Exterior work on new library expected to wrap up by Jan 31

first_imgConstruction activity is in full swing on Vancouver’s $38 million public library on the southeast corner of C Street and Evergreen Boulevard in the downtown core. The exterior work is on track to finish up Jan. 31, according to Lloyd Stoller, project manager from Howard S. Wright Constructors, general contractor. Stoller estimated that some 60 to 65 laborers are now reporting to construction jobs on the five-level project, work that is now focused on the building’s outer finishes, such as glass, roofing and precast concrete panels. Once the exterior work is completed, the interior of the new library will be outfitted with fixtures, furniture and equipment, said Sue Vanlaanen, communications director for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Officials expect the library to open in June 2011 to replace the longtime main branch at 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., a city-owned site the district would like to continue using for administrative offices.At the new library, a C Street entrance will open up to checkout counters and information desks. That main floor also will house library materials for teens, a computer classroom and a large public meeting room. The building’s second floor will be a work area for library staff.last_img read more

Gravely injured by drunken driver Joseph Reilly beat all the odds

first_imgJoseph Reilly has been waiting for his victory shave for nearly 41/2 months.In that time, as the scruffy dark beard has grown across his face, he’s been in a coma, gone through countless surgeries and woken up to weeks of physical therapy.But the young man is a fighter, and his recovery has been nothing short of a miracle, his doctors said.“We have a trauma system called the ‘injury severity score,’ and it maxes out at 75,” said Dr. George Dulabon, his physician. “That was him. A 75. People at that level have a very minimal chance of survival. He beat all the odds.”Reilly, 21, suffered a brain contusion and crushed pelvis after being hit by a speeding car while walking to work at Smokey’s Hot Oven Pizza on Nov. 27. He’s been in hospitals or assisted living facilities ever since.The driver, Annastasia Morrison, 20, had a blood alcohol level of 0.26 percent, according to a report by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.She was killed in the crash.After weeks of hard work and the help of his mother, Terrina Vough, who has barely left his side, Reilly can now speak and stand up for a short period of time, and — most importantly — he can laugh.“I don’t see an opportunity to quit,” Reilly said, looking over at his mom. “You wouldn’t let me.”“I would never quit on you, Joey,” Vough said.“That’s ’cause you rock,” Reilly told her.“No, you rock,” she said, grins spreading across both their faces.Reilly went home to Winslow, Ariz., with his mother on Friday night. He still has a lot of physical therapy to go, but he has also come a long way in the past several months.last_img read more

Structure collapse killed four Houston firefighters

first_imgHOUSTON – A structure collapse in a burning building killed four Houston firefighters, the deadliest fire in the history of the country’s third-largest fire department, officials confirmed in a statement Saturday.The four firefighters – Capt. Matthew Renaud, Engineer Operator Robert Bebee, Firefighter Robert Garner and Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan – were responding to a five-alarm blaze reported around noon Friday at an Indian restaurant in southwest Houston that soon spread to a neighboring hotel. More than 200 firefighters eventually arrived to fight the blaze, officials said.Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison and Mayor Annise Parker said during a Friday briefing that at some point, a wall inside the burning buildings collapsed on the firefighters who died. Saturday’s statement reiterated that the deaths stemmed from a “collapse,” and a Fire Department spokesman said it was best described as a structure collapse.Three firefighters died at the scene, while a fourth was taken to a nearby hospital and later died, officials said.As of Saturday, 14 additional firefighters had been hospitalized in connection with the fire, according to a Fire Department statement. One was in critical condition and another was undergoing surgery Saturday, the statement said. The rest were stable, some enough to be released Saturday, the statement said.Authorities were still trying to determine what caused the massive blaze.“The scene is currently secured and under investigation. The Houston Fire Department arson division is the lead investing agency on this incident with assistance from the State fire marshal office, (federal Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and Houston Police Department,” the statement said.last_img read more

Social media strategist Cook wins local Dancing competition

first_imgJane Cook is winner of this year’s Dancing with the Local Stars, an event that raised $170,000 to support the Fort Vancouver National Trust.Placement was determined on the basis of who raised the most money; Cook raised $36,094.In the Saturday competition at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, nine local “stars” were partnered with Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructors and taught dance routines.The community was encouraged to vote for their favorite dancer with their dollars both online and at the event, which was attended by almost 400.The $170,000 total is the dancing event’s best fundraising effort.Cook, a social media strategist, performed a cha-cha with her dance partner, Phil Auer, a dance instructor and franchisee of the Arthur Murray studios in Vancouver, Portland and Beaverton, Ore.last_img read more

100 dogs seized from Columbia County breeder

first_imgST. HELENS, Ore. — The Oregon Humane Society says more than 100 dogs were rescued from filthy conditions when they were seized Wednesday from a Columbia County breeder.KOIN reports deputies served a search warrant on the property that was under investigation for failing to provide adequate shelter and drinking water. A recent county Animal Control inspection found piles of animal waste in the kennels with no ventilation.The dogs included 35 Akitas, along with dachshunds, terriers and poodles. They were taken to an emergency shelter for treatment by the Humane Society staff.last_img read more

Vancouver veteran still on the move at 100

first_img• Harris Dusenbery was a co-winner in 2012 of the Community Foundation’s first-ever Lifetime of Giving Award, honoring years of philanthropic generosity by Dusenbery and his wife, Evelyn, who died in 2008. Another award went to Margaret Colf Hepola, who died in December.• Charles Minot Dole, president of the National Ski Patrol, lobbied Army officials in 1940 to train troops in mountain and winter warfare. His effort led to the creation of what became the 10th Mountain Division.For MoreRead about Dusenbery’s memories of Armistice DayWhen Harris Dusenbery fought for the cause of freedom during World War II, he wanted to remain as free as possible. So he volunteered for the ski troops.“The lowest-ranking person in the 10th Mountain Division had more freedom and less regimentation” than any other soldier, the 100-year-old Vancouver veteran said. “I figured I was going to be drafted within a year, and I heard (the 10th Mountain Division) was going to stop taking volunteers.”To ensure he got his preferred slot, Dusenbery enlisted.He certainly had other options. Born in 1914, Dusenbery graduated from Reed College in 1936 with a degree in political science. He went to work as a Social Security official in 1940 in Portland, where Harris and wife Evelyn started their family. Their son David was already on the way when the U.S. entered the war.last_img read more

Philippines advocacy group files Supreme Court petition against PAGCOR

first_imgA Philippines advocacy group has filed a petition to the Supreme Court to cite gaming regulator PAGCOR for contempt over its regulation of online gambling.In a 14-page submission, the Anti-Trapo Movement claims that PAGCOR deliberately ignored and circumvented a Supreme Court ruling in 2004 in which the court declared that PAGCOR did not have the authority to regulate the online gambling industry. PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 RelatedPosts Load More Manila diplomat rejects China’s call to ban online gambling China calls for total ban on online gambling in the Philippines PAGCOR “made their own interpretation of the PAGCOR charter and arrogated upon themselves the powers to administer online gaming in the country,” said the group’s leader, Leon Estrella Peralta, in a statement. Peralta also claims that PAGCOR is in violation of Presidential Decree 1869 and Republic Act 9487 which outline the regulator’s roles and responsibilities.As reported by the Inquirer, his comments follow a recent argument filed by the Office of Government Corporate Counsel in which PAGCOR argues that the Presidential Decree 1869 refers to Jai Alai as the only game outside of its jurisdiction.“If it were really the intention of congress to exclude internet gaming, then it would have expressly included the latter in the exclusion,” PAGCOR said.However, Peralta is arguing that the phrase “except Jai Alai” does not appear in the genuine version of the Presidential Decree 1869 which was published in the government’s Official Gazette in 1982.Instead, he says, only the Cagayan Economic Zone and Freeport Authority and the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority are legally allowed to regulate online gambling. Peralta has accused PAGCOR of illegally “interpreting and implementing the law”, adding that the Supreme Court is the “true agency of the government with the authority to interpret the law,” according to the Inquirer.last_img read more

Report alleges widespread mistreatment of workers by gaming giant Oriental Group

first_imgRelatedPosts PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 Philippines-based gaming giant Oriental Group has been accused of treating thousands of Chinese employees like slaves, including seizing their passports, cramming them into dormitories and forcing them to work 12-hour says, seven days a week.The revelations formed part of an investigative report by The Beijing News this week, which outlines a systematic scheme by the company to lure Chinese workers to Manila with the promise of a high-paying job. Instead, they are forced to endure shocking conditions including huge fines for breaking company rules.According to the report, recruiters for Oriental Group have been convincing Chinese citizens to pay up to RMB16,000 (US$2,325) to be flown to Manila. Once there, they are paid monthly salaries of between RMB6,000 (US$870) and RMB8,000 (US$1,160) but rarely receive the full amount due to huge fines being imposed for infringements such as taking long lunch breaks, taking photos in the office or failing to meet certain performance goals. The fines are said to be more than the workers’ monthly wage.The Beijing News report also says the Chinese workers are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week with only one day off per month. They are allegedly beaten and forced to eat rotten food as punishment but are unable to leave due to Oriental Group having taken their passports. Instead, the report claims the workers are forced to live in dormitories with up to 12 people in each room.Oriental Group describes itself as “Asia’s leading gaming operator in the online and land-based gaming industry duly licenses by PAGCOR”, the Philippines gaming regulator.It runs proxy-betting operations out of the Midas Hotel in Pasay City and says it has partnered with a number of leasing junket operators including Suncity Group and Tak Chun Group.The report by The Beijing News has been likened to the 2016 arrest and deportation of 1,316 Chinese nationals working illegally at Jack Lam’s Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks casino in the Clark Freeport Zone. Lam was subsequently charged with bribery in a case that is ongoing, although his whereabouts remains a mystery with rumours he is currently hiding in China. SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekendcenter_img Load More PAGCOR puts freeze on approval of new POGO applicationslast_img read more

Universal says opening new Okada Manila hotel rooms now highest priority

first_img Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Load More 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts The board of Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp says that adding more guest rooms “is the highest priority” for its Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila after the property recorded an operating loss of JPY17.97 billion in 2018.While sales for the year increased to JPY93.27 billion as Okada Manila, which first opened in December 2016, finally began full-scale operations, Universal’s 2018 Financial Report, released Friday, eluded to limitations in hotel room inventory as restricting its current growth trajectory with hotel occupancy sitting at 98.3% across the full 12-month period. RelatedPosts In a written reply to Inside Asian Gaming’s inquiries, Okada Manila said it expects to double its room capacity from the 493 currently open in Tower A, stating “TowerB will add an additional 500 rooms over the next year.”Universal added in its Financial Report that it was also planning expansion of its gaming areas in 2019 including the addition of a casino exclusively for VIP guests, plus more restaurants and a larger shopping mall in order to attract more guests.Most important, though, will be the addition of hotel rooms which it says will promote “growth in the casino business as well as better position the resort to host large group events and foreign tour groups.”last_img read more

Financial Services Compensation Scheme and X4 Group shortlisted for employee value proposition

first_imgCompensation fund organisation Financial Services Compensation Scheme and recruitment organisation X4 Group have been shortlisted in the best employee value proposition category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2017.This award celebrates employers that have developed an engaging, effective and relevant employee value proposition for their staff.The full category shortlist is:Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), Be The Difference (Entered by Aon)X4 GroupThe winning organisation will be announced during a lunch-time ceremony at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2017 on Friday 9 June at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

The Methodist Council gains living wage accreditation

first_imgReligious governing body The Methodist Council has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The council has committed to paying all of its 220 staff, whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors, at least the voluntary London living wage rate of £9.75 an hour.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic cost of living. It is paid by employers on a voluntary basis, and is updated annually. The current living wage for employees working across the UK is £8.45 an hour. The higher London living wage rate of £9.75 an hour is reflective of the increased living costs of being based in the capital.The voluntary living wage is separate from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.Nick Moore, head of support services at the Methodist Church, said: “Social justice is part of the Methodist tradition. We believe in ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’. Working hard full-time should earn a person enough to live free of poverty.“Today in the UK there is a legal minimum wage, but despite this, over a third of children in poverty live in households where adults are in full-time paid work. This is why The Methodist Council has chosen to become a living wage accredited employer. As the living wage is independently calculated each year based on what employees and their families need to live, we want to make sure all of our employees are paid at this rate as a minimum.”last_img read more

Logical Resources Sales and Technical Recruitment jets staff to Thailand for Christmas

first_imgSomething for the weekend: UK and Australia-based employees at recruitment firm Logical Resources Sales and Technical Recruitment will not have to steer clear of soggy Brussels sprouts at their workplace Christmas party this year, as the organisation has opted to jet its 11 employees to Thailand for an alternative festive shindig.To celebrate achieving ambitious revenue targets before deadline, directors Rob Carlton and Kurt Wagner will treat their Leeds and Melbourne-based employees to a week-long, all-expenses-paid holiday to Phuket, Thailand.Staying at the Novotel at Kamala Beach hotel, just north of Patong Beach, between 10 and 17 December 2018, employees will be able to enjoy the exciting nearby nightlife as a reward for their hard work in hitting the organisation’s high-flying target.This is not the first time that Logical Resources Sales and Technical Recruitment staff have enjoyed a sojourn away in recognition of team success; staff have previously been rewarded with two trips to Ibiza, a stay in Barcelona and a visit to Tomorrowland, a festival in Belgium.Rob Carlton, director at Logical Resources Sales and Technical Recruitment, said: “We believe that recognition in the workplace has the power to transform lives, and this is an attitude we’ve taken at Logical Resources Sales and Technical Recruitment over the years. An engaged, committed workforce is absolutely critical to maintaining a positive internal culture, as well as [to generate] business growth, so it makes sense to reward our employees when it’s due.“We set some really aggressive targets for this incentive, so it’s testament to the team’s passion, commitment and ability that they managed to succeed, helping our clients to achieve their goals while also reaching our own business objectives.”Here at Employee Benefits, we are already mentally packing our suitcases at the thought of a luxurious holiday for our Christmas reward. We wonder if Logical Resources Sales and Technical Recruitment has room for a few more…last_img read more

Poll 52 provide portable technology to encourage home working

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: More than half (52%) of respondents provide portable technology in order to encourage employees to work from home.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 58 responses, also found that almost two-fifths (38%) of organisations do not encourage home working at all.In comparison, 5% of employers have an official home working policy, while 3% advertise it at the recruitment stage and 2% utilise senior role models to promote home working arrangements.Research by job listing website Monster.co.uk, published in April 2019, found that 47% of employees’ workplaces do not have an official policy on working from home.The survey of 5,500 staff members confirmed that 59% of employees believe they are more productive when they work from home, with 46% saying they prefer this to being in their place of work. Furthermore, 26% would not accept a job if it did not allow the opportunity to work from home.Three in 10 (30%) agreed that time saved on commuting is the most important benefit of home working, while 22% said working from home improves their work-life balance and 14% stated that it bolsters their productivity. More than one in 10 (11%) agreed that the most important benefit of working from home is stress reduction, while 9% value the money saved by not commuting.Despite this, 15% of the survey’s respondents are concerned about colleagues judging them for being out of the office, while 11% worry that they are less likely to be considered for promotions if they work from home. Linked to this, a third (33%) admitted that they like working from home, but only on a part-time basis.Do you agree that the lower minimum wage tier for younger staff should be abolished? Take part in our latest poll to let us know what you think…last_img read more

Dog recovers in Kendall hospital after enduring brutal injuries

first_imgAaron Idiaquez signed up to provide foster care once the pup recovers. “Hopefully he adjusts well,” he said.Idiaquez and Alvarez rushed to be with Phantom after he was found by the Fobb family. “Those are fabulous people,” Gordon said. “They’re people with hearts. They genuinely care about the animals.”Gordon said she is going to do whatever she can to help get Phantom back to being a healthy, happy puppy. “He’s gonna heal up, get adopted. He’ll get adopted really quickly,” she said.As for the Fobbs, they’re just happy to have helped Phantom in whatever way they could. “It’s just pretty easy, and the person we took it to, another firefighter, they’re people that just constantly give back to the community,” Fobb said.Phantom is currently getting the treatment he needs to recover. He’s expected to make a full recovery.Just Jacks Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit organization who has been caring for Phantom since his accident.To make a donation to help pay for Phantom’s medical costs, you can donate through PayPal using the email Justjacksrescue@gmail.com, or you can call in donations directly to Crossroads Animal Hospital at (305)-279-2000. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A firefighter and his daughter found a brutally injured dog all alone and in need of help. Now vets are determined to bring him back to good health.An animal hospital in Kendall is currently caring for the dog, named Phantom. He underwent surgery, but his scars tell his rough tale. “I think he’s gonna be OK. He was probably hit by a car,” said Dr. Cecelia Gordon with Crossroads Animal Hospital. “You could see the muscles on his skull were detached on this side, so we had to reattach those.”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Jeff Fobb was off duty when he and his daughter spotted Phantom. “With an injury like that, it’ll probably be really unpleasant,” he said.Fobb told 7News they were at a Marathon gas station in the Redlands. “She went inside to pay, and when she came out, this poor little dog was following her,” he said.“It was in really bad shape. It was missing a lot of skin off of its head,” said Keira Fobb, who found the dog. “We couldn’t just let it sit there, you know.”Helping out others is embedded in the family. “I’m a fire captain, my wife is a firefighter,” he said. “It’s what we’ve done our whole lives.”Since the Fobbs found Phantom, there is some good news for him. “I was actually able to head right over,” said Jennifer Alvarez with Just Jacks Animal Rescue. “I actually was with him while he was having surgery.” last_img read more

White House Obama Biden will not attend Fidel Castros funeral

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – President Obama and Vice-President Biden will not travel to Cuba for Fidel Castro’s funeral, a White House spokesman said Monday.“I can confirm that neither the president nor the vice president will attend,” said spokesman Josh Earnest.Earnest said the White House would announce soon whether the U.S. would send a delegation for the former dictator’s memorial service.Cuba is marking Castro’s death with nine days of mourning, including a rally in the Plaza of the Revolution on Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Firefighters Santa surprise Margate residents with toy drop

first_imgSanta, smiles, & gifts delivered today by Margate Coconut Creek Firefighters, and Creek & Margate Police Depts. #coconutcreek #creekpd pic.twitter.com/A3O0QcW0tp— Coconut Creek (@CoconutCreekGov) December 18, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department spread some holiday cheer to the residents of an apartment complex, Sunday, and they brought with them a very special guest.Firefighters surprised residents at the complex located along Northwest 65th Avenue in Margate with “Santa’s Toy Drop.” Old Saint Nick was on hand to deliver toys to children throughout the development.Santa, however, ditched the reindeer and arrived in a custom sleigh built from an old fire truck.last_img read more

Mom claims Hatchimals bath bomb gave her child chemical burn

first_imgThe toy’s parent company, Spin Master, said it is aware of the incident and says they are “in the process of looking into the matter with the licensee company to whom Spin Master licensed the Hatchimals brand,” Allure reported.“We are saddened to learn about a young girl’s injuries,” the company’s statement said. “That said, it would be premature to comment further on the situation until we learn more. We are working closely with the product’s licensee manufacturer and distributor to determine whether there are any product issues.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A woman is warning fellow parents about one of the seasons hottest toys after she says it gave her daughter a chemical burn.Jennifer Renee shared photos on Facebook of a “Hatchimals” bath bomb she purchased for her daughter.“PSA! Do NOT buy this for your children!” she wrote on the post, which has since been shared over 130,000 times. “Followed directions on package and placed in her bathtub. Thought it would be fun for her because there was a toy inside. After being in the water 30-45 seconds she stated her skin was hurting, upon looking she has received a chemical burn from a KIDS BATH BOMB.”Jennifer said her daughter has used several other kinds of bath bombs before without suffering any adverse skin reactions, and said she wasn’t holding it either.In her post, the mom says she took her daughter to the doctor, who reportedly confirmed it was a chemical burn and not an allergic reaction.“I called the company and the batch number being investigated and is likely going to be recalled as numerous reports have been made (not all the burning reaction she got),” she continued in the post. last_img read more

FAU officers lip sync battle video goes viral

first_imgOn top of humanizing the badge, there’s a story behind his viral performance.He recently got a call from a former girlfriend, who he’s still close friends with. She said she had stage 4 carcinoma.“She said ‘Hey, you know, have you seen those lip sync videos that all the other officers have been doing?’ I said, ‘Of course I’ve seen them. I’ve seen you sharing them,’” Marzigliano said.She wanted him to do one, to brighten her day.“I was in my driveway. I hadn’t even left for work yet, and I said before I even hit the road, let me just sit here real quick, I’ll just do this,” he said. “She was just cheered up, glowing. She called me up and said she was so excited to see that, and she was real thankful that I did, and it made her day a lot better.”A South Florida reporter also got in on the fun in another video with Marzigliano and a hit song by the Spice Girls.After Boynton Beach Police made their video, they challenged West Palm Beach Police. They haven’t made one yet but said they will soon. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida police officers are taking part in a lip sync battle that has swept the country, and a Florida Atlantic University officer is showing off what it takes.Now, a friendly lip syncing battle is going on between local police agencies in South Florida.In Boynton Beach, officers lip synced to “Firework” by Katy Perry while on a boat. Over in Delray Beach, it was all about “Miami” by Will Smith and “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus.In Boca Raton, an officer’s performance would make Olaf proud as he lip synced “In Summer” from the hit movie “Frozen.”At Florida Atlantic University, campus officer Michael Marzigliano pretended to belt out “Baby, One More Time” by Britney Spears. That video went viral with more than 4 million views so far.The video showed Marzigliano and his drug-detecting, show-stopping K9 Kona in the back.“A lot of people were making those comments on the video that the dog seems unfazed. ‘He must do this all the time.’ Yeah, that’s pretty accurate,” Marzigliano said. last_img read more

Monday Update Swan Lake Fire Received No Measurable Rain

first_imgFirefighters are patrolling along the Sterling Highway.  Alaska State troopers and US Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers are monitoring for visibility impacts due to smoke and fog on Sterling and Seward Highways. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is estimated 100,812 acres with roughly 440 on staff and remains at 25% containment. According to the Incident Command Team, despite the heavy rainfall received over the weekend, no measurable rain was reported in the immediate vicinity of the fire. Steve Bekkerus with the Incident Command Team: “The last significant moisture received on the fire was June 15.  On Sunday, no measurable rain was reported in the immediate vicinity of the fire, despite rain across the surrounding area. On Monday, another weak front will bring another chance for light rain, however it looks unlikely that the fire area will receive a wetting rain and firefighters continue to prepare while low fire activity allows progress on fire containment lines ahead of warmer temperatures expected later this week.”The east flank of the fire continues to smolder in the Chickaloon, Thurman, and Mystery creek drainages with minimal growth potential in the next 72 hours, according to the Incident Command Team. Crews are utilizing existing trails as direct firelines and natural features to establish control lines to check eastward fire spread. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. Light southeast winds will likely push smoke from the fire to the north giving local communities improved air quality.  Cooper Landing and sections of Sterling Highway could see come light smoke impacts overnight. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE athttp://smoke.alaska.edu.center_img Bekkerus: “The fire is still burning and  there is still smoke present. This fire is not done, and is still continuing to  smolder. We are doing prep work and preparing for the warmer temperatures that are expected at the end of this week.” A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has expanded to include the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and still includes the Sterling Highway corridor. Crews are utilizing existing trail and natural features establishing control lines to mitigate eastward fire spread. Billy Mack with Grangeville Hand Crew Type 2IA: “We are opening up an old fuel bed and creating a 20-foot fuel break on the right hand side, and a 10 foot break on the left side out on Bean Creek Trail.” last_img read more

Caribou Lake Fire Northeast of Homer Grows 600 Acres In A Day

first_imgA load of smokejumpers parachuted near the fire and started building fireline along the southern perimeter with the assistance water scooping Fire Boss aircraft, two heavy air tankers, and the local Alaska Division of Forestry helicopter. On Tuesday firefighters have been joined by a dozer to construct fire line on the south end of the fire.Kent: “The focus is on along the southern and western perimeter of that fire as we are anticipating east winds coming in tomorrow. We’ve got a few residents there to the southeast and then a cabin a mile west of the fire. So, we will be looking at utilizing some heavy air tankers today as well as some helicopters.” The Caribou Lake Fire was reported Monday. It is 23 miles northeast of Homer. The now 700 acre fire is a little over a mile to the northwest of Caribou Lake and is burning in the area of the 2007 Caribou Hills Fire. Howie Kent with the Division of Forestry: “Over the course of Tuesday and into the evening that fire went from 1oo acres to roughly 700 acres.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享8/21/2019 – 11:14am Residents should not access the area by ATVs for their safety as local traffic in this area will impede fire operations. Air operations cannot fly when civilians are in the affected area. Kent: “We are hopefully getting a few more crews. Yesterday, we got a group of 20 elite hotshots added to our team of 8 smokejumpers. They are estimating 10% containment on that fire at this point.”  Continued updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more