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Saturday, July 4, 2015

LAFD Alvarado St Structure Fire One Dead, Two Hospitalized Critical and Three other injured, including LAFD firefighter

Los Angeles Fire Kills One, Injures Five Two Critically

Los Angeles Firefighters battled a blaze where tragically one man died, two were hospitalized in critical condition and three other people were injured, including a firefighter. Firefighter was transported in fair condition.

.At 8:20 AM on the Fourth of July holiday, LAFD responded to a Structure Fire at 804 N Alvarado Street in Echo Park.Exterior front of burnt home.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find a one-story home with the attic converted to living space, fully involved in flames, exposing nearby structures. Additional companies were quickly requested.

Firefighters made an intense and aggressive interior attack due reports of people possibly trapped inside. Five of the home's six residents, two of whom are related, were home at the time.
Firefighters in front of an Engine.
Over 50 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Mark Storms, extinguished the flames in 36 minutes.

There were a total of six patients: One adult male was found inside, beyond medical help, and was determined dead. Two adult males were transported in critical condition to a local hospital, one male and one female were medically evaluated but declined transport, and one Firefighter was transported in fair condition.

There were no bars on the windows or security screens on the doors to prevent occupants from escaping the burning home.

Multiple agencies rallied together with the LAFD to offer support and services. The Mayors Crisis Response Team responded to provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention and emotional support to those affected by the deadly fire. The American Red Cross assisted with temporary housing of four adult males and one adult female that were displaced. Five members of MySafeLA canvassed over three streets adjacent to the incident and provided free smoke alarms along with information and even offered installation if needed. 

The home was equipped with smoke alarms, but is unknown if they were functional at the time of the fire. The cause is under active investigation by LAFD Arson Section, and the estimated dollar loss is being tabulated.


Dispatched Units: E6 RA6 E211 T11 RA811 E3 T3 E203 EM11 BC11 T20 E220 RA20 SQ21 RA11 RA35 RA56 AR1 E35 E215 T15 DC22 BC1 EA1 SU1 SU2 RA52 EM1 EM13 RA52 RA803 RA9 AR11 RA4 EM13 AR21 AR9

#AlvaradoStFire
Source: LAFD lafd.org/news 

LAFD: Prepare and Protect Your Pets From 4th of July Fireworks #CAPets

Fourth Of July Safety Message From Our Friends At LAFD

 Prepare and Protect Your Pets From 4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks Exploding in the Sky
Professional Fireworks Exploding in the Sky
Los Angeles - With their sensitive hearing, many household pets become terrified by fireworks.
In Los Angeles, it's not uncommon this time of year for firefighters to deal with persons bitten or injured by skittish animals or traffic collisions caused by wayward dogs, cats and horses.

Fireworks Exploding in the Sky
While we encourage attendance at a professional fireworks show, it's best to leave your furry friends at home with someone to watch over them. In fact, now is a good time to prepare your home to safely harbor your pet from frightful sights and sounds associated with Independence Day celebrations:
Cute Puppy Laying Down - Credit Robert O'Connor
Boots The Puppy Getting ready For The Fourth of  July
Make sure your pets are wearing proper identification - and consider a microchip. If your pet runs away due to fireworks, you'll have a better chance of recovering them if a sturdy, legible and accurate ID tag is worn.

Contact your veterinarian for professional advice in preparing animals for the noisy days to come. For household pets, a quiet and well-secured room with soothing music and your pets favorite toy may be just what the doctor orders. If you’re having visitors over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.

Take a photograph of your pet and place the telephone numbers for your veterinarian and animal care and control agency near your home phone and in your cell phone. In the event of an escaped animal or crisis, you can contact these professionals promptly for guidance.
Even if your animals don’t seem upset by noise, they can still be harmed by burns, injuries and ingestions related to fireworks. Survey your property for hazards, and pay close attention to your pet for any signs of illness or injury.

Within the City of Los Angeles, our friends at the Department of Animal Services can be reached directly at (888) 452-7381 or by calling 3-1-1.

Should you experience an emergency that endangers human life or property and demands immediate attention, your Police or Fire Department may be contacted via 9-1-1.

Please join us in making sure that every member of your household celebrates safely!

Please refer to lafd.org/news for updated information...


Friday, July 3, 2015

CA-SCU Geary Fire: 45 acres, 50% contained. Alameda County, Sunol Wilderness Vegetation Fire #CAFire

Geary Fire  CA-SCU Geary Fire: Alameda County, Sunol Wilderness

Vegetation Fire Ohlone Wilderness Trail / Sunol Regional Wilderness, East Bay Regional Park District.


Closures: Wilderness area temporarily closed.

"With this drought, conditions are so much drier," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. "It doesn't take much for something to easily ignite a wildfire."


Update 07/03/2015 1200: 45 acres, 125 firefighters, no structures appear threatened. A KTVU news van covering the fire rolled into a ditch on Calaveras Road near Geary Road, authorities said. No one was injured.
Update 07/02/2015 0930: CA-SCU Geary Fire: 45 acres, 50% contained. Steep terrain is limiting access.
Update 07/02/2015 0915: CA-SCU Geary Fire: 20 acres, 20% contained.

Start: 07/02/2015 04:30 
Location:  Fire is located in Sunol Wilderness, 10 miles east of Fremont, in Alameda County. above Calaveras road.
ROS: Fire is burning in dry thick brush at a slow rate of spread. 
ROC: Steep terrain is limiting access. 
Cause: Under investigation.


CA-AEU Ranch Fire El Dorado County Grass and Oak Woodland MROS, Difficult Access #CAFire

Ranch Fire CA-AEU Ranch Fire El Dorado County

Vegetation Fire 

Update 7-3-15 1315: 30 acres, 35% contained. Forward progress has been stopped.
Update 7-3-15 1200: 8 acres, 0% contained. 

Location: 4 miles southeast of Shingle Springs, in El Dorado County.
Fuels: Burning in grass and oak woodland.
ROS: Moderate rate of spread.
ROC:  Difficult access is hampering containment efforts.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CA-RRU Merwin Fire 175 acres. Moreno Valley Extended commitment time of resources. No structures threatened. #CAFire

Merwin Fire CA-RRU-74316 Vegetation Fire, Moreno Valley, Riverside County

Evacuations: Group camp area in Lake Perris State Park being evacuated.


Moreno Valley fire
— stu mundel (@StringerLA) 
Update 7-1-15 2300: Fire is now approximately 175 acres. Extended commitment time of resources. No structures threatened. Evacuation of Group Camping area at Lake Perris State Park remains in effect. No injuries reported.
Update 7-1-15 2200:  70 acres
Update 7-1-15 2100:  Fire is approx. 40 acres. Group camp area in Lake Perris State Park being evacuated.
Update 7-1-15 2045: 30 acres moving uphill away from structures towards Lake Perris




Location: Near Merwin St and Campbell Av in Moreno Valley, Riverside County.
Media: Information Officer, Battalion Chief Janssen en route. ICP Located at Merwin Street and Alessandro Blvd.
Twitter hashtag: #MerwinFire

CA-YNP Yosemite National Park Institutes Stage 1 Fire Restrictions until further notice. #CAFire

Yosemite Institutes Fire Restrictions

Remember too - Fireworks of any kind are not allowed within the park.  

Please have a safe Independence Day Holiday

Yosemite National Park is experiencing very high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and possible active fire behavior, the park implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions until further notice. 

National Park Service LogoBy order of the Superintendent Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, and Section 2.13(c):
  • No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or cooking fire (including charcoal fires) within Yosemite National Park including designated Wilderness and at High Sierra Camps below 6,000 feet in elevation. Portable stoves using pressurized gas, liquid fuel, or propane are permitted as are alcohol stoves (with and without a shutoff valve) including alcohol tablet/cube stoves. “Sierra” (twig) stoves are not permitted. 
  • No smoking below 6,000 feet, except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed or in a designated smoking area. 
  • Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in designated campgrounds in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.  
  • Designated Campgrounds: Upper Pines, North Pines, Lower Pines, Camp 4, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat and Tuolumne Meadows, Yellow Pine, and Housekeeping cabins.
  • Cooking fires may still be used in designated picnic areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations. 
  • Designated Picnic areas: Lembert Dome, Tenya Lake, Yosemite Creek, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach, Sentinel Beach, Swinging Bridge, Church Bowl and Lower Yosemite Falls.
  • There are no administrative exemptions to this order.
Fire restrictions reduce the probability of an accidental fire that could threaten visitors and employees during times of high fire danger. Cooperation in complying with these temporary restrictions is greatly appreciated.

This designation will remain in place until rescinded. 

For More Information
Yosemite National Park Web page:  Yosemite Wildland Fire Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yosemite -Wildland-Fire/12463296455395

CA-NOD R-2 Fire Lassen County 111 acres, 60% containment. Threat to sage grouse habitat.

R-2 FireCA-NOD R-2 Fire Shinn Mountain, in Lassen County

Update 7-1-15 1100: 111 acres, 60% containment. Wildfire Threat to the sage grouse habitat.
Update 7-1-15 0800:  150 acres, 0% containment. 

Location: 10 miles southeast of Ravendale, near Shinn Mountain, in Lassen County. 
ROS: Moderate
Fuels:  Grass and brush. 

Concerns: Threat to Sage Grouse habitat.

Fresno: Power Pole Storage Yard Fire [Video] #CAFire

 Fresno Fire Power Pole Yard Fire

Update 0900: Due to limited water access the fire is being allowed to burn itself out.

Location: Fresno Golden State Road near Highway 99 

KTVU -



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CA-SCU- Highway Fire - Santa Clara County 42 acres, 60% contained, Threat to active oil fields #CAFire


Highway Fire CA-SCU-Highway Santa Clara County


Update 7-1-15 0700: 42 acres, 60% contained. Threat to active oil fields adjacent to the incident.
Update 6-30-15 1745: 50 acres; 50% contained
Update 6-30-15 1645: 40 acres, spotting hampering containment efforts.
Update 6-30-15 1545: 10 acres, burning in brush, 0% contained. Moderate rate of spread. 
Location: 6 miles southwest of Gilroy, in Santa Clara County.
ROS: Moderate
Fuels: Grass and brush
Resources: 8 hand crews, C-106, 12 Engines- Gilroy, Cal Fire
3 Charlie Strike Teams coming

Arizona will pay $670,000 to the Families of the 19 Hotshots But Questions Remain #AzFire

YARNELL HILL ARIZONA 2 YEARS LATER A SETTLEMENT AND "PLANNED" CHANGES?

In this photo shot by firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots watch a growing wildfire that later swept over and killed the crew of 19 firefighters June 30 near Yarnell, Ariz. Ashcraft texted the photo to his wife, Juliann, but died later that day battling the out-of-control blaze.
  
Associated Press photo courtesy of Juliann Ashcraft

Questions remain about what went wrong that day and who was responsible for the deaths of the firefighters...because today's settlement announcement means some questions might never be answered.

Today we remember the 2 year anniversary of the Line of Duty deaths of the 19 Firefighters in Arizona. While there has been much written about the fire and several law-suits filed some naming fire commanders, some feel very strongly that little has changed and it could certainly happen again...which is what was heard about fires before the Yarnell Hill fire...and others before that.

 As of last night, Arizona will pay $670,000 to the families of the 19 hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire and will implement new wildland firefighting procedures to improve safety in a global settlement of litigation stemming from the 2013 fire. We shall see.

Questions remain about what went wrong that day and who was responsible for the deaths of the firefighters...because today's settlement announcement means some questions might never be answered.

=The 12 family members who filed a wrongful death lawsuit each will receive $50,000 from the state's risk management fund.
=The seven families that did not sue will each receive $10,000 from the Arizona State Forestry Division, which was responsible for managing the Yarnell Hill Fire. 
=State forestry had been fined a record $559,000 for workplace-safety violations that may have contributed to the tragedy. 
=In lieu of paying the fine, the division will instead pay the families.In addition, state forestry will implement "enhanced safety training" for incident command management, improve its communications systems and work toward greater transparency.

An Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health investigation led the state Industrial Commission to issue $559,000 in fines against state forestry. The fines have been under appeal until now.

The settlement occurs without the testimony of Granite Mountain Hotshot Brendan McDonough, who barely escaped the firestorm that day and was the crew's lone survivor.

McDonough recently told the crew's founder that he overheard a radio conversation between Eric Marsh, the crew's supervisor who'd separated from the others to scout the fire, and Jesse Steed, Marsh's top deputy. It it, Marsh is believed to have ordered the crew to leave their safety zone. The conversation is believed to have occurred shortly before the hotshots were overcome by flames. Attorneys for state forestry repeatedly sought McDonough's testimony under oath, but a deposition never happened.

Here are some related videos worthy of your review:

America Burning: The Yarnell Hill Tragedy and the Nation's Wildfire Crisis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=begTiksUwqc
Video shows their last moments:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw_Yiu6f9ik
Here is their final radio traffic: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbrlWTng2JU
Here is one article of great interest "FEW CHANGES"
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/deaths-19-firefighters-prompt-few-changes
12 Firefighter families file wrongful death lawsuit
http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=61049

Take a moment to remember these Firefighters who lost their lives at that wildland fire:
Andrew Ashcraft, 29
Anthony Rose, 23
Christopher MacKenzie, 30
Clayton Whitted, 28
Dustin DeFord, 24
Garret Zuppiger, 27
Grant McKee, 21
Jesse Steed, 36
Joe Thurston, 32
John Percin Jr., 24
Kevin Woyjeck, 21
Eric Marsh, 43
Robert Caldwell, 23
Scott Norris, 28
Sean Misner, 26
Travis Carter, 31
Travis Turbyfill, 27
Wade Parker, 22
William "Billy" Warneke, 25

RIP

Source :The Secret List 6/30/2015-1921 Hours

CAL FIRE Urges Extreme Caution With Fireworks this Fourth of July! #CAFire #CADrought #SafeAndSane

CAL FIRE Urges Extreme Caution With Fireworks this Fourth of July

ARE YOU BUYING LEGAL FIREWORKS?
“Safe and Sane Fireworks are only as safe as they are used,” said State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover.

 “Last year alone there were over 300 fires sparked by fireworks. We want everyone to enjoy their celebrations in a safe and legal manner.”

Felton–With the Independence Day holiday rapidly approaching, CAL FIRE is reminding all Californians and visitors to do their part to prevent fires caused by illegal fireworks or the misuse of “Safe and Sane” fireworks.

On Sunday, June 28 “Safe and Sane” Fireworks went on sale in approximately 300 communities throughout California.
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 Although fireworks are a symbolic display of patriotism during this time of celebration, they can be dangerous when handled incorrectly or used in the wrong environment.

“As we head into the fourth summer of a severe drought, it is more important than ever that everyone use an abundance of caution to avoid sparking a fire,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE.

“Here in California we have a zero tolerance for the use and sale of illegal fireworks.”

There are also legal ramifications when it comes to certain types of fireworks.
Possession of illegal fireworks such as sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner can lead to a possible fine of up to $50,000 as well as prison time or jail for up to one year.

 Even “Safe and Sane” Fireworks taken into a city or county where they are banned are considered illegal.  The State Fire Marshal approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks are allowed for use in many communities; however, they are not approved state-wide.
 Before purchasing these types of fireworks, be sure to check your local ordinances and follow the instructions to avoid accidents and injuries.
The public should note that all fireworks are illegal to possess, sell or use in 98% of San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties. Purchase and use ofSafe and Sane Fireworks is allowed only within the City limits of Watsonville, Capitola, San Bruno and Pacifica. 
In Santa Cruz County there is a $1,000 enhancement on fireworks-related citations around the July 4th holiday.

Fireworks Guidelines:

•First check that fireworks are allowed in the area of use 
•Make sure the firework has the State Fire Marshal “Safe and Sane” seal
•Purchase only from legitimate organizations authorized to sell
•Have a bucket of water, sand or garden hose available at firing site
•Read all instructions before use 
•Never alter, modify or enhance fireworks –use only in the manner intended
•Make sure fireworks have proper clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush

For a full fireworks safety guide visit www.ReadyforWildfire.org or watch this short
CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE - California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
June 30, 2015

Hearing with more than your ears: Bereavement Uniform Program (BUP)

Dear Bereavement Uniform Program (BUP) Group Members

Attached is a Bereavement Uniform Program link up instruction sheet. 

Bereavement Uniform Program Class A Dress Cap

Bereavement Uniform Program Class A Dress Cap

This is the fifth and maybe the last BUP LinkedIn Group email.  The group is now well over 2200 people strong. It is represented by people from many walks of life, but almost all share a relationship and a love of the Fire Service and the men, women and families that make it up. That said, it is notoriously non-responsive.
For the last several years, we've worked tirelessly to get the word out about the Bereavement Uniform Program.  We were trying to determine whether the Fire Service would support an effort to recognize and honor the service of every 'passing' firefighter with a Class A Dress Uniform in which to answer their 'last alarm".  We called this effort BUP Phase I and the response to the call (donate surplus dress uniforms) generated an outpouring of generosity that was truly extraordinary.  We stopped asking for donations due to lack of room.
Now we find ourselves beginning BUP Phase II; getting the program into the hands and onto the websites of America's smaller and volunteer department websites.  The change in targets from 'haves' to 'recipients' is proving to be a much more difficult issue.  
The disconnect between head nodding and feet moving is really quite amazing.  People have no problem donating surplus dress uniforms, but they seem to have major difficulty carrying the message back to their departments and getting it linked up. 
We've also discovered the world is full of haters and people who just can't figure out why the Lighthouse is doing this and what has become abundantly clear; the Lighthouse is not the appropriate messenger for BUP Phase II (linking up)
Attached is a Bereavement Uniform Program link up instruction sheet.  It has the coding necessary to link up (very graciously provided by the Washington Fire Chiefs staff) plus provides access to other tools and incentives from the BUP tool box. Please use them.  
This summer will be a defining moment in the value of the Bereavement Uniform Program.  It will be the catalyst for a more inclusive, egalitarian way to recognize service or it will become the Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform on steroids.
I hope you hear how valuable the BUP can really be.  If you do, you are hearing with more than you ears.

Help make it happen in your department.

Regards,
Steve Cohen, Pres. Lighthouse Uniform Company Home of the Bereavement Uniform Program
"...When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work".  Chief Edward Croker, FDNY 1899 - 1911

Linking Up To The Bereavement Uniform Program 
Bereavement Uniform Program Instruction Sheet

Welcome and thank you very much for stepping up and taking part in the Bereavement
Uniform Program (BUP). It is through your efforts and the efforts of many others that
every firefighter, paid or volunteer, active or retired, can be afforded this ‘earned’
recognition of service; the opportunity to answer their ‘last call’ in a Dress Uniform, at
no cost to their family.

The first order of business; Get your department ‘linked up’.
Please Note: Linking the BUP to local department websites and/or Facebook pages is
the cornerstone of the whole BUP effort. It was deemed so important the Washington
Fire Chiefs staff stepped up and created the hyperlink and coding.

Below is the hyperlink and coding as well as a list of ‘tools’ available to introduce the
program. 

For more information on BUP ‘Faces’/’Voices’ Flyers, ‘Get Paid’ to Facilitate
linking forms and ‘Be Remembered’ Challenge Coins, please contact me directly at
steve@lighthouseuniform.com or give us a call at 800-426-5225
.

1.
BUP hyperlink and coding; class-a-bereavement-uniform-program"

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2. BUP ‘Get Paid’ to Facilitate linking form

3.BUP website; Bereavement Lighthouse Uniform.com
http://bereavement.lighthouseuniform.com

4. BUP “Be Remembered’ Wall of Fame (can be found on BUP website)

5. BUP ‘ Faces’/’Voices’ Flyers

6. BUP ‘Be Remembered’ Challenge Coins*

The ultimate goal of the BUP: create a new ‘shared awareness’ within America’s
firefighting community regarding who is entitled to answer their ‘last call’ in a Class A
from some to all and provide a way to do it.

The pieces are in place. The program has been tested. It works and is ready. If you
and your department step-up and ‘link up’ there is a very good chance that America’s
fire-fighting community will take a giant step in ‘taking care of those who took care of us’
.
Steve Cohen, Pres.
Lighthouse Uniform Company
Home of the Bereavement Uniform Program

*As a thank you to those responsible for facilitating a ‘link up’, the Lighthouse would like
to gift a ‘Be Remembered’ Challenge Coin (one per department)

To view a list of donating Departments please go to:
http://bereavement.lighthouseuniform.com/wall-of-fame

To view some of our testimonials please go to:
http://catalog.lighthouseuniform.com/fire/fire_testimonials.php

Arizona: Lawsuit settled Two Years After 19 hotshots Firefighters Died fighting Yarnell Hill Fire #AZFire

Lawsuit settled 2 years after 19 hotshots Firefighters died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire

Yarnell Hill Fire lawsuits settle for $670,000, reforms


19 hotshots Firefighters died fighting theYarnell Hill Fire (Photo: David Kadlubowski/The Republic/azc)
PHOENIX — Arizona will pay $670,000 to the families of the 19 hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire and will implement new wildland firefighting procedures to improve safety in a global settlement of litigation stemming from the 2013 fire.

Tuesday is the second anniversary of the blaze in which the Granite Mountain Hotshots perished.

Questions remain about what went wrong that day and who was responsible for the deaths of the firefighters. Today's settlement announcement means some questions might never be answered.

"I don't know that we're ever going to know every detail of that fateful day," said attorney Pat McGroder, who represents 12 families of fire victims. But McGroder said assigning blame and collecting damages was not what family members sought.

"That's not what this case is about," McGroder said at a news conference announcing the settlement. "Our clients wanted transparency and change" as a legacy for their loved ones.

The settlement still faces formal approval from a judge and state officials.

"Ultimately, this settlement doesn't assign blame," Attorney General Mark Brnovichsaid. "State agencies aren't admitting any guilt or negligence.

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Arizona: Two Years Later Remembering The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Lost In The Yarnell Hill Fire #Prescott19

Prescott marks 2nd anniversary of Yarnell fire tragedy


 Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial meme
In Memory of The #YarnellHillFire

"No words will ever fully convey our gratitude for these 19 heroes — we owe them a debt that can never be repaid," - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Prescott 19 memorial
Credit :www.theatlantic.com
It is officially called Prescott Fire Station 7, but there is no mistaking which firefighters, exactly, called this place home. Their name is on the sign outside. Their black-and-orange logo is on the front door.

Open that door and see a narrow hallway with the letters G M I H S spelled out in black tiles set against white. It was crew tradition that rookies could not step on the black tiles until they had spent a year on the team known as the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots.

The firefighters working at Station 7 now have all worked there a year. But they still don't step on the black tiles.

"We'll never be Granite Mountain Hotshots," said Ronnie Gamble, who was hired two years ago after working as a hotshot on another crew. "We honor that rule. We'll never walk on the black tiles."

Gamble also fought the Yarnell Hill Fire, as part of the Blue Ridge Hotshots.

It was his team who picked up Brendan McDonough, the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain crew who was working as a scout some distance from the fire. The other 19 members of the Granite Mountain crew perished when they were overtaken by fire in a brush-filled canyon.

In the days following the deaths, the fire station became a shrine. People left objects — flags, cards, stuffed animals — along the fence around the station. Soon, the facility could not been seen for the mementos.

Those objects were removed, boxed and preserved for posterity. Slowly, the station became a workplace again.

The building now is the fire station for Gamble, his division chief and a crew of between two and 15, depending on the season. It is still a crew that fights wildfires by taking chainsaws and axes to dried trees and brush that could serve as fuel. They do it ahead of time when the sky is blue, not orange and filled with smoke.

"The work is very similar," he said. "There's just no fire."

Source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/best-reads/2015/06/30/granite-mountain-hotshots-two-years-later-yarnell-hill-fire/29491709/


Related News: At 11 a.m. Tuesday, representatives from the state parks department will gather at Prescott's Courthouse Square for a public auction.
They are interested only in one item: a 320-acre parcel of land nearby that encompasses the spot where 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013.
If all goes smoothly, the state parks department will formally purchase the land on the two-year anniversary of the firefighters' death. In doing so, they can then move forward with plans to create the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park.
The Arizona State Parks Board last week unanimously adopted the new name for site, which will be the future home of a park that will pay tribute to the fallen firefighters, who died June 30, 2013.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Kern County Fire Department Takes Delivery Of New Helitender 408.

The crew at the Kern County Fire Department's Keene Helibase is already putting a new piece of equipment to good use

Helitender 408 is a companion to Helicopter 407.

Kern County Fire Department's New Helitender 408
Kern County Fire Department's New Helitender 408
BAKERSFIELD, CA- The crew at Keene received a brand new "Helitender" Monday morning. And the crew at the Kern County Fire Department's Keene Helibase is already putting the new piece of equipment to good use
The Helitender is a support vehicle that transports additional crew members and gear. It responds to assignments with the helicopter.

CA-BDF- Lake Fire San Bernardino County 31,359 acres, 65% contained [Active Fire Maps] #CAFire

Lake Fire CA-BDF-007849 Jenks Lake Barton Flats area, San Bernardino County Jenks lake near Hwy 38 Barton Flats area, FRA

Evacuations 6-27-15 0800:  Repopulation of permanent residence in the evacuated areas is scheduled to commence at 1800 today.
All public roads, with the exception of National Forest roads within the Forest closure, are now open.
Road Closures 6-27-15 0800:  Highway 38 Reopened.


Update 7-1-15 0800: 
31,359 acres, 65% contained
Estimated Cost to Date: $34 million Injuries: 5 
Total Personnel: 1,714 
Committed Resources: 50 crews, 64 engines, 2 dozers, 11 water tenders, 19 helicopters, 1 air attack  Current Fire Situation 
Wilderness areas of the fire continue to be the priority in containment efforts. Crews will take advantage of the increase in moisture and extinguish interior hotspots 100 to 200 feet from the perimeter. In the secured areas, the suppression repair and rehabilitation crews will continue to repair the damaged infrastructure and repair the containment lines. Crews are using heavy equipment, chippers, and handcrews to accelerate the landscape’s recovery from the suppression activities. Lake Fire resources will be available to assist the Forest with initial attack for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday activities. 
 Because the fire perimeter in the wilderness continues to hold pockets of heat, one of yesterday’s priorities was to bring crews into the wilderness. Favorable weather provided crews the opportunity to construct fireline directly on the fire’s perimeter in many areas of the fire. Helicopter bucket drops were instrumental in assisting crews on the ground in suppressing pockets of high heat. The suppression repair and rehabilitation crews made excellent progress in the Rainbow Lane area. Crews are continuing to repair roads that were damaged during suppression activities. 
Weather & Fire Behavior 
There is a chance of thunderstorms for the fire area today. Any rain from these storms would assist the firefighting efforts. However, the outflow winds and lightning associated with the thunderstorms continue to pose a safety concern to the firefighters. There will be minimal fire behavior today with the expected weather. Analysts observed only six areas of heat between the control line and 200 feet into the fire perimeter. Last night’s rain had minimal effect on hotspots inside the fire’s perimeter. Smoke from the wilderness areas of the fire will continue to be visible as heavy fuels continue to burn. 
Traffic Safety 
Fire crews and helicopters will continue to be visible to the public throughout the holiday weekend. Motorists may observe movement of firefighting vehicles along State Route 38. Please be alert while traveling on the highway and yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicles. 

Closures 

The public should call the Serrano campground office (909-866-8550) with questions regarding campground closures.
Update 6-30-15 1800: 31,359 acres, 65% contained, California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (Minton) remains in command of the Lake fire and is in Unified Commandwith USFS and CALFIRE

Update 6-29-15 1800: 31,359 acres, 60% contained.

 Update 6-29-15 0800: 30,726 acres, 60% contained
California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (Minton) remains in command of the Lake fire and is in Unified Command with USFS and CALFIRE.
Threats from the incident continue to decrease as favorable firefighting weather arrived over the fire, but a threat still remains for structures in areas of Rainbow, Lake Williams, and Erwin Lake
WX: 55°, Wind 0 RH 72% 

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Update 6-28-15 1800: 30,716 acres, 55% contained
California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (Minton) remains in command of the Lake fire and is in Unified Command with USFS and CALFIRE
Repopulation of permanent residence in the evacuated areas is scheduled to commence at 1800 today.
All public roads, with the exception of National Forest roads within the Forest closure, are now open'
WX: Temp 70, Wind 0 RH 40%

Update 6-28-15 0800: 30,716 acres, 50% contained.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (Minton) remains in command of the Lake fire and is in Unified Command with USFS and CALFIRE. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department exited Unified Command at 1800 on 06/27
Limited repopulation of permanent residence of Jenks Lake Loop and Barton Flats
WX: 57°, Wind 0 RH 51% 
Update 6-27-15 1900: 30,526 acres, 50% contained
California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (Minton) remains in command of the Lake fire and is in Unified Command with USFS, CALFIRE, and SBSO
WX: Winds will transition to generally light overnight scattered clouds will persist overnight with a slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms. Relative humidity
recovery is expected to improve slightly.75°, Wind 0 RH 22%.
Update 6-27-15 0900: 30,526 acres, 40% contained
California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (Minton) remains in command of the Lake fire and is in Unified Command with USFS, CALFIRE, and SBSO. San Bernardino County and Big Bear Fire Department have departed unified command as of 0600
WX: 50°, wind 0  RH 58%  
Update 6-26-15 1900: 30,526 acres, 20% contained
California Incident Management Team 5 (Minton) has assumed command Incident remains in Unified Command with USFS, CALFIRE, SBSO and Big Bear Fire Department.
A Moderate weather pattern has decreased fire activity but expect return to seasonal patterns in the next 24 hours, increasing expected fire behavior to levels seen in the past several days.
Challenges continue to be roll-out, steep topography, drought stressed and hazard trees, limited visibility for aircraft.

WX: 84°, wind SW 4 Gust 8 RH 20% mostly cloudy

CAL FIRE MORNING BRIEFING
Credit: Unknown CAL FIRE PIO
LAKE FIRE PROGRESSION MAP
Aircraft operations during the Lake Fire at SBD Tanker Base
AT105 Aero Tanker At San Bernardino Tanker Base. 
Credit: Ben Cottman Photography


LAKE FIRE PROGRESSION MAP


Update 6-26-15 0900: 29,813 acres, 19% contained
California Incident Management Team 5 (Minton)
assumed command at 0600 today
The incident remains in Unified Command with USFS, CALFIRE,
San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department and Big Bear Fire Department
82°, RH 23% wind 4
There is an increased risk of the fire crossing Hwy 38
Southern California Team 1 (Walker) transition meeting is scheduled for 1500 06/26

Update 6-25-15 1900: 25,599 acres, 19% contained

California Incident Management Team 5 (Minton) will assume command tomorrow at 0600

The incident remains in Unified Command with USFS, CALFIRE, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department and Big Bear Fire Department
Weather will remain warm and dry over the fire with gusty west winds in the afternoons and south east winds overnight. Instability will increase over the next three days with the 
possibility of monsoonal moisture by late weekend, Winds have spread the fire into a position that threatens Lake Williams and Erwin Lake area.
wx: 94°, RH 22% wind NW 12
There is an increased risk of the fire crossing Hwy 38
Update 6-25-15 0900:  23,199 acres, 21% contained. 
The incident remains in Unified Command with USFS, CALFIRE,
San Bernardino Sheriffs Department and Big Bear Fire Department
California Incident management Team 5 has been mobilized
to this incident with a tentative in briefing at 1500 today at Big Bear High School
The San Bernardino County Sherriff Department has initiated mandatory evacuation for the Burns Canyon and Rimrock areas.
Pioneertown is now under a voluntary evacuation
5,712 residences, 1,428 residential/commercial structures threatened in areas of Rainbow,
Lake Williams, Erwin Lake, Camp Oaks, Sugar Loaf and Baldwin.
500 structures in the areas of Jenks Lake, Barton Flats, Angelus Oaks still remain threatened
Road closures will remain in place to support crews improving control.
There is a threat to high-value communications sites in the onyx summit
Challenges continue to be roll-out, steep topography, drought stressed fuels and hazard limited visibility for aircraft.

Update 6-24-15 2000: 20,875 acres, 27% contained.(19% increase from yesterday) The incident remains in Unified Command with USFS (Walker IMT2), CALFIRE, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department and as of 1500 today Big Bear Fire Department entered into Unified Command. CA IMT 5 (Minton) has been mobilized. 5,712 residences, 1,428 residential/commercial structures threatened in areas of Rainbow, Lake Williams, Erwin Lake, Camp Oaks, Sugar Loaf and Baldwin. Challenges continue to be roll-out, steep topography, drought stressed fuels and hazard limited visibility for aircraft.

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Aircraft operations during the Lake Fire at SBD Tanker Base
AT43 At San Bernardino Tanker Base. 

Credit: Ben Cottman Photography
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Galactic Flames Big Bear, CA
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Aaron Keigher


Update 6-24-15 1900: 18,875 acres, 38% contained

The incident remains in Unified Command with USFS (Walker IMT2), CALFIRE, and San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department
500 structures, special use cabins, historical cabins, and camps in Jenks Lake, Barton Flats, Angelus Oaks still remain closed.
Highway 38 remains closed from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams.
Update on acreage due to the most recent NIROPS flight and mapping.

Lake Fire
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Update 6-24-15 1800:  20,875 acres, 27% contained

The incident remains in Unified Command with USFS (Walker IMT2), CALFIRE, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department and as of 1500 today Big Bear Fire Department entered into Unified Command.

5,712 residences, 1,428 residential/commercial structures threatened in areas of Rainbow, Lake Williams, Erwin Lake, Camp Oaks, Sugar Loaf and Baldwin.
Challenges continue to be roll-out, steep topography, drought stressed fuels and hazard limited visibility for aircraft.
Update 6-23-15 0800:  17,525 acres, 33% contained
A demobilization plan has been established for excess resources
The incident remains in Unified Command with USFS (Walker IMT2), CALFIRE, and San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
500 structures, special use cabins, historical cabins, and camps in Jenks Lake, Barton Flats, Angeles Oaks still remain closed. An additional 500 structures could be threatened over the next 24 hours
Highway 38 remains closed from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams.

Update 6-23-15 0800: 17,405 acres, 30% contained, As of 0800 today San Bernardino County Fire is no longer part of the incident unified command

Update 6-22-15 1800: 17,405 acres, 24% contained
The incident remains in Unified Command with USFS (Walker IMT2), CALFIRE,
San Bernardino County Fire, and San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department
Highway 38 remains closed from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams.

Update 6-21-15 1100: 16,136 acres, 15% Contained
The incident remain in Unified Command with USFS (Walker), CALFIRE,
and San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department
Highway 38 remains closed from Angels Oaks to Lake Williams

Update 6-21-15 0900: 16,000 acres, 15% Contained
The incident remain in Unified Command with USFS (Walker), CALFIRE,
and San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department
Highway 38 remains closed from Angels Oaks to Lake Williams

Lake Fire Map 7-20-15


Update 6-20-15 1100: 15,000 acres, 10% Contained

Unified Command with USFS (Walker), CALFIRE, and San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, Incident is being managed by at Type 3 organization. With a Type 2 team on order, in briefing held at 1000 today and transition at 1800.



Update 6-20-15 0800: 13,000 acres, 10% Contained, SoCal Team 1(Walker) ,San Bernardino County Fire, CALFIRE and San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office in unified command



Update 6-19-15 0800: 11,000 acres, 10% Contained
CAL FIRE has entered Unified Command with USFS and San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments

Update 6-18-15 0800: 7500 acres, 5 % Contained. CAL FIRE is entering into Unified Command at 1800 hrs due to threat to State DPA

Update 6-18-15 0800: 1500 acres, 5% Contained
Extreme fire behavior, rapid rate of spread, fire spotting 1-2 miles out.
Immediate structure threat to 150 structures.
Mandatory evacuations in effect for Jenks Lake Loop, Hart Bar, and all cabins and campgrounds in the South Fork area.
Hard closure on Hwy 38 between Angelus Oaks and Lake Williams.

Update 6-18-15 0800: The Lake Fire was reported just before 4:00 pm on June 17, 2015. It is burning east of Camp de Benneville Pines south of Jenks Lake Road. Highway 38 is closed between Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams. Jenks Lake Road is closed as well. The San Gorgonio Wilderness is closed. 
The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is approximately 1,500 acres in size and burning in timber. It is currently 5% contained. Structures are threatened. 
Evacuations include:  Areas east of Angelus Oaks, Onyx Summit, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, and homes off of Rainbow Lane. 
120 people from Camp de Benneville Pines, 1 person from Camp Ta Ta Pochon, 24 people from Camp Alpine Meadows, 23 people from Camp Edwards, and 10 people from Camp Tulakes. Children from the camps were bused to Citrus Valley High School in Redlands to be reunited with their parents.
All Hiking Trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area have been closed due to the proximity of the fire to many hiking trails. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit.
Resources include:
11 engines
5 air tankers
5 helicopters (including night-flying)
1 air attack plane
2 crews
2 water tenders
1 dozer
Fire management is under Unified Command with San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriff. The Incident Command Post is at Barton Flats Visitor Center.

Update 6-17-15 1800: The Lake Fire was reported just before 4:00 pm on June 17, 2015. It is burning east of Camp de Benneville Pines south of Jenks Lake Road. Jenks Lake Road is closed. The San Gorgonio Wilderness is closed. Highway 38 is open.The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is approximately 1000 acres in size and burning in timber. 
It is now 15% contained. Structures are threatened. Evacuations include: 120 people from Camp de Benneville Pines, 1 person from Camp Ta Ta Pochon, 24 people from Camp Alpine Meadows, 23 people from Camp Edwards, and 10 people from Camp Tulakes. Children from the camps were bused to Citrus Valley High School in Redlands to be reunited with their parents.
Resources include:11 engines, 5 air tankers, 5 helicopters (including night-flying)1 air attack plane, 2 crews, 2 water tenders, 1 dozer

Fire management is under unified Command with San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriff. The Incident Command Post is at Barton Flats Visitor Center
LAKE FIRE 7-17-15
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Update: 6-17-15 1830: 35 to 40 acres with about 10 spots established across the next drainage to the east. AA stated it has slowed down but still actively burning.
IC requested 3 more type 3 Strike Teams. 10 camps are threatened and 2 have been evacuated.
Update: 6-17-15 1830: South Ops telling IC that additional resources have to be ordered from Northern or Central California because of the multiple incidents in BDF and MVU.
Update: 6-17-15 1800: MANDATORY EVACUATIONS Fire has spotted 1/2 mile on the left flank. 20 acres with 1/2 mile spotting, MROS and 15 structures threatened. AA says 'paramount' now to get ahead of the fire so they can protect structures. IC requesting mandatory evacuations for all camps in the area.
Update: 6-17-15 1730: Fire now reported as 8-10 acres, still having problems with spotting and immediate structure threats.
Update: 6-17-15 1700: 3 acres, hoselay nearly tied in but active spots outside the line, Starting sheriff for possible evacuations.
Update: 6-17-15 1630: 20+ acres, 0% Contained. Mandatory evacuations ordered with the
Incident Commander requesting a
no divert on aircraft due to a threat to life safety.
Incident spotting ahead of itself
Air Attack requesting a total of six Type 2 tankers.

Location of incident: Jenks Lake, Hwy 38, Barton Flats area
 Jenks Lake Barton Flats area, San Bernardino County, FRA
Start Time:  June 17, 2015 @1600
Location: Barton Flats area off Jenks Lake Rd. @ Camp Debenvelle Jenks lake near Hwy 38 
IA Acres: 1
IA ROS: Moderate
IA ROC: Immediate structure threat. 
Residences Burned: 1 
Structure threat: Yes Immediate structure threat.
Special Hazards: no ground access, Fire burning in grass, duff, chaparral and heavy timber

Situation Concerns/Alerts: Immediate structure threat.
Situation Comments: Lake AA has permission to use fire retardant in wilderness area.
Resources: Second alarm en-route along with 1 Type 3 strike team, A total of 6 AT's.

Cause: Under investigation
Additional Resource Notes: On Order H-535. Tanker 161 inbound from Oregon.
Radio Frequencies:Tanker 161 inbound from Oregon.
Weather Info: 77°, RH 18% Wind NNE 14mph spot forecast has been issued for IC. http://spot.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/spo...50617.LAKE_.01

Situation Comments: Lake AA has permission to use fire retardant in wilderness area.
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