WE WILL NEVER FORGET: September 26, 2001

New York City, NY | Hundreds of people began the daunting process of filing for death certificates for family members still missing in the ruins of the World Trade Center. At the time more than 6,300 people were still missing.

About 500 Lawyers worked free of charge at the Family Assistance Center and other locations in NYC, helping many families fill out paperwork and with the emotional responsibilities with the required ID that their Loved one was in the World Trade Center. 

Sources say New York’s Law requires persons to wait up to three years in some cases but because of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, an exception to the Law was made to allow them within days of the application.

At this time, 600 bodies were recovered with over 200 identified.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET is a Tribute we give to the Fallen in Public Safety but lift those up today in REMEMBRANCE of ALL who perished on September 11, 2001 and the continued Lives being lost related to this terrorist attack on American soil. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

Please take a moment today and remember the many Lives lost and for their families, friends, co-workers and those impacted. We will do the same. Thank you. – Lisa Swenson

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Seattle Fire Responds to Major MCI on Dangerous Aurora Bridge


Seattle, Washington | Aurora Bridge or also known as Highway 99, played host to a deadly crash scene on Friday morning, involving The Seattle Duck tour vehicle and a chartered tourist bus.  Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle veering into the other lane striking the larger bus, including two additional cars.

One media source reported that the driver may have had a mechanical issue with one of the front tires. Seattle PD was last investigating the closed roadway.  NTSB Investigators had arrived at the accident scene involving two commercial vehicles  and two civilian cars [were towed away shortly afterwards].

Four International college students were killed and over 50 were medically evaluated. Some were serious injuries. Patients needing additional medical attention were transported to Harborview Medical Center [HMC] and area hospitals.


Seattle Fire units were dispatched to the crash site located at the 3700 block of Auroran Avenue N or more pinpointed on the Aurora Bridge just above Lake Union.  It is known by locals where many serious accidents have occurred over the years. Seattle Fire Units began emptying the City around 1111 hours, as they responded. According to the City’s CAD system, these are the units that were dispatched:

  • Engines 2, 8, 9, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 34, 36, 41. [11 units]
  • Ladders 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10. [6 units]
  • Medics 10, 16, 18, 28, 31, 44 [Supervisor], 81, 82. [8 units]
  • Aid Units 5,  [1 unit]
  • Rescue Units:  L7, Rescue 1, Aid 14 [All Respond together] [3 units]
  • Command: B4 & 6, Deputy 1, Staff 10, Safety 2 [5 units]
  • Air 9 [1 unit]
  • Additional Units:  MCI1, PIO, MAB1 [3]

That is an impressive 38 units dispatched, deployed and were on scene within minutes. Mutual Aid arrived from the assistance of Shoreline Fire Department medics.


The Duck Tours of Seattle, is an independent and locally owned business by Brian Tracey, a longtime Seattle resident and original host of King5’s Evening Magazine.  Opening in 1997, Tracey saw a need for travel in the Lake Union area, waddling away with the ingenious idea of creating a tour Company as both entertaining and as a business adventure.  For the past 13 years, he has applied his many decades of talents, entrepreneurship skills and experience, making this one of the most successful Tour companies in the State.

Currently, he owns 20 DUKWS  with 120 employees, which include: 40 Captains, 9 highly skilled and heavy-duty mechanics and a great staff of compassionate individuals whose main focus is on entertainment and providing the best customer service as anyone can possibly provide or even match, making them a valuable commodity.

The “ride” is a 90-minute tour of Seattle from many tourist attractions in the downtown area where one stop to pick up passengers is either at the Space Needle or Westlake Center, both very busy with foot, motorized and vehicle traffic whizzing by. The website describes the tour waddles one hour on land and swims 30 minutes in water.

Prices range from $1 [infant] to $29 per person.

The business boasts their Award-Winning recognition for the last eight years as the “Best City Tour Company” by King5’s Evening Magazine.  This is Tracey’s former employer.


A DUKW is described as an amphibious landing craft developed by the U.S. Army during World War II to deliver cargo from ships at sea to the shore.  D for Built in 1942. U for Amphibious 2-ton truck. K for front wheel drive. W for rear wheel drive. And, therefore the name “Duck” was born.  The Army used these vehicles until the mid-60’s and have been known to be used by the Police Departments, Fire Departments and rescue units.

A local radio guest stated they are not the “exact” DUKW used in the war but they are similar in that they have the same round shape of the vehicle. They are said to be newer & more safe than original U.S. Army models made in the 40’s.

The Seafair Pirates currently have one they’ve named Moby Dick. You can see their DUKW in action annually when the Pirates “land” on Alki Beach [Seattle] in celebratory opening of iconic Seafair and it’s festivities.


There are 40 “Duck” Captains with the  Seattle tour company that carry a U.S. Coast Guard Master’s License, a Commercial Driver’s License [CDL], are CPR/First Aid certified and must pass a rigorous training program.

The boats are inspected by the USCG and bi-annually by the DOT.  They are frequently audited by both on a regular basis.

In a 2010 interview with a local TV news channel after the 2010 Delaware River Duck Tour fatality incident, Seattle Duck tour owner Brian Tracey stated:

“We are not related to the Philadelphia boat company. We are locally and independent run business here in Seattle.  Our boats are newer, safer and less than five years old as they are built on truck chassis.”

The Company prides itself on having an Operations manual that is used as a guideline by others around the Country.


In a NTSB investigative report on the sinking of the Miss Majestic vessel in 1999, the Safety Board researched available accident history on amphibious passenger vehicles. They found U.S. Coast Guard records show between March 6, 1991 to May 1, 1999, 18 of these vehicles had been involved in accidents including six [6] of them with some degree of flooding.  In December 1999, a meeting bringing operators, Coast Guard and technical experts together to discuss amphibious passenger vehicle safety.

September 23, 2015 – Aurora Ave N Bridge, Seattle [WA]

Media sources say Duck No 6 had not been inspected since 2003 – that’s 12 years ago. We took information from the Company’s website stating they have these vehicles inspected regularly. [Courtesy: Fox News – http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/09/26/duck-boat-involved-in-seattle-crash-was-last-inspected-12-years-ago-report-says/%5D

August 2014 – Lake Delton – Wisconsin

A Ride the Duck tour vehicle collided with a truck on Lake Delton, Wisconsin’s County-A highway. At the time of the post, Investigators state it’s possible the truck with two [2] occupants may have crossed the center line hitting the amphibious passenger vehicle.

13 people were taken to nearby hospitals.  None of them were life-threatening. [ http://www.piercecountyherald.com/content/wisconsin-news-round-accident-involving-wisconsin-dellss-duck-boat-injures-13 ]

September 29, 2013 – River Thames – London [England]


The UK Government was also investigating this incident. fire on board the DUKW amphibious vehicle Cleopatra on the River Thames, London, England. [ https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/safety-warning-issued-after-2-separate-accidents-on-dukw-amphibious-passenger-vehicles-during-2013 ]

30 passengers jumped overboard and were later rescued by Fire personnel, Police and other passing boats. [ http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1895002 ]

Investigation report dated December 2013. [ http://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s36965/Thames%20Passenger%20Boat%20Investigation%20Committee%20-%20Appendix%201%20-%20Safety%20on%20Board.pdf ]

The following Press Release was issued by Porcellio Manufacturing Ltd on 30 September 2013 in response to the fire on a London DUKW.

“A manufacturer of modern amphibious vehicles has warned that a blaze, which saw 30 passengers evacuated from a craft on The Thames yesterday (29 September), was “an accident waiting to happen.

This is the third accident in 2013 so far and follows two in Liverpool, in which two similar machines sank. In the wake of the news, the manufacturer is now urging authorities to withdraw the current certificates for all old crafts currently running tours in the UK, until they can be checked for compliance against the latest regulations.” – Managing Director Howard Slater of Porcello Mfg Ltd on SeaHorse Amphibious Passenger vehicles.

June 15, 2013 – Salthouse Dock – Liverpool [England]

“Wacker Quacker 1”

The UK Government is looking into the flooding and sinking of the DUKW amphibious vehicle Wacker Quacker 1 in Salthouse Dock, Liverpool, England, owned and operated by Yellow Duckmarine.

The Government issued a warning to Coast Guard and Maritime Agencies about DUKW passenger vehicles. [ https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/safety-warning-issued-after-2-separate-accidents-on-dukw-amphibious-passenger-vehicles-during-2013 ]

Approximately 31 passengers including children were on board at the time of the sinking. 27 patients treated and transported to area hospitals. No serious injuries or deaths reported.

October 2011 – Pike Street – Downtown Seattle [WA]

A motorcyclist was waiting at a stop light on Pike when it turned green. A DUKW aka Seattle Duck Tours bus was behind him, hit the gas pedal running over him and dragging him several yards.

The victim was seriously injured and later would file a lawsuit against the company. Media sources did not know what the settlement or status of that lawsuit was. [ http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/local/man-injured-ride-ducks-crash-hold-news-conference/nNzfg/ ]

Around July 16, 2010 – Downtown Boston [MA]

Media reports of only nine [9] days later after the Philly accident, a DUKW lost its brakes on a Boston Highway [Charles Circle / Storrow Drive in downtown Boston], causing the amphibious passenger vehicle to smash into seven [7] cars, injuring five [5] people.

Boston Duck Tours is not owned by the Ride the Ducks but does provide “duck” tours.  [ http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Duck-Boat-Crashes-in-Boston-5-Injured-98623299.html ]

The cause was unknown at the time this post was published.

July 7, 2010 – Delaware River – Philadelphia [PA]

Philadelphia’s Duck Tour Captain collided with a barge that caused the vessel to run down the tourist vehicle causing all 37 customers to be dumped into Delaware River. The Duck sank. 2 student tourists were killed when they drowned. [http://mynorthwest.com/11/340572/Seattle-Ride-the-Ducks-running-after-accident]

2 tourist families brought lawsuits against the company for both tourist deaths, settling for $17M.

December 8, 2001 – Lake Union – Seattle [WA]

“DUKW No. 1”

Seattle’s DUKW No. 1, a 33-foot amphibious passenger vehicle began taking on water five [5] minutes into its tour on Lake Union from one of the city’s neighboring boat launches. The bilge alarm began sounded and the Captain noticed water discharging, immediately headed back to shore after contacting their Dispatch Center.A passing boat safely assisted passengers on to their own vessel.

There were no injuries or deaths reported.

After being attempted to be towed across the lake by Harbor Patrol, the vessel sank in 25 feet of water. After being salvaged, Investigators found that there was a 4 1/2″ access plug that was missing.

The Driver testified he was in a hurry and didn’t have time to confirm all 55 items on the Safety Checklist had been checked. All vehicles were modified to have the hull plugs permanently sealed to prevent this from happening again. There was one [1] boat operator along with 11 passengers on tour at time of accident.

$100,000 vehicle damage.

September 18, 2000 – Milwaukee Harbor – Milwaukee [WI]

“The Minnow”

The Minnow, a 21-foot long Alvis Stalwart-type amphibious passenger vehicle began taking on water after disembarking 13 passengers. A failed bearing on the end of a propulsion impeller shaft contributed to the vessel sinking. [U.S. Coast Guard. http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg545/alerts/0502.pdf ].

N0 injuries or deaths were reported.

$170,000 vehicle damage.

May 1, 1999 – Lake Hamilton – near Hot Springs [AR]

“Miss Majestic”

The Miss Majestic, a 31-foot amphibious passenger vehicle sank on Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, Arkansas. 13 fatalities including 3 children out of 20 passengers and 2 crew members. Vehicle damage $100,000. A tear was located in the hull.

The company was supposed to have an alarm installed but never was. The root cause by investigators was that the DUKW the Company failed to repair and maintain the vehicle. [Source:  NTSB report http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAR0201.pdf%5D


The National Transportation Safety Board made and adopted Safety Recommendations in May of 2002.  [PDF is 52 pages long. Here is the link –> http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/19000/19700/19700/PB2002916605.pdf ]


Seattle Firefighters, Medics, Command Staff, support staff and all mutual aid companies, including additional Medics from the Shoreline Fire Department responded quickly and swiftly to remove entrapped victims from all vehicles.  Can’t say enough great things about their heroics and how Seattle is one of the best Fire Departments in the Country.  Many will say they are doing what they were meant to do in life. We say it is definitely a calling of greatness in helping others.

Skilled with many hundreds if not logging thousands of hours becoming skillfully trained in many disciplines.  Their actions out on the roadway just went to prove how experienced they are, putting into action and compassionately removing injured victims.  To see one person deceased is hard on one’s soul and to see four with dozens and dozens of patients proves how great they are at their jobs and treating so many at once.

Great job Seattle Fire!


Many agencies responded upon the scene from the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Fire Department and working in unison with the Emergency Operations Center.  This day was hard for many physically on and off scene, directly and indirectly involved and to area hospitals for doing a great job in triage, treating and your compassionate care of every single injured person.

Coming together as one shows that Seattle can handle anything – major and minor.

Thank you for your Service, Commitment and Dedication in everything you do day in and day out.  You are highly admired for your bravery in going in and taking care of so many and respected for the great things you do everyday.  Your communities thank you!


We are deeply saddened by this tragedy in Seattle and we offer our sincere sympathies to those who were injured, to their loved ones and to those affected by today’s events. We are so sorry for your losses to your families, friends and to their communities they represented.

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Active Wildfires in the U.S. – September 19, 2015

Here are the most Active fires we could find burning in the United States. We have gleaned information from various sources. If we have missed one or more, please let us know! We’re happy to add them to our list.  These will be update on a daily basis, as time allows.



  • 6 mi east of Forest Lakes
  • Start 9/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 180 Acres
  • 0% Contained
  • No Fire Personnel assigned; will be monitored this weekend.
  • Smoke will be visible from the local communities and from AZ State Highway 260.



  • East of Jackson in Amador & Calaveras Counties
  • Start 9/9/15
  • 3861 Personnel
  • 70,760 Acres
  • 67% Contained
  • 2 Citizen fatalities


  • Multiple Ignited Lightning Fires Within The Gasquet Ranger District
  • Start 7/31/15
  • 272 Personnel
  • 30,361 Acres: Bear Fire 11,619 Acres; Peak Fire 12,166 Acres
  • 47% Contained:  Bear Fire 52%; Peak  Fire 10%
  • Fire Activity: Minimal, lines are holding, continued monitoring and in patrol status


  • off Laureles Grade and Highway 68[Monterey County]
  • Start 9/19/15 @ 1525 PDT
  • CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
  • 95 Acres
  • 60% Contained


  • Nickowitz Peak
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 42 Personnel
  • Lightning caused
  • 7,509 Acres
  • 90% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Moderate, backing, smoldering, creeping


  • New River Drainage near the communities of Dailey Ranch, Hoboken and Denny.
  • Start 7/30/15
  • 244 Personnel
  • 77,077 Acres
  • 55% Contained
  • Fire still smoldering


  • 2.5 miles to the southwest of Spanish Mountain and 5 miles North of Hume Lake
  • Start 7/30/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 1493 Personnel
  • 141,036 Acres
  • 68% Contained
  • Fire Behavior: Moderate, creeping, backing


  • 2.5 miles north of Jamesburg [Monterey County]
  • Start 9/19/15 @ 1500 PDT
  • CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
  • 300 Acres
  • 5% Contained


  • Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties-Southern Lake County
  • Start 9/12/15.
  • 4234 Personnel
  • 74,500 Acres.
  • 50% Contained.



  • Along the river, the fire is 3 miles east of Riggins and 3.5 miles east of French Creek. The fire is one mile east of Chair Mt. Lookout-4 miles west of Florence.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 399 Personnel
  • 95,709 Acres
  • 87% Contained



  • 12 miles SE of Wisdom
  • Start 8/20/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 87 Personnel
  • 6,443 Acres
  • 80% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  creeping and smoldering



  • John Day, Canyon City, Prairie City, Oregon less than 5 miles.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 158 Personnel
  • 110,422 Acres
  • 95% Contained
  • Fire Behavior: Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering. Minimal fire behavior was observed.



  • 1 mile S of Chelan, WA
  • Start 8/14/15
  • Unknown cause
  • 254 Personnel
  • 88,985 Acres
  • 98% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Moderate backing, creeping, and single tree torching


  • Tower Fire is 8 mi NE Usk, WA. Baldy is 6 mi NW of Ione, WA. Remaining fires are approximately 4 mi NE of Ione, WA and east of Sullivan Lake.
  • Start 8/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 147 Personnel
  • 26,119 Acres
  • 80% Contained


  • Colville National Forest
  • Start 8/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 715 Personnel
  • 76,061 Acres
  • 77% Contained
  • Fire continues to back towards control lines. IR Flight shows limited growth in uncontrolled areas.


  • 14 miles NW of Naches, WA
  • Start 9/12/15
  • 301 Personnel
  • Human caused
  • 1,024 Acres
  • 25% Contained.
  • Fire activity is minimal.


  • 25 miles North of Coulee Dam, Washington
  • Start 8/13/15
  • Human caused
  • 1547 Personnel
  • 217,619 Acres
  • 85% Contained


  • Fires immediately west of the towns of Omak and Okanogan.
  • Start 8/14/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 442 Personnel
  • 133,142 Acres
  • 95% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Minimal backing, creeping and smoldering


  • Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests
  • Start 8/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 147 Personnel
  • 26,119 Acres
  • 80% Contained
  • Smoldering continues


  • Ten miles northeast of Omak, Washington
  • Start 8/14/15
  • Unknown cause
  • 372 Personnel
  • 165,918 Acres
  • 97% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Minimal, creeping and smoldering


  • 15 miles NW of Lucerne, WA and 9 miles NW of Holden Village
  • Start 7/29/15
  • 455 Personnel
  • Lightning caused
  • 65,512 Acres
  • 80% Contained
  • Fire Behavior: Minimal, creeping and smoldering.

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Active Wildfires in the U.S. – September 17, 2015

Here are the most Active fires we could find burning in the United States. We have gleaned information from various sources. If we have missed one or more, please let us know! We’re happy to add them to our list.  These will be update on a daily basis, as time allows.


Butte Fire

  • East of Jackson
  • Start 9/9/15
  • 70,760 Acres
  • 55% Contained

Gasquet Complex

  • Multiple Ignited Lightning Fires Within The Gasquet Ranger District
  • Start 7/31/15
  • 30,341 Acres
  • 47% Contained

Mad River Complex

  • Ruth Lake and Mad River communities.
  • Start 7/30/15
  • 37,462 Acres
  • 100% Contained

Nickowitz Fire

  • Nickowitz Peak
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 7,509 Acres
  • 90% Contained.

River Complex

  • New River Drainage near the communities of Dailey Ranch, Hoboken and Denny.
  • Start 7/30/15.
  • 77,074 Acres.
  • 55% Contained.

Rough Fire

  • 2.5 miles to the southwest of Spanish Mountain and 5 miles North of Hume Lake
  • Start 7/30/15
  • 141,036 Acres
  • 67% Contained

South Complex

  • 1 mile north of Hyampom
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 29,416 Acres
  • 89% Contained

Valley Fire

  • Southern Lake Co
  • Start 9/12/15.
  • 73,700 Acres.
  • 35% Contained.


Tepee Springs Fire

  • Along the river, the fire is 3 miles east of Riggins and 3.5 miles east of French Creek. The fire is one mile east of Chair Mt. Lookout-4 miles west of Florence.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 95,709 Acres
  • 85% Contained


Bear Creek Fire

  • 1 mile south of the Spotted Bear Ranger District Compound, 57 miles from Hungry Horse
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 70,906 Acres
  • Unknown % Containment Status

Klondike Fire

  • Klondike Creek area (T15N, R9W, Section 20)
  • Unknown date started
  • 550 Acres
  • 26% Contained

Morrell Complex

  • 7 Miles northeast of Seeley Lake
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 870 Acres
  • 95% Contained

Spotted Bear District Fires

  • Monday August 10th, 2015 approx. 05:30 PM
  • 3568 Acres
  • Multiple Fires
  • Unknown Containment Status

Three Sisters

  • 35 miles North East of Swan Lake – Spotted Bear River Drainage
  • Start 8/3/15
  • 431 Acres
  • % of Containment unknown – High elevation fire

Trail Creek Fire

  • 2 miles East of Spotted Bear Ranger Station
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 22,200 Acres
  • Unknown % Containment status


Canyon Creek Complex

  • John Day, Canyon City, Prairie City, Oregon less than 5 miles.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 110,422 Acres
  • 90% Contained

Dry Gulch

  • 7 Miles NW of Richland, OR
  • Start 9/12/15
  • 17,823 Acres
  • 65% Contained

Grizzly Bear Complex

  • 20 mile SE of Dayton, WA on the Umatilla National Forest, in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, on the WA/OR border, and on private lands protected by Washington DNR and by the Oregon Dept of Forestry.
  • Start 8/13/15.
  • 76,475 Acres
  • 44% Contained

National Creek Complex

  • Crater Lake National Park, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Umpqua National Forest.
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 20,945 Acres
  • 85% Contained


Blankenship Fire

  • 15 miles NW of Lucerne, WA and 9 miles NW of Holden Village
  • Start 7/14/15
  • 212 Acres
  • 2% Contained

Carpenter Road Fire

  • 35 miles NW of Spokane, WA; North and East of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 63,972 Acres
  • 95% Contained

Chelan Complex

  • 1 mile S of Chelan, WA
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 88,985 Acres
  • 98% Contained

Kanisku Complex

  • Tower Fire is 8 mi NE Usk, WA. Baldy is 6 mi NW of Ione, WA. Remaining fires are approximately 4 mi NE of Ione, WA and east of Sullivan Lake.
  • Start 8/11/15
  • 26,044 Acres
  • 100% Contained

Kettle Complex

  • Colville National Forest
  • Start 8/11/15
  • 76,549 Acres
  • 72% Contained

Meeks Table

  • 14 miles NW of Naches, WA
  • Start 9/12/15
  • Human caused
  • 1,024 Acres
  • 20% Contained.

North Star Fire

  • 25 miles North of Coulee Dam, Washington
  • Start 8/13/15
  • 217,601 Acres
  • 65% Contained

Okanogan Complex

  • Fires immediately west of the towns of Omak and Okanogan.
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 133,142 Acres
  • 95% Contained

Tower Fire

  • Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests
  • Start 8/11/15
  • 26,044 Acres
  • 100% Contained

Tunk Block Fire

  • Ten miles northeast of Omak, Washington
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 167,840 Acres
  • 82% Contained

Wolverine Fire

  • 15 miles NW of Lucerne, WA and 9 miles NW of Holden Village
  • Start 7/29/15
  • 65,512 Acres
  • 35% Contained

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#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 5


On Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the first report of a fire [now named the Valley Fire] in the area of Cobb Mountain. The fire is located off of High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Southern Lake County, California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.


The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit


The fire has burned 73,700 acres and is threatening 7,473 structures. Approximately, 585 homes have been destroyed along with a confirmation of hundreds of “other” structures receiving the same fate.

A containment of 35% has been reached.



There are now 3,921 Fire Personnel assigned to this fire incident from a previous level of 2,362..

Equipment & Resources

Fire Engines

Increased to 441 from Tuesday, when they had 258 Engines.

Fire Crews

Increased to 84 on Thursday from Tuesday’s levels of only 54.

Air Tankers

2 have been added.


Increased to 18 from 8 assigned on Tuesday.


Dozers have more than tripled in size from Tuesday’s count of 31 to 72 on Thursday.

Water Tenders

Increased to only 3 more Water Tender to 70 on Thursday from Tuesday’s 67.


  • Lake County
  • Sonoma County
  • Napa County
  • California Office of Emergency Services
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • California State Parks
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • CHP
  • Red Cross
  • PG&E


Mandatory Evacuations – Lake County

  • Butts Canyon Road to Napa County line
  • Cobb
  • Seigler Canyon
  • Loch Lomond
  • Middletown
  • Hidden Valley Lake
  • All residences on Bottle Rock Road
  • From Harrington Flat Road
  • All residences on SR 175 (Cobb)
  • All residences on Sr 29 at SR 53 south to SR 29 at Tubbs Lane

Mandatory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Butts Canyon Rd west of Snell Valley Rd
  • Aetna Springs Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd
  • James Creek Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd

Advisory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Pope Valley north of Ink Grade Rd


Red Cross 

  • Kelseyville High School @ 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fair Grounds @ 1435 N Oak Street in Calistoga

Lake County

  • Highland Senior Center @ 3245 Bowers Center in Clearlake
  • Big Valley Rancheria Gym @1002 Osprey Court in Kelseyville


Lake County

  • SR 175 at Red Hill Rd (SR 281)
  • SR 29 at Red Hill Rd
  • SR 29 at Diener Dr
  • SR 29 at Siegler Canyon
  • SR 29 at SR 53 closed for southbound traffic
  • Bottle Rock Rd south of SR 29
  • SR 175 at Dry Creek cut-off

Napa County

  • Aetna Springs Rd at Pope Springs Rd
  • SR 29 at Tubbs Lane
  • James Creek Rd at Butts Canyon Rd
  • Butts Canyon Rd, Snell Valley Rd

Sonoma County [Local Residents Only]

  • Ida Clayton Rd At SR 128
  • Pine Flat Rd ascending addresses from the 11000 block



  • 4 Firefighters with burns
  • 1 Citizen Fatality
  • 585 homes destroyed
  • Hundreds of “other” structures destroyed
  • 9,000 structures currently being threatened


Small Animals Donations

Being accepted at Wasson Memorial Vet Clinic, 3083 Hwy 175, Lakeport, 707.263.5380. [9/15/15]

Large Animal Donations

Being accepted at Main Street Veterinary Clinic, 2530 S. Main Street, Lakeport, 707.263.6232.

Red Cross

Call 1-800-Red-Cross and say “California Wildfires.” OR Text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Stockton Fairgrounds

Volunteers in Stockton are taking donations for fire victims in Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. [http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015/09/15/donations-for-fire-victims-collected-at-stockton-fairgrounds/]

Supporting Burn Centers

UC Davis Health System/Burn Unit


Firefighters Burn Institute


Lake County’s State Senator Mike McGuire has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.

A check may be dropped off to the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive Up between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street in Santa Rosa. Contact: Karlene Rebich  Karlene.Rebich@sen.ca.gov or (707) 576-2771

The Redwood Credit Union is also collecting funds. Checks can be made payable to Redwood Credit Union and sent to RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.


We Offer our sincere apologies, thoughts and prayers that you all are going through this.  We don’t know why this is happening to you but be reassured we are here for you.  If you are a First Responder and feel overwhelmed, there is 24 hour/365 day support through many organizations.

We recommend @safecallnow.org.  They are a national non-profit organization and understand your pain and what you have seen.  We ask that you seek help, if not for yourself but for your fellow First Responder[s]. Together, we are one big Family that looks out for each other, night or day, 24/7 365 days a year.

For those who are non-responders and may need to talk to someone, reach out to those at the Shelters, churches, to your friends or to a Professional.  We can reassure you, that many care about you and your family and this is something that is affecting those directly and indirectly.  We want to let you know we are here to support you and provide you with any resources or pointing in the right direction to seek assistance.

You all mean a lot to us and we again are so sorry for what you are going through.

If you wish to share your story, you may drop us line at nwfireblog@comcast.net. NOTE: We are not mainstream media and this would be an informal phone call or email – whichever is easiest for you.  Thank you and God Bless.

– Lisa Swenson


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#ProductRecall | Nationwide Cheese Products Recalled


Label, Arz 8 oz. vacuum packaged string cheese with seeds

A nationwide recall of various Cheeses by Karoun Diaries Inc was announced on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, due to a possible health risk of Listeria monocytogenes.


Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly

Label, Arz Ackawi 12 oz. vacuum packaged cheese

people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Label, Arz nabulsi cheese in a 20 oz. jar


The products are vacuum packed, in jars or in pails under the following brands; Karoun, Arz, Gopi, Queso Del Valle, Central Valley Creamery, Gopi, and Yanni. Weights vary from 5 ounces to 30 pounds.

Label, Arz Sweet Cheese vacuum packaged brick

Due to many products listed in this recall, go to the original FDA announcement for the UPC Codeshttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm462976.htm.


Label, Brinza Feta cheese in a pail

Karoun Dairies was made aware of a possible association of their cheese products with several recent cases of listeriosis by FDA and CDC. The company has ceased distribution of above cheeses and is working closely with FDA to continue to investigate the problem further.

Label, Central Valley Creamery Mykonos feta 8 oz. vacuum packaged cheese


Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to dispose of or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may call toll free 1-866-272-9393 toll free, Monday – Friday 8:00AM to 6:00PM PST.


Label, Arz 12 oz. vacuum packaged Chicago cheeseLabel, Arz nabulsi vacuum packaged cheese with seedLabel, Arz Syrian 12 oz. vacuum packaged cheeseLabel, Central Valley Creamery basket cheese, 8 oz. vacuum packagedLabel, Karoun 8 oz. vacuum packaged Farmer’s Goat CheeseLabel, Karoun Ani cheese in a 3 lb. pailLabel, Karoun marinated skim string cheese in bulkLabel, Karoun mozzarella 1 lb. smoked vacuum packaged cheese ballLabel, Karoun Queso Blanco vacuum packaged cheeseLabel, Karoun smoked skim string cheese in bulkLabel, Karoun Syrian 1 lb. vacuum packaged cheeseLabel, Yanni feta cheese in a pail

Label, Karoun vacuum packaged plain string cheeseLabel, Karoun vacuum packaged smoked skim string cheeseLabel, Karoun Village 6 lb. vacuum packaged cheese wheelLabel, Queso del Valle Cotija vacuum packaged cheese wedgeLabel, Queso del Valle Queso blanco vacuum packaged cheeseLabel, Queso del Valle vacuum packaged Queso OaxacaLabel, Queso del Valle Queso Fresco vacuum packaged cheese wheelLabel, Queso del Valle Panela 8 oz. vacuum packaged cheese

 Source:  FDA.gov

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The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.


1st treaty between the U.S. and Indian tribes signed (Fort Pitt).


Members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution. Two days earlier, when a final vote was called, Edmund Randolph called for another convention to carefully review the Constitution as it stood. This motion, supported by George Mason and Elbridge Gerry, was voted down and the Constitution was adopted.


William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn.


1st whaling ship arrives in Hawaii.


Great fire in San Francisco.

“Sfearthquake3b” by Original Photographer: Chadwick, H. D. (US Gov War Department. Office of the Chief Signal Officer.) Edits by: Durova – US Archive ARCWEB ARC Identifier: 524395 NARA National Archives and Records Administration. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sfearthquake3b.jpg#/media/File:Sfearthquake3b.jpg


An airplane crashed during a demonstration in Arlington Heights, VA. Thomas Selfridge was killed, becoming the first person to be killed in an airplane accident. Orville Wright, the pilot, survived with multiple hip and leg fractures.


Hurricane hits Miami and Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die.


The Okeechobee hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing more than 2,500 people. It is the third deadliest natural disaster in United States history, behind the Galveston hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


Load of “ammunition in transit” explodes at Norfolk Naval Air Station.


U.S. Department of Defense forms.


128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto.


“I am an American Day” and “Constitution Day” renamed “Citizenship Day”.


Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan and Korea.


Cuba nationalizes U.S. banks.


The world’s first retractable-dome stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


U.S. space officials announce selection of 9 new astronauts.


Train struck makeshift bus full of migrant workers, killing 32.


The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.


A bomb exploded outside of a department store in Paris killing 7 and injuring 51.


Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62


NFL decides to suspend World League Football.


The USS Curts intercepted the fishing vessel Lina Maria about 300 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands. The fishing boat had 30,000 pounds of cocaine on board. At the time it was the largest cocaine seizure in U.S. Coast Guard history.


Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the long-dormant volcano in at least 10,000 years.


A drill reaches 33 Chilean miners who remain trapped underground after the 2010 Copiapo mining accident August 5, 2010.


A 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurs off the coast of Japan, setting off a series of aftershocks.


NASA reports its three-man crew of Joe Acaba and Russian colleagues Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin landed safely in the Russian-made Soyuz capsule after 123 days at the International Space Station.


Engineers working off of Italy’s Tuscan coast pull the MS Costa Concordia cruise ship upright after it ran aground in early 201.

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Seattle Fire Responds to West Seattle Garage Fire

Around 1724 Hours PDT this evening, Firefighters were dispatched to the 3000 block of 28th Ave W in Seattle, Washington to a detached garage fire with one vehicle inside.

Units dispatched [according to their online CAD system]:

  • E11
  • E20
  • L8
  • B4
  • Safety2
  • E18
  • E8
  • Aid2
  • Air9
  • B6
  • Deputy1
  • E2
  • L6
  • M18
  • Staff10
  • REHAB1
  • Marshal5

Firefighters quickly had water on the fire and got it knocked down super fast.  Around 1734 the fire was knocked down and all units except E41, E20, L6, B4, Safety 2 and Air 9 were Code Greened.

The fire was said to be about 20×20 detached garage with one car inside.  A preliminary report states the car fire extended to the structure.

Seattle Fire’s Marshal 5 [Fire Investigator] was requested.  Firefighters still remain on-scene until the cause has been determined or until released by Command back into Service.

No injuries to Firefighters or civilians were reported.

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Around 1354 PDT, a M8.3 Earthquake shook Chile with enough force that emergency tsunami warnings began being sounded to neighboring Countries, including the United States coastal communities.

The earthquake is said to be 8 miles deep and located at coordinates 31.6 South, 71.8 West along the Coast near Central Chile.


Alert to West Coasts @ 1601PDT 9/16/15

Public Tsunami Info Statement #1 broadcasted by the NWS located in Palmer AK for AK/ BC/ WA /OR and CA.

  • M7.9 earthquake
  • Occurred 1554 PDT or 3:54pm West Coast Time
  • Coordinates: 31.6 S, 71.9 W
  • Depth: 21 miles
  • Location:  Coast near Central Chile

States per their evaluation, these events can occur:

  • Earthquakes of this size can produce large tsunamis outside of the source area.
  • Can be dangerous to coastal areas.
  • The U.S. National Tsunami Center is evaluating the event.
  • The earthquake can produce large Tsunamis causing major damage to areas in the source location.

Reports from Hawaii – 9/16/15 @ 1924 Hours

The NWS from Ewa, Hawaii sends out an alert showing the earthquake has been upgraded to a M8.3

Activity Happening on Coastal areas in CALI – 9/16/15 @ 2245 Hours

An Alert was just broadcasted by Social Media sources that the LAFD will be in Unified Command at 0330 Hours beginning on 9/17/15 with Law Enforcement partners.  Command Post will be at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro.  This is due to the Tsunami Advisory.


Red Cross

Update your information on the American Red Cross website under “Safe and Well” letting your friends and family know you are safe. This is a great site especially now that a major disaster has occurred.  Check out the site at https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/.


  • California Closures:  All marinas, beaches and harbors will close at 0400 hours PDT on Thursday, 9/17/15.
  • President Bachelet: “call people evacuated to stay in higher areas.”
  • Australian Schools: Seismic waves from Chile earthquake recorded on seismometers in schools.
  • Alerts:  Tsunami activity expected to arrive in the LA area at 447am tomorrow. Stay off the beach and out of the water.
  • More CA Alerts/Warnings:  National Tsunami Warning Center issues Tsunami Advisory effective now San Onofre-Southeast of LA County-Ragged PtSan Luis Obispo
  • New Zealand on Alert:  Likely to only be a marine threat to the known hot-spot areas of NZ – Chatham Islands, East Cape, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula.
  • Earthquake History:  Nepal’s April 25 quake was a 7.8, so this is likely to be the biggest earthquake on the planet so far this year.
  • Chileans feel Aftershocks:  Two significant aftershocks already reported from . 6.2M and 6.4M. Larger of two closer to land.
  • Observations:  Perspective: That’s as large as the 1906 earthquake that decimated San Francisco.
  • Injuries:  Chilean Interior minister Burgos asks people to remain calm and confirms no injuries have been reported as of yet.
  • Other areas Alerted:  Warnings for Hawaii and Peru … Quake felt in


More info will be posted as it comes to light. We are thinking of those impacted in Chile and those who have loved ones there.


Please beware of Coastal changes on the BC, WA, OR, CA Coasts due to a potential threat of large waves, sneeker waves and tsunamis. Please report anything you may see to authorities so they can track them and get necessary warnings out to additional agencies or to the general Public.

If they tell you, that you need to evacuate an area – please don’t question as to why or fight with them to stay.  They are doing their jobs and working to protect you and your family.

Thank you for reading our blog and following along with this Quake Disaster in Chile.

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