Wildfires

Wildfires – Washington, USA

There are a number of large fires burning in Washington.

• Goat Rocks: Located 7 miles east of Packwood, started on Aug. 9, 0% contained, 4,193 acres burned.

• Bolt Creek: Located 37 miles east of Seattle, Started on Sept. 10, 39% contained, 12,142 acres burned.

• Minnow Ridge: Located 25 miles north of Wenatchee, started on Sept. 10, 0% contained, 2,212 acres burned.

• White River: Located 14 miles northwest of Plains, started on Aug. 11, 10% contained, 4,206 acres burned.

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Australia – Emergency services in Queensland are searching for a 14-year-old girl swept away in floodwaters near Gympie early Saturday morning. Areas of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Fraser Coast and Gympie region have been inundated with up to 650 millimetres rain after ex-Cyclone Seth crossed the coast on Friday morning. An emergency alert for Goomeri, Kilkivan and Woolooga was issued on Saturday afternoon, warning of “significant flooding” and urging residents of those areas to stay in their homes.

Washington State, USA – At least one person was missing and presumed dead as snow turned to rain and deluged the Pacific Northwest on Friday, causing flooding, landslides and avalanche danger in the mountains. Snow and rain forced the closure of parts of Washington state’s two major highways — Interstate 90 and Interstate 5 — with flooding that also swamped roads throughout Western Washington and Oregon. Heavy rains and melting snow pushed creeks and rivers to dangerous heights around the region, closing roads in Kitsap County and flooding some homes in Mason County.

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Hawaii – A major cold-season Kona storm system is bringing significant precipitation totals to Hawaii, including up to 25 inches of rain, a foot of mountain snow and hurricane-force winds on the summits of the Big Island. A rare blizzard warning was issued for Mauna Kea, whose nearly 14,000-foot summit was a winter wonderland over the weekend. Flood watches are up for the entire island chain, with flash flood warnings issued for the middle of the archipelago. Record cool temperatures are also visiting the nation’s 50th state, made to feel cooler by winds gusting up to 50 mph even in the lowlands. The dichotomous weather will make it technically possible to ski and surf in the same hour for residents of the Big Island.

Washington, USA- Near-record flooding in Washington State drowned cattle, demolished homes and damaged equipment. Broken supply chains are making it even harder to recover.

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Washington/British Columbia – A week and a half after damaging floods in Washington state, and British Columbia, forecasters are warning that multiple “atmospheric rivers” threaten to once again drench the Pacific Northwest beginning Thanksgiving Day. Atmospheric rivers are huge plumes of moisture extending over the Pacific and into the Northwest. Forecasters say more moisture from the atmospheric rivers is expected to bring up to 3 inches of rain in some areas hit by the recent flooding. Officials from the National Weather Service predict periods of moderate to heavy rain through Wednesday, as the first in a series of systems moving across the region.

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Wildfires – France

Thousands of people fled homes, campgrounds and hotels near the French Riviera on Tuesday as firefighters battled a blaze that raced through nearby forests, sending smoke pouring down wooded slopes toward vineyards in the picturesque area.

The wildfire started Monday evening, in the height of France’s summer vacation season, about 40 kilometers (24 miles) inland from the coastal resort of Saint-Tropez. Fueled by powerful seasonal winds coming off the Mediterranean Sea, the fire had spread across 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres) of forest by Tuesday morning.

Wildfires – California – Update

– Antelope Fire – 56,753 acres, 27% contained, started Aug. 1.

– Dixie Fire – 604,511 acres, 31% contained, started July 13.

– River Complex – 44,117 acres, 10% contained, started July 30.

– McFarland Fire – 97,407 acres, 68% contained, started July 29.

– Monument Fire – 119,280 acres, 10% contained, started July 30.

– Caldor Fire – 6,500 acres, 0% contained, started Aug. 14.

Wildfires – Washington, USA

The Schneider Springs Fire grew has burned more than 44 square miles (114 square kilometers) since the lightning-ignited blaze started.

The Corkscrew Fire has damaged or destroyed 20 buildings — including eight homes — and has burned through more than 20 square miles (52 square kilometers).

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Wildfires – USA

The country’s largest wildfire has burned 401,601 acres in Fremont-Winema National Forest, which is about 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon. More than 2,000 personnel have worked since July 6 to contain the wildfire, which is when officials say it was first ignited by lightning and natural causes. As of Saturday, 42% of the Bootleg Fire was contained.

The quickly-spreading Dixie Fire near Feather River Canyon in Butte County, California, has burned 181,289 acres and is only 19% contained. The cause of the wildfire, ignited on July 13, is under investigation and more than 4,000 personnel are working to contain it.

The Snake River Complex Fire in Idaho has burned 107,679 acres and was 74% contained as of Saturday. It is burning about 20 miles south of Lewiston, Idaho. Lightning ignited the fire on July 7, and although spot fires have sprung up daily outside of its control lines, the fire has grown slowly and is being contained by the 208 personnel assigned to its mitigation.

The Lick Creek (Dry Gulch) Fire has burned 80,392 acres across areas in Oregon and Washington State. Its perimeter has been contained by 75%.

Lightning ignited the Tamarack Fire on July 4 approximately 16 miles south of Gardnerville, Nevada. As of Saturday, 65,152 acres have burned and it is was 4% contained. More than 1,000 personnel are fighting the fire.

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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.