Destructive Tornado Hits North Side of Dallas, Texas | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A destructive tornado hit the north side of the City of Dallas in Texas on Sunday evening causing roofs to be blown off of homes, ripping a shopping mall into pieces, collapsed structures and other major damage to infracture.

Some unconfirmed reports are stating the Tornado may have been as high as an EF-4, but it won’t be for another few hours to days to hear what the actual speed of this destructive tornado was.

The Dallas City Mayor states there are 65,000 without power. There were no deaths and no serious injuries.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Dallas (City) EOC

The City of Dallas Office of Emergency (EOC) was activated for this major incident across the City. They stated sirens were sounded for the tornado that hit the northwestern and northeastern areas of the City.

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The many faces behnd the Dallas (City) EOC. Credit: Dallas City EOC

There are many volunteers along with government officials whom are staffing the EOC center. They will continue to be activated as long as this incident continues.

Dallas (City) Fire & Rescue

We heard the following responding to calls of service for this tornado ravaged area of the City.

The folllowing were dispatched/assigned to calls (the ones we could hear over Scanner Traffic) but may not be limited to:

  • Engines:  2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 33, 34, 35, 38, 39, 41, 43, 55.
  • Battalion Chiefs:  2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8.
  • Rescue Units: 7, 20, 22, 42, 51, 57, 71, 72.
  • Command:  Safety Officer.
  • Brush Truck:  47, 72.
  • Trucks:  4, 11, 37, 40.
  • Additional Units:  782, 807, 832.
  • Aid Units:  12, 96, 97.

The Dallas FD began implementing their Search & Rescue protocols from street-to-street in looking for victims and reporting damage to homes and structures throughout the northern areas of Dallas.

Fire apparatus would find it difficult to go to the dispatched call due to large debris and downed power lines blocking their pathway.  Some would remain at their last known location and looking for victims in the area.  It sounded like there were several walking wounded and those who would be rescued from their damaged homes.

This tornado hit in a heavily populated area injuring many people.

Fires to homes and cars were also called into the Fire Department along with gas leaks. Though the incident has since slowed since the tornado hit the area on Sunday evening, there are still tornado and adverse weather warnings being sent out by various weather spotters and news media.

Dallas Police and the Fire Department members are working tirelessly throughout the night and into the next day to conduct damage assessments to homes, buildings and infrastructure.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS & CLOSURES

Downed Street Lights

There are 35 signals reported that are inoperable. Residents should call 3-1-1 to report a non-working signal.

Downed Power Lines

If you’re in an area with storm damage, stay indoors and safe if possible. There are trees and power lines down along with other debris in the area. Please use caution if you have to be out.  City of Dallas EOC

Power Outages

Cities of Plano and Dallas are both experiencing power outages.  Contact Oncor https://stormcenter.oncor.com/external/default.html – City of Plano (TX).

Travel

If you don’t have a reason to travel in north Dallas, specifically near Dallas Love Field, Preston Hollow, and near the High-Five interchange, it is best to avoid. Lots of debris and power lines down. Significant damage to homes & businesses. – Local Scanner User

School Closures

The following school classes have been cancelled for Monday, October 21st according to the Dallas School District (@dallasschools):

  • Cary Middle School
  • Cigarroa Elementary School
  • Pershing Elementary School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Walnut Hill High School

Follow @ dallasschools for more updates.

 THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

I-35 in north Dallas, Texas is littered with vehicle debris.” – Media

Multiple buildings collapsed south of Walnut Hill in north Dallas.” – Media

“A lot of damage off Royal near St. Michaels.” – Media

“Multiple scanner reports of strong damage in northern Dallas. Generally along Walnut Hill near Preston Hollow.” – Local Scanner coverage

“The local Home Depot has been literally destroyed.” – Media

“On I-35…Texas is littered with vehicle debris following the suspected tornado that touched down tonight.” – Eyewitness account

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated 10/20/2019 @ 2230 PDT / 0030 CDT

 

The Wildfire Report | Saddleridge Fire | CA | 2

We have picked up some wildifre incidents in the State of California. Here is a recap of the Saddleridge Fire for Monday, October 14, 2019.

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Started 10/10/2019 @ 2139 PDT
  • Located on Saddle Ridge Rd in Sylmar (Los Angeles), California
  • Originated at the 210 Fwy at the Yarnell exit
  • Unified Command – CAL FIRE with LA Co & City FDs and the USFS
  • Cause unknown & under investigation
  • Investigators have determined the origin of the fire but an unknown cause
  • Steep terrain

RESOURCES – INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • Los Angeles City FD
  • Los Angeles County FD
  • USFS
  • CHP
  • LA County Public Health
  • LA City Dept of Animal Regulation
  • American Red Cross
  • LA Public Works
  • SoCal Edison
  • Salvation Army
  • LA Emergency Management Department
  • LA Dept of Rec & Parks
  • LA Dept of Water and Power
  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

Credit | USFS – ANF’s FFs first on-scene of the brush fire-turned brush fire -turned firestorm.

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CURRENT FIRE STATUS

  • 8,391 acres destroyed
  • 44% contained
  • 1,000 firefighters assigned
  • Evacuations lifted – Repopulation efforts in process
  • Evacuation centers have been closed
  • Minimal fire behavior

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • Fire Investigators have located an area of origin by LAFD Arson Investigators as a 50′ x 70′ beneath a high voltage transmission line.
  • Over 100,000 reisdents were forced from their homes during the evacuation period, for a total of approximately 23,000 homes.
  • Fire jumped in multiple places over the 210 freeway causing an imminent life threat.
  • Fire reportedly jumps the 5 freeway.
  • Freeways 5 and 118 were both shutdown at the same time.
  • Santa Ana winds had gusts as high as 60 miles-per-hour at times in canyons and over passes.

Credit | Caltrans District 7 taken on October 11 at the I-5/SR 14 interchange

Fire in the hills near a closed freeway interchange where there are no cars and some traffic cones in lanes

HEROES IN ACTION

  • LA Co SO Deputy Yesenia Holwager and LASD Colleges Security Officer Brando Press assisted a stranded driver whose vehicle broke down with horses in tow to safety along with her animals to a shelter.  Deputy Holwager is also credited to saving hundreds of horses right before helping the stranded driver.

Credit | Media

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  • World Central Kitchen’s Chefs For California served dinner to shelters housing hundreds of evacuees.
  • The Salvation Army for feeding evacuees.
  • The Red Cross for shelters and assisting evacuees.

Credit | World Central Kitchen

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  • LAPD Mounted Police Unit who were called out to help evacuating large animals. They were able to save 30 horses through coordinated teamwork and tireless efforts.

Credit | LAPDCValenzuela (Twitter)

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Credit | LA County FD

CASUALTIES

  • 3 firefighters with minor injuries, one with an eye injury
  • 1 death from cardiac arrest – at hospital

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 23 structures destroyed
  • 17 structures damaged

Credit | Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office

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We send our sincere sympathy to the family of the wildfire victim that died of an apparent cardiac arrest at the hospital.  We wish the injured firefighters a speedy recovery andto those who have been greatly impacted by this firestorm and we send our love and thoughts your way  We are deeply sorry for what you have all endured. – Ed.

(Sources: LAFD, LAcoFD, LASD, Social Media, Inciweb and NIFC).

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/14/2019 @ 2115 PDT

We. Will. Never. Forget. | September 11 Anniversary

New York, NY | Most of us all know the horrendous events that occurred on September 11th in the year of 2001 and the many lives that were lost.  We remember those events on this 18th year anniversary, never forgetting those who were lost on that day and the weeks, months and years after.

We. Will. Never. Forget. is a Tribute to the staggering numbers of those lives lost on this day. We will always remember who they were, what they stood for and the sacrifices made. We always remember you.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

This was considered as the deadliest terrorist act in world history and most devastating attack on the United States since the attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) on December 7, 1941.

  • 2,977 people were killed on this day.
  • 265 would perish instantly on the four planes (including terrorists).
  • 2,606 in the World Trade Center and surrounding areas.
  • 125 were killed at the Pentagon.

CIVILIAN CASUALTIES

  • Civilians 2,135.
  • 372 non-US citizens.
  • More than 90 countries represented.
  • The UK lost 67 citizens
  • Dominican Republic had 47 deaths
  • India with 41 lost lives

FIRE PERSONNEL

  • 342 FDNY Firefighters on September 11th. More have died from Ground Zero exposures.
  • 1 FDNY Fire Marshal
  • 1 member with the NY Fire Patrol

EMS PERSONNEL

  • 8 EMTs and Paramedics

LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • 23 NYPD member
  • 37 Port Authority PD members
  • 5 NY State of Office Tax Enforcement members
  • 3 Officers of the NY State Office of Court Administration
  • 1 member with the FBI
  • 1 member of the US Secret Service
  • This also includes a bomb-sniffing dog, Sirius who was not included in the official human death toll

MILITARY PERSONNEL

  • 55 at the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia

YEAR OF 2002

  • A Civil Rights Lawyer’s life is lost from the exposure to dust at Ground Zero.
  • She is the first victim to die from a chronic lung condition.

SEPTEMBER 2008

  • 33,000+ Police Officers, Firefighters, Responders and Community Members have been treated for injuries and sickness related to the 9/11 attacks.
  • Some of the illnesses include: respiratory conditions, mental health like PTSD and depression, gastrointestinal conditions.
  • At least 4,166 cases of cancer have been reported.

OCTOBER 2008

  • An unknown man dies from being exposed.

DECEMBER 2010

  • A male accountant dies from being exposed to the site.
  • The number is raised to 2,753 from Ground Zero site.
  • The total 9/11 death toll increases to 2,996.

YEAR OF 2013

  • Reports of Medical Officials: 1,140 people who worked, lived or studied in Lower Manhattan at the time of the attack were diagnosed with cancer as a result of having an exposure to toxins at the WTC.
  • It was also reported that over 1,400 9/11 rescue workers who responded to the scene in the days and months after the attacks have since died.
  • 11 pregnancies were lost as a result of the 9/11 attacks.

YEAR OF 2015

  • A law was passed in Congress that permanently extends healthcare benefits for responds.  It also adds fives to the victims’ compensation program.
  • Reports of at least 15 FBI Agents have died from cancer due to their roles in the aftermath and investigation of the attack.

YEAR OF 2018

  • A Medical Director of the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital stated out of the approximately 10,000 First Responders and others were at Ground Zero have developed cancer.
  • More than 2,000 have died due to 9/11 related illnesses.
  • The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York also reported over 170 firefighter deaths.
  • They say roughly 1 in 8 firefighters who were at Ground Zero have developed cancer.
  • At least 221 Police Officers have died in the years since 2001 from illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

JUNE 2019

  • Talk Show Host, Jon Stewart, has advocated on the behalf of 9/11 First Responders by testifying in front of Congress that they did not have proper healthcare benefits from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

  • FDNY adds 22 names to the WTC Memorial Wall at FDNY HQ.
  • To date, more than 200 FDNY have died from Ground Zero related illnesses.
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Credit | FDNY

REMEMBRANCES – Social Media

Kevin McCarthy – Twitter @GOPLeader

Department of State – Twitter @StateDept

“We solemnly remember the individuals who perished on #September11, 2001. In honor of those who lost their lives, the President calls upon U.S. agencies to display the flag at half-staff and Americans to observe this day.”

Commissioner O’Neill – Twitter @NYPDOneill

“On this 18th anniv. of the killing of Detectives Robert Parker & Patrick Rafferty, NYers are reminded of the supreme courage that NYPD cops display each day in the face of very real dangers. Our city is a far safer place now because of them & the work they inspired.”

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Chief Terence Monahan – Twitter @NYPDChiefofDept

“live every day like it’s your last, regardless of how hard things are.” – Twitter poster.

Chief Roy E Mosley III – Twitter @chief_mosley

“I was sitting in a training class at Kent State University that day as a young Sgt. when pagers started going off all around the room. Finally got a chance to visit the 9-11 Museum in NYC last October.  So moving.”

NYPD Midtown North (MEMORIAL) – Twitter @NYPDMTN

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Credit | NYPD

“Tomorrow at 8:46 a.m., please join us in front of the precinct (306 West 54th Street) as we observe the National Day of Service and Remembrance, never forgetting the 2,977 innocent souls who were senselessly taken eighteen years ago.”

Special Message:

Thank you to all those who represent the Fire Service, EMS, Law Enforcement, Disaster Search & Rescue, Emergency Services, Healthcare and Emergency Management professions and everyone in between. We know that hearts are breaking everywhere as we all remember the sacrifices given on 9/11 and even to this day.  We give you a heartfelt thank you and sending love to you for what you do everyday. – LR Swenson/Blogger/Editor

Sources:  Wikipedia, Social Media, News Media, Government.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/10/2019 @ 2111 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | McKinley Fire | Alaska | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The MCKINLEY FIRE is located about 18 miles north of Willow,  Alaska.

The fire originally started on private land.

Umpqua Firefighters Buck Tree 2. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

FIRE BEHAVIOR

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, creeping and single-tree torching.

RESOURCES – EQUIPMENT and PERSONNEL

There are 564 total personnel along with 14 hand crews, 28 engines and 10 helicopters.

Umpqua Sawyer Bucks Log. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

HOW YOU CAN HELP FIRE VICTIMS

General Donations – > https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=mckinley%20fire&epa=SEARCH_BOX   *Online Registration begins 9/4/2019 at ready.alaska.gov  or you can call 1-800-478-2337.

Donating to Organizations -> Please confirm needs by contacting the organization of your choice before donating physical items (food, water, etc.).

Masticator. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

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Food Donations – > Mat Su COAD is facilitating all donations of food and any other items with various local locations. They can be reached at 907-745-5827 or 907-745-5824. Please any food items need to be within their expiration date and any clothing items need to be clean.

Financial Donations -> Making a financial contribution to a recognized organization is the best way to ensure the needs of the community and emergency personnel are met.

Here are some great choices to pick from:

  • The American Red Cross
  • Your local Fire Department
  • Your local Search & Rescue unit
  • The Wildland Firefighter Foundation
  • Local Animal Services organization or to the Humane Society

FOR FIRE VICTIMS, EVACUEES

Alaska Red Cross  -> The Red Cross will be distributing emergency relief supplies and providing recovery casework and planning services at the Upper Susitna Senior Center and Curtis D Menard Memorial Sports Center.

Relief supplies will also be available Sheep Creek Lodge. To reach a recovery caseworker call 907-764-2407

Engine Crewmember Sprays Hotspot. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

State Disaster Assistance -> Can be applied by individuals and families with damaged primary residences or essential personal property. Apply in person on 9/4-9/18/2019 9 am – 7pm. No location yet but to be near Talkeetna and Willow. Or go to ready.alaska.gov

Matanuska Electric Association -> Members needing to be reconnected can call 907-761-9300 or visit http://www.mea.coop

The Parks Highway -> remains open through the burned area with a speed limit of 45 mph. Be prepared to stop in this zone where crews and equipment continue working. Road updates available at 511.alaska.gov

Matanuska Susitna Borough -> Will accept debris caused by the McKinley and Deshka Landing Fires at no cost at specific locations. For more information the Solid Waste Division can be reached at 907-761-3700

083019 McKinley Fire Evacuation Map

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) -> Can assist with health and safety issues including air quality, drinking water, food safety and sanitation, wastewater, solid waste, and hazardous substances. Reach the ADEC Disaster Coordination Team at 907-269-4198

Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) -> Collects and distributes donations like clothes, shoes, winter gear, bedding, and food. They have locations in Big Lake, Wasilla, Talkeetna, and Willow. 907-745-5827

Team Rubicon -> Can provide assistance with debris removal and clean up. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. 360-975-7944

SUPPORTING FIRE PARTNERS

Ways to Show your Support for Firefighters and their Partners

Firefighter Support -> Write a thank you note to firefighters and/or firefighters’ families.  Drop them off at the incident command post so they can be posted or shared.  Put them in blank, stamped envelopes.

Firefighters using a drone.

After briefings or after shifts, firefighters can address letters to parents, kids, spouses, etc. Provide local postcards that are pre-stamped to fire camp. These will be distri-buted to firefighters so they can send postcards home to their families.

One of the many thank you signs on the McKinley fire.

Community Support -> Respect road and area closures and evacuation orders. Drive carefully in the fire area.  Post thank you banners / signs in the community and on social media. This is a great morale booster for firefighters after a long shift!

Thank you sign on the McKinley fire.

What The (Fire Camp) Cannot Accept:
We have federal standards for personal protective gear for our wildland firefighters.
Food items, including baked goods and sweets.  They are required to follow food safety regulations, and we have strict national guidelines for firefighter nutrition. Our fire crews on the line receive fresh food boxes every three days, if catered food is not available.

HOW TO BE A FIRESMART HERO

How to Report a Wildfire -> 1-800-237-3633 or call 9-1-1.

Ash Pits & Heavy Fuels. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

FIRE ACTIVITIES

Firefighters are working with the Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) to restore power and remove fire-damaged trees near power lines. Major progress has been accomplished this week and are very close to have it all completed.

Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) Works Along Parks Highway 2. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

138 structures have been lost.  Homes are still under direct threat.

There has been 3,316 acres burned but fire crews have reached a 78% containment status.

Livestock in the McKinley fire.

Cost-to-date expenses have reached $6.8 Million Dollars.

FIRE IMAGES

All fire images in this post are the credit of Mike McMillan, DNR.  We do not lay claim to any of his photos.  Please respect his Photo Credit when reposting his fire images. – Thank you!

OUR THANK YOU

..to the many firefighters on the front line battling the fire and working to contain it, as well as showing your tireless efforts.

..to the countless people behind the scenes who manage and support all things incident related and everyone else in between.

..to the impacted communities who have come together when disaster strikes, to see your amazing and strong community support for others and for those who fight these wildfires.

..to the government leaders standing up for its Citizens. 

..to those who send their good thoughts and prayers to help those whom have been touched (impacted) by the devastation left behind. We send our prayers to you all and will continue to keep you in our everyday thoughts.

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/30/2019 @ 2240 hours PDT

Bring Them Home | Hundreds Search for Firefighters Lost at Sea | 1

Information for this article was gleaned from multiple sources from government, private and public sectors published over Social Media. Information is posted to the best of my abilities.

Quote of the Day | Day after day, ordinary people become heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions to help their neighbors.Sylvia Mathews Burwell

We ask  a few things from our readers – to be respectful and nice towards this post and towards those including the family, friends and their communities that are hugely impacted by their disappearance and waiting impatiently for any updates from Officials.  For us, please send and keep them in your good thoughts and prayers. This will mean a lot to us and to them as well.

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Thank you to all of the Incident Cooperators (sorry we if did not mention you!) and their partners, civilians, Good Samaritans, Command personnel, Supporters and everyone else in between who is searching for Justin and Brian. This is what we are all about – helping each other. – This is why one of the reasons we are big fans of the Fire Service and the Family that binds it together.  Blogger LR Swenson/NW Fire Blog

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

Two great friends whom are both avid boaters decided to take a boat out for a last run on  Friday, August 16th morning for fishing and relaxation.  When off-duty firefighters, JFRD Engineer Brian McCluney (US Navy Vet) and Justin Walker, Fairfax FD (VA) did not return as scheduled, they were reported to authorities as overdue.

Photo Credit:  JAX Firefighters

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Firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker.

A massive search would gear up and be spearheaded by one of the biggest Search-and-Rescue agencies, which specializes in missing and stranded boaters that the Federal Agency has in this nation.  This large-scale SAR mission has all the main players including a massive civilian force and they are all pulling out every single resources to find these missing firefighters to #BringThemHome.

Here is their story told through various updates, eyewitness accounts and from Social Media sources.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

Day 1 | August 16 | Friday

0107 hours EDT 

Two boaters, Justin and Brian are seen on the boat ramp’s camera, placing the 22-foot Robalo boat into the water were reportedly heading to the 8A Reef. The boat was given to him from his father, whom had just passed.

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Credit | USCG

Day 2 | August 17 | Saturday

They are reported overdue as they never came back as scheduled on this date.

 1009 hours EDT

The US Coast Guard begins to search for missing two firefighters.  They were last seen leaving the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp in Port Canaveral Friday in a 24-foot center console.  Their destination was to head towards 8A reef.  This reef is a fishing spot and is an artificial or natural reef that attracts fish to the area.

Eyewitness Account | “We fished out of the port today and we saw a rescue plane circling for about two hours. The current was ripping about 8-12 knots around noon.”

A family reported to the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville on this date would prompt a USCG to launch a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Canaveral, an HC-130 Hercules search plane from the Air Station Clearwater and an 87-foot patrol boat called the Cutter Ridley.  Additional incident cooperators included the US Navy and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Day 3 | August 18 | Sunday

MEDIA REPORT | DC Patrick Gouin from Brian’s station says 7/50 JFRD JAX Firefighters are from his shift. Other Firefighters from nearby areas are staffing stations while Brian’s fellow brothers search for him.

0415 Hours EDT

The USCG with Incident Cooperators will be searching through the night with surface and air resources.  The search throughout the day has covered 20,029 square miles with an estimated 70 hours of active searches.

Photo Credit:  USCG

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0733 Hours EDT

Searchers focus near the Gulf Stream. Good Samaritans are searching 1-15 miels off the coast from south Georgia to Port Canaveral.  Estimated search is 5,000 miles.

0744 Hours EDT

There are 2 USCG 87-foot patrol boats, 2 small boats and 1 HC-130 search plane. Incident Cooperators include My FWC, JSO PIO, CBP Florida, Brevard County Sheriffs Office and about 15 Good Sam vessels.

Day 4 | August 19 | Monday

0852 hours EDT

They started at 0800 hours with 36 boats, 135+  people, 3 airplanes to search 5,000 square miles from St. Augustine to Brunswick and from the beach to 60 miles out from shore.

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Customs Border and Protection Bureau (CPB) air and marine assets are assisting the USCG Southeast Command in working to locate two missing firefighters who disappeared on Friday, August 16, 2019.

Here are some of the aircraft deployed on this SAR mission | All photo credit goes to CBP Florida.

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The CBP states they deployed a P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew, two Multi-Role Enforcement aircraft on board an Interim Midnight Express to assist with the search.

Day 5 | August 20 | Tuesday

0452 hours EDT

The searchers have covered 24,000 miles and continue to search. Crews are searching at Port Canaveral area up to north of City of Jacksonville, as well as 80 miles off-shore.

0536 hours EDT

0725 hours EDT

1430 hours EDT

PRESSER | We will be moving our efforts north tomorrow…boats that can run 60+ miles out of Mayport..boats that can run 30-60 miles out of Brunswick and Savannah..if you want to go out of Brunswick/Savannah call Chief Barrow tonight 904-813-5315 for boats and volunteers call 904-763-9747. – My JFRD (@JFRDJAX)

1609 hours EDT

USCG will start searching through the night.  The search has covered 69,000 square miles with an estimated 182 hours of searches.  They will partner with crews searching from the skies and on the surface.

We started early as the sun broke today gridding our the area and giving assignments…we will do it again tomorrow at 7am from Mayport boat ramp. – JFRD JAX

Photo Credit:  @JFRDJAX

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Day 6 | August 21 | Wednesday

0700 hours EDT

Volunteers  who have boats capable of searching between 30-60 miles offshore safely will be meeting at Mayport boat ramp at 7 am.  Bring your binoculars and SAT phone if you have them. If you don’t have a boat and want to help, you can help out by donating to  JFRD.com

How to Help

https://clear-give.com/egive3/index.cfm?page=donationDetail&itemID=305533&LocID=261001&refresh=true

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#BringThemHome  #MissingFirefighters

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 00:00 hours 8/21/2019

Quick Egress Saves Seattle Home on Saturday Night

North Seattle, Washington | A kitchen fire ignited in a home located in the 9000 block of 8th Avenue NE in the Maple Leaf neighborhood near Green Lake on Saturday evening.

The house fire prompted Seattle Fire units A25, AIR10, B4, B6, DEP1, E16, E17, E21, E22, E31, L5, L8, L9, M17, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2 and STAF10 dispatched at 2127 hours PDT.

Due to the immediate egress by firefighters, which was about ten minutes on the incident timer – they brought the fire quickly under control then tapped it shortly thereafter.

The home is currently not for sale is said to be worth around $800,000.  Seattle Fire’s Investigator (Mar5) had arrived on-scene.   There was no known cause at the time of this post or a preliminary amount of cost to the structure.

There were no injuries to firefighters and the Fire Department confirmed there were no occupants home at the time the fire broke out

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated on Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 2225 hours PDT

Fire District Purchases New Equipment in Washington State

SOUTH PIERCE COUNTY, WASHINGTON

The Pierce County Fire District #23 Fire & Rescue announced the purchase of two  new Stryker power cots and loading systems for two of their four ambulances.  The purchase will help reduce and hopefully prevent injuries to their firefighters and EMTs.

This will also enable their patients to be more comfortable and safer as they are being transported to the hospital.

No photo description available.

Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue (Facebook)

To see this new equipment in action, the public and residents are invited for their Annual Open House on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 1000 hours to 1600 hours (10-4).  It will be held at the Ashford Fire Station located at 29815 SR 706, Ashford, WA 98328.

Additionally, the Air Care air ambulance will be arriving to the Open House at 1100 hours or 11 am.

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Courtesy | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue

The equipment was purchased with the assistance of their Fire Commissioners.

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Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue (Facebook)

This is a great family event for those who live in the area or are fire buffs, like ourselves.

ABOUT PIERCE COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #23

The Fire Department serves the southern portion of Pierce County considered to be the Upper Nisqually Valley to areas that include Ashford, Elbe and Alder, Washington.  It is home to 2,500 residents and travelers who pass to and from the southwest side of Mt. Rainier National Park.

No photo description available.

Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue

The Department has four different stations and 25 active volunteers that staff them, as well as one paid Chief.   They provide services to those in a 67-square mile that includes Route 7 and State Route 706, which can be busy due to high volume of traffic from those who work/play/live in the area.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2215 PDT on 8/15/2019

The Wildfire Log | 8-5-2019 | Monday

WASHINGTON STATE | Here is the Sit Rep (recap) of wildfires in our State on Monday, August 5, 2019.

POPEYES CORNER | 1413 hours

A fire broke out on 116th in Marysville in Snohomish County sending out fire resources to the area at 1413 hours.  0.8 acres of grass, brush and timber were destroyed.

It is in a patrol status.

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FRUITLAND FIRE | 1537 hours

This wildfire is located on Lantzy Road in Stevens County that started today from an unknown cause. Resources include IC NC 7307 @ 1658 hours PDT.  Others are C101, TE11, E552 E5564 NC 7306 NC 7307.  They had arrived on-scene prior to the IC at 1545 hours.  There has been 0.5 acres of grass, brush, timber, logs and duff.

This is an open incident.

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HAVILLAH ROAD FIRE | 1513 hours

The Havillah Road Fire is located on the same name it is named after.  Fire resources and assets were dispatched at 1513 hours for a small burning wildfire held to only 0.01 acre of grass.  IC 7106 arrived at 1546 hours.

This fire is in patrol status.  All resources have been released.

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MOUNTAIN MEADOWS FIRE | 1348 hours

Fire resources and assets were dispatched to Pend Oreille County, where a wildfire aws burning on Deeter Road at 1348 hours.  Resources deployed were:  AR 25, 442, 445, 451 and 63. FL 34, HTs 42 and 44 and INVF Kaino. IC is OH Bortner.  About 0.8 acre of grass, brush, reproduction and timber have been destroyed.

This is an open  incident.

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LOGANBERRY FIRE | 1101 hours

At 1101 hours this morning, fire resources were dispatched to a small wildfire burning in Thurston County’s Rochester.  Quickly crews have held the fire back to 0.1 acres of consumed grass.

It is in patrol status. Resources released.

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KENNYDELL FIRE  | 0849 hours

A small fire ignited in at 6745  Fairview Rd SW in Olympia, the location of a 40-acre park that features 1,000 ft of freshwater beach as well as trails, athletic fields and a swimming pool.  Fire resources responded to a wildfire in the area and containing it to a 0.1 acres of brush and light timber.  Dispatch time was at 0849 hours.

Contained & under control at 1110 hours.  In Patrol status.

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ON-GOING INCIDENTS

DEVORE CREEK FIRE  | Started 7/26/2019

The Devore Creek Fire ignited from lightning at 0000 hours on July 23, 2019, and reported on July 26, 2019.  This is a long burning wildfire.  It is located about 3 air miles SW of Stehekin, burning above an elevation of 8,000 feet in heavy timber.

Image may contain: sky, mountain, cloud, grass, outdoor and nature

Credit | Oscar Vargas, USDA FS

About 189 acres have burned and there is still a 0% containment status.  There are 83 fire personnel along with 2 crews and 3 helicopters.  There is a NIMO (Phoenix) is managing this incident.

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ESQUATZEL FIRE | Started 8/4/2019

The Esquatzel Fire is located about 2 miles NE of Eltopia and was started on August 4, 2019.  The cause is unknown at this time.  500 acres of grass have been burned and crews have a 40% containment status.  There is a minimal fire behavior and the fire has been dozer lined. Fire Managers do not expect any growth from this fire.

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KUSSHI CREEK FIRE | Started 7/24/2019

The Kusshi Creek Fire started on July 24, 2019, from lightning.  The fire is located about 37 miles south of Yakima.  There has been 953 acres of timber with a 90% containment status.  Currently, fire behavior is minimal.

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LEFT HAND FIRE  | Started 7/23/2019

The Left Hand Fire started from lightning at 0000 on July 23, 2019, and is located about 17 miles NW of Naches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that was one of many wildfires ignited by lightning on this date from a passing thunderstorm.  The fire has destroyed 3406 acres of timber and crews have successfully reached an 92% containment status.  It is still burning but now has a minimal fire behavior that is both creeping and smoldering.

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WILLIAMS FLATS FIRE  | Started 7/23/2019

This wildfire is located 5 miles SE of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation.  Active fire behavior.  The fire has now destroyed 13,497 acres of timber, brush and old logging slash and still has a 20% containment status.

The Structure Protecion Group successfully burned out around the buildings at the Goat Ranch aka Hellsgate Ranch prior to the Williams Flats Fire burning into the area.

Credit | Colville Agency – BIA

There are currently 20 homes and 20 other minor structures being threatened.  Approximately, 542  fire personnel along with overhead and support staffing are assigned to this incident, along with 11 crews, 7 helicopters and 16 engines.

Fire behavior is moderate with group torching, flanking and torching.  It is currently moving east and has crossed over Brody Creek Road and Redford Canyon.   Personnel are being challenged by steep slopes, limited access and primitive road conditions, which have slowed them down with their containment efforts.

Fire Management is in Unified Command with Colville Agency and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). NW Team 8 is the IMT which is in Command of this wildfire incident on Saturday at 1800 hours.

ICP is located at the Keller Community Center. The Helibase is located at the Wilbur Airport.

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The Wildfire Log | 8-4-2019

WASHINGTON STATE | Here is the Sit Rep (recap) of wildfires in our State on Sunday, as of the time this was posted.

BLACKBERRY FARM FIRE | 1758 hours

Resources include:  IC Goodwin and Engines 5466 and 5544 were dispatched this evening at 1758 hours to SR 9 in Arlington (Snohomish County).  The fire has destroyed 0.5 acres of brush and timber and has an unknown containment status.

This is an open Incident.

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Credit | NWFB (Stock Photo)

ESQUATZEL FIRE | 1550 hours

The Esquatzel Fire is located on Highway 395 in Franklin County.   Resources include:  IC C-6695 along with Crew-6201, DIV-602, E6696 (BLM).The fire has scorched 500 acres.  Containment status is unknown.

This is an open Incident.

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CATLIN CANYON FIRE | 1522 hours

The Catlin Canyon Fire was located in Catlin Canyon area in Kittitas County.  Resources included:  IC Hilleman as of 1724 hours, along with SE-461, 463 and 468, which were dispatched at 1522 hours.   There was 0.76 acres of grass and brush destroyed.

Contained at 1724 hours. Controlled at 1744 hours.

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FISH FLATS FIRE | 1411 hours

A wildfire broke out today, prompting resources being dispatched through the Central WA Interagency Communications Center today at 1411 hours.  It was located in Fish Flats in Yakima County.  Resources included:  Clark (IC) along with Engines 311, 382 and SE-539.  About 0.72 acres of grass, timber and snags were consumed.

This is an open Incident.

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UPPER GRANITE FIRE | 1303 hours

Fire broke out in Pend Oreille County’s Harvey Creek, sending dispatched personnel and equipment at 1303 hours.   Resources include:  AR441, 449, 450, 61,  Engines 31 (IC), 32 and HT 44 were on-scene at 1452 hours.   0.3 acres of timber, snags, logs and duff were burned.

This is an open Incident.

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BOAT LAUNCH FIRE | 1300 hours

A wildfire ignited on Rimrock Penninsula in Yakima County earlier this afternoon sending resources and equipment to the area at 1300 hours.  0.1 acre of logs were consumed.

Controlled, contained and out at 1332 hours.

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VINYARD 22 FIRE  | 1247 hours

Fire resources were dispatched at 1247 hours to I Road in Grant County for a wildfire.  About 3 acres of grass and brush have been destroyed.

This is an open Incident.

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GOLD BACK TRAIL FIRE | 1135 hours, 0619 hours

This wildfire is located in Dishman HIlls in Spokane County.  Resources included AR 63 (IC) along with HTs 41 and 43 were dispatched at 0619 hours to the incident.  .01 acres of grass and brush burned.

Contained at 1000 hours. Controlled at 1800 hours. In Patrol Status.

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ON-GOING INCIDENTS

WILLIAMS FLATS FIRE 

This wildfire is located 5 miles SE of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation.  Active fire behavior.  The fire has consumed 10,438 acres of timber, brush and old logging slash and still has a 0% containment status.

Williams Flats Fire on the afternoon of 8-3-2019

Credit | Colville Agency – BIA

LUNDSTROM BUTTE FIRE | New wildfire

The Lundstrom Butte  Fire is a new wildfire that is located within the Williams Flats Fire perimeter.  Currently, it has burned 6 acres and has a  0% containment status.

Fire Management is in Unified Command with Colville Agency and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). NW Team 8 is the IMT which is in Command of this wildfire incident on Saturday at 1800 hours.

ICP is located at the Keller Community Center. The Helibase is located at the Wilbur Airport.

Resources include:

  • 266 personnel
  • 2 – Type 1 hand crews
  • 1 Type 2 IA hand crews
  • 4 Type 2 hand crews
  • 5 Heavy copters
  • 2 Medium copters
  • 5 Engines
  • 5 Dozers
  • 5 Water Tenders

Additional types of resources listed above are on order and continue to arrive throughout each morning, day and evening.

Level 2 evacuations are in effect for one home.  More assessments will be conducted by the structure group and continue to monitor the area. Multiple road closures are in place to the public including Kuehne, Frielander, Canteen Creek and Refrigerator Canyon  Roads.

Total Cost-to-Date fire suppression and containment costs for both wildfires have reached $350,000.

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DEVORE CREEK FIRE 

The Devore Creek Fire ignited from lightning at 0000 hours on July 23, 2019, and reported on July 26, 2019.  This is a long burning wildfire.  It is located about 3 air miles SW of Stehekin, burning above an elevation of 8,000 feet in heavy timber.  A hotshot crew arrived by boat today to reopen a community protection line built in 2015 on the southwestern edge of the community of Stehekin.

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Credit | Oscar Vargas, USDA FS

The fire has destroyed about 189 acres of heavy timber and appears to have a remaining 0% containment status. There are 83 fire personnel assigned along with 2 crews and 3 helicopters.    The lead Fire Agency is the USDA  Forest Service. The fire is still burning but Fire Managers report that the fire behavior is minimal with creeping, smoldering and single-tree torching.  Today, the fire has reached a total of $569,000 cost-to-date.

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LEFT HAND FIRE 

The Left Hand Fire started from lightning at 0000 on July 23, 2019, and is located about 17 miles NW of Naches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that was one of many wildfires ignited by lightning on this date from a passing thunderstorm.  The fire has destroyed 3,459 acres of timber and crews have successfully reached an 85% containment status.  It is still burning but now has a minimal fire behavior that is both creeping and smoldering.

Photo from Tuesday, July 30 depicting a variety of burn intensity in a patchwork pattern in most places. Ranging from pockets of crown fire to less severe underburn fire.

SW Flank of fire. Credit | OWNF

There is currently 598 total fire personnel attached to this incident along with 15 crews, 23 engines and 8 helicopters.

There are still 197 homes and 50 other structures that are still under direct threat. Evacuation levels have been reduced to a Level 1/Get Ready order along SR 410.  Suppression and containment costs-to-date have reach an all-time high of $7.6 Million Dollars.

This is an open Incident.

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The Wildfire Log | Museum Fire in Arizona | 1

UPDATE 1 | JULY 21, 2019 

Incident Summary

A wildfire prompted fire personnel and equipment to be dispatched around 1142 hours MST on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

The fire was reported by multiple calls from the general public and from fire lookouts around 1100 hours.

Almost one hour later, multiple engines, crews, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft along with nearly 100 personnel were on-scene of the five-acre fire.

The fire’s cause has not been released and is currently under investigation.

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Credit | Coconino NF

Location

The fire is located north of Flagstaff, near Schultz Pass Road.

Size

By almost 1330 Hours MST, the fire slowly grew to 20 acres.  Now at 1630 hours MST, the fire has been reported to have reached 400 acres of ponderosa pines and mixed conifer with a 0% containment status.

Resources

There are a total of 182 personnel and assets, which included 7 engines, 4 fuels crews, 2 hotshot crews, 14 patrol units, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 4 heavy air tankers, 4 SEATs (single engine air tankers), 3 Type Type-1 helicopters, 1 Type 3 helicopter, a VLAT (very large air tanker) and an air attack plane.

A Type 1 IMT Team 2 (SW IMT) is on order and will take command over this wildfire at 1800 hours MST on Monday evening.

Museum Fire near Dry Lake

Fire photo taken at 15 hours MST | Credit: Coconino NF

EOC Activated

The Coconino County Emergency Management and City of Flagstaff collectively, have activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in support of this wildfire named the MUSEUM FIRE.

Evacuations

An evacuation notice has been issued for the areas of Forest Road to Highway 89 (Mount Elden Lookout) and Schultz Pass Road to private land.   A pre-evacuation notice has also been issued for the area of Forest Road 420 to Friedlein Prairie.

The Coconino County Sheriff SAR members are assisting with evacuations.

Notifications

An American Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Sinaqua Middle School. 3950 E. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004.

For emergency notifications and other notices, go to coconino.az.gov/ready .

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1630 hours MST.