Wildfire Activity | NIFC Sit Rep | March 27, 2020

Southern Area (MS and FL), United States

As of Friday, March 27, 2020, there were 226 wildfires that broke out with two of them being large incidents, Three Forks Marsh Fire and the Wildcat Fire.  These two fires are located in the State of Florida.

Here is a listing of wildfires that have since been 100% contained.

4 Point Fire  :  National Forests in Mississippi. 1, 858 acres. 100% contained. 2 total personnel remain on one engine. The cost-to-date is $35,000.00 in fire suppression and containment expenses.

Lee Cook Road (46) Fire:  Florida Forest Service.  537 acres. 100% contained. 1 person on an engine remains. $5,000 cost-to-date.

Three Forks Fire:  This fire started on March 26, 2020, from an unknown cause.  570 acres in the Florida Forest Service owned/managed lands. 100% contained. 4 personnel remain on three engines. $2,000 cost-to-date.

Wildcat Fire:  This fire also started on March 26, 2020 on Eglin Air Force Base, owned by the Department of Defense.  500 acres. 100% contained. 8 personnel are on-scene with three engines. $5,000 cost-to-date.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/292020 2240 PST

Community News | West Coast | March 29, 2020

COMMUNITY NEWS is our newest launched daily post that includes Alerts, Public Service Announcemtns and Community Needs gleaned from those across Social Media channels.

We will be posting these under this new column by each region due to the influx of massive messaging, until all of the needs have been met and/or this is all over and done with.

We ask that you partner with us by sharing this post with others in your network, friends, family, employer and other people who can be helped by this post.  This is how we know to help our West Coast peeps.

Thank you and Be Safe all.

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NATIONALLY SPEAKING

NEW! | CDC Health Alert

CDC has now issued an Alert on the severe illness associated with using Non-Pharmaceutical chloroquine Phosphate to prevent and treat coronavirus disease.  They are warning those who take this without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including being fatal.

2 cases reported to the CDC who ingested this drug, a chemical in it is uded for aquarium usages that is commercially available for purchase at stores and through internet websites. One of the individuals died shortly after the arrival at the hospital. The second patient is critically ill with severe gastrointestinal symptos and cardiac conduction abnormalities.  After the patient recovered, he reported that he saw on TV the usuage of this product to provent COVID19.

The product was in his possession in a powder form inside a 2.2# container labeled “for Ornamental Fish Only”.  The CDC is aware of unconfirmed reports of this product being out-of-stock due to an alarmingly increased rate of public demand.

There is currently no approval by the FDA for use of this unprescribed chemical for prevention or treatment of the COVID19 virus.

Details here —-> https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00431.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM24285 (Source:  CDC)

NEW! | National Flood Insurance 

FEMA is granting those who pay flood insurance in the National Flood Insurance Program, an 120-day grace period.  Details here —> https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/03/29/fema-extends-grace-period-flood-insurance-renewal-premiums (Source: FEMA)

NEW! | Seniors Day

Walgreens has introduced a new service to keep Seniors Safe, supplied and connected. Every Tuesday is now Seniors Day with all-day discounts and seniors-only shopping from 8 am – 9 am. Pharmacy hours may vary.   Details here:  https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/seniorday.jsp?ext=twad_COV2a (Source: Walgreens)

NEW! | Mental Health/Illness Awareness

The National Alliance on Mental Health/Illness has a free helpline:  NAMI Helpline Monday – Friday, 1000 hours – 1800 hours (10-6) EST. Call 800-950-6264. (Source: NAMI)

HUMANITARIAN GROUPS

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is looking for monetary donations, in addition to non-perishable items such as: baby food, supplies, hygiene products, cleaning and santizing items, paper products. Check with your local Salvation Army site to learn what’s needed.  Details can be viewed on their website:  https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/covid19/.

Have lots of time on your hands and you are busy cleaning out your garage, room(s) or the whole house? It is okay to drop off to your nearest location but the Salvation Army asks that you not dump and run during the pandemic.  (Source:  Salvation Army)

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WASHINGTON STATE

NEW! | Drivers License and ID Cards

Effective March 23, 2020, customers can renew their drivers licenses an ID cards online. Those who require a visit to a driver licensing service office will be served upon appointment only.

Go to dol.wa.gov for information as your first step.  Persons under age 24 and over 70 may renew online for the next 30 days, longer if deemed necessary. They are also suspending the requirement to visit a licensing office every other renewal thereafter.

Most vehicle renewals can also be done online, by mail or over the phone.

See more information here —> https://licensingexpress.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/dol-takes-steps-to-protect-the-health-and-safety-of-customers-and-employees/

NEW!  | Funeral Guidelines

The Governor has issued guidelines on funerals and licensng to funeral homes and cemetaries.

Details here — > https://licensingexpress.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/governor-inslee-issues-additional-guidance-on-funerals/ (Source:  Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office)

NEW! | Groceries/Take Out Food Orders

There is misleading information that the virus is spreading through foods in the grocery stores and via drive-thrus at restaurants.  This is FALSE, but it is recommended after going to the grocery store to WASH YOUR HANDS. (Source:  WA DOH)

Photo Credit | WADOH

PPE Arrives in Snohomish County

County receives 9 pallets of PPE and will be distributed shortly. Thanks VPOTUS from sending them from the National Stockpile. (Source: Snohomish County government).

State Call Center

A Washington State Call Center is taking calls regarding COVID19 related questions, information on how it spreads, what to do if you have symptoms.  Call 1-800-525-0127 and press ” # “.

OREGON

We are searching for information for you, Oregon!

CALIFORNIA

Free Virtual Health Care Visits

Free Virtual Care visits for those who have mild COVID19 symptoms through Dignity Health.

We’re here for you during this challenging time of increased coronavirus cases. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay at home. To encourage this social distancing as well as continue to support your health and well-being, we’re offering free virtual care visits. If you or a family member have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as low-grade fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you can speak with a healthcare provider on your phone or device for free. Here are your options for accessing a virtual visit:

Once you register, enter the code COVID19 to waive the fees and proceed to your FREE visit.

Please note, we have been receiving a high volume of requests at this time. We apologize for longer than usual wait times. (Source:  Dignity Health)

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Tuesday, 3/31/2020. 7-8pm Livestreaming via the NorCalPublicMedia.org , TV KRCB Channel 22 and siulcast on La Mejor, KJOR 104.1 FM, in Spanish. Submit your questions prior to the broadcast to viewer@norcalpublicmedia.org  (Source: County of Sonoma)

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/29/2020 – 2215 hours PST

UPDATE | Puget Sound Firefighters Fight SeaTac Fire

Seatac, Washington —

Firefighters and resources from  Renton RFA, Tukwila Fire Department,  Puget Sound Fire and Zone 3 Fire Rehab were dispatched on Sunday, March 29, 2020, in the early evening to a structure fire in the 2400 block of South 146th Street.

Additional fire mutual aid resources dispatched from Skyway Fire, Burien Fire and Medic One.

All occupants self-extricated themselves from the home.

This was a fire in the home’s kitchen.  The fire is now out and there were no reports of injuries to the occupants or to firefighters.

A Fire Investigator is en route to the fire scene.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/29/2020 1828 hours PST

US Navy Medical Facilities Arrive in New York, California

New York and California

The United States Navy’s Comfort, a Military Sealift Command hosital ship has arrived to New York City on Sunday, March 29th around 1330 hours EDT (or 1030 PST – West Coast time) and guided in by tug boats to port.  This is in  response to the COVID19 virus response.

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USNS Comfort arrives in New York on March 29, 2020

“…our nation, specifically the people of New York, have requested our assistance and we are ready to respond.” – USNS Capt. Patrick Amerbach, CO, Medical Treatment Facility aboard the Comfort.

The facility will be used for non-COVID19 infected patients, which will provide a full array of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults, while allowing shore-based civilian hospitals to focus on their medical care to the treatment of virus infected patients.

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Comfort arrives in New York, shows its mammoth size. Credit: USNS

Comfort departed from the Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia and has a crew of over 1,100 Navy medical personnel and support staff with over 70 civil service mariners on board.  The Comfort is a converted San Clemente-class supertanker, that was delivered to the Navy’s Miltary Sealift Command on December 1, 1987 and is one of two Mercy-class hospital ships.

A second USNS ship, Mercy arrived in Los Angeles, California on March 27, 2020.

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in Los Angeles, March 27, 2020. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mora Jr. (Released) 200327-N-UV609-1087

USNS Mercy arrives in Los Angeles, California on March 27, 2020. Credit: USNS

The Comfort  and Mercy are operated, navigated and maintained by a crew of civil service mariners working for the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command.

Washington State was due to have the Mercy arrive to Seattle, but POTUS redirected it to Los Angeles, California instead.   Washington State is receiving assistance from local Military resources.

A field hospital is being set-up at Seattle’s Century Link to take care of those with non-COVID19 medical needs which will free up local health facilities.  Another facilty is being erected in Shoreline as more cases break out across the State.

The Governor of Washington State issued a Stay at Home. Stay Safe. Mandate for all non-essential employees on March 23, 2020.

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Gov Inslee at the Seattle Convention Center speaks to local media. Credit: Gov Jay Inslee

We cannot thank the men and women on these two ships for taking time from their own families to help care for the sick while local Cities are dealing with the COVID virus spreading like wildfire.

This is a godsent gift to Cities and their residents who will benefit from overflow of regular people with regular medical needs that are unrelated to the virus outbreak.  I think, we can say wholeheartedly that we speak for the residents of where these ships are arriving to, that we all will be eternally grateful.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated  Sunday, 3/29/2020 @ 1350 PST

March 28 2020 | Social Distancing on Social Media | Community Needs

We  will be reporting on communities needs, alerts, other communication on the COVD19 virus.  We will post other helpful links that may help you as a 1st responder, impacted patient/family member, general public, government official and any other topics by State.

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HUMANITARIAN GROUPS

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is looking for monetary donations, in addition to non-perishable items such as: baby food, supplies, hygiene products, cleaning and santizing items, paper products. Check with your local Salvation Army site to learn what’s needed.  Details can be viewed on their website:  https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/covid19/.

Have lots of time on your hands and you are busy cleaning out your garage, room(s) or the whole house? It is okay to drop off to your nearest location but the Salvation Army asks that you not dump and run during the pandemic.  (Source:  Salvation Army)

ARIZONA

Hospitals Brace for Surge

Hospitals in the State are urgently seeking out an additional 8,000 hospital beds to meet the Governor’s April 24th deadline and be prepared for a surge of anticipated high numbers of COVID patients. They are looking at creative ways to turn hotels, churches, sports fields into hospitals. (Source: CEDR Digital Corps)

Free Virtual Health Care Visits

101 Dignity health locations in Arizona.  Check this website for a free virtual care visit. https://locations.dignityhealth.org/

CALIFORNIA

Free Virtual Health Care Visits

Free Virtual Care visits for those who have mild COVID19 symptoms through Dignity Health.

We’re here for you during this challenging time of increased coronavirus cases. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay at home. To encourage this social distancing as well as continue to support your health and well-being, we’re offering free virtual care visits. If you or a family member have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as low-grade fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you can speak with a healthcare provider on your phone or device for free. Here are your options for accessing a virtual visit:

Once you register, enter the code COVID19 to waive the fees and proceed to your FREE visit.

Please note, we have been receiving a high volume of requests at this time. We apologize for longer than usual wait times. (Source:  Dignity Health)

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Tuesday, 3/31/2020. 7-8pm Livestreaming via the NorCalPublicMedia.org , TV KRCB Channel 22 and siulcast on La Mejor, KJOR 104.1 FM, in Spanish. Submit your questions prior to the broadcast to viewer@norcalpublicmedia.org  (Source: County of Sonoma)

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COLORADO

Health Partners Helping the Food Industry

El Paso County Public Health and the Community Health Partnership are thinking outside of the box to help businesses with donations/sale of excess food and goods to the help the coomunity during this virus outbreak.

Visit their story here: https://www.koaa.com/news/covering-colorado/el-paso-county-encourages-restaurants-food-stores-to-donate-sell-excess-food-to-service-organizations (Source: Local News Media)

MASSACHUSSETTS

Major Disaster Declaration Granted

Governor Charlie Baker requested federal disaster assistance from the Federal Government and they heard today from the White House and FEMA issuing the proclamation.

https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-federal-disaster-declaration-for-covid-19-response  (Source:  CEDR Digital Corps/MASS Gov Charlie Baker)

NEVADA

Free Virtual Doctor Visits

Dignity Health is offering free virtual visits with a doctor. Check this website how you can visit their site and if it is more severe where to go for assistance. https://locations.dignityhealth.org/ (Source: Dignity Health)

NEW JERSEY

Red Cross Needs Your Help!

Donating Blood | Red Cross New Jersey (@NJRedCross) is asking those who can donate blood, to do so. They are at an all-time critical low. (Source:  RedCross)

TEXAS

Medicaid and SNAP Programs Renewed

The TX Health & Human Services have received additional funding from the Federal Government to automatically renew Medicaid and the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for an indefinite period. No  need to call to renew.

What To Flush, That is the Question

Sanitary issues are starting to become an issue for those sheltering-in-place for the City’s Solid Waste services, as people are flushing things that should not be sent down the toilet, like disposable disapers, baby wipes, facial wipes, rags, cleaning or polish wipes, kitty litter, paper towels or any other items.  Food cooking oil and grease, food scraps, shortening, lard, butter, margarine are just a few items that should not be flushed.  These items should be tossed in the trash instead. (Source: City of Irving)

VERMONT

Burlington Homeless

The City is setting up RVs to house the homeless population at the North Beach Campground during the virus outbreak. (Source: News Media https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2020/03/26/burlingtons-homeless-population-has-new-home-north-beach-campers-wake-covid-19-rvs-anew/2918238001/)

WASHINGTON STATE

PPE Arrives in Snohomish County

County receives 9 pallets of PPE and will be distributed shortly. Thanks VPOTUS from sending them from the National Stockpile. (Source: Snohomish County government).

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/28/2020 – 1905 hours PST

Another Disaster Hits State of Arkansas | 1

UPDATE 1 – 3/28/2020 – 1730  HOURS PST

Craighead County, Arkansas.

A tornado touched down early in the evening on Saturday, March 28th in Jonesboro, Arkansas, causing significant damage to homes, businesses, a shopping mall and utility infrastructure.

Video footage | AR DOT

Resources involved in the incident includes Volunteer Fire Departments, along with the Red Cross and the Arkansas Governor’s office.

Red Cross:  50 volunteers.

Governor Asa Hutchinson:  Monitoring situation. Wishing all are safe.

Lake City VFD:   Rescue, Brush, 7 personnel.

Caraway FD: 7 personnel, pumper truck.

Monette FD:  Unknown # of personnel & equipment on-scene.

Southridge : 12 personnel.

Valley View Fire Protection District:  Unknown # of personnel & equipment on-scene.

Cash FD:  # of personnel/equipment unknown.

Philadelphia Fire Protection District:  6 members.

Brookland Fire Protection District:  1 squad, 5 personnel.

Bono Fire Protection Dist:  Unknown # of personnel/equipment.

Operations quickly came together at the helm of the local Jonesboro Police Department, County Sheriffs and State Police in what appears to be Unified Command at the Turtle Creek Mall.  Emergency responders are working diligently to search, rescue and treat injured, as well as addressing potential hazardous conditions out in roadways, highways, homes and structures.

Photo Credit:  Jonesboro E911

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Officials are asking all to stay home where you are safe and healthy.

Photo Credit:  City of Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Current Alerts that are in effect currently are:

Citywide curfew has been issued by the Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin for 1900 hours PST. No one should be on the streets.  (Mayor’s Office)

Damage reports coming in on Social Media, showing :

Caraway/Race intersection.  German auto, Aldi and Gateway Tire look like they took a direct hit.

A local meteoroligst says based upon some of the damage, this appears this could be the worst tornado to hit the area since the F3 on April 3, 1984 (36 years ago).

This tornado is said to be at a F4, which ripped through the heart of downtown Jonesboro.

More updates will be posted as information trickles through.  Please be safe, Arkansasians.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/28/2020 – 1730 hours PST

Seattle Firefighters Battling Building Fire

SEATTLE, Washington

Firefighters are yet again on another large blaze this weekend.  Seattle Firefighters were dispatched on Saturday morning around 1051 hours PST to a 2-alarm fire in a vacant building located in the 600 block of South Roy Street.

First due units reported heavy smoke and flames in the vacant building.  Due to heavy fire and unknown interior conditions of the building, crews were being forced to fight it from the outside; a defensive operation.  No fire crews were allowed inside the building.

The Fire Department was encouraging those who live in the area to close their windows due to heavy smoky conditions to prevent smoke inhalation.

Photo Credit | Seattle Fire Department

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A wall on the Delta side was starting to bow out (around 1227 hours) and command asked crews on this and Charlie sides to watch the structure.  All firefighters were out of the collapse zone.

After almost fighting the fire over a period of two hours, fuel tanks were beginning to run low.  A fuel truck was requested to assist with several companies.

We are covering this incident with Live Updates on Twitter @nwfireblog 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/282020 1230 PST

CORONA VIRUS 2019 | Sit Rep 7 | March 22, 2020

Washington State | Almost every single person in this State and beyond has been impacted by the COVID19 virus in some shape or form.  I have been  working from home the last few days and like, many others for weeks or until the unforseeable future.  We are all going to get through this.

Even though our last post was near the beginning of March, 2020 – we are again sifting through all of the overwhelming information and bringing current news and resources for those who need it most.

Please bare with us as we catch up and bring you moment-to-moment news throughout the day.

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SUMMARY

The first case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States was at the LifeCare Assisted Living Center in Kirkland, Washington on January 21, 2020.  This has been deemed ground zero. However, there has now been a widespread throughout the United States overall.

Here in Washington State, where we are located – 39 counties are now reporting in with at least one or more confirmed cases as more and more people are getting tested.

We cannot stress enough, along with everyone else – Social Distancing which has become a new norm for all of us is one that young people are not taking seriously.  The COVID19 does not care who you are, what age you are or where you live in this world.  It is impacting ALL ages, genders, religions, ethinicities, races, etc.  Please listen to all COVID19 messaging, including ours. We depend on you, as you may depend on us.– Ed.

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WASHINGTON STATE

According to the Washington State Department of Health’s website, the following cases have been confirmed in each 39 counties with 1,996 cases.

Benton County | 7 cases. 2 deaths

Chelan County | 3 cases. 0 deaths.

Clallam County | 4 cases. 0 deaths.

Clark County | 10 cases. 3 deaths.

Columbia County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

FACT | About 50% of deaths in Washington State are those over 80-plus years old. 50% are female and 44% are males.

Cowlitz County | 3 cases. 0 deaths.

Franklin County  | 3 cases. 0 deaths.

Grant County | 18 cases. 1 death.

Grays Harbor County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Island County | 21 cases. 1 death.

Jefferson County | 6 cases. 0 deaths.

King County (epicenter) | 1,040 cases. 75 deaths.

FACT | About 9% of the confirmed COVID19 cases are those aged 20-29 years of age (females) . 

Kitsap County | 18 cases. 0 deaths.

Kittitas County | 4 cases. 0 deaths.

Klickitat County | 4 cases. 0 deaths.

Lewis County | 2 cases.  0 deaths.

Lincoln County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Mason County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Pierce County | 107 cases. 1 death.

FACT | About 14% of those aged 30-49 years old have the COVID19 virus.

San Juan County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Skagit County | 33 cases. 0 deaths.

Snohomish County | 480 cases. 10 deaths.

Spokane County | 20 cases.  0 deaths.

Stevens County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Thurston County | 11 cases. 0 deaths.

Walla Walla County | 1 case. 0 deaths.

Whatcom County | 14 cases. 2 deaths.

Yakima County | 16 cases. 0 deaths.

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RESOURCES

Free Sanitizer | The Sandstone Distillery, is making a new product: Sanitizer and they are giving it away to 1st Responders, Hospitals, Doctor offices and the public.  You can visit them at 842 Wright Road SE, Tenino, WA 98589.  They are asking for you to donate glycerin which is a key ingredient in their sanitizer recipe which is from the CDC.

Studded Tires | The date to have your studded tires removed has been changed from March 31st to April 30th. (Source: WSDOT)

Taxes | The filing date has been moved from April 15th to July 15, 2020.

Emergency Declaration | The City of Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson is expected to issue an emergency order tonight for residents to stay indoors, after the city council voted today to expand his authority during the COVID19 pandemic. (Newsmedia)

Emergency Management Center (Bellevue) | The Faces who work around the clock to help coordinate essential services 24/7/365.   “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Photo Credit | City of Bellevue

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Alert | Tribal

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Goes into effect tonight at 2359 hours PST until April 5th 2359 hours PST.  Shelter-in-place.

New Recovery Center | King County joins Harborview Medical Center in opening a new 41 Recovery Center. https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/21-covid.aspx?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (Source: King County gov)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Donate Blood | The American Red Cross needs healthy volunteers to donate blood during this health crisis/blood shortage.

Social Distancing | Stay home unless you are an essential employee, like a Police Officer, Firefighter, Highway worker, Food / Grocery Worker, etc. or anyone else who cannot telecommute from home.  People whom are congregating in large groups are causing panic among others and are potentially spreading the virus, as learned about the young people in Florida who defied the quarantine mandate.  Several of them gathered on Florida beaches during Spring Break and now, they have acquired the virus which could have been completely preventable.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog | Updated 3/22/2020 @ 2000 hours PST

NEW Wildfire | Camino Fire | California | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A brush fire is burning on Hwy 154 and west Camino Cielo Road is burning uphill on the north slope that started on Monday afternoon.

It was ignited by an unknown source, which is currently under investigation. No preliminary has been released at the time of this post.

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Photo Credit | Daniel Bertucelli, SBCFD PIO

RESOURCES

Ground crews and a helicopter from the South Barbara County Fire Department are currently assigned and actively working on the fire line.

EVACUATIONS

There are evacuation warnings for those on East Camino Cielo Road east of Hwy 154 and the Painted Cave community.  The County Fire Department wants you to know this is a WARNING only and not an order.

UPDATES

More updates will be released when additional information is known and/or fire activity increases significantly.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1830 hours PDT

 

#SouthMainFire | Wildfire | California

The  SOUTH MAIN FIRE is located off of South Main Divide and Hacienda Road in El Cariso (Riverside County), California started on Friday, March 6, 2020.

The cause of the fire is most probable due to a burn on the South Main Divide that escaped containment lines and was immediately declared a wildfire.  It was at the time, a five-acre fire with a moderate rate of spread. No structures in the early stages of the incident were threated.  Additional air and ground resources were on order.

286 CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire firefighters were dispatched to the fire, along with two fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters dropping water.

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Photo Credit | Cleveland NF

Currently, the fire is 20 acres and 85% contained.  The forward progression was stopped on Friday, March 6th.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/7/2020 @ 2205 PST