — 502 personnel.  12 crews. 30 engines. 4 helicopter. — 9 structures lost — $11 Million cost-to-date.

OKANOGAN – WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST

Smoke in the Buttermilk area

Crescent Mountain Fire. | Credit: USFS

CRESCENT MOUNTAIN FIRE.  18 miles W of Winthrop.  Minimal fire behavior.  Structures threatened. Closures in effect. Rain fell over area on Sunday.  — 42,784 acres. 24% contained. — 559 personnel.  10 crews.  29 engines. 7 helicopters. — $15.9 Million cost-to-date.

Firefighters use tactiacal firing along 8-Mile Road in advance of the McLeod Fire.

McLeod Fire. | Credit: USFS

MCLEOD FIRE.  8 miles N of Mazama.  Min fire behavior.  Structures threatened. Closures. Rain fell over area on Sunday.  — 21,585 acres. 5% contained.  — 391 personnel.  9 crews.  35 engines.  — $3.8 Million cost-to-date.

HOLMAN FIRE.  19 miles NW of Mazama. Min fire behavior. Structures threatened. Closures in effect.  — 284 acres.  1% contained.  — 0 resources — $4,000 cost-to-date.

Photo of nightime burning operations with fire visible along the ground a firefighter adjacent to it holding a drip torch.

Cougar Creek Fire. | Credit: USFS

COUGAR CREEK FIRE.  12 miles NW of Ardenvoir.  Min fire behavior. Structures threatened. Closures in effect. Rain fell over area yesterday.  — 41,324 acres.  45% contained.  — 762 personnel.  18 crews.  27 engines.  9 helicopters.  — $30 Million cost-to-date.

BANNOCK LAKES FIRE.  14 miles SW of Stehekin. Min fire behavior. Closures in effect. Rain fell over the area on Sunday.  — 485 acres.  0% contained.  — 0 resources.  — $39k cost-to-date.

Fire crew is testing the ignition quality of fuels.

Miriam Fire. | Credit: USFS

MIRIAM FIRE.  15 miles E of Packwood. Min fire behavior. — 4,228 acres.  40% contained.  — 281 personnel.  5 crews.  3 engines.  4 helos.  — $11.5 Million cost-to-date.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST

Maple Fire. | Credit: Olympic Forest

MAPLE FIRE.  2,600 acres. 45% contained.  Rain fell over the area last night.

 

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Horns Mountain Fire | Northport Washington | 1

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 18, 2018 

A wildfire broke out on August 11, 2018, located 11 miles northwest of Northport, Washington State that was started by a lightning strike.  Due to extremely dry and high temps, the fire would build up to 300 acres scorched.

On August 14th, the fire was 19 miles north of Evans, Washington and was reportedly near the US / Canadian border.  The fire behavior at that time was said to be very active with uphill runs, torching and backing.  On that day, the fire had burned up to 667 acres with a 0% containment status.  229 personnel along with 9 crews, 5 engines and 3 helos staffed the incident.  On the same day, an Air Spray USA firefighting plane crashed around 1400 hours but the pilot was able to self-extricate himself and walking away with non-threatening injuries.

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A plane similar to the Fire Boss that hard landed. | Credit: WA DNR

Today, the fire has now crossed over the US / Canadian border burning the area threatening regional transmission lines, private timber, grazing allotments and 33 nearby homes.  Evacuation orders are in effect.

Unified Command consist of BC Wildfire Services, Regional District Kootenay Fire Mgmt, USFS and NWIIMT9.

At the time of this report, the fire has burned 3,000 acres and is 20% contained.  Firefighters have been faced with many active wildfires and brand new fire starts.

There are currently 386 personnel along with aircraft, engines and heavy equipment resources assigned to this incident.

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LOWER CLE ELUM RIVER FIRE | WA | 2

CLE ELUM, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 2 – JULY 29 – 2018 – 1930 HOURS PDT

Washington State Patrol states the wildfire started on I-90 at Milepost 81 and is estimated at eight acres.

Credit | WSP Trooper Bryant

Fire resources include local Fire District and DNR personnel working on suppression and containment.

The Washington State Department of Transportation or WSDOT PIO states the following:

“We have 1 WB lane back open @ MP 85 near Cle Elum. A car fire started a grass fire in the area.”

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1900 HOURS PDT

A wildfire broke out on I-90 at Milepost 81 in the Cle Elum area around 1736 hours PDT this evening,prompting fire resources BATT-31 E-332 SE-426 SE-442 SE-461 SE-468 SE-SEWELL to be dispatched.

This was done through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center who dispatched assets to the fire incident in Kittitas County located at T20N R15E S31.

As of the time of this posting, there were additional assets including a Type 2, Lead and two heavy air tankers responding.  Additional fire resources are responding to the scene.

Division Alpha is at Milepost 81.  Division Charlie has been established but we did not hear what the location was over the scanner.

UPDATE | Left lane  is currently open as of 1851 PDT but power lines are being threatened and if they have the possibility of falling across the lanes.  They will have to shut down the road again.

A traffic update was released by WSP Trooper Bryant:  “I-90 westbound now fully closed due to fire. Traffic being detoured by WSP at Cle Elum, Exit 84 to SR-903 and then back to I-90 westbound at Exit 80, Bullfrog. Expect delays. Unknown ETA for reopening.”

The fire name is officially LOWER CLE ELUM RIVER FIRE.  We were also using hashtags I90 FIRE and CLE ELUM FIRE.  These still may be used giving the more exact location of the incident.

We are providing *Live* Fire coverage on our Twitter page @nwfireblog if you want to see what’s happening.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

NEW START | LOWER CLE ELUM RIVER FIRE | WASHINGTON

CLE ELUM, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1900 HOURS PDT

A wildfire broke out on I-90 at Milepost 81 in the Cle Elum area around 1736 hours PDT this evening,prompting fire resources BATT-31 E-332 SE-426 SE-442 SE-461 SE-468 SE-SEWELL to be dispatched.

This was done through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center who dispatched assets to the fire incident in Kittitas County located at T20N R15E S31.

As of the time of this posting, there were additional assets including a Type 2, Lead and two heavy air tankers responding.  Additional fire resources are responding to the scene.

Division Alpha is at Milepost 81.  Division Charlie has been established but we did not hear what the location was over the scanner.

UPDATE | Left lane  is currently open as of 1851 PDT but power lines are being threatened and if they have the possibility of falling across the lanes.  They will have to shut down the road again.

A traffic update was released by WSP Trooper Bryant:  “I-90 westbound now fully closed due to fire. Traffic being detoured by WSP at Cle Elum, Exit 84 to SR-903 and then back to I-90 westbound at Exit 80, Bullfrog. Expect delays. Unknown ETA for reopening.”

The fire name is officially LOWER CLE ELUM RIVER FIRE.  We were also using hashtags I90 FIRE and CLE ELUM FIRE.  These still may be used giving the more exact location of the incident.

We are providing *Live* Fire coverage on our Twitter page @nwfireblog if you want to see what’s happening.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Renton, Washington | Brush Fire into Commercial Structure

RENTON, Wash. – A brush fire has ignited on Saturday around 1630 PDTin the area of 330 Vuemint Place in Renton, Washington.  It is burning from the urban interface into a commercial structure – an apartment complex.

Photo Credit | Renton RFA

Renton Firefighters are on-scene with additional crews from additional areas.

Limited information.

We will be posting updates on our Social Media pages Twitter @nwfireblog and Facebook @nwfireblog.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 4

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 4 – July 14, 2018 – 0715 PDT

The fire some were observing last night near Lincoln County appears to be a possible different fire as this one is said to be burning on the Colville Indian Reservation.

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Photo taken July 13, 2018 – Photo Credit | Ferry County Sheriff’s Office

Fire crews were assigned to work throughout the night on hot spots.  They had a good hand and dozer line around the fire last night.

UPDATE 3 – July 13, 2018 – 2250 hours PDT

We are getting reports of the fire jumping its containment lines and spreading downward towards the lake.  Fire behavior is extreme and is flaring up.

This fire is said to be almost directly across from Lincoln County and is very visible from Lincoln County.There are people on the lake and reporting the fire is heading towards them and that is it appears to be .5 miles along the river.

We have reached out to WA DNR for an update but we have not heard anything as of yet.

We will do another update in the morning before we go mobile in the field on Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for our updates also on our Social Media pages Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (@nwfireblog)

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington State Wildfire | Vulcan Mountain Fire | 3

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. —

UPDATE 3 – July 13, 2018 – 2250 hours PDT

We are getting reports of the fire jumping its containment lines and spreading downward towards the lake.  Fire behavior is extreme and is flaring up.

There are people on the lake and reporting the fire is heading towards them and that is it appears to be .5 miles along the river.

This fire is said to be almost directly across from Lincoln County and is very visible from Lincoln County.

We have reached out to WA DNR for an update but we have not heard anything as of yet.

We will do another update in the morning before we go mobile in the field on Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for our updates also on our Social Media pages Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (@nwfireblog)

UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2018 – 2230 hours PDT

Fire crews are making good progress limiting the land scorched to 16 acres with a 100% containment status.

They are still working on putting out the fire on the interior.

Photo Credit | Vic Riveria

An engine crew will do fire watch (monitoring) overnight.

Additional resources (crews) will assist in the morning’s operations and working to reach all fire suppression objectives.

UPDATE 1 – July 13, 2018 (Friday) – 2030 hours PDT

The Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatched the following resources:

C93 A DIV, E-21, H-341, HI-143, HI-146, HI-147, HI-149 (IC), HI-25, HI-35, HI-38, LT-22, PC E-279 and PC E-284 at 1336 hours today.

At 1514 hours, the fire had consumed 20 acres of timber, grass and brush.

DID YOU KNOW?

DNR resources have been responded to 649 wildfires with 80% of those being human-caused since the beginning of 2018.” – WA DNR

Crews were on-scene with the aid of two helicopters and an air tanker on order.

Crews have reached a 100% containment status and will be on the fire line during night operations.

There is an unknown cause and no injuries have been reported.

No structures are currently being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

SODO Commercial Structure Seriously Damaged by Fire | 2

SEATTLE, Wash. – A commercial building located in the 3600 block of E Marginal Way South in the SODO industrial area and near the main arterial Spokane Street, caught fire on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Fire was from an unknown ignition causing massive damage to the 3651 Warehouse building – an Event Rental Space building. (per Google Maps and Seattle’s CAD exact address given)

Fire seen from Coulon Park in Renton, Washington | Photo Credit: Diego A Santiago

RESOURCES

Seattle Fire dispatched the following units on July 4th at 1903 hours (PDT) for both the initial and 2nd Alarm companies:

E13, L17, B5, E36, A14, AIR10, B7, DEP1, E27, E30, E32, E5, E6, L11, L3, M10, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF 10, B5, E36, E13, L7

FIRE TACTICS

Here are some of the highlights from the actual fire call as we focused on live coverage on both of our Facebook (@nwfireblog) and Twitter (@nwfireblog) pages.

Water  Supply

In the early stages of the structure fire, firefighters quickly set up water supplies in various areas around the fire building.  One of several were established with the first one where lines were laid over Burlington RR tracks (the RR was notified). A second one was established in Division Bravo, protecting an exposure building to the South. A third location which they laid 1,000 feet of a hose line to the nearest hydrant.

Command

Command made sure all fire crews were aware of his fire objectives when At 40 minutes into the fire, he stated they were working to knock down the fire and make sure there were no extension through the fire wall on the Alpha side.  They wanted to save the front of the building and stopping any extension. They wanted to go for a maximum flow in Division Bravo and Delta.

Ladder 3 was assigned as the RIT team.

50 minutes on the incident clock (1955 hours)

Ladder 7 would experience a mechanical failure in which the aerial could no longer pump water from its aerial.

70 minutes on the incident clock (2015 hours)

Division Alpha

Firefighters were working successfully with 2 1/2″ hand lines on the exterior side in defensive fire operations.

Division Bravo

Engine 5 became the supply line to Ladder 7 on the Charlie side from the Bravo side. They were busy helping Ladder 7 establish Ladder Pipe Operations, along with Ladder 1.

L1 was located at the Alpha/Bravo of the exposure building.  More resources were needed for manpower.  A 3rd Alarm was called by the IC but was later cancelled.

E25 set up a 2 1/2″ dry hose line to L7. (2000 hours)

Fire was knocked down on the Bravo / Charlie side. Some crews were sent to REHAB for recycling.

Fire was knocked down completely in the Charlie side with no extensions. (2007)

City Light arrived in this Division and helped shutdown all power lines.

Units in the Division Bravo area included L1, L7 (Alpha), E27, E6, B6, E5 and E2.

Division Charlie

Aid 14 was assisting L7 with Ladder Pipe Operations but was recalled to the  Command Post.  Another unit would come in and continue with assistance.

Fire was knocked down (1950 hours).

L17 Team Bravo was assigned to Division Charlie.  A 2 1/2″ line was put in on Charlie from Delta side.  They were working on assisting with putting out car fires.

Division Delta

E13 was located on the Charlie/Delta exposure side where a fence was located. Their needs for (2) 2 1/2″ to help save the building on the corner of the exposure building.

Cars in the rear of the building were catching on fire.  The IC cancelled the 3rd Alarm due to firefighters were fighting defensively and not going interior.

They were making good progress and would later shutdown L7 (Alpha) ladder pipe operations and to implement a reassessment.

Rooftop Operations

Firefighters were on the most Southern rooftop and could see the fire building on their stable operating platform. They observed the roof caved in on the Fire building but that others were not affected.

Due to their good location, they stated they could hit the fire building safely from the rooftop with (2) 2 1/2″ lines safely.

Engine 25 Officer would become assume Rooftop Operations (2013).

REHAB Operations

REHAB Operations was established to help rehydrate firefighters with water, healthy foods and in conjunction with Medical Group in making sure crews are assessed for medical reasons.  They are generally grouped together with the Seattle Fire Buffs and near the Seattle Fire Air Unit.

Fire PIO

A presser was released by the Seattle Fire Department stating that the main body of fire has been put out but fire crews will remain on scene working on spot fires throughout the night into the following day.

The fire was contained to one commercial building.

Fire investigators will be investigating the cause.  There is no preliminary cause known at this time.

No injuries were reported to civilians or firefighters.

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Seattle Fire’s Ladder 1 (Stock Photo) | (c) NW Fire Blog

Social Media

We have seen reports that this was a “Junkyard” Fire and another stated it was a 4-Alarm fire.  We can confirm this was a commercial structure fire and only a 2-Alarm.  It was a 3-Alarm for a very short time but then it was cancelled by Command as they stated they weren’t going interior operations.

As many of you know, we work to try to provide the best and most accurate details of any fire-related/Public Safety/Emergency/Disaster event we cover or write about.  We generally glean information from verified sources before we publish.  There are many versions of this fire incident in the news and through eyewitness throughout the Seattle area.

Editor’s Message(s):

We thank you for reading our post and understanding how this fire unfolded.  We send our sincere condolences to those whom may be affected by the fire from the owners down to Management to the employees.

Special Thank Yous to all of the Seattle Fire crews who worked in dangerous fire and weather conditions to get this fire out and for those who will spend their 4th of July on Fire Watch throughout the night.

To those who support the Fire Service, including the Dispatchers and Fire Buffs (REHAB Support) who took part in this incident. Your engaging efforts were well received and appreciated.  You all did a great and amazing job.

To the Seattle Police Officers that handled Traffic Control and other assigned duties.  We appreciate your dedication and service.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2330 hours PDT