Los Angeles County, California | Gorman Incident

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Ca. | A twenty-five to thirty vehicle pileup occurred on Saturday, March 23, 2019, around three in the afternoon  on the I-5 Freeway in the southbound lanes about two miles south of Gorman Road.  Another nearby crash reported another large amount of vehicles involved.

Credit | CAL Trans District 7

RESOURCES

Resources from all outlying areas would be dispatched together forming a Unified Command including the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, Kern County Fire Department, CHP and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office.

At 1551 hours, Battalion 6 from the LA County Fire Department assumed as the Incident Commander (IC) of the incident.

Fire resources included:  KCFD E56, Copters 15, 17, 18 and LA County FD’s Copter 423. Engines 93, 103, USAR 103 and HAZMAT 105.  More unknown resources were on-scene assisting with putting out a car fire and assessing multiple casualties.

CAUSE

There is an unknown cause at this time but it has been reported that temps in the area were around 46*F but felt like 38*F with fog and poor visibility.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Social Media was energized by those who were reporting on the major mass casualty incident or also known as a MCI.  Significant events that occurred at this incident included the following:

  • 25-30 vehicles total in the Gorman area
  • Poor visibility caused challenges to those in the air and on the ground
  • 1 critical patient with 22 refusing treatment or medical transport
  • All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were shutdown
  • 20-30 vehicles being towed
  • 100 stranded cars between two separate multiple traffic collisions
  • 1 Injured horse
  • 1 car fire
  • 3 Copters, 1 Air Attack

Credit | Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Office

For those following this post, there is something that miraculously occurred today in all of this mayhem and that this could have been so much far off worse than it was.  It was all due in part because those who were on-scene jumped into action and first responders had quick response times which saved a lot of lives.  Command by all those involved from the various Fire and Law Enforcement agencies worked in unison with one another.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the eyewitness accounts that broke out on Social Media:

LA County Fire Air Ops | “MCI” responding two Paramedic helicopters to assist with a multiple vehicle pile up on Interstate 5 near Gorman, CA”

Eyewitness Account (Twitter) | “At least two separate, severe pile ups on the southbound 5, North of Exit 202. Thick fog.”

This area has also seen its additional bad wrecks as well.  Here is a recent listing of those that have occurred in the several months:

3/20/2019 | A crash is blocking the two left lanes. in on I-5 NB at Gorman School Rd. (Media)

3/17/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION | FS77 | 46001 N Orwin Way | COPT17 transporting 2 patients to an area trauma center. (Media)

3/15/2019 | NB I-5 from SR-138 (Lancaster Rd) to Rd- right lane CLOSED until 1pm to recover big rig on embankment. (CAL Trans District 7)

2/2/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION MAJOR | FS77 | NB 5 South of Smokey Bear Rd | Multiple vehicles involved with 7-10 patients. 1 DOA, 1 critical. This is the “Highland Incident” (Media)

We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #GormanIC  #GormanMCI

Thank you for following us.  You can also find us on @nwfireblog on Twitter for more live coverage and other fire-related news.  We also be found on Instagram. We’d love for you to join us here on our official blog and on our Social Media channels.

Be safe friends….

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

Washington State | Fire Season 2019 Has Ignited Early

WASHINGTON STATE

Since the beginning of this week on March 18th when higher temps in the 60-80’s broke some major weather records, it did not come without some additional concern conditions such as low relative humidity and wind.  With the dead and dormant grasses and shrubs, it made it for some all too ripe conditions for the perfect firestorm.

Here are some of the wildfires that have occurred this week alone:

BLACK CREEK FIRE | 3/202/2019 | Lewis County | Dispatched @ 1507 hours. 1 acre. Turned over to landowner. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

BODINE FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Clark County | Bodine Road.  Dispatched @ 1943 hours.  0.5 acres.  IC Blodgett.  In Patrol Status.  Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

BURROWS ROAD FIRE | 3/20/2019 | 21 Hogan Road in Hoquiam. Dispatched @ 1354 hours.  Contained @ 1500 hours. Controlled @ 1700 hours.  0.2 acres of slash.  IC Kinkade @ 1500 hours.  In Patrol Status. Olympic Region Dispatch.

Burn Bans | Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties in Effect.

CAT SCRATCH FIRE  | 3/19/2019 |  Bond Road. 0.25 acres of brush, slash and logs. Dispatched @ 1951 hours. IC Mohler. Contained @ 2125  hours. Patrol Status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

CATTLE FIRE | 3/19/2019 | Lewis County | Dispatched @ 1303 hours. 6.5 acres of grass, brush, slash, duff and litter. IC E463   @ 1036 hours on 3/20/2019. Patrol status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

CEDAR PONDS FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Snohomish County | Off Cedar Ponds Road, SE of Monroe.  Dispatched 1402 hours. 0.1 acres. Stump, logging and slash as fire fuels.  IC Zavala @ 1650 hours. E466 tied to incident. Northwest Region DNR Dispatch Center.

CHEHALIS FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Grays Harbor County | 209 Mox Chehalis Road in Malone. Dispatched @ 1408 hours.  12 acres of grass, brush and timber. IC Bradshaw. Resources on-scene. South Puget Sound Dispatch.

CHEHALIS RIVER FIRE | 3/18/2019 | Porter (Grays Harbor) | Dispatched @ 1900 hours. 0.5 acres of grass and light brush. IC Noonan. Contained/controlled @ 0927 hours. Patrol status. South Puget Sound Dispatch.

COAL CREEK FIRE  | 3/20/2019 | Clark County | Carlon Loop. Dispatched @ 1419 hours. IC @ 1742 hours. In Patrol Status. Resources:  WA DNR dispatched 5 engines along with Fire District mutual aid units. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

COLUMBIA FIRE | 3/18/2019 | Dispatched @ 1743 hours. 0.3 acres. IC Bortner @ 0658 on 3/19/2019. Patrol status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

CONDIT FIRE | 3/18/2019 | Klickitat County | Hwy 141, mile post 5.  Dispatched 1332 hours. Contained/controlled @ 1400 hours. Out @ 1420 hours. 0.1 acres. Grass, brush and duff fire fuels. IC Dobson. Central WA Interagency Communications Center.

DAY ROAD FIRE |  3/21/2019 | Lewis County | Dispatched @ 1115 hours.  Fire reportedly as out. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

DEVONSHIRE FIRE | 3/20/2019 | 74 Devonshire Road.  Dispatched @ 1414 hours. Controlled @ 1713 hours.  Contained @ 1954 hours.  4 acres of brush.  IC Johnson @1417 hours. In Patrol Status. Olympic Region Dispatch.

Fire Fact  | As of March 18, 2019, there have been 49 wildfires of 50 in Western Washington in this week alone. – WA DNR

EAST DEEP RIVER FIRE | 3/20/2019 | East Deep River in Wahkiakum County. | Dispatched @ 1649 hours. 3 acres. IC Hynning. Patrol Status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

ELOCHOMAN DIVIDE FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Wahkiakum County |  Dispatched @ 1952 hours. 1.5 acres of grass, brush and timber. IC Servenka on 3/20/2019. DNR tied to incident.

FARGER VIEW FIRE | 3/19/2019 | Clark County | Dispatched @ 0109 hours. 1.5 acres of grass and brush. IC Estes. Patrol status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

FERN HILL FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Pacific County | South Fork Road. Dispatched @ 1254 hours. 0.2 acres of grass and brush. IC Stigall. Turned over to landowner. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

GABLE 3 FIRE | 3/19/2019 | Clark County |  Dispatched @ 1550 hours. 0.1 acre of slash pile. IC Hubbard. Patrol status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

GRANDVIEW FIRE | 3/19/2019 | Grandview.  Dispatched @ 1154 hours. 6.48 acres of grass, brush and timber. IC Wesemann @ 1015 hours. Patrol Status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

GRIP ROAD FIRE | 3/18/2019 | Skagit County | Union Square Road in Sedro Woolley. Dispatched 1302 hours.  Legal rule burn, no escape. False alarm. IC McMillen, GL 41 @ 1331 hours. Northwest Region DNR Dispatch Center.

HARVEST MOON FIRE | 3/21/2019 | Lewis County | Onalaska.  Dispatched  @ 1655 hours. False Alarm. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

HICKORY FIRE | 3/19/2019 | Thurston County in  Yelm. Dispatched @ 1735 hours.  0.25 acres of Grass and brush. Contained & controlled @ 1900 hours. Patrol status. South Puget Sound Dispatch.

HORNE FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Clark County | Dispatched @ 1425 hours.  2 acres. In patrol status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

HORSLEY ROAD FIRE | 3/18/2019 |  Horsley Place. 23 acres of grass. IC Hynning @ 0710 on 3/19/2019. WA DNR on-scene. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

JACKSON ROAD FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Pierce County |  Mckenna. Dispatched @ 1323 hours. 45 acres of timber, reproduction slash. IC Burns. Resources on-scene. Puget Sound South Dispatch.

MYSTIC FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Clark County | Mystic Road. Dispatched @ 1226 hours.  0.25 acres of grass, slash and timber light. IC Mattilla. Turned over to landowner. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

NELSON FIRE | 3/21/2019 | Rochester in Lewis County |   1.5 acres of grass and brush. Dispatched @ 1509 hours.  IC Werner @ 1800 hours.  In Patrol Status.  Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

NORTH MAPLE FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Clark County | SE of Kelso in RoseValley.  Dispatched @ 1700 hours.  40 acres. IC Hynning. Approximately 90 homes threatened. State Mobilization authorized. Puget Sound Task Force assigned to incident. Evacuations in effect for those off of Walker Road. 35% contained. Resources:  SE WA Type 3 IMT. Fall City Brush 166, Cowlitz Fire & Rescue, Larch Mountain inmate crew. Over 50 firefighters are working on this wildfire. No homes have been lost.  Evacuation orders have been reduced from a Level 3. Significant Events:  N Maple Hill Road served its purpose well in acting as the perfect fire breaker. County Commissioners have declared an emergency. Cause:  Escaped burn pile.

OLD BARN ROAD FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Lewis County on Old Barn Road | Dispatched @ 1620 hours .  18 acres. IC Warthen @ 1822 hours. DNR on-scene. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

Pierce County firefighters responded to a 15-acre wildfire in Eatonville on March 20, 2019. | Credit: PCFFs

OXBOW ROAD FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Pacific County | Oxbow Road. Dispatched @ 1454 hours. 10 acres. IC Shweso @ 1530 hours. Patrol Status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

PICKERING ROAD FIRE | 3/19/2019 | Mason County | Shelton. Dispatched @ 1616 hours. 0.25 acres of light slash and brush. IC Sullivan. Contained & controlled @ 1830 hours. Patrol status. South Puget Sound Dispatch.

PRIEST ROAD FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Lewis County | Dispatched @ 1916 hours.  0.1 acre of grass, brush and logs. Turned over to landowner. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

RAGLAND ROAD FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Clark County | Ragland Road.  Dispatched @ 1503 hours. 3 acres of grass and brush.  IC Adam. Contained and controlled @ 2139 hours.  Turned over to landowner. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

RANDLE BRIDGE | 3/21/2019 | Lewis County | Dispatched @ 0909 hours.  Contained/controlled @ 1200 hours.  1 acre of grass, brush and hardwood. IC Latham. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

SCHOOL HOUSE FIRE | 3/18/2019 | Dispatched @ 1355 hours. 0.1 acre. IC Hynning. Turned over to landowner. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

SOMERS ROAD FIRE | 3/18/2019 | Shelton. Dispatched @ 1638 hours. 0.4 acres of grass and brush. IC Bradshaw. Contained @ 1930 hours. Controlled @ 1200 hours. Patrol status. South Puget Sound Dispatch.

Pierce County Firefighters responded to a fire off of SR 702 and Jackson Road in Eatonville on March 20, 2019. | Credit: PCFFs

SOUTH BANK FIRE | 3/19/2019 | Grays Harbor County | Oakville. Dispatched @ 1450 hours. 0.5 acres of grass and brush. IC Noonan. Contained & controlled @ 1615 hours.  Patrol status. South Puget Sound Dispatch.

SOUTH PRAIRIE ROAD FIRE | 3/20/20109 | 25100 block of South Prairie Road in Pierce County |   Dispatched @ 1244 hours. 1.5 acres of brush and grass. (200×200 brush fire) | IC Traweek. Contained @ 1500 hours. Controlled @ 1615 hours. Patrol Status. Resources included:  3 brush engines and 4 engines from East Pierce Fire.  Puget Sound Dispatch.

STANDARD ROAD FIRE | 3/18/2019 | Whatcom County | Standard Road in Acme. Dispatched @ 1604 hours. 15 acres. No further info. Northwest Region DNR Dispatch Center.

SUNSET FALLS FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Clark County | County 17 Road. Dispatched @ 0640 hours. 5 acres. IC Lingquist. @ 0815 hours.  Patrol Status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

SWOFFORD FIRE | 3/19/2019 | 200 block of Swofford Road near Mossyrock in Lewis County |  Dispatched @ 1302 hours. 103 acres of grass, brush, slash. IC Smith on 3/20/2019 @ 1630 hours. Contained at 1200 hours on 3/20/2019. Patrol Status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

TOWER FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Clark County |  Dispatched @ 1512 hours. 2 acres of grass, brush and timber. IC Fowler. Patrol Status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

VALLEY GREEN FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Thurston County in Olympia. Dispatched @ 1608 hours. 4 acres of leaf litter. IC Carlsen. Contained @ 1100 hours on 3/21/2019. Controlled on 3/21/2019 @ 1515 hours. In patrol Status. South Puget Sound Dispatch.

VENNERSBURG FIRE | 3/19/2019 | Clark County | Dispatched @ 1851 hours. 29 acres of grass and brush. Patrol status. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

WEST WASHOUGAL FIRE | 3/18/2019 | Clark County | 22nd Street. Dispatched @ 1415 hours. 0.25 acres of grass and brush. IC North. Fire out. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

WILDWOOD LANE FIRE | 3/20/2019 | Wahkiakum.  Dispatched @ 1705 hours.  85 acres. IC Tester on 3/21 @ 0930 hours. Resources: Bortner E273, Hancock, Hoskins Olson and Tester. DNR  on-scene. Pacific Cascade Dispatch. Resources:  Western WA Type 3 IMT assumed command along with additional fires.

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Courtesy: Western WA Type 3 IMT

WILLIE KEILS FIRE | 3/18/2019 | Lewis County | Dispatched @ 0858 hours. 4 acres of grass and brush. Fire out. Pacific Cascade Dispatch.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are also gearing up for some fire chasing opportunities. As the temps increase and fires begin to ignite, we will most likely find ourselves looking for those that may pop so that we can report and share with you all.   Besides, we like catching our friends in action.

You can also find us on Twitter @nwfireblog and on Instagram.

Be Safe Friends.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

Firefighters Respond to Deadly Fire

Seattle, WA | Firefighters were dispatched on Sunday night to a house fire located in the 2800 block of NW 61st Street, located in the Ballard neighborhood.

Dispatched Units

The dispatched units were B4, E18, E35, L8, A31, Air 240-260, B5, E20, E21, L5 , L9, M18, Air 260, Deputy1, Safety2, Staff10, M44, Air10, M31, E9, M31, M18, PIO, Marshal5 (FIU), E31, E41 and Chaplain 4 on Sunday, February 24th at 1905 hours PST.

Several engines were later added (included in the unit description), as crews work to fight the fire and try to put out all of the hot spots throughout the structure.

Cause

There is no preliminary cause known at this time, as it is under investigation.

Fatality

One person was found by firefighters as deceased.  A cause of death will also be under investigation.

Injuries

No reports of firefighters or other civilians have been reported.

Operations

Firefighters responded quickly to the fire but ran into a few obstacles with fire in the attic.  Once, the fire was brought under control – they were still working through hot spots that appeared to be coming up through the knee wall.  When it was determined that it may be in the walls, firefighters were forced to dig out the fire in the interior looking for the location of the fire(s).

Primary and secondary searches were conducted throughout the building and firefighters reported there was nothing found – that it was an all clear.

Multiple hose lines filled the structure from all various sides to hit all of the areas where smoke may be present.

At the time of this post, Firefighters remained on-scene.  We know that this will be definitely a long night for them and for Marshal5 (Fire Investigator).

Social Media 

We are using the following hashtags for this incident. #SeattleFire #BallardFire #HouseFire.

You can find us on Instagram @ NW Fire Blog and Twitter @nwfireblog.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

Elderly Man Shoots Man on Metro Transit Bus

Seattle, WA. | An 88-year old male shot a 51-year old man on a King County Metro transit bus on Saturday, January 26, 2019, around 1115 hours PST this morning, Seattle Police say.  It appears there was some kind of disturbance between the two individuals on a bus located on 4th Avenue South and South Walker in Seattle.

Eyewitness Accounts

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the younger man push the older gentleman as he attempted to board the bus, prompting the elderly man to present a gun and shoot the other man.  The older man did fall striking his head on the stairwell as he attempted to exit the bus.

Suspects Detained

Both were held by Seattle Police until Seattle Fire arrived to take both persons to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.

Police Looking for Tips

Detectives were dispatched to the crime scene and are currently investigating.  The Seattle Police Violent Crimes unit is looking for anyone who has information to aid them with their ongoing case to contact them at 206-233-5000.

Suspects Conditions

Both injuries are considered to be of serious in nature.

Injuries

No other passengers on the bus were injured.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this post:  #SeattleShooting #MetroBusShooting #Seattle #Washington #CrimeNews2019

We can also be found on Twitter & Facebook at  @nwfireblog.

(c) 2019 NW FIRE BLOG

Century Link’s Outage | Update 3

UPDATED – 12/28/2018 @ 1155 Hours PST

Nationwide | A nationwide phone and internet outage interrupted mostly 911 call centers, several medical facilities, a Department of Corrections jail, ATM machines and the list goes on.

Here are CenturyLink’s updates via this timeline:

December 28, 2018 – Friday

1152 PST :  While our network is experiencing service disruptions, where CenturyLink is the 911 service provider 911 calls are completing.

1014 PST:  We are aware of some 911 service disruptions affecting various areas through the United States. In case of an emergency, customers should use their wireless phones to call 911 or drive to their nearest fire station or emergency facility. Technicians are working to restore services.

0901 PST:  Restoring impacted services for our customers is very important to us. We are seeing good progress, but our service restoration work is not complete. Our teams are continuing their efforts to resolve these issues and we will continue to provide updates throughout the day.

0745 PST:  We are seeing good progress, but our service restoration work is not complete. Our teams are continuing their efforts to resolve these issues and we will continue to provide updates throughout the day.

0338 PST:  We discovered some additional technical problems as our service restoration efforts were underway. We continue to make good progress with our recovery efforts and we are working tirelessly until restoration is complete. We apologize for the disruption.

0123 PST:  We’re seeing positive progress with our service restoration efforts and our recovery plan is being accelerated as much as possible. We are working tirelessly around the clock until restoration is complete. We apologize for any inconvenience this disruption is causing our customers.

December 27, 2018 – Thursday

2033 PST (8:33pm):  CenturyLink engineers and technicians have identified a network element that was impacting customer services and are addressing the issue in order to fully restore services. We estimate that services will be fully restored within four hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused our customers.

1707 PST (5:07pm):  The CenturyLink network is still experiencing a disruption of services across multiple locations. CenturyLink engineers and technicians are working to address the issue.

1432 PST (2:32pm): The CenturyLink network is still experiencing a disruption affecting customer services. The CenturyLink technical teams will continue to work around the clock until services are restored.

1006 PST (10:06am):  Our network is experiencing a disruption affecting customer services. We understand some customers are currently unable to generate tickets through the CenturyLink help portal. We know how important these services are to our customers and we are working to restore services as quickly as possible.

December 24, 2018 – Merry Christmas from CenturyLink

Merry Christmas everyone:   Our CenturyLink Help team would like to wish you a very #HappyHolidays! We will be closed today, Tuesday, December 25th, and will be back tomorrow at 7 AM CT. While we’re out, our tech support team is available 24/7 at 1-800-788-3600.

Current States Impacted

The following as of this morning’s post is impacting 911 centers, commercial and residential customers in WA, OR, UT, CO, CA, TX, AZ, NV, IL, NM, MN, MI, NE, ID, OH, NC, IA, GA and IN.

According to several websites reporting on outages, they are stating the following for CenturyLink as customers reporting Internet outage (64% of customers), phone (19%) and total blackout (15%).  This was as of 1204  hours PST on Friday, December 28th.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is a service provider nationally that offers Internet (through PrismTV brand), TV (through DirectTV), phone and home security services to homes and business in 37 states.

The company purchased Embarq in 2009, Qwest in 2010 and Savvis in 2012.

Washington State Emergency Phone Numbers (when 911 is not working)

Chelan – Douglas Counties (Dispatch). 509-663-9911

Clallam County (Dispatch).  360-417-2259

Clark County 911.  This is for those in Clark County, Vancouver.  360-693-3111 or can text 911 or 311.

Coast Guard Sector – Puget Sound.  206-217-6001.

Enumclaw PD Dispatch.  360-825-3505.

Sammamish / Issaquah PD Dispatch.  425-888-3333.

Jefferson County Dispatch.  360-385-3831

King County Sheriff’s Office.  206-296-3311.  This is for those who are in the areas of the King County International Airport, KC Transit, Sound Transit,  Beaux Arts Village, Burien, Carnation, Kenmore, Maple Valley,  Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Seatac, Newcastle, Sammamish, Shoreline, Skykomish and Woodinville.

Kitsap County Sheriff Dispatch.  360-308-5400.

Kittitas County Dispatch.  509-925-8534.

Mason County Dispatch.  360-426-4441.

Pierce Co 911.  253-798-4721.

Pierce Co Fire & EMS.  253-588-5217.

Puyallup Police.  253-798-4722.

Redmond Police Dispatch.  253-798-4722.

Renton Fire.  425-430-7000 staffing line. ** Currently, reporting as not impacted by outage. **

Seattle 911 Center (Police).  206-583-2111 or 206-625-5011. Text 911.

Seattle Fire.  206-583-2111.

SNOCOM. 425-407-3911. Snohomish County.

WSP.  Snohomish, Skagit, Island Counties.  360-654-1204.  Whatcom County.  360-676-6911.   Yakima County.  509-457-0207.  Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla.  509-628-0333.

Social Media

We will be digging deeper into this story and update as more information is received.  Please check our Twitter page @nwfireblog for phone numbers.  You can also check on twitter’s incident hashtags #911Outage and #911Outage2018 for non-emergency phone  numbers for emergencies.6-7500

Thank you for reading our post. We appreciate you being here with us and remember to check out the Dispatch and Communications Center phone numbers to call for emergencies.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – updated 12/31/2018 2350 PST

Century Link’s Outage | Still Impacting Customers, 911 Centers

UPDATED – 12/28/2018 @ 0750 (7:50am) Hours PST

Nationwide | CenturyLink headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana is still trying to resolve a nationwide outage that started on Thursday, December 27th just after 0900 hours PST.

Current States Impacted

The following as of this morning’s post is impacting 911 centers, commercial and residential customers in WA, OR, UT, CO, CA, TX, AZ, NV, IL, NM, MN, MI, NE, ID, OH, NC, IA, GA and IN.

According to several websites reporting on outages, they are stating the following for CenturyLink as customers reporting Internet outage (64% of customers), phone (19%) and total blackout (15%).  This was as of 1204  hours PST on Friday, December 28th.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is a service provider nationally that offers Internet (through PrismTV brand), TV (through DirectTV), phone and home security services to homes and business in 37 states.

The company purchased Embarq in 2009, Qwest in 2010 and Savvis in 2012.

Washington State Emergency Phone Numbers (when 911 is not working)

Chelan – Douglas Counties (Dispatch). 509-663-9911

Clallam County (Dispatch).  360-417-2259

Clark County 911.  This is for those in Clark County, Vancouver.  360-693-3111 or can text 911 or 311.

Coast Guard Sector – Puget Sound.  206-217-6001.

Enumclaw PD Dispatch.  360-825-3505.

Sammamish / Issaquah PD Dispatch.  425-888-3333.

Jefferson County Dispatch.  360-385-3831

King County Sheriff’s Office.  206-296-3311.  This is for those who are in the areas of the King County International Airport, KC Transit, Sound Transit,  Beaux Arts Village, Burien, Carnation, Kenmore, Maple Valley,  Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Seatac, Newcastle, Sammamish, Shoreline, Skykomish and Woodinville.

Kitsap County Sheriff Dispatch.  360-308-5400.

Kittitas County Dispatch.  509-925-8534.

Mason County Dispatch.  360-426-4441.

Pierce Co 911.  253-798-4721.

Pierce Co Fire & EMS.  253-588-5217.

Puyallup Police.  253-798-4722.

Redmond Police Dispatch.  253-798-4722.

Renton Fire.  425-430-7000 staffing line. ** Currently, reporting as not impacted by outage. **

Seattle 911 Center (Police).  206-583-2111 or 206-625-5011. Text 911.

Seattle Fire.  206-583-2111.

SNOCOM. 425-407-3911. Snohomish County.

WSP.  Snohomish, Skagit, Island Counties.  360-654-1204.  Whatcom County.  360-676-6911.   Yakima County.  509-457-0207.  Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla.  509-628-0333.

Social Media

We will be digging deeper into this story and update as more information is received.  Please check our Twitter page @nwfireblog for phone numbers.  You can also check on twitter’s incident hashtags #911Outage and #911Outage2018 for non-emergency phone  numbers for emergencies.

Emergency is defined as a FIRE/EMS event which is LIFE-THREATENING/PROPERTY THREATENED (i.e. heart pain, gunshot, short of breath, allergic reactions, fire, etc.) or for POLICE event that is LIFE/PROPERTY SAFETY issue (i.e. crime in progress, shooting, stolen vehicle, personal safety, etc.).

Thank you for reading our post. We appreciate you being here with us and remember to check out the Dispatch and Communications Center phone numbers to call for emergencies.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Century Link’s Outage | Impacting 911 Centers Nationwide

UPDATED – 12/28/2018 @ 00:30 PST or 12:30 AM

Nationwide | This is not the first time a CenturyLink outage has disrupted 911 Centers across the United States and Thursday’s event appears to have been the worst one yet.

Major Outage Prompts Large Fines

In 2014, a third-party vendor Intrado now known as West Safety Services experienced a major outage affecting 911 centers in Washington State and Minnesota leading to a $17.4 Million fine to Century Link.  This outage affected 6,600 911 calls in seven states – and those are the ones that were known.

Second Outage Bigger than First

On August 1, 2018, a second outage affected 911 centers starting in Minnesota and later impacting those in North Carolina and North Dakota.  Others alerted that they too in Ohio and Louisiana could not take 911 calls in their states. Several media stories were published on August 2nd and later, wrote about this interruption.  They stated that many Agencies were investigating along with Century Link whom a certain amount to provide a response to what occurred.

The outage lasted for about one hour.

The cause was said to be a human error at third-party provider, West Safety Services, a Nebraska  company that is contractor to CenturyLink.

West Safety Services stated to halt all work in the month of August, as they looked into changing its procedures to make sure this type of error never happens again.

The FCC was in the process of investigating this latest incident, as well other agencies.  No word as to what the outcome of that investigation was said to be.  This would not be the last outage for CenturyLink.

And, then there is today December 27th with another outage…..

Third Outage Grows Bigger than Last

A little over four months later in the same year of 2018, on Thursday, December 27 to be exact has now been considered the biggest and more extensive outage than the previous ones put together.  It is now said to be impacting Washington State, Texas, Montana, North Carolina, Idaho and others.

Not only are 911 centers impacted but some have reported issues with ATM machines in Idaho and Montana.  A reported temporary phone shutdown at Idaho’s Department of Corrections and the State’s Department of Education occurred.   One medical facility in Colorado reported unable to retrieve online medical records having to resort to old school methods of pencil and paper in documenting patient information.

Current Outage Status

According to CenturyLink’s website, the outage is due to service disruption to the external cloud network.  The problem started on Thursday, December 27th around 0918 hours or just a little after 9 am this morning. We say this is the worst outage because we are talking that it will be almost twenty-four hours seriously impacting many agencies, businesses, organizations and most important, Public Safety.

Their last update states at 8:40 pm or 2040 PST, the following:

“CenturyLink engineers and technicians have identified a network element that was impacting customer services and are addressing the issue in order to fully restore services. We estimate that services will be fully restored within four hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused our customers.”

This would bring services back online around 12:40 PST am on Friday, December 28th or commonly known as 00:40 hours.

Washington State Emergency Phone Numbers (when 911 is not working)

Chelan – Douglas Counties (Dispatch). 509-663-9911

Clallam County (Dispatch).  360-417-2259

Clark County 911.  This is for those in Clark County, Vancouver.  360-693-3111 or can text 911 or 311.

Coast Guard Sector – Puget Sound.  206-217-6001.

Enumclaw PD Dispatch.  360-825-3505.

Sammamish / Issaquah PD Dispatch.  425-888-3333.

Jefferson County Dispatch.  360-385-3831

King County Sheriff’s Office.  206-296-3311.  This is for those who are in the areas of the King County International Airport, KC Transit, Sound Transit,  Beaux Arts Village, Burien, Carnation, Kenmore, Maple Valley,  Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Seatac, Newcastle, Sammamish, Shoreline, Skykomish and Woodinville.

Kitsap County Sheriff Dispatch.  360-308-5400.

Kittitas County Dispatch.  509-925-8534.

Mason County Dispatch.  360-426-4441.

Pierce Co 911.  253-798-4721.

Pierce Co Fire & EMS.  253-588-5217.

Puyallup Police.  253-798-4722.

Redmond Police Dispatch.  253-798-4722.

Renton Fire.  425-430-7000 staffing line. ** Currently, reporting as not impacted by outage. **

Seattle 911 Center (Police).  206-583-2111 or 206-625-5011. Text 911.

Seattle Fire.  206-583-2111.

SNOCOM. 425-407-3911. Snohomish County.

WSP.  Snohomish, Skagit, Island Counties.  360-654-1204.  Whatcom County.  360-676-6911.   Yakima County.  509-457-0207.  Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla.  509-628-0333.

Social Media

We will be digging deeper into this story and update as more information is received.  Please check our Twitter page @nwfireblog for phone numbers.  You can also check on twitter’s incident hashtags #911Outage and #911Outage2018 for non-emergency phone  numbers for emergencies.

Emergency is defined as a FIRE/EMS event which is LIFE-THREATENING/PROPERTY THREATENED (i.e. heart pain, gunshot, short of breath, allergic reactions, fire, etc.) or for POLICE event that is LIFE/PROPERTY SAFETY issue (i.e. crime in progress, shooting, stolen vehicle, personal safety, etc.).

Thank you for reading our post. We appreciate you being here with us and remember to check out the Dispatch and Communications Center phone numbers to call for emergencies.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

CA WILDFIRE | WOOLSEY FIRE | 6

UPDATE 6 – FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 16, 2018

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire Stats

  • Started on November 8th at 1424 hours PST
  • Reported as a brush fire
  • Fire NOW located at  Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Bell Canyon, Hidden Hills, Malibu and Calabasas in both Ventura and LA Counties
  • Fire fuels are brush, chaparral and tall grass
  • Cause is under investigation

Current Status

  • 98,362 acres
  • 78% containment reached
  • Residents being told to be aware of possible mudslides when the rains come.

Operations

  • are not only worthy of our respect. They deserve it. Here’s just a few of our 4-legged friends affected by that were running free & scared. deps corraled/captured, evaluated, treated & transported out of harms way!  (Source/Photo Credit:  LASDHQ)

  • Fire resources will continue to mop up and patrol
  • Fire suppression repair teams are actively engaging in working alongside the perimeter and affected areas.
  • Crews remain aware in providing continued safety to residents as they return home.
  • With favorable change in fire conditions, there’s a chance Command that Lacey FD’s strike team and LFD3’s and E32 may be released from the incident & heading back to Washington State. (Source/Photo Credit:  LFD. 11/16 @  7:23pm PST)

  • Fire Command:  LA County FD is working with Law Enforcement, utilities and city representatives to coordinate safe repopulations of residents in impacted areas. (Source/Photo Credit:  LA CO FD PIO)

Fire Weather

  • Tonight’s weather forecast:  light and variable winds are expected
  • RH recovery levels to be favorable conditions at lower elevation levels
  • RH recovery across the ridges and upper slopes will be poor.

Damage Assessment

  • 713 structures destroyed
  • 201 damaged
  • Damage assessment now 65% completed
  • Historic Paramount Ranch – Film set for movies such as Westworld
  • Fire images – Photo Credit:  LA Co Public Works.  Source: LA County

These aerial photos show the widespread impact of the . With power and telephone poles burned, gas lines compromised and roadways destroyed, multiple agencies are working together to inspect burn areas before opening them to the public.

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

Life and Safety

  • 3 deaths reported (civilians only).
  • 3 Firefighter injuries.
  • 1 (of possibly many more) Therapy Dogs at Base Camp helping 1st Responders – Firefighter resilience has become a very important part of our job. Gaby is a therapy dog that is used to break down the toughest of first responders.

Fire Resources

  • 2,842 total fire personnel
  • IMT Team 5 (CAL FIRE)
  • Unified Command:  CAL FIRE, Ventura County Fire Dept., Ventura County Sheriff Dept., Los Angeles County Fire D
  • 360 fire engines
  • 54 fire crews
  • 16 helicopters
  • 4 bulldozers
  • 22 water tenders

Incident Cooperators

  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • California Department of Fish & Game
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Public Health Department
  • California State Parks
  • Caltrans
  • Ventura County Animal Control
  • LA County Animal Control
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • American Red Cross (ARC)
  • Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
  • Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD)
  • Red Cross (ARC)

Red Cross volunteers & staff loaded emergency response vehicles with 11 TONS of kits containing cleanup supplies, in just 4 hours. Incredible work to get the people of LA brooms, respirator masks, sifters, water bottles, & more, to begin their recovery.  (Photo Credit: ARC)

  • Humanity First USA
  • Salvation Army
  • Washington State Strike Teams (up to 8)
  • Texas Strike Team
  • Seattle Humane

Mandatory Evacuations – Ventura County

  • South Coast – E. Las Posas Rd. South of Potrero Rd. to Hwy 1 and County line to residents only.
  • Yerba Buena closed from PCH to Yellow Hill.
  • Yerba Buena between Mipolomol to Ventura/LA County line.

Mandatory Evacuations – Los Angeles County

  • Portions of Malibu have been repopulated
  • Malibou Lake – entire community (under evacuations)

Evacuation Map (Updated) –> http://calfire-forestry.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=94af3440d4504c5da3048f6124fc53d5

Evacuees Resources

  • Free Sandbags available:  City of Thousand Oaks are offering free prefilled sandbags.  City’s Municipal Service Center. 1993 Rancho Conejo Blvd. (Visitor’s Parking Lot)
  • Free Sandbag Filling Stations:  Fill your own sandbags at any Ventura County Fire stations. Tips on how to fill them at toaks.org
  • FEMA Assistance:  If you need a safe place to stay due to the CA wildfires, text SHELTER and your zip code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 43362 to locate an open emergency shelter near you.

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Shelters

  • CAL Luther University – 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Dr, Woodland Hills, CA 91371
  • Palisades Charter HS – 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Local Assistance Center (LAC) –> Thousand Oaks Public Library, 1401 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.  Hours:  9 am – 7 pm.

Animal Evacuation Shelters

  • Ventura County Fairgrounds – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001 (FULL)
  • Ventura County Animal Services- 805-388-4258 (Accepting small animals)
  • Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 W Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley · (805) 388-4341 (Accepting small animals)
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services
  • Earl Warren Show Grounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (Accepting large animals)

If you need large animal assistance, please call (805) 388-4258

Road Closures

  •  Hwy 1 southbound (P.C.H.) closed at LA County line to Puerco Canyon Rd.
  • Puerco Canyon Rd. at the Malibu City limit.
  • Las Posas Rd. to LA County line is residents only, no Northbound traffic from PCH.
  • Westlake Blvd. is closed Southbound from Potrero Rd.
  • On Mulholland at Country Ranch, blocking traffic South of Country Ranch.
  • S. Las Virgenes from Mulholland
  • Sherwood at the Westlake City limit. Blocking accessto Triunfo Canyon (residents only)
  • S. Kanan at Malibu View Dr.
  • Just North of Kanan at Triunfo Canyon, blocking access to Kanan Rd.
  • Just North of Kanan at Hidden Highland, blocking access to Kanan Rd.
  • W. Mulholland from Cornell Rd.
  • Everything is closed South of Mulholland Hwy & West of Cornell Rd.
  • S. Stunt Rd. from Mulholland
  • LA County public works has closed Chesebro Road at the bridge between Driver Ave and Balkins due to the bridge being damaged during the fire

School Closures

  • CSUCI has suspended all classes effective November 13th at 1900 hours PST until November 26th.  (Posted at 1927 PST)

HOW TO HELP

Social Media – Eyewitness Accounts

  • Drones in Fire Zones:  Drones and aircraft do not mix, yet those who are out there to seek images are putting the pilots, ground resources and any civilians whom be still in the area their lives in danger.  Also, because it is illegal.  The Ventura County Sheriff Department wants to make sure all are aware:  “Captain Denise Sliva urges people to avoid operating drones in area, as they interfere with firefighting operations. “Now is not the time to get those pictures.”

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Social Media – Assistance Requests

  • Seattle Humane:   To take in 300 pets from shelters in California. They are looking for volunteers to support to transfer, care for, treat and place these pets with loving families. (Source/Photo Credit:  Seattle Humane/Twitter @SeattleHumane)

  • CA Volunteers Needed:  Firefighters are being cared/supported but they are asking for volunteers to help with displaced residents whom are in need.  Details here –> californiavolunteers.ca.gov to volunteer.  Disclaimer: CAL FIRE will never solicit donations from the public. (Source/Photo Credit:  CAL FIRE)

OUR 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 | WOOLSEY FIRE | 5

UPDATE 5 – TUESDAY – NOVEMBER 13, 2018

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire Stats

  • Started on Friday, November 9th at 1430 hours PST
  • Reported as a brush fire
  • Fire NOW located at  Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Bell Canyon, Hidden Hills, Malibu and Calabasas.
  • 97,114 acres with 40% containment status.
  • Estimated containment on November 18th
  • Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs.
  • Fire fuels are brush, chaparral and tall grass
  • Cause is under investigation.

Operations

  • Fire crews & aircraft worked to contain flare-up in the Sherwood Lake area.
  • Resources deployed from Staging to assist with suppression efforts.
  • They will pursue opportunities to build and improve direct line to limit further growth around the perimeter and work on containment activities.

Fire Weather

  • Moderate Santa Anas today
  • Wind gusts to 30-45 mph
  • Strong winds, with relative humidity (RH)
  • Produced critical fire weather

Damage Assessment

  • 435 structures lost with 24 more damaged.
  • 57,000 structures under direct threat

Life and Safety

  • 2 deaths reported (civilians only).
  • 3 Firefighter injuries.
  • 1 (of possibly many more) Therapy Dogs at Base Camp helping 1st Responders – Firefighter resilience has become a very important part of our job. Gaby is a therapy dog that is used to break down the toughest of first responders.

Fire Resources

A pair of Scoopers arrived from Spokane Washington as Federal air support of the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fires which also include a combined firefighting force of 10 airtankers, 2 water scoopers, 23 helicopters and 6 air attack platforms.  That’s a whole lotta resources in the sky!  (Photo Credit:  USFS Fire – California)

When talent and skill fly these amazing aircraft over serious firestorm conditions, it is the mechanics who keep them in the air.  KUDOS to all who make that happen!  (Photo Credit:  Michael Dubron/LA Co FD Pilot)

“While there are many unsung heroes to thank for their support at , your LAFD offers profound thanks to the many hard-working FAA Air Traffic Controllers assuring *safe priority passage* for the aircraft battling these California wildfires.” – LAFD

  • Unified Command:  CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo, Ventura County FD & SO, LA City FD & PD and LA County FD &PD.
  • CAL FIRE IMT Team 5 assumed Command
  • 3,685 total personnel assigned to this wildfire incident.
  • 508 Fire Engines
  • 22 Helicopters
  • 62 Hand Crews
  • 16 Bulldozers
  • 48 Water tenders.

Unsung Heroes are everywhere and in places you cannot see. Check out these amazing, calm, cool, collected and skilled Telecommunications Operators that have been up and running non-stop since these big firestorms broke out. They deserve so much love and thank yous sent their way.  Know one here or in CA? Thank them for what they do everyday in Saving Lives and Property, as well taking care of 1st Responders in the field and fire ground.

Evacuees Resources

  • FEMA Assistance:  If you need a safe place to stay due to the CA wildfires, text SHELTER and your zip code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 43362 to locate an open emergency shelter near you.

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  • Road Conditions: Follow https://twitter.com/CaltransDist7 on Twitter for Traffic Updates.
  • Food/Water/Other Services:  People displaced from their homes by the & , even if they are not sleeping in a Red Cross shelter, are welcome to come for food, water, & other services.

  • FEMA Disaster Aid: California: If you were impacted by the wildfires, you can register for FEMA assistance by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. Please have the following information available when you register with us. (Source:  FEMA Region 9 on Twitter @femaregion9)

This graphic lists seven info items that applicants will need when applying for individual disaster assistance.

Evacuations

  • Repopulation Updatedhttps://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=woolsey%20fire
  • Repopulation Maps (Los Angeles County):  (Photo Credit:  CAL FIRE SLO) Posted at 1800 PST.
  • Mandatory and voluntary evacuations orders in effect.
  • 75,000 residents in Los Angeles County evacuated up to half million residents overall.
  • Sign up for Evacuation Alerts! from Ventura County For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visit  www.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, visit www.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

Shelters

  • Cal Lutheran University – 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Taft Charter High School – 5461 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Dr., Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave.)
  • Palisades Charter High School – 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Animal Shelters

  • Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258
  • Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 W Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley · (805) 388-4341.
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services.  Earl Warren Show Grounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (Accepting large animals)

If you need large animal assistance, please call (805) 388-4258

Road Closures

  • Hwy 1 southbound (P.C.H.) closed at Las Posas Rd. to Coastline Dr.
  • Potrero Rd. is closed between Rancho Dos Vientos and S. Lewis Rd.
  • Everything is closed South of Mullholland Hwy & West of Cornell Rd.
  • LA County Public Works has closed Chesebro Road at the bridge between Driver Ave and Balkins due to the bridge being damaged during the fire.

School Closures

  • CSUCI has suspended all classes effective November 13th at 1900 hours PST until November 26th.  (Posted at 1927 PST)

Incident Cooperators

  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • California Department of Fish & Game
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Public Health Department
  • California State Parks
  • Caltrans
  • Ventura County Animal Control
  • LA County Animal Control
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • American Red Cross (ARC)
  • Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
  • Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD)
  • Red Cross (ARC)
  • Humanity First USA

HOW TO HELP

Social Media – Eyewitness Accounts

  • Rebuilding Infrastructure:  SCE crews have been working tirelessly in various burn areas.  As of today, they have replaced 99 poles and transformers and strung 10,500 feet of wire.  Posted @ 1806 PST.  (Photo Credit:  SCE)

  • Strike Teams Working on the Fire Lines:  The OES Strike team from snapped this photo while on the Woolsey Fire. (Courtesy:  CAL OES)

  • Chinook Helicopters in Action:  After a crew change and fueling, a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter departs the airfield to head back out to the fire line.  (Photo Credit:  VCFD PIO).

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  • Expected flareup:  This flareup was expected and remained within its fire perimeter which is good new for fire crews but more may shine bright tonight as unburned fuels continue to burn.  (Photo Credit:  R. Navarro/Courtesy:  VCFD PIO)

  • Eyewitness Accounts:  They are requesting law enforcement to shut down between the Long Grade along Potrero Road, because too many citizens are parking along the street and hiking in to watch/take pictures of the fire. ( Posted @ 1910 PST)
  • Public Interference:  The official area they want to close is Lynn Road from the National Park Entrance to Long Grade, too many people on the road. They need access to the road in case there are any flare ups or slops over the line tonight. (again, get out-of-the-way).
  • The flames visible on Mount Boney right are just more visible (due to location and nighttime). They aren’t a new flare up, and based on radio traffic the fire units are not concerned at all about them. Don’t call 911. (Posted @ 1810 PST)
  • Drones in Fire Zones:  Drones and aircraft do not mix, yet those who are out there to seek images are putting the pilots, ground resources and any civilians whom be still in the area their lives in danger.  Also, because it is illegal.  The Ventura County Sheriff Department wants to make sure all are aware:  “Captain Denise Sliva urges people to avoid operating drones in area, as they interfere with firefighting operations. “Now is not the time to get those pictures.”

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  • Unsafe Conditions:  There are many images coming back showing what it is looks like post-fire and the devastation is obvious, as well as the dangers.  Please heed all warnings and alerts.  This photo was posted at 0654 PST (this morning) by CAL FIRE.  (Photo Credit:  CAL FIRE)

OUR 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 | 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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  • “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)

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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

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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.

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