North Carolina Wildfires | Update 3

Updated 10 PM PST

Fire Summary

There are 565 Firefighters and Support personnel assigned to 18 wildfires that are from 40 states and territories.

Fire conditions consist of 5-8 mph winds with 10-15 mph gusts.  The RH is 18-25% with the fire behavior at being critical.

Avey Branch:  Start 10/4/2016 @ 7:44 PM.  Unknown cause. N of Santeelah Lake. Rocky Mtn Blue Team managing fire. *Merged with Maple Springs Fire* 1,200 acres.  17% containment status. ire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations.

Smoke from the Tellico Fire

Tellico Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Boteler Fire:  Started 10/25/2016.   Shooting Creek community, 6 miles east of Hayesville, NC. 4,767 acres. 10% containment status.  398 Personnel. 

Buck Creek Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations. Acreage and containment status unknown.

Charles Creek Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations. Acreage and containment status unknown.

Cliffside Fire:  Start 11/2/2016.  Human caused.  3 miles NW of Highlands, NC.  101 acres. 98% containment status. 29 Personnel.  Crews are monitoring, patrolling and expanding mop-up control lines inside perimeter.

Sky Crane dropping water on October 31

Knob Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Dicks Fire:  Start  10/23/2016. Dicks Creek Drainage, 2 miles NW of Sylva, NC. Human caused. 2nd time reburn. 20 acres on interior.  Original fire 728 acres. 85% containment status. 82 personnel.

Ferebee Fire:  Start 11/6/2016. 1 mile north of Nantahala, NC. Unknown cause. 2,061 acres. 28% containment status. 2 homes evacuated (Silver Mine Rd). Crews working to improve & extend hand/dozer lines and to secure flanks. 66 personnel.

Grape Cove Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations. Acreage and containment status unknown.

Jarett Knob Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations. Acreage and containment status unknown.

Jones Gap Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations. Acreage and containment status unknown.

Knob Fire:  Start 11/2/2016.  8 miles west of Franklin, NC, on Rocky Knob. Human caused.  80% containment status. 1,130 acres. Crews mopping up w/in containment lines. Fire smoldering.  28 personnel.

Pumpkins are used to provide a water source for hose lays when space or accessibility limit engine access.

Boteler Fire (Credit: USFS)

Maple Springs/Roughy Fire:  Start 11/4/2016. North of Santeetlah Lake.  Unknown cause. 5,083 acres.  North of Santeetlah Lake.  10% containment status.  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations. Containment status unknown.  192 personnel assigned.

May Branch:  Start 11/3/2016.  West of Nanatahala Lake. Human caused. 175 acres. 50% contained. 34 personnel assigned.

Moses Creek Fire:  0 info/updates.

Moss Knob Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations. Acreage and containment status unknown.

Mulberry Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations. Acreage and containment status unknown.

Tellico Fire: Started 10/23/2016. 3 miles south of Almond, NC,  Human caused. 6,839 acres. 18% containment status.  Structure protection and burnout ops in effect. 137 personnel assigned.

Whitewater Fire:  Start date unknown. 23 acres. 0% contained. Crews to secure/strengthen containment lines.  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations.

Wine Spring Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations. Acreage and containment status unknown.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

North Carolina Wildfires: Update 2

Updated 3:40 PM PST

Multiple Wildfires have broken out on the National Forests of National with dozens burning in the extremely drought-ridden areas.  The State of North Carolina has several Counties with Fire restrictions in effect.

Since our last update – there is a new wildfire Tellico that has been added to our list of North Carolina Wildfires.  Here is a list of each wildfire alphabetically.

BOTELER FIRE

Pumpkins are used to provide a water source for hose lays when space or accessibility limit engine access.

Pumpkins, a necessary tool for your water supply for when the space or accessibility is limited in getting an engine into the area. (Credit: USFS)

The Boteler Fire ignited from an unknown cause on October 25th around 9 AM.  It is South of Boteler Peak. 972 acres of timber and brush.  Fire activity is currently minimal with backing and smoldering. 10% containment status. 171 personnel are assigned to this incident.

CLIFFSIDE FIRE

The Cliffside Fire began on November 3rd around 10:30 PM and deemed to be started by human(s). There is no exact location known presently but it is on the National Forests of North Carolina along with the other wildfires burning in the same vicinity.  It is said to be an 100-acre wildfire. The IC Type 4 Fire managers are still working on setting up a Fire Command structure.  There is no mention of the number of personnel assigned to this incident as of yet. No new update as of 11/6/2016.

DICK’S CREEK FIRE

Dick’s Creek Fire ignited on October 23rd around 2:15 AM from an unknown human caused occurrence.  It is located in Dick’s Creek drainage. The USFS are the Fire Managers of this incident.  As of today’s post, the fire’s consumption from 425 to 532 acres.   The number of personnel has increased from 13 to 45 and are reporting in with an 80%  containment status.

KNOB FIRE

Boteler and Nantahala Fire

The Knob Fire broke out on November 2nd around 3:45 PM from an human-caused ignition (but authorities have not released what the exact source was).  It is located 9 miles SW of Franklin near the entrance of Standing Indian campground. The Southern Area Red team is Fire Command.   The number of land consumed has increased to 330 acres, however, fire crews have reached a 28% containment status.  There are 25 personnel assigned to this incident.

MAY BRANCH FIRE

This fire was started on November 3rd around 5 PM located just west of Nanatahala Lake.  It is said to be at a 50% containment status with 175 acres burned. Fire behavior is active, flanking, backing and creeping.  Planned fire activities include monitor and patrolling. Concerns of low RH and drought are on Fire Mangers’ minds.  There are 35 personnel assigned to this wildfire incident.

MOSES CREEK FIRE

0 acres noted. Limited info on this fire.  No update as of 11/6/2016.

TELLICO FIRE new!

The Tellico Fire is said to have started on November 3rd around 3:00 pm and the ignition the work of a human, though the exact source has not been released through any USFS pressers.  This fire is located 3 miles South of Almond, NC.   The fire has eaten up 712 acres of forest land and fire crews have reached a 25% containment status.  There are 54 personnel attached to this incident.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NEW NC WILDFIRE: Dick’s Creek Fire | Update 1

Updated 3:15 PM PDT (5:45 PM EDT)

The Dick’s Creek Fire originally started on October 23rd around 2:15 AM EDT located in the Dick’s Creek Drainage on the National Forests in North Carolina and is one of six fires burning in the area.  Others burning nearby are Knob FireBoeteler FireMoses Creek FireCliffside Fire and May Branch Fire.

These are all deemed to be started by Human intervention. No word stated on exactly these wildfires started.  There is no presser stating these are under investigation, accidental or arson-related fires.

There have been 425 burned acres of hardwood litter, grass and timber.  There is an unknown status at this time.

Observations have been witnessed in that the fire activity has become active and increased.  It is now making some runs.

The USFS Command is currently in the process of setting up Fire Command.

There are currently 13 personnel assigned to this incident.

There are no reports of injuries, evacuations or structures damaged/destroyed.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

NEW WILDFIRE: May Branch Fire | Update 1

Updated 10:10 AM PDT

The May Branch Fire broke out on November 3rd around 5:00 PM EDT (2:00 PM PDT) just West of Nanatahala Lake in the National Forests of North Carolina.  It is being managed by a USFS Type 4 ICMT.

The fire is said to be have caused by human intervention but there were no exact details released as to what actually occurred.

Currently, the fire has consumed 175 acres of hardwood litter #9 but fire crews have reached a 50% containment status.  However, the fire behavior is still active, flanking, backing and creeping.

Future plans by Fire Managers are to have crews go into mop-up operations, reinforce control lines, monitor and patrol.  Weather concerns consist of low RH and drought in the area.

There are 34 personnel assigned to this incident.

No injuries, evacuations or damages have been reported.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NEW: Hurricane Matthew Recovery Efforts | Robeson NC | Update 1

Updated 4:30 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Robeson County, North Carolina was one of many areas hit hard by Hurricane Matthew’s fury on October 7th (Friday) and 8th (Saturday), 2016.  This post and future ones are all about how the Robeson County (NC) area was devastated and their efforts to recover from Matthew’s aftermath.

To give you a perspective of how large this incident truly is, let’s put it in acres.  Over 600,000 acres have been impacted by Matthew in one shape or form.

Water is in the forecast to recede to a “Minor Flood Stage” on October 27, 2016.

Though there is no 100% guarantee when this is due to be cleaned up, Emergency Managers are tentatively saying they are looking at a date of November 30th.  This area will forever be changed from Matthew’s fury, but the people will move forward and prosper once again.

Record-Breaking Impacts

Historic Flooding:  Hurricane Matthew impact over the area dropped torrential downpours and tropical storm force winds led to historic flooding of the Lumber River.

Flooded:  Almost 7100 structures in Robeson County alone.

Road Conditions:  Of the impacted areas, 41 road closures were in effect due to washed out bridges and culverts.  Portions of I-95 and US 74 crossing the Lumber River are closed to traffic.

Shelters:  Multiple Red Cross shelters are being managed by the Agency along with the County EOC.

County EOC:  The Robeson EOC is being assisted by the National Guard to manage a number of food/water distribution points.

Water Supply:  The County’s Municipal water supply systems have been restored.  Work is in process to return the City of Lumberton’s water treatment plant back to an operational status.

Utilities:  Crews are working to repair and replace the utilities infrastructure.  Slowly, they are able to restore and reduce the number of customer outages. However, in some areas where it is still flooded, workers have to wait for the water to recede before being able to restore power due to safety concerns.

Staffing:  There are 598 incident personnel and cooperators from 110 various Agencies that have responded to hurricane damage and the flooding aftermath in this area alone.

SOCIAL MEDIA

From A First Responders Point-of-View

“SFD Deployment Strike Team returned some pics of search and rescue missions since they have been in Lumberton and Robeson County.” – Fire Salisbury NC (10/14/2016)

Credit: Fire Salisbury NC

“MCFD has dispatched 3 firefighters, a Pumper-Tanker, and a utility truck.” Morehead City FD. (10/12/2016)

“Holly Springs Fire Dept. Boat Team in Robeson County to assist in saving stranded livestock from farms. Neighbors helping neighbors.” – Wake County, NC  (10/14/2016)

Credit: Wake County, NC

State of Emergency

“NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR: When Robeson Co called us for help, we considered it our duty to help displaced families.” Durham Sheriff (10/16/2016)

“Repairs are currently underway on I-95 at mile marker 18.” NC DOT

Credit: NC DOT

“We are working to get medicine and pharmaceuticals to shelters.” – Gov Office NC (10/8/2016)

“Rainfall reports: 11.57″ – Bladen Co; 8.64 Robeson County; 8.5 since midnight – Fayetteville Reg Airport; 8.15″ in Columbus Co.” Emergency Management (10/8/2016)

The People Have Spoken

“Lumberton NC (Robeson Co) 50 yrs living here I’ve never seen such devastation. We will rise again.”

“First load of donations delivered to American Indian Mothers Inc.”

“Everyone pls. send healing vibes towards the flood victims.”

“Robeson is the poorest county in the state…. it’s also 38% Native American & 25% black.”

“On Indigenous People Day, don’t forget Robeson Co. NC floods, where poverty is high & many identify as Lumbee Indian.”

“The Trumps (@LaraLeaTrump) delivered tons of supplies for flood victims as well! Thank you from Robeson County NC!”

“ok y’all. We need a benefit concert for us in Robeson County NC.”

“I never thought something like this would happen to Robeson County, it has really open my eyes to how grateful we should be.”

“… is one of the poorest regions in NC & the aftermath Mathew left is heartbreaking to watch.”

Via News Media Coverage 

“All Public schools closed Monday-Wednesday”. (10/16/2016)

” A firefighter injured when hit by falling tree. Difficulty transported to hospital due to blocked roads and flooding.” (10/14/2016)

“The County continues to face challenges due to the flooding.” (10/14/2016)

“Anson County leads donation efforts, sends supplies.”  (10/14/2016)

“Gov. McCrory says 17 people are now confirmed dead to Hurricane Matthew effects in NC. Two more deaths reported today.” (10/11/2016)

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Hurricane Matthew Whipping Bahamas | Update 3

HURRICANE MATTHEW WHIPPING BAHAMAS NOW

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Hurricane Matthew is now whipping up some intensive and dangerous winds that are throwing debris around and snapping trees into two according to those reporting as of almost one hour ago (0940 hours EDT).

The Hurricane is said to be on the path to hitting Florida some time day going up the Coast.  At 0800 hours EDT, a weather advisory was issued.  The Hurricane is moving NW at 12 mph with max sustained winds at 125 mph.

Over 1 Million people have been evacuated from South Carolina alone.

Reports of almost 20 deaths in Haiti are attributed to this Storm.

GENERAL INFORMATION

911 EMERGENCIES ONLY

Remember, for emergencies please dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 305.673.7901. (FL)

AIRPORT OPERATIONS

Broward County Aviation Department will suspend operations at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport Thursday at 10:30 am.  (FL)

AIR TRAVEL

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/ (Bahamas)

Flights Cancelled:  Currently, 341 arrivals & 305 departures are canceled at MIA, which is about 90% of our daily flight schedule. (Miami FL airport)

ALERTS

Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications.  http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp (CT)

Governors declared State of Emergency. (FL, GA, SC NC)

Sandbags:  Sandbags available to Melbourne residents starting at 10 a.m. Club52/Greyhound Park, 1100 N. Wickham Rd. (Melbourne, FL)

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks President Obama for emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Matthew.” (FL)

CLOSURES

All Ports to inbound vessel traffic.  Operators have ceased all container operations.  Traffic, schools, universities, road closures for Miami Dade County.  http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency/ (FL)

Kennedy Space Center in Houston (TX)

EOC STATUS

Miami Dade County EOC is now at a Level 2 Activation. (FL)

EVACUATIONS

Miami Dade County. Mayor orders evacuations of all mobile home parks.   St. Augustine.  unprecedented! Mandatory evacuation for ALL historic City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. – Twitter user (FL)

Approximately 250,000 people have evacuated from Coastal towns. The Governor ordered more than a 1 Million people to leave their homes, businesses and area for safety. (GA)

Pet friendly emergency shelters are open only to domestic pets. No livestock will be admitted. It is recommended to safely mark animals and leave them in pastures. (Lake County, Florida)

State of Emergency:  During the state of emergency, residents can refill prescriptions early. (Pinellas County, Florida)

Ocean County (FL) Shelters:

Pet Evacuation Tips:  (Dogs/Cats/Other Animals)   Don’t forget to include your pets in your preparedness plans.  Please take them with you or have someone come and pick them up.

Photo Courtesy/Miami Beach Police

Pet Identification:  (For Horses – in case they escape)  Identify your during . Braid an engraved dog tag into the mane. Use a breakaway halter so it is easier to catch.

Photo Credit: TC Equine ER

FOLLOW OFFICIALS

“Follow your local officials, watch the weather, do not take any chances…know your evacuation plan” – Florida Gov. Scott. (FL)

HURRICANE QUESTIONS

The Citizen Information Center  (Pinellas County Emergency Management) will open today from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Citizens may call (727) 464-4333 with questions. (FL)

RESOURCES

American Red Cross:  To open 100+ shelters in a various areas ahead of the Storm.  Read this link for preparation tips, apps and other important information.  http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Hurricane-Matthew-Devastates-Haiti-Red-Cross-Gets-Ready-for-Massive-Relief-Operation-along-East-Coast

 

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html #PetEvacuation #HumaneSociety #PetLove

FEMA App:  Download the App to find shelters, upload disaster photos to help first responders and receive safety reminders.  https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

Hurricane Tracker App:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Law Enforcement:  Some of the men/women on duty during deadly Hurricane.  Here are some of the faces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (FL).

Photo Credit: PBSO

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.

Photo Credit/National Guard

OCHA:  Humanatarium aid non-profit organization states There have been 1.3 Million people evaucated in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.  There are 350,000 that need assistance, 15,623 people have been displaced and 152 open shelters.  A more thorough damaged assessment will be done tomorrow.  http://www.unocha.org/hurricane-matthew

Solid Waste Resources:  (Miami Dade County, FL)

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa #UNICEF #Giving

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

PRESSERS

POTUS:  We’ve got response teams and supplies ready. This is going to be a serious storm”. (FL)

Ocean County Mayor’s Office.  Thurs. 10/6 @ 10:30 a.m.  (Twitter) will provide a briefing on emergency management efforts, weather, shelter, transportation, sandbags. (FL)

American Red Cross:  

WEATHER ALERTS, FORECASTS

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

5-day Forecast and Coastal areas under a warning or a watch. Photo Credit/NOAA

As of 2300 hours EDT, the eye of #HurricaneMatthew is moving near central Bahamas.  It is expected to intensify as it continues heading towards Florida.

Tropical Storm Nicole:  as of 2300 hours this evening, TS Nicole is said to being close to reaching Hurricane strength.  It is currently South of Bermuda and NNE of San Juan Puerto Rico.  Its max sustained winds have clocked in at 70 mph with max central pressure at 995mb.

General Info

Travel Alert:    “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.” (via U.S. State Travel Department)

U.S. Flights:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

via Social Media Channels

Death Toll:  Media sources are reporting 17 deaths in Haiti alone.

EU Support:  The has been activated to help tackle the effects of I urge participating states to offer assistance. – Christos Stylianides, EU

Fire Apparatus:  Miami Beach Fire storing some of their spare fire apparatus and trucks in the Miami Marlins (Baseball) garage. Moved in just before the storm arrives.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Hurricane Matthew’s Fury | Update 2

HURRICANE MATTHEW WORST IN A DECADE

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Category 4 hurricane has slammed and caused catastrophic damages to Cuba and Haiti.  The hurricane began building its character on September 29th as a Category 5 but losing some wind speeds downgraded to a Category 4.

Cuba and Haiti were hit hard.  Lots of flooding, mudslides and everything residents are now gone.

Now, the Hurricane is heading towards Florida at a rapid rate of speed and due to cause some terrifying moments for all those on the Coast and its path.  One of the worst storms felt in a 10 years.

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Bahamas

 Air Travel :   Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/

Connecticut

Alerts/Notifications:  Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications. http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp

Florida

911 for Emergencies Only:  Remember, for emergencies please dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 305.673.7901.

Airport Operations:  Broward County Aviation Department will suspend operations at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport Thursday at 10:30 am.

Bracing for Heavy Damage:  “Regardless of a direct hit or not, the impact will be devastating.” – Gov. Scott.

Closed:  All Ports to inbound vessel traffic.  Operators have ceased all container operations.

Closures:  Traffic, schools, universities, road closures for Miami Dade County.  http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency/

EOC Status:  Miami Dade County EOC is now at a Level 2 Activation.

Evacuations:  Miami Dade County. Mayor orders evacuations of all mobile home parks.

Evacuations:  St. Augustine.  Unprecidented! Mandatory evacuation for ALL historic City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. – Twitter user

Follow Officials:  “Follow your local officials, watch the weather, do not take any chances…know your evacuation plan” – Florida Gov. Scott.

Hurricane Questions:  The Citizen Information Center  (Pinellas County Emergency Management) will open today from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Citizens may call (727) 464-4333 with questions.

POTUS presser:  We’ve got response teams and supplies ready. This is going to be a serious storm”.

Presser:  Ocean County Mayor’s Office.  Thurs. 10/6 @ 10:30 a.m.  (Twitter) will provide a briefing on emergency management efforts, weather, shelter, transportation, sandbags.

Warning:  “Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks President Obama for emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Matthew.”

Weather Forecasters: “Storm is just 325 miles off of the Coast.” (2300 hours EDT)

Georgia

 Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

North Carolina

Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

South Carolina

Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

Evacuations:  Approximately 250,000 people have evacuated from Coastal towns. The Governor ordered more than a 1 Million people to leave their homes, businesses and area for safety.

Texas

Closed:  Kennedy Space Center in Houston

RESOURCES 

American Red Cross:  To open 100+ shelters in a various areas ahead of the Storm.  Read this link for preparation tips, apps and other important information.  http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Hurricane-Matthew-Devastates-Haiti-Red-Cross-Gets-Ready-for-Massive-Relief-Operation-along-East-Coast

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html #PetEvacuation #HumaneSociety #PetLove

Hurricane Tracker App:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Law Enforcement:  Some of the men/women on duty during deadly Hurricane.  Here are some of the faces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (FL).

Photo Credit: PBSO

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.  #Shelters #Resources

Photo Credit/National Guard

Ocean County (FL) Fire Rescue:  5 strike teams just completed 12-hr shift when req to assist in the hospital evac.   Patients evac’d from Rockledge hospital to Melbourne & Davenport.

Ocean County (FL) Shelters:  

OCHA:  Humanatarium aid non-profit organization states There have been 1.3 Million people evaucated in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.  There are 350,000 that need assistance, 15,623 people have been displaced and 152 open shelters.  A more thorough damaged assessment will be done tomorrow.  http://www.unocha.org/hurricane-matthew

Pet Evacuation Tips:  (Dogs/Cats/Other Animals)

Don’t forget to include your pets in your preparedness plans.  Please take them with you or have someone come and pick them up.

Photo Courtesy/Miami Beach Police

Pet Identification:  (For Horses – in case they escape)

Identify your during . Braid an engraved dog tag into the mane. Use a breakaway halter so it is easier to catch.

Photo Credit: TC Equine ER

Solid Waste Resources:  Miami Dade County, Florida. 

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa #UNICEF #Giving

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

PREPARATION TIPS

Preparedness Tips

  • Charge your Phone battery
  • Gas up your vehicle

American Red Cross:  

WEATHER ALERTS, FORECASTS

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

5-day Forecast and Coastal areas under a warning or a watch. Photo Credit/NOAA

As of 2300 hours EDT, the eye of #HurricaneMatthew is moving near central Bahamas.  It is expected to intensify as it continues heading towards Florida.

[Image of WPC QPF U.S. rainfall potential]

U.S. potential rainfall in the next 72-hour window. Photo Credit/NOAA

Tropical Storm Nicole:  as of 2300 hours this evening, TS Nicole is said to being close to reaching Hurricane strength.  It is currently South of Bermuda and NNE of San Juan Puerto Rico.  Its max sustained winds have clocked in at 70 mph with max central pressure at 995mb.

General Info

Travel Alert:    “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.” (via U.S. State Travel Department)

U.S. Flights:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

via Social Media Channels

Death Toll:  Media sources are reporting 17 deaths in Haiti alone.

EU Support:  The has been activated to help tackle the effects of I urge participating states to offer assistance. – Christos Stylianides, EU

Fire Apparatus:  Miami Beach Fire storing some of their spare fire apparatus and trucks in the Miami Marlins (Baseball) garage. Moved in just before the storm arrives.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Hurricane Matthew Slams into Tropical Islands | Update 1

HURRICANE MATTHEW UNLEASHING ITS FURY

hurricane-matthew-by-nasa-10-4-2016

Photo Credit/NASA (Taken on Oct. 4, 2016)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Category 4 hurricane has slammed and caused catastrophic damages to Cuba and Haiti.  The hurricane began building its character on September 29th as a Category 5 but losing some wind speeds down to a Category 4, but the Hurricane has pummeled the tropical islands in the Caribbean.

Now, the Hurricane has prompted millions of people to be evacuated away from Coastal towns/areas/states.

— IMPORTANT INFORMATION —

Alerts  / Notifications

Bahamas

 Air Travel :   Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/

Connecticut

Connecticut State:  Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications. http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp

Florida

Pinellas County Emergency Management:  Citizen lnfo Center to open Wed, 9am-9pm (727) 464-4333  > http://go.activecalendar.com/pinellascounty/site/pressrelease/event/pinellas-monitoring-hurricane-matthew/?platform=hootsuite

Broward & Miami-Dade Counties:  All schools closed. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/10/04/no-school-closures-yet-in-miami-dade-broward-ahead-of-hurricane-matthew/

Miami:  Biscayne National Park Islands have been closed.

Floridians: “Prepare for a direct hit’ -Gov. Scott.

Georgia

 State of Emergency Declared:  “Acting on a recommendation from our Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of , I issued a SOE for 13 counties.” – Gov. Nathan Deal.

North Carolina

State of Emergency Declared:  ” Mayor of Southport declares state of emergency.” – City Mayor Dove.

South Carolina

Dorchester County :  As you are reviewing our county evacuation zones remember that IF you are NOT in one of the zones BUT you live in a mobile/manufactured home OR in a low-lying area, you need to strongly consider relocating to a safe structure. – Emergency Management Department.

South Carolina State:  “Gov. Haley declares state of emergency.”

— RESOURCES — 

Shelter / Evacuations

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.

Photo Credit/National Guard

Take Your Pets with You!

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html

Human Services  – Donations

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

— SOCIAL MEDIA —

Georgia and South Carolina told by Governors to brace for a direct hit. Photo Credit/NOAA

Travel

U.S. State Department:  “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.”

U.S. Airlines:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

Media Streaming

Florida:  “Matthew poses the highest risk to Palm Beach County.”

Florida, Keys:  “Tropical Storm warning issued.”

Florida, South:  “6 stations out of gas by 12am.”

Florida, Southeast:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Haiti:  “Heavy rainfall beginning to hit at St Boniface Hospital this morning. Our team is weathering.”

Satellite Image:   “Large discussion about this photo looking like a skull and how it is 27 days from Halloween.” Twitter users are all  >Freaking out> and all abuzz about it.

Photo Credit/NASA

Traveling Advice:  “It took 3.5 hours to get to Columbia, and it’s a blessing it didn’t take longer. Take Hwy 176 instead of I-26.” (Tweeted @ 12:49am EDT).

Weather Reports:  “New American model shows strengthening upper high in Texas turning back east after it misses trough “train” northward.”

“Thank you for reading our Blog. Please send good vibes, prayers and other support to those who are in the path of the one of the biggest Hurricanes in 50 years.”

~ Lisa / Blogger ~

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 3 | Silver Mine Fire | North Carolina Forests

SILVER MINE FIRE

The Silver Mine fire is located 1 mile East of Hot Springs, North Carolina in the North Carolina Forests. This fire was started by human intervention by an unknown cause.

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo by Kevin Reese

Complete containment is to be completed on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  Fire crews have been working tirelessly.

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Fire fuels include:  Mature timber, shrub layer and hardwood litter.  The fire is currently minimal and smoldering.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Fire crews continue to monitor structure protection and continue reinforcing containment lines.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Mop-up around structures have started.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Fire has scorched up to 5,300 acres.  Firefighters have reached a successful 90% containment status.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

We thank these talented fire photographers for sharing their amazing and spectacular images with us and the world.

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo by Kevin Reese

99 Fire personnel and overhead command staff [NC IMT3] are still assigned to this firestorm of fires.

Aerial burn out of Silver Mine Fire

Courtesy: Inciweb

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

Photo by Cynthia Anglin

 

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Update 2 | Silver Mine Fire | North Carolina Forests

 

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Silver Mine wildfire was ignited by human intervention on April 21, 2016, around 1515 hours.  Located 1 mile E of Hot Springs, North Carolina and in the NC Forests.

The fire is burning mature timber, shrub layer of hardwood litter quickly grew to 2500 acres by April 22, 2016.  Rain fell in the area but not enough to tap the fire completely.

Photo by Kevin Reese

Photo Credit: Kevin Reese via Incident

CONTAINMENT STATUS

By April 27, 2016, the fire was at a 60% containment status.  It had burned 5000 acres within containment fire lines.  Less than one inch of rain dropped over the fire ground.  Fire Managers are predicting acreage grow to a total of 6,000 acres by the end of the event is completely out.

 

Aerial burn out of Silver Mine Fire

Aerial Mapping of burnout mopping operations. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

PERSONNEL

Personnel remained high at 183 tied to the incident.

FIRE STATUS

On Thursday, April 28th, the containment status reached an all-time high of 90% with 5300 in scorched land.   Fire behavior displayed itself by being active, active, creeping and smoldering.

Aerial burn out of Silver Mine Fire

Another great aerial shot of Silver Mine Fire from above. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

FIRE TACTICS

Fire Managers will focus on the mop up and helping with landscape restoration which assists the environment to return to a healthy habitat and food source for wildlife and other ecosystems.

Aerial burn out of Silver Mine Fire

Burin out operations. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

HASHTAGS

The hashtags we are currently using:  #SilverMineFire #NCWildfires2016

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