CROOK FIRE | CALIFORNIA | 1

CROOK FIRE

KERN COUNTY, Calif.

Incident Summary

The Crook Fire started on Thursday, May 23, 2019, around 1653 hours PDT due to a traffic accident that occurred on  I-5 northbound from the freeway 46 ramp at Exit 278 in Bakersfield, California.  The fire would eventually run from the TC into nearby brush turning it into a wildfire.

Resources

Originally here are the units that were dispatched to the call:

  • Crews 7 and 10
  • Dozers 1, 5 and 7
  • DO1
  • Engines 25, 26, 31, 24, 363 and 8531
  • H4407
  • Hall 3 and 5
  • KB 2 and 3
  • MV 1
  • Patrols 24, 25, 31, 33, 37,52 and 6567

The resource list then changed with an additional extra amount of resources:

  • Prev3
  • SF6
  • SUP40
  • Water Tenders 51 and 67

Current Status

Fire spread from the original MVA scene into grass on Highway 46, where the Fire Incident Command Post is located.  The fire quickly grew from a simple few acres to 100 and Fire Managers were expecting it to reach an all-time high of 2,000 acres with an unknown containment status.

Around 1811 hours PDT, the fire had destroyed 250 acres. Division Mike (east side of the fire) had been established with Copter 407 on-scene.  Prior to this update at 1739 hours, the IC (Incident Commander) had requested a wildland taskforce (four patrols and 1 Type – 3 Engine) plus an additional hand crew.

Shortly after resources were being deployed to this fire, another fire was reported by a reporting party (RP) that was approximately 100 x 200 in size with no resources assigned yet.  They reported the fire was heading towards Crew 10 that was already working on the main fire.

Firefighters found it difficult to access the other side of the fire through heavy brush which was undriveable and therefore they had to pull a long hose lay and go out on foot.  Several Dozers arrived on-scene and were being reassigned to Division MIke (eastside) and to the other side as fire was racing away.

Fire was said to be near Yellow Barrell which was off of Highway 46 and near Canal Road.  A report to Command stated the fire had jumped Canal Road, which was burning east of the ditch in a field.  It was heading  directly to the northeast and near a nearby orchard while Crew 10 was working nearby. This would put the fire just south of their area.

A weather update indicated the winds had increased from the west while thunderstorms from the north were heading their way.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The news media reported around 2025 hours PDT that the fire’s size increased to 450 acres. (2025 hours PDT) with an unknown containment status.

We will provide updates as information is received.

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CA WILDFIRE | WOOLSEY FIRE | 6

UPDATE 6 – FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 16, 2018

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire Stats

  • Started on November 8th at 1424 hours PST
  • Reported as a brush fire
  • Fire NOW located at  Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Bell Canyon, Hidden Hills, Malibu and Calabasas in both Ventura and LA Counties
  • Fire fuels are brush, chaparral and tall grass
  • Cause is under investigation

Current Status

  • 98,362 acres
  • 78% containment reached
  • Residents being told to be aware of possible mudslides when the rains come.

Operations

  • are not only worthy of our respect. They deserve it. Here’s just a few of our 4-legged friends affected by that were running free & scared. deps corraled/captured, evaluated, treated & transported out of harms way!  (Source/Photo Credit:  LASDHQ)

  • Fire resources will continue to mop up and patrol
  • Fire suppression repair teams are actively engaging in working alongside the perimeter and affected areas.
  • Crews remain aware in providing continued safety to residents as they return home.
  • With favorable change in fire conditions, there’s a chance Command that Lacey FD’s strike team and LFD3’s and E32 may be released from the incident & heading back to Washington State. (Source/Photo Credit:  LFD. 11/16 @  7:23pm PST)

  • Fire Command:  LA County FD is working with Law Enforcement, utilities and city representatives to coordinate safe repopulations of residents in impacted areas. (Source/Photo Credit:  LA CO FD PIO)

Fire Weather

  • Tonight’s weather forecast:  light and variable winds are expected
  • RH recovery levels to be favorable conditions at lower elevation levels
  • RH recovery across the ridges and upper slopes will be poor.

Damage Assessment

  • 713 structures destroyed
  • 201 damaged
  • Damage assessment now 65% completed
  • Historic Paramount Ranch – Film set for movies such as Westworld
  • Fire images – Photo Credit:  LA Co Public Works.  Source: LA County

These aerial photos show the widespread impact of the . With power and telephone poles burned, gas lines compromised and roadways destroyed, multiple agencies are working together to inspect burn areas before opening them to the public.

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

Life and Safety

  • 3 deaths reported (civilians only).
  • 3 Firefighter injuries.
  • 1 (of possibly many more) Therapy Dogs at Base Camp helping 1st Responders – Firefighter resilience has become a very important part of our job. Gaby is a therapy dog that is used to break down the toughest of first responders.

Fire Resources

  • 2,842 total fire personnel
  • IMT Team 5 (CAL FIRE)
  • Unified Command:  CAL FIRE, Ventura County Fire Dept., Ventura County Sheriff Dept., Los Angeles County Fire D
  • 360 fire engines
  • 54 fire crews
  • 16 helicopters
  • 4 bulldozers
  • 22 water tenders

Incident Cooperators

  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • California Department of Fish & Game
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Public Health Department
  • California State Parks
  • Caltrans
  • Ventura County Animal Control
  • LA County Animal Control
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • American Red Cross (ARC)
  • Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
  • Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD)
  • Red Cross (ARC)

Red Cross volunteers & staff loaded emergency response vehicles with 11 TONS of kits containing cleanup supplies, in just 4 hours. Incredible work to get the people of LA brooms, respirator masks, sifters, water bottles, & more, to begin their recovery.  (Photo Credit: ARC)

  • Humanity First USA
  • Salvation Army
  • Washington State Strike Teams (up to 8)
  • Texas Strike Team
  • Seattle Humane

Mandatory Evacuations – Ventura County

  • South Coast – E. Las Posas Rd. South of Potrero Rd. to Hwy 1 and County line to residents only.
  • Yerba Buena closed from PCH to Yellow Hill.
  • Yerba Buena between Mipolomol to Ventura/LA County line.

Mandatory Evacuations – Los Angeles County

  • Portions of Malibu have been repopulated
  • Malibou Lake – entire community (under evacuations)

Evacuation Map (Updated) –> http://calfire-forestry.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=94af3440d4504c5da3048f6124fc53d5

Evacuees Resources

  • Free Sandbags available:  City of Thousand Oaks are offering free prefilled sandbags.  City’s Municipal Service Center. 1993 Rancho Conejo Blvd. (Visitor’s Parking Lot)
  • Free Sandbag Filling Stations:  Fill your own sandbags at any Ventura County Fire stations. Tips on how to fill them at toaks.org
  • FEMA Assistance:  If you need a safe place to stay due to the CA wildfires, text SHELTER and your zip code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 43362 to locate an open emergency shelter near you.

A graphic titled Find An Emergency Shelter Near You with an image of a map with text bubbles overlaid on top. The text bubbles says "SHELTER 12345" and "The nearest shelter is located...". The text on the left says "Text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362, Standard message and data rates apply".

Shelters

  • CAL Luther University – 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Dr, Woodland Hills, CA 91371
  • Palisades Charter HS – 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Local Assistance Center (LAC) –> Thousand Oaks Public Library, 1401 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.  Hours:  9 am – 7 pm.

Animal Evacuation Shelters

  • Ventura County Fairgrounds – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001 (FULL)
  • Ventura County Animal Services- 805-388-4258 (Accepting small animals)
  • Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 W Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley · (805) 388-4341 (Accepting small animals)
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services
  • Earl Warren Show Grounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (Accepting large animals)

If you need large animal assistance, please call (805) 388-4258

Road Closures

  •  Hwy 1 southbound (P.C.H.) closed at LA County line to Puerco Canyon Rd.
  • Puerco Canyon Rd. at the Malibu City limit.
  • Las Posas Rd. to LA County line is residents only, no Northbound traffic from PCH.
  • Westlake Blvd. is closed Southbound from Potrero Rd.
  • On Mulholland at Country Ranch, blocking traffic South of Country Ranch.
  • S. Las Virgenes from Mulholland
  • Sherwood at the Westlake City limit. Blocking accessto Triunfo Canyon (residents only)
  • S. Kanan at Malibu View Dr.
  • Just North of Kanan at Triunfo Canyon, blocking access to Kanan Rd.
  • Just North of Kanan at Hidden Highland, blocking access to Kanan Rd.
  • W. Mulholland from Cornell Rd.
  • Everything is closed South of Mulholland Hwy & West of Cornell Rd.
  • S. Stunt Rd. from Mulholland
  • LA County public works has closed Chesebro Road at the bridge between Driver Ave and Balkins due to the bridge being damaged during the fire

School Closures

  • CSUCI has suspended all classes effective November 13th at 1900 hours PST until November 26th.  (Posted at 1927 PST)

HOW TO HELP

Social Media – Eyewitness Accounts

  • Drones in Fire Zones:  Drones and aircraft do not mix, yet those who are out there to seek images are putting the pilots, ground resources and any civilians whom be still in the area their lives in danger.  Also, because it is illegal.  The Ventura County Sheriff Department wants to make sure all are aware:  “Captain Denise Sliva urges people to avoid operating drones in area, as they interfere with firefighting operations. “Now is not the time to get those pictures.”

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Social Media – Assistance Requests

  • Seattle Humane:   To take in 300 pets from shelters in California. They are looking for volunteers to support to transfer, care for, treat and place these pets with loving families. (Source/Photo Credit:  Seattle Humane/Twitter @SeattleHumane)

  • CA Volunteers Needed:  Firefighters are being cared/supported but they are asking for volunteers to help with displaced residents whom are in need.  Details here –> californiavolunteers.ca.gov to volunteer.  Disclaimer: CAL FIRE will never solicit donations from the public. (Source/Photo Credit:  CAL FIRE)

OUR SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

CA WILDFIRE | WOOLSEY FIRE | 5

UPDATE 5 – TUESDAY – NOVEMBER 13, 2018

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire Stats

  • Started on Friday, November 9th at 1430 hours PST
  • Reported as a brush fire
  • Fire NOW located at  Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Bell Canyon, Hidden Hills, Malibu and Calabasas.
  • 97,114 acres with 40% containment status.
  • Estimated containment on November 18th
  • Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs.
  • Fire fuels are brush, chaparral and tall grass
  • Cause is under investigation.

Operations

  • Fire crews & aircraft worked to contain flare-up in the Sherwood Lake area.
  • Resources deployed from Staging to assist with suppression efforts.
  • They will pursue opportunities to build and improve direct line to limit further growth around the perimeter and work on containment activities.

Fire Weather

  • Moderate Santa Anas today
  • Wind gusts to 30-45 mph
  • Strong winds, with relative humidity (RH)
  • Produced critical fire weather

Damage Assessment

  • 435 structures lost with 24 more damaged.
  • 57,000 structures under direct threat

Life and Safety

  • 2 deaths reported (civilians only).
  • 3 Firefighter injuries.
  • 1 (of possibly many more) Therapy Dogs at Base Camp helping 1st Responders – Firefighter resilience has become a very important part of our job. Gaby is a therapy dog that is used to break down the toughest of first responders.

Fire Resources

A pair of Scoopers arrived from Spokane Washington as Federal air support of the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fires which also include a combined firefighting force of 10 airtankers, 2 water scoopers, 23 helicopters and 6 air attack platforms.  That’s a whole lotta resources in the sky!  (Photo Credit:  USFS Fire – California)

When talent and skill fly these amazing aircraft over serious firestorm conditions, it is the mechanics who keep them in the air.  KUDOS to all who make that happen!  (Photo Credit:  Michael Dubron/LA Co FD Pilot)

“While there are many unsung heroes to thank for their support at , your LAFD offers profound thanks to the many hard-working FAA Air Traffic Controllers assuring *safe priority passage* for the aircraft battling these California wildfires.” – LAFD

  • Unified Command:  CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo, Ventura County FD & SO, LA City FD & PD and LA County FD &PD.
  • CAL FIRE IMT Team 5 assumed Command
  • 3,685 total personnel assigned to this wildfire incident.
  • 508 Fire Engines
  • 22 Helicopters
  • 62 Hand Crews
  • 16 Bulldozers
  • 48 Water tenders.

Unsung Heroes are everywhere and in places you cannot see. Check out these amazing, calm, cool, collected and skilled Telecommunications Operators that have been up and running non-stop since these big firestorms broke out. They deserve so much love and thank yous sent their way.  Know one here or in CA? Thank them for what they do everyday in Saving Lives and Property, as well taking care of 1st Responders in the field and fire ground.

Evacuees Resources

  • FEMA Assistance:  If you need a safe place to stay due to the CA wildfires, text SHELTER and your zip code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 43362 to locate an open emergency shelter near you.

A graphic titled Find An Emergency Shelter Near You with an image of a map with text bubbles overlaid on top. The text bubbles says "SHELTER 12345" and "The nearest shelter is located...". The text on the left says "Text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362, Standard message and data rates apply".

  • Road Conditions: Follow https://twitter.com/CaltransDist7 on Twitter for Traffic Updates.
  • Food/Water/Other Services:  People displaced from their homes by the & , even if they are not sleeping in a Red Cross shelter, are welcome to come for food, water, & other services.

  • FEMA Disaster Aid: California: If you were impacted by the wildfires, you can register for FEMA assistance by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. Please have the following information available when you register with us. (Source:  FEMA Region 9 on Twitter @femaregion9)

This graphic lists seven info items that applicants will need when applying for individual disaster assistance.

Evacuations

  • Repopulation Updatedhttps://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=woolsey%20fire
  • Repopulation Maps (Los Angeles County):  (Photo Credit:  CAL FIRE SLO) Posted at 1800 PST.
  • Mandatory and voluntary evacuations orders in effect.
  • 75,000 residents in Los Angeles County evacuated up to half million residents overall.
  • Sign up for Evacuation Alerts! from Ventura County For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visit  www.VCEmergency.com  or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visit www.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

Shelters

  • Cal Lutheran University – 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Taft Charter High School – 5461 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Dr., Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave.)
  • Palisades Charter High School – 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Animal Shelters

  • Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258
  • Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 W Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley · (805) 388-4341.
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services.  Earl Warren Show Grounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (Accepting large animals)

If you need large animal assistance, please call (805) 388-4258

Road Closures

  • Hwy 1 southbound (P.C.H.) closed at Las Posas Rd. to Coastline Dr.
  • Potrero Rd. is closed between Rancho Dos Vientos and S. Lewis Rd.
  • Everything is closed South of Mullholland Hwy & West of Cornell Rd.
  • LA County Public Works has closed Chesebro Road at the bridge between Driver Ave and Balkins due to the bridge being damaged during the fire.

School Closures

  • CSUCI has suspended all classes effective November 13th at 1900 hours PST until November 26th.  (Posted at 1927 PST)

Incident Cooperators

  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • California Department of Fish & Game
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Public Health Department
  • California State Parks
  • Caltrans
  • Ventura County Animal Control
  • LA County Animal Control
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • American Red Cross (ARC)
  • Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
  • Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD)
  • Red Cross (ARC)
  • Humanity First USA

HOW TO HELP

Social Media – Eyewitness Accounts

  • Rebuilding Infrastructure:  SCE crews have been working tirelessly in various burn areas.  As of today, they have replaced 99 poles and transformers and strung 10,500 feet of wire.  Posted @ 1806 PST.  (Photo Credit:  SCE)

  • Strike Teams Working on the Fire Lines:  The OES Strike team from snapped this photo while on the Woolsey Fire. (Courtesy:  CAL OES)

  • Chinook Helicopters in Action:  After a crew change and fueling, a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter departs the airfield to head back out to the fire line.  (Photo Credit:  VCFD PIO).

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  • Expected flareup:  This flareup was expected and remained within its fire perimeter which is good new for fire crews but more may shine bright tonight as unburned fuels continue to burn.  (Photo Credit:  R. Navarro/Courtesy:  VCFD PIO)

  • Eyewitness Accounts:  They are requesting law enforcement to shut down between the Long Grade along Potrero Road, because too many citizens are parking along the street and hiking in to watch/take pictures of the fire. ( Posted @ 1910 PST)
  • Public Interference:  The official area they want to close is Lynn Road from the National Park Entrance to Long Grade, too many people on the road. They need access to the road in case there are any flare ups or slops over the line tonight. (again, get out-of-the-way).
  • The flames visible on Mount Boney right are just more visible (due to location and nighttime). They aren’t a new flare up, and based on radio traffic the fire units are not concerned at all about them. Don’t call 911. (Posted @ 1810 PST)
  • Drones in Fire Zones:  Drones and aircraft do not mix, yet those who are out there to seek images are putting the pilots, ground resources and any civilians whom be still in the area their lives in danger.  Also, because it is illegal.  The Ventura County Sheriff Department wants to make sure all are aware:  “Captain Denise Sliva urges people to avoid operating drones in area, as they interfere with firefighting operations. “Now is not the time to get those pictures.”

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  • Unsafe Conditions:  There are many images coming back showing what it is looks like post-fire and the devastation is obvious, as well as the dangers.  Please heed all warnings and alerts.  This photo was posted at 0654 PST (this morning) by CAL FIRE.  (Photo Credit:  CAL FIRE)

OUR SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

CA | Woolsey Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Started on Friday, November 9th at 1430 hours PST
  • Reported as a brush fire
  • Located North of Malibu and South of Simi Valley, about 4 miles NE of Oak Park
  • Unified Command:  CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo, Ventura County FD & SO, LA City FD & PD and LA County FD &PD.
  • 83,275 acres with 5% containment status
  • Fire fuels are brush, chaparral and tall grass
  • 177 structures destroyed
  • 2 structures damaged
  • 57,000 structures under direct threat
  • Estimated containment on November 15th
  • 2 deaths
  • Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs.

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out  in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  NOTE: We are covering these separately but you may find some combined references due to the sources.

RESOURCES

Resources deployed from locally and around the country helping local Fire and Law Enforcement Agencies:

LOCAL FIRE RESOURCES

This is as of 2130 hours PST, released by CAL FIRE.

  • 418 Fire engines
  • 40 Water tenders
  • Unknown number of air tankers from throughout the State
  • 63 Hand crews
  • 56 dozers
  • 19 helicopters
  • 3,242 personnel

CAL FIRE

  • As of 0320 PST, aerial operations with helicopters continued. Fire Ops reported they are rotating crews and aircraft to maintain coverage over the fire. Their maintenance team is doing a fabulous job. They are all in this together.

Photo Credit: LA CO FIRE OPS

VENTURA COUNTY FD

  • Will host a presser on Sunday at 0930 hours PST at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks, California.

VENTURA COUNTY SO

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  • Missing Person Search – Deputies are looking for 78-year old Thousand Oaks / Camarillo Springs resident, Maryanne Needham.  She was last seen on Thursday on the Hill Fire by her son around 1930 hours driving in the area of Hillcrest Drive and Duesenberg Drive in Thousand Oaks.  She drives a maroon 2002 Honda CRV 4YFX198/CA license plate.  If you have any information, please contact the Ventura County Sheriff Dispatch line at 805-654-9511.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY FD

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LOS ANGELES CITY PD

  • Evacuation of Horses – Officers jumped into action saving these horses.  Photo Credit:  LAPD HQ

WASHINGTON FIRE RESOURCES

The following equipment and resources have been deployed from Washington State:

  • 8 strike teams
  • 93 personnel
  • 2 brush trucks
  • 2 command vehicles
  • 24 fire engines of various types
  • Will be staffing up for all three wildfires – WOOLSEY, HILL and CAMP FIRES
  • Agencies responding:  Lacey FD, Seattle FD, Valley RFA, Snoqualmie FD, Benton County, Thurston County Fire District 17, Lewis County Fire District 5, McLane FD, Thurston County Fire District 9, West Thurston Fire, Walla Walla County Fire District 4, College Place, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Seattle FD, Woodinville Fire & Rescue, Shoreline FD, King County Fire District 27, Skyway FD, East Jefferson Fire & Rescue and Duvall FD. (Source: WA EMD)

CENTRAL REGION STRIKE TEAM

MCLANE / BLACK LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

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  • “Crews left this morning to head to California and are part of upwards of 8 Strike Teams to help with devastating fire. 40 engines and 150 fire personnel are on their way.
  • The  Team has had a full day of travel. Crews will spend the night in Stockton, CA then heading out early Sunday to make the last leg of the journey to the staging area.” – MBLFD Firefighters @MBLFDFFS (Twitter)

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Photo Credits:  Lacey FD, Skyway FD, Snoqualime FD. Courtesy: WA EMD.

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CHELAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 1 – Leader

  • Walla Walla Fire District 4
  • Walla Walla Fire District 8
  • College Place Fire
  • Benton County Fire District 1
  • Stevens County Fire District 1

SEATTLE FIRE STRIKE TEAM 

Firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department group up as part of a Washington Strike Team deploying to help with California Wildfires. Photo Credit:  Seattle FD.

EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE STRIKE TEAM

  • Team Leader is EF&R BC Dave McDaniel
  • 9 Firefighters from EF&R (including Brush Truck 71)
  • Shoreline FD
  • Snoqualmie FD

Fire crews from Eastside Fire & Rescue (Credit:  Seattle Fire Department)

“Mutual aid resources will operate on a 24-hour on, 24-hour off schedule and start work on Monday, November 12th, once they arrive at the final location. Their assignments will vary which will be dependent on current needs.  It is possibly they may be needed to backfill fire stations to respond to everyday emergencies or out fighting fires.

Their deployment may up to two weeks.” says Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

Photo Credit: Seattle FD

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Additional resources assisting on this major event are called Incident Cooperators.  The following are partnering with local fire departments and Law Enforcement Agencies:

  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • CA Department of Fish & Game
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • Public Health Department
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • CALTRANS
  • Ventura County Animal Control
  • Los Angeles County Animal Control
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • American Red Cross (ARC)

Photo Credit: Seattle FD

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visitwww.VCEmergency.com or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visitwww.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

  • Bell Canyon – Entire community
  • Oak Park – Entire community
  • Thousand Oaks – T.O. Blvd north to Sunset Hills… Oak Park west to Hwy 23… West of Hwy 23 to south of East of Olsen Road..North of Pederson Rd… South of Bard Lake… East of Hwy 23….South of Hwy 101… east of Reino Road… North of Potrero Raod… East to the Los Angeles & Ventura County line…Wood Ranch and Long Canyon

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS

  • Simi Valley – Bridal Path

EVACUATION ALERTS!

VENTURA COUNTY

Evacuation Alerts! –  www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

CAMARILLO

St. Mary Magdalen Church –  25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

 Camarillo Community Center – 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross).

NEWBURY PARK

Borhard Community Center – 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

THOUSAND OAKS

Goeble Senior Adult Center – FULL! – 1385 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Thousand Oaks Teen Center – FULL! – 1375 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Thousand Oaks Community Center – CLOSED! – 2525 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks CA 91360.

SIMI VALLEY

Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center – 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.  No animals accepted.

WOODLAND HILLS

Taft Charter – FULL! – 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. (Source:  Red Cross)

Pierce College (California) –  6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave).

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals

DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.

Large Animals

  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2)
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services – FULL!

Info –> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2282_4165.pdf

Small Animals 

  • Borchard Park –190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)
  • Ventura County Animal Services – 805-388-4258. 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 West Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA. 805-388-4341

Info –> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2282_4165.pdf

Horses

  • Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.   (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

ROAD CLOSURES

Hwy 101

  • Both directions at Valley Circle to Reyes Adobe
  • Off ramp at Camarillo Springs

Hwy 1

  • Southbound (Pacific Coast Hwy or PCH) closed

Bell Canyon Road

  • Closed at Valley Circle Boulevard

Lynn Road

  • At Reino Road

Potrero Road

  • Closed between Rancho  Dos Vientos and South Lewis Road

Kanan Road

  • Between Westlake Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road
  • At Falling Star Avenue

Erbes Road

  • At Sapra Street

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

CA | Woolsey Fire | 2

NOVEMBER 9, 2018 – FRIDAY – 1400 HOURS PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out  in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley.

Photo posted at 0200 PST in the early morning hours on Friday. Photo Credit | LA Co FD

The fire was originally at 10 acres but would explode into 10,000 acres within hours with some reporting the fire consuming acreage the size of a football field within seconds.  We call that a major Fire Storm.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  NOTE: We are covering these separately but you may find some combined references due to the sources.

RESOURCES

The agencies that have been deployed and are working on this wildfire WOOLSEY FIRE are the following:

  • Ventura County Fire and Police Departments
  • Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff Departments
  • Los Angeles City Fire and Police Department
  • CAL FIRE

Photo posted from Thursday evening. Photo Credit | LA County SO

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

FIRE STATUS

Fire has burned approximately 14,000 acres.  It has been said that it burned through a nuclear accident scene into Malibu.

Unified command partners briefing media on current situation. Mandatory evacuations still in effect. Additional shelter in service at Palisades High School in Malibu. next media briefing is scheduled for 1630 PST. (LA County Fire PIO)  Photo Credit:  LA CO FD

WESTERN TOWN

Western Town, an Old West movie set including “Westworld” at Paramount Ranch in Agoura HIlls is reported to have been destroyed by flames.  This site was purchased by Paramount in 1927 and had been used as a western site ever since. (Source:  Los Angeles Times. Story –> http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-fires-woolsey-hill-camp-western-town-of-paramount-ranch-has-been-1541795090-htmlstory.html)

FIRE JUMPS 101 FREEWAY

The fire jumped the 101 Freeway this morning around 0600 hours PST. Video below shows the firestorm looking more like a runaway train.  To keep the Public and First Responders, the freeway has been closed in both directions. Video Credit:  VCFD

ROAD CLOSURES

workers responding to emergency closures observe and appear that the scene appears to be calm – eerily closed @ Mugu Rock – and devastation – wind-whipped fire destruction – remnants from both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.   Photo(s) Credit:  CAL TRANS DISTRICT #7

BRUSH CLEARING ACTIVITIES

Fire crews are doing brush clearing activities in and around homes in communities to lessen heavy fire fuels and work to stop the forward progression the wildfires.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visitwww.VCEmergency.com or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visitwww.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1430 PST) – Source:  VCFD PIO.

EVACUATION UPDATE* All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1400 PST) Source – LA CO FD.

Photo Credit | LA Co SO

EVACUATION AND  ALERT ENTIRE CITY/COMMUNITY of Hidden Hills PLEASE EVACUATE Immediately via Valley Circle Blvd towards Chatsworth.  (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1145 PST) – Source: LA County SO

EVACUATION ALERTS!

VENTURA COUNTY – Alerts !

 Evacuation updates via http://www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

CAMARILLO

St. Mary Magdalen Church. 25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

 Camarillo Community Center, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross).

NEWBURY PARK

 Borhard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

SIMI VALLEY

Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center. 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.

WOODLAND HILLS

Taft Charter.  5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. (Source:  Red Cross)

Pierce College (California).  6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals

DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.  1) Large Animals:  Pierce College. 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2) Small Animals:  Borchard Park. 190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)

Evacuation Shelter – Horses

Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.  (Disclaimer:  We have no knowledge of this business and do not lie claim that information listed here is an endorsement for this company.  Always do your due diligence before making any type of financial agreement or give personal info until you have verified their credentials.-Ed.) – (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

California | Ferguson Fire | Update

Fire activity on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 near Mariposa Pines

UPDATE 1 – JULY 20 (FRIDAY) – 2245 PDT

The FERGUSON FIRE is located off of Highway 140 and Hite Cove on the Crater Lake National Park and about 10 miles north of Mariposa, California.

The wildfire is in the Sierra National Forest that started at the Savage Trading Post.

The fire started on July 13, 2018, from an unknown cause.

Command is in Unified Command with CA IMT Team 4, USFS, CAL Fire and the Mariposa County Sheriff Office. The ICP is located at the Ahwanee Regional Park.

The fire has burned 24,450 acres of brush and timber in very steep and inaccessible terrain.  Fire crews have reached a 7% containment status.   This canyon has held the record of having the largest fire on the Sierra NF back in 1924. (Prior to the ROUGH FIRE).

Fire behavior is moderate with short-range spotting, backing and flanking.

There are 2,832 personnel along with 204 engines, 38 water tenders, 17 helicopters, 70 crews and 40 bulldozers!

Incident Cooperators include:

  • CHP
  • CAL Trans
  • PG & E
  • CA Conservation Corps
  • Mariposa County Public Works
  • American Red Cross
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Mariposa County Sheriff Office
  • CAL OES
  • Sierra NF
  • CAL Air Quality

Evacuations are in effect for the following areas:

Mandatory Evacuations  (LEAVE NOW)

  • El Portal Trailer Court
  • Incline Rd from Clearing House to the last BLM campground
  • Jerseydale/ Mariposa Pines
  • Cedar Lodge/ Indian Flat Campground
  • Savage’s Trading Post
  • Sweetwater Ridge
  • Rancheria Flat – Government Housing
  • Old El Portal
  • Yosemite View Lodge
  • Foresta
  • Incline Rd from Clearing House to the Foresta Bridge to the last BLM campground

Evacuation Advisory  (GET READY)

  •  *Yosemite West
  • Lushmeadows Community
  • Ponderosa Basin Community
  • Triangle Rd from Jerseydale Rd to Hwy 49 South including all side roads
  • Darrah Rd from Triangle to Sherrod Rd
  • East side of Hwy 49S from Darrah Rd to Harris Rd
  • Boyer Rd
  • Woodland Area
  • Wass Rd
  • Tip Top Rd

Shelters (PEOPLE)

  • New Life Christian Fellowship – 5089 Cole Road – Mariposa, CA 95338
  • Yosemite Valley Elementary School – 9009 Lost Arrow Rd – Yosemite National Park, CA.

Shelters (ANIMALS)

  • SPCA – 5599 California 49 – Mariposa, CA 95338 (Small animals)
  • Mariposa County Fairgrounds – 5007 Fairgrounds Road – Mariposa, CA 95338 (Large animals)

Cost-to-Date

The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $11,000,000.

#FergusonFire  #CAwildfires2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Trending News | #PenroseFire | California

SUN VALLEY, CALIFORNIA | A vegetation fire broke out around 1801 hours PDT on Saturday evening on Penrose Street and southbound I-5.

Resources | Los Angeles Fire Department units  FS 7; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 6; E77 E39 E81 BC12 T89 E289 ; CH: 8 and 18.

Size Up | Approximately 20′ x 20′ area of vegetation along the southbound Golden State Freeway.

Closures | One lane blocked due to LAFD has taken control of roadway in fire suppression mode.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Posted @ 1844 PDT

#RibbonwoodFire | CA | New!

 

blog header wildfires

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

A small brush fire turned wildfire broke out close to 1600 hours PDT on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

The fire located off of Ribbonwood Road and Interstate 8, just East of El Cajon, California was originally reported as a 5-acre fire.  It has since grown to 25 acres, says CAL FIRE.

Photo Credit:  CAL Fire  

At the time of this post, there were no threats to structure or persons, nor have there been any injuries reported.

We are unsure of the cause.

Limited details at the moment but will provide an update if there is any further fire activity.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#LARain Continues to Drown California | Update 1

INCIDENT(S) SUMMARY

Drought to Flooding

Someone lied when they said, “It never rains in California” just received another six – nine inches of rain on Friday evening (around 1900 hours) prompting massive flooding, many traffic accidents, drivers getting stuck in the mud and running into the river.

Sink Hole Swallows Cars, Fire Truck

One video circulating the internet of two cars being swallowed into a sinkhole in Wrightwood.  Another shows where a fire truck sitting on the edge a sinkhole begins to skid sideways then topples on its right side down into the crater.

Water Rescues, Hard Road Closures

Swiftwater rescue teams were dispatched to rescue several drivers.  Police Officers were responding to calls to areas where heavy traffic was located, conducting hard closures and waiting for CAL Trans and County Public Works to arrive to completely shutdown the area to traffic.

FACT:  Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down & 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. Be safe,turn around &don’t drown.

(Source: FEMA Region 9)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

For those whom may not know what an Incident Cooperator is, here is the definition.  Incident Cooperators are those from an Agency, non-governmental, non-profits or anyone who assists with the Incident to help those in need, protect and serve, provide services or supplies, etc.  We think you get the picture.

Listed below are those such Partners.  We are adding those as info is being received throughout the the CA Storm event.

CAL OES

  • EOC activated by CA Governor
  • Working on coordinating recovery, sand bagging resources, Oroville Spillway shore-up
  • Checking on infrastructure lost in N Central and Central CA
  • Working with CAL Trans on closures and reconstructing roadways (emergencies)
  • S Cal OES Region EOC activated

Photo Credit: CAL OES

Photo Credit: South CAL OES EOC

COUNTY OF  LOS ANGELES 

Studio City

  • Sinkhole created, eats two cars.  Watch this video for stunning images.  http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/17/large-sinkhole-swallows-2-cars-in-studio-city/#.WKfYAZK2E8w.twitter

FEMA

  • Incident Management teams (IMT) on-scene
  • Helping with assistance
  • Has provisions for 25,000 people:  Food, Water for five days
  • Supplies also include:  cots, blankets, other supplies

RED CROSS

How YOU Can Help (Donate)

  • Red Cross volunteers are ready to help as heavy rains move in. To help, text “CAFLOODS” to 90099 to donate $10.

Photo Credit: American Red Cross

CAL TRANS

  • District 3:  Hard closures
  • District 7:  Pumped water off of I-15 @ Sheldon by using generators.
  • District 8: At sinkhole where Fire truck fell into sink hole.

Photo Credit: CAL Trans

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

  • Emergency Text Messages (News/Alerts)  Text NOTIFYLA to 888-777 or NotifyLA.org

Photo Credit: City of Los Angeles

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Hospitals

  • Antelope Valley:  Accepting ALS patients from diverted RR Hospital
  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital:  Only accepting BLS patients; currently on divert

CLOSURES

  • Sante Fe / Ranchero Roads
  • Summit Valley / Ranchero Roads

VENTURA COUNTY

Santa Clara

  • The 2 patients and 2 dogs that were rescued from Santa Clara River by Air Squad 9 were transferred to Ventura City Fire Dept for evaluation.

FLOOD ADVISORIES

LA County

  • Two Flood Advisories in effect. LA County through 12:30 AM and a new advisory for SBA/VTU Counties through 2:30 AM. (NWS Los Angeles)

Ventura County

  • Moderate to locally heavy showers developing across Santa Barbara much of Ventura County. Could be a few thunderstorms overnight. (NWS Los Angeles)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow Us!

  • Twitter – @nwfireblog
  • Facebook – The NW Fire Blog

We are working to get add’l details.  Follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for updates!

Incident Hashtags

  • #CAStorm
  • #LARain

Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

  • Woodbridge @ Laurel Canyon:   Woman’s car fell into large sinkhole, LAFD firefighters rescued her.  (Twitter user)
  • 10 Freeway closed in South LA for standing water in lanes. (Media @ 1930)
  • Mud flow breached barriers in Iron Canyon earlier today. Never drive through rushing water/flooded roads. (Co Public Works @ 1930)
  • My Neighbor is Building an Ark, So Far He’s Got Two Chihuahuas and a Frightened Squirrel. (Twitter user/Humor)

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 0145 PST

 

 

 

CA Storm | Storm Aftermath | Update 4

 

California Statewide

The Storm has packed helluva fight with Mother Nature and Planet Earth, leaving a lot of pain and agony a long the way.  Here are some glimpses as to what destruction, closures and images have been left behind.

STORM FACTS

Snow Facts

  • Agua Dulce at elev. 2800 feet reported 2.5 Inches Of Snow. (NWS Los Angeles)

Rainfall

  • L.A. receives 216% above average rainfall in four months. (Media)

CURRENT CONDITIONS BY AREA

Big Bear

  • Highways 18, 38, and 330 restricted to residents only. (NWS Los Angeles)

Long Valley

  • Avalanche Triggers Evacuations of McGee, Long Valley (Red Cross Los Angeles)

Mammouth Lakes

  • US 395 closed due to Mammouth Lakes is buried. (Media)

Oakland

  • A sinkhole! (CHP Oakland)
  • Closures for SR 24 to SR 13 for repairs have been completed and will be in effect till approx Wednesday afternoon. (Caltrans District4)

Santa Clarita

  • Canyon HS, 19300 Nadal Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

Wilmington

  • East Wilmington Greenbelt Community Center, 918 N Sanford Avenue, Wilmington CA 90744. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2206 PST