TX Reeling From Post-Storm Affects – 2

POST SUMMARY State of Texas, known as The Lone Star State was hit extremely hard from by a Category 4 Hurricane (Harvey) that made landfall late evening on Friday, August 25, 2017.  It was downgraded to a Category 2 later but not before the storm unleashed its fury of downpours.  

This storm is due to produce ever more water than the areas can even hold flooding structures, infrastructures, threatening the State’s economy.    The storm reached its peak intensity slamming into Rockport sustaining much of the extreme amount of damage.  Many parts of the State have been devastated beyond recognition.

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” It is the first time since 9/11 that all 28 FEMA Urban SAR teams have been mobilized.”

– Jeff Stern, VA State DEM Coordinator

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DISTRESS CALLS

Call 9-1-1.  The US Coast Guard says do not report Distress calls over Social Media. You must report by calling 911.  Keep trying until you get through.

EVACUATIONS

Rosenburg, TX.  Mandatory evacuations for homes on Huntington Road. Unknown if bridge into area will hold as river levels are rising. Bridge is only escape out of area. (Posted by RPD 2202 Hours CDT). 

Bay City, TX. Mayor announces entire City is under a mandatory evacuation by 1300  hours on Monday, 8/28/2017, due to 10-foot flood expected. https://www.facebook.com/footstepsforthefallen/posts/645510148987649

Sugar Land, TX. Two LIDs are under mandatory evacuations. http://abc13.com/judge-mandatory-evacuations-for-two-sugar-land-lids/2349438/

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As of Aug 27, 2017,  there is NO evacuation orders in place for the City of Pearland. (This was fake news)

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(Credit: Rosenberg PD)

RESCUE TIPS

What to Do to Be Rescued.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

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Houston 911 received 56,000 calls (from 2200 hours Saturday, 8/26/2017 through 0100 hours on Sunday, 8/27/2017).  During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000 calls.  

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No Drones in Disaster Recovery Zones.  TX Military Department has seen a rise of

Drone operators trying to get in on some action of their own, but did you know that it is extremely dangerous for those on the ground and in the air?  Did you know it is illegal and can not only net you a ticket, but some hefty jail time? It is true.  Here are some of the problems and where rescuers are working.

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FAA, DOD asking people not to fly drones in and around Houston, TX.  There have been reports of close calls by pilots.

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CLOSURES

WB I-10. Westbound I-10 being closed at mile marker 655 or about 40 miles east of Seguin due to flooding. (TxDOT – Yoakum)

Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson. Shutdown as of 1913 hours CDT.  These are the two trauma hospitals in the City.

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As of 0600 Hours CDT 8/27/2017, Houston TranStar logged 174 high-water road closures in the area. This included I-10, I-45, I-610, I-69, US 290, TX 225, TX 288,  Beltway 8 and TX 3 in Galveston, Texas.

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HOW TO HELP

Volunteers Needed.  City of Dallas, TX.  http://www.voly.org/join/index.html

Boats Needed.  Houston Police Department.  Call 713-881-3100.

Blood Donations. Austin hospitals need blood donations at We Are Blood, A Blood  Center in Central Texas.  https://weareblood.org/

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 Social media rumors tell of hundreds dead, thousands of rooftop rescues and millions of people stranded is #FakeNews. 

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SAFETY

Boil Water Alert.  City of Corpus Christi is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to the Storm’s destruction. Effective 8/25/2017, until further notice.

American Red Cross.  Safe and Well.  Register today so your loved ones can find you, or use as a way to find those who may be missing.  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown campaign is critical in saving lives more than ever. 

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Facebook Safety Check.  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP.  https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/hurricane-harvey-aug24-2017/about/

Emergency Alerts.  Sign up for Pearland, TX Residential Alerts here –> https://www.pearlandtx.gov/residents/get-connected/e-alerts  Government offices currently shutdown on 8/28/2017 and 8/29/2017 with a possibility of longer says their website.

Wading Through Flood WatersAVOID DRIVING, WALKING through flood waters.  6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult over.  (NWS Houston)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators are those who act as Partners and as in this State of Emergency – work together on Federal, State and Local levels to ensure resources are able to assist the area’s needs of the government, its people, property and its communities. Due to the vast amount of resources, we apologize ahead of time if we missed anyone!

American Red Cross.  100’s of volunteers are/have traveled all over the U.S. to lend their time, talents and compassion to victims and evacuees. 

LA Cajun Navy.  State of Louisiana sending the LA Cajuna Navy. 

TX Governor Greg Abbott  

Houston OEM

Houston PD.  SWAT team conducted several hundred high-water rescues and were still actively searching and conducting more rescue operations. (1713 CDT)

(Credit: Houston PD)

INTF-1 HAZMAT Support.  Indiana Task Force 1 arriving in Katy (near Houston), TX. (1834 PDT)

LAFD TF1.  70 members en route says LAFD Fire Chief Terrazas.

MA-TF1.  A FEMA Task Force is en route from Massachussetts and will soon joining others. (1810 PDT)

Miami-Dade Fire.  FL-TF1 en route to Texas to assist with SAR effects in affected areas.

(Credit: MDFR)

National Guard.  Multiple military trucks, Humvees and other vehicles that can tread water were seen driving down City streets.

New Jersey.  SAR crews were deployed.

FDNY – NYPD USAR NY TF1.  The Joint FDNY and NYPD USAR NY Task Force-1 deployed earlier today.

(Credit: FDNY)

PA TF-1.  40 members.  Leaving the PA Fire Academy and heading to South Texas.  (1917 PDT)

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.  Hotline setup for people with Disabilities. 800-626-4959.

Sacramento Fire.  USAR TF7 sends 14-member water rescue team.  Crews drove 2,000 miles to their destination.

Salvation Army.  Previously shipped extra pallets of water and food on 8/23/2017.

Save The Children.  Setting up Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters to help kids and families.  DONATIONS. Text “HURRICANE” to 2022 to donate $25 to the “Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey  Relief Fund”.

TX State, Emergency Management Department Is the main hub of activity that will coordinate Federal, State and local resources pouring into their State.

US Coast Guard Heartland.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

USCG makes sure no Family member is left behind. Rescuing pets and their people. (Credit: USCG Heartland)

WA TF1 Urban SAR.  FEMA team from Pierce County, Washington State is sent to assist along with other FEMA units.

SHELTERS

American Red Cross Shelters.  Shelter Locator here –> http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter?utm_source=arctwitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvey

Harris County, TX.  Compiled list of open shelters. http://readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26637

Katy ISD.  The Morton Ranch HS (MRHS) located at 21000 Franz  Road 77449 and the Cinco Ranch HS (CRHS) located at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, both in Katy, TX will be opening at 0730 CDT on Monday.  They will be offering shelter, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need.  DONATIONS of blankets, pillows, towels will be accepted at either High School beginning at 0730 hours.  SOCIAL MEDIA Channels are Katy ISD “OnTheGo” app. Website:  www.Katyisd.org.  Twitter:  @katyisd 

 

WEATHER TRACKERS

Storm Surge Tracker.  The NWS  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

There are multitudes of photos, storm images and other unimaginative descriptions of what those are truly seeing, hearing and experiencing.  We will share with you what they are feeling, see and what they are hearing.  Some photos are copyrighted so we will try to explain the best way we can as to what is being posted out there in the Social Media world.

(Credit: USCG Heartland)

USCG Heartland.  Sector Corpus Christi IMD members assess damage in Port Aransas, TX. 

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –>  http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT

Gas Prices.  National news media reporting gas prices are set to spike due to #HurricaneHarvey wreaks havoc on our vital energy facilities.  It is time to focus on rescues and saving lives.  This something that can easily be put back on the back burner.

Roadblocks.  I-10 freeway is now closed due to heavy flooding. Police are using multiple cruiser to keep motorists out of harm’s way.  A photo by a news media outlet shows mostly semis (approximately 8 semi rigs across and unknown how long the back-up is but there is no getting off this freeway by turning around.

Pet Rescues.  Social media reporting dog rescues are coming in at 60 per hour. 

Countries Pray for  Our U.S. Texas.  Canadian President: “Canadians are keeping the people of Texas in our thoughts – we’re ready to offer any assistance needed to help recover from this disaster.” – Justin Trudeau

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 

Hurricane Harvey Slams into Texas – 1

Post Summary | A Category 4 Hurricane has slammed into the United States with a direct hit to the State of Texas. Many in Texas began preparation as early as August 23, 2017.

This post will be the first of many to come with us gleaning information from all over Social Media, news media, government sites and other additional countless sources.

We are posting by the date of when the information/storm details and other news was reported.  At the bottom of each update we will put the current publishing date and time.

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We are thinking of our friends in the Texas and those in the direct path where Harvey is due to impact.  Please heed all evacuation orders and listen to First Responders/Agencies helping with various resources.

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EOC / PARTNERS

TX State, Emergency Management Department.  State spends the day together to ensure State and Federal partners are ready to support to local partners. (8/23/2017)

Salvation Army.  Disaster Response delivers an additional 13 pallets of water and 10 pallets of clean-up kits for staging. (8/23/2017)

Local resources.  People gather together to fill sandbags. (8/24/2017)

ALERTS!

Pets Alive:  Austin Pets Alive are seeking foster families for evacuated pets arrival.  See news story here — > http://www.statesman.com/lifestyles/pets/austin-pets-alive-seeks-foster-families-after-evacuated-pets-arrive/TxRup2za5M9cB0qbZJJ7mI/ .

National Weather Service (NWS) of Houston, TX:  Flash Flood Warning for Lake Jackson, Freeport and Clute, TX.  https://twitter.com/NWSHouston/status/901344176301801472 (8/26/2017)

City of Corpus Christi:  City is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to Storm’s destruction. (8/25/2017)

RESOURCES

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –> http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT)

Facebook Safety Check:  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP. (8/26/2017)

National Weather Service:  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. (8/23/2017)

Media:  Text messages will go through when calls won’t.  It will free up space for emergency communication. (8/24/2017)

EVACUATIONS  

Shelters:  Do not require you to show proof of ID. (8/25/2017)

News Media:  Island Campus students are ordered to evacuate/leave campus.  Required to be off campus by 0700 hours CDT.  Move-in day was supposed to be on 8/24/2017 but has since been postponed due to the incoming hurricane. (8/23/2017) 

News Media:  Pleas from posters ask pet owners not to leave pets tied up outside or leave them outside. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  RVs seen evacuating on ferries out of the Port Aransas area. (8/24/2017)

WEATHER

News Media:  WIND has been downgraded only.  There is due to be catastrophic & historic flooding that will continue for days even after the Storm has left the area.

News Media:  Rain has begun in Bexar County.  Heaviest will be to the SE. (8/25/2017 @ 0355 hours)

News Media:  Up to possible 10″ of rain in parts of Texas so far from the Storm.  (8/26/2017 @ 0359 hours)

News Media:  Rainbands reaching the TX coastline. (8/26/2017 / 0353 hours CDT)

News Media:  Storm was at a Cat4 made landfall on 8/25/2017.  Now down to a strong Cat2 but flooding threat is just beginning.   Reports of 25 mi NNW of Rockport, TX.  Moving NW at 6 mph.  Max winds @ 110 mph.  Min Pressure is at 954 mb. (8/26/2017 / 0352 hours CDT)

This is what a Cat4 Hurricane looks like in space. Credit: NASA

NWS of Lake Charles.  Current weather conditions in Miami, FL.  Storm weakening over land but water levels are still rising. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT4+shtml/260758.shtml (8/26/2017)

Twitter Poster:  As of 0300 hours CDT.  Rockport, TX (25 mil NNW).  Victoria, TX (35 miles SSW).  (8/26/2017)

Corpus Christi Visitor Center:  Map released showing hurricane due to hit landfall on Mexico at 1000 hours CDT on Wednesday; to impact parts of Texas and Louisiana around 1000 hours CDT on  8/26/2017. (8/23/2017)  

News Media:  Map released of Houston, TX about to get poured upon this weekend and early next week.  Some rain projections of up to 36″ of rain! (8/23/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Weather predictions for TX are also affecting Costa Rica with high chances of rain. (8/23/2017)

EYEWITNESS REPORTS

Twitter Poster:  Rain was supposed to hit on 8/25/2017 @ 1900  hours with renewed time at 0300 hours.  Current time 0339 hours. No rain. (8/26/2017 / 0349 CDT)

News Media:   Residents at the Rockport (City of) Senior housing complex have been rescued. (8/25/2017 / 2300 CDT)

News Media:  Tornado damage in Sargent, TX. (8/25/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Tide begins to rise on an empty beach North of Bob Hall Pier. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   Water already rising into the barge docks across from the American Bank Center. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   A General Surgeon stays behind while his family flies out of the Corpus Christi airport. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Raining then stopped at the University of Houston. (8/23/2017)

SOCIAL MEDIA  

News Media:  162,000  – 200,000 people in Corpus Christi without power and clean water.

Twitter Poster:  We will ride out this storm and it will be flooded all over Corpus Christi.  We will still end up with (water) restrictions. (8/23/2017)

Ignoring the Evacuation Order:  Some people have decided to ignore the evacuation order and now, some say – they did not know this was going to come and are stuck in their homes, businesses and other structures.

Thank you for reading our post.   Our next update will be later in the day on Saturday.

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 0230 PDT

NW Fire Chronicles | Diamond Creek Fire | 1

PASAYTEN WILDERNESS, WASHINGTON STATE

Purpose |   We have covered this wildfire through multiple postings but not on this new column called the “NW Fire Chronicles” where we spotlight individual wildfires.  Hope you all enjoy!

July 31 Dollar Creek Drainage

Courtesy: Inciweb

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE

Incident Summary |  The Diamond Creek Fire is burning in the Diamond Creek drainage that was ignited by a human cause on July 23, 2017.  The fire is burning on the steep slopes of timber and grass in the Pasayten Wilderness on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  It is located additional 25 miles North of Winthrop, Washington State.

Size Up | Fire behavior is active with crowning, running and spotting.  There has been 9,905 acres consumed with a zero % containment status. Fire Manager acknowledge this may be a long-term wildfires, they are trying various fire tactics to address this wildfire’s stubbornness.

Resources | There are 188 personnel assigned to this incident along with 2 engines, 5 crews and 4 helicopters.  Command is an IMT 1 unit.

Total Costs | Fire suppression and containment costs have reached $ 2 Million to date.

Social Media | #DiamondCreekFire #WAwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Posted 8/8/2017 2325 PDT

NW Fire Chronicles | Noisy Creek Fire | 1

NOISY CREEK FIRE

Looking east across north end of Sullivan Lake at Noisy Creek Fire

Incident Summary | The Noisy Creek fire is located on the Colville National Forest about 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls (Pend Orielle County) in Washington State.  It was detected on July 15, 2017, around 0800 hours PDT.  Its cause of ignition is lightning.

Resources | There are 310 personnel attached to this incident along with 7 crews, 11 engines and 3 helos. Command is an IMT2 team.

Size Up |  There is active fire behavior with backing, flanking and uphill runs.  About 3,120 acres of timber and brush have been destroyed but fire crews have reached a successful containment of 27% so far.  They will continue to apply pressure to reach their 100% containment goal.

Cost-To-Date | The total firefighting suppression and containment costs to date have reached $2.5 Million.

Fire Image Courtesy | Inciweb.

Social Media | #NoisyCreekFire #WAwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/8/2017 @ 2315 hours PDT

NW Fire Chronicles | Blanket Creek Fire | 1

ROGUE RIVER-SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST, OREGON

Active fire burning understory fuels

Holding the fireline during night operations. Courtesy: Inciweb

Incident Summary | The Blanket Creek wildfire is located 7 miles East of Prospect on the Cascades Ranger District of the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon.  It was discovered on July 26, 2017. Its cause is unknown at the time of this post.

Size Up | There has been 4,739 acres of timber consumed but there is a 39% containment status.  The fire behavior is currently active with torching and spotting.

Resources | There are 771 personnel assigned alongside with 22 crews, 24 engines and 6 helicopters.   Managing the fire is a NW IMT 13 team.  The Fire and Incident Command Post (ICP) are located at the day-use facility, Joseph Stewart State Park.

Cost-To-Date | $9.8 Million.

Social Media | Follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, Twitter & Facebook. #BlanketCreekFire #ORwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Posted 8/8/2017 @ 2220 PDT Hours

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.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Fire Activity Quiet | 14

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.

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Update 14 – May 15, 2017

A long helicopter, the blades stopped in motion by the camera, is dragging a red rubberized bucket of water to be dropped on the West Mims Fire.

  • 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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Fire Pushes Across Interior | 13

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.

A stunning image captured along the fire line in Division Zulu on the evening of May 9, 2017.

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Update 13 – May 12, 2017

  •  148,303 acres.
  • 16% containment status
  • 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.
  • 804 personnel assigned.
  • 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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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

# # #

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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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.

# # #

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.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Fire Behavior Increases | GA | 12

UPDATE 12 – MAY 11, 2017 – (THURSDAY) – 1930 HOURS PDT

Weather | Conditions are hot and dry.

Cause | The cause was due to lightning that hitting the area.

Location | The fire is about 2.5 miles NE of the Eddy Fire Tower on the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.

A dark plume of smoke and flames burning near a dirt road on the West Mims Fire

Fire Conditions | 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.

Resources | 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.

Acreage | 144,073

Containment Status | 15%.

Threats | About 500 structures were threatened as the fire was said to be headed SE towards Jacksonville.

# # #

UPDATE 11 – MAY 6, 2017 – (SATURDAY) – 2330 HOURS PDT

Acres | 135,391 acres.

Evacuations | Entire town of St. George, Georgia has been added to the mandatory evacuation order.

Hwy 94 closed both ways from 121/94 in St. George west to Lacy's Store 2 p,m, 5-06-217

Closure at Hwy 121 Road at Hwy 94 and 185

Shelter | A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.

Containment Status | Though the fire remains at 12% containment status, the acreage continues to increase as firefighters work against time and weather conditions.

Donations | The folks managing the wildfire are getting lots of donation offers and there have been some suggestions on how You can help them.

NOTE:  Generally, Firefighters are trained to be self-sufficient when going out into the field and their support base camp is fully stocked with food, water and all of the necessary gear.  This one reason why they do not accept these types of donation offers.  Also, they are not geared to accept monetary donations either.  However, they recommend you donate to supporting organizations.

—>  Donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  This organization many firefighters and their families.  They are always looking for funding sources to help as many people as they can.  To learn more about their tireless efforts, you can visit them on their Facebook page at —-> https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation/

—>  Donate to a Local Food Bank.  Due to this being a large wildfire, many were evacuated and may need assistance. Contact the Local Food Bank in the area to see how you can make a food or other type of donation.  They will be forever grateful.

—>  Support your Local Fire Department.  Many Fire Departments have firefighters from area Agencies.  You can contact those who may be in the area to see how you can support them and their fire personnel, i.e. funding, donations, etc.

# # #

UPDATE 10 – MAY 5, 2017 – (FRIDAY) – 1900 HOURS PDT

A large smoke plume dominates the frame colored with pink, and gray highlights from the smoke-filtered setting sun

Acreage | 111,650 acres with 12% containment status.  In a holding pattern.

Personnel | 492 personnel.

Resources | 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.

ALERT! | Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR.  This also includes unmanned aircraft or Drones.

Cost-To-Date | $12.4 Million in fire suppression costs.

# # #

UPDATE 9 – MAY 4, 2017 (THURSDAY) – 2100 HOURS PDT

Acreage | 111,650 acres burned. 12% containment status.

Personnel | 503 personnel are still attached to this fire incident.

Current Fire Conditions | The West Mimm Fire Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.

A cloud looking like a head of cauliflower rises above a generally gray-brown indistinct smoke layer. It resembles a thunderhead and indicates udrafts occurring due to extremely active fire behavior

Fire Weather | Tomorrow’s high is predicted to be 78 with minimum relative humidity of 30 percent and winds from the west at 15 mph.  Some rain is expected to hit the area.

Fire Activities | Firefighters have been busy putting out spot fires.  Crews will continue to monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

# # #

UPDATES 4-8 – APRIL 29, 2017 (SATURDAY) – MAY 2, 2017 (TUESDAY) – 2015 HOURS PDT

Location |  16 miles SE of Fargo.

Back firing operations.

Acreage | Fire has now destroyed 100,517 acres and fire crews have managed to keep it at a steady 18% containment status.

Current Conditions | Firefighters have been working against persistent NW winds and a 19% RH level. Back firing will continue.

Resources | 466 personnel are still assigned along with 53 wildlife fire engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

# # #

UPDATE 3 – APRIL 28, 2017 (FRIDAY) – 1750 HOURS PDT

Fire Status | 86,868 scorched acres.  8% contained.

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.

Resources | 488 personnel assigned to this fire incident along with 6 helicopters, 56 wildland fire engines, 6 dozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 interagency hot-shot crews and various overhead and support positions.

Fire Tactics | Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.

# # #

UPDATE 2 – APRIL 17, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1840 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary | The wildfire was sparked by a lightning strike on April 6, 2017, has now destroyed 21,308 acres of timber (grass and understory) and southern rough.  Crews have reached a 3% containment status.

Correction:  This wildfire is located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia.  It was previously reported in Oklahoma which was incorrect.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

Courtesy: Inciweb

Resources | There are 265 personnel assigned along with ` Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs, 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.

Current Fire Conditions | The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

Planned Tactics | We will be conducting Indirect line construction where possible, utilizing tactical firing operations to secure upland land holding, mop up control lines, support prep work near private property, implement structure protection around communities and structures at risk, including Council, Fargo, Stephen Foster, and Okefenokee Refuge structures, utilize aircraft as needed to contain fire within the Refuge.

We will work to prepare operations at the  Type 1 helibase at the Fargo golf course.

Night shift operations will commence from 2000 to 0800 hours with a firefighters on the line.  We will continue to strengthen control lines.  Additionally, we will monitor fire activity and check for  hot spots, recon potential control lines and examine area for hazards and identify areas that need to be mitigated.” – FWS

# # #

Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 10, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1830 HOURS PDT

 Incident Summary | The wildfire is 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.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Fire Still Scorching | Update 11

UPDATE 11 – MAY 6, 2017 – (SATURDAY) – 2330 HOURS PDT

Acres | 135,391 acres.

Evacuations | Entire town of St. George, Georgia has been added to the mandatory evacuation order.

Hwy 94 closed both ways from 121/94 in St. George west to Lacy's Store 2 p,m, 5-06-217

Closure at Hwy 121 Road at Hwy 94 and 185

Shelter | A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.

Containment Status | Though the fire remains at 12% containment status, the acreage continues to increase as firefighters work against time and weather conditions.

Donations | The folks managing the wildfire are getting lots of donation offers and there have been some suggestions on how You can help them.

NOTE:  Generally, Firefighters are trained to be self-sufficient when going out into the field and their support base camp is fully stocked with food, water and all of the necessary gear.  This one reason why they do not accept these types of donation offers.  Also, they are not geared to accept monetary donations either.  However, they recommend you donate to supporting organizations.

—>  Donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  This organization many firefighters and their families.  They are always looking for funding sources to help as many people as they can.  To learn more about their tireless efforts, you can visit them on their Facebook page at —-> https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation/

—>  Donate to a Local Food Bank.  Due to this being a large wildfire, many were evacuated and may need assistance. Contact the Local Food Bank in the area to see how you can make a food or other type of donation.  They will be forever grateful.

—>  Support your Local Fire Department.  Many Fire Departments have firefighters from area Agencies.  You can contact those who may be in the area to see how you can support them and their fire personnel, i.e. funding, donations, etc.

# # #

UPDATE 10 – MAY 5, 2017 – (FRIDAY) – 1900 HOURS PDT

A large smoke plume dominates the frame colored with pink, and gray highlights from the smoke-filtered setting sun

Acreage | 111,650 acres with 12% containment status.  In a holding pattern.

Personnel | 492 personnel.

Resources | 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.

ALERT! | Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR.  This also includes unmanned aircraft or Drones.

Cost-To-Date | $12.4 Million in fire suppression costs.

# # #

UPDATE 9 – MAY 4, 2017 (THURSDAY) – 2100 HOURS PDT

Acreage | 111,650 acres burned. 12% containment status.

Personnel | 503 personnel are still attached to this fire incident.

Current Fire Conditions | The West Mimm Fire Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.

A cloud looking like a head of cauliflower rises above a generally gray-brown indistinct smoke layer. It resembles a thunderhead and indicates udrafts occurring due to extremely active fire behavior

Fire Weather | Tomorrow’s high is predicted to be 78 with minimum relative humidity of 30 percent and winds from the west at 15 mph.  Some rain is expected to hit the area.

Fire Activities | Firefighters have been busy putting out spot fires.  Crews will continue to monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

# # #

UPDATES 4-8 – APRIL 29, 2017 (SATURDAY) – MAY 2, 2017 (TUESDAY) – 2015 HOURS PDT

Location |  16 miles SE of Fargo.

Back firing operations.

Acreage | Fire has now destroyed 100,517 acres and fire crews have managed to keep it at a steady 18% containment status.

Current Conditions | Firefighters have been working against persistent NW winds and a 19% RH level. Back firing will continue.

Resources | 466 personnel are still assigned along with 53 wildlife fire engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

# # #

UPDATE 3 – APRIL 28, 2017 (FRIDAY) – 1750 HOURS PDT

Fire Status | 86,868 scorched acres.  8% contained.

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.

Resources | 488 personnel assigned to this fire incident along with 6 helicopters, 56 wildland fire engines, 6 dozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 interagency hot-shot crews and various overhead and support positions.

Fire Tactics | Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.

# # #

UPDATE 2 – APRIL 17, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1840 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary | The wildfire was sparked by a lightning strike on April 6, 2017, has now destroyed 21,308 acres of timber (grass and understory) and southern rough.  Crews have reached a 3% containment status.

Correction:  This wildfire is located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia.  It was previously reported in Oklahoma which was incorrect.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

Courtesy: Inciweb

Resources | There are 265 personnel assigned along with ` Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs, 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.

Current Fire Conditions | The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

Planned Tactics | We will be conducting Indirect line construction where possible, utilizing tactical firing operations to secure upland land holding, mop up control lines, support prep work near private property, implement structure protection around communities and structures at risk, including Council, Fargo, Stephen Foster, and Okefenokee Refuge structures, utilize aircraft as needed to contain fire within the Refuge.

We will work to prepare operations at the  Type 1 helibase at the Fargo golf course.

Night shift operations will commence from 2000 to 0800 hours with a firefighters on the line.  We will continue to strengthen control lines.  Additionally, we will monitor fire activity and check for  hot spots, recon potential control lines and examine area for hazards and identify areas that need to be mitigated.” – FWS

# # #

Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 10, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1830 HOURS PDT

 Incident Summary | The wildfire is 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.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog