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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2013, 01:10:20 PM »

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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2013, 06:53:11 AM »
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-wildfire-smoke-health-hazard-20131024,0,3409986.story#axzz2ioL0PJ5a

Wildfire smoke a health hazard to millions, even far from flames

By Tony Barboza
October 24, 2013, 3:59 p.m.

Wildfire smoke poses a growing health risk to millions of Americans, even for those who live hundreds of miles from the flames, a new report by an environmental group says.
About two-thirds of Americans, or nearly 212 million people, lived in counties that two years ago contended with wildfire smoke linked to respiratory problems like asthma, pneumonia and chronic lung diseases, according to a report released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The group used satellite imagery of smoke plumes from the 2011 wildfire season - one of the worst in recent years - to take a nationwide snapshot of air quality. The analysis found that the extent of the country affected by wildfire smoke was 50 times greater than the area burned in the fires.
It’s no surprise that many of the smokiest states had major blazes that year. That includes Texas, which topped the list with more than 25 million people living in places with air fouled by wildfires for a week or more, followed by Florida and Georgia.
But six of the worst states, including Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas, experienced more than a week of medium- to high-density smoke even though they had no major fires, the report found. That’s because smoke drifts far downwind of fire perimeters, spreading health effects across state lines.
"Fires are not only a local issue but a national one because smoke can pose serious health risks to people far away," said Kim Knowlton, an NRDC senior scientist who led the analysis.

The problem is poised to worsen with climate change as warmer temperatures, longer dry seasons, decreased snowpack and drought increase fire risk, the report says. Other factors increasing the risk of fire and smoke include more people moving into fire-prone areas and a history of wildfire suppression that is making blazes more intense.

Some of the most harmful components of wildfire smoke are fine particles, which can lodge deep in the lungs and lead to a host of respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Particularly vulnerable are children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with preexisting conditions like heart disease.

In one study cited in the report, UC Irvine researchers found that Southern California’s 2003 wildfire season resulted in 69 premature deaths, 778 hospitalizations, 1,431 emergency room visits and 47,605 outpatient visits.

The NRDC report found significant smoke levels in some regions, including the Great Plains, that have few devices monitoring the air for fine particles.
“We need to have more monitoring and prevent all the conditions that are making fires and smoke worse,” Knowlton said.

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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2013, 07:27:53 AM »
Yowbarb Note: Right now, there are only two forest fire incidents displayed on the map, southwest of San Francisco and in Alabama. 10:25 AM EDT

http://fires.globalincidentmap.com/

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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2013, 07:15:47 PM »
There are a couple of fires in the northeast.
On the top of Mt. Eve in NY.
Groton Forest in Massachusetts.

Click on this link for interactive map:

http://fires.globalincidentmap.com/

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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2014, 08:37:07 PM »

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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2014, 10:41:16 AM »

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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2014, 11:19:06 AM »
http://www.weather.gov/    RED FLAG WARNINGS are in the pinkish-red.

Fire threat is high to extreme in large areas of OKLAHOMA and other states.
Guthrie OKLA is on the forefront of a big fight with the fires...

http://fires.globalincidentmap.com/home.php   global Incident map not up to date it left out OKLAHOMA

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« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2014, 05:34:31 AM »
http://www.weather.gov/   NWS Map Fire hazard areas (Red Flag Warning) in the pinkish - red

NWS: Dangerous fire weather conditions continue to increase through midweek across Southwest and Great Plains

Elevated to critical fire weather conditions continue across most of the Southwest into the Great Plains, with an area of Extremely Critical risk highlighted in extreme south central Kansas into the eastern Texas Panhandle. Record heat, gusty winds and low relative humidity values will continue the high fire danger through at least Wednesday.
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« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2014, 10:30:30 AM »
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/

Wildfires create havoc in San Diego County – evacuations ordered

Posted on May 15, 2014   CALIFORNIA –

San Diego County officials say there are nine wildfires burning in the region covering more than 14 square miles. At a Wednesday night news conference, fire and emergency officials said the greatest concern is now in the city of San Marcos north of San Diego, where a new blaze broke out in the late afternoon and some 21,000 evacuation notices have been sent to residents. The campus of California State University, San Marcos, a school of nearly 10,000 students was evacuated, with school buses taking those who were on campus to evacuation centers. Firefighters were faring well against other blazes, with evacuations canceled around fires east of San Diego in Lakeside and to the north at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base. –ABC News
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-wildfires-lessons-from-2003-cooling-temps-possible-arson/

Challenging conditions expected after fires light up the night

Last Updated May 16, 2014 8:58 AM EDT

SAN MARCOS, Calif. -- Fire crews expect another day of challenging conditions as dangerous wildfires near San Diego may be turning deadly.
 
A badly burned body was found Thursday in a transient camp in Carlsbad - the first apparent fatality. Flames lit up the night sky Thursday as firefighters tried to contain the most stubborn wildfire still burning in San Diego County. The winds turned erratic and unpredictable, making the firefight all the more difficult and dangerous.

"We've had very extreme fire behavior [Thursday] once the winds picked up," Ed Hadfield, a battalion chief for the Santa Maria Fire Department, told CBS News correspondent Carter Evans. "The fire jumped our containment line and really took off. We had a number of fire whirlwinds that were going on, down-canyon winds that were pushing the fire very erratically."

On Friday morning, winds were dying down and temperatures were cooling. A day earlier, the wind was so fierce it created so-called "firenados" - fast-moving swirls of intense flames. Over a two-and-half hour period, what started as a few puffs of smoke soon blackened the sky.

Nearly 16,000 new evacuation orders were issued in San Marcos and nearby Escondido Thursday. Over the last four days, officials have told 125,000 people to leave their homes. More than 2,500 firefighters are working across San Diego County aided by water-dropping aircraft.

The weekend before nine wildfires erupted in the San Diego area, scores of state firefighters were sent along with engines and aircraft to the region - knowing that the forecast of a heat wave and gusty winds was setting the stage for a tinderbox
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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2014, 01:06:45 AM »
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-los-angeles-fire-20141208-story.html

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Flames could be seen for miles from the fire that broke out in the DaVinci apartment complex about 1:20 a.m.

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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #25 on: May 04, 2016, 01:03:13 AM »
The Weather Channel video:

https://weather.com/news/news/fort-mcmurray-alberta-wildfire

Massive Wildfire Doubles in Size in Alberta; Entire City Forced to Evacuate   

Published: May 3 2016 09:30 PM EDT

By Andrew MacFarlane   weather.com

A wildfire near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, forced the entire city to be evacuated Tuesday as the large blaze engulfed homes and businesses.

Fort McMurray's 80,000 residents were forced to leave Tuesday evening as the fire quickly spread, putting homes, schools and businesses in danger, according to The Globe and Mail. A few homes in Beacon Hill and Centennial Trailer Park have been reached by the flames and have caught fire.
 
My whole life is burning away,” Jenn Tremblett told Calgary Metro. Tremblett also added that the homes in Beacon Hill caught fire shortly after a nearby Shell gas station exploded.

The fire nearly doubled in size overnight Monday, growing from 3,175 acres to 6,424 acres, with dry conditions enabling the fire to increase in size.

“The humidity levels are going to be decreased quicker because the ambient temperature is hotter, so that means the fire will be able to go more ferociously and quicker than in days previously,” said local fire chief Darby Allen.

"As the fire grows in size, the complexity in fighting it grows,” he added.

The temperature reached 90 degrees at Fort McMurray on Tuesday with a very low relative humidity and gusty Southwest winds, said weather.com meteorologist Tom Moore. The average high temperature for this location is in the upper 50s for early May.

Eighty firefighters were dispatched to fight the massive blaze, Allen said.

The main wildfire burning west of Fort McMurray sparked a second, smaller fire after it jumped the Athabasca River. Another 10 firefighters were sent in an attempt to diminish the second blaze.

"It's chaos on the roads. People are panicking. It's gridlock on the roads. Flames are right next to a gas station," said Carina Van Heerde.

Helicopters were being used to douse the flames but have since stopped with the fire coming so close to the city, according to the Edmonton Journal.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo asked that those who were evacuated head to MacDonald Island Park, where an evacuee reception is set up, Global News reports.

This is a developing story. Please check back on weather.com for updates.
https://weather.com/news/news/fort-mcmurray-alberta-wildfire

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Re: FOREST FIRES and fires of all types
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2016, 08:22:54 PM »
NWS  http://www.weather.gov/    http://www.weather.gov/chs/   

DENSE SMOKE ADVISORY

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=usa&wwa=Dense Smoke Advisory

Dense Smoke Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
934 PM EDT WED MAY 11 2016

SCZ045-050-120945-
/O.NEW.KCHS.SM.Y.0001.160512T0400Z-160512T1300Z/
INLAND BERKELEY-CHARLESTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MONCKS CORNER...CHARLESTON
934 PM EDT WED MAY 11 2016

...DENSE SMOKE ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EDT THURSDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A DENSE
SMOKE ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EDT THURSDAY.

* LOCATIONS...THE REGION OF STEED CREEK ROAD BETWEEN ROUTE 17 AND
  HIGHWAY 41...AND ALSO HALFWAY CREEK ROAD BETWEEN UNITED DRIVE
  AND SHULERVILLE ROAD. THIS INCLUDES PARTS OF THE FRANCIS MARION
  NATIONAL FOREST NEAR AWENDAW...HUGER...SHULERVILLE AND
  JAMESTOWN.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TIMING...THE WORST VISIBILITIES WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 12 AM AND 8
  AM THURSDAY. THE SMOKE SHOULD LIFT BY 9 AM THURSDAY LEADING TO
  IMPROVED VISIBILITIES.

* IMPACTS...THICK SMOKE WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT AND COULD CAUSE
  RESPIRATORY DIFFICULTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO STAY INDOORS AS THE AIR QUALITY WILL BE
HAZARDOUS. AVOID STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES IF YOU MUST WORK OUTDOORS.
MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR SUDDEN CHANGES IN VISIBILITIES. USE
LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS WHENEVER DENSE SMOKE IS ENCOUNTERED.

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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2016, 10:19:26 PM »
Global Moderator Ruth sent this to me:
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Canadian wild fires, active map. Note proximity to US.

http://cwfis.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/interactive-map?zoom=&lon=&lat=&month=05&day=21&year=2016#wb-cont

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« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2016, 02:11:11 AM »
http://www.thesouthafrican.com/280-south-africa-firefighters-deployed-to-help-fight-canadian-wildfire/

280 South Africa firefighters deployed to help fight Canadian wildfire

The wildfire near Fort McMurray will see scores of fire crews from around the world joining the fight. Amongst those, will be nearly 300 South African firefighters.

By Caryn Edwards - May 25, 2016

There are already 1200 firefighters fighting the blaze, but wildlife manager, Chad Morrison, says that up to 1000 firefighters will be added.

“The fire is not under control by any means,” Morrison told the news on Tuesday, and their hopes for rain have been dampened by a dry forecast.

“There always is that potential that flames could cross the firebreaks around the Suncor and Syncrude facilities, that firefighters patrol,” Morrison said. “That’s why we’re investing in thousands of resources. We continue to secure the sites around there. We expect to hold it as best we can over the next coming days.”

The blaze, which has grown to about 5230 square kilometres spread into Fort McMurray earlier in May, sending more than 80 000 people fleeing for safety. So far, about 2400 buildings have been destroyed and entry back into For McMurray is aimed for 1 June; the airport will reopen for commercial air services on 10 June.

Morrison says that although it is a very challenging situation, he remains optimistic.

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« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2016, 03:50:23 AM »
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/05/us/calabasas-fire/index.html

Thousands evacuate due to fire in L.A. suburb 

By Joe Sutton and Joshua Berlinger, CNN
Updated 04:54 AM ET, Sun June 5, 2016

 

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