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19 firefighters killed in Arizona forest fire

July 1, 2013

JOHN MARSHALL and JACQUES BILLEAUD

"YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — A sudden windstorm turned an Arizona forest fire into an out-of-control inferno that trapped and killed 19 firefighters, nearly all of them members of an elite crew of "hotshots," authorities said Monday. It was the nation's biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years.

The flames swept over the victims Sunday evening as they took cover in their foil-lined emergency shelters.

"This is as dark a day as I can remember," Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement. "It may be days or longer before an investigation reveals how this tragedy occurred, but the essence we already know in our hearts: Fighting fires is dangerous work."

http://news.yahoo.com/19-firefighters-killed-arizona-forest-fire-165420995.html

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Quebec forest fire causes widespread blackouts for a 2nd day

Power now restored to 3 transmission lines carrying power to vast parts of Quebec

July 4, 2013

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"Half a million Hydro-Québec customers were without power at rush hour for the second straight day, as widespread outages caused by forest fires in northern Quebec affected transmission lines.

The utility said Montreal and other parts of southern Quebec were affected.

By 7:30 p.m. most customers had their power restored, and Hydro-Québec tweeted that its three major transmission lines shut down by heat and smoke from forest fires in northern Quebec were operational once again.

The blackouts occurred nearly exactly 24 hours after a similar power failure caused by the forest fires, despite the utility's best efforts to protect the network."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/07/04/quebec-montreal-hydro-quebec-outage-second-day.html

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Wildfire prompts evacuation alert near Okanagan Falls, BC

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The Canadian Press

Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:54 AM -

An evacuation alert is in effect for several homes five kilometres southwest of Okanagan Falls, BC, in the southern Okanagan.

The White Lake Road fire was reported at about 3:30 Sunday afternoon and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen issued the evacuation notice just before 6 pm.

Twelve properties along Willowbrook Road and Yellow Brick Road are affected and residents have been advised to be ready to leave on short notice.

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/wildfire-prompts-evacuation-alert-near-okanagan-falls-bc/10176/

Isn't very big yet.... :-\

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Huge fire rages in Buenos Aires nature reserve

August 1, 2013

"A massive fire spread across a nature reserve in the capital of Argentina on Wednesday, just a few blocks from the city's political and financial center. Authorities suspect an arsonist might have set the blaze. No injuries have been reported and the fire has reportedly been brought under control. "

Huge Fire Rages in Buenos Aires Nature Reserve

http://rt.com/in-motion/argentina-fire-ecological-reserve-896/

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Three injured, hundreds evacuated as Southern California wildfire rages
August 8, 2013
 
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CALIFORNIAA wildfire raged out of control in the high desert east of Los Angeles on Wednesday, injuring two firefighters and one civilian and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents of three small communities. The fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. near a back-country road south of Banning, about 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County.
 
Within hours it had blackened more than 5,000 acres, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlandt said. The department’s website said three people had been injured but provided no additional details. Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley were under mandatory evacuation orders, and Highway 243 had been closed,
 
Berlandt said. Shelters had been set up at high schools in nearby Hemet and Beaumont, the department’s website said. Berlandt said several structures had been destroyed by the flames, but it was not immediately clear whether any of them were homes.
 
"California wildfire rages and scorches 6,000 acres in Riverside County"

 

ITN

"Published on Aug 8, 2013

A wildfire has burnt 6,000 acres in Riverside County, Calfornia as hundreds of people are forced to leave their homes. The blaze broke out shortly after 2pm on Wednesday near a back-country road south of Banning, about 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County. Within hours it had scorched more than 6,000 acres. Two firefighters have been injured and one civilian.

Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley are under mandatory evacuation orders and Highway 243 has been closed. Report by Ashley Fudge"

 

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‘Angry’ Idaho fire spreads to 126,000 acres, threatens luxury resort homes

 

More than 10,000 homes are threatened by a furious Idaho wildfire, including getaways owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis, after an all-out “ground and air attack” failed to stop the blaze spreading to more than 126,000 acres, according to latest reports from the U.S. Forest Service. “Take your essentials, belongs and pets and GO NOW,” a news release on inciweb warned those in the path of the lightning-sparked Beaver Creek fire. Despite an army of more than 1,200 firefighters, the blaze continues to spread across parched sagebrush, grasslands and pine forests in the Sun Valley area. “Every fire has a personality, and this fire has an angry personality,” Beth Lund, and incident commander with the U.S. Forest Service team managing the blaze in central Idaho told Reuters. More than 10,000 homes near the towns of Hailey and Ketchum remain threatened by the blaze, including luxury getaways owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis.

 

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/angry-idaho-fire-spreads-to-126000-acres-threatens-luxury-resort-homes/

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Fears grow NSW Blue Mountains bushfires will merge and form a 'mega-fire'

October 21, 2013

 

 

"TWO major NSW bushfires have flared up again as firefighters brace for worsening conditions and try to halt the formation of a "mega-fire".

The blaze in the Springwood area of the Blue Mountains which last week destroyed 200 homes was this afternoon upgraded to emergency status.

And in the NSW Southern Highlands, a major fire that has been burning for days near Wollondilly was again upgraded and residents in the village of Wilton warned burning embers were blowing their way.

 

The new emergencies came as hundreds of firefighters resorted to “high-risk” back-burning strategies against the biggest of the bushfires, the State Mine blaze near Lithgow in the Blue Mountains.

The great fear is that at least three major fires in the Blue Mountains will merge and head toward's Sydney's western suburbs amid worsening conditions on Wednesday.

And as firefighters continued to try to save homes, the Insurance Council of Australia said the insurance bill so far was about $94 million, with 855 claims made.

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said firefighters were today taking “considered” but risky moves to strengthen containment lines around the huge State Mine blaze near Lithgow."

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/bushfires/fears-grow-nsw-blue-mountains-bushfires-will-merge-and-form-a-mega-fire/story-fngw0i02-1226743664238

 

There is a video included. This looks perfectly awful, everyone stay safe.

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UPDATE on NSW, Australia fires
 
October 23, 2013
 
"AUSTRALIA - New South Wales is bracing for a potentially devastating day of bushfires, with the state’s fire commissioner urging people not to travel to the Blue Mountains due to conditions that are set to be “as bad as it gets.” The fire danger warning for the greater Sydney area, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter valley has been set to “extreme” – the second highest level.
 
Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service, said the forecast for Wednesday was worse than previously thought, making it the most dangerous day yet in the bushfire emergency that began last Thursday. “The temperature will be in the mid to high 30s, humidity down to 10% and wind strengths of 80 to 100km/h,” he said. “The forecast and scenario for tomorrow is about as bad as it gets.”
 
All schools and childcare centers in the Blue Mountains will be closed, with Fitzsimmons urging residents to seriously consider fleeing their homes. “If you are going to leave, leave early,” he said. “Leaving early is always the safest option. Know your fire safety plan and be decisive. Procrastination won’t be helpful,” he said. “We will do everything we can, but it would be wrong of me to provide a guarantee that we will deliver on providing a truck to every home, a message to every person. It is simply something we cannot guarantee, but we will do our absolute dandiest to make sure we can."
 
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State of emergency declared over Australia bushfires  

 

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Big Sur Fire Update: Weather Helping Crews Battle Blaze

December 18, 2013

 

"BIG SUR, Calif. — Firefighters were expected to get some help Wednesday from the weather as they battle an unusual late fall wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced about 100 people to flee the scenic Big Sur region overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

 

Winds were expected to be calm during the day, and there's a minimal chance of rain.

The slow-moving fire in Los Padres National Forest near state Highway 1 had consumed 769 acres, or a little over a square mile, by Tuesday night and was 20 percent contained. Full containment was expected by late Friday.

 

It has destroyed 22 buildings, Los Padres National Forest spokesman Lynn Olson said. About 14 of those structures were homes, she said.

No injuries have been reported.

Mark Nunez, the incident commander of the team fighting the fire, said 829 firefighters had deployed to the area, and thus far, weather has been working in their favor."

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videos at link

http://www.weather.com/news/big-sur-wildfire-20131216

 

 

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The Enormous California Wildfire Looks Like Hell On Earth

January 16, 2013

Harrison Jacobs

 

 

"A massive wildfire in California is taking down large swaths of Southern California, thanks to one of the driest Januarys on record.

 

The primary wildfire is burning in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, near Angeles National Forest, and it looks like hell on earth.

 

Already 125 acres large with 30 acres completely charred, the fire has caused evacuations to be ordered in the surrounding communities and brought 600 firefighters to fight the blaze. The area is about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

 

The region’s notorious Santa Ana winds, which have fueled some of Southern California’s worst wildfires, are currently picking up and could push the fire out of the mountains and into the neighborhoods below

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see the photos here, they are AP so can't post them

http://www.businessinsider.com/california-wildfire-2014-1#ixzz2qaD2Qr00

 

 

 

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Here in Western Australia, we've had a couple of bad fires as well - there was one in the Parkerville/Stoneville area just east of Perth last Sunday - 54 houses destroyed, but very lucky not more, and no lives lost. (I was there helping).

 

Now, there are quite a few fires in South Australia and Victoria, houses lost and several lives lost.

 

But 'our glorious leaders' tell us there is nothing to worry about, they will protect us...

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This is a strange one

Borth bog fire burns out on Ceredigion coast: authorities mystified over how wet bog combusted

February 14, 2014

 

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"– WALES - A fire on bogland is out after dramatic scenes earlier of flames and smoke billowing over a nearby coastal village. Natural Resources Wales said minimal damage was caused by the fire close to High Street, Borth, near Aberystwyth. Fire crews were called at 05:20 GMT on Friday and allowed the blaze, which covered about a hectare (2.5 acres), to burn itself out by early afternoon. Resident Bryn Jones said the scene was “incredible” given the wet weather. The cause of the fire is not yet known but is being investigated. Natural Resources Wales, which leases the land from the RSPB, said the fire appeared to have been restricted to surface grass rather than the peat. The Ceredigion coast has borne the brunt of the bad weather in recent times, with buildings damaged by high winds this week. The seafront at Aberystwyth needed repairs after taking a battering from stormy seas in January. During the height of the fire, resident Mr Jones said: “You can see flames and smoke along the back of the village.”

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Wildfire Destroys 500 Homes in Chile Killing 2: One of the Worst Fires in Chile's History

A wildfire was raging in a highly populated area of Chile early Sunday after killing two people and consuming more than 500 homes, officials said. At least one more person has been injured in the flames that have swept over at least 660 acres, said Chile’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI). Strong winds fanned the flames into Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, two adjacent cities on the Pacific coast, ONEMI said. “It’s been one of the worst fires in history,” said Vina del Mar fire superintendent, Fernando Reseio, who has been a firefighter for 30 years.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/wildfire-destroys-500-homes-in-chile-killing-2-one-of-the-worst-fires-in-chiles-history/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLsJpzzUDyw

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30 homes burn in San Diego County

May 14, 2014

 

"SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire ignited hillsides and destroyed more than two dozen homes Wednesday in the coastal city of Carlsbad as weary firefighters scrambled to control multiple blazes in Southern California on the second day of a sweltering heat wave.

 

Flames were shooting up along canyon ridges as thick black smoke darkened blue skies over the small city, about 30 miles north of San Diego, known for its Legoland California amusement park that was closed Wednesday because of a power outage.

 

Mandatory evacuations were in progress, and more than 11,000 notices were sent to homes and businesses. Local TV broadcasts showed the blaze engulfing suburban-style homes with manicured lawns."

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http://news.yahoo.com/30-homes-burn-san-diego-county-215517249.html;_ylt=AwrBEiI953NTMToApTjQtDMD

 

BREAKING PHOTO: Fire tornado seen during brush fire in Fallbrook, California.

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https://twitter.com/PzFeed/status/466695628647452673/photo/1

 

 

 

CRAZY PIC: Multiple smoke-filled fire tornadoes seen during fire in Bonsall, Calif.

 

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https://twitter.com/NewsBreaker/status/466699376531107840/photo/1

 

 

Legoland rides are evacuated as Carlsbad wildfire rages 

May 14, 2014

 

"Rides at Legoland have been evacuated because of power outages related to the wildfires sweeping San Diego County, according to the theme park.

 

Park visitors posted photos on social media showing smoke coming from the hills in Carlsbad.

More than 11,500 evacuation notices were issued for the blaze, dubbed the Poinsettia fire, as it moved through neighborhoods marked by steep canyons filled with brush.

 

Homes in the Carlsbad area were in flames, but the exact number was not immediately clear."

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-legoland-rides-evacuated-as-carlsbad-wildfire-rages-20140514-story.html

 

 

Fire forces evacuation of San Onofre nuclear plant   

May 14, 2014

 

 

"An out-of-control brush fire at Camp Pendleton was creeping closer to the San Onofre nuclear power plant, prompting evacuations.

 

Southern California Edison said in a tweet that "about a dozen non-essential employees evacuated" from the plant because of the fire.

 

The plant is located off Interstate 5 at the Orange-San Diego county line north of Camp Pendleton. Edison announced last year it was closing the plant due to structural problems with facility.

 

The Camp Pendleton fire was spotted shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday and forced evacuations of the De Luz housing area, Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School and the Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, which is on the northeast edge of the sprawling base.

 

A second school and housing area have been evacuated as the brush fire at Camp Pendleton continues to spread. The fire, dubbed the Tomahawk fire, on the northeast section of the base, had burned more than 150 acres as of 1 p.m., according to Cal Fire."

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fire-forces-evacuation-of-san-onofre-nuclear-plant-20140514-story.html

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Funny River Fire, Alaska
May 21, 2014
 
 
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"According to the Alaskan Division of Forestry the Funny River fire was very active overnight (May 20) because of low humidity. Currently the fire is estimated to be near 7,000 acres and has reached Tustumena Lake.  It is spreading east and west along the shore, is 10 miles long, and is about a mile wide with broadening at the lake shore. There have been no evacuations or reports of any structures lost.

 

Early this morning (May 21), flame lengths of 125 feet with erratic fire behavior were reported. Winds for today are forecasted to remain out of the north keeping the fire headed in a southerly direction. Crews are working to build line on the western edge.  The fire came close but did not cross Funny River road on the north flank of the fire last night  (May 20) due to the efforts of fire crews,a ir support and an existing fuel break. Firefighter activity will focus on securing the north flank on Funny River and the south west corner to safeguard the community of Kasilof. Significant smoke is blanketing the city of Soldotna.

 

There are 40 personnel assigned to the fire with more fire crews on their way. The Alaska Type 2 Incident Management Team has been assigned to the fire should have arrived on the scene May 20.

 

This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on May 20, 2014. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner with information from the Alaskan Division of Forestry.'

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/funny-river-fire-alaska/

 

 

NASA image: Update for Skunk Fire, Arizona

May 20, 2014

 

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The Skunk Fire which began as a lightning strike on Saturday, April 19 is currently 31,167 acres large including fire growth and back burns. Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team

 

"The Skunk Fire which began as a lightning strike on Saturday, April 19 is currently 31,167 acres large including fire growth and back burns.The fire continues to move in a north westerly direction and an easterly direction towards ponderosa pine forest. South and North side of the fire is contained. The terrain for this fire is steep with scattered boulders making firefighting more difficult.

 

The entire fire is currently 44% contained and full containment is expected by Friday, May 23, according to Inciweb.org.

The National Weather Service has forecast maximum temperatures between 78-93 degrees for May 20. Southwest winds around 10 -15 miles and increasing to 20 mph in the afternoon with gusts to 30 mph. Ridge tops wind will be southwest 20-25 mph."

http://phys.org/news/2014-05-nasa-image-skunk-arizona_1_2.html

 





 

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Residents urged to evacuate as fire spreads in Alaska wildlife refuge

Carman Hassan and Dave Alsop

May 26, 2014

 

"(CNN) -- Authorities asked people to evacuate 1,000 structures near a wildfire in Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday as the blaze spread.

 

The Funny River Fire has been raging for almost a week in Soldotna, south of Anchorage, growing to engulf 140,000 acres by Sunday afternoon. Now, fire officials are worried recreational cabins and second homes where residents and retirees are spending the holiday weekend may be at risk, said Michelle Weston with the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team.

The voluntary evacuation notice was issued for structures near the blaze on Sunday, Weston said.

 

So far, no structures have burned in the fire.

 

Earlier Sunday, emergency officials said windy weather was pushing the fire further into the refuge and away from homes."

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/25/us/alaska-funny-river-fire/index.html

 

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Another town evacuated, hundreds more flee as huge wildfire devastates central Washington
July 18, 2014

 

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"BREWSTER, Wash. — The town of Malott and areas around Brewster were evacuated Friday night as hundreds of more people fled a devastating wildfire that had already scorched nearly 170,000 acres and destroyed up to 100 homes in north-central Washington.

“Simply put, there’s a firestorm in Washington right now,” Gov. Jay Inslee said earlier Friday. “The growth of this fire is almost unprecedented.”

On Friday night, authorities ordered the evacuation of the small town of Malott, Wash., population of about 500, and people from the outskirts of the larger town of Brewster, which is home to about 2,400 people."

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http://q13fox.com/2014/07/18/theres-a-firestorm-in-washington-right-now-80-homes-destroyed-as-wildfire-grows-to-265-square-miles/#ixzz37ruXbIjs

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Fire in Yosemite forces evacuations

By Carmen George

July 26, 2014

 

"A wildfire has burned between 300 and 500 acres near Foresta in Yosemite National Park on Saturday afternoon and caused mandatory evacuations for the community of Foresta, said park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.

 

It started mid-afternoon and was moving northeast and uphill, towards Foresta's big meadow, Cobb said. The road is closed at the Highway 140 and 120 junction all the way to the Crane Flat gas station -- currently preventing motorists from driving to Tuolumne Meadows from Yosemite Valley."

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http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/07/26/4042206/fire-in-yosemite-causes-evacuations.html?sp=/99/406/

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Lukewarm wildfire season throws damper on climate-change predictions

September 7, 2014

 

 

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A fire burns on Wiseman Island in Jefferson, Oregon. Firefighters in Marion County say the state-owned island in the Santiam River is expected to burn for several days. Because firefighters cannot reach the site, the state Fish and Wildlife Department let it burn. (jefferson fire district via associated press)
 

 

DENVER — This year’s below-average wildfire season comes as welcome news for Westerners, but it’s also burning a hole in the environmentalist narrative on climate change.

Although summer isn’t over, and fires are burning in California and Oregon, it has been a mild year in terms of the number of wildfires and acres burned, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The agency reports that 2.77 million acres have burned this year as of Sept. 5, a decline from the 3.9 million acres that had burned by the same date in 2013 and less than half the 10-year average of 6.2 million acres. The number of fires, 38,451, is also down considerably from the 10-year average of 56,278.

That reduction is even more impressive given that the Pacific Northwest was hit with an above-average wildfire season. In July Washington suffered the most destructive fire in its history, the Carlton Complex Fire, which burned 252,000 acres and destroyed 300 homes in the state’s north-central region."

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/7/lukewarm-wildfire-season-throws-damper-on-climate-/

 

 

 

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UPDATE:

California’s giant King fire continues to burn. Here’s how it looks from above.

By J. Freedom du Lac

September 23, 2014

 

"The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has had an especially busy year, responding to 4,974 fires through Saturday — “over 1,000 more than normal,” according to a Cal Fire spokesman. But no conflagration in the state this year has been larger than the King fire, which has spread across so many acres in drought-dried Northern California that it’s now larger than several major American cities, including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Portland.

The wildfire, which began east of Sacramento on Sept. 13, continues to burn through steep, timber-filled terrain. As of Tuesday morning, the King fire covered 89,574 acres and was 35 percent contained, Cal Fire said."
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/09/23/californias-king-fire-continues-to-rage-heres-how-it-looks-from-above/

 

a  picture, more at link

 

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Photo Courtesy of:   Kristoffer Pfalmer at Lake Tahoe, California

 

 

 

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Heavy smoke spreading from fast-growing fire near Los Angeles

April 19, 2015

 

 

"(Reuters) - Evacuation orders were lifted on Sunday for residents near a fast-moving brush fire east of Los Angeles that had threatened more than 200 homes overnight, even though heavy smoke was still menacing the area, fire department officials said.

The blaze, named the "Highway Fire," had grown to about 980 acres and was 25 percent contained, according to an afternoon update posted on the Riverside County Fire Department website.

Residents sensitive to smoke were cautioned to stay inside as windy conditions blew the haze around the Prado Dam region, about an hour's drive east of Los Angeles in drought-stricken California."

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https://ca.news.yahoo.com/fast-moving-brush-fire-forces-home-evacuations-near-070826251.html

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Forest fires heading for Chernobyl nuclear plant – Ukraine Interior Ministry
RT

Published time: April 28, 2015 16:36

 

 

The Ukrainian National Guard has been put on high alert due to worsening forest fires around the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant, according to Ukraine Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

 

"The forest fire situation around the Chernobyl power plant has worsened," a statement on Avakov's Facebook page says.

 

"The forest fire is heading in the direction of Chernobyl's installations. Treetop flames and strong gusts of wind have created a real danger of the fire spreading to an area within 20 kilometers of the power plant. There are about 400 hectares [988 acres] of forests in the endangered area."

 

Avakov says the Ukrainian prime minister has called an emergency meeting on how to tackle the situation. Police and National Guard units are on high alert.

 

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Ukraine's acting head of emergency services said earlier the forest fires were not a threat to the sarcophagus sealing off Chernobyl's crippled Reactor 4.

http://rt.com/news/253897-chernobyl-fires-rage-ukraine/

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Cars ablaze as 3,500-acre California brush fire swallows freeway, homes

July 17, 2015

 

 

"A rapidly growing 3,500-acre brush fire near San Bernardino, California has blocked a freeway and set multiple cars on fire. Five homes have been burned and 50 are in danger, fire officials said.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department has declared a "mass casualty incident" and hundreds of firefighters have been dispatched to battle the blaze.

It's unclear how many may be injured, but the fire department stated that it is preparing to handle "multiple civilian burn victims."

A US Forest Service official told KLTA that two minor injuries have been reported."

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USA: Residents run as huge forest fire sweeps highway

 

 

pictures at link

http://www.rt.com/usa/310144-500-acre-california-brush-fire/

I've been over this pass, and can tell you, that this had to be frightful for those caught.

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