Washington Falls Back

WASHINGTON STATE — Many states will be changing their clocks back one hour for Daylight Savings Time, which is this weekend.

Another great reminder is to change those batteries in our smoke and fire alarms, as well your CO2 detectors. This is another way to make sure your home is fire-ready.

While we are working on these activities this weekend, more great things are in the works with the Daylight Savings time.

Check out this story published by My Northwest.com about Washington State Senator Murray’s office trying to keep the daytime the same every year instead of us having to switch twice annually.

As a former Arizonian, it was strange when I moved up to Washington State in the early 80’s of this Daylight Savings Time activity we were required to do. I am happy that our Senator is working on making this a one time and permanent change for our State.

We will keep you apprised of any changes for our State. Who knows? Maybe other States will follow suit.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA | 3-Alarm Technical Rescue | 1



WSDOT, Firefighters and Law Enforcement are on-scene of a 3rd Alarm Technical Rescue three foot deep and eight feet wide hole dug by an unknown person, just northbound of I-5 and under the Pacific Avenue offramp, where they are trying to locate if someone is still inside the manmade tunnel.

Credit | Everett FD


WSP, WSDOT, Everett Fire and other agencies on-scene.


0800 hours PT – 911 received a call from a WSDOT member about a hole leading to a tunnel which was close to the northbound I-5 off ramp at Pacific Avenue. Personnel saw a person near the entrance of the tunnel the night before.

During the height of the call, there was concern that the tunnel had collapsed, but after rescuers were working, they found that were was dirt covering the entrance to the tunnel and found it to be fully intact. At this time, they say it does not appear the tunnel has been dug underneath the highway. Concerns of an individual being inside was of the essence to locate.

Agencies working tirelessly. – Credit | EFD

1022 hours PT – Seattle FD Squad 14 is dispatched to Pacific Avenue and Walnut as a single Red unit. We have reached out to Seattle FD to see if this is the unit that is up in Everett. We are not seeing any Battalion Chief or other resources dispatched as mutual aid in their CAD system.

1210 hours PT – Everett FD: “Working to remove dirt away from this tunnel to determine if anyone is inside. Nothing has been confirmed that it has collapsed or if anyone is entrapped inside the man-made dug tunnel underneath the I-5 offramp under Pacific Avenue in Everett, Washington.”

The “Hole” – Credit | Everett FD

1412 hours PT – Multiple Fire, LE, Public Works and DOT units are still on-scene and working to remove the dirt from the tunnel. It has been a long day for many of these first responders in their urgent search of a possible victim inside the man-made (dug) tunnel.


N I-5 offramp to Pacific in Everett, Washington. (via WSP)

WA | Andrus Fire | Final

UPDATE 4 (Final)

The ANDRUS FIRE has been 100% contained as of this morning with some resources and the NE WA IMT Team 2 turning the incident back over to Unified Command to the Spokane County Fire District 3 and the WA DNR Fire agencies.

Scooper 7-5-21
Credit: WA DNR

About 232 acres were destroyed.

All evacuation orders were lifted and residents were permitted to repopulate back to their homes. There were no structures lost or injuries reported to civilians or firefighters.

The fire started approximately July 5th at around 1130 hours PT, about three miles northeast of Cheney, Washington. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

Incident Cooperators include:

  • Spokane Fire Districts 3, 4, 8, 9, 10
  • Airway Heights FD
  • Cheney FD
  • Spokane City FD
  • Spokane Valley FD
  • Lincoln Co FD
  • WA DNR Fire
  • State Mobe resources

One-hundred-fifty fire personnel are still on-scene and attached to this incident.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA | Greens Canyon Fire | 2

SIT REP 2 — JUNE 6, 2021 2045 PT

Just after 1400 hours on Sunday, June 6, 2021, several individuals enjoying the afternoon were target practicing and sparked a wildfire.

Attempting to contain the fire themselves and failing to do so, they called 911 to report the incident.

Douglas County Fire District 4 – Orondo Fire Department resources and assets were dispatched immediately to the area off of Greens Canyon Road and about four miles south of the Beebe Bridge in Orondo, Washington.

Upon arrival, they reported a one-acre fire with very active behavior with uphill runs up steep hillsides of the Columbia River.

A 2nd alarm was requested through Rivercom Dispatch Center, prompting a response of 18 apparatus and 56 firefighters to the fire line. Mutual aid represented nearby fire agencies from Douglas, Chelan and Okanogan Counties and included WA DNR (State) and BLM (Federal) resources.

Firefighters were challenged by steep terrain, dry grassy conditions and strong winds. Due to the difficult access point for a hose lay, crews were forced to use hand tools for direct fire attack. Some rainfall help crews contain this fire quickly.

With dried out fuels and strong winds, this fire could have easily spread across the hillsides very quickly but crews were able to egress immediately from time of dispatch until it was put out.

Fire is out and was last listed as six acres.

No injuries to civilians or to firefighters was reported.

No reports of structures being threatened, damaged or destroyed.

The cost-to-date of fire suppression and containment costs are unknown at the time of this post.

Photo Credit — DCFD4 – Orondo FD

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA | Greens Canyon Fire | 1

SIT REP 1 — JUNE 6, 2021 — 1600 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY — Wildfire. burning on Canyon Road in Douglas County, Washington south of Chelan on the Douglas County side, ignited on Sunday afternoon, June 6, 2021.

Fire assets and resources WA DNR CHELAN25, CHELAN61 (C Lyle), E4106, E4107 and E6695 dispatched at 1438 hours PT through the Central Washington Communications Center.

There has been 2.5 acres of grass and brush destroyed. Appears no structures were threatened or active/non-active evacuation orders.

No word on the cause of the fire.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA | Wildfire Activity Report

WASHINGTON STATE — The State has been hit hard by wildfires and smoke checks as seen through the eyes of the WildCAD incident log that keeps track of WA DNR deployments. Here is a recap for Saturday, June 5th.


JOSEPH CANYON FIRE. Started on June 4th in Oregon has now crossed over State lines and is burning in Washington. Check out our separate post on this fire, just released today.


1744 PT — SHADY SLOPE FIRE. Shady Slope Road in Spokane County. 0.1 acre of timber, understory. In patrol status.

1700 PT — HYYTAINEN FIRE. Hyytainen Road. Stevens County. 0.1 acre of timber. Contained and controlled at 1942 hours PT.

1634 PT — MILE MARKER 19 FIRE. Stonelodge. Stevens County. 1 acre of timber, understory. NC41+Crew, NC42+Crew, NC43+Crew, NC44+Crew and NC7303 dispatched. Contained at 2000 hours and controlled at 2230 hours PT.

1559 PT — RAMBO FIRE. Janes Lane. Spokane County. 55 acres of timber, understory. AR7405 and NC7306 dispatched. 100% lined at 2033 hours. Crews staffing fire overnight. — See our separate post on this wildfire —

Credit: SCFD10 – Rambo Fire

1542 PT — TWO HORSE STRIKE FIRE. 2nd Horse Way. Okanogan County. 0.1 acre. Grass and timber. Contained at 1630 hours. Contained at 1800 hours PT.

1502 PT — BOOGS PIT FIRE. Sherman Road. Stevens County. 0.3 acres of slash, blowdown. Contained 1700 hours PT. Controlled 1940 hours PT.

1424 PT — RIDGE STRIKE FIRE. Ridgeback Way in Okanogan County. 0.1 acre. Grass, shrub and timber litter. Contained 1710 hours. Controlled 1830 hours. In Patrol status.

1311 PT — OSBORN FIRE. Osborn Bay in Grant County. C6201, DIV6101, DIV6102, E6696, LOA15, Patro604 dispatched and are staffing the fire overnight. 50 acres.


Credit: GCFD13
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Credit: GCFD13

1036 PT — DEER VALLEY FIRE. Deer Valley Road. Pend Oreille County. 0.1 grass and shrub. Contained at 1120 hours. Controlled at 1130 hours PT.


2015 PT — MCKAY CREEK. Smoke Check. McKay Reservoir. Umatilla County.

(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

Pierce County Fire Intensifies

PIERCE COUNTY, WASHINGTON —- A brush fire is burning at an auto wrecking yard in the 12900 block of 62nd Avenue East in Puyallup that prompted a large fire response from the Central Pierce Fire & Rescue.

The incident is named the 128TH COMMAND.

Resources were dispatched on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 1746 hours PT.

Credit: Central Pierce F&R

Units include BC61, BC72, CHF603, E60, E61, E63, E64, E65, E67, E68, E71, E72, E73, E95, FM9909, L61, L72, M61, M63, M67, PIO645.

The fire building is the South Hill Auto & Truck Wrecking Junk yard located in the 6300 block of 128th Street East in Puyallup. This business provides truck parts, scrap metal and car parts to its clients.

About resources from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue:

Station 60 — Built in the late 1970’s is located at 17520 22nd Avenue East, Spanaway.

  • 1 Engine
  • 1 Medic Unit
  • 1 Utility vehicle
  • 1 REHAB unit
  • 1 Brush Truck
  • Training tower and classroom

Station 61 — Constructed in the 1960’s is located at 103 114th Street South, Parkland.

  • 1 Engine
  • 1 Ladder truck
  • 1 Medic unit
  • 1 Command vehicle (Battalion Chief)
  • 1 Rescue vehicle
  • Admin offices for Battalion Chiefs

Station 63 — Newly built in 2017, is located at 1704 97th Street East, Midland.

  • 1 Engine
  • 1 Medic unit

Station 64 — Built in 1986, is located at 3421 224th Street East, Elk Plain.

  • 1 Engine

Station 65 — Built in 2006, is located at 301 146th Street South, Parkland.

  • 1 Engine
  • 1 Medic unit
  • Water Rescue unit
  • PCSORT – Pierce County Special Ops Team – for structural collapse

Station 67 – Newly built station in 2008, is located at 8005 Canyon Road East, Summit.

  • 1 Engine
  • 1 Medic unit
  • 1 Water Tender
  • 1 Medical Services Officer (MSO)
  • Nearby is the Training Division office and training tower

Station 68 – Built in 2006 is located at 5401 136th Street East, Summit.

  • 1 Engine
  • 1 Medic unit (part-time)

Station 71 – Constructed in 1992 and funded with a Public Safety bond, this station is located at 902 7th Street NW in Puyallup.

  • 1 Ladder truck
  • 1 Medic unit
  • 1 Rescue unit (Special Ops)
  • 1 Marine rescue unit
  • Public Education
  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Investigation Unit

Station 72 – Newly built station. Located at 3809 5th Street Southeast in Puyallup. Unknown apparatus and equipment here.

Station 73 – Built in the 1960’s but remodeled in 1990’s. Mostly home to the Puyallup Police Department but the Fire Department occupies 5,000 square feet.

  • 1 Engine
  • Fire and EMS

Station 95 – Graham Fire & Rescue – Pierce County Fire Protection District #21 is located at 18721 78th Avenue East in Puyallup was built in 2010.

  • 1 Engine
  • 1 Medic unit

Some units were starting to go back into service at 2015 hours PT. Command began demobing the incident leaving one Division in place (Delta) and with some resources.

This fire is still burning an unknown number of buses and cars in the junk yard.

Fire officials are focusing on the water runoff and will be meeting up with the Department of Ecology for mitigation strategies.

Firefighters’ tireless efforts saved a nearby multiplex.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Unknown if there were any injuries to firefighters and/or citizens.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – updated 5/31/2021 2020 PT

WA | Boundary Ridge Fire | Final

UPDATE 2 (FINAL) | MAY 31, 2021 | 1010 HOURS PT

CHELAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE — A wildfire named the BOUNDARY RIDGE FIRE is burning off of NF 500 and southeast of Wedge Mountain.

CREW-74, E-4104 and E-4105 were dispatched via the Central Washington Comm Center on Sunday, May 30th at 1441 hours PT.

There has been 0.1 acres of grass, shrub and timber burned.

IC Gonzalez (E4015) is the Incident Commander.

Fire contained on May 30th at 1951 hours PT and controlled at 2030 hours.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA | Boundary Ridge Fire | 1

CHELAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE — A wildfire named the BOUNDARY RIDGE FIRE is burning off of NF 500 and southeast of Wedge Mountain.

CREW-74, E-4104 and E-4105 were dispatched via the Central Washington Comm Center on Sunday, May 30th at 1441 hours PT.

There has been 0.5 acres of grass, shrub and timber burned.

IC Gonzalez (E4015) is the Incident Commander.

It is unknown what sparked this blaze.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/30/2021 1710 PT