TEXAS HIT BY DELUGE OF RAIN, STORM SURGES, EVERYTHING AT ONCE | 2

HURRICANE HANNA

UPDATE 2 – 2220 PT

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Hurricane Hanna, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Claudette in 2003 has made landfall on Padre Island and mainland Texas in Kennedy County around 1815 CDT.  Over 10+ inches of rain have fallen in some parts of southern portion of the hurricane eye.

Texas Governor Abbott declares a State of Disaster for 32 counties.  It has been assessed as just shy of a CAT 2 status earlier today.

Photo | Galveston  Island HIstoric Pleasure Pier

Photo Credit | NWS Storm Prediction Center

RESOURCES

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center. World Central Kitchens’ Chefs for America have their Brownsville location available and reaady to deploy if needs should arise. NWS Corpus Christi.  Texas Governor Abbott.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

To report non-life threatening issues, such as street flooding or other weather related concerns, call 3-1-1. For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.  – City of McAllen, Texas.

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A proclamation has been issued in Hidalgo County declaring a local state of disaster due to the expected catastrophic flooding.  – Richard F. Cortez, Hidalgo County Judge.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Rain is picking up a little speed.”

Looks like the Hurricane has stalled and sitting.  It appears to be spinning and dumping rain while pushing the storm surge.”

“What started off as a Tropical Storm turned into a Hurricane. Now we have a tornado watach until 0900 CDT Sunday.”

Photo Credit | NWS Brownsville

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It’s not hurricane season yet but i’s already a busy one. Stronger storms generally hit the area in late August and September.”

“People refused help from the Fire Department  to evacuate and now the Coast Guard has to risk their lives to rescue them.”

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2 – 7/25/2020 2220 PT

HURRICANE HANNA HITS TEXAS WITH A 1-2-3 PUNCH ALL AT ONCE | 1

HURRICANE HANNA

Update 1 | 7/25/2020 | 1715 PT, 1915 CDT

Hurricane Hanna, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Claudette in 2003 has made landfall on Padre Island and mainland Texas in Kennedy County around 1815 CDT.

Texas Governor Abbott declares a State of Disaster for 32 counties.  It has been assessed as just shy of a CAT 2 status.

Photo | Galveston  Island HIstoric Pleasure Pier

Various pier and areas are reporting surf heights of 10-15 feet.  This includes St. Joe’s Island, Horace Caldwell Pier, Fish Pash, North Padre Seawell and the list goes on.  Water temps are 86-88*F with regular air temps at 80*F.

Photo Credit | NWS Storm Prediction Center

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RESOURCES

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center. World Central Kitchens’ Chefs for America have their Brownsville location available and reaady to deploy if needs should arise. NWS Corpus Christi.  Texas Governor Abbott.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Waves lapping up against the Corpus Christi Bay Art Museum in Downtown. I am flabbergasted.” Weather Spotter.

“Really quited down. Grazing the eye of the hurricane. The wild howling almost stopped altogether.” – Hurricane Chaser.

“Storm surges at Whitecap Beach, water has passed the dunes and will soon threaten Hwy-361.” – NWS Corpus Christi (7/25/2020 0633 CDT)

Photo Footage | City of Galvenston’s Galveston Beach Surf Cam

“Traffic flowing on freeways in Raymondville, just off of Hwy 177 while power lines are sparking and electricity is out in the area. ” – Relief Organization.

“The Selena Memorial Statue is still standing strongin DT Corpus Christi despite the sea wall and T-head surrounding it is being flooded.” – News Reporter.

“What used to be the McGee Beach in DT Corpus Christi, is now overtaken by a storm surge.” – News Reporter.

“The North Beach in Corpus Christi appears to be decimated by winds, storm surges and high wave action.” – Weather Reporter.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog

Out-of-Area * TEXAS * Wildfire | Update 2 | Holcombe Road Fire

UPDATE 2 – April 23, 2020

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Photo Credit | Texas A&M Forest Service

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning off of Holcombe Road near Ozona (Crockett County), iTexas.

It started from an unknown cause on Sunday, April 19, 2020.  Initial reports stated the fire was said to be at already 700 acres with an initial 0% containment status.

Resources |  Firefighters and personnel with Texas A&M, Livingston Fire District,  Crockett and Val Verde County Firefighters, St. Augustine District,

Current Status | 21,043 acres. 20% contained.  Reduced from 26,500 due to more accurate mapping.

Injuries | None have been reported to civilians or firefighters at this time.

Hashtags | #HolcombeRoadFire #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/23/2020 1155 PT

Out-of-Area * TEXAS * Wildfire | Update 1 | Holcombe Road Fire

UPDATE 1 – April 20, 2020 – Monday

photo credit: Cody Lambert

Incident Summary | A wildfire ignited on Sunday, April 19, 2020, off of Holcombe Road in Crockett County.

At the time, when local firefighters arrived on-scene estimated the raging fire already at an alarming 700 acres with a 0% containment status.

Fire behavior is considered extreme with short runs and isoldated torching of juniper.

photo credit: Cody Lambert

Resources | Firefighters and equipment are from the Crockett County VFD, Val Verde Counties, along with mutual aid from Texas A & M Forest Service.  Crockett and Texas A&M are in Unified Command.   At around 1300 hours CDT, there were 27 firefighters, three dozers, 15 engines (TFS), four (4) Val Verde engines with a command unit, one Crockett county engine with a command unit and one large tankers.

video credit: Nolan Parry

Current Status |  Currently, there has been 10,000 acres scorched and a 5% containment status reached. Fire has been extreme with spotting throughout the day on ridgelines out to 300-400 yards.

Structures are still under threat but crews have been able to save three structures so far.  Point protection around the buildings is showing it is starting to make a difference.

Temps in the low 90’s during the day increased the fire behavior to be more erratic.  However, it is due to be more of the same on Tuesday, as reportedly by Fire Managers prompting more resources to be on deck.

Damage Assessment | 2 RVs and 2 vehicles have been scorched.

Injuries | None have been reported to civilians or firefighters at this time.

Hashtags | #HolcombeRoadFire #FireSeason2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/20/2020 @ 2100 PDT / 2300 CDT

NEW Wildfire | #412Fire | Oklahoma

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A large wildfire is burning in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

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FIRE FACT | Critical to Extreme fire weather for much of Kansas again today (Saturday, March 7) with a 🚩🔥Red Flag Warning 🔥🚩 issued from US National Weather Service Topeka Kansas and US National Weather Service Dodge City Kansasfrom noon to 6:00 p.m.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

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Photo Credit | OKFS

OKLAHOMA

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  • Oklahoma Forestry Services
  • Beaver County
  • Beaver County Oklahoma Emergency Management
  • Ellis County Oklahoma Emergency Management
  • Ellis County – Fire Strike Team – Harmon FD, Arnett FD
  • Harper County

FIRE FACT | OKFS fire crews are fighting 19 active wildfires. 7 are considered large wildfires. Crews are engaged on fires from near the Arkansas border to the Panhandle of Oklahoma.

TEXAS

  • Texas Forestry
  • NWS Amarillo
  • Texas Counties

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Kansas

  • Kansas Forestry  Service
  • KS Volunteer Fire Departments
  • NWS Wichita
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FIRE FACT | 7 Clark County Wildland Task Force units is also assisting local resources in Meade County, Kansas, while local fire departments assist on this wildfire.

  • Clark County Wildland Fire Task Force
  • NWS Dodge City
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TIMELINE

2212 CST  | Reports of patients and clients of the Beavert hospital and nursing home have been transported to Buffalo, Oklahoma and Meade, Kansas during the evacuation orders given.

2130 CST | Local news reporting:  “Woolly Buffalo Inn in Buffalo, Oklahoma. Offering displaced 412 Fire evacuees can stay for free this evening and Sunday night.

2014 CST | Fire continues to burn.  Fire is south of Forgan.  Smoke can be seen in the State of Kansas.

1934 CST | Continued line construction around the fire. 10% containment status.  Challenging conditions.  Beaver and Forgan have been evacuated. Reported unknown number of structures have been lost, pending the outcome of a damage assessment.

1731 CST | Fire burning on the EW 100 road, about 3 miles north of Beaver. Tanker 95 is working the flanks with ground resources.

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1717 CST | Plume  visible and reportedly near Beaver.  Estimated to have grown to 10,000. Numerous fire departments, include Oklahoma Forestry Services and Kansas Forest Service. Can be seen on satellite. Located in Beaver County. Evacuation in effect for the town of Beaver.

KSFS Tanker 95 is one of many resources deployed as mutual aid.

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Photo Credit | KSFS

1708 CST | Beaver Emergency Management is asking people to evacuate in Forgan, Oklahoma.

1641 CST |  Continued extreme Fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting. Fire has moved 14-miles from the point-of-origin.  Evacuations for the town of Beaver , Oklahoma in effect.

1535 CST | Extreme fire behavor with wind-driven runs.  Structure protection in effect.

1446 CST  | Town of Beaver initiates mandatory evacuations. Fire has reached the southwestern edge of town. Structures were on fire, along with a burned area at the local High School football field.

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1307 CST | Sirens continuously going off in the town of Beaver to evacuate the fast-moving wildfire approaching their town.

1136 CST | Resource Order dispatched via the Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency Coordination Center.

1037 CST | The Ellis County Strike Team (OH) has been dispatched to the 412 Fire, a grass fire located about 5 miles west of Ellwood in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

0707 CST | Kansas Fire Weather

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 HASHTAGS

#412Fire #OKFire #KSFire #TXFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 3/7/2020 2040 PST 2240 CST

 

Austin-Travis County Firefighters Knock Down Fire

Austin – Travis County Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the 13000 block of Briarcreek Loop in Manor, Texas, on the evening of Saturday, January 4, 2020.  Fire Command was established as BRIARCREEK COMMAND.

1st Alarm units included: E1202, 1201, 41, 48; Quints 18, 40. Battalions 1201, 07; FM 1202 and BT 1201.

Upon arrival, smoke and fire was showing and firefighters were in an offensive fire attack.  RIT was immediately established. (1901 CST)

A 360* was completed all around the structure, a two-story home with an one-story attached garage. Fire on the charlie side.  Crews were able to knock down the flames quickly. (1902 CST)

Water supply was established by Quint 18.  Battalion 7 arrived on-scene shortly thereafter. Command was set-up on the Alpha/Delta side of the structure. (1903 CST)

Lots of smoke on the interior but crews found no heat.  (1915 CST)

They would continue to pull ceiling to check for any extensions. With none found, they were busy with smoke reduction. (1918 CST)

The Fire Marshal was requested. (1929 CST).  No cause is known at this time.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 Hours CST 

LODD | 2nd Officer Killed in Line-of-Duty on Same Day | Nassau Bay TX

NASSAU BAY, TEXAS

We regret to inform you all that another Officer has been killed in the Line-of-Duty on this Tragic Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  This time, it has occurred in the City of Nassau Bay in Texas.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A vehicle was stopped by Nassau Bay Police Officers just before 2030 hours in the 2000 block of San Sebastian Court on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. After running his information, Officers found he had an arrest warrant for assaulting a family member.

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Credit | Mark Herman, HCSO Constable, Precinct 4

When Officers tried to handcuff him, he managed to escape their custody and re-entered his vehicle.  Once inside, he fled the scene and used his vehicle as a deadly weapon running over Sgt. Kayla Sullivan.

EMS was quickly on-scene and CPR was immediately in progress.  Sgt. Sullivan was transported to the Houston Clearlake Hospital in serious conditon.

She has succumbed to her injuries and died at the hospital.

The suspect is currently at large and Law Enforcement is searching for him.

The investigation is being handled by outside Law Enforcement agencies, Webster PD and Harris Counth Sheriff’s Office (Lead).

Heroes-In-Action

Another Hero was taken from us all tonight, including her immediate family, Blue Family, friends and the communities she touched.   Sgt. Kayla Sullivan, 43, was with the Nassau Bay Police Department for 15 years and had been recently promoted to Sergeant in 2018.  She was due to celebrate her 16th year anniversary on December 27, 2019.

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Credit | Nassau Bay PD

Remembering Anothera Legacy

This comes at a terrible time, as those in the Harris County communities are still grieving from the loss of the death of Sgt. Christopher Brewster.  He was ambushed while exiting his patrol car, December 7, 2019, while on a domestic violence call and was killed by gunfire above his vest.  He was only 32 years old and promoted to Sergeant in 2019.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/10/2019 2245 hours PDT

City of Dallas (TX) Assesses Tornado Damage | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A destructive tornado hit the north side of the City of Dallas in Texas on Sunday evening and with more storm raising activities in early part of Monday morning.

Reports of roofs being blown off houses and structures, as well as collapsed structures and to infrastructure, the City of Dallas has a lot to be thankful for today.

Its First Responders took the bull by the horns and kept its citizens safe from being further harmed by the Fall destructive weather storms.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

City of Dallas

There are currently no needs at this time.

If you wish to help those impacted by this storm, consider donating to the City of Dallas Emergency Assistance Fund. https://dallemerasstfund.kimbia.com/dallemerasstfund

Emergency Management staff will continue to monitor the respite center for those who sought shelter at the Bachman Rec Center. There are currently 12 evacuees in the shelter.

Sanitation Services is using 311 data to identify high-volume call areas for contractor pick-up. We encourage residents to dial 3-1-1 or use the Our Dallas app to report damage or downed trees.

Missing Pets | If you are missing your pet in the wake of the storm last night, please call 3-1-1 to report file a missing pet report.

Dallas (City) Fire & Rescue

The City of Dallas Fire & Rescue Station 41 suffered extensive damage to its building but no firefighters inside were injured or killed.

Firefighters will continue to assess damage across the City.  There were three persons transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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DF&R Station 41. | Credit: DFD

Dallas Police

Police were going to neighbors homes in various areas doing doorknocks to check on residents.  They were also seen in busy intersections without traffic signals doing traffic control.  It was a very busy and dangerous time for all First Responders out in the storm and aftermath.

Oron Power

There were about 65,000 customers without power.  Some media outlets were reporting power out to about 140,000 – 150,000 customers in variations of storm coverage.

(c) NW Fire Blog- Updated 10/21/2019 @ 1145 PDT / 1345 CDT.

 

Destructive Tornado Hits North Side of Dallas, Texas | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A destructive tornado hit the north side of the City of Dallas in Texas on Sunday evening causing roofs to be blown off of homes, ripping a shopping mall into pieces, collapsed structures and other major damage to infracture.

Some unconfirmed reports are stating the Tornado may have been as high as an EF-4, but it won’t be for another few hours to days to hear what the actual speed of this destructive tornado was.

The Dallas City Mayor states there are 65,000 without power. There were no deaths and no serious injuries.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Dallas (City) EOC

The City of Dallas Office of Emergency (EOC) was activated for this major incident across the City. They stated sirens were sounded for the tornado that hit the northwestern and northeastern areas of the City.

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The many faces behnd the Dallas (City) EOC. Credit: Dallas City EOC

There are many volunteers along with government officials whom are staffing the EOC center. They will continue to be activated as long as this incident continues.

Dallas (City) Fire & Rescue

We heard the following responding to calls of service for this tornado ravaged area of the City.

The folllowing were dispatched/assigned to calls (the ones we could hear over Scanner Traffic) but may not be limited to:

  • Engines:  2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 33, 34, 35, 38, 39, 41, 43, 55.
  • Battalion Chiefs:  2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8.
  • Rescue Units: 7, 20, 22, 42, 51, 57, 71, 72.
  • Command:  Safety Officer.
  • Brush Truck:  47, 72.
  • Trucks:  4, 11, 37, 40.
  • Additional Units:  782, 807, 832.
  • Aid Units:  12, 96, 97.

The Dallas FD began implementing their Search & Rescue protocols from street-to-street in looking for victims and reporting damage to homes and structures throughout the northern areas of Dallas.

Fire apparatus would find it difficult to go to the dispatched call due to large debris and downed power lines blocking their pathway.  Some would remain at their last known location and looking for victims in the area.  It sounded like there were several walking wounded and those who would be rescued from their damaged homes.

This tornado hit in a heavily populated area injuring many people.

Fires to homes and cars were also called into the Fire Department along with gas leaks. Though the incident has since slowed since the tornado hit the area on Sunday evening, there are still tornado and adverse weather warnings being sent out by various weather spotters and news media.

Dallas Police and the Fire Department members are working tirelessly throughout the night and into the next day to conduct damage assessments to homes, buildings and infrastructure.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS & CLOSURES

Downed Street Lights

There are 35 signals reported that are inoperable. Residents should call 3-1-1 to report a non-working signal.

Downed Power Lines

If you’re in an area with storm damage, stay indoors and safe if possible. There are trees and power lines down along with other debris in the area. Please use caution if you have to be out.  City of Dallas EOC

Power Outages

Cities of Plano and Dallas are both experiencing power outages.  Contact Oncor https://stormcenter.oncor.com/external/default.html – City of Plano (TX).

Travel

If you don’t have a reason to travel in north Dallas, specifically near Dallas Love Field, Preston Hollow, and near the High-Five interchange, it is best to avoid. Lots of debris and power lines down. Significant damage to homes & businesses. – Local Scanner User

School Closures

The following school classes have been cancelled for Monday, October 21st according to the Dallas School District (@dallasschools):

  • Cary Middle School
  • Cigarroa Elementary School
  • Pershing Elementary School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Walnut Hill High School

Follow @ dallasschools for more updates.

 THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

I-35 in north Dallas, Texas is littered with vehicle debris.” – Media

Multiple buildings collapsed south of Walnut Hill in north Dallas.” – Media

“A lot of damage off Royal near St. Michaels.” – Media

“Multiple scanner reports of strong damage in northern Dallas. Generally along Walnut Hill near Preston Hollow.” – Local Scanner coverage

“The local Home Depot has been literally destroyed.” – Media

“On I-35…Texas is littered with vehicle debris following the suspected tornado that touched down tonight.” – Eyewitness account

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog- Updated 10/20/2019 @ 2230 PDT / 0030 CDT

 

The Wildfire Log | Texas | August 18, 2019

The State of Texas has been receiving their fair share of wildfires.  Here is the activity for Sunday, August 18, 2019.  This list also includes those that have been on-going incidents.

*All of these wildfires are burning on private lands owned by the Texas A&M Forest Service.

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FIRE FACT | The Texas A&M Forest Service has opened the Austin Air Tanker Base to assist with increased wildfire activity.

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Bird Ranch Fire | Cottle County | 2,000 acres | 30% contained

The Bird Ranch Fire is located in Cottle County and has all resources being dispatched via Northwest Dispatch Center.  It was reported on August 17th at 2250 hours.

*Caverns Road Fire | 75 miles S of San Angelo | 2,409 acres | 70% contained

The Caverns Road Fire managers are reporting active fire behavior and structures threatened.  Fire fuels include brush and short grass. The fire was reported on August 15, 2019, at 1824 hours.

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Caverns Road Fire | Credit – Texas A&M Forest Service

There are 36 personnel along with four engines and one helicopter.

Cost-to-date are unknown for this privately burning wildfire.

*Copper Break Fire | 8 miles NW of Crowell | 5,000 acres | 20% contained

This  fire is burning just northwest of Crowell with fire behavior as being extreme with wind-driven runs.

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Copper Break Fire | Credit – Texas A&M Forest Service

There are 36 total personnel along with two engines and one helicopter working on the fire line.  Fire fuels include brush and tall grass.

There is an unknown cost-to-date expenses.

*Green Juniper Fire | 14 miles S of Claude | 300 acres | 95% contained

The Green Juniper Fire is burning on Texas A&M Forest Service lands, about 14 miles south of Claude.  Update | Fire has been fully (100%) contained.

There have a total of 10 fire personnel. No other resources are working this fire, burning on private land.

Fire behavior has been reported as moderate. Fire fuels include brush and short grass.

Cost-to-date expenses are unknown.

*Henderson Robertson Fire | 16 miles SW of Ozona | 328.5 acres | 85% contained

The Henderson Robertson Fire incident has 18 total personnel, down from five yesterday and one engine.  It was reported to Dispatch on August 16, 2019, at 1447 hours.

Fire fuels include brush and short grass.  Fire behavior is reported as moderate.

This incident is in Crockett County.

*Henson Fire | 18 miles NW of Hamlin | 313 acres | 95% contained

The Henson Fire is also burning on private land owned and managed by the Texas A&M Forest Service.  Fire fuels include brush and short grass.

Fire behavior is reported as moderate. There are 14 fire personnel assigned along with one engine.

No cost-to-date expenses are known due to this being on private lands.

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Credit – Texas A&M Forest Service

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/18/2019 @ 1235 hours PDT