Wildfires

Wildfires – Tasmania

Australia’s tallest tree ‘Centurion’ has survived Tasmania’s fierce bushfires, with the only damage a scorched, gaping hole at the base of the 100-metre tall Eucalyptus tree.

The tree’s survival is a silver lining to the devastating Riveaux Road fire, which destroyed thousands of hectares in the Huon Valley, in southern Tasmania.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

Two more homes have been destroyed in the Tasmanian bushfires that have burned for weeks across the state. Hot and windy weather caused blazes to flare on Sunday afternoon, with authorities investigating reports of property loss at the Huon Valley in the south and on the state’s central plateau. Particular areas of concern are homes near the towns of Geeveston and Waterloo, both south of Hobart. Authorities say they’ve received reports of property loss from the southern Riveaux Road and central Great Pine Tier wildfires. A total of eight properties have now been lost to the devastating blazes.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

More than 520 firefighters are working across Tasmania as more than 40 bushfires continue to burn. At least 3 houses have been lost, communities are under threat and rare plants in the World Heritage Area have been burnt and others are under threat. Some firefighters have been battling the blazes since before Christmas.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

Emergency services in Tasmania are battling 72 separate bushfires. Smoke from Tasmania’s numerous bushfires is being spotted as far away as New Zealand as parts of the state remain at threat from blazes up to 20,000 hectares in size. The greatest threat on Monday was posed by an “erratic” fire burning near Geeveston, southwest of Hobart, where about 400 people have evacuated their homes.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

Bushfires in the Australian state of Tasmania endangered houses and property on Wednesday, with visitors urged to be cautious before setting off.

Around 50 blazes have erupted across the state with emergency alerts set off for six areas in the central region and authorities declaring that one house has already been burnt.

Teams have been in efforts to put out the fires for much of the summer, including a huge burn near the Gell River which has so far burned more than 20,000 hectares of wilderness.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

A number of serious bushfires are burning across Tasmania, with firefighters from NSW and New Zealand flying in to assist with efforts. The Miena community is being evacuated as more than 6500 hectares of bush burns at the Great Pine Tier in the Central Plateau. Tasmania Fire Service said the fire is very difficult to control, warning burning embers will threaten homes before the main fire.

Wildfires – New Zealand

A blaze started by an explosion set off on a Bay of Islands beach has swept through part of a historic reserve known for its large kiwi population.

The fire started just before 9pm on Saturday at Rangihoua Bay, on the Purerua Peninsula, and quickly spread up a steep hillside in Rangihoua Heritage Park.

Some witnesses believed the explosion was caused by a petrol bomb, others that the device was made from a large quantity of fireworks. Firefighters described it as a home-made incendiary device.

The most upsetting thing was hearing the sound of kiwi’s screaming from the burning hillside.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

About 5,500 lightning strikes were recorded across the state overnight on Monday, sparking dozens of wildfires across the State. There were 61 active fires reported across the state on the TFS website at 10:00pm, with fires at Wattle Grove, Great Pine Tier Central Plateau and Gell River listed at an advice level.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

An out-of-control bushfire is raging through a popular tourist destination after lightning struck in Tasmanian wilderness in the midsouth of the state, around an hour from Hobart. Total fire bans are in place across the state as temperatures soar. The Maydena, Tyenna and National Park townships are under threat as a fire around 8,800 hectares in size blazes just 20km away in the northwest.

Wildfires – South Africa

A number of homes were destroyed by a wildfire around Betty’s Bay and Pringle Bay in the Western Cape. It’s suspected that two flares were set off just after midnight on Tuesday, igniting a fire in the Kogelberg nature reserve. Strong winds fanned the flames and the fire reached Pringle Bay. Residents of Pringle Bay were evacuated early on Thursday morning when the fire jumped the R44 into the coastal town. One person is reported to have died during the panic, allegedly of a heart attack.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 01e (One), located approximately 1357 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Jamaica – Rivers overflow after days of heavy rain lashed the Caribbean island nation, washing away roads and bridges. As is usually the case when flooding hits the country, there have been numerous mudslides. Dozens of roads have been blocked and a number of bridges have been washed away. The storm system has moved on to Cuba.

Tasmania – Wild weather caused flash flooding in Hobart on Friday morning, with cars swept away and emergency crews responding to hundreds of calls for help. Police said the city centre was hit hard, forcing the closure of many roads and, with more heavy rain expected on Friday, motorists were urged to stay off roads. Streets turned into fast-flowing rivers, with water surging inside homes and businesses.

Washington State, USA – Canadian runoff is flooding Northeastern Washington rivers. It’s a record year for flooding in northeastern Washington as spring runoff makes its way into the region’s rivers. At least eight rivers are at or above flood stage. Nearly all of them cross the U.S.-Canada border. British Columbia saw a near record snow year in the mountains this year and now that temperatures are warming, the runoff from snowmelt is making its way into rivers and lakes.

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Bushfire – Tasmania

The threat from a fire burning in Tasmania’s north at George Town has been downgraded to a watch and act but is still a threat to properties, authorities say. About 20 fire units, three aerial units and bulldozers to cut tracks have been called to the scene.

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Wildfires – Corsica

French authorities say firefighters have mostly contained wildfires that spread across the Mediterranean island of Corsica over the weekend.

Authorities in Haute-Corse, the prefecture covering the northern part of the island, said strong winds fed fires that started in several places on the weekend following a dry spell. One was a forest fire that broke out on Sunday close to the village of Ville di Paraso. About 190 military police and firefighters, supported by four water bombers, were mobilized to tackle the flames.

Wildfires – Utah USA

Wind-driven wildfires in Utah forced evacuations and threatened structures on a big weekend for deer hunters in the fire zone. Two separate wildfires of 600 acres each and two miles apart raged near Strawberry Reservoir about 80 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. By Sunday evening the winds died down, enabling fire crews to make progress fighting the flames.

Wildfires – Tasmania

An out of control fire burning for a week near St Helens has burnt more than 6000ha of bush and scrub and has prompted the Tasmania Fire Service to ask people unprepared for a bushfire to leave for a safer place. The fire ground covered areas of steep and inaccessible terrain and the fire perimeter was more than 35km.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

The Tasmania Fire Service is responding to 15 bushfires across north and south of the state burning several thousand hectares. There is currently no major threat to property. There is a currently a high fire danger rating around Tasmania in all areas except the North West. It is expected that the rating will increase to very high later today.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Post Tropical Cyclone Celia is located about 750 mi…1210 km ENE of Hilo Hawaii and about 905 mi…1460 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hurricane Darby is located about 930 mi…1495 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Estelle is located about 390 mi…625 km SW of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the South Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclone One is located approximately 193 nm southwest of Diego Garcia, and is tracking south-southeastward at 02 knots.

Newsbytes:

Tasmania – Roads were closed due to flooding and power was cut as a precaution as the Huon River swelled to more than 4.3 metres following heavy rain and melting snow. Easing floodwaters will be challenged by a rising tide south of Hobart where some residents have been evacuated in the worst flood in two decades.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Moluccan Sea.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of Tasmania.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrava region, Russia.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

A watch and act alert has been issued for the fire burning on Pipeline Road, Mawbanna, in Tasmania’s north-west.

The Tasmania Fire Service said this fire may put Meunna, Milabena, Lapoinya, Myalla and surrounds at high risk on Sunday night. The fire will be difficult to control, and there may be embers, smoke and ash falling on surrounding areas.

The communities that may be impacted on by that fire include Rocky Cape, Sisters Beach , Boat Harbour and Muntumana and surrounding areas.

Another 50 fire tankers are being brought in from interstate and 10 command vehicles and 245 firefighters over the next few days.

Two C-17 defence cargo planes will arrive in Hobart this week with infrastructure for a fire fighters base camp to be established at Stanley in the far north-west.

Wildfires – Mississippi, USA

Multiple wildfires are still burning in various parts of South Mississippi this weekend, and weather conditions are only helping to feed the flames.

In east Jackson County, a woods fire has been burning since Thursday in the Forts Lake community. Although the fire began on private property along Grand Bature Road, it quickly spread to the surrounding marshes, threatening several homes and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

A fire in Hancock County is still burning also, but officials say multiple agencies are working together and it is under control.