Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Farmers across New South Wales have been dealt another blow after hundreds of hectares of crops were destroyed by fires ignited by a wild lightning storm. Up to 30 bushfires were burning across NSW on Tuesday following a two-day heatwave, with temperatures soaring past 40 degrees.

Last year more than five million hectares were ravaged across NSW with farmers struggling to keep livestock alive and maintain crops. The scorching weather over the weekend has now prompted fears the state is in for another hellish fire season.

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Wildfires – Australia

A large wildfire continues to burn on the heritage listed Fraser Island. Some visitors have had to be evacuated and numerous trails have been closed. The fire has now ripped through 72,000ha of land, equivalent to 40 per cent of the 181,851 hectare world heritage-listed island. The fire broke out on October 14 when an illegal campfire got out of control.

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Wildfires – Australia

Scores of bushfires are threatening parts of Australia during a record heat wave — including an out-of-control blaze that prompted evacuations in Sydney Sunday and another fire ravaging the popular Queensland tourist destination of Fraser Island. In the western Sydney suburb of Northmead, families were evacuated as the bushfire burned “dangerously close” to homes. Later reports say at least one home was destroyed by the fire.

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Wildfires – Australia

The speed and ferocity of Thursday’s Yumali fire in South Australia is a prime example of the dangers faced this bushfire season, according to the Country Fire Service (CFS).

The Yumali fire burnt about 5000 hectares of crop, grass and scrub and with a home and a shed lost. It took about 10 minutes for the front to burn over three kilometres.

Wildfires – California/Nevada Border

The Mountain View fire has gown to 20,000-acres and is burning along the California-Nevada border. It has left one person dead. The wildfire south of Lake Tahoe has destroyed dozens of homes, according to the Mono County Sheriff. At least 80 homes in the town of Walker, California, have been leveled by the wildfire and about 400 residents are still under evacuation orders. The orders will remain in place as power lines have been severely damaged.

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Wildfires – Australia

Fraser Island – A dangerous bushfire on Fraser Island is “within a couple of kilometres” of popular camping spot Cathedrals on Fraser, according to emergency responders. Holiday makers and residents were told to leave the area earlier this afternoon as the bushfire that has been burning for a month approached.

Queensland – A large bushfire has broken out between Rockhampton and Mackay. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are currently on scene at the blaze near Pint Pot Mountain, at St Lawrence. QFES said while the fire was posing no threat to property at the present time.

Wildfires – California

The recent snow in the higher elevations has been very beneficial to slowing a pair of wildfires in Yosemite National Park. Containment is now estimated at 90-percent on both the 6,900 acre Blue Jay Fire and 2,000-plus acre Wolf Fire. Both were ignited over the summer by lightning, and are situated at elevations of about 9,000 feet.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Zeta is located about 210 mi…340 km se of Cozumel Mexico with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 19w (Soudel), located approximately 117 nm north-northwest of De Nang, Vietnam, is tracking northwestward at 03 knots.

Typhoon 21w (Molave), located approximately 139 nm west-southwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

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Australia – Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain and strong winds to parts of New South Wales, Australia, from 23 October 2020. Flooding and wind damage disrupted traffic. Power supply was interrupted in some areas.

Jamaica – At least 2 people have died after heavy rain caused floods and landslides in Jamaica. Jamaica’s Meteorological Service issued several warnings for heavy rain and flash floods over the weekend from the “outer bands from Tropical Storm Zeta, over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, were contributing to the rainfall over Jamaica.

Bangladesh – Heavy rainfall in Bangladesh caused flooding in low lying areas of Bagerhat District, Khulna Division from 23 October. According to local media, 38,000 people have been affected, although local authorities have yet to complete full damage assessments. Local authorities have distributed relief items including food rations. Flooding has caused damage to livelihoods, in particular to thousands of shrimp enclosures which have been swept away.

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Wildfires – Australia

An out of control bushfire caused evacuations on Sydney’s northern beaches on Saturday – and forced production crews to flee the Big Brother house.

The fire at North Head, near Manly, started as a hazard reduction burn before turning into an emergency when flames were blown past containment lines. The blaze sent smoke billowing across Sydney Harbour, leaving a haze hanging over the city.

Wildfires – Utah, USA

The Range Fire and Fire Canyon Fire have already burned through thousands of acres in less than a day in Utah, with the cause of both fires still under investigation.

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A fast-moving, rapidly growing wildfire erupted Saturday and expanded to more than 8,788 acres by Sunday morning in northwest Boulder County, Colo., prompting the evacuation of at least 3,000 people and sending hikers and campers fleeing to safety. The fire is just 5 percent contained, and low clouds grounded firefighting aircraft this morning.

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Wildfires – Queensland, Australia

A large “dangerous and uncontrolled” bushfire was threatening lives and homes in far north Queensland, with residents told to leave immediately. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services was fighting a blaze travelling on both sides of Oakey Creek Road in Cooktown, north of Cairns. Conditions were very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing, the “leave immediately” alert issue warned.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Thirteen is located About 905 mi…1455 km e of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 12e (Genevieve), located approximately 729 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Cameroon – Heavy rainfall at the end of July caused widespread flooding in seven districts of Mayo-Danay division, Far North (Extrême-Nord) region. According to the Cameroonian Red Cross, 5,553 people, including 1,260 children under five years old and 407 individuals with special needs have lost their shelter, personal belongings, livestock and field crops.

Uganda – Red Cross in Uganda reported that flash flooding caused severe damaged in Kasitu Sub County, Bundibugyo district early on 19 August, 2020. Heavy rainfall during the early hours of 19 August caused several local rivers to break their banks. Local officials said at least 800 homes were damaged, along with crops, roads and bridges. One person was missing, later found dead, after floods in Ntandi trading centre, Kasitu Sub County, Bundibugyo district.

Nepal – Authorities in Nepal report that at least 6 people have died and more are missing after flooding western parts of the country. A small stream broke its banks in Ramaroshan Rural Municipality, Achham district in Sudurpashchim Province, late on 18 August, 2020. Flash flooding swept away 22 houses. The bodies of 6 people have been found, while 11 more are thought to be missing. Three people were injured in the incident.

Australia – Damaging winds, dust storms and small bushfires have broken out across New South Wales and one person has been injured after scaffolding collapsed in Gosford during high winds.

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Wildfires – Australia

Nine small bushfires broke out across New South Wales marking the first fires of the season. The largest fire, at Duranbah in the Tweed Council, was 164 hectares in size and out of control at 4.30pm.

Similarly in Queensland, bushfire season has been sparked by strong winds and dry conditions, with three blazes burning across the state today.

Wildfires – California, USA

Crews were battling wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area and thousands of people were under orders to evacuate Wednesday as hundreds of wildfires blazed across the state amid a blistering heat wave now in its second week.

Gov. Gavin Newsom blamed “this extraordinary weather we’re experiencing and all of these lightning strikes” for 367 known fires, including 23 major fires or groups of fires. He said the state has recorded nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Douglas is locatedabout 460 mi…735 km wnw of Honolulu Hawaii and about 105 mi…170 km ese of French Frigate shoals with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

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Australia Severe weather including strong winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf has been affecting parts of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia over the last 2 days. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said a coastal low that has spent the last few days tracking down from the north. “After hammering the Far North, then Central Coast, the Hunter and Sydney, now it’s Illawarra and far south feeling the impacts. This afternoon has seen rain and wind gusts of 113 km/h at Ulladulla and 96 at Kiama km/h.”

Pakistan – Heavy rainfall in Pakistan has caused severe flash flooding in the city of Karachi and triggered a deadly landslide in Punjab. Drainage systems were overwhelmed and several parts of the city and surrounding areas were flooded. Power lines were downed and buildings damaged or destroyed. Local media reported that at least 10 people had lost their lives as a result of either electrocution or structural collapse. Meanwhile in the province of Punjab, 3 young people died and one was injured after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Orakzai District on 27 July, according to NDMA.

India (Bihar) – Authorities in India report that major rivers are at severe flood stage in 19 locations in the state of Bihar in the north east of the country. Wide areas of the state are under water and Indian Air Force helicopters have been deployed to drop flood relief materials including food and fresh water to remote and cut off locations. According to reports of 25 July from Bihar’s Disaster Management Department, 960,000 people have now been affected by floods across 10 districts. The Department reported 10 fatalities as a result of flooding.

India (Assam) – Over 2.4 million people are currently affected by monsoon flooding in the state of Assam, north eastern India. Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA) reported flooding in 2,265 villages and localities in 23 of the state’s 33 districts.

Thailand – Monsoon rain has caused flooding and landslides in northern, central and eastern areas of the country over the last 10 days. Dozens of homes have been damaged, along with roads, bridges and dams. However, no injuries or fatalities were reported. The worst hit areas are Lampang Province and Pathum Thani province.

USA, Mexico – Hurricane Hanna made landfall in southern Texas as a Category 1 system on 25 July 2020. The storm weakened as it moved west but brought torrential rainfall to parts of northern Mexico where 2 people have died and 6 are missing. Mexico’s disaster management authority, Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (CENAPRED) reported on 27 July that Hanna had caused considerable material damage, mainly in the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo León.

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Wildfires – Australia

More than 100 firefighters have battled for hours to contain a raging bushfire that burnt out of control and threatened residents and their homes in the small town of Lake Clifton in Perth’s south.

Wildlife

Further Effects of Australian Wildfires

Many waterways in Australia that have been inundated with ash and debris following the devastating bush fires this spring and summer, killing fish and other aquatic life and fouling drinking water supplies. The thick dark mud flowing into creeks and streams is killing insect larvae, tadpoles, freshwater shrine, crayfish oysters along with many protected species of fish. One of the primary impacts of the large pulse of ash was a rapid decline in dissolved oxygen levels in the water.

Environment

Wildfires – Australia

Smoke pollution that blanketed Australia for months during the bushfire crisis caused 416 deaths and thousands of hospitalisations, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia.Smoke was responsible for 1,124 cardiovascular-related hospital admissions, 2,027 respiratory-related hospital admissions, and 1,305 asthma-related emergency room admissions, according to the study. Most cases were in New South Wales, where thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes.

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Wildfires – Australia

Confirming what had been widely suspected, researchers have found that human-caused climate change had an impact on Australia’s recent devastating wildfires, making the extremely high-risk conditions that led to widespread burning at least 30 percent more likely than in a world without global warming.

The research is the latest in a growing subfield of climate science: attribution studies that look for links, or the lack of them, between climate change and specific weather-related events, often within weeks of an event. The studies usually compare models of current conditions to those of the world around 1900, before large-scale emissions of carbon dioxide and other planet-warming gases began.

Record warmth and dryness last year led to a severe wildfire outbreak in Australia, with an estimated 50 million acres burned, including more than 16 million acres in the southeastern part of the country, which was most affected. All told, at least 34 people were killed and nearly 6,000 homes and other structures were destroyed.