Unreal Firestorms Eat Everything in Sight | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY – UPDATE 2 – 12/23/2019 2200 PST

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Credit | NSW RFS

We know wildfires. It is generally not the small ones but the Firestorms kind and we have see and heard about how horrific and scary fire conditions American firefighters were faced with and the survivors all across the board telling their story to anyone who was willing to hear is.

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Credit | NSW RFS

FOR EMERGENCIES & UNATTENDED FIRES , CALL 0-0-0

It is a journey that many will tell you that are the scary kind and ones you never want to face ever again.  However, they will tell they’d go back in and fight if they were forced to so they can save lives and properties.

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Credit | RFS Central Coast District/NSW RFS

Homes, outbuildings, businesses, livelihoods all up in smoke. Literally, severely damaged to being wiped out and down to the ground. The images we all see all over Social Media, on TV and other digital media methods tug on our raw emotions.  We know that kind of heartbreak and, this time it is not in the USA but across the Globe in Australia.

Bushfires (Australia) or wildfires, as we call them here in the US are struggling with such a task.  They are not dealing with just a few at a time but close to 100 as  of yesterday and 92 on December 24th (this is their tomorrow) with close to 2,000 wildland firefighters from Australia and from the U.S.

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Credit | NSW RFS

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THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE

As of 2045 AEDT (morning), there were 92 wildfires burning across New South Wales with more than 40 still to be contained. Over 2,000 firefighters are on the fire ground.

According to the NSW RFS as of December 24, 2019 (it is tomorrow there already):

  • HOMES – 7,824 Saved | 353 Damaged | 873 Destroyed.
  • FACILITIES – 615 Saved | 82 Damaged | 68 Destroyed.
  • OUTBUILDINGS – 7,053 Saved | 889 Damaged | 2,048 Destroyed.

FIRE ALERTS

The fire danger ratings for tomorrow, Christmas Day, will see widespread areas of low-moderate and high fire danger. North Western will be very high. Firefighters will continue working to strengthen containment lines ahead of heat building again from this weekend. – NSW RFS

#Australia #Bushfires #NSWRFS

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

 

Australian Bushfires Eat up Countrysides Become Major Firestorms | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

While American Politics burn up the airwaves, across the world there are bushfires or  wildfires as we call them here in the United States that are destroying everything in its pathway from homes, structures, lands, etc.  Firefighters around the world are coming together as mutual aid to help attempt to stop these fires but severe weather conditions are making these wind-driven firestorms. Record-setting highest heat waves have occurred in the last three days with the hottest day at a 107F !

There are approximately 122 wildfires currently burning at this time. We will work to capture the largest ones and provide them in our future updates.

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Credit | NSW RFS

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT | FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

A statewide Total Fire Ban is now in effect for December 17 – 21, 2019 due to RED Flag Conditions (extreme hot and dry conditions) across New South Wales.

Some fires have been active since the beginning of November, while a few are being brought under control  and others are considered as out-of-control as we have reported a few listed above.

WILDFIRES

Gosper’s Mountain Fire.  Largest fire burning in Australia. Located in the Wollemi National Park area. 449,535 hectares or 1,110,835 acres.  Burning on multiple fronts that has burned south of the Goose River towards the Blue Mountains.  Destroyed a large area known to be seven (7) times the size of Singapore.  Conditions are due to grow worse on Saturday.

Green Waffle Creek Fire Located 15 km south west of Warragamba Dam Wall in the Blue Mountains National Park and in the Lake Burragorang area. 176,460 ha or 436,042 ac. Fire is considered to be out-of-control with dangerous fire conditions and erratic fire behavior across the fire ground.

Grose Valley Fire.  Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains. Fire is out-of-control.  2,100 ha or 5,189 acres.  Limited information

LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES, CALL 0-0-0

Structures are currently under direct threat. Structure protection in effect with the aid of heavy equipment and aircraft from above. Burning on multiple fronts close to structures around Balmoral, Thirlmere, Tahmoor and Nattai. The northern flank has crossed to the western side of the Warragamba Gorge near the Mountain Lowry Creek.  Nearby Hume Highway is open but being impacted by lots of smoky conditions.

Evacuations in effect.

Currowan Fire. Burning in the area of Clyde Ridge Road, Currowan, NSW and in the Shoalhaven Council area. This is an out-of-control wildfire. 128,461 ha or 317,434 acres. It is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla and east of Braidwood.

Fire behavior has increased and is wind-driven.  It is said to be also located between Burrill Lake and Morton National Park (north) and Batemans Bay (southern perimeter), as well as in the Bundawang Range and Clyde Mountain (west).

EVACUEES | RESOURCES

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

Residents and visitors are being encouraged by Fire Officials to be aware of their surroundings, to be alert and to evacuate if you see danger.

We ask that you please evacuate your family, pets and yourself.  Your home and its contents can be replaced but you and your family cannot.  Also, if you stay – you are putting the lives of firefighters on the line to save you.- Ed.

SCANNER FEEDS

There are many Australian scanner feeds listed in Broadcastify you can listen to. This is so out-of-the-ordinary to even show up in the Top 20, little alone the Top 10.  If you wish to listen, here are the ones that are available:

Wollondilly RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31709

S Australian Emergency Services – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/2653

NSW RFS – Hawkesbury – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31583

Southern Tablelands RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/1176

Central West Ambulance and Fire – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/4339

Blue Mountains RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17631

RFS South Coast – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24950

NSW RFS – https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/31589

THR0UGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“The extreme heatwave comes as firefighters in NSW battle to contain around 100 wildfires that have been burning for weeks across the region, blanketing #Sydney in a toxic layer of smoke”. — Media

This brave young girl from Australia was threatened with arrest for protesting inaction over climate change. She holds her sign above her head in defiance.” – An eyewitness account of a young girl who has just lost her home and goes to protest at the Prime Minister’s home.

Exceptional heat in #Australia. December 18 set a new national max temperature average record of 41.9°C (107.4°F). Which broke the previous record set the day before by a 1.0°C (1.8°F).” – US Meteorologist

It’s getting worse.” – Social Media (posted 1950 hours PDT)

While bushfires burn, our PM is enjoying a holiday in Hawaii (US). We are left with this.” – Social Media.

Here we are again. Yesterday was Australia’s 2nd hottest day ever, averaging 41C (105.8F) across the entire country. Last 3 days in a row the hottest 3 days ever.” – Media.

so like, our state has been on fire for weeks and no one cares. upside its been snowing ash. never thought it would snow here.” – Media user.

Our firefighters are hurting today, but they’re still showing courage and bravery and resilience. They’re still fighting to keep us safe. They are the best of Australia.” – Anthony Albanese (Labor Party Leader)

absolutely horrific , fires burn across our precious country yet again in catastrophic conditions.” – Media user.

POST DEDICATION 

We wish to dedicate this post to two Fire Brigade firefighters that were killed in a vehicle accident last night.  We are thinking of their families, friends and fellow Firefighter brother/sister/family that are grieving from their loss.  We all feel the void when one is lost in the Fire Family.

Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton, 32 

Geoffrey Keaton         

FIREFIGHTER ANDREW O’DWYER, 36

Andrew O'Dwyer

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 2215 hours PDT – Thursday, 12/19/2019 / 1715 AEDT Friday

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 5

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | PM | Update 5

Fire Stats

  • Started 10/23/2019 @ 2127 hours PDT
  • Located northeast of Geyersville in Sonoma County
  • Cause is unknown
  • Fire Investigation on-going, FIU working tirelessly to find cause

Current Status

  • Minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering
  • 77,758 acres
  • 74% containment
  • Estimated containment in November 2019
  • 400 structures still being threatened
  • 4 injuries
  • Some fire units have begun to demob and are being returned to their respective service agencies.
  • PG&E will be handling relights of pilot lights on Sunday.
  • Gas service restoration currently in progress.

Photo Credit | ORFM

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Incident Cooperators

  • Unified Command | CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
  • CA Fire Agencies | Geyersville Fire Protection District, CDCR, Culver City FD, Corona FD, BIA, BLM, Pasadena FD,  La Habra Heights FD, Springs FD, Downey FD, Compton FD, Alameda County FD, CA DOC.
  • AZ & NM Fire Agencies | 22 crews f rom the Navajo Scouts. They have been on the fireground since October 28 and to remain until November 11th.
  • WA Fire Agencies | Bothell FD, Seattle FD, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Arlington FD, Island County FD, South County FD, Snohomish County Fire Districts 7, 22, 26, Everett FD, Lake Stevens FD, San Juan FD, Skagit Fire District #4, Skagit FD.
  • Emergency Management | CAL OES, County of Sonoma.
  • Law Enforcement | CHP, Placer County SO, Sonoma County Sheriff, Marin County Sheriff, Galt PD.
  • Fire Aviation Resources | Canada, CHP, Super Scoopers,
  • State Resources | CA National Guard, CAL FIRE.
  • Federal Resources | USFS.
  • Humanitarian/Shelter/Food | Red Cross – Northern CA Coastal, Red Cross – Sonoma County, World Central Kitchen.
  • Weather Forecasters | NWS Bay Area, SIS Fire Weather Lab.

Photo Credit | SJSU Fire Weather Lab. (Taken on 10/27/2019)

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Resources & Equipment

  • 4,032 fire personnel
  • 363 fire engines
  • 64 water tenders
  • 3 helicopters
  • 102 crews
  • 29 dozers

Damage Assessments

  • 59 damaged structures
  • 372 destroyed structures
  • $54.1 Million cost-to-date
  • SR 128 @ Pine Flat Road

Significant Events

  • Soda Rock Winery | Winery is lost but their barn is saved by firefighters.
  • Healdsburg, Windsor | Whole City and Town, population of almost 40,000 evacuate under mandatory orders.
  • PG&E Power Shutdowns | Almost 2 Million customers are affected, including Senior citizen homes, hospitals, Fire Stations, homes, businesses, and the list goes on and on.
  • California Economy | The wine country is hit hard with at least three wineries destroyed, others damaged.  Small businesses and residents must throw out their food, products due to the power shutdowns.

Recognized HEROES IN ACTION | These are the men and women who are being recognized for their extraordinary display of human compassion and serving others selflessly.

FIREFIGHTERS

There were over 5,000 firefighters that responded from all over several States, including Oregon and Washington.

Photo Credit | Culver City Firefighters

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SLO

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After a long journey to California, our firefighters have finally made it. They have been assigned to work the Kincade Fire where they will assess and protect structures on Leslie Road. They are ready to help however they can. – King County Strike Team

Photo Credit | Seattle Fire Department

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WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN

Provided 7,000 meals on October 29, 2019 and more throughout the days thereafter.  They will continue providing freeh, hot meals to firefighters and expect to be on-scene until next week.

Photo Credit | World Central Kitchen

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Guy Fieri oversaw the World Central Kitchen’s facility kitchen and crews were treated to a special lunch for First Responders in Santa Rosa.

World Central Kitchen also served up Law Enforcement Officers on the job around the clock, providing the same great tasty food!

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The faces behind the volunteers who serve others tirelessly and selflessly.  They are our Heroes in Action.

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SONOMA COUNTY FAMILY MEALS

This organization makes meals for Disaster victims by a great team of volunteers and the community that supports them.  In one day, they served over 700 people!

Photo Credit | Sonoma Family Meal

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RED CROSS

A Healdsburg is overjoyed to learn his house is still standing.  He states, “Red Cross was very prepared for this catastrophe. My friends and neighbors are grateful for all of their support.”

Photo Credit | American Red Cross

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ASPCApro

They saved and rescued many furry babies who were left behind, ran off being scared or had no other place to go.

Through The Eyes of Social Media

“Saturday is Day 12 of the Fire. It has been tirelessly fought by over 5,000 firefighters from hundreds of fire departments. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped us during this difficult time.” – County of Sonoma

“Our thoughts are with those who lost their homes and our gratitude is with all who stepped up to help neighbors in need.” – CA State Senator

“A 3.9M earthquake centered around the northern perimeter of the fire occurred this morning while firefighyers worked to make headway on containment.” – Media

“According to PG&E, you’ll need to be home to have your pilot light lit. PG&E will knock on your door, and if you’re not home, they’ll leave a card for you to call back and schedule a time. There is no charge for this service.” – Media

“People are experiencing the Deep pain for those who lost everything.” – Media

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 4

 | 4 | Monday | October 28, 2019

2330 hours PDT

Fire Stats

  • Started 10/23/2019 @ 2127 hours PDT
  • Located northeast of Geyersville in Sonoma County
  • Cause is unknown
  • Fire Investigation on-going, FIU working tirelessly to find cause

Credit | Alameda County FD. Firefighters are clearing the road for homeowners.

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FIRE WEATHER FORECAST | NEW RED FLAG WARNINGS just issued for the North Bay, East Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains Tuesday into Wednesday. – Weather Media

Current Status

  • Active fire behavior with spotting
  • 74,324 acres
  • 15% containment
  • Estimated containment in November 2019
  • 90,015 structures threatened < 80,435 homes, 70 commercial & 8,800 others
  • 1 injured firefighter

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | PG&E has had the largest power shutdown in recent history turning off power to 1 Million homes, businesses, Public Safety/Medical facilities and other power customers to avoid wildfires, etc.

Incident Cooperators

  • Unified Command | CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
  • CA Fire Agencies |Geyersville Fire Protection District, CDCR, Culver City FD, Corona FD, BIA, BLM, Pasadena FD,  La Habra Heights FD, Springs FD, Downey FD, Compton FD, Alameda County FD.
  • WA Fire Agencies | Bothell FD, Seattle FD, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Arlington FD, Island County FD, South County FD, Snohomish County Fire Districts 7, 22, 26, Everett FD, Lake Stevens FD, San Juan FD, Skagit Fire District #4, Skagit FD.
  • Emergency Management | CAL OES, County of Sonoma.
  • Law Enforcement | CHP, Placer County SO, Sonoma County Sheriff, Marin County Sheriff.
  • State Resources | CA National Guard.
  • Federal Resources | USFS.
  • Humanitarian/Shelter/Food | Red Cross – Northern CA Coastal, Red Cross – Sonoma County, World Central Kitchen.
  • Weather Forecasters | NWS Bay Area, SIS Fire Weather Lab

QUOTE OF THE DAY | “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

Photo Credit | World Central Kitchen.

‘The faces of the compassionate who are feeding those in need, is a definition of a Hero In Action.’ – The NW Fire Blog thanks you for your services, dedication and commitment to others.

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Resources & Equipment

  • 4,373 personnel
  • 468 engines
  • 42 water tenders
  • 10 helicopters
  • 85 hand crews
  • 66 dozers

SIGNIFICANT EVENT| Washington State has deployed 7 Task Forces from 31 Fire Districts and Fire Departments responding with 35 engines, 9 Command Vehicles and 110 fire personnel as Mutual Aid.

Damage Assessments

  • 20 damaged structures > 12 homes, 1 commercial and 7 others
  • 123 destroyed structures > 57 homes, 5 commerical and 61 others

Zone Evacuations

  • Zone 1 | Ida Clayton Road, (which includes residents on Ida Clayton Road) North to Highland Ranch Road at Campbell Road, East of the 101 between Asti Road & Alexander Valley Road, to the Mendocino & Lake County Line, including Lakeview Road & extending South along the Lake & Sonoma County Line to Ida Clayton Road.
  • Zone 2 | Hwy 128 North Knights Valley Area to the Napa County Line.
  • Zone3 | Hwy 101 Corridor from Geyserville South through the town of Windsor, including the entire city of Healdsburg and the town of Windsor & all areas East to Chalk Hill Road area.
  • Zone 4 | The Dry Creek Valley West to Forestville.
  • Zone 5 |  Larkfield and Mark West Drainage.
  • Zone 6 | Calistoga Road/Petrified Forest Road to the Sonoma & Napa County Line.
  • Zone 8A |  North of Occidental Road.
  • Zone 9 | The city of Santa Rosa, including all areas East of the Western City limit, North of Guerneville Road, Steele Lane, Lewis Road, & Chanate Road to Montecito Avenue to Montecito Boulevard to Calistoga Road, North to the city limit.
  • Zone 10 | All areas within in the city North of Highway 12 West of Highway 101.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | Media reports of PG&E shutting off power to almost 2 Million people could occur on Tuesday.  

Evacuation Shelters (With Vacancies)

  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building  | 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
  • Sonoma County Fairgrounds | 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
  • Petaluma Community Center | 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954.
  • Muir Memory Care | 750 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954.
  • Iglesia Cristana | 1129 Industrial Ave #104, Petaluma, CA 94952.
  • Napa Valley Expo | 575 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559.
  • CrossWalk Community Church Napa | 2590 1st Street, Napa, CA 94558.
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral | 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.
  • Calvary Chapel of Petaluma | 1955 McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954.
  • @Airbnb | Offering free and temporary housing to evacuees. This is in effect from October 24, 2019 through November 7, 2019 for select hosts through the Open Homes program.

HEROES IN ACTION | “Really inspired by the owner of Tacos al Carbon in Santa Rosa. He has already donated thousands of meals. – Media”

Shelters (FULL)

  • Petaluma Valley Baptist Church | 580 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy
    Petaluma, CA 94954.
  • Marin County Fairgrounds | 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903.
  • Petaluma Veterans Building |1094 Petaluma Blvd S.,  Petaluma, CA 94952.
  • Petaluma Fairgrounds | 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma, cA 94952.
  • New Life Church 2060 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
  • Napa Valley College | 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558.

Evacuation Warnings

  • Zone 7 | All areas West of East Side Road, throughout the Russian River Valley to Bodega Bay.
  • Zone 8B | Areas South of Occidental Road.
  • Zone 21 | City of Calistoga and Napa County North of Diamond Mountain Road to Dunaweal Lane. East of the Sonoma County/Napa County Line. South of the Lake County/Napa County Line. West of Pickett Road.
  • Zone 31 | Issued for the area of Highway 29 from Butts Canyon Road South to the County Line. All of Butts Canyon Road in Lake County between Highway 29 & Napa County Line. Highway 175 between Highway 29 Middleton North to McKinley Drive. This includes Middletown proper, Twin Pine Casino, Middletown Rancheria, Dry Creek area, all roads off of Highway 175 between Middletown and McKinley Dive, and Butts Canyon Road including all side streets.

SIGNIFICANT EVENT | The City of/County of San Francisco’s Mayor London Breeds issues a proclamation declaring a  local emergency.  San Francisco opnes a 200- person temporary shelter at a local church. 

Road Closures

  • Pine Flat Road @ Red Winery Road
  • Geysers Road @ Red Winery Road
  • Geysers Road @ River Road
  • SR 128 @ Moody Lane
  • SR 128 @ Geysers Road
  • SR 128 @Geyserville Avenue
  • SR 128 @ Alexander Valley Road
  • SR 128 @ Pine Flat Road
  • SR 128 @ Railroad Avenue
  • Lytton Station Road@ Lytton Springs Road
  • Healdsburg Avenue @ Alexander Valley Road
  • All roads east of Hwy 101 in the Geyserville area

Evacuees Resources & Announcements

Credit | EPA

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Credit | Pet Rescue and Reunification

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Through the Eyes of Social Media – October 28, 2019

2126 PDT |  AA6WA reporting the slop on the east side of fire is considerably bigger than the original 80 acres it was. Fire has also crested a ridge & become more visible to residents east of the fire generating some 911 calls. – CA Fire Scanner

2031 PDT |  AA6WA (night recon plane) overhead observing the eastern portion of the fire, reports torching & crowning occurring as fire backs down a slope. Views from St Helena N & Cobb Mtn respectively. – CA Fire Scanner

2004 PDT | Most of the 450 cows survived… but the ability of the ranch to feed and house the cattle did not. The farming community has been donating stacks of hay and equipment and friends in other parts of CA will be housing some of the calves and heifers for the winter. – Media

1920 PDT | Trees down and power lines down in Knights Valley on Hwy 128 just North of Ida Clayton (trout farm) Rd.  – Eyewitness

1822 PDT | California’s new wildfire fund could be on the hook for some losses resulting from the #KincadeFire if PG&E’s equipment was responsible. – Media

1758 PDT | SRJC Alert, Mon., Oct. 28, 2019, 5:25 pm: Due to impacts from the #KincadeFire, ongoing evacuations and power outages throughout Sonoma County, all #SRJC campuses will remain CLOSED THROUGH FRIDAY, Nov. 1. All activities and classes, including online classes, are canceled. – Santa Rosa Junior College

1338 PDT | Last night, 3,000+ people sought refuge from the wildfires in 15 Red Cross and community Shelters.  Those in need of a safe place to stay can download the Red Cross Emergency App to find a shelter near them. 

1242 PDT | PCSO deputies are in Sonoma County helping with evacuations.  – Placer Sheriff.

1220 PDT | So far, is that fire, sheriff, police, and other government agencies, from state to local, have shown incredible preparedness and competence. Clearly, lessons were learned from 2017 and a lot of hard work went into planning this response. – Media

1147 PDT | “We hold our California communities in prayer as they face firestorms, blackouts, and evacuations. God, keep everyone safe, restore those facing loss, encourage volunteers, and supply Your abundant peace to all on the move.” – Sisters of St. Joseph

Credit | Placer County Sheriff

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1026 PDT | Red Cross Nor CAL’s new DRO HQs in Petaluma (office in Santa Rosa was evacuated). 15 total shelters identified – 5 Red Cross Managed, 4 County or City Managed, 4 independent, 2 on standby. All of our shelters are accessible to all and ensuring safe places for pets.

Credit | Red Cross

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0919 PDT | Sonoma County has confirmed with ICE that there WILL BE NO IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. Evacuation centers are SAFE THROUGHOUT THE BAY AREA. Please translate and RT. – Media

October 27, 2019

Red Cross Shelters | Red Cross volunteers are here for you and your PETS too! Please bring supplies & yours, including medications, comfort items, chargers, documents, etc. All are welcome, no matter citizenship status. – Red Cross PIO

Evacuation Shelter Opens | We are establishing an evacuation center at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael with assistance from the Red Cross. This center is for predesignated evacuees from full evacuation centers in Sonoma County and is at capacity. – Marin County Sheriff.

PG&E Community Resource Centers | Customers impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff can visit Community Resource Centers beginning at 8 AM, October 27, which provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic and medical device charging and A/C seating.  Locations list –> https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-event.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_pspsupdates

Possible Cause | https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Kincade-Fire-Started-Just-Beyond-PGE-Planned-Outage-Zone-563809521.html – Media

Important Work | We continue to receive reports from hundreds of incredible journalists on the front lines, remember that this is traumatic for them as well. Check in with your journalist friends. Remind them that the work they’re doing is important. – Media outlet

Eyewitness Accounts | Fire encroaching the highway on 128, both sides, in Sonoma Co. in Healdsburg. Major wind gusts kicking up and and trees and power lines down everywhere. – Media reporter on the fire ground.

October 26, 2019

Power Shutdown | PG&E has begun to shutoff power in most of Sonoma County. A prolonged outage may reduce our ability to warn you in the event of an emergency. – Sonoma County Sheriff.

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#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #KincadeFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 3

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The KINCADE FIRE ignited on October 23, 2019, at 2127  hours PDT from an unknown cause. Fire investigators are currently reviewing information to determine the cause and will be under investigation until further notice.

FIRE FACT | This is the largest evacuation in County History with more than 180,000 ressidents evacuated. (Sheriff’s Office)

The fire is located in steep terrain and in remote areas, where it was sparked on John Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road, which is northeast of Geyersville, California.

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Credit | Culver City Firefighters

CURRENT STATUS

  • Active fire behavior with flanking and spotting
  • 17 structures damaged
  • 97 structures destroyed
  • 79,575 structures threatened
  • 180,000 people under evacuations
  • 54,298 acres
  • 5% contained
  • $7.5 Million cost-to-date

Evacuations  | In Effect for Zones 1-10, 21

 SHELTERS

  • Santa Rosa Fairgrounds | 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA. (Also can accomodate large animals)
  • Redwood Acres Fairgrounds | 3750 Harris Street, Eureka, CA.
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Bldg | 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA. (FULL)
  • Sonoma Marin Farirgrounds | 175 Fairgrounds Road, Petaluma, CA.
  • Petaluma Veterans Center | 1094 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma, CA.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (Unified Command)
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (Unified Command)
  • Geyersville Fire Protection District
  • CDCR
  • CAL OES
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • Culver City FD
  • BIA
  • BLM
  • CA National Guard
  • American Red Cross
  • World Central Kitchen
  • NWS Bay Area
  • SJSU Fire Weather Lab
  • OR firefighters (en route)
  • Pasadena Fire Department
  • La Habra Heights FD
  • Santa Fe FD
  • Springs FD
  • Downey FD
  • Compton FD
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Credit | La Habra Heights FD

RESOURCES & EQUIPMENT

  • 3,441 fire personnel
  • 352 engines
  • 28 water tenders
  • 10 helicopters
  • 76 hand crews
  • 51 dozers

Fire Fact | The fire grew 24,298 acres over a ~12 hour period: from 30,000 to 54,298 acres.  (FD)

EVACUATIONS

  • Zone 1 | Ida Clayton Road; North to Highland Ranch Road at Campbell Road; East of 101 between Asti and Alexander Valley Roads to Mendocino and Lake County lines; Lakeview Road and extending south along the Lake and Sonoma County lines to Ida Clayton Road.
  • Zone 2 | Hwy 128, north Knights Valley area to the Napa County line.
  • Zone 3 | Hwy 101 corridor from Geyersville south through the town of Windsor and including the entire Cities of Healdsburg and Windsor along with all areas east of Chalk Hill Road area.
  • Zone 4 | Dry Creek Valley west to Forestville.
  • Zone 5 | Larkfield and Mark west drainages.
  • Zone 6 | Calistoga and Petrified Forest Roads to Sonoma and Napa County lines.
  • Zone 7 | All areas west of Healdsburg and Windsor; Trout Russian River Valley to Bodega Bay.
  • Zone 8 | West of Fulton and Graton; South to Hessel.
  • Zone 9 | City of Santa Rosa; East of Western City limits; North of Gruereville Road, Steele Lane, Lewis and Chanate Roads to Montecito Avenue; From Montecito  Blvd to Calistoga Road; North to City limits.
  • Zone 10 | All areas within the City north of Hwy 12; West of Hwy 101.
  • Zone 21 | City of Calistoga; Napa Counties; north of Diamond Mtn to Dunaweal Lane; East of Sonoma and Napa Counties; South of Lake and Napa Valley County lines; West of Pickett Road.
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Credit | Sonoma County Sheriff Office

Fire Fact | Containment of the fire decreased by 5%, from 10% to 5%. (FD)

ROAD CLOSURES

Highway 101

  • NB @ Hopper Avenue
  • SB @ South Cloverdale Blvd

SR 128

  • At Geyersville Avenue
  • At Moody Lane
  • Geyers Road
  • Alexander Valley Road
  • Pine Flat Road
  • Railroad Avenue

Red Winery Road

  • At Pine Flat  Road

Geyers Road

  • At Red Winery Road
  • At River Road

Other Roadways

  • Lytton Station Road at Lytton Springs Road
  • Healdsburg Avenue at Alexander Valley Road
  • All roads east of Hwy 101 in the Geyersville area

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“2 Sonoma County wineries were damaged in Alexander Valley on Sunday, as the fire poured out of the hills to the valley floor, where fire crews worked to save other wineries along Highway 128.” (Media)

“We are burning up here in northern California.” (Humanitarian)

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Credit | Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office

“I live in the San Joaquin Valley in California, the smoke in the air is ominous, and we’re a couple hundred miles away.” (Twitter User)

“180,000+ people have been ordered to evacuate & the fire has burned more than 30,000 acres. I’m so grateful for the first responders heroically battling this blaze, including our own Glendale and Burbank Fire Departments.” (Local Politician)

“Grateful for the heroism of firefighters and first responders working to protect all in the path of fires across California. We stand with our friends & neighbors who have been impacted.” -Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House)

“While there has been a significant amount of property damage with this fire, I am absolutely amazed and in awe of the firefighters on land and in the air who have managed to provide protection to people and property. Phenomenal effort. Stay Safe!” (Disaster Preparedness User)

“In the midst of the fire, power shutdowns & mass exodus I’m so tempted to vent my anger at the many contributing factors. But tonight isn’t the time. Hoping ask those displaced can get a little rest, food and comfort. May those heroes fighting this monster stay safe!” (Singer-Songwriter)

“Scanner Traffic related to fire heading for Mount St. Helena in northern Napa County. Firefighters prepping aggressive response there. Their work holding lines to save downtown Windsor tonight has been amazing.” (Media)

“It’s not the simple act of your home burning to the ground, it’s the terror of choosing between your passport and your wedding album. Of driving into Hell without knowing if you’ll ever go home again. And you just did it two years ago.” (Media-Reporter)

“Hot spots detected by satellite on ground at Windsor, on US 101. Hail to the heroes who are working hard on the ground and in the air on the dangerous.” (Twitter user)

“Fire is now 84.8 square miles. Larger than Riverside, CA & about 5 sq miles smaller than Boston, MA.” (Twitter User)

HASHTAGS

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #KincadeFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 10/27/2019 @ 2015 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The KINCADE FIRE ignited on October 23, 2019, at 2127  hours PDT from an unknown cause. Fire investigators are currently reviewing information to determine the cause and will be under investigation until further notice.

FIRE FACT | 2 wildfires are burning, 1 in Vallejo and this one in Santa Rosa (Media)

The fire is located in steep terrain and in remote areas, where it was sparked on John Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road, which is northeast of Geyersville, California.

CURRENT STATUS

  • Active fire behavior with flanking and spotting
  • 14 structures damaged
  • 79 structures destroyed
  • 31,000 structures threatened
  • 180,000 people under evacuations
  • 25,955 acres
  • 11% contained
  • $7.5 Million cost-to-date

EVACUATION ORDERS

  • Zone 21: City of Calistoga & Napa County N of Diamond Mountain Rd to Dunaweal Lane. East of the Sonoma County/Napa County Line. South of the Lake County/Napa County Line. West of Pickett Road. (1610 PDT)
  • 1345 PDT | If you are in Windsor in the area of Hembree Lane at Vinecrest Road, leave NOW!! It is smoky and windy and there’s an immediate threat of fire. (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office)
  • 1445 PDT | Current adverse conditions in Windsor. Lots of peace officers and firefighters here to protect the town. (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office)
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Credit | Sonoma County Sheriff”s Office

 SHELTERS

  • Santa Rosa Fairgrounds | 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA. (Also can accomodate large animals)
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Bldg | 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Sonoa Marin Farirgrounds | 175 Fairgrounds Road, Petaluma, CA.
  • Petaluma Veterans Center | 1094 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma, CA.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (Unified Command)
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (Unified Command)
  • Geyersville Fire Protection
  • CDCR
  • CAL OES
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • CCC
  • BIA
  • BLM
  • CA National Guard
  • American Red Cross
  • World Central Kitchen
  • NWS Bay Area
  • SJSU Fire Weather Lab
  • OR firefighters (en route)
  • Pasadena Fire Department
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Credit | Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office

Significant Event | PG&E to shutoff power for 1 Million of its Northern CAL customers, making it the largest shutdown in history. (Media)

RESOURCES & EQUIPMENT

  • 3,081 personnel
  • 68 crews
  • 299 engines
  • 50 dozers
  • 10 helicopters
  • 23 water tender

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 1129 PDT | CA Governor Newsom has declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state. (Governors office)
  • 1302 PDT | “Twest of the 101 Freeway and north of Highway 12. The fire has burned more than 30,000 acres and was pushing south toward Highway 128. The 101 Freeway was closed.” (Rep Jared Huffman)
  • 1305 PDT | City of Calistoga and surrounding areas are under mandatory evaucation orders. (Media)
  • 1425 PDT | Santa Rosa City Buses will not be operating service on Monday, October 28th but possibly partial service on Tuesday. Updates –> 707-543-3333. (City of Rosa)
  • 1445 PDT | “Due to the uncertain conditions of fire behavior and heavy smoke in the Windsor area, US-101 remains closed from from Airport Blvd to Dry Creek Rd. (CHP Santa Rosa)
  • 1830 PDT | Presser to take place (CAL FIRE)
  •  SECOND CHANCE CONURE RESCUE in Vacaville, Ca is offering FREE bird boarding to ALL fire Evacuees for as long as you need. We have cages, toys, food and lots of love for your bird til you can get back home.  707-898-3093. (Twitter user) NOTE: always vet before making a decision.
  • 1044 hours PDT | NV College open  its doors for evacuees in Napa Valley.
  • 1044 hours PDT | CrossWalk Church (2590 First St., (707) 226-1812)  open  as evacuation center
  • 0933  hours PDT | Sutter and Kaiser hospitals evacuated in Santa Rosa, California
  • 0603 PDT | Finley Community Center (2060 W College Ave.) has been evacuated. Those who are seeking shelter, go to the Marin Fairgrounds (10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903). (City of Santa Rosa)
  • During an emergency please be water-wise. DO NOT leave your sprinklers running. To learn more about ways to save water. (City of Santa Rosa)
  • Emergency call boxes available at all City of Santa Rosa Fire Stations. List here —> https://srcity.org/598/Fire-Stations
  • PG&E Community Resource Center (CRC) at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Ave.) is open from 8am – 8pm, and will open daily until power is restored. (PG&E)
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Credit | CHP Santa Rosa

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“With evacuation orders being issued to our north, the Santa Rosa Fire Department has recalled all our Department staff. All of our reserve fire engines are being staffed up & all our normally staffed engines & stations are having extra firefighters added to them.” (Santa Rosa FD)

The smoke from the fires is so bad, the air quality is Hazardous in Fresno and we are 6 hours south of Santa Rosa. It’s bad, y’all.” (Twitter user @ 1625 hours PDT)

“West of the 101 Freeway and north of Highway 12. The fire has burned more than 30,000 acres and was pushing south toward Highway 128. The 101 Freeway was closed.” (Twitter User)

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Credit | Santa Rosa FD

“Police urge residents to yield to emergency personnel and drive with caution. Dangerous wind event continues to impact the city. Emergency response to the Kincade Fire is based out of Santa Rosa and evacuations underway.” (City of Santa Rosa)

As day breaks in Healdsburg, Calif., devastation caused by Kincade Fire at historic Soda Rock Winery is revealed.” (media)

“Fire is in the same place, caused by the same faulty equipment, as the Geyserville Fire two years ago. The state has neither forced PG&E to address the issues nor planned for another fire emergency.” (Media)

“There are 180,000 people under evacuations. This is the largest evacuation that any of us at the Sheriff’s Office can remember. Take care of each other.” (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office)

Fire encroaching the highway on 128, both sides, in Sonoma Co. in Healdsburg. Major wind gusts kicking up and and trees and power lines down everywhere. Updates to come.” (10/27/2019 @ 0235 hours PDT. Media)

The hard “get out” on just about every street in Healdsburg right now. Glow of fire visible beyond town. Last holdouts frantically leaving.” (10/27/2019 @ 0334 hours PDT. Media)

“Santa Rosa Airport closed. Tried to cancel my flight but airline wanted to charge large cancellation fee. (Twitter User)

HASHTAGS

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #KincadeFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 10/27/2019 @ 1700 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Homestead Fire | Arizona | 1

A wildfire broke out on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in an unknown area called the HOMESTEAD FIRE.

Fire personnel and resources were dispatched today at 1316 hours MST through the Show Low Interagency Dispatch Center.

The fire has scorched 300 acres.

We are working to gain more details on this wildfire.

#AZwildfires #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/27/2019 @ 1555 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Red Bird Fire | Arizona

A wildfire broke  out from an unknown ignition on I-10 at mile marker 329.5 westbound and about 11 miles southwest of Willcox, Arizona on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Fire personnel and equipment were dispatched via the Arizona Dispatch Center at 1243 hours MST.

Crews would quickly contain the small fire to 0.1 acres at 1430 hours MST.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/27/2019 @ 1545 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The KINCADE FIRE ignited on October 23, 2019, at 2127  hours PDT from an unknown cause. Fire investigators are currently reviewing information to determine the cause and will be under investigation until further notice.

Significant  Event | Authorities have now ordered the largest mass evacuation in Sonoma Country history, stretching from the 101 to the Pacific Ocean. (Media)

The fire is located in steep terrain and in remote areas, where it was sparked on John Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road, which is northeast of Geyersville, California.

CURRENT STATUS

  • 25,455 acres burned
  • 55% contained
  • Extreme fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and spotting
  • Fire is wind-driven
  • Fire weather is now critical
  • More evacuations are in effect (see below details)

A RED FLAG WARNING was issued on Saturday evening and in effect as of 2000 hours PDT due to strong offshore winds and low humidity, a cause for critical fire weather conditions.

Significant Event | CA National Guard is deployed for major disaster assistance.

EVACUATION SHELTERS

  • Santa Rosa Fairgrounds | 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA. (Also can accomodate large animals)
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Bldg | 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Sonoa Marin Farirgrounds | 175 Fairgrounds Road, Petaluma, CA.
  • Petaluma Veterans Center | 1094 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma, CA.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (Unified Command)
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (Unified Command)
  • Geyersville Fire Protection
  • CDCR
  • CAL OES
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • CCC
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office
  • BIA
  • BLM
  • CA National Guard
  • American Red Cross
  • World Central Kitchen
  • NWS Bay Area
  • SJSU Fire Weather Lab
  • OR firefighters (en route)

Significant Event | PG&E to shutoff power for 1 Million of its Northern CAL customers, making it the largest shutdown in history. (Media)

RESOURCES & EQUIPMENT

  • 2,830 personnel
  • 68 hand crews
  • 10 helicopters
  • 251 engines
  • 50 dozers
  • 25 water tenders
  • 17 air tankers

Significant Event | Fire is now spotting one mile ahead. (Media at 0205 hours)

EVACUATION UPDATES

Evacuation Warning issued for City of Santa Rosa. All areas starting East of western side of City, North of Guerneville Road, Steele Lane, Lewis Road, and Chanate Road, to Montecito Avenue to Montecito Boulevard to Calistoga Road, North to city limit. (Sonoma Sheriff at 0100 hours PDT)

Evacuation Orders for: Dry Creek Valley, Mark West/Larkfield area, Fulton, Forestville, Guerneville, Occidental, Jenner, Bodega Bay. Includes all areas west of Sebastopol north of Bodega Highway and South of Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road. (Sonoma County Sheriff on 10/26/2019 at 1840 hours PDT)

EMS  Services:  Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa. All patients are being diverted to Kaiser in Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.  (Media on 10/26/2019 at 2040 hours PDT/ 10/27/2019 at 0207 hours)

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Credit | NWS Los Angeles

Significant Event | Winds reported up to 90 mph (Media/Scanner Feeds)

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

PG&E has begun to shutoff power in most of Sonoma County. A prolonged outage may reduce our ability to warn you in the event of an emergency. This is an Evacuation Order, evacuate now. .  Link —> socoemergency.org (Sonoma County Sheriff)

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 14 structures damaged
  • 77 structures destroyed
  • $7.5 Million cost-to-date

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“It has gone from completely calm to intermittently howling in downtown Santa Rosa in a very short time.” (Twitter user at 0205 hours PDT)

Concern about fire potentially jumping Hwy 128 near the Alexander Valley School. Now have spotting approx 1 mile ahead of the main fire.” (CA Fire Scanner at 0200 hours)

“Radar echoes once again showing up northeast of Healdsburg as strong winds reach the fire area(s).” (Weather Forecaster at 0200 hours)

Fire crossed Pine Flat Rd T the 4 mile mark, headed down canyon toward Jim Town.” (Fire Reporter at 0201 hours PDT)

“Concern about Fitch Mountain. Soda Rock Lane. Concern with hitting 128 appear to be increasing.” (Media at 0201 hours)

“Any other trucks and resources are going to be heading to Alexander Valley Elementary School. It’s a small school, located across from the iconic Alexander Valley Vineyards, one of the most beloved family owned wineries in the region.” (Media)

“A massive mutual aid response has arrived (and continue to pour in).” (Media)

“Some serious stuff is about to go down on that mountain tonight. Crews getting into place. Strike teams set up. 150 trucks rallying in Healdsburg. National Guard is here.” (Media)

Increasing winds and drier air arriving now. GOES-17 1-minute Fire Temperature satellite imagery clearly shows the fire starting to burn hotter.” (NWS Bay Area) as of 0100 hours PDT

A6WA reporting 80-90mph wind gusts from the north w/ activity increasing @ the heel of the fire (northern side). Not so much movement on the head yet but anticipating it in the next hour.” (CA Fire Scanner) reported at 0130 hours PDT

“Units reporting structural impact in the next ~30 mins in the 8000blk of Hwy 128 near Pine Flat Rd & the Alexander Valley Elementary School.” (CA Fire Scanner) reported at 0124 hours PDT

Branch 1 reports the fire is exhibiting extreme-erratic fire behavior, strong winds pushing the fire, the fire pushed past all control lines & backfiring operations. “We are going to let it do what it wants for a little while” Firefighter safety now top priority.” (Media)

“Looks like 15 strike teams of engines (75 engines) already ordered from Oregon, responding in on Sunday. May not all end up there.” (CA Fire Scanner) reported 10/26/2019 @ 2210 hours PDT.

“The amount of mutual aid streaming up highway 101 towards Sonoma County towards the fire is something to behold.” (Media)

“If  fire jumps the Russian River, it’s a whole new ballgame. This region is dominated by dense forests that haven’t burned in a long time + lots of small, isolated communities with tough ingress/egress (Guerneville, Monte Rio, Occidental, Cazadero, Annapolis, etc.). (Twitter user)

“With 60mph winds, “it doesn’t matter what equipment we have on. It has the potential to overwhelm us.” If you stay, responders will have to put THEMSELVES in danger to save you. DON’T DO THIS. Get out. It’s not just you, it’s also firefighters.” (Point Richmond CERT on 10/26/2019 at 1848 hours PDT)

“2.7 million people could lose power in Northern California as utility PG&E cuts service to prevent the spread of wildfires. 50,000 people have been ordered to flee.” (NY Times)

“Long lines at gas station in Sebastopol. Highway 101 southbound in Santa Rosa is crowded like rush hour traffic.” (Twitter user on 10/26/2019 after noon)

” As your evacuate try to do this:  Scan or snap photos of your homeowners/renters insurance policy. Make sure you get the page that tells you who to contact & how. Send the images to the cloud to be safe.” (Twitter user on insurance)

“Air raid sirens in Sonoma County signaling mandatory evacuation order for Graton due to a wildfire.” (Media)

“I am so worried about the firefighters tonight. A guy I’ve literally known my whole life is out there. His own home is one of many in the evacuation zone.” (Twitter User)

“Authorities bracing for ‘dangerous’ spread, plead for residents to evacuate.” (Media)

“Fire at 3 mile marker on Pine Flat Road in Sonoma County, CA.” (Media at 0206 hours PDT)

“I cannot express the words of being in these fires again two years later.” (Twitter User)

HASHTAGS

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2019 #KincadeFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 10/27/2019 @ 0230 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | California Fires | Sept 10 2019

We have returned from our week-and-a-half long vacation while out on the road and very limited access to our Blog.  You can find some of our postings and pictures on our Social Media Channel Twitter page, @nwfireblog.  We are happy to be back and playing catching up to all of the news that has occurred in the last eight days, as well as major incidents occurring today.

Here are the current wildfires for the State of California, which we were in the area of the Rams Horn Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. We were able to capture some aircraft making water drops.  We felt super spoiled!

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FIRE FACTS

NATIONALLY

There were 201 new wildfires as of yesterday that required moderate initial attack activity.  Of those fires, six of them were considered as new large wildfire incidents.  Five large fires were contained, however, there were still 22 that are continuously burning.  Forty-seven large wildfires are burning across the United States that are currently being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

There were 17 wildfires as of September 9, 2019, and reported this morning there was one that is a new large incident that now equals to eight not contained large fires.  Currently, deployed there are two Type-1 IMTs and two Type-2 IMTs committed.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Today, there were 21 new wildfires reported with none of them being large incidents, which is great news.  However, two are still considered as being not contained with one Type-2 IMTs committed.

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BUTTE COUNTY

SWEDES FIRE | 400 acres | 60% contained

The SWEDES FIRE started on September 7, 2019 at 1506  hours PDT from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located on Swedes Flats Road and Oro Bangor Highway.  It is also east of Oroville and five miles of Bangor, California.   Fire fuels include:  brush and tall grass.

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Credit | CAL FIRE Butte County

There are 338 personnel deployed on this wildfire alongside  14 hand crews, 25 engines and one helicopter.  Fire crews have the fire perimeter almost fully lined and will continue to reinforce them along with mop-up operations.  Total costs have reached $850,000.

The same IMT is also managing the following wildfire incident:

FORBESTOWN FIRE | 58 acres | 90% contained

The FORBESTOWN FIRE started on September 9, 2019.  Crews are currently checking for hot spots and will continue with damage assessments. 2 structures were destroyed.   Total for both fires are 226 fire personnel, eight hand crews, 20 engines, four dozers and nine water tenders.  This is a CAL FIRE – Butte County FD incident.

INYO COUNTY

COW FIRE | 1,975 acres | 30% contained

The COW FIRE started on September 6, 2019 at 1223 hours PDT.  There are 30 fire personnel assigned along with one helicopter.  Fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1.9 Million Dollars.

TABOOSE FIRE |  9,235 acres | 30% contained

The TABOOSE FIRE is located 10 miles southwest of Big Pine and NW of Aberdeen in Inyo County.  It is burning on the Inyo National Forest, which started from an unknown cause on September 6th around 1243 hours PDT.   This incident is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE San Bernardino, Inyo National Forest and Inyo County Sheriff Office. (CA Team 11, a IMT Type 2)

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Credit | USFS – Inyo NF

Fire crews have been focusing on continued efforts in the north and northeastern areas.  With decreased winds overnight, firefighters were able to gain a large percentage of containing the fire.t They will continue to focus on all fire objectives, including reaching a full containment status.

Evacuations were lifted at 1300 hours today for the areas of Big Pine Canyon, Glacier Lodge, Cone Road, Sugarloaf Road and Bernasconi Center.

There are 360 personnel that include 11 crews, four helicopters, 30 engines, three bulldozers and two water tenders.  One structure has been lost. The cost-to-date expenses have reached $3 Million Dollars.

LASSEN COUNTY

R-6 FIRE | 260 acres | 80% contained

The R-6 FIRE started on September 6, 2019 at 0620 hours PDT.  Limited information available.

MODOC COUNTY

LONE FIRE | 5,737 acres | 87% contained

The LONE FIRE started on September 6, 2019, at 1134 hours PDT.  The fire is burning on the Modoc National Forest that is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service and is located about five miles southeast of Clear Lake, California.   Fire fuels include: timber, brush and tall grass.  Fire behavior is reported as minimal with smoldering.  There are still 57 personnel attached to this incident, along with one hand crew and three engines.  The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a high $1.3 Million Dollars.

MONO COUNTY

SPRINGS FIRE | 4,840 acres | 98% contained

The SPRINGS FIRE started on September 6, 2019.  Limited information available.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

MCMURRAY FIRE | 200 acres | 30% contained

The MCMURRAY FIRE started on September 9, 2019 around 1042 hours PDT.  It is located on McMurray Road and Hwy 101, North of Buellton and could be seen by a lot of drivers both inside and outside of City limits.  This is in Santa Barbara County.  Currently, Hwy 101 North is closed.  Structures are threatened and evacuations are in progress.   Santa Barbara County FD is the lead agency on this incident.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

DUZEL FIRE | 15 acres | 80% contained

The DUZEL FIRE started on September 7, 2019, at 1119 hours PDT near Duzel Rock Lockout that is NE of Etna. Cause is under investigation.   This is a CAL FIRE – Siskiyou unit incident.  Limited details available.

LIME FIRE | 1,620 acres | 0% contained

The LIME FIRE is burning in the Ash Creek area and Hwy 96, just southwest of Hornbrook in the Klamath National Forest.  It is about 10 miles north of Yreka.   Fire fuels include timber and brush. The fire is being managed by an IMT Type 2 (CA Team 15) which is also managing the KIDDER 2 FIRE. This lightning caused wildfire started on September 7, 2019.  Fire fuels include:  Timber and brush. There are currently 515 personnel assigned along with 16 crews, 18 engines and 8 helicopters.  Cost-to-date have reached an all-time high of $2.4 Million dollars.

KIDDER 2 FIRE | 141 acres | 15% contained

The KIDDER 2 FIRE started on September 7, 2019, on Marble Mountain Wilderness and Kidder Creek, northwest of Etna that was sparked by lightning.  The fire is burning in the Klamath National Forest in Yreka. Fire behavior is reportedly as moderate with creeping, backing and smoldering. There are 96 personnel deployed along with six hand crews and one engine. The cost-to-date has reached $200,000.

TEHAMA COUNTY

SOUTH FIRE | 2,746 acres | 5% contained

The SOUTH FIRE started on September 5, 2019. This wildfire is burning on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and being managed by a Type-2 IMT (CA Team 16).  It is located about 15 miles south of Platina, CA.  Fire behavior is moderate with isolated torching, flanking and backing.  Structures and communication infrastructures are threatened.  296 personnel are assigned along with seven hand crews and 12 engines. Cost-to-date expenses have reached $734,000.

RED BANK FIRE | 8,838 acres | 55% contained

The RED BANK FIRE is located 25 miles west of Red Bluff, California.  It is staffed by firefighters from CAL FIRE’s Tehama-Glenn Unit and managed by the CAL FIRE’s Team 5.  Fire fuels include:  chaparral, brush and tall grass. Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.

Communications infrastructure is reportedly being threatened.  Total costs for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $9.5 Million Dollars. There are still 2,193 personnel assigned long with 54 hand crews, 145 engines and 24 helicopters.  Two structures have been destroyed.

TRINITY COUNTY

RAMSHORN FIRE | 238 acres | 30% contained

The RAMS HORN FIRE is burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on Hwy 3 and Bear Creek Loop, and seven miles northeast of Coffee Creek in Trinity County. This fire was lightning caused and started on September 7, 2019.  Fire fuels include:  timber, brush and tall grass.  Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping. There are 308 personnel along with one hand crew and 26 engines.  Cost-to-date expenses have reached $2.4 Million Dollars.

TULARE COUNTY

BRODER FIRE | 370 acres | 40% contained

The BRODER FIRE started on September 6, 2019 at 1239 hours PDT.   Limited details.

There are some wildfires that we left off due to time constraints but we will add them to our next posting, scheduled on Wednesday, September 11th.

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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/10/2019 @ 1900 hours PDT