The Wildfire Log | Maria Fire | CA | 2

UPDATE 2 | SATURDAY | NOV 2 2019

A new wildfire has broken out off of Bradley Road and Solano Verde Drive at the top of South Mountain, north of Somis and about one mile south of Santa Paula (Ventura County), California.

Fire was reported as originating on October 31st at 1815 hours PDT. The cause is still under investigation.

Firefighters are briefed prior to beginning work on their shift this morning. Photo Credit | VCFD PIO

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Currently, the fire has destroyed 9,412 acres of brush and short grass.  Crews have gained a 30% containment status.

Fire management is in Unified Command with Ventura County FD and Sheriff Office, along with CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo Unit.

There are 1,579 fire personnel along with 262 fire engines, seven water tenders, six helicopters, 35 hand crews, four other crews and 10 dozers on the fire ground.

Two structures have been destroyed.

Incident Cooperators include, but are not limited to:  VCOES, VC Animal Services, CHP, CA DOC, CAL Resources Corp, SoCAL Gas, United Water and SoCAL Edison. Red Cross.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Maria Fire | CA | 1

UPDATE 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2019 – 2150 PDT

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INCIDENT SUMMARY | A new wildfire has broken out off of Bradley Road and Solano Verde Drive at the top of South Mountain, north of Somis and in Santa Paula, California in Ventura County.  Firefighters responded this evening around 1814 hours PDT.

CURRENT FIRE WEATHER  The fire is currently being fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds and is quickly moving across several areas prompting evacuations.

Fire weather is getting significantly worse as winds were reported as being prominent in the areas of Wiley Ridge, Happy Camp Canyon and Boney Mountain.

It was said the fire was being spread by sustained winds of 10-25 mph and gusts up to 25-40 mph.  Offshore winds are expected to continue through Friday but remain below RED FLAG criteria that are impacting most locations across the State.

CAUSE | The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

SIZE UP | As of 2035 hours PDT this evening, the fire has burned 750 acres and there is no containment status at the time of this post.  At 2130 hours, the acreage was upgrade to just under 4,000 acres with an active fire behavior and moving at a fast rate of spread.

FIRE TACTICS | Fire crews are working to keep the fire within the “box” which includes south of the 126 freeway, north of Los Angeles Avenue, East of Vineyard Avenue and West of Balcom Canyon Road.

Copters making water drops and engines getting in place for structure defense were being completed when the brush fire had only been at 150-acres.

Structure protection is currently in full force, as crews work to protect homes. The fire is moving towards this. Slow rate of spread on the Santa Paula side.  Moving westward.

RESOURCES | There are 250 firefighters assigned as ground and air resources.  About 30 engines, three water tenders, three helicopters and two dozers are on-scene in full firefighting suppression mode.

Two additional Orange County copters on order. Priority for retardant early morning on Friday (heel of the fire due to windshift expected).

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | VCFD, Ventura County Emergency Operations Center, Ventura County humanitarian and animal welfare. World Central Kitchen, Culver City FD Strike Team XLA-1075A (3rd consecutive fire/just released from Kincade Fire) along with two Los Angeles County Fire Air Ops copters.

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Credit } Culver City FD

UNIFIED COMMAND | Management of this fire is in Unified Command with Ventura County FD and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.  Ventura County Fire Department is currently the lead agency.

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EVACUATIONS | Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the following areas. (VCEMERGENCY.com for evacuation order info).

  • North Boundary – South Mountain Road
  • West Boundary – West Los Angeles Avenue
  • East Boundary – Balcom County Road
  • South Boundary – Highway 118

SHELTERS | Shelters are currently open for small and large animals as well as for people.  Here is a current listing:

  • Camarillo Commuinity Center. 1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo. (Opens at 0900 hours)
  • Camarillo Animal Shelter  (Small animals). 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo.
  • Ventura County Fairgrounds (Large animals). 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA.
  • Earl Warren Showgrounds (Large animals). 3400 CAlle Real, San Barbara, CA.
  • The Humane Society of Ventura County (All sizes of animals). 402 Bryant Street, Ojai, CA. Open (urgent). Phone # 805-646-6505.

SCHOOL CLOSURES | Mesa Unified School District and Santa Paula Unified School District are closed.  (www.vcoe.org)

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Firefighters (VCFD + CAL FIRE) had just mopped up a .25 acre brush fire behind homes in the Coronado Circle in Santa Paula area this evening. #CoronadoFire (VCFD PIO)

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“On the northwest side of the fire, some kind of oil facility. Getting involved in the fire. Pilots going to take a look.” – Media

IC reports 150 acres well established on the upper ridge, creeping down both the Somis & Santa Paula sides. Also previously balanced out to a 2nd alarm.” – CA Fire Scanner (1918 hours)

“IC directing all of the inbound engines into the Somis side for structure protection. Fire slowly backing down the Santa Paula side & is a lower priority, will be worked on w/ dozers & crews.” – CA Fire Scanner (1938 hours)

“AA reports oil infrastructure has been directly impacted & putting up a lot of heat, fire now making a significant push down Santa Paula side.” – CA Fire Scanner (2147 PDT)

PHOTO IMAGES | Ventura Co FD PIO, unless otherwise given credit to other sources.

HASHTAGS | #CAWildfires #FireSeason2019 #MariaFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

The Wildfire Log | Moorpark Fire | CA | 1

MOORPARK, Calif. | Ventura County Firefighters were dispatched this afternoon to a brush fire located in the 4200 block of Hilton Boulevard on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

The fire is approximately two acres and burning in light grass.

Four Ventura County FD engines were on-scene and were said to be handling the call successfully.

Limited information available.

#CAwildfires2019  #MoorparkFire #VCFD

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted 6/2/2019 @ 1248 hours PDT

CA | Woolsey Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Started on Friday, November 9th at 1430 hours PST
  • Reported as a brush fire
  • Located North of Malibu and South of Simi Valley, about 4 miles NE of Oak Park
  • Unified Command:  CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo, Ventura County FD & SO, LA City FD & PD and LA County FD &PD.
  • 83,275 acres with 5% containment status
  • Fire fuels are brush, chaparral and tall grass
  • 177 structures destroyed
  • 2 structures damaged
  • 57,000 structures under direct threat
  • Estimated containment on November 15th
  • 2 deaths
  • Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs.

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out  in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  NOTE: We are covering these separately but you may find some combined references due to the sources.

RESOURCES

Resources deployed from locally and around the country helping local Fire and Law Enforcement Agencies:

LOCAL FIRE RESOURCES

This is as of 2130 hours PST, released by CAL FIRE.

  • 418 Fire engines
  • 40 Water tenders
  • Unknown number of air tankers from throughout the State
  • 63 Hand crews
  • 56 dozers
  • 19 helicopters
  • 3,242 personnel

CAL FIRE

  • As of 0320 PST, aerial operations with helicopters continued. Fire Ops reported they are rotating crews and aircraft to maintain coverage over the fire. Their maintenance team is doing a fabulous job. They are all in this together.

Photo Credit: LA CO FIRE OPS

VENTURA COUNTY FD

  • Will host a presser on Sunday at 0930 hours PST at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks, California.

VENTURA COUNTY SO

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  • Missing Person Search – Deputies are looking for 78-year old Thousand Oaks / Camarillo Springs resident, Maryanne Needham.  She was last seen on Thursday on the Hill Fire by her son around 1930 hours driving in the area of Hillcrest Drive and Duesenberg Drive in Thousand Oaks.  She drives a maroon 2002 Honda CRV 4YFX198/CA license plate.  If you have any information, please contact the Ventura County Sheriff Dispatch line at 805-654-9511.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY FD

  • Fire Image.  Photo Credit:  LACoFD, Douglas Morrison)

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LOS ANGELES CITY PD

  • Evacuation of Horses – Officers jumped into action saving these horses.  Photo Credit:  LAPD HQ

WASHINGTON FIRE RESOURCES

The following equipment and resources have been deployed from Washington State:

  • 8 strike teams
  • 93 personnel
  • 2 brush trucks
  • 2 command vehicles
  • 24 fire engines of various types
  • Will be staffing up for all three wildfires – WOOLSEY, HILL and CAMP FIRES
  • Agencies responding:  Lacey FD, Seattle FD, Valley RFA, Snoqualmie FD, Benton County, Thurston County Fire District 17, Lewis County Fire District 5, McLane FD, Thurston County Fire District 9, West Thurston Fire, Walla Walla County Fire District 4, College Place, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Seattle FD, Woodinville Fire & Rescue, Shoreline FD, King County Fire District 27, Skyway FD, East Jefferson Fire & Rescue and Duvall FD. (Source: WA EMD)

CENTRAL REGION STRIKE TEAM

MCLANE / BLACK LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Photo Credit: McLane / Black Lake FD Facebook Page

  • “Crews left this morning to head to California and are part of upwards of 8 Strike Teams to help with devastating fire. 40 engines and 150 fire personnel are on their way.
  • The  Team has had a full day of travel. Crews will spend the night in Stockton, CA then heading out early Sunday to make the last leg of the journey to the staging area.” – MBLFD Firefighters @MBLFDFFS (Twitter)

SE REGION STRIKE TEAM  (WA)

Photo Credits:  Lacey FD, Skyway FD, Snoqualime FD. Courtesy: WA EMD.

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CHELAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 1 – Leader

  • Walla Walla Fire District 4
  • Walla Walla Fire District 8
  • College Place Fire
  • Benton County Fire District 1
  • Stevens County Fire District 1

SEATTLE FIRE STRIKE TEAM 

Firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department group up as part of a Washington Strike Team deploying to help with California Wildfires. Photo Credit:  Seattle FD.

EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE STRIKE TEAM

  • Team Leader is EF&R BC Dave McDaniel
  • 9 Firefighters from EF&R (including Brush Truck 71)
  • Shoreline FD
  • Snoqualmie FD

Fire crews from Eastside Fire & Rescue (Credit:  Seattle Fire Department)

“Mutual aid resources will operate on a 24-hour on, 24-hour off schedule and start work on Monday, November 12th, once they arrive at the final location. Their assignments will vary which will be dependent on current needs.  It is possibly they may be needed to backfill fire stations to respond to everyday emergencies or out fighting fires.

Their deployment may up to two weeks.” says Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

Photo Credit: Seattle FD

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Additional resources assisting on this major event are called Incident Cooperators.  The following are partnering with local fire departments and Law Enforcement Agencies:

  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • CA Department of Fish & Game
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • Public Health Department
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • CALTRANS
  • Ventura County Animal Control
  • Los Angeles County Animal Control
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • American Red Cross (ARC)

Photo Credit: Seattle FD

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visitwww.VCEmergency.com or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visitwww.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

  • Bell Canyon – Entire community
  • Oak Park – Entire community
  • Thousand Oaks – T.O. Blvd north to Sunset Hills… Oak Park west to Hwy 23… West of Hwy 23 to south of East of Olsen Road..North of Pederson Rd… South of Bard Lake… East of Hwy 23….South of Hwy 101… east of Reino Road… North of Potrero Raod… East to the Los Angeles & Ventura County line…Wood Ranch and Long Canyon

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS

  • Simi Valley – Bridal Path

EVACUATION ALERTS!

VENTURA COUNTY

Evacuation Alerts! –  www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

CAMARILLO

St. Mary Magdalen Church –  25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

 Camarillo Community Center – 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross).

NEWBURY PARK

Borhard Community Center – 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

THOUSAND OAKS

Goeble Senior Adult Center – FULL! – 1385 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Thousand Oaks Teen Center – FULL! – 1375 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Thousand Oaks Community Center – CLOSED! – 2525 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks CA 91360.

SIMI VALLEY

Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center – 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.  No animals accepted.

WOODLAND HILLS

Taft Charter – FULL! – 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. (Source:  Red Cross)

Pierce College (California) –  6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave).

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals

DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.

Large Animals

  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2)
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services – FULL!

Info –> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2282_4165.pdf

Small Animals 

  • Borchard Park –190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)
  • Ventura County Animal Services – 805-388-4258. 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 West Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA. 805-388-4341

Info –> http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2282_4165.pdf

Horses

  • Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.   (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

ROAD CLOSURES

Hwy 101

  • Both directions at Valley Circle to Reyes Adobe
  • Off ramp at Camarillo Springs

Hwy 1

  • Southbound (Pacific Coast Hwy or PCH) closed

Bell Canyon Road

  • Closed at Valley Circle Boulevard

Lynn Road

  • At Reino Road

Potrero Road

  • Closed between Rancho  Dos Vientos and South Lewis Road

Kanan Road

  • Between Westlake Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road
  • At Falling Star Avenue

Erbes Road

  • At Sapra Street

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

CA | Woolsey Fire | 2

NOVEMBER 9, 2018 – FRIDAY – 1400 HOURS PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out  in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley.

Photo posted at 0200 PST in the early morning hours on Friday. Photo Credit | LA Co FD

The fire was originally at 10 acres but would explode into 10,000 acres within hours with some reporting the fire consuming acreage the size of a football field within seconds.  We call that a major Fire Storm.

Two wildfires:  WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other.  NOTE: We are covering these separately but you may find some combined references due to the sources.

RESOURCES

The agencies that have been deployed and are working on this wildfire WOOLSEY FIRE are the following:

  • Ventura County Fire and Police Departments
  • Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff Departments
  • Los Angeles City Fire and Police Department
  • CAL FIRE

Photo posted from Thursday evening. Photo Credit | LA County SO

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

FIRE STATUS

Fire has burned approximately 14,000 acres.  It has been said that it burned through a nuclear accident scene into Malibu.

Unified command partners briefing media on current situation. Mandatory evacuations still in effect. Additional shelter in service at Palisades High School in Malibu. next media briefing is scheduled for 1630 PST. (LA County Fire PIO)  Photo Credit:  LA CO FD

WESTERN TOWN

Western Town, an Old West movie set including “Westworld” at Paramount Ranch in Agoura HIlls is reported to have been destroyed by flames.  This site was purchased by Paramount in 1927 and had been used as a western site ever since. (Source:  Los Angeles Times. Story –> http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-fires-woolsey-hill-camp-western-town-of-paramount-ranch-has-been-1541795090-htmlstory.html)

FIRE JUMPS 101 FREEWAY

The fire jumped the 101 Freeway this morning around 0600 hours PST. Video below shows the firestorm looking more like a runaway train.  To keep the Public and First Responders, the freeway has been closed in both directions. Video Credit:  VCFD

ROAD CLOSURES

workers responding to emergency closures observe and appear that the scene appears to be calm – eerily closed @ Mugu Rock – and devastation – wind-whipped fire destruction – remnants from both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.   Photo(s) Credit:  CAL TRANS DISTRICT #7

BRUSH CLEARING ACTIVITIES

Fire crews are doing brush clearing activities in and around homes in communities to lessen heavy fire fuels and work to stop the forward progression the wildfires.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visitwww.VCEmergency.com or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visitwww.VCReadySetGo.org(Source:  LA County FD PIO)

All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1430 PST) – Source:  VCFD PIO.

EVACUATION UPDATE* All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1400 PST) Source – LA CO FD.

Photo Credit | LA Co SO

EVACUATION AND  ALERT ENTIRE CITY/COMMUNITY of Hidden Hills PLEASE EVACUATE Immediately via Valley Circle Blvd towards Chatsworth.  (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1145 PST) – Source: LA County SO

EVACUATION ALERTS!

VENTURA COUNTY – Alerts !

 Evacuation updates via http://www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source:  VCFD PIO)

EVACUATION SHELTERS – People

Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating:  “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source:  LA County Sheriff’s Office)

CAMARILLO

St. Mary Magdalen Church. 25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

 Camarillo Community Center, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross).

NEWBURY PARK

 Borhard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source:  American Red Cross)

SIMI VALLEY

Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center. 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.

WOODLAND HILLS

Taft Charter.  5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. (Source:  Red Cross)

Pierce College (California).  6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA

EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal

Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals

DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES.  1) Large Animals:  Pierce College. 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto.  2) Small Animals:  Borchard Park. 190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.  (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source:  DACC)

Evacuation Shelter – Horses

Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES.  They can be reached at 805-552-0201.  (Disclaimer:  We have no knowledge of this business and do not lie claim that information listed here is an endorsement for this company.  Always do your due diligence before making any type of financial agreement or give personal info until you have verified their credentials.-Ed.) – (Source:  Castle Rock Farms)

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

#ThomasFire is Wind-Driven | 16

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

(Credit: CAL FIRE)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire. (VCFD PIO)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Size, Containment |  270,000 acres.  45% containment status.

Fire Resources |  8,526 fire personnel. 972 fire engines, 166 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 75 dozers, 86 water tenders and CAL FIRE IMT-4. 

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Thomas Fire. (Credit VCFD PIO)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments |  1,026 structures destroyed and 242 damaged. 18,000 structures threatened.

Fatalities | 1.

Current Fire Status |  Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area with N – NE winds forecasted combined with very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures and single-digit RH will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the fire.  Areas threatened  coastal Santa Barbara County communities including Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland and the Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

Social Media |  “The fire is so large that its eastern and western fronts are influenced by entirely different wind patterns and terrain. In many ways, it’s as if firefighters are battling two separate fires some 40 miles apart” –  Hollywood Celebrity.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/17/2017 @ 2030 hours PST

#ThomasFire Firefighters Working Tirelessly | 15

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL Fire)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire flames burn near the power lines in Sycamore Canyon as seen from West Mountain Drive in Montecito. (Credit: SCB Fire Info)

Size, Containment | Acreage has increased from 259,000 to 267,500 acres.  The containment still remains at a 40% containment status.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

3,000 more burned acres and the Thomas Fire will become 2nd largest wildfire and 6,000  more to become the largest wildfire in all of California’s fire history. – Social Media

Fire Resources | Fire resources have increased even more significantly on Saturday, December 16, 2017, to 8,477 fire personnel, 972 fire engines, 164 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 77 dozers and 94 water tenders.  CAL IMT Type -4.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Ojai Search and Rescue conducts evacuations in Montecito. (Credit: Ojai SAR)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

On December 14, 2017, over 395,000 masks have been distributed in SBC to help residents with poor air quality.

Significant air resources, all headed towards Division U (towards 33 freeway), including both tankers and helicopters in the last 30 min. Sounds like fire issues along that corridor this afternoon. 

Photos taken on Saturday, 12/16/2017. (Credit: VCFD)

Evacuations | A voluntary evacuation warning has been issued for the Painted Cave community which includes the area north of Hwy 154 and south of East Camino Cielo along Painted Cave Road. If you are in this area, be prepared to leave. – Santa Barbara County FD

CalGuard Blackhawk confucts a waterdrop operations on Saturday. (Credit: USFS)

The Fire has caused mandatory and voluntary evacuations within the Santa Barbara (City).  All residents are strongly advised to be packed and ready to leave your homes. If you are in mandatory evacuation zone leave now.  – Santa Barbara County FD

Flames churn towards a large fire break near homes along Gibraltar Road north of Santa Barbara. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

Damage Assessments | 11 additional structures have been destroyed bringing the total to 1,020 structures and 2 additional have been damaged, for a total of 242 structures.  $110 Million Cost-to-date expenses.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status |  Very strong north winds materialized this morning around 0700 increasing fire behavior significantly in the Santa Barbara Front Country. Fire made an aggressive southward push into the community of Montecito, impacting some structures there.

Red flag warnings will remain in place over various portions of the fire over the next operational period for high wind and low humidity. Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area, with north/northeast winds forecasted. This weather pattern will be conducive to west- and southward fire growth, continuing to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland in Santa Barbara County.

North winds will also exasperate the threat to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural values, with fire being established in the Sespe drainage. Mop-up operations in previously burned areas will be ongoing. On the north side of the fire, direct and indirect line construction will occur to contain fire that has spread north of Highway 33 and Rose Valley Road.

Direct line construction, where possible, will continue within the Zaca Fire burn scar to Highway 33 Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions.

Fire near power lines. (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Social Media |  Strong winds and flames are bearing down the ridge and threatening homes up near Gibraltar Rock. – News Media

Parts of Santa Barbara turned into a “ghost town” as residents took appropriate action by listening to new evacuation orders by emergency personnel managing the wind-fed fire. – CAL OES

Brown smoke is seen spewing from the Thomas Fire captured by NASA Earth on December 14. (Credit: NASA)

This fire isn’t letting up & remains dangerous! Stay vigiliant and safe everyone! – CAL OES

Red Cross truck drives through the Skyline neighborhood of Ventura, CA searching for

(Credit: Red Cross)

people in need of assistance. Charred chimney stacks are a common sight in this hillside community, remnants of the beautiful homes consumed by the wrath of the Thomas Fire.  – American Red Cross

Fire intensifies in the Santa Barbara. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

CalTrans continues to work on clearing last nights rockslide on Hwy 150. – VCFD PIO

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 2200 Hours PST

#ThomasFire Firestorm Still Raging | 14

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Size, Containment | The fire has consumed 259,000 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Structure Protection courtesy of a Mutual Aid Portland OR Fire engine company for a Montecito home near San Ysidro Road. (Credit: SBC Fire Info PIO Eliason Mike)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Fire Resources | 8,370 fire personnel along with 973 fire engines, 161 fire crews, 32 helicopters, 77 bulldozers and 92 water tenders.  CAL FIRE IMT -4 is in command.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments | 1,009 structures destroyed.  240 structures damaged. 18,000 still threatened.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status (Santa Barbara) | Firefighters to continue building direct fireline where possible with support from fire resources, working to tie in to the Tea and Jesusita Fires footprints and remain engaged in structure protection operations.  Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara communities are still being threatened.

Current Fire Status (Ventura County) | Firefighters on the east side, are working to improve fireline that has been established to fire out of nearby community of Fillmore.  They will additionally extend north from Fillmore in preparation of future firing operations.

On the north side of the fire, will be closely monitored by crews. Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo with light fuels in the Zaca Fire footprint will continue where lines have never been established. 

Hashtags | #ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 1100 hours PST

Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Air Attack

Fire terminology is used throughout the Fire Service and we thought we’d get you all up to speed with each word and their definition.  See that we are missing one on the list? Please let us know! 

How well do you know your Fire Terminology?

Air Attack

An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

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Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.  

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

Source:  USDA US Forest Service

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Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Blow-up

Fire Terminology has a long list of definitions and we are ready to break it down for you each day.  As we compile our list, you are welcome to comment on our post and we will add them as we go.  Ready?  Here we go in 3-2-1. Go.

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Blow-up

“A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

This photo was taken by Ventura County FD on December 4, 2017 of the Thomas Fire.  This could easily be considered as a firestorm as the fire originally was deemed at 500 acres but has consumed everything in its path with a current standing at 50,500 acres with a 0% containment status.  That, my friends is what we call a “firestorm” on steroids.

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.  

Source:  USDA US Forest Service

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