#ThomasFire Firestorm Still Raging | 14

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Size, Containment | The fire has consumed 259,000 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Structure Protection courtesy of a Mutual Aid Portland OR Fire engine company for a Montecito home near San Ysidro Road. (Credit: SBC Fire Info PIO Eliason Mike)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Fire Resources | 8,370 fire personnel along with 973 fire engines, 161 fire crews, 32 helicopters, 77 bulldozers and 92 water tenders.  CAL FIRE IMT -4 is in command.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments | 1,009 structures destroyed.  240 structures damaged. 18,000 still threatened.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status (Santa Barbara) | Firefighters to continue building direct fireline where possible with support from fire resources, working to tie in to the Tea and Jesusita Fires footprints and remain engaged in structure protection operations.  Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara communities are still being threatened.

Current Fire Status (Ventura County) | Firefighters on the east side, are working to improve fireline that has been established to fire out of nearby community of Fillmore.  They will additionally extend north from Fillmore in preparation of future firing operations.

On the north side of the fire, will be closely monitored by crews. Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo with light fuels in the Zaca Fire footprint will continue where lines have never been established. 

Hashtags | #ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 1100 hours PST

#ThomasFire | California | 13

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA | This post has been moved from our sister page, The CA Fire Report to our primary Fire Blog page due to a larger audience and request for more information on California wildfires.  This is an ** out-of-area** wildfire update.

Credit: VCFD

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017, from an unknown cause and its determination is under investigation.  The fire’s origin started on Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, North of Santa Paula in Ventura County but has spread all over areas vastly now in both Counties including Santa Barbara County.

Credit: Ventura Co FD

Current Status | The fire has scorched 252,500 acres and has a 35% containment status which is great news because they are beginning to get a handle on this big firestorm.  This is now being considered the fourth largest wildfire in all of California wildland fire history.

Command | Currently in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, Ventura County FD, City of Ventura, Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) and Ventura County Sheriff Office.

Fire Resources | There are currently 8,369 fire personnel along with 1,012 fire engines, 158 fire crews, 32 helicopters, 78 bulldozers and 62 water tenders.

Incident Cooperators | Resources are represented from the following Agencies, organizations and government:  CAL FIRE, Ventura Co FD, Ventura Co Sheriff office, Santa Barbara Co FD, Santa Barbara Co Sheriff, City of Ventura FD, City of Ventura PD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, Red Cross, SoCAEdison, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, Santa Paul FD, Ventura Co OES, Santa Barbara OEM.

Structures Destroyed | 972.

Structures Damaged | 218.

Threatened | 18,000 structures.

Thomas Fire’s fire perimeter map on 12/15/2017. (Credit: VCFD)

Fatalities | 1.  CAL FIRE Engineer Cory Iverson, 32 from the San Diego unit.  He is survived by his wife and 2-year old daughter.  He was expecting a second child.  He died from fighting the Thomas wildfire on December 14, 2017.

We are greatly saddened by this tragedy and send sincere sympathies to his family, CAL FIRE Family, fellow Thomas Fire firefighters and to the communities he touched and crossed paths with. – NWFB

The Iverson Family. (Credit: News media)

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

#CoastFire | California | 1

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA  | A brush fire broke out on Thursday, December 14, 2017, around 1400 hours PST.

The fire was reportedly burning at 3800 San Julian Rd off of Hwy 1 and  and SE of Lompoc, California.

The fire was named the #CoastFire.  It was said to be only 20 acres and burning in heavy fire fuels with very little wind and slow rate of spread.

Coast Fire.  (Credit:  DC Woody Enos/Santa Barbara County FD)

Cause:  The cause was unknown and is still under investigation.

Coast Fire. (Credit: DC Woody Enos/Santa Barbara County FD)

Current Status:  The Coast IC was reporting full containment was expected on Thursday by 2100 hours.  Around 1515 hours, the fire was said to be at 30% containment.  Fire Investigators were on-scene.

Coast Fire. (Credit: DC Woody Enos/Santa Barbara County FD)

Size: After GPS and mapping of the fire, the acreage was deemed to be only 13.6 acres.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

 

Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Hand Line

Fire terminology is used throughout the Fire Service and we thought we’d get you all up to speed with each word and their definition.  See that we are missing one on the list? Please let us know! 

How well do you know your Fire Terminology?

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HANDLINE

A fireline built with hand tools.

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A

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.

Air tanker on the Thomas Fire in December 2017 (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Alpha Type 1 Engine:  A vehicle with a 1000 GPM and a 400 gallon tank, staffed with 4 personnel.

B

Bambi Bucket:  A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression.

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

On The Ninth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

9 Copters Dropping… 

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8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written / Photography Content. Also written by (Becki Coates)

On The Eighth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Alpha Type 1 Engine

Fire terminology is used throughout the Fire Service and we thought we’d get you all up to speed with each word and their definition.  See that we are missing one on the list? Please let us know! 

How well do you know your Fire Terminology?

Alpha Type 1 Engine

An Alpha Type 1 Engine is a vehicle with a 1000 GPM and a 400 gallon tank, staffed with 4 personnel.

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A

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground. 

B

Bambi Bucket:  A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression. 

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Bambi Bucket

Fire terminology is used throughout the Fire Service and we thought we’d get you all up to speed with each word and their definition.  See that we are missing one on the list? Please let us know! 

How well do you know your Fire Terminology?

Bambi Bucket

A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression. (Source: NWCG)

(Credit:  (c) 2017 NW Fire Blog)

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Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.  

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Fire Jobs | Thurs | Dec 7, 2017

Fire Jobs:  Looking for a job in the Fire Service?  Look no further. Here are some great opportunities staring you right in the face begging for you to apply for them. What are you waiting for?  Check them out here….

DISPATCHERS

Fire Logistics Dispatcher. US Dept of Interior.   Marblemount, WA (North Cascades NP) Open enrollment from 11/27/2017 to 02/27/2018. Temp position.  $15.17 / hour. Full-Time – These are full-time competitive service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months.  Apply today!  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485240000

Fire Dispatcher (Range/Forestry Technician.) Dept of Interior/Bureau of Land Managment (BLM).  Locations:  Colville, WA.  Hines and Vale, OR.  Idaho Falls, Boise, Salmon and Shoshone, ID.  San Bernardino and Susanville, CA.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for temporary employees to work as Fire Dispatchers.  $14.07 to $19.49 per hour.  Application Period:  12/04/2017 to 02/27/2018.  Apply today!  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485816700#

FIRE

Fire Lookout (Forestry Technician).  Dept of Interior/National Park Service. Marblemount, WA. North Cascades NP is looking for temporary employees to work as Fire Lookouts in Marblemount, WA.  Full-Time – These are full-time excepted service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months. $15.19 to $15.19 per hour.  Open enrollment period:  12/04/2017 to 02/27/2018.  Apply today!  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485774300

FIREFIGHTER

Firefighter and Firefighter/Paramedic.    Walla Walla FD, Walla Walla, WA.  Public safety testing.  $4414/month.  Apply today!  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Public-Safety-Testing/jobs/Fire-Department-f8bf13929a3cf80e?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvQjiyfvfCqQcqwuEYxlYeebP0p5btYS2BDbclWQzD33TaytmbIloUkr35uxgFuhwQDKCZYwEq2O95xx7tWE9ovk&tk=1c0q55hur1fsk1n3  Closes 12/31/2017.

Entry-Level Firefighter (EMT or Paramedic.) or  Lateral Firefighter (EMT or Paramedic).  Clark County Fire & Rescue.  Ridgefield, WA.  Closes 12/15/2017.  https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Public-Safety-Testing/jobs/Clark-County-Fire-Rescue-09a5831dfc34ed57?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvWQtASnfUyADIw9vWhnJ5Kr9z7sVMne6v2-AvaGQgHDtPe_Oh4D6aGuxWcjsR–ggVKDULUBiqdLOMcWGmDMwHg&tk=1c0q5pl841fsk0ol

HELITACK FIREFIGHTING

2018 Helitack Firefighter (HECM).  State of WA / Dept of Natural Resources (DNR).  Ellensburg (Kittitas County), WA.  $13.83 – $16.02 / per hour.  Seasonal. Closes 3/30/2018.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1903767-0/2018-helitack-firefighter-hecm

2018 Helitack Fuel Support Driver.  WA DNR.  Ellensburg, WA.  $17.95 – $20.76 / per hour. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1904351-0/2018-helitack-fuel-support-truck-driver

2018 Helitack Squad Boss.  WA DNR.  Ellensburg (Kittitas County), WA.  Closes 3/30/2018.  $16.54 – $19.16 / per hour.  Seasonal.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1903746-0/2018-helitack-squad-boss

2018 Helitack Helicopter Manager (HMGB) – FCS1. WA DNR.  Ellensburg, WA (Kittitas County).  Seasonal.  $3,054 – $3276 /monthly.  Cloes 3/30/2018.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1903729-0/2018-helitack-helicopter-manager-hmgb-fcs-1

WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER

2018 Wildland Firefighter, Olympic Region. WA DNR.  Multiple locations in Western Washington State.  $2,407 – $3333 / month.  Closes 4/1/2018.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1895737-0/2018-wildland-firefighter-olympic-region

Wildland Firefighter – Engine/Fire Suppression Module (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician. Dept of Interior/BLM.  WA:  Wenatchee.  OR:  Prineville, Vale, Lakeview, Madras, Hines, Grass Valley, Dayville.  CA:  Yucca Valley, Topaz, Whitethorn, Susanville, Taft, Ravendale, Ridgecrest, Olancha, Onyx, Mountain Center, Mono County, Inyo County, Essex, Cedarville, Bakersfield, Apple Valley, Alturas.  Apply today!  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485784700#

Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician).  Dept of Interior/US Fish & Wildlife Service.  Locations – WA:  Colville, Othello, Burbank, Cheney.  OR:  Lakeview and Princeton.  $12.53 to $20.46 per hour.  Open application period.  11/27/2017 – 2/27/2018. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485222700#

Wildland Firefighter – Handcrew (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician). Dept of Interior/BLM.   Locations:  WA:  Spokane.  OR:  Medford, Klamath Falls.  CA:  Placerville.  MT:  Billings.  WY:  Worland.  AZ:  Sierra Vista.  NV:  Las Vegas.  Full-Time – These are full-time competitive service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months.  $12.53 to $16.98 per hour.  Application period:  11/9/2017 – 2/27/2018.  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/484220300#

Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician).  Dept of Interior/NPS.  Locations:  CA:  Mineral, Olema and Sausalito.  WA:  Marblemount, Kettle Falls and Port Angeles.  Full-Time – These are full-time competitive service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months.   Open Period:  12/4/2017 – 2/27/2018. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485735700#

Lead Wildland Firefighter (Lead Range/Forestry Technician).  Dept of Interior/BLM.  Locations:  WA:  Spokane.  OR:  Grass Valley, Madras, Medford and Prineville.  CA:  Placerville and Redding.   Position Description:  Serves as a Lead on a wildland fire handcrew. Locates fire line, directs and participates in fire line construction, backfiring and burnout operations, tree falling and holding/patrol mop-up operations. Constructs handlines in various vegetative types. Uses a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques to actively suppress wildland fires. Leads at least three crewmembers on a handcrew. May participate in prescribed fire operations.  Pay:  $17.54/hour.  Open application period:  11/27/2017  – 2/27/2018.  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485260900#

FIREFIGHTER

Firefighter.   City of Spokane FD.  Spokane, WA.  $40,445 – $80,894 / year.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/spokanecity/jobs/1150196/firefighter-open-entry 2018 Hiring.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog 

On The Seventh Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

Fire Dispatchers are an integral part of the “single-minded” team in helping move vital resources along in the process.  Fire Logistics Dispatchers provide a wide range of fire dispatch support functions. Receives fire location information and notifies supervisor. Processes resource orders, informs supervisor of logistical support activities, inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications, records and maintains communication logs involving all telephones and two-way radio transmissions. (Source: USA Jobs)

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )