Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm Neogari and is located approximately 520 nm south-southeast of Kadena AB, and has tracked west-northwestward at 15 knots over the past six hours.

NewsBytes:

Tropical Storm Arthur – Tropical Storm Arthur hits Eastern Canada, causing some flooding and power outages.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

There’s been little time to celebrate the nation’s birthday this Fourth of July weekend for thousands of firefighters battling a string of wildfires that stretches from near the Mexican border in the south to near the Oregon border in the north.

Here’s a rundown of the five largest being fought as of Saturday morning:

• A fire near Monticello Dam in Yolo County, west of the town of Winters off Highway 128 had charred over 150 acres by Friday night.

• In Napa County, firefighters had a fire in Butts Canyon that had burned more than 4,300 acres about 65 percent contained by nightfall Friday. It had burned two homes to the ground along with seven outbuildings. Some 1,755 firefighters are assigned to this one fire alone. Difficult terrain has continued to be a problem for firefighters.

• In Kern County, a fire is burning east of Lake Isabella. The mountainous area is described as one of extremely steep terrain with difficult access and which is “very hazardous to firefighters.” Nearly 800 firefighters are trying to contain the fire before it can threaten either the community of Alta Sierra or the Shirley Peak Ski Area.

• Near Alturas, five different fires have burned over 9,300 acres of land. “The fire is threatening several private ranches, range lands, critical sage grouse habitat and significant cultural resources,” says the Bureau of Land Management. The fires were started by a lightning storm.

• In San Diego County, east of Julian, a 217-acre fire threatened buildings, especially summer homes in the community of Whispering Pines, until firefighters turned it back with 70 percent containment by Friday night. But two homes have been destroyed by the fire.

Wildfires – Northern Territories, Canada

The Northwest Territories are getting some help from BC as it deals with over 100 wildfires.

The BC Wildfire Branch is sending 11 people up north to join an air tanker group deployed earlier this week.

There are roughly 141 wildfires in the Northwest Territories, which have burned over 361,000 hectares.

Disease

Small Anthrax outbreak in Hungary raises alarm

Illegally slaughtered beef looks like the source of a recent Anthrax outbreak in Hungary. The beef originated from Tiszafured, a small municipality only 100 miles east of the nation’s capital city, Budapest.

Following the illegal butchering, the distributors sold the beef to an unnamed company that works in the hospitality industry operating an undisclosed number of hotels and restaurants.

So far the disease has only been reported in five individuals, all of whom have been taken into medical care by Hungarian authorities.

For those unclear, Anthrax is a bacterial disease that occurs naturally in the wild, but only earned notoriety following its weaponization by several governments including those of Russia and the United States.

Cholera in Sudan

Hundreds of people have possibly contracted the disease cholera in Wau Shilluk in Upper Nile over the past few days, according to a UN report, which said the outbreak caused seven deaths.

The UN coordination office in South Sudan stated in its regular update today that 246 suspected cases were reported in the area in a period of only 72 hours.

The outbreak in Wau Shilluk prompted a ‘major alert’ by humanitarian health organizations. The area hosts about 39,000 people displaced by earlier conflict.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Activity decreased again last night, and the latest lava flow (almost) stopped. Very weak lava effusion continues from the NE hornito vent (“N2” in INGV Catania’s nomenclature) at the time of this update.