Streets Indefinitely Closed, Shuts Out Residents, Business Owners, Employees

INCIDENT SUMMARY

City of Los Angeles Firefighters were dispatched to a commercial structure fire in the 300 block of East Boyd Street, Los Angeles, California on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Task Force 9 personnel and equipment empited out the station as first due on-scene to a one-story building meshed in between a row of commercial buildings. They arrived within 4 minutes of the intial dispatched call. (1830 PT)

They were in offensive strategy in fighting the fire. Some of LAFD members extended their aerial ladder to the roof with firefighters becoming part of “Roof Operations” and the rest entering the interior as “Interior Operations”.

At a moment when the firefighters opened up the steel doors, the Officer had the keen sense and skillful training to know something was not right – ordering everyone to abandon the building.

As they were exiting the building, a loud explosion occurred, setting turncoats ablaze and scorching them inside them.  There is a lot of drone / news video showing the intense inferno blasting outward the front of the building while firefighters are quickly trying to escape down the aerial ladder. Fire can be seen hitting them all one-by-one over, atop and under them.  It is a terrible scene to watch and heartwrentching.

All-in-all, 12 firefighters would receive a certain degree of burns to their heads (helmets were melted), back, ears and arms.

“We are happy to report that only 4 LAFD members remain hospitalized this evening and are on the road to recovery.  We’re proud to have the ATF National Response Team now on-scene which have joined our Arson Investigators and LAPD Major Crimes detectives on the fire investigation.” LAFD Chief Terrazas said Monday (1815 hours PT)

INTENSE FIRE INVESTIGATION BEGINS

As intense as the fire was, personnel from the LAFD FIU, ATF and other agencies are/will be painstakingly sifting over each area of this fire ground.

Command staff have often broadcasted over their fire radios for all personnel to leave everything as it lay just like it did on the day of the fire.

Streets have been closed indefinitely, shutting any access to business owners, employees and to residents alike. This is to allow for the investigation to move forward without any compromise or contamination of the scene(s).  It has also been saidthis is a crime scene.

There has been no preliminary cause released – only speculations by some news media and Social Media accounts. We will only state the facts as received by verified sources.

OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS

We ask you all  to keep these LAFD Firefighters in, their immediate family members and their Fire brothers and sisters in your continued thoughts and prayers.

UPDATES

This is a developing incident and we will continue to update this story when more information has been received.

#LAexplosion #Pray4LAFD

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 5/18/2020 – 2100 PT

 

Downtown Los Angeles Explosion Hits Communities Hard

INCIDENT SUMMARY

City of Los Angeles Firefighters were dispatched to a commercial structure fire in the 300 block of East Boyd Street, Los Angeles, California on Saturday, May 17, 2020.  Resources emptied out LAFD Fire Station 9, one of the busiest stations in the country and near Skid Row was dispatched at 1826 PT .

Spot fires and hot spots were extinguished at 2006 hours PT.

FIRE OPERATIONS

First due units arrived within four minutes (1830 PT) to an one-story commercial building with heavy smoke and flames visible.  The fire strategy at the time was  an offensive  strategy with RA9 (rescue ambulance) and Fire Station 9 crews going up to the roof and others going interior.

Interior conditions did not feel right to the Officer with increased heat and smoke from the rear, he immediately ordered everyone to Abandon the Building, requiring everyone to exit the building now.

MAY DAY.  MAY DAY.

As they were exiting, that’s when the unthinkable happened. A significant large explosion  was reported by those on the fire ground as very high and very loud with a rumbling felt throughout the area.

With an aerial ladder to the roof and still extended, firefighters raced down the rungs through a fire inferno burning their turnout coats, hands, back, ears and arms before making to the fire ground.  Others baled out of the interior as fast as possible but not before they too, were burned.  A MAY DAY was called reporting 11 firefighters were down.

Photo Courtesy | LAPD HQ

FULL RESPONSE 

Resources include the following listed below that were dispatched throughout this fire incident.

  • AR1 AR9
  • BC1 BC10 BC11 BC12 BC14 BC18 BC2 BC4 BC5 BC9
  • CM21 CM22 CM32
  • E10 E13 E14 E15 E17 E2 E201 E202 E203 E205 E209 E210 E215 E220 E221 E226 E227 E233 E25 E266 E27 E3 E4 E5 E89 E9 E90 EM1 EM11 EM13 EM15 EM17 FS9
  • H1 H3 H4
  • HA1 HA3 HA4
  • HR3
  • RA1 RA10 RA11 RA13 RA14 RA15 RA17 RA2 RA20 RA209 RA21 RA25 RA266 RA27 RA3 RA33 RA4 RA46 RA6 RA66
  • RA803 RA809 RA827 RA9
  • SQ21
  • T1 T10 T15 T2 T20 T21 T26 T27 T3 T33 T5 T66 T9
  • UR27 UR5 UR88
  • CH9; 13 14

EVIDENCE PRESERVATION

Command broadcasted several times for members to exit the fire ground who were not engaged directly in firefighting operations to pull back upon recommendation of the Safety Officer. This is now being treated as a crime scene.

Throughout the night and into the wee hours on Sunday morning, same messages of telling people to leave everything in place and not to touch anything was broadcasted over the TAC channels.

FIRE CAUSE

Arson Fire Investigators are due , if not already will comb through the site to sift through evidence to determine the cause.  One of the goals from this incident is to put together an on-scene investigation and with another in-depth investigation that will be shared with LAFD and others across the region.

For now, they are scrutinizing every little detail in a meticulously manner.  There is a lot of evidence and we all expect this investigation is going to be a few days to weeks to possible months.

While investigating this incident is important, a lot of focus is on the injured firefighters and their recovery. This is a time for communities to come together and support them.

An update by Fire Officials, states three firefighters have been released this morning at 0900 hours PT with eight still hospitalized. Two are in critical but stable condition.  A 12th firefighter was seen in the ER last night but released in the same evening.  He had was reported to having a minor extremity injury.

MENTAL HEALTH

Firefighters have been truly traumatized by this whole incident, whether they were on the fire ground or around the City, to those in this profession and others

For those who seek out Mental Health options, please contact our friends as SafeCallNow.org, a non-profit organization specializing as a 24-hour confidential 24-hour crisis referral service for public safety members, emergency services members and their families nationwide.  They are only a phone call away – #206.459.3020 or you can find out more by visiting their website at htps://safecallnow.org/

UPDATES

We will release updates as information is received from verified sources.

See our investigative report on the City’s structure commercial fire history due to be released this afternoon.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/17/2020 – 1150 PT

Downtown Los Angeles Explosion Burns Firefighters, Equipment

City of Los Angeles Firefighters were dispatched to a commercial structure fire in the 300 block of East Boyd Street, Los Angeles, California on Saturday at 1826 PT.  The incident on Social Media was listed as the #BoydIncident

Initial reports of this location operating as the Smoke Tokes Warehouse Distributor,  a supplier to those who make butane honey oil was later retracted by the Los Angeles City Fire Department stating they are unsure where the fire started.  This building as referenced in an earlier presser was said to contain a large amount of butane, a highly inflammable chemical.

As firefighters arrived on-scene, they reported smoke showing from a one-story building and were in an offensive strategy. As part of their normal course of fire strategy is to enter the interior of the building when conditions present themselves as favorable and safe for firefighters to enter  – so they went in. Others went to the roof as Roof Operations.

After the Engine 9 crew opened the steel doors, the Officer observed something did not feel right with increased heat at the rear of the structure, and smoke conditions beginning to change –  he ordered everyone out of the building.

As firefighters were exiting,  it was at that time when the explosion occurred.  Reports of 11 firefighters scaling down the aerial ladder off the roof and out the front of the building with their turnout gear on fire.

A MAYDAY was called at 1833 PT indicating at least 10 firefighters were down.  The PIO stated those on-scene could see an explosion that was very high and very wide with rumbling throughout the area. Later, it was released that 11 firefighters with unknown degrees of burn injuries  by the PIO had been burned.

A Medical Group was immediately established for the sole purpose of treating firefighters.  10 ambulances were requested via Dispatch.

All-in-all, there were 230 firefighters that would eventually respond to the scene where four structures, including the fire building were now fully involved.  Conditions of the impacted businesses were said to have suffered blown out windows, hot spots and other significant damage.

One building was said to have pack rat conditions with boxes pushed up against windows, from floor to the ceiling and from the front to the rear. They had difficulties accessing the building. It was determined items would have to be pushed from the interior and away from windows. Multiple plans were created throughout the firefighting operational period.

Resources:

  • AR1 AR9
  • BC1 BC10 BC11 BC12 BC14 BC18 BC2 BC4 BC5 BC9
  • CM21 CM22 CM32
  • E10 E13 E14 E15 E17 E2 E201 E202 E203 E205 E209 E210 E215 E220 E221 E226 E227 E233 E25 E266 E27 E3 E4 E5 E89 E9 E90 EM1 EM11 EM13 EM15 EM17 FS9
  • H1 H3 H4
  • HA1 HA3 HA4
  • HR3
  • RA1 RA10 RA11 RA13 RA14 RA15 RA17 RA2 RA20 RA209 RA21 RA25 RA266 RA27 RA3 RA33 RA4 RA46 RA6 RA66
  • RA803 RA809 RA827 RA9
  • SQ21
  • T1 T10 T15 T2 T20 T21 T26 T27 T3 T33 T5 T66 T9
  • UR27 UR5 UR88
  • CH9; 13 14

Footage Credit | Los Angeles Police Department

Command broadcasted several times for members to exit the fire ground who were not engaged directly in firefighting operations to pull back upon recommendation of the Safety Officer. This is now being treated as a crime scene.

At the evening presser, it has been stated the cause is unknown and under active investigation. Only two questions were allowed to be asked at the time of the presser.

Significant events

  • Multiple explosions
  • 230 firefighters with equipment responded
  • MAYDAY called
  • 11 injured firefighters
  • 1 aerial truck thrown to the roof
  • 1 fire truck seriously charred
  • Unknown cause
  • Arson investigating

Firefighters  succesfully knocked down the fire at 2008 hours PT.

All 11 firefighters were transported to County USC Hospital, the only regional burn and trauma center in the area.   An evening presser at 2130 hours PT from the City Mayor, LAFD Medical Director and several doctors.  Here is a recap:

  • 11 firefighters transported to County USC being treated
  • 4 have significant burns and in the Burn ICU
  • 2 are on ventilators due to swelling of their airways
  • 5 others have varying burns from minor, to moderate, to serious
  • Burns are to some of their arms, back, ears, hands
  • All 11 were awake and alert upon arrival
  • Some being monitored for chemical inhalation
  • All are said will make it
  • Could have been much worse than it wa

Fire Investigation

  • On-scene investigation going on right now
  • More indepth on-scene investigation to LAFD and throughout region
  • Arson Unit investigating

Mental Health

  • Firefighters on-scene, within own agency traumatized
  • Mental Health and Well-Being counselors at Station 9 and at County USC available to firefighters, families
  • FF families are being taken care by IAFF Union at hospital and for housing

We are saddened by this incident and hearts are broken while those who have been taking care of the sick, injured and distressed, they are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. Families, we are also thinking of you and sending our strength your way. – LR Swenson

For those who seek out Mental Health options, please contact our friends as SafeCallNow.org, a non-profit organization specializing as a 24-hour confidential 24-hour crisis referral service for public safety members, emergency services members and their families nationwide.  They are only a phone call away – #206.459.3020 or you can find out more by visiting their website at htps://safecallnow.org/

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/16/2020 2240 PT

US Navy Medical Facilities Arrive in New York, California

New York and California

The United States Navy’s Comfort, a Military Sealift Command hosital ship has arrived to New York City on Sunday, March 29th around 1330 hours EDT (or 1030 PST – West Coast time) and guided in by tug boats to port.  This is in  response to the COVID19 virus response.

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USNS Comfort arrives in New York on March 29, 2020

“…our nation, specifically the people of New York, have requested our assistance and we are ready to respond.” – USNS Capt. Patrick Amerbach, CO, Medical Treatment Facility aboard the Comfort.

The facility will be used for non-COVID19 infected patients, which will provide a full array of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults, while allowing shore-based civilian hospitals to focus on their medical care to the treatment of virus infected patients.

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Comfort arrives in New York, shows its mammoth size. Credit: USNS

Comfort departed from the Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia and has a crew of over 1,100 Navy medical personnel and support staff with over 70 civil service mariners on board.  The Comfort is a converted San Clemente-class supertanker, that was delivered to the Navy’s Miltary Sealift Command on December 1, 1987 and is one of two Mercy-class hospital ships.

A second USNS ship, Mercy arrived in Los Angeles, California on March 27, 2020.

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in Los Angeles, March 27, 2020. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mora Jr. (Released) 200327-N-UV609-1087

USNS Mercy arrives in Los Angeles, California on March 27, 2020. Credit: USNS

The Comfort  and Mercy are operated, navigated and maintained by a crew of civil service mariners working for the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command.

Washington State was due to have the Mercy arrive to Seattle, but POTUS redirected it to Los Angeles, California instead.   Washington State is receiving assistance from local Military resources.

A field hospital is being set-up at Seattle’s Century Link to take care of those with non-COVID19 medical needs which will free up local health facilities.  Another facilty is being erected in Shoreline as more cases break out across the State.

The Governor of Washington State issued a Stay at Home. Stay Safe. Mandate for all non-essential employees on March 23, 2020.

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Gov Inslee at the Seattle Convention Center speaks to local media. Credit: Gov Jay Inslee

We cannot thank the men and women on these two ships for taking time from their own families to help care for the sick while local Cities are dealing with the COVID virus spreading like wildfire.

This is a godsent gift to Cities and their residents who will benefit from overflow of regular people with regular medical needs that are unrelated to the virus outbreak.  I think, we can say wholeheartedly that we speak for the residents of where these ships are arriving to, that we all will be eternally grateful.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated  Sunday, 3/29/2020 @ 1350 PST

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

HOT JOBS! | Fire (Structural) – EMT – Medic Career Opportunities |April 4, 2016

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Pioneer Fire District.  Somerset, California.  $100/daily.  http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Pioneer-Fire-District/jobs/Reserve-Firefighter-EMT-43f84e9114cea82f?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvYMLC9H26-1qdSAyouLEd8KnjORsSz78dFZv2aZ9gdMd8TQ3EQi1yzhL_TnYtth3RACRhe0p55ZN3_ty5KeZDnw   No Closing Date posted

RESERVE FIREFIGHTER / PARAMEDIC, ALS ONLY 

Rural / Metro.  Mesa, Arizona. Part-time. https://careers-rmetro.icims.com/jobs/7412/reserve-firefighter-paramedic–als-only/job?mode=job&iis=Indeed&iisn=Indeed.com&mobile=false&width=1244&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-480&jun1offset=-420    No Closing Date posted.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog 

BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles Has Earthquake This Morning

Los Angeles, CA – Residents are beginning to finally wake after experiencing a preliminar 4.7 earthquake.  Some saying they felt the tremor for a good five seconds.

The USGS has validated the quake but are saying the earthquake previously reported as a 4.7 has now been downgraded to a 4.4.

No injuries or damage is known at this time of this post.

Be Safe out there LA, we’re thinking of you on the West Coast.

 

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog

 

WILDFIRE: COLBY – Angeles National Forest, Glendora, CA

Glendora, California –  Three people are currently in custody for starting a huge fire that is increasingly endangering residents, wildlife and structures.

AHJ

3 Suspects:  [L] Steven Aguirre, [C] Clifford Eugene Henry Jr and [R] Jonathan Carl Jarrell are shown in booking photos. [Photo Credit: Glendora PD]

FIRE COMMAND NAME / TYPE

CA-ANF-#ColbyFire WUI Brush Fire

 

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

The Fire is under LA Co FD as the Incident Manager.

Azusa Fire & Police Departments; CA Highway Patrol; Glendora Fire & Police Departments; LA Co FD & LA Co Sheriff’s Office.  American Red Cross.

PERSONNEL

800+  personnel on the ground.

RESOURCES

A-1 Filled Fixed Wing, Air Tactical 1 / 1 FIXED WING – AIR TACTICAL – CDF AA 310
A-2 Filled Fixed Wing, Leadplane 1 / 1 FIXED WING – LEADPLANE/ASM – 904JG – King AIR
A-3 Filled Airtanker, Any Type 1 / 1 AIRTANKER – T3ME – CDF 93 (N450DF) (CA-RRCC)
A-4 Filled Airtanker, Any Type 1 / 1 AIRTANKER – T3ME – CDF 100 (N441DF) (CA-RRCC)
A-5 Pending Helicopter, Type 1 Limited 1 / 0 Pending
A-6 Filled Helicopter, Type 2 Standard 1 / 1 HELICOPTER – T2S – 932CH (N932CH) (ID-NIC)
A-7 Filled Airtanker, Any Type 1 / 1 AIRTANKER – T3ME – CDF 74
A-8 Filled Airtanker, Any Type 1 / 1 AIRTANKER – T3ME – CDF 75 (N444DF) (CA-SLCC)
A-9 Filled Airtanker, Any Type 1 / 1 AIRTANKER – T2 – 48 – P2V (N4692A) (ID-NIC)
A-10 Filled Airtanker, Any Type 1 / 1 AIRTANKER – T3ME – CDF 95 (N447DF) (CA-MVIC)
A-11 Filled Helicopter, Type 2 Standard 1 / 1 HELICOPTER – T2S – CDF 901
A-12 Filled Helicopter, Type 2 Standard 1 / 1 HELICOPTER – T2S – CDF 301
A-13 Pending Airtanker, Any Type 1 / 0 Pending
A-14 Pending Airtanker, Any Type 1 / 0 Pending
A-15 Pending Helicopter, Type 2 Standard 1 / 0 Pending
A-16 Pending Helicopter, Type 1 Limited 1 / 0 Pending
A-17 Pending Service – Temporary Flight Restriction 1 / 0 Pending
C-1 Pending Crew, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
C-2 Pending Crew, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
C-3 Pending Crew, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
C-4 Pending Crew, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
C-5 Pending Crew, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
C-6 Pending Crew, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
C-7 Pending Crew, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
C-8 Pending Crew, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-1 Pending Dozer, Type 2 1 / 0 Pending
E-2 Pending Helicopter Support Vehicle 1 / 0 Pending
E-3 Pending Medical Squad Vehicle 1 / 0 Pending
E-4 Pending Dozer, Type Any 1 / 0 Pending
E-5 Pending Tender, Water (Support), Type 2 1 / 0 Pending
E-6 Pending Engine, Type 4 1 / 0 Pending
E-7 Pending Engine, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-8 Pending Engine, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-9 Pending Engine, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-10 Pending Engine, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-11 Pending Engine, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-12 Pending Engine, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-13 Pending Engine, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-14 Filled Engine, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 1 ENGINE S/T – T1 – 1001A
E-15 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-16 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-17 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-18 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 0 Pending
E-19 Filled Engine, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 1 ENGINE S/T – T1 – 1202A
E-20 Filled Engine, Strike Team, Type 1 1 / 1 ENGINE S/T – T1 – 1204A
E-21 Pending Engine, Type 3 1 / 0 Pending
E-22 Pending Engine, Type 3 1 / 0 Pending
E-23 Pending Dozer, Type Any 1 / 0 Pending
E-24 Pending Dozer, Type Any 1 / 0 Pending
E-25 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 3 1 / 0 Pending
E-26 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 3 1 / 0 Pending
E-27 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 3 1 / 0 Pending
E-28 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 3 1 / 0 Pending
E-29 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 3 1 / 0 Pending
E-30 Pending Engine, Strike Team, Type 3 1 / 0 Pending
E-31 Pending Tender, Water (Tactical), Type 2 1 / 0 Pending
E-32 Pending Tender, Water (Tactical), Type 2 1 / 0 Pending
E-33 Pending Tender, Water (Tactical), Type 2 1 / 0 Pending
E-34 Pending Tender, Water (Tactical), Type 2 1 / 0 Pending
E-35 Pending Tender, Water (Tactical), Type 2 1 / 0 Pending
O-1 Pending CHIEF OFFICER (CALIFORNIA ONLY) 1 / 0 Pending
O-2 Pending CHIEF OFFICER (CALIFORNIA ONLY) 1 / 0 Pending
O-3 Pending CREW BOSS (CRWB) 1 / 0 Pending
O-4 Pending CREW BOSS (CRWB) 1 / 0 Pending
O-5 Pending CREW BOSS (CRWB) 1 / 0 Pending
O-6 Pending Team, Type 2 Long 1 / 0 Pending

[Courtesy:  CAL Fire]

FIRE CONDITIONS & WEATHER

Light to Medium Fuels.  Temps in 70’s.  Red Flag Warning ordered into Friday due to Santa Ana Winds. 1700+ acres burned. Steep slope conditions.  30% contained.

Photo Credit: Al Seib

CAUSE

Piece of paper that caught fire from being thrown into a campfire. Fire began at approx 0555 in the vicinity of Glendora Mtn Rd & Colby Truck Trail in the San Gabriel Mtns.

TIME LINE

0555 [Fire started] – Approximate time fire started.

Photo Credit: Will Lester

0600 [5 mins into incident] – Fire crews deployed to vicinity of Glendora Mtn Rd & Colby Truck Trail. #Colby Fire in Glendora, CA.

0700 [1 hr] – The fire could be seen seven miles away in Covina.

0800 [2 hrs] – Mandatory evacuations in Glendora & surrounding cities:  Azusa, Bradbury & Duarte were being executed.  125+ acres burned. Could be seen from Ponoma.  Colleges & Schools cancelling classes.

Photo Credit: K McPhee

-> Check out an amazing photo taken. “Sunset Through the Smoke” by Pablo Periera at https://twitter.com/search?q=%23colby&src=typd <-

1100 [5 hrs] – Azusa PD announces the cause of fire.

1245 [5.75 hrs] – CAL Fire Strike Team of Engines, 2 Air Tankers deployed.

Photo Credit: Julie Sone

1400 [8 hrs] – Red Cross sets up shelter for fire victims, evacuees at Glendora High.  Needs:  Bottled water, food for displaced & volunteers throughout the evening. Contact:  ARC Rep Michael Duarte 818-400-3455 if local and would like to volunteer.  Burning just NE of Los Angeles, CA.

[Note: Red Cross doesn’t accept individual donations or gift cards]

1700 [9 hrs] – Spread of fire stopped, hazards subsiding.  Los Angeles Co EOC activated, Level 2.  3700 people evacuated, 1600 returned.  5 homes destroyed. 17 structures damaged.

2030 [12.5 hrs] – Over 1700 acres burned. 5 houses destroyed.  17 structures damaged.  

2100 [13 hrs] – Firefighters fighting agressively on fire.

Photo Credit: E. Fox

2130 [13.5 hrs] – Fire Command relocating to Santa Fe Dam Rec area at 15501 Arrow Hwy, Irwindale, CA.

2200 [14 hrs] – Flames facing Mtn Cove, about 15 minutes ago.

2230 [14.5 hrs] – 5 Cities Engine 68, Atascadero City Fire, SLO Fire and 2 Co Fire Engines on scene.

2235 [14.75 hrs] – US Forest Service Firefighters [approximately 300] nightshift continuing fireline construction in steep rugged terrain.

2240 [14.80 hrs] – Smoke reaches Coast. Officials warn residents to stay indoors.

SHELTERS

[People & Domestic Pets]

Bradbury & Duarte -> Duarte Community Center – 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA.  Hosted by the City of Duarte.

Glendora -> American Legion Hall – 159 N. Cullen Avenue.  Hosted by City of Glendora.  — Glendora High School – 1600 E. Foothill Blvd.  Hosted by the Red Cross.

 

[Horses]

Ponoma -> Ponoma Fairplex, Gate 12 – 1101 W. McKinely Avenue.  [Note: Call before your arrival for space, any changes]

[Animal Shelters]

Azusa -> Memorial Park – 320 N. Orange Ave, Azusa, CA. [can bring pets].

LA Co -> Animals taken to LA Co. Animal Care & Control. Evac trailers being sent to Baldwin Park Cure Center, 4275 N. Elton.

Pasadena -> Pasadena Humane Society – 361 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91107.

Pomona -> Inland Valley Human Society – 500 Humane  Way, Pomona, CA 91766.

[Small Animals]

Glendora -> Goddard Middle School – 859 E. Sierra Madre Avenue.

ROAD CLOSURES

Emergency Vehicles Allowed in – N. of Sierra Madre Blvd. Between Lorraine & Hwy 39.

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Photo Credit: CAL Fire [from 2300 hrs]

SCHOOL CLOSURES

[Glendora only]

Cullen Elementary School – 440 N. Live Oak.

La Fetra Elementary School – 547 W. Bennett Ave.

Sllers Elementary School – 500 N. Lorraine Ave.

Goddard Middle School – 859 E. Sierra Madre Ave.

Sanburg Middle School – 819 E. Bennett Ave.

IMPACTED AREAS

Reminder: Watch out for Wildlife, they are going to be coming into Impacted Areas and may feel stressed that they may not have any other place to run to. Do not approach them.

[Power Outages]

Southern CA Edison (SCE), Customer Service 800-655-4555 or visit http://sce.comoutages.

Reminder:  Watch for downed power lines. Do not approach.  Call 9-1-1.

[Natural Gas Outages]

Southern CA Gas Co, Customer Service 800-427-2200.

[Disability Needs]

Call 211 – Available 24/7 or visit http://211la.org.

An update will be given by the IC Commander at 0600 on Friday, January 17, 2014.

2014 The NW Fire Blog