First Came the Fires, Now the Rains | Disasters x 2

CALIFORNIA 

 

On January 5, 2018, Santa Barbara County began flooding (pardon the pun) Social Media and broadcasting to its citizens of impending dangers of increased risk of flood/debris flows due to the #ThomasFire. 

Credit: County of Santa Barbara

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

CAL FIRE is assisting Ventura County Fire Department and Santa Barbara County Fire in the Montecito, Summerland and Carpenteria areas (Santa Barbara County) due to flooding and mudflows.

PRO-ACTIVE NOT REACTIVE

Evacuation orders were issued on Sunday, January 7th for those living in or near the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey Fire burn scars at noon on Monday, January 8th.  This is due to an approaching winter storm to sure to greatly impact these areas.

Alerting the Public, residents and visitors alike. Credit: Santa Barbara City OES

IMPACTED AREAS

Closures were beginning to occur as flooding in the area were rising.  The CHP closed the NB lanes of US 101 at Seacliff & SB lanes at Milpas due to flooding from the Thomas Fire burn area.  I-5 was left open as an alternate route.  SR33 was also closed just north of Ojai.  Santa Barbara CHP was still assessing damage in the area and requested all drivers avoid this area altogether. (1/9/2018 0515 Hours PST)

Montecito area. Santa Barbara CHP

It was also said for Santa Barbara County residents in the evacuation warning and order areas to shelter-in-place or go to higher ground and staying off of roadways.  Reports of mudslides, downed power lines and trees were said to be blocking roads. (1/9/2018 0602 Hours PST)

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

The Santa Barbara CHP closed all on and off ramps of US 101 between Seacliff and Milpas.  CAL Trans District 5 was in the process of closing each ramp.  They stated that there was a delay for road crews due to blockage.  They warned drivers that if they entered either section, they could be trapped. (1/9/0218 0643 Hours PST)

Around 0832 Hours PST, the CHP updated the closure list to include US 101 as closed SB at Milpas, NB at Seacliff and SR 126.  SR 33 was closed at Fairview. SR 150 was closed at Santa Ana.  

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

Later the CHP closed US 101 between Milpas and SR 126.  Drivers not heeding the CHP’s alerts about not entering the freeway were being reported getting stuck.  Signage was not in shutdown areas because transportation crews weren’t able to get them up in time as they too were stuck.  The freeway was listed as being impassable. (1/9/2018 1054 Hours PST)

Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

Freeways and roads in the Montecito area were reported as blocked with water and debris over the roadways.  The photos taken  by Santa Barbara CHP show the extensive damage and devastating impacts in the area.  Please heed all warnings and alerts from issuing Public Safety broadcasts or you too come became an unwanted and preventable statistic!  (1/9/2018 1336 Hours PST)

EVACUATIONS

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter for the Burn Evacuation Order areas at the Santa Barbara City College Cafeteria.  Access through the main college entrance. (1/8/2018 0750 Hours PST)

The large animal evacuation shelter for the Burn Areas Evacuation Order is at the Earl Warren Show Grounds.

PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS

* ALWAYS be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings. 

Credit: CAL FIRE

* Stay away from fast moving water.  Though it may not look like it, it can pull you under or you could get injured by unseen hazards underwater.

Credit: Regional Flood

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #LARain #FireRainDamage 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

#OtayFire Forward Spread Stopped | California | 2

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 

A fire broke out off the Otay Lakes Road this afternoon on Monday, January 1, 2018 from an unknown cause.

Fire crews from the CAL FIRE – San Diego were quickly on-scene and reported there were actually two small fires, with the largest already reached a full acre.  The fire  would be put out quickly with a total of two acres destroyed.

Resources were said to remain on-scene and committed into the evening hours.

This area has been hit by fire many times over in the last five years.  Here is a timeline of those fire incidents.  (Info is gleaned from mostly Twitter from actual fire pressers, media and eyewitnesses).

5/17/2017:  14600 block x Otay Lakes Road.

  • Mobile home fire
  • With exposures
  • Hashtag #OtayIC

5/20- 5/21/2017:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94, South of Jamul

Gate Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE – San Diego)

  • RV campground evacuated
  • Dubbed #GateFire
  • Reaches 1500 acres
  • Prompts closures of roadways including Otay Lakes Road, Hwy 94
  • Cause under criminal investigation after video surfaces
  • Mandatory evacuations in effect
  • EB/WB SR 94 closes @ Otay Lakes Rd
  • Located on Otay Mountain where fire originated

6/19/2016:  Otay Lakes Road x EB Hwy 94

  • Closed at 188 due to #BorderFire

7/8/2016:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94

  • 10 acres totally burned
  • CAL FIRE, San Diego Co FD response

4/30/2016:  Otay Lakes Road

  • Limited info.

11/30/2015:  Otay Lakes Road Fire

6/26 – 7/5/2015:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Woods Drive, San Diego County.

  • Brush Fire
  • CAL FIRE, Chula Vista FD response
  • 80 acres destroyed
  • Structure threatened
  • Fire reported 6/26/2017 around 1600 hours PST

11/23/2014:  Otay Lakes Road, West of Hwy 94.

  • MVA caused fire
  • Otay Lake Rd, closed at Hwy 94
  • 1/2 acre wildfire sparked

11/6/2014:  Near Upper Otay Lakes Reservoir

  • Small brush fire ignited
  • CAL FIRE Chula Vista FD response
  • Quickly put out
  • 1/4 acre burned

7/28/2013:   Off of Otay Lakes Rd

  • Brush fire
  • CAL FIRE – San Diego responds
  • 5 acres burned with no structure damage
  • SR 94 and SR 188 closed 

And, the fires in the same area continue on….

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2200 Hours PST – 1/1/2018

 

#OtayFire | California | 1

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 

CAL FIRE – San Diego unit is at the scene of a brush fire on Otay Lakes Road (San Diego, CA) as of 1614 hours PST on Monday, January 1, 2018. 

The #OtayFire IC is reporting there are two fires at that location, with the largest already at one acre.

We are working to get further details on this #BrushFire.

Fire History

This area appears to be prone to brush fires.  Check out Social Media’s long history of fire incidents.

5/17/2017:  14600 block x Otay Lakes Road.

  • Mobile home fire
  • With exposures
  • Hashtag #OtayIC

5/20- 5/21/2017:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94, South of Jamul

Gate Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE – San Diego)

  • RV campground evacuated
  • Dubbed #GateFire
  • Reaches 1500 acres
  • Prompts closures of roadways including Otay Lakes Road, Hwy 94
  • Cause under criminal investigation after video surfaces
  • Mandatory evacuations in effect
  • EB/WB SR 94 closes @ Otay Lakes Rd
  • Located on Otay Mountain where fire originated

6/19/2016:  Otay Lakes Road x EB Hwy 94

  • Closed at 188 due to #BorderFire

7/8/2016:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Hwy 94

  • 10 acres totally burned
  • CAL FIRE, San Diego Co FD response

4/30/2016:  Otay Lakes Road

  • Limited info.

11/30/2015:  Otay Lakes Road Fire

 

6/26 – 7/5/2015:  Near Otay Lakes Road x Woods Drive, San Diego County.

  • Brush Fire
  • CAL FIRE, Chula Vista FD response
  • 80 acres destroyed
  • Structure threatened
  • Fire reported 6/26/2017 around 1600 hours PST

11/23/2014:  Otay Lakes Road, West of Hwy 94.

  • MVA caused fire
  • Otay Lake Rd, closed at Hwy 94
  • 1/2 acre wildfire sparked

11/6/2014:  Near Upper Otay Lakes Reservoir

  • Small brush fire ignited
  • CAL FIRE Chula Vista FD response
  • Quickly put out
  • 1/4 acre burned

7/28/2013:   Off of Otay Lakes Rd

  • Brush fire
  • CAL FIRE – San Diego responds
  • 5 acres burned with no structure damage
  • SR 94 and SR 188 closed 

And, the fires in the same area continue on….

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Senior Apartments in Milton Ablaze | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

East Pierce Firefighters were dispatched to the Alder Ridge Apartments located at 2800 Alder Street in Milton, Washington around 1828 hours this Tuesday evening (December 26th)  for a fire that broke out in this senior living community.  The fire was escalated rapidly to a 2nd alarm response.

Credit: East Pierce FD

EVACUATIONS

Seniors were all evacuated from the building around 1907 hours PST.  No injuries were reported.  There is approximately 150 displaced elderly residents from this Senior Assisted Living Facility.

FIRE TACTICS

Firefighters were in an offense fire attack as they were evacuating elderly residents from various apartments units.  Fire crews were reportedly going defensive as of 1938 hours and pulling out of the fire building.

Firefighters were making good progress on various area of the fire around 1957 hours PST.  Command advised crews to go offensive to attack and check the attic for any fire. around 1959 hours PST.  

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – 12/26/2017 @ 2004 PST

Old Iconic Building Burning in Auburn, Washington | 1

AUBURN, WASHINGTON

Around 1530 hours PST, a fire broke out at the Old Heritage building located at 100 South Main Street in Auburn, Washington which is at the intersection of Auburn Way South and Main Street.   

The fire started on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, originally reported as flames from a dryer.  It would escalate from a first alarm to a third alarm very quickly.

Credit: King County Medic 1

RESOURCES

A large number of fire Resources from both King and Pierce Counties were promptly dispatched to the incident with personnel represented from Valley Regional FD, KCFD #44, East Pierce, Puget Sound Fire, South King Fire, Renton Fire, Tukwila Fire and Burien Fire.  Additional EMS units were dispatched from King County Medic One. 

FIRE TACTICS

When firefighters first arrived, they found heavy fire in the attic. They took offensive strategy due to the ceiling starting to collapse.  One person who was non-ambulatory was rescued and treated on-scene for smoke inhalation.  They were not transported.

Credit: Puget Sound Fire

ALARM COMPANIES

Here are the units deployed and which alarm they have been assigned to:

First Alarm | B31  CH32  E31  E32  E33  E38  L74  PIO32  B74  

Second Alarm | E61  E65  E71  E73  M6  MSO1  PCL113  R74 23PIO  23REHAB

Third Alarm | E62  E72  L11  L29  PCE118  Q75  E13  E17

Credit: Puget Sound Fire

EVACUATIONS

Neighbors in businesses and apartments have been evacuated for their safety and for fire crews.

Elderly residents were evacuated from their homes and buses were provided for them on 28th, which was the NW corner of their building.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media is using the hashtags #MainFire #AuburnFire #heritagebldgfire for this incident.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – 12/26/2017 @ 1920 Hours PST

NW Fire Chronicles | Suiattle Fire | 1

NEAR DARRINGTON, WASHINGTON STATE

Incident Summary | The Suiattle Fire is considered almost fully contained as firefighters still on the fire line  continue to work tirelessly to reach their ultimate fire objectives.

First arriving units see this when they reach the fire line. PC: Jessica Nenmich

Location | This wildfire is located approximately 9 miles NE of Darrington , Washington State.

Size Up | Fire behavior has now been reduced to minimal activity. There are 216 acres of timber that were consumed.  Firefighters have reached a 90% containment status.  Command will turb management of the fire back over to a local IMT team on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Resources | There are still 178 personnel assigned to this fire incident alongside 3 crews, 6 engines and 2 helicopters.

Costs | Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached a whopping $2.3 Million.

Social Media | #SuiattleFire #WAwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 2340 hours PDT on 8/8/2017