CA | Woolsey Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Started on Friday, November 9th at 1430 hours PST
  • Reported as a brush fire
  • Located North of Malibu and South of Simi Valley, about 4 miles NE of Oak Park
  • Unified Command:  CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo, Ventura County FD & SO, LA City FD & PD and LA County FD &PD.
  • 83,275 acres with 5% containment status
  • Fire fuels are brush, chaparral and tall grass
  • 177 structures destroyed
  • 2 structures damaged
  • 57,000 structures under direct threat
  • Estimated containment on November 15th
  • 2 deaths
  • Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs.

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out  in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  NOTE: We are covering these separately but you may find some combined references due to the sources.

RESOURCES

Resources deployed from locally and around the country helping local Fire and Law Enforcement Agencies:

LOCAL FIRE RESOURCES

This is as of 2130 hours PST, released by CAL FIRE.

  • 418 Fire engines
  • 40 Water tenders
  • Unknown number of air tankers from throughout the State
  • 63 Hand crews
  • 56 dozers
  • 19 helicopters
  • 3,242 personnel

CAL FIRE

  • As of 0320 PST, aerial operations with helicopters continued. Fire Ops reported they are rotating crews and aircraft to maintain coverage over the fire. Their maintenance team is doing a fabulous job. They are all in this together.

Photo Credit: LA CO FIRE OPS

VENTURA COUNTY FD

  • Will host a presser on Sunday at 0930 hours PST at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks, California.

VENTURA COUNTY SO

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  • Missing Person Search – Deputies are looking for 78-year old Thousand Oaks / Camarillo Springs resident, Maryanne Needham.  She was last seen on Thursday on the Hill Fire by her son around 1930 hours driving in the area of Hillcrest Drive and Duesenberg Drive in Thousand Oaks.  She drives a maroon 2002 Honda CRV 4YFX198/CA license plate.  If you have any information, please contact the Ventura County Sheriff Dispatch line at 805-654-9511.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY FD

  • Fire Image.  Photo Credit:  LACoFD, Douglas Morrison)

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LOS ANGELES CITY PD

  • Evacuation of Horses – Officers jumped into action saving these horses.  Photo Credit:  LAPD HQ

WASHINGTON FIRE RESOURCES

The following equipment and resources have been deployed from Washington State:

  • 8 strike teams
  • 93 personnel
  • 2 brush trucks
  • 2 command vehicles
  • 24 fire engines of various types
  • Will be staffing up for all three wildfires – WOOLSEY, HILL and CAMP FIRES
  • Agencies responding:  Lacey FD, Seattle FD, Valley RFA, Snoqualmie FD, Benton County, Thurston County Fire District 17, Lewis County Fire District 5, McLane FD, Thurston County Fire District 9, West Thurston Fire, Walla Walla County Fire District 4, College Place, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Seattle FD, Woodinville Fire & Rescue, Shoreline FD, King County Fire District 27, Skyway FD, East Jefferson Fire & Rescue and Duvall FD. (Source: WA EMD)

CENTRAL REGION STRIKE TEAM

MCLANE / BLACK LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Photo Credit: McLane / Black Lake FD Facebook Page

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Photo Credit: McLane / Black Lake FD Facebook Page

  • “Crews left this morning to head to California and are part of upwards of 8 Strike Teams to help with devastating fire. 40 engines and 150 fire personnel are on their way.
  • The  Team has had a full day of travel. Crews will spend the night in Stockton, CA then heading out early Sunday to make the last leg of the journey to the staging area.” – MBLFD Firefighters @MBLFDFFS (Twitter)

SE REGION STRIKE TEAM  (WA)

Photo Credits:  Lacey FD, Skyway FD, Snoqualime FD. Courtesy: WA EMD.

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CHELAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 1 – Leader

  • Walla Walla Fire District 4
  • Walla Walla Fire District 8
  • College Place Fire
  • Benton County Fire District 1
  • Stevens County Fire District 1

SEATTLE FIRE STRIKE TEAM 

Firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department group up as part of a Washington Strike Team deploying to help with California Wildfires. Photo Credit:  Seattle FD.

EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE STRIKE TEAM

  • Team Leader is EF&R BC Dave McDaniel
  • 9 Firefighters from EF&R (including Brush Truck 71)
  • Shoreline FD
  • Snoqualmie FD

Fire crews from Eastside Fire & Rescue (Credit:  Seattle Fire Department)

“Mutual aid resources will operate on a 24-hour on, 24-hour off schedule and start work on Monday, November 12th, once they arrive at the final location. Their assignments will vary which will be dependent on current needs.  It is possibly they may be needed to backfill fire stations to respond to everyday emergencies or out fighting fires.

Their deployment may up to two weeks.” says Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

Photo Credit: Seattle FD

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Additional resources assisting on this major event are called Incident Cooperators.  The following are partnering with local fire departments and Law Enforcement Agencies:

  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • CA Department of Fish & Game
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • Public Health Department
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • CALTRANS
  • Ventura County Animal Control
  • Los Angeles County Animal Control
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • American Red Cross (ARC)

Photo Credit: Seattle FD

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visitwww.VCEmergency.com or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visitwww.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

  • Bell Canyon – Entire community
  • Oak Park – Entire community
  • Thousand Oaks – T.O. Blvd north to Sunset Hills… Oak Park west to Hwy 23… West of Hwy 23 to south of East of Olsen Road..North of Pederson Rd… South of Bard Lake… East of Hwy 23….South of Hwy 101… east of Reino Road… North of Potrero Raod… East to the Los Angeles & Ventura County line…Wood Ranch and Long Canyon

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS

  • Simi Valley – Bridal Path

EVACUATION ALERTS!

VENTURA COUNTY

Evacuation Alerts! –  www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

CAMARILLO

St. Mary Magdalen Church –  25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

 Camarillo Community Center – 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross).

NEWBURY PARK

Borhard Community Center – 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

THOUSAND OAKS

Goeble Senior Adult Center – FULL! – 1385 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Thousand Oaks Teen Center – FULL! – 1375 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Thousand Oaks Community Center – CLOSED! – 2525 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks CA 91360.

SIMI VALLEY

Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center – 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.  No animals accepted.

WOODLAND HILLS

Taft Charter – FULL! – 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. (Source:  Red Cross)

Pierce College (California) –  6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave).

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals

DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.

Large Animals

  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2)
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services – FULL!

Info –> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2282_4165.pdf

Small Animals 

  • Borchard Park –190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)
  • Ventura County Animal Services – 805-388-4258. 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 West Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA. 805-388-4341

Info –> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2282_4165.pdf

Horses

  • Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.   (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

ROAD CLOSURES

Hwy 101

  • Both directions at Valley Circle to Reyes Adobe
  • Off ramp at Camarillo Springs

Hwy 1

  • Southbound (Pacific Coast Hwy or PCH) closed

Bell Canyon Road

  • Closed at Valley Circle Boulevard

Lynn Road

  • At Reino Road

Potrero Road

  • Closed between Rancho  Dos Vientos and South Lewis Road

Kanan Road

  • Between Westlake Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road
  • At Falling Star Avenue

Erbes Road

  • At Sapra Street

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

CA | Woolsey Fire | 2

NOVEMBER 9, 2018 – FRIDAY – 1400 HOURS PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out  in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley.

Photo posted at 0200 PST in the early morning hours on Friday. Photo Credit | LA Co FD

The fire was originally at 10 acres but would explode into 10,000 acres within hours with some reporting the fire consuming acreage the size of a football field within seconds.  We call that a major Fire Storm.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  NOTE: We are covering these separately but you may find some combined references due to the sources.

RESOURCES

The agencies that have been deployed and are working on this wildfire WOOLSEY FIRE are the following:

  • Ventura County Fire and Police Departments
  • Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff Departments
  • Los Angeles City Fire and Police Department
  • CAL FIRE

Photo posted from Thursday evening. Photo Credit | LA County SO

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

FIRE STATUS

Fire has burned approximately 14,000 acres.  It has been said that it burned through a nuclear accident scene into Malibu.

Unified command partners briefing media on current situation. Mandatory evacuations still in effect. Additional shelter in service at Palisades High School in Malibu. next media briefing is scheduled for 1630 PST. (LA County Fire PIO)  Photo Credit:  LA CO FD

WESTERN TOWN

Western Town, an Old West movie set including “Westworld” at Paramount Ranch in Agoura HIlls is reported to have been destroyed by flames.  This site was purchased by Paramount in 1927 and had been used as a western site ever since. (Source:  Los Angeles Times. Story –> http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-fires-woolsey-hill-camp-western-town-of-paramount-ranch-has-been-1541795090-htmlstory.html)

FIRE JUMPS 101 FREEWAY

The fire jumped the 101 Freeway this morning around 0600 hours PST. Video below shows the firestorm looking more like a runaway train.  To keep the Public and First Responders, the freeway has been closed in both directions. Video Credit:  VCFD

ROAD CLOSURES

workers responding to emergency closures observe and appear that the scene appears to be calm – eerily closed @ Mugu Rock – and devastation – wind-whipped fire destruction – remnants from both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.   Photo(s) Credit:  CAL TRANS DISTRICT #7

BRUSH CLEARING ACTIVITIES

Fire crews are doing brush clearing activities in and around homes in communities to lessen heavy fire fuels and work to stop the forward progression the wildfires.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visitwww.VCEmergency.com or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visitwww.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1430 PST) – Source:  VCFD PIO.

EVACUATION UPDATE* All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1400 PST) Source – LA CO FD.

Photo Credit | LA Co SO

EVACUATION AND  ALERT ENTIRE CITY/COMMUNITY of Hidden Hills PLEASE EVACUATE Immediately via Valley Circle Blvd towards Chatsworth.  (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1145 PST) – Source: LA County SO

EVACUATION ALERTS!

VENTURA COUNTY – Alerts !

 Evacuation updates via http://www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

CAMARILLO

St. Mary Magdalen Church. 25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

 Camarillo Community Center, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross).

NEWBURY PARK

 Borhard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

SIMI VALLEY

Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center. 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.

WOODLAND HILLS

Taft Charter.  5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. (Source:  Red Cross)

Pierce College (California).  6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals

DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.  1) Large Animals:  Pierce College. 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2) Small Animals:  Borchard Park. 190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)

Evacuation Shelter – Horses

Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.  (Disclaimer:  We have no knowledge of this business and do not lie claim that information listed here is an endorsement for this company.  Always do your due diligence before making any type of financial agreement or give personal info until you have verified their credentials.-Ed.) – (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

CA Wildfire | Camp Fire | 1

11/8/2018 – THURSDAY – 2115  PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

JARBO GAP, Calif. — A wildfire broke out on Thursday, November 8th at 0633 hours PST on Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road near Jarbo Gap in Butte County, California, from an unknown cause, says CAL FIRE.

RESOURCES

The fire is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE – Butte County Fire, Butte County Sheriff’s Office and Paradise Police Department.

There are a total 2289 fire personnel along with 303 fire engines, 59 crews, 11 helicopters, 24  bulldozers and 11 water tenders.

Getting Lidar scans earlier in the day. Photo Credit: SJSU Fire Weather Lab

Lidar Definition can be found here —> https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/lidar.html

FIRE STATUS

The fire has burned 20,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.

Firefighters continued to be challenged with extreme fire and weather conditions including strong winds and long-range spotting.

About 15,000 structures are currently under direct threat.

Fire weather is currently strong Santa Ana winds gusting to 50 mph combined with single digit RH which will bring expectation of increasing extremely critical fire weather conditions this evening and throughout Friday. (Source: NWS Los Angeles)

2111 PST:  Social media users posting.  Fire to impact 32 and reach Chico. Evac order just confirmed by CalFire for Canyon Oaks. Fire is also making a run at Magalia/Paradise Pines. Winds est. 35mph on peaks. Honeyrun Canyon area has burned as well.

1750 PST:  Many reports stating that hundreds of structures up to thousands have been destroyed in Paradise.  The town’s population of 27,000 residents have reported that many are injured and missing.   (Sources: News media, many outlets)

RESOURCES

Alameda County Fire

8 ACFD firefighters on CAL OES engines 8233 and 8235 are part of STrike team 2870C.  (Photo Credit:  ACFD)

CAL FIRE – Butte Unit / Butte County Fire Department

Fire resources were on-scene of this fire incident and pleaded with the Public to evacuate upon request and stated that this is very dangerous.  This photo (below) was taken on 11/82018 around 0900 PST.  Photo Credit: CAL FIRE

—> EVACUATIONS <—

Mandatory

Bruce Road to the east between Highway 32 and East 20th Street in Chico.  Posted 11/8/2018 @ 2113. (Source: News media)

Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley.

Both sides of Oro Chico Highway from Durham Dayton north to Estates Drive.  Posted 11/8/2018 1951 PST. (Source: Butte County Sheriff Office)

Area of Cherokee from Hwy 70 to the Lake, south to Table Mountain Blvd.  Posted 11/8/2018 1949 PST. (Source:  Butte County Sheriff Office)

The Evacuation Warning for Hwy 32 at Nople Avenue down to the Chico City Limits HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO AN ORDER. This still does not include the City of Chico. Posted 11/8/2018 1830 PST. (Source Butte County Sheriff Office)

 Warnings

Forest Ranch.

Area west of 99 from 149 north to chico City limits, west to the Midway. Posted 11/8/2018 @ 1938 PST. (Source:  Butte County Sheriff Office)

—> ANIMAL RESCUE <—

NVADG, an animal rescue group.  Call to help rescue your pets.  Hotline –> 530-895-0000. (Source:  Social media poster)

—> SHELTERS <—

People

Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Ave, Oroville.  (Source: CAL FIRE)

The Chico Elks Lodge. 1705 Manzanita Avenue, Chico, CA 95926. Opened at 2030 hours PST.  (Source:  Butte County Sheriff Office)

Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds.  442 Franklin Avenue, Yuba City, CA. (Source:  Butte County CA)

Animals

Small Animal – County Hospital, 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite #E. (Source:  CAL FIRE)

Large Animal – Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 E Hazel St, Gridley, CA 95948. (Source: CAL FIRE)

—> NOTIFICATIONS <—

Shelter Full – The Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico, CA. (as of 11/8/2018 @  2018 PST)

—> CLOSURES <—

 Roadways 

Hwy 70 between Pentz Rd to Plumas County line.

Skyway

Highway 99 from 149/99 Junction to 9th ST.

Highway 191 and Pentz Road.

(Source:  CAL FIRE.  Updates –> http://www.dot.ca.gov/hg/roadinfo/Hourly

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be providing updates as information is received.  You can also follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG 

CA | Woolsey Fire | 1

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 – THURSDAY

SUMMARY

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out today in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  (Note: We are covering them as separate wildfires but may have both referenced in a single post).

Fire conditions are reported as very dry with winds getting stronger overnight.  The relative humidity is also very low, meaning there is no change of precip in this forecast.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

The timeline of this incident is rapidly unfolding and here are the actions and deployment of resources that are being sent:

1421 PST:  The fire has increased the destroyed acreage to 750 and growing quickly.  There was no containment status at this time.  The fire was said to be still a big threat to Los Angeles County.

1424 PST:  COPT21 reports approximately 5+ acres with rapid rate of spread with structures threatened. Winds 25-30 mph.

1426 PST:   Air Attack was reported as requesting four large air tankers and a lead plane as an urgent need for structure protection.

1429 PST:  P73 reported heavy smoke showing from a distance of .25 miles.  A Security Guard advised the area is being impacted two separated wildfires.  The two wildfires are the WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE.

1452 PST:  Social media users posting traffic updates.  Portion of 101 is closed. Estimated traffic travel is 4 hours to reach the Pacific Coast Highway also known as the PCH.

1500 PST:  Those following scanner feed reported the fire has burned 50 acres and burning in medium-heavy fire fuels with a rapid rate of spread to the south to west towards Oak Park.  It has been observed to have long-range spotting.

1504 PST:  Strike Team 1102A (E29 E64 E82 E244 E286) has been assigned to this fire. Strike Team 1130A (E558 E570 E5118 E5131 E5191) is moving from the SCV area to the San Fernando Valley. (LA County FD social media user)

1524 PST:  Scanner follower reports IC states fire has burned 600 acres.

1541 PST:  South Ops advises no more available air tankers.

1616 PST:  Aviation buffs following aircraft signatures through various apps showing the Super Scooper, the VLAT (DC10) and other smaller air tankers fighting fire on both wildfire incidents.

1712 PST:  Scanner feed followers are reporting structures in the Bell Canyon are under imminent threat.  Two (2) immediate Type 1 strike teams requested to this area.

1736 PST:  BC589 reporting fire has now burned 800+ acres and still remains at a zero percent containment.  Homes in the Bell Canyon area are under direct threat.  Fire is moving in the direction of the Ahmanson Ranch in the Agoura area, which is in the jurisdiction of LA County Fire Department.

1846 PST:  Simi Police are monitoring the WOOLSEY FIRE south of the City. They state the fire is currently not posing any threats to the Simi Valley area at this time. (Source:  City of Simi Valley PD)

1850 PST:  Fires are near the communities where the Thousand Oaks shooting just occurred recently. (Sources: Social Media, mainstream media)

1852 PST:  Fire weather reported as 66*F, winds are ENE at 28 mph with gusts to 44 mph. RH 58%.  Santa Ana winds are expected to increase later this evening and overnight. (Source:  NWS Los Angeles)

1856 PST:  Fire now burned 1,000 acres with a remaining 0% containment status. Mandatory evacuations in Bell Canyon. Voluntary evacuations cities of Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Hidden Hills. This is primarily for large animals and the elderly. (Source:  City of Calabasas)

1904 PST:  Sheriff’s reserve units are reporting that the fire is located in two areas of Boeing, to the north-east and north-west of Saddlebow. Firefighters are said to be moving the fire to the southwest.  Structure protection being provided by Firefighters and Sheriff personnel in the Saddlebow area.  Resources are also fighting the fire at the Boeing locations.  Make sure to follow this site for fire and evacuation updates.   (Ventura County Alerts)

Video Credit:  Michael Dubron @MichaelDubron with the LA County Fire Department.

1906 PST:  Three wildfires are now burning:  CAMP FIRE, WOOLSEY FIRE, HILL FIRE can be seen on NOAA sat maps.

1915 PST:  Multiple posters stating the fire has burned from 1500 – 1600 acres and increasing.

2012 PST:  Social media in LA County that follows the Fire Department reports: “Fire under command of Ventura County FD.  Reporting fire is at 1500+ acres (some mainstream media reporting up to an unconfirmed 2,000 acres).  0% containment. LA Co FD has many resources engaged in the fire fight and more ready to provide structure protection in the LA County if needed.

2025 PST:  Social Media users (and mainstream media) reporting one of the wildfires is threatening fuel gantries at the Rocket Dyne site. This was reported previously by many news organizations as possibly being the nation’s worst nuclear meltdown.  Some are saying that Mall of America is wanting to raze the property for development.  Others say that clean-up has been delayed many times to the possibility of not seeing the site completely denuclearized/cleaned up until the year 2030.  Fire is said to be near the area causing fears of how this will impact people downwind.

EVACUATION ALERTS!

2023 PST –> Evacuation Map released by City of Calabasas.  

Photo Credit: City of Calabasas at 2023 PDT from LACoFD, CHP West Valley 

1956 PST –> Mandatory Evacuation for Broome Campgrounds.  (Source: Social Media user)

1955 PST –> Mandatory Evacuation for Sycamore Campgrounds. (Source:  Social Media user)

1856 PST –> Mandatory Evacuations for Bell Canyon.  Voluntary Evacuations for Cities of Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Valley.  Primarily for large animals and the elderly. (Source:  City of Calabasas)

1854 PST –> Mandatory Evacuations for Renaissance and Canyon Oaks Neighborhoods. East of Lindero Canyon Road, North of 101 Freeway, West of Valley Circle Drive.  Evacuation exit –> Evacuees should head South towards the City of Los Angeles.  An evacuation shelter has not been established yet but updates will be provided by the City. (Source:  City of Westlake Village via http://www.wlv.org)

1815 PST –> Sign up for Alerts — Ventura County — Evacuation updates via http://www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

Unknown Timestamp –> Voluntary Evacuations for Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village.  (Source:  CAL FIRE)

1426 PST –> Voluntary Evacuation order for City of Calabasas.  No immediate threat but fire is moving rapidly.  (Source:  City of Calabasas)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

1958 PST –> Evacuation Shelter Open in Camarillo — St. Mary Magdalen Church. 25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA.

1900 PST –> Evacuation Shelter Open for Newbury Park — Borhard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

1900 PST –> Evacuation Shelter Open for Camarillo — Camarillo Community Center, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

1900 PST –> Evacuation Shelter Open for Simi Valley — Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center. 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals — DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.  1) Large Animals:  Pierce College. 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2) Small Animals:  Borchard Park. 190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)

Evacuation Shelter – Horses — Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.  (Disclaimer:  We have no knowledge of this business and do not lie claim that information listed here is an endorsement for this company.  Always do your due diligence before making any type of financial agreement or give personal info until you have verified their credentials.-Ed.) – (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

ALERTS!

2021 PST –> Presidential Emergency Declaration Requested — Acting Governor Gavin Newsom sent a letter to the President and FEMA requesting a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to support the communities impacted by the wildfires.  This includes assistance for the CAMP FIRE in Butte County, HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES in Ventura County, the NURSE FIRE in Solano County and other wildfires in Lassen and Mendocino. (Source:  CA Association of Counties)

2006 PST –> School Closures in the Oak Park Unified School District — All Schools closed.  Oxnard Union High School District — Adoflo Camarillo H.S., Frontier H.S. and Rancho Campana H.S. (Source: VC Stringer)

1956 PST –> Smoke Advisory Issued for San Fernando Valley, NW coastal areas in Los Angeles County.  Smoke Advisory issued for Thursday (11/8) and Friday (11/9) due to both wildfires WOOLSEY, HILL FIRES.  Details here –> http://www.aqmd.gov/docs/default-source/air-quality/advisories/advisory1.pdf  (Source:  South Coast AQMD)

1944 PST –> Emergency Alerts! — Nixle — Sign up for emergency Alerts! Text your zip code to 888777 (Source: Social media poster)

1904 PST –> Classes Cancelled — All Senior classes have been cancelled at the Calabasas Civic Center and Founders Hall.  Parking being shutdown.

1850 PST –> Traffic Alerts — Check out quickmap.dot.ca.gov for traffic updates. (Source:  LAFD Talk)

FIRE IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

City of Calabasas —  Image from Mountain Park off of Mulholland in Calabasas.  Photo Credit:  City of Calabasas.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG – Updated 11/8/2018 @ 2030 PST

Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 2

HURRICANE MICHAEL

Incident Summary

It has been one week and beyond since the expected Hurricane Michael event caused widespread damage and destruction of States such as Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Most of the major devastation is on the Coast but some other smaller towns also were impacted severely.

Some of the significant events as noted via mainstream media and other sources:

  • Looting has become prevalent in certain areas
  • National Guard has been activated to assist with Law Enforcement
  • Infrastructure, such as communications is still spotty as hosts work to rebuild their major power grids that some are reporting as completely wiped out.
  • The Tyndall AFB suffered major devastation and airmen are busy rebuilding.

We can never really tell you what it is like in any of the hardest hit areas but we can paint of picture of what is happening and being done through eyewitness accounts and reporting.sources and post here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media platforms:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)


INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FDNY IMT

Construction is underway on “Harder’s Base Camp”. 1000 first responders and 750 National Guard members will occupy this camp upon completion. The camp will provide all basic necessities, such as lodging and food service, to all who reside there. (10/17/2018)

PA Task Force 1

As of 10/15/2018, the PATF1 searched over 900 structures in Calhoun County, Florida. Members also made critical repairs at a damaged hospital to enable it to continue serving residents.

Photo(s) Credit: PA Fire (Task Force 1)

USAF Specialized Tactics (USAF Spec Tactics)

They were one of many that arrived on Day 1 of the storm one hour after the storm wiped out most of the Tyndall AFB and cleared a lot of debris to enable humanitarian aid to arrive.  (10/14/2018)

Indiana Task Force 1

RELEASED from the incident. Safe back in their home state.

Gulf County Sheriff Office. (FL)

Palm Beach County Sheriff Office (FL)

U.S. Navy

Naval Air Station Pensacola opening Emergency Family Assistance Center to assist evacuated military personnel and their families from staying on or near installation.  https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107420&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=100000338880876&utm_campaign=Misc  (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: US Navy

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

 Survivors in the 13 counties eligible for individual assistance can now start applying for assistance through FEMA by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/18/2018) 

Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties have been added to the major disaster declaration. Survivors in those counties are now eligible to apply for assistance by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/17/2018)

Operations continued across the state today as GEMA/HS worked with local, state, federal, private sector and volunteer partners to get much-needed supplies & resources to those impacted.  Resources:   gema.ga.gov (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: Georgia EMA

Georgia National Guard

Assistant Adjutant General of Georgia, Brigadier General, Randall V. Simmons, State Command Sergeant Major Shawn Lewis and Command Chief Master Sergeant Reginald McPherson work along side Georgia EMA to continue assessing damage in southwest Georgia. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GANG

White House

Florida Senator Marco Rubio

The American President Donald Trump has approved every single request made to federal government by us  and Florida Governor Scott. Thank you for supporting Florida after the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. And thank you to POTUS & FLOTUS for visiting yesterday to see it first hand. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

US Air Force: Rebuilding of the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Miami Beach Police Department. 40-member team RELEASED and returned from Panama City humanitarian support effort. (10/18/2018)

Photo Credit: MBPD Chief Daniel Oates


HUMAN SERVICES

American Red Cross

Help provide food, shelter, relief supplies and other assistance to thousands of people dealing with the aftermath. (10/18/2018).  

If you or a loved one was affected by Hurricane Michael, here is helpful information about where to find meals, shelter and how to stay safe:  (10/15/2018)

Photo Credit: Red Cross

Compassion Fund

We’ve had so many Stakeholder’s homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael! Our Compassion Fund is accepting donations to help here thecompassionfund.org

Photo Credit: Angie McAllister, Director of Compassion Fund

Animal Rescue

The ASPCA is on the ground in the Florida Panhandle to help rescue and care for animals impacted by Hurricane Michael. Right now, 100% of your donation will go to our Field Investigations and Response Fund: aspca.org/FL

Photo Credit: ASPCA


INFRASTRUCTURE

State of Georgia

The work to rebuild in southwest Georgia has just begun, but we thank everyone for the work that has been accomplished so far. GEMA/HS and its partners will continue the efforts to restore the quality of life in these communities. Visit for more info. (10/18/2018)

City of Tallahassee (FL)

Damage at a Glance: 267 poles replaced, 214 transformers replaced, 27,474 feet of wire and 2,200 insulators. (10/18/2018)

Florida SERT

Homeowners that suffered structural or water damage from Hurricane Michael should shut their home’s main circuit breaker off until the damage has been inspected by an electrician or their utility company. Otherwise, there is a severe risk of fire when power is restored. (10/18/2018)

Sprint Emergency Response Team

Sprint’s Emergency Response Team working around the clock providing critical voice and data services to Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office, EOC, and their Co Data Center as well as to Sacred Heart Hospital in Port St. Joe.

Photo Credit: Spring ERT

First Net Authority

Working with State of Florida, public safety agencies without commercial service were identified & provided hundreds of FirstNet-enabled devices to help these First Responders carry out their important mission in response.   https://about.att.com/newsroom/2018/firstnet_hurricane_michael.html  (10/15/2018)

Cell Phones

Next Generation Drones used as temporary cell towers connecting victims for the first time. (Media/The Weather Channel. 10/18/2018)

Verizon

“Our network impacted by Hurricane Michael continues to improve, and we will not stop until 100% of our service is restored. We recognize how essential our service is & are giving 3 months free service to those impacted by the storm.”    vz.to/2Cl5Y9v

Photo Credit: Verizon

AT&T

“Thank you to our teams and the local community. We know the work isn’t over, and we won’t leave until it is.” (10/15/2018)


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Private Property Clean-up

For those in need of cleanup on private property, contact Crisis Cleanup at 800-451-1954. (10/16/2018)

Burn Permits

Burn permits resume in all but 6 GA counties following . Permits issued in the remaining 11 counties effective as of 12pm today. Hand piled natural vegetation CAN be burned in the 6 counties with proper notification to GFC. ht.ly/pdNr30mgZie

Power Line Safety

ASL Video. 

Water Supply

GA Residents who have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GAEMA

Sanitize pans, dishes, utensils, or ANYTHING that touched flood water. Wash with soap, rinse, then w/ 1 TBSP bleach + 1 gallon water – soak 15 min go.usa.gov/xRhM5



COMMUNITY SUPPORT  – SURVIVOR RESOURCES

Target

To help take care of our team members & communities after Hurricane Michael, Target’s committed $1 million. Learn more here: tgt.biz/r6bkx

Food Stamp Assistance 

Georgia residents who receive food stamps now have additional time to report food lost due to power outages during Hurricane Michael. For more information, please visit ow.ly/webg30mhJxf

Food, Emergency Housing, Farmer and Rancher Assistance

The USDA will provide food, emergency housing as well as farmer and rancher assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by severe storms and flooding. For more information visit, ow.ly/EJ3l30mhYBZ (10/18/2018)

Pet Owners

For pet owners impacted by the storm, here are some resources available to you:

Airport Travel

PET FEES waived incoming/outgoing out of Pensacola and Panama City Beach airports.  (10/18/2018 via Pet Manage)


IMPACTS

Line-of-Duty-Death:  GC Fire Coordinator – Brad Price

Gulf County Fire Coordinator, Brad Price, 49, of Wewahitchka.  Killed when helping family members clear debris from the hurricane when a tree fell on his tractor. 

We are in the process of gleaning all resources from all sources across various platforms listed in Twitter and Facebook and entering them into a fluid spreadsheet for your review. This will be uploaded in the next 24 hours.

If you can support with financial or your volunteering support, please see the above web links. 

We thank you for reading our Blog.   May you all be safe wherever you may be in this world and remember, to Pass It Forward. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/18/2018

California Wildfire Forcing Evacuations | 1

UPDATE 1 – Sunday, October 14, 2018

REDDING, Calif. – The Redding Police Department has issued MANDATORY EVACUATIONS due to a fast-moving wildfire that is threatening multiple housing communities.

The wildfire has been reported to have started from an unknown cause on Sunday, October 14th at 1100 hours PDT.

The wildfire named the MASONIC FIRE is located off of Lake Boulevard and Masonic Avenue in Redding (Shasta County), California.   The wildfire is north of the Sundial Bridge in the Sulphur Creek area.

Photo Credit | California PIO

This FIRE is in the same vicinity where the CARR FIRE was put out.

Social Media (Fire) various accounts are reporting the MASONIC FIRE is now being fueled by 45-mph winds that has destroyed one home.   An electrical substation is being threatened and crews are trying to save it.

Photo Credit | Redding Police

The areas currently being EVACUATED are:

  • Barbara Road
  • Pearl Street
  • Nancy Court
  • Neighborhoods north of Benton Drive to Lake Boulevard
  • West of Market Street

Photo Credit | Redding Police

Areas that should be ready to READY TO LEAVE at a moment’s notice are:

  • South of Benton Drive

RESOURCES

  • Shasta-Trinity NF | Engines 51 and 52
  • CAL FIRE – SHU
  • City of Redding FD
  • Air Attack | N421DF Plane

SCANNER FEED via Social Media

1158 | Per IC, forward progression slowed. Spotting.  Now up to 30 acres.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 1

Looking through the eyes of others can help gain a new viewpoint advantage but to fully grasp the magnitude of the situation, you would have to be there in person.  Instead, we are bringing you the undivided attention of social media and what they are saying because they are there, were impacted or seeing it through other means.

Disclaimer:  We are only sharing through third party sources or from direct sources themselves. We do no lay any claims on the sources of information here but only to our “own” content added. Each item has its own source listed. We give all the credit to them.  Images in this post are also given Photo Credit to them.

OCTOBER 13, 2018 (Saturday)

Eyewitness Accounts

Photo Credit | North Port, Florida

“It’s been an overwhelming few days for North Port Fire Rescue crews aiding in the wake of Hurricane Michael. They are assisting in Mexico Beach, one of the hardest hit areas. Keep on keeping on, and continue to stay safe.”  (City of

https://www.foxnews.com/us/thousands-of-people-reported-missing-to-officials-following-hurricane-michael (Fox News, 10/13/2018)

Greater Naples Fire Rescue District sent 11 of their own personnel to join other rescue workers on a strike response team. https://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-sw-fl-rescue-workers-aid-areas-devastated/1615633002/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (Naples News)

OCTOBER 12, 2018 (Friday)

Blood Donations are urgently needed…..

“Did you know that disasters like #HurricaneMichael affect our nation’s blood supply? To help meet patient needs, we are asking those eligible to give blood. Make an appointment now: rdcrss.org/giveblood1

Incident Management Teams 

The FDNY IMT has been requested to respond to Florida, to assist in the state’s response.  We will be posting updates on the team’s mission, as well as pertinent information about the overall response to this disaster. Our thoughts are with all those effected.  (FDNY IMT))

Eyewitness Accounts

“Last night, almost 2,900 people stayed in as many as 37 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across #Florida, #Georgia and #Alabama due to #Michael. We mobilized more than 1,000 trained disaster workers to support relief efforts.”  https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html?cid=fy19hurmichael&med=social&source=arctwitter   (American Red Cross)

“Hurricane Michael has caused untold devastation along the Gulf Coast. We have pre-positioned enough shelter supplies, including cots and blankets, to be able to support some 15,000 people. To find a shelter location in your area, visit this website.” (American Red Cross)

Recovery Challenges

Thousands of people have been informally missing to local authorities, the Red CRoss and the State.  Here is a story written by mainstream media on the challenges all are facing in this area.  https://www.tampabay.com/photos/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-in-photos-surveying-michaels-path-of-destruction-poses-challenges/ (Tampa Bay Times)

Protect Your Health

Tire and bucket filled with standing water

Photo Credit | HHS.gov

Mosquitoes can breed in standing water left from #HurricaneMichael. If you’re cleaning up, make sure to clear out buckets, planters, trash cans, and other items that hold water. More mosquito safety tips: bit.ly/2uw8YdC

 

Looting

Looting is so rampant, that there was a shooting by a Florida State Fire Marshall when a looter was in the process of stealing his police car, he was shot.  Signs are posted on trees and various places marked LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT.   https://katv.com/news/nation-world/looting-leads-to-deadly-shooting-in-panama-city-florida (KATV)

Law Enforcement

Photo Credit | GA National Guard

The Georgia State Patrol and the GA National Guard are currently working as a joint force.  “The 178th Military Police Company has been activated in support of #HurricaneMichael, they will be assisting local law enforcement.” (GA National Guard)

Emergency Resources – Communications

“Comms are key!  Soldiers from our 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are setting up tactical satellite terminals to provide county Emergency Operations Centers with internet & phone so they can connect sooner with  Florida citizens in need.” (FL National Guard)

U.S. Airmen from the 283rd Combat Communications Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, set up vital voice, data and radio communications capability during #HurricaneMichael relief efforts, Colquitt, GA. (U.S. Air National Guard photos contributed by 283rd CBCS)

“A big reason many of us joined the Air National Guard is to help with humanitarian missions when unexpected events like this happen.” – Georgia National Guard

Photo Credit | Florida Governors Office

Volunteer Ham Radio operators from Nassau County, in conjunction with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, are helping to communicate the needs from the disaster zone to those who can help.   https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20181013/nassau-county-amateur-radio-operators-aid-communications-following-hurricane-michael?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=jaxdotcom-SND  (Florida Times – Union)

Photo Credit | Walter Dix IAFF

Disaster Aid

IAFF Disaster Relief Assistance team dropping off supplies for IAFF Local 4413 members (Walton County) in Freeport, Florida.

Fire Personnel

Deployment Update: Region 5 (Central) is deploying additional teams to panhandle. Units left at 0300. Brings total number of Central Florida fire rescue personnel deployed to #HurricaneMichael to more than 140 responders (including pups ) representing 25 departments. (OC Fire Rescue)

Fire Task Force

PA Task Force1 fueled up today in Enterprise, Alabama, en route to Panama City, Florida, to assist in searches. (Philly Fire Dept)

Search and Rescue Activities

Photo Credit | VA-TF1

#VATF1  continues to conduct wide-area search of Panama City, Florida,with other #USAR teams. While conducting our searches, we’ve provided EMS care to victims of the storm and coordinated their transport to local medical facilities. (Virginia Task Force 1 – USA – 1 – Urban Search and Rescue team)

More Urban SAR operations in process in Mexico Beach. (Florida Forest Service)

Power Restoration

Crews working their second day on Walker St. near the Greensboro City arboretum to rebuild the power grid taken down by #TropicalStormMichael . Downed/broken poles and wire are common sites across the Triad and #NC but we are working hard to repair and restore.

Power Grid Construction 

Around 1,200 DukeEnergy lineman and support staff from the Midwest are working with local crews in the Triad today to rebuild portions of the power grid and restore power. (Jeff Brooks of Duke Energy)

Animal Rescue

“We have been so thankful for the support you’ve shown so far in our efforts to help animals displaced by #HurricaneMichael. But the work isn’t done.” (Humane Society – Naples)

Volunteers

Volunteers arrived at the Florida State Recreation  center into a shelter Floridians with special needs that have been displaced.   To help with volunteering or wish to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, visit them at volunteerflorida.org (Volunteer Florida)

Self-Deployment

“Do not self deploy. Bring items you have here. We can make sure it gets to the people in need in a safe & timely manner.” (Walton Co Sheriff)

Damage Assessment, Serving Meals

Photo Credit | Salvation Army

As debris is  cleared from roadways, The #SalvationArmy is moving in to the areas most impacted by #HurricaneMichael to begin assessing needs and serving Anyone w/inquiries is asked to call 877-285-5505 EXT. 1005 Please be patient as our volunteers work to answer your questions in a timely manner.

OCTOBER 11, 2018 – Thursday

Assessments in Progress

SWFD Command Staff in Bay Co. assessing fire/rescue needs. As State of Florida Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Region 1 Coordinator, we’re coordinating assets/formulating plans to help our bay county neighbors. Continue to keep them in your thoughts. (South Walton FD)

Military Response

National Guard and Department of Defense (DoD) assets respond to the Florida Panhandle prior to the hurricane’s landfall. About 2250 – 3500 troops have been authorized to respond.  http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/1659208/national-guard-other-dod-assets-respond-to-michael/ (US Air Force)

OCTOBER 10, 2018 – Wednesday

Personnel

40 Firefighters from 7 Central Florida FDs on way to Florida Panhandle tonight to help with SAR activities. (Ken Tyndall with WFTV)

At 8 a.m., I activated 1,500 Georgia Guardsmen to be placed on standby and deployed as needed to areas affected by Hurricane Michael. (GA Governor Nathan Deal)

OCTOBER 9, 2018 – Tuesday

Swift Water Rescue Team

Virginia’s Task Force’s 16-person Water Rescue Team departs for Florida in response to the Hurricane after being called upon to respond by FEMA.  This includes Fairfax Fire & Resue personnel. (VA-TF1 Force 1 – USA-1 – Urban Search and Rescue)

Supply Deliveries

Today, dozens of #GARedCross volunteer teams are moving into areas hardest hit by #HurricaneMichael — bringing food and supplies to people in need. In all, more than 1,000 trained #RedCross disaster workers are now on the ground, working with partners to provide the most help.

We will update as more resources and details are obtained from various Social Media and posted here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media outlets:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)

Thank you for reading our Blog post!

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/13/2018 – 1820 hours PDT

FLORIDA | HURRICANE MICHAEL | SIT REP 1

FLORIDA – We are providing an update on the aftermath of the Hurricane Michael incident in Florida and in a separate post of what is happening in other impacted States.   This is your Sit Rep for Saturday, October 13, 2018.

SURVIVORS SERVICES

(Note:  There is no cost to anyone who access these services)

 MEALS & DISASTER SUPPLIES 

Hot meals and Disaster Relief Supplies

Marianna (Jackson County).  Lowes parking lot. Sunday + Monday.  Source:  Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  (See their Facebook page)

Free Meals

Destiny Worship Center. 133000 Panama City Beach Parkway.  Serving meals daily 11 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm. Source:  City of Panama City Beach – Government.   https://www.facebook.com/CityOfPanamaCityBeach/posts/2167839450104278

Food and Water Distribution

National Guard personnel at Distribution Centers.   Source:  WTXL TV.  http://www.wtxl.com/news/list-food-water-distribution-centers-around-the-big-bend/article_fed495f0-ce56-11e8-bf1a-bf7f09513c6b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Water, Ice, Groceries and Hygiene Kits

Convoy of Hope at Marianna Walmart. Source:  Hurricane Michael Resources Page.

COMMUNICATIONS

Wi-Fi

Reported by a OnStar member:  If you are in a Hurricane affected area and have OnStar in your vehicle. Just press the Blue button and they will provide your vehicle with free wi-fi. Source:  Hurricane Michael Resources Page.

MEDICAL CARE

Medical Care

Sacred Heart Primary Care -Apalachicola. They are opens at 1 pm – 4 pm. Source:  CEDR Digital Corps via Franklin EMA.

RELIEF SUPPORT

HOW TO HELP

Charity Giving

Website to search for Charities supporting Hurricane Michael survivors and how to give safely with transparent organization information.  Source:  Charity Navigator.   https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=6806

Crowdrelief

Page full of resources for survivors on how to request a rescue (call 9-1-1 first for emergencies), request supplies to rebuild a home, how to volunteer, send supplies or donate. This page is full of great information.  Source:  Cajun Navy Hurricane Michael Relief Page.  http://www.crowdrelief.net/HurricaneMichael

POST-DISASTER RE-ENTRY

Bay County

Lists the different phases for re-entry. Credentialed persons are only allowed to access various. Check this site before trying to gain entry in a certain area. #KnowBeforeYouGo  Source:  Bay County Government.  http://www.baycountyfl.gov/167/Post-Disaster-Re-Entry

FIRST RESPONDERS

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Team Rubicon Disaster Response

Vets of the Team Rubicon organization has been deployed and they are asking for more assistance.  Source:  TEAMRUBICONUSA.ORG

City of Panama City Beach

Utility personnel are on the job and working tirelessly to restore utilities.  Source: City of Panama City Beach – Government.   https://www.facebook.com/CityOfPanamaCityBeach

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Photo Credit | City of Panama City Beach

National Guard

Soldiers are working to set-up tactical satellite terminals to provide county EOCs with internet and phone service to connect to citizens in time of need.

Photo Credit | National Guard @FLGuard

National Guard personnel also were offloading water supplies from a chopper that flew into the area.

Florida Public Utilities

120 personnel (linemen) on the ground, working to restore power. There is an unknown estimated time when all will be restored (as of 10/12/2018 posting).

Jackson County 

Roads and Bridge – 80 crews on the roadway (as of 10/12/2018) due to increase up to 150 by today.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/13/2018 – 1445 PDT

Seattle Firefighters Busy with Fire #2

SEATTLE, Wash. – Firefighters were dispatched for a second fire in the same day for a seven-story senior living apartment complex on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  The fire is located in the 700 block of N. 135th Street at the Four Freedoms House of Seattle.

CAUSE

Seattle Fire released information stating the fire was believed to be started in the kitchen.  No preliminary cause has been determined as of yet.

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire Department

STAFFING

Units A25, AIR10, B4, B6, DEP1, E17, E21,E24, 335, E39, L5, L8, L9, M31, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, E31, E16, E9, M16 and SFD PIO were dispatched. (2153)

FIRE TIMELINE

2203 | Smoke was reported to be on floor 4 with an occupant notification. Command was trying to get more details and assigned crews to check it out. E34 had the back-up line and E39 was assigned to Division 4.

2204 | Battalion 4 arrived on-scene and assumed 135 Street Command.

2205 | 10 minutes on the incident timer.

2208 | Units and assignments were Ladder 5 with search and rescue, E35 on floor 5, E24 on the fire floor (4th) and E24 on a hydrant for a water supply (2208)

2211 | E35 located on floor 5 reported there was a dry line stretched to the 5th floor, light smoke observed and they were checking for extensions.

2212 | Division 4 reported that there was water on the fire, heavy smoke on floor 4 and PPV (positive pressure ventilation) requested.

2214 | B4 gave an update:  water on the fire, PPV and searches in progress with L9 in the north end of the building and crews searching for possible victims. Division 4 listed L5, L9 and E24 in his division.  Safety was located on the Charlie side.

2217 | Additional units were dispatched to the fire: E16, E9 and M16. Division 5 was established.

2218 | E31 was on stand-by with a back-up in the West stairwell if needed.

2221 | 1 fire victim (Green – walking on own, no medical assistance needed) was walked out by crew.

2223 | Dispatch notified Command, the incident timer now showed they had been on-scene 25 minutes from the original time of dispatch. Command reported that the fire was under control.

2225 | As crews worked on the interior of the building, the IC known as “Command” was having difficulty understanding the radio transmissions. Crews were told to stand on a balcony or landing then transmit their updates or needs to Command.  Transmissions throughout the incident were very scratchy and unreadable.

2226 | Crews acknowledged they were having some kind of radio issues. They were switching to different channels to attempt to update Command but it was not working.

2229 | Division 4 gave an update: E21 was in the fire unit and reported the fire was knocked down with some hot spots. E31 was on stand-by in the West stairwell with a back-up line if needed, fire crews were on floor 4.

2236 | Reports of water flowing down the West stairwell was said to be due to a 2.5″ broke and firefighters were trying to repair it.  E39 was assigned to replace E35 in Division, while 40 minutes on the incident clock was announced by Dispatch.

2237 | Smoke began clearing on floor 5 and it was confirmed that a PPV was established. A tap fire was announced.

2240 | The RIT team that included E17 and L8 were re-assessing the ventilation plan for floors 4-7, as previous reports of trying to vent the floors of smoke was not working.

2241 | Command announced to all fire crews to hold and state their PAR status and location inside the building. All were accounted for and locations given to Command.

2246 | Primary searches were conducted by L5 and E31 in Division 4.

2249 | Floors 6 and 7 were being cleared of smoke via PPV fire tactics.

2307 | Fire crews began welfare checks of residents by knocking on doors on multiple floors.

2317 | Four people were evaluated for smoke inhalation with one patient transported to the hospital in stable condition via AMR.

2322, 2323, 2329 | Units started to go back into service. REHAB 1. Safety 2. E16.

2325 | Some remaining crews on-scene began checking CO2 levels beginning on floors 6 and 7 and working their way down.

2352 | Debris was being removed from the fire unit on Floor 4, while L8 reported a water issue in the basement that they were checking.  L9 was in the process of being released from the incident, while L8 continued with water removal / water vac responsibilities in the basement up to floors 1, 2 and 3.

2353 | Water damage to two separate units on the 2nd and 3rd floors are being assessed and water removal activities were soon to commence.

0013  (Sunday)| All floors except for floor 4/West wing are ready to be re-occupied.

0015 | We have signed off this incident from Live Coverage on @nwfireblog (Twitter).

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There is currently no word on the exact cause or financial damage to the building, units and its contents.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/7/2018 @ 0020 Hours PDT

 

Seattle Duplex Fire Tapped Quickly

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a fire in building call at 1316 hours on Saturday, October 6, 2018, located in the 2400 block of S. Norman Street.

The building was said to be a duplex approximately 60 x 40 in diameter with two stories.  Reports of black heavy smoke were visible and coming out of the first floor windows according to earlier details given by Seattle Fire dispatch during fire crews were responding.

Dispatched units to the fire were L4, L3, A5, AIR10, B4, DEP1, E13, E25, E5, L4, M1, M44, MAR5, R1, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, B5, E30, E6, L10. (1316)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

Firefighters immediately arrived on-scene reporting a working fire on the first floor of the two-story duplex. E30 arrived and was on the attack line while E6 was their back-up line.  A complete 360* of the building was in progress.  (1323)

E13 established a water supply on the hydrant on 24th Avenue South and South Norman Street, while team Bravo was setting up an exposure line.  Water was put on the fire. (1325)

Battalion 5 arrived and assumed “Norman Command”.  A 360* was completed.  Attack line was staffed by E30 and back-up line by E6. L4 was searching the building. This was a 2-story duplex. (1327)

Firefighters quickly gained control of the fire but heat and smoke were still present.  Water supply established.  (1328)

L10 reported no extension to floor 2 but smoke was still moderate. Floor 1 had a primary search completed with nothing found. E6 requested an additional truck company to assist with overhaul. (1329)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

Floors 1 and 2 were searched (primary) and were completed with nothing found. Venting of the structure was in progress. (1330)

Floor 2 had a secondary search completed with nothing found. Both floors 1 and 2 had a secondary search completed. (1332)

Firefighters vented the roof by cutting a hole in it. The attic was clear of any fire or smoke. (1334)

An iguana pet was rescued from floor 1 and brought out by firefighters. (1337)

Photo Credit:  Seattle Fire

E16 team exited the building due to low air.  Marshal 5 (FIU) arrived on-scene. (1341)

Overhaul activities had been halted so that Marshal 5 could do his/her investigation on the fire. (1342)

Units started to get released from the fire incident:  E5, R1, A4 returning back in service. (1345)  Safety2 and Deputy1 (1353). REHAB1 (1400).

Seattle Fire reported that no injuries to civilians or firefighters was reported.

The cause of this fire and financial damage to the building and its contents is still being investigated by the Seattle Fire Marshal’s Office.

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