Fire Earth

Mass die-offs from human impact and planetary response to the assault could occur by early 2016

Posts Tagged ‘wildfire’

Raging Wildfires Destroy Thousands of Acres of Chilean Forests

Posted by feww on December 25, 2013

“Red Alert” declared in Santiago metropolitan region as Massive wildfires burn out of control

At least six major fires have destroyed more than 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres) of forest in Melipilla, 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of the Chilean capital Santiago, officials said.

National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) has declared a red alert in the Santiago metropolitan region (population: 6.7 million) due to the raging fires and other incidents that have impacted the mountainous regions near the capital.

Fanned by strong winds and high temperatures, the fires were burning out of control for a third day on Wednesday.

More than 2,000 fire crews have been deployed to the fire zones. Evacuations were underway as of posting.

Posted in Climate Change, environment, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Wildfire Destroys Dozens of Homes in California

Posted by feww on December 17, 2013

Wildfire raging out of control in Big Sur, California

Hundreds of fire crews are trying to control a fast moving wildfire in Big Sur, California that had consumed more than 600 acres by late Monday, local time.

The raging blaze forced scores of other residents to flee the Los Padres National Forest near state Highway 1. One of the homes destroyed by the blaze belonged to Big Sur Fire Chief, reports said.

In 2008, the Basin Complex Fire forced an eight-day evacuation of Big Sur and closure of Highway 1. The fire consumed more than 130,000 acres (530 km²), destroying about 30 homes.

Daily High Temperatures Tied, or Broken in SoCal

Meantime, unseasonably warm weather in southern California, created by high pressure, broke or tied temperature records from Santa Barbara to Riverside counties on Monday, said the National Weather Service (NWS).

  • Santa Barbara Airport: 82 degrees, tying the record set in 1980
  • Los Angeles International Airport: 85 degrees, tying daily record set in 1980
  • San Gabriel: 89 degrees (32ºC), the warmest temperature in the U.S.
  • Lake Elsinore:  88 degrees, breaking the record set in 1980 by one degree

[Low Temperature for Monday December 16, 2013: -29 degrees (-34ºC) at Crane Lake, MN — as received by 1 am EST December 17-

Posted in Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Australia’s Bushfire Losses Top 1,000

Posted by feww on October 25, 2013

Insurers Receive 1,011 claims for bushfire losses totaling $138 million

As of October 25, insurers in Australia have received 1,011 claims, with the losses caused by October bushfires estimated at $138 million, said the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).

“While claims lodgements have stabilised over the past couple of days, we expect these to begin climbing again as returning residents assess any property damage,” said ICA CEO Rob Whelan.

NSW bushfires destroy hundreds of homes
An aerial photo of some of the hundreds of NSW homes destroyed in the October bushfires.

Meantime, Australia’s new Prime Minister Abbott, talking through his hat, has dismissed any link between climate change and the NSW bushfires as “complete hogwash.”

Long-time readers of this blog may recall that FIRE-EARTH climate-related models forecast the extent of damage caused by Victoria’s February 2009 bushfires with great accuracy.

Related Links

Posted in Climate Change, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, disasters, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Australia Declares Emergency as NSW Bushfires Destroy “Hundreds of Homes”

Posted by feww on October 17, 2013

Hundreds of NSW homes may have been lost to worst bushfires in living memory

More than 90 fires are burning, mostly uncontained, around the state of New South Wales (NSW) fanned by high winds and soaring temperatures, said a report.

Authorities have issued emergency warnings for multiple location across the state.

Wildfires have destroyed at least 30 homes at Springwood, in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, prompting evacuations, “blanketing Australia’s biggest city in choking yellow smoke and closing highways,” said a report.

“The airport at Newcastle, 160 km (100 miles) north of Sydney, was closed and schools, workplaces and entire neighborhoods were evacuated.”

“If we get through with less than 100 homes destroyed today, we have been lucky,” the NWS Rural Fire Service Commissioner (RFS) told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

A massive, 300-hectare bushfire is raging out of control this afternoon threatening the GlencoreXstrata’s Mangoola coal mine, said a report, prompting RFS to issue an emergency warning for the Blackjack Mountain fire, West of Musswellbrook near Wybong Road.

Power was cut to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in multiple areas, especially the Blue Mountains, as well as other areas west, southwest and north of Sydney, said reports.

Sydney sky described as “apocalyptic”

Clouds of smoke have enveloped Sydney, turning the sky and the harbor orange, with smoke particles raining over Australia’s most populous city in scenes described as “apocalyptic.”

Developing news. More details to follow…

Related Links

Posted in Climate Change, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Flooding in Kentucky, Raging Wildfires in California

Posted by feww on October 7, 2013

Many rescued in Kentucky amid severe flooding caused by heavy rains

At least 12 people were rescued from floodwaters and about 400 others evacuated after torrential rains hit Louisville area.

“The deluge swamped low-lying areas and flooded streets, trapping people in their homes and cars, as the area was drenched with 6 inches of rain in less than 24 hours,” said a report.

Wildfire burns 1,500 acres, forces hundreds of evacuations

A raging brushfire at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base forced the evacuation of 230 residents from the O’Neill Heights housing area and 22 patients from the base hospital, said a report.

The blaze damaged at least four buildings, but no injuries were reported.

“More than 200 firefighters from the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were battling the blaze. They were assisted by six air tankers and five helicopters,” said the report.

Large blaze reported in southeast Orange County

Meantime, a large blaze was burning out of control in Silverado, an unincorporated area of southeast Orange County, near the edge of the Cleveland National Forest.

The blaze was driven by Santa Ana winds of about 10 mph amid extremely dry conditions, with relative humidity of 7%, LATimes reported.

“The fire started about 10:10 a.m. in a large mulch pile at a nursery in the 27900 block of Baker Canyon Road, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.”

More than 125 fire personnel were trying to contain the flames, so far without any success. The exact size of the fire was not known, as of posting.

Posted in Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Crop Disaster Losses 2013

Posted by feww on September 27, 2013

Disaster Declarations USDA: 3,721 County-level crop disasters in 38 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 3,721 county-level agricultural disaster areas across 38 states so far this year.

The crop disasters for year 2013 include losses and damages caused by

  • DROUGHT
  • FLOOD
  • Flash flooding
  • Excessive rain, moisture, humidity
  • Severe Storms, thunderstorms
  • Ground Saturation, Standing Water
  • Hail
  • Wind, High Winds
  • Fire, Wildfire
  • Heat, Excessive heat, High temp. (incl. low humidity)
  • Winter Storms, Ice Storms, Snow, Blizzard
  • Frost, FREEZE
  • Hurricanes, Typhoons, Tropical Storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Volcano
  • Mudslides, Debris Flows, Landslides
  • Heavy Surf
  • Ice Jams
  • Insects
  • Tidal Surges
  • Cold, wet weather
  • Cool/Cold, Below-normal Temperatures
  • Lightning
  • Disease

Notes:
1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

2. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

4. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA between January 9 and September 25, 2013.

Posted in Climate Change, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Wildfire Destroys Tens of Buildings in N. Calif

Posted by feww on September 10, 2013

Wildfire destroys or damages Tens of homes, threatens another 300 strucures near Happy Valley

A wildfire in Northern California’s Shasta County has destroyed 80 structures and damaged at least 30, many of them homes, and is threatening another 300 structures near the rural community of Happy Valley, about 150 miles north of Sacramento.

The fast-growing Clover Fire, which began about 13:00 PDT on Monday, had rapidly grown to about 7,400 acres (11.6 square miles) by early morning Tuesday.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for hundreds of homes, and many residents have been advised to leave their homes.

Some 1,129 fire personnel have been deployed, and the fire was 40% contained as of posting. The cause is under investigation, said Cal Fire.

Clover Fire Incident Information [Cal Fire]

Last Updated: September 10, 2013  @ 07:20 PDT
Date/Time Started: September 9, 2013 12:32 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit
County: Shasta County
Location: off Cloverdale Road, Happy Valley
Acres Burned – Containment: 7,400 acres – 40% contained
Structures Threatened: 300
Structures Destroyed: 80 structures destroyed & 30 structures damaged
Evacuations and Road Closures: Click HERE
Injuries: 4
Cause: Under investigation
Total Fire Personnel: 1129
Total Fire Engines: 107
Total Fire crews: 36
Total Airtankers: 6
Total Dozers: 7
Total Water Tenders: 18

-oOo-

Posted in disaster areas, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Thousands Evacuated due to Bushfires in NSW

Posted by feww on September 10, 2013

Bushfires threaten Sydney’s western suburbs

Wildfires destroy homes, injure fire crews and force mass evacuations in west Sydney.

At least 59 bush and grassfires are raging across New South Wales (NSW), including 40 uncontained blazes, with more than 500 firefighters and 200 fire engines on the ground, said NSW Premier.

The fires have forced the authorities to  evacuate scores of homes and a University of Western Sydney (UWS) campus following a power outage that affected the entire Richmond area.

Additionally, more than 300 students from St Paul’s Grammar School In Castlereagh were evacuated to Penrith’s Whitewater Park after an emergency warning was issued for a fire threatening properties on nearby Devlin Street, said a report.

bushfires sydney aust
Intense heat from a wildfire sets a truck on fire near Londonderry Road, West Sydney. Photo credit: Nick Moir/ via the Age.

The heat was so intense firefighters were forced to abandon their trucks when they became surrounded by bushfires in Sydney’s western suburbs, said a report.

The bushfire season has come early to Sydney area, with out-of-control fires devouring the city’s west, reports said.

Posted in Climate Change, disaster areas, disaster continent, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Global Disasters/ Significant Events – September 9, 2013

Posted by feww on September 9, 2013

Wildfire near Mt. Diablo forces dozens of evacuations

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for about 75 homes in Morgan Territory Road in unincorporated Contra Costa County on Sunday, September 8, due to a fast moving wildfire.

The so-called Morgan Fire rapidly burned out of control, consuming at last 800 acres, and threatening homes and other structures in the area.

Morgan Fire
Photographer Mike Oria photographed the Morgan Fire response from Brentwood, Calif., on Sunday evening, Sept. 8, 2013. (Courtesy of Mike Oria Photography)/ via Mercury News. More images…

-oOo-

UK govt to close air pollution monitoring stations to cut costs

Environmentalists have accused UK govt of covering up pollution figures as it plans to shut down some 600 stations across England to cut costs, said a report.

Government advisers have estimated that one type of pollutant – miniscule particles from diesel engines, fossil fuel power stations and other sources – is killing 29,000 people a year in the UK, and costing health services about £16bn.

But European air pollution limits meant to protect health are being breached in urban areas across the country, with the highest levels in London. According to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the limits for the toxic exhaust gas, nitrogen dioxide, were exceeded in 40 of the UK’s 43 air quality zones in 2010. Read more…

london air pollution
Air pollution in London is comparable to that of Beijing, says the Clean Air in London think tank. Source: Clean Air in London)

-oOo-

Davis-Besse License Renewal Likely: NRC

Federal regulators say there are no safety issues that would preclude a license renewal for Ohio’s Davis-Besse pressurized water reactor.

The plant operator, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., is seeking a 20-year license extension for the 35-year-old, 889-megawatt nuclear plant located on the SW shore of Lake Erie east of Toledo.

A number of serious incidents have occurred at the plant including

  • On March 5, 2002, workers discovered a football-sized hole in the reactor vessel head, which was caused by corrosion.

Davis-Besse Hole in the Head-
Erosion ate a large hole in the 35-year-old Davis-Besse’s 150-mm thick steel reactor head.

  • On September 24, 1977, the reactor shut down because of a disruption in the feedwater system.
  • On June 9, 1985, the main feedwater pumps, used to supply water to the reactor steam generators, shut down.
  • On June 24, 1998 an F2 tornado struck the plant, damaging the switchyard, and disabling access to external power supplies.
  • In January 2003 the plant’s intranet was infected with the slammer worm, which resulted in a five hour loss of safety monitoring at the plant.
  • On January 20, 2006, the plant operator acknowledged a series of safety violations, and entered into a deferred prosecution plea with the U.S. Department of Justice concerning the March 2002 incident
  • On October 22, 2008 a tritium leak was accidentally discovered during an unrelated inspection.
  • In 2010 the plant experienced problems with the replacement head.
  • In October 2011 after the plant was shut down for maintenance workers discovered a 30 foot long hairline crack in the concrete shield building the surrounds the containment vessel.
  • In 2012 the reactor coolant pump seal developed a pinhole leak.

A final decision on the operating license renewal is expected next September.

About 1.8 million people live within an 80-km radius of the nuclear plant.

Posted in disaster areas, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

RIM FIRE Now 3RD Largest Wildfire in Calif. History

Posted by feww on September 7, 2013

Monster Wildfire devours 246,350 acres, including more than 50,000 acres in Yosemite National Park

RIM FIRE has become the 3rd largest wildfire in California history after burning at least 246,350 acres (997km², or 385mi²), including about 7 percent of Yosemite’s backcountry. The fire was reportedly 80 percent contained as of posting.

Top 4 Largest Wildfires in California History

top 4 california wildfires
Rim Fire information may change until the fire is contained. Source: Cal Fire.

Fire Update [Inciweb]

Fire activity is expected to intensify Friday as unburned areas within control lines are consumed on the Rim Fire. Hotter and drier weather conditions will persist through Sunday increasing the chance of spotting of embers across containment lines.

rim fire usfs
RIM FIRE Wildfire – Flames & Sunset, South Flank. Credit: USFS/Mike McMillan

RIM FIRE Wildfire

  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Date of Origin: Saturday August 17th, 2013
  • Location: Groveland Range District, Stanislaus NF
  • Total Personnel: 3,634
  • Size: 246,350 acres
  • Percent Contained: 80%
  • Estimated Containment Date: Friday September 20th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM

Park and Forest Closures, Road Closures, Evacuations and Advisories click HERE

Related Links and Background Information

Posted in disaster areas, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Portugal on Fire

Posted by feww on September 2, 2013

Hundreds of wildfires erupt across Portugal, again

Deadly forest fires in Portugal have resumed after a brief respite.  Authorities have mobilized thousands of fire crews in the north and central parts of the country, reports said.

“A brush fire close to Gondomar, in the district of Poto, was fought by 254 firefighters, planes and two helicopters from the Portuguese army.” AFP reported.

The fires have so far claimed five lives, after a young female fire crew fighter was killed on Thursday, left five missing and nine others injured, officials said.

Blazing fires, fueled by drought and high temperatures and fanned by high winds, have forced the authorities to evacuate dozens of villages and communities in the heart of the country.

“If the police hadn’t got me out of the house, I would have died in the flames,” said a villager from Bracal in the Caramulo mountains north of Lisbon where the 21-year-old firefighter died, reports said.

“The wind blows with such an intensity that it constitutes the main obstacle to firefighters,” said commander of the firefighters in Aveiro.

As more fires erupted in the south, ” a forest fire near Sever do Vouga led to the mobilization of 100 Portuguese firefighters who were helped by Croatian planes, which had arrived on Saturday.”

“We thought we were in a war zone,” a young villager in Caramulo, told AFP.

“The firefighters who came to save the house of my parents told me it was like a firestorm.”

Forest fires have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares throughout the country, so far this year.

“All the natural wealth has been destroyed,” said Humberto Cerqueira, mayor of Mondim de Basto, a town near the national park of Alvao, where the blazes have consumed 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine.  The scenes were “something out of Dante,” he told AFP.

Related Links

Posted in environment, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

RIM FIRE Now 4th Largest Wildfire in California History

Posted by feww on September 1, 2013

Colossal  Wildfire devours 223,000 acres (901km²), including about 50,000 acres in Yosemite National Park

RIM FIRE has become the 4th largest wildfire in California history after devouring about 223,000 acres (901km², or 348mi²), including about 6.5 percent of Yosemite’s backcountry, as it targets two groves of YNP’s very old sequoia trees.

Top 4 Largest California Wildfires

top 4 calif wildfire
Rim Fire information may change until the fire is contained. Source: Cal Fire.

rimm fire - south flank- 30aug-usfs-mmcm
Rim Fire Wildfire Fire Consumes Forest.  South Flank Fire Activity. Photo credit: USFS/ Mike McMillan

Fire Stats

  • Last Updated: August 31, 2013 19:00 PDT
  • Date/Time Started: August 17, 2013 3:25 pm
  • Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
  • Acres Burned: 222,777 acres
  • Containment: 40% contained
  • Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial) – [NOT updated Editor]
  • Structures Destroyed: 111 (11 residences, 97 outbuildings, 3 commercial)
  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Administrative Unit: Stanislaus National Forest / CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
    County: Tuolumne County

Evacuations

An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences of Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. Evacuation centers are at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and at the Greeley Hill Community Center.

The Mariposa County Sherriff lifted the Mandatory Evacuation along Old Yosemite Road to include areas North and South of Bull Creek Road to Little Grizzly Mountain.

An evacuation advisory remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills and areas east, along the south side of Highway 108 up to Pinecrest.

Road Closures 

Highway 120 remains closed from Buck Meadows to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf. Highway 120 east/Tioga Road remains open from 1 ½

Other Stats

  • Total Fire Personnel: 5,069
  • Total Fire Engines: 433
  • Total Fire crews: 119
  • Total Helicopters: 41
  • Total Dozers: 88
  • Total Water Tenders: 58

Links and Background Information

Posted in disaster areas, disaster calendar, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Wildfire Destroys Homes, Burns Cars in Fairfield, CA

Posted by feww on August 28, 2013

Fast moving fire destroys homes, forces dozens of evacuations

The fire started on a grassy hillside jumped into trees and burned several homes in the city of Fairfield, about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, prompting officials to evacuated dozens of homes, reported AP.

The fire also destroyed several cars in a parking lot along I-80, said the report.

Posted in disaster calendar, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, disasters, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Wildfires Rage in Southern Europe

Posted by feww on August 26, 2013

Hundreds of people evacuated in Spain and Portugal due to wildfires

Portugal requested help from Spain and France as the wildfires devastate tens of thousands of hectares of forests across the country.

-oOo-

-oOo-

-oOo-

Posted in disaster areas, disaster calendar, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, disasters, environment, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

“Take Your Essentials Belongings and Pets and GO NOW”

Posted by feww on August 18, 2013

Raging wildfire threatens Idaho resort towns; thousands of homes evacuated

The Beaver Creek Fire, which was ignited by lightning on August 7, has exploded to more than 92,000 acres (373km²) and is burning northwest of Hailey in the Sawtooth National Forest, threatening the towns of Ketchum, Sun Valley and Hailey, officials said.

Resources threatened by the massive blaze include homes, power transmission lines, Highway 75, ski areas and scenic recreational trails and camp grounds.

[NOTE: The town of Ketchum is adjacent to Sun Valley with a combined population of about 4,500. Hailey has a population of about 8,500.]

CURRENT MANDATORY EVACUATION AREAS:

Take your essentials belongings and pets and GO NOW: Galena Summit south to North Fork (SNRA Headquarters) on both sides of Hwy 75 including Easley. (Does not include Galena Lodge) Glassford Heights North to SNRA on both sides of Hwy 75 including Fox Creek, Eagle Creek, Chocolate Gulch and North Fork Trailer Park Hospital bridge south up to and including all East Fork on both sides of Highway including Broadway Run Greenhorn Gulch, Golden Eagle, and Timber Gulch south down to Treasure Lane west of Hwy 75 All Indian Creek, Ohio Gulch, and Heatherlands (includes Valley Club) All Deer Creek from the Hwy 75 west Treasure Lane south to including Aspen Lakes west of Hwy 75 (does not include Northridge) Croy Creek Canyon from Big Wood Bridge west If you are physically unable to evacuate call 911All Services to these evacuated areas will be discontinued.

You will not be allowed to re-enter the area until the danger has passed. You will be notified by Alert and this website when it is safe to return. Check back here for updates. All public lands from Galena Summit south the the SNRA Headquarters are closed on both sides of Hwy 75. Additionally public lands north of Hwy 20 to Galena Summit are closed west of Hwy 75. CURRENT PRE-EVACUATION AREAS Lake Creek south to hospital bridge on both sides of Hwy 75 . This includes Warm Springs and the Cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley Residents of Hailey west of River Street including Queen of the Hills Drive, Sherwood Forest and Della View Subdivision (Does not include Albertson’s) Begin preparations now so that you can leave immediately should conditions deteriorate. Maintain situational awareness. If you are in danger,

DO NOT WAIT for a Evacuation Order. LEAVE IMMEDIATELY Residents in Pre-Evacuation zones with no means of transportation or who are physically unable to evacuate on their own, should ask a neighbor or call (208)578-3367 Please be aware that officers may be unable to go door to door for these pre-evacuation notifications as our resources are tied up with mandatory evacuations in other areas at this time. Services to your area may be discontinued during this Pre-Evacuation time. HIGHWAY 75 is open at this time. Please check back here for the latest evacuation and road closure updates as the situation is changing fast.

Beaver Creek Fire

Deer Creek-Greenhorn Area on Friday Aug 16- 2013
Deer Creek/Greenhorn Area on Friday, Aug 16, 2013. The fire making a run to the river between Deer Creek and Greenhorn on Friday. Credit: Sawtooth National Forest/ USFS

  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 92,754 acres
  • Percent Contained: 9%
  • Location northwest of Hailey Idaho
  • Date of Origin: Wednesday August 07th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
  • Total Personnel 1,066
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
  • Current Weather
  • Wind Conditions: 7-15 g 30 mph SW
  • Temperature: 90 degrees
  • Humidity: 8%
  • Fire Behavior: Fire was active on all Branches through the night. Fire under inversion until 12:30 p.m., then extreme fire behavior with active surface runs and long range crown fire through drought-stressed fuels. All fuels receptive to spotting.
  • Significant Events: Evacuation of Croy and westside of Hailey during the early morning hours. Highway 75 from Hailey to Ketchum Hospital. Evacuation notice north from Glassford Heights subdivision north to the SNRA headquarters on both sides of Highway 75.
  • Remarks: Block 22 – Yesterday’s two injuries did not accumulate to Block 22. Today’s total of three is correct. Transition of Beaver Creek incidents Branch 1 to Zone 1 Beaver Creek under command of Great Basin Team 4 (Kidd) will occur 8/17 at 0600. One ICS 209 will be produced for the incident by Great Basin Team 1. Block 25: No additional structures destroyed known at time of report. Strong suspicion structures were damaged night of 8/16 morning 8/17. Loss of power poles in Croy area. IDL/Idaho Fire Chiefs structure engine pool exhausted. Two public meetings with local citizens with significant media interest. Resources contributed from other incidents much appreciated. Multiple insurance companies with structure protection clauses providing engines to their clients in coordination with Team. Acres: FS 80,359; BLM 4,398; State 1,030; Private 5,645.

Related Links

Posted in Climate Change, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, disasters, environment, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Thousands Flee as Wildfire Threatens Idaho Ski Resort Towns

Posted by feww on August 17, 2013

Extreme fire behavior leads to evacuations, explosive growth on Beaver Creek Fire: Report

The 64,000-acre Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire in Sawtooth National Forest, NW of Hailey Idaho, has lead to explosive growth, prompting additional evacuations and pre-evacuation warnings.

The Beaver Creek Fire was ignited by lightning August 7 and has since forced complete evacuation of multiple subdivision on both sides of Highway 75 between Hailey and Ketchum, according to the authorities.

Fire Head Near Imperial Gulch
Extreme fire behavior has been predicted again for the remainder of the day. Here, the fire burns near the head of Imperial Gulch, south of Greenhorn. Credit: Sawtooth National Forest/ U.S. Forest Service

Pre-evacuation notice has been implemented for the highway 75 corridor from Beaver ICP to Oregon Gulch including the towns of Sun Valley and Ketchum. Active structure protection on east of fire, burn out of contingency line on SE to protect town of Croy. Forest Service area closure has been increased to the north including the Baker Creek and Easley Hot Springs area.

Early Damage Assessment

Exact count of structures destroyed or damaged 8/15 unknown, at least one primary residence destroyed with damage to several others; the bridge on FS road 227 connecting Ketchum and Fairfield destroyed; loss of multiple outbuildings certain, 1 RAWS destroyed. Block 22: Injury likely ACL tear, one dehydration, firefighters demobed for treatment at home.

Visit from Governor Otter and USFS Chief on 8/16. Unified Command established with Ketchum and Wood River Fire and Rescue departments. Additional structure protection assets coordinated with IDL on order including overhead from out of state. Daily public meetings with local citizens with significant media interest. Resources contributed from other incidents much appreciated. Insurance company engine representative coordinating with Team. [Inciweb]

Beaver Creek Fire is one of 10 large (greater than 100 acres), uncontained wildfires in the area.

Some 2 dozen large Idaho wildfires have been burning about 500,000 acres across the state since last month.

Hundreds of large wildfires have been scorching millions of acres across 13 states–Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, California, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado, Wisconsin and Alaska–since May 2013.

Beaver Creek Fire, Twin Falls, ID

Fire Stats

Cause:  Lightning
Date of Origin: Wednesday August 07th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Location: northwest of Hailey Idaho

  • Size: 64,236 acres
  • Percent Contained: 6%
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
  • Total Personnel: 698

Fire Behavior: Extreme fire behavior with active surface runs and crown fire. All fuels receptive to spotting.

Current Weather

  • Wind Conditions: 7-15 g 30 mph SW
  • Temperature: 91 degrees
  • Humidity: 7%

Elk Complex Fire

The Elk Fire, which  resulted from several lightning-sparked fires burning together on the night of August 8 has now consumed more than 125, 000 acres, destroying at least 81 structures.

The evacuation of the Pine/ Featherville corridor, issued by the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, remains in place.

Elmore County Sheriffs Office Completes Structure Assessment

At least 38 residences and 43 outbuildings have been destroyed totaling 81 structures.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter visited the Complex today and met with the military commanders who have been assigned to the fire area.

Elk Complex Fire - Boise Nat Forest
Elk Complex Fire.
Boise National Forest/ U.S. Forest Service

Elk Complex Fire, SW of Pine, ID

  • Cause: Lightning
  • Date of Origin: Thursday August 08th, 2013 approx. 09:00 PM
  • Location:  10 miles southwest of Pine
  • Size: 125,033 acres
  • Percent Contained 50%Total Personnel 834
  • Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 01st, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
  • Fuels Involved: timber, brush, grass
  • Fire Behavior:  Single and group tree torching and short crown runs. Spotting distances of one half mile are possible. Where fuels, topography and weather aligned, rates of spread of up to 80 chains per hour were likely to have occurred but were obscured by smoke.
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme

Current Weather

  • Wind Conditions 20 mph SW
  • Temperature: 90 degrees
  • Humidity: 8%

Related Links

Posted in Climate Change, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Idaho Wildfire Threatens Entire County

Posted by feww on August 12, 2013

Elk Complex Fire consumes more than 80,000 acres, forces evacuations of 3 towns

The fast-growing Elk Complex, said to be nation’s No.1, has consumed more than 80,365 acres since late Thursday and is only 5% contained.

The massive fire complex has forced large-scale evacuations and threatens structure across Elmore County.

Two small towns of Pine and Prairie have been evacuated.

Elk Complex
The Elk Complex fire.  Viewed from I-84, p
hoto taken Saturday afternoon. Credit: Boise National Forest/U.S. Forest Service.

The Elk Complex is now estimated at 80,365 [acres] and 5% contained. After the inversion broke, sustained crown runs were observed. Plume dominated fire activity has made parts of the fire inaccessible. Many access roads into the fire area are impassible due to downed power lines, debris and fallen timber. The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has implemented evacuations in the Pine area. Road closures include the Pine/Featherville Road, Cow Creek Road and Blacks Creek Road. The lodge in Fall Creek and approximately 20 structures were not damaged by the fire, but it is believed there is significant structure loss further up the drainage. Fire officials will gain access to assess the situation as soon as it is safe for them to enter the area. [More...]

The Pony Fire Complex

Meantime, the Pony Fire Complex continued to grow, consuming about 120,000 across and forcing the evacuations of hundreds of homes in Prairie and Mayfield, including the communities Baseline, Indian Creek and Regina.

The 119,543 acre Pony Complex is now 20 percent contained. Two cabins and an outbuilding in Syrup Creek were destroyed this morning as a result of the extreme fire behavior. Evacuations were ordered for the Syrup Canyon area. Multiple residences in Syrup Canyon and Miller Ranch were defended today. Evacuations were ordered including the community of Mayfield, Canyon Creek area and the Danskin and Bennett Mountain Lookouts. Livestock was continued to move from out in front of the fire. Numerous road closures are in effect along with an area closure. Firefighters remained on the fire last night and will tonight continuing to construct direct lines while securing and protecting structures.  [Inciweb]

Dozens of structure have been destroyed or damaged by the two fire complexes, but the exact toll is not yet known/released.

Related Links

Posted in disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disasters, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Idaho Town Evacuated as Wildfires Rage

Posted by feww on August 10, 2013

The town of Prairie and Fall Creek area under mandatory evacuation due to Pony Complex Fire

Lightning sparked 11 fires Thursday night resulting in the Pony Complex fire, which has since consumed about 40 square miles.

weather hazards map
Red Flag Warnings were in effect for large swathes of western and northwestern United States, as of posting.

pony complex
Pony Complex Fire – Mountain Home, Idaho. Source: BLM – Boise

Inciweb Report:

A thunderstorm that moved through Mountain Home, Idaho late Thursday evening sparked at least eleven new fires on the Boise District BLM. Several of the fires north of Mountain Home have burned together due to the relative close proximity of their ignitions and a high rate of spread. Fire managers are estimating the total acreage for all the fires is now over 30,000 acres. This includes the Dixie and Village fires that started on the Boise National Forest. These fires are under full suppression strategies and are aggressively being fought by multiple agencies.

The following fires are included in the Pony Complex.

1. MM 111 Hwy 20-12,000 acres. Along Hwy 20 north of Mountain Home.

2. Long Tom-12,000 acres. 4 miles southwest of Anderson Ranch Reservoir.

3. Air-200 acres. 2 miles south of Mountain Home Air Force Base.

4. Mudd-8,000 acres. 9 miles north of Mountain Home.

5. MM 99 I-84-400 acres. Mile marker 99 on Interstate 84.

6. Longhorn-500 acres. 9 miles north of Mountain Home.

The South Fork of the Boise River Road and access to Prairie via Black’s Creek Road, Cow Creek Road and the Dixie Cutoff remains closed due to fire activity.

Date of Origin: Thursday August 08th, 2013 approx. 09:00 PM
Location:  Mountain Home, Idaho
Growth Potential: High
Terrain Difficulty: High

Wind Conditions: 10 mph SE
Temperature: 90 degrees
Humidity: 8%
Comments: “This wildfire is especially dangerous because of how fast it’s moving.”

Posted in disaster calendar, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, disasters, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Silver Fire Burns 14,000 Acres, Destroys 26 Homes

Posted by feww on August 9, 2013

Silver Fire: 14,000 Acres Burned; Additional Evacuations Ordered

The Silver fire started at about 2:00pm PDT on Wednesday (UTC -7 hrs.) near Highway 243, south of Banning, and quickly spread, consuming at least 5,000 acres in less than 4 hours.

  • As of 9:30 pm PDT on August 8, 2013 , the fire had grown to 14,000 acres (20% contained), destroying at least 26 residences and one commercial building in Twin Pines, and nearby Poppet Flats.
  • At least 1,500 people were evacuated as of posting.
  • Some 1,450 fire crews have been deployed to contain the fire.

=====

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Evacuation Orders remain in effect for the communities of Vista Grande, Mt. Edna, Poppet Flats, Twin Pines, Silent Valley as well as portions of Cabazon – Peach Street, Plum Street, Eucalyptus Street, and Riza Avenue, Ida Avenue, Helen Avenue East to Elm Street. Black Mountain and Boulder Basin Campgrounds as well as Black Mountain Fire lookout have been closed by the Forest Service. Evacuation order in effect in lower Cabazon and Snow Creek Village. [Cal Fire]

UPDATE 3:07 P.M. (August 8, 2013) -  The fire is now estimated at 11,000 acres, still 10% contained.  The fire is actively burning in the San Jacinto wilderness.
here have been a total of four firefighters injured (unknown extent) and one civilian. [Riverside County Fire Department]

  • There have been a total of four firefighters injured (unknown extent) and one civilian.

UPDATE 8/8/2013 7:00 A.M.: THE FIRE IS NOW ESTIMATED AT 10,000 ACRES WITH 0% CONTAINMENT. ALL EVACUATION ORDERS REMAIN IN PLACE FOR POPPET FLATS, SILENT VALLEY, TWIN PINES, TWIN PINES RANCH, VISTA GRANDE, MT. EDNA AND THE EXTREME SOUTH END OF CABAZON (PEACH STREET, PLUM STREET, EUCALYPTUS STREET, RIZA STREET, IDA AVENUE AND HELEN AVENUE EAST TO EAST TO ELM STREET)

Incident Statistics (Riverside County Fire Department News)
Statistics for the week of 7/29/2013 to 8/4/2013

  • Fire: 271
  • Medical Emergency: 1,937
  • Haz Mats/FMS: 38
  • Misc: 151
  • 2013 YTD Total: 78,900
  • 2012 YTD Total: 76,511
  • As of August 4, 2013, Riverside County incidents have increased 3.12% from last year.

Posted in disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, disasters, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Calif. Wildfire Destroys Buildings, Forces Hundreds of Evacuations

Posted by feww on August 8, 2013

Fierce wildfire consumes 5,000 acres, destroys homes, forces evacuations of 3 communities in Riverside County

A fast-growing wildfire in Riverside County consumed more than 5,000 acres within a few hours of being ignited.

The Silver fire started at about 2:00pm PDT on Wednesday (UTC -7 hrs.) near Highway 243, south of Banning, and quickly spread, consuming at least 5,000 acres and destroying at least 10 homes and an undetermined number of  building in Twin Pines, and nearby Poppet Flats.

Mandatory evacuations were in place for hundreds of homes in the three communities of Twin Pines, Poppet Flats and Silent Valley. Authorities have also closed Highway 243.

The fire was zero percent contained as of posting.

DT Palm Springs - silver fire -MDSSmoke from the Silver Fire near Banning blankets downtown Palm Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.  Credit:  Michael Snyder/The Desert Sun. Image may be subject to copyright.

Related News

Posted in disaster calendar, disaster watch, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Calif. Wildfire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate

Posted by feww on August 6, 2013

Wildfire in Cleveland National Forest Forces Mandatory Evacuations

A fast-growing wildfire in Cleveland National Forest, southern California, forced the evacuation of communities in Riverside County and Lake Elsinore, said the U.S. Forest Service.

Falls Fire started August 5, 2013 on the Cleveland National Forest, Trabuco Ranger District, near Ortega Highway (SR-74) at Decker Canyon. The blaze had consumed 1,500 acres by late Monday, prompting mandatory evacuations for Lakeland Village, Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano residents.

  • Evacuation perimeter was established for residences between Grand/Ortega HIghway and Grand/Corydon said Inciweb.
  • Ortega Highway is closed to non-residents. Closures are at Grand Ave in Lake Elsinore and Antionio Parkway in Orange County.

Posted in disaster watch, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

State of Emergency Declared in Oregon due to Wildfires

Posted by feww on July 31, 2013

Josephine and Douglas counties declare states of emergency

Oregon Gov. has declared a state of emergency Josephine and Douglas counties as wildfires burn thousands of acres, destroy scores of buildings and threaten hundreds of homes.

At least 7 major wildfires are currently active in the state of Oregon.  [Dozens of smaller fires have not been logged.]

Meantime, a threat of dry lightning and thunderstorms is forecast Tuesday night through Wednesday.

“A strong weather system will move through the Pacific Northwest and across the northern Rockies over the course of the week. Dry, gusty winds are already contributing to increased fire danger in this region, but conditions will worsen on Wednesday as the weather system brings a chance of ‘dry’ thunderstorms. The lightning from these storms could ignite new wildfires that could spread rapidly.” NWS reported.

douglas complex
Douglas Complex Fire. Credit: Marvin Vetter, ODF

Douglas Complex Fire. Some 54 lightning-sparked blazes have been burning at least 21,400 acres since Friday and were only 5 percent contained Tuesday evening.

  • Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR
  • Percent Contained: 5%
  • Complex Size: 21,400 acres
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Start Date: 7/26/13
  • Total Personnel: 1,260
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme

Evacuations and Closures:

Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed. The public is asked to honor the road blocks and not interfere with firefighters working in the area.

Evacuations have been ordered for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County, and Poorman Creek Road in Josephine County.

An additional four hundred residences are considered threatened. This means evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future. Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine Sheriff’s Offices. [Inciweb]

The Whiskey Complex Fire. The Whiskey Complex consists of four distinct fires on the Tiller Ranger District: Buckeye, Big Brother, Whiskey, and Smith Ridge. The fires were caused by lightning on July 26, 2013. The blazes have consumed at least 3,068 acres in steep and remote terrain in timber, the fire activity has been primarily ground fire with occasional tree torching and spotting. [Oregon Interagency Incident Management]

Whiskey Complex - OR
The Whiskey Complex Fire.  Credit:  K. Gregor

The Whiskey Complex Fire is currently ZERO – 7 percent contained with about 780 personnel deployed.

  • Nine people were evacuated from five residences in Ash Valley on Monday as the Buckeye Fire crossed the top of the ridge above the homes. Firefighters expect the fire to slowly back down toward Ash Creek and spare the homes, but asked residents to leave as a precaution.
  • Residences in Ash Valley are being served a Level 3 evacuation due to an increase in fire activity on the Buckeye Fire.  Additional road closures are expected.

The Big Windy Complex Fire. The Big Windy consists of 3 fires: The Big Windy Fire, Calvert Peak Fire, and Jenny Fire (formerly the Windy 16 Fire).

  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 2,914 acres
  • Date of Origin: Friday July 26th, 2013 approx. 03:00 AM
  • Location: 25 miles NW of Grants Pass
  • Total Personnel: 186
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Growth Potential: High
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme

Brimstone Fire.  Another lightning-sparked wildfire 10 miles northwest of Merlin, the blaze has consumed more than 2000 acres since Monday July 29th, 2013. Some 773 personnel have been deployed to control the fire.  Brimstone is one of 24 lightning-fires on land protected by ODF’s Grants Pass District.

The Labrador Fire. The blaze was ignited by lightning on July 26. The fire is currently estimated to be 1,050 acres and burning adjacent to the Illinois River near the community of Oak Flat.

  • Containment: The fire is 0 % contained
  • personnel: 414
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: High

The Colockum Tarps Fire. The blaze started at about 8:00 a.m. on Saturday July 27 near  the intersections of Colockum Road and Tarpiscan Road, south of Malaga, Chelan County, Washington. Malaga is near Wenatchee, Washington.

  • The Kittitas County Sheriff established a Level 3 Evacuation Notification for the western shore of the Columbia River from the northern boundary of Kittitas County south to Skookumchuck Creek and Scammon Landing. The Wild Hourse Wind Farm was placed under Level 2 evacuation notice. The Renewable Energy Center is now closed to the public. A Level 1 Evacuation Notice is now in effect for the Whiskey Wildlife Area as well.
  • Size:  59,316 acres (~93 square miles)
  • Percent Contained 8%
  • Total Personnel: 370
  • Significant Events:  Evacuations, continued progress on west, scouting for perimeter control opportunities in the south. Significant growth continues in south and west portions of the fire. Fire crossed Quilmene Rd. to the south. VLAT used to hold fire on Quilmene ridge and check slopover. Established trigger points with Kittitas County.
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: High

News Link: Evacuation and destruction caused by Colockum Tarps Fire

The Mile Marker 28 Fire. The blaze started on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97 and is burning in grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • Size 22,469 acres
  • Percent Contained: 60%
  • Total Personnel: 1,345
  • Significant Events: US Hwy 97 remains closed Teusday. The Level 1 (advisory) advisory and level 2 (potential evacuation) remains in effect.

Sunnyside Turnoff Fire

  • Size: 51,340 acres
  • Contained: 95%

Related Links

Posted in 2013 Disaster Calendar, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Dry Thunderstorms Threaten Pacific Northwest

Posted by feww on July 31, 2013

Wildfire Risk Increasing in Western United States

Lightning caused by storms could ignite new wildfires in the West and Pacific Northwest, NWS reported.

“A strong weather system will move through the Pacific Northwest and across the northern Rockies over the course of the week. Dry, gusty winds are already contributing to increased fire danger in this region, but conditions will worsen on Wednesday as the weather system brings a chance of ‘dry’ thunderstorms. The lightning from these storms could ignite new wildfires that could spread rapidly.”

fire warning 31july 2013
Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watch areas highlighted on the U.S. Weather Hazards Map, July 31, 2013. Source: NWS

Alert:

THUNDERSTORMS WITH ABUNDANT LIGHTNING POSSIBLE STARTING TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THE CASCADE EAST SLOPES TONIGHT. AS THE LOW MOVES INLAND WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

THUNDERSTORMS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE IN COVERAGE. STORMS WILL THEN CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY. STORMS WILL INITIALLY START OUT WITH LIGHT AMOUNTS OF RAIN AND THEN BECOME INCREASINGLY WETTER WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.  See detailed hazards viewer …

Posted in Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Dark Gray Air Warning!!

Posted by feww on July 29, 2013

Analyzed Fires and Smoke from Satellite

Either the satellites are grossly malfunctioning, or major forest fires in Canada continue to go largely unreported.

analyzed smoke - satellite
Analyzed Fires and Smoke from Satellite on this ArcIMS server were updated on  Mon Jul 29 03:10:35 2013 GMT. Source: NESDIS

Posted in Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Third Town May Be Forced to Evacuate

Posted by feww on July 29, 2013

Wildfires may force a third Washington town to evacuate

Mile Marker 28 Fire – Central Washington

The Mile Marker 28 Fire has more than doubled in size, burning on more than 17,171 acres. Hundreds of homes have already been evacuated in the towns of Bickleton and Cleveland, and another township farther south may soon be evacuated.

EVACUATION LEVEL UPDATE Issued by  Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office

The following areas are being upgraded from a Level 1 to a Level 2: The residences north Box Springs Rd. within Township 6N, Range 19E, Sections 17-20 & 29-30. Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage residents in these areas to prepare to evacuate if their areas are upgraded to a Level 3. This is the time to pack your valuables, family heirlooms, clothing, and make the necessary preparations for your animals and to seek out viable lodging arrangements.

The fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97 and is burning in grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter. The cause of the fire is unknown, authorities said.

  • Date Started:  Wednesday July 24th, 2013 approx. 11:00 AM
  • Location: 15 miles NE of Goldendale, Washington along State Highway 97
  • Size: 17,171 acres (28.3 square miles)
  • Total Personnel: 1,201
  • Growth Potential: High
  • Humidity: 24 percent

CLOSURES: Due to the fire situation, Highway 97 from Toppenish to Goldendale remains closed. Maintenance crews with WSDOT are currently removing large danger trees that have burned from the fire, and crews are also repairing portions of burned guardrail. Fire officials and WSDOT continue to evaluate the situation. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes on State Route 14, State Route 221, and Interstate 82.

Colockum Tarps Fire

The Colockum Tarps Fire started at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Saturday July 27 in the vicinity of the intersections of Colockum Road and Tarpiscan Road, south of Malaga, Chelan County, Washington. 

The fire spread quickly, burning dry grass and brush, exceeding 1000 acres by 11:00 a.m., destroying  several unoccupied structures and outbuildings .

The Chelan County Sheriff issued a Level 3 Evacuation notification to approximately 60 residences along Colockum, Tarpiscan, and Kingsbury Roads. Three primary residences and additional outbuildings burned.

By 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 the fire had exceeded 7,000 to 10,000 acres and was continuing to grow to the South and uphill to the West. Erratic, gusty winds from 10-15 mph, with gusts to 25 continued to affect the fire which has reached some timber.

25 Mile Fire

A fire in Chelan County has destroyed at least two buildings and forced the evacuation of about 60 homes and cabins along the Columbia River near Quincy, officials said. The fire has engulfed about 2,100 acres.

A third smaller fire has consumed about 100 acres, forcing the closure of Highway 28 west of Soap Lake, said a report.

Red Flag Warnings were in effect earlier in much of Eastern Washington including Goldendale, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Moses Lake.

Related Links

Posted in Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 393 other followers