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State of Emergency Declared in N. California Due to Wildfire

Posted by feww on September 2, 2017

Extreme heat puts 36.5 million Californians, or 98% of population, under a heat advisory –NWS

California Governor has issued an emergency declaration for a raging wildfire in Butte County in the northern part of the Golden State.

The so-called Ponderosa Fire has consumed about 3,800 acres and destroyed at least 30 homes, prompting evacuation orders to residents of more than 500 homes in the area, fire officials said.

San Francisco sets all-time heat record at 106 degrees (41.1ºC)

“San Francisco continues to climb. Latest high temperature for downtown is an incredible 106 degrees!” the NWS’s Bay Area station reported Friday.

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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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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – Nov. 22, 2013

Posted by feww on November 22, 2013

32 dead, dozens buried after Latvia mall collapse

At least 32 people have reportedly been killed and dozens more trapped in the rubble after the roof of a shopping mall collapsed in Riga, the Latvian capital.

More than 500 square meters of the roof collapsed at the ‘Maxima’ building in Riga in two separate stages, with the second collapse killing several rescue workers, according to reports.

“At least 70 people may still be trapped in the rubble, according to the latest data,” Riga’s mayor told reporters.

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Large sections of the roof collapsed at Maxima shopping center on Priedaines Street in Riga. Photo credit:@SergioYurtaev)

Pipeline explodes killing 22 in E China

At least 22  people were killed after a leaky pipeline caught fire and exploded Friday morning in the coastal city of Qingdao in east China’s Shandong Province, officials said.

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Original caption: Photo taken with a mobile phone shows the site of a pipeline explosion in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, Nov. 22, 2013. A fire broke out and the blast occurred around 10 a.m. in the Huangdao District when workers were repairing a petroleum pipeline which broke and resulted in an oil leakage around 3 a.m. (Xinhua)

Fog stops ships on Houston Channel: U.S. Coast Guard

Sea fog reduced visibility to unsafe levels along the Houston Ship Channel, forcing vessel pilots to stop steering all ships early Friday (UTC), said the U.S. Coast Guard, Reuters reported.

Pilots stopped steering ships along the 53-mile (85-kilometer) channel from the Gulf of Mexico to the busiest U.S. petrochemical port, said the report.

High winds kill two, leave thousands without power in San Francisco area

“The Napa County Sheriff’s Office ordered an unknown number of people evacuated after a fallen power line sparked a wildfire that grew to between 100 and 200 acres, a dispatcher said,” Reuters reported.

There may have been some gusts in the 50- and 55-miles-per-hour range closer to the coast, but the very strongest winds, including one gust of 120 miles per hour, were in the high terrain of the Sierra Nevada,” said a meteorologist at NWS.

Dangerous Sierra Wind Storm Friday Night through Early Saturday

The National Weather Service (NWS)in Sacramento has issued a High Wind Warning: “Strong high pressure building into the Pacific Northwest
combined with a deep low pressure system off the southern California coast will bring strong east winds to the Sierra and Coastal Mountains … The strongest winds are expected Tonight.”

This post would be updated throughout the day, if additional information becomes available.

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Calif Wildfire Burns 864km²

Posted by feww on August 31, 2013

RIM FIRE: Very active fire behavior reported

The ferocious wildfire in California’s Stanislaus National Forest has grown to 213,414 acres (333.5mi², or 864km²), with 35% containment.

Smoke, in addition to the fire, is becoming a major concern throughout the Yosemite National Park and the surrounding areas.

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Rim FIRE Wildfire. Photo Credit: USFS/ Stanislaus National Forest

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Analyzed Fires and Smoke from Satellite on this ArcIMS server were updated on Sat Aug 31 03:21:43 2013 UTC

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Smoke from wildfires in the Americas. Source: NOAA/ NESDIS

Evacuations

  • A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01). Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. Evacuation centers are at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and at the Greeley Hill Community Center.
  • An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.
  • The evacuation advisory remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills and areas east, along the south side of Highway 108 up to Pinecrest.

Fire Behavior

  • Very active fire behavior on the east side of the fire today with running surface fire, torching and passive and sustained crown fire runs with considerable amounts of spotting. Moderate fire behavior with backing fire observed where fire was burning from ridgetops downslope.

Fire Stats

  • Acres Burned: 213,414 acres
  • Containment: 35% contained
  • Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial)
  • Structures Destroyed: 111 (11 residences, 97 outbuildings, 3 commercial)
  • Total Fire Personnel: 4,844
  • Total Fire Engines: 466Total Fire crews: 110
  • Total Helicopters: 29
  • Total Dozers: 87
  • Total Water Tenders: 55

[Other aircraft, including DC 10s have also deployed. Editor]

Current Conditions

Growth Potential: Extreme
Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
Fuels Involved: Brush, Oaks, and Pine

Wind Conditions: 15 mph SW
Temperature: 89 degrees
Humidity: 21%

Estimated Containment Date: Friday September 20th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM

Last Updated: August 30, 2013 18:30 PDT
Sourced from:   Stanislaus National Forest / CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit and Inciweb

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State of Emergency Declared for Mariposa County, CA

Posted by feww on August 30, 2013

Rim Fire Prompts Emergency Proclamation for Mariposa County

California’s acting governor has issued an Emergency Proclamation for Mariposa County due to the effects of the Rim Fire.

A state of emergency was declared because the RIM FIRE wildfire is “damaging public and district facilities, including roads and structures… and threatening residences in Mariposa County, necessitating the evacuation of residents, and the opening of emergency shelters… the circumstances of this wildfire, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single county, city and county, and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat … I find that conditions of extreme peril  to the safety of persons and property exist within Mariposa County due to these events,” according to the Proclamation.

On August 27, 2013, Mariposa County declared a local emergency and requested that the Governor proclaim a state of emergency.

Meantime, the monster fire continued to grow despite cooler temperatures and lighter winds.

Since erupting on August 17, Rim Fire has devoured nearly 202,000 acres, or more than 315 square miles, mostly in the Stanislaus National Forest west of the Yosemite National Park. The ferocious fire is now the 5th largest in California history.

At least 4,931 personnel are struggling to stop the massive fire from further encroaching into the park, where it has already burned at least 45,000 acres.

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Rim Fire Wildfire – Fire Runs Upslope on South Flank, 8/29. Credit: USFS – Mike McMillan

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Nightfire Along Road 20. Credit: USFS – Mike McMillan

Rim Fire Incident Information:

  • Last Updated: August 30, 2013 @ 06:30 PDT
  • Date/Time Started: August 17, 2013 3:25 pm
  • Administrative Unit: Stanislaus National Forest / CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
  • Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
  • Acres Burned – Containment: 201,894 acres – 32% contained
  • Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial)
  • Structures Destroyed: 111 (11 residences, 97 outbuildings, 3 commercial)
  • Fire is expected to continue its eastward spread farther into the west side of Yosemite National Park, east of Aspen Valley. Several residents remain under mandatory evacuation in the Scotts Ridge area south of HWY 120.

Evacuations:

  • A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01). Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. [Evacuation centers are at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and at the Greeley Hill Community Center.]
  • An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.
  • The evacuation advisory remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills and areas east, along the south side of Highway 108 up to Pinecrest.
  • The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department has lifted the evacuation advisory for Tuolumne City, Soulsbyville and Willow Springs.

Road Closures :

  • Highway 120 remains closed from Buck Meadows to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf.

Yosemite National Park

  • Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along the Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed. I
  • The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.

The Strawberry Music Festival, an annual bluegrass jamboree held at Camp Mather, has been cancelled because the site has been closed, according to reports.

FIRE Stats

  • Total Fire Personnel: 4,931
  • Total Fire Engines: 525
  • Total Fire crews: 105
  • Total Helicopters: 26
  • Total Dozers: 85
  • Total Water Tenders: 55
  • Injuries: 4
  • Cause: Under Investigation

Current Weather

  • Wind Conditions 5 mph NE
  • Temperature 67 degrees
  • Humidity 40%

Links and Background Information

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RIM FIRE Becomes 5th Largest in Calif. History

Posted by feww on August 30, 2013

Monster Fire continues to grow despite cooler temperatures, lighter winds

Since erupting on August 17, Rim Fire has devoured about 200,000 acres, or more than 312 square miles, mostly in the Stanislaus National Forest west of the Yosemite National Park. The ferocious fire is now the 5th largest in California history.

At least 4,927  personnel are struggling to stop the massive fire from further encroaching into the park, where it has already burned at least 45,000 acres.

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RIM FIRE Wildfire. View From Pilot Peak Lookout. Photo credit: USFS/Mike McMillan

Rim Fire Incident Information:

  • Last Updated: August 29, 2013 7:30 PDT
  • Date/Time Started: August 17, 2013 3:25 pm
  • Administrative Unit: Stanislaus National Forest / CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
  • Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
  • Acres Burned – Containment: 199,237 acres – 32% contained
  • Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial)
  • Structures Destroyed: 111 (11 residences, 97 outbuildings, 3 commercial)
  • Fire is expected to continue its eastward spread farther into the west side of Yosemite National Park, east of Aspen Valley. Several residents remain under mandatory evacuation in the Scotts Ridge area south of HWY 120.

Evacuations:

  • A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01). Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. [Evacuation centers are at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and at the Greeley Hill Community Center.]
  • An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.
  • The evacuation advisory remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills and areas east, along the south side of Highway 108 up to Pinecrest.
  • The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department has lifted the evacuation advisory for Tuolumne City, Soulsbyville and Willow Springs.

Road Closures :

  • Highway 120 remains closed from Buck Meadows to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf.

Yosemite National Park

  • Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along the Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed. I
  • The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.

The Strawberry Music Festival, an annual bluegrass jamboree held at Camp Mather, has been cancelled because the site has been closed, according to reports.

FIRE Stats

  • Total Fire Personnel: 4,927
  • Total Fire Engines: 540
  • Total Fire crews: 104
  • Total Helicopters: 23
  • Total Dozers: 83
  • Total Water Tenders: 53
  • Injuries: 4
  • Cause: Under Investigation

Current Weather

  • Wind Conditions 15 mph SW
  • Temperature 87 degrees
  • Humidity 23%

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RIM FIRE Now 6th Largest in Calif. History

Posted by feww on August 29, 2013

RIM FIRE spreads to 192,466 acres

The massive blaze grew by an estimated 5,000 acres since this morning to a total of at least 192,466 acres (300mi², or 779km²), climbing to the 6th position on the Top 20 chart of largest California wildfires.

Burning mainly in Stanislaus National Forest, the ferocious fire has also devoured about 45,000 acres of Yosemite National Park.

The monster blaze has surrounded Cherry Lake and Lake Eleanor, a part of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir system in the northwestern backcountry of Yosemite National Park, reached the southern edge of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir late Tuesday, and is now spreading on the western side of the lake.

YNP officials closed Tioga Road, a second key route into the park on Wednesday, which “will limit the access for visitors to and from the east side of the park, quite possibly over Labor Day weekend, which will have a significant economic impact on the area and [be] an inconvenience for visitors,” said a park official.

Some 4,537 personnel have reportedly contained about 30 percent of the fire.

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RIM FIRE – fire activity on the South Flank. Photo credit: USFS/Mike McMillan

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RIM FIRE Balloons to 288mi²

Posted by feww on August 28, 2013

Giant Calif. blaze rapidly spreads to 184,481 acres

The ferocious fire has extensively damaged Berkeley Tuolumne Camp and the infrastructure. Rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior are hampering suppression efforts, said USFS.

The blaze had consumed about 42,000 acres of Yosemite National Park by early Tuesday.

RIM FIRE has also damaged two of the three hydroelectric generating stations at the O’Shaughnessy Dam, which supply electricity for all of San Francisco’s public facilities. The dam impounds the Tuolumne River at the lower end of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, while the reservoir provides 85% of the water for the San Francisco Bay Area.

The monster blaze is now the 7th largest in California’s history (and climbing the chart), less than 90,000 acres behind Cedar Fire (273,246 acres), the largest fire ever recorded in California, which left 14 people dead and more than 2,820 structures destroyed in San Diego area, October 2003.

The raging fire was creeping closer to thousands of homes located west of Yosemite National Park, as of posting.

RIM FIRE Map

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Official Map of RIM FIRE as of August 26, 2013 @ 06:00PDT

Fire Details

  • Last Updated: August 27, 2013 18:30 PDT (UTC -7 hours)
  • County: Tuolumne County, Calif.
  • Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
  • Acres Burned – Containment: 184,481 acres – 20% contained
  • Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial)
  • Structures Destroyed: 111 (31 residences, 80 outbuildings)
  • Total Fire Personnel: 4,081
  • Total Fire Engines: 491
  • Total Fire crews: 68
  • Total Helicopters: 17
  • Total Dozers: 61
  • Total Water Tenders: 46

Evacuations:

  • The evacuation advisory from Tuolumne City and the area east of Highway 108 has been expanded to Pinecrest Lake. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated.
  • A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01), and an Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.
  • Mandatory evacuations south of Highway 120 and north of Old Yosemite Road. Structure defense is in place for this area of the fire by ground and aerial resources. An evacuation advisory has been extended on the Highway 108 corridor from Tuolumne City to Pinecrest.
  • An evacuation advisory was issued from Mi-Wok to Pinecrest along the Highway 108 corridor. This advisory has been issued by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. [An evacuation center is located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.]

Road Closures:

  • Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic to Crane Flat Campground. Highway 120 east

Forest closures:

  • A Forest Closure is in effect for locations near and in advance of the fire. Several locations on the west side of Yosemite National Park have had closures implemented as a result of the fires spread. Contingency planning, indirect line construction and preparation to the east of Highway 108.
  • The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.

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RIM FIRE Spreads to about 180,000 Acres

Posted by feww on August 27, 2013

Ferocious fire becomes 7th largest in California history

Rim Fire wildfire consumed an additional 20,000 acres (~12.5%) overnight, charring a total of at least 179,481 acres (280mi², or 726km²) by 07:30 PDT (UTC -7 hours) on Tuesday, reported Cal Fire.

The massive fire spread further east and north overnight, pushing deeper into Yosemite National Park. The eastern flank of the blaze has now burned to within a few hundred yards of Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which supplies most of San Francisco’s water.

The monster blaze is now the 7th largest in California’s history (and climbing the chart), less than 94,000 acres behind Cedar Fire (273,246 acres), the largest fire ever recorded in California, which left 14 people dead and more than 2,820 structures destroyed in San Diego area, October 2003.

Seventeen of the the top 20 wildfires in California have occurred since 1985.

RIM FIRE has already destroyed 111 (31 residences, 80 outbuildings), according to Cal Fire.

However, an earlier news bulletin by Reuters said the blaze had destroyed homes and “1,000 outbuildings…

Rim Fire Incident Information

  • Last Updated: August 27, 2013 7:30 am
  • Date/Time Started: August 17, 2013 3:25 pm
  • Administrative Unit: Stanislaus National Forest / CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
  • County: Tuolumne County, California
  • Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
  • Acres Burned: 179,481 acres (Containment: 20% contained)
  • Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial)
  • Structures Destroyed: 111 (31 residences, 80 outbuildings)
  • Injuries: 3
  • Cause: Under Investigation

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Official Map of RIM FIRE as of August 26, 2013 @ 6:00am

Evacuations

  • The evacuation advisory from Tuolumne City and the area east of Highway 108 has been expanded to Pinecrest Lake. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated.
  • A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01), and an Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.
  • An evacuation advisory issued from Mi-Wok to Pinecrest along the Highway 108 corridor. This advisory has been issued by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. (An evacuation center is located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.)

Road Closures

  • Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic to Crane Flat Campground. Highway 120 east
  • The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.

Links and Background Information

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RIM FIRE Raining Ash on Key SF Reservoir

Posted by feww on August 27, 2013

Explosive blaze devours at least 160,980 acres (251.53mi²)

Rim Fire is burning less than a mile from Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir on the Tuolumne River, raining ash on San Francisco’s main water source.

The massive fire had blackened at least 22,000 acres within YNP as of Monday morning, forcing the closure of Highway 120, the main road leading into the park from the San Francisco Bay area, and prompting evacuation of the remainder of 74 campsites in the park’s White Wolf area, officials said.

Although the fallout of ash and soot has not yet significantly deteriorated the Hetch Hetchy’s water quality, officials fear winter rains could cause runoff of debris and topsoil, which is stripped of vegetation by the blaze, severely affecting the reservoir.

“When you burn down everything, you’ve got a moonscape out there when floods can contaminate the water,” said California Gov. Brown on Monday during a visit to the fire zone. Brown declared a state of emergency for City and County of San Francisco on Friday due to threats to the city’s electricity and water supplies.

RIM FIRE Map as of August 26, 2013 @ 6:00amrime fire map 26 aug 2013

  • RIM FIRE became 11th largest wildfire in California history, as of Monday morning, and climbing.
  • At least 30 ACTIVE fires, larger than 100 acres, have been burning about 345,000 acres across California since late June.
  • Rime Fire is one of about 5 dozen major fires currently burning across the western U.S.
  • Drought, high temperatures and insect-damaged forests have fueled about 6,000 wildfires across the region, so far this season.

RIM FIRE: Basic Information
Last Updated: August 26, 2013 6:30 pm [CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit]
Date/Time Started: August 17, 2013 3:25 pm
County: Tuolumne County
Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
Acres Burned – Containment: 160,980 acres – 20% contained
Structures Threatened: 4,500
Structures Destroyed: 23 [About 1,000 outbuildings have also been destroyed. REUTERS]
Total Fire Personnel: 3,752
Total Fire Engines: 460
Total Fire crews: 71
Total Helicopters: 15
Total Dozers: 60
Total Water Tenders: 43

Evacuations, Closures and Other Fire Info

A forest closure is in effect for locations near and in advance of the fire. Several locations on the west side of Yosemite National Park have had closures implemented as a result of the fires spread. Evacuation Advisories are still in effect for Tuolumne City and nearby areas along the Highway 108 corridor. Mandatory evacuations were issued for Old Yosemite Road. 

Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.  An evacuation center is at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.

Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. 

The Rim incident is expected to continue to exhibit very large fire growth due to extremely dry fuels, strong winds and inaccessible terrain. Rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior and hampering suppression efforts. [Cal Fire/Inciweb]

Links and Background Information

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RIM FIRE continues to grow; burns 23mi² in YNP

Posted by feww on August 26, 2013

UPDATED at 08:30 UTC on Monday, 26 August 2013

Massive wildfire edges closer to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Rim Fire has moved to about 2 miles of a Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a key reservoir that supplies about 85% San Francisco’s water, or 2.6 million people in the area.

FIRE-EARTH estimates that the fire would have grown to about 145,000 acres, as of posting.

The giant fire, already the 14th largest in California history, continues to threaten power and water supplies to San Francisco, some 195 miles away.

The blaze consumed an additional 3,000 acres within Yosemite National Park by late Sunday, up from [13,000 acres] earlier in the day, forcing  the closure of the White Wolf area and the evacuation of 13 camps, said a report.

rim fire near YNPRim Fire continued to spread near Yosemite National Park. Photo Credit: Elias Funez/MCT/Landov via NPR

The fire has so far destroyed at least 11 homes, 12 outbuildings and four commercial properties, as well as two power structures that supply San Francisco with electricity, the report said.

RIM FIRE started on August 17 in the Stanislaus National Forest and remained at 7% containment, with 2,846 personnel deployed, as of posting.

The fire is sending smoke columns to heights of more than 30,000 feet, said USFS.

About 2,250 households are currently under mandatory evacuation, and the blaze threatens 4,500 structures.

California Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency for San Francisco on Friday due to the damage caused to electrical infrastructure serving the City and County of San Francisco, which had forced the officials to shut down two of the three hydroelectric power stations in the YNP area, as well as the power lines.

Latest Mandatory Evacuations

A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01).

An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill. The Mandatory Evacuation and Evacuation Warning has been issued by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. [Inciweb]

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RIM FIRE Map.  Click map for latest version.

UPDATE continues…

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RIM FIRE Forces New Closures at Yosemite National Park

Posted by feww on August 25, 2013

UPDATED Sunday, 25 August 2013, 15:40 UTC

RIM FIRE forces the closures of two additional areas at YNP

The blaze had consumed at least 13,000 acres in the northwest corner of Yosemite by early Sunday, up 2,000 acres from previous day.

Park officials have closed parts of the YNP’s northwestern corner for the week, including the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir area, Lake Cherry and Lake Eleanor, according to reports.

The ferocious wildfire began on August 17 and has since been burning out of control, forcing Gov. Brown to declare a state of emergency in Tuolumne County on Thursday, and proclaim yet another state of emergency for the City and County of San Francisco late Friday.

The blaze had scorched  at least 133,980 acres (209 mi² or 542km²) as of Sunday, 25 August 2013, @ 14:30 UTC, with 7% containment, said USFS.

A Forest Closure is in effect for locations near and in advance of the fire. Evacuation advisories are still in effect for Tuolumne City and nearby areas along the Highway 108 corridor.

The Rim incident is expected to continue to exhibit very large fire growth due to extremely dry fuels and inaccessible terrain. Rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior are hampering suppression efforts. [Inciweb]

For additional information see:

Smoke from Wildfires Covers Most of the Continental U.S.

Some 5 dozen major wildfires and scores of smaller fires are currently burning across the U.S., prompting air quality alerts in several areas.

HMS

Hazard Mapping System. Smoke Analysis Map. Source: OSDPD/NOAA

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State of Emergency Declared for SF due to RIM FIRE

Posted by feww on August 24, 2013

Rim Fire an “imminent threat to critical infrastructure assets”; Gov declares State of Emergency for SF

The ferocious wildfire that began on August 17 and has been burning out of control in Tuolumne County forced California Gov. Brown to declare a state of emergency 190 miles away in San Francisco late Friday.

The governor said he declared the emergency due to the damage  caused to electrical infrastructure serving the City and County of San Francisco.

Rim Fire had consumed about 126,000 acres (470 km²), as of Saturday, 24 August 2013 @ 05:00UTC, and the blaze continued to grow explosively, as it crossed into Yosemite National Park, burning at least 11,000 acres there.

San Francisco was forced to shut down two of its three hydroelectric power stations in the area due to the fire, according to local reports.

The City gets about 85 percent of its water from Hetch Hetchy reservoir in the Yosemite area, just 3 miles from the current fire boundary.

Highlights of the Governor’s Proclamation

The wildfires that started in Tuolumne County have caused damage to electrical infrastructure serving the City and County of San Francisco, and now threaten damage to property, equipment, and resources of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, said  Calif. Governor Brown in his state of emergency proclamation for the City and County of San Francisco.

As a result, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has been forced to shut down transmission lines with the result that the City and County is affected by the wildfires in the County of Tuolumne and is likely to be further affected should the fire cause additional damage to the City and County of San Francisco’s water and electrical assets in Tuolumne County, including the possible temporary interruption of electricity and/or water delivery.

Due to the imminent threat to critical infrastructure assets, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission declared an emergency, and the City and County of San Francisco declared a local emergency and requested that I proclaim a state of emergency …, said Gov Brown as he signed the Proclamation, declaring a state of emergency in the City and County of San Francisco.

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Rim Fire Photo 6. Photo credit: Stanislaus National Forest/USFS.

The massive fire has so far destroyed at least four homes and a dozen outbuildings in different areas, and was threatening more than 5,500 residences, said the USFS.

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Canadian Town Evacuated after Train Explosion

Posted by feww on July 7, 2013

Train explosion kills at least one, leaves dozens missing in Lac-Megantic, Canada

The entire town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec, Canada, was evacuated after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded, killing at least one person.

The explosions destroyed dozens of buildings in the town, located about 250km east of Montreal.

The runaway Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train, with five locomotives and 73 freight cars carrying crude oil, was parked in the village of Nantes near Lac-Megantic, when the loaded cars became uncoupled, rolled downhill into the town and derailed, said the company.

“We do fear that there will be more fatalities and from now we’re trying to locate the people that are still missing,” said Quebec police.

“When you see the center of your town almost destroyed, you’ll understand that we’re asking ourselves how we are going to get through this event,” said the town mayor.

The incident has been described as a “major catastrophe” by the police.

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Korean plane crash at San Francisco airport, killing at least 2

An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing on San Francisco International Airport’s Runway 28L Saturday, killing at least two people and leaving 60 unaccounted for.

San Francisco General said they had received at least 10 of the critically injured, including two children, according to a report.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was carrying 307 people including 291 passengers and 16 crew.  Not all of the 60 people missing were presumed dead, said the San Francisco Fire Chief.

At least 141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans and 61 US citizens were on the plane the plane, said a report.

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