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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#GoldBarFire – Rain Helping Containment – SitRep5

Updated 5/14/2016 1715 PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The #ProctorCreekFire was spotted burning in the heavily loaded fire fuels of logging slash and timber on May 13th.

LOCATION – LAND OWNER

The fire is approximately 5 miles East of Gold Bar in Snohomish County, Washington.

At the base of the of the hillside where the fire is burning is private land.  Local Firefighters were first due with additional State and Federal fire personnel arriving quickly.  The top of the mountain was stated it is 99% DNR land.  All local, State, Federal and other jurisdictions were working in a Unified Command system.

FIRE RESPONSE

WA DNR:

DNR personnel were dispatched at 1611 PDT to the scene where they were faced with a brush fire turned large not contained wildfire.

Incident Cooperators:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, and acting as aerial lookout for ground fire crews.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Acres:

The fire has burned up to 325 acres from its initial report of being spotted at 15 acres.  Due to high winds and dry fuels, this fire increased quickly.

Cause:

The cause is still under investigation and unknown at this time.

Weather Aids Crews:

Rain had been occurring over the County, hitting the fire ground for both the #HotShotFire located near #Oso and this fire #ProctorCreekFire (DNR’s designator) and #GoldBarFire since the latter part of the morning.

This has helped crews gain control of the fire bringing it to a 20% containment status.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

Resources:

There are still 100 fire personnel assigned to this incident.  No injuries or deaths have been reported.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriffs Office.

SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS – PIO

DNR Reporting

  • #GoldBarFire
  • #ProctorCreekFire

Other Media Sources Posting

  • #GoldBarFire

Our Hashtags Using

  • #WAWildifres2016
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #GoldBarFire

PIO – Snohomish Co Fire District #7

  • Changed over on 5/14/2016 @ 1530 hours.
  • 360-688-3392

 

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#GoldBarFire Explodes Overnight – SitRep4

Updated 5/14/2016  1320 PDT

Incident Summary

The #ProctorCreekFire was spotted burning in the heavily loaded fire fuels of logging slash and timber, located at the 4200 block in Snohomish County’s Highway 2, just off of Forest Road 62 in Gold Bar, Washington on May 13th.

Location

The fire is approximately 5 miles East of Gold Bar in Snohomish County, Washington.

At the base of the of the hillside where the fire is burning is private land.  Local Firefighters were first due with additional State and Federal fire personnel arriving quickly.  The top of the mountain was stated it is 99% DNR land.  All local, State, Federal and other jurisdictions were working in a Unified Command system.

Fire Response

DNR personnel were dispatched at 1611 PDT to the scene where they were faced with a brush fire turned large not contained wildfire.

Resources on scene include:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, and acting as aerial lookout for ground fire crews.
Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Historical Timeline

A Historical outline of events taken place on this fire are listed here with the most current first to the last (start of the fire).

May 14, 2016 – Saturday

1015 Hours.

Briefing held this morning by Snohomish County Fire District #7 PIO and they reported it was raining on the fireground.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

0928 Hours.

Aerial view of the fire.  Fire has reached 325 acres burned with the assistance of Snohomish County’s Helicopter via Aerial Mapping.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

0830 Hours.

Firefighters were more than grateful and thanked all of those who donated fluids and goodies to them.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

0530 Hours.

The wind had died down.  A photo shows heavy smoke and flames in the distance, a fire monster itching to start up again.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District #7

May 13, 2016 – Friday

1611 Hours.

The fire was active with a fast forward spread occurring.  Hot spots were starting all around crews and with the aid of Snohomish County’s SnoHAWK10 in the air.  The fire had burned 30 acres quickly.

The wildfire was said to have a 0% containment status and presenting a heavy thermal column.    It was reported as being a wind-driven fire as winds were beginning to pick up.

Access was difficult for firefighters due to the tough terrain.  The Snohomish County Sheriff Office’s SnowHAWK10, a Huey helicopter had been brought in to assist with water drops.

A 2nd Alarm was called.

Snohomish County is providing a staging area for the WA DNR fire crews, equipment and additional resources (see photo below).

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriffs Office.

1930 Hours.

Almost 3 hours later, there were several spot fires with one extinguished (probably more but did not hear it on the Scanner) and a fire on the South side of the drainage.  It was currently South of their current position.  Fire was growing rapidly.

2000 Hours.

Within thirty minutes, a Jurisdiction 1 Engine had arrived on scene.

2036 Hours.

A Level Evacuation Order was given to the residents on the South side of Hwy 2 between 437th Drive SE and FS Rd 62.

2300 Hours.

Concerned neighbor, Jessika Marie has probably seen a lot happening in her neck of the woods as she has lived there 30 years.   Living  near the Gold Bar Fire, she shares photos taken at 2300 last night, when the acreage count was at 120 acres. Update: on 5/14/2016, she stated the count was to 200+ and later that it was raining in the area.

Photo Credit: Jessika Marie

2330 Hours.

The fire was moving towards homes and an elevated Level 2 Evacuation order went into effect for the same area, affecting 26 homes.

2345 Hours.

The current weather was at 59-degrees with 0% of precip, 66% humidity and winds up to 11 mph.  Rain was expected to hit the area on Saturday. 

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #goldbarfire
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #WAWildifres2016

 

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Update 5 | Proctor Creek aka goldbarfire | WA DNR | Washington State

Updated 5/13/16  2345 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:   Dispatched 5/13/2016 @ 1611 PDT.

Command:   Unified Command – Monroe FD w/USFS and W

Cause:  Unknown..

Location:  4200 block on Hwy 2 off of FS Rd 62 in Gold Bar, Washington.  Burning on private land currently but at the top of the hillside is 100% DNR land. (per DNR Wildcad)   Updated:  5 miles E of Gold Bar.

Fire Fuels:  Logging Slash, Timber.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

 

INCIDENT HISTORY

May 13, 2016 – Friday 

1611 PDT

  • Active
  • Fast forward spread.
  • Hotspots starting, being spotted by Air Support.
  • Originally reported as 15 ac wildfire on slope wtih heavy thermal column
  • 2nd Alarm called.

Acres:

  • 30 acres and growing.
  • Per WA DNR PIO.

Conditions:

  • Tough terrain for crews.
  • Wind-driven

Containment Status:  

  • 0%

Tactics:

  • Buck drops by Snohomish Co Sheriff Office’s

1930 PDT

  • 1 spot fire and extinguished.
  • Fire on the South side of the drainage
  • South of their current position
  • Visible flame length
  • Fire growing rapidly.

2000 PDT

  • Location updated by WA DNR (see the above the update)
  • DNR states:  Jurisdiction 1 Engine, resources on-scene

2036 PDT

  • Level 1 Evacuation Orders given to South side of Hwy 2 between 437th Drive SE & Forest Service Rd 62.

2330 PDT

  • Level 2 Evacuations in progress for 26 affected homes on South side of Forest Rd 62 and 437th Drive SE.  

2345 PDT

  • Current weather:  59-degrees. 0% precip. 66% humidity with winds at 11mph.  Precip expected to hit the area on Saturday.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

RESOURCES

Fire Apparatus:

  • Brush 66
  • Ladder 20
  • Brush 66
  • Brush 71
  • Brush 53
  • Tender

Incident Cooperators:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3
  • Getchell Fire

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, and acting as aerial lookout for ground fire crews.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #goldbarfire
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #WaWildfires2016

 

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Update 3 | Proctor Creek aka goldbarfire | WA DNR | Washington State

Updated 5/13/16  2143 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:   Dispatched 5/13/2016 @ 1611 PDT.

Command:   Unified Command – Monroe FD w/USFS and W

Cause:  Unknown..

Location:  4200 block on Hwy 2 off of FS Rd 62 in Gold Bar, Washington.  Burning on private land currently but at the top of the hillside is 100% DNR land. (per DNR Wildcad)   Updated:  5 miles E of Gold Bar.

Fire Fuels:  Unknown.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

 

INCIDENT HISTORY

May 13, 2016 – Friday  16

1611 PDT

  • Active
  • Fast forward spread.
  • Hotspots starting, being spotted by Air Support.
  • Originally reported as 15 ac wildfire on slope wtih heavy thermal column
  • 2nd Alarm called.

Acres:

  • 30 acres and growing.
  • Per WA DNR PIO.

Conditions:

  • Tough terrain for crews.
  • Wind-driven

Containment Status:  

  • 0%

Tactics:

  • Buck drops by Snohomish Co Sheriff Office’s

1930 PDT

  • 1 spot fire and extinguished.
  • Fire on the South side of the drainage
  • South of their current position
  • Visible flame length
  • Fire growing rapidly.

2000 PDT

  • Location updated by WA DNR (see the above the update)
  • DNR states:  Jurisdiction 1 Engine, resources on-scene

2036 PDT

  • Level 1 Evacuation Orders given to South side of Hwy 2 between 437th Drive SE & Forest Service Rd 62.

 

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

Photo Credit: Snohomish Fire District 7

RESOURCES

Fire Apparatus:

  • Brush 66
  • Ladder 20
  • Brush 66
  • Brush 71
  • Brush 53
  • Tender

Incident Cooperators:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • Shoreline FD
  • Woodinville FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3
  • Getchell Fire

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, aerial lookout for ground fire crews.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #goldbarfire
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #WaWildfires2016

 

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New! | Proctor Creek aka goldbarfire | WA DNR | Washington State

Updated 5/13/16  1825 PDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:   Dispatched 5/13/2016 @ 1611 PDT.

Command:   Unified Command – Monroe FD w/USFS and W

Cause:  Unknown..

Location:  4200 block on Hwy 2 off of FS Rd 62 in Gold Bar, Washington.  Burning on private land currently but at the top of the hillside is 100% DNR land.

Fire Fuels:  Unknown.

Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Fire District 7.

Photo Credit: Snohomish County Fire District 7.

 

 

INCIDENT HISTORY

May 13, 2016 – Friday  16

1611 PDT

  • Active
  • Fast forward spread.
  • Hotspots starting, being spotted by Air Support.
  • Originally reported as 15 ac wildfire on slope wtih heavy thermal column
  • 2nd Alarm called.

Acres:

  • 30 acres and growing.
  • Per WA DNR PIO.

Conditions:

  • Tough terrain for crews.
  • Wind-driven

Containment Status:  

  • 0%

Tactics:

  • Buck drops by Snohomish Co Sheriff Office’s

1930 PDT

  • 1 spot fire and extinguished.
  • Fire on the South side of the drainage
  • South of their current position
  • Visible flame length
  • Fire growing rapidly.

 

RESOURCES

Fire Apparatus:

  • Brush 66
  • Ladder 20
  • Brush 66
  • Brush 71
  • Brush 53
  • Tender

Incident Cooperators:

  • Monroe FD
  • Gold Bar FD
  • Shoreline FD
  • Woodinville FD
  • US Forest Service
  • WA DNR
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #26
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #7
  • Snohomish County Fire Dist #3
  • Getchell Fire

Aviation:

  • SNOHawk10 (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) providing water drops, aerial lookout for ground fire crews.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #goldbarfire
  • #ProctorCreekFire
  • #WaWildfires2016

 

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