Out of the Area | CA Wildfire #SchoolHouseFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small wildfire is burning off of County Road (CR) 339 near Buena Vista (Chaffee County) in Colorado, ignited on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

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Photo Credit | Chaffee County Fire Protection District

Incident Cooperators |  Firefighters from Chaffee County Fire Protection District, Salida Fire, Buena Vista Fire, Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Chaffee EMS and Chaffee OEM are currently working together.

Resources | Resources included multiple units from the skies to the ground, including this DFPC Engine 3161 alongside Swift Buena Vista.

Photo Credit | CO Div of Fire Prevention and Control

Size Up | The small fire wildfire was listed at 26.7 acres and had a 60% containment status on Monday.  No cause was known at the time of a presser released at 2015 hours on Sunday night.

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Photo Credit | CO Div of Fire Prevention and Control

Photo Credit | Photo Credits are given to those that are listed and to the best of our ability. We do not lay claim to any of the fire images, just the content.

Social Media | #SchoolHouseFire #COwildfire2018

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Out of Area | #SantaCruzFire | California

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA | A wildfire that was ignited on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 around 1430 hours PDT is located on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park in Ventura, California.

A view of the Santa Cruz Fire on 3-27-18

Resources | 70 personnel recently reduced down to from the initial fire response.

A fire helicopter at the air base for the Santa Cruz Fire.

Fire Timeline |  Learn how fire operations evolved on this wildfire.

March 27:  Fire escaped RX small burn pile fire set earlier in the week. Fire broke out at 1430 hours on near the main rain on the Nature Conservancy property on Santa Cruz Island. Listed as a wind-driven fire by moderate strong winds, grew from 20 acres to 100 acres in three (3) hours.  The USFS was requested by the The Nature Conservancy to help with fire suppression efforts. Four (4) Los Padres NF dispatched four (4) airtankers that arrived on the island a little after 1630 hours.  They were aided by 11 NPS firefighters.  30 people included eight (8) campers were evacuated as a precaution from the main ranch, Santa Cruze Island Reserve, Navy site, Del Norte campground via the park concessioner, Island Packers.  The Island Packers cancelled all public trips to the Island on March 28.  USFS had three (3) crews with a total of 60 firefighters that arrived in Ventura to be transported to the island.

March 28:  Forward progression has been stopped. Holding at 250 acres.  No estimated date as to when to be fully contained. SBCFD and LPNF sent out two (2) crews of 10 firefighters arriving from Sequoia and Sierra National Forest with a total of close to 50. Hotshot crews were also dispatched from the SW area.  No structures damaged/destroyed or injuries reported.

March 29:  Due to intensive firefighting suppression efforts and a bombardment of an air attack, containment has been increased to 60%.  Air fire suppression efforts consisted of air tankers dropping retardant to helicopters to doing the same but as water drops. Ground crews swelled up to 95 including an additional 45 firefighters with one of them being a hotshot crew from Tonto NF in Arizona as well from units from Sequoia and Sierra National Forest in California. Crews established a hand line fire perimeter and putting out hot spots.  One (1) non-historical outbuilding was lost. No injuries reported.  Incident Cooperators include:  USFS, NPS, Vandenberg Air Force Station, Santa Barbara Co FD, Santa Barbara City FD, Montecito FD.  Closures in effect.

March 30: Fire holding, hasn’t grown in two days. Still at 60% containment status. Weather conditions have improved.

March 31:  250 acres. 70% contained.

A wildfire burns in the central valley on Santa Cruz Island

Current Incident Cooperators | National Park Service (NPS), USDA Forest Service (USFS), National Weather Service (NWS), Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCoFD), the Nature Conservancy, Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD).

An aerial view of the Santa Cruz Fire on 3-28-18

Damage Assessments | Fire burned about 71% non-native species of fennel, grasses and eucalyptus logs and 26% native species within fire perimeter.  Fire laid down when it burned into native chaparral and oak woodland areas.

Fire Photography | Courtesy of Channel Islands National Park

Social Media | #SantaCruzFire #SantaCruzIsland #CAwildfire

ABOUT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz Island is a 96-square mile island that is the largest in the chain of eight (8) California Channel Islands.  The Nature Conservancy owns 76% of the Island and the NPS owns the other 24%.  They both together work together to manage the island as one ecological unit.

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Structure Fire in Korea Town Damaged by Fire

KOREA TOWN / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA  (2110 PDT)

Incident Summary

A structure fire was reported to the Los Angeles Fire Department, prompting a total of 35 firefighters to respond to the 900 block of S Dewey Avenue in Los Angeles, California.

Courtesy | Google Maps

Firefighters pulled several hose lines and began fire suppression efforts on the small vacant and boarded up 500-square foot bungalow style single family dwelling.  The structure was said to be at the rear of at least two other vacant buildings.  No other structures were exposed.

The fire extended to the attic but crews were able to quickly knocked it down about 16 minutes into the incident.

Date/Time 

Crews responded at 2035 hours on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Resources

The units dispatched were FS13, B11, Central Bureau, Council District1, BC1, BC11, E11, E13, E211, E229, E29, RA13, RA811, SQ21, T11, T29, CH9 and 13.

Cause

Cause & loss is currently being investigated by the Fire Investigations Unit. (FIU).

Injuries

No injuries were reported.

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HUGE Thank You to our Followers in the U.S. & Globally

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!  

We are thankful for every single one of you all in helping make our Fire Blog successful in the last six years.  Yes, we are celebrating our six-year anniversary and have many goals/objectives on the horizon.

We wish you lots of health, wealth, safety and fun!  For a little fun ourselves, we will be publishing 365 days of NW Fire Blog #FireImages and our goal is to publish a 12-month calendar in 2019.  We are looking at adding a few new ones that we have never posted before.  Hang on tight as we are about to go on new journeys for the Best of the NW Fire Blog. 

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Douglas County Deputies Shot During DV Call | 1

NEAR DENVER, COLORADO

On Sunday morning, December 31st, Douglas County Deputies were responding to a Domestic violence (DV) call at the Copper Canyon Apartments located in the area of County Line Road between Colorado Blvd and University Blvd in Littleton, Colorado when they were shot by the suspect. This occurred early hours of the morning.

Roadways in the area:  C-470 from Quebec to University Blvd.  County Line Rd from Colorado Blvd to University Blvd were immediately shutdown. 

Law Enforcement Officials issued a Code Red broadcasted regarding this incident and advised all citizens in the area to shelter-in-place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls. 

Courtesy: Douglas County Sheriff

The following Local Law Enforcement agencies were tasked with being on accident alert:  Douglas County, Parker Police Department, Lone Tree Police Department, Castle Rock Police Department and Colorado State Patrol. 

Due to the size of the investigation, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office set up an emergency shelter at the East Ridge Rec Center located at 9568 University Blvd in Highlands Ranch.  All displaced persons were encouraged to go to the shelter.

Deputies responding to the DV call resulted in a shots fired call with 5 of their Deputies getting shot by the suspect.  One Deputy was killed in the line-of-duty.  The suspect also shot two civilians.  The suspect was shot and believed to be dead and a neutralized threat.

An organized procession for the deceased Officer was scheduled to take place very soon today from the Littleton Hospital with a heavy LE presence and traffic delays on Broadway, C-470 and SB-25.

We are using hashtag #CopperCanyonOIS and #ColoradoShooting.

Our prayers and thoughts are given to the Deputies, their Families & LE Families, loved ones, friends and communities.  These are tragic times and will be thinking of those involved. 

For those who are First Responders that may be adversely impacted by this shooting and death of a fellow LE brother/sister and injured Officers, please reach out to our friends at Safe Call Now confidentially, safely 24/7/365.  They are nationwide and can be reached at:  206-459-3020.

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#ThomasFire Almost Fully Contained | 22

 

CALIFORNIA 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017, near the Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula (Ventura County), California which ignited from an unknown cause.  It would become a firestorm quickly from the aid of the Santa Ana winds, low relative humidity and higher-than-normal temps.  

As of today, there are still 620 personnel still assigned on the fire line with most of them that have work throughout the Christmas holidays.  With their hard work, dedication and tireless efforts, crews have successfully gained a 92% containment status which will be full contained at 100%.

 

Overall, the fire has destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged 280 more.  One person, a firefighter was killed in the line-of-duty.  

Thomas Fire burn operation December 19, 2017

As increased containment continues, firefighters will continue with shifting their efforts to repairing damaged caused by suppression efforts, such as constructing water bars and returning or scattering shrubs and plants along creating contingency lines.

The the ICT is prepping to transfer management to the Los Padres NF team leaders on Saturday, December 30th.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/29/2017 – 2155 PST 

#ThomasFire Holds Fire Resources Over into Christmas Holiday | 20 | Revised

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Thomas Fire is long from being over as it still holds fire resources from their families and loved ones into the Christmas Holiday – a first ever for most of the firefighters attached to this incident. 

The fire originally ignited on Monday, December 4th about three weeks to this day, as a 500-acre brush fire which started around the Thomas Aquinas College, north of Santa Paula, California.  The fire quickly exploded into a firestorm destroying hundreds of structures, livelihoods and killing one life – a firefighter in the line-of-duty.

RESOURCES

There are currently 1,586 fire personnel that are still working on the fire line, in support roles and in management along with the aid of 116 fire engines, 61 crews, 26 helicopters, 19 bulldozers and 31 water tenders. 

The IMT unit is being managed by a CAL FIRE IMT Team 4 and 3.

From Adversity to Kindness

City of Anaheim FD’s E9 is providing SAR activities. Taken on December 24, 2017 @ 1500 hours PST. (Credit: Anaheim FD Via Inciweb)

Incident Cooperators as those agencies and organizations that work hand-in-hand together on a single fire incident.  Listed below are those currently still working in conjunction with fire suppression efforts and supporting all fire, law enforcement, human services and infrastructure activities:  

CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCoFD, SBCoSO, City of Ventura PD, City of Ventura FD, USFS/Los Padres NF, CAL OES, Red Cross, Souther CA Edison, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, Santa Paula FD, Ventura Co OES, Santa Barbara OEM.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Credit: USFS via Inciweb

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

The Thomas Fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaging 280.  It has consumed 281,620 acres and is now considered to be an 86 containment status.

Here is the current fire status as firefighters work to gain and work to contain and suppress this fire until it is completely out.  Each area is listed as their areas of primary focus:

Cooperators on the Thomas Fire

Incident Cooperators assisting on the wildfire. Posted on December 14, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Cherry Creek Road:  Additional 1/2 mile of containment line has been added to the area.  On December 18, crews initiated a firing operation north of the main fire and west of this roadway, say Fire Officials.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Firefighters on the Thomas Fire. (Credit: Inciweb)

 

Bear Heaven:  Hot spots still remain in the area.  Water drops are in effect due to steep, rugged terrain and limited access.  Firefighters are working to gain additional containment and work on fire suppression efforts.

Ventura to Santa Barbara:  Fire line has been contained and secured.  No forward progression is expected due to shorter days and lack of recorded winds.  Firefighters are making progress in increased containment protecting infrastructure and nearby communities. 

Mop-up operations are also being conducted, as well as active patrol for any flare-ups or new fire starts.

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire on December 17, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Wildlife:  Due to displacement of wildlife from the fire, residents and visitors are being strongly discouraged from feeding or being near these WILD animals for your safety and theirs.  If you see any wildlife, you are asked to call 9-1-1 and visit this website for more information.  (https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/living-with-wildlife).

UPDATE

A NWFB reader brought it to our attention that the #SantiagoCanyonFire in September 1889 aka the Great Fire of 1889, a massive wildfire that burned in three counties:  Orange, Riverside and San Diego, California was greater than the size of 308,000 acres.  With other wildfires active at the same time, the fire had a growth potential up to 494,000 acres but it did not merge with the others.

CAL FIRE does not recognize this wildfire,  nor does other trusted sources we used for this post as accurate recording of fires started officially in 1932.  Therefore, we are still standing by our original post that the Thomas Fire is the largest on “official” CA Fire records. – ED. <Wikipedia>

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/26/2017 – 2355 hours PST 

#ThomasFire Holds Fire Resources Over into Christmas Holiday | 20

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Thomas Fire is long from being over as it still holds fire resources from their families and loved ones into the Christmas Holiday – a first ever for most of the firefighters attached to this incident. 

The fire originally ignited on Monday, December 4th about three weeks to this day, as a 500-acre brush fire which started around the Thomas Aquinas College, north of Santa Paula, California.  The fire quickly exploded into a firestorm destroying hundreds of structures, livelihoods and killing one life – a firefighter in the line-of-duty.

RESOURCES

There are currently 1,586 fire personnel that are still working on the fire line, in support roles and in management along with the aid of 116 fire engines, 61 crews, 26 helicopters, 19 bulldozers and 31 water tenders. 

The IMT unit is being managed by a CAL FIRE IMT Team 4 and 3.

From Adversity to Kindness

City of Anaheim FD’s E9 is providing SAR activities. Taken on December 24, 2017 @ 1500 hours PST. (Credit: Anaheim FD Via Inciweb)

Incident Cooperators as those agencies and organizations that work hand-in-hand together on a single fire incident.  Listed below are those currently still working in conjunction with fire suppression efforts and supporting all fire, law enforcement, human services and infrastructure activities:  

CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCoFD, SBCoSO, City of Ventura PD, City of Ventura FD, USFS/Los Padres NF, CAL OES, Red Cross, Souther CA Edison, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, Santa Paula FD, Ventura Co OES, Santa Barbara OEM.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Credit: USFS via Inciweb

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

The Thomas Fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaging 280.  It has consumed 281,620 acres and is now considered to be an 86 containment status.

Here is the current fire status as firefighters work to gain and work to contain and suppress this fire until it is completely out.  Each area is listed as their areas of primary focus:

Cooperators on the Thomas Fire

Incident Cooperators assisting on the wildfire. Posted on December 14, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Cherry Creek Road:  Additional 1/2 mile of containment line has been added to the area.  On December 18, crews initiated a firing operation north of the main fire and west of this roadway, say Fire Officials.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Firefighters on the Thomas Fire. (Credit: Inciweb)

 

Bear Heaven:  Hot spots still remain in the area.  Water drops are in effect due to steep, rugged terrain and limited access.  Firefighters are working to gain additional containment and work on fire suppression efforts.

Ventura to Santa Barbara:  Fire line has been contained and secured.  No forward progression is expected due to shorter days and lack of recorded winds.  Firefighters are making progress in increased containment protecting infrastructure and nearby communities. 

Mop-up operations are also being conducted, as well as active patrol for any flare-ups or new fire starts.

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire on December 17, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Wildlife:  Due to displacement of wildlife from the fire, residents and visitors are being strongly discouraged from feeding or being near these WILD animals for your safety and theirs.  If you see any wildlife, you are asked to call 9-1-1 and visit this website for more information.  (https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/living-with-wildlife).

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/25/2017 – 1000 hours PST

Fire Damages Factoria Structure

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON | A fire broke out at an apartment complex located in the 12800 block of SE 40th in the Factoria area of Bellevue, Washington early Christmas morning.   Some residents jumping out of windows as the fierce fire consumed parts of the structure were reported on this snowy morning in the wee hours on Monday (around 0400-0430 hours PST).

A cause is unknown at the time of this post.

Four patients were transported to area hospitals related to evacuating from the building. No word on their conditions are known at this time.

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Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Apparatus

Fire terminology is used throughout the Fire Service and we thought we’d get you all up to speed with each word and their definition.  See that we are missing one on the list? Please let us know! 

How well do you know your Fire Terminology?

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APPARATUS

A term usually used by firefighters describing a department vehicle
(i.e. fire engine).

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A

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressant from the air over the fire ground.

Air tanker on the Thomas Fire in December 2017 (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Alpha Type 1 Engine:  A vehicle with a 1000 GPM and a 400 gallon tank, staffed with 4 personnel.

B

Bambi Bucket:  A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression.

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

C

Command Staff:  The Command Staff consists of the Information Officer, Safety Officer and Liasion Officer.  They report directly to the Incident Command and may have Assistants.

D

Drip Torch:  Hand-held device for igniting fires by dripping flaming liquid fuel on the materials to be burned; consists of a fuel fount, burner arm, and igniter.  Fuel used is generally a mixture of diesel and gasoline.”

The Drip Torch “tool” (Credit: Dept of Interior Wildfire)

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