CA Wildfire | Colorado Fire | 4

Update 4: 1/24/2022, 2100 hours PT

Summary: The COLORADO FIRE started on 1/22/2021 around 1719 hours PT, in Palo Colorado Canyon in the Big Sur area, south of Carmel-by-the-sea in Monterey County, California.

The fire had jumped Highway 1 and began burning on both sides of the roadway. Containment began increasing, however, there were still active portion of the fire that remained a concern for fire officials.

The northern edge of the fire along lower Palo Colorado Canyon continued to burn and a growing concern until containment was achieved by firefighters on Sunday early morning.

Flareups in the southeastern and northwestern areas would become a challenge throughout most of the day, with it backing down towards Hwy 1.

Challenges still remain with steep and rugged terrain.

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Photo Credit: Mid Coast Fire Brigade

Current Status: 700 acres. 40% containment.

Incident Cooperators: CAL FIRE, CAL OES, Mid Coast Fire Brigade, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Department, Monterey County Regional Fire District, North Monterey County Fire District, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and California State Parks.

Resources Assigned: CAL FIRE 3 Copters, 53 engines, 4 dozers, 9 water tenders, 476 personnel, and 15 crews. Unified Command between CAL FIRE BEU and Mid Coast Fire.

Emergency Alerts: Receive Monterey County fire info text alerts. Text MCWILDFIRE to 888777.

ALERTS: The Monterey County is under a Boil Water Notice. https://twitter.com/MontereyCoOES/status/1485663513620008964/photo/1

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Baltimore Fire Takes Three FF Lives

Published 1/24/2022, Monday, 2200 hours PT

Four BCFD firefighters were entrapped inside a three-story vacant rowhouse after a partial collapse occurred during a 2-alarm fire incident early Monday morning.

According to fire officials, one firefighter was immediately pulled out and the other three were still inside the burning fire building. Crews were searching for them.

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Photo Credit: BCFD

The incident occurred in the 200 block of South Sticker Street.

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Credit: BCFD

Piles of debris had to be removed and crews were able to reach two additional firefighters within one hour of the fire.

One was still unaccounted for but had been later extricated from the building. He is said to be listed in critical condition.

The other three members who had been rescued during the incident, have been reported as passing away from their significant injuries.

This post is dedicated to the firefighters who lost their lives, Lt. Butrim, FF. Lacayo and FF. Sadler

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They can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Youtube. Their address is 1107 Ninth Street, Suite #880, Sacramento, CA 95819. You can contact them at 206-459-3020 or https://www.safecallnowusa.org/contact or by phone.

Please say a prayer, a remembrance, or a little of both for their families who lost these courageous firefighters, their brothers and sisters who continue to answer the “call”, those who support them, the communities they served in, and those who may be impacted by the tragedy and/or their loss, overall.

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Tukwila WA | HAZMAT | 1

Published 1/27/2021, Thursday, 2145 hours PT

A semi hauling hazardous materials has overturned on the roadway SB I-5, south of SR518 this evening. The SB I-405 ramp to SB I-5 is also closed.

Firefighters from IAFF Locals 2595, 864, 1267 and FDs Tukwila, Renton, South King, Puget Sound, King County Fire District 2, and Zone 3 have been dispatched to the HAZMAT scene.

This is I-5 Command.

All lanes are blocked as all of the Fire Agencies, WSDOT and WSP work to clear the spill and reopen a lane for travel.

Drivers will need to pack their patience for this one.

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CA | 255 Grand High Rise Fire

Published 1/24/2022, Monday, 2245 PT

A well-established fire broke out in the ground floor restaurant of a 27-story high-rise building this morning, with emergency calls reporting possible people entrapped in elevators at the 255 Grand, a residential building. There was an initial call of an unconfirmed report of an explosion in the kitchen.

Units dispatched include Capt. Erik Scott, FF David Ortiz. (PIOs); AR1, BC1, BC11, BC14, CM21, CM22, E3, E9, E11, E14, E20, E202, E203, E209, E210, E211, E220, E227, E239, E27, E273, E3, E39, E9, E90, EM1, EM11, H1, H2, H5, H6, HA1, HA2, HA5, HA6, HR3, RA11, RA209, RA27, RA3, RA803, SQ21, T9, T10, T11, T2, T20, T27, T3, T39, T73, T9, UR27, UR88.

Firefighters arrived on the scene quickly and put out the fire which was contained to the restaurant itself. The business is undergoing a renovation and smoke from the fire had traveled up throughout the building. One patient was transported with an unknown extent of burn injuries was transported to a nearby hospital.

All elevators were recalled and none of the unknown numbers of occupants inside were said to have needed medical attention. All residents sheltered-in-place during the incident.

As part of the City’s protocol, the Arson Fire Investigation unit was reviewing this incident.

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CA Wildfire | Colorado Fire | 3

Update 3: 1/22/2022, 1900 hours PT

Incident Summary: A structure fire has spread into the wildland interface on 1/21/2022 at 1719 hours PT, approx. 2 miles east of SR1 in Monterey County, CA. CHP units responded to a “Report of a Fire” call at 1926 hours in the 37800 block of Palo Colorado Rd. This is burning on the edge of the 2016 Soberanes Fire burn scar.

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Credit: CALtrans District 5 PIO

This fire is named the COLORADO FIRE but is also being called BIG SUR FIRE, COLORADO IC according to Social Media.

Current Status: 1 structure has been damaged. CHP has been released from this incident and is reporting this is now closed. This morning, CHP was dispatched to the roadway in Palo Colorado to Bixby Bridge due to large boulders had blocked all lanes in various locations. CALtrans was dispatched.

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations for all areas west of 3800 Palo Colorado Rd to Hwy1 and south to Bixby Creek were issued by Monterey Fire Officials.

Monterey County has an evacuation map found at this link: https://montereyco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=905a9458324b4868804d96b5593eb978&fbclid=IwAR2-4jxWX4

Shelters: Red Cross Shelter at the Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923. The SPCA Monterey County is also onsite with an Animal Support Trailer and personnel to co-shelter.

Emergency Alerts: Receive Monterey County fire info text alerts. Text MCWILDFIRE to 888777.

Road Closures: Hwy 1 from Molera Park Entrance. From Coast Road to Granite Canyon Bridge per Caltrans. No estimated ETA is known.

Mapping: The fire location can be found here on this CAL Fire map.

CAL Fire: Unified Command San Benito-Monterey unit with Mid Coast FD.

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New CA Wildfire: Lowden Fire | 3

Update 3: 1/22/2022, 1845 hours PT

Incident Summary: An escaped fire from a debris pile began spreading around 1536 hours PT on Saturday, 1/22/2022 on Lowden Lane off of Hwy 49, west of Nevada City in California.

Photo Images: These are the credit of CAL FIRE, or otherwise noted and given full credit where it is due. We do not lie claims on these photos. All content in this post is copyrighted.

Current Status:

This human-caused fire has been fully contained to 1.6 acres with the aid of CAL FIRE’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, Nevada County Consolidated Fire, Grass Valley City Fire, Ophir Hill FD, and the North San Juan Fire Department.

Structure protection was in effect for the 10000 block of Monte Vista Court.

Size Up: Approximately, 3 acres with an unknown containment status.

About Nevada City Wildfires

07/18/2021: Dixie Fire burned west of the Beckworth Complex.

08/19/2020: The Jones Fire. 650 acres burned. The containment status was downgraded from 15% to 5%. Smoke in the sky and ash on the ground fell in the area due to mostly other CA wildfires burning in the area.

10/9/2017: Lobo Fires were burning in Napa, Nevada City, Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Calistoga.

2015: Lowell Fire.

07/16/2011: Rifle Fire. 123 acres. Contained.

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TX Wildfire: Rolling Pines Fire

Published 1/22/2022 1815 hours PT

Incident Summary: A wildfire has been burning in Bastrop State Park, about 4 miles east of Bastrop in Texas, since January 18, 2022, around 1245 CST. This is a human-caused fire.

Picture shows members of a fireline crew watching a ground fire creep away from a roadway. They are standing in front of wildland fire engines.
Credit: TX DEM

Fire fuels include timber, tall grass, and southern rough.

Timeline for this Incident:

1830 PT 1/22/2022: 116 total personnel. The estimated containment date is 1/23/2022 around midnight. All photos are the credit of the TX A&M Forest Service unless otherwise noted.

1622 PT: 812 acres. 95% contained. Crews are in patrol and mop-up operations.

Drone image from the Rolling Pines Fire in Bastrop County on January 22, 2022.

1858 PT 1/21/2022: 812 acres. 87% contained.

0857 PT: 812 acres. 70% contained. Containment lines were reportedly held successfully from overnight operations. Crews will continue to patrol and improve the fireline throughout the day. Some light rain fell over the fireline on Thursday.

Burned area near a road on the rolling pines fire.

1716 PT 1/20/2022: 812 acres. 70% contained. Resources continued to patrol and improve containment lines. Fire behavior is low with scattered heavy-downed wooden material that’s smoldering.

A firefighter sprays water on a smoldering stump on January 20, 2022.

1309 PT: 813 acres. 70% contained. 6.2 miles of containment line have been constructed by crews on the fire.

Public Information Map for the Rolling Pines Fire in Bastrop County as of January 20, 2022

0816 PT: 783 acres. 58% contained. Lines held during the wind event from the night before. Crews working to continue to improve firelines today.

1/19/2022, Wednesday

1549 PT: 783 acres. 58% contained. Ground crews making great progress and are widening the fireline. Aviation resources dropped over several hotspots inside the fire area.

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1336 PT: 783 acres. 30% contained. Evacuations that occurred throughout the fire area have been partially lifted. Bastrop County OEM releasing media updates.

0627 PT: A new TFR was in place.

0623 PT: 783 acres. 30% contained. Fire behavior continued to moderate overnight allowing firefighters more opportunities to increase containment.

A TIFMAS engine patrols the fire area on January 20, 2022.

1/18/2022 Tuesday

A news report indicated the wildfire began after a controlled burn escaped its containment barriers at the State Park and spread to nearby brushy fire fuels. Several residents were warned about no outdoor burning several days before the State Park began burning outdoors the morning of the fire, enraging those who were doing everything to keep from burning debris.

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Incident Cooperators include Bastrop Co OEM and Sheriff’s Office, TX A&M Forest Service, TX Dept of Emergency Management and Public Safety, and the TX Parks and Wildlife Department.

2048 PT: Firefighters to use more direct fire tactics, working along with the fire’s edge. They will work overnight and continue with structure protection. 500 acres with a 10% containment.

1924 PT: 500 acres. 10% contained. Fire is holding along Power Plant Road and along SH21. Ressources are patrolling residential communities and are continuing to build the fireline.

1617 PT: 500 acres. 10% contained.

1350 PT: 300 acres. 0% contained. Fire is south of SH21. Aircraft operations will include making water and retardant drops to help slow the spread of the fire and assist in protecting structures in the area.

1347 PT: TFR in force.

1201 PT: Texas A&M Forest Service responded for assistance in Bastrop County. Estimated 150 acres with a 0% containment. Fire behavior is very active. Aviation resources ordered.

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New CA Wildfire: Lowden Fire | 2

Update 2: 1/22/2022, 1645 hours PT

Incident Summary: An escaped fire from a burn pile began spreading around 1536 hours PT on Saturday, 1/22/2022 on Lowden Lane off of Hwy 49, west of Nevada City in California.

Fire Image: Credit of PG&E Fire camera.

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Current Status:

Near the initial response time, the IC requested additional resources but due to staffing levels, no hand crews were available until 1616 hours from the South Lake Tahoe area. They were quickly canceled several minutes later as the 40-plus firefighters assigned to this incident were making good progress on the fire.

During the incident, there were five engines, one dozer, and a Fire Prevention Officer.

Ophir Hill and North San Juan FD both sent one water tender each to the fire.

Structure protection was in effect for the 10000 block of Monte Vista Court.

Size Up: Approximately, 3 acres with an unknown containment status.

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CA Wildfire | Colorado Fire | Day 2

Update 2: 1/22/2022, 1030 hours PT

Incident Summary: A structure fire has spread into the wildland interface on 1/21/2022 at 1719 hours PT, approx. 2 miles east of SR1 in Monterey County, CA. CHP units responded to a “Report of a Fire” call at 1926 hours in the 37800 block of Palo Colorado Rd. This is burning on the edge of the 2016 Soberanes Fire burn scar.

This fire is named the COLORADO FIRE but is also being called BIG SUR FIRE, COLORADO IC according to Social Media.

Current Status: 1,500 acres with a 5% containment status.

Fire Behavior Analysis: Active behavior overnight. Photos on Social Media indicate pretty surreal fire behavior given the wet October and December observed across the region. Per historical fire, data appears the fire is burning south of Palo Colorado and towards Bixby Creek along Long Ridge in an area with little or no fire history. It seems as though the recent rains and cold winter weather aren’t helping to keep fires from developing. It appears the fire started last evening during peak offshore winds and a very low RH. The strongest winds have ended in the vicinity of the Colorado Fire. As of 0300 hours on Saturday, the current weather is showing RH values of 42-52% with southerly winds around 5 mph. These light south winds will represent a possible change for residents and firefighters should be aware of today. (NWS Bay Area via https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea)

Resources: CAL Fire T73 (USDA FS FEPP), T86 (USDA FS FEPP) out of Hollister Tanker Base.

Photo Credit: Flight Radar 24 Flight Tracker

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations for all areas west of 3800 Palo Colorado Rd to Hwy1 and south to Bixby Creek were issued by Monterey Fire Officials.

Monterey County has an evacuation map found at this link: https://montereyco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=905a9458324b4868804d96b5593eb978&fbclid=IwAR2-4jxWX4

Shelters: Red Cross Shelter at the Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923. The SPCA Monterey County is also onsite with an Animal Support Trailer and personnel to co-shelter.

Emergency Alerts: Receive Monterey County fire info text alerts. Text MCWILDFIRE to 888777.

Road Closures: Hwy 1 from Molera Park Entrance. From Coast Road to Granite Canyon Bridge per Caltrans. No estimated ETA is known.

Mapping: The fire location can be found here on this CAL Fire map.

Fire Images/Videos:

CAL Fire: Unified Command San Benito-Monterey unit with Mid Coast FD.

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Tonga Disaster Devastates

Published 1/21/2022 2255 PT

The Royal Navy’s HMS Spey is en route from Tahiti to help support internaltion disaster relief efforts after a tsunami devastated the area of Tonga.

Credit: The Royal Navy

In Peru, an oil spill leaked about 6,000 barrels crude mucky oil after tsunami waves spreading the liquid in the ocean and then washing up onto the coastline. This has caused a major ecological disaster killing oceanic life, animals and people’s livelihoods. Media reports state cleanup could take weeks and images showing workers using primitive tools.

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