Abby Lane Wildfire | WA | 1

OROVILLE, Wash. | What would appear to be a small wildfire initially when WA DNR resources were dispatched at 1206 hours PDT to a single acre, has grown incredibly to a fast-moving fire and destroying many acres already.

LOCATION

The incident is unfolding on Mt. Hull area, which is located on Rocky Place off of Swanson Mill Road and just past Canyon Creek Road.

SIZE UP

The fire has now destroyed 15-20 acres in just over an hour. (1358 hours PDT)

The fire would later grow to 50 acres and fire crews reaching a 10% containment status but the IC would request any type of aircraft to assist with firefighting resources. Helicopters were reportedly working the fire on both sides but the wildfire was progressing on the southwest side and in the north portion. (Reported at 1435 hours PDT)

RESOURCES

Several engines, brush trucks and tenders have arrived on-scene with several helicopters arriving in tandem to help with firefighting suppression efforts.

Mutual aid units from Tonasket Fire was toned out at 1347 hours to help with additional manpower for structure protection.

The IC (Incident Commander) requested any type of aircraft preferably a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) or a Heavy (large airtanker). States there are three rotors out of Ellensburg. Looking for any fixed wing aircraft but sounded like none available. Dispatched advised that a tanker with retardant would take awhile to find as the closest at the moment is in Redmond (OR). The IC requested that it be lat/loaded at the Omak Airport but that requested would be denied. He would later request that she search for anything up in Canada. His last request for the time-being would be for a D4 or D5 (dozers). (1435 hours PDT)

SOCIAL MEDIA

More updates will be posted as information is received. We are working to gain more details on this fire, as well as any images. You can follow us for live updates on Twitter @nwfireblog.

Thank you for reading our posts and updates on this wildfire and more fire-related news. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/12/2019 – 1458 PDT

#ScatterCreekFire Update 2 | August 26 2017

THURSTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary.   On the afternoon of August 22, 2017, a brush fire broke out causing immediate evacuations and other fire assets to be dispatched to the fire scene located about .75 of a mile East of Rochester, Washington.

Cause.  The cause is unknown and remains under investigation by Law Enforcement Officials.

Evacuations.  Later Law Enforcement officials would lift the evacuation orders but told residents not to return until they received the all-clear from them to do so.

. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office

Size Up.  The fire is currently at 462 acres of short grass, brush and timber scorched. Fire crews have reached a 65% containment status.  Fire is still active in the northern section of the scorched area.  Fire crews are expecting it could be another 10 days before the it is completely out.

 

Fire Personnel.  At the time of this post, there were 274 personnel with 3 crews and 25 engines assigned to this incident.

Command Post has moved from the Rochester H.S. to the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Fire Station on Sergeant Road. It will be in Unified Command with DNR – South Puget Sound Region and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

Incident Cooperators. Resources also include: personnel from Thurston County Sheriff Office, Emergency Management and from the WA State Department of Corrections inmates as hand crews.

EPA Dispatched.  Due to many structures and damaged structures, the Department of Ecology (DOE) was called in to assess the possibility HAZMAT runoff.  They were tasked with reviewing the fire area in its entirety to ensure no runoff had been detected.

Utility Response.The fire burned a lot of power poles and hardware.  Utility crews have been in the area working tirelessly to repair and restore services in affected area.  By the end of Friday evening, all services had been restored.

Air Resources.  On August 22, 2017, a VLAT (Very large airtanker) dropped retardant from above.  Some residents had concerns about the retardant being used by air resources with the State distributing brochures and informational broadcast about it.  For further questions, please visit the following website —-> https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/fire/wfcs/documents/cleanup.pdf

Firefighting Efforts, Costs.  State mobe resources were placed back in service (at 0600 hours on Saturday) and transition of Command will be given back to Regional and Local resources.

The total fire suppression and containment costs-to-date is $950,00.

Incident Command Post at the High School aka Fire Camp. (Credit: Thurston County EM)

Community Losses.  There were 2 primary and one unoccupied historic homes, along with 1 commercial building and 2 historic barns destroyed.  An additional structure has been reported as lost but we are unsure what type of building it was. A total of 6 structures have been lost.

Injuries

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Social Media

A firefighter posted on his Facebook page around 0248 hours on Saturday morning that the fire is winding down and they would be demobbing later on in the day.  Thurston County Emergency Management released a presser on Friday, August 25th saying that there was still active fire on the northern portion of the fire area and would be expecting crews to take an additional 10 days putting all local fire crews back in service.

A helicopter can be seen in the background with a bambi bucket (orange bucket below the aircraft. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 1540 hours PDT

Hurricane Harvey Slams into Texas – 1

Post Summary | A Category 4 Hurricane has slammed into the United States with a direct hit to the State of Texas. Many in Texas began preparation as early as August 23, 2017.

This post will be the first of many to come with us gleaning information from all over Social Media, news media, government sites and other additional countless sources.

We are posting by the date of when the information/storm details and other news was reported.  At the bottom of each update we will put the current publishing date and time.

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We are thinking of our friends in the Texas and those in the direct path where Harvey is due to impact.  Please heed all evacuation orders and listen to First Responders/Agencies helping with various resources.

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EOC / PARTNERS

TX State, Emergency Management Department.  State spends the day together to ensure State and Federal partners are ready to support to local partners. (8/23/2017)

Salvation Army.  Disaster Response delivers an additional 13 pallets of water and 10 pallets of clean-up kits for staging. (8/23/2017)

Local resources.  People gather together to fill sandbags. (8/24/2017)

ALERTS!

Pets Alive:  Austin Pets Alive are seeking foster families for evacuated pets arrival.  See news story here — > http://www.statesman.com/lifestyles/pets/austin-pets-alive-seeks-foster-families-after-evacuated-pets-arrive/TxRup2za5M9cB0qbZJJ7mI/ .

National Weather Service (NWS) of Houston, TX:  Flash Flood Warning for Lake Jackson, Freeport and Clute, TX.  https://twitter.com/NWSHouston/status/901344176301801472 (8/26/2017)

City of Corpus Christi:  City is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to Storm’s destruction. (8/25/2017)

RESOURCES

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –> http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT)

Facebook Safety Check:  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP. (8/26/2017)

National Weather Service:  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. (8/23/2017)

Media:  Text messages will go through when calls won’t.  It will free up space for emergency communication. (8/24/2017)

EVACUATIONS  

Shelters:  Do not require you to show proof of ID. (8/25/2017)

News Media:  Island Campus students are ordered to evacuate/leave campus.  Required to be off campus by 0700 hours CDT.  Move-in day was supposed to be on 8/24/2017 but has since been postponed due to the incoming hurricane. (8/23/2017) 

News Media:  Pleas from posters ask pet owners not to leave pets tied up outside or leave them outside. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  RVs seen evacuating on ferries out of the Port Aransas area. (8/24/2017)

WEATHER

News Media:  WIND has been downgraded only.  There is due to be catastrophic & historic flooding that will continue for days even after the Storm has left the area.

News Media:  Rain has begun in Bexar County.  Heaviest will be to the SE. (8/25/2017 @ 0355 hours)

News Media:  Up to possible 10″ of rain in parts of Texas so far from the Storm.  (8/26/2017 @ 0359 hours)

News Media:  Rainbands reaching the TX coastline. (8/26/2017 / 0353 hours CDT)

News Media:  Storm was at a Cat4 made landfall on 8/25/2017.  Now down to a strong Cat2 but flooding threat is just beginning.   Reports of 25 mi NNW of Rockport, TX.  Moving NW at 6 mph.  Max winds @ 110 mph.  Min Pressure is at 954 mb. (8/26/2017 / 0352 hours CDT)

This is what a Cat4 Hurricane looks like in space. Credit: NASA

NWS of Lake Charles.  Current weather conditions in Miami, FL.  Storm weakening over land but water levels are still rising. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT4+shtml/260758.shtml (8/26/2017)

Twitter Poster:  As of 0300 hours CDT.  Rockport, TX (25 mil NNW).  Victoria, TX (35 miles SSW).  (8/26/2017)

Corpus Christi Visitor Center:  Map released showing hurricane due to hit landfall on Mexico at 1000 hours CDT on Wednesday; to impact parts of Texas and Louisiana around 1000 hours CDT on  8/26/2017. (8/23/2017)  

News Media:  Map released of Houston, TX about to get poured upon this weekend and early next week.  Some rain projections of up to 36″ of rain! (8/23/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Weather predictions for TX are also affecting Costa Rica with high chances of rain. (8/23/2017)

EYEWITNESS REPORTS

Twitter Poster:  Rain was supposed to hit on 8/25/2017 @ 1900  hours with renewed time at 0300 hours.  Current time 0339 hours. No rain. (8/26/2017 / 0349 CDT)

News Media:   Residents at the Rockport (City of) Senior housing complex have been rescued. (8/25/2017 / 2300 CDT)

News Media:  Tornado damage in Sargent, TX. (8/25/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Tide begins to rise on an empty beach North of Bob Hall Pier. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   Water already rising into the barge docks across from the American Bank Center. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   A General Surgeon stays behind while his family flies out of the Corpus Christi airport. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Raining then stopped at the University of Houston. (8/23/2017)

SOCIAL MEDIA  

News Media:  162,000  – 200,000 people in Corpus Christi without power and clean water.

Twitter Poster:  We will ride out this storm and it will be flooded all over Corpus Christi.  We will still end up with (water) restrictions. (8/23/2017)

Ignoring the Evacuation Order:  Some people have decided to ignore the evacuation order and now, some say – they did not know this was going to come and are stuck in their homes, businesses and other structures.

Thank you for reading our post.   Our next update will be later in the day on Saturday.

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 0230 PDT

#ScatterCreekFire | Washington State | New!

THURSTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire broke out around 1558 hours this afternoon (8/22/2017) in the area 183rd Avenue SW and Guava Street SW in Ground Mound (Thurston County), Washington named the Scatter Creek Fire.  We are also hearing some media outlets are calling it the Ground Mound Fire. For formalities purposes, we are using the same name as WA DNR is using.

Fire in Mound, Washington. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office

Size Up | The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said the fire was initially moving in a SE direction. Evacuations were being made from houses SE from Sargent Road SW and Wakly Lane SW to Nutmeg Street SW. Around 1652 hours PDT, the fire had grown to 200 acres and still had a high rate of spread.  State Fire Mobe had been approved.

About 100 homes had been evacuated with residents being in a local shelter located at the LDS Church at 18501 Paulson Street SW, just off of Highway 12 in Rochester. (this was as of 1630 hours).

All Evacuation orders had been lifted shortly after, but the Sheriff’s Office asked all evacuees not to return to their homes until an all clear was sent out to them.

A helicopter can be seen in the background with a bambi bucket (orange bucket below the aircraft. Credit: Thurston County Sheriff Office.

As of 1918 hours, a statement given by the TCSO in how the fire started near the 183rd Avenue SW between Guava Street and Case Road. One business at 183rd Street and Loganberry Street has burned along with six additional structures being lost (four primary homes and two barns).

Resources | DNR stated that the fire was initially 30 acres about the start of the fire.  There were 3 helicopters, 7 engines and 1 air tanker on-scene.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/22/2017 @ 2000 hours PDT

Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

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Courtesy of Ventura County Fire PIO Capt Mike Lindbery

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST.

Incident Command Post [ICP]

The ICP is located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  This is also the site for Press releases to the Media.

Containment Status

60% contained. Fire crews are making great progress in mopping up hot spots.

Damage Assessment / Threats

1236 acres have now been scorched. 1 minor ankle injury reported.

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Pilot Jim Dalton & crew, in Copter 7,have been making water drops all night keeping the fire away from houses. [Courtesy: VCAirUnit]

EVACUATIONS

All Evacuation Orders have been listed.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross Shelter has been demobilized.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Highway has been opened in both directions.  Fire and Police ask drivers to be cautious as equipment is still working in the area.

Emma Wood Campground

Closed.  Remains closed until further notice.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

 

Ventura County Fire Department, CALFire and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office working together on this incident.

 

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

We will be covering this incident with some limited interruptions as we go in / out of service throughout the day.  We will be posting updates on our Twitter account @nwfireblog so stay tuned for any new info.

Facebook

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Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST. At 0200 Fire was at 100 acres, light fuels, wind-driven. It soon became a 2-Alarm Brush fire with an IC requested. Both sides of the 101 Freeway was shut down to drivers and all traffic.  It would soon ramp up to 250 acres with 150 Firefighters and 30 homes being threatened.

Containment Status

10% contained.

Damage Assessment / Threats

0 buildings lost and 0 injuries reported. 1200 acres scorched as of 0900 Hours.   The fire is being pushed by strong NW Winds, causing threats to oil, gas, power and rail infrastructure.

Weather Conditions

As of Saturday, December 26, 2015, current Weather conditions are Sunny with temps of 40 as the low and 57 as the high today. Humidity is 28% and winds are 6.1 knots from the WSW with 11.3 knots wind gusts.

EVACUATIONS

Solimar Beach Residents

Previously the Solimar Beach residents and campgrounds were on a voluntary evacuation basis but as the fire grew and the danger became imminent, the evacuation order was changed over to a mandatory order.

Paria Beach Residents

The Paria Beach residents at the time of this post, were on a voluntary evacuation order. They should be ready to move at a moment’s notice if the fire danger becomes imminent for them.  It was stated evacuees were being told to go North out of the area.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross has opened a Shelter in the Carpinteria VA Building located at 941 Walnut Avenue in Carpinteria, California.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Northbound 101 Freeway was closed at Highway 33 and Southbound at Bates Road.  At 1045 Hours, CALTrans was doing a sweep to see if it was safe for drivers to use the freeway again. No word on an update.

Union Pacific RR

All train activities have been halted due to the fire in the area.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Air Support

4 Fixed Wing Tankers have been ordered.  Unknown from which agency or where they are responding from.  LA County Fire’s COPTR 16 has been assisting with fire suppression air support.

Fire Personnel

At 0930 Hours, there were 600 Firefighters either on scene or en route assigned to the incident.  CALFire stated they have 8 engines, 2 handcrews, 2 dozers with a total of 80 personnel assigned.

Police Support

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is working an Incident Cooperator and the official Law Enforcement on scene.

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

We will be covering this incident with some limited interruptions as we go in / out of service throughout the day.  We will be posting updates on our Twitter account @nwfireblog so stay tuned for any new info.

Facebook

We will also be providing updates on our Facebook page.  If you have not already “Like”d us yet, please Like our page.

WordPress (you are on our Site now)

You can also receive updates via email once you become a Follower of ours. We’d love to have you on board so that we can provide the newest and freshest updates on Breaking News, Career and Training Opportunities and much more!

 (c) The #NWFireBlog

ACTIVE WILDFIRES | Washington | Aug 1, 2015 | PM Update

NEW FIRES

#DeckerRoadFire | Near Matlock in Mason County | 1 helicopter and ground resources | 25% contained.

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#SpragueFire | I-90 / Hwy 23 just outside of Sprague [Lincoln County] | 600 acres | Engines and crews on scene [as of 1750 PDT], Air resources ordered.

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UPDATES on Previously Reported Fires

#BlueCreekFire | Approx 10 miles E of Walla Walla |  Human caused, under investigation | 95% contained | 1 primary structure & 11 outbuildings destroyed | 207 Personnel | 6004 acres.

a child sits on his fathers shoulders with thank you sign for firefighters  Smoke rises from valleys with green trees

Images Courtesy of Inciweb

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#LongLakeFire | in Spokane County | 95% contained |  Crews still dealing with active burning areas | 425 acres.

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#NorthBoulder2Fire | Near Orient | Colville NF | Lightning caused | 35% contained | 280 Personnel | 3 Injuries |210 acres.

Appears as a Lookout Tower in Orient.

#Image via Inciweb

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#ParadiseFire | Olympic National Park | Lightning caused | 21% contained | 35 Personnel | 1786 acres | Smoke Report: lots of reports of smoke calls being seen outside of the Queets River.

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#WolverineFire | 3 miles NW of Lucerne | Lightning caused | 120 Personnel | 6000 acres | Conditions very smokey in the valleys and over Lake Chelan.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog