Firefighters Still on 10-Alarm Cambridge Fire Overnight | Update 2

Updated 1 AM EST / 10 PM PST

MASSIVE FIRE PROMPTS LARGE-SCALE RESPONSE

Fire Summary

A massive fire ripped through a City block of structures that included a former church on Berkshire and Vandine Streets in Cambridge, MA, an area that is home to almost 110,000 residents.

Fire Intensity Creates 10-Alarms

Firefighters were called around 2:52 PM EST (or 11:52 AM PST Seattle time) to a structure fire.  A second alarm was requested at 2:57 PM EST then at 2:58 PM EST struck a 3rd alarm. Then a 4th alarm was requested at 3:03 PM EST. 5th Alarm was called immediately for more manpower and resources at 3:05 PM EST.

We picked up Scanner Feed when the alarm had already reached 10.  We have never seen such a high alarm number but when you are dealing with multiples numbers of people in grave danger, a densely populated area, an inferno of flames and several cars and structures involved, you need to draw from every resource available possible.  All in all, there were about 140 Firefighters working at the peak of the fire from 17 Fire communities.

Casualties

There were 2 Police Officer, 1 Firefighter and 1 Civilian injuries reported.  There were no fatalities. 120 people were rescued.

Damage Assessment

8 buildings were severely damaged including a former church.

Cause

The cause is unknown at this time.

Continued Operations Thru Night

Firefighters are still on-scene and will be working throughout the night.  (Photo Credit: CFD)

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FIRE VICTIMS RESOURCES

Red Cross Shelter

War Memorial Center, 1640 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.

Fire Relief Fund

The City of Cambridge Mayor, E. Denise Simmons set-up a GoFundMe account to raise $200,000  for victims and those impacted by today’s massive fire.  So far the fund has raised $50,000 by 847 donors in just five (5) hours.  They still need your help.

You can still help by going to the (Cambridge MA)  Mayor’s Relief Fund on Go Fund Me at https://www.gofundme.com/cambridge-mayors-fire-relief-fund and donate to help those impacted by this fire.

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here is what those in the Fire Service, Media, Social Media users and others in general are saying via Social Media sources.

First Due Engine Company

Cambridge Fire’s Engine 5 was first due at today’s 10-alarm fire. (Photo Credit: Cambridge Fire)

As Seen on the Fire Ground

“Rapidly extending fire in this highly congested neighborhood.”  – Cambridge Fire Department

Safety Check App

Facebook activated its Safety Check app for those involved or impacted by today’s fire.

Hashtags

#CambMA  #CambridgeFire  #MAFire

REMEMBERING FALLEN HEROES IN ACTION

As this intense fire raced from house to house in a densely populated area, we were reminded by 6 Worcester firefighters who lost their lives today back in 1999 during firefighting efforts in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse.

NEVER FORGET.

About Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts is home to two major colleges Harvard and MIT and a place where those come to work/live and play. As of 2014, there were approximately 109,694 people who live in this beautiful City located directly North of Boston and across from the Charles River.

As with any large City, they are a self-sufficient metropolitan area with Police, Fire, City Hall, Utilities and additional fun entertainment in the area.

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#BreakingNews | 10-Alarm Cambridge Fire | Update 1

Updated 1815 EST / 1515 PST

FIRE BURNING A WHOLE CITY BLOCK 

A massive fire is burning a multitude number of structures and vehicles on Berkshire and York Streets near Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA.

Here is the gist of what we know so far, after hearing information live on scanner feeds and gleaning from various sources.

Alarm Time Line (in EST time, 3 hrs ahead of Seattle time)

  • 1st Alarm – 2:53 PM
  • 2nd Alarm – 2:57 PM
  • 3rd Alarm – 2:58 PM
  • 4th Alarm – 3:03 PM
  • 5th Alarm – 3:05 PM

At the time we began picking up scanner feed, the fire had been well developing forcing the IC to ask for more resources and causing the alarm to be elevated to a 10-alarm fire.  You never hear a 10-alarm which tells those of us in the fire business , this is very intense fire.

In this case, there are approximately 8 buildings on fire with 3 towers, 3 ladders, multiple hose lines and master streams.  Fire Officials stated in addition there were significant fires in 2 buildings.  All Companies were working.

Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

There are many accounts by users on Social Media so we are going to just stick with the facts but we are posting information from Fire Officials, news media (mainstream) and via the public.

Explosions heard:  Heard multiple explosions then saw wood debris in air. – Eyewitness account

Possible cause:  Possible cause.  New building under construction. No further info given. – Media

Evacuations:  Residents in fire area evacuated.

Injuries:  8 buildings.  No cause.  2 LEO & 1 Firefighter injuries. 2 civilians. – Fire Officials, Media

Damage Assessment (Preliminary):  1 building collapse. – Media; Partial roof collapse of Church – Fire scanner feed.

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About Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts is home to two major colleges Harvard and MIT and a place where those come to work/live and play. As of 2014, there were approximately 109,694 people who live in this beautiful City located directly North of Boston and across from the Charles River.

As with any large City, they are a self-sufficient metropolitan area with Police, Fire, City Hall, Utilities and additional fun entertainment in the area.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Southern Wildfires Still Intense

Updated 11 PM PST

Wildfires Still Burn in Southern States

Tennessee is not the only State with wildfires burning out-of-control, so we are combining all States inclusively.

Allock (KY)

160 acres.  100% contained.  7 personnel.  1 crew.  $1,000 CTD.  Private lands.

Baileys Fork (KY)

150 acres.  100% contained.  6 personnel.  1 crew.  $2,000 CTD.  Private lands.

Barron Road (GA)

Georgia Forestry Commission.  2 miles SW of Grantville. 117 acres.  90% contained.  5 personnel.  $2,000 CTD.  State lands. No new information.

Boteler (NC)

National Forests in North Carolina.  9 miles East of Hayesville.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  9036 acres.  85% contained.  110 personnel.  2 crews.  2 engines.  $12.3 Million CTD. FS lands.

Camp Branch (NC)

National Forests in North Carolina.  7 miles West of Franklin.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  3422 acres.  75% contained. 253 personnel.  5 crews.  6 engines.  2 helicopters.  2 structures lost.  $688,000 CTD. FS lands.

Cecil (AR)

1001 acres.  100% contained.  78 personnel.  7 engines.  6 structures lost.  $14,000 CTD.  Private land.

Chestnut Knob (NC)

North Carolina Forest Service.  3 miles South of Enola.  Minimal fire behavior.  6435 acres.  90% contained.  99 personnel.  2 crews.  5 engines.  $4.4 Million CTD. State lands.

Chimney Tops 2 (TN)

Great Smoky Mountains NP.  5 miles S of Gatlinburg. Reported as human-caused. Actual cause unknown. Active Fire behavior.Rain occurred over area on 11/30/2016.  17,108 acres. 0% containment.  285 personnel.  9 crews. 20 engines. 7 helicopters. $200,000 CTD. National Park Service lands.

Clear Creek (NC)

North Carolina Forest Service. 5 miles West of Marion.  Minimal fire behavior.  3163 acres.  95% contained.  231 personnel.  5 crews.  13 engines.  $4.3 Million CTD.  State Lands.

Dicks Creek (NC)

National Forests in North Carolina.  Dicks Creek Drainage, 2 miles NW of Sylva.  Human-caused. 729 acres.  99% contained.  1 personnel.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  0 additional resources or equipment on scene.  FS lands.

East Miller Cove (TN)

Blount County.  1504 acres.  95% contained.

Flippers Bend (TN)

Hamilton County.  981 acres.  100% contained.

Horton (NC)

National Forests in North Carolina.  6 miles East of Blowing Rock.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  1450 acres.  90% contained.  59 personnel.  1 crew.  4 engines.  $425,000 CTD.  State lands.

Hwy 151 (NC)

245 acres.  100% contained.  17 personnel.  1 crew.  2 engines.  $109,000 CTD.  FS lands.

Lake Chinnabee (AL)

National Forests in Alabama.  3 miles SE of Munford.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  Rain fell over the area on 11/30/2016.  1386 acres.  49% contained. 111 personnel.  2 crews. 10 engines. 2 helicopters.  $125,000.  Forest Service lands.

Maple Springs (NC)

National Forests in North Carolina.  3 miles NW of Santeetlah.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  7788 acres.  78% contained.  14 personnel.  1 crew.  1 engine.  $7.5 Million CTD.  FS lands.

Mount Pleasant (VA)

George Washington and Jefferson NF.  4 miles West of Lowesville.  11,229 acres.  98% contained.  14 personnel.  1 crew.  2 engines.  $2.9 Million CTD.  FS lands.

Mowbray (TN)

Hamilton County.  899 acres.  98% contained.

Pinnacle Mountain (SC)

South Carolina Forestry Commission. 3 miles SE of Rocky Bottom.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  10,560 acres.  62% contained.  137 personnel.  3 crews.  1 engine. $4.6 Million CTD.  State lands.

Poe Road (TN)

Hamilton County.  712 acres.  100% contained.

Rock Mountain (GA)

Chattahoochee-Oconee NF.  2 miles South of Tate City.  Minimal fire behavior.  24,725 acres. 63% contained.  605 personnel. 14 crews. 36 engines. 5 helicopters. $10.4M CTD. FS lands.

Tatum Gulf (GA)

Georgia Forestry Commission.  11 miles West of Lafayette.  Minimal fire behavior.  2236 acres.  80% contained.  2 personnel.  No resources on the fire.  2 structures lost.  $638,000 CTD.  State lands.

Tellico (NC)

National Forests in North Carolina.  3 miles South of Almond.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  13,874 acres.  95% contained.  190 personnel.  5 crews.  5 engines.  1 structure lost.  $5.5 Million.  FS lands.

 

 

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Fires Reporting as Human-caused | Update 3

Updated 7PM PST / 10PM CST

Officials Confirm Worst Fears

Gatlinburg Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Credit: GSMNP)

Gatlinburg Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Credit: GSMNP)

Fire Officials have confirmed the worst fears of this wildfire starting from the Chimney Tops 2 Fire located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was reported at 5:20 PM CST on November 23rd.  The wildfire started in a remote area (Chimney Tops) where it would quickly spread due to severe drought and becoming a wind-driven event along with short-range spotting.

Currently, the wildfire has moved down the mountain into a mountainous town, Gatlinburg, Tennessee where it has consumed 15,653 acres of brush, hardwood slash and leaf litter.  The fire has also stolen much more just acres of lands but killed at least seven (7) people and destroyed 700 structures.  These are businesses and homes that have been taken by so many who are hurt, angry and dumbfounded how someone could actually start a fire on purpose.

There have also been reports of people missing from the Gatlinburg and Sevierville areas.  We will broadcast all missing person information with permission by the Family and/or Law Enforcement Officials.

The fire is now 10% contained.

Strike Team (Credit: Mt Juliet Fire)

Strike Team (Credit: Mt Juliet Fire)

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Missing Person:  Brad Phillips

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016) around 8:00 PM CST.  He spoke with family and them his own house was destroyed.  Brad Phillips’ daughter was asking for assistance on Twitter to help search Shelters as his family is out of the area.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

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Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

This is all about what the news, residents and those on the fire ground are saying about the wildfires, etc.

The Dollywood Foundation….states to pay $1,000/month for six (6) months to families who lost their homes. – Media

National Media Coverage….Twitter users took to Social Media again to say that the Gatlinburg wildfires and the loss of life/property affecting economic and disrupting lives is more important than covering political news.  Calls for CNN, Fox News, Associated Press and others to report nationally this disturbing wildfires.  Some networks felt this was not a big enough national newsworthy story. – Media

Gatlinburg is the Heart of Tourism….Thousands rely on its tourism industry to make a living; this fire is their worst nightmare. – Twitter user

Rain Falling….is helping wildfires but not firefighters due to the heavy smoke billowing in the area making firefighting efforts difficult and dangerous. – Twitter user

Scary….This is insane and scary as hell. – Twitter user

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We research our articles with some Posts taking hours to find correct and accurate information.  As some of you know from many Political posts, there is fake news out there with one of our Political winners tweeting about 170,000 acres have been destroyed.  Others stating the whole City of Gatlinburg has been destroyed, which is simply not the truth.

Follow Us and get your news feed fix from us and learn what information is the truth.  You can “Follow Us” here and, you can find us on Facebook and, Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We would love to have you onboard with us.

Thank you for reading our Blog.  We wish you nothing but Safety today. – Ed.

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Fires Reporting as Human-caused | Update 3

Updated 6:30 AM PST / 9:30 AM  CST

Reports of Human-Caused Ignited Sparks Many Emotions

A large mainstream media outlet was sounding the alarms saying Fire Officials are reporting the nearly 15,000 acres has been consumed, taking along with 250 structures and killing three (3) people.

Though human-caused can have several meanings, we did not want to come right out and say this is Arson related but a trend in Tennessee lately has shown that most of the wildfires in this State have been just that – Arson.  We are hoping the cause has a different outcome but we are waiting and hopeful.

Wind gusts were reported as high as 87 mph which has been one of the most biggest factors in this fires with more than 10 wildfires firefighters have to fight head on.  Resources are quickly being drained though hundreds if not thousands of fire crews are fighting dangerous flames at any given single time making conditions just even that more difficult and frustrating to Officials.

The Red Cross, one of the largest Incident Cooperators has reported providing 10,000 meals and snacks to those who are in Shelters and 1,000 meals to Firefighters.

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Please Help…..Find Missing Gatlinburg/Sevierville Man

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016) around 8:00 PM CST.  He spoke with family and them his own house was destroyed.  Brad Phillips’ daughter was asking for assistance on Twitter to help search Shelters as his family is out of the area.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

DYK?

We research our articles with some Posts taking hours to find correct and accurate information.  As some of you know from many Political posts, there is fake news out there with one of our Political winners tweeting about 170,000 acres have been destroyed.  Others stating the whole City of Gatlinburg has been destroyed, which is simply not the truth.

Follow Us and get your news feed fix and learn what information is the truth.  You can “Follow Us” here and, you can find us on Facebook and, Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We would love to have you onboard with us.

Thank you for reading our Blog.  We wish you nothing but Safety today. – Ed.

(c) The #NWFireBlog

The Gatlinburg Fire are now Gatlinburg Fires | Update 2

Updated 11:30 PM PST / 2:30 AM  CST

How This Fire IS so Dangerous for its People

Gatlinburg, Tennessee has had several wildfires touching their town but this has been one of the worst in history and in the County (Sevier).  As we had reported on other wildfires in Tennessee most of them have been Arson caused.

Though we do not know the official cause of this wildfire(s) at this moment, what we know is that fires have been reported as several starts from various causes such as an outside wildfire and embers carried into the area or those reporting fire running down the Chimney Top fire into the town.  As some of you may know, Fire investigators will not be able to gain access to the burned out areas until it has been contained, extinguished and cooled off.

Please pray for those that work/play/live in Tennessee and First Responders who leave their own families and friends behind to respond to these wildfires.  We also ask that you think and pray for those who are supporting those on the fire ground, in the EOC, Red Cross, Incident Cooperators and so many  others we are unable to include in this post. (See some of the listed below)

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Incident Cooperators

Emergency Management….

  • Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)

Fire/EMS/Law Enforcement…..

  • TN Dept. of Ag
  • TN Dept. of Forestry,
  • State Fire Marshal
  • Dept. of Corrections
  • MIlitary
  • TN Highway Patrol (THP)
  • TN National Guard
  • TN Fire Mutual Aid agencies
  • Chattanooga FD (Fire crew + BC)

Government Agencies…..

  • Commerce & Insurance
  • Environmental
  • Conservation
  • TN DOT
  • State Parks
  • TN Wildlife Reserve Agency
  • TN Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
  • Dept. of Tourist Development

Special Assignments

The following Agencies have been tasked with various responsibilities and duties, as part of this wildfire incident.

TN Dept. of Health…Consulting to send medical units from surrounding counties with assistance with medical transports.

TN Highway Patrol…..Deploying strike teams to assist with evacuations and traffic control.

National Guard…..Mobilizing 100  personnel from Eastern TN, providing transportation for 1st responders, removing light debris and assisting with welfare checks.

TN DOT…..Securing fuel resources & equipment, replenishing diesel fuel for Firefighter/1st responders’ vehicles.

TN Dept. of Tourist Development…..ID’ing lodging resources to assist those displaced persons.

TN Fire Mutual Aid Coordination…..Coordination of 50 – 60 fire apparatus from local Fire Departments.

TN State Governor…..Declared State of Emergency.  Went to visit with 1st Responders and see the destruction himself.

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Evacuations

Areas….The following have evacuated from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and other parts in Sevier County.

Shelters (People)….1200 ppl have evacuated and are Sheltering in Place at the following locations:

  •  Gatlinburg Community Center
  • Rocky Top Sports Rink
  • Le Corte Center @ Pigeon Forge
  • Liberty Baptist Church (Wears Valley)
  • Iglesia Cristina La Duz Da Jesus (Sevierville)
  • First Red Bank Baptist Church (Sevierville)
  • First Baptist of Sevierville
  • River Plantation RV Resort
  • Anchor Down RV Resort
  • Trinity Baptist Church

Shelter (Pets)….The following are those that are offering or assisting with Animals & Livestock Shelters

  • Douglas Lakeview Stables. Kristi @ 864-671-8439.  1650 Providence Road, Sevierville. Call first. Offering pasture for animals & livestock.
  • The Barker Lounge. Lory.  865-771-3738, Offering shelter facilities for overnight lodging of pets.

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Damage Assessments

It has been reported by numerous sources that the following has occurred.

Structures Impacted…..100 homes in Sevier County.  10 homes including 30 structures including a 16-story hotel on Regan Drive, the Driftwood Apartments and others near the Park Vista Hotel (as of 2 AM CST) in Gatlinburg.

Injuries

Burned….3 severely burned residents, current conditions are unknown (3rd hand report).  1 Official report (male evacuee), current condition unknown

Fatalities….. 0.

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Closures

Highway 441… has been closed out of Gatlinburg, except for emergency only traffic.  The exit of  Highway 441 outside the City will remain open to allow those to still leave if they wish to.

Schools…..Green, McMinn and Sevier County schools have been closed.  NOTE :  Cocke County was delayed two hours.

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Resources & Alerts for Evacuees

 

Stay off Cell Phones…. Please stay off cell phones unless it is an emergency.  Officials wish to have these lines cleared to allow for emergency traffic only.

 

City Closed… No one is being allowed back into the City. Those who are still in the City, need to evacuate immediately! Also the National Park has been closed as well.

Red Cross App…. Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well and/or those looking for loved ones can also use this app.  Go to the American Red Cross app @ https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Facebook App….Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well by checking into Facebook’s activated Safety Check app here –> https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

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Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

Here is an updated look through those posting about the wildfire and what they are seeing through their own eyes.

Suspected Arson?…..As you may wonder, some are starting to speculate it could be arson related. (No confirmation on our part yet of the cause.)

Mainstream Media…..Users on Twitter took out their frustrations of networks such as CNN and other networks covering the Political world while a complete city in TN was burning down. (Ed. Note:  We are showing actually many mainstream media outlets covering this large scale wildfire but not as in depth as our Posts).

Ripley’s Aquarium…..Officials were reportedly saying that the Aquarium are still intact and the facility’s power generated was activated keeping all animals all safe.

Downtown Gatlinburg’s areas…..Reports that most of damage has been done but most of DT’s areas are still intact.

Amateur Radio communications on Stand-by…..The TN ARES community is on Stand-by and ready to help whenever needed but for now, the local communities in Sevier, Jefferson and Knox Counties are handling all communications for Command, TEMA and for Red Cross (Red Cross org + 2 shelters as Liasion with Command).

Here is a snapshot of one ARES member posting in the Community on Facebook.  Local HAMS are assisting in local communities.  12 wildfires are not burning but blazing in Eastern TN.  Fires threatening resort communications.  High wind with gusts up to 70+ mph.  Tinder dry conditions.

Fire started on Chimney Top fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  550 acres.  0% contained. Embers carried to communications outside of Park starting new fires.  Down power lines starting more fires.

No fatalities have been reported but three have suffered burns.  Numerous businesses and homes have been destroyed.

Heroes In Action…..Earlier this morning, TN State Troopers walked around in Gatlinburg, TN as fire surrounded them to rescue multiple people trapped by flames.

Bear Rescued…..Footage of a small bear cub is seen running around a heavily smoky roadway where a man is being chased by the animal holding on for dear life, as he gravitates to the man’s leg.  So cute but so sad animals are being smoked out. KUDOS, to his rescuer!

Destruction….Over 100 structures said to be damaged/destroyed in Gatlinburg.  Heavy rain is happening now, however buildings are still burning.

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Please Help…..Find Missing Gatlinburg/Sevierville Man

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016).  He spoke with family which he stated that his own house was destroyed.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

She states she needs assistance searching shelters as family is not in the area to assist and asking those on Social Media channels to help search shelters.

 

Thank you for reading our Post about these terrible fires in Tennessee.  Please join us in keeping all those in TN in our Thoughts and Prayers this evening. – Editor.

(c) The #NWFireBlog

Gatlinburg Fire Escalates | Update 1

Updated 11:30 PM PST / 2:30 AM CST

EERY CONNECTIONS

A wildfire seemingly so similar in so many ways to the Fort McMurray (Canada) wildfires where they rush towards a City and destroy everything in its path, overwhelming its own resources.  This appears to have happened in Gatlinburg (Sevier County), Tennessee tonight and into the wee hours where the City is reportedly mostly on fire consuming homes, businesses and iconic landmarks within the popular vacation locale.

In our previous posts about wildfires hitting the State of TN, we reported that a majority of fires started were Arson related.

Gatlinburg FD Firefighter near the Space Needle on November 28th. (Credit:  GFD)

 

ABOUT GATLINBURG, TN

Gatlinburg is a mountainous town located in Eastern Tennessee that is said to be the Gateway to the 520,000 acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park that is a popular vacation resort.  It is home to visitors and residents alike at an elevation of 1289 feet and prideful host to a 407 feet Space Needle observation tower and a Sky Lift, a 2.1 mile aerial cable car that takes in breathtaking views from Downtown to its popular amusement park and ski resort.

The City rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and along U.S. Route 441.  The City connects to nearby Cherokee, North Carolina through the park.

FIRE  LEVEL INCREASED TO 3

To give you a rough idea as to the meaning of the numbering system for Fire levels:  1 Catastrophic Disaster and 5 being of normal operations.  The State is currently at a 3.

Though there is no official acres or structures destroyed, but we can tell you that the State

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Canada’s Fort McMurray Fire (Courtesy: @BoucherMItch)

Governor has activated a State of Emergency and mandatory evacuations are now in effect.  The TN National Guard has been activated is assisting with these wildfires.

PREVIOUSLY TOUCHED BY FIRE

Previously, the City of Gatlinburg has been touched by many fires including the infamous Fire of 1992, where a whole city block was engulfed taking with it the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Building (burned to the ground), the Arcade, their spooktacular Haunted House and the Souvenir shop.

Some of the smoke that has poured into the City is said to be from the original 500 acre The Chimney Tops Fire that was burning just outside of the limits in the Great Smoky Mountains.  This was approximately 14 hours ago and reported by local media.  School District officials were forced to move kids from one away from the heavy wildfire smoke pouring in.

Credit: GFD

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PET BOARDING 

The Barker Lounge is accepting boarding of pets this evening. Contact Lori @ 865-771-3738.

ALERTS!

Stay off Cell Phones!  unless it is an emergency.  Officials wish to have these lines clear to allow for emergency traffic only.

Gatlinburg PD! If you cannot reach 9-1-1, call the City Police Department directly. i.e. stranded, need help, etc. Call with life-threatening emergencies only.

Sevier County Sheriff Office! If cannot reach 9-1-1 or the City Police Department. Call with life-threatening emergencies only.

City Closed! No one is being allowed back into the City. Those who are still in the City, need to evacuate immediately! Also the National Park has been closed as well.

Safe & Well App! Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well and/or those looking for loved ones can also use this app.  Go to the American Red Cross app @ https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Facebook Safety Check App!  Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well by checking into Facebook’s activated Safety Check app here –> https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some that are either mainstream media to residents and/or visitors reporting what is happening on the fire ground.

Less than 1 hour ago

“Mountain Lodge restaurant covered in flames.” –  Media

“Due to the active Wildfire, downtown Gatlinburg is being evacuated as well as areas along the Spur. Unprecedented.” – Gatlinburg TN Facebook Page

“Convention Center being used for an animal shelter.” – Facebook user.

1 hour ago

“Dollywood, Dream More resort and cabins have been evacuated. No report of any damage to structures. Structure protection is currently in place to protect the buildings.” – Media

“Good news for Gatlinburg is lots of rain has come through and more is on the way.” – Twitter User

“30 structures on fire along with a 16-story hotel and The Driftwood apartment building.” – TEMA

“There are about 30 guests still trapped inside the Moore Park Vista Hotel.  They have busted out of the windows at the top of the building to vent out the smoke.  It is simply too dangerous to evacuate and the roads are blocked by down trees.  Firefighters have been in and out of the building.” – Media

“The Wedding Chapel is engulfed.”- Twitter user

2 hours ago

“The first wave of rain only knocked down the flames briefly.” – Media

“We are fine we are on a food break stattion 2 downtown Gatlinburg is pretty much gone we are behind the space needle I’ve never seen such destruction.” – GFD Firefighter

3 hours ago

“One of Gatlinburg’s largest hotels is on fire.  Wind gusts are reportedly up to 70 mph and it’s starting to rain.” – Facebook user

“Gatlinburg residents can exit through Cosby as the safest route.” – Media

“Twitter users are upset mainstream media is not covering that a whole City is on fire.”

“Mandatory evacuations for Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge.” – NWS Morristown

“It is Raining in Gatlinburg!  It is raining.” – Twitter user

“It was reported as possible Arson that started on November 23rd.” (unconfirmed report) – Facebook user.

4 hours ago

“National Guard being deployed.” – Media

5 hours ago

“Downed power lines from falling trees have started more fires adding to an already disastrous situation. Air Quality very poor.”  – Gatlinburg TN Facebook page.

“Mandatory evacuations now on Ski Mountain, Savage Gardens, E Foothills Road, Turkey and Davenport areas due to wildfire.”  – Gatlinburg TN Facebook page

“Moore Park Vista Hotel seen burning from the outside as the videographer is inside the hotel.” – Media Facebook post.

“Those exiting from Gatlinburg, residents are being urged to exit from Highway 321.” – Media

“Fire jumped fire break blocking way out through Pigeon Fork. Only way out is through Highway 321 through Cosby to Interstate.” – Twitter user

14 hours ago

“The fire in the is burning about 500 acres and creating unhealthy air. Gatlinburg is safe for now.” – 14 hours ago – Gatlinburg TN Facebook page

 

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Arson Mixing It Up in Tennessee Wildfires | Update 1

Due to the drought prone Southern States, wildfires are igniting from mostly Arson caused fires.  In this post, we will discuss what is happening in Tennessee and filling in with some Fire Facts in between.

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TENNESSEE FACT: 

Tennessee is covered by 14,000,000 forested lands, which is about 52% of their State.

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District Fires

Tennessee is broken up into four Districts, which consist of Western TN District, Highland Rim District, Cumberland District and Eastern TN District.  Here are the stats for these Districts.

Western TN District

There were no fires reported for this District.

Highland Rim District

The Highland Rim District reported 1 new fire with a total of 1 acre that was deemed to be caused by arson.

Cumberland District

The Cumberland District reported 6 new fires for a total of 12.5 acres.  The wildfires are broken down by causes.  2 of the fires were due to embers from a structure fire.  1 from escaped debris.  2 from arson and another from an unknown cause.

Eastern TN District

The Eastern TN District reported 4 new fires that were all from arson.

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Wildfire Stats – The Numbers Do Not Lie

In the last 24 hour-period, Fire crews were in an Initial Attack for 47 new wildfires Statewide.  Year-to-date, there have been 1,386 wildfires for a total of 43,465 acres.

Major Fires Contained

Ivydale Trail #2 – 84 acres

Little Brushy, 392 acres

Stoney Fork, 1,144 acres

Beech Grove Road, 361 acres

Bald Knob Road, 1293 acres

Flippers Bend, 230 acres

Poe Road, 712 acres

2016 Fall Fires

FIRE FACT:  

Tennessee is currently in a State of Emergency, Level 3

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Active Fires Burning

City of Gatlinburg, Most of City, 0% contained.  *** See separate post ***

Eastern Miller Cove, 15,049 acres. 95% contained

Mowbray Fire, 899 acres.  98% contained.

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November Wildfires by County

Anderson

  • Start 11/19.  Beech Grove Road.  361 acres.  Arson.

Bledsoe

  • Start 11/07.  Bench Bluff.  2,018 acres.  Arson.

Blount

  • Start 11/17.  East Miller Cove.  1,504 acres.  Arson.  98% contained/active wildfire.

Bradley

  • Start 11/25.  Old Charleston Road.  1 acre.  Arson.

Campbell

  • Start 11/27.  3915 Cedar Creek.  1 acre.  Arson.
  • Start 11/26.  Primroy Road. 30 acres. Arson.
  • Start 11/25.  Chestnut Stump.  1 acre.  Arson.
  • Start 11/25.  Macedonia Road.  3 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/24.  Ivydale Trail #2.  84 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/21.  Stoney Fork #3.  1144 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/20.  White Oak Road.  20 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/12.  Mile Marker #156 (I-75).  1,010 acres.  Arson.

Carter

  • Start 11/23.  Tiger Creek.  45 acres.  Arson.

Claiborne

  • Start 11/01.  Lower Caney Valley.  50 acres. Arson.

Cocke

  • Start 11/11.  Neddy Mountain Road.  1,076 acres.  Arson.

Cumberland

  • Start 11/08.  Hailey Grove.  75 acres.  Arson.

Grainger

  • Start 11/17.  Old Mountain Road.  230 acres.  Arson.

Grundy

  • Start 11/27.  Fire Tower Road. 1 acre.  Debris escaped.
  • Start 11/23.  Bonnie Oaks #3.  80 acres.  Arson.  95% contained/active wildfire.
  • Start 11/23.  Hurricane Cove.  51 acres.  Arson.

Hamilton

  • Start 11/20.  Sawyers Cemetary #2.  2 acres.  Cause:  Breakover.
  • Start 11/05.  Flippers Bend.  981 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/05.  Mowbray.  899 acres.  Arson.  98% contained/active wildfire.

Hancock

  • Start 11/27.  Ferguson.  1 acre.  Arson.
  • Start 11/17.  Cool Branch road.  350 acres.  Arson.

Marion

  • Start 11/16.  Big Fork.  50 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/15.  Cave Cove.  168 acres.  Arson.

Meigs

  • Start 11/27.  Sunmore Lane.  1 acre.  House fire.

Morgan

  • Start 11/28.  T. Cooper.  32 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/23.  Little Brushy.  392 acres. Arson.
  • Start 11/20.  Bald Knob Road Fire.  1,293 acres.  Arson.

Polk

  • Start 11/27.  Hwy 64.  1 acre.  Arson.

Putnam

  • Start 11/20.  Gainsboro Highway.  1 acre.  Cause:  Sawmill.

Rhea

  • Start 11/26.  Pierce Hill Rd #3.  1 acre.  Arson.
  • Start 11/26.  Pierce Hill Rd #4.  1 acre.  Arson.
  • Start 11/20.  Pierce Hill Rd #2.  2 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/17.  Pierce Hill Road.  5 acres.  Arson.

Roane

  • Start 11/25.  Webster Road.  5 acres.  Arson.

Sequatchie

  • Start 11/14.  Hobbstown.  181 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/14.  Sunshine/Dcus Mountain.  46 acres.  Arson.
  • Start 11/06.  Smith Mountain Road.  960 acres.  Arson.

Sevier

  • Start 457 Mill Creek.  1 acre.  Cause was a structure fire.

Smith

  • Start 11/18.  Gordanville.  6 acres.  Arson.

Union

  • Start 11/27.  Sharps Chapel.  2 acres.  Arson.

Van Buren

  • Start 11/24.  Hawks Bluff.  4 acres.  Unknown cause.

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Wildfires Starting to Dwindle Down | North Carolina | Update 10

Updated  10:30 PM PST

North Carolina Wildfires

Camp Branch Fire – 7 miles W of Franklin

The Camp Branch Fire started on November 23rd, East of Wayah Bald from an unknown cause that is under investigation.

Currently, 1,483 acres of hardwood timber and grass litter have been consumed.  Two (2) structures have been lost.

There are 51 personnel along with 3 crews and 6 engines assigned to this incident.

Cost-to-date:  $100,000

Fire Managers reported one new brush fire which started on private property in the Hickory Knoll community but it was quickly contained by crews.  They would like to remind all residents that outdoor burning is banned until further notice.

The Camp Branch wildfire behavior is active, flanking and backing.  Residents may see smoke from the Rock Mountain Fire in Southern Maco County and Camp Branch Fire on Saturday and Sunday.  Some may even see flames in various areas.  The fire is being monitored.

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Boteler Fire – 6 mles E of Hayesville, S of Boteler Peak ( Clay County )

The Boteler Fire started on October 25th in the Shooting Creek community ( Clay County ).

Currently, 9,043 acres have been scorched but crews have reached a  77% containment status.  0 structures have been lost.

Fire behavior has changed from moderate, creeping and smoldering to minimal.

Personnel also has dropped from 334 personnel being assigned to 186 with 4 crews, 19 engines and 2 helicopters.

The cost-to-date has been increased from $8.64 to $10.5 Million.

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Cathey Gap Fire – 3 mi NE of Wolf Creek Lane

The Cathey Gap Fire started on November 17th from an unknown cause that is being investigated.

The Fire has destroyed 123 acres of forest lands and has not increased.  Crews have successfully reached a containment of 99% from yesterday’s 90% status.

From having a staff of 13, personnel has been reduced to 1 person with no additional resources on-scene.

The fire’s cost-to-date has increased from $216,000 up to $342,000.

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Maple Springs Fire – 8 mi SW of Franklin

The Maple Springs Fire currently has a fire behavior of minimum but has consumed 7,788 acres of hardwood litter and timber.

At this time, there are 100 personnel with 2 crews, 6 engines and 5 helicopters that have reached a containment status of 78%.

Cost-to-date is $6.3 Million.

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Telico Fire – 3 mi S of Almond

The Telico Fire is currently has a minimum fire behavior but has destroyed a path of burned 13,874 acres of hardwood litter, timber and short grass.

At this time, there are only 67 personnel assisting with this wildfire along with 4 engines.

1 structure has been destroyed.

The fire cost-to-date is $5.2 Million.

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Clear Creek Fire – 5 mi W of Marion

The Clear Creek Fire has a moderate fire behavior that is currently backing and flanking, as well as 2,423 acres of hardwood litter with a 30% containment status.

There are 457 personnel along with 13 crews, 25 engines and 2 helicopters.

Cost-to-date is $1.6 Million.

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Party Rock Fire – 1 mi N of Lake Lure

This Lake Lure fire called the Party Rock Fire, has a fire behavior that is minimal but has consumed 7,171 acres of hardwood litter and timber.  An 80% containment status has been reached.

There are 290 personnel assigned along with 6 crews, 23 engines and 1 helicopter.

3 structures have been lost.

Cost-to-date is $6.9 Million.

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Highway 151 Fire – 30 mi SE of Ashville

This Fire is in the National Forests in North Carolina and is reported having a minimal fire behavior that has eaten through 245 acres of hardwood litter.  It currently has a 30% containment status.

There are 51 personnel assigned along with 1 crew, 7 engines and 1 helicopter.

Cost-to-date is $100,000.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Active Wildfires | Georgia | November 26, 2016

GEORGIA

Smokey the Bear says, “Extreme Fire Danger”……..Remember, One Less Spark.

Courtesy: Georgia Forestry Commission

FIRE FACT:

Fire Managers reported 30 new fires reported today in the Southern Area (PL5), which consists of States of Georgia, North and South Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.  – National InterAgency Coordination Center

Rock Mountain – 2 mi S of Tate City

The community of Clayton, Georgia gifted a fantastic meal for hundreds of firefighters.

The Community of Clayton provided a well-deserved Turkey Day meal to hundreds of fire crews out on the fire line. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

  • Chattahoochee-Oconee NF
  • North Carolina Forest Service (Incident Cooperator)
  • Human caused, under investigation
  • 18,069 acres
  • 40% contained
  • Hardwood litter and timber
  • Moderate fire behavior with creeping, backing and flanking
  • 563 personnel
  • IMT1
  • 12 crews
  • 40 engines
  • 7 helicopters
  • 0 structures lost
  • $6,000,000 Cost-to-date
  • Numerous residences threatened.
  • Road, area and trail closures in effect

FIRE FACT:  

Nationally, there are 24 wildfires burning in the United States.  Of those, 23 are burning alone in the Southern region. – National InterAgency Coordination Center

Rough Ridge – 13 mi NW of Blue Ridge

ATV mounted leaf blower

A Leaf Blower mounted to an ATV. These resources are very important as leaf fall has been heavy and in some cases, rekindling fires. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

  •  Chattahoochee-Oconee NF
  • Lightning caused
  • 27,870 acres
  • 75% contained
  • Hardwood litter, timber and brush
  • Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.
  • 197 personnel
  • IMT 2
  • 6 crews
  • 11 engines
  • 1 helicopter
  • 0 structures lost
  • $6,800,000.00 Cost-to-date
  • Area and trail closures in effect

FIRE FACT:

The Largest Wildfire in U.S. History is said to be the The Great Fire of 1910.  This wildfire burned approximately 3,000,000 acres of land in Washington State, Idaho and Montana – said to be the same size as the State of Conneticut. – Earth Matters

Tatum Gulf – 11 mi W of LaFayette

  • Georgia Forestry Commission
  • 2,336 acres
  • 80% contained
  • Hardwood litter
  • Minimal fire behavior
  • 14 Personnel
  • 4 engines
  • $572,000.00 cost-to-date
  • 2 structures lost with additional structures threatened
  • Road and area closures in effect

The following Hashtags are being used for these wildfires are #RockyMountainFire #RoughRidgeFire #TatumGulpFire #GaWILDFIRE #GAWildfires #OneLessSpark

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog