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

Castolon Fire | Texas | 2

A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

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TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

Crews coordinated with Mexican fire crews last night and were able to keep the fire on both sides to holding it in place.  They ended their join fire operations on Friday night.

On Saturday, firefighters with the TX A&M Forestry Service along with from the park and the Diablos were tasked with working and monitoring the fire for any possible flare ups as winds were beginning to pick and temps rising to over 100* F.

Two structures were reportedly lost.  Fire suppression and containment costs to date have reached $17,000.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted on 5/25/2019 @ 1732 PDT

 

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/25/2019 @ 0030 hours PDT

Castolon Fire | Texas | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

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TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

It is burning now along three miles of the Rio Grande between Santa Elena Canyon and Buenos Aires campsites in the Big Bend National Park.  Lat/Long 29.134, -103.514

The cause is currently under investigation. It was determined to have ignited on the Mexican side

CURRENT CONDITIONS

The fire has destroyed 990 acres of riparian vegetation, old growth mesquite and non-native plants, such as river cane and salt cedar.

Additionally, the historic barracks building which was the location of the La Harmonia Store and Castolon Visitor Center suffered extensive damage and with a restroom facility building.

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Destroyed barracks. | Photo Credit: NPS/T.VandenBerg.

Fire crews were able to save other historic and modern structures, as well as providing structure protection to the Cottonwood Campground.

Fire crews have successfully gained a 50% containment status and will continue with fire suppression on the fire’s edge, engage in mop-up operations and cold trail.

RESOURCES

There are 44 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

CLOSURES

At this time, the Old Maverick Road, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and River Road West from Buenos Aires to Castolon are closed for visitor safety and for fire crews to work as efficiently as possible. (Big Bend National Park)

WEATHER UPDATE

Fire Managers expect the weather temps to increase into the 100’s, low RH and wind which we all know is prime elements to a firestorm.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/25/2019 @ 0030 hours PDT

Texas Wildfire #LongfellowGreyFire | 1

FORT STOCKTON, Tex. – The Longfellow Grey fire started within the last 24 hours, started on private land and is located 31 miles southeast of Fort Stockton in Texas.

Resources

Resources from Texas A & M Forest Service are currently on the fire line with 33 personnel, 5 engines and 1 helicopter.

Current Fire Status

The fire has burned 800 acres of short grass.  There is a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is active.

Damages

Current fire suppression and containment costs-to-date is $1,000.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

OOA – Texas Wildfires Sit Rep – May 18, 2018

STATEWIDE, Texas – Here is the current Sit Rep for Texas wildfires happening across the State.  Information is gleaned from multiple sources and from all Social Media platforms to give you a great single post on what’s happening out in the fire world.

MALLARD FIRE

The Mallard Fire is located approximately 25 miles SE of Amarillo and about 5-6 miles SE of Claude in Armstrong and Donley Counties.  It is also located on the A Ranch and in Mulberry Canyon to the north.

The lightning-caused fire started on May 8, 2018.  It has destroyed 75,530 acres of brush and grass and a single structure but has reached a 77% containment status.  Fire behavior is being observed as minimum fire activity.

Fire burning in the canyon in DIV H

Fire burning in Canyon of Division H | Photo Credit: TX A&M Forest Service

There are 246 personnel along with 1 large and a small helicopter, along with 3 SEATs, 9 engines, 6 dozers and 4 hand crews.

Command will change from a Type 1 IMT back to a local unit on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Increased containment has been successfully accomplished by firefighters during a very productive day and low heat confirmed by a recon night flight on Thursday, May 17, 2018.  A TFR will expire at 2100 hours this evening.

The total fire suppression and containment status costs-to-date are $6,400,000.

Fire Fact: 

There were 94 wildfires reported in the last 24 hours across the United States with initial attack activity.  Of those two were newly reported large incidents, four of those wildfires were contained and there are still seven that are still burning.  2 Type 1 and 2 IMTs are reported as still committed to large incidents – NIFC.gov

CALDWELL FIRE

The Caldwell Fire started on private land and is located about 20 miles NW of Fort Davis and 25 miles east of Vallentine in Jeff Davis County on the Caldwell Ranch off of Highway 118.  It is said to be in the same vicinity as the McDannald Fire.

There has been 2,450 acres of burned brush and tall grass that has been destroyed with a 65% containment status.  Fire behavior is showing as moderate.

About 38 personnel are assigned along with one crew and three personnel.

A total cost-to-date has reached $1,000.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Texas Fires: #BowersCityFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire reportedly broke out in Bowers City (Gray County), Texas on Thursday, April 12, 2018. We are working on the exact location of the fire.

FIRE TIMELINE | Here is the timeline according to fire suppression and containment efforts as posted on Social Media and verified sources.

“Do you know why some of the wildfires are named? The reason for naming wildfires is to avoid confusion when there are multiple wildfires in an area or the state. Giving each fire a unique names allows first responders and citizens to know which fire is which.”

– Texas A&M Forest Service

1934 PDT:  Containment increases to 70% and fire is holding at 1,750 acres. Containment lines improving and in mop-up operations.

1808 PDT:  Fire burning in Gray County in Bowers City, OK.  1,750 acres. 50% containment. Fire crews are burning pockets of unburned fuels and making good progress.

1630 PDT:  1,000 acres with a 20% containment status.  Forward progression has been stopped.  Fire behavior is active with fire on flanks of the fire.  Good progress being made.

1429 PDT:  Fire resources are volunteer firefighters and working tirelessly on fire suppression efforts.

FIRE WEATHER | Though this map is from almost 12 hours ago, the fire weather remains to be the same, if not more critical and people need to be extremely careful outdoors.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #BowersCityFire  #TXwildfires2018

ABOUT TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE

The Texas A&M Forest Service was created in 1915, that today has been recognized as the leader that defines the way of the future in forestry, tree development and wildfire prevention, mitigation and protection.  This is an integral part of the The Texas A&M University System.  It is mandated by law to “assume direction of all forest interests and all matters pertaining to forestry within the jurisdiction of the State.”

There are approximately 400 employees in offices across the state.

The Texas A&M Forest Service can be found on Social Media such as Facebook (@texasforestservice) or on their website at http://tfsweb.tamu.edu.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog