World Disaster | White Island Eruption | New Zealand | 1

Update – Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 2300 Hours PDT (USA)

A volcano located in New Zealand, called White Island (Whakaari area) erupted without warning and sent an ash plume 12,000 feet above the vent.  Ash covered the main crater floor per webcam  footage.


Scientists are speculating the erruption may have occurred from built up gases. They are working to determine the actual cause of the erruption.

Emergency Officials are saying the ash spewed from the volcano is contained to the Island itself, which they have released a statement that  one person has been killed.

New Zealand Police released a statement of initially thinking there were about 100 people on the island but have since downgraded that number to less than 50.  However, there is still a large number that are unaccounted for.

Police are coordinating their search and rescue efforts with the National Emergency Management Agency.

White Island cropped.jpg

Credit | Wikipedia

The erruption occurred on Monday (NZ time), December 9, 2019, at 1611 hours, as an impulsive and short-lived event. The crater floor has been impacted but its current condition is unknown.  However, Officials are reporting that the activity has diminished since the original explosion was detected earlier in the afternoon.


The Wakaari/White Island is privately owned and was declared a scenic reserve in 1953.  Those who wish to visit, must have permission to land there or book yourself a trip on a local tour of the Island.

It is 1.2 square miles in diameter.  It’s tallest point of the island sits at 1,053 feet above sea leavel.  The active andesite stratovolcano is approximlately 30 miles east of the North Island of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.

It is considered New Zealand’s most active volcano and is constantly being built up in layers from continuous volcano activity, after its discovery by James Cook in 1769.

On July 27, 2000, an eruption occured which blanketed the island with mud and scoria.  Most of the time, it is said that this active volcano’s activities are limited to boiling mud and/or releasing steamy noxious gasses from beneath the ground upwardly.  Scientists who monitor the site’s for volcanic activities, do so through web cams and visiting the island itself wearing protective clothing and personal-protection-equipment.

A mining company’s owners made the misfortunate of trying to mine sulphur in the 1900’s but soon have to abandon their operations after all of their workers killed by a lahar.  Remnants of old machinery still remain seen by visitors to this day.

The island is also home to a large bird population, where 3,000 pairs of known Australasian Gannets migrate to this island to breed and call it their temporary home away from home.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 


MCI | Castle Parks Log Ride Flips

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A log ride at the Castle Park amusement park located just off of 91 in Riverside flipped over on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 1637  hours PDT, sending some of its riders directly into the water below.  A report was stated that at least three people were trapped under the log ride and were unable to extricate themselves.

The cause of the equipment malfunction was not immediately known and is under investigation.

Firefighters from the Riverside Fire Department along with personnel from the park responded to the ride area.  Fire personnel worked to extricate all people from the water and the ride.

There were a total originally reported five patients but it was reduced down to two.  The patient included one adult and four adults.  The number of patients dropped did not include the gender or ages of the injured.

Five AMR units were dispatched to the park along with one supervisor.

The Incident Command was named “Castle Park IC”.

Most units have cleared and returned back in service at the time of this post.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Ppst 5/25/2019 @ 1740 PDT


TX Reeling From Post-Storm Affects – 2

POST SUMMARY State of Texas, known as The Lone Star State was hit extremely hard from by a Category 4 Hurricane (Harvey) that made landfall late evening on Friday, August 25, 2017.  It was downgraded to a Category 2 later but not before the storm unleashed its fury of downpours.  

This storm is due to produce ever more water than the areas can even hold flooding structures, infrastructures, threatening the State’s economy.    The storm reached its peak intensity slamming into Rockport sustaining much of the extreme amount of damage.  Many parts of the State have been devastated beyond recognition.

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” It is the first time since 9/11 that all 28 FEMA Urban SAR teams have been mobilized.”

– Jeff Stern, VA State DEM Coordinator

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Call 9-1-1.  The US Coast Guard says do not report Distress calls over Social Media. You must report by calling 911.  Keep trying until you get through.


Rosenburg, TX.  Mandatory evacuations for homes on Huntington Road. Unknown if bridge into area will hold as river levels are rising. Bridge is only escape out of area. (Posted by RPD 2202 Hours CDT). 

Bay City, TX. Mayor announces entire City is under a mandatory evacuation by 1300  hours on Monday, 8/28/2017, due to 10-foot flood expected.

Sugar Land, TX. Two LIDs are under mandatory evacuations.

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As of Aug 27, 2017,  there is NO evacuation orders in place for the City of Pearland. (This was fake news)

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(Credit: Rosenberg PD)


What to Do to Be Rescued.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

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Houston 911 received 56,000 calls (from 2200 hours Saturday, 8/26/2017 through 0100 hours on Sunday, 8/27/2017).  During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000 calls.  

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No Drones in Disaster Recovery Zones.  TX Military Department has seen a rise of

Drone operators trying to get in on some action of their own, but did you know that it is extremely dangerous for those on the ground and in the air?  Did you know it is illegal and can not only net you a ticket, but some hefty jail time? It is true.  Here are some of the problems and where rescuers are working.

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FAA, DOD asking people not to fly drones in and around Houston, TX.  There have been reports of close calls by pilots.

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WB I-10. Westbound I-10 being closed at mile marker 655 or about 40 miles east of Seguin due to flooding. (TxDOT – Yoakum)

Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson. Shutdown as of 1913 hours CDT.  These are the two trauma hospitals in the City.

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As of 0600 Hours CDT 8/27/2017, Houston TranStar logged 174 high-water road closures in the area. This included I-10, I-45, I-610, I-69, US 290, TX 225, TX 288,  Beltway 8 and TX 3 in Galveston, Texas.

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Volunteers Needed.  City of Dallas, TX.

Boats Needed.  Houston Police Department.  Call 713-881-3100.

Blood Donations. Austin hospitals need blood donations at We Are Blood, A Blood  Center in Central Texas.

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 Social media rumors tell of hundreds dead, thousands of rooftop rescues and millions of people stranded is #FakeNews. 

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Boil Water Alert.  City of Corpus Christi is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to the Storm’s destruction. Effective 8/25/2017, until further notice.

American Red Cross.  Safe and Well.  Register today so your loved ones can find you, or use as a way to find those who may be missing.

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown campaign is critical in saving lives more than ever. 

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Facebook Safety Check.  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP.

Emergency Alerts.  Sign up for Pearland, TX Residential Alerts here –>  Government offices currently shutdown on 8/28/2017 and 8/29/2017 with a possibility of longer says their website.

Wading Through Flood WatersAVOID DRIVING, WALKING through flood waters.  6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult over.  (NWS Houston)


Incident Cooperators are those who act as Partners and as in this State of Emergency – work together on Federal, State and Local levels to ensure resources are able to assist the area’s needs of the government, its people, property and its communities. Due to the vast amount of resources, we apologize ahead of time if we missed anyone!

American Red Cross.  100’s of volunteers are/have traveled all over the U.S. to lend their time, talents and compassion to victims and evacuees. 

LA Cajun Navy.  State of Louisiana sending the LA Cajuna Navy. 

TX Governor Greg Abbott  

Houston OEM

Houston PD.  SWAT team conducted several hundred high-water rescues and were still actively searching and conducting more rescue operations. (1713 CDT)

(Credit: Houston PD)

INTF-1 HAZMAT Support.  Indiana Task Force 1 arriving in Katy (near Houston), TX. (1834 PDT)

LAFD TF1.  70 members en route says LAFD Fire Chief Terrazas.

MA-TF1.  A FEMA Task Force is en route from Massachussetts and will soon joining others. (1810 PDT)

Miami-Dade Fire.  FL-TF1 en route to Texas to assist with SAR effects in affected areas.

(Credit: MDFR)

National Guard.  Multiple military trucks, Humvees and other vehicles that can tread water were seen driving down City streets.

New Jersey.  SAR crews were deployed.

FDNY – NYPD USAR NY TF1.  The Joint FDNY and NYPD USAR NY Task Force-1 deployed earlier today.

(Credit: FDNY)

PA TF-1.  40 members.  Leaving the PA Fire Academy and heading to South Texas.  (1917 PDT)

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.  Hotline setup for people with Disabilities. 800-626-4959.

Sacramento Fire.  USAR TF7 sends 14-member water rescue team.  Crews drove 2,000 miles to their destination.

Salvation Army.  Previously shipped extra pallets of water and food on 8/23/2017.

Save The Children.  Setting up Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters to help kids and families.  DONATIONS. Text “HURRICANE” to 2022 to donate $25 to the “Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey  Relief Fund”.

TX State, Emergency Management Department Is the main hub of activity that will coordinate Federal, State and local resources pouring into their State.

US Coast Guard Heartland.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

USCG makes sure no Family member is left behind. Rescuing pets and their people. (Credit: USCG Heartland)

WA TF1 Urban SAR.  FEMA team from Pierce County, Washington State is sent to assist along with other FEMA units.


American Red Cross Shelters.  Shelter Locator here –>

Harris County, TX.  Compiled list of open shelters.

Katy ISD.  The Morton Ranch HS (MRHS) located at 21000 Franz  Road 77449 and the Cinco Ranch HS (CRHS) located at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, both in Katy, TX will be opening at 0730 CDT on Monday.  They will be offering shelter, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need.  DONATIONS of blankets, pillows, towels will be accepted at either High School beginning at 0730 hours.  SOCIAL MEDIA Channels are Katy ISD “OnTheGo” app. Website:  Twitter:  @katyisd 



Storm Surge Tracker.  The NWS  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. Shows the current conditions. 



There are multitudes of photos, storm images and other unimaginative descriptions of what those are truly seeing, hearing and experiencing.  We will share with you what they are feeling, see and what they are hearing.  Some photos are copyrighted so we will try to explain the best way we can as to what is being posted out there in the Social Media world.

(Credit: USCG Heartland)

USCG Heartland.  Sector Corpus Christi IMD members assess damage in Port Aransas, TX. 

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –> (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT

Gas Prices.  National news media reporting gas prices are set to spike due to #HurricaneHarvey wreaks havoc on our vital energy facilities.  It is time to focus on rescues and saving lives.  This something that can easily be put back on the back burner.

Roadblocks.  I-10 freeway is now closed due to heavy flooding. Police are using multiple cruiser to keep motorists out of harm’s way.  A photo by a news media outlet shows mostly semis (approximately 8 semi rigs across and unknown how long the back-up is but there is no getting off this freeway by turning around.

Pet Rescues.  Social media reporting dog rescues are coming in at 60 per hour. 

Countries Pray for  Our U.S. Texas.  Canadian President: “Canadians are keeping the people of Texas in our thoughts – we’re ready to offer any assistance needed to help recover from this disaster.” – Justin Trudeau

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 

#DidionMillingFire Burns Down Plant | 2



History Repeats Itself

The Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin is on fire. Again.  This is not the second fire for the plant but the third!  Cambria Fire Department has fought multiple fires at this facility on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and already into Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Major fires occurred on December 28, 2014 and on January 16, 2010.

Explosion and Fire

An explosion rocked the Didion Milling plant located in the 500 block of Williams in Cambria, Wisconsin occurred around 2322 hours CDT on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, that erupted in fire.  This now a 4th Alarm and Major MCI.

Reports across several scanning channels reported that the first due in lay witness to fire burning in the center of the building.

Fire Contained

The Sheriff’s Office said over 37 #Fire #EMS #MedicalFlight Agencies worked together in combination as they responded to the 4th Alarm fire and explosion at the plant.

It has been said that the plant building has collapsed within itself and is literally gone as one source reported.

Firefighters will remain on scene until the fire is completely tapped.  For the time-being, the scene is very active and may be for days until a cause can be determined by Fire investigators.



Since the explosion, the Village of Cambria was completely in the dark with major power lines down along with power poles down, trapping people beneath them.  Command requested when the power company could shut off power so they could reach the multiple people under them.

Heavy rescue units were requested to work to save them.

Ruptured Gas Line

Last night, a gas line located on the East side of the fire building near the silos was burning but the Fire Department reported it being shutdown.  Employees had said they heard someone screaming awhile back but no details were known at the known.  Resources were being requested.


Because of a busy night in Cambria, all non-emergency traffic was eventually moved off the County Comm Center’s TAC1 channel on to others, unless it was emergency traffic.


Mutual Aid

Over 37 Agencies (Fire, Police, EMS, Medical) responded to the scene.


Incident Cooperators

Red Cross, Salvation Army, Alliant Energy, Cambria PD, Cambria FD.


Confirmed Death/Injuries

There was one confirmed person who was killed and an unknown number of injuries.

Medical Air Transports

Four medivac helicopters transported several burn patients to area hospitals.


Follow Us!

If you like what you are reading, please tell your friends, fellow Public Safety members, family and everyone you value!  We are all about reporting #Fire #EMS #LawEnforcement #Disaster #EmergencyManagement #SAR news.

We can found on Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (The NW Fire Blog).


We are using the following Hashtags for this incident:  #DidionMillingFire #WIFire #CambriaFire

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

UPDATED:  0907 CDT / 0707 PDT 6/1/2017 – Thursday





#DidionMillingFire Rocks Cambria, WI | 1



History Repeats Itself

The Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin is on fire. Again.  This is not the second fire for the plant but the third!  Cambria Fire Department has fought multiple fires at this facility on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and already into Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Major fires occurred on December 28, 2014 and on January 16, 2010.

Explosion and Fire

An explosion rocked the Didion Milling plant located in the 500 block of Williams in Cambria, Wisconsin occurred around 2322 hours CDT on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, that erupted in fire.  This now a 4th Alarm and Major MCI.

Reports across several scanning channels reported that the first due in lay witness to fire burning in the center of the building.

Major Power Outage

The entire City of Cambria was said to be completely dark from a City-wide power outage.  Multiple requests for power company to respond to the Command Post were made to their Dispatch Center.



Command requested an ETA from a Power Rep to the fire scene because they needed to have utilities shut off. due to large and major power lines were down.  Power poles were also said to be down and Command relayed to their Comm Center with multiple people being entrapped underneath them.

Ruptured Gas Line

A gas line located on the East side of the fire building near the silos was burning but the Fire Department reported it being shutdown.  Employees had said they heard someone screaming awhile back but no details were known at the known.  Resources were being requested.


All non-emergency traffic was moved off of the Cambria incident Tac1 channel on to others.


Fire Departments

The Cambria Fire Department and all its apparatus/personnel were at the fire scene.  Additional resources were being paged out.

Riley FD arrived with one engine on-scene.

A Heavy Rescue team from nearby Madison was requested.

Police Department

Cambria Police Department mobile Command Post was en route to the fire scene at the time of this post was published.

Incident Cooperators

The Salvation Army was paged out to respond to the fire scene.

Red Cross was requested to take care of the families at the Highway Shop and provide refreshments.  Nutrition was said to be at the local Fire Department.  Coordination was in progress at the time of this post.

Alliant Energy released this presser:  “Crews working in Cambria after explosion. Power is back for 600 customers, 1,000 still out. We’re working with Columbia County officials.”


Unconfirmed Reports

A report of seven (7) injuries have been released but their conditions and identities have not officially disclosed to the public yet.

Medical Air Transports

There have been three (3) Medical Life Flights that have landed and transporting burn victims from the fire scene.  A fourth helicopter was ordered and is due to land at 0058 Hours CDT.


Follow Us!

If you like what you are reading, please tell your friends, fellow Public Safety members, family and everyone you value!  We are all about reporting #Fire #EMS #LawEnforcement #Disaster #EmergencyManagement #SAR news.

We can found on Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (The NW Fire Blog).


We are using the following Hashtags for this incident:  #DidionMillingFire #WIFire #CambriaFire

Thank You

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

UPDATED:  0052 CDT / 2252 PDT on 5/31/2017





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.


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),


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.”


“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!”


“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.”


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


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.   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


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.


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

Bastrop County OEM (

  • 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 (

  • 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)  (

  • 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 (

  • 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



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


San Antonio Fire & EMS:

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

San Antonio Police Dispatch:

Kendall County Fire & EMS:



  • 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.


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



  • * Public Works Building – Courtesy: NWS Corpus Christi

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


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.


Snow Facts

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


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


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)


  • 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)


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


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…..


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)


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)


Alpine Meadows

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


  • 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)


  • 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)


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


  • The is underwater! Both sides shut down.


  • Hail is currently falling (Freelance Photographer)

Donner Summit

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


  • 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)


  • 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)


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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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


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


  • 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 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)


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



CA Storm in Storm Images | Update 2

So many areas across the State of California are getting hit hard by rain and snow seen like never before in the last decade.  It is causing whirlwind flooding, avalanches, mud and landslides.

Here is a recap of what is transpiring in California at this moment in Storm Images.  All photos are the sole property of those we give Photo Credit to and are in the Public Domain on the web.  We do not claim any ownership to them.  What we claim rights to is the content we post on this page.


The faces of the #HeroesInRed who just rescued five people in Wilmington. #LAFD  Lightforce 64 Swiftwater Team. (Photo Credit:  LAFD David Ortiz)

San Bernardino County – SR-71 SB to SR-91 EB. (Photo Credit: Caltrans District 8)

San Diego Police have closed several roadways (pls watch for Update 3). (Photo Credit: SDPD.)

The Niles Canyon rock and land slide. (Photo Credit: Alameda County Sheriffs Office)

Flooding in Camarillo across all lanes, forced the closure of the road by Caltrans and local Police. (Photo Credit: Caltrans District 7)

A good reminder by CALFire for all drivers to avoid flooded areas. It may look shallow but it can swamp your car within seconds.  (Photo Credit: CALFire)

Hashtags Used

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



(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1825 PST