Florida’s #StatelineFire Almost Contained | 2


Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning approximately four miles southwest of Tallahassee, Florida on the Apalachicola National Forest and around the Clear Lake area in Leon County that began on March 9, 2018 around 1639 hours.

Cause | The cause is currently under investigation.

Size Up | As of Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the fire has jumped from 452 acres to a total of 5,622 acres with the aid of firing operations creating an large increase in destroyed land.   There has been a 70% containment status reached as of today’s presser.

Resources | There are currently 33 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

Social Media |  The wildfire is dubbed the #ClearLakeFire.

We are using hashtags #ApalachicolaNF #TallahasseeFire #FLwildfire2018.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2130 hours PDT

Wildfire Burning In Florida’s Apalachicola National Forest | 1


Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning approximately four miles southwest of Tallahassee, Florida on the Apalachicola National Forest and around the Clear Lake area in Leon County that began on March 9, 2018 around 1630 hours.

The wildfire is dubbed the #ClearLakeFire.

Cause | The cause is currently under investigation.

Size Up | The fire has burned 452 acres  of southern rough and crew have reached a 50% containment status.

At the moment, the fire’s behavior is moderate, creeping and smoldering.    It has a low spread, backing and flanking into fire lines.

Firefighters will conduct a burnout operation (a firing operation) that will burn up to 5,600 acres of fuels to strengthen containment lines and stopping the forward progression.

Resources | There are currently 36 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #ApalachicolaNF #TallahasseeFire #FLwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog




1  IAFF Cancer Summit.  Lake Buena Vista, FL.  http://client.prod.iaff.org/#page=Cancer_Summit_2018

3  Boston Fight for Air Climb.  Fundraiser for American Lung Association. Boston, MA.  http://www.firehouse.com/event/12361938/boston-fight-for-air-climb

11 – 14  DRI 2018 Conference.  Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, TN.   For professionals in business continuity, disaster recovery, risk management across all industries.  To include a hands-on workshop track, healthcare BCM track and cyerrisk track.  http://driconference.org/

21 – 23  2018 IPSA Conference.  Tempe, Arizona.  Bringing together the whole Public Safety community (Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Telecommunications, Emergency Management and all Allied Emergency Responders from the U.S. and around the Globe) to discuss education, training, policy and issues that affect all first responders and allied stakeholders during a call for service – no matter what the scope.  https://www.joinipsa.org/2018-IPSA-Conference/

26 – March 2  Firemanship Conference PDX.  Portland, OR.  1000 hours (26th) thru 1300 hours (March 2nd).  Presented by Strategic Fire Training.  https://www.facebook.com/events/312750115892847/ https://www.firemanshipconference.com/

27 – March 1 Wildland-Uban Interface. Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV. https://www.iafc.org/events/event/2018/02/27/default-calendar/wildland-urban-interface


4 – 8  Firehouse World 2018.  San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.  http://www.firehouse.com/event/12043748/firehouse-world-san-diego-west-coast-firefighter-training-conference

5 – 9  International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE).  Premiere annual event for the communications technology professionals.  Brings together in one place for the opportunity to connect with peers, see the newest products and services, as well as educational sessions.  Attendees represent a diverse group of professions from the the government/military, public safety, utility, transportation and business enterprise sectors.  http://www.iwceexpo.com/iwce18/Public/Enter.aspx

11   Scott Firefighter Stairclimb.  Columbia Center, Seattle, WA. 0600 – 1800 hours PST.  Firefighters will climb 1,356 steps, 69 flights, and 788′ vertical elevation up the world’s largest on-air stair climb competition in full combat gear and SCBA.  Their message is simple:  Climb. Conquer. Cure.  Fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma society – Washington/Alaska Chapter.

20 – 23  2018 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium’s “Link to the Past:  Bridge to the Future”.  Omni Homestead.  Discuss current trends, topics and share information on latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security.  Geared towards all levels of government, private sector, public health and related professions.  Presented by VA EMA and VA DEM.  http://www.vemaweb.org/symposium

21 – 23   42nd Annual Fire Prevention and Inspection Conference. East Peoria, IL.  Keynote speaker:  Gordon Graham and educators from Sandy Hook Elementary School. http://www.firehouse.com/event/12367375/42nd-annual-fire-prevention-and-inspection-conference


12 – 13   2018 Annual Disaster Resilience Conference.  “Creating Connections – Overcome Challenges…Together”  Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV.  Topics include creating your Disaster Plan, Cybersecurity, Active Shooter, Natural Disasters, Data Back-up and Recovery, Incident Management, Continuity Planning and Risk Management.  https://drconference.org/

17 – 19  2018 Emergency Preparedness Conference. 14th Annual.  Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL.  Showcases responses to real-life disasters and threats, features Joint Commission experts to help you break down related accreditation standards and offers the opportunity to network with the best in your field.  Geared towards Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Nursing Officers, Chief Medical Officers, Facility Managers, Emergency Management Managers, Risk Managers and Supply Chain Managers.  https://www.jcrinc.com/2018-emergency-preparedness-conference-april-18-19-2018/

27   2018 FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.  Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN.  Each climber pays tribute to a FDNY firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.  Presented by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).  https://www.firehero.org/events/

23 – 28   FDIC International 2018.  (Fire Departments Instructors Conference).  Indiana Convention center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN.  Largest gathering of decision-makers, trainers and experts, as well as manufacturers and suppliers, this is a conference to serve as engagement to network, relationship development and future revenue growth.  http://www.fdic.com/index.html


7 – 10   2018 National VOAD Conference. “Setting The Course”.  Providence, Rhode Island. (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Geared towards bringing together volunteers, practitioners and experts across the disaster relief sector.  Professionals and volunteers in the emergency management field come to share their experiences, new concepts and develop whole community solutions to build more resilient communities.  https://www.nvoad.org/2018-event/

24 – 26   2018 I-Women Conference.  “Embracing Success – Mind, Body & Soul”.  Hosted by Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, VA.  Special Guest Speakers:  Dany Cotton (Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade), Tonya Hoover (National Fire Academy Superintendent) and Rick Lasky (Fire Chief, Ret. Lewisville, TX). https://www.i-women.org/conference/


6 – 10    IAFF 2018 Convention.  Seattle, WA. http://client.prod.iaff.org/#contentid=1677


15   Fallen Fire Firefighters Memorial. Colorado Springs, CO.  http://client.prod.iaff.org/#contentid=1677 


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#BollardFire | FL | New!

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Incident Summary | An unknown cause sparked a wildfire in the stand of snags in the northern boundary of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge off of SR 3, approximately 4 miles South of Oak Hill, Florida.   The cause is currently unknown and being investigated.

Start Date / Time | The fire was reportedly have started on Monday, May 15, 2017, around 1430 hours.

Incident Cooperators | The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fire crews were immediately dispatched and responded to the fire.

Resources | There are currently 28 personnel assigned to this fire event.

Current Fire Conditions | Fire behavior is said to be moderate, torching and spotting but fire crews have reached a 90% containment status.  528 acres of Southern Rough have been destroyed.  Continued efforts to suppress and contain the fire will be the Fire Manager’s key focus.

Bollard Fire on the Merritt Island NWR on Monday evening, May 15, 2017.

Photo Credit:  Michael Good/USFWS

Social Media | We are currently using #BollardFire #FLwildfires2017 #FL for this wildfire.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog