Unreal Firestorms Eat Everything in Sight | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY – UPDATE 2 – 12/23/2019 2200 PST

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We know wildfires. It is generally not the small ones but the Firestorms kind and we have see and heard about how horrific and scary fire conditions American firefighters were faced with and the survivors all across the board telling their story to anyone who was willing to hear is.

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Credit | NSW RFS

FOR EMERGENCIES & UNATTENDED FIRES , CALL 0-0-0

It is a journey that many will tell you that are the scary kind and ones you never want to face ever again.  However, they will tell they’d go back in and fight if they were forced to so they can save lives and properties.

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Credit | RFS Central Coast District/NSW RFS

Homes, outbuildings, businesses, livelihoods all up in smoke. Literally, severely damaged to being wiped out and down to the ground. The images we all see all over Social Media, on TV and other digital media methods tug on our raw emotions.  We know that kind of heartbreak and, this time it is not in the USA but across the Globe in Australia.

Bushfires (Australia) or wildfires, as we call them here in the US are struggling with such a task.  They are not dealing with just a few at a time but close to 100 as  of yesterday and 92 on December 24th (this is their tomorrow) with close to 2,000 wildland firefighters from Australia and from the U.S.

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THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE

As of 2045 AEDT (morning), there were 92 wildfires burning across New South Wales with more than 40 still to be contained. Over 2,000 firefighters are on the fire ground.

According to the NSW RFS as of December 24, 2019 (it is tomorrow there already):

  • HOMES – 7,824 Saved | 353 Damaged | 873 Destroyed.
  • FACILITIES – 615 Saved | 82 Damaged | 68 Destroyed.
  • OUTBUILDINGS – 7,053 Saved | 889 Damaged | 2,048 Destroyed.

FIRE ALERTS

The fire danger ratings for tomorrow, Christmas Day, will see widespread areas of low-moderate and high fire danger. North Western will be very high. Firefighters will continue working to strengthen containment lines ahead of heat building again from this weekend. – NSW RFS

#Australia #Bushfires #NSWRFS

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

 

Burien Fire Scorches Home, Displaces Several

BURIEN, Wash. – Several adults were displaced after a fire forced them to flee their home.  The incident occurred around 2051 hours PST in the 11200 block of 18th Avenue Southwest in Burien, located south of Seattle.

Firefighters were quickly on-scene from the moment they were dispatched to first due resources arriving.  Within minutes, firefighters conducted a primary and secondary searches on floors one and two with reaching an “all clear” and nothing found.

Fire extended to the attic but it was quickly knocked down.  A light package was set-up in front of the building.  Additionally, Command had called for two ambulances to respond priority to the fire ground. Later, they appeared to be on standby with some units returning back in service.

A FIU Investigator was requested by Command, as well the Red Cross for the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is still under investigation.

Injuries and the cost-to-datea are also unknown.

#BurienFire #HouseFire #FireNews

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Update 1 – 12/21/2019 – 2220 hours PST

 

Australian Bushfires Eat up Countrysides Become Major Firestorms | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

While American Politics burn up the airwaves, across the world there are bushfires or  wildfires as we call them here in the United States that are destroying everything in its pathway from homes, structures, lands, etc.  Firefighters around the world are coming together as mutual aid to help attempt to stop these fires but severe weather conditions are making these wind-driven firestorms. Record-setting highest heat waves have occurred in the last three days with the hottest day at a 107F !

There are approximately 122 wildfires currently burning at this time. We will work to capture the largest ones and provide them in our future updates.

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Credit | NSW RFS

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT | FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

A statewide Total Fire Ban is now in effect for December 17 – 21, 2019 due to RED Flag Conditions (extreme hot and dry conditions) across New South Wales.

Some fires have been active since the beginning of November, while a few are being brought under control  and others are considered as out-of-control as we have reported a few listed above.

WILDFIRES

Gosper’s Mountain Fire.  Largest fire burning in Australia. Located in the Wollemi National Park area. 449,535 hectares or 1,110,835 acres.  Burning on multiple fronts that has burned south of the Goose River towards the Blue Mountains.  Destroyed a large area known to be seven (7) times the size of Singapore.  Conditions are due to grow worse on Saturday.

Green Waffle Creek Fire Located 15 km south west of Warragamba Dam Wall in the Blue Mountains National Park and in the Lake Burragorang area. 176,460 ha or 436,042 ac. Fire is considered to be out-of-control with dangerous fire conditions and erratic fire behavior across the fire ground.

Grose Valley Fire.  Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains. Fire is out-of-control.  2,100 ha or 5,189 acres.  Limited information

LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES, CALL 0-0-0

Structures are currently under direct threat. Structure protection in effect with the aid of heavy equipment and aircraft from above. Burning on multiple fronts close to structures around Balmoral, Thirlmere, Tahmoor and Nattai. The northern flank has crossed to the western side of the Warragamba Gorge near the Mountain Lowry Creek.  Nearby Hume Highway is open but being impacted by lots of smoky conditions.

Evacuations in effect.

Currowan Fire. Burning in the area of Clyde Ridge Road, Currowan, NSW and in the Shoalhaven Council area. This is an out-of-control wildfire. 128,461 ha or 317,434 acres. It is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla and east of Braidwood.

Fire behavior has increased and is wind-driven.  It is said to be also located between Burrill Lake and Morton National Park (north) and Batemans Bay (southern perimeter), as well as in the Bundawang Range and Clyde Mountain (west).

EVACUEES | RESOURCES

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

Residents and visitors are being encouraged by Fire Officials to be aware of their surroundings, to be alert and to evacuate if you see danger.

We ask that you please evacuate your family, pets and yourself.  Your home and its contents can be replaced but you and your family cannot.  Also, if you stay – you are putting the lives of firefighters on the line to save you.- Ed.

SCANNER FEEDS

There are many Australian scanner feeds listed in Broadcastify you can listen to. This is so out-of-the-ordinary to even show up in the Top 20, little alone the Top 10.  If you wish to listen, here are the ones that are available:

Wollondilly RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31709

S Australian Emergency Services – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/2653

NSW RFS – Hawkesbury – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31583

Southern Tablelands RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/1176

Central West Ambulance and Fire – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/4339

Blue Mountains RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17631

RFS South Coast – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24950

NSW RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31589

THR0UGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“The extreme heatwave comes as firefighters in NSW battle to contain around 100 wildfires that have been burning for weeks across the region, blanketing #Sydney in a toxic layer of smoke”. — Media

This brave young girl from Australia was threatened with arrest for protesting inaction over climate change. She holds her sign above her head in defiance.” – An eyewitness account of a young girl who has just lost her home and goes to protest at the Prime Minister’s home.

Exceptional heat in #Australia. December 18 set a new national max temperature average record of 41.9°C (107.4°F). Which broke the previous record set the day before by a 1.0°C (1.8°F).” – US Meteorologist

It’s getting worse.” – Social Media (posted 1950 hours PDT)

While bushfires burn, our PM is enjoying a holiday in Hawaii (US). We are left with this.” – Social Media.

Here we are again. Yesterday was Australia’s 2nd hottest day ever, averaging 41C (105.8F) across the entire country. Last 3 days in a row the hottest 3 days ever.” – Media.

so like, our state has been on fire for weeks and no one cares. upside its been snowing ash. never thought it would snow here.” – Media user.

Our firefighters are hurting today, but they’re still showing courage and bravery and resilience. They’re still fighting to keep us safe. They are the best of Australia.” – Anthony Albanese (Labor Party Leader)

absolutely horrific , fires burn across our precious country yet again in catastrophic conditions.” – Media user.

POST DEDICATION 

We wish to dedicate this post to two Fire Brigade firefighters that were killed in a vehicle accident last night.  We are thinking of their families, friends and fellow Firefighter brother/sister/family that are grieving from their loss.  We all feel the void when one is lost in the Fire Family.

Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton, 32 

Geoffrey Keaton         

FIREFIGHTER ANDREW O’DWYER, 36

Andrew O'Dwyer

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 2215 hours PDT – Thursday, 12/19/2019 / 1715 AEDT Friday

Los Angeles County, California | Gorman Incident

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Ca. | A twenty-five to thirty vehicle pileup occurred on Saturday, March 23, 2019, around three in the afternoon  on the I-5 Freeway in the southbound lanes about two miles south of Gorman Road.  Another nearby crash reported another large amount of vehicles involved.

Credit | CAL Trans District 7

RESOURCES

Resources from all outlying areas would be dispatched together forming a Unified Command including the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, Kern County Fire Department, CHP and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office.

At 1551 hours, Battalion 6 from the LA County Fire Department assumed as the Incident Commander (IC) of the incident.

Fire resources included:  KCFD E56, Copters 15, 17, 18 and LA County FD’s Copter 423. Engines 93, 103, USAR 103 and HAZMAT 105.  More unknown resources were on-scene assisting with putting out a car fire and assessing multiple casualties.

CAUSE

There is an unknown cause at this time but it has been reported that temps in the area were around 46*F but felt like 38*F with fog and poor visibility.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Social Media was energized by those who were reporting on the major mass casualty incident or also known as a MCI.  Significant events that occurred at this incident included the following:

  • 25-30 vehicles total in the Gorman area
  • Poor visibility caused challenges to those in the air and on the ground
  • 1 critical patient with 22 refusing treatment or medical transport
  • All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were shutdown
  • 20-30 vehicles being towed
  • 100 stranded cars between two separate multiple traffic collisions
  • 1 Injured horse
  • 1 car fire
  • 3 Copters, 1 Air Attack

Credit | Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Office

For those following this post, there is something that miraculously occurred today in all of this mayhem and that this could have been so much far off worse than it was.  It was all due in part because those who were on-scene jumped into action and first responders had quick response times which saved a lot of lives.  Command by all those involved from the various Fire and Law Enforcement agencies worked in unison with one another.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the eyewitness accounts that broke out on Social Media:

LA County Fire Air Ops | “MCI” responding two Paramedic helicopters to assist with a multiple vehicle pile up on Interstate 5 near Gorman, CA”

Eyewitness Account (Twitter) | “At least two separate, severe pile ups on the southbound 5, North of Exit 202. Thick fog.”

This area has also seen its additional bad wrecks as well.  Here is a recent listing of those that have occurred in the several months:

3/20/2019 | A crash is blocking the two left lanes. in on I-5 NB at Gorman School Rd. (Media)

3/17/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION | FS77 | 46001 N Orwin Way | COPT17 transporting 2 patients to an area trauma center. (Media)

3/15/2019 | NB I-5 from SR-138 (Lancaster Rd) to Rd- right lane CLOSED until 1pm to recover big rig on embankment. (CAL Trans District 7)

2/2/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION MAJOR | FS77 | NB 5 South of Smokey Bear Rd | Multiple vehicles involved with 7-10 patients. 1 DOA, 1 critical. This is the “Highland Incident” (Media)

We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #GormanIC  #GormanMCI

Thank you for following us.  You can also find us on @nwfireblog on Twitter for more live coverage and other fire-related news.  We also be found on Instagram. We’d love for you to join us here on our official blog and on our Social Media channels.

Be safe friends….

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

WA | LITTLE ROCK FIRE STATION |NEW

WASHINGTON STATE

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 1 2018 – 1945 PDT – A wildfire is said to be burning dubbed the LITTLE ROCK FIRE STATION on Little Rock in Thurston County, Washington.  Fire fuels include timber understory.

E 801 was dispatched at 1754 hours and assisting local fire resources on August 1, 2018 at 1754 hours PDT.

According to the WILD CAD Activity log, there has been 0.01 acres destroyed.

No further details available.

#LittleRockFire #WAwildfires2018 #NWFireBlog

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

SEATTLE TOUCHED BY UNUSUAL AMOUNTS OF BRUSH FIRES

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle appears to be touched by “more-than-your-usual-number-of-brush-fires” in a single day according to the City Fire Department’s CAD activity on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Here is a recap of today’s fires that have occurred this afternoon and are still occurring throughout the City of Seattle.

1600 Hours PDT –  SR 99 @ Holden.  Fire Officials stated firefighters were battling several brush fires near SB SR 99 at South Holden Street and 5th Avenue South x South Cloverdale Street. B2 E11 E27 E37 B7 dispatched.

1605 Hours PDT – 130 South Kenyon Street.  E32 dispatched.

1612 Hours PDT – 5th Avenue South x South Cloverdale Street.  E28 dispatched.

1646 Hours PDT – 7400 Sand Point Way NE.  E 38 dispatched.

1929 Hours PDT – 8604 8th Avenue South. E27 E37 MAR5 L7 dispatched.  Firefighters are still battling this brush fire along with a new one that broke out at 1931 Hours PDT. Seattle FIU is still investigating these string of brush fires. No preliminary cause is known at the time of this post.

SR 99: SR 599 Interchange

This brush can be seen from SR 99 x SR 599, down the street from 14th Ave S | Credit: WSDOT

1931 Hours PDT – NB SR 99 @ 14 Avenue South.  B5 E11 E33 E36 dispatched.  1950 PDT, Seattle Fire PIO stated fire was under control and Fire Investigators were en route to determine the cause.  As of 2030 Hours PDT, Fire Investigators were still investigating.  No preliminary cause is known at this time.

2035 – MLK Jr. Way South x South Bayview Street.  E30 dispatched.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated May 22, 2018 – 2100 Hours PDT

OOA – Texas Wildfires Sit Rep – May 18, 2018

STATEWIDE, Texas – Here is the current Sit Rep for Texas wildfires happening across the State.  Information is gleaned from multiple sources and from all Social Media platforms to give you a great single post on what’s happening out in the fire world.

MALLARD FIRE

The Mallard Fire is located approximately 25 miles SE of Amarillo and about 5-6 miles SE of Claude in Armstrong and Donley Counties.  It is also located on the A Ranch and in Mulberry Canyon to the north.

The lightning-caused fire started on May 8, 2018.  It has destroyed 75,530 acres of brush and grass and a single structure but has reached a 77% containment status.  Fire behavior is being observed as minimum fire activity.

Fire burning in the canyon in DIV H

Fire burning in Canyon of Division H | Photo Credit: TX A&M Forest Service

There are 246 personnel along with 1 large and a small helicopter, along with 3 SEATs, 9 engines, 6 dozers and 4 hand crews.

Command will change from a Type 1 IMT back to a local unit on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Increased containment has been successfully accomplished by firefighters during a very productive day and low heat confirmed by a recon night flight on Thursday, May 17, 2018.  A TFR will expire at 2100 hours this evening.

The total fire suppression and containment status costs-to-date are $6,400,000.

Fire Fact: 

There were 94 wildfires reported in the last 24 hours across the United States with initial attack activity.  Of those two were newly reported large incidents, four of those wildfires were contained and there are still seven that are still burning.  2 Type 1 and 2 IMTs are reported as still committed to large incidents – NIFC.gov

CALDWELL FIRE

The Caldwell Fire started on private land and is located about 20 miles NW of Fort Davis and 25 miles east of Vallentine in Jeff Davis County on the Caldwell Ranch off of Highway 118.  It is said to be in the same vicinity as the McDannald Fire.

There has been 2,450 acres of burned brush and tall grass that has been destroyed with a 65% containment status.  Fire behavior is showing as moderate.

About 38 personnel are assigned along with one crew and three personnel.

A total cost-to-date has reached $1,000.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NM Wildfires: #DienerCanyonFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A prescribed burn in Cibola County, New Mexico on Thursday, April 12, 2018, escaped its containment lines and found to be not meeting its desired objectives would soon become a wildfire.

LOCATION |  The fire is located eight (8) miles south of Blue Water Lake and 13-15 miles west of Grants and Milan, New Mexico. It is burning in the Zuni Mountains on the Mount Taylor Ranger District.

Now, the #RedondoPrescribedFire has now become the #DienerCanyon Fire and this fiery fire is not one to be reckoned with.

SIZE UP | The fire has consumed 3,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is extreme with windy and very dry conditions.

RESOURCES |  Fire resources are from the State Forestry Division along with the U.S. Forest Service with additional orders for the SWA T-1 Team #2 Pierson IC, 2 T-1 and 2 T-2IA Crews.

HISTORICAL EVENTS | It is said that this is one of the driest starts to a water year in history.  A big wind event has been forecasted for over a week.  There has been plenty of criticism to go around as to why would there be a Prescribed Fire (RX Fire) when a windstorm has been forecasted in the same week.

SOCIAL MEDIA | Eyewitness accounts are saying the same things over and over again.   Here is a compiling of what people are sharing with others:

“View to the SW of the Diener Canyon Fire in the Mt. Taylor area showing a huge smoke plume on the horizon which is probably 50 miles away and more near Ojo Encino. The smoke is much closer now.”

“Per Forest Service policy, since the Redondo Prescribed Fire was no longer meeting the desired objectives, it was declared a “wildfire”.  A complexity analysis determined the need for a higher level of incident management.” Prescribed Fire gone bad.

#DeinerCanyonFire  #NMwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

#MonumentHillFire | Grant County WA | New!

GRANT COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Monument Hill is the second highest peak in Beezley Hills at an elevation of 2,882 feet.  It is located near Quincy, just South of Ephrata. (Wikipedia)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire crews were dispatched to a brush fire around 2019 hours on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, located on Monument Hill  is located near Quincy, Washington.  (FireCAD)

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 (LEAVE NOW!) Evacuations were ordered forAdams Rd N, areas of Rd 13NW and Rd J8 NW.  (this was approximately around 2100 hours PDT from GCSO)

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Level 1 (Get Ready) Evacuations for Painted Hills area.  For what you need to bring during an evacuation or learn of which areas are in evacuations, check out the Grant County Sheriff Office website here —-> https://www.nixle.us/9JCSD

RESOURCES

Initial resources (BATT-17 BLM-11 BLM E-6695) were originally dispatched. We have heard since the original call time, pages out for mutual aid from Spokane city firefighters and others. (Scanner Feed)  Additionally, State fire mobe has been approved as well bringing out additional resources. (WSP PIO)

Press releases are coming out of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Washington State Patrol (WSP), as well as Grant County PUD.

SIZE UP

Grant County Sheriff is reporting the brush fire is approximately 500 acres(as of 2300 hours PDT) and is growing quickly. No containment status has been achieved as of yet. Homes and crops are currently being threatened.  State Fire Mobe has been approved. (Released around 2225 hours PDT)

#MonumentHillFire night fire operations. Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore)

ALERTS

Power Outage – Douglas County PUD stated as of 2200 hours PDT, about 350 residents were affected by the power outage in the Palisades area due to the fire in Grant County.  Crews are out and working very hard to restore power as quickly as possible.

Stay Out of the Area –The WA State Patrol reminds everyone to STAY OUT OF THE AREA and not park on the shoulders. Fire crews need the space to work in and with heavy traffic they cannot reach the fire ground.  Please help them put this fire out by leaving enough space for emergency vehicles and support personnel access to various roadways.

Evacuation orders/alerts – To receive Nixle alerts (evacuation notices), if you live in Grant County, text your zip code to 888777. You can also follow us on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff #MonumentHillFire (GCSO)

Red Cross Shelter – will be set up for evacuees at midnight tonight.  This will be opened up at the Quincy High School in Quincy. (GCSO)

HISTORICAL FIRE INFORMATION

This area is familiar to large wildfires and also previously called the #MonumentHillFire when the last one in July of 2015, caused evacuations in the Baird Springs Road of Rd Q NW, just North of Quincy.  Evacuations were ordered on July 1 and listed on July 5, 2015. (News Media)

This what it looked like on July 1, 2015.  Fire was out around 1900 hours on July 5, 2015.  Over 2,000 acres.

Credit: GCSO.

Here it is on August 16, 2017. Fire started August 16, 2017 and growing.  500 acres and growing.

Credit: WSP PIO 6, Trooper Brian Moore

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can follow us here on our Official Fire Blog, on Twitter @nwfireblog and on our Facebook Page, The NW Fire Blog.

#MonumentHillFire #WAwildfire2017 #WaWILDFIRE #NWFB #GrantCoWAFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2017 @ 2320 Hours PDT

 

#DiamondCreekFire | Washington | 3

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE – PASAYTEN WILDERNESS, WASHINGTON

INCIDENT SUMMARY

This wildfire is burning in the steep slopes in the Diamond Creek drainage,  where it intersects with Lost River in the Pasayten Wilderness on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands.

It was discovered on Saturday, July 22nd and reported on Sunday, July 23, 2017 by a hiker in the Methow Valley area.

The smokejumpers were dispatched around 0952 hours on Sunday morning.  Initially it was reported as a small fire but has grown to 250 acres with a 0% containment status.

Fire fuels are heavy loads of dead and down trees, making it difficult to fight.

CAUSE

Fire Officials say the probable cause is human-intervention as there was no lightning passing over the fire line.  However, the exact cause is under investigation.

Photo showing an Aerial Overview of Diamond Creek Fire on July 23, 2017

Photo Credit: Matt Castle, USFS

STAFFING

About 8 smokejumpers, plus air resources out of the North Cascade Smokejumpers Base are currently working together to suppress and contain this fire.

Want to know about these amazing smokejumpers? Check out their website here ———> http://www.northcascadessmokejumperbase.com/

 

CLOSURES

The Billy Goat Trailhead and all associated trails are closed.

 

REMINDER!

Here is What Smokey Wants You To Know.  Now, Share it!

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow us here! Twitter ( @nwfireblog ) and on our Facebook Page!

Hashtags for this fire are #DiamondCreekFire #USFS #OkWenNF #WAwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/24/2017 @2000 Hours PDT