Only The Brave Movie Honors Hotshots

PRESCOTT, ARIZONA | Only The Brave movie starring Josh Brolin (high power Hollywood actor) and others tell the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots during one of the worst wildfires Arizona has ever experienced.   The Yarnell Fire took the lives of 19 firefighters and saved one on June 30, 2013.  We will never forget this day or the lives that were taken and those whom have been impacted directly or indirectly from this tragic loss.

News media outlets working to verify the validity of the Hollywood movie that its trailer says is based upon “true events” says it stays to the facts of the crew’s final day together but in between it is hit and miss.  To keep the movie suspense going, we will not provide the spoiler of what is true and what is not. We are also not going to dishonor those whom were lost, but remember them for who they were and what sacrifices they gave to this profession.

We have been told that it is a known fact that the majority of the spouses worked with writers, producers and directors.  They were at the Movie Premiere in Tempe, Arizona.  Eric Marsh’s wife was one of the biggest supporters of the Movie.

“It was a fitting tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots.”

“Saw the movie tonight – very beautiful and touching.  Lots of laughter and sadness.”

“This film is honorable, given an accurate depiction of wildland firefighter life and their families. Does not sensationalize it.”

“Hollywood always adds a spin to everything they made. You should always remember that when watch any of their movies that this is not a documentary but based upon true events.”

“It’s a Hollywood movie, not a documentary.  If Brendan likes it (and he does) that’s good enough. We need to not dishonor them (Hotshots lives lost, one survivor).”

We could go on and on about what those are saying about this Movie but we won’t.  We have not seen the movie personally but when we get our courage up to see it – trust us… we will be bringing lots of tissues with us.

We thank all Firefighters for the tireless efforts you have given to protect properties and save Lives.  You do this every time you go out in to wildland interfaces while leaving your loved ones at home.

Our hearts were completely broken in half by the news of the Granite Mountain Hotshots lives lost and to learn about their last moments.  Our sobbing on the outside has stopped but not on the inside.  It breaks our hearts when we hear of additional firefighters’ deaths.

This article is dedicated to the Families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and to the only survivor, Firefighter Brendan McDonough. We know the hurt may never stop but the love will continue to flow over you all.  Please know that we are also here for you with lots of love and an over abundance of prayers for healing, friendship and support. – Ed.

The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters was created after the Yarnell Fire took the lives of him and his fellow firefighters. Today, the Foundation offers those a lifetime of emotional support, PTSD mental health treatment and financial donations to next-of-kin.  Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/ericmarshfoundationforwildlandfirefighters/

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 5

INCIDENT SUMMARY

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the first report of a fire [now named the Valley Fire] in the area of Cobb Mountain. The fire is located off of High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Southern Lake County, California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.

COMMAND

The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit

FIRE STATUS

The fire has burned 73,700 acres and is threatening 7,473 structures. Approximately, 585 homes have been destroyed along with a confirmation of hundreds of “other” structures receiving the same fate.

A containment of 35% has been reached.

RESOURCES

Personnel

There are now 3,921 Fire Personnel assigned to this fire incident from a previous level of 2,362..

Equipment & Resources

Fire Engines

Increased to 441 from Tuesday, when they had 258 Engines.

Fire Crews

Increased to 84 on Thursday from Tuesday’s levels of only 54.

Air Tankers

2 have been added.

Helicopters

Increased to 18 from 8 assigned on Tuesday.

Dozers

Dozers have more than tripled in size from Tuesday’s count of 31 to 72 on Thursday.

Water Tenders

Increased to only 3 more Water Tender to 70 on Thursday from Tuesday’s 67.

INCIDENT PARTNERS

  • Lake County
  • Sonoma County
  • Napa County
  • California Office of Emergency Services
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • CAL TRANS
  • California State Parks
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • CAL FIRE
  • CHP
  • Red Cross
  • PG&E

 

Mandatory Evacuations – Lake County

  • Butts Canyon Road to Napa County line
  • Cobb
  • Seigler Canyon
  • Loch Lomond
  • Middletown
  • Hidden Valley Lake
  • All residences on Bottle Rock Road
  • From Harrington Flat Road
  • All residences on SR 175 (Cobb)
  • All residences on Sr 29 at SR 53 south to SR 29 at Tubbs Lane

Mandatory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Butts Canyon Rd west of Snell Valley Rd
  • Aetna Springs Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd
  • James Creek Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd

Advisory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Pope Valley north of Ink Grade Rd

SHELTERS

Red Cross 

  • Kelseyville High School @ 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fair Grounds @ 1435 N Oak Street in Calistoga

Lake County

  • Highland Senior Center @ 3245 Bowers Center in Clearlake
  • Big Valley Rancheria Gym @1002 Osprey Court in Kelseyville

ROAD CLOSURES

Lake County

  • SR 175 at Red Hill Rd (SR 281)
  • SR 29 at Red Hill Rd
  • SR 29 at Diener Dr
  • SR 29 at Siegler Canyon
  • SR 29 at SR 53 closed for southbound traffic
  • Bottle Rock Rd south of SR 29
  • SR 175 at Dry Creek cut-off

Napa County

  • Aetna Springs Rd at Pope Springs Rd
  • SR 29 at Tubbs Lane
  • James Creek Rd at Butts Canyon Rd
  • Butts Canyon Rd, Snell Valley Rd

Sonoma County [Local Residents Only]

  • Ida Clayton Rd At SR 128
  • Pine Flat Rd ascending addresses from the 11000 block

VOLUNTEERS

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • 4 Firefighters with burns
  • 1 Citizen Fatality
  • 585 homes destroyed
  • Hundreds of “other” structures destroyed
  • 9,000 structures currently being threatened

DONATIONS

Small Animals Donations

Being accepted at Wasson Memorial Vet Clinic, 3083 Hwy 175, Lakeport, 707.263.5380. [9/15/15]

Large Animal Donations

Being accepted at Main Street Veterinary Clinic, 2530 S. Main Street, Lakeport, 707.263.6232.

Red Cross

Call 1-800-Red-Cross and say “California Wildfires.” OR Text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Stockton Fairgrounds

Volunteers in Stockton are taking donations for fire victims in Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. [http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015/09/15/donations-for-fire-victims-collected-at-stockton-fairgrounds/]

Supporting Burn Centers

UC Davis Health System/Burn Unit

https://secure.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/giving/donations/online.

Firefighters Burn Institute

https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/ExpressDonation.aspx?ORGID2=237364927&vlrStratCode=gT0ehrnKCCqY%2bfLVxVPdEsP%2fT1y8bzi%2f3hh15EhJXOnUnDSeXnyVJLb4lqDNjmAs

Lake County’s State Senator Mike McGuire has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.

A check may be dropped off to the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive Up between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street in Santa Rosa. Contact: Karlene Rebich  Karlene.Rebich@sen.ca.gov or (707) 576-2771

The Redwood Credit Union is also collecting funds. Checks can be made payable to Redwood Credit Union and sent to RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

We Offer our sincere apologies, thoughts and prayers that you all are going through this.  We don’t know why this is happening to you but be reassured we are here for you.  If you are a First Responder and feel overwhelmed, there is 24 hour/365 day support through many organizations.

We recommend @safecallnow.org.  They are a national non-profit organization and understand your pain and what you have seen.  We ask that you seek help, if not for yourself but for your fellow First Responder[s]. Together, we are one big Family that looks out for each other, night or day, 24/7 365 days a year.

For those who are non-responders and may need to talk to someone, reach out to those at the Shelters, churches, to your friends or to a Professional.  We can reassure you, that many care about you and your family and this is something that is affecting those directly and indirectly.  We want to let you know we are here to support you and provide you with any resources or pointing in the right direction to seek assistance.

You all mean a lot to us and we again are so sorry for what you are going through.

If you wish to share your story, you may drop us line at nwfireblog@comcast.net. NOTE: We are not mainstream media and this would be an informal phone call or email – whichever is easiest for you.  Thank you and God Bless.

– Lisa Swenson

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FIVE-ALARM LOVE: Our 5 Most Favorite Best Firefighter Wedding Proposals on YouTube

Okay, we’re a little partial to these fun wedding proposals – Firefighter style.  Who knows?

This could inspire some more amazing wedding proposals by y’all….[Hint. Hint. Hint]

#1 – “Swedish Firefighter on Ground Proposes to Girlfriend Helicopter Pilot While She’s Airborne.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqF0Q3-3YW8

#2 – “FD Uses Training as Cover for Wedding Proposal” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAqgvNA84YE

#3 – “Firefighter Proposals to Teacher During Fire Drill” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUXQIxlQVkI

#4 – “Firefighter Proposes to Girlfriend at Restaurant & the Crowd Roars”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjACeLh8G5w

#5 – “Houston Firefighter Proposes to Houston PD Officer.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAQ1bI5Ys7g

We know some of you may not approve of using Department apparatus or equipment during these “proposals” so we ask that you just enjoy these awesome clips with the rest of us.  We love every single one of them.

Thanks to those who shared them on YouTube.com. We appreciate you opening up your special moments in your life with the rest of the world.  May you all have happy long lives together.

2015 The NW Fire Blog

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK | May 11 – 17, 2015 | Remembering Those Who Protect & Servei

Washington, D.C.

In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls on as Police Week.  The Memorial Service first began on May 15, 1982, when 120 survivors and supporters of Law Enforcement gathered together in Senate Park during a time of reflections.

An event held in Washington D.C. is host to between 25,000 and 40,000 those in Law Enforcement from Departments around the United States and globally.  It’s a perfect opportunity to meet with one another who share the common thread of brother/sisterhood.

This year, more than ever – we find this to one of the best chances to share your stories with one another, help support each other and to network with Departments.  There have been too many Officers targeted and killed in the Line of Duty. This is the chance of a lifetime to visit in D.C., tour this great City and celebrate in unison National Police Week. 

The Grand Lodge of Fraternal Order of Police will be host to the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 will be Sponsors of receptions in the afternoon and evenings during Police Week.

To find out more information, go to the Event’s website at http://www.policeweek.org.

In Honor those Killed in Action, please fly a “BLUE” ribbon on your car antenna to show your support for Police Week.

[ Editor’s Comments:  “We are thinking of those who may be hurting from the loss of Officers from your Department.  We send our love, encouragement, support and most of all – we have your backs.  We understand it is kind of late posting this but if you can still go, what a great way to meet/greet others and network with your fellow brothers/sisters.  Be safe friends. ” ]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog