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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 1 July 2013

Posted by feww on July 1, 2013

Wildfire in Arizona kills 19 fire crews, destroys up to 300 homes

Fast-moving wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona has killed at least 19 firefighters, including 18 from Prescott’s elite Granite Mountain Hotshots.

The fire was sparked by lightning on Friday and spread rapidly amid triple-digit temperatures, low humidity and strong winds. By early Monday, the blaze had consumed up to 300 homes, devouring more than 8,400 acres of chaparral and grass some 80 miles (130km) NW of Phoenix.

“Massive amounts of structures were burnt,” said a senior fire official. See video below.

The ferocious blaze forced authorities to evacuate all of Yarnell and the neighboring Peeples Valley.

The Yavapai County Sheriff has also evacuated the Double Bar A Ranch and Model Creek areas, officials said.

Official: ‘Radical’ Fire behavior Killed 19 Firefighters

“Massive amounts of structures were burnt” ~ Official


US Weather Forecast

Record-Breaking heat wave to continues in West, with heavy rainfall drenching almost the entire East Coast, said NWS.

An expansive upper ridge anchored over the Great Basin will continue to bring more days of dangerously-high temperatures approaching or exceeding record highs across much of the Western U.S.   Triple-digit readings will be commonplace over the Southwestern corner of the country, but temperatures could also exceed the century mark as far north as the valleys of the Northern Rockies, Intermountain West and Pacific Northwest into the middle of the week. Meanwhile, showers and t-storms are possible across much of the East Coast.

North India floods: “Thousands still missing” in Uttarakhand

At least 3,000 people are still missing following the extreme monsoon rains, deadly floods and landslides that devastated India’s Uttarakhand state two weeks ago.

More than 800 rotting corpses have so far been recovered. However, several  officials believe the death toll could exceed 10,000.

“After seeing piles of bodies and hearing accounts of people coming down from the mountains and those calling up, I feel the death toll could be well over 10,000.” Uttarakhand assembly speaker Govind Singh Kunjwalsaid.

Others have stated that the exact death toll may never be known.

“We will never know the exact number of the dead and the number of people buried or washed away,” Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna told local reporters.

“According to my information about 3,000 people are still missing. We will compensate their families. They have to give an affidavit saying that their relatives have not returned home for more than 30 days.”


Protesters storm Egypt’s ruling party headquarters

Anti-government protesters in Cairo stormed the national headquarters of President Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The protests turned violent late Sunday, leaving about 20 dead and more than 1,000 injured.

The protesters demand President Morsi’s ouster on the first anniversary of his inauguration, while his supporters have vowed to defend him.


Eurozone Unemployment Hit a New Record High in May

Unemployment across the 17  Eurozone states rose 0.1 per cent to a new record high of 19.22 million in May, up 67,000 over the previous month, said Eurostat.



985 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 985 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the Brief Human  History


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Mega Heat Wave Continues in Western U.S.

Posted by feww on July 1, 2013

Death Valley Temperatures ranged from 128 to 132 Sunday

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported  a peak temperature of 128 degrees in Death Valley National Park at 4 pm on Sunday, which ties the record for the hottest June day anywhere in the U.S.

However, informal reading showed temperatures of up to 4 degrees higher, recorded at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A large digital model at the entrance of the headquarters showed a peak temperature of 132 degrees. “That thermometer was showing off temperatures above 130 degrees for much of Sunday afternoon,” LAT said.

If confirmed, the reading of 132ºF would shatter the record for June temperatures in the U.S.

The highest recorded temperature on earth was set at 134 degrees in Death Valley almost exactly a century ago on July 10, 1913.

On June 5, 2013, the blog posted the following forecast:

FIRE-EARTH Models show the world record high temperature of 134ºF set 100 years ago cold be broken this year with a probability of about 78 percent.

Meantime, NOAA released the U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set on June 29, 2013.

U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set on June 29, 2013

record max temp us 29jun2013
U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set on June 29, 2013. A total of 69 records were broken or tied: 47 broken; 22  tied. NOAA/NCDC.

The Western United States will continue to experience high temperatures of up to 20 degrees above average, according to NWS.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it has experienced a  surge of more than 61% in wildfire responses (2,900 fires) in the first half of 2013, compared with the same period in average year (1,800 fires).

The impact of heat would be exacerbated by smoke from hundreds of wildfire burning in the region, FIRE-EARTH believes.

Where there is fire…

smoke from wildfires envelops most of the us
Current HMS Fire and Smoke Analysis. Source NOAA/SSD

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Arizona Wildfire Claims 19 Lives

Posted by feww on July 1, 2013

UPDATED Mon July 1, 2013 @ 10:43UTC

Fast-moving wildfire kills 19, destroys up to 300 homes, forces evacuation of two Arizona towns

The so called Yarnell fire has killed 19 fire crews, almost the entire team of  Prescott Fire Department, and destroyed an estimated 300 homes. The  towns of Yarnell and Peeples Valley [combined population of about 1,200] have been evacuated.

The deadly blaze, which has so far consumed about 8,000 acres of chaparral, was sparked by lightning about 1.5 miles west of Yarnell, and 80 miles NW of Phoenix, AZ, Friday June 28th, 2013. The fire is zero percent contained.

Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona has killed 19 wildland firefighters, according to the Arizona State Forestry Commission.

Inciweb Report

The towns of Yarnell and Peeples Valley are being evacuated. A reverse 911 call has been sent and the Sheriff’s Office is going door-to-door to alert residents.

The Yarnell Hill fire started on 6/28 and is now 800-1000 acres [had grown to 8,000 acres as of update.]  Hall’s Type 2 team assumed command of the fire at 1000 hrs today. Firefighters are working to secure the eastern flank of the fire and protect any homes at risk from the evacuated areas. A type 1 incident management team has been ordered.

A reverse 911 call has been sent and the Sheriff’s Office is going door-to-door to alert residents. A large animal shelter is being set up at the Hidden Springs Ranch on Hwy 89 SW of Hayes Ranch Road. A people and small animal shelter is being opened at Yavapai College at 1100 E. Sheldon in Prescott.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has established three road block areas: junction of Hwy 89 and Hayes Ranch Road; Hayes Ranch Road and Sickles Ranch Road; and Buckhorn Road and Frontier Road.

Current Weather
Wind Conditions: 26-41 mph NE
Temperature: 95 degrees
Humidity: 17%

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