Florida Forest Service Fights #DamascusFire

A wildfire broke out around 1119 hours PDT in City of Deland (Volusia County), Florida on Thursday, April 27, 2017 off of SR 44.  It was reported as a one-acre fire on the N side of SR 44, then three minutes later was said to have jumped SR 44.

Initial Fire. Photo Credit: District Manager Anthony Petellat, FL Forest Service

Here is a timeline of the wildfire: (in West coast time zone)

1119 |  Resources dispatched to fire scene off of SR 44 in Deland.

1122 | 1 acre fire on North side of SR 44.  Fire jumps SR 44 and now 1 acre fire on South side.

1221 | 20 acres. No structures threatened.  20+ units are on-scene.

1234 | Fire in Volusia County. 25-30 acres approximately. Unable to provide exact due to fire very active.

1238  | 175 acres.  0% containment.  Wind shifted.

1240 | Fire fast-moving.  Closed from SR 44 between Pioneer Trail and Damascus.

1245 | 15 FFS dozer plows from Local, State, Feds working. SR 44 closed between Pioneer Trail and Damascus. Fast-moving fire. 250 acres. 0% containment.

1446 | Dozer Plow Units continue to improve lines on fire in Volusia. A total of 15 Dozers from FFS, Volusia and USFWS , says FFS

Photo Credit: FFS Bunnell

1513 | Firefighters from several agencies are fighting a 250-acre wildfire west of New Smyrna Beach. The fire began at about 1:40 p.m. at 199 Damascus Road, on the south side of State Road 44. It is not contained at this time.

Firefighting personnel on scene include about 24 from the Florida Forest Service; 30 from Volusia County Fire Rescue; and seven from the cities of New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and DeLand. The Air One and Florida Forest Service helicopters also are in use.

The Florida Forest Service is providing wildfire updates on Twitter @FFS_Bunnell.

1520 | 250 acres. 50% contained.

1526 | The fire pushing forward.

Photo Credit: FFS Bunnell

1631 | Crews working into the night to conduct mop-up operations. SR 44 to remain closed throughout the night.

1728 | Volusia County Fire Rescue has issued an outdoor burn ban due to the ongoing dry conditions.

1822 | 250 acres. 75% contained.

ABOUT THE CITY OF DELAND

The City of DeLand is a small town and County seat of Volusia County, Florida.  It is a college town, host to Stetson University located in a National Historic District.  The City has special events that rally around its Southern culture,  arts, history, hospitality and their lifestyle.

The City is also located 40 miles from Orlando and 25 miles from Daytona Beach, Florida.  It is home to approximately 27,000 residents.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

CA Storm | Storm Aftermath | Update 4

 

California Statewide

The Storm has packed helluva fight with Mother Nature and Planet Earth, leaving a lot of pain and agony a long the way.  Here are some glimpses as to what destruction, closures and images have been left behind.

STORM FACTS

Snow Facts

  • Agua Dulce at elev. 2800 feet reported 2.5 Inches Of Snow. (NWS Los Angeles)

Rainfall

  • L.A. receives 216% above average rainfall in four months. (Media)

CURRENT CONDITIONS BY AREA

Big Bear

  • Highways 18, 38, and 330 restricted to residents only. (NWS Los Angeles)

Long Valley

  • Avalanche Triggers Evacuations of McGee, Long Valley (Red Cross Los Angeles)

Mammouth Lakes

  • US 395 closed due to Mammouth Lakes is buried. (Media)

Oakland

  • A sinkhole! (CHP Oakland)
  • Closures for SR 24 to SR 13 for repairs have been completed and will be in effect till approx Wednesday afternoon. (Caltrans District4)

Santa Clarita

  • Canyon HS, 19300 Nadal Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

Wilmington

  • East Wilmington Greenbelt Community Center, 918 N Sanford Avenue, Wilmington CA 90744. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2206 PST

 

 

CA Storm | Storm Ravages State | Update 3

 

California Statewide

Since, we began reporting on the after ill effects of the multiple storms that have ravaged a much drought looking canvas has turned it into overwhelming amounts of water everywhere. Even those in the wine industry are seeing their crops being drowned and taking a huge hit from Mother Nature.

We are gleaning information from Social Media that includes media, government and users like you and I.  Here are some details happening in an area near you…..

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gusty winds expected today. Be alert near fallen trees/branches. Report downed lines to 911. (PG&E)

When we say “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” this is why! Doesn’t take much water (just 6 inches) to cause you to lose control of your car. (LA EMD)

If you can – stay home. Flooding, wires down, stranded vehicles all across LA. Pls do not turn yourself into a victim. (LAFDTalk)

Storm 3 not over potential scattered thunderstorms tonight through 1-23-17 may generate periods heavy rain flash flooding mud debris flows. (LA Office of Emergency)

STORM FACTS

Downtown Los Angeles has received 13.52″ of rain since Oct 1st 2016 which is 216% of the normal rainfall to date of 6.26″ (NWS Los Angeles)

All-time rainfall record at Long Beach today! Daily records at LAX & Camarillo too. (NWS Los Angeles)

Rainfall Totals for California (Photo Credit: NWS Los Angeles)

CURRENT CONDITIONS BY AREA

Alpine Meadows

  • Near Lake Tahoe. Avalanche conditions are extreme. Chains required.

Anaheim

  • Flash flood and high wind warning issued. (Anaheim FD)

Arroyo Grande

  • Responding to multiple reports of power lines down. Please stay indoors if possible. (Five Cities FD)

Atascadero

  • 101 north on ramp closed at San Anselmo.

Baldwin Park

  • Baldwin Park I10 W / Indian Hill Blvd **Roadway Flooding*. (Caltrans District 7)

Bay Area

  • Pinto Lake flooding across Green Valley Road. (Santa Cruz government)
  • Cells (showers) beginning to initiate off the coast. Expect thunderstorms for the this afternoon. (NWS Bay Area)
  • A High Surf Advisory remains in effect until Tuesday morning. Please stay off of rocks and jetties and keep your eyes on the ocean. (NWS Bay Area)

Camarillo

  •   SR34/5th St closed. (Caltrans Dist 7)

Carson

  • The is underwater! Both sides shut down.

Davis

  • Hail is currently falling (Freelance Photographer)

Donner Summit

  • I-80 over Donner Summit. High winds & heavy snowfall, snowdrifts on the roadway. (Caltrans District 3)

Duarte

  • Evacuation Shelter open at Duarte City Center, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010. (Red Cross)

Garden Grove

  • E5 o/s large bldg in danger of flooding, evacuations in progress & requesting public works w/ sandbags. 12821 Knott St. (Fire Media)

Gold Run 

  • East of Gold Run to Nevada State border, chains are required.

Hwy 50

  • Hwy 50 holding traffic For Echo Summit from Chiappa to Meyers due to avalanche control. No ETO. (Caltrans District 3)

I80

  • I-80 is currently closed due to heavy snow and zero visibility. No ETO.

Laguna Beach

  • The coming down hard at Camel Pt and Coast Hwy. (Laguna Beach PD)

Long Beach

  • Here is flooding on 710/Willow in Long Beach. (Photo Credit: Caltrans District 7)

  • Rain has turned showery & heaviest precipitation has ended. 3.87″ of rain fell in Long Beach, an all-time daily record-Widespread flooding. (Weather Media)

Los Angeles

  • Beginning to see flow in our local streams and creeks. Never drive through flowing water. Turn Around Don’t Drown! (NWS Los Angeles)
  • Topanga Cnyn N of Chatsworth St flooded. NBound traffic entering SBound lanes. (LAFD Valley Bureau CERT)
  • 710 freeway completely flooded at Pacific Coast Highway. (NWS Los Angeles)
  • The entrance to the Point Dume Beach parking lot is closed due to flooding. (LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors)
  • To report malfunctioning traffic signals call 311. Do not call 911. (LAFD Cert)
  • Mulholland closed due to rock slide at Summit Circle. (Media)
  • Laurel Canyon’s slide:  fallen tree cleared but detours & partial closures from previous mudslide remain in effect. (Los Angeles County)

Fwy draining. Need to remove tree and sweep, then open. Good to check in AM though for night rain. (Photo ((above)) Credit: Caltrans District 7)

Los Angeles County

  • LAFD swift water rescue team at Ballona creek looking for homeless encampments, trying to them to pack up. (Media)
  • 3 Firehawk helicopters staffed with specialized swiftwater rescue teams onboard. They are staged around for response. (LAcoFD)

Los Feliz

  • Gutters are an overflowing. (Government agency)

Malibu

  • Water fall onto Piuma Rd in . Beware of rock and mud flows on the cyn roads. Very dangerous. (Malibu SAR)

Montecito

  • Avoid Sycamore Canyon at Coyote in Montecito. (Pic showed downed trees everyone) reported by (Media)

Mt. Baldy

  • Mt Baldy Road has been closed at Ice House Canyon due to impassable conditions. (Mt. Baldy FD)

Orange County

  • Silverado Canyon’s voluntary evac lifted at 9 pm Sunday. #@OrangeCountyEOC deactivated. (Orange County EOC)
  • Skywarn is deactivated for today. Skywarn activation is requested for Monday. (Skywarn)

Orcutt

  • Tree comes crashing down onto mobile home. Residents evacuated in time. No reported injuries.

Pacific Coast Highway

  • Highway completely shutdown due to flooding. (Photo Credit:  Caltrans)

Palomares

  • Niles Canyon closed due to rock and mudslide 1/4 mile east of Palomares.
  • Police: submerged solo vehicle accident into Niles Canyon/ Alameda Creek.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

  • Periods of heavy rain around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to west L.A. now. Look out for some flooded streets in the area. (Media)

Redding (10 mi North of)

  • NB SHA I-5 Vehicle screening in effect at Fawndale, 10 miles north of Redding. All traffic will be checked for chains. (Caltrans District 2)

Redondo Beach

  • Surf has cut through sand right up to bike path in Redondo Beach.

Riverside County

  • SR-71 SB to SR-91 EB connector closed due to flooding, unknown duration. (Caltrans District 8)

Running Springs

  • Heavy snow in Running Springs – 6 inches in 45 minutes! (Caltrans District 8)

SLO County

  • Water has taken over the playground along the Bob Jones Trail.

San Bernardino

  • PER ALL AGENCIES – TRAVEL NOT ADVISED ANYWHERE ON THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINTOP. (Public Safety Scanner source)

San Clarita

  • Evacuation Shelter opened at Canyon High School 19300 Nadal Street, San Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross)

San Gabriel 

  • San Gabriel & I-10 FWY underpass due to complete flooding of roadway. (City of Gabriel)

Santa Barbara

  • Street closed at Loma Alta @ Cornell, Santa Barbara. Homes reported as okay in this area. (Media)

Santa Barbara County

  • SR-173/SR-138, MM 24, all lanes blocked — road closed for swift water rescue due to flooding, unknown time to clear. (Caltrans District 8)
  • SR-18 from Arrowbear to Snow Valley, MM 34 to 36, multiple vehicles stuck in roadway blocking all lanes, unk time to clear. (Caltrans District 8)

Santa Clara

  • Flash Flood Warning for Southeastern Santa Clara and Northwestern San Benito County until 1830 hours tonight.

Santa Clara County

  • Glenwood Drive, a Hwy 17 bypass , collapsed, impassible.

Santa Monica Mountains

  • Due to heavy rains, we are closing Solstice Canyon and Paramount Ranch.

Signal Hill

  • Avoid Walnut Ave/33rd St and California between Willow St and Spring St due to flooding. (Signal Hill PD)

SR27

  • SR27/Topanga Cyn Blvd @ Old Topanga closed due to slide. (Caltrans District 7)

Stockton

  • Down tree blocking street in 2700 blk Bonnie Ln. (Stockton PD)

Thousand Oaks

  • Cascading waterfalls from Santa Monica Mtns. not seen in years. (Media)
  • Potrero Crk @ Foxfield hasn’t seen water in abt 7 years! (Media)

Ventura County

  • Text VCALERT to 313131 to receive emergency notifications in Ventura County. Visit www.vcalert.org for more information. (Ventura County OES)
  • Firefighters from station 50 assisted 4 children with mom and dad who got stranded in a flooded intersection on Pleasant Vly Rd. (VCFD)

Watsonville (7 miles East of)

  • Hwy 129 about 7 miles east of Watsonville near Aromas is CLOSED each way by rock slide, use San Juan Rd as detour.

Yolo Bypass

  • “Everything’s submerged, higher than I’ve seen it since I was a kid.” (Photojournalist)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

Weather Humor

“Maybe this insane amount of rain SoCal is getting is just God crying over the current state of America.” — This is the best one so far and we love it!

“Noah and his Ark just went down my street.”

“Remind your kids not to play in flooded yards. floodwaters contains things like garbage, sewage and bacteria.” (Media) – Great reminder. – Ed.

“There are two kinds of drivers in LA when it’s raining… those driving 10 MPH and those doing 90 MPH. There is no in between.” – Slow down ppl. – Ed.

‘Santa Monica Boulevard? More like Santa Monica Canal.”

“California went from mad max to water world in one month.”

“It’s not raining. It’s alternative drought.”

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2201 PST

 

 

Fires Reporting as Human-caused | Update 3

Updated 7PM PST / 10PM CST

Officials Confirm Worst Fears

Gatlinburg Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Credit: GSMNP)

Gatlinburg Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Credit: GSMNP)

Fire Officials have confirmed the worst fears of this wildfire starting from the Chimney Tops 2 Fire located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was reported at 5:20 PM CST on November 23rd.  The wildfire started in a remote area (Chimney Tops) where it would quickly spread due to severe drought and becoming a wind-driven event along with short-range spotting.

Currently, the wildfire has moved down the mountain into a mountainous town, Gatlinburg, Tennessee where it has consumed 15,653 acres of brush, hardwood slash and leaf litter.  The fire has also stolen much more just acres of lands but killed at least seven (7) people and destroyed 700 structures.  These are businesses and homes that have been taken by so many who are hurt, angry and dumbfounded how someone could actually start a fire on purpose.

There have also been reports of people missing from the Gatlinburg and Sevierville areas.  We will broadcast all missing person information with permission by the Family and/or Law Enforcement Officials.

The fire is now 10% contained.

Strike Team (Credit: Mt Juliet Fire)

Strike Team (Credit: Mt Juliet Fire)

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Missing Person:  Brad Phillips

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016) around 8:00 PM CST.  He spoke with family and them his own house was destroyed.  Brad Phillips’ daughter was asking for assistance on Twitter to help search Shelters as his family is out of the area.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

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Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

This is all about what the news, residents and those on the fire ground are saying about the wildfires, etc.

The Dollywood Foundation….states to pay $1,000/month for six (6) months to families who lost their homes. – Media

National Media Coverage….Twitter users took to Social Media again to say that the Gatlinburg wildfires and the loss of life/property affecting economic and disrupting lives is more important than covering political news.  Calls for CNN, Fox News, Associated Press and others to report nationally this disturbing wildfires.  Some networks felt this was not a big enough national newsworthy story. – Media

Gatlinburg is the Heart of Tourism….Thousands rely on its tourism industry to make a living; this fire is their worst nightmare. – Twitter user

Rain Falling….is helping wildfires but not firefighters due to the heavy smoke billowing in the area making firefighting efforts difficult and dangerous. – Twitter user

Scary….This is insane and scary as hell. – Twitter user

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Follow Us!

DYK?

We research our articles with some Posts taking hours to find correct and accurate information.  As some of you know from many Political posts, there is fake news out there with one of our Political winners tweeting about 170,000 acres have been destroyed.  Others stating the whole City of Gatlinburg has been destroyed, which is simply not the truth.

Follow Us and get your news feed fix from us and learn what information is the truth.  You can “Follow Us” here and, you can find us on Facebook and, Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We would love to have you onboard with us.

Thank you for reading our Blog.  We wish you nothing but Safety today. – Ed.

(c) The #NWFireBlog

Fires Reporting as Human-caused | Update 3

Updated 6:30 AM PST / 9:30 AM  CST

Reports of Human-Caused Ignited Sparks Many Emotions

A large mainstream media outlet was sounding the alarms saying Fire Officials are reporting the nearly 15,000 acres has been consumed, taking along with 250 structures and killing three (3) people.

Though human-caused can have several meanings, we did not want to come right out and say this is Arson related but a trend in Tennessee lately has shown that most of the wildfires in this State have been just that – Arson.  We are hoping the cause has a different outcome but we are waiting and hopeful.

Wind gusts were reported as high as 87 mph which has been one of the most biggest factors in this fires with more than 10 wildfires firefighters have to fight head on.  Resources are quickly being drained though hundreds if not thousands of fire crews are fighting dangerous flames at any given single time making conditions just even that more difficult and frustrating to Officials.

The Red Cross, one of the largest Incident Cooperators has reported providing 10,000 meals and snacks to those who are in Shelters and 1,000 meals to Firefighters.

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Please Help…..Find Missing Gatlinburg/Sevierville Man

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016) around 8:00 PM CST.  He spoke with family and them his own house was destroyed.  Brad Phillips’ daughter was asking for assistance on Twitter to help search Shelters as his family is out of the area.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

DYK?

We research our articles with some Posts taking hours to find correct and accurate information.  As some of you know from many Political posts, there is fake news out there with one of our Political winners tweeting about 170,000 acres have been destroyed.  Others stating the whole City of Gatlinburg has been destroyed, which is simply not the truth.

Follow Us and get your news feed fix and learn what information is the truth.  You can “Follow Us” here and, you can find us on Facebook and, Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We would love to have you onboard with us.

Thank you for reading our Blog.  We wish you nothing but Safety today. – Ed.

(c) The #NWFireBlog

The Gatlinburg Fire are now Gatlinburg Fires | Update 2

Updated 11:30 PM PST / 2:30 AM  CST

How This Fire IS so Dangerous for its People

Gatlinburg, Tennessee has had several wildfires touching their town but this has been one of the worst in history and in the County (Sevier).  As we had reported on other wildfires in Tennessee most of them have been Arson caused.

Though we do not know the official cause of this wildfire(s) at this moment, what we know is that fires have been reported as several starts from various causes such as an outside wildfire and embers carried into the area or those reporting fire running down the Chimney Top fire into the town.  As some of you may know, Fire investigators will not be able to gain access to the burned out areas until it has been contained, extinguished and cooled off.

Please pray for those that work/play/live in Tennessee and First Responders who leave their own families and friends behind to respond to these wildfires.  We also ask that you think and pray for those who are supporting those on the fire ground, in the EOC, Red Cross, Incident Cooperators and so many  others we are unable to include in this post. (See some of the listed below)

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Incident Cooperators

Emergency Management….

  • Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)

Fire/EMS/Law Enforcement…..

  • TN Dept. of Ag
  • TN Dept. of Forestry,
  • State Fire Marshal
  • Dept. of Corrections
  • MIlitary
  • TN Highway Patrol (THP)
  • TN National Guard
  • TN Fire Mutual Aid agencies
  • Chattanooga FD (Fire crew + BC)

Government Agencies…..

  • Commerce & Insurance
  • Environmental
  • Conservation
  • TN DOT
  • State Parks
  • TN Wildlife Reserve Agency
  • TN Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
  • Dept. of Tourist Development

Special Assignments

The following Agencies have been tasked with various responsibilities and duties, as part of this wildfire incident.

TN Dept. of Health…Consulting to send medical units from surrounding counties with assistance with medical transports.

TN Highway Patrol…..Deploying strike teams to assist with evacuations and traffic control.

National Guard…..Mobilizing 100  personnel from Eastern TN, providing transportation for 1st responders, removing light debris and assisting with welfare checks.

TN DOT…..Securing fuel resources & equipment, replenishing diesel fuel for Firefighter/1st responders’ vehicles.

TN Dept. of Tourist Development…..ID’ing lodging resources to assist those displaced persons.

TN Fire Mutual Aid Coordination…..Coordination of 50 – 60 fire apparatus from local Fire Departments.

TN State Governor…..Declared State of Emergency.  Went to visit with 1st Responders and see the destruction himself.

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Evacuations

Areas….The following have evacuated from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and other parts in Sevier County.

Shelters (People)….1200 ppl have evacuated and are Sheltering in Place at the following locations:

  •  Gatlinburg Community Center
  • Rocky Top Sports Rink
  • Le Corte Center @ Pigeon Forge
  • Liberty Baptist Church (Wears Valley)
  • Iglesia Cristina La Duz Da Jesus (Sevierville)
  • First Red Bank Baptist Church (Sevierville)
  • First Baptist of Sevierville
  • River Plantation RV Resort
  • Anchor Down RV Resort
  • Trinity Baptist Church

Shelter (Pets)….The following are those that are offering or assisting with Animals & Livestock Shelters

  • Douglas Lakeview Stables. Kristi @ 864-671-8439.  1650 Providence Road, Sevierville. Call first. Offering pasture for animals & livestock.
  • The Barker Lounge. Lory.  865-771-3738, Offering shelter facilities for overnight lodging of pets.

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Damage Assessments

It has been reported by numerous sources that the following has occurred.

Structures Impacted…..100 homes in Sevier County.  10 homes including 30 structures including a 16-story hotel on Regan Drive, the Driftwood Apartments and others near the Park Vista Hotel (as of 2 AM CST) in Gatlinburg.

Injuries

Burned….3 severely burned residents, current conditions are unknown (3rd hand report).  1 Official report (male evacuee), current condition unknown

Fatalities….. 0.

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Closures

Highway 441… has been closed out of Gatlinburg, except for emergency only traffic.  The exit of  Highway 441 outside the City will remain open to allow those to still leave if they wish to.

Schools…..Green, McMinn and Sevier County schools have been closed.  NOTE :  Cocke County was delayed two hours.

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Resources & Alerts for Evacuees

 

Stay off Cell Phones…. Please stay off cell phones unless it is an emergency.  Officials wish to have these lines cleared to allow for emergency traffic only.

 

City Closed… No one is being allowed back into the City. Those who are still in the City, need to evacuate immediately! Also the National Park has been closed as well.

Red Cross App…. Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well and/or those looking for loved ones can also use this app.  Go to the American Red Cross app @ https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Facebook App….Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well by checking into Facebook’s activated Safety Check app here –> https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

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Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

Here is an updated look through those posting about the wildfire and what they are seeing through their own eyes.

Suspected Arson?…..As you may wonder, some are starting to speculate it could be arson related. (No confirmation on our part yet of the cause.)

Mainstream Media…..Users on Twitter took out their frustrations of networks such as CNN and other networks covering the Political world while a complete city in TN was burning down. (Ed. Note:  We are showing actually many mainstream media outlets covering this large scale wildfire but not as in depth as our Posts).

Ripley’s Aquarium…..Officials were reportedly saying that the Aquarium are still intact and the facility’s power generated was activated keeping all animals all safe.

Downtown Gatlinburg’s areas…..Reports that most of damage has been done but most of DT’s areas are still intact.

Amateur Radio communications on Stand-by…..The TN ARES community is on Stand-by and ready to help whenever needed but for now, the local communities in Sevier, Jefferson and Knox Counties are handling all communications for Command, TEMA and for Red Cross (Red Cross org + 2 shelters as Liasion with Command).

Here is a snapshot of one ARES member posting in the Community on Facebook.  Local HAMS are assisting in local communities.  12 wildfires are not burning but blazing in Eastern TN.  Fires threatening resort communications.  High wind with gusts up to 70+ mph.  Tinder dry conditions.

Fire started on Chimney Top fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  550 acres.  0% contained. Embers carried to communications outside of Park starting new fires.  Down power lines starting more fires.

No fatalities have been reported but three have suffered burns.  Numerous businesses and homes have been destroyed.

Heroes In Action…..Earlier this morning, TN State Troopers walked around in Gatlinburg, TN as fire surrounded them to rescue multiple people trapped by flames.

Bear Rescued…..Footage of a small bear cub is seen running around a heavily smoky roadway where a man is being chased by the animal holding on for dear life, as he gravitates to the man’s leg.  So cute but so sad animals are being smoked out. KUDOS, to his rescuer!

Destruction….Over 100 structures said to be damaged/destroyed in Gatlinburg.  Heavy rain is happening now, however buildings are still burning.

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Please Help…..Find Missing Gatlinburg/Sevierville Man

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016).  He spoke with family which he stated that his own house was destroyed.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

She states she needs assistance searching shelters as family is not in the area to assist and asking those on Social Media channels to help search shelters.

 

Thank you for reading our Post about these terrible fires in Tennessee.  Please join us in keeping all those in TN in our Thoughts and Prayers this evening. – Editor.

(c) The #NWFireBlog

Update 5 | Skibo Fire | Superior NF

Updated 5/12/2016 2130 PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

8-10 fires were strung along several miles from Hoyt Lakes to W of Skibo Road (FS Rd 120) with some speculating that a train had passed through the area just before the fires broke out.  However, our sources say that US Forest Law Enforcement Officers are currently investigating for the exact cause.

Firefighters are waiting near helicopter

Firefighter with Chopper. Courtesy: Superior NF

As of this post, Law Enforcement agencies are still investigating and searching for the original cause of this fire.

Date / Time:   

  • 5/6/2016

Location:  

  • 2 miles E of Hoyt Lakes, MN
  • N of St Louis County Hwy 110 aka Forest Highway
You can see the smokes in the background

Fire burns on both sides of the tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Cause:

  • Unknown
  • Under investigation
railroad tracks with smoke in background

Smoke hangs in the background near RR tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Fuels:  

  • Timber
  • Tall grass
  • Light logging slash

FIRE ACTIVITIES – STATUS

The following events have occurred on this fire.

5/6/2016

  • Fire Started

Mapping of fire area. Courtesy: Superior National Forest

5/7/2016

  • Minimal fire growth
  • Command turned over to MNICS IMT2 Team B.
  • Improved mapping.

5/8/2016

  • Focusing fire suppression efforts on areas SW of Allen Junction and near town of Skibo
  • Crews will strengthen fire lines, check hotspots and provide structure protection
  • Air and ground supports units will be used
  • Weather consists of critically low humidity in the low 20’s but sunny with temps in the high 60’s.  Winds forecast with light winds from NW 4-7 mph with gusts up to 12 mph.
  • 12% containment status.
Fire spreading in the forest

Courtesy:  Inciweb

5/11/2016

  • Fire behavior is very calm.
  • Weather has improved:  Winds died down. Higher humidity.
  • Structure protection continues.
  • Fire is strung out with segments stretching nearly 8 miles E of Hoyt Lake to West of Skibo Road. (Forest Service Rd 120)
  • Previous closures have now been listed.
  • 84% containment status.
Fire in ground litter

Courtesy: Inciweb

5/12/2016

  • Still holding @ 973 acres.
  • 93% containment status reached.
  • 2 Type 1 engines and 2 Helicopters.
  • Previous area closures lifted.
  • 48 personnel assigned.
  • Chance of frost tonight and tomorrow evening.
  • IC:  MNICS Team B, Greg Peterson.
  • Last report.

 

Helicopter flying over fire with water

Courtesy: Superior National Forest

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  • #SkiboFire
  • #SuperiorNF
  • #HoytLakes
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Update 4 | Skibo Fire | Superior NF

Updated 5/11/2016 2200 PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

8-10 fires were strung along several miles from Hoyt Lakes to W of Skibo Road (FS Rd 120) with some speculating that a train had passed through the area just before the fires broke out.  However, our sources say that US Forest Law Enforcement Officers are currently investigating for the exact cause.

Firefighters are waiting near helicopter

Firefighter with Chopper. Courtesy: Superior NF

As of this post, Law Enforcement agencies are still investigating and searching for the original cause of this fire.

Date / Time:   

  • 5/6/2016

Location:  

  • 2 miles E of Hoyt Lakes, MN
  • N of St Louis County Hwy 110 aka Forest Highway
You can see the smokes in the background

Fire burns on both sides of the tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Acreage:  973, adjusted down.

Cause:

  • Unknown
  • Under investigation
railroad tracks with smoke in background

Smoke hangs in the background near RR tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Fuels:  

  • Timber
  • Tall grass
  • Light logging slash

FIRE ACTIVITIES – STATUS

The following events have occurred on this fire.

5/6/2016

  • Fire Started

Mapping of fire area. Courtesy: Superior National Forest

5/7/2016

  • Minimal fire growth
  • Command turned over to MNICS IMT2 Team B.
  • Improved mapping.

5/8/2016

  • Focusing fire suppression efforts on areas SW of Allen Junction and near town of Skibo
  • Crews will strengthen fire lines, check hotspots and provide structure protection
  • Air and ground supports units will be used
  • Weather consists of critically low humidity in the low 20’s but sunny with temps in the high 60’s.  Winds forecast with light winds from NW 4-7 mph with gusts up to 12 mph.
  • 12% containment status.
Fire spreading in the forest

Courtesy:  Inciweb

5/11/2016

  • Fire behavior is very calm.
  • Weather has improved:  Winds died down. Higher humidity.
  • Structure protection continues.
  • Fire is strung out with segments stretching nearly 8 miles E of Hoyt Lake to West of Skibo Road. (Forest Service Rd 120)
  • Previous closures have now been listed.
  • 84% containment status.

RESOURCES

Personnel:

  • 185 Personnel
Helicopter flying over fire with water

Courtesy: Superior National Forest

Equipment:

  • 2 – Type 2 Engines
  • 2 – Type 1 crews
  • 10-Dozers
  • 1 – Helicopter

Mutual Aid:

  • USDA Forest Service
  • MN DNR
  • Aurora VFD
  • Hoyt Lakes FD
  • Palo FD
  • St. Louis Co Sheriff’s Office
  • N. St. Louis Co. Rescue Squad
  • East Range PD
  • Palo VFD
  • City of Hoyt Lakes
  • DNR Conservation Officers
  • USFS Law Enforcement
Fire in ground litter

Fire behavior is too obvious in where it is headed with a mind of its own. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

SOCIAL MEDIA

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  • #SkiboFire
  • #SuperiorNF
  • #HoytLakes
  • #MNFires2016

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Update 3 | Skibo Fire | Superior NF

INCIDENT SUMMARY

8-10 fires were strung along several miles from Hoyt Lakes to W of Skibo Road (FS Rd 120) with some speculating that a train had passed through the area just before the fires broke out.  However, our sources say that US Forest Law Enforcement Officers are currently investigating for the exact cause.

Date / Time:   

  • 5/6/2016

Location:  

  • 2 miles E of Hoyt Lakes, MN
  • N of St Louis County Hwy 110 aka Forest Highway
You can see the smokes in the background

Fire burns on both sides of the tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Acreage:  1000

Cause:

  • Unknown
  • Under investigation
railroad tracks with smoke in background

Smoke hangs in the background near RR tracks. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

FIRE ACTIVITIES – STATUS

The following events have occurred on this fire.

5/6/2016

  • Fire Started

5/7/2016

  • Minimal fire growth
  • Command turned over to MNICS IMT2 Team B.
  • Improved mapping.

5/8/2016

  • Focusing fire suppression efforts on areas SW of Allen Junction and near town of Skibo
  • Crews will strengthen fire lines, check hotspots and provide structure protection
  • Air and ground supports units will be used
  • Weather consists of critically low humidity in the low 20’s but sunny with temps in the high 60’s.  Winds forecast with light winds from NW 4-7 mph with gusts up to 12 mph.
  • 12% containment status.
Fire spreading in the forest

Fire burns its own path in the forest. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

RESOURCES

Personnel:

  • 300 Fire Personnel from 12 States
  • 3 Type 1 Engines
  • 7 Dozers
  • 1 Type 1 Helicopter
  • 1 Type 2 Helicopter

Mutual Aid:

  • USDA Forest Service
  • MN DNR
  • Aurora VFD
  • Hoyt Lakes FD
  • Palo FD
  • St. Louis Co Sheriff’s Office
  • N. St. Louis Co. Rescue Squad
  • East Range PD
  • Palo VFD
  • City of Hoyt Lakes
  • DNR Conservation Officers
  • USFS Law Enforcement
Fire in ground litter

Fire behavior is too obvious in where it is headed with a mind of its own. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

CLOSURES

County Roads:

  • 565
  • 569

Forest Service:

  • 120
  • 420
  • 795
  • 113

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  • #SkiboFire
  • #SuperiorNF
  • #HoytLakes
  • #MNFires2016

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Update 2 | Skibo Fire | Superior NF

INCIDENT SUMMARY

8-10 fires were found to be burning along the Railroad tracks.  Those fires have merged into 3-4 larger fires.

The larger fires have been pushed to the N to the SE due to extreme windy conditions.

No word from Officials on the cause of the fire.  It is still under investigation.

The fire started on May 6, 2016 around 1430 hours.

LOCATION

The Skibo Fire is located in the following areas:

  • 3 miles E of Hoyt Lakes to W of Skibo Road
  • N of St Louis County Hwy 110 & Forest hwy 11
  • 2 miles E of Hoyt Lakes
  • in Duluth, MN – Northern part of the state

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

It is key to have all Agencies work together when major incidents occur.  Here are the agencies that have teamed up for this these large fires.

  • USDA Forest Service
  • Hoyt Lakes VFD
  • Aurora VFD
  • Palo VFD
  • Brimson VFD
  • St. Louis Co Sheriffs Office
  • St. Louis Co Rescue Squad
  • City of Hoyt Lakes
  • Forest Service LE Agencies
  • Local EMS units
  • East Range PD

ACRES

Due to heavy smoke from both this incident and Canadian fires, Fire Managers are unable to gain intel on the number of acres this fire has consumed.

FIRE ACTIVITIES

Many activities have occurred since yesterday and here is the breakdown on how Fire crews and managers are working to try to stop these fires.

  • Helicopters:  Grounded on 5/6/2016 in later afternoon due to high winds.
  • Heavy Smoke:  Smoke is heavy from this fire and from Canada creating poor visibility and stopping personnel to determine the full burned acres.  They are hoping to have those numbers by today.
  • Intial Attack:  completed by USDA Forest Service, MN DNR and Hoyt Lakes FD.
  • Tireless Efforts:  Crews and air resources are working 24/7

EVACUATIONS

The following areas or communities have been evacuated with the assistance of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and North St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

  • Permanent Residences:  2-3
  • Seasonal Cabins:  6-8
  • Northland Village Assisted Living facility:  18 residents from E side of Hoyt Lake, but have since returned later last night.

FIRE RESOURCES

Currently assigned to the incident are the following resources:

  • USDA FS:  7 engines & crews
  • Type 1 Air Tankers:  2
  • SEATs:  4

CLOSURES

The following have been closed.  Please remember to heed to Emergency traffic in the area.

  • County Roads:  565 and 569
  • Forest Service Roads:  120, 420, 795, 113

WEATHER

The weather has been ferocious to those who wish to stop the Fire Monster.

  • High winds
  • Increased high temps
  • Low humidity

HASHTAGS

#SkiboFire   #MNFires2016

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