CA WILDFIRE | CAMP FIRE | 1

UPDATE 1 – TUESDAY – NOVEMBER 13TH

For Evacuations, Shelters for people and their pets, Road Closures and further updates/Alerts — > http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2277_4226.pdf

NOTE:  Info in this single daily post are actual pressers, media releases, daily incident updates/SITREPS and gleaned from Social Media.  We are posting accordingly and try 100% to honestly post true and most accurate information as possible.

DISCLAIMER:  We do not represent any Fire or Police Agency and any and all information is from our personal viewpoint.


Incident Summary

  • Incident # – CA-BTU-016737
  • Wildfire Incident
  • Current size is 130,000 acres with 35% containment status.
  • Fire Managers are expecting this wildfire to grow to a final size of 150,000 acres.
  • Expected containment date is scheduled for November 30th.
  • Located – Concow, Town of Paradise, Magalia, Butte Creek Canyon, Butte Valley in Butte County.
  • Unified Command – CAL FIRE IMT 4 (Derum), USFS (Griffin), Butte County Sheriff’s Office (Bell) and Town of Paradise PD (Reinvold)
  • 48 deaths.
  • 52,000 residents have been evacuated.
  • 1,385 in temporary shelters.
  • Total of 53,427 civilians affected.
  • Total 3 First responders impacted.
  • 3 First Responders with either injuries or illnesses as reported.

Fire Status

  • Behavior is active fire with uphill runs, flanking and with single-tree torching.
  • Fire burned through communities of Concow, Town of Paradise and Magalia.
  • Fuels consist of: 6′ chaparral, timber and short grass.
  • Fire conditions are critically dry fuels and gusty winds.
  • Fire Managers foresee this fire will be a potential future threat, completed mass notifications, planning for future evacuations and are currently in evacuation mode.
  • During the day today, firefighters were able to hold the established containment lines.
  • Tonight, crews will take advantage of nighttime humidity recovery.
  • Throughout the night firefighters will provide structure protection and continue to strengthen and improve existing control lines.
  • They will patrol within the fire area while address hot spots and any and all hazards.

Resources – Fire

The following resources on this incident are:

  • 630 Fire engines
  • 74 Water tenders
  • 23 Helicopters
  • 99 Hand Crews
  • 105 Dozers
  • 5,615 personnel

Incident Cooperators

  • CAL Trans
  • CAL DOC and REHAB
  • CHP
  • CALOES
  • National Weather Service (NWS)
  • CA Conservation Corps
  • Butte County
  • City of Chico

Under Direct Threat for the Period of 12-72 hours

Infrastructure

Fire to continue to threaten buildings/infrastructure in the next 12-hour operational period of time:

  • Paradise
  • Magalia
  • Concow
  • Stirling City
  • Yankee Hill
  • Big Bend
  • Butte Creek Canyon
  • Butte Valley
  • Honey Run
  • Helltown
  • Centerville
  • Forest Ranch
  • Paradise Pines
  • Cherokee
  • Berry Creek

Private Lands/Areas

The following are currently being threatened:

  • Private timber lands
  • Watersheds for Lake Oroville and Concow Reservoir
  • Plumas National Forest
  • Union Pacific RR
  • Highways 32, 70, 99 and 149.
  •  ISO reportable power lines
  • Table Mountain Substation
  • Feather River Hospital
  • Paradise and Magalia municipal water systems
  • Communication lines
  • Cell towers and mountain top communications infrastructure
  • CAL FIRE communications sites
  • CHP communications sites
  • Lake Oroville Marina fuel and boat storage
  • Recreation and tourism on Lake Oroville and surrounding communities,
  • Butte Fire Center
  • Butte County
  • Town of Paradise
  • USFS Fire Stations
  • Sawmill Peak
  • Flea Mountain Lookout
  • PG & E infrastructure including 500 KV/230 KV/115 KV lines
  • PG & E gas line servicing the town of Paradise
  • 3 hydroelectric plants at Poe, Cresta, Desable and Lime Saddle

Damage Assessments

  • Currently threatened:  15,500 single family homes; 2,000 non-residential commercial properties.
  • Damaged:  75 single homes, 11 multiple residences, 32 non-residential commercial properties and 30 other minor structures.
  • Destroyed:  7,600 single family homes, 95 multiple residences, 3 mixed commercial / residential structures, 260 non-residential commercial properties and 859 other minor structures.
  • Fire has burned through communities of Concow, Paradise and Magalia with significant damage to infrastructure and buildings.
  • 17,500 residential and commercial buildings are all impacted.
  • Feather River Hospital suffered extreme amounts of damage.
  • Due to the high amount of damage, assessments are expected to be completed within the next several operational periods.
  • $24.6 Million Cost-to-Date (on the low side).

Unsung Heroes

  • Firefighters on the Front Lines:  Our have been busy working 12 hr. shifts at the in CA. The crew have been teamed up with and the dozer team to cut a fire line and back burn areas to protect vital structures in the area.  (Photo Credits: Clackamas FD)

  • Vet Care:  Our faculty clinicians, residents, students and vet techs are working around the clock to care for animals injured.   How to help by donating to –> https://give.ucdavis.edu/VMTH/V6TH631  (Photo Credit:  UC Davis Vet Med)

Evacuees Resources

Sources:  GACC.NIFC, CAL FIRE, Social Media

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

CA | Woolsey Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Started on Friday, November 9th at 1430 hours PST
  • Reported as a brush fire
  • Located North of Malibu and South of Simi Valley, about 4 miles NE of Oak Park
  • Unified Command:  CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo, Ventura County FD & SO, LA City FD & PD and LA County FD &PD.
  • 83,275 acres with 5% containment status
  • Fire fuels are brush, chaparral and tall grass
  • 177 structures destroyed
  • 2 structures damaged
  • 57,000 structures under direct threat
  • Estimated containment on November 15th
  • 2 deaths
  • Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs.

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out  in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  NOTE: We are covering these separately but you may find some combined references due to the sources.

RESOURCES

Resources deployed from locally and around the country helping local Fire and Law Enforcement Agencies:

LOCAL FIRE RESOURCES

This is as of 2130 hours PST, released by CAL FIRE.

  • 418 Fire engines
  • 40 Water tenders
  • Unknown number of air tankers from throughout the State
  • 63 Hand crews
  • 56 dozers
  • 19 helicopters
  • 3,242 personnel

CAL FIRE

  • As of 0320 PST, aerial operations with helicopters continued. Fire Ops reported they are rotating crews and aircraft to maintain coverage over the fire. Their maintenance team is doing a fabulous job. They are all in this together.

Photo Credit: LA CO FIRE OPS

VENTURA COUNTY FD

  • Will host a presser on Sunday at 0930 hours PST at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks, California.

VENTURA COUNTY SO

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  • Missing Person Search – Deputies are looking for 78-year old Thousand Oaks / Camarillo Springs resident, Maryanne Needham.  She was last seen on Thursday on the Hill Fire by her son around 1930 hours driving in the area of Hillcrest Drive and Duesenberg Drive in Thousand Oaks.  She drives a maroon 2002 Honda CRV 4YFX198/CA license plate.  If you have any information, please contact the Ventura County Sheriff Dispatch line at 805-654-9511.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY FD

  • Fire Image.  Photo Credit:  LACoFD, Douglas Morrison)

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LOS ANGELES CITY PD

  • Evacuation of Horses – Officers jumped into action saving these horses.  Photo Credit:  LAPD HQ

WASHINGTON FIRE RESOURCES

The following equipment and resources have been deployed from Washington State:

  • 8 strike teams
  • 93 personnel
  • 2 brush trucks
  • 2 command vehicles
  • 24 fire engines of various types
  • Will be staffing up for all three wildfires – WOOLSEY, HILL and CAMP FIRES
  • Agencies responding:  Lacey FD, Seattle FD, Valley RFA, Snoqualmie FD, Benton County, Thurston County Fire District 17, Lewis County Fire District 5, McLane FD, Thurston County Fire District 9, West Thurston Fire, Walla Walla County Fire District 4, College Place, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Seattle FD, Woodinville Fire & Rescue, Shoreline FD, King County Fire District 27, Skyway FD, East Jefferson Fire & Rescue and Duvall FD. (Source: WA EMD)

CENTRAL REGION STRIKE TEAM

MCLANE / BLACK LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Photo Credit: McLane / Black Lake FD Facebook Page

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Photo Credit: McLane / Black Lake FD Facebook Page

  • “Crews left this morning to head to California and are part of upwards of 8 Strike Teams to help with devastating fire. 40 engines and 150 fire personnel are on their way.
  • The  Team has had a full day of travel. Crews will spend the night in Stockton, CA then heading out early Sunday to make the last leg of the journey to the staging area.” – MBLFD Firefighters @MBLFDFFS (Twitter)

SE REGION STRIKE TEAM  (WA)

Photo Credits:  Lacey FD, Skyway FD, Snoqualime FD. Courtesy: WA EMD.

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CHELAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 1 – Leader

  • Walla Walla Fire District 4
  • Walla Walla Fire District 8
  • College Place Fire
  • Benton County Fire District 1
  • Stevens County Fire District 1

SEATTLE FIRE STRIKE TEAM 

Firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department group up as part of a Washington Strike Team deploying to help with California Wildfires. Photo Credit:  Seattle FD.

EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE STRIKE TEAM

  • Team Leader is EF&R BC Dave McDaniel
  • 9 Firefighters from EF&R (including Brush Truck 71)
  • Shoreline FD
  • Snoqualmie FD

Fire crews from Eastside Fire & Rescue (Credit:  Seattle Fire Department)

“Mutual aid resources will operate on a 24-hour on, 24-hour off schedule and start work on Monday, November 12th, once they arrive at the final location. Their assignments will vary which will be dependent on current needs.  It is possibly they may be needed to backfill fire stations to respond to everyday emergencies or out fighting fires.

Their deployment may up to two weeks.” says Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

Photo Credit: Seattle FD

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Additional resources assisting on this major event are called Incident Cooperators.  The following are partnering with local fire departments and Law Enforcement Agencies:

  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • CA Department of Fish & Game
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • Public Health Department
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • CALTRANS
  • Ventura County Animal Control
  • Los Angeles County Animal Control
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • American Red Cross (ARC)

Photo Credit: Seattle FD

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visitwww.VCEmergency.com or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visitwww.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

  • Bell Canyon – Entire community
  • Oak Park – Entire community
  • Thousand Oaks – T.O. Blvd north to Sunset Hills… Oak Park west to Hwy 23… West of Hwy 23 to south of East of Olsen Road..North of Pederson Rd… South of Bard Lake… East of Hwy 23….South of Hwy 101… east of Reino Road… North of Potrero Raod… East to the Los Angeles & Ventura County line…Wood Ranch and Long Canyon

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS

  • Simi Valley – Bridal Path

EVACUATION ALERTS!

VENTURA COUNTY

Evacuation Alerts! –  www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

CAMARILLO

St. Mary Magdalen Church –  25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

 Camarillo Community Center – 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross).

NEWBURY PARK

Borhard Community Center – 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

THOUSAND OAKS

Goeble Senior Adult Center – FULL! – 1385 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Thousand Oaks Teen Center – FULL! – 1375 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Thousand Oaks Community Center – CLOSED! – 2525 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks CA 91360.

SIMI VALLEY

Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center – 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.  No animals accepted.

WOODLAND HILLS

Taft Charter – FULL! – 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. (Source:  Red Cross)

Pierce College (California) –  6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave).

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals

DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.

Large Animals

  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2)
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services – FULL!

Info –> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2282_4165.pdf

Small Animals 

  • Borchard Park –190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)
  • Ventura County Animal Services – 805-388-4258. 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 West Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA. 805-388-4341

Info –> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2282_4165.pdf

Horses

  • Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.   (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

ROAD CLOSURES

Hwy 101

  • Both directions at Valley Circle to Reyes Adobe
  • Off ramp at Camarillo Springs

Hwy 1

  • Southbound (Pacific Coast Hwy or PCH) closed

Bell Canyon Road

  • Closed at Valley Circle Boulevard

Lynn Road

  • At Reino Road

Potrero Road

  • Closed between Rancho  Dos Vientos and South Lewis Road

Kanan Road

  • Between Westlake Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road
  • At Falling Star Avenue

Erbes Road

  • At Sapra Street

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

CA | Woolsey Fire | 2

NOVEMBER 9, 2018 – FRIDAY – 1400 HOURS PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out  in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley.

Photo posted at 0200 PST in the early morning hours on Friday. Photo Credit | LA Co FD

The fire was originally at 10 acres but would explode into 10,000 acres within hours with some reporting the fire consuming acreage the size of a football field within seconds.  We call that a major Fire Storm.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  NOTE: We are covering these separately but you may find some combined references due to the sources.

RESOURCES

The agencies that have been deployed and are working on this wildfire WOOLSEY FIRE are the following:

  • Ventura County Fire and Police Departments
  • Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff Departments
  • Los Angeles City Fire and Police Department
  • CAL FIRE

Photo posted from Thursday evening. Photo Credit | LA County SO

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

FIRE STATUS

Fire has burned approximately 14,000 acres.  It has been said that it burned through a nuclear accident scene into Malibu.

Unified command partners briefing media on current situation. Mandatory evacuations still in effect. Additional shelter in service at Palisades High School in Malibu. next media briefing is scheduled for 1630 PST. (LA County Fire PIO)  Photo Credit:  LA CO FD

WESTERN TOWN

Western Town, an Old West movie set including “Westworld” at Paramount Ranch in Agoura HIlls is reported to have been destroyed by flames.  This site was purchased by Paramount in 1927 and had been used as a western site ever since. (Source:  Los Angeles Times. Story –> http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-fires-woolsey-hill-camp-western-town-of-paramount-ranch-has-been-1541795090-htmlstory.html)

FIRE JUMPS 101 FREEWAY

The fire jumped the 101 Freeway this morning around 0600 hours PST. Video below shows the firestorm looking more like a runaway train.  To keep the Public and First Responders, the freeway has been closed in both directions. Video Credit:  VCFD

ROAD CLOSURES

workers responding to emergency closures observe and appear that the scene appears to be calm – eerily closed @ Mugu Rock – and devastation – wind-whipped fire destruction – remnants from both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.   Photo(s) Credit:  CAL TRANS DISTRICT #7

BRUSH CLEARING ACTIVITIES

Fire crews are doing brush clearing activities in and around homes in communities to lessen heavy fire fuels and work to stop the forward progression the wildfires.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visitwww.VCEmergency.com or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visitwww.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1430 PST) – Source:  VCFD PIO.

EVACUATION UPDATE* All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1400 PST) Source – LA CO FD.

Photo Credit | LA Co SO

EVACUATION AND  ALERT ENTIRE CITY/COMMUNITY of Hidden Hills PLEASE EVACUATE Immediately via Valley Circle Blvd towards Chatsworth.  (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1145 PST) – Source: LA County SO

EVACUATION ALERTS!

VENTURA COUNTY – Alerts !

 Evacuation updates via http://www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

CAMARILLO

St. Mary Magdalen Church. 25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

 Camarillo Community Center, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross).

NEWBURY PARK

 Borhard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

SIMI VALLEY

Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center. 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.

WOODLAND HILLS

Taft Charter.  5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. (Source:  Red Cross)

Pierce College (California).  6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals

DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.  1) Large Animals:  Pierce College. 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2) Small Animals:  Borchard Park. 190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)

Evacuation Shelter – Horses

Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.  (Disclaimer:  We have no knowledge of this business and do not lie claim that information listed here is an endorsement for this company.  Always do your due diligence before making any type of financial agreement or give personal info until you have verified their credentials.-Ed.) – (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

CA Wildfire | Camp Fire | 1

11/8/2018 – THURSDAY – 2115  PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

JARBO GAP, Calif. — A wildfire broke out on Thursday, November 8th at 0633 hours PST on Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road near Jarbo Gap in Butte County, California, from an unknown cause, says CAL FIRE.

RESOURCES

The fire is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE – Butte County Fire, Butte County Sheriff’s Office and Paradise Police Department.

There are a total 2289 fire personnel along with 303 fire engines, 59 crews, 11 helicopters, 24  bulldozers and 11 water tenders.

Getting Lidar scans earlier in the day. Photo Credit: SJSU Fire Weather Lab

Lidar Definition can be found here —> https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/lidar.html

FIRE STATUS

The fire has burned 20,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.

Firefighters continued to be challenged with extreme fire and weather conditions including strong winds and long-range spotting.

About 15,000 structures are currently under direct threat.

Fire weather is currently strong Santa Ana winds gusting to 50 mph combined with single digit RH which will bring expectation of increasing extremely critical fire weather conditions this evening and throughout Friday. (Source: NWS Los Angeles)

2111 PST:  Social media users posting.  Fire to impact 32 and reach Chico. Evac order just confirmed by CalFire for Canyon Oaks. Fire is also making a run at Magalia/Paradise Pines. Winds est. 35mph on peaks. Honeyrun Canyon area has burned as well.

1750 PST:  Many reports stating that hundreds of structures up to thousands have been destroyed in Paradise.  The town’s population of 27,000 residents have reported that many are injured and missing.   (Sources: News media, many outlets)

RESOURCES

Alameda County Fire

8 ACFD firefighters on CAL OES engines 8233 and 8235 are part of STrike team 2870C.  (Photo Credit:  ACFD)

CAL FIRE – Butte Unit / Butte County Fire Department

Fire resources were on-scene of this fire incident and pleaded with the Public to evacuate upon request and stated that this is very dangerous.  This photo (below) was taken on 11/82018 around 0900 PST.  Photo Credit: CAL FIRE

—> EVACUATIONS <—

Mandatory

Bruce Road to the east between Highway 32 and East 20th Street in Chico.  Posted 11/8/2018 @ 2113. (Source: News media)

Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley.

Both sides of Oro Chico Highway from Durham Dayton north to Estates Drive.  Posted 11/8/2018 1951 PST. (Source: Butte County Sheriff Office)

Area of Cherokee from Hwy 70 to the Lake, south to Table Mountain Blvd.  Posted 11/8/2018 1949 PST. (Source:  Butte County Sheriff Office)

The Evacuation Warning for Hwy 32 at Nople Avenue down to the Chico City Limits HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO AN ORDER. This still does not include the City of Chico. Posted 11/8/2018 1830 PST. (Source Butte County Sheriff Office)

 Warnings

Forest Ranch.

Area west of 99 from 149 north to chico City limits, west to the Midway. Posted 11/8/2018 @ 1938 PST. (Source:  Butte County Sheriff Office)

—> ANIMAL RESCUE <—

NVADG, an animal rescue group.  Call to help rescue your pets.  Hotline –> 530-895-0000. (Source:  Social media poster)

—> SHELTERS <—

People

Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Ave, Oroville.  (Source: CAL FIRE)

The Chico Elks Lodge. 1705 Manzanita Avenue, Chico, CA 95926. Opened at 2030 hours PST.  (Source:  Butte County Sheriff Office)

Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds.  442 Franklin Avenue, Yuba City, CA. (Source:  Butte County CA)

Animals

Small Animal – County Hospital, 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite #E. (Source:  CAL FIRE)

Large Animal – Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 E Hazel St, Gridley, CA 95948. (Source: CAL FIRE)

—> NOTIFICATIONS <—

Shelter Full – The Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico, CA. (as of 11/8/2018 @  2018 PST)

—> CLOSURES <—

 Roadways 

Hwy 70 between Pentz Rd to Plumas County line.

Skyway

Highway 99 from 149/99 Junction to 9th ST.

Highway 191 and Pentz Road.

(Source:  CAL FIRE.  Updates –> http://www.dot.ca.gov/hg/roadinfo/Hourly

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be providing updates as information is received.  You can also follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG 

CA | Woolsey Fire | 1

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 – THURSDAY

SUMMARY

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out today in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  (Note: We are covering them as separate wildfires but may have both referenced in a single post).

Fire conditions are reported as very dry with winds getting stronger overnight.  The relative humidity is also very low, meaning there is no change of precip in this forecast.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

The timeline of this incident is rapidly unfolding and here are the actions and deployment of resources that are being sent:

1421 PST:  The fire has increased the destroyed acreage to 750 and growing quickly.  There was no containment status at this time.  The fire was said to be still a big threat to Los Angeles County.

1424 PST:  COPT21 reports approximately 5+ acres with rapid rate of spread with structures threatened. Winds 25-30 mph.

1426 PST:   Air Attack was reported as requesting four large air tankers and a lead plane as an urgent need for structure protection.

1429 PST:  P73 reported heavy smoke showing from a distance of .25 miles.  A Security Guard advised the area is being impacted two separated wildfires.  The two wildfires are the WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE.

1452 PST:  Social media users posting traffic updates.  Portion of 101 is closed. Estimated traffic travel is 4 hours to reach the Pacific Coast Highway also known as the PCH.

1500 PST:  Those following scanner feed reported the fire has burned 50 acres and burning in medium-heavy fire fuels with a rapid rate of spread to the south to west towards Oak Park.  It has been observed to have long-range spotting.

1504 PST:  Strike Team 1102A (E29 E64 E82 E244 E286) has been assigned to this fire. Strike Team 1130A (E558 E570 E5118 E5131 E5191) is moving from the SCV area to the San Fernando Valley. (LA County FD social media user)

1524 PST:  Scanner follower reports IC states fire has burned 600 acres.

1541 PST:  South Ops advises no more available air tankers.

1616 PST:  Aviation buffs following aircraft signatures through various apps showing the Super Scooper, the VLAT (DC10) and other smaller air tankers fighting fire on both wildfire incidents.

1712 PST:  Scanner feed followers are reporting structures in the Bell Canyon are under imminent threat.  Two (2) immediate Type 1 strike teams requested to this area.

1736 PST:  BC589 reporting fire has now burned 800+ acres and still remains at a zero percent containment.  Homes in the Bell Canyon area are under direct threat.  Fire is moving in the direction of the Ahmanson Ranch in the Agoura area, which is in the jurisdiction of LA County Fire Department.

1846 PST:  Simi Police are monitoring the WOOLSEY FIRE south of the City. They state the fire is currently not posing any threats to the Simi Valley area at this time. (Source:  City of Simi Valley PD)

1850 PST:  Fires are near the communities where the Thousand Oaks shooting just occurred recently. (Sources: Social Media, mainstream media)

1852 PST:  Fire weather reported as 66*F, winds are ENE at 28 mph with gusts to 44 mph. RH 58%.  Santa Ana winds are expected to increase later this evening and overnight. (Source:  NWS Los Angeles)

1856 PST:  Fire now burned 1,000 acres with a remaining 0% containment status. Mandatory evacuations in Bell Canyon. Voluntary evacuations cities of Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Hidden Hills. This is primarily for large animals and the elderly. (Source:  City of Calabasas)

1904 PST:  Sheriff’s reserve units are reporting that the fire is located in two areas of Boeing, to the north-east and north-west of Saddlebow. Firefighters are said to be moving the fire to the southwest.  Structure protection being provided by Firefighters and Sheriff personnel in the Saddlebow area.  Resources are also fighting the fire at the Boeing locations.  Make sure to follow this site for fire and evacuation updates.   (Ventura County Alerts)

Video Credit:  Michael Dubron @MichaelDubron with the LA County Fire Department.

1906 PST:  Three wildfires are now burning:  CAMP FIRE, WOOLSEY FIRE, HILL FIRE can be seen on NOAA sat maps.

1915 PST:  Multiple posters stating the fire has burned from 1500 – 1600 acres and increasing.

2012 PST:  Social media in LA County that follows the Fire Department reports: “Fire under command of Ventura County FD.  Reporting fire is at 1500+ acres (some mainstream media reporting up to an unconfirmed 2,000 acres).  0% containment. LA Co FD has many resources engaged in the fire fight and more ready to provide structure protection in the LA County if needed.

2025 PST:  Social Media users (and mainstream media) reporting one of the wildfires is threatening fuel gantries at the Rocket Dyne site. This was reported previously by many news organizations as possibly being the nation’s worst nuclear meltdown.  Some are saying that Mall of America is wanting to raze the property for development.  Others say that clean-up has been delayed many times to the possibility of not seeing the site completely denuclearized/cleaned up until the year 2030.  Fire is said to be near the area causing fears of how this will impact people downwind.

EVACUATION ALERTS!

2023 PST –> Evacuation Map released by City of Calabasas.  

Photo Credit: City of Calabasas at 2023 PDT from LACoFD, CHP West Valley 

1956 PST –> Mandatory Evacuation for Broome Campgrounds.  (Source: Social Media user)

1955 PST –> Mandatory Evacuation for Sycamore Campgrounds. (Source:  Social Media user)

1856 PST –> Mandatory Evacuations for Bell Canyon.  Voluntary Evacuations for Cities of Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Valley.  Primarily for large animals and the elderly. (Source:  City of Calabasas)

1854 PST –> Mandatory Evacuations for Renaissance and Canyon Oaks Neighborhoods. East of Lindero Canyon Road, North of 101 Freeway, West of Valley Circle Drive.  Evacuation exit –> Evacuees should head South towards the City of Los Angeles.  An evacuation shelter has not been established yet but updates will be provided by the City. (Source:  City of Westlake Village via http://www.wlv.org)

1815 PST –> Sign up for Alerts — Ventura County — Evacuation updates via http://www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

Unknown Timestamp –> Voluntary Evacuations for Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village.  (Source:  CAL FIRE)

1426 PST –> Voluntary Evacuation order for City of Calabasas.  No immediate threat but fire is moving rapidly.  (Source:  City of Calabasas)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

1958 PST –> Evacuation Shelter Open in Camarillo — St. Mary Magdalen Church. 25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA.

1900 PST –> Evacuation Shelter Open for Newbury Park — Borhard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

1900 PST –> Evacuation Shelter Open for Camarillo — Camarillo Community Center, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

1900 PST –> Evacuation Shelter Open for Simi Valley — Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center. 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals — DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.  1) Large Animals:  Pierce College. 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2) Small Animals:  Borchard Park. 190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)

Evacuation Shelter – Horses — Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.  (Disclaimer:  We have no knowledge of this business and do not lie claim that information listed here is an endorsement for this company.  Always do your due diligence before making any type of financial agreement or give personal info until you have verified their credentials.-Ed.) – (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

ALERTS!

2021 PST –> Presidential Emergency Declaration Requested — Acting Governor Gavin Newsom sent a letter to the President and FEMA requesting a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to support the communities impacted by the wildfires.  This includes assistance for the CAMP FIRE in Butte County, HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES in Ventura County, the NURSE FIRE in Solano County and other wildfires in Lassen and Mendocino. (Source:  CA Association of Counties)

2006 PST –> School Closures in the Oak Park Unified School District — All Schools closed.  Oxnard Union High School District — Adoflo Camarillo H.S., Frontier H.S. and Rancho Campana H.S. (Source: VC Stringer)

1956 PST –> Smoke Advisory Issued for San Fernando Valley, NW coastal areas in Los Angeles County.  Smoke Advisory issued for Thursday (11/8) and Friday (11/9) due to both wildfires WOOLSEY, HILL FIRES.  Details here –> http://www.aqmd.gov/docs/default-source/air-quality/advisories/advisory1.pdf  (Source:  South Coast AQMD)

1944 PST –> Emergency Alerts! — Nixle — Sign up for emergency Alerts! Text your zip code to 888777 (Source: Social media poster)

1904 PST –> Classes Cancelled — All Senior classes have been cancelled at the Calabasas Civic Center and Founders Hall.  Parking being shutdown.

1850 PST –> Traffic Alerts — Check out quickmap.dot.ca.gov for traffic updates. (Source:  LAFD Talk)

FIRE IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

City of Calabasas —  Image from Mountain Park off of Mulholland in Calabasas.  Photo Credit:  City of Calabasas.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG – Updated 11/8/2018 @ 2030 PST

Seattle Firefighters Busy with Fire #2

SEATTLE, Wash. – Firefighters were dispatched for a second fire in the same day for a seven-story senior living apartment complex on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  The fire is located in the 700 block of N. 135th Street at the Four Freedoms House of Seattle.

CAUSE

Seattle Fire released information stating the fire was believed to be started in the kitchen.  No preliminary cause has been determined as of yet.

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire Department

STAFFING

Units A25, AIR10, B4, B6, DEP1, E17, E21,E24, 335, E39, L5, L8, L9, M31, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, E31, E16, E9, M16 and SFD PIO were dispatched. (2153)

FIRE TIMELINE

2203 | Smoke was reported to be on floor 4 with an occupant notification. Command was trying to get more details and assigned crews to check it out. E34 had the back-up line and E39 was assigned to Division 4.

2204 | Battalion 4 arrived on-scene and assumed 135 Street Command.

2205 | 10 minutes on the incident timer.

2208 | Units and assignments were Ladder 5 with search and rescue, E35 on floor 5, E24 on the fire floor (4th) and E24 on a hydrant for a water supply (2208)

2211 | E35 located on floor 5 reported there was a dry line stretched to the 5th floor, light smoke observed and they were checking for extensions.

2212 | Division 4 reported that there was water on the fire, heavy smoke on floor 4 and PPV (positive pressure ventilation) requested.

2214 | B4 gave an update:  water on the fire, PPV and searches in progress with L9 in the north end of the building and crews searching for possible victims. Division 4 listed L5, L9 and E24 in his division.  Safety was located on the Charlie side.

2217 | Additional units were dispatched to the fire: E16, E9 and M16. Division 5 was established.

2218 | E31 was on stand-by with a back-up in the West stairwell if needed.

2221 | 1 fire victim (Green – walking on own, no medical assistance needed) was walked out by crew.

2223 | Dispatch notified Command, the incident timer now showed they had been on-scene 25 minutes from the original time of dispatch. Command reported that the fire was under control.

2225 | As crews worked on the interior of the building, the IC known as “Command” was having difficulty understanding the radio transmissions. Crews were told to stand on a balcony or landing then transmit their updates or needs to Command.  Transmissions throughout the incident were very scratchy and unreadable.

2226 | Crews acknowledged they were having some kind of radio issues. They were switching to different channels to attempt to update Command but it was not working.

2229 | Division 4 gave an update: E21 was in the fire unit and reported the fire was knocked down with some hot spots. E31 was on stand-by in the West stairwell with a back-up line if needed, fire crews were on floor 4.

2236 | Reports of water flowing down the West stairwell was said to be due to a 2.5″ broke and firefighters were trying to repair it.  E39 was assigned to replace E35 in Division, while 40 minutes on the incident clock was announced by Dispatch.

2237 | Smoke began clearing on floor 5 and it was confirmed that a PPV was established. A tap fire was announced.

2240 | The RIT team that included E17 and L8 were re-assessing the ventilation plan for floors 4-7, as previous reports of trying to vent the floors of smoke was not working.

2241 | Command announced to all fire crews to hold and state their PAR status and location inside the building. All were accounted for and locations given to Command.

2246 | Primary searches were conducted by L5 and E31 in Division 4.

2249 | Floors 6 and 7 were being cleared of smoke via PPV fire tactics.

2307 | Fire crews began welfare checks of residents by knocking on doors on multiple floors.

2317 | Four people were evaluated for smoke inhalation with one patient transported to the hospital in stable condition via AMR.

2322, 2323, 2329 | Units started to go back into service. REHAB 1. Safety 2. E16.

2325 | Some remaining crews on-scene began checking CO2 levels beginning on floors 6 and 7 and working their way down.

2352 | Debris was being removed from the fire unit on Floor 4, while L8 reported a water issue in the basement that they were checking.  L9 was in the process of being released from the incident, while L8 continued with water removal / water vac responsibilities in the basement up to floors 1, 2 and 3.

2353 | Water damage to two separate units on the 2nd and 3rd floors are being assessed and water removal activities were soon to commence.

0013  (Sunday)| All floors except for floor 4/West wing are ready to be re-occupied.

0015 | We have signed off this incident from Live Coverage on @nwfireblog (Twitter).

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There is currently no word on the exact cause or financial damage to the building, units and its contents.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/7/2018 @ 0020 Hours PDT

 

Seattle Duplex Fire Tapped Quickly

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a fire in building call at 1316 hours on Saturday, October 6, 2018, located in the 2400 block of S. Norman Street.

The building was said to be a duplex approximately 60 x 40 in diameter with two stories.  Reports of black heavy smoke were visible and coming out of the first floor windows according to earlier details given by Seattle Fire dispatch during fire crews were responding.

Dispatched units to the fire were L4, L3, A5, AIR10, B4, DEP1, E13, E25, E5, L4, M1, M44, MAR5, R1, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, B5, E30, E6, L10. (1316)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

Firefighters immediately arrived on-scene reporting a working fire on the first floor of the two-story duplex. E30 arrived and was on the attack line while E6 was their back-up line.  A complete 360* of the building was in progress.  (1323)

E13 established a water supply on the hydrant on 24th Avenue South and South Norman Street, while team Bravo was setting up an exposure line.  Water was put on the fire. (1325)

Battalion 5 arrived and assumed “Norman Command”.  A 360* was completed.  Attack line was staffed by E30 and back-up line by E6. L4 was searching the building. This was a 2-story duplex. (1327)

Firefighters quickly gained control of the fire but heat and smoke were still present.  Water supply established.  (1328)

L10 reported no extension to floor 2 but smoke was still moderate. Floor 1 had a primary search completed with nothing found. E6 requested an additional truck company to assist with overhaul. (1329)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

Floors 1 and 2 were searched (primary) and were completed with nothing found. Venting of the structure was in progress. (1330)

Floor 2 had a secondary search completed with nothing found. Both floors 1 and 2 had a secondary search completed. (1332)

Firefighters vented the roof by cutting a hole in it. The attic was clear of any fire or smoke. (1334)

An iguana pet was rescued from floor 1 and brought out by firefighters. (1337)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

E16 team exited the building due to low air.  Marshal 5 (FIU) arrived on-scene. (1341)

Overhaul activities had been halted so that Marshal 5 could do his/her investigation on the fire. (1342)

Units started to get released from the fire incident:  E5, R1, A4 returning back in service. (1345)  Safety2 and Deputy1 (1353). REHAB1 (1400).

Seattle Fire reported that no injuries to civilians or firefighters was reported.

The cause of this fire and financial damage to the building and its contents is still being investigated by the Seattle Fire Marshal’s Office.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

A Day of Remembrance and Reflection

KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon —

On Monday, October 1, 2018, will be a day of remembrance and reflection of two men who died selflessly and doing what they loved every time they were deployed to a wildfire or, in some cases – a firestorm incident that required their experience and precise skills.

Twenty-six years tomorrow (1992), Pilot Charles Frost Sheridan, 54 and Co-Pilot Leonard Douglas Martin were killed while serving in the capacity of providing mutual aid from the skies down onto the firestorm below them.  Dropping retardant from their Douglas Commercial or more commonly known as a DC-7B was their primary focus and main fire suppression objective.

As Sheridan and Martin were preparing for a retardant drop on the Cleveland Fire on the El Dorado National Forest in the northern portion of the State of California – both were experiencing an on board mechanical malfunction.  Unexpectedly, the plane crashed at the time this was occurring.   Unfortunately, both brave men would perish in the Tanker 61 crash.

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Crash site 2018.  Courtesy – Tanker 61 Memorial

Multiple Agencies including the FAA, NTSB, the USFS and our own research have concluded the following:

  • Tanker 61 was a (Douglas Commercial) DC-7B owned by TMB of Tulare, California and operated by Butler Aircraft of Redmond, Oregon.
  • The plane was stationed out of the Klamath Falls Airtanker Base (OR) from 1987-1992.
  • The plane was under contract with the US Forest Service.
  • The crash site is located near Kyburz, California on the southeastern edge of the fire on the Eldorado National Forest, about two miles from the intended retardant drop and one mile west of the upper dam on the Ice House reservoir.

Chuck Sheridan served with Tanker 61 through all six fire seasons and had a home in the Klamath Falls area.  Leonard Martin had recently joined the crew as co-pilot in 1991. Both loved to give tours of their aircraft and talking to visitors about aerial firefighting.

After their deaths, a memorial fund was created to help Chuck and Leonard’s families with any emergency needs they had or would incur.  Instead, these same gracious family members would instead ask that the funds be used for a higher purpose and that was to create a Memorial in their names.

Today, it is known as Tanker 61 Memorial, Wildfire Learning Center that is located at 6300 Summers Lane in Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603.  You can find out more by visiting their Facebook Page, Tanker 61 Memorial, Wildfire Learning Center or visiting their website at tanker61memorial.org.  Their contact information is phone #541-883-6853 or you can reach them by email at tankersixone@gmail.com.

The Memorial is located near the Klamath Falls Airtanker Base, which also where the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center is stationed.  You can also catch a “up, close and personal” front row seat to the National Guard jets flying around.

You can visit this great gem and honor these two great pilots in Oregon during the months of May through October from 0900 through 1800 hours PDT.  Not only can you learn about their lives and legacies but about how aerial firefighting is implemented today.  As a bonus, a P2V Airtanker 06 was donated by Neptune Aviation Inc. and is currently on static display at the Memorial.

The Director of the Memorial is Marcia Cavin who has put her heart and soul into this Memorial project with the aid of her Tanker Base Manager/Volunteer husband, Don Cavin and with countless volunteers along the way. They have put together an amazing Memorial to two Heroic pilots who served unconditionally to save lives, property and natural resources.

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Courtesy – Tanker 61 Memorial Association

ABOUT THE CLEVELAND FIRE

The Cleveland Fire started on September 29, 1992 that was deemed to most likely be human-caused but it has not fully been deemed to be so to this day.  The fire was said to have started near Cleveland Corral and is how the fire was named after, which is east of Sacramento. It was observed that the fire had burned about 20,000 acres of forest and rugged back country in a total of 30 hours.

Flames would eventually move northeast destroying a Forest Service lookout tower on Big Hill and down the south side of the highway near Whitehall. It then would race down the American River canyon and threatened to burn up a major communications station nearby and more than 10 popular campgrounds in the Crystal Basin area.

About 150 people who live along US 50 were evacuated. About 20 USFS structures and six homes were burned, most of them Forest Service summer cabins.

Though this was a mandatory evacuation for those in the communities of Whitehall, Riverton, Kyburz and Strawberry along Hwy 150, a group of 10 family and friends decided to stay in hopes of saving their homes.  They were found sheltering-in-place at the Ice House resort, a motel-restaurant-store and campground that was well inside the fire zone.  Those who decided not to heed to the evacuation notice found themselves well too close for comfort, as the fire came calling at their doors (about 1/4 mile) but ended sparing every single one of their homes.

Deer hunters were in the area but quickly self-evacuated from the fire zone.

More than 2,245 firefighters battled the firestorm in steep, rugged terrain as helicopters and air resources dropped retardant and water. Fire weather consisted of low humidity, high winds and prolonged drought conditions which is said to be a wildland firefighter’s worst nightmare, making it ripe for a firestorm.

Three firefighters were injured with two of them being slightly hurt by falling debris.  .

Then on October 1, 1992, during one of their preparations to drop retardant over the fire Tanker 61’s (heavy airtanker) aircraft unexpectedly crashed killing both pilots onboard. It was determined they were having some sort of mechanical malfuction at the time of the crash.

It would take until October 14, 1992, to contain and put the wildfire completely out.  The fire caused more than $245 million in damages, plus an additional $16 million in fire suppression and containment costs.  A total of 72 injuries and two deaths would eventually be reported.

#ClevelandFire #Tanker61 #ChuckSheridan #LeonardMartin #Tanker61Memorial #WildfireLearningCenter #USFS #Airtanker #KlamathFallsOR #KlamathFallsTankerBase #LakeviewInteragency

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NV Wildfire | Range 2 Fire | 9-30-2018

SPRING CREEK, Nevada —

Sunday, September 30th – A wildfire named the RANGE TWO FIRE started near Spring Creek in Nevada around 0900 hours today on private land.  It now has moved into the Ruby Mountains and on to the Mountains Jarbidge Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Photo Credit – USFS – Humboldt Toiyable National Forest

Evacuations are now in effect for the Lamoille Canyon area.  The U.S. Forest Service is asking for all to divert around this area to  protect yours and their own Safety.

Fire fuels include grass, brush, pinyon and juniper.

Unconfirmed reports by media are now reporting that there has been 8,000 acres burned, along with structures burning and being threatened. (We are waiting for an official update from the USFS and to be reported to Inciweb.)

No injuries to civilians or fire personnel have been reported.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

OR Wildfire | Klondike Fire Still Burns

SELMA, Oregon —

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The lightning caused wildfire that began on July 15, 2018, continues to burn about nine miles from Selma in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.  The fire originated in the area of the Klondike Creek.

Fire Managers have broken this incident into three Zones:  Taylor Creek Fire, Klondike East and West Fires.

The Klondike West Fire is burning in the footprint of the 2002 Biscuit Fire and in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Portions of the wildfire has also touched areas of the 2017 Chetco Bar Fire of 2017 burn scar.

STAFFING

There are currently 589 total personnel still working on this wildfire, along with 10 crews, five helos and 22 engines.

Aerial view across valleys and ridges of a forested landscape.  A road is visible  high on the background hill.  Smoke rises from fire burning below.  No flames are visible.

Photo Credit – USFS

CLOSURES

The following are closed to keep the public safe and integrity of firefighter safety.

  • Roads are open but may close briefly as firefighters may need to do burnout operations for Forest Rd. 23 (Bear Camp Rd.) and South of 23 Road and east of the 2308 (Burnt Ridge) Roads.

EVACUATIONS

  • Agness area has been reduced to a Level 1 Evacuation (Be Ready).

FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior was reported as moderate with flanking, backing and group torching.

It has burned about 154,663 acres of timber, grass and brush, as well as fallen dead material from a previous wildfire in the area.  Crews have reached a 72% containment status.

Expected containment date is October 31, 2018.

HASHTAGS

#KlondikeEastFire #KlondikeWestFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog