City of Dallas (TX) Assesses Tornado Damage | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A destructive tornado hit the north side of the City of Dallas in Texas on Sunday evening and with more storm raising activities in early part of Monday morning.

Reports of roofs being blown off houses and structures, as well as collapsed structures and to infrastructure, the City of Dallas has a lot to be thankful for today.

Its First Responders took the bull by the horns and kept its citizens safe from being further harmed by the Fall destructive weather storms.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

City of Dallas

There are currently no needs at this time.

If you wish to help those impacted by this storm, consider donating to the City of Dallas Emergency Assistance Fund. https://dallemerasstfund.kimbia.com/dallemerasstfund

Emergency Management staff will continue to monitor the respite center for those who sought shelter at the Bachman Rec Center. There are currently 12 evacuees in the shelter.

Sanitation Services is using 311 data to identify high-volume call areas for contractor pick-up. We encourage residents to dial 3-1-1 or use the Our Dallas app to report damage or downed trees.

Missing Pets | If you are missing your pet in the wake of the storm last night, please call 3-1-1 to report file a missing pet report.

Dallas (City) Fire & Rescue

The City of Dallas Fire & Rescue Station 41 suffered extensive damage to its building but no firefighters inside were injured or killed.

Firefighters will continue to assess damage across the City.  There were three persons transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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DF&R Station 41. | Credit: DFD

Dallas Police

Police were going to neighbors homes in various areas doing doorknocks to check on residents.  They were also seen in busy intersections without traffic signals doing traffic control.  It was a very busy and dangerous time for all First Responders out in the storm and aftermath.

Oron Power

There were about 65,000 customers without power.  Some media outlets were reporting power out to about 140,000 – 150,000 customers in variations of storm coverage.

(c) NW Fire Blog- Updated 10/21/2019 @ 1145 PDT / 1345 CDT.

 

Destructive Tornado Hits North Side of Dallas, Texas | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A destructive tornado hit the north side of the City of Dallas in Texas on Sunday evening causing roofs to be blown off of homes, ripping a shopping mall into pieces, collapsed structures and other major damage to infracture.

Some unconfirmed reports are stating the Tornado may have been as high as an EF-4, but it won’t be for another few hours to days to hear what the actual speed of this destructive tornado was.

The Dallas City Mayor states there are 65,000 without power. There were no deaths and no serious injuries.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Dallas (City) EOC

The City of Dallas Office of Emergency (EOC) was activated for this major incident across the City. They stated sirens were sounded for the tornado that hit the northwestern and northeastern areas of the City.

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The many faces behnd the Dallas (City) EOC. Credit: Dallas City EOC

There are many volunteers along with government officials whom are staffing the EOC center. They will continue to be activated as long as this incident continues.

Dallas (City) Fire & Rescue

We heard the following responding to calls of service for this tornado ravaged area of the City.

The folllowing were dispatched/assigned to calls (the ones we could hear over Scanner Traffic) but may not be limited to:

  • Engines:  2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 33, 34, 35, 38, 39, 41, 43, 55.
  • Battalion Chiefs:  2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8.
  • Rescue Units: 7, 20, 22, 42, 51, 57, 71, 72.
  • Command:  Safety Officer.
  • Brush Truck:  47, 72.
  • Trucks:  4, 11, 37, 40.
  • Additional Units:  782, 807, 832.
  • Aid Units:  12, 96, 97.

The Dallas FD began implementing their Search & Rescue protocols from street-to-street in looking for victims and reporting damage to homes and structures throughout the northern areas of Dallas.

Fire apparatus would find it difficult to go to the dispatched call due to large debris and downed power lines blocking their pathway.  Some would remain at their last known location and looking for victims in the area.  It sounded like there were several walking wounded and those who would be rescued from their damaged homes.

This tornado hit in a heavily populated area injuring many people.

Fires to homes and cars were also called into the Fire Department along with gas leaks. Though the incident has since slowed since the tornado hit the area on Sunday evening, there are still tornado and adverse weather warnings being sent out by various weather spotters and news media.

Dallas Police and the Fire Department members are working tirelessly throughout the night and into the next day to conduct damage assessments to homes, buildings and infrastructure.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS & CLOSURES

Downed Street Lights

There are 35 signals reported that are inoperable. Residents should call 3-1-1 to report a non-working signal.

Downed Power Lines

If you’re in an area with storm damage, stay indoors and safe if possible. There are trees and power lines down along with other debris in the area. Please use caution if you have to be out.  City of Dallas EOC

Power Outages

Cities of Plano and Dallas are both experiencing power outages.  Contact Oncor https://stormcenter.oncor.com/external/default.html – City of Plano (TX).

Travel

If you don’t have a reason to travel in north Dallas, specifically near Dallas Love Field, Preston Hollow, and near the High-Five interchange, it is best to avoid. Lots of debris and power lines down. Significant damage to homes & businesses. – Local Scanner User

School Closures

The following school classes have been cancelled for Monday, October 21st according to the Dallas School District (@dallasschools):

  • Cary Middle School
  • Cigarroa Elementary School
  • Pershing Elementary School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Walnut Hill High School

Follow @ dallasschools for more updates.

 THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

I-35 in north Dallas, Texas is littered with vehicle debris.” – Media

Multiple buildings collapsed south of Walnut Hill in north Dallas.” – Media

“A lot of damage off Royal near St. Michaels.” – Media

“Multiple scanner reports of strong damage in northern Dallas. Generally along Walnut Hill near Preston Hollow.” – Local Scanner coverage

“The local Home Depot has been literally destroyed.” – Media

“On I-35…Texas is littered with vehicle debris following the suspected tornado that touched down tonight.” – Eyewitness account

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated 10/20/2019 @ 2230 PDT / 0030 CDT

 

Canton, Texas: At Least 5 Tornadoes Hit Area

Canton, Texas (Van Zandt County)

Disaster Incident Summary | Sources are saying that there were at least 5 tornadoes that touched down in Van Zandt County, hitting Canton the hardest.  One tornado destroyed I-20 Jeep Dodge dealership tosses its cars into the air and leaving a path of its aftermath.

Other parts of Texas were also hit hard like Fruitvale, TX and others.  We are working on getting additional reports on these towns and cities.

Damage Assessments | The NWS Fort Worth team is out today surveying the damage and will have a preliminary damage rating on Sunday.

“4 Confirmed Tornadoes: Latest preliminary map of likely tracks and other damage. Our storm survey will take days!” – NWS Ft. Worth

“Emergency Management reporting homes destroyed near Emory with injuries.”

“Emergency management reports multiple homes with major damage around Highway 69 and FM779 from earlier tornado.”

“I-20 east of Canton TX. Dozens of cars flipped; severe damage.”

(Image above is from last night’s Tornado activities – Courtesy:  Internet)

Life Impacts | 5 deaths.  50 injuries.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Shelters | American Red Cross, First Methodist Church Life Center, USAR, ITDRC,  NWS Ft. Worth, TX Task Force 2 (DFW), Dallas Fire with 1 Type III US&R Team 2, Texas Game Wardens (including search and rescue and K-9 teams),

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the postings from Spotters, Weather sources and others talking about the Tornadoes and what they were seeing.

Storm Chasers | Weather 

“Observed damage on TX Hwy 64, including one vehicle tossed approx 200 ft off the road. 1 confirmed fatality in that vehicle.”

“Emergency management report plywood falling from the sky near FM 779 and US69 near Golden. Folks – that debris is from ~25 miles away.” 1853 CDT

“Tornado 5 miles south of Canton has debris signature up to 13,000 feet. This is a MAJOR TORNADO heading right into Canton!” 1756 CDT

“Very strong tornado now 2-3 miles west of Tundra, 5 miles south of Canton – moving north at 30 MPH. Life-Threatening Situation!” 1755 CDT

“Significant Tornado 4 miles southwest of Tundra, moving north at 30 MPH toward Canton. Wrapped in rain and may be strong! ” 1752 CDT

” Confirmed Tornado Moving toward Tundra and Canton!” 1749 CDT

“Circulation near Canton has weakened while one approaching Eustace quite strong. Both remain capable of producing tornadoes.” 1719 CDT

“5 miles E of CANTON, TX @ 22:12 UTC Funnel>-Cone funnel half way to ground.”

” Possible tornado very near Highway 19 and Highway 64 just southeast of Canton. Very strong rotation indicated by radar.” 1707 CDT

“Damage from Canton, TX tornado is extensive. We are actively searching for people in the wreckage just south of town.”

Damage in Jackson Community in SW Canton, TX. Photo Credit: NWS Ft. Worth

“These are V E R Y powerful high-end tornadoes.”

“Significant tornado-caused damage southwest of Canton, TX”

“This is not what you want to see at night, radar confirmed tornado just NW of Cameron, OK. Debris signature evident.”

“Blizzard in Texas on April 30….How rare is this for Texas?”

” Search and Rescue continues in Canton and other communities.”

Residents

“Second tornado warning here in Canton TX. Taking cover with my boys. Hunkering down in the hallway way.”

“Tornado ripped through a Farm in Canton, TX trapping a pony in the debris. Owners frantically saved their baby!”

Eyewitnesses

“From 45 (5pm central) minutes ago near Canton, TX. Probable tornado touchdown due to damage spotted.”

“Just observed rain-wrapped tornado just E of Canton, TX. Lots of trees down, one barn had minor damage so far.”

“Wedge Tornado causes widespread damage in NE Texas south of Canton.”

“4:45 pm we crammed into bathroom shelter as first of many tornadoes went over us in Canton Tx. We were at the Trade Days.”

“Snowing sideways in Amarillo!! Yes it’s still April 29th!”

Media Coverage

“Damage at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Emory. No injuries, but there were people in parish hall when tornado hit.”

GOVERNMENTAL 

“Texas Task Force 2 has been sent to help the Canton & Van Zandt areas respond to weather.” – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

EVACUEES

Red Cross Shelter(s)

  • First Methodist Church Life Center, 600 S Buffalo, Canton, TX.

Mobile Feeding Station(s)

  • Salvation Army.

Tech Assistance

  • The ITDRC is on site identifying and assisting unmet tech needs in the community.

TX Resources

TX Disaster Recovery Group page created by the Texas Storm Chasers communities  to offer help to each other after natural disasters in Texas. Examples include returning lost/lofted personal items to victims, offering volunteer assistance, etc.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/121556905065713/   Requires approved membership but is a Public Group.

Lost & Found Pets (Including Injured)

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Tornado News | San Antonio Texas | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A tornado has struck the San Antonio area after an Alert was issued to its residents in the area about one hour ago (2253 Hours CST) has occurred around (2340 Hours CST).

About 40 houses in a neighborhood has suffered major damage.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

The following are collaborating for this incident and information listed below is for both Officials and disaster victims.

Bastrop County OEM (https://twitter.com/BastropCntyOEM)

  • T-Storm Alert:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 2/20/2017 12:22 AM to 1:15 AM CST for Bastrop County.
  • Flood Warning:  Areal Flood Advisory from 2/20/2017 12:19 AM to 2:15 AM CST for Bastrop County.

San Antonio Fire and EMS (https://twitter.com/saFIREorg)

  • Search & Rescue Operations:  Firefighters were out searching door-to-door looking for survivors and dealing with unsecured damaged gas lines that had been their lines severed.
  • Tornado Path:  Tornado path as far as we can determine: Includes structures on Linda Drive and 7707 Broadway.
  • Damage Assessments (preliminary): Tornado path as far as we can determine: North Central San Antonio, North of Olmos Park & Alamo Heights, South of San Antonio Airport.
  • Incident Command:  Command for EMS and Fire is on Shadywood Lane in San Antonio. (2352 CST)

San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (San Antonio EOC)  (https://www.facebook.com/saoem.prepare/posts/1381097738578625)

  • Assistance:  If anyone needs assistance with storm related damage call 911.
  • Property Damage:  If any damage is seen in the morning, please report it to 311.
  • Damage Calls: The city has begun logging and assessing damage from the storm.

National Weather Service – San Antonio (https://twitter.com/NWSSanAntonio)

  • Alert!  Another tornado warning coming for circulation south of San Marcos. Circulation denoted by bright red colors S of Redwood. Moving northeast. (2145 CST)
  • Alert!  Two tornado warnings remain in effect, but we are not seeing any tight circulations at this point. (2140 CST)
  • Wind Speeds:  56 mph wind gust at Austin Bergstrom International Airport just now. (0001 CST)
  • Threat Area:  Threat area now located across southeastern Travis County, far northern Caldwell County and entering into western Bastrop County. (0002 CST)
  • Possible Touchdown: There may have been a tornado touchdown earlier near US 281 just northwest of the Quarry Market area.
  • Alert!  New tornado warning coming out for Williamson County. Circulation located south of Taylor. Moving NE. (0007 CST)

Photo Credit: NWS San Antonio

  • Alert!  Strong rotation southeast of Taylor. Circulation is denoted by circled region. (0028 CST)

Photo Credit: NWS San Antonio

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Old Fredericksburg Rd/Kendall-Bexar County line. PD manning barricades on flooded streets.

SCANNER FEEDS

San Antonio Fire & EMS:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/4905

  • Fire/EMS scanner from San Antonio reporting homes with much roof damage, collapsed carport, 11:47pm CST Possible Tornado

San Antonio Police Dispatch:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/13814

Kendall County Fire & EMS:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24771

SOCIAL MEDIA

Media

  • NOT DFW – Powerful storms and potential tornadoes hitting central Texas hard. Tornado warnings between San Antonio & Austin.
  • Alerts:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Travis County in TX until 12:30am CST.

Citizens

  • Sirens:  First time I’ve heard the Tornado Sirens in Hollywood Park go off. Crazy, Tornado Warning in San Antonio.

STORM DAMAGE PHOTOS

Laredo

  • * Public Works Building – Courtesy: NWS Corpus Christi

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2230 PST / 0020 CST

 

M7.7 Hits Chile on Christmas Day | Update 1

Updated 1100 Hours PST

SUMMARY

Chile is not unfamiliar with Earthquakes.  Since the beginning of November (and many months prior), Chile has been suffering from many Quakes from M5.0 to M6.0 appearing to be occurring daily, if not weekly and monthly.

An M8.3 occurred on November 16th, killing five people and prompting a tsunami warning.

INITIAL QUAKE

Around 0600 PST (West Coast Time), a small unknown strength of an earthquake occurred in the region of Tarapac. There were no injuries, damages to infrastructure or disruption to basic necessities.

QUAKES INTENSIFY

M5.3

Within that same hour, a M5.3 shook the 43 miles NE of Pica, Chile.  It was stated that the characteristics of this Quake did not meet the criteria to issue a tsunami off the Coast of Chile.

Reported medium-sized (Chile’s terminology translated from Spanist) hits areas:  Arica and Parinacota and Tarapacá.  This is the largest quake in the Region of the Lakes.

M6.9

Within the same period another Quake shakes the area but intensifies to a M6.9, striking 17 miles SW of  Quellón.

A tsunami warning issued by the government to evacuate safely for those who live in coastal areas of the Lakes region.

M7.6

Another massive quake grows to a M7.6  41 miles NW of Melinka.

M7.7

A stronger earthquake was reported today, causing more massive damage to road way systems. No fatalities were reported.

EVACUATIONS

Evacuation warnings we sent out to several communities to prepare for leave the communities of Biobio, Araucania and Los Rios Aysén regions.  Then the warning turned into a mandatory evacuation.  Approximately 4,000 people were said to be have been evacuated to higher ground.

The evacuation alert has been cancelled for these areas:  the  beach area of Araucanía, Los Ríos, Los Lagos and Aysén regions.

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Earthquake of magnitude 7.7 off coast of Chile triggers tsunami alert from Pacific warning centre.” – Media

“…a magnitude of 7.7 has hit south Chile sparking a tsunami warning for 600 miles of coast.” – Media

Chile earthquake tsunami warning lifted.” – Media

“Preparedness and planning in hazard management saves lives.” – Media

“US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issues tsunami warning for areas within 1,000 km of epicentre.” – Twitter user

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

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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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

Active Wildfires | United States | Sep 25 2016

Though Fall is upon us, the Fire Season still has some left to give leaving a few fires still burning across the United States.  Here is a recap of them:

ARIZONA

Fulton Fire (25 miles East of Payson)  2266 acres. 45% contained. 394 personnel.  9 crews. 15 engines. 3 helicopters. 0 structures.  $3.2 Million Cost-to-date.

Fill Fire (10 miles West of Show Low)  1613 acres. 0% contained.

CALIFORNIA

Bell Fire (off Hwy 49, north of Plymouth) CAL Fire incident.  Started 9/23/2016. Cause under investigation. 45 acres. 90% contained. 150 personnel. 18 engines. 5 crews. 4 airtankers. 2 helicopters. 2 dozers. 3 water tenders.  Burning Moderate ROS in grass.

Cow Fire (off Whitmore Road and Old Cow Creek Road)  70 acres. 0% contained.

Soberanes Fire (7 miles NW of Big Sur)  126,693 acres. 77% contained. 2072 personnel. 42 crews. 97 engines. 22 helicopters. 68 structures lost. $224.6 Million Cost-to-date.

Owens Fire (10 miles NE of Mammoth Lakes)  5443 acres. 80% contained. 205 personnel. 5 crews. 9 engines. 2 helicopters. 4 structures lost. $4.3 Million Cost-to-date.

Soup Complex (16 miles NE of Likely) 2647 acres. 60% contained. 5 crews. 10 engines. 2 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $5.1 Million Cost-to-date.

COLORADO

Beaver Creek Fire (24 miles North of Walden)  38,380 acres. 75% contained. 37 personnel.  2 engines. 2 helicopters. 17 structures lost. $29.8 Million Cost-to-date.

Silver Creek Fire (10 miles East of Phippsburg)  470 acres. 0% contained.

IDAHO

Pioneer Fire (8 miles North of Idaho City)  188,404 acres. 65% contained. 360 personnel. 5 crews. 14 engines. 4 helicopters. 6 structures lost. $94.4 Million Cost-to-date.

UTAH

Briggs Fire (10 miles NE of Beaver) 8883 acres. 70% contained.

WYOMING

Broadway Fire (30 miles NW of Walden)  2121 acres.  10% contained.

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“Unity is strength…

when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

~ Mattie Stepanek

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

CORRINE FIRE In Madera County, California – June 21, 2015

FIRE SUMMARY

The #CorrineFire is located on Road 222 and Tunoi Place in Madera County, north of Auberry, California.  The fire started on June 18, 2015, at 2100 Hours PDT.

INJURIES/DAMAGE

No injuries have been reported but 3 outbuildings have been destroyed.

FIRE STATUS

Cause of the fire is under investigation.  It currently is listed at 920 acres with a 35% containment status.

RESOURCES

Resources working the fire are: 1440 personnel, 120 engines, 42 fire crews, 4 helos, 11 dozers and 11 water tenders from the #CALFire #USFS #MaderaCoFD #MCSO #PG&E #RedCross #CALOES #CHP and add’l resources from Central Valley.

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory Evacuations are still in force: Rd 222 North of Tunobi to Carmen Ranch Road; Corrine Lake Rd South to Box Canyon; East of Rd 222.

SHELTER INFO

Evac Shelters for residents are located at:  Sierra Presbyterian Church 39696 Hwy 41 [Oakhurst] and Oakhurst EV Church 50443 School Rd [Oakhurst].

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog