Using SOCIAL MEDIA in the Public Safety World. Part 1: “The Basics”

Our SOCIAL MEDIA Back Story

After many years of writing, we decided to create an online publication through WordPress, a platform creating blogs and websites.  This blog is specific to sharing, covering, broadcasting, recognizing stories, events, happenings, opportunities and photographic images with our readers whom are in Public Safety, about Public Safety and those whom support Public Safety altogether.

We use Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other platforms to share with you on many levels of information. Based upon the social media sites, we have been successful in broadcasting our many “posts” or “messages” locally, as well as around the world.

Using Social Media responsibly can reap many rewards from posting information about a Missing Person to an emergency alert broadcasted to citizens when an EOC has been activated and providing vital details to its citizens.

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Definition of SOCIAL MEDIA

When you type in these two simple words, “Social Media” you will find a vast array of many definitions.  When this form of communication is used properly, you can reap the benefits.  Generally speaking, Social Media is defined as “Websites, Internet-based applications and other online means of communications used by large groups of people to share information.”

Purpose of SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some examples why many users are implementing Social Media into their lives.

  • A fire has occurred in a certain location and a Fire Photographer has taken photos of the incident.  He or she wants to share the information with the media, colleagues, friends or let the general public know about the event that is happening at that moment or has already occurred.
  • An Emergency Preparedness Manager is offering classes to the general public to learn about Disaster Preparedness and needs to announce course details and information.
  • A large Fire Department has promoted several and takes photos of the event showing who has received this special recognition.
  • A reporter covering a story on a crime, writes an article about the event on their website.

This is just a tiny amount of examples, but there is a whole array of them with the easy possibility of filling pages and pages without too much brainstorming.

Available SOCIAL MEDIA Sites

We will discuss a few available Social Media Sites you can access, the type of website it is and other statistical information.  This will only be the “tip-of-the-iceberg” list as there are hundreds, possibly thousands out there.  You can access these sites at wikipedia.com/List of Social Media Sites.

  • Academia.edu – Platform for sharing research papers, monitor their impact and follow research in a specific field.  16 million users. Launched in September 2008 by Founder Richard Price.
  • About.me – Personal web-hosting service offering registered users to a simple platform to link Facebook, Flickr, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube.  Founded by Tony Conrad, Ryan Freitas and Tim Young. Launched October 2009.  5M users.
  • Blogster – A Blogging Community that features specific-interest blogs. Registration is required.  Founded by Blogster Team. Launched in November 2005. 85,000+ registered users.
  • CaringBridge – A 501[c][3] providing free personalized websites to people facing various medical conditions, hospitalization, medical treatment and/or recovering from a significant accident, injury, illness or procedure.  The service allows family and friends to receive information.  Visitors are provided a URL and a password for access.  Website:  http://www.caringbridge.org/. Founded in 1997 by Sona Mehring.  Health Crisis Support field. 9.5M users.
  • Classmates.com aka Memory Lane – Originally created to assist members to finding friends and classmates from Kindergarten, primary school, high school, college and the military has now changed to appeal to older users.  Content is now focused to include music tracks, movie trailers, high school yearbooks and photographic images.  Created in 1995 by Randy Conrads and later taken over by CEO Mark Goldston.  50M users.
  • delicious.com – Online Social bookmarking storing, sharing and discovering web bookmarks.  Optional registration.  Joshua Schachter, creator of GeoURL, and co-creator of Memepool in September of 2003.  8.8M users.
  • Facebook – General: Sharing photos, videos, blogs, apps and groups.  www.facebook.com.  Launched in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with college roommates Eduardo Severin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. For ages over 13 years old. 1.3B registered users.
  • Flickr – http://www.flickr.com.  Photo sharing, commenting, photography related networking, worldwide.  Launched in February 2004. 32M users.
  • Google+ – Social networking and identity service owned strictly by Google. It is described as a “social layer” as an authorship tool that associates web-contact with its owner/author.  Launched in June 2011. 548M users.
  • Instagram – Photo and video sharing site. Launched in October 2010. 150M users.
  • LinkedIn – Business and professional networking site. Launched March 2003. 200M users.
  • Pinterest – Online pinboard for organizing and sharing things you love. Launched March 2010.  Founded by Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann.
  • Twitter – General.  Microblogging. RSS, Updates. Immediate messages posted to US and around the World. 645M users.

These are some of the Social Media basics that have touched upon and as we move along, you may discover a whole another realm of ways to reach out to your “Followers”, “Fans” and “Supporters” than you could ever imagine.

In the next article, we will talk about the Social Media sites more in-depth, the advantages and disadvantages to this highly discussed topic.

[Sources: Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, WordPress]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

CA WILDFIRE: Applegate Fire in Placer County Almost Contained

Placer County, CA | The less than a week old fire has been anything but a “short” excursion for residents evacuated out of the area.  The fire is located on the Eastside of Interstate 80 in the Applegate area began on October 8th around 1333 hours and has a 90-percent containment status.

The cause of the fire still remains under investigation.

Though low number of acres of 459, compared to others in the State – it has caused quite a bit of destruction burning six residences and four outbuildings.  Currently, the fire is threatening 400 homes.

Over 800 Fire personnel are currently on the fireground continuing with mop-up of the fire interior and patrolling the perimter.  The fire was turned over to the Nevada, Yuba, Placer unit today at 0700 hours.  Fire resources are being demobilized to return to their own areas.

Resources on scene: 45 engines, 26 fire crews, 4 dozers and 3 water tenders along with a CAL Fire IMT 1 Team.

Thank You, Firefighters and those directly [indirectly] involved in this incident. Great job y’all.!

[c] 2014 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

WA Wildfire: Devil’s Elbow – Colville Indian Reservation 8/7/14

8/7/14 UPDATE as of 1900 Hours

Start:  Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Cause:  Lightning.

Location:  15 miles E of Nespelem, Washington.

Personnel:  313.

Acreage:  8296.

Fire Incident Summary:  4 fires in this complex.

  • Cub Creek Fire [located on Colville Indian Reservation]*
  • Central Peak Fire [*]
  • The Deadhorse Fire [*]
  • Timm Brothers Ranch Fire [near Columbia River]

Evacuations:  

  • Level 3:  Hwy 21 fromcapoose Creek to South Nanmkin Rd.
  • Level 2 & 1: N and S of this area.

Closures:

  • Hwy 21: From Bridge Creek Rd to gravel pit. [N of Nanamkin Rd.]
  • San Poli River Rd [N of Bridge Creek Rd].
  • Central Peak area and all access roads.
Central Peak burning on 8/5 [Photo Credit: WA IMT4]

Central Peak burning on 8/5 [Photo Credit: WA IMT4]

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog | @nwfireblog [Twitter] | nwfireblog@comcast.net [email] | The NW Fire Blog

Photography Courtesy of: WA IMT #4 via inciweb.gov.

“Heroes Amongst Us” Book Project Has Been Officially Launched

Oso, Washington – On March 22, 2014 around 1037 Hours, a major part of land slid down a hillside covering a small country town and its communities, a major highway and into a nearby river.  41 people lost their lives.  Several are still considered missing. Lives were destroyed. Businesses are suffering catastrophic losses from the Highway being closed.  Economic slowdowns have been felt.  Heroes were created instantly.

The devastated community pulled together with the help of local residents, first responders and those from around the country whom became Unsung Heroes the moment they stepped on scene.  These are the stories we are looking to share on this project and create this book as a Tribute to those whom we will never forget from the Oso and surrounding communities.

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The mudslide disaster is the most destructive and deadliest event in all of Washington State, with Mt. St. Helens coming in second.

L.R. [Lisa] Swenson, the Public Safety Writer and Creator of this Fire Blog will be taking on this book project as a Tribute to all involved.  Her background includes involvement in both Volunteer SAR, Fire Rehab, as a Published Author of “Seattle Mourn”, Public Safety Writer and Blogger.  She was one of the first non-main stream media outlets to cover the live incident as it began unfolding from day one and many days thereafter.

“From the Moment the event began unfolding, we began covering the live feed of the story.  We knew it was bad but then the images began to show up on Social Media.  It was then that we realized how serious the incident was turning from a minor slide across the roadway to potentially catastrophic in a matter of minutes.

It was as if we were there with the residents, First Responders, amongst the Command Staff going through the motions with them.

This is the only way we know how to honor the men and women who worked so hard through such an overwhelming feat to save so many and stay on task.

All of the training could never have prepared them for this and we Honor them for their amazing actions as Unsung Heroes.” – LR Swenson

We are reaching out to firefighters, first responders, police officers, Command Staff, EOM staff, PIOs, FEMA Task Force Members, Governor, residents who took part in the #ososlide searches, rescues, Command, Press Releases, etc.  We want to tell “your” stories.

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The book will include but is not limited to real-life accounts of  rescues, saves, events, viewpoints, emotional impacts, photos, etc.

We are also looking for those who would like to become part of our Volunteer “Consultants” team, where we [the author and consultants] work together to make sure all details within the book are fact based.  Together, we will review public records, transcripts and other record information to form a clear picture of the disaster from Day 1 to the end of the incident.

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As a benefit to our “Consultants” and “Published Story Contributors”, you will be presented with a special gift as a thank you for participating on this project.  We appreciate everyone’s insights, assistance and input.

A portion of the revenue generated from book sales will be donated to one of the Author’s favorite Public Safety Agency/Charity/Non-profit that directly provides services, benefits to the Oso, Darrington and Arlington Communities. In addition, funding will also be used to cover the nominal costs generated by the project and author [both will be nominal].

We are currently searching for a publisher that would be willing to assist us to publish this amazing story and the large army of Unsung Heroes, helping to make available to the general public through all mainstream media outlets: i.e. online book distributors, bookstores, etc.

To become a part of this project, please contact us via email at nwfireblog@comcast.net and provide the following information:

– Your name, rank, agency. contact information [phone, email address, best way to reach you or your agency/team].  Describe your level of involvement, brief [1-3 sentences] encounter on incident. i.e. Member of Urban Task Force, Diver.

– State your interest: Story Contributor [we will interview you and share “your” viewpoint] or Volunteer Consultant [As consultant, you help us keep the book factual and by helping sort through various documents, etc.]

– We want to know why you want to be a part of this Project and what strengths you have to offer.

We know there will be many working parts to this project and we can only say in advance that we are so appreciative of the assistance we have received so far and know those who have stated their interest in this forum.

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“Heroes Amongst Us” is a Tribute to the men and women who worked so hard to search, rescue and mesh together so well at Command, County, State, Federal levels. Unsung Heroes were created the moment this overwhelming disaster struck.

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Again, we thank you all  who sacrificed their time away from their jobs, families, friends to give so selflessly, show huge amounts of compassion and sharing your expertise with so many.

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog

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Sammamish Disaster Preparedness Fair 2014

Join us for exhibits, demonstrations, seminars and vendors!

Are you prepared to be self sufficient for a week or more in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster? Come learn methods, equipment, and techniques to better prepare and equip you and your family for the next disaster.

Representatives from various government agencies, volunteer
organizations and companies will be available to provide infor-mation to prepare you and your family.

Topics will include electrical and gas safety, fire safety, preparing your disaster supplies, food preservation techniques.

Vendors for emergency supplies will be available as well. Two Seminars will be offered: 1) Geologic Hazards and Earthquake Preparedness and 2) Map Your Neighborhood.

10:00 – 12:00 PM Geologic Hazards and Earthquake

Preparedness: Learn about the geologic hazards that could affect us here on the Sammamish Plateau and how to prepare for the next Big Earthquake!

1:00 – 2:30 Map Your Neighborhood: Learn how to meet your neighbors and collectively prepare for the next disaster. The Map Your Neighbrhood program shows you how to meet your neighbors and inventory skill sets and equipment resources in your neighborhood that may be needed during the next disaster-we are all in this together

WHEN: Saturday, April 12th
TIME: 9:00am – 3:00pm
WHERE: Sammamish City Hall
801 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075

Courtesy: [City of Sammamish]

2014 The NW Fire Blog

 

L-O-D-D New Mexico National Forest Engine Captain/Wildland Firefighter: Token Adams

Photo of missing firefighter Token Adams

Missing Firefighter, Engine Captain Token Adams, Wildland Firefighter (Photo Credit: inciweb.org)

MISSING FIREFIGHTER Found Deceased

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Eight days of searching the Jemez Mountains ended Friday with the discovery of wildland firefighter Token Adams dead from an apparent ATV crash.

Adams, 41, was last seen on Aug. 30 as he and two other firefighters split up to investigating a report of smoke rising from the forest.  The other two firefighters met up at their rendezvous point, but Adams failed to appear.

Nearly 300 firefighters joined in the search on foot, horseback and ATVs and in the air.

Adams was found by a team from Jemez Pueblo at about 11:45 a.m. Friday on Stable Mesa, officials said at a news conference late Friday afternoon.  The site is about 50 miles north of Albuquerque.

The crash occurred on a four-wheel-drive track about a quarter mile off a road.  Adams was wearing a helmet, and an autopsy will determine whether he died from crash injuries, exposure or some other cause.

Crash experts are also reconstructing the scene in an attempt to determine what happened.

Officials said Adams was both well-known and well-respected and that the discovery was an emotional one for the fire service.

“This is one of those things where it hits very close to home because what Token was out doing is the same thing we do on almost a daily basis,” Incident Commander Joe Reinarz told KRQE News 13.

Adams, a Navy veteran who became a firefighter, moved to New Mexico about a year ago.  He had been a U.S. Forest Service firefighter for 10 years and had been a member of the Kings River Hot Shots in California.

Searchers had remained hopeful that he would be found alive because of his survival skills and training.

Adams is survived by his wife, who is pregnant with their second child, and their 3-year-old son.

On Thursday searchers combed mesa tops and steep canyons while his father-in-law told KRQE News 13 about how Adams’ little boy is dealing with his dad’s disappearance.

“He keeps asking for Daddy,” Harold David Abbott said.  “We tell him that Daddy’s in the woods, Daddy’s missing and that we got a whole lot of people trying to find him. I don’t know if he understands.  He’s a 4-year-old.”

The family declined to comment on Friday.

“Token is an American hero, and he died in the way he lived: serving and protecting us,” Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement released by her office.  “Only time will heal the tremendous pain felt by the beautiful family Token leaves behind, and he will never be forgotten.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, who district includes much of the Jemez Mountains, and Sen. Tom Udall, who represented the area as a congressman, both issued statements expressing gratitude for Adams’ service and condolences for his family.

“During this sad time, we are reminded of the danger our firefighters and first responders face, and we thank them for their courage and their efforts.

Earlier coverage Friday:

Officials have just announced that the US Forest Service will be holding a ‘special’ news press conference on the search for a missing firefighter  that is now entering the eighth day.

The conference will be at 4:30 p.m.  KRQE News 13 will stream the news conference live.

Token Adams, the 41-year-old veteran firefighter, vanished last Friday while checking a fire in the Jemez.

He is married, has a 4 year-old-son and his wife’s about to have another baby.

Thursday searchers combed mesa tops and steep canyons while his father-in-law told KRQE News 13 about how Adams’ little boy is dealing with his dad’s disappearance.

“He keeps asking for daddy. We tell him that daddy’s in the woods, daddy’s missing and that we got a whole lot of people trying to find him. I don’t know if he understands…he’s a four year old,” Harold David Abbott said.

Besides the ground search, a state police helicopter used an infrared camera looking for a heat source, but found nothing.

The mother of Token Adams, Ietake Anderson, visited the Incident Base Camp this morning. She spoke to search crews and thanked them for their hard work.

A 25 square-mile section of the Santa Fe National Forest is being searched. Approximately 25 percent of the area has been covered on foot and 70 percent by air.

Please direct all information requests to the Holiday Incident Information Center at the Jemez Ranger District (575) 829-3535. Holiday Incident information is also being posted to http://www.inciweb.org or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/T1SWIMT.

Courtesy of :  KRQE TV News / http://www.krqe.com/web/krqe/news/local/search-for-firefighter-enters-into-day-8

2013  The NW Fire Blog

NEW MEXICO – HOLIDAY INCIDENT – Missing Firefighter Update #7

Photo of missing firefighter Token Adams

Missing Firefighter, Engine Captain Token Adams, Wildland Firefighter (Photo Credit: inciweb.org)

SAR MISSION:

(Santa Fe National Forest)

Missing Firefighter, Engine Capt. Token Adams

 

9/5/13 – Post #7 (PM Update)

MISSING PERSON

Santa Fe National Forest requests your assistance in locating this person.

Search Subject: Token Adams

Commanders Join Forces to Search for Missing Firefighter in a Unified Command

 

Missing Person Poster

Last seen wearing long sleeve yellow nomex shirt, green nomex pants, and lace up brown leather wildland fire boots. Last seen in the area of Holiday Mesa off Forest Service road 608 on Friday, 8/30/13. Mr. Adams was seen riding a red Polaris 400 ATV while investigating a possible fire start when he disappeared.

If you were in the area of Holiday Mesa and Stable Mesa on or after August 30th and may have seen this individual, please contact the Forest Service at 505-438-5600.

 

9/5/13 – Post #6 (Update)

A press conference is cheduled today, September 5, at 1:00pm at the Incident Base Camp.

 

9/5/13 – Post #5 (AM Update)

Yesterday at 6:00 am the Joe Reinarz Type 1 Southwest Incident Management Team joined forces with Dave Denali’s New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue Team to assist in search efforts for missing firefighter Token Adams. Under a unified command structure the Type I team and the New Mexico team will be able to combine local resources with national resources to aid in the search for Token Adams.

A Firewatch “Cobra” helicopter is schedule to arrive today to provide additional support for the search team. This specialized helicopter has cameras as well as infrared and low-light sensors. Its low-light sensors and transmission equipment can transmit images to search crews up to 30 miles away. Search teams use a gridding technique to ensure that all areas are covered thoroughly before eliminating and moving to a different area. Air and ground search areas overlap.

The mother of Token Adams, Ietake Anderson, visited the Incident Base Camp this morning. She spoke to search crews and thanked them for their hard work.

A 25 square-mile section of the Santa Fe National Forest is being searched. Approximately 25 percent of the area has been covered on foot and 70 percent by air.

Please direct all information requests to the Holiday Incident Information Center at the Jemez Ranger District (575) 829-3535. Holiday Incident information is also being posted to http://www.inciweb.orgor follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/T1SWIMT.

9/4/13 – Post #4 (AM Update)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 – The search for Jemez Ranger District engine captain, Token Adams continues today. Token, who has been missing since Friday, August 30, has been the focus of an intense search effort by numerous Federal, State, County and local agency personnel as well as many volunteers throughout the holiday weekend.

The family, fellow employees and the entire community of Jemez Springs have anxiously waited for the past five days in hopes that Token would be quickly found. Token’s wife Heidi has released the following statement: “We would like to express the heartfelt gratitude we feel for all the men and women that are out there searching for Token. We are thankful for all the support we have received from the community and our Forest Service Family. Words cannot express how grateful we are to everyone involved. Please continue to respect our privacy during this difficult time. Thank You!”

Cooperators from various agencies continue their search using multiple methods including ATV, UTV, search dogs, horseback, foot travel, fixed wing aircraft and Blackhawk helicopters. An additional Fire Watch Airplane has been ordered that has infrared capability to detect heat sources. Search teams are using a gridding technique to ensure that all areas are covered thoroughly before eliminating and moving to a different area.

A check in system has been established to track searchers every half hour. As new crews continue arriving, they are being plugged into the system and providing the added benefit of fresh eyes on the ground. Weather may once again become an issue today with as there continues to be a chance of wetting rains in the area.

Joe Reinarz’s Southwest Incident Management Team assumed command of search efforts as part of a unified command this morning and will oversee the organization of search efforts in coordination with New Mexico State Police.

Please direct all information requests to the Holiday Incident Information Center at the Jemez Ranger District (575) 829-3535. Holiday Incident information is also being posted to http://www.inciweb.orgor follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/T1SWIMT.

 

9/4/13 – Post #3 (PM Briefing)

The search for Jemez Ranger District (Santa Fe National Forest) wildland firefighter, Token Adams, continued today with local, state and Federal agency personnel, volunteers and equipment involved. The steep, rugged, terrain continues to challenge search efforts. Search teams remain optimistic.

Firefighter Adams, engine captain on a Jemez Ranger District engine, has been missing for five days. The last communication from him was received on Friday afternoon from Holiday Mesa. He and other firefighters from the Ranger District were responding to a smoke report and searching for the 25-acre Schoolhouse Fire located on Schoolhouse Mesa.

The Labor Day weekend allowed numerous groups of volunteers to help with the search effort. Some have been replaced by new volunteers. The Santa Fe National Forest and the Jemez Ranger District thank everyone for their help.

The Southwest Incident Management Type 1 Team, Incident Commander Joe Reinarz, will assume command of search efforts as part of a unified command on Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m.

The family asks for privacy during this difficult time.

Please direct all information requests to the Holiday Incident Information Center at the Jemez Ranger District (575) 829-3535. Holiday Incident information is also being posted to http://www.inciweb.org/

 

9/3/13 – Post #2

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – The search for Jemez Ranger District (Santa Fe National Forest) wildland firefighter, Token Adams, was hampered again yesterday by heavy afternoon rains. The steep, rugged, dense terrain has also challenged efforts despite the over 250 personnel involved in the search. The terrain in the vicinity of the search is described as extreme topography with steep uphill and downhill trails and sheer cliffs.

Token, the engine captain on a Jemez Ranger District engine has been missing for four days. The last communication from Token was received on Friday afternoon from Holiday Mesa. He and other firefighters from the Ranger District were responding to a smoke report and searching for the 25-acre School House Fire located near School House Mesa.

Despite the NM Search and Rescue grid pattern being used by the professional and dedicated personnel on the incident, search efforts have not been successful. Personnel are using GPS as part of this grid pattern and are being asked to report their locations hourly. Searchers will focus today on determining that certain areas have been fully searched.

Weather predictions for today and tonight are for a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms which will once again affect both air and ground operations.

The Southwest Incident Management Type 1 Team, Incident Commander Joe Reinarz, will assume command of search efforts as part of a unified command along with multiple Federal, State, County and local agencies, on Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m.

The family continues to ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.

Please direct all information requests to the Holiday Incident Information Center at the Jemez Ranger District (575) 829-3535. Holiday Incident information is also being posted to http://www.inciweb.org/

 

9/2/13 – Post #1 (original)

Monday, September 2, 2013, 6 pm: The search for Jemez Ranger District (Santa Fe National Forest) wildland firefighter, Token Adams, continued today after rain storms caused an overnight delay. Over 250 individuals from the Carson National Forest, Santa Fe National Forest, NM National Guard, NM State Police, NM Search and Rescue and various other agencies are actively looking for Token. NM State Police are also providing a helicopter to assist in the search.

 

The Southwest Incident Management Type 1 Team, Incident Commander Joe Reinarz, will take over command of search efforts Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m. The Team will begin in-briefing starting 12 noon Tuesday, September 3.

 

Please direct all information requests at this time to the Jemez Ranger District – (575) 829-3535.

 

2013  The NW Fire Blog

NEW MEXICO – HOLIDAY INCIDENT – Missing Firefighter Update

Photo of missing firefighter Token Adams

Missing Firefighter, Engine Captain Token Adams, Wildland Firefighter (Photo Credit: inciweb.org)

SAR MISSION:

(Santa Fe National Forest)

Missing Firefighter, Engine Capt. Token Adams

Yesterday at 6:00 am the Joe Reinarz Type 1 Southwest Incident Management Team joined forces with Dave Denali’s New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue Team to assist in search efforts for missing firefighter Token Adams. Under a unified command structure the Type I team and the New Mexico team will be able to combine local resources with national resources to aid in the search for Token Adams.

A Firewatch “Cobra” helicopter is schedule to arrive today to provide additional support for the search team. This specialized helicopter has cameras as well as infrared and low-light sensors. Its low-light sensors and transmission equipment can transmit images to search crews up to 30 miles away. Search teams use a gridding technique to ensure that all areas are covered thoroughly before eliminating and moving to a different area. Air and ground search areas overlap.

The mother of Token Adams, Ietake Anderson, visited the Incident Base Camp this morning. She spoke to search crews and thanked them for their hard work.

A 25 square-mile section of the Santa Fe National Forest is being searched. Approximately 25 percent of the area has been covered on foot and 70 percent by air.

Please direct all information requests to the Holiday Incident Information Center at the Jemez Ranger District (575) 829-3535. Holiday Incident information is also being posted to http://www.inciweb.orgor follow us on Twitter athttps://twitter.com/T1SWIMT.

 

2013  The NW Fire Blog

MONTANA WILDFIRE UPDATE: Lolo Creek Complex (9/3/13)

Lolo Creek Complex – Lolo National Forest (MT)

Fire Blowup on August 19

Location:  8 Miles W of Lolo, MT.

Acres: 10,902.

Containment Status:  95%.

Personnel:  205.

Resources:  6 crews. 1 helo. 8 engines. 2 dozers. 1 water tender.

Fire Status:  Small amount of rain fell over area.  Fire is moving slowly and smoldering in places.

2013  The NW Fire Blog

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE UPDATE: Rim Wildfire

Rim Wildfire (Name Originated as fire started near scenic overlook at Stanilaus National Forest called, “Rim of the World”) –  (CA)

firefighter and fire

Photo Credit: Mike McMillan, USFS

Updated:  9/1/13 2130 Hours PDT. (Updated 9/3/13 1800 Hours)

Location:  Groveland Ranger District, Stanilaus National Forest.  Sonora, CA.

Acres Burned:  224,777 = total of 348.1 square miles.  (235,841 acres = 368.5 square miles)

Cause: Unknown. Still under investigation.

Cost to Date:  $66 Million.  (Unknown)

Status:  Day 16 of fire.  Burning operations and structure protection in place.  (Day 17.  

Structural Integrity:  4500 structures threatened.  Destroyed structures:  11 residences.  3 commercial buildings. 97 outbuildings.

Containment:  45%. (80%)

Resources:  5,115 personnel as of 2130 Hours (previously at 1830 hours there were 4,606 in personnel).  42 States, plus WA DC have sent mutual aid to fire.  5 reported injuries (unknown if FD or homeowners).   (4,359 personnel on scene, plus 746 inmates from CA DOC Rehab Center with 17.1 inmate pop working on fire incident.  44 States plus WA DC)

Advisories:  (Area closures now extended into the following areas) Mi-Wok Ranger District (Ranger Station #209-586-3234); Groveland Ranger District (Ranger Station #209-962-7825).  Inside Yosemite National Park – Tamarack Flat, Yosemite Creek Campgrounds and White Wolf Lodge remains closed.

Contact Info:  Summit Ranger Station, 209-965-3434.  Rim Fire Info Line:  805-727-4775 or 805-727-4746.  Tuolume City Rim Fire Line: 209-928-1059.  Yosemite National Park, 209-372-0327 or 209-372-0329.

Fire Stats:

  • Largest Fire in U.S. to date.  (2nd largest was Lime Hills Fire in AK at 201,809 this year)  (Very active fire behavior with high probability of ignition)
  • Completed containment line: 96.7 miles. (110.7 miles)
  • Completed dozer line: 139.9 miles.  (149.7 miles)
  • Handline: 5 miles. (9.3 miles)
  • Road used as Line: 17.1 miles. (19.9 miles)
  • Compare to Total Acres burned in 2013, in CA: 487,921.
  • Rim Fire acres as proportion of burned acres in CA:  45.75%
  • (Total Aviation Hours 1,543)
  • Fire retardant dropped: 1.7 million gallons. (2.3M gallons)
  • Water used:  1.4 million gallons. (2M gallons)
  • Acreage inside Yosemite National Park: 60,214 acres. (66,155)
  • Proportion of fire inside Yosemite National Park: 27%. (28%)
  • Size of fire area: More than 5x size of WA D.C.

 

 

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