L-O-D-D: FDNY FF William N Tolley

We send our sincere sympathies and prayers to the Tolley and FDNY Families, his friends and to the communities whom were touched by Firefighter Tolley. – Editor

FDNY LOSES ONE OF ITS OWN

Firefighter William N. Tolley, 42, was a 14-year member of the FDNY who was killed in the Line-of-Duty on April 20, 2017.

Courtesy of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office

FF Tolley, was assigned to Ladder 135 with the FDNY in Queens.  He was with the Fire Department for the last 14 years.

He died while working on the rooftop of a 5- story building while fire crews were fighting a 2-alarm fire in Queens.  It was reported that he fell from the rooftop.  He was transported a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

He is survived by his wife, Marie and his daughter, Isabella.

NEVER FORGET THEM. REMEMBER THEIR LEGACY.

FF Tolley was the 1147th Firefighter to sacrifice his life to the FDNY where he served his communities.

HONOR HIM. MAKE A DONATION IN HIS NAME.

To contribute to William N. Tolley‘s Children’s Educational Fund: . Select the fund from the drop down menu.

NYC MAYOR PRESS RELEASE

The NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio had posted several statements over Twitter.  This is what he had stated:

William Tolley was a 14-year veteran of the FDNY dedicated to protecting others. Like all of the FDNY, he put his life on the line everyday.

Everyone is in shock and grief. To William’s family, we not only stand by you today but in the weeks and years ahead.

Our hearts go out today to the members of the FDNY, especially the members of Ladder 135 in Ridgewood.” NY Mayor

As a mark of respect for William Tolley, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY who lost his life in the line of duty on April 20, 2017, flags shall be lowered to half-staff, effective immediately, by order of the Mayor of the City of New York, Bill de Blasio.

The men and women of the FDNY lost one of their own today. This city lost one of our bravest. Rest In peace, William Tolley.

Photo Credit: FDNY

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

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Jayne Wildfire | CA | Update 1

Incident Summary | The Jayne Fire started approximately 1720 Hours PDT on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  It is located off of Highway 33 and Lost Hills in Fresno County and outside of Coalinga in California.

CAL Fire firefighters were originally fighting the wildfire about 25 minutes prior to this post when it was about 40 acres.

Current Conditions | 1500 acres with a 0% containment status at 1745 Hours PDT.  Ground and air resources are working the fire.

Social Media | Currently, hashtags being used by us and CAL Fire are #JayneFire.  We are also using #CaWildfire2017.  We are tracking these fires by state and the year for statistical purposes.   More updates to come in the near future.

Thanks for reading this post!

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1750 Hours PDT

Cowbell Fire | Update 10

COWBELL FIRE

Incident Summary | The Cowbell Wildfire is located 30 miles northeast of Ochopee Florida that was reported on March 30th around 1601 Hours.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Incident Cooperators | NPS, Big Cypress NP, USFS, USFWS, FL Panther National Wildlife Preserve, FL FS, Seminole Tribe of Florida, FL Highway Patrol and Collier County (Florida) OEM.

UPDATE 10

Command | Mike Wilkins/ICT1.

Aerial video of the Cowbell Fire April 9, 2017

Courtesy: Inciweb

Personnel | 257 fire personnel.

Acres | 21,156.

Containment Status | 55%.

Weather Status | Fire activity was moderated by higher RHs, lighter winds and cloudier skies.

Fire Activities | Structure protection, mop-up in divisions and air resources using water drops to slow the wildfire from spreading.

Closures |  Bear Island Campground, Pink Jeep Campround, Turner River Road Camps remain evacuated as a precautionary measure.

[4/18/2017 @ 1740 Hours PDT]

UPDATE 9

Acres | 19,297 acres.

Containment Status | 52%.

Personnel | 283 personnel.  Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team is transitioning with the Southern Area Incident Management Blue Team today.  The Blue team will take over on Tuesday at 0800 Hours.

Resources | 7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers.  24 engines.

Weather Forecast |  High pressure to move in today with 5-10 mph winds from the NE with gusts of 15-20 mph. Increased RH and partly cloudy skies in this afternoon. Temps to be in the mid-80’s*F.

[4/17/2017 @ 1930 Hours PDT]

UPDATE 8

Acres | 16,944 acres.

Containment Status | 38%

Resources | 261 personnel.  7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers.  21 engines.

Cowbell Fire swamp buggy April 12, 2017

Swamp Fire Buggy. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fire Tactics | Aviation resources are supporting strategic firing operations with water drops. Resources also are available to monitor hot spots and respond to any new wildfires in the preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

[4/13/2017 – 1800 PDT]

UPDATE 7

Incident Summary | The fire has grown 7,000 acres overnight.

Acres | 8,335 acres.

Containment Status | 13%.

 Resources | 257 personnel. 7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers. 17 engines.

Cowbell Fire April 9 2017

Photo Credit: Jeff Adams

Weather | Temps in mid-80’s. Winds E-NE forecasted 5-10 mph. An Atlantic sea breeze to develop in afternoon, increasing wind speeds.  Slight chance of showers and storm expected Wednesday main W of the fire area. [Inciweb]

[4/10/2017 @ 1745 PDT]

UPDATE 6 

Weather Concerns | Smoke to blow from the Cowbell and Parliament Fires mixing with fog throughout Sunday AM.  This could reduce visibility along I-75 between mile markers 55-66 and Highway 41 between Turner River Road and the Oasis Visitor Center in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Reminders | Drivers are being reminded to use extreme caution when driving in these poor visible conditions or find an alternate route to avoid any potential hazardous situations.

[4/9/2017 @ 0800 PDT]

UPDATE 5   

Acres | 449 acres.

Containment Status | 13%.

aerial images of the Cowbell Fire on 4-10-17

Aerial Image. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fire Tactics | “Fire behavior became active today with isolated tree torching dropped under a Red Warning. It was also active on the Southern flank.  Aircraft resources were used to slow the movement of the fire.  We will continue to work on containment lines.”  – Fire Managers

[4/7/2017 @ 1900 PDT]

Firefighters maintaining the fireline on the Cowbell Fire.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 4

Acres | 449 acres.

Containment Status | 10%.

Resources | 182 personnel.

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Photo Credit:  Big Cypress National Preserve / Aerial Recon Flight

[4/6/2017 @ 1955 PDT]

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UPDATE 3

Acres | 449 acres destroyed.

Containment Status | 0%.

Cowbell Fire perimeter map and the surrounding area April 4 2017

Personnel | 146 fire personnel.

Fire Tactics | Firefighters will continue with structure protection of private properties, while monitoring containment lines and planned lines. They will also address hot spots.

[4/5/2017]

UPDATE 2

Acres | The wildfire has now scorched 400 acres.

Containment Status |  0%.

Fire Behavior |   The fire behavior is still active and running.

Resources | There are 16 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire Tactics | Fire Managers will continue to assess structures and ID containment lines.  In the next 12 hours, fire growth is expected.  In the next 24 hours, the fire is expected to be reduced by decreased winds.

Cause | The cause is still unknown.

Damage / Injuries |  No injuries or damages have been reported.

[4/6/2017]

UPDATE 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out on the Preserve yesterday and discovered around 1600 hours.  Fire Managers have said this is not due to being caused by a Prescribed fire but from an unknown cause of ignition.

Acres | About 300 acres have been scorched.

Containment Status | 0%.

Fire fuels | The fire is currently burning in pine land and cypress habitat and in tall grass and Southern rough fire fuels.

Current Conditions | Fire behavior is active and running.

Fire Tactics | Both air/ground resources are working to assess area trail exposures, are checking for structures inside the fire perimeter and assets at risk.

Command | The IC is RT Lumpkin, with a Type 4 IMT with the National Park Service.

Firefighters protecting structures on the Cowbell fire.

Structure Protection by Firefighters. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire Facts | Florida 2nd state to have most wildfires.  With these wildfires and previous others, Officials say the Fire Season has started much earlier than in 2016.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Product Recall | Off-road Vehicles

The following ALERT was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on April 13, 2017.

Product Name | Ranger 900 Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles.

# Affected | 51,000.

Reason |  A heat shield can fall off the vehicle, posing fire and burn hazards to riders.

Description | 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900, XP 900 EPS, and CREW 900 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The recalled ROVs were sold in a variety of colors and have either three or six seats and a rear box. “Ranger” is printed on the rear box, and “900” is printed on the hood of the ROVs. All 2015 Ranger 900 models and vehicle identification numbers (VINs) are included in this recall. The VIN is printed on the frame on the driver’s side towards the rear of the vehicle. To check for recalled vehicles by VIN, visit www.polaris.com.

2015 RANGER CREW 900 SOLAR RED RANGER XP 900 EPS SANDSTONE METALLIC

Vehicle identification number (VIN) location on the ROVs  2015 RANGER CREW 900 EPS WHITE LIGHTNING

Incidents / Injuries | Polaris has received 13 incident reports involving the recalled ROVs, including five reports of fires. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy | Get it repaired by contacting Polaris at 800-765-2747 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday and Friday, or online at www.polaris.com and click on “Off Road Safety Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

NOTE:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ROVs and contact Polaris to schedule a free repair. Polaris is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Sold At | Polaris dealers nationwide from April 2014 through March 2017 for between $13,400 and $21,300.

Manufacturer / Importer | Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minnesota.

Manufactured In | U.S. and Mexico.

POLARIS ALSO RECALLS ON THE SAME DAY

Product Name | Sportsman 450, 570, 850, 1000 and Scrambler 1000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

# Affected | 3,000.

Reason | The electronic power steering unit can malfunction, posing a crash hazard.

Description | This recall involves model year 2017 Polaris Sportsman 450, 570, 850, 1000 and Scrambler 1000 model ATVs. The recalled ATVs have “Polaris” printed on the front grill and “Sportsman 450,” “Sportsman 570,” “Sportsman 850,” “Sportsman 1000” or “Scrambler 1000” printed on the side of the steering column. The ATVs were sold in several colors. The model number is located on the fuel tank cover. To check for recalled vehicles by VIN, visit www.polaris.com.

MY 2017 Sportsman 450  MY 2017 Sportsman 570 6x6 EPS Sage Green

MY 2017 Sportsman 850 sp Matte-Sunset Re  Sportsman 570 VIN location

Incidents / Injuries | Polaris has received 15 reports of the electronic power steering unit malfunctioning. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy | Get it repaired by calling Polaris at 800-765-2747 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.polaris.com and click on “Off-Road Safety Recalls” for more information.

Sold At | Polaris dealers nationwide from September 2016 through March 2017 for between $6,900 and $13,300.

Manufactured | Same as above.

Built in the | U.S.

Source:  CPSC [https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/polaris-recalls-sportsman-all-terrain-vehicles-recall-alert]

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COWBELL FIRE | FLORIDA | UPDATE 9

 

 

Incident Summary | The Cowbell Wildfire is located 30 miles northeast of Ochopee Florida that was reported on March 30th around 1601 Hours.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Incident Cooperators | NPS, Big Cypress NP, USFS, USFWS, FL Panther National Wildlife Preserve, FL FS, Seminole Tribe of Florida, FL Highway Patrol and Collier County (Florida) OEM.

UPDATE 9

Acres | 19,297 acres.

Containment Status | 52%.

Personnel | 283 personnel.  Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team is transitioning with the Southern Area Incident Management Blue Team today.  The Blue team will take over on Tuesday at 0800 Hours.

Resources | 7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers.  24 engines.

Weather Forecast |  High pressure to move in today with 5-10 mph winds from the NE with gusts of 15-20 mph. Increased RH and partly cloudy skies in this afternoon. Temps to be in the mid-80’s*F.

[4/17/2017 @ 1930 Hours PDT]

UPDATE 8

Acres | 16,944 acres.

Containment Status | 38%

Resources | 261 personnel.  7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers.  21 engines.

Cowbell Fire swamp buggy April 12, 2017

Swamp Fire Buggy. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fire Tactics | Aviation resources are supporting strategic firing operations with water drops. Resources also are available to monitor hot spots and respond to any new wildfires in the preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

[4/13/2017 – 1800 PDT]

UPDATE 7

Incident Summary | The fire has grown 7,000 acres overnight.

Acres | 8,335 acres.

Containment Status | 13%.

 Resources | 257 personnel. 7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers. 17 engines.

Cowbell Fire April 9 2017

Photo Credit: Jeff Adams

Weather | Temps in mid-80’s. Winds E-NE forecasted 5-10 mph. An Atlantic sea breeze to develop in afternoon, increasing wind speeds.  Slight chance of showers and storm expected Wednesday main W of the fire area. [Inciweb]

[4/10/2017 @ 1745 PDT]

UPDATE 6 

Weather Concerns | Smoke to blow from the Cowbell and Parliament Fires mixing with fog throughout Sunday AM.  This could reduce visibility along I-75 between mile markers 55-66 and Highway 41 between Turner River Road and the Oasis Visitor Center in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Reminders | Drivers are being reminded to use extreme caution when driving in these poor visible conditions or find an alternate route to avoid any potential hazardous situations.

[4/9/2017 @ 0800 PDT]

UPDATE 5   

Acres | 449 acres.

Containment Status | 13%.

aerial images of the Cowbell Fire on 4-10-17

Aerial Image. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fire Tactics | “Fire behavior became active today with isolated tree torching dropped under a Red Warning. It was also active on the Southern flank.  Aircraft resources were used to slow the movement of the fire.  We will continue to work on containment lines.”  – Fire Managers

[4/7/2017 @ 1900 PDT]

Firefighters maintaining the fireline on the Cowbell Fire.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 4

Acres | 449 acres.

Containment Status | 10%.

Resources | 182 personnel.

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Photo Credit:  Big Cypress National Preserve / Aerial Recon Flight

[4/6/2017 @ 1955 PDT]

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UPDATE 3

Acres | 449 acres destroyed.

Containment Status | 0%.

Cowbell Fire perimeter map and the surrounding area April 4 2017

Personnel | 146 fire personnel.

Fire Tactics | Firefighters will continue with structure protection of private properties, while monitoring containment lines and planned lines. They will also address hot spots.

[4/5/2017]

UPDATE 2

Acres | The wildfire has now scorched 400 acres.

Containment Status |  0%.

Fire Behavior |   The fire behavior is still active and running.

Resources | There are 16 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire Tactics | Fire Managers will continue to assess structures and ID containment lines.  In the next 12 hours, fire growth is expected.  In the next 24 hours, the fire is expected to be reduced by decreased winds.

Cause | The cause is still unknown.

Damage / Injuries |  No injuries or damages have been reported.

[4/6/2017]

UPDATE 1

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out on the Preserve yesterday and discovered around 1600 hours.  Fire Managers have said this is not due to being caused by a Prescribed fire but from an unknown cause of ignition.

Acres | About 300 acres have been scorched.

Containment Status | 0%.

Fire fuels | The fire is currently burning in pine land and cypress habitat and in tall grass and Southern rough fire fuels.

Current Conditions | Fire behavior is active and running.

Fire Tactics | Both air/ground resources are working to assess area trail exposures, are checking for structures inside the fire perimeter and assets at risk.

Command | The IC is RT Lumpkin, with a Type 4 IMT with the National Park Service.

Firefighters protecting structures on the Cowbell fire.

Structure Protection by Firefighters. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire Facts | Florida 2nd state to have most wildfires.  With these wildfires and previous others, Officials say the Fire Season has started much earlier than in 2016.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

West Mims Wildfire | Update 2

UPDATE 2 – APRIL 17, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1840 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary | The wildfire was sparked by a lightning strike on April 6, 2017, has now destroyed 21,308 acres of timber (grass and understory) and southern rough.  Crews have reached a 3% containment status.

Correction:  This wildfire is located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia.  It was previously reported in Oklahoma which was incorrect.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

Courtesy: Inciweb

Resources | There are 265 personnel assigned along with ` Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs, 12 FWS helicopters, 17 engines, 5 dozers, 27 tractor plows and 1 Hotshot crew.  The fire is in Unified Command with the Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team assisting in managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

Current Fire Conditions | The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

Planned Tactics | We will be conducting Indirect line construction where possible, utilizing tactical firing operations to secure upland land holding, mop up control lines, support prep work near private property, implement structure protection around communities and structures at risk, including Council, Fargo, Stephen Foster, and Okefenokee Refuge structures, utilize aircraft as needed to contain fire within the Refuge.

We will work to prepare operations at the  Type 1 helibase at the Fargo golf course.

Night shift operations will commence from 2000 to 0800 hours with a firefighters on the line.  We will continue to strengthen control lines.  Additionally, we will monitor fire activity and check for  hot spots, recon potential control lines and examine area for hazards and identify areas that need to be mitigated.” – FWS

Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 10, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1830 HOURS PDT

 Incident Summary | The wildfire is located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia.  The fire started on April 6, 2017, reported at 1700 hours PDT.  Fire Behavior is  active, wind driven runs and creeping.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

Missing Hiker: Zach Krull in Washington

PREFACE

We know this post is not about a fire or related incident but we always feel that since these types of reports that come through the Law Enforcement side of things and being in our backyard, we feel the need to reach out and help broadcast their messages.

We appreciate you reading this post and ask that you to help us by sharing on all your Social Media platforms.  Though not parents ourselves, we have other related family members and would be lost without them, like these moms, dads, sisters, brothers, etc. are.

Here is their story about their missing Loved one.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Zach Krull, 20, is a resident of Bellevue, Washington was reported as missing on Monday, April 10th by his family as being an overdue hiker.  He was said to be camping at the Staircase Campground inside the Olympic National Park.

RESOURCES

Searchers are from Tacoma and Mason, Pierce and Thurston Counties.  Olympic Mountain Rescue.  ESAR. Olympic National Park [1 Park Ranger]

IC:  Mason County Sheriff Office:  Contact:  Lt Jason Dracobly.  Phone 360-427-9670 ext. 313 / 360-275-4467 ext. 313 or 360-239-4073.  Website:  http://so.co.mason.wa.us/

TIMELINE

4/10/2017

Zach Krull, 20, is reported missing from the Staircase Campgrounds in the Olympic National Park.

4/11/2017

“Mason County Sheriff initiated a SAR Mission.  Zach Krull, 20-year-old male.  Zach’s family and friends reported that he was overdue from a planned overnight hike in the Lake Cushman/Staircase area of Mason County.  Zach is not from the area and is a new transfer student to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.” – MCSO

9:33am: “Mason County currently coordinating search for overdue hiker in the area of Mt. Skokomish. Hiker overdue since 4/10.” – MCSO

9:35 am: “Olympic Mountain Rescue is conducting the search for the overdue hiker. No further information at this time; no cell contact with SAR coord.” – MCSO

12:46 pm: “Olympic Mountain Rescue has determined search conditions are too dangerous. The search for the overdue hiker is suspended for now.” – MCSO

12:48 pm: “The search has focused on the Mt. Skokomish area. No additional information is available at this time.” – MCSO

4/12/2017 

“The search is underway with Olympic Mountain Rescue. The Forest Service is advising and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department is coordinating the operation. While snowfall has caused sporadic suspensions of the search, we have faith that these heroes will find Zach.” – FindZach FB page

“Our good friends consulted a psychic who shared this: Zach is alive, has “pain” or “injury” to his leg, and is trying to stay near a water body. He’s rationing his food, trying to leave trail markings & may be somewhere between 5-25 miles N to NW of where he was last seen on 4/8 — and that this directional track should be near a water body.” – FindZach FB page

4/13/2017:  “Another piece of Zach’s equipment. Hopefully it’s helping to keep him warm as the search goes on.” – FindZach FB page

“Sharing pics of all of Zach’s equipment in case anyone recognizes anything.” – FindZach FB page

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4/14/2017:   “We have been conducting the search with assets from Olympic Mountain Rescue, helicopter support out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and units from Mason, Thurston, and Pierce County Search and Rescue units.” – MCSO

“The search is focused on an area inside of the Olympic Nation Park near Mt Cruiser and around the Staircase camping grounds.  The search has been hampered by severe weather conditions.” – MCSO

“Here’s praying Good Friday is a great one for Zach. SAR teams will be setting out from 2 directions: Staircase to Mt Gladys and from Hamma Hamma Rd to Mildred Lakes.” – FindZach FB page

4/15/2017

“Unfortunately, Zach is not the only young man to find himself lost in the area this week. Our prayers also go out to Jacob, his aunt Elise Brace and the rest of his worried family; please add your support too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/449341995419038/” – The Krull Family on Facebook speaking about Jacob Gray also missing

“It’s SearchSaturday! An 80-strong force on the Olympic Mountains today between OMR, SAR and dozens of volunteers. God bless them all and God bless Zach!” – FindZach FB page

“A long day for us, but an even longer day and night for the amazing people searching for Zach. Here’s to the selfless heroes who continue to put themselves in danger to help us find our son.” They recognized Olympic Mountain Rescue, ESAR, MCSO and the USFS. – FindZach FB page

UPDATES

More to follow as we receive new updates and any other postings. Thank you for reading this post and please… share with your Social Media channels.  We will be doing the same!

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update 7 | #Cowbell | Big Cypress National Preserve | Florida

SUMMARY

4/14/2017:  The fire is located 36 miles west of Weston, FL. Tall grass, southern rough and timber.

4/5/2017:  It is located 3 miles North of I-75 and 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and 2 miles West of the L-28 Road.

4/1/2017:  The fire is located about two miles North of I-75 and West of L-28 Canal Road; about six miles South of Big Cyprus Seminole Road.

3/31/2017:  A wildfire broke out on the Preserve yesterday and discovered around 1600 hours.  Fire Managers have said this is not due to being caused by a Prescribed fire but from an unknown cause of ignition.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

4/14/2017:  50% containment status.  17,594 acres.  Current heavy loading of fuel conditions are favorable for very active fire behavior within the grass and shrub fuels. The current drought conditions have led both live and dead fuel moistures to reach areas of concern. Expect all fuels to burn readily, including those that appear green, says Fire Managers.  Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area and trail closures in effect.

4/7/2017:  Fire Managers:  “Fire behavior became active today with isolated tree torching dropped under a Red Warning. It was also active on the Southern flank.  Aircraft resources were used to slow the movement of the fire.  We will continue to work on containment lines.”

4/6/2017:  The Cowbell Fire is now at 449 acres and fire crews have gained a 10% containment status.

4/5/2017:  The wildfire is being held at 449 acres.  Firefighters have reached a 13% containment status.

4/4/2017:  The wildfire is still at a 0% containment status and destroyed 449 acres.

4/2/2017:  The wildfire has now scorched 400 acres with a 0% containment status.  The fire behavior is still active and running.

3/31/2017:  About 300 acres have been scorched.  This fire is currently not contained.

FIRE TACTICS

4/7/2017:  Yesterday, firefighters conducted strategic firing operations on the northwest perimeter of the fire to burn excess fuel and prevent the fire’s spread. On the east and south sides of the fire, crews have been mopping up from firing operations earlier in the week.

4/3/2017:  Firefighters will continue with structure protection of private properties, while monitoring containment lines and planned lines. They will also address hot spots.

4/2/2017:  Fire Managers will continue to assess structures and ID containment lines.  In the next 12 hours, fire growth is expected.

RESOURCES

4/6/2017:  Additional resources include 8 helicopters and 14 engines.   There are currently 182 personnel attached to this incident.

4/5/2017:  There are 224 personnel assigned, along with IC Steve Parrish, ICT 2 unit.

4/3/2017:  146 fire personnel are attached to this incident, along with Incident Cooperators from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Forest Service, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida Highway Patrol, Collier County (Florida) Office of Emergency Management.

4/2/2017:  There are 16 personnel assigned to this incident.

3/31/2017:  Both air and ground resources have been working by conducting the following activities:

  • Assessing area trail exposures.
  • Checking for structures in the fire perimeter.
  • Determining values at risk.

The IC is RT Lumpkin, with a Type 4 IMT with the National Park Service.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

4/9/2017:  Weather forecasters are predicting the smoke from the Cowbell and Parliament Fires could mix with fog throughout Sunday morning, significantly reducing visibility along I-75 (between mile marker 55 and 66) and Hwy. 41 (between Turner River Road and the Oasis Visitor Center, Big Cypress National Preserve.

4/2/2017:  In the next 24 hours, the fire is expected to bereduced by decreased winds.

4/1/2017:  In the next 24 hours, the fire is expected to be reduced by decreased winds.

The fire is currently burning in pine land and cypress habitat and in tall grass and Southern rough fire fuels.  Fire behavior is active and running.

 

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Update 1 | Wildfire #DobsonKnob | North Carolina

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 14, 2017 – 1800 PDT

Fire Incident

The Dobson Knob wildfire is located at the north Cove Community of McDowell County, west of Dobson Knob and 2 miles South of North Cove, North Carolina. Between FS Road 106 and US 221. It was reported on April 9, at 1815 Hours.

Acreage

There has been 1,507 acres of hardwood litter scorched.

Dobson Knob Fire 4-12-17

Credit: N. DeWeese USFS

Resources

Fire crews have reached a 58% containment status.  There are 214 personnel assigned to this incident.

Resources include a N.C. Forest Service Type 2 IMT continues to manage the fire in cooperation with the USFS, McDowell Co. Emergency Management, and Fire Departments representing Woodlawn, Marion, North Cove, Pleasant Gardens, Old Fort, Hankins, and Dysartsville.

12 crews. 8 engines. 3 Helicopters.

Damage Assessment

Fire behavior is active with backing and creeping.

$174,000 cost-to-date for fire suppression efforts.

Current Conditions

Structures threatened. Area and trail closures in effect.

Fire Tactics

Today’s operations include patrolling and extinguishing remaining hotspots near established containment lines on the western, northern and eastern sides of the fire. Burnout operations are planned to the south and will result in more visible smoke.

A structure protection presence will continue in the Ashford and North Cove communities. (source: inciweb)

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COWBELL FIRE | FLORIDA | UPDATE 8

Incident Summary | The  wildfire started March 30, 2017 around 1601 Hours and is currently burning in Big Cypress National Preserve.  It is is located about 30 miles northeast of Ochopee Florida.  The cause is unknown.

Location |  The fire is located about two miles North of I-75 and West of L-28 Canal Road; about six miles South of Big Cyprus Seminole Road.

UPDATE 8:  The fire scorched additional land and has reached 16,944 acres burned.   Fire crews have reached a 38% containment status.

There are 261 personnel assigned to this incident along with resources of 7 helicopters, 2 SEAT tankers and 21 engines.  Incident cooperators are listed as the following agencies/organizations/groups:  National Park Service, Big Cypress National Preserve, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Forest Service, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida Highway Patrol and Collier County (Florida) Office of Emergency Management.

Cowbell Fire swamp buggy April 12, 2017

Swamp Fire Buggy. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Aviation resources are supporting strategic firing operations with water drops. Resources also are available to monitor hot spots and respond to any new wildfires in the preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

[4/13/2017 – 1800 PDT]

UPDATE 7:   The fire has scorched 8,335 acres, growing approximately 7,000 acres overnight. However,  fire crews have reached a 13% containment status.

257 personnel are assigned to this incident along with 7 helicopters, 2 SEAT air tankers and 17 engines.

Cowbell Fire April 9 2017

Photo Credit: Jeff Adams

National Park Service, Big Cypress National Preserve, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Forest Service, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida Highway Patrol and Collier County (Florida) Office of Emergency Management.

Temperatures today will be in the mid-80s and east to northeast winds are forecasted at 5 to 10 mph. An Atlantic sea breeze will develop in the afternoon, increasing wind speeds. A slight chance of showers and storms are expected beginning Wednesday mainly west of the fire area [Source: Inciweb].

[4/10/2017 @ 1745 PDT]

UPDATE 6:   Weather forecasters are predicting the smoke from the Cowbell and Parliament Fires could mix with fog throughout Sunday morning, significantly reducing visibility along I-75 (between mile marker 55 and 66) and Hwy. 41 (between Turner River Road and the Oasis Visitor Center, Big Cypress National Preserve

Drivers are being reminded to use extreme caution when driving in these poor visible conditions or find an alternate route to avoid any potential hazardous situations.

[4/9/2017 @ 0800 PDT]

UPDATE 5:   The wildfire is being held at 449 acres.  Firefighters have reached a 13% containment status.

aerial images of the Cowbell Fire on 4-10-17

Aerial Image. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

There are 224 personnel assigned, along with IC Steve Parrish, ICT 2 unit.

Additional resources include 8 helicopters and 14 engines.

“Fire behavior became active today with isolated tree torching dropped under a Red Warning. It was also active on the Southern flank.  Aircraft resources were used to slow the movement of the fire.  We will continue to work on containment lines.”  – Fire Managers

[4/7/2017 @ 1900 PDT]

Firefighters maintaining the fireline on the Cowbell Fire.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 4:   The Cowbell Fire is now at 449 acres and fire crews have gained a 10% containment status.  There are currently 182 personnel attached to this incident.

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Photo Credit:  Big Cypress National Preserve / Aerial Recon Flight

[4/6/2017 @ 1955 PDT]

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UPDATE 3:   The wildfire is still at a 0% containment status and destroyed 449 acres.

Cowbell Fire perimeter map and the surrounding area April 4 2017

146 fire personnel are attached to this incident, along with Incident Cooperators from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Forest Service, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida Highway Patrol, Collier County (Florida) Office of Emergency Management.

Firefighters will continue with structure protection of private properties, while monitoring containment lines and planned lines. They will also address hot spots.

[4/5/2017]

UPDATE 2:  The wildfire has now scorched 400 acres with a 0% containment status.  The fire behavior is still active and running.  There are 16 personnel assigned to this incident.  Fire Managers will continue to assess structures and ID containment lines.  In the next 12 hours, fire growth is expected.  In the next 24 hours, the fire is expected to be reduced by decreased winds.  The cause is still unknown.  No injuries or damages have been reported.

[4/6/2017]

UPDATE 1:  A wildfire broke out on the Preserve yesterday and discovered around 1600 hours.  Fire Managers have said this is not due to being caused by a Prescribed fire but from an unknown cause of ignition.  About 300 acres have been scorched.  This fire is currently not contained.

The fire is currently burning in pine land and cypress habitat and in tall grass and Southern rough fire fuels.  Fire behavior is active and running.

Both air and ground resources have been working by conducting the following activities:

  • Assessing area trail exposures.
  • Checking for structures in the fire perimeter.
  • Determining values at risk.

The IC is RT Lumpkin, with a Type 4 IMT with the National Park Service.

Firefighters protecting structures on the Cowbell fire.

Structure Protection by Firefighters. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire Facts

  • Florida is the second State that has the most wildfires that occur.
  • With these wildfires and previous countless others, it has now officially started off the Fire Season earlier than last year.

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