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

Active Wildfires in the U.S. – September 19, 2015

Here are the most Active fires we could find burning in the United States. We have gleaned information from various sources. If we have missed one or more, please let us know! We’re happy to add them to our list.  These will be update on a daily basis, as time allows.

ARIZONA

POTATO PATCH

  • 6 mi east of Forest Lakes
  • Start 9/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 180 Acres
  • 0% Contained
  • No Fire Personnel assigned; will be monitored this weekend.
  • Smoke will be visible from the local communities and from AZ State Highway 260.

CALIFORNIA

BUTTE FIRE [CAL Fire]

  • East of Jackson in Amador & Calaveras Counties
  • Start 9/9/15
  • 3861 Personnel
  • 70,760 Acres
  • 67% Contained
  • 2 Citizen fatalities

GASQUET COMPLEX

  • Multiple Ignited Lightning Fires Within The Gasquet Ranger District
  • Start 7/31/15
  • 272 Personnel
  • 30,361 Acres: Bear Fire 11,619 Acres; Peak Fire 12,166 Acres
  • 47% Contained:  Bear Fire 52%; Peak  Fire 10%
  • Fire Activity: Minimal, lines are holding, continued monitoring and in patrol status

LAURELS FIRE [CAL Fire]

  • off Laureles Grade and Highway 68[Monterey County]
  • Start 9/19/15 @ 1525 PDT
  • CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
  • 95 Acres
  • 60% Contained

NICKOWITZ FIRE

  • Nickowitz Peak
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 42 Personnel
  • Lightning caused
  • 7,509 Acres
  • 90% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Moderate, backing, smoldering, creeping

RIVER COMPLEX

  • New River Drainage near the communities of Dailey Ranch, Hoboken and Denny.
  • Start 7/30/15
  • 244 Personnel
  • 77,077 Acres
  • 55% Contained
  • Fire still smoldering

ROUGH FIRE

  • 2.5 miles to the southwest of Spanish Mountain and 5 miles North of Hume Lake
  • Start 7/30/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 1493 Personnel
  • 141,036 Acres
  • 68% Contained
  • Fire Behavior: Moderate, creeping, backing

TASSAJARA FIRE [CAL Fire]

  • 2.5 miles north of Jamesburg [Monterey County]
  • Start 9/19/15 @ 1500 PDT
  • CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
  • 300 Acres
  • 5% Contained

VALLY FIRE [CAL Fire]

  • Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties-Southern Lake County
  • Start 9/12/15.
  • 4234 Personnel
  • 74,500 Acres.
  • 50% Contained.

IDAHO

TEPEE SPRINGS FIRE

  • Along the river, the fire is 3 miles east of Riggins and 3.5 miles east of French Creek. The fire is one mile east of Chair Mt. Lookout-4 miles west of Florence.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 399 Personnel
  • 95,709 Acres
  • 87% Contained

MONTANA

BEAR LAKE FIRE

  • 12 miles SE of Wisdom
  • Start 8/20/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 87 Personnel
  • 6,443 Acres
  • 80% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  creeping and smoldering

OREGON

CANYON CREEK COMPLEX

  • John Day, Canyon City, Prairie City, Oregon less than 5 miles.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 158 Personnel
  • 110,422 Acres
  • 95% Contained
  • Fire Behavior: Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering. Minimal fire behavior was observed.

WASHINGTON STATE

CHELAN COMPLEX

  • 1 mile S of Chelan, WA
  • Start 8/14/15
  • Unknown cause
  • 254 Personnel
  • 88,985 Acres
  • 98% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Moderate backing, creeping, and single tree torching

KANISKU COMPLEX

  • Tower Fire is 8 mi NE Usk, WA. Baldy is 6 mi NW of Ione, WA. Remaining fires are approximately 4 mi NE of Ione, WA and east of Sullivan Lake.
  • Start 8/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 147 Personnel
  • 26,119 Acres
  • 80% Contained

KETTLE COMPLEX

  • Colville National Forest
  • Start 8/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 715 Personnel
  • 76,061 Acres
  • 77% Contained
  • Fire continues to back towards control lines. IR Flight shows limited growth in uncontrolled areas.

MEEKS TABLE

  • 14 miles NW of Naches, WA
  • Start 9/12/15
  • 301 Personnel
  • Human caused
  • 1,024 Acres
  • 25% Contained.
  • Fire activity is minimal.

NORTH STAR FIRE

  • 25 miles North of Coulee Dam, Washington
  • Start 8/13/15
  • Human caused
  • 1547 Personnel
  • 217,619 Acres
  • 85% Contained

OKANOGAN COMPLEX

  • Fires immediately west of the towns of Omak and Okanogan.
  • Start 8/14/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 442 Personnel
  • 133,142 Acres
  • 95% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Minimal backing, creeping and smoldering

TOWER FIRE

  • Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests
  • Start 8/11/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 147 Personnel
  • 26,119 Acres
  • 80% Contained
  • Smoldering continues

TUNK BLOCK FIRE

  • Ten miles northeast of Omak, Washington
  • Start 8/14/15
  • Unknown cause
  • 372 Personnel
  • 165,918 Acres
  • 97% Contained
  • Fire Behavior:  Minimal, creeping and smoldering

WOLVERINE FIRE

  • 15 miles NW of Lucerne, WA and 9 miles NW of Holden Village
  • Start 7/29/15
  • 455 Personnel
  • Lightning caused
  • 65,512 Acres
  • 80% Contained
  • Fire Behavior: Minimal, creeping and smoldering.

Thank you for reading and following our Blog. We appreciate every single one of you! #BeSafe #Friends

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

Active Wildfires in the U.S. – September 17, 2015

Here are the most Active fires we could find burning in the United States. We have gleaned information from various sources. If we have missed one or more, please let us know! We’re happy to add them to our list.  These will be update on a daily basis, as time allows.

CALIFORNIA

Butte Fire

  • East of Jackson
  • Start 9/9/15
  • 70,760 Acres
  • 55% Contained

Gasquet Complex

  • Multiple Ignited Lightning Fires Within The Gasquet Ranger District
  • Start 7/31/15
  • 30,341 Acres
  • 47% Contained

Mad River Complex

  • Ruth Lake and Mad River communities.
  • Start 7/30/15
  • 37,462 Acres
  • 100% Contained

Nickowitz Fire

  • Nickowitz Peak
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 7,509 Acres
  • 90% Contained.

River Complex

  • New River Drainage near the communities of Dailey Ranch, Hoboken and Denny.
  • Start 7/30/15.
  • 77,074 Acres.
  • 55% Contained.

Rough Fire

  • 2.5 miles to the southwest of Spanish Mountain and 5 miles North of Hume Lake
  • Start 7/30/15
  • 141,036 Acres
  • 67% Contained

South Complex

  • 1 mile north of Hyampom
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 29,416 Acres
  • 89% Contained

Valley Fire

  • Southern Lake Co
  • Start 9/12/15.
  • 73,700 Acres.
  • 35% Contained.

IDAHO

Tepee Springs Fire

  • Along the river, the fire is 3 miles east of Riggins and 3.5 miles east of French Creek. The fire is one mile east of Chair Mt. Lookout-4 miles west of Florence.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 95,709 Acres
  • 85% Contained

MONTANA

Bear Creek Fire

  • 1 mile south of the Spotted Bear Ranger District Compound, 57 miles from Hungry Horse
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 70,906 Acres
  • Unknown % Containment Status

Klondike Fire

  • Klondike Creek area (T15N, R9W, Section 20)
  • Unknown date started
  • 550 Acres
  • 26% Contained

Morrell Complex

  • 7 Miles northeast of Seeley Lake
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 870 Acres
  • 95% Contained

Spotted Bear District Fires

  • Monday August 10th, 2015 approx. 05:30 PM
  • 3568 Acres
  • Multiple Fires
  • Unknown Containment Status

Three Sisters

  • 35 miles North East of Swan Lake – Spotted Bear River Drainage
  • Start 8/3/15
  • 431 Acres
  • % of Containment unknown – High elevation fire

Trail Creek Fire

  • 2 miles East of Spotted Bear Ranger Station
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 22,200 Acres
  • Unknown % Containment status

OREGON

Canyon Creek Complex

  • John Day, Canyon City, Prairie City, Oregon less than 5 miles.
  • Start 8/12/15
  • 110,422 Acres
  • 90% Contained

Dry Gulch

  • 7 Miles NW of Richland, OR
  • Start 9/12/15
  • 17,823 Acres
  • 65% Contained

Grizzly Bear Complex

  • 20 mile SE of Dayton, WA on the Umatilla National Forest, in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, on the WA/OR border, and on private lands protected by Washington DNR and by the Oregon Dept of Forestry.
  • Start 8/13/15.
  • 76,475 Acres
  • 44% Contained

National Creek Complex

  • Crater Lake National Park, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Umpqua National Forest.
  • Start 8/1/15
  • 20,945 Acres
  • 85% Contained

WASHINGTON STATE

Blankenship Fire

  • 15 miles NW of Lucerne, WA and 9 miles NW of Holden Village
  • Start 7/14/15
  • 212 Acres
  • 2% Contained

Carpenter Road Fire

  • 35 miles NW of Spokane, WA; North and East of Carpenter Road and Mudget Lake Road
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 63,972 Acres
  • 95% Contained

Chelan Complex

  • 1 mile S of Chelan, WA
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 88,985 Acres
  • 98% Contained

Kanisku Complex

  • Tower Fire is 8 mi NE Usk, WA. Baldy is 6 mi NW of Ione, WA. Remaining fires are approximately 4 mi NE of Ione, WA and east of Sullivan Lake.
  • Start 8/11/15
  • 26,044 Acres
  • 100% Contained

Kettle Complex

  • Colville National Forest
  • Start 8/11/15
  • 76,549 Acres
  • 72% Contained

Meeks Table

  • 14 miles NW of Naches, WA
  • Start 9/12/15
  • Human caused
  • 1,024 Acres
  • 20% Contained.

North Star Fire

  • 25 miles North of Coulee Dam, Washington
  • Start 8/13/15
  • 217,601 Acres
  • 65% Contained

Okanogan Complex

  • Fires immediately west of the towns of Omak and Okanogan.
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 133,142 Acres
  • 95% Contained

Tower Fire

  • Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests
  • Start 8/11/15
  • 26,044 Acres
  • 100% Contained

Tunk Block Fire

  • Ten miles northeast of Omak, Washington
  • Start 8/14/15
  • 167,840 Acres
  • 82% Contained

Wolverine Fire

  • 15 miles NW of Lucerne, WA and 9 miles NW of Holden Village
  • Start 7/29/15
  • 65,512 Acres
  • 35% Contained

Thank you for reading and following our Blog. We appreciate every single one of you! #BeSafe #Friends

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Goals

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.”  ~Arnold H. Glasow

Now, that Christmas is over – it’s a time to reflect of how things worked, didn’t work, successes, failures and everything else in between.  2013 was definitely a difficult year but we have all learned from it and 2014 will be an achievable goal to making our lives and the things that surround them better.  

We have covered many stories in 2013, about the amazing work you all have done, the obstacles you have conquered, the impact on the lives that you serve and the amazing compassion shown on those less fortunate. That’s a great success and a achieved goal!

Sad stories and lost lives is also what we have posted on our blog. We are hoping for a lesser amount of coverage on those types of posts and more in attune with the positive.  Our tribute to those lost are “WE WILL NEVER FORGET” is something that we often write about those lost, their Legacy, their Heroic actions and the many lives they touched.  

On a more lighter note, The NW Fire Blog would like to say thank you for following us here on our fire blog, joining in as fans and followers on Twitter and our Facebook Page.  We couldnt have achieved one of our most stellar “goals” without you or for sharing your stories with us.

Wishing you all a Happy and SAFE New Year!

(c) 2013 The NW Fire Blog

Calling All Female Firefighters Across the Globe for Special Feature Story: Women in the Fire Service

Let’s face it, Firefighting is a hard and dangerous profession career / volunteer job that anyone has ever had to face, but you do it because you love the sport in it.  When you are female, there can be some hurdles along the way but you have proven to the world that you have made it, displaying confidence, knowledge, strength and compassion. You have empowered women everywhere to follow in your footsteps tenfold and show that no matter what gender you are, you are succesful in everything that you do.

Young girls look up to you to see what you have done to blaze the trail for them to enter into the firefighting profession or as a volunteer. Some female teenagers go to fire camps to learn, experience and live it. Others have been waiting to be a firefighter all their life. Many have moved from being in EMS with a strong will and desire to become like one of you. No matter what avenue, a person has taken to get to this amazing point in their lives – it is YOU, the Firefighter that has blazed a trail for all Women in the Fire Service.

This project, FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS THE GLOBE: From their Perspective (Title is a work in progress) is all about what or whom inspired you to become a Firefighter, what support do you have currently that encourages you to keep moving, how you and your crew mesh together? What attributes make a great Firefighter and what experiences can you share with others? What advice do you have that could help mold a person to become the best firefighter ever? How about the encouraging words you could give to the one whom may be struggling during the Training Academy? Or, to the one who has been hired on but is unsure of herself?

We know you all have successful careers or are dedicated volunteers with great stories, compassionate hearts, strong drive to continue with a job you love and a geniune unbreakable sisterhood bond that no other organization can match.

–> Here is a story originally published back in April 2012, with Seattle Fire’s Janae Carpenter.  Hoping this will inspire it just like it did for us. <–

Being in the company of a firefighter or a Medic is pretty awesome (even when you are hurt or not) and to watch them in action is very impressive. Some leave us in awe, but to have one as a friend is an honor and a privilege.

We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of Seattle Fire’s amazing firefighters, Janae Carpenter out of the Ballard firehouse #18, in April 2012.

SFD Firefighter Janae Carpenter in 2012.

SFD Firefighter Janae Carpenter in 2012.

Why does she stand out from the already many hundreds of amazing firefighters within the Seattle Fire Department?

Let me tell you about her story and where it all began for this former Alaskan native.  Things could have turned out so differently with this former Art student.  However, she had a great support system made up from family, friends and future Firefighters who helped guide her down a path of so many life’s aspirations not even yet tapped into.  Carpenter has turned many of these into multitudes of succeses both large and small.

“After watching the movie, “The Firefighter” with Actress Nancy McKeowen, firefighting peeked my interest.” says Carpenter.

In 1995, Carpenter began her four-year Art Major journey at the University of Alaska to become an Art teacher.  However, as fate would have it, she would find a more attuned interest in and love for firefighting as her professional career.

On a four-year volleyball scholarship, she didn’t really pursue her dream until 1997 when she applied, passing the physical and oral board with the University of Alaska Fire Department.  However, there was somewhat of a small glitch in her plan.  Her coach said she couldn’t be a firefighter with two-years remaining on her scholarship.

The Fire Chief made a commitment to Carpenter to hold the job open for the remaining two years.  In 1999, she was hired on with the University of Alaska Fire Department, after graduating with a BA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry with a Minor in American Sign Language.  She would also find herself with an AA in Fire Science.  The gifted Carpenter even had some of her artwork on display at a local gallery in Alaska.  Talk about being a woman of many talents!

One year later after a friend got married, a group of eight friends decided to come down and apply with the Seattle Fire Department. She was the only one to pass the written and oral becoming #54 on the list.  The class was later cut due to budget shortfalls.

 The following year in 2001, her and another group of friends would come back and retest with Seattle Fire once again.  She passed the written only moving down to the #150’s on the list.   Hired on with the department in February 2002, she would find another obstacle.

After moving here in February 2002, the City was experiencing another budget issue and were talking of laying off her and 20 other newly hired firefighters.  “With just moving here, with no job and no money.  Things were stressful not knowing.” she admits but after the budget was reconfigured – she is proud to put all of this behind her.

Carpenter would find herself entering the ranks with Ladder 11/C and on Engine 32/B.  She currently is quartered at Station 18’s Ballard Firehouse on Engine 18/C.  As a major accomplishment, she just celebrated her 10th Year Anniversary in March 2012. Congratulations!!

We know you have heard of these firefighting stories before, but  makes SFD’s Firefighter Janae Carpenter really stand out?

These are some of her amazing accomplishments both on and off the fireground:

1)  Female Firefighter for the last 10 years.

2)  Figure Competitor placing 1st, 2nd and 5th in Nationals.

3)  In April 2012, she competed at The Emerald Cup Figure Competition and at the Washington State Natural – Pro Qualifier.

4)  Miss May 2010 & 2011 and Miss February 2012 in the Washington State Firefighters Calendar; benefits the Northwest Burn  Foundation.

5)  The Susan G. Komen’s 3 Day, 60-mile event with walking with her mom, a Breast Cancer Survivor.

6)  Participant in the 2011 MS Walk.

7)  Fierce competitor with the Warrior Dash (extreme sports with obstacles and mud) – last 3 years.

As if that isn’t enough, she continues to keep the :

1)  Participated in two (2) Triatholons in 2012

2)  Dirty Dash (another extreme sports event).

3)  Two (2) Fishing Trips in Minnesota and Alaska.

We wish you well with your competitions and never give up your life’s dreams.  We are very inspired by your many talents.  Keep up the great work!

Thank you again. This project couldn’t be successfull without YOU.

Contact:

THE NW FIRE BLOG
Email: nwfireblog@comcast.net

 

LR (Lisa) Swenson – Editor/Public Safety Writer

(c) 2013 The NW Fire Blog

Firefighters Climb To Top with Amazing Speed – All in the Name of Helping Save Lives

It was pretty spetacular following through the pages of several firefighters fundrasing pages as to why they participate in this favorite fire service tradition – one of many fundraising events.  What struck me, not only as a huge dedication to the job itself, but to the many hours of tireless workout sessions to train for this amazing stairclimb – all in the name to help another with blood cancers and other illnesses.

SSC 2013  Reception Area

Every year, over 1500 firefighters sign up in record time (2013 in less than seven minutes) to participate in one of Seattle’s largest fundraising events in honor of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) climbing the second tallest building just West of the Mississippi.  It is one of the tallest in Washington State with 69-flights of stairs and a vertical elevation of 788-feet! 

SSC 2013 Starting Line

Firefighters work very hard to raise money through their own personal fundraising pages, asking to be supported by friends, family and anyone else who wants to help give to a well-renown charity helping research cures for blood cancers.  Many “climbers” are there in honor of someone that may be close to them or are climbing in memory of a loved one.  Whatever the reason, it is truly honorable for what they do every year.  Some firefighters come as far away as New Zealand or from Florida.

SSC 2013 Firefighters

As you look around, you will see the true spirit of brother and sisterhood banding together with one thing in common – helping raise money for the those who are tragically ill from these terrible diseases and in record timing.  That’s where we get to our next topic. This is a timed-race, where firefighters will go in full gear including their bunker gear,  SCBA, boots, everything you’d see out there on the fireground minus the tools and hoses – climbing up over 1300 steps to the top!

To help “encourage” them to make it to the top, photos of those who are suffering or those that have passed  are shown on the stairwell walls.  It has been said that this a very hard and challenging event, but so well worth it.  In 2013, the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb event raised over $1.2 Million that will help the LLS with research in finding a cure for blood cancers.  So many will benefit from this great fundraiser.

SSC 2013 pipes & drums

Here are some stats from the Event:

Top 10 Fundraisers:

1 –  Boise Fire Department ($42,144.92)
2 –  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue/Local 1660 ($35,485.01)
3 –  Spokane County Fire District #9 ($30,427.94)
4 –  Local 2878 ($30,388.36)
5 –  City of Buckley Fire Department ($27,652.59)
6 –  Renton Firefighters Local 864 ($25,890.92)
7 –  Bend Fire & Rescue ($25,216.40)
8 –  Hanford Fire ($22,184.86)
9 –  Nampa Fire Department ($21,455.36)
10 –  Richland Fire Department ($20,297.40)

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The Top 10 Individual Fundraisers:

1 –  VIP Richard Brown ($15,000.00)
2 –  VIP Timothy Woodland ($13,004.69)
3 –  VIP Dan Cecil ($7,693.00)
4 –  VIP Slim Cook ($7,375.00)
5 –  VIP David O’Connor ($6,590.00)
6 –  VIP Jasper Stenstrom ($5,633.00)
7 –  VIP Joe Paterniti ($5,499.00)
8 –  VIP Wilma Comenat ($5,270.00)
9 –  VIP Justin Smith ($5,250.00)
10 –  VIP Bill Dean ($5,153.00)

SSC 2013 Columbia Tower sign

Because the media was not allowed inside the venue, we were forced to remain outside – which was perfectly fine with us as we caught up with some of our favorite firefighters on the outside.

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Here are some of the highlights:

Top 10 Overall Males

NO. NAME TEAM RACE # SEX AGE TIME PACE DIV OVERALL OVERALL
1. Andrew Drobeck Missoula City Fire 842 M 31 10:48 :10 1 / 286 1 / 1475 1 / 1342
2. Kory Burgess Missoula Rural Fire 856 M 31 11:02 :10 2 / 286 2 / 1475 2 / 1342
3. Benjamin Brunsvold Missoula City Fire 839 M 27 11:44 :11 1 / 271 3 / 1475 3 / 1342
4. Peter Kilga West Pierce Fire & Rescue 1582 M 40 11:48 :11 1 / 160 4 / 1475 4 / 1342
5. Paul Kimball Spokane Valley Fire Dept 1386 M 29 12:05 :11 2 / 271 5 / 1475 5 / 1342
6. Brent Molsberry Everett Fire Dept Local #46 452 M 33 12:12 :11 3 / 286 6 / 1475 6 / 1342
7. Gt Hausner Nampa Fire Dept 921 M 42 12:33 :11 2 / 160 7 / 1475 7 / 1342
8. Ryan Pickering Orting Valley Fire & Rescue 996 M 35 12:41 :12 1 / 223 8 / 1475 8 / 1342
9. Jasper Stenstrom North Kitsap Fire & Rescue 970 M 23 12:49 :12 1 / 169 9 / 1475 9 / 1342
10. Dray Thompson Boise Fire Dept 138 M 35 12:53 :12 2 / 223 10 / 1475 10 / 1342

Top 10 Overall Females

            CHIP CHIP AGE PLACE SEX
NO. NAME TEAM RACE # SEX AGE TIME PACE DIV OVERALL OVERALL
1. Georgia Sanz Daniels Graham Fire & Rescue 513 F 45 14:22 :13 1 / 12 40 / 1475 1 / 133
2. Michelle Croft Columbia River Fire & Rescue 1647 F 44 14:39 :13 1 / 19 51 / 1475 2 / 133
3. Jessi Nemens Kent Fire Local 1747 640 F 32 16:39 :15 1 / 28 193 / 1475 3 / 133
4. Jacqueline Palmer Las Vegas Fire & Rescue 698 F 34 16:55 :15 2 / 28 212 / 1475 4 / 133
5. Rochelle Cristine Snohomish Cnty Fire Dist #19 1240 F 29 17:16 :16 1 / 26 253 / 1475 5 / 133
6. Liz Thompson Portland Fire & Rescue 1070 F 38 17:58 :16 1 / 18 330 / 1475 6 / 133
7. Andrea Gruber Lane Fire Authority 692 F 26 18:05 :16 2 / 26 351 / 1475 7 / 133
8. Caitlin Corey Kent Fire Local 1747 634 F 28 18:18 :16 3 / 26 375 / 1475 8 / 133
9. Robin Ace Central Mat-Su Fire Dept 205 F 35 19:04 :17 2 / 18 466 / 1475 9 / 133
10. Camari Olson Bellevue Fire 50 F 48 19:18 :17 2 / 12 494 / 1475 10 / 133

Top 10 Overall Masters Males

NO. NAME TEAM RACE # SEX AGE TIME PACE DIV OVERALL OVERALL
1. Peter Kilga West Pierce Fire & Rescue 1582 M 40 11:48 :11 1 / 160 4 / 1475 4 / 1342
2. Gt Hausner Nampa Fire Dept 921 M 42 12:33 :11 2 / 160 7 / 1475 7 / 1342
3. Doug Swain Missoula Rural Fire 866 M 41 13:17 :12 3 / 160 16 / 1475 16 / 1342
4. Scott Wyman Bend Fire & Rescue 77 M 41 13:20 :12 4 / 160 19 / 1475 19 / 1342
5. Chris Paul Wenatchee Fire Dept 1574 M 51 13:28 :12 1 / 64 21 / 1475 21 / 1342
6. Glenn Smith Wenatchee Fire Dept 1575 M 49 13:51 :13 1 / 111 26 / 1475 26 / 1342
7. Stan Engler Renton Firefighters Local 864 1116 M 57 13:58 :13 1 / 32 30 / 1475 30 / 1342
8. Steven Wynn Seattle Fire 1215 M 46 14:08 :13 2 / 111 32 / 1475 32 / 1342
9. Eric Ross Spokane City Fire Dept 1334 M 47 14:10 :13 3 / 111 34 / 1475 34 / 1342
10. Rich Hill Goshen Fire 511 M 43 14:17 :13 5 / 160 37 / 1475

Top 10 Overall Masters Females

            CHIP CHIP AGE PLACE SEX
NO. NAME TEAM RACE # SEX AGE TIME PACE DIV OVERALL OVERALL
1. Georgia Sanz Daniels Graham Fire & Rescue 513 F 45 14:22 :13 1 / 12 40 / 1475 1 / 133
2. Michelle Croft Columbia River Fire & Rescue 1647 F 44 14:39 :13 1 / 19 51 / 1475 2 / 133
3. Camari Olson Bellevue Fire 50 F 48 19:18 :17 2 / 12 494 / 1475 10 / 133
4. Julie Sisler Polson Fire Dept 1034 F 43 20:17 :18 2 / 19 632 / 1475 17 / 133
5. Krista Longspaugh Marysville Fire Dist Local 3219 793 F 43 20:35 :18 3 / 19 669 / 1475 20 / 133
6. Pam Webber Medford Fire-Rescue 824 F 52 20:57 :19 1 / 5 718 / 1475 23 / 133
7. Pam Turner Bellingham Fire Dept 61 F 49 21:53 :20 3 / 12 816 / 1475 29 / 133
8. Marie Bussard Bellingham Fire Dept 57 F 48 22:12 :20 4 / 12 857 / 1475 30 / 133
9. Stephanie McGinnis Port Of Seattle Fire 1056 F 47 22:34 :20 5 / 12 888 / 1475 35 / 133
10. Kelly Boutry Pierce Cnty Fire Dist #13 1007 F 43 22:35 :20 4 / 19 889 / 1475 36 / 133

Top 10 Racing Chiefs by Time

1. Stan Engler Renton Firefighters Local 864 1116 M 57 13:58 :13 1 / 32 30 / 1475 30 / 1342
2. Rich Hill Goshen Fire 511 M 43 14:17 :13 5 / 160 37 / 1475 37 / 1342
3. Pat Dale Olympia Fire Dept 983 M 51 15:20 :14 2 / 64 82 / 1475 80 / 1342
4. Lukas Stadelmann Fire Dept Frick Switzerland 474 M 28 15:46 :14 27 / 271 114 / 1475 112 / 1342
5. Kevin Kalbfleisch Lewiston Fire Dept. 702 M 53 16:48 :15 6 / 64 207 / 1475 204 / 1342
6. Robert Edgley Everett Fire Dept Local #46 445 M 47 17:32 :16 17 / 111 276 / 1475 271 / 1342
7. Rocky Eastman Walla Walla Fire Dist #4 1552 M 44 17:35 :16 29 / 160 285 / 1475 280 / 1342
8. Mike Burnett Chelan Cnty Fire #1 229 M 53 17:47 :16 10 / 64 305 / 1475 300 / 1342
9. Kelly Tuck Helena Fire Dept 580 M 52 17:54 :16 11 / 64 323 / 1475 318 / 1342
10. James Hilliard Seattle Fire 1197 M 49 18:03 :16 21 / 111 342 / 1475

Congratulations to all that participated, were behind the scenes and rehabbed the firefighters. You all deserve a kudos for a job well done!

(c) 2013 The NW Fire Blog

Photography by LR Swenson/First Alarm Images

Quebec Plant Explosion Kills Two

Written by The Canadian Press   
Nov. 9, 2012, Sherbrooke, Que. – Shortly after two people were found dead amid the ruins of a plant explosion loud enough to be heard for kilometres around, firefighters digging in the rubble found a terrified survivor safe and sound.
“She was hiding in the debris and she was hiding because she was scared,” said Const. Rene Dubreuil, a Sherbrooke police spokesman. “This person was found by firefighters when they made a search of the building to find people who were missing.”

The survivor was not identified nor were the dead, who were found as firefighters combed the ruins of the decimated processing plant. A statement from the company identified the dead as employees.

The blast and fire, which produced a thick, dark cloud of toxic smoke, sent 19 other people to hospital, some with severe burns.

The incident occurred in Quebec’s Eastern Townships at the Sherbrooke facility belonging to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, which produces health products such as Omega-3 derived from marine life.

The local 911 line was immediately flooded with a record number of calls, authorities said.

Martin Carrier, a Sherbrooke police spokesman, said more than 100 people in Sherbrooke and surrounding boroughs such as Fleurimont and Lennoxville phoned within a minute.

“They heard the explosion,” Carrier said. “It was a big noise. A lot of black smoke. You could see it everywhere in the city.”

When first responders arrived at the plant, they beheld a scene of devastation as workers fled for safety.

“We’ve got people injured inside, we’ve got people injured outside,” Carrier said.

“Some were walking, helped by another. It was a chaotic scene,” he said. “Pretty tough.”

Firefighters probed the tangled building carefully, looking for potential victims. Among the 19 injured, four were transported to a burn unit in Montreal; two were in an intensive-care unit in Sherbrooke; seven were quickly released from hospital; and six were held for observation.

The bodies of the dead and the additional survivor were found later in the day.

It was the first of two major fires Thursday in Quebec.

Hours later, flames were skipping off a rooftop in Old Montreal as emergency crews were called in to deal with a blaze a block away
from the famous Notre-Dame Basilica, close to the Montreal La Presse newspaper which had to be evacuated. There were no reports of injuries in the Montreal fire.

But the Sherbrooke blaze was potent enough that smoke kept drifting up for hours, even after fire crews had contained the flames, while an acrid stench continued to hover in the air.

The plant lay in ruins. The only walls that remained standing in the twisted ruins were scorched black by the flames. The steady stream of water poured on remaining flames as a gentle snow began to fall produced a hissing sound as it turned to steam in the frigid night air.

Giant excavator tractors, usually seen on construction sites digging out foundations for buildings, were brought in to claw gingerly through tangled debris under spotlights from fire department aerial ladders as night darkened.

“Just looking at the damage to the building you can see it was probably very violent,” said Gaetan Drouin, head of the local fire service.

“Even before the 911 calls came in (one fire station) already had many firefighters on the way. They set off the alarm bells just from seeing the plume of smoke that shot up into the sky.”

Fears about toxic smoke stemmed from the plant’s 15,000-litre reserve of acetone, a flammable substance consumed by the fire.

When ingested, acetone can cause irritation. However, local health officials downplayed the toxic threat, suggesting people might potentially experience headaches or nausea but little else because of the smoke.

Environment Quebec said it was actually more concerned about the possibility of soil or water contamination than of the risk associated with breathing the air near the blast site.

It’s unclear what caused the explosion. An investigation is underway.

There was at least one large blast followed by a series of smaller ones. Police set up a security perimeter and cleared the area around the industrial park.

One man who lives nearby said: “I was working in the garage and I heard a loud, ‘Boom.’ Then we were evacuated.” Another neighbour said the flames were visible from blocks away. Both declined to give their names.

Within minutes of the blast, police said, employees had been evacuated from the facility and supervisors were performing a head count outdoors.

Residents were asked to avoid the area around the industrial park. “We’re asking people to stay away… These are possibly toxic clouds,” said Rene Dubreuil of the Sherbrooke police.

The Laval-based company announced plans last year to expand its Sherbrooke facility. The federal government supported the project with an interest-free loan and the Quebec government provided a grant, according to an announcement made earlier this year by then-premier Jean Charest.

Shares of the company plunged 10 per cent during a sell-off in less than a half-hour of trading following the incident.

The company called in a psychiatric support team to help traumatized workers. It promised to co-operate with police during the investigation.

“We’re in terrible shock over what’s happened,” said Michel Chartrand, chief of operations for the company.

Reposted:  11/10/12 1320 Hours PST

Courtesy:  The Canadian Press

Man Arrested in Suspicious Canadian House Fire

Police have arrested one man after a pair of fires broke out in New Waterford on Monday night.

A 30-year old New Waterford man was arrested in connection with a suspicious fire at the Rack & Roll Club on Plummer Avenue. Employees at the club were able to put out the fire, which was set outside the business.

Police are also investigating another suspicious fire that occurred at a vacant home on Park Street about two hours later.

The structure was fully engulfed when emergency personal arrived on site. It was the fourth time in a couple of months that New Waterford Fire has been called to this home.

For safety reasons, the fire department will make arrangements later this morning to have the home taken down.

(mgorman@herald.ca)

About the Author

 By MICHAEL GORMAN Truro Bureau

Michael Gorman is The Chronicle Herald’s Truro bureau chief.

Email: mgorman@herald.ca
Twitter: @ch_mgorman

REPOSTED 10/21/2012 1633 Hours
 

Canadian Fire Headliners – September 18, 2012

Canadian Fire Headliners – September 18, 2012.

Canadian Fire Headliners – September 18, 2012

“Evacuation Order Rescinded for Tomslake Wildfire” – Tomslake, B.C. – Anxious homeowners southeast of Dawson Creek, B.C., can relax as crews have managed to gain the upper hand on a potentially dangerous wildfire in the northeastern corner of the province.  (Source: The Canadian Press)

New Brunswick Fire claims Eight-year Old” – Canton des Basques, N.B. – RCMP say an eight-year-old girl is dead after a fire broke out at the home she shared with her family of six in northeastern New Brunswick. (Source: The Canadian Press)

“Chief Overwhelmed by Inspections” – Vancouver – The president of the Vancouver Firefighters’ Union is concerned members have been overloaded since they started doing more inspections of rental properties. AM News 1130 reports.  (Source: News.com 1130)

“B.C. government keen to close gaps in sawmill inspections” – Vancouver – The government of British Columbia said Monday it expects to have “details” in 60 to 90 days on a plan to close fire-inspection gaps at sawmills, after revelations many mills are going without inspections. (Source:  Vancouver Sun)

“Blaze leaves Chilliwack Family homeless” – Chilliwack, B.C. – A Sardis home was destroyed and a family left homeless after a Monday morning fire. (Source: The Vancouver Sun)

(Single Main Source) :  http://www.firefightingincanada.com/ – FIREFighting in Canada