COLORADO | LAKE CHRISTINE FIRE | UPDATE 1

ASPEN, Colo. – A small 100-acre was sparked on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, by two El Jebel residents while using tracer rounds at a shooting range during a Fire ban have been charged with 4-degree arson criminal charges.

They could face fines up to $1,000,000 for the cost of fire suppression efforts.

The fire would soon explode into several thousands of acres consumed, mandatory evacuations of both homes and businesses in Aspen and surrounding areas in the Eagle County, Colorado area.

We have heard of reports where downtown Basalt businesses are/have been evacuated.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FIRE:  Basalt FD, Greater Eagle FD, USFS Rocky Mtns, Carbondale FD,

LAW ENFORCEMENT:   Eagle County Sheriff Office.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:  CO State Emergency Management Agency (Level 2 Fire Ops)

JULY 3, 2018

 FIRE OPERATIONS:  Fire starts on the shooting range near Basalt, Colorado around 1800 hours MDT.  A drone is seen in the area, all fire suppression aircraft forced to land and wait until the air is cleared. (2101 MDT)

LAW ENFORCEMENT:  An investigation goes into effect for the exact cause, by whom and where it all started.

JULY 4, 2018

FIRE STATUS:  2,377 acres. 0% contained.  500 homes evacuated.  0 structures reported as damaged or destroyed. 0 deaths or injuries reported. Air attack resuming. 2 people using tracer rounds started fire on July 3rd, @ 1800 hours MDT.

HELITACK:  Tanker 163 added to the existing 4 SEATs. (1225).

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS:  Homestead Trailer Park, Wilds (Promontory and Windsprings), Ridge Rd, Pinion, Cedar Drive. (1211)LEAVE NOW.

PRE-EVACUATION ORDERS:    E & W Supris Drive, E & W Homestead Drive, Curtis Lane, Longhorn Lane, Tucker Lane, Spur Lane and Hillside Drive. (1212 MDT) Hillcrest, Silverado, Original Pine Ridge, Sagewood (0818 MDT).

SHELTERS:  Basalt HS, 600 Southside Drive, Basalt, CO.

WEATHER REPORTS:  Fire shifted. Heading above Downtown Basalt (1245 MDT) Winds picking up from the north, heading up Basalt Mtn. (1138)

Smoke plume forecast for next 24 hours. Expect the Lake Christine fire to possibly be in the next run of this experimental model.  (Photo Credit:  USNWS – Grand Junction Colorado.)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1900 hours PDT / 2000 hours MDT

NEW | OR WILDFIRE | LITTLE CRANE CREEK FIRE

CRANE, Ore. – A wildfire ignited about eight miles east of Crane on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

Location

Fire burning about eight miles east of Crane, Oregon.  Crane is located in an unincorporated area of Harney County and along OR Route 78.  Its population in 2010 was less than 130 residents.

Resources

Resources include C201, E423 and E616 along with IC Dallon Swindlehurst arriving at 1850 hours.

Fuels

Fire fuels include grass and brush.

Incident Status

Fire has burned 73 acres.  Showing in the Fire CAD System as an open incident.  Limited information.

Communications Center

Basin Interagency Communications Center.

Social Media

We are using hashtags  #LittleCraneCreekFire #ORwildfires2018 #CraneFire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1050 hours PDT

 

Washington Wildfire | Decatur Head Fire | 1

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Wash. – A wildfire ignited on Tuesday, July 3rd prompting the NW Region DNR Dispatch Center to dispatch fire resources along with Incident Commander TESKE at 1245 hours.  IC TESKE was on-scene at 1545 hours.

Location

The fire is burning on Decatur Island, located east of Lopez Island and south of Blakely Island.

Fuels

Fire fuels include brush, grass and duff.

Current Conditions

Fire is said to be at 0.1 acres and listed as an open incident.  Limited information is available on this wildfire.

Social Media

We are using hashtags #DecaturHeadFire #WAwildfires2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1015 hours PDT

Washington Wildfire | Quincy Fire | 1

ANCIENT LAKE, Wash. – This was wildfire number three that began on Sunday evening, July 2nd.  The fire is burning on Quincy Lake in Grant County, Washington.

Fire Status

The fire is burning in grass and brush and has consumed up to 500 acres.  At around 0608 hours, the Grant County Sheriff posted their last presser on this fire in stating firefighters worked into the early hours on Monday, bringing it under control.  They working to strengthen the containment lines.

On July 1st, some concerned residents contacted the Sheriff’s Office mistaking dust clouds for smoke near Soap Lake but was quickly addressed.  No other fire was determined to be burning in the area, other than at Quincy Lake.

Evacuations

Evacuations were in effect but have since been lifted by the Sheriff’s Office.

Resources

Fire resources were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center to the area.

At the time of the fire, WA DNR had 12 engines en route to this GCFDist 3 fire. Additional resources came in as mutual aid which included: Ephrata FD, Fire Districts 10, 13, Bureau of Land Management.

Cause

No word on the cause, but it is under investigation.

Injuries

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 0615 hours

 

Washington Wildfire | SR 821 Fires | 3

UPDATE | 2224 | IC reports: both flanks out. Light fire activity. Fire in ditch by RR tracks. To start mop-up operations in a few minutes. All other fire units to CODE GREEN. Have enough fire resources to handle themselves.

SELAH, Wash. – Two spot fires were called into Fire Dispatch that were to be 50′ across and 100′ in size at 3703 SR 821 in Yakima County.   A second caller stated they could see smoke on Selah Road and heading up the ridge.

The first arriving engine reported a 2-3 acre fire, with it heading up the ridge.  The fire appeared to be burning near the Burlington Northern RR tracks.

Reports by the IC of explosions were happening within the fire.  The fire was reported to Dispatch as moving into the canyon.

An immediate request for Washington State Patrol to shutdown SR 821, as well as an urgent need for additional resources.

Fire Dispatch began putting through notifications paging out Selah stations 21, 22, 24, 26 and 29, other resources.

Fire resources, including the Kittitas County Strike team and Command Officer previous assigned to the CONRAD FIRE were being released and diverted to this one.

There is no known cause at this time.

(c) NW Fire Blog – Original posted 7/1/2018 2205 hours PDT

 

Washington Wildfire | SR 821 Fires | 2

SELAH, Wash. – Two spot fires were called into Fire Dispatch that were to be 50′ across and 100′ in size at 3703 SR 821 in Yakima County.   A second caller stated they could see smoke on Selah Road and heading up the ridge.

The first arriving engine reported a 2-3 acre fire, with it heading up the ridge.  The fire appeared to be burning near the Burlington Northern RR tracks.

Reports by the IC of explosions were happening within the fire.  The fire was reported to Dispatch as moving into the canyon.

An immediate request for Washington State Patrol to shutdown SR 821, as well as an urgent need for additional resources.

Fire Dispatch began putting through notifications paging out Selah stations 21, 22, 24, 26 and 29, other resources.

Fire resources, including the Kittitas County Strike team and Command Officer previous assigned to the CONRAD FIRE were being released and diverted to this one.

There is no known cause at this time.

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 2205 PDT

 

California Wildfire | Creek Fire | 2

REDDING, Calif. – Four fires are burning in Shasta County called the #CreekFire.

Photo Credit | Shasta – Trinity NF

Here is the timeline based upon all sources of information given regarding this fire incident.

June 26, 2018 – Tuesday

1952 |  Fire is burning on Clear Creek Road x American Road. Happy Valley/IGO, CA. Started on June 24, 2018 around 1246 hours.  1475 acres. 65% containment. 11 structures destroyed which include 4 homes and 7 minor structures. Cause is under investigation. 1 reported injury.

22 fire crews, 57 engines, 14 water tenders, 72 overhead personnel, 11 bulldozers and total 654 personnel.

Personnel have been challenged by steep and difficult terrain when working to access certain areas on the fire line.  They however, are starting to make progress on increasing and strengthening containment lines around the fire perimeter and mopping us, as well as mitigating hazard trees.

Evacuations lifted for Panther Rd, Dale Ln, Tobacco Rd, Pine Meadows Pl, Diana Way, Clover Ln, Wilbur Ln, Cloverview Rd, Sunshine Ridge Rd, Pebblewood Ln, Hilo Ln, Ronnie Ln and Cobblestone Ln.

Incident Cooperators:  Shasta Co FD, Redding FD, Happy Valley FD, Old Shasta FD, US Forest Service, American Red Cross, Shasta Co SO, CHP, PG&E and Shasta Co Dept. of Public Works.

1827 | Fire is now at 1,475 acres with a 65 % containment status.

1006 | 1,350 acres. 60% containment. 4 structures destroyed. 1 reported injury. Cause under investigation.  617 personnel.  75 engines, 12 water tenders, 22 fire crews, 1 helicopter, 63 overhead personnel, 14 bulldozers, and no air tankers.

0653 | Fire is at 1,350 acres. 60% containment.

June 25, 2018 – Monday

1952 | Fire has consumed 1,350 acres. 50% contained. 0 structures damaged. 4 structures destroyed. 1 reported injury. 75 engines, 12 water tenders, 22 crews, 1 helicopter. 63 overhead personnel. 14 dozers. 0 air tankers. 17 total personnel.

1823 | Shasta County SO lifts evacuation orders.  The photo below gives the full listed as released by the SO’s office.

1213 | The Sheriff’s Offices lifts evacuations for Placer Road. This road at Platina is open. Gas Point at Placer Rd and Cloverdale at Placer and Clear Creek at Placer are still closed.

0713 | 1,300 acres. 30% contained.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SHU

June 24, 2018 – Sunday

1949 | Fire is 1,000 acres. 20% containment status. Evacuations in effect.

Photo Credit | Shasta-Trinity National Forest

1819 | Location is Clear Creek Road x Highway 273 in Happy Valley/Igo. 1,000 acres. 20% contained.

1804 | NEW! Evacuations for the east side of Placer Road; Cloverdale Road to Placer; Placer to Clear Creek Road.

1802 | Type I and III Strike Teams from Sacramento region requested for immediate need to assist.

1724 | Anderson Fire’s E246 and C46 are on-scene. Chief 46 is China Structure Group.

1359 | CAL FIRE Firefighters are on-scene of multiple fires totaling 100 acres, off of Clear Creek Road and American Road, west of Redding.  Shasta County.

Photo Credit | Shasta – Trinity NF

1351 | Creek Fire is 100 acres. 0% containment. 4 separate fires burning at a critical ROS, long-range spotting. Structures, power lines under threat.

1335 | Shasta-Trinity NF sends 1 strike team and 5 fire engines to assist CAL FIRE.

Shasta County Sheriff Office:  Several fires were started today on June 24, 2018, that are considered suspicious in nature. We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a gold or tan 1990’s model Chrysler type minivan. Any information regarding the vehicle please call the Cal Fire information line @ 225-2510 or SHASCOM at 245-6540.

1320 | CAL FIRE fire crews respond to a NEW rash of multiple fires along Clear Creek Road x Highway 273.  The largest fire is 100 acres in size.  Road closures are in effect.

#CREEKFIRE HISTORICAL FIRE TIMELINE

Another fire started just days before the current four wildfires burning in a separate area. Here is the timeline for that wildfire under this same hashtag.  NOTE: These are two separate fires in two different Counties.

June 21, 2018

2104 |   2.8 acres. 60% contained. Extremely steep terrain and heavy brush.  Fire appeared larger than it was. Crews were due to mop up for the  next 2 hours.

1859 | Correct address is 10000 block of Crystal Springs. Fire is still approx 20 acres. Making good progress.

1835 | Brush fire at 4900 block of Huasna Townsite. Approx 20 acres in the grass.

1831 | in SLO, NE of Santa Maria near Coyote Springs Road. 10-15 acres with a potential of 30. 1 air tanker and air attack on the fire, refueling out of Santa Maria.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 hours PDT

California Wildfire | Fox Fire

CALIFORNIA –  CAL FIRE SLO fire engines around 1152 hours on-scene of a brush fire on Camp San Luis Echo Range.  No structures were in danger of being threatened at the time.

Pre-determined control lines were established and the fire was said to be burning within those containment lines.  The area was on a schedule for tomorrow for burnout operations but instead was moved to today’s to help control the wildfire.

Just a little after 1700 hours (1711), fire crews were successful in completing their burnout operations objectives.

No cause of the fire was given.

No injuries to fire personnel or civilians were reported.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SLO

Washington State Wildfire | Mile Post 22 Fire | 3

VANTAGE, Wash. – Fire resources were sent to a brush fire around 1717 hours on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, located near Vantage, Washington when it was only five acres in size.  The original fire assets were H-1MR H-343 SE-461 SE-463 SEWELL SE-SLYFIEL dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Dispatch Center.

Here is a timeline of this fire incident, to clear you a more concise breakdown on how this fire has spread so rapidly:

JUNE 24, 2018 – SUNDAY

1209 hours | Containment has reached a 100% status with DNR resuming command at 1200 hours.  The fire consumed a total of 7,614 acres.  Resources will be continuing to patrol the fire perimeter.

JUNE 23, 2018 – SATURDAY

No information.

JUNE 22, 2018 – FRIDAY

1819 hours | Fire crews have reached a 89% containment status.  7,280 acres have been destroyed. Crews will work to gain their objective of a fully contained (100%) throughout the night with continued patrolling and mopping up.

JUNE 21, 2018 – THURSDAY

0054 hours | Fire mobilization (or Fire MOBE) is approved by the Washington State Patrol HQ Office.  Located in Kittitas County.  2,000 acres in size. 30 homes are under direct threat. Level evacuations in place.

0556 hours | Type 3 IMT is on order. Fire has consumed 1,750 acres.

0628 hours | WA Emergency Management Department (WA EMD) is activated. Correction:  The EMD was “partially” activated. Updated 6/22/2018

0736 hours | Fire is burning in Central Washington near the Columbia River and approximately 19 miles east of Ellensburg.

Photo Credit | @MappingSupport (Twitter)

0905 hours | Fire has grown to an estimated 4,000 – 5,000 acres. 5% containment.  More firefighters are arriving today, including the SE WA IMT team.

1000 hours | Fire mobe resources arriving throughout the day.

1728 hours | Fire has burned up to 5,000 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

1900 hours | Vantage Highway is open but heading West, the bright sun and smoke in the area are reason to caution yourself when driving through the area.

JUNE 20, 2018 – WEDNESDAY

1930 hours |  Washington Department of Natural Resources or WA DNR were called and they dispatched out additional resources, including engines and two helicopters. The fire was estimated to be at well established at 100 ares and growing.  Vantage Highway closed due to down power lines.  Fire located west of Vantage.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

2143 hours | DNR sent additional resources including three planes, a single 20-person Ahtanum hand crews which would be later be tasked with performing burnout operations.  Dry grass fire conditions.  Fire estimated at 800-1000 acres with a high rate of spread.

2345 hours | SE WA IMT team is assigned to incident.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags we are using and already established in Social Media are:

#MilePost22 #Milepost22  #MilePost22Fire #WAwildfire2018 #WaWILDFIRE #VantageFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2145 PDT