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

NEWLY REPORTED | CUTTHROAT FIRE | WASHINGTON

MAZAMA, WASHINGTON

UPDATE 1 – JULY 31 2018 – 0600 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

A wildfire named the CUTTHROAT FIRE is burning about 13 miles west of Mazama, in the Methow Ranger District which was detected on July 29, 2018 and reported at that time as a 125-acre.

Resources deployed on Sunday, July 29th at that time were a 20-person crew, smoke jumpers and a helicopter dropping water as well as water tanker dropping retardant over the fire line.Area Closure Map for Cutthroat Fire on July 30, 2018.

During that time, 6 trails were closed including the Pacific Crest Trail at Rainy Pass due to the wildfire.

Current Fire Status

Fire has burned 25 acres which is located in heavy timber and inaccessible area of the Methow Valley Ranger District.

The fire was started by lightning which roared over the dry lands this past weekend ignited this fire and 21 other fires. Most have been kept small and are out or holding to less than .5 acre.

Closures

Closures in the area including the following locations due to the wildfire burning in the area:

  • Cutthroat Lake Trail #483 and trailhead
  • PCT #2000 from Rainy Pass to the Jct of West Fork Methow Trail #480
  • Blue Lake Trail #314
  • Rainy Lake Trail #310
  • Maple Pass Trail #310
  • Maple Pass Trail
  • Bridge Creek Trailhead; where the PCT crosses Hwy 20
  • Lone Fir Campground
  • Washington Pass Overlook
  • Road #400 to Cutthroat Lake Trailhead

Hwy 20 remains open.

Social Media

#CutthroatFire #WAwildfires2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 11, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for Saturday, May 11, 2018.  This post includes the States of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

WASHINGTON

Moonshine Fire – Moonshine Rd / Klickitat County.  Dispatched at 1605 hours on May 11, 2018.   6 acres of slash.  Contained 5/12/2018 @ 0909 hours.  Controlled at 1835 hours PDT. (Central WA Interagency Communication Center)

Lambert Side Fire – Lambert Creek x Little Bear Road / Ferry County.  Dispatched at 1417 hours PDT.  0.01 acres of grass, brush and reprod. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

 

OREGON

Balsam LIne Fire – T39S RSE Sec 4 NESW – Dispatched 0945 hours PDT.  1.5 acres. Limited info. (Oregon Dispatch Center)

IDAHO

Matheson Fire – 47 48.759 x 117 02.135 – Dispatched 1522 hours.  2 acres.  E4602 on-scene. Limited info. (CDA Interagency Dispatch Center)

 

(Source:  Wild CAD Web)

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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 10, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 10, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.

WASHINGTON

 

Atwood Road Fire – Atwood Road / Klickitat County.  CRGNSA  and DNR on-scene. Dispatched 1517 hours PDT.  0.1 acres. (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Better Ridge Fire – Better Ridge / Stevens County.  Dispatched  0815 hours.  Brush, slash. IC at 1045 hours.  0.01 acres.  In patrol status. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Dougs Beach Fire – Doug Beach / Klickitat County.  Dispatched 1055 hours PDT.  2 acres.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Spillway Fire – Dispatched 1033 hours PDT.  0.1 acres.  Dispatched 1033 hours PDT.  Contained/Controlled/Out at 1447 hours PDT.  (Colville Agency MT Tolman Dispatch Center)

Summit Surprise Fire – Addy Gifford / Stevens County.  Dispatched 0814 hours PDT.  Unknown burned acreage.  Dispatched at 0814 hours PDT.  NC 347 at 1045 hours PDT.  In patrol status. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Tyler Spot Fire – Hwy 904 / Spokane County.  Dispatched 1054 hours PDT.  0.01 acres.  Grass and brush fire fuels. Dispatched 0815 hours PDT.  Contained at 1230 hours.  Controlled at 1325 hours PDT.  (Northeast Interagency Communications Center)

OREGON

Haner Butte 0175 OD Fire – 1 mi east of Haner Butte.  Dispatched 1511 hours PDT.  1.46 acres.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center)

IDAHO

No wildfires have been reported.

(Source:  Wild CAD Web)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 9, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 9, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.

MAY 9, 2018

0171 RS Fire | Dispatched 1229 hours PDT.  Mcgrath and Powell Butte Hwy. 0.1 acres. (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatche Center – OR)

Cove Fire | Dispatched 1543 hours PDT.  Mile Post 303. (Olympic Region Dispatch – WA)

No Fires in the State of Idaho

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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 8, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 6 – 8, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.

MAY 6, 2018

Swan Boundary Fire | Dispatched 0955 hours. Hwy 12 MM 87-88 x Swan Creek Rd. 0.5 acres. (Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center – ID)

8014 Fire | Dispatched at 1628 hours.  Unknown location.  0.5 acres.  Limited info.  (Burns Interagency Communications Center – OR)

Sutton Gulch Fire | Dispatched 0832 hours.  Carberry Creek.  0.1 acres.  (Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center – OR)

Pondo Fire | Dispatched at 1208 hours.  South of Steve Peak.  0.1 acres. (Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center – OR)

North Fork Texas Creek Fire | Dispatched at 1220 hours.  Texas Creek on the Okanogan  NF.  0.1 acres.  Light timber.  Contained at 1320 hours.  Controlled at 1430 hours.  In patrol status.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Klickitat Breaks Fire | Dispatched at 1557 hours.   Klickitat River in Klickitat County.  0.1 acres.  Grass, light timber.  Contained at 1730 hours.  Controlled at 1731 hours. in patrol status.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Finn Ridge Fire | Dispatched at 1754 hours.  Finn Ridge / Centerville in Klickitat County.  Sangs.  Contained at 2000 hours.  Controlled at 2001 hours.  In patrol status.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Mason Road Fire | Dispatched at 1734 hours.  Mason Road in Spokane County.  0.41 acres.  Grass, brush, light timber fire fuels.  AR 444 IC at 1911 hours.  contained at 1815 hours.  Controlled at 1918 hours.  (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Marksman Fire | Dispatched at 0806 hours.  Olympia in Thurston County.  0.25 acres.  Brush as fire fuels.  Contained at 1930 hours.  Controlled at 2000 hours. (South Puget Sound Dispatch – WA)

MAY 7, 2018

CM 18 0161 OD Fire | Dispatched 1520 hours.  Cat Mountain.  .96 acres.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

Boxcar 0162 OD Fire | Dispatched at 1917 hours.  Boxcar Flats.  0.1 acres. Resources include:  9102, 9103, 9502, E9162.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

036 Hill Spring Fire | Dispatched at 1040  hours.  Hill Spring.  0.1 acre.  Contained at 1256 hours.  Controlled at 1334 hours.  Fire fuels included Timber.  (John Day Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

Berry Rock Fire | Dispatched 1500 hours.  Unknown location.  4 acres.  (Rogue Valley Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

Granger Locke Fire | Dispatched at 0806 hours.  .25 mile up Locke Road.  0.1 acres.  Staffed at 1020 hours.  (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Matsen Creek Fire | Dispatched at 0940 hours.  756 A Matsen Creek Road.  0.1 acres.  Resources on-scene at 1035 hours.  Contained at 1100 hours.  Controlled at 1200 hours. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

MAY 8, 2018

Bluebird Fire | Dispatched @ 1414 hours.  Location – 48 5.3 x 116 50.4.  0.5 acres. Limited information. (Coeur d’Alene Interagency Dispatch Center – ID)

Bear Mountain Fire | Dispatched at 1409 hours.  Bear Mountain.  0.01 acres. (Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center – OR)

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 5, 2018

Want to know what’s happening in the Northwest for wildfire activity?  We have gleaned information from various sources to bring one great post.  This information includes wildfire activity for the week of May 1, 2018 through May 5, 2018.

IDAHO

There is no wildfire activity found for this State.

CENTRAL OR INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#0154CS Fire | .5 mile north of Sisters. 0.1 acre.  Dispatched 5/4/2018 0831 hours PDT.

#0157RS Fire | 11 miles south of Prineville.  0.1 acre.  Dispatched 5/4/2018 1015 hours PDT.

JOHN DAY INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#T11R35Sec2NESE Fire | Lat/Lon – 44 38.388, -118 27.138.  Unknown acreage. Dispatched 5/5/2018 1449 hours PDT. Discovered by off-duty USFS personnel as smoldering and creeping.  Approximate size was said to be 10 x 5.  Duty Officer notified.

BLUE MOUNTAIN INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#TucannonFire | Tucannon River area. 8 miles SW of Pomeroy, WA. Dispatched 5/2/2018 0915 hours PDT.  5 acres.  Unknown cause. Contained/Controlled 5/2/2018 1550 hours PDT.

LAKEVIEW INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

#AgencyFire | T33S R7 Section 31 NWSW.  Dispatched at 5/3/2018 1617 hours PDT.  14 acres. Contained 5/05/2018 1712 hours PDT.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER (WA)

#AlderMineFire | Okanogan County, Alder Creek. Dispatched 5/1/2018 1012 hours PDT. Camper fire fuels.  0.1 acres. In Patrol status.

#RavensSongsRoostFire | Okanogan Co, Mazama. Dispatched 5/1/2018 1117 hours PDT. Grass, brush fuels. 0.01 acres. Out 5/1/18 1231 hours PDT.

#TucannonFire | Columbia County, Tucannon. Dispatched 5/2/2018 1603 hours PDT. Limited info.

#BellSouthFire | Okanogan County, Golden Doe Road.  Dispatched 5/3/2018 1334 hours PDT. Grass, brush fuels. DNR, Forest Service response.  0.084 acres.

#NileLoopFire | Yakima County, Nile.  Dispatched 5/3/2018 1544 hours PDT.  Slash, timber fuels.   0.10 acres.

#StrongFire | Klickitat County, Sunnyside.  Dispatched 5/4/2018 1356 hours PDT.   Grass, timber, duff.  0.10 acres. Contained 5/4/2018 1500 hours PDT.  Controlled 5/4/2018 1501 hours PDT. Patrol status.

NORTHEAST WASHINGTON INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER (WA)

#MeadowDriveFire | Okanogan County, Meadow Drive. Dispatched 5/2/2018 1358 hours PDT. Grass, brush, reprod timber.  0.2 acres.  HI 142 effective 1430 hours PDT. Contained/Controlled 5/2/2018 1435 hours PDT.

#SkidmooreFire | Stevens County, Skidmoore Road.  Dispatched 5/3/2018 0947 hours PDT.  Grass fuels.  0.1 acres. Contained 5/3/2018 1000 hours PDT.  Controlled 5/3/2018 1200 hours PDT.

#HansenWoodsFire | Stevens County, Swamp Creek. Dispatched 5/3/2018 1214 hours PDT.  Grass and brush.  0.4 acres.  Contained/Controlled 5/3/2018 1300 hours PDT.

#HiddenFire | Stevens County, Hidden Road.  Dispatched 5/4/2018 1600 hours PDT.  Grass, brush, timber and snags.  0.5 acres.  Contained 5/4/2018 1730 hours PDT.  Controlled 5/4/2018 2000 hours PDT.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

WA Wildfire: Fletcher Rd Fire | Update 1

Updated 8/7/2016 @ 1930 Hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Fletcher Rd Fire was reported as wildfire that  broke out on Fletcher Rd in Walla Walla County and spreading into nearby Columbia County on Sunday, August 7, 2016. (12noon)

Earlier this afternoon, State Mobe resources were authorized by Washington State to deploy to the Fletcher Road Fire. (1407 PDT)

Less than an hour later, media and other sources began to report fire was threatening homes, crops and that destruction was heading towards Walla Walla, Washington (1 hour away).

FIRE SIZE

The fire has scorched 2,000 acres and is currently not contained at this time. (1542 PDT)

CAUSE

Started by lightning.

EVACUATIONS

Follow the lead of the fire coming towards many towns, evacuations began to occur. (1426 PDT).

RESOURCES

About 180 personnel are assigned to this incident including State Mobe resources that were demobilized from the Snake River Fire.  Washington DNR, State Mobilization fire and support personnel are on the fire ground, in addition to DNR heavy and light air tankers.

CLOSURES

Lyons Ferry Rd is closed from Highway 261 south to TOMCO seed.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#FletcherRdFire #NWFireBlogWA #WaWildfires2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

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

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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.

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You can also receive updates via email once you become a Follower of ours. We’d love to have you on board so that we can provide the newest and freshest updates on Breaking News, Career and Training Opportunities and much more!

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