Seattle Fights Large Barge Fire

SEATTLE, Wash. – On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Firefighters were dispatched to a fully engulfed scrapped car barge fire moored at the Seattle and Iron Metal Corp. dock. The commercial fire was located in the 600 block of South Myrtle Street in the Georgetown area.

SIT REP

The fire incident was quickly elevated to a 2-Alarm fire response bringing more Chiefs, personnel, equipment and more fire boats.

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Photo Credit | David Sonsteng (Written permission granted)

RESOURCES

The following Seattle fire resources were dispatched immediately, which they quickly engaged the fire.

MRN1, FRB5, A14, E28, L3, E27, L1, L11, SAFT2, STAF10, DEP1, R1, FIREBOAT, AIR10, FRB4, A2, M1, E11, L7, B5, E6, A10, E36, REHAB1, E13, M28, PTRL4, B7, B5, MAR5, PIO, E32, E10.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Seattle Fire personnel.

City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Office staff.

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Photo Credit | David Sonsteng (Written permission granted)

Seattle SPU arrived to the fire scene with their main focus on assessing the Duwamish River.

The Department of Ecology stated they observed no oil sheen and did not observe distressed wildlife on the Duwamish River on Wednesday morning, June 27, 2018.  They did say there was a small amount of firefighting foam at the tide line.  The barge is boomed as a precaution.

Barge moored along river bank, crane in background, orange boom in foreground.

Photo Credit | WA Dept. of Ecology

CAUSE

Fire Investigators have ruled the cause as accidental and with damages at $1,000,000.

INJURIES

Two firefighters were reported to have been injured after suffering minor injuries and were treated at a nearby unnamed (most likely Harborview Medical Center) hospital.

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Photo Credit | David Sonsteng (Written permission granted)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media became ablaze with barge fire photos being posted all over the Twitter and Facebook.

Photos portrayed a huge black smoke column seen from areas such as Capitol Hill, West Seattle, South Seattle, seen on 1st Avenue South bridge, from north of the Seattle Boeing plant, Seatac Airport, Magnolia and by others on the outskirts of this large City.

If you are seeing smoke to the East (via from West Seattle).  It is a barge on fire with metal and propane on the Duwamish River.”

Seattle Fire Department says the fire is mostly out and that they train for these types of large fire incidents.” – SFD Presser

We are aware of the large barge fire. We are monitoring the situation and will respond as needed.” – USCG Pacific Northwest

ABOUT DAVID SONSTENG, PHOTOGRAPHER

Want more great photos?  Check out David Sonsteng, Photographer and Owner of DJ Sonsteng Photography on his Facebook Page @djsonstengphotography or on Instagram at @d.j.sonsteng.photography.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 0540 PDT

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

November 7, 2017 | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

SLC, UTAH.  A West Valley Police Officer was reportedly shot in the foot at an apartment complex Tuesday evening around 1900 hours.  It was stated by Police his injuries are not life-threatening. Info is still fluid and news media was reporting that it may have been a possible shooting between two suspects.  A large presence was at a nearby hospital in Murray where it was said both suspects arrived in a silver pickup at the front of the hospital bringing a large presence of police. [Code3 Alerts, Salt Lake City News]

WARM BEACH & CANNON BEACH, OR.  Multiple shark sightings were confirmed in both areas and signs  posted to area beaches, along with a message posted by both communities to warn swimmers, surfers and boaters. [Social Media]

EVER-CHANGING STATISTICS.  The Columbine HS mass shooting event stats was considered to be no longer the in the Top 10 Deadliest shootings in modern US History. [CNN]

MARYSVILLE, WA.  District Firefighters responded to a garage fire that was reported around 1845 hours.  Upon arrival, they found the structure to be fully engulfed. Mutual aid responded from nearby Cities, Everett, Getchell and Silvana. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

MAPLE VALLEY, WA.  A fire broke out around 2030 hours in the 19400 block of the Renton Maple Valley Road SE in Maple Valley.  Engines, Tenders, Ladder trucks, Medic unit and the area regional REHAB unit responded to the house fire. No word on the cause.  3 people were dispatched.  Red Cross was called in to assist. [Scanner Feed]

HOLLYWOOD, CA.  A large fire broke out in a vacant combination one & two-story residential 4-plex with excessive interior storage said to be near Sunset Gower studios in Hollywood that was reported to be vacant.  It was located in the 1300 block of N Gordon Street.  An additional Task Force was requested around 2229 hours PDT by ‘Gordon IC’. Knockdown was completed around 2245 hours. A good stop by firefighters to two [residential] exposure buildings.  Fire cause and value of damage is unknown at this time but will be later released by the LAFD.  [CA Fire Scanner, KTLA, LAFD]

FRESNO, CA.  2 large fires broke out at an apartment complex in the area of 900 of E Divisadero and a house fire at the 200 block of S Madera Avenue in Kerman.  No word on the extent of the damage or status.  The fires were still burning at the time of this post (around 2230 hours PDT, Tuesday) [Fresno Fire PIO]

OSWEGO, OR. Oswego Firefighters Local 4773 (Oswego Fire District Protection District) is coordinating a relief effort with all donations going directly to the 24 families effected by a large fire that took place 1500 Light Road on November 6, 2017.  Firefighters are accepting gift cards, certificates and monetary donations.  Families can use these to purchase items that are necessities such as clothing, food and toiletries.  Some families lost more than others and will need additional assistance.  [Oswego FF Local 4773 Facebook Page]

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES KEY NOTE SPEAKERS.  The National Wildfire Suppression Association or NWSA for short has announced two great Keynote Speakers for their Conference that will take place on February 26 and 27, 2018.  Bruce Vincent’s There is Hope with Vision and the USFS Fire & Aviation Director Shawn LaGarza will be highlighted.  They will also have some great panels.  To learn more, go to their website – http://www.nwsa.us/2018-nwsa-conference.  [NWSA Facebook page]

OPERATION WARM.  Clark County Fire District 6 located in Vancouver, WA (IAFF 1805) is working to raise money to help “warm” kids by purchasing a little more than $5,000 worth of new coast for kids who need them in at least three Vancouver schools.  Want to help them achieve their goal?  You can find them on their Facebook page here  https://www.facebook.com/IAFFLocal1805/ [Clark Co Fire Dist 6 Facebook Page]

NEW WILDLAND FIRE VIDEO RELEASED. It’s showcasing some great #FireImages of men and women during the 2017 Fire Season in Western Washington State.  Photos are of those fire resources called into deployment.  Music Credit is Guadal Canal Diary – Where Angels Fear to Tread. [Washington State Fire, Stevens County Fire District 1 Facebook Pages]

MORE VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE.  Seattle Police responded to a call of a “man on fire” around 1900 hours in the area of the 4500 block of Leary Way NW.  A passerby extinguished the flames while waiting for Fire and Police to show up.  The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle where he is listed in critical condition. Police are asking for any tips or information to call the Homicide/Assault Tipline at 206-233-5000. [Seattle.gov]

AIRLINER ENGINE FIRE. News media began reporting around 2150 hours, a Hawaiian Airlines ferry flight from Paine Field (Everett) had an engine fire and landed safely at Sea-Tac airport (Seattle). The fire was out upon arrival. There were no passengers onboard, only crew members.  There were no injuries reported.  The FAA is investigating. [KOMO News, KIR0 7 News, Sea-Tac Airport]

FIRE MERGERS APPROVED.  In Kittitas County elections results, voters approved the Fire merger (Fire 8 Merger Resolution) of Kittitas County Fire Protection District 8 into Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue, a Fire Protection District.

MOUNTAIN RESCUE TRAINING HELD.  NAS Whidbey SAR held some training today on the snowy slopes in the beautiful Pacific NW and practicing for mountain rescues.  With their many hours of training, they hone their rescue skills becoming the best-of-the-best.  They are used as resources for many SAR missions.  [NAS Whidbey SAR]

BULLETPROOFING STUDENTS.  One Florida school is selling bulletproof panels that can be inserted into students’ backpacks.  [CNN]

HEROES ON A MISSION.  6 Las Cruces Police Officers are headed to Puerto Rico to assist with #HurricaneMaria relief. [KFOX14 News]

FIREFIGHTER CANCER SPOKESMAN.  Former LA Fire Chief, Sandy Davis who spoke candidly about firefighter cancer has passed away.  He created a compelling video that focused on his own battle with cancer.  [Firehouse.com]

 

 

 

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation as to what is Trending gleaned from various sources.  Here is your overnight news from Monday, November 6, 2017.

6 FIREFIGHTERS LOSE THEIR JOBS.  6 male ( 5 are white, 1 black ) Firefighters (1 Captain, 1 LT, 4 FFs) were fired after a noose, lewd drawings were found over a black LT’s firefighter’s family photo and lewd pictures drawn on it.  Police investigated the incident at the fire station while the Miami City manager said in a statement that investigators found sexually explicit and racially offensive conduct by the 6 employees.  A noose was made out of twine and several of the LT’s family photos were defaced.  This is the second incident in the Southern portion of Florida. The Union says they are aware of the incident but claim the facts are still unclear as provided by the City.  [Sources: AP, Fire Rescue1, KOMO 4 TV, Social Media]

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS.  The killer was able to obtain guns w/o the USAF providing the #TXShooter’s DV history to the FBI as required by Pentagon rules. This enabled him to purchase several weapons that killed 26 people.  At today’s (Monday) presser, Police stated there were 4 victims that remained in serious condition while 10 others are in critical condition. One of the children killed, was the Pastor’s youngest daughter.   We send our sincere sympathies and so sorry for the loss of Life. God be with you all. [Photo Courtesy:  OC Firefighters]

CHURCH FIRE.  A large fire broke out at a church in Van Nuys, California around 1820 hours on Monday evening.  Investigators rule the cause is due to arson.

TEACHING HOW TO “SAVE A LIFE”.  The Los Angeles FD (LAFD) wants people to learn life-saving skills by using hands-only CPR and how to use AEDs by placing the devices around public places. This week there will be training for people around the City. [Sources:  LA Police Foundation, KFI AM 640]

4 HEROES RECOGNIZED.  4 San Bernardino County Captain Bob Brockert, Engineer Matt Helmcamp, Firefighters Mike Kordich (he was shot in the arm while rendering CPR to one of the shooting victims) and Dave Arnold were off-duty in Vegas sprang into action helping provide aid to the victims.  They were recognized as Heroes on [Source:  Channel 4 News/NBC Los Angeles] on “The Challenge Hero of the Night: San Bernardino County Fire.

SUICIDES AMONG WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS are on the rise.  The article talks about how suicides are generally spike after Fire Season is long over.  Check out this article and make sure your guys and gals are getting the most of CISD debriefings.  If there aren’t any, why not? They can help save a life! [Source:  The Atlantic.com].

STAGGERING NUMBERS.  Chicago was just named one of the Cities where they are about to surpass 600 homicides in 2017. This is the second time they have been named the deadliest City in America as it occurred the first time in 2003. [Al Boe News, Chicago Tribune]

WEEK LONG FIRE NOW OUT.  A massive plastics fire burned for eight days before it was put out.  The International Import Export warehouse located in Parkersburg, West Virginia kept drums of unknown chemicals stored inside and outside of the building which housed plastics recycling debris.  It is now a 10-acre property of hulking twisted metal and looking more like a war-zone than anything else.  Nearby residents reported their “throats were burning”.  It was reported that the smoke in the air was more similar to a wildland fire. [Source: Huffington Post]

 

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

TEXAS MASSACRE.  Around 1120 am a gunman opened fire upon a church service in progress at the 1st Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX killing 26 people and injuring scores more.  The shooter was approached by a neighbor next to the church and began shooting back at him.  The shooter is said to be deceased from an unknown bullet used by either the killer or the neighbor.  This is said to be the worst mass shooting in all of Texas history.

A FALLEN HERO.  Fallen Hillsboro FD Firefighter Ryan Grimaldi was out on a hunting trip when a tree fell on him.  He passed away from his injuries.  He was well-respected and loved in his community.  His fellow firefighters and Fire Agency brought him home yesterday.  Several hundreds were seen in his procession as they headed to their destination.

HOMELESSNESS GROWING ON WEST COAST.   How is this Public Safety related?  It has to do with Officer and 1st Responder safety when they are responding to aid and fire calls inside the camps.  There have been often too many dangers where Seattle Police have to provide an escort to Firefighters because of the looming problems with some homeless people.  KOMO News put out an article about the homeless population soaring on the West Coast and how cities are struggling to cope.

HIGHRISE FIRE IN THE BRONX, NY.   A fire broke out on the top floors of a multi-dwelling highrise where fire was seen from different angles shooting through the roof. The FDNY responded to the fire burning on the top floors and inside the cockloft that was located at 4769 White Plains Road.  Command called out to their firefighters to use caution as this building had been cited before for doing illegal rennovations on the top floors.  The 3-alarm fire was ruled accidental due to electrical building wires that caught fire.  (Photo Credit:  FDNY)

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SECOND SHOOTING IN ONE DAY.  Another church shooting occurred on Sunday, November 5 and one that is not being covered as much as the large mass shooting in Texas.  An estranged wife and her boyfriend were leaving the St . Alphonsus Catholic Church in Fremont, California when they were gunned down by her soon-to-be-husband killing them both. They were in the middle of a divorce. He was later found in his vehicle deceased of self-inflicted wounds.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Winter Storm Slams Portions of WA, OR | Update 1

Updated 7:00 PM PST

Incident Summary

A Winter storm is currently blasting SE Washington in the Vancouver area and parts of Portland and Willamette, Oregon.

Currently, Portland Police are reporting tow trucks getting stuck city-wide and are advising drivers if you do not have to go out, to stay home.

Cars and trucks have been reportedly sliding off the roadways into ditches, hitting each other and causing 1st Responders to put their own lives at risk to rescue them.

Stay off the roads!

Police are also checking on the homeless in tents in attempts to get them get into a safe and warm shelter.

Current Conditions

Various sources are reporting at least 3 inches have accumulated in the Portland area with more to come.

EB I-84 to SB 205 are now closed with two semi-truck crashes.  The roadway is completely closed but NB on 205 is currently open.

WB I-84 is now closed due to a jack-knife semi.

Portland Area Traffic Cams

  

    

Vancouver, Washington Traffic Cams

   I-5: SR-14

Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

“Worst P.M./evening commute in 7 years in . That was surprise storm Dec. 2009.” – Media

“Chains required for semi-trucks, vehicles with Gross Vehicle Weight of 10K+ or towing area highways/freeways.” – ODOT

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“Traffic is gridlocked all over the area. Avoid driving if you can.” – ODOT

“Major winter storm pounding much of .” – Twitter User

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Active Wildfires | By Wildfire Name | August 29, 2016

Due to time constraints and not feeling well, these are the only wildfires that are being posted at this time.  Tomorrow, we will catch up the rest of the fires across the United States.

Thank you for reading our U.S. Active Fires by Wildfire Names for Monday, August 29, 2016.

Fireboss single engine scooper plane above Spokane River

Fireboss single engine scooper plane above Spokane River (Credit: Lincoln County Sheriff Office)

Thank you for hanging in there with us while we catch up on all U.S. Active Wildfires.  If you see that one is not on the list, please feel free to give us a shout and we will add it – no matter how big or small.

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CALIFORNIA

Cedar Fire (Sequoia NF) – West of Kern,  California – Start 8/16/2016 @ 1630 hours.  Unknown cause. 29,206 acres. Favorable winds, 400 acres left to do burnout to connect with containment line. Command turning back over to Kern County FD.

Shelters:  

Shelter #1 – 1st Baptist Church of Lake Isabella, 3701 Suhre Street, Lk Isabella (to help with human and animal sheltering).  Shelter #2 – Granite Hills H.S., 1702 E Putnam Avenue, Porterville.

Shelter #1 – Small animals – 1st Baptist Church of Lake Isabella (see Shelter #1 above).  Shelter #2 – Large livestock – Terry Way’s Ranch and Equine Ranch. 416 N Anderson, Exter. 918-541-3572.

Chimney Fire  (San Luis Obispo County) – 15 miles W of Paso Robles, California – Running Deer Road / Chimney Rock Road. South of Lake Nacimiento. Started 8/13/2016 @ 1605 hours. Cause under investigation. 46,344 acres. 70% contained. 49 residences, 21 other structures destroyed. 8 damaged. 1 injury.

Shelter Info:

Shelter #1 (small animals) – Chimney Fire Animal Shelter can be contacted at (805)423-4934.

Shelter #2 (large animals) – Horse Emergency Evacuation Team (HEET) 805-466-7457.

Shelter #3 (large/small animals) – Chimney Fire Animal Relief (805)423-4934.

3456 personnel. 258 engines. 109 crews. 4 Air Tankers, 14 helicopters. 45 dozers. 66 water tenders. CAL IMT2 command.

Evergreen Fire (Riverside County) – Lakeland Village area near Lake Elisinore, California.  Start 8/28/2016. 40 acres.  100% contained. Fire resources cleared the scene around 1500 hours.

Gap Fire (SiskiyouCo) – Off Seiad Creek Rd, 5 Miles NW of Seiad Valley (Klamath NF), California.  5,500 acres. Unknown % containment. 659 personnel

2 Public Fire Info Meetings:

#1 – 8/30/2016 @ 1800 (6pm) – 1800 Selad Valley Fire Department

#2 8/31/2016 @ 1800 (6pm) – Scott Bar Community Hall.

Have Fire Tips????  Call 530-841-4474 and leave a message or call your local Law Enforcement Agency.

Grade Fire (Siskiyou County) – 2 Miles N of Yreka, California -Start 8/24/2016 @ 1455 hours. 710 acres. 98% contained.  5 residences, 5 outbuildings destroyed. 1 outbuilding damaged.  60 personnel. 2 engines.

Havilah Fire –  (Kern County) East from Caliente Bodfish Road, South of Lake Isabella, 5 Miles East of Glennville, California.   Started 8/27/2016 @ 1431 hours. To be included in Cedar Fire’s updates (our source says) but we will continue to report is separately in our posts.  Started as a grass fire from an unknown cause. 100% contained.

Range Fire – (Kern County) – 6 Miles East of Arvin, California.  518 acres. 100% contained.  Interesting Fire Fact:  The KCFD Helicopter 408 made 81 water drops on this fire. Wow!

Rey Fire  (Santa Barabara County) – North of Santa Barbara, California. – 32,601 acres. 78% contained. 778 personnel.  1 injury.  Red Flag Warning.

Soberanes Fire ( Monterey  County) – South of Caramel Valley, California.  92,314 acres. 60% contained. Cause from an illegal campfire. 1 fatality, 4 injuries. 57 homes, 11 outbuildings destroyed.  1248 personnel, 23 crews, 62 engines, 13 copters, 6 dozers and 4 water tenders.

Tully Fire (Humboldt County) –  Hwy 169 / Martin’s Ferry Road, California.  Started 8/22 @ 1603 hours. Arson caused.  599 acres. 60% contained. 3 structures destroyed. 884 personnel.  40 engines. 33 crews. 7 copters. 4 dozers. 12 water tenders.

Willow Fire (Calaveras County) – East of San Andreas.  Start 8/28/2016 @ 1307 by a vehicle that started several fires off of Willow Creek Road & Mountain Ranch Road. The driver was charged with several fire starts and being under the influence of drugs.  450 acres. 50% contained. Mandatory evacuations of the Willow Valley Subdivision. 201 personnel.  25 engines. 6 crews. 2 dozers. 7 water tenders.

Shelter: San Adreas Town Hall @ 24 Church Rd, San Andreas, California.

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WASHINGTON

Cayuse Mountain Pass  ( Spokane Indian Reservation) – 8 Miles of Wellpinit, Washington State. The Cayuse Mountain Fire started when the Hart Fire jumped the Spokane River. High winds pushed it to the East side of the river where it is now burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The fire on the West side of the river is the Hart Fire. 18,417 acres. 75% contained. 422 personnel. 8 crews. 26 engines. 3 helicopters. 23 structures lost.  $2.4 Million Cost-to-date.

Deep North Fire – 25 Miles NE of Colville, Washington.  596 acres. 70% contained. 675 personnel. 21 crews. 31 engines. 2 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $3.8 Million Cost-to-Date.

Hart Fire (Spokane County) – 35 Miles NW of Spokane / North of Davenport, Washington. Start 8/21/2016.  4,983 acres. 95% contained.  229 personnel.  5 crews. 17 engines. 0 helicopters.  39 structures lost. $3.9 Million Cost-to-date.

Pickens North Fire – 5 Miles N of Tonasket – Washington – Start 8/24/2016 @ an unknown time.  Cause is under investigation.  1 cabin lost. 760 acres. 80% contained. 124 personnel. 2 crews. 18 engines. 2 helicopters. $175,000 Cost-to-Date.

Suncrest Fire  (Chelan County) – 2 Miles NE Leavenworth, Washington.  Started 8/27/2016 @ 1530  hours.  Human caused. 350 acres. Evacuations in effect. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with ROS.  0 Structures lost. Evacuation Levels 3, 2, 1 are in effect.  35% contained.  Fire is burning in timber, brush and grass with active fire behavior. Structures, power infrastructure and private timber threatened. Evacuations in place.

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 “Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – David Ogden Stiers

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Wishing all of our Followers a safe and happy day/night no matter where your journeys may take you on this Monday.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Active Wildfires | By Wildfire Name | August 29, 2016

 

Thank you for reading our U.S. Active Fires by Wildfire Names for Monday, August 29, 2016.

Fireboss single engine scooper plane above Spokane River

Fireboss single engine scooper plane above Spokane River (Credit: Lincoln County Sheriff Office)

Thank you for hanging in there with us while we catch up on all U.S. Active Wildfires.  If you see that one is not on the list, please feel free to give us a shout and we will add it – no matter how big or small.

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CALIFORNIA

Cedar Fire (Sequoia NF) – West of Kern,  California – Start 8/16/2016 @ 1630 hours.  Unknown cause. 28,840 acres. 20% contained. Incident Commanders Mike Minton, California Interagency IMT 5 representing the USFS, and Bill Steers, Kern County FD.  2418 personnel. 39 crews. 196 engines. 17 helicopters. 25 dozers. 39 water tenders.

Chimney Fire  (San Luis Obispo County) – 15 miles W of Paso Robles, California – Running Deer Road / Chimney Rock Road. South of Lake Nacimiento. Started 8/13/2016 @ 1605 hours. Cause under investigation. 45,108 acres. 52% contained. total 70 structures .  8 damaged. 1 injury.  3,986 personnel.  97 crews. 312 engines, 14 copters.  4 air tankers. 45 dozers and 67 water tenders. $57.7 Million Cost-to-Date.

Evergreen Fire (Riverside County) – Lakeland Village area near Lake Elisinore, California.  Start 8/28/2016. 40 acres. No further details.

Gap Fire (SiskiyouCo) – Off Seiad Creek Rd, 5 Miles NW of Seiad Valley (Klamath NF), California.  CAL Fire assisting NF Fire crews.  No new info.

Grade Fire (Siskiyou County) – 2 Miles N of Yreka, Cal0ifornia – Start 8/24/2016 @ 1455 hours. 710 acres. 90% contained. 386 personnel. 13 crews. 20 engines. 0 helicopters. 10 structures lost. $1.8 Million Cost-to-Date.

Havilah Fire –  (Kern County) East from Caliente Bodfish Road, South of Lake Isabella, 5 Miles East of Glennville, California.  Started 8/27/2016 @ 1431 hours. To be included in Cedar Fire’s updates (our source says) but we will continue to report is separately in our posts.  343 acres. 8% contained.  Started as a grass fire from an unknown cause.

Range Fire – (Kern County) – 6 Miles East of Arvin, California.  518 acres. 68% contained. 544 personnel. 12 crews. 68 engines. 1 chopper.  0 structures destroyed/damaged. $1.2 Million CTD.

Rey Fire  (Santa Barabara County) – North of Santa Barbara, California. – 33,006 acres. 54% contained. 1408 personnel. 42 crews. 31 engines. 16 copters. 5 structures lost.  $21.4 Million Cost-to-Date.

Santos Fire   (Butte County) – Hwy 32 / Santos Ranch Road, California – S of Forrest Ranch.  Started 8/26/2016.  CAL Fire managing fire. 89 acres. 60%  contained. Firefighters making good progress.

Soberanes Fire ( Monterey  County) – South of Caramel Valley, California.  91,453 acres. 60% contained. 1496 personnel.  24 hand crews, 72 engines, 12 helicopters, 21 dozers and 14 water tenders.  68 structures lost. $164.3 Million Cost-to-Date.

Tully Fire (Humboldt County) –  Hwy 169 / Martin’s Ferry Road, California.  Started 8/22 @ 1603 hours. Arson caused.  More are under threat.  599 acres. 40% contained. 1396 personnel. 48 crews. 69 engines. 10 helicopters. 3 structures destroyed. $9 Million Cost-to-Date.

Willow Fire (Calaveras County) – East of San Andreas.  Start 8/28/2016. Unknown cause.  400 acres. 2% contained.

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COLORADO

Broadway Fire – Colorado.  246 acres. 0% contained. 68 personnel. 2 crews. 1 engine. 0 copters. 0 structures lost. $578,000.00 Cost-to-Date.

Beaver Creek – Colorado.  37,403 acres. 53% contained. 257 personnel. 2 crews. 13 engines. 4 helicopters. 17 structures lost. $24.7 Million Cost-to-Date.

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IDAHO

Black Fire – 10 Miles SW of Swan Valley, Idaho. 280 acres. 2 personnel. Started by lightning. 0% contained. In monitor status.

Henrys Creek Fire (Bonneville County) – 7 miles SE of Idaho Falls, Idaho – 52,972 acres. 68% containment. Moderate fire with running, torching and flanking. 462 personnel. 10 crews. 26 engines, 8 helicopters. 3 structures destroyed. $3.2 Million Cost-to-Date.

John Doe Fire – Idaho.  500 acres. 0% contained. 47 personnel. 0 crews. 4 engines. 2 helos. $25,000 Cost-to-date.

Pioneer Fire (Boise NF) – NE of Boise, Idaho – 105,475 acres. 58% containment. 1399 personnel. 30 crews. 62 engines. 9 helicopters. 5 structures lost. . $7.14  Million Cost-to-Date.

Tie Fire (Caribou-Targhee NF) – 10 Miles SW of Victor, Idaho.  978 acres. 44% contained. 328 personnel. 8 crews. 8 engines. 5 copters. 0 structures lost. $1.3 Million Cost-to-Date.

West side of Benewah Creek Rd / Hwy 95 – SE of Plummer, Idaho.  Started 8/26/2016. ROS towards Windfall Pass area.  Level 2 evacs in effect.

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MONTANA

Bierney Creek Fire – Bierney Creek, west of Lakeside, Montana.  Started 8/22/2016 @ 1600 hours. Human caused. 65 personnel.  60 acres. 60% contained.

Clear Creek – Montana.  500 acres. 0% contained.  85 personnel.  2 crews. 5 engines. 2 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $200,000.00 CTD.

Copper King Fire  (Lolo NF) – Montana – 8 miles East of Thompson Falls; 1 mile N of Hwy 200.  Start 7/31/2016 @ 1630 hours. Unknown Cause. 23,432 acres. 15% contained. 782 personnel. 18 crews. 39 engines. 10 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $13.8 Million.

Roaring Lion Fire – 5 miles SW of Hamilton, Montana.  Started 7/31/2016 @ 1415 hours. Cause unknown.  8,533 acres. 70% contained. 56 personnel.  Fire being monitored by air.

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OKLAHOMA

Spanish Peaks Fire – Oklahoma.  263 acres. 95% contained. 4 personnel.  0 crews. 2 engines. 0 helos. 0 structures lost. $81,000.00 Cost-to-date.

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OREGON

Fire Facts:  Oregon has stated that 89% of Wildfires this year have been contributed to human intervention or in layman’s terms as “human related”.

2500 Road Fire – 3 miles NE of Depoe Bay, Oregon.  Started on 8/22/2016. 202 acres. 100% contained.  208 personnel. 8 crews. 1 helicopter. 6 engines.  Fire demobilizing on 8/27/2016. Turning back to local Fire District.

Cherry Road Fire – Oregon.  32,000 acres. 95% contained. 32 personnel.  0 crews. 8 engines. 0 helos.  0 structures lost. $1.8 Million Cost-to-Date.

Cleveland Ridge Fire – 25 Miles North of Medford, Oregon.  530 acres. 50% contained. 464 personnel. 29 crews. 23 engines. 7 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $1.9 Million Cost-to-Date. The fire is 100% lined/plumbed. There are Level 1 evacuation notices for homes along West Fork Elk Creek and East Fork Elk Creek. Line is holding and mop-up is progressing.

High Pass Fire 12.5 – Oregon.  195 acres. 35% contained. 573 personnel.  22 crews. 12 engines. 6 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $1.2 Million.

Indian Creek Crossing – 15 miles North of Halfway, Oregon along the Imnaha River, near Indian Crossing Campground.  Reported by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center shortly after 1400 hours on Saturday, 8/27/2016. 85 acres. 0% contained. Cause is under investigation.

Rail Fire – 5 Miles West of Unity, Oregon.  Start 7/31/2016. Unknown cause. Burning in same area as 2002 Monument Fire. 34,369 acres. 58% contained. 836 personnel. 21 crews. 38 engines. 7 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $24.4 Million Cost-to-date.

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UTAH

Box Canyon  (Uinata – Wasatch – Cache National Forest) – Utah – Start July 28th @ 1715 hours. Human caused. 3,947 acres. 20% contained. 48 personnel. 2 crews.  6 engines. 1 helicopter. 0 structures lost. $2 Million Cost-to-Date.

Briggs Fire – 10 Miles NE of Beaver, Utah.  Started on 8/9/2016 by lightning.   3,418 acres. 0% contained. 1 Type 3 Team, 1 Type 2 Initial Attack Crews, 1 Wildland Fire Use Modules, and various Overhead for a total personnel of 56.

Peterson Hollow Fire ( Uinta/Wasatch-Cache NF) – 12 Miles NW of Garden City, UT. 1187 acres. 20% contained. 324 personnel. 9 crews. 14 engines. 5 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $2.2. Million Cost-to-Date.

Porcupine Fire – 7 miles southeast of Mayfield, Utah. Started 7/23/2016 by lightning. 73 personnel. 2,050 acres. 20% contained. To hold lines, work on hot spots and keep within containment lines.

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WASHINGTON

Fire Facts:  Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported 11 new fire starts on 8/27/2016.  According to this Year-To-Date, DNR has reported to over 628 wildfires with a total acreage of 15,265 acres.

Buck Creek / Saul Fire Complex – Upper Chiwawa River, Washington.  2,000 acres.  Saul Fire is 300 acres. Continued fire efforts on fire. Some additional fire crews called in for this fire have been diverted to the Suncrest Fire on 8/27/2016. 60 personnel are assigned to this fire (Buck Creek).

Cayuse Mountain Pass  ( Spokane Indian Reservation) – 8 Miles of Wellpinit, Washington State. The Cayuse Mountain Fire started when the Hart Fire jumped the Spokane River. High winds pushed it to the East side of the river where it is now burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The fire on the West side of the river is the Hart Fire.  14 residences and 9 non-residences have been lost.  500 residences are threatened. 18,417 acres. 65% contained. 451 personnel. 9 crews. 29 engines. 4 helicopters. $1.9 Million Cost-to-Date.

Deep North Fire – 25 Miles NE of Colville, Washington.  596 acres. 60% contained. 692 personnel. 21 crews. 38 engines. 2 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $3 Million Cost-to-Date.

Hart Fire (Spokane County) – 35 Miles NW of Spokane / North of Davenport, Washington. Start 8/21/2016. Unknown cause. 4983 acres. 95% contained. 229 personnel. 0 crews. 5 engines. 17 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $1.9 Million Cost-to-Date.

Olympic National Park Fires – Olympic National Park, Washington.  Multiple fires. Fire managers in Olympic National Park are monitoring the conditions on the Cox Valley, Hayes, Godkin, and Ignar Creek fires. Safety of fire personnel and the public is the first consideration in all fire management decisions.  Individually started from July 25- 28, 2016 from hundreds of lightning strikes.

Pickens North Fire – 5 Miles N of Tonasket – Washington – Start 8/24/2016 @ an unknown time.  Cause is under investigation.  1 cabin lost. 760 acres. 80% contained. 124 personnel. 2 crews. 18 engines. 2 helicopters. $175,000 Cost-to-Date.

Spokane Complex (2 Fires ) – (Spokane County) – Spokane, Washington – Start 8/21/2016 @ 12 midnight.  Total acres:  6195 acres.  NW Team 11 (Command).  As of yesterday’s report: 6195 acres. 95% contained. 649 personnel. 10 crews. 74 engines. 4 helicopters. 17 structures lost. $3.9 Million Cost-to-date. *All personnel demobing from this fire and redirected to a new wildfire Suncrest Fire located near Leavenworth, Washington on 8/27/2016.

Suncrest Fire  (Chelan County) – 2 Miles NE Leavenworth, Washington.  Started 8/27/2016 @ 1530  hours.  Human caused. 350 acres. Evacuations in effect. 0% contained. Active fire behavior with ROS.  0 Structures lost. Evacuation Levels 3, 2, 1 are in effect.  35% contained.  Fire is burning in timber, brush and grass with active fire behavior. Structures, power infrastructure and private timber threatened. Evacuations in place.

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WYOMING

Beaver Creek Fire (Medicine Bow NF) – Thunder Basin National Grassland  – Wyoming – 37,403 acres. 53% contained.  240 Personnel, 2 crews, 14 engines, 2 dozers, 1 masticator, 4 helicopters, 4 water tenders.

Berry Fire (Grand Teton National Park) – 19 Miles NW of Moran, Wyoming – Start 7/25/2016 @ midnight. Cause:  Lightning.  12,378 acres.  Red flag conditions on August 22 led to rapid fire growth across Jackson Lake and Highway 89. The highway remains closed at Leeks Marina (south) and the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park (north).  351 personnel assigned. Unknown containment or equipment resource status. $1.1 Million Cost-to-Date.

Broadway Fire ( Medicine Bow NF – Thunder Basin National Grassland) – 30 Miles NNW of Walden / 2 Miles N of Wyoming / Colorado State Line.  – WY – Discovered 8/14/2016 @ 1815 hours.   (Carbon County)  5 miles W of Blackhall Mtn, 5 miles E of Hog Park Reservoir.  Caused: Lightning. 246 acres.

Boundary Fire  (Yellowstone National Park) –  Wyoming – Start 8/15/2016 @ 1600 hours. Human caused. 192 acres.  Minimal fire behavior. 90% contained.   Unknown # of personnel/resources or equipment assigned to this incident.

Buffalo Fire – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. 21 personnel.  3,232 acres. 0% contained. Lightning caused.

Carrot Fire – SE of Coyote Meadows Trailhead in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness, 11 Miles NE of Tetonia, Idaho in Wyoming.  284 acres. 0% contained. 5 personnel. No other info.

Central Fire – 9 Miles Wt of the Lake developed area and 2 Miles South of Hayden Valley. 1 acre. Start 8/26/2016. Lightning caused.  Fire being monitored by air resources.

Fawn Fire (Tatanka Complex) – Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming – The Maple, Buffalo and Fawn fires all had slight new growth; acreage will be updated tonight if a new infrared flight is conducted. The infrared flight that provides us with accurate fire mapping was not conducted last night.

Hunters Peak Fire – Wyoming.  3572 acres. 73% contained. 80 personnel. 1 crew. 2 engines. 1 helicopter. 0 structures lost.  $6.8 Million Cost-to-Date.

Maple Fire (Tatanka Complex ) – West Yellowstone, Wyoming – Start 8/8/16 from  lightning. 4 miles northeast of the community of West Yellowstone, and 3.5 miles southwest of Mount Holmes Lookout. 31,029 acres. 0% contained. 204 personnel. 4 crews. 3 engines. 2 copters. 0 structures lost.  $25,000.00 Cost-to-Date.

Twin Lakes Fire (Wind River / Bighorn Basin District) – 19 Miles S/SW of Meeteetse / West of Grass Creek, Wyoming.  Reported on 8/8/2016 (evening of). Lightning caused. 1,579 acres. 153 Firefighters including 2 Hot Shot crews, 2 Type 2 Hand crews, 7 engines, 2 dozers and 2 excavator. Air support via the Hot Springs County Airport.
The North Idaho Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Twin Lakes Fire.

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 “Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – David Ogden Stiers

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Wishing all of our Followers a safe and happy day/night no matter where your journeys may take you on this Monday.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Drugs Take-Back Day | Bellevue Police Department

Bellevue, Washington | Bellevue Police Spokesman, Officer Seth Tyler says by Popular Demand from Citizens, they are hosting a “Drugs Take-Back” event on Saturday, April 30th from 10am to 2pm.

 

Officers will be ready to take your unused medications and drugs.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  They will not be able to take needles. They are considered as BioHazard and must be placed in sharp containers. These can be obtained from any Pharmacy, such as RiteAid or Bartells.  Contact them to see if free to obtain the container or if there is a recycling fee.

The ‘Drugs Take-Back” station will be located at the Bellevue Police Department’s Crossroads Substation (Between the movie theater and Crunch Fitness in Crossroads), and our Factoria substation (inside Factoria Mall next to the Nordstrom Rack).

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Colorado’s Planned Prescribed Spring Fires in Three Forests

Delta Colorado | Three Forests: Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are getting ready for Spring Prescribed Fire this year, which will take place from April through June.

The areas where the fires will be located in the following areas:

GUNNINSON NF

  • West Elk Burn: 14 miles W of Gunnison & 5 miles N or Blue Mesa Reservoir. 600 acres scheduled to be burned.
  • Myers Burn: 30 miles S of Gunnison in the Cochetopa Park area. 300 acres are scheduled to burn.
  • Los Pinos Burn:  35 miles S of Gunnison in the Cochetopa Park area. 1000 acres are scheduled to burn.

GRAND MESA, UNCOMPAHGRE NFs

  • Nick Mountain Burn:  30 miles E of Grand Junction and 4 miles SE of Molina.  720 acres are scheduled to burn.
  • Indian Creek Burn:  12 miles SE of Gateway and 39 miles SW of Grand Junction. Continuation of previous burning. 172 left to burn.
  • Glencoe Pine Burn: 25 Mesa Road, 13 miles NE of Nucla.
  • Western Implementation #5 Burn:  7 miles SE of Norwood near Goodenough Rd.  1,122 acres scheduled to burn.
  • Little Monitor Burn:  20 miles SW of Delta along Mesa Road, 20 miles SW of Delta. About 750 acres to burn.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

MAIL THEFT TIPS: King County Sheriff’s Office

King County, Washington | The King County Sheriffs Office headquartered in Seattle, Washington released these helpful tips on their Facebook page to warn residents about increasing mail thefts.  This isn’t happening in just King County but all around the State and they want you to know the signs and how to protect yourself.

Some tips to prevent mail thefts:

The suspects are looking for mail that contains items they can turn around quickly; such as gift cards and/or cash. If they find checks they’re washing them, making them out to themselves and changing the amounts.

While the thefts happen at all hours of the day, lately most occur during two different time periods, noon to 2 PM and midnight to 2 AM. The suspects target traditional mailboxes, yet they aren’t deterred by locking ones either. They will pry open locked boxes and have even gone so far as to use a torch on the hinges on a bank of mailboxes like those found in many housing developments.

  • Make it a habit to collect your mail every day.
  • Don’t ever leave your mail in the box overnight.
  • Consider buying a locking mailbox.
  • When on vacation either arrange for a neighbor to collect your mail or ask the post office to hold your mail until you return.
  • When sending mail, don’t place it out for your mail carrier; drop it off at the post office.
  • That red flag is a notice to everyone that there is mail in the box.

If you see anyone hanging around mailboxes , visiting your neighbor’s home while away, stealing packages from doorsteps or something doesn’t seem right to you, call 9-1-1 immediately and report the descriptions of the person[s], vehicle and license number.  The better you describe the information to the Dispatcher, the better you become a great witness helping Police catch the bad guy[s].

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog