TX Wildfire | Adrian Fire | 1

Published 4/2/2022, Saturday, 2345 hours PT

The Adrian Fire started on Friday, April 1, 2022, around 1400 hours off of County Road 190, about five miles south of I-20 between Sweetwater and Trent (Nolan County), Texas.

Courtesy: Inciweb

About 700 acres of juniper and grass have been consumed. It is now 80% contained.

Incident Commander: Robert Arthur.

Unified Command is with Texas A&M Forest Service (TAMFS) with local fire agencies.

Creidt: TAMFS

Aviation resources include Large Air Tankers (LAT) and Very Large Air Tankers (VLAT), plus a single Type 1 copter (water drops).

Fire behavior observed as increasing in size by more than 150 acres due to recent burnout operations after nightfall, moderate winds, and spot fires are of concern for fire managers.

#AdrianFire #TXFires2022 #TX

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

TX Wildfire | Das Goats Fire | 3

Published 3/31/2022, Thursday, 1840 PT

MICO, TX — A car fire spread into an urban-wildland interface, sparking a wildfire in prime conditions which included warm, dry, and windy conditions on March 25, 2022, around 1700 hours CDT.

Credit: Blake Lovell, Jonathan Butts

Today, the fire has gutted 1,092 acres of tall grass and brush and crews have reached a 95% containment status. Fire behavior has been reduced down to minimal activity with creeping and smoldering. There are some reported heat signatures near the east and north ends of the fire line.

There is still 29 total fire personnel assigned to this incident.

Emergency alert notifications for Medina County can be found at http://r.i=info.com/rc/arc

.(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

TX Wildfire | Das Goats Fire | 2

Published 3/28/2022, Monday, 1855 hours PT

MICO, TX — A wildfire ignited grass and timber on March 25, 2022, around 1700 hours CDT in Mico, Texas, which was caused by a car fire.

The fire had consumed 214 acres during our last reporting and resources had a 60% containment status. On Monday, they have reached a new milestone of 95% containment but the fire has considerably destroyed additional land for a total of 1,092 acres.

There is still 23 fire personnel assigned to this incident the fire behavior is still active with flanking and spotting.

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Some images of the fire are seen here and all credit is given to the rightful owners/photographers. We do not lay claim to any of them. They are being gleaned from a public site, Inciweb.nwcg.gov, a governmental website.

Credit: Blake Lovell, Jonathan Butts
Credit: Blake Lowell, Jonathan Butts
Credit: Unknown. Courtesy of Inciweb.nwcg.gov

An ambulance is on standby for any future burns or injuries. This is needed during all incidents, as a precaution.

Credit: Unknown. Courtesy: Inciweb.nwcg.gov

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

TX Wildfire | Das Goats Fire | 1

Published 3/26/2022 1400 hours PT, Saturday

MICO, TX — A wildfire ignited grass and timber on March 25, 2022, at an unknown time.

The fire has consumed 214 acres. Currently, fire resources have reached a 60% containment status.

The cause of the fire was a vehicle fire.

Credit: TIFMAS

Current resources include 1 TIFMAS Strike Team, 1 Texas Forest Service Task Force with 2 dozers, 1 heavy copter, 1 air attack, 3 Type-6 engines and 2 water tenders.

Drew Liddell (TFS) and Clint cook (Medina County) are in Unified Command.

Fire weather reports indicate sustained high winds and low RH, making it prime conditions for future fire starts.

EVACUATIONS ==> High Mountain Ranch residents are currently under mandatory evacuation orders.

TX | Wildfires Keep Resources Busy | 1

SIT REP 1 | 12-11-2021 | 1300 PT

Firefighters with the Texas A&M Forest Service and other Mutual Aid resources were kept busy on Friday and continuing into Saturday, December 11, 2021, as they were deployed to several very large wildfires under RED FLAG fire conditions producing extreme fire behavior. Many of these fires caused significant travel delays and impacted several communities. Continued fire suppressions efforts are still going strong.

Credit | TAMFS

Arrowhead Fire

The ARROWHEAD FIRE is located about one mile west of Petrolia, heading Southeast towards Henrietta in Clay County. The fire started on 12/10/2021 at approximately 1600 hours. Unified Command with TX A&M FS and local Fire Departments. There have been about 7,500 acres destroyed. Grass and brush are fire fuels and crews have reached 35% containment status. Dispatched via the Northwest Dispatch Zone. Cause: Debris burning.

County Line Fire

The COUNTY LINE FIRE is located in Wilbarger County. It is about 1,000 acres and is 0% contained. This incident was dispatched via the Northwest Dispatch Zone.

Electra Complex Fire

The ELECTRA COMPLEX FIRE is located In the town of Electra off of US Hwy 287 in Wichita County. The two fires started on December 10, 2021, around 1200 hours and would later merge together on the very same day it started. There has been an estimated 2,300 acres of tall grass and mesquite burned and crews have successfully reached an 85% containment status. Fire Managers have reported the weather windy conditions as a possible concern. Incident Cooperators include local FD agencies along with Federal Firefighters from Sheppard AFB and State resources along with crews from the TX A&M Forest Service. TAMFS and Electra VFD are in Unified Command. Fire behavior has been extremely active with high winds. Aircraft has been unable to assist or fly due to heavy smoke and poor visibility.

Lazy J Town Fire

The LAZY J TOWN FIRE has burned about1,000 acres and there is a 0% containment. Limited information.

Twin Creek Fire. West of Lake Meredith in Moore County. Started December 10, 2021, around 1430 hours. Est. 3,000 acres. 60% contained. Panhandle Dispatch Zone. Started on December 10, 2021. TX A&M FS in Unified Command with Dumas FD, TX Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, and local fire departments. Extreme fire behavior has been observed with a high rate of spread.

Nighttime fire activity on the Twin Creek Fire
Twin Creek Fire | Credit | Juan Rodriguez/TAMFS

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

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 

Tornado Damage in Canton, TX | 1

Canton, TX | Storm spotters are reporting significant structural damage to the I-20 Dodge and  Jeep dealership located on FM17, where cars were tossed.  This is about two miles N of Canton in van Zandt County.

Multiple Tornado warnings by the National Weather Service inside of Texas are ongoing and those should take cover at the time when the alerts have been given.

Here are some of the most recent warnings:

  • Sulphur Springs TX, Cumby TX, Como TX until 8:15 PM CDT
  • Canton TX, Tundra TX until 8:15 PM CDT
  • Alba TX, Yantis TX, Golden TX until 8:00 PM CDT
  • Emory TX until 7:30 PM CDT
  • Grand Saline TX, Edgewood TX, Emory TX until 7:30 PM CDT
  • Wills Point TX, Edgewood TX, Myrtle Springs TX until 7:30 PM CDT

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

A Dallas Community Searches for Missing SMU Police Officer

A COMMUNITY TOUCHED

The City of Dallas, Texas has been hit hard by multiple incidents this past week and it does not seem to be getting any better for their residents throughout the City.  And, we know you know which incident we are talking here.

The story of 11 Dallas City and DART Police Officers who were protecting those having a “peaceful” protest in Downtown Dallas when several snipers opened fire upon the Officers.  Five Officers were murdered, several others critical and one with non-life threatening injuries.

This post is to not further highlight the event but it is one that has weighed heavily on all of our hearts, souls and minds, but to touch other Communities touched within Dallas and the grief they all began to feel prior to the Downtown Dallas shootings.

SEARCHING FOR MISSING SMU OFFICER

On July 5, 2016, a Southern Methodist University (SMU) Police Officer Mark

The McCullers Family (Courtesy: SMU)

McCullers was working an off-duty private Security job at a construction site, when Officer McCullers and his vehicle were swept away by high flowing water near Turtle Creek in Highland Park.

Dallas Fire and Rescue along with other Incident Cooperators have been searching for him ever since.  Today (Sunday), they enter into Day 6, and are still searching for him.

Please continue to keep Officer McCullers’ family and LE Family in your thoughts and prayers.  Please continue to keep the Dallas Fire and Rescue in your thoughts as well, as they continue to search for the missing SMU Officer.  They are going on Day 6, so you can just imagine what they are going through.

HOW TO HELP THE OFFICER’S FAMILY

The McCullers family has established the Officer Mark McCullers Memorial Account at any Wells Fargo Bank branch. If you’d like to donate to them, you may go to any branch.  Please use account #9976436577.

ABOUT SMU IN A SNAPSHOT

SMU is a private research University that is located in Dallas, University Park and Highland Park.  It was founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

#CoyoteFire Still Being Battled by Firefighters

Updated 5/23/2016 2125 PDT – Monday

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

Salt Flat, TX | Lightning struck the area, igniting a fire that was later discovered near Coyote Peak in the NW corner of Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 1330 hours on Saturday, May 7.  It is also located 46 miles W of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The wildfire management is under IC Tom Barta and his management team and Fire Managers are expecting a Type 2 IMT to assume command on Wednesday, May 24, 2016.

Currently, 150 personnel from the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management,  Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service and from the New Mexico State Forestry are tied to this incident working to completely contain this wildfire.

Firefighters are climbing through rugged terrain that includes grass, brush and chaparral with increasing temps.

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

The fire has consumed up to 12,718 acres and Fire crews have successfully reached a 70% containment status.

On May 22nd, high winds pushed the fire past Blush Mountain Ridge towards Guadalupe Peak and is expected to stay active this week.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

#CoyoteFire | Guadalupe Natl Forest | Salt Flat TX | Update

Updated 5/18/2016 – Wednesday – 2145 PDT

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

Salt Flat, TX | Lightning struck the area, igniting a fire that was later discovered near Coyote Peak in the NW corner of Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 1330 hours on Saturday, May 7.  It is also located 46 miles W of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The wildfire management is under IC Tom Barta and his management team.

Currently, 97 personnel from the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management,  Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service and from the New Mexico State Forestry are tied to this incident.

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Mtn National Park

The fire has consumed up to 11,820 acres of grass, brush and chaparral.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.   They will continue  to do rehabilitation work on trails and other areas.  Additionally, they will monitor fire lines for security as the fire is allowed to progress inside the fire’s perimeter to reduce hazardous fire fuels.

The National Park Service issued this Alert, “Effective immediately, all backcountry areas are closed to the public. McKittrick Canyon and Dog Canyon will also remain closed until further notice. Guadalupe Peak, Smith Spring and El Capitan trails remain open.”

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog