Commercial Fire | Phoenix, Arizona | 2

PHOENIX, Ariz. – UPDATE 2 – 2100 PDT

A Super Safeway store was the big trending story yesterday after it caught on fire.  Firefighters from multiple fire departments arrived on-scene to see the fully engulfed commercial structure ablaze that would eventually be elevated to a 3-alarm blaze.

Tactics were taken to immediately go into a defensive operation.  It was too unsafe to enter the building. There were several reports in media and on Social Media saying at first there was no one inside and another saying that all persons had safely evacuated the building.

Around 0840 hours this morning (Thursday, July 12, 2018), photographs on Social Media would show that the store was fully left open and exposed with its roof completely caved in, shelving toppled, steel rebar and girders showing the intensity of the blaze and how it can completely destroy anything in its path.

Photo Credit | Phoenix Fire PIO

Reports of a big storm with lightning rolled over the area, right before smoke billowed out of the building. One Social Media user reported that Police had shutdown several roadways, while emergency personnel responded to a gas leak a day or two ago.

There is no exact cause listed but reports of a big downpour of rain fell over the area with some speculating that the heavy rain may have caused the roof to be too heavy and suffered some damage to an electrical box.  We will have to wait to see what the result of the fire investigation report states.

A Disaster Recovery and Restoration team was on site today around 1650 hours, assessing the damage of the building.  It appears that everything interior appeared to be destroyed with the outer walls including the front facade of the structure still standing.

Safeway said that will be relocating employees from this store to other locations.  It is unknown if they plan to rebuild this store.

No injuries were reported.

 

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Washington Wildfire | Trinidad Fire | 2

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. – Update 2 – 2030 hours PDT

FIRE INCIDENT

We are calling this wildfire the TRINIDAD FIRE because that’s what on the WildCAD that they are using. This fire is also know as the SR 28 FIRE (Grant County Sheriff Office) and SR 28 CRESCENT BAR FIRE (WSP).

Photo Credit | Washington State Patrol PIO Brian Moore

The fire is located on SR 28 at mile marker 19 in Douglas County, Washington State.

SIZE 

The fire is being reported as a 50-acre of grass and brush.  It is currently under control.  No word on the containment status.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire incident is considered open and active.

We will provide an update as soon as information is available.

 

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NEW | Washington Wildfire Has Three Incident Names | 1

QUINCY, Wash. – Update 1- 2015 hours PDT

FIRE INCIDENT

A wildfire with three names is just as confusing as to the location and the fire resources it has called upon to respond to contain it.

Douglas County Resources

Fire units CREW-6201, CREW-6695, BLM E-6696, BLM H-1MR were just dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center to SR 28 and milemarker 19 (T20 R22 S10) at 1811 hours PDT.

Grant County Resources

Grant County Sheriff’s Office Deputies immediately implemented a Level 3 evacuation order of those on Mansfield Road with those on Crescent Bar Road were told to shelter-in-place.

This wildfire is being called by three different wildfire incident names.

–> SR28 FIRE by the Grant County Sheriff’s office

–> SR28 CRESCENT BAR FIRE by Washington State Patrol

–> TRINIDAD FIRE by the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center

CAUSE 

The Washington State Patrol states the cause was due to a vehicle losing a tire.

ALERT –> Traffic Alerts

SR28: At Crescent Bar is now open.

ALERT –> Evacuations

Photo Courtesy | Grant County Sheriff’s Office

All evacuations on the Grant County side have been lifted.  Police state evacuations have been reduced to Level 1 and request that all persons stay off of this roadway.

As a reminder, always yield to Fire apparatus,  as firefighters will still be working in the area and because it is the #MoveOver law.

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NEW WA Wildfire | Beaver Creek Fire | 2

CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. – Update 2 – 2040 PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY |  Firefighters  from the US Forest Service responded to a wildfire in the Beaver Creek area on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.  It was located 12 miles northeast of Leavenworth on the Wenatchee River Ranger District in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

SIZE | The fire size was reduced down from six acres to two due to an aerial fire recon mission using GPS to give more accurate mapping.

RESOURCES | About 50 firefighters were assigned to this incident along with three helicopters and one retardant drop made.

CURRENT STATUS | Crews had remained overnight.  The fire is now  fully contained.  The cause was determined to be lightning.

CORRECTION  | We inadvertently listed this wildfire as Okanogan County instead of Chelan County. (no more posting when I am tired! Thanks all for your patience and understanding my human caused error.) – Ed.

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Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire | 5

VANTAGE, Wash. – UPDATE 5 – 1340 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –> Date / Time Started

A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

EVACUATIONS –> Town of Vantage

Level 3 evacuations have dropped to Level 2 and Police are allowing residents to return to their homes but are warning them to be alert and aware, in case conditions change and have to leave again.

INCIDENT –> Traffic Alerts

As of noon on Tuesday, July 10th, I-90 at Vantage and the Vantage Highway is are now open in both directions in Vantage. State Patrol has cleared the fire and the incident is now under the direction of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

WSDOT states there are no restrictions to roadways.

CLOSURES –> State Park areas

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park – until further notice. Washington State Parks is assessing damage to the area.

Wanapum Recreation campground/area is also a secondary site that is being assessed for damage. It too, is closed until further notice.

EVACUATIONS –> Red Cross Shelter

Evacuation Shelter is located at the George Community Hall in George, Washington.  We are unsure if this Shelter is still open or has been closed due to the reduction in the evacuation levels.

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Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire | 4

VANTAGE, Wash. – UPDATE 4 – 1040 hours PDT

Photo Credit | WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

INCIDENT SUMMARY –> Date / Time Started

A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

INCIDENT –> Current Fire Status 

Current size is 1,000 acres of grass and brush burning.  Fire is still at a 0% containment status.

One small structure has been reportedly lost.

The fire has burned a 4.5 mile stretch north and south of I-90, and is 0% contained. On I-90, more than 400 guard rail posts have burned due to the fire.

Fire mobe resources have been pouring into the area.  A Type 3 IMT will be assuming command of the incident today.

All Vantage residents have been evacuated safely.  We have reached out to DNR to see if those at the nearby campground site have also been evacuated.  We are waiting to hear back from them.

Evacuation Shelter is located at the George Community Hall in George, Washington.

This is why I-90 at Ryegrass on I-90 is still closed.  There is still no ETA as to when it will be reopened.  There are detours around this.  Law Enforcement and FIRE officials are asking drivers to AVOID THIS AREA.

Photo Credit | Kittitas County Sheriff Office

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, including US97 over Blewett Pass through Wenatchee and US12 over White Pass.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

They are asking folks to stay away due to safety and visibility concerns.

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Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire |3

VANTAGE, Wash. -UPDATE 3 – 0600 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –> Date / Time Started

A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

INCIDENT –> Current Fire Status

Fire is currently at 300+ acres in grass and brush.  There is a 0% containment status at the moment.

Photo Credit | Grant County Sheriff Office

Grant County Sheriff’s Office just released this photo as viewed from the SR243, south of the Vantage Bridge near Wanapum Dam.    Blowing embers are crossing over the Columbia River and Grant County Firefighters are in structure protection mode.   So far, no fires have been reported.

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Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire | 2

VANTAGE, Wash. -UPDATE 2 – 0530 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –> Date / Time Started

A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

INCIDENT –> Size of the Fire

Fire is currently at 300+ acres in grass and brush.  There is a 0% containment status at the moment.

Photo Credit | WSDOT

RESOURCES –> Original dispatched Resources on Call

Ahtanum 20 dozer-ALP, SE-426, SE-442, SE-SEWELL, SE-SLYFIEL.

RESOURCES –> State Mobe Resources

Approved at 0227 hours this morning and en route.

Kittitas County Fire District 1 |  Chief 11 is Mutual Aid.

City of Pullman FD.

SE WA IMT command team.

ROAD CLOSURES –> I-90 Closures

Exit 115 eastbound and westbound at the Vantage Bridge. 

Closed Ellensburg to Vantage, about a 22-mile stretch of highway in both directions.

No estimated time for reopening.

No detours around area. AVOID Area altogether.

EVACUATIONS –> Orders in Effect for the following areas:

Level 3 Evacuations notice for the town of Vantage and for those within one mile south of I-90 on Huntzinger Road.  LEAVE IMMEDIATELY

Level 2 Evacuations notice for Wanapum State Park.  Campers will need to shelter in place as Huntzinger Road is currently impassable.

SHELTER —> American Red Cross Shelter Opens

Evacuation Shelter will be opened by the American Red Cross and located at George Community Hall at 403 W Montmorency Boulevard in George, Washington.

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Photo Credit | Kittitas County Fire District 1

SCANNER FEED –> Current Status

Scanner feeds seem to be down in Kittitas County (& for our friends in Grant County).

No live coverage of the incident being broadcasted.

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NEW | Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire

VANTAGE, Wash. -UPDATE 1 – 0445 hours

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

The incident unfolded like this,

July 9, 2018 (2315 PDT) | A exploding wildfire was reported to FIRE and Police Officials burning on mile post 133 on next to I-90.  It was said to be wind-driven that had jumped the eastbound lanes and burning into the median.  A request for additional resources was made through dispatch.

July 10, 2018 (After Midnight-0018 Hours PDT) | The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office began issuing  evacuation orders in the town of Vantage with more details released about 10 minutes later to include Level 2 and 3 orders in the town of Vantage.  At that time, the bridge was still considered open.   With the fire moving so quickly, road blocks were established at  mile post 115 and to the east side of the Columbia River.

July 10, 2018 (0028 Hours PDT) | The size of the fire was deemed to be around 100 to 200 acres.  Another road closure would go into effect on the infamous Vantage Highway at Vantage.  Quickly, the fire was said to be about .5 miles from the town of Vantage and authorities were working to protect the town’s water tower and its structures.

July 10, 2018 (0134 Hours PDT) Vantage Highway would be shutdown shortly thereafter, along with evacuating the town urgently.

July 10, 2018 (0200 Hours PDT) Fire  crews were tasked with structure protection of the town and its entirety.  At this time,  300 plus acres of grass and brush had burned. Fire behavior is extreme and spreading rapidly.  Fire has established itself on the south side of I-90 and has made it up to Huntzinger Road.

Firefighters were heard stating  (when Scanner feed was working) difficulty with getting through gated communities to protected and secured homes.  Some reported that horses were being let out of gated areas and running away from the fire.

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Photo Credit | Kittitas County Sheriff Office

RESOURCES | Initial Fire resources include Ahtanum 20 dozer-ALP, SE-426, SE-442, SE-SEWELL, SE-SLYFIEL.

State Mobe resources were approved at 0227 hours this morning and en route.  They will be pouring into the area all morning long.

Kittitas County Fire District 1’s Chief 11 is currently assisting multiple fire agencies.

SIT REP | Evacuations both Level 2 and 3 are in effect. Road and highway closures are currently in lock down.

Structure protection of the town of Vantage is currently in process.

Fire has jumped the highway and barreling towards the town of Vantage. 22 miles of I-90 near Vantage is currently closed.

The nearby campground is under Level 2 evacuations but Officials have told them to shelter-in-place due to roadways are impassable.

The fire is burning more intensely and more actively.

Washington State DOT cameras show a brush fire turned wildfire is in dire straits showing fire is burning up the whole area.  I-90 MP 138 Vantage Br. (View West)

EVACUATIONS –> are in effect for the following areas:

Level 3 Evacuations notice for the town of Vantage and for those within one mile south of I-90 on Huntzinger Road.  LEAVE IMMEDIATELY

Level 2 Evacuations notice for Wanapum State Park.  Campers will need to shelter in place as Huntzinger Road is currently impassable.

Evacuation Shelter will be opened by the American Red Cross and located at George Community Hall at 403 W Montmorency Boulevard in George, Washington.

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Photo Courtesy | Kittitas County Sheriff Office

The fire was deemed to be around 100 to 200 acres at 0028 hours on Tuesday morning.  Another road closure at the Vantage Highway at Vantage was in effect.

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Photo Credit | Kittitas County Fire District 1

Quickly, the fire was said to be about .5 miles from the town of Vantage and authorities were working to protect the town’s water tower and its entire town.

Vantage Highway would be shutdown immediately, along with evacuating the town urgently around 0134 hours PDT.

Less than one hour-of-a-hour, fire crews were working tirelessly as they were now in structure protection mode of the towns structures. As of There has already been 300 plus acres of grass and brush burned. Fire behavior is extreme and spreading rapidly.  Fire has established itself on the south side of I-90 and has made it up to Huntzinger Road.

Firefighters were heard stating difficulty with getting through gated communities to protected and secured homes.  Horses were being cut loose from their areas were being heard.

ROAD CLOSURES | I-90 closed from exit 115 eastbound and westbound at the Vantage Bridge.

CURRENT WEATHER | Currently on the Vantage Bridge, temps are 64*F with relative humidity (RH) of 67% with winds at 16 mph and gusts to 41 mph.

SCANNER FEED | Scanner feeds seem to be down in Kittitas County (& for our friends in Grant County). So, we are not getting any updated live coverage.

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Washington Wildfire | Cleveland Road Fire

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – A small wildfire broke out in grass, brush, reproduction and light timber on Sunday, July 8, 2018, when fire assets were rapidly deployed at 1535 hours today.

Resources AR-28 (IC), AR-414, AR-442 and AR-444 arrived on-scene and successfully reached all of their fire objectives.

The fire was held to 1.25 acres which was quickly contained at 1630 hours and under control at 1704 hours PDT.

Limited details available.

This is our first and last post regarding this incident, unless further information is provided.

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