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Wildfires continue to rage in six states across the U.S

have already ravaged more than 200 square miles of land

Wildfires are continuing to burn in sparsely-populated stretches of Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and California

In Arizona, nearly 1,000 firefighters are battling to contain the so called 'Gladiator Fire'.

In Michigan the 'Duck Lake Fire' has burned 21,000 acres along the Lake Superior Coastline

Fire danger remains high in the southern Colorado foothills and the South Park area

In Nevada, questions have been raised over fire crews' initial response to a fire which scorched 7,500 acres in the Topaz Ranch Estates

In Southern California, firefighters worked to control a wildfire that has burnt 3,100 acres of dry grass east of Julian.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150437/Wildfires-continue-rage-states-U-S-ravaged-200-square-miles-land.html#ixzz1w70bpHox

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Michigan Wildfire Destroys Nearly 100 Buildings

May 28, 2012

"NEWBERRY, Mich. (AP) — Homes and cabins make up a third of the nearly 100 structures destroyed by a wildfire burning across more than 30 square miles of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, officials said Monday.

The lost property includes Pike Lake Resort near Pike Lake in Luce County.

"I was still hoping that they would stop it," owner Diane Ricketts said of the fire. "With my husband gone, I'm not going to rebuild. We're just going to go on and take it day by day and see what's going to happen."

The Duck Lake Fire began with a lightning strike last week and burned more than 22,000 acres, or 34 square miles, but was 51 percent contained by Monday, according to the Department of Natural Resources."

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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=153883586

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Massive wildfire becomes largest in New Mexico history

May 30, 2012

Russell Contreras, Associated Press

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A massive wildfire that has burned more than 265 square miles in the Gila National Forest has become the largest fire in New Mexico history, fire officials confirmed Wednesday."

The erratic blaze grew overnight to more than 170,000 acres, surpassing a blaze last year that burned 156,593 acres in Los Conchas and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nation's premier nuclear facility.

The Gila forest fire is also the largest currently burning in the country. It formed last week when two lightning-sparked blazes merged in an isolated mountainous area in southwestern New Mexico, where it has destroyed about a dozen homes and prompted evacuations of nearby towns and health alerts for some of the state's largest cities."

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wildfires/story/2012-05-30/new-mexico-wildfire/55285074/1?csp=ip

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Tens of thousands flee homes as Colorado wildfire doubles in size overnight

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  "A towering wildfire jumped firefighters' perimeter lines and moved into the city of Colorado Springs, forcing frantic evacuation orders for more than 32,000 residents, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, and destroying an unknown number of homes.

The fire doubled in size overnight to more than 24 square miles fire information officer Rob Dyerberg said Wednesday."

Authorities held a morning press conference Wednesday and urged residents to stay indoors because the air quality has deteriorated. They also denied rumors that they're aware of what started the fires.

"It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine," Gov. John Hickenlooper said after flying over the fire late Tuesday. "It's almost surreal."

Heavy smoke and ash billowed from the foothills west of the city as the Waldo Canyon Fire has become the top challenge for the nation's firefighters.

With flames cresting a ridge high above its campus, the Air Force Academy told more than 2,100 residents to evacuate.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/27/tens-thousands-flee-their-homes-as-colorado-wildfire-grows/#ixzz1z38WLnA3

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OMG, where do they originate from?

Just by solar "heat"? I can't imagine they haven't dealt with this before .  ???

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Some think it is arson. FBI is involved in investigation. I live here, and I can tell you all... it is something out of a disaster movie... just awful.  :(

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Hi roberion:

First let me welcome you to thechaniproject, so happy you joined our forum...then let me tell you how sorry I am for all being affected..I hope this finds everyone in the area safe and sound at the very least, and that an investigation does not find this is arson. 

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Cooler temperatures and lighter winds helped firefighters on Thursday in the battle against Colorado's Waldo Canyon fire, which has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced more than 35,000 people to flee.

"Thursday marked the first day in five days when a so-called red flag warning - indicating conditions that could increase wildfire activity - was not being posted in the Colorado Springs area, authorities said.

Despite the weather relief, the Waldo Canyon blaze remained devastating and only 5 percent contained, officials said. Exceptional high temperatures and strong winds have fueled the blaze, which started on Saturday.

It has burned 18,500 acres near Colorado Springs, the state's second-largest city, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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"Authorities have not released an official count of the number of homes destroyed in the Waldo Canyon fire but said the figure was in the "hundreds."

Colorado wildfires have killed four people this year in what the governor called "the worst fire season" in state history. No injuries from the Waldo Canyon Fire have been reported."

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"The Waldo Fire was one of about a dozen blazing across Colorado on Thursday. The High Park fire, which burned 257 homes west of Fort Collins and north of Denver making it the state's most destructive fire in terms of property lost, was reported 75 percent contained on Thursday."

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"Near Boulder, the Flagstaff fire burned within 1.5 miles of the university city's southern edge.

The 230-acre (93-hectare) fire was 30 percent contained and "remains a threat to Boulder," said incident commander Rocky Opliger.

North of Grand Junction, near the Utah border about 240 miles (386 miles) west of Denver, a lightning strike sparked a blaze that grew to an estimated 700 acres. Authorities said it was burning in sagebrush and pinyon juniper in an area populated largely by wild horses.

Near Durango, in southwestern Colorado, firefighters were fighting a blaze 3.5 miles west of town.

Colorado accounts for eight of 35 large, active wildfires being fought across the country. Most were in the western states of Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/28/us-usa-wildfires-idUSBRE85L1DD20120628

Wildfires Rage in Colorado

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let us say that I have it on pretty good authority... (someone who is working the burn site).... that the actual number of homes is upwards of 304.... and rising. There are STILL homes on fire. The only way to hear what is actually going on is to tune into the Fire/EMS radio band. Via here:

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=wp&feedId=34

Thanks for the concern and thank you for the welcome...

I will post any thing that is new or updated on this page as I get it...

~J

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Colorado Wildfires 2012:

Stunning NASA Map Shows Severe Heat Wave Fueling Wildfires (PHOTO)

July 1, 2012

"The Waldo Canyon Fire burning near Colorado Springs began burning on Saturday, June 23 and by Sunday -- fueled by record heat, high winds and dryness -- it grew rapidly and forced the evacuation of 11,000 residents. After several days of Red Flag Warnings, conditions were ripe for further growth, and by Tuesday, June 26, Waldo Canyon Fire exploded.

The fire forced the evacuation of at least 32,000 residents, expanded to 17,073 acres, quickly engulfed nearly 350 homes and killed at least two people.

Days of record heat produced a surge of new fires burning throughout Colorado and also provided fuel and devastating growth conditions for the fires already burning. A total of ten major fires were burning around the state last weekend, all part of the worst wildfire season in a decade.

In this NASA map of land surface temperature anomalies, the intensity and scope of the heat wave in the western United States is clearly visible -- especially over Colorado, southwest Nebraska and parts of Wyoming. The map is based on data gathered from June 17-24 from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite.

According to NASA, the map depicts temperatures compared to the 2000-2011 average for the same eight day period in June.

Areas with warmer than average temperatures are shown in red, normal temperatures are shown in white and cooler areas than average are shown in blue."

From NASA:

"Land surface temperatures (LST) are distinct from the air temperatures that meteorological stations typically measure. LSTs indicate how hot the surface of the Earth would feel to the touch. From a satellite vantage point, the “surface” includes a number of materials that capture and retain heat, such as desert sand, the dark roof of a building, or the pavement of a road. As a result, daytime land surface temperatures are usually higher than air temperatures"

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/30/waldo-canyon-fire-2012-st_n_1639836.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Eastern US storms kill 13, cut power to millions

July 1, 2012

Jessica Greed

"WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions across the mid-Atlantic region sweltered Saturday in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the eastern U.S. with high winds and downed trees, killing at least 13 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat wave.

Power officials said the outages wouldn't be repaired for several days to a week, likening the damage to a serious hurricane. Emergencies were declared in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, the District of Columbia and Virginia, where Gov. Bob McDonnell said the state had its largest non-hurricane outage in history, as more storms threatened. "This is a very dangerous situation," the governor said.

In West Virginia, 232 Amtrak passengers were stranded Friday night on a train that was blocked on both sides by trees that fell on the tracks, spending about 20 hours at a rural station before buses picked them up. And in Illinois, storm damage forced the transfer of dozens of maximum-security, mentally ill prisoners from one prison to another."

http://news.yahoo.com/eastern-us-storms-kill-13-cut-power-millions-204808305.html

hope roberion is ok...

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How Fire Could Change the Face of the West

July 6, 2012

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The vast wildfires of this summer and last represent a new normal for the western United States. They may signal a radical landscape transformation, one that will make the 21st century West an ecological frontier.

"Unlike fires that have occurred regularly for thousands of years, these fires are so big and so intense as to create discontinuities in natural cycles. In the aftermath, existing forests may not return. New ecosystems will take their place.

“These transitions could be massive. They represent the convergence of several different forces,” said Donald Falk, a fire ecologist at the University of Arizona. “There is a tremendous amount of energy on the landscape that historically would not have been there. These are nuclear amounts of energy.”

Falk’s specialty is fire dynamics in the American Southwest, a region where record fires have become routine. Fueling the infernos is a combination of fire suppression, livestock grazing and logging.

Because small, low-intensity blazes are usually prevented from spreading, dead wood has accumulated, especially in arid and semi-arid regions where decomposition occurs slowly. Without these fires, dense shrubs and small trees proliferate, as they also do in gaps opened by harvesting of large trees. Grazing removes grasses that traditionally carried small fires and causes erosion that reduces soil’s ability to hold water."

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"“When you look at the long record, you see fire and climate moving together over decades, over centuries, over thousands of years,” said pyrogeographer Jennifer Marlon of Yale University, who earlier this year co-authored a study of long-term fire patterns in the American West.

“Then, when you look at the last century, you see the climate getting warmer and drier, but until the last couple decades the amount of fire was really low. We’ve pushed fire in the opposite direction you’d expect from climate,” Marlon said.

The fire debt is finally coming due. In the Southwest, fires are reaching historically exceptional sizes and temperatures. “The fuel structure is ready to support massive, severe fires that the trees have not evolved to cope with,” said forest ecologist Dan Binkley of Colorado State University. “When the extent of the areas burned becomes large, there are no remaining sources of seeds for the next generation.”

The study....

Long-term perspective on wildfires in the western USA

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/02/09/1112839109.abstract

"The fire debt is finally coming due. In the Southwest, fires are reaching historically exceptional sizes and temperatures. “The fuel structure is ready to support massive, severe fires that the trees have not evolved to cope with,” said forest ecologist Dan Binkley of Colorado State University. “When the extent of the areas burned becomes large, there are no remaining sources of seeds for the next generation.”

Filling the newly open space will be grasses, shrubs and aspen, said Binkley. The forests will be gone. Something similar may also happen in California’s high-elevation Ponderosa forests, though different plant species will take their place than in the Southwest.

In the greater Yellowstone region, of which Yellowstone National Park is the iconic centerpiece, fire suppression and grazing have less effect on fire dynamics than in the Southwest. Instead, it’s climate that’s changing how fire operates in Yellowstone, said paleoecologist Erica Smithwick of Penn State University.

In 2011, Smithwick was part of a research team that described how Yellowstone fires traditionally occurred on cycles of 100 to 300 years, with its lodgepole pine forests adapted to severe burns every few centuries."

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National map of regional fire behavior deviation from historical patterns. Green represents minimal deviation; yellow, a moderate deviation; and in red regions, current fire behavior is unprecedented in paleoecological records. Image: Nature Conservancy/USGS/USDA/USFS/DOI

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/07/western-fire-transformation/

The face of things are changing...these fires are taking all the seeds for the trees w/them, and what returns in their place will be very different..

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I have hear that a few changes have occurred the image says it all....

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I have hear that a few changes have occurred the image says it all....

ROFL

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Raging Oklahoma wildfires prompt evacuations

August 5, 2012

"LUTHER, Okla. –  Several wildfires raging around the parched Oklahoma landscape prompted more evacuations on Sunday as emergency workers sought to shelter those forced out by flames that destroyed dozens of homes and threatened others in the drought-stricken region.

One roaring fire near Luther, about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, destroyed nearly five dozen homes and other buildings before firefighters gained a measure of control Saturday. Authorities said several state roads remained closed early Sunday because of drifting smoke or nearby fires.

Mike Donegan, a communications supervisor with the Oklahoma State Highway Patrol in the scorched region, said evacuations continued overnight. He had no immediate details on the numbers forced from their homes but said officers went door to door in some communities, getting people to leave.

He said he saw thick smoke from a distance of about 50 miles from one of the fires as he drove into work.

"When I came in today ... we got ash falling even where I live. I thought it was raining at first. The smoke was thick," Donegan told The Associated Press by phone.

The Luther fire was one of at least 10 burning Saturday in Oklahoma, where a severe drought has settled on the countryside in a summer in which temperatures have topped 110 degrees in spots."

Read entire story at....

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/05/raging-oklahoma-wildfires-prompt-evacuations/#ixzz22hrWKPF0

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Wildfires blaze through Western states

August 14, 2012

"CNN) -- Whipped by high winds, a wildfire in central Washington state has scorched 26,500 acres and destroyed at least 60 homes, officials said Tuesday.

The fire raging near Cle Elum is one of several devastating Western states this week.

Colorado paid the price earlier this summer. Now, new wildfires are burning through sagebrush, grass and beetle-killed lodgepole pines in California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Idaho.

In all, 62 fires, including 16 new large fires, were burning as of Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service reported. They have destroyed dozens of homes and are threatening many more."

"Washington's Taylor Bridge Fire began as a brush fire Monday afternoon. By midnight it had swallowed up 16,000 acres, and by Tuesday, 16,500 acres, or 41 square miles, were burning.

Authorities have already evacuated between 400 and 450 people near the Taylor Bridge Fire, said Rex Reed, the incident commander. He was not aware of any injuries.

"The fire behavior I would classify as extreme," Reed said. "Extreme fire conditions. We expect a very busy day. Very rapid rates of spread. There are multiple heads on this fire."

He said authorities were working to activate National Guard troops to assist in the operation in Kittitas County, where a state of emergency has been declared.

In Idaho, a blaze has killed a 20-year-old firefighter. Two other firefighters have been injured in Oregon and California."

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/14/us/western-wildfires/index.html?eref=igoogledmn_topstories

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Paradise lost: Residents flee from two villages as firefighters battle to contain massive wall of flames on Greek Island

By Sara Malm

August 18, 2012

"A forest fire is raging on the island of Chios in the Greek archipelago and villagers and tourists are fleeing to the beach to escape the flames.

Over 200 fire-fighters, soldiers and volunteers are involved in the operation and have been joined by eight aircrafts and two helicopters.

At least three villages and tourist resorts have been evacuated and residents can only watch from the beach as fire consume the island."

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Fleeing: Residents from the village of Lithi find refuge at the beach as a wildfire burns on the nearby mountains on the island of Chios in the Greek archipelago

"Rescue forces report that strong winds are making it difficult to control the fire which is thought to have broken out in the early hours of Friday morning.

"It is threatening ten villages on Chios and has moved very close to the Greek army base “PAP” near the Vessas village.

Local media reports that the smoke can be seen from the island of Crete, over 60 miles south of Chios."

width=500 height=346http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/08/18/article-0-1498BE96000005DC-586_964x669.jpg[/img]Refugees: The locals were forced to leave their homes when the forest fire got out of control - over 200 firefighters, soldiers and volunteers are trying to reign it in

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190272/Chios-forest-Residents-flee-villages-firefighters-battle-massive-wall-flames-Greek-Island.html#ixzz242b43zdI

I am really feeling for those people. I remember a huge forest fire when I was a kid..It was some 50 miles from us, but the smoke covered our town too...and when Yellowstone had that huge fire in 1988, I traveled through the smoke and debris, couldn't even see the highway, driving through Montana..It was scary, can't imagine how anyone feels when their homes are under risk from a fire like this...Tx Reddwolf for linking me

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B.C. wildfire forces evacuation of 1,500 homes

A wildfire is burning in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, destroying at least one home and forcing the evacuation of 1,500 others.

CBC News reporter Belle Puri watched as flames tore across a hill, taking out a house sitting on a ridge. Officials say it's not clear how many houses have been hit.

http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/bc-wildfire-forces-evacuation-of-1500-homes-1

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Casper Mtn. firefighters building line near homes

Sept 13, 2012

"CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters are taking advantage of cooler, more humid weather to dig in around a wildfire burning on Casper Mountain.

Crews were focusing Wednesday on building containment lines around the northwest corner of the Sheep Herder Hill Fire, the portion closest to most of the 750 homes threatened by the blaze. The fire has destroyed seven homes on the mountain overlooking Casper since breaking out Sunday.

It hasn't spread much in the last 24 hours and is listed at nearly 25 square miles and 10 percent contained.

Investigators will also be in the fire zone looking into how the fire started. Fire spokeswoman Susan Ford said that's a standard procedure when there aren't any obvious signs of how a fire started, such as a lightning strike."

http://www.kulr8.com/news/wyoming/169465436.html

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Five dead, 73 hurt in Ecuador bush fires

Sept 23, 2012

"Forest fires devastating Ecuador have left five people dead and 73 injured, consuming more than 17,600 hectares of woodland and crops.

The five deaths, including one of the firefighters, occurred in the provinces of Azuay, Bolivar, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and Tungurahua, while most of the 73 injured were in Chimborazo and Pichincha.

In all there have been 3069 forest fires since June 1, when a period of drought set in.

The fires have wiped out 17,484ha of woods and scrubland high in the Andes as well as 142ha of crops, while another 31ha of crops were affected but not completely destroyed.

A Hercules C-130 aircraft of the Brazilian air force with a team of 29 soldiers and capable of carrying 12,000 litres of water has arrived in Quito to help extinguish the flames.

Meanwhile, the Ecuadorian armed forces have deployed 21 aircraft, both helicopters and planes, as well as 5693 soldiers, trucks and other equipment.

The province with the most blazes is Pichincha in the Andes region."

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/World/2012/09/23/Five_dead_73_hurt_in_Ecuador_bush_fires_798198.html

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California wildfires: 28,000 acres burned in Ventura County

By Matt Stevens, Hailey Branson-Potts, and Dalina Castellanos

May 3, 2013, 7:36 p.m.

The wildfire burning through Ventura County has scorched 28,000 acres, and firefighters have only 20% of the blaze surrounded, officials said.

The Ventura County Fire Department said the air attack would end at sunset and the Springs fire would be attacked by ground crews. "Barring unusual events, we do not expect to receive any new updates on the fire until tomorrow morning," authorities said in a statement.

Elsewhere in Southern California, firefighters quickly knocked down brush fires that threatened homes in Glendale and the San Gabriel Valley suburb of Walnut."

Glendale officials credited the clearing of flammable brush and a decisive airborne attack from water-dropping helicopters as critical in gaining the upper hand on that 75-acre blaze, which scorched the Chevy Chase Canyon area north of the 134 Freeway.

"We hit it quickly," Glendale spokesman Tom Lorenz said. The city's firefighters, Lorenz said, had been preparing and planning for brush fires due to the recent high winds.

Los Angeles County firefighters took an hour to knock down a five-acre fire that threatened homes in the the 600 block of North Silver Valley Trail in Walnut, a suburb of 30,000 near Diamond Bar."

Read here

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-wildfire-28000-acres-20130503,0,3082259.story

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Wind, Heavy Brush Fuel Flare-Ups in 1,500-Acre Powerhouse Fire

June 1, 2013

The aerial attack on the Powerhouse fire continues Friday amid hot, dry conditions north of Los Angeles

By Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard

"Evacuations were again ordered Friday in the 2,500-acre brush fire burning in steep, rugged terrain of San Francisquito Canyon, north of Los Angeles.

Flare-ups, meanwhile, tested homeowners' nerves as they watched firefighters and water-dropping aircraft battle the blaze during a second day of hot and dry conditions.

The fire was 15 percent contained as of Friday night.

A probation camp called Camp Mendenhall was being evacuated at about 2:30 p.m., as were areas north of South Portal Road and West of San Francisquito Canyon. The fire was moving north toward Lake Hughes Road.

A Red Cross evacuation center is set up at the Marie Kerr Park, located at 39700 30th St. West Palmdale, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Large animals can be taken to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds' Gate 3 at 2551 West Ave. H in Lancaster.

Containment of the Powerhouse fire, reported Thursday afternoon, was estimated at 15 percent Friday as crews fought the fire during another warm day in the Santa Clarita Valley, about 50 miles north of LA.

Flare-ups and spot fires were reported early Friday -- prompting the morning evacuation order -- and temperatures in the 90s are likely during the afternoon and weekend.

Evacuations had been ordered Thursday and then lifted."

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Santa-Clarita-Powerhouse-Brush-Fire-209644771.html

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Colorado wildfires could spread unpredictably in high winds, sheriff warns

June 12, 2013

7,000 people have been evacuated and 80 homes lost in a rural area northeast of Colorado Springs hit by the Black Forest fire, the most concerning of four wildfires burning in the state.

"Record heat, low humidity, and high winds are a dangerous combination in Colorado this week, where four wildfires are now burning, including one that has already destroyed at least 80 homes.

The Black Forest fire, in a wooded rural area northeast of Colorado Springs – and not far from the site of last year's Waldo Canyon fire that destroyed nearly 350 homes and killed two people – is the most concerning, and has prompted the evacuation of more than 7,000 people in the area.

On Wednesday, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said he believes 80-100 homes have been lost, and there is currently no containment of the fire, which has burned about 12 square miles. Sheriff Maketa said he's worried that gusting winds predicted for Wednesday could cause the fire to spread unpredictably, and he compared the blaze to the Waldo Canyon fire."

Read more at.

http://news.yahoo.com/colorado-wildfires-could-spread-unpredictably-high-winds-sheriff-200605908.html?.tsrc=tmobustoday

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Arizona wildfire grows to 7,051 acres

June 19, 2013

http://www.regionalinfo-alert.org/

"The Doce Fire, near Doce Pit, started at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and is burning seven to eight miles northwest of Prescott and four miles northwest of Thumb Butte.

Paige Rockett from the U.S. Forest Service said the fire has burned 7,051 acres as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, less than 24 hours after it was first reported.

At this point, no injuries have been reported and no homes have been lost, but fire teams are working against time and Mother Nature. A Red Flag Warning kicks in at 10 a.m. and will remain in effect throughout the day.

Officials have ordered mandatory evacuations for homes in the Granite Basin area, Mint Creek, Sundown Acres, Old Stage Acres and American Ranch developments. There is a voluntary evacuation in place for the residential development of Iron Springs Club.

The Alto Pit Recreation Area is closed."

http://www.kvue.com/news/Arizona-wildfire-grows-to-7051-acres-212157431.html

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Colorado wildfire: Full containment of Lime Gulch Fire expected Sunday

June 22, 2013

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"JEFFERSON COUNTY -  Fire crews say the Lime Gulch Fire's burning near Conifer is 90 percent contained. Full containment is expected on Sunday.

It has burned 511 acres.

Effective 9 p.m. Saturday evening all evacuation orders are lifted.

On  Friday, people that live in the township of Buffalo Creek and residents on Southwest Platte River Road, from County Hwy 126 at Buffalo Creek for about one mile north, returned to their homes.

Road closures remain at three points to assist firefighters in the area."

http://www.9news.com/news/article/341709/188/Colorado-wildfire-Lime-Gulch-Fire-at-511-acres-15-percent-contained-

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