News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Latest information regarding the Training Burn at the old Overland Motel.
ZachNews has more information regarding the Training Burn at the old Overland Motel in Downtown Needles, California.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Training Burn will be conducted from Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 to Friday, October 16th, 2015 at the old Overland Motel which is located on the 700 block of West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department will be doing a training burn and is going to bring out their candidates from their academy, work with the local fire departments and we’re going to do some training using the old Overland Motel.
After the Fire Services Task Force Meeting on Thursday, October 8th, 2015, ZachNews talk spoke with San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain about the Training Burn.
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According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain, Tuesday will be mainly a walk-through of the property and fire department apparatus will be here.
Wednesday morning will be firefighter training done at the old Overland Motel.
Wednesday afternoon, there will be some smaller burns happening, and other training going on inside the rooms of the old Overland Motel that runs along the back alleyway area; such as forcible entry training and ventilation training.
The smaller burns will be inside the rooms, but not as big or total burn down of the building like the big burn on Friday.
The portion of the old Overland Motel that runs along the back alleyway area will not be set on fire as the part nearest to E Street and West Broadway will be, but afterwards will be bulldozed down.
Thursday, will be a small size fire of the building all day, nearest to West Broadway and E Street, near the old office and lobby area. Firefighters will gain experiences on how to put out a fire.
On Friday, the big burn will happen to the old Overland Motel building that is nearest to West Broadway and E Street, including the old office and lobby area, which will be set on fire which the smoke will be seen for miles.
The big burn was to start at 8:00am and go until 12:00pm PT said San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain last week in an interview with ZachNews.
But, that has changed and San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain tells ZachNews that the big burn will begin between 6:00am to 7:00am PT and last throughout the day.
After the burn, fire departments crews will be overhauling work.
The smoke from the Friday fire will be visible from all around Needles, California, including from Mohave Valley, Arizona and Topock, Arizona.
According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain, emergency dispatchers at 911 centers around the area are being notified about the Training Burn in case of calls from the community of a fire in Downtown Needles, California.
Due to the fire for the Training Burn, streets around the old Overland Motel are planned to be “Hard Closures”, which will included West Broadway between D Street on the east, to F Street or G Street to the west. (See Map Below For More Information).
Streets closures are possible for E Street as that is closes to the fire at the old Overland Motel and the alleyway behind the old Overland Motel will be also closed.
People are welcomed to view the training that will be happening, but there will be a lot of smoke from this fire and if you’re concern about your health and breathing in the smoke, it’s best not to be in the path of the smoke or be near the fire to view.
After the fire and training is over, the burned portion of the old Overland Motel will then be bulldozed down.
Currently, work crews have removed boards from the doors of the rooms of the old Overland Motel and are removing asbestos.
Work is being done to make sure that area around the Training Burn is cleared, including bring in a hand crew to help in clearing property space for the burn, and making sure that utility lines that run along the alleyway behind the old Overland Motel will not be affected by the burn.
Possible 70 or more candidates training to be firefighters will be at the Training Burn including from San Bernardino County Fire Department as well as from fire departments that were invited to come and participate in this Training Burn from Mohave County, Arizona including Bullhead City Fire Department and Mohave Valley Fire Department, and fire departments from Clark County, Nevada.
Fire department apparatus will also be here from the San Bernardino County Fire Department and from those invited and participating fire departments.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain said that the Training Burn will happen within those 4 days; even if it rains, but if there’s gusty winds blowing in the area, then we will stop for safety reasons, and the fire could happen at night.
This is in part of a demolition plan approved by members of the Needles City Council unanimously approved during a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 in Needles, California.
** Read the news story regarding the Needles City Council approved the demolition of the old Overland Motel at the following ZachNews on WordPress: **
The City of Needles tried for years to get somebody to do something with the building, but after attempts failed in trying to get somebody to do something with this old motel, including attempts to try to get somebody to turn the old Overland Motel into affordable housing or student housing, nobody was interested which left the old Overland Motel to sit there abandoned for years.
Many are glad to see the building that just sat there collecting dust, trash, and almost catch on fire, be finally gone, but some residents wish that more was done to help save the old building and make it into something that tourist driving along Route 66 can stop in and enjoy.
** Here’s a map layout of the area that this Training Burn will be happening in Downtown Needles, California. **
– Red Lines:
Road closures that are planned or may be added later. The may days of road closures are possibly on Thursday and Friday from morning (6:00am or 9:00am PT) to afternoon (After 5:00pm or 6:00pm PT) , unless changed by officials.
Road closures may include West Broadway, E Street, and the alleyway behind the old Overland Motel.
Front Street will be closed at E Street not because of near by fire, but for fire hoses running across the roadway.
– Orange Lines:
Possible road closures that may be added later.
Additional road closures have not been provided from the City of Needles Office, but motorists should plan ahead in case of additional road closures popping up leading up to the Training Burn.
– Yellow Lines: Detours around the closures.
Depending on where the road is closed at, motorists have at least 2 routes to get around the closure at the Training Burn.
Motorists can Third Street (Bottom Yellow Line on the Map) as the best detour route to get around the road closures.
Third Street is not near the old Overland Motel and shouldn’t be affected by the fire at the Training Burn.
Motorists can also take Interstate 40 from East Broadway (Highway 95) to J Street to get around the road closures.
– Blue Bus:
The Needles Area Transit has 2 bus stops (As Seen on the Map) near the old Overland Motel.
Because of the Training Burn, bus service along West Broadway will be detoured around the closures and passengers will be picked up as close as possible to the usually bus stop.
Please check with the Needles Area Transit in regards the detour of bus service during the Training Burn.
– Red Box and Fire:
This is where the large fire will be set at the old Overland Motel for the Training Burn; Thursday and Friday.
The unmarked portion of the old Overland Motel will not be set as a large fire and will be later bulldozed down.
Parking in front of the old Overland Motel is not allowed, but only for fire department trucks and equipment.
In case of any parking restrictions near the area of the Training Burn, it would be best to park your vehicles elsewhere and away from the Training Burn area.
**** Road closures, detours, and parking restrictions are subject to change without notice by officials, and any road closures, detours, and parking restrictions can be changed, shorten, or extended, and can be closed early or late and open early or late by officials. For more information regarding any road closures, detours, and parking restrictions, please contact the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113. ****
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**** Best of luck to all the firefighters during their firefighter training at the Training Burn. ****