Sit Rep 2 | Texas Deep Freeze Event

Courtesy | Texas A&M Forest Service

UPDATE 2 | SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 20, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A deep freeze or also known as an extreme winter event hit the State of Texas in February, causing power outages and water shortages. The power company was warned to start winterizing their equipment to protect against power outages but it occurred anyway and many have frozen to death in their homes, cars and outside of their residences as they try to warm themselves.

RESOURCES – INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Austin Police Department

“I know there are so many people doing similar things right now, from healthcare workers to utility workers, to fire and EMS workers. But man, when you see it so blatantly in front of your face – the sacrifices people are making to help others and save lives – it really is a gut-punch of reality. Please remember to be kind and patient with one another as we all try to get through these last few days of snow.” – APD Detective Cunningham (Facebook page)

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Photo Credit | Detective Cunningham, APD

Austin Fire Department

When there is a call in the middle of an extreme winter event, they go out 24/7.

Photo Credit | Stacy Oakley, AFD\

Personnel and equipment have been dispatched to many incidents, including broken pipes, major water calls, structure fires, challenges to low water pressure, frozen water hydrants, and a water shortage, but they must still respond.

In the last 24 hours, they have responded to 64 collisions with one rescue, 16 wires arcing or down, 26 public assist calls, 191 alarm activations, two fires, 168 broken water pipe calls with a total of 9-1-1 calls for service within their service area at 1,086 and 296 outside of their jurisdiction in Travis County. A normal average within a 24-hour period is between 300-500 calls.

Dispatched calls are handled through their department and EMS through the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, as well as partnering with the Austin Police Department.

Photo Credit | Stacy Oakley, AFD

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services

During the winter storm event, field and communications medics worked multiple 12 and 24-hour shifts, covered extra shifts to help their members, stayed overnight at stations, provided transportation for each other to and from work, checked on each other and their families.

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Photo Credit | ATCEMS

They responded to 6,058 calls for service, 187 environmental exposures, 519 falls and 115 traffic collisions with injuries.

The Austin EMS Association also gets a big shoutout for all as they went into a mobilization immediately at the beginning of the storm to support their Medics. They began a fundraiser to deliver hot food and other relief to their members with a goal of $5,000 but they succeeded by ten times as much and paid it forward for additional agencies in other areas.

Photo Credit | ACTEMS

They successfully delivered 1,800 meals to ATCEMS Medics, Austin FD crews and APD personnel, as well as other First Responder organizations. Food also was delivered to area hospital staff, shelters warming centers. Some of the food was sent to Central TX First Responders and Copperas Cove and Fayette County.

All of these long hours and tireless efforts are all done on off-duty time as volunteers. Wow! Nice work!

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Houston Fire Department

Houston firefighters, cadets and HFD Fire Chief Sam Pena answering the call of the citizens by helping with water distribution and helping their local citizens in need.

Photo Credit | Houston FD

Spring Fire Department

The Spring FD states they have now weathered through the storm. Station 74 has been a very busy month for personnel, apparatus and equipment.

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Photo Credit | Captain Tim Weiman, SFD

Texas A&M Forest Service

“Personnel from the McGregor Heart of Texas Task Force deliver some much-needed supplies in North Texas on February 18, 2021.

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Photo Courtesy || Matthew Whelan/TFS

DISASTER DECLARATION

Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms beginning on February 11, 2021, and continuing. See the full article on the White House website here –> President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Texas Disaster Declaration | The White House

WHERE TO FIND NEEDED RESOURCES | TX HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Texas Food Bank Network Provider | Texas Health and Human Services TX Health and Human Services website has a vast variety of services they can extend to their residents that is geared to the Aging, Disabled, Financial/Food/Health/Mental Health needs and other helpful information. Find your nearest food bank to where you are.

INFRASTRUCTURE

AEP Texas

AEP Texas reports as of 1800 hours CST on Saturday, that most of their customers have had their power restored with only a few pockets of individual or smaller groups of customers. Some are taking a little longer than expected due to damaged equipment or other challenges. Call #866-223-8508 to report an outage or visit their site at AEPTexas.com or Outages & Problems (aeptexas.com)

CenterPoint Energy

Reports of most of their customers’ power has also returned. Here is an outage map. CenterPoint Energy Outage Tracker

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Damage Reporting | Polk County

Individuals and Business in Polk County who sustained losses from the winter storm can apply for FEMA assistance by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585.

ALERTS

Food Bank-Water Distribution Centers | San Antonio

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Water Supply | Lake Livingston

Water has been restored to the areas listed in the attachment below; however pressure may fluctuate or possibly drop completely at our tanks due to high demand, main line breaks and leaks on customer lines. Crews are working diligently to keep up with all repairs. Report any watermain breaks at the water tanks. Please see the entire message below.

Comfort Station | Euless

Comfort Station and will remain open Mon-Sat from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. We welcome those needing access to restrooms, showers or access to water. Please bring your own towels, supplies and water containers. (Posted by Euless Parks and Community Services)

Water Distribution | Lewisville FD

Public Water Stations ExtendedThe two public water stations available on a first-come basis, will be open on Sunday, Feb. 21, and Monday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., each day at the following locations.* Lewisville Animal Services, 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd.* Lewisville Thrive, 1950 S. Valley Pkwy.Be sure to bring your own containers.Clean water is suitable for all uses, including drinking or bathing.

Water Pressure, Refilling Stations | City of San Angelo

In an effort to help our system regain water pressure and refill our water tanks, Mayor Gunter has asked San Angeloans to try not to use water tonight between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Thank you all for everything you are doing for our community! We appreciate everyone’s assistance in helping conserve water.

Garbage – Refuge Alert || City of San Angelo

San Angelo – Due to high volumes of trash/recycling/bulk, customers may experience delays on pickup. Please leave your bins and items that need to be picked up by the curb or where your collection is usually located and Republic Services will get to it as soon as they can.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/20/2021 2225 PT

Sit Rep 1 | Texas Extreme Winter Event

We are starting to post situation reports on the extreme winter weather happening all across the State of Texas. We will also post separate reports for other impacted states.

This is for the State of Texas.

UPDATE 1 | FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 19, 2021

HARRIS COUNTY | The Harris County Precinct 4 team is distributing non-potable water to county residents in need from noon to 5 p.m. at the Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77379). Supplies are limited to 10 gallons per person, and recipients must bring their own appropriate container (milk jugs, ice chests, etc.). (Facebook – Spring Fire Department – 2/19/2021)

AMARILLO | WEATHER FORECAST | Sunny and warmer early this upcoming week and then a cold front will move through the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles by Wednesday morning. Wednesday will be breezy and cooler and then increasing cloudiness expected Wednesday night into Friday morning with skies becoming cloudy or mostly cloudy. There will be a slight chance for snow Thursday and then a slight chance for a rain and snow mix or light snow Friday morning. Clearing skies expected by Friday afternoon.

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PC: NWS Amarillo TX

CITY OF BALLINGER | Message from Brian Frieda, Ballinger City Manager: The City of Ballinger is currently experiencing low water pressure issues. Today the city shut down 23 houses that had major issues. The city is asking that citizens help conserve water by only using it for the necessities. Currently, there is not a boiled water advisory in effect. As the ground and pipes thaw, the city is finding leaks. If you notice a vacant house, or an empty house, with water coming from it, please notify the city to call at(325) 365-3511. If you notice a leak after hours, contact Frieda on his cell phone: 325-242-5811. If you are unable to reach him, contact dispatch 325-365-2121. (Facebook – Ballinger FD – 2/19/2021)

CITY OF CORINTH | ONCOR (ELECTRICITY)

All hands on deck for 24/7 until all issues are resolved. Spreadsheets this morning and afternoon. Working to restore outages caused by storm damages. Reported around 300 this morning and rose to 700 with an outage in Corinth. Expect some outages as it warms up. (Facebook – City of Corinth Government – 2/19/2021)

CITY OF DENTON

City of DentonContinue to be under a boil water notice. Saw improvements and have begun testing. Hope to lift notice in the next 24 hours. (Facebook – City of Corinth Government – 2/19/2021)

CITY OF EARLY

There are no issues providing water to its customers and we do not anticipate there to be any issue in continuing to provide reliable water service. The water is completely safe to drink and use as normal. The City of Early water customers are NOT under a boil water advisory. Our public works department is working hard to stay on top of repairs to broken water mains so your water can keep flowing through this crisis. (Facebook – City of Early – 2/17/2021)

CITY OF HOUSTON

BARC | This cold weather is affecting everyone. BARC continues to respond to emergency calls and ensure its animals are cared for and remain safe. Due to conditions caused by the cold weather, BARC is closed to the public and is asking its partners to hold any animals they rescue until the current situation passes. We are all in this together- making sure our four-legged friends also make it through these challenging times.

PC: City of Houston OEM

BOIL WATER NOTICE

Boil water notice: Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil for at least two minutes and let it cool before using.

( Twitter – TX HHSC – 2/19/2021)

HOUSTON FD | has been responding to many Carbon Monoxide calls and reminds all anytime related to generators: HFD has responded to numerous calls related to carbon monoxide. DO NOT heat your home using a stove, oven, or grill. Only use generators outside. Always back your vehicle completely out of the garage before idling. (Facebook Page – Houston FD – 2/17/2021) and Houston Fire Department is assisting with water distribution. (Facebook – Houston FD – 2/19/2021)

CITY OF LAKE JACKSON

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BROKEN PIPES | Broken pipes or water mains in your neighborhood? Please call 3-1-1 so Houston Public Workscan isolate the leak. It is essential we work together to conserve water during the #BoilWaterNotice. Please be patient if you experience longer than usual wait time. A report can also be submitted via the 3-1-1 website: https://www.houstontx.gov/311/ or the app: Houston311

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EMERGENCY ALERTS | Sign up for Alerts via AlertHouston readyhoustontx.gov or Emergency Alerts – City of Houston Emergency Operations Center

CITY OF LUFKIN

BOIL WATER NOTICE | The City of Lufkin has issued a boil water notice due to decreased pressure in the water distribution system. Water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. We will notify customers when it is no longer necessary to boil the water. (Facebook – City of Lufkin, Texas – 2/19/2021)

III CORPS AND FORT HOOD

WARMING CENTER | The Warming Center at the Community Event Center on Fort Hood will be closed at 6:00am tomorrow, 20FEB. More than 50 military and civilian families spent time at peak; dozens of Soldiers warmed up too. Visits have dwindled as more off-post homes get electricity.

WATER FILING STATION |

💧Water Filling Station. Killeen will open a water filling station for residents without water service. It will be located at 805 W. Jasper. All water received must be BOILED. Bring own container and amounts may be limited Saturday and Sunday, 20/21 Feb 10 am-6pm

MWR FACILITIES-PROGRAMS | closed until Monday February 21 out of an abundance of safety and concern.

HARVEY GYM | Open for Active Duty from 0800-1400 hours Saturday an Sunday. Limited capacity in the effect.

CLEAR CREEK-WARRIOR WAY COMMISSARIES | Open Saturday, normal operating hours. Out of milk but expected delivery on Sunday. 2 cases of water limit.

EXCHANGE EXPRESS | All locations are out of fuel with Exceptions of the Clear Creek and Comanche Express locations. More fuel supposed to have been delivered Friday.

WATER USE | CONTINUE TO CONSERVE. Fort Hood is NOT under “BOIL WATER” notice (including off-post villages). Fort Hood is experiencing major stress on our water supply. To avoid potential widespread and lengthy water outage, our goal is to reduce our water use by 40% until we get through this unprecedented situation. Here’s what you can do to help urn off dripping faucets when the temperature reaches 30-degrees F. Only resume dripping when the temperature drops below 30-degrees.Drip faucets into containers, especially pots in case boil water notices are needed. Avoid using washing machines and dishwashers; appliances use a significant amount of water. Store 1-gallon of water per person per day for hygiene purposes.

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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS | CLOSURES | UT campus will remain closed through at least Wednesday at 8 am. Classes will also be canceled with a few exceptions: utex.as/3dpp8O6 Like many of your residences, our campus facilities have been impacted by the weather and they are unlikely to be ready immediately for full operations after the thaw. We expect it will not be business-as-usual for a while and we will need to gradually restore both our physical space and campus operations, along with our research and learning plans. Website – emergency.utexas.edu (Facebook – Univ of Texas – 2/19/2021)

STATEWIDE

BREASTFEEDING MOMS | Patients displaced by the ice storm that need breastfeeding assistance can call the Lactation Support Hotline at 855-550-6667. This is a free service to all TX moms with latch, position, pumping, and more. (Twitter – TX HHSC – 2/19/2021)

CARBON MONOXIDE | Learn about the real dangers of carbon monoxide especially during extreme weather and how to protect yourself and those around you. Health Officials Alert Public to Carbon Monoxide Dangers (texas.gov) (Facebook – TX health and Human Services – 2/16/2021)

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DAMAGE ASSESSMENT DATA | The Texas Division of Emergency Management is is working to collect damage assessment data from the public, so that they can identify the scale of the disaster and help officials assess the total statewide damages. Go to arcg.is/uOrOb or to tdem.texas.gov/warm (Twitter – TXDEM – posted 2/18/2021)

DISABILITIES | Thank you CrowdSource Rescue for your continued assistance throughout this Storm. If you are in need of bottled water and lack a way to get it, go to crowdsourcerescue.org/freeze to register for assistance. If you DO NOT have internet access you may dial 311 for help. (Facebook – The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities – 2/19/2021)

DONATIONS | Best way to help those in this State is providing funding or cash donations through a relief organization as the most efficient way. Best practices on their website: bit..ly/37qks6R (Twitter – Indiana Homeland Security – 2/17/2021)

INSURANCE TIPS | Insurance tips, protect yourself against fraud and what to do if you have damage done to your residence or structures. Insurance tips following winter storms (texas.gov) (Website – TX Department of Insurance – 2/19/2021)

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PC | TX Department of Insurance

RESOURCES | National Guard Members have helped bring 650+ Texans and their pets to safe locations and deliver 3,000+ cases of water, blankets, and other supplies to those in need. They are also helping with welfare checks and assisting in local warming stations. (Twitter – TX DEM – 2/19/2021).

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NATURAL GAS DELIVERIES | The RRC continues its response to the winter storm and prioritize natural gas deliveries for human needs. Commissioners extended an emergency order this evening: http://ow.ly/XNJF50DDgfk (Twitter – RR Commission of TX – 2/17/2021)

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INFRASTRUCTURE | Outage map for the State of Texas. Storm Safety Resource Page (texas.gov) (Public Utility Commission of Texas, Storm Resources – Website – 2/19/2021)

PRICE GOUGING | Texans who have encountered price gouging or other disaster scams are strongly encouraged to call their consumer Protection Hotline. 1-800-621-0508 or file an online complaint to txoag.force.com/CPDCOnlineForm (Twitter – Attorney General Ken Paxton – posted 2/16/2021)

EMERGENCY ALERTS | Texans can dial 2-1-1, Options 6 local community resources on health care, utilities, food housing and more. Website: Winter Weather Resources | Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott (Twitter – Texas HHSC – Pinned 2/19/2021)

ROAD CONDITIONS | Contact by phone #1-800-452-9292. Website – https://drivetexas.org. (Twitter – TXDOT – 2/19/2021)

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ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE/STRANDED DRIVERS | TX DPS | Call 800-525-5555 if you or a loved one is stranded on the roads. (Twitter – TX DPS – 2/15/2021)

FEDERAL | SCAM ALERTS | FEMA | Please beware of posts on social media encouraging you to call an 800 number for hotel compensation from @fema. The best information on legitimate sources of help in your area will come from local officials & @TDEM. (Twitter – TX DEM – 2/18/2021 / FEMA 2/18/2021)

INFRASTRUCTURE-DISTRIBUTION | The State is working around the clock to address four immediate winter priorities: 1) restore power, 2) Support local officials to restore water, 3) Ensure access to food and resources, 4) Get refineries back online. (Twitter – Gov Greg Abbott – 2/19/2021)

WARMING STATIONS | | To find the nearest warming station, go to this site for more information. Warming Centers – TDEM (texas.gov) (Twitter – Texas Government – 2/16/2021)

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/19/2021 09:11pm

New TX Wildfire | 3210 Fire

LAMPASA COUNTY, TEXAS

UPDATE 1 | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2021 | 1515 PT

A wildfire ignited on Saturday, February 6, 2021, around 1430 hours CST near the small community of Rumley, Texas.

The fire has been named the 3210 FIRE.

Currently, there has been 40 acres of short grass and brush/juniper pasturelands destroyed. There is a current zero-percent containment status.

Texas A&M Forest Service members | Credit: Texas A&M Forest Service (Stock photo)

Two houses, one outbuilding and a barn were saved by fire crews.

Resources include Texas A&M Forest Service and multiple local fire departments. They are in Unified Command with the local FD Incident Commander.

Current weather report | Sunny skies with temps of 65*F and winds at 11 mph and humidity at 29%. Temps are expected to rise to 69*F on Sunday and in the 70’s on Monday through Wednesday.

To learn more about Texas A&M’s Wildfire Education and Fire Prevention program, visit them on their facebook page here –> https://www.facebook.com/wildfireeducation.prevention

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

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.”

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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

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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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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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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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Photo Credit | OKHP, NW Region

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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Photo Credit | NWS Wichita, KS

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(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