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Significant Earthquakes Strike California, Alaska

Posted by feww on March 13, 2016

M4.1 earthquake strikes 18km ENE of Ojai, California

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.1Mw
Location:34.526°N, 119.073°W
Depth:19.8 km
Time: 2016-03-12 08:42:40 UTC
Distances:

  • 19km (12mi) N of Santa Paula, California
  • 20km (12mi) NW of Fillmore, California
  • 31km (19mi) NNE of Ventura, California
  • 38km (24mi) NNE of Oxnard, California
  • 59km (37mi) ENE of Santa Barbara, California

M 6.3 quake strikes 65km SSE of Atka, Alaska

  • Foreshocks reported, aftershocks occurring, more will occur!
  • NO destructive tsunami reported.
  • Probability of ME occurring: 0.64 [FIRE-EARTH Models]

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.3Mw
Location: 51.624°N, 174.005°W
Depth: 22.4 km
Time: 2016-03-12 18:06:46 UTC

As of posting:

5.0 58km S of Atka, Alaska 2016-03-13 03:20:03 UTC 10.0 km
4.6 82km S of Atka, Alaska 2016-03-13 02:28:47 UTC 10.0 km
6.3 65km SSE of Atka, Alaska 2016-03-12 18:06:46 UTC 22.4 km
4.6 18km S of Atka, Alaska 2016-03-12 18:01:05 UTC 36.7 km
4.0 180km S of Atka, Alaska 2016-03-12 14:15:25 UTC 25.1 km
5.4 92km SSE of Atka, Alaska 2016-03-12 13:23:39 UTC 18.0 km
4.6 79km S of Atka, Alaska 2016-03-12 11:55:51 UTC 33.8 km

[Source: USGS/EHP]

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Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in Nine U.S. States

Posted by feww on March 4, 2016

Extreme weather and climatic disasters destroy at least 30% of crops in 73 counties across nine states

Drought Disasters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 15 counties in California and Arizona as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

California.  Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Riverside, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Tehama and Trinity.

Arizona. La Paz and Yuma.

Disasters caused by excessive rain, flash flooding and flooding

USDA has designated 51 counties across six states—Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas—as crop  disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, and flooding that occurred from Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 12, 2016. Those counties are:

Arkansas. Baxter, Cleburne, Conway, Crawford, Crittenden, Cross, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Hempstead, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lee, Little River, Logan, Lonoke, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, Newton, Perry, Poinsett, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp, St. Francis, Stone, Van Buren, White, Woodruff and Yell.

Louisiana. Bossier and Caddo.

Mississippi. DeSoto and Tunica.

Oklahoma. Le Flore and Sequoyah.

Tennessee. Shelby and Tipton.

Texas. Bowie and Cass.

Disasters caused by high winds and hail

USDA has designated seven counties in North Dakota as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by high winds and hail that occurred from June 23, 2015, through June 24, 2015. Those counties are:

North Dakota. Burke, Dunn, McKenzie, McLean, Mountrail, Ward and Williams.

All counties and city listed above were designated crop disaster areas on March 2, 2016.

Links to previous disaster listings posted at

 

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Multiple Crop Disasters Hit Eight U.S. States

Posted by feww on February 29, 2016

Multiple disasters destroy or damage crops in 130 counties across eight states

USDA has designated 29 counties across four states—Nevada, California, Idaho and Oregon—as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015. Those counties are:

Nevada. Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and White Pine counties.

California. Alpine, El Dorado, Inyo, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties.

Idaho. Owyhee County.

Oregon. Harney, Lake and Malheur counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Feb. 17, 2016.

Crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by multiple disaster conditions

USDA has designated 101 counties across four states—North DakotaSouth DakotaMontana and Minnesota—as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by multiple disaster conditions.

Disaster Number 1: USDA has designated the following counties as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of excessive heat, excessive rain, frost, excessive snow, drought, hail, flooding, high winds, lightning, weather-related insects and diseases that occurred from Jan. 1, 2015, and continues.

North Dakota. Benson, Burke, Burleigh, Cavalier, Divide, Eddy, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Nelson, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Sheridan, Steele, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells, and Williams counties.

Disaster Number 2: USDA has designated the following counties as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of freeze, frost, and drought that occurred from March 1, 2015, through Oct. 1, 2015.

North Dakota. Benson, Billings, Burke, Cavalier, Divide, Dunn, Eddy, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, McKenzie, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Ramsey, Slope, Stark, Towner, Walsh, Wells, and Williams continues.

Montana. Fallon, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Wibaux counties.

Disaster Number 3: USDA has designated the following counties as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of drought, excessive heat, high winds and hail that occurred from March 15, 2015, through Oct. 30, 2015.

North Dakota. Benson, Billings, Burleigh, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pierce, Ramsey, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stutsman, Towner, Ward and Wells counties.

Montana. Fallon and Wibaux counties.

South Dakota. Campbell and Corson counties.

Disaster Number 4: USDA has designated the following counties as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from April 1, 2015, and continues.

North Dakota. Burleigh, Cavalier, Emmons, Grand Forks, Kidder, McLean, Morton, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Ramsey, Sheridan and Walsh counties.

Minnesota. Marshall County.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Feb. 24, 2016.

Links to previous disaster listings posted at

 

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M4.9 Quake Strikes SoCal

Posted by feww on February 24, 2016

Earthquake jolts Bakersfield, CA

Centered at 35.542°N, 119.373°W (37km NW of Bakersfield) the event occurred at a depth of 22.1 km (13.8 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

The quake was followed by at least two aftershocks.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.9Mw
Location: 35.542°N, 119.373°W; depth=22.1 km (13.8 mi)
Time: 2016-02-24 00:02:23 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 6km (4mi) SSW of Wasco, California
  • 10km (6mi) WNW of Shafter, California
  • 37km (23mi) NW of Bakersfield, California
  • 128km (80mi) NNE of Santa Barbara, California
  • 142km (88mi) N of Ventura, California

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M4.3 Quake Strikes ENE of Lucerne Valley, California

Posted by feww on February 20, 2016

Earthquake strikes Camp Rock-Emerson-Copper Mountain fault zone

The quake struck Camp Rock-Emerson-Copper Mountain fault zone at Emerson section, NE of Red Hill, reported SGS/EHP.

Magnitude: 4.3Mw
Time: 2016-02-20 06:13:20 (UTC)
Location: 34.610 °N 116.629 °W depth=7.6 km (4.7 mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 36km (22mi) ENE of Lucerne Valley, California
  • 44km (27mi) NNE of Big Bear City
  • 47km (29mi) SE of Barstow city

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Significant Earthquakes Strike California

Posted by feww on February 17, 2016

M4.8 quake strikes near Big Pine, California

Centered at 37.202°N, 118.400°W the event occurred at a depth of 15.8 km (9.8 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 4.8Mw
Location: 37.202°N 118.400°W; depth=15.8 km
Time: 2016-02-16 23:04:26 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 10km (6mi) WNW of Big Pine, California
  • 114km (71mi) NE of Dinuba, California
  • 115km (71mi) NE of Reedley, California
  • 116km (72mi) ENE of Sanger, California
  • 248km (154mi) SSE of Carson City, Nevada

The quake was followed by at least three aftershocks:

M4.3; 10km WNW of Big Pine, California 2016-02-16 23:27:30 UTC d=15.6 km
M2.8; 11km WNW of Big Pine, California 2016-02-16 23:25:10 UTC d=15.0 km
M2.9; 11km WNW of Big Pine, California 2016-02-16 23:09:27 UTC d=14.8 km

It followed an earlier event, measuring 3.9Mw, which jolted Big Bear City (34.303°N, 116.863°W depth=3.1 km; 2016-02-16 09:24:20UTC), about 44km (27mi) ENE of San Bernardino, California.

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Heightened Seismicity Continues Across U.S.

Posted by feww on January 8, 2016

Seismic Map of the United States (7 Days – All Magnitudes)

At lease 1,382 earthquakes of all magnitudes (82 percent of the global total) have struck the United States (excl. territories) in the 7 days to 2016-01-08 at 14:45:15 UTC, based on the data provided by the USGS/EHP.

seimic map of us 7 days
Seismic map of the United States Seismic Map of the United States (7 Days to 2016-01-08 14:45:15 UTC – All Magnitudes)

EQ Totals – 7 Days to 2016-01-08 14:45:15 UTC – All Magnitudes

Global Events: 1,686
U.S. Events: 1,382 (Excl. Territories)
Source: USGS/EHP Archive

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State of Emergency Declared in California over Methane Leak

Posted by feww on January 7, 2016

Massive Methane Leak Continues in SoCal

Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles area after a massive methane gas leak in Aliso Canyon continued to sicken the residents for more than two months.

The leak, which was allegedly discovered on October 23, is spewing about 62 million cubic feet of methane gas into the environment each day, with a total of about 79,500 metric tons of the powerful climate pollutant released so far.

The leak is currently spewing between 33,000 and 50,000 kg/hr of the GHG, which is said to be the equivalent of a quarter of California’s total methane emissions from all sources.

The emissions are making the residents sick. Thousands of the residents have experienced nausea, dizziness, vomiting, nosebleeds, and headaches among other symptoms from the hazardous gas.

As of December 29m, some 6,500 families had filed for help, but only about 2,250 were relocated, with another 120 or so staying with family or friends.

Aliso Canyon storage field in Northridge, Los Angeles County, California is owned and operated by Southern California Gas Company, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy.

Methane – the main component of natural gas – is a powerful short-term climate forcer, with over 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide in the first 20 years after it is released. Methane is estimated to be leaking out of the Aliso Canyon site at a rate of about 62 million standard cubic feet, per day. The daily leakage has the same 20-year climate impact as driving 7 million cars a day. EDF

The following statement was issued by Brown’s office:

SACRAMENTO – Given the prolonged and continuing duration of the Aliso Canyon gas leak and at the request of residents and local officials, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation that declares the situation an emergency and details the administration’s ongoing efforts to help stop the leak. The order also directs further action to protect public health and safety, ensure accountability and strengthen oversight of gas storage facilities.

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Intense Clusters of Low-Level Seismicity Continue to Plague CA, AK

Posted by feww on January 4, 2016

Thousands of earthquakes of all sizes strike Alaska, California, Hawaii

More than 6,000 earthquakes of all sizes have occurred in Alaska, California and Hawaii in the 30 days to January 3, 2016 (23:59:59 UTC).

The following images and data are sourced from USGS/EHP EQ archive.

ca events 30 days
4,184 Earthquakes of ALL sizes in map area (30 days)

ak seismicity 30 days
2,386 Earthquakes of ALL sizes in map area (30 days)

Hawaii and Global Totals

The Hawaii total for the corresponding period was 186, with 7,855 events recorded globally.

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Drought Affects nearly One Billion Trees in California

Posted by feww on December 31, 2015

Ecological catastrophe: 29 million trees dead, 58 million more on the brink

New research by a Carnegie research team has revealed that up to 58 million large trees in California has experienced “severe canopy water loss between 2011 and today due to the state’s historic drought.”

The U.S. Forest Service says more than 29 million trees in California forests have already died.

“In addition to the persistently low rainfall, high temperatures and outbreaks of the destructive bark beetle increased forest mortality risk.”

The team used laser-guided imaging spectroscopy tools that are mounted on the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) to measure the full impact of the drought on California’s forests, and combined the CAO data with satellite data starting 2011.

The team’s advanced tools showed that about 41,000 square miles (10.6 million hectares) of forest containing up to 888 million large trees experienced measurable losses of canopy water between 2011 and 2015.  Of this group, up to 58 million large trees reached water loss thresholds that the scientists deemed extremely threatening to long-term forest health.”

Should drought conditions persist, the team concluded, there would be substantial changes to already significantly weakened forest structures and ecosystems in the near future, given the severity of the exiting conditions.


Progressive forest canopy water stress in the state of California from 2011 to 2015. Credit: Greg Asner

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Gas Well Blowout at Porter Ranch, California Sickening Residents

Posted by feww on December 29, 2015

Monster Gas Leak Spewing up to 50,000 kg/hr of  powerful GHG

The massive gas leak at a natural gas storage well at Aliso Canyon storage field in Northridge, California, operated by SoCalGas, has released about 75,000 metric tons of methane since it was discovered on October 23, 2015.

The leak is currently spewing about 33,000 – 50,000 kg/hr of the GHG, which is said to be the equivalent of a quarter of the state’s total methane emissions from all sources.

The emissions are making the residents sick. Thousands of the residents have experienced nausea, dizziness, vomiting, nosebleeds, and headaches among other symptoms from the hazardous gas.

Some 6,500 families have filed for help, but only about 2,250 have since been relocated, with another 100 or so staying with family or friends.


New video shot with a highly specialized Optical Gas Imaging camera shows time-lapse image of Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon gas leak. Video depicts an ominous cloud of methane gas flowing down from the gas well over the community of Porter Ranch. The video shows the gas cloud at 60x speed. For more information visit: http://porterranchlawsuit.com/

Relocating Schools

The Board of Education took action last week to expedite the temporary relocation of Castlebay Lane Charter and Porter Ranch Community School, comprising a total of about 1,900 students, due to disruptions in teaching and learning caused by the methane leak in Aliso Canyon.

“When classes resume after the winter break, the 770 students in grades K-5 who attend Castlebay Lane will be relocated to Sunny Brae Avenue Elementary in Winnetka. Porter Ranch Community School, which has 1,100 students in grades K-8, will relocate to Northridge Middle School. Portable classrooms and available space at the host schools will be used to house the Castlebay Lane and Porter Ranch students, teachers and staff.”

SoCalGas in Aliso Canyon, outside of Los Angeles, has released the following in its latest report on the blowout.

Relief Well  [BPesque?]

Efforts to drill the relief well are progressing. Crews are actively working on Phase 3 of a 5 phase process. This potentially time consuming phase is critical to the overall success, and encompasses positively identifying the leaking well with active magnetic ranging technology. Once identified, the relief well will follow the leaking well to more than 8,000 feet deep and intercept it near its bottom. Once we intercept the well, we will pump heavy mud and fluids into the leaking well to stop the flow of gas from the reservoir and into the well. Once the flow of gas has been stopped, we will pump cement into the bottom of the well to permanently seal it. The drilling process continues around the clock, and is expected to be completed by late February to late March.

As of December 27, we have successfully located the leaking or target well using the active magnetic ranging tool and are preparing to resume drilling.  We have currently drilled approximately 3,800 feet of measured depth.  From this point on, we will be interchanging drilling and ranging equipment as needed to increase the precision of the relief well in relation to the target well’s location and to follow it down at the appropriate distance, angle and orientation.

We are also initiating a secondary relief well as backup to our ongoing drilling of the primary relief well. Grading of the drilling pad for the secondary well should be complete in early January.  At that point a drilling rig will be moved in and set up.  Drilling is slated to begin in late January.

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Disaster Diary – December 26, 2015

Posted by feww on December 26, 2015

Severe weather threatens tens of millions of people across the U.S.

State of Emergency Declared in Alabama amid a “unique, significant rainfall event.”

Alabama Gov. Bentley has declared a state of emergency as floodwaters continue to bury homes, businesses and public infrastructure across the state in what a senior meteorologist called a “unique, significant rainfall event.”

“This isn’t the typical end of December weather,” said a meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham, Alabama. “This is a unique, significant rainfall event for this time of year. We get some severe weather this time of year, but to get this much rainfall this time of year is not typical.”

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) received three unconfirmed reports of tornadoes striking JEFFERSON and TUSCALOOSA  counties.

Meanwhile, NWS forecast a strong storm system would be moving from Rockies to Plains this weekend.

A storm system will strengthen this holiday weekend as it moves from the Rockies eastward through the Plains. A dangerous winter storm is forecast across portions of N.M., Tex. and Okla. where blizzard conditions are possible. Severe storms and heavy rain are possible in parts of the Gulf Coast region through the southern Plains to Ohio Valley on Saturday and Sunday where flooding is possible.

Further east, severe weather and flooding can be expected from east Texas to portions of the Mississippi Valley. Travel conditions will be hazardous in many locations through Sunday.

Dozens of Warnings, Advisories and Watches for severe weather are in effect across the U.S., as of posting.

 

Major wildfire burning uncontrollably, forcing mass evacuations, highway closures in SoCal

The massive blaze is devouring brush along PCH north of Ventura, threatening dozens of homes.

  • Mandatory evacuations have been imposed for the Solimar Beach community.
  • Campers were forced to evacuate at Emma Wood State Park.
  • Faria Beach Park campground was under voluntary evacuation.
  • Multiple section of Highway 101 and PCH were forced to close.
  • The fire grew to about 1,000 acres, as of posting.


Contributed photo/Johnny Corona/via VCS. A Ventura County Fire helicopter drops water on the Solimar Fire early Saturday morning.

 Deadly floods Displace 150,000 in Latin America

States of Emergency declared in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. 

Deadly flooding have forced about 150,000 people from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, prompting the authorities to declare states of emergency in multiple regions across the three countries.

At least 10,000 people were evacuated in Entre Rios province, and twice as many may need to be evacuated,  as floods threatened Concordia [pop: 170,000] located on the banks of the Uruguay River, the worst affected area, said the mayor, calling the deluge “the worst flooding in 50 years.”

“In November and December, the Rio de la Plata river basin in Argentina’s northeast received between 150 and 300 millimeters more rain than is typical for the period, the farm industry ministry said in a statement.,” AFP reported.

Death toll from flood related incidents in the affected areas stood at about a dozen, as of posting.

 

Great Ocean Road fire: Christmas Day blaze destroys 116 homes in Victoria

The massive bushfire in Victoria, Australia has destroyed at lease 116 homes, said a report.

“The fire, which has so far burned more than 2,200 hectares, is not yet under control.”

UK flood warnings: Homes evacuated amid record rain

At least 15 severe flood warnings are in effect and scores of homes have been evacuated, as record – heavy rain lashes parts of the UK, with Lancashire and Yorkshire counties bearing the brunt of flooding, said a report.

The UK Met Office has also issued two severe weather warnings, meaning danger to life, for rain in the two counties.

The UK Environment Agency has warned as much as a month’s rainfall would likely fall in one day in some areas.

Every river in Lancashire has exceeded record levels, the Agency said. The flood sirens have been activated in several towns/villages.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service warned: “A severe flood warning means danger to life. It doesn’t mean ‘come and have a look’! Please don’t come to visit Whalley or Ribchester now.”

“The village is under siege really,” a Ribchester resident told the BBC, describing the situation as “pretty grim,” with many homes at risk of flooding.

“The routes to the south are cut off and the route to the north, to Longridge, is under threat.”

A resident in Whalley said the situation was “a million times worse” than a fortnight ago when floods also hit.

“There are no more sandbags anywhere. People are panicking. That’s my business and my home, it’s a double whammy.”

  • The River Calder burst its banks in Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley.
  • Hebden Bridge town centre was one of the areas hit by floods on Boxing Day.
  • Flood sirens sounded in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.

Capel Curig in north-west Wales received the most rainfall in the 24-hour period to 09:00UTC Boxing Day, with a total of 168mm, the report said.

Up to 120mm of rain could fall over the most exposed sites in northern England on Boxing Day – with the average rainfall for the whole of December in the North West being 145mm, said Met Office forecasters.

Floods Minister Rory Stewart told BBC Radio: “As the rain falls, the rivers respond very quickly. Certainly what we’ve seen is rainfall levels that nobody’s ever seen before.”

 

M5.4 Earthquake Strikes DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE

Magnitude:  5.4mb [http://www.emsc-csem.org/]
Region: DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
Date/time: 2015-12-26 11:00:53.2 UTC
Location: 35.46 N, 27.42 E
Depth: 45km
Distances:

  • 329 km S of İzmir, Turkey [pop: 2,500,603]
  • 207 km E of Irákleion, Greece [pop: 137,154]
  • 131 km SW of Ródos, Greece [pop: 56,128]
  • 19 km E of Kárpathos, Greece [pop: 2,243]

Testimony: Witness location : Rhodes (Greece) (130 km NE from epicenter)

Today’s earthquake was very noticeable! Our Light fixtures in the living room, which are made of hanging crystals, like a Church Bell, they were moving horizontal ways creating really strong sound that is hard to miss, even being inside another room of the house. The Christmas Tree was also “dancing” in some ways but, Thank God, nothing fall from any wall, and no damage was occurred because of this earthquake.

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Major Disaster Declared in California Wildfire

Posted by feww on September 23, 2015

Federal Disaster Declared in Lake County after Valley Fire Destroys about 2,000 Structures

California Valley Fire (DR-4240) Incident period: September 12, 2015 Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 22, 2015

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in Lake County, California after the so-called Valley Fire wildfire destroyed nearly 2,000 structures, mostly homes, killing at least three civilians and injuring four fire crews.

  • County: Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties
  • Acres Burned – Containment: 76,067 acres – 79% contained
  • Structures Still Threatened: 3,043 residential
  • Total Fire Personnel: 3,303

California Gov had already issued two States of Emergency proclamations this month for four counties, one  for Lake and Napa counties due to the effects of the Valley Fire, and the other  for Amador and Calaveras counties due to the devastation caused by Butte Fire wildfire.

Brown had also proclaimed a state of emergency in northern California last month due to the wildfires.

Butte Fire

Meanwhile another deadly fire called Butte Fire has destroyed about 600 homes and businesses as well as hundreds of outbuildings, killing at least 2 civilians.

  • County: Amador & Calaveras Counties
  • Acres Burned – Containment: 70,868 acres – 82% contained
  • Structures Still Threatened: 6,400
  • Total Fire Personnel: 2,630

Tassajara Fire

A smaller wildfire called  Tassajara Fire has burned 1,086 acres – 75% contained  – since Saturday, killing one civilian and destroying  12 residences  and 8 outbuildings, with 1 residence damaged.

  • Total Fire Personnel: 779
  • Evacuations: An Evacuation Order still remains in effect within the fire perimeter.

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State of Emergency Declared for California Counties 2ND in Two days

Posted by feww on September 14, 2015

California Wildfires Destroy ‘Hundreds of Homes and Many Hundreds of Other Structures’

Valley Fire wildfire grows to 246 sqkm destroying  homes, communities, businesses, roads, public infrastructure…

Gov Brown declared State of Emergency on Sunday for Lake and Napa counties due to the effects of the Valley Fire, having issued an earlier Emergency Proclamation for Amador and Calaveras counties due to the devastation caused by Butte Fire wildfire.

“… this fire has destroyed multiple structures, including homes, and continues to threaten hundreds of homes, necessitating the evacuation of residents; [it] has damaged and continues to threaten critical infrastructure, and has forced the closure of major highways and local roads; … on January 17, 2014, I declared a State of Emergency based on the extreme drought that has caused millions of trees to die, and increased the severity and spread of the fires throughout the State; … as a result of the Valley Fire, combined with the drought conditions and other wildfires burning in the State, California’s air quality has significantly deteriorated and impacted public health; … the circumstances of this fire by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat …,” declared the Governor in his Emergency Proclamation.

Valley Fire wildfire continues to grow amid hot, windy conditions, said CalFire, reporting a civilian fatality in the fire area.

The raging blaze has destroyed at least 400 homes and about a thousand other structures, according to local reports.

“This is the worst tragedy Lake County has ever seen,” said Sheriff Brian Martin.

Additional mandatory evacuations were issued on Sunday.  There have been an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed. 5000+ are without power, said CalFire.

The fire started in Lake County on September 12. At least 1,234 fire personnel were trying to contain the fire, as of posting.

On Friday, Gov. Brown declared a State of Emergency for Amador and Calaveras counties, after Butte Fire wildfire destroyed more than a hundred home, dozens of structures, and threatened thousands more, prompting authorities to order tens of thousands of residents to abandon their homes.

Butte Fire Wildfire Grows to 71,063 acres

Butte Fire started on September 9, 2015 east of Jackson, burning 71,063 acres (30% contained) in Amador & Calaveras Counties, said CalFire.

  • Structures Threatened: 6,400
  • Structures Destroyed: 135 residences, 79 outbuildings, 4 structures damaged

Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuation Orders:

San Andreas at Pope, West Murray Creek, Lewis, Miller, San Andreas Elementary, Goldstrike, Mountain Ranch East to Windmill, Wimbledon Drive, Forest Hill, and Turner Court. Please leave the area immediately.

[Additional Evacuation Details posted at  http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1221  ]

Total Fire Personnel: 4,409

Rough Fire – Currently the Largest Active Fire in California

In addition to the Valley Fire and Butte Fire, dozens of wildfires were burning actively in the Golden State. The largest fire, Rough Fire, has scorched 138,053 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada since July 31, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

New mandatory evacuations and warnings for the Rough Fire were issued on September 12, 2015. There are 3,229 personnel currently assigned to the Rough Fire. Containment remains 40%.

The Rough fire is one of about 250 fires ignited by lightning in late July according to the Forest Service.

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Raging Wildfires Destroy Communities in California

Posted by feww on September 13, 2015

Valley Fire wildfire burns more than 40,000 acres in 16 hours

The Valley Fire wildfire is burning uncontrollably south of Clear Lake in Lake and Napa counties. The fire has consumed more than 40,000 acres in less than a day, said CalFire.

Much of Middleton, a small community in Napa Valley , is being consumed by the raging fire, according to local reports. Some 1,600 or so residents had already abandoned their homed under mandatory evacuation orders.

Evacuations:

Mandatory evacuations –Hwy 29 (Kelseyville) at Hwy 175 south on Hwy 175 towards Cobb, Red Hills Road to Hwy 29, Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 south to Seigler Canyon Road (south side of Hwy 29), Hwy 29 Tubbs Lane (Calistoga, Napa County) to Hwy 29/Hwy 53 (Lower Lake, Lake County) Butts Canyon Road to Napa County Line, including Berreyssa Estates, Butts Canyon Road to Pope Valley. Communities of Cobb, Seigler Canyon, Loch Lomond, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lakes.

Advisory Evacuation:

Livermore Road, Summit Lake Road and north of the community of Angwin.  [CalFire]

The fire is “easily detectable from space, even through cloud layer,” said the National Weather Service (NWS).

Valley Fire Incident Information
Last Updated: September 13, 2015 6:40 am
Date/Time Started: September 12, 2015 1:24 pm
Acres Burned – Containment: 40,000 acres
County: Lake County
Location: off High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Cobb

Fire Conditions

The Valley Incident has grown to 40,000 acres, 0% containment. The fire is burning in a south east direction from the Community of Cobb towards the communities of Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake. The fire is also burning north east from the Community of Cobb near the Community of Loch Lomond to Seiglar Canyon Road.There have been an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed. There are over 5000 residence without power. During initial attack four members of Copter 104’s crew suffered burn injuries and were transported to an area burn center. Additional resources are on order and responding to this incident. See below for Mandatory Evacuations and Road Closures . [CalFire]

Total Fire Personnel: 1,000

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State of Emergency Declared in California Counties due to Wildfire

Posted by feww on September 13, 2015

California Butte Fire consumes 65,000 acres, dozens of homes, threatens 6,500 residences

Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency for Amador and Calaveras counties, after Butte Fire wildfire destroyed dozens of structures and threatened thousands more, and prompting authorities to order tens of thousands of residents to abandon their homes.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders 

Residents in the following areas have been ordered to leave immediately:

San Andreas at Pope, West Murray Creek, Lewis, Miller, San Andreas Elementary, Goldstrike, Mountain Ranch East to Windmill, Wimbledon Drive, Forest Hill, and Turner Court.

Additional Mandatory Evacuation Orders, Evacuations Advisories and related information posted at http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1221

California Butte Fire (FM-5111)

Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on September 10, 2015

County: Amador & Calaveras Counties
Location: Butte Mountain Road, east of Jackson
Acres Burned – Containment: 65,000 acres – 15% contained
Structures Threatened: 6,400
Structures Destroyed: 86 homes, 51 outbuildings
Last Updated: September 12, 2015 9:15pm (PDT)
Date/Time Started: September 9, 2015 2:26pm

Total Fire Personnel: 3,852 [Source: NIFC]

Other major fires in California include

  • Gasquet Complex Fires,  Six Rivers National Forest, 29,525 acres, 13 miles northeast of Crescent City 7
  • River Complex Fires,  Shasta-Trinity National Forest, 75,028 acres, 3 miles southwest of Denny
  • Rough Fire,  Sierra National Forest, 117,034 acres, 5 miles north of Hume
  • South Complex Fires, Shasta-Trinity National Fores,t 29,416 acres, 5 miles north of Hyampom
  • Tenaya Fire, Yosemite National Park, 495 acres, 2 miles north of Yosemite Valley

States currently reporting large fires:
California (6)
Idaho (7)
Montana (4)
Oregon (3)
Utah (2)
Washington (11)
Acres Burned in Active Fires: 1,595,911

Year-to-date statistics 2015 (1/1/15 – 9/12/15)
Fires: 45,263 Acres: 8,617,473

Annual average prior 10 years 2005-2014
Fires: 55,814 Acres: 6,312,406

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Large Wildfires Burn 2 Million Acres in Western U.S.

Posted by feww on September 2, 2015

Dozens of active wildfires burn across 8 states

Some 65 large fires have burned nearly 2 million acres across Western United States, with three new large fires sparked on Tuesday, reported NIFC.

States currently reporting large fires include Alaska (1), Arizona (1), California (8), Idaho (16), Montana (14), Oregon (8), Texas (1) and Washington (16).

The deadly Okanogan Complex fire, raging across north-central Washington, had burned at least 305,000 acres, destroying hundreds of homes and outbuilding as of August 30. The fire has since been subdivided into its component blazes.  The fire killed three fire crews and injured four others last month.

Okanogan was one 16 active wildfire/fire complexes in Washington state that have consumed more than 921,249 acres as of September 1, said NIFC.

Fire Stats (9/1/15)
Acres from active fires: 1,990,649
Number of new large fires: 3
Number of active large fires: 65

Year-to-date statistics
2015 (1/1/15 – 9/1/15)     Fires: 43,819 –  Acres: 8,202,557 or 33,195 km² [NEW Record]

Annual average prior 10 years
2005-2014     Fires: 53,432 – Acres: 5,569,996

Latest Fire Management Assistance Declarations

  • Idaho Tepee Springs Fire (FM-5110)
  • Washington Goodell Fire (FM-5109)
  • Washington Renner Fire (FM-5108)

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Major Wildfires Burn 2 Million Acres in 7 U.S. States

Posted by feww on August 30, 2015

70 Large fires or complexes char nearly 8,000 km² across 7 U.S. states

Currently, 70 large wildfires or complexes have burned nearly 2 million acres (~ 8,000 km²) across seven U.S. states, NIFC reported.

The fires are burning in Alaska (1), California (10), Idaho (17), Montana (16), Oregon (10), Texas (4) and Washington (12).

Two hundred soldiers based out of Fort Lewis, Washington have been deployed in Washington state to assist the civilian fie crews,

Dozens of crews and fire management personnel from Canada, Australia and elsewhere have also been deployed.

Preparedness: Level 5

[Geographic Areas are experiencing major incidents which have the potential to exhaust all agency fire resources. Eighty percent (80%) of Type 1 and Type 2 Incident Management Teams and crews are committed, as well as the majority of other National Resources.]

Acres from active fires: 1,954,138
Number of new large fires: 9
Number of active large fires: 70 (individual fires in complexes not included)

Year-to-date statistics 2015 (1/1/15 – 8/29/15)
Fires: 43,396 – Acres: 7,825,559 (an area nearly the size of state of Maryland)

Annual average prior 10 years (2005-2014)
Fires: 52,884 – Acres: 5,467,292

Warnings

Red Flag Warnings, Air Quality Alerts or Dense Smoke Advisories due to wildfires are currently in effect across vast swathes of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

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Wildfires Burning 2 Million Acres across 15 U.S. States

Posted by feww on August 25, 2015

Deadly wildfire complex in Washington breaks State’s record

The so-called Okanogan Complex wildfires have burned nearly 260,000 acres (105,000 hectares) breaking a state record set last year by Carlton Complex fire.

About 100 active fires are currently burning more than 2 million acres (81,000 km²) across 15 U.S. States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Year-to-date statistics [Source: NIFC]
2015 (1/1/15 – 8/24/15) Fires: 42,519 – Acres: 7,487,737
[Caution: The stats provided by NIFC have previously proved to be incomplete, erroneous and unreliable. See related blog entries since 2007.]

The Federal government has proclaimed an additional Fire Management Assistance Declaration as follows:

  • Washington Renner Fire (FM-5108)
    Incident period: August 21, 2015
    Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 21, 2015

Weather Forecast by National Weather Service (NWS)

High Fire Danger Continues in the West

Hot, dry and breezy conditions will continue early this week across much of the Northwest U.S. and northern Rockies. Numerous wildfires are burning in this region, and dense smoke is causing air quality issues in several states of the Northwest. Red Flag Warnings and Air Quality Alerts are in effect.

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Deadly Wildfires Burning in Pacific Northwest

Posted by feww on August 20, 2015

Washington Gov. requests Major Disaster Declaration as wildfires kill 3 fire crews, injure 4

Gov. Inslee has requested a Federal Disaster Declaration for the State of Washington as 44 lightning-sparked wildfires that are raging uncontrollably kill 3 fire crews and injure at least 4 others.

“Currently 11 counties and 4 tribes are affected or threatened by fires with 39 confirmed residences and 60 other structures destroyed [and] over 235,000 acres burned,” said Inslee in his official request. “Over 3,600 homes remain threatened, and these numbers are increasing each day as the largest fires remain uncontained.”

“Washington State had a major disaster declaration on August 11, 2014 for Washington Wildfires (DR-4188) in Okanogan County from the Carlton Complex Fire. The impacts of this current event are likely to exacerbate the ongoing housing and economic recovery efforts from the declared disaster last year.”

On June 26, 2015, I issued a State of Emergency for the State of Washington for all 39 counties due to extraordinary heat and drought conditions across the state. These conditions have continue to worsen and exacerbated the threats posed by high fire danger weather conditions.

On August 13, 2015 a low pressure settled over central and eastern Washington that generated several hundred lightning strikes in a 6 hour period setting off numerous fires. This weather system remained in effect thru Saturday August 15, 2015. Gusty winds continue to effect these regions. Another similar system is moving into the region in the next 2 days with extreme high fire danger weather predicted.

There have been five Fire Management Assistance Grant declarations in the span of 36 hours with two additional approved Washington State Fire Mobilizations for Black Canyon/McFarland Creek Fires in Okanogan County and Renner Lake Fire in Stevens and Ferry Counties.

Thousands of people are under mandatory evacuation orders across the Pacific Northwest as more than 90 major wildfires rage across the region. At least a dozen wildfires are also burning across the South.

In Washington, several towns and communities have been evacuated including Omak, Riverside, Twisp, Winthrop and Conconully.

“It is really bad out there. The fires have just exploded,” a spokeswoman for the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management, told the AP. “We’re just directing everybody to head south.”

In California, more than 2,500 people were forced to flee Christian camps near Fresno after Rough Fire crossed Highway 180, officials said.

Mandatory evacuations are also in effect in the states of Idaho and Oregon.

States currently reporting major wildfire include Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Active fires are currently burning an estimated 1.5 million acres, and have consumed hundreds of homes and other structures so far this month.

Some 42,000 wildfires have consumed at least 7.2 million acres across the United States, so far this year.

Governors in California, Idaho, Montana and Oregon have declared States of Emergency due to the wildfires, so far this month.

The U.S. military is sending hundreds of personnel to the fire lines, as fire managers call in help from other countries.

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Earthquake Strikes SSE of Sendai Nuke Plant

Posted by feww on August 17, 2015

M5.1 earthquake strikes 100km SSE of Sendai, Japan

Centered at 30.8N, 131.1E the quake struck at a depth of about 10km and was felt across the southern tip of Kyushu island, according to Japan’s weather agency.

At the Sendai earthquake monitoring station, the quake registered 3 on Japan’s Seismic Intensity Scale (1 to 7).

Other Significant Earthquakes:

  • M5.2, 145km E of Chichi-shima, Japan, 2015-08-17 at 00:45:42UTC depth=7.4km
  • M4.0, 1km N of Piedmont, California 2015-08-17 at 13:49:17UTC depth=5.4 km

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N. Calif. Fire Doubles in Size, Threatens 6,300 Structures, Forces Mass Evacuations

Posted by feww on August 3, 2015

Massive blaze destroys dozens of homes, threatens 6,301 buildings, forces tens of thousands of evacuations in northern Calif.

The 54,000-acre Rocky Fire wildfire, burning north of San Francisco, exploded to twice its size in less than 24 hours, destroying dozens of homes, threatening more than 6,300 structures, and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes.

The 220-square-kilometer blaze is burning in Lake, Yolo and  Colusa counties  and was  less than 5 percent contained, as of posting. [Last Updated by CalFire on August 2, 2015 at 8:00pm PDT]

Tens of thousands of people are currently under mandatory evacuation orders.

The fire is burning near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake, across the three counties of Lake, Yolo and Colusa.

Rocky Fire Incident Information [provided by CalFire]
Acres Burned – Containment: 54,000 acres – 5% contained
Structures Threatened: 6,301
Structures Destroyed: 24 residences and 26 outbuildings destroyed; 3 structures damaged.

Evacuations: NEW – A Mandatory Evacuation order has been implemented for all residents on Ogulin Canyon Road. Law enforcement is currently in the area and informing residents of the mandatory evacuation. All of Ogulin Canyon road will be closed to traffic. A Mandatory Evacuation order is in effect for all of Spring Valley. Law enforcement is currently advising Spring Valley residents of the mandatory evacuation. The Highway 20 corridor will be closed from New Long Valley Road to Highway 53. The Mandatory Evacuation includes Paradise Canyon, New Long Valley Road, Old Long Valley Road, Salt Canyon, Indian Hill Road, Flaming Hills Lane, Benmore Canyon, Red Rock Road, Red Rock Court, Round Mountain Road, North West of Highway 22, Fern Way, Juniper Way, Holly Way, Golden Red Way, Shasta Road, Cougar Road, Jeep Trail, Smith Lane, Pueblo Trail, Quail Trail, Ogulin Canyon Road, Meadow Creek Road, Cache Creek Road, Wolf Creek Road, Spring Valley Road, Riverview Road, Rocky Ridge, Chalk Mountain Road, Lakeview Campground, Cache Creek Winery, Noggle Winery, Elm Way, Dogwood, Cedar, Blue Berry, Acacia Way, Acacia Street, Doe Trail, Madrone Way, Peach Way, Quince Way, Redwood Way, Sequoia Way, Tamarack Way, Weeping Willow Way, Yucca Way, Coyote Way, Elk Way and Fox Way. An Advisory Evacuation is in effect from Highway 53 west to Sulphur Bank Road along Highway 20.

Mandatory: Jerusalem Valley area east of Soda Creek, Bonham Road, Quarter Horse Lane, Mustang Court, Bronco Court, Sunset Court, Morgan Valley east of Bonham Road, Canyon Road, June Bug Road, Cambell Ranch Road, Sloan Ranch Road, Sky High Ranch Road, Rocky Creek Road, Dam Road from the gate to the dam, Grizzly Canyon, Long Branch Drive, Lance Road, Cougar Road, Red Rocks, Meridian Road, Antelope Road, Mule Skinner Road, Flint Look Place, Moccasin Road, Roundball Road, Watertrough Road, Grigsby Canyon, Lucky Canyon, Remington Canyon, Walker Ridge, Walker Ridge Road, No Guns Road, Meriann Drive, Bear Valley Road from Highway 20 to Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs Road and Morgan Valley Road X Butte Creek Road.

Advisory: All areas including east of Hwy 29 @ Raita Road east of Hwy 53 north to Hwy 20 including Ogulin Canyon Road, City of Clear Lake, Spruce Grove Road, Noble Ranch Road, Black Bass Pass, Jerusalem Valley area west of Soda Creek, Double Eagle Ranch, Homes along Hwy 20 corridor between New Long Valley Road and east of the county line, Spruce Grove Road to intersection of Jerusalem Grade, Lake Ridge.

Evacuation Centers: Middletown High School, Kelseyville High School

Road Closures: Highway 20 is closed from Highway 16 to Highway 53 for all through traffic in both directions due to increased fire activity. Highway 16 is closed from Highway 20 to the Yolo County Line in both directions due to increased fire activity. Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road.

An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.
Cause: Under Investigation
Team
Total Fire Personnel: 2,737
Total Fire Engines: 254
Total Fire crews: 59
Total Airtankers: 4
Total Helicopters: 19
Total Dozers: 58
Total Water Tenders: 38
Long/Lat: -122.4762475/38.8863538
Conditions: The fire activity has grown dramatically and firefighters are aggressively working to stop the progression. The terrain is steep and rugged with limited access, fuels are at critical levels and there is little to no fire history in the area. In total, all evacuations impact over 12,190 citizens living in over 5,201 residences. Damage assessment teams have begun initial assessments based on access through fire affected areas. Resources continue to respond from around the state.

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California Burning: Massive Wildfires Threaten Thousands of Structures

Posted by feww on August 2, 2015

27,000-acre blaze destroys dozens of buildings, threatens 5,165 structures, forces mass evacuation

The so-called Rocky Fire wildfire burning north of San Francisco has exploded in size to more than 109 square kilometers, destroying 24 residences and 26 outbuildings, damaging 3 others and threatening 6,156  additional structures, according to Cal Fire.

Up to 15,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders or evacuation advisories.

There are at least 14 major fire currently burning tens of thousands of acres across the drought-plagued Golden State.

Additionally, hundreds of smaller fires,  sparked by thousands of lightning strikes, are scorching the bone-dry landscape, said Cal Fire.

Rocky Fire wildfire details

Last Updated: August 1, 2015 10:20 pm
Date/Time Started: July 29, 2015 3:29 pm

County: Lake, Yolo & Colusa Counties
Location: near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake
Acres Burned – Containment: 27,000 acres – 5% contained
Structures Threatened: 6,156
Structures Destroyed: 24 residences and 26 outbuildings destroyed; 3 structures damaged.

Evacuations: Mandatory: NEW – A Mandatory Evacuation order has been placed for Bear Valley Road from Highway 20 to Wilbur Springs Road. Wilbur Springs Road is also under a mandatory evacuation.

A Mandatory Evacuation order has been placed on the west side of Highway 16 from County Road 40/Rumsey Canyon Road, north to Highway 20. Highway 16 is closed both directions from Road 40/Rumsey Canyon Road, north of Highway 20.

Jerusalem Valley area east of Soda Creek, Bonham Road, Quarter Horse Lane, Mustang Court, Bronco Court, Sunset Court, Morgan Valley east of Bonham Road, Canyon Road, June Bug Road, Cambell Ranch Road, Sloan Ranch Road, Sky High Ranch Road, Rocky Creek Road, Dam Road from the gate to the dam, Grizzly Canyon, Long Branch Drive, Lance Road, Cougar Road, Red Rocks, Meridian Road, Antelope Road, Mule Skinner Road, Flint Look Place, Moccasin Road, Roundball Road, Watertrough Road, Grigsby Canyon, Lucky Canyon, Remington Canyon, Walker Ridge, Walker Ridge Road, No Guns Road, Meriann Drive.

Advisory: All areas including east of Hwy 29 @ Raita Road east of Hwy 53 north to Hwy 20 including Ogulin Canyon Road, Spruce Grove Road, Noble Ranch Road, Black Bass Pass, Jerusalem Valley area west of Soda Creek, homes along Hwy 20 corridor between New Long Valley Road and east of the county line, Spruce Grove Road to intersection of Jerusalem Grade and Lake Ridge.

Evacuation Centers: Middletown High School, Kelseyville High School

Road Closures: Highway 16 is closed from Highway 20 to the Yolo County Line is close in both directions due to increased fire activity. Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road. Highway 20 from Highway 53 east to New Long Valley Road is open to residents with identification only. Highway 20 is closed to all traffic from New Long Valley Road to Highway 16.

An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.

Total Fire Personnel: 1,940
Total Fire Engines: 180
Total Fire crews: 37
Total Airtankers: 4
Total Helicopters: 19
Total Dozers: 56
Total Water Tenders: 37
Long/Lat: -122.4762475/38.8863538
Conditions: The fire is expected to have significant activity and growth. Current strategic constraints include lack of access to areas of the fire, very hot and dry weather, critical fuels and changing winds. And additional Mandatory Evacuations have been issued for the Double Eagle area. In total, all evacuations impact over 12,100 citizens living in over 5156 residences.

Other Major Fires

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State of Emergency Declared in California due to Raging Wildfires

Posted by feww on August 1, 2015

Wildfires from Hell: Gov. Brown Declares yet another State of Emergency in the Golden Brown State

Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency in California as 20 wildfires torch forests across the state killing a fire crew.

“California’s severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox,” said Brown.

High winds, low relative humidity and triple-digit temperatures forced by a heatwave have plagued much of the drought-stricken region.

Rocky Fire
Location: near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake
Acres Burned – Containment: 18,000 acres – 5% contained
Structures Destroyed: 3 Structures destroyed, Multiple outbuildings destroyed/damaged.

Evacuations

Mandatory: Jerusalem Valley area east of Soda Creek, Bonham Road, Quarter Horse Lane, Mustang Court, Bronco Court, Sunset Court, Morgan Valley east of Bonham Road, Canyon Road, June Bug Road, Cambell Ranch Road, Sloan Ranch Road, Sky High Ranch Road, Rocky Creek Road, Dam Road from the gate to the dam.

Advisory: All areas including east of Hwy 29 @ Raita Road east of Hwy 53 north to Hwy 20 including Ogulin Canyon Road, Spruce Grove Road, Noble Ranch Road, Black Bass Pass, Jerusalem Valley area west of Soda Creek, Double Eagle Ranch, Homes along Hwy 20 corridor between New Long Valley Road and east of the county line, Spruce Grove Road to intersection of Jerusalem Grade, Lake Ridge

Evacuation Centers: Middletown High School, Kelseyville High School

Road Closures:
Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road.

An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.

Total Fire Personnel: 1,300
Total Fire Engines: 131
Total Fire crews: 21
Total Airtankers: 4
Total Helicopters: 19
Total Dozers: 40
Total Water Tenders: 35
Long/Lat: -122.4762475/38.8863538
Conditions: Fire has progressed and is currently moving southwest towards Lower Lake and the eastside of Clearlake. A chance of thunderstorms, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity is expected for Saturday. The terrain is steep and rugged with limited ground access, fuels are at critical levels, and the area has limited fire history. Firefighters will continue to construct fire line, provide structure protection and assist in the restoration of services to facilitate re-population efforts. [CalFire]

Other Fires

Major Wildfires

Large wildfires are currently burning across the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

National Preparedness Level 3
Due to an increase in large fire activity in California and southern Oregon, the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group has increased the National Preparedness Level to PL3 as of 12 p.m. MDT on July 31, 2015.

 

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Wildfires Threaten Thousands of Structures in U.S. West

Posted by feww on July 29, 2015

Lowell Fire threatens 1,800 structures in California: CalFire

States currently reporting large fires: Alaska (4), California (5), Montana (4), Oregon (2), Washington (2), Wyoming (1)
July 28, 2015: Four new large fires were reported yesterday.
[National Fire Information Center]

Alaska Fires: 4 ( Acres: 680,422;  New: 1;  Contained: 0)
California Fires: 5  (Acres: 10,179 New: 0 Contained: 0)
Oregon Fires: 2  (Acres: 1,693 New: 0 Contained: 0)
Washington Fires: 2 (Acres: 6,179 New: 0 Contained: 0)
Wyoming Fires: 1  (Acres: 2,366 New: 1 Contained: 0)

Lowell Fire burning in Nevada & Placer Counties, California
Evacuations: Evacuation warning areas are in effect for Red Dog Rd East of Greenhorn Creek, You Bet Road East of Greenhorn Creek, Chalk Bluff from Brady Road to Buckeye Road, Buckeye Road to Lower Greenhorn Road, Lower Greenhorn Road from Buckeye Road to Banner Quaker Hill Road, Cascade Shores Community, Lower Hill Road from Preston Road to Negro Hill. The public is asked to stay vigilant to any changes of evacuation areas.
Total Fire Personnel: 2,449
Injuries: 4

Willow Fire
Evacuations: The Central Camp area was evacuated due to the fire.
Closures: Gagges, Whiskers, and Whiskey Falls campgrounds are closed. All roads from 227 to these campgrounds are closed.
Size: 1,739 Acres
Total Personnel: 1,487
Weather Concerns; Beginning today, the high pressure ridge will bring much warmer temperatures to the fire area. Localized down canyon winds in the Willow Creek Drainage may push the fire at night.

Wragg Fire

Acres Burned – Containment: 6,991 acres – 80% contained
Structures Threatened: 136
Structures Destroyed: 2 outbuildings destroyed – 3 outbuildings and 1 residence damaged

Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations have been ordered for Mix Canyon, Sky Ranch Road, Wild Horse Canyon Rd., and Blue Ridge Road. (Approximately 136 homes /200 residents)

An evacuation advisory has been issued for Gates Canyon Road and the area west of Pleasants Valley Road.

Total Fire Personnel: 1,158
Conditions: The fire intensity increased on the south side of the Wragg Fire increasing the acres burned by approximately 400 acres.

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