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US Wildfires Consume 7,378,212 Acres

Posted by feww on September 2, 2017

National Fire Preparedness Remains at Maximum Level 5 –NICC

Upgraded to level 5 (on a scale from 1 to 5) on August 10, 2017

Currently, 130 new fires including 88 large fires have burned 1.2 million acres in the West and Alaska.

Number of new large fires: 21
Number of active large fires: 88

[Total number includes full suppression and resource managed fires. Total does not include individual fires within complexes.]

States currently reporting large fires: Alaska (2), California (11), Idaho (14), Montana (31), Nevada (5), Oregon (19), Utah (1), Washington (4), Wyoming (1)

  • TOTAL FIRES: 46,648
  • TOTAL ACRES: 7,378,212
Prescribed Fires and Acres (Year-to-Date)
  • Fires: 66,510
  • Acres: 2,931,011

Ten Year Average (2007–2016 as of today)

  • Fires: 49,570
  • Acres: 5,380,768

Canada: British Columbia extends wildfire emergency for fourth time

Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a fourth time until September 15 amid destructive wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government reported.

  • Hundreds of forest fires across British Columbia have consumed about 900,000 hectares (2.2 million acres) and forced up to 50,000 people from their homes.

Canada Fires and Hectares (YTD)

  • Fires: 4,939
  • Hectares: 3,022,960 (~7.5 million acres)

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US Forest Fire Stats – 070501

Posted by feww on July 5, 2017

Second Largest acres Burned – Year-to-Date

Number of new large fires: 12
Number of active large fires: 30
Total number includes full suppression and resource managed fires. Total does not include individual fires within complexes.

14 States Currently Reporting Large Fires

Alaska (1)
Arizona (7)
California (4)
Colorado (3)
Idaho (1)
Louisiana (1)
Montana (1)
Nevada (3)
New Mexico (1)
Oregon (1)
South Dakota (1)
Utah (3)
Washington (2)
Wyoming (1)

Year-to-date statistics – 2017 (1/1/17 – 7/5/17)
Fires: 30,998
Acres: 3,052,692

Ten Year Average Fires (2007–2016 as of today): 34,352
Ten Year Average Acres (2007–2016 as of today): 2,304,411

Previous Record set in  2011 (1/1/11 – 7/4/11)
Fires: 37,326
Acres: 4,876,747

Prescribed Fires and Acres Year-to-Date
TOTAL ACRES: 2,865,679

Canada Fires and Hectares
HECTARES YEAR-TO-DATE: 195,070 (x 2.47 for acres)

Source: NIFC

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34 Wildfires Burning ¼ Million Acres across 12 States

Posted by feww on July 1, 2017

Large fire activity continues across 12 states from Alaska to Florida

National Preparedness was raised to Level 3 on  June 28 at 2:00 pm MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

Daily statistics Saturday, July 1, 2017 – 05:30 MT [NIFC]

Number of active large fires: 34
[Total number includes full suppression and resource managed fires. Total does not include individual fires within complexes.]

Acres from active fires: 249,029

States currently reporting large fires:
Alaska (3)
Arizona (7)
California (5)
Colorado (1)
Florida (1)
Idaho (2)
Nevada (2)
New Mexico (5)
Oregon (2)
Texas (1)
Utah (1)
Washington (4)

Year-to-date statistics 2017 (1/1/17 – 7/1/17)

  • Fires: 30,000
  • Acres: 2,833,498 [Up 34% YOY]

2016 (1/1/16 – 6/30/16)

  • Fires: 25,657
  • Acres: 2,110,041

Annual average prior 10 years 2006-2016

  • Fires: 32,587
  • Acres: 2,022,815
Prescribed Fires and Acres Year-to-Date
  • Fires: 60,526
  • Acres: 2,864,796


YTD: 1,640 fires; 421,570 acres [170,676 hectares]

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Wildfire in Utah Forcing Hundreds of Evacuations

Posted by feww on June 22, 2016

The Saddle Fire in Pine Valley, Utah intensifies

LATEST: The Saddle Fire is now forcing hundreds of evacuations in the Pine Valley recreation area north of St. George, Utah. Several trail and road closures are now in place, US Forest Service-Dixie reported.

The lightning-sparked Saddle Fire, which started on  June 13, has now grown to more than 650 acres, threatening at least 185 structures.

Meanwhile, NWS reported RECORD HEAT across Utah.

[Official] U.S.  Wildfire Stats

Some 132 new fires, including 21 large fires (7 new) burning 135,372 acres.

States currently reporting large fires:

Alaska (2), Arizona (3), California (5), Colorado (4), Montana (1), New Mexico (1), Utah (2)
Washington (1), Wyoming (2)

Year-to-date statistics
2016 (1/1/16 – 6/22/16) Fires: 23,453; Acres: 1,959,315
2015 (1/1/15 – 6/22/15) Fires: 25,633; Acres: 623,886

Annual average prior 10 years
2006-2015 Fires: 33,361; Acres: 1,768,405

Largest Fires (≥ 2,400 acres)


  • Cedar: acres= 40,340; personnel= 967; cost-to-date= $6.7million
  • Wildcat: acres= 1,502; personnel= 238; cost-to-date= $2.3million
  • Brown: acres= 15,282; personnel= 230; cost-to-date= $1.2million


  • San Gabriel Complex: acres= 4,900; personnel= 1,041; cost-to-date= $2.4million
  • Border 3: acres= 6,020; personnel= 1,550; cost-to-date= $2.7million
  • Sherpa: acres= 7,969;  personnel= 1,678 ; cost-to-date= $15.4million
  • Pony: acres= 2,858; personnel= 343;  cost-to-date= $14.9million

New Mexico

  • Dog Head: acres= 17,912; personnel= 938; cost-to-date= $7million


  • Short: acres= 2,300; personnel= 277; cost-to-date= $710k

Federal Fire Disaster Declarations [Fire Management Assistance Declarations]

  • Utah Saddle Fire (FM-5130)
  • California Fish Fire (FM-5129)
  • California Border 3 Fire (FM-5128)
  • New Mexico Dog Head Fire (FM-5127)
  • Oregon Akawana Fire (FM-5126)
  • Arizona Tenderfoot Fire (FM-5125)
  • California Old Fire (FM-5124)
  • New Hampshire Stoddard Fire (FM-5123)
  • Oklahoma 350 Fire Complex (FM-5122)
  • Kansas Burr Oak Fire (FM-5121)
  • Kansas Anderson Creek Fire (FM-5120)

Canada Totals:
Year-to-Date: 2,342 fires
Total Burned: 890,619 hectares [1 Hectare = 2.47 Acres]

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Wildfire Stats – U.S. 2015

Posted by feww on January 10, 2016

Wildfires consumed record 10,125,149 acres in 2015 —NCDC

December saw 6,027 fires (7th highest since 2000) burning 312,668 acres (3rd highest on record), which is 51.9 acres burned/fire (5th most on record).

For January – December, some 61,922 fires (2nd lowest since 2000) burned a record 10,125,149 acres, which is 163.5 acres burned/fire, also a record high (rank out of 16 years).

Average  Figures (2000 – 2010)

  • Acres burned: 6,612,363
  • Wildfire: 77,951
  • Acres Burned per Fire: 85.2


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RIM FIRE Burns Nearly 1,000 Km²

Posted by feww on September 3, 2013

RIM FIRE forces more closures in the Stanislaus National Forest

Resembling a war zone, RIM FIRE wildfire had consumed at least 235,841 acres (955km², or 368.50mi²) by September 2, 2013 18:30 PDT.

The Stanislaus National Forest Closure Order for the Rim Fire area has been expanded along the northern end of the fire’s edge, said USFS.

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

Smoke from the Rim Fire has settled into Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Foresta and other areas, causing air quality impacts. This will persist for the next few days, particularly in the morning hours.

rim fire fuels ignite 9-1 USFS
RIM FIRE Fuels Ignite, 9/1/2013. Credit: USFS/ Mike McMillan

Rim Fire Incident Information

  • Last Updated: September 2, 2013 18:30 PDT
  • Date/Time Started: August 17, 2013 3:25 pm
  • Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
  • County: Tuolumne County
  • Administrative Unit: Stanislaus National Forest / CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
  • Acres Burned – Containment: 235,841 acres – 70% contained
  • Injuries: 5
  • Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial
  • Structures Destroyed: 111 (11 residences, 97 outbuildings, 3 commercial) – [NOT updated. Editor]
  • Cause: Under Investigation

RIM FIRE-Flames Sweep Up Red Pine Tree usfs
RIM FIRE – Flames Sweep Up Red Pine Tree, 9/1/2013. Credit: USFS/ Mike McMillan


  • 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 advisory remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills and areas east, along the south side of Highway 108 up to Pinecrest.

Road and Forest Closures

  • Highway 120 remains closed from Buck Meadows to 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf. Highway 120 east/Tioga Road remains open from 1 ½
  • Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed. 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.

Fire Dept Stats

  • Total Fire Personnel: 4,330
  • Total Fire Engines: 255
  • Total Fire crews: 120
  • Total Helicopters: 14
  • Total Dozers: 72
  • Total Water Tenders: 54

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Arizona Attacked by Wildfires

Posted by feww on May 17, 2012

At least 4 major blazes consume 90 km² of central and eastern AZ forest, brush and chaparral

The Sunflower Fire, the largest of AZ blazes, has consumed 70km² in the Tonto National Forest, about 65km north of Phoenix, fire officials reported.

Up to 350 residents of Crown King in central Arizona remain under evacuation orders after a large blaze, the Gladiator Fire, consumed about 25 sq km of Prescott National Forest and destroyed a dozen structures.

See also:

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Colorado. A wildfire northwest of Fort Collins, northern Colorado, has consumed about 1,200  acres and is fast growing. The fire was less than 5 percent contained, as of posting.
    • “Two groups of residents have received notices to be prepared for possible evacuations, but no one has had to leave. The fire is within a quarter mile of some homes,” a report said.
  • The Rocky Mountains, USA. The white-nose bat syndrome, a disease that has killed at least 5.5 million hibernating bats in hundreds of colonies across 19 U.S. states is now spreading westward, the U.S. Forest Service reported.
    • The deadly disease was first detected in New York in 2006, the USGS reported.
  • The Midwest, U.S.  The number of extreme rain events, rainstorms that dump at least 3 inches of rain in 24hrs, have doubled in the U.S. Midwest between 1961 and 2011, a report said.
  • Manitoba, Canada. A large wildfire in Sandilands Provincial Park has consumed about 5,300 hectares of pine forest since the weekend and prompted the authorities in the RM of Piney to issue an evacuation order.
  • South Carolina, USA.The second reported victim of necrotizing fasciitis bacteria, commonly known as the flesh-eating disease, is a 36-year-old mother from South Carolina.
    • Lana Kuykendall noticed a dark spot on the back of her left leg soon after giving birth to twins last week, AP reported.
    • Two weeks, a Georgia woman, was diagnosed with the same type of infection.
      • “Aimee Copeland, 24, of Gwinnett County was injured May 1 when she fell from a zip line into the Little Tallapoosa River. The fall onto rocks caused a deep gash in her leg,” a report said.
      • Miss Copeland lost a leg and could lose all her fingers from the infection which has since spread, doctors have said.

Necrotizing Fasciitis.  Much more commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria, necrotizing fasciitis is the bacterial infection of the underlying connective tissue, or fascia. It can be caused by streptococcous A, vibrio vulnificus, clostridium perfringens, and bacteroides fragilis, with strep A being the most common by far. These bacteria will often penetrate a deep wound, and can occur due to animal bites or swimming in unclean water. The symptoms will begin with itchiness that will proceed to discoloration, swelling and pain as the underlying tissue dies. Eventually the skin will blister out and ooze significant blood and pus. The infection spreads very rapidly. Source: Brown University.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Texas Declared Major Disaster Area

Posted by feww on September 10, 2011

Wildfires have destroyed about 2,000 homes since Aug 30

The White House declared a major disaster exists in the State of Texas due to wildfires beginning on August 30, 2011, and continuing.


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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 10

[September 10, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,649 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Texas, USA. The White House declared a major disaster exists in the State of Texas due to wildfires beginning on August 30, 2011, and continuing.
    • Bastrop County Complex Fire has consumed about 34,068 acres, TFS reported. The 719-acre Union Chapel Fire is now included in this complex. An assessment team has confirmed 1,386 homes have been destroyed on the main fire, with 28 lost on the Union Chapel Fire. Two civilians were found dead Tuesday.
    • BEAR CREEK (#536), Cass County. 49,997 acres, 30 percent contained. The fire is burning very actively in heavy timber and is threatening numerous houses. Twenty-four homes have been destroyed southeast of Linden.
    • RILEY ROAD, Grimes/Montgomery/Waller counties. 21,269 acres, 30 percent contained. About 58 homes have been destroyed on this fire burning west of Magnolia.
    • At least 23 other large fires are currentlt burning in Texas (NIFC).
    • TFS  has responded to 179 fires for 170,686 acres in the past 7 days.

YTD Fire Stats, September 10, 2011. Source: TFS

US Wildfire:

  • States currently reporting large fires (NIFC):
    • Arizona (3)
    • California (2)
    • Florida (1)
    • Idaho (6)
    • Minnesota (1)
    • Montana (4)
    • Oklahoma (3)
    • Oregon (7)
    • Texas (26)
    • Washington (2)
  • Washington, USA. A large wildfire in Goldendale, Washington, has consumed about 5,300 acres and destroyed at least 64 buildings, reports said.
    • A firefighter described the fire as “a greased pig rodeo,” moving first in one direction, then another by shifting winds. Hundreds of people have been evacuated.
  • Oregon, USA. Major wildfires, continue to burn in Central and Eastern Oregon, Most of the blazes have been ignited by lightning.
    • The largest blaze burning in Oregon is the High Cascades Complex near Madras, which was started by lightning, has so far consumed about 108,000 acres, reports said.
    • The Shadow Lake Fire has consumed more than 7,000 acres since August 28 when it was ignited by lightning.
  • Wyoming, USA. A large wildfire located about 24 miles north of Dubois, WY, near the Double Cabin Campground and Guard Station, has consumed more than 20,000 acres.
    • The Norton Point fire was started by lightning.
  • Idaho, USA. The Saddle Complex Fire, which was ignited by lightning on August 10, has consumed 30,511 acres, InciWeb reported.
    • 30 Wyoming Air National Guard members have been deployed to Idaho to help fight wildfires, reports said.
    • Salt (Salmon-Challis National Forest): 17,546 acres at 17 percent contained. This fire is 16 miles southwest of Salmon. Evacuations are in effect. (NIFC)
  • California. Canyon Fire (Kern County Fire Department): 14,802 acres at 91 percent contained. This fire is five miles southeast of Tehachapi.
  • Montana. Forty One Complex (Bitterroot National Forest): 6,027 acres. This complex of four fires is eight miles east of Hamilton.
  • Oklahoma. Ferguson Fire (Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge): 40,002 acres at 85 percent contained. This fire is 12 miles northeast of Cache.

Other Global Disasters

  • Zanzibar. About 200 people have perished after a boat carrying more than 800 people capsized in the Indian Ocean due to strong currents.

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U.S. Climate June: Extremes of Temp and Precipitation

Posted by feww on July 9, 2011

Oppressive heat wave and worsening  drought conditions smashed temperature records in the South and Southwest: NOAA

The average U.S. temperature in June climbed by1.4ºF above the long-term (1901-2000) average to 70.7ºF, while the average precipitation fell to 2.48 inches, 0.41 inch below the long-term average—the average was subject to wide variations across the country.

June 2011 temperature “divisional rank” maps. Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

Summary of U.S. Climate Highlights – June

  • All-time high temperature records:
    • Amarillo, Texas, 111ºF,  June 26 (previous record: 109ºF set two days earlier!)
    • Tallahassee, Fla., 105ºF, June 15.
    • 42 U.S. locations tied or broke all-time maximum high temperatures.
  • Texas recorded average temperature of 85.2ºF, 5.6ºF above normal (1953 was previously the warmest June in 117-year recorded history).  Texas experienced the fourth consecutive June with temperatures at least 2ºF above the long-term average.
  • Both Louisiana and Oklahoma (tied) had their second warmest June.


  • Parts of the Southwest through much of the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast experienced ongoing intense drought.
  • New Mexico had its driest June on record.
  • According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 63 percent of the Southeast was in moderate-to-exceptional drought at the end of June, compared to 51 percent at the end of May.
  • The worst category of drought, exceptional drought, rose from 28 percent to 47 percent area in the South.


  • Above average wildfire activity continued across the Southern tier of the United States broke all time records in June.
  • Arizona and Mexico experienced their largest wildfire in recorded history.

For an accurate record of wildfires Jan – Jun 2011 see: US Wildfires Consume 7.7 Million Acres in 6 Months

US Precipitation Map – June 2011

June 2011 precipitation “divisional rank” map. Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

FIRE-EARTH Forecast for 2011 – 2012: FEWW Models show  the extremes of temperature and precipitation/drought intensifying over the next 12 to 18 months.

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Extreme fire danger, continued major flooding in the US

Posted by feww on April 13, 2011

Wildfires Consume 2 Million Acres*

Extreme fire danger in southern Plains, continued major flooding in north-central states: NWS

*Year-to-date total estimated by Fire-Earth

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Extreme risk of wildfires in southern Plains and continued major flooding, which is drowning the northern High Plains, has prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue dozens of Red Flag and flood warnings.
Red Flag Warnings are in effect through TUESDAY evening for

  • South-central and southeastern Colorado
  • The western half of New Mexico
  • Southwestern and south-central Nebraska
  • The western half of Kansas
  • The Oklahoma Panhandle
  • The Texas Panhandle and west Texas

Meanwhile, snow is forecast for “higher elevations of the Mountain West today with rain at lower levels,” NWS reported. ” Rain and thunderstorms are possible for parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley into southern Vermont and New Hampshire. There is a slight risk of severe weather in coastal Virginia and North Carolina.”

In Bent County, Colorado, a wildfire which started Saturday near Las Animas in a wooded area has expanded outside containment lines, burning about 9,000 acres and forcing evacuation of about 100 homes, the report said.

In northwest North Dakota, officials reported a minor (lightly-traveled) bridge on the Des Lacs River near Burlington washed out Monday afternoon. Monday evening, boils and leaks were reported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Burlington Dam #1, upstream of Burlington on the Des Lacs River. Officials are greatly concerned about failure of the dam.

Local officials and support units are also watching the McGregor and White Earth dams, which are considered to be “high hazard” dams. National Weather Service forecasters at NOAA’s Bismarck office said melting of the record snowpack upstream has not yet begun in earnest. Runoff could exceed the capacities of primary outlet systems and cause spillway flows. [More…]

A 5-state area is facing some risk of severe weather development Thursday, Storm Prediction Center reported.  The area covers

  • Eastern quarter of Kansas and Oklahoma
  • Extreme northeast Texas
  • Western half of Missouri
  • Western two-thirds of Arkansas

National Wildfire Stats

Texas Wildfires – YTD Total:

National Year-to-Date Report on Fires and Acres Burned by State [Data incomplete!]
for March 29, 2011

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National Fire Stats Falsified?

Posted by feww on March 27, 2011

Hundred Wildfires Erupt in Georgia

Wildfires in Georgia – Satellite Image

About a dozens large fire (outlined in red) were burning in southeastern Georgia on March 25, 2011 when MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the above image. “The U.S. Forest Service identified the fires as being the Sessom Community Fire and the Elm Church Road Fire. They were among at least 11 large fires burning in Georgia on March 25. The Elm Church Road fire burned 2,000 acres on March 24, threatening the town of Cogdell, said the Georgia Forestry Commission. The fire was clearly still large the next day, when this image was taken. Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency in the counties where the two large fires were burning.” Source: NASA-EO.   Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (3 MB, JPEG).

Fire Activity Continues

Heavy fire activity continues throughout Georgia, said  Georgia Forestry Commission. Since March 23, fire fighters have responded
to as many as 100 wildfires that have burned thousands of acres.

National Fire Stats Falsified?

Meanwhile, the National Interagency Fire Center have substantially revised and reduced their Year-to-date statistics. On Thursday March 24, 2011 the figures were as follows:

Year-to-date statistics 2011 (1/1/11 – 3/24/11)

  • Fires: 15,906
  • Acres: 616,427

Just a day later, the burnt-out acreage had shrunk by about 14 percent,  while the number of fires had actually climbed.

  • Fires: 16,208
  • Acres: 530,611

No explanation was provided as to the reason for the drastic alteration in burnt-out acreage extent.

See below for a partial Print Screen:

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Meanwhile, Georgia gov. has declared a state of emergency because of the wildfires.

Fire status on Saturday from the GFC:

  • Bacon County — fire burning SW Bacon County and N. Ware County, 13,600 acres consumed, 40 percent contained.
  • Clinch County — fire burning in Arabia Bay, 16,000 acres burned, including portions of the community Berry Patch and the city of Homerville. Many residential and commercial structures are threatened, evacuations are underway.
  • Camden County – Mary Fields Plantation fire SW of Kingsland has destroyed 2,500 acres,  20 percent contained; Catfish Landing fire contained at 125 acres, caused when fire previously ruled arson reignited.
  • Coffee County — Moseley Road fire has consumed 1,595 acres; MC Jowers fire is contained at 200 acres.
  • Appling County – fire burning S. of Surrency is contained.
  • Brantley County — Fire off Highway 110 East contained at 5.9 acres (ruled as arson).
  • Jeff Davis County — contained at 75-80 acres.
  • Long County — Ludowici fire burned 4,000 acres, three homes destroyed; 75 percent contained. Doctor’s Creek area now in focus.
  • McIntosh County — Two fires burning north of Darien, homes under evacuation.
  • Wayne County — fire burning near Screven, now contained at 125 acres.

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What Next After The Telegraph Fire?

Posted by feww on July 29, 2008

“A Conspiracy Against the Public”: For reasons unknown to Moderators, Google has blocked this post [it only shows up via and]  – Aug 14, 2008

The Telegraph Fire rages on, but what would the next fire be called, the Internet Fire?

The figures are astronomical. The frequency, magnitude, acreage and cost of wildfires are growing each year. Like the Internet statistics, the costs are clocking 9-digit figures.

Agent Orange over Vietnam? No, an air tanker dropping its load of fire retardant on the slopes of Mt Bullion near Mariposa. Photo by Michael Maloney / The Chronicle. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

Big Fires: Big Business!

In the 1990s the Forest Service spent just over $300 million a year fighting wildfires. In 2007 the cost jumped up to nearly $1.4 billion, a 4.7-fold rise (466 percent).

In California the rise was more “modest,” only 152 percent.

In the 1990s the wildfires consumed an average of about 3.6 million acres a year. Since 2000, the average was more than doubled to about 7.3 million acres. Last year, the figure nearly tripled to more than 9 million acres. The charred acreage this year is on track to break 2007 record.

Is this a thermonuclear explosion? A volcanic eruption? No, It’s a massive convection column of smoke rising above Los Padres National Forest during the $141million Zaca fire. Photo: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

The Zaca Fire, which began burning northeast of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, California, started on July 4, 2007 and by August 31 it had burned about 240,210 acres (972.1 km²). The fire was declared controlled on October 29, 2007, at a cost of $141million.

Help Make Wildfires Fun (!)

Build your home at the edge of fire-prone wildlands, a million homeowners can’t be wrong! Right? More than 1 million homes (about 61% of all new housing) built in California, Oregon and Washington between 1990 to 2000 were erected at the edge of fire-prone wildlands, a University of Wisconsin study reported.

Tell You What…

Let’s uproot all the trees, shrubs and bushes, pave over the mountains and cement the wildlands … till there’s nothing more left for fire to consume!

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Update >> Telegraph Fire: Day 5
See Also >> California Fires: Not Hard to Understand!

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