#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

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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

 

 

 

Busy Day for CAL Fire Crews on #70Fire – May 29, 2016

Updated 2300 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

It definitely has been a busy day for fires today in Washington, Oregon and California. Earlier this evening around 1651 Hours, CAL Fire was dispatched to 5 different fires along Highway 70 between Clark Road and Wheelrock Road.  The multiple spot fires were originally 5 but then merged into 3 for a total of 30 acres.

The update and final Press Release at 1953 Hours indicates fire crews were able to knock down and obtain a 100% containment status.

No word on the cause of the fire.

Mutual Aid Resources

About 42 were assigned to this incident representing the following Agencies:  California Highway Patrol (CHP), State Parks, CAL Fire’s Butte Unit (IC) and Volunteers from Butte Valley, Golden Feather and North Metro.

Additional support and equipment with 9 engines, 1 Fire Crew, 2 Air Tankers, 1 Helicopter, 1 Dozer and 2 Water Tenders were also attached to this incident.

Damage Assessment

No injuries or reports of damage / destruction of structures were reported.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

#Breaking | Gibraltar Fire in CA’s Los Padres NF | Update 2

SUMMARY

A brush fire was reported around 0516 PDT on Thursday morning with first arriving equipment on scene at 0609 PDT.  The fire is located 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak, approximately 3 – 5 miles from populated areas in Santa Barbara County of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fire is said to be wind-driven event.

COMMAND

The incident is in Unified Command with the following:

  • US Forest Service
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Montecito Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Command Post is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Retardant Surrounding the Gibraltar Fire

“Photo shows Retardant surrounding the fire”, says Fire Managers. [Credit: Jonathan Nunez]

ACRES

Today’s press release is now showing only 40 acres have been burned [Source: Inciweb].

MUTUAL AID

Those assisting with the incident are:

  • City of Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara Co FD
  • Capinteria/Summerland Fire
  • CALFire
  • Vanderburg AFB
  • Santa Barbara Co Sheriff Office
  • Santa Barbara City PD
  • Santa Barbara Co OEM
  • Red Cross
  • California Highway Patrol

RESOURCES

Fire Resources showing tied to this incident are:

  • (250) Personnel
  • (4) Dozers
  • (8) Handcrews
  • (5) Water Tenders

ROAD CLOSURES

The following are closed due to fire activities in the area. This is for safety for both firefighters and the Public:

  • E of Camino Cielo @ Painted Cave Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • W Mtn Dr @ Gibraltar Road

EVACUATIONS

Evacuation orders were all lifted this morning at 0800 PDT.

FIRE STATUS

The fire has reached a 50% containment status.  It is burning in heavy Chaparral.

SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS

#LPNF #Gibraltar

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog

 

#Breaking | Gibraltar Fire in CA’s Los Padres NF | Update 1

SUMMARY

A brush fire was reported around 0516 PDT this morning with first arriving equipment on scene at 0609 PDT.  The fire is located 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak, approximately 3 – 5 miles from populated areas in Santa Barbara County of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fire is said to be wind-driven event.

COMMAND

The incident is in Unified Command with the following:

  • US Forest Service
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Montecito Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Command Post is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

ACRES

The fire was said to have consumed 75 acres but was reduced to 50 acres after a more precise mapping was completed producing the correction.

MUTUAL AID

Those assisting with the incident are:

  • City of Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara Co FD
  • Capinteria/Summerland Fire
  • CALFire
  • Vanderburg AFB
  • Santa Barbara Co Sheriff Office
  • Santa Barbara City PD
  • Santa Barbara Co OEM
  • Red Cross
  • California Highway Patrol

RESOURCES

Fire Resources showing tied to this incident are:

  • (520) Personnel
  • (20) Engines
  • (10) Strike Teams of 50 Engines – in Staging @ Earl Warren Showgrounds
  • (4) Dozers
  • (8) Handcrews
  • (5) Water Tenders
  • (10) Helicopters (4- Type 1 and 4-Type 2’s)
  • (4) Airtankers – in Staging @ Santa Maria Airtanker Base

ROAD CLOSURES

The following are closed until further notice:

  • E of Camino Cielo @ Painted Cave Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • W Mtn Dr @ Gibraltar Road

EVACUATIONS

The following have been evacuated and this order is in effect until Friday @ 0800 PDT. There has been no Shelter established as of yet but Red Cross is on stand-by if needed.

  • N of Hwy 192
  • S of E Camino Cielo
  • W of Buena Vista Rd
  • E of Coyote Rd

SHELTERS

Small Pets

Santa Barbara Humane Society is accepting animals for boarding. 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Large Pets

Animal Services Hotline is 681-4332.

FIRE STATUS

The fire has reached a 10% containment status.  It is burning in heavy Chaparral.

SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS

#LPNF #Gibraltar

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog

 

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

 

 

#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 5

INCIDENT SUMMARY

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the first report of a fire [now named the Valley Fire] in the area of Cobb Mountain. The fire is located off of High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Southern Lake County, California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.

COMMAND

The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit

FIRE STATUS

The fire has burned 73,700 acres and is threatening 7,473 structures. Approximately, 585 homes have been destroyed along with a confirmation of hundreds of “other” structures receiving the same fate.

A containment of 35% has been reached.

RESOURCES

Personnel

There are now 3,921 Fire Personnel assigned to this fire incident from a previous level of 2,362..

Equipment & Resources

Fire Engines

Increased to 441 from Tuesday, when they had 258 Engines.

Fire Crews

Increased to 84 on Thursday from Tuesday’s levels of only 54.

Air Tankers

2 have been added.

Helicopters

Increased to 18 from 8 assigned on Tuesday.

Dozers

Dozers have more than tripled in size from Tuesday’s count of 31 to 72 on Thursday.

Water Tenders

Increased to only 3 more Water Tender to 70 on Thursday from Tuesday’s 67.

INCIDENT PARTNERS

  • Lake County
  • Sonoma County
  • Napa County
  • California Office of Emergency Services
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • CAL TRANS
  • California State Parks
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • CAL FIRE
  • CHP
  • Red Cross
  • PG&E

 

Mandatory Evacuations – Lake County

  • Butts Canyon Road to Napa County line
  • Cobb
  • Seigler Canyon
  • Loch Lomond
  • Middletown
  • Hidden Valley Lake
  • All residences on Bottle Rock Road
  • From Harrington Flat Road
  • All residences on SR 175 (Cobb)
  • All residences on Sr 29 at SR 53 south to SR 29 at Tubbs Lane

Mandatory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Butts Canyon Rd west of Snell Valley Rd
  • Aetna Springs Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd
  • James Creek Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd

Advisory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Pope Valley north of Ink Grade Rd

SHELTERS

Red Cross 

  • Kelseyville High School @ 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fair Grounds @ 1435 N Oak Street in Calistoga

Lake County

  • Highland Senior Center @ 3245 Bowers Center in Clearlake
  • Big Valley Rancheria Gym @1002 Osprey Court in Kelseyville

ROAD CLOSURES

Lake County

  • SR 175 at Red Hill Rd (SR 281)
  • SR 29 at Red Hill Rd
  • SR 29 at Diener Dr
  • SR 29 at Siegler Canyon
  • SR 29 at SR 53 closed for southbound traffic
  • Bottle Rock Rd south of SR 29
  • SR 175 at Dry Creek cut-off

Napa County

  • Aetna Springs Rd at Pope Springs Rd
  • SR 29 at Tubbs Lane
  • James Creek Rd at Butts Canyon Rd
  • Butts Canyon Rd, Snell Valley Rd

Sonoma County [Local Residents Only]

  • Ida Clayton Rd At SR 128
  • Pine Flat Rd ascending addresses from the 11000 block

VOLUNTEERS

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • 4 Firefighters with burns
  • 1 Citizen Fatality
  • 585 homes destroyed
  • Hundreds of “other” structures destroyed
  • 9,000 structures currently being threatened

DONATIONS

Small Animals Donations

Being accepted at Wasson Memorial Vet Clinic, 3083 Hwy 175, Lakeport, 707.263.5380. [9/15/15]

Large Animal Donations

Being accepted at Main Street Veterinary Clinic, 2530 S. Main Street, Lakeport, 707.263.6232.

Red Cross

Call 1-800-Red-Cross and say “California Wildfires.” OR Text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Stockton Fairgrounds

Volunteers in Stockton are taking donations for fire victims in Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. [http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015/09/15/donations-for-fire-victims-collected-at-stockton-fairgrounds/]

Supporting Burn Centers

UC Davis Health System/Burn Unit

https://secure.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/giving/donations/online.

Firefighters Burn Institute

https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/ExpressDonation.aspx?ORGID2=237364927&vlrStratCode=gT0ehrnKCCqY%2bfLVxVPdEsP%2fT1y8bzi%2f3hh15EhJXOnUnDSeXnyVJLb4lqDNjmAs

Lake County’s State Senator Mike McGuire has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.

A check may be dropped off to the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive Up between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street in Santa Rosa. Contact: Karlene Rebich  Karlene.Rebich@sen.ca.gov or (707) 576-2771

The Redwood Credit Union is also collecting funds. Checks can be made payable to Redwood Credit Union and sent to RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

We Offer our sincere apologies, thoughts and prayers that you all are going through this.  We don’t know why this is happening to you but be reassured we are here for you.  If you are a First Responder and feel overwhelmed, there is 24 hour/365 day support through many organizations.

We recommend @safecallnow.org.  They are a national non-profit organization and understand your pain and what you have seen.  We ask that you seek help, if not for yourself but for your fellow First Responder[s]. Together, we are one big Family that looks out for each other, night or day, 24/7 365 days a year.

For those who are non-responders and may need to talk to someone, reach out to those at the Shelters, churches, to your friends or to a Professional.  We can reassure you, that many care about you and your family and this is something that is affecting those directly and indirectly.  We want to let you know we are here to support you and provide you with any resources or pointing in the right direction to seek assistance.

You all mean a lot to us and we again are so sorry for what you are going through.

If you wish to share your story, you may drop us line at nwfireblog@comcast.net. NOTE: We are not mainstream media and this would be an informal phone call or email – whichever is easiest for you.  Thank you and God Bless.

– Lisa Swenson

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#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 4

INCIDENT SUMMARY

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the first report of a fire [now named the Valley Fire] in the area of Cobb Mountain. The fire is located off of High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Southern Lake County, California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.

COMMAND

The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit

FIRE STATUS

The fire has burned 67,200 acres and is still threatening 9,000 structures. Approximately, 585 homes have been destroyed along with a confirmation of hundreds of “other” structures receiving the same fate.

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The #ValleyFire at 67,000 acres. [Credit: CALFire]

A containment of 30% has been reached.

Damage Assessment teams are still collecting information at this time, therefore there are not any preliminary numbers available.

RESOURCES

Personnel

There are approximately 2362 up from yesterday’s 1795 fire personnel assigned to this event.

Equipment & Resources

The number of Engines have been steadily increasing from 125 on Sunday to Monday’s count to 183, staffing up to Tuesday’s apparatus of 258.

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A crew from #SanDiego clears a fallen tree from Hwy 175 near Cobb, Calif on the @CAL_FIRE #ValleyFire in Lake County. [Credit: USFS Fire-California]

Fire Crew levels were at a staffing level of 30 on Sunday and slowly increased to 43 on Monday. Tuesday’s number reached a high of 54.

Eight [8] helicopters were assigned to this fire, while there previously 7 on Monday.

Sunday resources included 16 Dozers and almost doubled on Monday with 28. Tuesday is showing slightly increasing to 31.

On Monday, the number of Water Tenders rose from 15 to 65 on Tuesday.  Wednesday is now showing it has slightly increased to 67.

Incident Cooperators

Mandatory Evacuations

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On September 12, when it all started, a OES strike team 4816c is seen standing by & ready to deploy at a moment’s notice on the #Valleyfire. [Credit: CALFire]

  • Hwy 29 x Hwy 53
  • South on Hwy 29 to Tubbs Lane in Napa County
  • All of Hwy 175 in the Cobb area
  • Point Lakeview to Soda Bay on Hwy 281
  • All of Bottle Rock and High Valley Roads.
  • Butts Canyon Road from Hwy 29 to Napa County line (including all of Berryessa Estates).
  • The communities of Twin Lakes, Hidden Valley Lake, Middletown, Aetna Springs, Seigler Canyon, Loch Lommond, and the Riviera Areas.

Advisory Evacuation

  • Napa County: Pope Valley and parts of Angwin.

SHELTERS

Red Cross 

  • Kelseyville High School 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville

Today, CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott and Chief Teter were able to check on each of the four Copter 104 crew members. Fire Captain Pat Ward, Firefighter Niko Matteoli, Firefighter Richard Reiff and Firefighter Logan Pridmore are all in stable condition and good spirits. CAL FIRE continues to support to our employees and their families. [Credit: CALFire / taken on 9/13/15]

  • Napa County Fair Grounds 1435 N Oak Street in Calistoga

Lake County

  • Highland Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Center in Clearlake
  • Big Valley Rancheria Gym, 1002 Osprey Court in Kelseyville

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Hwy 29 X Bottle Rock
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 (Middletown & Kelseyville)
  • Butts Canyon Rd at Aetna Springs Rd
  • Hwy 29 X Red Hills Road, Hwy 29 x Hwy 53
  • Hwy 29 at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
  • Soda Bay & Riviera West
  • Hwy 29 x Hwy 281
  • Hwy 29 x Live Oak

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • 4 Firefighters with burns
  • 1 Citizen Fatality
  • 585 homes destroyed
  • Hundreds of “other” structures destroyed
  • 9,000 structures currently being threatened

DONATIONS

Small Animals Donations

Being accepted at Wasson Memorial Vet Clinic, 3083 Hwy 175, Lakeport, 707.263.5380. [9/15/15]

Large Animal Donations

Being accepted at Main Street Veterinary Clinic, 2530 S. Main Street, Lakeport, 707.263.6232.

Red Cross

Call 1-800-Red-Cross and say “California Wildfires.” OR Text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Stockton Fairgrounds

Volunteers in Stockton are taking donations for fire victims in Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. [http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015/09/15/donations-for-fire-victims-collected-at-stockton-fairgrounds/]

Supporting Burn Centers

UC Davis Health System/Burn Unit

https://secure.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/giving/donations/online.

Firefighters Burn Institute

https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/ExpressDonation.aspx?ORGID2=237364927&vlrStratCode=gT0ehrnKCCqY%2bfLVxVPdEsP%2fT1y8bzi%2f3hh15EhJXOnUnDSeXnyVJLb4lqDNjmAs

 

Lake County’s State Senator Mike McGuire has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.

A check may be dropped off to the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive Up between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street in Santa Rosa. Contact: Karlene Rebich  Karlene.Rebich@sen.ca.gov or (707) 576-2771

The Redwood Credit Union is also collecting funds. Checks can be made payable to Redwood Credit Union and sent to RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

We Offer our sincere apologies, thoughts and prayers that you all are going through this.  We don’t know why this is happening to you but be reassured we are here for you.  If you are a First Responder and feel overwhelmed, there is 24 hour/365 day support through many organizations.

We recommend @safecallnow.org.  They are a national non-profit organization and understand your pain and what you have seen.  We ask that you seek help, if not for yourself but for your fellow First Responder[s]. Together, we are one big Family that looks out for each other, night or day, 24/7 365 days a year.

For those who are non-responders and may need to talk to someone, reach out to those at the Shelters, churches, to your friends or to a Professional.  We can reassure you, that many care about you and your family and this is something that is affecting those directly and indirectly.  We want to let you know we are here to support you and provide you with any resources or pointing in the right direction to seek assistance.

You all mean a lot to us and we again are so sorry for what you are going through.

If you wish to share your story, you may drop us line at nwfireblog@comcast.net. NOTE: We are not mainstream media and this would be an informal phone call or email – whichever is easiest for you.  Thank you and God Bless.

– Lisa Swenson

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#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 3

INCIDENT SUMMARY

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the first report of a fire [now named the Valley Fire] in the area of Cobb Mountain. The fire is located off of High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Southern Lake County, California.

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Sacramento Firefighters are back in Staging after 36 hours on the fireground. Time to get some much needed rest. [Credit: Sacramento Fire Department]

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.

COMMAND

The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit

We have heard Command use Branches 1, 2, 4. Divisions Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, E, Golf, Hotel, Queen, Mike, November, Tango and Xray via Scanner Feed.  Division 1, 2, 4 and various Branches.

FIRE STATUS

As of 2045 hours PDT on Monday, September 14, 2015 the fire has scorched 62,000 acres and firefighters have reached a 10% containment status.  However, there are currently 9,000 structures that are now being threatened with 585 homes and hundreds of “other” structures destroyed.

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A group of CALFire apparatus stop at the Command Center located at Station #60 and are stocked with lunches and refueling before heading back out on the Fire Line. [Courtesy: USFS-Fire California]

CALFire released this statement:

“Firefighters continue to take action on the Valley Fire by focusing on the public’s safety, structural defense, and perimeter control.

As more resources continue to arrive, they are being assigned to critical portions of the fire line.

Favorable weather conditions, created by lower temperatures and higher humidity, are assisting in firefighting efforts. As the weather cleared, firefighting aircraft were utilized to support control operations.

585 homes have been destroyed by the Valley Fire and hundreds of other structures are known to have been destroyed as well.”

RESOURCES

Some homes were saved by tireless efforts by Fire Crews and Support personnel. [Credit: Sacramento Fire Department]

Personnel

There are approximately 1795 fire personnel assigned to this fire event.

Equipment & Resources

  • 183 Engines
  • 43 Fire Crews
  • 3 Airtankers
  • 7 Helicopters
  • 28 Dozers
  • 65 Water Tenders

This is an increase from yesterday’s equipment:

  • 125 Fire Engines
  • 30 Fire Crews
  • 4 Airtankers
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    View of what Strike Team XAL2004A & #ALCOFirefighters faced at the #ValleyFire in Middletown on September 12 night. [Credit: Alameda County Fire Department]

  • 16 Dozers
  • 15 Water Tenders

Incident Cooperators

  • CALFIRE,
  • South Lake County Fire Protection District,
  • CHP,
  • CDC,
  • National Guard,
  • Sheriff Departments from: Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties
  • And many local governmental fire departments

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory Evacuations

  • Hwy 29 x Hwy 53
  • South on Hwy 29 to Tubbs Lane in Napa Co.
  • All of Hwy 175
  • Point Lakeview to Soda Bay on Hwy 281
  • All of Bottle Rock Rd
  • All of High Valley Rd
  • Butts Canyon Rd from Hwy 29 to Napa Co. line (including all of Berryessa Estates).
  • The communities of Twin Lakes, Hidden Valley Lake, Middletown, Aetna Springs, Seigler Canyon and Loch Lommond.

Advisory Evacuation

  • Napa County: Pope Valley and parts of Angwin.

SHELTERS

Red Cross 

  • Kelseyville High School 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fair Grounds 1435 N Oak Street in Calistoga

Lake County

  • Highland Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Center in Clearlake
  • Big Valley Rancheria Gymnasium, 1002 Osprey Court in Kelseyville

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Hwy 29 X Bottle Rock
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 (Middletown & Kelseyville)
  • Butts Canyon Rd at Aetna Springs Rd
  • Hwy 29 X Red Hills Road, Hwy 29 x Hwy 53
  • Hwy 29 at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
  • Soda Bay & Riviera West
  • Hwy 29 x Hwy 281
  • Hwy 29 x Live Oak

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • 4 Firefighter Burned
  • 23,000 Civilians Evacuated
  • 1 Civilian Casualty **
  • Proclamation by Governor Brown for 2 Counties / State of Emergency

** At around 1350 Hours on September 12th when the fire was first reported, CALFire Fire Managers enlisted the assistance of the County Sheriff’s Office to start emergency evacuations.

The Dispatch Center soon would be become overwhelmed with fire reports, assistance with evacuations and welfare checks on relations still in the evacuation area.

At 1912 Hours, an assistance call was received in Dispatch to assist a disabled elderly female from her home on the Hot Springs Road.

At 1929 Hours, Officers and Deputies arrived to the location and found they were separated by fire pushing them back, unable to reach the fire engulfed home or through the fire ladened areas.

Knowing these men and women save lives every day and being helpless by the fire that kept them from reaching the citizen is gut-wrenching and heavy on their hearts.

After they were safely able to cross over the burned subdivision, attempting to locate the resident only to find the deceased victim’s remains.  The thought of them not being able to reach her until after the fact wreaks havoc on one’s heart and soul.  It never goes away and we are hoping fire crews are getting the necessary debriefing as they go off shift each time.

With that being said, a statement was released regarding this rescue attempt and what has happened.

“Sheriff Office and Fire Personnel are greatly saddened by this tragedy and we express our sincere condolences to those affected by this disaster.” – CALFire Fire Incident Page

Identification of the elderly resident is being withheld until notification of next of kin has been made.

To read a more detailed Public Information press release this incident, click on this weblink to review the .pdf —> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/pub/cdf/images/incidentfile1226_1845.pdf

SOCIAL MEDIA 

What is being said on the Fireground

  • Lake Co OES:  The Sheriff’s Office is actively patrolling evacuated areas. There are no reports of any looting as some have claimed to be happening. Patrol units are working to provide tight security in these fire-affected areas. Residents should be rest assured, Police have a heavy presence in the area.
  • Sacramento Fire Department:  As ash falls as far as Sacramento a 2nd strike team is ready to head out to the 40+ Sac area FFs so far.
  • Red Cross:  Register with Safe and Well website. This will help you locate missing friends and family, find loved ones and others.  You can also register to let the same know you are safe. [9/15/15]
  • CALFirePIO Berlant:  4 firefighters from Copter 104 suffered burn injuries this afternoon on the . Being transported to area burn center. [9/12/15]
  • Burned Firefighters:  4 burned firefighters from the . All suffered 2nd degree burns and are in stable condition at UC Davis Medic, says CALFire PIO Berlant. [9/12/15]
  • Lake County Office of Emergency Services: is activating the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) [9/12/15]
  • Lake Co OES:  LEAP has been activated.. Staging at the animal shelter in Lakeport. All available LEAP members please respond. [9/12/15]

What is being reported by Mainstream Media

  • KPIX5:   Pictures show damage to clothing-optional resort Harbin Hot Springs. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/09/14/photos-show-valley-fire-damage-to-clothing-optional-resort-harbin-hot-springs/ [9/14/15]
  • ABCNews:  Fire grows to 62.5 square miles as it burns north of San Francisco:  [9/13/15
  • Kent Porter [photographer]:  #Middletown HS students locate water shutoffs in burned homes. 1 student has even lost their family home.
  • Kent Porter:  Images of melting rims on vehicles are seen and captured frozen in time.
  • ABC30 Fresno: IDs the disabled fire victim whom First Responders attempted to assist with evacuations.  [NOTE:  We will not release info until CALFire posts this info on their site & it hasn’t been released yet. We respect the Family’s privacy.]
  • Ian Schwartz TV:  When the sun comes up the damage will be staggering. videos.
  • Ian Schwartz TV:  Very scary video. Woman gathers animals as approaches.

General Statements being Said 

  • San Francisco 49ers Football Team:  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the . Thank you everyone working tirelessly to bring relief.
  • FireTracker2:  I think just redefined Rapid Rate of Spread.
  • Randy Carpadus:  Not sure I buy that number 400 and 250 (Valley 2) to 10,000 in 2 hours? [9/12/15]
  • Chris McFarland:  Anyone know the most rapid spread on a CA wildfire? I remember that the Harlow fire in Oakhurst (1961) was quite fast. [9/12/15]
  • Bernie Deyo:  I can’t confirm any of this, but it sounds like they of had a shelter deployment on the & Req Multiple Ambulances. [9/12/15]
  • Lake Avenues:  .For those out of the area, the on Cobb is what folks may know as “The Geysers”. Both register frequently on quake meters. [9/12/15]

Needs

  • Lake Co OES:  Volunteers to assist with the fire are being urged to contact the North Coast Opportunities at http://www.ncoinc.org
  • Location of Donated Items: Need clothing, diapers, personal care items etc? Methodist Church in Clearlake has a huge stockpile from the other fires.

Announcements

  • Evacuation Centers & Small Pets: Small pets are being accepted with evacuees at ALL Shelters.

 

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#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Valley Fire started on Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours from an unknown cause that is under investigation.  It is located off High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Cobb, [in Southern Lake County] California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.

COMMAND

The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit

We have heard Command use Branches 1, 2, 4. Divisions Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, E, Golf, Hotel, Queen, Mike, November, Tango and Xray via Scanner Feed.  Division 1, 2, 4 and various Branches.

Operations spoke of Branch 2 covering Branches 1 & 2 tonight as Branch 1 was 12-hour shifted.  Others such as E221 [was short shifted] and 1Charlie were to be taken off the line this evening and sent back.

FIRE STATUS

As of 1600 hours PDT on Sunday, September 13, 2015 the fire remains at 50,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

CALFire released this statement:

“The fire is threatening critical communications infrastructure in the Geysers area, as well as, threatening the Adalin Power Plant (Cal Pine).

This morning mandatory evacuations were added in Point Lakeview Hwy and Hwy 281, Rivera West and Clearlake Rivera. There have been an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed. 5000+ are without power. Additional resources are on order and responding to this incident. “

WEATHER 

At the time [2010PDT] of this post, the weather conditions are:

  • 75 degrees
  • Partly cloudy
  • 0% Percipitation
  • 40% Humidity
  • Winds @ 2mph

Higher temps are expected on Monday with a high of 79 degrees and to become cooler on Tuesday to 73 degrees. A 60% chance of rain with temps of 65 degrees and winds of 14mph on Wednesday.

RESOURCES

Personnel

Over 1,000 Fire personnel are attached to this fire incident now being deemed as a Major disaster event.

Incident Cooperators are:

  • CALFIRE
  • South Lake County Fire Protection District
  • CHP
  • CDC
  • National Guard
  • Napa, Sonoma, Lake County Sheriff’s Departments
  • Many local governmental fire departments

Equipment

Here are the many fire suppression tools crews are using in an attempt to stop the fire.

  • 125 Fire Engines
  • 30 Fire Crews
  • 4 Airtankers
  • 16 Dozers
  • 15 Water Tenders

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations:

  • Point Lakeview Hwy
  • Hwy 281
  • Rivera West and Clearlake River
  • Hwy 29 (Kelseyville) at Hwy 175 south on Hwy 175 towards Cobb
  • Red Hills Road to Hwy 29
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 south to Seigler Canyon Road (south side of Hwy 29)
  • Hwy 29 Tubbs Lane (Calistoga, Napa County) to Hwy 29/Hwy 53(Lower Lake, Lake County) Butts Canyon Road to Napa County Line
  • Berreyssa Estates
  • Butts Canyon Road to Pope Valley
  • Communities of Cobb, Seigler Canyon, Loch Lomond, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lakes, Livermore Road, Summit Lake Road and north of the community of Angwin

Advisory Evacuation:

  • Pine Flat Road 5000 and above
  • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg 6000 block and above
  • Geysers Road out of Geyserville 9400 block and above

 

SHELTERS

  • Kelseyville Presbyterian Church in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga
  • Highland Senior Center

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Hwy 29 X Bottle Rock
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 (Kelseyville)
  • Hwy 29 X Red Hills Road
  • Hwy 29 X Seiglar Canyon Road
  • Hwy 29 from Hwy2

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • More air and fire suppression resources ordered
  • Pine Flats Fire detected on Sunday, 9/13/15 around 1543 Hours PDT. 50 acre fire.
  • Fire spreading towards Mount Saint Helena.
  • Structure Protection of 3-5 threatened Calpine Power Plants
  • Evacuation of all Calpine Power Plants except the Lakeview Plant which was still operational.

STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION THE GOVERNOR

GOVERNOR BROWN DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN LAKE AND NAPA COUNTIES

9-13-2015

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Lake and Napa counties due to the effects of the Valley Fire, which has burned thousands of acres of land and caused the evacuation of residents and damage to highways and other infrastructure.

Today’s proclamation also incorporates provisions from an executive order issued last month to expedite the debris removal process and waive fees to replace documents such as birth certificates for those affected by the fire.

The full text of the proclamation is below:

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS on September 12, 2015, the Valley Fire started in Lake County and spread into Napa County, and has rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continues to burn; and
WHEREAS this fire has destroyed multiple structures, including homes, and continues to threaten hundreds of homes, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and
WHEREAS this fire has damaged and continues to threaten critical infrastructure, and has forced the closure of major highways and local roads; and
WHEREAS a Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant has been requested and approved for the Valley Fire burning in Lake and Napa counties; and
WHEREAS on January 17, 2014, I declared a State of Emergency based on the extreme drought that has caused millions of trees to die, and increased the severity and spread of the fires throughout the State; and
WHEREAS as a result of the Valley Fire, combined with the drought conditions and other wildfires burning in the State, California’s air quality has significantly deteriorated and impacted public health; and
WHEREAS the circumstances of this fire by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and
WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist in California due to this fire.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in Lake and Napa counties.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. All agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan. Also, all citizens are to heed the advice of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.

2. The California National Guard shall mobilize under California Military and Veterans Code section 146 (mobilization in case of catastrophic fires) to support disaster response and relief efforts and coordinate with all relevant state agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and all relevant state and local emergency responders and law enforcement within the impacted areas.

3. The Orders and provisions contained in Executive Order B-33-15, dated August 27, 2015, remain in full force and effect and apply to Valley Fire in Lake and Napa counties.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 13th day of September 2015.

_____________________________
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California

ATTEST:

_____________________________
ALEX PADILLA
Secretary of State

 

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