California Wildfire | Pawnee Fire | 3

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – A wildfire that started Saturday, June 23rd was said to be like an out-of-control runaway train or as we may say it more like a Firestorm is starting to become more tame by the day.

Firefighters are beginning to make some good progress on containment, but not without a fierce fight and tireless efforts both day and night.

Photo Credit | NASA Earth

Here is the Sit Rep for the North California  wildfire called the Pawnee Fire.

CURRENT SIT REP

Start Date/Time | The fire started on Saturday, June 23, 2018 around 1721 hours.

Location | It is burning on Pawnee Road x New Long Road,  4 miles northeast of Clearlake Oaks, California.

Unified Command | CAL FIRE, Lake County SO, US Forest Service and Northshore Fire Protection District .

Cause | The cause is unknown at this time.

Incident Cooperators | Lake Co SO, Lake County OES, CA DOC and Rehab, CA Conservation Corps, BLM, US Forest, CHP, PG&E and Lake Evacuation Animal Protection.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

June 26 – Tuesday

2024 | Hot and windy weather fire conditions are in the forecast.

1904 | 2700 personnel. 235 engines, 58 fire crews, 15 helicopters, numerous air tanker teams through the State (flying as conditions will allow), 69 bulldozers, 25 water tenders.  13,000 acres. 17% containment. 22 structures destroyed.  4 structures damaged.

Road Closures:  At Hwy 20, the follow roads are closed – Old Long Valley Rd, Walker Ridge, Mule Skinner Rd, Bear Valley Rd; At Brim Road, all roads are closed – Bear Valley Rd and Leesville Lodge Rd.

Mandatory Evacuations:  Spring Valley Community: entire area including all roads accessed off of Old Long Valley Rd and New Long Valley Rd, north of Hwy 20;  Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough Rd, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod and Moccasin.

Advisory Evacuation Notices: East of Walker Ridge area, Wilbur Springs area, Bear Valley and Brim Road.

Evacuation Shelters:  Lower Lake HS. 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake, CA.  [Contact: Sheriff’s website for additional evacuation info.  http://www.lakesheriff.com/

Animal Evacuations:   Contact Animal Control at 707-263-0278.

1205 | Fire moving southeast.

June 25 – Monday

1925 | Media began reporting the fire was expected to jump Water Ridge by 1930 hours and head down into Bear Valley.  Crews were in the middle of structure protection of a communications repeater (infrastructure).

1852 | CAL FIRE firefighters continue to directly engage in building containment lines and utilizing aerial attack when possible.

1759 | Winds picked up in the Spring Valley area which created unpredictable fire behavior and media was reporting that the fire was so big, it was creating its own weather.  This was occurring off of Chalk Mountain Road, which they reported fire crews were working on structure protection.

1615 | A VLAT  (For those non-fire speaking folks: this stands for very large airtanker) was observed dropping in front of some CAL FIRE engines while extending the fire-retardant lines.

1522 | Reports of the fire just made a strong run and crews just lost a line. They are hoping the next one holds.

0727 | The fire was located northeast of Clearlake Oaks in Lake County had grown to 8,200 acres.

June 24 – Sunday

1830 | 7,700 acres burned. 237 personnel. 5 crews, 2 helicopters, 7 dozers, 2 water tenders.  More aircraft incoming and on order. Fire is moving up ridges and heading towards Double Eagle housing development.  Dozers, tankers, air craft and strike teams are working tirelessly to gain fire suppression, control and containment but the fire is moving extremely quickly.  Some of the units are trying to hold the fire but it is not holding.  / Updated @ 2145 hours PDT

1709 | Hotspot data just popped up on the NASA GIS server and now appears on the map.  There is a 3-hour lag. Hotspots likely sensed at 1350 hours. Map Credit is @MappingSupport

1706 | Mandatory evacuations now include all areas north of Highway 20 and east of Old Long Valley Road to Round Ball Road,  including Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod and Moccasin.

1702 | CAL FIRE is requesting all remaining residents in the Spring Valley area reduce their water usage immediately to conserve water for firefighting suppression efforts.

1657 | Alameda County Fire Engines 308 and 330 are dispatched and en route to the fire, part of the Strike Team XAL 2002C with crews from Berkeley FD, Hayward FD and Fremont FD.

1602 | Mandatory evacuation orders expand to include all areas north of Highway 20 and est of Old Long Valley Road.

1536 | Estimates at 3,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

1528 | 4 spot fires just popped up across New Long Valley Road near Indian Hill Road. IC calls for need of Engine Strike Teams (25 engines) for immediate structure protection.

1509 | LA Co FD dispatches 4 Camp Crews (11-1, 11-2, 19-2, 19-5) plus 1 BC (BC46) to assist CAL FIRE.

1505 | Multiple spots along New Long Valley Road, critical need for copters to assist in maintaining fire line.  Fire is .25 to .5 mile away from the dam.

1408 | Significant fire moving downhill into Wolf Creek Road area with structure threat.  Is said to be moving east towards the reservoir.  Infrastructure of a hydroelectric facility at the dam.  Air resources to put retardant in the area for structure protection.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

1416 | AA advises if fire hits the Spring Valley area and they engage in structure protection, may be dropping retardant all over houses, fire equipment. Fire moving to the N/NE.  The next road in that area is Bartlett Springs Road.

1341 | Tankers 01 and 10 divert from this wildfire over to Redding for the Clear Creek fires.

1337 | Evacuees are being sheltered at Lake County High School, a Red Cross shelter.

1245 | CAL OES approves Fire Management Assistance Grant which provides Lake County agencies to receive 75% reimburse of their fire suppression costs.

1226 | No divert on 4 air tankers due to imminent life to civilians and firefighters.  CAL OES Coastal and Inland EOCs  are activated and staff from regional response teams are deployed.

1154 | Pawnee Fire activity shows gusty northern winds are part of #cawx forecast to shift to a southwesterly direction in the afternoon. | Photo Courtesy:  NWS Sacramento, GEOMAC and MODIS satellite instrumentation.

1131 | Animals in Disaster group Halter Project gives “Animals Sheltering in Place”

  • Leave as much as water as you can
  • Do not leave hay
  • Remove masks/halters/wraps/fly sheets etc.
  • Paint ID info on animals. Use MARKERS ON HOOVES
  • Close access to barns
  • Do not turn equine/livestock loose where they can get on roads
  • If you need emergency assistance with your animals contact LEAP: 707-263-0278. This is also the same number to call for urgent boarding of large and small animals (as of 6/24 there is still room).

1056 | Berkeley Fire Engine 305 dispatched to fire as mutual aid.

1046 | Alameda County Fire crews (CAL OES STrike Team 2870 OC) arrive in Staging safely.  They begin a 24-hour operational shift.

0942 | RED CROSS working on opening shelter at Lower Lake HS located at 9430 Lake Street.

0904 | IC requests Aircraft resources:  1 VLAT, 2 LATs and 3 add’l S-2s  for a total of 4.

0711 | Fire is now 1,500 acres.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

0407 | Fire continues to grow and remains at a 0% containment status. Bay Area Fire resources have been activated.  Some structures have been lost. Air attack will begin at first light.

0316 | Rio Vista FD Brush 55 unit is dispatched, en route to the wildfire.

0251 | Video Photo Credit:  Alameda County FFD.

0151 | PG & E lines shut down.

0139 | Fish and Game helping with animal evacuations.

0052 | PG & E lines are down and still alive.  Request to company to shut down in the whole area.

0018 | Multiple structures are ablaze with fire on both sides of Wolf Creek Rd. Heading and due to impact Spring Valley Road heavily.

0003 | IC requests Sheriff to do another emergency mandatory evacuation alert for the entire Spring Valley area, all subdivisions and roads that lead to that area. Multiple structures on fire with civilians still in area.

June 23 – Saturday

2306 | Fire heading towards Indian Valley Reservoir.

2110 | Fire reached 400 + acres and making a run. All aircraft are off the fire for the night.

2044 | AA estimates fire at 200 acres. Helo was in process of mapping the fire.

1907 | AA reports 60-acre fire with moderate fire behavior and ROS on all flanks.

1804 | CAL FIRE notification of firefighters battling 75 acre fire.

RESOURCES

Personnel | There are currently 237 personnel which include 5 fire crews.

Equipment | There are 32 fire engines, 2 helicopters, 7 bulldozers and 2 water tenders.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2030 Hours PDT

Washington Wildfire | Easterday Fire | 2

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Benton County Fire District #1 fire crews responded to a brush fire near Easterday Farms, just south of Kennewick in Nine Canyon Road on Friday, June 22nd around 1007 hours.

Photo Credit | WA State Fire Marshal

Containment became a factor when the eastern Washington winds and dried out fire fuels mixed with the wildfire were picked up spreading to the east end.  This prompted an immediate for more resources to respond on to the fire line.

Here is a timeline of the wildfire as it unfolded throughout the incident:

JUNE 22, 2018 – FRIDAY

1007 hours | Benton County Fire District #1 firefighters respond and battle a brush fire that was at 25 hours but with the winds, it would spread.  2 Strike teams are ordered.

1009 hours | Fire is burning along Nine Canyon Road.

1044 hours | The fire has increased rapidly and is now at 200 acres with a 20% containment status.  It is located in the Switzler Canyon which cannot be directly accessed due to poor terrain for ground fire crews.  A dozer line is put in. No structures are threatened and there are no injuries reported.   Local mutual aid units Benton County Fire Districts #2, #4 and Franklin 3, KFD, PFD and RFD join forces to fight this stubborn wildfire.

1330 hours | Fire crews are beginning to get a handle on the fire with a new containment status of 30%.  The fire is almost completely surrounded by a dozer line in prepping crews to start conducting burnout operations. After all that is complete, Fire Officials estimate the fire should be at 350 acres. They are working against the weather clock which includes windy conditions.  No structures or agriculture are being threatened.

1601 hours | The wildfire jumped the dozer line and could not hold it to a full containment status.  More resources are ordered.

1641 hours | Resources were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center to the fire.

1723 hours | Fire is burning 17 miles south of Kennewick near S Findley Road in Nine Canyon.

1757 hours | Washington State Fire Mobilization has been approved the Washington State Patrol (Fire Manager).  Air resources have arrived.  Several reports of minor burns and smoke inhalation injuries but none were critical for ALS or BLS transports.  Some structures were threatened temporarily but structure protection was put into place.  These are no longer under threat.

2257 hours | Forward rate of spread has been stopped and in mop up operations. Fire Officials estimate the size of the fire to 1,000 acres.  7 engines will remain on the fire line tonight with an additional Strike Team arriving on Saturday, June 23, 2018 for day fire operations.

JUNE 23, 2018 – SATURDAY

0930 hours | 95% containment.  Night crew did an overall great job. More accurate mapping puts the total acreage destroyed at 700 acres. Strike team of engines mopping up during the day and objective is to have complete containment by 1600 hours.

1751 hours | 100% containment achieved.  All engines in the process of being released. More accurate mapping completed putting the final total at 1,299 acres.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1900 hours PDT

California Wildfire | Pawnee Fire | 1

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – A wildfire that started yesterday is gaining traction as it spreads all over the area prompting large numbers of crews and widespread evacuations.

Here is the Sit Rep for the Californian wildfire Pawnee Fire.

CURRENT SIT REP

Start Date/Time | The fire started on Saturday, June 23, 2018 around 1721 hours.

Photo Credit | Kelseyville Fire Protection District

Location | It is burning on Pawnee Road x New Long Road,  4 miles northeast of Clearlake Oaks, California.

Unified Command | CAL FIRE and Northshore Fire Protection District.

Cause | The cause is unknown at this time.

Destroyed | The fire has destroyed 1,500 acres and 12 structures.

Current Conditions | Fire burned actively throughout the night in the Spring Valley area, northeast of Clearlake Oaks.  Fire behavior is being driven by low RH, erratic winds and above normal temps.  The area is under a RED FLAG WARNING.

Threats | 600 structures are currently under direct threat in Spring Valley Road area.  40 structures in the Double Eagle area.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

June 24 – Sunday

1709 | Hotspot data just popped up on the NASA GIS server and now appears on the map.  There is a 3-hour lag. Hotspots likely sensed at 1350 hours. Map Credit is @MappingSupport

1706 | Mandatory evacuations now include all areas north of Highway 20 and east of Old Long Valley Road to Round Ball Road,  including Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod and Moccasin.

1702 | CAL FIRE is requesting all remaining residents in the Spring Valley area reduce their water usage immediately to conserve water for firefighting suppression efforts.

1657 | Alameda County Fire Engines 308 and 330 are dispatched and en route to the fire, part of the Strike Team XAL 2002C with crews from Berkeley FD, Hayward FD and Fremont FD.

1602 | Mandatory evacuation orders expand to include all areas north of Highway 20 and est of Old Long Valley Road.

1536 | Estimates at 3,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

1528 | 4 spot fires just popped up across New Long Valley Road near Indian Hill Road. IC calls for need of Engine Strike Teams (25 engines) for immediate structure protection.

1509 | LA Co FD dispatches 4 Camp Crews (11-1, 11-2, 19-2, 19-5) plus 1 BC (BC46) to assist CAL FIRE.

1505 | Multiple spots along New Long Valley Road, critical need for copters to assist in maintaining fire line.  Fire is .25 to .5 mile away from the dam.

1408 | Significant fire moving downhill into Wolf Creek Road area with structure threat.  Is said to be moving east towards the reservoir.  Infrastructure of a hydroelectric facility at the dam.  Air resources to put retardant in the area for structure protection.

1416 | AA advises if fire hits the Spring Valley area and they engage in structure protection, may be dropping retardant all over houses, fire equipment. Fire moving to the N/NE.  The next road in that area is Bartlett Springs Road.

1341 | Tankers 01 and 10 divert from this wildfire over to Redding for the Clear Creek fires.

1337 | Evacuees are being sheltered at Lake County High School, a Red Cross shelter.

1245 | CAL OES approves Fire Management Assistance Grant which provides Lake County agencies to receive 75% reimburse of their fire suppression costs.

1226 | No divert on 4 air tankers due to imminent life to civilians and firefighters.  CAL OES Coastal and Inland EOCs  are activated and staff from regional response teams are deployed.

1154 | Pawnee Fire activity shows gusty northern winds are part of #cawx forecast to shift to a southwesterly direction in the afternoon. | Photo Courtesy:  NWS Sacramento, GEOMAC and MODIS satellite instrumentation.

1131 | Animals in Disaster group Halter Project gives “Animals Sheltering in Place”

  • Leave as much as water as you can
  • Do not leave hay
  • Remove masks/halters/wraps/fly sheets etc.
  • Paint ID info on animals. Use MARKERS ON HOOVES
  • Close access to barns
  • Do not turn equine/livestock loose where they can get on roads
  • If you need emergency assistance with your animals contact LEAP: 707-263-0278. This is also the same number to call for urgent boarding of large and small animals (as of 6/24 there is still room).

1056 | Berkeley Fire Engine 305 dispatched to fire as mutual aid.

1046 | Alameda County Fire crews (CAL OES STrike Team 2870 OC) arrive in Staging safely.  They begin a 24-hour operational shift.

0942 | RED CROSS working on opening shelter at Lower Lake HS located at 9430 Lake Street.

0904 | IC requests Aircraft resources:  1 VLAT, 2 LATs and 3 add’l S-2s  for a total of 4.

0711 | Fire is now 1,500 acres.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

0407 | Fire continues to grow and remains at a 0% containment status. Bay Area Fire resources have been activated.  Some structures have been lost. Air attack will begin at first light.

0316 | Rio Vista FD Brush 55 unit is dispatched, en route to the wildfire.

0251 | Video Photo Credit:  Alameda County FFD.

0151 | PG & E lines shut down.

0139 | Fish and Game helping with animal evacuations.

0052 | PG & E lines are down and still alive.  Request to company to shut down in the whole area.

0018 | Multiple structures are ablaze with fire on both sides of Wolf Creek Rd. Heading and due to impact Spring Valley Road heavily.

0003 | IC requests Sheriff to do another emergency mandatory evacuation alert for the entire Spring Valley area, all subdivisions and roads that lead to that area. Multiple structures on fire with civilians still in area.

June 23 – Saturday

2306 | Fire heading towards Indian Valley Reservoir.

2110 | Fire reached 400 + acres and making a run. All aircraft are off the fire for the night.

2044 | AA estimates fire at 200 acres. Helo was in process of mapping the fire.

1907 | AA reports 60-acre fire with moderate fire behavior and ROS on all flanks.

1804 | CAL FIRE notification of firefighters battling 75 acre fire.

RESOURCES

Personnel | There are currently 237 personnel which include 5 fire crews.

Equipment | There are 32 fire engines, 2 helicopters, 7 bulldozers and 2 water tenders.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1715 Hours PDT

Washington Wildfire | Easterday Fire | 1

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Benton County Fire District #1 fire crews responded to a brush fire near Easterday Farms, just south of Nine Canyon Road on Friday, June 22nd around 1007 hours.

Containment became a factor when the eastern Washington winds and dried out fire fuels mixed with the wildfire were picked up spreading to the east end.  This prompted an immediate for more resources to respond on to the fire line.

Here is a timeline of the wildfire as it unfolded throughout the incident:

JUNE 22, 2018 – FRIDAY

1007 hours | Benton County Fire District #1 firefighters respond and battle a brush fire that was at 25 hours but with the winds, it would spread.  2 Strike teams are ordered.

1009 hours | Fire is burning along Nine Canyon Road.

1044 hours | The fire has increased rapidly and is now at 200 acres with a 20% containment status.  It is located in the Switzler Canyon which cannot be directly accessed due to poor terrain for ground fire crews.  A dozer line is put in. No structures are threatened and there are no injuries reported.   Local mutual aid units Benton County Fire Districts #2, #4 and Franklin 3, KFD, PFD and RFD join forces to fight this stubborn wildfire.

Image may contain: cloud, sky, mountain, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | Benton County Fire District #1

1330 hours | Fire crews are beginning to get a handle on the fire with a new containment status of 30%.  The fire is almost completely surrounded by a dozer line in prepping crews to start conducting burnout operations. After all that is complete, Fire Officials estimate the fire should be at 350 acres. They are working against the weather clock which includes windy conditions.  No structures or agriculture are being threatened.

1601 hours | The wildfire jumped the dozer line and could not hold it to a full containment status.  More resources are ordered.

1641 hours | Resources were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center to the fire.

1723 hours | Fire is burning 17 miles south of Kennewick near S Findley Road in Nine Canyon.

1757 hours | Washington State Fire Mobilization has been approved the Washington State Patrol (Fire Manager).  Air resources have arrived.  Several reports of minor burns and smoke inhalation injuries but none were critical for ALS or BLS transports.  Some structures were threatened temporarily but structure protection was put into place.  These are no longer under threat.

2257 hours | Forward rate of spread has been stopped and in mop up operations. Fire Officials estimate the size of the fire to 1,000 acres.  7 engines will remain on the fire line tonight with an additional Strike Team arriving on Saturday, June 23, 2018 for day fire operations.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2230 hours PDT

Firestorm Imizamo Yethu Fire | March 11, 2017

 

IMIZAMO YETHU FIRE

Fire Summary

The Imizamo Yethu Fire is located in the community of Imizamo Yethu community in Hout Bay, home to a population of 33,600 people in a densely populated area less than one-square mile.  It is commonly called Mandela Park.

Fire has reached the area that has said to have little to no infrastructure for sustainable living, dismal water facilities, few toilets, no sewage system and the highest E.coli in the whole Country of South Africa. (This river runs through the community)

Photo Credit: Diriye Amey from Locarno, Switzerland (via Wikipedia)

Photo Credit: Diriye Amey from Locarno, Switzerland (with permission via Wikipedia)

Imizamo Yethu is located in Cape Town

Located in Cape Town. (Published under license via Wikipedia)

A Fire Storm

A fire unimaginable is burning down homes and as you can see in the photo below, a fire storm.  This is what residents woke up to this morning about 0930 Hours SAST. (we are 9 hours PST behind South Africa).

Photo Credit: VWS

Hit by Large Fire Second Time

This is not the first time this community has been hit by a large wildfire.  According to records and Social Media, it occurred around U.S. Christmastime in December of 2015 during several days.

However, this time around appears to be more devastating as residents are forced to flee their homes with barely enough time to grab their pets, small personal items and leaving the area.

Delayed Response

Some gawkers have come into the area causing delay of emergency vehicles gaining access. Those who are trying to flee and due to no formal infrastructure, residents are loading up their vehicles and blocking responding Fire units.  Online video posted by local Media clearly shows narrow streets and poorly designed structures leaving nothing to the imaginary as we know what this can cause.  Disasters in its own right mind.

The Fire Service is asking those to avoid the area so they can get to the fire scene quickly.  If they are unable to access the scene, the area could go completely up in flames with no barriers to stop it. That could spell complete disastrous for the whole community.

Air Support

Helicopters are doing what they can with water drops. No details on what aircraft is attached to this incident, nor the number of personnel.  *We are working to get more details from the VWS, the lead fire Agency on this wildfire.*

Photo Credit: VWS

Updates

More updates will be posted as we receive them.

Social Media

Hashtags that are being used for this incident are:  #CapeFire #HoutBay #InmizamoYethuFire

What they are saying on Social Media:

“Loud explosions can be heard.  Sounds like a war zone.”

“Helicopters putting fire down in Imizamo Yethu. Lord hear us, keep those Imizisamo Yethu families safe.”

Thank You

Thank you for reading our post.  Be safe friends wherever you today or tonight.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 0100 Hours PST (USA)

Update 6 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

Updated Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ 2300 Hours PDT

Multiple fires were reported in the Province of Alberta on May 1, 2016, blazing a patch towards the City.  Almost 100k residents have been evacuated, along with many hundreds – if not thousands from businesses and industrial facilities.

This fire is still growing by the minute into hours and days.  Fire Managers say it is only beginning and is expected to grow by midnight up to 200k hectares or up to 494,211 acres.  This calculates to just over 772 square miles.  If you can imagine this distance, you may have a somewhat imagination at the magnitude of this fire.  The fire images and videos are so surreal and overwhelming. It’s so hard to fathom this large of a Firestorm and its mighty power.

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date & Time:    

  • 5/1/2016.
  • 1607 Hours MDT.

Cause:

  • Unknown
  • Under Investigation

Acres:

  • Expected to grow to 200,000 hectares or 494,211 acres, which equals to 772 square miles by the end of this evening.

Fire Behavior:

  •  Fire conditions remain extreme, with 4 new starts across Alberta, Saturday, 5/7/2016.
  • Expected to grow even larger.
  • A total of  34 wildfires are burning, with 5 out of control, and 23 under control.

State of Emergency:

  • 5/1/2016: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
  • 5/3/2016:  Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.
  • 5/4/2016:  Provincial State of Emergency for RMWB

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FIRE RESOURCES

Across Province:

  • Firefighters:  1500.
  • Helicopters:  150.
  • Pieces of Heavy Equipment:  222.

Fort McMurray:

  • Firefighters:  500 fighting in and around Fort McMurray.
  • Canadian FF & Mutual Aid: have saved 80% of housing and infrastructure.

POLICE

  • RCMP – Wood Buffalo

PET RESCUE

  • Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • RMWB City
  • Calgary Humane Society
  • Alberta SPCA

EVACUATIONS

North Evacuees

  • Evacuated successfully by air and ground to Edmondton as a precautionary due to heavy smoke in the area.

Syncrude 

  •  Employees:  1500 employees were evacuated on 5/7/2016.
  • Operations:  facility shutdown.

Groups of Employees

  • Suncor:  All evacuated but facility may be still running.
  • Husky:  Same as Suncor.
  • Shell:  Same as Suncor.
  • CNRL:  Same as Suncor.

TRAVEL ADVISORIES

Traffic Alerts:

 BUSINESS PARTNERS

HOUSING

AirBNB:

  • Disaster Response activated.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Emergency Financial Support:

  • Albertans can call 310-4455 for information and stay up to date on the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps

COUNSELING

Mental Health Support:

  • Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

PROPERTY DAMAGE

Insurance Claims: 

  • Anyone who has suffered a property loss should contact their insurance provider. They may also be entitled to additional living expenses under their insurance policies.

EVACUEE RESOURCES

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

  • Government Assistance:  Assistance of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent to help meet immediate needs being provided by the Government.
  • Pre-loaded Debit Cards: This assistance will likely be provided in the form of pre-loaded debit cards.
  • More details:  when this assistance will be available and how to access it will be announced by May 11, 2016.  Government of Alberta offices will not have additional information until this time. When details are available they will be posted on this page and available through 310-4455.

RECEPTION CENTRES

  • Fort McKay. Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche. The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton. Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St Paul . Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven. 1, Janvier *expected to close May 5
  • Grasslands. Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley. Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake Reception Centre
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor Employees and Evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chippewan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band Members only
  • Town of Athabasca Reception Centre – Athabasca Multiplex, #2 University Drive
  • ESRD. Main Lobby.  Monday – Friday, 0815 – 1600 Hours.  Phone #780-310-3773.  Fax #780-427-4407.  Email:  ESRDInfo-centre@govab.ca

RESOURCES

EMERGENCIES

Environmental:

  •  800-222-6514.

 Report a Wildfire:  

  • 310-3473.

CLOSURES

ROADWAYS

Peace River District:

  •  Mile 80 of Alaska Highway area in the Peace River Regional District.

Hwy 63: 

  • Complete Hwy 63. Closed to the public. (as of 5/5/2016)

ALBERTA FIRE BANS

There is current a Fire ban across the whole Province of Alberta in Canada.

HOW TO HELP

HUMAN SERVICES

Red Cross Canada:

  • The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations via phone, online or through text message. Details can be found at www.redcross.ca.

ALBERTA GOVERNMENT

Volunteers:

  • The government is currently sufficiently staffed. No volunteers are needed at this time.

HASHTAGS

  • #ymmfire  
  •  #ymfire    
  • #abfire    
  • #AlbertaStrong  
  • #FortMcMurrayFire    
  • #BCWildfire
(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 5 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date.  

  • 5/1/2016.

Cause.

  • Unknown
  • Under Investigation

Acres.  

  • 85,000 hectares or 211,811 acres.

Fire Behavior.

  •  Fire conditions remain extreme, with 12 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 40 wildfires are burning, with five out of control, eight being held, 21 under control, and six turned over to the responsible parties.

State of Emergency.  

  • Provincial State of Emergency declared 5/4/2016.

Structure Protection.  

  • Fire crews are treating the Birchwood Trails as a HIGH priority.  They are working to protect the area.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Resources. 

  • 1200 Firefighers
  • 110 helicopters
  • 295 pieces of heavy equipments
  • 27+ Air Tankers
  • 30 approx Calgary Firefighters
  • Unknown # of Canadian Military Forces
  • More than 1,200 firefighters, approximately 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province.

ALERTS

Active Mandatory Evacuation Alert.

  •  Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray First Nation, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates.  See the Alberta.gov’s web page for helpful information and tips. http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

Mackenzie County

  • Mackenzie County will maintain the State of Local Emergency over the weekend; for residents living in Township 109 range 19 west of 5 between Townships road 1090 and 1094 east to the Bushe River, also 17,18,19,28,29,30,31,32 Township 108 Range 18 west 5. There is no immediate danger.
  •  Residents are asked to remain on evacuation alert over the weekend. We ask that local residents only access the road at this time. This will allow easy access of emergency response vehicles as they continue to work and maintain the fire. For more information call 780 927 3718.

Clear Hills County

  • There is a wildfire in Clear Hills County north of highway 64 and east of the B.C. border. This is an evacuation preparedness alert.If you live north of Highway 64 in Cherry Point, Bear Canyon or Cleardale, in Clear Prairie or Worsley north of Highway 64 and west of range road 80 secondary highway 726 prepare to evacuate on short notice.
  • Avoid moving to higher ground. Stay away from heavily vegetated areas. Any persons having trouble breathing due to smoke should seek immediate medical assistance. Listen to local authorities for updates

Returning Home.

  • Residents of Fort McMurray should not expect to return home for an extended period of time. Public safety is our number-one priority, and residents won’t be able to return home until it is safe to do so.

Traffic Alerts.

Boil Water Alert.  

  • Alberta Health Services has issued a boil-water advisory for the area of Fort McMurray including Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, Janvier, Fort McKay and nearby work camps that use water from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Water Treatment Plant as a precautionary measure.

EVACUEE RESOURCES

Emergency Fuel Locations.  

Operating in safety rest areas in the following locations on Highway 63:

  • Approximately 60 kilometres south of Fort McMurray (Kilometre 186)
  • Approximately 100 kilometres south of Fort McMurray at Mariana Lake (Kilometre 130)
  • Approximately 165 kilometres south of Fort McMurray (Kilometre 85)
  • Alberta Transportation is operating a new emergency refueling station approximately 30 kilometres north of Fort McMurray on the southbound ramp of the Suncor Voyageur Interchange.
  • A private vendor is selling fuel north of the traffic control point at the Highway 63 Parsons Creek Interchange, just south of Supertest Hill.
  • Quantities are limited and will be restricted to motorists who need fuel to get them to the nearest fuel centre.

Reception and Reception Centres.  

10 reception centres operating within the province.

  • Fort McKay – Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche – The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton – Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St. Paul – Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven – 1 Janvier
  • Grasslands – Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley – Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake – 4612 – 54 Avenue
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor employees and evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chipewyan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band members only

 BUSINESS PARTNERS

AirBNB.  

  • Disaster Response activated.

Emergency Financial Support . 

  • Albertans can call 310-4455 for information and stay up to date on the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps

Mental Health Support.  

  • Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

Insurance Claims. 

  • Anyone who has suffered a property loss should contact their insurance provider. They may also be entitled to additional living expenses under their insurance policies.

EVACUATIONS

Public Assistance.

  • Assistance of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent to help meet immediate needs being provided by the Government.
  • This assistance will likely be provided in the form of pre-loaded debit cards.
  • Details on when this assistance will be available and how to access it will be announced by May 11, 2016.  Government of Alberta offices will not have additional information until this time. When details are available they will be posted on this page and available through 310-4455.

Reception

  • Fort McKay. Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche. The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton. Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St Paul . Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven. 1, Janvier *expected to close May 5
  • Grasslands. Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley. Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake Reception Centre
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor Employees and Evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chippewan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band Members only
  • Town of Athabasca Reception Centre – Athabasca Multiplex, #2 University Drive
  • ESRD. Main Lobby.  Monday – Friday, 0815 – 1600 Hours.  Phone #780-310-3773.  Fax #780-427-4407.  Email:  ESRDInfo-centre@govab.ca

North Evacuees.  (As of 5/6/2016 1230 MDT)

  • Ground evacuations of people north of Fort McMurray began today, and will continue during daylight hours as weather and fire conditions permit. Vehicles are permitted to travel south on Highway 63 towards Edmonton or alternative accommodations.

Red Cross Canada’s Safe and Well Registration.

  •  All evacuees (whether they’re staying at hotels, in campgrounds or with family or friends) need to register by calling the Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070. This will ensure officials know how to reach you and verify you got out safely. Evacuees staying at reception centres can register reception centre staff.

THREATENED

Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates.

  •  Under Extreme threats.

Green Areas

  •  Homes near green areas due to sparks and high winds creating spot fires.

Stone Creek, Navea, North Abasand & towers.

  • Facing active fire.

RESOURCES

Environmental Emergencies.

  •  800-222-6514.

 Report a Wildfire   

  • 310-3473.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT INFO

Damaged – Minor

  • Airport facility outer buildings.  Primary infrastructure is still intact.

Damaged – Unknown Status

  • Downtown Fort McMurray has 1 structure damaged. N of Hangingstone River is left untouched.

Damaged – Significant

  • Hotel @ Fort McMurray’s Old Airport Terminal.  Extensive damage. Unknown
  • Old Airport Road.  Structures seriously damaged.
  • Saprae Creek.  30% significant damaged to homes.
  •  Prospect area.  Fire crews have stopped the fire from crossing over Confederation Way.

Destroyed

  • Fort McMurray, Lac Ste Anne and Mackenzie Counties.  1600 Homes destroyed.  No house numbers or street names available, says the Government due to not logistically possible.

CLOSURES

Alaska Highway.

  •  Mile 80 of Alaska Highway area in the Peace River Regional District.

Hwy 63.  

  • Complete Hwy 63. Closed to the public. (as of 5/5/2016)

ALBERTA FIRE BANS

 

There is current a Fire ban across the whole Province of Alberta in Canada.

MEDIA RELATIONS

Alberta Province

HOW TO HELP

Red Cross – Canada.  

  • The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations via phone, online or through text message. Details can be found at www.redcross.ca.

Volunteers

  • The government is currently sufficiently staffed. No volunteers are needed at this time.

HASHTAGS

  • #ymmfire  
  •  #ymfire    
  • #abfire    
  • #AlbertaStrong  
  • #FortMcMurrayFire    
  • #BCWildfire
(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 4 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

FIRE SUMMARY

START DATE:  5/1/2016.

ACRES.   85,000 hectares or 210,039 acres.

PERSONNEL.  1110 Firefighters.

FIRE BEHAVIOR.  ** HIGH ** 18 new starts across Alberta on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Total of 49 Wildfires are burning.  7 are out of control. 12 being held. 23 under control.  7 turned over to responsible parties.

Courtesy:  @BoucherMitch

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

SAFE / UNTOUCHED.  Thickwood, Confederation Way neighbors, NEW airport facility and Fire Hall 5 / Prairie Creek.

NO UPDATES RECEIVED.  Abasand, Timberlea, Wood Buffalo, Waterways, Draper, Grayling Terrace and Beacon Hill.

STRUCTURE PROTECTION.  Fire crews are treating the Birchwood Trails as a HIGH priority.  They are working to protect the area.

WEATHER.  Dry and hot.  Gusting winds.

images 3

RESOURCES

1110 Firefighters assigned to the incident along with the support of: 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 Air Tankers.

CANADIAN MILITARY FORCES.  Deployed 5/4/2016.

CALGARY FIRE.  Unknown exact numbers but one post suggested a minimum of 30 firefighters.

ALERTS / RESOURCES

STATE OF EMERGENCY.  Provincial State of Emergency declared 5/4/2016.

DISASTER RESPONSE.  AirBNB activated.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS IN PROGRESS.  Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray First Nation, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates.  See the Alberta.gov’s web page for helpful information and tips. http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

EVACUATION AND RECEPTION CENTRES.. Announced.  www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

EMERGENCY ALERTS.  Alberta Government Updates via https://twitter.com/youralberta

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE . Albertans can call 310-4455 for information and stay up to date on the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps

BOIL WATER ALERT.  Alberta Health Services has issued a boil-water advisory for the area of Fort McMurray including Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, Janvier, Fort McKay and nearby work camps that use water from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Water Treatment Plant as a precautionary measure.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT.  Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

INSURANCE PROPERTY CLAIMS.   Anyone who has suffered a property loss should contact their insurance provider. They may also be entitled to additional living expenses under their insurance policies.

Courtesy:  @BoucherMItch

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

EVACUATIONS

MOOSE HAVEN LODGE.  All guests/staff have exited and moved to Lac La Biche.

ANZAC. GREGOIRE LAKE ESTATES.  FORT MCMURRAY FIRST NATION.  Mandatory evacuation issued as of 5/4/2016 2150 MDT.  RCMP went door-to-door notifications and to evacuate by 2300 Hours.  Buses departed at midnight.

ANZAC.  Mandatory evacuations. (5/5/2016 2145MDT)

NORTH EVACUEES.  Plan in the works to find resources for them.

RECEPTION CENTERS (EVACUATION SHELTERS).  

  • Fort McKay – Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche – The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton – Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St Paul – Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven- 1, Janvier *expected to close May 5
  • Grasslands – Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley – Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake Reception Centre
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor Employees and Evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chippewan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band Members only
  • Town of Athabasca Reception Centre – Athabasca Multiplex, #2 University Drive

INFO CENTRE.  CANADA. Main Lobby.  Monday – Friday, 0815 – 1600 Hours.  Phone #780-310-3773.  Fax #780-427-4407.  Email:  ESRDInfo-centre@govab.ca

SAFE AND WELL REGISTRATION. All evacuees (whether they’re staying at hotels, in campgrounds or with family or friends) need to register by calling the Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070. This will ensure officials know how to reach you and verify you got out safely. Evacuees staying at reception centres can register reception centre staff.

THREATENED

ANZAC.  GREGOIRE LAKE ESTATES. Extreme threats.

GREEN AREAS.  Homes near green areas due to sparks and high winds creating spot fires.

ACTIVE FIRE.  The following areas are currently facing active fire:  Stone Creek – Navea.  North Abasand and it’s road tower & cell tower under serious threat.  Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates facing active fire.

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

RESOURCES

ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES.  800-222-6514.

REPORT A WILDFIRE.  310-3473.

DAMAGE / DESTROYED

DAMAGED – Unknown extent. Hotel at Fort McMurray..  Located at Old Airport Terminal.

DESTROYED.  1600 Homes destroyed in Fort McMurray, Lac Ste Anne Co, Mackenzie County.  The Government states due to logistics, they are unable to provide house numbers or street addresses.

MINOR DAMAGE.  Airport facility outer buildings .  Primary infrastructure is still intact.

SERIOUS DAMAGE.  Old Airport Road.  Structures seriously damaged.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.  30% significant damaged to homes in the Saprae Creek area.

DAMAGED.  Downtown Fort McMurray has 1 structure damaged. N of Hangingstone River is left untouched.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.  Prospect area.  Fire crews have stopped the fire from crossing over Confederation Way.

Courtesy:  Alberta Canada Forestry

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

CLOSURES

ALASKA HIGHWAY.  Mile 80 of Alaska Highway area in the Peace River Regional District.

HWY 63.  Closed to the public. (as of 5/5/2016)

ALBERTA FIRE BANS

FIRE ADVISORY.  Alrdrine. Calgary, Chestermire, Crossfield, Drayton Valley, Fox Creek, Half Moon Bay, Innisfall, Jarus bay, Lethridge, Picture Butte, Sunbreaker Cove and Town of Stettler.

FIRE RESTRICTION.  City of Leduc, Crowsnest Pass, Gibbons, Peace River, Pnoka, Redwater, Slave Lake and Westlock.

FIRE BAN.  Alberta Beach, Alberta Province – statewide, Argentia Baech, Athbasa. Barrhead, Beaumont, Birchcliff, Bittern Lake, Burnstick Lake, Berwyn, Beaver Lodge. astle Island, Cochrane, Crystal Springs,  Calmar, Caroline. Devone, Ghost Lake, Golden Days, Grande Prairie,  Edberg, Edmonton, Elk Island Nationa Park, Grandview, Grimshaw, Halkirk, Haska beach,  Fairview, Feintosh, Fort Saskatechewan, Island Lake, Island Lake South, Lethbridge and Longview, Ma-Me-O Beach, Mayethorpe, Mewatha Beach, Nakamun Park, Norglenwood, Okotoks, Onoway, Parkland Beach, Poplar Bay, Rimbey, Ronchon Sands, Rocky Mountain House, Ross Haven, Southview, St Albert, Swan Hills, Silversands, South Baptiste, Sunset Point, Town of Canmore, Turner Valley, Val Quentin, Vermilion, White Sands, White Court, Wabamun, Walparous, West Baptiste, Westlock county, Whispering Hills, Yellowstone.

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

HOW TO HELP

CANADIAN RED CROSS.   Make a monetary donation and the Alberta Government will match it. @RedCrossCanada

HASHTAGS

#ymmfire    #ymfire     #abfire      #AlbertaStrong    #FortMcMurrayFire     #BCWildfire

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 3 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

INCIDENT SUMMARY

MWF-009 also known as #FortMcMurray Fire is located 3 miles W of Fort McMurray.

The main fire that was headed towards Fort McMurray has made it into the City now burning in several streets and commercial buildings. There is a lot of information flowing and we are working on gleaning information from various sources.

If you have friends or loved ones, please pass the information along to them.

Courtesy:  @BoucherMitch

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

PUBLIC INFORMATION

MEDIA Inquiries.  Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has temporarily suspended Media interviews.

MEDIA Inquiries.  Suncor Energy Operations in Wood Buffalo.  403-296-4000 or media@suncar.com.  Investor Relations, call 800-558-9071 or invest@suncor.com

FIRES BURNING

Airport / Saprae Creek:  Fire is heading towards the facility. It is currently at to the old Airport Road.  Crews are on scene.

Birchwood Trails:  An unknown # of fires were in this community occurred but all have been extinguished.

Blackburn Drive:  3 structure fires.

Hwy 63 :  The fire breached the intersection of Highways 63 & 69, crossing over Hwy 63 is said that it hasn’t reached Prairie Creek yet (as of 5/4/2016 1730 hours MDT or 1630 hours PDT).  Teams are making progress.

North Parsons:  New school under construction has been lost.

Tmberlea:  15 structure fires on Walnut Crescent.  No other fires active in this area.

Walnut Crescent: 15 structure fires.

images 3

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

FUEL LOCATIONS

40 km S of Fort McMurrary, Hwy 63.

2 km S of Stoney Mtn Junc Road at Hangingstore, Hwy 63.

Fuel tanker parked at Maintenance yard.

60 km S of Fort McMurray

25 km of Stoney Mtn Junc Rd

Fuel Tanker parked in the rest area

Courtesy:  @BoucherMItch

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

 

RESIDENT RESOURCES

ANIMAL  – PET RESCUE

PULSE. 780-743-7000.

RCMP by Law: 780-788-4200

 

SHELTER RESOURCES

Guru Nanak Sikh Society Gurdwara. Edmonton.   Spare bedrooms, basement suites and other accommodations.  Contact:  Arundeep Singh Sanhu.  780-935-2786.

Sunday Creek Lodge Conklin.  1000 beds. 780-623-0383.

Moose Haven Lodge.  Hwy 881 @ KM 217.  Rooms, food and gas.  780-935-2372.

 

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Residents should tune into local media for updates. Residents can call the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for wildfire information at 780-762-3636.

 

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

The following is a compiled list of damage reports that have been received by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, a City of 80,000 residents.

Saprae Creek:  Fire is headed towards this area and mandatory evacuations began at 1630 Hours MDT ( 1530 PDT)   Any residents remaining in Saprae Creek must evacuate immediately to Firehall 5. If you know someone who lives there, call them and tell them to get out now.

 

 

 

TRAFFIC REPORT

Do NOT go into the City.

Hwy 63 @ Hwy 69.  Fire crossed Hwy 63 making it impassable to go SB or NB.  Closed.

Courtesy:  Alberta Canada Forestry

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

TAPPED FIRES

CanWest Propane Fire:  Firefighters extinguished the fire around 5/4/2016 1915 MDT.

BUSINESS RESOURCES

STRUCTURES SAVED

WATER TREATMENT PLANT.  Saved by aggressive fire suppression efforts.

HASHTAGS

#ymm ,  #ym  #FortMcMurryFire

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

FUTURE UPDATES

We are working to bring additional information as it comes to light.  Thank you for reading our post and following us.  We appreciate you!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Update 2 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

INCIDENT SUMMARY

MWF-009 also known as #FortMcMurray Fire is located 3 miles W of Fort McMurray.

As of yesterday, there were 80 firefighters assigned to this unit along with 7 helicopters, 2 dozer groups and 2 air tankers.

Alberta Canada – While one fire burns nearby, another is enraged burning everything in its path.

60 Ontario Firefighters have been dispatched today to help with firefighting.

COMMUNICATIONS

Residents should tune into local media for updates. Residents can call the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for wildfire information at 780-762-3636.

 

EVACUATIONS

The evacuation order is still in effect for all of Fort McMurray. Residents are not able to return to their homes.  Some homes have been destroyed by Fire.

Alberta Emergency Alert has issued mandatory evacuations now in effect for downtown except MacDonald Island, Thickwood, Gregoire, Abasand, Grayling Terrace, Beaconhill, Waterways and Centennial Trailer Park. Evacuation information can be found athttp://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/alerts/2016/05/3709.html

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

The following is a compiled list of damage reports that have been received by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, a City of 80,000 residents.

 

Gregoire. Homes not affected.

Beacon Hill.  80% loss of homes.

Abasand.  Serious loss, South is worse than the North.

Waterways.  Serious loss.

Draper. Damage under assessment.

Saline Creek.  Residences not affected.

Grayling Terrace.  1 home destroyed.

Downtown.  1 home lost.

Thickwood.  1 home lost on Signal Road.

Timberlea:  12 trailers lost on McKinlay Crescent.

Dickensfield.  2 homes lost.

Wood Buffalo. Damage not as serious as Beacon Hill, Abasand and Waterways.

(Twitter) whose sister lives in this Fort McMurrary and is having him post for her unbelievable images and posts.  (We are posting with his permission)

This is an excerpt of his sister’s loss and what others are going through as well.

images 2

(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

FIRES IN THE PROVINCE

In the last 24 hours, there have been 12 new wildfires in the Forest Protection area of Alberta.

  • 1 is out of control
  • 2 are being held
  • 6 under control
  • 5 have been contained/extinguished.

SWF-030 Fire

This fire is considered as out of control at 446.5 hectares or just over 1103 acres.  The fire is located 45 kilometres or almost 28 miles NW of Red Earth.

There are currently 48 firefighters and 5 helicopters fighting this fire.

images 3

(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

Since April 1, 2016, there have been 312 wildfires burning up to 9,844 acres.

Fire crews from the Agriculture & Forestry are currently fighting 7 wildfires outside of this area.

images 4

(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

Across the Province, they have resources ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice including – 878 Firefighters, 104 helicopters, 115 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 Air Tankers.

images 6

(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

FIRE LEVEL

The Fire Level has been increased to “Extreme”.  All burning permits are currently suspended.

images 8

(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

The fire has grown outside the City now reaching its destination destroying what the residents have worked so hard to protect and grow.  Their homes, businesses, jobs, livelihoods and everything else are going up in flames.

We will work to glean information as to how you can these folks with food, shelter, donations, clothing, etc.  More details are in the works.

RESOURCES NEEDED

Hotels:   If you have rooms in or close to Fort McMurray, call 780-762-3681 ASAP.

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

TRAFFIC REPORT

Hwy 63:   NB and Highway 881 remain closed with the exception of emergency vehicles.  SB Highway 63 and Highway 881 are open for evacuation.

HASHTAGS

#ymm ,  #ym  #FortMcMurryFireStorm2016

FUTURE UPDATES

We are working to bring additional information as it comes to light.  Thank you for reading our post and following us.  We appreciate you!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog