Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire | 5

VANTAGE, Wash. – UPDATE 5 – 1340 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –> Date / Time Started

A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

EVACUATIONS –> Town of Vantage

Level 3 evacuations have dropped to Level 2 and Police are allowing residents to return to their homes but are warning them to be alert and aware, in case conditions change and have to leave again.

INCIDENT –> Traffic Alerts

As of noon on Tuesday, July 10th, I-90 at Vantage and the Vantage Highway is are now open in both directions in Vantage. State Patrol has cleared the fire and the incident is now under the direction of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

WSDOT states there are no restrictions to roadways.

CLOSURES –> State Park areas

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park – until further notice. Washington State Parks is assessing damage to the area.

Wanapum Recreation campground/area is also a secondary site that is being assessed for damage. It too, is closed until further notice.

EVACUATIONS –> Red Cross Shelter

Evacuation Shelter is located at the George Community Hall in George, Washington.  We are unsure if this Shelter is still open or has been closed due to the reduction in the evacuation levels.

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Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire | 4

VANTAGE, Wash. – UPDATE 4 – 1040 hours PDT

Photo Credit | WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

INCIDENT SUMMARY –> Date / Time Started

A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

INCIDENT –> Current Fire Status 

Current size is 1,000 acres of grass and brush burning.  Fire is still at a 0% containment status.

One small structure has been reportedly lost.

The fire has burned a 4.5 mile stretch north and south of I-90, and is 0% contained. On I-90, more than 400 guard rail posts have burned due to the fire.

Fire mobe resources have been pouring into the area.  A Type 3 IMT will be assuming command of the incident today.

All Vantage residents have been evacuated safely.  We have reached out to DNR to see if those at the nearby campground site have also been evacuated.  We are waiting to hear back from them.

Evacuation Shelter is located at the George Community Hall in George, Washington.

This is why I-90 at Ryegrass on I-90 is still closed.  There is still no ETA as to when it will be reopened.  There are detours around this.  Law Enforcement and FIRE officials are asking drivers to AVOID THIS AREA.

Photo Credit | Kittitas County Sheriff Office

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, including US97 over Blewett Pass through Wenatchee and US12 over White Pass.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

They are asking folks to stay away due to safety and visibility concerns.

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Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire |3

VANTAGE, Wash. -UPDATE 3 – 0600 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –> Date / Time Started

A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

INCIDENT –> Current Fire Status

Fire is currently at 300+ acres in grass and brush.  There is a 0% containment status at the moment.

Photo Credit | Grant County Sheriff Office

Grant County Sheriff’s Office just released this photo as viewed from the SR243, south of the Vantage Bridge near Wanapum Dam.    Blowing embers are crossing over the Columbia River and Grant County Firefighters are in structure protection mode.   So far, no fires have been reported.

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Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire | 2

VANTAGE, Wash. -UPDATE 2 – 0530 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY –> Date / Time Started

A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

INCIDENT –> Size of the Fire

Fire is currently at 300+ acres in grass and brush.  There is a 0% containment status at the moment.

Photo Credit | WSDOT

RESOURCES –> Original dispatched Resources on Call

Ahtanum 20 dozer-ALP, SE-426, SE-442, SE-SEWELL, SE-SLYFIEL.

RESOURCES –> State Mobe Resources

Approved at 0227 hours this morning and en route.

Kittitas County Fire District 1 |  Chief 11 is Mutual Aid.

City of Pullman FD.

SE WA IMT command team.

ROAD CLOSURES –> I-90 Closures

Exit 115 eastbound and westbound at the Vantage Bridge. 

Closed Ellensburg to Vantage, about a 22-mile stretch of highway in both directions.

No estimated time for reopening.

No detours around area. AVOID Area altogether.

EVACUATIONS –> Orders in Effect for the following areas:

Level 3 Evacuations notice for the town of Vantage and for those within one mile south of I-90 on Huntzinger Road.  LEAVE IMMEDIATELY

Level 2 Evacuations notice for Wanapum State Park.  Campers will need to shelter in place as Huntzinger Road is currently impassable.

SHELTER —> American Red Cross Shelter Opens

Evacuation Shelter will be opened by the American Red Cross and located at George Community Hall at 403 W Montmorency Boulevard in George, Washington.

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Photo Credit | Kittitas County Fire District 1

SCANNER FEED –> Current Status

Scanner feeds seem to be down in Kittitas County (& for our friends in Grant County).

No live coverage of the incident being broadcasted.

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NEW | Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire

VANTAGE, Wash. -UPDATE 1 – 0445 hours

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

The incident unfolded like this,

July 9, 2018 (2315 PDT) | A exploding wildfire was reported to FIRE and Police Officials burning on mile post 133 on next to I-90.  It was said to be wind-driven that had jumped the eastbound lanes and burning into the median.  A request for additional resources was made through dispatch.

July 10, 2018 (After Midnight-0018 Hours PDT) | The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office began issuing  evacuation orders in the town of Vantage with more details released about 10 minutes later to include Level 2 and 3 orders in the town of Vantage.  At that time, the bridge was still considered open.   With the fire moving so quickly, road blocks were established at  mile post 115 and to the east side of the Columbia River.

July 10, 2018 (0028 Hours PDT) | The size of the fire was deemed to be around 100 to 200 acres.  Another road closure would go into effect on the infamous Vantage Highway at Vantage.  Quickly, the fire was said to be about .5 miles from the town of Vantage and authorities were working to protect the town’s water tower and its structures.

July 10, 2018 (0134 Hours PDT) Vantage Highway would be shutdown shortly thereafter, along with evacuating the town urgently.

July 10, 2018 (0200 Hours PDT) Fire  crews were tasked with structure protection of the town and its entirety.  At this time,  300 plus acres of grass and brush had burned. Fire behavior is extreme and spreading rapidly.  Fire has established itself on the south side of I-90 and has made it up to Huntzinger Road.

Firefighters were heard stating  (when Scanner feed was working) difficulty with getting through gated communities to protected and secured homes.  Some reported that horses were being let out of gated areas and running away from the fire.

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Photo Credit | Kittitas County Sheriff Office

RESOURCES | Initial Fire resources include Ahtanum 20 dozer-ALP, SE-426, SE-442, SE-SEWELL, SE-SLYFIEL.

State Mobe resources were approved at 0227 hours this morning and en route.  They will be pouring into the area all morning long.

Kittitas County Fire District 1’s Chief 11 is currently assisting multiple fire agencies.

SIT REP | Evacuations both Level 2 and 3 are in effect. Road and highway closures are currently in lock down.

Structure protection of the town of Vantage is currently in process.

Fire has jumped the highway and barreling towards the town of Vantage. 22 miles of I-90 near Vantage is currently closed.

The nearby campground is under Level 2 evacuations but Officials have told them to shelter-in-place due to roadways are impassable.

The fire is burning more intensely and more actively.

Washington State DOT cameras show a brush fire turned wildfire is in dire straits showing fire is burning up the whole area.  I-90 MP 138 Vantage Br. (View West)

EVACUATIONS –> are in effect for the following areas:

Level 3 Evacuations notice for the town of Vantage and for those within one mile south of I-90 on Huntzinger Road.  LEAVE IMMEDIATELY

Level 2 Evacuations notice for Wanapum State Park.  Campers will need to shelter in place as Huntzinger Road is currently impassable.

Evacuation Shelter will be opened by the American Red Cross and located at George Community Hall at 403 W Montmorency Boulevard in George, Washington.

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Photo Courtesy | Kittitas County Sheriff Office

The fire was deemed to be around 100 to 200 acres at 0028 hours on Tuesday morning.  Another road closure at the Vantage Highway at Vantage was in effect.

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Photo Credit | Kittitas County Fire District 1

Quickly, the fire was said to be about .5 miles from the town of Vantage and authorities were working to protect the town’s water tower and its entire town.

Vantage Highway would be shutdown immediately, along with evacuating the town urgently around 0134 hours PDT.

Less than one hour-of-a-hour, fire crews were working tirelessly as they were now in structure protection mode of the towns structures. As of There has already been 300 plus acres of grass and brush burned. Fire behavior is extreme and spreading rapidly.  Fire has established itself on the south side of I-90 and has made it up to Huntzinger Road.

Firefighters were heard stating difficulty with getting through gated communities to protected and secured homes.  Horses were being cut loose from their areas were being heard.

ROAD CLOSURES | I-90 closed from exit 115 eastbound and westbound at the Vantage Bridge.

CURRENT WEATHER | Currently on the Vantage Bridge, temps are 64*F with relative humidity (RH) of 67% with winds at 16 mph and gusts to 41 mph.

SCANNER FEED | Scanner feeds seem to be down in Kittitas County (& for our friends in Grant County). So, we are not getting any updated live coverage.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

California Wildfire | Creek Fire | 2

REDDING, Calif. – Four fires are burning in Shasta County called the #CreekFire.

Photo Credit | Shasta – Trinity NF

Here is the timeline based upon all sources of information given regarding this fire incident.

June 26, 2018 – Tuesday

1952 |  Fire is burning on Clear Creek Road x American Road. Happy Valley/IGO, CA. Started on June 24, 2018 around 1246 hours.  1475 acres. 65% containment. 11 structures destroyed which include 4 homes and 7 minor structures. Cause is under investigation. 1 reported injury.

22 fire crews, 57 engines, 14 water tenders, 72 overhead personnel, 11 bulldozers and total 654 personnel.

Personnel have been challenged by steep and difficult terrain when working to access certain areas on the fire line.  They however, are starting to make progress on increasing and strengthening containment lines around the fire perimeter and mopping us, as well as mitigating hazard trees.

Evacuations lifted for Panther Rd, Dale Ln, Tobacco Rd, Pine Meadows Pl, Diana Way, Clover Ln, Wilbur Ln, Cloverview Rd, Sunshine Ridge Rd, Pebblewood Ln, Hilo Ln, Ronnie Ln and Cobblestone Ln.

Incident Cooperators:  Shasta Co FD, Redding FD, Happy Valley FD, Old Shasta FD, US Forest Service, American Red Cross, Shasta Co SO, CHP, PG&E and Shasta Co Dept. of Public Works.

1827 | Fire is now at 1,475 acres with a 65 % containment status.

1006 | 1,350 acres. 60% containment. 4 structures destroyed. 1 reported injury. Cause under investigation.  617 personnel.  75 engines, 12 water tenders, 22 fire crews, 1 helicopter, 63 overhead personnel, 14 bulldozers, and no air tankers.

0653 | Fire is at 1,350 acres. 60% containment.

June 25, 2018 – Monday

1952 | Fire has consumed 1,350 acres. 50% contained. 0 structures damaged. 4 structures destroyed. 1 reported injury. 75 engines, 12 water tenders, 22 crews, 1 helicopter. 63 overhead personnel. 14 dozers. 0 air tankers. 17 total personnel.

1823 | Shasta County SO lifts evacuation orders.  The photo below gives the full listed as released by the SO’s office.

1213 | The Sheriff’s Offices lifts evacuations for Placer Road. This road at Platina is open. Gas Point at Placer Rd and Cloverdale at Placer and Clear Creek at Placer are still closed.

0713 | 1,300 acres. 30% contained.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SHU

June 24, 2018 – Sunday

1949 | Fire is 1,000 acres. 20% containment status. Evacuations in effect.

Photo Credit | Shasta-Trinity National Forest

1819 | Location is Clear Creek Road x Highway 273 in Happy Valley/Igo. 1,000 acres. 20% contained.

1804 | NEW! Evacuations for the east side of Placer Road; Cloverdale Road to Placer; Placer to Clear Creek Road.

1802 | Type I and III Strike Teams from Sacramento region requested for immediate need to assist.

1724 | Anderson Fire’s E246 and C46 are on-scene. Chief 46 is China Structure Group.

1359 | CAL FIRE Firefighters are on-scene of multiple fires totaling 100 acres, off of Clear Creek Road and American Road, west of Redding.  Shasta County.

Photo Credit | Shasta – Trinity NF

1351 | Creek Fire is 100 acres. 0% containment. 4 separate fires burning at a critical ROS, long-range spotting. Structures, power lines under threat.

1335 | Shasta-Trinity NF sends 1 strike team and 5 fire engines to assist CAL FIRE.

Shasta County Sheriff Office:  Several fires were started today on June 24, 2018, that are considered suspicious in nature. We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a gold or tan 1990’s model Chrysler type minivan. Any information regarding the vehicle please call the Cal Fire information line @ 225-2510 or SHASCOM at 245-6540.

1320 | CAL FIRE fire crews respond to a NEW rash of multiple fires along Clear Creek Road x Highway 273.  The largest fire is 100 acres in size.  Road closures are in effect.

#CREEKFIRE HISTORICAL FIRE TIMELINE

Another fire started just days before the current four wildfires burning in a separate area. Here is the timeline for that wildfire under this same hashtag.  NOTE: These are two separate fires in two different Counties.

June 21, 2018

2104 |   2.8 acres. 60% contained. Extremely steep terrain and heavy brush.  Fire appeared larger than it was. Crews were due to mop up for the  next 2 hours.

1859 | Correct address is 10000 block of Crystal Springs. Fire is still approx 20 acres. Making good progress.

1835 | Brush fire at 4900 block of Huasna Townsite. Approx 20 acres in the grass.

1831 | in SLO, NE of Santa Maria near Coyote Springs Road. 10-15 acres with a potential of 30. 1 air tanker and air attack on the fire, refueling out of Santa Maria.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 hours PDT

California Wildfire | Creek Fire | 1

REDDING, Calif. – Four fires are burning in Shasta County called the #CreekFire.

Photo Credit | Shasta – Trinity NF

Here is the timeline based upon all sources of information given regarding this fire incident.

June 24, 2018 – Sunday

1819 | Location is Clear Creek Road x Highway 273 in Happy Valley/Igo. 1,000 acres. 20% contained.

1804 | NEW! Evacuations for the east side of Placer Road; Cloverdale Road to Placer; Placer to Clear Creek Road.

1802 | Type I and III Strike Teams from Sacramento region requested for immediate need to assist.

1724 | Anderson Fire’s E246 and C46 are on-scene. Chief 46 is China Structure Group.

1359 | CAL FIRE Firefighters are on-scene of multiple fires totaling 100 acres, off of Clear Creek Road and American Road, west of Redding.  Shasta County.

Photo Credit | Shasta – Trinity NF

1351 | Creek Fire is 100 acres. 0% containment. 4 separate fires burning at a critical ROS, long-range spotting. Structures, power lines under threat.

1335 | Shasta-Trinity NF sends 1 strike team and 5 fire engines to assist CAL FIRE.

1320 | CAL FIRE fire crews respond to a NEW rash of multiple fires along Clear Creek Road x Highway 273.  The largest fire is 100 acres in size.  Road closures are in effect.

#CREEKFIRE HISTORICAL FIRE TIMELINE

Another fire started just days before the current four wildfires burning in a separate area. Here is the timeline for that wildfire under this same hashtag.  NOTE: These are two separate fires in two different Counties.

June 21, 2018

2104 |   2.8 acres. 60% contained. Extremely steep terrain and heavy brush.  Fire appeared larger than it was. Crews were due to mop up for the  next 2 hours.

1859 | Correct address is 10000 block of Crystal Springs. Fire is still approx 20 acres. Making good progress.

1835 | Brush fire at 4900 block of Huasna Townsite. Approx 20 acres in the grass.

1831 | in SLO, NE of Santa Maria near Coyote Springs Road. 10-15 acres with a potential of 30. 1 air tanker and air attack on the fire, refueling out of Santa Maria.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1830 hours PDT

#DidionMillingFire Burns Down Plant | 2

CAMBRIA, WISCONSIN

INCIDENT SUMMARY

History Repeats Itself

The Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin is on fire. Again.  This is not the second fire for the plant but the third!  Cambria Fire Department has fought multiple fires at this facility on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and already into Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Major fires occurred on December 28, 2014 and on January 16, 2010.

Explosion and Fire

An explosion rocked the Didion Milling plant located in the 500 block of Williams in Cambria, Wisconsin occurred around 2322 hours CDT on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, that erupted in fire.  This now a 4th Alarm and Major MCI.

Reports across several scanning channels reported that the first due in lay witness to fire burning in the center of the building.

Fire Contained

The Sheriff’s Office said over 37 #Fire #EMS #MedicalFlight Agencies worked together in combination as they responded to the 4th Alarm fire and explosion at the plant.

It has been said that the plant building has collapsed within itself and is literally gone as one source reported.

Firefighters will remain on scene until the fire is completely tapped.  For the time-being, the scene is very active and may be for days until a cause can be determined by Fire investigators.

FIRE TACTICS COMPLETED

Utilities

Since the explosion, the Village of Cambria was completely in the dark with major power lines down along with power poles down, trapping people beneath them.  Command requested when the power company could shut off power so they could reach the multiple people under them.

Heavy rescue units were requested to work to save them.

Ruptured Gas Line

Last night, a gas line located on the East side of the fire building near the silos was burning but the Fire Department reported it being shutdown.  Employees had said they heard someone screaming awhile back but no details were known at the known.  Resources were being requested.

Communications

Because of a busy night in Cambria, all non-emergency traffic was eventually moved off the County Comm Center’s TAC1 channel on to others, unless it was emergency traffic.

RESOURCES

Mutual Aid

Over 37 Agencies (Fire, Police, EMS, Medical) responded to the scene.

 

Incident Cooperators

Red Cross, Salvation Army, Alliant Energy, Cambria PD, Cambria FD.

INJURIES

Confirmed Death/Injuries

There was one confirmed person who was killed and an unknown number of injuries.

Medical Air Transports

Four medivac helicopters transported several burn patients to area hospitals.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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We can found on Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (The NW Fire Blog).

Hashtags

We are using the following Hashtags for this incident:  #DidionMillingFire #WIFire #CambriaFire

Thank You

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

UPDATED:  0907 CDT / 0707 PDT 6/1/2017 – Thursday

 

 

 

 

#DidionMillingFire Rocks Cambria, WI | 1

CAMBRIA, WISCONSIN

INCIDENT SUMMARY

History Repeats Itself

The Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin is on fire. Again.  This is not the second fire for the plant but the third!  Cambria Fire Department has fought multiple fires at this facility on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and already into Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Major fires occurred on December 28, 2014 and on January 16, 2010.

Explosion and Fire

An explosion rocked the Didion Milling plant located in the 500 block of Williams in Cambria, Wisconsin occurred around 2322 hours CDT on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, that erupted in fire.  This now a 4th Alarm and Major MCI.

Reports across several scanning channels reported that the first due in lay witness to fire burning in the center of the building.

Major Power Outage

The entire City of Cambria was said to be completely dark from a City-wide power outage.  Multiple requests for power company to respond to the Command Post were made to their Dispatch Center.

FIRE TACTICS COMPLETED

Utilities

Command requested an ETA from a Power Rep to the fire scene because they needed to have utilities shut off. due to large and major power lines were down.  Power poles were also said to be down and Command relayed to their Comm Center with multiple people being entrapped underneath them.

Ruptured Gas Line

A gas line located on the East side of the fire building near the silos was burning but the Fire Department reported it being shutdown.  Employees had said they heard someone screaming awhile back but no details were known at the known.  Resources were being requested.

Communications

All non-emergency traffic was moved off of the Cambria incident Tac1 channel on to others.

RESOURCES

Fire Departments

The Cambria Fire Department and all its apparatus/personnel were at the fire scene.  Additional resources were being paged out.

Riley FD arrived with one engine on-scene.

A Heavy Rescue team from nearby Madison was requested.

Police Department

Cambria Police Department mobile Command Post was en route to the fire scene at the time of this post was published.

Incident Cooperators

The Salvation Army was paged out to respond to the fire scene.

Red Cross was requested to take care of the families at the Highway Shop and provide refreshments.  Nutrition was said to be at the local Fire Department.  Coordination was in progress at the time of this post.

Alliant Energy released this presser:  “Crews working in Cambria after explosion. Power is back for 600 customers, 1,000 still out. We’re working with Columbia County officials.”

INJURIES

Unconfirmed Reports

A report of seven (7) injuries have been released but their conditions and identities have not officially disclosed to the public yet.

Medical Air Transports

There have been three (3) Medical Life Flights that have landed and transporting burn victims from the fire scene.  A fourth helicopter was ordered and is due to land at 0058 Hours CDT.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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If you like what you are reading, please tell your friends, fellow Public Safety members, family and everyone you value!  We are all about reporting #Fire #EMS #LawEnforcement #Disaster #EmergencyManagement #SAR news.

We can found on Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (The NW Fire Blog).

Hashtags

We are using the following Hashtags for this incident:  #DidionMillingFire #WIFire #CambriaFire

Thank You

Thank you for reading our post.  We hope you will follow us on our Social Media Channels.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

UPDATED:  0052 CDT / 2252 PDT on 5/31/2017

 

 

 

 

Windstorm 1 is Hanging Out in the NW | Update 2

Updated 1:15 AM PDT

SUMMARY

Windstorm #1 has arrived with #2 on its heels.  So, what have you  done to prepare yourselves?You say, ‘It’s not that bad. I have been through other storms.’  Here’s why it is so important to start taking matters into your hands and #PrepareNOW (our very own hashtag)

WINDGUSTS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS – Reported by the National Weather Service.

WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT

Why is this such a big event for the Pacific Northwest this year?  Higher than normal winds are blowing through the Pacific jet stream from a remnant of Typhoon Songda, that had reached the highest winds clocking in at 150 m.p.h.

The storm started as a Tropical Storm on October 9th, began picking up speed becoming a Typhoon on October 10th with winds reported as 120 m.p.h.

On October 11th, the storm had been deemed as a Super Typhoon with the highest winds at 150 m.p.h.! The following day, winds have lessened to around 120 m.p.h. becoming a Tropical Storm once again, but not before high winds are being carried around Alaska down to the great Pacific Northwest.

Winds will be considerable less but they will still be around the 40’s and into the 60’s, so please be careful when you go out or if you can stay in

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALERTS – FLOOD

Spokane & Stevens Counties:  Flood Watch in effect from Saturday morning (Washington Weather on Twitter)

ALERTS – ADVERSE WEATHER –  NWS/NOAA

ALERTS – ROAD CLOSURES

Road Closures: Skagit County DEM

ALERTS – RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

National Forests:  Too dangerous for walks, hikes and driving in wooded areas – Willamette National Forest

ALERTS – TRANSPORTATION

Washington State Ferries:   “Visibility is low across all routes at start of PM commute. Captains have closed outer decks, advises folks to stay seated.” – WSDOT Ferries

ALERT – WEATHER

WATCH : High winds, Flooding and Power outages on the Coast / Coast Range – NWS Portland (OR)

 

REPORT ROADWAY ISSUES

Pierce County, Washington – Report 24/7 to 253-798-6000 or piercecountywa.org/rfa.

Hood Canal Bridge (WA):  SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge closure to vehicles is scheduled at approx. 12:45 am on 10/15/16, expect up to a 60-minute delay (posted 11:56 PM PDT)

HOW TO PREPARE

HOW WOULD YOU PREPARE?

We took a recent Poll on Twitter asking the question:  “What 2 thing would you do to PrepareNOW for an Emergency?”

The Choices were Camp Outdoors, Bring your Generator indoors, Have water for 48 hours and Gas Up your car.

We had hoped no one would pick bringing in their Generator indoors, but 5% of those polled chose this answer.  Check out the reason why this could be so deadly to you and your family. (Check out the image under “What To Do When the Power Goes Out”)

Thank you to those who participated in the Poll.

WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT

Here are some ideas of what to have on hand to be Prepared for any type of Emergency, excluding Flooding in your home or inhabitable due to an Earthquake or Tornado:

BEING PREPARED FOR 3 DAYS

“We recommend the following to Building an Emergency Preparedness Kit, Preparation Tips and Ways to Protect You/Your Family Before/During/After an Event.  (Info based upon Fire, Police, Emergency Management and EMS articles, posts and knowledge)” – NWFB

Water:   Include one gallon per person for each day. Note:  Water along with food (unless otherwise labeled) should be changed out every six months.

Food:  Include items such as beef jerky, protein and/or granola bars, canned and/or vacuum packed canned foods and other non-perishables. (Don’t forget your pets and their pet food)

Medications:  Don’t forget to keep this on hand and have enough for the time allotted.  The Disaster or Emergency could last longer than 3 days, i.e. Power outages, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, etc.

Battery-powered Radio:  An alternative could be a hand-crank powered radio.  If you use a Battery operated radio, make sure you have extra batteries.

Flashlights:  There are also alternatives out there, such as, Battery-powered or Solar-powered Latterns. Do not use candles.  These lead to fires when candles are left unattended.

Matches:  These could be used to light pilot lights on gas stoves (inside homes- make sure no smell of gas in the air), camping stoves, fires in fireplaces, etc.

First Aid Kit:  Don’t feel like spending time or energy on putting together a Kit? You can visit various stores such as camping supply stores, specialty stores or the American Red Cross.

We recommend the following for a Kit (TIP:  You can visit the American Red Cross @ http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit/anatomy to find a full and a complete list or to purchase your own)

  • Sterile gauze pads of different sizes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  •  Elastic bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Soap
  • Splint
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Non-latex gloves
  • List of Emergency Phone Numbers (yours)

Great Resources:  3 Days, 3 Ways. Campaign  http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/58

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Via our friends at the Washington State Public Health Agency

RESOURCES

UTILITIES

Pacific Power Portland  (OR):  Reporting downed power lines, call 9-1-1 then 1-877-508-5088.  “Always treat them as if they are LIVE power lines. Stay away!”

Puget Sound Energy (PSE):  Is Your Power out? Check out the  Outage Map   http://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/Outage-Map.aspx  or you can download for free their app

Seattle City Light:  Report outages to 206-684-3000 or 206-684-7400.  Outage Map:  http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

Snohomish PUD:  Report power outages to them @ 425-783-1001.

OUTAGES

UTILITIES

Snohomish County PUD:  13,000 customers are without power due to winds are picking up.

Seattle City Light:  7 power outages affecting 165 households per outage map.

STORM IMAGES

STORM SURGES

La Push, Washington:  US IOOS gov / NOAA reporting on 10/13/2016 storm rolling in.  Credit:  usioos.gov

SOCIAL MEDIA

WHAT’S BEING SAID ON MEDIA

“I  could care less if I have fuel in the car!  Water + food + shelter.” – Twitter user

“Early data tonight unchanged on strong windstorm track for . Differ on strength: “bad” and “real bad.” Waiting on more later.” – News media

“Wind will start around Olympia about 4-6 PM and in Seattle area a couple of hours later. Wind will pick up suddenly and hard.” – NWS Seattle

“Sat. storm watch: “Whoever gets hit, is going to get hit pretty hard” – Twitter user

“Weather hasn’t been to bad here yet in the Bellevue Area.” – Twitter user

“A Dock was seen heading westbound  floating down the Sammamish River towards Lake Washington.” – Bothell PD

“Right now, strongest effects from will be Seattle area westward.” – Weather source

“Consider postponing your trip this weekend! They’ll still be there next week!” – Washington State Parks

“Due to storms, could be transit interruptions.” – King County Metro  (Seattle, Washington).  Check out their site here –>  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKING/bulletins/16b2167

“Winds likely E before switching southerly in eve. Expect high wind when southerlies arrive. Can’t specify on SE protection.” – NWS Seattle (@ 1AM PDT)

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