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Washington Wildfires Become Top National Priority

Posted by feww on July 20, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
INTENSE DROUGHT
HIGH TEMPERATURES
MAJOR LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 797, 111, 101, 03
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18 Major Wildfires burning across the Pacific Northwest

Three of the fires in the state of Washington have become the country’s top three priority in the following order:

  1. Carlton Complex wildfire, about 4 miles south of Pateros
  2. Chiwaukum Creek Fire, near Leavenworth
  3. Mills Canyon Fire, near Entiat

Fire crews from across the U.S. have arrived to assist the locals, officials said.

The Carlton Complex was one of  the major lightning-sparked wildfires burning Saturday across the Pacific Northwest.

The massive blaze has destroyed more than 130 homes in the city of Pateros and the community of Chiliwist.

“This is such a huge fire. There’s so much loss of property. It’s overwhelming,” said Okanogan County Sheriff on Saturday. “It’s a massive fire with a lot of destruction.”

“At 5 p.m. 129 homes in the Antoine Creek area, about 10 miles northeast of Chelan, were given Level 3 (get out now) evacuation notices, as firefighters battled tinder-dry conditions and erratic winds,” said a report.

The blaze, which has so far consumed about 900km², has also damaged transmission lines in the region, cutting power to thousands of homes in the Methow Valley and surrounding areas.

Last week the governors of Washington and Oregon declared  states of emergency after dozens of lightening-sparked wildfires erupted across the region.

The region’s largest blaze, the Buzzard Complex, sparked by lightning on July 14, has burned about 1,500km² of rangeland in eastern Oregon, according to Inciweb.

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WA Declares State of Emergency due to Ferocious Forest Fires

Posted by feww on July 17, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
INTENSE DROUGHT
HIGH TEMPERATURES
MAJOR LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATE OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 797, 111, 101, 03
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Multiple Wildfires Raging in Western US

A state of emergency has been declared in the state of Washington for 20 eastern counties after wildfires burned tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and other structures, threatening about 1,000 more homes and forcing mass evacuations.

The emergency proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties.

The largest fire in the state of Washington is the Mills Canyon Fire, which has consumed about 93km² (23,000 acres) near the town of Entiat, along the Columbia River, as the temperatures soared above 43°C (110 degrees).

“Extreme fire weather conditions and a lack of available firefighting resources in the Pacific Northwest could hamper future firefighting efforts in the state,” said Washington’s Emergency Management Division.

Oregon

In southern Oregon, the Moccasin Hill fire near the town of Sprague River, has consumed about 10km²,  destroying two dozen homes and other structures since last week.

About a dozen wildfires have been sparked by massive lightning storms. An estimated 15,000 lightning strikes were recorded in Oregon over the weekend.

Idaho

A major wildfire in Idaho has consumed about 130km² near the city of Carey. The blaze was sparked by a lightning strike.

The fires in the drought stricken West are fueled by high winds, soaring temperatures and very low humidity.

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