Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Mangum Fire near the Grand Canyon torched nearly 15,000 acres and was 2% contained as of Saturday, while other wildfires continued burning across Arizona.

Though the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it was sparked Monday and as of Saturday involved 234 personnel working to quell it. The fire, which has burned 14,800 acres, was pushed north Friday by strong winds that caused blowing embers to create spot fires up to a half-mile north of the main fire.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

A wildfire near Helena has grown rapidly from several hundred acres to 1 800 acres amid gusty winds. Evacuations along the expected path of the fire are under way.

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Wildfires – Nevada, USA

Lightning sparked more than a dozen wildfires in northeast Nevada over the weekend and forecasters are warning more are likely as thunderstorms move back into the region later this week.

Three of the fires each have burned more than 4 square miles (10 sq. kilometers) of mostly remote rangeland, including the Goose Fire near the Nevada-Idaho line about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Jackpot. Another fire in the Ruby Mountains about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Elko forced the closure of a highway and evacuation Sunday night.

But there were no evacuations in place as of Monday. No injuries have been reported or structures damaged.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

The Horsefly Fire and Snow Creek Fire erupted on Monday after a weekend of active wildfires. The Horsefly Fire is between Flesher Pass and Lincoln and burned more than 1,500 acres on Monday alone. Evacuations have been ordered for some homes in the immediate area. The Snow Creek Fire located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness also showed explosive growth on Monday, with the smoke plume extending more than 100 miles east of the Rocky Mountain Front. A hot and windy day allowed these fires to develop and spread very quickly, along with the fact that they are burning in heavy beetle killed timber areas.

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Wildfires – Montana, USA

At least three wildfires are burning in western Montana. The largest is the North Hills Fire north of Helena which has burned about 4 square miles (10.5 square kilometers) and prompted the evacuation of about 100 homes.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Tepee Fire grew to 1,592 acres Friday night, fueled by strong winds. A fire line was established around 60 percent of the blaze, mostly on the western side..

The Willow Fire is estimated at 300 acres, burning south of Pelton Dam and Willow Canyon, about six miles northwest of Madras. Air tankers and a heavy helicopter have been assisting firefighters on the ground. The Willow Fire is now 20 percent contained.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

The Boundary wildfire burning in Montana’s Glacier National Park spilled over into Canada on Friday. Dry and windy conditions flared up fire activity on the blaze at about 3 p.m.

The wildfire then jumped the border into Alberta, burning most of the basin on the southwest-facing slope of Mount Richards and the south- and east-facing slopes of Mount Alderson. The entire wildfire, now burning in the Boundary Creek Valley, Glacier National Park and Water Lakes National Park, is estimated to be 1,100 hectares in size and is considered “out of control.”

Storms and Floods

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USA – Helicopters rescued people stranded by flooding in Montana, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain bible camp for two days, as severe storms swept the Rockies and the Midwest. Montana was just drying out from spring flooding caused by near-record snowfall over the winter when a storm unleashed heavy rains last weekend. Flooding in Minnesota and South Dakota caused some road closures. In northwest Iowa, several roads were inundated and basements swamped by heavy rain. Flooding in Virginia forced Richmond International Airport and parts of nearby Interstate 64 to close Friday morning. Meanwhile, great swaths of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado were experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, forcing recent closures of national forests and other public lands because of fire danger.

Ivory Coast – Update – The cleanup is continuing in Ivory Coast’s southern city of Abidjan after torrential rain caused deadly flash flooding. According to the country’s interior minister, 18 people died on Monday as flash floods raged through parts of the city, reaching a depth of 2.5 metres in some places. Two other people were reported killed in the provinces. On Thursday, the government called for the evacuation of all people living in flood-prone zones. Many parts of the city are vulnerable to flooding, from the up-market Cocody neighbourhood to the densely populated Yopougon area due mainly to lack of infrastructure, including drainage and sewerage.

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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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Montana, USA – While Colorado and Utah didn’t get a lot of snow this winter, the Northern Rockies did. But now those record-breaking snowpacks are melting really fast and causing some of the worst flooding in more than four decades. In Montana’s second largest city, Missoula, at least one neighborhood is already inundated. At least 60 homes are under a mandatory evacuation order, and hundreds more have been given evacuation warnings. Officials said the Clark Fork River is expected to hit its highest levels since 1975 by the weekend. Meteorologists blame the flooding on recent heavy rainfall and a fast-melting snowpack.

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Hawaii – A record 28 inches of rain has fallen on Kauai, Hawaii causing flash flooding and landslides leading the U.S. Army and National Guard to airlift over 220 people to safety on Monday after the rains subsided. According to AccuWeather, dozens of people were briefly stranded without food at a Red Cross shelter on Sunday due to flooding. Several homes and roads have been completely destroyed. Most of the rain fell in just 24 hours from 2 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, leading water levels to rise 5-8 feet above the average level along the north shore of the island.

Montana, USA – Runoff from a winter that approached or exceeded record snowfall across much of Montana is washing out roads, flooding fields and spilling rivers and streams over their banks much of the northern part of the state.

Southeast USA – A mid-April storm that pushed across the U.S. created a tornado in North Carolina that killed a person, caused widespread power outages in North and South Carolina and caused flooding emergencies in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Spain – Abandoned animals drowned after a nearby river burst its banks in Zaragoza, a province in the northeast of Spain. Animal rights activists found pugs and cows trapped in their pens trying to escape the flooding. Despite Government warnings, the farmers evacuated leaving their animals trapped when the floods came.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Three wildfires ignited by lightning strikes were burning through timber, sagebrush and piñon-juniper forest across more than 10,900 acres in northwestern Colorado on Sunday, and federal authorities deployed more than 400 firefighters to contain the flames.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

The Eagle Creek Fire, which authorities said was sparked Sept. 2 by a 15-year-old boy playing with fireworks, was burning across 33,682 acres as of Saturday and the nearly 1,000 personnel working in Oregon had the wildfire 7 percent contained. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Paul Cerda warned the Eagle Creek Fire could double in size before it is contained.

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Wildfires – Montana, USA

The fires represented on the map below are all actively burning and have scorched at least 1,000 acres. There are several dozen smaller fires currently burning in Montana that are not included in this map.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Chetco Bar fire near Brookings is the largest in the state at more than 201 square miles as of Wednesday night, when the wildfire was 5 percent contained.

High Cascades Complex fires are burning in over 41 square miles inside and relatively close to Crater Lake National Park.

Umpqua North Complex fires are burning in about 39.6 square miles in the Umpqua National Forest. The fires are 21 percent contained.

The Milli fire near Sisters is burning in about 34.7 square miles. “Be ready” and “be set” notices are in place. The fire is 44 percent contained.

Elsewhere in Oregon, large blazes are burning in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and neighboring forest acreage, the Columbia River Gorge and parts of southern and southwest Oregon.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Fire officials have ordered about 1,200 people living in central Oregon to get ready to evacuate due to a 3,000-acre wildfire. The Milli Fire grew from 300 acres on Wednesday to 3,000 on Thursday because of high winds, pushing back firefighters. The fire in Deschutes County now threatens 434 structures. More than 1,000 people living in Sisters, Ore., have been advised to prepare for evacuation, officials said.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

One of several wildfires burning in Montana destroyed two homes after jumping control lines as firefighters braved another day Friday of high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity. The homes, southwest of the town of Lolo, were among 750 residences evacuated after the fire, started by lightning in July, blew up late Wednesday. Several outbuildings were burned late Thursday. The blaze burned nearly 30 square miles (76 square kilometers) of forest land.

A wall of flames hundreds of feet high burn on a ridge south of Lolo, Montana

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Wildfires – Greenland

Rare wildfires are burning in Greenland. Today marks day 10 since the blaze was first detected by instruments aboard NASA satellites.

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Wildfires – France

A forest fire raged in parched southern France on Thursday, forcing 400 campers and residents to flee, firefighters said.

The blaze has been contained after ravaging 500 hectares (1,250 acres) of pine forest and bush 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of Montpellier, the fire service said.

Some 200 firefighters were still battling the blaze, with strong winds expected during the day. At the height of the blaze 800 firefighters were involved.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

There are new evacuations for the Sunrise Fire, which is burning about 14,500 acres between Superior and Alberton. The fire is 10-percent contained.

The Rice Ridge is now 10-percent contained at 9,286 acres.

The Lolo Peak Fire ten miles southwest of Lolo now clocks in at 7,453-acres.

The 4, 231 acre Liberty Fire southeast of Arlee is now 90-percent contained.

The 13, 236 acre Meyers Fire is burning about 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg and is now 4-percent contained.

30-percent containment now reported on the 860-acre Sliderock Fire.

the 8,056 acre Little Goat Fire which is now 75-percent contained.

The Sapphire Complex, 25 miles south/southeast of Missoula in the Rock Creek drainage is at 27,528 acres and 32-percent containment.

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Wildfires – Montana, USA

A fire in the Lolo National Forest in western Montana has forced the evacuation of more homes in Mineral County. The fire about 12 miles southeast of Superior continues to grow and is moving toward scattered residences in the area. The fire has burned about 6.7 square miles since it was ignited by lightning on July 16. There are about 420 firefighters aided by helicopters battling the fire. They have managed to contain about 5 percent of the fire.

Firefighters are battling other fires in the Lolo forest as well as in the Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Bitterroot, Helena and Lewis and Clark national forests. Grass fires also are being fought in other areas of the state.

Another fire near Roundup north of Billings is threatening some nearby homes.

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Wildfires – Montana, USA

A series of wildfires burning in Eastern Montana blew up on Thursday and now have torched approximately 48,000 acres — or 75 square miles.

The Bridge Coulee Fire was discovered Wednesday afternoon 16 miles north of Mosby and grew from 2,500 acres Thursday afternoon to over 32,000 acres by late evening.

There are three other fires in Garfield County that are being combined with the Bridge Coulee into the Lodgepole Complex which are estimated to cover nearly 48,000 acres.

The Baker fire, 20 miles north of Sand Springs, has burned 10,000 acres while the South Breaks fire, which is 27 miles northeast of Mosby has burned over 5,000 acres. The third blaze is the Square Butte fire which has burned over 800 acres 19 miles north of Sand Springs.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes- Global

6.9 Earthquake hits Leyte in the Philippines.

5.8 Earthquake hits western Montana.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tonga.