South Carolina’s #GreenwoodFire Almost Contained | 2

SOUTH CAROLINA | A wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 15, 2018, around 1700 hours from an unknown ignition.  The fire is located in compartment 16 off of Highway 17A.

Francis Marion Fire personnel work after sundown

Fire crews work after sundown. Photo Credit | Francis Marion Fire via Inciweb

Fire Fuels | Hardwoods.

Size Up | The fire is remains at the same containment status with a total of 130 acres burned.  Expectation is to have a 100% containment by tonight.  Crews are still patrol and mop-up operations.

Containment Status | 75%.

Resources |   A reduction of personnel has been changed from 10 to four.

Significant Events |  Fire fuels found with downed trees next to power lines.

Fire Weather | Cloudy, light rain.

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #GreenwoodFire #SCwildfire2018

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 1650  PDT

 

 

 

South Carolina #CumbeeFire Still Burning | 2

FRANCIS  MARION NATIONAL FIRE, SOUTH CAROLINA |  A second wildfire (original wildfire) is burning on the National Forest located on FSRd 161.  Initial calls came into the Dispatch Center around 1430 hours.

Size Up |  A reduction of acres due to better mapping has been downgraded to 1630 acres.

Cumbee Fire aerial view

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Status | Crews are still in patrol and monitoring status.  Expected time and day of 100% containment is on March 24, 2018 @ 1700 hours.

Resources |  There is an unknown number of personnel still assigned to this incident.  All resources are from the Francis Marion Ranger District.

Threats | None.

Fire Weather | Light rain.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #CumbeeFire #SCwildifre2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 1635 PDT

South Carolina’s Second Wildfire #CumbeeFire Sparked | 1

FRANCIS  MARION NATIONAL FIRE, SOUTH CAROLINA |  A second wildfire (original wildfire) is burning on the National Forest located on FSRd 161.  Initial calls came into the Dispatch Center around 1430 hours.

Smoke from Cumbee Fire

Aerial recon flight on the Cumbee Fire. (Photo Credit | Francis Marion & Sumter NF)

Size Up |  There has been 1,638 acres of mostly longleaf pine, lob lolly and hardwoods destroyed.

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Status | Crews will continue with fire suppression and containment efforts with some back burning.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 90% containment status.

Resources |  There are 21 personnel assigned along with three engines, one bulldozer and one helicopter from the Francis Marion Ranger District with IC, Russ Marshall.

Threats | None.

Fire Weather | Dry and warm conditions.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #CumbeeFire #SCwildifre2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

South Carolina’s #GreenwoodFire Burning Slowly | 1

SOUTH CAROLINA | A wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 15, 2018, around 1700 hours from an unknown ignition.  The fire is located on US 17A.

Francis Marion Fire personnel work after sundown

Fire crews work after sundown. Photo Credit | Francis Marion Fire via Inciweb

Fire Fuels | Hardwoods.

Size Up | The fire is currently at 75 acres but slowly spreading due to dry and windy conditions.  Fire crews came in on Thursday when the fire started but were due to return on Friday, March 16, 2018, to continue with fire suppression and containment efforts.

Containment Status | 75%.

Resources | There are 10 personnel assigned along with three engines, two dozers a single helicopter from the Francis Marion Ranger District.

Significant Events | Powerlines are down in the area.

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #GreenwoodFire #SCwildfire2018

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 2230 PDT

 

 

 

United States Active Wildfires | Update 1

Updated 2:30 PM PST

Wildfires seem to be igniting all over the United States and around the Globe.  We are going to first start naming off the fires inside the U.S. and in separate post include Global incidents.

If you are a firefighter or supporting the wildfire – THANK YOU for your tireless efforts, commitment, dedication and help Save Lives.

Hope you enjoy ….

ARIZONA

Empire Fire – 4 miles NW of Elgin

Southeast District, Arizona DOF. Fire Fuels:  Brush and short grass. Active fire behavior with running.

518 acres. 80% contained.  29 personnel.  0 crews.  5 engines.  0 helicopters. 0 structures lost.

$10,000 cost-to-date.

ARKANSAS

Oakwood 1 Fire – 6 miles E of Dumas

Felsenthal NWR. Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting.

290 acres.  60% contained. No info on personnel, equipment or structures lost.  $5,000 cost-to-date.

Pathfork Fire – 3 miles S of Pathfork

Kentucky DOF.  Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior. Last report unless significant activity occurs.

230 acres.  90% contained.  10 personnel.  0 crews.  1 engine.  0 helicopters. 0 structures lost.  $4,000 cost-to-date.

CALIFORNIA

Hidden Fire

Hidden Fire photo taken Nov 19 at 3 pm

Hidden Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia NF, E of Mtn Home Demonstration State Forest

Sequoia NF.  Unified Command w/CAL Fire & USFS.  Start 10/29/2016.  Lightning Fire fuel:  Timber.

1,161 acres. 0% contained.  100 personnel.

Meadow Fire – E of Trail of 100 Giants B/T Lloyd Meadow Rd,   Western Divide Hwy

San Bernardino NF.  Start 10/29/2016.  Lightning caused.  4347 acres.  100 personnel.  2 helicopters.

GEORGIA

Rock Mountain Fire – 2 mi S of Tate City

Chattahoochee-Oconee NF. IMT 1. Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing. Numerous structures threatened.

10,425 acres. 30% contained. 498 personnel. 12 crews. 21 engines. 5 helicopters.

$3 Million cost-to-date.

Rough Ridge Fire – 13 miles NW of Blue Ridge

Chattahoochee-Oconee NF. IMT 2. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter, timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area and trail closures in effect.

27,870 acres. 50% contained.  232 personnel. 2 crew. 10 engines. 2 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $5.2 Million cost-to-date.

Tatum Gulf Fire – 11 miles W of LaFayette

Georgia Forestry Commission Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. Road and area closures in effect.

2,336 acres. 60% contained. 101 personnel. 1 crew. 18 engines. 0 helicopters. $4.7 Million cost-to-date.

Timber Ridge Fire – S of Clayton, E of Tiger

Start 11/12/2016. Unknown cause.

Chattooga River RD & Chattahooche – Oconee NF.  Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter begging leaf fall under extreme drought conditions.  Minimal fire with creeping and smoldering.  Fire in mop up and patrol status.

888 acres.  95% contained.  36 personnel.

KENTUCKY

Abner Br Fire – 2 miles SW of Big Laurel

Kentucky DOF. Fire Fuel: Timber and Hardwood Litter. Active fire behavior. Last report unless significant activity occurs.

1,113 acres. 75% contained. 23 personnel.  2 crews. 1 engine. 0 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $15,000 cost-to-date.

Big Branch Fire – 3 miles S of Rocksana

Kentucky DOF. Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior. Last report unless significant activity occurs.

450 acres. 80% contained.  No personnel or resources are assigned to this fire at this time. $2,000 cost-to-date.

Fish Trap Fire – 5 miles S of Raccoon

Kentucky DOF. Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior.

356 acres.  47% contained.  14 personnel.  1 crew.  1 engine. 0 helicopters. 0 structures lost.  $2,000 cost-to-date.

Hollins Fork Fire – 3 miles N of Thousandsticks

Kentucky DOF. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior. Last report unless significant activity occurs.

125 acres.  80% contained.  0 personnel and resources on this incident.  $3,000 cost-to-daet.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 3 miles SW of Stopover

Kentucky DOF. Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior.

145 acres.  60% contained.  11 personnel.  1 crew.  0 engines.  0 helicopters.  0 structures lost.  $4,000 cost-to-date.

Hwy 190 Fire – 2 miles SW of Pineville

Kentucky DOF. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior. Last report unless significant activity occurs.

800 acres.  90% contained.  No personnel or resources are tied to this incident.  $10,000 cost-to-date.

Middlefield Fork Rd Fire – 3 miles W of Lick Creek

Kentucky DOF. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior. Last report unless significant activity occurs.

250 acres.  90% contained. 18 personnel.  1 crew. 0 engines or helicopters. 0 structures lost. $3,000 cost-to-date.

Pathfork Fire – 3 miles S of Pathfork

Kentucky DOF. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior. Last report unless significant activity occurs.

230 acres.  90% contained.  10 personnel.  0 crews. 1 engine. 0 helicopters.  0 structures.  $4,000 cost-to-date.

Raven Rock Fire – 1 mile E of Jenkins

George Washington & Jefferson NF. Started on private land. Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter and timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Trail closures in effect.

2,402 acres. 95% contained.  26 personnel.  0 crews.  2 engines.  0 helicopters. 2 structures lost.  $887,000 cost-to-date.

Walters Rd Fire – 2 miles NE of Pikeville

Kentucky DOF. Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter and timber. Active fire behavior.

374 acres. 80% contained.  11 personnel. 1 crew. 1 engine. 0 helicopters.  0 structures lost.  $4,000 cost-to-date.

NORTH CAROLINA

Boteler Fire – 9 mles E of Hayesville

Boteler Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire detected on  10/25/2016 @ 9:00 AM. Unknown cause.

National Forests in North Carolina. Southern Area Red Team command unit. Fire Fuels: Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing, smoldering and creeping.

9,015 acres. 72% contained. 391 personnel. 4 crew. 25 engines. 6 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $7.7 Million cost-to-date.

Crews to maintain and patrol containment lines, while improving, securing and mop up fire lines.

Numerous structures threatened. Road, area and trail closures and in addition to a TFR are in effect.

Cathy Gap Fire – 4 miles NW of Balsam Grove

Start 11/17/2016.  Unknown cause.

National Forests in North Carolina. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. Structures threatened.

123 acres. 85% contained. 53 personnel. 2 crews.  2 engines. 0 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $147,000 cost-to-date.

Chestnut Knob Fire – 3 miles S of Enola

Firefighters Conducting Tailgate Safety Briefing before Heading To The Line

Command Briefing. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start 11/6/2016 @ 8AM.  Unknown cause.

North Carolina Forest Service. South Mtn State Parrk.  10 miles S of Morganton. Florida Forest  Service Green Team -IMT 2.  Fire fuels: Hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, backing and smoldering. Numerous structures threatened.

6,424 acres. 40% contained. 330 personnel. 10 crews. 32 engines.  7 dozers.

 Incident Cooperators include:  NC FS, NC State Parks, NCWRC, Burke Co EM, Burke Co Emergency Comm, BCSO, FL FS, Lincoln Co VFD, Catawba Co VFD, Cleveland Co VFD, Triple Community VFD, Icard VFD, south Mtn VFD, Burke Co EMS, Enola VFD, ongtown VD, Jonas Ridge VFD, Oak Hill VFD, Lovelady VFD, Drexel VFD, Lake James VFD, Jonas Ridge VFD, Oak Hill VFD, Lk James VFD, Glen Alpine VFD, George Hildebran VFD, Salem VFD, Brendletown VFD, West End VFD and Drowing Creek VFD.

$1.6 Million cost-to-date.

Fire is in patrol status but fire crews have observed a fire burning withing the containment status where leaves have recently fallen.

Dick’s Creek Fire – 2 miles NW of Sylva

National Forests in North Carolina. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter, short grass and timber. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened.

728 acres. 98% contained. 11 personnel. 0 crews. 2 engines. 0 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $799,000 cost-to-date.

Dobson Creek 3 – Fires within 10-mile radius of Cherokee

Holding the line

Fire crews holding the line. (Credit: Rob Wood via Inciweb)

Start 11/2/2016 @ 3:30 PM.  Unknown cause.

Eastern Cherokee Agency.  15 total fires. Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter. In Patrol and monitor status. IA ready for any new ignites.  Interior of fire not being addressed due to snap danger to fire crews.5 structures threatened; none lost.

756 acres. 85% contained.  80 personnel. 7 engines. 2 handcrews.

Some amounts of fire hit the area but not enough to fully extinguish it.

Eastern Cherokee Complex – 4 miles E of Cherokee

Eastern Cherokee Agency, BIA. (2 fires). Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Structures threatened.

756 acres. 85% contained. 80 personnel. 2 crews. 6 engines. 0 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $1.2 Million cost-to-date.

Maple Springs Fire – 3 miles NW of Santeetlah Lake

Burn out operation along Highway 129

Burnout operations along Hwy 129. (Credit: Chris Colt via Inciweb)

Started 11/4/2016 8:10 PM.  Fire merged with Avey Branch Fire. Human caused.

National Forests in North Carolina. Rocky Mtn Type IMT 2. Fire Fuels are  hardwood litter, timber and brush.

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Crews continuing with constructing containment lines on N and S flanks.  Structures threatened.

7,788 acres. 53% contained. 315 personnel. 4 crews. 25 engines. 7 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $4.7 Million cost-to-date.

Muskrat Valley Fire – 8 miles SW of Franklin

This is a Command Repeater used by the Incident Commander and Command Staff to communicate with Division Superintendents, who then use Tactical Channels to speak with crews in the field.

Command Repeater built by the USFS in 1941. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

North Carolina Forest Service. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter and timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

103 acres. 99% contained. 28 personnel.  1 crew. 2 engines. 0 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $235,000 cost-to-date.

Party Rock Fire – 1 mi N of Lake Lure

Crews monitoring a burnout.

Burnout operations using natural barriers. (Credit: Lance Silance via Inciweb)

Start 11/5/2016 – 1:30 PM.

North Carolina Forest Service. IMT 2. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering.

Numerous structures threatened. No new evacuations at this time. Pre-evacuation orders given; residents need to be ready to evacuate a moment’s notice.

7,171 acres. 45% contained.  925 personnel (structural and wildland firefighters). 18 crews. 139 engines. 2 helicopters. Containment lines held despite strong winds overnight.

$3.2 Million Cost-to-date.

Tellico Fire – 3 miles S of Almond

National Forests in North Carolina. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (Dueitt) to IMT 1 (Wilkins) will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Boteler, Dick’s Creek, Muskrat, and Cathy Gap fires.  Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter, timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened.

13,874 acres.  90% contained. 250 personnel. 4 crews. 22 engines. 0 helicopters. 1 structure lost. $5.1 Million cost-to-date.

OKLAHOMA

Beaver Gap Fire

340 acres.  100% contained.  2 personnel.  0 crews.  1 helicopter.  $10,000 cost-to-date.

Highline Fire

160 acres. 100% contained.  3 personnel.  0 crews.  2 helicopters.  $10,000 cost-to-date.

Rosston Fire – 3 Miles N of Laverne

 Oklahoma DOF. Fire Fuels: Brush, tall grass and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with flanking and backing. Evacuations have been lifted.

3,213 acres.  60% contained. 65 personnel. 0 crews. 24 engines. 2 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $20,000 cost-to-date.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Pinnacle Mountain Fire – 3 mi SE of Rocky Bottom

South Carolina Forestry Commission.  Hardwood Litter and timber. Active fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. Area and trail closures in effect.

5,439 acres. 35% contained. 218 personnel. 8 crews. 11 engines. 3 helicopters. 1 structure lost. 1.3 Million cost-to-date.

TENNESSEE

Bench Bluff Fire – 2 miles W of Pikeville

Tennessee DOF. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter. No new information.

2,018 acres.   92% contained. No personnel or resources are on this incident.  $15,000 cost-to-date.

Big Poplar Fire – 1 mile W of Turtletown

Cherokee NF. Fire Fuels:  Hardwood litter, closed timber litter and timber. Minimal fire behavior. Area closures in effect.

157 acres.  60% contained.  58 personnel.  2 crews.  4 engines.  0 helicopters.  $100,000 cost-to-date.

East Miller Cove Fire – 1 mile N of Walland

Tennessee DOF. Started on private land. Fire Fuels: Hardwood litter and southern rough. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened.

200 acres. 0% contained. 39 personnel. 0 crews. 16 engines. 0 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $3,000 cost-to-date.

Quarry Creek Fire – 2 miles E of Tellico Plains

Cherokee NF. Fire Fuels:   Hardwood litter,brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened.

645 acres.  75% contained.  112 personnel. 4 crews.  2 engines.  0 helicopter.  0 structures lost.  $175,000 cost-to-date.

VIRGINIA

Raven Rock Fire

2,402 acres.  95% contained. 26 personnel. 0 crews. 24 engines. 2 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $887,000 cost-to-date.

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Hurricane Matthew Widespread Damage | Update 8

Updated 1950 PM EDT

STORM FACTS

  • Weather – Hurricane Matthew is downgraded from Cat 1 to Tropical Storm
  • More Storms – While Matt is downgraded, Nicole does a hairpin and is due to hit Bermuda later in the week. – The NWS

Credit: NWS

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Haiti – 900-1500 killed directly from storm
  • Cholera Breakout – 15 killed from disease breakout
  • U.S. – 4 killed.
  • VA Beach – Major flooding.
  • Wrightsville Beach – suffers significant dune and beach erosion
  • Oak Island (NC) – Waves break off large section of the Island pier
  • Charleston (SC) – Flooded streets told it will get worse when high tide comes

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • Red Cross – 2700+  workers support relief efforts in 5 different States
  • NY Task Force 1 – helping with flood rescues in Fayetteville (NC)
  • Jacksonville (SC) Police Department 
  • SCE&G (SC) – restored power to 100,000 homes after the Hurricane left
  • NC National Guard – evacuations and rescues
  • Daytona International Speedway – Staging site for utility trucks
  • US Coast Guard – Assisting with recovery supplies
  • Miami Beach Fire – 
  • FEMA

EVACUEE RESOURCES

  • Verizon Wireless – Unlimited domestic talk, text and data relief being offered to qualified customers in Florida,Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina between October 7-1  https://www.verizonwireless.com/featured/relief/

STORM IMAGES

Assessing the Damage – 2 Florida Senators tour the damage left by behind by Hurricane Matthew from inside a USCG aircraft. Credit/USCG

Assisting with evacuations and rescues – NC National Guard.  Photo Credit:  NCNG

University of North Florida (also photo credit) – Statute holds in place while surrounding landscaping unfortunate.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Facebook’s Hurricane Matthew Safety check is working.

HASHTAGS

  • #HurricaneMatthew
  • #Matthew
  • #HurricaneNicole
  • #Haiti

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!  We will be on Hurricane storm watch and providing updates throughout the day.  Be safe friends.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Hurricane Matthew Whipping Bahamas | Update 3

HURRICANE MATTHEW WHIPPING BAHAMAS NOW

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Hurricane Matthew is now whipping up some intensive and dangerous winds that are throwing debris around and snapping trees into two according to those reporting as of almost one hour ago (0940 hours EDT).

The Hurricane is said to be on the path to hitting Florida some time day going up the Coast.  At 0800 hours EDT, a weather advisory was issued.  The Hurricane is moving NW at 12 mph with max sustained winds at 125 mph.

Over 1 Million people have been evacuated from South Carolina alone.

Reports of almost 20 deaths in Haiti are attributed to this Storm.

GENERAL INFORMATION

911 EMERGENCIES ONLY

Remember, for emergencies please dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 305.673.7901. (FL)

AIRPORT OPERATIONS

Broward County Aviation Department will suspend operations at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport Thursday at 10:30 am.  (FL)

AIR TRAVEL

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/ (Bahamas)

Flights Cancelled:  Currently, 341 arrivals & 305 departures are canceled at MIA, which is about 90% of our daily flight schedule. (Miami FL airport)

ALERTS

Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications.  http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp (CT)

Governors declared State of Emergency. (FL, GA, SC NC)

Sandbags:  Sandbags available to Melbourne residents starting at 10 a.m. Club52/Greyhound Park, 1100 N. Wickham Rd. (Melbourne, FL)

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks President Obama for emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Matthew.” (FL)

CLOSURES

All Ports to inbound vessel traffic.  Operators have ceased all container operations.  Traffic, schools, universities, road closures for Miami Dade County.  http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency/ (FL)

Kennedy Space Center in Houston (TX)

EOC STATUS

Miami Dade County EOC is now at a Level 2 Activation. (FL)

EVACUATIONS

Miami Dade County. Mayor orders evacuations of all mobile home parks.   St. Augustine.  unprecedented! Mandatory evacuation for ALL historic City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. – Twitter user (FL)

Approximately 250,000 people have evacuated from Coastal towns. The Governor ordered more than a 1 Million people to leave their homes, businesses and area for safety. (GA)

Pet friendly emergency shelters are open only to domestic pets. No livestock will be admitted. It is recommended to safely mark animals and leave them in pastures. (Lake County, Florida)

State of Emergency:  During the state of emergency, residents can refill prescriptions early. (Pinellas County, Florida)

Ocean County (FL) Shelters:

Pet Evacuation Tips:  (Dogs/Cats/Other Animals)   Don’t forget to include your pets in your preparedness plans.  Please take them with you or have someone come and pick them up.

Photo Courtesy/Miami Beach Police

Pet Identification:  (For Horses – in case they escape)  Identify your during . Braid an engraved dog tag into the mane. Use a breakaway halter so it is easier to catch.

Photo Credit: TC Equine ER

FOLLOW OFFICIALS

“Follow your local officials, watch the weather, do not take any chances…know your evacuation plan” – Florida Gov. Scott. (FL)

HURRICANE QUESTIONS

The Citizen Information Center  (Pinellas County Emergency Management) will open today from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Citizens may call (727) 464-4333 with questions. (FL)

RESOURCES

American Red Cross:  To open 100+ shelters in a various areas ahead of the Storm.  Read this link for preparation tips, apps and other important information.  http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Hurricane-Matthew-Devastates-Haiti-Red-Cross-Gets-Ready-for-Massive-Relief-Operation-along-East-Coast

 

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html #PetEvacuation #HumaneSociety #PetLove

FEMA App:  Download the App to find shelters, upload disaster photos to help first responders and receive safety reminders.  https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

Hurricane Tracker App:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Law Enforcement:  Some of the men/women on duty during deadly Hurricane.  Here are some of the faces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (FL).

Photo Credit: PBSO

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.

Photo Credit/National Guard

OCHA:  Humanatarium aid non-profit organization states There have been 1.3 Million people evaucated in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.  There are 350,000 that need assistance, 15,623 people have been displaced and 152 open shelters.  A more thorough damaged assessment will be done tomorrow.  http://www.unocha.org/hurricane-matthew

Solid Waste Resources:  (Miami Dade County, FL)

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa #UNICEF #Giving

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

PRESSERS

POTUS:  We’ve got response teams and supplies ready. This is going to be a serious storm”. (FL)

Ocean County Mayor’s Office.  Thurs. 10/6 @ 10:30 a.m.  (Twitter) will provide a briefing on emergency management efforts, weather, shelter, transportation, sandbags. (FL)

American Red Cross:  

WEATHER ALERTS, FORECASTS

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

5-day Forecast and Coastal areas under a warning or a watch. Photo Credit/NOAA

As of 2300 hours EDT, the eye of #HurricaneMatthew is moving near central Bahamas.  It is expected to intensify as it continues heading towards Florida.

Tropical Storm Nicole:  as of 2300 hours this evening, TS Nicole is said to being close to reaching Hurricane strength.  It is currently South of Bermuda and NNE of San Juan Puerto Rico.  Its max sustained winds have clocked in at 70 mph with max central pressure at 995mb.

General Info

Travel Alert:    “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.” (via U.S. State Travel Department)

U.S. Flights:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

via Social Media Channels

Death Toll:  Media sources are reporting 17 deaths in Haiti alone.

EU Support:  The has been activated to help tackle the effects of I urge participating states to offer assistance. – Christos Stylianides, EU

Fire Apparatus:  Miami Beach Fire storing some of their spare fire apparatus and trucks in the Miami Marlins (Baseball) garage. Moved in just before the storm arrives.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Hurricane Matthew’s Fury | Update 2

HURRICANE MATTHEW WORST IN A DECADE

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Category 4 hurricane has slammed and caused catastrophic damages to Cuba and Haiti.  The hurricane began building its character on September 29th as a Category 5 but losing some wind speeds downgraded to a Category 4.

Cuba and Haiti were hit hard.  Lots of flooding, mudslides and everything residents are now gone.

Now, the Hurricane is heading towards Florida at a rapid rate of speed and due to cause some terrifying moments for all those on the Coast and its path.  One of the worst storms felt in a 10 years.

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Bahamas

 Air Travel :   Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/

Connecticut

Alerts/Notifications:  Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications. http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp

Florida

911 for Emergencies Only:  Remember, for emergencies please dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 305.673.7901.

Airport Operations:  Broward County Aviation Department will suspend operations at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport Thursday at 10:30 am.

Bracing for Heavy Damage:  “Regardless of a direct hit or not, the impact will be devastating.” – Gov. Scott.

Closed:  All Ports to inbound vessel traffic.  Operators have ceased all container operations.

Closures:  Traffic, schools, universities, road closures for Miami Dade County.  http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency/

EOC Status:  Miami Dade County EOC is now at a Level 2 Activation.

Evacuations:  Miami Dade County. Mayor orders evacuations of all mobile home parks.

Evacuations:  St. Augustine.  Unprecidented! Mandatory evacuation for ALL historic City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. – Twitter user

Follow Officials:  “Follow your local officials, watch the weather, do not take any chances…know your evacuation plan” – Florida Gov. Scott.

Hurricane Questions:  The Citizen Information Center  (Pinellas County Emergency Management) will open today from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Citizens may call (727) 464-4333 with questions.

POTUS presser:  We’ve got response teams and supplies ready. This is going to be a serious storm”.

Presser:  Ocean County Mayor’s Office.  Thurs. 10/6 @ 10:30 a.m.  (Twitter) will provide a briefing on emergency management efforts, weather, shelter, transportation, sandbags.

Warning:  “Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks President Obama for emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Matthew.”

Weather Forecasters: “Storm is just 325 miles off of the Coast.” (2300 hours EDT)

Georgia

 Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

North Carolina

Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

South Carolina

Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

Evacuations:  Approximately 250,000 people have evacuated from Coastal towns. The Governor ordered more than a 1 Million people to leave their homes, businesses and area for safety.

Texas

Closed:  Kennedy Space Center in Houston

RESOURCES 

American Red Cross:  To open 100+ shelters in a various areas ahead of the Storm.  Read this link for preparation tips, apps and other important information.  http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Hurricane-Matthew-Devastates-Haiti-Red-Cross-Gets-Ready-for-Massive-Relief-Operation-along-East-Coast

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html #PetEvacuation #HumaneSociety #PetLove

Hurricane Tracker App:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Law Enforcement:  Some of the men/women on duty during deadly Hurricane.  Here are some of the faces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (FL).

Photo Credit: PBSO

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.  #Shelters #Resources

Photo Credit/National Guard

Ocean County (FL) Fire Rescue:  5 strike teams just completed 12-hr shift when req to assist in the hospital evac.   Patients evac’d from Rockledge hospital to Melbourne & Davenport.

Ocean County (FL) Shelters:  

OCHA:  Humanatarium aid non-profit organization states There have been 1.3 Million people evaucated in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.  There are 350,000 that need assistance, 15,623 people have been displaced and 152 open shelters.  A more thorough damaged assessment will be done tomorrow.  http://www.unocha.org/hurricane-matthew

Pet Evacuation Tips:  (Dogs/Cats/Other Animals)

Don’t forget to include your pets in your preparedness plans.  Please take them with you or have someone come and pick them up.

Photo Courtesy/Miami Beach Police

Pet Identification:  (For Horses – in case they escape)

Identify your during . Braid an engraved dog tag into the mane. Use a breakaway halter so it is easier to catch.

Photo Credit: TC Equine ER

Solid Waste Resources:  Miami Dade County, Florida. 

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa #UNICEF #Giving

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

PREPARATION TIPS

Preparedness Tips

  • Charge your Phone battery
  • Gas up your vehicle

American Red Cross:  

WEATHER ALERTS, FORECASTS

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5-day Forecast and Coastal areas under a warning or a watch. Photo Credit/NOAA

As of 2300 hours EDT, the eye of #HurricaneMatthew is moving near central Bahamas.  It is expected to intensify as it continues heading towards Florida.

[Image of WPC QPF U.S. rainfall potential]

U.S. potential rainfall in the next 72-hour window. Photo Credit/NOAA

Tropical Storm Nicole:  as of 2300 hours this evening, TS Nicole is said to being close to reaching Hurricane strength.  It is currently South of Bermuda and NNE of San Juan Puerto Rico.  Its max sustained winds have clocked in at 70 mph with max central pressure at 995mb.

General Info

Travel Alert:    “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.” (via U.S. State Travel Department)

U.S. Flights:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

via Social Media Channels

Death Toll:  Media sources are reporting 17 deaths in Haiti alone.

EU Support:  The has been activated to help tackle the effects of I urge participating states to offer assistance. – Christos Stylianides, EU

Fire Apparatus:  Miami Beach Fire storing some of their spare fire apparatus and trucks in the Miami Marlins (Baseball) garage. Moved in just before the storm arrives.

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Hurricane Matthew Slams into Tropical Islands | Update 1

HURRICANE MATTHEW UNLEASHING ITS FURY

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Photo Credit/NASA (Taken on Oct. 4, 2016)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Category 4 hurricane has slammed and caused catastrophic damages to Cuba and Haiti.  The hurricane began building its character on September 29th as a Category 5 but losing some wind speeds down to a Category 4, but the Hurricane has pummeled the tropical islands in the Caribbean.

Now, the Hurricane has prompted millions of people to be evacuated away from Coastal towns/areas/states.

— IMPORTANT INFORMATION —

Alerts  / Notifications

Bahamas

 Air Travel :   Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/

Connecticut

Connecticut State:  Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications. http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp

Florida

Pinellas County Emergency Management:  Citizen lnfo Center to open Wed, 9am-9pm (727) 464-4333  > http://go.activecalendar.com/pinellascounty/site/pressrelease/event/pinellas-monitoring-hurricane-matthew/?platform=hootsuite

Broward & Miami-Dade Counties:  All schools closed. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/10/04/no-school-closures-yet-in-miami-dade-broward-ahead-of-hurricane-matthew/

Miami:  Biscayne National Park Islands have been closed.

Floridians: “Prepare for a direct hit’ -Gov. Scott.

Georgia

 State of Emergency Declared:  “Acting on a recommendation from our Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of , I issued a SOE for 13 counties.” – Gov. Nathan Deal.

North Carolina

State of Emergency Declared:  ” Mayor of Southport declares state of emergency.” – City Mayor Dove.

South Carolina

Dorchester County :  As you are reviewing our county evacuation zones remember that IF you are NOT in one of the zones BUT you live in a mobile/manufactured home OR in a low-lying area, you need to strongly consider relocating to a safe structure. – Emergency Management Department.

South Carolina State:  “Gov. Haley declares state of emergency.”

— RESOURCES — 

Shelter / Evacuations

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.

Photo Credit/National Guard

Take Your Pets with You!

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html

Human Services  – Donations

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

— SOCIAL MEDIA —

Georgia and South Carolina told by Governors to brace for a direct hit. Photo Credit/NOAA

Travel

U.S. State Department:  “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.”

U.S. Airlines:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

Media Streaming

Florida:  “Matthew poses the highest risk to Palm Beach County.”

Florida, Keys:  “Tropical Storm warning issued.”

Florida, South:  “6 stations out of gas by 12am.”

Florida, Southeast:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Haiti:  “Heavy rainfall beginning to hit at St Boniface Hospital this morning. Our team is weathering.”

Satellite Image:   “Large discussion about this photo looking like a skull and how it is 27 days from Halloween.” Twitter users are all  >Freaking out> and all abuzz about it.

Photo Credit/NASA

Traveling Advice:  “It took 3.5 hours to get to Columbia, and it’s a blessing it didn’t take longer. Take Hwy 176 instead of I-26.” (Tweeted @ 12:49am EDT).

Weather Reports:  “New American model shows strengthening upper high in Texas turning back east after it misses trough “train” northward.”

“Thank you for reading our Blog. Please send good vibes, prayers and other support to those who are in the path of the one of the biggest Hurricanes in 50 years.”

~ Lisa / Blogger ~

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog