Disaster News | California Areas Touched by Aftershocks

UPDATE 3 – JULY 7, 2019 – SUNDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

What appeared as an isolated incident of a single quake with multiple aftershocks, turned out to be nothing more than a fore shock and something we don’t hear much about – until today.  The original large quake that would shake near the Ridgecrest area of Kern County, California was measured at 6.4M This occurred on Thursday, July 4, 2019.  It was being called a foreshock (prior to the actual quake).

A 7.1M rocked the Ridgecrest area on July 5th causing widespread power outages, gas leaks, structure fires and many EMS calls, with most of them being for short of breath incidents.  Roads were reported buckling and separating roadways, all the way across.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Epicenter | Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake | 150 miles N of Los Angeles

Credit: US Military

The NAWS China Lake Station is about 150 miles north of Los Angeles and at the epicenter. No casualties or injuries were reported. All buildings were found to be structurally sound and still standing.

Kern County | Commercial Structural Damage 

On July 6th, the Governor of California was out to businesses and areas to view the hardest hit areas.

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Credit: CA Gov Office

Kern Co Damage | GOP Leader Visit

On the afternoon of July 5th, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy met with local Officials and 1st Responders to discuss post-earthquake efforts and tour some of the damaged areas firsthand in Kern County.

Kern County | Mobile Home Park

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Businesses suffered greatly. | Credit: Kevin McCarthy, GOP Leader

City of Trona | 20 miles E of Ridgecrest

The City of Trona’s one and only water pipeline has been reported to have several cracks.  Repairs are currently ongoing and they are working to fix their main water resources.  On July 6, 2019, after the quake hit – there were reports of being extremely hit hard and had no power or water.

Between Trona & Ridgecrest | SR 178

CHP and CALtrans District 9 assess one of the major roadways at night of a serious large fracture.  This is on SR 178 between Trona and Ridgecrest.

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Credit: CALtrans

Kern County | Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

After the 6.4M quake on Thursday, July 4th, the hospital began evacuating some patients due to reported structural damage inside the building. No word on any further damage after the 7.1M quake on Friday or if additional patients were moved from the facilities.   An ambulance strike team from Bakersfield was due to assist with evacuations.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS:

CAL OES | Local Leaders giving briefings

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 Los Angeles County FD | OES Haz-Mat 811 is surveying the damage.

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Credit: LACoFD

Orange County Fire Authority | OCFA Heavy Rescue 6 out at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center conducting a damage assessment at the facility.

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Credit: OCFA PIO

DISASTER FACT | The Searles and Little Areas are being touched by many Aftershocks in the last 24-48 hours.

Public Health Deployed | Kern Co FD – OES

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Credit: KCFD – OES

SHELTER 

An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Closures | Ridgecrest DMV * CLOSED * Monday, July 8th.  Appointments will be honored at nearby field offices. This location is being inspected for structural damage and making repairs. (dmv.ca.gov)

Free Transportation | Trona area residents can receive FREE transportation at the high school to the Ridgecrest Shelter located at the Kerr McGee Center.

Red Cross Services | The Red Cross is currently distributing water, food, clean up kits in the communities of Trona and Ridgecrest.  These are FREE services.

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Credit: ARC

Natural Gas Service | PGE reminds its customers that if you have HAD your gas turned off, not to turn it back on yourselves but to call 800-743-5000 to have service resumed.

Crisis Support | Quakes can be stressful, for Mental Health Crisis Support, contact the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline at 800-991-5272 or the local Crisis Support Center at 760-463-2880.

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage |  Kern County/Ridgecrest residents only by calling 760-499-5083 or contact by email:  quakedamage@ridgecrest-ca.gov

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

SOCIAL MEDIA | Taken from Eyewitness Accounts Reported on Social Media

“It was like violent shaking, things breaking.”

“No damage in Anaheim reported. Keep 9-1-1 lines open for emergencies.” – Anheim PD

The strongest quake to hit Southern CAL in 20 years.” – Media

Multiple tweets sent to President, asking for assistance. – Multiple Users

“San Bernardino County reported no injuries, but significant instrastructure damage.” – Media user.

“I could feel the quake all the way down here.” – Las Vegas (NV) resident.

“Ridgecrest is far from LA. It felt small compared to aftershocks of Northridge in 1994.  They (Ridgecrest) does not have the population or infrastructure LA has. There is no damage here (LA).” – Media poster.

“There’s quite a bit of damage that needs to be fixed. We have red tags everywhere and the assessment isn’t even done yet. There’s a lot not being showing on the news.” – Media user.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2111 Hours PDT 

The Wildfire Log: Riggs Canyon Fire Continues to Burn | 2

UPDATE 2 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

There has been limited updates from fire resources.

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1505 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Kittitas County’s Riggs Canyon Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

A wildfire burning in the North Riggs Canyon in Kittitas County, Washington which prompted Dispatchers via the Central WA Interagency Communications Center to deploy fire assets and resources at 1255 hours PDT.   Fire assets included:  Ahtanum 20, Engine 331, Helicopters 339 and 346, SE 426, 461 and 468. SE Martin, SE Sylfiel.

Fire behavior is active and moving towards Coleman.  Level 1 evacuations are being coordinated by State Patrol Wildlife Officer and several County officers of the Manastash rec area.

Next update at 1500 hours PDT or unless more significant activity occurs.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1445 hours PDT

Disaster News | California Suffers From Another Large Quake

UPDATE 2 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

What appeared as an isolated incident of a single quake with multiple aftershocks, turned out to be nothing more than a fore shock and something we don’t hear much about – until today.  The original large quake that would shake near the Ridgecrest area of Kern County, California was measured at 6.4M. This occurred on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

DISASTER FACT | 200+ Quakes measured 2.5M + have occurred between both the 6.4M – 7.1M quakes. – USGS

Today’s large quake originally measured at 6.9M has been elevated to a 7.1M with more aftershocks to come in the following minutes, to hours, to days or even months.

SHELTER 

An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage | Ridgecrest residents only | 760-499-5083. City or County inspections are onsite.

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

SOCIAL MEDIA

We have currently signed off and going out of service on this incident as we will be out of town this weekend but staying on the Ridgecrest Earthquake Fire news watch.  We will continue postings but they may be delayed.

To stay more up-to-date on fire news coverage, please follow us on our Twitter @nwfireblog for live updates. Please stay safe out there, wherever you may travel or be deployed to. We appreciate everything you all are doing out there.  #FireResources

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 00:15 PDT 

Disaster News | California Shaken By Large Quake, Aftershocks

UPDATE 1 – JULY 5, 2019 – FRIDAY

A large earthquake shook the Ridgecrest, California area on Thursday, July 4, 2019, which startled a lot of people.

The Kern County EOC was activated due to the large earthquake and aftershocks. This evening, a larger quake measured at 6.9+ with some reports stating as high as a 7.1M occurred, prompting Fire Agencies to start checking their Fire Stations.

Call volume has increased with firefighters responding to calls related to breathing difficulties, structure and grass fires and gas leaks, as well as HAZMAT calls.

SHELTER 

An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage | Ridgecrest residents only | 760-499-5083. City or County inspections are onsite.

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2220 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Newest Wildfire

MONTANA CREEK FIRE

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Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Overnight, Alaska had two known and reported wildfires, one was due to a bonfire where party goers fled and it had escaped its containment area. It has since been put out.

Report Wildfires by calling 9-1-1 or 800-237-3633

This wildfire named the MONTANA CREEK FIRE is burning on private land that started on July 3rd.  It was reported to Palmer Forestry by MATCOM at 1500 hours.

There has been 247 acres of spruce and hardwoods that have been destroyed.  Fire behavior is extreme with a high rate of spread but has since been slowed. Crews will remain on-scene for most part of the morning.

Palmer IA responded with a helitack and an engine.  Additional resources included tankers, scoopers, an Army Guard Blackhawk and overhead personnel.

Currently in the State of Alaska, there are 19 staffed fires, 93 that are in a monitoring status, 3 have been put out and 2 prescribed fires, for a total of 640,589 acres destroyed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1110 hours PDT

Mall Shooting Suspect Being Sought | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A shots fired call prompted Torrance (CA) Police Officers to be dispatched on Monday, June 3, 2019, around 1456 hours PDT to the Del Amo Fashion Center (Shopping Mall).  The Mall is located in the 3500 block of Carson Street inside the City limits.

POLICE ACTIVITY

Police are still in the area investigating and the Del Amo Fashion Center (also called by Citizens as the Del Amo Mall) and have the Mall in lockdown.  Police are warning people away from this active incident as they are working to locate the shooting suspect.

A perimeter has been set up around Plaza del Amo between Madrona Avenue to Maple Avenue and Carson Street between Madrona Avenue.  All streets have been shutdown.

HOW TO REPORT

If you see this person, DO NOT APPROACH. Call 9-1-1 or the Torrance PD at 310-328-3456 and get to a safe place. You can also visit the Station at 3300 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503.

ABOUT DEL AMO FASHION CENTER

The Del Amo Fashion Center is also known as Simon Malls located at 3525 Carson Street in Torrance, California.  It is listed as the third largest mall in America and the venue known as the South Bay’s premier retail destination. It is also said to be a favorite among those who visit/play/live and work in Southern California as this is an unique mall full of natural lighting, beautiful architecture, living green walls, majestic palm trees and so much more.

There approximately 200 stores and located easily off of the 405 freeway at Hawthorne Boulevard exit.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/3/2019 @ 1945 hours PDT

 

 

The Wildfire Log | Bald Mtn Rd Fire | WA | 2

YAKIMA, Wash. | An RV fire reportedly sparked a brush-turned-wildfire on Sunday, June 2, 2019 in the late morning.  The fire was said to be about 1.7 miles southeast of the Squaq Rock Campground.

Fire crews and equipment was quickly dispatched via the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center from Yakima City FD, County, WA DNR and Nile FD to approximately 1-1.5 miles up Bald Mtn. Rd and located between Mileposts 103 and 104 off of Hwy 410 in Yakima.

Resources consisted of three brush trucks, one DNR helicopter and multiple engines, as well as fire support personnel.

The fire was stopped heading south down to 410 but it continued to move uphill and burning on the hillside above.

Firefighters egressed on the RV fire putting it out and immediately going into mop up operations.

The size of the fire was reportedly approximately to be three acres.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/2/2019 @ 1332 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Naches Road Fire | WA | 1

YAKIMA, Wash. | A controlled fire escaped its containment and went into nearby brush turning into a wildfire. The fire started on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Fire personnel and resources from nearby Glead Fire Department and other mutual aid agencies responded to the Naches Road area.

The first due engine reported that the fire under control but then stated it had increased to one acre with one structure being threatened and to continue all incoming resources.

Winds were reported coming from the west and the fire burning in medium to light fire fuels.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/2/2019 @ 1320 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Benton Fire | WA | 2

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. | A wildfire is burning at Benton Creek that ignited on Sunday, June 2, 2109.  Fire personnel and equipment were dispatched at 1135 hours PDT.

The fire is currently one acre of grass, brush and slash.  The containment status is unknown at this time.

Resources include:  E382, H346, SE461, 521 and Jones.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/2/2019 @ 1304 hours PDT