California Wildfire | Delta Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Monday, September 10, 2018

Incident Summary

The Delta Fire is human-caused from an unknown ignition. It continues to burn two miles north of Lakehead, California.
Fire Status
There has been 49,874 acres burned and crews have reached a 5% containment status. We heard that parts of I-5 are partially open.
Fire behavior is active with running, backing and spotting. Numerous structures including energy, communication and RR infrastructures are currently being threatened.
Resources
 
There are 2,433 personnel assigned to the incident along with 77 crews, 178 engines and 12 helicopters. 2 structures have been lost.
 
Damage Assessment
2 structures have been lost.
 
$8.5 Million Cost-to-date in firefighting and containment suppression costs.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

California Wildfire | Delta Fire | 1

UPDATE 2 – Saturday, September 8 2018

Incident Summary

A human-caused wildfire broke out about two miles northwest from Lakehead and on I-5 at Lamoine in California.  When we first broke the news just after the large wildfire started, it was only at 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status.  It was stated that the fire would explode to three-times its size overnight, jumping the freeway and burning up numerous vehicles and five semis.  The location of the fire it would prompt mandatory evacuations and cause both northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 to shutdown.  I don’t think we have ever heard this happen before – the closure of a major interstate that transports a lot of commerce.

The fire has merged with the Hirz Fire and together it has become a monstrous firestorm eating up the landscape and reaching 40,580 acres collectively.

Fire vehicles stopped at an I-5 exit ramp . Photo by Eamon Sigler.

Photo Courtesy: Eamon Sigler via Inciweb

Current Fire Status

The fire behavior is considered as active with running, backing and spotting.  There is a 0% containment status at this time.  Because of the fire, I-5 NB lanes are closed at Fawndale exit approximately 10 miles north of Redding and in the SB lanes at Mott Road, about 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta in California.

Resources

There are currently 2,132 personnel battling this fire including air and ground resources that include 52 crews, 163 engines and 7 helicopters.

Evacuations

The following are evacuation notices and mandatory orders for each impacted County.  Please heed the alerts given to you and please do not stay back to save your property.  You are putting First Responders (Firefighters, Volunteers and Police Officers’ lives in jeopardy).  Your property can be replaced, YOU and your FAMILY cannot.

Shasta County – Mandatory evacuations along I-5 from exit 707 at Vollmers N. to Exit 714 at Gibson. These are being implemented by the Sheriff’s Office.

Trinity County – Mandatory evacuation orders are being implemented by the Sheriff’s Office for all residents on E. Fork Road to Ramshorn Road and to the Shasta – Trinity County line.

Siskiyou County – Evacuation order notice only but all should be ready in case you have to leave.  This is for all residents in the Dunsmuri area.

Evacuation Shelters

There are two evacuation shelters set-up for residents and are located in the following locations:

Mercy Oaks – 100 Mercy Oaks Drive.  Redding, California.

National Guard Armory – 618 Everitt Memorial Highway.  Mt. Shasta, California.

There is one animal shelters taking in cats and dogs.  Those who use this shelter’s services must provide food/water/meds for their own pets and must come by to care for their sheltered pets everyday.

Siskiyou Animal Shelter – 1208 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. Shelter hours are 0900-1600 hours.  Phone number is 530-926-4052.

Cost-to-Date

Firefighting suppression and containment costs have surged to $4.1 Million to date.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

California Begins Recovery Process | Update 4

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

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

GREAT NEWS

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

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

Well, good news.

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

Credit: Fox 2

DAMAGE

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

Credit: NWS Bay Area

SPILLWAY STATUS

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

CLOSURES

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

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

California Suffering Backlash from Storm | Update 3

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

Hwy 267 – Brockway Summit

I-80 Near Summit

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

Alameda County

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

Photo Credit: City of Fremont

Bay Area

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

Bridal Veil Falls (near)

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

Photo Credit: CAL Trans

CHILI BAR

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

SAN JOSE

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

Photo Credit: San Jose.gov

Preparedness Resources for Evacuees

Evacuation Shelters – Red Cross Shelters

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

Homeless Encampments

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

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

Downed Trees

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

Road Closures

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

Sandbag Locations

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

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

Water Rescues

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

Flooding News

SOCIAL MEDIA

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

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Revised 10/22/2017 1038 Hours PDT

California Plagued by Multiple Storms | Update 2

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

Hwy 267 – Brockway Summit

I-80 Near Summit

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

North/Central Areas

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

Alameda County

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

Photo Credit: City of Fremont

Bay Areas

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

Bridal Veil Falls (near)

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

Photo Credit: CAL Trans

Donner Summit

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

Lake Berryessa Spillway

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

Los Angeles County

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

SAN JOSE

Coyote Creek (Near)

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

Homeless Encampments

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

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

Downed Trees

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

Preparedness

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

Red Cross Shelters

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

Road Closures

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

Sandbag Locations

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

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

TEHAMA COUNTY

Weather Forecast

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

Ventura

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

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

#TopockFire and #PirateFire | April 7, 2016 | Update 1

Yes, we know we are a little late to the game but I [have] been fighting the flu and hoping it is just a bit at the tail end.  Now, that I am upright, thought I’d share what has been spreading like wildfire all over Social Media and is on the fire ground in AZ and CA – not a pretty sight.

Photo Credit: Mohave FD's Butch Merriweather

Photo Credit: Mohave FD’s Butch Merriweather

Our Thoughts and Prayers are there for those are involved in this powerful wind-driven firestorm of 2016.

FIRE SUMMARY

The fire started on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, around 0500 hours on two specific sites on the Arizona and California borders on the Colorado River Ranger District.

Photo Credit: Mohave FD's Butch Merriweather

Photo Credit: Mohave FD’s Butch Merriweather

NOTE: Generally where there are two separate fire names, it is because they have started one name and it is changed over time to reflect a more accurate location.  This fire is listed to be two different locations on both the AZ and on the CA sides.  We are unsure if there were two different origins, so we’ll that up to the Fire investigators to figure that one out, but for the purpose of this post – we will refer to the #TopockFire as on the #AZFire side and the #PirateFire on the #CAFire side.

The fire is known by two names, #TopockFire on the Arizona side, is approximately two (2) miles West of Topock and Golden Shores, Arizona.

The #PirateFire is on the California side, about ten (10) miles SSE of Needles, California.

Topock Fire MohaveFD 1

Photo Credit: Mohave FD Personnel

 

The cause is unknown, but it is listed as an active investigation.  No updates from that investigation have been released.

COMMAND

Due to the fire being on both sides of the Arizona-California borders, Command is in an Unified Command Status.

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

PERSONNEL

There are about 165 personnel assigned to this incident, including Mutual Aid from the following:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Arizona Dept of Transportation
  • AZ Dept of Forestry
  • BNSF Railroad
  • Buckskin Fire Department
  • Bullhead Fire Department
  • CAL Transportation
  • California Highway Patrol
Photo Credit: San Bernardino Co FD

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD of Pirate Cove Resort

  • City of Needles
  • Fort Mohave Fire Department
  • Golden Shores Fire Department
  • Kingman Fire Department
  • Mohave Valley Fire Department
  • PG & E
  • San Bernardino County Fire Department
  • San Bernardino County Probation
  • San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office
  • SW Gas Corporation

We are still trying to find out what type of crews, equipment and apparatus is on-scene but so far, we haven’t found that jackpot yet. We will put out more updates as information is received.

FIRE STATUS

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 2200 total acres (both AZ-CA) as of 4/7/2016
  • Pirates Cove Resort in California suffered some about 10% roof damage due to firebrands burning the thatch room.
Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County FD

EVACUATIONS

  • Evacuations of Park Moabi Mobile Home Park residents and  Pirates Cove Resort employees and Campers occurred on 4/6/2016.
  • Evacuations have been lifted on 4/7/2016 but employees and Campers are only allowed to recover their possessions with an escort.
  • Park residents evacuation orders have been lifted and appears there are no restrictions returning to their homes.

CONTAINMENT STATUS

  • 40% containment status.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Windy conditions have arrived and firefighters have been able to establish containment lines. So far, they are reporting that they are holding.

Golden Shores, Arizona is reporting a warm temp of 89-degrees with 15% percipitation, 9% humidity and winds at 6-mph.

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Route 66 from Golden Shores to I-40.
  • BLM using roadway for equipment and staging areas.
  • Reports on Facebook are not accurate.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Disclaimer:  The Photography in this post is not our own and we do not lay rights or claims on them.  We have given the Photo Credit to the best of our knowledge and all rights of those of the Photographer as listed. – Editor.

CA WILDFIRE: Boles Fire – Siskiyou County

FIRE LOCATION

  • City of Weed
  • Boles Creek

FIRE SUMMARY

  • Started 9/15/14 1338 hours
  • 20% contained
  • 375 acres

STRUCTURAL DAMAGE

  • 100 homes damaged or destroyed

EVACUATIONS

  • Community of Angel Valley
  • Residents on Hoy Rd

SHELTER LOCATION

  • County Fairgrounds in Yreka, CA

CLOSURES

  • Hwy 97 in Weed area

RESOURCES

  • 1068 personnel
  • 108 Engines
  •   20 Fire crews
  •     7 Helos
  •   28 Dozers
  •     9 Water Tenders
  •     4 IMT

INJURIES

  • (3)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • California Highway Patrol
  • CAL Trans
  • Pacific Power & Light
  • Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office
  • Weed City PD
  • Yreka PD
  • Mt Shasta PD
  • CA Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  • CA National Guard
  • CA Conservation Corps
  • CAL OES
  • Red Cross
  • United Way

ABOUT WEED, CA

  • 1901 City established
  • 1900’s to late 1980’s thrived as logging industry
  • Today, it is host to Mt Shasta Brewing Company
  • 2010 Census showed Population at 2,967 residents
  • 10 miles W-NE of Mt Shasta
  • Funny City Motto: “Weed like to welcome you”
  • Received it’s name from sawmill founder Abner Weed
  • 1940’s sawmill was the world’s biggest sawmill
  • On Sept 15 2014, the current forest forest caused mandatory evacuations
  • The fire burned several outbuildings, including portions of the sawmill
  • City is located 49 miles S of the Oregona-California border
  • Is located off of I-5
  • Next town to the North is Yreka
  • Closest cities with pops over 50k is Redding, CA and Medford, OR

REWARD

  • $10,000 for Info leading to the cause of the Fire
  • Call #1-800-468-4408

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San Bernardino National Forest Small Fires Now Contained

Kenwood, CA – Approximately 1632 Hours on Tuesday, November 12th, a series of small fires broke out on the right shoulder of the Northbound Lanes of I-15, north of the Kenwood exit on Cajon Pass.

Originally, the fire had a moderate rate of spread and homes in the area were under threat.  An immediate decisive and aggressive attack by firefitghters held the fire at seven (7) acres.

Firefighters responded from the Forest Service, CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County and San Bernardino City Fire Department.  One helitack and one chopper was also dispatched to the scene to assist firefighters. Additional Incident Cooperators:  CA Dept. of Corrections.

The right two lanes were closed on Tuesday evening by CalTrans and the California Highway Patrol.

There is no cause known at this time and is still under investigation.

(c) 2013 The NW Fire Blog