Project Road Fire | Mason County | Washington State

UPDATE 2 | 2045 HOURS PDT

Crews have successfully reached a 70% containment status on the fire overnight to continue reaching all fire objectives as assigned.

** Level 1 Evacuations will remain in effect around the Lake. ***

There has been 8.7 acres scorched.

There is still no preliminary cause for this wildfire.

More updates to be posted as information is received.

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UPDATE 1 | JULY 24, 2018 | TUESDAY | 1845 HOURS PDT 

 A wildfire named the #ProjectRoadFire is burning between Shelton and Matlock in Mason County, Washington.

** Level 2 Evacuations are in effect forLake Nahwatzel and surrounding areas off of Shelton Matlock Road due to the fire burning near Shelton. **

Photo Credit | WA DNR

Resources assigned to this fire include two helicopters, two dozers, 12 engines and two (20) person hand crews.

The fire has scorched 10 acres but crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.

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Project Road Fire | Mason County | Washington State

UPDATE 1 | JULY 24, 2018 | TUESDAY | 1845 HOURS PDT 

 A wildfire named the #ProjectRoadFire is burning between Shelton and Matlock in Mason County, Washington.

** Level 2 Evacuations are in effect forLake Nahwatzel and surrounding areas off of Shelton Matlock Road due to the fire burning near Shelton. **

Photo Credit | WA DNR

Resources assigned to this fire include two helicopters, two dozers, 12 engines and two (20) person hand crews.

The fire has scorched 10 acres but crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.

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NEW | Washington Wildfire | Sand Dune Road Fire | Update 1

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – A Level 1 evacuation alert was issued by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for all residents in the area from Sage Road to Camas Road in Moses Lake.

EVACUATIONS

UPDATE | 2306 | Per the Sheriff’s Office, they cancelled the evacuations after receiving info that the wildfire was put out.

BLM-13 was dispatched by the Central Washington Interagency Command Center for a smoke check at 2227 hours and an immediately  the Sheriff’s Office issued the evacuation alert for a fast-moving wildfire on Sand Dune Road.

FIRE WEATHER

Current fire weather conditions are 71*F with winds at 8 mph, partly cloudy and a humidity of 36%.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The fire is called the SAND DUNE ROAD FIRE.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2303 Hours PDT

 

Washington Wildfires Scorch in the last 24 Hours | July 5, 2018

WASHINGTON STATE –  We do not have enough fingers to count all of the wildfires igniting all over the State but we do have this single post to bring to you what is burning out there.

WA DNR:  “We responded to 31 wildfire starts (human-caused fires) were very thankful to the public about being so cautious.  Extremely happy fires were small.”

Photo Credit | WA DNR

CHELAN COUNTY

Little Camas Fire | Outside of Cashmere

Little Camas.  Timber and Slash. 300 acres (at last report).  BAT 21 (IC), BAT-22, CREW-15, CREW-52, CREW-74, E-672, FUELS-34, H-1MR, H-341, SE-140, SE-146. Dispatched @ 1201 hours. (Central WA Interagency Comm Center)

GRANT COUNTY

Salmon Hole | China Bar

Grass and brush. 7 acres.  BLM-13 E-6695, BLM E-842. IC Dave Patterson. Dispatched @ 1659 hours. (Central WA Interagency Comm Center)

GRAYS HARBOR

South Bank Fire | Grays Harbor

Grass, brush and duff.  Dispatched @ 1405 hours.  Resources were reportedly en route. .5 acres. (Pacific Cascade Dispatch Center)

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Fisherman Harbor Fire | Fisherman’s Harbor, Quilcene

Dispatched @ 1033 hours.  Controlled at 1311 hours.  Timber.  IC TJ Clavin.  (Olympic Region Dispatch)

KING COUNTY

Boise Creek Starburst | Enumclaw

Grass and slash.  IC WOHLMAN @ 0830 hours. Dispatched @ -0145 hours.  Controlled/Contained @ 0830 hours. (South Puget Sound Dispatch)

OKANOGAN COUNTY

Riverside Cutoff Fire | Riverside Cutoff

Dispatched @ 0650 hours. 14.3 acres. Contained/controlled at 0907 hours.

PIERCE COUNTY

Landing Camp | Elbe Hills

Timber and slash.  Dispatched at 1019 hours.  Contained/controlled @ 1020 hours. Fire is out.  (South Puget Sound Dispatch)

SKAGIT COUNTY

Alger Hill Fire |  Alger Mountain Rd  from Skarrup

Grass, brush.   .25 acres.  Dispatched @ 1656 hours.  Contained/Controlled at 1700 hours. 4 engines o/s with 1 overhead. 40-50% contained and mop-up initiated as listed.

SKAMANIA COUNTY

Cape Horn Fire | Cape Horn.  Dispatched @ 0726 hours.  IC Omar Flores as of 0847 hours. .25 ac. (Columbia Cascade Comm Center)

SPOKANE COUNTY

Idaho Road Fire  | Liberty Lake County Park – Off Road Park

Spokane Co Fire District 8 fire crews (from Station 85)were dispatched @ 1300 hours along with Spokane Valley Firefighters. Grass, brush, reproduction, light and heavy timber. AR-28, AR-32 (IC as of 1655 hours) , AR-414, AR-422, HT-44, LOA-16, LOA-21, NC 40-CREW, NC 41-CREW and NE-12.  (DNR), plus SFCD8 and Spokane Valley FD. Resources on-scene @ 1447 hours. 8 acres.  Dispatched @ 1403 hours PDT.  (NE WA Interagency Comm Center)

Hog Lake  Fire, Hog Canyon Fire | Hog Lake

Grass, brush, and light timber.  AR-25, AR-31, AR-441, AR-445, AR-446, AR-450, BLM-21, C-6201, HT-41. IC (Turnbull) as of 1900 hours. Dispatched @ 1327 hours. Resources arrived on-scene @ 1405 hours.  (NE WA Interagency Comm Center)

Cedar Spot Fire | North Cedar Road

Slash.  AR-414 (IC). Slash fire fuels.  0.01 acre.  Dispatched @ 1051 hours. Contained at 1115 hours. Controlled @ 1133 hours. In patrol status.  (NE WA Interagency Comm Center)

STEVENS COUNTY

Dry Gulch Fire | Dry Gulch.

E-12, NC-324, NC-326, IC (REIPE). Dispatched @ 1547 hours.  Resources o/s @ 1637 hours. PDT (NE WA Interagency Comm Center)

Virgil Way Fire | Nine Mile

Grasses, brush, reproduction and light timber.  Resources included 8 engines, 20-hand crew as AR-26C (IC), AR-26B, AR-442, AR-443, AR-447, AR-448, AR-449, AR-63, HT-42. Dispatched @ 1316 hours.  Resources on-scene include Stevens County Fire District 1 and WA DNR. 4.5 acres.  (NE WA Interagency Comm Center)

Cotton Trail Fire | Quartzite Mountain

Grass, brush and duff. 0.1 acre. Dispatched at 0959 hours.

THURSTON COUNTY

Martin Way Fire | Martin Way, Lacey

Dispatched @ 1426 hours.  In Patrol status. Limited information

Runyon Fire | Rainier

Dispatched at 1230 hours PDT.  Grass, brush, timber.  IC EDWARDS. Resources o/s.  Contained @ 1800 hours. Controlled at 1845 hours. .5 acres.  (South Puget Sound Dispatch)

WHATCOM COUNTY

Haxton Way Fire | Near Silver River Casino

Dispatched at 1353 hours PDT.  Contained at 1500 hours.  Controlled at 1530 hours.  Grass and brush.  0.5 acre.  IC Richardson @ 1511 hours.  In Patrol status. (NW Region DNR Dispatch Center)

Lake Samish Fire | Lake Samish

Dispatched at 0001 hours. Grass, brush and slash.  PARKS ICT5 effective @ 1130 hours.   0.5 acres. In patrol status @ 1617 hours.  (NW Region DNR Dispatch Center)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2200 hours PDT

 

Washington State: #BuffaloFire Grows in Size | 4

SELAH, Wash. – Wildfire resources were dispatched to a wildfire off of Buffalo Road in Selah (Yakima County), Washington which was reported originally as a 5-10 acres.  Crews were dispatched at 1624 hours PDT via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center.

RESOURCES

Incident Command (IC):

  • Located on Buffalo Road in a gravel parking lot.
  • Unified Command between Yakima County FD and WA DNR.

Air Resources:

  • Helicopters 339 and 341 are actively working over the fire along with an air tanker and other aircraft.

CURRENT STATUS

Burning in Selah. Photo Credit | Midge Thomas

Acreage:

  • Estimated 900 – 1100 acres (as of 1921 hours).
  • 0% containment status.

Fire Behavior:

  • Rate of Spread is high.
  • Fire is burning in Selah.
  • Fire photos included in this post are burning 3 miles northwest away from structures.  Photo Credit:  Midge Thomas.
  • Fire has moved up a hillside and over the crest towards Rimrock.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

#BuffaloFire #WAwildfire #WAwildfires2018 #YakimaCountyWA

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated  1940 hours PDT

Washington State: #BuffaloFire Air Resources Working It | 3

SELAH, Wash. – Wildfire resources are deploying to a 5-10 acre wildfire that was detected around 1624 hours PDT but resources were not heard deploying until 1700 hours PDT on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Fire burning 3 miles to the northwest, away from structures. Photo Credit | Midge Thomas

The fire is located on Buffalo Road, just north of Selah (Yakima County), Washington State.

RESOURCES

Incident Command (IC):

  • Located on Buffalo Road in a gravel parking lot.

Fire:

  • WA DNR sending an unknown number of personnel, 2 Helicopters (H339 is one of them) and a dozer.
  • Command asked Dispatch for 5 additional engines and dozers.
  • Engine 521 to arrive in about 30 minutes. (as of 1758 PDT)
  • Engine 463 is en route. (as of 1758 PDT)

Air Resources:

  • Helicopters 339 and 341 are actively working over the fire.
  • 1 Air Attack has arrived with one fire boss, a second one (boss) has been requested.
  • Current resources on-scene:  2 rotors, 2 engines, 1 Air Attack with Air Tanker out of The Dalles (OR) with 1 hour ETA (as of 1745 hours PDT)
  • Helicopters are at 3,000 feet or below.
  • Airtankers to fly at 3,500 – 4,000 at pilot’s discretion.

CURRENT STATUS

Burning in Selah. Photo Credit | Midge Thomas

Acreage:

  • 5-10 acres but growing rapidly (1700 hours PDT)
  • 300 acres (as of 1725 hours PDT) after a helicopter air recon flight.
  • 0% containment status.

Fire Behavior:

  • Rate of Spread is high.
  • Fire is burning in Selah.
  • Fire photos included in this post are burning 3 miles northwest away from structures.  Photo Credit:  Midge Thomas.
  • Fire most active in the SE corner of the canyon.

Fire Operations:

  • East flank:  engines are being lined out. Fire operations trying to knockdown the fire and keep it out of the Canyon.
  • SE Corner:  fire burning in this area.

Heli Comms:

  • Using “Wenatchee” as Dispatch and Air Communitications.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

#BuffaloFire #WAwildfire #WAwildfires2018 #YakimaCountyWA

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated  1820 hours PDT

U.S. Wildfires Via Wildfire CAD | February 8, 2018

With a little time on our hands, we are beginning to glean information from various sources to keep our blog fresh and updated with fire information.

Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency Coordination Center ||| 0230 hours – #EaglesFire – Seminole County, Okoma District.  Cromwell IC.  46.1 acres.

Arizona Dispatch Center ||| 1443 hours  – #DragoonFire – Contained/Control/Out at 1610 hours. | 0.21 acres.  ||| 1426 hours – #AltarFire – Hwy 286, MP 15. 120 acres. Resources:  BN3-1, BN3-3, CAPT 3-1, CAPT-3-2, Douglas E361, Tuscson1.   ||| 1149 Hours – #AjaxFire = Hwy 80, MP 321.  3 acres.  Resources:  B81, BN3-2, Tender311.

Phoenix Interagency Fire Center (AZ) ||| 0924 hours – #ShrubFire – FS Rd 402. Contained 1045 hours.  0.1acre.

Williams Dispatcher Center (AZ) ||| 1436 hours – #DevilDogFire – Unknown location.  Contained/controlled at 1602 hours.

Cleveland National Forest (CA) ||| 1810 hours – #InterstateFire – I8 x Japatual Valley Rd. Limited info.

Federal Interagency Com Center  (CA) ||| 1410 hours – #BorderFire – Tin Can Canyon.  4 acres.

Alamogodo Dispatch Center (NM) |||  1251 Hours – #BrambleFire – Lat/Long 33 26.742, -105 39.588.  0.1 acres

Santa Fe Interagency Dispatch Center (NM) ||| 1452 hours – #JaconaFire – Lat/Long 35.8906,-106.0452. Light, flashy fuels.  3 acres.

Taos Interagency Dispatch Center (NM) ||| 1302 hours – #LowerLlanoRoadFire – Lower Llano Rd (private land). Brush fire. Unknown acres.

Central NV Interagency Dispatch Center ||| 1239 hours – #TonopahFire – approx 15 miles NW of Tonopah, NV.  BLM resources responded to a smoke call near Tonopah. Unsure if turned out to be anything or if any acreage burned.

Central WA Interagency Communications Center (DNR) ||| 1205 hours – #HowertonFire – Newby Creek, Okanogan County, WA.  USFS response from Central WA & WA DNR response from NE WA Interagency Communications Center.  Fire fuels included Snags. Contained 1535 hours.  Mutual Aid from at 1456 hours. 0.1 acres.

NE WA Interagency Communications Center (DNR)  ||| 1429 hours – #LakeValleyLoopOneFire – Lake Valley Loop Road, Lincoln County, WA.  resources on-scene 1540 hours. 2 acres.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 2145 Hours PST

 

 

 

#ThomasFire is Wind-Driven | 16

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

(Credit: CAL FIRE)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire. (VCFD PIO)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Size, Containment |  270,000 acres.  45% containment status.

Fire Resources |  8,526 fire personnel. 972 fire engines, 166 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 75 dozers, 86 water tenders and CAL FIRE IMT-4. 

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Thomas Fire. (Credit VCFD PIO)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments |  1,026 structures destroyed and 242 damaged. 18,000 structures threatened.

Fatalities | 1.

Current Fire Status |  Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area with N – NE winds forecasted combined with very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures and single-digit RH will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the fire.  Areas threatened  coastal Santa Barbara County communities including Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland and the Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

Social Media |  “The fire is so large that its eastern and western fronts are influenced by entirely different wind patterns and terrain. In many ways, it’s as if firefighters are battling two separate fires some 40 miles apart” –  Hollywood Celebrity.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/17/2017 @ 2030 hours PST

#ThomasFire Firefighters Working Tirelessly | 15

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL Fire)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire flames burn near the power lines in Sycamore Canyon as seen from West Mountain Drive in Montecito. (Credit: SCB Fire Info)

Size, Containment | Acreage has increased from 259,000 to 267,500 acres.  The containment still remains at a 40% containment status.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

3,000 more burned acres and the Thomas Fire will become 2nd largest wildfire and 6,000  more to become the largest wildfire in all of California’s fire history. – Social Media

Fire Resources | Fire resources have increased even more significantly on Saturday, December 16, 2017, to 8,477 fire personnel, 972 fire engines, 164 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 77 dozers and 94 water tenders.  CAL IMT Type -4.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Ojai Search and Rescue conducts evacuations in Montecito. (Credit: Ojai SAR)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

On December 14, 2017, over 395,000 masks have been distributed in SBC to help residents with poor air quality.

Significant air resources, all headed towards Division U (towards 33 freeway), including both tankers and helicopters in the last 30 min. Sounds like fire issues along that corridor this afternoon. 

Photos taken on Saturday, 12/16/2017. (Credit: VCFD)

Evacuations | A voluntary evacuation warning has been issued for the Painted Cave community which includes the area north of Hwy 154 and south of East Camino Cielo along Painted Cave Road. If you are in this area, be prepared to leave. – Santa Barbara County FD

CalGuard Blackhawk confucts a waterdrop operations on Saturday. (Credit: USFS)

The Fire has caused mandatory and voluntary evacuations within the Santa Barbara (City).  All residents are strongly advised to be packed and ready to leave your homes. If you are in mandatory evacuation zone leave now.  – Santa Barbara County FD

Flames churn towards a large fire break near homes along Gibraltar Road north of Santa Barbara. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

Damage Assessments | 11 additional structures have been destroyed bringing the total to 1,020 structures and 2 additional have been damaged, for a total of 242 structures.  $110 Million Cost-to-date expenses.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status |  Very strong north winds materialized this morning around 0700 increasing fire behavior significantly in the Santa Barbara Front Country. Fire made an aggressive southward push into the community of Montecito, impacting some structures there.

Red flag warnings will remain in place over various portions of the fire over the next operational period for high wind and low humidity. Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area, with north/northeast winds forecasted. This weather pattern will be conducive to west- and southward fire growth, continuing to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland in Santa Barbara County.

North winds will also exasperate the threat to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural values, with fire being established in the Sespe drainage. Mop-up operations in previously burned areas will be ongoing. On the north side of the fire, direct and indirect line construction will occur to contain fire that has spread north of Highway 33 and Rose Valley Road.

Direct line construction, where possible, will continue within the Zaca Fire burn scar to Highway 33 Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions.

Fire near power lines. (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Social Media |  Strong winds and flames are bearing down the ridge and threatening homes up near Gibraltar Rock. – News Media

Parts of Santa Barbara turned into a “ghost town” as residents took appropriate action by listening to new evacuation orders by emergency personnel managing the wind-fed fire. – CAL OES

Brown smoke is seen spewing from the Thomas Fire captured by NASA Earth on December 14. (Credit: NASA)

This fire isn’t letting up & remains dangerous! Stay vigiliant and safe everyone! – CAL OES

Red Cross truck drives through the Skyline neighborhood of Ventura, CA searching for

(Credit: Red Cross)

people in need of assistance. Charred chimney stacks are a common sight in this hillside community, remnants of the beautiful homes consumed by the wrath of the Thomas Fire.  – American Red Cross

Fire intensifies in the Santa Barbara. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

CalTrans continues to work on clearing last nights rockslide on Hwy 150. – VCFD PIO

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 2200 Hours PST

#ThomasFire Firestorm Still Raging | 14

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Size, Containment | The fire has consumed 259,000 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Structure Protection courtesy of a Mutual Aid Portland OR Fire engine company for a Montecito home near San Ysidro Road. (Credit: SBC Fire Info PIO Eliason Mike)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Fire Resources | 8,370 fire personnel along with 973 fire engines, 161 fire crews, 32 helicopters, 77 bulldozers and 92 water tenders.  CAL FIRE IMT -4 is in command.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments | 1,009 structures destroyed.  240 structures damaged. 18,000 still threatened.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status (Santa Barbara) | Firefighters to continue building direct fireline where possible with support from fire resources, working to tie in to the Tea and Jesusita Fires footprints and remain engaged in structure protection operations.  Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara communities are still being threatened.

Current Fire Status (Ventura County) | Firefighters on the east side, are working to improve fireline that has been established to fire out of nearby community of Fillmore.  They will additionally extend north from Fillmore in preparation of future firing operations.

On the north side of the fire, will be closely monitored by crews. Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo with light fuels in the Zaca Fire footprint will continue where lines have never been established. 

Hashtags | #ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 1100 hours PST