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Explosive Wildfire Destroys Dozens of Structures, Threatens Hundreds More in N. Calif

Posted by feww on August 30, 2017

Ponderosa Fire consumes 2,500 acres in hours

Ponderosa Fire Incident Information [Cal Fire]
Last Updated: August 30, 2017 9:09 am
Date/Time Started: August 29, 2017 1:16 pm
County: Butte County
Location: Ponderosa way and Lumpkin road, 2 miles NW of Forbestown, about 80 miles north of Sacramento
Acres Burned – Containment: 2,500 acres  – UNCONTAINED
Structures Threatened: 800
Structures Destroyed: 10 residences and 20 outbuildings destroyed, 5 residences and 10 outbuildings damaged

Evacuations: Evacuation Order and Evacuation Warning

US Wildfires

National Interagency Coordination Center
Incident Management Situation Report
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 05:30 MT

National Preparedness Level –  (on a scale from 1 to 5)

Number of new large fires: 12
Number of active large fires: 59
[Total does not include individual fires within complexes]

States currently reporting large fires: California (9), Colorado (1), Idaho (5), Montana (18), Nevada (3), Oregon (15), Utah (1), Washington (6), Wyoming (1)

Total Active Fires: 110
Cumulative Acres: 845,682
Crews: 481
Engines: 1,116
Helicopters: 167
Total Personnel: 20,924

Fires Year-to-Date: 45,981
Acres Year-to-Date: 6,851,908

Ten Year Average (2007 – 2016 as of today)
Fires: 49,011
Acres: 5,248,077

Canada Fires and Hectares

HECTARES YEAR – TO – DATE:  2,968,679 [7,332,637 acres]


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Severe Weather Plagues the North, South, Midwest

Posted by feww on May 30, 2013

Flood, Freeze, Gale, Red Flag Warnings and Civil Emergency Situations as Tornadoes Rake a Dozen States

  • Emergency Alert Level (EAS) Activation requested by Meade County Emergency  Management in Meade County, SD, due to severe and widespread flooding  “over many location across western and central Meade County.”
  • EAS Activation has also been requested by Butte County Sheriff in Butte County, SD, due to Flash flooding which has occurred “over many location across Butte County.”

Severe weather continues to be a possibility across the Great Plains and the Midwest Thursday. Primary threats are large hail and tornadoes, some could be strong. SPC has outlined an area of Slight Risk; however this threat may have to be upgraded. In addition to the severe weather threat, river and flash flooding will continue as additional rainfall will move over already saturated locations. —NOAA

Weather HAZMAP
Map of the US Weather Hazards – May 30, 2013. Source: NWS

Dozens of tornadoes rake a dozen states; injuries reported

Some 50 tornadoes struck a dozen states, leaving at least 10 people injured in Kansas and Texas, according to initial reports.

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Widespread Death and Destruction amid Flooding in Russia

Posted by feww on July 7, 2012

UPDATED July 8, 2012

States of emergency declared in S. Russian cities of Krymsk, Novorossiysk, and Gelendzhik

At least 141 people have been killed, 1,500 displaced and up to 15,000 others severely affected by extreme rain events, flooding and landslides in the Krasnodar region, southern Russia.

  • Krasnodar Territory, Russia.  Severe flooding caused by extreme rain events has claimed at least 141 lives (death toll continues to rise as more bodies are discovered) across the South Russian Krasnodar Territory, reports said.
    • States of emergency have been declared in the cities of Gelendzhik, Krymsk and Novorossiysk, afetr a massive storm swept through the region dumping more than 6 months worth of rain in less than two days.
    • “Over a meter of water crashed over the intersection of Ostrovsky and Kirov Street in the center of Gelendzhik, ripping up the pavement and sweeping away everything in its path. According to the city administration, 5,000 homes have been flooded.” RT reported.
    • Flooding has left thousands of people  displaced or severely affected.
    • “One third of Krymsk is still submerged, with the water only receding in certain areas, complicating rescue efforts. Rescuers have already retrieved over 6,000 survivors from rooftops and trees.”
    • Krasnodar Governor called the flooding, storms and landslides the worst disaster in at least 70 years.
    • The affected area is said to be very large, and damage widespread.
    • Parts of the Northern-Caucasus railroad have been washed out.
    • Many regional roads are impassible.
    • “It is spectacular, to be sure, and very tragic. The water came with such force that it tore up the asphalt,” said the Governor of the Krasnodar region.
    • “Eyewitnesses claim a 7-meter wave struck Krymsk in the middle of the night,” said RT.
    • “It all happened during the night. People just ran from their homes, because there was a huge wave of water, nobody warned them. Two-story houses were flooded up to the second floor. The water came on very fast. It wasn’t rain.”  Anna Kovalyovskaya, whose parents are currently in the flood zone, told the Russian News Service.
      “I don’t know if this is official information or not, but in the city they are saying that they opened the water reservoir in the mountains above the city. That’s where the wave came from. In the city all of a sudden there was 7 meters of water. There was certainly a large storm beforehand, but the water came on so quick that in 15 minutes everything was flooded.”

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Minnesota: Major Disaster Declared in Minnesota due to Extreme Weather Events

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists the State of Minnesota affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of June 14-21, 2012.

  • The declaration was issued for 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue,  Kandiyohi, Lake, Meeker, Pine, Rice, Sibley and St. Louis counties, as well as the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
  • FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
  • See also: Extreme Weather Event Forces MN Gov to Declare State of Emergency across 8 Counties

Drought Disaster in South Dakota

  • Butte County Commissioners have declared a drought disaster in the County amid scarce rainfall since 2011.
    • Inadequate precipitation since last summer has caused drought conditions, which has had an “enormous effect on the production capabilities of the agricultural industry, which in turn severely affects the entire local economy,” the Commissioners said in a statement.

South Dakota Drought Map released July 3, 2012. Source: U.S. Drought Monitor. Location of Butte County is enclosed in red.

  • SD Drought Conditions (July 3, 2012)
    • D0 – D2:  95.98%
    • D1 – D2:  47.25%
    • D2 : 3.19%

British Columbia, Canada

Toxic seepage from tailings pond at an old zinc and lead mine has forced the authorities to declare a state of emergency in the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).

  • Heavy rainfall has raised the water level in the region and there is “ongoing seepage” from sections of the toxic pond, reports said.

Continued Flooding in Britain

More than 200 flood warnings and flood alerts remain in effect throughout England and Wales, with at least 13 flood warnings in Scotland.

  • Extreme rain events and landslides have brought disruption to the roads and railroads in parts of the UK, a report said.
    • Residents of Sheepy Magna village in Leicestershire have been evacuated after flooding, the report said.
    • Floodwaters have inundated many homes and business at various location.
    • An undisclosed number of people have been displaced due to widespread flooding.
    • See also: Storms and floods Cause Chaos in the UK‎ Posted on June 30, 2012

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