Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 1

Looking through the eyes of others can help gain a new viewpoint advantage but to fully grasp the magnitude of the situation, you would have to be there in person.  Instead, we are bringing you the undivided attention of social media and what they are saying because they are there, were impacted or seeing it through other means.

Disclaimer:  We are only sharing through third party sources or from direct sources themselves. We do no lay any claims on the sources of information here but only to our “own” content added. Each item has its own source listed. We give all the credit to them.  Images in this post are also given Photo Credit to them.

OCTOBER 13, 2018 (Saturday)

Eyewitness Accounts

Photo Credit | North Port, Florida

“It’s been an overwhelming few days for North Port Fire Rescue crews aiding in the wake of Hurricane Michael. They are assisting in Mexico Beach, one of the hardest hit areas. Keep on keeping on, and continue to stay safe.”  (City of

https://www.foxnews.com/us/thousands-of-people-reported-missing-to-officials-following-hurricane-michael (Fox News, 10/13/2018)

Greater Naples Fire Rescue District sent 11 of their own personnel to join other rescue workers on a strike response team. https://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-sw-fl-rescue-workers-aid-areas-devastated/1615633002/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (Naples News)

OCTOBER 12, 2018 (Friday)

Blood Donations are urgently needed…..

“Did you know that disasters like #HurricaneMichael affect our nation’s blood supply? To help meet patient needs, we are asking those eligible to give blood. Make an appointment now: rdcrss.org/giveblood1

Incident Management Teams 

The FDNY IMT has been requested to respond to Florida, to assist in the state’s response.  We will be posting updates on the team’s mission, as well as pertinent information about the overall response to this disaster. Our thoughts are with all those effected.  (FDNY IMT))

Eyewitness Accounts

“Last night, almost 2,900 people stayed in as many as 37 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across #Florida, #Georgia and #Alabama due to #Michael. We mobilized more than 1,000 trained disaster workers to support relief efforts.”  https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html?cid=fy19hurmichael&med=social&source=arctwitter   (American Red Cross)

“Hurricane Michael has caused untold devastation along the Gulf Coast. We have pre-positioned enough shelter supplies, including cots and blankets, to be able to support some 15,000 people. To find a shelter location in your area, visit this website.” (American Red Cross)

Recovery Challenges

Thousands of people have been informally missing to local authorities, the Red CRoss and the State.  Here is a story written by mainstream media on the challenges all are facing in this area.  https://www.tampabay.com/photos/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-in-photos-surveying-michaels-path-of-destruction-poses-challenges/ (Tampa Bay Times)

Protect Your Health

Tire and bucket filled with standing water

Photo Credit | HHS.gov

Mosquitoes can breed in standing water left from #HurricaneMichael. If you’re cleaning up, make sure to clear out buckets, planters, trash cans, and other items that hold water. More mosquito safety tips: bit.ly/2uw8YdC

 

Looting

Looting is so rampant, that there was a shooting by a Florida State Fire Marshall when a looter was in the process of stealing his police car, he was shot.  Signs are posted on trees and various places marked LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT.   https://katv.com/news/nation-world/looting-leads-to-deadly-shooting-in-panama-city-florida (KATV)

Law Enforcement

Photo Credit | GA National Guard

The Georgia State Patrol and the GA National Guard are currently working as a joint force.  “The 178th Military Police Company has been activated in support of #HurricaneMichael, they will be assisting local law enforcement.” (GA National Guard)

Emergency Resources – Communications

“Comms are key!  Soldiers from our 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are setting up tactical satellite terminals to provide county Emergency Operations Centers with internet & phone so they can connect sooner with  Florida citizens in need.” (FL National Guard)

U.S. Airmen from the 283rd Combat Communications Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, set up vital voice, data and radio communications capability during #HurricaneMichael relief efforts, Colquitt, GA. (U.S. Air National Guard photos contributed by 283rd CBCS)

“A big reason many of us joined the Air National Guard is to help with humanitarian missions when unexpected events like this happen.” – Georgia National Guard

Photo Credit | Florida Governors Office

Volunteer Ham Radio operators from Nassau County, in conjunction with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, are helping to communicate the needs from the disaster zone to those who can help.   https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20181013/nassau-county-amateur-radio-operators-aid-communications-following-hurricane-michael?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=jaxdotcom-SND  (Florida Times – Union)

Photo Credit | Walter Dix IAFF

Disaster Aid

IAFF Disaster Relief Assistance team dropping off supplies for IAFF Local 4413 members (Walton County) in Freeport, Florida.

Fire Personnel

Deployment Update: Region 5 (Central) is deploying additional teams to panhandle. Units left at 0300. Brings total number of Central Florida fire rescue personnel deployed to #HurricaneMichael to more than 140 responders (including pups ) representing 25 departments. (OC Fire Rescue)

Fire Task Force

PA Task Force1 fueled up today in Enterprise, Alabama, en route to Panama City, Florida, to assist in searches. (Philly Fire Dept)

Search and Rescue Activities

Photo Credit | VA-TF1

#VATF1  continues to conduct wide-area search of Panama City, Florida,with other #USAR teams. While conducting our searches, we’ve provided EMS care to victims of the storm and coordinated their transport to local medical facilities. (Virginia Task Force 1 – USA – 1 – Urban Search and Rescue team)

More Urban SAR operations in process in Mexico Beach. (Florida Forest Service)

Power Restoration

Crews working their second day on Walker St. near the Greensboro City arboretum to rebuild the power grid taken down by #TropicalStormMichael . Downed/broken poles and wire are common sites across the Triad and #NC but we are working hard to repair and restore.

Power Grid Construction 

Around 1,200 DukeEnergy lineman and support staff from the Midwest are working with local crews in the Triad today to rebuild portions of the power grid and restore power. (Jeff Brooks of Duke Energy)

Animal Rescue

“We have been so thankful for the support you’ve shown so far in our efforts to help animals displaced by #HurricaneMichael. But the work isn’t done.” (Humane Society – Naples)

Volunteers

Volunteers arrived at the Florida State Recreation  center into a shelter Floridians with special needs that have been displaced.   To help with volunteering or wish to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, visit them at volunteerflorida.org (Volunteer Florida)

Self-Deployment

“Do not self deploy. Bring items you have here. We can make sure it gets to the people in need in a safe & timely manner.” (Walton Co Sheriff)

Damage Assessment, Serving Meals

Photo Credit | Salvation Army

As debris is  cleared from roadways, The #SalvationArmy is moving in to the areas most impacted by #HurricaneMichael to begin assessing needs and serving Anyone w/inquiries is asked to call 877-285-5505 EXT. 1005 Please be patient as our volunteers work to answer your questions in a timely manner.

OCTOBER 11, 2018 – Thursday

Assessments in Progress

SWFD Command Staff in Bay Co. assessing fire/rescue needs. As State of Florida Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Region 1 Coordinator, we’re coordinating assets/formulating plans to help our bay county neighbors. Continue to keep them in your thoughts. (South Walton FD)

Military Response

National Guard and Department of Defense (DoD) assets respond to the Florida Panhandle prior to the hurricane’s landfall. About 2250 – 3500 troops have been authorized to respond.  http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/1659208/national-guard-other-dod-assets-respond-to-michael/ (US Air Force)

OCTOBER 10, 2018 – Wednesday

Personnel

40 Firefighters from 7 Central Florida FDs on way to Florida Panhandle tonight to help with SAR activities. (Ken Tyndall with WFTV)

At 8 a.m., I activated 1,500 Georgia Guardsmen to be placed on standby and deployed as needed to areas affected by Hurricane Michael. (GA Governor Nathan Deal)

OCTOBER 9, 2018 – Tuesday

Swift Water Rescue Team

Virginia’s Task Force’s 16-person Water Rescue Team departs for Florida in response to the Hurricane after being called upon to respond by FEMA.  This includes Fairfax Fire & Resue personnel. (VA-TF1 Force 1 – USA-1 – Urban Search and Rescue)

Supply Deliveries

Today, dozens of #GARedCross volunteer teams are moving into areas hardest hit by #HurricaneMichael — bringing food and supplies to people in need. In all, more than 1,000 trained #RedCross disaster workers are now on the ground, working with partners to provide the most help.

We will update as more resources and details are obtained from various Social Media and posted here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media outlets:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)

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(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/13/2018 – 1820 hours PDT

Seattle Firefighters Busy with Fire #2

SEATTLE, Wash. – Firefighters were dispatched for a second fire in the same day for a seven-story senior living apartment complex on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  The fire is located in the 700 block of N. 135th Street at the Four Freedoms House of Seattle.

CAUSE

Seattle Fire released information stating the fire was believed to be started in the kitchen.  No preliminary cause has been determined as of yet.

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire Department

STAFFING

Units A25, AIR10, B4, B6, DEP1, E17, E21,E24, 335, E39, L5, L8, L9, M31, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, E31, E16, E9, M16 and SFD PIO were dispatched. (2153)

FIRE TIMELINE

2203 | Smoke was reported to be on floor 4 with an occupant notification. Command was trying to get more details and assigned crews to check it out. E34 had the back-up line and E39 was assigned to Division 4.

2204 | Battalion 4 arrived on-scene and assumed 135 Street Command.

2205 | 10 minutes on the incident timer.

2208 | Units and assignments were Ladder 5 with search and rescue, E35 on floor 5, E24 on the fire floor (4th) and E24 on a hydrant for a water supply (2208)

2211 | E35 located on floor 5 reported there was a dry line stretched to the 5th floor, light smoke observed and they were checking for extensions.

2212 | Division 4 reported that there was water on the fire, heavy smoke on floor 4 and PPV (positive pressure ventilation) requested.

2214 | B4 gave an update:  water on the fire, PPV and searches in progress with L9 in the north end of the building and crews searching for possible victims. Division 4 listed L5, L9 and E24 in his division.  Safety was located on the Charlie side.

2217 | Additional units were dispatched to the fire: E16, E9 and M16. Division 5 was established.

2218 | E31 was on stand-by with a back-up in the West stairwell if needed.

2221 | 1 fire victim (Green – walking on own, no medical assistance needed) was walked out by crew.

2223 | Dispatch notified Command, the incident timer now showed they had been on-scene 25 minutes from the original time of dispatch. Command reported that the fire was under control.

2225 | As crews worked on the interior of the building, the IC known as “Command” was having difficulty understanding the radio transmissions. Crews were told to stand on a balcony or landing then transmit their updates or needs to Command.  Transmissions throughout the incident were very scratchy and unreadable.

2226 | Crews acknowledged they were having some kind of radio issues. They were switching to different channels to attempt to update Command but it was not working.

2229 | Division 4 gave an update: E21 was in the fire unit and reported the fire was knocked down with some hot spots. E31 was on stand-by in the West stairwell with a back-up line if needed, fire crews were on floor 4.

2236 | Reports of water flowing down the West stairwell was said to be due to a 2.5″ broke and firefighters were trying to repair it.  E39 was assigned to replace E35 in Division, while 40 minutes on the incident clock was announced by Dispatch.

2237 | Smoke began clearing on floor 5 and it was confirmed that a PPV was established. A tap fire was announced.

2240 | The RIT team that included E17 and L8 were re-assessing the ventilation plan for floors 4-7, as previous reports of trying to vent the floors of smoke was not working.

2241 | Command announced to all fire crews to hold and state their PAR status and location inside the building. All were accounted for and locations given to Command.

2246 | Primary searches were conducted by L5 and E31 in Division 4.

2249 | Floors 6 and 7 were being cleared of smoke via PPV fire tactics.

2307 | Fire crews began welfare checks of residents by knocking on doors on multiple floors.

2317 | Four people were evaluated for smoke inhalation with one patient transported to the hospital in stable condition via AMR.

2322, 2323, 2329 | Units started to go back into service. REHAB 1. Safety 2. E16.

2325 | Some remaining crews on-scene began checking CO2 levels beginning on floors 6 and 7 and working their way down.

2352 | Debris was being removed from the fire unit on Floor 4, while L8 reported a water issue in the basement that they were checking.  L9 was in the process of being released from the incident, while L8 continued with water removal / water vac responsibilities in the basement up to floors 1, 2 and 3.

2353 | Water damage to two separate units on the 2nd and 3rd floors are being assessed and water removal activities were soon to commence.

0013  (Sunday)| All floors except for floor 4/West wing are ready to be re-occupied.

0015 | We have signed off this incident from Live Coverage on @nwfireblog (Twitter).

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There is currently no word on the exact cause or financial damage to the building, units and its contents.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/7/2018 @ 0020 Hours PDT

 

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.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

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.

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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.

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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.

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