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1,000+ Homes Evacuated as Calif. Wildfire Powers Up

Posted by feww on June 2, 2013

6,000-acre Powerhouse Fire prompts mandatory evacuations of more than 1,000 homes north of LA

The Los Angeles County fire and Sheriff’s departments ordered evacuations of more than 1,000 residences from San Francisquito Canyon Road up to Elizabeth Lake Road and areas south of Lake Hughes Road Saturday night as the 6,000-acre Powerhouse Fire continued to grow.

More than 1,000 fire crews were attempting to suppress the fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic, in San Francisquito Canyon near a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station next to Drinkwater Reservoir.

The massive blaze, which broke out Thursday afternoon, was fanned by erratic winds and daytime temperatures topping 105 degrees, and was less than 20% contained, as of posting.

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New Mexico Wildfires: State of Emergency Declared in San Miguel County

Fire crews in New Mexico were fighting two growing wildfires Saturday that have consumed thousands of acres and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Gov. Martinez declared a State of Emergency in San Miguel County and activated the State Emergency Operations Center after a fast-moving blaze dubbed the Tres Lagunas fire threatened about 150 cabins and vacation homes, closed a highway and prompted the authorities to evacuate dozens of residents near Pecos, NM.

The wildfire in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest, located near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas, about 25 miles east of Santa Fe, has consumed nearly 7,000 acres and is threatening the Santa Fe and Las Vegas watersheds.

The National Weather Service had earlier forecast Critical Fire Weather conditions throughout the State and has declared a Red Flag Warning for the northern half of New Mexico through Saturday.

2nd Large Blaze in NM prompts evacuations

Another New Mexico blaze, the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs, has grown to about 1,500 acres overnight prompting the authorities to evacuate at least 50  homes in the area.

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Colorado Wildfire Threatens Several Homes

A wildfire in the Rio Grande National Forest, about 15 miles southwest of the small town of Creede, was reportedly  threatening several homes and outbuildings Saturday.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Philippines: M5.6  quake struck 5km ENE of Carmen, North Cotabato province, Philippines (7.215°N, 124.839°E; depth=16.0km ), damaging or destroying dozens of homes and injuring at least a dozen people.

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Taiwan: M6.2 earthquake struck 22km SSE of Buli, in central Taiwan (23.794°N, 121.082°E; depth=20.0km ). No reports of damage or injuries were available as of posting.

  • The quake reportedly shook buildings in the capital Taipei and caused a gas explosion.
  • A villager was killed after being hit by falling rocks, and about two dozen others injured.
  • The quake was felt in Hong Kong, some 700km away, reports said.

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Hundred Evacuated Amid Flooding in Central Europe

Authorities in Czech Republic have evacuated hundreds of residents near the Vltava river after water levels began  reaching critical levels in the capital Prague on Sunday.

Evacuations are also underway in Germany, Austria and Switzerland due to river flooding. Cities of Passau and Rosenheim in southern Germany have issued states of emergency as water levels in Danube and Inn rivers continue to rise.

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DISASTER CALENDARJune 2, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,014 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,014 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History

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Wildfire Threatens 4,000 Houses on SoCal Coast

Posted by feww on May 4, 2013

Springs Fire consumes about 20,000 acres, dozens of buildings in Ventura County

More than 1,000 fire crews are tackling the massive blaze in Ventura County, which threatens about 4,000 houses, hundreds of businesses and Point Mugu U.S. Naval Air Station, as authorities issue new evacuation orders for thousands of residents.

  • Officials said flames have crept within 100 feet of homes in Hidden Valley as the fire veered dangerously close to luxury homes and ranches in the area.
  • Residents were ordered to evacuate about  1250 houses in Hidden Valley and adjacent canyon roads, southeast of Camarillo, including parts of Newbury Park, Sycamore Canyon, Deer Canyon, Brome Ranch, La Jolla Canyon, Yerba Buena and several other communities, Ventura County fire officials said.
  • Fire officials have warned the locals to avoid inhaling the smoke,  especially because it contains dangerous chemical fumes released into the air after highly toxic pesticides caught fire at an agricultural storage facility in Laguna Farms.
  • A sudden and ferocious start to a California fire season has seen dozens of blazes igniting in California.
  • Red Flag Warning were in effect for two large regions in Northern and Southern California, as of posting.
  • Humidity remained in single digits for the Red Flag Warning areas.
  • Fire officials have compared the moisture levels in the hillsides vegetation to the norm for the month of August.
  • The temperature in Camarillo (Ventura County) reached a record high of 96ºF (36ºC) at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, the National Weather Service reported.
  • California State Uni at Channel Islands campus, including student dorm, remained closed for a second day on Friday.

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US Weather Hazards Map – May 4, 2013. Source: NWS

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Thousands Flee California Wildfires

Posted by feww on May 3, 2013

“I opened the front door and the whole mountain was on fire.” —a Ventura County resident

Thousands of people including residents in several Ventura County communities and students at Cal State Uni Channel Islands were forced to evacuate after several wildfires consumed more than 10,000 acres.

  • Fast moving Springs fire forced authorities to evacuate students from Cal State Uni Channel Islands in Camarillo and resident of several neighborhoods in Ventura County.
  • More than 2,000 homes were threatened by the blaze, which had damaged about two dozen homes, as of posting.
  • Springs fire, powered by Santa Ana winds, extremely low humidity and temperatures in the upper 90s, had consumed at least 8,000 acres and was only 10% contained, as of posting.
  • Banning Fire in Riverside County, which has consumed at least 3,000 acres since Wednesday, was 40% contained by Thursday, said Cal Fire.
  • Another brush fire in Tehama County, north of the town of Butte Meadows, had consumed more than 2,000 acres and was only 10% contained.
  • Several other fires were burning in northern Calif., as of posting.
  • Officials closed a 10-mile section of Pacific Coast Highway between Las Posas Road in Ventura County and the Los Angeles County due to extreme fire hazard.
  • “This is the problem we have: high winds, high temperatures, low humidities, plus the (vegetation) fuels that have been suffering from the drought we’ve had this winter. This all adds up to a perfect storm for wildfire.”
  • Some 945 fire personnel are tackling the blaze from fire departments throughout the Southland.

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Calif. Max Temps Forecast. See inset for forecast time and period.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

US military cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

A US tanker aircraft used for midair refueling over Afghanistan has crashed after taking off from US Manas airbase near Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek, according to reports.

  • The US military uses the Manas airbase for its operations in Afghanistan since 2001.
    • A crew of five people were flying the KC-135 Stratotanker, according to AKI Press, a Kyrgyz news agency.

Second Crash in 4 Days

  • At least 7 crew members of a 747-400 US cargo plane were killed when the aircraft crashed at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan on Monday.


The Dubai-bound Boeing 747-400—operated by Florida-based National Air Cargo—crashed just after takeoff from Bagram Air Base around 11:20 a.m. local time, Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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Death Toll in Bangladesh Building Collapse Climbs to 507

The death toll from the collapse of an eight-story factory building near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has climbed to  507, officials have said.

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Outbreaks of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in NW China, SW China, Tibet and Xinjiang

China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has confirmed outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in southwest China, and Tibet Autonomous Region, said a report.

A village in Dagze County in Lhasa City reported on April 25 that 145 heads of cattle were showing suspected signs of the disease, according to the MOA.

“Local authorities sealed off and sterilized the infected area, where 527 heads of cattle have been culled and safely disposed of, so as to prevent spreading the disease,” the ministry was reported as saying.

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Death Toll in Gold Mine Collapse Climbs to 100

About 100 miners have reportedly been killed after an “unlicensed” gold mine collapsed in Sudan’s Darfur region. The gold mine, some 200 km NW of the North Darfur state capital El Fasher, began to collapse on Monday, trapping nine of the rescue team on Thursday.

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Chinese ring sold rodent meat as beef and mutton

Some 904 people have been arrested in China during a three-month surveillance campaign involving food-related crimes. The ring sold rodent meat, rat and fox, as  beef and mutton, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has revealed.

  • Police have uncovered 382 cases involving fake meat, and seized more than 20,000 tons of illegal products since January 25, the ministry said.
  • “In Wuxi, in east China’s Jiangsu Province, suspects made fake mutton from fox, mink and rat by adding chemicals. The products were sold to markets and the suspects made more than 10 million yuan (1.62 million U.S. dollars) from the illegal activities,” the report said.

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 3, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,044 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,044 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Winter Storm Warnings for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Heat Advisory for SF

Posted by feww on May 2, 2013

FIRE-EARTH Forecast posted on January 31, 2013:  Persistent heatwaves and other factors disrupting the continental precipitation patterns could significantly intensify and spread the drought in the U.S. over the coming months.

Winter Storm Warnings in Effect for Parts of  Central Plains and Upper Midwest: NWS

National Weather Service (NWS) has issued snowstorm warnings for Minnesota and Wisconsin effective tonight and early Thursday. The rare May snowstorm could dump as much as 6 to 12 inches of snow across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin .

Moderate to occasional heavy snow will continue tonight and early Thursday across portions of southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. There will be a sharp cut off in snow totals across the area with the heaviest totals near and just east of a line from Mankato to the eastern Twin Cities metro to Balsam Lake in Wisconsin. The snow totals will also diminish farther east in Wisconsin. Roads may become slushy or snow covered early Thursday morning when the heaviest snow is falling. The heaviest snow has  shifted a bit farther east than what was previously expected.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Record to Near Record-Breaking Temperatures Forecast for Thursday

Meantime, NWS has issued Heat Advisory for SF areas effective from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm PDT Thursday.

TEMPERATURES: RECORD OR NEAR RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES ARE LIKELY FOR MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS THE WARNING AREA [See Below]. HIGHS AT THE COAST WILL BE IN THE 80S TO LOWER 90S. INLAND LOCATIONS WILL BE IN THE 90S TO AROUND 100.

SAN FRANCISCO- COASTAL NORTH BAY, INCLUDING POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE-NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS- SAN FRANCISCO BAY SHORELINE-SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA COAST-EAST BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-EAST BAY HILLS AND DIABLO RANGE- SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS-SANTA CLARA VALLEY, INCLUDING SAN JOSE- NORTHERN SALINAS VALLEY, HOLLISTER VALLEY, AND CARMEL VALLEY- NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY-SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY AND BIG SUR COAST

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US Weather Hazards Map for May 2, 2013. Source: NWS

Hundreds flee as Banning fire consumes thousands of acres

The Summit fire, a fast-moving wildfire fanned by Santa Ana winds, raged out of control consuming 3,000 acres on Wednesday in Riverside County, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes, said a report.

  • A thick pall of smoke created by the blaze stretched for miles affecting air quality in the region.
  • The fire was fueled by 35 mph winds, low humidity of about 12% with temperatures in the low 80s.
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to more than 680 wildfires so far this year, more than 200 above the average for the period, the report quoted the agency as saying.

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