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U.S. Wildfires News and Blame Games

Posted by feww on June 22, 2011

Was it climate change, drought, soaring temperatures, low humidity and lightning, or Gen McCain and his illegal immigrants?

In reply to a comment posted on June 14, 2011, FIRE-EARTH said: “… when the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake struck Tokyo Region, the authorities blamed it on the Korean immigrants. Mobs of vicious locals rounded up thousands of the Koreans and massacred them.

The Incorrigible McPain

“There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally [… ] the answer to that part of the problem is to get a secure border,” McCain said at a press conference in Arizona on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters. Image may be subject to copyright.

That said, if any of the devastating fires in Arizona were found to have been started deliberately, the readers ought to ask: “Is John McCain pathologically capable of paying someone to start a fire so that he could blame it on the Mexicans?”


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Texas Dynamic Dyer Mill Fire Devours 50 Buildings

Posted by feww on June 20, 2011

The ferocious Dyer Mill Fire destroys dozens of homes, buildings in Grimes County northwest of Houston

The Dyer Mill Fire has destroyed 30 homes and 20 other building, scorching 3,600 acres in Grimes County about 80 miles northwest of Houston, reports said.

Frightening Fire Stats

  • Since the start of fire on November 15, 2010, some 12,189 fires have burned 3,012,876 acres in the state of Texas (Source: Texas Forest Service.)
  • Six of the 10 largest recorded fires in Texas history have occurred in 2011 (Source: TFS).
  • Texas wildfires have destroyed about 1,700 homes and structures [FIRE-Earth estimate] so far this year [TFS figure: 1,273 structures lost.]

Texas: Daily Fire Danger Map

Other Fires

Another large fire is raging in Trinity and Polk counties. The massive 14,000-acre blaze is said to be one of the largest in East Texas history.

The Bearing Fire has been burning since Friday, forcing many evacuations and causing loss of property.

NUGENT, Jones County. 450 acres, unknown containment. One home was destroyed on this fire burning in tall grass 10 miles northeast of Hawley.

FORTUNE 2, Palo Pinto County. 200 acres, 25 percent contained.

Uncontained fires from previous days (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):

BIRD RANCH 2, Cottle County. 29,976 acres, 90 percent contained. The fire is burning in rough terrain 13 miles west of Paducah. .

BOLT, Jim Hogg County. 1,300 acres, 90 percent contained.

SUTTON CEMETERY, Hardin County. 170 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning in 12-year-old plantation 15 miles west of Kountze.

CAMP BOOTHE OAKS, Nolan County. 1,116 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is 7 miles southwest of Sweetwater in tall grass.

Drought information:

  • Since January 2011 only five counties in Texas (Bowie, Red River, Lamar, Fannin, Grayson) have received normal rainfall.
  • Over the last 60 days, around 70 percent of the state has rainfall deficits running 50 percent or less of normal rainfall.
  • Over the last 30 days, around 90 percent of the state has rainfall deficits running 50 percent or less of normal rainfall.

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Monument Fire Explodes

Posted by feww on June 18, 2011

Monument Fire grows by 100% in 10 hrs;  Gov Brewer declares emergency

Current size: 19,335 acres [17, 2011 at 1:45 pm MST]
Containment: 15% (dropped from 17%)

About 2,000 families have so far been evacuated as the fire forces closure of Highway 92, reports said.

(Posted June 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm MST) All residents in the area of the Monument Fire are encouraged to make advanced arrangements for livestock and large animals to be moved, which will allow an evacuation process to run more smoothly if necessary.

  • Date of Origin: Sunday June 12th, 2011 approx. 01:16 PM
  • Location: Palominas Fire District
  • Size: 19,335 acres
  • Percent Contained: 15%
  • Fuels Involved: Short grass, drought stressed mixed conifer, chaparral, and brush.
  • Fire Behavior: Extreme fire behavior with sustained runs,medium spotting, and flame lengths in excess of 20 to 30 feet.
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
  • Temperature: 92 degrees
  • Humidity: 12%
  • State of Emergency exists in Cochise County

Other Details

Pre-Evacuation Areas: East of Highway 92: Ramsey Road north to Camino Principal and east to Campobello

Fire Location: Now coming down Miller Canyon closing in on Highway 92/ potentially crossing at that location


  • Ash Canyon, Hunter Canyon, Stump Canyon (both upper and lower), Turkey Track, will remain closed until further notice.
  • Highway 92 closed at Ramsey Road on the north and Palominas Road on the south. All traffic coming from Bisbee to Sierra Vista DO NOT USE Highway 92. All traffic going to Bisbee from Sierra Vista DO NOT USE Highway 92.
  • Ramsey Road is closed at Moson Road
  • Ramsey Road is closed at Hargis Ranch Road


As of 2:30  PM (MST) on June 17  evacuations are underway at the following:

  • West side of Highway 92 on Yaqui west to Calle Matate / north to Choctaw Drive / east to Highway 92. Assisting with the evacuations today are members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Pima County Sheriff’s Office, Graham County Sheriff’s Office, and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.  (Source: Northern Rockies Incident Management Team)


“Officials said the update on the fire’s toll is 47 burned homes and 14 out-buildings destroyed in the Coronado National Forest near Sierra Vista.” Source

Wallow Fire Update

  • Size: 495,016 acres total [official estimate]
  • Containment: 38%
  • Location: Apache, Navajo, Graham, and Greenlee
  • Injuries to Date: 10
  • White Mountain Apache Reservation, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona; Catron County, New Mexico
  • Total Personnel: 4,418
  • Residences: 2,714 threatened; 32 destroyed;
  • 5 damaged
  • Commercial Property: 473 threatened; 4 destroyed
  • Outbuildings: 1,216 threatened; 36 destroyed; 1 damaged
  • Vehicles: 1 destroyed.

Wallow Fire false-color image taken on June 15, 2011 by the Landsat 5 satellite. “The slightly blue blur is smoke, and dots of bright orange-red on the south side of the burn are active fires. Unburned forest is green, and sparsely vegetated land is pink.” Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download largest image (3 MB, JPEG)

Horseshoe Two  Fire – The Expensive Blaze

(Posted June 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm MST) The Horseshoe Two Fire is burning on the Coronado National Forest near Portal, Ariz.

  • Size: 206,314 acres
  • Containment: 70%
  • Date started: May 8, 2011
  • Number of Personnel: 1,284
  • Total structures destroyed: 23
  • Cost to Date: $43,271,795
  • Source: Great Basin 2 Incident Management Team


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