NEW Wildfire | Camino Fire | California | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A brush fire is burning on Hwy 154 and west Camino Cielo Road is burning uphill on the north slope that started on Monday afternoon.

It was ignited by an unknown source, which is currently under investigation. No preliminary has been released at the time of this post.

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Photo Credit | Daniel Bertucelli, SBCFD PIO

RESOURCES

Ground crews and a helicopter from the South Barbara County Fire Department are currently assigned and actively working on the fire line.

EVACUATIONS

There are evacuation warnings for those on East Camino Cielo Road east of Hwy 154 and the Painted Cave community.  The County Fire Department wants you to know this is a WARNING only and not an order.

UPDATES

More updates will be released when additional information is known and/or fire activity increases significantly.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1830 hours PDT

 

#SouthMainFire | Wildfire | California

The  SOUTH MAIN FIRE is located off of South Main Divide and Hacienda Road in El Cariso (Riverside County), California started on Friday, March 6, 2020.

The cause of the fire is most probable due to a burn on the South Main Divide that escaped containment lines and was immediately declared a wildfire.  It was at the time, a five-acre fire with a moderate rate of spread. No structures in the early stages of the incident were threated.  Additional air and ground resources were on order.

286 CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire firefighters were dispatched to the fire, along with two fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters dropping water.

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Photo Credit | Cleveland NF

Currently, the fire is 20 acres and 85% contained.  The forward progression was stopped on Friday, March 6th.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/7/2020 @ 2205 PST

 

Wildfire Activity Log | California | March 7, 2020

The wildfire activity log for Saturday, March 7, 2020, for the State of California:

1521 | MANZANITA FIRE:  Behind address located in the 3600 block of north Hemlock Drive in San Bernardino. IC:  CPT 228.

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Photo Credit | Richard Cordova, CAL FIRE PIO (Stock Photo)

1427 | BRUSH FIRE:  23800 block x Mailbu Road. Between Malibu Colony Road and Puerco Canyon Road. City of Malibu. Reported as a wildfire.  Dispatched via Angeles National Forest ECC.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/7/2020 2140 hours PST

#MannFire | Wildfire | California | Sit Rep 1

SIT REP  1 – MARCH 3, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A second wildfire is burning inside the State of California.  This is burning in the Santa Ana Riverbottom near California Avenue and Grulla Court in the Norco community and just south of (Riverside County) Jurupda Valley.

There is an unknown cause and is currently under investigation.

RESOURCES | 30 engines. 5 water tender. 3 heliccopter. 210 firefighters.  7 Crews. 3 Bulldozers. 8 overhead personnel. Additionally there are Police Officers, Utilities, Air Attack, PIO and one Helitender on-scene. Earlier during the incident this afternoon, 2 OCFA strike teams and one helicopter were being deployed as mutual aid.

Parters Include | AMR, Animal Control, CAL FiRE / Riverside Unit and San Bernardino Units, City of Corona FD, Los Angele County FD, Orange County Fire Authority, Riverside FD, Riverside County Fire EMD, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, San bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, Southern California Edison and the Norco Animal Rescue Team.

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Photo Credit | NWS San Diego (taken at 1124 hours PST)

CURRENT STATUS | CAL FIRE firefighters f rom the Riverside unit have been able to gain a 20% containment status.  The forward progression of the fire has been stopped.  Fire has burned 175 acres.

Not long ago, fire was threatening about 500 homes as the winds were picking up but have suddenly died down.  The Evacuation orders were downgraded from a mandatory evacuation orders to a Warning.

INJURIES | 2 civilians with non-threatening injuries

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT | 5 properties to fencing & outbuildings, minor damage.

HASHTAGS | #CAwildfires2020 #FireSeason2020 #CAFires #CAwildfires2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1920 hours PST

 

Wildfire Activity | Washington State | February 25, 2020

PACIFIC CASCADE DISPATCH CENTER 

Goat Fire | 300 Line, Lewis County

A tiny wildfire broke out in Lewis County this morning with the Dispatch Center sending fire assets to the area around 1003 hours.  The fire was named the Goat Fire.

Fire fuels included Red Rot, grass, duff and brush.  About 0.1 acre was burned.

The fire was contained at 1147 hours PST and brought under control at 1428 hours PST.  WA DNR resources arrived on-scene to a .10 stump fire and quickly put it out.

(c) 2020 NW Fire – Updated 2/25/2020 2025 hours PDT

Wildfire Activity | Arkansas-Oklahoma | February 25, 2020

We are back to wildfire activity Sit Reports again as the fire season is starting to flare up.  We will try to cover every locatation in each State as information is received. – Ed.

ARKANSAS – OKLAHOME INTERAGENCY COORDINATION CENTER

Mill Creek Bluestem | Prescribed Fire

The Mill Creek Bluestem is a prescribed wildfire located in Scott County, Arkansas.  Started at 0721 horus. 220 acres. IC: Adam Strothers.

Grapevine Blustem | Prescribed Fire

This another prescribed wildfire which started at 0715 hours in Montgomery District in Arkansas.  27 acres. IC: Darwin Bult.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/25/2020 – 1953 PST

2 Porterville Firefighters Remembered Today

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A large fire reportedly broke out around 1600 hours PST on Tuesday afternoon at the Porterville Public Library, located at 41 West Thurman Avenue in Porterville, California.

It was reported that a blazing fire started in a section of books which began to engulf the 1950’s un-sprinklered systems building.  Quick-thinking and fast-acting Librarians called the nearby Fire Department to report flames on the interior of the structure and evacuated all persons outside.

OPERATIONS

Once the local City Deparment was on-scene, they immediately called for a 2nd-alarm and neighboring Fire agencies from Tulare County, CAL CIFRE, Tulare City and Fresno County responded.  Imperial Ambulance also was on-scene.

Fire Behavior was described as intense, difficult to contain the flames due to the fire fuels inside the building.  It was full of books and anything else that was considered unstoppable by the flame’s path.

From some scanner feed, it was stated by firefighters on the interior, thought they were in the basement when they were on the second floor.  A May Day went out for missing Fire Captain 71 and Firefighter 71.  The Captain was located but after extensive searches by multiple firefighters from various Agencies, the missing Firefighter is still being reported as being unaccounted for.  Firefighters are still searching for him.

CAUSE

The fire has been determined by both Fire Marshal’s Office and the Police Department as arson.  Two 13-year old suspects were reported as being seen running from the building right after the fire started just after 1600 hours PST.

They have been arrested and are being charged with manslaughter, arson and conspiracy. Because they are now in the juvenile detention system, it is unknown if they will be charged as minors or as adults.  The investigation continues on.

Because this is an active investigation, there has been further additional information released.

EVACUATIONS

Quick thinking and highly trained Librarians reported flames inside the building, called the Fire Department and made sure all persons made it outside the structure safely and securely.  They saved many lives yesterday.

NEVER FORGET

We will never forget those who risked their lives to put out the flames during this intensified incident, the sacrifices they made and working to save the lives and property for all those involved.

We will remember their Legacy, their impacts on their Communities and their Families.

No photo description available.

Fire Captain Raymond “Ray” Figueroa, 35, was killed in the fire.  He started his dream job in the Fire Service in 2007.  He was a resident of the Bakersfield, California community.

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Capt. Ray Figueroa | Credit: Porterville FD

A second first responder, Firefighter Patrick Jones, 25, has been confirmed as still missing.  He started his career with the Fire Department in 2017.

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FF Patrick Jones | Credit: Porterville FD

HOW TO HELP

If you would like to support the PFD familly and members, please visit the TCDSA.net.  If you wish to donate, you can click the Portervile Fire Patch and it will redirect you to a link to donate.

Or, if you wish to send a sympathy card or cards of support, you can address it to:  Porterville FD, 298 N. Main Street, Porterville, CA 93257.

The PFD would like to remind those that no “official” Go Fund Me accounts or pages have been officially created.

MENTAL HEALTH

If you are a Public Safety member in Law Enforcement, Fire, Corrections, Dispatchers, EMS, All First Reponders and their family members, this is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all nationwide.

And, the great part is that no one has to know about it and they are there with open arms, non-judgmental and caring to catch you.

Please, we ask that if you need help – please call or visit them TODAY.

Safe Call Now®

We send our sincere sympathies to both Firefighter Families, their Loved Ones, to the Porterville Fire Department Family and Fire Family members touched by this fire incident and to the Communities that have been impacted. We are grieving alongside you all. – Ed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 hours PST

Riverbottom Fire | Wildland Fire | California

Incident Summary
The #RiverbottomFire is burning off of the Santa Ana Bike Trail in the 1400 block of Old Ranch Road and Park Cliff Court in Riverbottom (Riverside Co), California. It was ignited this morning on Thursday 2/6/2020. Fire assets were dispatched and on-scene quickly around 0953 hours PST.
heavy smoke from riverbottom fire
 
Cause
The cause is most likely to have started from an unattended encampment.
Current Status
The wildfire is currently at 70 acres with a 50% conainment status and is expected to be fully contained by late Friday evening.
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Resources
City of Riverside FD 221 firefighters, 14 engines and 2 hand crews along with mutual aid of: 2 air tankers, one helicopter.

Road Closures 

Firefighters in the foreground while smoke from riverbottom fire is in backgroundDuring fire operations, authorities closed the Santa Ana Bike Path from Ryan Bonaminio Park to Anza Narriows Park.

Evacuations
Structure protection was in effect along with mandatory evacuations but were lifted after mutual aidl/aircraft resources arrived on-scene.  Earlier in the incident, fire activity continued to increase and  evacuations for those on Old Ranch Road and Park Cliff Court.  An evacuation shelter was opened at the Dales Senior Center, located at 3936 Chestnut in Riverside, California. 
ALL EVACUATIONS have been lifted.
Photo Images

Photo Credit of the City of Fire Riverside Department.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/6/2020 2120 Hours PST

SIT REP: February 1, 2020

United States of America | Sit Rep

February 1, 2020

REEVES FIRE:  Firefighters were dispatched via the Federal Interagency Communications Center to a wildfire at Stoddard Wells x 15 South. E3648 responded at 1455 hours PST.

LAGUNA FIRE:  A wildfire ignited in the Laguna Recreational Area.  Fire resources were dispatched at 0200 hours.  15 acres were scorched from an unknown ignition source. (Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center)

SLUICE BOXES FIRE:  A fire broke out at Dicks Gulch and destroyed three acres in the Great Falls Interagency Dispatch Center service area.  Resources were dispatched at 1706 hours to the Great Falls area in the State of Montana. (GDC)

January 31, 2020

RED FLAG WARNING | Issued by the Pueblo (Colorado) National Weather Service at 0733 hours MST

LITTLE FIRE:  Fire assets were dispatched at 1730 hours to a wildfire that ignited in Seminole County in the Cromwell area in Oklahoma.  IC:  R Sith.  18.1 acres were burned. Unknown cause. (ARK-OK Interagency Coordination Center)

January 30, 2020

DE SOTO – NOVA FIRE:  A wildlfire was reported North and between BB 6317 and BB 8526 off of Nova Johnson Road on the Desoto National Forest at 1623 hours.  0.1 acre burned.  It was both contained and under control at 1402 hours. (MS ICC)

DE SOTO RANGE 14J FIRE:  A wildfire broke out at Camp Shelby, located on the Desoto National Forest in Mississippi at 1401 hours.  112 acres were destroyed. Fire was contained at 1308 hours on the same day.  No cause of the fire is known. (MS ICC)

VIEJAS #001 FIRE:  Fire resources were dispatched to 14 Viejas Grade Road on the Cleveland National Forest in California at 1710 hours.  Limited information. (CNF)

MISSION FIRE:  Resources dispatched through the Federal Interagency Communications Center responded to Highway 15 x Mission in Fallbrook, California for a wildfire at 1014 hours PST. (FICC)

There were 90 new fires during the period of January 24 – 30, 2020 which required light initial attack activity.  No new large incidents or fires were deployed.

In New South Wales, Australia, there are 22 wildland fire personnel that are attached to supporting large fires.

In South Australia, Australia, there are five wildland fire personnel supporting those fires.

In Victoria, Australia, there are 183 wildland fire personnel assigned to supporting those fires.

(Sources:  NIFC, NWS, Wildcad)

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2000 hours PST

Day 11 | The Best of the NW Fire Blog in Fire Images | 365 Photo Challenge

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER  | BOISE, IDAHO

We took a long road trip in September of 2019, stopping and photographing some points-of-interests along the way.  

Fire Fact | 159 USFS wildland firefighters and DOI fire personnel have been deployed to assist with the  Australian bushfires intermittently throughout December 2019 and January 2020.

Though we were on the outside looking in, it was pretty hectic as firefighters responded to the Center ready for deployment and coordination of resources.

Fire Fact | There is a current resource request from Australia for additional U.S. fire mutual aid, which is being coordinated through the NIFC.

It was great to see this is a large organization with multiple facets of fire-related activities at this Center, covering very large areas of real estate.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER (NIFC)

The National Interagency Fire Center located at the Boise Airport in Idaho and is compromised of 55 acres.  It has areas for firefighting equipment, aircraft ramp operations, aircraft retardant tanker operations and administrative functions supporting the mission of wildland fire and other emergencies.

Their main focus is wildland firefighting but they also support other emergency responses, such as flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, riots and terrorist attacks.

Located at the NIFC are the Great Basin Cache and Returns Warehouse, National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), Radio cache, Remoted automated weather stations, Smokejumpers and tours.

They have a great website that provides a lot of fire situation reports, national news and other fire-related information, which can be found at https://www.nifc.gov/

Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 0800 – 1630 hours MST.  There are tours that you can take that usually are available by reservation only.  This is generally during the week and are available by calling for a reservation. The one-to-two hour tour is usually available outside of fire peak season which is during the months of June through September.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/10/2020 @ 2305 hours PST