Wildfires – USA

Wildfires have now burned more than 4.6 million acres in 87 large fires across 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. At least 35 people have died in California, Oregon and Washington, The Associated Press reported.

Dense smoke and fog enveloped an area far beyond the fires on Monday, keeping temperatures cooler but also creating new hazards in an ongoing catastrophe, with reduced visibility and a high risk of smoke inhalation.

In Oregon, the blazes stretch from the southern border along the coast all the way up to Portland’s suburbs, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Rebecca Ellis told NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. The 16 large fires in Oregon total about 878,000 acres of fire, while the 13 large fires in Washington are at about 676,000 acres.

In California, nearly 16,500 firefighters are grappling with 28 major wildfires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. So far in 2020, wildfires have burned over 3.2 million acres in California, which is larger than the State of Connecticut.


Wildfires – Oregon, USA

At least nine people have died in wildfires that have burned relentlessly across western Oregon. After five days of enormous wildfires consuming the landscape up and down the west side of the state, officials count more than 1 million acres burned and tens of thousands of people forced to leave their homes. Countless homes and businesses have been scorched.

Wildfires – California, USA

August Complex – As of 8 p.m. on Sept. 12, these fires had burned 875,059acres and were 25% contained. This is now the largest recorded fire in California history.

North Complex – As of 7 p.m. Sept. 12, these fires had burned 258,496 acres and 22% contained. The North Complex West (formerly the Bear Fire) makes up 73,000 acres the total and is 10% contained.

LNU Lightning Complex – As of 7 p.m. on Sept. 12, these fires have burned 363,220 acres and were 96% contained.

SCU Lightning Complex – As of 7 p.m. on Sept. 12, these fires have burned 396,624 acres and were 98% contained. Full containment is expected around Sept. 12.

CZU Lightning Complex – As of 7 a.m. on Sept. 12, these fires have burned 86,509 acres and were 86% contained.


Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Over the past week, thousands of lightning strikes have sparked more than a dozen large wildfires in Oregon.

Five fires are burning around the Warm Springs Reservation. They include the Lionshead Fire, the Green Ridge Fire, and the largest — the P5-15 fire. It has burned about 4,400 acres and is 30% contained.

Four other blazes are burning along the Blue Mountain range. And farther south, east of Burns, the Indian Creek Fire has consumed almost 50,000 acres.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.5 earthquake hits the Drake Passage.

5.3 earthquake hits the South China Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the DR Congo.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.3 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Tonga.


Wildfires – Croatia

Firefighters and Croatian army forces on Saturday joined a battle against wildfires threatening homes and wind power plants near the coastal Adriatic town of Sibenik. About 200 firefighters and 50 soldiers were deployed in the area south of Sibenik in the evening as the wind picked up strength and after firefighting aircraft that were deployed during the day had to withdraw for the night. Nobody has been hurt in the fires but people from about 30 houses in one village have been evacuated.

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Milepost 97 fire that started Wednesday night from an illegal campfire grew about 3,000 acres overnight to nearly 9,000 acres as of Saturday morning, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry and Douglas Forest Protective Association. Approximately 900 firefighting personnel, 15 helicopters, as well as large and small air tankers are currently assigned to the fire. Evacuation levels have been raised to level 1 (“Be Ready”) for homes on the west side of Interstate 5 between mileposts 83 and 88 near the Azalea area.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.1 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits northern California.

5.6 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.


Wildfires – Oregon, Arizona USA

Scattered thunderstorms across Lake and Klamath Counties produced more than 1,500 lightning strikes Wednesday night causing at least ten small wildfires. Fire-fighting crews were on scene to quickly control the fires.

Meanwhile wildfires are continuing to burn throughout Arizona. There are currently a dozen wildfires burning in Arizona. Most notably – the Woodbury Fire northwest of Superior which has grown to more than 10,000 acres. There are now about 450 firefighters working to contain the flames. Air quality in the area has been a big issue and crews are telling hikers to avoid the area.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 23s (Wallace), located approximately 366 nm north of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 03 knots.


Oregon, USA – Heavy rain across northwest Oregon has brought flooding to multiple rivers and spurred evacuations in some parts of the state. Rainfall totals ranged from 3 to 6 inches in 48 hours and brought numerous rivers and creeks up to their banks, particularly in the southern and central Willamette Valley. The heaviest flooding is occurring in the Eugene area, where evacuation orders were issued Sunday night. The Santiam River in Jefferson is also near flood levels.


Wildfires – California, USA

Power was shut off to about 118,500 customers in parts of more than a dozen Northern California counties late Sunday in an unprecedented move to pre-empt wildfires with strong winds and extreme weather conditions.

Utility company Pacific Gas and Electric, or PG&E, said it was shutting off power to help reduce the risk of wildfires. Some of the deadly infernos that engulfed the state this time last year were caused by downed power lines and damaged electrical equipment.

The National Weather Service warned Sunday of critical fire-related weather conditions in the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills continuing through Monday morning due to a combination of strong, gusty offshore winds and low relative humidity.

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Oregon’s largest wildfire has flared up, prompting new evacuations. Gov. Brown on Monday declared the Klondike fire, which started three months ago in southern Oregon, a conflagration. That clears the way for the state fire marshal’s office to send firefighters and equipment to help with the blaze, which covers over 167,000 acres. About 40 homes are under level three (“go”) evacuations as of Monday morning.


Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Tepee Fire grew to 1,592 acres Friday night, fueled by strong winds. A fire line was established around 60 percent of the blaze, mostly on the western side..

The Willow Fire is estimated at 300 acres, burning south of Pelton Dam and Willow Canyon, about six miles northwest of Madras. Air tankers and a heavy helicopter have been assisting firefighters on the ground. The Willow Fire is now 20 percent contained.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

The Boundary wildfire burning in Montana’s Glacier National Park spilled over into Canada on Friday. Dry and windy conditions flared up fire activity on the blaze at about 3 p.m.

The wildfire then jumped the border into Alberta, burning most of the basin on the southwest-facing slope of Mount Richards and the south- and east-facing slopes of Mount Alderson. The entire wildfire, now burning in the Boundary Creek Valley, Glacier National Park and Water Lakes National Park, is estimated to be 1,100 hectares in size and is considered “out of control.”


Wildfires – Oregon, USA – Update

The Terwilliger Fire on the Willamette National Forest has grown to about 5,400 acres, authorities said Sunday as winds blew wildfire smoke into the Bend area and once again caused unhealthy air quality levels.

Stubblefield Fire – The fire is currently 95% contained and is 54,221 acres.

Lonerock Fire – This fire is now 95% contained and 5,056 acres.

Jennie’s Peak – This fire is 90% contained and 45,956 acres.

Wildfires – Idaho, USA

As the Wapiti Fire in Boise County continues to grow, four cabins and one outbuilding have been destroyed in the 6,190-acre blaze, according to officials. The fire, outside Grandjean, started on Saturday afternoon.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 earthquake hits offshore Sucre, Venezuela.

6.6 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

6.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.