Seattle FF Andy Pittman | Climbing for a Cure

RAISING MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE

In 2016, 1900 Firefighters from five countries and 330 Fire Departments descended upon the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, Washington to “climb” the tower in full firefighting suppression gear and on air to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Collectively, Firefighters raised $2.3 Million for the non-profit that specializes in blood-cancer research and providing patient/family services.

As Firefighters have over the last several years, they will once again commence together for the 26th year annual LLS.org’s “climb” on  March 12, 2017.  This is a timed event where Firefighters climb inside the Columbia Center stairwells known as the second tallest building just west of the Mississippi in full fire suppression gear (firefighting coat/jacket, PPE, boots, gloves, helmet) and with their air bottles on.  It is a lot of extra weight as if they were actually fighting a fire (minus the equipment they would be carrying in).

Firefighters will climb up 69 floors with an 788 foot elevation gain and touching a whopping 1,356 steps to reach the infamous observation deck that overlooks the City of Seattle.

This iconic “Climb” is no feat for anyone that dares to rush up these stairs at any given pace.  As history reflects, Firefighters around the country and from over 300-plus Fire Departments will “fight” to reach the top of the building.  It is also a timed event where those race against the clock. Literally, like their Honorees.

HELP THEM DEFEAT BLOOD-CANCERS

This year, Climbers participating in the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb Challenge are asking their friends, loved ones and communities to help them all reach their $2.5 Million fundraising goal so that the LLS can save even more lives.  So many lives depend on this type of funding and you can help this Firefighter raise even more money.

FIREFIGHTERS FOCUS

As most of us know, Firefighters are seen as those who are running into a burning building and using their fire hoses to douse the flames or they have been seen using large pieces of equipment to “cut” out a person trapped inside a vehicle just involved in a car accident.  In other cases, Firefighters have also saved our pets.  Some media channels have shown just how they do this by providing oxygen to the injured pet that may have just been rescued from a house fire.

These are some of the ways they help save lives every day.

CLIMB. CONQUER. RACE.

Their mission is clear and concise.  Climbing the Columbia Center is where it all happens for these Firefighters when they don their firefighting gear and air bottles, they must prepare themselves mentally, physically and emotionally.

These Firefighters put many hours upon hours of training to keep their stamina for their jobs with their respected Fire Departments.  They will also train hard for this event long before it even arrives.

Here is one Firefighter along with hundreds that is doing just that……

SEATTLE FIRE’S 

Firefighter Andrew “Andy” Pittman

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CLIMBING FOR A CAUSE.

Today, we are speaking with Andrew “Andy” Pittman, a current resident of Port Angeles, Washington and Career Firefighter with the Seattle Fire Department for almost two years.  Prior to coming to work for the Seattle Fire Department, he was with the Port Angeles Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter for three years and a former resident of Alaska.

He will be climbing for the Seattle Fire Department team this year, but has been assisting with his home Fire Department (Port Angeles) climbing team with fundraising efforts.

FF Pittman, is husband to his beautiful wife Heather of eight years and father to children Kason (9), Kenna (7), Kellan (2) and Kamon (1).

Who or What inspired you to become a Firefighter?

“I joined as a volunteer to help fill a community need. I decided after a year of volunteering to try to get a Career Firefighter job. I saw that my life story molded itself to be able help people very well.  It also helped that I liked going to fires.

Where I grew up in Alaska there was no real Fire Department. If there were people in town that could help put out a fire then they went to help. The idea of helping out the community was appealing to me and that is how this really all started.”

As a Firefighter, what motivates you to do what you do everyday?

“For the climb……

I see how it affects families and see what the LLS has done to help people survive and think that is an awesome sight to see.

As far as work…..

There are many rewards that we get from the people we serve, whether it’s a successful CPR or a fire stopped before their family pictures were destroyed.  I think it’s really just an attitude of being able to help and looking for the good things In what we do.”

Is this your first Climb?

“I believe this is my fourth climb.  I climbed with Port Angeles FD three years prior.”

With this being your fourth climb, when do you start training for the Climb?

“I start usually in November or December with air packs.  The last month I try to get a little more intensive in my prep for it.

Now, I am investing about two-and-a-half hours per week into my event training.”

CONQUER MEANS SO MUCH MORE.

For those who may be new at Climbing for this event, what advice can you give them for this event?

I’d say just do it.  Don’t give up.  It is really a mental game. Much like anything g else. The prep work will determine the outcome but once you are in the stairs the attitude to succeed really determines whether you stop or not.”

How much have you raised for your Fundraising goal? What is your Individual fundraising goal?

“I’ve raised about $567 dollars. That’s not including what the Port Angeles team has raised. Since I live here, I assist them (Port Angeles Fire Department).

$1500.00.”

What ways have you taken part in your team’s or overall organization’s fundraising events that may be different from your last Climb?  

“That’s one of the things I like about this climb. My first year I climbed, I had to miss a local fundraiser with Port Angeles and somehow noticed that West Pierce Fire and Rescue was having a fundraiser near where I was scheduled to be that day. I called them and was able to partake in their fundraiser. Met awesome people and still was able to support the cause.

I am helping my home’s (Port Angeles) Fire Department with fundraising while working on my individual goal of $1500.00.”  

(Note: The Port Angeles FD page is The port Angeles team page is helppafirefightersbeatcancer)

A CURE FOR ANNE AND OTHERS LIKE HER.

Please tell us about your Honoree’s story and how your participation in this event is helping those like her.

When I first started the Challenges many years ago, I met Anne, a local Port Angeles girl. She was going through a tough battle.  Now, Anne has beaten cancer and I continue to climb for her each time.  I keep her close to my heart as I help to raise money for others just like her.”

How has this event and in years’ past “climbs” impacted  you, Anne and her family?

“Their family had really transformed the climb into a community event.  It’s shown me that you never know what challenges are around the corner and that you don’t ever have to go at them alone. There is always someone out there willing to help.”

Photo:  (r) FF Pittman w/Anne (c)

SAFE A LIFE, DONATE TODAY

Seattle Firefighter Pittman along with his Brothers and Sisters cannot go at this fight alone but with your help they can beat their fundraising goal of $2.5 Million.  These much-needed funds will go to helping the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) organization in Washington and Alaska with cancer research and patient services.

SEATTLE FIREFIGHTER ANDY PITTMAN

Fundraising Page

http://www.llswa.org/site/TR/Events/FirefighterStairclimbpx=1809979&pg=personal&fr_id=1552

69 flights I 1,311 steps 788 ft of vertical elevation
Climb. Conquer. Cure.

“Hello! I will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 12th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Please support me with a donation by clicking the donate button. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. Thank you for your generosity!

What is the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb?

A SNEAK PEEK INTO THE EVENT

This You Tube video shows what the “climb” is all about.  Just watch and you will see this is no easy feat for anyone, but a stark reminder that these Firefighters know first-hand that what they do on this event day cannot be matched for what their Honorees will go through as they fight their own battles.

Firefighters say this is the least they can do to help raise money so their Honorees can have a better chance at a normal life and in being cancer-free.

Remember, that you can still donate to Seattle Firefighter Pittman’s Fundraising Page prior to the date of his climb.  This event will take place on March 12, 2017.

THANK YOU.

Thank you to the Seattle Fire Department, PIO Alice Kim and to FF Pittman for the great work you all do day in and night out.  We appreciate allowing us the Honor to share Anne’s story and FF Pittman’s efforts to raise money to find a cure for research and patient services through this great fundraising event.

– LR Swenson, FireWriter/Blogger

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2330 Hours PST

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fully Engulfed Garage Fire | Snohomish County Washington

 

Snohomish County Fire resources responded to a fully engulfed garage fire around 1802 hours on Saturday evening but would quickly knock down the fire within 10 minutes after arriving on-scene.

The garage fire was located in the 9600 block of 233rd in Edmonds, Washington.

Photo Credit: Ryan Elkins (@RElkinsP71)

No word on if any injuries or what the cause of the fire was this evening.

Photo Credit: Ryan Elkins (@RElkinsP71)

No other details are known at this time.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

U.S. NEW WILDFIRES February 24, 2017

Wildfires seem to be breaking out all over in the Southern region and we are about to try to catch them in one single post.   Here are the fires for Friday, February 24, 2017.

Thank you for reading our post and visiting our Blog today.  Stay safe out there, friends.

2 Mile Lane Fire – Oklahoma

Oklahoma DOF. Three miles northeast of McAlester, (Pittsburgh County) OK. Timber and short grass. Extreme fire behavior with wind driven runs. Structures threatened. Road closures in effect.

700 acres. 50% containment status. 4 personnel. 5 engine crews.  $3,000 cost-to-date. State lands.

96 – Colorado

Arapaho & Roosevelt NF. 632 acres.  100% contained.  18 personnel.  6 engines.  $1,000 cost-to-date. Forest land.

141st Fire – Oklahoma

Oklahoma DOF.  Four miles west of Coweta, (Wagoner County) OK. Tall grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior with flanking. Numerous residences threatened.

480 acres.  75% contained. 61 personnel.  19 engine crews. 2 helicopters. $91,000 cost-to-date. State lands.

FIRE FACT:

As of February 17, 2017 (YTD):  There were 5,087 wildfires scorching 127,218 acres.

211 Fire – Oklahoma

209 acres.  50% contained. Woodward County.

360 Fire – Oklahoma

638 acres.  100% contained.  4 personnel.  2 engines.  $10,000 cost-to-date.  Forest Service land.

7072 Fire – Texas

TX Interagency. Cherokee County, TX.  20 acres. 100% contained. Started 2/24/2017.

Badger McCoy Fire – Oklahoma

Northeast Area, Oklahoma DOF. Two miles north of Sallisaw, OK. Tall grass. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.

400 acres. 99%  contained.  47 personnel.  21 engine crews.  $5,000 cost-to-date. State lands.

Ball Diamond Fire – Oklahoma

Northeast Area, Oklahoma DOF. Eight miles southwest of Tahlequah, OK. Hardwood litter. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.

900 acres. 99% contained.  13 personnel.  5 engine crews. $5,000 cost-to-date.  State lands.

Banker’s Ridge Fire – Missouri

124 acres.  100% contained.   0 resources.  $10,000 cost-to-date. Forest Service land.

Bark Camp Branch Fire – Kentucky

152 acres.  100% contained.  18 personnel.  2 engines.  $6,000 cost-to-date.  Private land.

FIRE FACT:

2017 YTD fires have increased almost 2.5 x more than 2016’s 2309 wildfires with a total of 66,850 acres.

Bermont Road Fire – Florida

Florida Forest Service.  650 acres. 100% contained. 6 personnel w/0 additional resources.  $1,000 cost-to-date.

Bones Branch Fire – Kentucky

300 acres.  100% contained.  10 personnel.  1 crew.  $1,000 cost-to-date.  State land.

Caywood Lane Fire – Kentucky 

480 acres. 100% contained.  32 personnel.  4 crews.  $6,000 cost-to-date.  Private lands.

Chockie Fire – Oklahoma

1500 acres.  100% containment.  2 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $5,000 cost-to-date. State land.

Cold Mountain Fire – North Carolina

The Cold Mountain fire is located in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, approximately 20 miles S of Waynesville, North Carolina, in the headwaters of Crawford Creek or 9  miles SE of Waynesville, NC.   Located in the North Carolina Forests.

Fire fuels include:  hardwood litter, closed timber litter and short grass. Current fire conditions are:  minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

An emergency closure order is in effect on national forest system lands in the following area: The Art Loeb Trail (#146) north of Shining Rock Gap and the Cold Mountain Trail (#141).

Credit: USDA Forest Service

132 acres. 95% contained.  55 personnel.  1 crew.  $247,000 cost-to-date. Forest Service lands.

CR630E Fire – Florida

Florida Forest Service. 5550 acres. 100% contained. 162 personnel.  5 engines. 142 structures lost. $1,000 cost-to-date.

Eagle Pass Fire – Oklahoma

Northeast Area, Oklahoma DOF. Nine miles southeast of Stillwell, OK. Timber. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.

125 acres.  72% contained.  11 personnel.  1 crew. 2 engines. 1 structure lost. $5,000 cost-to-date.  State land.

Credit: El Dorado NF

East Bimimi Fire – Florida

Florida Forest Service.  400 acres. 100% contained. 1 person assigned.  0 resources. $1,000 cost-to-date.

Fambro Fire – Texas

TX Interagency.  Evath County, TX.  285 acres. 100% contained.  Started 2/24/2017.

Fred Ousley Lane Fire – Kentucky

160 acres.  100% contained. 11 personnel.  1 crew.  $1,000 cost-to-date. Private land.

Garden Valley 2 – Texas

444 acres.  100% containment.  14 personnel.  2 engines.  1 structure lost.  $1,000 cost-to-date. Private land.

Greasy Creek Fire – Oklahoma

124 acres.  100% contained.  11 personnel.  1 crew.  3 engines.  $5,000 cost-to-date.  State land.

Greenwood Fire – New Jersey

571 acres.  100% contained.   8 personnel.  2 engines.  $6,000 cost-to-date. State land.

Hocoka Road Fire – Mississippi

435 acres. 100% contained. 0 resources. $87,000 cost-to-date.  Private land.

Lit Ranch – Texas

TX Interagency.  Oldham County, TX. 13,000 acres.  100% contained.  Started 2/24/2017.

Montezuma Wildfire 2017 – Kansas

805 acres.  100% containment.  47 personnel.  $23,000 cost-to-date.

Parker Hollow #1 Fire – Kentucky

Kentucky DOF. Started on private land one mile west of Carter, KY. Hardwood litter and grass. Active fire behavior with uphill runs and creeping. Structures threatened.

171 acres.  95% contained. 10 personnel.  2 crews.  $4,000 cost-to-date. Private land.

Porum Fire – Oklahoma

East Central Area, Oklahoma DOF. Six miles northeast of Porum, OK. Timber. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.

320 acres.  26% contained.  4 personnel.  2 engine crews. $1,000 cost-to-date.  State lands.

Prospect Fire – Texas

640 acres. 100% contained. 9 personnel assigned.  $1,000 cost-to-date.  Private land.

Reffitt Hollow Lane – Kentucky

271 acres.  100% contained.  7 personnel.  1 crew.  $2,000 cost-to-date.  Private land.

Salamander Fire – Texas

TX Interagency.  Caldwell County, TX.  1.6 acres. 90% contained. 2/24/2017 Start date.

Spike Road – Oklahoma

2500 acres.  100% contained. 4 personnel. 2 engines.  $5,000 cost-to-date.  State lands.

T Island Fire – North Carolina

1513 acres. 100% contained.  4 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $12,000 cost-to-date. State land.

Three Forks #8 Fire – Florida

Florida Forest Service. 7200 acres. 100% contained.  2 personnel. $1,000 cost-to-date.

Wagon Wheel Fire – Oklahoma

East Central area, Department of Forestry. 20 miles S of McAlester.  486 acres. 73% contained.

Waters Fire – Florida

Florida Forest Service. 350 acres. 100% contained. 2 personnel.  1 engine crew. 0 resources. $1,000 cost-to-date.

Fire Fact:

In 2015, there were 4257 wildfires for a total of 71,880 acres.

Strawberry Hollow Fire

Northeast Area, Oklahoma DOF. Four miles northeast of Rolland, OK. Tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.

430 acres.  95% contained.  29 personnel.  9 engine crews.  2 helicopters. $65,000 cost-to-date. State lands.

Talala Fire – Oklahoma 

Central and Western, Oklahoma DOF. Four miles west of Talala, OK. Tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.

700 acres. 70% contained.  6 personnel.  22 engine crews.  $6,000 cost-to-date.  State lands.

Litt Ranch Fire – Texas

Texas A & M Forest Service. Started on private land one mile northeast of Boys Ranch, TX. Tall grass. Extreme fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened.

7,000 acres. 0% containment. 35 personnel. 5 engine crews. $1,000 cost-to-date. Private land.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – 2315 Hours PST

California Begins Recovery Process | Update 4

 

We apologize for not being able to update in the last 24 hours due to an illness.  We are recovering in the same sense (well, kinda) as the State of California.

Here is a brief update for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

GREAT NEWS

A video was circulating around Social Media by a news crew showing multiple horses standing in deep waters but not a follow-up to that story as to what was happening with their rescue.

People took to Twitter after the story and the video broke angering many of them.

Well, good news.

One source is reporting that 28 horses were rescued but more still continue to need assistance.

Credit: Fox 2

DAMAGE

Here are a few pics of the damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur. Damage due to slumping hill-side from excessive rain.

Credit: NWS Bay Area

SPILLWAY STATUS

Oroville Spillway:  Flows dropping from 60k to 50k cfs by 2 pm today to remove debris from diversion pool. Monitoring of spillway continues. (CADWR)

CLOSURES

Fremont:  Palomares Rd remains closed to all traffic, between Palo Verde Rd in Castro Valley and Niles Canyon Rd (CA-84) in Fremont. Due to mudslide. (Fremont PD)

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2130 Hours PST

California Suffering Backlash from Storm | Update 3

This is a quick early AM Update on Wednesday happening all around California from overflowing spillways to severely damaged roadways to water rescues.

Hwy 267 – Brockway Summit

I-80 Near Summit

  • Closed: I-80 closed due to blizzard conditions over summit. Caltrans crews trying to clear snow. E/B drivers stuck in Colfax. (Media)
  • Closed:  Vehicle traffic released on EB I-80 & Hwy 20. Trucks being turned at Applegate. Chain controls remain in effect. Take it slow! (CAL Trans District #3 @ 2230 PST)

Alameda County

  •  Flash Flood Warning issued for Niles Canyon area near Alameda Creek. (Fremont PD)
  • Morrison Canyon will remain closed due to mud and land slides until early March. Please do not drive up the road. (City of Fremont)

Photo Credit: City of Fremont

Bay Area

  • Closed.  Highway 101 being closed in both directions in from 880 to 680/280 due to flooding. Reopening ETA unknown. (Media @ 1150 PST on 2/21/2017)

Bridal Veil Falls (near)

  • TRAFFIC ALERT:  Roadway REOPEN after repairs completed. (Media)

Photo Credit: CAL Trans

 

CHILI BAR

  • Closed.  Hwy 193 is closed in the ChiliBar area from Rock Creek Rd to Hwy 193/49 Junction due to multiple unsafe mudslides. Detour available ,No ETA. (CAL Trans District #3 @ 2230 2/21/2017)

SAN JOSE

ALERTS – Coyote Creek

  • Mandatory Evacuations:  The area in San Jose subject to Mandatory Evacuation due to flooding along Coyote Creek has expanded. The area is along Coyote Creek, in the Coyote Creek 100 year flood zone plus approximately 250 feet, running from north of 280 to south of 101.  (SanJose.gov) 
  • Coyote Creek:  A San Jose house submerged in water! Several more homes on S. 17 St in trouble with lower level flooding bc of overflowing coyote creek. (Media @ 1140 PST 2/21/2017)
evacuation map

Photo Credit: San Jose.gov

Preparedness Resources for Evacuees

Evacuation Shelters – Red Cross Shelters

  • Mayfair Community Center located at 2039 Kammerer Ave
  • Shirakawa Community Center at 2072 Lucretia Ave
  •  James Lick High School – 57 N. White Rd 95127
  • Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Rd in response to the Coyote Creek flooding.

Homeless Encampments

The San José Housing Department conducted extensive outreach to alert people living outdoors along Coyote Creek about dangers associated with camping by the creek. The City has opened its four winter overnight warming centers as it regularly does during periods of cold and wet weather.

  • Tully Community Library – 880 Tully Road
  • Bascom Community Center – 1000 S. Bascom Avenue
  • Biblioteca Lationamericana – 921 S. 1st Street (ADA Accessible)
  • Washington United Youth Center – 921B S. 1st Street (Designated for Families)

Downed Trees

To report downed trees and flooding, call (408) 794-1900 (24/7 number). If a tree is in the roadway, please call 911 to make the report immediately. To reach PG&E to report lines down and obtain updates on power outages in your area, please call 800-743-5000.?

Road Closures

  • Quinn Ave – Senter Rd to Will Wool Dr
  • Rock Springs Dr – Nordale Ave to southend of Rock Springs Dr
  •  Wool Will Dr – Wool Creek Dr to Quinn Av
  • Will Creek Dr – Senter Rd to Eastend
  • Welch Ave – Nordale Ave to Needles Dr
  • Needles Dr – Senter Rd to Rock Springs Dr
  • Nordale Ave – Senter Rd to Rock Springs Dr
  • Bevin Brook Dr – Senter Rd to eastend of Bevin Brook Dr
  • Phelan Ave – East of Senter Rd to Bevin Brook Dr
  • Berryessa Rd – Sierra Rd to Commercial St.
  • Keyes St – Senter Rd to Roberts Ave
  •  Tully Rd – Lucretia Ave to Senter Rd
  • Williams St at 16th St
  • Senter Rd – Tully Rd to Story Rd
  • Rock Springs Rd – Phelan Ave to Needles Dr
  • Bailey Ave – IBM Eastbound to Santa Teresa Blvd
  • Santa Teresa Blvd Southbound – Bayliss Dr to Bailey
  • Coyote Ranch Rd – Monterey Rd to Coyote Creek
  • Open one lane: Foxworthy Avenue – from Rubino Dr to Hillsdale Ave
  • Open one lane: Berryess Rd Westbound – Sierra to Commercial

Sandbag Locations

  •  San Jose Happy Hollow Park , 1300 Senter Road (this is ½ mile north of the Central Service Yard, which is no longer accessible because of road closures) .
  •   Mabury Service Yard, 1404 Mabury Road
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Winfield Warehouse, Winfield Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Coleman Avenue
  • Water Rescues:  Today, assisted with a water rescue near Lone Bluff Way in San Jose (Santa Clara County). (CAL Fire @ 1843 PST on 2/21/2017)

(More Preparedness Tips –> http://sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=4789)

Water Rescues

  • 10th St. Rescue Group Supervisor requesting 2-3 more swift water teams. More victims trapped in houses. (2059 2/21/2017)

Flooding News

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Near death experience:  Tree falls on Caltrans vehicle north of Nevada City; Caltrans worker escapes alive and starts directing traffic! (Media @ 1631 2/21/2017)
  • Road Closures:  Still no estimate for when Highway 37 will reopen. (Media @ 1932 PST on 2/212017) Note:  Pictures showing it appears more like a lake than a roadway.
  • Damaged Roadways:  Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur beyond repair. (Media @ 1933 PST on 2/21/2017)
  • San Jose:  Flooding hits San Jose area as firefighters and rescue teams help residents affected by the rising waters. (Media @ 1340 PST on 2/21/2017)
  • San Jose Flooding:  Flooding forces hundreds from homes. (Media 0200 PST)
  • Twitter User:  California is drowning. 101 is closed, San Jose, Morgan hill, and gilroy are basically entirely flooded. santa cruz is falling apart. rip CA.
  • Twitter User:  Californians are facing severe storms, with over 200 San Jose residents taken to dry land amidst flooding.  (1644 PST on 2/21/2017)

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 0230 Hours PST

California Plagued by Multiple Storms | Update 2

Another day has come and so have more problems for California residents, visitors, businesses and the government alike.  Here are the latest disaster happenings in this State by location.

Hwy 267 – Brockway Summit

I-80 Near Summit

  • Closed: I-80 closed due to blizzard conditions over summit. Caltrans crews trying to clear snow. E/B drivers stuck in Colfax. (Media)

North/Central Areas

  • Weather:  Neat loop of an atmospheric river on water vapor bringing *more* rain to Northern and Central California. (NOAA)

Alameda County

  •  Flash Flood Warning issued for Niles Canyon area near Alameda Creek. (Fremont PD)
  • Morrison Canyon will remain closed due to mud and land slides until early March. Please do not drive up the road. (City of Fremont)

Photo Credit: City of Fremont

Bay Areas

  • A Break? More Showers still hanging on across the & areas. A break will come soon. (Citizen via Twitter)

Bridal Veil Falls (near)

  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Highway 50 near Bridal Veil Falls is 1 lane in each direction due to a roadway slip out. Expect delays. (CAL Trans)

Photo Credit: CAL Trans

Donner Summit

  • Road Conditions:   Visibility improving – snow/ice removal will take time. (CAL Trans District #3)

Lake Berryessa Spillway

  • Above Spillway:  This afternoon Morning Glory Spillway at 3 1/2 feet above top of spillway. About 5,000 cfs coming out at the bottom.

Los Angeles County

  • Northerly winds to develop Wed across mtns, desert & area. Winds could spread into other parts. (NWS Los Angeles)

SAN JOSE

Coyote Creek (Near)

San Jose residents in low-lying areas close to Coyote Creek should be prepared for evacuation due to flooding. If your home is very near Coyote Creek, please take necessary precautions now to be prepared to leave.

Homeless Encampments

The San José Housing Department conducted extensive outreach to alert people living outdoors along Coyote Creek about dangers associated with camping by the creek. The City has opened its four winter overnight warming centers as it regularly does during periods of cold and wet weather.

  • Tully Community Library – 880 Tully Road
  • Bascom Community Center – 1000 S. Bascom Avenue
  • Biblioteca Lationamericana – 921 S. 1st Street (ADA Accessible)
  • Washington United Youth Center – 921B S. 1st Street (Designated for Families)

Downed Trees

To report downed trees and flooding, call (408) 794-1900 (24/7 number). If a tree is in the roadway, please call 911 to make the report immediately. To reach PG&E to report lines down and obtain updates on power outages in your area, please call 800-743-5000.?

Preparedness

High stream flows in Coyote Creek are expected to cause low-lying areas near Coyote Creek to flood. Peak flows from the Anderson Dam spillway are expected on Tuesday, and this will affect the downstream areas of Coyote Creek .

Red Cross Shelters

  •  James Lick High School – 57 N. White Rd 95127
  • Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Rd in response to the Coyote Creek flooding.
  •  Shirakawa Community Center – 2072 Lucretia Ave 95122
  •  Mayfair Community Center – 2039 Kammerer Ave 95116

Road Closures

  • Quinn Ave – Senter Rd to Will Wool Dr
  • Rock Springs Dr – Nordale Ave to southend of Rock Springs Dr
  •  Wool Will Dr – Wool Creek Dr to Quinn Av
  • Will Creek Dr – Senter Rd to Eastend
  • Welch Ave – Nordale Ave to Needles Dr
  • Needles Dr – Senter Rd to Rock Springs Dr
  • Nordale Ave – Senter Rd to Rock Springs Dr
  • Bevin Brook Dr – Senter Rd to eastend of Bevin Brook Dr
  • Phelan Ave – East of Senter Rd to Bevin Brook Dr
  • Berryessa Rd – Sierra Rd to Commercial St.
  • Keyes St – Senter Rd to Roberts Ave
  •  Tully Rd – Lucretia Ave to Senter Rd
  • Williams St at 16th St
  • Senter Rd – Tully Rd to Story Rd
  • Rock Springs Rd – Phelan Ave to Needles Dr
  • Bailey Ave – IBM Eastbound to Santa Teresa Blvd
  • Santa Teresa Blvd Southbound – Bayliss Dr to Bailey
  • Coyote Ranch Rd – Monterey Rd to Coyote Creek
  • Open one lane: Foxworthy Avenue – from Rubino Dr to Hillsdale Ave
  • Open one lane: Berryess Rd Westbound – Sierra to Commercial

Sandbag Locations

  •  San Jose Happy Hollow Park , 1300 Senter Road (this is ½ mile north of the Central Service Yard, which is no longer accessible because of road closures) .
  •   Mabury Service Yard, 1404 Mabury Road
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Winfield Warehouse, Winfield Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Coleman Avenue

(More Preparedness Tips –> http://sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=4789)

TEHAMA COUNTY

Weather Forecast

  • Scattered showers persist across this evening. Of note, a strong thunderstorm has formed in Tehama County. (NWS Sacramento)

Ventura

  • Raining – It has rained a little over one inch in the past 2 days in the Ventura foothills.  (Twitter eyewitness)

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2100 Hours PST

Tornado News | San Antonio Texas | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A tornado has struck the San Antonio area after an Alert was issued to its residents in the area about one hour ago (2253 Hours CST) has occurred around (2340 Hours CST).

About 40 houses in a neighborhood has suffered major damage.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

The following are collaborating for this incident and information listed below is for both Officials and disaster victims.

Bastrop County OEM (https://twitter.com/BastropCntyOEM)

  • T-Storm Alert:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 2/20/2017 12:22 AM to 1:15 AM CST for Bastrop County.
  • Flood Warning:  Areal Flood Advisory from 2/20/2017 12:19 AM to 2:15 AM CST for Bastrop County.

San Antonio Fire and EMS (https://twitter.com/saFIREorg)

  • Search & Rescue Operations:  Firefighters were out searching door-to-door looking for survivors and dealing with unsecured damaged gas lines that had been their lines severed.
  • Tornado Path:  Tornado path as far as we can determine: Includes structures on Linda Drive and 7707 Broadway.
  • Damage Assessments (preliminary): Tornado path as far as we can determine: North Central San Antonio, North of Olmos Park & Alamo Heights, South of San Antonio Airport.
  • Incident Command:  Command for EMS and Fire is on Shadywood Lane in San Antonio. (2352 CST)

San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (San Antonio EOC)  (https://www.facebook.com/saoem.prepare/posts/1381097738578625)

  • Assistance:  If anyone needs assistance with storm related damage call 911.
  • Property Damage:  If any damage is seen in the morning, please report it to 311.
  • Damage Calls: The city has begun logging and assessing damage from the storm.

National Weather Service – San Antonio (https://twitter.com/NWSSanAntonio)

  • Alert!  Another tornado warning coming for circulation south of San Marcos. Circulation denoted by bright red colors S of Redwood. Moving northeast. (2145 CST)
  • Alert!  Two tornado warnings remain in effect, but we are not seeing any tight circulations at this point. (2140 CST)
  • Wind Speeds:  56 mph wind gust at Austin Bergstrom International Airport just now. (0001 CST)
  • Threat Area:  Threat area now located across southeastern Travis County, far northern Caldwell County and entering into western Bastrop County. (0002 CST)
  • Possible Touchdown: There may have been a tornado touchdown earlier near US 281 just northwest of the Quarry Market area.
  • Alert!  New tornado warning coming out for Williamson County. Circulation located south of Taylor. Moving NE. (0007 CST)

Photo Credit: NWS San Antonio

  • Alert!  Strong rotation southeast of Taylor. Circulation is denoted by circled region. (0028 CST)

Photo Credit: NWS San Antonio

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Old Fredericksburg Rd/Kendall-Bexar County line. PD manning barricades on flooded streets.

SCANNER FEEDS

San Antonio Fire & EMS:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/4905

  • Fire/EMS scanner from San Antonio reporting homes with much roof damage, collapsed carport, 11:47pm CST Possible Tornado

San Antonio Police Dispatch:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/13814

Kendall County Fire & EMS:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24771

SOCIAL MEDIA

Media

  • NOT DFW – Powerful storms and potential tornadoes hitting central Texas hard. Tornado warnings between San Antonio & Austin.
  • Alerts:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Travis County in TX until 12:30am CST.

Citizens

  • Sirens:  First time I’ve heard the Tornado Sirens in Hollywood Park go off. Crazy, Tornado Warning in San Antonio.

STORM DAMAGE PHOTOS

Laredo

  • * Public Works Building – Courtesy: NWS Corpus Christi

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2230 PST / 0020 CST

 

#LARain Continues to Drown California | Update 1

INCIDENT(S) SUMMARY

Drought to Flooding

Someone lied when they said, “It never rains in California” just received another six – nine inches of rain on Friday evening (around 1900 hours) prompting massive flooding, many traffic accidents, drivers getting stuck in the mud and running into the river.

Sink Hole Swallows Cars, Fire Truck

One video circulating the internet of two cars being swallowed into a sinkhole in Wrightwood.  Another shows where a fire truck sitting on the edge a sinkhole begins to skid sideways then topples on its right side down into the crater.

Water Rescues, Hard Road Closures

Swiftwater rescue teams were dispatched to rescue several drivers.  Police Officers were responding to calls to areas where heavy traffic was located, conducting hard closures and waiting for CAL Trans and County Public Works to arrive to completely shutdown the area to traffic.

FACT:  Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down & 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. Be safe,turn around &don’t drown.

(Source: FEMA Region 9)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

For those whom may not know what an Incident Cooperator is, here is the definition.  Incident Cooperators are those from an Agency, non-governmental, non-profits or anyone who assists with the Incident to help those in need, protect and serve, provide services or supplies, etc.  We think you get the picture.

Listed below are those such Partners.  We are adding those as info is being received throughout the the CA Storm event.

CAL OES

  • EOC activated by CA Governor
  • Working on coordinating recovery, sand bagging resources, Oroville Spillway shore-up
  • Checking on infrastructure lost in N Central and Central CA
  • Working with CAL Trans on closures and reconstructing roadways (emergencies)
  • S Cal OES Region EOC activated

Photo Credit: CAL OES

Photo Credit: South CAL OES EOC

COUNTY OF  LOS ANGELES 

Studio City

  • Sinkhole created, eats two cars.  Watch this video for stunning images.  http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/17/large-sinkhole-swallows-2-cars-in-studio-city/#.WKfYAZK2E8w.twitter

FEMA

  • Incident Management teams (IMT) on-scene
  • Helping with assistance
  • Has provisions for 25,000 people:  Food, Water for five days
  • Supplies also include:  cots, blankets, other supplies

RED CROSS

How YOU Can Help (Donate)

  • Red Cross volunteers are ready to help as heavy rains move in. To help, text “CAFLOODS” to 90099 to donate $10.

Photo Credit: American Red Cross

CAL TRANS

  • District 3:  Hard closures
  • District 7:  Pumped water off of I-15 @ Sheldon by using generators.
  • District 8: At sinkhole where Fire truck fell into sink hole.

Photo Credit: CAL Trans

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

  • Emergency Text Messages (News/Alerts)  Text NOTIFYLA to 888-777 or NotifyLA.org

Photo Credit: City of Los Angeles

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Hospitals

  • Antelope Valley:  Accepting ALS patients from diverted RR Hospital
  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital:  Only accepting BLS patients; currently on divert

CLOSURES

  • Sante Fe / Ranchero Roads
  • Summit Valley / Ranchero Roads

VENTURA COUNTY

Santa Clara

  • The 2 patients and 2 dogs that were rescued from Santa Clara River by Air Squad 9 were transferred to Ventura City Fire Dept for evaluation.

FLOOD ADVISORIES

LA County

  • Two Flood Advisories in effect. LA County through 12:30 AM and a new advisory for SBA/VTU Counties through 2:30 AM. (NWS Los Angeles)

Ventura County

  • Moderate to locally heavy showers developing across Santa Barbara much of Ventura County. Could be a few thunderstorms overnight. (NWS Los Angeles)

SOCIAL MEDIA

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  • Twitter – @nwfireblog
  • Facebook – The NW Fire Blog

We are working to get add’l details.  Follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for updates!

Incident Hashtags

  • #CAStorm
  • #LARain

Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

  • Woodbridge @ Laurel Canyon:   Woman’s car fell into large sinkhole, LAFD firefighters rescued her.  (Twitter user)
  • 10 Freeway closed in South LA for standing water in lanes. (Media @ 1930)
  • Mud flow breached barriers in Iron Canyon earlier today. Never drive through rushing water/flooded roads. (Co Public Works @ 1930)
  • My Neighbor is Building an Ark, So Far He’s Got Two Chihuahuas and a Frightened Squirrel. (Twitter user/Humor)

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 0145 PST

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: CA’s Oroville Spillway Structural Integrity Breached

Updated 2300 Hours PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The torrential rains have stopped but not the ill-will effects from the over abundance of it over the once drought-ridden State.

Too much of a good thing has this State reeling from the damage from flash flooding, land and mudslides to today where the secondary spillway at the Lake Oroville Dam has created a much bigger problem.  Too much water flowing quickly over the dam causing management to allow water to flow to a secondary spillway.

That does not sound all that too bad, does it?  It is actually frightening to know that the California Department of Water Resources is using the secondary spillway the first time in its 49-year history.  Due to the extreme fast rising water, it has exposed a breach in its construction and now it is about to fail.  This could spell catastrophic for those downriver, therefore we are today covering news about a mass evacuation in the City of Oroville and Palermo, California.

Courtesy: US Army Corps of Engineers

HAPPENING NOW….

Here is a compiled list of what is happening in each City and County in California.

Biggs (City of)

  • Evacuate NOW!

Butte (County of)

  • Evacuation Info (for residents):  Butte County Sheriff Office, 530-872-5951.
  • Hospital:  Oroville Hospital is NOT evacuating.
  • Shelter:  Alliance Church on Clark Road. For people and small animals.
  • Shelter:  Camelot Equestrian Park,1985 Clark Road. For people and large animals.
  • Staging:  Butte County college for both Fire/PD.
  • Update:  ButteSheriff: Not clear when residents will be allowed to return. Lake level still needs to be lowered to make area safe. (2214 PST)
  • Schools:  Due to the situation in Oroville, all Butte College Facilities will be closed tomorrow, 2-13. All classes are canceled. All Butte College Facilities are closed to students and employees. The Butte College bus service will not be running. The Butte County colleges will send out updates as they receive more information. Please call the Butte College Police Department if you have any questions at 530-895-2351

FACT:  “A spillway is a structure used to provide the controlled release of flows from a dam or levee  into a downstream area, typically being the river that was dammed. “

OrovilleDam.jpg

Oroville Dam (R) and secondary spillway (L). Credit: CA DWR.

Chico (City of)

  • Red Cross Shelter:  Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street, (small animals accepted).
  • Large Animal Shelter:  Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street, Chico
  • Shelter:  Neighborhood Church of Chico, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd. (no animals inside).
  • Shelter:  St. Johns Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Avenue, Chico (small animals accepted if leashed and crated).

Colusa (County of)

  • Shelter:  Colusa County Fairgrounds.  1303 10th Street.

Corning (City of)

  • Shelter:  Rolling Hils RV Park. (10 spaces left, can take large animals at equestrian center).

FACT:  “The Oroville Dam is the tallest and largest dam in the United States.”

Feather River

  • Fish Hatchery:  Massive water flows on the Feather River. Hatchery fish rescued and secure .

Glenn (County of)

  • Shelter:  Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E. Yolo St. Orland, CA (accepting livestock, no small animals, 40 RV sites).

Nevada (County of)

  • Shelter:  Nevada County Fairgrounds is currently sheltering 143 people. 150 people are waiting for a cot.

Orland (City of)

  • Shelter:  Glenn County Fairgrounds.  221 E Yolo Street.

FACT:    “Spillways release floods so that the water does not overtop and damage or even destroy the dam. Except during flood periods, water does not normally flow over a spillway.”

Credit: CA DWR

Oroville

  • Hospital:  Oroville Hospital is open for emergency patients only. No one has been evacuated from the hospital. If not an emergency, go to another hospital.
  • (Emergency Peer Accommodation Matching Page):   http://opendoors.site/oroville-emergency-peer-accommodation-matching (NOTE: you will need to vet source before visiting/staying at another location. We are unfamiliar with this board.)
  • Road Closures:  SB 149 at 99, SB 70 at 149, EB 162 at 99, & 149 at Openshaw Rd. are all CLOSED. (CHP)
  •  Sheriff Office:  Assisting with mandatory evacuations.

Paradise (City of)

  • Shelter:  Elks Lodge  1100 Elks Lane – (no small animals accepted, RVs allowed in Parking Lot).

San Diego (City of)

  • Mutual Aid:  SD Swift Water Rescue team activated. Waiting for orders from state and will deploy to Butte Cty when directed to do so.

State

  • CA Dept. of Water Resources (DWR):  @ 1650 PST. Alert given to residents for mandatory evacuations Northward due to structure integrity of secondary spillway has some erosion and it was due to have an epic failure, cause mass flooding downstream.
  • CA OES:  EOC operations.
  • CA Dept. of Corrections (CA DOC):  Evacuation/transport of inmates to nearby other jail facilities.  (normally @ daily 548 inmates)
  • Manpower:  CA National Guard
  • State of Emergency:  Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order to Help Response.
  • Task Force:  Sacramento Fire personnel staffing swift water rescue equipment have departed for Oroville area, will be ready if needed.

FACT:  “Completed in 1968, it stands 770 feet (230 m) high with a crest length (top of the dam) 6,920 feet (2,110 m) long. “

Credit: CA DWR taken on 2/12/2017.

Ventura (County of)

  • Task Force (OES Swiftwater):  VCFD currently mobilizing for a deployment to #OrovilleEvacuations

ALERTS

Driving Instructions

  • Spillway due to fail any given time. Stay to the North towards Chico, California. (via DWR)
  • Southbound Highway 70 is being shutdown. PLEASE HEAD NORTH.

Flash Flood Warning

  • In effect until 1600 hours (4pm) on Monday, 2/13/2017
  • DWR needs to lower the lake level by another 50 feet to prepare for the incoming storms.

FOR EVACUEES

Willingness to Help

  • Assistance Offered:  If anyone knows of animal rescues or shelters needing help w/ evacuation, msg me.I can help rescue, feed, transport.I’m n Chico. (Twitter user:  Becki Brunelli @junglerat8)

Credit: CA DWR. Taken on 2/12/2017.

SOCIAL MEDIA

What is being Said:

  • Media:  Lake has gone down more than 4 inches in last hour, a foot in last three hours. (2200 hours Update)
  • Evacuations:  Unknown when mandatory evacuations will be lifted.
  • DWR:  Flows over the auxiliary spillway have ceased. 100,000 cfs continue down the main spillway. (2219 hours Update)

More updates will come as information is received. Another update is due to be published tomorrow evening.

#OrovilleDam #OrovilleEvacuations #SpillwayEvacuations #CA

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

NEW WILDFIRE: Lemmond Fire in TX Territory

FIRE SUMMARY

A fire burning tall grass and brush started on private property has quickly turned into a large wildfire in the Texas A&M Forest Service territory.

Start date and time are unknown at this time of this posting.

Cause and if any injuries are also unavailable.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

The fire currently has minimal fire behavior, however has scorched 640 acres and is being reportedly threatening structures.

Fire Fact:

Since 2005 (up to 2/7/2017), TX A&M Forest Service has on record 177,810 wildfires spanning up to almost 10 million acres. (Source: TX Farm Bureau)

Firefighters have successfully reached a 75% containment status.

RESOURCES

There are currently 8 personnel along with 1 engine assigned to this incident.

COST-TO-DATE

Fire suppression costs have reached up to $1,000.00.

 

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 0018 PST Saturday