Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation as to what is Trending gleaned from various sources.  Here is your overnight news from Monday, November 6, 2017.

6 FIREFIGHTERS LOSE THEIR JOBS.  6 male ( 5 are white, 1 black ) Firefighters (1 Captain, 1 LT, 4 FFs) were fired after a noose, lewd drawings were found over a black LT’s firefighter’s family photo and lewd pictures drawn on it.  Police investigated the incident at the fire station while the Miami City manager said in a statement that investigators found sexually explicit and racially offensive conduct by the 6 employees.  A noose was made out of twine and several of the LT’s family photos were defaced.  This is the second incident in the Southern portion of Florida. The Union says they are aware of the incident but claim the facts are still unclear as provided by the City.  [Sources: AP, Fire Rescue1, KOMO 4 TV, Social Media]

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS.  The killer was able to obtain guns w/o the USAF providing the #TXShooter’s DV history to the FBI as required by Pentagon rules. This enabled him to purchase several weapons that killed 26 people.  At today’s (Monday) presser, Police stated there were 4 victims that remained in serious condition while 10 others are in critical condition. One of the children killed, was the Pastor’s youngest daughter.   We send our sincere sympathies and so sorry for the loss of Life. God be with you all. [Photo Courtesy:  OC Firefighters]

CHURCH FIRE.  A large fire broke out at a church in Van Nuys, California around 1820 hours on Monday evening.  Investigators rule the cause is due to arson.

TEACHING HOW TO “SAVE A LIFE”.  The Los Angeles FD (LAFD) wants people to learn life-saving skills by using hands-only CPR and how to use AEDs by placing the devices around public places. This week there will be training for people around the City. [Sources:  LA Police Foundation, KFI AM 640]

4 HEROES RECOGNIZED.  4 San Bernardino County Captain Bob Brockert, Engineer Matt Helmcamp, Firefighters Mike Kordich (he was shot in the arm while rendering CPR to one of the shooting victims) and Dave Arnold were off-duty in Vegas sprang into action helping provide aid to the victims.  They were recognized as Heroes on [Source:  Channel 4 News/NBC Los Angeles] on “The Challenge Hero of the Night: San Bernardino County Fire.

SUICIDES AMONG WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS are on the rise.  The article talks about how suicides are generally spike after Fire Season is long over.  Check out this article and make sure your guys and gals are getting the most of CISD debriefings.  If there aren’t any, why not? They can help save a life! [Source:  The Atlantic.com].

STAGGERING NUMBERS.  Chicago was just named one of the Cities where they are about to surpass 600 homicides in 2017. This is the second time they have been named the deadliest City in America as it occurred the first time in 2003. [Al Boe News, Chicago Tribune]

WEEK LONG FIRE NOW OUT.  A massive plastics fire burned for eight days before it was put out.  The International Import Export warehouse located in Parkersburg, West Virginia kept drums of unknown chemicals stored inside and outside of the building which housed plastics recycling debris.  It is now a 10-acre property of hulking twisted metal and looking more like a war-zone than anything else.  Nearby residents reported their “throats were burning”.  It was reported that the smoke in the air was more similar to a wildland fire. [Source: Huffington Post]

 

 

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Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

TEXAS MASSACRE.  Around 1120 am a gunman opened fire upon a church service in progress at the 1st Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX killing 26 people and injuring scores more.  The shooter was approached by a neighbor next to the church and began shooting back at him.  The shooter is said to be deceased from an unknown bullet used by either the killer or the neighbor.  This is said to be the worst mass shooting in all of Texas history.

A FALLEN HERO.  Fallen Hillsboro FD Firefighter Ryan Grimaldi was out on a hunting trip when a tree fell on him.  He passed away from his injuries.  He was well-respected and loved in his community.  His fellow firefighters and Fire Agency brought him home yesterday.  Several hundreds were seen in his procession as they headed to their destination.

HOMELESSNESS GROWING ON WEST COAST.   How is this Public Safety related?  It has to do with Officer and 1st Responder safety when they are responding to aid and fire calls inside the camps.  There have been often too many dangers where Seattle Police have to provide an escort to Firefighters because of the looming problems with some homeless people.  KOMO News put out an article about the homeless population soaring on the West Coast and how cities are struggling to cope.

HIGHRISE FIRE IN THE BRONX, NY.   A fire broke out on the top floors of a multi-dwelling highrise where fire was seen from different angles shooting through the roof. The FDNY responded to the fire burning on the top floors and inside the cockloft that was located at 4769 White Plains Road.  Command called out to their firefighters to use caution as this building had been cited before for doing illegal rennovations on the top floors.  The 3-alarm fire was ruled accidental due to electrical building wires that caught fire.  (Photo Credit:  FDNY)

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SECOND SHOOTING IN ONE DAY.  Another church shooting occurred on Sunday, November 5 and one that is not being covered as much as the large mass shooting in Texas.  An estranged wife and her boyfriend were leaving the St . Alphonsus Catholic Church in Fremont, California when they were gunned down by her soon-to-be-husband killing them both. They were in the middle of a divorce. He was later found in his vehicle deceased of self-inflicted wounds.

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TX Reeling From Post-Storm Affects – 2

POST SUMMARY State of Texas, known as The Lone Star State was hit extremely hard from by a Category 4 Hurricane (Harvey) that made landfall late evening on Friday, August 25, 2017.  It was downgraded to a Category 2 later but not before the storm unleashed its fury of downpours.  

This storm is due to produce ever more water than the areas can even hold flooding structures, infrastructures, threatening the State’s economy.    The storm reached its peak intensity slamming into Rockport sustaining much of the extreme amount of damage.  Many parts of the State have been devastated beyond recognition.

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” It is the first time since 9/11 that all 28 FEMA Urban SAR teams have been mobilized.”

– Jeff Stern, VA State DEM Coordinator

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DISTRESS CALLS

Call 9-1-1.  The US Coast Guard says do not report Distress calls over Social Media. You must report by calling 911.  Keep trying until you get through.

EVACUATIONS

Rosenburg, TX.  Mandatory evacuations for homes on Huntington Road. Unknown if bridge into area will hold as river levels are rising. Bridge is only escape out of area. (Posted by RPD 2202 Hours CDT). 

Bay City, TX. Mayor announces entire City is under a mandatory evacuation by 1300  hours on Monday, 8/28/2017, due to 10-foot flood expected. https://www.facebook.com/footstepsforthefallen/posts/645510148987649

Sugar Land, TX. Two LIDs are under mandatory evacuations. http://abc13.com/judge-mandatory-evacuations-for-two-sugar-land-lids/2349438/

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As of Aug 27, 2017,  there is NO evacuation orders in place for the City of Pearland. (This was fake news)

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(Credit: Rosenberg PD)

RESCUE TIPS

What to Do to Be Rescued.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

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Houston 911 received 56,000 calls (from 2200 hours Saturday, 8/26/2017 through 0100 hours on Sunday, 8/27/2017).  During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000 calls.  

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No Drones in Disaster Recovery Zones.  TX Military Department has seen a rise of

Drone operators trying to get in on some action of their own, but did you know that it is extremely dangerous for those on the ground and in the air?  Did you know it is illegal and can not only net you a ticket, but some hefty jail time? It is true.  Here are some of the problems and where rescuers are working.

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FAA, DOD asking people not to fly drones in and around Houston, TX.  There have been reports of close calls by pilots.

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CLOSURES

WB I-10. Westbound I-10 being closed at mile marker 655 or about 40 miles east of Seguin due to flooding. (TxDOT – Yoakum)

Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson. Shutdown as of 1913 hours CDT.  These are the two trauma hospitals in the City.

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As of 0600 Hours CDT 8/27/2017, Houston TranStar logged 174 high-water road closures in the area. This included I-10, I-45, I-610, I-69, US 290, TX 225, TX 288,  Beltway 8 and TX 3 in Galveston, Texas.

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HOW TO HELP

Volunteers Needed.  City of Dallas, TX.  http://www.voly.org/join/index.html

Boats Needed.  Houston Police Department.  Call 713-881-3100.

Blood Donations. Austin hospitals need blood donations at We Are Blood, A Blood  Center in Central Texas.  https://weareblood.org/

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 Social media rumors tell of hundreds dead, thousands of rooftop rescues and millions of people stranded is #FakeNews. 

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SAFETY

Boil Water Alert.  City of Corpus Christi is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to the Storm’s destruction. Effective 8/25/2017, until further notice.

American Red Cross.  Safe and Well.  Register today so your loved ones can find you, or use as a way to find those who may be missing.  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown campaign is critical in saving lives more than ever. 

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Facebook Safety Check.  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP.  https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/hurricane-harvey-aug24-2017/about/

Emergency Alerts.  Sign up for Pearland, TX Residential Alerts here –> https://www.pearlandtx.gov/residents/get-connected/e-alerts  Government offices currently shutdown on 8/28/2017 and 8/29/2017 with a possibility of longer says their website.

Wading Through Flood WatersAVOID DRIVING, WALKING through flood waters.  6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult over.  (NWS Houston)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators are those who act as Partners and as in this State of Emergency – work together on Federal, State and Local levels to ensure resources are able to assist the area’s needs of the government, its people, property and its communities. Due to the vast amount of resources, we apologize ahead of time if we missed anyone!

American Red Cross.  100’s of volunteers are/have traveled all over the U.S. to lend their time, talents and compassion to victims and evacuees. 

LA Cajun Navy.  State of Louisiana sending the LA Cajuna Navy. 

TX Governor Greg Abbott  

Houston OEM

Houston PD.  SWAT team conducted several hundred high-water rescues and were still actively searching and conducting more rescue operations. (1713 CDT)

(Credit: Houston PD)

INTF-1 HAZMAT Support.  Indiana Task Force 1 arriving in Katy (near Houston), TX. (1834 PDT)

LAFD TF1.  70 members en route says LAFD Fire Chief Terrazas.

MA-TF1.  A FEMA Task Force is en route from Massachussetts and will soon joining others. (1810 PDT)

Miami-Dade Fire.  FL-TF1 en route to Texas to assist with SAR effects in affected areas.

(Credit: MDFR)

National Guard.  Multiple military trucks, Humvees and other vehicles that can tread water were seen driving down City streets.

New Jersey.  SAR crews were deployed.

FDNY – NYPD USAR NY TF1.  The Joint FDNY and NYPD USAR NY Task Force-1 deployed earlier today.

(Credit: FDNY)

PA TF-1.  40 members.  Leaving the PA Fire Academy and heading to South Texas.  (1917 PDT)

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.  Hotline setup for people with Disabilities. 800-626-4959.

Sacramento Fire.  USAR TF7 sends 14-member water rescue team.  Crews drove 2,000 miles to their destination.

Salvation Army.  Previously shipped extra pallets of water and food on 8/23/2017.

Save The Children.  Setting up Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters to help kids and families.  DONATIONS. Text “HURRICANE” to 2022 to donate $25 to the “Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey  Relief Fund”.

TX State, Emergency Management Department Is the main hub of activity that will coordinate Federal, State and local resources pouring into their State.

US Coast Guard Heartland.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

USCG makes sure no Family member is left behind. Rescuing pets and their people. (Credit: USCG Heartland)

WA TF1 Urban SAR.  FEMA team from Pierce County, Washington State is sent to assist along with other FEMA units.

SHELTERS

American Red Cross Shelters.  Shelter Locator here –> http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter?utm_source=arctwitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvey

Harris County, TX.  Compiled list of open shelters. http://readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26637

Katy ISD.  The Morton Ranch HS (MRHS) located at 21000 Franz  Road 77449 and the Cinco Ranch HS (CRHS) located at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, both in Katy, TX will be opening at 0730 CDT on Monday.  They will be offering shelter, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need.  DONATIONS of blankets, pillows, towels will be accepted at either High School beginning at 0730 hours.  SOCIAL MEDIA Channels are Katy ISD “OnTheGo” app. Website:  www.Katyisd.org.  Twitter:  @katyisd 

 

WEATHER TRACKERS

Storm Surge Tracker.  The NWS  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

There are multitudes of photos, storm images and other unimaginative descriptions of what those are truly seeing, hearing and experiencing.  We will share with you what they are feeling, see and what they are hearing.  Some photos are copyrighted so we will try to explain the best way we can as to what is being posted out there in the Social Media world.

(Credit: USCG Heartland)

USCG Heartland.  Sector Corpus Christi IMD members assess damage in Port Aransas, TX. 

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –>  http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT

Gas Prices.  National news media reporting gas prices are set to spike due to #HurricaneHarvey wreaks havoc on our vital energy facilities.  It is time to focus on rescues and saving lives.  This something that can easily be put back on the back burner.

Roadblocks.  I-10 freeway is now closed due to heavy flooding. Police are using multiple cruiser to keep motorists out of harm’s way.  A photo by a news media outlet shows mostly semis (approximately 8 semi rigs across and unknown how long the back-up is but there is no getting off this freeway by turning around.

Pet Rescues.  Social media reporting dog rescues are coming in at 60 per hour. 

Countries Pray for  Our U.S. Texas.  Canadian President: “Canadians are keeping the people of Texas in our thoughts – we’re ready to offer any assistance needed to help recover from this disaster.” – Justin Trudeau

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 

Hurricane Harvey Slams into Texas – 1

Post Summary | A Category 4 Hurricane has slammed into the United States with a direct hit to the State of Texas. Many in Texas began preparation as early as August 23, 2017.

This post will be the first of many to come with us gleaning information from all over Social Media, news media, government sites and other additional countless sources.

We are posting by the date of when the information/storm details and other news was reported.  At the bottom of each update we will put the current publishing date and time.

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We are thinking of our friends in the Texas and those in the direct path where Harvey is due to impact.  Please heed all evacuation orders and listen to First Responders/Agencies helping with various resources.

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EOC / PARTNERS

TX State, Emergency Management Department.  State spends the day together to ensure State and Federal partners are ready to support to local partners. (8/23/2017)

Salvation Army.  Disaster Response delivers an additional 13 pallets of water and 10 pallets of clean-up kits for staging. (8/23/2017)

Local resources.  People gather together to fill sandbags. (8/24/2017)

ALERTS!

Pets Alive:  Austin Pets Alive are seeking foster families for evacuated pets arrival.  See news story here — > http://www.statesman.com/lifestyles/pets/austin-pets-alive-seeks-foster-families-after-evacuated-pets-arrive/TxRup2za5M9cB0qbZJJ7mI/ .

National Weather Service (NWS) of Houston, TX:  Flash Flood Warning for Lake Jackson, Freeport and Clute, TX.  https://twitter.com/NWSHouston/status/901344176301801472 (8/26/2017)

City of Corpus Christi:  City is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to Storm’s destruction. (8/25/2017)

RESOURCES

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –> http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT)

Facebook Safety Check:  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP. (8/26/2017)

National Weather Service:  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. (8/23/2017)

Media:  Text messages will go through when calls won’t.  It will free up space for emergency communication. (8/24/2017)

EVACUATIONS  

Shelters:  Do not require you to show proof of ID. (8/25/2017)

News Media:  Island Campus students are ordered to evacuate/leave campus.  Required to be off campus by 0700 hours CDT.  Move-in day was supposed to be on 8/24/2017 but has since been postponed due to the incoming hurricane. (8/23/2017) 

News Media:  Pleas from posters ask pet owners not to leave pets tied up outside or leave them outside. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  RVs seen evacuating on ferries out of the Port Aransas area. (8/24/2017)

WEATHER

News Media:  WIND has been downgraded only.  There is due to be catastrophic & historic flooding that will continue for days even after the Storm has left the area.

News Media:  Rain has begun in Bexar County.  Heaviest will be to the SE. (8/25/2017 @ 0355 hours)

News Media:  Up to possible 10″ of rain in parts of Texas so far from the Storm.  (8/26/2017 @ 0359 hours)

News Media:  Rainbands reaching the TX coastline. (8/26/2017 / 0353 hours CDT)

News Media:  Storm was at a Cat4 made landfall on 8/25/2017.  Now down to a strong Cat2 but flooding threat is just beginning.   Reports of 25 mi NNW of Rockport, TX.  Moving NW at 6 mph.  Max winds @ 110 mph.  Min Pressure is at 954 mb. (8/26/2017 / 0352 hours CDT)

This is what a Cat4 Hurricane looks like in space. Credit: NASA

NWS of Lake Charles.  Current weather conditions in Miami, FL.  Storm weakening over land but water levels are still rising. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT4+shtml/260758.shtml (8/26/2017)

Twitter Poster:  As of 0300 hours CDT.  Rockport, TX (25 mil NNW).  Victoria, TX (35 miles SSW).  (8/26/2017)

Corpus Christi Visitor Center:  Map released showing hurricane due to hit landfall on Mexico at 1000 hours CDT on Wednesday; to impact parts of Texas and Louisiana around 1000 hours CDT on  8/26/2017. (8/23/2017)  

News Media:  Map released of Houston, TX about to get poured upon this weekend and early next week.  Some rain projections of up to 36″ of rain! (8/23/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Weather predictions for TX are also affecting Costa Rica with high chances of rain. (8/23/2017)

EYEWITNESS REPORTS

Twitter Poster:  Rain was supposed to hit on 8/25/2017 @ 1900  hours with renewed time at 0300 hours.  Current time 0339 hours. No rain. (8/26/2017 / 0349 CDT)

News Media:   Residents at the Rockport (City of) Senior housing complex have been rescued. (8/25/2017 / 2300 CDT)

News Media:  Tornado damage in Sargent, TX. (8/25/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Tide begins to rise on an empty beach North of Bob Hall Pier. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   Water already rising into the barge docks across from the American Bank Center. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   A General Surgeon stays behind while his family flies out of the Corpus Christi airport. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Raining then stopped at the University of Houston. (8/23/2017)

SOCIAL MEDIA  

News Media:  162,000  – 200,000 people in Corpus Christi without power and clean water.

Twitter Poster:  We will ride out this storm and it will be flooded all over Corpus Christi.  We will still end up with (water) restrictions. (8/23/2017)

Ignoring the Evacuation Order:  Some people have decided to ignore the evacuation order and now, some say – they did not know this was going to come and are stuck in their homes, businesses and other structures.

Thank you for reading our post.   Our next update will be later in the day on Saturday.

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 0230 PDT

U.S. NEW WILDFIRES | JUNE 28 2017

Nationally Speaking

30 large fires have burned nearly 180,000 acres. 20 new large fires were reported in nine states. More than 8,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires across the country. Firefighters contained 11 wildfires on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

At 2 p.m. MDT on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the National Multiagency Coordinating Group increased the national preparedness level to PL3 due to the increase in large fire activity in multiple geographic areas.” – The National Interagency Fire Center.

ALASKA

FOSSIL FIRE

Fire Unit/Agency:   Tanana Zone, BLM.   Location:  76 miles NW of Anaktuvuk, AK. Short grass.  Fire Behavior: Minimal fire behavior.  Size/Containment Status:  434 acres, 0%.  Resources:  0 resources.  CTD:   $4,000.

ARIZONA

FRAGUITA FIRE

Fire Unit:   Coronado National Forest Location:  4 miles South of Arivaca, AZ.  Fire Fuels:  tall grass and brush. Fire Behavior:  Moderate fire. Backing.  Flanking. Size:  2,400 acres.  Containment Status:  50%.  Resources:  147 personnel. 5 crews.  9 engines.  1 helicopter.  CTD:  $400,000.

GREMLIN FIRE

Fire Unit:  AZ DOF.  Start Date/Time:   June 28, 2017 @ 1730 hours.   Location:  Located 30 miles east of Kingman along Route 66, between the communities of Hackberry and Valentine.  Cause:  Unknown.  Fire Fuels:  Dry vegetation, including grasses and brush.  Resources:   Total 50 personnel. Fire crews from the Department of Forestry and Fire Management are en route to assist  the Mohave County-area fire crews.  Current Tactics:  Focusing on structure protection and fire suppression.  Evacuations:  Valentine is in a pre-evacuation status. Road Closures:  State Route 66 is scheduled to be closed until midnight Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

MAYNARD FIRE

Fire Unit:  Southwest Area.  AZ DOF.  Location: 13 miles West of Amado, Arizona.  Fire Fuels:  Short grass and brush.  Fire Behavior:  Minimal. Smoldering.  Closures:  Roads, area and trails. Size:  1,200 acres.  Containment Status:  0%.  Resources:  94 personnel. 3 crews.  3 helicopters. CTD:  $40,000.

MINK FIRE

Location:   SE Area on Arizona Department of Forestry lands. 13 miles West of Amado, Arizona.   Fire Behavior:  Minimal.  Size:  1,024 acres of short grass and brush consumed. Containment Statuts:  60% Resources: 96 personnel with 3 crews, 5 engines and 3 helos.  CTD: $100,000 .

SWISSHELMS FIRE

Fire Unit/Agency:  AZ DOF.  Start Date/Time:  June 27th @ 1715 hours.  Cause:  Unknown.  Size/Containment:  1,600 acres, 0%.  Location:  10 Miles East of Elfrida, Arizona.  A few miles from the Saddle Fire. Fire Fuels:  Grass and brush.  Personnel:  50.  Fire Weather:  Dry and breezy conditions.

CALIFORNIA

There were 37 wildfires that were reported on Wednesday, June 28th with 3 of them being new starts and 4 being not contained wildfires, says the National Interagency Coordination Center for the United States.

BATTLE FIRE

Start Date/Time:  June 28th prior to 1400 hours.  Location:   near Horse Mountain southeast of Tulelake in California.  Resources: Modoc National Forest, Modoc County, CALFIRE and multiple other agencies.   Size:  562 acres.  Containment Status:  0%.

BELL FIRE

Bell Fire 6/27/2017  Reported 1557hrs

Bell Fire. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Start Date/Time:  June 27th @ 1557 hours.  Fire District/Agency:  Within the Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest.    Located:  Community of Riverkern, 5 miles north of the town of Kernville, California. Cause: Unknown.  Size/Containment Status:  108 acres, 90%  Resources:  50 personnel.

BEN FIRE

Start Date/Time:  June 28th @ 1549 hours.  Location:  off Ben Hur Road and Silver Bar Road in Mariposa County, California.  Unit:  CAL FIRE – Madera – Merced – Mariposa.  Size:  800 acres.  Containment Status:  0%.

CRISTIANITOS FIRE

Fire in San Clemente from Doheny State Park in San Clemente County, California (Photo Credit: @bbdd333)

Start/Date Time:  June 28, 2017.  Location:   Off Cristianitos and Talega Roads on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base near the San Mateo Campground. Command:  Unified Command with OCFD and Camp Pendleton Fire.  Fire Conditions:  This vegetation fire that is located  is now threatening structures to North San Clemente, California.   Air Resources:  Aircraft making good progress.  Planned night operations with air support in the planning stages.

Photo Credit: Pendleton Camp 75

Personnel/Equipment:  Multiple strike teams are also on-scene.  300 firefighters are assigned. Mobilizing the U.S. Forest Service night flying helicopter & fixed wing air attack, say Military Officials. Evacuations:  No evacuations as of yet.

Photo Credit: OCFD PIO

HILL FIRE

Date/Time Started:    June 26th @ 1527 hours.    Cause:   Unknown.  Fire Unit:  CAL FIRE – San Obispo  Location:   Park Hill Road and La Entrada, east of Santa Margarita   Resources:  Unknown.  Current Conditions:  1,598 acres. 75% contained.

MANZANITA FIRE

Date/Time Started:  June 26th  @ 1510 hours. Cause:  Traffic Collison with fire.  Fire Unit:  Riverside Unit &Cal Fire. Location: 3 miles South of Beaumont and Lambs Canyon (Highway 79 N) Near Dump Road in California .  Fire Fuels:  Tall grass and chaparral.  Evacuations:  All Orders have been lifted.   Fire Behavior:  Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Resources:  2 ambulances, 575 firefighters, Police Department, EMD, PIO, Fire Investigator, Utilities, 3 crews, 47 engines, 30 overhead support personnel, 1 helo, 15 water tenders, 6 dozers assigned. Threats:  Numerous residences threatened.  Closures: Road, area and trail closures in effect.  Size:   6,309 acres.  Containment Status:  77%.

MART FIRE

Fire Unit:  San Bernardino National Forest . Location: Two miles northeast of Highland, CA.  Fire fuels: Tall grass and chaparral.  Fire Behavior:  Active fire behavior with uphill runs, short-range spotting and wind-driven runs.  Threats:  Numerous residences threatened.  Closures: Road, area and trail closures in effect.

SCHAEFFER FIRE

Schaeffer Fire June 27

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire Unit:  Sequoia NF.  Location:  17 miles North of Kernville, CA. Fire Fuels:  Brush and timber. Fire Behavior:  Moderate activity with backing and flanking.  Closures: Trails. Size/Containment Status:  586 acres, 0%.  Resources:  24 personnel. 1 engine. 1 helicopter.  CTD:  $17,000.

COLORADO

412 Fire. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

412 FIRE

Fire Unit:  San Juan National Forest.  Location:  Located in the Ryman Creek area of the Dolores Ranger District about 7 miles South of Rico, Colorado.  Start Date/Time:   June 23 @ 1500 hours.  Fire Fuels: Heavy dead and down mixed conifer forests, spruce and fir.  Cause: Lightning.  Size/Containment Status:  75 acres, 0%.  Resources:  65 personnel.  1 Type 3 IMT.

FLORIDA

TUCKER FIRE

Fire Unit:  Florida Forest Service.  Location:  3 miles NW of Rockledge, Florida. Size/Containment:  4,500 acres, 70% containment.  Fire  Fuels:  Short grass. Fire Behavior:  Moderate fire behavior. Resources:  1 personnel.  1 engine.  CTD:  $1,000.

IDAHO

CARTER FIRE

Fire Unit:  Boise District, BLM.  Location:  10 miles NW of Mountain Home, ID. Fire Fuels:  Short grass.  Fire Behavior:  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Size: 900 acres. Containment Status:  80%.  Resources:  4 personnel.  1 engine.  CTD:  $10,000.

I84 MM 271 FIRE

Location: Idaho Falls District on BLM land and 25 miles SE of Malta, Idaho.  Fire Fuels:   Short grass.  Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior with running.  Size: 3,000 acres.  Containment Status:  65%.  Resources:  59 personnel. 13 engines. CTD:  $150,000.

NEW MEXICO

TIFFANY FIRE

Location:   30 miles South of Socorro, New Mexico.  Fire District:  Southeast District of New Mexico State Forestry lands.  Fire Fuels:  Chaparral and hardwood litter.  Fire Behavior:  Extreme fire behavior with crowing and torching. Threats:  Residences are under direct threat.  Size/Containment Status:  836 acres have been destroyed but there is a 25% containment status.  Resources:  There are 111 personnel on the wildfire along with 3 crews, 11 engines and 1 helicopter. Cost-to-date has reached $120,000.

Camp Pendleton Fire. Photo Credit: Camp Pendleton 75.

TEXAS

WF FIRE

Fire Unit:  McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, FWS.   Location: 9 miles Eastof High Island, TX.  Fire Fuels:  Tall grass.  Fire Behavior:  Moderate fire behavior.  Acres/Containment Status:  500 acres, 0% contained. Resources:  2 personnel.  CTD:  $1,000.

UTAH

STREAM FIRE

Fire Unit:   Salt Lake Field Office, BLM.  Location:   Short grass and brush.   Fire Behavior:  Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs.   Size/Containment:  8,146 acres, 80%.  Resources:  45 personnel.  10 engines.  CTD:  $175,000.

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#CrownMountainFire | TX | 3

CROWN MOUNTAIN FIRE

Update 3 – May 18, 2017

  • Juniper Canyon area of Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Richard Sinkovitz, Type 4 IC
  • 77 personnel
  • 944 acres
  • 89% contained
  • Fire behavior minimal

PIO Map of Crown Mountain Fire

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Update 2 – May 16, 2017

  • Fire managed by Tom Barta, Type 3 IC; Ken Roberts, as Trainee
  • 162 assigned personnel
  • 1,041 acres
  • 100% contained
  • Fire behavior decreased to minimal with limited smoldering
  • Fire crews to work on fire perimeter & remove fuels from Chisos Basin
  • Areas are reopening:   Chisos Rd opens Wed 8AM! All trails & lodge/restaurant open Wed 8AM, campground closed ’til Thurs
  • Social Media hashtags using:  #CrownMountainFire #TXwildfires2017
Crown Mountain Fire, as seen Monday May 15th from the air. This fire is in the Juniper Canyon area, southeast of the Chisos Mountains.

Courtesy: Big Bend NP

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Update 1 – May 15, 2017

  • Discovered 5/14/2017 1030 Hours
  • Burning in Juniper Canyon area of Big Bend National Park
  • Burning in back country of Park
  • Possible cause is lightning from previous evening
  • 1,044 estimated acres
  • 60% containment status
  • Type 3 IMT arrived May 15, 2017
  • On-scene/en route:  (5) Type 1 crews, (1) Type 2 handcrew and (1) helitack crews.  Miscellaneous overhead team and support personnel.
  • Facilities in the Chiso Basin facilities closed
  • Campgrounds also closed.

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#CrownMountainFire Update 2

CROWN MOUNTAIN FIRE

Update 2 – May 16, 2017

  • Fire managed by Tom Barta, Type 3 IC; Ken Roberts, as Trainee
  • 162 assigned personnel
  • 1,041 acres
  • 100% contained
  • Fire behavior decreased to minimal with limited smoldering
  • Fire crews to work on fire perimeter & remove fuels from Chisos Basin
  • Areas are reopening:   Chisos Rd opens Wed 8AM! All trails & lodge/restaurant open Wed 8AM, campground closed ’til Thurs
  • Social Media hashtags using:  #CrownMountainFire #TXwildfires2017
Crown Mountain Fire, as seen Monday May 15th from the air.  This fire is in the Juniper Canyon area, southeast of the Chisos Mountains.

Courtesy: Big Bend NP

Update 1 – May 15, 2017

  • Discovered 5/14/2017 1030 Hours
  • Burning in Juniper Canyon area of Big Bend National Park
  • Burning in back country of Park
  • Possible cause is lightning from previous evening
  • 1,044 estimated acres
  • 60% containment status
  • Type 3 IMT arrived May 15, 2017
  • On-scene/en route:  (5) Type 1 crews, (1) Type 2 handcrew and (1) helitack crews.  Miscellaneous overhead team and support personnel.
  • Facilities in the Chiso Basin facilities closed
  • Campgrounds also closed.

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Texas’ #CrownMountainFire Holding | 1

CROWN MOUNTAIN FIRE

Update 1 – May 15, 2017

  • Discovered 5/14/2017 1030 Hours
  • Burning in Juniper Canyon area of Big Bend National Park
  • Burning in back country of Park
  • Possible cause is lightning from previous evening
  • 1,044 estimated acres
  • 60% containment status
  • Type 3 IMT arrived May 15, 2017
  • On-scene/en route:  (5) Type 1 crews, (1) Type 2 handcrew and (1) helitack crews.  Miscellaneous overhead team and support personnel.
  • Facilities in the Chiso Basin facilities closed
  • Campgrounds also closed.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Canton, Texas: At Least 5 Tornadoes Hit Area

Canton, Texas (Van Zandt County)

Disaster Incident Summary | Sources are saying that there were at least 5 tornadoes that touched down in Van Zandt County, hitting Canton the hardest.  One tornado destroyed I-20 Jeep Dodge dealership tosses its cars into the air and leaving a path of its aftermath.

Other parts of Texas were also hit hard like Fruitvale, TX and others.  We are working on getting additional reports on these towns and cities.

Damage Assessments | The NWS Fort Worth team is out today surveying the damage and will have a preliminary damage rating on Sunday.

“4 Confirmed Tornadoes: Latest preliminary map of likely tracks and other damage. Our storm survey will take days!” – NWS Ft. Worth

“Emergency Management reporting homes destroyed near Emory with injuries.”

“Emergency management reports multiple homes with major damage around Highway 69 and FM779 from earlier tornado.”

“I-20 east of Canton TX. Dozens of cars flipped; severe damage.”

(Image above is from last night’s Tornado activities – Courtesy:  Internet)

Life Impacts | 5 deaths.  50 injuries.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Shelters | American Red Cross, First Methodist Church Life Center, USAR, ITDRC,  NWS Ft. Worth, TX Task Force 2 (DFW), Dallas Fire with 1 Type III US&R Team 2, Texas Game Wardens (including search and rescue and K-9 teams),

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the postings from Spotters, Weather sources and others talking about the Tornadoes and what they were seeing.

Storm Chasers | Weather 

“Observed damage on TX Hwy 64, including one vehicle tossed approx 200 ft off the road. 1 confirmed fatality in that vehicle.”

“Emergency management report plywood falling from the sky near FM 779 and US69 near Golden. Folks – that debris is from ~25 miles away.” 1853 CDT

“Tornado 5 miles south of Canton has debris signature up to 13,000 feet. This is a MAJOR TORNADO heading right into Canton!” 1756 CDT

“Very strong tornado now 2-3 miles west of Tundra, 5 miles south of Canton – moving north at 30 MPH. Life-Threatening Situation!” 1755 CDT

“Significant Tornado 4 miles southwest of Tundra, moving north at 30 MPH toward Canton. Wrapped in rain and may be strong! ” 1752 CDT

” Confirmed Tornado Moving toward Tundra and Canton!” 1749 CDT

“Circulation near Canton has weakened while one approaching Eustace quite strong. Both remain capable of producing tornadoes.” 1719 CDT

“5 miles E of CANTON, TX @ 22:12 UTC Funnel>-Cone funnel half way to ground.”

” Possible tornado very near Highway 19 and Highway 64 just southeast of Canton. Very strong rotation indicated by radar.” 1707 CDT

“Damage from Canton, TX tornado is extensive. We are actively searching for people in the wreckage just south of town.”

Damage in Jackson Community in SW Canton, TX. Photo Credit: NWS Ft. Worth

“These are V E R Y powerful high-end tornadoes.”

“Significant tornado-caused damage southwest of Canton, TX”

“This is not what you want to see at night, radar confirmed tornado just NW of Cameron, OK. Debris signature evident.”

“Blizzard in Texas on April 30….How rare is this for Texas?”

” Search and Rescue continues in Canton and other communities.”

Residents

“Second tornado warning here in Canton TX. Taking cover with my boys. Hunkering down in the hallway way.”

“Tornado ripped through a Farm in Canton, TX trapping a pony in the debris. Owners frantically saved their baby!”

Eyewitnesses

“From 45 (5pm central) minutes ago near Canton, TX. Probable tornado touchdown due to damage spotted.”

“Just observed rain-wrapped tornado just E of Canton, TX. Lots of trees down, one barn had minor damage so far.”

“Wedge Tornado causes widespread damage in NE Texas south of Canton.”

“4:45 pm we crammed into bathroom shelter as first of many tornadoes went over us in Canton Tx. We were at the Trade Days.”

“Snowing sideways in Amarillo!! Yes it’s still April 29th!”

Media Coverage

“Damage at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Emory. No injuries, but there were people in parish hall when tornado hit.”

GOVERNMENTAL 

“Texas Task Force 2 has been sent to help the Canton & Van Zandt areas respond to weather.” – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

EVACUEES

Red Cross Shelter(s)

  • First Methodist Church Life Center, 600 S Buffalo, Canton, TX.

Mobile Feeding Station(s)

  • Salvation Army.

Tech Assistance

  • The ITDRC is on site identifying and assisting unmet tech needs in the community.

TX Resources

TX Disaster Recovery Group page created by the Texas Storm Chasers communities  to offer help to each other after natural disasters in Texas. Examples include returning lost/lofted personal items to victims, offering volunteer assistance, etc.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/121556905065713/   Requires approved membership but is a Public Group.

Lost & Found Pets (Including Injured)

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Large Plastics Warehouse Burning | 1

Oak Cliff, TX | A large warehouse is burning in the 4200 (or 4100) block of Mint Way in the borough outside of the City of Dallas.  The commercial structure fire prompted the HAZMAT unit as initially thought to have been storing chemicals inside.  It would be later discovered that it is plastics burning causing heavy fire and smoke.

There are currently three aerials working at this time.  Five lines currently are over nearby RR tracks.  All train traffic has been halted due to this fire and apparatus blocking tracks.

The building has had a partial roof collapse.  Multiple fire units are working to control the blaze and stop any extensions.  Additional fire companies are en route with some three to twenty minutes from the fire scene.

Some road signals are out due to power outages in the area.

Current weather conditions are temps of 76*F, 60% humidity and winds at 18 mph.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Hashtag being used for this fire is #OakCliffFire.  For *Live* coverage of this incident, follow us on Twitter @nwfireblog as we are providing fire news coverage.

ABOUT OAK CLIFF

Oak Cliff is a 39.116 square mile borough with approximately 206,777 population that is located just outside of the outskirts of Dallas, Texas.

 

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