Fire Ignites on Washington’s Key Peninsula | 1

KEY PENINSULA, WASHINGTON STATE

Incident Summary

A slow-moving wildfire is burning at the end of the road on 200th Avenue on the Key Peninsula in Pierce County, Washington State.  The fire sparked by an unknown cause and is said to be burning near the 2100 block of South Heron Island Boulevard.

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The unnamed fire on Heron Island Blvd and 21st is slow-moving. (Credit: KPN Fire)

Limited resources began pouring into the area around 1430 hours this afternoon.  Firefighters were given aid by KOMO TV 4’s chopper above in helping with access once off of the unmaintained and gravel road to the fire line.

Resources

DNR has one helicopter providing fire suppression from  air, with additional fire assets from various other departments on the way.

Fire Buffs

For those who cannot give enough and want to hear the wildfire call in action, here is a link to the Scanner Feed to this incident.   “Pierce County Fire Charlie” on                              — > http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/21268

Air Quality

Skies across the northern part of the Key Peninsula including Key Center is filled with a smokey and the KPN FD believes it is coming out of the Southern portion of Canada. Additionally, smoke can be seen East of the Olympics.

Other reports from nearby county, Kitsap is also receiving information smoke is flowing into their area.

Reminders

If you see fire apparatus, please avoid the area.

Additionally, please keep your drones out of the fire zone or air craft will have no choice but to be grounded until the airspace is cleared.

Those with smoke sensitivities should stay inside with closed windows and vents.  Try to keep fans circulating.  If this does not work, leave the area and wait for the smoke in the air to dissipate.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Update 5 | Whipping Creek Road Wildfire | Alligator Wildlife National Refuge | April 29, 2016

 

 

 

PIO Topo Map - Fire Perimeter

Photo Courtesy: inciweb

LOCATION

The Whipping Creek Wildfire, once two separate fires continues to burn in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, just North of the Hyde County airport and Pamico Road.  It is said to be on the Hyde County side of the Dare / Hyde County line, NW of U.S. Highway 264 in Englehard, North Carolina.

whipping creek fire by IC

The fire started around 1400 hours on April 18th on private land South of the Dare Bombing Range and Alligator River National Forest.

WC Fire by IC 2

COMMAND

The Incident is in an Unified Command System with North Carolina Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

WC Fire by IC 4

RESOURCES

Fire resources are now 35 down from 121 the day before.

CL-415 Framed in Pines

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Fire activity has been decreasing and no hotspots in the 264 Low Pocosin.  However, Fire Managers are concerned with limited to no access near the fire N of US Highway 264 near Stumpy Point.

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

WC Fire by IC 6

Photo Credit: NC IMT

Acreage is being divided up by sections.  Bllock 7 is 50% containment;  Dave Bombing Range is at 821 acres with a 5% containment status and ending with 6940 acres with a 45% containment status on State and  private lands.

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Photo Credit: NC IMT

FUELS

Fire fuels are 6-feet of Chaparral.

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Photo Credit: NC IMT

FIRE TACTICS

On Saturday, April 30th, Fire crews will use water drops, engines, and a marshmaster to douse any and all located hotspots.  These types of flights will continue until all fo the heat has been extinguished by ground fire crews.

CL-415 Water Drop (4/24)

Super Tanker drops water on the fire below. Photo Credit: IMT

COST-TO-DATE

The current cost-to-date costs have run as high as $505,242.00 as the last report.  No new info released at time of this post date.

Flame Front near US 264

Photo Credit: IMT

CURRENT WEATHER

The current weather forecast consists of 20% chance of thunderstorms, relative humidity of 61% and wind from the north at 7 mph,.

SEATs Working Under Smoke Column

Photo Credit: IMT

REMINDERS

NOTE:  Always remember to Move Over when there are lights and sirens [to the right] and move one lane over as safe as possible,  if you see emergency vehicles, including Department of Transportation, Police, Fire, Tow trucks etc. on the shoulder of the highway.

Fire at Sunset

Photo Credit: IMT

You may see Emergency Fire vehicles and equipment working in the area.  Please yield to them, as safely as you can.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Update 4 | Whipping Creek Wildfire | Alligator Wildlife National Refuge

FIRE SUMMARY

The Whipping Creek Wildfire, once two separate fires continues to burn in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, just North of the Hyde County airport and

PIO Topo Map - Fire Perimeter

Photo Courtesy: inciweb

Pamico Road.  It is said to be on the Hyde County side of the Dare / Hyde County line, NW of U.S. Highway 264 in Englehard, North Carolina.

whipping creek fire by IC

The fire started around 1400 hours on April 18th on private land South of the Dare Bombing Range and Alligator River National Forest.

WC Fire by IC 2

COMMAND

The Incident is in an Unified Command System with North Carolina Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

WC Fire by IC 4

RESOURCES

As the fire activity decreases, so does the number of personnel on the fire ground.  Down to only 35 personnel assigned with those from NC Forest Services [State/private lands].

CL-415 Framed in Pines

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Due to reduced fire activity, resources have dropped but several dozen remain worknig on mop up operations and patrolling.

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Current total acreage is at 15,453 acres burned.  Fire crews have gained a 78% containment status as of press time on 4/28/2016 at 1537 hours.

WC Fire by IC 6

Photo Credit: NC IMT

Acreage is being divided up by sections.  Bllock 7 is 50% containment;  Dave Bombing Range is at 821 acres with a 5% containment status and ending with 6940 acres with a 45% containment status on State and  private lands.

 

WC Fire by IC 7.jpeg

Photo Credit: NC IMT

FUELS

Fire fuels are 6-feet of Chaparral.

WC Fire by IC 8.jpeg

Photo Credit: NC IMT

 

FIRE TACTICS

Remaining crews are in mop up and monitoring patrol status for the next 24-72 hours.

CL-415 Water Drop (4/24)

Super Tanker drops water on the fire below. Photo Credit: IMT

COST-TO-DATE

The current cost-to-date costs have run as high as $505,242.00 as the last report.  No new info released at time of this post date.

Flame Front near US 264

Photo Credit: IMT

CURRENT WEATHER

Current Weather forecast is/or is happening now with 20% percip, 70-degree temps, and with 61% RH.

SEATs Working Under Smoke Column

Photo Credit: IMT

REMINDERS

NOTE:  Always remember to Move Over when there are lights and sirens [to the right] and move one lane over as safe as possible,  if you see emergency vehicles, including Department of Transportation, Police, Fire, Tow trucks etc. on the shoulder of the highway.

Fire at Sunset

Photo Credit: IMT

You may see Emergency Fire vehicles and equipment working in the area.  Please yield to them, as safely as you can.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

North Carolina’s The Whipping Creek Wildfire Conditions Improving | Update 3

FIRE SUMMARY

The Whipping Creek Wildfire, once two separate fires continues to burn in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, just North of the Hyde County airport and Pamico Road.  It is said to be on the Hyde County side of the Dare / Hyde County line, NW of U.S. Highway 264 in Englehard, North Carolina.

whipping creek fire by IC

The fire started around 1400 hours on April 18th on private land South of the Dare Bombing Range and Alligator River National Forest.

WC Fire by IC 2

COMMAND

The Incident is in an Unified Command System with North Carolina Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.  They are listed as a NC Type 2 IMT.

WC Fire by IC 4

The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Mateo Campus of College of the Albemarle formerly known as the Mateo Middle School.

RESOURCES

64 personnel were initially assigned to this incident but over the last few days have increased to 143 Firefighters with 5 Fire Managers.  Most of them are from the North Carolina Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

With better infrared fire mapping systems, the acreage has been decreased from 14,000 down to 13,733 acres.  Even though 0.15″ inches of rain dropped over the fire ground from a recent passing storm, fire crews were still able to reach a 48% containment status.

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Though the weather is a little more favorable, smoke and fire have become more invisible.  Smoke has been appearing in the area, making driving more of a challenge.

WC Fire by IC 6

Photo Credit: NC IMT

Smoke has been hindering areas on Highway 264, causing Law Enforcement and the Department of Transportation having to shut down part of the roadway.  Portions of roads closed on Highway 264, have now been reopened.

The cause of the fire was due to right-of-way road maintenance operation.  The mowing or brush-hoggging of fine flashy fuels such as dead grass or leaves can be a source of ignition when stones or other metal debris is struck by the mowing blades.  Here in Washington, sometimes these types of operations are not conducted when it is very scorching outside, solely for this purpose.

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Photo Credit: NC IMT

The fire is still holding at 14,000 acres with a 15% containment status.

FUELS

Fire fuels are 6-feet of Chaparral.

 

 

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Photo Credit: NC IMT

CLOSURES

The Department of Transportation and the State Police have reopened all roadways on Highway 264.  Please call or go online to your local news or travel websites for up-to-date road conditions reports.

FIRE TACTICS

Fire Managers and fire crews will continue to monitor the ever-changing weather conditions and monitoring current fire conditions.

COST-TO-DATE

The current cost-to-date costs have run as high as $505,242.00 as of today’s date.

REMINDERS

NOTE:  Always remember to Move Over when there are lights and sirens [to the right] and move one lane over as safe as possible,  if you see emergency vehicles, including Department of Transportation, Police, Fire, Tow trucks etc. on the shoulder of the highway.

You may see Emergency Fire vehicles and equipment working in the area.  Please yield to them, as safely as you can.

SUPPORTING THEIR MISSION

If you happen to see a Firefighter, Police Officer or Department of Transportation or any other Public Safety Member on the roadway, please thank them for their service and dedication. They will surely appreciate your gratitude!

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Wildfire in NC’s Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Holds Steady | Update 2

FIRE SUMMARY

Two small fires continue to burn  on the Hyde County side of the Dare / Hyde County line and NW of U.S. Highway 264 in Englehard, North Carolina.  It is said to be on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and North of the Hyde County Airport and Pamico Road.  Both have merged and become on single fire incident.

whipping creek fire by IC

The fire started around 1400 hours on April 18th.

WC Fire by IC 2

The original larger fire is said to have started on private land South of the Dare Bombing Range and Alligator River National Forest.

COMMAND

The Incident is in an Unified Command System with North Carolina Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.  They are listed as a NC Type 2 IMT.

WC Fire by IC 4

The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Mateo Campus of College of the Albemarle formerly known as the Mateo Middle School.

RESOURCES

64 personnel are assigned to this incident.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Changes to the number of acreage has been down to 9,000 acres to as high as 11,000 yesterday to up to 14,000.  Sources say the exact amount of acres were unknown due to the smoke hiding the front portion of the fire.

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Sources closest to the fire say that there is a lot of farmland in between the fire and Englehard.  There are no reports of any threats to homes, businesses or structures.

WC Fire by IC 6

Photo Credit: NC IMT

Smoke has been hindering areas on Highway 264, causing Law Enforcement and the Department of Transportation having to shut down part of the roadway.

An amendment to this closure was announced today in a press release stating smoke is suppose to make it difficult to see on during Friday’s commute, due to low to poor visibility.  If conditions warrant safe travels when the smoke lifts, they will reopen the highway from 1000 hours to 2000 hours, however if there are any smoky conditions – the roadway may be closed at a moment’s notice.  Travel Safety is their number one priority and if conditions are poor, they will have no choice but to shutdown the roadway at a moment’s notice.  Please pack your patience when travelling.

The smoke has impacted some nearby communities.  Those with breathing issues are suggested to close windows, if at all possible.

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Photo Credit: NC IMT

The fire is still holding at 14,000 acres with a 15% containment status.

FUELS

Fire fuels are 6-feet of Chaparral.

FUTURE PLANS

Fire crews have been assigned with holding the fire South of Jackson and Maple Roads.

WEATHER FORECAST

Winds from the South will become more of a challenge for fire crews on Friday, in addition to continued dry weather.  Sunny skies will shine over working on the fire ground.

WC Fire by IC 8.jpeg

Photo Credit: NC IMT

CLOSURES

The Department of Transportation and the State Police have partially closed U.S. Highway 264.  Call or go online to your local news or travel websites for up-to-date road conditions.  Detours have been implemented to help guide you on the roadways.

REMINDERS

NOTE:  Always remember to Move Over when there are lights and sirens [to the right] and move one lane over as safe as possible,  if you see emergency vehicles, including Department of Transportation, Police, Fire, Tow trucks etc. on the shoulder of the highway.

You may see Emergency Fire vehicles and equipment working in the area.  Please yield to them, as safely as you can.

SUPPORTING THEIR MISSION

If you happen to see a Firefighter, Police Officer or Department of Transportation or any other Public Safety Member on the roadway, please thank them for their service and dedication. They will surely appreciate your gratitude!

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Fire in NC’s Alligator River NF Stubborn

FIRE SUMMARY

Two small fires broke out on the Hyde County side of the Dare / Hyde County line and NW of U.S. Highway 264 in Englehard, North Carolina.  It is said to be on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and North of the Hyde County Airport and Pamico Road.

whipping creek fire by IC

The fire started around 1400 hours on April 18th.

The cause is unknown and under investigation at this time but the fire was spotted around 200 acres but quickly merged with another smaller fire around 25-plus acres.  It quickly increased in acres from a smaller amount of 200 acres, exploding into 500 acres by nightfall.

WC Fire by IC 2

The original larger fire is said to have started on private land South of the Dare Bombing Range and Alligator River National Forest.

COMMAND

The Incident is in an Unified Command System with North Carolina Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.  They are listed as a NC Type 2 IMT.

WC Fire by IC 4

The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Mateo Campus of College of the Albemarle formerly known as the Mateo Middle School.

RESOURCES

63 personnel are assigned to this incident.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

As of today’s report, the fire was stated to be active and running.  Current burned acres is 14,000 and growing due to dry weather and low humidity.  Friday’s weather is expected to produce some rain but not enough to make an impact on the fire below.

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In addition to dry weather, winds on Wednesday, April 20th from the NEastern side have proved to be challenging to fire crews on the ground.

More accurate is needed for fire mapping but due to dense smoke obscuring the flame front, it has been proven to be hindering their abilities.  Currently, the fire is not directly threatening any businesses or homes.  The fire has escaped its containment lines several times throughout the incident.  A persistent problem is on the NE side of the fire.

The smoke is impacting some communities.

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The fire is at a 15% containment status.

As of today’s press release, the fire has burned up to 14,000 acres crossing over private, State and Federal lands belonging to U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, the Nature conservancy and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

FUELS

Fire fuels are 6-feet of Chaparral.

FUTURE PLANS

Fire crews have been assigned with holding the fire South of Jackson and Maple Roads.

WEATHER FORECAST

Winds from the South will become more of a challenge for fire crews on Friday, in addition to continued dry weather.  Sunny skies will shine over working on the fire ground.

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CLOSURES

The Department of Transportation and the State Police have partially closed U.S. Highway 264.  Call or go online to your local news or travel websites for up-to-date road conditions.  Detours have been implemented to help guide you on the roadways.

REMINDERS

NOTE:  Always remember to Move Over when there are lights and sirens [to the right] and move one lane over to your left if you see emergency vehicles, including Department of Transportation, Police, Fire, Tow trucks etc. on the shoulder of the highway.

You may see Emergency Fire vehicles and equipment working in the area.  Please yield to them, as safely as you can.

#FireImages are Photo Credit/Courtesy of: Whipping Creek Fire IC Team.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

#BREAKING – 5 Alarm Commercial Structure Fire in Walla Walla Washington

A 5-alarm commercial fire has broken out at the Martin Archery [http://www.martinarchery.com/] located 3134 Heritage Road in Walla Wall Washington.  The first arriving unit dubbed the incident “Martin Command” lying witness to heavy smoke and flames.

Units from WWFD, SPFD, Fire Districts 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8 and Milton-Freewater FD are on scene.  Addtional water tenders and engines were requested.

Red Cross has been requested due to multiple units on scene.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

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