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Deadly Wildfires Consume 300,000 Ha in Western Australia

Posted by feww on November 19, 2015

Extreme weather system generating temperatures in excess of 45ºC, fueling deadly, destructive fires in Australia

The fires started during harvest season destroying large volumes of crops, as well as farming equipment, fences and buildings.

At least three Europeans were among those killed by the fires, including “a 19-year-old German woman as an apprentice farm-hand; a 29-year-old Norwegian woman as a cook, while she studied at Curtin University in Perth; and a 31-year-old British man as a mechanic,” reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Fire Weather Warning

Australia Bureau of Meteorology has issued Fire Weather Warnings for several areas in Western Australia, forecasting Severe Fire Danger for the district of South Interior, and Gascoyne Coast.


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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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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma

Posted by feww on May 6, 2014


State of Emergency declared for all 77 counties in Okla

Gov.  Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in the state of Oklahoma. Fallin also issued an executive proclamation declaring a burn ban for 36 counties.

The Governor’s Burn Ban covers 36 counties  in western and south-central Oklahoma, according to the Proclamation. Those counties are Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Major, McClain, Noble, Oklahoma, Payne, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

The largest fire in Oklahoma so far has burned more than 4,000 acres and destroyed at least six homes, and three dozen other buildings, killing one person, said fire officials in Guthrie, adding that the numbers are likely to rise.

More than 1,000 people were ordered to evacuate the fire disaster zone.

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Deadly July Heat

Posted by feww on August 2, 2013

July heat shattered tens of thousands of temperature records, killed scores of people worldwide

United States

A total of 649 U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records were set (404 broken, and 245 tied) in July this year, according to the data provided by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

Additionally, 9 All-Time Highest Max Temperature Records were set in the United States (1 broken, 8 tied).

July 2013 was both the warmest July and the warmest month on record in Elko, NV since records began in 1888, said NWS.

The average temperature in Elko during July 2013 was 76.8 degrees. This is the warmest july average temperature, and the warmest calendar month average temperature, ever recorded in Elko. The previous record was 75.9 degrees in July 1985.

July daily max
U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set in July 2013: 404 (Broken) + 245 (Tied) = 649 Total.  NOT included on this map are 11 locations in Hawaii and Alaska.

July heat helped wildfires in 13 states scorch up to  2,000 square miles, destroy hundreds of homes, and kill at least 22 people including 20 fire crews.

The latest fatality occurred when a tree fell on contract tree fellers who were trying to contain a lightning-sparked fire in the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon, killing one person and injuring another.


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