Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Firefighters on Saturday were battling a wildfire that broke out in the rugged mountains along Big Sur, forcing hundreds of residents on this precarious stretch of the California coast to evacuate and authorities to shut its main roadway.

The fire started Friday night in a steep canyon and quickly spread toward the sea, fanned by strong winds up to 50 mph. The blaze burned at least 2.3 square miles of brush and redwood trees.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the southern Pacific Ocean.

5.2 earthquake hits central California.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits offshore Northern California.

5.3 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.1 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Atlantic Ocean.

5.0 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

The number of wildfires nationwide and the acres they burned both set records in 2021, the federal Department of Interior reported. The wildfire season also saw a record number of days of high fire danger this year, the department reported.

Overall, there were 48,487 wildfires that burned more than 6.5 million acres.

There were 15 wildland firefighters and 33 civilians killed in 2021 fires. In addition, 4,818 structures were destroyed.

California experienced the most wildfires, followed by Montana, Oregon, Arizona and Washington. The vast majority of the wildfires were human-caused, Interior reported, but lightning-caused fires destroyed more acres.

Wildfires – California, USA

More than 70,000 homes and businesses in Southern California lost power on Thanksgiving as the region battles dangerously dry conditions and high winds, with gusts topping 70 mph in some areas. The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for parts of multiple counties, including San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura — collectively affecting more than 17 million people through Friday afternoon.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California – Giant Sequoias

Giant sequoia trees can live for up to 3,000 years, but in 2020, 10 to 14 percent of all giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada that were at least four feet diameter were killed in the Castle Fire in the Sequoia National Forest. When post-fire surveys of the 2021 fires are complete that number will probably increase substantially. It will be many months before detailed surveys are complete, but the sequoia mortality can be estimated from how severely the fire burned.

The lightning-caused 97,528-acre Windy Fire just south of the Castle Fire (see map above) burned into eleven giant sequoia groves in September and October, 2021. The Forest Service is working to determine the impacts of the fire in the groves managed by the Forest Service. The agency said on November 2 that initial assessments based on observations by resource advisors and burn severity analysis indicate the fire killed hundreds of giant sequoias. Many more were heavily torched and may or may not survive.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 25w (Malou), located approximately 235 nm south-southwest of Iwo To, is tracking north-northeastward at 07 knots.

Tropical depression 26w (Twenty-six), located approximately 159 nm east-northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has tracked west-northwestward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Vietnam – At least one person has died and thousands have evacuated their homes in central Vietnam after days of heavy rainfall. More severe weather is likely to affect the country as Tropical Depression ‘Twenty-six’ moves eastwards over the South China Sea. 5,373 houses were flooded in Quang Nam Province. 11,038 houses flooded in Quang Ngai Province. Over 7,000 people were evacuated to safety from flooded areas and areas at risk of landslides in Quang Nam (2,535 people) and Quang Ngai (4,541 people).

USA – A convergence of strong Pacific storms – a “bomb cyclone” and an “atmospheric river” – triggered floods, mudflows and wind damage in California on 24 October. The storm also affected parts of Washington state and Oregon. Wind damage caused power outages affecting 400,000 people. Two people were killed when a tree fell on a vehicle near Preston, Washington. Flooding was reported across the San Francisco Bay Area, including in Berkeley and Oakland. Swollen rivers caused flooding in Napa and Sonoma counties. Some homes were evacuated in Santa Rosa, Sonoma county, after several creeks broke their banks. Landslides blocked a stretch of Highway 70 in Butte and Plumas counties after rain fell in areas of the Dixie Fire burn scar. Sections of Highways 16 and 20 were closed in due to mudslides in Colusa and Yolo counties. Evacuation warnings or orders were issued in burn scar areas of parts of Fresno, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 17e (Rick), located approximately 1249 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking northward at 07 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 25w (Malou, located approximately 416 nm west of Agrihan, is tracking northward at 16 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Califonia, USA – A “bomb cyclone” in the Pacific is dumping extreme rain and several feet of snow on California. The wild weather follows a summer of extreme drought and wildfires, and it could bring flooding, mudslides and debris flow to the parched and wildfire-scarred Golden State. The term “bomb cyclone” refers to the rapid intensification process — “bombogenesis” — that forms it. Such storms occur when pressure in the central region of the storm descend by at least 24 millibars (an atmospheric pressure measurement) in 24 hours. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Sacramento issued numerous warnings on Sunday (Oct. 24) concerning extreme rainfall, flooding and debris flows. In some regions, rainfall may reach into the double digits in inches.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire raging through southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down on Wednesday, as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise the risk of infernos.

The Alisal fire covered more than 15,000 acres (24 square miles) in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara, and the number of firefighters was nearly doubled to 1,300, with more on the way. Containment remained at 5%.

Although the scenic region along the Pacific shoreline is lightly populated, the blaze was a threat to more than 100 homes, ranches and other buildings, fire officials said.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

The KNP Complex Fire burning for almost four weeks in the Sierra Nevada range of eastern Tulare County grew by about 5,000 acres overnight, expanding to nearly 68,000 acres by Monday morning, within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Forest, with containment estimated at about 11%.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

The Fawn Fire ignited Wednesday afternoon in the area of Fawndale and Radcliff roads, north of Redding, according to Cal Fire. The Fawn Fire has charred an estimated 8,559 acres, or 13 square miles, as of Saturday evening, according to Cal Fire. Some 144 structures have been confirmed destroyed and more than 2,000 remain threatened. The fire is 45% contained. About 4,000 Shasta County residents were forced to evacuate.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

The twin blazes pf the Windy and KNP Complex fires continued to threaten California’s towering sequoia trees and create new miseries for nearby residents, spewing smoke and worsening air quality across Central California on Wednesday. The two fires have burned through nearly 60,000 acres combined, officials said, with hardly any containment.

Days-long efforts to defend Sequoia National Park’s most famous trees from the 28,241-acre KNP Complex have proven mostly successful so far, with crews crediting proactive firefighting and a history of prescribed burns for preventing significant damage to the Giant Forest, including the General Sherman tree and the Four Guardsmen trees. Fire-resistant material has also been placed around the bases of some of the most famous forest inhabitants, including the General Sherman Tree, the largest in the world by volume.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A pair of lightning-sparked fires that took hold in rugged terrain in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks exploded over the weekend, while another blaze to the south burned into a grove of giant sequoia trees, sending smoke billowing above popular tourist destinations and forcing closures in the area.

All three fires ignited Thursday after a series of thunderstorms rolled in, sending more than 130 lighting strikes into the southern Sierra Nevada mountains and sparking the Paradise and Colony fires in the two parks. Collectively called the KNP Complex, the fires have since seared 1,037 acres with no containment, forcing the closure of the Sequoia National Park while the Kings Canyon side remained open.

A separate blaze, dubbed the Windy fire, had seared 974 acres in the adjoining Sequoia National Forest. It had burned into the Peyrone Sequoia grove, part of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Spain

People have fled their homes in six more Andalucían towns and villages as Spain sent in a military unit to help tackle wildfires raging close to a Costa del Sol resort.

A blaze fanned by strong winds has driven out almost 2,000 people and killed one emergency worker since it began on Wednesday in the mountainous Sierra Bermeja above Estepona, a popular spot with British tourists and retirees, having grown to over 6 000 hectares.

Wildfires – California, USA

Firefighters were making progress on a wildfire that jumped across a Southern California freeway and spread across dry hillsides while a new blaze forced residents of a Northern California community to evacuate.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon near Castaic in northern Los Angeles County. Pushed by 10-15mph (16-24 kph) winds, the blaze chewed through tinder-dry brush and jumped across the busy freeway, spread across more than a half of a square mile.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

More than 14,600 firefighters were on the lines of 13 active, large wildfires in California on Thursday.

The Dixie Fire in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Range grew to about 1,451 square miles (3,758 square kilometers) but was 59% contained.

Near Lake Tahoe, the Caldor Fire grew only slightly, to just over 341 square miles (884 square kilometers), and was 53% contained.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

The Caldor Fire has scorched 277 square miles (717 square kilometers) since breaking out Aug. 14. After the weekend’s fierce burning, containment dropped from 19% to 14%. More than 600 structures have been destroyed, and at least 20,000 more were threatened. Thousands of people rushed to leave South Lake Tahoe as the entire resort city came under evacuation orders.