UPDATE 5 | #FindingDavid Search Has Concluded

Update 0000 Hours PST / 0100 Hours MDT

#FindingDavid

While those celebrated and were about to ring in the New Year, a family painstaking reported their little boy, David Puckett, 6, missing around 1745 hours MDT from his home in the 15700 block and Amherst Place in Aurora, Colorado.

He had been known to wander off a few times before but was always brought back by concerned citizens.

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This time it was different. Very different.

The Aurora Police Department was called out to search for their missing little boy. When Patrols canvassed the area and found nothing, a National Center for Missing and Exploited Center (NCMEC) organization deployed one of their own Bloodhound K9 teams “Jessie” around 2000 Hours.  Along with Bloodhound K9 “Jessie”  from nearby Jefferson County, Aurora PD Patrols, County Deputies and with air support from Dallas PD’s Air One, would search throughout the night with a negative find for David Puckett.

Social Media Blasts

Law Enforcement immediately began releasing Media releases regarding his disappearances and creating a hashtag #FindingDavid.

Highlights from Case

Here are some of the highlights from #FindingDavid ‘s case.

December 31, 2016

  • David is considered as an At-Risk child due to his age, length of time missing and frigid weather conditions.
  • One hour delayed on night missing due to Family looking in all places where has frequented, cannot locate.
  • Aurora PD called.
  • NCMEC Bloodhounds are deployed
  • Officers, County Deputies and SAR personnel search throughout the night

January 1, 2017

  • ERT and SRT units are activated
  • Major Crimes unit, Crimes Against Children Unit gets involved in the case
  • (3) Reverse 911 calls are sent to Aurora’s 27,000 residents, approximately 2.5 miles from David’s home
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association deploys 400 of their Citizens Missing and Abducted Response Team

January 2 2017

  • Marking 3 days of searching by Officers conducting extensive neighborhood canvasses and interviews
  • Looked through parents home several times through Search
  • Police tell the public, residents to STOP voluntary searches as they could interfere with the SAR Dogs (Bloodhounds)
  • Alerts have been previously sent to Aurora Public Schools parents; set-up Counseling for parents, staff and children if needed
  • Witness report says seen missing boy on Saturday
  • AMBER ALERT issued
  • Family is cooperative
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol and Officers checked bodies of water in area

January 3, 2017

  • 1st and Final Press release from APD
  • 150 Law Enforcement personnel, 200 citizens have helped with the Search
  • 6 cadaver dogs (trailing/air scent SAR Dogs) deployed on January 2nd & 3rd.
  • 1 SAR Dog has a positive find in a smaller pond in the Olympic Park (PLS near Park)
  • Divers search and locate the body of an unknown child inside the pond and under the ice
  • Police say they are unable to provide a positive ID; tell Family takes a long time for this process
  • Police are treating pond as a crime scene, w/CSI & FBI teams on site
  • Police say there were hundreds of searchers, family, citizens and Officers that checked all bodies of water & no indication of someone falling in or under the ice (searched numerous times)
  • APD states since they are not able to ID the body of the child, they are continuing to look but all Pressers are now terminated, except for Press releases on Social Media (Twitter/Facebook)

Incident Partners

There were many who helped locate David Puckett from the initial call on NYE until the very end.  Here is a listing of those Incident Cooperators.

  • Arapahoe County Sheriff Office
  • Arapahoe Fire Department Technical Rescue Team
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol
  • Aurora PD: ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, Major Crimes Unit
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association: Citizens Missing & Abducted  Response Team
  • Aurora Public Schools:  Staff and Parents
  • CBI
  • Dallas PD: Air One helo
  • FBI
  • Jefferson County Bloodhound K9 Team
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Metro Dallas Crime Stoppers
  • NCMEC
  • Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force
  • Search and Rescue Dogs of the US (SARDUS)
  • Westminister Colorado PD

Help for the Rescuer

It does not matter if you are a Volunteer, Police Officer, Firefighter or School Staff Member, it is hard to lose a child or respond to a call dealing with a child.  If you are feeling grief because of this loss, we recommend that you reach out to your local organization such as the Police or Fire Chaplin (or confidentially to @SafeCallNow) or to your local School Counselor.

Editor’s Comments:

“Though APD has not officially ID’d this found child, we know their Family is looking for him/her.  We send our sincere and heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the Puckett Family during this difficult time as the continued search for David goes on.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

UPDATE 4 | #FindingDavid Puckett

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SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST and has not been seen since. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

UPDATE | An AMBER ALERT has been issued the by Colorado Bureau Investigation (CBI) due to his young age, gone so long and weather conditions.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

Over the course of the last three (3) days, hundreds of volunteers, LE personnel and others have partnered together in #FindingDavid launching ground SAR (aka groundpounders) to a Police Helicopters, those who specialize in Missing and Exploited Children, SAR K9s.

If you know anything, please call 9-1-1 or the Tip Line listed in this Post. No detail is considered small and may even help break the case wide open.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

Map

Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

 Aurora PD states within their Search perimeter, all bodies of water have been checked. They had deployed 3 Bloodhound trailing K9 dogs.  This is a Priority case for all Law Enforcement in the area.

CURRENT WEATHER 

Temps are 26*F, with a humidity of 77%, cloudy and winds at 6 mph.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?) Trailing SAR K9.

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.  So far, they have had zeros or picking up of a scent trail leading to the missing person.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing SAR dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1820 PST / 1920 Hours MST

UPDATE 3 | Searching for 6 YO David Puckett

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SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST (New Year’s Eve) and has not been located as of this post. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

On December 31st when David was reported missing, a huge presence of Law Enforcement Officers, personnel and volunteers came out in full force representing such units as Major Crimes, Citizens Missing/Abducted Response Team (CMART), Arapahoe County Deputies, Jefferson County K9 Team (1 Bloodhound) and over 400 volunteers from the Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association and Aurora PD patrols.  Dallas PD’s Air One with a mounted FLIR also assisted from the air.

Resources searched well into the night but still were unable to locate the missing child.

On New Year’s Day, David still had not been found and resources from APD (Aurora)’s ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, FBI and hundreds of volunteers put their NYE plans on hold to search for missing David Puckett.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

Map

Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

We sent a request to Aurora PD for additional information asking if the Bloodhound K9s are finding scent trails and if there are any bodies of water nearby. Additionally, we have asked the size of their search perimeter to gain a feel of how their Search is set-up.

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

It is currently mostly cloudy with temps at 40*F with winds at 16 mph and humidity of 38%. There is a zero chance of any precip today.  Temps are expected to drop later this evening into the 20’s with a chance of snow showers on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?).

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Editor’s Comments:  “We had to be careful with our Bloodhound because once he got on a scent trail, his behavior became so animated nearly pulling my hubby’s arm out of the socket or causing him to lose his footing.” 

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1233 PST / 1333 Hours MST

UPDATE | Searching for At-Risk David Puckett

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SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado last night around 1745 Hours MST (New Year’s Eve) and has not been located as of yet.

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed this case simply does not qualify it as one, deemed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. (CBI). It appears that he just simply wandered off from his home.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male as 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

On December 31st when David was reported missing, a huge presence of Law Enforcement Officers, personnel and volunteers came out in full force representing such units as Major Crimes, Citizens Missing/Abducted Response Team (CMART), Arapahoe County Deputies, Jefferson County K9 Team (1 Bloodhound) and over 400 volunteers from the Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association and Aurora PD patrols.  Dallas PD’s Air One with a mounted FLIR also assisted from the air.

Resources searched well into the night but still were unable to locate the missing child.

On New Year’s Day, David still had not been found, resources from APD (Aurora)’s ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, FBI have all been involved in this case.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Pucket is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) who has gone missing (wandered off) two times before but was returned with the assistance of a concerned citizen or has gone inside a store for help.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

PRESSER

The next presser will be at 0800 MST on Monday, January 2nd or if they find David, whichever occurs first.

REWARD

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain unanonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT AURORA, COLORADO

The City of Aurora is the 3rd largest city in the State that boasts a population of 353,108 (2014 census) residents.  It is 100% urban and 0% rural.  It is proud of its award-winning Public Safety partners.

The Aurora Police Department currently has 682 Officers with 141 Civilians.

The Aurora Fire and Rescue has 346+ (2014 census) personnel working in various disciplines. It responded to 54,000 calls in 2015.  They are a Department that staffs all fire apparatus with 4 personnel.  There are 15 Fire Stations in the City.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2315 Hours PST / 0015 Hours MST

HAVE YOU SEEN ME? | Finding 6 YO David Pucket

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AT RISK CHILD – MISSING

SUMMARY

Six year old David Pucket went missing on New Year’s eve around 1745 Hours MST, Aurora Police are saying most likely he left voluntarily but are not ruling out a possible abduction from his home in the 15700 block of East Amherst Place in Aurora, Colorado.

DESCRIPTION

David Pucket, 6, is described as a white male as 4′, 47#, brown hair and hazel eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt, black & orange boots and a tan coat. He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School. | UPDATE | David has Brown eyes, not Hazel.

Police urge those who may have seen this At Risk child to call 9-1-1 immediately and report all and any tips (no matter if you think it is insignificant) to Law Enforcement. See Something? Say Something.

RESOURCES

Aurora PD say this is their highest priority case and have many resources from various units and surrounding communities out looking for him.

SRT, Patrols, Major Crimes, Jefferson County Bloodhound K9 Team, Denver PD Helicopter, Arapahoe Co SAR volunteers, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the FBI and Darmouth Elementary have either been deployed or are said to be part of this high priority case as resources.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Pucket is considered as an At Risk child who has gone missing (wandered off) two times before but was returned with the assistance of a concerned citizen or has gone into a store for help.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.  They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

Due to the unknowns in this case and criteria needed, an Amber Alert has not been issued but could if their investigation turns into that direction.

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES

Police, Volunteers, Family and other persons will be out in full force today looking to find David.  Due to cold weather conditions, David was probably not dressed properly making it even that much more of a priority to find him.

Aifinding-david-colorador resources may include Drones and a Helicopter today along with a high number of ground resources.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channel (Twitter, FB) for more updates. When RT this, please use the same hashtag, so we can align all of our posts on the same page.

ABOUT AURORA, COLORADO

The City of Aurora is the 3rd largest city in the State that boasts a population of 353,108 (2014 census) residents.  It is 100% urban and 0% rural.  It is proud of its award-winning Public Safety partners.

The Aurora Police Department currently has 682 Officers with 141 Civilians.

The Aurora Fire and Rescue has 346+ (2014 census) personnel working in various disciplines. It responded to 54,000 calls in 2015.  They are a Department that staffs all fire apparatus with 4 personnel.  There are 15 Fire Stations in the City.   Firefighters are represented by the IAFF Local 1290.

The weather is currently partly sunny with temps of 45*F with Westerly winds at 6 mph and humidity at 27%.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1310 PST / 1410 MST

Large Quakes Rock Italy | August 23, 2016

 

EARTHQUAKE SUMMARY

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Area hit the hardest by the Quake with some outlying areas. (Credit: USGS)

Incident Info

Two large earthquakes shook areas just SE and NE of Norcia, Italy at in the early morning hours (0230 local time or 1930 PDT), reports the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The original quake was reported by the USGS as a M6.2  and a later aftershock at M5.5.

Aftershocks

A local Agency similar to  the American USGS reported feeling about 10 aftershocks in both Central and Northern Italy within a two-hour period.  The impact has reached as many the upwards of 10 million people in  the Country.

ALERTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

American Red Cross – Safe and Well App

Are you safe in Italy and want your loved ones to know? Check out The American Red Cross app @ https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

Facebook – Safety Check App

Let your loved ones know through Facebook that you are safe.  https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

American Citizens

The U.S. State Department is urging American citizens in Italy to let your Loved Ones know you are okay via Social Media.

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Incoming Reports

Amatrice

The Mayor of Amatrice, a nearby mountainous town of less than 3,000 (2008 census) reported their City was in complete ruins.  People were reportedly entrapped underneath collapsed buildings.  The Mayor has pleaded with the public to make room for Emergency Response vehicles to be able to pass and reach those who need those services the most.

SOCIAL MEDIA

News Media

Local Media:  Various reports of  Magnitudes of the original Quake from M5.7 – M6.4.

Local Quake Agency:  “We have felt about 10 aftershocks from M3.8 to M6.3 in a matter of several hours.”

Video via CNN:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4r56B4jSVk

EMSC: “Aftershock rate is high in following M6.2 and will likely continue in the coming days.”

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Beautiful Amatrice (before) in the snow-covered mountains. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Eyewitness Reports

Mayor of Amatrice:   “We can hear people screaming trapped under the ruins. We need help!  Our historic City is no longer here.”

Hashtags for this Incident

Social Media is using the following Hashtags – #Italy  #earthquake  #terremoto  #Italia  #hmrd

We are also using the following Hashtags – #ItalyQuake  #NWFireBlogItaly #NorciaQuake

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(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

U.S. Active Wildfires by #Hashtag | Saturday, July 16, 2016

Here are all active wildfires by #Hashtag that we are aware of happening in the United States:

#AlatnaComplex (AK)  Tanana Zone. 15 miles SE of Alatna.  Timber, brush and short grass.  Active fire behavior with crowning, wind-driven runs and spotting. Structures threatened.  (2 Fires) 75,371 acres. 66% contained.  10 personnel. 0 Personnel & 0 resources.  $2,200,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#BacaFire (AZ) Northwest District.  AZ State Forestry. 52 miles NW of Prescott.  Brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with running, flanking and backing.  3,947 acres. 10% contained.  12 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $60,000 CTD. State Lands.

Fire effects in grass and ponderosa pine stands FR 4060 - 07/10/2016

Black Range Complex Fires on July 10, 2016 (Credit: Alejando Rodriguez)

#BeaverCreekFire (CO) Routt NF. 24 mi NW of Walden. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, single tree torching and short-range spotting.  Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect.  21,878 acres.  %5 contained.  314 personnel.  5 crews, 25 engines, 3 helicopters.  4 structures lost.  $10,200,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#BigLightFire (TX) Texas A & M Forest Service. Started on private land 13 miles NE of Matador. Brush and grass.  2,692 acres. 70% contained. 32 personnel. 5 engines, 1 helicopter. $ N/A. Private lands.

#BlacksCanyonFire (CA) Near Simi Valley off the 118 in Blacks Canyon @ 1340 Hours PDT on 7/16/2016. Ventura County FD responding to new Brush Fire. Header showing.

#BlackRangeComplex (NM) Gila National Forest.  45 miles North of Silver City. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, backing and creeping.  3,700 acres.  5% contained.  110 personnel. 6 crews, 7 engines. $253,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#BlairFire (CO)  White River Field Office. BLM.  30 miles W of Meeker.  Brush and short grass.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, crowning and flanking.  1000 acres. 0% contained.  108 personnel.  4 crews, 5 engines, 1 helicopter.  0 structures lost.  $250,000 CTD.

#BrannonFire (NM) Gila National Forest.  26 miles NE of Silver City. Timber, brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. 380 acres. 0% contained.  26 personnel. 1 crew, 1 engine. $20,000 CTD.  Forest Service lands.

#CalienteFire (CA) 17301 Caliente Bodfish Road, Kern County.  Air Attack requesting additional tankers. Structures threatened.  Rapid rate of spread. 1.5 acres.

#ClavelFire (NM) Las Vegas District.  New Mexico State Forestry.  20 miles NE of Roy.  Brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior.  4,000 acres.  95% contained.  7 personnel.  3 engines.  $28,000 CTD. State lands.

#CoveFire (UT). 23 miles East of Salina and 11 miles SW of Emery

#FamosoFire (CA) Kern County Fire Department. Vegetation fire.  Near Poso and Granite Road. Cause from a MVA. Forward movement stopped. 100% contained. 138 acres.

#FullerFire (AZ) Grand Canyon National Park.  IMT 2.  4 miles NE of North Rim.  Timber and medium logging slash.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-drive runs and long-range spotting.  Road, area and trail closures in effect.  3,702 acres.  0% contained.  437 personnel.  12 crews, 14 engines, 4 helicopters. 0 structures lost.  $1,000,000 CTD. National Park Service lands.

Fuller Fire Map. (Courtesy Inciweb)

#GeorgeRiverFire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on BLM land 18 miles NE of Georgetown. Timber. Active fire behavior with running, creeping and backing. 200 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources.  $Unknown. BLM lands.

#GreenFire (CA).  Fresno County. CAL Fire. Off Auberry Rd & White Thorne Rd, near Prather.  Forward progress stopped. Evacuations are in effect for residents on White Thorne, Dry Pond, Hokes Corner Ln. and Wellbarn Road. Evacuation shelter opened at:   Foothill Middle School located at 29147 Auberry Rd, Prather, CA 93651.  A large animal evacuation center has been established at: Sierra High School, 33326 Lodge Rd, Tollhouse, CA 93667. 123 acres. 60% contained.

#GweekRiverFire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on BLM land 17 miles NE of Akiachak. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, running and creeping. 500 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $36,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#HairyFire (CO) Fort Carson Army Base.  21 miles SW of Colorado Springs.  Hardwood Slash, brush and tall grass.  Minimal fire behavior.  Area closures in effect.  720 acres.  95% contained. 9 personnel. 3 engines.  $350,000 CTD.

#HarrisFire (MT) Miles City Filed Office. STarted on private land 26 miles South of Ashland. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior. 3,400 acres. 80% contained. 98 personnel. 3 crews. 5 engines. 1 helicopter. $180,000 CTD. Private lands.

#HaydenPassFire (CO) – Fort Carson Army Base. 21 mi SW of Colorado Springs. Hardwood slash, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Areas closures in effect. 15,759 acres. 5% contained. 768. personnel. 16 crews, 49 engines, 7 helicopters. 1 structures lost. $2,900,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

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Hayden Pass Fire on July 12, 2016 (Source: Inciweb)

#HubbellCanyonFire (NM) Lincoln National Forest. Sacramento Ranger District. S Forest Service firefighters and two engines are assigned to the fire. Lightning caused. 25 acres. 0% contained. Full suppression tactics are being utilized. Fire is smoldering and spread potential is low. Started 7/16/2016 @ 1300 hours.

#IniakukLakeFire (AK)  Tanana Zone. Started on state land 40 miles NW of Bettles. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, spotting and backing. Structures threatened.  14,107 acres. 0% contained. 28 personnel.  1 crew. 1 helicopter. $1,100,000 CTD. State lands.

#IsrathorakCreekFire (AK)  Southwest Area Forestry.  Started on FWS land 17 miles NW of Tuluksak. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with backing. 500 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $1,000.  Fish & Wildlife Service lands.

#McBeeCommandFire (WA)  Spokane District, BLM. 6 miles W of Richland. Grass. Minimal fire behavior. 1,800 acres. 0% contained. 26 personnel. 1 crew, 4 engines. $100,000 CTD. BLM lands.

#MidSalchaFire (AK)  Fairbanks Area Forestry.  31 miles SE of North Pole.  Timber, brush and grass.  Moderate fire behavior with win-driven runs, short-range spotting and backing. Homes threatened. 1,500 acres.  0% contained.  88 personnel.  4 crews. 1 helicopter. $300,000 CTD. State Lands.

#OwhatRiver2Fire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  7 miles NW of Aniak.  Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with backing.  550 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources. $1,000 CTD. State lands.

#PachecoFire (CA) Tuolumine-Calavaras Unit. CAL Fire. 2 miles SE of Jenny Lind. Timber, brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. 341 acres. 98% contained. 39 personnel. 1 crews, 4 engines. 2 structures lost. $301,000 CTD. State lands.

#PairODiceFire (AZ) Fort Apache Agency. BIA.  25 miles SW of Alpine.  Timber and grass.  307 acres.  0% contained.  87 personnel. 3 crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter. $50,000 CTD. BIA lands.

#PineFire (CA) Los Padres NF. 30 miles NE of Santa Barbara. Timber, chaparral and brush. Minimal fire behavior. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  2,304 acres. 93% acres. 100 personnel. 2 crews, 5 helicopters. $15,300,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

Sunset photo of the Pine Fire

Sunset image at the Pine Fire. (Credit: Jonathan McGraw of USFS)

#PonyFire (CA) USFS. 15 miles SW of Happy Camp. Siskiyou County. 2,858 acres. 90% contained.

#Puertecito (NM) Cibola National. 15 miles S of Magdalena. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 106 aces. 50% contained. 33 personnel. 1 crew. 1 helicopter. $58,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#ReindeerRiverFire (AK) Southwest Area Forestry.  30 miles SE of Flat. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with torching, running and backing. 600 acres.  0% contained.  0 personnel or resources.  $1,000 CTD.  State lands.

#SanGabrielComplex (CA) Formerly the Fish and Reservoir Fires. North of Azusa. Los Angeles County. CAL Fire. 1146 acres Reservoir.  4253 Fish. Both 96% contained.

#SchoolFire (NM) Gila National Forest.  2 miles NW of Snow Lake. Timber and tall grass.  Minimal fire behavior. 6,500 acres.  50% contained. 57 personnel.  2 crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter. $60,000 CTD.  Forest Service lands,

#ScottFire (AZ) Kaibib National Forest.  Coconino rim 11 miles east of Tusayan. Lightning caused. Pinyon Juniper, ponderosa pine, oak.  2,660 acres. 25 personnel. In mop-up operations. ROS is low.

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Scott Fire on July 15, 2016 that reached an open meadow. (Credit: D Barringer)

#SepulvedaBasin (CA) Los Angeles Fire Department. Burbank and Woodley.  Fire crews dispatched  @ 1308 hours PDT 7/16/2016. Header can be seen. 10 acres @ 1417 PDT. Additional units requested.

#TaylorFire (FL) 700 acres. 10% contained. 33 personnel. 7 engines, 1 helicopter.  Forests in Florida. 9 miles NE of Sanderson. Southern rough. $100,000 CTD. Forest Service lands.

#TimberCreekFire (AK)  Southwest Area Forestry. 27 miles SW of Chuathbaluk. Timber and grass. Moderate fire behavior with torching and creeping. 1,000 acres. 0% contained. 0 personnel or resources. $1,000 CTD.  State lands.

#TimberonFire (NM) Otero County.  40% contained. Containment lines are holding. 267 acres.  44 structures lost.  Some evacuations lifted up to the fire perimeter. Those inside of that are still under an evacuation order due to falling trees and other dangers.

#TokRiverFire (AK) Tok Area Foresty.  IMT 2. 7 miles of Tok.  Timber, light logging slash and grass. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and creeping. Structures threatened.  Rain occurred over the area  on Friday. 728 acres. 0% contained. 64 personnel. 3 crews, 2 helicopters. $209,000 CTD. State lands.

#TomsCreekRd2Fire (GA) Georgia Forestry Commission. 10 miles SW of Fargo. Souther rough. Minimal fire behavior. Homes threatened. Rain occurred over the fire on Friday.  45 acres. 90% contained. 28 personnel. 12 engines. $100,000 CTD.  State lands.

#TrailheadFire (CA) CALCAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit / El Dorado National Forest, along the  Middle Fork of the American River near Todd Valley.  Started 6/28/2016 @ 1355 hours PDT. Cause under investigation. 3 injuries. 5,466 acres. 95% contained. Command: NorCal Interagency Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire on behalf of CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service. Incident Cooperators: Placer County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and local fire departments from across the region. 80 personnel. 2 engines. 3 crews. 1 dozers.

Fire engines working the Trailhead Fire.

Engines working at the Trailhead Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

#YoknedaLakeFire (AK) Valdez-Copper River area Forestry.  40 miles NE of Glenallen.  Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing. 2,000 acres.  0% contained. 0 personnel or resources.  $9,000 CTD. State lands.

 

Sources:  NW Fire Info, CAL Fire, Inciweb, NWICC, Internet, AZ Fire Info, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

** NEW ** WILDFIRE: Guadalupe Fire | Coronado NF [AZ/NM] | SitRep 1

The Coronado National Forest just released information on a new wildfire dubbed Guadalupe Firediscovered this morning around 1000 hours at 50 acres.

#FireImages Credit:  United States Forest Service

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The fire is located 30 miles East of the Douglas Ranger District located in Douglas, Arizona in the Coronado National Forest, located in Hildalgo County, New Mexico.

#FireImage Credit: US Forest Service

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Fire fuel is mostly grass and brush burning around the bottom of the Guadalupe Mountains.

At mid-day, the fire activity became somewhat active causing the fire to consume additional land and on the eastern flank moving to the northwest.

A Type 3 ICS team is in place.

Resources are currently 1 HOTshot crew, 1 initial attack crew, 2 engines and 1 air attack platform.

The cause of this fire is under investigation.

#Hashtags:  #GuadalupeFir #CoronadoNF

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

WILDFIRE #WestForkFire: Custer National Park in Billings Montana

Near Red Lodge, MT [in the Billings, MT area]

Fire Summary | Located 2 miles SW of Red Lodge, Montana [MT]. 600 acres. Started 3/28/15 1230 MT.   Cause is Unknown/Under Investigation.  0% containment.

Weather Conditions | 80 degrees. Dry. Windy.

Command Staff | To transition over to Type 3 IMT on Sunday.

Resources On Scene | 60 personnel.  Red Lodge Fire Rescue & Custer Gallatin NF. Additional 2 Type11 Initial Attack Crews ordered.  The fire event will transition over to a Type 3 Incident on Sunday morning.

Equipment | 13 Engines. 3 Tactical Water Tenders.  3 Graders | 2 TypeII Initial Attack Crews ordered.  Communications team on scene and at the Repeater site.

Challenges | Command Post was delayed due to an inoperable generator.  Logistics Team was able to locate additional replacements.

Current Hazards | Power lines down on Lonesome Pine across the roadway, approximately 150-200 feet from the first residence on this street.  Utility company requested to shut off power to this residence.  | Fire truck drove over it with their engine and was shaken up a bit, but all are doing fine.

Potential Exposures | 30 structures threatened. Evacuations currently lifted. Were evacuated as precautionary but no longer. | Charlie Yeagan’s home on Lonesome Pine Rd has been under structure protection, as of 1752 Hours PST, more resources are being dispatched to protect his house. Previous reports indicated 500 yards E of his home were charred and the fire running up the hillside near the NE side of his home.

Traffic Alerts | At Junction West Fork Rd & Ski Run Rd is closed. | Locals can go beyond closure but with permission/escort. |  Ski Run Rd is open. | Ski Area is anticipated to be open on Sunday. | Westbound/Eastbound Hwy10 has a roadblock.

Twitter Feed [ours] | In Pacific Daylight Team [PDT]

  • 1556 | 50-100 ac. Wind-driven fire, burning timber, grass, sagebrush
  • 1557 | 0 Structures threatened. | To do a relief/rotation at 1700PST
  • 1558 | Command Trailer has arrived @ Westbound Rest area
  • 1559 | Radio communications team arrived, setting up at Repeater site
  • 1603 | 20 personnel, 100 ac, started early afternoon
  • 1607 | MT DOT just shut down 78 & 421 / road block #TrafficAlert
  • 1610 |Columbus Command to Stillwater Dispatch: Fire crowning at Tulley | Residents are not leaving, though have advised staying
  • 1614 | W Fork Rock Crk, along Nicholas Crk | | Current Courtesy
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Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

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Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

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Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

  •  1616 | Delay in getting the Command Trailer due to inoperable generator.
  • 1624 | PineCrest & Hwy10 | | Fire is heading S to E towards Prarie Dog town, 1 mi away.
  • 1625 | Fire has surrounded the Yeagan place at the end of Lonesome Pine Rd,   + 1 road grader are being dispatched to house on Lonesome Pine Rd
  • 1626 | Relief unit [32-6] to rotate at roadblk @ Pine Creek & Hwy10
  • 1627 | PineCrest & Hwy10 | | 2 road graders are @ Pinecrest Rd/ in staging, other 1 being redeployed
  • 1631 | On Lonesome Pine Rd prop is charred in places, fire going up hillside on NE side of property
  • 1632 | Yeagan’s house/Lonesome Pine Rd | to try to help save home, wrkng w/Homeowner | CP/IC located at: Westbound Rest area |
  • 1634 | Fire heading towards the Highway [10 ]. resources being redeployed.
  • 1644 | Fire at [Springtime?] is kicking back up, flames visible
  • 1647 | 2nd Fire called “Springtime” is at Hwy10. E210: “Fire pushing hard into trees, doesnt know if can stop from crossing highway.
  • 1653 |  2nd Fire called “Springtime” is at Hwy10. | Doesnt think can stop from going over the roadway.
  • 1654 | 2nd Fire called “Springtime” is at Hwy10. E210 at the , E246 at the
  • 1655 | Flames at the East exit, 3 power poles down. | A unit is checking it now
  • 1656 | Res @ 199 Pinecrest Rd refusing to leave residence. Command will let him “be”.
  • 1706 | Red Lodge Ski area was evac’d earlier as precautionary, is now reopened to local residents
  • 1707 | DOT and Fire seem to be sparring about issues in the area. DOT says needs to do it, Fire says Hazard
  • 1707 | MT DOT demanding Hwy 510 Westbound be open, Eastbound closed. says Ok
  • 1708 | 10feet only between the east/westbound lanes. Fire says will be issue @ Pike/9th
  • 1710   being flamed by high winds in the area 1710 PST
  • 1712 now mopped up. Homeowner to watch the area
  • 1715 Fire access South of 603 & Hwy 10
  • 1717 | Billings, MT | holding traffic at Westbound Hwy510. rep on Frontage Rd heading to Columbus. Rd still clsd
  • 1721 | Report from off-duty Fire/Police member reporting all clear E/Wbound Hwy10 to ParkCity.
  • 1827 | Eastbound Hwy10 closed. Westbound, open.
  • 1828 | Command trying to obtain 50+ lunches for crews.

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Photo Credit: Custer Gallatin NF [via Facebook page]

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HAVE YOU SEEN ME? I am Missing from Washington State

A friend of mine posted through her Facebook Page that her son was missing and of course we were concerned for his safety and need to get the word out through all Social Media sites.  We are hoping to plaster his photo and information all over the internet to bring him back to his loving families who desperately miss and love him.

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Kaine Moody, 15, was last seen at his father’s house in Mt. Vernon, Washington State and is believed to have runaway.  He is described as 5ft 5″, weighing 100 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair with mustache and slender build.

The above photo was taken of Kaine last year.

His mom believes her son may North of Seattle in the Marysville, Camano Island areas or further up North in Washington State.

We are asking you to share this post with your friends, family, co-workers and anyone else who can help spread the word like wildfire to help this family bring home their son safely.

We are unsure what Law Enforcement agencies may be working this case, so we are asking everyone to get involved in helping bring him home.

IF YOU SEE ME, CALL 9-1-1.

Thank you,

Lisa Swenson, Editor/Blogger