Brush Fire in Hawaii Prompts Evacuations

Published 2/16/2022, Wednesday, 1637 PT

Incident Summary

A brush fire prompted the closure of the popular Kuakini Hwy in Kailua-Kona between Oni Oni Street and Nakukui Drive today as Hawaii FD firefighters were using a portion of the roadway to fight the fire. This is located on the island of Hawaii.

The fire was reported to have broken out on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 1400 hours Hawaii time.

Fire Weather

The wind is blowing from 50 degrees with a speed of 19 km/h and temps are currently 81*F with 61% humidity with scattered clouds.

Evacuations in Progress

Evacuations were in progress for Hillcrest Subdivision and the Aloha Kona Subdivision (1449 PT) and Pottery Terrace Industrial area. (1611 PT)

Closures

Road Closures: Kuakini Hwy (Oni Oni Street to Nakukui Drive) and Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (Hualalai Road to Puapuanui Street) (1449 PT). Hawaii Belt Road. (1611 PT)

Evacuation Shelter(s)

Kailua Park (old Kona Airport) Gym, 21 S Kainalu Drive, Kailua-Kona North Kona. This is an ADA-compliant facility and does accept animals. Parks and Rec. Phone: 808-961-8311.

Mapping

Interactive Hazard Mp: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense

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Adverse Weather Alert | Hawaii

HONOLULU AND MAUI COUNTIES, HAWAII

A Flash Flood WARNING was issued by the National Weather Service Honolulu for east Hawaii and Maui Counties, which means the flash flood conditions are either are happening or are predicted to occur suddenly and without warning. This is in effect for all three Islands.

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Credit | NWS Honolulu

The Alert(s) indicate widespread heavy showers which are to continue to stream from the south to the north over Maui County and southeastern portions of the Big Island this afternoon. The focus of shower activity will shift westward to include Oahu tonight. Significant flooding is possible statewide for the next few days. Update | A prediction of 10-15 inches of rain with some areas seeing 20-25 inches. High winds are also currently impacting the island of Hawaii with gusts sustained of 40 mph!

To learn more about Flash Floods and how you can keep yourself, your family, friends, pets, loved ones and your business safe, visit the American Red Cross website here –> https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood.html

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Ecuador’s Land Mass Shaken, Causes Massive Disaster

JAPAN SHAKEN BY SEVERAL CATASTROPHIES

Japan has endured over 100-plus earthquakes since it was shaken by one such major event on Thursday, April 14, 2016, when a 6.2M struck at 2126 hours.  Located 4.3 miles of Ueki and near the City of Kumamoto caused quite a bit of damage and up to nine deaths related to the earthquakes.

Several smaller quakes in the range of 4.3-5.9 continued several times a day on a daily basis.  A second quake of 6.0M that has not been much covered by media or other agencies that occurred 3.7 miles East of Uto, Japan.  The third and most destructive, as well as deadliest was a 7.0M that appeared as a major catastrophic quake with its epicenter 0.6 miles from Kumamoto-Shi on Saturday around 0125 Hours.

At the first glance, initial reports released said there were an additional 32 deaths on Saturday bringing the total to 41 killed.

The PM Office of Japan released a formal statement regarding the status of its infrastructure, search and rescue operations and many other significant events unfolding during their disaster recovery operations.

Approximately, 100,000 have been without power, while 105,000 residents are without gas and a total of 420,000 are without water.  The Government reported they have been handing out water and other disaster supplies to residents.  They were working diligently to get the basic water supply up and running again.

As of yesterday, the Japanese government reported 35 deaths confirmed and 190 have been severely injured.  Those with minor injuries were said to be just over 800 people.   Personnel from the government military forces, Coast Guard, police and fire agencies were said to be mainly focusing on the Village of Minamiaso due to reports of those trapped under many buildings, structures and homes.

Mount Aso was reportedly have erupted due to the second quake.  No word other than its eruption has been reported so we are assuming it is not as critical as the main City which is the home to over 730,000 residents.

While Japan was working on Search and rescue missions all over their City, Ecuador was shaken by a very large Earthquake bringing to light many more injuries and deaths occurring.

ECUADOR GETS A RUDE AWAKENING

On the evening of April 16, 2016, a 7.8M earthquake violently shook Ecuador’s coastal town of Esmeraldas province.

The depth of the quake was recorded at a shallow distance of 19.2km but residents reported it as being a violent motion of shaking.

A tsunami warning immediately followed stating that tidal waves may reach 0.3 – 1 meter above tidal wave levels on the Country’s coastline.  An alert was also issued for Hawaii  (U.S.) PSTC and for Australia’s ATWC as well. No reports of large tsunami damaging waves in either three locations listed.

equador quake

Photo Credit:  United States Geological Survey – http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20005j32#shakemap, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48225555

A State of Emergency has been issued by the Government.  Reports of roads being badly damaged, bridges collapsing and the water supply being greatly affected.  This earthquake has been listed as one of the worst quakes since the last one in 1979.

Those working or living in buildings over 100 miles away in other Cities reported feeling them shake.  No known reports of injuries occurred have been received.  The death toll in Ecuador has reached 246 with two being from Quebec, Canada. Over 1550 have been injured.

Incident Cooperators are from Samaritans Purse, UNICEF providing water kits and tents, WorldVision, Ecuadorian Red Cross that has over 800 volunteers and staff on the ground providing health teams, hospital units, psychological support and first aid; hundreds are in SAR operations mode; 10,000 Ecuadorian military troops and 3500 Police Officers.   The Red Cross in Spain and Peru are on standby if needed to assist the Ecuadorian Red Cross along with Mercy Corps.

AFTERSHOCKS TO CONTINUE

Expectations of additional aftershocks are normal, says the U.S.G.S.   These can occur hours, days and weeks after the main earthquake.  Aftershocks can cause additional building damage and falling debris that can seriously injure you.  Both Countries are reporting a range of aftershocks occurring sometimes mutliple times during each day and on a daily basis.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#EcuadorEarthquake

#EcuadorEarthquake2016

 

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Wildfires in the United States | Week of March 25 – 31, 2016

Fire incidents are reported weekly to the National Interagency Coordination Center, based out of Montana and are given in this post.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

Fire Representatives from across the United States for the week of March 25 through March 31, 2016, there were 670 fires reported.  Approximately, 22 of them were s large fire incidents with 21 of them being contained.  There is still 13 of them showing as not contained.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS BY AREA

SOUTHERN AREA 

Fire Summary:  459 new fires. 17 large incidents.  12 uncontained fires.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – NPS

Tarpon.  26 miles W of Homestead, FL.  Tall grass.  Moderate fire behavior.  340 Acres. 60% Containment. 3 Personnel. 1 Helicopter. Unknown Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

KY DEPT. OF FORESTRY

Brushy Creek.  9 miles S of Portsmouth, OH.  Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior with backing, flanking and smoldering.  Rain has occurred over the are. 150 Acres. 98% Contained. 10 Personnel. $1,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

Flat Hollow.  2 miles SW of Portsmouth, OH. Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior with flanking, backing and smoldering.  Rain has occurred over fire area. Started on private land.  500 Acres.  98% Containment. 6 Personnel. $5,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

NATIONAL FORESTS, NORTH CAROLINA

Sheehan Creek.  7 miles NW from Marion, North Carolina.  Timber and hardwood litter. 150 Acres. 98% Containment.  6 Personnel.  1 Engine.  0 Cost-to-Date info available.  Last report, unless increased fire activity occurs.

OK DEPT.  OF FORESTRY

Anderson Creek.  2 miles N of Camp Houston, OK.   Brush, tall grass and timber. Minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Numerous communities still threatened. 367,630 Acres (reduced) due to more accurate fire mapping. 95% Containment.  71 Personnel.  28 Engines.  53 Structures lost.  $1.5M Cost-to-Date.

Ranchland.  9 miles NW of Skiatook, OK.  Timber. Min fire behavior. Structures threatened. 600 Acres.  75% Contained.  41 Personnel.  15 Engines. 1 Helicopter. $5,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report, unless new fire activity occurs.

OSAGE AGENCY – BIA.

Bender.  13 miles N of Pawnee, OK.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and brush.  Min fire behavior.  2293 Acres.  85% Contained.  4 Personnel.  1 Engine.  $8,000 Cost-to-Date.

Crawford.  2 miles E of Hominy, OK.  Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior.  Structures threatened.  400 Acres.  40% Containment.  37 Personnel.  2 Crews.  10 Engines. $40,000 Cost-to-Date

Darkwing.  6 miles N of Hominy, OK.  745 Acres.  50% Containment.  10 Personnel.  5 Engines.  $5,000 Cost-to-Date.

Dogga Creek.  4 miles NW of Fairfax, OK.  Hardwood litter, min fire behavior.  1283 Acres.  70% Containment.  7 Personnel.  2 Engines.  $10,000 Cost-to-Date.

VIRGINIA DEPT. OF FORESTRY

1 O’Clock.  4 miles E of Blackwater, VA.  Tall grass and hardwood litter.  Active fire behavior and structures threatened.  550 Acres.  25% Containment.  18 Personnel. 1 Crew. 1 Engine.  $2,000 Cost-to-Date.

EASTERN AREA

Fire Summary:  132 new fires.  3 large fire incidents.  1 uncontained.

MARK TWAIN NF – FOREST SERVICE

Pole Hollow.  7 miles N of Reuter, Missouri.  Hardwood litter and tall grass.  Min fire behavior with smoldering.  258 Acres. 68% Containment.  44 Personnel. 3 Engines. 1 Helicopter. Area and Trails closures are in effect.  $75,000 Cost-to-Date.

 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Fire Summary:  14 new fires.  0 large incidents.  0 uncontained.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

Fire Summary:  6 new fires.  1 large incident. 0 uncontained.

SOUTHWEST AREA

Fire Summary:  44 new fires.  1 large incident.  0 not contained.

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U.S. FIRES | Sit Rep | March 26, 2016

Fire incidents are reported weekly to the National Interagency Coordination Center, based out of Montana are given in this post.  We will be posting additional fires not included in this weekly report.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

Fire Representatives from across the United States for the week of March 18 through March 24, 2016, there were 988 fires reported.  Approximately, 38 of them were deemed as large fire incidents with 21 of them being contained.  There is still 18 of them showing as not contained.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS BY AREA

PL2:  SOUTHERN AREA 

841 new fires were reported with 34 of them considered as large incidents. 16 fires in this area are not contained.

Anderson Creek.  2 miles N of Camp Houston, OK.  Oklahoma Dept of Forestry. Brush, tall grass and timber. Moderate fire behavior. Communities of Alva OK and Medicine Lodge KS threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. 400,000 Acres. 0% Containment. 273 Personnel.  109 Engines.  $250,000 Cost-to-Date.

I40 Fire:  5 miles W of Shamrock, TX. Texas A & M Forest Service. Fire started on private land in tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. 15,174 Acres.  85% Containment. 14 Personnel.  2 Engines. No Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Bar-Dew Lake:  5 miles N of Bartlesville, OK. Osage Agency, BIA. Hardwood litter. Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened. 12,468 Acres.  60% Containment.  16 Personnel.  2 Engines.  $34,000 Cost-to-Date.

Bug Creek:  6 miles of Hominy, OK. Osage Agency, BIA.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 2870 Acres.  65% Containment.  3 Personnel. 1 Engine.  $18,000 Cost-to-Date.

Walker:  7 miles E of Hominy, OK. Osage Agency, BIA. Tall grass, hardwood litter and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  2200 Acres.  65% Containment. 3 Personnel.  1 Engine. $16,000 Cost-to-Date.

Caney Head:  10 miles NW of Lineville, AL. National Forests in Alabama. Hardwood litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior. Area and trail closures in effect. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  867 Acres.  70% Containment. 16 Personnel. 2 Hand crews.  $109,000 Cost-to-Date.

Cellar Mountain:  5 miles E of Raphine, VA. George Washington & Jefferson NF.  Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Structures threatened. Road and trail closures in effect.  706 Acres. 79% Containment. 13 Personnel.  $250,000 Cost-to-Date.

Ranchland:  9 miles NW of Skiatook, OK.  Oklahoma DOF.  Timber. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened.  600 Acres.  75% Containment.  41 Personnel.  15 Engines.  1 Helicopter. $4,000 Cost-to-Date.

Rabbit:  8 miles NW of Okemah, OK.  Okmulgee Field Office, BIA. Tall grass and hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior.  600 Acres.  85% Containment. 34 Personnel.  10 Engines. $12,000 Cost-to-Date.

Flat Hollow:  2 miles SE of Portsmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning hardwood litter. Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and short-range spotting. Structures threatened.  500 Acres.  84% Containment.  20 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. $4,000 Cost-to-Date. Private land.

North Peak: 4 miles N of Marion, NC. North Peak, North Carolina Forest Service.  Timber. Moderate fire behavior with running. Structures threatened. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  450 Acres.  40% Containment. 84 Personnel.  2 Hand crews. 5 Engines. 1 Helicopter. $100,000 Cost-to-Date.

Rockhouse:  4 miles N of Hayesville, NC. National Forests in North Carolina. Hardwood litter and chaparral. Minimal fire behavior. 240 Acres. 90% Containment. 1 Engine.  $80,000 Cost-to-Date.

Camel’s Knob:   5 miles NW of Union Mills, NC. North Carolina Forest Service. Hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with uphill runs and spotting.  165 Acres.  85% Containment.  34 Personnel.  4 Engines. $13,000 Cost-to-Date.

Radio Ridge #2:  1 miles S of Portmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and short-range spotting.  150  Acres. 90% Containment. 19 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. $3,000 Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Brushy Creek:  9 miles S of Portsmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning into hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and creeping.  150 Acres. 90% Containment.  10 Personnel.  $1,000 Cost-to-Date.

Sheehan Creek:  7 miles NW of Marion, NC.  National Forests in North Carolina.  Timber and hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  150 Acres. 98% Containment. 6 Personnel.  1 Engine.  $52,000 Cost-to-Date.

Webb Mountain:  2 miles N of Boones Mill, VA.  Webb Mountain, Private. Started on private land burning into hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, wind-driven runs and flanking. Structures threatened.  100 Acres.  60% Containment.  41 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. 4 Engines. 1 Helicopter. 1 Structure lost. $4,000 Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Mini Post Lane: 13 miles SW of Channing, TX.  Texas A & M Forest Service. Started on private land burning into tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.  860 Acres.  98% Containment. 14 Personnel.  2 Engines.  No Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Summary:  2 large noteworthy fires that are now 100% contained were the Crutch Complex in Texas burned 44,686 acres destroying 4 structures.  This was on Private Land.  The Millis Swamp Fire in North Carolina was an extremely expensive fire topping out at a Cost-to-Date of $200,000 for the Forest Service.

PL 2:  SOUTHWEST AREA

There were 42 fires reported in this area with one considered as a large incident and is considered as not contained.  There are current two fires burning.

Baker Canyon:  28 miles NE of Douglas, AZ.  Gila District Office, BLM. Tall grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened. Last report unless significant activity occurs. 6800 Acres.  15% Containment. 82 Personnel.  2 Crews.  4 Engines. 1 Helicopter.  $213,000 Cost-to-Date.

Boss Ranch:  19 miles NE of Douglas, AZ. Coronado NF. Tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received. 1253 Acres.  98% Containment.  12 Personnel.  2 Engines. 1 Helicopter.  No Cost-to-Date known.

PL1:  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA [Area including Hawaii]

Fire Representatives reported 4 new fires in this area.  1 was considered as a large incident. 1 fire is currently burning.

Puuwaawaa Makai:  3 miles NE of Puuanahulu, Hawaii.  Hawaii County. Tall grass. Moderate fire behavior. Road closures in effect. 1500 Acres.  75% Containment.  41 Personnel.  10 Engines.  $16,000 Cost-to-Date.  County.

 

PL1:  ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA

Eleven [11] new Fires were reported in this area with 2 of them being considered as large incidents.  There are 0 fires burning.

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CHILE QUAKE PROMPTS TSUNAMI COASTAL ALERTS | UPDATE 1

QUAKE SUMMARY

Around 1354 PDT, a M8.3 Earthquake shook Chile with enough force that emergency tsunami warnings began being sounded to neighboring Countries, including the United States coastal communities.

The earthquake is said to be 8 miles deep and located at coordinates 31.6 South, 71.8 West along the Coast near Central Chile.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS

Alert to West Coasts @ 1601PDT 9/16/15

Public Tsunami Info Statement #1 broadcasted by the NWS located in Palmer AK for AK/ BC/ WA /OR and CA.

  • M7.9 earthquake
  • Occurred 1554 PDT or 3:54pm West Coast Time
  • Coordinates: 31.6 S, 71.9 W
  • Depth: 21 miles
  • Location:  Coast near Central Chile

States per their evaluation, these events can occur:

  • Earthquakes of this size can produce large tsunamis outside of the source area.
  • Can be dangerous to coastal areas.
  • The U.S. National Tsunami Center is evaluating the event.
  • The earthquake can produce large Tsunamis causing major damage to areas in the source location.

Reports from Hawaii – 9/16/15 @ 1924 Hours

The NWS from Ewa, Hawaii sends out an alert showing the earthquake has been upgraded to a M8.3

Activity Happening on Coastal areas in CALI – 9/16/15 @ 2245 Hours

An Alert was just broadcasted by Social Media sources that the LAFD will be in Unified Command at 0330 Hours beginning on 9/17/15 with Law Enforcement partners.  Command Post will be at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro.  This is due to the Tsunami Advisory.

RESOURCES

Red Cross

Update your information on the American Red Cross website under “Safe and Well” letting your friends and family know you are safe. This is a great site especially now that a major disaster has occurred.  Check out the site at https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/.

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTS

  • California Closures:  All marinas, beaches and harbors will close at 0400 hours PDT on Thursday, 9/17/15.
  • President Bachelet: “call people evacuated to stay in higher areas.”
  • Australian Schools: Seismic waves from Chile earthquake recorded on seismometers in schools.
  • Alerts:  Tsunami activity expected to arrive in the LA area at 447am tomorrow. Stay off the beach and out of the water.
  • More CA Alerts/Warnings:  National Tsunami Warning Center issues Tsunami Advisory effective now San Onofre-Southeast of LA County-Ragged PtSan Luis Obispo
  • New Zealand on Alert:  Likely to only be a marine threat to the known hot-spot areas of NZ – Chatham Islands, East Cape, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula.
  • Earthquake History:  Nepal’s April 25 quake was a 7.8, so this is likely to be the biggest earthquake on the planet so far this year.
  • Chileans feel Aftershocks:  Two significant aftershocks already reported from . 6.2M and 6.4M. Larger of two closer to land.
  • Observations:  Perspective: That’s as large as the 1906 earthquake that decimated San Francisco.
  • Injuries:  Chilean Interior minister Burgos asks people to remain calm and confirms no injuries have been reported as of yet.
  • Other areas Alerted:  Warnings for Hawaii and Peru … Quake felt in

MORE INFO TO BE POSTED

More info will be posted as it comes to light. We are thinking of those impacted in Chile and those who have loved ones there.

FOR YOUR SAFETY

Please beware of Coastal changes on the BC, WA, OR, CA Coasts due to a potential threat of large waves, sneeker waves and tsunamis. Please report anything you may see to authorities so they can track them and get necessary warnings out to additional agencies or to the general Public.

If they tell you, that you need to evacuate an area – please don’t question as to why or fight with them to stay.  They are doing their jobs and working to protect you and your family.

Thank you for reading our blog and following along with this Quake Disaster in Chile.

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