Seattle Has 2nd Alarm Fire

Firefighters were dispatched on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 1620 hours PT to a vacant building located in the 400 block of 7th Avenue South in Seattle, Washington.

At 1633 hours, 7th Avenue Command upgraded the call to a 2nd Alarm fire incident sending out additional resources and equipment.

First and second alarm Seattle Fire units include: E10, B6, E5, L1, A10, Air10, B2, Deputy1, E2, E25, E6, L10, L6, M10, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, Safety2, Staff10, L3, Air240-260, B6, E13, E22, E30, E34, L6, L9. PIO and L4.

2nd Alarm units were quickly code green at 1638 hours PT.

A small fire was said to be burning at the time of the stairwell on floor three but would be knocked down relatively fast. Command called it a tap fire at 1642 hours.

MAR5, Seattle Fire’s Investigator was on-scene to determine what the cause of the fire is and its origin. At this time, there is no preliminary cause to report.

Just like when they train and drill, SFD’s crews focus on suppression and containment applying quick egress efforts. Actions of firefighters quickly stopped the spread to other connected exposures and limiting damage to the structure overall.

There were no reports of injuries to firefighters or civilians.

ABOUT THIS FIRE BUILDING

This building is located in the 400 block of 7th Avenue South in the heart of the Sodo (industrial) area of Seattle. This structure is listed as a brick building that was built in year of 1920.

According to 2020 assessed King County tax records, this is the home to the Republic Hotel, a rooming house on the top three floors of the building, a retail store on the street level and an unfinished basement.

However, when firefighters arrived – they stated this is a vacant building.

Here is a current photo of the vastly 7,680 square multi-level building that was touched by fire this afternoon. It is said to be valued at $2.3 Million according to a 2020 assessment.

Photo Credit | King County government

Building media

Nice work, Firefighters and saving another Seattle iconic structure.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 10/24/2020 1720 PT

NW ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 20, 2017

 Post Summary |  The National Interagency Fire Center reported there were 7 new fires in the NW along with 1 large new incident.  There still remains 13 wildfires burning. Nationally, there were 77 new fires with light initial attack activity. 1 new large incident. 2 large fires contained and 25 fires uncontained.

NOTE: This does not include additional fires being reported in by other sources (Inciweb, DNR, Wildcad, NWCC, NIFC, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, ORDOF, IDDOF and the list goes on).

Here is our recap for Saturday, August 20, 2017.  NOTE:  Not all wildfires are listed on this map.

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1. BELNAP FIRE

20 miles NE of Prineville, OR. USDA Forest Service.  Started 8/11/2017.  Lightning caused. Timber Brush. Lightning. 125 acres. 75% contained.  Threatened are 31 single-family residences (SFR), 33 mixed residential/commercial and 90 minor structures. 83 personnel. 3 crews and 1 helicopter..

2. BLEVINS FIRE New!

15 miles SE of Rome, OR. ICT4. Started 8/19/2017. Unknown cause. 1,314 acres. 100% contained. Grass fuel. USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  18 personnel, 1 helos and 3 engines..

3. BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

12 Miles NE of Keller, WA.  Started 8/9/2017. Type 2 IMT, NW Team 6. Lightning caused. 2,015. 27% containment. Timber. Active fire behavior with isolated torching and short-range spotting. Steep and rocky terrain. Burnout operations are in effect. Commercial timber and cultural resources are under threat. 484 personnel. 9 crews, 3 helos and 21 engines. Traffic Alert! Heavy traffic remains on Bridge Creek Road.  Law Enforcement in control of area signals/intersection/etc..

4. CHETCO BAR FIRE 

Kalmiopsis Wilderness and on the Rogue River – Siskiyou NF.  Lightning caused.  Started 7/12/2017. 70,000 acres. 14% contained. 750 SFR and 50 minor structures threatened. 2 homes and 1 minor destroyed. Timber, brush and closed timber litter. USDA Forest Service.  Type 2 IMT and shadowing with NIMO team as of 8/19/2017. Was in Unified Command with a NIMO, Type 2 IMT and Coos Fire Protection Association.  280 personnel. 6 crews. 3 helos. 12 engines.  Estimated containment is 10/15/2017..

5. DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA.  Timber, brush. Unknown cause and is under investigation. Started 7/23/2017. 30,524 acres. 27% contained. 1 home and 1 minor structures destroyed.  1 minor structure damaged. 3 homes, 3 minor structures are being threatened. USDA Forest Service.  382 personnel. 10 crews, 2 helos and 18 engines. Closures are in effect.  Estimated containment is 10/15/2017..

 

6. FALCON COMPLEX

25 miles East of Tiller, OR.   Type 2 IMT, NW Team 8.  Started 8/8/2017. Lightning caused. 2,200 acres. 17% contained. 5 homes and 15 minor structures being threatened. USDA Forest Service. 491 personnel. 10 crews, 22 engines and 4 helos. Consist of multiple fires including the Upper Ash Flat Fire (1,316 acres), Double Buck Fire (304 acres) and the Paradise Fire (291 acres) are the largest of the 15 wildfires.  Estimated containment status is 8/30/2017..

7. FLOUNCE FIRE

12 miles NW of Shady Cove, OR.   8/7/2017 start date. Timber, brush and tall grass. Lightning caused. 597 acres. 94% contained. USDI BLM. 122 personnel. 6 crews, 4 engines and 1 helo. Estimated containment is 8/20/2017..

8. HEADWATER FIRE 

25 miles North of Goldendale, WA.  Started on 8/12/2017 from an unknown cause & is under investigation. Unknown fire behavior. 92 acres. 90% contained. Timber (grass & understory). WA DNR. 218 personnel. 6 crews and 12 helicopters. Estimated time for full containment was on 8/18/2017..

9. HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  Started 8/12/2017. 11,246 acres. 61% containment. Spruce Creek Fire (5,350 acres), Silent Fire (2 acres), Blanket Creek Fire (5,686 acres), Butte Fire (5 acres), Broken Lookout Fire (125 acres), Roundtop Fire (10 acres), Needle Fire (8 acres), Sherwood Fire (65 acres). USDA Forest Service. 897 personnel. 27 crews, 17 engines and 6 helicopters.   Estimated containment is 8/31/2017..

10. INDIAN CREEK FIRE

Eagle Creek Trail System, OR.  Started 7/4/2017. Unknown cause. 83 acres. 10% contained. Timber (litter and understory). USDA Forest Service.  47 personnel. 1 crew and 2 helicopters. Weather Outlook:  Fire weather expected to dry out and warm up this week.  Estimated containment date is 9/30/2017..

11. JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE

13 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA. 8/11/2017 start date. Lightning caused.  Timber. 585 acres. 0% containment. 1,385 homes, 13 mixed commercial/homes and 1,403 minor structures threatened. USDA Forest Service.  281 personnel. 4 crews, 5 helos and 10 engines.  Estimated containment status is 10/15/2017..

12. JONES FIRE

10 miles NE of Lowell, OR.  8/10/2017 started. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. IMT2, NW Team. 4,959 acres. 10% containment. 4 homes and 1 minor structure threatened. USDA Forest Service.  558 personnel. 17 crews, 2 helos and 15 engines. Estimated containment status is on 10/31/2017..

13. MILLER COMPLEX

Morning briefing on the Miller Complex fire on 8/19/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

17 miles East of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 8/14/2017. Lightning caused. Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. IMT Type 2, CA Team 2. Made up of 20 individual fires.  7,874 acres. 4% containment.  14 homes and 5 minor structures threatened.  Fires included Burnt Peak Fire (1,524 acres), Creedence Fire (1,571 acres), Abney Fire (1,178 acres), Seattle Fire (833 acres) and 19 additional smaller wildfires. USDA Forest Service. 432 personnel. 9 crews. 20 engines. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017..

Morning Operational Briefing for 8/20/17

Great photo to open up the Morning operation briefing on Sunday, 8/20/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

14. MILLI FIRE

Burning along 16 Road (South of) and 9 miles West of Sisters, OR.  Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused. Located in Three Sisters Wilderness and about 1.5 miles SW of Black Crater Lake. Timber. IMT1 (SW Team / OSF Green Team) IC is also managing the Belknap Fire. 9,331 acres. 0% contained. 1,004 homes threatened. USDA Forest Service.  487 personnel. 10 crews, 2 helos and 16 engines. Evacuation orders (Level 3) issued for Edgington, Crossroads divisions and isolated structures South of Sisters, OR.  Hwy 242 is closed from Sisters to the observatory road.  Level 1 evacuation order given to those in the Tollgate subdivision. Estimated containment date is 101/2017..

15. MONUMENT HILL FIRE

Started on private land about 5 miles NE of Quincy, WA.  Tall grass and brush. Started 8/16/2017. WA Fire Service. Cause under investigation.  6,255 acres. 4 homes and 15 minor structures were damaged.  3 homes and 20 minor structures were destroyed. 50 hoes, 25 non-residential commercial buildings are threatened.  WA Fire Service. 120 personnel. 3 helicopters and 30 engines. 100% fire has been contained..

16. NENA SPRINGS FIRE

7 air miles NE of Simnasho and on the NE Boundary of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, OR.  Started 8/8/2017. USDA BIA. Grass, timber, dormant brush.  Human caused, under investigation. 68,135 acres. 40% contained. 50 homes, 1 non-residential commercial and 50 minor structures threatened. 1 home and 3 minor damaged. 6 homes, 4 minor structures destroyed. USDI BIA.  224 personnel. 5 crews, 1 helo and 27 engines. Estimated containment was expected on 8/16/2017..

17. NOISY CREEK FIRE

33 miles from Colville, WA. Started 8/11/2017.   Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. 1,662 acres. 6% contained.  110 homes threatened. USDA Forest Service.  219 personnel. 5 crews, 2 helos and 7 engines. Level 3 evacuations in effect for Union Creek and Pleasant Valley.  Level 1 in Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake.  Total 9 wildfires burning including Norse Peak Fire (see separate posting),  American Fire (150 acres), Union Creek Trail Fire (20 acres) are the largest of them all.

18. NORSE PEAK FIRE

11 miles West of Cliffdell and burning inside the Norse Peak Wilderness in WA. (includes 4 fires) Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.  USDA Forest Service.  Type 2 IMT, NW Team 13. 1,540 acres (increased by 25 acres overnight). 6% containment status. Active fire behavior.  Structures and species habitat are threatened. Evacuations in effect..

29. NORTH PELICAN FIRE

Liberty Wildfire Crew cutting line around a spot fire.  North Pelican Fire.  August 19, 2017

Cutting a fire line around a spot fire on the North Pelican Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

North slope of Pelican Butte, OR. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. 1,100 acres. 0% contained.  200 homes threatened.  Timber litter and brush. 105 personnel. 1 helo. 9 engines. USDA Forest Service. 105 personnel. 9 engines and 1 copter. Estimated containment is 10/15/2017..

21. REBEL FIRE

13 miles South of McKenzie Bridge, OR.  Started unknown. USDA Forest Service. Started 8/4/2017. Cause unknown.  2,319 acres. 0% containment. 4 homes threatened. USDA Forest Service. 295 personnel. 10 crews. 10 engines. Includes multiple fires Whitewater Fire (7,599 acres), Little Devil Fire (133 acres), Avenue Fire (57 acres), Box Canyon Fire (27 acres), Olalllie Lookout Fire (57 acres), Separation Fire (268 fires), Roney Fire (90 acres) and French Fire (8 acres).  Estimated containment status is 9/30/2017..

22.  SEPARATION FIRE New Name!

Substitute Point, OR. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. 268 acres. 0% contained. Timber (Litter and understory). USDA Forest Service. 0 resources.  Formerly called Three Sisters Central Fire. Estimated containment is 10/31/2017..

23. SHAN CREEK FIRE

10 miles West of Grants Pass, OR.  Started 8/10/2017. Timber and Logging slash.  Lightning. 156 acres. 85% contained. USDA Forest Service.  180 personnel. 3 crews and 14 engines. Estimated date to full containment is 9/1/2017..

24. STALEY FIRE

23 miles South of Oakridge, OR.  Willamette NF. Lightning caused. Started 8/10/2017.  831 acres. 0% contained.  Timber and brush. USDA Forest Service.  256 personnel. 8 crews. 11 engines. Type 2 IMT, NW9 IC.  Expected containment date is 9/30/2017..

25. UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

50 miles East of Roseburg, OR. Started 8/11/2017. Cause unknown, under investigation. Unified Command with IMT1, AK Team, Douglas FPA.  6,878 acres. 1% containment. (increased 3,346 acres overnight). Timber. Multiple fires. Happy Dog Fire (2,699 acres), Fall Creek Fire (1,723 acres), Ragged Ridge Fire (588 acres), Oak Nob Fire (59 acres), Calf – Copeland Fire (416 acres), Broken Tooth Fire (331 acres) and Devils Canyon Fire (325 acres).  36 homes, 21 non-residential commerci and 30 minor structures threatened. Active fire behavior with long-range spotting. Structures and power line infrastructure is under threaten.  USDA Forest Service.  760 personnel. 18 crews, 3 helos and 55 engines. Evacuations are in effect.  Estimated containment date is 8/15/2017..

26. WHITEWATER FIRE

15 miles East of Detroit, OR.  Started 7/23/2017. Lightning ignited. Multiple fires. Timber, brush. USDA Forest.  7,984 acres. 0% contained.  113 homes, 1 mixed commercial/residential, 2 non-residential commercial properties and 46 minor structures threatened.  631 personnel. 14 crews. 9 helos and 13 engines. Estimated containment date is 10/31/2017.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/20/2017 8:30 Hours PDT

NW ACTIVE WILDFIRES | AUGUST 19, 2017

 Post Summary |  Over 30 wildfires  are burning across the Northwest in WA and Oregon, while thousands are flocking to one state to view the eclipse.  Fire officials will continue to fight fires while those may be near these fire incident locations.

We will be posting OREclipse safety tips and other important information to protect you and your family.  These will be in separate posts all over our Social Media Channels (Twitter, Facebook and this Blog). Stay tuned for important Public Service Announcements aka PSAs).

Here is our recap for Saturday, August 19, 2017.  NOTE:  Not all wildfires are listed on this map.

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1. BEAR BUTTE FIRE

Bear Butte Fire 0600 briefing, Aug. 11 2017

It literally takes a village to fight wildfires just like this one on the Bear Butte. Photo taken on 8/11/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

20 miles NW of Baker City, OR.  Wallowa – Whitman NF. Started 8/4/2017.  USDA Forest Service Unknown cause. 499 acres. 98% contained.  3 crews, 5 engines, 2 helicopters. Crews are currently mopping up and gridding is in progress.

2. BELNAP FIRE

20 miles NE of Prineville, OR. USDA Forest Service.  Started 8/11/2017.  Lightning caused. Timber Brush. Lightning. 125 acres. 65% contained.  Threatened are 31 single-family residences (SFR), 33 mixed residential/commercial, 90 minor structures. 83 personnel, 3 crews, 3 engines. Minimal fire behavior. $209,000 cost-to-date.

3. BRIDGE CREEK FIRE

Fire Management team discussing fire strategies. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

12 Miles NE of Keller, WA.  Started 8/9/2017. Lightning caused. 1,863 acres. 27% contained. Fire behavior is active with backing, isolated torching and short-range spotting. 474 personnel. 10 crews. 3 helicopters. 21 engines. $4.7 Million cost-to-date.

4. CHETCO BAR FIRE 

Fire Activity on the Chetco Bar Fire on Aug. 17, 2017 at 9:00pm

Extreme fire behavior on the Chetco Bar Fire on 8/17/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Kalmiopsis Wilderness, OR.  Started 7/12/2017. Unknown cause. USDA Forest Service. Type 2 IMT with NIMO shadowing. 22,042 acres. 14% contained. Structures threatened: 50 homes, 50 minor. Destroyed structures: 2 homes, 1 minor.  Extreme fire behavior that is wind-driven, creeping and smoldering.  65 personnel. 1 crew. 1 helo. 1 engine. Cost-to-date is $2.8 Million.

5. DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

mopping up along the fireline

Mopping up is hard work and these firefighters are showing how to get it done near the fire line on the Diamond Creek Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

 27 miles NNW of Winthrop, WA.  Timber, brush.  30,043 acres. 17% contained. Under threat:  2 homes, 2 minor structures. Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and group torching. 364 personnel. 9 acres. 2 helos. 18 engines. CTD is $5.4 Million.

6. EAST SADDLE MOUNTAIN FIRE

10 miles West of Othello, WA. Mid-Columbia NWRC.  Started 8/12/2017. Brush, grass. 17,470 acres. 95% contained. Minimum fire behavior. 3 personnel. 1 engine. 2 structures destroyed. $397,000 cost-to-date.

7. FALCON COMPLEX

Sunrise cloud pattern over ICP 8-14-2017

Incident Command does not stay in luxurious suites but this suits for their mission. This is the Falcon Complex ICP

25 miles East of Tiller, OR.   Started 8/8/2017. Lightning caused. Active fire behavior with flanking, running and creeping. 1,900 acres total. 17% containment. 15 fires included. Threatened 5 homes, 15 minor structures. 493 personnel. 10 crews. 5 helicopters. 23 engines. $4.8 Million cost-to-date.

8. FLOUNCE FIRE

This is a photo of the Flounce Fire, burning in southwestern Oregon.

Flounce Fire burning in SW Oregon. (Credit: ODF)

12 miles NW of Shady Cove, OR.   8/7/2017 start date. Lightning caused. 587 acres. 94% containment. Minimal fire behavior. 122 personnel. 6 crews. 1 helicopter. 4 engines. $3 Million cost-to-date.

9. HEADWATER FIRE 

25 miles North of Goldendale, WA.  Started on 8/12/2017 from an unknown cause & is under investigation. Unknown fire behavior. 234 personnel. 6 crews. 17 engines. CTD is unknown.

10. HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX

August 19, 2017 Fire Area Map

Fire map on Saturday, 8/19/2017.

9 miles NE of Prospect, OR.  Unknown fire date started or time. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and single-tree torching. 10,654 acres. 61% containment. Spruce Creek Fire (5,043 acres), Silent Fire (2 acres), Blanket Creek Fire (5,396 acres), Butte Fire (5 acres), Broken Lookout Fire (125 acres), Roundtop Fire (10 acres), Needle Fire (8 acres), Sherwood Fire (65 acres). 941 personnel. 28 crews. 6  helos. 20 engines.  $26.3 Million cost-to-date.

11. INDIAN CREEK FIRE

A group of people, including the Incident Commander and representatives from the Mt. Hood National Forest and Oregon Division of Forestry, stand around a table covered with maps, discussing plans for the fire.

The key to success is in the Planning phase. Here is some great discussion in progress from the IC with Forest reps on the Indian Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Eagle Creek Trail System, OR.  Started 7/4/2017. Unknown cause. 83 acres. 10% containment. 47 personnel. 1 crew. 2 helicopters. Unknown cost-to-date.

12. JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE

13 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA.. 8/11/2017 start date. Lightning caused.  Timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, single-tree torching. 548 acres. 0% containment. Threatening 850 homes, 13 mix residential/commercial and 500 minor structures. 276 personnel. 4 crews. 5 helos. 17 engines. Unknown CTD.

13. JONES FIRE

Flare up on the eastern flank of the Jones fire

Torching on the eastern flank of the Jones Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

10 miles NE of Lowell, OR.  8/10/2017 started. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. Active fire behavior with running, group torching and spotting. 3,728 acres. 12% containment. Threatened are 4 homes, 1 minor structures. 624 personnel. 21 crews. 2 helos. 15 engines. 11 water tenders. 1 air attack. 4 injuries. $2.5 Million cost-to-date.

14. MILLER COMPLEX

17 miles East of Cave Junction, OR.  Started 8/14/2017. Rogue River – Siskiyou NF. Made up of 20 individual fires. Lightning caused. 3,200 total acres. 4% contained. Threatened are 14 single-family homes, 5 minor structures.  Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and creeping. $1.4 Million cost-to-date.

15. MILLI FIRE

Fire engine providing structure protection

Structure protection on the Milli Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Burning along 16 Road (South of) and 9 miles West of Sisters, OR.  Started 8/11/2017 from an unknown cause. Located in Three Sisters Wilderness and about 1.5 miles SW of Black Crater Lake. 7,814 acres. 0% contained. 652 homes are under threat. Level 3 Evacuations in effect for Eddington, Crossroads, Ramuda and along 16 Road, South of Sisters.  Level 1 Evacuations for Tollgate. Extreme fire behavior with running, spotting and crowning. 410 personnel. 10 crews and 11 engines. Cost-to-date is $870,000.

16. MONUMENT HILL FIRE

Started on private land about 5 miles NE of Quincy, WA.  Started 8/16/2017. WA Fire Service. Cause under investigation. 6,255 acres. 85% contained. Tall grass and brush. Unknown fire behavior.  Threatened are 50 single family hoes, 25 non-residential commercial structures and 100 minor structures. Damaged are 4 homes, 15 minor structures.  Destroyed are 4 homes and 20 minor structures. 122 personnel. 3 helos. 30 engines. Unknown cost-to-date.

17. NENA SPRINGS FIRE

Photo of firefighter using a drip torch to burn a line.

A Confederated Tribes firefighter uses a drip torch to create a “containment line” to keep the fire from spreading through the grasses. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

7 air miles NE of Simnasho and on the NE Boundary of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, OR.  Started 8/8/2017. USDA BIA. Grass, timber, dormant brush.  Human caused, under investigation. 66,003 acres. 40% containment. Threatened are 50 homes, 4 multi-residential structures, 3 mixed commercial/residential structures, plus 50 minor structures and 1 non-residential commercial structures. Damaged are 1 home and 3 minor structures. Destroyed are 6 homes plus 4 minor structures. Extreme fire behavior with uphill runs and is a wind-driven fire.  Significant Event: fire escaped containment lines on 8/17/2017 and made a big run and with extreme fire activity and an extreme rate of spread. 127 personnel. 4 crews. 5 helos. 24 engines.  CTD is $24 Million.

18. NOISY CREEK FIRE

33 miles from Colville, WA. Started 8/11/2017.   Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. 4,000 acres. 68% containment. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and single-tree torching. 3 homes are under threat. 139 personnel. 4 crews. 3 engines. CTD is $5.4 Million.

19. NORSE PEAK FIRE

Norse Peak Fire expansion Wed, August 16

Extreme fire behavior is visible on the Norse Peak Fire on 8/16/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

11 miles West of Cliffdell, WA. Started 8/11/2017. Lightning caused. Timber.  USDA Forest Service. ALERT: Highway 410 is closed due to trees over the roadway.  Level 3 evacuations for Union Creek.   Level 1 evacuations for Goose Prairie, Bumping Lake. 9 wildfires:  American Fire (150 acres), Union Creek Trail Fire (20 acres). 1,250 total acres. 4% containment. 110 structures threatened. 201 personnel. 5 crews. 2 helos. 4 engines. Active fire behavior with group torching, backing and spotting. $500,000 cost-to-date.

20. NORTH PELICAN FIRE

A large column of smoke rising from the North Pelican Fire on August 19. PC: Officer Steve Leslie

Smoke column on the North Pelican Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

North slope of Pelican Butte, OR. Started 8/10/2017. Lightning caused. USDA Forest Service. 200 homes threatened. 500 acres. 0% containment. Timber, brush. 45 personnel. 1 helicopter. 8 engines. Unknown cost-to-date.

21. REBEL FIRE

the French Fire burns on a ridge above Detroit, OR

Burning above Detroit on the French Fire. (Courtesy/Incident)

13 miles South of McKenzie Bridge, OR.  Started unknown. USDA Forest Service. Started 8/4/2017. Cause unknown. Active fire behavior with backing and single-family homes threatened. IC also managing other fires Whitewater Fire (6,428 acres), Little Devil Fire (103 acres), Avenue Fire (14 acres), Bob Canyon Fire (27 acres) and French Fire (27 acres). 294 personnel total. 10 crews. 12 engines. $1.8 Million cost-to-date.

22. SHAN CREEK FIRE

10 miles West of Grants Pass, OR.  Started 8/10/2017. Lightning. USDA Forest Service. Transitioned to Type 3 IMT as of this morning at 0600 hours. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. 156 acres. 85% contained. 180 personnel. 3 crews and 14 engines. $1.7 Million CTD.

23. STALEY FIRE

Smoke rising out of the forest in front of Staley Ridge.

Smoke on the Staley Fire (Credit: Mark McCool via Inciweb)

23 miles South of Oakridge, OR.  Willamette NF. Lightning caused. 761 acres.  0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with group torching, flanking and short-range spotting.  Type 2 NW team 9 on order. 233 personnel. 7 crews. 7 engines. $823,000 CTD.

24. UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX

Night Shift Fire fighters holding line on Happy Dog

Operations on this Umpqua North Complex goes into the dead of night. This is on Happy Dog fire along Hwy 138. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

50 miles East of Roseburg, OR. Started 8/11/2017. Cause unknown, under investigation. Active fire behavior with group and single-tree torching. 6,881 total acres. 1% containment. Multiple fires. Happy Dog Fire (1,736 acres), Fall Creek Fire (997 acres), Ragged Ridge Fire (150 acres), Oak Nob Fire (59 acres), Calf – Copeland Fire (260 acres), Broken Tooth Fire (190 acres) and Devils Canyon Fire (140 acres). Threatened structures (36 homes, 21 non-residential commercial and 30 minor structures).  Damaged structures (13 non-residential commercial buildings.  686 personnel. 17 crews. 46 engines. 4 helos. $1.8 Million CTD.

Umpqua North Complex Fire Alert!  Level 1-3 evacuations Douglas County Sheriff Office along Hwy. 138.  Red Cross Shelter located at Glide Seventh Day Adventist Church at 19085 N. Umqua Hwy. in Glide, OR.

25. WHITEWATER FIRE

View of the Whitewater Fire backing to containment line on the west side of the fire on August 18

This is what “backing” looks like on a wildfire like this one on the Whitewater Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

15 miles East of Detroit, OR.  Started 7/23/2017. Lightning ignited. Multiple fires. Timber, brush. USDA Forest.  7,595 acres. 0% contained.  Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and single-tree torching.  113 homes, 1 mixed commercial/residential, 2 non-residential/commercial and 46 minor structures threatened.  646 personnel. 16 crews. 8 helos. 13 engines. $15 Million CTD.

26. WHYCHUS FIRE

10 miles NE of Sisters, OR. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  2,012 acres. 95% contained. Brush and tall grass. 51 personnel. 2 crews and 3 engines. $700,000 CTD.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/19/2017 1920 Hours PDT

Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Wildfire Increases In Acreage | Update 6

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Rocky Mountain Wildfire started as one fire on April 16, around 1300 hours.  A small fire the size of 200 acres began to head towards a second fire 25+ acres in size, eventually merging into one large fire.  By nightfall, the fire had grown into a 500 acre fire – and, the rest is history.

It is located within the Shenandoah National Park and in Luray, Virginia.

photo from space showing a close view of the burned area and active fire edges with labels

Photo Credit: NASA

Several days ago, it had reached 2094 .  By April 21st, the fire exploded  four times that into 8,952 consumed acres.  Today, Sunday, April 24, 2016, the fire is currently holding at the same acreage but now has a 43% containment status.

Fire fuels consist of mountain laurel, pine and oak forests with heavier than normal leaf litter and duff.

Firefighters

Fire Photo. Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

FIRE STATUS:

An overnight flight by helicopter by National Park Police using an infrared fire mapping system found a 200 acre location along the fire perimeter containing a section where it’s currently holding residual embers.

Smoke rises across a ridge in the background

Photo Credit: Jennifer Rabuck/NPS

In the location 3 miles of Madison Run Road, the upper half of the fire, crews were able to prepare the area for a possible contingency fire line if needed due to increased humidity, rainfall of .014″ and lower temps.

Rocky Mtn Fire.

Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

Overall, fire crews have been able to now go into mop-up operations along with extending the fire line.

In the upper section of the area, crews were able to prepare for a future contingency fire line if needed.

The lower half of the area crews completed and/or prepared lines for possible burnout operations.

Photo Credit:  NASA

Photo Credit: NASA

Fire remains active and backing in the interior and on the Southern portion.  Crews have successfully gained a 43% containment status.  There is no exact estimated date at the moment on when it will reach a 100% containment status but firefighters are working tirelessly to gain full control of the fire.

Virginia State Gov. Terry McAuliffe thanks all fire personnel.  Photo Credit: Rita Baysinger/NPS

Virginia State Gov. Terry McAuliffe thanks all fire personnel. Photo Credit: Rita Baysinger/NPS

PERSONNEL

Previously there were over 100 firefighters but as the fire rages on, personnel has increased to 342 attached to this fire incident.  As of today, the numbers have reached 347 personnel with a noteworthy mention that these fire crews represent 33 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

 

Helicopter

Photo Credit: L. Wilkolak/NPS

RESOURCES

Resources on the fire ground are:  (2) medium helicopters, (2) light helicopters, (2) fixed wing SEATs, (11) engines, (1) dozer, and (2) Air Attack / Lead Planes.

Incident Cooperators are from the National Park Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Rockingham County Department of Fire & Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department.

 

New Fire Map. Photo Courtesy:  Inciweb

New Fire Map. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES

Fire suppression aircraft has had to be grounded as drones have been present during this incident.  Fire Managers would like to remind those with drones that if you fly, they cannot putting lives and property in jeopardy.

Because of this large of a fire, a TFR [Temporary Flight Restriction] has been placed over this fire until further notice.  Please do not heed Firefighting air resources by breaking the TFR and putting the pilots lives in danger.

CLOSURES

The following trails and roads have been closed due to this fire incident:

  • Appalacian Trail
  • Skyline Drive
  • Rockytop Trail
  • Brown Gap Fire Rd
  • Madison Run Fire Rd
  • Rocky Mount Trail
  • Big Run Trail
  • Austin Mountain Trail
  • Onemile Run Trail
  • Lewis Peak Trail
  • Brown Mountain Trail
  • Patterson Ridge Trail
  • Madison Run Spur
  • Doyles River Cabin
  • Furnance Mountain Trail
  • Troyfoot Mountain Trail
  • Blackrock Trail
  • Doyles River Trail
  • Jones River Trail
  • Rocky Mountain Run Trail

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO

If you have concerns or questions regarding the fire, please call the fire information office. 540-999-2152.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags being used for this fire are:

  • #RockyMountainFire
  • #RockyMountfire
  • #VirginiaFires2016
  • #ShenandoahNF

Our Social Media platforms that you can find us at:

  • Twitter – @nwfireblog
  • Facebook – The NW Fire Blog
  • Flickr

 

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Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Wildfire Increases In Acreage | Update 5

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Rocky Mountain Wildfire started as one fire on April 16, around 1300 hours.  A small fire in size to 200 acres began to head towards another fire in the area, around 25-plus acres.

It is located within the Shenandoah National Park and in Luray, Virginia.

Eventually, the two fires would become one single fire reaching a total of 500 acres by nightfall on the same night the fire ignited growing to 500 acres.

photo from space showing a close view of the burned area and active fire edges with labels

Photo Credit: NASA

Several days ago, it had reached 2094 .  By April 21st, the fire exploded  four times that into 8,952 consumed acres.  The fire is still growing as we speak.

Fire fuels consist of mountain laurel, pine and oak forests with heavier than normal leaf litter and duff.

Firefighters

Fire Photo. Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

FIRE STATUS

Firefighters were successful in many areas within the last 24 hours.  Here are some of their accomplishments:

Smoke rises across a ridge in the background

Photo Credit: Jennifer Rabuck/NPS

  • Containment lines were improved by burning off vegetation between containment lines of the main fire yesterday afternoon and evening South Along the Skyline Drive to Mile Marker 80.
  • Fireline improvements along the boundaries along the fire and Skyline Drive across the entire Northern par from Beldor Hollow to the Gap Run area.
  • Contained and extinguished all new spot fires including one that jumped Skyline Drive.

Flames were reported reaching heights of 3-4 feet but have been significantly decreased to 6-12″.  Wind has encouraged the fire behavior to increase at times.

 

Rocky Mtn Fire.

Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

 

 

Firefighters have successfully reached a 43% containment status.  There is no estimated timeline when this fire may be fully contained and tapped.

PERSONNEL

Previously there were over 100 firefighters but as the fire rages on, personnel has increased to 342 attached to this fire incident.

RESOURCES

Additional firefighters and equipment did finally arrive.

Currently, there are (2) Type 2 Helicopters, (3) Type 3 Helicopters, (11) Engines, (2) Fixed Wing SEATs (single engine air tankers0) and 2 Air Attack Lead planes.

Helicopter

Photo Credit: L. Wilkolak/NPS

Incident Cooperators are from the National Park Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Rockingham County Department of Fire & Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department.

ACTIVE SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATION SUSPENDED

We previously reported along with this fire of a missing Fairfax County Firefighter-Paramedic that had been missing on April 15th, has now been found.  It is with great sadness that we announce she was found deceased from a suicide.

Sympathies to her Police Officer husband, her immediate family, Fire and Law Enforcement families and all those who were touched by her compassion and love.  it was a sad day on Thursday, when the announcement was made by both the National Park Service and the State Police.  It is never a good thing to have occur, when a loved one passes.

  

Photo Courtesy:  Virginia State Police

NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES

Fire suppression aircraft has had to be grounded as drones have been present during this incident.  Fire Managers would like to remind those with drones that if you fly, they cannot putting lives and property in jeopardy.

Because of this large of a fire, a TFR [Temporary Flight Restriction] has been placed over this fire until further notice.  Please do not heed Firefighting air resources by breaking the TFR and putting the pilots lives in danger.

CLOSURES

The following trails and roads have been closed due to this fire incident:

  • Appalacian Trail
  • Skyline Drive
  • Rockytop Trail
  • Brown Gap Fire Rd
  • Madison Run Fire Rd
  • Rocky Mount Trail
  • Big Run Trail
  • Austin Mountain Trail
  • Onemile Run Trail
  • Lewis Peak Trail
  • Brown Mountain Trail
  • Patterson Ridge Trail
  • Madison Run Spur
  • Doyles River Cabin
  • Furnance Mountain Trail
  • Troyfoot Mountain Trail
  • Blackrock Trail
  • Doyles River Trail
  • Jones River Trail
  • Rocky Mountain Run Trail

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO

If you have concerns or questions regarding the fire, please call the fire information office. 540-999-2152.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags being used for this fire are:

  • #RockyMountainFire
  • #RockyMountfire
  • #VirginiaFires2016
  • #ShenandoahNF

Our Social Media platforms that you can find us at:

  • Twitter – @nwfireblog
  • Facebook – The NW Fire Blog
  • Flickr

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Wildfire Explodes | Update 4

FIRE INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Rocky Mountain Wildfire that originally started on April 16, 2016 around 1300 hours on Saturday, had been fairly small with 200 acres burning inside the Shenandoah National Park that grew into 500 acres by Sunday.  Today however, it has literally exploded to 2094 acres as the weather becomes more dry and fair today.

Firefighters

Fire Photo. Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO

If you have concerns or questions regarding the fire, please call the fire information office. 540-999-2152.

Rocky Mtn Fire.

Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

ACTIVE SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATION

It has come to our attention that the Virginia State Police and Shenandoah National Park personnel are working closely together to locate a missing woman that disappeared inside the Park.  Nicole K. Mittendorf, 31, was reported missing to State Police on April 15th from Woodbridge, Virginia.  Her 2009 Mini Cooper was said to be abandoned inside the Park and recovered on April 16th.

Mittendorff is a white female with blonde hair and green eyes. She is 5’6 and weighs approximately 125 lbs.

  

Photo Courtesy:  Virginia State Police

Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is asked to call Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell phone or 911 or email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

SEARCHERS CONTINUE WHILE FIRE RAGES ON

Over 100 Federal, State and SAR teams have been searching for Nicole since Monday when she was reported missing.    They have been focusing near the Whiteoak Canyon Trail near Syria, Virginia without any signs of the missing woman.

Photo Credit: Virginia State Police

Firefighters will continue to actively work along the Park’s boundary and Skyline Drive.

PERSONNEL

Over 100 fire personnel from the National Park Service, Virginia  Department of Forestry, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Georgia Forestry Commission and  from Department of Forestry Pueblo County.

Additional Firefighters and equipment have been requested and are en route.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#RockyMountainFire

#Search4NicoleMittendorfVA

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog