The Wildfire Log | Juniper Wind Tower Fire | 1

JULY 20, 2019 | UPDATE 1

KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. | A wildfire has prompted resources to be dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center at 1659 hours on Saturday, July 20, 2019.  Resources included:  SE 722, 742, TSUBOTA.  More are en route.

The fire is named the JUNIPER WIND TUNNEL FIRE.

Approximately 300 acres of grass, brush and timber have been burned with the fire currently now  threatening structures and wind farms is located off of E Road, south of Bickleton, Washington State.

Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (@wafiremarshal) has approved State Mobilization of resources as of 1930 this evening.

There are limited released details on this wildfire. We are working to gain more intel and will post a new update as information is received.

We are using the following hashtags for this fire #JuniperWindTowerFire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2019.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Cold Creek Fire Burns Near Hanford (WA) | 1

Incident Summary

A wildfire is burning in Benton County but is quickly approaching the Yakima County line in Washington State.  The fast moving fire was reported at 1600 hours at 1,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

Location

The fire is burning near the Hanford Nuclear site and said to be about five miles south of the Vernita Bridge.

Resources

At 1605 hours, Washington State Department of Natural Resources or commonly called WA DNR Fire, dispatched through their communications center the following resources:  AA-10F BATT-603 CREW-6201 DIV-802 E-6695 BLM E-6696 BLM E-852 FB-205 FB-244 H-339 H-343 HT613CK PATROL-603 PATROL-604 SE-LAWSON T-162.

Fire resources have responded from Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties.

Current Status

This is fire has a high rapid rate of spread with running.  It was currently at 8,000 acres around 1815 hours PDT.  Fire fuels include Grass, brush and slash.

Closures

SR 24 closed from SR 241 at the Silver Dollar to the Hanford gate.

SR 240 is closed at the Hanford Gate to the SR 225 to West Richland.

SR 24 is closed from the Hanford Gate north to Vernita.

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Road Closure map | Credit: WSDOT East

Fire Weather

There is a RED FLAG WARNING in effect on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 1400 hours to 2100 hours due to gusty winds and higher temps.

Social Media

Our next update on this story will be at 2030 hours unless something more significant occurs.

You can also find us for live updates for all fires on our Twitter account @nwfireblog

Thank you for reading our post!

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 6

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status |  The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is demobilizing their PIOs unless there is further fire activity that requires them to give evacuation orders.

The footage listed below was what fire crews observed when they arrived on-scene earlier this morning.  (Photo Credit:  Grant County Fire District #13)

Evacuations | Level 1 and 2 are still in effect.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.  ICP is located at the Wahluke High School in Mattawa.

State Mobe has been arriving throughout the night to the fire scene.

ALERTS | To receive  Emergency Text Messages to your cell phone, text GCSHERIFF to 888777.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog .

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/15/2019 @ 1130 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 5

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status | The fire has destroyed approximately 5,000 acres and is still growing.  There is a 0% containment status.   Aircraft is dipping from the Columbia River.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.

WA State Fire Marshal has approved WA STATE MOBILIZATION.

Evacuations | A new alert was given by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (1820 hours) Deputies will be going door-to-door to make sure residents and guests are leaving the area.  Do not delay. This is an escalated and serious level of evacuation orders.  This means that your safety is at risk and staying could put others in danger of having to rescue, extricate or provide EMS services.

Fire Weather |  As the time of this post, fire weather in Mattawa was 82* F temps, sunny skies with winds at 13 mph and humidity down to 24%. Temps are forcasted to dip down to a low temp of 65* F.

To receive  Emergency Text Messages to your cell phone, text GCSHERIFF to 888777.

GO NOW:

  • 23000 block Road O SW, P SW, Q SW, R SW (Level 3)
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What responding fire crews are seeing. | Credit: GCFD13

Power infrastructure threatened.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog .

Thank you for reading this post and others.  We encourage you to become a Blog follower and joining our 300-plus readership.  – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1950 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 3

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status | The fire has scorched up to 2,000 acres. There are multiple air and ground resources on-scene. The Sheriff’s Office is reporting the fire only at 1,500 acres.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.

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Photo Credit | Grant County Fire District 10’s PIO Janet Eckenberg

Evacuations | About 1815 hours, evacuation orders given by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for those homes located in the 23000 block of Road “O” SW to Road “E” SW.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog .

Thank you for reading this post and others.  We encourage you to become a Blog follower and joining our 300-plus readership.  – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1850 PDT

 

Disaster News | Train Derailment in Ellis County (KS) | 1

Incident Summary | A train derailment has been reported on 9th and Allen in Hays (Ellis County), Kansas.  Fire Department on-scene reported three Ethanol cars on the tracks with no leaks and under control (1520 PDT). However, there were additional reports of several train cars on their sides.

Staging | Staging is on 11th and Allen.

ICP | Command Post is at the accident scene at 9th and Hays.

Resources | Ellis County Fire & Rescue, Ellis County SO.

We are working to gain more information on this incident and will provide an update when it has been received.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1525 hours PDT on 7/14/2019 (Sunday).

The Wildfire Log | Lassen County’s Doyle Fire (CA) | 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out on Sunday, July 14, 2019, near the community of Doyle in Lassen County, California.  It’s exact location is off Old Highway and Cowboy Joe Road, northwest of Doyle Northern California District – Susanville.

IC | Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office.

Resources | California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL Fire.

Current Status | The fire has burned 150 acres of grass and brush.  0% containment.  Fire suppression efforts include fire crews using initial attack with engines and aircraft.  Fire is burning on both the east and west sides of Highway 395.

Fire Wx | There are concerns with possible future windy conditions that will hit the area.

Evacuations | Ordered for those homes inside the fire perimeter which include on Highway 395.

Social Media | We are using #CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 to track these incidents. 2019 has sure been a terrible year for California’s wildfire season.

Thank you for reading this post and hope you will join our 300+ readership to catch your news on fires, wildfires and disaster events. Hope you all stay safe out there wherever your travels may take you. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1515 hours PDT.

 

The Wildfire Log | Ventura County’s South Fire | 4

Incident Summary | A second-alarm brush fire is burning in the area of 21000 block of South Mountain Road and off of Balcom Canyon Road, just east of Santa Paula in Ventura County, California.

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Photo Credit: Chris B @CB_FirePhoto, a VCFD Photographer

Fire name is SOUTH FIRE. Sorry for the confusion everyone. It appears that the Firefighters are from SouthInc.

Resources | (IC) Ventura County FD.  (Incident Cooperators) Fillmore FD, LA County FD (Firehawk) , CAL FIRE,  CHP Moorpark Division and Ventura County Air Unit.

Current Fire Status | Firefighters still battling the fire and will remain on the fire throughout the night.

 

Social Media | You can also follow us on live coverage for this wildfire on our Twitter page @nwfireblog

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1430 hours PDT on 7/14/2019 (Sunday)

 

 

 

The Wildfire Log | Otero County (CO)’s Grass Fire Human Caused

A grass fire sparked by a driver on Highway 350 in Otero County, Colorado was charged for starting the wildfire on July 14, 2019, in the early afternoon on Sunday.

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Photo Credit | Otero Co SO

Otero County Sheriff’s Office and Fire units from the outlining areas responded to the fire which at the time was determined to be likely from a vehicle.

Firefighters were in mop up operations at 1448 hours PDT. The estimated amount of acres burned were around 20 but this could have been so much more worse.  

Nice work, firefighters and Sheriff’s Office for your great egress and teamwork! – Ed.

Opinion | Did You Know? You can prevent these types of Fires

Never park your vehicle on grass on the side of the highway as the hot vehicle exhaust pipe can burn the grass underneath and cause a fire.  If it is a windy day, the wind can pick up the fire and spread it around on very dry fire fuels around your vehicle.

Not only is this preventable, but also will be a cost saver for the one that is being charged for fire suppression assets and law enforcement costs.  We are pretty sure, there is a hefty fine that will be sure to included in that amount too.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated at 1500 hours PDT on 7/14/2019

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

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Photo Credit: Grant County SO

Current Fire Status | At about 1353 hours, the fire had burned 100 acres and was at a 0% containment status.

Evacuations | No evacuation orders are on order at the moment.

About the Saddle Mountains

The Saddle Mountains are an upfolded anticline ridge of basalt in Grant County, which is located in the central portion of Washington State.

Credit & Info by Wikipedia

The ridge is approximately 2,700 feet in elevation and ends in Othello near the foot of the Drumheller Channels. It continues to the west where it is broken up at the Sentinel Gap, a water gap through which the Columbia River passes before ending in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblogThank you for reading this post and others.  We encourage you to become a Blog follower and joining our 300-plus readership.  – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1445 hours PDT