Large Quakes Rock Italy | August 23, 2016

 

EARTHQUAKE SUMMARY

italy

Area hit the hardest by the Quake with some outlying areas. (Credit: USGS)

Incident Info

Two large earthquakes shook areas just SE and NE of Norcia, Italy at in the early morning hours (0230 local time or 1930 PDT), reports the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The original quake was reported by the USGS as a M6.2  and a later aftershock at M5.5.

Aftershocks

A local Agency similar to  the American USGS reported feeling about 10 aftershocks in both Central and Northern Italy within a two-hour period.  The impact has reached as many the upwards of 10 million people in  the Country.

ALERTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

American Red Cross – Safe and Well App

Are you safe in Italy and want your loved ones to know? Check out The American Red Cross app @ https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

Facebook – Safety Check App

Let your loved ones know through Facebook that you are safe.  https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

American Citizens

The U.S. State Department is urging American citizens in Italy to let your Loved Ones know you are okay via Social Media.

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Incoming Reports

Amatrice

The Mayor of Amatrice, a nearby mountainous town of less than 3,000 (2008 census) reported their City was in complete ruins.  People were reportedly entrapped underneath collapsed buildings.  The Mayor has pleaded with the public to make room for Emergency Response vehicles to be able to pass and reach those who need those services the most.

SOCIAL MEDIA

News Media

Local Media:  Various reports of  Magnitudes of the original Quake from M5.7 – M6.4.

Local Quake Agency:  “We have felt about 10 aftershocks from M3.8 to M6.3 in a matter of several hours.”

Video via CNN:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4r56B4jSVk

EMSC: “Aftershock rate is high in following M6.2 and will likely continue in the coming days.”

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Beautiful Amatrice (before) in the snow-covered mountains. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Eyewitness Reports

Mayor of Amatrice:   “We can hear people screaming trapped under the ruins. We need help!  Our historic City is no longer here.”

Hashtags for this Incident

Social Media is using the following Hashtags – #Italy  #earthquake  #terremoto  #Italia  #hmrd

We are also using the following Hashtags – #ItalyQuake  #NWFireBlogItaly #NorciaQuake

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Deep North Fire | Washington | Aug 2 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Deep North Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Deep North Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start Date/Cause

The Deep North Fire started on 8/21/2016 around 1430 hours from an unknown cause.  The cause is being thoroughly investigated at this moment.  No preliminary cause(s) is/are known at this time.

Location

The fire is located near Deep Lake Mountain in Stevens County  and approximately 25 miles NE of Colville, Washington.

Size

Currently, the fire is said to be at  800 acres.

Fire Fuels

The fire is burning in heavy brush and Douglas fire stands.

RESOURCES

Command

The NW IMT Team 10 assumed management of this fire at 1800 hours this evening.

Fire Response

Firefighters from Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded with both DNR Type 3 crews and air resources, with the Mutual Aid assistance from a Canadian air tanker dropping retardant.

Equipment / Mutual Aid Resources

There are currently 3 local helicopters with the aid of 3 Canadian Air tankers assisting as air resources.  The amount of air resources on current and future wildfires are dependent on the availability of helicopter due to the high number of consecutive on-going incidents occurring.

THREATS

Structures

There are approximately 50-60 homes that are under Level 2 evacuations around Deep Lakes that are now in effect.

CURRENT FIRE CONDITIONS

NE Corner

6300 feet of dozer lines have been completed on the NE corner of the fire.

Fire Behavior

Active fire prompting evacuations.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

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Cherry Road Fire | Oregon | August 22 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Cherry Road Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Cherry Road Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start Date

The Cherry Road Fire started on 8/21/2016 from human intervention.  The exact cause is undetermined but Officials are working tirelessly investigating.  We do not have a preliminary cause at the moment.

Location

This wildfires is said to be burning in the Vale District, about 16 miles West of Homedale, Idaho and approximately 7 miles South of Adrian, Oregon and East of the Owynee Reservoir.

Size

The size of the fire is currently at 31,210 acres.

COMMAND

Command Staff

IMT2 NW Team 8 (Johnson) has been ordered.  A Jordan Valley Regional Fire Protection Association and the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office are also expected to arrive or have arrived on-scene.

Fire Response

There are 100 personnel assigned to this fire.

RESOURCES

Equipment Resources

There is currently 1 crew, 19 engines, 3 helicopters with 21 engines, 5 hand crews and other additional resources on order.

CURRENT FIRE CONDITIONS

Fire Behavior

Active flame on all sides of the fire. Wind driven. High rates of spread.  Moderate to extreme fire behavior.

Higher wind gusts up to 25 mph are expected.

Damage Assessment

No structures have been damaged or destroyed, however both residences and sage grouse habitat are currently under threat.

Injuries

There have been none reported.

Cost-To-Date

$500,000.00.

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Withers Fire | Oregon | August 22 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Withers Fire near Paisley, OR

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Start Date

8/17/2016

Fire Location

The Withers Fire is located on Lakeview District, BLM territory, approximately 1 mile north of Paisley, OR.

Cause

Human-caused. Exact cause unknown and under investigation.

Fire Fuels

The Fire is burning in brush and short grass.

Current Conditions

Minimal fire behavior. Backing and creeping. It is currently at a 85% containment status.

Threats

About 30 homes  threatened.

RESOURCES

Fire Response

179 personnel are assigned to this incident.

Equipment / Add’l Resources

3 crews, 12 engines and 2 helicopters.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

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Rail Fire | Oregon | August 22, 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Firefighters looking north at Rail Fire

Table Top Lookout (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start Date & Time

The Rail Fire originally started on July 31st at 1430 (2:30pm) by an unknown cause.

Location

The Rail Fire began on the Wallowa-Whitman NF, is burning approximately 5 miles West of Unity, OR.

Size

31,127 acres.

Fire Fuels

Bug-killed lodge pole pine stands with a large standing dead and down component throughout the fire area.

Current Fire Conditions

Moderate fire behavior with group torching, spotting and wind-driven runs.

 

Damage Assessment

8/21/2016:  Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon reported today that an outbuilding has been burned near the Table Mountain Lookout. “The lookout itself is fine,” said Sheldon. “We had wrapped it with reflective aluminum sheets, and it withstood the flames. But an outhouse in disuse was destroyed, and a three-sided storage structure was damaged.” The working outhouse at the parking lot, which had also been wrapped in aluminum, remains intact.

8/22/2016:  Table Top Lookout is still intact but an old outhouse was destroyed.

No structures have been lost or damaged.

No injuries have been reported.

$18.1 Million Cost-To-Date.

RESOURCES

Fire Response

There are 905 personnel assigned to this incident.

Equipment

26 crews, 43 engines, 7 dozers, 29 water tenders, 4 masticators, 5 skidders/skidgins are on-scene along with air resources that include:  4 Type 1 heavy, 1 Type 2, 2 Type 3 copters.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

The hashtags we are using for this wildfire are:

#RailFire  —>  #OrWILDFIRE —>  #NWFireBlogOR

Social Media

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Withers Fire | Oregon | August 21 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

photo of Smokey Bear Prevention sign in Paisley

 

Fire Location

The Withers Fire is located on Lakeview District, BLM territory, approximately 1 mile north of Paisley, OR.

Fire Fuels

The Fire is burning in brush and short grass.

Current Conditions

Minimal fire behavior. Backing and creeping. It is currently at a 65% containment status.

Threats

Residences threatened.

Road Closures

  • Forest Road No. 33, also known as the River Road
  • From the junction with Forest Road No. 3315 (also known as the High Road) to Jones Crossing
  • Forest Road No. 3315 from the junction with Forest Road No. 33 to the intersection with Forest Road No. 3360 are closed.
  • Travelers must detour through Government Harvey Pass to access areas west and south of the fire zones.

RESOURCES

Fire Response

231 personnel are assigned to this incident.

EVACUATIONS

Orders

Lifted Level 1 evacuation yesterday. Planning to transfer to the local unit on 8/23/16 (Tuesday).

WEATHER

Current Weather

Today will be the fifth day of temperatures in the 90s, 5-10 degrees higher than normal, with the potential for gusty winds in the afternoon. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from noon to 9 p.m.

Fire danger remains extreme.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Rail Fire | Oregon | August 21, 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Firefighters looking north at Rail Fire

Table Top Lookout (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start Date & Time

The Rail Fire originally started on July 31st at 1430 (2:30pm) by an unknown cause.

Location

The Rail Fire began on the Wallowa-Whitman NF, is burning approximately 5 miles West of Unity, OR.

Size

30,273 acres.

Fire Fuels

Bug-killed lodge pole pine stands with a large standing dead and down component throughout the fire area.

Current Fire Conditions

The lines along the north, east, and west edges of the Rail Fire are holding well today.

The eastern and northern lines are contained and being patrolled, while the west edge is still being worked.

As the fire moves southward into the Monument Rock Wilderness, it is also running into the fire scar from the 2002 Monument Fire.

The fuels in the old fire scar are not expected to burn as explosively as the fuels to the north have been burning.

Damage Assessment

Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon reported today that an outbuilding has been burned near the Table Mountain Lookout. “The lookout itself is fine,” said Sheldon. “We had wrapped it with reflective aluminum sheets, and it withstood the flames. But an outhouse in disuse was destroyed, and a three-sided storage structure was damaged.” The working outhouse at the parking lot, which had also been wrapped in aluminum, remains intact.

$17.1 Million Cost-To-Date.

RESOURCES

Fire Response

There are 930 personnel assigned to this incident.

Equipment

28 Crews, 43 Engines, 5 Dozers, 29 Water tenders, 4 Masticators, 5 Skidders/Skidgins, 4 Type 1 heavy helicopters, 1 Type 2 medium helicopter and 2 Type 3 light helicopters.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

The hashtags we are using for this wildfire are:

#RailFire  —>  #OrWILDFIRE —>  #NWFireBlogOR

Social Media

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Deep North Fire | Washington | Aug 21 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date/Cause

The Deep North Fire started Sunday evening from an unknown cause.

Location

The fire is located near Deep Lake Mountain in Stevens County, Washington. (Correction)

Size

Currently, the fire is said to be at 250 acres and growing quickly.

RESOURCES

Fire Response

Firefighters from Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded with both DNR Type 3 crews and air resources, with the Mutual Aid assistance from a Canadian air tanker dropping retardant.

THREATS

Structures

Structures are currently being threatened but no word on Evacuation Alerts for the area.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are using the following Hashtags for this fire as #DeepNorthFire #WaWILDFIRE #NWFireBlogWA

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WA Wildfire: Tule Road Fire | Yakima WA | August 21, 2016 | Update 2

Updated 8/21/2016 @ 2045 Hours

This fire can been seen from the Wapato Fire Station. (Photo Credit: FF Greg Klutts/YCFD5)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date/Time

A wildfire has broken out on Highway 97 and Mile post 55 in the Lower Valley of Yakima County, Washington on Sunday, August 21, 2016 around 1850 hours.

Cause

The cause is unknown.  Historical fire information has shown that there has already been about 8 arson fires in the area.  There is no confirmation that this one may be linked with the same human-intervention.

Size / Fuels

The fire is wind-driven and is between 200-300 acres in heavy sage brush.

Threats

Residences and outbuildings are now being threatened.  No word on if any evacuation warnings and orders have been given yet.

RESOURCES

Fire Resources

There are resources from Yakima County Fire District 5 and  Yakama Nation along with two dozers from each Agency.  Earlier, they had three helicopters but have gone out of service for the evening.

CURRENT FIRE CONDITIONS

Fire Behavior

This fire behavior is very active and has been reportedly jumped the dozed lines multiple times. It is now threatening an unknown number of homes and outbuildings.  Winds are said to be very strong.

It is unknown if firefighters will continue with night operations are to be taken place.  New firefighters will be joining original fire crews on Monday around 0700 hours.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

This is an unnamed fire and we are dubbing it #TuleRdFire  #WaWILDFIRE  #NWFireBlogWA.

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#Breaking #SR260Fire | Washington | Aug 21 2016

Updated @ 2000 hours PDT

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date/Time

Fire crews were dispatched around 1939 hours on Sunday, August 21, 2016.

Location

Another wildfire has broken out in Washington but this is located in Franklin County Fire District #1’s territory on SR 260 and Copp Rd, near Kahlotus.

Size/Containment Status

The fire is said to be around 500 acres and growing.

Photo Credit: FF Todd Kupferer Jr / FCFD1

There is a 0% containment status at this time.

EVCUATIONS / THREATS

Evacuations

There are currently 0 in effect.

Threats

There are no reports of any structures or habitat being under threat at this current time.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are currently using #SR260Fire on this yet named fire, along with #WaWILDFIRE #NWFireBlogWA.

 

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