LACoFD Fights Commercial Fire

Published 1/8/2022, 1745 hours PT

SAN CLARITA, CALIFORNIA — LA County Firefighters are on the scene of a two-story strip mall fire on Saturday, in the block of 23200 West Lyons Avenue.

Upon arrival by E73 as the first due apparatus, reported the second floor of the mall was heavily involved with fire and the unit went initially going defensive. At 1702, Command advised Dispatch they were in defensive operations but transitioning back over to offensive operations but were still in the same mode

This is the LA LYONS IC as the Command designator.

Command requested a 2nd alarm at 1713 hours PT, bringing additional resources, and were instructed to check in with Medic 1 when they arrived at Staging which was located on Lyons and Valley.

At 1707 PT, Dispatch advised the LA Lyons IC it was 20 minutes on the timer, at which time, the IC stated they was heavy fire in the attic and all hands were working in the defensive operations mode.

The Fire was knocked at 1724 hours and Command advised Dispatch, to retain all 2nd alarm resources as manpower due to extensive overhaul. The Fire Investigator asked Command to hold off on overhaul until the cause could be determined.

A primary search of the building at 1725 hours was conducted but nothing was found.

Cause is still being determined at the time of this post. No preliminary cause had been disclosed and no word if any citizens or firefighters have been injured during this incident.

About the Fire Building

The fire building is a two-story-strip mall that is being used as mixed occupancy as offices and retail space, which was built in 1982 on 1.09 acres. The building is approximately 31,418 square footage and assessed per LA County tax records as $1,205,794.

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SCFD21 Conducts Water Drill

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON — Firefighters from SCFD21 and North County took part in joint training over the weekend to conduct a water training drill simulating rural firefighting tactics.

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Credit: SCFD21

“Here at District 21, we firmly believe in the importance of training and honing your craft to the best of your ability.” – SCFD21

About Snohomish County Fire District 21

SCFD21 provides fire, rescue, and EMS services to the citizens living in the City of Arlington, a 70-square mile area, and about 9,000 people.

The District operates out of one Fire Station (49) in the Arlington Heights area and the construction of another station (50) is due to be completed in late 2022 or early 2023.

The Fire District has three Fire Commissioners and is under management by Fire Chief Chad Schmidt and Assistant Chief Joel Smith. This is a combination department with seven full-time and 25 part-paid firefighters. Additionally, there are 10 volunteer firefighters.

According to their website,

  • E49 – 2007 HME Chassis, Boise Mobile Body with Pump-1500 gpm, Tank-1000 gal.
  • TE49 – Tender Engine, a 2003 HME Chassis, Boise Mobile Body with a pump-1000 gpm and a 3,000 gallon tank.
  • A49 – 2015 Braun Northwest BLS Ambulance.
  • U49 (Utility 49) – 2012 Ford F250. Their water rescue vehicle.
  • HC49 (Hovercraft 49) – 2008 Neoteric Hovercraft.
  • T49 (Tender 49) – 2003 Kenworth Chassis, 4-Guys Body with 500 gpm pumper with a 3,000 gallon tanker.
  • Tender 94 – 1987 GMC Chassis, 4-Guys Body with 500 gpm pumper and a 1,800- gallon tank. This is on loan from the Fire District #19 in Silvana.
  • CH49 (Chief 49) – 2008 Ford Escape. This is their Staff/Command vehicle.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog, Published 12/16/2021 2015 PT

Fire Resources Respond to Seatac House Fire

SEATAC, WASHINGTON — Firefighters and Medics from Puget Sound Fire (Kent), Port of Seattle FD, Tukwila Fire, Zone 3 Fire REHAB, King County Fire District #2 (Burien/Normandy Park/North Highline) and King County Medic One were dispatched to a house fire on the evening of Sunday, December 12, 2021.

The incident is located at 17300 block of 37th Place South in Seatac in King County, Washington.

Limited information was released by Fire Officials. We have reached out to Puget Sound Fire for an update.

Check back for any new updates.

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TX | Wildfires Keep Resources Busy | 1

SIT REP 1 | 12-11-2021 | 1300 PT

Firefighters with the Texas A&M Forest Service and other Mutual Aid resources were kept busy on Friday and continuing into Saturday, December 11, 2021, as they were deployed to several very large wildfires under RED FLAG fire conditions producing extreme fire behavior. Many of these fires caused significant travel delays and impacted several communities. Continued fire suppressions efforts are still going strong.

Credit | TAMFS

Arrowhead Fire

The ARROWHEAD FIRE is located about one mile west of Petrolia, heading Southeast towards Henrietta in Clay County. The fire started on 12/10/2021 at approximately 1600 hours. Unified Command with TX A&M FS and local Fire Departments. There have been about 7,500 acres destroyed. Grass and brush are fire fuels and crews have reached 35% containment status. Dispatched via the Northwest Dispatch Zone. Cause: Debris burning.

County Line Fire

The COUNTY LINE FIRE is located in Wilbarger County. It is about 1,000 acres and is 0% contained. This incident was dispatched via the Northwest Dispatch Zone.

Electra Complex Fire

The ELECTRA COMPLEX FIRE is located In the town of Electra off of US Hwy 287 in Wichita County. The two fires started on December 10, 2021, around 1200 hours and would later merge together on the very same day it started. There has been an estimated 2,300 acres of tall grass and mesquite burned and crews have successfully reached an 85% containment status. Fire Managers have reported the weather windy conditions as a possible concern. Incident Cooperators include local FD agencies along with Federal Firefighters from Sheppard AFB and State resources along with crews from the TX A&M Forest Service. TAMFS and Electra VFD are in Unified Command. Fire behavior has been extremely active with high winds. Aircraft has been unable to assist or fly due to heavy smoke and poor visibility.

Lazy J Town Fire

The LAZY J TOWN FIRE has burned about1,000 acres and there is a 0% containment. Limited information.

Twin Creek Fire. West of Lake Meredith in Moore County. Started December 10, 2021, around 1430 hours. Est. 3,000 acres. 60% contained. Panhandle Dispatch Zone. Started on December 10, 2021. TX A&M FS in Unified Command with Dumas FD, TX Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, and local fire departments. Extreme fire behavior has been observed with a high rate of spread.

Nighttime fire activity on the Twin Creek Fire
Twin Creek Fire | Credit | Juan Rodriguez/TAMFS

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Magnolia Fire Progression Stopped

FINAL | UPDATE 2 – 1235 PT

SD Fire resources have been successful in stopping the forward progression of today’s fire and holding it at 18 acres. It may not seem like a lot of acres but with the increased fire danger from low RH and high winds, this could have been way worse than in reality.

Media reports some damage to power and phone poles. All aircraft were released with the exception of Copter 12.

Resources 4104, B2, BR1, BR4, COP12, E19, E205, E4, E5, M4, MVUB3, OE6310, TIM1, WT27, AA330, AT70, AT71, B3, C11, C12, 6440A, B6, E2, E3, E6, E7, RE12.


UPDATE 1 – November 25, 2021 – Thursday – 1225 PT

SANTEE, CALIFORNIA — A brush fire has ignited near Ramsgate Way and Ramsgate Drive; on Hwy 52 x Riverford Road, in the eleven o’clock hour and has been really ramping up since it had been reported and setting fire watchers Social Media pages ablaze.

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ImageCredits | CAL FIRE, SDG&E

Evacuations –> A warning has been issued for the Santee area near Hill Creek/Rams Gate. The San Diego County Sheriff is asking residents and visitors to evacuate through Jeremy Street to N. Magnolia (around the Hill Creek School).

Evacuation Center –> Pathways Church at 9638 Carlton Hills Blvd. (SD Sheriff/alertsd.org)

Resources Include –> Tankers 70, 71, AA310 (from Hemet airport), an Erickson S64 HT (out of SEE airport), 2 Copters and Tanker131 are assigned to this incident along with Fire personnel from Santee FD, CAL FIRE-San Diego, and law enforcement from the San Diego Sheriff’s Office. At 1148 PT, there were two additional engine strike teams requested.

Size Up–> Approximately 10 acres with active fire behavior with a moderate rate of spread. into the river bottom.

Hashtags –> #SanteeCAFire #MagnoliaFire #CAwildfires2021

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CA Wildfire | Magnolia | 1

UPDATE 1 – November 25, 2021 – Thursday – 1225 PT

SANTEE, CALIFORNIA — A brush fire has ignited near Ramsgate Way and Ramsgate Drive; on Hwy 52 x Riverford Road, in the eleven o’clock hour and has been really ramping up since it had been reported and setting fire watchers Social Media pages ablaze.

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ImageCredits | CAL FIRE, SDG&E

Evacuations –> A warning has been issued for the Santee area near Hill Creek/Rams Gate. The San Diego County Sheriff is asking residents and visitors to evacuate through Jeremy Street to N. Magnolia (around the Hill Creek School).

Evacuation Center –> Pathways Church at 9638 Carlton Hills Blvd. (SD Sheriff/alertsd.org)

Resources Include –> Tankers 70, 71, AA310 (from Hemet airport), an Erickson S64 HT (out of SEE airport), 2 Copters and Tanker131 are assigned to this incident along with Fire personnel from Santee FD, CAL FIRE-San Diego, and law enforcement from the San Diego Sheriff’s Office. At 1148 PT, there were two additional engine strike teams requested.

Size Up–> Approximately 10 acres with active fire behavior with a moderate rate of spread. into the river bottom.

Hashtags –> #SanteeCAFire #MagnoliaFire #CAwildfires2021

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CA Hit by Another Sunday Fire

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA — Another brush fire has broken out in California today as winds are picking up and low RH making it the perfect combination for fire to burn up drought-like fuels around them.

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Credit | Alert Wildfire cameras

Tonight, we see another brush fire has broken out but this one is located along HWY 166 at mile marker 17 in Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County) called the RANCH FIRE. Northeasterly winds have picked up to six miles per hour with gusts up to 13. (Initial reports at 1912 PT).

At 1912 hours PT, both the SB County and CAL FIRE FD units were en route to the area where the fire was reported to located.

Shortly, thereafter, Command called for a Fire Investigator and a PIO.

Unknown how many acres burned or the current containment status.

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SFD Firefighters Kept Busy

SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Firefighters have been kept pretty busy today with lots of illegal fires in encampments and other locations. Now, you can see how Seattle has been impacted by these fires breaking all across their Big City.

These activities do not cover all of the EMS/Medic, heavy and water rescue, or alarm calls that occur quite frequently throughout. There have been several SCENES OF VIOLENCE fire responses which take up quite a bit of resources.

1553 PT | Encampment Fire | 6th Ave S x S Washington St (Pioneer Square / Intl District). OPEN incident E10 dispatched. Incident #F210128926.

1521 PT | Car Fire | NE 75th St x Sandpoint Way NE (Laurelhurst/Sandpoint area). OPEN incident. E38 dispatched. Incident #F210128908.

1518 PT | Illegal Burn | NW Market St x 15th Ave NW (Ballard). E18 dispatched. Duration: 4 min. Incident #F210128905.

1515 PT | Illegal Burn | 200 block of Lake WA Blvd E. (Madrona/Leschi area). E34 dispatched. Duration 14 min. Incident #F210128904.

1500 PT | Rubbish Fire | 6th Ave x Seneca St. (First Hill area). E5 dispatched. Duration: 14min. Incident #F210128897.

1409 PT | Illegal Burn | 10th Ave E x John St. (Capitol HIll area). E25 dispatched. Duration: 14 min. Incident #F210128877.

1312 PT | Fire in Building | 200 block Terry Ave N (South Lake Union/Eastlake). Vacant commercial structure. Units dispatched: A2, Air240-260, B2, B4, DEP1, E10, E2, 2, E25, E5, E8, L10, L3, L4, L6, M10, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2 and STAF10. Fire was extinguished with a pump can. Fire resources were reduced to a 2-1-1 (2 engines, 1 truck and 1 chief). MAR5 was investigating the cause. Duration 43 min. Incident #F210128857.

1044 PT | Rubbish Fire | NB I-5 From Cherry (Cherry Hill area). E10 dispatched. On scene 7 min. Incident #F210122809.

0959 PT | Fire in Building | 900 block of N. 97th St (Licton Springs). 6-Story, wood-frame structure with 100 apartment units. Units dispatched: A18, Air24-260, B2, B5, B6, DEP1, E16, E17, E21, E31, E35, L5, L8, L9, M17, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10. Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire. After arriving on the scene, the first due reported light smoke. They immediately had water on the fire. It was reported as under control within minutes. No injuries were reported. MAR5 was investigating the cause of the fire. On-scene 1 hr 28 min. Incident #F210128797.

0940 PT | Fire in Building | 4500 block of S Mead St (Columbia City). 1-story single-family residence, 1050-square feet structure. A14 AIR 240-260 B2 DEP1 E13 E27 E33 L3 M28 M44 MAR5 R1 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 dispatched. Firefighters were dispatched to a small electrical fire in a crawl space of a residential structure. No injuries were reported. On scene 59 minutes. Incient#F21028795.

0759 PT | Rubbish Fire | 26th Ave SW x SW Andover St. (North Delridge area). E36 dispatched. On scene 13 minutes. Incident #F210128776.

0717 PT | Illegal Burn | 400 block S Washington St. (Pioneer Square area). 4-story Govt services building, Masonry structure. E6 dispatched. On-scene 17 min. Incident#F210128766.

0636 PT | Car Fire | 1300 block of Hubbell Pl. E5 dispatched.

0354 PT | Rubbish Fire | 12th Ave NE X NE 66th St. E16 dispatched.

0130 PT | Illegal Burn | 3100 block of NE 125th St. E39 dispatched.

0033 PT | Illegal Burn | 7900 block of Renton Ave S. E33 dispatched.

0027 PT | Illegal Burn | NE 123rd St x Lake City Way NE. E39 dispatched.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog | 11/20/2021 | 1606 PT

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 8

UPDATE 8 | JULY 31, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Current Status

The fire has consumed 413,734 acres of mixed grass and shrub, timber with understory, and timber with litter fuel with a 74% containment.

Fire Operations

“At this point in the fire, we have to think about two things,” says Fire Behavior Analyst Chris Moore, “the fire we know about and the fire we don’t know.” The fire we know is the actively and recently burned portions of the Bootleg Fire. Much of the recent fire activity has been torching and burning pockets of fuel within the burn area. While the fire is not yet contained, a fire line has been constructed around the entire perimeter. Now crews are working to ensure that perimeter holds (is secured) to contain the fire. In some places, fire line is 100 to 150 feet wide from the unburned into the burned area. But some places may require as much as 300 feet to confidently expect the fire to remain contained.  – PIO

South, west east perimeters: crews are patrolling and extinguishing fire and heat (mopping up) where fire is less active.

Northwest and Northeast: To strengthen and expand the fire line. contingency lines or fire breaks, are being constructed.

Engines are lined up along a roadside as headlights shine towards the camera. The sky is darkening behind them.
Credit | USFS

Fire Weather

Critical fire weather is projected for the weekend to include current drought conditions mixed in with low RH, strong surface wind and unstable air. Potential for wind to carry embers and spark new spot fires in areas where the fire line is unsecured.

Resources

Command is under Norm McDonald, Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team.

There are 1,918 total personnel assigned.

Additionally, there are 51 crews, 95 engines and 10 copters.

Agencies and organizations that are assisting with this incident, are called Incident Cooperators. Below is the known partners but some could be missing from this list.

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Damage Assessment

There has been 408 structures destroyed. The total CTD is $70.6 Million Dollars for fire suppression and containment costs.

Public Informaiton

Forest Service Closures | The Fremont-Winema National Forest is now open south of Oregon State Route 140. Closures remain in effect north of the highway to provide for public safety and the safety of firefighters. The full closure order and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/fremont-winema/alerts-notices  

Impacted Fire Victims/Evaucees

Insurance Assistance | How to File Fire-Damage Claims |  For additional information on submitting insurance claims after losing your home or property to a wildfire, please visit  https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/home/storm/Pages/wildfires.aspx or call the state’s team of consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free).   

Public Information

Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

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Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 7

UPDATE 7 | JULY 30, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Fire Operations

Thursday was filled with another day of escalated levels of active fire behavior, which was predicted for Fire. Per the IC, that crews are using hose lays, mop up and patrol to contain and improve them. It remains with creeping, torching and smoldering.

Reports of approximately 160 miles of uncontained line in a fire that has over 300 miles of perimeter.

Resources

Currently, there are 1,918 fire personnel, including 47 crews, 22 copters and 98 engines.

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Credit | Bootleg Fire Facebook Page
  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire has burned about 413,562 acres of timber and brush and is 56% contained.

Damage Assessment

  • Destroyed: 161 homes and 247 other structures destroyed; crews are reporting 408 structures to the NIFC July 30th briefing.
  • Damaged: 16 homes and 15 other structures.
  • Threatened: 2,066 homes.
  • Cost-to-date: $67.4 Million Dollars.

Public Information — Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

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