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Fort McMurray Wildfire Expected to Keep Growing: Officials

Posted by feww on May 6, 2016

UPDATED: 09:30UTC Fri May 6, 2016

“Fire conditions remain extreme, with 18 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 49 wildfires are burning, with seven considered out of control, 12 being held, 23 under control, and seven turned over to the responsible parties,” said Alberta Government.

Damage to Fort McMurray “Extensive,” the City “Unsafe” for Residents: Alberta Premier 

The explosive blaze, which erupted on Sunday, had grown to about 90,000 hectares by Thursday.

  • State of Emergency continues across in the disaster area across Fort McMurray and surrounding communities.
  • Mandatory Mass Evacuations of about 88,000 residents are nearly completed.
  • The residents will not be able to return home anytime soon, officials have warned.
  • The fire has destroyed thousands of structures in the city.
  • “The damage to the community of Fort McMurray is extensive and the city is not safe for residents,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Thursday evening.
  • The flames are spreading to the communities of Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates and posing “extreme threat” to the areas south and southeast of Fort McMurray, as of Thursday evening (local time).

UPDATE:

Fort McMurray Wildfire creating its own weather, lightning

“The wildfire threatening to engulf the city has become so powerful it has created its own firestorm,” reported CBC.

The powerful firestorm has created its own weather system, funneling smoke and particulates high into the stratosphere, and generating powerful lightning strikes, sad the report.

“They tend to promote their own kind of conditions,” said a meteorologist for Environment Canada.

“That’s why you’ll see the winds near fires … that are significantly stronger that the surrounding atmosphere.”

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the direct damage costs from the fire at $5 billion, based on the data available, as of posting.  [Total damage costs could easily exceed $10 billion.]

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Deadly WA Bushfire Breaks Containment Lines

Posted by feww on January 13, 2016

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Blaze could threaten additional lives, homes

A monster blaze that tore through the West Australian town of Yarloop last week, killing two people and destroying at least 180 homes and other buildings, has broken containment lines.

Authorities have issued a “watch and act” alert, warning homes in the area may be under threat.

  • Fire authorities have also issued a watch and act for the South West towns of Cookernup and Waroona saying the fire is also threatening containment lines there.


The deadly blaze has been burning in WA’s South-West since January 6.
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The fire was sparked by lightning on January 6 and has since consumed more than 70,000 hectares of land, with its perimeter growing to 327km, said a report.

Up-to-date alerts on the DFES website

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Down Under Blazes Burn Outside Chimneys

Posted by feww on January 10, 2016

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Bushfires continue to threaten towns in WA

Out-of-control bushfires in Western Australia continue to threaten lives, homes and businesses in the state’s South West.

A massive blaze has razed the small town of Yarloop, killing two people and destroying at least 143 properties including 128 homes.

The fire—ignited by lightning on Wednesday—has so far devoured 72,657 hectares, within a perimeter exceeding 250 kilometers.


Only chimneys left standing after a massive blaze razed Yarloop (Western Australia). The bushfire losses in the small town have been described by authorities as catastrophic. [Image credit: ABC News, Australia.]

Bushfire emergency warnings

Bushfire emergency warnings are in effect east of Waroona, Hamel and Yarloop and surrounding areas in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona.

Cookernup and Harvey are on “watch and act” alert.

Up-to-date alerts on the DFES website

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Portugal on Fire

Posted by feww on September 2, 2013

Hundreds of wildfires erupt across Portugal, again

Deadly forest fires in Portugal have resumed after a brief respite.  Authorities have mobilized thousands of fire crews in the north and central parts of the country, reports said.

“A brush fire close to Gondomar, in the district of Poto, was fought by 254 firefighters, planes and two helicopters from the Portuguese army.” AFP reported.

The fires have so far claimed five lives, after a young female fire crew fighter was killed on Thursday, left five missing and nine others injured, officials said.

Blazing fires, fueled by drought and high temperatures and fanned by high winds, have forced the authorities to evacuate dozens of villages and communities in the heart of the country.

“If the police hadn’t got me out of the house, I would have died in the flames,” said a villager from Bracal in the Caramulo mountains north of Lisbon where the 21-year-old firefighter died, reports said.

“The wind blows with such an intensity that it constitutes the main obstacle to firefighters,” said commander of the firefighters in Aveiro.

As more fires erupted in the south, ” a forest fire near Sever do Vouga led to the mobilization of 100 Portuguese firefighters who were helped by Croatian planes, which had arrived on Saturday.”

“We thought we were in a war zone,” a young villager in Caramulo, told AFP.

“The firefighters who came to save the house of my parents told me it was like a firestorm.”

Forest fires have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares throughout the country, so far this year.

“All the natural wealth has been destroyed,” said Humberto Cerqueira, mayor of Mondim de Basto, a town near the national park of Alvao, where the blazes have consumed 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine.  The scenes were “something out of Dante,” he told AFP.

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