TX Reeling From Post-Storm Affects – 2

POST SUMMARY State of Texas, known as The Lone Star State was hit extremely hard from by a Category 4 Hurricane (Harvey) that made landfall late evening on Friday, August 25, 2017.  It was downgraded to a Category 2 later but not before the storm unleashed its fury of downpours.  

This storm is due to produce ever more water than the areas can even hold flooding structures, infrastructures, threatening the State’s economy.    The storm reached its peak intensity slamming into Rockport sustaining much of the extreme amount of damage.  Many parts of the State have been devastated beyond recognition.

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” It is the first time since 9/11 that all 28 FEMA Urban SAR teams have been mobilized.”

– Jeff Stern, VA State DEM Coordinator

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DISTRESS CALLS

Call 9-1-1.  The US Coast Guard says do not report Distress calls over Social Media. You must report by calling 911.  Keep trying until you get through.

EVACUATIONS

Rosenburg, TX.  Mandatory evacuations for homes on Huntington Road. Unknown if bridge into area will hold as river levels are rising. Bridge is only escape out of area. (Posted by RPD 2202 Hours CDT). 

Bay City, TX. Mayor announces entire City is under a mandatory evacuation by 1300  hours on Monday, 8/28/2017, due to 10-foot flood expected. https://www.facebook.com/footstepsforthefallen/posts/645510148987649

Sugar Land, TX. Two LIDs are under mandatory evacuations. http://abc13.com/judge-mandatory-evacuations-for-two-sugar-land-lids/2349438/

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As of Aug 27, 2017,  there is NO evacuation orders in place for the City of Pearland. (This was fake news)

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(Credit: Rosenberg PD)

RESCUE TIPS

What to Do to Be Rescued.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

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Houston 911 received 56,000 calls (from 2200 hours Saturday, 8/26/2017 through 0100 hours on Sunday, 8/27/2017).  During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000 calls.  

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No Drones in Disaster Recovery Zones.  TX Military Department has seen a rise of

Drone operators trying to get in on some action of their own, but did you know that it is extremely dangerous for those on the ground and in the air?  Did you know it is illegal and can not only net you a ticket, but some hefty jail time? It is true.  Here are some of the problems and where rescuers are working.

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FAA, DOD asking people not to fly drones in and around Houston, TX.  There have been reports of close calls by pilots.

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CLOSURES

WB I-10. Westbound I-10 being closed at mile marker 655 or about 40 miles east of Seguin due to flooding. (TxDOT – Yoakum)

Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson. Shutdown as of 1913 hours CDT.  These are the two trauma hospitals in the City.

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As of 0600 Hours CDT 8/27/2017, Houston TranStar logged 174 high-water road closures in the area. This included I-10, I-45, I-610, I-69, US 290, TX 225, TX 288,  Beltway 8 and TX 3 in Galveston, Texas.

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HOW TO HELP

Volunteers Needed.  City of Dallas, TX.  http://www.voly.org/join/index.html

Boats Needed.  Houston Police Department.  Call 713-881-3100.

Blood Donations. Austin hospitals need blood donations at We Are Blood, A Blood  Center in Central Texas.  https://weareblood.org/

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 Social media rumors tell of hundreds dead, thousands of rooftop rescues and millions of people stranded is #FakeNews. 

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SAFETY

Boil Water Alert.  City of Corpus Christi is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to the Storm’s destruction. Effective 8/25/2017, until further notice.

American Red Cross.  Safe and Well.  Register today so your loved ones can find you, or use as a way to find those who may be missing.  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown campaign is critical in saving lives more than ever. 

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Facebook Safety Check.  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP.  https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/hurricane-harvey-aug24-2017/about/

Emergency Alerts.  Sign up for Pearland, TX Residential Alerts here –> https://www.pearlandtx.gov/residents/get-connected/e-alerts  Government offices currently shutdown on 8/28/2017 and 8/29/2017 with a possibility of longer says their website.

Wading Through Flood WatersAVOID DRIVING, WALKING through flood waters.  6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult over.  (NWS Houston)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators are those who act as Partners and as in this State of Emergency – work together on Federal, State and Local levels to ensure resources are able to assist the area’s needs of the government, its people, property and its communities. Due to the vast amount of resources, we apologize ahead of time if we missed anyone!

American Red Cross.  100’s of volunteers are/have traveled all over the U.S. to lend their time, talents and compassion to victims and evacuees. 

LA Cajun Navy.  State of Louisiana sending the LA Cajuna Navy. 

TX Governor Greg Abbott  

Houston OEM

Houston PD.  SWAT team conducted several hundred high-water rescues and were still actively searching and conducting more rescue operations. (1713 CDT)

(Credit: Houston PD)

INTF-1 HAZMAT Support.  Indiana Task Force 1 arriving in Katy (near Houston), TX. (1834 PDT)

LAFD TF1.  70 members en route says LAFD Fire Chief Terrazas.

MA-TF1.  A FEMA Task Force is en route from Massachussetts and will soon joining others. (1810 PDT)

Miami-Dade Fire.  FL-TF1 en route to Texas to assist with SAR effects in affected areas.

(Credit: MDFR)

National Guard.  Multiple military trucks, Humvees and other vehicles that can tread water were seen driving down City streets.

New Jersey.  SAR crews were deployed.

FDNY – NYPD USAR NY TF1.  The Joint FDNY and NYPD USAR NY Task Force-1 deployed earlier today.

(Credit: FDNY)

PA TF-1.  40 members.  Leaving the PA Fire Academy and heading to South Texas.  (1917 PDT)

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.  Hotline setup for people with Disabilities. 800-626-4959.

Sacramento Fire.  USAR TF7 sends 14-member water rescue team.  Crews drove 2,000 miles to their destination.

Salvation Army.  Previously shipped extra pallets of water and food on 8/23/2017.

Save The Children.  Setting up Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters to help kids and families.  DONATIONS. Text “HURRICANE” to 2022 to donate $25 to the “Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey  Relief Fund”.

TX State, Emergency Management Department Is the main hub of activity that will coordinate Federal, State and local resources pouring into their State.

US Coast Guard Heartland.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

USCG makes sure no Family member is left behind. Rescuing pets and their people. (Credit: USCG Heartland)

WA TF1 Urban SAR.  FEMA team from Pierce County, Washington State is sent to assist along with other FEMA units.

SHELTERS

American Red Cross Shelters.  Shelter Locator here –> http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter?utm_source=arctwitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvey

Harris County, TX.  Compiled list of open shelters. http://readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26637

Katy ISD.  The Morton Ranch HS (MRHS) located at 21000 Franz  Road 77449 and the Cinco Ranch HS (CRHS) located at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, both in Katy, TX will be opening at 0730 CDT on Monday.  They will be offering shelter, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need.  DONATIONS of blankets, pillows, towels will be accepted at either High School beginning at 0730 hours.  SOCIAL MEDIA Channels are Katy ISD “OnTheGo” app. Website:  www.Katyisd.org.  Twitter:  @katyisd 

 

WEATHER TRACKERS

Storm Surge Tracker.  The NWS  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

There are multitudes of photos, storm images and other unimaginative descriptions of what those are truly seeing, hearing and experiencing.  We will share with you what they are feeling, see and what they are hearing.  Some photos are copyrighted so we will try to explain the best way we can as to what is being posted out there in the Social Media world.

(Credit: USCG Heartland)

USCG Heartland.  Sector Corpus Christi IMD members assess damage in Port Aransas, TX. 

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –>  http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT

Gas Prices.  National news media reporting gas prices are set to spike due to #HurricaneHarvey wreaks havoc on our vital energy facilities.  It is time to focus on rescues and saving lives.  This something that can easily be put back on the back burner.

Roadblocks.  I-10 freeway is now closed due to heavy flooding. Police are using multiple cruiser to keep motorists out of harm’s way.  A photo by a news media outlet shows mostly semis (approximately 8 semi rigs across and unknown how long the back-up is but there is no getting off this freeway by turning around.

Pet Rescues.  Social media reporting dog rescues are coming in at 60 per hour. 

Countries Pray for  Our U.S. Texas.  Canadian President: “Canadians are keeping the people of Texas in our thoughts – we’re ready to offer any assistance needed to help recover from this disaster.” – Justin Trudeau

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 

Hurricane Harvey Slams into Texas – 1

Post Summary | A Category 4 Hurricane has slammed into the United States with a direct hit to the State of Texas. Many in Texas began preparation as early as August 23, 2017.

This post will be the first of many to come with us gleaning information from all over Social Media, news media, government sites and other additional countless sources.

We are posting by the date of when the information/storm details and other news was reported.  At the bottom of each update we will put the current publishing date and time.

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We are thinking of our friends in the Texas and those in the direct path where Harvey is due to impact.  Please heed all evacuation orders and listen to First Responders/Agencies helping with various resources.

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EOC / PARTNERS

TX State, Emergency Management Department.  State spends the day together to ensure State and Federal partners are ready to support to local partners. (8/23/2017)

Salvation Army.  Disaster Response delivers an additional 13 pallets of water and 10 pallets of clean-up kits for staging. (8/23/2017)

Local resources.  People gather together to fill sandbags. (8/24/2017)

ALERTS!

Pets Alive:  Austin Pets Alive are seeking foster families for evacuated pets arrival.  See news story here — > http://www.statesman.com/lifestyles/pets/austin-pets-alive-seeks-foster-families-after-evacuated-pets-arrive/TxRup2za5M9cB0qbZJJ7mI/ .

National Weather Service (NWS) of Houston, TX:  Flash Flood Warning for Lake Jackson, Freeport and Clute, TX.  https://twitter.com/NWSHouston/status/901344176301801472 (8/26/2017)

City of Corpus Christi:  City is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to Storm’s destruction. (8/25/2017)

RESOURCES

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –> http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT)

Facebook Safety Check:  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP. (8/26/2017)

National Weather Service:  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. (8/23/2017)

Media:  Text messages will go through when calls won’t.  It will free up space for emergency communication. (8/24/2017)

EVACUATIONS  

Shelters:  Do not require you to show proof of ID. (8/25/2017)

News Media:  Island Campus students are ordered to evacuate/leave campus.  Required to be off campus by 0700 hours CDT.  Move-in day was supposed to be on 8/24/2017 but has since been postponed due to the incoming hurricane. (8/23/2017) 

News Media:  Pleas from posters ask pet owners not to leave pets tied up outside or leave them outside. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  RVs seen evacuating on ferries out of the Port Aransas area. (8/24/2017)

WEATHER

News Media:  WIND has been downgraded only.  There is due to be catastrophic & historic flooding that will continue for days even after the Storm has left the area.

News Media:  Rain has begun in Bexar County.  Heaviest will be to the SE. (8/25/2017 @ 0355 hours)

News Media:  Up to possible 10″ of rain in parts of Texas so far from the Storm.  (8/26/2017 @ 0359 hours)

News Media:  Rainbands reaching the TX coastline. (8/26/2017 / 0353 hours CDT)

News Media:  Storm was at a Cat4 made landfall on 8/25/2017.  Now down to a strong Cat2 but flooding threat is just beginning.   Reports of 25 mi NNW of Rockport, TX.  Moving NW at 6 mph.  Max winds @ 110 mph.  Min Pressure is at 954 mb. (8/26/2017 / 0352 hours CDT)

This is what a Cat4 Hurricane looks like in space. Credit: NASA

NWS of Lake Charles.  Current weather conditions in Miami, FL.  Storm weakening over land but water levels are still rising. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT4+shtml/260758.shtml (8/26/2017)

Twitter Poster:  As of 0300 hours CDT.  Rockport, TX (25 mil NNW).  Victoria, TX (35 miles SSW).  (8/26/2017)

Corpus Christi Visitor Center:  Map released showing hurricane due to hit landfall on Mexico at 1000 hours CDT on Wednesday; to impact parts of Texas and Louisiana around 1000 hours CDT on  8/26/2017. (8/23/2017)  

News Media:  Map released of Houston, TX about to get poured upon this weekend and early next week.  Some rain projections of up to 36″ of rain! (8/23/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Weather predictions for TX are also affecting Costa Rica with high chances of rain. (8/23/2017)

EYEWITNESS REPORTS

Twitter Poster:  Rain was supposed to hit on 8/25/2017 @ 1900  hours with renewed time at 0300 hours.  Current time 0339 hours. No rain. (8/26/2017 / 0349 CDT)

News Media:   Residents at the Rockport (City of) Senior housing complex have been rescued. (8/25/2017 / 2300 CDT)

News Media:  Tornado damage in Sargent, TX. (8/25/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Tide begins to rise on an empty beach North of Bob Hall Pier. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   Water already rising into the barge docks across from the American Bank Center. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   A General Surgeon stays behind while his family flies out of the Corpus Christi airport. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Raining then stopped at the University of Houston. (8/23/2017)

SOCIAL MEDIA  

News Media:  162,000  – 200,000 people in Corpus Christi without power and clean water.

Twitter Poster:  We will ride out this storm and it will be flooded all over Corpus Christi.  We will still end up with (water) restrictions. (8/23/2017)

Ignoring the Evacuation Order:  Some people have decided to ignore the evacuation order and now, some say – they did not know this was going to come and are stuck in their homes, businesses and other structures.

Thank you for reading our post.   Our next update will be later in the day on Saturday.

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 0230 PDT

Seattle Police Officers Injured During DT Robbery

Incident Summary

Four Seattle Police Officers were wounded today after they responded to a robbery call in the 600 block of 1st Ave in downtown Seattle today.  Officers were dispatched around 1300 hours today to a robbery call at the 7-11 convenience where two young  suspects fled on foot.

Keeping the Public Safe

Those who were in surrounding buildings were told to shelter-in-place and not come out until it was safe.  A report of the courthouse was placed in Lockdown along with other governmental offices nearby.

Officers Sustain Injuries

One Officer was injured while a fight ensued with one of the suspects and trying to get the suspect into custody.  He was hurt by the suspect hitting him over the top of the head with a bottle.

During the foot pursuit, gunfire was heard and injured three additional Officers.  One suffered a GSW to the abdomen; the second had a hand wound injury and the third was hit in the abdomen.  Two of the three Officers were released with one being upgraded to serious.  The third Officer was shot in the face.

Suspects Off the Streets

There were a total of three suspects.  One was a 17-year old female and the other an adult male both placed in custody while the third was a 19-year old male who was found with multiple wounds.  He later died of his injuries.

Ongoing Investigation

The Seattle Police say this is an ongoing investigation case and there were limited additional details released, as Media continued to ask multitudes of questions during a Presser this evening.

All Around Thank Yous

The Seattle Police thanked many during their Presser this evening.  They stated they were greatly appreciative of the Officers whom responded to the robbery call and injured Officers for their courage and bravery into a hostile situation.

They also thanked the men and women from Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies for checking in on their Officers.

To the Seattle Fire Department and those at Harborview Medical Center for taking great care of their Officers.  They said they could not say how much they appreciated the care and would be amiss for not saying thank you to those directly involved.

Social Media 

Looking through the eyes of Social Media, we found several mainstream media news outlet reporting all kinds of misinformation, even after the main source reported their updates.  Since, we are not mainstream media and mostly go directly to the source for reporting, we were kind of baffled why the information was not correct.

Here are some of the reporting from those caught in the crossfire [not really but nearby the incident scene] or sending out good thoughts to SPD Officers.   Here is what some had to say…..

3rd suspect taken into custody shortly after 6pm. Now being interviewed by detectives.” – Seattle PD

“Bullet proof vest saved one Seattle Police officer after shooting. 2nd officer shot in face and chest, not in critical condition.” – Media

“Due to police activity: All cars exiting Colman Dock in Seattle will be directed north and south onto Alaskan Way. No eastbound access UFN.” – Ferry system goes in to Lockdown

“Armed police just appeared to enter the U.S. Post Office building at Madison & 1st with weapons drawn.” – Twitter user

“Prayers for the police officers shot in Our Country has gone mad!” – Twitter user

“What a sad day. First two police officers shot in Seattle, then attack on cops in Paris, and now two more shot in Hardeeville, SC.” – Twitter user

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the SPD officers and their families.” – Govt Agency

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters of the Seattle Police Department.” – Local Police Department

“BAD Public Safety day. 2 Officers killed in France, 2 Officers Shot in Seattle & an FF dies in a 2 Alarm Fire today.”  – Twitter user

“What a horrible day. Paris, Seattle, NY Fire Dept & Hardeeville Pd/Jasper County Sheriff.” – Twitter user

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Missing Hiker: Zach Krull in Washington

PREFACE

We know this post is not about a fire or related incident but we always feel that since these types of reports that come through the Law Enforcement side of things and being in our backyard, we feel the need to reach out and help broadcast their messages.

We appreciate you reading this post and ask that you to help us by sharing on all your Social Media platforms.  Though not parents ourselves, we have other related family members and would be lost without them, like these moms, dads, sisters, brothers, etc. are.

Here is their story about their missing Loved one.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Zach Krull, 20, is a resident of Bellevue, Washington was reported as missing on Monday, April 10th by his family as being an overdue hiker.  He was said to be camping at the Staircase Campground inside the Olympic National Park.

RESOURCES

Searchers are from Tacoma and Mason, Pierce and Thurston Counties.  Olympic Mountain Rescue.  ESAR. Olympic National Park [1 Park Ranger]

IC:  Mason County Sheriff Office:  Contact:  Lt Jason Dracobly.  Phone 360-427-9670 ext. 313 / 360-275-4467 ext. 313 or 360-239-4073.  Website:  http://so.co.mason.wa.us/

TIMELINE

4/10/2017

Zach Krull, 20, is reported missing from the Staircase Campgrounds in the Olympic National Park.

4/11/2017

“Mason County Sheriff initiated a SAR Mission.  Zach Krull, 20-year-old male.  Zach’s family and friends reported that he was overdue from a planned overnight hike in the Lake Cushman/Staircase area of Mason County.  Zach is not from the area and is a new transfer student to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.” – MCSO

9:33am: “Mason County currently coordinating search for overdue hiker in the area of Mt. Skokomish. Hiker overdue since 4/10.” – MCSO

9:35 am: “Olympic Mountain Rescue is conducting the search for the overdue hiker. No further information at this time; no cell contact with SAR coord.” – MCSO

12:46 pm: “Olympic Mountain Rescue has determined search conditions are too dangerous. The search for the overdue hiker is suspended for now.” – MCSO

12:48 pm: “The search has focused on the Mt. Skokomish area. No additional information is available at this time.” – MCSO

4/12/2017 

“The search is underway with Olympic Mountain Rescue. The Forest Service is advising and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department is coordinating the operation. While snowfall has caused sporadic suspensions of the search, we have faith that these heroes will find Zach.” – FindZach FB page

“Our good friends consulted a psychic who shared this: Zach is alive, has “pain” or “injury” to his leg, and is trying to stay near a water body. He’s rationing his food, trying to leave trail markings & may be somewhere between 5-25 miles N to NW of where he was last seen on 4/8 — and that this directional track should be near a water body.” – FindZach FB page

4/13/2017:  “Another piece of Zach’s equipment. Hopefully it’s helping to keep him warm as the search goes on.” – FindZach FB page

“Sharing pics of all of Zach’s equipment in case anyone recognizes anything.” – FindZach FB page

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4/14/2017:   “We have been conducting the search with assets from Olympic Mountain Rescue, helicopter support out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and units from Mason, Thurston, and Pierce County Search and Rescue units.” – MCSO

“The search is focused on an area inside of the Olympic Nation Park near Mt Cruiser and around the Staircase camping grounds.  The search has been hampered by severe weather conditions.” – MCSO

“Here’s praying Good Friday is a great one for Zach. SAR teams will be setting out from 2 directions: Staircase to Mt Gladys and from Hamma Hamma Rd to Mildred Lakes.” – FindZach FB page

4/15/2017

“Unfortunately, Zach is not the only young man to find himself lost in the area this week. Our prayers also go out to Jacob, his aunt Elise Brace and the rest of his worried family; please add your support too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/449341995419038/” – The Krull Family on Facebook speaking about Jacob Gray also missing

“It’s SearchSaturday! An 80-strong force on the Olympic Mountains today between OMR, SAR and dozens of volunteers. God bless them all and God bless Zach!” – FindZach FB page

“A long day for us, but an even longer day and night for the amazing people searching for Zach. Here’s to the selfless heroes who continue to put themselves in danger to help us find our son.” They recognized Olympic Mountain Rescue, ESAR, MCSO and the USFS. – FindZach FB page

UPDATES

More to follow as we receive new updates and any other postings. Thank you for reading this post and please… share with your Social Media channels.  We will be doing the same!

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle FF Andy Pittman | Climbing for a Cure

RAISING MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE

In 2016, 1900 Firefighters from five countries and 330 Fire Departments descended upon the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, Washington to “climb” the tower in full firefighting suppression gear and on air to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Collectively, Firefighters raised $2.3 Million for the non-profit that specializes in blood-cancer research and providing patient/family services.

As Firefighters have over the last several years, they will once again commence together for the 26th year annual LLS.org’s “climb” on  March 12, 2017.  This is a timed event where Firefighters climb inside the Columbia Center stairwells known as the second tallest building just west of the Mississippi in full fire suppression gear (firefighting coat/jacket, PPE, boots, gloves, helmet) and with their air bottles on.  It is a lot of extra weight as if they were actually fighting a fire (minus the equipment they would be carrying in).

Firefighters will climb up 69 floors with an 788 foot elevation gain and touching a whopping 1,356 steps to reach the infamous observation deck that overlooks the City of Seattle.

This iconic “Climb” is no feat for anyone that dares to rush up these stairs at any given pace.  As history reflects, Firefighters around the country and from over 300-plus Fire Departments will “fight” to reach the top of the building.  It is also a timed event where those race against the clock. Literally, like their Honorees.

HELP THEM DEFEAT BLOOD-CANCERS

This year, Climbers participating in the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb Challenge are asking their friends, loved ones and communities to help them all reach their $2.5 Million fundraising goal so that the LLS can save even more lives.  So many lives depend on this type of funding and you can help this Firefighter raise even more money.

FIREFIGHTERS FOCUS

As most of us know, Firefighters are seen as those who are running into a burning building and using their fire hoses to douse the flames or they have been seen using large pieces of equipment to “cut” out a person trapped inside a vehicle just involved in a car accident.  In other cases, Firefighters have also saved our pets.  Some media channels have shown just how they do this by providing oxygen to the injured pet that may have just been rescued from a house fire.

These are some of the ways they help save lives every day.

CLIMB. CONQUER. RACE.

Their mission is clear and concise.  Climbing the Columbia Center is where it all happens for these Firefighters when they don their firefighting gear and air bottles, they must prepare themselves mentally, physically and emotionally.

These Firefighters put many hours upon hours of training to keep their stamina for their jobs with their respected Fire Departments.  They will also train hard for this event long before it even arrives.

Here is one Firefighter along with hundreds that is doing just that……

SEATTLE FIRE’S 

Firefighter Andrew “Andy” Pittman

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CLIMBING FOR A CAUSE.

Today, we are speaking with Andrew “Andy” Pittman, a current resident of Port Angeles, Washington and Career Firefighter with the Seattle Fire Department for almost two years.  Prior to coming to work for the Seattle Fire Department, he was with the Port Angeles Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter for three years and a former resident of Alaska.

He will be climbing for the Seattle Fire Department team this year, but has been assisting with his home Fire Department (Port Angeles) climbing team with fundraising efforts.

FF Pittman, is husband to his beautiful wife Heather of eight years and father to children Kason (9), Kenna (7), Kellan (2) and Kamon (1).

Who or What inspired you to become a Firefighter?

“I joined as a volunteer to help fill a community need. I decided after a year of volunteering to try to get a Career Firefighter job. I saw that my life story molded itself to be able help people very well.  It also helped that I liked going to fires.

Where I grew up in Alaska there was no real Fire Department. If there were people in town that could help put out a fire then they went to help. The idea of helping out the community was appealing to me and that is how this really all started.”

As a Firefighter, what motivates you to do what you do everyday?

“For the climb……

I see how it affects families and see what the LLS has done to help people survive and think that is an awesome sight to see.

As far as work…..

There are many rewards that we get from the people we serve, whether it’s a successful CPR or a fire stopped before their family pictures were destroyed.  I think it’s really just an attitude of being able to help and looking for the good things In what we do.”

Is this your first Climb?

“I believe this is my fourth climb.  I climbed with Port Angeles FD three years prior.”

With this being your fourth climb, when do you start training for the Climb?

“I start usually in November or December with air packs.  The last month I try to get a little more intensive in my prep for it.

Now, I am investing about two-and-a-half hours per week into my event training.”

CONQUER MEANS SO MUCH MORE.

For those who may be new at Climbing for this event, what advice can you give them for this event?

I’d say just do it.  Don’t give up.  It is really a mental game. Much like anything g else. The prep work will determine the outcome but once you are in the stairs the attitude to succeed really determines whether you stop or not.”

How much have you raised for your Fundraising goal? What is your Individual fundraising goal?

“I’ve raised about $567 dollars. That’s not including what the Port Angeles team has raised. Since I live here, I assist them (Port Angeles Fire Department).

$1500.00.”

What ways have you taken part in your team’s or overall organization’s fundraising events that may be different from your last Climb?  

“That’s one of the things I like about this climb. My first year I climbed, I had to miss a local fundraiser with Port Angeles and somehow noticed that West Pierce Fire and Rescue was having a fundraiser near where I was scheduled to be that day. I called them and was able to partake in their fundraiser. Met awesome people and still was able to support the cause.

I am helping my home’s (Port Angeles) Fire Department with fundraising while working on my individual goal of $1500.00.”  

(Note: The Port Angeles FD page is The port Angeles team page is helppafirefightersbeatcancer)

A CURE FOR ANNE AND OTHERS LIKE HER.

Please tell us about your Honoree’s story and how your participation in this event is helping those like her.

When I first started the Challenges many years ago, I met Anne, a local Port Angeles girl. She was going through a tough battle.  Now, Anne has beaten cancer and I continue to climb for her each time.  I keep her close to my heart as I help to raise money for others just like her.”

How has this event and in years’ past “climbs” impacted  you, Anne and her family?

“Their family had really transformed the climb into a community event.  It’s shown me that you never know what challenges are around the corner and that you don’t ever have to go at them alone. There is always someone out there willing to help.”

Photo:  (r) FF Pittman w/Anne (c)

SAFE A LIFE, DONATE TODAY

Seattle Firefighter Pittman along with his Brothers and Sisters cannot go at this fight alone but with your help they can beat their fundraising goal of $2.5 Million.  These much-needed funds will go to helping the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) organization in Washington and Alaska with cancer research and patient services.

SEATTLE FIREFIGHTER ANDY PITTMAN

Fundraising Page

http://www.llswa.org/site/TR/Events/FirefighterStairclimbpx=1809979&pg=personal&fr_id=1552

69 flights I 1,311 steps 788 ft of vertical elevation
Climb. Conquer. Cure.

“Hello! I will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 12th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Please support me with a donation by clicking the donate button. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. Thank you for your generosity!

What is the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb?

A SNEAK PEEK INTO THE EVENT

This You Tube video shows what the “climb” is all about.  Just watch and you will see this is no easy feat for anyone, but a stark reminder that these Firefighters know first-hand that what they do on this event day cannot be matched for what their Honorees will go through as they fight their own battles.

Firefighters say this is the least they can do to help raise money so their Honorees can have a better chance at a normal life and in being cancer-free.

Remember, that you can still donate to Seattle Firefighter Pittman’s Fundraising Page prior to the date of his climb.  This event will take place on March 12, 2017.

THANK YOU.

Thank you to the Seattle Fire Department, PIO Alice Kim and to FF Pittman for the great work you all do day in and night out.  We appreciate allowing us the Honor to share Anne’s story and FF Pittman’s efforts to raise money to find a cure for research and patient services through this great fundraising event.

– LR Swenson, FireWriter/Blogger

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2330 Hours PST

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firefighters Still on 10-Alarm Cambridge Fire Overnight | Update 2

Updated 1 AM EST / 10 PM PST

MASSIVE FIRE PROMPTS LARGE-SCALE RESPONSE

Fire Summary

A massive fire ripped through a City block of structures that included a former church on Berkshire and Vandine Streets in Cambridge, MA, an area that is home to almost 110,000 residents.

Fire Intensity Creates 10-Alarms

Firefighters were called around 2:52 PM EST (or 11:52 AM PST Seattle time) to a structure fire.  A second alarm was requested at 2:57 PM EST then at 2:58 PM EST struck a 3rd alarm. Then a 4th alarm was requested at 3:03 PM EST. 5th Alarm was called immediately for more manpower and resources at 3:05 PM EST.

We picked up Scanner Feed when the alarm had already reached 10.  We have never seen such a high alarm number but when you are dealing with multiples numbers of people in grave danger, a densely populated area, an inferno of flames and several cars and structures involved, you need to draw from every resource available possible.  All in all, there were about 140 Firefighters working at the peak of the fire from 17 Fire communities.

Casualties

There were 2 Police Officer, 1 Firefighter and 1 Civilian injuries reported.  There were no fatalities. 120 people were rescued.

Damage Assessment

8 buildings were severely damaged including a former church.

Cause

The cause is unknown at this time.

Continued Operations Thru Night

Firefighters are still on-scene and will be working throughout the night.  (Photo Credit: CFD)

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FIRE VICTIMS RESOURCES

Red Cross Shelter

War Memorial Center, 1640 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.

Fire Relief Fund

The City of Cambridge Mayor, E. Denise Simmons set-up a GoFundMe account to raise $200,000  for victims and those impacted by today’s massive fire.  So far the fund has raised $50,000 by 847 donors in just five (5) hours.  They still need your help.

You can still help by going to the (Cambridge MA)  Mayor’s Relief Fund on Go Fund Me at https://www.gofundme.com/cambridge-mayors-fire-relief-fund and donate to help those impacted by this fire.

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here is what those in the Fire Service, Media, Social Media users and others in general are saying via Social Media sources.

First Due Engine Company

Cambridge Fire’s Engine 5 was first due at today’s 10-alarm fire. (Photo Credit: Cambridge Fire)

As Seen on the Fire Ground

“Rapidly extending fire in this highly congested neighborhood.”  – Cambridge Fire Department

Safety Check App

Facebook activated its Safety Check app for those involved or impacted by today’s fire.

Hashtags

#CambMA  #CambridgeFire  #MAFire

REMEMBERING FALLEN HEROES IN ACTION

As this intense fire raced from house to house in a densely populated area, we were reminded by 6 Worcester firefighters who lost their lives today back in 1999 during firefighting efforts in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse.

NEVER FORGET.

About Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts is home to two major colleges Harvard and MIT and a place where those come to work/live and play. As of 2014, there were approximately 109,694 people who live in this beautiful City located directly North of Boston and across from the Charles River.

As with any large City, they are a self-sufficient metropolitan area with Police, Fire, City Hall, Utilities and additional fun entertainment in the area.

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May you have a Safe day/evening wherever your journey make take you.

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#BreakingNews | 10-Alarm Cambridge Fire | Update 1

Updated 1815 EST / 1515 PST

FIRE BURNING A WHOLE CITY BLOCK 

A massive fire is burning a multitude number of structures and vehicles on Berkshire and York Streets near Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA.

Here is the gist of what we know so far, after hearing information live on scanner feeds and gleaning from various sources.

Alarm Time Line (in EST time, 3 hrs ahead of Seattle time)

  • 1st Alarm – 2:53 PM
  • 2nd Alarm – 2:57 PM
  • 3rd Alarm – 2:58 PM
  • 4th Alarm – 3:03 PM
  • 5th Alarm – 3:05 PM

At the time we began picking up scanner feed, the fire had been well developing forcing the IC to ask for more resources and causing the alarm to be elevated to a 10-alarm fire.  You never hear a 10-alarm which tells those of us in the fire business , this is very intense fire.

In this case, there are approximately 8 buildings on fire with 3 towers, 3 ladders, multiple hose lines and master streams.  Fire Officials stated in addition there were significant fires in 2 buildings.  All Companies were working.

Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

There are many accounts by users on Social Media so we are going to just stick with the facts but we are posting information from Fire Officials, news media (mainstream) and via the public.

Explosions heard:  Heard multiple explosions then saw wood debris in air. – Eyewitness account

Possible cause:  Possible cause.  New building under construction. No further info given. – Media

Evacuations:  Residents in fire area evacuated.

Injuries:  8 buildings.  No cause.  2 LEO & 1 Firefighter injuries. 2 civilians. – Fire Officials, Media

Damage Assessment (Preliminary):  1 building collapse. – Media; Partial roof collapse of Church – Fire scanner feed.

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May you have a Safe day/evening wherever your journey make take you.

About Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts is home to two major colleges Harvard and MIT and a place where those come to work/live and play. As of 2014, there were approximately 109,694 people who live in this beautiful City located directly North of Boston and across from the Charles River.

As with any large City, they are a self-sufficient metropolitan area with Police, Fire, City Hall, Utilities and additional fun entertainment in the area.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Fires Reporting as Human-caused | Update 3

Updated 7PM PST / 10PM CST

Officials Confirm Worst Fears

Gatlinburg Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Credit: GSMNP)

Gatlinburg Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Credit: GSMNP)

Fire Officials have confirmed the worst fears of this wildfire starting from the Chimney Tops 2 Fire located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was reported at 5:20 PM CST on November 23rd.  The wildfire started in a remote area (Chimney Tops) where it would quickly spread due to severe drought and becoming a wind-driven event along with short-range spotting.

Currently, the wildfire has moved down the mountain into a mountainous town, Gatlinburg, Tennessee where it has consumed 15,653 acres of brush, hardwood slash and leaf litter.  The fire has also stolen much more just acres of lands but killed at least seven (7) people and destroyed 700 structures.  These are businesses and homes that have been taken by so many who are hurt, angry and dumbfounded how someone could actually start a fire on purpose.

There have also been reports of people missing from the Gatlinburg and Sevierville areas.  We will broadcast all missing person information with permission by the Family and/or Law Enforcement Officials.

The fire is now 10% contained.

Strike Team (Credit: Mt Juliet Fire)

Strike Team (Credit: Mt Juliet Fire)

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Missing Person:  Brad Phillips

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016) around 8:00 PM CST.  He spoke with family and them his own house was destroyed.  Brad Phillips’ daughter was asking for assistance on Twitter to help search Shelters as his family is out of the area.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

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Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

This is all about what the news, residents and those on the fire ground are saying about the wildfires, etc.

The Dollywood Foundation….states to pay $1,000/month for six (6) months to families who lost their homes. – Media

National Media Coverage….Twitter users took to Social Media again to say that the Gatlinburg wildfires and the loss of life/property affecting economic and disrupting lives is more important than covering political news.  Calls for CNN, Fox News, Associated Press and others to report nationally this disturbing wildfires.  Some networks felt this was not a big enough national newsworthy story. – Media

Gatlinburg is the Heart of Tourism….Thousands rely on its tourism industry to make a living; this fire is their worst nightmare. – Twitter user

Rain Falling….is helping wildfires but not firefighters due to the heavy smoke billowing in the area making firefighting efforts difficult and dangerous. – Twitter user

Scary….This is insane and scary as hell. – Twitter user

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DYK?

We research our articles with some Posts taking hours to find correct and accurate information.  As some of you know from many Political posts, there is fake news out there with one of our Political winners tweeting about 170,000 acres have been destroyed.  Others stating the whole City of Gatlinburg has been destroyed, which is simply not the truth.

Follow Us and get your news feed fix from us and learn what information is the truth.  You can “Follow Us” here and, you can find us on Facebook and, Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We would love to have you onboard with us.

Thank you for reading our Blog.  We wish you nothing but Safety today. – Ed.

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Fires Reporting as Human-caused | Update 3

Updated 6:30 AM PST / 9:30 AM  CST

Reports of Human-Caused Ignited Sparks Many Emotions

A large mainstream media outlet was sounding the alarms saying Fire Officials are reporting the nearly 15,000 acres has been consumed, taking along with 250 structures and killing three (3) people.

Though human-caused can have several meanings, we did not want to come right out and say this is Arson related but a trend in Tennessee lately has shown that most of the wildfires in this State have been just that – Arson.  We are hoping the cause has a different outcome but we are waiting and hopeful.

Wind gusts were reported as high as 87 mph which has been one of the most biggest factors in this fires with more than 10 wildfires firefighters have to fight head on.  Resources are quickly being drained though hundreds if not thousands of fire crews are fighting dangerous flames at any given single time making conditions just even that more difficult and frustrating to Officials.

The Red Cross, one of the largest Incident Cooperators has reported providing 10,000 meals and snacks to those who are in Shelters and 1,000 meals to Firefighters.

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Please Help…..Find Missing Gatlinburg/Sevierville Man

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016) around 8:00 PM CST.  He spoke with family and them his own house was destroyed.  Brad Phillips’ daughter was asking for assistance on Twitter to help search Shelters as his family is out of the area.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

DYK?

We research our articles with some Posts taking hours to find correct and accurate information.  As some of you know from many Political posts, there is fake news out there with one of our Political winners tweeting about 170,000 acres have been destroyed.  Others stating the whole City of Gatlinburg has been destroyed, which is simply not the truth.

Follow Us and get your news feed fix and learn what information is the truth.  You can “Follow Us” here and, you can find us on Facebook and, Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We would love to have you onboard with us.

Thank you for reading our Blog.  We wish you nothing but Safety today. – Ed.

(c) The #NWFireBlog

The Gatlinburg Fire are now Gatlinburg Fires | Update 2

Updated 11:30 PM PST / 2:30 AM  CST

How This Fire IS so Dangerous for its People

Gatlinburg, Tennessee has had several wildfires touching their town but this has been one of the worst in history and in the County (Sevier).  As we had reported on other wildfires in Tennessee most of them have been Arson caused.

Though we do not know the official cause of this wildfire(s) at this moment, what we know is that fires have been reported as several starts from various causes such as an outside wildfire and embers carried into the area or those reporting fire running down the Chimney Top fire into the town.  As some of you may know, Fire investigators will not be able to gain access to the burned out areas until it has been contained, extinguished and cooled off.

Please pray for those that work/play/live in Tennessee and First Responders who leave their own families and friends behind to respond to these wildfires.  We also ask that you think and pray for those who are supporting those on the fire ground, in the EOC, Red Cross, Incident Cooperators and so many  others we are unable to include in this post. (See some of the listed below)

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Incident Cooperators

Emergency Management….

  • Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)

Fire/EMS/Law Enforcement…..

  • TN Dept. of Ag
  • TN Dept. of Forestry,
  • State Fire Marshal
  • Dept. of Corrections
  • MIlitary
  • TN Highway Patrol (THP)
  • TN National Guard
  • TN Fire Mutual Aid agencies
  • Chattanooga FD (Fire crew + BC)

Government Agencies…..

  • Commerce & Insurance
  • Environmental
  • Conservation
  • TN DOT
  • State Parks
  • TN Wildlife Reserve Agency
  • TN Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
  • Dept. of Tourist Development

Special Assignments

The following Agencies have been tasked with various responsibilities and duties, as part of this wildfire incident.

TN Dept. of Health…Consulting to send medical units from surrounding counties with assistance with medical transports.

TN Highway Patrol…..Deploying strike teams to assist with evacuations and traffic control.

National Guard…..Mobilizing 100  personnel from Eastern TN, providing transportation for 1st responders, removing light debris and assisting with welfare checks.

TN DOT…..Securing fuel resources & equipment, replenishing diesel fuel for Firefighter/1st responders’ vehicles.

TN Dept. of Tourist Development…..ID’ing lodging resources to assist those displaced persons.

TN Fire Mutual Aid Coordination…..Coordination of 50 – 60 fire apparatus from local Fire Departments.

TN State Governor…..Declared State of Emergency.  Went to visit with 1st Responders and see the destruction himself.

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Evacuations

Areas….The following have evacuated from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and other parts in Sevier County.

Shelters (People)….1200 ppl have evacuated and are Sheltering in Place at the following locations:

  •  Gatlinburg Community Center
  • Rocky Top Sports Rink
  • Le Corte Center @ Pigeon Forge
  • Liberty Baptist Church (Wears Valley)
  • Iglesia Cristina La Duz Da Jesus (Sevierville)
  • First Red Bank Baptist Church (Sevierville)
  • First Baptist of Sevierville
  • River Plantation RV Resort
  • Anchor Down RV Resort
  • Trinity Baptist Church

Shelter (Pets)….The following are those that are offering or assisting with Animals & Livestock Shelters

  • Douglas Lakeview Stables. Kristi @ 864-671-8439.  1650 Providence Road, Sevierville. Call first. Offering pasture for animals & livestock.
  • The Barker Lounge. Lory.  865-771-3738, Offering shelter facilities for overnight lodging of pets.

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Damage Assessments

It has been reported by numerous sources that the following has occurred.

Structures Impacted…..100 homes in Sevier County.  10 homes including 30 structures including a 16-story hotel on Regan Drive, the Driftwood Apartments and others near the Park Vista Hotel (as of 2 AM CST) in Gatlinburg.

Injuries

Burned….3 severely burned residents, current conditions are unknown (3rd hand report).  1 Official report (male evacuee), current condition unknown

Fatalities….. 0.

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Closures

Highway 441… has been closed out of Gatlinburg, except for emergency only traffic.  The exit of  Highway 441 outside the City will remain open to allow those to still leave if they wish to.

Schools…..Green, McMinn and Sevier County schools have been closed.  NOTE :  Cocke County was delayed two hours.

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Resources & Alerts for Evacuees

 

Stay off Cell Phones…. Please stay off cell phones unless it is an emergency.  Officials wish to have these lines cleared to allow for emergency traffic only.

 

City Closed… No one is being allowed back into the City. Those who are still in the City, need to evacuate immediately! Also the National Park has been closed as well.

Red Cross App…. Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well and/or those looking for loved ones can also use this app.  Go to the American Red Cross app @ https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Facebook App….Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well by checking into Facebook’s activated Safety Check app here –> https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

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Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

Here is an updated look through those posting about the wildfire and what they are seeing through their own eyes.

Suspected Arson?…..As you may wonder, some are starting to speculate it could be arson related. (No confirmation on our part yet of the cause.)

Mainstream Media…..Users on Twitter took out their frustrations of networks such as CNN and other networks covering the Political world while a complete city in TN was burning down. (Ed. Note:  We are showing actually many mainstream media outlets covering this large scale wildfire but not as in depth as our Posts).

Ripley’s Aquarium…..Officials were reportedly saying that the Aquarium are still intact and the facility’s power generated was activated keeping all animals all safe.

Downtown Gatlinburg’s areas…..Reports that most of damage has been done but most of DT’s areas are still intact.

Amateur Radio communications on Stand-by…..The TN ARES community is on Stand-by and ready to help whenever needed but for now, the local communities in Sevier, Jefferson and Knox Counties are handling all communications for Command, TEMA and for Red Cross (Red Cross org + 2 shelters as Liasion with Command).

Here is a snapshot of one ARES member posting in the Community on Facebook.  Local HAMS are assisting in local communities.  12 wildfires are not burning but blazing in Eastern TN.  Fires threatening resort communications.  High wind with gusts up to 70+ mph.  Tinder dry conditions.

Fire started on Chimney Top fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  550 acres.  0% contained. Embers carried to communications outside of Park starting new fires.  Down power lines starting more fires.

No fatalities have been reported but three have suffered burns.  Numerous businesses and homes have been destroyed.

Heroes In Action…..Earlier this morning, TN State Troopers walked around in Gatlinburg, TN as fire surrounded them to rescue multiple people trapped by flames.

Bear Rescued…..Footage of a small bear cub is seen running around a heavily smoky roadway where a man is being chased by the animal holding on for dear life, as he gravitates to the man’s leg.  So cute but so sad animals are being smoked out. KUDOS, to his rescuer!

Destruction….Over 100 structures said to be damaged/destroyed in Gatlinburg.  Heavy rain is happening now, however buildings are still burning.

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Please Help…..Find Missing Gatlinburg/Sevierville Man

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016).  He spoke with family which he stated that his own house was destroyed.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

She states she needs assistance searching shelters as family is not in the area to assist and asking those on Social Media channels to help search shelters.

 

Thank you for reading our Post about these terrible fires in Tennessee.  Please join us in keeping all those in TN in our Thoughts and Prayers this evening. – Editor.

(c) The #NWFireBlog