JUNE 29, 2020 | CORDES FIRE | AZ | 1

UPDATE 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The CORDES FIRE prompted wildland fire personnel and assets to be dispatched around 1741 MT on June 29, 2020, Monday.

CURRENT STATUS.  Fire remains west of I-17 and south of Hwy 69.  It is approximately 240 acres.  High wind event happening. Fire about .25 miles from nearby structures.

This appears to be the same area (mile marker 260) for a brush fire that broke out in April 2020.

PHOTO CREDIT | BLM AZ FIRE

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LOCATION.  The fire is located two (2) miles southwest of Cordes Lakes near I-17  and mile marker 262 in Arizona.

EVACUATIONS.  Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office issuing evacuation orders to area residents. These are for folks that are west of I-17 and south of SR69.

SHELTER.  Red Cross Shelter has opened an Emergency Evacuation Center at the Mayer High School (17300 E. Mule Deer Dr. in Mayer) .

RESOURCES.    1-IHC, 1-AA, 1-LAT, 1 T3 Helo and 2 SEATs on order. (1741 MT).

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  BLM AZ Fire.  AZ State Fire.  AZ DOT.  AZ Forestry.  Red Cross AZ.  Yavapai County Sheriff Office.  NWS Flagstaff.

PHOTO CREDIT | NWS FLAGSTAFF

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TRAFFIC ALERTS.  I-17 SB closure: If you’re north of SR 69, you can take that through to Prescott, then 89 south to US 93. US 93 will take you south to the Phoenix metro area. There is no estimated time for reopening the SB lanes. (AZ DOT)

INCIDENT IN FIRE IMAGES.

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ DOT

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HASHTAGS.  #AZwildfires #CordesFire #FireSeason2020

SOCIAL MEDIA.  Twitter and Facebook:  @nwfireblog    Instagram: nwfireblog

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2040 MT/PT

JUNE 28, 2020 | MAHOGANY FIRE | NEVADA

UPDATE 1 – JUNE 28, 2020

PHOTO CREDIT | Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

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INCIDENT SUMMARY.   The MAHOGANY FIRE started this afternoon.  The fire was said to be at about 15 acres around 1459 hours PT when firefighters were first dispatched.

The fire is to be located 24 miles north/west of the Las Vegas Strip near Mt. Charleston.

PHOTO CREDIT | Humboldt Toiyabe NF

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CURRENT STATUS.  Fire behavior is extreme, wind-driven and potentially spotting.  The fire has exploded into 5,000 acres of pinyon juniper and brush and has a 10% containment status.

Fire weather as of 2000 PT consists of 12% relative humidty, temps of 95*F degrees with winds out of the south/southwest at 32 miles-per-hour.  Visibility is very good at 10 miles. (2000 hours PT)

PHOTO CREDIT | Humboldt Toiyabe NF

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EVACUATIONS.   The Clark County Spring Mountain Youth Camp and Lee Canyon have been evacuated.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  NWS Las Vegas. NV Fire Cameras. BLM. Las Vegas Metro PD. Las Vegas FD. Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest. Red Cross Nevada.

RESOURCES.  Aircraft have been grounded due to high winds.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA.  Eyewitness accounts of this fire through various social media platforms.

“I can see the [fire] from Mt. Charleston Hotel, as it bends around the corner.”

As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse….”

Fire can be seen growing as seen from Kyle Canyon Road.”

HASHTAGS.  #MahoganyFire #NVwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2025 PT

 

 

JUNE 28, 2020 | HIAWATHA 2 FIRE | WA

Grant County, Washington

A wildfire broke out near the Hiawatha Lake, just west of Moses Lake.  The local Fire Department, Grant County Fire District #5, BLM and DNR were dispatched and responded to the area to assist with fire suppression efforts and holding the fire to half-of-an-acre.

Fire fuels included:  grass and brush.

Video Credit | Grant County Fire District #5

At the time of this post, BLM was on-scene with an investigator while crews were mopping up the area.  A preliminary cause is unknown at this time.

Dispatched:  0423 PT.  Controlled/Contained/Out:  1500 PT.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1840 PT

AZ WILDFIRE | PAINTED WAGON FIRE | NEW!

JUNE 25, 2020

NEW! A wildfire was sparked by an unknown cause on Thursday, June 25, 2020, in the area of N. 299th Avenue and W. Painted Wagon Trail (Whispering Ranch) is located  west of Wittmann, Arizona.  The fire quickly spread over 100 acres.  (1447 MST)

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ FIRE & MEDICAL

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A short-time later, the fire has burned 400 acres and continues to move to the northeast and to the west.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  AZ State Department of Forestry (Lead), BLM Arizona Fire, Wittmann, AZ Emergency Alerts, Whitmann, AZ Emergency Alerts, Working Fire, CEDR Digital Corps, AZ Fire and Medical, SWCC, Red Cross Arizona and Telemundo Arizona, Ofincia del Sheriff del Conadado Maricopa (Twitter: @mcsoazespanol).

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ FIRE & MEDICAL

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EVACUATIONS.   The evacuations have been lifted due to fire crews have successfully contained the wildfire.

A “SET” notification has been issued for the area of 299th Avenue and Painted Wagon trail due to the wildfire. Fire crews and emergency personnel are working to assist with the with the rapidly growing fire. (1636 MST)

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DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS: (5) structures destroyed, including (1) primary.

RESOURCES.  Immediate deployment of resources included engines and aircraft were en route with additional assets on order.

PHOTO CREDIT | AZ STATE FORESTRY

No photo description available.

HASHTAGS USED.  #PaintedWagonFire #AZFire #VLAT #Wittmann #AZwildfires #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1900 MST/PT

AZ WILDFIRE | OCOTILLO FIRE | 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 31, 2020

Photo Credit | Phoenix FD

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Wildfire named the OCOTILLO FIRE is burning  NW  of the town of Cave Creek (population 51,000), and about 10 miles NE of Phoenix and 30 miles from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fire agencies were dispatched on May 30th to a fast-moving brush fire that was threatening multiple structures.

Fire has been determined to be human-caused. Type of ignition is unknown at the time of this post but is under investigation.

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

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EVACUATIONS

About 1,000 people have been evacuated from about 500 homes still under direct threat.

MANDATORY – 5/30/2016 1616 MST Grapevine on the south side to Spur Cross Conservation area on north. West boundary is Mountain Range E to School House. (AZ State Forestry)

MANDATORY – 5/30/2020 1457 MST Town of Cave Creek evacuated.

MANDATORY – 5/30/2020 1450 MST ALL residents North of Ocotillo Rd, South of Morning Star Rd, East of 48th Street and West of Spur Cross Road.

EVACUATION SHELTER – 5/30/2020 1450 MST – Cactus Shadows H.S. 5802 E Dove Valley Road, Cave Creek AZ 85266.

SIZE, CONTAINMENT STATUS

As of 0737 MST, the fire was reported at 1,216 acres and firefighters had a 5% containment status.  Fire fuels include:  very dry grass, brush and desert vegetation.

WEATHER REPORTS

5/30/2020 1418 MST – Smoke showing on satellite and moving north. Weather station showing, gusty winds of 15-20 mph, temps of 102*F and low RH at 14%. (Weather Media)

Photo Credit | AZ State Forestry

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DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Several unknown number of homes have been lost in Cave Creek area.

FIRE RESPONSE

There are approximately 177 firefighters and equipment assigned to this wildfire incident.

Air fire assets are using small lakes on a nearby golf course for dipping their bambi buckets into as they drop water over the fire. Tankers 910, 912 and T15 are actively working.

Incident Cooperators for this incident include the following from Fire Departments, Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Local/Federal Governments, Humanitarian and Animal Welfare organizations, as well as Fire Mapping and Transportation agencies which we have broken out into categories.

Fire Departments

  • Daisy Mtn Fire
  • AZ State Forestry
  • AZ Fire Info
  • BLM Arizona Fire
  • Phoenix FD
  • Rural Metro CAZ
  • Scottsdale FD
  • AZ Fire and Medical

Air Assets

  • Tanker 910
  • Tanker 912
  • Tanker 15
  • SEATs

Photo Credit:  Daisy Mtn FD

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Law Enforcement

  • Maricopa County Sheriff Office

Transportation

  • AZ DOT

Humanitarian/Pets

  • American Red Cross
  • AZ Humane Society

Fire Mapping

  • Jospeh Elfet (@MappingSupport)
  • Inciweb

Emergency Management

  • Maricopa Co Emergency Management Agency (MC EMA)

Government

  • Town of Cave Creek
  • Maricopa County
  • FEMA – Approved a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG)

Photo Credit | Phoenix FD

 

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Fire can be seen from the 7th hole of Rancho Manana Golf Course. Golfers continue to play as fire burns 50 feet away.” – Media

“The fire retardant drop line came right into town.” – Cave Creek resident.

“Community reaches out to help fire victims/evacuees at a Red Cross evacuation shelter, with one recently graduated Cactus Shadow High School senior just days ago.” – Media.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updaetd 1400 PT/MST

AZ WILDFIRE | DESERT FIRE | UPDATE 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 18, 2020

A wildfire incident, named the EAST DESERT FIRE, is burning near the Cave Creek Regional Park in Maricopa County, Arizona.

“Roadside wildfires are a big issue in AZ. Dragging tow chains are a common cause – starting multiple fires, sometimes for miles. Wildfires put communities, emergency responders at high risk and increase exposure to injury, smoke, and disease.” 

– BLM AZ Fire

Resources include: AZ Forestry, AZ State Fire, and Maricopa County; Tonto NF, BLM AZ Fire, Peoria FD, Daisy Mtn FD, Phoenix FD, Rural Metro, North Phoenix FD and Cave Creek FD.

Here is a timeline of this incident.

MAY 17, 2020

1320 Hours MST |  The AZ Dispatch Center dispatched resources:  7-6 BAT 4-1 CH 1 CH 4 CH 7-1 CPT 4-1 CPT 4-2 DIV 7-1 E- 461 PHX CREW to a wildfire located on North 26th Street and East Desert HIlls Drive. CAD call has been updated to reflect 1492 acres.

1434 MST | Firefighters on-scene of a wildfire, approximately 5-8 acres in size, located near 24th and Desert Hills. Moderate rate of spread.  Ground resources and aircraft ordered.

“We‘re receiving several reports of people still target shooting on BLM lands. Fire restrictions due to dry conditions are in effect and target shooting is not allowed. For all activity restrictions under fire restrictions,”

BLM AZ Fire

[Photo Credit:  AZ State Forestry]

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1539 Hours  MST | Estimated 300-500 acres. Burning in North Phoenix.  Active behavior and fire with wind-driven winds

[Photo Credit:  AZ State Forestry]

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1714 Hours MST | 300-500 acres. 0% containment. Fire behavior still active and with wind-driven runs. Moving away from homes into open area, however, Engines are providing structure protection for 5 nearby homes.

1925 Hours MST |  Estimated 400 acres. 40% contained. FIU states fire started  in the afternoon on Sunday, around 24th Street and Deset Hills.  Human-caused.

2151 Hours MST |  Fire activity and winds increase during the night, even though cooler temps.  Fire moving to the northeast towards Cahara Springs.

[Photo Credit:  AZ State Forestry]

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2200 Hours MST | 1,000 acres. Fire moving east to northest towards Cahara Spring. IC orders additional resources:  6 Hot Shot crews, 10 engines and aircraft for the next morning on Monday, 5/18/2020.  Fuels:  Grass, desert vegetation. Dry conditions.

2229 Hours MST | Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical are on-scene of assisting with night fire operations.

[Photo Credit: Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical]

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MAY 18, 2020

0008 Hours MST |  1,500 acres. Active fire behavior with fire moving to the east to northeast towards Cahava Springs in Cave Creek.  Evacuations in effect: 40 homes. Off of Cahava Springs Rd. More resources on order.

0719 Hours MST |  1,500 acres. 20% contained. Evacuations in effect: 130 homes evacuated per MCSO. Increased fire activity with high winds.

[Photo Credit: Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical]

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1145 Hours MST | Evacuation Center:  Cactus Shadows HS main gym.  5802 E Dove Valley Road, Cave Creek, AZ. Managed by: American Red Cross.  Bring your own mask and expect social distancing. 

1225 Hours MST |  A Fire Management Assistance Grant  was submitted by AZ Fire and was approved for federal funding by FEMA to help cover costs wit this wildfire.

[Photo Credit:  American Red Cross]

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1557 Hours MST | 1,500 acres. 20% containment status. Ground resources include SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers), VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers) and AA (Air Attack).

1920 Hours MST | 1,492 acres. 50% contained.  Spread of fire slowing. Firefighters  making progress.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 5/18/2020 – 1945 PT.

SASCO FIRE | AZ WILDFIRE | UPDATE 2 (FINAL)

UPDATE 2 (FINAL)  – MAY 3, 2020 – SUNDAY

A wildfire named the SASCO FIRE is burning in Pinal County, Arizona.  It is NORTH of Ironwood Forest National Forest, SOUTH of Red Rock and just WEST of Picacho.

AZ State Firefighters were dispatched on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 1038 hours MST. Additional fire crews from BLM Arizona Fire have also been deployed to the fire line.

Equipment/Apparatus on-scene, Chief 191, E191, Tender 191, Brush 193, E361, Chief 7-1.

A VLAT dropped over the SASCO FIRE with a  Heavy Air Tanker following due to rocky and unstable terrain on the southern side of the fire.  Crews are starting to make good progress and mopping up.

Photo Credit  | AZ State Forestry

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This has been determined to be human-caused.  It is still under investigation.

#AZwildfires #FireSeason2020 #SascoFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1600 MST

SASCO FIRE | AZ WILDFIRE | UPDATE 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 3, 2020 – SUNDAY

A wildfire named the SASCO FIRE is burning in Pinal County, Arizona.  It is NORTH of Ironwood Forest National Forest, SOUTH of Red Rock and just WEST of Picacho.

AZ State Firefighters were dispatched on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 1038 hours MST. Additional fire crews from BLM Arizona Fire have also been deployed to the fire line.

Equipment/Apparatus on-scene, Chief 191, E191, Tender 191, Brush 193, E361, Chief 7-1.

Fire behavior was observed by SASCO IC as doubling in size at one point due to increased winds

Smoke is being reportedly as seen from as far aways as Interstate 10.

Around 1230 MST, it was estimated to be 40 acres in size with an unknown containment status.

Crews backed off the fire line at 1415 hours, to allow an inbound VLAT to drop in their area. They used a nearby road for safety. (1419 MST)

SASCO FIRE NAME HISTORY

May 23, 2019

The Sasco Fire name was used when a wildfire broke out at 0432 AM UTC near Red Rock, Arizona, about 80 miles SSE of Phoenix. 16.6 acres. Human caused.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1435 MST

The Wildfire Log | Tick Fire | CA | 2

Incident Summary

The TICK FIRE is located about 10 miles northeast of Santa Clarita in the area of Tick Canyon Road and Summit Knoll Road in Canyon Country (Los Angeles County), California.

The fire started on October 24, 2019 at 1451 hours PDT according to Fire Officials.

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Credit | Los Angeles Co FD

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Current Status

The fire has scorched 4,615 acres of land and firefighters have reached a 55% containment status.

Three firefighters have been injured. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

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Evacuations of animals by LA Co FD, SO and Animal Control. | Credit: LA Co FD

Resources

Currently, the management of the fire is in Unified Command with Los Angeles  County’s Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office.

The number of fire personnel has been reduced from 1,325 down to 925 for night fire suppression and containment efforts this evening.  This also includes 105 engines, 21 hand crews and six helicopters.  There are additional resources on stand-by should the fire rekindles.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators are vital to a large-scale incident such as the TICK FIRE.Here is a list of resources partnering with Unified Command:

  • American Red Cross
  • Angeles National Forest
  • BLM
  • CA Dept. of Corrections
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • City of Santa Clarita
  • LA County Board of Supervisors
  • LA Dept. of Animal Care and Control
  • LA Dept. of Public Health
  • LA County of Emergency Management
  • LA Dept. of Water and Power
  • Southern CAL Edison
  • Southern CAL Gas Company
  • Canadian Superscoopers Quebec 1 and Quebec 2
  • Morro Bay FD
  • Paso Robles FD
  • San Luis Obispo FD
  • SLO County FD
  • LA Co Fire Ops

Significant Events

  • 1700 hours presser cancelled on Saturday due to rapidly improving incident conditions and logistical demands.

Damage Assessment

There have been 16 structures lost with 16 additionally damaged.  At this time of this post, 10,000 structures were still in harm’s way.

Costs-To-Date

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $6.9 Million.

Shelters

Evacuation shelters in operations are:

  • College of the Canyons (gym). 26566 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, California.

ImageCredit | LA Co FD

Road Closure

  • Tick Canyon Road from Abelia Road to Summit Knoll Road.

Emergency Preparedness Tips

The Fire Department recommends the 6 P’s in what to take with you, should you need to evacuate from your home or business:

  • People and Pets
  • Papers (take important documents)
  • Prescriptions
  • Photos
  • PC Hard Drives and Disks
  • Plastic (ATM cards, Credit Cards, etc)

Disaster Information

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Hashtags

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #TickFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/27/2019 @ 0130 hours PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | Tick Fire | CA | 1

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Ca. | The TICK FIRE is located about 10 miles northeast of Santa Clarita in the area of Tick Canyon Road and Summit Knoll Road in Canyon Country.

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Credit | Los Angeles Co FD

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can travel and burn a football field within seconds. (FEMA)

Resources

Currently, the management of the fire is in Unified Command with Los Angeles  County’s Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office.  Assigned to this incident are 1,325 personnel along with 14 crews, 225 engines and four helicopters.

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Credit | Ventura County FD

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators are vital to a large-scale incident such as the TICK FIRE.Here is a list of resources partnering with Unified Command:

  • American Red Cross
  • Angeles National Forest
  • BLM
  • CA Dept. of Corrections
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • City of Santa Clarita
  • LA County Board of Supervisors
  • LA Dept. of Animal Care and Control
  • LA Dept. of Public Health
  • LA County of Emergency Management
  • LA Dept. of Water and Power
  • Southern CAL Edison
  • Southern CAL Gas Company
  • Canadian Superscoopers Quebec 1 and Quebec 2
  • Morro Bay FD
  • Paso Robles FD
  • San Luis Obispo FD
  • SLO County FD

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Fire jumped the 14 Freeway near Soledad Canyon.

Damage Assessment

There have been nine structures lost with nine additionally damaged.  At this time of this post, 10,000 structures were still in harm’s way.

Costs-To-Date

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $6.9 Million.

SIGNIFCANT EVENT | 3 wildfires were burning at the same time, making this #4.

Shelters

Evacuation shelters in operations are:

  • College of the Canyons (gym). 26566 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, California.
  • Newhall Center. 2241 Market Street, Santa Clarita, California.
  • Castaic Animal Care Center. 31044 N Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic, California. (Small animals only).
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Evacuations – Mandatory

The Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office are allowing some residents back into areas through the repopulation process, while others are still under a mandatory evacuation order. Here are the current orders still in effect.

  • Barker Canyon Road from Sierra Hwy north of Vasquez Canyon Road to the end near 15142 Sierra Hwy.
  • Tick Canyon Road from Abella Road to Summit Knoll Road.

Emergency Preparedness Tips

The Fire Department recommends the 6 P’s in what to take with you, should you need to evacuate from your home or business:

  • People and Pets
  • Papers (take important documents)
  • Prescriptions
  • Photos
  • PC Hard Drives and Disks
  • Plastic (ATM cards, Credit Cards, etc)

Road Closures

  • SB SR 14 from Escondido Canyon to Soledad Canyon. (CHP)

Through the Eyes of Social Media

Lodging Resources:  “Over 300 Airbnb Hosts Offering Free Lodging for Evacuees, Relief Workers in Santa Clarita Blaze.” (media)

Inspirational Messages: “To our friends in California. Our hearts, thoughts, prayers, and love are with all impacted by these these devastating wildfires. You are not alone. We are with you.” (Stars of Hope)

New Fire Warning: “Several rounds of strong, offshore winds prompts more fire danger for California. Here’s the timing of threats across the entire state from north to south. Be prepared for the potential for more wildfires.” (Weather Forecaster)

Big Thank Yous: “We wish to acknowledge the tireless efforts of NWS Los Angeles, NWS San Diego, Sawti Forecast and our local broadcast meteorologists for keeping all Southern Californians updated on fire weather conditions. We rely heavily on your forecasts. THANK YOU!” (LA Co FD)

California is burning. Again. I’ve lived here my whole life. I’ve seen many fires, but the fires that have raged in recent years are much more frequent and powerful. They are so hot they create their own weather system.  It is horrific.” (Twitter User)

Getting the orders to evacuate your home during a natural disaster is one of the most difficult situations to face. Thank you Red Cross – Los Angeles County for providing individuals and families some comfort in these difficult times.” (Los Angeles County)

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Credit | Los Angeles County

“Pets are sensitive to smoke and bad air quality too. Remember to bring them indoors until conditions improve.” (Los Angeles County)

“Firefighters sleep after 24 hours on the fire line at Stonecrest Park in Santa Clarita.”

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Credit | City of Santa Clarita

Hashtags

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #TickFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/26/2019 @ 0900 hours PDT