Simi Valley 2-Alarm Fire Wind-Driven

Published 1/9/2022 1955 hours PT, Sunday

VCFD Firefighters are on the scene of a 2-alarm residential structure fire located in the 2000 block of Riverbirch Drive in Simi Valley, California, which broke out this evening.

Units B11, B20, B27, DIV, 12, DUTYPIO, E142, E35, E41, E45, E46, EMS42, I011, IV12, lA57, ME132, ME136, ME40, ME43, ME47, MED433, MRE155, Q44, SAFETY, T41 were dispatched at 1832 hours PT

Credit: VCFD PIO

Due to an impending partial roof collapse, firefighters are in a defensive fire strategy. A collapse zone has been established.

High winds are now making conditions challenging and dangerous, but are starting to make progress. Multiple hose lines were laid to protect exposure buildings on all sides of the fire building.

It is unknown at this time what the preliminary cause of the fire is.

All occupants have been evacuated from the structure and are all okay.

About the Fire Building

This is a two-story single-family residence, which was built in 1987 as a 1,623-square feet home. It has three bedrooms and 1.5 baths with a two-car attached garage. It is assessed at $567,989 per the Ventura County tax records and valued in today’s market at $719,700.

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Fire Resources Respond to Seatac House Fire

SEATAC, WASHINGTON — Firefighters and Medics from Puget Sound Fire (Kent), Port of Seattle FD, Tukwila Fire, Zone 3 Fire REHAB, King County Fire District #2 (Burien/Normandy Park/North Highline) and King County Medic One were dispatched to a house fire on the evening of Sunday, December 12, 2021.

The incident is located at 17300 block of 37th Place South in Seatac in King County, Washington.

Limited information was released by Fire Officials. We have reached out to Puget Sound Fire for an update.

Check back for any new updates.

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Update 2 | Bald Head Island Fire

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC. — Around 1956 ET hours, Bald Head Island volunteer firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the area of Liberty Landing on the island.

Credit | Village BHI

“Public Safety personnel and volunteers were quickly on the scene and were later assisted by additional crews and equipment from Boiling Spring Lakes, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland, Oak Island, Southport, Sunny Point, Winnabow, and the U.S. Coast Guard.  EMS crews from Brunswick County and St. James also responded.  The fire was partially contained at approximately 9:45 p.m., fully contained around 1:00 a.m., and a fireguard has remained on the scene through this morning to monitor the area to quickly suppress rekindling.”

Fire behavior was said to be extreme with wind-driven (from the north), running and spotting into the forest and a nearby golf course.

Credit | Village BHI

A total of three structures were lost in the Liberty Landing area with one home and a crofter cottage in North Bald Head Wynd. The fire was partially contained at 2145 ET and fully contained at 0100 hours on Sunday morning with Fire Watch on the incident overnight until this morning.

Luckily, there were no injuries or deaths reported during this massive fire incident.

Pending cause has not been released by the Fire Investigator as of yet.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog | Published 11/21/2021 1600 PT

Bald Head Island Fire Fierce | 1

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC. — Around 2130 hours (ET), Bald Head Island volunteer firefighters responded to a house fire located in the 100 block of North Bald Head Island at Lighthouse Landing in Brunswick County, North Carolina.

It was reported by fire crews that there was not just one single house fire, but five engulfed and with up to 10 exposure buildings currently being threatened.

Mutual Aid units were being shuttled back and forth from the Southport area to the Island via Coast Guard, Sheriff boats, local ferry service, and other agencies offering up their boats or barges.

Command is in Unified Command with Bald Head Island DPS and Southport FD (HQ).

Resources include:

  • Bald Head Island, Dept. of Public Safety Volunteer Firefighters
  • Southport Firefighters (14 members)
  • Leland Fire & Rescue
  • Boiling Springs FD
  • Bolivia FD
  • Northwest FD
  • Oak Island FD
  • Shalotte FD
  • Sunny Point FD (Boat? Tankers)
  • Sunset-Harbor-Zion Hill (Tanker)
  • Winnabow FD
  • St. James Rescue
  • US Coast Guard (ferried on their own boat personnel to the island)
  • Bald Head Island Ferry (used for shuttling back and forth from Deep Point Marina)
  • Brunswick County SO Marine Patrol Unit (their boat)
  • State Fisheries (using their boats?)
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Credit | Southport FD Fire Chief Drew

Southport FD’s Chief Drew released a statement, “14 Firefighters have been assisting Bald Head Island with multiple residential structure fires with five that were completely ablaze. Fourteen firefighters from the Southport area had been deployed as mutual aid that arrived on a ferry across the waterside to the island. Per SFD’s Chief Drew states there has been no interruption in fire coverage for Southport or Caswell Beach and has adequate personnel at all of their stations.”

The initial call was said to have local firefighters dispatched at 1958 hours (ET) this evening at the Lighthouse Landing on Bald Head Island. Four structures were said to be fully involved upon arrival with an immediate need for all to respond as mutual aid. They would have to be ferried over to the island.

When the first mutual aid resources arrive, Command stated the fire was spreading to the Golf Course and into the words. Four structures were ablaze with water on three of the exposures. Primary search had been completed and reported as nothing found.

Unconfirmed speculation by Social Media users in this area says it started out as brush fires and due to drought conditions, fire fuels are heavy and making it easy for it to spread.

Primary and secondary searches were carried out with nothing being found.


Bald Head Island is also known (historically) as Smith Island located on the east side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, North Carolina (USA). It is a small and somewhat remote island that is the southernmost of the State’s cape islands and only accessible by ferry from the nearby town of Southport or by 4WD among the sliver of the beach from Fisher to the north. The Island is considered to be part of the Wilmington metro area.

There are very few cars on this five-square mile of land and the 179 residents get around by driving modified electric golf carts instead. This Island is nationally recognized for its sea turtle nesting activity.

To learn more about this beautiful North Carolinian island, visit their website here –>

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog | Published 11/20/2021 2000 PT

BFD Responds to Newcastle Fire

BELLEVUE, Washington State — Bellevue Fire units were dispatched to a structure fire just before 1800 hours PT on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Credit: Bellevue Fire Department

The fire incident named “135th Command” is located in the 4200 block of 135th Place Southeast in Newcastle, Washington State.

Officials say the fire started in the attached garage and extended into the attic. Heavy smoke could be seen and was vented outside of the opened garage doors.

Fire operations included fighting it from an offensive strategy and was quickly brought under control.

It was unknown if occupants were home at the time of the fire or if they were evacuated from the structure.

No injuries to firefighters were reported.

The cause is under investigation at this time.

Firefighters will remain on-scene for an unknown period of time.

Bellevue Fire has Station #9 located in downtown Newcastle and provides fire/EMs coverage throughout this growing City.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1815 PT

2-Alarm Fire Struck in Oakland


Fire fighters were dispatched to a fully engulfed residential fire in the 1800 block of 57th Avenue in Oakland, California on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 2037 hours PT.

Incident Name: 57th Command

First due units were met with two units ablaze and Command quickly escalated the incident to a two-alarm fire about 20 minutes afterwards (2100 PT).

Heavy damage was suffered to two units, one shed and multiple vehicles.

No cause has been determined as of yet and is under investigation.

About 40 firefighters fought this blaze. There were no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters released by the Public Information Officer.

Quick egress efforts by firefighters stopped the spread to other nearby exposures and further damage to the single structure.

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South Seattle Fire Prompts Full Response

MAY 5, 2021 2055 PT

A duplex fire prompted Fire units to be dispatched through the Fire Alarm Center to a structure fire in the in the block of 19th Ave S and S Stevens Street, in Seattle, Washington.

The incident was named the STEVENS COMMAND.

Seattle Fire units dispatched were A14 AIR26 B2 B5 DEP1 E10 E13 E30 E5 E6 L1 L3 M10 M44 MAR5 R1 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 at 2001 hours PT.

This was originally listed as an interior fire contained to the Charlie/Bravo corner that extended into the attic. The Charlie Division was established and members were cautioned to check in with the Division before going in due to arching and downed power lines.

Fire was brought under control at 2012, about 11 minutes into the call. It was said to be burning in the overhead. On the Charlie side, there was no heat detected and at this moment considered to have the fire under control but a short report from the exterior showed light smoke coming from the Alpha side.

RIT was established at 2016 hours PT.

After overhaul was in operations, there was indication of extension above the kitchen. Active visible fire was see in the Bravo/Charlie side up to the attic. Two engine companies took up lines to the area and immediately put water on the fire.

A Decon line was established (2024 hours).

Utilities were secured: Gas for both structures (2026 hours) and power (2034).

Roof operations had a plan to cut into the roof above the kitchen but decided not to. (2028). Water on the fire (2030) and then a tap fire (2031).

Exactly at 30 minutes, fire crews egressed quickly to make sure this did not extend further or cause it to put other exposures at risk. Nice work, Seattle Fire!

Two adults and two dogs were displaced by the fire and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

No reports of injuries to the occupants or crews were reported.

Fire Marshal 5 (FIU) was called to the scene. No word on the cause or content damage is known at the time of this post.

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Snohomish County firefighters responded to a 2-alarm residential fire in the 49000 block of SR 2 in Gold Bar, Washington State. The fire occurred on Saturday, April 3, 2021 around 2153 hours PT.

Units dispatched were T53, KCT195, 1G9, 1K1, A51, A54, AIR54, B31, B53, E31, E51, E53, E54, M32, T51, TN54, KCTN166, E33, KCE195.

All occupants were said to have escaped the structure. However, firefighters were being challenged with no water supply and utilities had not been secured at one point during the incident.

About 30 minutes after the water supply issues, fire crews were able to find success in knocking down the fire

One person was said to have suffered burns but it is unknown the severity of their injuries.

SR-2 in Gold Bar was blocked due to the fire incident. Officials were asking that drivers use another route to bypass the area for their safety and due to emergency vehicles in the area.

No preliminary cause of the fire was released.

A damage assessment to the property and contents was also unknown and too early to determine.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2245 PT

Howard County Fire Guts Local Home


Firefighters from Howard County Fire and EMS were dispatched to a house fire on Saturday night around 2041 hours EST on March 13, 2021.

Photo Credit | HCFR

The fire was located in the 3600 block of Hipsley Mill Road in Woodbine (Howard County), Maryland.

First responders were greeted by fire coming out of the second and heavy smoke out of the attic. Fire was brought under control after tireless egress operations within 37 minutes of the initial response. They will be on-scene for extensive overhaul activities.

One occupant was treated and transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation. No other occupants were found inside the residential structure.

No injuries to firefighters were reported.

No cause was known at the time of this post. The cost of property damage is also unknown.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 3/13/2021 @ 1840 hours PT

Tacoma Fire Fighting Sunday Shed Fire


Firefighters are currently on-scene of a detached shed and hot tub fire in the 8000 block of East C Street in Tacoma, Washington State at 1550 hours PT.

Photo Credit: Tacoma FD (Not from this fire)

First due units reported smoke and flames visible and are in the middle of fire attack operations.

A fire investigator was requested at 1559 hours PT.

PAR was completed by Command at 1603 hours PT.

This is a developing story and you can follow along on our Live Coverage on our Twitter page @nwfireblog or you can revisit us here for more future updates.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/7/2021 1557 PT