Blazing Extreme Fire Destroys Old Automobile Business

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A large ball of fire gutted a commercial building formerly known as Kopey’s Auto or known as Waterville Auto Company listed in the 100 block of W Locust Street in  Waterville, Washington . This occurred on Thursday night, April 16, 2020 .

Video Credit by WSP Trooper Weber shows an inferno eating up everything in its path and while additional footage from various media and eyewitness accounts show the building burning down to its foundation.

It was unknown if this incident was escalated to a 2nd alarm or higher, as scanner feed was spotty at best.

Fire appeared to be fueled by the wind and whipped its ugly head in creating some of its own fiery weather conditions.  One video displays a firenado or so it appears to us.

CAUSE

The cause is unknown but earlier reports by WSP Trooper John Bryant gave an update that SR 2 was closed due to a large brush fire. Some images indicate the large  fire was only the commercial structure fire , which appeared to be near a wooded area.

We reached out to WSP Trooper John Bryant to see if that was the cause of this firel. We are waiting for a return on that question.

#Breaking: SR 2 in Waterville is blocked due to a large brush fire. WSDOT setting up detours. – WSP Trooper Bryant.

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RESOURCES

Five (5) mutual aid fire districts from the Douglas and Chelan Counties were dispatched.  Douglas County Sheriff’s Office along with the Washington State Patrol handled traffic control.  Two private ambulances from Waterviille Ambulance and Ballard Ambulance were also part of the full fire response.

BUILDING DETAILS

The building is considered as one of Waterville’s iconic and historical buildings that was part of the original City’s construction boom in 1900.  The building sits on Lots 8-12 and had a value of just shy of $65,000.00.  Its total square footage tops out at 17,424 and its service garage at 10,600 square feet.

The one-story building was made of concrete block and supported by masonry bearing walls. Its height was approximately 14 feet tall.

This property, along with a structure with multiple units and a cafe are still owned by the Kopes in Waterville.

Below is what the property looked like before the fire burned it  to the ground.

Photo Credit | Douglas Co Assessor’s Office

ABOUT CITY OF WATERVILLE, WASHINGTON

The town of Waterville was founded in 1885 and became a City in its own right in 1889 with a few hundred people listed as current residents.

In 2020, Wateverville is now home to  a popuation of 1,140 residents.

The city is the proud venue for the annual North Central Washington Fair usually held the third week of August.

Waterville is served by the Douglas County Fire District #1, an all-volunteer fire department that is said to have a station along with two private ambulances across the street from where the commercial fire took place.

The Fire District  bio online says it has three stations with a total 35 all-volunteer firefighters. No full or part-time paid firefighters are on their rosters.

We were unable to locate any type of Social Media accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter. However, it’s counterparts in District 2, 5 and others have a great presence online. We had hope to find out more about this rural fire department.

The Fire Station is located at 107 North Chelan in Waterville.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/16/2020 2355 hours PDT

Update | WSP Shooter Captured in Redmond

Late Friday night, WSP attempted to stop a driver during a pursuit on southbound I-405 in Kirkland, Washington but instead they fled and drove into the Redmond area.

Photo Credit | WSP

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The male suspect shot at Police during the pursuit then fled on foot into a wooded area in an urban area.

Officials began to shutdown the area and asking residents to shelter-in-place in the area of  Avondale from Novelty Hill Rd to 128th and on 116th from 204th to 172nd due to police activity in the area in Redmond, Washington.

RESOURCES

Officers from Redmond PD, Bellevue PD, the King County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol were involved in this incident.  SWAT members and WSP’s air unit were also part of this deployment.

CURRENT SITUATION

The male shooting suspect has been contained, arrested and booked.

The WSP Trooper is said to be alright.  His vehicle sustained damage to the front windshield.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Check out our Twitter page for live coverage @nwfireblog

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/22/2020 -1730 hours PST

#Breaking | Police Search for Redmond Shooting Suspect

Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies are searching for an armed and dangerous male who fired shots at the Washington State Patrol Troopers for an unknown reason or call type just before midnight (2353 PST). He then fled on foot.

RESOURCES

SWAT members from the King County Sheriff’s Office and unknown other jurisdictions were deployed into the field, assisting WSP in locating the suspect whom now was being sought out for eluding and shooting at police.

Smokey, WSP’s air support was also on-scene along with K9 units being deployed into the field.

Redmond PD is also providing support with traffic control and other activities.

CURRENT SITUATION

Police may have the suspect pinned down and they are working on closing in on him. They are going to see if they can make contact, as they shrink down the perimeter around him.  For Officer Safety, we will not post LEOs positions or their other personal information.

MEDIA COVERAGE

News broke at 0155 by local media reporting the roadway from Avondale Road and Novelty Hill Road were shutdown, as police cordoned off a square mile perimeter in looking for the suspect.  He was reportedly in a wooded area and Police were search tirelessly for him.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Officials are asking residents to stay inside their homes and not come out to see what is happening. Additionally, do not call 9-1-1 to see what’s happening either, unless it is a serious or life-threatening emergency.

HOWEVER, If you SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING, by calling 9-1-1.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/22/2020 – 0240 PST

#MonumentHillFire | Grant County WA | New!

GRANT COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Monument Hill is the second highest peak in Beezley Hills at an elevation of 2,882 feet.  It is located near Quincy, just South of Ephrata. (Wikipedia)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire crews were dispatched to a brush fire around 2019 hours on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, located on Monument Hill  is located near Quincy, Washington.  (FireCAD)

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 (LEAVE NOW!) Evacuations were ordered forAdams Rd N, areas of Rd 13NW and Rd J8 NW.  (this was approximately around 2100 hours PDT from GCSO)

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Level 1 (Get Ready) Evacuations for Painted Hills area.  For what you need to bring during an evacuation or learn of which areas are in evacuations, check out the Grant County Sheriff Office website here —-> https://www.nixle.us/9JCSD

RESOURCES

Initial resources (BATT-17 BLM-11 BLM E-6695) were originally dispatched. We have heard since the original call time, pages out for mutual aid from Spokane city firefighters and others. (Scanner Feed)  Additionally, State fire mobe has been approved as well bringing out additional resources. (WSP PIO)

Press releases are coming out of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Washington State Patrol (WSP), as well as Grant County PUD.

SIZE UP

Grant County Sheriff is reporting the brush fire is approximately 500 acres(as of 2300 hours PDT) and is growing quickly. No containment status has been achieved as of yet. Homes and crops are currently being threatened.  State Fire Mobe has been approved. (Released around 2225 hours PDT)

#MonumentHillFire night fire operations. Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore)

ALERTS

Power Outage – Douglas County PUD stated as of 2200 hours PDT, about 350 residents were affected by the power outage in the Palisades area due to the fire in Grant County.  Crews are out and working very hard to restore power as quickly as possible.

Stay Out of the Area –The WA State Patrol reminds everyone to STAY OUT OF THE AREA and not park on the shoulders. Fire crews need the space to work in and with heavy traffic they cannot reach the fire ground.  Please help them put this fire out by leaving enough space for emergency vehicles and support personnel access to various roadways.

Evacuation orders/alerts – To receive Nixle alerts (evacuation notices), if you live in Grant County, text your zip code to 888777. You can also follow us on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff #MonumentHillFire (GCSO)

Red Cross Shelter – will be set up for evacuees at midnight tonight.  This will be opened up at the Quincy High School in Quincy. (GCSO)

HISTORICAL FIRE INFORMATION

This area is familiar to large wildfires and also previously called the #MonumentHillFire when the last one in July of 2015, caused evacuations in the Baird Springs Road of Rd Q NW, just North of Quincy.  Evacuations were ordered on July 1 and listed on July 5, 2015. (News Media)

This what it looked like on July 1, 2015.  Fire was out around 1900 hours on July 5, 2015.  Over 2,000 acres.

Credit: GCSO.

Here it is on August 16, 2017. Fire started August 16, 2017 and growing.  500 acres and growing.

Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, on Twitter @nwfireblog and on our Facebook Page, The NW Fire Blog.

#MonumentHillFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE #NWFB #GrantCoWAFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2017 @ 2320 Hours PDT

 

#HayesRoadFire | Washington | 3

NEAR BRIDGEPORT (DOUGLAS COUNTY), WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire was reported around 1325 hours on Friday, August 4, 2017.  The fire is located between Bridgeport and Leahy in Douglas County, Washington.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Size Up | A statement was released by Ben Sherer, an IMT PIO in training stated, “Fire is 90% contained.  Fire crews walked fire lines. GPS mapping complete. 2,306 acres. Level 1 evacuations are still in effect.”

Command | SE WA IMT 3 Team

Resources | Douglas, Chelan, Grant and Okanogan County Fire Departments, 2 strike teams from WA DNR, Douglas County Sheriff Office, Red Cross, Douglas County DOT, WA State DOT and WA State Patrol PIO 6.

Evaucations | Evacuations are in effect Roads K and Q.  Level 2 orders for Road 19 and Hwy 172.  Level 3 orders for Hwy 17 and Rd 19.

Shelter | A Red Cross shelter is open for evacuees at the Bridgeport High School.

 

Fire Level | Fire level has been raised to 3.

Social Media | Follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, Twitter – @nwfireblog and Facebook.

#HayesRoadFire #SR17Fire #DouglasCoFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#HayesRoadFire | Washington | 2

NEAR BRIDGEPORT (DOUGLAS COUNTY), WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire was reported around 1325 hours on Friday, August 4, 2017.  The fire is located between Bridgeport and Leahy in Douglas County, Washington.

Large grass fire burning. PC: Douglas County Fire District #5

Single fire split into two wildfires.  One moving East and other moving South towards Hwy 172 at Rd 18 NE.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Size Up | Active fire behavior on Eastern and Southern flanks. Containment lines are being reinforced with an unknown containment status.  Fire was last reported at 500+ and growing. No word on current scorched acreage.  No known cause at the moment but is being investigated.

Command | SE WA IMT 3 Team

Resources | Douglas, Chelan, Grant and Okanogan County Fire Departments, 2 strike teams from WA DNR, Douglas County Sheriff Office, Red Cross, Douglas County DOT, WA State DOT and WA State Patrol PIO 6.

Evaucations | Evacuations are in effect Roads K and Q.  Level 2 orders for Road 19 and Hwy 172.  Level 3 orders for Hwy 17 and Rd 19.

Shelter | A Red Cross shelter is open for evacuees at the Bridgeport High School.

Night operations on the Hayes Road Fire. PC: Douglas County Fire District #5

Alerts | SR17 is open to single lane use with a pilot car escort about 9 miles East of Bridgeport at MP 124.5 to 126.

And remember, #NoDronesInFireZones

Fire Level | Fire level has been raised to 3.

Social Media | Follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, Twitter – @nwfireblog and Facebook.

#HayesRoadFire #SR17Fire #DouglasCoFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#HayesRoadFire | Washington | New!

NEAR BRIDGEPORT (DOUGLAS COUNTY), WASHINGTON

Fire on SR 17 taken on 8/4/2017. PC: WSP PIO 6 Trooper B Moore

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire turned wildfire broke out around 1325 hours this Friday afternoon between Bridgeport and Leahy in Douglas County, Washington State.

At the time of this post, the fire is now estimated to be at 500+ acres with an unknown containment status.

Fire Fuels | Grass and brush.

Command | SE WA IMT 3 Team

Fire Timeline | 1325 – Brush reported burning on both sides of SR 17.  Multi-agency response en-route.

| 1335 – SR 17 is closed at 11 miles South of Bridgeport.  Fast moving brush fire in area.

| 1450 – Level 3 Evacuations are in effect.

| 1600 – Red Cross shelter @ Bridgeport High School is to open within 2-3 hours.

Fire burning on the hillside on the Hayes Road Fire. PC: Douglas Co WA

| 1749 – 200 – 300 acres (estimation). 0% containment status. Fire Level raised to 3.

| 1750 – SR 17 open to one lane of traffic with a pilot car, 9 miles East of Bridgeport at milepost 124.5 to milepost 126.

Fire consumes grass on the Hayes Road Fire. PC: Douglas Co WA

| 1907 – Single fire split into two wildfires.  One moving East and other moving South towards Hwy 172 at Rd 18 NE.

Fire map of affected areas. PC: Douglas Co WA

| 1908 – Northern side of wildfire is mostly contained (unknown %) and being monitored by fire crews.

| 1910 – Douglas County DOT grader deployed to scene to help cut fire lines.  Fire mobe approved.

| 1949 – New evacuations for Roads K and Q.  Level 2 orders for Road 19 and Hwy 172.  Level 3 orders for Hwy 17 and Rd 19.

DNR Fire Preparedness Level | See multi-colored fire map down below in this post. Yellow (High Alert) and Red (Very High/Extreme). PC: WA DNR

Incident Cooperators | Douglas County Sheriff Office, Douglas County School District, WA State Patrol PIO 6, Red Cross and State mobe resources.

Social Media | Follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, Twitter – @nwfireblog and Facebook.

#HayesRoadFire #SR17Fire #DouglasCoFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Brush Fire | Vantage, Washington | 2

NEAR VANTAGE, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | A wildfire ignited from an unknown source on Friday, July 7, 2017, around 2052 hours PDT.

Resources | Fire resources are on scene working to suppress and contain the brush fire.

Closures | WSP had shutdown both EB & WB lanes of I-90 from MP 115 to 143 in Kittitas County. EB lanes were expected to have already reopened around 2215 hours PDT, but WB was to remain closed due to guardrails being on fire. There was no ETA on when it was due to reopn.

Current Weather Current temps are 76*F with RH at 39%. Winds are 11 mph and it is partly cloudy.

Fire Image | Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore (@wspdpio6)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2305 Hours PDT

Brush Fire | Vantage, Washington | New!

NEAR VANTAGE, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary | WSP Trooper Brian Moore tweeted out on Social Media, a brush fire is burning on I-90 near Vantage, Washington State around 2052 hours on Friday evening.

Resources | Fire resources are on scene working to suppress and contain the brush fire.

Closures | WSP has shutdown both EB & WB lanes of I-90 from MP 115 to 143 in Kittitas County due to poor visibility and a brush fire in the area.

Current Weather As of 2111 Hours, current temps are 80*F, partly cloudy with winds at 13 mph and a RH of 36%.

Social Media | Drivers are starting to tweet out that traffic is at a standstill.  Well, just like WSP said – time to put your patience pants on.  Fire crews are working as quick as they can to contain the fire.

Fire Images | Credit:  WSP Trooper Brian Moore (@wspdpio6)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog