White Center Businesses Lost


Several businesses went up in flames early this morning (just before 0200 PT), as fire ravaged a strip mall located in the 9700 block of 16th Avenue SW in the White Center business community.

Credit: KCFD20/Skyway FD

Multiple fire departments arrived on-scene to heavy flames of businesses in a strip mall, which was escalated to a 2nd alarm fire incident. They worked in perfect collaboration with the focus of gaining full suppression of the fire.

However, no matter how much training and experience they have, this fire proved to be difficult to fight as these commercial structures are very old buildings, making conditions very dangerous and challenging for these first responders to gain entry to the interior.

They were faced with no choice but battle it from a defensive strategy until they could get this fire under control and contained.

Incident Cooperators: King County Fire District 2, King County Medic One Paramedics, Seattle FD, Tukwila FD, Puget Sound Fire, Skyway FD, Renton RFA, Zone 3 PIOs and Zone 3 Fire Rehab.

Incident control was originally under Unified Command with Seattle Fire as they had responded to a call within local area but would later be flagged down by a citizen. Seattle Fire, among other fire agencies helped with suppression until it was turned back over to Zone 3 resources, Tukwila FD and King County Fire District #2 (Burien/Normandy Park/North Highline areas).

The cause of the fire is unknown.

No injuries to firefighters or citizens was reported.

Property and contents damage loss are unknown.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA | 4th of July Fires | 1

STATE OF WASHINGTON — The night is young as they say and we are here to share what’s been happening in the State of Washington with fires today from fireworks related causes to the unknown kind, that are being investigated as we speak. (In our case, type).

Here is a list of some of the fires that have taken place or current happening.

49 SPOT FIRE – 49 Degrees North/Stevens County

Less than an acre of timber understory and litter was burned during the 49 SPOT FIRE located 49 degrees north in Stevens County. Units were dispatched to the area around just before noon at 1144 hours PT. Crews reached a success in containing, bringing under control and putting out the fire at 1300 hours. ## Final ##

Courtesy — NWS Spokane / Credit: GCFD13 — July 15, 2019

BALCOM FIRE – Fertile Valley/Pend Orielle County

It was a busy day for Pend Oreille County fire crews, as they battled the BALCOM FIRE in Fertile Valley in their area at 1217 hours, when the day was not even half over yet. However, they achieved their objective of holding the fire to less than one acre, at 0.1 of grass and shrubs. It was contained at 1340 hours and under control at 1410 hours. ## Final ##

BATTERMAN ROAD FIRE E Wenatchee/Douglas County

The BATTERMAN ROAD FIRE is located on Batterman Road in Douglas County, Washington. Units AA-4TS BATT-6104 BLM-13 CHELAN-25 CREW-52 DIV-6101 E-4101 E-4107 E-6695 E-6696 E-672 FUELS-41 H-0CB H-338 H-339 H-340 PATROL-604 YAK-10 were dispatched at 1231 hours PT. The fire is said to be burning east Wenatchee in Douglas County. Some media outlets are reporting the fire is out but we are waiting for an official word from verified sources. ##

CAMANO DRIVE FIRE – Sunny Shore Drive (Camano Island)/island County

Firefighters responded at 1722 hours PT to the area on Sunny Shore Drive to extinguish a small fire (0.1 acre) and placed the fire in a patrol status at 1912 hours PT. ## Final ##

CAYUSE MTN RD FIRE – Cayuse Mtn Rd/Okanogan County

Fire broke out on Cayuse Mountain Road this afternoon prompting fire crews to be dispatched to the area at 1542 hours PT but they were able to quickly stop the forward progression and hold the spread to 0.1 acre. It was contained and brought under control at 1715 hours PT. ## Final ##

CHEROKEE DAY FIRE – Newman Lake/Spokane County

Newman Lake became the host to an unwanted wildfire that broke out in its community at 1821 hours. The fire was quickly addressed. There is no note of how big or small the fire is but it is now in a Patrol Status, according to WA DNR’s Wildcad.net. ## Final ##

COLUMBIA FIRELyle/Klickitat County

Units E-4404 E-4406 KLICK-27 were dispatched at 1257 PT this afternoon to Lyle in Klickitat county. About 14 acres of grass, brush and timber have been destroyed. The IC is Miller/Klickitat 27. ##

DISCOVERY FIRE — 2400 block of N Discovery Place (Spokane Valley)/Spokane County

A medium response has been dispatched, sending VE5 and VL8 to the 2400 block of north Discovery Place in the Spokane Valley area. ##

DOUBLE BLUFF FIRE – Double Bluff (Whidbey Island)/Island County

The DOUBLE BLUFF FIRE was one of several that broke out in their County with resources dispatched at 0830 hours to a small fire that crews were able to get out once they arrived on-scene. It was said to be holding at 0.1 acre or less than one acre. ## Final ##

FOSS ROAD FIRE – Foss Road (Skykomish)/King County

King County residents were slightly impacted by a small wildfire that was sparked in t heir community late in the morning, just before noon at 1154 hours. IC was Schmitz at 1351 hours and crews were able to keep the fire from moving forward and holding it to 0.1 acre of grass and timber understory. The fire was put out at 1522 hours. ## Final ##

GEM HEIGHTS FIRE – Graham / Pierce County

Credit — Graham FD

GINNET 2 FIRE – Ginnet Road (Anacortes)/Skagit County

The GINNET 2 FIRE was located in beautiful Anacortes in Skagit County, where a small wildfire broke out and caused 0.1 acre of shrub and timber understory to be destroyed. IC is Way as of 1623 hours PT. It was placed in a Patrol status at 1702 hours PT. ## Final ##

GUNDERSON FIRE – Big Lake-Big Rock/Skagit County

Units E5104 E5105 E5302 SAL31 SAL40 STILLY30 were dispatched this evening at 1934 hours PT to the area in Skagit County for a small wildfire (0.1 acre so far) of grass, shrubs and timber litter burned. The current IC for the night is McMillen as of 1956 hours PT. ##

HAWTHORNE FIRE – Hastings Rd/Spokane County

Spokane County felt another fire in their County in the late afternoon and dispatched several resources at 1705 hours. They quickly arrived on-scene and the remaining at 1718 hours and brought full containment around 1715 hours. Fire was brought under control at 1850 hours PT. ## Final ##

HERALD FIRE – 2300 block of South Herald Road (Spokane Valley)/Spokane County

A brush fire incident has caused Dispatchers to send VE9 as a single engine response to this location. ##

HOLLY FIRE (Command) – 3100 block of South Holly St (Seattle)/King County

E28 dispatched at 2154 hours to this Brush Fire incident. ##

INTERLAKE FIRE (Command) – 10700 block of Interlake Ave North (Seattle)/King County

E21 was dispatched at 2200 hours PT. ##

LOWER RIVER FIRE – Vancouver/Clark County

The LOWER RIVER FIRE has been contained and brought under control at 1635 hours this afternoon, about less than one hour after they were dispatched at 1556 hours. The 0.2 acre fire was stopped in its tracks. ## Final ##

LYONS FIRE – Sprindale Huntes Road/Stevens County

A wildfire sparked from an unknown cause in the Springdale Huntes Road area of Stevens County, causing fire assets to be deployed to the area around 1339 hours PT. About 0.1 acre of slash and blowdown was burned. The fire was contained at 1459 hours and under control at 1556. ## Final ##

MEADOW LAKE FIRE – Four Lakes/Spokane County

About two hours after the SUNDERLAND FIRE broke out, the MEADOW LAKE FIRE ignited in the Four Lakes area, sending fire resources to respond at 0847 hours. The fire appeared to be last listed at 12 acres and this was found to be a mutual aid call for another agency. ## Final ##

MILE MARKER 29 FIRE – Kalama/Cowlitz County

The MILE MARKER 29 FIRE is located in Kalama, where a small fire – about an acre of grass was scorched. Fire crews responded to the area at 1335 hours PT and were able to contain and bring it under control at 1410 hours PT. It was put out at 1445 hours. ## Final ##

MILEPOST 366 FIRE – Olympia/Thurston County

MILEPOST 366 FIRE broke out from an unknown cause in Olympia which sent firefighters at 1501 hours. Crews contained and brought the small fire under control at 1606 hours. About 0.1 acre of grass, shrub, timber litter understory was burned. It is now in Patrol Status. ## Final ##

MILL FIRE – Wallula Station/Walla Walla County

A small wildfire broke out in the Wallula Station in Walla Walla County at 1939 hours PT this evening. Fire crews successfully stopped the fire from spreading to nearby lands and held it to less than an acre at 0.1 of grass and brush. It was contained at 2000 hours PT ## Final ##

NARCISSE CREEK FIRE – Kitt-Narcisse/Stevens County

The NARCISSE CREEK FIRE sparked this afternoon with Dispatchers sending resources to the area where a small wildfire was said to be burning. Contained to a small area of 0.1 of grass and shrub was stopped. It is not in Patrol Status. ##

NORTH PINE FIRE – Pine Creek/Okanogan County

Another fire broke out in this County today, prompting its Dispatchers to send units HI 27 HI 60 HI 7102 HI 7103 to the area at 1806 hours. They arrived on-scene at 1820 hours. About 0.1 acre has been burned. ##

SR509 FIRE (Command) – SB SR509 to Hwy 2 (Seattle)/King County

Brush Fire incident. E27 dispatched at 1948 hours PT.

SUNDERLAND FIRE – Cimmaron Drive/Spokane County

An early morning fire named the SUNDERLAND FIRE at 0654 hours PT prompted Spokane County fire assets and resources to respond to the Cimmaron Drive area. The fire was held to a 0.1 acre area of grass, brush and timber. Crews successfully contained the fire at 0800 hours and brought it under control at 1030 hours PT. ## Final ##

TAREYTON FIRE – Yelm/Thurston County

Several small fires broke out in the County this afternoon with this one prompting resources to be dispatched to the area at 1650 hours. Firefighters were able to stop the fire from progressing and holding it to 0.3 acre. It has been contained and was brought under control at 1759 hours. It is currently in a Patrol Status. ##

TIGER FIRE – Belfair/Mason County

The Mason County shared a few small fires today with this one being of two this afternoon. Crews were dispatched at 1402 PT to the Belfair area. About 0.1 acre of unknown fuels were destroyed. IC was Phelan. Fire is currently in patrol status and listed as contained and controlled at 1712 hours PT. ## Final ##

WELLESLEY FIRE – 22000 block E Wellesley Ave (Spokane Valley)/Spokane County

Spokane Valley Firefighters (VE3) as a single engine response have been dispatched to a brush fire at this location around 2159 hours. ##

WEKES FIRE – Lummi Shore Drive (Lummi Reservation)/Whatcom County

The Lummi Reservation had a small wildfire that broke out in their community around 1516 hours this afternoon that caused a loss of 0.1 acre of shrubs to be burned. It was brought under a patrol status at 1805 hours PT. ## Final ##

WIEHL RIDGE FIRE Wiehl Ridge/Kittitas County

At about 1322 hours, Units CREW-33 E-331 E-4205 E-4206 KIT-26 KIT-27 were dispatched to another fire, this time on Wiehl Ridge in Kittitas County, where 30 acres of grass, brush and slash have been consumed. IC is Kit27. ##

WILSON CREEK FIRE – Wilson Creek/Kittitas County

The WILSON CREEK FIRE prompted ALPINE-80 ALPINE-81 E-4201 E-4202 E-4203 E-4204 KIT-25 to be dispatched at 1904 hours this evening to Wilson Creek in Kittitas County, where five acres have been burned. IC for the evening is Merth, effective upon arrival. ##

YESLER FIRE (Command) – 600 block of Yesler Way (Seattle)/King County

E10 dispatched at 2105 hours to a brush fire incident. ##

#WAwildfires #WAFireSeason2021

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Day 2 | Green Valley Fire

UPDATE 2 | APRIL 19, 2021 | 1830 PT

Fire operations continue on the GREEN VALLEY FIRE located in Auburn (King County), Washington for Day 2 and during our Update #2.

Incident Summary: A brush fire broke out from an out-of-control burn pile, turned into a 3rd Alarm incident with multiple agencies from across King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties. Fire behavior was active, with wind-driven runs and short-range spotting. Fire would burn uphill towards homes and into deep blackberry bushes. (Day 1).

More agencies have returned for Day 2 Fire operations.

Credit: Zone3 Fire REHAB

Start Date/Time: 4/18/2021. Sunday. 1630 PT.

Location: Off of SE Green Valley Road. Between Auburn and Black Diamond, Washington State. (Unincorporated King County).

Fire Status: 10 acres as of last night. Unknown size, containment status or fire behavior.

Cause: Escaped burn pile got out-of-control spread to area brush into valley.


  • Mountainview Fire
  • Renton RFA
  • WA DNR
  • Port of Seattle FD (IAFF 1257)
  • Enumclaw Fire (IAFF 3931)
  • Valley Firefighters
  • Puget Sound Fire
  • Eastside Fire & Rescue
  • Bellevue FD
  • Woodinville Fire & Rescue
  • Kirkland Fire (IAFF 2545)
  • East Pierce Fire & Rescue (IAFF 3520)
  • Central Pierce
  • Key Peninsula Fire District 16
  • Orting Fire & Rescue (PCFD18)
  • Shoreline Fire

We will provide an update, if more information is received or there is significant fire activity.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Renton Firefighters Battling Early Sunday Morning Fire

King County, Washington

Incident Summary

Firefighters responded to a late night to early morning residential structure fire where first due units observed the first floor was fully engulfed.  Due to poor access issues, they were unable to conduct an immediate primary search of the building.   Later it was discovered to be vacant when the fire started. A preliminary cause is unknown at this time.

Units fought the fire from the exterior as defensive operations throughout the whole incident. There were no injuries or any type of structural integrity issues reported.

Resources were dispatched from Renton Fire (RFA), Puget Sound Fire and King County Medics.

Operations Timeline

2345 | Fire units:  B11, B313, E311, E313, E314, E317, E377, L311, A313, M7, MSO1 dispatched to a fully engulfed fire on floor one of a residential structure in the 18600 block of 108th Ave SE in Renton, Washington.

0008 | E377 established a water supply.  Fire attack is being made from 108th.  They are having to lay a long hose lay.

0013| Firefighters report access is limited.  To set-up master stream from the Bravo to the Charlie side.


PC: Renton FD PIO

0015 | E317 is now Division Bravo. To reposition their apparatus to 108th. Water supply has been established by E377. Fire attack to be made on the Charlie side.  L311 in position for aerial operations, ready for water flow.

0016 | E313 is on the east side and A313 on the south side. Everyone is clear of the Delta side. E377 driver releasing water.

0017 | M7 arrived and stages on 109th Avenue, remaining in their rig.

0018 | E313 Requests utilities to be secured.  There is a long drop on 108th.  They are operating underneath a power line. Dispatch states called them already but will call for an update.

0019 | 450-500 feet hose lay needs to be laid down the street.

0020 | L311 is ready for master stream operations.  E377 holding their lines. Master stream operations to begin shortly. E313 verified there are 3 lines around the structure.

0021 | 3 lines are being managed by E313, E317, E314.

0023 | MSO establishes REHAB with Medic 7 in group. Division Charles to reposition master stream so that it focuses towards the Charlie Division.

0025 | Structure appears to have been vacant.

0026| Good knock down on Charlie side. To continue with exposure lines.

0027| L311 Shutting down their master stream line.

0028 | In Division Charlie – shutting down 2 1/2″ and transitioning over to a 1-3/4″.   E377 also using the same.

0034 | More portable lightning needed around structure. Aerial ladder to remain vertical as light source.  33 minutes on the incident timer. Command advises still in defensive operations. Ok to stop timer.

0045 | Fire under control.  E313 changes over to a flat load 2.5″.

0047 | E377 shuts down their line and picks up hoses.

0056 | Power secured to building on Division Charlie.

0058 | E313 to switch over to foam.

0115 | Fire Investigator on-scene, searching for a determined cause while firefighters are assisting with overhaul operations. The house was vacant at the time when the fire ignited.

0124 | E377 released. E317 still attached to incident.

0127 | MSO1 released from this call. Dispatched to another call.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 0150 PT


Update | WSP Shooter Captured in Redmond

Late Friday night, WSP attempted to stop a driver during a pursuit on southbound I-405 in Kirkland, Washington but instead they fled and drove into the Redmond area.

Photo Credit | WSP


The male suspect shot at Police during the pursuit then fled on foot into a wooded area in an urban area.

Officials began to shutdown the area and asking residents to shelter-in-place in the area of  Avondale from Novelty Hill Rd to 128th and on 116th from 204th to 172nd due to police activity in the area in Redmond, Washington.


Officers from Redmond PD, Bellevue PD, the King County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol were involved in this incident.  SWAT members and WSP’s air unit were also part of this deployment.


The male shooting suspect has been contained, arrested and booked.

The WSP Trooper is said to be alright.  His vehicle sustained damage to the front windshield.


Check out our Twitter page for live coverage @nwfireblog

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/22/2020 -1730 hours PST

#Breaking | Police Search for Redmond Shooting Suspect

Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies are searching for an armed and dangerous male who fired shots at the Washington State Patrol Troopers for an unknown reason or call type just before midnight (2353 PST). He then fled on foot.


SWAT members from the King County Sheriff’s Office and unknown other jurisdictions were deployed into the field, assisting WSP in locating the suspect whom now was being sought out for eluding and shooting at police.

Smokey, WSP’s air support was also on-scene along with K9 units being deployed into the field.

Redmond PD is also providing support with traffic control and other activities.


Police may have the suspect pinned down and they are working on closing in on him. They are going to see if they can make contact, as they shrink down the perimeter around him.  For Officer Safety, we will not post LEOs positions or their other personal information.


News broke at 0155 by local media reporting the roadway from Avondale Road and Novelty Hill Road were shutdown, as police cordoned off a square mile perimeter in looking for the suspect.  He was reportedly in a wooded area and Police were search tirelessly for him.


Officials are asking residents to stay inside their homes and not come out to see what is happening. Additionally, do not call 9-1-1 to see what’s happening either, unless it is a serious or life-threatening emergency.



Check out our Twitter page for live coverage @nwfireblog

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/22/2020 – 0240 PST

Update 2 | February 7, 2020 | Washington State

Thank you for following our Blog posts about adverse weather conditions in Washington State. All information is gleaned from verified sources from government, fire departments, law enforcement, emergency management and other public information.

We will try to list the source where the information is bein received from in a Sit Rep format gleaned from all Social Media channels being broadcasted from.


Weather Fact |Our soggy weather has been sent with a red bow on top all the way from the tropical (U.S.) State of Hawaii.  – Source:  NWS Seattle




Road Closures

SE Lake Holm Road between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST


Road Closures

Enumclaw Franklin Rd SE between Franklin Ridge gravel pit and SE Green River Gorge Road | Damaged roadway | 2/7/2020 1205 PST

Turn around

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 20827 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd. Open 24/7.  Empty sandbags and sand provided by County. Self-service. Max 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.


Water Facts | 6″ of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars – Weather Alert



Road Closures

310th Ave NE between NE Carnation Farms Rd and SR 203 (including NE 60th St) | Water over roadway | 2-7 1355 PST

NE 100th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 1024 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 x NE Tolt Hill Rd | Water over roadway | 2-1745 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Carnation Public Works | 33100 NE 45th St.  | Hours:  Weekdays from 0800 – 1630 PST.  Empty bags and sand provided.


Water Fact | A foot of water will float most vehicles. – Weather Alert



Road Closures

EB lanes on Coal Creek Pkwy from 124th Ave SE to Factoria Blvd | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST | Source & Photo Credit:  City of Bellevue Transportation


SE Newport Way from SE 42nd Pl to 133rd Ave SE | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

Intersection of 134th Ave SE x SE 42nd St | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

SB Coal Creek Parkway. Both lanes. | Downed tree and power lines over roadway | 2-7 2037 PST

Open Roadways

SE 7th Place, east of Lake Hills Connector | OPEN | was closed 2-5 due to flooding | 2-7 0630 PST


Photo Credit: City of Bellevue Transportation Department (E of the Lake Hills Connector on 2/5/2020)


Flooding Images

The rising of the river is being captured by many photographers as records are being broken all over the State.  Here is a video clip showing extreme flooding. | Video Credit:  City of Duvall

SR 410 X MP 38


Road Closures

A major landslide shutdown this busy thoroughfare. | Photo Credit: WSP Sgt. Zimmerman & Courtesy of  WSP Trooper / PIO Rick Johnson




Road Closures

SE David Powell  Rd x Preston Fall City Rd SE  | Landslide | 2-7 0015 PST

316th Av SE x SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE | Water over the roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

SE 308th St  between SR 202 x SE 31st St | Water over roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

Neal Road SE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 33719 SE 44th Place | Open 24/7.  Empty bags and sand provided by County. Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

Water Fact | 2 Feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and Trucks. – Weather Alert


Road Closures

Dorre Don Way SE x 230th Ave SE | Water over raodway | 2-7 1315 PST

Maxwell Rd SE between SE Lake Francis and 220th Ave SE | Erosion of roadway | 2-7 1117 PST

Lower Dorre Don Way SE between Upper Dorre Don Way SE to Dorre Don Way SE (the loop) | 2-7 0620 PST


Road Closures

Cedar Falls Rd SE x SE 177th St | Water over roadway | 2-7-2020 1050 PST

428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd | 2/6/2020 1215 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of North Bend City Hall | 920 SE Cedar Falls Way.  | Hours: Monday-Thursday 0830 – 1600 PST, Friday 0830 – 1200 PST.  | Empty sandbags and sand provided by City.  Self-service.  Shovels available. Check in City Hall before bagging.  Bags available after hours when the EOC is open due to flooding.


Road Closures

W Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd x 3rd Ave SW | Water over roadway | 2-6 1600 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Pacific | 130 3rd Ave SE. (Across from Police Station) | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand available.  Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.


Road  Closures

SE 309th St between 335 Ave SE to W to end of road | Landslide | 2-7 1852 PST


Road Closures

NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0930 PST

204th Pl NE between NE 67th St x SR 202 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0845 PST

Park / Trail Closures


Photo Credit | City of Redmond

Sammamish River Trail at Leary Way | Standing water

Farrel-McWhirter Park | some interior trails closed

Redmond West Wetlands

Bear Creek Trail between Redmond Way and Avondale way

Evan’s Creek Trail from Perrigo Park South to the raised boardwalk area | Water over boardwalk

Bear Creek Bridge on the Puget Sound Energy Trail

Water Safety

The rain is continuing to fall and we want to remind you to avoid driving, walking or riding through standing water. | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Redmond Image

Turnaround, Don’t Drown

The Redmond Police Department would like to remind drivers to never drive around any road closure signs present on flooded roadways.  | Photo Credit:  RPD. Photo taken on February 5th of NE 95th St, east of Willows Road.


Landslide Awareness

Fact Sheet: Recognize Landslide Warning Signs

Release date:
October 17, 2017
Release Number:
R2 DR 4339-PR FS 009
  • Changes in your landscape such as patterns of storm-water drainage on slopes (especially the places where runoff water converges) land movement, small slides, flows, or progressively leaning trees.
  • Doors or windows stick or jam for the first time.
  • New cracks appear in plaster, tile, brick, or foundations.
  • Outside walls, walks, or stairs begin pulling away from the building.
  • Slowly developing, widening cracks appear on the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways.
  • Underground utility lines break.
  • Bulging ground appears at the base of a slope.
  • Water breaks through the ground surface in new locations.
  • Fences, retaining walls, utility poles, or trees tilt or move.
  • A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume is noticeable as the landslide nears.
  • Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, might indicate moving debris.
  • Collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flow can be seen when driving (embankments along roadsides are particularly susceptible to landslides).

After the Landslide

  • Go to a designated public shelter if you have been told to evacuate or you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home.
  • Stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
  • Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow.
  • Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide, without entering the direct slide area. Direct rescuers to their locations.
  • Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage. Damage to foundations, chimneys, or surrounding land may help you assess the safety of the area.

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/17/4339/fact-sheet-recognize-landslide-warning-signs   | Source & Photo Credit:  FEMA via City of Redmond / Photo Courtesy



Road Closures

SE Jones Rd between #18631 x SR 169 | Landslide | 2-6 2024 PST


Landslides in Fire / Disaster Images

(L) This photo was taken on February 5, 2020, of a landslide on the WB side of Maple Valley Hwy and across 1.5 lanes.  It would take fire crews and mutual approximately 3-4 hours to remove it.  Mud and debris impacted drivers on the highway and forcing officials to close it protecting the motoring public.  | Photo Credit:  Renton Fire / RFA PIO

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 155 Monroe Ave NE | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand provided. Self-service. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.


Sandbag Distribution Centers

Delridge Community Center | 4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106. | Filled sandbags. Self-service. 25 max per household or business.

Helene Madison Pool | 13401 Meridian N, 98133 | Same messaging.

South Park Neighborhood | 731 S Sullivan, 98108 | Same messaging.

Meadowbrook Community Center | 10517 35th Ave NE, 98125 | Same messaging.


Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 74212 Old Cascade Hwy | Open 24/7 | Self-servce. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.


Road Closures

SE Reinig Rd from the City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Dr SE | 2-6 1115 PST

W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE at NE 124 | 2-7 2110 PST

Traffic camera: West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE at NE 124th St

Photo Credit | KC DOT

Restricted Roadways

356th Dr SE, N of #4030 | 1 lane closed due to road failure. 1 lane open and alternating traffic. Expet long delays. | 2-6 2142 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Snoqualmie. | 38190 SE Mill Pond Rd. | Weekdays from 0700 – 1500 PST  | Must call Public Works at 425-831-4919 for an apoointment to pick-up sand and bags. During flooding, call the EOC at 425-888-5911 for sandbags.


Road Closures

Weather Forecast – Snow

Reports of up to 14″ of new snow on the Pass from 2300 hours on Thursday and Friday were reported by law enforcement. Chain enforcement was scheduled at 1600 hours to midnight on eastbound on I-90 over the pass.  | Source:  WSP PIO / Trooper Rick Johnson


Flooding Impacts

The Falls are yet again overflowing at a high rate of speed and splash.  This image shows the magnitude of flooding we are experiencing and showing us its dangers of the rate of speed and splash.   | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Snoqualmie


Weather Forecast – Snow

This also includes Snoqualmie Pass.  Snow levels are expected to drop by early Saturday morning. 12-18″ expected are possible. | Source & Photo Credit:  NWS Seattle




Road Closures

PUYALLUP RIVER | Roads, Surface Water and Emergency Management crews and personnel were busy with damage assessments from flooding in various areas.  This was conducted across the whole County.  Currently, there are on-going repairs in progress on the the Puyallup River Levy above Orting within two hours after the discovery of the damage.




One of Pierce County’s Executives, Bruce Dammeier was out with crews for the full day observing damage assessments and excellent / tireless efforts by crews to fix roadways and other major maintenance. | Photo Credit:  Pierce Co. Government. Source:  PC Exec Bruce Dammeier.


Damage Assessments

SR 162  | Images show extensive impacts on SR 162.  Photo taken on Thursday, February 6, 2020.  | Source / Photo Credit:  East Pierce Firefighters, IAFF Local 3520



Road Service Helpline

KING COUNTY | 206-477-8100, 800-527-627 | King County Road Services Helpline – 24/7 .  Website:  https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/24×7-helpline.aspx  Sign-up for road alerts at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/road-alert.aspx

Life-Threatening Medical / Fire Hazard or Criminal Act in Progress/Occurred

9-1-1 | Emergencies only  for FIRE, EMS, POLICE.


Water Safety

As the rain continues, follow safe guidelines: do NOT walk or drive across flooded roads; gather emergency supplies and follow local updates; use flashlights instead of candles if you lose power. | Source:  King County Public Health



Issaquah Creek

Cars are submerged in flood waters in Issaquah as Issaquah Creek continues to rise up quickly. Current was reported as being very strong. ” | News Media on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 2 – 2/7/2020 2315 PST




Washington State Hit by Adverse Weather | 1

You think that the other Washington’s politics are bad.  Try living in our Washington State and dealing with one storm after another and there appears to be another one heading our way.

King County

As of 10pm, the following have been closed:

  • SE Jones Rd between #18631 and SR 169 (Renton area)
  •  Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd and 3rd Ave SW
  • 428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd (North Bend)
  • West Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE between NE Novelty Hill Rd and NE 80th St
  • SE Reinig Rd from City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Drive SE
  • 316th Ave SE and SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE
  • SE 308th ST between SR 202 and SE 31st St
  • NE 100th ST between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd
  • NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and SR 203
  • 204th Pl NE between NE 67th St and SR 202
  • NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE
  • 312th Ave SE between 316th Pl NE and Upper Preton Rd SE
  • Neal Rd SE at SR 203
  • SE Lake Holm Rd between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd
  • Issaquah Hobart Rd SE between SE May Valley Rd and Issaquah City limits (SE 96th St)
  • W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 and NE Tolt Hill Rd
  • SE 24th St between 309th Ave SE and 316th Ave SE
  • SE Issauquah-Fall City Rd between SE Duthie Hill Rd and 274th Ave SE
  • NE 80th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and Ames Lake Carnation Rd NE
  • Dike Rd between Preston Fall City Rd to end of route
  • NE 165th between 179th Pl NE and Avondale Rd NE
  • SE Middle Fork Rd at mile marker 9.6
  • SE Fish Hatchery Rd between 361st Ave SE and 372nd Ave SE
  • SR 900 closed from NW Talus Dr to SE May Valley Road (Issaquah)


Residents are being advised to stay alert to changing river and weather conditions. Be prepared to respond quickly.  (King County, WA)


The City is reporting seeing a lot of traffic coming into their city limits to try to access northbound SR 203 but it is closed and cannot be accessed to reaching Monroe or Snohomish County.  (City of Duvall)


2/6/2020 – 1:00 pm – The Issaquah-Hobart Road at May Valley Road was closed due to a large landslide.  The King County Road crews were out in force with lots of personnel and large equipment trying to remove the rocks and debris blocking the culvert.  Some of the rocks were as large as basketballs! (KC Road Services)

Around the same time, water was running high underneath a bridge prompting multiple calls to Eastside Fire & Rescue personnel including a Rescue team to search an apartment complex for possible trapped residents and pets.


11 residents were safely evacuated including several children and animals.  (Photo credit/source:  Eastside Fire & Rescue)


Free sandbags are available 24/7 at the King County Roads facility at 20827 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Renton.  There is a 25-bag limit per vehicle.

North Bend

Sand and sandbags were made available at 1:30pm until 5pm on Thursday, February 6th to North Bend residents.  You can pick up these at the Public Works facility on Friday, February 7th from 8am – noon, located at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend. Bring your own shovel and truck. They will supply the sand and bags.

“Snoqualmie River is currently at Flood Phase 2, meaning that lowland flooding may occur. Currently, there are no roads closed in North Bend. The Park & Ride lot across from the Pour House is closed due to flooding.” (City of North Bend)


The following Rivers at various flood stages:

Phase 4: Cedar River

Phase 3: Issaquah Creek, Green River, Tolt River

Phase 2: Snoqualmie River, White River


Flood Warning Center | 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263.  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/warning-system.aspx  Click on name of river for further information.

Sandbag distribution | https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/sandbag-distribution.aspx  (King County)

National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA) | 888-379-9531

King Conty Metro Alerts | 206-553-3000

American Red Cross (King/Kitsap Counties) | 206-323-2345

Additional flood related Important Contact Phone Numbers |  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/phones.aspx

King County Office of Emergency Management | 206-296-3830

King County Stormwater services | 206-477-4811. After business hours, call 206-477-8100.

King County Solid Waste Division | 206-477-4466 or 800-325-6165.

King County Public Health (Seattle/King County) | 206-296-4600

Additional links, Important phone numbers | https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/phones.aspx


More updates will be coming as we are gleaning news, resources and alerts to bring to you throughout the day and evening.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/7/2020 00:50 PST




Woodinville Firefighters Face Extreme Conditions

Update 1 – June 26, 2019 – 2100 hours PDT

Fire conditions are much better when black billowing smoke could be seen. | Credit: WSDOT

Firefighters are working to suppress and contain a very large fire that broke out at the  Schnitzer Steel recycling plant located in the 23700 block of 63rd Ave SE in Woodinville.  It is located off of SR 522 and near SR 9.

The WSDOT sent out a broadcast over social media almost two hours ago, warning drivers to be careful due to smoke blowing over the highway.  There was unknown details if they were shutting down the highway for safety reasons at the time of this post.

The Schnitzer Scrap Metals Recycling Yard is said to accept Ferrous and nonferrous metals, auto bodies; provides trucking and/or container service and equipment including balers, cranes, loaders, forklifts, car processing station and 80 and 90 foot truck scales.

They are said to be one of the nation’s largest scrap metal recyclers and purchase from the Western US, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, the New England states, the Southeast and Puerto Rico.  The Company states the metals are from old machinery and equipment such as automobiles, RR cars and tracks, home appliances and metal from demolition structures and other obsolete buildings.

Their recycled metal is sorted, shredding and bailed to be used in new steel products sold to domestic and foreign customers being shipped in bulk on cargo ships, barges, RR cars and trucks.

Fire History

June 26, 2019 – Woodinville, Washington

See above incident summary.

June 2, 2018 – Oakland, California

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Credit: Oakland Firefighters Local 55

A scrap yard bursts into flamer in Oakland, California, so Alameda Fire 689 and Alameda FD along with San Francisco Fire Department bring in their fire boats as Oakland FD did not have one.   Mutual aid was requested and Oakland received additional personnel and equipment:  Water tenders from Alameda County Fire and, Moraga-Orinda Fire Department.

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Credit: Oakland Firefighters Local 55

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The Recycling company had another fire break out at a metal recycling center but this time in the Port of Oakland, sending the same black smoke into the air and several drivers taking notice.  This plant was located in the 1100 block of Embarcadero West near Jack London Square.

It was reported around 1600 hours.  Fire investigators found a large pile of recycled material burning in the yard and port and due to it being so close to flammable gases that it was escalated to numerous fire alarms.  One interesting fire tactic was pumping water directly out of the Willamette River because the fire demanded so much water.  The media source states that the fire started as employees were processing metal.  (Source:  news media)

August 6, 2017 – Portland, Oregon

Black smoke was seen going straight up in the sky in North Portland (OR) that was reportedly started at 5:30 p.m. at the center located at 12005 N Burgard Road, about three miles northwest of St. Johns Bridge.

It would take firefighters about 12-hours to bring the fire under control (at 2000 hours) but would remain on-scene until 0415 hours into the next morning to fully put out the fire. (Source: news media)

April 8, 2009 – Oakland, California

Black smoke, a theme of sorts was shooting up into Oakland’s skies was said to be burning on Embarcadero West which was fairly close to the West Oakland BART station.  Even though the fire would eventually be put out, those stated could smell the remnants of the fire as away to the Bay Bridge toll plaza.  No cause was known. No injuries were reported. (Source: news media)

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

Old Iconic Building Burning in Auburn, Washington | 1


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


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. 


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


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


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

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