FLORIDA – We are providing an update on the aftermath of the Hurricane Michael incident in Florida and in a separate post of what is happening in other impacted States.   This is your Sit Rep for Saturday, October 13, 2018.


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Hot meals and Disaster Relief Supplies

Marianna (Jackson County).  Lowes parking lot. Sunday + Monday.  Source:  Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  (See their Facebook page)

Free Meals

Destiny Worship Center. 133000 Panama City Beach Parkway.  Serving meals daily 11 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm. Source:  City of Panama City Beach – Government.   https://www.facebook.com/CityOfPanamaCityBeach/posts/2167839450104278

Food and Water Distribution

National Guard personnel at Distribution Centers.   Source:  WTXL TV.  http://www.wtxl.com/news/list-food-water-distribution-centers-around-the-big-bend/article_fed495f0-ce56-11e8-bf1a-bf7f09513c6b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Water, Ice, Groceries and Hygiene Kits

Convoy of Hope at Marianna Walmart. Source:  Hurricane Michael Resources Page.



Reported by a OnStar member:  If you are in a Hurricane affected area and have OnStar in your vehicle. Just press the Blue button and they will provide your vehicle with free wi-fi. Source:  Hurricane Michael Resources Page.


Medical Care

Sacred Heart Primary Care -Apalachicola. They are opens at 1 pm – 4 pm. Source:  CEDR Digital Corps via Franklin EMA.



Charity Giving

Website to search for Charities supporting Hurricane Michael survivors and how to give safely with transparent organization information.  Source:  Charity Navigator.   https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=6806


Page full of resources for survivors on how to request a rescue (call 9-1-1 first for emergencies), request supplies to rebuild a home, how to volunteer, send supplies or donate. This page is full of great information.  Source:  Cajun Navy Hurricane Michael Relief Page.  http://www.crowdrelief.net/HurricaneMichael


Bay County

Lists the different phases for re-entry. Credentialed persons are only allowed to access various. Check this site before trying to gain entry in a certain area. #KnowBeforeYouGo  Source:  Bay County Government.  http://www.baycountyfl.gov/167/Post-Disaster-Re-Entry



Team Rubicon Disaster Response

Vets of the Team Rubicon organization has been deployed and they are asking for more assistance.  Source:  TEAMRUBICONUSA.ORG

City of Panama City Beach

Utility personnel are on the job and working tirelessly to restore utilities.  Source: City of Panama City Beach – Government.   https://www.facebook.com/CityOfPanamaCityBeach

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Photo Credit | City of Panama City Beach

National Guard

Soldiers are working to set-up tactical satellite terminals to provide county EOCs with internet and phone service to connect to citizens in time of need.

Photo Credit | National Guard @FLGuard

National Guard personnel also were offloading water supplies from a chopper that flew into the area.

Florida Public Utilities

120 personnel (linemen) on the ground, working to restore power. There is an unknown estimated time when all will be restored (as of 10/12/2018 posting).

Jackson County 

Roads and Bridge – 80 crews on the roadway (as of 10/12/2018) due to increase up to 150 by today.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/13/2018 – 1445 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.


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


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)


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).


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


Seattle Duplex Fire Tapped Quickly

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a fire in building call at 1316 hours on Saturday, October 6, 2018, located in the 2400 block of S. Norman Street.

The building was said to be a duplex approximately 60 x 40 in diameter with two stories.  Reports of black heavy smoke were visible and coming out of the first floor windows according to earlier details given by Seattle Fire dispatch during fire crews were responding.

Dispatched units to the fire were L4, L3, A5, AIR10, B4, DEP1, E13, E25, E5, L4, M1, M44, MAR5, R1, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, B5, E30, E6, L10. (1316)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

Firefighters immediately arrived on-scene reporting a working fire on the first floor of the two-story duplex. E30 arrived and was on the attack line while E6 was their back-up line.  A complete 360* of the building was in progress.  (1323)

E13 established a water supply on the hydrant on 24th Avenue South and South Norman Street, while team Bravo was setting up an exposure line.  Water was put on the fire. (1325)

Battalion 5 arrived and assumed “Norman Command”.  A 360* was completed.  Attack line was staffed by E30 and back-up line by E6. L4 was searching the building. This was a 2-story duplex. (1327)

Firefighters quickly gained control of the fire but heat and smoke were still present.  Water supply established.  (1328)

L10 reported no extension to floor 2 but smoke was still moderate. Floor 1 had a primary search completed with nothing found. E6 requested an additional truck company to assist with overhaul. (1329)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

Floors 1 and 2 were searched (primary) and were completed with nothing found. Venting of the structure was in progress. (1330)

Floor 2 had a secondary search completed with nothing found. Both floors 1 and 2 had a secondary search completed. (1332)

Firefighters vented the roof by cutting a hole in it. The attic was clear of any fire or smoke. (1334)

An iguana pet was rescued from floor 1 and brought out by firefighters. (1337)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

E16 team exited the building due to low air.  Marshal 5 (FIU) arrived on-scene. (1341)

Overhaul activities had been halted so that Marshal 5 could do his/her investigation on the fire. (1342)

Units started to get released from the fire incident:  E5, R1, A4 returning back in service. (1345)  Safety2 and Deputy1 (1353). REHAB1 (1400).

Seattle Fire reported that no injuries to civilians or firefighters was reported.

The cause of this fire and financial damage to the building and its contents is still being investigated by the Seattle Fire Marshal’s Office.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog


A Day of Remembrance and Reflection


On Monday, October 1, 2018, will be a day of remembrance and reflection of two men who died selflessly and doing what they loved every time they were deployed to a wildfire or, in some cases – a firestorm incident that required their experience and precise skills.

Twenty-six years tomorrow (1992), Pilot Charles Frost Sheridan, 54 and Co-Pilot Leonard Douglas Martin were killed while serving in the capacity of providing mutual aid from the skies down onto the firestorm below them.  Dropping retardant from their Douglas Commercial or more commonly known as a DC-7B was their primary focus and main fire suppression objective.

As Sheridan and Martin were preparing for a retardant drop on the Cleveland Fire on the El Dorado National Forest in the northern portion of the State of California – both were experiencing an on board mechanical malfunction.  Unexpectedly, the plane crashed at the time this was occurring.   Unfortunately, both brave men would perish in the Tanker 61 crash.

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Crash site 2018.  Courtesy – Tanker 61 Memorial

Multiple Agencies including the FAA, NTSB, the USFS and our own research have concluded the following:

  • Tanker 61 was a (Douglas Commercial) DC-7B owned by TMB of Tulare, California and operated by Butler Aircraft of Redmond, Oregon.
  • The plane was stationed out of the Klamath Falls Airtanker Base (OR) from 1987-1992.
  • The plane was under contract with the US Forest Service.
  • The crash site is located near Kyburz, California on the southeastern edge of the fire on the Eldorado National Forest, about two miles from the intended retardant drop and one mile west of the upper dam on the Ice House reservoir.

Chuck Sheridan served with Tanker 61 through all six fire seasons and had a home in the Klamath Falls area.  Leonard Martin had recently joined the crew as co-pilot in 1991. Both loved to give tours of their aircraft and talking to visitors about aerial firefighting.

After their deaths, a memorial fund was created to help Chuck and Leonard’s families with any emergency needs they had or would incur.  Instead, these same gracious family members would instead ask that the funds be used for a higher purpose and that was to create a Memorial in their names.

Today, it is known as Tanker 61 Memorial, Wildfire Learning Center that is located at 6300 Summers Lane in Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603.  You can find out more by visiting their Facebook Page, Tanker 61 Memorial, Wildfire Learning Center or visiting their website at tanker61memorial.org.  Their contact information is phone #541-883-6853 or you can reach them by email at tankersixone@gmail.com.

The Memorial is located near the Klamath Falls Airtanker Base, which also where the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center is stationed.  You can also catch a “up, close and personal” front row seat to the National Guard jets flying around.

You can visit this great gem and honor these two great pilots in Oregon during the months of May through October from 0900 through 1800 hours PDT.  Not only can you learn about their lives and legacies but about how aerial firefighting is implemented today.  As a bonus, a P2V Airtanker 06 was donated by Neptune Aviation Inc. and is currently on static display at the Memorial.

The Director of the Memorial is Marcia Cavin who has put her heart and soul into this Memorial project with the aid of her Tanker Base Manager/Volunteer husband, Don Cavin and with countless volunteers along the way. They have put together an amazing Memorial to two Heroic pilots who served unconditionally to save lives, property and natural resources.


Courtesy – Tanker 61 Memorial Association


The Cleveland Fire started on September 29, 1992 that was deemed to most likely be human-caused but it has not fully been deemed to be so to this day.  The fire was said to have started near Cleveland Corral and is how the fire was named after, which is east of Sacramento. It was observed that the fire had burned about 20,000 acres of forest and rugged back country in a total of 30 hours.

Flames would eventually move northeast destroying a Forest Service lookout tower on Big Hill and down the south side of the highway near Whitehall. It then would race down the American River canyon and threatened to burn up a major communications station nearby and more than 10 popular campgrounds in the Crystal Basin area.

About 150 people who live along US 50 were evacuated. About 20 USFS structures and six homes were burned, most of them Forest Service summer cabins.

Though this was a mandatory evacuation for those in the communities of Whitehall, Riverton, Kyburz and Strawberry along Hwy 150, a group of 10 family and friends decided to stay in hopes of saving their homes.  They were found sheltering-in-place at the Ice House resort, a motel-restaurant-store and campground that was well inside the fire zone.  Those who decided not to heed to the evacuation notice found themselves well too close for comfort, as the fire came calling at their doors (about 1/4 mile) but ended sparing every single one of their homes.

Deer hunters were in the area but quickly self-evacuated from the fire zone.

More than 2,245 firefighters battled the firestorm in steep, rugged terrain as helicopters and air resources dropped retardant and water. Fire weather consisted of low humidity, high winds and prolonged drought conditions which is said to be a wildland firefighter’s worst nightmare, making it ripe for a firestorm.

Three firefighters were injured with two of them being slightly hurt by falling debris.  .

Then on October 1, 1992, during one of their preparations to drop retardant over the fire Tanker 61’s (heavy airtanker) aircraft unexpectedly crashed killing both pilots onboard. It was determined they were having some sort of mechanical malfuction at the time of the crash.

It would take until October 14, 1992, to contain and put the wildfire completely out.  The fire caused more than $245 million in damages, plus an additional $16 million in fire suppression and containment costs.  A total of 72 injuries and two deaths would eventually be reported.

#ClevelandFire #Tanker61 #ChuckSheridan #LeonardMartin #Tanker61Memorial #WildfireLearningCenter #USFS #Airtanker #KlamathFallsOR #KlamathFallsTankerBase #LakeviewInteragency

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NV Wildfire | Range 2 Fire | 9-30-2018


Sunday, September 30th – A wildfire named the RANGE TWO FIRE started near Spring Creek in Nevada around 0900 hours today on private land.  It now has moved into the Ruby Mountains and on to the Mountains Jarbidge Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Photo Credit – USFS – Humboldt Toiyable National Forest

Evacuations are now in effect for the Lamoille Canyon area.  The U.S. Forest Service is asking for all to divert around this area to  protect yours and their own Safety.

Fire fuels include grass, brush, pinyon and juniper.

Unconfirmed reports by media are now reporting that there has been 8,000 acres burned, along with structures burning and being threatened. (We are waiting for an official update from the USFS and to be reported to Inciweb.)

No injuries to civilians or fire personnel have been reported.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Seattle Firefighters Tap Basement Fire Quickly

SEATTLE, Washington —


Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 9000 block of 17th Avenue SW on Friday, September 28, 2018 around 1733 hours PDT.  Battalion 5 assumed fire control and the incident became 17th Avenue Command.

The fire appears to have been fully engulfed in the basement when crews arrived.


Fire Units included Aid 14, Air Unit 10, Battalions 5 and 7, Deputy 1, Engines 11, 26, 27, 36 and 37; Ladders 1 and 11; Medics 32 and 44 (Supervisor); Marshal 5 (FIU); Rescue 1 (Heavy Rescue unit), REHAB1 (Firefighter REHAB), Safety 2 Officer and Staff 10 (Officer).

Seattle Fire apparatus. (Not the fire scene) Stock Photo Credit: NW Fire Blog


Fire was reported to be burning in the basement on the alpha/bravo corner.  A 360* was completed of the building by Command/Staffing.  Primary and secondary searches of whole building resulted in nothing found.

Water was on the fire around 1929 hours. Less than 10 minutes later, overhaul was in progress.  A DECON line was established along with ventilation.  Rescue 1 had secured gas and established ventilation and was working securing the power.


The fire was tapped (put out) at 1941 hours.

Most of the Command staff (B5, Deputy 1 and Safety 2) went back into service quickly, while fire crews continued to overhaul and go through the DECON (decontaminate their gear and equipment) Line established at one of their engines.

Great job to Seattle Firefighters for putting out this basement fire so quickly and safely, so that everyone goes home.


No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.


The cause is currently unknown, as well as the financial damage to the contents and structure.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

OR Wildfire | Klondike Fire Still Burns

SELMA, Oregon —


The lightning caused wildfire that began on July 15, 2018, continues to burn about nine miles from Selma in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.  The fire originated in the area of the Klondike Creek.

Fire Managers have broken this incident into three Zones:  Taylor Creek Fire, Klondike East and West Fires.

The Klondike West Fire is burning in the footprint of the 2002 Biscuit Fire and in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Portions of the wildfire has also touched areas of the 2017 Chetco Bar Fire of 2017 burn scar.


There are currently 589 total personnel still working on this wildfire, along with 10 crews, five helos and 22 engines.

Aerial view across valleys and ridges of a forested landscape.  A road is visible  high on the background hill.  Smoke rises from fire burning below.  No flames are visible.

Photo Credit – USFS


The following are closed to keep the public safe and integrity of firefighter safety.

  • Roads are open but may close briefly as firefighters may need to do burnout operations for Forest Rd. 23 (Bear Camp Rd.) and South of 23 Road and east of the 2308 (Burnt Ridge) Roads.


  • Agness area has been reduced to a Level 1 Evacuation (Be Ready).


Fire behavior was reported as moderate with flanking, backing and group torching.

It has burned about 154,663 acres of timber, grass and brush, as well as fallen dead material from a previous wildfire in the area.  Crews have reached a 72% containment status.

Expected containment date is October 31, 2018.


#KlondikeEastFire #KlondikeWestFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Oregon | Cabbage Fire | 1


The CABBAGE FIRE is located about six miles southeast of Pendleton, near Interstate 84 in Oregon. The wildfire started on September 20, 2018, from a human caused and unknown ignition.

The fire has burned approximately 50 acres of timber stands and grass.  Fire behavior states is active and is wind-driven.  However, crews have successfully 100% lined the fire and has reached a 50% containment status.

There are 79 personnel along with one crew, two helicopters and 10 engines remaining on the incident but during the Initial Air Attack there were an additional of four SEATs (single engine air tankers), one air attack and three dozers that had responded.  Personnel and equipment responded from Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla FD, E Umatilla Rural Fire District, Pendleton FD, USFS, BIA and ODF.

At the time of this post, fire personnel were busy with mop up.

No structures were reportedly damaged or destroyed. No injuries to civilians and/or firefighters were reported.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Oregon Wildfire | Klondike Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Monday, September 11th

A view of the firing operation near Fish Hook Creek on 9/7/18

Firing operation near Fish Hook Creek on September 7, 2018. Credit: USFS

The KLONDIKE FIRE is  burning on the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, about nine miles northwest of Selma, Oregon.  It was ignited by lightning on July 15, 2018.

Fire behavior has been reduced to a minimal status.  About 132,420 acres of timber and brush have been destroyed but crews have been able to successfully gain a 51% containment status.

There are 1,206 personnel along with 30 crews, 72 engines and eight helicopters.

Total fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have topped out today of $63.2 Million.

#KlondikeFire #ORwildfires2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington Wildfire | Cougar Creek Fire | 4

UPDATE 4 – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Collage of various men and women firefighters

Various photos of the men and women in the fire service. Credit: OK-WEN NF

The COUGAR CREEK FIRE is burning approximately 20 miles northwest of Entiat, about 12 miles northwest of Ardenvoir and 7.5 miles of Plain, Washington.  The fire started by lightning.

Along with the COUGAR CREEK FIRE, the IC is also managing the LOST FIRE and BANNOCK LAKES FIRE.

The LOST FIRE is located about 10 miles north of Plain, Washington.  The 80-acre fire has been fully contained and is being monitored by air.

The BANNOCK LAKES FIRE is located about 177 miles west of Stehekin in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness.  This fire is burning among large rocky outcroppings and isolated clusters of timber in steep and inaccessible terrain.  The fire is currently not staffed and is also being monitored by air.

The fires are burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and private lands.

Sunrise over Cougar Creek ICP, located at Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, looking toward the southwest.

Sunrise over the Cougar Creek ICP. Credit: OK-WEN NF

There are currently 297 fire personnel assigned along with 7 crews and 13 engines.  The NW IMT Team 10 with IC Alan Lawson will relinquish command to all three wildfires to a local Type 3 Team at 1800 hours PDT this evening.

The Incident Command Post or also known as the ICP is located at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

About 42,712 acres have been destroyed and crews have reached a 79% containment status.

Fire suppression and containment costs have exploded up to $42.3 Million.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog