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Wildfires 2013
« on: May 03, 2013, 05:56:03 AM »
Well, it looks like the wildfires for the 2013 have started with a vengence.  California is getting hit hard, stay safe everyone.

Roaring winds fuel raging California wildfire, expected to continue Friday
 

By Lateef Mungin and Paul Vercammen, CNN
 
updated 5:45 AM EDT, Fri May 3, 2013


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Newbury Park, California (CNN) -- Crews frantically battling fast-moving wildfires in Southern California will get no relief Friday as heavy winds threaten to grow one blaze that has scorched thousands of acres.
 
"Gusty Santa Ana winds will continue to bring extreme fire danger to the area through Friday," the National Weather service said. "Warnings are in effect for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Friday afternoon, where there will continue to be a threat of rapid wildfire spread."
 
Winds could reach up to 35 mph Friday in the Ventura County area where the Springs Fire is raging. Along with burning 8,000 acres, it threatens some 2,000 homes, fire officials said.
 
The blaze damaged 15 homes and caused the evacuation of others and the campus of California State University Channel Islands, fire officials saaid.

Extreme wildfires and snow in the U.S.
Paul Whyte of Newbury Park city said he panicked when he found his home surrounded by flames.
 
Firefighters saved his home by diverting the blaze although nine acres of shrubbery in the area burned, he said.
 
"Your natural response is fear," Whyte told CNN's Piers Morgan. "I am glad my family is well and our house is still standing."
 
The blaze was 10% contained Thursday evening, officials said. And several neighborhoods in the area were evacuated as 925 fire and law personnel struggled to control the situation.
 
Another fire
 
That blaze was one of two that firefighters were battling in the Los Angeles area. The other one was east of the city in Riverside County. In that fire, firefighters made progress against flames that consumed more than 2,950 acres, a fire official said.
 
The spread of the blaze seemed to slow early Thursday morning, and crews gained greater containment, now pegged at 40% with no growth in acreage, according to the state agency Cal Fire.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/03/us/california-wildfire/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Re: Wildfires 2013
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 05:40:35 AM »
Southern California fire scorches 25,000 acres
 

By Dana Ford, CNN

updated 6:33 AM EDT, Mon June 3, 2013

(CNN) -- A wind-whipped wildfire in Southern California grew to some 25,000 acres on Sunday as hundreds of homes remained under evacuation orders.

The Powerhouse Fire, which is burning in the Palmdale area north of Los Angeles, is about 20% contained. According to officials, it has destroyed six homes and threatened as many as 1,000.

"It's moving so fast, and the smoke is hugging the ground because of the intense wind, and it's hard to get a map," incident commander Norm Walker told reporters.

Video from CNN affiliate KABC showed orange flames licking dry green brush. Plumes of white smoke clouded the sky.

The community of Lake Hughes was under a mandatory evacuation order, while the Lake Elizabeth area was under a voluntary one, according to InciWeb, a government fire-tracking website.
   

Sparks fly from a hollowed burning tree at the Powerhouse Fire in early Sunday, June 2, near Lake Hughes, California. The fire which began May 30, is a 19,500-acre wildfire burning about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.


A house near Lake Hughes burns in the Powerhouse Fire on June 2.


Firefighters battle the flames near Lake Hughes on June 2.


An electrical line pole burns in two pieces after the wildfire ripped through the area overnight in Lake Hughes on June 2.


The ruins of a house destroyed in the Powerhouse Fire smolders on June 2 near Lake Hughes.


Hills glow with fire as the blaze sweeps through an area near Lake Hughes on June 1.


Brush glows immediately after the main fire front sweeps through on its way toward Lake Hughes on June 1.


A firefighter inspects the inside of a structure as the Powerhouse fire closes in around the Canyon Creek Complex sports camp south of Lake Hughes on June 2.


Firefighters watch as the Powerhouse Fire quickly bears down on them as it approaches Lake Hughes on June 1.


A firefighter watches from a rooftop as the Powerhouse Fire nears the Canyon Creek Complex sports camp during south of Lake Hughes on June 1.
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Together, some 2,800 people were affected, said Lt. Dave Coleman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A shelter opened for those with no where else to go.

"If folks left last night, they will not be able to return. We anticipate that we will not be able to repopulate the area for at least 24 hours, maybe 48," Coleman said.

Helicopters are helping firefighters by dropping retardant and water along the perimeter of the blaze.

InciWeb estimated the fire may not be contained until June 10.

Elsewhere in the west, a fire north of Pecos, New Mexico, has scorched more than 7,400 acres and forced the evacuation of about 100 summer homes, Denise Ottaviano of New Mexico Fire Information said.

That fire, known as the Tres Lagunas Fire, is 0% contained.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/us/western-wildfires/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Re: Wildfires 2013
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 05:42:56 AM »

Dangerous Wildfire Season Predicted for California

Robert Jablon Published: Apr 26, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT Associated Press


LOS ANGELES – Californians can expect a dangerous summer wildfire season due to a dry winter that has left the normally green hills of spring parched and tinder-dry, authorities warned.

State fire crews have responded to more than 680 wildfires since the beginning of the year — some 200 more than average for the period. They included several 300- and 400-acre blazes around the state.

Local fire crews also have been busy. Last weekend, a fire in the foothills above Monrovia, northeast of Los Angeles, prompted the evacuation of about 200 homes. A wind-whipped, 170-acre wildfire earlier this month burned two houses and threatened 160 others in rural Ventura County before.

Last week, the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection increased staffing in Southern California and moved air tankers to bases in preparation for what promises to be one of the driest years on record, according to a statement released Wednesday.



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A U.S. Forest Service firefighter, bottom left, turns to get out as flames roar up a mountainside in the early stages of a brush fire that started in the foothills of Monrovia, Calif. Saturday, April 20, 2013.

The Angeles National Forest, which covers more than 1,000 square miles north of Los Angeles, planned to raise its fire danger level from moderate to high on Friday and to bring in dozens of seasonal firefighters early Sunday.

Lack of rain has left chaparral and brush as dry now as they usually get in June, said forest fire information officer Nathan Judy. It would take a storm dumping 2 1/2 inches of rain to reduce that danger — and that is unlikely, he said.

"We're coming into the summer and we're not going to get a whole lot of rain, we know that," he said.

Judy urged campers and visitors to be careful with their campfires and cigarettes and to avoid parking cars on the dry brush, where a hot muffler or a spark could set it ablaze.

Humans cause at least 90 percent of fires in the forest, he said.

The water content of California's snowpack, which normally provides about a third of California's water, was only 52 percent of average at a time when it normally is at its peak, according to a Department of Water Resources survey released last month.

(MORE: Has the Drought Improved?)

That was due, in part, to a record dry January and February, the agency reported.

Cloudy days have failed deliver, dropping only scattered showers measurable in the hundredths of an inch.

The country has been locked into a weather pattern that has seen storms roll down from Alaska eastward, bringing rain and snow to the center of the country but only dry winds to California, said Eric Boldt, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Since Jan. 1, downtown Los Angeles has received about 2 inches of rain, instead of the usual 10 inches, and much of the state has seen record dry conditions, he said.

"We're about two months ahead of where we should be in terms of drying out," Boldt said. "People might notice as they're driving the freeways that the hills are getting brown. Typically, they'd be green."

With its wettest months behind it, California probably won't see any significant rain until fall, Boldt said.

"It doesn't look promising," he said.
http://www.weather.com/news/drought/dangerous-wildfire-season-calif-20130426

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Re: Wildfires 2013
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 01:38:34 PM »
Enlightenme, not sure if I thanked you for starting this Topic. Looks like it's going to be a bad fire season...
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Well, it looks like the wildfires for the 2013 have started with a vengence.  California is getting hit hard, stay safe everyone.

Roaring winds fuel raging California wildfire, expected to continue Friday
 

By Lateef Mungin and Paul Vercammen, CNN
 
updated 5:45 AM EDT, Fri May 3, 2013


***See photos and videos and link below

Are you there? Please send your photos, videos and eyewitness accounts to iReport, but please make safety your top priority.
 
Newbury Park, California (CNN) -- Crews frantically battling fast-moving wildfires in Southern California will get no relief Friday as heavy winds threaten to grow one blaze that has scorched thousands of acres.
 
"Gusty Santa Ana winds will continue to bring extreme fire danger to the area through Friday," the National Weather service said. "Warnings are in effect for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Friday afternoon, where there will continue to be a threat of rapid wildfire spread."
 
Winds could reach up to 35 mph Friday in the Ventura County area where the Springs Fire is raging. Along with burning 8,000 acres, it threatens some 2,000 homes, fire officials said.
 
The blaze damaged 15 homes and caused the evacuation of others and the campus of California State University Channel Islands, fire officials saaid.

Extreme wildfires and snow in the U.S.
Paul Whyte of Newbury Park city said he panicked when he found his home surrounded by flames.
 
Firefighters saved his home by diverting the blaze although nine acres of shrubbery in the area burned, he said.
 
"Your natural response is fear," Whyte told CNN's Piers Morgan. "I am glad my family is well and our house is still standing."
 
The blaze was 10% contained Thursday evening, officials said. And several neighborhoods in the area were evacuated as 925 fire and law personnel struggled to control the situation.
 
Another fire
 
That blaze was one of two that firefighters were battling in the Los Angeles area. The other one was east of the city in Riverside County. In that fire, firefighters made progress against flames that consumed more than 2,950 acres, a fire official said.
 
The spread of the blaze seemed to slow early Thursday morning, and crews gained greater containment, now pegged at 40% with no growth in acreage, according to the state agency Cal Fire.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/03/us/california-wildfire/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Re: Wildfires 2013
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013, 01:55:05 PM »
"Most destructive wildfire in Colorado history..."
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Natural causes 'all but ruled out' in Colorado wildfire
 
By Jason Hanna, CNN
updated 2:19 PM EDT, Thu June 20, 2013

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
 "We are pretty confident it was not, for instance, a lightning strike," sheriff says
Official: Black Forest Fire, near Colorado Springs, might be 100% contained Thursday
Fire killed two people, destroyed hundreds of structures
 

(CNN) -- With firefighters close to extinguishing one of the most destructive fires in Colorado's history, investigators have "all but ruled out natural causes" in the blaze near Colorado Springs, a sheriff told reporters Thursday.

Authorities still are determining what caused this month's 16,000-acre Black Forest Fire, which killed two people, destroyed more than 500 structures and prompted tens of thousands of people to flee.

But investigators scouring a 24-square-foot area where the fire is thought to have started believe a natural cause is out of the question, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said.

"I can't really go any further on that, but I can say we are pretty confident it was not, for instance, a lightning strike," he said.

Maketa said earlier this week that the fire was being treated as a crime scene, meaning in part that investigators were preserving every piece of evidence that they could. But he said he wasn't ready to say whether a crime was committed.

The fire was 95% contained Thursday morning, and firefighters planned to have it contained fully by Thursday evening, federal incident commander Rich Harvey said.

The blaze rapidly ravaged woods and neighborhoods in a mostly rural area northeast of Colorado Springs last week, and firefighters struggled to keep up in the early days, thanks to little rain and blustery winds. But more favorable conditions helped firefighters raise containment from 5% Friday to 65% Sunday.

County spokesman Dave Rose told CNN last week that the fire appeared to be the most destructive in the history of Colorado.
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Re: Wildfires 2013
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2013, 02:05:15 PM »
I couldn't find an update just now...maybe the Colorado wildfire is completely contained now...This story was from 2 days ago...
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http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/17/19007697-colorados-most-destructive-wildfire-mostly-contained-as-officials-welcome-rain?lite

Colorado's most destructive wildfire mostly contained as officials welcome rain

By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News

The most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history is 75 percent contained and expected to be fully under control by Thursday, officials in Colorado Springs said Monday.

Since the Black Forest Fire started on Tuesday, 480 structures have been destroyed, but the mandatory evacuation zone was reduced Monday morning, according Jennifer Brown, an El Paso county public information officer.
Although Brown said more areas are being cleared for displaced residents to return, The Associated Press reported that people whose houses are in areas where the fire did the most damage may be delayed by fire investigators.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and evidence in those areas could help officials determine what or who started the blaze.

Slideshow: Colorado wildfires

The Black Forest fire raging in Colorado is now the state's most destructive wildfire ever.
While officials said that three subsequent wildfires may have been caused by lightning strikes, at the time when the Black Forest Fire started, lightning hadn’t been an issue, so the fire is believed to be a result of a person or machine.

[Continued ]  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/17/19007697-colorados-most-destructive-wildfire-mostly-contained-as-officials-welcome-rain?lite

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