Another Train Derailment in Washington

A second BNSF train has derailed at the intersection of SR22 and Phillips Road, about two miles east of Mabton in Yakima County, Washington.

The 116-container train was derailed when it was hit by a semi-truck with a piece of farm equipment on it ripping about six box cars and three engines from its tracks.

This occurred on Wednesday, December 23rd around 1055 hours PT, just one day after another train derailed in Custer, Washington around 1140 hours PT. The cause of that derailment is still under investigation.

Images were taken of the train by the Yakima County Office of Emergency Management via using a drone of the disaster. The latter two photos are from the YCFDPIO.


Currently, on-scene are the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, whose Deputies initially responding to scene and later requesting the Washington State Patrol, BNSF Railway personnel and the Washington State’s Department of Ecology. Yakima County Fire Department also has first responders on the ground.

Washington State DOE is currently assessing the wreck for any potential fuel leaks.

There were reports of minor injuries to the train crew but no fire or HAZMAT issues personnel having to work with.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/23/2020 1400 Hours PT


UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY | Multiple wildfires are burning in Union Gap, Yakima and on the Yakima Fire Training Center.  There are multitudes of other incidents happening including MVAs, rescues, evacuations, etc.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | Yakima Valley Emergency Management, BIA, BLM, Yakima County Fire District 5, West Valley RFD, Yakima City FD, Yakima County OEM.

UNITS ASSIGNED | Engines 53, 61, 51, 293, 71, 94, 96.

REHAB | (Rehab 50) was established in Staging in a church parking lot, west of 44th and S Ahtanum Ridge.

SHELTER | Red Cross Shelter is located at 2403 South 18th Avenue, Union Gap, WA 98903

ALERTS |  To find out more about emergency alerts, go to the Yakima County website and sign up at


DIVISION | McCullough Division consists of Captain 50, Engines 51, 52, 94, 96 and 251;  Brush Truck 51.  As of 2320 PT, Engine 94 turned over command to Brush Truck 51 Officer. Captain 50 was due to return back to this Command.

McCullough Road

Evacuations | 3600 Block | Residents on S 79th are refusing to evacuate.  FD having a hard time getting people to flee their home.

Evacuations | 3800 Block | Fire reported in this block.

Evacuations | 40th Avenue |  One adult male refused to evacuate, saying he will take full responsibility for his actions if he does not come back out again.

Evacuations | 4000 – 4200 Blocks | This would get extended to 42nd and Emma.

Brush Fires | 4200 Block | 4207, 4211, 4219 addresses were reported as fully engulfed or fire in their yards.  6 resources were applied to 4207 and 4211. A unit is working on a full containment line around these homes.

Threatened | 4200 Block |  Fire moving west, threatening a structure and 1 manufactured home.  Fire were responding to more fire at 4215. They were going to provide structure protection.


South Ahtanum

Evacuations | 6200 Block | Notifications made to residents south of 62nd to close to Ahtanum, to Red Sky to 20th will be their boundary.

Hazard ID | 6400 Block | Power pole has been burned at the base and has tipped over. Utilities has been notified.

Evacuations | 7400 – 7900 Blocks | Residents notified.

Evacuation | 7621 Block | Residents were being evacuated from this address.

Evacuation | 7900 Block |  Notifications are being made to those of East of 79th to South Ahtanum.

Hazards | 7900 Block | Power pole is leaning 45-degrees at an angle.  South of 6206 Ahtanum Road.

Evacuations | 8300 Block | x Summit Avenue. Were given to those north of this area due to flames.


Tule Road, South of Granger

Point-of-Origin | 2000 Block | FD determined appears that this area may be the point-of-origin and wants to meet up with Tribal Police.

Hazards | 2000 Block | Several damaged power poles with some of them burned 50% all the way thru making them hazards. Yakima Power has been notified via FD Dispatch.

Resorces | 2000 Block |  Command is located at 2000 x Tule Road. A dozer is inbound and to access via Plank and Pioneer then to the south side of the fire.

Brush Fire | South of Granger | Resources from Yakima County FD5 responded to this area.

Photo Credit | Yakima Co FD 5

As of 2340 PT, some fire units were slowly being released. This was definitely an intense and scary brush fire incidents and will continue throughout the night as they work put out hot spots and continue with extensive mop up operations.

We will post an update on Monday with any new information and if preliminary causes have been released.

@nwfireblog – Twitter and Facebook — NW Fire Blog – Instagram

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 2330 PT


The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 3


Update 3 | June 10, 2019 | 2100 hours PDT

Incident Summary | A wildfire, called the DRY SAGE FIRE is burning on Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington State.  Fire assets were dispatched on June 8th around 1006 hours.

Current Fire Status | The fire has destroyed about 397 acres of short grass and brush.  Crews have reached a 70% containment status.

Resources | There are about 31 total personnel assigned along with 10 engines.

Costs-To-Date | Total expenses as of today’s date have reached $75,000.00.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Dry Sage Fire | WA | 2



Incident Summary

A wildfire, called the DRY SAGE FIRE is burning on Durr Road in Yakima County, Washington State.

Fire assets were dispatched on June 8th around 1006 hours.

Current Fire Status

There has been about 397 acres of grass and brush destroyed.


SE 540 and SE 700 are showing attached to this incident.

Social Media

#DrySageFire #WAwildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Washington Wildfire | Sand Dune Road Fire | Update 1

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – A Level 1 evacuation alert was issued by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for all residents in the area from Sage Road to Camas Road in Moses Lake.


UPDATE | 2306 | Per the Sheriff’s Office, they cancelled the evacuations after receiving info that the wildfire was put out.

BLM-13 was dispatched by the Central Washington Interagency Command Center for a smoke check at 2227 hours and an immediately  the Sheriff’s Office issued the evacuation alert for a fast-moving wildfire on Sand Dune Road.


Current fire weather conditions are 71*F with winds at 8 mph, partly cloudy and a humidity of 36%.


The fire is called the SAND DUNE ROAD FIRE.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2303 Hours PDT


Washington Wildfire | Conrad Fire | 2

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. – Local Fire crews were dispatched at 1424 hours on Sunday, July 1, 2018 to the area on the 800 block of Suesanna, just outside of the Naches area.

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

State mobe resources were approved, dispatched and on-scene quickly.  Those that have arrived last night and this morning have been full-on in engagement.

* * *

July 2, 2018 – Monday

0741 | Fire has grown to 4,000 acres. Crews are battling fire under windy conditions and difficult terrain today. Firefighters from all over the State of Washington  are due to engage the wildfire on the fire line.

0910 | Fire grew to 4,000 acres.  0% containment status. Crews worked overnight on the IA and building containment lines.  State mobe resources including 7 strike teams.

1112 | Fire behavior becoming more active. Helos and air tankers are dropping water and retardant on a spot fire on the ridge above and visible from Naches.

1120 | Fire activity increasing. WA DNR helicopters are working around the clock.

1453 | Fire Weather Watch issued for Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Klikkitat, Walla Walla & Yakima counties for Wednesday afternoon thru the evening of July 4, 2018, due to low humidity and gusty winds, as reported by the National Weather Service.

1523 | AA continues.  Copters dipping out of the water source on South Naches Road.

1714 | AA continued throughout the day. Windy conditions biggest factor. Helicopters have been able to make dips and drops over the fire.

1939 | 5,200 acres. Dozens of engines, 4 aircraft responded today.  Crews will be working throughout evening on night operations.

2125 |  4 Everett FD firefighters and a Type 1 engine have been deployed.


July 1, 2018 – Sunday

Photo taken on Sunday night looking north from Old Naches Hwy area | Photo Credit: Ellie Sensney

1513 | New fire. 10 acres. Burning on Clemens Mountain, outside of Naches.  Fire District plus DNR air and ground resources responding.  Original resources included Ahtanum 20 crew, H-343, SE-521, SE-540, SE-POLLACK.

1520 | Burning on Clemens Mtn, outside of Naches Fire District. 1 helo, 3 engines responding.

Photo Credit | Joseph Elfelt @MappingSupport

1557 | 200 acres. 7 engines, 2 bulldozers, 1 crew and 1 helicopter en route.

1605 | Fire elevated to a 3-alarm wildfire by Fire Incident Commander (IC).  South Puget Sound Wildland Team is activated as part of the State Mobe team.

Image may contain: cloud, sky, mountain, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | SE WA IMT

1621 | Fire had reached 200 acres, with 0% containment status. Evacuations were in effect.

1634 | Conrad ICP is located on Box Canyon. Additionally, there were engines sent from Yakima FD, West Valley, Yakima County Fire District #5.  Per Fire Dispatch, they had maxed out all engines for the Upper Valley area.

Near Selah. Photo Taken on July 1 at 1748 | PC: Midge Thomas 

1639 | Staging is at 21 x Conrad Road.

1647 | ICP located at the west end of Suesanna.

1648 | Tender 42 arrived o/s.

1702 | Nearly 50 homes evacuated in the area of Box Canyon and Conrad Roads.

1707 | 500 acres.

1807 | 1,000 acres. Air tanker and lead plane en route.

1808 | Shelter Location is Naches Middle School.

Taken in evening on July 1, 2018 | Photo Credit | Midge Thomas 

1825 | State Mobe approved for 1,500 acres, near Selah.  Homes, crops, infrastructure and power lines are under direct threat.  50-75 homes under Level 3 evacuations.  WA State EMD partially activated.

1859 | Spokane Co FD8 Division Chief en route, part of the SE WA IMT and DNR team.

2043 | Fire is beyond structures and burning in south Wenas.  Apparatus released as warranted.

2115 | 1,500 acres. 12 engines, 1 20-person Ahtanum crew, 2 helicopters.

2128 | SE WA IMT Team 2 is assigned to this wildfire.


WA DNR, Spokane County Fire District 8, Fire Mobe units.


#ConradFire #NachesFire #Wenas #Wildfire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog- Updated 2150 hours PDT



Fire CAD Activity | Washington | Monday July 31 2017

FIRE CAD ACTIVITY – WASHINGTON STATE | Here is a recap of wildfire activity in various regions of the State.

Stock Photo. (c) 2017 LR Swenson


Charter Oak Fire.  West of 10608 NE 306th Street. Battleground. Dispatch time, 1324 hours. IC on-scene at 1350 hours. Grass, brush. 1 acre. In Patrol status.

Hayes Road Fire.  Hayes Road.  Dispatch time, 1205 hours. Grass.  In Patrol status.


Curlew Drive Fire. Ferry County. Curlew Lake. Dispatch 1057 hours. Resources on-scene 1247 hours. 0.5 acres. Grass, brush and timber.


Stampede Pass Fire. Dispatch time, 2117 hours.


Blankenship Fire.  Lewis County. Blankenship Road. Dispatch time, 1915 hours. DNR arrived to a smoldering slash pile. Grass and brush.


Farm House Fire. Timber Lake. 1.5 acres. Grass and brush. Dispatch time, 1727 hours. Contained at 2100 hours. Controlled at 2120 hours.


Totem Gulch Fire. Dispatch time, 1450 hours.  Resources on-scene 1510 hours. Timber, brush and grass.


Martin Way Fire.  Dispatch time, 1843 hours.


Medicine Valley Fire.  Dispatch time, 1658 hours. Grass fire. DNR assist.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Posted 7/31/2017 @ 2215 hours PDT



#GladeFire | Washington | New!



A vegetation fire has exploded on to the fire scene from appears to have been from an unknown cause, that has now turned quickly into a firestorm. The fire is located at the end of Boundary Road, near Mabton, Washington State.


Lower Valley Yakima Fire Districts #5 & #7.  State Mobe has been approved.


The fire has grown to 7,000 acres with a 0% containment status.


Temps are 80*F, RH is 44% with winds at E/SE 5 mph.


If you fly, they can’t. #NoDronesInFireZones

Glade Fire on the West side of Red Mtn in Benton City. (Photo Credit: Brandon Coughlin)

SOCIAL MEDIA | Observers can see the smokey haze from Walla Walla and Sunnyside.

SCANNER FEED | Want to listen in on what is happening on this wildfire?  Check out this Scanner Feed broadcasted on the Yakima City/County Fire EMS Tac channels here —-> .

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#CottonwoodFire | Washington State | New!



A newly reported fire on Friday evening (July 14, 2017) is burning on Sheep County Road in Yakima, Washington State.


There has been 24 acres of grass and brush  have been burned.

Containment Status

Crews have reached an 80% containment status.


Resources include T15 R18 S26 have been dispatched.


Our next update will be on Saturday morning unless there are significant changes.


(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#RattlesnakeHillsFire | Washington State | 2

Fire Fact | There were 11 new wildfires reported in Washington State as of Thursday, July 6th with 3 being not contained. – NICC

# # #


Incident Summary | A wildfire named the Rattlesnake Hills Fire (also known as the Konnawac Pass Fire) broke out from an unknown ignition start on July 6, 2017. It would soon grow quickly with various Agencies and social media outlets reporting the fire up to 5000 to 5500 acres with a fast rate of speed.

Location | The fire is located approximately 1 mile from Moxee in Yakima County.

Resources | 136 personnel.  3 crews. 21 engines. 3 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators | Yakima County Fire Districts, Yakima County OEM, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, State Mobe (approved on July 6, 2017) and BLM.

Size  Up | The acreage has been downgraded to 2,916 acres from the initial report of up to 5,500 acres.  Currently, the fire has been contained to 85%.

Fire Fuels | Brush and grass.

Evacuations | On July 6th, Level 2 evacuations were in effect but have since been reduced to Level 1 on Friday, July 7, 2017.  These will remain until Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Cost-To-Date | Fire suppression and containment cost-to-date have reached $69,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog