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.
WEST RIM FIRE
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 #
OAK CREEK INCIDENT
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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This post includes News and events from all of our Fire Departments across Washington State on this Monday, December 6, 2021.
A Milestone Celebrated — SECOMM employee, Tim Harter celebrates his 20-year anniversary on December 1st.
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
BOTHELL FIRE DEPARTMENT
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.
EAST PIERCE FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL 3520
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.
EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE
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.
EVERETT FIRE DEPARTMENT
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.
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.”
GRANT COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #5
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.
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.
LACEY FIRE DISTRICT #3
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.
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.”
SHORELINE FIRE DEPARTMENT
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.
SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT
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.
WEST PIERCE FIRE AND RESCUE
The Faces Behind a Great Fire Agency — Great wishes from a great Fire Department. Check out the faces behind this amazing Fire Department.
WEST VALLEY FIRE – RESCUE
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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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.
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.
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
Alert System: Get alerts about emergency and other important community news by signing up for our Okanogan County Citizen Emergency Alert System here –> http://okanogandem.org/everbridge.htm
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)
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
6 airtankers dipping from nearby water sources
Heart Flat should prepare to evacuate as well in case of a wind shift
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 (Source: Inciweb)
Burning in the Swillup 2001 burn area
Started 6/7/2016 @ 1445 hours
Caused by Lightning
Expectations in the fire to continue to creep and smolder, with the possibility of single tree torching throughout the week
BLUE CREEK FIRE: Start: 7/20. Time: 1230 PDT. Cause: Human. Location: 10 miles E of Walla Walla. 952 Personnel. Injuries: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%.
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%.
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!