USS Bonhomme Richard Ship Settles for Long Haul | 5

UPDATE 5 – 7/15/2020 2345 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Reports of an explosion occurred on July 12th and still continue to burn on Day 3 on the USS Bohomme Richard (LHD-6), a 40,000 ton Wasp class U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship.

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Scheduled  routine maintenance in between deployments has brought the large ship to port and remains while Navy fire crews continue to contain the heavy smoke and blaze.

The US Navy said those assigned to the ship were either in local or base housing and all crew were off the ship at the time of the fire when started on Sunday, July 12th at 0830 PT.

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CURRENT STATUS

The ship’s settling caused an immediate evacuation of personnel from the pier and vessel as a precaution.

Naval firefighters continue firefighting efforts.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

July 14, 2020

There were personnel from Federal Fire  and over 400 sailors from 12 San Diego-based ships that are part of the marine firefighting units.

July 15, 2020

The Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 has dropped more than 1,500 water bucket drops over the fire.  It has been cooling the very large vessel and flight deck at one time enabling crews to enter the ship.

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CAUSE

The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation.

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INJURIES

63 personnel have been treated which includes 40 sailors and 23 civilians have been treated for minor injuries, including some with heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

There are no personnel currently hospitalized.

There were no deaths reported.

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SCAM ALERT!

NCIS urges the DON family and community members to remain vigilant of fraudulent GoFundMe pages and other fraudulent charities soliciting for donations in response to the fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard.  Check out more important details regarding this potential scam the Navy wants you to be aware.  Check out their Facebook page here —> https://www.facebook.com/USNavy

HASHTAGS

#USSBonhommeRichard #USNavy #ShipFire #SDShipFire

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Navy Firefighters Continue to Battle Blaze on USS Bonhomme Richard | 4

UPDATE 4 – 7/14/2020 – 2230 PT

Reports of an explosion occurred on July 12th and still continue to burn on Day 3 on the USS Bohomme Richard (LHD-6), a 40,000 ton Wasp class U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship.

Scheduled  routine maintenance in between deployments has brought the large ship to port and remains while Navy fire crews continue to contain the heavy smoke and blaze.

The US Navy said those assigned to the ship were either in local or base housing and all crew were off the ship at the time of the fire when started on Sunday, July 12th at 0830 PT.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation.

Mutual aid units including those from the San Diego Fire and Rescue agency were brought in after escalating the incident to a 2-alarm and later as a 3-alarm.  Other incident cooperators included: the US Navy, Surface Warriors, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, Federal Fire, local hospitals and resources and countless more.

At the height of the incident, Unified Command was established between Federal Fire and San Diego Fire and Rescue. They would later return their own resources back in service. This occurred in the early afternoon.

REHAB coordinations of hundreds of meals and water were coordinated within Logistics prior to releasing the City fire agency.

Federal Fire was then again lead fire agency along with other naval sailor/firefighters working to bring the blaze under control and working tirelessly to locate the seat of the origin of the fire.

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and the USS Russell (DDG-59) shifted berths to a pier further away from the original ship fire to where they are currently safe and less likely to be impacted by any of the flames and heat that the fire is releasing around itself.

The Navy had released a statement in the early stages of the incident, hoping to preserve the ship’s structural integrity but speculations and additional hopes are quickly fading as time passes and more destruction impacts the interior of the vessel increases.

A total of 21 personnel which included 17 sailors and 4 civilians were transported to area hospitals.  Their conditions and demographics were unknown and we reserve the right to protect their privacy.

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Photo Credit to Images | US Navy unless otherwise noted.

========== SCAM ALERT! ==========

NCIS urges the DON family and community members to remain vigilant of fraudulent GoFundMe pages and other fraudulent charities soliciting for donations in response to the fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard.  Check out more important details regarding this potential scam the Navy wants you to be aware.  Check out their Facebook page here —> https://www.facebook.com/USNavy

Hashtags used for this fire are #USSBonhommeRichard #USNavy #ShipFire #SDShipFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/14/2020 2250 PT

 

 

 

 

Navy Firefighters Continue to Battle Blaze on USS Bonhomme Richard | 3

UPDATE 3-2100 T

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Reports of an explosion occurred today on the USS Bohomme Richard (LHD-6), a 40,000 ton Wasp class U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship.

The Ship is said to be in port at the Navy Base San Diego  for some routine maintenance in between deployments.  The US Navy said those assigned to the ship were either in local or base housing and all crew were off the ship at the time of the fire starting at 0830 PT.

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Mutual aid units were brought in after escalated the fire to a 2nd alarm and later as a 3rd alarm.  The incident was in Unified Command with Federal Fire (US Navy Firefighters) and San Diego Fire and Rescue from just before 1000 hours PT until into the afternoon when they began releasing some of their own FD resources.

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and the USS Russell (DDG-59) shifted berths to a pier further away from the fire to where they are currently safe and less likely to be impacted by any of the flames and heat that the fire is releasing around itself.

Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department boats combat a fire onboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

The Navy has full confidence they will be able to save the ship itself and personnel are doing everything to make that happen.

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Federal Fire San Diego and sailor firefighters are currently leading the firefight to put out this fire as it has been burning for the last 9 hours.

Non-first responders on base in Sector A (west-side; north of Pier 5) were directed just after 1700 hours PT to shelter-in-place until further notice.

The Department released a statemetn today saying this fire could continue to burn for days

There have been 17 sailors and 4 civilians transported to area hospitals for medical treatment. All of their identities and conditions are unknown due to the healthcare laws.  We would not report that due to their own privacy.  .

The cause is unknown at the time of this post and is still under investigation.

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Hashtags being used for this fire are #USSBonhommeRichard #USNavy #ShipFire #SDShipFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/12/2020  2030 PT

 

 

 

 

3-Alarm Fire | USS Bonhomme Richard Ship Fire | 3

UPDATE 3- 1930 PT

INCIDENT COMMAND

Reports of an explosion have occurred on the USS Bohomme Richard (LHD-6), a 40,000 ton Wasp class U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship at the San Diego Naval Base/port.

Photo Credit:  Port of San Diego Harbor Police

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Fire broke out from an unknown cause at 0830 hours PT.  Several explosions, heavy flames and smoke occurred during the incident where the ship was docked at the pier at the San Diego Naval Base.

A 3rd alarm was called just before 1000 hours PT.

COMMAND

Fire Command was in Unified Command with Federal Fire and San Diego Fire Department (mutual aid unit).

STATUS

All-in-all, 11 injuries were reported and thankfully no loss of life was reported. The ship has suffered serious damage.

RESOURCES

Resources assisted at the fire today included the US Navy, Federal Fire, San Diego Fire and the Port of San Diego Harbor Police.

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Smoke could be seen all across the area, as well as laying down in the valley which prompted many calls to 9-1-1.  Callers reported odor and smoke calls. Though those calls would turn out from smoke impacting areas, fire calls for service were still answered. – Media

Confirmation by the Navy that there was no aircraft onboard at the time of fire. – Media

The [ship] was docked for scheduled maintenance between deployments. Sailors assigned to it were staying in Navy or private housing on shore were not on board when the fire started. – Media

ABOUT THE USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6)

This is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the third ship of the US Navy to bear the name. It was named in the honor of John Paul Jones’ famous frigate which he had had named in French “Good Man Richard”.

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It is used as a landing helicopter dock and amphibious assault ship.

It is made 843 feet long, has a beam of 104 feet, two boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts and 70,000 shp.  It can travel up to 22 knots or 25 miles-per-hour.  Its range consists of 9,500 nautical miles or 10,900 miles at 21 miles-per-hour.

The ship can carry 1,687 troops plus an 84 184 surge Marine Detachment.

PHOTO CREDITS 

Photos found in this post are credited to the Port of San Diego Harbor Police, unless otherwise noted.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/12/2020 1930 PT

 

 

 

 

3-Alarm Fire | USS Bonhomme Richard Ship Fire | 2

UPDATE 2- 1700 PT

INCIDENT COMMAND

Reports of an explosion have occurred on the USS Bohomme Richard (LHD-6), a 40,000 ton Wasp class U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship at the San Diego Naval Base/port.

The fire occurred at 0830 hours PT with several explosions, heavy flames and smoke and several injuries to sailors and firefighters.

This ship can carry up to 1700+ personnel and/or 20 F-35B stealth fighters at any given time.

COMMAND

Unified Command with Federal Fire and San Diego Fire Department (mutual aid unit).

INCIDENT TIMELINE

0830 PT | Fire ignites on the naval ship, USS Bonomme Richard (LHD6).

0900 PT | SDFS personnel were requested by Federal Fire.

0909 PT | A second alarm is struck.

0951 PT | Federal Fire checks out sailors in the Medical Group.

1044 PT | SDFD is in Unified Command with Federal Fire.

1051 PT | A third alarm is struck by the Federal Fire agency, which prompts the response of San Diego Fire Department personnel and equipment.

1055 PT | Command requests PAR accountability of all firefighters and personnel.

1100 PT | An explosion is reported just before 1100.

1119 PT | All members accounted for.

1124 PT | Abandon the building tone is broadcasted to get all firefighters off the ship immediately. Change in Fire Operations.  Getting ready to go defensive.

Photo Credit | SDFD

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1128 PT | Local, base and shipboard fire fighting teams are responding to a fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6) located on the Naval Base SanDiego.

1130 PT | Fire conditions are growing worse. Command pulling all firefighters out of the ship and going defensive. Requesting all units to evacuate the ship immediately and give PAR. Command Post is where the American Flag is located.

1131 PT | Command states foam/sprinkler system to go online/engage in 30 minutes.

1138 PT | Command needs PAR of all units. Federal Fire/SDFD setting up REHAB.  Another explosion reported, very chaotic in the background on scanner feed. No injuries reported. Firefighters removing all of their gear off the pier.

1142 PT | 1 Truck 11 Firefighter injured. Reporting to the Medical Group for assessment. Evacuations in effect for clearing the pier.

1144 PT | Command asking Dispatch for 5 additional ALS ambulances to respond to Base.

1147 PT | Units assigned to the fire are T11, LA1, LA40, T44, T1, E17, E4, T12, E1, E201, E27, E7, E11, USAR2, E51, E20, E26, E12, E19, E2, E3, B1, B6, SC1, B3, B2, AM414, AM416, AM418, AM495, AM417, B33, B53, B57, BLS5, CHAP6, CPTR2, CRDT36 CVB51, Dep6, FB11, FB12, Fe110, Fe111, Fe12, Fe16, Fe161, Fe18, Fe19, FEDLA110, FEDM92, Fm28, FTR17, LOGS2, LOGS4, M1, M10, M12, M39, M4, M43, M6, MC1, MD1, MS71, MS84, NCE34, NCT34, OS10, SOP3, USAR53

1149 PT | Command orders all personnel to report to their Group Supervisor. Command is iniating PAR.

1153 PT | Currently, 3 ALS/BLS units are loading up their patients. 5 more ambulances are inbound. Will be used as needed.

1159 PT | Medical group has E20 as Transport Supe and E27 as Triage Supe. 10 patients are either currently or have been transported to hospitals. Sufficient number of ambulances for now.

1200 PT | Heavy smoke with no water on the fire due to the previous large explosion. Fire is moving towards the bow and forward, coming out of the hatches.

1201 PT | Setting up foam flowing operations. Unit only has 100 gallons of foam per vessel. May need Logistics to help with coordination.

1204 PT | Heavy smoke billowing out. Foaming operations to commence. Members will decide if hull or in openings to spray the foam into.

1205 PT | All members told to exit the pier with urgency and pull their gear off the dock.

1210 PT | All SDFD members are accounted. PAR complete.

1220 PT | FD 911 calls are starting to flood in of smoke check and ordors in surrounding areas and where the smoke is beginning to impact communities.  Winds are inceasing and smoke is pouring out of open hatches from the ship.

1221 PT | Smoke is seen billowing out of hatches on the starboard side. Conditions are worsening and concerns for those working downwind are duly noted.

1225 PT | Some firefighters remained on the pier after the initial abandon the building tones were broadcasted and Command is urgently telling members to exit the pier and remove their equipment. PAR was conducted and received for the remaining firefighting team as completed. All members present.

1236 PT | There is exposure, which is another ship but fire has not reached it. A mass number of sailors are seen running away from the ship as fire has reached its fuel tanks. SDFD asks if there should be additional evacuations. Unknown the answer since another feed walked on theirs on the scanner feed.

1239 PT | Copter 2 is down being refueled. Copter 3 is en route to the fire.

1240 PT | Copter 2 is down for refueling but 3 is on his way back to the fire.

1253 PT | REHAB tasked with coordination of water and food for Naval personnel.

1257 PT | 11 sailors have been transported to the hospital for minor injuries. The entire crew is off the ship and all are accounted for.

1300 PT | Commands notes lots of equipment on the pier now but not sending anyone to go and get it. FD B1 to start releasing units. Creating a list for Logistics for refill of supplies for units before going back into service.

1301 PT | At 1300 PT, The USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) shifted berths to a pier further away from the fire.

1316 PT | The fire occurred at approximately 0830 PT. 160 sailors were aboard at the time. The ship was going through some maintenance availablity. The ship usually has 1,000 crew members. 18 sailors have been transferred to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

1330 PT | The USS Russell (DDG 59) moves approximately 30 minutes later to a more safe and secure location.

1336 PT | The ship was moored pier side at Naval Base San Diego.

1405 PT | A 2nd Firefighter to the hospital for assessment after failing the REHAB evaluation.

1430 PT | 17 sailors and 4 civilians are being treated for non-threatening injuries at a local hospital. All inport ships have been contacted and directed to provide fire parties to possibly assist with firefighting efforts.

1609 PT | Navy Reg SW Tugs are continuously battling the fire from the bay.  The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation.  Federal Fire is rotating out crews onboard the ship with the Navy firefighting crews from the waterfront to fight the fire in order to find the origin of the fire & put it out.

1610 PT | Federal Fire San Diego is lead firefighting agency for Naval Base San Diego. 2 Firefighting teams are aboard the ship.

UPDATES

More updates will be provided as information is received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/12/2020 Updated at 1745 PT

 

 

 

 

3-Alarm Fire on San Diego Navy Ship Breaks Out

UPDATE 1 – 1400 PT

Photo Credit | San Diego FD

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

Reports of an explosion have occurred on the USS Bohomme Richard (LHD-6), a 40,000 ton Wasp class U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship at the San Diego Naval Base/port.

This ship can carrying up to 1700+ personnel and/or 20 F-35B stealth fighters.

Incident is in Unified Command with Federal Fire, San Diego FD and the US Navy.

Photo Credit | San Diego FD

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FIRE CONDITIONS 

Firefighters immediately found the active fire burning and where it was located but conditions would worsen, prompting Command to pull all firefighters from the ship and off the pier.  A PAR was immediately ordered by Command and all have been accounted for.

Fire has been burning throughout the ship where it was moving up towards the bow and displaying ugly heavy smoke out of its hatches.

Engine 1 crew reported a massive amount of Navy sailors fleeing from the ship and running past the firefighters saying that the fire has reached their ship’s fuel tanks.  This happened after a large plume of black smoke leaked out of the naval vessel.

There is also an exposure nearby which is another ship but it has been deemed safe and no fire has reached it.

Most units have been released from the incident with them going back into service.

Photo Credit | San Diego FD

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MEDICAL GROUP

One firefighter from Truck 11 was reported injured and was being assessed by the Medical Group. There were reports of 10 patients that were either transported or will be transported. Their conditions were unknown at the time of this reporting.

Five more ALS ambulances were requested in addition to the 3 they already had on-scene.

The Navy reported they had 11 Sailors were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. The entire crew is off the ship and all accounted for.

Photo Credit | San Diego FD

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RESOURCES

Resources Dispatched:  T11, LA1, LA40, T44, T1, E17, E4, T12, E1, E201, E27, E7, E11, USAR2, E51, E20, E26, E12, E19, E2, E3, B1, B6, SC1, B3, B2, AM414, AM416, AM418, AM417, B33, B53, B57, BLS5, CHAP6, CPTR2, CRDT36, CVB51, FEDLA110, Fm28, LOGS2, LOGS4, M1, M10, M12, M39, M4, M43, M6, MC1, MD1, MS71, MS84, NCE34, NCT34, OS10, SOP3, USAR53.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

The ship in pre-fire days.  Photo Credit | Naval Base San Diego

1239 PT | Copter 2 is down being refueled. Copter 3 is en route to the fire.

1236 PT | Engine 1 reports to Command: A massive number of Navy sailors run past San Diego engine company after the smoke from the original ship fire turns black.  The sailors say that the fire has reached their fuel tanks.  Engine company asks if more evacuations are in effect.   Command asks if this is the exposure ship or the original Ship. It is determined to be the oringial ship.

1230 PT | Copter 2 leaving fire ground to refuel at nearby airport.

1224 PT | Some firefighters were still on the pier after Command requested all of them to urgently evacuate and pull all of their firefighter gear.  They were told to give Command PAR after they were off the pier.  Shortly after, they gave a PAR with no injuries.

1218 PT | Winds increasing. Smoke coming out of open hatches on starboard sides.

1214 PT | Lots of smoke from the ship fire is now laying down in the Valley. Smoke check calls are starting to flow into 9-1-1 Dispatch.

1208 PT | PAR completed, all San Diego members are accounted for.

1204 PT | Heavy smoke starting to billowing out. Foaming operations to commence. Members will decide what locations to put foam into the ship; either hull or inside openings.

1201 PT | Command requesting foam flowing operations. Unit states only has 100-gallons of foam per vessel. May need Logistics to help with refilling.

1159 PT | Command conducting PAR.   Medical Group reports E20 is Transport Sup and E27 is the Triage Sup. 10 patients are currently either being transported or have been transported. Sufficient number of ambulances are good for now.

1155 PT | Command conducted PAR of units. Units have all been accounted for.

1153 PT | 3 ALS/BLS are currently loading up patients.. Command states 5 more are inbound. They will report to Base. Will be used as needed.

1149 PT | Medical Group receives E27 as their newest unit to group.

1143 PT | Command requests 5 additional ALS ambulances.

1142 PT | 1 Truck 11 Firefighter injured. Heading to medical Group for medical eval.  Operations reportings all firefighters being moved to the end of the pier.  A large explosion has occurred on the ship.  2 more ALS units requested. Evacuations were being conducted with clearing the piers.

1138 PT | An explosion was reporting. All Firefighters were in the middle of removing all of their gear from the pier. No injuries were reporting. Command was requesting PAR of all members.

1131 PT | Foam / sprinkler system onboard ship to come online in 30 minutes.

1130 PT | Fire conditions growing worse. Puling firefighters out of the ship. Going defensive operations. Requesting all units to evacuate the ship and give PAR. Command Post is where the American Flag is located.

“Please say a little prayer for these men and women in the military.” – Ed.

Photo Credit | Naval Base San Diego

1124 PT | Fire conditions growing worse, ready to go defensive. Pulling all firefighters out. Abandon the building tone to be sounded to get people out as soon as possible.

1123 PT | The beginning of our coverage begins. Incident summary is of a 3-alarm navy ship, USS Bohomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship at the San Diego Naval Base has broken out. An explosion and fire is reported onboard just before 1100 hours PT.

1050 PT | Federal Fire San Diego Firefighters treat several Navy sailors.

Photo Credit | San Diego FD

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1049 PT | The Naval Base San Diego issues an alert that they are responding to a fire onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. All personnel are told to stay clear of the West side of the Base.

0951 PT | 3rd Alarm struck.

0909 PT | 2nd Alarm struck.

UPDATES

This is our first and final update unless something significantly changes.

Updates will then be provided every hour until the incident has been demobed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/12/2020 1300 PT

 

 

 

 

Disaster News | California Areas Touched by Aftershocks

UPDATE 3 – JULY 7, 2019 – SUNDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

What appeared as an isolated incident of a single quake with multiple aftershocks, turned out to be nothing more than a fore shock and something we don’t hear much about – until today.  The original large quake that would shake near the Ridgecrest area of Kern County, California was measured at 6.4M This occurred on Thursday, July 4, 2019.  It was being called a foreshock (prior to the actual quake).

A 7.1M rocked the Ridgecrest area on July 5th causing widespread power outages, gas leaks, structure fires and many EMS calls, with most of them being for short of breath incidents.  Roads were reported buckling and separating roadways, all the way across.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Epicenter | Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake | 150 miles N of Los Angeles

Credit: US Military

The NAWS China Lake Station is about 150 miles north of Los Angeles and at the epicenter. No casualties or injuries were reported. All buildings were found to be structurally sound and still standing.

Kern County | Commercial Structural Damage 

On July 6th, the Governor of California was out to businesses and areas to view the hardest hit areas.

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Credit: CA Gov Office

Kern Co Damage | GOP Leader Visit

On the afternoon of July 5th, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy met with local Officials and 1st Responders to discuss post-earthquake efforts and tour some of the damaged areas firsthand in Kern County.

Kern County | Mobile Home Park

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Businesses suffered greatly. | Credit: Kevin McCarthy, GOP Leader

City of Trona | 20 miles E of Ridgecrest

The City of Trona’s one and only water pipeline has been reported to have several cracks.  Repairs are currently ongoing and they are working to fix their main water resources.  On July 6, 2019, after the quake hit – there were reports of being extremely hit hard and had no power or water.

Between Trona & Ridgecrest | SR 178

CHP and CALtrans District 9 assess one of the major roadways at night of a serious large fracture.  This is on SR 178 between Trona and Ridgecrest.

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Credit: CALtrans

Kern County | Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

After the 6.4M quake on Thursday, July 4th, the hospital began evacuating some patients due to reported structural damage inside the building. No word on any further damage after the 7.1M quake on Friday or if additional patients were moved from the facilities.   An ambulance strike team from Bakersfield was due to assist with evacuations.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS:

CAL OES | Local Leaders giving briefings

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 Los Angeles County FD | OES Haz-Mat 811 is surveying the damage.

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Credit: LACoFD

Orange County Fire Authority | OCFA Heavy Rescue 6 out at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center conducting a damage assessment at the facility.

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Credit: OCFA PIO

DISASTER FACT | The Searles and Little Areas are being touched by many Aftershocks in the last 24-48 hours.

Public Health Deployed | Kern Co FD – OES

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Credit: KCFD – OES

SHELTER 

An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Closures | Ridgecrest DMV * CLOSED * Monday, July 8th.  Appointments will be honored at nearby field offices. This location is being inspected for structural damage and making repairs. (dmv.ca.gov)

Free Transportation | Trona area residents can receive FREE transportation at the high school to the Ridgecrest Shelter located at the Kerr McGee Center.

Red Cross Services | The Red Cross is currently distributing water, food, clean up kits in the communities of Trona and Ridgecrest.  These are FREE services.

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Credit: ARC

Natural Gas Service | PGE reminds its customers that if you have HAD your gas turned off, not to turn it back on yourselves but to call 800-743-5000 to have service resumed.

Crisis Support | Quakes can be stressful, for Mental Health Crisis Support, contact the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline at 800-991-5272 or the local Crisis Support Center at 760-463-2880.

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage |  Kern County/Ridgecrest residents only by calling 760-499-5083 or contact by email:  quakedamage@ridgecrest-ca.gov

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

SOCIAL MEDIA | Taken from Eyewitness Accounts Reported on Social Media

“It was like violent shaking, things breaking.”

“No damage in Anaheim reported. Keep 9-1-1 lines open for emergencies.” – Anheim PD

The strongest quake to hit Southern CAL in 20 years.” – Media

Multiple tweets sent to President, asking for assistance. – Multiple Users

“San Bernardino County reported no injuries, but significant instrastructure damage.” – Media user.

“I could feel the quake all the way down here.” – Las Vegas (NV) resident.

“Ridgecrest is far from LA. It felt small compared to aftershocks of Northridge in 1994.  They (Ridgecrest) does not have the population or infrastructure LA has. There is no damage here (LA).” – Media poster.

“There’s quite a bit of damage that needs to be fixed. We have red tags everywhere and the assessment isn’t even done yet. There’s a lot not being showing on the news.” – Media user.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2111 Hours PDT 

Disaster News | California Suffers From Another Large Quake

UPDATE 2 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

What appeared as an isolated incident of a single quake with multiple aftershocks, turned out to be nothing more than a fore shock and something we don’t hear much about – until today.  The original large quake that would shake near the Ridgecrest area of Kern County, California was measured at 6.4M. This occurred on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

DISASTER FACT | 200+ Quakes measured 2.5M + have occurred between both the 6.4M – 7.1M quakes. – USGS

Today’s large quake originally measured at 6.9M has been elevated to a 7.1M with more aftershocks to come in the following minutes, to hours, to days or even months.

SHELTER 

An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage | Ridgecrest residents only | 760-499-5083. City or County inspections are onsite.

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

SOCIAL MEDIA

We have currently signed off and going out of service on this incident as we will be out of town this weekend but staying on the Ridgecrest Earthquake Fire news watch.  We will continue postings but they may be delayed.

To stay more up-to-date on fire news coverage, please follow us on our Twitter @nwfireblog for live updates. Please stay safe out there, wherever you may travel or be deployed to. We appreciate everything you all are doing out there.  #FireResources

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 00:15 PDT 

Disaster News | California Shaken By Large Quake, Aftershocks

UPDATE 1 – JULY 5, 2019 – FRIDAY

A large earthquake shook the Ridgecrest, California area on Thursday, July 4, 2019, which startled a lot of people.

The Kern County EOC was activated due to the large earthquake and aftershocks. This evening, a larger quake measured at 6.9+ with some reports stating as high as a 7.1M occurred, prompting Fire Agencies to start checking their Fire Stations.

Call volume has increased with firefighters responding to calls related to breathing difficulties, structure and grass fires and gas leaks, as well as HAZMAT calls.

SHELTER 

An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage | Ridgecrest residents only | 760-499-5083. City or County inspections are onsite.

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2220 Hours PDT

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.”

if you fly, we can't graphic

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)

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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.

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