Friday Night Fire Breaks Out at Seattle Marina

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a well-involved fire at a local Marina located in the 1300 block of SW Spokane Street on Friday night at 2127 hours PST.

This incident was designated as “Spokane Command” by the Incident Commander.

The fire broke out from an unknown cause at the Jim Clark Marina located near Harbor Island in West Seattle with crews emptying out several Seattle fire stations.

Units dispatched were:

  • Medical: Aid10, Aid14, Medic1.
  • Battalion Chiefs: 5, 7.
  • Command Staff:  Deputy1, Safety2, Staff 10.
  • Engine Companies:  10, 13, 27, 29, 32, 36, 5, 8, 30, 11.
  • Marine Group:  Fire Boats 4 and 5. Patrol 4 (Seattle PD), Marine 1, Rescue1.
  • Ladder Trucks:  L1, 3, 11.
  • FIU: Marshal5.
  • Firefighter REHAB:  REHAB1 (Ladder 27, Seattle Fire Buff volunteers).

Fire operations included limited access, so firefighters were being shuttled around by both Seattle Fire Boats to access points on the dock.  Due to the severity of the fire, the IC was concerned with putting too much weight on the docks and quickly pulled  crews off.  He also did not want them going too deep into boathouses, docks and boats putting themselves in harm’s way.

First due units reported that the fire was on a dock and heading towards the marina. Units found limited access and fire boats were being used as primary firefighting suppression resources.

Video Credit | Bryan Vlok (used with written permission)

Fire Boat 4 came around the water side through a railroad trestle (bridge goes over the water) and to the fire scene.  Due to limited access by firefighters on the shore side, FB4 and crew were tasked with primary fire suppression activities.  A masterstream was used at that moment to put water on the fire.

Eventually, when they were done – they were sent around to another side of the fire.  Later, when firefighters were pulled off the dock – FB4 and crew stopped the masterstream and used handlines.

At the end of the fire incident they used their masterstream again but this time for a foam blanket over the fire damaged areas.

The train trestle that goes over the water was secured for crews to lay hose down to extend near the marina.  This worked in their favor.

Units would soon be released from the scene, while a few remained to address the spot fires.

All-in-all, it was estimated at a loss of 1 boat (east side of fire) and 12 boats (including a houseboat and boathouse) on the west side.  It was reported that a boat appeared to be drifting, eventually sank completely under water.

Though a foam blanket was being applied to the fire ravaged scene, some may be conducting “fire watch” throughout the night until they are relieved by other crews.

Fire History at this Marina

There was one previous fire that broke out at this marina on December 29, 2015 from an unknown cause, which burned two boats and damaged two more.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2350 hours PST

Unreal Firestorms Eat Everything in Sight | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY – UPDATE 2 – 12/23/2019 2200 PST


Credit | NSW RFS

We know wildfires. It is generally not the small ones but the Firestorms kind and we have see and heard about how horrific and scary fire conditions American firefighters were faced with and the survivors all across the board telling their story to anyone who was willing to hear is.


Credit | NSW RFS


It is a journey that many will tell you that are the scary kind and ones you never want to face ever again.  However, they will tell they’d go back in and fight if they were forced to so they can save lives and properties.


Credit | RFS Central Coast District/NSW RFS

Homes, outbuildings, businesses, livelihoods all up in smoke. Literally, severely damaged to being wiped out and down to the ground. The images we all see all over Social Media, on TV and other digital media methods tug on our raw emotions.  We know that kind of heartbreak and, this time it is not in the USA but across the Globe in Australia.

Bushfires (Australia) or wildfires, as we call them here in the US are struggling with such a task.  They are not dealing with just a few at a time but close to 100 as  of yesterday and 92 on December 24th (this is their tomorrow) with close to 2,000 wildland firefighters from Australia and from the U.S.


Credit | NSW RFS


Credit | NSW RFS


As of 2045 AEDT (morning), there were 92 wildfires burning across New South Wales with more than 40 still to be contained. Over 2,000 firefighters are on the fire ground.

According to the NSW RFS as of December 24, 2019 (it is tomorrow there already):

  • HOMES – 7,824 Saved | 353 Damaged | 873 Destroyed.
  • FACILITIES – 615 Saved | 82 Damaged | 68 Destroyed.
  • OUTBUILDINGS – 7,053 Saved | 889 Damaged | 2,048 Destroyed.


The fire danger ratings for tomorrow, Christmas Day, will see widespread areas of low-moderate and high fire danger. North Western will be very high. Firefighters will continue working to strengthen containment lines ahead of heat building again from this weekend. – NSW RFS

#Australia #Bushfires #NSWRFS

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 


Australian Bushfires Eat up Countrysides Become Major Firestorms | 1


While American Politics burn up the airwaves, across the world there are bushfires or  wildfires as we call them here in the United States that are destroying everything in its pathway from homes, structures, lands, etc.  Firefighters around the world are coming together as mutual aid to help attempt to stop these fires but severe weather conditions are making these wind-driven firestorms. Record-setting highest heat waves have occurred in the last three days with the hottest day at a 107F !

There are approximately 122 wildfires currently burning at this time. We will work to capture the largest ones and provide them in our future updates.


Credit | NSW RFS


A statewide Total Fire Ban is now in effect for December 17 – 21, 2019 due to RED Flag Conditions (extreme hot and dry conditions) across New South Wales.

Some fires have been active since the beginning of November, while a few are being brought under control  and others are considered as out-of-control as we have reported a few listed above.


Gosper’s Mountain Fire.  Largest fire burning in Australia. Located in the Wollemi National Park area. 449,535 hectares or 1,110,835 acres.  Burning on multiple fronts that has burned south of the Goose River towards the Blue Mountains.  Destroyed a large area known to be seven (7) times the size of Singapore.  Conditions are due to grow worse on Saturday.

Green Waffle Creek Fire Located 15 km south west of Warragamba Dam Wall in the Blue Mountains National Park and in the Lake Burragorang area. 176,460 ha or 436,042 ac. Fire is considered to be out-of-control with dangerous fire conditions and erratic fire behavior across the fire ground.

Grose Valley Fire.  Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains. Fire is out-of-control.  2,100 ha or 5,189 acres.  Limited information


Structures are currently under direct threat. Structure protection in effect with the aid of heavy equipment and aircraft from above. Burning on multiple fronts close to structures around Balmoral, Thirlmere, Tahmoor and Nattai. The northern flank has crossed to the western side of the Warragamba Gorge near the Mountain Lowry Creek.  Nearby Hume Highway is open but being impacted by lots of smoky conditions.

Evacuations in effect.

Currowan Fire. Burning in the area of Clyde Ridge Road, Currowan, NSW and in the Shoalhaven Council area. This is an out-of-control wildfire. 128,461 ha or 317,434 acres. It is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla and east of Braidwood.

Fire behavior has increased and is wind-driven.  It is said to be also located between Burrill Lake and Morton National Park (north) and Batemans Bay (southern perimeter), as well as in the Bundawang Range and Clyde Mountain (west).


Residents and visitors are being encouraged by Fire Officials to be aware of their surroundings, to be alert and to evacuate if you see danger.

We ask that you please evacuate your family, pets and yourself.  Your home and its contents can be replaced but you and your family cannot.  Also, if you stay – you are putting the lives of firefighters on the line to save you.- Ed.


There are many Australian scanner feeds listed in Broadcastify you can listen to. This is so out-of-the-ordinary to even show up in the Top 20, little alone the Top 10.  If you wish to listen, here are the ones that are available:

Wollondilly RFS –

S Australian Emergency Services –

NSW RFS – Hawkesbury –

Southern Tablelands RFS –

Central West Ambulance and Fire –

Blue Mountains RFS –

RFS South Coast –



“The extreme heatwave comes as firefighters in NSW battle to contain around 100 wildfires that have been burning for weeks across the region, blanketing #Sydney in a toxic layer of smoke”. — Media

This brave young girl from Australia was threatened with arrest for protesting inaction over climate change. She holds her sign above her head in defiance.” – An eyewitness account of a young girl who has just lost her home and goes to protest at the Prime Minister’s home.

Exceptional heat in #Australia. December 18 set a new national max temperature average record of 41.9°C (107.4°F). Which broke the previous record set the day before by a 1.0°C (1.8°F).” – US Meteorologist

It’s getting worse.” – Social Media (posted 1950 hours PDT)

While bushfires burn, our PM is enjoying a holiday in Hawaii (US). We are left with this.” – Social Media.

Here we are again. Yesterday was Australia’s 2nd hottest day ever, averaging 41C (105.8F) across the entire country. Last 3 days in a row the hottest 3 days ever.” – Media.

so like, our state has been on fire for weeks and no one cares. upside its been snowing ash. never thought it would snow here.” – Media user.

Our firefighters are hurting today, but they’re still showing courage and bravery and resilience. They’re still fighting to keep us safe. They are the best of Australia.” – Anthony Albanese (Labor Party Leader)

absolutely horrific , fires burn across our precious country yet again in catastrophic conditions.” – Media user.


We wish to dedicate this post to two Fire Brigade firefighters that were killed in a vehicle accident last night.  We are thinking of their families, friends and fellow Firefighter brother/sister/family that are grieving from their loss.  We all feel the void when one is lost in the Fire Family.

Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton, 32 

Geoffrey Keaton         


Andrew O'Dwyer

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 2215 hours PDT – Thursday, 12/19/2019 / 1715 AEDT Friday

HOT JOBS! | Wildland Fire Career/Seasonal Opportunities | April 4, 2016


NEW!  Bureau of Land Mangement. Boise, Idaho.  $16.45 / hour.  Temporary.  Seasonal.  Closes 4/5/2016.  


NEW!  TX A&M AgriLife.  Lubbock, TX.  $62,000 / year.   No Closing Date Listed. 


NEW!  Arizona Forestry.  Pinetop, Arizona.  $11.14 – $19.26 / hour.  Seasonal.  2 Positions.  No Closing Date.


Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Saint George, Utah.  $32,218 – $42,012 / year.  Closes 4/7/2916


State of West Virginia.  $27,732 – $51,312 / year.  Multiple State locations. Continuous Openings.


NEW!  U.S. Forest Service.  Hines, Oregon.  $44,335 – $44,335 / year.   Closes 4/8/2016.


NEW!  U.S. Forest Service.  Lancaster, California.  $15.49 / hour.  Closes 4/6/2016. 


NEW!  Dept. of Agriculture.  Hines, Oregon.  $32,318 / year.   Closes 4/6/2016.  


NEW!  Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Bakersfield & Susanville, California.  $32,318 – $46,831 / year.   Closes 4/8/2016.  

Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Salt Lake City, Utah.  $32,318 – $46,831 / year.   Closes 4/7/2016.


NEW!  Dept. of Agriculture.  Newport, Washington State.  $15.49 / hour.  Closes 4/7/2016.  

RANGE TECHNICIAN (IntialAttackFire/AviationDispatcher)

NEW!  Dept. of the Interior.  Porterville, Calilfornia.  $32,318 – $52,043 / year.   Closes 4/13/2016.  


Georgia Forestry Commission. Sandersville, Georgia.  (Johnson/Washington) $27,345 / year.  Closes 4/12/2016.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

HOT JOBS! | Wildland Fire Career Opps | March 28


State of Washington. Omak, Washington.  $35,292 – $46,056 / year.  ** Closes 4/3/2016.


Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Saint George, Utah.  $32,218 – $42,012 / year. ** Closes 4/7/2016.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Anchorage, Alaska.  $35,373 – $45,984 / year.  ** Closes 3/31/2016.


State of West Virginia.  $27,732 – $51,312 / year.  Multiple State locations. ** Continuous Openings.


U.S. Forest Service. In California:  Camp Connell. Chester.  Fort Jones.  Georgetown. Grizzly Flats. Groveland. Hat Creek. Kernville.  Macdoel.  Mammoth Lakes..  Mi Wuk Village.  PInecrest.  Pollock Pines.  South Lake Tahoe.  Springville.  Susanville.  $40,033 / year.  ** Closes 3/30/2016. 


Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Salt Lake City, Utah.  $32,318 – $46,831 / year.  ** Closes 4/7/2016.


(Initial Attack Fire/Aviation Dispatcher)

Bureau  of Land Management (BLM).  Porterville, California.  $32,318 – $52,043 / year.  ** Closes 3/30/2016.


State of Oregon, Military Department.  Umatilla, Oregon.  $2596 – $3690 /month.  Funded position until June 30, 2017. ** Closes 4/4/2016.


Georgia Forestry Commission.  Statenville, Georgia.  (Echols) $27,345 / year. ** Closes 3/30/2016.

Georgia Forestry Commission. Sandersville, Georgia.  (Johnson/Washington) $27,345 / year. ** Closes 4/12/2016.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Day 37 | The Best in The #NWFireBlog Images

Rotor 9 at Mansfield Airport

Mansfield WA | While traveling on one of several Fire chasing adventures in Eastern portion of the State, we ended up finding one of Department of Natural Resource [DNR]’s Rotors waiting for deployment.  Of course, always – there’s a perfect photo op waiting to be exposed.  And, since we love everything FIRE, we were not going to pass up this perfect timiing to photograph them.

This is Rotor 9, one that is stationed at DNR’s helibase in Ellensburg.  We seem to be finding Rotor 9 all over the State and being quite alot like many other fire resources.  I’m sure we’ll seeing Rotor 9 again in the near future.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Drones in Fire Zones: Once Again Interfering with Fire Ops

San Diego, California – San Diego Fire Officials are once again battling with Drone operators interfering with operations, as a tweet was sent out targeting the one to stop Drone flight operations on the K Sandwich fire located at 7400 Linda Vista.

“All drones need to cease flying around area of 7400 Linda Vista. You are interfering with fire operations.” – @SDFD

The fire dispatched as a Commercial structure fire involving the K Sandwiches.  Around 2150 PDT it was reported that firefighters were in a defensive fire attack.

Then about 2215 PDT, the message was tweeted across Twitter to Drone operators to cease all operations as they were interfering with their operations.  This is not the first time this has occurred in California firefighting history, nor will it be the last.

There were reports of multiple Drones chasing down fire suppression aircraft forcing them to land until the airspace was cleared.  This was in a wildland fire environment.

Tonight, San Diego Fire Officials are dealing with it in a non-wildland fire environment.  Soon and hopefully, firefighters will have the opportunity to shoot them down if they are interfering with their fire operations and not be penalized.  We hope that the Fire and Drone communities can come together to create “rules” of engagement and understand Firefighters have one purpose with several key objectives:  “Rescue any person inside the structure/give aid and put out the fire before it spreads to an exposure or creates any further damage.”

They are really great at their jobs, as you know, but having something flying around can cause a serious distraction and may be this is not the reason why they are unwelcome in the fire scene.  Any and all requests by the Fire Department to cease operations during a fire incident should be respected and completed upon demand.

We know most Drone Operators are respectful where they fly and know the do’s and don’ts of flying.  We appreciate those pilots – alot and thank you.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog