Soberanes Fire Update | CA | Sep 24 2016

Community Meeting:  

9/24/2016 @ 6pm

Arroyo Seco Fire Station Community Center – 46700 Arroyo Seco Road

Though this is from the Sep 19th, this map clearly shows where the Soberanes Fire is burnning (Courtesy of CAL OES)

Incident Summary:   An illegal campfire that started in July 2016 has scorched thousands acres of lands, as well as up to almost 100 structures and disrupting hundreds of lives/livelihoods.

Crews have contained the fire at a 76% containment status.

The fire started on Friday, July 22, 2016 around 0845 hours (PDT) from an illegal campfire.

CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408

Location:    The Soberanes Fire is located approximately 7 miles NW of Big Sur and on the Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest, Garrapata State Park, and areas south of the Carmel Valley in California.

Mostly burning in steep, rugged and difficult to access terrain on the Ventana Wilderness area.

Fuels:  Timber, chaparral and tall grass.

Fire Status:  Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing. Sill the same for the last 24 hours. (see Update 9/23/2016)

Resources:  Command:   US. Forest Service.

Staffing / Equipment:   1977 personnel  38 crews.  99 engines.  23 helicopters.

Damage Assessment:  126,593 acres.  68 structures destroyed.  $221.9 M Cost to Date

Threats:  Numerous structures threatened.

Area Alerts:  Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

#PinchotFire Update | AZ | Sept 24 2016

Thank you for following this fire and us!

Snapshot

  • Started 8/29/2016
  • Lightning caused
  • Located 8.5. mi SE of Clints Well in the Dick Hart Ridge area
  • Coconino National Forest lands
  • 67 acres now, to allow for up to 5,000 acres
  • Low-intensity fire
  • Allowed to burn naturally

Fire Fuels

  • Ponderosa pine
  • Mixed conifer forest
  • Heavy dead/downed logs
  • Pine needles
  • Grass
  • Forest litter understory

Fire Managers Objectives – Fire Managers are working to complete the following objectives for this fire:

  • Safety of all fire personnel
  • Protect the Public in fire area
  • Enhance/maintain healthy ecosystem
  • Address smoke management
  • Maintain/develop partnerships
  • Provide timely/delivery of Public Information

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

#FultonFire Update | Arizona | September 24 2016

Thank you for following us on

Snapshot

  • Started 9/12/2016
  • Caused by Lightning
  • South of State Highway 260
  • 28 miles East of Payson

Resources

  • 401 personnel
  • 11 Hand Crews
  • 15 Engines
  • 2 Bulldozers
  • 3 Helicopters

Size, Containment

  • 2029 acres
  • 45% containment
#FireImage Courtesy of Inciweb

#FireImage Courtesy of Inciweb

Fire Fuels

  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Mixed Conifer

Fire Activities

  • Containment status reduced due to increase in fire burn additional acreage
  • Firefighters continue with burnout operations

Social Media

  • Hashtags used – #FultonFire #NWFireBlogAZ #AzWILDFIRE

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WA’s Cascade Mall Shooting Takes 5 Lives | Update 1

Burlington, Washington

Incident Summary

An active shooter scene played out at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, just before 7pm (PDT), when a single shooter described as a Hispanic male wearing grey.  He was reportedly entering the Macy’s store shooting at multiple people including mortally wounding 4 people.  A 5th person, a male was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

As of this morning, WSP Trooper & PIO Sgt. Mark Francis stated the 5th victim of last night’s shooting passed away today.

Motive

There is no known motive.

Suspect Description

Police are still searching for this suspect (Photo courtesy of Skagit Co DEM)

Public Safety Response

Over 26 Agencies and with several from various Counties that include: Snohomish, King, Island and Whatcom Counties including some from Federal agencies.  Police Officers helped escorted employees and customers out of the mall.  Survivors were evacuated to a local Church.

Multiple Police Agencies responded to the scene searched the over 400,000 square building were not aware that the shooting suspect had fled the mall before they arrived.

The Skagit Multiagency Response Team (SMART) compromised of Mt. Vernon PD and WSP has taken over investigation of this incident that includes 25 Investigators.  They are actively investigating the case.  Their currently role is to reconstructed the scene, they are photographing, videotaping, evidence being collected, and processing the whole scene.

Medical Examiner’s Office

The ME will not be releasing names of the victims until an autopsy has been completed.  (This is a relief to us as we know families are reeling from their deaths)

Decompressing

Because this has been a long and difficult incident, we hope those are getting the positive support for decompressing for this event. There are many who can help from professionals, i.e. Counselors, organizations (we recommend Safe Call Now for First Responders and their Families) and Chaplains.

Please reach out confidentially if this is starting to affect you.

What to DO During An Active Shooter Incident

Disclaimer:  Graphic. May require an adult supervision if a minor.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Multiple Base Fires | CA | Sep 22 2016

Vandenberg AFB, California

CANYON FIRE

Incident Summary:  A wildfire broke out on the Vandenberg Air Force Base-South Base on September 17th @ 1730 hours (PDT) from an unknown cause that is being thoroughly investigated.

The fire has scorched 12,518 acres six(6)-foot chaparral.

It is at a 90% containment status.

Location:  4 miles West of Lompoc, California.

Command:  Department of Defense (DOD)

Resources:  910 fire personnel along with 18 crews, 121 engines and 10 helicopters.

Cost-to-Date:  $7 Million.

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Fire Image Credit:  SBCFireInfo

NORTH BASE FIRE

Incident:  There is a second fire that appears that may have started on 9/22/2016 from downed power lines due to high winds in the area.

This is unrelated to the Canyon Fire.

Firefighters from the Canyon Fire are being deployed to the North Base Fire.

Fire Status:  Fire is being pushed South, away from base housing. There is no risk to base housing residents.

Alerts:  The UTAH gate is open to Base housing residents only.  No incoming traffic to go beyond control points, until further notice.

Size Up:  Unknown

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Soberanes Fire | CA | Sep 22 2016

Incident Summary:   A long-burning fire has been scorching thousands acres of pristine lands along with destroying almost a hundred structures and causing millions of dollars in firefighting suppression efforts.

Crews have contained the fire at a 71% containment status.

The fire started on Friday, July 22, 2016 around 0845 hours (PDT) from an illegal campfire. Fire Tips — > CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408.

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Crews “holding” the line. (Courtesy:  Inciweb)

Location:    The Soberanes Fire is located approximately 7 miles NW of Big Sur and on the Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest, Garrapata State Park, and areas south of the Carmel Valley in California.

Mostly burning in steep, rugged and difficult to access terrain on the Ventana Wilderness area.

Fuels:  Timber, chaparral and tall grass.

Fire Status:  Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing.

Resources:  Command:   CAL Fire – San Benito-Monterey Unit. IMT1 assigned

Staffing / Equipment:   2302 personnel  40 crews.  152 engines.  21 helicopters.

Damage Assessment:  125,344 acres.  68 structures destroyed.  $215.5 M Cost to Date

Threats:  Numerous structures threatened.

Area Alerts:  Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Soup Complex | California | Sept 22 2016

SOUP COMPLEX (5 fires)

Location
South Warner Mountains near Soup Springs Campground
16 miles NE of Likely, California

Fire Status

Soup 1 – mop up / patrolling of existing containment lines

Soup 3-5 – under patrol – confirming lines secured

Soup 2 – growing slowly into South Warner wilderness.  2647 ac. 50% contained.

Fuels

Timber, brush and grass.

Fire Image Courtesy: Inciweb

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(c) 2016 – The #NWFireBlog

Active Wildfires | California | Sep 19 2016

Thank you for reading our Blog!  We wish all of you safe travels wherever you may travel to a fire, with family,  to/from work or just hanging out there.

Here are the most current and active wildfires in the State of California:

 

AUBURN FIRE – Nevada County

Off Auburn Street and Whiting Street, Grass Valley. CAL FIRE incident. 47 acres. 97% contained. Unknown start date/cause.

 

CANYON FIRE – Vanderberg AFB

4 miles West of Lompoc.  IMT2.  2200 acres. 0% contained.  233 personnel.  6 crews. 23

Canyon Fire (Photo Credit:) San Barbara County Fire PIO Mike Eliason)

engines. 0 helicopters. 0 structures destroyed.  $250,000 cost-to-date. 

 

NEW! FLAT FIRE – Kern County

Off Granite Road and Poso Flat Road and 5 miles South of Woody.  Kern County.  50 acres. 0% contained.

 

NEW! JOCKS CANYON  FIRE – Uinta Wasatch Cache NF

350 acres.  South of Diamond Fork Canyon and 2 1/2 mile southeast of Dry Canyon campground,  Fire is being monitored.

 

NEW! LAGUNA FIRE – Santa Cruz County

Crews fighting a vegetation fire in Laguna Creek off of Highland Drive.   0 acres or % containment known.

 

OLD FIRE – Butte County

CAL FIRE. Off of Old Chico Canyon, west of Forest Ranch.  30 acres. 70% contained.

 

OWENS FIRE – Inyo NF

10 miles NE of Mammoth Lakes and North of the Owens River Road near Clark Canyon and East of Highway 395. Fire fuels are sagebrush and Jeffrey pine from an unknown cause that is under investigation.  The fire started on the afternoon of September 17th.   6000 acres. 20% contained.  483 personnel. 9 crews, 48 engines and 7 helicopters. 4 structures destroyed. $400,000 cost-to-date.

 

Pack Fire (Photo Credit: UWCNF)

 

NEW! PACK FIRE – Uinta – Wasatch Cache NF

120 acres. Lightning caused.

 

 

SENTINEL FIRE – Sequoia & Kings Canyon NF 

Kings Canyon National Park.  Fire discovered on August 19, 2016.  Located in the South of Cedar Grove in the mountains above 9,000’ elevation. vCause is lightning. 12 acres.  Smoldering. Is burning naturally, for the environment benefit.

SOBERANES FIRE – Los Padres NF 

CA IMT4.   Illegal campfire is cause.   117,656 acres. 67% containment status. 2021 personnel.  34 crews.  116 engines.  7 helicopters.  68 structures destroyed.  Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing.  $206.7 Million.

 

SOUP COMPLEX – Modoc NF

Active fire behavior with spotting.  856 acres.  0% containment status. 513 personnel.  11 crews.  24 engines. 9 copters. 0 structures destroyed.  $313,000 cost-to-date.

 

 

WILLARD FIRE – Lassen County

CAL FIRE.  Off of Willard Creek Rd and West of Susanville.  2575 acres. 97% containment status.  360 personnel.  10 crews.  15 engines.  0 structures destroyed.  $10.8 Million cost-to-date.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Manhattan’s Chelsea Explosion | Update 4

Updated 9:32pm PDT / 12:32am EDT

“Please pray for our 1st Responders, Their Families and the American People.”

– NWFB 

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT on Saturday, September 17th (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

A second explosive device, a pressure cooker type device with a cell phone attached and wires was removed by Police and rendered safe.

29 people were hurt in the first blast but were released on Sunday.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion #TerrorAlert #SituationalAwareness

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Manhattan’s Chelsea Explosion | Update 3

Updated 8:16pm PDT / 11:16pm EDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT on Saturday, September 17th (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

A second explosive device, a pressure cooker type device with a cell phone attached and wires was removed & detonated by NYPD’s Bomb squad. Very intense moments as the robot carried it, as Officers completed a controlled detonation.

29 people were hurt in the first blast but were released on Sunday.

== UPDATE ==

Update from the NYPD:  About an hour ago, the FBI took several individuals into custody on the Belt Parkway in the area underneath the Verrazano Bridge, with a possible connection to the bombing last night in Chelsea. I am waiting for an update and further information.”

 – Marty Golden, a NYS Senator

MULTIPLE DEVICES

On Sunday, September 18th – calls were pouring into 9-1-1 about multiple devices and suspicious back packs and duffel bags were being reported.  It wasn’t your typical one call but multiple calls right after another and they were blocks from each other.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion #TerrorAlert #SituationalAwareness

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog