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Big Hollow Update #3

9/11/2020 12PM

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12


Northwest Incident Management Team 12 took command at 6:00 AM on the Big Hollow Fire 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Weather is expected to be partly cloudy and very smokey, with temperatures in the low to mid-70s. Light westerly winds of 7 to 12 mph are forecasted, shifting to southwesterly in the evening.

Operations Today:

Indirect control lines are being constructed with heavy equipment and roads to protect the communities of Cougar, Chelatchie and Yale to the west. Structure protection is being implemented to protect cabins at Government Mineral Springs and the Carson National Fish Hatchery. Firefighters are also assessing the risk to structures to the north and east in the fire area.

Closures:
The Forest Service has issued area closures in the southwest portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that include most developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day-use and wilderness areas, and most forest roads and trails within the closure area. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has issued closures for the Siouxon Block and recreation sites within the Merill Lake Conservation Area.

Safety Message:
Evacuation levels 1 (ready), 2 (set), and 3 (go) are currently in use. Level 2 evacuation orders are in place for the areas around Yale Lake. Level 1 closures have been issued for the areas around Swift Reservoir and south of Lake Merwin. There is an air quality alert in place for southwest Washington and northwest Oregon for unhealthy and hazardous conditions. Air quality information is available at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/. Be aware of low visibility and possible traffic congestion from firefighting vehicles and equipment on forest roads.

Big Hollow 9/11/2020 Day Shift
  • SIZE: 12,050 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 0%
  • PERSONNEL: 88
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 2 Engines 9 Dozers Water Tenders
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters Fixed Wing
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/7171/

Big Hollow Update #2

9/10/2020 6 PM

A Type 2 incident management team will be taking over command of the fire at 0600 Friday morning.  The communities around Yale Reservoir will start to see an influx of additional firefighting resources.  The crews currently working on the western and northern fronts of the fire are developing structure protection plans, in the event they are needed.  The Level 1 (Get Ready) and Level 2 (Get Set) evacuation notices are still in effect out of an abundance of caution as we continue to experience high fire danger and very dry conditions.

Most of the fire activity and growth today was along the southwest perimeter of the fire; however this growth was not as significant as we saw over the previous 48 hours.

DNR has aviation resources available; however, the current smoke conditions make it difficult to utilize those resources.  While there is plenty of smoke coming off of the Big Hollow fire, most of the smoke that is affecting Clark County right now is actually coming from the fires burning in Oregon and California.

In addition to the Area Closure that was issued for a portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, DNR Recreation in the DNR Siouxon Block and Merrill Lake area has also been closed due to the fire and evacuation notices.  This includes recreation trails, campgrounds, and dispersed camping, and day use areas on those DNR managed lands.

Big Hollow Update

9/10/2020 10 AM

Good Morning, We just received and update from Washington Department of Natural Resources working on the Big Hollow Fire. As of this morning, the fire has not entered Clark County. The Fire is approximately 12,000 acres based on data collected last night. We are still experiencing critical fire weather conditions due to hot temperatures and low humidity, we want people who live in the area to continue to be on alert. Thank You

We are working to get a better map update.

For More Information, Including our Wildfire Map Visit. CRESA911.Org/Wildfires-2020

The Heat Is On… The Way!!

Hot Temperatures are expected over the next couple days.  It looks like the hottest days yet this year will be this weekend. We want to share tips in keeping yourself, friends, family and pets safe during this latest heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest.  

A few tips on keeping Family, Friends, and pets safe

  • Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible unless you’re sure your body has a high tolerance for heat.
  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
  • Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.
  • Check frequently on people who are elderly, ill or may need help. If you need help, arrange to have family, friends or neighbors check in with you at least twice a day throughout warm weather periods.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water.

If you go outside

  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler; then gradually build up tolerance for warmer conditions.
  • Take frequent breaks when working outdoors.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sun block and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes when outdoors.
  • At first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if you do not feel better.
  • Avoid sunburn: Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.

But even on hot days, many rivers and lakes in Southwest Washington remain cold.

  • Cold water − especially when high or swift − can immobilize even the strongest swimmer in minutes.
  • Know the water: Washington waters are cold enough to cause hypothermia even on the hottest summer day. Hypothermia can weaken even strong swimmers.
  • Know your limits: drowning often occurs when a swimmer tires.
  • Wear a life jacket when swimming anywhere without lifeguards or whenever you boat, jet ski, go tubing or do other water sports.
  • Ensure children wear life jackets. Inflatable toys and mattresses will not keep children safe. By law, children 12 and younger must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket or vest on all vessels 18 feet or smaller.
  • Never leave children unsupervised in or near water, even for a minute. Drowning can happen swiftly and silently. Supervision requires complete attention, even if other adults are present.
  • Always avoid alcohol when swimming or boating.

Celebrating the 4th of July… Safely and Neighborly

The Fourth of July is a big deal here in Clark County and across the country as many love to celebrate Independence Day with lavish fireworks displays. As fireworks go on sale this week in Clark County, people often will call 911 to help resolve issues and ask questions.

As a reminder, please do NOT call 911 to report fireworks violations unless there is a fire, an injury or someone is recklessly using fireworks putting lives in danger.  We wanted to share answers to some of the most frequent questions we get here at CRESA 911:

When are they legal?

  • June 29th – July 4th, 9 am – midnight -Yacolt
  • July 1st -July 3rd, 9 am – 11 pm – Woodland 
  • July 3rd 9 am – 10 pm – La Center
  • July 3rd 9 am – 11 pm  – Battle Ground
  • July 4th 9 am – midnight- Unincorporated Clark County, Amboy, Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Washougal, Woodland, and Yacolt
  • July 5th 9 am – 11 pm – Yacolt 
  • Fireworks are Illegal at all times within the Vancouver city limits.  If you’re unsure if you’re in the City of Vancouver, check the website at www.cityofvancouver.us/citylimitsmap.
  • Clark County provides a handy online chart and interactive map that allows anyone with an online device to quickly determine the rules for fireworks based on their address.

What about the big noisy ones?  Aren’t they illegal?

Nope. Even the fireworks that rattle your windows and set off your car alarm are legal.  Unless you are within the City of Vancouver, where all fireworks are illegal.

What about the ones that shoot clear up into the sky? They must be illegal.

Nope – most of those are legal too. Exception:   If you are within the City of Vancouver, all fireworks are illegal. 

Here is a guide for identifying illegal fireworks and explosives.

Here’s a legal overview of state fireworks regulations..

What if someone is shooting fireworks “dangerously”?

It depends on what you mean by dangerously.  Is life or property at risk?  If yes, call 911.

My pets and livestock are being traumatized by the noise!

Fireworks can be traumatic for animals.  If your pet has issues with loud noises please contact your vet for solutions to keep them calm.

Here’s a good article about helping your pet cope with fireworks.

Do Not Call 911 –

** The same dispatchers that answer 911 answer 311… Please help keep these lines open for immediate emergencies.

  • Because your neighbors are setting off fireworks
  • Because it is 10:30 PM and you need to get up early tomorrow
  • The noise is upsetting your animals
  • If someone is using fireworks illegally within the  Vancouver city limits please call 311 or 360-693-3111.   You will be asked to provide an address or cross streets where fireworks are actively being used.

So when can I call 911?

  • If there is a fire
  • If there is an injury
  • If someone is recklessly using fireworks and putting lives in danger
  • If people are being reckless and putting others in danger

** The same dispatchers that answer 911 answer 311… Please help keep these lines open for immediate emergencies.

As a reminder, Fort Vancouver’s Firework Spectacular as well as Clark County 4th of July have both been canceled this year.   

How Should I Dispose of Fireworks?

Clark Public Health has provided information on how and where you can dispose  of both used and unused fireworks in Clark County.

From the Desk of Our Director

Each year during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, we share a word from our Director, Dave Fuller highlighting the week. This Year we share a letter from Director Fuller and a few response Thank You’s we have received from the agencies and communities CRESA supports.

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week 2020

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Usually during this coming week, we would be focused on sharing stories, and tidbits of information about the amazing men and women who answer the calls 24/7.

This year however, while we would love to take the week and highlight the fantastic work this group does, we feel we need to keep our posts reserved for important information we may need to share regarding our current situation. We are extremely proud of those that wear the headset here at CRESA, and we thank them for the wonderful work they do each and every day of the year!

Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.  It was first conceived by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (CA) Sheriff’s Office in 1981 after the Sheriff overlooked telling Dispatch that he was taking the administrative support team to lunch.  By the early 1990’s the national APCO organization convinced congress for a formal proclamation that was signed by President Bush in 1992.  To read more about how Patricia got the movement started you can click here.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week helps recognize the more than 500,000 telecommunications specialists nation-wide for an amazing job done in providing excellent public safety.

Behind the scenes at the EOC

By 6:30 am, the first person has arrived; between 7:00 and 7:30, everyone else has signed in. The daily health screening process completed, they are ready to begin another day in the Clark Regional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at CRESA (Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency).

Each day, this dedicated group of CRESA, Clark County Public Health, and other partnering agency employees step into roles they have trained for, taking on responsibilities outside their usual roles. They are joined by an amazing group of volunteers who work just as hard and just as many hours, helping with everything from planning, logistics, volunteer coordination, technical support, and public information.

Working 10 to 12 hours each day, they continue to make efforts to observe safety protocols being emphasized to the public: social distancing, sanitizing work spaces several times through-out the day, multiple hand washing sessions, and liberal use of hand sanitizer. Additionally the CRESA building has implemented precautions to protect staff and essential operations, which include:

  • No unauthorized persons permitted in the facility
  • Health screening processes have been implemented for all individuals entering the EOC
  • Ensuring EOC workstations comply with social distancing recommendations

Staying healthy is very important to this group of people. While they are prepared to work from home, they realize it would undoubtedly slow the pace of activity, and with a situation that changes as fast as COVID-19, the ability to pivot and refocus quickly is vital.

Most work through lunch. In between questions and discussions, in between meetings, there is an occasional conversation, the rare burst of laughter. Then it’s back to work, and quiet focus on the responsibilities in front of them.

The wrap-up meeting begins at 5:30 pm. By 6:00, most are signed out and on their way home. They will be back tomorrow, and the next day… This group of hard working, dedicated people, are committed to assisting Clark County in its response to the COVID-19. Unseen, they make a positive impact as they help our community track a path forward during these uncharted times.

COVID-19 Clark County Businesses Resources & Guidance

If your business has experienced a loss due to CoVID-19, federal and State legislation has opened up the possibility for small businesses to receive assistance for economic loss.

Small Business Administration Assistance

Update: 3/20/2020 – 12:50pm

We have been informed that we no longer need Economic Injury Disaster Loans and that Clark County has qualified for the SBA’s disaster declaration. We are currently awaiting to be added to the official declaration.

You can find resources for business assistance at Columbia River Economic Development Council’s CoVID-19 resource website: http://www.credc.org/covid19businessresources

Original Post:

While the Small Business Administration is still figuring out the details of the program, they have reached out to collect information on eligibility from the various jurisdictions.  If you have experienced business losses due to COVID-19, you can apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

  • If a small business has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19, it may be eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Small businesses and small agricultural cooperatives that have suffered substantial economic injury may be eligible for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program.
  • Substantial economic injury is the inability of a business to meet its obligations as they mature and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses.
  • An EIDL can help meet necessary financial obligations that a business could have met had the disaster not occurred.
  • It provides relief from economic injury caused directly by the disaster and permits the business to maintain a reasonable working capital position during the period affected by the disaster.
  • The SBA provides EIDL assistance only to those businesses that SBA determines are unable to obtain credit elsewhere.  
  • The loan amount will be based on the business’ actual economic injury and financial needs.
  • The interest rate on EIDLs cannot exceed 4 percent per year.
  • The term of the loans cannot exceed 30 years.
  • Terms and conditions will be determined by the business’ ability to repay the loan

If you have questions or concerns, connect with Anthony Vendetti, the Recovery Unit Leader, at 360-992-6271.

Photo by Ali Yahya on Unsplash

State Employment Security Assistance

The Washington State Employment Security Department has updated guidance on their Paid Sick & Safe Leave and Paid Family & Medical Leave programs and provided Emergency Rules to the Unemployment Insurance Program.

A couple examples:

  • Workers may receive unemployment benefits and employers may get relief of benefit charges if an employer needs to shut down operations temporarily because a worker becomes sick and other workers need to be isolated or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.
  • Standby will be available for part-time workers as well as full-time workers, as long as they meet the minimum 680 hours.
  • Workers that are asked to isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or public health official as a result of exposure to COVID-19 may receive unemployment benefits and work search requirements will be waived, so long as they have a return date with their employer. The return to work date can be the date the isolation or quarantine is lifted.
  • If a worker falls seriously ill and is forced to quit, they cannot collect unemployment benefits while they are seriously ill but may be eligible once they recover and are able and available for work.

A visual guide is available here.

Additional Resources

Small Business Administration CoVID-19 Guidance:
https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Information on Small Business assistance: http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/links/crisis/covid-19-resources/

Information on Employment Security: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

Celebrating the 4th in Clark County

The Fourth of July is a big deal here in Clark County and many love to celebrate Independence Day with lavish fireworks displays. Unfortunately,  the careless and perhaps unwelcome use of fireworks can lead to problems.  Quite often people will call 911 for help in resolving these problems.

Here are frequently asked questions about fireworks we get at our 911 center and some guidelines for when its best to call 911:

When are they legal??

  • June 28 – July 3rd 9 am – 11pm Woodland and Yacolt
  • July 3rd: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Battle Ground. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in La Center
  • July 4th: 9 a.m. until midnight everywhere EXCEPT within the City of Vancouver
  • July 5th: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m Woodland. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Yacolt.
  • Fireworks are Illegal at all times within the City of Vancouver City Limits.

What about the big noisy ones?  Aren’t they illegal?

Nope. Even the fireworks that rattle your windows and set off your car alarm are legal.

What about the ones that shoot clear up into the sky? They must be illegal.

Nope – most of those are legal too, unless you live in Washougal. Fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than one foot into the air or more than six feet on the ground are illegal in Washougal city limits.

Here is a guide for identifying illegal fireworks and explosives.

Here’s a legal overview of state fireworks regulations..

What if someone is shooting fireworks “dangerously”?

It depends on what you mean by dangerously.  Is life or property at risk?  If yes, call 911.

My pets and livestock are being traumatized by the noise!

Fireworks can be traumatic for animals.  If your pet has issues with loud noises please contact your vet for solutions to keep them calm.

Here’s a good article about helping your pet cope with fireworks.

So when can I call 911?

  • If there is a fire
  • If there is an injury
  • If someone is recklessly using fireworks and putting lives in danger
  • If people are being reckless and putting others in danger
  • If fireworks are still going off after midnight

Do Not Call 911 –

  • Because your neighbors are setting off fireworks
  • Because it is 10:30 PM and you need to get up early tomorrow
  • The noise is upsetting your animals
  • If someone is using fireworks illegally within the City of Vancouver limits please call 311 or 360-693-3111 where you will be asked to provide in progress reporting, location information.

** The same dispatchers that answer 911 answer 311… Please help keep these lines open for immediate emergencies.

Fireworks Shows within Clark County

Clark County 4th at the Fairgrounds

Fort Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular

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