Mendocino Complex | California

INCIDENT SUMMARY – 2 large wildfires are burning in multiple county, destroying and damaging hundreds of structures, prompting massive evacuations and injuring two firefighters.  Here is the Sit Rep and summary of today’s fire activities.

Credit – Mendocino NF

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 11 2018 – 1100 HOURS PDT

COMMAND – Unified Command with CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit / USFS Mendocino National Forest. Colusa County, Lake County and Mendocino County.

Credit: Mendocino NF

RANCH FIRE

Started 7/27/2018 1203 PDT. Cause unk. SR CA-20 @ MP 39, Old Lake County SR, Blue Lake, 8 mi NE of Ukiah. 276,306 acres. 58% contained.

Mutual Global Partners on the fire. Credit: Mendocino NF

RIVER FIRE

Started 7/27/2018 1301 PDT. Cause unk. Old River Road, 6 miles N of Hopland. 48,920 acres. 92% contained.

Credit: Mendocino NF

MENDOCINO COMPLEX TOTALS

325,226 acres. 67% contained. 0 deaths. 2 FF injuries. 1525 structures threatened. 139 homes, 119 other destroyed. 13 homes, 24 others damaged.

Heat map. Courtesy: Inciweb

FIRE STATUS 
The northern portion of the Ranch Fire was very active overnight and continues to threaten areas north of the fire perimeter. There was success bringing the western edge of the fire back into the Mendocino National Forest.
Fire crews continue working on bringing bring the east edge of the fire back in to the Mendocino National Forest, but obstacles and access still prove to be challenging. Most of the fire attack resources are being moved to the northern region of the fire to help fight and suppress an active fire front that is pushing north.
Crews southern perimeter continue suppression repair and patrol. The River Fire continues to be patrolled with suppression repair crews on the ground.

Credit: Mendocino NF

Credit: Mendocino NF

RESOURCES
293 engines. 92 water tenders. 20 helicopters. 65 crews. 80 bulldozers. 7 others. 3,521 personnel.

Credit : Mendocino NF

INCIDENT COOPERATORS
Potter Valley Fire, Redwood Valley Fire, Ukiah Fire, California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California SR Patrol, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Australia and New Zealand Fire, Bureau of Land Management, Hopland Fire, Lakeport Fire, PG&E, AT&T, California Conservation Corps, and additional agencies from throughout California and other States.

Credit: Mendocino NF

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS
(c) 2018 Firestorms & Disasters #MendocinoComplex #CAwildfires2018

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

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

 

CA Wildfires | Active | July 29 2017

STATE OF CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES | We had a little extra time and as we all know, California is burning up.  Here is a recap for Saturday, July 29, 2017.

POINT-OF-INTEREST  | One MAFFS C-130 airtanker and support personnel from the 152nd Airlift Wing, (Nevada Air National Guard) has been deployed to Fresno, CA in support of wildland fire operations.

Clear Complex.  South side of Clear Creek drainage, about 7 miles SW of Happy Camp. Klamanth NF. 5 fires. Fire detected July 25, 2017 @ 1245 hours PDT.  Timber. Steep and heavily forested. | 1,206 acres. 0% contained. 419 personnel. $2 Million CTD. #ClearComplex

Detwiller Fire.  Merced-Mariposa Unit, Cal Fire. Cal Fire IMT 4. 15 miles NW of Mariposa, CA. Started 7/16/2017 @ 1556 hours PDT. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire

Detwiller Fire. (Photo Credit: CAL Fire)

behavior. | 81,650 acres. 80% contained. 3,293 personnel.  76 crews, 184 engines, 12 bulldozers, 35 water tenders +11 helicopters. | 30 structures currently under threat. | Damaged: 13 homes, 8 minor structures.  Destroyed:  63 homes, 67 minor structures and 1 commercial building. $66.3 Million CTD. Repopulation efforts in effect. NOTE: Check http://www.fire.ca.gov for shelter and road closures details. #DetwillerFire

ALERT! Northern California Geographical area going to Preparedness Level 4 effective 2100 hours PDT.

Gorman Fire.  Gorman School Rd at I-5, Gorman.  Los Angeles County. LACoFD, Cal Fire response. Light fire fuels. 2 Alarm brush fire. Start 7/28/2017. Cause unknown. | 1 FF injury on 7/28/2017. | 135 acres. 100% contained.  #GormanFire

Hill Fire.  Siskiyou County. Cal Fire.  Lakeview Dr. at Lake Ridge Rd., Pleasant Valley, 3 miles West of Dorris.  Reported 7/29/2017. | 30 acres.  Limited info. #HillFire

Smoke coming up from behind a ridge

Island Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Island Fire. 14 miles W of Etna, burning deep in the Marble Mtn. Wilderness on the Klamath NF.  Started June 25, 2017 (Sunday). Reported June 26, 2017 (Monday) Lightning caused. Timber.  Minimal fire behavior with forward progression of 20-50 acres per day. Understory.  Natural burning to allow old fire fuels burn off.  No large wildfires in this part of the area but have been in the N/W/S of this areas.  | 1,306 acres. 0% containment. 45 personnel. #IslandFire

Jacksonville Fire. (Photo Credit: CAL Fire)

Jacksonville Fire. Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, Cal Fire. Jacksonville Rd, South of Jamestown. Start 7/29/2017 @ 1350 hours PDT. | 600 acres. 30% containment. Evacuations in progress. Check CAL Fire website for mandatory evacuations & areas listed. http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1713 #JacksonvilleFire

Latrobe Fire. Amador-El Dorado Unit, Cal Fire. 7 miles SW of Latrobe, CA. Hardwood litter and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. | 1,268 acres. 95% contained. 0 resources. $300,000 CTD. #LatrobeFire

Minerva Fire.  224N20 Road (commonly called the Watershed Road). Near Quincy.

Minerva Fire. (Photo Credit: CAL Fire)

Plumas NF. 300 acres. 0% containment. Immediate need for strike team ordered (1800 Hours PDT) | The fire has not entered Boyle’s Ravine. Residents of East Quincy will likely see fire activity in the Mill Creek drainage this evening. Structure protection fire engines will be deployed to Quincy neighborhoods as a precautionary measure. Meadow Valley and Bucks Lake are not currently impacted by this fire, says the USFS, #MinervaFire

Cove Fire

Cove Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Modoc July Complex.  Between July 23 and July 25, the Modoc National Forest, Lava Beds National Monument, and the Clear Lake and Klamath National Wildlife Refuges received thousands of lightning strikes. | Cove Fire.  1,948 acres. Minimal fire behavior. No threats to structures. Pre-evac orders to residents in Stone Coal Valley as precaution by Sheriff Office. Air resources being used. #CoveFire | Lake Fire. SE of Clear Lake. Minimal fire behavior. 4,489 acres. #LakeFire | Steele Fire.  N/E of Clear Lake.  Lots of growth overnight. 11,615 acres. #SteeleFire | Rimrock Cluster. S of Oregon border now 1 big fire. 1,492 acres. #RimrockFire. $3.8 Million CTD. #ModocJulyComplex

Initial attack on Ukonom Fire

Initial attack on Ukonom Fire. (Photo Credit: James Courtright, USFS)

Orleans Complex.  7 fires included.  Largest named Ukonom Fire. Six Rivers NF. Yukonom Ranger District. 20 miles North in Orleans (Siskiyou County). Started 7/25/2017 @ 2100 hours by lightning. NCalTeam1 (2) different ICs on East & West Zones of the Klamath River. Timber+ brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing. |  471 acres. 0% contained. 420 personnel. $1,000 CTD. #OrleansComplexFire

Sky Fire.  Near Blue Sky Rd., East of Bella Vista. Shasta County.  CALFire Forward ROS stopped. | 17 acres. 50% contained. #SkyFire

San Diego Engine Company July 16th, 2017

Whittier Fire’s San Diego Engine Company. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Whittier Fire.  Santa Ynez Mtns, South of Lake Cachum. Start 7/8/2017. Unknown Cause. IC on Wednesday, July 26th transitioned over to a local IMT Type 3. Minimal fire behavior with some isolated torching inside the fire perimeter. | 18,430 acres. 87% contained. 245 personnel. 4 crews, 7 engines, 3 water tenders, 3 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, + 4 masticators. |  $38.1 Million CTD. #WhittierFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#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

 

 

 

Active Wildfires – California – June 25, 2016

Thank you for joining us during our journey through active wildfires in California.  Please sure to follow us for other States, i.e. Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and many more!

ERSKINE FIRE – Lake Isabella (Kern County)

Location

This fire located is located in California’s Central District in the Lake Isabella area and outside in various canyons in Kern County.

Current Status

It now at 36,810 acres with a 10% containment status.  Fire exhibits extreme wind-driven and uphill runs. Strong wind, light flashy fuels, and steep topography combined to produce extreme fire behavior when in alignment.

06252016 FS Erskine Fire Camp 9 -2

Infamous USFS Camp 9 where ICP and Resources are located. (Source: Inciweb)

Resources

There are 1,712 personnel assigned to this incident.

Management of the fire is still under Unified Command including the following Agencies:  Bureau Of Land Management, USFS & Kern County.

Damage Assessment

At least 150 homes have been destroyed with 75 that have been damaged.  1500 homes are still being threatened.

A damage inspection team is in the process of creating a comprehensive report documenting all structures damaged or destroyed.

Red Cross Shelters

A second shelter has been opened by Red Cross for evacuees:

  1. St. Jude’s Catholic Church
    86 Nellie Dent Dr.
    Wofford Heights
  2. Kernville Elementary School
    13350 Sierra Way
    Kernville

Safe and Well Registration

To let loved ones know OR look for loved ones, register for Red Cross’ Safe & Well website at  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

# # #

MARINA FIRE 

Incident Summary

The Marina Fire broke out just North of Lee Vining on June 24th @ 0530 hours from an unknown human caused ignition.  It is still under investigation.

Command

The fire is under Unified Command with the US Forest Service and Mono County Sheriff’s Office

SoCal Team 1 will assume command of the incident tomorrow morning at 6:00 am.

Current Status

The fire has

Resources

There are 350 fire and support personnel assigned, including 8 hand crews, 23 engines, 6 helicopters, 2 fixed wing aircraft, 2 bulldozers, and 3 water tenders are assigned to the fire incident.

# # #

GRANT FIRE

Incident

Firefighters are battling 3 fires off WB 580 & Grant Line Rd, on Altamont Pass; about 10 miles east of Livermore (Alameda County).

Location

This is a newly reported fire located on Altamont Pass, 10 miles east of Livermore of Alameda County.  It is currently at 75%. No other info provided.

Acreas

The total of acres are 100.

# # #

SAN GABRIEL COMPLEX

Incident Summary

Both the Fish Fire (4,035 acres) and the Reservoir (1,200 acres) were combined under this Complex.

Photo of the San Gabriel Mountains. (Credit: Photo by LACoFD volunteer photographer Craig Durling via CALFire)

Location

The Complex is located on the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County; North of Azusa.

Command

The San Gabriel Complex is under unified command, Mike Wakoski commanding with Vince Pena Deputy Fire Chief, Los Angeles County Fire, David Halm Commander, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Lt. Paul Dennis, Azusa Police Department.

Incident Cooperators

Assisting agencies include Arcadia Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff, Arcadia Police Department, Southern California Edison, CalTrans, Los Angeles County Public Works, American Red Cross, Los Angeles County Health Department, California Conservation Corp and California Office of Emergency Services.

Current Status

A total amount of 5235 acres (1200 acres for the Reservoir Fire and 4035 acres for the Fish Fire) have been scorched. Containment is at 48%.

All evacuations for the San Gabriel Complex have been lifted. The American Red Cross evacuation center has been closed

VLAT over the San Gabriel Complex

Very Large Tanker (VLAT) over the Complex. (Source: Inciweb)

Resources

There are 917 personnel assigned, including including 54 engines, 24 handcrews, 11 water tenders and 5 bulldozers, 15 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

#TopockFire and #PirateFire | April 7, 2016 | Update 1

Yes, we know we are a little late to the game but I [have] been fighting the flu and hoping it is just a bit at the tail end.  Now, that I am upright, thought I’d share what has been spreading like wildfire all over Social Media and is on the fire ground in AZ and CA – not a pretty sight.

Photo Credit: Mohave FD's Butch Merriweather

Photo Credit: Mohave FD’s Butch Merriweather

Our Thoughts and Prayers are there for those are involved in this powerful wind-driven firestorm of 2016.

FIRE SUMMARY

The fire started on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, around 0500 hours on two specific sites on the Arizona and California borders on the Colorado River Ranger District.

Photo Credit: Mohave FD's Butch Merriweather

Photo Credit: Mohave FD’s Butch Merriweather

NOTE: Generally where there are two separate fire names, it is because they have started one name and it is changed over time to reflect a more accurate location.  This fire is listed to be two different locations on both the AZ and on the CA sides.  We are unsure if there were two different origins, so we’ll that up to the Fire investigators to figure that one out, but for the purpose of this post – we will refer to the #TopockFire as on the #AZFire side and the #PirateFire on the #CAFire side.

The fire is known by two names, #TopockFire on the Arizona side, is approximately two (2) miles West of Topock and Golden Shores, Arizona.

The #PirateFire is on the California side, about ten (10) miles SSE of Needles, California.

Topock Fire MohaveFD 1

Photo Credit: Mohave FD Personnel

 

The cause is unknown, but it is listed as an active investigation.  No updates from that investigation have been released.

COMMAND

Due to the fire being on both sides of the Arizona-California borders, Command is in an Unified Command Status.

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

PERSONNEL

There are about 165 personnel assigned to this incident, including Mutual Aid from the following:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Arizona Dept of Transportation
  • AZ Dept of Forestry
  • BNSF Railroad
  • Buckskin Fire Department
  • Bullhead Fire Department
  • CAL Transportation
  • California Highway Patrol
Photo Credit: San Bernardino Co FD

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD of Pirate Cove Resort

  • City of Needles
  • Fort Mohave Fire Department
  • Golden Shores Fire Department
  • Kingman Fire Department
  • Mohave Valley Fire Department
  • PG & E
  • San Bernardino County Fire Department
  • San Bernardino County Probation
  • San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office
  • SW Gas Corporation

We are still trying to find out what type of crews, equipment and apparatus is on-scene but so far, we haven’t found that jackpot yet. We will put out more updates as information is received.

FIRE STATUS

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 2200 total acres (both AZ-CA) as of 4/7/2016
  • Pirates Cove Resort in California suffered some about 10% roof damage due to firebrands burning the thatch room.
Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

EVACUATIONS

  • Evacuations of Park Moabi Mobile Home Park residents and  Pirates Cove Resort employees and Campers occurred on 4/6/2016.
  • Evacuations have been lifted on 4/7/2016 but employees and Campers are only allowed to recover their possessions with an escort.
  • Park residents evacuation orders have been lifted and appears there are no restrictions returning to their homes.

CONTAINMENT STATUS

  • 40% containment status.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Windy conditions have arrived and firefighters have been able to establish containment lines. So far, they are reporting that they are holding.

Golden Shores, Arizona is reporting a warm temp of 89-degrees with 15% percipitation, 9% humidity and winds at 6-mph.

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Route 66 from Golden Shores to I-40.
  • BLM using roadway for equipment and staging areas.
  • Reports on Facebook are not accurate.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Disclaimer:  The Photography in this post is not our own and we do not lay rights or claims on them.  We have given the Photo Credit to the best of our knowledge and all rights of those of the Photographer as listed. – Editor.

HOT JOBS! | Fire (Structural) – EMT – Medic Career Opportunities |April 4, 2016

FIREFIGHTER 

NEW!  City of Apple Valley, Minnesota.  $15.00 / hour.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/applevalley/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1399098  Paid.  On Call Volunteer.  Closes 4/29/2016.  

NEW!  City of Bothell Fire Department, Washington.  $64,164 – $91,656 / year.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/bothellwa/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1399205 Closes 8/1/2016. 

City of Brentwood, Tennessee.  $36,769 / year..  http://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=92b5c9dd6f8ecf5b&q=firefighter&tk=1af0700meb97bcpp&from=web  No Closing Date.

NEW!  City of Danville,  Virginia.  $32,507 / year.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/danville/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1396156   Closes 4/30/2016.  

 City of Folsom Fire Department.  Folsom, California.  $57,988 / year.  http://www.indeed.com/cmp/City-of-Folsom-Fire-Department/jobs/Firefighter-d6c06ea5f011e606?q=firefighter  No Closing Date.

City of Hollywood, Florida.   $24.09 – $39.68 / hourly.   http://agency.governmentjobs.com/hollywoodfl/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1390039   Closes 4/10/2016.

NEW!  City of Jacksonville, Florida.  $2782 / month.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/jacksonvillefl/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1397555  Closes 4/15/2016.  

City of Jenks Fire Department, Oklahoma.  http://jobs.newsok.com/jobs/firefighter-jenks-ok-85270022-d?utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Indeed No Closing Date.

City of Pearland, Texas.  $45,900 – $50,500 / year.  https://pearland.applicantpro.com/jobs/367270-4700.html   Closes 5/6/2016.

City of Santee, California.  $3565.47 – $4799 / monthly.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santee/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1386362  Closes 4/14/2016.

City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  $45,678.75 / year.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tuscaloosa/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=150259  Closes 6/30/2016.

Columbus Consolidated Government.  Columbus, Georgia.  $30,442.12 / year.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/columbusga/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1191157  Closes 7/8/2016.

Escambia County, Florida.  $12.49 – $14.35 / hour.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/escambia/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=333068   No Closing Date listed.

FIREFIGHTER / EMT

NEW!  City of Independence, Missouri.   $3763 – $4756 / month   https://www.ci.independence.mo.us/HR/JobDetails?id=2016051    Closes 4/23/2016. 

City of Lockhart, Texas.  $38, 816 / year. http://tml.associationcareernetwork.com/JobSeeker/JobDetail.aspx?abbr=TML&jobid=eb9ad83b-6454-4e5a-9d7e-a92d7809dd74&stats=y  Closes 5/7/2016.

City of Ocala, Florida.  $33,068 – $51,4014 / year.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/cityofocala/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=323919  Continuous Opening.

City of Rochester Fire Department.  Rochester, New Hampshire.  http://seacoast.careers.adicio.com/jobs/firefighter-emergency-medical-technician-rochester-nh-85267765-d  Closes 4/28/2016.

NEW!  Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy.  Fairfax, Viriginia.   http://agency.governmentjobs.com/fairfaxcounty/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1394344  Closes 4/8/2016. 

Texas Municipal League.  Eagle Pass, Texas.  http://tml.associationcareernetwork.com/JobSeeker/JobDetail.aspx?abbr=TML&jobid=d5b24369-a34b-49ff-98cc-3ec20e4f6f72&stats=y   No Closing Date.

FIREFIGHTER – INTERN

Mid-County Fire Protection District.  Camdenton, Missouri.  http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Mid–County-Fire-Protection-District/jobs/Firefighter-200aa4a595a2e3a1?q=firefighter  No Closing Date.

FIREFIGHTER / PARAMEDIC

City of Elgin, Illinois.  $60,863 – $81,120 / year. http://agency.governmentjobs.com/elginil/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1365346&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271%2E0%27%3E%3Cheader%2F%3E%3Cdata%3E%3Cstruct%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27CATEGORYID%27%3E%3Cstring%3E-1%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27PROMOTIONALJOBS%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27TRANSFER%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27FIND_KEYWORD%27%3E%3Cstring%3E%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3C%2Fstruct%3E%3C%2Fdata%3E%3C%2FwddxPacket%3E  Closes 4/15/2016.

NEW!  City of Fort  Lauderdale, Florida.  $49,060 – $73,956 / year.  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/fortlauderdalefl/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1396984   Closes 4/15/2016.  

City of Olivette, Missouri.  http://olivettemo.com/employmentView.aspx?eid=68&catid=0&id=0    Closes 4/8/2016.

City of Seekonk, Masschussetts.  http://ri.rijobs.com/job/ma/seekonk/firefighter-paramedic-town-AA105-4KUF  Closes 4/14/2016.

Mohave Valley Fire Department, Arizona.  $13.60 / hour. http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Mohave-Valley-Fire-SDepartment/jobs/Firefighter-31d0494e2eec3ec7?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvRNC3k-0y7U1sr03Gz8l_dDYWosiUxAi2dULtQkgcsTM_PVqPHsHKATiEO_oz-zixTQ2b9Il319ZICwwVIqdchs   Open until filled.

FIREFIGHTER RESERVE

City of Fort Scott, Kansas.  No Salary / Hourly wage listed.  Part-Time Position.  https://www.appone.com/maininforeq.asp?Ad=469470&R_ID=1262623&Refer=http://www.indeed.com/jobs&B_ID=83   No Closing Date posted.

FIREFIGHTER SPECIALIST

NEW!   Los Angeles County Fire Department, California.  $6891 – $8109 / month.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/1346635/fire-fighter-specialist  Closes 4/12/2016.  

LATERAL  EXPERIENCED LEVEL FIREFIGHTER

City of Renton Fire Department, Washington.   $58,980 – $79,116 / Year. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/rentonwa/jobs/1373911/firefighter-lateral-experienced.  Continuous Openings.

PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTER

City of York, Pennsylvania.   $47,086 / year.   http://agency.governmentjobs.com/yorkpa/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1393999    Closes 5/17/2016.

RESERVE FIREFIGHTER / EMT

Pioneer Fire District.  Somerset, California.  $100/daily.  http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Pioneer-Fire-District/jobs/Reserve-Firefighter-EMT-43f84e9114cea82f?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvYMLC9H26-1qdSAyouLEd8KnjORsSz78dFZv2aZ9gdMd8TQ3EQi1yzhL_TnYtth3RACRhe0p55ZN3_ty5KeZDnw   No Closing Date posted

RESERVE FIREFIGHTER / PARAMEDIC, ALS ONLY 

Rural / Metro.  Mesa, Arizona. Part-time. https://careers-rmetro.icims.com/jobs/7412/reserve-firefighter-paramedic–als-only/job?mode=job&iis=Indeed&iisn=Indeed.com&mobile=false&width=1244&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-480&jun1offset=-420    No Closing Date posted.

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