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Califirenia — Major wildfires continue destroying homes, businesses

Posted by feww on November 10, 2018

California plagued by most destructive, deadly wildfires

Camp Fire, a fast moving wildfire burning about 140 km north of Sacramento, has destroyed the town of Paradise, razing up to 6,800 homes and businesses, killing at least nine people and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

At least 35 people are reported missing and three firefighters have been injured.

Camp Fire
Camp Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: November 09, 2018 7:46 pm
Date/Time Started: November 08, 2018 6:33 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE/ Butte County Fire, Butte County Sheriff and Paradise P.D.
County: Butte County
Location: Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road near Jarbo Gap
Acres Burned – Containment: 90,000 acres – 5% contained
Structures Threatened: 15,000
Structures Destroyed: 6,453 residences, 260 commercial
Evacuations: View the latest Incident Update for current information on evacuations and road closures.

Evacuation centers: See

Woolsey Fire

In SoCal, Woolsey Fire, fanned by 80 km/h  Santa Ana winds, threatens 75,000 homes in Los Angeles county, putting about 220,000 people under mandatory evacuation as of Saturday morning. The fire has destroyed at least 150 buildings.

“Fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu… All residents must evacuate immediately.” the city officials said on their website.

The fire was racing toward  multi-million dollar homes in Malibu, forcing hundreds of thousands people, including 93,000 in Ventura County, to abandon their homes.

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Northern California Wildfire Destroys Town, Forces Thousands to Flee

Posted by feww on November 9, 2018

“This fire moved so fast and grew so fast a lot of people got caught by it.” –Cal Fire

A fast-moving wildfire dubbed the Camp Fire has destroyed the town of Paradise in Northern California  and has  reached the outskirts of the city of Chico, forcing tens of thousands to flee.

More than a dozen fires are currently burning across California, consuming tens of thousands of acres and threatening thousands of buildings.

Paradise on Fire from Hell: “The whole town is burning”

Camp Fire destroyed Paradise, about 85 miles north of Sacramento, forcing the town’s population of 27,000 to flee.

“The town is devastated, everything is destroyed. There’s nothing much left standing,” Cal Fire spokesman said.

In addition to utter destruction, there are reports of fatalities and casualties, but the details are as yet unconfirmed.

Chico, CA

The City of Chico [population 93,000,] is in the path of the wildfire, said Butte County Fire Dept.

Camp Fire Incident Information:

  • County: Butte County
  • Location: Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road near Jarbo Gap
  • Acres Burned – Containment: 20,000 acres
  • Structures Threatened: 15,000
  • Evacuations: Evacuation orders established for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley




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N. America Wildfire Update – 081302

Posted by feww on August 13, 2018

The U.S. Wildfire Situation Report

Report issued by NIFC – Monday, August 13, 2018  @ 05:30 MT

National Preparedness Level:  5  [on a scale from 1 to 5 – as of July 27 at 2 pm MDT ]

More than 30,000 firefighters and support personnel continue to work on 110 large fires that have burned 1.7 million acres in 14 states. Extreme fire behavior was reported in Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Washington. The Cougar Creek, Boffer, Grass Valley, Coal Hollow, Rabbit Foot, Cabin Lake fires all gained thousands of acres yesterday causing many nearby residents to be evacuated.

Weather: Critical fire weather conditions will continue across the northern Great Plains from central Montana east across North Dakota, as a breezy, dry northwesterly flow develops behind a front. A trough of low pressure extending southwest from south central Canada into the Pacific Northwest will promote near normal temperatures across the northwestern corner of the country. Widely scattered thunderstorms will drift northward into the Great Basin from the Southwest. Developing storms on the northern fringes of the moisture plume will tend to produce little rainfall. In the East, a strong, broad area of low pressure will allow wet conditions to continue across the Mid-Atlantic States and the Deep South. Localized flooding is possible in some areas across the Deep South from the continuance of precipitation. Scattered showers and storms will bring some relief to Texas, as a stalled-out area of low pressure lingers over the Panhandle…

Daily statistics 8/12/18
Number of new large fires: 9
Number of active large fires: 110
[Total does not include individual fires within complexes.]
States currently reporting large fires:
Alaska (17), Arizona (13), California (10), Colorado (12), Hawaii (1), Idaho (11), Montana (7), Nevada (1), New Mexico (3), Oregon (13), Texas (1), Utah (7), Washington (12), Wyoming (2).

Fires: 10
Acres: 680,027
New fires: 0
Contained fires: 0

Acres from active fires: 1,719,176
Fires contained: 2

Year-to-date statistics 2018 (1/1/18 – 8/12/18)
Fires: 40,079
Acres: 5,661,659

10-year average Year-to-Date 2008-2017
Fires: 42,899
Acres: 4,418,011

Canadian Fires and Hectares Burned

HECTARES YEAR-TO-DATE: 959,661 [2,371,322 acres]

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Wildfires Threaten Thousands of California Homes

Posted by feww on June 26, 2015

Up to 30,000 people evacuated from California towns threatened by Wildfires

Raging wildfires have prompted mandatory evacuations for residents of multiple towns and communities in California including Burns Canyon, Rimrock, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, Ranbow Lane and Heart Bar, while a voluntary evacuation remained in place in Pioneertown, said fire officials.

Meanwhile, residents in several other communities including Lake Williams, Erwin Lake, and Baldwin Lake have been warned of possible evacuation orders.

About 400 campers were also ordered to leave the Lake Williams area on Wednesday, as authorities closed Roadways and campgrounds throughout the areas threatened by wildfires, or affected by the smoke.

More than 1,000 residents in Santa Clarita, LA County, were also ordered to flee their homes late on Wednesday, fire officials said.

Alaska Wildfires

More than 300 wildfires are burning across the state of Alaska. Two major fires, the Sockeye fire and The Card Street fire, have destroyed or damaged more than 100 structures.

Meanwhile, the community of Aniak in Southwest Alaska began evacuating some of its residents Thursday as smoke from a 2,500-acre North Aniak Fire wildfire burning nearby blanketed the village, said a report.

State Disaster

Gov. Walker declared a state disaster on June 19 in response to damages caused by multiple wild land fires on the Kenai Peninsula, including the Card Street Fire near Sterling.

Walker also declared a state disaster in response to widespread damages caused by the Sockeye Fire in Willow and the surrounding region on June 16.

State of Oregon

In Oregon, Gov. Brown has  declared drought emergencies for 20 out of Oregon’s 36 counties so far, said spokesman for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Large forest fire are burning in Siskiyou National Forest and Whitman National Forest.

State of Washington

Gov. Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency for Washington in May due to the snowpack being at historic lows, dwindling rivers and irrigation districts being forced to cut off water to farmers.

Wildfires burning in 10 states

Wildfires are burning in 10 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

Warnings, Advisories and Watches

Red Flag Warnings, Excessive Heat Warnings,Heat Advisories, Excessive Heat Watches, Fire Weather Watches Air Quality Alerts, and/or Dense Smoke Advisories are currently in effect across most of the West, and parts of multiple other states.

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18,000 People Evacuated as Silver Fire Spreads

Posted by feww on August 10, 2013

Southern California wildfire threatens thousands of homes

Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency in response to the Silver Fire.

At least 18,000 Riverside County residents were under mandatory evacuation Friday as Silver Fire south of Banning scorched 18,000 acres, forcing the closure of highway 243.

As of of about 4:30 P.M. PDT on Friday 8/9/2013 the blaze had grown to about 18,000 acres with only 25% containment.

Silver Fire has so far destroyed 26 homes, one commercial building and one outbuilding, and has damaged two other buildings near Banning.  At least 5 fire crews  and one civilian have been injured.


UPDATE 8/9/2013 5:00 P.M.: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department/OES is lifting the evacuation order for the communities of Snow Creek, Cabazon, Mt. Edna, and Poppet Flats as of 6:00 pm on 08/08/2013.

Only local residents in these effected areas will be allowed to repopulate with an access pass until further notice. Access passes will be issued by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department starting at 6:00 pm on 08/08/2013. Residents must check in at the distribution center to receive an access pass.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Department will issue a resident an access pass which must be displayed in order to re-enter the evacuated areas. Proper identification will be required showing residency in the affected communities and must be shown at the distribution center. This includes but is not limited to: a California driver’s license/ID card, residency ID card or utility bill (plus photo ID). Special requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Evacuation orders for Twin Pines and Silent Valley R.V. Park remain closed due to safety concerns and the ongoing fire operations.  [Riverside County Fire Department ]


Silver Fire Incident Information
Last Updated: August 9, 2013 4:30 pm
Date/Time Started: August 7, 2013 2:05 pm
Total Fire Personnel: 2,106
Total Fire Engines: 201
Total Fire crews: 63
Total Helicopters: 8
Total Dozers: 16
Total Water Tenders: 18

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Mountain Fire: State of Emergency Declared in Riverside County

Posted by feww on July 21, 2013

Mountain Fire grows to about 30,000 acres

California’s Lieutenant Governor has issued an emergency proclamation for Riverside County in response to Mountain Fire, a massive wildfire that has destroyed residences and threatens thousands of homes and commercial properties forcing mass evacuations evacuations.

Mountain Fire has grown to 27,179 acres and remains at 15% containment as of Friday p.m. and more than 6,000 people have already been evacuated.

Additional Evacuation Orders/ Warning/ Notices

  • The Riverside County Sheriff in cooperation with Idyllwild Fire Protection District has issued an evacuation notice for the Idyllwild and Fern Valley area. This does not include Mountain Center and Poppet Flats.
  • This evacuation notice also includes the San Jacinto State Park Wilderness, Forest Service Wilderness and Forest Service Campgrounds.
  • An Evacuation Warning was issued for the community of Pine Cove just before noon on July 19, 2013.

Campground and Trail Closures:

The Pacific Crest Trail is now closed from Highway 74 (mile 152) to Strawberry Junction (mile 183) near the San Jacinto State Park boundary. All of the trails connection to the Pacific Crest Trail are closed as well, including South Ridge Trail, Carumba Trail, Spitler Peak Trail, Fobes Trail, and Cedar Springs.

All Forest Service Campgrounds located along Highway 243 are closed, The San Jacinto State Park is closed, and the San Jacinto Wilderness is closed.

Hurkey Creek County Campground, and all hiking and mountain biking trails out of Hurkey Creek and May Valley are closed.

Road Closures and Evacuations:

Evacuations orders for Trails End, Morris Ranch, and Camp Joe Scherman have been lifted as of 1:00 P.M. on July 20, 2013. Evacuation orders are still in effect for Idyllwild and Fern Valley. An Evacuation Warning also remains in place for the community of Pine Cove.

Closures have been lifted for Highway 74. Please be advised that fire crews and apparatus will still be working in the area; proceed with care for their safety and yours. Highway 243 is under a hard closure south of Pine Cove at the Nature Center to the junction of Highway 74. Residents have been allowed to return to the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista areas.

Camp Ronald McDonald has been voluntarily evacuated due to health concerns related to air quality.

Evacuation Centers:

Hemet High School, 41701 E. Stetson Ave, Hemet

Hamilton High School, 57430 Mitchell Road, Anza – Can accept small animals

Beaumont High School, 39139 Cherry Valley Blvd., Cherry Valley

Large and Small animals can be brought to the San Jacinto Animal Shelter, 581 S. Grand Ave, San Jacinto CA

Mountain fire continues to rage in the San Jacinto Mountains

The full text of the emergency proclamation is below:


WHEREAS a wildfire started on July 15, 2013, and continues to burn in Riverside County; and

WHEREAS the fire has burned over 24,000 acres, destroyed homes and commercial properties, and is threatening thousands of other residences and scores of other commercial properties, necessitating the evacuation of residents, and the opening of emergency shelters; and

WHEREAS on July 18, 2013, Riverside County proclaimed a local emergency and requested that I proclaim a state of emergency; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of this wildfire, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single county, city and county, or city and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exists within the County of Riverside due to these events.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Lieutenant Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist within Riverside County.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 19th day of July, 2013.

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California Targeted by Battering Storms

Posted by feww on November 29, 2012


[November 29, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,199 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...


Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Extreme Rain Event Forecast as Storm Barrage Batters N. California

More extreme weather is forecast for N. California, as first of a line of storms struck northern California Wednesday, bringing torrential rain and high winds to the region.

The storms are expected to spawn extreme rain events, precipitating as much as 20 inches of rain, with wind gusts exceeding 70MPH in some areas over a five-day period.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued multiple warnings for the region:

More storm systems are on their way to Northern California, bringing significant rainfall and windy conditions with it. Mud and debris flows are possible, and some tree branches are likely to break off causing possible power outages.

Urban and small stream flooding is likely. Snow levels are approximately above 7000 ft, so most precipitation will fall as rain.

Up to 30″ of snow is possible for the Northern Sierra Mountains and Lassen National Park region starting Thursday evening. 

Heavy precipitation is expected with high rainfall rates Thursday night/Friday and again Saturday night/Sunday. Mud and debris flows are possible, especially near areas burned during recent wildfires.

Mudslides can occur during periods of heavy rainfall, as the water and the loose soils combine to form a viscous, muddy debris mass, which flows downslope, crushing and overwhelming anything in its path, NWS warned.

Sacramento Valley could experience mudslides, according to the warnings.

See source: for latest storm updates

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Calif Fire Forces Mass Evacuations

Posted by feww on August 20, 2012

Ponderosa fire forces mass evacuations as Shasta County declares state of emergency

Ponderosa fire, a 15,000-acre wildfire southeast of Redding, has destroyed a dozen buildings, threatening 3,600 homes and forcing more than 3,000 people to evacuate, as Shasta County officials declare a state of emergency.

The fire which began in Tehama County on Saturday quickly spread into Shasta County moving north toward the communities of Shingletown and Viola.

Chips Fire, a large wildfire that ignited in the Plumas National Forest on July 29, has grown  to about 70 square miles, threatening several communities, officials said.

  • The Plumas County Sheriff said it will issue Mandatory Evacuation Orders for the communities of Canyon Dam and Big Meadows. “Additionally, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office will escalate to a Voluntary Evacuation for the communities of Almanor and Pratville. West Almanor remains under Advisement,” InciWeb reported.

Rush Fire.  The massive blaze has now consumed about 400 square miles. “The fire is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Northern California District (BLM-CA-NOD,) Eagle Lake Field Office, approximately 15 miles southeast of Ravendale, California. The fire is burning near a major natural gas line and transfer station, and power transmission lines that supply the Reno area and adjacent to Highway 395.”

Reading Fire.  The blaze in the Lassen Volcanic National Park, sparked by lightning on July 23, has grown to about 50 square miles, and is reportedly 50 percent contained.

  • Lightning strikes have sparked at least a dozen fires across the state since Friday.

Ramsey Fire, a 1,200-acre blaze located 8 miles East of Dorrington (Hwy 4). Photo: InciWeb.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Idaho, USA.  Authorities ordered the evacuation of Featherville, a small mountain resort in Idaho, as smoke from the Trinity Ridge Fire in the Boise National Forest blanketed the surrounding areas raising health concerns and reducing visibility.

  • The blaze, which started on August 3, has consumed about 90,000 acres and was less than 5 percent contained, as of posting.

See also: U.S. Wildfires Burning 2M Acres Across 11 States Posted August 17, 2012

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U.S. Wildfires Burning 2M Acres Across 11 States

Posted by feww on August 17, 2012

Disaster Calendar – 17 August 2012


[August 17, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,307 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Symbolic countdown began to the ‘worst day’ in human history on May 15, 2011...


About 2 million acres on fire across Western U.S.

Dozens of wildfires are burning out of control across 11 drought-stricken western states, consuming scores of homes and threatening hundred of other structures, and forcing thousands to evacuate entire towns.

  • Dozens of wildfires are currently raging across Western U.S. consuming about 2 million acres in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.
  • In Idaho, the massive Trinity Ridge Fire has consumed more than 100 square miles since early August, forcing thousands to evacuate the mountain resort towns of Pine and Featherville, about 100 miles NE of Boise.
    • About a dozen large wildfires are burning in Idaho.
  • In Washington, at least 1,000 evacuation orders were issued in rural areas east of Cle Elum, about 75 miles east of Seattle, as hundreds of residents voluntarily fled their homes.
    • The fire, which started Monday, quickly spread, destroying about 400 homes, barns and other structures, and threatening many more building.
  • “In California, a dozen major blazes up and down the state were keeping more than 9,000 firefighters busy, with the greatest immediate danger facing the rural community of Ranchita, about 50 miles northeast of San Diego,” said a report.
    • About 500 residents have been ordered to leave Ranchita and Santa Fe, authorities said.
  • California. Rush Fire. The fire is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Ravendale, California. “The fire is burning near a major natural gas line and transfer station, and power transmission lines that supply the Reno area.”
    • The fire started Sunday August 12th, 2012, and has already consumed more than 160,000 acres, with growth potential reported to be ‘extreme.’
    • Voluntary evacuations in several areas are currently in effect.
  • In northern California, a large blaze has consumed about 50,000  acres near the town of Belden in the Plumas National Forest, threatening about 1,000 homes, and prompting evacuations.
  • Holloway Fire, a Mega Wildfire burning along the Nevada-Oregon state line, grew to about 700 square miles, forcing many evacuations. The fire was reportedly 86 percent contained, as of posting.
  • As of August 16, about 43,000 wildfires had been reported in the U.S. this season, consuming a total of 6.4 million acres (~10,000 square miles). The 10-year average for the period is 52,005 fires, and 5 million acres, said the National Interagency Fire Center. [See previous blog comments about quality of the NIFC reporting.]

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