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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.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

A wildfire has destroyed approximately 80 percent of the homes in Malden, Washington, a town of 300 people in rural Whitman County, according to Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers.

The Whitney Fire near Davenport has now grown to 20,000 acres and is 0% contained, according to Public Information Officer Isabelle Hoygaard. It is burning timber, brush, grass and crops. The WSP said homes, crops and infrastructure are threatened.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

Over 200 firefighters are battling a wildfire that is burning in the Saddle Mountain area of Eastern Washington Tuesday. The fire was sparked on Monday afternoon on the western end of the mountain and has grown quickly. As of Tuesday morning, the fire has burned an estimated 5,760 acres and is just 10% contained.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

Lightning storms last weekend sparked several wildfires on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation including one that spread across 9,000 acres. One of the largest fires was at Gable Mountain in the center of Hanford. The mountain is considered both a biological and tribal sensitive area, where workers are not allowed without authorization.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Sawtooth Fire in the Superstition Mountains has burned 18,500 acres and forced nearby residents to leave their homes on Monday. Crews are fighting the wildfire by air and on the ground just two miles northeast of the Peralta Trailhead in the Tonto National Forest. Officials say lightning-caused the blaze on Sunday, and there are now at least 200 firefighters working it.

Wildfires – Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) tackled three separate wildfires on Monday involving up to 200 firefighters. The fires broke out at sites in Newry, Castlewellan and Armoy.

Wildfires – Jordan

Olive trees are among the most damaged by an extraordinary number of fires hitting one of the most important regions in Jordan for forestry and olive oil making. In the Jerash province, farmers believe that an area of 6,000 dunum (almost 1,500 acres) has already been devastated. While the destruction included oranges, lemons and other fruits, many centuries-old olive trees were caught in the firestorms.

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Spain – flooding hit the town of Reinosa in Cantabria and has been described by residents as the worst in history, with reports saying water levels rose because of heavy winds and rain. Roads in the town became raging torrents carrying away cars. Reinosa has 9,000 inhabitants and there are reports of blackouts. Residents have been evacuated with powerful waves flowing through doors and garages.

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Washington, USA – A storm that has brought record rainfall to the Northwest has prompted flood warnings, disrupted train traffic, closed roads and caused some power outages. In Washington state flood warnings were posted Friday for the Skokomish, Newaukum Tolt, Chehalis and Snoqualmie rivers and flood watches were in effect for other rivers. The National Weather Service also issued a flood watch for much of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

England – Flooding is causing travel disruption across the south east of England after heavy rain overnight. Major roads and numerous railway lines have been closed.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean : Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 126 nm south-southeast of Iwo, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

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Malaysia – Flash floods caused by continuous rainfall hit several areas in Kuala Lumpur affecting a number of major roads and causing some damages in the area.

Italy – Residents of Castelletto d’Orba, in Italy’s north-west, woke up to havoc and destruction on Tuesday (October 22) after heavy rains caused the Rio Albara, normally a tiny stream, to burst its banks and flood the small town. The flash floods occurred on Monday evening (October 21) and forced the town’s mayor to temporarily evacuate around 50 people. Elsewhere in the northern Piemonte region, the bad weather caused the death of one man as his car was washed away in a flood.

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Washington, USA – Flooded rivers are causing problems across parts of Western Washington, and waters are still rising as heavy rain struck the region overnight. The Tolt and Skykomish Rivers will reach moderate flood stage, and the Snohomish River is forecast to rise above flood stage Tuesday afternoon. In the town of Carnation, the water was making driving dangerous.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

The Cold Creek Fire on the Hanford Reach National Monument charred about 18,000 acres northwest of Richland. Officials said the fire is about 60% contained as of Friday afternoon.

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Indonesia – Trees were knocked down and traffic brought to a standstill as a rainstorm caused flash floods in Indonesia’s city of Semarang, Central Java.

Washington State, USA – A storm system moving through Pierce County Saturday night dumped more than 10 in of water in some areas flooding roads and some homes.

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Wildfires – Washington, Oregon, USA

Wildfires erupted July 19 and 20 across Eastern Washington, burning tens of thousands of acres and closed major highways. A wildfire in Kittitas County has burned 70,000 acres and closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Vantage. The Boylston fire is among several that are scorching scrubland and wheat fields in Eastern and central Washington, and Eastern Oregon.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

People living in nearly 1,000 homes have either been forced to evacuate or must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice as wildfires rip through British Columbia’s scenic Okanagan region. A lightning storm hit the popular tourist area in B.C.’s southern Interior earlier this week, sparking multiple wildfires including one major blaze that has grown to 10 square kilometres.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

A small but fast-moving wildfire in Spokane prompted evacuation notices for more than 700 homes, authorities said Tuesday. The so-called Upriver Beacon Fire, which was less than 1 square mile (2.6 sq. kilometer), broke out near a residential area. Several homes caught fire, according to Spokane Valley Fire Department spokeswoman Melanie Rose. State officials said at least one structure had been completely destroyed.

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The growth of multiple wildfires in Southern Oregon led to evacuation orders in three areas Wednesday night. The Grants Pass, Applegate Valley and Wimer areas were each threatened by a wildfire dangerous enough to prompt officials to prepare or require locals to leave their homes.

There are more than 160 wildfires burning across Southern Oregon, most of them sparked by a lightning storm last Sunday.

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Afghanistan – Flash floods caused by heavy rain in the past week have killed at least 34 people in several Afghan provinces and caused serious damage to property and livestock, officials said on Tuesday. The flooding, hitting provinces mainly in the north and center of the country, had caused serious damage to around 900 houses, killed hundreds of cattle and damaged agricultural land.

Washington, Montana, British Columbia – Temperatures have warmed considerably in recent weeks in the Northwest, and that’s causing big problems for several waterways as snowmelt has sent rivers rising to dangerous levels. This has created problems for parts of Washington, western Montana and British Columbia, where evacuations are ongoing and emergencies have been declared. In some areas, rivers are expected to remain above flood stage for days, if not weeks, as the snowmelt continues. In central Washington, residents are preparing to evacuate in Leavenworth as a dam appears to be threatened.

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In the North Indian Ocean/Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 04w (Four), located approximately 131 nm northwest of Agrihan, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Eastern Washington, USA – Flooding caused by recent rains and snow melt has fouled water and sewage treatment facilities, threatened state highways and local roads, and caused some people to leave their homes. Continued higher temperatures are predicted to increase snow melt and cause additional flooding as rivers and streams continue to rise to record or near record levels. The Okanogan River, which runs through Tonasket, reached a level of 19 feet early Friday morning, which is above the 15-foot flood stage. The Pend Oreille River is forecast to reach a flow of more than 118,000 cubic feet per second by next Thursday, which hasn’t occurred since 2011. The Kettle River reached a crest of 22 feet Friday and is expected to remain above record levels for the next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Sri Lanka – Over 8,000 people were affected as heavy rains caused flash floods in Sri Lanka’s southern districts of Galle and Kalutara last Sunday, the Disaster Management Center said in a statement on Monday. A number of homes had been evacuated.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

Even after a week of much cooler temperatures and rain, Washington’s six large wildfires continue to burn. Here is an update from north to south.

Diamond Creek Fire 75% contained. It is about 11 miles northwest of Mazama and has covered almost 130,000 acres since it started in July.

Uno Peak Fire 20% contained. The Uno Peak fire has covered almost 9,000 acres since it started in August. The wildfire is located 15 miles northwest of Manson.

Jolly Mountain Fire 40% contained. This fire was started by a lightning strike in August and has covered almost 37,000 acres since then. The Jolly Mountain Fire is 6 miles northwest of Cle Elum.

Sawmill Creek Fire 99% contained. It burned more than 1,000 acres since it started in early September. The Sawmill Creek Fire is west of the Norse Peak wilderness and south of the Tacoma watershed.

Norse Peak Fire 80% contained. The Norse Peak Fire is 11 miles west of Cliffdell, and originated in August. Officials said lightning sparked the fire that has covered almost 66,000 acres.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire on the northern edge of Los Angeles rapidly grew on Saturday into what the mayor called the largest blaze in the city’s history, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people and the closure of a major highway.

The 5,000-acre (2,023-hectare) La Tuna Fire, named after the canyon area where it erupted on Friday, has led authorities to evacuate more than 700 homes in a north Los Angeles neighborhood and in nearby Burbank and Glendale, officials said.

Authorities warned of erratic winds that could force them to widen the evacuation zone, after the fire destroyed three houses in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Wildfires – Washington USA

Wildfires were threatening thousands of homes and hindering travel in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday.

One such blaze has burned 23 square miles (60 square kilometers) about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southeast of Seattle and forced authorities to issue new evacuation notices. About 3,800 homes were at risk, authorities said.

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Wildfires – Washington, USA

Two wildfires burning in north central Washington have consumed more than 11 square miles (30.3 square kilometers).

The Spartan Fire in Chelan County had burned about seven square miles (18.1 square kilometers) on Tuesday and threatened some 80 homes. The state Department of Natural Resources says the fire is about 10 percent contained by 160 firefighters.

Meanwhile, the state says grasslands fires in Douglas County have burned some 4.6 square miles (11.9 square kilometers) and have no containment.

Occupants of the homes threatened by the Spartan Fire, a few miles southeast of Wenatchee, were told to be ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice.