Wildfires

Wildfires – New Mexico, USA

A massive fire in Colfax County, New Mexico, had grown to 27,290 acres by Saturday morning and was 0% contained. Nearly 450 personnel were battling that fire. A mandatory evacuation order was in place for the town of Cimarron, where 296 structures were threatened by the blaze, called the Ute Park Fire.

Wildfires – California

A wind-driven brush fire has consumed 250 acres and was threatening structures near a canyon between Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach Saturday, authorities said. It threatened structures at Soka University of America and the Top of the World neighborhood of Laguna Beach.. Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft were making water drops but there was no containment.

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Wildfires – Nepal

Wildfires are raging through several forests, protected areas and bio-corridors in Kailali district, destroying local flora and fauna on their paths.

The district’s assistant forest officer Bhim Prasad Dhakal said on Tuesday that wildfires were raging in Mohana bio-corridor and the forests in Basanta, Karnali, Chure and Bhawar areas. “More than 500 hectares of forest cover has been destroyed so far,” Dhakal said.

In Kailali, there is no mechanism in place to control forest fires.

Wildfires – California, USA

A fire near Byron, California started to spread quickly on Wednesday, growing to include seven wildfires across 500 acres, authorities said. Firefighters from Contra Costa and Alameda counties were battling flames about 60 miles east of San Francisco, on Wednesday, the Alameda County Fire Department said.

Storms and Floods

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California – USA – A flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Yosemite National Park as heavy rains move in across the northern parts of the State. The flood watch is expected to stay in effect through Sunday. Visitors to the Park were evacuated ahead of the floods which also threaten mudslides in the wildfire ravaged wine country.

Saudi Arabia – Heavy rains and floods hit Al-Jouf Province on Friday. Some houses were submerged in water while several cars were trapped between roadblocks unable to get out.

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15s (Marcus), located approximately 541 nm northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 16p (Sixteen), located approximately 309 nm east-northeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking east-southeastward at 03 knots.

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Australia – Continuing heavy rain on the NSW mid-north coast and the Hunter region prompted severe weather warnings and the evacuation of a primary school as stormwater drains broke their banks and rivers flooded. The eastern seaboard was drenched yesterday but parts of the NSW coast between Taree and Newcastle received more than 100mm in several hours.

California, USA – Rain from a powerful Pacific storm is falling across areas of central and southern California at risk of mudslides. Thousands of residents evacuated their homes ahead of the storm while others were waiting it out and hoping for the best. Late Tuesday, Los Angeles County authorities told thousands more to be ready to evacuate from neighborhoods in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, which have also been badly hit by wildfires.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, but officials said they made some gains after the flames exploded in size.

The blaze scorched 3½ square miles of chaparral bush and shrub oak in the small town of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada that is popular for hiking, fishing, climbing and hunting.

Officials ended most evacuations that were ordered near the town but warned that strong winds were expected in the area and urged residents to remain vigilant.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Northern California.

5.1 earthquake hit the northern mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Northern California.

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Wildfires – California

The Thomas Fire ripped through more than 440 square miles of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, killing two people, destroying more than 1,000 structures and damaging 280 more. It is now 100 percent contained but has yet to be declared fully extinguished after burning for nearly 40 days.

The fire, sparked Dec. 4, was fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions, defying the efforts of crews in the air and on the ground, jumping the 101 Freeway and pushing relentlessly day by day until it looped back on itself in a massive rough-edged ring, with the resort town of Ojai in the middle.

It devastated several foothill and seaside communities and stripped vegetation vital to the integrity of the hillsides, leaving wide swaths below vulnerable to the mudslides that would ultimately hit earlier this week in the season’s first heavy rainstorm.

Wildfires – New Caledonia

Dozens of firefighters in the south of New Caledonia are trying to contain bushfires which have destroyed more than 1,000 hectares of vegetation. The area around Mont-Dore has reportedly had no rain for five months, with winds fanning the blazes. A farm with all its equipment has been burned down while dozens of residential houses have been threatened by the flames, prompting evacuations and road closures. Earlier this season, about 13,000 hectares were destroyed in bushfires.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 04s (Irving), located approximately 753 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southwestward at 22 knots.

Tropical cyclone 05s (Five), located approximately 112 nm north- northeast of Broome, Australia, is tracking north-northwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Ava). The final warning has been given for this system.

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California, USA – Mudslides, boulders and tons of debris killed at least 13 people on Tuesday in communities along California’s scenic coastline ravaged by a series of intense wildfires that burned off protective vegetation last month. Heavy downpours struck before dawn on Tuesday after thousands of residents in Santa Barbara County along the Pacific coast north of Los Angeles were ordered to evacuate or urged to do so voluntarily, some of them for a second time since December. But only 10 to 15% complied with mandatory evacuation orders.

Singapore – Singapore experienced flash floods again after more heavy rain on Tuesday.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Ava), located approximately 531 nm southeast of Europa Island, is tracking southward at 12 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 04s (Irving), located approximately 861 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking west-southwestward at 18 knots.

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California, USA – Residents who escaped devastating wildfires that swept through the state in October and December now face life-threatening floods that could destroy their homes in a matter of seconds. As much as 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain, and 9 inches in some places, is forecast to fall across fire-scarred areas this week. Heavy rainfall could trigger mudslides that will carry debris out of the foothills and down mountains from the burn scars left by the wildfires. Many of the same residents who were forced to evacuate during this year’s wildfires are being ordered to evacuate again as the very dangerous storm bears down on the area.

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Wildfires – Iran

While winter is not normally thought of as wildfire season, a number of small wildfires have swept across several locations in its first week. At least three incidents have been reported this week following the huge blaze in the drought-stricken Meiqan Wetland located in Markazi Province on Dec. 22, which was linked to human activity. On Sunday, fire broke out in Abr Forest in Shahroud, Semnan Province and Bandar-e Gaz in Golestan Province saw flames erupted in the county’s woodlands in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Wildfires – California

On Christmas Doay 1,500 firefighters and crew members worked around the clock to douse hot spots, maintain containment lines and mop up parts of the more than 280,000 acres charred by the massive Thomas Fire. Since it ignited Dec. 4, the fire has destroyed more than a thousand structures, spread from Santa Paula to Ventura and wrapped around Ojai before pushing toward Santa Barbara and inland forests. The fire is mostly contained now and is not expected to grow further.

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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 – California – Update

Four major wildfires are still burning in Southern California, and most are nearing full containment – except for the Thomas Fire.

The Thomas Fire (Ventura County), which is the largest, had burned 238,500 acres and was 30 percent contained as of Wednesday night, according to authorities. It is threatening 18,000 structures and has destroyed a total of 930 structures.

The Lilac Fire broke out at 11 a.m. Thursday in San Diego County. It was 4,100 acres, according to Cal Fire, and was 96 percent contained as of Wednesday night.

The Creek Fire (Los Angeles County) had burned 15,619 acres and was 98 percent contained Wednesday night.

The Skirball Fire (Los Angeles County) had burned 422 acres with 85 percent containment Monday night, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It had destroyed six structures and damaged 12 others.

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Wildfires – California

A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 800 structures scorched another 56,000 acres on Sunday, making it the fifth largest such blaze in recorded state history, as it ran toward the picturesque coastal city of Santa Barbara. Some 5,000 residents remained under evacuation orders in the two communities, near Santa Barbara and about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Some 15,000 homes were considered threatened.

The Thomas Fire, the worst of six major blazes in Southern California in the last week and already the fifth largest in the state since 1932, has blackened 230,000 acres (570,000 hectares), more than the area of New York City. It has destroyed 790 houses, outbuildings and other structures and left 90,000 homes and businesses without power.

The fires burning across Southern California have forced the evacuation of more 200,000 people and destroyed some 1,000 structures.

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Wildfires – California

The Thomas Fire in Ventura is the largest of Southern California’s volatile and intense blazes that started this week. It has grown to encompass 143,000 acres, destroying at least 439 homes and buildings. More than 190,000 people have evacuated from fire Zones. More than 5,000 firefighters doing their best to battle and contain the flames. This morning, six mammoth fires burning through more than 140,000 acres of land in southern California. The biggest concern for the nearly 6,000 firefighters battling that inferno, the blistering winds. These conditions combined with heat makes this an extremely threatening environment.