California Wildfire Forcing Evacuations | 1

UPDATE 1 – Sunday, October 14, 2018

REDDING, Calif. – The Redding Police Department has issued MANDATORY EVACUATIONS due to a fast-moving wildfire that is threatening multiple housing communities.

The wildfire has been reported to have started from an unknown cause on Sunday, October 14th at 1100 hours PDT.

The wildfire named the MASONIC FIRE is located off of Lake Boulevard and Masonic Avenue in Redding (Shasta County), California.   The wildfire is north of the Sundial Bridge in the Sulphur Creek area.

Photo Credit | California PIO

This FIRE is in the same vicinity where the CARR FIRE was put out.

Social Media (Fire) various accounts are reporting the MASONIC FIRE is now being fueled by 45-mph winds that has destroyed one home.   An electrical substation is being threatened and crews are trying to save it.

Photo Credit | Redding Police

The areas currently being EVACUATED are:

  • Barbara Road
  • Pearl Street
  • Nancy Court
  • Neighborhoods north of Benton Drive to Lake Boulevard
  • West of Market Street

Photo Credit | Redding Police

Areas that should be ready to READY TO LEAVE at a moment’s notice are:

  • South of Benton Drive

RESOURCES

  • Shasta-Trinity NF | Engines 51 and 52
  • CAL FIRE – SHU
  • City of Redding FD
  • Air Attack | N421DF Plane

SCANNER FEED via Social Media

1158 | Per IC, forward progression slowed. Spotting.  Now up to 30 acres.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 1

Looking through the eyes of others can help gain a new viewpoint advantage but to fully grasp the magnitude of the situation, you would have to be there in person.  Instead, we are bringing you the undivided attention of social media and what they are saying because they are there, were impacted or seeing it through other means.

Disclaimer:  We are only sharing through third party sources or from direct sources themselves. We do no lay any claims on the sources of information here but only to our “own” content added. Each item has its own source listed. We give all the credit to them.  Images in this post are also given Photo Credit to them.

OCTOBER 13, 2018 (Saturday)

Eyewitness Accounts

Photo Credit | North Port, Florida

“It’s been an overwhelming few days for North Port Fire Rescue crews aiding in the wake of Hurricane Michael. They are assisting in Mexico Beach, one of the hardest hit areas. Keep on keeping on, and continue to stay safe.”  (City of

https://www.foxnews.com/us/thousands-of-people-reported-missing-to-officials-following-hurricane-michael (Fox News, 10/13/2018)

Greater Naples Fire Rescue District sent 11 of their own personnel to join other rescue workers on a strike response team. https://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-sw-fl-rescue-workers-aid-areas-devastated/1615633002/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (Naples News)

OCTOBER 12, 2018 (Friday)

Blood Donations are urgently needed…..

“Did you know that disasters like #HurricaneMichael affect our nation’s blood supply? To help meet patient needs, we are asking those eligible to give blood. Make an appointment now: rdcrss.org/giveblood1

Incident Management Teams 

The FDNY IMT has been requested to respond to Florida, to assist in the state’s response.  We will be posting updates on the team’s mission, as well as pertinent information about the overall response to this disaster. Our thoughts are with all those effected.  (FDNY IMT))

Eyewitness Accounts

“Last night, almost 2,900 people stayed in as many as 37 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across #Florida, #Georgia and #Alabama due to #Michael. We mobilized more than 1,000 trained disaster workers to support relief efforts.”  https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html?cid=fy19hurmichael&med=social&source=arctwitter   (American Red Cross)

“Hurricane Michael has caused untold devastation along the Gulf Coast. We have pre-positioned enough shelter supplies, including cots and blankets, to be able to support some 15,000 people. To find a shelter location in your area, visit this website.” (American Red Cross)

Recovery Challenges

Thousands of people have been informally missing to local authorities, the Red CRoss and the State.  Here is a story written by mainstream media on the challenges all are facing in this area.  https://www.tampabay.com/photos/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-in-photos-surveying-michaels-path-of-destruction-poses-challenges/ (Tampa Bay Times)

Protect Your Health

Tire and bucket filled with standing water

Photo Credit | HHS.gov

Mosquitoes can breed in standing water left from #HurricaneMichael. If you’re cleaning up, make sure to clear out buckets, planters, trash cans, and other items that hold water. More mosquito safety tips: bit.ly/2uw8YdC

 

Looting

Looting is so rampant, that there was a shooting by a Florida State Fire Marshall when a looter was in the process of stealing his police car, he was shot.  Signs are posted on trees and various places marked LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT.   https://katv.com/news/nation-world/looting-leads-to-deadly-shooting-in-panama-city-florida (KATV)

Law Enforcement

Photo Credit | GA National Guard

The Georgia State Patrol and the GA National Guard are currently working as a joint force.  “The 178th Military Police Company has been activated in support of #HurricaneMichael, they will be assisting local law enforcement.” (GA National Guard)

Emergency Resources – Communications

“Comms are key!  Soldiers from our 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are setting up tactical satellite terminals to provide county Emergency Operations Centers with internet & phone so they can connect sooner with  Florida citizens in need.” (FL National Guard)

U.S. Airmen from the 283rd Combat Communications Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, set up vital voice, data and radio communications capability during #HurricaneMichael relief efforts, Colquitt, GA. (U.S. Air National Guard photos contributed by 283rd CBCS)

“A big reason many of us joined the Air National Guard is to help with humanitarian missions when unexpected events like this happen.” – Georgia National Guard

Photo Credit | Florida Governors Office

Volunteer Ham Radio operators from Nassau County, in conjunction with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, are helping to communicate the needs from the disaster zone to those who can help.   https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20181013/nassau-county-amateur-radio-operators-aid-communications-following-hurricane-michael?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=jaxdotcom-SND  (Florida Times – Union)

Photo Credit | Walter Dix IAFF

Disaster Aid

IAFF Disaster Relief Assistance team dropping off supplies for IAFF Local 4413 members (Walton County) in Freeport, Florida.

Fire Personnel

Deployment Update: Region 5 (Central) is deploying additional teams to panhandle. Units left at 0300. Brings total number of Central Florida fire rescue personnel deployed to #HurricaneMichael to more than 140 responders (including pups ) representing 25 departments. (OC Fire Rescue)

Fire Task Force

PA Task Force1 fueled up today in Enterprise, Alabama, en route to Panama City, Florida, to assist in searches. (Philly Fire Dept)

Search and Rescue Activities

Photo Credit | VA-TF1

#VATF1  continues to conduct wide-area search of Panama City, Florida,with other #USAR teams. While conducting our searches, we’ve provided EMS care to victims of the storm and coordinated their transport to local medical facilities. (Virginia Task Force 1 – USA – 1 – Urban Search and Rescue team)

More Urban SAR operations in process in Mexico Beach. (Florida Forest Service)

Power Restoration

Crews working their second day on Walker St. near the Greensboro City arboretum to rebuild the power grid taken down by #TropicalStormMichael . Downed/broken poles and wire are common sites across the Triad and #NC but we are working hard to repair and restore.

Power Grid Construction 

Around 1,200 DukeEnergy lineman and support staff from the Midwest are working with local crews in the Triad today to rebuild portions of the power grid and restore power. (Jeff Brooks of Duke Energy)

Animal Rescue

“We have been so thankful for the support you’ve shown so far in our efforts to help animals displaced by #HurricaneMichael. But the work isn’t done.” (Humane Society – Naples)

Volunteers

Volunteers arrived at the Florida State Recreation  center into a shelter Floridians with special needs that have been displaced.   To help with volunteering or wish to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, visit them at volunteerflorida.org (Volunteer Florida)

Self-Deployment

“Do not self deploy. Bring items you have here. We can make sure it gets to the people in need in a safe & timely manner.” (Walton Co Sheriff)

Damage Assessment, Serving Meals

Photo Credit | Salvation Army

As debris is  cleared from roadways, The #SalvationArmy is moving in to the areas most impacted by #HurricaneMichael to begin assessing needs and serving Anyone w/inquiries is asked to call 877-285-5505 EXT. 1005 Please be patient as our volunteers work to answer your questions in a timely manner.

OCTOBER 11, 2018 – Thursday

Assessments in Progress

SWFD Command Staff in Bay Co. assessing fire/rescue needs. As State of Florida Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Region 1 Coordinator, we’re coordinating assets/formulating plans to help our bay county neighbors. Continue to keep them in your thoughts. (South Walton FD)

Military Response

National Guard and Department of Defense (DoD) assets respond to the Florida Panhandle prior to the hurricane’s landfall. About 2250 – 3500 troops have been authorized to respond.  http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/1659208/national-guard-other-dod-assets-respond-to-michael/ (US Air Force)

OCTOBER 10, 2018 – Wednesday

Personnel

40 Firefighters from 7 Central Florida FDs on way to Florida Panhandle tonight to help with SAR activities. (Ken Tyndall with WFTV)

At 8 a.m., I activated 1,500 Georgia Guardsmen to be placed on standby and deployed as needed to areas affected by Hurricane Michael. (GA Governor Nathan Deal)

OCTOBER 9, 2018 – Tuesday

Swift Water Rescue Team

Virginia’s Task Force’s 16-person Water Rescue Team departs for Florida in response to the Hurricane after being called upon to respond by FEMA.  This includes Fairfax Fire & Resue personnel. (VA-TF1 Force 1 – USA-1 – Urban Search and Rescue)

Supply Deliveries

Today, dozens of #GARedCross volunteer teams are moving into areas hardest hit by #HurricaneMichael — bringing food and supplies to people in need. In all, more than 1,000 trained #RedCross disaster workers are now on the ground, working with partners to provide the most help.

We will update as more resources and details are obtained from various Social Media and posted here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media outlets:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)

Thank you for reading our Blog post!

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/13/2018 – 1820 hours PDT

FLORIDA | HURRICANE MICHAEL | SIT REP 1

FLORIDA – We are providing an update on the aftermath of the Hurricane Michael incident in Florida and in a separate post of what is happening in other impacted States.   This is your Sit Rep for Saturday, October 13, 2018.

SURVIVORS SERVICES

(Note:  There is no cost to anyone who access these services)

 MEALS & DISASTER SUPPLIES 

Hot meals and Disaster Relief Supplies

Marianna (Jackson County).  Lowes parking lot. Sunday + Monday.  Source:  Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  (See their Facebook page)

Free Meals

Destiny Worship Center. 133000 Panama City Beach Parkway.  Serving meals daily 11 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm. Source:  City of Panama City Beach – Government.   https://www.facebook.com/CityOfPanamaCityBeach/posts/2167839450104278

Food and Water Distribution

National Guard personnel at Distribution Centers.   Source:  WTXL TV.  http://www.wtxl.com/news/list-food-water-distribution-centers-around-the-big-bend/article_fed495f0-ce56-11e8-bf1a-bf7f09513c6b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Water, Ice, Groceries and Hygiene Kits

Convoy of Hope at Marianna Walmart. Source:  Hurricane Michael Resources Page.

COMMUNICATIONS

Wi-Fi

Reported by a OnStar member:  If you are in a Hurricane affected area and have OnStar in your vehicle. Just press the Blue button and they will provide your vehicle with free wi-fi. Source:  Hurricane Michael Resources Page.

MEDICAL CARE

Medical Care

Sacred Heart Primary Care -Apalachicola. They are opens at 1 pm – 4 pm. Source:  CEDR Digital Corps via Franklin EMA.

RELIEF SUPPORT

HOW TO HELP

Charity Giving

Website to search for Charities supporting Hurricane Michael survivors and how to give safely with transparent organization information.  Source:  Charity Navigator.   https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=6806

Crowdrelief

Page full of resources for survivors on how to request a rescue (call 9-1-1 first for emergencies), request supplies to rebuild a home, how to volunteer, send supplies or donate. This page is full of great information.  Source:  Cajun Navy Hurricane Michael Relief Page.  http://www.crowdrelief.net/HurricaneMichael

POST-DISASTER RE-ENTRY

Bay County

Lists the different phases for re-entry. Credentialed persons are only allowed to access various. Check this site before trying to gain entry in a certain area. #KnowBeforeYouGo  Source:  Bay County Government.  http://www.baycountyfl.gov/167/Post-Disaster-Re-Entry

FIRST RESPONDERS

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Team Rubicon Disaster Response

Vets of the Team Rubicon organization has been deployed and they are asking for more assistance.  Source:  TEAMRUBICONUSA.ORG

City of Panama City Beach

Utility personnel are on the job and working tirelessly to restore utilities.  Source: City of Panama City Beach – Government.   https://www.facebook.com/CityOfPanamaCityBeach

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Photo Credit | City of Panama City Beach

National Guard

Soldiers are working to set-up tactical satellite terminals to provide county EOCs with internet and phone service to connect to citizens in time of need.

Photo Credit | National Guard @FLGuard

National Guard personnel also were offloading water supplies from a chopper that flew into the area.

Florida Public Utilities

120 personnel (linemen) on the ground, working to restore power. There is an unknown estimated time when all will be restored (as of 10/12/2018 posting).

Jackson County 

Roads and Bridge – 80 crews on the roadway (as of 10/12/2018) due to increase up to 150 by today.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/13/2018 – 1445 PDT

Seattle Firefighters Busy with Fire #2

SEATTLE, Wash. – Firefighters were dispatched for a second fire in the same day for a seven-story senior living apartment complex on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  The fire is located in the 700 block of N. 135th Street at the Four Freedoms House of Seattle.

CAUSE

Seattle Fire released information stating the fire was believed to be started in the kitchen.  No preliminary cause has been determined as of yet.

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire Department

STAFFING

Units A25, AIR10, B4, B6, DEP1, E17, E21,E24, 335, E39, L5, L8, L9, M31, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, E31, E16, E9, M16 and SFD PIO were dispatched. (2153)

FIRE TIMELINE

2203 | Smoke was reported to be on floor 4 with an occupant notification. Command was trying to get more details and assigned crews to check it out. E34 had the back-up line and E39 was assigned to Division 4.

2204 | Battalion 4 arrived on-scene and assumed 135 Street Command.

2205 | 10 minutes on the incident timer.

2208 | Units and assignments were Ladder 5 with search and rescue, E35 on floor 5, E24 on the fire floor (4th) and E24 on a hydrant for a water supply (2208)

2211 | E35 located on floor 5 reported there was a dry line stretched to the 5th floor, light smoke observed and they were checking for extensions.

2212 | Division 4 reported that there was water on the fire, heavy smoke on floor 4 and PPV (positive pressure ventilation) requested.

2214 | B4 gave an update:  water on the fire, PPV and searches in progress with L9 in the north end of the building and crews searching for possible victims. Division 4 listed L5, L9 and E24 in his division.  Safety was located on the Charlie side.

2217 | Additional units were dispatched to the fire: E16, E9 and M16. Division 5 was established.

2218 | E31 was on stand-by with a back-up in the West stairwell if needed.

2221 | 1 fire victim (Green – walking on own, no medical assistance needed) was walked out by crew.

2223 | Dispatch notified Command, the incident timer now showed they had been on-scene 25 minutes from the original time of dispatch. Command reported that the fire was under control.

2225 | As crews worked on the interior of the building, the IC known as “Command” was having difficulty understanding the radio transmissions. Crews were told to stand on a balcony or landing then transmit their updates or needs to Command.  Transmissions throughout the incident were very scratchy and unreadable.

2226 | Crews acknowledged they were having some kind of radio issues. They were switching to different channels to attempt to update Command but it was not working.

2229 | Division 4 gave an update: E21 was in the fire unit and reported the fire was knocked down with some hot spots. E31 was on stand-by in the West stairwell with a back-up line if needed, fire crews were on floor 4.

2236 | Reports of water flowing down the West stairwell was said to be due to a 2.5″ broke and firefighters were trying to repair it.  E39 was assigned to replace E35 in Division, while 40 minutes on the incident clock was announced by Dispatch.

2237 | Smoke began clearing on floor 5 and it was confirmed that a PPV was established. A tap fire was announced.

2240 | The RIT team that included E17 and L8 were re-assessing the ventilation plan for floors 4-7, as previous reports of trying to vent the floors of smoke was not working.

2241 | Command announced to all fire crews to hold and state their PAR status and location inside the building. All were accounted for and locations given to Command.

2246 | Primary searches were conducted by L5 and E31 in Division 4.

2249 | Floors 6 and 7 were being cleared of smoke via PPV fire tactics.

2307 | Fire crews began welfare checks of residents by knocking on doors on multiple floors.

2317 | Four people were evaluated for smoke inhalation with one patient transported to the hospital in stable condition via AMR.

2322, 2323, 2329 | Units started to go back into service. REHAB 1. Safety 2. E16.

2325 | Some remaining crews on-scene began checking CO2 levels beginning on floors 6 and 7 and working their way down.

2352 | Debris was being removed from the fire unit on Floor 4, while L8 reported a water issue in the basement that they were checking.  L9 was in the process of being released from the incident, while L8 continued with water removal / water vac responsibilities in the basement up to floors 1, 2 and 3.

2353 | Water damage to two separate units on the 2nd and 3rd floors are being assessed and water removal activities were soon to commence.

0013  (Sunday)| All floors except for floor 4/West wing are ready to be re-occupied.

0015 | We have signed off this incident from Live Coverage on @nwfireblog (Twitter).

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There is currently no word on the exact cause or financial damage to the building, units and its contents.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/7/2018 @ 0020 Hours PDT

 

Seattle Duplex Fire Tapped Quickly

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a fire in building call at 1316 hours on Saturday, October 6, 2018, located in the 2400 block of S. Norman Street.

The building was said to be a duplex approximately 60 x 40 in diameter with two stories.  Reports of black heavy smoke were visible and coming out of the first floor windows according to earlier details given by Seattle Fire dispatch during fire crews were responding.

Dispatched units to the fire were L4, L3, A5, AIR10, B4, DEP1, E13, E25, E5, L4, M1, M44, MAR5, R1, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, B5, E30, E6, L10. (1316)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

Firefighters immediately arrived on-scene reporting a working fire on the first floor of the two-story duplex. E30 arrived and was on the attack line while E6 was their back-up line.  A complete 360* of the building was in progress.  (1323)

E13 established a water supply on the hydrant on 24th Avenue South and South Norman Street, while team Bravo was setting up an exposure line.  Water was put on the fire. (1325)

Battalion 5 arrived and assumed “Norman Command”.  A 360* was completed.  Attack line was staffed by E30 and back-up line by E6. L4 was searching the building. This was a 2-story duplex. (1327)

Firefighters quickly gained control of the fire but heat and smoke were still present.  Water supply established.  (1328)

L10 reported no extension to floor 2 but smoke was still moderate. Floor 1 had a primary search completed with nothing found. E6 requested an additional truck company to assist with overhaul. (1329)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

Floors 1 and 2 were searched (primary) and were completed with nothing found. Venting of the structure was in progress. (1330)

Floor 2 had a secondary search completed with nothing found. Both floors 1 and 2 had a secondary search completed. (1332)

Firefighters vented the roof by cutting a hole in it. The attic was clear of any fire or smoke. (1334)

An iguana pet was rescued from floor 1 and brought out by firefighters. (1337)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

E16 team exited the building due to low air.  Marshal 5 (FIU) arrived on-scene. (1341)

Overhaul activities had been halted so that Marshal 5 could do his/her investigation on the fire. (1342)

Units started to get released from the fire incident:  E5, R1, A4 returning back in service. (1345)  Safety2 and Deputy1 (1353). REHAB1 (1400).

Seattle Fire reported that no injuries to civilians or firefighters was reported.

The cause of this fire and financial damage to the building and its contents is still being investigated by the Seattle Fire Marshal’s Office.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

A Day of Remembrance and Reflection

KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon —

On Monday, October 1, 2018, will be a day of remembrance and reflection of two men who died selflessly and doing what they loved every time they were deployed to a wildfire or, in some cases – a firestorm incident that required their experience and precise skills.

Twenty-six years tomorrow (1992), Pilot Charles Frost Sheridan, 54 and Co-Pilot Leonard Douglas Martin were killed while serving in the capacity of providing mutual aid from the skies down onto the firestorm below them.  Dropping retardant from their Douglas Commercial or more commonly known as a DC-7B was their primary focus and main fire suppression objective.

As Sheridan and Martin were preparing for a retardant drop on the Cleveland Fire on the El Dorado National Forest in the northern portion of the State of California – both were experiencing an on board mechanical malfunction.  Unexpectedly, the plane crashed at the time this was occurring.   Unfortunately, both brave men would perish in the Tanker 61 crash.

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Crash site 2018.  Courtesy – Tanker 61 Memorial

Multiple Agencies including the FAA, NTSB, the USFS and our own research have concluded the following:

  • Tanker 61 was a (Douglas Commercial) DC-7B owned by TMB of Tulare, California and operated by Butler Aircraft of Redmond, Oregon.
  • The plane was stationed out of the Klamath Falls Airtanker Base (OR) from 1987-1992.
  • The plane was under contract with the US Forest Service.
  • The crash site is located near Kyburz, California on the southeastern edge of the fire on the Eldorado National Forest, about two miles from the intended retardant drop and one mile west of the upper dam on the Ice House reservoir.

Chuck Sheridan served with Tanker 61 through all six fire seasons and had a home in the Klamath Falls area.  Leonard Martin had recently joined the crew as co-pilot in 1991. Both loved to give tours of their aircraft and talking to visitors about aerial firefighting.

After their deaths, a memorial fund was created to help Chuck and Leonard’s families with any emergency needs they had or would incur.  Instead, these same gracious family members would instead ask that the funds be used for a higher purpose and that was to create a Memorial in their names.

Today, it is known as Tanker 61 Memorial, Wildfire Learning Center that is located at 6300 Summers Lane in Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603.  You can find out more by visiting their Facebook Page, Tanker 61 Memorial, Wildfire Learning Center or visiting their website at tanker61memorial.org.  Their contact information is phone #541-883-6853 or you can reach them by email at tankersixone@gmail.com.

The Memorial is located near the Klamath Falls Airtanker Base, which also where the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center is stationed.  You can also catch a “up, close and personal” front row seat to the National Guard jets flying around.

You can visit this great gem and honor these two great pilots in Oregon during the months of May through October from 0900 through 1800 hours PDT.  Not only can you learn about their lives and legacies but about how aerial firefighting is implemented today.  As a bonus, a P2V Airtanker 06 was donated by Neptune Aviation Inc. and is currently on static display at the Memorial.

The Director of the Memorial is Marcia Cavin who has put her heart and soul into this Memorial project with the aid of her Tanker Base Manager/Volunteer husband, Don Cavin and with countless volunteers along the way. They have put together an amazing Memorial to two Heroic pilots who served unconditionally to save lives, property and natural resources.

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Courtesy – Tanker 61 Memorial Association

ABOUT THE CLEVELAND FIRE

The Cleveland Fire started on September 29, 1992 that was deemed to most likely be human-caused but it has not fully been deemed to be so to this day.  The fire was said to have started near Cleveland Corral and is how the fire was named after, which is east of Sacramento. It was observed that the fire had burned about 20,000 acres of forest and rugged back country in a total of 30 hours.

Flames would eventually move northeast destroying a Forest Service lookout tower on Big Hill and down the south side of the highway near Whitehall. It then would race down the American River canyon and threatened to burn up a major communications station nearby and more than 10 popular campgrounds in the Crystal Basin area.

About 150 people who live along US 50 were evacuated. About 20 USFS structures and six homes were burned, most of them Forest Service summer cabins.

Though this was a mandatory evacuation for those in the communities of Whitehall, Riverton, Kyburz and Strawberry along Hwy 150, a group of 10 family and friends decided to stay in hopes of saving their homes.  They were found sheltering-in-place at the Ice House resort, a motel-restaurant-store and campground that was well inside the fire zone.  Those who decided not to heed to the evacuation notice found themselves well too close for comfort, as the fire came calling at their doors (about 1/4 mile) but ended sparing every single one of their homes.

Deer hunters were in the area but quickly self-evacuated from the fire zone.

More than 2,245 firefighters battled the firestorm in steep, rugged terrain as helicopters and air resources dropped retardant and water. Fire weather consisted of low humidity, high winds and prolonged drought conditions which is said to be a wildland firefighter’s worst nightmare, making it ripe for a firestorm.

Three firefighters were injured with two of them being slightly hurt by falling debris.  .

Then on October 1, 1992, during one of their preparations to drop retardant over the fire Tanker 61’s (heavy airtanker) aircraft unexpectedly crashed killing both pilots onboard. It was determined they were having some sort of mechanical malfuction at the time of the crash.

It would take until October 14, 1992, to contain and put the wildfire completely out.  The fire caused more than $245 million in damages, plus an additional $16 million in fire suppression and containment costs.  A total of 72 injuries and two deaths would eventually be reported.

#ClevelandFire #Tanker61 #ChuckSheridan #LeonardMartin #Tanker61Memorial #WildfireLearningCenter #USFS #Airtanker #KlamathFallsOR #KlamathFallsTankerBase #LakeviewInteragency

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NV Wildfire | Range 2 Fire | 9-30-2018

SPRING CREEK, Nevada —

Sunday, September 30th – A wildfire named the RANGE TWO FIRE started near Spring Creek in Nevada around 0900 hours today on private land.  It now has moved into the Ruby Mountains and on to the Mountains Jarbidge Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Photo Credit – USFS – Humboldt Toiyable National Forest

Evacuations are now in effect for the Lamoille Canyon area.  The U.S. Forest Service is asking for all to divert around this area to  protect yours and their own Safety.

Fire fuels include grass, brush, pinyon and juniper.

Unconfirmed reports by media are now reporting that there has been 8,000 acres burned, along with structures burning and being threatened. (We are waiting for an official update from the USFS and to be reported to Inciweb.)

No injuries to civilians or fire personnel have been reported.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Seattle Firefighters Tap Basement Fire Quickly

SEATTLE, Washington —

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 9000 block of 17th Avenue SW on Friday, September 28, 2018 around 1733 hours PDT.  Battalion 5 assumed fire control and the incident became 17th Avenue Command.

The fire appears to have been fully engulfed in the basement when crews arrived.

RESOURCES

Fire Units included Aid 14, Air Unit 10, Battalions 5 and 7, Deputy 1, Engines 11, 26, 27, 36 and 37; Ladders 1 and 11; Medics 32 and 44 (Supervisor); Marshal 5 (FIU); Rescue 1 (Heavy Rescue unit), REHAB1 (Firefighter REHAB), Safety 2 Officer and Staff 10 (Officer).

Seattle Fire apparatus. (Not the fire scene) Stock Photo Credit: NW Fire Blog

FIRE TACTICS

Fire was reported to be burning in the basement on the alpha/bravo corner.  A 360* was completed of the building by Command/Staffing.  Primary and secondary searches of whole building resulted in nothing found.

Water was on the fire around 1929 hours. Less than 10 minutes later, overhaul was in progress.  A DECON line was established along with ventilation.  Rescue 1 had secured gas and established ventilation and was working securing the power.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

The fire was tapped (put out) at 1941 hours.

Most of the Command staff (B5, Deputy 1 and Safety 2) went back into service quickly, while fire crews continued to overhaul and go through the DECON (decontaminate their gear and equipment) Line established at one of their engines.

Great job to Seattle Firefighters for putting out this basement fire so quickly and safely, so that everyone goes home.

INJURIES

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

CAUSE

The cause is currently unknown, as well as the financial damage to the contents and structure.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

OR Wildfire | Klondike Fire Still Burns

SELMA, Oregon —

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The lightning caused wildfire that began on July 15, 2018, continues to burn about nine miles from Selma in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.  The fire originated in the area of the Klondike Creek.

Fire Managers have broken this incident into three Zones:  Taylor Creek Fire, Klondike East and West Fires.

The Klondike West Fire is burning in the footprint of the 2002 Biscuit Fire and in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Portions of the wildfire has also touched areas of the 2017 Chetco Bar Fire of 2017 burn scar.

STAFFING

There are currently 589 total personnel still working on this wildfire, along with 10 crews, five helos and 22 engines.

Aerial view across valleys and ridges of a forested landscape.  A road is visible  high on the background hill.  Smoke rises from fire burning below.  No flames are visible.

Photo Credit – USFS

CLOSURES

The following are closed to keep the public safe and integrity of firefighter safety.

  • Roads are open but may close briefly as firefighters may need to do burnout operations for Forest Rd. 23 (Bear Camp Rd.) and South of 23 Road and east of the 2308 (Burnt Ridge) Roads.

EVACUATIONS

  • Agness area has been reduced to a Level 1 Evacuation (Be Ready).

FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior was reported as moderate with flanking, backing and group torching.

It has burned about 154,663 acres of timber, grass and brush, as well as fallen dead material from a previous wildfire in the area.  Crews have reached a 72% containment status.

Expected containment date is October 31, 2018.

HASHTAGS

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Oregon | Cabbage Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 – SATURDAY

The CABBAGE FIRE is located about six miles southeast of Pendleton, near Interstate 84 in Oregon. The wildfire started on September 20, 2018, from a human caused and unknown ignition.

The fire has burned approximately 50 acres of timber stands and grass.  Fire behavior states is active and is wind-driven.  However, crews have successfully 100% lined the fire and has reached a 50% containment status.

There are 79 personnel along with one crew, two helicopters and 10 engines remaining on the incident but during the Initial Air Attack there were an additional of four SEATs (single engine air tankers), one air attack and three dozers that had responded.  Personnel and equipment responded from Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla FD, E Umatilla Rural Fire District, Pendleton FD, USFS, BIA and ODF.

At the time of this post, fire personnel were busy with mop up.

No structures were reportedly damaged or destroyed. No injuries to civilians and/or firefighters were reported.

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