#PleasantFire Fully Contained | 7

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | The Pleasant Fire has been burning for the last eight days when it ignited on February 18, 2018 around 1412 hours PST from an unknown cause.  The fire broke out on the Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Hwy 395, which is located north of Bishop, California.  It has now been fully contained and all resources have been released from this incident.  2,070 acres were scorched.

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Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, Inyo USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

Photo Credit(s) | CAL FIRE.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 0515 Hours PST

#PleasantFire Containment Increases | 6

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | The Pleasant Fire has been burning for the last six days when it ignited on February 18, 2018 around 1412 hours PST from an unknown cause.  The fire broke out on the Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Hwy 395, which is located north of Bishop, California.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

 

Resources |  Most fire resources have been released from this incident from yesterday’s 313 personnel to only 39 that remain engaged.  Fire engines were reduced from 14 to three but 16 fire crews still remain.  Both bulldozers have been released.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, Inyo USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

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Fire Recap |    Suppression efforts were originally hampered from winds but after a high number of resources and equipment brought in, crews were able to knock down the fire.  There has been 2,070 acres burned and crews have reached a 95% containment status.

Evacuation Shelters | Evacuation centers for displaced persons and their animals is still open at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds. Their address is 1234 Fair Street, Bishop, CA 93514.  Phone is 760.873.3588.

 

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.  The cost-to-date has reached an all-time high of $1.6 Million.

Photo Credit(s) | CAL FIRE.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 1025 Hours PST

#PleasantFire Almost Contained | 5

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | The Pleasant Fire has been burning since February 18, 2018, which ignited around 1412 hours on Sunday.  The fire has burned 2,070 acres and crews have reached an 85% containment status.

Current Fire Conditions | Mop-up operations continued today.

Fire Weather | Winds and below freezing temps continue in the area have not hampered containment progress.  Fire Managers are expected full containment of the incident by Saturday, February 24, 2018.  More resources are expected to be released after full containment efforts have been reached.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources |  Personnel have dropped from 400 to 313 assigned to this incident alongside 14 fire engines, 16 fire crews and two bulldozers.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, Inyo USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

Shelter | An evacuation shelter is still open for displaced residents and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Brockman Lane (north of HWY 395), 5 Bridges Road, Pleasant Valley Reservoir Road, Jean Blanc Road, and Dixon Lane (west of housing area towards Brockman) Pleasant Valley Campground is closed. Escorts by Inyo Sheriff for emergency necessity only. Pit Campground is closed; however, escorts are available to retrieve belongings through BLM.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.  The cost-to-date has reached an all-time high of $1.6 Million.

Photo Credit(s) | CAL FIRE – SBU unit.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 1840 Hours PST

Colfax Train Derails Three Cars

Placer County |  Reports of a 113-car train that had derailed with three cars still upright in Colfax, prompted a large deployment of fire (and public safety) resources from CAL FIRE’s Nevada – Yuba – Placer Unit on Thursday, February 22, 2018 around   1347 hours PST.

Initially, the three-rail cars that had derailed were said to be carrying non-hazardous materials and had not leaked all.  After their investigation, it was later determined the involved cars were actually empty.  There was no threat to the public.

The train briefly blocked East Grass Valley Road, as well as other nearby intersections but were reopened again.

The railway was said to be reopening again in about eight-to-twelve hours.

Resources | CAL FIRE and law enforcement agencies.

Injuries | There were no civilian and no Public Safety injuries reported.

Damage Assessment | No damage to the Colfax infrastructure was reported.

Cause | The cause of the derailment is unknown at this time.

Photo Credits | CAL FIRE Nevada – Yuba – Placer Unit.

Social Media | We are using #ColfaxDerailment #RailroadIncident for this incident.

 

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#PleasantFire Explodes, Triples in Size | 3

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning on Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Highway 395, north of Bishop, California has tripled in size and still on course towards Laws Museum.  The fire has turned from 900 acres burned to 2,800 acres destroyed!  The fire is said to have started around 1412 hours on Sunday, February 18, 2018.    Strong winds have been hampering fire suppression efforts.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | As of Sunday, there were 90 firefighters tasked with fire suppression efforts but as of Monday would explode alongside the fire to 400 personnel!  Fire engines have doubled from yesterday’s 25 to 50 and  from two fire crews to 20, while boosting  two bulldozers to four.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, ino USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

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Evacuations | Evacuations are in effect for Meadow Creek area, Pleasant Valley campground, Rudolph Ranch, HIghlands, Glenwood, Rite-Aid Complex, Bear Creek, Dixon Lane,  (All housing areas between) North Sierra Highway, Dixon Lane, Brockman, Five Bridges, Fish Slough and Laws. | UPDATE as of 1045 hours PST | The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office will reassess evacuation orders at 1600 hours due to additional safety concerns.

Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 6 closed between Hwy 395 and the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

CA’s #PleasantFire Wind-Driven Fire | 2

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out around 1412 hours PST on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in the Pleasant Valley area from an unknown ignition.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | There are currently 90 firefighters on the fire line alongside with the aid of 25 engines, two fire crews and two bulldozers.

Incident Cooperators |  Inyo County Sheriff, CAL FIRE, Bishop FD, Independence FD, Big Pine FD, Lone Pine FD, CHP (Bishop) and Mono County Sheriff Department.

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Size Up | Fire suppression has been hampered by high winds at times.  The fire has scorched 900 acres (while other media outlets reporting up to 1,000 acres) and growing quickly.  There is a zero-percent containment status.  The fire had been at 100 acres at time of it starting to 900 acres within a short few hours.  It is currently burning in the Pleasant Valley area but is heading towards Laws Railroad Museum.

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Evacuations |  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office stated there are NO lifted evacuation orders as of 2140 hours PST. (We are thinking someone misreported that the evacuation orders had been lifted, hence, the strong response from the Sheriff’s Office that they have not been lifted).   Evacuation orders are still in order for Meadow Creek, Pleasant Valley campgrounds and Laws Museum.

Eastern Sierra Transit has partnered up with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office to assist with evacuations.

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Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 395 at the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Eastern Sierra Transit (bus).  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office (fires).

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Winter CA Fire Prompts Evacuations

Near Bishop, California | A wildfire broke out on Sunday afternoon around 1411 hours PST on Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Highway 395, north of Bishop.

Resources | Firefighters from the CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit responded and are on-scene.

Size Up | Currently, the fire has scorched 250 acres.  There is unknown containment status at the time of this posting

Evacuations | AT this moment, CAL FIRE states evacuations are in place for the Meadowlark area northeast of Bishop and the Pleasant Valley Campground.

Cause | There is an unknown cause at this moment.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CaWildfires

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#ThomasFire is Wind-Driven | 16

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

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Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire. (VCFD PIO)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Size, Containment |  270,000 acres.  45% containment status.

Fire Resources |  8,526 fire personnel. 972 fire engines, 166 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 75 dozers, 86 water tenders and CAL FIRE IMT-4. 

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Thomas Fire. (Credit VCFD PIO)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments |  1,026 structures destroyed and 242 damaged. 18,000 structures threatened.

Fatalities | 1.

Current Fire Status |  Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area with N – NE winds forecasted combined with very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures and single-digit RH will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the fire.  Areas threatened  coastal Santa Barbara County communities including Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland and the Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

Social Media |  “The fire is so large that its eastern and western fronts are influenced by entirely different wind patterns and terrain. In many ways, it’s as if firefighters are battling two separate fires some 40 miles apart” –  Hollywood Celebrity.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/17/2017 @ 2030 hours PST

#ThomasFire Firefighters Working Tirelessly | 15

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL Fire)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire flames burn near the power lines in Sycamore Canyon as seen from West Mountain Drive in Montecito. (Credit: SCB Fire Info)

Size, Containment | Acreage has increased from 259,000 to 267,500 acres.  The containment still remains at a 40% containment status.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

3,000 more burned acres and the Thomas Fire will become 2nd largest wildfire and 6,000  more to become the largest wildfire in all of California’s fire history. – Social Media

Fire Resources | Fire resources have increased even more significantly on Saturday, December 16, 2017, to 8,477 fire personnel, 972 fire engines, 164 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 77 dozers and 94 water tenders.  CAL IMT Type -4.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Ojai Search and Rescue conducts evacuations in Montecito. (Credit: Ojai SAR)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

On December 14, 2017, over 395,000 masks have been distributed in SBC to help residents with poor air quality.

Significant air resources, all headed towards Division U (towards 33 freeway), including both tankers and helicopters in the last 30 min. Sounds like fire issues along that corridor this afternoon. 

Photos taken on Saturday, 12/16/2017. (Credit: VCFD)

Evacuations | A voluntary evacuation warning has been issued for the Painted Cave community which includes the area north of Hwy 154 and south of East Camino Cielo along Painted Cave Road. If you are in this area, be prepared to leave. – Santa Barbara County FD

CalGuard Blackhawk confucts a waterdrop operations on Saturday. (Credit: USFS)

The Fire has caused mandatory and voluntary evacuations within the Santa Barbara (City).  All residents are strongly advised to be packed and ready to leave your homes. If you are in mandatory evacuation zone leave now.  – Santa Barbara County FD

Flames churn towards a large fire break near homes along Gibraltar Road north of Santa Barbara. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

Damage Assessments | 11 additional structures have been destroyed bringing the total to 1,020 structures and 2 additional have been damaged, for a total of 242 structures.  $110 Million Cost-to-date expenses.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status |  Very strong north winds materialized this morning around 0700 increasing fire behavior significantly in the Santa Barbara Front Country. Fire made an aggressive southward push into the community of Montecito, impacting some structures there.

Red flag warnings will remain in place over various portions of the fire over the next operational period for high wind and low humidity. Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area, with north/northeast winds forecasted. This weather pattern will be conducive to west- and southward fire growth, continuing to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland in Santa Barbara County.

North winds will also exasperate the threat to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural values, with fire being established in the Sespe drainage. Mop-up operations in previously burned areas will be ongoing. On the north side of the fire, direct and indirect line construction will occur to contain fire that has spread north of Highway 33 and Rose Valley Road.

Direct line construction, where possible, will continue within the Zaca Fire burn scar to Highway 33 Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions.

Fire near power lines. (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Social Media |  Strong winds and flames are bearing down the ridge and threatening homes up near Gibraltar Rock. – News Media

Parts of Santa Barbara turned into a “ghost town” as residents took appropriate action by listening to new evacuation orders by emergency personnel managing the wind-fed fire. – CAL OES

Brown smoke is seen spewing from the Thomas Fire captured by NASA Earth on December 14. (Credit: NASA)

This fire isn’t letting up & remains dangerous! Stay vigiliant and safe everyone! – CAL OES

Red Cross truck drives through the Skyline neighborhood of Ventura, CA searching for

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people in need of assistance. Charred chimney stacks are a common sight in this hillside community, remnants of the beautiful homes consumed by the wrath of the Thomas Fire.  – American Red Cross

Fire intensifies in the Santa Barbara. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

CalTrans continues to work on clearing last nights rockslide on Hwy 150. – VCFD PIO

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 2200 Hours PST

#ThomasFire Firestorm Still Raging | 14

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Size, Containment | The fire has consumed 259,000 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Structure Protection courtesy of a Mutual Aid Portland OR Fire engine company for a Montecito home near San Ysidro Road. (Credit: SBC Fire Info PIO Eliason Mike)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Fire Resources | 8,370 fire personnel along with 973 fire engines, 161 fire crews, 32 helicopters, 77 bulldozers and 92 water tenders.  CAL FIRE IMT -4 is in command.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments | 1,009 structures destroyed.  240 structures damaged. 18,000 still threatened.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status (Santa Barbara) | Firefighters to continue building direct fireline where possible with support from fire resources, working to tie in to the Tea and Jesusita Fires footprints and remain engaged in structure protection operations.  Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara communities are still being threatened.

Current Fire Status (Ventura County) | Firefighters on the east side, are working to improve fireline that has been established to fire out of nearby community of Fillmore.  They will additionally extend north from Fillmore in preparation of future firing operations.

On the north side of the fire, will be closely monitored by crews. Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo with light fuels in the Zaca Fire footprint will continue where lines have never been established. 

Hashtags | #ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 1100 hours PST