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Fire-Ravaged Areas of B.C. Look Like Alien Landscape

Posted by feww on July 11, 2017

Evacuation orders issued in multiple communities, 14,000+ residents displaced

“Wide swaths of forest in British Columbia’s Interior are burning after a lightning storm Friday afternoon ignited brush parched from weeks of hot, dry weather.”

The Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast regions of the province have been under extreme fire danger for the past two weeks, and hot, dry conditions — including temperatures up to 39 C — led to a highly combustible environment.

The entire towns of 100 Mile House and Cache Creek have been evacuated and the City of Williams Lake, with over 10,000 residents, is on evacuation alert as of early morning on Tuesday.

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Wildfires Threaten Energy Infrastructure, Numerous Structures in US, Canada

Posted by feww on July 9, 2017


Mass evacuations ordered as wildfires threaten numerous buildings, consume 100s of thousands of acres in US, Canada

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Initial attack activity: Moderate 230 new fires
New large incidents: 20
Large fires contained: 9
Uncontained large fires: 50

Active Incident Resource Summary
Total fires: 100
Cumulative acres: 723,737.28
Crews: 337
Engines: 920
Helicopters: 121
Personnel: 13,462

Fires and Acres Year-to-Date

TOTAL ACRES: 3,372,927

Ten Year Average (2007 – 2016 as of today)

Fires: 35,242
Acres: 2,508,108

Prescribed Fires and Acres Year-to-Date

TOTAL ACRES: 2,873,111


Canada Fires and Hectares
HECTARES YEAR-TO-DATE: 276,677 (683,392.19 acres)

Fires Threatening Energy Infrastructure, Homes; Forcing Mass Evacuations

Great Basin (PL 4)
New fires: 44
New large incidents: 10
Uncontained large fires: 20

Draw Fire. Fifty miles east of Fallon, NV. Extreme fire behavior. Structures threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. Energy infrastructure threatened. Sage – grouse habitat threatened.

Barrett Springs Fire. Eight miles west of Winnemucca. Extreme fire behavior. Structures threatened.

Aspen, Truckee Meadows Fire . Eighteen miles northeast of Reno, NV. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Winnemucca Ranch, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. Started on private land 15 miles north of Reno, NV. Brush and short grass. Numerous structures threatened.

Earthstone Fire. Started on private land five miles northeast of Sparks, NV. Structures threatened.

Brianhead Fire. One mile north of Brian Head, UT. Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Taber Flat Fire. Sixteen miles west of Wells, NV. Brush and tall grass. Residences threatened. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Dry Gulch Fire. Twenty-three miles southeast of Jackpot, NV. Structures threatened.

Iron Point Fire. Nine miles east of Golconda, NV. Extreme fire behavior. Structures threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Limbo Fire. Seventeen miles south of Gerlach, NV. Extreme fire behavior. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Coyote Fire. Twelve miles southwest of Park Valley, UT. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Potosi Fire. Twenty-eight miles southwest of Las Vegas, NV. Numerous structures threatened. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.

White Horse Fire. Thirty-two miles southwest of Wendover, NV. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Limerick Fire. Twelve miles northeast of Lovelock, NV. Residences threatened. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Happy Creek. Forty miles southeast of Orvada, NV. Extreme fire behavior Structures threatened. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Southwest Area (PL 4)
New fires: 36
New large incidents: 2
Uncontained large fires: 7

Roach Fire. One mile from Dudleyville, AZ. Extreme fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect.

Brooklyn Fire. Twenty-five miles northwest of Cave Creek, AZ. Active fire behavior with running. Energy infrastructure threatened.

Burro Fire. Eight miles northeast of Tucson, AZ. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

Hilltop Fire. Twenty-four miles west of Whiteriver, AZ. Road closures in effect.

Frye Fire. Nine miles west of Swift Trail Junction, AZ. Numerous structures threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.

Tiffany Fire. Thirty miles south of Socorro, NM. Structures threatened.

Elk Horn Fire. Nineteen miles southeast of Sells, AZ. Structures threatened.

Goodwin Fire. Eight miles southwest of Mayer, AZ. Numerous residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.

Southern California Area

New Fires:39
New large incidents: 2
Uncontained large fires: 4

Alamo Fire. Eight miles northeast of Santa Maria, CA. Extreme fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. (NIFC)

Whittier Fire. Eleven miles northeast of Goleta, CA. Chaparral and brush. Extreme fire behavior. Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect

Schaeffer Fire. Seventeen miles north of Kernville, CA. Structures threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.

Parkfield Fire. Three miles east of San Miguel, CA. Road closures in effect.

Quail Complex Fire. Nine miles southeast of McFarland, CA. Structures threatened. Road closures in effect.

Rocky Mountain Area (PL 3)
New Fires: 12
New large incidents: 2
Uncontained large fires: 7

Keystone Fire. Thirty-five miles southwest of Laramie, WY. Structures threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect.

Peekaboo Fire. Forty-four miles northwest of Maybell, CO. Structures threatened. Road and trail closures in effect. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Peak 2 Fire. Two miles south of Frisco, CO. Numerous structures threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.

Mill Creek Fire. Thirteen miles northeast of Hayden, CO. Road closures in effect.

Chain Fire. Fourteen miles east of Worland, WY. Extreme fire behavior. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Northern California Area
New Fires: 33
Uncontained large fires: 3

Wall fire. Eight miles southeast of Oroville, CA. Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

Northern Rockies Area (PL 2)
New Fires: 28
New large incidents: 1
Uncontained large fires: 3

Witten Fire. Eighteen miles south of Lame Deer, MT. Extreme fire behavior.

July Fire. One mile southwest of Zortman, MT. Structures threatened. Road and area closures in effect.

Lee Creek Fire. Started on Forest Service land 25 miles southwest of Ashland, MT. Extreme fire behavior. Structures threatened.

Magpie Fire. Twenty-eight miles northeast of Beach, MT. Extreme fire behavior.

Northwest Area (PL 2)
New Fires: 11
New large incidents: 2
Uncontained large fires: 5

Coyote Creek Fire. Four miles east Yakima, WA. Residences threatened.

Dry Creek Fire. Six miles north of Husum, WA. Structures threatened. Road closures in effect.

Rattlesnake Hills Fire. One mile south of Moxee, WA. Residences threatened.

Alaska Area (PL 2)
New Fires: 3

Boulder Creek Fire. Started on FWS land sixty-six miles southeast of Artic Village, AK. Structures threatened.

Campbell River Fire. Started on FWS land 65 miles northeast of Chalkyitsik, AK. Structures threatened.

[Source: NIFC]

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State of Emergency Declared in British Columbia as Wildfires Burn Uncontrollably

Posted by feww on July 8, 2017

B.C. wildfires burning uncontrollably fulled by hot, dry weather, thunderstorms

Lightning sparked about 140 wildfires across the western Canadian province of British Columbia prompting the evacuation of an entire town and hundreds more homes throughout the region, forcing the closure of at least one airport (Cariboo Regional District) and the hospital in the town of Ashcroft, said a report.

“​The extended weather forecast is calling for continued hot, dry weather, with risks of thunderstorms in many parts of the province,” officials said in a statement.

One of the largest fires near Ashcroft, about 120 km west of Kamloops, exploded from 50 hectares to more than 4,000 hectares on Friday.

Near 100 Mile House, about 100 km southeast of Williams Lake, a 1,800-hectare blaze has forced up to 4,000 people to flee their homes.



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Emergency Rain Warnings Issued for Kyushu, Japan

Posted by feww on July 5, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of residents evacuated, many more unable to move to safety

Emergency warnings have been issued for parts of Fukuoka and Oita prefectures in Kyushu, Japan and more than 400,000 residents have been ordered or advised to evacuate after torrential rains paralyzed the western parts of the country, said NHK.

“A Japan Meteorological Agency official says that it is an emergency with imminent risks of danger and that it is a situation where landslides and flooding could have already triggered a catastrophe.”

Serious flooding and landslides have blocked roads and left thousands of homes without power.

Many homes have been flooded and the residents are left isolated, unable to move to safety due to the inundation, said the report.

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Forest Fires Force Mass Evacuations in Southern Spain

Posted by feww on June 25, 2017

Wildfires Plague Spain, Portugal and Greece

As many as 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes, and tourist accommodations in southern Spain as major forest fires continued to spread.

Much of Spain is on high alert for wildfires due to a major heatwave. A massive blaze was reported near the municipality of Moguer in the province of Huelva, Andalusia [pop: 500,000,] in southern Spain on Saturday night, authorities said.

Up to 70 people were killed in an apocalyptic forest fire in neighboring Portugal last week.

Forest fires have also been reported on several Greek islands, including the island of Chios.

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Disaster Declared amid Deadly Wildfires in South Africa

Posted by feww on June 10, 2017

Thousands flee their homes as Knysna declared a disaster area

Wildfires in the South Africa’s Western Cape town of Knysna are causing large-scale destruction, leaving about 10,000 about thousands of people displaced.

Uncontrolled wildfires have destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes, dozens of schools and scores of businesses, reports say.

At least ten people have been killed by the raging blazes that have also consumed several hectares of veld (grassland). said a report.

Winds of up to 110km/h were reportedly fanning the blazes.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster area last month, as “the most crippling drought in century” plagued the province.

Dam levels in the Cape area fell to an alarmingly low of 19%, with only 11.6% usable.

In 2015, South Africa experienced its driest year on record, according to the national weather service.

In 2016, Authorities declared drought disaster in five South African provinces—Limpopo, North West, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga—as worst drought on record continued to plague much of the country.

Drought decimated the nation’s agricultural output, killing livestock, pushing up food prices and increasing unemployment.



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Deadly Cyclone MORA Strikes Bangladesh

Posted by feww on May 30, 2017

MORA devastates Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

Cyclone MORA made landfall between the port of Cox’s Bazar and the city of Chittagong just after 00:01 UTC on  Tuesday.

The cyclone has killed at least 10 people, so far, and forced 300,000 people to evacuate. About 1 million others await evacuation.

Low-lying coastal areas in 17 coastal districts, including Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong, were “likely to be inundated” by a storm surge of about 1.5m above normal levels, authorities warned, as the cyclone headed north.

More than 20,000 shelters in refugee camps for Rohingya in Balukhali and Kutupalong were damaged, according to reports.

“In some places, almost every shanty home made of tin, bamboo and plastic has been flattened,” a community leader told reporters.

An estimated 350,000 Rohingya, who have fled the violence in Myanmar, and were housed in large camps in Cox’s Bazar, have been severely affected.

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Florida Wildfire Threatens Thousands of Homes, Forces Mass Evacuation

Posted by feww on April 22, 2017

Large wildfire in SW Florida threatens 2,000 homes

A large wildfire in southwest Florida is threatening more than 2,000 homes, prompting mass evacuation.

The blaze has already consumed about 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) and at least two dozen homes and other structures in Collier County, forcing residents in several areas to flee their homes and prompting the governor to deploy National Guards.

“These wildfires are dangerous and if you’re within the evacuation area, do not stay in your home,” said Florida governor.

A spate of wildfires that have plagued the drought-stricken Sunshine State since late March prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency last week.

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Severe Tropical Cyclone DEBBIE – March 27, 2017 Update

Posted by feww on March 27, 2017

DEBBIE intensifies to a Cat 4, Severe Tropical Cyclone with sustained wind gusts of up to 275 km/h

DEBBIE, now a category four Severe Tropical Cyclone is expected to hit the north Queensland coast on Tuesday morning local time, warned the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

The cyclone could intensify to a category five system in the coming hours, BOM forecasters said. The “very intense system” is currently generating wind gusts near the center of up to 275 km/h.

Meanwhile, thousands of residents in low-lying Mackay areas have been ordered to evacuate.

Issued by BOM at 0:59 am EST (UTC + 10:00) on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Headline: Severe tropical cyclone DEBBIE, category 4, continues moving towards the Whitsunday coast (Qld, Australia).

Areas Affected: Warning Zone

Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone DEBBIE at 1:00 am AEST:

Intensity: Category 4, sustained winds near the center of 175 km/h with wind gusts to 250 km/h.

Location: within 30km of 19.8 degrees South 149.6 degrees East, estimated to be 140km ENE of Bowen and 160km NNE of Mackay.

Movement: WSW at 8 km/h.

Severe tropical cyclone DEBBIE is currently a category 4 cyclone. It may intensify further as it continues to move west-southwest towards the Whitsunday coast this morning. Severe tropical cyclone DEBBIE is forecast to make landfall between Ayr and Cape Hillsborough (north of Mackay) late this morning.

The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of tropical cyclone DEBBIE is forecast to cross the coast between Ayr and Cape Hillsborough (north of Mackay) late this morning with wind gusts potentially to 260 km/h near the center of the system.

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Mass Evacuation Ordered below Oroville Dam

Posted by feww on February 13, 2017

About 200,000 People Evacuated

Lake Oroville Dam, the tallest in the US, located 105 km north of Sacramento, N. California, is predicted to fail due to structural damage in the Oroville Auxiliary Spillway.

About 200,000 people [figure quoted by one official was 350,000 people] were ordered to evacuate from the areas below the Lake Oroville Dam on Sunday.

“Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered. This is NOT A Drill. This is NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill,” reads a statement issued by the Butte County Sheriff’s office.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Deadly Wildfires Force Mass Evacuation in TN

Posted by feww on November 30, 2016

US Wildfires Consume Forest, Damage or Destroy Hundreds of Buildings, Force Mass Evacuation in Tennessee

  • Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.


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State of Emergency Declared in Kern County, Calif.

Posted by feww on June 25, 2016

Erskine Fire explodes to more than 30,000 acres prompts State of Emergency Declaration

The so-called Erskine Fire, burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County, has devoured more than 30,000 acres, killing at least two people, destroying or damaging scores of building and threatening more than 1,500 additional structures, fire officials said.

  • The deadly fire prompted Gov. Brown to declare a state of emergency.
  • Up to 6,000 people have been evacuated.
  • The fire started around 4pm on Thursday and quickly spread 18km in 13 hours, devouring 30,000 acres of parched grass, officials said.
  • Some 800 fire personnel are currently at the scene, Inciweb said.

Meanwhile, the federal government issued a Fire Disaster Management Assistance for California Erskine Fire (FM-5131).

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Brush Fires in Angeles National Forest Force Mass Evacuations

Posted by feww on June 21, 2016

Hundreds of Homes Evacuated as Forest Fire Threatens Multiple Communities near Duarte, Azusa

Two brush fires in the Angeles National Forest near Duarte and Azusa have consumed about 6,000 acres, prompting the evacuation of at least 685 homes, The Angeles National Forest spokesperson said.

The so called Fish Fire and Reservoir Fire were zero percent contained, as of posting, but had not combined as of 20:30 local time. They were separated by about 2km, said LA County Fire Dept.

About 700 crews from the U.S. Forest Service and the L.A. County Fire Department were tackling the fast moving fires, which were fueled by strong winds, relative low humidity and 3-digit heat.

Evacuation orders were issued in Duarte for Markwood Street, Deerlane Drive, Mount Olive Drive, Spinks Canyon Road, Rim Road, Goldenmeadow Drive, High Mesa Drive and Tall Pink Drive

Also evacuated were Azusa’s Mountain View area, Rainbow Ranch, and Fish Canyon Equestrian Center.

Meanwhile, the federal government issued a Fire Disaster Management Assistance for Fish Fire (FM-5129).



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Mass Evacuation Ordered as Wildfire Threatens Homes in SoCal

Posted by feww on June 5, 2016

“Old Fire” consumes 500 acres, threatens 1,200+ residences in Calabasas, LA County

The fast moving wildfire broke out Saturday afternoon and rapidly burned about 500 acres in and around Calabasas neighborhoods prompting the authorities to order at least 5,000 people to abandon their homes.

The fire was fulled by strong winds, low relative humidity and 100-degree (F) temperatures.

The fire was apparently sparked when a pickup truck struck a power pole on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

“Witnesses reported that the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed before colliding into a power pole, causing the pole to fall and a transformer to explode, thus igniting the Calabasas fire.”


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Extreme Weather Events Pummel Australia

Posted by feww on June 5, 2016

Extreme Rain Events, High Winds  Pummel NSW, Tasmania as Queensland Mops Up

“Wild weather that thrashed parts of Queensland over the weekend is continuing to pummel New South Wales, with the east coast low pressure system reaching as far south as Tasmania amid warnings of heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds,” said a report.

A flood evacuation warning is in place for multiple areas in NSW including residents living along the Georges River, in Sydney’s southwest, the report said.

Huge surf is also causing widespread coastal erosion with police door knocking affected homes in the Northern Beaches.

Hundreds of thousands of homes across the state have been affected by power outages as a result of wild weather.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from North Lismore, as major flooding peaked at 9.1 meters in the Lismore area Sunday afternoon.

The weather system has also extended down to Tasmania, with an “exceptional” huge swell expected to hit Tasmania’s north-east on Monday.

The state is predicted to receive up to 200 millimeters of rain in the coming days, with warnings of flash flooding.

Flood warnings are in place for eight rivers in the state, with major warnings current for the Meander River and Mersey River, with forecasters warning the Mersey basin is at most risk of major flooding.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has forecast ‘king waves’ of up to eight meters to cause erosion along the northeast coast.

Mount Victoria recorded rainfall amounts of 76mm, with destructive winds peaking at 107 km/h at Mount Read.

“That north-easterly swell’s actually getting up to the six to seven-metre mark on Monday which is very, very, large for our secondary swell,” a BoM forecaster said.

“Typically we only see those swell heights in our south-westerly stream. So it’s an exceptional swell for the east coast.”

Since Friday morning, 382mm of rain had fallen at Upper Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland, with nearby Mount Tamborine receiving  357mm, BoM reported.

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Wildfire Forces Evacuation Order for 60,000+ in Fort McMurray, Canada

Posted by feww on May 4, 2016

Massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroys entire neighborhoods

A massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., The entire city of 60,000 plus were ordered to evacuate. “Residents by the thousands fled the fire, and for hours caused gridlock on Highway 63, and even overwhelmed oilsands work camps, where beds and meals were offered.”

Tens of thousands of evacuees are headed for Edmonton, about 430km away, said reports.

“This is the biggest evacuation we have seen in the history of the province,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at a news conference.

The entire neighborhood of Beacon Hill “appears to have been lost” and the fire has consumed many homes in other parts of the city, said the Fire chief Darby Allen.

“We have fire burning within the city. It is impacting communities. Homes are on fire as we speak,” he said.

By 6:30 p.m., the entire city was under a mandatory evacuation order, making it the largest wildfire evacuation in the province’s history, far surpassing the Slave Lake fire that made international headlines five years ago.

The 3,000-hectare fire, which was discovered on Sunday, breached city limits on Tuesday.

In May 2015, wildfires forced the evacuation of hundreds of workers from Alberta’s oil sands region, resulting in a sizable loss in the oil production.

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State of Disaster Declared in Kansas amid Wildfires

Posted by feww on March 24, 2016

Wildfires burn across 75,000 acres from Oklahoma to Kansas

Gov Brownback has declared a state of disaster emergency for parts of south-central Kansas as wildfires continue to threaten about 1,000 homes and businesses.

The so called Anderson Creek Fire has consumed about 75,00 acres since Tuesday night near the Kansas border in Woods County, Oklahoma. The blaze has since spread into Barber and Comanche counties in Kansas, NWS reported.

The fire is now threatening residents of Medicine Lodge in Barber County, according to the mayor, who has called for voluntary evacuations of the town’s 2,000 residents.

Meanwhile, the federal authorities have proclaimed a Management Assistance Declaration for the Anderson Creek Fire (FM-5120).


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Mass Evacuation Ordered in Japan amid Extreme Weather Events

Posted by feww on January 19, 2016

Much of Japan hammered by high wind, giant waves and heavy snowfall

At least 9,700 people have been ordered to evacuate Nemuro, a town in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, as heavy snowfall, high wind and giant waves plagued the region leaving more than 50,000 residents without power, the media reported Tuesday.

Warnings have also been issued to residents in the region concerning the threat of flooding as high waves batter the coastal areas putting some 4,000 families at risk, Kyodo News reported.

At least 169 people were injured in the Kanto area, which includes Tokyo, after heavy snow blanketed eastern and northern Japan early on Monday.

Heavy snow has led to hundreds of flight cancellation, and suspension of train services as of posting.

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Historic Flooding Underway: Town Evacuated

Posted by feww on December 29, 2015

Mandatory evacuation order issued for West Alton, Missouri

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed a large section of the Mississippi River near St. Louis due to flooding.

  • Historic flooding is underway.
  • Up to 12 inches of rain since Monday have inundated a vast area in southern and central U.S.
  • Water has topped the Consolidated North County Levee on the Mississippi River protecting the town of West Alton [pop: 550] in St. Louis-area, Missouri. The town is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
  • The mayor has ordered a mandatory evacuation order.
  • The Mayor had previously urged the resident to evacuate voluntarily.
  • Multiple sections of major highways including Highway 94 are compromised, and have since been closed.
  • Multiple rivers are expected to crest higher than the records set in December 1982 and Summer of 1993 including the Bourbeuse River at Union, MO and the Mississippi River at Chester, IL.

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TY MELOR Forces Preemptive Mass Evacuations in Albay, Philippines

Posted by feww on December 14, 2015

MELOR continues to cause havoc across central Philippines

The entire province of Albay (pop:1.2 million) was placed under a “state of imminent disaster” on Monday as Typhoon MELOR [locally known as “NONA] threatened the archipelago country.

About 725,000 people (161,000+ families) in the central Philippines fled to safer areas, as MELOR threatened to dump up to 300mm of rain, cause large storm surges of up to 4 meters, unleash flash floods and landslides.

State weather bureau PAGASA said: “Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to at times intense within the 300 km diameter of the typhoon.”

Public storm warning signals were issued for dozens of areas across central Philippines.

The typhoon was forecast to cross Burias Island Late Monday, and pass over Mindoro provinces on Tuesday, PAGASA said.

MELOR is expected to exit landmass by late Tuesday and leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday.

Schools were ordered shut across 11 provinces, three municipalities and five cities, said the national disaster management council (NDRRMC).

The typhoon knocked out power in at lest three large areas: Eastern samar, Northen Samar and Sorsogon, said NDRRMC.

Recent Deadly Typhoons in the Philippines

  • Typhoon KOPPU slammed northern Philippines in October killing at least 54 people and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.
  • Typhoon HAGUPIT [locally known as “Ruby,”] which was the second most intense tropical cyclone in 2014, triggered severe floods and landslides causing substantial damage to the central regions and killing 53 people.
  • In 2013, Super Typhoon HAIYAN [“Yolanda,”] the strongest storm recorded at landfall, wiped out entire communities and left up to 8,000 people dead or missing.

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Japan Flooding – Update

Posted by feww on September 10, 2015

‘Unprecedented’ rain generates a tsunami-like wall of water in Joso, Japan

State of Emergency has been declared in Joso city [population: 67,000] in Ibraki Prefecture, about 60km north of Tokyo, as a tsunami -like wall of water buried the low-lying areas.

Tropical storm ETAU, having dumped about 500mm of rain over large areas of central Japan, passed over the country’s main island of Honshu into Japan Sea on Thursday; however, heavy rain is forecast to continue over Japan’s northeastern coast, including parts of Hokkaido island.

Another storm is chasing ETAU and is forecast to also track toward Japan’s northeastern coast, and Hokkaido.

Meanwhile, contaminated water at Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant has leaked into the Pacific Ocean after heavy rains overwhelmed the plant’s drainage pumps, said a spokesperson at Tokyo Electric Company (TEPCO).

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Mass Evacuations Ordered near Tokyo amid Major Flooding

Posted by feww on September 10, 2015

About 250,000 people ordered to abandon their homes as floods bury parts of two prefectures in Japan

Japanese authorities have also advised up to a million people to evacuate as multiple weather systems dump more than 500mm of rain, triggering widespread flooding across large areas surrounding the capital Tokyo.

Emergency weather warnings were in effect across Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures, where the Kinu River [“Kinugawa”] burst its banks, flooding vast areas, sweeping away entire buildings, and causing major damage to infrastructure.

“This is a scale of downpour that we have not experienced before. Grave danger could be imminent,” said the chief forecaster at the Japan Meteorological Agency at an emergency press conference.

Meanwhile, more rain is forecast for Japan, threatening severe flooding and landslides across large parts of the country, according to FIRE-EARTH Models.

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Ten U.S. States Reporting Major Wildfires

Posted by feww on August 18, 2015

Wildfires Plaguing Western and Southern United States

States of Emergency have been declared in Idaho and Montana due to the destructive wildfires.

At least 80 active large fires are currently burning more than 1.1 million acres across ten States: California (14), Colorado (1), Idaho (14), Louisiana (1), Montana (11), North Carolina (2), Nevada (1), Oregon (11), Texas (5) and Washington (20), reported NIFC.

“Residents in many western states have been evacuated from their homes as hot, dry, and windy conditions have caused several large fires to burn actively. Currently, more than 25,000 people are supporting wildfires, including 41 Incident Management Teams and 2 Area Command Teams.”

Year-to-date statistics [NIFC]

2015 (1/1/15 – 8/17/15) Fires: 40,509 – Acres: 6,969,074 [breaks 11-year record]

Annual average prior 10 years

(2005-2014) Fires: 49,400 – Acres: 4,809,886

[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 8 additional Fire Management Assistance Declarations, as follows:

  • Idaho Municipal Fire (FM-5105)
  • Washington Okanogan County Fire Complex (FM-5104)
  • Washington Stevens County Fire Complex (FM-5103)
  • Oregon Canyon Creek Fire Complex (FM-5102)
  • Washington Stickpin Fire (FM-5101)
  • Washington Reach Fire Complex (FM-5100)
  • Idaho Clearwater Lawyer Branch Fire Complex (FM-5099)
  • Washington Nine Mile Fire (FM-5098)

Excessive Heat Warning

An excessive heat warning remains in effect throughout Wednesday for Southern Nevada, Southeastern California and Northwestern Arizona. Expected Temperatures: 109-112 in the Las Vegas Valley, 112-117 in the Colorado River Valley, and 120-125 in Death Valley, reported NWS.

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Fierce Wildfires Destroy Dozens of Idaho Homes

Posted by feww on August 16, 2015

Idaho blaze grows to 53,000 acres, puts town on evacuation notice

The so-called Clearwater Complex Wildfire in Idaho consisting of multiple lightning-caused fires—Lawyer 2 Fire, Lolo 2 Fire, Fisher Fire, Syringa Fires and Pilot Knob—has grown to about 53,000 acres destroying at least 125 homes and outbuildings, and putting entire communities on evacuation notice, said Inciweb.

Mandatory Evacuations remain in place on the west, north and east sides of Kamiah outside of the city limits. U.S. Highway 12 is still open but may periodically have a pilot car moving traffic through the fire area north of Kamiah.

An estimated total of 50 primary structures and 75 outbuildings were lost due to wind driven fire activity. Early this morning, the Idaho County Sheriff and his deputies began working with firefighters within the fire area to identify and assess the condition of these structures prior to notifying affected property owners. Structure protection remained a high priority throughout the fire area.

Most of the Complex is adjacent to Kamiah, ID. Other fire locations are in the vicinity of Kooskia, Craigmont, Ruebens, Greer, Woodland, and Harrisburg. The fire was 15% contained, as of posting.

Meanwhile the federal government has issued two additional Fire Management Assistance Declarations:

  • Idaho Clearwater Lawyer Branch Fire Complex (FM-5099)
  • Washington Nine Mile Fire (FM-5098)

National Preparedness Level 5 (August 13, 2015 at 5:30am MDT) (On a scale from 1 to 5)

[Preparedness Level 5 – Description: 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.]

On August 14, the National Preparedness Level was increased to five. “A significant amount of initial and extended attack and large fire activity has occurred over the past several days as a result of lightning storms that have intensified local and geographic response,” said NIFC.

Number of active large fires: 51
Acres from active fires: 736,794
States currently reporting large fires:
Alaska (1), Arizona (1), California (14), Hawaii (2), Idaho (4), Montana (5), North Carolina (2), Oregon (12), Texas (3), Washington (6), Wyoming (1)

Year-to-date statistics
2015 (1/1/15 – 8/14/15) Fires: 39,830 Acres: 6,509,392

Annual average prior 10 years
(2005-2014)  Fires: 49,403 – Acres: 4,649,565

[Caution: The stats provided by NIFC have previously proved to be incomplete, erroneous and therefore unreliable. See related blog entries since 2007.]

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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
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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