Update 2 | February 7, 2020 | Washington State

Thank you for following our Blog posts about adverse weather conditions in Washington State. All information is gleaned from verified sources from government, fire departments, law enforcement, emergency management and other public information.

We will try to list the source where the information is bein received from in a Sit Rep format gleaned from all Social Media channels being broadcasted from.

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Weather Fact |Our soggy weather has been sent with a red bow on top all the way from the tropical (U.S.) State of Hawaii.  – Source:  NWS Seattle

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KING COUNTY

AUBURN

Road Closures

SE Lake Holm Road between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

BLACK DIAMOND

Road Closures

Enumclaw Franklin Rd SE between Franklin Ridge gravel pit and SE Green River Gorge Road | Damaged roadway | 2/7/2020 1205 PST

Turn around

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 20827 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd. Open 24/7.  Empty sandbags and sand provided by County. Self-service. Max 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

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Water Facts | 6″ of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars – Weather Alert

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CARNATION

Road Closures

310th Ave NE between NE Carnation Farms Rd and SR 203 (including NE 60th St) | Water over roadway | 2-7 1355 PST

NE 100th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 1024 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 x NE Tolt Hill Rd | Water over roadway | 2-1745 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Carnation Public Works | 33100 NE 45th St.  | Hours:  Weekdays from 0800 – 1630 PST.  Empty bags and sand provided.

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Water Fact | A foot of water will float most vehicles. – Weather Alert

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BELLEVUE

Road Closures

EB lanes on Coal Creek Pkwy from 124th Ave SE to Factoria Blvd | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST | Source & Photo Credit:  City of Bellevue Transportation

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SE Newport Way from SE 42nd Pl to 133rd Ave SE | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

Intersection of 134th Ave SE x SE 42nd St | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

SB Coal Creek Parkway. Both lanes. | Downed tree and power lines over roadway | 2-7 2037 PST

Open Roadways

SE 7th Place, east of Lake Hills Connector | OPEN | was closed 2-5 due to flooding | 2-7 0630 PST

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Photo Credit: City of Bellevue Transportation Department (E of the Lake Hills Connector on 2/5/2020)

DUVALL

Flooding Images

The rising of the river is being captured by many photographers as records are being broken all over the State.  Here is a video clip showing extreme flooding. | Video Credit:  City of Duvall

SR 410 X MP 38

(BETWEEN ENUMCLAW & GREENWATER)

Road Closures

A major landslide shutdown this busy thoroughfare. | Photo Credit: WSP Sgt. Zimmerman & Courtesy of  WSP Trooper / PIO Rick Johnson

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FALL CITY

Road Closures

SE David Powell  Rd x Preston Fall City Rd SE  | Landslide | 2-7 0015 PST

316th Av SE x SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE | Water over the roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

SE 308th St  between SR 202 x SE 31st St | Water over roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

Neal Road SE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 33719 SE 44th Place | Open 24/7.  Empty bags and sand provided by County. Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

Water Fact | 2 Feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and Trucks. – Weather Alert

MAPLE VALLEY

Road Closures

Dorre Don Way SE x 230th Ave SE | Water over raodway | 2-7 1315 PST

Maxwell Rd SE between SE Lake Francis and 220th Ave SE | Erosion of roadway | 2-7 1117 PST

Lower Dorre Don Way SE between Upper Dorre Don Way SE to Dorre Don Way SE (the loop) | 2-7 0620 PST

NORTH BEND

Road Closures

Cedar Falls Rd SE x SE 177th St | Water over roadway | 2-7-2020 1050 PST

428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd | 2/6/2020 1215 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of North Bend City Hall | 920 SE Cedar Falls Way.  | Hours: Monday-Thursday 0830 – 1600 PST, Friday 0830 – 1200 PST.  | Empty sandbags and sand provided by City.  Self-service.  Shovels available. Check in City Hall before bagging.  Bags available after hours when the EOC is open due to flooding.

PACIFIC

Road Closures

W Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd x 3rd Ave SW | Water over roadway | 2-6 1600 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Pacific | 130 3rd Ave SE. (Across from Police Station) | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand available.  Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

PALMER

Road  Closures

SE 309th St between 335 Ave SE to W to end of road | Landslide | 2-7 1852 PST

REDMOND

Road Closures

NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0930 PST

204th Pl NE between NE 67th St x SR 202 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0845 PST

Park / Trail Closures

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Photo Credit | City of Redmond

Sammamish River Trail at Leary Way | Standing water

Farrel-McWhirter Park | some interior trails closed

Redmond West Wetlands

Bear Creek Trail between Redmond Way and Avondale way

Evan’s Creek Trail from Perrigo Park South to the raised boardwalk area | Water over boardwalk

Bear Creek Bridge on the Puget Sound Energy Trail

Water Safety

The rain is continuing to fall and we want to remind you to avoid driving, walking or riding through standing water. | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Redmond Image

Turnaround, Don’t Drown

The Redmond Police Department would like to remind drivers to never drive around any road closure signs present on flooded roadways.  | Photo Credit:  RPD. Photo taken on February 5th of NE 95th St, east of Willows Road.

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Landslide Awareness

Fact Sheet: Recognize Landslide Warning Signs

Release date:
October 17, 2017
Release Number:
R2 DR 4339-PR FS 009
  • Changes in your landscape such as patterns of storm-water drainage on slopes (especially the places where runoff water converges) land movement, small slides, flows, or progressively leaning trees.
  • Doors or windows stick or jam for the first time.
  • New cracks appear in plaster, tile, brick, or foundations.
  • Outside walls, walks, or stairs begin pulling away from the building.
  • Slowly developing, widening cracks appear on the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways.
  • Underground utility lines break.
  • Bulging ground appears at the base of a slope.
  • Water breaks through the ground surface in new locations.
  • Fences, retaining walls, utility poles, or trees tilt or move.
  • A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume is noticeable as the landslide nears.
  • Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, might indicate moving debris.
  • Collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flow can be seen when driving (embankments along roadsides are particularly susceptible to landslides).

After the Landslide

  • Go to a designated public shelter if you have been told to evacuate or you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home.
  • Stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
  • Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow.
  • Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide, without entering the direct slide area. Direct rescuers to their locations.
  • Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage. Damage to foundations, chimneys, or surrounding land may help you assess the safety of the area.

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/17/4339/fact-sheet-recognize-landslide-warning-signs   | Source & Photo Credit:  FEMA via City of Redmond / Photo Courtesy

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RENTON

Road Closures

SE Jones Rd between #18631 x SR 169 | Landslide | 2-6 2024 PST

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Landslides in Fire / Disaster Images

(L) This photo was taken on February 5, 2020, of a landslide on the WB side of Maple Valley Hwy and across 1.5 lanes.  It would take fire crews and mutual approximately 3-4 hours to remove it.  Mud and debris impacted drivers on the highway and forcing officials to close it protecting the motoring public.  | Photo Credit:  Renton Fire / RFA PIO

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 155 Monroe Ave NE | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand provided. Self-service. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

SEATLLE

Sandbag Distribution Centers

Delridge Community Center | 4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106. | Filled sandbags. Self-service. 25 max per household or business.

Helene Madison Pool | 13401 Meridian N, 98133 | Same messaging.

South Park Neighborhood | 731 S Sullivan, 98108 | Same messaging.

Meadowbrook Community Center | 10517 35th Ave NE, 98125 | Same messaging.

SKYKOMISH

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 74212 Old Cascade Hwy | Open 24/7 | Self-servce. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

SNOQUALMIE

Road Closures

SE Reinig Rd from the City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Dr SE | 2-6 1115 PST

W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE at NE 124 | 2-7 2110 PST

Traffic camera: West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE at NE 124th St

Photo Credit | KC DOT

Restricted Roadways

356th Dr SE, N of #4030 | 1 lane closed due to road failure. 1 lane open and alternating traffic. Expet long delays. | 2-6 2142 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Snoqualmie. | 38190 SE Mill Pond Rd. | Weekdays from 0700 – 1500 PST  | Must call Public Works at 425-831-4919 for an apoointment to pick-up sand and bags. During flooding, call the EOC at 425-888-5911 for sandbags.

SNOQUALMIE PASS

Road Closures

Weather Forecast – Snow

Reports of up to 14″ of new snow on the Pass from 2300 hours on Thursday and Friday were reported by law enforcement. Chain enforcement was scheduled at 1600 hours to midnight on eastbound on I-90 over the pass.  | Source:  WSP PIO / Trooper Rick Johnson

SNOQUALMIE FALLS

Flooding Impacts

The Falls are yet again overflowing at a high rate of speed and splash.  This image shows the magnitude of flooding we are experiencing and showing us its dangers of the rate of speed and splash.   | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Snoqualmie

CASCADES

Weather Forecast – Snow

This also includes Snoqualmie Pass.  Snow levels are expected to drop by early Saturday morning. 12-18″ expected are possible. | Source & Photo Credit:  NWS Seattle

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PIERCE COUNTY

PUYALLUP

Road Closures

PUYALLUP RIVER | Roads, Surface Water and Emergency Management crews and personnel were busy with damage assessments from flooding in various areas.  This was conducted across the whole County.  Currently, there are on-going repairs in progress on the the Puyallup River Levy above Orting within two hours after the discovery of the damage.

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One of Pierce County’s Executives, Bruce Dammeier was out with crews for the full day observing damage assessments and excellent / tireless efforts by crews to fix roadways and other major maintenance. | Photo Credit:  Pierce Co. Government. Source:  PC Exec Bruce Dammeier.

EAST PIERCE COUNTY

Damage Assessments

SR 162  | Images show extensive impacts on SR 162.  Photo taken on Thursday, February 6, 2020.  | Source / Photo Credit:  East Pierce Firefighters, IAFF Local 3520

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RESOURCES

Road Service Helpline

KING COUNTY | 206-477-8100, 800-527-627 | King County Road Services Helpline – 24/7 .  Website:  https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/24×7-helpline.aspx  Sign-up for road alerts at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/road-alert.aspx

Life-Threatening Medical / Fire Hazard or Criminal Act in Progress/Occurred

9-1-1 | Emergencies only  for FIRE, EMS, POLICE.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Water Safety

As the rain continues, follow safe guidelines: do NOT walk or drive across flooded roads; gather emergency supplies and follow local updates; use flashlights instead of candles if you lose power. | Source:  King County Public Health

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA – EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

Issaquah Creek

Cars are submerged in flood waters in Issaquah as Issaquah Creek continues to rise up quickly. Current was reported as being very strong. ” | News Media on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 2 – 2/7/2020 2315 PST

 

 

 

Washington State Hit by Adverse Weather | 1

You think that the other Washington’s politics are bad.  Try living in our Washington State and dealing with one storm after another and there appears to be another one heading our way.

King County

As of 10pm, the following have been closed:

  • SE Jones Rd between #18631 and SR 169 (Renton area)
  •  Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd and 3rd Ave SW
  • 428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd (North Bend)
  • West Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE between NE Novelty Hill Rd and NE 80th St
  • SE Reinig Rd from City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Drive SE
  • 316th Ave SE and SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE
  • SE 308th ST between SR 202 and SE 31st St
  • NE 100th ST between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd
  • NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and SR 203
  • 204th Pl NE between NE 67th St and SR 202
  • NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE
  • 312th Ave SE between 316th Pl NE and Upper Preton Rd SE
  • Neal Rd SE at SR 203
  • SE Lake Holm Rd between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd
  • Issaquah Hobart Rd SE between SE May Valley Rd and Issaquah City limits (SE 96th St)
  • W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 and NE Tolt Hill Rd
  • SE 24th St between 309th Ave SE and 316th Ave SE
  • SE Issauquah-Fall City Rd between SE Duthie Hill Rd and 274th Ave SE
  • NE 80th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and Ames Lake Carnation Rd NE
  • Dike Rd between Preston Fall City Rd to end of route
  • NE 165th between 179th Pl NE and Avondale Rd NE
  • SE Middle Fork Rd at mile marker 9.6
  • SE Fish Hatchery Rd between 361st Ave SE and 372nd Ave SE
  • SR 900 closed from NW Talus Dr to SE May Valley Road (Issaquah)

Carnation

Residents are being advised to stay alert to changing river and weather conditions. Be prepared to respond quickly.  (King County, WA)

Duvall

The City is reporting seeing a lot of traffic coming into their city limits to try to access northbound SR 203 but it is closed and cannot be accessed to reaching Monroe or Snohomish County.  (City of Duvall)

Issaquah

2/6/2020 – 1:00 pm – The Issaquah-Hobart Road at May Valley Road was closed due to a large landslide.  The King County Road crews were out in force with lots of personnel and large equipment trying to remove the rocks and debris blocking the culvert.  Some of the rocks were as large as basketballs! (KC Road Services)

Around the same time, water was running high underneath a bridge prompting multiple calls to Eastside Fire & Rescue personnel including a Rescue team to search an apartment complex for possible trapped residents and pets.

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11 residents were safely evacuated including several children and animals.  (Photo credit/source:  Eastside Fire & Rescue)

Renton

Free sandbags are available 24/7 at the King County Roads facility at 20827 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Renton.  There is a 25-bag limit per vehicle.

North Bend

Sand and sandbags were made available at 1:30pm until 5pm on Thursday, February 6th to North Bend residents.  You can pick up these at the Public Works facility on Friday, February 7th from 8am – noon, located at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend. Bring your own shovel and truck. They will supply the sand and bags.

“Snoqualmie River is currently at Flood Phase 2, meaning that lowland flooding may occur. Currently, there are no roads closed in North Bend. The Park & Ride lot across from the Pour House is closed due to flooding.” (City of North Bend)

Rivers

The following Rivers at various flood stages:

Phase 4: Cedar River

Phase 3: Issaquah Creek, Green River, Tolt River

Phase 2: Snoqualmie River, White River

Resources

Flood Warning Center | 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263.  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/warning-system.aspx  Click on name of river for further information.

Sandbag distribution | https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/sandbag-distribution.aspx  (King County)

National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA) | 888-379-9531

King Conty Metro Alerts | 206-553-3000

American Red Cross (King/Kitsap Counties) | 206-323-2345

Additional flood related Important Contact Phone Numbers |  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/phones.aspx

King County Office of Emergency Management | 206-296-3830

King County Stormwater services | 206-477-4811. After business hours, call 206-477-8100.

King County Solid Waste Division | 206-477-4466 or 800-325-6165.

King County Public Health (Seattle/King County) | 206-296-4600

Additional links, Important phone numbers | https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/phones.aspx

Updates

More updates will be coming as we are gleaning news, resources and alerts to bring to you throughout the day and evening.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/7/2020 00:50 PST

 

 

 

MILL FIRE | Arizona | 3 | Final Update

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Air tanker dropping retardant over the Mill Fire

Air tanker dropping fire retardant right over the Mill Fire in Arizona. | Courtesy: Inciweb

CAUSE

It ignited from an unknown cause that is still under undetermined and under investigation.

FUELS

Fire fuels include but are not limited to:  brush, scrub oak, juniper and grass. The environment is also very dry.  179 acres have been completely destroyed.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters have been shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground and back out again.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident on the day the fire started on Monday but have been reduced down to 70 on Tuesday.

There is a Type 3 IC (Castro) also in Command with the PIO Delores Garcia.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

With a heavy emphasis on fire suppression and containment efforts, fire crews successfully reached a 50% containment status on Tuesday afternoon.  Fire Managers reported no fire growth today which is great news.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Weather conditions include isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There were no structures under threat or damaged.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/7/2019 @ 2000 Hour MST

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 2

UPDATE | Humidity and cooler temperatures have significantly reduced fire activity tonight. Firefighters have been flown out of the immediate fire area and will be flown in tomorrow. Interior heat and gusty winds a concern for tomorrow.  2110 hours MST. (Source:  BLM AZ Wildfire)

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

OUT-OF-AREA | AZ Wildfire | Mill Fire | 1

CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east

Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.

Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.

There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.

FIRE OPERATIONS

There is active fire behavior.  It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST.  It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.

The area  is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area.  The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.

As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles.  Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour.  (Source:  The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

INJURIES

None have been reported at the time of this post.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #AZwildfire2019 #nwfb_azfires #millfire

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and Instagram “The NW Fire Blog”.

For those who are following us here on our “Official” Blog, thank you!  If you are just reading our post for the first time or have returned to read this post and others – we thank you as well. 

If you don’t know us yet, we are based out of the northwest and cover mostly wildfires, structure fires, disasters and other happenings.  Additionally, we also cover stories outside of the northwest and beyond, such as this post.  We loooove anything that has to do with fires, no matter where type they are or located. 

Thanks again and may you be safe wherever your journey may take you.  We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/6/2019 @ 2115 PDT

Windstorm 1 is Hanging Out in the NW | Update 2

Updated 1:15 AM PDT

SUMMARY

Windstorm #1 has arrived with #2 on its heels.  So, what have you  done to prepare yourselves?You say, ‘It’s not that bad. I have been through other storms.’  Here’s why it is so important to start taking matters into your hands and #PrepareNOW (our very own hashtag)

WINDGUSTS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS – Reported by the National Weather Service.

WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT

Why is this such a big event for the Pacific Northwest this year?  Higher than normal winds are blowing through the Pacific jet stream from a remnant of Typhoon Songda, that had reached the highest winds clocking in at 150 m.p.h.

The storm started as a Tropical Storm on October 9th, began picking up speed becoming a Typhoon on October 10th with winds reported as 120 m.p.h.

On October 11th, the storm had been deemed as a Super Typhoon with the highest winds at 150 m.p.h.! The following day, winds have lessened to around 120 m.p.h. becoming a Tropical Storm once again, but not before high winds are being carried around Alaska down to the great Pacific Northwest.

Winds will be considerable less but they will still be around the 40’s and into the 60’s, so please be careful when you go out or if you can stay in

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALERTS – FLOOD

Spokane & Stevens Counties:  Flood Watch in effect from Saturday morning (Washington Weather on Twitter)

ALERTS – ADVERSE WEATHER –  NWS/NOAA

ALERTS – ROAD CLOSURES

Road Closures: Skagit County DEM

ALERTS – RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

National Forests:  Too dangerous for walks, hikes and driving in wooded areas – Willamette National Forest

ALERTS – TRANSPORTATION

Washington State Ferries:   “Visibility is low across all routes at start of PM commute. Captains have closed outer decks, advises folks to stay seated.” – WSDOT Ferries

ALERT – WEATHER

WATCH : High winds, Flooding and Power outages on the Coast / Coast Range – NWS Portland (OR)

 

REPORT ROADWAY ISSUES

Pierce County, Washington – Report 24/7 to 253-798-6000 or piercecountywa.org/rfa.

Hood Canal Bridge (WA):  SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge closure to vehicles is scheduled at approx. 12:45 am on 10/15/16, expect up to a 60-minute delay (posted 11:56 PM PDT)

HOW TO PREPARE

HOW WOULD YOU PREPARE?

We took a recent Poll on Twitter asking the question:  “What 2 thing would you do to PrepareNOW for an Emergency?”

The Choices were Camp Outdoors, Bring your Generator indoors, Have water for 48 hours and Gas Up your car.

We had hoped no one would pick bringing in their Generator indoors, but 5% of those polled chose this answer.  Check out the reason why this could be so deadly to you and your family. (Check out the image under “What To Do When the Power Goes Out”)

Thank you to those who participated in the Poll.

WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT

Here are some ideas of what to have on hand to be Prepared for any type of Emergency, excluding Flooding in your home or inhabitable due to an Earthquake or Tornado:

BEING PREPARED FOR 3 DAYS

“We recommend the following to Building an Emergency Preparedness Kit, Preparation Tips and Ways to Protect You/Your Family Before/During/After an Event.  (Info based upon Fire, Police, Emergency Management and EMS articles, posts and knowledge)” – NWFB

Water:   Include one gallon per person for each day. Note:  Water along with food (unless otherwise labeled) should be changed out every six months.

Food:  Include items such as beef jerky, protein and/or granola bars, canned and/or vacuum packed canned foods and other non-perishables. (Don’t forget your pets and their pet food)

Medications:  Don’t forget to keep this on hand and have enough for the time allotted.  The Disaster or Emergency could last longer than 3 days, i.e. Power outages, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, etc.

Battery-powered Radio:  An alternative could be a hand-crank powered radio.  If you use a Battery operated radio, make sure you have extra batteries.

Flashlights:  There are also alternatives out there, such as, Battery-powered or Solar-powered Latterns. Do not use candles.  These lead to fires when candles are left unattended.

Matches:  These could be used to light pilot lights on gas stoves (inside homes- make sure no smell of gas in the air), camping stoves, fires in fireplaces, etc.

First Aid Kit:  Don’t feel like spending time or energy on putting together a Kit? You can visit various stores such as camping supply stores, specialty stores or the American Red Cross.

We recommend the following for a Kit (TIP:  You can visit the American Red Cross @ http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit/anatomy to find a full and a complete list or to purchase your own)

  • Sterile gauze pads of different sizes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  •  Elastic bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Soap
  • Splint
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Non-latex gloves
  • List of Emergency Phone Numbers (yours)

Great Resources:  3 Days, 3 Ways. Campaign  http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/58

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Via our friends at the Washington State Public Health Agency

RESOURCES

UTILITIES

Pacific Power Portland  (OR):  Reporting downed power lines, call 9-1-1 then 1-877-508-5088.  “Always treat them as if they are LIVE power lines. Stay away!”

Puget Sound Energy (PSE):  Is Your Power out? Check out the  Outage Map   http://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/Outage-Map.aspx  or you can download for free their app

Seattle City Light:  Report outages to 206-684-3000 or 206-684-7400.  Outage Map:  http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

Snohomish PUD:  Report power outages to them @ 425-783-1001.

OUTAGES

UTILITIES

Snohomish County PUD:  13,000 customers are without power due to winds are picking up.

Seattle City Light:  7 power outages affecting 165 households per outage map.

STORM IMAGES

STORM SURGES

La Push, Washington:  US IOOS gov / NOAA reporting on 10/13/2016 storm rolling in.  Credit:  usioos.gov

SOCIAL MEDIA

WHAT’S BEING SAID ON MEDIA

“I  could care less if I have fuel in the car!  Water + food + shelter.” – Twitter user

“Early data tonight unchanged on strong windstorm track for . Differ on strength: “bad” and “real bad.” Waiting on more later.” – News media

“Wind will start around Olympia about 4-6 PM and in Seattle area a couple of hours later. Wind will pick up suddenly and hard.” – NWS Seattle

“Sat. storm watch: “Whoever gets hit, is going to get hit pretty hard” – Twitter user

“Weather hasn’t been to bad here yet in the Bellevue Area.” – Twitter user

“A Dock was seen heading westbound  floating down the Sammamish River towards Lake Washington.” – Bothell PD

“Right now, strongest effects from will be Seattle area westward.” – Weather source

“Consider postponing your trip this weekend! They’ll still be there next week!” – Washington State Parks

“Due to storms, could be transit interruptions.” – King County Metro  (Seattle, Washington).  Check out their site here –>  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKING/bulletins/16b2167

“Winds likely E before switching southerly in eve. Expect high wind when southerlies arrive. Can’t specify on SE protection.” – NWS Seattle (@ 1AM PDT)

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NEW! Mt. Tolman Fire | Near Elmer City Washington | Update 1

Fire incident Summary

A level 1 evacuation alert was issued by The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s Mt. Tolman Fire Center today at 1530 hours for a fast-moving fire.

Location

The location of the fire is said to be South to SE of Elmer City, Washington which is a town of approximately 240 residents (2015 census).

Resources

A Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) resource was requested at 1517 hours for Air resources to respond to the Colville Indian Reservation.

Evacuations Alerts

The Okanogan County Emergency Management Office released this statement on their Facebook page,

“All persons should be aware of their surroundings and be ready for possible evacuation. Do not wait for door to door notification, take action if needed.”

 Current Conditions

The National Weather Service (NWS) is reporting weather in nearby Omak with current winds at 16 m.p.h. and gusts up to 20 m.p.h., as well as relative humidity (RH) of 23%.  It is mostly sunny with temps of 74* degrees.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this fire:  #MtTolmanFire #MtTolmanFireWA #WaWILDFIRE #OkanoganCoFire #NWFireBlogWA

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Thank you for reading our post today and be sure to check back with us for updates on this fire and others. Wishing you all a Safe Sunday wherever your journeys may take you.

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New Mexico’s Tiberon Wildfire | New! | July 15, 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date/Time

This wildfire started on July 13th around 1530 hours from an unknown cause.  It is currently being investigated.

Location

It is located 31 miles South of Cloudcroft (Otero County), New Mexico. Burning on private land.

Fire Size / Damage Assessment

As of July 13th, fire was at 100 acres with an unknown containment.  Today on July 15th, the fire has reached 290 acres with a 16% containment status, but not before fire damaged or destroyed 67 homes, 16 vehicles, 4 RVs and 1 Timberon VFD Engine due to being broken down from a mechanical issue.

 

RESOURCES

Command

A Type 3 has moved into a Type 4 Management team as of 7/15/2016 @ 0600 hours.

 

Fire Resources

There are 160 resources from various agencies, which consist of Engines, hand crews and Air resources.

Evacuation Shelter

A Red Cross evacuation shelter was opened at the Cloudcroft High School.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Fire Fuels

Fire fuels consist of mixed forest grass and shrub understory.

Future Tactics

Fire crews will continue to secure containment lines.  They will also cut and clear snag around homes in burned areas.

 

Weather Conditions

Temps have been in the high 80’s up to the low 90’s.  There is a forecast for a chance of a thunderstorm with strong erratic winds and light rain.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Incident Hashtags

The Hashtags we are using for this fire are:  #TiberonFire #NMWildfires2016 #USWildfiresNM

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#Breaking | Triple 2 Fire | Coronado NF, Arizona

Updated 5/10/2016 2113 PDT / 2013 MDT

Triple 2 Fire by CNF

Photo Credit: USFS – CNF

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date/Time Started:   5/10/2016 @ 1613 MDT

Location:  Fire originated from Mexico but crossed over today.  Located 7 miles W of Nogales, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest.

Managing Office:  Forest Service on the Coronado National Forest in Arizona.

Acres:  600

 

STATUS

Fire

  • Behavior:  Has a moderate spread.  Active burning in surges, over ridges, up hills, backing in canyons.
  • Fuels:  Brush, oak woodland.

Weather

  • Winds:  Breezy.

 

RESOURCES

Fire

  • Personnel:  90 assigned.

Incident Cooperators:

  • US Forest Service

Air Support:  

  • Tankers are dropping water and being utilized.
Triple 2 Fire 2 by CNF

Photo Credit: USFS – CNF

PUBLIC INFORMATION 

Contact Information

  • Fire Restriction Info:  On specific lands.  Website:  http://firestrictions.us/az

Smoke Conditions

  • Visibility:  Can be seen from Nogales and Rio Rico.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #Triple2Fire
  • #CNFAZ
  • #AZFires2016
  • #CNF

 

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Update 2 | Cumero Fire | Coronado National Forest

The Cumero Fire has exploded from being just 500 acres on the day it started until today, showing it has more than tripled – plus its size.

Date & Time:  The wildfire broke out today, May 6th around 0930 MST (0930 PDT)

Location:  Cumero Mountain on the Coronado National Forest. NE of Sasabe, AZ.

Acres:  5300.

Fuels:  Grass and brush.

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Cause:  Human-caused.  Currently under investigation.

Wx:  

Resources:  There are currently 125 total personnel along with various equipment from State, Federal and Local Arizona agencies:

  • Firefighters:  180 with 65 support personnel.
  • Engines:  7
  • Light Helicopters:  2
  • Water Tenders:  3

Fire Activities:  Firefighters will be conducting the following activities to help contain the fire.

  • Construct a line along the Fresnal Wash
  • Build a line along northward along the Alamito Wash
  • Tie the line to Forest Service Rd 4877 to form a barrier on the eastside
  • Prep area for burnout operations

Incident Status:

The following activities have occurred during the start of this fire incident.

5/6/2016

  • Fire detected at 0930 hours
  • 100 Firefighters assigned with 5 engines, 1 light helicopter and 5 wildland fire crews.
  • Fire located adjacent to Cumero Mountain, NE of Sasabe, AZ
Courtesy: Inciweb

Courtesy: Inciweb

57/2016

  • Location of fire updated to show in the Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest. (CNF)
  • Burning on lands administered by the CNF.
  • Weather of moderate winds and increased humidity aids firefighters.
  • Fire fuels consist of light and flash but have low moisture content.
  • No structures have been lost.
  • 100 Firefighters are assigned along with 65 support personnel, 1 Light helo, 1 Medium chopper and 1 heavy, a converted Military CH 470 Chinook chopper.  It is a 2000 gallon “bucket” of water from a source at 120 knots.
  • The Chinook is dipping from Arivaca Lake.

5/8/2016

  • Weather today consists of decreased winds, higher humidity and cooler temps.
  • Though favorable weather, the fire has spread SW towards Fresnal Canyon.
  • 25% containment reached.
  • Risks are low due to burning away from structures in undeveloped land administered by the CNF.
  • Personnel increased to 180 Firefighters with 65 Support personnel.

Hashtags:  #CumeroMtnFire  #CNF  #AZFires2016  #azwx

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