Hot Springs Fire | Arizona | NEW!

LAKE PLEASANT, Ariz. –  Another wildfire has ignited in the area of south Lake Pleasant off of Hwy 74, approximately at mile marker 19.  It is also located in the same area of Castle Hot Springs Road (west of) and Carefree Hwy.

Though the Lake Pleasant Regional Park is not in the area of the wildfire, they are releasing statements about closures that may impact the entrance and exit to and from their Park.

The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona reported that the fire behavior is moving at a high rate of spread into dry grass by wind gusts.

Resources on-scene include one helicopter and the IC has additional resources on order.

Hwy 74 has been closed in the area of Lake Pleasant.

No photo description available.

Area where fire located | Photo Courtesy: BLM – AZ

Lake Pleasant Regional Park advises that the road closure along Carefree Hwy appears to be in effect in the area of Beardsley CSR road and east of Castle Hot Springs Road. No traffic is currently entering the park due to the road closure.

At the last update, the Bureau of Land Management stated they were expecting firefighters making good progress and were due to re-open Hwy 74 in the next hour. This was stated around 1630 hours MST.

A cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this post or if any structures were damaged or destroyed in the area.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/25/2019 @ 1840 hours PDT

#TrumpTowerFire Kills 1, Injures 4 | 1

MANHATTAN, NY | A 4-Alarm fire from an unknown cause ripped through the 50th story of the Trump Tower this afternoon killing one civilian and injuring four firefighters.  Onlookers shot video and photos spreading like wildfire all over Social Media.

Photo Credit | NYC OEM

FIRE TIMELINE 

1427 PDT – MAN 2-ALARM 721 5 AVE, HIGH RISE (TRUMP TOWER) FIRE ON 50TH FLR.

1524 PDT – Due to a fire at Trump Tower in Manhattan, expect police and FDNY in the area of 5th Ave/W.57 St. Expect traffic and street closures nearby by due to emergency vehicles.

1527 PDT – Members are on scene of a 3-alarm fire at 721 5th Ave Manhattan. There are currently no injuries reported.

1530 PDT – Current street closures due to the fire at Trump Tower.   5th Ave between W. 55 St to W. 57 St and W. 56 St between Madison Ave to 5th Ave.

1556 PDT – Members remain on scene of a 4-alarm fire, 721 5th Ave in Manhattan. There is currently one serious injury to a civilian reported.

1628 PDT – 

1657 PDT –  Fire brought under control.

1658 PDT – We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment who is in critical condition.

1659 PDT – We had many floors to search, and stairways, and right now the only civilian injury is to the occupant of that apartment. There are four Firefighters with non-life-threatening injuries.

1659 PDT (2) – This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke. 200 Firefighters and EMS members are on scene.

1700 PDT – The fire is still not considered to be under control because of the smoke conditions on all the floors above, says FDNY Fire Commissioner Nigro gives update on 4th alarm, 721 5th Ave Manhattan.

INCIDENT SUMMARY | 1 person has succumbed to his injuries, 4 firefighters were injured and have non-life threatening injuries.

FIRE BUILDING HISTORY 

January 8, 2018 | A fire in the building’s HVAC system injuring two civilians and one firefighter (non-life threatening injuries) and caused smoke to billow from the room.  It reportedly started around 0700 on Monday morning.  It was stated that some debris fell on to a firefighter and an engineer breathed in some smoke.  This fire took about one hour to put out.

PHOTO CREDIT | FDNY unless credits given otherwise to photos.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #TrumpTowerFire #NYFire

Senator Chuck Schumer (NY):  “Thinking tonight of those lost and injured in the fire that broke out in Trump Tower today, and incredibly thankful to the FDNY for their work that kept more NYers from harm.”

Editor’s Comments:  While there are very hateful things said on Social Media, we don’t always agree to agree with things going on in this world either but this is fire related and this is what we report on.  There was one person who was reportedly killed from their fire related injuries and four FDNY firefighters injured. We need to rally around the civilian’s life and family, as well as the firefighters, their family and our Fire Family.

When everyone runs out of a building or are trapped, these amazing and highly trained firefighters run in with a cache of personnel supporting them.  We need to recognize them for stopping this fire from spreading and extending beyond its current position.” LR Swenson, Editor

SOURCES | FDNY, FDNY Alerts, NYPD, Social Media

2018 NW Fire Blog

First Came the Fires, Now the Rains | Disasters x 2

CALIFORNIA 

 

On January 5, 2018, Santa Barbara County began flooding (pardon the pun) Social Media and broadcasting to its citizens of impending dangers of increased risk of flood/debris flows due to the #ThomasFire. 

Credit: County of Santa Barbara

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

CAL FIRE is assisting Ventura County Fire Department and Santa Barbara County Fire in the Montecito, Summerland and Carpenteria areas (Santa Barbara County) due to flooding and mudflows.

PRO-ACTIVE NOT REACTIVE

Evacuation orders were issued on Sunday, January 7th for those living in or near the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey Fire burn scars at noon on Monday, January 8th.  This is due to an approaching winter storm to sure to greatly impact these areas.

Alerting the Public, residents and visitors alike. Credit: Santa Barbara City OES

IMPACTED AREAS

Closures were beginning to occur as flooding in the area were rising.  The CHP closed the NB lanes of US 101 at Seacliff & SB lanes at Milpas due to flooding from the Thomas Fire burn area.  I-5 was left open as an alternate route.  SR33 was also closed just north of Ojai.  Santa Barbara CHP was still assessing damage in the area and requested all drivers avoid this area altogether. (1/9/2018 0515 Hours PST)

Montecito area. Santa Barbara CHP

It was also said for Santa Barbara County residents in the evacuation warning and order areas to shelter-in-place or go to higher ground and staying off of roadways.  Reports of mudslides, downed power lines and trees were said to be blocking roads. (1/9/2018 0602 Hours PST)

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

The Santa Barbara CHP closed all on and off ramps of US 101 between Seacliff and Milpas.  CAL Trans District 5 was in the process of closing each ramp.  They stated that there was a delay for road crews due to blockage.  They warned drivers that if they entered either section, they could be trapped. (1/9/0218 0643 Hours PST)

Around 0832 Hours PST, the CHP updated the closure list to include US 101 as closed SB at Milpas, NB at Seacliff and SR 126.  SR 33 was closed at Fairview. SR 150 was closed at Santa Ana.  

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

Later the CHP closed US 101 between Milpas and SR 126.  Drivers not heeding the CHP’s alerts about not entering the freeway were being reported getting stuck.  Signage was not in shutdown areas because transportation crews weren’t able to get them up in time as they too were stuck.  The freeway was listed as being impassable. (1/9/2018 1054 Hours PST)

Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

Freeways and roads in the Montecito area were reported as blocked with water and debris over the roadways.  The photos taken  by Santa Barbara CHP show the extensive damage and devastating impacts in the area.  Please heed all warnings and alerts from issuing Public Safety broadcasts or you too come became an unwanted and preventable statistic!  (1/9/2018 1336 Hours PST)

EVACUATIONS

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter for the Burn Evacuation Order areas at the Santa Barbara City College Cafeteria.  Access through the main college entrance. (1/8/2018 0750 Hours PST)

The large animal evacuation shelter for the Burn Areas Evacuation Order is at the Earl Warren Show Grounds.

PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS

* ALWAYS be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings. 

Credit: CAL FIRE

* Stay away from fast moving water.  Though it may not look like it, it can pull you under or you could get injured by unseen hazards underwater.

Credit: Regional Flood

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #LARain #FireRainDamage 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

#OtayFire Forward Spread Stopped | California | 2

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 

A fire broke out off the Otay Lakes Road this afternoon on Monday, January 1, 2018 from an unknown cause.

Fire crews from the CAL FIRE – San Diego were quickly on-scene and reported there were actually two small fires, with the largest already reached a full acre.  The fire  would be put out quickly with a total of two acres destroyed.

Resources were said to remain on-scene and committed into the evening hours.

This area has been hit by fire many times over in the last five years.  Here is a timeline of those fire incidents.  (Info is gleaned from mostly Twitter from actual fire pressers, media and eyewitnesses).

5/17/2017:  14600 block x Otay Lakes Road.

  • Mobile home fire
  • With exposures
  • Hashtag #OtayIC

5/20- 5/21/2017:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94, South of Jamul

Gate Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE – San Diego)

  • RV campground evacuated
  • Dubbed #GateFire
  • Reaches 1500 acres
  • Prompts closures of roadways including Otay Lakes Road, Hwy 94
  • Cause under criminal investigation after video surfaces
  • Mandatory evacuations in effect
  • EB/WB SR 94 closes @ Otay Lakes Rd
  • Located on Otay Mountain where fire originated

6/19/2016:  Otay Lakes Road x EB Hwy 94

  • Closed at 188 due to #BorderFire

7/8/2016:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94

  • 10 acres totally burned
  • CAL FIRE, San Diego Co FD response

4/30/2016:  Otay Lakes Road

  • Limited info.

11/30/2015:  Otay Lakes Road Fire

6/26 – 7/5/2015:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Woods Drive, San Diego County.

  • Brush Fire
  • CAL FIRE, Chula Vista FD response
  • 80 acres destroyed
  • Structure threatened
  • Fire reported 6/26/2017 around 1600 hours PST

11/23/2014:  Otay Lakes Road, West of Hwy 94.

  • MVA caused fire
  • Otay Lake Rd, closed at Hwy 94
  • 1/2 acre wildfire sparked

11/6/2014:  Near Upper Otay Lakes Reservoir

  • Small brush fire ignited
  • CAL FIRE Chula Vista FD response
  • Quickly put out
  • 1/4 acre burned

7/28/2013:   Off of Otay Lakes Rd

  • Brush fire
  • CAL FIRE – San Diego responds
  • 5 acres burned with no structure damage
  • SR 94 and SR 188 closed 

And, the fires in the same area continue on….

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2200 Hours PST – 1/1/2018

 

#OtayFire | California | 1

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 

CAL FIRE – San Diego unit is at the scene of a brush fire on Otay Lakes Road (San Diego, CA) as of 1614 hours PST on Monday, January 1, 2018. 

The #OtayFire IC is reporting there are two fires at that location, with the largest already at one acre.

We are working to get further details on this #BrushFire.

Fire History

This area appears to be prone to brush fires.  Check out Social Media’s long history of fire incidents.

5/17/2017:  14600 block x Otay Lakes Road.

  • Mobile home fire
  • With exposures
  • Hashtag #OtayIC

5/20- 5/21/2017:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94, South of Jamul

Gate Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE – San Diego)

  • RV campground evacuated
  • Dubbed #GateFire
  • Reaches 1500 acres
  • Prompts closures of roadways including Otay Lakes Road, Hwy 94
  • Cause under criminal investigation after video surfaces
  • Mandatory evacuations in effect
  • EB/WB SR 94 closes @ Otay Lakes Rd
  • Located on Otay Mountain where fire originated

6/19/2016:  Otay Lakes Road x EB Hwy 94

  • Closed at 188 due to #BorderFire

7/8/2016:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94

  • 10 acres totally burned
  • CAL FIRE, San Diego Co FD response

4/30/2016:  Otay Lakes Road

  • Limited info.

11/30/2015:  Otay Lakes Road Fire

 

6/26 – 7/5/2015:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Woods Drive, San Diego County.

  • Brush Fire
  • CAL FIRE, Chula Vista FD response
  • 80 acres destroyed
  • Structure threatened
  • Fire reported 6/26/2017 around 1600 hours PST

11/23/2014:  Otay Lakes Road, West of Hwy 94.

  • MVA caused fire
  • Otay Lake Rd, closed at Hwy 94
  • 1/2 acre wildfire sparked

11/6/2014:  Near Upper Otay Lakes Reservoir

  • Small brush fire ignited
  • CAL FIRE Chula Vista FD response
  • Quickly put out
  • 1/4 acre burned

7/28/2013:   Off of Otay Lakes Rd

  • Brush fire
  • CAL FIRE – San Diego responds
  • 5 acres burned with no structure damage
  • SR 94 and SR 188 closed 

And, the fires in the same area continue on….

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Hicks Creek Fire | Utah | Update 2

Updated 6:45 PM PDT

Hicks Creek Fire October 17 image 2

Credit: Utah State Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date/Time Started:   The Hicks Creek Fire started on 10/17/2016 around 4:45 AM PDT.

Location:   The fire is located approximately 3,5 miles South of Cedar City, Utah.

Cause:  The cause of the fire is currently unknown at this time, but was Media was reporting it may be from an escaped debris pile.  Fire PIO says that a private landowner was checking on a smoldering debris pile and called it in and saying that it is human caused but unknown how.

Size:  1500 acres.

Containment Status: 0%.

Current Fire Conditions:  Fire personnel responded yesterday evening, planning to suppress the fire but overnight winds caused it to escaped its containment lines.   There was a call for rapid deployment of resources due to a ROS.   Active fire behavior with slope driven runs and heavy fuel loading are expected to occur

3 homes have been evacuated.  No structures have been damaged or injuries have been reported.

RESOURCES

Staffing:   70 personnel from the State of Utah-Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, Bureau of Land Management; US Forest Service; Cedar City Fire and Iron County.

Command:  A Type 3 teamtook over Management of the fire today.

SOCIAL MEDIA

NW Fire Blog:   We are using the Hashtags:  #HicksCreekFire  #UtWILDFIRE

Social Media Users:   #ffslcur  #HicksCreek

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NEW: Hicks Creek Fire | Utah | Update 1

Updated 6:45 AM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date/Time Started:   The Hicks Creek Fire started on 10/17/2016 around 4:45 AM PDT.

Location:   The fire is located approximately 3 miles SW of Cedar City.

Cause:  The cause of the fire is currently unknown at this time.

Current Fire Conditions:  About 2 hours ago (4:45 AM PDT) the fire was said to be at 550+ acres.  It is a wind-driven fire.  Winds expected to decrease as day progresses. More resources being mobilized. Structure protection has been put into place.  0% contained.

RESOURCES

Staffing:   Resources from the State of Utah, BLM, USFS, county and city fire departments are all combining forces to contain the fire.

Command:  A Type 3 team will be taking over management today.

SOCIAL MEDIA

NW Fire Blog:   We are using the Hashtags:  #HicksCreekFire  #UtWILDFIRE

Social Media Users:   #ffslcur  #HicksCreek

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

WA Wildfire: Fletcher Rd Fire | Update 1

Updated 8/7/2016 @ 1930 Hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Fletcher Rd Fire was reported as wildfire that  broke out on Fletcher Rd in Walla Walla County and spreading into nearby Columbia County on Sunday, August 7, 2016. (12noon)

Earlier this afternoon, State Mobe resources were authorized by Washington State to deploy to the Fletcher Road Fire. (1407 PDT)

Less than an hour later, media and other sources began to report fire was threatening homes, crops and that destruction was heading towards Walla Walla, Washington (1 hour away).

FIRE SIZE

The fire has scorched 2,000 acres and is currently not contained at this time. (1542 PDT)

CAUSE

Started by lightning.

EVACUATIONS

Follow the lead of the fire coming towards many towns, evacuations began to occur. (1426 PDT).

RESOURCES

About 180 personnel are assigned to this incident including State Mobe resources that were demobilized from the Snake River Fire.  Washington DNR, State Mobilization fire and support personnel are on the fire ground, in addition to DNR heavy and light air tankers.

CLOSURES

Lyons Ferry Rd is closed from Highway 261 south to TOMCO seed.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#FletcherRdFire #NWFireBlogWA #WaWildfires2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Las Vegas NV | Major MCI | Police Not Ruling Out Act of Terrorism

Las Vegas NV | A unknown woman reportedly drove her vehicle on Las Vegas Boulevard in front of Planet Hollywood on to the sidewalk mowing down a large group of people, killing one.

The driver initially hit the group of people and fled the scene attempting to elude Officers.   The unidentified female driver was stopped on Flamingo and taken into custody by Police.

Police say they have no motive why she would drive into a group of people then flee.  They say they are not ruling this out as an act of terrorism.  Drug/Alcohol impairment tests have been conducted.  No word on the results.

Thirty-seven victims involved in tonight’s #VegasMCI:

  • 26 Injured
  •   4 Treated and Released
  •   7 Critical

As usual, some media and bloggers were reporting & reposting misinformation saying multiple people were killed.

The Incident Commander [IC] requested the Emergency Operations Center’s Command Vehicle [CV] respond to the scene for coordination.

At the time of this post, source for our story is via the Las Vegas Metro PD on youtube.com / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StUQHdQqlSk [KTNV Channel 13 TV]

Commentary:

“Kudos to 1st Responders for getting to the scene quickly and immediately enacting the ICS protocol.  Amazing work everyone.

To the families, friends and communities affected by this tragedy, you all are in our thoughts and prayers.” 

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog

#BREAKING: #Seattle #AMBERALERT – Call Police if you See This Baby and Father

Seattle Washington State | At approximately 2010 hours PDT – an AMBER ALERT sounded in the Seattle area for missing Aaron Lopez, 1, taken in a strongarm robbery of his mother.

No photo available

AARON LOPEZ

 

Aaron Lopez, 1, was last seen with his non-custodian parent Daniel Lopez-Andino, 24, who is Bipolar and off his meds, heading East on Marginal Way and Boeing Access roads.

Aaron is described as 2’6″, bald head and approximately 26#.  He has a scab on the left side of his head and a gap between his front teeth.  He was earing a gray coat/gray sweats with white shoes.

His non-custodial parent Antonio is driving a 2003 silver or aluminum BMW 325i with Washington State License Plate #701 ZNB with dark tinted windows.  The vehicle is described as having the front bumper under carriage tied to the car.

IF YOU SEE THIS VEHICLE, THE MISSING AND/OR BOTH, PLEASE CALL “SEATTLE POLICE” AT 206-583-2111 or CALL 9-1-1.

Do NOT approach the vehicle as the suspect may be dangerous.  Please call Police at the time you see them.

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[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog