#PleasantFire Explodes, Triples in Size | 3

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning on Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Highway 395, north of Bishop, California has tripled in size and still on course towards Laws Museum.  The fire has turned from 900 acres burned to 2,800 acres destroyed!  The fire is said to have started around 1412 hours on Sunday, February 18, 2018.    Strong winds have been hampering fire suppression efforts.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | As of Sunday, there were 90 firefighters tasked with fire suppression efforts but as of Monday would explode alongside the fire to 400 personnel!  Fire engines have doubled from yesterday’s 25 to 50 and  from two fire crews to 20, while boosting  two bulldozers to four.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, ino USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

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Evacuations | Evacuations are in effect for Meadow Creek area, Pleasant Valley campground, Rudolph Ranch, HIghlands, Glenwood, Rite-Aid Complex, Bear Creek, Dixon Lane,  (All housing areas between) North Sierra Highway, Dixon Lane, Brockman, Five Bridges, Fish Slough and Laws. | UPDATE as of 1045 hours PST | The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office will reassess evacuation orders at 1600 hours due to additional safety concerns.

Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 6 closed between Hwy 395 and the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW! #Hwy34and73Fire | Hammon OK | 1

HWY 34 and 73 FIRE

Incident Summary |  A wildfire has ignited in the Oklahoma Department of Forestry’s area located six miles south of Hammon, Oklahoma.  Fire fuels include tall grass and brush.

Current Fire Conditions | Fire conditions include active fire behavior with wind-driven runs.  About 400 acres of land has been consumed.  The fire has a 59% containment status.

Resources | There are 58 personnel assigned to this incident with 24 engines.

Damage Assessments | There has been no structure reported as damaged or destroyed, however, cost-to-date expenses have reached $16,000.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW! #Compartment4Fire | Naples Florida | 1

COMPARTMENT 4 FIRE

Fire Fact:  There were 307 new fires reported with three being new large incidents and two as not being contained and still burning in the Southern Area of the U.S.  This includes states in Oklahoma and Florida. (Source:  NIFC)

Incident Summary | A Wildfire has broken out in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Preserve, about 10 miles east of Naples, Florida.  Fire fuels include southern rough.

Resources | There are about 12 personnel assigned to this fire along with seven engines from the Florida Wildlife Service (FWS).

Fire Conditions |  Fire behavior is moderate with flanking.  Firefighters have reached an 80% containment status.

Damage Assessment |  The fire has scorched 882 acres of land and there has been a cost-to-date of $15,000.

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CA’s #PleasantFire Wind-Driven Fire | 2

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out around 1412 hours PST on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in the Pleasant Valley area from an unknown ignition.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | There are currently 90 firefighters on the fire line alongside with the aid of 25 engines, two fire crews and two bulldozers.

Incident Cooperators |  Inyo County Sheriff, CAL FIRE, Bishop FD, Independence FD, Big Pine FD, Lone Pine FD, CHP (Bishop) and Mono County Sheriff Department.

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Size Up | Fire suppression has been hampered by high winds at times.  The fire has scorched 900 acres (while other media outlets reporting up to 1,000 acres) and growing quickly.  There is a zero-percent containment status.  The fire had been at 100 acres at time of it starting to 900 acres within a short few hours.  It is currently burning in the Pleasant Valley area but is heading towards Laws Railroad Museum.

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Evacuations |  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office stated there are NO lifted evacuation orders as of 2140 hours PST. (We are thinking someone misreported that the evacuation orders had been lifted, hence, the strong response from the Sheriff’s Office that they have not been lifted).   Evacuation orders are still in order for Meadow Creek, Pleasant Valley campgrounds and Laws Museum.

Eastern Sierra Transit has partnered up with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office to assist with evacuations.

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Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 395 at the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Eastern Sierra Transit (bus).  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office (fires).

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Winter CA Fire Prompts Evacuations

Near Bishop, California | A wildfire broke out on Sunday afternoon around 1411 hours PST on Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Highway 395, north of Bishop.

Resources | Firefighters from the CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit responded and are on-scene.

Size Up | Currently, the fire has scorched 250 acres.  There is unknown containment status at the time of this posting

Evacuations | AT this moment, CAL FIRE states evacuations are in place for the Meadowlark area northeast of Bishop and the Pleasant Valley Campground.

Cause | There is an unknown cause at this moment.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CaWildfires

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

U.S. Wildfires Via Wildfire CAD | February 8, 2018

With a little time on our hands, we are beginning to glean information from various sources to keep our blog fresh and updated with fire information.

Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency Coordination Center ||| 0230 hours – #EaglesFire – Seminole County, Okoma District.  Cromwell IC.  46.1 acres.

Arizona Dispatch Center ||| 1443 hours  – #DragoonFire – Contained/Control/Out at 1610 hours. | 0.21 acres.  ||| 1426 hours – #AltarFire – Hwy 286, MP 15. 120 acres. Resources:  BN3-1, BN3-3, CAPT 3-1, CAPT-3-2, Douglas E361, Tuscson1.   ||| 1149 Hours – #AjaxFire = Hwy 80, MP 321.  3 acres.  Resources:  B81, BN3-2, Tender311.

Phoenix Interagency Fire Center (AZ) ||| 0924 hours – #ShrubFire – FS Rd 402. Contained 1045 hours.  0.1acre.

Williams Dispatcher Center (AZ) ||| 1436 hours – #DevilDogFire – Unknown location.  Contained/controlled at 1602 hours.

Cleveland National Forest (CA) ||| 1810 hours – #InterstateFire – I8 x Japatual Valley Rd. Limited info.

Federal Interagency Com Center  (CA) ||| 1410 hours – #BorderFire – Tin Can Canyon.  4 acres.

Alamogodo Dispatch Center (NM) |||  1251 Hours – #BrambleFire – Lat/Long 33 26.742, -105 39.588.  0.1 acres

Santa Fe Interagency Dispatch Center (NM) ||| 1452 hours – #JaconaFire – Lat/Long 35.8906,-106.0452. Light, flashy fuels.  3 acres.

Taos Interagency Dispatch Center (NM) ||| 1302 hours – #LowerLlanoRoadFire – Lower Llano Rd (private land). Brush fire. Unknown acres.

Central NV Interagency Dispatch Center ||| 1239 hours – #TonopahFire – approx 15 miles NW of Tonopah, NV.  BLM resources responded to a smoke call near Tonopah. Unsure if turned out to be anything or if any acreage burned.

Central WA Interagency Communications Center (DNR) ||| 1205 hours – #HowertonFire – Newby Creek, Okanogan County, WA.  USFS response from Central WA & WA DNR response from NE WA Interagency Communications Center.  Fire fuels included Snags. Contained 1535 hours.  Mutual Aid from at 1456 hours. 0.1 acres.

NE WA Interagency Communications Center (DNR)  ||| 1429 hours – #LakeValleyLoopOneFire – Lake Valley Loop Road, Lincoln County, WA.  resources on-scene 1540 hours. 2 acres.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 2145 Hours PST

 

 

 

#ThomasFire Almost Fully Contained | 22

 

CALIFORNIA 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017, near the Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula (Ventura County), California which ignited from an unknown cause.  It would become a firestorm quickly from the aid of the Santa Ana winds, low relative humidity and higher-than-normal temps.  

As of today, there are still 620 personnel still assigned on the fire line with most of them that have work throughout the Christmas holidays.  With their hard work, dedication and tireless efforts, crews have successfully gained a 92% containment status which will be full contained at 100%.

 

Overall, the fire has destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged 280 more.  One person, a firefighter was killed in the line-of-duty.  

Thomas Fire burn operation December 19, 2017

As increased containment continues, firefighters will continue with shifting their efforts to repairing damaged caused by suppression efforts, such as constructing water bars and returning or scattering shrubs and plants along creating contingency lines.

The the ICT is prepping to transfer management to the Los Padres NF team leaders on Saturday, December 30th.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/29/2017 – 2155 PST 

#ThomasFire Holds Fire Resources Over into Christmas Holiday | 20 | Revised

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Thomas Fire is long from being over as it still holds fire resources from their families and loved ones into the Christmas Holiday – a first ever for most of the firefighters attached to this incident. 

The fire originally ignited on Monday, December 4th about three weeks to this day, as a 500-acre brush fire which started around the Thomas Aquinas College, north of Santa Paula, California.  The fire quickly exploded into a firestorm destroying hundreds of structures, livelihoods and killing one life – a firefighter in the line-of-duty.

RESOURCES

There are currently 1,586 fire personnel that are still working on the fire line, in support roles and in management along with the aid of 116 fire engines, 61 crews, 26 helicopters, 19 bulldozers and 31 water tenders. 

The IMT unit is being managed by a CAL FIRE IMT Team 4 and 3.

From Adversity to Kindness

City of Anaheim FD’s E9 is providing SAR activities. Taken on December 24, 2017 @ 1500 hours PST. (Credit: Anaheim FD Via Inciweb)

Incident Cooperators as those agencies and organizations that work hand-in-hand together on a single fire incident.  Listed below are those currently still working in conjunction with fire suppression efforts and supporting all fire, law enforcement, human services and infrastructure activities:  

CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCoFD, SBCoSO, City of Ventura PD, City of Ventura FD, USFS/Los Padres NF, CAL OES, Red Cross, Souther CA Edison, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, Santa Paula FD, Ventura Co OES, Santa Barbara OEM.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Credit: USFS via Inciweb

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

The Thomas Fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaging 280.  It has consumed 281,620 acres and is now considered to be an 86 containment status.

Here is the current fire status as firefighters work to gain and work to contain and suppress this fire until it is completely out.  Each area is listed as their areas of primary focus:

Cooperators on the Thomas Fire

Incident Cooperators assisting on the wildfire. Posted on December 14, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Cherry Creek Road:  Additional 1/2 mile of containment line has been added to the area.  On December 18, crews initiated a firing operation north of the main fire and west of this roadway, say Fire Officials.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Firefighters on the Thomas Fire. (Credit: Inciweb)

 

Bear Heaven:  Hot spots still remain in the area.  Water drops are in effect due to steep, rugged terrain and limited access.  Firefighters are working to gain additional containment and work on fire suppression efforts.

Ventura to Santa Barbara:  Fire line has been contained and secured.  No forward progression is expected due to shorter days and lack of recorded winds.  Firefighters are making progress in increased containment protecting infrastructure and nearby communities. 

Mop-up operations are also being conducted, as well as active patrol for any flare-ups or new fire starts.

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire on December 17, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Wildlife:  Due to displacement of wildlife from the fire, residents and visitors are being strongly discouraged from feeding or being near these WILD animals for your safety and theirs.  If you see any wildlife, you are asked to call 9-1-1 and visit this website for more information.  (https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/living-with-wildlife).

UPDATE

A NWFB reader brought it to our attention that the #SantiagoCanyonFire in September 1889 aka the Great Fire of 1889, a massive wildfire that burned in three counties:  Orange, Riverside and San Diego, California was greater than the size of 308,000 acres.  With other wildfires active at the same time, the fire had a growth potential up to 494,000 acres but it did not merge with the others.

CAL FIRE does not recognize this wildfire,  nor does other trusted sources we used for this post as accurate recording of fires started officially in 1932.  Therefore, we are still standing by our original post that the Thomas Fire is the largest on “official” CA Fire records. – ED. <Wikipedia>

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/26/2017 – 2355 hours PST 

#ThomasFire Holds Fire Resources Over into Christmas Holiday | 20

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Thomas Fire is long from being over as it still holds fire resources from their families and loved ones into the Christmas Holiday – a first ever for most of the firefighters attached to this incident. 

The fire originally ignited on Monday, December 4th about three weeks to this day, as a 500-acre brush fire which started around the Thomas Aquinas College, north of Santa Paula, California.  The fire quickly exploded into a firestorm destroying hundreds of structures, livelihoods and killing one life – a firefighter in the line-of-duty.

RESOURCES

There are currently 1,586 fire personnel that are still working on the fire line, in support roles and in management along with the aid of 116 fire engines, 61 crews, 26 helicopters, 19 bulldozers and 31 water tenders. 

The IMT unit is being managed by a CAL FIRE IMT Team 4 and 3.

From Adversity to Kindness

City of Anaheim FD’s E9 is providing SAR activities. Taken on December 24, 2017 @ 1500 hours PST. (Credit: Anaheim FD Via Inciweb)

Incident Cooperators as those agencies and organizations that work hand-in-hand together on a single fire incident.  Listed below are those currently still working in conjunction with fire suppression efforts and supporting all fire, law enforcement, human services and infrastructure activities:  

CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCoFD, SBCoSO, City of Ventura PD, City of Ventura FD, USFS/Los Padres NF, CAL OES, Red Cross, Souther CA Edison, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, Santa Paula FD, Ventura Co OES, Santa Barbara OEM.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Credit: USFS via Inciweb

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

The Thomas Fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaging 280.  It has consumed 281,620 acres and is now considered to be an 86 containment status.

Here is the current fire status as firefighters work to gain and work to contain and suppress this fire until it is completely out.  Each area is listed as their areas of primary focus:

Cooperators on the Thomas Fire

Incident Cooperators assisting on the wildfire. Posted on December 14, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Cherry Creek Road:  Additional 1/2 mile of containment line has been added to the area.  On December 18, crews initiated a firing operation north of the main fire and west of this roadway, say Fire Officials.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Firefighters on the Thomas Fire. (Credit: Inciweb)

 

Bear Heaven:  Hot spots still remain in the area.  Water drops are in effect due to steep, rugged terrain and limited access.  Firefighters are working to gain additional containment and work on fire suppression efforts.

Ventura to Santa Barbara:  Fire line has been contained and secured.  No forward progression is expected due to shorter days and lack of recorded winds.  Firefighters are making progress in increased containment protecting infrastructure and nearby communities. 

Mop-up operations are also being conducted, as well as active patrol for any flare-ups or new fire starts.

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire on December 17, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Wildlife:  Due to displacement of wildlife from the fire, residents and visitors are being strongly discouraged from feeding or being near these WILD animals for your safety and theirs.  If you see any wildlife, you are asked to call 9-1-1 and visit this website for more information.  (https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/living-with-wildlife).

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/25/2017 – 1000 hours PST

#ThomasFire Containment Rises | 19

(Credit: CAL FIRE)

This post is dedicated to CAL FIRE Engineer Cory Iverson who died in the line-of-duty while engaging fire suppression efforts on the Thomas Fire.  A Celebration of Life was held today.

Our Hearts, Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Iverson Family, his Fire Family, Friends, Loved Ones and all those who Firefighter Iverson touched and impacted everyday. – Ed.

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A 500-acre brush fire broke out near the Thomas Aquinas College in Ojai (Ventura County) California on Monday, December 4, 2017.

The fire ignited from an unknown cause which is still under investigation, would become the State’s biggest wildfire in all of their recorded Fire history.

According to the USFS, 65%  of the fire is still burning on federal lands, which is about 140,862 acres on National Forest System lands.  It had crossed over into the Los Padres National Forest and is now located in both the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS | 273,400 acres.  78% containment status.

Fire Fact:  There were many Agencies that worked together not only in fire suppression but also supporting both Fire and Law Enforcement personnel, such as the CAL Trans Department in working to keep highways clear and safe.

Credit: CALTrans District 7

The front country fire perimeter is secure and firefighters will continuing to build upon previous secured established containment lines near communities and other infrastructure.  Mop-up operations are in effect along the fire perimeter, as well as active patrol.   Fire resources, including firefighters and fire suppression aircraft will remain assigned to this incident for any possible flare-ups or new fire starts.

Credit: Information Officer Erin McKenzie/Los Padres NF

RESOURCES | There are 2,512 fire personnel with the aid of 116 fire engines, 61 fire crews, 26 helicopters, 19 bulldozers and 31 water tenders.  The IMT has transitioned over into a CA IMT Type 3.

Fire Fact:  For most (resources) assigned to this fire incident,  this will be their first wildfire assignment over Christmas.

COMMAND STAFF | Incident Command is in Unified Command consisting of the Los Padres NF, CAL FIRE, VC_FD PIO, USFS and Ventura County Sheriffs Office.

Fire Fact:  There are many faces behind the support of a large fire incident, such as SCE crews who work tirelessly to clean up fire-damaged equipment, including poles, wires and insulators. 

Credit: SCE

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | Agencies and organizations that were an integral par of this incident were the Montecito Fire Protection District, Red Cross, CAL FIRE, CA DOC, CA DOT, CHP, CA OES, PGE, SBCoFD, SBCSO, Santa Paula FD, Santa Paula SO, So Cal Edison, So CA Gas Co, USDA Forest Service, Los Padres NF, Ventura City PD, VCFD and VCSO.  This also includes the hundreds of firefighters that responded 11 U.S. States with fire apparatus and strike teams, additional resources.

Fire Fact:  An USAF Reaper drone which was unarmed and non-weaponized helped provide situational awareness to firefighters during the fire incident.

Credit: VCFD_PIO

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT |  1,063 structures destroyed.  280 structures damaged.

Fire Fact:  This wildfire affected more than just those directly involved but will also impact the lives and livelihoods of those for months, if not years.  

FIRE HISTORY |  The Thomas Fire is now the largest wildfire in all of California’s fire history with the Cedar Fire coming in second with 273,246 acres and the destruction of 2,2820 structures in October of 2003.   The Rush Fire moves down to third place with burning 271,911 acres with no deaths or destruction of property, however, it did burn up 43,666 acres in nearby State of Nevada in August of 2012.

Credit: VCFD_PIO

FIRE IMAGES | Courtesy of CAL Fire and VCFD_PIO

Fire Fact:  The Thomas Fire which began as the largest wildfire appeared to be the most photographed up close and personal. 

Credit: VCFD_PIO

SOURCES | Ventura Co FD PIO, Inciweb, CAL Fire, USFS

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/23/2017 – 2045 hours PST