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FIRE-EARTH Special Bulletin – May 29, 2014

Posted by feww on May 29, 2014


FIRE-EARTH Special Bulletin dated May 29, 2014 has been released.

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Emergency Declared in Colorado Crumble Area

Posted by feww on May 29, 2014

Colorado Declares Emergency in Grand Mesa National Forest after Massive Mudslide

The mudslide in western Colorado is estimated to be about 6km long, up to 800m wide and 30m deep in some places.

Three people are reported missing after they went to check on damage from an initial slide near the edge of the Grand Mesa National Forest on Sunday.

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The massive mudslide occurred May 25, 2014 near the Grand Mesa National Forest, close to the town of Colburn, in western Colorado.

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Drought Crop Disasters Declared in 10 States

Posted by feww on May 29, 2014


Drought Devastates Crops in 156 Counties across Ten States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 156 counties across ten states as crop disaster areas due to worsening drought. USDA issued six separate designations for crop disasters on May 28, 2014.

Drought Disaster Designations are for the following states:

Colorado (1 County), Idaho (17 counties), Kansas (21 counties),  Missouri (4 counties), Montana (1 County), Nebraska (37 counties), Nevada (19 counties), Oklahoma (36 counties), Oregon (2 counties) and
Washington (18 counties).

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,913 separate crop disasters across 26  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings.]

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

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

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

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

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on My 28, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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