CLOSE CALL: Long Lake, Minnesota Firefighters’ Truck Hit By Tree

LONG LAKE, Minne. – Whenever we hear or see a post about firefighters involved in an accident, we are human to think of the worst scenario we can ever imagine and tonight, this was the making of one in itself.

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Firefighters from the Long Lake Fire Department were responding to a wire down call in Orono this evening when a tree fell across the roadway in front of LLFD Engine 12.

All report they are okay but the truck has suffered significant damage where it will be/has been towed back to their Station 1.  It will be out of service for a long period of time.  This was the only truck damaged during the call.

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Replacement/Service is pending a visit from their insurance adjuster.

All Photo Images are the property of the Long Lake Fire Department and credit is due to them.


Long Lake Fire Department has two fire stations with both of them in Orono.  One is located at 340 Willow Drive North and the other at 3770 Shorline Drive.

They currently offer fire suppression, EMS and act as mutual aid as needed in the Cities of Long Lake, Orono and Median.

They have a membership of 50 firefighters.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2055 hours PDT

Washington Wildfire: #SoapLakeFire now #Milepost81Fire | 2

EPHRATA, Wash. – Fire crews from Grant County Fire Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13 and Ephrata Fire Department have been deployed to a brush fire as mutual aid for an out-of-control wildfire on SR 17 and on High Hill (see video). Video Credit | Grant Co FD 13

Firefighters from the same Grant County Fire District 13 had deployed earlier into Fire District 7’s area which was said to have been a large wildfire which started on SR 17 near Milepost 81 per their 1725 hours  post.


The fire was said to be wind-driven that has crested the ridge and pushing east towards Roads 26 and A NE.  A county page for all resources has been requested.


As of 2014 hours PDT, Level 3 evacuations are in effect for all homes on the east side of SR 17 North, from Milepost 91 south to city of Soap Lake.


Level 3 means you are in immediate danger.  Take your pets, your family and load them up in your vehicle and GET OUT safely.

PLEASE do not stay behind.  LEAVE when you are given orders.  DO NOT put other lives in danger of them trying to protect yours.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2020 hours PDT

California Wildfire: #54Fire

COACHELLA, Calif. – A brush fire broke out in the 83000 block of Avenue 54 in Coachella California around 1446 hours on Monday, June 11, 2018, where firefighters from the CAL FIRE – Riverside County FD.


Firefighters, overhead team and equipment deployed and worked together from CAL FIRE – Riverside, Cathedral City FD, Morongo FD, Palm Springs FD, Riverside County FD and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office with some of the resources listed below:

  • 17 engines
  • 1 truck company
  • 4 overhead personnel
  • 2 water tenders
  • 1 PIO

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE – Riverside Co FD


  • 1544 hours | First due Firefighters first reported multiple debris piles with one home on fire and actively spreading into a date palm grove. Firefighters will be on-scene for a long period of time. 1 home destroyed.
  • 1601 hours | The fire has spread and is currently 2 acres.  Observation of significant wind change with gusts up to 15 – 20 mph.  Additional resources requested and are en route.
  • 1758 hours | A PIO has arrived.  The forward ROS has stopped and fire held at 2 acres. 2 vehicles have been destroyed, plus 1 structure. Road closed on Avenue 54 between Jackson Street and Calhoun Street.  3 power lines are down within the fire.


There is no known cause at this time and is currently under investigation.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 hours PDT

Washington State: Boat Fire Burning

PROTECTION ISLAND, Wash. – A 40-foot boat located north of Protection Island in Washington was found to be on fire with three souls on board, donned their survival suits and jumped into the water.

They were picked up by a Good Samaritan.

Photo Credit | USCG unknown airman.

The US Coast Guard (Pacific Northwest) aircrew were on board a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station/Sector Field Office in Port Angeles.  They visible saw no sheen on top of the water.

All souls on the boat were later transferred to a USCG boat crew who were said to be bringing them to Port Hudson Marina.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1910 hours PDT


Washington Wildfire: #SoapLakeFire | 1

SOAP LAKE, Wash. – A fast-moving wildfire is burning near Road 25 NE and High Hill Road or also known as Road A-NE, northeast of Soap Lake in Grant County, Washington.

A business owner donated water for the fire crews on-scene which was so nice to hear.

No current risk to homes and therefore, no evacuations or orders in effect.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office states no PIO is assigned to this incident, therefore, this is limited amount of acres burned and containment status at this time.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1820 hours PDT

New Mexico Wildfire: #SoldierCanyonFire | 1

MESCALERO, New Mex. – A wildfire was detected on Thursday, June 7th at 1500 hours PDT from an unknown human-caused.   It is currently under investigation.

On June 8, the fire had extreme fire behavior with minimal spread.


The wildfire is located about one mile north of the town of Mescalero in Soldier Canyon on BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) tribal lands on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

Photo Credit | Joseph Elfelt @MappingSupport


June 10, 2018

  • 247 personnel are assigned to this incident including 7 Type 1 hotshot crews, 1 type 2 hand crew, 7 engines, 1 type 1 helicopter, 1 type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as needed.
  • Minimal fire activity.
  • The fire has consumed 1,300 acres of ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and pinon juniper. (reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping).
  • 15% containment status.
  • Direct threats to cultural and archeological resources, tribal facilities, rec areas and the Tri-State power lines are currently of concern to Fire Managers.
  • All evacuation orders have been lifted.

June 9, 2018

  • Elevated to Preparedness Level 4.
  • Minimal fire growth overnight.
  • Evacuation orders lifted as of 1500 hours MDT.

June 8, 2018

  • 1,300 acres. 5% contained.
  • 1 VLAT, 1 Lead, 1 Air Attack, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 1 Type 2  Initial Attack crew ordered with an IMET en route.
  • Additionally 2 Airtankers, 2 IHCs (Valyermo, Smokey Bear) ordered.
  • 7 Hotshot crews constructed a fire line directly on the east and west flanks.
  • Structure protection on numerous homes.
  • Type 3 IMT as Command.
  • Air resources, BIA and US Forest Service en route.
  • Estimated 300 – 400 people evacuated.
  • Tri-State power company shutting off power to Tularosa Mescalero Ruidoso Downs at 1345 hours to enable slurry bombers can attack the fire.

June 7, 2018

  • Fire gaining ground near Mescalero in the Sacramento Mountains.
  • Type 1 IMT ordered and due to arrive on June 8, 2018.
  • Up to 200 acres and increase fast initially).
  • Mandatory evacuations in progress for : Blank Canyon, Windy Point, White Mountain subdivision.
  • US 70 mile marker 270 (Tularosa) to mile marker 248 (Mescalero) closed in both directions.

Photo Credit | FlightRadar

  • Shelter at Mescalero Community Center, Mescalero Reformed Church, Tularosa Rec Center.
  • Weather conditions – light and generally from the east at the surface but smoke moving northeast due to mid and upper-level wind direction. Dry storms nearby causing gusty, erratic conditions.
  • 2,554 acres. 0% containment.
  • Reports fire can been from Santa Fe County, a dark orange bank of clouds far behind the Ortiz Mountains.


Thunderstorms are expected for the area that may bring light rain and erratic winds to the fire area.  Some crews are on stand-by ready for any new starts that may appear in the area.

Fire danger is extremely high and restrictions remain in place for the Sacramento Mountain Range and Mescalero Apache lands.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – updated 1300  hours PDT


Weekend Washington Wildfires in Spokane County | 1

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – A series of wildfires broke out in Spokane County, Washington this weekend beginning on Friday, June 8, 2018 into Sunday, June 10, 2018 around noon.

Oregon Wildfire

Fire resources were dispatched on Friday, June 8th at 1237 hours PDT to East Oregon Road for a brush fire.  The IC (AR 414) arrived on-scene.  No time of containment or when it was controlled is known but this fire was put out at 0.2 acres.  It is currently in patrol status.

Arrowleaf Spot Fire

Fire crews were deployed on Friday, June 8th around 2330 hours to Arrowleaf Lane.  Crews quickly stopped the forward rate of spread and quickly contained the fire at 0030 hours on June 9, 2018 and putting it out at 0135 hours. 0.01 acres.

Riverside Spot Fire

A fire broke out on Saturday, June 9, 2018, prompting personnel to be dispatched at 0806 hours to the Riverside State Park.  The fire destroyed 0.01 acres of grass and duff.  Crews contained this fire at 0905 hours and put it out at 0910 hours.

Bradshaw Wheat Fire

Crews were dispatched on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 0958 hours for a wildfire burning in Spangle.  AR 63 on-scene.  Limited information received on this fire but we do know a total of 0.01 acres were destroyed.

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Due to the timing of this article being posted, the day is young for more wildfires and we will do another update if more wildfires are detected.

Public Service Announcement

Please do your part, make sure all of your campfires are completely put out. Fires and winds do not mix and often are the cause of wildfires.

(c)  2018 NW Fire Blog


Weekend Washington Wildfire: #BlockhouseFire

KLICKATAT COUNTY, Wash. – A wildfire was detected which prompted fire assets to be dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center on Friday, June 8, 2018, at 1900 hours PDT.

Crews responded to the BLOCKHOUSE FIRE with the IC arriving at 2002 hours PDT.

Fire crews quickly contained the wildfire within one hour of dispatch time at 2000 hours.

The fire only consumed .1 acres of grass and slash.

No cause is known at this time.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1215 hours PDT

California Wildfire: #EasternFire | 1

BITTERWATER, Calif. – A fire burning off of Coalinga Road, just east of Bitterwater in San Benito County has consumed 513 acres of land.


It is burning in the CAL FIRE – San Benito – Monterey service area.


There are 238 personnel assigned to this incident.  One of the units from San Rafael Fire returned back into their area on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

On June 5, 2018, the Incident Commander (IC) ordered 5 air tankers and 4 helicopters for the following day’s fire operations.

Photo Credit | San Rafael Fire

Containment Status

A 90% containment status has been reached on this fire.

(c) NW FIRE BLOG – Updated 1200 hours PDT

California Wildfire: #AppleFire | 1

CORNING, Calif. – A wildfire burning off of Apple Road and Paskenta Road, just west of Corning began on June 9, 2018, at 1410 hours PDT.

The CAL FIRE – Tehama-Glenn unit responded to the area and reported a large wildfire burning in progress.  The CAL FIRE PIO stated firefighters were battling a 400-acre fire off of Apple Road and Paskenta Road around 1543 hours PDT.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

Evacuations were in progress at 1620 hours, for all county roads north of Elk Creek with an air attack and 4 air tankers on order. Winds were said to be coming from the north and gusting to 31 mph at the Red Bluff Airport.

Erratic winds picked up and were reported at 1725 hours PDT. Several roadways include the Corning Road and Butte Mountain Road were closed due to the fire.

The fire had reached 600 acres with a 10% containment status.

Photo Credit | Tehama County Weather Spotter

On June 10, 2018, the fire has consumed 2,500 acres of land and reached an 80% containment status but not before destroying 5 residential structures and 3 outbuildings.

Erratic winds were still occurring  over the fire, making somewhat of a challenge for fire suppression efforts.

Evacuations that were in progress earlier in fire operations have all been lifted.

There are 58 fire personnel assigned to this incident with an unknown number or type of equipment resources also attached to this wildfire.

(c) NW FIRE BLOG – Updated @ 1150 hours PDT