WA Wildfire Activity Log | Monday

There was some wildfire activity today on Monday, May 2, 2022. Here is a brief summary of what occurred today according to our source with wildcad.net.


A wildfire broke out on Euclid Road in Spokane County, Washington. Resources were dispatched via WA DNR – NEC at 1038 hours this morning and arrived shortly thereafter on the scene at 1121 hours. The fire was contained to 0.1 acres with fire fuels being timber and litter. It was contained at 1140 hours and controlled at 1145 hours PT. No word on the cause. # Final Report #


Smoke Check. At 0847 hours this morning, resources were dispatched via the WA DNR CWC Dispatch Center to Oak Creek in Yakima County, Washington. Incident #OWF-66. Limited information received. # Final Report #

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News from the Fire Ground | WA

Hello from the NW Fire Blog team and Welcome to our newest pilot News Series! Watch our postings on other States/Global areas due to come online and keep those updates on your Social Media channels coming so those can see all of the great things you are doing in your communities and around the Globe.

This post includes News and events from all of our Fire Departments across Washington State on this Monday, December 6, 2021.

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Calling all 9-1-1 Dispatcher Angels — The Southeast Communications Center more commonly known as SECOMM is currently hiring Emergency Communications. Visit their website here –> http://www.wearerichland.org or you can check out these Angels in action –> https://www.facebook.com/BentonCountyEmergencyServices/videos/895636091346304

A Milestone Celebrated — SECOMM employee, Tim Harter celebrates his 20-year anniversary on December 1st.

Credit | SECOMM

CodeRED Alert System Testing — On Wednesday, December 8th at 1625 hours PT, the Benton and Franklin County Emergency Management will conduct a test of the CodeRED Mass Notification System.

“CodeRED is an “opt-in” Mass Notification System designed to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. The system allows us to deliver emergency messages through voice, text, or e-mail. Notification via Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) is also available. Residents can sign up to receive alerts in English, Spanish, Russian or Chinese (preferred language is chosen when you sign up). Benton County residents can sign up at www.bces.wa.gov” – BCEMS


Credit | Bothell FD

Train Like Your Life Depends on It — BFD Technical Rescue Team also known as TRT trained members within their Fire Department on vital skills to prepare them for when they arrive first on-scene. TRT members respond to all technical water / confined spaces / heavy and high angle rescue calls.


A Second Calling — We thought being a firefighter was pretty great, but an artist too? Wow. How lucky are the East Pierce Fire Department? This photo was taken of a drawing on their station’s whiteboard by Artist, ehem, I mean Probationary Firefighter Morton.

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Credit | EPF IAFF Local 3520


2021 Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund Food Drive — There were 252 First Due Movers red totes were filled with food donations, in addition to a collection of cash, checks, and Venmo payments for a whopping $2,843.00. Gift cards totaled $6,825.00 with 76 additionally with unknown amounts. Wow! That’s what SUCCESS looks like for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and the Snoqualmie Valley Bank.

Credit | Eastside Fire & Rescue


Heroes Breakfast Fundraiser — The Everett Firefighters Association (EFFA) is fundraising for the American Red Cross Northwest Region’s Annual Heroes Breakfast virtual event on December 9, 2021. The EFFA’s goal is $2,500. They have raised over half towards this goal but you can help them raise the roof and help even more people.

Learn more about how the Red Cross is helping those impacted in the Everett area and in other locations around the northwest.


Visit their website at https://e.givesmart.com/events/n2c/c/:W-HONJYWFEW/?fbclid=IwAR1S9sb7SANQ1CdUM3acWyjdR4yN-SQBkg1Zh7GPVpvjGNjJ1_AXARFrShQ


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Credit | GHFD

A new Chief — The Department adds a new employee to their Department with Perry Oldenburg, as their new Assistant Chief of Admin and Finance. He started on Monday, December 6, 2021.

Bio: Chief Oldenburg

“Chief Oldenburg worked for the Boise Fire Department for just under 30 years. His career started in Union leadership (shop steward, grievance committee, executive board, vice-president, president) and finished as a Chief Officer. He served as a Deputy Chief for 12 years and had the opportunity to oversee and manage multiple divisions (6) within the department in a wide range of diverse program areas.Chief Oldenburg is also a retired military officer who completed 22 years in the Army/National Guard. He attended Officer Candidate School and rotary-wing (helicopter) flight training and spent most of his career as an AH-64 Apache helicopter Company Commander. The final 4 years of his military career involved fixed-wing (plane) qualification and the transportation of senior military officers from all branches of service.”


Proper Child Seat Tips — Here’s a great example of why to take your children’s coats off before buckling up. For any child seat questions or to schedule a free car seat inspection, reach out to Captain Sean Killion or Battalion Chief Bob Horst at 765-3175.

May be an image of 2 people, child and text that says 'Dnsn coat on coat off'
Credit | GCFD5


New Members! — Tri-Med Professional EMTs based out of Kent, Washington were named as the IAFF’s newest members under Local I-98. Pictured in the photo is Tri-Med Professional EMT President Don Cheyette and VP Emily Lewis. The EMTs of this EMS organization work with 10 of the IAFFs Puget Sound area affiliates delivering service in King County.

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Credit | Ricky Walsh / IAFF 7th District


Swapping Rigs Tonight — Santa Claus swapped out his sleigh for a shiny red fire truck and riding in style in the Lacey Lighted Parade, where Mother Nature tried to rain on his parade but did not succeed.

May be an image of 2 people, outdoors and text that says 'Happy Holidays! DESTRIOY DISTRICT3 NERGENCIES'
Credit | LFD3


Credit | Puyallup Extrication Team

Tool Sale — The Puyallup Extrication group is selling their last set of Hurst Hydraulic Tools.

This non-profit organization consists of 13 professional Firefighters that teach the latest techniques in “Auto Extrication”. If you are interested in what they do and/or in the sale of their tools, you can visit them on Facebook @thpxteam

“Our group has instructed several Fire & Rescue agencies over the past 11 years including departments from Canada, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. In addition to instructing we have also been competing nationally as well as internationally since 2000 in TERC vehicle rescue competitions. Vehicle extrication is the rescue skill of disentangling and removal of patients who are trapped in severe automobile accidents.”


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Credit | SFD

Night Drills — Shoreline FD firefighters received an early Christmas gift from a local business community member, Pulte Homes who donated the old Westminister Church building to conduct night drills. Firefighters will be conducting training on this building on December 16, 20 and 21, 2021, from 1600 – 2100 hours PT and promise they won’t be using any operating saws or loud equipment past 1900 hours.

If you have a structure that needs to be demolished, Shoreline Fire is looking for donated buildings to train on and this could also be a tax writeoff for you. It’s a win-win for all. Check out more details in how you can help the SFD, by calling them at 206-533-6501 or by visiting them in person at 17525 Aurora Avenue North in Shoreline, Washington 98133.


Wood-Working Santa Visits the Fire Station — A tradition at Station #5 seems to be the happy receiver of a woodcarver Santa who stops by to deliver his gifts to firefighters who then are visited by many volunteer agencies by spreading the Holiday joy to Santa’s children everywhere.

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Credit | SVFD


The Faces Behind a Great Fire Agency — Great wishes from a great Fire Department. Check out the faces behind this amazing Fire Department.

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Credit | WPFR


Holiday Command — The firefighters from the Yakima County Fire District #12/West Valley Fire were staging at the Roots Nursery on 67th and Teiton Drive with their truck adorned in Holiday colorful lights.

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Credit | WVFR

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Thank you for reading and visiting our site today. Stay safe everyone!

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA | Wildfire Activity Report

It was a busy day filled with WA DNR Fire Activity throughout several Counties via the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center. Here is a recap on Friday as of 2100 hours PT.


JOHNSON FIRE. 1739 PT. Johnson Road. Stevens County. 0.1 acre. Grass. Contained 1810 PT. Controlled 1830 PT.

SHERWOOD FIRE. 1624 PT. Sherwood Loop. Stevens County. 0.25 acres. In patrol status.

GRAY ROAD FIRE. 1430 PT. Gray Road. Pend Oreille. 0.1 acre. Timber/Understory. Contained 1630 PT. Controlled 17135 hours PT.

RIVERSIDE FIRE. 1415 PT. Riverside. Okanogan County. 71.4 acres. Grass, shrub. 60% lined. Forward progression stopped at 1747 hours PT Resources: C 93 A E 692 HI 40+Crew HI 7102 HI 7104 HI 7112 SO 60 SO 7201 SO 7202 SO 7203 SO 7208 SO 7210 W Zone 10. — OPEN Incident —

SHORE ACRES FIRE. 1351 PT. Loon Lake. Stevens County. 10 acres. Timber/understory. Crews working on finishing handline. 95% approx lined. Resources – AR 25 AR 26 AR 32 AR 7401 AR 7403 AR 7407 C 6201 E Zone 10 NC 41+Crew NC 42+Crew NC 43+Crew NC 44+Crew. — OPEN Incident —

DIVISION FIRE. 1248 PT. Hatch Road. Spokane County. 1 acre. Contained 1350 PT. Controlled 1500 hours PT. Patrol status.

TACOMA SEVEN FIRE. 1021 PT. Tacoma Creek. Pend Oreille County. 0.1 acre. Timber, litter. Contained 1155 PT. Controlled 1307 PT.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/4/2021 2210 PT

Elmer City Fire | Okanogan County WA | Update 5


Incident Summary

This first fire started  on the afternoon of September 11th  as a wind-driven wildfire driving the flames South and East.

Photo published for Elmer City Fire 9-13-2016

Courtesy of Okanogan County Emergency Management

At one point, the fire was located above Grand Coulee City Hall, prompting firefighters to enact immediate structure protection.


There are approximately 192 personnel assigned to this fire along with resources of 5 crews, 16 engines and 1 helicopter.

This fire was the original owner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Command was turned over to a Type 3 IMT on September 13th.


The Elmer City Fire is located one (1) mile from  Elmer City (Okanogan County), Washington State.


As of September 13th, the NW Interagency Coordination Center is reporting this fire to be at 100% containment status with 5608 acres burned.

At 1500 hours on September 13th, the Level 3 evacuation order had been lifted.

One (1) unknown type of structure has been lost.


Cause of the fire is still under investigation, but power line slap (one wire touching the other due to gusty winds) is being looked at.



Ways to #PrepareNOW

Social Media

Hashtags being used for this fire are #WaWILDFIRE #NWFireBlogWA  #ElmercityFire  #OkanoganCoFire

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Thank You for reading our Post today.  May have you have a Safe Day!



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Elmer City Fire | Okanogan County WA | Update 4


Multiple wildfires broke out in the Okanogan-Grant County area on September 11th that has caused much confusion to several of us, including mainstream Media.  Wildfire information from various sources has differed and has been sketchy at times leaving us to wonder.  But have no fear, we think we may have unlocked the mystery which in turn will be two separate posts.

Incident Summary

This first fire started  yesterday afternoon, as a wind-driven wildfire driving the flames South and East. Fire crews a great job protecting Elmer City as the flames pushed up the hillside and around the city while continuing South.

At one point, the fire was located above Grand Coulee City Hall, prompting firefighters to enact immediate structure protection.


Yesterday during the day, there were several aircraft working the fire, four (4) fire bosses (single engine scoopers), and a four (4) engine heavy fire bombers (BAE 146). Mt. Tolman Fire Center had two (2) dozers actively working the fire.

The fire made a long, narrow section of scorched path, almost reaching the Columbia River several miles upriver from Grand Coulee Dam which was a serious concern to many,


The Elmer City Fire is located just North of Elmer City (Okanogan County), Washington State.


As of September 11th evening, the fire is approximately 2000 acres with a 75% containment status. (reported by Mt. Tolman Fire Center air resources)

Another Fire Burns in Same Area

A second fire was burning between Elmer City and Coulee Dam but was quickly put out, limiting the size to less than a quarter acre.  No evacuations, cause or injuries were reported.


Cause of the fire is still under investigation, but power line slap (one wire touching the other due to gusty winds) is being looked at.


Alert Level One is still in effect for the area as the fire has the potential to hook around and move back west towards Coulee Dam and Elmer City. The winds are predicted to pick up again today.

Ways to #PrepareNOW


A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 1900 hours on September 12th for the following Counties:

  • Adams
  • Benton
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Grant
  • Klickitat
  • Lincoln
  • Yakima

Social Media

Hashtags being used for this fire are #WaWILDFIRE #NWFireBlogWA  #ElmercityFire  #OkanoganCoFire

Follow us here –> @nwfireblog (Twitter) and on Facebook

Thank You for reading our Post today.  May have you have a Safe Day!



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1 Fire Is Changed to New Name | WA | Update 3

Incident Summary

The Grand Coulee Fire name has been changed to the #230YardFire due to its proximity to the SV Switch yard near Grand Coulee Dam.


Firefighters from across Grant, Okanogan and Douglas counties are on the scene.

Courtesy: WSP Trooper/PIO Brian Moore

Grand Coulee Fire is now known as 230 Yard Fire

A wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River located just North of Grand Coulee Dam that ignited on 9/11/2016.

As of 2000 hours this evening the fire had reached 500 acres.

State Mobe has been approved.

Elmer City Fire

A 2nd wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River near Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee. Started 9/11/2016.  Both fires are approximately 5 miles from each other.

Photo of the fires burning on both sides of the Columbia River. (Credit: Grant County Sheriffs Office)


Grant County Sheriff states,

“People in  Elmer City areas need to remain aware of the fire conditions and stand by for any evacuation requests.

Grand Coulee/Crown Point/Coulee Dam remain aware of fire conditions. Please leave if fire threatens.”

Current Status

The Fire Department escalated the fire as a 3rd alarm.

No injuries or structures damaged/destroyed as being reported.



(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog





NEW! 2 Fires Burn In Same Vicinity | WA | Update 2

Incident Summary

There are 2 wildfires burning within five (5) miles of each other and in different counties and they are in 2 different counties.  So, you can clearly see how confusing this is but we are on it!


Firefighters from across Grant, Okanogan and Douglas counties are on the scene.

Courtesy: WSP Trooper/PIO Brian Moore

Grand Coulee Fire

A wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River near Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee.  Start 9/11/2016. Unknown size, containment status or resources known at this time.

Elmer City Fire

A 2nd wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River near Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee. Started 9/11/2016.  Both fires are approximately 5 miles from each other.

Road Closures

SR 155 is closed NB at Grand Coulee and SB at Elmer City.  SR 174 is closed at SR 155 (Grand Coulee).

Photo of the fires burning on both sides of the Columbia River. (Credit: Grant County Sheriffs Office)


Grant County Sheriff states,

“People in  Elmer City areas need to remain aware of the fire conditions and stand by for any evacuation requests.

Grand Coulee/Crown Point/Coulee Dam remain aware of fire conditions. Please leave if fire threatens.”

Current Status

The Fire Department escalated the fire as a 3rd alarm.


Currently in Ephrata, which is not far from these burning fires – wind is said to be at 24, gusting to 31 m.p.h.


(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog





Active U.S. Wildfires – Saturday, July 2, 2016

Nationally according to the NW Interagency Coordination Center, Saturday’s SitRep is as follows:

  • 149 new fires reported (Initial Light attack activity)
  • 7 are reported as New Large Incidents
  • 7 large fires have been contained
  • 14 uncontained fires continue to burn
  • 1 NIMO is committed along with 2 Type 1 IMTs and 5 Types 2 IMTs

Fires that have occurred in each Region is as follows:

  • Southern California Region  – 17 new fires, 2 new large incidents, 5 uncontained fires.
  • Northern California Region – 31 new fires and 2 uncontained fires.
  • Northern Rockies Region (Montana) – 10 new fires, 1 new large incident and 2 not contained fires.
  • Rocky Mountain Region (South Dakota, Colorado) – 6 new fires, and 1 not contained.
  • Great Basin Region (Utah, Nevada ) – 26 new fires and 2 not contained fires.
  • Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico)- 13 new fires, 2 large incidents and 1 not contained fire.
  • Eastern Region (West Virginia) – 4 new fires.
  • Southern Region (Florida) – 35 new fires, 2 new large incidents.
  • Northwest Region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho)- 14 new fires, 1 not contained.
  • Alaska Region (Alaska) – 3 new fires.

Here are today’s Wildfires –

BEAVER CREEK FIRE (Independence Mtn/Colorado)

BLM Updated Emergency Closure Map

  • Routt National Forest, BLM,  private land, South of the CO/WY state line, 15 miles NW of Walden.
  • Started 6/19/2016 @1200 hours
  • Cause unknown.  Tips or info, call U.S. Forest Service Officer Hannah Nadeau 307-343-2335
  • 13,275 acres
  • Evacuation orders remain in place
  • 5% contained
  • 457 personnel
  • 9 crews
  • 27 engines
  • 8 helicopters
  • 3 structures destroyed
  • Loss or Damage, call  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office 970-723-4242
  • Closures Info, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4797/
  • Fire behavior is creeping, smoldering and minimal
  • $5.9 Million CTD

#Hashtags  #BeaverCreekFire  #CoWildifres2016  #NWFireBlogCO

BIG HAT FIRE (Valles Caldera National Preserve/New Mexico)

Fire Behavior

Big Hat Fire (Source: Inciweb)

  • Banco Bonita area
  • Started 6/22/2016 @ 1200 hours
  • Caused by lightning
  • 200 acres
  • 0% contained
  • 20 personnel
  • 3 engines
  • Firefighters continue to monitor fire and use as benefit to environment & ecosystems
  • $30,000 CTD

#Hashtags  #BigHatFire  #NmWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogNM


BUG CREEK FIRE (East of I-17; Cordes Lakes area, Aqua Fria National Monument, Cultural sites/Arizona)

Bug Creek Fire (Credit: AZ State Forestry)

  • Started 6/28/2016 @ 1045 hours
  • 1080 acres
  • 100% contained
  • 25 personnel
  • 1 Type 2 Initial Attack Crew and 1 engine still on-scene
  • Fire crews working to grid the fire area for residual heat, mop-up,  continued improvement of fire containment lines
  • Fire behavior is minimal
  • $600,000 CTD

#Hashtags  #BugCreekFire   #AzWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogAZ


COLYEAR FIRE (off Colyear Springs Rd, 7 miles W of Red Bank (Tehama County)/California)

  • Started 6/30/2016 @ 1332 hours
  • 464 acres
  • 70% contained
  • 228 personnel
  • 18 engines
  • 12 crews
  • 2 bulldozers
  • 4 water tenders
  • FOS stopped. In Mop-up operations
  • $550,000 CTD

#Hashtags  #ColyearFire  #CALFire  #CaWildfires2016 #NWFireBlogCA

CROW PEAK FIRE (Black Hills NF/South Dakota)

Bug Creek Fire in Arizona (Source: Inciweb)

  • Approx. 4 miles west of Spearfish, SD and 2 miles south of I-90.
  • Started 6/24/2016 @ 1815 hours by Lightning
  • 2724 acres
  • 40% contained
  • 536 personnel
  • 13 crews
  • 32 engines
  • 6 helicopters
  • Resources include – 6 Type 1 Handcrews, 7 Type 2 IA Crews, 32 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender, 3 helicopters, and support staff
  • Fireworks Restrictions  @ http://blackhillsfirerestrictions.com/
  • $4.3 Million CTD

#Hashtags  #CrowPeakFire  #SdWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogSD

CURRY FIRE (Off Curry Mountain Road & Highway 198, 7 miles SW of Coalinga (Fresno County)/California)  NEW!

  • Start 7/1/2016
  • 2,000 acres
  • 10% contained
  • 150 personnel
  • 6 crews
  • 20 engines
  • $300,000 CTD

#Hashtags  #CurryFire  #CALFire  #CaWildfires2016 #NWFireBlogCA


DEER FIRE (Hwy 223 & Deertrail, 6 miles east of Arvin (Kern County)/California)

  • CALFire IMT 1 unit has been deployed to the fire

Deer Fire (Credit: Kern County FD)

  • 1800 acres
  • 0% containment status
  • 80-100 homes threatened in Bear Valley Springs; evacuations in process
  • Kern Co FD encouraging those to evacuate in a square area with the North boundary at Medicine Bow, West boundary at end of Deer Trail with the cross of Derrick Ct., the South boundary at Greenwater Dr., and the East boundary at Territory and Jack Arranda.
  • Evacuation Shelter at acobson Middle School, 711 Anita Drive., in Tehachapi.
  • Animal Services will assist with sheltering companion animals at the shelter site.
  • Those who need assistance with evacuations due to physical limitations can call – Adult and Aging Services hotline at 1-800-277-7866.
  • Highway 223 closed
  • Likely started off of highway and aggressively moving
  • 519 personnel
  • 4 crews
  • 62 engines
  • 20 helicopters
  • 6 airtankers dipping from nearby water sources
  • Heart Flat should prepare to evacuate as well in case of a wind shift

#Hashtags  #DeerFire  #KernCoFire #CaWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogCA

ERSKINE (Lake Isabella – Kern County/California)

  • Unified Command –  USFS, BLM, Kern County Fire Department, Kern County Sheriff

A perimeter map of the Erskine Fire

  • Lake Isabella
  • Cause unknown, under investigation
  • 48,019 acres
  • On 7/3/2016, a CIIMT 5 will be transitioning with a local type 3 team
  • 85% containment
  • 738 personnel
  • 13 crews
  • 26 engines
  • 12 helicopters
  • Minimal fire behavior, hot spots have been addressed
  • Fire suppression lines are complete
  • 286 structures lost
  • $20.4 Million CTD
  • Shelters St. Jude Catholic Church in Wofford Heights and Kernville Elementary School will open  until further notice

#Hashtags  #ErskineFire  #CaWildfires2016  #KernCountyCA  #RedCross  #NWFireBlogCA

FLORES FIRE (I-5 & Flores Ave., 5 miles south of Red Bluff/California)  NEW!

  • Started 7/1/2016
  • Type1 IMT en route
  • 1000 acres
  • 100% contained

#Hashtags  #FloresFire  #CALFire  #CaWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogCA


GOAT FIRE (10 miles SE of Cordes Lakes/Arizona)   NEW!

  • 350 acres
  • 0% contained
  • 26 personnel
  • 1 crew
  • 1 engine
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • $10,000 CTD

#Hashtags  #GoatFire  #AzWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogAZ

I-90 FIRE (4 miles E of Vantage, Washington)  NEW!

  • Started 7/1/2016 around 1730 hours (?)
  • Mile Post 133
  • 300 + acres
  • West Flank contained @ 1830 hours
  • Fire moving towards Vantage
  • ICP @ Vantage Fire Station 21
  • Traffic was reported by WSDOT EB up to 1 hour delay about 4.5 mile back up @ 1730 hours, 7/1/2016
  • Fire was put out 7/1/2016

#Hashtags  #I90Fire #Milepost133Fire #WaWildfires2016 #VantageFire  #NWFireBlgoWA


HORSESHOE FIRE (Thirty-five Miles northwest of Austin/Nevada)  NEW!

  • Start unknown
  • 6,824 acres
  • 85% contained
  • 264 personnel
  • 8 crews
  • 7 engines
  • 4 helicopters
  • 0 structures lost
  • Active fire behavior
  • Sage-grouse threatened
  • $320,000 CTD

#Hashtags #HorseshoeFire #NvWildfires2016


LONE PINE FIRE  (3 miles west of Lone Pine/California)  NEW!

  • Inyo County
  • 30 acres
  • 50% contained

#LonePineFire  #CaWildfires2016  #CALFire  #NWFireBlogCA


LION FIRE (6 miles S of Crown King in the  Bradshaw Mountains/Arizona)

  • Started 6/28/2016 @ 1600 hours
  • Cause unknown, under investigation
  • In rugged and remote area
  • Indirect fire suppression
  • 160 acres
  • Fire area has received heavy moisture but still active in NW area
  • 90% containment
  • 20 personnel
  • Resources include 3 engines and 2 helicopters

#Hashtags  #LionFire  #AzWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogAZ


LONE PINE FIRE ( off Whitney Portal Rd & Olivas Ranch Rd, W of Lone Pine (Inyo Co)/California)

  • Start 7/1/2016
  • 30 acres
  • Whitney Portal campground evacuated
  • Whitney Portal store evacuated
  • Lone Pine Campground evacuated
  • 5% contained @ 1957 Hours PDT

#Hashtags  #LonePineFire  #CaWildfires2016  #CALFire  #NWFireBlogCA



NORTH FIRE (25 miles SW of Magdalena/New Mexico)

  • Started 5/21/2016 @ 1645 hours
  • 42,102 acres
  • Lightning caused
  • 85% containment status
  • 60 personnel
  • Fire behavior is minimal, creeping

#Hashtags  #NorthFire  #NmWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogNM


OBSERVATION FIRE (West of Lost Horse Observation Point, 10 miles Southwest of Hamilton/Montana)

  • Started 6/24/2016 @ noon
  • Caused by lightning
  • 1292 acres
  • 10% containment
  • 361 personnel
  • 10 crews
  • 4 engines
  • 6 helicopters
  • Resources include – Turman’s Type 1 IMT, 12 crews, 7 aircraft, 4 engines, 3 dozers and 4 watertenders


Observation Point Fire - Aerial Photo - June 25

Aerial view of the Observation Fire (Source: inciweb)Fire behavior is moderate with periodic group torching, flanking, and backing

  • Managers expect the fire will continue to spread to the west up the Lost Horse drainage in rugged inaccessible terrain
  • $1.4 Million CTD

#Hashtags  #ObservatonFire  #NmWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogNM


PINE FIRE (Near Haddock Campground, 3 miles west of the Pine Mtn Lodge, above Middle Sespe/California)

Ariel photo of Pine Fire

Pine Fire (Credit: CA-LPF)

  • 11 miles north of Ojai in the Sespe Wilderness
  • 1450 acres
  • Started 6/30/2016 @ 0854 hours
  • As of 7/1/2016 @ 1800 hours, The Central Sierra Incident Management Type 2 Team  assumed command
  • 366 personnel
  • 6 handcrews
  • 2 engines
  • 9 helicopters
  • Managers expect the fire to continue burning to the N and NE and rollout to the SW
  • $1.5 Million CTD

#Hashtags  #PIneFire  #CaWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogCA


PONY FIRE (Happy Camp Ranger District, one-half mile northeast of Pony Peak, 15 miles southwest of Happy Camp, 17 miles north of Somes Bar and 2.7 miles west of State Highway 96 and the Klamath River/California)

Pony Fire view from the South

Pony Fire view from the South (Source: Inciweb)

  • Burning in the Swillup 2001 burn area
  • Started 6/7/2016 @ 1445 hours
  • Caused by Lightning
  • 160 personnel
  • 2858 acres
  • 75% containment
  • Expectations in the fire to continue to creep and smolder, with the possibility of single tree torching throughout the week

#Hashtags  #PonyFire  #CaWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogCA


RIVALLI HILL #2 FIRE  (1 mile E of Rivalli/Montana)  NEW!

  • Flathead Agency, BIA
  • Active fire behavior with single tree torching, group torching, and wind-driven runs
  • Structures threatened
  • 500 acres
  • 30% contained
  • 60 personnel
  • 1 crew
  • 7 engines
  • $150,000 CTD

#Hashtags  #Rivalli2Fire  #MtWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogMT

ROT 1 FIRE (14 miles SW of Belle Grade/Florida)  NEW!

  • Florida Forest Service
  • 800 acres
  • 10% contained
  • 1 crew
  • 1 engine
  • Last report

#Hashtag  #Rot1Fire  #FlWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogFL


ROT 2 FIRE ( 13 SW of Belle Grade/Florida)  NEW!

  • 400 acres
  • 10% contained
  • 1 crew
  • 1 engine
  • Last report

#Hashtag  #Rot2Fire  #FlWildfires2016  #NWFireBlogFL


SADDLE FIRE (2 miles south of Pine Valley/Utah)

Delivering retardant via helicopter.

Delivering retardant via helicopter (Source: Inciweb)

  • Started 6/13/2016 @ 1100 hours
  • Caused by lightning
  • 1540 acres
  • 42% Contained
  • 553 personnel
  • 13 crews
  • 24 engines
  • 5 helicopters
  • Fire crews attacking fire with indirect/direct fire tactics
  • $8.6 Million CTD

#Hashtags #SaddleFire #UtWildfires2016  #UTFires2016  #NWFireBlogUT


TRAILHEAD FIRE (Middle fork American River canyon south of Todd Valley/California)

  • Started 6/28/2016 @ 1345 hours
  • From an unknown cause
  • NorCal Interagency Incident Management Team 2 / CAL FIRE NEU (Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit)
  • 3218 acres
  • 12% contained
  • 2600 structures threatened
  • 1669 Personnel
  • 124 engines
  • 53 crews
  • 29 bulldozers
  • 10 watertenders
  • 13 helicopters
  • Fire active in Otter Creek drainage (S and E sides)
  • Fire made run to the East up Jakey’s Hill toward Volcanoville.
  • Behavior reduced in the evening
  • Dozer and handlines constructed and improved on sides of fire.
  • Structure protection activities completed in Volcanoville and Buckeye areas.
  • Public Meeting – Saturday, July 2 @ 1900 hours.   Golden Sierra HS in Garden Valley.
  • Placer Co – residents w/ID will only be allowed to repopulate area.  Entry @ 2100 hours.
  • $4.9 Million CTD

#Hashtags  #TrailheadFire #CaWildfires2016 #CALFire  #NWFireBlogCA

Sources used in this post are gleaned from CALFire, Kern County FD, Inciweb, and the NWICC.

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ACTIVE WASHINGTON FIRES for Tuesday, July 28 2015

FIRE SUMMARY – Statewide Stats

  • 2 Not Contained Large Fires
  • 4 “New” Fires for 4 acres


  • 109 “New” Fires [Light Initial Attack Activity]
  • 4 “New” Large Incidents
  • 3 Large Fires Contained
  • 14 Not Contained Large Fires
  • 3 Type 1 IMTs committed
  • 6 Type 2 IMTs committed

BLUE CREEK FIRE:  Start: 7/20. Time:  1230 PDT.  Cause:  Human.  Location:  10 miles E of Walla Walla. 952 PersonnelInjuries: 10 due to Bee Stings, Twisted Ankle and a moderate burn to the leg.  Resources:  19 Crews, 60 Engines, 5 Dozers, 17 Water Tenders and 3 Helicopters.  Damage/Lost:  1 primary + 11 outbuildings destroyed. Threats:  City of Walla Walla Watershed Acres:  6,004 [Changed due to better mapping].  Containment:  73%.

firefighters in blue shirts sit on two sides of a plastic table eating dinner

Dinner Time for Crews on the Blue Creek Fire

[Courtesy of Inciweb]

N BOULDER 2 FIRE:  Start:  7/20/15.  Time:  1400 PDT.  Cause:  Lightning.  Location:  3 1/2 miles SW of the Town of Orient.  Command:  WAIMT 2 in partnership with Colville NF Fire Managers. 360 Personnel.  Acres:  175.  Containment:  22%.

Fire Image by Don Strand via Inciweb

Bold Print = New Information Since Last Post

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Here are the newest Updates for today’s fires.


NW Fire Stats

  • Large Fires:  0 Stats:  No change
  • Uncontained Fires:  WA [3], OR [1]   Stats:  No change
  • New Fires:  WA [5 for 38 acres], OR [14 for 1 acre]   Stats: New fires went down

National Fire Stats

  • New Fires  [Initial Attack Activities-Light]: 100  Stats:  A decrease of 21 new fires 
  • Large Fires Contained: 4   Stats: Fire crews are making some progress
  • Uncontained Fires:  5   Stats: Good news with one contained

IMT Stats [Committed]

  • WA IMT 1:  1
  • National IMT 1:  2
  • WA IMT 2:  1
  • National IMT:  5


Burnout operations on Spicer Creek Fire complex


Multiple fires located from close proximity up to 60+ miles from the town of Tanana [AK]

  • Personnel:  331
  • Incident Cooperators:  #Doyon, #TananaChiefsConference, #TananaVillageCouncil, #TananaVFD
  • Acres:  484,948
  • Containment:  1%
  • Fire status:  Moderate fire behavior included torching, creeping and smoldering. Crews continued direct attack north of Tanana with saw lines and hose lays.


Fires are south and east of the village of Ruby [AK]

  • Personnel:  91
  • Total Acres:  395,115 acres
  • Containment:  No containment % available

Multiple Fires burning in this Complex


  • Bruno Fire – 15,232 acres
  • Big Creek Two Fire – 322,451 acres
  • Trail Creek Fire – 32,687 acres

In Monitor Status

  • Gentian Fire – 14, 065 acres
  • Ruby Slough Fire – 49 acres
  • Eldorado Fire – 6 acres
  • Little Moose Fire – 761 acres
  • Melozitnz – 3357 acres


2.5 miles north of the ghost town of Iditarod [AK]

  • Acres:  98,183
  • Damage Assessment:  3 minor structures destroyed.
  • Fire Status:  In monitor status.


317 miles west of Anchorage, 2 miles north of the town of Aniak [AK]

  • Acres:  55,704
  • Fire Status: In mop-up, removing structure protection equipment


30 miles northwest of Fairbanks, AK along the Elliot Highway [AK]

An engine patrols along the fireline as burnout operations occur on the Aggie Creek Fire 07.07.15

  • Personnel:  371
  • Acres:  31,885
  • Containment:  53%
  • Fire Behavior:  Low today with creeping, smoldering, and isolated tree torching


14 miles NNW of the village of Manley Hot Springs [AK]

Smoke plume on Hay Slough Fire, July 10, 2015

  • Personnel:  21
  • Acres:  89,747
  • Fire Behavior:  Wetter conditions has led to mainly smoldering with some creeping


39 miles southeast of Fairbanks [AK]

Column as seen from Creek Creek 5-mile community. Photo by Jeff Frimel, Unaweep crew

  • Personnel:  11 
  • Acres:  43,766
  • Containment:  Unknown


14 miles of Manley Hot Springs [AK]

Burnout opeations along Elliot Highway

  • Personnel:  220
  • Acres:  27,103
  • Containment:  Unknown %
  • Fire Behavior:  Smoldering today with isolated pockets of creeping
  • Complex Summary:  Part of Manley Area Fires


38 miles Northeast of Delta Junction [AK]

A helicopter view of the Michigan Creek Fire looking southwest

  • Personnel:  Unknown #
  • Acres: 10,499 acres
  • Containment:  Unknown  %


28 miles Southeast of Delta Junction [AK]

Backhaul brought in by boat pilot.

  • Personnel:  39
  • Acres:  11,473
  • Containment: 15%
  • Incident Cooperators:  #RuralDeltanaVFD, #AKState


Directly south of Northway [AK]

photo of IC Clinton Northway over Long Lake Fire

  • Personnel:  147
  • Acres:  23,430
  • Containment:  20%


8 Miles Se Of Tok [AK]

Dozer in fire - Tetlin Hills on July 1, 2015

  • Personnel:  125
  • Acres:  1,878
  • Containment:  75%


Kobe fire is west of Clear, Fish Creek is NE of Clear [AK]

Red water tanks consisting of plasticized canvas behind yellow-clad firefighters with mud and smoke and a solitary firefighter in the background

  • Personnel:  241
  • Fires in Complex:  #KobeFire #FishCreekFire
  • Total Acres:  16,159
  • Containment:  63%


6 miles north of Willow [AK]

Mop-up 300 ft around structures and in from the perimeter

  • Personnel:  9
  • Acres:  7,220
  • Containment:  99%


Kenai Peninsula – 5 miles southeast of Sterling [AK]

Firefighter digs out a hot spot as others look on

  • Personnel:   Unknown #
  • Acres:  8,876
  • Containment:  92%


8 miles south of Kalskag [AK]

The Whitefish Lake 1 Fire backs in to the wind as it burns with the interior of the fire Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

  • Personnel:  64
  • Acres:  64,371
  • Containment:  88%


40 miles SE of Manley Hot Springs, about 38 miles SW of the village of Tanana [AK]

  • Personnel:  Unknown
  • Acres:  77,808
  • Containment: Unknown


9 miles SE of Hughes on the Koyukuk River [AK]

  • Personnel:  Unknown
  • Acres:  60,019
  • Containment:  Unknown  


2 1/2 miles south of Lake Minchumina [AK]

  • Personnel:  Unknown
  • Acres:  11,222
  • Containment:  Unknown

AK Fire Stats:

  • New Fires:  7 for 57 acres
  • Active Fires: 308 burning across the State
  • Staffed Fires:  21 with 950,677 acres burned
  • Monitored Fires:  281 with 3,309,778 acres burned
  • Acres Burned YTD:  4,778,638  

# # #


12 miles NW of Loomis [WA]

Photo showing smoke column from Newby Lake Fire on July 2, 2015

  • Personnel:  504
  • Acres:  5065
  • Containment:  20%


Approximately 13 miles North/Northeast of Quinault [WA]

Fire burning midslope on Pelton Peak

  • Personnel:  116l
  • Acres:  1612
  • Containment:  21%


  • Personnel:  Unknown #
  • Acres:  2000
  • Containment:  60%

# # #


11 miles south of Dayville; near Black Canyon Wilderness [OR]

Corner Creek Fire

  • Personnel:  124
  • Acres:  29,407
  • Containment: 98%
  • Incident Cooperators:  BLM, USDA Forest Service, #CrookCountySheriff, #GrantCountySheriff, #ORDeptOfForestry

# # #


Cajon Pass, Baldy Mesa / I-15 N of Hwy 138 [CA]

This photograph shows a fixed wing air tanker making a retardant drop on the North Fire

  • Started:  7/16/15 1433 hours
  • Acres:  3500
  • Containment Status: 5%
  • Mandatory evacuations:  E of Sheep Creek Rd, N of Hwy 138, W of I15 / Hwy 395, S of Phelan Rd.
  • Evac Shelter:  Serrano HS, 9292 Sheep Creek Rd, Phelan CA
  • Animal Shelter: Victor Valley Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St, Victorville CA
  • Damage Assessment [SB I-5]:  20 vehicles, 2 Semis destroyed; 10 vehicles damaged.  [Baldy Mesa] 3 homes, 8 outbuildings, 44 vehicles destroyed.
  • Command:  Unified with San Bernardino County Fire + CALFire + San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office  IMT 2 team ordered.
  • Resources:  22 engines, 2 crews, 4 water tenders, 1 dozer, 1 air attack plane, 1 lead plane, 3 helicopters and 6 fixed wing planes including a DC10 and MD87.
  • Significant Event:   Aircraft was grounded for 25 minutes due to a drone flying in the same airspace as Fire Suppression aircraft.  After the airspace was clear, Fire Suppression aircraft resumed operations.**
  • ALERT:  Fire Managers would like to alert the Public to the usage [flights] of drones which fly at the same level as Fire Suppression aircraft.  When this happens, all Fire Suppression aircraft must be grounded due to possible collisions and other mishaps putting crews and civilian lives in serious danger which may also include death. DON’T DO IT!
  • Personnel:  1000
  • Incident Cooperators:  #CALFire, #CALTrans, #SanBernardinoCoFD, #SanBernardinoCoEOM, #SanBernardinoCoSheriffOffice
  • Cause:  Under investigation


Barton Flats, South Fork, Fish Creek, Coon Creek, Ten Thousand Foot Ridge, Onyx Peak, Upper Pipes Canyon [CA]

This photo shows a crewman from the Black Eagle Handcrew carrying a pine branch while chipping brush along State Highway 38

  • Personnel: 70
  • Acres:  31,359
  • Containment:  98%
  • Incident Cooperators:  #AmericanRedCross, #BLM, #USDA Forest Service, #AnaheimFD, #BaronaFD, #BigBearFD, #BishopCityFD, #BreaFD,  #BurbankFD, #CALFire, #CAConservationCorps, #CaDOC, #CALTrans, #CHP, #CAEOM, #CarsonCityFD, #ChinoValleyFD, #ColtonFD, #KernCoFD, #LagunaBeachFD, #LA_coFD, #LomaLindaFD, #MorongoValleyFD, #OntarioFD, #OrangeCityFD, #RanchoCucamongaFD, #RanchoSantaFeFD, #RedlandsFD, #RiversideFD, #RossValleyFD, #SanBernardinoCityFD, #SanBernardinoCountyFD, #SanBernandinoCountyEOM, #SanBernardinoCountySheriffsOffice, #SanDiegoFD, #SanManuelFD, #SanMarcosFD, #VenturaCoFire, #ViejasFD

#FireImages Courtesy of Inciweb

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