Wildfires

Wildfires – Hawaii, USA

Big Island firefighters and multiple agencies continued their efforts Sunday to extinguish a brush fire burning hundreds of acres in Waikoloa. The fire is estimated to have burned between 830 to 900 acres over the last 24 hours, officials said. At last check, the fire was 35 percent contained.

Wildfires – Chile

About 1,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed in the past 24 hours in Chile’s central region of Valparaiso, while authorities have declared the red alert in five areas on Sunday. The fires have been fed by a prolonged drought and temperatures that have topped 40 degrees Celsius.

Wildfires – Australia

A bushfire is burning out-of-control in Perth’s southern suburbs, shutting a major freeway. Kwinana Freeway has been shut in both directions from Mortimer Road and Mundijong Road due to smoke from a fast-moving fire in Baldivis.

Up to 150 firefighters, two air tankers and about 13 bulldozers and tractors will spend today strengthening and building containment lines on the Mt Canobolas blaze that’s already destroyed more than 790 hectares, a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman said.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Cebile), located approximately 543 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 04 knots.

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Australia – A Superstorm has transformed an Australian plain into an ‘ocean’. The driver of a four-wheel drive truck had difficulty following the highway after 17 inches of rain fell in Western Australia.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Cebile), located approximately 602 nm south=southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone 08p (Fehi), located approximately 238 nm west-northwest of Kingston Island, is tracking southward at 17 knots.

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Australia – The northwest of the Territory as far as the Kimberley region was battered by monsoonal rains which brought flooding and damaging winds over the past three days. Twenty-three helicopters were used to evacuate 343 people from Daly River as the community reached major flood levels on Tuesday, with 500mm of rain recorded over three days. A number of schools were closed across the Top End as residents in Darwin and some rural areas were warned to prepare for localised flooding, with authorities providing sandbags. A search will continue for a 62-year-old man who went missing in the remote Northern Territory.

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Singapore – A thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon not only flooded roads, but rained hail and toppled several trees in the northeastern part of the island.

Thailand – Several hours of heavy rain caused flooding and mass traffic congestion in eastern Bangkok and next-door Samut Prakan province Wednesday morning. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s drainage and sewerage department reported the heaviest rain in Bang Na district with rain measuring 120 millimetres and still coming down.

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Bears burned in Southern California wildfires now back home in the wild

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Two bears that were badly burned in last month’s Southern California wildfires are back in the wild after doctors used alternative treatments, including acupuncture, to save them.

Rescuers brought the bears and a 5-month-old mountain lion to vets with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and UC Davis.

Dr. Jamie Peyton says she and colleagues stitched tilapia fish skins on the animals’ feet to soothe the burns. Doctors commonly use pig and human grafts on burned people. Peyton says the bears soon were up and walking around in their bandages.

Wildfires – Australia

Volunteers from Rural Fire Service brigades across the Northern Rivers, New South Wales, have been helping to battle a large blaze south of Narrabri in the state’s west. The fire at Dipper Rd, Dandry, has burnt out about 60,000 hectares. It has now been contained.

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Wildfires – Australia

Extra crews have been flown in to help exhausted firefighters across the New England North West. Bushfires, like the Pilliga National Park blaze have been burning since last week. The region’s exhausted fire crews have been relieved from the rugged fireground as several bushfires continue to burn. It means after three days of firefighting, tired crews were able to stand down on Tuesday morning from the Bonnay fire, near Barraba and Bundarra, as it reached 11,500 hectares in size.

Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on a bushfire burning in remote land in the NSW Hunter region. The blaze has burnt through more than 3500 hectares in difficult terrain near Braidleys Gully, southwest of Singleton.

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Wildfires – Australia

New South Wales – Rural properties near Bowral in the Alders and Crees Road areas in Bannaby may come under threat from a grassfire, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.

The 634-hectare blaze is at watch-and-act alert level with firefighters and an aircraft on scene to try to slow its spread.

A watch and act alert has also been issued north of Tamworth, where there’s an out of control 3500-hectare fire. The RFS is concerned isolated rural properties may be threatened 10km southwest of Bundarra.

Victoria – MORE than 30 fire trucks and seven water bombers have brought a bushfire in central Victoria under control. An emergency warning issued for the towns of Campbelltown, Cotswold, Glengower, Moolort, Smeaton, Strathlea, and Ullina has been downgraded to an alert message as a result.

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Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters are battling several big bushfires in New South Wales – one is threatening homes in the Southern Tablelands, and the other has forced the closure of the Royal national park in Sydney’s south. An emergency warning has been issued for an out-of-control bushfire south of Bundeena in the park.

Further south, near Bowral, rural properties in the area of Alders and Crees Road in Bannaby face the threat of a blaze burning through grass in the area, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.

And east of Canberra, firefighters from the ACT have been sent into NSW to protect houses threatened by another bushfire in the Southern Tablelands.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 06s (Berguitta), located approximately 244 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking west-southwestward at 05 knots.

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Fiji – Flooding caused by a heavy downpour in the Western Division on Sunday night has affected the Lautoka, Ba and Rakiraki areas. A number of roads and bridges were damaged.

Australia – Torrential rain drowns Perth and floods highways less than a day after the city baked in 38C weather. The people of Perth have gone from basking in 38C sunshine to running for cover as heavy rain brought on by ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce belts down in the city. Unseasonal clouds stained the sky on Monday morning before 20mm of rain fell on the city at about midday – flooding the Mitchel Freeway which was closed for a time. More rain is forecast.

USA, New Jersey – Not far from New Jersey’s Capitol Building, icy-slushy water from the Delaware River has claimed the road. Massive chunks of ice and snow have spilled into each other, filling the river, forcing water over its banks and flooding roads. No homes were threatened as yet.

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Wildfires – Australia

Skies in Perth, Australia, turned dramatic colours after a bushfire blanketed the city with smoke. More than 150 firefighters fought the blaze as it burned through 3,000 acres (1,200ha) of bushland near the city on Sunday, authorities said. Officials said the fire was being treated as suspicious, but nobody was hurt.

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Wildfires – Australia

Newcastle Airport has been shut down and sealed off with all flights cancelled as firefighters battle a bush fire in Tomago, Australia. Estimates suggest the blaze has now covered 1 100 acres as winds continue to force the blaze northwards. Four ‘waterbombing’ aircraft have been called in.

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Boiled’ Bats Fall from Sky in Australian Heat Wave

More than 200 bats have lost their lives to southern Australia’s ongoing heat wave.

As temperatures rose to 111.5 degrees Fahrenheit (44.2 degrees Celsius) in Campbelltown in the Australian state of New South Wales, a colony of that lives near the town’s train station felt the effects. Volunteers struggled to rescue the heat-stricken bats, , but at least 204 individual animals, mostly babies, died.

“They basically boil,” Kate Ryan, the colony manager for the Campbelltown bats, told the newspaper. “It affects their brain — their brain just fries and they become incoherent.”

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Wildfires – Australia

Authorities in Australia are battling massive bushfires that threaten to rage out of control.

Several structures are burning on the outskirts of the country’s second largest city, Melbourne, state capital of Victoria.

More than 50 fires have been reported across the state and around 400 households are without power.

Emergency warnings have also been sounded in the rural south-east state of South Australia where another fire has forced residents to seek shelter in buildings because roads are too dangerous to use – they are melting in the high temperatures.

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Western Australia – Low-lying areas of Waitsburg along the Touchet River were flooded Friday as the river swelled due to a steady rain melting snow in the Blue Mountains. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Waitsburg area Friday afternoon with the river running above its banks as it flowed through the town.

Philippines – Floods continue in Bicol with thousands inundated by 1.5 m floodwaters in three barangays in Lupi town, where a spillway overflowed, forcing villagers to use boats to get around.

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Wildfires – Australia

More than 250 firefighters are battling a large bushfire that’s burning out of control in Victoria’s Gippsland. The blaze is burning in bushland east of Cann River and had spread to almost 10,000 hectares on Monday, forcing some road closures. It currently poses no threat to homes but with hot weather forecast for coming days, authorities are telling locals to be alert.

Wildfires – California

The army of firefighters, heavy equipment and aircraft battling the Thomas Fire which has become the third-largest wildfire in California history faced a forecast of extreme fire danger caused by high winds and dry conditions over the weekend.

The Thomas Fire has burned more than 400 square miles northwest of Los Angeles and is only 35 percent contained. Forecasters expect strong Santa Ana winds to whip the flames with gusts up to 40 mph. No rain is forecast, and the National Weather Service reported the area is enduring its second-driest water season on record.

As of Sunday morning, the Thomas Fire had burned 259,000 acres, with the potential to become the biggest single fire in California history. The current record is held by the 2003 Cedar Fire, which killed 15 people and burned just over 273,000 acres in San Diego. The fire has burned more than 1,000 buildings, including well over 750 homes, authorities said.

As of Sunday morning, about 8,300 firefighters, 29 helicopters and 77 bulldozers were working the fire. Two people have been killed in the blaze.

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Wildfires – Australia

A large fire across more than 1700 hectares is burning east of Maria River Road in Limeburners Creek National Park between Port Macquarie and Crescent Head.

The fire erupted on Tuesday at Big Hill Trail, was contained briefly and re-ignited on Wednesday afternoon. Westerly winds are now pushing the fire east and it is starting to impact nearby properties.

Wildfires – California

Ferocious fires tore through Southern California on Tuesday, burning massive stretches of land in a matter of hours and forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.

As firefighters in Ventura County grappled with an explosive blaze northwest of downtown Los Angeles, others across the region confronted additional fires that burned during the day and forced more evacuations. Authorities issued ominous warnings of more dangers to come during a “multiday event” across the area, as weather forecasters said the region faces “extreme fire danger” through at least Thursday due to intense Santa Ana winds and low humidity that could cause the fires to grow rapidly.

The wildfires are the latest grim chapter in a brutal year for California, coming just months after deadly blazes in the state’s wine country killed dozens of people and razed thousands of buildings.

The biggest fire Tuesday was in Ventura County, where a small blaze quickly went out of control and spread across more than 50,000 acres by the afternoon. The fire – which burned an area nearly as large as Seattle – stretched into the city of Ventura, home to more than 100,000 people.

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