#StocktonFire | CA | New!

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA

Incident Summary

Firefighters were just sitting down for dinner when the bells sounded for them to respond to a structure fire close to 1800 hours on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  Crews found multiple homes, warehouse, and a pallet yard on fire on Weber and “E” Streets.

Firefighters are saying that the fire may have started in the pallet yard with winds pushing the fire to increase in size and acreage.  No confirmation has been received from any other sources.

Fire Operations

The fire quickly elevated to a 4-alarm fire due to the size with multiple houses, warehouses and rail cars catching fire.  Here is the timeline for this call via scanner feed:

1749 |  E11, E4 hooking up to a hydrant with a 5″ on Myrtle and B street.  Water tender 15 has arrived and to supply water to E10.

1750 | E10 reports no water.

1751 | Using 2 1/2″ on Wilson and Crossman.

1754 | (2) 2 1/2″ being used.  Crews reporting low pressure. E12 deck gun ineffective.  2-4 houses on fire.  This is on Main Street.

1756 | PD has called shutdown RR tracks on NW side of the fire.

1759 | E10 is “Exposure Group” has Engines 13 + 14. Has (2) 2 1/2″ stretched.

1800 | Div Alpha:  No resources needed. E7 to run down hoseline down B Street.

1802 | E10 asks personnel to lay hoseline 500 ft and bring high-rise packs.

1803 | Truck 2 shutting down operations.   Div Delta:  3 rail cars on fire (N side) of the fire. No water available.

1804 | Command:  5 engines and mutual aid requested.

1806 | Staging:  is located on Myrtle + B Street.

1807 | Exposure Group:  3 houses are fully engulfed.  Defensive operations.

1808 | Truck 4 aerial ineffective.  2 1/2 ” deployed.

1813 | PG & Eshutting down grid in 10 minutes.

1815 | Staging:  located at Myrtle + “D” Street.  Manpower needed for hose lines.  All traffic on TAC1.  Command:  “All personnel need to wear SCBA + highrise pack.”

1819 | Div Alpha: Chief Palmer.   Dispatch advised of wildland fire on Weber and Bravo Street.

1822 | Div Delta:  No resources needed.  Additional resources needed on Bravo.  2 immediate Strike Teams responding per Dispatch.

1823 | Exposure Group:  2033  on scene.  Assigned to Command Post at Weber + Street.  Cancelling 3 of the 5 water tenders requested earlier by Command.

1824 | Exposure Group:  Crews reporting fire in the trees.  Command to do a 360 walk through and check in the alley.

1826 | Command to Operations:  Fresh crews coming in on west side of the fire, can access off of Myrtle Street.

1830 | Command:  Need RR rep here at the fire.  Product on fire in RR box cars.

1831 | Our Fire Weather Report:  72* F, sunny with winds at 16 mph.  48% RH and UV being on the low side.

1834 | Tender 31 arrived to provide supply to Engine 10 that is located between C and B Streets.

1835 | Tender 52 arrived, assigned to Exposure Group.

1836 | Division Alpha:  Reporting there is a PG & E distribution lines on the south of the Weber and transmission lines on the Bravo side.  Rep at the command post.

1837 | Dispatch:  Rail cars are tankers on fire?  Command advised only box cars engulfed, not the tankers.

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1842 | E244 arrived, reporting to Command Post.   Crews reporting pallets on fire.

1843 | Command:  Requesting Operations to start assigning personnel to C Street + Myrtle for primary searches of houses.

1845 | Div Delta:  Mop-up operations in effect.

1846 | Dispatch:  1.5 hours for Red Cross ETA and Auxiliary with water en route.

1853 |  Our Fire Weather Report:  71*F temps with winds from the West 16 mph.  49% RH and low UV.

1913 | Strike team cancelled. No longer needed by Command.

1914 | Shutting down 5″ in Division Delta.

1915 | Strike Team Leader + unit on scene.

1923 | Media:  Staging a Myrtle + C, mid block.  PIO to give update in 15 minutes.

1941 | Command:  Fire under control.

1942 | Engine Companies:  Companies  shutting down 5″ and other operations.  Div Delta:  Modesto Fire company being assigned to Division.

1945 | Exposure Group:  Water tender needed to help supply 2 1/2″.  All primary/secondary searches completed on the Charlie to Bravo divisions.  Negative found and zero extensions.

1947 | E10:  Exposure Group assisting company with picking up hoses.

1954 | Companies were beginning to assist each other to pick up hose lines.  A front end loader was requested from the Public Works Department.

Social Media

The hashtags we are using for this fire is #StocktonFire #Stockton #CAFires2017

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ABOUT STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA

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Stockton, California is the seat for the county of San Jaoquin and located in the central valley of the State.  It is also positioned on the San Jaoquin River.

It’s City boasts an estimated population of 315,592 residents as of a 2016 census.

Stockton is considered the 13th largest City and the 63rd largest in the United States of America.

 

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West Mims Fire Behavior Slowing | 15

WEST MIMS FIRE

The West Mims Fire is located approximately  2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and 7 miles east of Fargo, Georgia.

The wildfire started on April 6, 2017 from lightning.

Update 14 – May 24, 2017

  • Slow fire operations day due to adverse weather (thunderstorms) causing firefighters to be pulled off the line.
  • 833 fire personnel
  • 152,748 acres destroyed
  • 60% containment status
  • Fire behavior is minimal and smoldering
  • Ground fire said to be in heavy fire fuels, dozer berms and logging debris piles.
  • Continued structural protection, patrol and mop-up operations in the next 12 hour operational period.
mopping up (extinguishing hotspots) a dozer berm

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb (mopping up hotspots)

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Update 14 – May 15, 2017

  • 152,147 acres.
  • 18% containment status.
  • 944 personnel assigned.
  • Fire activity was quiet today.
  • Fuel moisture was high enough that little growth occurred.
  • Some areas still had smoldering and creeping in heavy fuels and dozer berms.
  • High potential for initial attach from recent lightning activity.
  • Expected 100% containment status on 11/1/2017.

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Update 13 – May 12, 2017

  •  148,303 acres.
  • 16% containment status
  • 804 personnel assigned.
  • Fire behavior is very active, running, spotting and flanking.
  • There has been a strong push from the Southeast to the  Northeast across the interior of the swamp and South of Bugaboo Island, as well as other areas.
  • Unified Command:  The Southern Area Type 1 Red Incident Management Team is managing the fire with Georgia Forestry Commission, Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners (GOAL), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  •  As of 1812 Hours, mandatory evacuations for GA Bend, St. George, Canady Loop and Moniac area.

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Update 12 – May 12, 2017

  • Conditions are hot and dry.
  •  The fire is most active on the West side of St. George, South of GA 94 and North of Rd. 8.  2 fingers of the wildfire on the SE perimeter have multiple spot fires.
  • Firefighters are currently holding and are working to improve containment lines.
  • Fire behavior is currently active, running, flanking and spotting.
  • An additional four bulldozers and operators, along with additional personnel have been hired, in case the wind shift to the West towards Fargo, Georgia.
  • Resources showing attached to this incident are:  Southern Area Type 1 IMT, GA Forestry Commission,  Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners, USFWS, FLFS and the USFS.
  • About 700 firefighters from 36 States, including DC and Puerto Rico are said to be here helping.
  • 144,073 acres.
  • 15% containment status.
  • 500 structures threatened due to fire head SE towards Jacksonville.

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Update 11 – May 6, 2017

  • 135,391 acres
  • Towns St. George, GA have been added to mandatory evacuation order list
  •  A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.
  • 12% containment status

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Update 10 – May 5, 2017

  • 111,650 acres
  • 12% containment status
  • Fire in holding pattern
  • 492 personnel
  • 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.
  • TFR in effect including unmanned aircraft and drones.
  • $12.4 Million for fire suppression costs to date.

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Update 9 – May 4, 2017

  • 111,650 acres.
  • 12% containment status.
  • 503 personnel
  • Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.
  • Firefighters will continue putting out spot fires, monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

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Updates 4-8 – April 29, 2017 – May 2, 2017

  • Located 16 miles SE of Fargo, GA
  • 100,517 acres
  • 18% containment status
  • Working against NW winds and 19% RH level.
  • Back firing ops to continue.
  • 466 personnel
  • Assigned equipment/resources:  53 engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor  plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

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Update 3 – April 28, 2017

  • 86,868 acres.
  • 8% contained.
  • Unified Command: The Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  • 488 personnel
  • Resources/Equipment:  6 helicopters, 56 engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 Interagency Hotshot crews and various overhead personnel.
  • Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.

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Update 2 – April 17, 2017

  • 265 personnel
  • 21,308 acres destroyed
  • 3% contained
  • Timber (grass/understory) fire fuels
  • Equipment on site:  Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs
  • Resources:  12 FWS helicopters, 17 engines, 5 dozers, 27 tractor plows and 1 Hotshot crew.
  • The fire is in Unified Command with the Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team assisting in managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  • The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

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Update 1 – April 10, 2017

  • Located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia.
  • The fire started on April 6, 2017, reported at 1700 hours PDT.
  • Fire Behavior is  active, wind driven runs and creeping.
  • New Fire.
  • Resources en route.

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#Racetrack2Fire | AZ | New!

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NEAR REDINGTON PASS, ARIZONA

A small brush fire broke out near Milepost 8.5 on Redmington Pass in Arizona, scorching five acres of grass and brush.

The forward rate of spread has been stopped.

There was 3 engines, 1 hotshot crew and miscellaneous overhead personnel assigned to this incident.

No cause of ignition is known at the time of this post being published.

No structures were or are under threat/damaged.  No injuries have been reported.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#HonditoFire | NM | 2

TRES PIDERAS, NEW MEXICO

Incident Summary

A wildfire was sparked by lightning on May 15, 2017, on the Carson National Forest, about 4 miles SW of Tres Piedras and 2 miles N of Las Tablas and  located near Hondito Canyon adjacent to Forest Road 222. New Mexico.

Resources

U.S. Forest Service – Carson National Forest currently has been assigned to this incident.

Fire Conditions

About 7,020 acres of timber and brush have been destroyed.  The change in acreage is due to more accurate GPS mapping readings. Fire behavior is minimal.  Firefighters will continue to monitor and secure the perimeter.  There is a 30% containment status and currently holding.

Courtesy: NM Fire Info

Smoke Conditions

Smoke may still be seen from Tres Piedras, Taos, Questa, U.S. Highways 64 and 285.  For smoke-sensitive individuals, it is recommended that you stay indoors and close all doors and vents to keep smoke out.

Social Media

Hashtags being used are #HonditoFire #NMwildfires2017 #NM

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#RibbonwoodFire | CA | New!

 

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

A small brush fire turned wildfire broke out close to 1600 hours PDT on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

The fire located off of Ribbonwood Road and Interstate 8, just East of El Cajon, California was originally reported as a 5-acre fire.  It has since grown to 25 acres, says CAL FIRE.

Photo Credit:  CAL Fire  

At the time of this post, there were no threats to structure or persons, nor have there been any injuries reported.

We are unsure of the cause.

Limited details at the moment but will provide an update if there is any further fire activity.

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#PinalFire | AZ | Newly Reported!

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

Incident Summary 

A wildfire started by lightning on May 8, 2017, has not seen any type of fire since 1952!  So, as you can imagine there is a lot of heavy fire fuel to burn.  Generally speaking, this area sees fire every 2-17 years, says the Forest Service.

The fire is located approximately 6 miles South of Globe Arizona and burning on the Tonto National Forest.  It has destroyed 4,375 acres and is at a 21% containment level.

Firefighters are having to conduct suppression and containment techniques in rugged and steep terrain.

Current Fire Conditions

The current fire behavior is being considered as moderate, flanking, backing with short-range spotting and single tree torching.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Resources

There are currently 383 personnel assigned to this incident, some from the Gila County Emergency Management, Red Cross and the U.S. Forest Service.

Community Meeting

A Community will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 1700 hours (5pm) at the High Desert Middle School located at 400 High Desert Drive in Globe, Arizona 85501.

Social Media

The hashtags that are being used by those using Social Media are #PinalFire #NMwildfires2017 #NM.

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#HonditoFire | NM | New!

TRES PIDERAS, NEW MEXICO

Incident Summary

A wildfire was sparked by lightning on May 15, 2017, on the Carson National Forest, about 4 miles SW of Tres Piedras and 2 miles N of Las Tablas and  located near Hondito Canyon adjacent to Forest Road 222. New Mexico.

Resources

U.S. Forest Service – Carson National Forest currently has been assigned to this incident.

Fire Conditions

Over 7200 acres of timber and brush have been scorched.  Fire behavior is minimal.  Firefighters will continue to monitor and secure the perimeter.  There is a 30% containment status.

Smoke Conditions

Smoke may still be seen from Tres Piedras, Taos, Questa, U.S. Highways 64 and 285.  For smoke-sensitive individuals, it is recommended that you stay indoors and close all doors and vents to keep smoke out.

Social Media

Hashtags being used are #HonditoFire #NMwildfires2017 #NM

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#SprombergFire | WA | New!

NEAR LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON

Incident Summary

A fire broke out an old log yard located on Chumstick Highway at Spromberg Canyon, about 4 miles North of Leavenworth, Washington.

It was said to be contained in the log yard at about 5 acres but then the winds kicked up.

You can imagine what happened after that.

Incident Cooperators

WSDOT, WSP, WA DNR, Chelan Co (also Sheriff Office) Emergency Management, Chelan PUD,  Chelan County Fire District #3.

Resources

Resources include 3 helicopters, 5 engines and 2 crews from DNR.  Additionally, there are fire crews from Chelan County Fire District #3 assigned.

Fire Mob was approved @ 1645 on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  A Type 3 IMT has been assigned.

Fire Conditions

The wildfire has exploded from the initial 5 acres to over 40 acres with a 0% containment status.  The 3-alarm wildfire is both spotting and wind-driven.

Evacuations

Evacuations are approximately 150 homes at this time.

Level 3 (LEAVE NOW) evacuations were conducted by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office 1 mile North and 1 mile South (on both sides of roadway) on Chumstick Highway of Spromberg Road.

Level 1 (FIRE IS IN YOUR AREA) evacuations were conducted by the CCSO’s office from 1 miles South of Spromberg Canyon to Leavenworth.  Update | 1840 Hours | Eagle Creek Road just updated to  Level 1.

Closures

Eagle Creek and South Sunitsch Canyon Road.   Caution:  Troopers, Deputies will be manning the road block along with flaggers on the roadway.

Fire Weather

Current weather is clear and sunny with 84* temps and 12% RH.  Winds are West-SW at 16 m.p.h. with gusts up to 22 m.p.h.  The dew point is at 27.   Tonight’s winds are expected to increase from the West at 20-24 m.p.h. with gusts up to 39 m.p.h.

Update | 1848 Hours | DNR reports excessive winds, low fire activity and retardant ordered from Canada.  No information on if/when they would ever use the Hawaii Martin Mars tanker.  We would imagine this is way too small of a wildfire.  Would need to be used on something like the #GateFire that has burned over 150,000 of acres.

Utilities 

Spromberg Canyon – Power is out in the area.

Mission Creek – An unrelated power outage has occurred in this area as well.

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#GateFire | CA | Update 4

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Fire Incident | The Gate Fire is burning off of Hwy 94 and Otay Truck Trail, NW of Delzura, California.

Current Fire Status |  The wildfire has destroyed 1500 acres but fire crews have reached a successful 30% containment status.  They are working tirelessly to suppress / contain during every opportunity they reach.

Resources |  There are 11 Type 3 CAL Fire engines, 13 crews, 4 patrols, 2 bulldozers and 4 water tenders assigned to this fire incident.  This is as of 0600 hours this morning from CAL Fire directly.   There is a report on Social Media that

Evacuations | Evacuations of the Pio Pico Campground are still in effect due to damage to the infrastructure at the Campground.  All evacuees have been mostly relocated to the Red Cross Shelter located at Otay Ranch H.S. in Chula Vista.

Photo Credit: CAL Fire

An evacuation warning has been issued for the Delzura community.  Some  evacuated yesterday to the evacuation point of the Viejas Casino Parking Lot, but were allowed to return last night with a Law Enforcement escort.

If you are an evacuee and have a pet, please contact the San Diego Humane Society for assistance.

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #GateFire #CAwildfires2017 #CA #SanDiegoCA

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#PineappleWildfire | FL | 2

FT PIERCE, FLORIDA

Fire Incident | A wildfire was burning off of US1 and Turnpike Feeder Road in Ft. Pierce, Florida that started from an unknown cause on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 1439 hours.  The fire was burning in the wetlands.  It had completely dried out the wetlands behind Pineapple Joe’s Restaurant.

Resources | County and State firefighters worked around the clock to suppress and contain the fire.

Current Conditions | About 90-100 acres were destroyed.  It has now been contained 100%.  Fire Managers are waiting for everything to cool down then to use metrics to determine more accurate burned acreage.

Photo Credit: FFS Okeechobee

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for this incident;  #StLucieCountyFire #FtPierceFL #FLwildfires2017 #PineappleWildfire

Corrections | The St. Lucie Cointy Fire has been changed to Pineapple Wildfire as listed by Social Media and Cointy changed to County.  Earlier fire reporting by one direct source had incorrect information.

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