Canton, Texas: At Least 5 Tornadoes Hit Area

Canton, Texas (Van Zandt County)

Disaster Incident Summary | Sources are saying that there were at least 5 tornadoes that touched down in Van Zandt County, hitting Canton the hardest.  One tornado destroyed I-20 Jeep Dodge dealership tosses its cars into the air and leaving a path of its aftermath.

Other parts of Texas were also hit hard like Fruitvale, TX and others.  We are working on getting additional reports on these towns and cities.

Damage Assessments | The NWS Fort Worth team is out today surveying the damage and will have a preliminary damage rating on Sunday.

“4 Confirmed Tornadoes: Latest preliminary map of likely tracks and other damage. Our storm survey will take days!” – NWS Ft. Worth

“Emergency Management reporting homes destroyed near Emory with injuries.”

“Emergency management reports multiple homes with major damage around Highway 69 and FM779 from earlier tornado.”

“I-20 east of Canton TX. Dozens of cars flipped; severe damage.”

(Image above is from last night’s Tornado activities – Courtesy:  Internet)

Life Impacts | 5 deaths.  50 injuries.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Shelters | American Red Cross, First Methodist Church Life Center, USAR, ITDRC,  NWS Ft. Worth, TX Task Force 2 (DFW), Dallas Fire with 1 Type III US&R Team 2, Texas Game Wardens (including search and rescue and K-9 teams),

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the postings from Spotters, Weather sources and others talking about the Tornadoes and what they were seeing.

Storm Chasers | Weather 

“Observed damage on TX Hwy 64, including one vehicle tossed approx 200 ft off the road. 1 confirmed fatality in that vehicle.”

“Emergency management report plywood falling from the sky near FM 779 and US69 near Golden. Folks – that debris is from ~25 miles away.” 1853 CDT

“Tornado 5 miles south of Canton has debris signature up to 13,000 feet. This is a MAJOR TORNADO heading right into Canton!” 1756 CDT

“Very strong tornado now 2-3 miles west of Tundra, 5 miles south of Canton – moving north at 30 MPH. Life-Threatening Situation!” 1755 CDT

“Significant Tornado 4 miles southwest of Tundra, moving north at 30 MPH toward Canton. Wrapped in rain and may be strong! ” 1752 CDT

” Confirmed Tornado Moving toward Tundra and Canton!” 1749 CDT

“Circulation near Canton has weakened while one approaching Eustace quite strong. Both remain capable of producing tornadoes.” 1719 CDT

“5 miles E of CANTON, TX @ 22:12 UTC Funnel>-Cone funnel half way to ground.”

” Possible tornado very near Highway 19 and Highway 64 just southeast of Canton. Very strong rotation indicated by radar.” 1707 CDT

“Damage from Canton, TX tornado is extensive. We are actively searching for people in the wreckage just south of town.”

Damage in Jackson Community in SW Canton, TX. Photo Credit: NWS Ft. Worth

“These are V E R Y powerful high-end tornadoes.”

“Significant tornado-caused damage southwest of Canton, TX”

“This is not what you want to see at night, radar confirmed tornado just NW of Cameron, OK. Debris signature evident.”

“Blizzard in Texas on April 30….How rare is this for Texas?”

” Search and Rescue continues in Canton and other communities.”

Residents

“Second tornado warning here in Canton TX. Taking cover with my boys. Hunkering down in the hallway way.”

“Tornado ripped through a Farm in Canton, TX trapping a pony in the debris. Owners frantically saved their baby!”

Eyewitnesses

“From 45 (5pm central) minutes ago near Canton, TX. Probable tornado touchdown due to damage spotted.”

“Just observed rain-wrapped tornado just E of Canton, TX. Lots of trees down, one barn had minor damage so far.”

“Wedge Tornado causes widespread damage in NE Texas south of Canton.”

“4:45 pm we crammed into bathroom shelter as first of many tornadoes went over us in Canton Tx. We were at the Trade Days.”

“Snowing sideways in Amarillo!! Yes it’s still April 29th!”

Media Coverage

“Damage at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Emory. No injuries, but there were people in parish hall when tornado hit.”

GOVERNMENTAL 

“Texas Task Force 2 has been sent to help the Canton & Van Zandt areas respond to weather.” – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

EVACUEES

Red Cross Shelter(s)

  • First Methodist Church Life Center, 600 S Buffalo, Canton, TX.

Mobile Feeding Station(s)

  • Salvation Army.

Tech Assistance

  • The ITDRC is on site identifying and assisting unmet tech needs in the community.

TX Resources

TX Disaster Recovery Group page created by the Texas Storm Chasers communities  to offer help to each other after natural disasters in Texas. Examples include returning lost/lofted personal items to victims, offering volunteer assistance, etc.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/121556905065713/   Requires approved membership but is a Public Group.

Lost & Found Pets (Including Injured)

 

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Florida Forest Service Fights #DamascusFire

A wildfire broke out around 1119 hours PDT in City of Deland (Volusia County), Florida on Thursday, April 27, 2017 off of SR 44.  It was reported as a one-acre fire on the N side of SR 44, then three minutes later was said to have jumped SR 44.

Initial Fire. Photo Credit: District Manager Anthony Petellat, FL Forest Service

Here is a timeline of the wildfire: (in West coast time zone)

1119 |  Resources dispatched to fire scene off of SR 44 in Deland.

1122 | 1 acre fire on North side of SR 44.  Fire jumps SR 44 and now 1 acre fire on South side.

1221 | 20 acres. No structures threatened.  20+ units are on-scene.

1234 | Fire in Volusia County. 25-30 acres approximately. Unable to provide exact due to fire very active.

1238  | 175 acres.  0% containment.  Wind shifted.

1240 | Fire fast-moving.  Closed from SR 44 between Pioneer Trail and Damascus.

1245 | 15 FFS dozer plows from Local, State, Feds working. SR 44 closed between Pioneer Trail and Damascus. Fast-moving fire. 250 acres. 0% containment.

1446 | Dozer Plow Units continue to improve lines on fire in Volusia. A total of 15 Dozers from FFS, Volusia and USFWS , says FFS

Photo Credit: FFS Bunnell

1513 | Firefighters from several agencies are fighting a 250-acre wildfire west of New Smyrna Beach. The fire began at about 1:40 p.m. at 199 Damascus Road, on the south side of State Road 44. It is not contained at this time.

Firefighting personnel on scene include about 24 from the Florida Forest Service; 30 from Volusia County Fire Rescue; and seven from the cities of New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and DeLand. The Air One and Florida Forest Service helicopters also are in use.

The Florida Forest Service is providing wildfire updates on Twitter @FFS_Bunnell.

1520 | 250 acres. 50% contained.

1526 | The fire pushing forward.

Photo Credit: FFS Bunnell

1631 | Crews working into the night to conduct mop-up operations. SR 44 to remain closed throughout the night.

1728 | Volusia County Fire Rescue has issued an outdoor burn ban due to the ongoing dry conditions.

1822 | 250 acres. 75% contained.

ABOUT THE CITY OF DELAND

The City of DeLand is a small town and County seat of Volusia County, Florida.  It is a college town, host to Stetson University located in a National Historic District.  The City has special events that rally around its Southern culture,  arts, history, hospitality and their lifestyle.

The City is also located 40 miles from Orlando and 25 miles from Daytona Beach, Florida.  It is home to approximately 27,000 residents.

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Fires Reporting as Human-caused | Update 3

Updated 7PM PST / 10PM CST

Officials Confirm Worst Fears

Gatlinburg Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Credit: GSMNP)

Gatlinburg Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Credit: GSMNP)

Fire Officials have confirmed the worst fears of this wildfire starting from the Chimney Tops 2 Fire located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was reported at 5:20 PM CST on November 23rd.  The wildfire started in a remote area (Chimney Tops) where it would quickly spread due to severe drought and becoming a wind-driven event along with short-range spotting.

Currently, the wildfire has moved down the mountain into a mountainous town, Gatlinburg, Tennessee where it has consumed 15,653 acres of brush, hardwood slash and leaf litter.  The fire has also stolen much more just acres of lands but killed at least seven (7) people and destroyed 700 structures.  These are businesses and homes that have been taken by so many who are hurt, angry and dumbfounded how someone could actually start a fire on purpose.

There have also been reports of people missing from the Gatlinburg and Sevierville areas.  We will broadcast all missing person information with permission by the Family and/or Law Enforcement Officials.

The fire is now 10% contained.

Strike Team (Credit: Mt Juliet Fire)

Strike Team (Credit: Mt Juliet Fire)

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Missing Person:  Brad Phillips

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016) around 8:00 PM CST.  He spoke with family and them his own house was destroyed.  Brad Phillips’ daughter was asking for assistance on Twitter to help search Shelters as his family is out of the area.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

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Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

This is all about what the news, residents and those on the fire ground are saying about the wildfires, etc.

The Dollywood Foundation….states to pay $1,000/month for six (6) months to families who lost their homes. – Media

National Media Coverage….Twitter users took to Social Media again to say that the Gatlinburg wildfires and the loss of life/property affecting economic and disrupting lives is more important than covering political news.  Calls for CNN, Fox News, Associated Press and others to report nationally this disturbing wildfires.  Some networks felt this was not a big enough national newsworthy story. – Media

Gatlinburg is the Heart of Tourism….Thousands rely on its tourism industry to make a living; this fire is their worst nightmare. – Twitter user

Rain Falling….is helping wildfires but not firefighters due to the heavy smoke billowing in the area making firefighting efforts difficult and dangerous. – Twitter user

Scary….This is insane and scary as hell. – Twitter user

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DYK?

We research our articles with some Posts taking hours to find correct and accurate information.  As some of you know from many Political posts, there is fake news out there with one of our Political winners tweeting about 170,000 acres have been destroyed.  Others stating the whole City of Gatlinburg has been destroyed, which is simply not the truth.

Follow Us and get your news feed fix from us and learn what information is the truth.  You can “Follow Us” here and, you can find us on Facebook and, Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We would love to have you onboard with us.

Thank you for reading our Blog.  We wish you nothing but Safety today. – Ed.

(c) The #NWFireBlog

Fires Reporting as Human-caused | Update 3

Updated 6:30 AM PST / 9:30 AM  CST

Reports of Human-Caused Ignited Sparks Many Emotions

A large mainstream media outlet was sounding the alarms saying Fire Officials are reporting the nearly 15,000 acres has been consumed, taking along with 250 structures and killing three (3) people.

Though human-caused can have several meanings, we did not want to come right out and say this is Arson related but a trend in Tennessee lately has shown that most of the wildfires in this State have been just that – Arson.  We are hoping the cause has a different outcome but we are waiting and hopeful.

Wind gusts were reported as high as 87 mph which has been one of the most biggest factors in this fires with more than 10 wildfires firefighters have to fight head on.  Resources are quickly being drained though hundreds if not thousands of fire crews are fighting dangerous flames at any given single time making conditions just even that more difficult and frustrating to Officials.

The Red Cross, one of the largest Incident Cooperators has reported providing 10,000 meals and snacks to those who are in Shelters and 1,000 meals to Firefighters.

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Please Help…..Find Missing Gatlinburg/Sevierville Man

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016) around 8:00 PM CST.  He spoke with family and them his own house was destroyed.  Brad Phillips’ daughter was asking for assistance on Twitter to help search Shelters as his family is out of the area.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

DYK?

We research our articles with some Posts taking hours to find correct and accurate information.  As some of you know from many Political posts, there is fake news out there with one of our Political winners tweeting about 170,000 acres have been destroyed.  Others stating the whole City of Gatlinburg has been destroyed, which is simply not the truth.

Follow Us and get your news feed fix and learn what information is the truth.  You can “Follow Us” here and, you can find us on Facebook and, Twitter (@nwfireblog).  We would love to have you onboard with us.

Thank you for reading our Blog.  We wish you nothing but Safety today. – Ed.

(c) The #NWFireBlog

The Gatlinburg Fire are now Gatlinburg Fires | Update 2

Updated 11:30 PM PST / 2:30 AM  CST

How This Fire IS so Dangerous for its People

Gatlinburg, Tennessee has had several wildfires touching their town but this has been one of the worst in history and in the County (Sevier).  As we had reported on other wildfires in Tennessee most of them have been Arson caused.

Though we do not know the official cause of this wildfire(s) at this moment, what we know is that fires have been reported as several starts from various causes such as an outside wildfire and embers carried into the area or those reporting fire running down the Chimney Top fire into the town.  As some of you may know, Fire investigators will not be able to gain access to the burned out areas until it has been contained, extinguished and cooled off.

Please pray for those that work/play/live in Tennessee and First Responders who leave their own families and friends behind to respond to these wildfires.  We also ask that you think and pray for those who are supporting those on the fire ground, in the EOC, Red Cross, Incident Cooperators and so many  others we are unable to include in this post. (See some of the listed below)

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Incident Cooperators

Emergency Management….

  • Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)

Fire/EMS/Law Enforcement…..

  • TN Dept. of Ag
  • TN Dept. of Forestry,
  • State Fire Marshal
  • Dept. of Corrections
  • MIlitary
  • TN Highway Patrol (THP)
  • TN National Guard
  • TN Fire Mutual Aid agencies
  • Chattanooga FD (Fire crew + BC)

Government Agencies…..

  • Commerce & Insurance
  • Environmental
  • Conservation
  • TN DOT
  • State Parks
  • TN Wildlife Reserve Agency
  • TN Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
  • Dept. of Tourist Development

Special Assignments

The following Agencies have been tasked with various responsibilities and duties, as part of this wildfire incident.

TN Dept. of Health…Consulting to send medical units from surrounding counties with assistance with medical transports.

TN Highway Patrol…..Deploying strike teams to assist with evacuations and traffic control.

National Guard…..Mobilizing 100  personnel from Eastern TN, providing transportation for 1st responders, removing light debris and assisting with welfare checks.

TN DOT…..Securing fuel resources & equipment, replenishing diesel fuel for Firefighter/1st responders’ vehicles.

TN Dept. of Tourist Development…..ID’ing lodging resources to assist those displaced persons.

TN Fire Mutual Aid Coordination…..Coordination of 50 – 60 fire apparatus from local Fire Departments.

TN State Governor…..Declared State of Emergency.  Went to visit with 1st Responders and see the destruction himself.

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Evacuations

Areas….The following have evacuated from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and other parts in Sevier County.

Shelters (People)….1200 ppl have evacuated and are Sheltering in Place at the following locations:

  •  Gatlinburg Community Center
  • Rocky Top Sports Rink
  • Le Corte Center @ Pigeon Forge
  • Liberty Baptist Church (Wears Valley)
  • Iglesia Cristina La Duz Da Jesus (Sevierville)
  • First Red Bank Baptist Church (Sevierville)
  • First Baptist of Sevierville
  • River Plantation RV Resort
  • Anchor Down RV Resort
  • Trinity Baptist Church

Shelter (Pets)….The following are those that are offering or assisting with Animals & Livestock Shelters

  • Douglas Lakeview Stables. Kristi @ 864-671-8439.  1650 Providence Road, Sevierville. Call first. Offering pasture for animals & livestock.
  • The Barker Lounge. Lory.  865-771-3738, Offering shelter facilities for overnight lodging of pets.

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Damage Assessments

It has been reported by numerous sources that the following has occurred.

Structures Impacted…..100 homes in Sevier County.  10 homes including 30 structures including a 16-story hotel on Regan Drive, the Driftwood Apartments and others near the Park Vista Hotel (as of 2 AM CST) in Gatlinburg.

Injuries

Burned….3 severely burned residents, current conditions are unknown (3rd hand report).  1 Official report (male evacuee), current condition unknown

Fatalities….. 0.

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Closures

Highway 441… has been closed out of Gatlinburg, except for emergency only traffic.  The exit of  Highway 441 outside the City will remain open to allow those to still leave if they wish to.

Schools…..Green, McMinn and Sevier County schools have been closed.  NOTE :  Cocke County was delayed two hours.

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Resources & Alerts for Evacuees

 

Stay off Cell Phones…. Please stay off cell phones unless it is an emergency.  Officials wish to have these lines cleared to allow for emergency traffic only.

 

City Closed… No one is being allowed back into the City. Those who are still in the City, need to evacuate immediately! Also the National Park has been closed as well.

Red Cross App…. Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well and/or those looking for loved ones can also use this app.  Go to the American Red Cross app @ https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Facebook App….Let your friends and loved ones know you are safe and well by checking into Facebook’s activated Safety Check app here –> https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

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Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

Here is an updated look through those posting about the wildfire and what they are seeing through their own eyes.

Suspected Arson?…..As you may wonder, some are starting to speculate it could be arson related. (No confirmation on our part yet of the cause.)

Mainstream Media…..Users on Twitter took out their frustrations of networks such as CNN and other networks covering the Political world while a complete city in TN was burning down. (Ed. Note:  We are showing actually many mainstream media outlets covering this large scale wildfire but not as in depth as our Posts).

Ripley’s Aquarium…..Officials were reportedly saying that the Aquarium are still intact and the facility’s power generated was activated keeping all animals all safe.

Downtown Gatlinburg’s areas…..Reports that most of damage has been done but most of DT’s areas are still intact.

Amateur Radio communications on Stand-by…..The TN ARES community is on Stand-by and ready to help whenever needed but for now, the local communities in Sevier, Jefferson and Knox Counties are handling all communications for Command, TEMA and for Red Cross (Red Cross org + 2 shelters as Liasion with Command).

Here is a snapshot of one ARES member posting in the Community on Facebook.  Local HAMS are assisting in local communities.  12 wildfires are not burning but blazing in Eastern TN.  Fires threatening resort communications.  High wind with gusts up to 70+ mph.  Tinder dry conditions.

Fire started on Chimney Top fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  550 acres.  0% contained. Embers carried to communications outside of Park starting new fires.  Down power lines starting more fires.

No fatalities have been reported but three have suffered burns.  Numerous businesses and homes have been destroyed.

Heroes In Action…..Earlier this morning, TN State Troopers walked around in Gatlinburg, TN as fire surrounded them to rescue multiple people trapped by flames.

Bear Rescued…..Footage of a small bear cub is seen running around a heavily smoky roadway where a man is being chased by the animal holding on for dear life, as he gravitates to the man’s leg.  So cute but so sad animals are being smoked out. KUDOS, to his rescuer!

Destruction….Over 100 structures said to be damaged/destroyed in Gatlinburg.  Heavy rain is happening now, however buildings are still burning.

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How YOU Can Help Evacuees

List of Organizations….Here is a compiled list put together by a local media outlet.  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

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Please Help…..Find Missing Gatlinburg/Sevierville Man

Missing….We have information that has come to light about a missing man around the time the wildfires occurred.  He was reported as missing as of yesterday (11/28/2016).  He spoke with family which he stated that his own house was destroyed.

We are doing a repost by the Amanda Phillips, the daughter of missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN.  Please circulate his photo and let’s help this lady find her missing Dad.

She states she needs assistance searching shelters as family is not in the area to assist and asking those on Social Media channels to help search shelters.

 

Thank you for reading our Post about these terrible fires in Tennessee.  Please join us in keeping all those in TN in our Thoughts and Prayers this evening. – Editor.

(c) The #NWFireBlog

CA Wildfire: Pilot Fire | August 14, 2016

Incident Summary

San Bernardino National Forest, CA | The Pilot started on 8/7/2016 around 1210 Hours PDT from an unknown cause.  It is still under investigation.  The fire is located between Pilot Rock Ridge and State Highway 173 in Hisperia, California.

Resources

The fire is under Unified Command with CAL Fire’s San Bernardino Unit and the with the San  Bernardino County Sheriff Office.

There are 960 firefighters assigned to this incident alongside the aid of 30 Crews, 37 Engines, 3 Dozers, 7 Water Tenders and 10 Helicopters.

Photo Credit: Bernie Deyo (Permission Given)

Size & Containment

The fire has consumed 8,110 acres forcing many evacuations.  Fire crews have 98% containment status.

Current Conditions

Fire Managers expect minimal spread with interior to burn some pockets within the perimeter.  Temps are expected to be in the 95-100’s range today with winds to be 15 mph from the SW and gusting up to 35 mph on ridge tops. RH will dip down to 15%.

Hashtags

Hashtags used for this fire are #PilotFire #CaWILDFIRE  #NWFireBlogCA

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

CA Wildfire: Pilot Fire | August 12, 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

San Bernardino National Forest, CA | The Pilot started on 8/7/2016 around 1210 Hours PDT from an unknown cause on Forest Lands.  It is still under investigation.

The fire is located between Pilot Rock Ridge and State Highway 173 in Hisperia and near  Deer Lodge Park, Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake State Recreation Areas in California.

Aircraft working Pilot Fire

Aircraft working the Pilot Fire (Source: Inciweb)

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

The fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoking.  Crews have reached a 80% status.

Zero structures have been damaged or destroyed, however the cost-to-date is $9.9Million.

RESOURCES

The fire is under Unified Command with CAL Fire’s San Bernardino Unit and with the San  Bernardino County Sheriff”s Office.

There are currently  1117 personnel alongside the support of 47 Crews, 49 Engines, 15 Dozers,11 Water Tenders, 13 Helicopters, 8 Air Tankers assigned to this incident.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators are Agencies and organizations that come together to form one cooperative.  Here is the compiled list of those who have been working tirelessly on the fire from the top as Fire Managers, Firefighters, Support personnel, Air and ground resources to those who take care of them:

Emergency Services

  • American Red Cross
  • CA Office of Emergency Services
  • San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services

Fire Partners

  • BLM
  • Apple Valley Fire Protection District
  • Arrowbear FD
  • Big Bear Fire Authority
  • CAL Fire – Inyo
  • CAL Fire – Mono
  • CAL Fire – San Bernardino
  • CA Dept of Corrections
  • Idyllwood Fire Protection District
  • Kern County FD
  • Los Angeles County FD
  • Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District
  • Redlands FD
  • Riverside FD
  • San Bernardino County FD
  • San Diego FD
  • San Manuel FD

Law Enforcement

  • CA Highway Patrol
  • San Bernardino County Animal Control
  • San Bernardino County Sheriffs Office

Parks and Rec

  • CA State Parks

Transportation

  • CAL Trans

Utilities

  • SoCalGas
  • Southern California Edison

SIZE, CONTAINMENT STATUS

The fire has consumed 8,115 acres and has reached an 80% containment status

EVACUATIONS

As of 0900 this morning, all mandatory and advisory evacuations have been lifted.

CLOSURES

Highway 173 will be closed between Grass Valley and Rock Camp, along with previously closed roadways to allow for fire traffic only.  If you see responding fire resources, remember #MoveOver because it is the Law.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Proper Drone Use:  http://www.fs.fed.us/science-technology/fire/unmanned-aircraft-systems/responsible-use

Preparing for Wildfires:  http://www.readyforwildfire.org/

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags used for this fire are #PilotFire #CaWILDFIRE  #NWFireBlogCA

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

CA Wildfire: Pilot Fire | August 10, 2016

Incident Summary

San Bernardino National Forest, CA | The Pilot started on 8/7/2016 around 1210 Hours PDT from an unknown cause.  It is still under investigation.  The fire is located between Pilot Rock Ridge and State Highway 173 in Hisperia, California.

Resources

The fire is under Unified Command with CAL Fire’s San Bernardino Unit and the with the San  Bernardino County Sheriff Office.  There are 1746 firefighters assigned alongside the aid of 105 engines, 14 water tankers, 46 crews, 18 dozers and 12 helicopters.

Pilot Rock Ridge

Courtesy: Inciweb

Size & Containment

The fire has consumed 7,861 acres and forced many evacuations.  Fire crews have 64% containment status.

Mandatory Evacuations

Mandatory evacuations were conducted/orders still in effect for the following impacted communities:

  • Deer Lodge Park
  • Aleutian Drive
  • Klondike Drive
  • Evergreen Lane
  • Yukon Drive
  • Hwy 173 North & South from Hwy 138 to Arrowhead Lake Road
  • South of Rock Springs Rd to Kiowa Road
  • East of Santa Fe Road
  • South of Ranchero Road to Arrowhead Lake Rd
  • North of Spillway
  • Grass Valley Lake (Community)
  • N of Peninsula (Lake Arrowhead)
  • North Bay Road S to Hwy 173 (Lake Arrowhead)
  • South of Hwy 173 from North Bay Road to Grass Valley  Road (Lake Arrowhead)

Shelters 

People Shelters –  2 American Red Cross Shelters that are open residents:

  • Oak Hills High School, 7625 Cataba Road, Hisperia, CA
  • Rim of the Winds High School, 27400 California 18, Twin Peaks, CA

Animal Shelters

  • Devore Animal Shelter, 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, CA (Small Animals)
  • Victorille Fairgrounds, 14800 Seventh Street, Victorville, CA (Large Animals)

Hashtags

Hashtags used for this fire are #PilotFire #CaWILDFIRE  #NWFireBlogCA

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Washington’s SR 17 Fire – August 2, 2016 – Update 1

Updated 8/2/2016 2010 Hours PDT

Hello and thank you for following The NW Fire Blog!  We are happy you on board as we work to cover all things Fire, including wildfires.  Due to the high number of fires around the Country, we will be breaking them down individually starting with the Northwest and working our way around to each State.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location – This wildfire is burning along SR 17 (NB) near milepost 60 and is approximately seven (7) miles North of Moses Lake, Washington.

Date/Time Started –The fire began Tuesday, August 2nd at 1500 hours.  Officials have not released the cause of the fire.

SR 17 Fire Map (Credit: Grant County Sheriff Office)

SR 17 Fire Map (Credit: Grant County Sheriff Office)

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Fire Fuel/Winds – The fire is burning in heavy sage and grass and being driven by N-NE winds up to 24 mph gusts (as of 1500  hours PDT). Weather had picked up a little around 1845 hours.

Temps – Temps at 75*F with 24% humidity and winds WNW at 23 mph but gusting up to 29 mph. The dew point was at 36%.

FIRE BEHAVIOR

Movement of the Fire – The fire has jumped several roadways including SR17 and Rd 10.  It was said to be burning parallel to County Rd 10NE.

Current Fire Conditions – As of 1935 hours, reports of the winds decreasing seemed to be good news for all but the reality is the fire is still burning but now under control.  It is no longer running/the forward spread has been stopped.

Damage Assessment – Word of several homes and outbuildings lost are now trickling through to the Sheriff’s Office.  No number is available at this time, nor does the County have a good estimated number of acres burned.

SIZE

Area Burned – The Sheriff’s Office did not know the size of the fire @ 1500 hours but had said the fire had scorched at least 2.5 miles from the point of origin.  Another source, Washington State Emergency Management Agency said there has been between 4,000 and 5,000 acres burned.

EVACUATIONS

Horses/Livestock  – Grant County Sheriff’s Office Posse are out in various areas with trailers to help with evacuating large animals.  The Sheriff’s Posse will also be available on site to help with horses.  Call 9-1-1 to tell them where you are, if you need assistance with getting your animals/livestock out. Tell them where you are located/address.

Areas Evacuated – Level 3. Rd 10 / H NE. Evacuees are being sheltered at the Grant County International airport terminal.

SHELTERS

Red Cross – A shelter has been opened at  Grant County Fairgrounds located at 3953 Airway Drive NE in Moses Lake, Washington, where the large animal shelter is also located. This is for overnight accommodations for evacuees.

Grant County International Airport – The airport has a terminal and restaurant available for fire evacuees. This is temporary shelter, no overnight accommodations (per Sheriff Office)

Large Animals – Large animals are also being taken at the Shelter hosted by Grant County Fairgrounds.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Closures – SR17 in both directions @ Mileposts 60-63 (Between Moses Lake and Ephrata). No ETA on when the roadway will reopen

Avoid Areas – Rd10 between SR17 and Stratford Rd.

RESOURCES

Evacuee Resources/Offers of Assistance – Art Brown/Light of Larson Church. 509.350.3720. Can help at Shelters.

Evacuee Resources/Grant County Animal Outreach – can hold companion animals for residents who need to be evacuated.

Fire Resources/State Mobe –  A State Mobe was requested and approved and will be arriving to assist with the fire in a few hours.

SOCIAL MEDIA FRENZY

Horses – Some are recommending that residents release their horses to fend for themselves to save their own families, while others are working tirelessly to help evacuate them to a safe haven.

Ephrata – The fire is not impacting Ephrata but residents in this area are concerned.

Media – PIOs @ Big Bend Community College. 509.760.3713.  Call them first. Too dangerous to enter the fire ground.

Evacuations – Some are asking if they need to  leave the Desert Oasis Park and how will they be notified.  We recommend to continue following our Blog and check back with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page for updates.

REMINDERS

Please stay away from the Fire!  Though it is very tempting to stop in the middle of the road and take a photo, think before you drive!  Those of us who are actually Fire Photographers know to stay out of the way of 1st Responders, the dangers of being too close to the fire and taking our own personal safety in an account.

The Sheriff Office is warning drivers to stay away from the fire. Too many are putting themselves and 1st responders’ lives in jeopardy to rescue people out of dangerous situations. And, because you can get fined. Don’t be that guy.

No Drones In Fire Zones!  Though there have been zero reports of them flying in or near the fire, don’t become the first person to test the system.  If you fly, you will force air resources to land putting lives, property and other assets in danger.

 

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Water Rescues Happening Now – #ChesterfieldCoPA

Updated 1818 Hours PDT

 

Incident Summary

Scanner feed has been picked up stating as 30 minutes ago, multiple water rescues are in progress in the Chesterfield County, Pennsylvania.

Scanner Feed (http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/20873) says boats are being requested.

This is due to torrential downpours causing severe flooding

Weather Forecast

Another torrential downpour is expected in the next hour (it is 2126 Hours) and more flooding.

Areas Affected

The current locations mentioned are the following areas:

  • River Road
  • Mount Joy Road
  • NIchol Street
  • Bigler Avenue
  • Martin Street
  • Turnpike Avenue (closed) as of 2132 PDT
  • W Front

Scanner Feed Chatter

There was chatter about Divers being sent to the Nichols Street area.  Other areas are being evacuated and residents being moved to shelters.

Social Media

We are using #ClearfieldCoPAFloods as reference to these floods.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog