Sleepy Hollow Fire-Wenatchee

There’s a bad, bad fire up in Wenatchee, WA. And our friend MushDogs is very likely in the thick of fighting it (at his advanced age!).

Spare a prayer for the folks affected.

5 thoughts on “Sleepy Hollow Fire-Wenatchee”

  1. Advanced age? Pot, kettle, black.
    My role was limited in this one. I was at work when the first call went out, so my engine was dispatched to the Sleepy Hollow fire without me. I did clock out of work just long enough to meet a second engine from my district to standby and cover the neighboring district until their shift change as they had units at Sleepy Hollow and were understaffed.
    I was back at work when Wenatchee caught fire. When my work shift ended I had to return to my home district to cover calls as we now had 3 engines and crews out on mutual aid. We had to have enough crew in-district to cover, especially with the lightning storm that came through overnight. This morning/afternoon as the engines were released and returned, we overhauled the gear and put them back in service condition. The rest of my day will be spent watching for smoke on the surrounding ridges and puttering. There were multiple strikes during the storm.
    How bad was the fire in general? They lost a dozen or so homes, three fruit warehouses, parts of the Wenatchee industrial/fruit packing district and part of the DOT building. Propane tanks were exploding. There was an ammonia leak. The heat was so intense that Engine 91 came back with the front windshields cracked and the running lights melted.
    No one from my district was injured, and every structure we set out to protect survived.
    I don’t know if you’ll remember the name xbrad, but our District Chief is Mick Lamar. He was Assistant Chief at NAS Whidbey under Haider, then Chief until he retired. Half the department here is from Whidbey. LOL

    1. Ammonia leaks are no joke. Anhydrous, I’m assuming? How big of a tank / how full?

    2. There was 10,000 pounds of ammonia and methyl bromide stored at one of the fruit packing wharehouses stated in the incident reports. I don’t know the break down of each. The ammonia release took an hour to disperse this morning.

    3. Ouch. That’s a bad day just waiting to happen right there.

      At least 10,000 lbs isn’t too much – I had a leaky 12,000 gallon tank (60,000+ lbs!!!) of ammonia at a place I used to work. Smelled like the world’s largest catbox, and if it ruptured it was probably enough to kill everyone downwind for 3-5 miles.

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