Gold Bar (WA) Water Rescue Prompts Call Out | 1

GOLD BAR, Wash. – Firefighters from Gold Bar, Snohomish County Fire Districts 5 and 7 were toned out for a missing 20-something male swimmer in Eagle Falls near Index.  The incident occurred on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.

The swimmer is described as male, 20’s, wearing black shorts, thin build and last seen jumping into the water and not resurfacing.  The area is about 50 yards from where the rapids start. (In the area where the Command Post is located).

Battalion 53 assumed command and established the incident as “Eagle Falls” Command.  Units have arrived on-scene and are currently searching for the missing swimmer.  Some units are downstream searching as well.

A chopper from Snohomish County, SNOHawk 10 was said to be deployed but were committed to another active incident.  King County Guardian 1 was in the process of deploying to the scene.

Around 1722 hours PDT, the incident was switched from an active search and rescue to a recovery mission.  The most likely lead Agency taking over is the Snohomish County Sheriff Office.

ABOUT EAGLE FALLS

Eagle Falls is located on Washington State US 2, about four miles east of Index to the mile marker 39.

This area is in the uppermost part of the waterfall on the South Fork Skykomish River and downstream from the town of Baring.  It then drops about 25 feet in a high volume cascade.

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#GoldBarFire – Rain Helping Containment – SitRep5

Updated 5/14/2016 1715 PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The #ProctorCreekFire was spotted burning in the heavily loaded fire fuels of logging slash and timber on May 13th.

LOCATION – LAND OWNER

The fire is approximately 5 miles East of Gold Bar in Snohomish County, Washington.

At the base of the of the hillside where the fire is burning is private land.  Local Firefighters were first due with additional State and Federal fire personnel arriving quickly.  The top of the mountain was stated it is 99% DNR land.  All local, State, Federal and other jurisdictions were working in a Unified Command system.

FIRE RESPONSE

WA DNR:

DNR personnel were dispatched at 1611 PDT to the scene where they were faced with a brush fire turned large not contained wildfire.

Incident Cooperators:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, and acting as aerial lookout for ground fire crews.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Acres:

The fire has burned up to 325 acres from its initial report of being spotted at 15 acres.  Due to high winds and dry fuels, this fire increased quickly.

Cause:

The cause is still under investigation and unknown at this time.

Weather Aids Crews:

Rain had been occurring over the County, hitting the fire ground for both the #HotShotFire located near #Oso and this fire #ProctorCreekFire (DNR’s designator) and #GoldBarFire since the latter part of the morning.

This has helped crews gain control of the fire bringing it to a 20% containment status.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

Resources:

There are still 100 fire personnel assigned to this incident.  No injuries or deaths have been reported.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriffs Office.

SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS – PIO

DNR Reporting

  • #GoldBarFire
  • #ProctorCreekFire

Other Media Sources Posting

  • #GoldBarFire

Our Hashtags Using

  • #WAWildifres2016
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #GoldBarFire

PIO – Snohomish Co Fire District #7

  • Changed over on 5/14/2016 @ 1530 hours.
  • 360-688-3392

 

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#GoldBarFire Explodes Overnight – SitRep4

Updated 5/14/2016  1320 PDT

Incident Summary

The #ProctorCreekFire was spotted burning in the heavily loaded fire fuels of logging slash and timber, located at the 4200 block in Snohomish County’s Highway 2, just off of Forest Road 62 in Gold Bar, Washington on May 13th.

Location

The fire is approximately 5 miles East of Gold Bar in Snohomish County, Washington.

At the base of the of the hillside where the fire is burning is private land.  Local Firefighters were first due with additional State and Federal fire personnel arriving quickly.  The top of the mountain was stated it is 99% DNR land.  All local, State, Federal and other jurisdictions were working in a Unified Command system.

Fire Response

DNR personnel were dispatched at 1611 PDT to the scene where they were faced with a brush fire turned large not contained wildfire.

Resources on scene include:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, and acting as aerial lookout for ground fire crews.
Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Historical Timeline

A Historical outline of events taken place on this fire are listed here with the most current first to the last (start of the fire).

May 14, 2016 – Saturday

1015 Hours.

Briefing held this morning by Snohomish County Fire District #7 PIO and they reported it was raining on the fireground.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

0928 Hours.

Aerial view of the fire.  Fire has reached 325 acres burned with the assistance of Snohomish County’s Helicopter via Aerial Mapping.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

0830 Hours.

Firefighters were more than grateful and thanked all of those who donated fluids and goodies to them.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

0530 Hours.

The wind had died down.  A photo shows heavy smoke and flames in the distance, a fire monster itching to start up again.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

May 13, 2016 – Friday

1611 Hours.

The fire was active with a fast forward spread occurring.  Hot spots were starting all around crews and with the aid of Snohomish County’s SnoHAWK10 in the air.  The fire had burned 30 acres quickly.

The wildfire was said to have a 0% containment status and presenting a heavy thermal column.    It was reported as being a wind-driven fire as winds were beginning to pick up.

Access was difficult for firefighters due to the tough terrain.  The Snohomish County Sheriff Office’s SnowHAWK10, a Huey helicopter had been brought in to assist with water drops.

A 2nd Alarm was called.

Snohomish County is providing a staging area for the WA DNR fire crews, equipment and additional resources (see photo below).

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriffs Office.

1930 Hours.

Almost 3 hours later, there were several spot fires with one extinguished (probably more but did not hear it on the Scanner) and a fire on the South side of the drainage.  It was currently South of their current position.  Fire was growing rapidly.

2000 Hours.

Within thirty minutes, a Jurisdiction 1 Engine had arrived on scene.

2036 Hours.

A Level Evacuation Order was given to the residents on the South side of Hwy 2 between 437th Drive SE and FS Rd 62.

2300 Hours.

Concerned neighbor, Jessika Marie has probably seen a lot happening in her neck of the woods as she has lived there 30 years.   Living  near the Gold Bar Fire, she shares photos taken at 2300 last night, when the acreage count was at 120 acres. Update: on 5/14/2016, she stated the count was to 200+ and later that it was raining in the area.

Photo Credit: Jessika Marie

2330 Hours.

The fire was moving towards homes and an elevated Level 2 Evacuation order went into effect for the same area, affecting 26 homes.

2345 Hours.

The current weather was at 59-degrees with 0% of precip, 66% humidity and winds up to 11 mph.  Rain was expected to hit the area on Saturday. 

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #goldbarfire
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #WAWildifres2016

 

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Update 5 | Proctor Creek aka goldbarfire | WA DNR | Washington State

Updated 5/13/16  2345 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:   Dispatched 5/13/2016 @ 1611 PDT.

Command:   Unified Command – Monroe FD w/USFS and W

Cause:  Unknown..

Location:  4200 block on Hwy 2 off of FS Rd 62 in Gold Bar, Washington.  Burning on private land currently but at the top of the hillside is 100% DNR land. (per DNR Wildcad)   Updated:  5 miles E of Gold Bar.

Fire Fuels:  Logging Slash, Timber.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

 

INCIDENT HISTORY

May 13, 2016 – Friday 

1611 PDT

  • Active
  • Fast forward spread.
  • Hotspots starting, being spotted by Air Support.
  • Originally reported as 15 ac wildfire on slope wtih heavy thermal column
  • 2nd Alarm called.

Acres:

  • 30 acres and growing.
  • Per WA DNR PIO.

Conditions:

  • Tough terrain for crews.
  • Wind-driven

Containment Status:  

  • 0%

Tactics:

  • Buck drops by Snohomish Co Sheriff Office’s

1930 PDT

  • 1 spot fire and extinguished.
  • Fire on the South side of the drainage
  • South of their current position
  • Visible flame length
  • Fire growing rapidly.

2000 PDT

  • Location updated by WA DNR (see the above the update)
  • DNR states:  Jurisdiction 1 Engine, resources on-scene

2036 PDT

  • Level 1 Evacuation Orders given to South side of Hwy 2 between 437th Drive SE & Forest Service Rd 62.

2330 PDT

  • Level 2 Evacuations in progress for 26 affected homes on South side of Forest Rd 62 and 437th Drive SE.  

2345 PDT

  • Current weather:  59-degrees. 0% precip. 66% humidity with winds at 11mph.  Precip expected to hit the area on Saturday.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

RESOURCES

Fire Apparatus:

  • Brush 66
  • Ladder 20
  • Brush 66
  • Brush 71
  • Brush 53
  • Tender

Incident Cooperators:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3
  • Getchell Fire

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, and acting as aerial lookout for ground fire crews.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #goldbarfire
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #WaWildfires2016

 

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Update 3 | Proctor Creek aka goldbarfire | WA DNR | Washington State

Updated 5/13/16  2143 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:   Dispatched 5/13/2016 @ 1611 PDT.

Command:   Unified Command – Monroe FD w/USFS and W

Cause:  Unknown..

Location:  4200 block on Hwy 2 off of FS Rd 62 in Gold Bar, Washington.  Burning on private land currently but at the top of the hillside is 100% DNR land. (per DNR Wildcad)   Updated:  5 miles E of Gold Bar.

Fire Fuels:  Unknown.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

 

INCIDENT HISTORY

May 13, 2016 – Friday  16

1611 PDT

  • Active
  • Fast forward spread.
  • Hotspots starting, being spotted by Air Support.
  • Originally reported as 15 ac wildfire on slope wtih heavy thermal column
  • 2nd Alarm called.

Acres:

  • 30 acres and growing.
  • Per WA DNR PIO.

Conditions:

  • Tough terrain for crews.
  • Wind-driven

Containment Status:  

  • 0%

Tactics:

  • Buck drops by Snohomish Co Sheriff Office’s

1930 PDT

  • 1 spot fire and extinguished.
  • Fire on the South side of the drainage
  • South of their current position
  • Visible flame length
  • Fire growing rapidly.

2000 PDT

  • Location updated by WA DNR (see the above the update)
  • DNR states:  Jurisdiction 1 Engine, resources on-scene

2036 PDT

  • Level 1 Evacuation Orders given to South side of Hwy 2 between 437th Drive SE & Forest Service Rd 62.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

RESOURCES

Fire Apparatus:

  • Brush 66
  • Ladder 20
  • Brush 66
  • Brush 71
  • Brush 53
  • Tender

Incident Cooperators:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • Shoreline FD
  • Woodinville FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3
  • Getchell Fire

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, aerial lookout for ground fire crews.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #goldbarfire
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #WaWildfires2016

 

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New! | Proctor Creek aka goldbarfire | WA DNR | Washington State

Updated 5/13/16  1825 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:   Dispatched 5/13/2016 @ 1611 PDT.

Command:   Unified Command – Monroe FD w/USFS and W

Cause:  Unknown..

Location:  4200 block on Hwy 2 off of FS Rd 62 in Gold Bar, Washington.  Burning on private land currently but at the top of the hillside is 100% DNR land.

Fire Fuels:  Unknown.

Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

 

 

INCIDENT HISTORY

May 13, 2016 – Friday  16

1611 PDT

  • Active
  • Fast forward spread.
  • Hotspots starting, being spotted by Air Support.
  • Originally reported as 15 ac wildfire on slope wtih heavy thermal column
  • 2nd Alarm called.

Acres:

  • 30 acres and growing.
  • Per WA DNR PIO.

Conditions:

  • Tough terrain for crews.
  • Wind-driven

Containment Status:  

  • 0%

Tactics:

  • Buck drops by Snohomish Co Sheriff Office’s

1930 PDT

  • 1 spot fire and extinguished.
  • Fire on the South side of the drainage
  • South of their current position
  • Visible flame length
  • Fire growing rapidly.

 

RESOURCES

Fire Apparatus:

  • Brush 66
  • Ladder 20
  • Brush 66
  • Brush 71
  • Brush 53
  • Tender

Incident Cooperators:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • Shoreline FD
  • Woodinville FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3
  • Getchell Fire

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, aerial lookout for ground fire crews.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #goldbarfire
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #WaWildfires2016

 

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Sheriff Office Searching for Missing Arlington Couple | Update 3

COUPLE BELIEVED TO BE MURDERED

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office released an additional formal statement on their websitetoday  regarding the Arlington, Washington state missing couple, Patrick “Pat” Shunn, 45 and his wife, Monique Patenaude, 46 who went missing on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Patrick "Pat" Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude in happier times. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Patrick “Pat” Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude in happier times. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Pat was last seen at his job in Kirkland on Monday, while his wife at 1300 hours on that same day.  Neighbors called Police on Tuesday, when Monique who had other plans did not show up.  Pat did not call or show up for work the next day either.  His brother says that he usually calls and this is so out-of-character for him.

Police originally called the disappearances as suspicious.   Detectives now believe that the couple may be victims of Homicidal violence according to evidence left at the remote wooded location where their two vehicles had been dumped and at the former home of one of the suspects.

EVIDENCE DOES NOT LIE

Detectives believe the couple may be victims of homicidal violence due to the evidence collected from the two vehicles that had been dumped in a remote, wooded area about 15 miles from the couple’s home.  Access to the vehicles originally was delayed due to the very steep and rocky terrain.  The vehicles have since been towed from the dump site.

Police also found evidence at the former John Reed’s home near where the couple resided.

SUSPECTS WANTED BY POLICE

Two suspects have been named by tbe Sheriff’s Office.

John Blaine Reed, 53 is described as 5’8″, 190# with hazel eyes and gray hair. [See photo below].

Suspect John Reed.  Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

Suspect John Reed. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Offices

John’s brother, Tony Clyde Reed, 49, is described as 5’11”, 150#s has green eyes and gray hair. [See photo below]

Suspect Tony Reed with facial hair.  Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect Tony Reed with facial hair. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Suspect Tony Reed without facial hair. Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect Tony Reed without facial hair. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office Detective believe the Reed brothers are traveling in a maroon colored 2007 VW EOS Coupe with WA Plate #AXH5106. [See photo below]

Suspect Vehicle.  Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect Vehicle. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

They are convicted felons and have an extensive criminal history.  They are considered Armed and Dangerous.  Police ask that you do not approach them but call 9-1-1.

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS

Search and rescue teams continue to search for the missing couple in a large area North of the couple’s home near Oso, Washington.  The Sheriff’s Office say that locating them is their number one priority.

If you know where the location of the Reed brothers are, contact Police by calling 9-1-1 and do not approach them.  An anonymous Tip Line has also been established at 425-388-3845.  The Sheriff’s Office say they are eager to catch the two brothers as well and get these two dangerous criminals off the streets.

Or, if you have information leading to the location of the Arlington couple, Police also ask that you contact them as well at the above phone numbers.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#ShunnPatenaude

#MissingArlingtonCouple

 

 

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Sheriff Office Searching for Missing Arlington Couple | Update 2

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES CONFIRMED

The Snohomish County Sheriff Trenary released an update on the missing Arlington , Washington state couple today at 1400 hours.

An Arlington, Washington couple – Patrick Shunn, 45 and his wife, former B.C. resident, Monique Patenaude, 46, have been missing since Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  Patrick was last seen at his job in Kirkland on Monday, April 11th.  His brother pleaded to the news media saying this is completely out-of-character for him.

Reports released in the Media, say Patrick “Pat” Shunn’s wife, Monique Patenaude was last seen around 1pm on that same Monday near her property.  Authorities were called when they failed to show up for pre-planned events.

The couple have ties to Oregon City, the Arlington-Darrington-Oso and B.C. areas.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is calling their disappearance as suspicious.

VEHICLES FOUND

In a press release today at 1400 hours, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office stated that the couple’s two vehicles were located in a remote wooded area, approximately 15 miles from their home.  Deputies had a difficult time accessing the area due to the steep terrain.

The couple’s vehicles have since been towed out of the area and being searched thoroughly.

LAWSUIT POSSIBLE MOTIVE

We reported on a previous lawsuit that came to light that seemed to include many of their neighbors.  Media asked the Snohomish County’s spokesman during the press release if the 2013 lawsuit had anything to do with their disappearance. It was answered as unknown as they did not have any info pertaining to that lawsuit readily available.

We missed the Spokesman’s initial statement but it was stated that brothers, John Reed and Tony Reed are wanted in connection with the couple’s disappearance. They are convicted felons and have an extensive criminal history but the Sheriff wold not elaborate if their criminal history included murder.

Police state they were possible neighbors that lived never Pat and Monique.  They are wanted by the Sheriff’s Office and are considered as Armed and Dangerous.  The SCSO is asking for the Public’s help and to call 9-1-1 if they are seen. Do not approach them.

Reporters at the Press Conference brought up the fact of the case of neighbors having a property dispute with the couple using their ATVs on others property to access the river.  The Sheriff was unable to comment on that part of the case.  He was more focused on finding the missing pair.

PUBLIC TIPLINE

Do you have information on the whereabouts of Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude?  If you have any tips but are afraid of sharing what you know or have seen, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has set up an anonymous Tipline at 425-388-3845.

 

Editor’s Note:  

All information is gleaned from the various sources including the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Courts, Address verification sources and Social Media.  

We do not represent nor proclaim we are Law Enforcement Professionals but we are familiar with the system and some of their investigative processes.

 

 

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Sheriff Office Searching for Missing Couple

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

An Arlington, Washington couple – Patrick Shunn, 45 and his wife, former B.C. resident, Monique Patenaude, 46, have been missing since Monday, April 11, 2016.  Patrick was last seen at his job in Kirkland on that day.  His brother pleaded to the news media saying this is completely out-of-character for him.

Reports released in the Media, say Patrick “Pat” Shunn’s wife, Monique Patenaude was last seen around 1pm on that same Monday near her property.  Authorities were called when they failed to show up for pre-planned events.

The couple have ties to Oregon, the Arlington-Darrington-Oso and B.C. areas.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is calling their disappearance as suspicious.

VEHICLES LOCATED

Both of their vehicles, descriptions, photos and Alerts were splashed all over mainstream media, Social media and through friends and family, in hopes they would be found along with the couple or, at least giving a sense of where they could be located.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office released a statement in how their Helicopter, “SnoHAWK10” located both vehicles, which appeared to have gone over an embankment down into a remote wooded area in the Oso area. Both vehicles lay near one another.

Due to the vehicles’ location, Police state they had not had the opportunity to search.  They are still rulling this disappearance as suspicious.

LAWSUIT COMING TO LIGHT

A news source reported and tipped us off about a lawsuit filed against the couple for some type of trespass charge.  We wanted to find out more about it ourselves before reporting on  our own, in hopes it could shed light on what they were having to live through and what that may have entailed, as this whole thing seems like a mystery all in itself.

 

In pouring over the many Washington State Court cases, we did happen to find one that appears to include many potential neighbors as we will call them due to the close proximity to where those in the Declarations live to the couple.

Since, we are not Legal Experts nor directly involved with this one case – we will not be making any type of assumption as to what the case may be about. However, what we will say is this – there are a lot of parties involved in this one particular case that could easily peeks someone’s interest.

We can only theorize but we will leave that up to the Law Enforcement professionals to make that determination based upon what the evidence is telling them in their investigation.

PUBLIC TIPLINE

Do you have information on the whereabouts of Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude?  If you have any tips but are afraid of sharing what you know or have seen, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has set up an anonymous Tipline at 425-388-3845.

Disclaimer:  

All information is gleaned from the various sources including the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Courts, Address verification sources and Social Media.  

We do not represent nor proclaim we are Law Enforcement Professionals but we are familiar with the system and some of their investigative processes.

For the purpose of this post, we are only engaged in reporting the facts in a journalistic point-of-view.  All our opinions are our own and not a representation of any Law Enforcement Agency.

 

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