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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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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – March 2, 2016

Posted by feww on March 2, 2016


Mongolian herders risk losing their livestock and livelihoods as Dzud looms

Extreme winter conditions known as ‘Dzud,’ a cyclical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia, are being exacerbated by a summer drought and extreme overgrazing, leading to insufficient hay for winter grazing, said a report.

“This, coupled with heavy snows and freezing temperatures is causing large numbers of animals to die from starvation. Parts of Mongolia are experiencing continuous heavy snowfall and snowstorms with average temperatures below – 25 degrees Celsius during daytime and around – 40 degrees during the night. More than 80,000 herder families (around 400,000 people) in the northern and western part of the country are at risk, with millions of livestock facing starvation in the coming weeks and months.”

Both the weather conditions and the state of grazing are worse than they were in the Dzud of 2009-2010, when millions of animals died, said the Mongolian Ministry of Food and Agriculture. “Tens of thousands of households lost all or more than half of their animals and many of these families were forced to move to slum areas on the outskirts of Ulaan Baatar and other urban centers. Large scale migration to the cities resulting from loss of livelihood among herders has magnified urban social problems such as unemployment, crime, alcoholism, domestic violence and extreme poverty.”

Europe faces an imminent humanitarian crisis

A rapid build-up of people in already over-stretched Greece is threatening Europe with imminent humanitarian crisis, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned today.

“With governments not working together despite having already reached agreements in a number of areas, and country after country imposing new border restrictions, inconsistent practices are causing unnecessary suffering and risk being at variance with EU and international law standards,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.

Edwards added that as of last night (Monday), the number of refugees and migrants in Greece and needing accommodation had soared to 24,000. Around 8,500 of these were at Eidomeni, near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

“At least 1,500 had spent the previous night in the open. The crowded conditions are leading to shortages of food, shelter, water and sanitation. Tensions have been building, fuelling violence and playing into the hands of people smugglers,” Edwards stressed.

As of March 1, some 131,724 people had crossed the Mediterranean during January and February with 122,637 of them landing in Greece.”This is approaching the total for the first half of 2015 (147,209). So far, 410 lives have been lost.”

Critical fire weather conditions and Arctic airmass impacting U.S.

Critical fire weather conditions to impact at least seven states, as Arctic airmass moves into Northern U.S., said NWS.

NWS has issued Red Flag Warnings for all or parts of at least seven states in central and southern Plains.

Meanwhile, temperatures are forecast to drop by up to 15 degrees below average over the Great
Lakes/Ohio Valley to parts of the Tennessee Valley.

Snow, colder temperatures and gusty winds will continue to impact the northern Great Lakes, northeast and New England. Strong thunderstorms are possible in the southeast. In the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies, mountain snow and valley rain are expected. Critical fire weather conditions will impact the central and southern Plains.

Bluff or True? Sick Saudi terrorists claim they have nuke warheads

“Warning: Saudi Arabia, although a signatory to the Nuclear Weapons Non- Proliferation Treaty has just, in violation of its pledge, acquired atomic bombs from Pakistan.”


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Red Flag Warnings Raised in 7 States

Posted by feww on April 8, 2013

Fire Disaster Recipe:  Strong Winds and Low Humidity

RED FLAG WARNINGS are in effect in parts of Texas New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma as both strong wind and low Humidity worsen across the region, NWS said.

“A low pressure system over the Great Basin will dig slowly southeastward toward New Mexico, today. Strong winds aloft will initially push over western New Mexico, gradually spreading to most areas. These strong winds aloft will combine with a deepening area of low pressure at the surface, leading to very windy conditions. In addition, dry conditions will precede the storm system with relative humidities ranging from the upper single digits to mid teens across much of the area.”

Critical Fire Weather conditions are expected from late Monday morning into Monday evening, across the region.

  • Wind: Southwesterly sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph; with gusts up to 60 mph
  • Relative Humidity: 10 to 15 percent
  • Impacts: Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly

US weather hazmap - 8apr2013
U.S. Weather Hazards Map – April 8, 2013. Source: NWS/CRH/NOAA

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Half Million Protest Austerity Measures across Portugal

Posted by feww on March 3, 2013

“Austerity kills:  Screw the troika!”

Half million Portuguese rallied in Lisbon and other cities on Saturday demanding an end to austerity measures dictated by the so-called troika of lenders from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

“We are in a new dictatorship. Everything that the revolution achieved is being destroyed,” an elderly protester in Lisbon told reporters.

“This government has left the people on bread and water, selling off state assets for peanuts to pay back debts that were contracted by corrupt politicians to benefit bankers,” said another protester.

“If not today, things have to change tomorrow and we need to remain in the streets for the government to fall.”

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Critical fire weather across 4 states

NWS Forecast: A storm system moving into central United States Monday will create breezy and dry south winds over south central Texas Sunday, and windy and dry conditions behind a cold front Monday night into Tuesday. Driest conditions are expected along the Rio Grande and over the southern Edwards Plateau, where minimum relative humidities could fall to near 10 percent today.
Humidities east of I-35 today are expected to remain in the 20s and 30s. Strong north winds of 20 to 30 mph and minimum relative humidities in the teens are expected behind the cold front that is expected to move through the area early Tuesday morning.

US weather hazmap 3mar13
US weather hazards map – March 3, 2013. Source: NWS

Blizzards paralyze N. Japan killing at least 8

At least 8 people died in snow-related accidents in Hokkaido over the weekend, as twice as much snow as usual fell over the region.  The latest snowfall added more than two meters of snow to accumulations that are already several meters high  in some places, Kyodo News reported. Many houses have been completely buried in snow.

Ethnic clashes in Macedonia leave dozens injured

Two days of clashes between ethnic groups and Macedonian police in the capital, Skopje, has left about 2 dozen people injured, said a report.

Chinese village under lockdown following violent clashes, reform demands

Villagers in southern China’s Shangpu are under a lockdown after a standoff with authorities on Sunday. They “were demanding democratic polls after a violent clash with thugs linked to a local official over a land transfer,” said a report.



Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,105 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …


Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Massive Wildfire Forces Hundreds Flee Homes in Idaho

Posted by feww on September 10, 2012

Wildfire threatens about 500 residences near towns of North Fork and Gibbonsville, ID

The Mustang Complex resulted from five fires—the Mustang, Broomtail, Roan, Cayuse and East Butte fires—ignited by thunderstorms and lightning over the weekend of July 28-29.

  • As of September 9th (20:00MDT), the Mustang Complex had grown to 261,010 acres, Inciweb reported.
  • The massive blaze currently threatens homes, businesses, and natural resources.
  • The blaze is currently 16 percent contained.
  • Several destructive fires are burning mostly unchecked across the U.S. West.
  • The 2012 fire season has already seen record-breaking fires in Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon.

Mustang Complex Notification and Evacuation Plan. Inciweb.

  • Red Flag Warnings are currently in effect in parts of at least 13 states.

U.S. Weather Hazards Map. Source: NWS

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • British Columbia, Canada.  BC authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for more than 2,000 people in and around the Okanagan community of Peachland, after an intense wildfire consumed more than 100 hectares nearby, reports said.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background


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San Cristóbal Eruption Forces Mass Evacuation

Posted by feww on September 9, 2012


[September 9, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,284 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Nicaragua: 3,000 people are being evacuated as San Cristóbal volcano explodes

San Cristobal, Nicaragua’s highest volcano, exploded at least 3 times, expelling volcanic gases, ash and tephra about 1,500 meters into the air and forcing evacuations of thousands of people in the rural northwestern department of Chinandega.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

United States.  Red Flag Warnings/Extreme Fire Danger. Critical Fire Weather Conditions are expected across parts of the Great Basin, Northern Rockies and Great Plains on Sunday, NWS said. Red Flag Warnings are in effect for parts of at least 12 states.

  • “Thunderstorms with little or no rain coupled with abundant lightning will offer a threat for critical fire weather conditions across portions of the northern Rockies on Sunday. Meanwhile, strong winds and low relative humidity will also create locally dangerous fire weather conditions across the northern and central Great Basin as well as the northern and central Great Plains.” NWS forecasters said.

Weather Hazards Map. Source: NWS

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Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background


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U.S. Overwhelmed by Excessive Heat, Fire, Flooding, Extreme Weather Events

Posted by feww on June 27, 2012

More than 40,000 Coloradans flee their homes as firestorms rage across the state

Firestorms ravaging Colorado, as temperatures rise 20+ degrees above average in central U.S. and the Rockies

  • “This is a fire of epic proportions,” said Colorado Springs Fire Chief, Rich Brown.
  • “This is the worst fire season in the history of Colorado… it looks surreal,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
  • “We are in a very critical situation now. Unfortunately we do have structures and homes that are burning in the northwest corner of Colorado Springs. We have mandatory evacuation over a considerable area,” fire information officer Rob Deyerberg told Reuters.
  • Some 3 dozen active wildfires are currently burning hundreds of thousands of acres in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, South Dakota and California.

The fast-moving Waldo Canyon Fire in Pike National Forest, El Paso County, which ignited on June 23, has grown to more than 6,500 acres, destroying numerous homes and forcing at least 32,000 people from their homes.

  • High Park Fire west of Fort Collins – the second-largest and the most destructive blaze ever recorded in the state has destroyed at least 257 homes; burned 87,250acres; up to 5,000 people remain evacuated; 55 percent contained.
  • Little Sand Fire near Pagosa Springs, Weber Fire in Montezuma County, State Line Fire  southeast of Durango, Treasure Fire near Leadville, Trout Creek Fire near Rainbow Falls in Douglas County, Woodland Heights Fire near Estes Park southwest of the High Park Fire, and Elbert Fire have so far consumed about 40,000 acres.

US Weather Hazards Map, June 27, 2012

Red Flag Warnings are currently in effect for 13 states:

  • Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.

Heat Advisories are in effect this afternoon to late evening in eight central states:

  • North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana

Critical Fire Weather areas exist in parts of Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma, Storm Prediction Center reported.

Flood Warning and Flash Flood Emergency continue in Florida. Major flooding is expected in Clay county through Thursday PM, and flash flood emergency in Duval county and NE Clay.

Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for much of Kansas.

For other current hazards and warnings Click Here.

Utah Wildfires

The Wood Hollow Fire, a blaze about 1 mile south of Fountain Green in Utah State Division of Forestry Fire & State Lands has exploded to about 40,000 acres, claiming at least one life and destroying numerous structures and scores of farm animals, mostly sheep.

  • Evacuations:
    • The entire town of Fairview (pop: 1,200) has been evacuated.
    • Up to 2,000 others have been evacuated from surrounding communities.
    • Indian Ridge, Elk Ridge, Big Hollow, and Oaker Hills communities are under mandatory evacuation.
  • Closures: Highway 89 closure is in effect for a second time.
  • Weather: “The big worry now is the weather. Everything that can be done is being done,” Gov Herbert said in a televised conference.

Wisconsin State of Emergency

Wisconsin Governor has declared a state of emergency for three northwestern counties of  Douglas, Ashland and Bayfield counties devastated by flooding that damaged at least 500 homes and businesses.

Agricultural Disasters

Pennsylvania and New York. USDA has designates 21 counties in Pennsylvania and 2 counties in New York as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by freezing temperatures from March 1 – May 13, 2012.

  • List of Pennsylvania disaster areas: (PDA)Clarion, Forest, Schuylkill, Venango and Warren Counties.  (CDA) Armstrong, Berks, Butler, Carbon, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Elk, Erie, Jefferson, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer and Northumberland counties.
  • List of New York disaster areas:  Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

Wyoming. USDA has designated 4 counties in Wyoming—Hot Springs, Fremont, Park, and Washakie—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that began March 1, 2012, and continues.

Record Power Consumption

Texans set two new records for hourly power demand as their large cities baked under triple-digit heat, with record temperatures set in Houston and San Antonio.  Power demand reached 66,583 megawatts (MW) on Monday in the 60-minute period between 16:00 and 17:00, setting a new record for June, and exceeding Monday’s peak of 65,047MW, a report said.

  • “Houston’s high temperature reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39 Celsius), 12 degrees above normal and breaking the record of 99 degrees. San Antonio hit 105, also a record,” said the report .

Collapsing Cities

Stockton, California. The river port city of Stockton, California (pop: 300,000),  may become the largest US city to declare bankruptcy, after the city failed to make a deal with its creditors.

  • Located about 90 miles (144km) east of San Francisco, the city was hit hard during the US housing market crash.
  • Stockton’s unemployment rate (~ 16%) and violent crimes rank among the highest in the U.S.

North Las Vegas, Nevada. The Nevada city of North Las Vegas, described as “ground zero for foreclosures” was officially declared as a disaster area on June 23.

  • “One in every 195 homes is in foreclosure, the state’s highest rate. Once the nation’s fastest growing city, it lost more than 3,000 businesses in three years after the recession hit in 2007. Its total revenue has plunged from $817 million in 2009 to $298 million this year,” AP reported.

Tropical Depression DEBBY

Tropical Depression DEBBY is expected to continue moving ENE across Florida and into the Atlantic. The storm is forecast to re-intensify as it clears the eastern U.S. coast, NWS reported

  • Coastal and inland flooding still pose major threats across the affected areas. 

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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