Los Angeles County, California | Gorman Incident

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Ca. | A twenty-five to thirty vehicle pileup occurred on Saturday, March 23, 2019, around three in the afternoon  on the I-5 Freeway in the southbound lanes about two miles south of Gorman Road.  Another nearby crash reported another large amount of vehicles involved.

Credit | CAL Trans District 7

RESOURCES

Resources from all outlying areas would be dispatched together forming a Unified Command including the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, Kern County Fire Department, CHP and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office.

At 1551 hours, Battalion 6 from the LA County Fire Department assumed as the Incident Commander (IC) of the incident.

Fire resources included:  KCFD E56, Copters 15, 17, 18 and LA County FD’s Copter 423. Engines 93, 103, USAR 103 and HAZMAT 105.  More unknown resources were on-scene assisting with putting out a car fire and assessing multiple casualties.

CAUSE

There is an unknown cause at this time but it has been reported that temps in the area were around 46*F but felt like 38*F with fog and poor visibility.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Social Media was energized by those who were reporting on the major mass casualty incident or also known as a MCI.  Significant events that occurred at this incident included the following:

  • 25-30 vehicles total in the Gorman area
  • Poor visibility caused challenges to those in the air and on the ground
  • 1 critical patient with 22 refusing treatment or medical transport
  • All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were shutdown
  • 20-30 vehicles being towed
  • 100 stranded cars between two separate multiple traffic collisions
  • 1 Injured horse
  • 1 car fire
  • 3 Copters, 1 Air Attack

Credit | Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Office

For those following this post, there is something that miraculously occurred today in all of this mayhem and that this could have been so much far off worse than it was.  It was all due in part because those who were on-scene jumped into action and first responders had quick response times which saved a lot of lives.  Command by all those involved from the various Fire and Law Enforcement agencies worked in unison with one another.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the eyewitness accounts that broke out on Social Media:

LA County Fire Air Ops | “MCI” responding two Paramedic helicopters to assist with a multiple vehicle pile up on Interstate 5 near Gorman, CA”

Eyewitness Account (Twitter) | “At least two separate, severe pile ups on the southbound 5, North of Exit 202. Thick fog.”

This area has also seen its additional bad wrecks as well.  Here is a recent listing of those that have occurred in the several months:

3/20/2019 | A crash is blocking the two left lanes. in on I-5 NB at Gorman School Rd. (Media)

3/17/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION | FS77 | 46001 N Orwin Way | COPT17 transporting 2 patients to an area trauma center. (Media)

3/15/2019 | NB I-5 from SR-138 (Lancaster Rd) to Rd- right lane CLOSED until 1pm to recover big rig on embankment. (CAL Trans District 7)

2/2/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION MAJOR | FS77 | NB 5 South of Smokey Bear Rd | Multiple vehicles involved with 7-10 patients. 1 DOA, 1 critical. This is the “Highland Incident” (Media)

We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #GormanIC  #GormanMCI

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GRASS VALLEY FIRE | W OF GRAND COULEE, WA | 2

GRASS VALLEY FIRE

A wildfire began on Saturday, August 11, 2018 is located west of Grand Coulee Dam and Banks Lake near Mansfield in Washington State.  The fire is burning near Sims Corner in Douglas County.

8/12/2018 – 1130 PDT – SUNDAY

SE WA IMT Team 2 is in command of fire. Team is handling PIO Social media posts.

————— SHELTER  —————
RED CROSS SHELTER
Lake Roosevelt Elementary.  503 Crest Dr, Coulee Dam WA
————— RESOURCES —————-
FIRE
Arrived on-scene today.
EVACUATIONS
Evacuation Notification: Grant Co Sheriff Office
————— FIRE STATUS  —————
Fire reported at 45,000 as of 0800 on 8/12 but some are now stating an unconfirmed number as 60,000 and fiercely growing by the minute.  Fire behavior is extreme with running and spotting.  Numerous structures, energy infrastructure and sage-grouse
habitat threatened.   Fire mobe resources have arrived and are on the fire line.
————— FIRE PHOTO —————
Credit:  Grant County Fire District #13:  Fire visible from Ephrata, Washington
Image may contain: cloud, sky, mountain, outdoor and nature
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Angel Springs Fire | Davenport WA | FINAL UPDATE

ANGEL SPRINGS FIRE

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Credit | WA DNR

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning about 7 – 8 miles northeast of Davenport, Washington that started on August 2, 2018 @ 1500 hours PDT by equipment.

8/12/2018 1100 PDT
5,046 acres. 95% contained. Firefighters on Saturday kept the fire within containment lines despite heavy wind conditions which would cause significant events such as knocking down snags within the fire perimeter. Crews also worked on extensive mop up and repair work on fences and lines. 214 personnel remain with engines checking & putting out hot spots. More resources will be released throughout the day. | FINAL UPDATE

8/11/2018 – 2130 PDT

5,046 acres. 90% contained. Minimal fire behavior. 351 personnel. 6 crews. 43 engines. 3 helos. 14 structures lost. 170 structures threatened. Some crews released today. $4.6M CTD.

8/10/2018  – 1945 PDT

5,081 acres. 60% contained. 14 structures burned. 180 threatened. 564 personnel. 13 crews. 3 helicopters. 68 engines.

8/9/2018 2000 PDT

5.081 acres. 60% contained. IC IMT Goldman. Minimal Fire behavior. 564 personnel. 13 crews, 68 engines and 3 helicopters. 14 structures have been lost. $3.3M.

8/8/2018 – 2100 PDT

5,043 acres. 35% contained with continued moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, observed isolated torching and backing. Cause is still unknown and under investigation.

There are 549 personnel along with 12 crews, 3 helos and 72 engines. Fire resources are pouring from the National Guard, Canada and Australia.

170 homes are threatened with 4 already destroyed along with 10 other structures which totals to 14 buildings. Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached $2,200,000.

8/6/2018 – 2145 PDT

Spokane County Fire District 8 Firefighters worked throughout the night on August 5th on the fire line and conducting burn out operations on the day of the 6th. Additional resources from Lincoln County Fire Districts 4 and 5, WA DNR, Federal, State and local agencies have come together collectively through fire suppression and containment efforts. Local farmers have gathered together to help build fire lines across their fields, as well as mineral soil to aid firefighters to stop the spread of the fire.

Per fire sources this morning, here is what we know so far (please be patient, things change so rapidly): 4,500 ares of timber, grass and brush. 15% contained. 2 structures lost. 170 threatened. 1 minor structure burned and one other threatened. 272 personnel with 8 crews, 3 helicopters and 45 engines.

On August 5th: Fire on NE portion was very active with visible fire and smoke throughout the day and night. Efforts focused in this area with crews, engines and dozers. Crews used air resources to their advantage including super scoopers dipping out of the Spokane River arm of Lake Roosevelt.

8/5/2018 – 1145 PDT

Started 8/2/2018. Cause unknown. 4,500 acres. 0% contained. 60 homes threatened, 1 destroyed. Other minor structures threatened, 1 destroyed. 160 personnel. 3 crews, 25 engines. Fire located in steep canyons w/rugged terrain.

8/4/2018 –  2030 PDT

Level 2 and 3 evacuations have been issued and assistance through Washington State Fire mobe have arrived on the fire line. The Northeast WA Interagency IMT with IC Eddie Lewis, a Type 3 has assumed command of the fire yesterday around 0600 hours. Cause is still unknown and under investigation.

4,700 acres scorched. 0% contained.

8/4/2018 – 0121 PDT

Initial call fire info – Angel Springs Rd, Lincoln County. Grass, brush, reproduction, timber. AR IC as of 8/2 1642 PDT. Resources dispatched BC 51 FP 13 FP 18 HI 35 NC 40+Crew NC 41+Crew NE 06 NE 12 at 1448 PDT. TYPE 3 TEAM IN PLACE – IC LEWIS / LOVE. TYPE 2 TEAM ORDERED.

8/3/2018 – 2300 PDT

160 firefighters. 4,500 ac. 0% containment. Dayshifters (FFs) are home (local Fire District) getting much-needed rest and sleep, will be back out on the fire line on Day 3. Night operations in effect with structure protection. Active Fire behavior with running, spotting and group torching. 2 structures destroyed (1 home and 1 outbuilding).

8/3/2018 – 0956 PDT

Aircraft and other resources dispatched from Roberts Field -Redmond Municipal Airport. Angel Springs Aerial Support. Lat/Lon 47 44.898, -118 4.500 dispatched through the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center.

8/2/2018 – 2030 PDT

Resources were dispatched around 1557 hours PDT today to a wildfire producing a large smoke plume about five miles north of Reardan which included engines fire boss airplanes and hand crews. (Video as of 1800 hours PDT – Courtesy NE WA IMT) 170 acres. 60% containment achieved. 6 structures threatened. 1 lost.  Gusty wind conditions are making fire suppression efforts challenging.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

  

 

GRASS VALLEY FIRE | W OF GRAND COULEE, WASHINGTON STATE

GRASS VALLEY FIRE

A wildfire began on Saturday, August 11, 2018 is located west of Grand Coulee Dam and Banks Lake near Mansfield in Washington State.  The fire is burning near Sims Corner in Douglas County.

8/11/2018 – 2330 PDT – Saturday

————— LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS  —————

Town of Coulee Dam, Barker Canyon Rd, Pleasant Valley, N / NW Grand Coulee, Town of Coulee Dam, W side of Columbia River

 ————— LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS  —————

OTHER SIDE  of Columbia River

————— SHELTER  —————
RED CROSS SHELTER
Lake Roosevelt Elementary.  503 Crest Dr, Coulee Dam WA
————— RESOURCES —————-
FIRE
State Fire mobe approved earlier this afternoon.  Tulalip Bay Firefighters have been deployed to the fire as of 2200 hours on Saturday evening.
EVACUATIONS
Evacuation Notification: Grant Co Sheriff Office
————— FIRE STATUS  —————
1000 acres (about 1900 hours PDT). 0% contained.
We reached out to Grant County to verify that some are reporting the fire to be at 15,000 acres with an increase to 45,000 acres by morning. They told us that there is no official known acreage amount and the IMT will release those numbers on Sunday, August 12th when their presser is updated.
Big fire spread today with high winds. Burning into sagebrush land with grazing and sporadic homes and ranches.
1 firefighter injury with burns (reported by media o/s) to face, neck, hands. Transported to HMC (Seattle).
Mapping Credit: Mapping Support
(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

Carr Fire | Whiskeytown, California

Update 1 – August 9, 2018 – 2130 hours PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Started 7/23/2018 @ 1315 hours
  •  Unified Command with CAL FIRE – Shasta – Trinity Unit, Redding City Fire and Whiskeytown National Park.
  • It  is located at Hwy 299 and Carr Powerhouse Rd, Whiskeytown, CA.

FIRE RESOURCES

  • 352 engines
  • 125 water tenders
  • 16 helicopters
  • 76 hand crews
  • 118 bulldozers
  • 4,710 personnel

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • PG&E
  • CA National Guard
  • CAL TRANS
  • Shasta County Sheriff
  • CHP
  • Redding Police Department
  • Shasta County Fire Department
  • Shasta County Public Works
  • CAL OES
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Maine Fores Rangers
  • CCC
  • State Parks
  • CDCR
  • Red Cross
  • Silicon Valley Power
  • Redding Electric
  • WAPA
  • Santa Rosa FD
  • California National Guard,
  • Trinity OES
  • Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Secretary Sonny Perdue
  • AT&T
  • Shasta County Probation Dept
  • City of Redding/Carr Fire Recovery website:  https://stories.opengov.com/reddingca/published/bDZJVvdJK

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Samaritans Purse
  • State of California
  • United Way Nor Cal
  • Salvation Army Del Oro with Bethel Church in Redding (Partnership)
  • Dignity Medial Group – putting their patients first with the aid of their staff, firefighters and 1st Responders
  • Team Rubicon

FIRE STATUS

  • 178,752 acres
  • 49% contained
  • Cause was due to a mechanical failure of a vehicle

DESTROYED

  • 1,077 homes
  • 22 commercial structures
  • 500 outbuildings

DAMAGED

  • 191 homes
  • 26 commercial structures
  • 65 outbuildings damaged

THREATS

  • 528 structures are currently being threatened.

FATALITIES

Reported 12 lives – we are working to gather the names from verified sources. Note: we will only publish names and info if it already has been published by verified Fire or Law Enforcement Agencies out of respect for their families.

7/26/2018:  Redding FD Fire Inspector, JEREMY STOKE, 37

8/05/2018:  PG & E Lineman, JAY AYETA, 21

8/09/2018:   CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Mechanic, ANDREW BRAKE, 40.

EVACUATIONS

SHASTA COUNTY

  • Whiskey Park
  • Rainbow Lake

TRINITY – SHASTA COUNTY LINE

  • Buckhorn Summit Rd W. to Sandhouse Rd.
  • All roads w/in this area North of Hwy 299.
  • Deadwood Road East of Trinity Dam Blvd
  • Lewiston Turn Pike East of Trinity Dam Blvd
  • Trinity Dam at Trinity Dam Blvd

MAPPING

SHELTERS

EVACUEES RESOURCES

ASSISTANCE RECOVERY CENTER

  • Disaster Recovery Center, Old Kmart Building, 2685 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA 96003

California Carr Fire survivors can receive in-person disaster assistance at the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Former Kmart building at 2685 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA 96002 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4382. #ShastaCounty

HEALTH

FIRE IMAGES

CREDIT | CAL OES

CREDIT | DIGNITY MEDICAL GROUPS

CREDIT | SANTA ROSA FD

CREDIT | CAL FIRE

CREDIT | MAINE FOREST RANGERS

CREDIT | GLOBAL SUPER TANKER

CREDIT | SILICON VALLEY POWER

SVP crews roll a 115kV utility pole uphill.

CREDIT | LA CITY CHIEFS

proud of Strike Team 1002A enroute to to provide crew support for the thousands of firefighters on the line. has dozens of firefighters & specialists assigned to major wildfires in Nor. Cal.

#CarrFire #CALFire

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Project Road Fire | Mason County | Washington State

UPDATE 2 | 2045 HOURS PDT

Crews have successfully reached a 70% containment status on the fire overnight to continue reaching all fire objectives as assigned.

** Level 1 Evacuations will remain in effect around the Lake. ***

There has been 8.7 acres scorched.

There is still no preliminary cause for this wildfire.

More updates to be posted as information is received.

# # # #

UPDATE 1 | JULY 24, 2018 | TUESDAY | 1845 HOURS PDT 

 A wildfire named the #ProjectRoadFire is burning between Shelton and Matlock in Mason County, Washington.

** Level 2 Evacuations are in effect forLake Nahwatzel and surrounding areas off of Shelton Matlock Road due to the fire burning near Shelton. **

Photo Credit | WA DNR

Resources assigned to this fire include two helicopters, two dozers, 12 engines and two (20) person hand crews.

The fire has scorched 10 acres but crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Project Road Fire | Mason County | Washington State

UPDATE 1 | JULY 24, 2018 | TUESDAY | 1845 HOURS PDT 

 A wildfire named the #ProjectRoadFire is burning between Shelton and Matlock in Mason County, Washington.

** Level 2 Evacuations are in effect forLake Nahwatzel and surrounding areas off of Shelton Matlock Road due to the fire burning near Shelton. **

Photo Credit | WA DNR

Resources assigned to this fire include two helicopters, two dozers, 12 engines and two (20) person hand crews.

The fire has scorched 10 acres but crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Washington State Wildfire | Enyeart Fire

SIMCO MOUNTAIN, Wash. – A vehicle fire was reported to be burning on Horseshoe Bend Road on Simcoe Mountain on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

The fire has been named the ENYEART FIRE.

LOCATION

Fire was reported to be burning on Horseshoe Bend Road and Simcoe Mountain Road.

RESOURCES

Fire assets were dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center at 1550 hours that included SE-700, SE-721 and SE-BARE (IC).

CURRENT STATUS

Fire was quickly contained at 1707 hours and under control at 1729 hours.  About 1.8 acres of grass and brush were scorched.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#EnyeartFire #SimcoeMtnFire #KlickitatCoFire #WAwildfires2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Utah Wildfire | Dollar Ridge Fire

UPDATE 1 | 0830 hours PDT

CURRENT STATUS

As of this morning, the fire has destroyed 47,683 acres. Fire crews have been able to reach a 5% containment status.

The fire is burning eight miles west of Duchesne, Utah was mostly active along the southwest flank to the west toward the Strawberry Reservoir. Super Scoopers are on this fire and are being used heavily by scooping out of the Reservoir.  They can carry up to a payload of 1,550 gallons per load.

Structure protection prepping activities are in effect for the Red Creek Road with expectation with the fire reaching the area in the very near future.

CAUSE

The fire was reported around 1300 hours on July 1, 2018.   No exact cause has been released by Fire Officials. Fire cause was deemed to be human related.  An investigation of the ignition continues by Law Enforcement Officials.

RESOURCES

There are 719 total fire personnel along with resources include 11 helicopters, 42 engines and 17 crews from the State of Utah and the U.S. Forest Service.

EVACUATIONS

Evacuees in Zone 3 from Sams Wash Rd, MP 70 eastern to the western edge of Starvation Reservoir from MP 80 to 1 mile south of Strawberry River Rd have received the green light to return to their homes at 1000 hours MDT.

Photo Credit | UT Fire Info

MAPPING

New fire detection map includes infrared overflight near Fruitdale and the Strawberry Reservoir. Lots of heat on the northwest, spots shown to the east.

Photo Credit | @MappingSuport

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Insurance Info

Read about insurance tips and what to do during a Wildfire Season, brought to you by the Utah Insurance Department via the State of Utah.  https://insurance.utah.gov/featured-news/insurance-tips-for-wildfire-season

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog 

NEW | New Mexico Wildfire | Owl Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 | 0815 PDT

Incident Summary 

Fire started on June 30, 2018, by lightning about 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain and is south of Aspen Mountain near the Flying T trail in an inventoried roadless area on  Gila National Forest lands.

Fire fuels include Timber (litter, grass and understory).

Resources

There are currently 276 fire assets assigned on this incident.

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior has been low to moderate with single-tree torching.  It has mostly spread is to the north and east while being visible from Alma, New Mexico along the US Hwy 180 corridor through Luna.  Those may be able to see smoke from Alpine Arizona and the Rancho Grande subdivision.

Current Status

Fire has consumed 4,018 acres.  There is no known containment status at the time of this posting.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog