CA Wildfire | Colorado Fire | 4

Update 4: 1/24/2022, 2100 hours PT

Summary: The COLORADO FIRE started on 1/22/2021 around 1719 hours PT, in Palo Colorado Canyon in the Big Sur area, south of Carmel-by-the-sea in Monterey County, California.

The fire had jumped Highway 1 and began burning on both sides of the roadway. Containment began increasing, however, there were still active portion of the fire that remained a concern for fire officials.

The northern edge of the fire along lower Palo Colorado Canyon continued to burn and a growing concern until containment was achieved by firefighters on Sunday early morning.

Flareups in the southeastern and northwestern areas would become a challenge throughout most of the day, with it backing down towards Hwy 1.

Challenges still remain with steep and rugged terrain.

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Photo Credit: Mid Coast Fire Brigade

Current Status: 700 acres. 40% containment.

Incident Cooperators: CAL FIRE, CAL OES, Mid Coast Fire Brigade, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Department, Monterey County Regional Fire District, North Monterey County Fire District, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and California State Parks.

Resources Assigned: CAL FIRE 3 Copters, 53 engines, 4 dozers, 9 water tenders, 476 personnel, and 15 crews. Unified Command between CAL FIRE BEU and Mid Coast Fire.

Emergency Alerts: Receive Monterey County fire info text alerts. Text MCWILDFIRE to 888777.

ALERTS: The Monterey County is under a Boil Water Notice. https://twitter.com/MontereyCoOES/status/1485663513620008964/photo/1

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CA Wildfire | Colorado Fire | 3

Update 3: 1/22/2022, 1900 hours PT

Incident Summary: A structure fire has spread into the wildland interface on 1/21/2022 at 1719 hours PT, approx. 2 miles east of SR1 in Monterey County, CA. CHP units responded to a “Report of a Fire” call at 1926 hours in the 37800 block of Palo Colorado Rd. This is burning on the edge of the 2016 Soberanes Fire burn scar.

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Credit: CALtrans District 5 PIO

This fire is named the COLORADO FIRE but is also being called BIG SUR FIRE, COLORADO IC according to Social Media.

Current Status: 1 structure has been damaged. CHP has been released from this incident and is reporting this is now closed. This morning, CHP was dispatched to the roadway in Palo Colorado to Bixby Bridge due to large boulders had blocked all lanes in various locations. CALtrans was dispatched.

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations for all areas west of 3800 Palo Colorado Rd to Hwy1 and south to Bixby Creek were issued by Monterey Fire Officials.

Monterey County has an evacuation map found at this link: https://montereyco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=905a9458324b4868804d96b5593eb978&fbclid=IwAR2-4jxWX4

Shelters: Red Cross Shelter at the Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923. The SPCA Monterey County is also onsite with an Animal Support Trailer and personnel to co-shelter.

Emergency Alerts: Receive Monterey County fire info text alerts. Text MCWILDFIRE to 888777.

Road Closures: Hwy 1 from Molera Park Entrance. From Coast Road to Granite Canyon Bridge per Caltrans. No estimated ETA is known.

Mapping: The fire location can be found here on this CAL Fire map.

CAL Fire: Unified Command San Benito-Monterey unit with Mid Coast FD.

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CA Wildfire | Colorado Fire | Day 2

Update 2: 1/22/2022, 1030 hours PT

Incident Summary: A structure fire has spread into the wildland interface on 1/21/2022 at 1719 hours PT, approx. 2 miles east of SR1 in Monterey County, CA. CHP units responded to a “Report of a Fire” call at 1926 hours in the 37800 block of Palo Colorado Rd. This is burning on the edge of the 2016 Soberanes Fire burn scar.

This fire is named the COLORADO FIRE but is also being called BIG SUR FIRE, COLORADO IC according to Social Media.

Current Status: 1,500 acres with a 5% containment status.

Fire Behavior Analysis: Active behavior overnight. Photos on Social Media indicate pretty surreal fire behavior given the wet October and December observed across the region. Per historical fire, data appears the fire is burning south of Palo Colorado and towards Bixby Creek along Long Ridge in an area with little or no fire history. It seems as though the recent rains and cold winter weather aren’t helping to keep fires from developing. It appears the fire started last evening during peak offshore winds and a very low RH. The strongest winds have ended in the vicinity of the Colorado Fire. As of 0300 hours on Saturday, the current weather is showing RH values of 42-52% with southerly winds around 5 mph. These light south winds will represent a possible change for residents and firefighters should be aware of today. (NWS Bay Area via https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea)

Resources: CAL Fire T73 (USDA FS FEPP), T86 (USDA FS FEPP) out of Hollister Tanker Base.

Photo Credit: Flight Radar 24 Flight Tracker

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations for all areas west of 3800 Palo Colorado Rd to Hwy1 and south to Bixby Creek were issued by Monterey Fire Officials.

Monterey County has an evacuation map found at this link: https://montereyco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=905a9458324b4868804d96b5593eb978&fbclid=IwAR2-4jxWX4

Shelters: Red Cross Shelter at the Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923. The SPCA Monterey County is also onsite with an Animal Support Trailer and personnel to co-shelter.

Emergency Alerts: Receive Monterey County fire info text alerts. Text MCWILDFIRE to 888777.

Road Closures: Hwy 1 from Molera Park Entrance. From Coast Road to Granite Canyon Bridge per Caltrans. No estimated ETA is known.

Mapping: The fire location can be found here on this CAL Fire map.

Fire Images/Videos:

CAL Fire: Unified Command San Benito-Monterey unit with Mid Coast FD.

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CA Wildfire | Colorado Fire | New Fire

Update 1: 1/21/2021, 2320 hours PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A brush fire is burning approximately two miles east of SR1, north of Point Sur and the Bixby Bridge; near the Palo Colorado section of Monterey County; near Carmel, California.

The fire initially was dispatched as a Report of a Fire in the 37800 block of Palo Colorado Road, just east of SR1 approximately two miles in Monterey County, California around 1926 hours PT on Friday, January 21, 2022. About 17 CHP units are either en route or assigned to this incident.

It was said to be burning at the edge of the 2016 Soberanes Fire burn scar.

INCIDENT DESIGNATOR

This is named the COLORADO FIRE also known as BIG SUR FIRE, COLORADO IC.

CAUSE

Reports from local residents and media reported this was a structure fire that began burning into the wildland interface and started to brew as a possible firestorm. Conditions are said to be high winds and dry fire fuels.

CURRENT WEATHER REPORTS

2315: Temps 55*F, clear with a 6% precipitation. Winds are 6 mph and there is a 19% RH.

FIRE CAMERAS

PG&E – Tehama Carmel 1 – https://www.alertwildfire.org/tile-display/viewer/?cams=Axis-TehamaCarmel1&fbclid=IwAR0KVuwmLCZYusvqomJeYesg6QUJTlfdSfxwfyNFRVx8_mh7OAG8BQcpaYA

Credit: PG&E

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | IMPORTANT MESSAGING

City of Monterey

Monterey County Information

2310: A Red Cross evacuation shelter will be open at 2330 hours at the Carmel Middle School, 4830 Carmel Valley Road. El Refugio de la Cruz Roja Americana estará disponible a partir de las 11:30 pm en la secundaria Carmel, en el 4380 del Camino Carmel Valley

Monterey County Office of Emergency Services

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office

2130: Mandatory evacuation orders issued for all areas West of 3800 Palo Colorado Rd to Hwy 1 and south to Bixby Creek. These are mandatory evacuations. Link: https://member.everbridge.net/453003085611217/notif/xGGGG8qIG

Caltrans District 5

2200: Closed Road – Hwy 1 at Rio Road in Carmel.

Big Sur FD and Mid Coast FD: Volunteer FFs are on working on the fire ground.

NWS Bay Area

CHP

ESTIMATED SIZE

75-100 acres. 0% containment.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

1926-1934: Fire is burning near Bixby Bridge side, later reported as east of the bridge.

1937: reported as 2-3 acres with heavy wind and no structure threats.

2014: additional CHP resources being paged.

2024: Fire reported as starting in the area of Rocky Creek, Palo Colorado.

2024-2115: 9-1-1 calls coming in about the fire.

2124: Fire reported as getting near SR1, CHP units are requested to close the highway.

2130: Caltrans closes SR1 at the stoplight, north of Weston Ridge. CHP to stop southbound at the light, just north of Weston Ridge. Having a north unit to turn around all southbound traffic.

2132: At Rock Creek, the fire has jumped SR1 and is now burning on the westbound side. Poor visibility.

2134: All traffic being turned around at St Rio Raod.

2137: Law enforcement trying to get people to leave. Fire is now approaching Old Coast Road. CHP works with Carmel PD in Dispatch to start turning traffic around at Rio Road.

2140: IC Rocky Creek is in Palo Colorado.

2201: Parks close the south end. Evacuations were completed from the Fire Station to SR1.

2203: Road closed northbound SR1.

2204: Per FD: fire approximately 150 acres. Mandatory orders were issued on Palo and all other sides on SR1.

2207: Mandatory evacuations were ordered from the fire station westbound to SR1.

2214: Winds blowing from the southeast.

2215: 2nd fire reported at Boney Dune Road and Pine Flat Road between SR1 and Gate C17 in Santa Cruz. No other details on this.

2222: All areas west of 3800 Palo Colorado Road to Hwy 1 and south to Bixby Creek.

2233: All residents on the west side of the fire station have been evacuated.

SCANNER FEEDS

CAL FIRE BEU – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/209

Monterey County Fire Agencies – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/20102

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

2245: Fire can be seen from Capitola Beach.

2232: One wonders how firefighters will fight this fire as there is no level ground, no roads, aircraft not flying during the night.

2224: Fire started in Palo Colorado Canyon. GOES 17 satellite imagery showing the fire on the radar. Dry northeasterly winds are pushing the fire in a southwest direction towards Hwy 1. (weather news)

2103: Fire heading SW toward Rocky Creek and Bixby, which are under evacuation orders.

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LACoFD Fights Commercial Fire

Published 1/8/2022, 1745 hours PT

SAN CLARITA, CALIFORNIA — LA County Firefighters are on the scene of a two-story strip mall fire on Saturday, in the block of 23200 West Lyons Avenue.

Upon arrival by E73 as the first due apparatus, reported the second floor of the mall was heavily involved with fire and the unit went initially going defensive. At 1702, Command advised Dispatch they were in defensive operations but transitioning back over to offensive operations but were still in the same mode

This is the LA LYONS IC as the Command designator.

Command requested a 2nd alarm at 1713 hours PT, bringing additional resources, and were instructed to check in with Medic 1 when they arrived at Staging which was located on Lyons and Valley.

At 1707 PT, Dispatch advised the LA Lyons IC it was 20 minutes on the timer, at which time, the IC stated they was heavy fire in the attic and all hands were working in the defensive operations mode.

The Fire was knocked at 1724 hours and Command advised Dispatch, to retain all 2nd alarm resources as manpower due to extensive overhaul. The Fire Investigator asked Command to hold off on overhaul until the cause could be determined.

A primary search of the building at 1725 hours was conducted but nothing was found.

Cause is still being determined at the time of this post. No preliminary cause had been disclosed and no word if any citizens or firefighters have been injured during this incident.

About the Fire Building

The fire building is a two-story-strip mall that is being used as mixed occupancy as offices and retail space, which was built in 1982 on 1.09 acres. The building is approximately 31,418 square footage and assessed per LA County tax records as $1,205,794.

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3rd Health One Unit Added to SFD Resources

Published Sunday, December 19, 2021, 1600 hours PT

Credit: SFD

KING COUNTY, Washington — City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Councilmember Herbold, SFD Fire Chief Scoggins, Seattle Fire Fighters Union Local 27, Kenny Stuart, and the Human Services Department Director, Tanya Kim announced the 3rd Health One unit to join the Seattle Fire Department in early 2022, which is slated to serve the citizens primarily in the portion of the City.

Health One units are staffed with two Seattle Fire Department Firefighter/EMTs and a Human Services Department Aging and Disability Services Division social worker, which helps those with mental/behavioral health or substance abuse illnesses, as well as those with non-emergency medical issues.

According to the City of Seattle website, the demand for these types of services has dramatically grown since the year 2020, when 50% of those served by Health One were reported to be homeless and 95% of all clients listed on public insurance or uninsured. Additionally, in 2020, 37% of all of SFD’s medical calls were determined to be “low acuity” calls, which were said to be related to social service needs, such as homelessness, mental health crises, drug and alcohol use, and chronic medical issues.

The Local 27 president, the Seattle Fire Low Acuity program manager and Seattle Fire Chief stand by the department's new Health One vehicle.
From (L): IAFF Local 27, President Kenny Stuart. (Center) SFD’s Low Acuity Program Manager, Jon Ehrenfeld. (R) SFD Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. | Credit: SFD

These units are dispatched through the SFD FAC (Fire Alarm Center/9-11 Center) by calling 9-1-1 and cannot be contacted by the general public directly.

Before the program was created, about 42% of the 96,000 calls received by Seattle’s 9-1-1 dispatch center in 2018, were not life-threatening and included some calls deemed behavioral health and addiction issues that firefighters and medics were not equipped to deal with or have the ability to treat.

The Health One program was launched on September 11, 2019.

The second Health One unit was announced on April 13, 2021, which was assigned to serve underserved individuals in the University District and Ballard communities.

“The Health One program has proven to safely and effectively provide services to those who need it most, including our unhoused population and those suffering from behavioral/mental health disorders and substance abuse. Firefighter/EMTs and case managers staffing these units have received specialized training and always respond with patience and compassion when interacting with clients. We look forward to launching our third unit into service next year, and expanding our emphasis service area to South Seattle,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.  

To learn more about this great program, you can visit the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line (published online blog) at https://fireline.seattle.gov.

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SCFD21 Conducts Water Drill

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON — Firefighters from SCFD21 and North County took part in joint training over the weekend to conduct a water training drill simulating rural firefighting tactics.

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Credit: SCFD21

“Here at District 21, we firmly believe in the importance of training and honing your craft to the best of your ability.” – SCFD21

About Snohomish County Fire District 21

SCFD21 provides fire, rescue, and EMS services to the citizens living in the City of Arlington, a 70-square mile area, and about 9,000 people.

The District operates out of one Fire Station (49) in the Arlington Heights area and the construction of another station (50) is due to be completed in late 2022 or early 2023.

The Fire District has three Fire Commissioners and is under management by Fire Chief Chad Schmidt and Assistant Chief Joel Smith. This is a combination department with seven full-time and 25 part-paid firefighters. Additionally, there are 10 volunteer firefighters.

According to their website,

  • E49 – 2007 HME Chassis, Boise Mobile Body with Pump-1500 gpm, Tank-1000 gal.
  • TE49 – Tender Engine, a 2003 HME Chassis, Boise Mobile Body with a pump-1000 gpm and a 3,000 gallon tank.
  • A49 – 2015 Braun Northwest BLS Ambulance.
  • U49 (Utility 49) – 2012 Ford F250. Their water rescue vehicle.
  • HC49 (Hovercraft 49) – 2008 Neoteric Hovercraft.
  • T49 (Tender 49) – 2003 Kenworth Chassis, 4-Guys Body with 500 gpm pumper with a 3,000 gallon tanker.
  • Tender 94 – 1987 GMC Chassis, 4-Guys Body with 500 gpm pumper and a 1,800- gallon tank. This is on loan from the Fire District #19 in Silvana.
  • CH49 (Chief 49) – 2008 Ford Escape. This is their Staff/Command vehicle.

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TX | Wildfires Keep Resources Busy | 1

SIT REP 1 | 12-11-2021 | 1300 PT

Firefighters with the Texas A&M Forest Service and other Mutual Aid resources were kept busy on Friday and continuing into Saturday, December 11, 2021, as they were deployed to several very large wildfires under RED FLAG fire conditions producing extreme fire behavior. Many of these fires caused significant travel delays and impacted several communities. Continued fire suppressions efforts are still going strong.

Credit | TAMFS

Arrowhead Fire

The ARROWHEAD FIRE is located about one mile west of Petrolia, heading Southeast towards Henrietta in Clay County. The fire started on 12/10/2021 at approximately 1600 hours. Unified Command with TX A&M FS and local Fire Departments. There have been about 7,500 acres destroyed. Grass and brush are fire fuels and crews have reached 35% containment status. Dispatched via the Northwest Dispatch Zone. Cause: Debris burning.

County Line Fire

The COUNTY LINE FIRE is located in Wilbarger County. It is about 1,000 acres and is 0% contained. This incident was dispatched via the Northwest Dispatch Zone.

Electra Complex Fire

The ELECTRA COMPLEX FIRE is located In the town of Electra off of US Hwy 287 in Wichita County. The two fires started on December 10, 2021, around 1200 hours and would later merge together on the very same day it started. There has been an estimated 2,300 acres of tall grass and mesquite burned and crews have successfully reached an 85% containment status. Fire Managers have reported the weather windy conditions as a possible concern. Incident Cooperators include local FD agencies along with Federal Firefighters from Sheppard AFB and State resources along with crews from the TX A&M Forest Service. TAMFS and Electra VFD are in Unified Command. Fire behavior has been extremely active with high winds. Aircraft has been unable to assist or fly due to heavy smoke and poor visibility.

Lazy J Town Fire

The LAZY J TOWN FIRE has burned about1,000 acres and there is a 0% containment. Limited information.

Twin Creek Fire. West of Lake Meredith in Moore County. Started December 10, 2021, around 1430 hours. Est. 3,000 acres. 60% contained. Panhandle Dispatch Zone. Started on December 10, 2021. TX A&M FS in Unified Command with Dumas FD, TX Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, and local fire departments. Extreme fire behavior has been observed with a high rate of spread.

Nighttime fire activity on the Twin Creek Fire
Twin Creek Fire | Credit | Juan Rodriguez/TAMFS

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SC Firefighters Hurt in Crash

HUBERT, SOUTH CAROLINA

On the afternoon of Saturday, December 4, 2021, a HVFD Chief was driving along with his crew in their Fire Truck returning to their district from a local community Annual Christmas Parade when a tire blew out on the apparatus.

After the tire blew, the rig became uncontrollable and the experienced Chief took command of the apparatus, performing defensive driving tactics and successfully keeping it upright. However, the truck would impact a driveway pipe and arrive at a violent halt injuring its firefighters.

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The apparatus was traveling on back roads at a speed of 40-miles-per-hour to avoid delay of the route because they were located at the beginning of the parade succession.

With one firefighter seriously hurt and others suffering bruises and non-life-threatening injuries, Mutual Aid and Incident Cooperators responded urgently to the accident scene.

Incident Cooperators include the Western Carteret FD, Swansboro FD, Bear Creek FD, Onslow County Sheriff’s Dept., Swansboro PD, Onslow County EMS, Air Link, Onslow Memorial, Vidant Medical and Naval Hospital.

The condition of the injured is unknown but the Department states he was expecting a second surgery on Sunday.

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Firefighters recognize the dangers of driving these large vehicles and here is their take on it:

Anyone who has ever driven a large vehicle especially a firetruck knows what that means. As an engineer we are responsible for not only the truck, and people around us, but the lives of our fellow crew members as well.” – HVFD

We ask our readers to continue to pray for and keep the injured crews in your daily thoughts. They will all need help with emotional, mental, and physical healing.

Photos Credit | Hubert VFD

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CA Wildfire | State Fire | 2

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST, CA

Update 2 | Wednesday | 2340 PT

A brush fire callout for a first alarm brush fire was said to be dispatched for the LA County FD around 1950 hours PT, just shortly after the Angeles National Fire personnel had been called out earlier.

Battalion 6 advised the fire had burned approximately one acre and fire behavior was active with backing, moderate winds at 3-5 mph, and with no structures being threatened. Forward progression was quickly stopped right after additional resources had arrived on scene. This was said to be located in the Castaic area in LA County.

Resources included LA County Copters 16, 18, 21, 22, and HT55; CHP_Newhall and CAL Trans District 7.

Update 1 | Wednesday | November 24, 2021

A wildfire was reported in which ANF fire resources were dispatched this evening at 1914 hours to NB I-5, south of Templin through the Angeles Emergency Communications Center.

One acre has been burned.

CAD is reporting this Incident #ANF-4208 as still open.

Limited details are available. Please check back for updates.

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