Destructive CA Wildfire Turning into Firestorm | New!

NEAR LAKE ISABELLA, CALIFORNIA

Incident Summary | A wildfire which originated as a small fire started on Saturday, August 5, 2017 around at 1316 PDT in the Wofford Heights area is now turning into a firestorm of 40 acres That may not sound like much but when you have dry fuels, hot conditions and lay witness to the wildfire burning up structures – it is a cause for alarm.

Location | The wildfire is burning off of Old State Road in Wofford Heights in Kern County, California.

Resources | 3 CAL Fire Strike teams, 5 engines from VCFD, others from Kern County along, handcrews and water tenders with multiple helicopters/air resources are on-scene with more incoming.

Size Up | Air resources have laid a retardant line around the fire but the IC says that they are not out of the woods yet and to keep all resources incoming.   Wofford Heights, Palisades Estates, Old States and Evans Flat communities are all still being threatened.

Media reports of multiple divisions with homes going up in flames but these are unconfirmed reports with no location or how many.

Evacuations | Evacuations are in effect for Wofford Heights. More may be coming for additional community. Be ready for any moment gathering important papers, photos, pets, food, supplies and anything else you can fit into your vehicle(s).

Social Media | We are using #CalgaryFire and #CAwildfire2017 hashtags.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

#CoyoteFire Still Being Battled by Firefighters

Updated 5/23/2016 2125 PDT – Monday

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

Salt Flat, TX | Lightning struck the area, igniting a fire that was later discovered near Coyote Peak in the NW corner of Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 1330 hours on Saturday, May 7.  It is also located 46 miles W of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The wildfire management is under IC Tom Barta and his management team and Fire Managers are expecting a Type 2 IMT to assume command on Wednesday, May 24, 2016.

Currently, 150 personnel from the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management,  Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service and from the New Mexico State Forestry are tied to this incident working to completely contain this wildfire.

Firefighters are climbing through rugged terrain that includes grass, brush and chaparral with increasing temps.

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

The fire has consumed up to 12,718 acres and Fire crews have successfully reached a 70% containment status.

On May 22nd, high winds pushed the fire past Blush Mountain Ridge towards Guadalupe Peak and is expected to stay active this week.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

#CoyoteFire | Guadalupe Natl Forest | Salt Flat TX | Update

Updated 5/18/2016 – Wednesday – 2145 PDT

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

Salt Flat, TX | Lightning struck the area, igniting a fire that was later discovered near Coyote Peak in the NW corner of Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 1330 hours on Saturday, May 7.  It is also located 46 miles W of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The wildfire management is under IC Tom Barta and his management team.

Currently, 97 personnel from the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management,  Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service and from the New Mexico State Forestry are tied to this incident.

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

The fire has consumed up to 11,820 acres of grass, brush and chaparral.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.   They will continue  to do rehabilitation work on trails and other areas.  Additionally, they will monitor fire lines for security as the fire is allowed to progress inside the fire’s perimeter to reduce hazardous fire fuels.

The National Park Service issued this Alert, “Effective immediately, all backcountry areas are closed to the public. McKittrick Canyon and Dog Canyon will also remain closed until further notice. Guadalupe Peak, Smith Spring and El Capitan trails remain open.”

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

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Courtesy of Ventura County Fire PIO Capt Mike Lindbery

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST.

Incident Command Post [ICP]

The ICP is located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  This is also the site for Press releases to the Media.

Containment Status

60% contained. Fire crews are making great progress in mopping up hot spots.

Damage Assessment / Threats

1236 acres have now been scorched. 1 minor ankle injury reported.

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Pilot Jim Dalton & crew, in Copter 7,have been making water drops all night keeping the fire away from houses. [Courtesy: VCAirUnit]

EVACUATIONS

All Evacuation Orders have been listed.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross Shelter has been demobilized.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Highway has been opened in both directions.  Fire and Police ask drivers to be cautious as equipment is still working in the area.

Emma Wood Campground

Closed.  Remains closed until further notice.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

 

Ventura County Fire Department, CALFire and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office working together on this incident.

 

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

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Solimar Beach Brush Fire | Ventura County, California | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The fire is located 6 miles NW of Ventura [Ventura County], North of Hwy 101 and West of Hwy 33 in SRA. It is burning along Rincon [San Diego County], the Northern part of the City of Ventura, California.

Date and Time of Origination

The fire started on Christmas Day around 2242 Hours PST. At 0200 Fire was at 100 acres, light fuels, wind-driven. It soon became a 2-Alarm Brush fire with an IC requested. Both sides of the 101 Freeway was shut down to drivers and all traffic.  It would soon ramp up to 250 acres with 150 Firefighters and 30 homes being threatened.

Containment Status

10% contained.

Damage Assessment / Threats

0 buildings lost and 0 injuries reported. 1200 acres scorched as of 0900 Hours.   The fire is being pushed by strong NW Winds, causing threats to oil, gas, power and rail infrastructure.

Weather Conditions

As of Saturday, December 26, 2015, current Weather conditions are Sunny with temps of 40 as the low and 57 as the high today. Humidity is 28% and winds are 6.1 knots from the WSW with 11.3 knots wind gusts.

EVACUATIONS

Solimar Beach Residents

Previously the Solimar Beach residents and campgrounds were on a voluntary evacuation basis but as the fire grew and the danger became imminent, the evacuation order was changed over to a mandatory order.

Paria Beach Residents

The Paria Beach residents at the time of this post, were on a voluntary evacuation order. They should be ready to move at a moment’s notice if the fire danger becomes imminent for them.  It was stated evacuees were being told to go North out of the area.

SHELTER

Red Cross

The Red Cross has opened a Shelter in the Carpinteria VA Building located at 941 Walnut Avenue in Carpinteria, California.

CLOSURES

101 Freeway

The Northbound 101 Freeway was closed at Highway 33 and Southbound at Bates Road.  At 1045 Hours, CALTrans was doing a sweep to see if it was safe for drivers to use the freeway again. No word on an update.

Union Pacific RR

All train activities have been halted due to the fire in the area.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Air Support

4 Fixed Wing Tankers have been ordered.  Unknown from which agency or where they are responding from.  LA County Fire’s COPTR 16 has been assisting with fire suppression air support.

Fire Personnel

At 0930 Hours, there were 600 Firefighters either on scene or en route assigned to the incident.  CALFire stated they have 8 engines, 2 handcrews, 2 dozers with a total of 80 personnel assigned.

Police Support

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is working an Incident Cooperator and the official Law Enforcement on scene.

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Preparedness

For tips on how to get prepared for a Wildfire, visit ReadyforWildfire.org.  For those not affected by this fire, now is a great time to start preparing for one.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter

We will be covering this incident with some limited interruptions as we go in / out of service throughout the day.  We will be posting updates on our Twitter account @nwfireblog so stay tuned for any new info.

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