Little Valley Fire | Nevada | Update 2

Updated 8:30 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date / Time

The Little Valley Fire was reported @ 1:38 AM on 10/14/2016.  It started in the Little Valley / Washoe area.

Crew from Sac Fire on @Cal_OES Type I Strike team at #LittleValleyFire. Fortifying drainage ditches in advance of next wave of storms. (Credit: Sacramento FD)

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire Fuels

The Wildfire is burning in mixed timber, sagebrush and grass on a combination of Federal, State and Private lands.

Size, Containment Status

The fire has been reduced down to 2291 acres with a containment status of 90%.

Future Fire Activities

Fire crews will continue to build and strengthen containment lines, as well as structure protection.  There is a plan in the very near future for re-population activities.

Fire Managers report the great news of almost nearly three (3) inches of rain on the fire line, helping decrease fire behavior.

RESOURCES

Personnel 

There are a total of 600 personnel assigned to this incident.  4 injuries have been reported.

Equipment/Resources

Assigned to this incident are 70 engines, 18 hand crews and 2 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators 

(Fire)  BLM, CAL Fire, Carson City Fire, Nevada DNR, Nevada DOF, Nevada National Guard, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Reno FD, Sparks FD, Storey County Fire Protection District,Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and USDA Forest Service.

(Law Enforcement)  Carson City Sheriff, Nevada Dept of Public Safety, Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno PD, Washoe County Schools Police, Washoe County Sheriff

(Human Services) American Red Cross.

(Transportation)  Nevada DOT and Washoe County Roads Division.

(Emergency Management) California OES, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Washoe County Emergency Management.

(Government)  Nevada Governor’s Office, Washoe County Animal Services, Washoe County Building Services, Washoe County Commissioners, Washoe County Community Services, Washoe County Manager and Washoe County Social Services.

(EMS) Regional Emergency Medical Services

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Structures Saved

Fire crews were able to save 480 residences.

Structures Under Threat

500

Structures Destroyed

There were 23-residences and 17-outbuildings.  Evacuations are still in effect.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

From the Fireground

“Chief Moore thanks the Great Basin Incident Management team for the incredible response and support to our community.” – Truckee Meadows Fire (10/17/2016)

Credit: Truckee Meadows Fire

CAL OES Strike Team (Credit: Sacramento Fire)

“Turlock and OES Firefighters return home safely.” – Turlock Fire Department (10/17/2016)

Credit: Turlock Fire Department

Governor’s Office

“Without hesitation our first responders always answer the call. Grateful for them. (Fire Debriefing Meeting)

Credit: Nevada State Governor Sandoval

Hashtags Used for The Fire

NW Fire Blog:  #LittleValleyFire  #NvWILDFIRE

Social Media:   #LittleValleyFire #Turlock #TurlockFD #OES #ALCO #

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NEW: Little Valley Fire | Nevada | Update 1

Updated 2:00 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Photo of the Little Valley Fire (Credit: Turlock FD)

Start Date / Time

The Little Valley Fire was reported @ 1:38 AM on 10/14/2016.  It started in the Little Valley / Washoe area.

Crew from Sac Fire on @Cal_OES Type I Strike team at #LittleValleyFire. Fortifying drainage ditches in advance of next wave of storms. (Credit: Sacramento FD)

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire Fuels

The Wildfire is burning in mixed timber, sagebrush and grass on a combination of Federal, State and Private lands.

Size, Containment Status

 

Fire crews have successfully held the fire to 3400 acres with a 20% containment status.  Some rain has fallen over the fire ground helping reduce the fire behavior.

Future Fire Activities

Fire Managers will send a major deployment of structure protection engines. Line construction and mop-up will continue.

Little Valley Fire Morning Briefing2 10/15/16

Morning Briefing on Saturday, 10/15/2016. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

 

RESOURCES

Staffing 

The fire is being managed by Kim Martin’s Type 1 Incident Command Team over 1007 fire personnel.

Incident Cooperators 

(Fire)  BLM, CAL Fire, Carson City Fire, Nevada DNR, Nevada DOF, Nevada National Guard, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Reno FD, Sparks FD, Storey County Fire Protection District,Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and USDA Forest Service.

(Law Enforcement)  Carson City Sheriff, Nevada Dept of Public Safety, Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno PD, Washoe County Schools Police, Washoe County Sheriff

(Human Services) American Red Cross.

(Transportation)  Nevada DOT and Washoe County Roads Division.

(Emergency Management) California OES, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Washoe County Emergency Management.

(Government)  Nevada Governor’s Office, Washoe County Animal Services, Washoe County Building Services, Washoe County Commissioners, Washoe County Community Services, Washoe County Manager and Washoe County Social Services.

(EMS) Regional Emergency Medical Services

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Structures Destroyed

There were 22-residences and 17-outbuildings.  Evacuations are still in effect.

Structures Saved

Fire crews were able to save 480 residences.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

From the Fireground

“South Placer BR19 and Strike Team XPL-4138C are in line to demob from the fire.” – South Placer Fire (10/16/2016)

“North State Firefighters still committed.” – Chico FD (10/16/2016)

“Panoramic view from Sac Fire crews on strike team this AM. Early morning mop-up on the , near Carson City, NV.” – Sacramento Fire (10/15/2016)

“Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Sent to Battle fire.” – Livermore-Pleasanton Fire (10/14/2016)

“2843 was deployed earlier today as part of strike team XAL 2008A.” – Piedmont Fire (10/14/2016)

“Fire jumped the road, now burning toward Washoe Valley.” – News media (10/14/2016)

Press Conference with County Commissioners and Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller (Credit: Truckee Meadows Fire Department)

“We’re sending 3 Cal OES engines.” – Kern County Fire (10/14/2016)

“In Support of NVDPS, we are sending a 25 engine strike team to assist.” – CAL OES (10/14/2016)

Emergency Management

“Residents of Franktown Rd area are not allowed back into the area due to dangerous conditions. Residents call 328-2003.” – Truckee Meadow Fire (10/15/2016)

“Regional Emergency Operations Center is busy with local leaders providing support to firefighters battling the fire.” – Truckee Meadows Fire (10/14/2016)

“Due to unsafe conditions Residents on Franktown Rd aren’t allowed to return to homes to assess damage. Please stay out of area.” Truckee Meadows FD (10/14/2016)

General Information

“Washoe County Sheriff asks that people stay out of the area due to fire traffic, localized flooding and unstable ground.” – News media (10/16/2016)

“My heart goes out to the families who lost their homes.  I’ve declared a state of emergency to provide add’l resources.” – Governor Sandoval (10/15/2016)

“A veterinarian is located at UNR Equestrian Center on Wells Ave. to treat any injured animals.” – Washoe County (10/14/2016)

“Depoali Middle School is the primary evacuation center.  About 50 people here.” – Media (10/14/2016)

“Discounted hotel rates being offered at Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus for those affected by local fires.” – Media (10/14/2016)

“Rancharrah is opening its doors to horses being evacuated.” – Media (10/14/2016)

“Equestrian Center is available for evacuation of livestock from Washoe Valley. The center is located at 1290 Valley Rd. Call 775-784-6237. ” (10/14/2016)

“Residents in Galena, Montreaux, Joy Lake Road, St. James may return home but should be prepared to evac on short notice.” Truckee Valley Fire (10/14/2016)

Hashtags Used for The Fire

NW Fire Blog:  #LittleValleyFire  #NvWILDFIRE

Social Media:   #LittleValleyFire #Turlock #TurlockFD #OES #ALCO #

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#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

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#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

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WA WILDFIRES | Okanogan Complex | August 22, 2015

SUMMARY

Complex Fires:  9-Mile, Beaver Lake, Lime Belt [Knobbly merged with this fire, with Blue Lake later also merging into], Tunk Block, Twisp Fire [merged into complex on 8/20/15]

  • Location:  13 miles NW of Omak
  • Start:  8/14/15
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Acres Total:  124,083
  • Containment:  38%
  • Fuels:  Timber

FIRE STATUS

Fire Behavior

  • Extreme fire with crowning
  • Wind-driven runs
  • Long-range spotting.

Fire Ignition

  • 8/21 Update:  80% expected due to high winds.  Spotting distance could be up to 2-miles.

9-Mile Fire:

  • 8/22 Update: Mop-up & Patrol in progress. 4720 acres.  95% containment.

Beaver Lake: 

  • 8/22 Update: Fire grew significantly overnight to the SE and is at Hwy 20. 14,760 acres. 0% containment.
  • 8/21:  Last 24 Hrs:  grew to 14,760 acres . Fire managers: anticipate very high rates of fire spread in the lighter fuels. Where the fire gets into heavier timber, expect crown fire runs with long range spotting.

Twisp River: 

  • 8/22 Update: Fire crews providing structure protection along the river.
  • 8/21: Grew overnight on 8/21 to 8402 acres. Fire moving down into the valley.   The Fire that faces the Methow Valley will be exposed to strong winds.  W Flank: fire is expected to spread with single and group tree torching. In the Twisp River drainage, winds will vary in speed and direction, resulting in the potential for flare-ups and spotting.9,054 acres. 0% containment.

Lime Belt/Blue Lake 

  • 8/22:  Fire moved SE and crossed over Salmon Creek Rd.65,715 acres.  20% containment.
  • 8/21 Update:  A major run the last 24 hours, gaining almost 20,000 acres to the S & Wt. Fire managers anticipate very high head rates of spread in the lighter fuels, with the fire backing and flanking actively into the wind and on protected slopes. Crown fires with long range spotting is expected where the fire gets into heavier timber.

Tunk Block Fire

  • 8/22 Update: Active fire in the North corner area. 68,066 acres.  15% containment.
  • 8/21:  Fre grew  36,000+ acres, now burning on the Colville Reservation. Fire managers are anticipating very high rates of spread at the fire’s head, potentially resulting in the Tunk Block Fire to join the North Star Fire to the E. Tunk Block is burning in grass and timber about four miles NE of Riverside

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Spike Camp @ Concully State Park

  • Costs:  Disbanded due to Costs
  • Governor:  Has requested a Federal Emergency Declaration to provide additional resources to cover some of the costs.

RESOURCES

Staffing 

  • Personnel:  820 incl from Canada
  • Crews:  16
  • Type 2 Hand crews: 9
  • Type 21A Crews: 4

Equipment

  • Engines: 76
  • Water Tenders: 28
  • Type 1 Helicopters: 3
  • Type 2 Helicopters: 3

Command 

  • IC:  Ted Pechota
  • Complex Team: Rocky Mtn Type 1 IMT

Fire Mobe 

  • Authorized
  • Effective:  8/17/15

Incident Cooperators

  • USDA Forest Service
  • Dept of Natural Resources [WA DNR]
  • Okanogan County Sheriff Office
  • Okanogan County Emergency Management Office
  • Okanogan Public District #1
  • WA Dept of Transportation
  • American Red Cross
  • WA National Guard
  • Graham FD
  • Multiple FDs, Agencies across the State & outside of WA
  • Canadian resources

EVACUATIONS

LEVEL 3 [Means to leave now, you are in imminient danger or fire is near]

  • Aenas Valley
  • Area NE of Nespelem
  • Concully
  • Malott
  • Twisp River Rd
  • Winthrop

LEVEL 2 [Be Ready to Evacuate a moment’s notice]

  • Okanogan [ as of 1020 Alert now a Level 1]
  • Riverside
  • Tonasket
  • Twisp

LEVEL 1 [Alert only, but beware]

  • Brewster
  • Carlton
  • Chesaw
  • Mazama
  • Molson
  • Omak
  • Oroville
  • Pateros

SHELTERS

Red Cross

  • Brewster Middle School
  • Brewster H.S.

Animals

  • Okanogan Fairgrounds

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Community Meeting

  • Twisp Mayor  Soo Ing-Moody called Meeting
  • 8/22/15 1700PDT
  • Methow Valley Comm Ctr. 201 Methow St

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTS

“Eyewitness News, Discussions”

August 22

  • Seattle TV Station: “Fire now 227,226 acres. That’s 27k larger estimate than we got late last night.”
  • Eyewitness [Media]: Incident Command Post has nearly 1,000 Fire personnel based.
  • “There’s an orange tint and haze to everything in Portland” – rockyfierro [@finnslighthouse]
  • Via Seattle local TV Station:  “Impressive news video of fire spread at the Okanogan Fire Complex that claimed the lives of 3
    Firefighters and badly burned 4 more. Fires across the state continue to burn fiercely, but a calmer day of winds in some areas have firefighters hoping to improve lines and go on the offensive in some areas. Resources remain stretched extremely thin and President Obama has issued a disaster declaration in many Washington counties.”
  • DNR Calls for Citizen Volunteer Firefighters;  Firefighting resources are stretched so thin across central and eastern WA that fire resources have been requested from across the United States and even Canada. Now there have been requests for citizen volunteers to respond, but news media stories on this unique request tends to leave out that very specific requirements are being called for.
  • DNR Volunteer Program:  http://www.dnr.wa.gov/WildfireVolunteer – Guidelines are very strict. Please read carefully before visiting or applying.

August 21

  • “Okanogan Complex Fire at 88,000 acres; New Level III evacuations in place”
  • “Fire has been reported at the Okanogan city limits.”@LastAlarmAlert tweeted
  • Local media during a press conference:  “Fires is now 161,633 acres and growing fast.”

On the Loss of USFS Firefighters

  • The Bellevue Firefighters express our deepest sadness at the loss of 3 firefighters in the Okanogan Fire Complex in a burnover on Wednesday. 4 other firefighters reportedly suffered burn injuries and were treated. One of the 4 was transported to Harborview Burn Center in Seattle. We delayed this announcement in part to confirm facts on this tragic event and to account for our own firefighters operating on fires in the area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and fellow firefighters of those lost and badly injured.

August 20

Strike Teams Deployed

  • Engine 101 as part of a type 1 engine strike team from King County at the Okanogoan Complex last night. Fire conditions were heavy to the say the least. Note: We have very limited posts at this time as our primary moderator is deployed to fires in central/eastern Washington.

On the Loss of USFS Firefighters

  • Western WA Fire Dept:  Our hearts are with the families of those killed but not forgotten: Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler.

August 19

August 18

August 17

October 10, 2012 – The Okanogan Complex occurred 5 years earlier.

Our prayers, thoughts and support is for all of our Firefighters, Pilots, Fire Managers, Dispatchers, Mutual Support, Volunteers, Incident Cooperators are with you during this tough time with firefighting operations.  We wish you Safety, emotional and mental support and a safe journey to/out off of the fire ground.  Your loved ones are praying too. – Lisa/Editor

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