Not Just Seattle Rain in Washington

Published 1/8/2022 1630 hours PT

WASHINGTON STATE — Us locals would hear all the time how about how much is rains in Seattle and not to go there because of too much rain. We would respond, we don’t melt, we rust.

Never drive around barricades. A picture shows a road closed sign and "high water" next to it.
Credit: NOAA

Unfortunately, it has all come to light as the truth but not just in Seattle, but everywhere in Washington. First, it was the snow and now the rain. It is way too much of a good thing for our roadways, ground, and other areas where flooding is now the new trend.

Here is a recap of what has been happening and what areas, hillsides, and roadways are currently impacted. Tips by local agencies are also included in this post.

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LEWIS COUNTY

Chehalis

A portion of I-5 was closed on Friday at the exit of 77 near Chehalis due to the Chehalis River overflowing its banks and reaching the freeway.

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Credit: WSDOT

As you can see in the image (left) most of the lanes on the right side of the image are blocked and this is very dangerous, so WSDOT officials had no choice but to close the roadway to protect motorists.

The National Guard and US Army Corps of Engineers put together free sandbags for residents in Chehalis and Centralia on January 7th.

Would you be able to recognize a hillside, which may be ready to slide at any minute? Do you have an emergency preparedness kit and evacuation plan? How about recognizing the risks to your home, property, or valued assets? Here are some tips on what can help you with recognizing if you, your family, and your home are in the danger zone and how to mitigate the risks.

If you suspect active landslide movement, evacuate and contact your local fire, police, emergency manager, or public works department.

Landslide Public Service Announcement presented by the King County Emergency Operations Center can be found here –> https://kingcounty.gov/depts/emergency-management/hazards/landslide.aspx

A hillside shows dips. Look for tilting of trees, foundation issues, doors that can’t close, sagging utility lines.
Credit: WA DNR

The Yard Birds Mall located in Chehalis was closed on January 7th, due to store owners could not get into the parking lot safely due to area flooding.

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY

City of Cosmopolis

One resident in this small town is said to have been inside his vehicle, about 100 yards from his driveway was swept away by strong moving floodwaters and quickly submerged into deep water, according to the Sheriff’s Department. When waters receded, his vehicle was pulled from the water and the driver was pronounced as deceased. Firefighters from Grays Harbor Fire District 15 and the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident on Saturday, January 8th at 0900 hours.

Note: Firefighters with the Cosmopolis VFD are no longer providing fire suppression, EMS, and HAZMAT services due to a dispute with their current city mayor, resulting in the last 12 volunteer firefighters resigning their positions on December 31, 2021. The City Mayor declared an emergency proclamation and is currently contracting with outside agencies for services to its residents.

Ocean Shores

On Saturday, just before 0800 hours PT, SR109 was closed due to standing water north of Ocean Shores in Grays Harbor County.

KING COUNTY

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Burien

King County Fire District #2 were on the scene on Friday of a landslide at SW 175th and in the 2100 block of Sylvester Road SW, which blocked both directions of the roadway on Friday, January 7th.

South Park

Flooding occurred in the South Park area on January 7th, prompting multiple streets to be closed.

Credit: WSDOT

THURSTON COUNTY

Near Rochester

Just after 1420 hours on Saturday, WSDOT Tacoma Maintenance workers and local fire agencies in the area were reporting vehicles and semis on I-5 NB at the Lewis County Line and I-5 SB at Maytown instead of using US 12 near Rochester as getting stuck and unable to turnaround. US 12 is closed at Moon Road and WSP requests you use alternate routes. They are urging drivers not to go around road closures and barricade signage.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Reiter Foothills State Park

WA DNR closed the popular Reiter Foothills State Park in the County of all rec park users due to snow and ice. Officials said the parking areas were inaccessible and the county road is impassable at this time.

The park was closed on Friday, January 7, 2022.

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Reiter Foothills State Forest

Capitol State Forest

WA DNR also closed the A-line entrance to Capitol State Forest at the Straddleline ORV Park Entrance/A just off of SR8 due to road damage caused by flooding. The area is accessible via the Rock Candy Trailhead entrance.

WHATCOM COUNTY

Forecasted King Tides along with wind, melting snow and continued heavy rain arrived higher than expectations and caused area flooding. Roads were closed while others had “water over roadways” signage alerting drivers were seen in impacted areas. on Friday.

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Credit: Whatcom County

WASHINGTON STATE LANDSLIDE HISTORY

North Fork Stillaguamish River, Snohomish County.

March 2014: SR530, OSO. 262 acres of landslide and debris at the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County. 43 deaths, partially dammed river, destroyed 49 homes. Cut off access for nearly two months. Estimated property loss and damage at over $80,000,000.

2006: Hazel Landslide. OSO. 1,000 feet long and 1,000 feet wide with approximately 2 million yards of volume which would partially dam the river. No fatalities. The same thing occurred but was less significant and with the same name for the landslide but this occurred in 1988.

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Fire CAD Activity | Washington | Monday July 31 2017

FIRE CAD ACTIVITY – WASHINGTON STATE | Here is a recap of wildfire activity in various regions of the State.

Stock Photo. (c) 2017 LR Swenson

CLARK COUNTY

Charter Oak Fire.  West of 10608 NE 306th Street. Battleground. Dispatch time, 1324 hours. IC on-scene at 1350 hours. Grass, brush. 1 acre. In Patrol status.

Hayes Road Fire.  Hayes Road.  Dispatch time, 1205 hours. Grass.  In Patrol status.

FERRY COUNTY

Curlew Drive Fire. Ferry County. Curlew Lake. Dispatch 1057 hours. Resources on-scene 1247 hours. 0.5 acres. Grass, brush and timber.

KITTITAS COUNTY

Stampede Pass Fire. Dispatch time, 2117 hours.

LEWIS COUNTY

Blankenship Fire.  Lewis County. Blankenship Road. Dispatch time, 1915 hours. DNR arrived to a smoldering slash pile. Grass and brush.

MASON COUNTY

Farm House Fire. Timber Lake. 1.5 acres. Grass and brush. Dispatch time, 1727 hours. Contained at 2100 hours. Controlled at 2120 hours.

PEND ORIELLE COUNTY

Totem Gulch Fire. Dispatch time, 1450 hours.  Resources on-scene 1510 hours. Timber, brush and grass.

THURSTON COUNTY

Martin Way Fire.  Dispatch time, 1843 hours.

YAKIMA COUNTY

Medicine Valley Fire.  Dispatch time, 1658 hours. Grass fire. DNR assist.

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Update 3 | Hot Shot Fire | WA DNR | Near Oso, Washington

Updated:  5/13/2016 0720 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

Date / Time:   5/12/2016. Time unknown. Around 1900 hours, Social media began reporting a brush fire now being reported as a wildfire.

Location:  18633 Hwy 530, Arlington and near Oso, Washington.  We are unsure if this is in the area where the deadly landslides hit the area in the past.

Cause:  Unknown.

 

INCIDENT HISTORY

5/12/2016

  • Reported by Social Media brush fire turned wildfire started
  • Some reports indicate cause due to unconfirmed logging operation
  • DNR: Fire name Hot Shot. Limited info. 55 acres. Command to change over on 5/13/16 AM.
  • Media reporting acres burned @ 2300 hours was already at 65 acres.
  • DNR Response:  Fire crews dispatched at 1841 hours. Near Hotshot TS. Snohomish County, near Oso off of Hwy 530.
  • DNR:  Nearby tower not being threatened.
  • DNR:  Fire fuels in active timber sale in fell.
  • DNR:  Probability of fire growth is high.
  • DNR:  Type 2 IMT team ordered.
  • Social Media:  Reported Local FD had arrived but when the winds picked up, they backed out. (we do not have confirmation of that but sounds like if they did, it’s a safety issue)

5/13/2016

  • DNR states:  Nearby tower is not being threated.  Fire fuels are in active timber sale and fell.  Probability of the fire growth is  high.  A Type 2 IMT team has been ordered.
  • 80+ acres.

 

CURRENT WEATHER (at the time of this update)

  • Temps:  53 degrees.
  • Precipitation:  0%.
  • Humidity:  86%.
  • Winds:  6 mph.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Hashtags:  #HotshotFire #WAFires2016 #ArlingtonFire

 

 

UPDATES

More updates will be posted on this fire.  You can also catch us on our own Social Media platforms on Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog) for further information on this fire and other incidents/stories/events/opportunities.

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog 

 

 

 

Update 2 | Hotshot Fire | DNR | Near Oso, Washington

Updated:  5/12/2016 2300 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

Date / Time:   5/12/2016. Time unknown. Around 1900 hours, Social media began reporting a brush fire now being reported as a wildfire.

Location:  18633 Hwy 530, Arlington and near Oso, Washington.  We are unsure if this is in the area where the deadly landslides hit the area in the past.

Cause:  Unknown.

 

FIRE STATUS:

DNR Response:   We have received a response from DNR, “Limited info right now.  Fire is named #Hotshot.  Currently, @ 55 acres and a Type 3 DNR NW Region team will assume command on Friday, May 13, 2016.”

 

CURRENT WEATHER

Temps:  56 degrees.

Precipitation:  0%.

Humidity:  76%.

Winds:  6 mph.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media Frenzy:   Mainstream media is reporting this brush fire turned wildfire about 2 hours ago.

Fire Reports:  Media was reporting that the winds were picking up and local FD firefighters had pulled out of the area, going back into service while DNR resources were en route to the fire scene.  We have not been able to confirm that with DNR officials.

Fire Images:  Fire Images are burning up all over Social Media.  We have not reposted due to copyrights.  If you’d like to share your photos and stories with us, we’d love to give you full photo credit.  (nwfireblog@comcast.net)

 

A BUSY DAY

According to DNR’s Fire Dispatch CAD, here are some of the today’s fire incidents that have occurred throughout Washington State:

1113 PDT:  #276AveFire. Camas (Clark County).  Turned over to Landowner.

1130 PDT:  #JenningsRdFire.  Troutlake (Klicktat County).  .25 acres. Contained @ 1356 PDT.

1449 PDT:  #AugustRdFire.  August Road. (Lewis County).  Grass, brush, timber slash. Brush resources on-scene.

 

UPDATES

We are signing off for the evening but we will provide updates as we receive them. Thanks for reading and following along with us on fire incidents, stories and happenings.

Have a Safe evening/day wherever your journey make take you.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog 

 

 

 

New! | Hwy 530 Fire | DNR | Near Oso, Washington

Updated:  5/12/2016 2225PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

Date / Time:   5/12/2016. Time unknown. 2 hours ago, Social media began reporting a brush fire now being reported as a wildfire.

Location:  18633 Hwy 530, Arlington and near Oso, Washington.  We are unsure if this is in the area where the deadly landslides hit the area in the past.

Cause:  Unknown.

 

FIRE STATUS:

DNR Response:  We have checked their WildCad with no information found pertaining to their response.  We have reached out to them via Twitter for updated details pertaining to their response and fire details.

 

CURRENT WEATHER

Temps:  56 degrees.

Precipitation:  0%.

Humidity:  76%.

Winds:  6 mph.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media Frenzy:   Mainstream media is reporting this brush fire turned wildfire about 2 hours ago.

Fire Reports:  Media was reporting that the winds were picking up and local FD firefighters had pulled out of the area, going back into service while DNR resources were en route to the fire scene.  We have not been able to confirm that with DNR officials.

Fire Images:  Fire Images are burning up all over Social Media.  We have not reposted due to copyrights.  If you’d like to share your photos and stories with us, we’d love to give you full photo credit.  (nwfireblog@comcast.net)

 

A BUSY DAY

According to DNR’s Fire Dispatch CAD, here are some of the today’s fire incidents that have occurred throughout Washington State:

1113 PDT:  #276AveFire. Camas (Clark County).  Turned over to Landowner.

1130 PDT:  #JenningsRdFire.  Troutlake (Klicktat County).  .25 acres. Contained @ 1356 PDT.

1449 PDT:  #AugustRdFire.  August Road. (Lewis County).  Grass, brush, timber slash. Brush resources on-scene.

 

UPDATES

We are signing off for the evening but we will provide updates as we receive them. Thanks for reading and following along with us on fire incidents, stories and happenings.

Have a Safe evening/day wherever your journey make take you.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog