MONROE, WA | Apartment Fire Cause Determined | 2

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wa. | Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District #7 were dispatched just after 1900 hours PDT, to an apartment fire located in the 14600 block of 179th Ave SE in Monroe.

The Fire Investigator is on-scene and has determined the fire started in the kitchen.  The cause has not been determined at this time, but the FIU Investigator is currently investigating.

Resources on-scene were from Lake Stevens FD, Everett FD, Woodinville FD, Duvall Fire District #45 and Snohomish FD.  Monroe PD assisted with traffic control duties and the transported the injured kitty to a local vet after Firefighters brought it back to life.

A total of 19 residents have been displaced by the impacted by the fire.  The American Red Cross is currently assisting the families.

#SCFD7Fire #MonroeFire #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 4/2/2019 @ 2025 hours PDT

MONROE, WA | Firefighters Revive One Furry Life

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wa. | Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District #7 were dispatched just after 1900 hours PDT, to an apartment fire located in the 14600 block of 179th Ave SE in Monroe.

Quickly egressing upon the fire, firefighters were able to put the fire out within a short amount of time.  After the fire was tapped, they immediately checked for any hot spots or extensions.

Photo Credit | SCFD7

The fire broke out in the evening on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

After conducting primary and secondary searches of the apartment unit, they found no humans home but their four-legged family member was found.  Firefighters extricated the unresponsive feline and began giving it oxygen and ultimately saving its life.

All-in-all, there were a total of eight apartment units affected by the fire.

Resources on-scene and assisting with firefighting and containment efforts are from the Lake Stevens FD, Everett FD, Woodinville FD, Duvall Fire District #45 and Snohomish FD.  Monroe PD was also on-scene for traffic control and one of their Officers transported the injured kitty to a local vet in the area.

Photo Credit | SCFD7

It was a well-coordinated effort by all whom responded to this apartment fire.

#SCFD7Fire #MonroeFire #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 4/2/2019 @ 1955 hours PDT

CHICAGO, IL | 5-Alarm Commercial Fire | 1

CHICAGO, Illinois

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Photo Credit | CFD Media @CFDMedia

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A commercial building fire started this evening on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Newly Weds Food in a large facility, where the incident has now been escalated to a 5-Alarm (at 1912 Hours CDT).  This is a baking and food manufacturing business.

It is located in the 4110 block of West Wrightwood Avenue and near Keeler.  This is on the northwest side but some onlookers are saying that the whole block is on fire with multiple exposure buildings in the Fullerton area.

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Photo Credit | CFD Media @CFDMedia

FIRE OPERATIONS

The fire building, a three-story commercial building size is a 200 x 300 factory building reported with heavy fire through the fire and a collapse in the middle of the structure.

As soon as employees discovered the fire, they self-extricate and were all accountable for.  There were no injuries reported. (1638 PDT)

The fire’s alarm was increased to a 3-11 and a HAZMAT scene, Level 1.  There were no injuries reported at this time of the incident.

Chicago Water Management increased pressure for fire lines.

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Photo Credit | CFD Media @CFDMedia

At 1843 hours PDT (West Coast time), Operations reported five (5) master streams working along with four (4) Tower Ladders and one (1) Snorkel.  Most of the fire is on the interior.  Reporting making good progress.

INJURIES

1 Firefighter injured. Very minor issue but being transported.  Medics state green patient.

CLOSURES

The Metra-Milwaukie N trains have been halted in both directions.

Photo Credit | CFD Media @CFDMedia

ABOUT NEWLY WEDS FOODS

The business was formed in 1932, and is a privately owned business that has about between 1,001 and 5,000 employees.  They are headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

They are well-respected and well-known in the Food and Beverage Manufacturing industry and their employees speak in great volumes on how amazing this company values its employees, pays them well, creating positive work/balance, comradely, as well as job security.

They generate about $100 to $500 Million in revenue annually and the CEO has been known to give out bonuses twice in one year!  They cannot say enough positive things about their CEO and the company’s Vice Presidents.  This is a very good business that has a great family-like environment and cares deeply for their employees.

Thoughts and prayers for those who own this business, impacted by the fire and whom have worked in this building – we will keep you all in our daily remembrances. – Ed.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be using the following hashtags for this incident.  #ChicagoFire #511Fires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 1853 hours PDT – 4/2/2019

Los Angeles County, California | Gorman Incident

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Ca. | A twenty-five to thirty vehicle pileup occurred on Saturday, March 23, 2019, around three in the afternoon  on the I-5 Freeway in the southbound lanes about two miles south of Gorman Road.  Another nearby crash reported another large amount of vehicles involved.

Credit | CAL Trans District 7

RESOURCES

Resources from all outlying areas would be dispatched together forming a Unified Command including the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, Kern County Fire Department, CHP and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office.

At 1551 hours, Battalion 6 from the LA County Fire Department assumed as the Incident Commander (IC) of the incident.

Fire resources included:  KCFD E56, Copters 15, 17, 18 and LA County FD’s Copter 423. Engines 93, 103, USAR 103 and HAZMAT 105.  More unknown resources were on-scene assisting with putting out a car fire and assessing multiple casualties.

CAUSE

There is an unknown cause at this time but it has been reported that temps in the area were around 46*F but felt like 38*F with fog and poor visibility.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Social Media was energized by those who were reporting on the major mass casualty incident or also known as a MCI.  Significant events that occurred at this incident included the following:

  • 25-30 vehicles total in the Gorman area
  • Poor visibility caused challenges to those in the air and on the ground
  • 1 critical patient with 22 refusing treatment or medical transport
  • All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were shutdown
  • 20-30 vehicles being towed
  • 100 stranded cars between two separate multiple traffic collisions
  • 1 Injured horse
  • 1 car fire
  • 3 Copters, 1 Air Attack

Credit | Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Office

For those following this post, there is something that miraculously occurred today in all of this mayhem and that this could have been so much far off worse than it was.  It was all due in part because those who were on-scene jumped into action and first responders had quick response times which saved a lot of lives.  Command by all those involved from the various Fire and Law Enforcement agencies worked in unison with one another.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the eyewitness accounts that broke out on Social Media:

LA County Fire Air Ops | “MCI” responding two Paramedic helicopters to assist with a multiple vehicle pile up on Interstate 5 near Gorman, CA”

Eyewitness Account (Twitter) | “At least two separate, severe pile ups on the southbound 5, North of Exit 202. Thick fog.”

This area has also seen its additional bad wrecks as well.  Here is a recent listing of those that have occurred in the several months:

3/20/2019 | A crash is blocking the two left lanes. in on I-5 NB at Gorman School Rd. (Media)

3/17/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION | FS77 | 46001 N Orwin Way | COPT17 transporting 2 patients to an area trauma center. (Media)

3/15/2019 | NB I-5 from SR-138 (Lancaster Rd) to Rd- right lane CLOSED until 1pm to recover big rig on embankment. (CAL Trans District 7)

2/2/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION MAJOR | FS77 | NB 5 South of Smokey Bear Rd | Multiple vehicles involved with 7-10 patients. 1 DOA, 1 critical. This is the “Highland Incident” (Media)

We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #GormanIC  #GormanMCI

Thank you for following us.  You can also find us on @nwfireblog on Twitter for more live coverage and other fire-related news.  We also be found on Instagram. We’d love for you to join us here on our official blog and on our Social Media channels.

Be safe friends….

(c) 2019 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 | Iron East Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Tuesday, September 11th

Retardant on Iron East

Credit: OK-WEN NF

A wildfire named the IRON EAST FIRE was started around 2200 hours by lightning that sparked two fires in the Blewett Pass area on Friday.

Level 2 evacuations are still in effect for structures .5 to the northeast of the fire with Hwy 97 still closed all week to enable WSDOT workers to install culverts.

The required types and number of crews all have arrived and can now safely work on both fire lines.   They have been tasked with prepping on both fires with improving line, installing hose lays, chipping removed brush and getting ready to remove fuels through burnout operations.

Air resources are still working to cool both fires and slow forward spread of the fire. A Type 1 Helicopter will be assigned solely to this fire today working on the western side of the fires.

The fire has burned 125 acres

Weather is expected to be cooler in the 50’s with a moisture in the air for the next four days. This will allow crews to suppress and contain both fires with weather supporting them.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington Wildfire | Iron East Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Monday, September 10th

A wildfire named the IRON EAST FIRE was started around 2200 hours by lightning that started two fires in the Blewett Pass area.  About 32 acres are burning to the east of Forest Service Rd 9714 and eight acres to the west of FS Rd 9714.

Crew marching to work line

Credit: OK-Wen NF

Level 2 evacuations were issued for homes about .5 miles north of the fire.  Engines were dispatched to the area neighborhoods for structure protection.

A VLAT (very large air tanker), a heavy tanker and helicopters were dropping retardant over the fire line.  Water was also being implemented to slow the fire’s forward spread.  Dozers were used to improve the overgrown roadways on the eastern side of the fire.

Hand crews drove over one-hour and hiked 1.5 hours to the fire line.  Some of the crews would be “spiking out” overnight to lessen their response time.  There are about 283 firefighters assigned to this fire with more due to arrive.

Iron East both fires from the air

Both fires seen via the air. Credit: OK-Wen NF

All fire suppression gear which include hoses and valves/nozzles etc. will be delivered by helicopter.

Highway 97 has been closed for one week while WSDOT installs culverts.

Hikers and campers have been evacuated near the fire by the Forest Service.

Tuesday’s weather is expected to be cooler with a higher relative humidity and gusty winds.  A chance of thunderstorms are expected.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Monday, September 10, 2018

The TEPEE FIRE also known as a TEPEE 1144 NE is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and about 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon.  It was determined to have been started by an abandoned campfire, or as what we like to call them as “human intervention”.  It is still being investigated as to the whom the responsible party is.

Photo Credit : USFS

Firefighters were being tasked with patrolling of all the lines last night and with resuming mop-up operations today in cooling hot spots about 150′ into the interior.

Moderate fire behavior has been reported along with creeping and smoldering.  The fire  burned 2,064 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Fire management expect to transition to a Type 4 IMT by Tuesday afternoon and expect containment to be completely reached by September 30th.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office downgraded all evacuation orders with the following:

Level 2:  

  • South of Forest Service Rd 2015 (Ford Road)
  • West of FS Rd 2016 (outside of Forest boundary)

Level 1:

  • West of FS Rd 23 (Spencer Wells Rd)
  • North of Forest Boundary
  • East of FS Rd 2016

As of this post, there are 270 total personnel assigned along with 10 crews and 18 engines.

Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached a high of $450,000.00.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

Oregon Wildfire | Tepee Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, September 8, 2018

A wildfire is burning on the Deschutes National Forest and 17 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon that was human-caused and that started on Friday, September 7th from an abandoned campfire.

Photo Credit : USFS

The fire has burned about 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

This is a wind-driven wildfire that is active with spotting.  Gusty winds have caused the fire to spot outside of its containment lines.  A dozer and several SEATs attacked the spot fire stopping it at 50 acres.   The overall fire has been 100% lined.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

OR Wildfire | Ramsey Canyon Fire | 2

UPDATE 2

August 25, 2018 -1115 PDT

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A wildfire that started on Thursday, April 23, 2018 around 1245 hours PDT is located 12 miles north of Eagle Point on land managed / owned by the OR State Department of Forestry where the Medford unit is in Unified Command with the OR State Fire Marshal Office’s Green Team.

Heavy smoke previously hampered air operations has lifted enabling four helicopters with bucket drops and three air tankers assisting with reinforcement of containment lines with retardant drops.   Fire control lines in the northern, eastern and southern areas were holding well and mop up ops had begun on some parts of the fire.
About 1,861 acres of timber and chaparral & short grass have been destroyed.  There is a 17% containment status.
 There are 315 structures that are currently being threatened along with private, BLM and Industrial lands.
Level 3 [Get Out NOW]  beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.
Incoming IMT briefing

Incoming IMT Briefing. | Credit: ODF

Level 2 [Get Set]  East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.
Shelter is located at Hanby Middle School at 806 6th Avenue, Gold Hill, Oregon.  Phone # 1-888-680-1455.
Resources include 795 total personnel, 45 engines, 12 water tenders, 8+ helicopters, 26 hand crews, 9 bulldozers and air tankers as needed.
Incident Cooperators include Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service – Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Cost-to-date has reached $1.4 Million.
#RamseyCanyonFire #ORwildfires2018
(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog