Update 1 | 0010 EST | Troy, Ohio | Possible Tornado Touchdown

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Around 2325 hours EST, scanner feed for the Miami County Police, Fire and EMS – Central area began broadcasting about a possible tornado that may have touched down in Troy, Ohio.

INCIDENT STATUS

Lots of damage has been reported, along with many power lines down and gas leaks.

Debris and damaged to commercial buildings have shutdown the downtown corridor.

One report of a chimney into a house was called in with all occupants self-evacuated with no injuries reported.

Traffic collisions have also occurred with one vehicle reported as having a major fuel leak.

Northbound train in Troy is currently not running as power is out in the area.  Services are trying to get it back moving, may be blocking Market Street.

RESPONSES

Both Fire and Police are out responding to calls for service and assisting with rescues.

INFRASTRUCTURE

First Responders are finding power outages in and around neighborhoods, business districts and impacts to their CAD/MDCs in their vehicles.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS – Through the Eyes of Social Media

Tornados in Ohio in January… Yeah, the planet’s totally fine. Everything’s cool. Nothin’ to see here.” – Social Media user.

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“Tornado Warning in Troy / Saint Paris / Christiansburg, Ohio” Until 2245 EST – NWS Wilmington, OH

tornado just tore up my downtown so that’s cool, tornadoes in jan in ohio, totally normal” – Social Media user

Tornado warning in central Ohio with the convection developing and headed toward southern ON overnight. Not expecting any tornadoes here tonight!” – Weather media.

We are supposed to have snow storms in Ohio not tornadoes!” – Social Media.

Severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes, remain possible through tonight over portions of the South and northward into parts of the Ohio Valley and Mid Atlantic.” – NWS

TORNADO HISTORY 

1/4/2019:  50 tornadoes occurred from Iowa to Ohio on Memorial Day. – News Media.

4/3/2019:  Tornado peak season runs from April through July. – News Media.

1940 – 2018:  8  Tornadoes during this time period. – News Media.

ABOUT TROY, OHIO

The City of Troy is the county seat of Miami and located about 19 miles north of Dayton.  Population was last recorded at 26,132 residents in the 2018 census. It is considered to be the 61st largest city in the State of Ohio.

The Police Department is located at 124 East Main Street.  It has 38 Officers and three civilian employees, 3 divisions (Patrol, Detective and Administration).

The Fire Department was established in 1850 with the Troy Hook & Ladder Company and the Troy Bucket Company.

The Department formally organized in the Fall of 1857.  During current times, it now has three fire stations with 37 firefighter-paramedics, a one Training Lieutenant, two Assistant Chiefs and a Fire Chief.  They serve a 74.2 square miles within the city and in three townships.  They average about 5,000 incidents annually.

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Wildfires in the United States | Week of March 25 – 31, 2016

Fire incidents are reported weekly to the National Interagency Coordination Center, based out of Montana and are given in this post.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

Fire Representatives from across the United States for the week of March 25 through March 31, 2016, there were 670 fires reported.  Approximately, 22 of them were s large fire incidents with 21 of them being contained.  There is still 13 of them showing as not contained.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS BY AREA

SOUTHERN AREA 

Fire Summary:  459 new fires. 17 large incidents.  12 uncontained fires.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – NPS

Tarpon.  26 miles W of Homestead, FL.  Tall grass.  Moderate fire behavior.  340 Acres. 60% Containment. 3 Personnel. 1 Helicopter. Unknown Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

KY DEPT. OF FORESTRY

Brushy Creek.  9 miles S of Portsmouth, OH.  Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior with backing, flanking and smoldering.  Rain has occurred over the are. 150 Acres. 98% Contained. 10 Personnel. $1,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

Flat Hollow.  2 miles SW of Portsmouth, OH. Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior with flanking, backing and smoldering.  Rain has occurred over fire area. Started on private land.  500 Acres.  98% Containment. 6 Personnel. $5,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

NATIONAL FORESTS, NORTH CAROLINA

Sheehan Creek.  7 miles NW from Marion, North Carolina.  Timber and hardwood litter. 150 Acres. 98% Containment.  6 Personnel.  1 Engine.  0 Cost-to-Date info available.  Last report, unless increased fire activity occurs.

OK DEPT.  OF FORESTRY

Anderson Creek.  2 miles N of Camp Houston, OK.   Brush, tall grass and timber. Minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Numerous communities still threatened. 367,630 Acres (reduced) due to more accurate fire mapping. 95% Containment.  71 Personnel.  28 Engines.  53 Structures lost.  $1.5M Cost-to-Date.

Ranchland.  9 miles NW of Skiatook, OK.  Timber. Min fire behavior. Structures threatened. 600 Acres.  75% Contained.  41 Personnel.  15 Engines. 1 Helicopter. $5,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report, unless new fire activity occurs.

OSAGE AGENCY – BIA.

Bender.  13 miles N of Pawnee, OK.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and brush.  Min fire behavior.  2293 Acres.  85% Contained.  4 Personnel.  1 Engine.  $8,000 Cost-to-Date.

Crawford.  2 miles E of Hominy, OK.  Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior.  Structures threatened.  400 Acres.  40% Containment.  37 Personnel.  2 Crews.  10 Engines. $40,000 Cost-to-Date

Darkwing.  6 miles N of Hominy, OK.  745 Acres.  50% Containment.  10 Personnel.  5 Engines.  $5,000 Cost-to-Date.

Dogga Creek.  4 miles NW of Fairfax, OK.  Hardwood litter, min fire behavior.  1283 Acres.  70% Containment.  7 Personnel.  2 Engines.  $10,000 Cost-to-Date.

VIRGINIA DEPT. OF FORESTRY

1 O’Clock.  4 miles E of Blackwater, VA.  Tall grass and hardwood litter.  Active fire behavior and structures threatened.  550 Acres.  25% Containment.  18 Personnel. 1 Crew. 1 Engine.  $2,000 Cost-to-Date.

EASTERN AREA

Fire Summary:  132 new fires.  3 large fire incidents.  1 uncontained.

MARK TWAIN NF – FOREST SERVICE

Pole Hollow.  7 miles N of Reuter, Missouri.  Hardwood litter and tall grass.  Min fire behavior with smoldering.  258 Acres. 68% Containment.  44 Personnel. 3 Engines. 1 Helicopter. Area and Trails closures are in effect.  $75,000 Cost-to-Date.

 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Fire Summary:  14 new fires.  0 large incidents.  0 uncontained.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

Fire Summary:  6 new fires.  1 large incident. 0 uncontained.

SOUTHWEST AREA

Fire Summary:  44 new fires.  1 large incident.  0 not contained.

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U.S. FIRES | Sit Rep | March 26, 2016

Fire incidents are reported weekly to the National Interagency Coordination Center, based out of Montana are given in this post.  We will be posting additional fires not included in this weekly report.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

Fire Representatives from across the United States for the week of March 18 through March 24, 2016, there were 988 fires reported.  Approximately, 38 of them were deemed as large fire incidents with 21 of them being contained.  There is still 18 of them showing as not contained.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS BY AREA

PL2:  SOUTHERN AREA 

841 new fires were reported with 34 of them considered as large incidents. 16 fires in this area are not contained.

Anderson Creek.  2 miles N of Camp Houston, OK.  Oklahoma Dept of Forestry. Brush, tall grass and timber. Moderate fire behavior. Communities of Alva OK and Medicine Lodge KS threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. 400,000 Acres. 0% Containment. 273 Personnel.  109 Engines.  $250,000 Cost-to-Date.

I40 Fire:  5 miles W of Shamrock, TX. Texas A & M Forest Service. Fire started on private land in tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. 15,174 Acres.  85% Containment. 14 Personnel.  2 Engines. No Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Bar-Dew Lake:  5 miles N of Bartlesville, OK. Osage Agency, BIA. Hardwood litter. Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened. 12,468 Acres.  60% Containment.  16 Personnel.  2 Engines.  $34,000 Cost-to-Date.

Bug Creek:  6 miles of Hominy, OK. Osage Agency, BIA.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 2870 Acres.  65% Containment.  3 Personnel. 1 Engine.  $18,000 Cost-to-Date.

Walker:  7 miles E of Hominy, OK. Osage Agency, BIA. Tall grass, hardwood litter and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  2200 Acres.  65% Containment. 3 Personnel.  1 Engine. $16,000 Cost-to-Date.

Caney Head:  10 miles NW of Lineville, AL. National Forests in Alabama. Hardwood litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior. Area and trail closures in effect. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  867 Acres.  70% Containment. 16 Personnel. 2 Hand crews.  $109,000 Cost-to-Date.

Cellar Mountain:  5 miles E of Raphine, VA. George Washington & Jefferson NF.  Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Structures threatened. Road and trail closures in effect.  706 Acres. 79% Containment. 13 Personnel.  $250,000 Cost-to-Date.

Ranchland:  9 miles NW of Skiatook, OK.  Oklahoma DOF.  Timber. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened.  600 Acres.  75% Containment.  41 Personnel.  15 Engines.  1 Helicopter. $4,000 Cost-to-Date.

Rabbit:  8 miles NW of Okemah, OK.  Okmulgee Field Office, BIA. Tall grass and hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior.  600 Acres.  85% Containment. 34 Personnel.  10 Engines. $12,000 Cost-to-Date.

Flat Hollow:  2 miles SE of Portsmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning hardwood litter. Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and short-range spotting. Structures threatened.  500 Acres.  84% Containment.  20 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. $4,000 Cost-to-Date. Private land.

North Peak: 4 miles N of Marion, NC. North Peak, North Carolina Forest Service.  Timber. Moderate fire behavior with running. Structures threatened. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  450 Acres.  40% Containment. 84 Personnel.  2 Hand crews. 5 Engines. 1 Helicopter. $100,000 Cost-to-Date.

Rockhouse:  4 miles N of Hayesville, NC. National Forests in North Carolina. Hardwood litter and chaparral. Minimal fire behavior. 240 Acres. 90% Containment. 1 Engine.  $80,000 Cost-to-Date.

Camel’s Knob:   5 miles NW of Union Mills, NC. North Carolina Forest Service. Hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with uphill runs and spotting.  165 Acres.  85% Containment.  34 Personnel.  4 Engines. $13,000 Cost-to-Date.

Radio Ridge #2:  1 miles S of Portmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and short-range spotting.  150  Acres. 90% Containment. 19 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. $3,000 Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Brushy Creek:  9 miles S of Portsmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning into hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and creeping.  150 Acres. 90% Containment.  10 Personnel.  $1,000 Cost-to-Date.

Sheehan Creek:  7 miles NW of Marion, NC.  National Forests in North Carolina.  Timber and hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  150 Acres. 98% Containment. 6 Personnel.  1 Engine.  $52,000 Cost-to-Date.

Webb Mountain:  2 miles N of Boones Mill, VA.  Webb Mountain, Private. Started on private land burning into hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, wind-driven runs and flanking. Structures threatened.  100 Acres.  60% Containment.  41 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. 4 Engines. 1 Helicopter. 1 Structure lost. $4,000 Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Mini Post Lane: 13 miles SW of Channing, TX.  Texas A & M Forest Service. Started on private land burning into tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.  860 Acres.  98% Containment. 14 Personnel.  2 Engines.  No Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Summary:  2 large noteworthy fires that are now 100% contained were the Crutch Complex in Texas burned 44,686 acres destroying 4 structures.  This was on Private Land.  The Millis Swamp Fire in North Carolina was an extremely expensive fire topping out at a Cost-to-Date of $200,000 for the Forest Service.

PL 2:  SOUTHWEST AREA

There were 42 fires reported in this area with one considered as a large incident and is considered as not contained.  There are current two fires burning.

Baker Canyon:  28 miles NE of Douglas, AZ.  Gila District Office, BLM. Tall grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened. Last report unless significant activity occurs. 6800 Acres.  15% Containment. 82 Personnel.  2 Crews.  4 Engines. 1 Helicopter.  $213,000 Cost-to-Date.

Boss Ranch:  19 miles NE of Douglas, AZ. Coronado NF. Tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received. 1253 Acres.  98% Containment.  12 Personnel.  2 Engines. 1 Helicopter.  No Cost-to-Date known.

PL1:  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA [Area including Hawaii]

Fire Representatives reported 4 new fires in this area.  1 was considered as a large incident. 1 fire is currently burning.

Puuwaawaa Makai:  3 miles NE of Puuanahulu, Hawaii.  Hawaii County. Tall grass. Moderate fire behavior. Road closures in effect. 1500 Acres.  75% Containment.  41 Personnel.  10 Engines.  $16,000 Cost-to-Date.  County.

 

PL1:  ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA

Eleven [11] new Fires were reported in this area with 2 of them being considered as large incidents.  There are 0 fires burning.

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Correction: Illegal Burn Call Lures Firefighters to Hostage Situation

Ohio | According to Sources, sometime tonight a fire crew was dispatched to an illegal burn / grass fire on Hornyak in Amherst, located just outside of Cleveland.  When they arrived, something very wrong occurred. Reports of two to three firefighters were being held hostage by the suspect at gunpoint.

Sources say that the suspect was just taken into custody around 1831 PDT  this evening [West Coast time] without any injuries to firefighters or to the gunman.

The Ohio turnpike and other surrounding roadways are slowly being reopened.

OUR COMMENTARY

Though we don’t the exact details of this incident, we were very concerned just like the rest of y’all. We were busy working to get details on this story and will provide another post when new info is received.

We are happy that all parties involved are okay and saddened that some people feel threatened by Public Safety by luring them out to  harm them. We hope this young man/woman gets the mental help they need and accept the consequences for his actions.

Every day, Firefighters put their lives on the line for complete strangers. According to a source stating in 2012 [paraphrased], “Firefighters have one of the most highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all professions.  They are exposed to collapsing walls, fire, toxins, smoke, traffic accidents and other dangerous scenes.”  This source did not include the many incidents where Firefighters have been injured by their patients or being lured out into the open like this event. Though it has been reported in several cases, we don’t believe it to be the norm in most cases – or, at least we hope it isn’t the norm.

Kudos to Law Enforcement helping resolve this incident without injury to one of their own, fire crews or to the suspect.

CORRECTION:  We inadvertently reported Firefighters were from Amherst but instead they are from South Amherst which was brought to our attention.  We apologize for the error.

ABOUT SOUTH AMHERST FIRE

South Amherst is located approximately 30 miles West of Cleveland in Lorain County, Ohio.. The Village consists of approximately 683 homes, 10 businesses, 6 churches, a Volunteer Fire Department, a new Recreation Park and a part-time Police Department with 20 Officers.

The South Amherst Volunteer Fire Department has 3 Engines, 1 Tanker, 1 Rescue and a Brush Truck. They the town’s only resource for the 9,000 residents covering a 32-square territory including Amherst, Brownhelm, Henrietta, New Russia and parts of the Turnpike.

Their station located at 105 W Main Street in South Amherst is staffed by 25 Volunteer Firefighters.

Source: http://villageofsouthamherst.com/about_the_village

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Tension Lines Fall on to Ohio Roadways Below

Macedonia OH | Scanner traffic reported around 1340 PST, that the installaton of high power tension lines had fallen on to State Route 8, Macedonia Commons and Interstate 271 this afternoon.

A truck driver was entrapped inside his vehicle and was immediately extricated.  His condition is unknown at this time.

Reports of multiple Fire Departments, including the Macedonia Firefighters  ascended on scene working to clear the scene.

No other information was available at the time of this post.

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FDA PRODUCT RECALL: Mars Theater Chocolate due to Undeclared Peanut Butter

Contact
Consumer:
1-800-627-7852

Media:
1-973-691-3536

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 19, 2014 – Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M’S® Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz UPC #40000294764 with the following lot numbers:

See Website for Lot #s:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm415490.htm

Outside carton label, Milk Chocolate M&M's 3.40 oz

This theater box item within these lot codes may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box.  The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information.

People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if their theater box contains an inner M&Ms Brand Peanut Butter bag and they consume the product.  No adverse reactions have been reported to date.

iOutside carton image of side panel label -- Milk Chocolate M&M’s 3.40 oz

The issue was identified after a consumer notifed us of a M&M’S® Brand Peanut Butter package containing peanut butter M&M’S® inside a M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box.

These specific lot codes were shipped and distributed to our customers’ warehouses between May 8 and July 1, 2014, located in:  NC, TX, MN, IL, FL, KY, MS, AZ, GA, AI, CA NJ, PA, WA NY, CO, MO, MI, NH, CT, TN, MD, SC, OH, ME, VA, RI, WI, WV, IA, LA, OK, MA, NE, OK, AR, VT, ID and IN .   These customers then redistribute products for retail sale nationwide.

The M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box comes in a 3.40 oz brown, 3 inch x 6.5 inch cardboard box  stamped on the right-hand side panel with the lot number and best before date.

Potential inside package -label - Peanut Butter M&M's 3.20 oz

Mars Chocolate will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled product is not on store shelves.  In the event that consumers believe they have purchased this item and have allergy concerns, they should return this product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns may call our toll-free number:   1-800-627-7852. This number will be operational Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

Source: FDA.gov

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Unapproved Drugs Seized by US Marshals from Ohio Manufacturer

Media Inquiries: Christopher Kelly, 301-796-4676, christopher.kelly@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

U.S. Marshals seize unapproved drugs from Ohio distributor

U.S. Marshals, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, have seized more than $11,185,000 worth of unapproved drugs marketed by Ascend Laboratories of Montvale, N.J. and distributed by Masters Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The seized products include: Pramoxine-HC Otic Drops, intended to treat infections of the external ear caused by microbes and to control itching; Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories 25 mg, intended to treat inflamed hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory conditions; and Urea Cream 39%, Urea Cream 40% and Urea Lotion 40%, intended to treat skin-thickening conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.

None of these products have been proven safe or effective for their intended uses. The FDA recommends that consumers consult a health care professional about the continuing use of these drug products.

The FDA filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio alleging that the products are unapproved and misbranded drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The complaint follows a November 2013 inspection at Ascend Laboratories that revealed the marketing of drug products without an FDA-approved drug application. The new drug approval process plays an essential role in ensuring that all drugs are safe and effective for their intended uses. Unapproved new drugs have not been shown to be safe and effective, may be of uncertain quality and do not have FDA-approved labeling; as a result, these drugs may pose risks to patients.

“The FDA plays an integral role helping to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drug products through a rigorous review and approval process,” said Carol Bennett, acting director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Companies that disregard the law put the health of American consumers at risk.”

The seizure of these products is consistent with the enforcement policy set forth in the FDA’s Marketed Unapproved Drugs Compliance Policy Guide, which established that unapproved new drug products first marketed after Sept. 19, 2011 are subject to immediate enforcement action at any time without prior notice.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

[Source: http://www.fda.gov]

 

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