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EDM Friday Briefing: Rapidly Moving Wildfire Engulfs Town In Northern California

EDM Friday Briefing: Rapidly Moving Wildfire Engulfs Town In Northern California

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for November 9, 2018: No evidence was found of an active shooter at Pender County Schools which went on lockdown early Friday morning, a rapidly moving wildfire forced residents to flee as the town was engulfed by flames, a victim who survived the Las Vegas massacre in 2017 died in Wednesday's mass shooting in California, firefighters face critical fire weather as they battle a blaze in Santa Rosa Valley in California, ConAgra foods issued a massive recall of several varieties of its Duncan Hines cake mixes, a swift moving wildfire in Southern California prompts mandatory evacuations of 75,000 people, a Fly Jamaica commercial airline crashes after returning to Guyana for mechanical problems, and a major earthquake strikes in the Arctic Sea early Friday morning.

  1. Pender County Schools in eastern North Carolina were placed on lockdown early Friday morning after receiving reports of an active shooter situation. According to reports, law enforcement received a call at around 6:00 a.m. of an active shooter at the Topsail High School, but by 7:00 a.m., the Pender County Sheriff's Office reported that there were no injuries. Deputies stated they believed the sounds that were heard came from a faulty gas water heater or the HVAC system. Topsail High School, Topsail Middle, and Topsail Elementary remained on lockdown as an investigation continues, but the lockdown was lifted for the remaining schools in the county. 
  2. Amid red flag warnings, a devastating and deadly wind-swept fire broke out in Northern California early Thursday morning, consuming 20,000 acres by 8:00 p.m.--and nearly everything in its path. Dubbed the Camp Fire--and the worst of the wind-swept wildfires that began Thursday in California--it started just outside Paradise, a town of 26,000 residents and about 85 miles north of Sacramento, and quickly engulfed the town, destroying schools, homes, businesses, and the hospital. Limited routes of egress hampered evacuations, forcing residents to abandon their vehicles, requiring a bulldozer to be used to push abandoned cars out of the way so rescuers could reach the hospital and evacuate patients.  
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  4. A mass shooting by a gunman at a bar in California leaves 12 dead--one of whom had survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2107. Authorities believe the gunman, former Marine, Ian David Long, 28, acted alone when he opened fire inside the Borderline Bar and Grille in Thousand Oaks, California Wednesday night. One Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant, a 29 year veteran of the force, was among those killed, and a total of 21 people were treated and released at area hospitals. 
  5. Firefighters are battling another fire that began on Thursday in Southern California that has prompted mandatory evacuations and forced school closures in Ventura County. The Hill Fire began at approximately 2:04 p.m. on Thursday November 8, as a brush fire in the area of Hill Canyon in the Santa Rosa Valley, and has now consumed 15 square miles (10,000 acres) amid high winds, low humidity, and drought-stricken fuels. Evacuation shelters are open for residents and their small pets, and separate shelters are also available for small and large pets.  
  6. A massive recall for Duncan Hines cake mixes was issued by ConAgra foods this week after concerns that the mixes were contaminated with salmonella. The recall was for 2.4 million boxes of mixes and included the following varieties, Classic White, Classic Yellow, Classic Golden Butter, and Signature Confetti, with expiration dates of March 7, 2019 and March 13, 2019. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that one of the mixes tested positive for salmonella, and an investigation is underway at the manufacturing facility where the mixes were made.  
  7. The Woolsey Fire, the smallest of the three wildfires that began Thursday in California, rapidly expanded overnight, quickly consuming 8,000 acres and prompting evacuation orders in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. CalFire reported that about 75,000 homes were under evacuation orders and some structures have already been destroyed. Fire officials noted that Highway 101 is closed in both directions at Liberty Canyon Road, and were urging anyone who was asked to leave, to do so as quickly as possible as the rapidly moving fire was being fanned by Southern California's Santa Ana winds
  8. A Fly Jamaica commercial airliner crashed after it returned to the airport in Guyana shortly after taking off early Friday, reportedly due to hydraulic problems. Flight OJ256, a Boeing 757 aircraft departed the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana, bound for Toronto, Canada, Friday morning, and shortly after, returned and made an emergency landing where it veered off the runway and crashed. The plane was carrying 118 passengers, including two infants, and although there were no fatalities, at least six people were injured during the crash and the aircraft suffered major damage.  
  9. A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck in the Arctic Sea early Friday morning, between the volcanic island of Jan Mayen and Greenland. Officials from Norway stated that eighteen people were on Jan Mayen island, all of whom were either military or meteorological institute staff, and everyone felt the quake. The tremor lasted for about 30 seconds, and while it was a large earthquake, no tsunami warnings were issued. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred at a depth of about 6.2 miles and as a result of a strike-slip fault.  

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.