CA WILDFIRE | CARTER FIRE | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A 4-Alarm brush is burning off of Austin and Weaver Roads, south of Brawley (Imperial County) in California, that started earlier this afternoon.

COMMAND NAME(S)

With all of the confusing wildfire names, Social Media is reporting this fire as the CARTER FIRE but they are also using WEAVER FIRE and RIVER BOTTOM FIRE.  To make it easier since there appears to be no PIO available, we will just keep it simple and call it the CARTER FIRE.  For all intent and purpose, we will use all three hashtags when posting on our own Social Media channels which are @nwfireblog (Twitter & Facebook) and nwfireblog (Instagram).

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has been reported as 200 acres destroyed with an 8% containment status.

Four air tankers were deployed via Hemet, California.

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Photo Credit | Imperial County FD

RESOURCES

Units from Imperial County, El Centro, Brawley and Calipatria Fire Departments have been deployed.  CAL FIRE was enroute to the scene at 2025 hours.  Rural Metro Firefighters dispatched/arrived on-scene at 2055 hours PDT.

The Lead Agency is Imperial County Fire Department.

FIRE OPERATIONS

We have reached out to the Imperial County Fire Department for number of acres, containment status and other incident information.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/4/2020. 2345 hours PDT

 

 

CA WILDFIRE | IMPERIAL COUNTY | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A 4-Alarm brush is burning off of Austin and Weaver Roads, south of Brawley (Imperial County) in California, that started earlier this afternoon.

Around 1600 hours, it was reported at a 2-Alarm but would be later be escalated to a 4-Alarm fire.  Fire behavior has been extreme with wind-driven runs and spotting.

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Photo Credit | Imperial County FD

RESOURCES

Units from Imperial County, El Centro, Brawley and Calipatria Fire Departments have been deployed.  CAL FIRE was enroute to the scene at 2025 hours.  Rural Metro Firefighters dispatched/arrived on-scene at 2055 hours PDT.

The Lead Agency is Imperial County Fire Department.

EVACUATIONS

Media reported that the Tangerine Gardens Mobile Home Park on West Legion Road is under mandatory evacuation orders.

FIRE OPERATIONS

We have reached out to the Imperial County Fire Department for number of acres, containment status and other incident information.

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Many citizens reported heavy smoke and flames could be seen from areas such as Malan, Parkside, Westmorland and Monterrey Park.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/4/2020. 2100 hours PDT

 

 

NEW Wildfire | Camino Fire | California | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A brush fire is burning on Hwy 154 and west Camino Cielo Road is burning uphill on the north slope that started on Monday afternoon.

It was ignited by an unknown source, which is currently under investigation. No preliminary has been released at the time of this post.

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Photo Credit | Daniel Bertucelli, SBCFD PIO

RESOURCES

Ground crews and a helicopter from the South Barbara County Fire Department are currently assigned and actively working on the fire line.

EVACUATIONS

There are evacuation warnings for those on East Camino Cielo Road east of Hwy 154 and the Painted Cave community.  The County Fire Department wants you to know this is a WARNING only and not an order.

UPDATES

More updates will be released when additional information is known and/or fire activity increases significantly.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1830 hours PDT

 

#SouthMainFire | Wildfire | California

The  SOUTH MAIN FIRE is located off of South Main Divide and Hacienda Road in El Cariso (Riverside County), California started on Friday, March 6, 2020.

The cause of the fire is most probable due to a burn on the South Main Divide that escaped containment lines and was immediately declared a wildfire.  It was at the time, a five-acre fire with a moderate rate of spread. No structures in the early stages of the incident were threated.  Additional air and ground resources were on order.

286 CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire firefighters were dispatched to the fire, along with two fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters dropping water.

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Photo Credit | Cleveland NF

Currently, the fire is 20 acres and 85% contained.  The forward progression was stopped on Friday, March 6th.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/7/2020 @ 2205 PST

 

Wildfire Activity Log | California | March 7, 2020

The wildfire activity log for Saturday, March 7, 2020, for the State of California:

1521 | MANZANITA FIRE:  Behind address located in the 3600 block of north Hemlock Drive in San Bernardino. IC:  CPT 228.

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Photo Credit | Richard Cordova, CAL FIRE PIO (Stock Photo)

1427 | BRUSH FIRE:  23800 block x Mailbu Road. Between Malibu Colony Road and Puerco Canyon Road. City of Malibu. Reported as a wildfire.  Dispatched via Angeles National Forest ECC.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/7/2020 2140 hours PST

#MannFire | Wildfire | California | Sit Rep 1

SIT REP  1 – MARCH 3, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A second wildfire is burning inside the State of California.  This is burning in the Santa Ana Riverbottom near California Avenue and Grulla Court in the Norco community and just south of (Riverside County) Jurupda Valley.

There is an unknown cause and is currently under investigation.

RESOURCES | 30 engines. 5 water tender. 3 heliccopter. 210 firefighters.  7 Crews. 3 Bulldozers. 8 overhead personnel. Additionally there are Police Officers, Utilities, Air Attack, PIO and one Helitender on-scene. Earlier during the incident this afternoon, 2 OCFA strike teams and one helicopter were being deployed as mutual aid.

Parters Include | AMR, Animal Control, CAL FiRE / Riverside Unit and San Bernardino Units, City of Corona FD, Los Angele County FD, Orange County Fire Authority, Riverside FD, Riverside County Fire EMD, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, San bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, Southern California Edison and the Norco Animal Rescue Team.

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Photo Credit | NWS San Diego (taken at 1124 hours PST)

CURRENT STATUS | CAL FIRE firefighters f rom the Riverside unit have been able to gain a 20% containment status.  The forward progression of the fire has been stopped.  Fire has burned 175 acres.

Not long ago, fire was threatening about 500 homes as the winds were picking up but have suddenly died down.  The Evacuation orders were downgraded from a mandatory evacuation orders to a Warning.

INJURIES | 2 civilians with non-threatening injuries

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT | 5 properties to fencing & outbuildings, minor damage.

HASHTAGS | #CAwildfires2020 #FireSeason2020 #CAFires #CAwildfires2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1920 hours PST

 

Baseball Fire | Wildfire | CA | 2

UPDATE 2

A wildfire has ignited on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 today.  It is named the Baseball Fire and its Incident Number is #MNF-144 M0GP.

It is located off of Atchison Creek in the Covelo Ranger District on the Glenn – Mendocinco County line.  It is burning in the Mendocino National Forest, about 15 miles southeast of Covelo near the Achison campground.

View of the Baseball Fire from Covelo

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

The fire has burned 68 acres grass, brush and timber. It is now 40% contained.

The cause has been officially released from Fire Investigators to have ignited from a previous burn pile from a Prescribed Fire project that ended in January 2020.

There are approximately 75 personnel assigned including crews, engines, a water tender and a helicopter.

There have been no structures or properties that have been damaged or destroyed.

There are currently no evacuations that are taking place at the time of this posting.

#MendocinoNF #CALFIRE #Wildfire #FireSeason_2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/26/2020 – 2010 hours PST

Baseball Fire | Wildfire | CA | 1

UPDATE 1 

A wildfire has ignited on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 today.  It is named the Baseball Fire and its Incident Number is #MNF-144 M0GP.

It is located off of Atchison Creek in the Covelo Ranger District on the Glenn – Mendocinco County line.  It is burning in the Mendocino National Forest, about 15 miles southeast of Covelo near the Achison campground.

The fire has burned 60 acres.   There is a 5% containment status.

The cause was determined to be from a previous pile burning on the Baseball fire project.  It is being said from various sources that this was from an earlier prescribed fire project that was completed in the end of January and may have been smoldering for awhile due to dry conditions, warm temps and winds swooping through the area.

There are aproximately 55 personnel assigned including one crew, three engines, on water tender and a single helicopter.  Units were dispatched today around 1004 hours PST.

IC Robert Hoyle has a request in for additional resources on order.

Fire weather consists of light wind, 70*F temps and a low to moderate rate of spread.

There are no threats to property or to structures, nor are there any precautionary evacations in effect.

#MendocinoNF #CALFIRE #Wildfire #FireSeason_2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/25/2020 – 1920 hours PST

Firefighters Respond to Commercial Fire, Save Structure

California | Alameda County Firefighters responded to an apartment complex in unincorporated Ashland to a commercial structure fire around 2033 hours this evening.

A fire reportedly broke out in the elevator control room which extended to the second floor.

Firefighters quickly egressed and stopping the fire from extending further into the structure, saving the building from additional damage.

This was a single fire response.

We have reached out to the ACFD for a block number and street name for the address and the unit that responded. – Ed.

#ACFD #AshlandFire 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/21/2020 2200 hours PST

2 Porterville Firefighters Remembered Today

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A large fire reportedly broke out around 1600 hours PST on Tuesday afternoon at the Porterville Public Library, located at 41 West Thurman Avenue in Porterville, California.

It was reported that a blazing fire started in a section of books which began to engulf the 1950’s un-sprinklered systems building.  Quick-thinking and fast-acting Librarians called the nearby Fire Department to report flames on the interior of the structure and evacuated all persons outside.

OPERATIONS

Once the local City Deparment was on-scene, they immediately called for a 2nd-alarm and neighboring Fire agencies from Tulare County, CAL CIFRE, Tulare City and Fresno County responded.  Imperial Ambulance also was on-scene.

Fire Behavior was described as intense, difficult to contain the flames due to the fire fuels inside the building.  It was full of books and anything else that was considered unstoppable by the flame’s path.

From some scanner feed, it was stated by firefighters on the interior, thought they were in the basement when they were on the second floor.  A May Day went out for missing Fire Captain 71 and Firefighter 71.  The Captain was located but after extensive searches by multiple firefighters from various Agencies, the missing Firefighter is still being reported as being unaccounted for.  Firefighters are still searching for him.

CAUSE

The fire has been determined by both Fire Marshal’s Office and the Police Department as arson.  Two 13-year old suspects were reported as being seen running from the building right after the fire started just after 1600 hours PST.

They have been arrested and are being charged with manslaughter, arson and conspiracy. Because they are now in the juvenile detention system, it is unknown if they will be charged as minors or as adults.  The investigation continues on.

Because this is an active investigation, there has been further additional information released.

EVACUATIONS

Quick thinking and highly trained Librarians reported flames inside the building, called the Fire Department and made sure all persons made it outside the structure safely and securely.  They saved many lives yesterday.

NEVER FORGET

We will never forget those who risked their lives to put out the flames during this intensified incident, the sacrifices they made and working to save the lives and property for all those involved.

We will remember their Legacy, their impacts on their Communities and their Families.

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Fire Captain Raymond “Ray” Figueroa, 35, was killed in the fire.  He started his dream job in the Fire Service in 2007.  He was a resident of the Bakersfield, California community.

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Capt. Ray Figueroa | Credit: Porterville FD

A second first responder, Firefighter Patrick Jones, 25, has been confirmed as still missing.  He started his career with the Fire Department in 2017.

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FF Patrick Jones | Credit: Porterville FD

HOW TO HELP

If you would like to support the PFD familly and members, please visit the TCDSA.net.  If you wish to donate, you can click the Portervile Fire Patch and it will redirect you to a link to donate.

Or, if you wish to send a sympathy card or cards of support, you can address it to:  Porterville FD, 298 N. Main Street, Porterville, CA 93257.

The PFD would like to remind those that no “official” Go Fund Me accounts or pages have been officially created.

MENTAL HEALTH

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And, the great part is that no one has to know about it and they are there with open arms, non-judgmental and caring to catch you.

Please, we ask that if you need help – please call or visit them TODAY.

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We send our sincere sympathies to both Firefighter Families, their Loved Ones, to the Porterville Fire Department Family and Fire Family members touched by this fire incident and to the Communities that have been impacted. We are grieving alongside you all. – Ed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 hours PST