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U.S. Wildfires Burning 2M Acres Across 11 States

Posted by feww on August 17, 2012

Disaster Calendar – 17 August 2012

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,307 Days Left

[August 17, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,307 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Symbolic countdown began to the ‘worst day’ in human history on May 15, 2011...

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About 2 million acres on fire across Western U.S.

Dozens of wildfires are burning out of control across 11 drought-stricken western states, consuming scores of homes and threatening hundred of other structures, and forcing thousands to evacuate entire towns.

  • Dozens of wildfires are currently raging across Western U.S. consuming about 2 million acres in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.
  • In Idaho, the massive Trinity Ridge Fire has consumed more than 100 square miles since early August, forcing thousands to evacuate the mountain resort towns of Pine and Featherville, about 100 miles NE of Boise.
    • About a dozen large wildfires are burning in Idaho.
  • In Washington, at least 1,000 evacuation orders were issued in rural areas east of Cle Elum, about 75 miles east of Seattle, as hundreds of residents voluntarily fled their homes.
    • The fire, which started Monday, quickly spread, destroying about 400 homes, barns and other structures, and threatening many more building.
  • “In California, a dozen major blazes up and down the state were keeping more than 9,000 firefighters busy, with the greatest immediate danger facing the rural community of Ranchita, about 50 miles northeast of San Diego,” said a report.
    • About 500 residents have been ordered to leave Ranchita and Santa Fe, authorities said.
  • California. Rush Fire. The fire is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Ravendale, California. “The fire is burning near a major natural gas line and transfer station, and power transmission lines that supply the Reno area.”
    • The fire started Sunday August 12th, 2012, and has already consumed more than 160,000 acres, with growth potential reported to be ‘extreme.’
    • Voluntary evacuations in several areas are currently in effect.
  • In northern California, a large blaze has consumed about 50,000  acres near the town of Belden in the Plumas National Forest, threatening about 1,000 homes, and prompting evacuations.
  • Holloway Fire, a Mega Wildfire burning along the Nevada-Oregon state line, grew to about 700 square miles, forcing many evacuations. The fire was reportedly 86 percent contained, as of posting.
  • As of August 16, about 43,000 wildfires had been reported in the U.S. this season, consuming a total of 6.4 million acres (~10,000 square miles). The 10-year average for the period is 52,005 fires, and 5 million acres, said the National Interagency Fire Center. [See previous blog comments about quality of the NIFC reporting.]

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Wildfires Destroy Homes, Large Areas Across the West

Posted by feww on August 14, 2012

Disaster Calendar – 14 August 2012

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,310 Days Left

[August 14, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,310 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Symbolic countdown began to the ‘worst day’ in human history on May 15, 2011...

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UPDATE: Gov. Gregoire has declared a state of emergency for Kittitas and Yakima counties in response to Taylor Bridge Fire burning near Cle Elum, about 75 miles east of Seattle.

Wildfires burn scores of homes, hundreds of sq miles across Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon …

A fast-moving wildfire  has consumed up to 100 homes and left about 50 square miles of  land charred in central Washington.

Taylor Bridge Fire has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes and is currently threatening 300 additional homes. The blaze is one of many major fires raging across the West.

  • Holloway Fire, a Mega Wildfire burning along the Nevada-Oregon state line, has grown to about 700 square miles, forcing many evacuations.
  • In Idaho, where a fire crew was killed by a falling tree, at least a dozen blazes are raging.
  • In Utah, a lightning-sparked fire has charred about 40 square miles.
  • In California, at least a dozen blazes have been sparked by lightnings.
    • Lake County fire has grown to 10 square miles, destroyed several homes, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for the residents of about 500 homes.
    • A wildfire in Plumas National Forest has consumed about 60 square miles, threatening at least 600 homes, and prompting evacuation orders.
    • Major wildfires are also raging in Lassen Volcanic National Park and Joshua Tree National Park.
    • Smaller fires have been reported across New Mexico and Wyoming.

Heat and Drought Increasing Wildfire Activity in the West: NWS

“The Heat Wave and drought in the West have dried vegetation to the point where fires can rapidly spread out of control. A number of wildfires have been started this week in several states from the Desert Southwest to the Pacific Northwest. The main culprit is lightning strikes associated with thunderstorms that produce little rainfall.”

Red Flag Warnings

NWS has issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of about a dozen states in the West, Midwest, South and Southwest.

Excessive Heat Warnings

Excessive Heat Warnings have been issued for south-central Arizona, southwest Arizona  and southeast California, where afternoon temperatures are forecast to reach 110 – 116 degrees, NWS said.

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State of Emergency Declared in Washington

Posted by feww on January 20, 2012

Washington declares a state of emergency amid deadly ice storm

A deadly ice storm swept across the U.S. Pacific Northwest (PNW) following record snowfalls.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 20

[January 20, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,517 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Washington, USA.    Washington’s governor declared a state of emergency following the deadly “Snowmageddon” and ice storm, which swept across PNW killing at least 2 people and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people in the region.
    • At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a new daily snowfall record of 6.8 inches was set, shattering the previous record of 2.9 inches set in 1954, reports said.
    • “Authorities called for voluntary evacuations of the town of Mapleton, Oregon, which has about 1,000 residents, and some nearby areas because expected flooding,” a report said.


U.S. Weather Warnings Map. Source: NWS


U.S. Composite Satellite Image  (Source: SSEC/Wisc-Uni)

Other Global Disasters

  • Nevada, USA. Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared a state of emergency after a massive wildfire, fanned by 82-mph winds, burnt thousands of acres near Reno, killing at least 1 person, destroying more than 2 dozen homes and forcing the authorities to evacuate over 10,000 people.
  • Oregon, USA.Extensive flooding has forced the Governor to  declare a state of emergency in Marion, Coos, Benton, and Lincoln counties.
    • More counties will likely be added as conditions worsen, he said.
    • The city of Salem has activated its Emergency Operations Center due to flooding.
    • The combined impact of snowmelt and torrential rains have flooded communities across Oregon.
    • “The return of severe winter weather has overwhelmed communities across our state,” the Governor said. “My priority is to ensure the safety of all Oregonians and their properties. With this emergency declaration, I have directed all available state resources to help affected counties in any way possible.”
    • Benton County, Or.Officials have declared Benton County a disaster area. “Flooding and landslides beginning January 18 in the area due to heavy rains and melting snow from a recent snow storm have created high water conditions,” the officials said in a statement. “A preliminary assessment shows damage to roads and homes and closed roads resulting in isolated areas of the county.”
      • “Rising creeks flooded much of Marion and Linn counties, including the communities of Turner and Scio, where hundreds of residents were evacuated from their homes and businesses,” said a report.
  • Hawaii.  Hawaii County in Hawaii has been declared a Primary Natural Disaster Area by USDA.
    • The disaster declaration follows losses caused by drought that occurred from January 1, 2011, and continues.
  • Tennessee, USA. USDA has declared 13 counties in Tennessee as agricultural disaster areas.
    • The disaster declaration follows losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred June 1 – October 20, 2011.
    • Primary Disaster Areas:  Henry and Williamson Counties.
    • Contiguous Disaster Areas: Benton, Cheatham, Dickson, Marshall, Carroll, Davidson, Hickman, Maury, Rutherford, Stewart and Weakley counties
  • Kentucky, USA.The following counties in the neighboring state of Kentucky were also added to the disaster list because they’re contiguous.
    • Calloway and Graves counties.
  • Tennessee, USA.  Seven counties in Tennessee have been declared agricultural Disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, high winds, hail and flooding that occurred June 21 – December 5, 2011.
    • Primary Disaster Areas:  Claiborne and Union counties.
    • Contiguous Disaster Areas: Anderson, Campbell, Grainger, Hancock and Knox counties.
  • Kentucky, USA. The following counties in the neighboring state of Kentucky were also added to the disaster list because they’re contiguous: Not Specified.
  • Virginia, USA. The following counties in the neighboring state of Virginia were also added to the disaster list because they’re contiguous: Lee County.
  • Mozambique. Flooding in Mozambique has left at least 5 people dead and made hundreds of others homeless.
    • Tropical depression DANDO, the first to strike Southern Mozambique in nearly 30 years, brought heavy rain and strong winds with gusts of up to 120km, dumping more than 250mm of precipitation over much of the south.
    • The winds and flooding have damaged thousands of homes schools and businesses in Gaza Province, and hundreds more in the capital Maputo.
    • Hundreds of people have lost their home and thousands more have been evacuated.
    • The Mozambican authorities have issued a Red Alert for the southern part of the country, which covers the capital Maputo, Matola city, Many districts in Maputo province, and the coastal areas in Gaza and Inhambane provinces, the National Meteorological Institute (INAM) said.
  • USA. Violent sex crimes committed by active U.S. Army soldiers have nearly doubled in the past five years, according to a US Army report.
    • The crimes are blamed, in part, on the trauma of war.
    • Of the 2,811 violent felonies reported in 2011, about a half were violent felony sex crimes, and most were committed in the United States.
    • List of the top five violent felony offenses committed by soldiers in 2011:
      1. Aggravated assault
      2. Rape
      3. Aggravated sexual assault
      4. Forcible sodomy
      5. Child pornography.
    • “One violent sex crime was committed by a soldier every six hours and 40 minutes in 2011.”

Billion-dollar disasters of 2011 [Updated]

Extreme drought, heat waves, floods, unprecedented tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, wildfires and winter storms set  a record 14 weather and climate disasters in 2011 each causing  at least $1 billion in damages.

  1. Groundhog Day blizzard (January 29-February 3, 2011)
  2. Tornadoes  in Midwest/Southeast (April 4-5, 2011)
  3. Tornadoes in Southeast/Midwest  (April 8-11, 2011)
  4. Tornadoes in Midwest/Southeast (April 14-16, 2011)
  5. Tornadoes in Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest (April 25-28, 2011)
  6. Tornadoes in Midwest/Southeast (May 22-27, 2011)
  7. Tornadoes and severe weather in Midwest/Southeast (June 18-22, 2011)
  8. Drought and Heatwave in Southern Plains/Southwest (Spring-Fall, 2011)
  9. Mississippi River flooding (Spring-Summer, 2011)
  10. Severe weather in the Rockies and Midwest (July 10-14, 2011)  added Jan. 19, 2012
  11. Flooding in the Upper Midwest (Summer 2011)
  12. Hurricane Irene (August 20-29, 2011)
  13. Wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona  (Spring-Fall 2011)
  14. Tropical Storm Lee (Early September, 2011)  added Jan. 19, 2012)

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