The Wildfire Log | Maria Fire | CA | 2

UPDATE 2 | SATURDAY | NOV 2 2019

A new wildfire has broken out off of Bradley Road and Solano Verde Drive at the top of South Mountain, north of Somis and about one mile south of Santa Paula (Ventura County), California.

Fire was reported as originating on October 31st at 1815 hours PDT. The cause is still under investigation.

Firefighters are briefed prior to beginning work on their shift this morning. Photo Credit | VCFD PIO

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Currently, the fire has destroyed 9,412 acres of brush and short grass.  Crews have gained a 30% containment status.

Fire management is in Unified Command with Ventura County FD and Sheriff Office, along with CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo Unit.

There are 1,579 fire personnel along with 262 fire engines, seven water tenders, six helicopters, 35 hand crews, four other crews and 10 dozers on the fire ground.

Two structures have been destroyed.

Incident Cooperators include, but are not limited to:  VCOES, VC Animal Services, CHP, CA DOC, CAL Resources Corp, SoCAL Gas, United Water and SoCAL Edison. Red Cross.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Hillside Fire | CA | 1

UPDATE 2 | SATURDAY | NOV 2 2019

A wildfire broke out earlier Wednesday morning around 0138 hours PDT off of West 59th Street and Hill Drive in San Bernardino (County).  It is also about three miles southeast of Ontario and 23 miles east of San Bernardino, California.

Fire fuels consist of brush and tall grass.

The fire prompted mandatory evacuations as the forward spread burned near occupied structures, but were later lifted.  At this time, the fire behavior is minimal.

There has been 494 acres of brush and tall grass that have been scorched. Crews have gained a 70% containment status.

72 personnel remain deployed on this incident along with four crews.

Damage is estimated at $450,000 to date.

San Bernardino County Firefighters survey the damage the fire has left behind.  Photo Credit | SBcoFD

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The Hashtags were are using for this wildfire incident are #CAwildfires #FireSeaon2019 #HillsideFire.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 5

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | PM | Update 5

Fire Stats

  • Started 10/23/2019 @ 2127 hours PDT
  • Located northeast of Geyersville in Sonoma County
  • Cause is unknown
  • Fire Investigation on-going, FIU working tirelessly to find cause

Current Status

  • Minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering
  • 77,758 acres
  • 74% containment
  • Estimated containment in November 2019
  • 400 structures still being threatened
  • 4 injuries
  • Some fire units have begun to demob and are being returned to their respective service agencies.
  • PG&E will be handling relights of pilot lights on Sunday.
  • Gas service restoration currently in progress.

Photo Credit | ORFM

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Incident Cooperators

  • Unified Command | CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
  • CA Fire Agencies | Geyersville Fire Protection District, CDCR, Culver City FD, Corona FD, BIA, BLM, Pasadena FD,  La Habra Heights FD, Springs FD, Downey FD, Compton FD, Alameda County FD, CA DOC.
  • AZ & NM Fire Agencies | 22 crews f rom the Navajo Scouts. They have been on the fireground since October 28 and to remain until November 11th.
  • WA Fire Agencies | Bothell FD, Seattle FD, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Arlington FD, Island County FD, South County FD, Snohomish County Fire Districts 7, 22, 26, Everett FD, Lake Stevens FD, San Juan FD, Skagit Fire District #4, Skagit FD.
  • Emergency Management | CAL OES, County of Sonoma.
  • Law Enforcement | CHP, Placer County SO, Sonoma County Sheriff, Marin County Sheriff, Galt PD.
  • Fire Aviation Resources | Canada, CHP, Super Scoopers,
  • State Resources | CA National Guard, CAL FIRE.
  • Federal Resources | USFS.
  • Humanitarian/Shelter/Food | Red Cross – Northern CA Coastal, Red Cross – Sonoma County, World Central Kitchen.
  • Weather Forecasters | NWS Bay Area, SIS Fire Weather Lab.

Photo Credit | SJSU Fire Weather Lab. (Taken on 10/27/2019)

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Resources & Equipment

  • 4,032 fire personnel
  • 363 fire engines
  • 64 water tenders
  • 3 helicopters
  • 102 crews
  • 29 dozers

Damage Assessments

  • 59 damaged structures
  • 372 destroyed structures
  • $54.1 Million cost-to-date
  • SR 128 @ Pine Flat Road

Significant Events

  • Soda Rock Winery | Winery is lost but their barn is saved by firefighters.
  • Healdsburg, Windsor | Whole City and Town, population of almost 40,000 evacuate under mandatory orders.
  • PG&E Power Shutdowns | Almost 2 Million customers are affected, including Senior citizen homes, hospitals, Fire Stations, homes, businesses, and the list goes on and on.
  • California Economy | The wine country is hit hard with at least three wineries destroyed, others damaged.  Small businesses and residents must throw out their food, products due to the power shutdowns.

Recognized HEROES IN ACTION | These are the men and women who are being recognized for their extraordinary display of human compassion and serving others selflessly.

FIREFIGHTERS

There were over 5,000 firefighters that responded from all over several States, including Oregon and Washington.

Photo Credit | Culver City Firefighters

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SLO

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After a long journey to California, our firefighters have finally made it. They have been assigned to work the Kincade Fire where they will assess and protect structures on Leslie Road. They are ready to help however they can. – King County Strike Team

Photo Credit | Seattle Fire Department

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WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN

Provided 7,000 meals on October 29, 2019 and more throughout the days thereafter.  They will continue providing freeh, hot meals to firefighters and expect to be on-scene until next week.

Photo Credit | World Central Kitchen

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Guy Fieri oversaw the World Central Kitchen’s facility kitchen and crews were treated to a special lunch for First Responders in Santa Rosa.

World Central Kitchen also served up Law Enforcement Officers on the job around the clock, providing the same great tasty food!

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The faces behind the volunteers who serve others tirelessly and selflessly.  They are our Heroes in Action.

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SONOMA COUNTY FAMILY MEALS

This organization makes meals for Disaster victims by a great team of volunteers and the community that supports them.  In one day, they served over 700 people!

Photo Credit | Sonoma Family Meal

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RED CROSS

A Healdsburg is overjoyed to learn his house is still standing.  He states, “Red Cross was very prepared for this catastrophe. My friends and neighbors are grateful for all of their support.”

Photo Credit | American Red Cross

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ASPCApro

They saved and rescued many furry babies who were left behind, ran off being scared or had no other place to go.

Through The Eyes of Social Media

“Saturday is Day 12 of the Fire. It has been tirelessly fought by over 5,000 firefighters from hundreds of fire departments. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped us during this difficult time.” – County of Sonoma

“Our thoughts are with those who lost their homes and our gratitude is with all who stepped up to help neighbors in need.” – CA State Senator

“A 3.9M earthquake centered around the northern perimeter of the fire occurred this morning while firefighyers worked to make headway on containment.” – Media

“According to PG&E, you’ll need to be home to have your pilot light lit. PG&E will knock on your door, and if you’re not home, they’ll leave a card for you to call back and schedule a time. There is no charge for this service.” – Media

“People are experiencing the Deep pain for those who lost everything.” – Media

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Maria Fire | CA | 1

UPDATE 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2019 – 2150 PDT

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INCIDENT SUMMARY | A new wildfire has broken out off of Bradley Road and Solano Verde Drive at the top of South Mountain, north of Somis and in Santa Paula, California in Ventura County.  Firefighters responded this evening around 1814 hours PDT.

CURRENT FIRE WEATHER  The fire is currently being fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds and is quickly moving across several areas prompting evacuations.

Fire weather is getting significantly worse as winds were reported as being prominent in the areas of Wiley Ridge, Happy Camp Canyon and Boney Mountain.

It was said the fire was being spread by sustained winds of 10-25 mph and gusts up to 25-40 mph.  Offshore winds are expected to continue through Friday but remain below RED FLAG criteria that are impacting most locations across the State.

CAUSE | The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

SIZE UP | As of 2035 hours PDT this evening, the fire has burned 750 acres and there is no containment status at the time of this post.  At 2130 hours, the acreage was upgrade to just under 4,000 acres with an active fire behavior and moving at a fast rate of spread.

FIRE TACTICS | Fire crews are working to keep the fire within the “box” which includes south of the 126 freeway, north of Los Angeles Avenue, East of Vineyard Avenue and West of Balcom Canyon Road.

Copters making water drops and engines getting in place for structure defense were being completed when the brush fire had only been at 150-acres.

Structure protection is currently in full force, as crews work to protect homes. The fire is moving towards this. Slow rate of spread on the Santa Paula side.  Moving westward.

RESOURCES | There are 250 firefighters assigned as ground and air resources.  About 30 engines, three water tenders, three helicopters and two dozers are on-scene in full firefighting suppression mode.

Two additional Orange County copters on order. Priority for retardant early morning on Friday (heel of the fire due to windshift expected).

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | VCFD, Ventura County Emergency Operations Center, Ventura County humanitarian and animal welfare. World Central Kitchen, Culver City FD Strike Team XLA-1075A (3rd consecutive fire/just released from Kincade Fire) along with two Los Angeles County Fire Air Ops copters.

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Credit } Culver City FD

UNIFIED COMMAND | Management of this fire is in Unified Command with Ventura County FD and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.  Ventura County Fire Department is currently the lead agency.

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EVACUATIONS | Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the following areas. (VCEMERGENCY.com for evacuation order info).

  • North Boundary – South Mountain Road
  • West Boundary – West Los Angeles Avenue
  • East Boundary – Balcom County Road
  • South Boundary – Highway 118

SHELTERS | Shelters are currently open for small and large animals as well as for people.  Here is a current listing:

  • Camarillo Commuinity Center. 1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo. (Opens at 0900 hours)
  • Camarillo Animal Shelter  (Small animals). 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo.
  • Ventura County Fairgrounds (Large animals). 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA.
  • Earl Warren Showgrounds (Large animals). 3400 CAlle Real, San Barbara, CA.
  • The Humane Society of Ventura County (All sizes of animals). 402 Bryant Street, Ojai, CA. Open (urgent). Phone # 805-646-6505.

SCHOOL CLOSURES | Mesa Unified School District and Santa Paula Unified School District are closed.  (www.vcoe.org)

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Firefighters (VCFD + CAL FIRE) had just mopped up a .25 acre brush fire behind homes in the Coronado Circle in Santa Paula area this evening. #CoronadoFire (VCFD PIO)

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“On the northwest side of the fire, some kind of oil facility. Getting involved in the fire. Pilots going to take a look.” – Media

IC reports 150 acres well established on the upper ridge, creeping down both the Somis & Santa Paula sides. Also previously balanced out to a 2nd alarm.” – CA Fire Scanner (1918 hours)

“IC directing all of the inbound engines into the Somis side for structure protection. Fire slowly backing down the Santa Paula side & is a lower priority, will be worked on w/ dozers & crews.” – CA Fire Scanner (1938 hours)

“AA reports oil infrastructure has been directly impacted & putting up a lot of heat, fire now making a significant push down Santa Paula side.” – CA Fire Scanner (2147 PDT)

PHOTO IMAGES | Ventura Co FD PIO, unless otherwise given credit to other sources.

HASHTAGS | #CAWildfires #FireSeason2019 #MariaFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

The Wildfire Log | Hillside Fire | CA | 1

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA

UPDATE 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2019

A wildfire broke out earlier Wednesday morning around 0138 hours PDT off of West 59th Street and Hill Drive in San Bernardino (County), California.

Fire behavior is still considered moderate with wind-driven runs that was said to be burning into neighborhoods, just north of the City and on the San Bernardino National Forest.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | A TFR was in effect as of this morning.  The radius was for five miles and up to an elevation of 8,000. Fire Officials warned the Public not to fly any drones in the area.

Mandatory evacuations were lifted for area residents to be allowed to return to their homes in impacted communities. The repopulation began 1800 hours PDT this evening.

  • North of 50th Street
  • East of Mayfield Avenue
  • South of Open Space areas
  • West of Hwy 18

The repopulation process begun at 1800 hours PDT this evening.

Evacuation Shelters still remain open for the following:

  • Pacific High School. Red Cross Shelter. 1020 Pacific Street, San Bernardino.  Open until 0700 hours on Thursday, November 1st.
  • Animal Shelter. For small animals and horses.  San Bernardino City Animal Shelter. 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino.

Power Outage has been reported by SCE in the fire area for an unknown duration. (FD 1649 PDT)

It was reported that 140 homes were assessed under the Fire Department assessment team visits to local area communities.  They found six homes destroyed and 18 damaged.

One Firefighter was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.  His current condition is unknown.

HEROES IN ACTION | Coca-Cola donated water and Gatorade to Firefighters.

The fire has destroyed approximately 200 acres and fire crews have successfully gained a 50% containment status.

Investigators were able to determine the origin where the fire started but the cause is still undetermined.  There were NO power lines found near the ignition site.

Approximately 50 Firefighters will remain on-scne to reinforce containment lines to strengthen them for impending Santa Ana winds that are due to arrive anytime now.

The Hashtags were are using for this wildfire incident are #CAwildfires #FireSeaon2019 #HillsideFire.

Photo credit goes to the San Bernardino County FD.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1911 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 4

 | 4 | Monday | October 28, 2019

2330 hours PDT

Fire Stats

  • Started 10/23/2019 @ 2127 hours PDT
  • Located northeast of Geyersville in Sonoma County
  • Cause is unknown
  • Fire Investigation on-going, FIU working tirelessly to find cause

Credit | Alameda County FD. Firefighters are clearing the road for homeowners.

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FIRE WEATHER FORECAST | NEW RED FLAG WARNINGS just issued for the North Bay, East Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains Tuesday into Wednesday. – Weather Media

Current Status

  • Active fire behavior with spotting
  • 74,324 acres
  • 15% containment
  • Estimated containment in November 2019
  • 90,015 structures threatened < 80,435 homes, 70 commercial & 8,800 others
  • 1 injured firefighter

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | PG&E has had the largest power shutdown in recent history turning off power to 1 Million homes, businesses, Public Safety/Medical facilities and other power customers to avoid wildfires, etc.

Incident Cooperators

  • Unified Command | CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
  • CA Fire Agencies |Geyersville Fire Protection District, CDCR, Culver City FD, Corona FD, BIA, BLM, Pasadena FD,  La Habra Heights FD, Springs FD, Downey FD, Compton FD, Alameda County FD.
  • WA Fire Agencies | Bothell FD, Seattle FD, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Arlington FD, Island County FD, South County FD, Snohomish County Fire Districts 7, 22, 26, Everett FD, Lake Stevens FD, San Juan FD, Skagit Fire District #4, Skagit FD.
  • Emergency Management | CAL OES, County of Sonoma.
  • Law Enforcement | CHP, Placer County SO, Sonoma County Sheriff, Marin County Sheriff.
  • State Resources | CA National Guard.
  • Federal Resources | USFS.
  • Humanitarian/Shelter/Food | Red Cross – Northern CA Coastal, Red Cross – Sonoma County, World Central Kitchen.
  • Weather Forecasters | NWS Bay Area, SIS Fire Weather Lab

QUOTE OF THE DAY | “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

Photo Credit | World Central Kitchen.

‘The faces of the compassionate who are feeding those in need, is a definition of a Hero In Action.’ – The NW Fire Blog thanks you for your services, dedication and commitment to others.

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Resources & Equipment

  • 4,373 personnel
  • 468 engines
  • 42 water tenders
  • 10 helicopters
  • 85 hand crews
  • 66 dozers

SIGNIFICANT EVENT| Washington State has deployed 7 Task Forces from 31 Fire Districts and Fire Departments responding with 35 engines, 9 Command Vehicles and 110 fire personnel as Mutual Aid.

Damage Assessments

  • 20 damaged structures > 12 homes, 1 commercial and 7 others
  • 123 destroyed structures > 57 homes, 5 commerical and 61 others

Zone Evacuations

  • Zone 1 | Ida Clayton Road, (which includes residents on Ida Clayton Road) North to Highland Ranch Road at Campbell Road, East of the 101 between Asti Road & Alexander Valley Road, to the Mendocino & Lake County Line, including Lakeview Road & extending South along the Lake & Sonoma County Line to Ida Clayton Road.
  • Zone 2 | Hwy 128 North Knights Valley Area to the Napa County Line.
  • Zone3 | Hwy 101 Corridor from Geyserville South through the town of Windsor, including the entire city of Healdsburg and the town of Windsor & all areas East to Chalk Hill Road area.
  • Zone 4 | The Dry Creek Valley West to Forestville.
  • Zone 5 |  Larkfield and Mark West Drainage.
  • Zone 6 | Calistoga Road/Petrified Forest Road to the Sonoma & Napa County Line.
  • Zone 8A |  North of Occidental Road.
  • Zone 9 | The city of Santa Rosa, including all areas East of the Western City limit, North of Guerneville Road, Steele Lane, Lewis Road, & Chanate Road to Montecito Avenue to Montecito Boulevard to Calistoga Road, North to the city limit.
  • Zone 10 | All areas within in the city North of Highway 12 West of Highway 101.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Media reports of PG&E shutting off power to almost 2 Million people could occur on Tuesday.  

Evacuation Shelters (With Vacancies)

  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building  | 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
  • Sonoma County Fairgrounds | 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
  • Petaluma Community Center | 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954.
  • Muir Memory Care | 750 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954.
  • Iglesia Cristana | 1129 Industrial Ave #104, Petaluma, CA 94952.
  • Napa Valley Expo | 575 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559.
  • CrossWalk Community Church Napa | 2590 1st Street, Napa, CA 94558.
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral | 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.
  • Calvary Chapel of Petaluma | 1955 McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954.
  • @Airbnb | Offering free and temporary housing to evacuees. This is in effect from October 24, 2019 through November 7, 2019 for select hosts through the Open Homes program.

HEROES IN ACTION | “Really inspired by the owner of Tacos al Carbon in Santa Rosa. He has already donated thousands of meals. – Media”

Shelters (FULL)

  • Petaluma Valley Baptist Church | 580 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy
    Petaluma, CA 94954.
  • Marin County Fairgrounds | 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903.
  • Petaluma Veterans Building |1094 Petaluma Blvd S.,  Petaluma, CA 94952.
  • Petaluma Fairgrounds | 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma, cA 94952.
  • New Life Church 2060 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
  • Napa Valley College | 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558.

Evacuation Warnings

  • Zone 7 | All areas West of East Side Road, throughout the Russian River Valley to Bodega Bay.
  • Zone 8B | Areas South of Occidental Road.
  • Zone 21 | City of Calistoga and Napa County North of Diamond Mountain Road to Dunaweal Lane. East of the Sonoma County/Napa County Line. South of the Lake County/Napa County Line. West of Pickett Road.
  • Zone 31 | Issued for the area of Highway 29 from Butts Canyon Road South to the County Line. All of Butts Canyon Road in Lake County between Highway 29 & Napa County Line. Highway 175 between Highway 29 Middleton North to McKinley Drive. This includes Middletown proper, Twin Pine Casino, Middletown Rancheria, Dry Creek area, all roads off of Highway 175 between Middletown and McKinley Dive, and Butts Canyon Road including all side streets.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | The City of/County of San Francisco’s Mayor London Breeds issues a proclamation declaring a  local emergency.  San Francisco opnes a 200- person temporary shelter at a local church. 

Road Closures

  • Pine Flat Road @ Red Winery Road
  • Geysers Road @ Red Winery Road
  • Geysers Road @ River Road
  • SR 128 @ Moody Lane
  • SR 128 @ Geysers Road
  • SR 128 @Geyserville Avenue
  • SR 128 @ Alexander Valley Road
  • SR 128 @ Pine Flat Road
  • SR 128 @ Railroad Avenue
  • Lytton Station Road@ Lytton Springs Road
  • Healdsburg Avenue @ Alexander Valley Road
  • All roads east of Hwy 101 in the Geyserville area

Evacuees Resources & Announcements

Credit | EPA

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Credit | Pet Rescue and Reunification

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Through the Eyes of Social Media – October 28, 2019

2126 PDT |  AA6WA reporting the slop on the east side of fire is considerably bigger than the original 80 acres it was. Fire has also crested a ridge & become more visible to residents east of the fire generating some 911 calls. – CA Fire Scanner

2031 PDT |  AA6WA (night recon plane) overhead observing the eastern portion of the fire, reports torching & crowning occurring as fire backs down a slope. Views from St Helena N & Cobb Mtn respectively. – CA Fire Scanner

2004 PDT | Most of the 450 cows survived… but the ability of the ranch to feed and house the cattle did not. The farming community has been donating stacks of hay and equipment and friends in other parts of CA will be housing some of the calves and heifers for the winter. – Media

1920 PDT | Trees down and power lines down in Knights Valley on Hwy 128 just North of Ida Clayton (trout farm) Rd.  – Eyewitness

1822 PDT | California’s new wildfire fund could be on the hook for some losses resulting from the #KincadeFire if PG&E’s equipment was responsible. – Media

1758 PDT | SRJC Alert, Mon., Oct. 28, 2019, 5:25 pm: Due to impacts from the #KincadeFire, ongoing evacuations and power outages throughout Sonoma County, all #SRJC campuses will remain CLOSED THROUGH FRIDAY, Nov. 1. All activities and classes, including online classes, are canceled. – Santa Rosa Junior College

1338 PDT | Last night, 3,000+ people sought refuge from the wildfires in 15 Red Cross and community Shelters.  Those in need of a safe place to stay can download the Red Cross Emergency App to find a shelter near them. 

1242 PDT | PCSO deputies are in Sonoma County helping with evacuations.  – Placer Sheriff.

1220 PDT | So far, is that fire, sheriff, police, and other government agencies, from state to local, have shown incredible preparedness and competence. Clearly, lessons were learned from 2017 and a lot of hard work went into planning this response. – Media

1147 PDT | “We hold our California communities in prayer as they face firestorms, blackouts, and evacuations. God, keep everyone safe, restore those facing loss, encourage volunteers, and supply Your abundant peace to all on the move.” – Sisters of St. Joseph

Credit | Placer County Sheriff

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1026 PDT | Red Cross Nor CAL’s new DRO HQs in Petaluma (office in Santa Rosa was evacuated). 15 total shelters identified – 5 Red Cross Managed, 4 County or City Managed, 4 independent, 2 on standby. All of our shelters are accessible to all and ensuring safe places for pets.

Credit | Red Cross

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0919 PDT | Sonoma County has confirmed with ICE that there WILL BE NO IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. Evacuation centers are SAFE THROUGHOUT THE BAY AREA. Please translate and RT. – Media

October 27, 2019

Red Cross Shelters | Red Cross volunteers are here for you and your PETS too! Please bring supplies & yours, including medications, comfort items, chargers, documents, etc. All are welcome, no matter citizenship status. – Red Cross PIO

Evacuation Shelter Opens | We are establishing an evacuation center at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael with assistance from the Red Cross. This center is for predesignated evacuees from full evacuation centers in Sonoma County and is at capacity. – Marin County Sheriff.

PG&E Community Resource Centers | Customers impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff can visit Community Resource Centers beginning at 8 AM, October 27, which provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic and medical device charging and A/C seating.  Locations list –> https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-event.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_pspsupdates

Possible Cause | https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Kincade-Fire-Started-Just-Beyond-PGE-Planned-Outage-Zone-563809521.html – Media

Important Work | We continue to receive reports from hundreds of incredible journalists on the front lines, remember that this is traumatic for them as well. Check in with your journalist friends. Remind them that the work they’re doing is important. – Media outlet

Eyewitness Accounts | Fire encroaching the highway on 128, both sides, in Sonoma Co. in Healdsburg. Major wind gusts kicking up and and trees and power lines down everywhere. – Media reporter on the fire ground.

October 26, 2019

Power Shutdown | PG&E has begun to shutoff power in most of Sonoma County. A prolonged outage may reduce our ability to warn you in the event of an emergency. – Sonoma County Sheriff.

HASHTAGS

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #KincadeFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 3

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The KINCADE FIRE ignited on October 23, 2019, at 2127  hours PDT from an unknown cause. Fire investigators are currently reviewing information to determine the cause and will be under investigation until further notice.

FIRE FACT | This is the largest evacuation in County History with more than 180,000 ressidents evacuated. (Sheriff’s Office)

The fire is located in steep terrain and in remote areas, where it was sparked on John Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road, which is northeast of Geyersville, California.

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Credit | Culver City Firefighters

CURRENT STATUS

  • Active fire behavior with flanking and spotting
  • 17 structures damaged
  • 97 structures destroyed
  • 79,575 structures threatened
  • 180,000 people under evacuations
  • 54,298 acres
  • 5% contained
  • $7.5 Million cost-to-date

Evacuations  | In Effect for Zones 1-10, 21

 SHELTERS

  • Santa Rosa Fairgrounds | 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA. (Also can accomodate large animals)
  • Redwood Acres Fairgrounds | 3750 Harris Street, Eureka, CA.
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Bldg | 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA. (FULL)
  • Sonoma Marin Farirgrounds | 175 Fairgrounds Road, Petaluma, CA.
  • Petaluma Veterans Center | 1094 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma, CA.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (Unified Command)
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (Unified Command)
  • Geyersville Fire Protection District
  • CDCR
  • CAL OES
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • Culver City FD
  • BIA
  • BLM
  • CA National Guard
  • American Red Cross
  • World Central Kitchen
  • NWS Bay Area
  • SJSU Fire Weather Lab
  • OR firefighters (en route)
  • Pasadena Fire Department
  • La Habra Heights FD
  • Santa Fe FD
  • Springs FD
  • Downey FD
  • Compton FD
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RESOURCES & EQUIPMENT

  • 3,441 fire personnel
  • 352 engines
  • 28 water tenders
  • 10 helicopters
  • 76 hand crews
  • 51 dozers

Fire Fact | The fire grew 24,298 acres over a ~12 hour period: from 30,000 to 54,298 acres.  (FD)

EVACUATIONS

  • Zone 1 | Ida Clayton Road; North to Highland Ranch Road at Campbell Road; East of 101 between Asti and Alexander Valley Roads to Mendocino and Lake County lines; Lakeview Road and extending south along the Lake and Sonoma County lines to Ida Clayton Road.
  • Zone 2 | Hwy 128, north Knights Valley area to the Napa County line.
  • Zone 3 | Hwy 101 corridor from Geyersville south through the town of Windsor and including the entire Cities of Healdsburg and Windsor along with all areas east of Chalk Hill Road area.
  • Zone 4 | Dry Creek Valley west to Forestville.
  • Zone 5 | Larkfield and Mark west drainages.
  • Zone 6 | Calistoga and Petrified Forest Roads to Sonoma and Napa County lines.
  • Zone 7 | All areas west of Healdsburg and Windsor; Trout Russian River Valley to Bodega Bay.
  • Zone 8 | West of Fulton and Graton; South to Hessel.
  • Zone 9 | City of Santa Rosa; East of Western City limits; North of Gruereville Road, Steele Lane, Lewis and Chanate Roads to Montecito Avenue; From Montecito  Blvd to Calistoga Road; North to City limits.
  • Zone 10 | All areas within the City north of Hwy 12; West of Hwy 101.
  • Zone 21 | City of Calistoga; Napa Counties; north of Diamond Mtn to Dunaweal Lane; East of Sonoma and Napa Counties; South of Lake and Napa Valley County lines; West of Pickett Road.
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Credit | Sonoma County Sheriff Office

Fire Fact | Containment of the fire decreased by 5%, from 10% to 5%. (FD)

ROAD CLOSURES

Highway 101

  • NB @ Hopper Avenue
  • SB @ South Cloverdale Blvd

SR 128

  • At Geyersville Avenue
  • At Moody Lane
  • Geyers Road
  • Alexander Valley Road
  • Pine Flat Road
  • Railroad Avenue

Red Winery Road

  • At Pine Flat  Road

Geyers Road

  • At Red Winery Road
  • At River Road

Other Roadways

  • Lytton Station Road at Lytton Springs Road
  • Healdsburg Avenue at Alexander Valley Road
  • All roads east of Hwy 101 in the Geyersville area

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“2 Sonoma County wineries were damaged in Alexander Valley on Sunday, as the fire poured out of the hills to the valley floor, where fire crews worked to save other wineries along Highway 128.” (Media)

“We are burning up here in northern California.” (Humanitarian)

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Credit | Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office

“I live in the San Joaquin Valley in California, the smoke in the air is ominous, and we’re a couple hundred miles away.” (Twitter User)

“180,000+ people have been ordered to evacuate & the fire has burned more than 30,000 acres. I’m so grateful for the first responders heroically battling this blaze, including our own Glendale and Burbank Fire Departments.” (Local Politician)

“Grateful for the heroism of firefighters and first responders working to protect all in the path of fires across California. We stand with our friends & neighbors who have been impacted.” -Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House)

“While there has been a significant amount of property damage with this fire, I am absolutely amazed and in awe of the firefighters on land and in the air who have managed to provide protection to people and property. Phenomenal effort. Stay Safe!” (Disaster Preparedness User)

“In the midst of the fire, power shutdowns & mass exodus I’m so tempted to vent my anger at the many contributing factors. But tonight isn’t the time. Hoping ask those displaced can get a little rest, food and comfort. May those heroes fighting this monster stay safe!” (Singer-Songwriter)

“Scanner Traffic related to fire heading for Mount St. Helena in northern Napa County. Firefighters prepping aggressive response there. Their work holding lines to save downtown Windsor tonight has been amazing.” (Media)

“It’s not the simple act of your home burning to the ground, it’s the terror of choosing between your passport and your wedding album. Of driving into Hell without knowing if you’ll ever go home again. And you just did it two years ago.” (Media-Reporter)

“Hot spots detected by satellite on ground at Windsor, on US 101. Hail to the heroes who are working hard on the ground and in the air on the dangerous.” (Twitter user)

“Fire is now 84.8 square miles. Larger than Riverside, CA & about 5 sq miles smaller than Boston, MA.” (Twitter User)

HASHTAGS

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #KincadeFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 10/27/2019 @ 2015 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The KINCADE FIRE ignited on October 23, 2019, at 2127  hours PDT from an unknown cause. Fire investigators are currently reviewing information to determine the cause and will be under investigation until further notice.

FIRE FACT | 2 wildfires are burning, 1 in Vallejo and this one in Santa Rosa (Media)

The fire is located in steep terrain and in remote areas, where it was sparked on John Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road, which is northeast of Geyersville, California.

CURRENT STATUS

  • Active fire behavior with flanking and spotting
  • 14 structures damaged
  • 79 structures destroyed
  • 31,000 structures threatened
  • 180,000 people under evacuations
  • 25,955 acres
  • 11% contained
  • $7.5 Million cost-to-date

EVACUATION ORDERS

  • Zone 21: City of Calistoga & Napa County N of Diamond Mountain Rd to Dunaweal Lane. East of the Sonoma County/Napa County Line. South of the Lake County/Napa County Line. West of Pickett Road. (1610 PDT)
  • 1345 PDT | If you are in Windsor in the area of Hembree Lane at Vinecrest Road, leave NOW!! It is smoky and windy and there’s an immediate threat of fire. (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office)
  • 1445 PDT | Current adverse conditions in Windsor. Lots of peace officers and firefighters here to protect the town. (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office)
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Credit | Sonoma County Sheriff”s Office

 SHELTERS

  • Santa Rosa Fairgrounds | 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA. (Also can accomodate large animals)
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Bldg | 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Sonoa Marin Farirgrounds | 175 Fairgrounds Road, Petaluma, CA.
  • Petaluma Veterans Center | 1094 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma, CA.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (Unified Command)
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (Unified Command)
  • Geyersville Fire Protection
  • CDCR
  • CAL OES
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • CCC
  • BIA
  • BLM
  • CA National Guard
  • American Red Cross
  • World Central Kitchen
  • NWS Bay Area
  • SJSU Fire Weather Lab
  • OR firefighters (en route)
  • Pasadena Fire Department
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Credit | Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office

Significant Event | PG&E to shutoff power for 1 Million of its Northern CAL customers, making it the largest shutdown in history. (Media)

RESOURCES & EQUIPMENT

  • 3,081 personnel
  • 68 crews
  • 299 engines
  • 50 dozers
  • 10 helicopters
  • 23 water tender

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 1129 PDT | CA Governor Newsom has declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state. (Governors office)
  • 1302 PDT | “Twest of the 101 Freeway and north of Highway 12. The fire has burned more than 30,000 acres and was pushing south toward Highway 128. The 101 Freeway was closed.” (Rep Jared Huffman)
  • 1305 PDT | City of Calistoga and surrounding areas are under mandatory evaucation orders. (Media)
  • 1425 PDT | Santa Rosa City Buses will not be operating service on Monday, October 28th but possibly partial service on Tuesday. Updates –> 707-543-3333. (City of Rosa)
  • 1445 PDT | “Due to the uncertain conditions of fire behavior and heavy smoke in the Windsor area, US-101 remains closed from from Airport Blvd to Dry Creek Rd. (CHP Santa Rosa)
  • 1830 PDT | Presser to take place (CAL FIRE)
  •  SECOND CHANCE CONURE RESCUE in Vacaville, Ca is offering FREE bird boarding to ALL fire Evacuees for as long as you need. We have cages, toys, food and lots of love for your bird til you can get back home.  707-898-3093. (Twitter user) NOTE: always vet before making a decision.
  • 1044 hours PDT | NV College open  its doors for evacuees in Napa Valley.
  • 1044 hours PDT | CrossWalk Church (2590 First St., (707) 226-1812)  open  as evacuation center
  • 0933  hours PDT | Sutter and Kaiser hospitals evacuated in Santa Rosa, California
  • 0603 PDT | Finley Community Center (2060 W College Ave.) has been evacuated. Those who are seeking shelter, go to the Marin Fairgrounds (10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903). (City of Santa Rosa)
  • During an emergency please be water-wise. DO NOT leave your sprinklers running. To learn more about ways to save water. (City of Santa Rosa)
  • Emergency call boxes available at all City of Santa Rosa Fire Stations. List here —> https://srcity.org/598/Fire-Stations
  • PG&E Community Resource Center (CRC) at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Ave.) is open from 8am – 8pm, and will open daily until power is restored. (PG&E)
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Credit | CHP Santa Rosa

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“With evacuation orders being issued to our north, the Santa Rosa Fire Department has recalled all our Department staff. All of our reserve fire engines are being staffed up & all our normally staffed engines & stations are having extra firefighters added to them.” (Santa Rosa FD)

The smoke from the fires is so bad, the air quality is Hazardous in Fresno and we are 6 hours south of Santa Rosa. It’s bad, y’all.” (Twitter user @ 1625 hours PDT)

“West of the 101 Freeway and north of Highway 12. The fire has burned more than 30,000 acres and was pushing south toward Highway 128. The 101 Freeway was closed.” (Twitter User)

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Credit | Santa Rosa FD

“Police urge residents to yield to emergency personnel and drive with caution. Dangerous wind event continues to impact the city. Emergency response to the Kincade Fire is based out of Santa Rosa and evacuations underway.” (City of Santa Rosa)

As day breaks in Healdsburg, Calif., devastation caused by Kincade Fire at historic Soda Rock Winery is revealed.” (media)

“Fire is in the same place, caused by the same faulty equipment, as the Geyserville Fire two years ago. The state has neither forced PG&E to address the issues nor planned for another fire emergency.” (Media)

“There are 180,000 people under evacuations. This is the largest evacuation that any of us at the Sheriff’s Office can remember. Take care of each other.” (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office)

Fire encroaching the highway on 128, both sides, in Sonoma Co. in Healdsburg. Major wind gusts kicking up and and trees and power lines down everywhere. Updates to come.” (10/27/2019 @ 0235 hours PDT. Media)

The hard “get out” on just about every street in Healdsburg right now. Glow of fire visible beyond town. Last holdouts frantically leaving.” (10/27/2019 @ 0334 hours PDT. Media)

“Santa Rosa Airport closed. Tried to cancel my flight but airline wanted to charge large cancellation fee. (Twitter User)

HASHTAGS

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #KincadeFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 10/27/2019 @ 1700 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Red Bird Fire | Arizona

A wildfire broke  out from an unknown ignition on I-10 at mile marker 329.5 westbound and about 11 miles southwest of Willcox, Arizona on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Fire personnel and equipment were dispatched via the Arizona Dispatch Center at 1243 hours MST.

Crews would quickly contain the small fire to 0.1 acres at 1430 hours MST.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/27/2019 @ 1545 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The KINCADE FIRE ignited on October 23, 2019, at 2127  hours PDT from an unknown cause. Fire investigators are currently reviewing information to determine the cause and will be under investigation until further notice.

Significant  Event | Authorities have now ordered the largest mass evacuation in Sonoma Country history, stretching from the 101 to the Pacific Ocean. (Media)

The fire is located in steep terrain and in remote areas, where it was sparked on John Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road, which is northeast of Geyersville, California.

CURRENT STATUS

  • 25,455 acres burned
  • 55% contained
  • Extreme fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and spotting
  • Fire is wind-driven
  • Fire weather is now critical
  • More evacuations are in effect (see below details)

A RED FLAG WARNING was issued on Saturday evening and in effect as of 2000 hours PDT due to strong offshore winds and low humidity, a cause for critical fire weather conditions.

Significant Event | CA National Guard is deployed for major disaster assistance.

EVACUATION SHELTERS

  • Santa Rosa Fairgrounds | 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA. (Also can accomodate large animals)
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Bldg | 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Sonoa Marin Farirgrounds | 175 Fairgrounds Road, Petaluma, CA.
  • Petaluma Veterans Center | 1094 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma, CA.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (Unified Command)
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (Unified Command)
  • Geyersville Fire Protection
  • CDCR
  • CAL OES
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • CCC
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office
  • BIA
  • BLM
  • CA National Guard
  • American Red Cross
  • World Central Kitchen
  • NWS Bay Area
  • SJSU Fire Weather Lab
  • OR firefighters (en route)

Significant Event | PG&E to shutoff power for 1 Million of its Northern CAL customers, making it the largest shutdown in history. (Media)

RESOURCES & EQUIPMENT

  • 2,830 personnel
  • 68 hand crews
  • 10 helicopters
  • 251 engines
  • 50 dozers
  • 25 water tenders
  • 17 air tankers

Significant Event | Fire is now spotting one mile ahead. (Media at 0205 hours)

EVACUATION UPDATES

Evacuation Warning issued for City of Santa Rosa. All areas starting East of western side of City, North of Guerneville Road, Steele Lane, Lewis Road, and Chanate Road, to Montecito Avenue to Montecito Boulevard to Calistoga Road, North to city limit. (Sonoma Sheriff at 0100 hours PDT)

Evacuation Orders for: Dry Creek Valley, Mark West/Larkfield area, Fulton, Forestville, Guerneville, Occidental, Jenner, Bodega Bay. Includes all areas west of Sebastopol north of Bodega Highway and South of Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road. (Sonoma County Sheriff on 10/26/2019 at 1840 hours PDT)

EMS  Services:  Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa. All patients are being diverted to Kaiser in Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.  (Media on 10/26/2019 at 2040 hours PDT/ 10/27/2019 at 0207 hours)

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Credit | NWS Los Angeles

Significant Event | Winds reported up to 90 mph (Media/Scanner Feeds)

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

PG&E has begun to shutoff power in most of Sonoma County. A prolonged outage may reduce our ability to warn you in the event of an emergency. This is an Evacuation Order, evacuate now. .  Link —> socoemergency.org (Sonoma County Sheriff)

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 14 structures damaged
  • 77 structures destroyed
  • $7.5 Million cost-to-date

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“It has gone from completely calm to intermittently howling in downtown Santa Rosa in a very short time.” (Twitter user at 0205 hours PDT)

Concern about fire potentially jumping Hwy 128 near the Alexander Valley School. Now have spotting approx 1 mile ahead of the main fire.” (CA Fire Scanner at 0200 hours)

“Radar echoes once again showing up northeast of Healdsburg as strong winds reach the fire area(s).” (Weather Forecaster at 0200 hours)

Fire crossed Pine Flat Rd T the 4 mile mark, headed down canyon toward Jim Town.” (Fire Reporter at 0201 hours PDT)

“Concern about Fitch Mountain. Soda Rock Lane. Concern with hitting 128 appear to be increasing.” (Media at 0201 hours)

“Any other trucks and resources are going to be heading to Alexander Valley Elementary School. It’s a small school, located across from the iconic Alexander Valley Vineyards, one of the most beloved family owned wineries in the region.” (Media)

“A massive mutual aid response has arrived (and continue to pour in).” (Media)

“Some serious stuff is about to go down on that mountain tonight. Crews getting into place. Strike teams set up. 150 trucks rallying in Healdsburg. National Guard is here.” (Media)

Increasing winds and drier air arriving now. GOES-17 1-minute Fire Temperature satellite imagery clearly shows the fire starting to burn hotter.” (NWS Bay Area) as of 0100 hours PDT

A6WA reporting 80-90mph wind gusts from the north w/ activity increasing @ the heel of the fire (northern side). Not so much movement on the head yet but anticipating it in the next hour.” (CA Fire Scanner) reported at 0130 hours PDT

“Units reporting structural impact in the next ~30 mins in the 8000blk of Hwy 128 near Pine Flat Rd & the Alexander Valley Elementary School.” (CA Fire Scanner) reported at 0124 hours PDT

Branch 1 reports the fire is exhibiting extreme-erratic fire behavior, strong winds pushing the fire, the fire pushed past all control lines & backfiring operations. “We are going to let it do what it wants for a little while” Firefighter safety now top priority.” (Media)

“Looks like 15 strike teams of engines (75 engines) already ordered from Oregon, responding in on Sunday. May not all end up there.” (CA Fire Scanner) reported 10/26/2019 @ 2210 hours PDT.

“The amount of mutual aid streaming up highway 101 towards Sonoma County towards the fire is something to behold.” (Media)

“If  fire jumps the Russian River, it’s a whole new ballgame. This region is dominated by dense forests that haven’t burned in a long time + lots of small, isolated communities with tough ingress/egress (Guerneville, Monte Rio, Occidental, Cazadero, Annapolis, etc.). (Twitter user)

“With 60mph winds, “it doesn’t matter what equipment we have on. It has the potential to overwhelm us.” If you stay, responders will have to put THEMSELVES in danger to save you. DON’T DO THIS. Get out. It’s not just you, it’s also firefighters.” (Point Richmond CERT on 10/26/2019 at 1848 hours PDT)

“2.7 million people could lose power in Northern California as utility PG&E cuts service to prevent the spread of wildfires. 50,000 people have been ordered to flee.” (NY Times)

“Long lines at gas station in Sebastopol. Highway 101 southbound in Santa Rosa is crowded like rush hour traffic.” (Twitter user on 10/26/2019 after noon)

” As your evacuate try to do this:  Scan or snap photos of your homeowners/renters insurance policy. Make sure you get the page that tells you who to contact & how. Send the images to the cloud to be safe.” (Twitter user on insurance)

“Air raid sirens in Sonoma County signaling mandatory evacuation order for Graton due to a wildfire.” (Media)

“I am so worried about the firefighters tonight. A guy I’ve literally known my whole life is out there. His own home is one of many in the evacuation zone.” (Twitter User)

“Authorities bracing for ‘dangerous’ spread, plead for residents to evacuate.” (Media)

“Fire at 3 mile marker on Pine Flat Road in Sonoma County, CA.” (Media at 0206 hours PDT)

“I cannot express the words of being in these fires again two years later.” (Twitter User)

HASHTAGS

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #KincadeFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 10/27/2019 @ 0230 hours PDT