Skyway Firefighters Fight House Fire

Incident Summary |  Firefighters from Skyway, Renton and Tukwila were called out to their second house fire this afternoon.  This house fire is located in the 7600 block of South 135th Street in Skyway, Washington.

Resources | Firefighters from Skyway Fire, Tukwila Fire and Renton Fire have been deployed to the incident scene which is said to be their second house fire of the day.

Fire Operations | Primary and second searches of the structure were conducted but nothing was found.  At 1800 hours PST, fire operations were at 55 minutes on the incident clock with the Fire Investigator having an ETA of 40 minutes.

Injuries | One person was treated for smoke inhalation and has been transported to Valley Medical Center.

Photo Credit | Skyway Fire (KCFD 20)

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #SkywayFire #RentonRegionalFireAuthority

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1800 hours PST

 

 

#PleasantFire Explodes, Triples in Size | 3

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning on Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Highway 395, north of Bishop, California has tripled in size and still on course towards Laws Museum.  The fire has turned from 900 acres burned to 2,800 acres destroyed!  The fire is said to have started around 1412 hours on Sunday, February 18, 2018.    Strong winds have been hampering fire suppression efforts.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | As of Sunday, there were 90 firefighters tasked with fire suppression efforts but as of Monday would explode alongside the fire to 400 personnel!  Fire engines have doubled from yesterday’s 25 to 50 and  from two fire crews to 20, while boosting  two bulldozers to four.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, ino USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

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Evacuations | Evacuations are in effect for Meadow Creek area, Pleasant Valley campground, Rudolph Ranch, HIghlands, Glenwood, Rite-Aid Complex, Bear Creek, Dixon Lane,  (All housing areas between) North Sierra Highway, Dixon Lane, Brockman, Five Bridges, Fish Slough and Laws. | UPDATE as of 1045 hours PST | The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office will reassess evacuation orders at 1600 hours due to additional safety concerns.

Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 6 closed between Hwy 395 and the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW! #RozellFire | Rueter MO | 1

ROZELL FIRE | Fire Fact – There have been five new fires  reported in the Eastern Area with one being a new large incident.  (Source: NIFC)

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning on the Mark Twain National Forest, about one mile south of Rueter, (Taney County) Missouri in short grass.

Fire Conditions | Fire behavior is extreme and the containment status remains at a zero-percent.   The fire has consumed 500 acres and is growing.

Resources | There are 19 personnel attached to this incident along with four engines and one helicopter.  Additional resources from the Missouri Highway Patrol are also assisting.

Damage Assessment |  The cost-to-date has reached $20,000.  There are no structures currently threatened or reported as destroyed.  No injuries to civilians or firefighters have been reported either.

Photo Credit | MSHP Trooper D.  Photos taken on February 15, 2018.

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this fire incident of #RozellFire #MOwildfire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1045 hours PST

NEW! #KnobHillFire | St David AZ | 1

KNOBB HILL FIRE

Flight over Knob hill

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning in the Southeast District area of the Arizona Department of Forestry  and on the Coronado National Forest.

The fire ignited from an unknown cause on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

It is located approximately 15 miles east of St. David, Arizona.

Fire fuels consist of timber and chaparral.

Current Fire Conditions | Fire behavior is minimal with creep and backing.  Some structures are reportedly under direct threat with road closures in effect.

The fire has reached a 74 % containment status.

Resources | There are 77 personnel assigned along with three crews, two engines and one helicopter.

Damage Assessment | The fire has scorched 2,896 acres of land and the cost-to-date expenses have reached a high of $150,000.

Flight over Knob Hill

Fire Photo Credit | Coronado National Forest via Inciweb.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #KnobHillFire #AZwildfire for this incident.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 1035 hours PST

CA’s #PleasantFire Wind-Driven Fire | 2

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out around 1412 hours PST on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in the Pleasant Valley area from an unknown ignition.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | There are currently 90 firefighters on the fire line alongside with the aid of 25 engines, two fire crews and two bulldozers.

Incident Cooperators |  Inyo County Sheriff, CAL FIRE, Bishop FD, Independence FD, Big Pine FD, Lone Pine FD, CHP (Bishop) and Mono County Sheriff Department.

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Size Up | Fire suppression has been hampered by high winds at times.  The fire has scorched 900 acres (while other media outlets reporting up to 1,000 acres) and growing quickly.  There is a zero-percent containment status.  The fire had been at 100 acres at time of it starting to 900 acres within a short few hours.  It is currently burning in the Pleasant Valley area but is heading towards Laws Railroad Museum.

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Evacuations |  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office stated there are NO lifted evacuation orders as of 2140 hours PST. (We are thinking someone misreported that the evacuation orders had been lifted, hence, the strong response from the Sheriff’s Office that they have not been lifted).   Evacuation orders are still in order for Meadow Creek, Pleasant Valley campgrounds and Laws Museum.

Eastern Sierra Transit has partnered up with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office to assist with evacuations.

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Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 395 at the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Eastern Sierra Transit (bus).  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office (fires).

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

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)

#ThrowBackThursday | Sutherland Canyon Fire

THROWBACK THURSDAY | This new post title is all about stepping back in time and viewing some of the 2017 Fire Season’s wildfires that scorched many of our NW landscapes and making its own path of destruction.  Today’s fire is the Sutherand Canyon Fires that burned in and near Wenatchee, Washington State in June of this year.

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Sutherland Canyon Fire is showing its fierce side. Photo taken on June 28, 2017. (Credit: Richard Parrish/BLM)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Sutherland Canyon Fire ignited on June 26, 2017, around midnight on a Monday from lightning that touched the area causing multiple grass fires.  The fires were located about 9-20 miles south Wenatchee in the counties of Chelan, Grant and Douglas.

The fires were burning on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) and private lands.  The fire was also said to have destroyed critical sage and grouse habitat.

MULTIPLE FIRES IGNITED.

ALCOA FIRE

June 26, 2017.   Alcoa Hwy near Junction Ridge started on June 26, 2017.  100 firefighters assigned. Grass, brushy fuels.  500 acres. 0% contained. Level 2  evacuations in process. Limited updates.

SUTHERLAND CANYON FIRES

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June 27, 2017.  The Sutherland Canyon Fires was located 8 miles SE of Wenatchee and had 75 personnel assigned.  3,000 acres burned. This was made up of five smaller fires collectively under this single wildfire name. Level 2 evacuation levels were in effect.

June 28, 2017.  No update.

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Fire is seen racing up the hillside of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 28, 2017. 

June 29, 2017.  The fire had expanded and was considered to be very complex.  The Northwest Team 11, a Type 2 IMT Team would become the new face of Command under IC, Nathan Rabe.  His team took command at 0600 hours on this date.  Fire had now burned up to 47,500 acres and had a 20% containment status. This fire was now reportedly burning 15 miles south of East Wenatchee.  275 personnel were assigned.

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Red Flag weather conditions create active fire behavior as seen in this photo of the Sutherland Canyon Fire on June 29, 2017.

It was also said that on this second day in a row, RED FLAG conditions were warranted due to dry and gusty winds and due to extreme fire growth in steep and rugged terrain.  Both the Sutherland Canyon Fire and the Straight Hollow Fire merged into a single wildfire at the east and southeast flanks displaying the most active fire behavior in both of these locations.  Overnight, firefighters and bulldozers worked to construct and hold fire containment lines where they could engage the fire in a safe manner.  Fire officials were working to keep the fire from spreading towards nearby town of Quincy.

June 30, 2017.  Due to more accurate mapping and better visibility by aerial recon flights, the number of acres was reduced and discovered that the Sutherland  Canyon and the Straight Hollow fires did not actually merge together.  However, they were found to be burning 1/4 miles apart from one another.   The Incident Command Post or ICP was felt it necessary to move to the Quincy High School campus so that they could be closer to both fires.  Fire was now located 6 miles NW of Quincy. There had been 29,433 acres scorched and was now being reported as having a 50% containment.

July 1, 2017.  Fire Managers reported the fire was now at a 74% containment and holding at 29,433 acres.

July 2, 2017.  The fire was holding at 29,433 acres with a 90% containment status. This was said to be the last fire update.

STRAIGHT HOLLOW FIRE

June 30, 2017.  This fire was reported about 1/4 mile from the Sutherland Canyon fire.  11 miles northwest of Quincy.  8,458 acres. 75% contained.  It had been reported that this fire had merged into directly to the Sutherland Canyon Fire but later was determined not to be the case.

July 1, 2017.  Fire crews were still showing the fire was holding at 8,458 acres with a 75% containment status.

July 2, 2017.  8,458 acres. Containment status increased to 90%. No increase in acreage and minimal fire behavior observed.  Fire crews conducted patrolling, mop-up and repair operations. Additionally, repair work included building water bars, smoothing out berms and repairing fences cut during fire suppression efforts.  Aerial recon flights with infrared imaging equipment checked various areas for heat signatures. The Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR was lifted over the fire.  The NW Team 11 unit transitioned over to a local Type 3 IMT on Monday, July 3, 2017.

This was the final fire update.

SPARTAN FIRE

June 27, 2017.  The Spartan Fire was a second fire that ignited on June 26.  It was located five miles SE of Wenatchee with the same fire fuels.  160 firefighters were assigned including handcrews and dozers.  4,500 acres. 10% contained.  Active fire spread to the southwest.

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A USFS handcrew preps to work overnight on the Spartan Fire. Photo taken on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 28, 2017.  No update.

June 29, 2017.  The fire grew to 9,000 acres scorched and had a 60% containment status.  It was now located nine miles SE of Wenatchee.  There were 50 personnel assigned.   Fire Officials were happy to report that all containment lines held and no new fire growth overnight. Crews were tasked with actively monitoring potential hotspots and patches of unburned grass within the fire perimeter.

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In order to lead and organize their fire crews, Interagency fire managers must work together to come up with a plan. Here they are working together doing just that. Spartan Fire on June 26, 2017. (Credit: Holly Krake/USFS)

June 30, 2017.  Fire activity showing minimal activity and that all containment lines continue to hold.  Crews were tasked with patrol and to begin repairing of fire line used during suppression efforts.  Two 24-hour shifts of fire crews have been assigned.

July 1, 2017.  The fire was deemed to have a 100% containment status and listed 8,730 acres burned.  Fire command was turned back over to a local fire jurisdiction which included Chelan FD and WA State DNR) at 0600 on Saturday.  This would be the last fire update from NW Team 11.

170629 Retardant Drop

Fire suppression from the air assists those on the ground as well, Without this resource would make ground crews’ jobs much more difficult.

RESOURCES

Multiple fire agencies came together for a single purpose – put the wildfire out.   The Incident Cooperators for this event was the BLM, Chelan County Office of Emergency Chelan Co OEM), Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Sheriff Office and WA DNR.

EVACUATIONS

On June 29, 2017, Grant County had Level 2 evacuations in order for residents in parts of NW Quincy and southwest of Monument Hill.  Douglas County would instill Level 3 orders for those along the Palisades Road corridor and at the Hwy 28 Junction.  Level 2 were in effect for the Trinidad area along Mansfield Rd.  A church and the Humane Society opened their doors for people and their pets, as shelters.  Chelan County issued Level 1 orders for the Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moss Carr Road, Ingersoll Road and Tarpiscan Road.

On June 30th, all evacuation orders were lifted.

SMOKE IMPACTS

Smoke impacts on June 29, 2017 were expected to spread to the east towards Quincy and reaching possibly to the furthest areas such as Spokane and Moses Lake.  It was likely that the light canyon winds would push up  the smoke into the Wenatchee Valley.

WILDFIRE STATS

FIRE FACT: In 2017, there were a total of 2,079 human-caused wildfires burning 262,328 total acres in WA & OR. OR: 906 fires, 172,887 acres WA: 1173 fires, 89,441 acres  year-to-date.

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FIRE IMAGES

All Fire Images not listing a Photo Credit underneath are due to multiple images used by the same Photographer/Source.  We give full photo credit to WA DNR – SE Region via Inciweb.  All photo credits have been given to the best of our ability.  We give KUDOS to the men and women behind the camera showcasing firefighters in action from the air and on the ground.

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(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

 

Wildfire CAD Activity | Nov 1-2, 2017

POST SUMMARY  |  Fire Season is slowly sputtering out but it still has some energy left and burning up the landscapes as we know it.  Here is the CAD activity log for November 1 & 2, 2017.

BLUE MOUNTAIN INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#CabinCreek Fire.  Dispatched @ 1257 hours on 11/1/2017.  Timber.  Contained @ 1644 hours.  Controlled @ 1645 hours. 0.1 acres.

#LGODFPiles RX Fire. Dispatched 0758 hours on 11/2/2017.

#BakerODFPiles RX Fire. Dispatched @ 0846 hours on 11/2/2017.

#WallowaODFPiles RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 0909 hours on 11/2/2017.

#PDTODFPiles RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 0931 hours on 11/2/2017.

BOISE INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (ID)

#RXMountainHomeDistrictPiles RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 1107 hours on 11/1/2017.

#StageFire.  Dispatched @ 1541 hours on 11/1/2017.  MM 66 x I-84.  Controlled at 1800 hours.

CENTRAL WA INTERAGENCY COMM CENTER (WA)

#BMIDC 1306 Fire.  Dispatch time @ 0825 hours on 11/1/2017. Asotin County, WA.  Limited info.

#Wellenbrock Fire.  Dispatched @ 0556 hours on 11/1/2017.  Klickitat County, Glenwood.  DNR and local FD response.  0.1 acres.

#CardRoad Fire.  Dispatched @ 0431 hours on 11/1/2017.  Klickitat County.  DNR and local FD response.  0.1 acres.

#RockSprings Fire.  Dispatched @ 0201 hours on 11/1/2017.  Klickitat County, Glenwood.  DNR and FD response. 0.1 acres.

LAKEVIEW INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#RoundLake Fire.  Dispatched @ 1123 hours on 11/2/2017.  3 acres. Last checked on 11/2/2017.

NE WA INTERAGENCY COMM CENTER (WA)

#SilverBeach Fire.  Dispatched @ 1529 hours on 11/1/2017.  Stevens County.  Silver Beach Road. Grass Fire.  Contained at 1600 hours.  Controlled at 1630 hours.  0.01 acres.

#Ton RX – North Flank Fire.  Dispatched at 0822 hours on 11/1/2017.  RX Fire.  Okanogan County.  Burge Mountain.  Ignition @ 1200 hours.  29 acres.

#Kat RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 0813 hours on 11/1/2017.  RX Fire.  Kalspel Reservation.  Ignition @ 0900 hours.  Burning about 20 piles of 10 x 10 x 10.

PAYETTE INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (ID)

#PineSlaughter RX Fire.  Dispatched @ 1140 hours on 11/1/2017.  0.1 acre.

VALE DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#HuntMountain Fire.  Dispatched @ 0728 hours on 11/1/2017.  Hunt Mountain.  Engines 3646 and 3650 initially responded.  91 acres.

#HawkGulch Fire.  Dispatched @ 1157 hours on 11/1/2017.  Unknown location.  14.83 acres.

#MP314 Fire.  Dispatched @ 1556 hours on 11/2/2017.  MP 314 x Highway 84.  Limited info.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/3/2017 @ 0740 hours PDT

And, Then There Were a Few (Wildfires) | October 5, 2017

POST SUMMARY | From over 30 wildfires at one given time during the Fire Season, there are only a few active wildfires in the States of Washington and Oregon.

Here is our recap for Thursday, October 5, 2017.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and one mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon.  Timber.  Min fire behavior.  48,831 acres. 47% contained. 166 personnel. 3 crews, 4 engines and 1 helicopter. 4 structures lost. $17.8 Million cost-to-date.

CHETCO BAR FIRE

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF and 16 miles west of Selma Oregon.  Transfer from the IMT 1 back to the local unit today.  191,090 acres. 98% contained. 169 personnel. 1 crew, 3 engines and 2 helos.  30 structures lost.  $68.7 Million cost-to-date.

JONES FIRE

Willamette NF and 10 miles northeast of Lowell, Oregon.  Timber and grass fire fuels. Min fire behavior.  10,114 acres. 91% containment. 93 personnel. 1 crew, 5 engine.  1 structure lost. $25.4 Million cost-to-date. 

MILLER COMPLEX

Rogue River – Siskiyou NF and, 17 miles east of Cave Junction, Oregon. 4 fires.  Min fire behavior.  27,543 acres. 85 containment.  85 personnel. 2 crews, 3 engines and 2 helos.  $32.6 Million cost-to-date.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog