LODD | 2nd Officer Killed in Line-of-Duty on Same Day | Nassau Bay TX

NASSAU BAY, TEXAS

We regret to inform you all that another Officer has been killed in the Line-of-Duty on this Tragic Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  This time, it has occurred in the City of Nassau Bay in Texas.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A vehicle was stopped by Nassau Bay Police Officers just before 2030 hours in the 2000 block of San Sebastian Court on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. After running his information, Officers found he had an arrest warrant for assaulting a family member.

Image

Credit | Mark Herman, HCSO Constable, Precinct 4

When Officers tried to handcuff him, he managed to escape their custody and re-entered his vehicle.  Once inside, he fled the scene and used his vehicle as a deadly weapon running over Sgt. Kayla Sullivan.

EMS was quickly on-scene and CPR was immediately in progress.  Sgt. Sullivan was transported to the Houston Clearlake Hospital in serious conditon.

She has succumbed to her injuries and died at the hospital.

The suspect is currently at large and Law Enforcement is searching for him.

The investigation is being handled by outside Law Enforcement agencies, Webster PD and Harris Counth Sheriff’s Office (Lead).

Heroes-In-Action

Another Hero was taken from us all tonight, including her immediate family, Blue Family, friends and the communities she touched.   Sgt. Kayla Sullivan, 43, was with the Nassau Bay Police Department for 15 years and had been recently promoted to Sergeant in 2018.  She was due to celebrate her 16th year anniversary on December 27, 2019.

Image

Credit | Nassau Bay PD

Remembering Anothera Legacy

This comes at a terrible time, as those in the Harris County communities are still grieving from the loss of the death of Sgt. Christopher Brewster.  He was ambushed while exiting his patrol car, December 7, 2019, while on a domestic violence call and was killed by gunfire above his vest.  He was only 32 years old and promoted to Sergeant in 2019.

Image

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/10/2019 2245 hours PDT

World Disaster | White Island Eruption | New Zealand | 1

Update – Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 2300 Hours PDT (USA)

A volcano located in New Zealand, called White Island (Whakaari area) erupted without warning and sent an ash plume 12,000 feet above the vent.  Ash covered the main crater floor per webcam  footage.

Image

Scientists are speculating the erruption may have occurred from built up gases. They are working to determine the actual cause of the erruption.

Emergency Officials are saying the ash spewed from the volcano is contained to the Island itself, which they have released a statement that  one person has been killed.

New Zealand Police released a statement of initially thinking there were about 100 people on the island but have since downgraded that number to less than 50.  However, there is still a large number that are unaccounted for.

Police are coordinating their search and rescue efforts with the National Emergency Management Agency.

White Island cropped.jpg

Credit | Wikipedia

The erruption occurred on Monday (NZ time), December 9, 2019, at 1611 hours, as an impulsive and short-lived event. The crater floor has been impacted but its current condition is unknown.  However, Officials are reporting that the activity has diminished since the original explosion was detected earlier in the afternoon.

ABOUT WAKAARI/WHITE ISLAND

The Wakaari/White Island is privately owned and was declared a scenic reserve in 1953.  Those who wish to visit, must have permission to land there or book yourself a trip on a local tour of the Island.

It is 1.2 square miles in diameter.  It’s tallest point of the island sits at 1,053 feet above sea leavel.  The active andesite stratovolcano is approximlately 30 miles east of the North Island of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.

It is considered New Zealand’s most active volcano and is constantly being built up in layers from continuous volcano activity, after its discovery by James Cook in 1769.

On July 27, 2000, an eruption occured which blanketed the island with mud and scoria.  Most of the time, it is said that this active volcano’s activities are limited to boiling mud and/or releasing steamy noxious gasses from beneath the ground upwardly.  Scientists who monitor the site’s for volcanic activities, do so through web cams and visiting the island itself wearing protective clothing and personal-protection-equipment.

A mining company’s owners made the misfortunate of trying to mine sulphur in the 1900’s but soon have to abandon their operations after all of their workers killed by a lahar.  Remnants of old machinery still remain seen by visitors to this day.

The island is also home to a large bird population, where 3,000 pairs of known Australasian Gannets migrate to this island to breed and call it their temporary home away from home.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

 

The Wildfire Log | 46 Fire | CA | 2

UPDATE 2 – NOVEMBER 2, 2019 – 2215 PDT

A wildfire has ignited in the 5300 block of 46th Street n East Jurupa Valley (Riverside County), which is about two miles northeast of Riverside, California.

It was reported at 0039 hours in early Wednesday morning.

The cause was deemed due to a car fire into wildland interface from the wreckage of a stolen vehicle being chased by local Police until they crashed into a field. Both occupants were arrested with one having a felony warrant and the other being charged with arson.

The fire burned about 300 acres of brush and tall grass.  Fire crews have successfully reached 70% containment.

About 347 fire personnel are still deployed on this wildfire that is now visibly displaying minimal fire behavior that is smolderng.  Along with staffing, there are 10 crews and 47 engines.

Six homes were destroyed.

Cost-to-date in firefighting suppression and containment efforts have reached $2.8 Million.

Classes with the Indian Hills and Peralta Elementary Schools in Riverside were cancelled on October 31st.

Incident Cooperators include AMR, Animal Control, CAL FIRE/Riverside, City of Corona FD, Riverside City FD, Riverside County FD, Riverside Co EMD, Riverside County Parks and the Sheriff’s Office and the Red Cross.

Photo Credit | Riverside County Parks

Image

Hashtags include:  #CAWildfires #FireSeason #46Fire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | 46 Fire | CA | 1

UPDATE 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2019 – 2200 PDT

A wildfire has ignited in the 5300 block of 46th Street n East Jurupa Valley (Riverside County) in California, that started today.  It was reported at 0039 hours in early Wednesday morning.

The cause was a car fire into vegetation at the end of a police chase. Two people were arrested with one may be charged with arson and the other had a felony warrant.

Image

Photo Credit | Red Cross

The fire has burned approximately 300 acres and has a 50% containment status.

Mandatory evacuations were immediately issued but were lifted at 1400 hours this afternoon.

There are still 200 firefighters assigned to this incident along with 34 engines, 17 overhead personnel, four fire crews, one water tender, one ground unit, breathing support unit, five RVC patrol units, law enforcement units and a PIO.

Incident Cooperators include AMR, Animal Control, CAL FIRE/Riverside, City of Corona FD, Riverside City FD, Riverside County FD, Riverside Co EMD, Riverside County Parks and the Sheriff’s Office and the Red Cross.

Image

Photo Credit | Riverside County Parks

Hashtags include:  #CAWildfires #FireSeason #46Fire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Forest Fire | California

A wildfire broke out on Sunday, October 27, 2019, on Alahambra Avenue and Alahambra Hills Drive in Martinez (Contra Costa County), California.

The fire first started out as a three-acre fire when units initially arrived on-scene.  There were evacuation orders as the fire moved into occupied structures.

Fire crews have since been able to stop the forward progression but not before 50 acres of land were scorched.

All evacuation orders have since been lifted.

Resources have been released from this incident.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/27/2019 @ 1840 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Tick Fire | CA | 2

Incident Summary

The TICK FIRE is located about 10 miles northeast of Santa Clarita in the area of Tick Canyon Road and Summit Knoll Road in Canyon Country (Los Angeles County), California.

The fire started on October 24, 2019 at 1451 hours PDT according to Fire Officials.

Image

Credit | Los Angeles Co FD

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Current Status

The fire has scorched 4,615 acres of land and firefighters have reached a 55% containment status.

Three firefighters have been injured. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Image

Evacuations of animals by LA Co FD, SO and Animal Control. | Credit: LA Co FD

Resources

Currently, the management of the fire is in Unified Command with Los Angeles  County’s Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office.

The number of fire personnel has been reduced from 1,325 down to 925 for night fire suppression and containment efforts this evening.  This also includes 105 engines, 21 hand crews and six helicopters.  There are additional resources on stand-by should the fire rekindles.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators are vital to a large-scale incident such as the TICK FIRE.Here is a list of resources partnering with Unified Command:

  • American Red Cross
  • Angeles National Forest
  • BLM
  • CA Dept. of Corrections
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • City of Santa Clarita
  • LA County Board of Supervisors
  • LA Dept. of Animal Care and Control
  • LA Dept. of Public Health
  • LA County of Emergency Management
  • LA Dept. of Water and Power
  • Southern CAL Edison
  • Southern CAL Gas Company
  • Canadian Superscoopers Quebec 1 and Quebec 2
  • Morro Bay FD
  • Paso Robles FD
  • San Luis Obispo FD
  • SLO County FD
  • LA Co Fire Ops

Significant Events

  • 1700 hours presser cancelled on Saturday due to rapidly improving incident conditions and logistical demands.

Damage Assessment

There have been 16 structures lost with 16 additionally damaged.  At this time of this post, 10,000 structures were still in harm’s way.

Costs-To-Date

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $6.9 Million.

Shelters

Evacuation shelters in operations are:

  • College of the Canyons (gym). 26566 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, California.

ImageCredit | LA Co FD

Road Closure

  • Tick Canyon Road from Abelia Road to Summit Knoll Road.

Emergency Preparedness Tips

The Fire Department recommends the 6 P’s in what to take with you, should you need to evacuate from your home or business:

  • People and Pets
  • Papers (take important documents)
  • Prescriptions
  • Photos
  • PC Hard Drives and Disks
  • Plastic (ATM cards, Credit Cards, etc)

Disaster Information

Image

Image

Hashtags

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #TickFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/27/2019 @ 0130 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | Tick Fire | CA | 1

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Ca. | The TICK FIRE is located about 10 miles northeast of Santa Clarita in the area of Tick Canyon Road and Summit Knoll Road in Canyon Country.

Image

Credit | Los Angeles Co FD

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can travel and burn a football field within seconds. (FEMA)

Resources

Currently, the management of the fire is in Unified Command with Los Angeles  County’s Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office.  Assigned to this incident are 1,325 personnel along with 14 crews, 225 engines and four helicopters.

Image

Credit | Ventura County FD

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators are vital to a large-scale incident such as the TICK FIRE.Here is a list of resources partnering with Unified Command:

  • American Red Cross
  • Angeles National Forest
  • BLM
  • CA Dept. of Corrections
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • City of Santa Clarita
  • LA County Board of Supervisors
  • LA Dept. of Animal Care and Control
  • LA Dept. of Public Health
  • LA County of Emergency Management
  • LA Dept. of Water and Power
  • Southern CAL Edison
  • Southern CAL Gas Company
  • Canadian Superscoopers Quebec 1 and Quebec 2
  • Morro Bay FD
  • Paso Robles FD
  • San Luis Obispo FD
  • SLO County FD

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Fire jumped the 14 Freeway near Soledad Canyon.

Damage Assessment

There have been nine structures lost with nine additionally damaged.  At this time of this post, 10,000 structures were still in harm’s way.

Costs-To-Date

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $6.9 Million.

SIGNIFCANT EVENT | 3 wildfires were burning at the same time, making this #4.

Shelters

Evacuation shelters in operations are:

  • College of the Canyons (gym). 26566 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, California.
  • Newhall Center. 2241 Market Street, Santa Clarita, California.
  • Castaic Animal Care Center. 31044 N Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic, California. (Small animals only).
Image

Credit | LA Co FD

Evacuations – Mandatory

The Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office are allowing some residents back into areas through the repopulation process, while others are still under a mandatory evacuation order. Here are the current orders still in effect.

  • Barker Canyon Road from Sierra Hwy north of Vasquez Canyon Road to the end near 15142 Sierra Hwy.
  • Tick Canyon Road from Abella Road to Summit Knoll Road.

Emergency Preparedness Tips

The Fire Department recommends the 6 P’s in what to take with you, should you need to evacuate from your home or business:

  • People and Pets
  • Papers (take important documents)
  • Prescriptions
  • Photos
  • PC Hard Drives and Disks
  • Plastic (ATM cards, Credit Cards, etc)

Road Closures

  • SB SR 14 from Escondido Canyon to Soledad Canyon. (CHP)

Through the Eyes of Social Media

Lodging Resources:  “Over 300 Airbnb Hosts Offering Free Lodging for Evacuees, Relief Workers in Santa Clarita Blaze.” (media)

Inspirational Messages: “To our friends in California. Our hearts, thoughts, prayers, and love are with all impacted by these these devastating wildfires. You are not alone. We are with you.” (Stars of Hope)

New Fire Warning: “Several rounds of strong, offshore winds prompts more fire danger for California. Here’s the timing of threats across the entire state from north to south. Be prepared for the potential for more wildfires.” (Weather Forecaster)

Big Thank Yous: “We wish to acknowledge the tireless efforts of NWS Los Angeles, NWS San Diego, Sawti Forecast and our local broadcast meteorologists for keeping all Southern Californians updated on fire weather conditions. We rely heavily on your forecasts. THANK YOU!” (LA Co FD)

California is burning. Again. I’ve lived here my whole life. I’ve seen many fires, but the fires that have raged in recent years are much more frequent and powerful. They are so hot they create their own weather system.  It is horrific.” (Twitter User)

Getting the orders to evacuate your home during a natural disaster is one of the most difficult situations to face. Thank you Red Cross – Los Angeles County for providing individuals and families some comfort in these difficult times.” (Los Angeles County)

Image

Image

Image

Credit | Los Angeles County

“Pets are sensitive to smoke and bad air quality too. Remember to bring them indoors until conditions improve.” (Los Angeles County)

“Firefighters sleep after 24 hours on the fire line at Stonecrest Park in Santa Clarita.”

Image

Credit | City of Santa Clarita

Hashtags

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #TickFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/26/2019 @ 0900 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | Little Mountain Fire | 1

SAN BERNARDINO, Ca. | A wind-driven brush fire ignited on Monday, October 21, 2019, off of 39th Street x N Severance Way, near Little Mountain area.

The cause is currently unknown.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Currently, the fire has been kept at 17 acres and has a containment status of 80%.

37 structures were saved by firefighters.

Image

Credit | SB County Fire

Monday, October 21, 2019

Firefighters were originally dispatched to a five-acre brush fire that was quickly progressing rapidly, requesting an immediate 2nd Alarm deploying additional engines, personnel and equipment.  Resources would be deployed from the San Bernardino County Fire Department along with mutual aid from CAL FIRE and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office with their helicopters making water drops.

On Monday, Little Mountain IC stated around 2200 hours that the fire had grown to 17 acres with wind-driven runs and terrain was considered as being steep.

There were 19 engines, four hand crews and one dozer.  Three homes at this time were determined to be damaged with two of them being uninhabited.

Image

Credit | SB County Fire

A firefighter was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and was being assessed at the time of the update.

Evacuations were in progress.

A Red Cross shelter or more commonly called a Red Cross Care and Reception Center was opened  at the San Bernardino Unified School District’s Cajon High School gym.

Credit | SBUSD

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/21/2019 @ 2055 hours PDT

City of Dallas (TX) Assesses Tornado Damage | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A destructive tornado hit the north side of the City of Dallas in Texas on Sunday evening and with more storm raising activities in early part of Monday morning.

Reports of roofs being blown off houses and structures, as well as collapsed structures and to infrastructure, the City of Dallas has a lot to be thankful for today.

Its First Responders took the bull by the horns and kept its citizens safe from being further harmed by the Fall destructive weather storms.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

City of Dallas

There are currently no needs at this time.

If you wish to help those impacted by this storm, consider donating to the City of Dallas Emergency Assistance Fund. https://dallemerasstfund.kimbia.com/dallemerasstfund

Emergency Management staff will continue to monitor the respite center for those who sought shelter at the Bachman Rec Center. There are currently 12 evacuees in the shelter.

Sanitation Services is using 311 data to identify high-volume call areas for contractor pick-up. We encourage residents to dial 3-1-1 or use the Our Dallas app to report damage or downed trees.

Missing Pets | If you are missing your pet in the wake of the storm last night, please call 3-1-1 to report file a missing pet report.

Dallas (City) Fire & Rescue

The City of Dallas Fire & Rescue Station 41 suffered extensive damage to its building but no firefighters inside were injured or killed.

Firefighters will continue to assess damage across the City.  There were three persons transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Image

Image

DF&R Station 41. | Credit: DFD

Dallas Police

Police were going to neighbors homes in various areas doing doorknocks to check on residents.  They were also seen in busy intersections without traffic signals doing traffic control.  It was a very busy and dangerous time for all First Responders out in the storm and aftermath.

Oron Power

There were about 65,000 customers without power.  Some media outlets were reporting power out to about 140,000 – 150,000 customers in variations of storm coverage.

(c) NW Fire Blog- Updated 10/21/2019 @ 1145 PDT / 1345 CDT.

 

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.

Image

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