NEW BRUSH FIRE SPARKED IN VENTURA COUNTY CALIFORNIA

Firefighters and equipment were deployed about 1200 PT into the Box Canyon between the City of Simi Valley and Chatsworth, California for a brush fire that started in the area on Friday, July 31, 2020.

The brush fire is named the SHIRLEY FIRE.  It is approximately a 20×20 spot under some oak trees and brush.  Hose lines were quickly deployed and direct attack on the fire is being made.  The fire is moving into rocky areas where access has been deemed difficult to reach.

Incident Cooperators are:  VCFD, LAFD, LAcoFD and CHP.

ROAD CLOSURES –> Box Canyon Road and Shirley Drive.

Homes are threatened but no evacuations are currently under way.

Winds are light but is causing the fire to be moved by them.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/31/2020 1238 PT

 

Multi-million Dollar Bel Air Mansion Engulfed

Bel Air, California | 107 LAFD Firefighters are on-scene battling a stubborn structure fire for the last 2.5 hours (since 1730 PST).  The fire is said to be burning a two-story $18 Million mansion located in the 10800 block of W Bellagio Road in the Holmby Hills community, that may have belonged to Joan Rivers in earlier years.  It had changed hands several times and was purchased for much less than what it is said to be appraised for currently.

Due to the heavy fire load, Command ordered all crews to transition over from offensive to defensive operations for fear of structure collapse. A PAR of all fire crews was conducted by Fire Operations.

Crews are now pouring water from the exterior of the structure as they fight it defensively.  LAFD says that there is significant damage done to the building and feared a structural collapse.  However, they have successfully stopped it from spreading to a nearby pool house, garage and brush, as well as to closely built exposure buildings.

A knock-down of the fire was called at 2000 hours, approximately 2.5 hours after the time of the call.

One firefighter suffered non-life threatening injuries with burns his face and hands.  He was transported to a nearby local Trauma Center in fair condition.

Occupants of the home included the homeowner, their children and a nanny self evacuated safely and suffered no injuries from the fire.

There is currently no known cause but it has been forwarded to the LAFD Arson Section for investigation.  This is their normal protocol for this type of fire investigations.

We are using #BelAirFire #LAFDFire as our hashtags for this story.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

 

BREAKING | Large Trees Falls on Party | Whittier CA

Updated 1845 PST 

Incident Summary

A little after 5:00 pm this evening, a large tree crashed over a group of people taking photographs of a wedding party.  The incident occurred at Penn State Park located at 13900 Penn Street in Whittier, California.

Casualties

A report of 20 people were said to be trapped.

Fire Officials provided an update of a total of six (6) patients:  1 red, 1 yellow, 3 green patients and 1 black. Additional ambulances were being requested. Patients were being transported to local nearby hospitals.

Mutual Aid Pouring In

LAFD was PennIC at the time of the incident, while LAFD was making notifications to their PIO, City of Whittier and Whittier PD.  It sounded like they were in Unified Command.

In the Eyes of Social Media

“Large tree fell on wedding party. Many patients injured. Fire dept on-scene assessing the situation and treating people.”- LAFD PIO

“Wedding turns deadly after tree collapses.” – Media

We are using the following hashtags:  #Penn #Whittier

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

BREAKING | Large Trees Falls on Party | Los Angeles CA

Updated 1800 PST 

Incident Summary

A little after 5:00 pm this evening, a large tree crashed over a wedding party being held at Penn State Park located at 13900 Penn Street in Whittier, California.

Casualties

A report of 20 people were said to be trapped.

Fire Officials provided an update of a total of six (6) patients:  1 red, 1 yellow, 3 green patients and 1 black. Additional ambulances were being requested. Patients were being transported to local nearby hospitals.

Mutual Aid Pouring In

LAFD was IC at the time of the incident were making notifications to their PIO, City of Whittier and advised Whittier PD stated had a rep coming to the Incident Command Post (ICP).

In the Eyes of Social Media

“Large tree fell on wedding party. Many patients injured. Fire dept on-scene assessing the situation and treating people.”- LAFD PIO

“Wedding turns deadly after tree collapses.” – Media

We are using the following hashtags:  #Penn #Whittier

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

LAFD Brush Fire | California | Update 2

Updated @ 1900 Hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Around 5:33pm, a brush fire was reported in the area of 10600 Glenoaks Blvd on Monday, October 10th, 2016.

PERSONNEL

There were 50 firefighters on-scene during the 50-minute incident from R NFD, CHP, FS 98, Batt12, Valley Bureau, Council District 7 and LAFD PIO.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

No injuries or structures damaged as being reported.

CAUSE

The cause is unknown and under investigation at this time.

FIRE STATUS

The fire is currently was at a-half-an-acre.  It has been knocked down.

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

LAFD Brush Fire | California | Update 2

Updated @ 1800 Hours PDT

Los Angeles, California – Around 5:33pm, a brush fire was reported in the area of 10600 Glenoaks Blvd on Monday, October 10th, 2016.

The fire is currently at 1/2 acre with medium brush fuels.

Units dispatched are FS98, Batt 12, Valley Bureau, Council District 7, BC10,  BC12, E24, E289, E298, E7, E77, E8140, E89,  E90,  E91,  E98,  EM14,  H2,  H5,  H6, RA90, RA98, T89, T98, T5, T12.

No further is available at this time but we will provide an update if there is any additional information received.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

NEW: LAFD Brush Fire | California | Update 1

Updated @ 1800 Hours PDT

Los Angeles, California – Around 5:33pm, a brush fire was reported in the area of 10600 Glenoaks Blvd on Monday, October 10th, 2016.

The fire is currently at 1/2 acre with medium brush fuels.

Units dispatched are FS98, Batt 12, Valley Bureau, Council District 7, BC10,  BC12, E24, E289, E298, E7, E77, E8140, E89,  E90,  E91,  E98,  EM14,  H2,  H5,  H6, RA90, RA98, T89, T98, T5, T12.

No further is available at this time but we will provide an update if there is any additional information received.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

NEW! San Pedro Fire in Los Angeles California

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles City Firefighters were dispatched to a large commercial fire on 3rd Street and San Pedro at 2010 hours this evening.  Command Name:  San Pedro Fire.

Here is a timeline for this fire:

2010 Hours PDT

The fire is located at 265 S Pedro Street in Los Angeles, California.  A commercial fire on floor 2 of a 2-story business with another exposure building, also a commercial structure.

Firefighters have arrived to a well-established fire.

2036 Hours PDT

The fire address has been corrected to 330 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California.  There are 127 Los Angeles City firefighters fighting the large commercial structure fire.

The fire tactics now shifted to defensive tactics in one (1) business, a wholesale-distributor of smoking materials. The business name is “Smoke Tokes”.

Hazardous materials reported inside the building are an unknown number of flammable pressurized gas cylinders exploding.

No injuries or evacuations have been reported at this time.

2118 Hours PDT

Still in defensive operations.  There are now 164 Firefighters on the fire ground fighting the active fire on floor 2.

No injuries or evacuations are in effect at this time.

2149 Hours PDT

Hot spots on ground floor on the Alpha side.  IC keeping crews out of the Alpha side.  REHAB is on 3rd Street / E of San Pedro Street.

2151 Hours PDT

Front end of the fire has taken off in the fire occupancy building.

2155 Hours PDT

Bravo / Charlie trying to get to fire area.  Floor 1 fire knocked down.

2156 Hours PDT

Fire is starting to break through. Truck 50 getting water on it.

2157 Hours PDT

Line on 3rd Street. Unable to pull line due to the mezzanine will be affected.  The Charlie wall said to be compromised and limited access in the dumbwaiter area.  Fire did not want to put firefighters in that area.

2158 Hours PDT

Requests to releasing units back in service were made.  Engine 9 was released. LAFD PIO tweeted Fire crews were getting close to containing the fire but it was not official as of yet.

2159 Hours PDT

The roof on the Delta side is good and a hose line is getting repositioned/on the fire.

2202 Hours PDT

Engine Co’s 9 and 3 were on the Delta exposure building establishing a hand line on the rooftop.

2203 Hours PDT

Engine 10 on the Alpha side was putting “water” on the fire from the Delta side.

2204 Hours PDT

1 hour and 50 minutes was broadcasted over the radio from Dispatch.

2207 Hours PDT

RIT Supervisor along with E27, Rescue4 on Alpha side, USAR 88, Rescue 27 on Bravo side. All companies out of the building.

2208 Hours PDT

Bravo side reported the fire is going nowhere. One(1) small hot spot they were working on.  Charlie side was working from the bottom of the structure to work with Truck 50 on the hot spot.

2210 Hours PDT

Engine 10 on the Alpha side reported part of the top deck has fallen down below is source for smoke and trapping a layer of fire.  Fire is surrounded by units and it is not going anywhere.  Truck 9 is close to calling this a K/D fire.

Truck 50 is now reporting mostly white smoke on the Bravo side.

2213 Hours PDT

Operations is releasing Truck 3, Engine 10 and Truck 11 from the fire.  Charlie side officially reports fire is K/D.

2214 Hours PDT

The stubborn commercial structure fire in the 100-year old 13,822 square foot 2-story building was knocked down within two (2) hours and four (4) minutes.

The building was home to “Smoke Tokes” a smoking-materials wholesale-distributor business.  Heavy damage to the building, business and contents are present.  The unknown financial loss is not known at this time.

No injuries or evacuations were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this post.

2215 Hours PDT

Command announces NE 3rd Street and San Pedro is now K/D. Calling all Officers to do a quick HOT WASH.

2218 Hours PDT

Engine Companies 15 and 4 are still on Floor 2.

2219 Hours PDT

Battalion 5 is back in service.  Emergency Air 1 unit has arrived on Boyd and San Pedro, South of the fire building.

2242 Hours PDT

Truck 9, LF2, E3 and E10 will remain on-scene for one (1) hour and then be released for the night.

Units Dispatched

  • AR:  1
  • Battalion Chiefs:  1, 2, 5, 11, 13, 18
  • Command:  21, 22
  • EM:  1
  • Engines:  2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10,  11, 17, 21, 26, 27, 201, 202, 203, 205, 209, 211,  220, 227, 229, 250.
  • EA:  1
  • EM:  2, 11
  • Heavy Rescue: 56
  • HU:  59
  • RA: 3, 4, 9, 27, 209, 804,  821,
  • RM: 2
  • RT:  59,
  • Squads:  21
  • Trucks:  1, 2, 3, 5,  9, 11, 20, 27, 29, 50.
  • UR: 27, 88

Hashtags

Hashtags for this fire used on Social Media are #DTLA #LAFD #SanPedroFire

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

2-Alarm Fire Kills 1, Injures Others in Los Angeles

 

A FireStorm of Another Kind

A ripping and roaring fire began around 1924 hours on Monday evening at a 2-story vacant medical building located at 2411 W 8th Street in the #Westlake District in Los Angeles, California.

Westlake District

A previous address had been tweeted by the LAFD as 2426 W 8th Street which their system mistakenly pulled from another incident unrelated to the ongoing fire currently in progress.

 

Trespassers Rescued, 1 Killed

Five “unauthorized civilians” were found inside the building of which three (3) were dramatically rescued by LAFD firefighters.  One of the unauthorized occupants was found deceased on-scene from unknown injuries or cause.

Person-of-Interest Under Investigation

One male person-of-interest was being interviewed by LAPD around 2100 hours or 9pm.  The person of interest and one other rescued victim were transported by a LAFD ambulance to a local near-by hospital with non-threatening injuries.

Resources

LAFD say they have 147 Firefighters fighting the 2-Alarm blaze, which took over two hours of battling the FireStorm of another kind.

The following are resources dispatched to the fire scene:

  • E11, E215, E211, E13, E6, E220, E229, E210, E10, E9, E3, E227, E35, E12, E203, EM1, EM14
  • T15, T11, T20, T29, T10, T3, T9, T27
  • RA810, RA1, RA811, RA13, RA6, RA27, RA827, RA29, RA10, RA209, RA3k
  • CM22
  • HR56
  • BC18, BC5, BC2, BC13, BC14, BC11, BC1
  • RM2
  • UR88
  • EA1
  • AR22, AR1, AR2, AR17
  • HUS9

A total of 147 firefighters were on the scene of this fire.  We heard one of them was injured but his/her condition was unknown at the time this post was published.

Unbelievable Fire Images Light up Social Media

Amazing #FireImages were tweeted all over Social Media.  One video showed a man with a cell phone on top of a roof in a dangerous, precarious position filing while large fiery red flames shot up over the fire building and right next the roof edge of an exposure building.

About the 2411 Building

The commercial structure is said to be a 14,351 square foot office building on a 0.26 acre lot.  Property records and sources show the structure is valued at $1.15 million.  It is owned by Pacific Parkview LLC.

Hashtags Used for Incident

#8thStreetFire  #Westlake  #LAFD

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

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.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog