CA Wildfire | Palisades Fire | 4

SIT REP 4 | MAY 16, 2021 | 2155 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Status

A wildfire started Friday night in the Pacific Palisades area, which was contained to less than 50 acres, would have a flare-up on Saturday morning creating a small spot fire. This fire is also named the PALISADES FIRE.

Size/Containment

The fire has grown from last night’s 750 acres with a 0% containment status to 835 acres this morning with the same containment number. [UPDATE] Fire has almost doubled in size from the LAFD’s last update at 0730 to 1,325 acres, 0% containment at 1250 hours PT.

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Credit: Crew 8

Cause

The cause has been determined to be suspicious in nature but Fire Officials are saying short that is arson-related. This is an on-going investigation and no exact preliminary determinations have been released by the LA Fire Department as of yet.

LAFD released a Saturday presser stating there is a main fire which is the original Friday night fire and a small spot fire. However, there was a notable three burn areas mentioned.

Other verified sources are showing LASD Air Rescue 5 inserting the Special Enforcement Bureau personnel into the Topanga area in search of an arson suspect setting fires. This was posted by them around 2040 hours last night.

Law Enforcement Official say that they are aware of those passing a photo of a “possible arson suspect” around on Social Media. Some are cautioning this could put people in danger. This is an ongoing investigation by Fire/Police Officials.

Location

Incident address is in the 1800 block of Michael Lane, Pacific Palisades, CA.

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Credit: Crew 8

FIRE STATUS

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior is moderate with flare-ups. Crews continue to try to suppress the head of the fire in areas where it is still challenge to difficult steep and rugged terrain as well as locations inaccessible to the fire. Heavy equipment including dozers are working to build/improve containment lines wherever it is possible.

Brush in this area has not burned for the last 50-plus years and onshore winds are due to increase this afternoon.

Fire could be pushed in the northwestern direction and resources, including the structure protection group is ready for any rapid changes.

RESPONSE

Fire Agencies are in an Unified Command system including: LAFD and LA County Fire Departments.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

CAL FIRE

CAL FIRE is working as a mutual resource partner, assisting LA City and County Fire Departments with personnel.

LA City FD

3 helicopters.

LA County FD

LA County FD has two copters 14, 15, 22. ICP (Incident Command Post) and PIOs at the Will Rogers State Beach.

Private Company

Helitender.

Ventura County FD

CA States Parks

MRCA FD (Mountains Rec Conservation Authority)

MRCA Parks

LA County Government

LASD HQ

Malibu Public Safety

Santa Monica Fire

SMFD is a member of the Strike Team XLA 1075A with one engine along with the Beverly Hills FD and Culver City FD. They are part of the structure protection group.

Beverly Hills Fire Department

City of Beverly Hills is a member of the Strike Team XLA 1075A with two engines in conjunction with the Santa Monica FD and Culver FD. Structure protection group.

Culver City Fire Department

Culver City FD is a member of the Strike Team XLA 1075A also with two engines along with SMFD, BHFD and are part of the structure protection group.

Red Cross Los Angeles (@RedCrossLA)

Providing regular updates on available assistance. Virtual assistance for those evacuated can call 323-374-3525.

Los Angeles Animal Care

Southern California Equine Emergency Evacuation is also offering assistance to those with livestock/horses. They are listed on Facebook.

City of Calabasas

Caltrans District 7

CLOSED: NB and SB Topanga Canyon Blvd; between PCH (SR1) and Mulholland Drive until further notice.

CLOSED: SB PCH right lane between Temescal Canyon Road and Chataqua Blvd.

Travel Alerts QuickMap (ca.gov)

CHP – West Valley

EVACUATIONS – 0848

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Credit: Edison/AlertWildfire Cam

EVACUATIONS

Impacted

Mandatory and voluntary evacuations are expected to impact a minimum of 1,000 people.

Threats

No threats to nearby cities Calabasas or Los Angeles.

Evacuation Alerts – Visit the @LACoFDPIO, @LAFD and/or @LHSLASD on Twitter.

Topanga Zones 4 and 6 are mandatory evacuations.

Roadways will become one-way streets. Evacuating to the south.

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Credit: CAL FIRE

Animal Evacuation Centers

  • LARGE ANIMALS – Pierce College Equestrian Center. 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills.
  • SMALL ANIMALS – Agoura animal Care Center. 29525 Agoura Hills Road, Agoura.

EvacuationsZones 4 and 6, Topanga

  • Cheney Ranch Road
  • Rochemont Drove
  • Penny Road
  • Callon Drive
  • Sylvania Lane
  • Paradise Lane
  • Cheney Drive
  • Busch Trail
  • Prier Road
  • Hillside Drive
  • Fontaine Road
  • Winfield Road
  • Bonilla Drive
  • Robinson Road
  • Entrada Road
  • Waveview Drive
  • Amy Way
  • Colina Drive
  • Greenbluff Drive
  • Encina Road

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA Wildfire | Palisades Fire | 3

SIT REP 3 | May 16, 2021 | 1250 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Status

A wildfire started Friday night in the Pacific Palisades area, which was contained to less than 50 acres, would have a flare-up on Saturday morning creating a small spot fire. This fire is also named the PALISADES FIRE.

Size/Containment

The fire has grown from last night’s 750 acres with a 0% containment status to 835 acres this morning with the same containment number. [UPDATE] Fire has almost doubled in size from the LAFD’s last update at 0730 to 1,325 acres, 0% containment at 1250 hours PT.

Cause

The cause has been determined to be suspicious in nature but Fire Officials are saying short that is arson-related. This is an on-going investigation and no exact preliminary determinations have been released by the LA Fire Department as of yet.

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Credit: SEB LASD

LAFD released a Saturday presser stating there is a main fire which is the original Friday night fire and a small spot fire. However, there was a notable three burn areas mentioned.

Other verified sources are showing LASD Air Rescue 5 inserting the Special Enforcement Bureau personnel into the Topanga area in search of an arson suspect setting fires. This was posted by them around 2040 hours last night.

Law Enforcement Official say that they are aware of those passing a photo of a “possible arson suspect” around on Social Media. Some are cautioning this could put people in danger. This is an ongoing investigation by Fire/Police Officials.

Location

Incident address is in the 1800 block of Michael Lane, Pacific Palisades, CA.

Emergency Alerts

Evacuations for animals and residents are in effect. See below under EVACUATIONS for further details.

FIRE BEHAVIOR

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Credit: SEB LASD

Fire behavior is moderate with flare-ups. Crews continue to try to suppress the head of the fire in areas where it is still challenge to difficult steep and rugged terrain as well as locations inaccessible to the fire. Heavy equipment including dozers are working to build/improve containment lines wherever it is possible.

Brush in this area has not burned for the last 50-plus years and onshore winds are due to increase this afternoon.

Fire could be pushed in the northwestern direction and resources, including the structure protection group is ready for any rapid changes.

COMMAND

Fire Agencies are in an Unified Command system including: LAFD and LA County Fire Departments.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Fire Resources

CAL FIRE

CAL FIRE is working as a mutual resource partner, assisting LA City and County Fire Departments with personnel.

LA City FD

LA City FD has copters 1 and 2 working the fire along with two County FD copters.

LA County FD

LA County FD has two copters 14 and 15 working the fire along with two other copters.

Ventura County FD

CA States Parks

MRCA FD

MRCA Parks

LA County Government

LASD HQ

Malibu Public Safety

Santa Monica Fire

SMFD is a member of the Strike Team XLA 1075A with one engine along with the Beverly Hills FD and Culver City FD. They are part of the structure protection group.

Beverly Hills Fire Department

City of Beverly Hills is a member of the Strike Team XLA 1075A with two engines in conjunction with the Santa Monica FD and Culver FD. Structure protection group.

Culver City Fire Department

Culver City FD is a member of the Strike Team XLA 1075A also with two engines along with SMFD, BHFD and are part of the structure protection group.

Red Cross Los Angeles (@RedCrossLA)

Providing regular updates on available assistance. Virtual assistance for those evacuated can call 323-374-3525.

Los Angeles Animal Care

Southern California Equine Emergency Evacuation is also offering assistance to those with livestock/horses. They are listed on Facebook.

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Credit: Edison/AlertWildfire Cam

EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT

Impacted

Mandatory and voluntary evacuations are expected to impact a minimum of 1,000 people.

Threats

No threats to nearby cities Calabasas or Los Angeles.

Evacuation Alerts – Visit the @LACoFDPIO, @LAFD and/or @LHSLASD on Twitter.

Topanga Zones 4 and 6 are mandatory evacuations.

Roadways will become one-way streets. Evacuating to the south.

Animal Evacuation Centers

  • LARGE ANIMALS – Pierce College Equestrian Center. 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills.
  • SMALL ANIMALS – Agoura animal Care Center. 29525 Agoura Hills Road, Agoura.

EvacuationsZones 4 and 6, Topanga

  • Cheney Ranch Road
  • Rochemont Drove
  • Penny Road
  • Callon Drive
  • Sylvania Lane
  • Paradise Lane
  • Cheney Drive
  • Busch Trail
  • Prier Road
  • Hillside Drive
  • Fontaine Road
  • Winfield Road
  • Bonilla Drive
  • Robinson Road
  • Entrada Road
  • Waveview Drive
  • Amy Way
  • Colina Drive
  • Greenbluff Drive
  • Encina Road

Know your Zone. Evacuation Order (mandatory) in effect for Zones 4 & 6. Fire direction could POSSIBLY move more towards Topanga later today if winds shift as forecasted. Be prepared as the situation continues to be dynamic.

– Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (TCEP)

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Credit: TCEP

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA Wildfire | Palisades Fire | 2

SIT REP 2 | May 15, 2021 | 2000 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire that started last night night in the Pacific Palisades area, which was contained to less than 50 acres, would have a flare-up this morning. The fire has now scorched 750 acres and is still growing at an alarming rate. Containment status is currently at 0%.

The LAFD presser stated that today’s fire is a flare-up from last night’s fire within the same perimeter as it “slopped” (or burned over its containment lines) over into another area. With hot temps rising, rugged and steep terrain and inaccessibility, it has had a great big opportunity to increase in size and intensity.

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Incident address is in the 1800 block of Michael Lane, Pacific Palisades, CA.

Evacuations for animals and residents are in effect.

There are no threats to nearby City of Calabasas.

FIRE BEHAVIOR

Firefighters have been faced with hot temps, dry fire fuels, inaccessibility and steep/rugged land conditions.

New reports that the fire forward progression is beginning to slow down and staying within roadway systems being used as fire breaks.

COMMAND

Fire Agencies are in an Unified Command system including: CAL FIRE, LAFD and LA County Fire Departments.

FIRE RESPONSE

Incident Cooperators include: CAL FIRE, LA City FD, LA County FD, Ventura County FD (Water supply resources), CA States Parkes, MRCA FD, MRCA Parks, LA County Government, LASD HQ, Malibu Public Safety and Culver City FD.

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EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT [GO NOW!]

Topanga Zones 4 and 6 are mandatory evacuations. Roadways will become one-way streets. Evacuating to the south.

Large Animal Evacuation

  • Pierce College

Zone 4 Topanga (1846 PT)

  • Everyone east of Topanga Canyon
  • Between the Community House and View Ridge

[LAFD]

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Credit: LA Co FD

Zone 6 Topanga (1846 PT)

  • North of Entrada
  • South of Oakwood
  • East of Henry
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PACIFIC PALISADES FIRE HISTORY

5/15/2021 | Flare-up from the 5/14/2021. 750+ acres. 0% containment. Some SM users claim this was a known arsonist who started the fire. The LASD says cause is underdetermined. They are looking for an arson suspect but have not released info that this fire was caused by arson. We have reached out to the LAFD PIO for comment. We are awaiting a response but had not received one at the time of this post and no updates of such cause has been released by Fire or Police Officials.

5/14/2021 | Wildfire contained to 33 acres. Not completely out.

4/13/2017 | House fire. Fire guts home and injures five. Arson investigators arrived on-scene..

3/6/2010 | Brush fire. Suspected arson fire.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA Wildfire | Palisades Fire | 1

SIT REP 1 | May 15, 2021 Saturday

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire that started last night night in the Pacific Palisades area, which was contained to less than 50 acres, would have a flare-up this morning. The fire has now scorched 200 acres and is still growing at an alarming rate. There is a zero percent containment status.

Incident address is in the 1800 block of Michael Lane, Pacific Palisades, CA.

CONDITIONS

Firefighters have been faced with hot temps, dry fire fuels, inaccessibility and steep/rugged land conditions.

COMMAND

Fire Agencies are in an Unified Command system including: CAL FIRE, LAFD and LA County Fire Departments.

FIRE RESPONSE

Incident Cooperators include: CAL FIRE, LA City FD, LA County FD, Ventura County FD (Water supply resources) and LHSLASD.

Resources: 115 LA Co FD firefighters on ground and air.

Units dispatched: LA City FD units AR1 BC12 BC17 BC18 BC9 CM42 CM52 E1 E105 E11 E19 E2 E23 E237 E26 E263 E269 E273 E290 E293 E305 E33 E37 E5 E60 E63 E69 E73 E82C E84 E85 E88 E9 E90 E93 E94 EM17 H1 H2 H5 H6 HA1 HA2 HA5 HA6 HE1 PH1 PI2 RA23 RH114 T105 T37 T63 T69 T73 T90 T93; CH7; 12.

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Credit: CAL FIRE

EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT [GO NOW!]

Zone 4 Topanga (1846 PT)

  • Everyone east of Topanga Canyon
  • Between the Community House and View Ridge

[LAFD]

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Credit: LA Co FD

Zone 6 Topanga (1846 PT)

  • North of Entrada
  • South of Oakwood
  • East of Henry
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Credit: LA FD

Evacuation Resources/Alerts: READY!SET!GO! – Fire Department (lacounty.gov)

EMERGENCY RESOURCES

LA City Fire Department

  • Call or Text 911 … when there is an emergency to report.
  • Call 311 … when there is a non-emergency.

Here is a timeline of the incident:

TIMELINE OF THIS INCIDENT

Day 1 | May 14, 2021 | Friday

2202 PT | Incident. 1800 block of N Michael Lane. Pacific Palisades. Fire crews working to access the remote area where a brush fire has been spotted and reported. The RH reported as high with almost no winds. 60 LAFD firefighters responded in addition to a brush response.

Units dispatched included: FS 23; Batt 9; West Bureau; Council District 11; BC17 BC9 CM42 E105 E19 E23 E237 E263 E269 E273 E290 E293 E305 E63 E69 E73 E93 EM17 H1 H2 H5 HA1 HA2 HA5 RA23 T105 T37 T63 T69 T73 T90 T93; CH7; 12. [LAFD]

2243 PT | Known arson suspect/transient in area trying to set more fires. LASO

2257 PT | Fire at 10 acres. Holding to its current size. [LAFD Fire Ops] #PalisadesFire #Pacificpalisades #Topanga

2259 PT | Fire progressing slowly. PIO en route to incident. Units still on-scene: FS 23; Batt 9; West Bureau; Council District 11; BC17 BC9 CM42 E105 E19 E23 E237 E263 E269 E273 E290 E293 E305 E5 E63 E69 E73 E84 E88 E93 EM17 H1 H2 H5 HA1 HA2 HA5 PI2 RA23 T105 T37 T63 T69 T73 T90 T93; CH7; 12.

2323 PT | Fire at 2-3 acres with 2 separate starts. [Parks Support organization]

Credit: CAL FIRE

Day 2 | March 15, 2021 | Saturday

0046 PT | “Reports of smoke smell around Agoura Hills today. Smoke is from a fire in the Pacific Palisades at approximately 2200 hours last night.” – [City of Agoura Hills]

0104 PT | 72 firefighters assigned to incident from City and County FD hand crews. 10 acres in heavy brush and steep terrain. No winds are blowing and conditions are wet/cool. No structures threatened. Crews on stand-by for structure protection deployment. Fire forward progression is not moving. Arson FIU unit is on-scene.

Units still on-scene; FS 23; Batt 9; West Bureau; Council District 11; AR1 BC17 BC9 CM42 E105 E19 E23 E237 E263 E269 E273 E290 E293 E305 E5 E63 E69 E73 E84 E88 E93 EM17 H1 H2 H5 HA1 HA2 HA5 HE1 PI2 RA23 T105 T37 T63 T69 T73 T90 T93; CH7; 12.

0630 PT | Fire held to 15 acres. No structures threatened and no evacuations in place. No injuries to citizens or firefighters reported. Overnight operations included fire suppression by air with water drops until 0500 hours this morning. Units will recycle later this morning.

Units still on-scene: FS 23; Batt 9; West Bureau; Council District 11; AR1 BC17 BC18 BC9 CM42 E105 E19 E23 E237 E263 E269 E273 E290 E293 E305 E37 E5 E63 E69 E73 E84 E88 E93 EM17 H1 H2 H5 HA1 HA2 HA5 HE1 PI2 RA23 T105 T37 T63 T69 T73 T90 T93; CH7; 12.

0940 PT | Fire is at 15 acres. No structure threats or evacuations due to great work by firefighters overnight. Active incident. Forward progression not stopped yet. [Fire media]

1449 PT | Fire being driven by S-Southwest winds, 15-25 mph. Humidity is 50% or higher. Fire fuels are very dry. [NWS Los Angeles]

1613 PT | fire burning up to the above Trippet Ranch and slopping over. Has potential to burn all way to Mulholland

1620 PT | Social media reports: Smoke is horrible in Woodland Hills. Ash falling.

1626 PT | Mutual Aid dispatched: 115 LACoFD firefighters in the air via LACoFireAirOps with bambi buckets dropping water and ground resources. Lead Agencies: LAFD, CAL FIRE. [LACoFD]

Units still on-scene: FS 23; Batt 9; West Bureau; Council District 11; AR1 BC12 BC17 BC18 BC9 CM42 CM52 E1 E105 E11 E19 E2 E23 E237 E26 E263 E269 E273 E290 E293 E305 E33 E37 E5 E60 E63 E69 E73 E82C E84 E85 E88 E9 E90 E93 E94 EM17 H1 H2 H5 H6 HA1 HA2 HA5 HA6 HE1 PH1 PI2 RA23 RH114 T105 T37 T63 T69 T73 T90 T93; CH7; 12.

1742 PT | 200 acres. 0% containment. Air resources facing challenges due to low visibility due to the smoky conditions, column laying low and incoming marine layer. [Scanner Feed]

1835 PT | 2 heads to the firestorm appear.

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Credit: Edison

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Piney Point Contaminated, Evacuated

APRIL 3, 2021 | SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY | Multiple Sources

Residents in the area of Piney Point (Manatee County), Florida were under a mandatory evacuation order for those living around the Piney Point Phosphogypsum Stack and waste water overflow facility breach. Officials believed the leaking gypsum stack could pose a safety danger to those in the area, as well as a mere collapse. It was expected to collapse at any moment. (0819 hours PT).

EVACUATION ORDER | Manatee County Public Safety

Originally, the evacuation order was for those who were a half-mile west and one mile southwest to the Moccasin Wallow Road but was extended it for those around the breached reservoir. This is impacting approximately 316 households in the evacuation area.

STATE OF EMERGENCY | Gov. Ron DeSantis

On Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a State of Emergency due to the possibility of mixed saltwater from the south reservoir at the Piney Point facility. He will be traveling to the area on Sunday meet with Florida Department of Environmental Administration and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

STATE RESPONSE | Governor, Emergency Management

Emergency Management responded to the area with mobilized pumps, pump trucks, vac trucks and over 100,000 bottles of water. The EOC was activated and is still currently in an operational period of time.

Residents can find the following resources as listed by various governmental pages:

EVACUATION ORDERS | Manatee County Public Safety

Residents call call 3-1-1 with questions about the evacuation zone related. Call 9-1-1 only for life and safety emergencies only.

TRAFFIC CLOSURES | MCG Public Works

Closure of US-41 – from Buckeye Rd to Moccasin Wallow Rd.

Moccasin Wallow Rd – West of 38th Avenue East.

UPDATES | Florida Government

To find out about more updates or how this has occurred over the last several days, go to this website here –> Piney Point Regional Notification | Water Quality Dashboard (protectingfloridatogether.gov)

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 hours PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CA | 5

SIT REP 5 | OCTOBER 17, 2020

PC:  Mendocino NF

A firefighter with a chain saw cuts a log on the edge of an active wildfire.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex.  Fires are burning about 14 miles northwest of Elk Creek in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.   Fire fuels include timber, chaparral and tall grass.

Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.

Command | Mendocino National Forest, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit, and CAL FIRE Humboldt-Del Norte Unit.

Resources | There are 2,574 total personnel along with

Cause | Lightning.

Injury | One firefighter injury 8/31/2020. One firefighter death 8/31/2020.

PC:  Mendocino NF

Controlled fire is seen burning down to a road being used as a fireline. Hoses can be seen on the road.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire is broken up into four zones:  West, North, Northwest and South. East side of the fire remains unstaffed but is continuously being monitored.

UPDATE | The fire now has three active zones.  The West Zone is 100% contained with 140,522 acres.

Overall Size Up | 1,032,264 acres.  82% contained.

Northwest Zone |  IC Kuo with the Great Basin Team 1.  119,346 acres. 94% contained.

Fire behavior increased due to Red Flag conditions caused by high winds, low RH and unseasonably high temps.  Interior pockets burned in the Bradburn Creek area.  Containment lines were test in the Coffee Pot area.

PG&E continues to repair electrical infrastructure using helicopters to replace damaged power poles and stretch lines to restore power to impacted communities.

PC: Mendocino NF

Two firefighters use hand tools to dig out the roots of a charred stump to remove residual heat

Northeast Zone |  IC DeMasters with Great Basin Team 2. 272,089 acres. 70%.

Firefighters focused on Friday connecting the fire line west of Bear Wallow Mtn and on the east and south sides of the 2017 Buck Fire burn scar. Night shift crews continues to address hot spots along the fire perimeter.

South Zone | IC Sinclair with SW Team 1. 548,295 acres. 90% contained.

Red Flag conditions for the last 2 days. No increase in acreage. Hotshot crews and equipment continue to hold and strengthen previously built lines in the Eel River Canyon area.

PC: Inciweb

August Complex near Elk Creek, CA 9/29/2020 - Photo courtesy Inciweb

The suppression repair includes wok repairs of hand and dozer lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used for suppression efforts.

There are evacuations in this area.

Mendocino County | https://tinyurl.com/MendoEvac

Lake County | https://tinyurl.com/LakeCoIncidentViewer

Glenn County | https://nixle.com/county/ca/glenn/

PC: Mendocino NF

A firefighter with a drip torch is seen in the distance with burning grass nearby.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Size Up | The fire has burned acreage across three National Forests:  Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino and Six Rivers.

Records | A single fire incident has burned over 1,000,000 acres! The State of California becomes known as having the first gigafire status.

Damage Assessment | 54 structures have been destroyed. 6 have been damaged.

PC:  Mendocino NF

Two forest service building are shown, each wrapped in an aluminum foil like material, to protect them from heat and embers.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Evacuations | https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/

Emergency Alerts Sign-Ups | calerts.org/signup.html

AUGUST COMPLEX FIRE IMAGES

PC:  OR OSFM

The last 2 teams assigned from Lane and Marion Counties were demobed earlier than expected.  They were returning back to their home state after a 2-week deployment.  All 6 teams were scheduled to return back in the evening on 10/16/2020.

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4 of the 6 teams from Linn, Yamhill, Clatsop and Washington Counties demobilized after their 14-day shift deployment and have started their drive back to their home state on 10/16/2020.

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6 teams deployed to California as a coordinated response in several locations about two hours apart from one another and safely on 10/10/2020.

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This Yamhill County Task Force came off the fireline for a day of fire before demobilizing.  They helped with mop up activities and improving direct line. Image

PC:  BLM Fire and Aviation 

BLM MTDK Veterans Crews out of Billings, helped train some of the Dept. of Defense 7th ID soldiers who were assigned to this incident.

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PC: Denver FD (CO)’s Engine 301

Engine 301 was switched out on 10/16/2020 and they are heading home from a busy and tiring 14-day shift rotation.

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PC:  US Army’s 14th Brigade

USFS – California

PC:  South Metro Fire & Rescue (CO)’s BRE41 crew

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This replacement wildland crew began its journey to California from Colorado on 10/14/2020.

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PC:  Flower Mound FD (TX)

6 Personnel and a brush truck have returned safely on 10/15/2020 from their 35-days of deployment.

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PC: Director Mark S Ghilarducci / CAL OES

We remained busy today responding & deploying significant “immediate need”. Mutual Aid Fire Strike Teams deploying from around the State to Northern CA Fires.

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PC:  US Forest Service

There are currently 4,800 USDA FS firefighters and support personnel currently across the United States. These firefighters are on the August Complex fire incident.

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Thank you to our military partners, at work on the #AugustComplex on the @MendocinoNF.  From training to the fire line, it’s hard to believe it’s only been 10 days!

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Wind gusts continue to move the North Zone further west, prompting evacuation orders. The fire has grown to 938,044 acres with a 43% containment. 1,612 firefighters and support personnel are assigned. (9/29/2020)

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PC:  USFWS Fire SE

This USFWS helicopter is from Florida and normally works in the southern states. Due to the extreme conditions in the western states the helicopter and crew are currently working the #AugustComplex on the Mendocino National Forest in Northern California.

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SOURCES

CAL FIRE, Inciweb, Fire Departments, Emergency Management, National Forests, Social Media.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/17/2020 2020 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CA | 4

AUGUST COMPLEX

SIT REP 4 | OCTOBER 9, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex.  Fires are burning about 14 miles northwest of Elk Creek in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.

Fire fuels include timber, chaparral and tall grass.

Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.

Cause | Lightning.

CURRENT STATUS

Overall Size Up | Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and flanking.  There has been 884,139 acres and 65% containment status. N

Staffing | There are about 2,326 total personnel assigned with 50 crews, 150 engines and 24 helicopters.

Damage Assessment | There has been 871 structures lost with $92,200,200.00 cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/9/2020 – Updated 1130 PT

CA’s Zogg Fire | 4

SIT REP 4 | OCTOBER 4, 2020 | SUNDAY

SUMMARY 

Initial Date/Start | The ZOGG FIRE started almost one week ago on Sunday, September 27th around 1500 hours PT.

Location |  It is located off of Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane, north of Igo in Shasta County in California.

Cause | Cause is still unknown at this time and is under investigation.

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Photo Credit | Whiskeytown National Rec Area

CURRENT STATUS

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.  It is said to be still threatening homes and evacuations are still in effect.

Staffing | There are 1,767 total personnel with 39 crews, 14 helos, 196 engines, 24 dozers and 55 water tenders. the NW IMET Operations Medford is en route to this fire and will be arriving shortly.  Lead agency is the CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit.

Size Up | There has been 56,305 acres burned with a 68% containment status. About 91 structures are still being threatened.

Damage Assessment |  26 structures damaged. 196 structures destroyed. 1 injury. 4 deaths. Total costs-to-date are $15,600,000.00.

Repopulation | Evacuation orders were lifted for Shasta County roads along Plantina Road between Placer and Bland Roads.  On Deck Way, Junkans Road, Birdie Lane, Newscott Lane, Nelson Road, Church Street, Cemetery Road and Shoup Road.  *Residents will be allowed in the first 24 hours*  https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/zogg-fire/

SHASTA COUNTY

Alerts | To register for emergency alerts: bit.ly/shastacodered

Evacuation Orders 

  • Duncan Creek Road, Bully Choop Road and Old Bully Choop Road.
  • Platina Road east of Bland Road to Placer Rd. Access to Platina Road will be via Highway 36.
  • All roads off South Fork Rd west of Placer Rd.

Evacuation Centers

  • Temporary Evacuation Point: Please contact 1-530-276-8034 for virtual assistance.
  • Large animal evacuate center: Cottonwood Rodeo Grounds 3917 Main Street, Cottonwood, CA 96022
  • Small animal evacuation center: Haven Humane Society 7449 Eastside Rd, Anderson, CA 96007 (small animals are goats or sheep and smaller.)

Road Closures 

  • East bound Platina Rd @ Bland Rd
  • The intersection of West bound Platina @ Placer Rd @ Clear creek @ Gas Point
  • South Forak Rd @ Placer Rd

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Fire – Infrastructure Resources |Shasta County Sheriff, Tehama County SO, PG&E, CAL TRANS, CHP, Sierra Pacific, Mountain Gate Fire Department, Shasta County Fire Department, Shasta County Public Works, City of Redding Fire Department, Anderson Fire Department, Cottonwood Fire Protection District, Weaverville Fire Protection District, National Guard, California Conservation Corps, California Department of Corrections, BLM, California State Parks, Cal OES, National Parks, USFS.

Human Services | Red Cross, World Central Kitchen.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Hazards | While Shasta County Deputies were patrolling within the fire zone, a tree fell onto their vehicle.  They escaped injury, but their patrol unit wasn’t so lucky.  It was deemed a total.

This is why Law Enforcement Officials are asking people to stay out of closed areas.  (Occurred 9/30/2020)

Photo Credit | Shasta County SO

COMING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE…

Coming home after a wildfire can be difficult. The damage is often unknown until the homeowner returns days or weeks later. Before returning home ALWAYS check with officials before attempting to return to your home.

•Check grounds for hot spots, smoldering stumps, and vegetation.

•Check the roof and exterior areas for sparks or embers.

•Check the attic and throughout your house for any hidden burning sparks or embers.

•Check for fire damage to your home, turn off all appliances and make sure the meter is not damaged before turning on the main circuit breaker.

•Check the well or pump-house to ensure it is in working order.

•Contact 911 if any danger is perceived.

•Consult local experts on the best way to restore and plant your land with fire-safe landscaping.

Presented by CAL FIRE.

FOOD SAFETY

Power Outages | Food can spoil in less than 2 hours without refrigeration.

Discard the following:

• Food requiring refrigeration

• All frozen foods – foods that have thawed and may have refroze after power was restored are unsafe

• Any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke, fire retardant and foam or other chemicals

• Food with unusual odor, color, or texture

• Cans or food containers that are bulging, open, or dented

• Food not in waterproof containers or cans

• Food canned at home

• Food in cardboard containers (including juice, milk, and baby formula)

• Food in containers with screw caps, snap lids, crimped caps, twist caps, flip tops, and snap-tops

When in doubt, throw it out!

(CAL FIRE, Shasta County)

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS – RESOURCES

Wildfires can be devastating to those who have been evacuated, have had their home/business/structures damaged or destroyed to the those who have been impacted directly or indirectly by these emotional stressers.

Your mental health is important to us and we are giving resources should you need them. If you choose to  use them, please know that this is NOT a weakness but something that is so important to help you through these terrible times in life.

Disaster Distress Helpline | 1-800-985-5990.  TEXT:  “TalkWithUs” to 66746. DisasterDisaster.samhsa.gov 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress.  samhsa.gov

HOW TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS

Salvation Army | They are accepting monetary donations including gift cards.

Current needs:  Underwear, t-shirts, socks, diapers, hygiene items and cleaning supplies.  Drop off address:  2691 Larkspur lane, Redding, CA. Monday-Friday between 0900-1200 and 1300-1600 hours (9-12, 1-4pm). Call #530-222-2201.  *Must be new and unopened items*

Red Cross | Will only accept monetary donations for the Northern California wildfires.  redcross.org/donate to make your donation.

Sources | CAL FIRE, NIFC, Inciweb, Red Cross, Social Media

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/4/2020 1245 PT

CA’s Glass Fire | Sit Rep 5

GLASS FIRE | NAPA COUNTY, CA

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

SIT REP 5 | OCTOBER 3, 2020 | SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire-turned firestorm ignited on Sunday, September 28th  in the Deer Park community near the 3400 block of St. Helena Hwy.  It is burning about 13 miles northwest of Napa in both Napa and Sonoma Counties in California.

Fire Fuels | Fire fuels are timber, brush and tall grass.

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Riley the Therapy Dog making his rounds. | Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

CURRENT STATUS

 Fire Behavior | Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, short-range spotting, flanking and wind-driven and has burned across both counties.  it is also fueled by low moisture, very warm and dry weather.

Response | There are a total of 2,773 personnel along with 27 crews,  23 helicopters, 408 engines, 66 dozers and 49 water tenders.

Operations | Firefighters are aggressively working to mop-up in some areas, while operating to construct and reinforce existing control lines.

Size Up | Fire has burned 63,450 acres and there is a 15% containment status.

Cause | Unknown and under investigation.

Damage Assessment | 163 structures damaged. 826 destroyed. Total Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $19,600,000.

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Heroes Feeding Heroes | Photo Credit | World Central Kitchen

NAPA COUNTY INFO

Evacuations | https://local.nixle.com/napa-county-oes/ 

Animal Shelter |  www.napacart.org

Shelter | Cross Walk Church: 2590 First Street, Napa, CA

EOC Info | https://www.countyofnapa.org/2994/Glass-Fire

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E558 saving a flag. | Photo Credit | Fremont FD

PETALUMA

Shelters

  • Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (Room for parked cars and RV’s) 175 Fairgrounds Drive
  • Petaluma Veteran’s Memorial Building(Shelter and TEP) 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South
  • Petaluma Community Center (Limited Space Available) : 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954
  • Rohnert Park: Sonoma State University (Congregate shelter and non-congregate dorms with non-congregate dorm priority given to COVID-vulnerable residents) Parking Lot G, Gymnasium, 1801 East Cotati Avenue

CITY OF CALISTOGA

Evacuations |  https://local.nixle.com/city-of-calistoga/

SONOMA COUNTY

Evacuations – Sonoma County | https://local.nixle.com/sonoma-county-sheriffs-office/l

Animal Shelter | http://www.sonomacountyfair.com/animal-evacuation.php

Shelters  | Sonoma Raceway (Temporary Evacuation Point, car sheltering and camping) 29355 Arnold Drive.

EOC Info | https://www.countyofnapa.org/2994/Glass-Fire

SANTA ROSA

Evacuations – Santa Rosa | https://local.nixle.com/santa-rosa-police-department/

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Photo Credit | Sonoma County SO

Shelters

  • A Place to Play (Temporary Evacuation Point) 2375 West 3rd Street
  • Finley Community Center (Must pre-screen at a TEP prior to admitting) 2060 W College Avenue
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (Shelter and TEP) 1351 Maple Avenue

EOC Info | https://www.countyofnapa.org/2994/Glass-Fire

PUBLIC SAFETY RESOURCES

Command | Unified Command: CAL FIRE Sonoma Lake Napa, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa Fire Department and Santa Rosa Police Department.

Incident Cooperators | County of Sonoma, Napa Co OES, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, CAL FIRE, City of Santa Rosa, Red Cross Northern California Coastal, San Francisco PD, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Sonoma County Fire Department, San Marin Fire District, BLM, Sonoma Valley Fire Authority, AMR, OES, PG&E, CDCR, CHP, CAL TRANS, CA State Parks and World Central Kitchen; Joseph Elfelt (fire mapping).

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Photo Credit | Crockett Carquinez Fire

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR EVACUEES

Facebook – Mark Yourself Safe – Crisis Response Page | Let your loved ones know that you are safe by visiting Facebook’s Safety Check, The Wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, USA 

https://www.facebook.com/crisisresponse/341468923832604/friends/?alias=341468923832604&source=notif_friend_safe&notif_id=1601342631082331&notif_t=crisis_status&ref=notif

Find a Red Cross Shelter | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html

Disaster Recovery | https://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief/wildfire-relief/2020-wildfires/california-wildfire-assistance.html

Children-Public Health | State of California

outdoor kids playground

Post0Fire Resources | UCCE Sonoma County

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 2110 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CA | 2

AUGUST COMPLEX

Forest fire. Photo Credit: Robert LeBlanc/USFS

Photo Credit | Robert LeBlanc, USFS

SIT REP 2 | OCTOBER 13, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex.  Fires are burning in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.

Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.

Cause | Lightning.

Trees ablaze. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

CURRENT STATUS

Overall Size Up | This is the largest wildfire burning in the State topping out at 984,404 acres with  a 51% containment status.

Challenges | Fire Officials continue with many challenges when large wildfires are burning in their home state from resource shortages across the fire zones, which have seen their share of spreading thin when various needs flare up.

West Zone Fire | Managed by CAL FIRE (Parkes). 123,381 acres.   55% contained. Fire resources include;  138 National Guardsmen (CA), along with firefighters from states of Montana, Texas, Washington and New Jersey.  There are approximately 195 miles of fire line.  1,600 total firefighters on the ground and in air.  Active fire behavior overnight with torching and spotting.  Structure protection remains in place and around the community of Zenia with fire moving east and west.  Fire activity by firefighters were hampered by flames near the North Zone and as it crossed over the containment lines north of Zenia. Active monitoring of fire burning in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness is on-going by Fire managers.

South Zone – Mendocino National Forest | Managed by PNW Team 2 (Allen), formerly known as the DOE FIRE.  All hose, fixtures, pumps and other fire apparatus have been moved out of this zone for potential use in the northwestern corner of this Complex. Patrol status has been achieved at Lake Pillsbury, Rice Creek and and nearby areas. Sunday will be a transitional day with the Pacific NW Team 2 moving strategies and resources over to the northwestern corner. They will join forces with the West and North Zones.

Hazards | Firefighters are tirelessly working to remove hazards in and near homes to allow residents to repopulate but they must do so that is safe for them to enter the area.  Some of the hazards include:  falling trees, downed powerlines and hotspots. Fire danger remains high due to dry vegetation, drought conditions, low relative humidity, record temps and potential wind events.

Fire and Law Enforcement officials are pleading with residents not to entry closed off areas for the above referenced reasons. They are also asking you all to be just a little patient while longer while they work to clear these hazards.

Damage Assessment | 3 structures damaged. 21primary and 31 other minor structures destroyed.  $72,800,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses.

Threatened | There are 11,310 structures currently threatened.

RESPONSE

Wildfire. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

Unified Command | Mendocino National Forest is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit and the Humboldt-Del Norte Unit.  Fire operations is split up into 3 zones:  West, North and South.

Fire Staffing | There are 1,641 fire personnel that represent some of the agencies that include:  Flower Mound FD, South Metro Fire Rescue, McKinney Fire (TX), SCG Emergency Services, US Army North #JFLCCC, Fort Worth FD.

Additionally, there are 30 crews, 17 helicopters, 181 engines, 39 bulldozers and 44 water tenders assigned.

One firefighter injury has been reported.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Fire near firefighter gear cache. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

Evacuation Warnings

Zone HA | east of Bell Springs Road to Trinity county line and south of Pipe Creek to Medocino County line.

Zone HB | South of Fort Sewart Road, Ware Ranch Road.  West of the Trinity County line. East of the Eel River at Powers Creek.  North of the Eel River at Pipe Creek.

Zone HD | South of Ohman Creek, Pepperwood Springs.  West of Dyerville Loop.  North of Benbow.  East of Hwy 101.

Zone HG | South of Hayfield Creek.  East of the Eel River to the Trinity County line. North of Stewart Ranch Road.

Zone HH | South of Stapp Road.  East of Baker Creek, Little Van Duzen River to the Trinity County line. North of Bear Creek.

Zone HI | South of Olsen Creek. West of Baker Creek, Little Van Duzen River.  East of Alderpoint Road, Kneeland Road.  North of Hayfield Creek.

Road Closures

SR 3 | at Rattlesnake Road and at SR 36.

SR 36 | at Rattlesnake Road. At Post Mountain. At the Humboldt County line.

Zenia Bluffs Road at the Humboldt County line.

Zenia Lake Mountain Road at Peaks Road.

Kekawaka Creek Road to Mendocino County line.

Forest consumed by wildfire. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Evacuations

Zone N | North of Middle Fork of the Eel River including the Eel River Ranger Station and Black Butte Store.  West and South of the National Forest Boundary.  East of Williams Creek.  (CAL FIRE)

Road Closures

FH7 (Mendocino Pass Road) and M1 (Indian Dick Road) at the Eel River.  Hwy 162 (Mendocino Pass Road) at Short Creek.

Helicopter flying near smoke plume. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/USFS

Photo Credit | Mike McMillan, USFS

TRINITY COUNTY

Evacuation Orders | GO NOW!

Hidden Valley, Indian Valley, Bear Wallow, Rowdy Bear and Friend Mountain. Ruth and  Ruth Lake, forest Glen, Post Mountain, Trinity Pines, Three forks, Hettenshaw Valley, Mad River, Zenia, Kettenpom, Island Mountain, Kettempom South to Kekawaka Creek, all areas south of SR 36 to the Trinity County line.

Evacuation Warning | GET READY!

Wildwood area, Peanut and area south of SR 299.

CAL FIRE – https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/16/august-complex-includes-doe-fire/)

Sources | CAL FIRE, Inciweb, NIFC.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 1930 PT