Wildfires

Wildfires – California

California’s biggest blaze of 2019, the Walker Fire, has grown steadily to surpass 50,000 acres, and firefighters could face additional challenges as fire activity is expected to increase to start the weekend. Burning in Plumas National Forest since Sept. 4, the Walker Fire has grown relatively slowly after exploding from 2,000 acres to 17,000 acres last Friday amid erratic wind conditions. It’s charred through nearly 80 square miles of wildland.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California

Firefighters continued to battle blazes across Northern California forests Sunday, with the largest mostly uncontrolled and growing.

The Walker Fire had expanded to 38,049 acres and was 7% contained Sunday night, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It is burning in the Plumas National Forest, about 11 miles east of Taylorsville (Plumas County), and is California’s largest wildfire of the year so far.

A 400-acre wildfire in Butte County called the Swedes Fire was 30% contained Sunday night and had destroyed two structures.

In Tehama County, the lightning-caused Red Bank Fire continued to burn west of Red Bluff. The fire had charred 8,838 acres and was 50% contained Sunday night.

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Wildfires – California

Clouds and cooler temperatures are expected to help firefighters battling a wildfire in California’s gold country that has grown rapidly to more than 37 square miles.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for scattered rural properties in the forest, as well as in rural parts of Tehama County further north as crews continue to work to increase containment of the Red Bank fire that has burned more than 12 square miles west of Red Bluff. That fire is 9 percent contained.

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Wildfires – Alaska – Update

As of Thursday night, more than 200 wildfires were blazing in our most northern state, including a monster-sized wildfire, The Swan Lake fire that was ignited by lightning on June 5. The Swan Lake fire, near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula, has become the country’s largest wildfire, growing to over 161,000 acres, as of Thursday night. Meanwhile the Ethel Creek Fire near Koliganek that has now burned over 18,000 acres.

Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire in California’s high desert near Susanville is expected to burn for another week. The R-1 Ranch Fire was started Wednesday evening by a lightning strike in Hagata Canyon, east of Eagle Lake. Twenty-four hours later, it had burned 1,800 acres and was 10 percent contained.

The biggest wildfire currently burning in California is the Springs Fire, south of Mono Lake. Started on July 26 by a lightning strike, it has burned 3,844 acres and is 50 percent contained.

Wildfires – Brazil

Brazil’s government is banning most legal fires, used for land-clearing, for at least 60 days in the wake of the massive blazes that ravaged the Amazon rainforest.

Currently, farmers and others are allowed to set some fires as long as they have licenses from environmental authorities, the country’s forest code states.

This year, however, there’s been a 77 percent uptick in fires compared to the same period last year — a total of 83,000 blazes, the network reported, citing data from the National Institute for Space Research.

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Wildfires – California

Local roads were closed and some evacuations were ordered Saturday as a Lassen County wildfire in Northern California grew to 1,500 acres. About three dozen engine crews were battling the Long Valley Fire on the California-Nevada border, which was burning through sagebrush lands overseen by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Aerial retardant drops were halted for the night. The fire has destroyed several outbuildings and one larger building and threatened 40 other structures, authorities said.

Elsewhere in Northern California, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that the 600-acre Mountain Fire in Shasta County was 70% contained by Saturday night, authorities said. The fire, which started Thursday morning, destroyed 14 structures.

Wildfires – Greece

Hot, dry, windy weather has helped fuel dozens of wildfires across the country and the fire service has deployed almost 700 firefighters in the past 24 hours. The most serious fire, on the eastern island of Samos, is now under control, but authorities had to evacuate four hotels Saturday and house the guests in an indoor stadium overnight.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.6 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.

5.4 earthquake hits the Alamagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits central California.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire that’s smoldered for days near the Oregon border exploded to nearly 13,000 acres Tuesday morning, as heavy winds buffeted the flames, officials said. The Tucker Fire started Sunday at Highway 139 and Tucker Butte Road in Modoc County, six miles southwest of Clear Lake Reservoir, according to Cal Fire.

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Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 earthquake hits southern California.

The earthquake was the largest in southern California since 1999 when a 7.1-magnitude quake struck the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base. There were reports of homes shifting, foundation cracks and retaining walls down, but no reports of deaths or serious injuries.

5.7 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.6 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits central California.

5.4 earthquake hits central California.

5.3 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.3 earthquake hits southern California.

5.2 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Pacific Antarctic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits central California.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits central California.

5.0 earthquake hits southern California.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bay of Bengal.

5.0 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits central California.

The earthquake, the largest to hit California in two decades left buildings and roads with varying degrees of damage. This included buildings with minor cracks; broken water mains; power lines down; rock slides on certain roads” but no injuries or major fires.

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5.6 earthquake hits the Queen Charlotte Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits central California.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Peru-Ecuador border.

5.0 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits northern California.

5.6 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A brushfire in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles, took about an hour to stop, during which The Master’s College, a private liberal arts school, was evacuated, fire officials said. About 130 miles northwest of Santa Clarita, an afternoon fire broke out in rural San Luis Obispo County near the town of Shandon and quickly spread to 2,000 acres. The fire closed State Route 46 for several hours.

Meanwhile, Northern California’s largest wildfire of the season was 90 percent contained on Wednesday after burning more than 2,500 acres. The Sand Fire in Yolo County destroyed seven buildings but no homes. It began on June 8.

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Wildfires – California, USA

There have been nearly 240 wildfires in California over the past week, causing one evacuation and two power shut-offs while fire fighters and utility companies attempt to prevent another catastrophe. Since the start of the year, 1,349 wildfires in the state have burned 12,247 acres of land, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as CalFire. Of those fires, 178 have been on federal land. There have been 236 new wildfires fires in the past week alone.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. restored power to more than 20,000 customers in Northern California after the company shut it off over the weekend to guard against wildfires amid a heat wave that fueled a blaze still burning in a rural area, officials said Monday.

About 700 firefighters are battling a wildfire that erupted Saturday afternoon in Yolo County and spread quickly across brush-covered hills fueled by strong winds and hot temperatures. The fire near the community of Guinda, which is about 78 miles north of San Francisco, remains at 3.4 square miles. It was 30% contained as of Monday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire called the Mountain Fire near Phoenix spread to 7,225 acres by Saturday afternoon, Tonto National Forest officials said. As of noon local time, there was no containment. Air tankers and helicopters are dropping fire retardant and water, CBS News’ Janet Shamlian reports. The fire appeared to be burning away from communities, fire officials said. There was a mandatory evacuation of campers and users at Bartlett Lake.

Wildfires – California, USA

A vegetation fire that sparked Saturday afternoon rapidly grew in size in western Yolo County, threatening several structures and closing the main highway through the area, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Sand Fire, on County Road 41 and Highway 16 just north of Rumsey, was reported at 2:37 p.m., according to Cal Fire. In less than two hours, the fire’s size grew from 125 acres to 600 acres. By 9 p.m., the fire had reach 1,700 acres with no containment.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

California’s ‘Superbloom’

California’s “superbloom” appears in almost unbelievable color in a new aerial image from NASA. The spray of color is an annual event, made more intense by this year’s wet winter in California. When the flowers are as dramatic as this year’s display, they’re called a “superbloom.” The last drought-busting season that resulted in a superbloom in California was in 2017.

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