Update 2 | Evergreen Fire | Siskiyou County, CA

Update 2 – Sunday, 3/13/2022 1110 hours PT

Incident Summary — A wildfire named the EVERGREEN FIRE is burning near Evergreen Lane and Hwy 97, northeast of Weed (Siskiyou County), California which ignited from an unknown source on Saturday, March 12th around 1317 hours PT.

Credit — CAL FIRE

Cause — The cause is currently under investigation by Fire Officials.

Fire Fact | This is one of several wildfires burning in Siskiyou County.

Size Up — The current size of the fire is at 12 acres and 50% contained.

Lead Agency — CAL FIRE SKU.

Weather Update — Last night the area was impacted by a front with light rains.

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CA Fire Agency to Receive New KME Engines

Published Sunday, 3/13/2022, 0100 PT

Five out of six new KME Type 1 Fire engines will be joining the San Bernardino County Fire fleet soon, says the SBC’s Assistant Chief, Dave Corbin who proudly displayed all six engines on his social media channels.

Assistant Chief of Division 5, Dave Corbin along with others visited the PA KME facility during the week of March 11th.

Credit — Dave Corbin, SBC Asst Chief

We cannot wait until they are brought home and installed in various stations.

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New CA Wildfire | Evergreen Fire | 1

Update 1 – Sunday, 3/12/2022 – 2245 hours PT

Incident Summary — A wildfire named the EVERGREEN FIRE is burning near Evergreen Lane and Hwy 97, northeast of Weed (Siskiyou County), California which ignited from an unknown source today. The cause is currently under investigation by Fire Officials.

Credit — CAL FIRE SKU

This is one of several fires burning in the County, with the Hill Fire and Gulch Fires. These will be listed as separate posts under their designated fire names respectively.

Size Up — The current size of the fire is approximately 12 acres and crews have reached a 40% containment status. Forward progression was stopped around 1912 hours this evening.

Lead Agency — CAL FIRE SKU.

Evacuations — All orders and warnings have been lifted.

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Area Fire Districts Train Together as One

Published Sunday, 3/6/2022 1915 hours PT

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON — Several fire agencies, Snohomish County Fire Districts 19, 21, 22, and the Oso Fire Department joined forces together with the Darrington Fire District #24 as one big training collaboration.

Saturday’s training objectives included hands-on focused search-and-rescue operations in a structure. It is important when agencies are dispatched to a large incident as mutual aid, they know how their counterparts in other areas operate.

It is key to be able to work together and effectively as a single-minded and focused team. Training together is just as important in order to have all members on the same page.

Training Officers have been working tirelessly to work together to create a new, realistic and safe training program for all firefighters to engage in and be ready for any challenge that comes their way.

All firefighters and personnel are volunteers. Each member is either self-employed or works for others and should be commended for their unwavering dedication, willingness to serve in their communities and spend time with their fellow brothers and sisters so that they all can work collectively as a one-minded and focused team.

Snohomish County Fire District #19

The SCFD19 is located in Silvana, Washington which serves and protects a 22-square mile area between the Cities of Marysville, Arlington, and Stanwood.

They currently have a staffed headquarters Station #94 on Happy Valley Road and a volunteer fire station #95, the Island Cross Station.

The District is governed by three elected Fire Commissioners, a staff of 29 volunteer firefighters, and one full-time Fire Chief 24/7/365. There is always a minimum of two firefighters-EMTs on duty at all times. They respond to 911 emergency calls which include BLS (Basic Life Support) and ALS (Advanced Life Support) calls, residential and commercial structure fires, traffic collisions, water rescue, high angle/low angle rope rescue, and HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) incidents.

Apparatus and equipment consist of two fire engines, two water tenders, three aid cars, one air-compressor unit, a water rescue boat, one staff vehicle, and one command unit.

Arlington Rural Fire | Snohomish County Fire District #21

The Arlington Rural Fire Department and the Snohomish County Fire District 21 are one and the same. They provide fire protection, EMS, rescue services to large areas surrounding the City of Arlington, communities of Trafton, Arlington Heights, Jim Creek, Lake Riley, Cicero, Jordan River Trails, Edgecomb, Sisco Heights, and northern areas of the Jordan Road, Burn Road, and McElroy Road. This entails a service area of 70-square miles for about 8,880 people.

The District itself is governed by three Fire Commissioners and is managed by a Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief. They have a full-time employee during the day and 30 volunteer firefighters at Station 49 in Arlington Heights. Station 50, would be their newest station coming online, would their site states in January 2021. Information on their site has not been updated in the last six-to-twelve months.

Website: https://firedistrict21.com

Getchell Fire Department | Snohomish County Fire District #22

The Getchell Fire Department is also SCFD22, which has a service area of 17-square miles south of the border of 60th Stree, east border of Marysville City Limits (SR9/78th Avenue), N. 140th Street and E. 139th Avenue N.E.

The budget allocates $1,100,000 in tax collection Fire and EMS with additional alternative revenue of $200,000.

Apparatus consists of a fire station, engines (E68, E68A), command vehicle *Chief 69, staff cars, water tender (Tender 68), aid cars (A68, A68A), and brush trucks (Brush 68, Brush 68A, Brush 68B)

Website: http://www.getchellfire.com/

Oso Fire Department | Snohomish County Fire District #25 | Website: None

  • 1 station
  • 40 volunteer firefighters
  • Training Officer, Capt. Joel Johnson shared between OFD and Fire District #16.

Additional Fire Districts in the County:

Snohomish County Fire District 4 | Snohomish FD | Website: https://www.snohomishfire.org

  • 3 stations 24/7/365
  • Serves 60-square mile area in City of Snohomish, surrounding rural areas
  • 32,000 residents
  • HQ, Admin staff – Station 43
  • 3 elected Fire Commissioners
  • 8 Exec staff
  • 4 Admin staff
  • 4 Chaplains
  • 45 Firefighters, including part-time members
  • Currently reviewing a Regional Fire Authority feasibility study to determine if a merger between the Cty of Everett FD and District 4 would be beneficial. *Questions/Comments can be sent to RFA@Snohomishfire.org
Credit: SCFD4

Snohomish County Fire District 5 | Website: http://www.snofire5.org

  • 1 station
  • Serves 72-square mile area, primarily in rural areas of Sultan, Startup in eastern portion of County
  • 10,000 residents
  • 1 Full-time Fire Chief
  • 2 Deputy Chiefs
  • 5 Firefighters
  • 20-30 Part-time/Volunteer Firefighters
  • 1,100 annual calls

Snohomish County Fire District 7 | Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue | Website: https://www.srfr.org

  • 11 stations
  • Service area of 140-square miles in central and eastern portions of the County.
  • Serves about 180,6655 citizens of Cities: Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Maltby, Clearview and Monroe.
  • Monroe Stations: 31, 32
  • Snohomish Stations: 33, 71, Logistics Facility, 77, 83
  • Bothell Stations: 72, 73
  • Mill Creek Stations: 76 (contract expires 2022)
  • Lake Stevens Stations: 81, 82
  • $1.50 Fire Levy for every $1,000 property value assessed; approvide 2021
  • 17,000 annual calls

Snohomish County Fire District 10 | Bothell Fire Department | Website: https://www.snocofd10.org

  • 1 station, Station 45
  • 3 Fire Commissioners
  • Limited information on their website; not recently updated in the last 24 months.

Snohomish County Fire District 12 | Marysville Fire District, a Regional Fire Authority | Website: https://www.marysvillefiredistrict.org

  • RFA approved by voters in April 2019, merger between City of Marysville and SCFD12
  • 5 stations: 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, Admin Building.
  • Service area is 56-square miles serving the residents of Marysville, Seven Lakes, Quil Ceda Village, a portion of the Tulalip Indian Reservation and unincorporated Snohomish County.
  • Governed by a Board of Directors which include 4 Marysville Ctiy Council, 1 SCFD12 Commissoner and 1 non-voting SCFD12 Commissioner.
  • 14,158 incidents (last updated 2018)
Courtesy: Marysville Fire District
  • Class 3 Fire Rating (with 1 being the best and 10 is the worst).
  • Named as the Best-in-Class employer. First-time recipient of this award.
  • Selected as 1 of 250 fire agencies nationally to participate in the second phase of a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) community risk reduction pilot program.
  • Fire Marshal named Washington State Fire Marshal of the Year by the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals (WSAFM).
  • Awarded along with Granite Falls FD for receiving a $600,000 grant for securing needed tools to protect firefighters.
  • Career Openings: Mechanic and Part-time Firefighter.

Snohomish County Fire District 15 | Tulalip Bay FD | Website: https://www.tulaiptribes-nsn.gov

  • Serves the northern half of the Tulalip Indian Reservation from Priest Point area to Fire Trail Road
  • 1 station
  • 3 Full-time career Captains, 24 volunteer FF-EMTs
  • Provides water rescue, vehicle rescue and HAZMAT responses.
  • Call volume: 1,000 annually, 80% EMS calls

Snohomish County Fire District 16 | Lake Roesiger FD | Website: lakeroesigerfire.org

  • 100% volunteers
  • Fire Levy: $1 per $1,000 assessed property value passed previously. Currently at $0.49 per $1,000. Lowest in all of the 25+ fire districts in the County.
  • Site under construction, no updates since 2020.

Snohomish County Fire District 17 | Granite Falls FD | Website: https://www.gffd17.org

  • 2 stations, 86 (Satellite Station), 87 (HQ)
  • 38.5-square mile service area
  • 13,600 population (last updated in 2019)
  • 26 part-time firefighters
  • 14 full-time employees
  • Call volume: 2,160 incidents. (2019)

Snohomish County Fire District 24 | Darrington Fire District | Website: https://www.darringtonfire.org

  • 2 stations
  • 36-square mile area
  • 3,500 residents in the towns of Darrington, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Snohomish County FD24 and Skagit County FD24.
  • 27 volunteer firefighters (14 are only certified EMTs)
  • Employed 16 volunteer and part-time Medics
  • 1 Part-time Fire Chief
  • Career Deputy Chief
  • Career Training Captain
  • Part-time Captain/Medical Service Admin
  • Non-uniformed Admin Asst
  • Governed by 5 Fire Commissioners (6-year term)
  • Call volume: 625 incidents (2017 stats)

Snohomish County Fire District 26 | Sky Valley Fire | Website: https://skyvalleyfire.org

  • 2019, Merger between the City of Gold Bar FD and SCFD26
  • 2018, ALS established of the Medic 54 program under partnership with KCFD50
  • Serves the Cities of Index, Gold Bar and surrounding areas.
  • Provides ALS for Towns of Baring, Skykomish and the Stevens Pass Ski area located in KCFD50’s area
  • Stations 53 and 54 (Gold Bar), 55 (Index)
  • Managed by 6 Fire Commissioners

North County Regional Fire Authority | North County Fire & EMS | Website: https://www.northcountyfireems.com

  • Known as North County Fire & EMS
  • 7 stations in Arlington and Stanwood
  • Arlington Stations: 46, 48, 90, 92,
  • Stanwood Stations: 96, 97, 99
  • 65,000 people in the City of Stanwood
  • 120-square mile service area
  • 70 1st responders
  • Managed by 9 Fire Commissioners
  • Levy lift: $1.50 per $1,000 assessed property value, passed in 2019
  • Call volume: 8,900 incidents annually.

South County Fire | Website: https://www.southsnofire.org/

  • August 8, 2017: Voters approved in City of Lynnwood and Fire District 1 approved the creation, funding and management of the South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue Regional Fire Authority.
  • Employs 360 employees
  • Min 62 FFs during day, 56 overnight
  • Serves 250,000 residents
  • 14 stations in areas of Lynnwood, Brier, Everett (stations outside of Everett FD’s area), Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace
  • Lynnwood Stations: 14, 22, 10, 23, 15, 21
  • Brier Fire Stations: 18
  • Everett Fire Stations: 12, 11, 13
  • Edmonds Fire Stations: 17, 20, 16
  • Mountlake Terrace Fire Stations: 19
  • Admin HQ, Training Center in Everett
  • Governed by 7 elected Fire Commissioners, 1 position is vacant and expires 2023
  • 3/1/2022: New 24-hour EMS unit staffed by 2 FFs went into service, based at Edmonds Station 20
  • Levy is $1.50 per $1,000 property value assessed.

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From Our NWFB Family to Yours

Merry Christmas from the NWFB Family to Yours!

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Thank you for another great year with so many amazing opportunities to cover the vast array of public safety stories, events, happenings, and new beginnings.

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Fire Resources Respond to Seatac House Fire

SEATAC, WASHINGTON — Firefighters and Medics from Puget Sound Fire (Kent), Port of Seattle FD, Tukwila Fire, Zone 3 Fire REHAB, King County Fire District #2 (Burien/Normandy Park/North Highline) and King County Medic One were dispatched to a house fire on the evening of Sunday, December 12, 2021.

The incident is located at 17300 block of 37th Place South in Seatac in King County, Washington.

Limited information was released by Fire Officials. We have reached out to Puget Sound Fire for an update.

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Seattle Fire Battles 2nd Alarm Blaze

Published 12/11/2021 0234 PT – Update 1

KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON — Firefighters were dispatched to an early morning blaze on Saturday, December 11, 2021, to the 1300 block of West Newton Street, Seattle, Washington at 0048 hours PT.

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Credit | SFD

Units dispatched to the scene were A5, AIR10, B2, B4, DEP1, E18, E2, E20, E41, E8, L4, L6, L8, M18, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10. A second alarm was requested at 0147 hours PT, bringing an additional three resources.

Significant events occurred during this fire operation.

  • Scaffolding on Floor 2 wobbling caused a hazard for all firefighters working on the fire ground, which prompted Command to set a Collapse zone.
  • Collapse zone was 1.5 times of the building height then reduced.
  • Fire began spreading throughout the building then through the roof.
  • Windows had to be broken out by crews to get water on the fire.
  • A second alarm during the incident.
  • A ladder pipe began operating around 0224 hours PT. (on the Alpha/Bravo side).
  • A metro bus was requested for Firefighter rehab.
  • Fire was wind-driven with winds coming out of the South, would then die down.
  • The incident clock was stopped at 0154 hours PT.
  • PAR was conducted and all members were accounted for.
  • Fire building – Was being fought as a defensive fire with no entry. 360* completed and collapse zone.

Firefighters were finding that this fire would be burning slowly for quite some time. This is due to be a long-duration incident. You can check our tweets on our *Live Coverage* on our Twitter page @nwfireblog Check back for more updates on this incident.

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MN Wildfire Update

While the West Coast is burning, there are a few wildfires here and there. This is the Sunday wildfire Sit Rep for July 18, 2021.

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Delta Lake Fire

Dense fuels make it challenging for crews to put in containment lines on the Delta Lake Fire
Credit | USFS

Summary

  • Part of the West Zone Complex
  • Located north of Delta Lake
  • About 19 miles east of Ely, Minnesota
  • Burning on private and National Forest System lands
  • Adjacent to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
  • Started July 7, 2021
  • Lighting caused

Current Status

  • Burning in dense blowdown
  • Firefighters had to make a line around fire through the fuels
  • Mop-up operations in effect
  • 65 acres
  • 10% containment reached

Resources

  • Managed by the EA Type 2 Silver Team
  • 211 total personnel assigned.
  • 4 engines, 3 crews, 2 copters, 2 excavators.

Closures

  • The entire Kekebabic Trail is closed.
  • The following BWCAW entry points are closed: #56 Kekekabic Trail East, #74 Kekekabic Trail West/Snowbank, #22 Mudro-Restricted Entry Point/No BWCAW entry, 23 Mudro Entry Point.

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NW Wildfire Updates

This is the July 18, 2021, Sit Rep for all Washington and Oregon wildfires. There are currently 16 incidents burning in the northwest and due to time constraints have only allowed us to post about seven wildfires. The remaining will be added over the next few days.

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Thank you for visiting and reading our Blog about NW wildfires!

1. Bootleg Fire (OR)

Bootleg Fire | Credit: Bootleg Fire Facebook

Summary

  • 23 miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon
  • 11 miles northeast of the Town of Sprague River, Oregon
  • 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon
  • Fremont-Winema National Forest.
  • Started July 6, 2021
  • Unknown cause.

Current Status

  • Fire behavior: extreme with crowning, running and spotting.
  • Fire spreading due to very hot, dry and spotting conditions.
  • Low RH recovery during the night helping spread the fire.
  • 298,662 acres of timber and brush destroyed.
  • 22% containment status.
  • Stats also includes for the LOG FIRE
  • TFR over fire in effect; no Drones in Fire Zones

Resources

  • 2,053 total personnel with 43 crews, 192 engines and 14 copters.
  • Managed by IMT 1, PNW Team (Allen), ODF Team 1 (Hessel) and OSFM Green Team (Hallman); Unified Command.
  • Incident Cooperators: American Red Cross, BLM, S Central OR FMP, Fremont-Winema NF, Klamath County, Lake County, ODF, OR and WA National Guards.

Evacuations

  • Level 2 – Get Set – Be Set From the FS 29 Road and Highway 31 junction to the top of Government Harvey Pass, east to Slide Lake Trailhead, and back north to Highway 31. This includes the Monument Rock area.
  • Level 1 – Be Ready Including Picture Rock Pass, the Ana Subdivision, the communities of Summer Lake and Paisley, and south of Paisley along Clover Flat Road to Moss Pass. Fire officials consider the risk to Paisley to be low but want the community to be aware of increased fire hazards in the surrounding area.
  • Mapping:  https://kcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4bfb02b41eb7473ca95b04c3cbd1da21
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Bootleg Fire Progression Mapping | Credit: Bootleg Fire Facebook

Public Information

  • Community Public Information Meeting (Virtual) – July 20, 2021, 1830 hours (Tuesday).
  • Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331

Damage Assessment

  • 184 structures destroyed.
  • $21.4 Million CTD

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | There was an increase of almost 17,000 (Yes, you are reading that correctly) acres overnight on this wildfire.

2. Bruler Fire (OR)

A photo of the Bruler Fire on July 12, 2021 in the evening
Bruler Fire | Credit: USFS

Summary

  • 9-10 miles south of Detroit Lake (Linn County), Oregon
  • Located between Detroit and Sweet Home Ranger Districts
  • Willamette National Forest
  • Burning near junction of FS Rd 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road) and FS Rd 1133.
  • Started July 12, 2021 from an unknown cause.

Resources

  • Managed by a Type 2 NW IMT, Team 13 (Gales).
  • Incident Cooperators: USFDS,
  • 207 total personnel
  • 3 crews, 11 engines and one aircraft.

Current Status

  • 156 acres burned
  • 10% contained
  • Remains moderate fire behavior with creeping, flanking and short-range flanking.
  • Containment estimated to be by next Saturday, July 24, 2021.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Fire behavior is slowing due to cooler temps, light winds and higher RH which is enabling firefighters to bring a higher containment status on this incident.

3. Chuweah Creek Fire (WA)

Chuweah Creek Fire 07.12.21
Chuweah Fire | Credit: BIA

Summary

  • 4 miles north of Nespelem, Washington
  • Burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) lands
  • Lead Agency: Colville Agency
  • Started on July 12, 2021
  • Unknown cause, under investigation.

Current Status

  • 35,413 acres of tall grass, timber and understory.
  • 30% contained.
  • Active fire behavior with flanking, backing, torching.

Resources

  • 301 total personnel
  • 5 crews, 23 engines and 2 copters
  • Managed by NW Team 12, an Type 2 IMT w/IC Robert Shindelar.

Evacuations / Alerts

  • LEVEL 1 > Get Ready! > Town of Nespelem, Keller, buffalo Lake, McGinnis Lake communities; San Poil Valley/Hwy 21 corridor from South Nanamkin to the Keller Ferry.
  • LEVEL 2 > Get Set1 > Owhi Flats; east of Owhi Lake; residents along Cache Creek Road.

Closed

  • Roads > Cache Creek Rd; Buffalo Lake Rd between Manilla and Cache Creek Road; Cache Creek (Agency) Cut Off Road.

Damage Assessment

  • 11 structures lost.
  • $2.4 Million CTD.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT(S) | There are still structures threatened.

4. Red Apple Fire (WA)

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Red Apple Fire (July 14). | Credit: Yakima County FD5

Summary

  • Formerly the Irish Lane Fire
  • 2 miles southeast of Cashmere (Chelan County), Washington
  • Started on July 13, 2021, reported to RIVERCOM at 1855 hours PT
  • Unknown cause, under active investigation with Chelan Co SO
  • Lead Agency: WA DNR – SE Region

Resources

  • 353 fire personnel
  • 7 crews, 37 engines
  • Incident Cooperators: (Strike Team) YCFD5, West Valley Fire-Rescue, YCFD4, YCFD1, Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue, Chelan Co OEM, Chelan Co SO, WSDOT.

Current Status

  • 11,111 acres of tall grass and brush.
  • 78% contained
  • Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping
  • Warrant served to Chelan County home where Investigators believe the fire originated at.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | The Chelan County commissioners declared a State of Emergency, as the fire has consumed most of Burch Mountain.

5. Darlene Fire (OR)

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Darlene Fire | Credit: DCSO

Summary

  • Started July 13, 2021
  • Unknown cause
  • Began on BLM lands in the Prineville District
  • 2 miles southeast of La Pine, Oregon

Current Status

  • Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.
  • 686 acres.
  • 61% contained.

Resources

  • Command under the NW Team #6, a Type 2 IMT w/IC Shawn Sheldon at the helm.
  • Incident Cooperators: Deschutes Co SO, Klamath Co SO.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Evacuation levels have been reduced on July 16, 2021. – Deschutes County Sheriff Office.

6. Jack Fire (OR)

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Jack Fire (Zulu Division) | Credit: Jack Fire Facebook

Summary

  • Started on July 5, 2021 around 1700 hours PT
  • Burning along Jack Creek on Hwy 138 E
  • 31 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon
  • In the Umpqua National Forest
  • Unknown cause; under investigation

Current status

  • 61% contained.

Resources

  • Incident Cooperators: Douglas Co SO, Douglas Forest Protective Association, MODIS, USFS, Willamette NF, NIFC

Threatened

  • Homes
  • Energy infrastructure

QUOTE OF THE DAY | “The Jack Fire is the only monster on the loose in the Oregon woods right now. Firefighters don’t need anymore human-caused wildfires.” – Media

7. Cedar Creek Fire (WA)

View of fires from Winthrop on 7/13
Varden Fire | Credit: USFS

Summary

  • 15 miles northwest of Winthrop, Washington
  • 6 miles west/southwest of Mazama, Washington
  • On the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
  • Methow Valley area
  • Varden Fire merged with this wildfire.
  • Started on July 11th, 2021
  • Lightning caused multiple fires with three escaping initial attack: Cedar Creek Fire, Varden Fire, Delancy Fire.

Resources

  • NW Team 8, an Type 2 IMT with IC Kevin Stock at the helm.
  • Also, managing the Delancy Fire.
  • 256 total personnel. with 4 crews, 13 engines and 1 copter.

Current Status

  • 4,080 acres of timber, medium logging, slash and short grass.
  • 0% contained.
  • Fire behavior is still active with short crown runs, flanking and short-range spotting.

Public Information – Resources

Damage Assessment

  • $3.3 Million CTD.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | 2 fires merged into one, the Varden Fire and the Cedar Creek Fire becoming just the Cedar Creek Fire.

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CA Wildfire Updates

Thank you for visiting our Blog about wildfires in the State of California. This is a combined list of fires in a single post, as there are so many burning out-of-control.

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Fire Fact | 20 new wildfires ignited in Northern California in the last 24 hours. None of these fires were reported as new large incidents. – NIFC

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1. Dixie Fire

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Dixie Fire | Credit: CAL FIRE

The DIXIE FIRE is located above the Cresta Dam in Feather Canyon and 15 miles NE of Paradise in Butte County, California. The fire started from an unknown cause on July 14, 2021, around 0729 hours PT.

Fire management is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE – Butte Unit/Butte County FD and the Lassen National Forest (USFS).

A total of 1,669 personnel are assigned from two different Agencies, along with 56 crews, 85 engines, 17 dozers, 17 water tenders and 17 helicopters.

It has burned over 15,074 acres of timber and chaparral. Fire is 15% contained. Behavior remains as active with long-range spotting and short crown runs.

Incident Cooperators include: Plumas NF, Lassen NF, Butte Co SO, Plumas Co SO, CHP, PG&E, Union Pacific RR.

Evacuations > Orders > Plumas County

  • High Lakes, Rec area east of the Butte/Plumas county line, east to the Rock Creek Dam; both sides of Hwy 70 in the areas of Rock Creek, Storrie and Tobin.

Evacuations > Warnings > Plumas County

  • East of the Rock Creek Dam to Caribou; Both sides of Hwy 70 for Belden and Caribou communities.

Assistance Available > Residents > 530-283-6300.

Assistance Available > Animals > 530-283-3673 or 6300. Also, for large animals/livestock.

Closed > Roads > Camp Creek Road.

There has been one injury reported.

Significant Events

  • Fighting fire from rail tank cars and fire pumps by using assets from Union Pacific RR to protect railway infrastructure and help with suppression efforts. (thinking outside of the box)
Dixie Fire | Credit: CAL FIRE/Butte County

Cost-to-Date: $2.8 Million

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Fire Fact | 17 new fires were reported by Fire Officials, which broke out in Southern California in the last 24 hours. None of these were considered to be new large incidents.

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2. Fork Fire

The FORK FIRE started on July 17, 2021, in the area of Lowery Road and south Fork Drive in Tehama County, California. This incident is not to be the same as the Fork Fire that broke out on June 28th from lightning in the Yosemite National Park. These are two separate incidents and the YNP was only 12 acres and has been fully contained as of July 15, 2021.

There has been 43 acres burned and crews have reached an 80% containment status. The cause is unknown and under investigation by fire investigators. This is a CAL FIRE incident.

3. Beckwourth Complex

The BECKWOURTH COMPLEX is located three miles NE of Beckwourth, California, which includes two fires in the Plumas National Forest. There has been 105,348 acres of timber, brush and closed timber litter have been consumed. Behavior remains as active with flanking, single-tree and isolated torching. About 73% containment has been reached.

Management is being transferred from a Type 1 IMT (CA Team 4) to CA Team 5, also a Type 1 IMT. There are 2,044 total personnel along with 46 crews, 137 engines and nine copters assigned.

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Beckwourth Complex | Credit: TMFP

Evacuations > Plumas County: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/6EB9E0DB3133
> Lassen County: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/B69B31DD99B6?isMobile=false

Closures > Road > in effect.

64 structures have been lost.

Cost-to-Date have reached: $38.4 Million.

4. Salt Fire

Salt Fire | Credit: USFS

The SALT FIRE is located three miles S of Lakehead, California, in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal with smoldering. There has been 12,600 acres of chaparral, timber and short grass burned. The fire is now at a 95% containment status.

Assigned to this incident, there are 185 total personnel that include three crews, 10 engines and one copter.

43 structures have been destroyed.

A new start ignited out on the fire on Friday from machinery but crews were able to stop it from spreading and put it out fast.

Cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a whopping $19 Million Dollars.

5. Lava Fire

Burning four miles east of Weed, California, is the LAVA FIRE in the Shasta-Trinity National. Fire has destroyed 26,316 acres of timber and brush and 23 structures. Crews have successfully knocked down most of the fire and reaching a 77% containment status. Fire behavior remains as minimal with smoldering and isolated torching.

Approximately, 52 total personnel remain committed on this incident, along with five engines.

Cost-to-Date: $34.5 Million.

6. River Fire

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River Fire | Credit: Madera Co SO

The RIVER FIRE is located about eight miles N of Raymond (Mariposa), off of Oak Grove and Oak Grove School Roads and about 10 miles S/E of Mariposa, California, that is being managed by a CAL FIRE, Type 1 Team CAL FIRE Team 6. This incident broke out on July 11, 2021, around 1410 hours, is located on CAL FIRE’s owned/managed lands.

Evacuations > Mariposa County > All orders, warnings, road closures have been lifted.

Evacuations > Madera County > Same as Mariposa County.

About 9,656 acres of tall grass, brush and hardwood slash have been scorched. It is now at a 75% containment status with its observed behavior at a minimal level with smoldering activities.

There are still 652 total personnel along with nine crews, 62 engines, five dozers, 14 water tenders and four copters.

12 structures have been lost; 2 damaged.

CTD: $13.1 Million

7. Dexter Fire

The Inyo National Forest is the venue where the DEXTER FIRE is burning, which is about 15 miles NE of Mammoth Lakes, California. About 2,592 acres of timber and brush have been destroyed. A 40% containment status has been reached.

Approximately, 382 total personnel are assigned along with five crews, 27 engines and four copters.

There have been no loss of structures reported.

CTD: $3.3 Million.

8. Tamarack Fire

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Tamarack Fire on July 16, 2021 | Credit: USFS

The TAMARACK FIRE ignited from lightning on July 4, 2021, in the Mokelumne Wilderness but a tactical management decision was made to not put out the potential until fire activity increased 11 days later. It is located about six miles S of Markleeville (Alpine County), California on the Carson Ranger District.

This fire incident is of special interest due to its backstory and the backlash Fire Officials are receiving, due to initial decisions made.

The USFS – Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest released this statement on July 10, 2021:

The tactical management decision is not to insert fire crews due to safety concerns, however, this is not an unresponsive approach. Smoke might be visible to Pacific Crest Trail hikers but the .25 acre fire is surrounded by granite rocks, a small lake and sparse fuels. Fire poses no threat to the public, infrastructure or resource values.

Tamarack Fire | Credit: Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

The Forest Service escalates their Fire Preparedness level on July 15, 2021 to a “5”, which is the highest level and due to multiple wildfires, extreme fire behaviors and adverse weather conditions.

Resources were not dispatched to this location, until on July 16, 2021, due to increased fire activity, which smoke could be seen from Carson Valley just after 1500 hours. By 1800 hours, firefighters were on-scene and actively engaging in suppression operations with a high volume of fire suppression aircraft consisting of two copters, one VLAT, multiple SEATs, Air attack on-scene.

Two days later after initial attack, the fire has exploded to 6,600 acres with a Type 2 IMT that has arrived on-scene on Sunday. What would start out as a 40-acre fire is now over 6,000 acres. High rates of spreads to the NW, W of Hwy 89 are occurring due to afternoon winds picking up the fire and moving it around in the area. Heavy smoke is expected to impact nearby Carson Valley. (Update as of 7/17/2021).

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Tamarack Fire | Credit: PG&E

Today, the fire has burned up to 21,000 acres, which has clearly seen its share of extreme fire behavior with a critical rate of spread that continues to be increasing every so quickly. And, those who are watching this fire closely, including residents and those on Social Media are clearly angry in that this could have been stopped much sooner than it has. Residents are starting to have to make scary choices in preparing to leave their homes and structures behind.

There is a zero percent containment status. There are now 517 total personnel assigned to this wildfire incident.

Evacuations > Mandatory > Alpine Village, Woodfords, Grover Hot Springs, Shay Creek, Marklee Village, Markleeville, Carson River Resort, Poor Boy Road, Wolf Creek Campgrounds, Silver Creek Campground, Sierra Pines, Upper/Llower Manzanita, crystal Springs, Diamond Valley Road, Hung-a-lel-ti.

Evacuations > Voluntary > The Mesa

Emergency Notifications > Reverse 911 > https://alpinecountyca.gov/204/Sheriff

Closures > Roads > Hwys 88, 89, 4.

Closures > Trails > Portions of the PCT between CA SR 88 and CA SR 4. USFS Officials release official presser, for those who fail to comply with the closure, can face up to $5,000 in fines or six months jail time.

Significant Events

  • Fire crosses Hwy 89, heading east crossing N of town and S of Airport Road
  • Fire can be seen from South Reno and South Lake Tahoe

Incident Cooperators: Sacramento FD OES Strike Team 4804A (Strike Leader Trainee BC Clint Madden), SFD OES 368 SCR, Folsom FD, Cosumners FD, Metro FD

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