Unreal Firestorms Eat Everything in Sight | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY – UPDATE 2 – 12/23/2019 2200 PST

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Credit | NSW RFS

We know wildfires. It is generally not the small ones but the Firestorms kind and we have see and heard about how horrific and scary fire conditions American firefighters were faced with and the survivors all across the board telling their story to anyone who was willing to hear is.

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Credit | NSW RFS

FOR EMERGENCIES & UNATTENDED FIRES , CALL 0-0-0

It is a journey that many will tell you that are the scary kind and ones you never want to face ever again.  However, they will tell they’d go back in and fight if they were forced to so they can save lives and properties.

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Credit | RFS Central Coast District/NSW RFS

Homes, outbuildings, businesses, livelihoods all up in smoke. Literally, severely damaged to being wiped out and down to the ground. The images we all see all over Social Media, on TV and other digital media methods tug on our raw emotions.  We know that kind of heartbreak and, this time it is not in the USA but across the Globe in Australia.

Bushfires (Australia) or wildfires, as we call them here in the US are struggling with such a task.  They are not dealing with just a few at a time but close to 100 as  of yesterday and 92 on December 24th (this is their tomorrow) with close to 2,000 wildland firefighters from Australia and from the U.S.

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THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE

As of 2045 AEDT (morning), there were 92 wildfires burning across New South Wales with more than 40 still to be contained. Over 2,000 firefighters are on the fire ground.

According to the NSW RFS as of December 24, 2019 (it is tomorrow there already):

  • HOMES – 7,824 Saved | 353 Damaged | 873 Destroyed.
  • FACILITIES – 615 Saved | 82 Damaged | 68 Destroyed.
  • OUTBUILDINGS – 7,053 Saved | 889 Damaged | 2,048 Destroyed.

FIRE ALERTS

The fire danger ratings for tomorrow, Christmas Day, will see widespread areas of low-moderate and high fire danger. North Western will be very high. Firefighters will continue working to strengthen containment lines ahead of heat building again from this weekend. – NSW RFS

#Australia #Bushfires #NSWRFS

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

 

Burien Fire Scorches Home, Displaces Several

BURIEN, Wash. – Several adults were displaced after a fire forced them to flee their home.  The incident occurred around 2051 hours PST in the 11200 block of 18th Avenue Southwest in Burien, located south of Seattle.

Firefighters were quickly on-scene from the moment they were dispatched to first due resources arriving.  Within minutes, firefighters conducted a primary and secondary searches on floors one and two with reaching an “all clear” and nothing found.

Fire extended to the attic but it was quickly knocked down.  A light package was set-up in front of the building.  Additionally, Command had called for two ambulances to respond priority to the fire ground. Later, they appeared to be on standby with some units returning back in service.

A FIU Investigator was requested by Command, as well the Red Cross for the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is still under investigation.

Injuries and the cost-to-datea are also unknown.

#BurienFire #HouseFire #FireNews

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Update 1 – 12/21/2019 – 2220 hours PST

 

Australian Bushfires Eat up Countrysides Become Major Firestorms | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

While American Politics burn up the airwaves, across the world there are bushfires or  wildfires as we call them here in the United States that are destroying everything in its pathway from homes, structures, lands, etc.  Firefighters around the world are coming together as mutual aid to help attempt to stop these fires but severe weather conditions are making these wind-driven firestorms. Record-setting highest heat waves have occurred in the last three days with the hottest day at a 107F !

There are approximately 122 wildfires currently burning at this time. We will work to capture the largest ones and provide them in our future updates.

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT | FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

A statewide Total Fire Ban is now in effect for December 17 – 21, 2019 due to RED Flag Conditions (extreme hot and dry conditions) across New South Wales.

Some fires have been active since the beginning of November, while a few are being brought under control  and others are considered as out-of-control as we have reported a few listed above.

WILDFIRES

Gosper’s Mountain Fire.  Largest fire burning in Australia. Located in the Wollemi National Park area. 449,535 hectares or 1,110,835 acres.  Burning on multiple fronts that has burned south of the Goose River towards the Blue Mountains.  Destroyed a large area known to be seven (7) times the size of Singapore.  Conditions are due to grow worse on Saturday.

Green Waffle Creek Fire Located 15 km south west of Warragamba Dam Wall in the Blue Mountains National Park and in the Lake Burragorang area. 176,460 ha or 436,042 ac. Fire is considered to be out-of-control with dangerous fire conditions and erratic fire behavior across the fire ground.

Grose Valley Fire.  Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains. Fire is out-of-control.  2,100 ha or 5,189 acres.  Limited information

LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES, CALL 0-0-0

Structures are currently under direct threat. Structure protection in effect with the aid of heavy equipment and aircraft from above. Burning on multiple fronts close to structures around Balmoral, Thirlmere, Tahmoor and Nattai. The northern flank has crossed to the western side of the Warragamba Gorge near the Mountain Lowry Creek.  Nearby Hume Highway is open but being impacted by lots of smoky conditions.

Evacuations in effect.

Currowan Fire. Burning in the area of Clyde Ridge Road, Currowan, NSW and in the Shoalhaven Council area. This is an out-of-control wildfire. 128,461 ha or 317,434 acres. It is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla and east of Braidwood.

Fire behavior has increased and is wind-driven.  It is said to be also located between Burrill Lake and Morton National Park (north) and Batemans Bay (southern perimeter), as well as in the Bundawang Range and Clyde Mountain (west).

EVACUEES | RESOURCES

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

Residents and visitors are being encouraged by Fire Officials to be aware of their surroundings, to be alert and to evacuate if you see danger.

We ask that you please evacuate your family, pets and yourself.  Your home and its contents can be replaced but you and your family cannot.  Also, if you stay – you are putting the lives of firefighters on the line to save you.- Ed.

SCANNER FEEDS

There are many Australian scanner feeds listed in Broadcastify you can listen to. This is so out-of-the-ordinary to even show up in the Top 20, little alone the Top 10.  If you wish to listen, here are the ones that are available:

Wollondilly RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31709

S Australian Emergency Services – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/2653

NSW RFS – Hawkesbury – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31583

Southern Tablelands RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/1176

Central West Ambulance and Fire – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/4339

Blue Mountains RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17631

RFS South Coast – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24950

NSW RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31589

THR0UGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“The extreme heatwave comes as firefighters in NSW battle to contain around 100 wildfires that have been burning for weeks across the region, blanketing #Sydney in a toxic layer of smoke”. — Media

This brave young girl from Australia was threatened with arrest for protesting inaction over climate change. She holds her sign above her head in defiance.” – An eyewitness account of a young girl who has just lost her home and goes to protest at the Prime Minister’s home.

Exceptional heat in #Australia. December 18 set a new national max temperature average record of 41.9°C (107.4°F). Which broke the previous record set the day before by a 1.0°C (1.8°F).” – US Meteorologist

It’s getting worse.” – Social Media (posted 1950 hours PDT)

While bushfires burn, our PM is enjoying a holiday in Hawaii (US). We are left with this.” – Social Media.

Here we are again. Yesterday was Australia’s 2nd hottest day ever, averaging 41C (105.8F) across the entire country. Last 3 days in a row the hottest 3 days ever.” – Media.

so like, our state has been on fire for weeks and no one cares. upside its been snowing ash. never thought it would snow here.” – Media user.

Our firefighters are hurting today, but they’re still showing courage and bravery and resilience. They’re still fighting to keep us safe. They are the best of Australia.” – Anthony Albanese (Labor Party Leader)

absolutely horrific , fires burn across our precious country yet again in catastrophic conditions.” – Media user.

POST DEDICATION 

We wish to dedicate this post to two Fire Brigade firefighters that were killed in a vehicle accident last night.  We are thinking of their families, friends and fellow Firefighter brother/sister/family that are grieving from their loss.  We all feel the void when one is lost in the Fire Family.

Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton, 32 

Geoffrey Keaton         

FIREFIGHTER ANDREW O’DWYER, 36

Andrew O'Dwyer

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 2215 hours PDT – Thursday, 12/19/2019 / 1715 AEDT Friday

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 | 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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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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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 | 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.

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#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #KincadeFire

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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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Credit | La Habra Heights FD

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)

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#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 | Bichota Fire | CA | 1

Fire resources, BC-22, Engines 21 and 322 with PAT-21 and PAT22 were dispatched on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 1358 hours PDT.

The fire is located on Hwy 39 at mile marker 28.50 on the Angeles National Forest.  It appears a car fire may have been located nearby? A call for service was located on Hwy 39 and Coldbrook at 1320 hours when units were dispatched.

It is currently at one acre and an open incident.

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 10/27/2019 1606 hours PDT