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Wildfires Raging in Arizona, Alaska, NC, Georgia, Texas …

Posted by feww on June 6, 2011

RED FLAG Warnings Issued for parts of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Florida

Some 770,000 acres are ablaze nationwide, with the worst hit state currently being Arizona where 3 major fires cover about 300,000 acres:

  • Wallow Fire: 144,000 233,000 acres [as of 3:00 PM MST, 22:00UTC]
  • Horseshoe Two Fire: 100,000 acres
  • Murphy Fire: 40,000 acres

Wallow fire, which is consuming at least 144,000 acres near the New Mexico-Arizona state line is said to be the third largest in the state’s history.

Arizona fires have forced hundreds of residents to abandon their homes in several mountain towns.

Dry lightning is blamed for the Arizona wildfires, in line with FIRE-EARTH forecast posted on April 29, 2011.

The worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history

Forecast: Large-scale lightning outbreaks

Unfortunately, the worst may NOT be over yet.  In addition to more tornadoes and violent storms this year and the next, FIRE-EARTH forecasts phenomenally large-scale outbreaks of potentially deadly lightning clusters throughout the United States.

Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product

Current HMS Fire and Smoke Analysis. Click image to enlarge. Source: NESDIS

Fires and Smoke Satellite Analysis: North America

Source: NOAA

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National Weather Hazards Map

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Other Major Fires:

Alaska: 6 fires,  84,000 acres
California: 3 fires, 2,000 acres
Colorado: 3 fires, 25,000
Florida: 1 fire
Georgia: 1 fire, 166,000
New Mexico: 3 fires, 110,000 acres
North Carolina: 1 fire, 45,000
Texas: 10 fires, 40,000

Other Wildfire Stats

Year-to-date statistics

  • Date: 2011 (1/1/11 – 6/6/11)
  • No of Fires:  27,250 [FIRE-EARTH Estimate]
  • Acres Burned: 7,000,000 [FIRE-EARTH Estimate]

Previous Record [National Interagency Fire Center]

  • Date: (1/1/06 – 5/23/06)
  • No of Fires:  40,214
  • Acres Burned: 2,478,309

Annual Average [Based on figures provided by National Interagency Fire Center]

  • Date: 9-year average
  • No of Fires:  27,020
  • Acres Burned: 937,610

Conclusion: The U.S. wildfires 2011 have so far consumed 8 times as many acres as the YTD annual average for the previous 9-year period, while the average number of fires has remained almost unchanged.

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post updated at 23:31UTC on June 6, 2011

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Puyehue volcano update

Posted by feww on June 6, 2011

Puyehue pauses, ash cloud persists

Argentine Patagonian resort town of Bariloche remains at red alert

The volcanic tremors  have dropped significantly, Chile’s National Emergency Office of was reported as saying. The tremors had averaged 240 per hour during the first 12 hours, but dropped to about 17 an hour on  Sunday.

Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Utility workers use bulldozers to remove large amounts of volcanic ash from Puyehue eruption carried across the Andes easterly winds and dumped on their city. Photo: Alfredo Leiva/Associated Press. Image may be subject to copyright.

Nearby residents are said to be extremely worried about the welfare of their cattle and other farm animals.

“Ash was dumped like a snowstorm. The city is covered in gray ash,” a Bariloche official, told Chile’s national TV.

“We’re trying to stop car traffic and ask that people stay at home and close their doors and windows to prevent the volcanic ash from coming in.”

Bariloche airport remains closed, and Aerolineas Argentinas flights to the area are cancelled.

Meanwhile, officials in the small Argentine Andean town of La Angostura announced that the town of 16,000 people was on “red alert,” urging the residents to stay at home and conserve water, a report said.

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