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North America Fire and Smoke Hazards – June 20

Posted by feww on June 20, 2011

Fire and Smoke Hazards Maps for June 20, 2011

Smoke from more than 400 wildfires across 11 states, including 37 large fires, is contributing to the poor air quality.

Fire Stats

  • Wildfires are burning across the states of Alaska (2), Arizona (3), Colorado (2) , Florida (11), Georgia (4), Mississippi (2), New Mexico (3), North Carolina (1), Tennessee (1) Texas (8) and Virginia (1).
  • Nationwide, about 8 million acres [FIRE-EARTH estimate] have  been consumed since the beginning of 2011 (official figure: 4,299,810 acres as of June 17, 2011)
  • The 2001 – 2010 ten-year average: 1,387,760 acres burned
  • Wildfires in 2011 have so far consumed more than 6 times the ten-year average, and rising.
  • National Preparedness Level is currently 3 (On a scale from 1 to 5)
  • State of Texas has the 2011 record with 2,950,969 acres burned so far (TFS data as of June 17, 2011; state preparedness Level: 4)
  • State of Arizona is in second place with at least 840,000 acres burned (data: InciWeb)
  • RED FLAG and Excessive Heat Warnings are currently operating in at least 10 states. (See hazards map below.)
  • Critical fire conditions are worsening due to the low humidity, strong winds and high temperatures across most of the southern United States.


Current HMS Fire and Smoke Analysis


Analyzed Fires and Smoke from Satellite on NESDIS ArcIMS server. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH. Click images to enlarge.

US Weather Hazards Map – June 20


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US weather forecast Map – June 19 – 20

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US Severe Weather Forecast: Missouri in Crosshairs

Posted by feww on April 22, 2011

Present significant severe weather danger for the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio River valleys: NWS

Many rivers in the Plains and Midwest already at flood levels could receive up to 5 inches of rain by early next week, forecasters say. Flooding is forecast for  parts of the northern Plains, the Midwest, the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley.
Today’s forecast:

  • Possible severe weather in the southern Plains
  • Rain and thunderstorms in the Mountain West, the Four Corners area, the Southeast and the southern Atlantic Coast
  • Heavy snow in western Montana, north-central Idaho and western Wyoming

“Most of Missouri is at the center of a double weather whammy, sitting in the center of severe weather forecasts for tonight and Friday and at the core of heavy rains forecast into next week.” NWS reported.


Weather Forecast Map. Click images to enlarge.


Weather Outlook (Probabilistic)

 Rainfall Forecast:The 5-day total  

Texas Wildfires

Report: Wednesday Close, April 21, 2011

  • National Preparedness Level: 1
  • Southern Area Preparedness Level: 3
  • TFS Preparedness Level: 5

Texas Fires YTD Totals

  • Fires: 6,061 [4 new fires]
  • Acres Burned: 1,821,086
  • Structures Destroyed: 859
  • Source: Texas Forest Service (TFS)

Drought and Heat: Recipe for Deadly Fire Conditions in Texas


Image shows ground temperatures differentials for April 7 to April 14 compared to long-term average for that week.  Data for the image gathered by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Drought and high temperatures are clearly contributing to the deadly fire conditions in Texas. Source: NASA-EO
Fatalities
Two firefighters have lost their lives, including one near Lubbock who was killed yesterday
Two sightseers were killed as their plance  circled over fires Tuesday.

Livestock
NO official figures have been released so far. However,  FIRE-EARTH estimates that up to 20,000 heads of cattle may have been killed or injured as a result of the deadly fires since beginning of the year.

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TEXAS FIRES – April 21 Update

Posted by feww on April 21, 2011

TEXAS BURNING FROM STEM TO STERN: TFS

Texas Totals: 828 Structures and 1,779,788 acres consumed by 6,057  fires 

Report: End of Wednesday, April 20, 2011
National Preparedness Level: 1
Southern Area Preparedness Level: 3
TFS Preparedness Level: 5

Texas Fires YTD Totals

Fires: 6,057
Acres Burned: 1,779,788
Structures Destroyed: 828
Source: Texas Forest Service (TFS)

Fatalities
Two firefighters have lost their lives, including one near Lubbock who was killed yesterday
Two sightseers were killed as their plance  circled over fires Tuesday.

Livestock
NO official figures have been released so far. However,  FIRE-EARTH estimates that up to 20,000 heads of cattle may have been killed or injured as a result of the deadly fires since beginning of the year.

Dry Conditions Decimating Texas Crops

Texas farmers produce about 100 million bushels of wheat on average each year, but they would be lucky to produce  a third of that amount this year, says Texas AgriLife Extension Service .

“This year’s crop condition ratings show about 40 percent of the Texas crop in very poor condition, which compares with 65 percent very poor in March of 2006 and 53 percent very poor in May of 2009,” said Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist specializing in grain marketing and policy.

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Last Updated: April 21, 2011 at 09:28UTC

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Texas Fires: More Towns Evacuated

Posted by feww on April 19, 2011

Wildfire force Evacuations of several  towns, Communities

More than 6,000 Fires Consume 1.78 million hectares, 743 structures

Fire Status

Year-to-Date Stats

  • Total Fires:  6,044
  • Acres Burned: 1,787,363
  • Structures Lost to Fire: 743

Current Situation

  • 10 new fires
  • 1 million acres burned since April 6
  • “The 100 acre Pinnacle Fire, now 90 percent contained destroyed 6 homes, caused numerous evacuations, and threatened 100 homes & 10 businesses.” TFS reported.

New large fires from yesterday

  • CR 4600 (Woodville 285), Tyler County: 130 acres, 25% contained

Large, uncontained fires from previous days

– PK COMPLEX, Stephens and Palo Pinto Counties. 147,065 acres total.

  • PK West Fire is 89,715 acres, unknown containment.
  • PK East Fire is 10,996 acres, unknown containment.
  • Hohertz Fire is 40,575 acres, unknown containment.
  • Jackson Ranch Fire is 6,687 acres, 50 percent contained.
  • 600+ homes are threatened [residents evacuated]
  • 31 homes have been confirmed destroyed.
  • “Residents of Possum Kingdom Lake had largely evacuated and were desperately trying to learn the fate of their homes. The forest service said 149 homes had been destroyed,” a report said.
  • More homes have been reported as destroyed yesterday, waiting confirmation.
  • The town of Strawn has been evacuated.
  • 30 homes at Bunger and several communities surrounding Possum Kingdom Lake have been evacuated; the fire is now 6 miles.


A wildfire threatens an upmarket hom near Possum Kingdom, Texas, April 19, 2011. Photo: LM Otero/Associated Press. Image may be subject to copyright.

– WILDCAT, Coke County. 150,000 acres, north of San Angelo, unknown containment.

  • More than 400 homes have been saved.
  • The communities of Grape Creek, Quail Valley, Bronte, Robert Lee and Tennyson are threatened.
  • Evacuations are in effect for multiple communities.

– COOPER MOUNTAIN RANCH, Kent, Stonewall, Scurry and Fisher counties.

  • 152,000 acres, 80 percent contained.
  • Four homes have been destroyed.

– ROCKHOUSE, Presidio and Jeff Davis counties. 191,066 acres, 75 percent contained.

  • 23 homes and 2 businesses were destroyed in the Ft. Davis area.

– SWENSON, Stonewall, King, and Knox counties. 122,500 acres, 90 percent contained.

– BRYSON COMPLEX, Jack County. 7,500 acres, 50 percent contained.

  • More than 150 homes were threatened and saved in the town of Bryson.
  • 70 people have been evacuated.

– PIPELINE, Tyler County. 7,000 acres, 75 percent contained.

  • Forty homes are threatened

– SMITH, Young County. 2,000 acres, 85 percent contained.

– CR 104, Eastland County. 2,000 acres, 85 percent contained.

  • 1,850 homes were threatened in the city of Cisco, as well as a church camp.
  • Five homes destroyed.

– WICHITA COUNTY COMPLEX, Wichita County. 11,785 acres, 90 percent contained.

  • Shepard Air Force Base and  hundreds of homes and apartment complexes around the area were threatened.
  • Seven homes are destroyed.

– FRYING PAN RANCH, Andrews County. 80,907 acres, 80 percent contained.

  • Numerous homes WNW of Andrews were threatened, but none have been lost.

– CANNON FIRE COMPLEX, Pecos County: Three large fires burning 50 miles east of Ft. Stockton, 80 percent contained

  • The Cannon Fire:  9,248 acres
  • The DRH Fire: 26,284 acres
  • The Little Smokey Fire: 27,895 acres

– EAST SIDWYNICKS, Eastland County. 3,000 acres burning near Carbon City, 95 percent contained.

  • 1200 homes were threatened.

– McPHERSON, Sutton County. 1,600 acres, 80 percent contained.
– SUTTON, Crockett County. 31,120 acres, 60 percent contained.
– YATES FIELD (formerly Iraan), Pecos County. 300 acres, 80 percent contained.

– ENCINO, Tom Green County. 12,659 acres, 90 percent contained.  Ten homes threatened and saved.

  • Two homes damaged.

– HICKMAN, Midland County. 16,500 acres, 98 percent contained.

  • 34 homes were destroyed,
  • 62 homes were damaged on this fire south of Midland.

– MIDDLE PEASE, Motley County. 400 acres, 90 percent contained.
– DAD’S CORNER, Archer County. 6,100 acres, 70 percent contained.

  • Fifteen homes are threatened.

More information available at TFS

Other Incidents

  • In a related incident,  two people were killed when their small airplane crashed as it circled over a West Texas wildfire, a report said.
  • Meanwhile, the town of Palo Pinto was under an evacuation order Tuesday night, a report said.

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