Update 1 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

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

WOOD BUFFALO FIRE

As of May 3rd @ 1100, the Wood Buffalo Wildfire was burning in Forest land – SW of Mort McMurray.  It is said to be located 1.2 km or less than one mile W of Hwy 63 and Airport Road.  It has not crossed over the Hangingstone River yet.

Earlier in the morning around 0100, air quality was very poor.

Wood Buffalo credit by Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Photo Credit:  Regional municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta

It is unknown what is the cause of the fire, the size of it or if they have a containment status as of yet.

Photo Credit: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

FORT MCMURRAY WILDFIRE

It is quite the understatement calling this fire a wildfire but more like it should be called a Firestorm or perhaps, a Fire Monster destroying everything in its path.  And, it is only getting started.

Incident Summary

The wildfire started on May 1, 2016, at 1607 MDT.  The cause is under investigation.  The fire was last reported at 2656 ha or 6563 acres.  There are currently 80 fire personnel attached along with 4 Air tankers, 2 Light helicopters, 3 Intermediate helicopters and 4 Medium helicopters.

The fire is located approximately 1 km W of Gregoire in Fort McMurray.

It is listed as out of control and fire behavior is due to increase.  There is a 0% containment status at this time.

Evacuations

Eagle Ridge, Timberlea and Parsons Creek are currently NOT under evacuation per a recent Facebook Page post.

Mandatory evacuations of downtown Fort McMurray except Mac Donald Island, Thickwood, Gregore, Abasand, Grayling Terrace, Beaconhill, Waterways and Centennial Trailer Park.

Fire Managers report the N edge of the fire is growing rapidly.

Traffic Alerts

Hwy 63:  SB is open, South of Confederation.  If N of Athabasca Bridge, head N on the highway.

Safe and Well

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is asking all evacuated residents to email them at wildfire@rmwb.ca to advise your name, location and confirm you are safe.

You can also contact the Red Cross @ 888-350-6070 to check on Loved Ones.  Or if you are safe and well, go to the Red Cross website and register.  You can also check online by their name if you are looking for a loved one.

Radio Stations

Broadcasts are sent through on 93.3 and 97.9 stations in Fort McMurray.

Pet Safety

The FMSPCA has reached out to our partners in southern Alberta to help with animal placement, animal friendly accommodations and supplies as the FMSPCA shelter and its staff have been evacuated please contact RJ Bailot from the Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force 403-837-7442 or email rjbailot@abtaskforce.org

Unbelieveable Fire Images

BOSTON™ ‏@BoucherMitch (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 was Fort McMurrary around 2100 MDT on May 3, 2016                       Photo Courtesy:  @BoucherMitch

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

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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.

Hashtags

#ymm ,  #ym  #FortMcMurryFireStorm2016

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!

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Update 3 | Silver Mine Fire | North Carolina Forests

SILVER MINE FIRE

The Silver Mine fire is located 1 mile East of Hot Springs, North Carolina in the North Carolina Forests. This fire was started by human intervention by an unknown cause.

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo by Kevin Reese

Complete containment is to be completed on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  Fire crews have been working tirelessly.

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Fire fuels include:  Mature timber, shrub layer and hardwood litter.  The fire is currently minimal and smoldering.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Fire crews continue to monitor structure protection and continue reinforcing containment lines.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Mop-up around structures have started.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Fire has scorched up to 5,300 acres.  Firefighters have reached a successful 90% containment status.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

We thank these talented fire photographers for sharing their amazing and spectacular images with us and the world.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo by Kevin Reese

99 Fire personnel and overhead command staff [NC IMT3] are still assigned to this firestorm of fires.

Aerial burn out of Silver Mine Fire

Courtesy: Inciweb

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

 

 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Update 2 | Silver Mine Fire | North Carolina Forests

 

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Silver Mine wildfire was ignited by human intervention on April 21, 2016, around 1515 hours.  Located 1 mile E of Hot Springs, North Carolina and in the NC Forests.

The fire is burning mature timber, shrub layer of hardwood litter quickly grew to 2500 acres by April 22, 2016.  Rain fell in the area but not enough to tap the fire completely.

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo Credit: Kevin Reese via Incident

CONTAINMENT STATUS

By April 27, 2016, the fire was at a 60% containment status.  It had burned 5000 acres within containment fire lines.  Less than one inch of rain dropped over the fire ground.  Fire Managers are predicting acreage grow to a total of 6,000 acres by the end of the event is completely out.

 

Aerial burn out of Silver Mine Fire

Aerial Mapping of burnout mopping operations. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

PERSONNEL

Personnel remained high at 183 tied to the incident.

FIRE STATUS

On Thursday, April 28th, the containment status reached an all-time high of 90% with 5300 in scorched land.   Fire behavior displayed itself by being active, active, creeping and smoldering.

Aerial burn out of Silver Mine Fire

Another great aerial shot of Silver Mine Fire from above. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

FIRE TACTICS

Fire Managers will focus on the mop up and helping with landscape restoration which assists the environment to return to a healthy habitat and food source for wildlife and other ecosystems.

Aerial burn out of Silver Mine Fire

Burin out operations. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

HASHTAGS

The hashtags we are currently using:  #SilverMineFire #NCWildfires2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog