Wildfires

Wildfires – California

A giant sequoia has been found smouldering and smoking in a part of Sequoia National Park that burned in one of California’s huge wildfires last year, the National Park Service said Wednesday.

The smouldering tree was found recently by scientists and fire crews surveying the effects of the blaze, which was ignited by lightning last August and spread over more than 270 square miles (699 square kilometers) of the Sierra Nevada. It took five months to fully contain.

Most of California is deep in drought, with severe to extreme conditions in the mountain range that provides about a third of the state’s water. On April 1, when the Sierra Nevada snowpack is normally at its peak, its water content was just 59% of average, according to the state Department of Water Resources.

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Wildfires – UK

A number of major wildfires have sprung up across Cornwall and Devon over the past week, culminating with a massive blaze on Dartmoor. It is understood that the bitingly cold winds which have lashed the UK in the past few days have served to dry out the vegetation, making it more flammable. These same winds, despite their chill, have then fanned the flames of these fires, helping them spread and making them even more difficult to put out. The remote locations of the fires also made them even more challenging to extinguish.

In Scotland, A wildfire has broken out in the Highlands on a busy day for firefighters on the mainland and islands. Two fire engines from Dingwall and one from Applecross were scrambled to the scene of a wildfire in the Loch Carron area of Ross-shire. It follows another Wester Ross wildfire last night between Aultbea and Laide, near to Laide Wood. Elsewhere, another blaze cut off road access to the north of Skye on Friday afternoon after a wildfire broke out close to the A87 between Luib and Moll.

Wildfires – California

California’s annual rainy season is getting underway about 27 days later now than it did in the 1960s, according to new research. Instead of starting in November, the onset of the rains is now delayed until December, and the rain, when it comes, is being concentrated during January and February. Less rain is falling in the so-called shoulder seasons of autumn and spring, and more is falling during the core winter months. The worst fires occur in the fall, rather than in the hottest summer months, because that’s when vegetation is at its maximum dryness.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (ana), located approximately 44 nm south-southwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking southward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 16p (Sixteen), located approximately 431 nm northwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking eastward at 14 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Lucas), located approximately 901 nm west-northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking eastward at 09 knots.

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California, USA – A drenching storm that brought California much-needed rain in what had been a dry winter is winding down after washing out Highway 1 near Big Sur and burying the Sierra Nevada in heavy snow. One skier was reported to have died in Mammoth.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Thirteen), located approximately 925 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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California, USA – A potent atmospheric river barreled through the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing high winds that knocked out power and flash flood evacuations from wildfire burn scar areas. Plus, heavy snow caused blizzard conditions in the Sierra Nevada. At least 5 000 residents were evacuated.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A wind-driven wildfire is burning in southeastern Colorado near Fort Lyon, which has been evacuated. The fire is approximately 80% contained and is estimated to be between 3,000 and 4,000 acres. The fire is burning in the John Martin Reservoir State Wildlife Area, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Wildfires – California, USA

Evacuation orders have been lifted for a community in California’s San Jacinto Mountains that was threatened by a wildfire. Residents in Mountain Center were told to leave their homes after a wildfire broke out in dry, windy conditions early Friday morning. The fire had burned about 1 square mile and was 20% contained.

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Wildfires – California

A wildfire in northern San Diego County has grown by nearly 1,300 acres — burning a total of 4,276 acres — and prompted mandatory evacuations, according to a Cal Fire update Thursday night. Camp Pendleton issued a mandatory evacuation for DeLuz Housing, Wounded Warrior Battalion and Lake O’Neill Campground due to the fire near Naval Weapons Station Detachment Fallbrook in the northern part of the 125,000-acre base.

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Wildfires – California

A wildfire started near Beaumont on Sunday and quickly burned through almost 2 000 acres. The fire is 24% contained and although threatening some structures, none were damaged and there have been no injuries.

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Wildfires – California

A fast-moving wildfire that began late Wednesday in Southern California is 50% contained as of Sunday morning, a slight increase from the day earlier, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

The Bond Fire has burned 7,375 acres, destroyed 28 structures, damaged 19 others and caused thousands to evacuate since it began in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon, according to CalFire. At least 25,000 residents were initially evacuated due to the fire and two firefighters have been injured battling the blaze.

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Wildfires – California

Powerful winds pushed flames through Southern California canyons early Thursday as an out-of-control wildfire burned near homes and forced residents to flee. The blaze in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon began late Wednesday as a house fire that quickly spread to tinder-dry brush as gusts topped 70 mph. It exploded in size throughout the night and as the sun came up, an enormous plume of smoke was visible for miles. Evacuations were ordered for several canyon neighborhoods near the city of Lake Forest and residents of other nearby areas were told to be ready to get out.

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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 – California, USA

Wind-whipped wildfires burned in the eastern Sierra and in Reno, where an out-of-control blaze destroyed or damaged about 12 homes and buildings in one neighborhood and forced hundreds to evacuate.

The Mountain View fire was burning in the Mono County town of Walker near the California-Nevada border and had grown to 5,000 acres in just hours, forcing evacuations and shutting down Highway 395, according to authorities. The fire broke out at around noon Tuesday in the area of Walker south of Topaz Lake along Highway 395.

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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.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Two new rapidly spreading wildfires prompted the evacuation of more than 85,000 people in two cities in upscale sections of Southern California’s Orange County, fire officials said Monday.

More than 500 firefighters turned out in force to battle the Silverado Fire that quickly blackened more than 7,200 acres near Irvine. As a precaution, 70,000 people were ordered to evacuate from their homes, Fire Capt. Greg Barta said.

Two members of a fire hand crew were badly burned, the Orange County Fire Authority said. The two, ages 26 and 32, suffered second- and third-degree burns on at least half of their bodies.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Glass Fire – This fire had burned 67,484 acres with 97% containment. At least 1,555 structures have been destroyed, including 653 homes. 1,217 structures are threatened.

Creek Fire – This fire had burned 352,339 acres with 61% containment. 856 structures have been destroyed, though damage inspection is not complete. 105 structures are threatened.

North Complex – These fires had burned 318,930 acres and 95% contained. 15 people in Butte County have died and two first responders have been injured. At least 2,455 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

August Complex – These fires had burned 1,032,264 acres and were 91% contained. One firefighter has died on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. 74 structures are threatened and 23 structures have been destroyed.

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Wildfires – California

Glass Fire – This fire had burned 67,484 acres with 70% containment. At least 1,545 structures have been destroyed, including 645 homes. 3,480 structures are threatened.

Zogg Fire – This fire had burned 56,338 acres with 92% containment. At least four people have been killed. Two inmate firefighters were injured Friday. 204 structures have been destroyed, and 0 structures are threatened.

Creek Fire – This fire had burned 330,899 acres with 49% containment. 856 structures have been destroyed, though damage inspection is not complete. 119 structures are threatened.

North Complex – These fires had burned 318,929 acres and 88% contained. 15 people in Butte County have died and two first responders have been injured. At least 2,471 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

August Complex – These fires had burned 1,020,571 acres and were 65% contained. One firefighter has died on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. 11,310 structures are threatened and 21 structures have been destroyed.