The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 6

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status |  The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is demobilizing their PIOs unless there is further fire activity that requires them to give evacuation orders.

The footage listed below was what fire crews observed when they arrived on-scene earlier this morning.  (Photo Credit:  Grant County Fire District #13)

Evacuations | Level 1 and 2 are still in effect.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.  ICP is located at the Wahluke High School in Mattawa.

State Mobe has been arriving throughout the night to the fire scene.

ALERTS | To receive  Emergency Text Messages to your cell phone, text GCSHERIFF to 888777.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/15/2019 @ 1130 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 5

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status | The fire has destroyed approximately 5,000 acres and is still growing.  There is a 0% containment status.   Aircraft is dipping from the Columbia River.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.

WA State Fire Marshal has approved WA STATE MOBILIZATION.

Evacuations | A new alert was given by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (1820 hours) Deputies will be going door-to-door to make sure residents and guests are leaving the area.  Do not delay. This is an escalated and serious level of evacuation orders.  This means that your safety is at risk and staying could put others in danger of having to rescue, extricate or provide EMS services.

Fire Weather |  As the time of this post, fire weather in Mattawa was 82* F temps, sunny skies with winds at 13 mph and humidity down to 24%. Temps are forcasted to dip down to a low temp of 65* F.

To receive  Emergency Text Messages to your cell phone, text GCSHERIFF to 888777.

GO NOW:

  • 23000 block Road O SW, P SW, Q SW, R SW (Level 3)
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What responding fire crews are seeing. | Credit: GCFD13

Power infrastructure threatened.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1950 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 3

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

Current Fire Status | The fire has scorched up to 2,000 acres. There are multiple air and ground resources on-scene. The Sheriff’s Office is reporting the fire only at 1,500 acres.

Resources | Originally fire personnel and assets dispatched at 1238 hours today were:  AA-10F CREW-22 CREW-33 CREW-6201 CREW-74 E-6696 BLM E-672 E-852 FB-205 FB-244 SE-463 SE-539.

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Photo Credit | Grant County Fire District 10’s PIO Janet Eckenberg

Evacuations | About 1815 hours, evacuation orders given by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for those homes located in the 23000 block of Road “O” SW to Road “E” SW.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblog .

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1850 PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | The Powerline Fire in Grant Co, WA | 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire burning in the Saddle Mountains which is north / northwest of Mattawa (Grant County), Washington (State).

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Photo Credit: Grant County SO

Current Fire Status | At about 1353 hours, the fire had burned 100 acres and was at a 0% containment status.

Evacuations | No evacuation orders are on order at the moment.

About the Saddle Mountains

The Saddle Mountains are an upfolded anticline ridge of basalt in Grant County, which is located in the central portion of Washington State.

Credit & Info by Wikipedia

The ridge is approximately 2,700 feet in elevation and ends in Othello near the foot of the Drumheller Channels. It continues to the west where it is broken up at the Sentinel Gap, a water gap through which the Columbia River passes before ending in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Social Media | We can be also found covering wildfires via scanner feed on our Twitter channel @nwfireblogThank you for reading this post and others.  We encourage you to become a Blog follower and joining our 300-plus readership.  – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2019 @ 1445 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log: Franklin Co Fire Changes Name

Update 2 – July 6, 2019 – Saturday

The MARTINDALE FIRE IC has changed its name to the COLUMBIA PLATEAU FIRE.  It is located in Martindale in Franklin County, Washington State.

The fire has now burned up to 40 acres of heavy sage.

Resources include:  Batt-603, Engines 341, 373 and BLM Engine 672.

No word on the cause has been released.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1725 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Martindale Fire in Franklin Co, Washington

Update 1 – July 6, 2019 – Saturday

A wildfire has ignited from an unknown cause and Dispatchers through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center has sent fire assets and resources out at 1436 hours PDT.

The fire named the MARTINDALE FIRE is burning in Martindale in Franklin County Fire District #3’s area.  It has already burned 20 acres of heavy sage.

Resources include: BLM Engines 341 and 6695 attached to this incident.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1520 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Upper Joe Fire in Chelan County, Washington

Update 1 – July 6, 2019 – Saturday

WA DNR fire assets and personnel have been dispatched to the UPPER JOE FIRE located on Grade Creek in Chelan County, Washington at around 1342 hours PDT.

The fire has destroyed about 5 acres of grass and brush.

Resources include:  Crews 52 and 74; Engines 321 and 353. H-1MR, SE units: 1225, 146 and Escobar.

No word on the cause.

No reports of injuries or deaths to firefighters or civilians have been made.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1515 PDT

The Wildfire Log: Riggs Canyon Fire Continues to Burn | 2

UPDATE 2 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

There has been limited updates from fire resources.

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1505 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Kittitas County’s Riggs Canyon Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

A wildfire burning in the North Riggs Canyon in Kittitas County, Washington which prompted Dispatchers via the Central WA Interagency Communications Center to deploy fire assets and resources at 1255 hours PDT.   Fire assets included:  Ahtanum 20, Engine 331, Helicopters 339 and 346, SE 426, 461 and 468. SE Martin, SE Sylfiel.

Fire behavior is active and moving towards Coleman.  Level 1 evacuations are being coordinated by State Patrol Wildlife Officer and several County officers of the Manastash rec area.

Next update at 1500 hours PDT or unless more significant activity occurs.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1445 hours PDT

Woodinville Firefighters Face Extreme Conditions

Update 1 – June 26, 2019 – 2100 hours PDT

Fire conditions are much better when black billowing smoke could be seen. | Credit: WSDOT

Firefighters are working to suppress and contain a very large fire that broke out at the  Schnitzer Steel recycling plant located in the 23700 block of 63rd Ave SE in Woodinville.  It is located off of SR 522 and near SR 9.

The WSDOT sent out a broadcast over social media almost two hours ago, warning drivers to be careful due to smoke blowing over the highway.  There was unknown details if they were shutting down the highway for safety reasons at the time of this post.

The Schnitzer Scrap Metals Recycling Yard is said to accept Ferrous and nonferrous metals, auto bodies; provides trucking and/or container service and equipment including balers, cranes, loaders, forklifts, car processing station and 80 and 90 foot truck scales.

They are said to be one of the nation’s largest scrap metal recyclers and purchase from the Western US, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, the New England states, the Southeast and Puerto Rico.  The Company states the metals are from old machinery and equipment such as automobiles, RR cars and tracks, home appliances and metal from demolition structures and other obsolete buildings.

Their recycled metal is sorted, shredding and bailed to be used in new steel products sold to domestic and foreign customers being shipped in bulk on cargo ships, barges, RR cars and trucks.

Fire History

June 26, 2019 – Woodinville, Washington

See above incident summary.

June 2, 2018 – Oakland, California

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Credit: Oakland Firefighters Local 55

A scrap yard bursts into flamer in Oakland, California, so Alameda Fire 689 and Alameda FD along with San Francisco Fire Department bring in their fire boats as Oakland FD did not have one.   Mutual aid was requested and Oakland received additional personnel and equipment:  Water tenders from Alameda County Fire and, Moraga-Orinda Fire Department.

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Credit: Oakland Firefighters Local 55

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The Recycling company had another fire break out at a metal recycling center but this time in the Port of Oakland, sending the same black smoke into the air and several drivers taking notice.  This plant was located in the 1100 block of Embarcadero West near Jack London Square.

It was reported around 1600 hours.  Fire investigators found a large pile of recycled material burning in the yard and port and due to it being so close to flammable gases that it was escalated to numerous fire alarms.  One interesting fire tactic was pumping water directly out of the Willamette River because the fire demanded so much water.  The media source states that the fire started as employees were processing metal.  (Source:  news media)

August 6, 2017 – Portland, Oregon

Black smoke was seen going straight up in the sky in North Portland (OR) that was reportedly started at 5:30 p.m. at the center located at 12005 N Burgard Road, about three miles northwest of St. Johns Bridge.

It would take firefighters about 12-hours to bring the fire under control (at 2000 hours) but would remain on-scene until 0415 hours into the next morning to fully put out the fire. (Source: news media)

April 8, 2009 – Oakland, California

Black smoke, a theme of sorts was shooting up into Oakland’s skies was said to be burning on Embarcadero West which was fairly close to the West Oakland BART station.  Even though the fire would eventually be put out, those stated could smell the remnants of the fire as away to the Bay Bridge toll plaza.  No cause was known. No injuries were reported. (Source: news media)

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