Wildfires – Florida, USA

While the Tampa Bay area and much of the state saw much-needed rain over the weekend, it wasn’t enough to end drought conditions or threats of wildfires, according to state officials. As of Monday, in fact, 125 active wildfires continued to burn across the state. Most counties in Central and Southwestern Florida were also still experiencing moderate to very high wildfire risks, state officials say.


Wildfires – Florida, USA

State Wildland Firefighters are assisting Avon Park Air Force Bombing Range with an approximately 8,000-acre brush fire on the Highlands/Polk County line Wednesday night.

The wildfire is located south of Arbuckle Lake and southeast of Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. The fire is currently zero percent contained. No one in the area has been evacuated. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

A portion of I-75 in south Sarasota County that was closed yesterday because of a large brush fire burning has been reopened. Early this morning, the Florida Forestry Service tweeted that road was re-opening, but warned there is still light smoke from the 3,200-acre fire burning there. The fire is 30 percent contained.


Wildfires – Florida, USA

More than 140 wildfires are burning in the state of Florida today.

It’s a “red flag warning” day in inland portions of West Central Florida today, which means high winds, no rain in sight and low humidity. Florida remains under a state of emergency because of a rash of wildfires, with a declaration from the governor last month.

The Brooksville office of the Florida Forest Service says nine of the current wildfires they’re monitoring are in Hernando and Pasco Counties, including a fire in Starkey Wilderness Preserve that has charred more than 2,000 acres.


Wildfires – Florida, USA

Evacuations are in place for residents in Charlton County, Georgia due to the West Mims Fire and the smoke from the fire has also moved its way over Northeast Florida.

The latest update from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge says the West Mims Fire is currently 116,571 acres and 12% contained. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the fire today, due to the fact it grew over 3,000 acres on Friday as dry, windy conditions pushed the fire over containment lines.


Wildfires – Georgia, USA

Georgia’s wildfire season is underway, and true to form, a major blaze is burning land in the southern part of the state. The West Mims fire has scorched more than 36,000 acres around the Okefenokee Swamp. It’s just over 4 percent contained.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire that broke out Sunday near Madera Canyon, southeast of Green Valley, had burned 4,500 acres and continued to grow on both state lands and the Coronado National Forest Monday. As of Monday morning, containment was estimated at 5 percent.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Evacuations due to wildfires have been lifted in Lee and Collier Counties. 7000 acres burned in Collier at 30th Avenue in Golden Gate Estates that was 50% contained as of Sunday afternoon. Three homes were destroyed. The cause of that fire is still under investigation.


Wildfires – Florida, USA

Scattered showers are giving an assist to firefighters battling wildfires in southwest Florida, but officials caution the threat isn’t over.

More than 115 wildfires were burning in the state as of Saturday morning, the Florida Forest Service said. Nearly 30,000 acres of the Sunshine State have been scorched. Some mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, but many residents still can’t return home.

Thirteen homes in Lee County have been damaged or destroyed by a 400-acre wildfire, Scott said.

More than 2,000 homes had been under a mandatory evacuation order in the county, which includes Fort Myers on the southern part of Florida’s Gulf Coast, but the order was lifted with the fire 95% contained by Saturday afternoon.

Further south in neighboring Collier County, firefighters were making progress on a 5,500-acre fire near the Golden Gate Estates section of Naples. It was about 20% contained, Scott said. The mandatory evacuation zone includes more than 6,000 structures. Flames have damaged or destroyed several vehicles and nine homes, the governor said.

A 700-acre wildfire burning in Polk County was about 60% contained as of Saturday afternoon, Scott said. The mandatory evacuation of about 800 homes in Indian Lake Estates, a golf and fishing community near Lakeland, had been lifted, state officials said.


Wildfires – Florida, USA

A wildfire in southwest Florida triggered evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes on Friday, prompting the governor to deploy National Guard troops to help residents fleeing the flames.

The wildfire has charred about 4,800 acres (1,942 hectares) in Collier County and forced residents to evacuate their houses in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Clark Ryals, a senior forester for the Florida Forest Service, said by telephone. The blaze was only 10 percent contained.

Nine homes were destroyed by the fire, Ryals said at a news conference later on Friday evening. One person suffered minor injuries in the fire.

Large wildfires and major flooding as Siberia faces a spring that’s both dry and wet

Rising temperatures and strong winds are fuelling an increase in wildfires. Worst-hit regions are TransBaikal, Kemerovo region and Omsk along with the Republic of Buryatia. Space monitoring spotted 23 ‘hot spots’ across 6,800 hectares.

Many of the fires were sparked by the illegal burning of hay, an annual problem. But peat fires in Buryatia are posing a serious threat, says Greenpeace, which claims the authorities are turning a blind eye. Alexey Yaroshenko, head of the forestry department at the campaigning group, said: ‘Large wildfires in drained peat bogs are active again in the Kabansky district of Buryatia. The largest wildfire covers, according to preliminary information, about 500 hectares in a peat bog close to Bolshaya Rechka village.

Further west the problem was excess water.

A village in Novosibirsk region was reported to be submerged. Private houses close to the Ob have been hit by rising water levels. Some residents were building makeshift dams to protect their homes.


Wildfires – Florida, USA

Firefighters are battling wildfires from the top of Florida near the Georgia line to Miami-Dade County in the south as the governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday.

Wildfires are burning on a total of more than 23,800 acres (9,600 hectares) of land and have destroyed 19 homes, authorities said. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said this is the most active wildfire season since 2011, with some 107 fires statewide.


Wildfires – Florida, USA

A massive brush fire in western Broward County scorched 6,800 acres before finally being contained this morning as dry conditions threaten more uncontrolled burns.

The so-called “Holiday” fire threatened multiple structures and caused the evacuation of Mach’s Fish Camp, but no buildings ultimately burned, said Scott Peterich, a wildfire mitigation specialist for the Everglades District, which includes Palm Beach County.


Wildfires – Nebraska, USA

A fire chief says a wildfire has destroyed at least eight homes and several other buildings near Lake McConaughy. More than 100 firefighters from a couple dozen departments responded to calls late Sunday morning. An overnight fire had rekindled as stiff winds whipped up embers near the northeast corner of the lake. He estimated that Sunday’s blaze blackened at least 500 acres.

Wildfires – North Carolina, USA

A massive wildfire continues to burn in Burke County, already charring more than 1,300 acres and is 20 percent contained. Firefighters conducted burnout operations Monday afternoon in the Linville Gorge in order to keep the fire from spreading. There were 160 firefighters who responded to the wildfire. They said they’re keeping an eye on a weather system that is expected to move in Tuesday afternoon and has the potential for increased winds.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Firefighters on Monday continued battling a wildfire in the Big Cypress National Preserve that started on 60 acres Sunday and quickly spread across at least 3,300 acres of cypress, grasses and pine rockland. The blaze, named the Parliament Fire, started in an area targeted by park officials for a prescribed fire. That means as long as it’s contained, the fire will help the swamp, preserve spokeswoman Ardrianna McLane said.


Wildfires – Florida, USA

Wildfires burned through four Southwest Florida counties on Friday.

The first scorched 150 acres in the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation and Big Cypress Natural Preserve, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Division said. A second brush fire ignited Friday afternoon around 1:09 p.m. on Oil Well Road in Punta Gorda, which burned 302 acres and threatened several homes. A third fire burned about 114 acres in San Carlos Park near U.S. 41 and Unique Circle, the San Carlos Park Fire District said. It was 100 percent contained by 7 p.m.


Wildfires – Australia

Devastated residents are being allowed back into Carwoola after a mammoth bushfire destroyed up to 15 homes and numerous other properties. The fast-moving fire swept through the town of Carwoola, near the ACT, as firefighters fought desperately to contain the flames late yesterday. wo firefighters were injured fighting the severe blaze east of Queanbeyan.

Some residents did not know whether they would return to find their house still standing after reports that more than 15 homes had been lost. High winds and 34C heat fanned the flames that hit homes around lunchtime and had burned more than 2700ha by last night.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

A wildfire burning in southeastern Polk County has now consumed 5,500 acres as it continues to smoulder, but was 75 percent contained late Friday night, county officials say.

High winds initially fanned the flames Wednesday, allowing the fire to rapidly spread and force evacuations in the Indian Lake Estates area. County officials say they’ve found another home destroyed by fire there, bringing the total number to 12.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Tropical Storm Gaston is located about 315 mi…505 km W of Faial island in the central Azores and about 400 mi…645 km W of Lajes air base in the Azores with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…E or 80 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Storm Hermine is located about 50 mi…80 km NE of Tallahassee Florida and about 20 mi…30 km W of Valdosta Georgia with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 25 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Lester is located about 515 mi…830 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 710 mi…1140 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Depression Madeline is located about 380 mi…610 km SSW of Honolulu Hawaii and about 610 mi…980 km E of Johnston Island with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 265 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Invest 90E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 15w (Namtheun), located approximately 359 nm south of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking east-northward at 08 knots.

In the Central Pacific: Invest 92C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.


Florida, USA – Hurricane Hermine made landfall early Friday morning just east of St. Marks, Fla., as a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds, but weakened to a tropical storm as it moved further inland. The National Hurricane Centre expects Hermine to produce “a large extent of dangerous winds, life-threatening storm surge and flooding rains well to the east and southeast of the path of the centre.” Schools in the area have been closed. A storm surge as high as nine feet is expected.


Florida’s waterways have been chocked with toxic algae

A thick and toxic algae has spread throughout the waterways of Florida and continues to bring certain industries and residents in the US state to their knees.

The putrid algal blooms, which have been described as “guacamole-like”, have plagued the state’s waterways since last month.

The toxic sludge can cause rashes and respiratory problems in humans, is killing wildlife and dramatically impacting on the area’s tourism industry.