#DidionMillingFire Burns Down Plant | 2

CAMBRIA, WISCONSIN

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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.

FIRE TACTICS COMPLETED

Utilities

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.

Communications

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.

RESOURCES

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.

INJURIES

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Hashtags

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

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

 

 

 

 

#DidionMillingFire Rocks Cambria, WI | 1

CAMBRIA, WISCONSIN

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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.

FIRE TACTICS COMPLETED

Utilities

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.

Communications

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

RESOURCES

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.”

INJURIES

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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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).

Hashtags

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

Thank You

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

 

 

 

 

International Paper Plant Explosion | Florida | Update 1

Cantonment, Florida

Incident Summary

An explosion rocked International Paper’s Pensacola Mill located on the 300 block of Mucogee Road, about 20 miles of Pensacola on Sunday night.  Debris was said to be black liquor, which is described as “the waste product from the kraft process when digesting pulpwood into paper pulp removing lignin, hemicelluloses and other extractives from the wood to free the cellulose fibers. (Source: Wikipedia)

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

As firefighters were working to rescue an Operator, they found there was about three feet of the black liquid next to the Scale house but were able to extricate him quickly.  His condition was unknown at the time of this post.

Potential Exposures

Fire crews began responding to medical calls in the community near the Mill, where residents were also reporting ash on cars and on roofs of residences. People were told to stay indoor at all costs.

Decon a Must

Specific instructions were given to firefighters to make sure to use copious amounts of water when rinsing (Decon) off their fire apparatus, stand back and make sure that the “product” did not get on to them.  Someone from Public Safety would be coming around to the various stations for inspection and make sure no one has been exposed to the caustic product.

Police Officers were said to be driving back and forth inside the perimeter where Fire assumed was closed off but crews told them not the case. Command sounded concerned as they worked to get people in contact with Police as they were completely unaware of what they were driving through.  A Decon site was set-up to have them immediately rinse off their vehicles but told to stay inside for fear of being exposed.

Area Closures

Portions of Hwy 29, South of International Paper’s plant to Northern side up to the Shell Station.

The radius of the area where the product was said to have reached was approximately 75  yards to off of 95A to Hwy29 and to have reached near the County’s Fire Station #4.  Command was concerned with drivers stopping on Highway 29 and getting out of their cars.

Additionally, a fire crew reported the product had gone up in the air approximately 30 feet on top of light, power and telephone poles and sticking to them as well.

Fire crews were sent out to the area to verify the boundaries.

Product Very Caustic

The “Product”  was said to be fiber with black liquor and Firefighters were in the process of bringing back some examples to Command.  It is said to be very caustic.

Back in Service

Firefighters went back into service fairly quickly, but Command made sure they all knew to copiously used high amounts of water to rinse off their apparatus and to stand back.  They wanted to make sure they did not get any of this product on them.

Injuries

None was reported.

Cause

There was no known cause at the time of this post but a Fire Prevention Officer was on-scene.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2037 PST, 2237 EST

 

 

Manhattan’s Chelsea Explosion | Update 4

Updated 9:32pm PDT / 12:32am EDT

“Please pray for our 1st Responders, Their Families and the American People.”

– NWFB 

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT on Saturday, September 17th (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

A second explosive device, a pressure cooker type device with a cell phone attached and wires was removed by Police and rendered safe.

29 people were hurt in the first blast but were released on Sunday.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion #TerrorAlert #SituationalAwareness

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Manhattan’s Chelsea Explosion | Update 3

Updated 8:16pm PDT / 11:16pm EDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT on Saturday, September 17th (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

A second explosive device, a pressure cooker type device with a cell phone attached and wires was removed & detonated by NYPD’s Bomb squad. Very intense moments as the robot carried it, as Officers completed a controlled detonation.

29 people were hurt in the first blast but were released on Sunday.

== UPDATE ==

Update from the NYPD:  About an hour ago, the FBI took several individuals into custody on the Belt Parkway in the area underneath the Verrazano Bridge, with a possible connection to the bombing last night in Chelsea. I am waiting for an update and further information.”

 – Marty Golden, a NYS Senator

MULTIPLE DEVICES

On Sunday, September 18th – calls were pouring into 9-1-1 about multiple devices and suspicious back packs and duffel bags were being reported.  It wasn’t your typical one call but multiple calls right after another and they were blocks from each other.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion #TerrorAlert #SituationalAwareness

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Major Incident | Manhattan NY | Update 2

Updated 1:00pm PDT / 4:00pm EDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT this evening (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

MULTIPLE DEVICES

Calls were pouring into Police Dispatchers about multiple devices being found by the Public and suspicious black back packs, brown suitcases and duffel bags in various locations such as W 27th Street, W 19th Street, near train station and on Broadway street.

There was even one report of a man at the train station covered in blood asking for water to drink. There was not much reports on these incidences.

A presser by the Mayor and Commissioner both stated that the device placed in the dumpster that was the first one to detonate was “an intentional act” and not related to terrorism.

Police did release information that there was an IED in a dumpster at W 23rd and 6th Avenue but they did not elaborate on the specifics of that detonation.

A second device was reported as a pressure cooker device with a cell phone and wires coming out of it.  It was located at 27th and 7th Avenue  It was removed by the Bomb Squad.

Media reported a 3rd device located on 28th Street and 5th Avenue. No other info has been received on this.

COULD THIS BE TERROR RELATED?

We are not experts by any means but let’s look at what has transpired over the last few weeks….

September 3 – Phillipines (Bomb Explosion)

The State Department Travel site posted this:  “After explosion in Davao, Philippines a State of Lawlessness has been declared by the Philippine government.”

The message is here —> https://ph.usembassy.gov/emergency-message-u-s-citizens-davao-bombing-september-3-2016/

September 6 – Malaysia (Terror Plot)

Malaysia elevated their terror alert as there was credible intel they would be attacked in the very near time.

September 6 – Australia 

The Prime Minister issued a lone wolf terror alert and made a broadcast to those visiting landmarks to be aware and careful where you are.

September 7 – Paris (Car Bomb)

A terror-probe is opened after Police find a fully loaded vehicle with multiple gas cylinders. Couple who own vehicle are on a terror watch list, media reports say.

September 9 – State Department (Terror Alert)

A France security message was received by the State Department (Travel site):  “Credible info suggests ISIL & other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks.”

September 12 – State Department (Terror Alert)

The State Department issued on September 12, a worldwide alert  states, “Continuing threat of terrorist actions & violence against US citizens thru-out world W/ upcoming holidays in Iraq, we remind US citizens of inherent dangers. Terrorists have chosen times around local holidays to set off bombs.”

September 15 – Uri  (Military Base attack)

Indian government places all military installations on Terror Alert status. A specific terrorist attack is known by Senior intelligence that they are to be attacked in Uri is imminent. The fighters were said to be sitting across from Uri and ready to attack at a moment’s notice. The fighters were said to be neutralized by Government Security forces.

September 17 – Charlottesville, Virginia (Downtown Mall)

8:20pm EDT- Reported of explosion near the Downtown Mall is actually an underground vault explosion not a bomb/IED going off.  People were pretty spooked this. Multiple media outlets had to tell people it was not a bomb and to stop getting panicked.

September 17 – Seaside, New Jersey (Military 5k Run)

9:30am EDT- 1 IED exploded at the same time the Seaside Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K was about to occur.  3 more bombs with shrapnel are  found after the explosion.  Law Enforcement is linking this to suspected terrorism. 0 injuries. Race cancelled for security reasons.

September 17 – Manhattan, New York (Chelsea Neighborhood)

8:30pm EDT- 1 IED explodes in the Chelsea neighborhood. 29 injured.  2 additional unexploded devices are found.

September 17 – St. Cloud, Minnesota (Crossroads Mall)

8:20pm EDT –  MCI – Mass Stabbings. 8 injured. 1 dead. Police are investigating this as a possible act of terrorism.  Multiple media news sources are now reporting that the suspect was IS related and they are now claims responsibility.  They are also stating they will be claiming more incidents in the coming future.

Witnesses reported the suspect a private security uniform. He was shot and killed by Police.

September 18 – US Embassy (Worldwide Alert)

An Alert is issued to all worldwide travelers on the US Embassy’s messages on where and when to travel, what to look for and how to use situational awareness.

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Here are ways to put your Situational Awareness skills, experience and training in effect. These are only basic glimpses into each section of SA.

Observe – where you are and memorize in detail things all around you.  This will assist you at a later time to make a plan on how you will work to respond in the future.

Orient – Create a baseline for each and every environment you visit.  Observation is good but what do you look for? Knowing what to look for such as human behavior, are the things in the environment normal and planning on how to respond to what was those observations were.

Behavior – It is most difficult to use all three systems at once as the brain can easily get overloaded with information.  Using the first two sections and focusing on behavior of those around, such as are their hands shifty, appear to be comfortable or uncomfortable, agitated or appear out-of-the-norm. These are signs to look for at all times.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion #TerrorAlert #SituationalAwareness

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Major Incident | Manhattan NY | Update 1

Updated 8:30 PDT / 11:30 EDT – Saturday

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT this evening (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

MULTIPLE DEVICES

Multiple Devices have been reported to Police and found by Police with regards to multiple devices around Manhattan which include black single backpacks, brown suitcases and duffel bags.  Locations have been around the W 23rd Street, W 27th Street, near train stations, W 19th street, Broadway and other areas.

Scanner Feed (FDNY and NYPD  live feeds) were reporting one call after another with devices being found by civilians or Officers, it was clearly  not easy to keep up with the items that were being found one device to the other.

RESOURCES RESPONDING

In the last two days, several Officers have been shot in unrelated incidents in areas of Dallas, Boston and Philly to name a few.  Police have been on edge due to these shootings but being very cautious when putting to good use their situational awareness training, skills and experience.

Tonight, it a whole different story – literally.

Due to the explosion in a dumpster on West 23rd Street, Police are arriving from State, Federal, City, County, Federal such as agencies:  Homeland Security, FBI, and ATF.  There are probably a lot of agencies we are forgetting.

MANHATTAN FIGHTS BACK

The City releases a presser by the NYC Mayor that “there is no credible terror attacks but this is an intentional act.” If any New Yorkers have any information, to call the NYPD 800-577-TIPS.  A 2nd site on 27th Street and between 6th & 7th Avenue is being investigated to see if they can clear it but for now, there is a large presence on-scene.

Commissioner states this is not due to a gas explosion. There have been 29 injuries, one may be serious injury. The Fire Department is assessing potential structure damage for building integrity that may have occurred from the explosion.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion.

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Wildfire Increases In Acreage | Update 6

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Rocky Mountain Wildfire started as one fire on April 16, around 1300 hours.  A small fire the size of 200 acres began to head towards a second fire 25+ acres in size, eventually merging into one large fire.  By nightfall, the fire had grown into a 500 acre fire – and, the rest is history.

It is located within the Shenandoah National Park and in Luray, Virginia.

photo from space showing a close view of the burned area and active fire edges with labels

Photo Credit: NASA

Several days ago, it had reached 2094 .  By April 21st, the fire exploded  four times that into 8,952 consumed acres.  Today, Sunday, April 24, 2016, the fire is currently holding at the same acreage but now has a 43% containment status.

Fire fuels consist of mountain laurel, pine and oak forests with heavier than normal leaf litter and duff.

Firefighters

Fire Photo. Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

FIRE STATUS:

An overnight flight by helicopter by National Park Police using an infrared fire mapping system found a 200 acre location along the fire perimeter containing a section where it’s currently holding residual embers.

Smoke rises across a ridge in the background

Photo Credit: Jennifer Rabuck/NPS

In the location 3 miles of Madison Run Road, the upper half of the fire, crews were able to prepare the area for a possible contingency fire line if needed due to increased humidity, rainfall of .014″ and lower temps.

Rocky Mtn Fire.

Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

Overall, fire crews have been able to now go into mop-up operations along with extending the fire line.

In the upper section of the area, crews were able to prepare for a future contingency fire line if needed.

The lower half of the area crews completed and/or prepared lines for possible burnout operations.

Photo Credit:  NASA

Photo Credit: NASA

Fire remains active and backing in the interior and on the Southern portion.  Crews have successfully gained a 43% containment status.  There is no exact estimated date at the moment on when it will reach a 100% containment status but firefighters are working tirelessly to gain full control of the fire.

Virginia State Gov. Terry McAuliffe thanks all fire personnel.  Photo Credit: Rita Baysinger/NPS

Virginia State Gov. Terry McAuliffe thanks all fire personnel. Photo Credit: Rita Baysinger/NPS

PERSONNEL

Previously there were over 100 firefighters but as the fire rages on, personnel has increased to 342 attached to this fire incident.  As of today, the numbers have reached 347 personnel with a noteworthy mention that these fire crews represent 33 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

 

Helicopter

Photo Credit: L. Wilkolak/NPS

RESOURCES

Resources on the fire ground are:  (2) medium helicopters, (2) light helicopters, (2) fixed wing SEATs, (11) engines, (1) dozer, and (2) Air Attack / Lead Planes.

Incident Cooperators are from the National Park Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Rockingham County Department of Fire & Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department.

 

New Fire Map. Photo Courtesy:  Inciweb

New Fire Map. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES

Fire suppression aircraft has had to be grounded as drones have been present during this incident.  Fire Managers would like to remind those with drones that if you fly, they cannot putting lives and property in jeopardy.

Because of this large of a fire, a TFR [Temporary Flight Restriction] has been placed over this fire until further notice.  Please do not heed Firefighting air resources by breaking the TFR and putting the pilots lives in danger.

CLOSURES

The following trails and roads have been closed due to this fire incident:

  • Appalacian Trail
  • Skyline Drive
  • Rockytop Trail
  • Brown Gap Fire Rd
  • Madison Run Fire Rd
  • Rocky Mount Trail
  • Big Run Trail
  • Austin Mountain Trail
  • Onemile Run Trail
  • Lewis Peak Trail
  • Brown Mountain Trail
  • Patterson Ridge Trail
  • Madison Run Spur
  • Doyles River Cabin
  • Furnance Mountain Trail
  • Troyfoot Mountain Trail
  • Blackrock Trail
  • Doyles River Trail
  • Jones River Trail
  • Rocky Mountain Run Trail

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO

If you have concerns or questions regarding the fire, please call the fire information office. 540-999-2152.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags being used for this fire are:

  • #RockyMountainFire
  • #RockyMountfire
  • #VirginiaFires2016
  • #ShenandoahNF

Our Social Media platforms that you can find us at:

  • Twitter – @nwfireblog
  • Facebook – The NW Fire Blog
  • Flickr

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Wildfire Increases In Acreage | Update 5

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Rocky Mountain Wildfire started as one fire on April 16, around 1300 hours.  A small fire in size to 200 acres began to head towards another fire in the area, around 25-plus acres.

It is located within the Shenandoah National Park and in Luray, Virginia.

Eventually, the two fires would become one single fire reaching a total of 500 acres by nightfall on the same night the fire ignited growing to 500 acres.

photo from space showing a close view of the burned area and active fire edges with labels

Photo Credit: NASA

Several days ago, it had reached 2094 .  By April 21st, the fire exploded  four times that into 8,952 consumed acres.  The fire is still growing as we speak.

Fire fuels consist of mountain laurel, pine and oak forests with heavier than normal leaf litter and duff.

Firefighters

Fire Photo. Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

FIRE STATUS

Firefighters were successful in many areas within the last 24 hours.  Here are some of their accomplishments:

Smoke rises across a ridge in the background

Photo Credit: Jennifer Rabuck/NPS

  • Containment lines were improved by burning off vegetation between containment lines of the main fire yesterday afternoon and evening South Along the Skyline Drive to Mile Marker 80.
  • Fireline improvements along the boundaries along the fire and Skyline Drive across the entire Northern par from Beldor Hollow to the Gap Run area.
  • Contained and extinguished all new spot fires including one that jumped Skyline Drive.

Flames were reported reaching heights of 3-4 feet but have been significantly decreased to 6-12″.  Wind has encouraged the fire behavior to increase at times.

 

Rocky Mtn Fire.

Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

 

 

Firefighters have successfully reached a 43% containment status.  There is no estimated timeline when this fire may be fully contained and tapped.

PERSONNEL

Previously there were over 100 firefighters but as the fire rages on, personnel has increased to 342 attached to this fire incident.

RESOURCES

Additional firefighters and equipment did finally arrive.

Currently, there are (2) Type 2 Helicopters, (3) Type 3 Helicopters, (11) Engines, (2) Fixed Wing SEATs (single engine air tankers0) and 2 Air Attack Lead planes.

Helicopter

Photo Credit: L. Wilkolak/NPS

Incident Cooperators are from the National Park Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Rockingham County Department of Fire & Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department.

ACTIVE SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATION SUSPENDED

We previously reported along with this fire of a missing Fairfax County Firefighter-Paramedic that had been missing on April 15th, has now been found.  It is with great sadness that we announce she was found deceased from a suicide.

Sympathies to her Police Officer husband, her immediate family, Fire and Law Enforcement families and all those who were touched by her compassion and love.  it was a sad day on Thursday, when the announcement was made by both the National Park Service and the State Police.  It is never a good thing to have occur, when a loved one passes.

  

Photo Courtesy:  Virginia State Police

NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES

Fire suppression aircraft has had to be grounded as drones have been present during this incident.  Fire Managers would like to remind those with drones that if you fly, they cannot putting lives and property in jeopardy.

Because of this large of a fire, a TFR [Temporary Flight Restriction] has been placed over this fire until further notice.  Please do not heed Firefighting air resources by breaking the TFR and putting the pilots lives in danger.

CLOSURES

The following trails and roads have been closed due to this fire incident:

  • Appalacian Trail
  • Skyline Drive
  • Rockytop Trail
  • Brown Gap Fire Rd
  • Madison Run Fire Rd
  • Rocky Mount Trail
  • Big Run Trail
  • Austin Mountain Trail
  • Onemile Run Trail
  • Lewis Peak Trail
  • Brown Mountain Trail
  • Patterson Ridge Trail
  • Madison Run Spur
  • Doyles River Cabin
  • Furnance Mountain Trail
  • Troyfoot Mountain Trail
  • Blackrock Trail
  • Doyles River Trail
  • Jones River Trail
  • Rocky Mountain Run Trail

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO

If you have concerns or questions regarding the fire, please call the fire information office. 540-999-2152.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags being used for this fire are:

  • #RockyMountainFire
  • #RockyMountfire
  • #VirginiaFires2016
  • #ShenandoahNF

Our Social Media platforms that you can find us at:

  • Twitter – @nwfireblog
  • Facebook – The NW Fire Blog
  • Flickr

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Wildfire Explodes | Update 4

FIRE INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Rocky Mountain Wildfire that originally started on April 16, 2016 around 1300 hours on Saturday, had been fairly small with 200 acres burning inside the Shenandoah National Park that grew into 500 acres by Sunday.  Today however, it has literally exploded to 2094 acres as the weather becomes more dry and fair today.

Firefighters

Fire Photo. Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO

If you have concerns or questions regarding the fire, please call the fire information office. 540-999-2152.

Rocky Mtn Fire.

Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

ACTIVE SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATION

It has come to our attention that the Virginia State Police and Shenandoah National Park personnel are working closely together to locate a missing woman that disappeared inside the Park.  Nicole K. Mittendorf, 31, was reported missing to State Police on April 15th from Woodbridge, Virginia.  Her 2009 Mini Cooper was said to be abandoned inside the Park and recovered on April 16th.

Mittendorff is a white female with blonde hair and green eyes. She is 5’6 and weighs approximately 125 lbs.

  

Photo Courtesy:  Virginia State Police

Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is asked to call Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell phone or 911 or email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

SEARCHERS CONTINUE WHILE FIRE RAGES ON

Over 100 Federal, State and SAR teams have been searching for Nicole since Monday when she was reported missing.    They have been focusing near the Whiteoak Canyon Trail near Syria, Virginia without any signs of the missing woman.

Photo Credit: Virginia State Police

Firefighters will continue to actively work along the Park’s boundary and Skyline Drive.

PERSONNEL

Over 100 fire personnel from the National Park Service, Virginia  Department of Forestry, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Georgia Forestry Commission and  from Department of Forestry Pueblo County.

Additional Firefighters and equipment have been requested and are en route.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#RockyMountainFire

#Search4NicoleMittendorfVA

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog