California Wildfire | Fork Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Monday, September 10th

Fire resources on HWY 39 with fire above

Credit: Steve Shinn/USFS

Incident Summary

A wildfire named the FORK FIRE is burning on the Angeles National Forest, on Hwy 39 near the East Fork junction in the San Gabriel Canyon area.  It was reported on Sunday, September 9th around 1158 hours PDT.

Fire Status

The fire has burned 166 acres of grass, brush and chaparral and has a 54% containment status.   The fire is expected to be fully contained by Friday of this week.

Helicopter dropping water

Credit: Steve Shinn/USFS

Cause

The cause is unknown and the USFS Law Enforcement agency is currently investigating.

Resources

There are currently 32 personnel still assigned to this incident with an unknown number of resources.

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Washington Wildfire | Crystal Fire | 3

East Wenatchee, Washington | Crystal Fire | Sunday, September 2, 2018 —
Incident Summary |  A wildfire broke out near the Pangborn Airport in Douglas County on September 1, 2018.  It was said to have started on County land, one mile from East Wenatchee, Washington. Fire crews were dispatched just after 0530 hours PDT on Saturday after reports of the fire behavior being very active and burning downward towards homes, orchards and near the airport sparking evacuation notices to be issued to residents.
Situation Report  |  As of today, the fire is estimated at 2,610 acres with no fire growth overnight.  All evacuation notices have been removed along with roads being reopened.  3 Divisions are working the fire today in strengthening containment lines.
Fire Fuels | Grass and brush are fire fuels.
Cause |  No word on the cause but it is under investigation.
Resources |  State Fire Mobe was approved and en route around 1100 hours PDT. Initial resources included AHTANUM 20 BLM-13 CREW-52 CREW-74 E-6695 BLM E-6696 BLM were dispatched around 0537 hours this morning.
Several aircraft were ordered back to Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee and hold.  We caught these choppers at Pangborn after we left the fire incident on Saturday afternoon.
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One of two rotors at Pangborn Memorial Airport.

Cost-to-Date | CTD has reached approximately $20,000.00.
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WA Wildfires | Fire Activity Report | Weekend of August 24-26

This weekend has been busy for wildfires, according to WildCAD reports in Washington State. Here is a Sit Rep for the weekend of August 24  – 26, 2018.  (Friday – Sunday).

Many areas have burn bans, even on on DNR manged and county owned lands. Credit – WA DNR

AUGUST 24, 2018 – Friday

WINDY POINT FIRE – Highway 12 MP 182 in Yakima County.  Units dispatched at 0538 hours.  Contained at 1458 hours.  Controlled at 1459 hours. Out at 1700 hours.  0.1 acres.  Brush.  Unknown cause.  Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

HENRY ISLAND FIRE – W shore of Henry Island in Island County.  Units dispatched at 1237 hours.  FD responded and extinguished fire.  Grass and salal fire fuels.  Unknown acres or cause.  Northwest Region DNR.

LOTZE FIRE – Lotze Creek in Stevens County.  Units (HT44 NC40-Crew NC41 Crew, PCS277 and PCS284) dispatched at 0354 hours.  Brush, reproduction timber and heavy timber. 2.15 acres. Staffed.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

Some parts of Washington may feel cooler, but Washington has had a historically dry summer, leaving danger still very high across the state. – WA DNR

CAN FIRE – Forest Service Rd 57.  Units dispatched at 1655 hours.  Contained/controlled at 1705 hours.  Out at 1706 hours. IC arrived on-scene at 1700 hours on August 24.  0.1 acre. Unknown cause.  Columbia Cascade Comm Center.

AUGUST 25, 2018 – Saturday

KEECHELUS LAKE BED FIRE – Hyak in Kittitas County.  Units dispatched at 1900 hours. Contained at 2057 hours. Controlled at 2058 hours.  Unknown acres. Fire fuels include duff and stumps.  Unknown cause.  Central WA Interagency Comm Center.

PARADISE VALLEY FIRE – Near Kendall in Whatcom County.  Units dispatched at 0930 hours.  Out on August 26 (Sunday) at 1130 hours.  IC arrived on August 26 at 0930 hours.  0.01 acres. Unknown cause.  Northwest Region DNR.

LAKE VIEW FIRE – I-90 WB MP268 in Spokane County.  Units dispatched at 0306 hours.  Grass, brush and light timber.  Contained at 0730 hours.  Controlled at 0750 hours.  0.3 acres.  NE WA Interagency  Comm Center.

MARTEN CREEK FIRE – Taylor River (We believe in Kittitas County not listed on CAD).  Units dispatched at 1442 hours PDT.  1 acre.  No further details.  Puget Sound Interagency Comm Center.

MILEPOST 77 FIRE – Highway 155 at Mile marker 77.  Units dispatched at 1533 hours. Contained/controlled/out at 1638 hours. 0.1 acre. Unknown cause.  Colville Agency Mt Tolman Dispatch Center.

AUGUST 26, 2018 – Sunday

TACOMA PEAK FIRE – Tacoma Peak in Pend Oreille County.  Units AR450, E31 and E612 dispatched at 1238 hours.  Grass, brush and light timber.  .01 acres. Resources on-scene.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

LUTHER PIT FIRE – Luther Road in Stevens County.  Units AR414, AR449 and AR63 dispatched at 1635 hours and arrived on-scene at 1722 hours. Open incident.  NE WA Interagency Comm Center.

BRIDGE RD FIRE – Yelm in Thurston County.  Units dispatched at 1254 hours.  Brush. Unknown status.  0.1 acre. Open incident.

MONSE FIRE – Colville Indian Reservation. Unis dispatched at 1512 hours. Contained and Controlled at 1541 hours.  0.3 acres.

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Wildfire Sparked on Highway 18 | Covington, Washington

KING COUNTY, Wash. – At approximately 1602 hours PDT, Valley Com received an emergency call of a brush fire  in the area of  the 25000 block of 188th Avenue S.E. in Covington, Washington.

The first due engine reported rapid rate of spread and threatening a home.  They (1st due engine) immediately went into structure protection mode, while two other engines began putting water on the fire.

After a Chief arrived, he assumed Command and ordered additional fire resources. A tender supply was established on the closest hydrant located .5 mile away.

Due to poor visibility and the fire advancing towards the Highway, the Washington State Patrol shutdown the two westbound lanes for safety to drivers.

A Washington State DNR helicopter responded from Olympia, was able to find a nearby pond to dip from.  They began dropping water over the fire.

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Photo Credit: Randi Valantine

Both photos were taken around 2130 hours on Sunday evening.  (Written permission has been granted by the Photographer.)

One Social Media user reported  two structures had been burned, but the official Fire presser states no homes or outbuildings were damaged.  Fire crews would remain on-scene throughout the night.

A dozer was on order so they could put a containment line around the fire.

The fire behavior was said to be at around 2250 hours PDT, smoldering with hotspots.

Incident Cooperators included personnel and equipment from the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA), Mountain View Fire & Rescue, Black Diamond and Puget Sound Fire.  Zone 3 Fire Explorers provided Firefighter REHAB services.

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Photo Credit: Randi Valantine

The number of acres burned, containment status or cause was unknown at the time of this post.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

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Kettle River Fire | Graphite Mtn | Washington State | 1

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. |  A wildfire is burning in the northwest corner of Ferry County in the Graphite Mountain area and two miles south of the Midway border crossing.

The fire started on August 11, 2018 and is located in very steep and heavily timbered ground from a lightning strike.  Winds picked up last night increasing fire activity and presenting challenges for fire suppression efforts.

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Ground crews grew in size and in force this morning with the military responding to the call for action.  This includes the Air and Army National Guard.  The breakdown of resources include – four-20 person hand crews, three National Guard crews, two tenders, one falling module, two engines and two dozers bringing the total to 204 personnel.

Fire has burned 52 acres. There is a 10% containment status.

Homes and agricultural structures along with livestock forage and commercial timber are being currently threatened (about 40 structures).  There is a Level 1 evacuation notice in effect.

Incident Command Post is located at the Curlew School in Curlew, Washington State.  The Northeast WA IMT is in fire command.

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Tillman Surprise Fire | Loomis Forest | Washington | 1

UPDATE 1 

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 1950 hours PDT

Loomis Natural Resources Conservation area | Credit: WA DNR

A firestorm is brewing in the Loomis State Forest (Okanogan National Forest)  but for now it is a small 25-acre wildfire that is located seven miles west of Tonasket, Washington that started today.

Fire behavior is very active with a high rate of spread that is  wind-driven with torching and spotting.

As of 1925 hours this evening, the fire had burned through 25 acres.

Engine and hand crews were said to be engaging the fire and will do so into the night as safety allows them to do so. Original fire assets H 338 HI 142 HI 143 HI 145 HI 146 HI 147 HI 149 (IC)  HI 30 HI 60 NC 322 NC 325 SO 25 SO 27 were dispatched at 0959 hours PDT.  Resources arrived on-scene around 1040 hours PDT.

WA DNR resources include additional resources as engaging and acting as mutual aid assets.

Current weather conditions are 79*F temps with partly cloudy skies and winds at 2 mph (according to current weather reports).  Humidity is 34%.

TONASKET is a city within Okanogan County and is located along the eastern bank of the Okanogan River in north-central Okanogan County.   The City has approximately total of .80 square mile radius with a with a population of 1,016  (2015 census).  There is no water areas listed.

Source(s):  WA DNR,  WildCAD, Weather websites, Social Media

 

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GRASS VALLEY FIRE | W OF GRAND COULEE, WA | 2

GRASS VALLEY FIRE

A wildfire began on Saturday, August 11, 2018 is located west of Grand Coulee Dam and Banks Lake near Mansfield in Washington State.  The fire is burning near Sims Corner in Douglas County.

8/12/2018 – 1130 PDT – SUNDAY

SE WA IMT Team 2 is in command of fire. Team is handling PIO Social media posts.

————— SHELTER  —————
RED CROSS SHELTER
Lake Roosevelt Elementary.  503 Crest Dr, Coulee Dam WA
————— RESOURCES —————-
FIRE
Arrived on-scene today.
EVACUATIONS
Evacuation Notification: Grant Co Sheriff Office
————— FIRE STATUS  —————
Fire reported at 45,000 as of 0800 on 8/12 but some are now stating an unconfirmed number as 60,000 and fiercely growing by the minute.  Fire behavior is extreme with running and spotting.  Numerous structures, energy infrastructure and sage-grouse
habitat threatened.   Fire mobe resources have arrived and are on the fire line.
————— FIRE PHOTO —————
Credit:  Grant County Fire District #13:  Fire visible from Ephrata, Washington
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Angel Springs Fire | Davenport WA | FINAL UPDATE

ANGEL SPRINGS FIRE

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Credit | WA DNR

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning about 7 – 8 miles northeast of Davenport, Washington that started on August 2, 2018 @ 1500 hours PDT by equipment.

8/12/2018 1100 PDT
5,046 acres. 95% contained. Firefighters on Saturday kept the fire within containment lines despite heavy wind conditions which would cause significant events such as knocking down snags within the fire perimeter. Crews also worked on extensive mop up and repair work on fences and lines. 214 personnel remain with engines checking & putting out hot spots. More resources will be released throughout the day. | FINAL UPDATE

8/11/2018 – 2130 PDT

5,046 acres. 90% contained. Minimal fire behavior. 351 personnel. 6 crews. 43 engines. 3 helos. 14 structures lost. 170 structures threatened. Some crews released today. $4.6M CTD.

8/10/2018  – 1945 PDT

5,081 acres. 60% contained. 14 structures burned. 180 threatened. 564 personnel. 13 crews. 3 helicopters. 68 engines.

8/9/2018 2000 PDT

5.081 acres. 60% contained. IC IMT Goldman. Minimal Fire behavior. 564 personnel. 13 crews, 68 engines and 3 helicopters. 14 structures have been lost. $3.3M.

8/8/2018 – 2100 PDT

5,043 acres. 35% contained with continued moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, observed isolated torching and backing. Cause is still unknown and under investigation.

There are 549 personnel along with 12 crews, 3 helos and 72 engines. Fire resources are pouring from the National Guard, Canada and Australia.

170 homes are threatened with 4 already destroyed along with 10 other structures which totals to 14 buildings. Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached $2,200,000.

8/6/2018 – 2145 PDT

Spokane County Fire District 8 Firefighters worked throughout the night on August 5th on the fire line and conducting burn out operations on the day of the 6th. Additional resources from Lincoln County Fire Districts 4 and 5, WA DNR, Federal, State and local agencies have come together collectively through fire suppression and containment efforts. Local farmers have gathered together to help build fire lines across their fields, as well as mineral soil to aid firefighters to stop the spread of the fire.

Per fire sources this morning, here is what we know so far (please be patient, things change so rapidly): 4,500 ares of timber, grass and brush. 15% contained. 2 structures lost. 170 threatened. 1 minor structure burned and one other threatened. 272 personnel with 8 crews, 3 helicopters and 45 engines.

On August 5th: Fire on NE portion was very active with visible fire and smoke throughout the day and night. Efforts focused in this area with crews, engines and dozers. Crews used air resources to their advantage including super scoopers dipping out of the Spokane River arm of Lake Roosevelt.

8/5/2018 – 1145 PDT

Started 8/2/2018. Cause unknown. 4,500 acres. 0% contained. 60 homes threatened, 1 destroyed. Other minor structures threatened, 1 destroyed. 160 personnel. 3 crews, 25 engines. Fire located in steep canyons w/rugged terrain.

8/4/2018 –  2030 PDT

Level 2 and 3 evacuations have been issued and assistance through Washington State Fire mobe have arrived on the fire line. The Northeast WA Interagency IMT with IC Eddie Lewis, a Type 3 has assumed command of the fire yesterday around 0600 hours. Cause is still unknown and under investigation.

4,700 acres scorched. 0% contained.

8/4/2018 – 0121 PDT

Initial call fire info – Angel Springs Rd, Lincoln County. Grass, brush, reproduction, timber. AR IC as of 8/2 1642 PDT. Resources dispatched BC 51 FP 13 FP 18 HI 35 NC 40+Crew NC 41+Crew NE 06 NE 12 at 1448 PDT. TYPE 3 TEAM IN PLACE – IC LEWIS / LOVE. TYPE 2 TEAM ORDERED.

8/3/2018 – 2300 PDT

160 firefighters. 4,500 ac. 0% containment. Dayshifters (FFs) are home (local Fire District) getting much-needed rest and sleep, will be back out on the fire line on Day 3. Night operations in effect with structure protection. Active Fire behavior with running, spotting and group torching. 2 structures destroyed (1 home and 1 outbuilding).

8/3/2018 – 0956 PDT

Aircraft and other resources dispatched from Roberts Field -Redmond Municipal Airport. Angel Springs Aerial Support. Lat/Lon 47 44.898, -118 4.500 dispatched through the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center.

8/2/2018 – 2030 PDT

Resources were dispatched around 1557 hours PDT today to a wildfire producing a large smoke plume about five miles north of Reardan which included engines fire boss airplanes and hand crews. (Video as of 1800 hours PDT – Courtesy NE WA IMT) 170 acres. 60% containment achieved. 6 structures threatened. 1 lost.  Gusty wind conditions are making fire suppression efforts challenging.

 

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GRASS VALLEY FIRE | W OF GRAND COULEE, WASHINGTON STATE

GRASS VALLEY FIRE

A wildfire began on Saturday, August 11, 2018 is located west of Grand Coulee Dam and Banks Lake near Mansfield in Washington State.  The fire is burning near Sims Corner in Douglas County.

8/11/2018 – 2330 PDT – Saturday

————— LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS  —————

Town of Coulee Dam, Barker Canyon Rd, Pleasant Valley, N / NW Grand Coulee, Town of Coulee Dam, W side of Columbia River

 ————— LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS  —————

OTHER SIDE  of Columbia River

————— SHELTER  —————
RED CROSS SHELTER
Lake Roosevelt Elementary.  503 Crest Dr, Coulee Dam WA
————— RESOURCES —————-
FIRE
State Fire mobe approved earlier this afternoon.  Tulalip Bay Firefighters have been deployed to the fire as of 2200 hours on Saturday evening.
EVACUATIONS
Evacuation Notification: Grant Co Sheriff Office
————— FIRE STATUS  —————
1000 acres (about 1900 hours PDT). 0% contained.
We reached out to Grant County to verify that some are reporting the fire to be at 15,000 acres with an increase to 45,000 acres by morning. They told us that there is no official known acreage amount and the IMT will release those numbers on Sunday, August 12th when their presser is updated.
Big fire spread today with high winds. Burning into sagebrush land with grazing and sporadic homes and ranches.
1 firefighter injury with burns (reported by media o/s) to face, neck, hands. Transported to HMC (Seattle).
Mapping Credit: Mapping Support
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Carr Fire | Whiskeytown, California

Update 1 – August 9, 2018 – 2130 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Started 7/23/2018 @ 1315 hours
  •  Unified Command with CAL FIRE – Shasta – Trinity Unit, Redding City Fire and Whiskeytown National Park.
  • It  is located at Hwy 299 and Carr Powerhouse Rd, Whiskeytown, CA.

FIRE RESOURCES

  • 352 engines
  • 125 water tenders
  • 16 helicopters
  • 76 hand crews
  • 118 bulldozers
  • 4,710 personnel

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • PG&E
  • CA National Guard
  • CAL TRANS
  • Shasta County Sheriff
  • CHP
  • Redding Police Department
  • Shasta County Fire Department
  • Shasta County Public Works
  • CAL OES
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Maine Fores Rangers
  • CCC
  • State Parks
  • CDCR
  • Red Cross
  • Silicon Valley Power
  • Redding Electric
  • WAPA
  • Santa Rosa FD
  • California National Guard,
  • Trinity OES
  • Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Secretary Sonny Perdue
  • AT&T
  • Shasta County Probation Dept
  • City of Redding/Carr Fire Recovery website:  https://stories.opengov.com/reddingca/published/bDZJVvdJK

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Samaritans Purse
  • State of California
  • United Way Nor Cal
  • Salvation Army Del Oro with Bethel Church in Redding (Partnership)
  • Dignity Medial Group – putting their patients first with the aid of their staff, firefighters and 1st Responders
  • Team Rubicon

FIRE STATUS

  • 178,752 acres
  • 49% contained
  • Cause was due to a mechanical failure of a vehicle

DESTROYED

  • 1,077 homes
  • 22 commercial structures
  • 500 outbuildings

DAMAGED

  • 191 homes
  • 26 commercial structures
  • 65 outbuildings damaged

THREATS

  • 528 structures are currently being threatened.

FATALITIES

Reported 12 lives – we are working to gather the names from verified sources. Note: we will only publish names and info if it already has been published by verified Fire or Law Enforcement Agencies out of respect for their families.

7/26/2018:  Redding FD Fire Inspector, JEREMY STOKE, 37

8/05/2018:  PG & E Lineman, JAY AYETA, 21

8/09/2018:   CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Mechanic, ANDREW BRAKE, 40.

EVACUATIONS

SHASTA COUNTY

  • Whiskey Park
  • Rainbow Lake

TRINITY – SHASTA COUNTY LINE

  • Buckhorn Summit Rd W. to Sandhouse Rd.
  • All roads w/in this area North of Hwy 299.
  • Deadwood Road East of Trinity Dam Blvd
  • Lewiston Turn Pike East of Trinity Dam Blvd
  • Trinity Dam at Trinity Dam Blvd

MAPPING

SHELTERS

EVACUEES RESOURCES

ASSISTANCE RECOVERY CENTER

  • Disaster Recovery Center, Old Kmart Building, 2685 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA 96003

California Carr Fire survivors can receive in-person disaster assistance at the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Former Kmart building at 2685 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA 96002 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4382. #ShastaCounty

HEALTH

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CREDIT | GLOBAL SUPER TANKER

CREDIT | SILICON VALLEY POWER

SVP crews roll a 115kV utility pole uphill.

CREDIT | LA CITY CHIEFS

proud of Strike Team 1002A enroute to to provide crew support for the thousands of firefighters on the line. has dozens of firefighters & specialists assigned to major wildfires in Nor. Cal.

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