#BissellFire | Washington | 4

BISSELL WILDFIRE – STEVENS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire broke out on Sunday, July 23, 2017, around 1900.

Resources were dispatched at 1912 hours and en route at 1915 hours to the wildfire.

LOCATION

The fire is located about 8 miles North of Hunters, Washington in very rugged and steep terrain. Fire fuels are timber, brush and tall grass.

SIZE UP

The fire is listed at 411 acres with a 10% containment status.

CAUSE

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

It is being investigated.

RESOURCES

Lead Agency:  WA DNR – NE Region.

There are approximately 150 personnel assigned to this incident.

No other equipment or resources are known at this time.  We do know that those currently engaging the fire are working tirelessly on fire suppression and containment efforts.

Aerial View 7-24-17

Aerial View of the Fire on Monday. (Credit: WA DNR)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS 

American Red Cross (NW Chapter), Stevens County Emergency Services and Sheriff’s Office.

EVACUATIONS

About 25 area residents that are in the fire area were inside the fire area were under Level 2 and 3 evacuation orders.   All orders have since been lifted.

ALERT!!

A significant power outage has occurred in the area and fire officials are working with utilities  to get it back on. No ETA given as to when this will occur.

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Sunday, 7/24/2017 @ 1945 Hours PDT

#BissellFire | Washington | 3

BISSELL WILDFIRE – STEVENS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary

A new wildfire has broken out on Majestic Way in Stevens County on Sunday, July 23, 2017 around 1912 Hours PDT with resources en route at 1915 Hours PDT per DNR’s Fire CAD.  NOTE:  DNR tweeted about this fire around 2000 Hours PDT that the fire is near an address on Bissel Road.

The fire is currently has been downgraded to 50 acres and is still moving fast.  Homes are currently being threatened and evacuations are in effect.

No homes have been reported as being damaged or destroyed.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Resources

Lead Agency:  WA DNR.

The following resources are en route to the fire line:  AA1010F; BC12; FB202 and 206; H344; LT12; NC343, 347 and 61; SE164, 246, 249, 539 and 721.

This includes a helicopter and heavy airtankers en route (per DNR’s tweet).

Incident Cooperators  

American Red Cross (NW Chapter), Stevens County.

Evacuations

LEVEL 3 (LEAVE NOW) evacuations are in effect for residents that are in one-mile radius around the address of 3987 Bissell Road (Stevens County) in Hunters, Washington.

NEW! | Red Cross Shelter to open at 2230 hours PDT at the Hunter School, 4961B Hunters Co Shop Road in Hunters, Washington 99137. 

Current Weather Conditions

Current weather near the fire line are temps of 85*F, RH at 28% with wind speeds of 10 m.p.h.  There is a 10-mile visibility.

ABOUT HUNTERS, WASHINGTON

Map of 3987 Bisel Road, Stevens County, WA 99114

The unincorporated community is located in Stevens County, Washington that is near Cities Chewelah, Colville and Kettle Falls.  The town has a population of about 306 people (last census reports in 2000) and is in the industry of logging and manufacturing. (Source:  wikipedia)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Sunday, 7/23/2017 @ 2105 Hours PDT

Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

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Courtesy of Ventura County Fire PIO Capt Mike Lindbery

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST.

Incident Command Post [ICP]

The ICP is located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  This is also the site for Press releases to the Media.

Containment Status

60% contained. Fire crews are making great progress in mopping up hot spots.

Damage Assessment / Threats

1236 acres have now been scorched. 1 minor ankle injury reported.

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Pilot Jim Dalton & crew, in Copter 7,have been making water drops all night keeping the fire away from houses. [Courtesy: VCAirUnit]

EVACUATIONS

All Evacuation Orders have been listed.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross Shelter has been demobilized.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Highway has been opened in both directions.  Fire and Police ask drivers to be cautious as equipment is still working in the area.

Emma Wood Campground

Closed.  Remains closed until further notice.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

 

Ventura County Fire Department, CALFire and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office working together on this incident.

 

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

We will be covering this incident with some limited interruptions as we go in / out of service throughout the day.  We will be posting updates on our Twitter account @nwfireblog so stay tuned for any new info.

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Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST. At 0200 Fire was at 100 acres, light fuels, wind-driven. It soon became a 2-Alarm Brush fire with an IC requested. Both sides of the 101 Freeway was shut down to drivers and all traffic.  It would soon ramp up to 250 acres with 150 Firefighters and 30 homes being threatened.

Containment Status

10% contained.

Damage Assessment / Threats

0 buildings lost and 0 injuries reported. 1200 acres scorched as of 0900 Hours.   The fire is being pushed by strong NW Winds, causing threats to oil, gas, power and rail infrastructure.

Weather Conditions

As of Saturday, December 26, 2015, current Weather conditions are Sunny with temps of 40 as the low and 57 as the high today. Humidity is 28% and winds are 6.1 knots from the WSW with 11.3 knots wind gusts.

EVACUATIONS

Solimar Beach Residents

Previously the Solimar Beach residents and campgrounds were on a voluntary evacuation basis but as the fire grew and the danger became imminent, the evacuation order was changed over to a mandatory order.

Paria Beach Residents

The Paria Beach residents at the time of this post, were on a voluntary evacuation order. They should be ready to move at a moment’s notice if the fire danger becomes imminent for them.  It was stated evacuees were being told to go North out of the area.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross has opened a Shelter in the Carpinteria VA Building located at 941 Walnut Avenue in Carpinteria, California.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Northbound 101 Freeway was closed at Highway 33 and Southbound at Bates Road.  At 1045 Hours, CALTrans was doing a sweep to see if it was safe for drivers to use the freeway again. No word on an update.

Union Pacific RR

All train activities have been halted due to the fire in the area.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Air Support

4 Fixed Wing Tankers have been ordered.  Unknown from which agency or where they are responding from.  LA County Fire’s COPTR 16 has been assisting with fire suppression air support.

Fire Personnel

At 0930 Hours, there were 600 Firefighters either on scene or en route assigned to the incident.  CALFire stated they have 8 engines, 2 handcrews, 2 dozers with a total of 80 personnel assigned.

Police Support

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is working an Incident Cooperator and the official Law Enforcement on scene.

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

We will be covering this incident with some limited interruptions as we go in / out of service throughout the day.  We will be posting updates on our Twitter account @nwfireblog so stay tuned for any new info.

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CA WILDFIRE: King Fire in El Dorado National Forest

FIRE LOCATION

  • El Dorado County
  • Near Pollock Pines

INCIDENT SUMMARY, CURRENT STATUS

  • Start 9/13 1342 hours
  • Burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon,
  • North of the community of Pollock Pines
  • Fire nearly tripled in size making a run to the northeast yesterday of over 10 miles up the Rubicon Canyon towards Hell Hole Reservoir.
  • Spot fires were observed up to 3 miles ahead of the fire front and have moved into Placer County.
  • California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, Eldorado National Forest, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Cause is Arson **

** King Fire Arson Suspect Arrested on September 18, 2014 **

Camino – CAL FIRE and United States Forest Service (USFS) law enforcement officers, in
conjunction with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the El Dorado County
Sheriff’s Office, arrested a Pollock Pines man on suspicion of arson in connection with the King Fire.

Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, of Pollock Pines was booked into the El Dorado County Jail
for arson on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Federal, State and Local law enforcement officers work diligently in arson cases to aggressively investigate and prosecute those suspected of intentionally starting fires.

As fire danger remains extreme across California, arson is a major threat to both life, property and natural resources. Residents should be vigilant in their preparedness and aware of suspicious persons when a fire does start. If you witness someone suspicious make note of the time, his or her physical description, as well as any vehicle description, including the license plate number.

Always contact law enforcement, never approach a suspicious person. Anyone with information about arson is urged to contact the CAL FIRE Arson Hotline at 1-800-468-4408.  Callers can remain anonymous.

The King fire has destroyed nearly 71,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 3,000 people. Over 3,600 firefighters are on the front lines battling the blaze. More Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. declared a State of Emergency in El Dorado County where the
King fire is burning (link to declaration) and has secured federal funding to help with the cost of fighting the fire (link) which has exceeded $10 million dollars to date.

  • 12,000 single residences threatened
  • 9,000 minor structures threatened
  • 73,184 acres burned
  • 2 injuries
  • 10% contained
  • 2819 people evacuated

EVACUATION ORDERS

  • Contact for updated info: El Dorado County Sheriff’s blog (pio.edso.org) and web page at:www.edcgov.us/Government/El_Dorado_County_King_Fire_Information.aspx.
  • The hotline phone number [Sheriffs Office]  is (530) 642-7263. The hotline will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday. Voicemail is available outside of the hotline hours.
  • The evacuation shelter is located at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road in Camino.

Mandatory

  • Crystal Basin – Hwy 50 east of Fresh Pond to Icehouse
  • North on Icehouse Road to Wentworth Springs
  • West to just above Quintette
  • Includes campgrounds and businesses
  • Union Valley Reservoir area
  • Yellow Jacket Campground
  • Wolf Creek Campground
  • Stumpy Meadows Campground
  • Fashoda Campground
  • Big Hill Lookout Road
  • Big Hill Road
  • Blodgett Forest Road
  • Bridle Path Way
  • Forest Road
  • Frontier Road
  • Helix Flat Ave
  • Icehouse Road (west side)
  • Jones Fork Power House Road
  • Middle Loop Road
  • Mosquito Road
  • Onion Valley Road
  • Outer Limits Lane
  • Little Silver Road
  • Loop road
  • Peavine Point Road
  • Peavine ridge Road
  • Plum Creek Road
  • Piolet Creek Road
  • Robbs Peak Road
  • Sand Mountain Road
  • SMUDEA (permittee site)
  • Spring Road
  • Sunset Drive
  • Tricometric Trail
  • Wentworth Springs (south side, east of Pilot Creek Road)
  • 11 Pines Road
  • The entire community of Swansboro
  • North of the South Fork of the American River between Brushy Creek and Rock Creek
  • The eastside of Forebay Road from King of the Mountain Road to Pony Express Trail
  • All roads north of Pony Express Trail from Forebay Road east through Bullion Bend
  • White Meadows Road and Spring Valley Road

Voluntary  Evacuation Advisories

  • The mandatory closure to all residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton has been changed to a voluntary advisory.
  • All evacuations have been lifted for the communities of Gold Ridge and Lakewood Spring.
  • For residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton the advisory has been downgraded to voluntary.
  • Volcanoville
  • Quintette
  • Residents located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail
  • Badger Hill Road
  • Marmot Road
  • Lucky Mine Road
  • Old Blair Mill Road
  • Apple Creek court
  • Applemont Ranch
  • Chickaree Lane
  • Longs Creek
  • Quick Silver Road
  • Quick Silver Court
  • Baltimore Road

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Granite Springs
  • Ice House Road (east side)
  • Pickett Pen Road
  • Rubicon Trail
  • Windmiller Trail
  • Wrights Lake Road including all Forest Service roads, trails, and access roads in the Crystal Basin recreation area between Ice House Road and Desolation Wilderness
  • North of the Highway 50 corridor
  • Ice House Reservoir
  • Loon Lake
  • Rockbound Lake
  • Rubicon Reservoir
  • White Meadows at Ice House Road
  • Rock Creek at 193
  • Mosquito Road at Union Ridge Road
  • Highway 50 (Sly Park to Union Ridge)
  • Forebay at Deep Haven
  • Forebay at Blair is open to residents only
  • Canyon Edge at Randolph Canyon (hard closure by CHP)
  • Ice House Road from Highway 50 to Wentworth Springs Road
  • Wentworth Springs Road from Quintette to Ice House Road

Areas

  • King Fire Area

SHELTER

  • Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road in Camino *new location*
  • Red Cross Evacuation center is located at 6530 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, CA 95634.

RESOURCES

  • 3842 personnel
  • 327 engines
  • 99 fire crews
  • 15 helos
  • 49 dozers
  • 80 water tenders
  • 5 IMT

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • CHP
  • Red Cross
  • Cal OES
  • El Dorado Irrigation District
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Placer County Sheriff’s Office
  • PG&E
  • Placer County Water Agency
  • Placer County OES
  • El Dorado County Animal Services

[c] 2014 The NW Fire Blog