Commercial Fire Now 2nd Alarm in Federal Way, Washington

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Another large fire is plaguing the Southeast area of King County but this time it is a commercial structure fire located at 32300 4th Place South in Federal Way, Washington.

The fire originally reported as a first-alarm incident has now been elevated to another second alarm with some crews coming from Tacoma (Ladder 4) en route from Fife and Command requesting that all South King Fire units being recalled.  Some are being rerouted from the three-alarm fire of the old Heritage Building in Auburn.

FIRE TACTICS

Fire crews were busy conducting primary and secondary searches on all floor levels of the fire structure.  A structure on the Bravo side was one of the concerns but fire crews did a search and found no extension and nothing else found in the adjacent building.  Primary and secondary searches were conducted but nothing was found.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

One person was rescued from the structure and in the hands of Medics with CPR in progress.  One trusted source has reported Fire Officials reported one fatality.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtag #FederalWayFire.

 

 

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Senior Apartments in Milton Ablaze | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

East Pierce Firefighters were dispatched to the Alder Ridge Apartments located at 2800 Alder Street in Milton, Washington around 1828 hours this Tuesday evening (December 26th)  for a fire that broke out in this senior living community.  The fire was escalated rapidly to a 2nd alarm response.

Credit: East Pierce FD

EVACUATIONS

Seniors were all evacuated from the building around 1907 hours PST.  No injuries were reported.  There is approximately 150 displaced elderly residents from this Senior Assisted Living Facility.

FIRE TACTICS

Firefighters were in an offense fire attack as they were evacuating elderly residents from various apartments units.  Fire crews were reportedly going defensive as of 1938 hours and pulling out of the fire building.

Firefighters were making good progress on various area of the fire around 1957 hours PST.  Command advised crews to go offensive to attack and check the attic for any fire. around 1959 hours PST.  

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – 12/26/2017 @ 2004 PST

Old Iconic Building Burning in Auburn, Washington | 1

AUBURN, WASHINGTON

Around 1530 hours PST, a fire broke out at the Old Heritage building located at 100 South Main Street in Auburn, Washington which is at the intersection of Auburn Way South and Main Street.   

The fire started on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, originally reported as flames from a dryer.  It would escalate from a first alarm to a third alarm very quickly.

Credit: King County Medic 1

RESOURCES

A large number of fire Resources from both King and Pierce Counties were promptly dispatched to the incident with personnel represented from Valley Regional FD, KCFD #44, East Pierce, Puget Sound Fire, South King Fire, Renton Fire, Tukwila Fire and Burien Fire.  Additional EMS units were dispatched from King County Medic One. 

FIRE TACTICS

When firefighters first arrived, they found heavy fire in the attic. They took offensive strategy due to the ceiling starting to collapse.  One person who was non-ambulatory was rescued and treated on-scene for smoke inhalation.  They were not transported.

Credit: Puget Sound Fire

ALARM COMPANIES

Here are the units deployed and which alarm they have been assigned to:

First Alarm | B31  CH32  E31  E32  E33  E38  L74  PIO32  B74  

Second Alarm | E61  E65  E71  E73  M6  MSO1  PCL113  R74 23PIO  23REHAB

Third Alarm | E62  E72  L11  L29  PCE118  Q75  E13  E17

Credit: Puget Sound Fire

EVACUATIONS

Neighbors in businesses and apartments have been evacuated for their safety and for fire crews.

Elderly residents were evacuated from their homes and buses were provided for them on 28th, which was the NW corner of their building.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media is using the hashtags #MainFire #AuburnFire #heritagebldgfire for this incident.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – 12/26/2017 @ 1920 Hours PST

On The Eleventh Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

11 Wildland Firefighters

10 Strike Teams Responding…

9 Copters Dropping…   

8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written / Photography Content. Also written by (Becki Coates)

On The Tenth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

10 Strike Teams Responding…

9 Copters Dropping…   

8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written / Photography Content. Also written by (Becki Coates)

Fire Jobs | Thurs | Dec 7, 2017

Fire Jobs:  Looking for a job in the Fire Service?  Look no further. Here are some great opportunities staring you right in the face begging for you to apply for them. What are you waiting for?  Check them out here….

DISPATCHERS

Fire Logistics Dispatcher. US Dept of Interior.   Marblemount, WA (North Cascades NP) Open enrollment from 11/27/2017 to 02/27/2018. Temp position.  $15.17 / hour. Full-Time – These are full-time competitive service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months.  Apply today!  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485240000

Fire Dispatcher (Range/Forestry Technician.) Dept of Interior/Bureau of Land Managment (BLM).  Locations:  Colville, WA.  Hines and Vale, OR.  Idaho Falls, Boise, Salmon and Shoshone, ID.  San Bernardino and Susanville, CA.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for temporary employees to work as Fire Dispatchers.  $14.07 to $19.49 per hour.  Application Period:  12/04/2017 to 02/27/2018.  Apply today!  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485816700#

FIRE

Fire Lookout (Forestry Technician).  Dept of Interior/National Park Service. Marblemount, WA. North Cascades NP is looking for temporary employees to work as Fire Lookouts in Marblemount, WA.  Full-Time – These are full-time excepted service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months. $15.19 to $15.19 per hour.  Open enrollment period:  12/04/2017 to 02/27/2018.  Apply today!  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485774300

FIREFIGHTER

Firefighter and Firefighter/Paramedic.    Walla Walla FD, Walla Walla, WA.  Public safety testing.  $4414/month.  Apply today!  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Public-Safety-Testing/jobs/Fire-Department-f8bf13929a3cf80e?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvQjiyfvfCqQcqwuEYxlYeebP0p5btYS2BDbclWQzD33TaytmbIloUkr35uxgFuhwQDKCZYwEq2O95xx7tWE9ovk&tk=1c0q55hur1fsk1n3  Closes 12/31/2017.

Entry-Level Firefighter (EMT or Paramedic.) or  Lateral Firefighter (EMT or Paramedic).  Clark County Fire & Rescue.  Ridgefield, WA.  Closes 12/15/2017.  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Public-Safety-Testing/jobs/Clark-County-Fire-Rescue-09a5831dfc34ed57?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvWQtASnfUyADIw9vWhnJ5Kr9z7sVMne6v2-AvaGQgHDtPe_Oh4D6aGuxWcjsR–ggVKDULUBiqdLOMcWGmDMwHg&tk=1c0q5pl841fsk0ol

HELITACK FIREFIGHTING

2018 Helitack Firefighter (HECM).  State of WA / Dept of Natural Resources (DNR).  Ellensburg (Kittitas County), WA.  $13.83 – $16.02 / per hour.  Seasonal. Closes 3/30/2018.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1903767-0/2018-helitack-firefighter-hecm

2018 Helitack Fuel Support Driver.  WA DNR.  Ellensburg, WA.  $17.95 – $20.76 / per hour. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1904351-0/2018-helitack-fuel-support-truck-driver

2018 Helitack Squad Boss.  WA DNR.  Ellensburg (Kittitas County), WA.  Closes 3/30/2018.  $16.54 – $19.16 / per hour.  Seasonal.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1903746-0/2018-helitack-squad-boss

2018 Helitack Helicopter Manager (HMGB) – FCS1. WA DNR.  Ellensburg, WA (Kittitas County).  Seasonal.  $3,054 – $3276 /monthly.  Cloes 3/30/2018.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1903729-0/2018-helitack-helicopter-manager-hmgb-fcs-1

WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER

2018 Wildland Firefighter, Olympic Region. WA DNR.  Multiple locations in Western Washington State.  $2,407 – $3333 / month.  Closes 4/1/2018.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1895737-0/2018-wildland-firefighter-olympic-region

Wildland Firefighter – Engine/Fire Suppression Module (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician. Dept of Interior/BLM.  WA:  Wenatchee.  OR:  Prineville, Vale, Lakeview, Madras, Hines, Grass Valley, Dayville.  CA:  Yucca Valley, Topaz, Whitethorn, Susanville, Taft, Ravendale, Ridgecrest, Olancha, Onyx, Mountain Center, Mono County, Inyo County, Essex, Cedarville, Bakersfield, Apple Valley, Alturas.  Apply today!  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485784700#

Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician).  Dept of Interior/US Fish & Wildlife Service.  Locations – WA:  Colville, Othello, Burbank, Cheney.  OR:  Lakeview and Princeton.  $12.53 to $20.46 per hour.  Open application period.  11/27/2017 – 2/27/2018. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485222700#

Wildland Firefighter – Handcrew (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician). Dept of Interior/BLM.   Locations:  WA:  Spokane.  OR:  Medford, Klamath Falls.  CA:  Placerville.  MT:  Billings.  WY:  Worland.  AZ:  Sierra Vista.  NV:  Las Vegas.  Full-Time – These are full-time competitive service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months.  $12.53 to $16.98 per hour.  Application period:  11/9/2017 – 2/27/2018.  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/484220300#

Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician).  Dept of Interior/NPS.  Locations:  CA:  Mineral, Olema and Sausalito.  WA:  Marblemount, Kettle Falls and Port Angeles.  Full-Time – These are full-time competitive service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months.   Open Period:  12/4/2017 – 2/27/2018. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485735700#

Lead Wildland Firefighter (Lead Range/Forestry Technician).  Dept of Interior/BLM.  Locations:  WA:  Spokane.  OR:  Grass Valley, Madras, Medford and Prineville.  CA:  Placerville and Redding.   Position Description:  Serves as a Lead on a wildland fire handcrew. Locates fire line, directs and participates in fire line construction, backfiring and burnout operations, tree falling and holding/patrol mop-up operations. Constructs handlines in various vegetative types. Uses a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques to actively suppress wildland fires. Leads at least three crewmembers on a handcrew. May participate in prescribed fire operations.  Pay:  $17.54/hour.  Open application period:  11/27/2017  – 2/27/2018.  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485260900#

FIREFIGHTER

Firefighter.   City of Spokane FD.  Spokane, WA.  $40,445 – $80,894 / year.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/spokanecity/jobs/1150196/firefighter-open-entry 2018 Hiring.

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Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

November 7, 2017 | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

SLC, UTAH.  A West Valley Police Officer was reportedly shot in the foot at an apartment complex Tuesday evening around 1900 hours.  It was stated by Police his injuries are not life-threatening. Info is still fluid and news media was reporting that it may have been a possible shooting between two suspects.  A large presence was at a nearby hospital in Murray where it was said both suspects arrived in a silver pickup at the front of the hospital bringing a large presence of police. [Code3 Alerts, Salt Lake City News]

WARM BEACH & CANNON BEACH, OR.  Multiple shark sightings were confirmed in both areas and signs  posted to area beaches, along with a message posted by both communities to warn swimmers, surfers and boaters. [Social Media]

EVER-CHANGING STATISTICS.  The Columbine HS mass shooting event stats was considered to be no longer the in the Top 10 Deadliest shootings in modern US History. [CNN]

MARYSVILLE, WA.  District Firefighters responded to a garage fire that was reported around 1845 hours.  Upon arrival, they found the structure to be fully engulfed. Mutual aid responded from nearby Cities, Everett, Getchell and Silvana. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

MAPLE VALLEY, WA.  A fire broke out around 2030 hours in the 19400 block of the Renton Maple Valley Road SE in Maple Valley.  Engines, Tenders, Ladder trucks, Medic unit and the area regional REHAB unit responded to the house fire. No word on the cause.  3 people were dispatched.  Red Cross was called in to assist. [Scanner Feed]

HOLLYWOOD, CA.  A large fire broke out in a vacant combination one & two-story residential 4-plex with excessive interior storage said to be near Sunset Gower studios in Hollywood that was reported to be vacant.  It was located in the 1300 block of N Gordon Street.  An additional Task Force was requested around 2229 hours PDT by ‘Gordon IC’. Knockdown was completed around 2245 hours. A good stop by firefighters to two [residential] exposure buildings.  Fire cause and value of damage is unknown at this time but will be later released by the LAFD.  [CA Fire Scanner, KTLA, LAFD]

FRESNO, CA.  2 large fires broke out at an apartment complex in the area of 900 of E Divisadero and a house fire at the 200 block of S Madera Avenue in Kerman.  No word on the extent of the damage or status.  The fires were still burning at the time of this post (around 2230 hours PDT, Tuesday) [Fresno Fire PIO]

OSWEGO, OR. Oswego Firefighters Local 4773 (Oswego Fire District Protection District) is coordinating a relief effort with all donations going directly to the 24 families effected by a large fire that took place 1500 Light Road on November 6, 2017.  Firefighters are accepting gift cards, certificates and monetary donations.  Families can use these to purchase items that are necessities such as clothing, food and toiletries.  Some families lost more than others and will need additional assistance.  [Oswego FF Local 4773 Facebook Page]

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES KEY NOTE SPEAKERS.  The National Wildfire Suppression Association or NWSA for short has announced two great Keynote Speakers for their Conference that will take place on February 26 and 27, 2018.  Bruce Vincent’s There is Hope with Vision and the USFS Fire & Aviation Director Shawn LaGarza will be highlighted.  They will also have some great panels.  To learn more, go to their website – http://www.nwsa.us/2018-nwsa-conference.  [NWSA Facebook page]

OPERATION WARM.  Clark County Fire District 6 located in Vancouver, WA (IAFF 1805) is working to raise money to help “warm” kids by purchasing a little more than $5,000 worth of new coast for kids who need them in at least three Vancouver schools.  Want to help them achieve their goal?  You can find them on their Facebook page here  https://www.facebook.com/IAFFLocal1805/ [Clark Co Fire Dist 6 Facebook Page]

NEW WILDLAND FIRE VIDEO RELEASED. It’s showcasing some great #FireImages of men and women during the 2017 Fire Season in Western Washington State.  Photos are of those fire resources called into deployment.  Music Credit is Guadal Canal Diary – Where Angels Fear to Tread. [Washington State Fire, Stevens County Fire District 1 Facebook Pages]

MORE VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE.  Seattle Police responded to a call of a “man on fire” around 1900 hours in the area of the 4500 block of Leary Way NW.  A passerby extinguished the flames while waiting for Fire and Police to show up.  The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle where he is listed in critical condition. Police are asking for any tips or information to call the Homicide/Assault Tipline at 206-233-5000. [Seattle.gov]

AIRLINER ENGINE FIRE. News media began reporting around 2150 hours, a Hawaiian Airlines ferry flight from Paine Field (Everett) had an engine fire and landed safely at Sea-Tac airport (Seattle). The fire was out upon arrival. There were no passengers onboard, only crew members.  There were no injuries reported.  The FAA is investigating. [KOMO News, KIR0 7 News, Sea-Tac Airport]

FIRE MERGERS APPROVED.  In Kittitas County elections results, voters approved the Fire merger (Fire 8 Merger Resolution) of Kittitas County Fire Protection District 8 into Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue, a Fire Protection District.

MOUNTAIN RESCUE TRAINING HELD.  NAS Whidbey SAR held some training today on the snowy slopes in the beautiful Pacific NW and practicing for mountain rescues.  With their many hours of training, they hone their rescue skills becoming the best-of-the-best.  They are used as resources for many SAR missions.  [NAS Whidbey SAR]

BULLETPROOFING STUDENTS.  One Florida school is selling bulletproof panels that can be inserted into students’ backpacks.  [CNN]

HEROES ON A MISSION.  6 Las Cruces Police Officers are headed to Puerto Rico to assist with #HurricaneMaria relief. [KFOX14 News]

FIREFIGHTER CANCER SPOKESMAN.  Former LA Fire Chief, Sandy Davis who spoke candidly about firefighter cancer has passed away.  He created a compelling video that focused on his own battle with cancer.  [Firehouse.com]

 

 

 

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation as to what is Trending gleaned from various sources.  Here is your overnight news from Monday, November 6, 2017.

6 FIREFIGHTERS LOSE THEIR JOBS.  6 male ( 5 are white, 1 black ) Firefighters (1 Captain, 1 LT, 4 FFs) were fired after a noose, lewd drawings were found over a black LT’s firefighter’s family photo and lewd pictures drawn on it.  Police investigated the incident at the fire station while the Miami City manager said in a statement that investigators found sexually explicit and racially offensive conduct by the 6 employees.  A noose was made out of twine and several of the LT’s family photos were defaced.  This is the second incident in the Southern portion of Florida. The Union says they are aware of the incident but claim the facts are still unclear as provided by the City.  [Sources: AP, Fire Rescue1, KOMO 4 TV, Social Media]

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS.  The killer was able to obtain guns w/o the USAF providing the #TXShooter’s DV history to the FBI as required by Pentagon rules. This enabled him to purchase several weapons that killed 26 people.  At today’s (Monday) presser, Police stated there were 4 victims that remained in serious condition while 10 others are in critical condition. One of the children killed, was the Pastor’s youngest daughter.   We send our sincere sympathies and so sorry for the loss of Life. God be with you all. [Photo Courtesy:  OC Firefighters]

CHURCH FIRE.  A large fire broke out at a church in Van Nuys, California around 1820 hours on Monday evening.  Investigators rule the cause is due to arson.

TEACHING HOW TO “SAVE A LIFE”.  The Los Angeles FD (LAFD) wants people to learn life-saving skills by using hands-only CPR and how to use AEDs by placing the devices around public places. This week there will be training for people around the City. [Sources:  LA Police Foundation, KFI AM 640]

4 HEROES RECOGNIZED.  4 San Bernardino County Captain Bob Brockert, Engineer Matt Helmcamp, Firefighters Mike Kordich (he was shot in the arm while rendering CPR to one of the shooting victims) and Dave Arnold were off-duty in Vegas sprang into action helping provide aid to the victims.  They were recognized as Heroes on [Source:  Channel 4 News/NBC Los Angeles] on “The Challenge Hero of the Night: San Bernardino County Fire.

SUICIDES AMONG WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS are on the rise.  The article talks about how suicides are generally spike after Fire Season is long over.  Check out this article and make sure your guys and gals are getting the most of CISD debriefings.  If there aren’t any, why not? They can help save a life! [Source:  The Atlantic.com].

STAGGERING NUMBERS.  Chicago was just named one of the Cities where they are about to surpass 600 homicides in 2017. This is the second time they have been named the deadliest City in America as it occurred the first time in 2003. [Al Boe News, Chicago Tribune]

WEEK LONG FIRE NOW OUT.  A massive plastics fire burned for eight days before it was put out.  The International Import Export warehouse located in Parkersburg, West Virginia kept drums of unknown chemicals stored inside and outside of the building which housed plastics recycling debris.  It is now a 10-acre property of hulking twisted metal and looking more like a war-zone than anything else.  Nearby residents reported their “throats were burning”.  It was reported that the smoke in the air was more similar to a wildland fire. [Source: Huffington Post]

 

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

TEXAS MASSACRE.  Around 1120 am a gunman opened fire upon a church service in progress at the 1st Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX killing 26 people and injuring scores more.  The shooter was approached by a neighbor next to the church and began shooting back at him.  The shooter is said to be deceased from an unknown bullet used by either the killer or the neighbor.  This is said to be the worst mass shooting in all of Texas history.

A FALLEN HERO.  Fallen Hillsboro FD Firefighter Ryan Grimaldi was out on a hunting trip when a tree fell on him.  He passed away from his injuries.  He was well-respected and loved in his community.  His fellow firefighters and Fire Agency brought him home yesterday.  Several hundreds were seen in his procession as they headed to their destination.

HOMELESSNESS GROWING ON WEST COAST.   How is this Public Safety related?  It has to do with Officer and 1st Responder safety when they are responding to aid and fire calls inside the camps.  There have been often too many dangers where Seattle Police have to provide an escort to Firefighters because of the looming problems with some homeless people.  KOMO News put out an article about the homeless population soaring on the West Coast and how cities are struggling to cope.

HIGHRISE FIRE IN THE BRONX, NY.   A fire broke out on the top floors of a multi-dwelling highrise where fire was seen from different angles shooting through the roof. The FDNY responded to the fire burning on the top floors and inside the cockloft that was located at 4769 White Plains Road.  Command called out to their firefighters to use caution as this building had been cited before for doing illegal rennovations on the top floors.  The 3-alarm fire was ruled accidental due to electrical building wires that caught fire.  (Photo Credit:  FDNY)

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SECOND SHOOTING IN ONE DAY.  Another church shooting occurred on Sunday, November 5 and one that is not being covered as much as the large mass shooting in Texas.  An estranged wife and her boyfriend were leaving the St . Alphonsus Catholic Church in Fremont, California when they were gunned down by her soon-to-be-husband killing them both. They were in the middle of a divorce. He was later found in his vehicle deceased of self-inflicted wounds.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

#TeanawayRiverFire | October 10, 2017

UPDATE 2 – 10/10/2017 – 2300  hours PDT

Fire crews assigned to the Teanaway River/Road Fire were said to be wrapping up fire operations this evening. They were headed to California to assist CAL Fire with the raging firestorms burning all over their State.  They are definitely a welcomed commodity down there as first responders and civilians alike are losing their homes to wildfires burning out-of-control.  They will join the thousands of other wildland firefighters who are fighting multiple ongoing statewide fires.  This fire is basically a wrap.

Here are some #FireImages courtesy (Photo Credit is all them) by the Kittitas County Sheriff Office.  Photos were taken (uploaded) on October 7, 2017.

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These #FireImages are the Credit of Kittitas County Fire District #7.  They were the first due in on October 6, 2017 near mile marker 5.5 on the Teanaway Road to find a wind-drive fire with a fast rate of spread in to brush, grasses and trees.  It is said that the fire began on the west side of the roadway then began spotting to the other side.  Upon arrival, the IC immediately called the Sheriff’s Office for instant Level 3 evacuation orders and mutual aid units to respond to the scene.

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UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

The Teanaway River Fire reportedly started around 1330 hours on Friday, October 6, 2017, near mile marker 5.5 on the Teanaway Road near Cle Elum, Washington.  The cause was deemed to be recreational shooting on private property.

 Kittitas Co. Fire District #7 was first due but would be later joined by WA DNR and other statewide Fire Districts. State mobe had been approved and were said to be assisting as well. the Southwest Washington (SE WA IMT Type 3) Interagency Type 3 Team 3 had assumed command as a State Mobe resource under direction of the State Fire Marshall’s Office.  There are still approximately 200 fire personnel still assigned to this incident.

teanaway road fire

Credit: Kittitas County Sheriff Office

The Incident Command Post or ICP is located at the Kittitas county Fiar and Rodeo Grounds located at 901 East 7th Avenue, Suite #1 in Ellensburg, Washington 98926.

The fire scorched several hundred acres of land and was stopped at 341 acres by actively working fire crews.  As of Monday, October 9, 2017 (today), fire crews were working on removing smoldering stumps and putting out hot spots in the fire’s interior.   Crews have reached an 80% containment status.  Officials expect the fire to be fully contained by Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at which point the ICP will be terminated putting all fire resources back in service.

At the beginning of the fire incident, there were approximately 20 homes that were under direct threat.  The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office conducted Level 3 (Leave Now) and Level 2 (Get Set to Leave) evacuation orders.  The Red Cross opened a shelter for those who had been ordered to evacuate. By the time all of the orders have been established, there were 40 in total.  All orders have been lifted by the Sheriff’s Office.

One outbuilding was reportedly burned. It is unknown if it was completely destroyed or just damaged.

 The Kittitas County Sheriff is using #TeanawayRoadFire while the Fire Department is using #TeanawayRiverFire to which we are using both of these hashtags for reference.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog