Bring Them Home | Hundreds Search for Firefighters Lost at Sea | 1

Information for this article was gleaned from multiple sources from government, private and public sectors published over Social Media. Information is posted to the best of my abilities.

Quote of the Day | Day after day, ordinary people become heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions to help their neighbors.Sylvia Mathews Burwell

We ask  a few things from our readers – to be respectful and nice towards this post and towards those including the family, friends and their communities that are hugely impacted by their disappearance and waiting impatiently for any updates from Officials.  For us, please send and keep them in your good thoughts and prayers. This will mean a lot to us and to them as well.

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Thank you to all of the Incident Cooperators (sorry we if did not mention you!) and their partners, civilians, Good Samaritans, Command personnel, Supporters and everyone else in between who is searching for Justin and Brian. This is what we are all about – helping each other. – This is why one of the reasons we are big fans of the Fire Service and the Family that binds it together.  Blogger LR Swenson/NW Fire Blog

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

Two great friends whom are both avid boaters decided to take a boat out for a last run on  Friday, August 16th morning for fishing and relaxation.  When off-duty firefighters, JFRD Engineer Brian McCluney (US Navy Vet) and Justin Walker, Fairfax FD (VA) did not return as scheduled, they were reported to authorities as overdue.

Photo Credit:  JAX Firefighters

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Firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker.

A massive search would gear up and be spearheaded by one of the biggest Search-and-Rescue agencies, which specializes in missing and stranded boaters that the Federal Agency has in this nation.  This large-scale SAR mission has all the main players including a massive civilian force and they are all pulling out every single resources to find these missing firefighters to #BringThemHome.

Here is their story told through various updates, eyewitness accounts and from Social Media sources.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

Day 1 | August 16 | Friday

0107 hours EDT 

Two boaters, Justin and Brian are seen on the boat ramp’s camera, placing the 22-foot Robalo boat into the water were reportedly heading to the 8A Reef. The boat was given to him from his father, whom had just passed.

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Credit | USCG

Day 2 | August 17 | Saturday

They are reported overdue as they never came back as scheduled on this date.

 1009 hours EDT

The US Coast Guard begins to search for missing two firefighters.  They were last seen leaving the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp in Port Canaveral Friday in a 24-foot center console.  Their destination was to head towards 8A reef.  This reef is a fishing spot and is an artificial or natural reef that attracts fish to the area.

Eyewitness Account | “We fished out of the port today and we saw a rescue plane circling for about two hours. The current was ripping about 8-12 knots around noon.”

A family reported to the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville on this date would prompt a USCG to launch a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Canaveral, an HC-130 Hercules search plane from the Air Station Clearwater and an 87-foot patrol boat called the Cutter Ridley.  Additional incident cooperators included the US Navy and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Day 3 | August 18 | Sunday

MEDIA REPORT | DC Patrick Gouin from Brian’s station says 7/50 JFRD JAX Firefighters are from his shift. Other Firefighters from nearby areas are staffing stations while Brian’s fellow brothers search for him.

0415 Hours EDT

The USCG with Incident Cooperators will be searching through the night with surface and air resources.  The search throughout the day has covered 20,029 square miles with an estimated 70 hours of active searches.

Photo Credit:  USCG

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0733 Hours EDT

Searchers focus near the Gulf Stream. Good Samaritans are searching 1-15 miels off the coast from south Georgia to Port Canaveral.  Estimated search is 5,000 miles.

0744 Hours EDT

There are 2 USCG 87-foot patrol boats, 2 small boats and 1 HC-130 search plane. Incident Cooperators include My FWC, JSO PIO, CBP Florida, Brevard County Sheriffs Office and about 15 Good Sam vessels.

Day 4 | August 19 | Monday

0852 hours EDT

They started at 0800 hours with 36 boats, 135+  people, 3 airplanes to search 5,000 square miles from St. Augustine to Brunswick and from the beach to 60 miles out from shore.

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Customs Border and Protection Bureau (CPB) air and marine assets are assisting the USCG Southeast Command in working to locate two missing firefighters who disappeared on Friday, August 16, 2019.

Here are some of the aircraft deployed on this SAR mission | All photo credit goes to CBP Florida.

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The CBP states they deployed a P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew, two Multi-Role Enforcement aircraft on board an Interim Midnight Express to assist with the search.

Day 5 | August 20 | Tuesday

0452 hours EDT

The searchers have covered 24,000 miles and continue to search. Crews are searching at Port Canaveral area up to north of City of Jacksonville, as well as 80 miles off-shore.

0536 hours EDT

0725 hours EDT

1430 hours EDT

PRESSER | We will be moving our efforts north tomorrow…boats that can run 60+ miles out of Mayport..boats that can run 30-60 miles out of Brunswick and Savannah..if you want to go out of Brunswick/Savannah call Chief Barrow tonight 904-813-5315 for boats and volunteers call 904-763-9747. – My JFRD (@JFRDJAX)

1609 hours EDT

USCG will start searching through the night.  The search has covered 69,000 square miles with an estimated 182 hours of searches.  They will partner with crews searching from the skies and on the surface.

We started early as the sun broke today gridding our the area and giving assignments…we will do it again tomorrow at 7am from Mayport boat ramp. – JFRD JAX

Photo Credit:  @JFRDJAX

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Day 6 | August 21 | Wednesday

0700 hours EDT

Volunteers  who have boats capable of searching between 30-60 miles offshore safely will be meeting at Mayport boat ramp at 7 am.  Bring your binoculars and SAT phone if you have them. If you don’t have a boat and want to help, you can help out by donating to  JFRD.com

How to Help

https://clear-give.com/egive3/index.cfm?page=donationDetail&itemID=305533&LocID=261001&refresh=true

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#BringThemHome  #MissingFirefighters

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 00:00 hours 8/21/2019

Fire Images of Rocky Mountain Fire

Fire Photography has been around forever, or at least as it seems.  We will note that all of the Fire Images shown in our posts are given the most accurate Photo Credits / Courtesy as possible.  We do not lie any claims to those photos as they are the sole property of the photographers listed.

Fire Stats

  • Started – 4/16/2016 – 1315 Hours
  • Location – South Zone of Shenandoah National Park, NE of Grottoes, Rockingham County, in Luray, Virginia.
  • Cause – Unknown, under investigation
  • Containment – 90% as of 4/28/2016
  • Acres:  10,326
  • Fire Fuels:  Timber (litter/understory), brush and grass
  • Fire Behavior:  Minimal, smolder

PHOTO CREDIT – A. WILLIAMS, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Evening Rocky Mtn Fire

Rocky Mtn Fire NPS Photo A.Williams

Rocky Mtn Fire.

PHOTO CREDIT – VIRGINIA DEPT OF FORESTRY

PHOTO CREDIT – JENNIFER RABUCK, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Smoke rises across a ridge in the background

PHOTO CREDIT – RITA BAYSINGER, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Type 1 (hotshot) firefighters get their gear together before heading out for the day.

Photogrpher in foreground and a pilot in a helmet, sitting in the cockpit of his Type 2 helicopter is his subject.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in a blue and gray jacket speaks in front of a large map of the Rocky Mtn Fire 2016.

Smoke billows up from mountain side after aerial ignition

PHOTO COURTESY – INCIWEB

View of Rocky Mtn Fire from Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

Smoke visible from Rocky Mtn Fire

Firefighters

Helicopter

Superintendent Northup addresses firefighters at morning briefing

Media Tour on the Rocky Mtn Fire April 24, 2016

front of a helicopter says N.P Police

Map of the Appalachian Trail in eastern US

PHOTO CREDIT – SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

PHOTO COURTESY – NASA

picture of the burn scar and active fire area at the edges from space

photo from space showing a close view of the burned area and active fire edges with labels

We’d like to Thank the men and women behind the fire images knowing how much time and effort to put these great fire images out to all of us. Thank you for sharing your many talents and bringing to life what it is really looks like on the fire ground. – Ed.

 

Sources:  Inciweb, Shenandoah NPS, NASA, VA Department of Forestry

 

National Fire Activity Report| April 15, 2016

THE NUMBERS ARE RELEASED

The following report was released from the National Interagency Coordination Center for the week of April 8-14, 2016.

During this week, 729 new fires were reported as Light Initial Fire Activity incidents.  Of those, 17 were new large events and crews were able to contain 20 large fires.  Six [6] remain not contained.

Though the number of fires are showing a downturn at this time of year [based off of April 15, 2016] down to 12,272  since its prior years in 2015, of 13,286 and listed as 16,470 in 2014 – it is clearly a sign of land burning much more rapidly.

In 2016, 1,381,078 acres have been consumed, while at this time of year in 2015, only 297,023 acres and even a lesser amount of 226,291 in 2014.  Times have changed and the numbers do not lie.  The proof lies here and some, have already began early recruitment and staffing up for when the Firestorm attempts to burn up the landscape like it did in 2015.  Reinforcements will be ready for Mother Nature’s fury, when she most likely will strike.

STATES ALREADY TOUCHED BY FIRE

Arkansas.  1 new. 1 contained.

Arizona.  0 new. 1 contained.

Florida.  3 new. 1 contained. 3 still burning.

  • Long Pine Key.  Everglades NP.  12 miles SW of Homestead. 3780 acres. Timber & brush. Moderate fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 65% contained. 59 personnel. 1 crew. 10 engines. 2 helicopters. $341,000 cost-to-date.
  •  Relay.  Florida Forest Service.  7 miles SW of Favoretta.  Southern rough.  Min. fire behavior.  400 acres. 85% contained.  6 personnel.  6 engines. No cost-to-date.
  •  Still Road.  Florida Forest Service.  3 miles NE of Barberville. Southern rough.  Min. fire behavior.  205 acres.  95% contained.  6 personnel.  1 helicopter. No cost-to-date available.

Kansas.  0 new. 1 contained.

Mississippi.  2 new. 2 contained.

Montana.  2 new.  1 contained.  1 still burning.

  • Elk Hill.  Lewis & Clark National Forest. 21 miles NE of Augusta.  Min. fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Trail closures are in effect. 1089 acres.  80% contained.  32 personnel.  1 crew.  2 helicopters.  $575,000 cost-to-date.

New Mexico.  0 new.  1 contained.

North Carolina.  2 new.  2 contained.

Oklahoma.  4 new.  6 contained.  2 still burning.

  • 350 Complex.  Department of Forestry.  6 miles N of Woodward.  Tall grass, brush and timber. Min. fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 57,167 acres. 92% contained. 37 personnel.  5 engines.  $900,000 cost-to-date.
  • Top Hat.  Osage Agency.  2 miles S of Hominy.  Hardwood litter.  Min. fire behavior.  1,544 acres.  95% contained.  3 personnel.  1 engine.  $22,000 cost-to-date.

South Dakota.  0 new.  1 contained.

Tennessee.  1 new.  3 contained.

Virginia.  2 new.  2 contained.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Wildfires in the United States | Week of March 25 – 31, 2016

Fire incidents are reported weekly to the National Interagency Coordination Center, based out of Montana and are given in this post.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

Fire Representatives from across the United States for the week of March 25 through March 31, 2016, there were 670 fires reported.  Approximately, 22 of them were s large fire incidents with 21 of them being contained.  There is still 13 of them showing as not contained.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS BY AREA

SOUTHERN AREA 

Fire Summary:  459 new fires. 17 large incidents.  12 uncontained fires.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – NPS

Tarpon.  26 miles W of Homestead, FL.  Tall grass.  Moderate fire behavior.  340 Acres. 60% Containment. 3 Personnel. 1 Helicopter. Unknown Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

KY DEPT. OF FORESTRY

Brushy Creek.  9 miles S of Portsmouth, OH.  Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior with backing, flanking and smoldering.  Rain has occurred over the are. 150 Acres. 98% Contained. 10 Personnel. $1,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

Flat Hollow.  2 miles SW of Portsmouth, OH. Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior with flanking, backing and smoldering.  Rain has occurred over fire area. Started on private land.  500 Acres.  98% Containment. 6 Personnel. $5,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report unless increased fire activity occurs.

NATIONAL FORESTS, NORTH CAROLINA

Sheehan Creek.  7 miles NW from Marion, North Carolina.  Timber and hardwood litter. 150 Acres. 98% Containment.  6 Personnel.  1 Engine.  0 Cost-to-Date info available.  Last report, unless increased fire activity occurs.

OK DEPT.  OF FORESTRY

Anderson Creek.  2 miles N of Camp Houston, OK.   Brush, tall grass and timber. Minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Numerous communities still threatened. 367,630 Acres (reduced) due to more accurate fire mapping. 95% Containment.  71 Personnel.  28 Engines.  53 Structures lost.  $1.5M Cost-to-Date.

Ranchland.  9 miles NW of Skiatook, OK.  Timber. Min fire behavior. Structures threatened. 600 Acres.  75% Contained.  41 Personnel.  15 Engines. 1 Helicopter. $5,000 Cost-to-Date. Last report, unless new fire activity occurs.

OSAGE AGENCY – BIA.

Bender.  13 miles N of Pawnee, OK.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and brush.  Min fire behavior.  2293 Acres.  85% Contained.  4 Personnel.  1 Engine.  $8,000 Cost-to-Date.

Crawford.  2 miles E of Hominy, OK.  Hardwood litter.  Min fire behavior.  Structures threatened.  400 Acres.  40% Containment.  37 Personnel.  2 Crews.  10 Engines. $40,000 Cost-to-Date

Darkwing.  6 miles N of Hominy, OK.  745 Acres.  50% Containment.  10 Personnel.  5 Engines.  $5,000 Cost-to-Date.

Dogga Creek.  4 miles NW of Fairfax, OK.  Hardwood litter, min fire behavior.  1283 Acres.  70% Containment.  7 Personnel.  2 Engines.  $10,000 Cost-to-Date.

VIRGINIA DEPT. OF FORESTRY

1 O’Clock.  4 miles E of Blackwater, VA.  Tall grass and hardwood litter.  Active fire behavior and structures threatened.  550 Acres.  25% Containment.  18 Personnel. 1 Crew. 1 Engine.  $2,000 Cost-to-Date.

EASTERN AREA

Fire Summary:  132 new fires.  3 large fire incidents.  1 uncontained.

MARK TWAIN NF – FOREST SERVICE

Pole Hollow.  7 miles N of Reuter, Missouri.  Hardwood litter and tall grass.  Min fire behavior with smoldering.  258 Acres. 68% Containment.  44 Personnel. 3 Engines. 1 Helicopter. Area and Trails closures are in effect.  $75,000 Cost-to-Date.

 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Fire Summary:  14 new fires.  0 large incidents.  0 uncontained.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

Fire Summary:  6 new fires.  1 large incident. 0 uncontained.

SOUTHWEST AREA

Fire Summary:  44 new fires.  1 large incident.  0 not contained.

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U.S. FIRES | Sit Rep | March 26, 2016

Fire incidents are reported weekly to the National Interagency Coordination Center, based out of Montana are given in this post.  We will be posting additional fires not included in this weekly report.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

Fire Representatives from across the United States for the week of March 18 through March 24, 2016, there were 988 fires reported.  Approximately, 38 of them were deemed as large fire incidents with 21 of them being contained.  There is still 18 of them showing as not contained.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS BY AREA

PL2:  SOUTHERN AREA 

841 new fires were reported with 34 of them considered as large incidents. 16 fires in this area are not contained.

Anderson Creek.  2 miles N of Camp Houston, OK.  Oklahoma Dept of Forestry. Brush, tall grass and timber. Moderate fire behavior. Communities of Alva OK and Medicine Lodge KS threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. 400,000 Acres. 0% Containment. 273 Personnel.  109 Engines.  $250,000 Cost-to-Date.

I40 Fire:  5 miles W of Shamrock, TX. Texas A & M Forest Service. Fire started on private land in tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. 15,174 Acres.  85% Containment. 14 Personnel.  2 Engines. No Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Bar-Dew Lake:  5 miles N of Bartlesville, OK. Osage Agency, BIA. Hardwood litter. Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened. 12,468 Acres.  60% Containment.  16 Personnel.  2 Engines.  $34,000 Cost-to-Date.

Bug Creek:  6 miles of Hominy, OK. Osage Agency, BIA.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. 2870 Acres.  65% Containment.  3 Personnel. 1 Engine.  $18,000 Cost-to-Date.

Walker:  7 miles E of Hominy, OK. Osage Agency, BIA. Tall grass, hardwood litter and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  2200 Acres.  65% Containment. 3 Personnel.  1 Engine. $16,000 Cost-to-Date.

Caney Head:  10 miles NW of Lineville, AL. National Forests in Alabama. Hardwood litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior. Area and trail closures in effect. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  867 Acres.  70% Containment. 16 Personnel. 2 Hand crews.  $109,000 Cost-to-Date.

Cellar Mountain:  5 miles E of Raphine, VA. George Washington & Jefferson NF.  Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Structures threatened. Road and trail closures in effect.  706 Acres. 79% Containment. 13 Personnel.  $250,000 Cost-to-Date.

Ranchland:  9 miles NW of Skiatook, OK.  Oklahoma DOF.  Timber. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened.  600 Acres.  75% Containment.  41 Personnel.  15 Engines.  1 Helicopter. $4,000 Cost-to-Date.

Rabbit:  8 miles NW of Okemah, OK.  Okmulgee Field Office, BIA. Tall grass and hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior.  600 Acres.  85% Containment. 34 Personnel.  10 Engines. $12,000 Cost-to-Date.

Flat Hollow:  2 miles SE of Portsmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning hardwood litter. Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and short-range spotting. Structures threatened.  500 Acres.  84% Containment.  20 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. $4,000 Cost-to-Date. Private land.

North Peak: 4 miles N of Marion, NC. North Peak, North Carolina Forest Service.  Timber. Moderate fire behavior with running. Structures threatened. Last report unless significant activity occurs.  450 Acres.  40% Containment. 84 Personnel.  2 Hand crews. 5 Engines. 1 Helicopter. $100,000 Cost-to-Date.

Rockhouse:  4 miles N of Hayesville, NC. National Forests in North Carolina. Hardwood litter and chaparral. Minimal fire behavior. 240 Acres. 90% Containment. 1 Engine.  $80,000 Cost-to-Date.

Camel’s Knob:   5 miles NW of Union Mills, NC. North Carolina Forest Service. Hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with uphill runs and spotting.  165 Acres.  85% Containment.  34 Personnel.  4 Engines. $13,000 Cost-to-Date.

Radio Ridge #2:  1 miles S of Portmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and short-range spotting.  150  Acres. 90% Containment. 19 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. $3,000 Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Brushy Creek:  9 miles S of Portsmouth, OH.  Kentucky DOF. Started on private land burning into hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, uphill runs and creeping.  150 Acres. 90% Containment.  10 Personnel.  $1,000 Cost-to-Date.

Sheehan Creek:  7 miles NW of Marion, NC.  National Forests in North Carolina.  Timber and hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  150 Acres. 98% Containment. 6 Personnel.  1 Engine.  $52,000 Cost-to-Date.

Webb Mountain:  2 miles N of Boones Mill, VA.  Webb Mountain, Private. Started on private land burning into hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, wind-driven runs and flanking. Structures threatened.  100 Acres.  60% Containment.  41 Personnel.  1 Hand crew. 4 Engines. 1 Helicopter. 1 Structure lost. $4,000 Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Mini Post Lane: 13 miles SW of Channing, TX.  Texas A & M Forest Service. Started on private land burning into tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received.  860 Acres.  98% Containment. 14 Personnel.  2 Engines.  No Cost-to-Date. Private Land.

Summary:  2 large noteworthy fires that are now 100% contained were the Crutch Complex in Texas burned 44,686 acres destroying 4 structures.  This was on Private Land.  The Millis Swamp Fire in North Carolina was an extremely expensive fire topping out at a Cost-to-Date of $200,000 for the Forest Service.

PL 2:  SOUTHWEST AREA

There were 42 fires reported in this area with one considered as a large incident and is considered as not contained.  There are current two fires burning.

Baker Canyon:  28 miles NE of Douglas, AZ.  Gila District Office, BLM. Tall grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened. Last report unless significant activity occurs. 6800 Acres.  15% Containment. 82 Personnel.  2 Crews.  4 Engines. 1 Helicopter.  $213,000 Cost-to-Date.

Boss Ranch:  19 miles NE of Douglas, AZ. Coronado NF. Tall grass and brush. No new information. Last report unless new information is received. 1253 Acres.  98% Containment.  12 Personnel.  2 Engines. 1 Helicopter.  No Cost-to-Date known.

PL1:  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA [Area including Hawaii]

Fire Representatives reported 4 new fires in this area.  1 was considered as a large incident. 1 fire is currently burning.

Puuwaawaa Makai:  3 miles NE of Puuanahulu, Hawaii.  Hawaii County. Tall grass. Moderate fire behavior. Road closures in effect. 1500 Acres.  75% Containment.  41 Personnel.  10 Engines.  $16,000 Cost-to-Date.  County.

 

PL1:  ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA

Eleven [11] new Fires were reported in this area with 2 of them being considered as large incidents.  There are 0 fires burning.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Cellar Mountain Wildfire | March 23 2016 | Update 3

Incident Summary

A slow-moving wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 17, 2016, around 3 in the

Credit: InciWeb

Credit: InciWeb

morning on forest lands of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.  The fire is said to be located 10 miles East of Raphine, Virginia and West of Blue Ridge Parkway within Saint Mary’s Wilderness in Augusta County.

Fire fuel is Timber with litter and under sto

Resources

There are still 84 personnel assigned to this incident.  Incident Cooperators for

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

this fire included National Park Service, Augusta Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Fire Status

This is the last update as the fire has reached a 75% containment status.  The total acres is 706 acres.

At the end of this post, there still was no known cause to this fire.  We assume investigations are still searching.

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

Weather Forecast

The weather is being forecasted to be in the 40’s.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Cellar Mountain Wildfire | March 21 2016 | Update 2

Incident Summary

A slow-moving wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 17, 2016, around 3 in the

Credit: InciWeb

Credit: InciWeb

morning on forest lands of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.  The fire is said to be located 10 miles East of Raphine, Virginia and West of Blue Ridge Parkway within Saint Mary’s Wilderness in Augusta County.

Fire fuel is Timber with litter and under story.

Resources

There are currently 84 personnel assigned to this incident.  Incident Cooperators for

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

this fire included National Park Service, Augusta Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Fire Status

Due to wintry mixture sprinkling over the fire ground along with precipitation, cooler temps and higher RHs have stopped the forward spread of the fire.

An additional 60 acres have been burned, bringing up the total to 870.  The cause is still unknown and under investigation,

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

Future fire activities will include in the next 12 hours of patrol and mop up of the current containment lines  In the next 24 hours, Fire Managers plan to have crews direct attack using hot spot and cold training tactics.

Firefighters have successfully gained a 50% containment status.

Weather Forecast

The weather is being forecasted to be in the upper 30’s, cloudy and light winds out of the Northeast.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Cellar Mountain Wildfire | March 20 2016 | Update 1

Incident Summary

A slow-moving wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 17, 2016, around 3 in the

Credit: InciWeb

Credit: InciWeb

morning on forest lands of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.  The fire is said to be located 10 miles East of Raphine, Virginia and West of Blue Ridge Parkway within Saint Mary’s Wilderness in Augusta County.

Fire fuel is Timber with litter and understory.

Resources

There are currently 80 personnel assigned to this incident.  Incident Cooperators for

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

this fire included National Park Service, Augusta Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Fire Status

Firefighters are currently working to establish / improve containment lines using existing trails and natural features.   There is minimal fire growth, as a wintry mix fell upon the fire ground.

810 acres have been scorched.  There is no info on the cause or suspected cause of the fire.  It is under investigation.

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

No injuries or structures being threatened have been reported at the time this post was written.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

WILDFIRE: Mud Pond Fire | George Washington, Jefferson NF | Update 2

FIRE SUMMARY

The Mud Pond fire is burning in the Mud Pond area of Rockingham County, Virginia on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and near the community of Union Springs.

The fire was detected on the night of November 13, 2015.  The cause is still unknown at this time and is under current investigation.  Fire is minimal and backing.

Currently, there is no containment on the fire and Fire Managers state they have no known date as to when it will be contained.  So far, 629 acres have been burned.

RESOURCES

There are a total of 9 Firefighters, 1 dozer and 1 engine assigned to this incident from the Virginia Department of Forestry and the National Park Services.  27 personnel attached to this fire incident.

FUTURE TACTICS

Firefighters are expecting a wind expect on Wednesday into Thursday and therefore will be making efforts to establish and maintain existing fireline, mop-up and rehab firelines.

CLOSURES

The following areas and/or roads have been closed to hunters and the general public.

  • Cliff Trail #429
  • Mud Pond Gap Trail #544
  • Blueberry Trail #544a
  • Hidden Rocks Trail #511
  • Portion of Meadow Knob #428
  • The Peach Pond Road #FR225C

REMINDERS

Fire Managers are asking Hunters to obey all the closures as hunting is not permitted in these areas due to active wildfire.

 

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog

 

FDA PRODUCT RECALL: Mars Theater Chocolate due to Undeclared Peanut Butter

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 19, 2014 – Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M’S® Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz UPC #40000294764 with the following lot numbers:

See Website for Lot #s:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm415490.htm

Outside carton label, Milk Chocolate M&M's 3.40 oz

This theater box item within these lot codes may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box.  The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information.

People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if their theater box contains an inner M&Ms Brand Peanut Butter bag and they consume the product.  No adverse reactions have been reported to date.

iOutside carton image of side panel label -- Milk Chocolate M&M’s 3.40 oz

The issue was identified after a consumer notifed us of a M&M’S® Brand Peanut Butter package containing peanut butter M&M’S® inside a M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box.

These specific lot codes were shipped and distributed to our customers’ warehouses between May 8 and July 1, 2014, located in:  NC, TX, MN, IL, FL, KY, MS, AZ, GA, AI, CA NJ, PA, WA NY, CO, MO, MI, NH, CT, TN, MD, SC, OH, ME, VA, RI, WI, WV, IA, LA, OK, MA, NE, OK, AR, VT, ID and IN .   These customers then redistribute products for retail sale nationwide.

The M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box comes in a 3.40 oz brown, 3 inch x 6.5 inch cardboard box  stamped on the right-hand side panel with the lot number and best before date.

Potential inside package -label - Peanut Butter M&M's 3.20 oz

Mars Chocolate will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled product is not on store shelves.  In the event that consumers believe they have purchased this item and have allergy concerns, they should return this product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns may call our toll-free number:   1-800-627-7852. This number will be operational Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

Source: FDA.gov

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