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Massive Wildfire Threatens Thousands of California Homes

Posted by feww on September 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MEGA DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
HISTORIC DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 080, 071, 070, 03, 02
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Ferocious Wildfire Prompts another State of Emergency Declaration in California

A major blaze burning in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is threatening more than 2,000 homes and 1,500 other structures.

Thousands of residents in areas threatened by the King Fire wildfire have been evacuated.

Gov. Brown declared yet another state of emergency in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties in response to the destructive fires, late Wednesday local time.

“The wildfires in Northern California serve as a reminder that dry conditions can be the precursor to devastating loss,” said Mr Brown.

The Boles Fire wildfire in Siskiyou County has burned at least 150 homes and a Catholic Church, as it tore through the logging town of Weed.

The Courtney Fire wildfire in Madera County has destroyed at least three dozen structures.

About a dozen major fires fueled by the Golden State’s historic drought are burning across the state.

The following details are provided by Cal Fire:

Date/Time Started: September 13, 2014 4:32 pm
County: El Dorado County
Location: Near Pollock Pines
Acres Burned – Containment: ~ 71,000 acres [~ 28,700 hectares] – 5% contained
Structures Threatened: 2,007  residences and 1,505 other structures
Evacuations:

Evacuations: See Cal Fire website for a list of areas under Mandatory Evacuation Orders and  Voluntary Evacuation Advisories.

Total Fire Personnel: 3,695
Total Fire Engines: 299
Total Fire crews: 88
Total Helicopters: 15
Total Dozers: 49
Total Water Tenders: 68
Conditions: The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines. This afternoon the fire made a significant run to the northwest necessitating the mandatory evacuation order for Quintette and Volcanoville.

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Wildfires Destroy Hundreds of Homes in California

Posted by feww on September 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MEGA DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 080, 071, 070, 03, 02
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Wildfire forces entire California town’s residents to flee

The so-called Boles Fire wildfire near the small logging town of Weed in northern California has consumed about 400 acres, destroying an estimated 180 homes and forcing the entire town’s population of about 3,000 to flee.

Elsewhere across the drought-stricken [Golden] state, which is baking under record heat, more than a dozen ferocious blazes have destroyed dozens of other homes.

Courtney Fire in Madera County has destroyed 33 residences, 28 outbuildings, 13 vehicles and 4 recreational vehicles, leaving 4 other residences, 6 outbuildings and 2 vehicles  damaged, said Cal Fire.

More than 1,000 residents in Bass Lake Heights community had been evacuated.

The massive 12,000-acre King Fire in El Dorado National Forest, East of Sacramento, continues to threaten more than 500 homes. Large-scale evacuations have been ordered.

The 1,000-acre Orange County Silverado Fire, burning in Cleveland National Forest, has forced mandatory evacuations of hundreds of homes.

Meantime, across the state line in Oregon, at least half dozen major fires are burning thousands of acres. The “36 Pit Fire” has forced mandatory evacuation for dozens of homes near Portland.

SoCal Buckling Under Heat

Temperatures across Southern California remain in the triple digits territory, threatening to break more records and putting enormous pressure on the power grid.

The blistering heat has pushed demand for electricity to an all-time high, LA Times reported.

“On Monday, LADWP reported that [1.4 million] customers broke a record set in 2010, when they used 6,177 megawatts. On Monday, that figure hit 6,196 megawatts.”

The “five-day heat wave” has caused blackouts in numerous areas including Sun Valley, Burbank and Sherman Oaks, where temperatures topped 40.5C (105 degrees). Other affected areas Tuesday included Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, the Valley and West L.A., said the report.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events – September 15, 2014

Posted by feww on September 15, 2014

MAJOR CATASTROPHES
NATIONAL DISASTER DECLARATION
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES

MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 900, 555, 444, 333, 111, 101, 100, 080, 078, 070, 066, 023, 09, 05, 03, 02
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Floodwaters Threaten Pakistan’s Sindh Province with Large-Scale Devastation

Having caused  major catastrophes in Punjab and Kashmir, rising floodwaters could caused  large-scale devastations in Pakistan’s Sindh Province.

In Punjab province alone flooding affected more than 2.2 million people, killing at least 209 and leaving 4,286 others injured, said the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Some 2,853 villages were severely inundated and 32,243 houses were damaged or destroyed, NDMA reported.

Authorities rescued 41,115 persons, while 200,000 people were displaced.

Kashmir Mega Catastrophe

Meanwhile at least 75,000 people are still awaiting evacuation in partly submerged homes in Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, “where roads have been transformed into stagnant canals strewn with sewage, wreckage and dead livestock,” reported Reuters.

“Floating carcasses have become a big source of worry with most houses still waterlogged. We are struggling to get in touch with government health officials,” said a concerned hotelier in Kashmir.

People are worried that hectares of stagnant water covering the city would increase the risk of waterborne diseases spreading.

“The stench of rotting carcasses of cattle was almost unbearable for people in some parts of Srinagar, a city of more than a million people,” said the report.

Flooding and landslides have claimed hundreds of lives left tens of thousands homeless in Indian-administered Kashmir, where the cost of flood damage could top several billion dollars.

Other Major Disasters/ Significant Events

Extreme Rain Events flood more than two-thirds of Croatia

EREs have triggered severe flooding inundating about two-thirds Croatia, Reuters quoted the national rescue agency DUZS as saying,

“The biggest threat is in flooded areas around the central towns of Sisak, Hrvatska Kostajnica and Karlovac. Several villages have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared in the northern municipality of Nedelisce.”

Wildfires Threaten Hundreds of Homes in California

Madera County – Courtney Fire.  More than 400 Structures with approximately 1,000 residents living in the Northern part of Oakhurst  and a section of Bass Lake near Road 222 have been evacuated, reported CalFire. The fire has destroyed at least a dozen buildings, as of posting.

  • Acreage Burned-Containment: 320 acres – 20% contained
  • Total Personnel: 400

El Dorado County – King Fire. The King Fire is located in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River northeast of the community of Pollock Pines. Fire is currently traveling to the east/northeast with a rapid rate of spread, said CalFire.

500 Homes remain threatened. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the following areas: Estates at Forebay Road between King of the Mountain Road and Pony Express Trail, as well as all of Whites Meadows Road.

Voluntary Evacuation Advisories are in place for more than 400 homes  located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuation Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek Ct, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Ct, and Baltimore Road.

  • Acreage Burned-Containment: 3,900 acres – 10% contained
  • Fire Personnel: 806

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Ferocious Fire Forces Hundreds of Evacuations in SoCal

Posted by feww on September 14, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Another Major Fire Threatens Hundreds of Homes in Drought-Stricken Calif.

The Silverado Fire has consumed about 650 hectares in the Cleveland National Forest burning through brush and chaparral and threatening 217 homes amid California’s record drought and 3-digit, record-high temperatures.

The fire started Friday morning near the 30500 block of Silverado Canyon Road and is expected to continue through the weekend. At this time the fire is headed northeast, said Inciweb.

Approximately 738 fire personnel are now on site with 10 rotary and 5 fixed-wing aircraft currently in use.

An evacuation order affecting approximately 217 homes remains in place from 30331 Silverado Canyon Road east to the end of the road.”

Excessive Heat Warning: DANGEROUSLY HOT WEATHER EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as well as  Santa Monica Mountains warning of heat indices rising to 110 degrees (44.3°C).

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for southern California, as well as NW Oregon, W Washington state, and SW Wyoming, as of posting.

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GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS, SEP. 6, 2014

Posted by feww on September 6, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODING
DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
CROP DISASTERS
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 101, 078, 070, 066, 023, 03, 02
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Extreme Monsoon Rains kill hundreds, affect millions across India and Pakistan

Severe flooding and landslides caused by extreme monsoon rains have submerged large swathes of India and Pakistan, killing more than two hundred people, leaving hundreds of thousands  marooned and affecting at least 10 million others.

Floodwaters washed away thousands of homes and triggered landslides in both Indian-administered Kashmir, states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, as well as in Pakistani-administered Kashmir and Punjab.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops have also been destroyed across the two countries.

In August, extreme rain events flooded 1,746 villages, affecting about a million people in Pakistan, officials said. Flooding killed or injured more than a thousand people and 4, 555 heads of cattle, destroying 11,172 houses and 412,083 acres of standing crops.

Deadly Flooding Prompts States of Emergency Declarations in Bulgaria

States of emergency have been declared across several municipalities after Extreme Rain Events triggered severe flooding, claiming several lives, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and causing extensive damage to property and infrastructure.

The worst affected areas include municipalities of Galabovo and Opanand in Stara Zagora District and Primorsko Municipality, according to local reports.

California wildfire forces evacuation of hundreds of homes near Yosemite

A ferocious  wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park has forced the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office to order the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

In August, the El Portal fire consumed more than 4,700 acres west of Yosemite National Park, prompting Gov. Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Bridge Fire Incident Information:

Date/Time Started: September 5, 2014 8:30 pm
Location: Highway 49 at Harris Road, 10 miles east of Mariposa
Acres Burned – Containment: 300 Acres 0% Contained
Evacuations: Evacuations are still in place for homes on Harris Cutoff Road, Chowchilla Mountain Road and all of the Ponderosa Basin area.

 

 

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$45-Million Wildfire Forces Mass Evacuations in California

Posted by feww on September 4, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800,797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Extreme fire conditions prompts mass evacuations near California-Oregon border

A fast-moving wildfire in the Klamath National Forest near California-Oregon border is exhibiting extreme conditions amid rising temperatures, high winds and very low relative humidity, prompting officials to extend mandatory evacuation orders over a large area.

The lightning-sparked ‘Happy Camp Complex Fire’ has been burning in the Klamath National Forest since August 11, blackening about 77,000 acres, according to Inciweb.

Fire Details
Date Started: August 11, 2014
Containment: 19 percent for the complex (Zone 1 + Zone 2)
Size: 76,959 acres total for the complex
Total Personnel: 2,847
Estimated Cost to Date: $44.7 million
Committed Resources: 91 crews, 13 helicopters, 133 engines, 21 dozers, 44 water tenders, 29 mules, 8 horses

The Klamath National Forest is under an emergency closure. An evacuation center for both zones was established at the Winema Hall of the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds in Yreka, CA.

Zone 1:  Mandatory evacuations remain in place along the Scott Valley Road, south of highway 96 from Johnsons Bar to Seiad Valley. Additional mandatory evacuations include the area north of highway 96 from Johnsons Bar to Seiad Valley.

Zone2: Scott River Road remains closed and under mandatory evacuation from Johnson Bar south to Bridge Flat. Traffic along the Scott River Road is being monitored by Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.

[Previous evacuation orders were issued for about 300 homes, but no information is yet released regarding the extended evacuation areas.]

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for the entire western Oregon and large parts of northern California, as of posting.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 20, 2014

Posted by feww on August 20, 2014

MAJOR DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
SCENARIOS 888, 817, 699, 505, 444, 111, 101, 100, 070, 023, 09, 08, 07, 05
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Thousands of tremors recorded near Bárðarbunga volcano

Seismic activity continues around the Bárðarbunga volcano in the northwestern part of Vatnajökull glacier, with about 5,000 tremors recorded since Saturday. The largest quake so far measured 3.0Mw, officials said.

The seismicity is said to be the most intense ever recorded in the area. Most of the quakes are occurring at depths of 5 – 10km, said the Iceland Met Office.

Fearing a major eruption, authorities have evacuated an area north of the volcano, where severe flooding could occur as a result of the ice cap of the Vatnajökull glacier melting.

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Dozens killed in Hiroshima landslides

An extreme rain event, said to be the equivalent of a month’s worth of rain, unleashed severe flooding and landslides killing at least 40 people in the outskirts of the Hiroshima in western Japan. About a dozen others are reported missing, and the death toll is expected to rise, police said.

A record 217mm of rain fell in just 3 hours in the northern part of the city, more than the average for the entire month of August, the local media reported.

The city’s fire department have reportedly admitted to their own incompetence for the large number of casualties: “Something went wrong in our analysis (of the emergency) … We failed to issue an evacuation advisory ahead of the disaster. Looking back, … this is something we need to amend.”

“In 1999, Hiroshima City and nearby Kure City were hit by similar landslides which killed more than 30 people,” said a report.

Meantime, flooding and mudslides have destroyed or damaged more than 2,100 homes and other buildings in Fukuchiyama City in Kyoto Prefecture, and Tanba City in neighboring Hyogo Prefecture in the Kansai region west of Honshu island.

Major Wildfires Burning across Western U.S.

About two dozen wildfires burning across California, Oregon and Washington state amid rising temperatures and worsening drought. Authorities say this is one of the worst wildfire seasons on record.

Thousands of gallons of oil spills from Duke Energy coal plant into Ohio River

At least 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into Ohio River from a 60-year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy near Cincinnati, said the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Ohio River stretches more than 1,500km from Pennsylvania to Illinois and provides drinking water for at least 3 million people, said the Ohio River Foundation (ORF).

It is also a major artery for shipping agricultural produce by barge from the eastern United States to export terminals on the Gulf Coast.

The Ohio River is now the worst toxic water dump in the U.S., said ORF.

  • Polluters dumped 31 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Ohio River in 2007, making it the most toxic river in the U.S.
  • Violations of the Clean Water Act are going unprosecuted.
  • About half of lakes and reservoirs are contaminated above EPA “safe levels,” said ORF.

“Amazingly, in some cases this is permitted pollution; however, the number of permit violations appears to be growing.”

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Major Wildfires Threaten Hundreds of California Homes

Posted by feww on August 19, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800,797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Mass evacuations continue due to California wildfires

Major wildfires burn across California assisted by high temperatures and exceptional drought conditions.

The following information mirror postings by InciWeb, CalFire, and other sources.

Junction Fire Incident Information

Date/Time Started: August 18, 2014 1:50 pm  [Updated: August 19, 2014 6:15 am]
County: Madera County
Location: off Road 425A, near the Hwy 41 and Hwy 49 junction in Oakhurst
Acres Burned – Containment: 1,200 acres;  zero percent containment
Structures Threatened: 500
Structures Destroyed: 8
Evacuations are in effect for the following areas: Mandatory
Road 620 between Highway 41 and Lone Oak Lane
Jean Road East, Jean Road West, Scott Road and Taylor Mountain
All residence and business between Highway 41 North from Road 426 to Road 620

Advisory: Sky Ranch Road, and the community of Cedar Valley

Evacuation Shelters:

  • Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick, Coarsegold CA
  • Coarsegold Community Center, 35540 Highway 41, Coarsegold CA

Injuries: 2
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Fire Personnel: 469
Total Fire Engines: 51
Total Fire crews: 14
Long/Lat: -119.6581/37.3433
Conditions: Extreme fire conditions related to the current drought situation have hampered containment.

California Junction Fire (FM-5074)  – Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 19, 2014

Way Fire

Way Fire reported at approximately 3:00 pm, Monday, August 18th.
The fire is 3,000 acres, as of posting.

The Way fire is located in Wofford Heights on the North side of Hwy 155 on lands administered by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Kern County Fire Department.

Road closures are in effect on Hwy 155 at Sierra Vista, Adams, Mountain View and Rock Haven.

  • Evacuations are in effect in Wofford Heights on Bristle Cone, Sycamore, Sireea Vista, Needhem, Llama Lane, Sgt Lane.
  • Evacuations in Kernville Burlando Road, Frontier Lane, Plater Road.
  • Evacuation center located at Kern Valley High School.

Structures are believed to have been destroyed, no known number at this time.

More structures are threatened.

California Way Fire (FM-5075) – Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 19, 2014

Tecolote

Current as of 8/19/2014, 11:32:11 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin: Sunday August 17th, 2014 approx. 02:30 PM
Total Personnel :200
Size: 274  acres
Angeles National Forest
Significant Events: San Gabriel Canyon along Highway 39 has been evacuated.

Eiler Fire Incident Information:

The Eiler Fire exploded from just a few hundred acres to thousands between Friday and Saturday. Evacuations are ongoing for the area. Around the rest of state, red flag warnings were in effect and other fire outbreaks are a major concern. Tens of thousands of lightning strikes across Northern California have caused numerous fires.

Date/Time Started: July 31, 2014 6:04 pm [Updated on August 19, 2014 6:15 am]
Location: 12 miles southeast of Burney near Old Station, Shasta County
Acres Burned – Containment: 32,416 acres – 97% contained
Estimated – Containment: 8/20/2014
Structures Destroyed: 7 Residences, 2 Commercial and 12 Outbuildings
Evacuations:  Fire Restrictions in effect

  • Mountain View Road, 0.5 mile east of Burney High School to Hwy. 89, is now restricted to residents only.
  • Campgrounds Closed – Honn
  • Pacific Crest Trail Closed at Highway 299 to Highway 44
  • 1000 Lakes Wilderness
  • Forest closures on fire affected areas
  • For all other Forest closures refer to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lassen/notices/?cid=STELPRD3811897

Injuries: 11

July Complex Fire

A storm moved across Siskiyou County on July 29, 2014 with little moisture and a significant amount of lightning—with over 955 down strikes recorded. As of August 1st, the lightning had resulted in at least 26 lightning caused fires on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll, Salmon/Scott Ranger District, and Goosenest Ranger District.

These fires are now being managed as the July Complex; the Whites fire, Log fire, Leef fire, and Ray’s fire.

The July Complex now includes the Man Fire in the Marble Mountain Wilderness near Man Eaten Lake, about 14 miles northwest of Etna. This fire was caused by lightning on August 12 and is estimated at 180 acres.

The following Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office evacuation order and advisories are in effect: Evacuation Orders Residents should leave immediately. · Evacuation orders are in place for the community of Sawyers Bar and the Eddy Gulch, Little North Fork, Idlewild, Mule Bridge, Robinson Flat and Whites Gulch areas. Once a person leaves, they may not be able to re-enter the evacuation area until the fire danger has passed. Exit via Sawyers Bar Road to Forks of the Salmon and then take Salmon River Road to Highway 96.

Evacuation Advisories Residents should be prepared to evacuate if fire conditions worsen.

  • An advisory is in place for the communities of Quartz Valley, Mugginsville, Greenview and South Kidder Creek.
  • An advisory is in place for the Scott Valley communities of French Creek and Sugar Creek.
  • An advisory is in place for the residents of Black Bear Ranch, Godfrey Ranch and Blue Ridge Ranch.
  • A hard closure is in place on the Sawyers Bar Road from east of Sawyers Bar to a point between Etna Summit and Etna. Only firefighting traffic is allowed on the road. See details of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office evacuation orders and advisories at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4035.

National Forest Closure Orders: A new emergency closure order has been issued for the area of the Man and Log Fires. Closure Order No. 14-05-751 on the Salmon Scott River Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest is in effect from August 16, 2014, until the Log and Man Fires are declared out.

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 1,955
Size: 34,612 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained: 18%

Lodge Lightning Complex (also known as Lodge LCA Fire) Incident

Date/Time Started: July 30, 2014 6:27 am [Updated: August 18, 2014 5:15 pm]
Location: Wilderness Lodge/Eel River Canyon, Mendocino County
Acres Burned – Containment: 12,535 acres – 85% contained
Injuries: 15

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10,000+ Lightning Strikes Spark Scores of New Wildfires in OR, WA

Posted by feww on August 14, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME DROUGHT
LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800,797, 777, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Raindrops evaporate before hitting the ground due to extremely dry air in parts of Oregon

Some 60 of the new fires are located in Oregon and 14 others in the state of Washington. Currently, three fires are spreading, according to the authorities.

Two fire are spreading in Oregon.

  • The Rogue River Drive fire north of Medford, which has blackened  more than 600 acres and threatens more than 130 homes, as of Wednesday morning local time.
  • 15 Cent fire southeast of Burns, which has  consumed 15,000 acres.

The third fire is in Washington state:  Lost Ridge Fire west of Ellensburg has charred 200 acres.

In Oregon, raindrops evaporated before reaching the ground because of extremely low humidity on Tuesday night, allowing lightning and winds to start and fuel new fires, said a spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber has issued a state conflagration emergency for the fire zone. He proclaimed a state of emergency, also due to the wildfires, on July 16.

Fire crews are currently tackling at last 26 large fires across the two states including

In Oregon:

  • The South Fork complex south of John Day has consumed more than 64,700 acres, and  is  30 percent contained.
  • The 5 Mile fire east of Joseph has charred 4,500 acres.
  • The Sommers Fire northeast of Enterprise has exploded to 27,000 acres, ttreateings ranches, historic structures, and is zero percent contained.
  • The Beaver Complex northwest of Medford has grown to 35,300 acres. The fires are about 90 percent contained.
  • The Staley complex southeast of Oakridge has burned more than 300 acres and is 15 percent contained.
  • The Bald Sisters Fire in Grant County east of Prairie City has consumed more than 1,200 acres. It is  zero percent contained.
  • The Rowena fire northwest of The Dalles has charred 3,680 acres, but is now 100 percent contained.
  • The Camp Creek complex in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, has blackened about 800 acres and is 45 percent contained.
  • The Nene Creek fire north of Warm Springs has consumed about 350 acres and is 90 percent contained.
  • The Incident 769 fire north of Condon has burned 3,000 acres. It is zero percent contained.
  • The Blaylock Canyon fire west of Arlington has consumed about 1,000 acres. The fire is also zero percent contained.

In Washington:

  • The Devil’s Elbow complex northeast of Nespelem has burned about 21,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. The fire is threatening homes, with many residents under a mandatory evacuation order.
  • The Snag Canyon fire has grown to 12,000 acres. It is 50 percent contained.
  • The Hansel Creek fire south of Leavenworth has scorched more than 1,000 acres. It is 15 percent contained.
  • The Duncan fire north of Leavenworth has consumed more than 10,500 acres and is also 15 percent contained.
  • The Little Bridge Creek fire west of Winthrop has burned about 4,200 acres and is 14 percent contained.
  • The Upper Falls fire north of Winthrop has scorched more than 8,000 acres and is only 6 percent contained.
  • The South Cle Elum Ridge fire southwest of Cle Elum has grown to about 1,000 acres, and is 15 percent contained.
  • The Chiwaukum complex near Leavenworth has charred about 14,200 acres and is 40 percent contained.
  • The Carlton Complex south of Twisp has consumed about 256,200 acres and is now 95 percent contained.
  • The Haven Lake fire northwest of Olympia has scorched about 200 acres and is zero percent contained.
  • The Enterprise fire south and southeast of Colville, which had charred more than 150 acres is now 100 percent contained, according to Inciweb.

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Ferocious Wildfire Forces Mass Evacuation in Oregon

Posted by feww on August 8, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
RISING TEMPERATURES
DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800,797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Hundreds of Oregon homes evacuated, hundreds more on standby; shuts highway 

A fast moving wildfire, dubbed Rowena Fire, has exploded to more than 2,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge in northern Oregon, forcing hundreds of homes to evacuate, while more than 600 additional residences are put on standby for possible evacuation.

The blaze has spread from the community of Rowena to outskirts of the city of The Dalles, threating to shut down additional sections of  U.S. Highway 30.

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6 in response to the fire, which was threatening 70 homes in the Gorge.

The fire started Tuesday evening six miles west of The Dalles and has since grown 10 folds.

“Today I’m outside of Ashland seeing firsthand the devastation caused by fires in the Beaver Complex. This new blaze in the Columbia River Gorge is equally concerning, and already it threatens Oregonians’ homes and puts lives at risk,” said Kitzhaber.

More than a dozen wildfires are burning across at least 100,000 acres in Oregon, forcing public lands to close. A major power transmission line to Idaho lies in the path of the fires, officials said.

Dozens of wildfires are also plaguing the US West Coast, including the drought-stricken state of California, and Washington.

Washington Wildfires

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning close to a city in central Washington state expanded rapidly over the past day, threatening more homes and structures.

The Snag Canyon Fire, burning outside the city of Ellensburg [population: ~ 20,000,] had grown to about 8,500 acres on Thursday, up from 3,500 on Tuesday, destroying at least 16 structures and forcing mandatory evacuation orders for  250 homes.

  • Washington Hansel Fire (FM-5072)- Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 6, 2014
  • Washington Snag Canyon Fire (FM-5071)- Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 3, 2014

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Deadly Swedish Forest Fire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate

Posted by feww on August 5, 2014

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Massive forest fire sweeping central Sweden, spreading north

A deadly forest-fire, said to be largest forest fires in Sweden in modern times, has consumed more than 15,000 hectares and continues to spread  uncontrollably.

The fire has forced at least 1,000 Swedes out of their homes, and put the entire 4,500 population of the town Norberg on standby for evacuation, said a report.

The fire has claimed at least one life so far. The body of a 30-year-old man, who had died from burns, was found on a road north of Stabäck, Västmanland on Tuesday, said the report.

The fire is now spreading north, and the authorities say it could burn for weeks, even months.

“The fire risks heading north to the lower reaches of Norberg,” Fredrik Eriksson of the emergency services told reporters.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this. Evacuation? That’s what happens in wartime,” said a Norberg resident.

“Forest fires are a risk we tend to associate primarily with southern Europe, but we are seeing that no country is immune,” said Sweden’s EU Commissioner, as she thanked Italy and France for providing support.

Record Lightning Strikes

Some 47,901 lightning strikes were recorded in Sweden Sunday night beating a previous record of 45,000 strikes set earlier this year, said the report.

Record Heat

The mercury rose to at 34°C in the town of Härsnäs in Östergötland on Sunday, setting a new record for August. The town of Visby in Gotland set a new temperature record for the warmest August day at 32.9°C.

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States of Emergency Continue in California, Oregon, Washington

Posted by feww on August 5, 2014

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MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 123, 111, 101, 100, 033, 011, 08, 04, 03, 02
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Fierce Wildfire Destroys Homes in Washington

The so-called Snag Canyon Fire in Ellensburg has consumed at least 1,930 acres, destroying 16 structures, as of posting.

The Snag Canyon fire was sparked by lightning on Saturday, August 2. It is currently estimated at 1,930 acres, with about 10 percent contained, said Inciweb.

Evacuation orders were in effect for about 200 homes on Monday.

WA State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Status: 

Phase III: The State EOC activated to Phase III in support of multiple fire mobilizations throughout Washington State.

Federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement state and local response efforts in the area affected by wildfires beginning on July 9, 2014, and continuing.

  • Washington Snag Canyon Fire (FM-5071)

California

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center (SOC) in support of the Inland Regional Operations Center (REOC) and local regions due to fires currently burning throughout Northern California.

On Saturday, August, 2, 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., declared a state of emergency in 11 California counties: Madera, Modoc, Butte, Siskiyou, Mendocino, Shasta, Amador, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lassen, and Mariposa.

“Fires like the Day and Bald Fires can put a strain on resources, particularly at a time when dry conditions due to the drought, above normal temperatures and winds have increased the wildfire threat significantly,” said a state official.

Fire Management Assistance Declarations have been declared on August 2 – 3, 2014 for the following wildfires:

  • California Day Fire (FM-5070)
  • California Bald Fire (FM-5069)
  • California Oregon Gulch Fire (FM-5068)
  • California Eiler Fire  (FM-5067)

Oregon – Fire Management Assistance Declaration has been declared on August 1, 2014

  • Oregon Oregon Gulch Fire

 

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Exceptional Drought Grows in California

Posted by feww on July 31, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
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CROP DISASTERS
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MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 123, 111, 101, 100, 033, 011, 08, 04, 03, 02
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Golden State Turns Dark Brown

Exceptional Drought spreads to 58.41 percent of California, up from 36.49 percent last week, according to the latest data release by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The entire land area in the Golden State is experiencing ‘Severe’ to Exceptional drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor.

california drought end july 2014
Source: US Drought Monitor, data released July 31, 2014.

National Drought Summary for July 29, 2014: State of California

Increasingly, drought indicators point to the fact that conditions are not appreciably better in northern California than in central and southern sections of the state. In addition, mounting evidence from reservoir levels, river gauges, ground water observations, and socio-economic impacts warrant a further expansion of exceptional drought (D4) into northern California. For California’s 154 intrastate reservoirs, storage at the end of June stood at 60% of the historical average. Although this is not a record for this time of year—the standard remains 41% of average on June 30, 1977—storage has fallen to 17.3 million acre-feet. As a result, California is short more than one year’s worth of reservoir water, or 11.6 million acre-feet, for this time of year. The historical average warm-season drawdown of California’s 154 reservoirs totals 8.2 million acre-feet, but usage during the first 2 years of the drought, in 2012 and 2013, averaged 11.5 million acre-feet.

Given the 3-year duration of the drought, California’s topsoil moisture (80% very short to short) and subsoil moisture (85%) reserves are nearly depleted. The state’s rangeland and pastures were rated 70% very poor to poor on July 27. USDA reported that “range and non-irrigated pasture conditions continued to deteriorate” and that “supplemental feeding of hay and nutrients continued as range quality declined.” In recent days, new wildfires have collectively charred several thousand acres of vegetation in northern and central California. The destructive Sand fire, north of Plymouth, California—now largely contained—burned more than 4,000 acres and consumed 66 structures, including 19 residences. [ U.S. Drought Monitor]

California experiences record warmest winter and spring

Meanwhile, the most populous U.S. state saw its warmest winter and spring on record this year, with the temperatures rising 2.8ºC (5 degrees Fahrenheit)  above normal during the first six months of 2014,  about 0.6ºC (1 degree F) warmer than the previous record, increasing the threat of water famine, crop disasters and wildfires even further.

FIRE-EARTH 2009 Forecast: Desertification of California in the Near Future Is Almost a Certainty - with the critical phase occurring by as early as 2011.

[NOTE: The above forecast and most of the links posted below have previously been filtered/censored by Google, WordPress and rest of the Internet Mafia. Editor]

California State Resources

California Drought Disasters

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Thousands Flee as California Wildfire Flares

Posted by feww on July 27, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
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MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 123, 111, 101, 100, 033, 011, 08, 04, 03, 02
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Wildfire forces evacuation of more than 2,000 homes and residences near Sacramento

The so called Sand Fire wildfire has consumed about 4,000 acres and currently threatens at least 515 homes and residences.

The fire flared east of Highway 49, about 5 miles north of Plymouth, in Amador County, destroying at least a dozen homes and outbuildings as of posting, according to CalFire.

Evacuations: Sand Ridge Road, Fresh Water, Burlwood, Morales Ranch Road, Vintage Trail, Upton Road, Twin Rivers Road New Evacuations in progress; Vintage Road to Sandridge Road, Buzzards Gulch Road and all of Buzzards Gulch Road. Riverpine Estates. Vintage Road to Morning Canyon Road

Stats Provided by CalFire
Total Fire Personnel: 1464
Total Fire Engines: 149
Total Fire crews: 45
Total Airtankers: 6
Total Helicopters: 6
Total Dozers: 16
Total Water Tenders: 22

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Historic Wildfire in Washington State Destroys 300 Homes

Posted by feww on July 26, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
INTENSE DROUGHT
HIGH TEMPERATURES
MAJOR LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 797, 111, 101, 078, 070, 03
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‘It looks like a moonscape; there’s nothing left. There’s hundreds of dead livestock. It’s horrifying’

At least 300 homes —twice as many as previously reported—have been destroyed in the largest wildfire ever recorded in Washington state history, said Okanogan County Sheriff.

The deadly Carlton Complex fire, which was sparked by lightning, has consumed about 1,040km², spanning more than 1,200km.

“It’s every road. Every road lost something. It looks like a moonscape; there’s nothing left. There’s hundreds of dead livestock, said the sheriff. “It’s horrifying.”

Thousands of people have been displaced.

State of Emergency

The White House declared a state of emergency in Washington on Wednesday due to the fires.

The State of Emergency Proclamation is meant “to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Chelan and Okanogan and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.”

Largest Wildfire in the U.S.

Buzzard Complex fire in Oregon, the largest wildfire in the U.S., is reportedly 95 percent contained, after burning more than 1,600km² of rangeland.

More than 10,000 of 13,000 wildland fire personnel in the U.S. have been assigned to contain multiple fires in the Pacific Northwest, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Extreme Drought Spreads in California

Posted by feww on July 25, 2014

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MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 123, 111, 101, 100, 033, 011, 08, 04, 03, 02
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Exceptional and Extreme Drought Levels Cover about 82 Percent of California

About 81.89 percent of California is covered by ‘Extreme’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought levels, up from 81.85 percent last week.

The entire land area in the Golden State is experiencing ‘Severe’ to Exceptional drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor.

California experiences record warmest winter and spring

Meanwhile, the most populous U.S. state saw its warmest winter and spring on record this year, with the temperatures rising 2.8ºC (5 degrees Fahrenheit)  above normal during the first six months of 2014,  about 0.6ºC (1 degree F) warmer than the previous record, increasing the threat of water famine, crop disasters and wildfires even further.

FIRE-EARTH 2009 Forecast: Desertification of California in the Near Future Is Almost a Certainty - with the critical phase occurring by as early as 2011.

[NOTE: The above forecast and most of the links posted below have previously been filtered/censored by Google, WordPress and rest of the Internet Mafia. Editor]

California State Resources

California Drought Disasters

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Washington Wildfires Become Top National Priority

Posted by feww on July 20, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
INTENSE DROUGHT
HIGH TEMPERATURES
MAJOR LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 797, 111, 101, 03
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18 Major Wildfires burning across the Pacific Northwest

Three of the fires in the state of Washington have become the country’s top three priority in the following order:

  1. Carlton Complex wildfire, about 4 miles south of Pateros
  2. Chiwaukum Creek Fire, near Leavenworth
  3. Mills Canyon Fire, near Entiat

Fire crews from across the U.S. have arrived to assist the locals, officials said.

The Carlton Complex was one of  the major lightning-sparked wildfires burning Saturday across the Pacific Northwest.

The massive blaze has destroyed more than 130 homes in the city of Pateros and the community of Chiliwist.

“This is such a huge fire. There’s so much loss of property. It’s overwhelming,” said Okanogan County Sheriff on Saturday. “It’s a massive fire with a lot of destruction.”

“At 5 p.m. 129 homes in the Antoine Creek area, about 10 miles northeast of Chelan, were given Level 3 (get out now) evacuation notices, as firefighters battled tinder-dry conditions and erratic winds,” said a report.

The blaze, which has so far consumed about 900km², has also damaged transmission lines in the region, cutting power to thousands of homes in the Methow Valley and surrounding areas.

Last week the governors of Washington and Oregon declared  states of emergency after dozens of lightening-sparked wildfires erupted across the region.

The region’s largest blaze, the Buzzard Complex, sparked by lightning on July 14, has burned about 1,500km² of rangeland in eastern Oregon, according to Inciweb.

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Wildfire Destroys Town in Washington

Posted by feww on July 19, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
INTENSE DROUGHT
HIGH TEMPERATURES
MAJOR LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 797, 111, 101, 03
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“The fire basically burned out the town of Pateros”

A ferocious wildfire has destroyed score of homes east of Washington state’s Cascade Mountains and forced hundreds of residents to flee.

Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for the entire town of Pateros (population: ~ 700), about 200km northeast of Seattle.

Sheriff estimates up to 100 homes have been lost in the wildfire.

“The fire basically burned out the town of Pateros,” said Mark Clemens, a spokesman with the Washington Emergency Management Division.

“In the nearby city of Brewster, a hospital and several homes were evacuated and much of the area was without power after the Carlton Complex fire, triggered by lightning strikes earlier this week, charred 186,000 acres across the picturesque Methow Valley,” reported Reuters.

Dozens of wildfires have been sparked by lightening in Washington and Oregon burning tens of thousands of acres.

A state of emergency was declared in the state of Washington for 20 eastern counties after wildfires burned tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and other structures, threatening about 1,000 more homes and forcing mass evacuations.

The emergency proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties.

Oregon Gov. has also declared a state of emergency after more than a dozen fires erupted across the state last week.

Hot, dry weather has dramatically increased wildfire danger across the Northwest.

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Massive Wildfire in California’s Wine Region Threatens Hundreds of Homes

Posted by feww on July 3, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRE
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 111, 101, 03
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Butts fire in Napa County grows to 4,300 acres

  • Acres burned: 4,300
  • Structures Threatened: 380
  • Structures Destroyed: [at least] 2 residences, 7  outbuildings
  • Fire started: Date/Time Started: July 1, 2014 12:08 pm
  • Location: Napa & Lake Counties
  • Evacuation: At least 2,000 people evacuated [FEWW estimate]

The fire is burning in a mix of grass, brush, oak and pine trees in steep, rugged terrain in a rural area of Lake and Napa Counties amid  extreme conditions, high heat, humidity, with the potential for erratic winds, said  Cal Fire.

U.S. Recent Wildfires

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500 Homes Evacuated in California amid Raging Wildfire

Posted by feww on June 16, 2014

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Raging Wildfire Forces Mass Evacuation in Southern California

The so-called Shirley Fire has grown to more than 2,000 acres with about 10 percent containment, as of posting.

Assisted by prolonged drought and dry fuel conditions, the Shirley Fire wildfire is burning actively in Rattlesnake Creek drainage about a mile from Wofford Heights, West of Lake Isabella. The fire is being fanned by a westerly wind and influenced by topography. Fuels burning range from conifers in the higher elevations, to grass in the lower areas, according to Inciweb.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has initiated evacuations in the following areas: Pala Ranches, Juniper Highlands, Old State Road, all residences between Old State Rd and Evans Rd on Hwy 155. An evacuation advisory was also issued for Alta Sierra 500 residences fall within the evacuation area.

The fire is expected to north and east, said fire authorities.

U.S. Recent Wildfires

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Emergency Conflagration Act Invoked in Oregon amid Wildfires

Posted by feww on June 10, 2014

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WILDFIRE
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Gov. Kitzhaber Invokes Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to Wildfires in Central Oregon

Governor Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to wildfires burning near Bend in Deschutes County.

Kitzhaber said that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the wildfires and that the threat exceeds the fire-fighting capabilities of local fire-fighting personnel and equipment.

He ordered the Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Fire Marshal to mobilize fire resources statewide and coordinate with Fire Defense Chiefs.

“With the fires so close to Bend and the city’s water supply, the State Fire Marshal and the Department of Forestry are working cooperatively with the U.S. Forest Service and the local community to minimize threats to people and property,” said Kitzhaber.

This emergency is declared only for the Two Bulls Wildfire in Deschutes County. Originally two separate fires, Two Bulls Wildfire is being managed as one incident. The fires have consumed about 7,000 acres.

Oregon Department of Forestry Wildfire Blog

Dry weather conditions will continue to keep temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s and relative humidity dipping below 20%. The main concern for today will be hold the lines on the southern portion of the fire and out of the City of Bend’s watershed, as winds are forecasted to get gusty from the northwest at 10-18 mph in the afternoon as a weak upper level disturbance moves over the area.
• 6,800 acres consisting of heavy brush and timber
• 250 homes threatened with 50 remaining under Level III Evacuation
• No structures lost or damaged
• No injuries
• Cause under investigation
• 5% containment
• 11 helicopters, 46 engines, 11 dozers, and 708 personnel assigned to the fire

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Wildfire in Southern Colorado Prompts Mass Evacuations

Posted by feww on June 2, 2014

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RECORD HEAT
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Intense Wildfire Forces Mass Evacuations in Colorado

An intense wildfire in Huerfano County in southern Colorado has prompted evacuation orders for residents within a 4-mile radius of blaze.

The evacuation orders covered a 4-mile radius of from Cougar Trail and Fourmile Canyon Road, said the state Office of Emergency Management, adding that an evacuation center had been opened at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg.

The so called Four Mile Canyon fire, located on the northwest side of the canyon, had zero containment Sunday evening, KRDO television in Colorado Springs reported.

Recent Wildfires in Colorado

 

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California Wildfire Threatens 100 Homes

Posted by feww on May 28, 2014

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Mass evacuation ordered as wildfire consumes 1,300 acres

A fast-moving wildfire, burning west of Yosemite National Park in central California and threatening more than 100 homes, has prompted fire officials to issue mandatory mass evacuation orders.

The fire erupted on Monday and had consumed more than 1,300 acres near Lake McClure in Mariposa County, injuring at least 5 people, as of posting.

Alert Details (Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office)

  • Severity: Extreme – Extraordinary threat to life or property
  • Category: Law enforcement, military, homeland and local/private security
  • Event: Police Activity

Hunters Fire Incident Information (Cal Fire)

  • Last Updated: May 27, 2014 3:00 pm
  • Date/Time Started: May 26, 2014 3:33 pm
  • Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit
  • County: Mariposa County
  • Location: Hunters Valley area near the southeast shore of Lake McClure

Acres Burned – Containment: 1,300 acres – 20% contained

  • Structures Threatened: 100 residences
  • Structures Destroyed: 3
  • Evacuations: Evacuations are in effect for the Hunters Valley Area including all of Hunters Valley Rd to Bear Valley Rd including Hunters Valley Access Rd and Detwiler. The evacuation center is located at 2820 Hwy 140, Cathey’s Valley, McKay Hall.
  • Road Closures : Hunters Valley Rd at Bear Valley Rd and Cotton Creek Rd at Bear Valley Rd
  • Injuries: 5
  • Cooperating Agencies: CHP, CDCR, Mariposa County Sheriff, Mariposa County Fire, US Forest Service, BLM and dozens of local fire agencies
  • Total Fire Personnel: 671
  • Total Fire Engines: 83
  • Total Fire crews: 22

Cal Fire has responded to more than 1,500 wildfires, or double its five-year average, so far this year. Extremely   dangerous fire conditions are worsened by drought, bone dry brush and soaring temperatures.

 

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Disasters, States of Emergency – May 23, 2014

Posted by feww on May 23, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
HISTORIC FLOODING
DEADLY LANDSLIDES
MEGA DISASTER
MASS DISPLACEMENT
THREAT OF DISEASE EPIDEMICS
SCENARIOS 444, 333, 023, 09, 070
STATES OF EMERGENCY
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Balkans faces risk of disease after flood disasters

Worst floods ever recorded in the Balkans, which triggered thousands of landslides, have devastated large swathes of Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia, destroying or damaging more than 100,000 homes, thousands of other buildings and much of the public infrastructure.

The disasters killed dozens of people across the Balkans; however, the death toll might rise because about 600 people are missing or unaccounted for in Serbia.

Tens of thousands of animals also perished in the disasters, creating a very serious health risk for populations in the devastated areas.

Rotting animal carcasses, food and waste in rising temperatures pose a serious risk of contaminating ground and surface waters.

Serbia’s government has made an appeal for disinfectants, quicklime, chlorine bleach and protection gear.

In Bosnia, there is the added danger posed by hundreds of thousands of landmines left over from the Bosnian War (1992-95) that may have been moved by the floodwaters and landslides from marked minefields.

Cost of Damage

Based on the latest damage data available, FIRE-EARTH Models estimate the total cost of damage caused by the historic flooding and landslides across the Balkans at more than $6 billion.

Related Links, Latest Historic Floods

Other Disasters, States of Emergency

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has declared a State of Emergency following widespread damage caused by flooding storms on May 12.

At least 736 homes have reported flood damage in Summit County, with nine of the homes suffering significant structural damage, according to the Falls Mayor.

Siberian Irkutsk region has declared a state of emergency after forest fires spread to local villages, prompting mass evacuations.

Some 77 forest fires have consumed more than 40,000 hectares of land in the region.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the village of Dalny, where fires have destroyed two dozen homes, the the Emergency Situations Ministry said, Interfax reported.

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Major AZ Wildfire Threatens Hundreds of Homes

Posted by feww on May 23, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
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MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIO 101
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Ferocious AZ wildfire forces evacuations, thousands more on pre-evacuation notice

The Slide Fire wildfire is burning in Oak Creek Canyon north of Slide Rock State Park, consuming about 6,000 acres.

“Closures include Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff and Forest Road 535 off Highway 89A. Power has been shut off by APS from Slide Rock, north through the canyon,” said fire officials.

Up to 3-mile stretch of area north of Slide Rock State Park has been evacuated, as well as the East Pocket Forest Service Lookout Tower. Evacuees are being relocated to Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff.

Fire behavior is said to be “extreme.”

slide fire coconino nat forest
Slide Fire (Oak Creek Canyon Overlook). Members of the Carson Hotshots and Mormon Lake Hotshots coordinate retardant drops on the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. The helicopter can be seen in the background making its drop. Taken on 5/22/14 by Brady Smith. Credit: U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.

Additional Evacuations: Coconino County has issued a pre-evacuation notices to residents of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands subdivisions, advising thousands of residents to be prepared to evacuate at  short notice. “County Emergency Management encourages those in the affected neighborhoods to begin packing important items they may need for several days. These items include prescriptions, important papers, any special dietary needs and pets.”

Current Resources: Some 840 personnel including 15 hotshot crews, 33 engines, three air tankers, five helicopters, two air attack, and other resources have so far been deployed.

Other Large, Active Fires in Arizona

  • Skunk Fire Wildfire,  38,259 acres, 27 miles east of San Carlos, burning since April 19, 2014.
  • Barlow Fire Wildfire, 1,482 5 acres, 30 miles east of San Carlos, burning since May 17.

 

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