Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado-Wyoming, USA

Warm temperatures and dry conditions allowed a wildfire burning along the Colorado-Wyoming border to continue to spread, officials said Saturday. The Ryan Fire has burned at least 2,986 acres in Jackson County, Colorado and Carbon County, Wyoming. It is burning about 27 miles northwest of Walden. Containment remains at 0 percent.

Wildfires – Australia

An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire raging in remote WA, with residents told it is now too late to leave. Those living in the suburb of Lakeside in Kununurra, at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley, close to the Northern Territory border, have been told to shelter in their homes.

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Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters have taken control of the blazes that have ravaged rural areas to the north and west of Townsville. Crews have battled the bushfires bravely this past fortnight with thousands of hectares of grassland destroyed, but importantly no lives or structures were lost.

Fire crews and property owners are battling two fast-moving and unpredictable bushfires in Queensland.

A large fire is moving in an easterly direction from Toogoolawah, near the Brisbane Valley Highway and Angledale Lane towards the Somerset Dam region. Mount Bepppo is expected to be the next location hit.

Another fire west of Gympie started on a Woolooga property yesterday and quickly spread, missing homes by just metres. The blaze intensified against just before midday amid rapidly changing conditions. It remains out of control and is moving in a north-easterly direction from west of Woolooga to north of the Wide Bay Highway.

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Wildfires – Australia

Bushfires could travel underground across parched parts of Queensland in coming days, the Rural Fire Service has warned. The dire warning comes as most of Queensland faces a very high fire danger over the next two days and a total fire ban across the state’s south-east.

Soils throughout much of the state are extremely dry and that can help the spread of what is called “subterranean fires”. A subterranean fire burns through a tree stump or a tree and it burns what you can see, but what you’re not seeing is that it is burning underground through the root system. These sort of fires can then “pop out” of the ground days or even weeks later. The root systems of these trees can go for many, many metres into unburnt country and pop out three days later, five days later, three weeks later and start another fire.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.4 earthquake hits Western Australia.

5.4 earthquake hits of the Kuril Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific – Antarctic Ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Guerrero, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Wildfires – Australia

A number of homes on the New South Wales south coast remain under threat from two out-of-control bushfires being whipped up by increasingly strong winds. An emergency warning has been issued for people near Yankees Gap Road at Bemboka and for the Mount Kingiman fire south of Ulladulla.

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Wildfires – Portugal

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling blazes for a seventh day in the popular tourist area of the Algarve in Portugal. Extremely high temperatures have been blamed for sparking the wildfires.

Wildfires – Australia

Three bushfires that were burning out of control near Darwin in the Northern Territory have been downgraded to Advice level warnings after threatening homes at one stage. Earth-movers and water-bombing aircraft were brought in to help bring the fires under control.

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Wildfires – Sydney, Australia

Sydney residents are set to endure poor air quality as smoke from a large uncontrolled bushfire in a military reserve spreads across the city. Wollongong and South Coast residents are also expected to be affected by smoke from the large blaze in the Holsworthy military reserve, 25km southwest of Sydney’s CBD.

Unexploded military ordnance and dense bushland has hampered efforts to contain the blaze, with aircraft and firefighters told to avoid getting too close to the fire front. Instead, firefighters have begun a 4000-hectare backburning campaign, which has greatly contributed to the smoke haze.

Wildfires – California, Texas, Oregon, USA

More than 50,000 people have been evacuated in Northern California bushfires that have killed six, including two children and their great-grandmother, as fire crews battled on to quell flames that have destroyed entire neighbourhoods.

Officials said a second firefighter, who died fighting a huge blaze near Yosemite National Park, was among the six confirmed deaths.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Sunday that 12,000 firefighters were battling 17 significant fires in California.

The Carr fire, the deadliest and most destructive of nearly 90 fires burning from Texas to Oregon, has charred 36,095 hectares of drought-parched vegetation since erupting last Monday. More than 5,012 structures were threatened by the fire, officials said. The flames destroyed 517 structures and damaged 135.

Wildlife

Feral Cats Are Devouring Australia’s Reptiles

Outdoor cats are feasting on the reptiles of Australia, and conservationists are concerned about the toll their snacking habits might take on the country’s biodiversity.

Feral cats kill, on average, 1 million reptiles each day in Australia, according to a new study published today (June 25) in the journal Wildlife Research.

Feral cats (Felis catus) are those animals that used to be (or their ancestors used to be) domesticated, but who now roam in the wild. In the 18th century, the Europeans who came to Australia introduced these furry felines to the continent, bringing them along as pets, according to the study. But 230 years later, the descendants of those cats — totaling more than 2 million — are now menacing populations of lizards, turtles and snakes. [Here, Kitty, Kitty: 10 Facts for Cat Lovers]

To figure out the toll cats took on Australian reptiles, the researchers looked at more than 80 studies that included, in total, analyses of more than 10,000 samples of cat poop or stomach samples. They found that the feral cats in the studies eat 258 different kinds of Australian reptiles, including 11 threatened species such as the Christmas Island forest skink (Emoia nativitatis), the pygmy copperhead snake (Austrelaps labialis) and some turtles. They also found that the cats hunted reptiles much more in areas that were hotter and drier.

However, the actual number is likely higher. That’s because many reptiles are local to specific areas of Australia, and the researchers weren’t able to sample every region of the country. Rainforests, for example, were largely unsampled, they wrote.

Some of the cats in the studies truly indulged: For example, one cat was found to have the remains of 40 reptiles in its stomach, most of which were lined earless dragons (Tympanocryptis lineata), and another cat was found to have ingested 27 skinks, according to the study.

In total, feral cats were responsible for killing, on average, 466 million reptiles a year in Australia, most of which were native to the continent. But when the researchers also added in pet cats and cats who roam in areas where they can find food from humans (such as cities or dumps), they found that all cats in the country were responsible for killing, on average, 649 million reptiles a year.

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Wildfires – Australia

Life-threatening bushfires in Western Australia’s south have destroyed at least one home and buildings at a holiday-stay farm. An emergency warning was issued for parts of Napier, Redmond and Marbelup in the City of Albany on Thursday night and also for Elleker on Friday afternoon.

More than 50 bushfires have torn through the region since Thursday, including at Stirling Range National Park, where over 17,800 hectares have been burnt.

The two most dangerous bushfires had burnt through about 4300 hectares by Friday afternoon and more strong winds are expected.

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Wildfires – Australia

A massive bush fire burning in Sydney’s southwest is getting closer to Australia’s only nuclear reactor. The bushfire on Sydney’s outskirts, which has been burning since Saturday, has so far burnt through more than 2400 hectares. More than 100 firefighters are working ti bring the fire under control.

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Wildfires – Australia

A passenger has filmed the moment a Sydney train drove through a fierce fire zone, as 1000 hectares of bushland went up in flames. Sydney Trains said buses had replaced trains between East Hills and Glenfield on the T8 Airport and South Lines. Although conditions have eased today, there are fears strong winds will challenge the efforts of 500 firefighters battling the Holsworthy blaze.

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Wildfires – Australia

Record-breaking temperatures and fierce winds have left fire services struggling to contain a bushfire south of Adelaide, and residents are being urged to flee their homes or enact their bushfire survival plans.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) has issued a watch and act warning for Inman Valley – near Stockwell and Kemmiss Hill road – saying lives could be threatened as the out-of-control fire moves north.

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Wildfires – Australia

More than 200 firefighters are still battling peat fires that have been burning in south-west Victoria for weeks, creating a carbon monoxide poisoning risk for local residents.

Specialist compressed air foam trucks were due to arrive in the region on Friday to help minimise smoke and carbon monoxide around the main fire near Cobrico, east of Warrnambool.

That blaze now covers 58 hectares and is seven metres deep. It is burning in a similar fashion to briquettes, releasing large quantities of smoke.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 156 nm north-northeast of Koror, Palau, is tracking northeastward at 04 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 17p (Iris), located approximately 451 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 07 knots.

Newsbytes:

Monsoon, India – India is expected to experience a normal monsoon which could bring in a major relief to several states. La Nina, a phenomenon associated with the cooling of Pacific waters, will be neutral during this monsoon, raising hope for normal rainfall this year.

Cairns, Australia – Flooding from the Barron River in Cairns is the worst recorded since February 2000, but the height of the flooding emergency has passed for the time being, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says. More than 40 people were evacuated from a caravan park and others rescued from flooded cars, as the tail-end of ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora drenched areas in far north Queensland. No further significant rain is expected over the next few days.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 131 nm southwest of Yap, Fsm, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 17p (Iris), located approximately 531 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 10 knots.

Newsbytes:

Australia – Flooding rain from ex-cyclone Nora has sparked more than 100 calls for help in far north Queensland. Low lying parts of Cairns have flooded, and in the tourist town of Port Douglas, water has crept up to the doors of some holiday apartments. Landslides and debris also closed roads in the region, including the Captain Cook Highway north of Cairns. In just a few hours, 130mm of rain fell in some locations, with the wild weather caused by the low pressure system that was Cyclone Nora, hundreds of kilometres to the west.

Malaysia – An unexpected heavy downpour caused flash floods to hit the Sebauh district in northern Sarawak on Sunday morning. The floods, which rose to as high as one metre, inundated SK Ulu Segan and its surrounding villages.