On The Ninth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

9 Copters Dropping… 

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8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written / Photography Content. Also written by (Becki Coates)

On The Eighth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

8 Water Tenders Supplying…

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

On The Seventh Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

7 Fire Logistics Dispatchers Ordering…

Fire Dispatchers are an integral part of the “single-minded” team in helping move vital resources along in the process.  Fire Logistics Dispatchers provide a wide range of fire dispatch support functions. Receives fire location information and notifies supervisor. Processes resource orders, informs supervisor of logistical support activities, inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications, records and maintains communication logs involving all telephones and two-way radio transmissions. (Source: USA Jobs)

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

On The Sixth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

6 Helitack Crews Rappelling…

Helitack crews are specially trained in the tactical and logistical use of helicopters for fire suppression. These crews can be rapidly deployed and are often the first to respond to a wildland fire. Helitack crews are also trained to “rappel” from a hovering helicopter in areas where the terrain or vegetation does not allow the helicopter to land.  A primary job for the crew is to load and unload “slings” of equipment and supplies needed for firefighting. (Sources: National Park Service/US Department of the Interior)

5 I M T ‘ s….

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

On The Fifth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

5 I M T ‘ s….

For those who are unfamiliar with what an IMT is, it is simple.  An IMT or Incident Management Team is an American Fire term for a group that responds to generally to a wildland fire response.  It can also respond to a wide-range of emergencies such as fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami, HAZMAT materials or other human-caused incidents.  (Source:  wikipedia) For this post, we are referring to them in the wildland interface.  There are various “types” of IMTs, such as a Type 5 (local village and township level), Type 4 (City, County or Fire District level), Type 3 (State or Metropolitan area level), Type 2 (National and State level) and Type 1 is also at the National and State levels but with those with the most training and experience.  This team is part of the Incident Command System or known as ICS.

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

On The Fourth Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

4 Bulldozers Dozing…

“Bulldozers are firefighters too.” As one news article quoted saying about those whom are sworn firefighters using these large machines to plow through vegetation, dirt and large debris to build a fire break or to keep fire from spreading.  These operators are often faced with fiery situations, but are great assets during fire incidents.

3 Incident Command Posts….

2 Fire Chasers….

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

On The Third Day of Christmas …..

The (Wild)Fire Season gave to thee…..

3 Incident Command Posts….

An Incident Command Post is a temporary facility that designates the physical location of the tactical-level and on-scene incident command and management organizations. It generally includes the Incident Commander or “IC” and immediate staff that may also include other designated incident management officials and responders from Federal, State, County, local, Tribal agencies and potentially fro private-sector, nongovernmental and volunteer organization.  The ICP is located at or in the immediate area of the incident and is the focus for the direct on-scene control of tactical operations, incident planning and can operate as a communications center.  It also may be co-located with the incident base or other incident facilities.

2 Fire Chasers….

Myself and hubby, Eric (the other half of this Blog contributor) had the pleasure to go out into the field and take some amazing close-up photos of several wildfires.  We have been instilled with smarts not to get in the way of responding fire resources or to impede their efforts.  With that being said, we were able to get fairly close (at a safe distance) to take some amazing fire photos which we will be sharing in another post.  Think of a Fire Chaser like a Storm Chaser but with the greatest opportunity to what is happening on the ground, alerts being given, where the fire is moving to and reporting back via live images to our Followers and following news media outlets.  Or, you all could just call us photojournalists.  This is what we LIVE for.

And A  Serious Fire Blogger….

2017 was expected to be a hot and active Fire Season in the northwest but we could never have imagined its intensity or destruction that it would have upon the Washington, Oregon and Idaho landscapes.  This year, I had a plan and a template to keep track of all wildfires.  However, after 30-plus incidents happening at the same time –  it became apparent it was next to impossible to track them all.  It was worth the time and effort to bring this Blog as a hobby back in January 2012 when it was first created into a work-in-progress business adventure that has created many opportunities along our many journeys.

This year has been filled with many amazing opportunities to get to know you personally and professionally.  The best part in all of this, was using my strengths in extensive research, sharing current wildfire news and engaging with each and every one of you, as well as the Public.  Thank you for helping us become so successful!

We also could not forget all those who work so hard in this dangerous but rewarding profession for your time, service, commitment, dedication and making a difference upon the lives you impact every day.  Your passion for the fire and EMS service clearly is defined and very transparent in your lives.  We applaud you for what you do out there.

We also dedicate this post to the men/women who have lost their Lives this year.  We Will Never Forget them, their Legacy or their compassion for others.  It is who they are and what they live for.  Rest in Peace.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Written by LR Swenson (& Becki Coats )

Update 2 | Coyote Fire | Texas

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:  The fire was discovered on May 7th, Saturday around 1300 hours.

Cause:   It has been ruled as being ignited by lightning.

Location:  Located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park area of the Guadalupe National Park in Salt Flat, TX.

coyote fire map

Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

Air Support:  Assigned to this event are 1 lead plane, 3 heavy Air tankers, 1 Type 3 Helicopter and a Smokey Bear Interagency Hotshot Crew. An additional Hotshot crew was flown in this morning.

Additional Resources:  An additional request for the Pecos Type 3 IMT and 2 additional Hotshot crews have been placed.

FIRE STATUS

Acres: 200-300 acres.  (Estimation)

Fire Behavior: Active.  Heading South into Park.

Air Resources:  All air support was suspended due to turbulence.

Tactics:  The Smoke Bear Interagency Hotshot crew is primarily focusing on containing the Northern perimeter.

Command:  The ICP will be located in Queen, NM.

CLOSURES NEW!

The following are currently closed as of today’s date.

Rec Area:  Dog Canyon

Trail Systems:  Dog Canyon Trailhead,  Bush Mtn to Blue Ridge Junction, Blue Ridge to Tejas Junction, Tejas to McKittrick Ridge Junction and the Marcus trail.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

  • @GuadalupeMtnsNP
  • #CoyoteFire
  • #TXFires2016
  • #GuadalupeMtnsNP

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 1 | Coyote Fire | Texas

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date / Time:  The fire was discovered on May 7th, Saturday around 1300 hours.

Cause:   It has been ruled as being ignited by lightning.

Location:  Located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park area of the Guadalupe National Park in Salt Flat, TX.

coyote fire map

Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES

Air Support:  Assigned to this event are 1 lead plane, 3 heavy Air tankers, 1 Type 3 Helicopter and a Smokey Bear Interagency Hotshot Crew. An additional Hotshot crew was flown in this morning.

Additional Resources:  An additional request for the Pecos Type 3 IMT and 2 additional Hotshot crews have been placed.

FIRE STATUS

Acres: 200-300 acres.  (Estimation)

Fire Behavior: Active.  Heading South into Park.

Air Resources:  All air support was suspended due to turbulence.

Tactics:  The Smoke Bear Interagency Hotshot crew is primarily focusing on containing the Northern perimeter.

Command:  The ICP will be located in Queen, NM.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:  @GuadalupeMtnsNP (Twitter) #CoyoteFire #TXFires2016 #GuadalupeMtnsNP

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 5 | Whipping Creek Road Wildfire | Alligator Wildlife National Refuge | April 29, 2016

 

 

 

PIO Topo Map - Fire Perimeter

Photo Courtesy: inciweb

LOCATION

The Whipping Creek Wildfire, once two separate fires continues to burn in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, just North of the Hyde County airport and Pamico Road.  It is said to be on the Hyde County side of the Dare / Hyde County line, NW of U.S. Highway 264 in Englehard, North Carolina.

whipping creek fire by IC

The fire started around 1400 hours on April 18th on private land South of the Dare Bombing Range and Alligator River National Forest.

WC Fire by IC 2

COMMAND

The Incident is in an Unified Command System with North Carolina Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

WC Fire by IC 4

RESOURCES

Fire resources are now 35 down from 121 the day before.

CL-415 Framed in Pines

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Fire activity has been decreasing and no hotspots in the 264 Low Pocosin.  However, Fire Managers are concerned with limited to no access near the fire N of US Highway 264 near Stumpy Point.

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

WC Fire by IC 6

Photo Credit: NC IMT

Acreage is being divided up by sections.  Bllock 7 is 50% containment;  Dave Bombing Range is at 821 acres with a 5% containment status and ending with 6940 acres with a 45% containment status on State and  private lands.

WC Fire by IC 7.jpeg

Photo Credit: NC IMT

FUELS

Fire fuels are 6-feet of Chaparral.

WC Fire by IC 8.jpeg

Photo Credit: NC IMT

FIRE TACTICS

On Saturday, April 30th, Fire crews will use water drops, engines, and a marshmaster to douse any and all located hotspots.  These types of flights will continue until all fo the heat has been extinguished by ground fire crews.

CL-415 Water Drop (4/24)

Super Tanker drops water on the fire below. Photo Credit: IMT

COST-TO-DATE

The current cost-to-date costs have run as high as $505,242.00 as the last report.  No new info released at time of this post date.

Flame Front near US 264

Photo Credit: IMT

CURRENT WEATHER

The current weather forecast consists of 20% chance of thunderstorms, relative humidity of 61% and wind from the north at 7 mph,.

SEATs Working Under Smoke Column

Photo Credit: IMT

REMINDERS

NOTE:  Always remember to Move Over when there are lights and sirens [to the right] and move one lane over as safe as possible,  if you see emergency vehicles, including Department of Transportation, Police, Fire, Tow trucks etc. on the shoulder of the highway.

Fire at Sunset

Photo Credit: IMT

You may see Emergency Fire vehicles and equipment working in the area.  Please yield to them, as safely as you can.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog