Florida Firefighters Fight Major Firestorm | 5 Mile Swamp Fire | 1

Update 1 – May 6, 2020 – Wednesday

Though this wildfire has been burning for three days, we felt it important to show what the good folks in the State of Florida are now going through.

Information gleaned in this posting, is from several verified sources in the Fire Service.

May 4, 2020 [Day 1]

A 250-acre RX fire occurred early in the morning on private land, near Avalon Blvd and I-10.  Several hours later, it appeared the fire had escaped its containment lines, spreading quickly.

Firefighters from the Florida Forest Service – Blackwater Forestry Center, along with other mutual aid agencies to fire burning in the same area.  The fire ‘s behavior was observed as moderate with long-range spotting, with windy conditions.

The fire was said to be pushing mostly to the northeast and burning south of the Santa Rosa Landfill.  Within one hour of deploying fire assets and personnel, the fire had doubled in size to a whopping 100 acres destroyed.

About 45 minutes  [1644 EDT] thereafter, Fire Officials released this information:

  • 140 acres destroyed
  • 30% contained
  • 10 dozers
  • 3 brush trucks
  • 1 helicopter
  • 1 fixed wing aircraft
  • No structures were being threatened

At 1930 hours, firefighters stated the fire had burned 150 acres and was at 40% containment.  Most crews had left and will be monitoring this fire through the night. Most of the fire activity had been reduced with increased humidity overnight.  Significant growth is not expected. Crews will return in the morning for a new assessment.

May 5, 2020 [Day 2]

Just after 0500 hours, Firefighters returned to the fire line to build line.  There were personnel on the ground and there were reported issues or fire growth just like they had predicted the night before.

The cause was explained that a RX fire had escaped its containment lines being conducted by a contractor.  No structures were endangered.  Additional local fire departments were called in as mutual aid as precautionary measures.   Press releases went out that firefighters would still be on-scene for the next few days and it appeared that they were beginning to wind down the incident. [0715 EDT]

Less than four hours later [1100 EDT]  activity began picking up along with winds and firefighters were once again on the front lines trying to contain the fire.  With increased winds, swampy land and dry fire fuels seemed to now slow down containment.

Day 2 brought in 14 dozers to help stop the forward progression of the fire, now nearing the City of Milton.  It had now grown to 250 acres which was the maxed amount of acreage for the original prescribed fire, but because it was outside of its boundaries it was becoming something else.

Containment had slipped to 30% from the day/night before at 40% levels in the afternoon. Swamp fires have been hard to fight, as most firefighters whom have first-hand knowledge.  It is the dry fire fuels on the surface allow the fire to easily spread – it is the rising of the water table that makes the soil underneath deeper and more difficult to maneuver with a large piece of equipment, such as a dozer.

The fire has pushed north of I-10 and is east of Avalon Boulevard and near the former Moors Golf course.  It was also said to be burning approximately .5 miles from the nearest structures along the Ski Lane area.  Crews were deployed as needed for structure protection.  [1600 EDT]

Containment had been increased to 40%, allowing crews to make some progress throughout the day and into the evening. [1830 EDT]

May 6, 2020 [Day 3]

Day 3, brings a brighter outlook but would soon change later in the day.

Firefighters have spent the last two days building line around the fire, which has allowed them to fully line it.

Weather is due to be more favorable.  Crews were holding the fire to 250 acres and a containment status of 40%.

No photo description available.

At this time [0800 EDT], there were 14 dozers, 1 fixed wing aircraft, 3 helicopters along with 33 total personnel

About an hour later, things started to progressively go downhill thereafter.  Fire behavior was beginning to rear its ugly head and turning to become more extreme.  Fire conditions were beginning to increase activity and here is what has transpired over the latter part of the day.

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Road closures began going into effect with I-10 being closed from Garcon Road to Avalon Blvd.  Later I-10 was shut down from exit 22 at Avalon to exit 31 on Highway 87.  Due to the fire burning near the roadway, the fire was spotting across the freeway with embers.

A dozer was positioned in the median of the interstate in case needed.  [1000 EDT]

As of this wildfire, two more fires had sparked in the FFS’s area, which are being managed separately from this incident.

Fire behavior has now become erratic with the perfect conditions for a Firestorm with high winds, extremely low relative humidity (RH) and nearby structures in the path of disaster.   Fire has destroyed 2,000 acres and containment has been lowered to 20% as it continues to widens its pathway.

Structures have been burned south of the fire and though there have been many, Fire Officials usually would wait for a damage assessment to determine the amount of loss.   It has now crossed over I-10 and there have been many images across Social Media showing zero visibility.  Drivers seem to be clueless or desperate as they drive through the highway covered smoke.  Officials are asking people to avoid the area.

Fire Images Credit:  Florida Forest Service –

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/6/2020 2345 EDT / 2045 PDT

 

 

 

#DaytonaFire Containment Increases | 2

Updated @ 1910 hours PDT

Photo Credit | FFS Bunnell Unit

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small intense wildfire is burning on Mason Avenue in Daytona, Florida which has fire and law enforcement working the incident that appears to have ignited from an unknown cause on Wednesday, April 4th.

Significant Wildfires include: 

Greenway (Collier Co) 17,957 ac (95% contained); Firebreak (Gulf County) 8,080 acres (85% contained); Old Blade Line (Polk Co) 450 acres (60% contained); Mud Dauber Road (Polk Co) 200 acres (95% contained). 

– Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H Putnam

Photo Credit | Daytona Beach PD

RESOURCES | Fire resources from the Bunnell District area (Florida Forest Services) and Daytona Beach Fire Department were dispatched along with Daytona Police Department. | UPDATE as of 2202 Hours EDT | FFS Bunnell has two Dozer Plow Units with two wildland firefighters.  We have reached out to Dayton Beach Fire to see how many personnel and equipment they have on the fire ground but have not heard back from them yet.

“29 Active wildfires in Florida have burned 33,973 acres.”

–  Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam

FIRE CONDITIONS | Firefighters were said to be mopping up the six (6) acre wildfire but will have resources doing fire watch throughout the evening into the next day.  The fire was said to be at a fifty-percent (50%) containment status at 1734 PDT.  Burnout operations have been conducted.  A Battalion Chief came on-scene for another incident nearby noticed some areas on the brush fire needed some attention and a request for water be brought over near one of the bull dozer lines.  Concerns of possible cabbage palms catching on fire was discussed but crews were already addressing the wildfire.

As of 1850 hours PDT, fire crews were repositioning equipment to stop forward progression of the fire that was said to be heading towards trees. Embers were observed to be flying across the street towards an apartment complex.  Another smaller brush truck was requested by Command.

UPDATE | As of 2200 hours EDT | The fire containment has increased to ninety-percent (90%) including burnout operations with the aid of FFS Bunnell and Daytona Beach Firefighters.  DBFD working on hot spots.  There were no scheduled evacuations or structures said to be under any type of fire threat but was being carefully monitored.

CLOSURES | Fire command has closed eastbound (EB) Mason down until 0800 hours  EDT.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #DaytonaBeachFire #FLwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Daytona Beach Touched by Wednesday Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small intense wildfire is burning on Mason Avenue in Daytona, Florida which has fire and law enforcement working the incident that appears to have ignited from an unknown cause on Wednesday, April 4th.

Significant Wildfires include: 

Greenway (Collier Co) 17,957 ac (95% contained); Firebreak (Gulf County) 8,080 acres (85% contained); Old Blade Line (Polk Co) 450 acres (60% contained); Mud Dauber Road (Polk Co) 200 acres (95% contained). 

– Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H Putnam

Photo Credit | Daytona Beach PD

RESOURCES | Fire resources from the Bunnell District area (Florida Forest Services) and Daytona Beach Fire Department were dispatched along with Daytona Police Department.

“29 Active wildfires in Florida have burned 33,973 acres.”

–  Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam

FIRE CONDITIONS | Firefighters were said to be mopping up the six (6) acre wildfire but will have resources doing fire watch throughout the evening into the next day.  The fire was said to be at a fifty-percent (50%) containment status at 1734 PDT.  Burnout operations have been conducted.  A BC came on-scene for another incident noticed some areas on the brush fire needed some attention and a request for water be brought over near the bull dozer line.  Concerns of possible cabbage palms catching on fire was discussed but crews were addressing the wildfire.

As of 1850 hours PDT, fire crews were repositioning equipment to stop forward progression of the fire that was said to be heading towards trees. Embers were said to be flying across the street towards an apartment complex.  Another smaller brush truck was requested by Command.

CLOSURES | Fire command has closed eastbound (EB) Mason down until 0800 hours  EDT.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #DaytonaBeachFire #FLwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Grass Fire Explodes on Florida Forest Service Land | 1

FLORIDA FOREST, FLORIDA | Miami-Dade firefighters are currently working with Florida Forest Service fire crews on a grass fire located near Krome Avenue and SW 8th Street in Miami-Dade, Florida.

Photo Credit | Miami-Dade Fire

Incident Cooperators | Miami-Dade Police, Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade Fire, Florida Forest Service firefighters.

Resources | Tender 34, Engines 37, 56, Tanker 6 on-scene, plus others have been deployed.

Photo Credit | Miami-Dade Fire

Current Conditions | Currently, firefighters are wetting down the area – however, another area about 200 yards South of the area is now catching on fire and later said to be putting out hot spots. (1735 PDT)

Social Media | This fire does not currently have a known wildfire or command name, so we are calling this fire the #KromeAvenueFire  #FLwildfire2018.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1740 PDT

 

#PradaDriveFire | FL Forest Service | 2

PRADA DRIVE WILDFIRE

Location

The Prada Drive wildfire is located 10 miles South of Punta Gorta in Florida on Florida Forest Service lands.

Fire Summary

The wildfire has burned 326 acres of Southern rough but fire crews have successfully reached an 90% containment status.

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior is currently minimal.

Resources

There is only one person with one engine assigned to this incident as it is almost 100% contained.

Cost-To-Date 

The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses have currently reached $16,000 (no increased changes).

Social Media

We are using the hashtags #PradaFire #FLwildfires2017 #FL

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Update 1400 Hours PDT (6/4/2017)

 

#PradaDriveFire | FL Forest Service | New!

PRADA DRIVE WILDFIRE

The Prada Drive wildfire is located 10 miles South of Punta Gorta in Florida on Florida Forest Service lands.

The wildfire has burned 326 acres of Southern rough but fire crews have successfully reached an 85% containment status.

There are 20 personnel currently assigned to this incident along with 2 engines and a helicopter.

The total cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses have currently reached $16,000.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Update 2040 PDT – #PradaFire #FLwildfires2017 #FL

 

Florida Forest Service Fights #DamascusFire

A wildfire broke out around 1119 hours PDT in City of Deland (Volusia County), Florida on Thursday, April 27, 2017 off of SR 44.  It was reported as a one-acre fire on the N side of SR 44, then three minutes later was said to have jumped SR 44.

Initial Fire. Photo Credit: District Manager Anthony Petellat, FL Forest Service

Here is a timeline of the wildfire: (in West coast time zone)

1119 |  Resources dispatched to fire scene off of SR 44 in Deland.

1122 | 1 acre fire on North side of SR 44.  Fire jumps SR 44 and now 1 acre fire on South side.

1221 | 20 acres. No structures threatened.  20+ units are on-scene.

1234 | Fire in Volusia County. 25-30 acres approximately. Unable to provide exact due to fire very active.

1238  | 175 acres.  0% containment.  Wind shifted.

1240 | Fire fast-moving.  Closed from SR 44 between Pioneer Trail and Damascus.

1245 | 15 FFS dozer plows from Local, State, Feds working. SR 44 closed between Pioneer Trail and Damascus. Fast-moving fire. 250 acres. 0% containment.

1446 | Dozer Plow Units continue to improve lines on fire in Volusia. A total of 15 Dozers from FFS, Volusia and USFWS , says FFS

Photo Credit: FFS Bunnell

1513 | Firefighters from several agencies are fighting a 250-acre wildfire west of New Smyrna Beach. The fire began at about 1:40 p.m. at 199 Damascus Road, on the south side of State Road 44. It is not contained at this time.

Firefighting personnel on scene include about 24 from the Florida Forest Service; 30 from Volusia County Fire Rescue; and seven from the cities of New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and DeLand. The Air One and Florida Forest Service helicopters also are in use.

The Florida Forest Service is providing wildfire updates on Twitter @FFS_Bunnell.

1520 | 250 acres. 50% contained.

1526 | The fire pushing forward.

Photo Credit: FFS Bunnell

1631 | Crews working into the night to conduct mop-up operations. SR 44 to remain closed throughout the night.

1728 | Volusia County Fire Rescue has issued an outdoor burn ban due to the ongoing dry conditions.

1822 | 250 acres. 75% contained.

ABOUT THE CITY OF DELAND

The City of DeLand is a small town and County seat of Volusia County, Florida.  It is a college town, host to Stetson University located in a National Historic District.  The City has special events that rally around its Southern culture,  arts, history, hospitality and their lifestyle.

The City is also located 40 miles from Orlando and 25 miles from Daytona Beach, Florida.  It is home to approximately 27,000 residents.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog