LLS Firefighter Stairclimb Event in Full Motion

Published Sunday, March 13, 2022

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (USA) – Over 2,000 firefighters across Washington State, nationwide, and around the Globe are “battling” the stairs up the 73-floor Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle today. This is all in the name of raising money to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society non-profit which specializes in blood cancer research and provides support and educational services to patients and their families.

Your Donations At Work

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LLS is a non-profit organization based in the northwest and has worked directly with northwest firefighters those fundraising efforts by Firefighters, have reached over $20,000,000 since the inception of the event in 1991.

All donated funds are tax-deductible. Check with your Finance Advisor for details on how you can claim these on your taxes.

Raising Funds for Blood Cancers

This fundraising event is a highlight in any firefighter’s life, when they jump at the first opportunity to do two specialized operations, one, helping raise funds for the LLS organization which is known as the largest health organization specializing in finding cures, funding cancer research, helping provide compassion, support, and education which is a lifeline for many.

Top 20+ Fundraisers – Teams

Since the inception of the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb in 1991, firefighters have raised a whopping $22,000,000! Firefighters are doing it again by raising millions more.

  • $68,162 – Boise FD (ID)
  • $54,556 – Everett FD (WA)
  • $39,756 – Moscow Volunteer FD (ID)
  • $39,733 – Seattle FD (WA)
  • $34,166 – Longview FD (WA)
  • $33,828 – Okanogan County Fire District 6 (WA)
  • $29,154 – Tacoma FD (WA)
  • $28,896 – Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One (WA)
  • $27,924 – Tukwila FD
  • $26,269 – Cody Volunteer FD (NY)
  • $25,726 – Murrieta Fire & Rescue (CA)
  • $25,716 – Skagit County Fire District 6 (WA)
  • $25,014 – Portland Fire (OR)
  • $23,842 – Bellevue FD (WA)
  • $23,000 – Sisters Fire (OR)
  • $22,931 – Douglas County Fire District 2 (WA)
  • $21,312 – Nampa Fire (ID)
  • $20,724 – Renton Regional Fire Authority (WA)
  • $19,875 – Keizer Fire District (OR)
  • $19,583 – Billings FD (MT)

Top 10 Individual Fundraisers

  • $30,574 – Mike Mann
  • $25,716 – Jerry Bawyn
  • $19,063 – Joe Paterniti
  • $17,843 – Richarde Brown
  • $16,904 – HR Coe
  • $15,276 – Tiago Pacheco
  • $13,805 – Andrew Stang
  • $13,132 – Amber Butler
  • $10,025 – Steve Nixon
  • $ 9,700 – Jay Hagen

Firefighters Gear Up

Firefighters must “gear up” by wearing their full structural turnout gear while on air up 69 floors of stairs, approximately 1,356 steps at 788-feet of vertical elevation in the downtown corridor of Seattle’s Columbia Center. This is the second tallest building west of the Mississippi and the tallest in Seattle.

Firefighters will race up the stairs to the iconic Sky View Observatory which overlooks the beautiful Seattle skyline that only those can dream about. They know this will be a grueling course but they know this is a symbolic moment for those who are blood cancer patients will endure much more along their journey. This is one way they can give back to help those impacted by this terrible disease in hopes of finding a cure and conquering cancer.

The Columbia Center event is located at 700 – 4th Avenue in Seattle, Washington. Only friends and family are allowed in if you are on the Volunteer Support Team or listed as a Staff Member.

Thank you, everyone, for your tireless efforts, dedication, community volunteerism, and most importantly, for representing and raising funds for an amazing organization and for those with blood cancers and their families. – Ed.

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WA Firefighters Fundraise to Fight Blood Cancers

Published Friday, March 11, 2022

This post is dedicated to Seattle Firefighter Matt Runte, who passed away unexpectedly this year and is remembered because of his participation in this event (among others). When we met Matt, we were in the Seattle Fire Buff Society. Matt reminds us how fun but important this fundraiser is for all participating Firefighters and how they are making an impact in the blood cancer world aiding the non-profit organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Thank you, Matt, for your inspiration in remembering your super energized personality, tireless efforts, and bringing light to everyone.

This dedication to you is because of your big personality and being so excited during this Stairclimb. This memory will be forever etched upon my mind and soul and how awesome you were in making a difference in everything that you did, just like your brothers and sisters do today and will forever do. – Ed.

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (USA) – American Firefighters will join together from the northwest, west coast, midwest, east coast, and around the globe in helping stomp out blood cancers through fundraising through this year’s 31st Year Annual LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) Firefighter Stairclimb event, which will be held this Sunday, March 13, 2022.

Your Donations Save Lives

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LLS is a non-profit organization based in the northwest and has worked directly with northwest firefighters those fundraising efforts by Firefighters, have reached over $20,000,000 since the inception of the event in 1991.

All donated funds are tax-deductible. Check with your Finance Advisor for details on how you can claim these on your taxes.

Raising Funds for Blood Cancers

The fundraising campaign is a highlight in any firefighter’s life, when they jump at the opportunity to do two specialized operations, one, helping raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (NW Chapter), the largest known health organization specializing in finding cures, funding cancer research, helping provide compassion, support, and education which is a lifeline for many.

Since the inception of the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb, firefighters have raised over $20,000,000! All funds are tax-deductible. After not being able to officially “climb” in the last two years due to COVID, this year’s event has over 1,500 firefighters signed up for this big event.

Since 1949, LLS has invested almost $1,300,000,000 in leading-edge research and with the involvement of today’s forward-looking new ideas and methods, bringing to light compassion, hopefulness, education, and support. Currently, as of March 9th, firefighters and their teams have raised 82% of their $2,000,000 goal with a total raised amount of $1,641,340. There is still time to donate to your favorite Fire Department team. Go to the main site: https://www.llswa.org and type in your choice of Fire Department name or go to your favorite FD by visiting them on their Facebook page. Many have the LLS website fundraiser page embedded on their social media channels.

These are important attributes for a caring environment and are well-appreciated for those impacted.

Firefighters Gear Up

Firefighters wearing approximately sixty pounds of extra weight (wearing helmet, turnout gear, air bottle, etc.) will “climb” up 69 flights to the top floor, approximately 1,356 steps and with an elevation of 788-feet will feel a difference as they ascend through the different levels.

A Grueling Course

This “climb” will be an extremely energy-draining course they will endure, but firefighters everywhere have expressed this is much easier to do than for a patient who has blood cancer. The average “climber” will take just thirty minutes to reach the Sky View Observatory on the 73rd floor.

Firefighters will “train for this stair climb through various extreme rigorous programs they have instilled among themselves and through some of their fundraising campaigns at various venues. This will definitely be no easy feat but they will be ready for the “climb” when they arrive at the event in a few short days.

Along the course, there will be time for those who need to take a “breather” and volunteers staffing water stops at six locations throughout the stairwell. EMTs will also be staffing the water stops and Medics will be at the Bottle Change area and on the top floor which is the same as the finish line. Firefighters will be provided with lots of water and a perfect 360* view from the top of the Columbia Tower, overlooking beautiful and spectacular moments of accomplishment. Participants will take elevators back down to the lower levels, where firefighters will be rehabbed with healthy (recovery) snacks and rehydration. They will rejoin their fire department teams.

To find out your team’s or individual firefighter competitor’s ending results, visit the LLS site at https://www.llswa.org/site/TR?sid=1160&pg=informational&fr_id=1711 for details.

The Columbia Center is located at 700 – 4th Avenue, Seattle, Washington.

Please Help Them Raise Money for Research

“We all remember that every step forward is representative of moving closer to a cure. Please consider making a donation to not only help us achieve our personal fundraising goal but to benefit patients and their families everywhere.” – Stairclimb Firefighters

Fundraising Will Help Others

All funds raised are used to fund research around the world to provide free education and support services. They are truly the compassionate representative for all blood cancer patients who are longing for excellent, reasonably priced, and unmatched care. Unable to donate to this event? Visit the LLS website at https://www.lls.org/pacnw for more great work these amazing heroes do on the front lines and behind the scenes.

Current Status Updates

Updates from various teams on how to donate via their link, team information, stats, and events as they prep themselves for this “race of a lifetime” will be added over the course of the before, during, and after the event.

Due to space limitations, no friends and family are allowed unless participating as volunteers.

Photos in this post are from previous events we visited and covered.– Ed.

Fire Departments in today’s post are just a few of the many participating in this event.

Washington Fire Departments | Airway Heights FD, Anacortes FD, Bellevue FD, Benton County Fire District 4, Boeing Fire, Bothell FD, Bremerton FD, Buckley FD, Burien / North Highline Fire, Burlington FD, Central Kitsap Fire, Central Mason Fire, Central Pierce FR, Chehalis FD, Chelan Co FD1, Chelan FR, Columbus FR, Darrington Fire, Douglas County FD2, Douglas Okanogan FD15, Duvall Fire / KCFD 45, East Pierce Fire, Eastside FR, Enumclaw FD.

BELLINGHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT

Credit: BFD

TWENTY firefighters will “race” to the top of the Columbia Tower on Sunday, March 13, 2022, during the 31st Annual LLS Firefighter Stairclimb event. Amazing work by these female and male firefighters who raised a whopping $17,744! Nice work y’all!

BOEING (IAFF Local I-66)– THIRTEEN Boeing Firefighters will be representing their 104-year old union in the name of raising funds for blood cancer research and helping save lives as they have successfully done all of these years. These amazing firefighters who have raised $13,450 of their $50,000 minimum fundraising goal will continue to accept additional donations. Visit them on their social media channels to see how you can donate and support this important cause. Team Captain: Marnie Fox.

Washington Fire Departments | Everett FD, GCFD3, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, Graham Fire, Granite Falls Fire, JBLM, Kennewick FD, King County FD20 (Skyway), Kirkland FD, Kittitas County FD7, Lacey FD3, Leavenworth FD, Lewis County FD6, Longview FED, Lopez FD, Maryville Fire District, Mason Co FD11, Mason Co FD4, Mercer Island FD, North County RFA, North Kitsap FR, North Mason RFA, North Olympic Firefighters.

BOTHELL FIRE DEPARTMENT

Credit: Bothell FD

EAST PIERCE FIRE (IAFF Local 3520)

SIX members will participate in the Stairclimb. They have currently reached their $5,000.00 minimum goal but are pushing harder to reach their second goal of $10,000.

Next Training/Fundraising Event: Bonney Lake Fred Meyers, Friday, 3/11/2022, 10am – 2pm.

Credit: EPFF IAFF3520

Washington Fire Departments | Northshore FD, Okanogan Co FD6, Olympia FD, Orcas Island FR, Paine Field FD, Pasco FD, Pierce Co FD13, Port Ludlow FR, Port of Seattle FD, Poulsbo FD, Puget Sound RFA, Pullman FD, Redmond FD, Renton RFA, Richland FD, Seattle FD, Sedro Woolley FD, Shoreline FD, Skagit Co FD8, Snohomish Co FD5, Snohomish RFA, South County Fire, SKFR, South Whatcom RFA.

GIG HARBOR FIRE AND EMS

15 members will participate in this year’s event. These firefighters have an amazing “climbing” stair climb event history of a whopping 15 years! As of date, they have raised $26,373, which they are considered to be one of several of the top 10 highest fundraisers. Money raised will be used for blood cancer research and helping many impacted by this disease. What an amazing accomplishment!

Washington Fire Departments | South Whidbey Fire / EMS, Spokane CO FD3,4,9, Spokane FD, Spokane Valley FD, Stevens Co FD1, Sunnyside FD, Tacoma FD, Tukwila FD, Tulalip Bay FD, Valley RFA, Vashon Island FR, Walla Wall FD4, West Pierce FR, Woodinville FR, Yakima Co FD5, Yakima Fire Local 469.

WELCOME OUT-OF-TOWNERS!

Alaska | Chugiak FD, Houston FD, Valdez FD.

BC | Burnaby FD, Edmonton FR.

California | Anaheim FR, Apple Valley FPD, Big Bear FD, CAL FIRE – Riverside, SLO County, Chico FD, Corona FD, Costa Mesa FR, Estacada FD69, Fremont FD, LA County FD, Laguna Beach FD, Merced City FD, Modesto FD, Murrieta FR, Riverside FD, Salinas FD, San Bernardino County FD, San Jose FD, Santa Clara County FD, Palm Beach Gardens FR, Riverside FD, Riverside RFA, Sacramento FD, Salinas FD, San Mateo FD, Santa Monica FD.

France Fire

Hawaii | Honolulu FD.

Idaho | Boise FD, Caldwell FD, CDA FD, Kuna FD, Moscow Volunteer FD, Lewiston FD, Meridian FD, Nampa FD, Pocatello FD.

Minnesota | Tracy Fire.

Montana | Billings FD, East Helena VFD, Gore Hill FR, Helena FD, Hyalite FD, Missoula City FD, Missoula Rural Fire District, West Helena Valley VFD.

Nevada | Carson City FD, Reno FD, Las Vegas FR,

Ohio | Dayton FR.

Oregon | Baker City FD, Bend FD, Canby FDistrict, Coos Bay FD, Cornelius FD, Crook County FR, Crooked River Ranch FR, Eagle FD, Eugene Springfield FD, Forest Grove FR, Grants Pass FR, Hillsboro FD, Jackson County FD5, Junction City FR, Keizer FD, Klamath Co FD4, La Pine Rural FPD, Lane Fire Authority, McMinnville FD, Medford FR, Portland Fire, Molalla FD, Newport FD, Salem FD, Scappoose RFD, Sisters FD, Sunriver FD, Tualatin Valley RF / Local 1660, Umatilla Co FD1, Woodburn FD.

Pennsylvania | Harrisburg FD.

Tennessee | Memphis Fire.

Utah | Salt Lake City FD.

Virginia | Fairfax County FRD.

WA DC | WA DC FD.

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911 Dispatcher Retires After 30 Years of Service

OREGON – Clackamas 911 Dispatcher with CCOM retired after serving her community for 30 years.

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She began her career in Public Safety in 1989 with the Canby Police Department and was later hired on as a Dispatcher in 1992. Switching over to CCOM in 1997, she has continued to serve those in her community ever since.

Her agency says, “Julie’s time with CCOM was significant to everyone who had the pleasure to hear her voice over the phone or radio. CCOM wishes you the best of luck in your retirement. Julie, you will be missed!”

Though we don’t know you personally, Julie. Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement! We appreciate you, your service, and your dedication!

Photo Credit: CCOM

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OR Museum Lights Up Its Apparatus

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Fire Museum located in Salem Oregon recently decorated two antique fire apparatuses that are on display right outside their bay doors for your viewing pleasure.

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Credit | OR Fire Service Museum

The two iconic fire engines were all dressed up for its Annual Powerland Heritage Park’s Holiday Twinkles Drive-Thru event held on December 10-12, and to be held this weekend on the 17-19th from 1700 hours to 2000 hours. Powerland Heritage Park is located at 3995 Brooklake Road Northeast in Salem and right off of I-5, exit 263. Their phone number is 503-393-2424.

For more information, please visit their website at https://antiquepowerland.com.

The museum is looking for donations for their museum Memorial and Learning Center. You can visit them on their website at http://www.oregonfiremuseum.org/

We have not had the pleasure of visiting this great Fire museum, but it is on our Bucket List. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by and visit this iconic fire “station”. I know they’d be happy to see you! – Ed.

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Update 2 | Airport Chevy Command | OR

MEDFORD, OREGON

Update 2 | Multiple law enforcement from multiple agencies will be investigating today’s 3-alarm fire incident and will be manning their mobile Command on-site, along with the fire department on fire watch throughout the night. The crash investigation is only beginning and will be continuing overnight until it is has been determined.

Update 1 | A 9-passenger propeller plane crashed in the parking lot adjacent to Airport Chevy just before 1700 hours PT on Sunday, December 5, 2021. The incident is located in the 3000 block of Biddle Road in Medford, Oregon. Fire Command was designated as Airport Chevy Command. Management is under Unified Command with Medford Fire and Medford PD. With explosions and a fiery ball of fire present, it was quickly escalated to a 3rd Alarm fire. A single occupant inside the plane was confirmed killed at the time of the crash. Police did not believe there were any ground personnel injured. All roadways around Airport Chevy were blocked and evacuations were said to have taken place as well. Some citizens were told to shelter-in-place. The crash is under investigation.

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Wildfire Activity Report | Sunday

According to the National Interagency Fire Center based out of Boise, Idaho (USA), there are about 11 uncontained wildfires burning across our Nation.

Here is the update for Sunday, October 24, 2021.

CALIFORNIA

Eight new wildfires in Southern California started over the weekend with no new large incidents igniting and about five in the Northern portion of the State. None of these new wildfires were reported as new large incidents, which is great news for these California firefighters.

KNP Complex | The KNP Complex has two active fires burning in the National Park Service in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, about nine miles northeast of Three Rivers. About 88,307 acres has been burned and there has been a 60% containment status reached. Attached to this incident are 622 total personnel along with eight crews, 15 engines and 20 copters. Four structures have been lost and a cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $81.4 Million Dollars.

Current Status: At this time, minimal fire activity has been observed along with creeping and smolder activities.

Windy Fire | The Windy Fire is burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs lands and under the management of the Tule River Fire Department. It is about 22 miles east of Porterville. The fire has destroyed 97,554 acres along with 128 structures. It is now 92% contained. 281 total personnel are still assigned to this incident along with four crews, 11 engines and two copters. Cost-to-date has reached $71.9 Million Dollars. Started September 9, 2021. Lightning caused.

Alert | Flash Flood Alert in effect issued by the National Weather Service. Website: http://www.weather.gov/sto/

Current Status: Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

Alisal Fire | On Los Padres National Forest (USFS) lands, the Alisal Fire is burning about 22 miles northwest of Santa Barbara in chaparral and grass. The fire has burned 16,970 acres and destroyed 12 structures. It is now at a 97% containment status. About 298 total personnel are assigned to this wildfire incident along with six crews, 11 engines and no aircraft resources. $23.7 Million is the cost-to-date reached as of Saturday, October 23, 2021. Started October 11, 2021 around 2:15 PM from an undetermined cause.

Alert | Evacuation order issued starting October 24 beginning at 12:00 PM due to an impending storm that may cause debris flow that threatening the areas.

  • The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER due to an incoming storm Sunday night (October 24) through Monday morning (October 25) with the potential to produce a debris flow.
  • This Order is effective Sunday, October 24 at 12:00 PM (noon) and applies to the following areas in and around the Alisal Fire burn scar: west of Las Flores Canyon, east of Mariposa Reina, south of West Camino Cielo, and down to the ocean. Please evacuate the area by 12:00 PM noon tomorrow Sunday.
  • An Evacuation Center will be opened tomorrow Sunday (exact time to be determined) at the SBCC Wake Center located at 300 N. Turnpike Road, Santa Barbara 93111.
  • For animal evacuation assistance, call the Animal Services Hotline at 805-681-4332. After normal business hours, call the Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch line 805-683-2724 and ask to speak with on-call Animal Control Officer. (Source: Inciweb)

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

Dixie Fire | This fire has been burning for quite some time. It is burning about 15 miles northeast of Paradise and under the Command of CAL FIRE’s Butte Unit. Fire Management is under the GB Team 1,an Type 1 IMT and the EA Silver Team, an Type 2 IMT. Almost one million acres, yes, you read that correctly. One million acres! The actual amount of acres destroyed is 963,309 exactly. Fire personnel from the ground, the air and around the United States have successfully reached a 97% containment status. About 1,102 total personnel are still working on this active incident along with 13 crews and 30 engines. This monstrous fire has destroyed approximately 1,329 structures and topped the costs-to-date at a whopping $630.3 Million Dollars!

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior with smoldering observed. Some rain fell over the fire ground.

McCash Fire | This wildfire is burning in Six Rivers National Forest, about 14 miles northeast of Somes Bar in timber, closed timber litter and brush. The has burned just shy of 95,000 acres to an exact amount of 94,962 and reached a containment status of 93%. Due to the fire incident almost fully contained, there are about 191 total personnel along with two crews and two engines that only remain. This fire has reached a cost-to-date of $51 Million Dollars and may have been more had any structures been reported as lost. No structures were reported as lost.

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Rain fell over the area.

River Complex | This complex is located on lands of the Klamath National Forest, nine miles southwest of Etna in fuels of timber and brush. This Complex has been contained to a 93% status. 119 total personnel are still on this incident along with one crew, four engines and two copters. 122 structures have been consumed along with $95 Million Dollars in costs-to-date. About 199,359 acres were destroyed.

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior. Creeping and smoldering.

Monument Fire | The Monument Fire is located one mile southwest of Del Loma in timber and brush with fire management handed back to to the local unit from a CA Team 11, an Type 2 IMT unit. Fire had consumed 223,124 acres and has been contained to 94% status. Cost-to-date has reached a top of $162.8 Million Dollars. 52 structures were lost. One crew and one copter are showing assigned to this incident. Rain fell over the area.

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior.

MONTANA

Crown Mountain Fire | This Montana fire is located about 15 miles southwest of Augusta in timber on the US Forest Service lands in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. About 1,379 acres have been scorched and is only at a five-percent containment status. There are 66 total personnel as resources along with one crew, seven engines and four copters. Cost-to-date so far has reached $2 Million Dollars.

Current Status: Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures are under threat.

OREGON

Bull Complex | The Bull Complex is located in the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 25 miles northeast of Mill City in timber and closed timber litter fire fuels. About 24,894 acres were lost, along with one structure. Firefighters have successfully gained an 85% containment status. $36.1 Million CTD.

Crew burning at night on Sept. 8
Bull Complex’s Night Crew on a burnout operational fire objective. | Credit: USFS

Current Status: Minimal fire behavior.

WASHINGTON STATE

Schneider Springs Fire | This Washington State fire is located about 18 miles northwest of Naches in short grass, timber and brush. Approximately 107,322 acres were destroyed. It has been contained to a status of 91% status. One crew and engine have been reportedly still remain as resources.

Current Status: No new updates received from sources.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/24/2021 01:00 PT

Bruler Fire | Detroit Lake, OR | 2

UPDATE 2 | JULY 30, 2021

The BRULER FIRE was detected on July 12th near the boundary between the Detroit and Sweet Home Districts, near the junction of FS Rd11 (Straight Creek and Quartzville Roads) and FS Rd 1133. This is about nine miles south of Detroit Lake, Oregon.

Bruler fire smokes with Pinnacle Peak in the background- July 20, 2021
Credit: USDA

Fire behavior is moderate with backing and creeping.

Fire Managers say:

There has been 195 acres burned and there is a 53% containment status.South Cascade Interagency Type 3 Team will continue to mop-up. It is estimated thatanother five days of work is needed to complete all secondary contingency lines and have them secure.

Confidence grows as mop-up efforts progress; however, the fire has not been tested by higher winds. This may
change today as we are expecting scattered thunderstorm cells and lightning in the fire area.

Additionally, there is a Red Flag Warning and a Fire Weather Watch in effect over the Bruler Fire area through Thursday night. Crews will continue to be vigilant and adaptable to any potential increases in fire behavior or new starts in the
area. “Our goal is to focus day to day, and be flexible where needed” said Chris Mushrush, Type 3 Incident
Commander (trainee).

Command is under the direction of the USDA Forest Service. There are about 144 fire personnel along with two engines and 11 copters.

Total CTD is $4.7 Million in suppression and containment expenses. As you can see, the numbers have doubled since our last update on this wildfire incident. On structure has been destroyed and fire crews have saved all others.

Projected containment is expected to be completed on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

The cause is unknown. It is under investigation.

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Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 8

UPDATE 8 | JULY 31, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Current Status

The fire has consumed 413,734 acres of mixed grass and shrub, timber with understory, and timber with litter fuel with a 74% containment.

Fire Operations

“At this point in the fire, we have to think about two things,” says Fire Behavior Analyst Chris Moore, “the fire we know about and the fire we don’t know.” The fire we know is the actively and recently burned portions of the Bootleg Fire. Much of the recent fire activity has been torching and burning pockets of fuel within the burn area. While the fire is not yet contained, a fire line has been constructed around the entire perimeter. Now crews are working to ensure that perimeter holds (is secured) to contain the fire. In some places, fire line is 100 to 150 feet wide from the unburned into the burned area. But some places may require as much as 300 feet to confidently expect the fire to remain contained.  – PIO

South, west east perimeters: crews are patrolling and extinguishing fire and heat (mopping up) where fire is less active.

Northwest and Northeast: To strengthen and expand the fire line. contingency lines or fire breaks, are being constructed.

Engines are lined up along a roadside as headlights shine towards the camera. The sky is darkening behind them.
Credit | USFS

Fire Weather

Critical fire weather is projected for the weekend to include current drought conditions mixed in with low RH, strong surface wind and unstable air. Potential for wind to carry embers and spark new spot fires in areas where the fire line is unsecured.

Resources

Command is under Norm McDonald, Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team.

There are 1,918 total personnel assigned.

Additionally, there are 51 crews, 95 engines and 10 copters.

Agencies and organizations that are assisting with this incident, are called Incident Cooperators. Below is the known partners but some could be missing from this list.

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Damage Assessment

There has been 408 structures destroyed. The total CTD is $70.6 Million Dollars for fire suppression and containment costs.

Public Informaiton

Forest Service Closures | The Fremont-Winema National Forest is now open south of Oregon State Route 140. Closures remain in effect north of the highway to provide for public safety and the safety of firefighters. The full closure order and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/fremont-winema/alerts-notices  

Impacted Fire Victims/Evaucees

Insurance Assistance | How to File Fire-Damage Claims |  For additional information on submitting insurance claims after losing your home or property to a wildfire, please visit  https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/home/storm/Pages/wildfires.aspx or call the state’s team of consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free).   

Public Information

Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

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Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 7

UPDATE 7 | JULY 30, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Fire Operations

Thursday was filled with another day of escalated levels of active fire behavior, which was predicted for Fire. Per the IC, that crews are using hose lays, mop up and patrol to contain and improve them. It remains with creeping, torching and smoldering.

Reports of approximately 160 miles of uncontained line in a fire that has over 300 miles of perimeter.

Resources

Currently, there are 1,918 fire personnel, including 47 crews, 22 copters and 98 engines.

A skidder moves vegetation with its grapple hook with smoke and trees in the background.
Credit | Bootleg Fire Facebook Page
  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire has burned about 413,562 acres of timber and brush and is 56% contained.

Damage Assessment

  • Destroyed: 161 homes and 247 other structures destroyed; crews are reporting 408 structures to the NIFC July 30th briefing.
  • Damaged: 16 homes and 15 other structures.
  • Threatened: 2,066 homes.
  • Cost-to-date: $67.4 Million Dollars.

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Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 6

UPDATE 6 — JULY 26, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 19, 2021.

Resources and Incident Cooperators on this incident are the following. (NOTE: Some are either assigned or have been released).

firing crew setting a backfire in Div L
Crew member lighting backfire. Credit – USFS

There are about 2,216 total personnel assigned along with 49 crews, 148 engines and 21 copters.

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire is about 23 miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon. Fire behavior is extreme with running, group torching and spotting. About 409,611 acres has been consumed but crews have successfully reached a 53% containment status.

Damage Assessment

There has been 184 destroyed structures and there have not been any new ones in this number, which is great news for property owners and fire crews knowing their efforts are starting to show they are fruitful. Damage costs-to-date has reached a high of $55.3 million dollars.

Restrictions

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