Canadian Firefighters Fight Major St Catharines Fire

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Firefighters battled for several hours heavy smoke and flames in a commercial structure located at 11 Cushman Road in the sixth largest city of Canada’s Niagara Region on Friday night into Saturday morning early hours.

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time.  Fire investigators were called during the incident to respond to the scene.  A preliminary determination as not been released as of this post.

RESOURCES

Pumpers 1, 2, 3, 4 ,6; Ladders 2, 4, 5. Car 3. Safety Officer. Air Units.

OPERATIONS

Incident Timer | 40 minutes

Firefighters had reported about five minutes earlier, that they were using Blitzfire (deck guns from research) on the Bravo side. There was no visible fire on the exterior and the black smoke was decreasting.  A knockdown of fire in the main area and water on the hot spots was in progress.

Fire Weather Temps:  30F but feels like 19F

However, one minute later, Command reported that the color of the smoke was changing and escaping where the cinder block meets the metal of the building structure.  Command then reported they were in defensive operations, applying water and reporting heavy smoke conditions.

Evacuations were completed for the structure north of the fire building. A heat signature was reported by fire crews on the Delta side.  On the Bravo side, there was zero visibility. Fire heading towards a fire break on Cushman Road and would eventually penetrate the cinder block and tresses on the Bravo side.  A collapse zone for firefighters was immediately established.

Incident Timer | 50 minutes

 Command reported same fire conditions and four ladders, as well as a second water supply as needed immediately.  The water supply group asked Dispatch where the two nearest hydrants were located, which were determined to be at 6 Cushman Road and on Skyway.

A short time thereafter, instead of four ladders, five were requested by Command. Fire had breached the wall on the Bravo side.  Water was on the fire at the time.

Incident Timer | 60 minutes

Visible flames were reported to Command that were burning over the door on building one (we believe to be an exposure building) on the Bravo side.   Command indicated to Dispatch, they were still in defensive operations, heavy smoke and flames and were looking for the four ladders.

Dispatch indicated they were still waiting for another person so that all four of them could be en route together.  Command asked the Safety Officer to ensure there was enough room to enable the four ladders to enter the area and immediately set-up aerial/masterstream operations.

Finally, an additional person showed up and the four ladders were now en route as they were fully manned.  However, they were still waiting for a runner for refilling of their air bottles.

Request for salt via City Yards was requested.

Incident Timer | 80 minutes

Fire appeared to be cooling on the Alpha side but the interior fire on the Delta side had crossed over and was heading past areas where fire breaks were thought to be but were not.

Fire Weather:  Humdity at 59% 

Black smoke was still being reported.  Ladder 4’s crew found a pocket of heavy fire they were working on.   A runner finally was located and en route to the fire ground.

Incident Timer | 90 minutes

Same fire conditions were reported. The gas company was having difficulties shutting off the gas and were working on securing it in the roadway.

Traffic cams were reporting a major fire that had broken out at the base of St. Catharines Skyway Bridge on Cushman Road.  Drivers were reportedly stopping ont the Skyway causing traffic delays.

Incident Timer | 110 minutes

HYDRO had arrived on-scene quickly and secured the power.  The incident timer was switched over to every 20 minutes.

They were still in defensive operations, making good progress and dumping large amounts of water on the fire building.

Firefighters were sent to REHAB and told to take a rest.

Fire had breached the roof and it was reported temps in the Delta wall had reached 103*C  or 217*F.  Car 3 had arrived on-scene.  Finally, gas was secured at the fire building. Service Truck 6  (air unit) had also arrived on-scene.

Incident Timber | 130 minutes

Firefighters were still in defensive operations, making headway and had a heavy water flow.

While a ladder company was implementing masterstream operations, they blew a hole in one of the fire building’s walls, deeming it to be too unsafe to send in firefighters inside. Everyone was ordered to stay away from that area.

Incident Timer  | 170 minutes

 The timer was switched to every 30 minutes via request from Cushman Command. Same reported fire conditions. Most of the fire was knocked down.

Incident Timer | 200 minutes

Light smoke. Operations shut down for 10 minutes. Everyone is taking a break.

Incident Timer | 230 minutes

Defensive operations. Checking for hot spots and in overhaul.  Shortly after this report by Command, fire operations had ceased.  No primary or secondary searches would be conducted.

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BC Wildfire | Bachelor Heights Fire | 1

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A wildfire broke out on Thursday, June 21, 2018 off of the Grasslands boulevard prompting immediate evacuations of about 12 homes.  Evacuated residents were welcomed in to the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre where a comfort center was established.

Shortly after the evacuations were in effect, the order was lifted and all residents were allowed to return to their homes as the threat of wildfire was no longer endangering their homes or their personal safety.

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Photo Credit | BC Wildfire Service

Resources

Fire crews from the Kamloops Fire and Rescue along with BC Wildfire Service were working to suppress and contain the wildfire.

17 personnel along with air support are tied to this incident.

Size

The fire is said to be at 60 hectares or a little over 148 acres.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2000 hours PDT

Calgary, Alberta Wildfire: #McLeanCreekFire | 1

CALGARY, Alb. – A 5 hectare (12 acres) wildfire is burning south of Bragg Creek in the south end of McLean Creek that broke out on Sunday, May 27th.

The fire is located in a cut block, defined as a specific area of land with defined boundaries as authorized for harvest.  There has been a lot of a high level generated smoke  due to the fire burning in heavy slash.

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Photo Credit | Redwood Meadows Emergency Services

Fire behavior is active and has a 0% containment status is said to be not threatening any structures or communities.

Campers that are in this area are being asked by Fire Officials to avoid the fire area and the public to stay out of the area.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Product Recall | High Risk | Samsung Galaxy 7 Phones

Updated 2230 Hours PDT

RECALL DESCRIPTION

On September 15, 2016, U.S.-based Samsung Electronics of Ridgefield, NJ issued a recall through the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission of 1 Million of its Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones sold prior to September 15th.

Courtesy: CPSC

These phones were manufactured in South Korea and China.

COUNTRIES AFFECTED

This affects products in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

HAZARD

The  lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.

Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.

REMEDY

Consumers should immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note7 devices purchased before September 15, 2016.

Contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet or Samsung.com where you purchased your device to receive free of charge a new Galaxy Note7 with a different battery, a refund or a new replacement device.  Go to www.samsung.com for more details.

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Courtesy: CPSC

If traveling, it is recommended that you shut off your completely.  Do not store in luggage or overhead compartments.

–> The Commission is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product by visiting this link:  http://www.saferproducts.gov/ <–

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#AlbertaFires Forever Change Landscapes – June 1, 2016

Updated 2130 Hours PDT

Photo Credit: RMWB

Landscapes Forever Changed

About one month ago, residents from various locations including the most notable #FortMcMurray,  an urban service area or in the U.S. would be similar to a suburban community of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Alberta, Canada.

It is also located in the middle of the Athabasca oil sands and surrounded by the boreal forest.  This location has played a large role in the national petroleum industry and now it’s landscape is now forever changed.

Photo Courtesy: Creative Common Content

Residents Voluntarily Return

On June 1st, residents began to voluntarily return to their communities, except for the  Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways neighborhoods.

The re-entry program is being administered by the RMWB with the assistance of RCMP.  The Province is stating this will continue until June 25, 2016.

“This community may look and feel very different than the community residents left last month. But it is still a strong community, and progress is being made every day to make it stronger.” – Premier Rachel Notley

Fire Status

There are 13 Fires including the out-of-control #FortMacFire covering 581,695 hectares or 1.437 Millions acres.  This also includes area scorched in the Saskatchewan areas.

A new fire perimeter has been set up to 984 km or as 380 square miles.   Extreme fire conditions continue to remain for some areas of the #FortMacFire.

Approximately 400 km or almost 390 miles of fire guard as being completed.

Photo Credit: RMWB

Resources

Almost 3,000 Firefighters are assigned to this incident along with support staff. 99 helicopters and 287 pieces of heavy equipment are also assisting.

Some Firefighters are from the United States and South Africa.

Public Resources

RMWB Website:  http://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=41701E7ECBE35-AD48-5793-1642C499FF0DE4CF

The Red Cross:  Has raised $104 Million dollars in donations which does not include matching funds.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of The #AlbertaFires – May 30, 2016

Updated 2150 Hours PDT

Wood Buffalo credit by Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

The Good News 

Some residents are being allowed to return to your homes and the Province of Alberta has a set plan of assisting with voluntary returns, which means imminent danger has passed.

With that being said,

The Bad News 

Several agencies, such as the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta Environmental and Parks have each conducted extensive testing of the air, soil and ash in hard-hit fire impacted areas.  The results of these testing samples have been returned as having harsh and dangerous chemicals being present, which may pose a high-risk to residents if the exposure is not minimized or avoided.

Therefore, 567 homes and 12 apartment complexes have been deemed as permanently inhabitable and unsafe for residents to return.  This is per Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health whom says is a permanent re-entry for some.

A non-toxic Tackifer, used in landfills for dust control and prevent ash and other contaminants from being airborne will be used.   The non-toxic agent will be sprayed on fire debris in neighborhoods touched by the wildland fires.

Photo Credit: RMWB

The Ugly News

Restricted access into #FortMcMurray is still ongoing, however some residents will be allowed back in but not all of them displacing quite a few permanently.

1600 homes have been destroyed including a school under construction, businesses,

Currently, 14 Wildfires burn across the Alberta Province topping at 591,920 hectares or 1.463 Million acres. Those assigned to these incidents include 1211 Personnel, 20 Water Tenders and 64 Dozers with many of them responding around the World.

Here are the current fires burning in the multiple Districts in #Alberta:

Booklet is posted on the town’s website. (Courtesy: RMWB)

#FortMacFire (Fort McMurray Fire)

  • Start 5/1/2016 @ 1608 Hours
  • Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • Uncontrolled
  • 579,946 Hectares or 1.433 Million Acres
  • Unknown Cause
  • 32% Contained
  • 1218 Personnel
  • 41 Light Crews
  • 28 Intermediate Crews
  • 31 Medium Crews
  • 20 Water Tenders
  • 32 Dozers
  • 1 SKD

High Level 

  • Total 8 Fires
  • Under Investigation
  • 42,784 Hectares or 105,721 Acres
  • 11 Personnel
  • Unknown Containment Status.

Lac La Biche

  • 1 Fire
  • Caused by Lightning
  • Under control
  • 147 Hectares or 362 Acres
  • 35 Personnel
  • 1 Light
  • 1 Medium

Peace River

  • 3 Fires
  • 2 Under Control
  • 1 Human Caused
  • Started 4/17/2016 @ 1256 (Fire 1)
  • Started 4/30/2016 @ 1444 (Fire 2)
  • Started 5/24/2016 @ 2334 (Fire 3)
  • No assigned resources
  • 86 Hectares or 213 Acres

Slave Lake

  • 1 Fire
  • Caused by Lightning
  • Started 4/30/2016 @ 1516 Hours
  • Under control
  • 1939 Hectares or 4791 Acres

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More Mutual Aid Resources Arrive to #AlbertaFires – May 29, 2016

Updated 5/29/2016 2200 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

For the first time in days, the number of fires have dropped down below 15 to 14 as of today’s date but fire conditions still remain extreme in some locations.

Currently, the fire has scorched a total of  579,946 ha or 1.433 Million acres which includes acreage in Saskatchewan prompting additional firefighting resources be sent to help current fire crews.

Fire Family Continues to Provide Mutual Aid

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Here is the current list of resources currently fighting all 14 Alberta fires including the largest of them all, #FortMacFire:

  • Firefighters.  2,292.
  • Helicopters.  90.
  • Pieces of Heavy Equipment.  273.
  • Air Tankers. 20.

There are still more personnel from around the Globe responding in high numbers.

Here is the latest  count of Fire Suppression (Firefighters) and what State/Province/Country they represent:

  • South Africa.  298.
  • United States.  198.
  • BC.  113.
  • Ontario.  84.
  • NW Territories. 48.
  • Parks Canada.  29.
  • CIFFC. 1.
  • News Brunswick.  7.
  • Saskatchewan.  34.
  • Manitoba.  2.
  • Newfoundland / Prince Edward Island. 19.

Resources

For a more detailed list of Resources for the Public, please see this website:  http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

Weather

There is a 55% chance of rain or thunderstorms to occur over the weekend, which will definitely help fire crews get a handle on the multitude of fires in the Province.

Residents Returning

A plan is in the works to assist residents to re-enter into their homes on June 1st.  A Press release state everything is on track for this to happen.  More updates will provided in our next few posts.

Social Media

The following #hashtags have been detected as being used by media, residents, fire personnel and others across Social Media platforms.

#FortMacFire.  #FortMcMurrayFire.  #ABFires.   #abStrong

Thank you for reading our Blog and for Following Us!  You can also check us out on Faceboo and Twitter. 

#StaySafeFriends

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Some #AlbertaFires Still Extreme – May 28, 2016

Updated 5/28/2016 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

Today, only 17 Wildfires burn in the Province of Alberta, Canada, which includes the still out-of-control #FortMacFire, however good news is that Fire Managers say the fire is no longer extreme in ALL area but now only in SOME of the areas.  With that being said, it is still dangerous for both Firefighters and residents alike.

Here is today’s update of the #FortMacFire burning in Alberta, Canada.

Fire conditions have changed from yesterdays “High to Extreme” to “Extreme” in SOME fire areas.  The #FortMacFire continues to be the largest and only fire still out-of-control.

Fire Family Globally Responds

Hundreds of Firefighters have been deployed to Canada and more are en route.

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Here is the current list of resources currently fighting all 17 Alberta fires including the largest of them all, #FortMacFire:

  • 576,781 ha to 1,425,257 acres (Thursday: 566,188 ha)
  • 3,200 ha or 7,907 acres in Saskatchewan (no change)
  • 2,309 Firefighters (Thursday: 2,062)
  • 104 Helicopters (Thursday: 105)
  • 261 Pieces of Heavy Equipment (Thursday: 258)
  • 24 Air Tankers (no change)

There are still more from around the Globe responding.

Here is the latest total count of Fire Suppression (Firefighters) and what State/Province/Country they represent:

  • Parks Canada.  28.
  • New Brunswick.  7.
  • Saskatchewan.  34.
  • Manitoba.  2.
  • Newfoundland / Prince Edward Island.  19.
  • South Africa.  298.
  • U.S. of America. 199.
  • British Columbia.  113.
  • Ontario.  85.
  • NW Territories.  52.

Resources

For a more detailed list of Resources for the Public, please see this website:  http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

Weather

There is a 50% chance of rain or thunderstorms to occur over the weekend. No rain reported as of yet.

Residents Returning

A plan is in the works to assist residents to re-enter into their homes on June 1st.  A Press release state everything is on track for this to happen.  More updates will provided in our next few posts.

Social Media

The following #hashtags have been detected as being used by media, residents, fire personnel and others across Social Media platforms.

#FortMacFire.  #FortMcMurrayFire.  #ABFires.   #abStrong

Thank you for reading our Blog and for Following Us!  You can also check us out on Faceboo and Twitter. 

#StaySafeFriends

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#AlbertaFires Expecting Some Relief – May 27, 2016

Updated 5/27/2016 2200 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

20 Fires are still burning in the Province of Alberta, Canada.  The Fire in Peace River area is know under control.

Here is today’s update of the #FortMacFire burning in Alberta, Canada.

Fire conditions are still high to extreme.  The #FortMacFire continues to be the largest and only fire still out-of-control.

Influx of Resources

Hundreds of Firefighters have been deployed to Canada and more are en route.

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Here is the current list of resources currently fighting all 20 Alberta fires including the largest of them all, #FortMacFire:

  • 576,781 ha to 1,425,257 acres (Thursday: 566,188 ha)
  • 3,200 ha or 7,907 acres in Saskatchewan (no change)
  • 2,309 Firefighters (Thursday: 2,062)
  • 104 Helicopters (Thursday: 105)
  • 261 Pieces of Heavy Equipment (Thursday: 258)
  • 24 Air Tankers (no change)

There are still more from around the Globe still responding.

Here is the total count of Fire Suppression (Firefighters) and what State/Province/Country they represent:

  • South Africa. 298 from 280.
  • United States of America. 198 from 200.
  • British Columbia, Canada. 111 from 113.
  • Ontario, Canada. 111 from  85.
  • Quebec, Canada.  44 (no change reported).
  • NW Territories.  30 (same number).
  • New Brunswick. 7 from 22.
  • Parks Canada.  28 from 8.
  • Saskatchewan, Canada. 8 from 6.
  • Newfoundland/Prince Edward  Island. 3 (same number).
  • Nova Scotia. 3. (no change)
  • Manitoba:  2.

Weather Forecast

Fire Managers are expecting 40% humidity and 70% rain to fall over the fire ground and help assist firefighters in gaining control.

Resources

For a more detailed list of Resources for the Public, please see this website:  http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

Social Media

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#FortMacFire.  #FortMcMurrayFire.  #ABFires.   #abStrong

Thank you for the Follows.  We appreciate you following us on our Fire Blog here, Facebook and Twitter. 

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#AlbertaFires Continue To Burn Up Canada – May 26, 2016

Updated 5/26/2016 2205 Hours PDT

A Fire Like No Other

The #FortMacFire is more or less like the unstoppable runaway train and it is the only one considered as being out-of-control.  Every day, we see  and hear there are more and more fires occurring in the Alberta region.

Courtesy:  @BoucherMItch

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

Yesterday on Wednesday, 15 wildfires were burning to today’s (Thursday) number increasing to 20.  Rising temps and dry conditions are the perfect conditions for anything to happen.

News of a possible arsonist a few days ago made headlines but has since died down. We have not heard/seen any proof that an arsonist is actually out there causing these fires but anything is possible.  We just hope that whomever or whatever is the cause is quickly determined to help with fire prevention in the future.  We know, however, that may take awhile until the fires have been contained, knocked down and extinguished.

Influx of Resources

Hundreds of Firefighters have been deployed to Canada and more are en route.

Here is the current list of resources currently fighting all 20 Alberta fires including the largest of them all, the #FortMacFire.

  • 566,188 ha or 1.4 Million acres in Alberta alone
  • 3,200 ha or 7,907 acres in Saskatchewan
  • 2,062 Firefighters
  • 105 Helicopters
  • 258 Pieces of Heavy Equipment
  • 24 Air Tankers

Yesterday, on May 25th, Firefighters from the NW Territories and Parks Canada arrived in the area.

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

Here is the total count of Fire Suppression (Firefighters) and what State/Province/Country they represent:

  • South Africa. 280.
  • United States of America. 200.
  • British Columbia, Canada. 113.
  • Ontario, Canada.  85.
  • Quebec, Canada.  44.
  • NW Territories.  30.
  • New Brunswick. 22.
  • Parks Canada.  8.
  • Saskatchewan, Canada. 6.
  • Newfoundland/Prince Edward  Island. 3.
  • Nova Scotia. 3.

Weather Forecast

Fire Managers are expecting a higher amount of humidity and potential rain showers, which will assist Fire crews.

Resources

For a more detailed list of Resources for the Public, please see this website:  http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

Courtesy:  Alberta Canada Forestry

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

Social Media

The following hashtags have been detected as being used by various agencies and those on Social Media, including media news outlets.  We are following suit to align all news updates in one area.  We are including our own #hashtag of #NWFireBlog for special alerts or info outside of the normal publishing/media realm.

#FortMacFire.  #FortMcMurrayFire.  #ABFires.   #abStrong

Thank you for the Follows.  We appreciate you following us on our Fire Blog here, Facebook and Twitter. 

Be #Safe out there, friends.

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