2 Porterville Firefighters Remembered Today

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A large fire reportedly broke out around 1600 hours PST on Tuesday afternoon at the Porterville Public Library, located at 41 West Thurman Avenue in Porterville, California.

It was reported that a blazing fire started in a section of books which began to engulf the 1950’s un-sprinklered systems building.  Quick-thinking and fast-acting Librarians called the nearby Fire Department to report flames on the interior of the structure and evacuated all persons outside.

OPERATIONS

Once the local City Deparment was on-scene, they immediately called for a 2nd-alarm and neighboring Fire agencies from Tulare County, CAL CIFRE, Tulare City and Fresno County responded.  Imperial Ambulance also was on-scene.

Fire Behavior was described as intense, difficult to contain the flames due to the fire fuels inside the building.  It was full of books and anything else that was considered unstoppable by the flame’s path.

From some scanner feed, it was stated by firefighters on the interior, thought they were in the basement when they were on the second floor.  A May Day went out for missing Fire Captain 71 and Firefighter 71.  The Captain was located but after extensive searches by multiple firefighters from various Agencies, the missing Firefighter is still being reported as being unaccounted for.  Firefighters are still searching for him.

CAUSE

The fire has been determined by both Fire Marshal’s Office and the Police Department as arson.  Two 13-year old suspects were reported as being seen running from the building right after the fire started just after 1600 hours PST.

They have been arrested and are being charged with manslaughter, arson and conspiracy. Because they are now in the juvenile detention system, it is unknown if they will be charged as minors or as adults.  The investigation continues on.

Because this is an active investigation, there has been further additional information released.

EVACUATIONS

Quick thinking and highly trained Librarians reported flames inside the building, called the Fire Department and made sure all persons made it outside the structure safely and securely.  They saved many lives yesterday.

NEVER FORGET

We will never forget those who risked their lives to put out the flames during this intensified incident, the sacrifices they made and working to save the lives and property for all those involved.

We will remember their Legacy, their impacts on their Communities and their Families.

No photo description available.

Fire Captain Raymond “Ray” Figueroa, 35, was killed in the fire.  He started his dream job in the Fire Service in 2007.  He was a resident of the Bakersfield, California community.

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Capt. Ray Figueroa | Credit: Porterville FD

A second first responder, Firefighter Patrick Jones, 25, has been confirmed as still missing.  He started his career with the Fire Department in 2017.

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FF Patrick Jones | Credit: Porterville FD

HOW TO HELP

If you would like to support the PFD familly and members, please visit the TCDSA.net.  If you wish to donate, you can click the Portervile Fire Patch and it will redirect you to a link to donate.

Or, if you wish to send a sympathy card or cards of support, you can address it to:  Porterville FD, 298 N. Main Street, Porterville, CA 93257.

The PFD would like to remind those that no “official” Go Fund Me accounts or pages have been officially created.

MENTAL HEALTH

If you are a Public Safety member in Law Enforcement, Fire, Corrections, Dispatchers, EMS, All First Reponders and their family members, this is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all nationwide.

And, the great part is that no one has to know about it and they are there with open arms, non-judgmental and caring to catch you.

Please, we ask that if you need help – please call or visit them TODAY.

Safe Call Now®

We send our sincere sympathies to both Firefighter Families, their Loved Ones, to the Porterville Fire Department Family and Fire Family members touched by this fire incident and to the Communities that have been impacted. We are grieving alongside you all. – Ed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 hours PST

PA | Sulfur Plant Fire | Longswamp Township | 2

INCIDENT

Around 1215 hours EST, a fire broke out at the Atlas Minerals and Chemicals Inc. sulfur plant, spewing black smoke and causing an environmental HAZMAT situation for responding personnel and residents around the structure.

LOCATION

The plant is located at 1227 Valley Road in Longswamp Township, near Topton in Pennsylvania.

A Smoke trail could be seen from as far away as Kutztown.

Photo Credit: David J Reimer Sr – Emergency Services Photography (used with permission)

FIRE RESPONSE

The fire prompted assets from nearby stations in the area and as far away from Topton Fire Company #1 to respond.  The IC would eventually escalated this incident to a 2nd-alarm response.

A five-inch hoselay was used during initial fire attack activities.  Those who were initially on fire attack were all pulled out of the building and sent to REHAB/Medic evals.

EVACUATIONS

Homes and local businesses were being evacuated that were in the hot zone.  Fire officials are asking that those avoid the area, to enable fire apparatus to move around more easily.

Photo Credit: David J Reimer Sr – Emergency Services Photography (used with permission)

OPERATIONS

A fence near the structure was the point used by the Incident Commander that all firefighters were required to wear their SCBA beyond this location.

The fire was brought under control.

Additional air units were dispatched to the scene to help fill bottles.

Firefighters were busy with decon and overhaul operations.

UPDATES

We will provide more details when we receive them.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#PAFire #CommercialFire #BerksCoFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update #2 2/17/2020 @ 1210 PST

Tacoma Firefighters Respond to House Fire

Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire late Friday evening, February 7, 2020 to the 1900 block of S Hosmer Street in Tacoma, Washington.  Resources arrived on-scene quickly at 2246 hours PST and reported smoke visible.

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Crews engaged in fire attack operations on the structure immediate and got it knocked down.  The fire was deemed to have originated and confined to just the basement of the single-family residence.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

There was no initial cause released at the time of this posting.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/8/2020 0010 PST

 

Update 2 | February 7, 2020 | Washington State

Thank you for following our Blog posts about adverse weather conditions in Washington State. All information is gleaned from verified sources from government, fire departments, law enforcement, emergency management and other public information.

We will try to list the source where the information is bein received from in a Sit Rep format gleaned from all Social Media channels being broadcasted from.

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Weather Fact |Our soggy weather has been sent with a red bow on top all the way from the tropical (U.S.) State of Hawaii.  – Source:  NWS Seattle

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KING COUNTY

AUBURN

Road Closures

SE Lake Holm Road between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

BLACK DIAMOND

Road Closures

Enumclaw Franklin Rd SE between Franklin Ridge gravel pit and SE Green River Gorge Road | Damaged roadway | 2/7/2020 1205 PST

Turn around

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 20827 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd. Open 24/7.  Empty sandbags and sand provided by County. Self-service. Max 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

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Water Facts | 6″ of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars – Weather Alert

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CARNATION

Road Closures

310th Ave NE between NE Carnation Farms Rd and SR 203 (including NE 60th St) | Water over roadway | 2-7 1355 PST

NE 100th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 1024 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 x NE Tolt Hill Rd | Water over roadway | 2-1745 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Carnation Public Works | 33100 NE 45th St.  | Hours:  Weekdays from 0800 – 1630 PST.  Empty bags and sand provided.

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Water Fact | A foot of water will float most vehicles. – Weather Alert

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BELLEVUE

Road Closures

EB lanes on Coal Creek Pkwy from 124th Ave SE to Factoria Blvd | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST | Source & Photo Credit:  City of Bellevue Transportation

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SE Newport Way from SE 42nd Pl to 133rd Ave SE | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

Intersection of 134th Ave SE x SE 42nd St | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

SB Coal Creek Parkway. Both lanes. | Downed tree and power lines over roadway | 2-7 2037 PST

Open Roadways

SE 7th Place, east of Lake Hills Connector | OPEN | was closed 2-5 due to flooding | 2-7 0630 PST

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Photo Credit: City of Bellevue Transportation Department (E of the Lake Hills Connector on 2/5/2020)

DUVALL

Flooding Images

The rising of the river is being captured by many photographers as records are being broken all over the State.  Here is a video clip showing extreme flooding. | Video Credit:  City of Duvall

SR 410 X MP 38

(BETWEEN ENUMCLAW & GREENWATER)

Road Closures

A major landslide shutdown this busy thoroughfare. | Photo Credit: WSP Sgt. Zimmerman & Courtesy of  WSP Trooper / PIO Rick Johnson

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FALL CITY

Road Closures

SE David Powell  Rd x Preston Fall City Rd SE  | Landslide | 2-7 0015 PST

316th Av SE x SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE | Water over the roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

SE 308th St  between SR 202 x SE 31st St | Water over roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

Neal Road SE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 33719 SE 44th Place | Open 24/7.  Empty bags and sand provided by County. Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

Water Fact | 2 Feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and Trucks. – Weather Alert

MAPLE VALLEY

Road Closures

Dorre Don Way SE x 230th Ave SE | Water over raodway | 2-7 1315 PST

Maxwell Rd SE between SE Lake Francis and 220th Ave SE | Erosion of roadway | 2-7 1117 PST

Lower Dorre Don Way SE between Upper Dorre Don Way SE to Dorre Don Way SE (the loop) | 2-7 0620 PST

NORTH BEND

Road Closures

Cedar Falls Rd SE x SE 177th St | Water over roadway | 2-7-2020 1050 PST

428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd | 2/6/2020 1215 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of North Bend City Hall | 920 SE Cedar Falls Way.  | Hours: Monday-Thursday 0830 – 1600 PST, Friday 0830 – 1200 PST.  | Empty sandbags and sand provided by City.  Self-service.  Shovels available. Check in City Hall before bagging.  Bags available after hours when the EOC is open due to flooding.

PACIFIC

Road Closures

W Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd x 3rd Ave SW | Water over roadway | 2-6 1600 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Pacific | 130 3rd Ave SE. (Across from Police Station) | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand available.  Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

PALMER

Road  Closures

SE 309th St between 335 Ave SE to W to end of road | Landslide | 2-7 1852 PST

REDMOND

Road Closures

NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0930 PST

204th Pl NE between NE 67th St x SR 202 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0845 PST

Park / Trail Closures

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Photo Credit | City of Redmond

Sammamish River Trail at Leary Way | Standing water

Farrel-McWhirter Park | some interior trails closed

Redmond West Wetlands

Bear Creek Trail between Redmond Way and Avondale way

Evan’s Creek Trail from Perrigo Park South to the raised boardwalk area | Water over boardwalk

Bear Creek Bridge on the Puget Sound Energy Trail

Water Safety

The rain is continuing to fall and we want to remind you to avoid driving, walking or riding through standing water. | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Redmond Image

Turnaround, Don’t Drown

The Redmond Police Department would like to remind drivers to never drive around any road closure signs present on flooded roadways.  | Photo Credit:  RPD. Photo taken on February 5th of NE 95th St, east of Willows Road.

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Landslide Awareness

Fact Sheet: Recognize Landslide Warning Signs

Release date:
October 17, 2017
Release Number:
R2 DR 4339-PR FS 009
  • Changes in your landscape such as patterns of storm-water drainage on slopes (especially the places where runoff water converges) land movement, small slides, flows, or progressively leaning trees.
  • Doors or windows stick or jam for the first time.
  • New cracks appear in plaster, tile, brick, or foundations.
  • Outside walls, walks, or stairs begin pulling away from the building.
  • Slowly developing, widening cracks appear on the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways.
  • Underground utility lines break.
  • Bulging ground appears at the base of a slope.
  • Water breaks through the ground surface in new locations.
  • Fences, retaining walls, utility poles, or trees tilt or move.
  • A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume is noticeable as the landslide nears.
  • Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, might indicate moving debris.
  • Collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flow can be seen when driving (embankments along roadsides are particularly susceptible to landslides).

After the Landslide

  • Go to a designated public shelter if you have been told to evacuate or you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home.
  • Stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
  • Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow.
  • Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide, without entering the direct slide area. Direct rescuers to their locations.
  • Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage. Damage to foundations, chimneys, or surrounding land may help you assess the safety of the area.

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/17/4339/fact-sheet-recognize-landslide-warning-signs   | Source & Photo Credit:  FEMA via City of Redmond / Photo Courtesy

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RENTON

Road Closures

SE Jones Rd between #18631 x SR 169 | Landslide | 2-6 2024 PST

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Landslides in Fire / Disaster Images

(L) This photo was taken on February 5, 2020, of a landslide on the WB side of Maple Valley Hwy and across 1.5 lanes.  It would take fire crews and mutual approximately 3-4 hours to remove it.  Mud and debris impacted drivers on the highway and forcing officials to close it protecting the motoring public.  | Photo Credit:  Renton Fire / RFA PIO

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 155 Monroe Ave NE | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand provided. Self-service. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

SEATLLE

Sandbag Distribution Centers

Delridge Community Center | 4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106. | Filled sandbags. Self-service. 25 max per household or business.

Helene Madison Pool | 13401 Meridian N, 98133 | Same messaging.

South Park Neighborhood | 731 S Sullivan, 98108 | Same messaging.

Meadowbrook Community Center | 10517 35th Ave NE, 98125 | Same messaging.

SKYKOMISH

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 74212 Old Cascade Hwy | Open 24/7 | Self-servce. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

SNOQUALMIE

Road Closures

SE Reinig Rd from the City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Dr SE | 2-6 1115 PST

W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE at NE 124 | 2-7 2110 PST

Traffic camera: West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE at NE 124th St

Photo Credit | KC DOT

Restricted Roadways

356th Dr SE, N of #4030 | 1 lane closed due to road failure. 1 lane open and alternating traffic. Expet long delays. | 2-6 2142 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Snoqualmie. | 38190 SE Mill Pond Rd. | Weekdays from 0700 – 1500 PST  | Must call Public Works at 425-831-4919 for an apoointment to pick-up sand and bags. During flooding, call the EOC at 425-888-5911 for sandbags.

SNOQUALMIE PASS

Road Closures

Weather Forecast – Snow

Reports of up to 14″ of new snow on the Pass from 2300 hours on Thursday and Friday were reported by law enforcement. Chain enforcement was scheduled at 1600 hours to midnight on eastbound on I-90 over the pass.  | Source:  WSP PIO / Trooper Rick Johnson

SNOQUALMIE FALLS

Flooding Impacts

The Falls are yet again overflowing at a high rate of speed and splash.  This image shows the magnitude of flooding we are experiencing and showing us its dangers of the rate of speed and splash.   | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Snoqualmie

CASCADES

Weather Forecast – Snow

This also includes Snoqualmie Pass.  Snow levels are expected to drop by early Saturday morning. 12-18″ expected are possible. | Source & Photo Credit:  NWS Seattle

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PIERCE COUNTY

PUYALLUP

Road Closures

PUYALLUP RIVER | Roads, Surface Water and Emergency Management crews and personnel were busy with damage assessments from flooding in various areas.  This was conducted across the whole County.  Currently, there are on-going repairs in progress on the the Puyallup River Levy above Orting within two hours after the discovery of the damage.

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One of Pierce County’s Executives, Bruce Dammeier was out with crews for the full day observing damage assessments and excellent / tireless efforts by crews to fix roadways and other major maintenance. | Photo Credit:  Pierce Co. Government. Source:  PC Exec Bruce Dammeier.

EAST PIERCE COUNTY

Damage Assessments

SR 162  | Images show extensive impacts on SR 162.  Photo taken on Thursday, February 6, 2020.  | Source / Photo Credit:  East Pierce Firefighters, IAFF Local 3520

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RESOURCES

Road Service Helpline

KING COUNTY | 206-477-8100, 800-527-627 | King County Road Services Helpline – 24/7 .  Website:  https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/24×7-helpline.aspx  Sign-up for road alerts at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/road-alert.aspx

Life-Threatening Medical / Fire Hazard or Criminal Act in Progress/Occurred

9-1-1 | Emergencies only  for FIRE, EMS, POLICE.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Water Safety

As the rain continues, follow safe guidelines: do NOT walk or drive across flooded roads; gather emergency supplies and follow local updates; use flashlights instead of candles if you lose power. | Source:  King County Public Health

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA – EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

Issaquah Creek

Cars are submerged in flood waters in Issaquah as Issaquah Creek continues to rise up quickly. Current was reported as being very strong. ” | News Media on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 2 – 2/7/2020 2315 PST

 

 

 

Washington State Hit by Adverse Weather | 1

You think that the other Washington’s politics are bad.  Try living in our Washington State and dealing with one storm after another and there appears to be another one heading our way.

King County

As of 10pm, the following have been closed:

  • SE Jones Rd between #18631 and SR 169 (Renton area)
  •  Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd and 3rd Ave SW
  • 428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd (North Bend)
  • West Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE between NE Novelty Hill Rd and NE 80th St
  • SE Reinig Rd from City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Drive SE
  • 316th Ave SE and SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE
  • SE 308th ST between SR 202 and SE 31st St
  • NE 100th ST between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd
  • NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and SR 203
  • 204th Pl NE between NE 67th St and SR 202
  • NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE
  • 312th Ave SE between 316th Pl NE and Upper Preton Rd SE
  • Neal Rd SE at SR 203
  • SE Lake Holm Rd between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd
  • Issaquah Hobart Rd SE between SE May Valley Rd and Issaquah City limits (SE 96th St)
  • W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 and NE Tolt Hill Rd
  • SE 24th St between 309th Ave SE and 316th Ave SE
  • SE Issauquah-Fall City Rd between SE Duthie Hill Rd and 274th Ave SE
  • NE 80th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and Ames Lake Carnation Rd NE
  • Dike Rd between Preston Fall City Rd to end of route
  • NE 165th between 179th Pl NE and Avondale Rd NE
  • SE Middle Fork Rd at mile marker 9.6
  • SE Fish Hatchery Rd between 361st Ave SE and 372nd Ave SE
  • SR 900 closed from NW Talus Dr to SE May Valley Road (Issaquah)

Carnation

Residents are being advised to stay alert to changing river and weather conditions. Be prepared to respond quickly.  (King County, WA)

Duvall

The City is reporting seeing a lot of traffic coming into their city limits to try to access northbound SR 203 but it is closed and cannot be accessed to reaching Monroe or Snohomish County.  (City of Duvall)

Issaquah

2/6/2020 – 1:00 pm – The Issaquah-Hobart Road at May Valley Road was closed due to a large landslide.  The King County Road crews were out in force with lots of personnel and large equipment trying to remove the rocks and debris blocking the culvert.  Some of the rocks were as large as basketballs! (KC Road Services)

Around the same time, water was running high underneath a bridge prompting multiple calls to Eastside Fire & Rescue personnel including a Rescue team to search an apartment complex for possible trapped residents and pets.

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11 residents were safely evacuated including several children and animals.  (Photo credit/source:  Eastside Fire & Rescue)

Renton

Free sandbags are available 24/7 at the King County Roads facility at 20827 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Renton.  There is a 25-bag limit per vehicle.

North Bend

Sand and sandbags were made available at 1:30pm until 5pm on Thursday, February 6th to North Bend residents.  You can pick up these at the Public Works facility on Friday, February 7th from 8am – noon, located at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend. Bring your own shovel and truck. They will supply the sand and bags.

“Snoqualmie River is currently at Flood Phase 2, meaning that lowland flooding may occur. Currently, there are no roads closed in North Bend. The Park & Ride lot across from the Pour House is closed due to flooding.” (City of North Bend)

Rivers

The following Rivers at various flood stages:

Phase 4: Cedar River

Phase 3: Issaquah Creek, Green River, Tolt River

Phase 2: Snoqualmie River, White River

Resources

Flood Warning Center | 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263.  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/warning-system.aspx  Click on name of river for further information.

Sandbag distribution | https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/sandbag-distribution.aspx  (King County)

National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA) | 888-379-9531

King Conty Metro Alerts | 206-553-3000

American Red Cross (King/Kitsap Counties) | 206-323-2345

Additional flood related Important Contact Phone Numbers |  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/phones.aspx

King County Office of Emergency Management | 206-296-3830

King County Stormwater services | 206-477-4811. After business hours, call 206-477-8100.

King County Solid Waste Division | 206-477-4466 or 800-325-6165.

King County Public Health (Seattle/King County) | 206-296-4600

Additional links, Important phone numbers | https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/phones.aspx

Updates

More updates will be coming as we are gleaning news, resources and alerts to bring to you throughout the day and evening.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/7/2020 00:50 PST

 

 

 

Riverbottom Fire | Wildland Fire | California

Incident Summary
The #RiverbottomFire is burning off of the Santa Ana Bike Trail in the 1400 block of Old Ranch Road and Park Cliff Court in Riverbottom (Riverside Co), California. It was ignited this morning on Thursday 2/6/2020. Fire assets were dispatched and on-scene quickly around 0953 hours PST.
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Cause
The cause is most likely to have started from an unattended encampment.
Current Status
The wildfire is currently at 70 acres with a 50% conainment status and is expected to be fully contained by late Friday evening.
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Resources
City of Riverside FD 221 firefighters, 14 engines and 2 hand crews along with mutual aid of: 2 air tankers, one helicopter.

Road Closures 

Firefighters in the foreground while smoke from riverbottom fire is in backgroundDuring fire operations, authorities closed the Santa Ana Bike Path from Ryan Bonaminio Park to Anza Narriows Park.

Evacuations
Structure protection was in effect along with mandatory evacuations but were lifted after mutual aidl/aircraft resources arrived on-scene.  Earlier in the incident, fire activity continued to increase and  evacuations for those on Old Ranch Road and Park Cliff Court.  An evacuation shelter was opened at the Dales Senior Center, located at 3936 Chestnut in Riverside, California. 
ALL EVACUATIONS have been lifted.
Photo Images

Photo Credit of the City of Fire Riverside Department.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/6/2020 2120 Hours PST

Update 2 | #PeavineFire | Nevada

Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest | Fire assets from the USDA Forest Service, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and the Reno Fire Department responded to a brush fire about five miles up Peavine Mountain on Saturday afternoon.

The fire was originally at 15-acres is now well into 30-acres destroyed.  Fire crews have reached a 15% containment status and are expected to remain overnight into Sunday morning.

Smoke is said to be expected to impact communities of Stead, Lemmon Valley, Sun Valley. Red Rock and Spanish Springs, which are north and northeast of the fire in Washoe County, Nevada.

The fire started from an unknown ignition and is currently under investigation.

Photo Credit | Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest

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Current weather conditions are 39*F with winds from the north and gusts up to two-miles-per-hour.  There is a 10-mile visibility with conditions being fair and partially cloudy.

#RenoFire #TruckeeMeadowsFireProtectionDistrict #RenoFirefighters #PeavineFire #USFS #Nevada #PeavineMtn

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 2145 hours PST

SIT REP: February 1, 2020

United States of America | Sit Rep

February 1, 2020

REEVES FIRE:  Firefighters were dispatched via the Federal Interagency Communications Center to a wildfire at Stoddard Wells x 15 South. E3648 responded at 1455 hours PST.

LAGUNA FIRE:  A wildfire ignited in the Laguna Recreational Area.  Fire resources were dispatched at 0200 hours.  15 acres were scorched from an unknown ignition source. (Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center)

SLUICE BOXES FIRE:  A fire broke out at Dicks Gulch and destroyed three acres in the Great Falls Interagency Dispatch Center service area.  Resources were dispatched at 1706 hours to the Great Falls area in the State of Montana. (GDC)

January 31, 2020

RED FLAG WARNING | Issued by the Pueblo (Colorado) National Weather Service at 0733 hours MST

LITTLE FIRE:  Fire assets were dispatched at 1730 hours to a wildfire that ignited in Seminole County in the Cromwell area in Oklahoma.  IC:  R Sith.  18.1 acres were burned. Unknown cause. (ARK-OK Interagency Coordination Center)

January 30, 2020

DE SOTO – NOVA FIRE:  A wildlfire was reported North and between BB 6317 and BB 8526 off of Nova Johnson Road on the Desoto National Forest at 1623 hours.  0.1 acre burned.  It was both contained and under control at 1402 hours. (MS ICC)

DE SOTO RANGE 14J FIRE:  A wildfire broke out at Camp Shelby, located on the Desoto National Forest in Mississippi at 1401 hours.  112 acres were destroyed. Fire was contained at 1308 hours on the same day.  No cause of the fire is known. (MS ICC)

VIEJAS #001 FIRE:  Fire resources were dispatched to 14 Viejas Grade Road on the Cleveland National Forest in California at 1710 hours.  Limited information. (CNF)

MISSION FIRE:  Resources dispatched through the Federal Interagency Communications Center responded to Highway 15 x Mission in Fallbrook, California for a wildfire at 1014 hours PST. (FICC)

There were 90 new fires during the period of January 24 – 30, 2020 which required light initial attack activity.  No new large incidents or fires were deployed.

In New South Wales, Australia, there are 22 wildland fire personnel that are attached to supporting large fires.

In South Australia, Australia, there are five wildland fire personnel supporting those fires.

In Victoria, Australia, there are 183 wildland fire personnel assigned to supporting those fires.

(Sources:  NIFC, NWS, Wildcad)

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2000 hours PST

NEW | #PeavineFire | Nevada

Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest | Firefighters from the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Reno Fire Department responded to a 15-acre brush fire about five miles up the Peavine Mountain in Washoe County, Nevada.

It was said to be burning behind the Reno-Stead airport.

Photo Credit | TMFPD

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This occurred on Saturday, February 1, 2020, around 1615 hours PST.

Six engines and three water tenders were immediately deployed to suppress the fire.

No threats to structures or lives, nor any injuries to firefighters were reported.

Photo Credit | Reno Fire Department

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The cause is unknown and under investigation.

#RenoFire #TruckeeMeadowsFireProtectionDistrict #RenoFirefighters #PeavineFire #USFS #Nevada #PeavineMtn

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 1915 hours PST

Helicopter Crash Kills 9 People, Including NBA Star Kobe Bryant and Daughter | 2

Update 2 – Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A private helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76E carrying NBA Legend Kobe Bryant, 41 and his daughter, Gianna (Gigi), 13, along with six other passengers and pilot were killed when their aircraft crashed on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

The first due Engine (LACoFD) 125 arrived on-scene to report there were an unknown number of injuries and the aircraft’s fuselage on fire.  This spread into nearby brush, causing a .25 acre fire.  Both the fuselage and the brush fire were quickly put out.

“Today, Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Jennifer Homendy from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), provided updates on the crash investigation.

Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has identified four of the victims from the crash as Kobe Bryant, John Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Ara Zobayan.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to their families.

As of today, we have lifted all road closures, which were previously intact. This includes Las Virgenes Road in its entirety, and the north and south bound exits of the 101 freeway.

The crash site is now a hazmat scene, our security detail will remain intact and it is still a misdemeanor crime to access the site. It continues to be patrolled by deputy personnel, who are utilizing ATVs and horseback to navigate their way around the rugged terrain.

We ask that people stay out of these areas until the hazmat clean-up is complete and has been re-opened to the public. – LA County Sheriff’s Office. 1/28/2020. Released 2040 PST.

Photo Credit:  LASD

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When word began to spread like wildfire across Social Media with tributes to the great mega star, the Sheriff’s Office was disappointed and found it to be disrespectful by having multiple news outlets already announcing his death before the Medical Examiner had a a chance to recover the victims and made notifications to their next-of-kin.

The story broke of one person on the flight but later confirmed by his son, he was not on the aircraft and was alive and well.

The internet was lit on fire and it seemed like this story broke the internet.  It has been slowly recoverying even throughout today, it has been very slow.

We chose to delay reporting the identities until the Sheriff’s Office released that information and for out of respect to their families.

“We are saddened by their deaths and continue to keep their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers. “

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