Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 2

HURRICANE MICHAEL

Incident Summary

It has been one week and beyond since the expected Hurricane Michael event caused widespread damage and destruction of States such as Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Most of the major devastation is on the Coast but some other smaller towns also were impacted severely.

Some of the significant events as noted via mainstream media and other sources:

  • Looting has become prevalent in certain areas
  • National Guard has been activated to assist with Law Enforcement
  • Infrastructure, such as communications is still spotty as hosts work to rebuild their major power grids that some are reporting as completely wiped out.
  • The Tyndall AFB suffered major devastation and airmen are busy rebuilding.

We can never really tell you what it is like in any of the hardest hit areas but we can paint of picture of what is happening and being done through eyewitness accounts and reporting.sources and post here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media platforms:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)


INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FDNY IMT

Construction is underway on “Harder’s Base Camp”. 1000 first responders and 750 National Guard members will occupy this camp upon completion. The camp will provide all basic necessities, such as lodging and food service, to all who reside there. (10/17/2018)

PA Task Force 1

As of 10/15/2018, the PATF1 searched over 900 structures in Calhoun County, Florida. Members also made critical repairs at a damaged hospital to enable it to continue serving residents.

Photo(s) Credit: PA Fire (Task Force 1)

USAF Specialized Tactics (USAF Spec Tactics)

They were one of many that arrived on Day 1 of the storm one hour after the storm wiped out most of the Tyndall AFB and cleared a lot of debris to enable humanitarian aid to arrive.  (10/14/2018)

Indiana Task Force 1

RELEASED from the incident. Safe back in their home state.

Gulf County Sheriff Office. (FL)

Palm Beach County Sheriff Office (FL)

U.S. Navy

Naval Air Station Pensacola opening Emergency Family Assistance Center to assist evacuated military personnel and their families from staying on or near installation.  https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107420&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=100000338880876&utm_campaign=Misc  (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: US Navy

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

 Survivors in the 13 counties eligible for individual assistance can now start applying for assistance through FEMA by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/18/2018) 

Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties have been added to the major disaster declaration. Survivors in those counties are now eligible to apply for assistance by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/17/2018)

Operations continued across the state today as GEMA/HS worked with local, state, federal, private sector and volunteer partners to get much-needed supplies & resources to those impacted.  Resources:   gema.ga.gov (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: Georgia EMA

Georgia National Guard

Assistant Adjutant General of Georgia, Brigadier General, Randall V. Simmons, State Command Sergeant Major Shawn Lewis and Command Chief Master Sergeant Reginald McPherson work along side Georgia EMA to continue assessing damage in southwest Georgia. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GANG

White House

Florida Senator Marco Rubio

The American President Donald Trump has approved every single request made to federal government by us  and Florida Governor Scott. Thank you for supporting Florida after the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. And thank you to POTUS & FLOTUS for visiting yesterday to see it first hand. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

US Air Force: Rebuilding of the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Miami Beach Police Department. 40-member team RELEASED and returned from Panama City humanitarian support effort. (10/18/2018)

Photo Credit: MBPD Chief Daniel Oates


HUMAN SERVICES

American Red Cross

Help provide food, shelter, relief supplies and other assistance to thousands of people dealing with the aftermath. (10/18/2018).  

If you or a loved one was affected by Hurricane Michael, here is helpful information about where to find meals, shelter and how to stay safe:  (10/15/2018)

Photo Credit: Red Cross

Compassion Fund

We’ve had so many Stakeholder’s homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael! Our Compassion Fund is accepting donations to help here thecompassionfund.org

Photo Credit: Angie McAllister, Director of Compassion Fund

Animal Rescue

The ASPCA is on the ground in the Florida Panhandle to help rescue and care for animals impacted by Hurricane Michael. Right now, 100% of your donation will go to our Field Investigations and Response Fund: aspca.org/FL

Photo Credit: ASPCA


INFRASTRUCTURE

State of Georgia

The work to rebuild in southwest Georgia has just begun, but we thank everyone for the work that has been accomplished so far. GEMA/HS and its partners will continue the efforts to restore the quality of life in these communities. Visit for more info. (10/18/2018)

City of Tallahassee (FL)

Damage at a Glance: 267 poles replaced, 214 transformers replaced, 27,474 feet of wire and 2,200 insulators. (10/18/2018)

Florida SERT

Homeowners that suffered structural or water damage from Hurricane Michael should shut their home’s main circuit breaker off until the damage has been inspected by an electrician or their utility company. Otherwise, there is a severe risk of fire when power is restored. (10/18/2018)

Sprint Emergency Response Team

Sprint’s Emergency Response Team working around the clock providing critical voice and data services to Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office, EOC, and their Co Data Center as well as to Sacred Heart Hospital in Port St. Joe.

Photo Credit: Spring ERT

First Net Authority

Working with State of Florida, public safety agencies without commercial service were identified & provided hundreds of FirstNet-enabled devices to help these First Responders carry out their important mission in response.   https://about.att.com/newsroom/2018/firstnet_hurricane_michael.html  (10/15/2018)

Cell Phones

Next Generation Drones used as temporary cell towers connecting victims for the first time. (Media/The Weather Channel. 10/18/2018)

Verizon

“Our network impacted by Hurricane Michael continues to improve, and we will not stop until 100% of our service is restored. We recognize how essential our service is & are giving 3 months free service to those impacted by the storm.”    vz.to/2Cl5Y9v

Photo Credit: Verizon

AT&T

“Thank you to our teams and the local community. We know the work isn’t over, and we won’t leave until it is.” (10/15/2018)


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Private Property Clean-up

For those in need of cleanup on private property, contact Crisis Cleanup at 800-451-1954. (10/16/2018)

Burn Permits

Burn permits resume in all but 6 GA counties following . Permits issued in the remaining 11 counties effective as of 12pm today. Hand piled natural vegetation CAN be burned in the 6 counties with proper notification to GFC. ht.ly/pdNr30mgZie

Power Line Safety

ASL Video. 

Water Supply

GA Residents who have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GAEMA

Sanitize pans, dishes, utensils, or ANYTHING that touched flood water. Wash with soap, rinse, then w/ 1 TBSP bleach + 1 gallon water – soak 15 min go.usa.gov/xRhM5



COMMUNITY SUPPORT  – SURVIVOR RESOURCES

Target

To help take care of our team members & communities after Hurricane Michael, Target’s committed $1 million. Learn more here: tgt.biz/r6bkx

Food Stamp Assistance 

Georgia residents who receive food stamps now have additional time to report food lost due to power outages during Hurricane Michael. For more information, please visit ow.ly/webg30mhJxf

Food, Emergency Housing, Farmer and Rancher Assistance

The USDA will provide food, emergency housing as well as farmer and rancher assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by severe storms and flooding. For more information visit, ow.ly/EJ3l30mhYBZ (10/18/2018)

Pet Owners

For pet owners impacted by the storm, here are some resources available to you:

Airport Travel

PET FEES waived incoming/outgoing out of Pensacola and Panama City Beach airports.  (10/18/2018 via Pet Manage)


IMPACTS

Line-of-Duty-Death:  GC Fire Coordinator – Brad Price

Gulf County Fire Coordinator, Brad Price, 49, of Wewahitchka.  Killed when helping family members clear debris from the hurricane when a tree fell on his tractor. 

We are in the process of gleaning all resources from all sources across various platforms listed in Twitter and Facebook and entering them into a fluid spreadsheet for your review. This will be uploaded in the next 24 hours.

If you can support with financial or your volunteering support, please see the above web links. 

We thank you for reading our Blog.   May you all be safe wherever you may be in this world and remember, to Pass It Forward. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/18/2018

Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

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Courtesy of Ventura County Fire PIO Capt Mike Lindbery

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST.

Incident Command Post [ICP]

The ICP is located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  This is also the site for Press releases to the Media.

Containment Status

60% contained. Fire crews are making great progress in mopping up hot spots.

Damage Assessment / Threats

1236 acres have now been scorched. 1 minor ankle injury reported.

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Pilot Jim Dalton & crew, in Copter 7,have been making water drops all night keeping the fire away from houses. [Courtesy: VCAirUnit]

EVACUATIONS

All Evacuation Orders have been listed.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross Shelter has been demobilized.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Highway has been opened in both directions.  Fire and Police ask drivers to be cautious as equipment is still working in the area.

Emma Wood Campground

Closed.  Remains closed until further notice.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

 

Ventura County Fire Department, CALFire and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office working together on this incident.

 

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

We will be covering this incident with some limited interruptions as we go in / out of service throughout the day.  We will be posting updates on our Twitter account @nwfireblog so stay tuned for any new info.

Facebook

We will also be providing updates on our Facebook page.  If you have not already “Like”d us yet, please Like our page.

WordPress (you are on our Site now)

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Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST. At 0200 Fire was at 100 acres, light fuels, wind-driven. It soon became a 2-Alarm Brush fire with an IC requested. Both sides of the 101 Freeway was shut down to drivers and all traffic.  It would soon ramp up to 250 acres with 150 Firefighters and 30 homes being threatened.

Containment Status

10% contained.

Damage Assessment / Threats

0 buildings lost and 0 injuries reported. 1200 acres scorched as of 0900 Hours.   The fire is being pushed by strong NW Winds, causing threats to oil, gas, power and rail infrastructure.

Weather Conditions

As of Saturday, December 26, 2015, current Weather conditions are Sunny with temps of 40 as the low and 57 as the high today. Humidity is 28% and winds are 6.1 knots from the WSW with 11.3 knots wind gusts.

EVACUATIONS

Solimar Beach Residents

Previously the Solimar Beach residents and campgrounds were on a voluntary evacuation basis but as the fire grew and the danger became imminent, the evacuation order was changed over to a mandatory order.

Paria Beach Residents

The Paria Beach residents at the time of this post, were on a voluntary evacuation order. They should be ready to move at a moment’s notice if the fire danger becomes imminent for them.  It was stated evacuees were being told to go North out of the area.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross has opened a Shelter in the Carpinteria VA Building located at 941 Walnut Avenue in Carpinteria, California.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Northbound 101 Freeway was closed at Highway 33 and Southbound at Bates Road.  At 1045 Hours, CALTrans was doing a sweep to see if it was safe for drivers to use the freeway again. No word on an update.

Union Pacific RR

All train activities have been halted due to the fire in the area.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Air Support

4 Fixed Wing Tankers have been ordered.  Unknown from which agency or where they are responding from.  LA County Fire’s COPTR 16 has been assisting with fire suppression air support.

Fire Personnel

At 0930 Hours, there were 600 Firefighters either on scene or en route assigned to the incident.  CALFire stated they have 8 engines, 2 handcrews, 2 dozers with a total of 80 personnel assigned.

Police Support

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is working an Incident Cooperator and the official Law Enforcement on scene.

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

We will be covering this incident with some limited interruptions as we go in / out of service throughout the day.  We will be posting updates on our Twitter account @nwfireblog so stay tuned for any new info.

Facebook

We will also be providing updates on our Facebook page.  If you have not already “Like”d us yet, please Like our page.

WordPress (you are on our Site now)

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 (c) The #NWFireBlog

#Breaking | Gibraltar Fire in CA’s Los Padres NF | Update 2

SUMMARY

A brush fire was reported around 0516 PDT on Thursday morning with first arriving equipment on scene at 0609 PDT.  The fire is located 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak, approximately 3 – 5 miles from populated areas in Santa Barbara County of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fire is said to be wind-driven event.

COMMAND

The incident is in Unified Command with the following:

  • US Forest Service
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Montecito Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Command Post is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Retardant Surrounding the Gibraltar Fire

“Photo shows Retardant surrounding the fire”, says Fire Managers. [Credit: Jonathan Nunez]

ACRES

Today’s press release is now showing only 40 acres have been burned [Source: Inciweb].

MUTUAL AID

Those assisting with the incident are:

  • City of Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara Co FD
  • Capinteria/Summerland Fire
  • CALFire
  • Vanderburg AFB
  • Santa Barbara Co Sheriff Office
  • Santa Barbara City PD
  • Santa Barbara Co OEM
  • Red Cross
  • California Highway Patrol

RESOURCES

Fire Resources showing tied to this incident are:

  • (250) Personnel
  • (4) Dozers
  • (8) Handcrews
  • (5) Water Tenders

ROAD CLOSURES

The following are closed due to fire activities in the area. This is for safety for both firefighters and the Public:

  • E of Camino Cielo @ Painted Cave Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • W Mtn Dr @ Gibraltar Road

EVACUATIONS

Evacuation orders were all lifted this morning at 0800 PDT.

FIRE STATUS

The fire has reached a 50% containment status.  It is burning in heavy Chaparral.

SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS

#LPNF #Gibraltar

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog

 

#Breaking | Gibraltar Fire in CA’s Los Padres NF | Update 1

SUMMARY

A brush fire was reported around 0516 PDT this morning with first arriving equipment on scene at 0609 PDT.  The fire is located 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak, approximately 3 – 5 miles from populated areas in Santa Barbara County of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fire is said to be wind-driven event.

COMMAND

The incident is in Unified Command with the following:

  • US Forest Service
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Montecito Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Command Post is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

ACRES

The fire was said to have consumed 75 acres but was reduced to 50 acres after a more precise mapping was completed producing the correction.

MUTUAL AID

Those assisting with the incident are:

  • City of Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara Co FD
  • Capinteria/Summerland Fire
  • CALFire
  • Vanderburg AFB
  • Santa Barbara Co Sheriff Office
  • Santa Barbara City PD
  • Santa Barbara Co OEM
  • Red Cross
  • California Highway Patrol

RESOURCES

Fire Resources showing tied to this incident are:

  • (520) Personnel
  • (20) Engines
  • (10) Strike Teams of 50 Engines – in Staging @ Earl Warren Showgrounds
  • (4) Dozers
  • (8) Handcrews
  • (5) Water Tenders
  • (10) Helicopters (4- Type 1 and 4-Type 2’s)
  • (4) Airtankers – in Staging @ Santa Maria Airtanker Base

ROAD CLOSURES

The following are closed until further notice:

  • E of Camino Cielo @ Painted Cave Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • W Mtn Dr @ Gibraltar Road

EVACUATIONS

The following have been evacuated and this order is in effect until Friday @ 0800 PDT. There has been no Shelter established as of yet but Red Cross is on stand-by if needed.

  • N of Hwy 192
  • S of E Camino Cielo
  • W of Buena Vista Rd
  • E of Coyote Rd

SHELTERS

Small Pets

Santa Barbara Humane Society is accepting animals for boarding. 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Large Pets

Animal Services Hotline is 681-4332.

FIRE STATUS

The fire has reached a 10% containment status.  It is burning in heavy Chaparral.

SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS

#LPNF #Gibraltar

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog

 

WA WILDFIRES | Okanogan Complex | August 22, 2015

SUMMARY

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

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

FIRE STATUS

Fire Behavior

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

Fire Ignition

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

9-Mile Fire:

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

Beaver Lake: 

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

Twisp River: 

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

Lime Belt/Blue Lake 

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

Tunk Block Fire

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

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Spike Camp @ Concully State Park

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

RESOURCES

Staffing 

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

Equipment

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

Command 

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

Fire Mobe 

  • Authorized
  • Effective:  8/17/15

Incident Cooperators

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

EVACUATIONS

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

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

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

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

LEVEL 1 [Alert only, but beware]

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

SHELTERS

Red Cross

  • Brewster Middle School
  • Brewster H.S.

Animals

  • Okanogan Fairgrounds

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Community Meeting

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

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTS

“Eyewitness News, Discussions”

August 22

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

August 21

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

On the Loss of USFS Firefighters

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

August 20

Strike Teams Deployed

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

On the Loss of USFS Firefighters

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

August 19

August 18

August 17

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

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

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

Wildfire SitRep: #RoundFire – February 8, 2015 – PM Update

Inyo County, California | The RoundFire is located off of Hwy 395 at Sherwin Grade, reported in both Inyo and Mono Counties in California.

FIRE STATUS

7,000 Acreas with a 75% containment status.

40 residences and outbuildings have been destroyed. 5 have been damaged.

7 homes were spared by the Kern County Strike Team.

Trees damaged by fire are being assessed and tagged as hazards to be removed.

If they are able to keep within infrastructure goals and objectives, then the town of Paradise residents may return as early as tomorrow morning. No timeline is given as to what time that may be.

Residents may see smoking debris on hillsides but do not pose a threat to the area.

INJURIES

3 Firefighter Injuries. 4th injury reported in this evening’s briefing. Condition and details are unknown at this time.

FIRE RESOURCES

The Personnel count is still 500 firefighters, 35  engines, 28 fire crews and 1 helo.  4 dozers and 2 water tenders.

ASSISTANCE

Financial

The Patio Building at the The Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop was opened today.  The Salavations volunteers will staff the center for the next two to three weeks.

The American Red Cross will be staffing a Financial Assistance Center to help residents with individual financial assistance affected by the fire with their immediate needs. They are located at the Crowley Lake Community Center, 58 Pearson Rd., Crowley Lake, CA
(just past the General Store).

Shelter

Walker Community Center is open to residents for overnight shelter and assistance/ Contact:  (530) 495-2108.

Housing Offers / Options

2 Bedroom Duplex Mill Creek (furnished). John Brockman (760) 387-2762

2 Bedroom home in Starlite. Helen Welvaart (760) 258-7020. helen.welvaart@gmail.com

1 Bedroom House in Bishop. Jessica @ Salon Infinity (760) 872-3765

1 Guest Suite in Home in Bishop. Charles Milligan (916) 202-3330

1 Bedroom in home (they have cats). Larry Freilich (512) 982-7222

3 Bedrooms in home. Sheriff Bill Lutze

1 Bedroom in home (dogs & kids okay). Elaine Kabala/Colin Magowan (323) 652-0390

1 Bed available in RV – Matthew (610) 310-7658

Temporary Housing – RVs

Marlo Morgan (RV sleeps 6) – (760) 920-3395

Paula Welch (RV sleeps 4, no smoking, pets okay) – (760) 258-1415

JD Davis (RV sleeps 6, no water) – (760) 920-0035

Tri-County Fairgrounds has rv spaces available with water & electric. They also have barns available for horses. Sally Symons (760) 937-3258

Pet Boarding

Donna Mason aka “Donna, The Dog Lady” has room for additional dogs. She is located in Round Valley. If possible, she’d like to be called first. Contact: (760) 387-2331.

Available Tools

Carpentry tools available for loan. Ideal for contractor/craftsman that may need to keep working. Utility trailer also available. Dan Hennarty (760) 920-0331. Hennartyconstruction@gmail.com.

 In-Kind Donations

Home Depot Ridgecrest. Would like to bring pallets of water, trash bags and any other items that may be needed. Contact Kim Wright or David Jenkins. (760) 375-4614, extension 101 or 100. Call Sunday or Monday 6am-3pm.

CONTACT INFORMATON

Walker Community Center – (530) 495-2108.

CAL Fire – Info Line: (909) 881-6949

Sheriffs Office – (760) 932-7549 ext. 7

Salvation Army [Bishop] – (760) 872-2124 or (310) 902-5764

Bishop Fairground – (714) 412-5894 Ken Schlick or (760) 937-1772 Tawni

COOPERATING AGENCIES

CAL FIRE [Lead Agency], USFS, Paradise FD, CHP, Inyo and Mono County Sheriffs Offices and CALTrans.

CAUSE

The Cause is still under investigation.

 [c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

Wildland Fire: RoundFire Prompts Two Small Town Evacuations

Inyo & Mono Counties, California | A wildfire started today at 1407 and was reported to be around 50 acres. It is located west of Highway 395 at the Sherwin Grade. There is a 0% containment.

As of 1830 this evening, CAL FIRE reported the fire had increased to 100 acres in size seriously impacting two towns.

Paradise and Swall Meadows are currently under a mandatory evacuation.  An evacuation shelter has been set-up at 458 S Landing in Crowley Lake, California 93546, the town’s Crowley Lake Community Center.

One outbuilding and one residence are reportedly destroyed.  The cause is currently under investigaton.  No injuries have been reported.

Agencies currently working at the fire scene and assisting with evacuations are: CALFire, Inyo USFS, Paradise FD, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, LADWP, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Edison and CDCR with a total of 50 personnel.

Thirteen [13] fire engines are currently working, along with two [2] dozers.

Road Closures have been set at Roller Rock Creek Road at Toms Place and Gorge Road on Nside of Highway 395.

Conditions are making it difficult for firefighters and fixed wing or rotary aircraft to fly due to erractic shifting winds.

ABOUT Paradise, California

The town of Paradise incorporated in 1979, and is located in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Elevations vary from 2,000-2800 above the Valley floor.  According to the town’s website, they state they have a population of 27,000 residents.  Adding neighboring towns:  Magnolia, Paradines Pines, Lovelock, Stirling City includes another 25,000 residents.

It is known as the 2nd Largest town in Butte County, California.

The town has three Fire Stations: #81 [main station] on Birch Street, #82 on S Libby and #83 on Wagstaff.  There are two [2] fire stations with three-man crews and one [1] fire station with a two-man crew.  The small Fire Department has a Fire Prevention Officer, a Fire Marshall and an Administrative Assistant.

They have an agreement with CAL FIRE that also maintains stations within the town, making it more efficient for operations and quick responses.

ABOUT Swall Meadows, California

Swalls Meadows is located in the Southern area of Mono County and is home to vacationers and families.  This town has a 23% ratio of unoccupied homes in the community with a population of 220 residents [per 2010 census].

Swalls Meadows sits part way up Sherman Grade below Wheeler Crest of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s elevations are between 6-7,000 feet.  Habitat consists of Pinon-Juniper/Subalpine.

The town is accessible from “Old” 395 or Lower Creek Road.  It is located 20 miles North of Bishop and 25 miles South of Mammoth Lakes.  Nearby towns are Paradise, Aspen Springs, Sunny Slopes, Crowley Lake, Round Valley Mesa, McGee Creek, West Bishop, Chaflant, Dixon Lane-Meadow Creek and Wilkerson.

There is only a Volunteer Fire Station in the the town.  There are no commercial buildings and this is family oriented community with many surrounding beautiful views.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

OR WILDFIRE: 36PitFire in Mt. Hood National Fire [Update]

FIRE LOCATION

  • 8 miles East of Estcada
  • Along hwy 224
  • Along Clackamas River
  • Mt. Hood National Forest

Map of fire area [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

Map of fire area [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Start 9/13/2014
  • 1500 hours
  • Cause under investigation

Firefighters conducting a burnout operation. [Photo Credit:  36PitFire IMT]

Firefighters conducting a burnout operation. [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

CONDITIONS – HAZARDS

  • Heavy deep fuels
  • Extremely steep terrain in excess of 60-degrees
  • Footing difficulties
  • Rolling debris
  • Weakened trees

Another look at Firefighters conducting Burnout operations [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

Another look at Firefighters conducting Burnout operations [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

FIRE STATUS

  • 5101 acres
  • 45% containment

View seen from Hwy 224, approximately 4 miles from Estacada [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

View seen from Hwy 224, approximately 4 miles from Estacada [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

September 20, 2014 – Saturday

  • Fire increased on 9/20
  • Change in weather conditions; unfavorable
  • Major wind event – E gusting to 40 mph
  • Dry relative humidity
  • Increased temps
  • Lines tests but most held
  • Others held from Firefighters hard work past week
  • Fire crossed to W of S Fork of Clackamas River
  • Fire up against 45 Rd / Hillock Burn Rd
  • Firefighters worked through out night building fire line, holding fire, patrolling & watching for hot spots

Retardant Plane [very tiny in middle of photo] dropping above 36PitFire [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Retardant Plane [very tiny in middle of photo] dropping above 36PitFire [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

September 21, 2014 – Sunday

  • Expected to be active
  • Significant smoke will be visible
  • Mop-up in process for NW, Northern & Southern perimters
  • Hold & secure fire lines
  • Using Palm IRS, heat detection device for mapping & ID hot spots
  • Helo coming in later afternoon with FLIR to locate hot spots

Carter Bridge [Photo Credit;  D Strand via inciweb]

Carter Bridge [Photo Credit; D Strand via inciweb]

RESOURCES

  • 1048 personnel
  • Includes 12 Elite Hotshot hand crews
  • 17 States represented:  AK, CA, ID, WA, IN, MI, MO, WV, MT, NV, OR, WI, PA, RI, UT, WY
  • Helos:  (2) Type 1 Heavy, (1) Type 2 Medium and (1) Type 3.

"Group Tree Torching" by Heidi Brown, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

“Group Tree Torching” by Heidi Brown, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 Evacuation Order – “Leave Now”

  • Hillockburn Rd – 4 structures

OR Fire Marshal Engines by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

OR Fire Marshal Engines by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Level 2 Evacuation Order – “Ready to Leave at a Moment’s Notice”

  • Hillockburn Rd – 6 structures
  • E of Habelt Rd to Skinner Rd – all homes
  • Skinner Rd E of Habelt Rd – all homes
  • E side of Kinzy Rd – all homes
  • N or Skinner Rd – all homes
  • Brief Rd – all homes
  • SE Fall Creek Rd – all homes
  • Michaels Rd – all homes
  • Tumala Mtn Rd E of Divers Rd in Estacada – all homes

"Group Trees Torching" by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

“Group Trees Torching” by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Level 1 Evacuation Order – “Be Ready”

  • Hillockburn Rd W of Habelt Rd to Dodge Church – all homes
  • Pederson Rd – all homes

Fire Operations on 9/16/2014. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Fire Operations on 9/16/2014. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

CLOSURES

  • Lazy Bend Camp
  • Promontory Park
  • LaDee OHV area

Smoke visible from Hwy 224. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Smoke visible from Hwy 224. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

ROAD RESTRICTIONS

  • Hwy 224 reopened
  • Workers access only with valid ID

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

  • Held 9/20/14 Saturday
  • 175 Community members in attendance
  • Topics: Fire Strategies, Tactics
  • Positive feedback
  • Strong Community Support for Firefighting, Firefighters

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Fire Line Info.  360-280-4352 or 503-630-1711. Staffed from 0800-2000 hours.  Email:  36pitfire@gmail.com

 

2014 The NW Fire Blog | Twitter: @nwfireblog | Email: nwfireblog@comcast.net | Facebook:  The NW Fire Blog |  LinkedIn:  Under “Lisa Swenson” / Editor

 

 

 

September is National Preparedness Month – Creating an Emergency / Disaster Preparedness Plan

Now that you have your Survival Kit put together, the next step is to Create an “Emergency / Disaster Preparedness Plan.”

  • If you have more members in your Family, get them involved.
  • Hold a Familiy Meeting and talk about the types of Disasters your area may have.
  • Discuss ways to escape your home and agree to two safe ways to evacuate from your home.
  • Agree to two places to meet in case you get separated from one another: 1) meeting place outside of your home & 2) outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to enter your home.
  • Engage your Family members in what responsibilities each person will assume during the Disaster or Emergency. Practice these often as cohesive team.
  • Plan the routes and meeting places to evacuate to [i.e. friend’s house, hotel, etc.] Practice this at a minimum of twice per year.
  • Have an emergency contact list with you at all times.
  • Have a Preparedness Plan for your pets [friends homes, pet-friendly hotels, Vet’s Office, etc.]
  • Having an out-of-state emergency contact to let Family members know you are safe is a great idea instill in your plan.
  • If you don’t have any out-of-state emergency friends or relatives, the American Red Cross has the Safe and Well website https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php, where you can log on to their website entering your name, date of birth [optional] and email address or you can call 800-RED-CROSS to report you are safe.
  • Those who are searching for their Loved ones in a Disaster can search the Red Cross website by the person’s name and see that you are Safe and Well. This has worked great for many large Disasters and Emergencies.

Resources 

The American Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/plan.

Ready.gov: http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

“Family preparedness has been a long-established welfare principle.” – Ezra Taft Benson

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