Storms and Floods

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) turned southwards over the south-west Indian Ocean. Its centre is located approximately 364 km south-west of La Reunion (France).


Afghanistan – The death toll from avalanches and freezing weather conditions across Afghanistan has risen to 191, officials said Friday, as rescue operations were underway in the worst-affected areas. Twenty-two provinces in Afghanistan have been blanketed by days of heavy snowfall, triggering avalanches, destroying buildings and leaving many trapped in their snowbound homes. The worst-hit province is northeastern Nuristan where at least 68 people have been killed. More than 300 people have been injured while more than 500 were rescued in various parts of the country.

Idaho, USA – Much of southern Idaho is in a state of flood warnings and advisories after heavy rain. A number of houses in Elmore Country were flooded due to a swollen creek. Many homeowners resorted to sandbagging their homes. Several raids in the area were closed or blocked by floodwaters.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) is moving toward the islands of Mauritius and Reunion and is expected to bring wind gusts of 80 km/h, strengthening in some areas on Monday night. High seas are anticipated. Flood-like situation may also affect the rivers and waterways. People are advised not to venture to these locations and avoid sea excursions. Carlos is moving southward at 9 km/h.


Fiji – Heavy rains from last night until this morning caused flash flooding with more rain forecast throughout the week.

Australia – Rain battered Victoria on Sunday and led to flash flooding, power outages and damages to homes in the Melbourne area. Only 5-10 millimetres of rain is expected on Monday, following on from a wet Sunday that saw up to 33mm in parts of Melbourne and 46mm at Arthurs Seat.

USA – The Wisconsin River has reached flood stage at Portage, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for Columbia County. The river reaches flood stage at 17 feet. As of 5:45 PM on Sunday, the river was at 17.84 feet.

USA – Ada County Highway District crews worked to clear heavy flooding in the Southfork Subdivision near South Cole and Amity roads in Boise, Idaho. Homeowners placed sandbags around their properties as ACHD trucks worked to pump water from the streets.


Wildfires continue burning in Idaho, Wyoming – USA

The Black Fire, located northwest of Swan Valley, is 770 acres in size, and smoke can be seen from Highway 26 and the communities of Tetonia, Driggs and Victor.

The Carrot Fire, located in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness northeast of Tetonia, is 606 acres in size, while the Lanes Creek Fire, southwest of Freedom, Wyo., is 295 acres.

The Tie Fire, located southwest of Victor, showed some increase in activity on Sunday, but it is still listed at 1,031 acres in size.

Officials say the Tincup Mountain Fire burning northwest of Freedom, Wyo., on the Soda Springs Ranger District showed the most activity over the weekend.Driven by warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, that lightning-caused fire is now estimated to be 773 acres in size, officials said, adding that it’s visible from Highway 34.

The lightning-caused Berry Fire, which started within the Grand Teton National Park and spread to the Bridger-Teton National Forest, is now listed at 20,801 acres.

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Spain – Strong winds and snow storms across Spain have claimed the lives of at least two female hikers. The two women were found late Sunday in the Tinenca de Benifassa mountain area. The two women along with a man had gone missing on Saturday. A search helicopter rescued the man. The heavy storm left more than 10,000 homes without power in Aragón and Navarra.

Jakarta – Flash flooding in Greater Jakarta has claimed life of a toddler and caused evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Idaho, USA – Snow in eastern Idaho buried three children underneath, resulting in the death of a 2-year-old child Friday night. The disaster occurred in the Mack’s Inn area.

Italy – Heavy storms have claimed lives of at least five people in the Italian peninsula. Italy’s Civil Protection authority has issued further storm warnings across South Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli–Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Sardinia, Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise.

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Tropical cyclone 11p (Winston), located approximately 253 nm west of Suva, Fiji, is tracking west-southwestward at 07 knots.


Idaho, USA – About 250 people have been trapped in a massive landslide in the small remote town of Elk City in Idaho County in the United States. The landslide is about 40 feet deep and is blocking approximately 500 feet of the highway.

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Fiji – Fiji began a massive clean-up on Sunday after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific island nation’s history left a trail of destruction, killing at least five persons and crippling vital infrastructure. The category five super-storm lashed the popular tourist destination overnight Saturday, packing wind gusts approaching 300 kilometres (185 miles) per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.

Malaysia – Continuous heavy rain in southern Sarawak since Thursday night has left many areas flooded and triggered at least three landslides. The number of flood victims housed at relief centres in the Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisons have increased to 2,869 people from 486 last night due to intermittent heavy rain in several places since yesterday.


Wildfires – Wyoming, Idaho – USA

Hundreds of Wyoming residents were forced to flee a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed at least 10 homes even as a separate blaze in neighbouring Idaho burned several cabins to the ground and prompted dozens to evacuate, fire managers said Monday.

The fire that broke out Saturday evening in a brush pile at a landfill north of Wyoming’s second-largest city of Casper has charred 10,000 acres of grasslands and trees and led to the evacuation of more than 300 residents, said Bob Fawcett, fire marshal with the Natrona County Fire Protection District.

At least 10 houses and an unknown number of outbuildings have been lost to a blaze fed by winds that gusted up to 60 miles an hour over the weekend amid bone-dry conditions, he said.

That fire and a blaze in southwest Idaho that has destroyed three cabins and forced about 80 people from their homes since igniting Saturday near the small mountain town of Idaho City have come at a time the fire season in the northern Rockies is usually drawing to a close, officials said.


Bluetongue claims about 1,000 Idaho whitetails

Officials in Eastern Washington, Idaho and northeastern Oregon said they were unprepared to make estimates on the toll the continuing bluetongue outbreak plaguing deer in the region was taking on big game. Washington officials still aren’t attempting to take a stab at numbers other than saying it’s the most widespread bluetongue outbreak they’ve documented.

Based on continuing reports of dead deer, Fish and Game officials estimate up to 1,000 whitetails have died from an outbreak of bluetongue, a virus transmitted by gnats that is similar to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in Idaho alone. It is difficult to get the exact number of diseased or dead animals, but the outbreak is not expected to significantly reduce whitetail populations.

The Clearwater area had a large-scale outbreak of EHD in 2003, and Fish and Game officials estimated up to 10,000 whitetails died. There were smaller local EHD outbreaks in the last five years.

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Wildfires – Idaho, USA

Wildfire season accelerated in Idaho on Thursday as evacuations were ordered in the northern part of the state and a massive fire straddling the Idaho-Oregon border grew to 340 square miles.

In southwest Idaho, giant swaths of grassland and sagebrush were consumed by the giant blaze that has intermittently closed U.S. Highway 95, which was reopened Thursday. Winds and temperatures around 100 degrees were expected.

In central Idaho, crews were fighting a 500-acre fire burning in heavy timber about 13 miles north of Crouch.

Wildfires – Washington, USA

Hundreds of people were evacuating Friday from the central Washington city of Chelan as lightning-sparked wildfires threatened homes.


Wildfires in California. USA

Yosemite National Park Wildfires Continue to Spread

The California wildfire is threatening a major reservoir providing 85% of San Francisco’s water. The fire is burning some four miles away from the reservoir which serves some 2.6 million customers. More than 5000 homes in danger. Only 7% contained. So far it is the 16th-largest wildfire on record in California. The blaze is also threatening power lines that bring electricity to San Francisco.

Evacuations, some voluntary and some mandatory, are taking place.

The “Beaver Creek” fire in Idaho has destroyed some 45,000 hectares near the ski resort of Sun Valley. Meanwhile, five wildfires in Yellowstone National Park have scorched about 18 square miles of mostly remote areas.


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Firefighters step up battle against Idaho blaze

On Sunday, firefighters mounted an all-out ground and air attack on an Idaho wildfire that has forced the evacuation of some 2,250 homes and threatened the world-class ski resort of Sun Valley, where snow-making water cannons were used to keep the flames at bay.

The fire raging across parched sagebrush, grasslands and pine forests near high-end developments in the Sun Valley area has consumed 101,000 acres and destroyed one home and seven other buildings since lightning sparked the blaze on August 7. More than 1,000 firefighters were engaged in what fire officials called “a heavy air show” and ground assault in a drive to gain the upper hand over a blaze stoked by dry, hot weather and strong, gusting winds.


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The Idaho wildfires have forced the evacuation of 1,600 homes. Evacuation orders have been issued for the 100-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire including west of the towns of Hailey and Ketchum in central Idaho.

More than 600 state and federal firefighters are struggling to control the Idaho wildfires.

Firefighters and aircraft responded to several new fire starts in the Superior and Ninemile Ranger districts near Missoula, Montana.

Lightning sparked two wildfires in Arizona this week which are being fueled by dry brush and grass as temperatures remain between 105 and 110 degrees.


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Firefighting planes dropped retardant and ground crews trailed water hoses Monday to keep a fast-moving and unpredictable wildfire from scorching homes in a remote Idaho hamlet, where residents have been evacuated ahead of a big blaze for a second straight year.

Thunder and lightning storms have sparked dozens of wildfires across the West in recent days, sending fire crews scrambling, threatening communities and impairing air quality in some areas.

Near the central Idaho community of Pine, the lightning-sparked Elk Complex Fire had burned 141 square miles of sage brush, grass and pine trees in rugged, mountainous terrain.


A few miles to the south, another big fire, the Pony Complex, had burned nearly 225 square miles of ground amid escalating winds and temperatures. Though it’s now about a third contained, downed power lines complicated efforts by firefighters to corral the flames.

Pine and neighbouring Featherville were under mandatory evacuation orders Monday, a day after Elmore County sheriff’s deputies went from house to house, knocking on doors to alert residents to clear out of the area.

A wildfire on the Utah-Idaho border grew to more than 25 square miles Sunday evening.

Six wildfires remain active in the Wyoming, but they have been showing little growth in recent days.


New Wildfire in California, USA

An out-of-control wildfire growing with great speed in the Southern California mountains Wednesday night burned homes, forced the evacuation of several mountain communities and left three people injured, including two firefighters.

The fire broke out about 2 p.m. near Banning and surged to at least 6,000 acres, or more than 9 square miles, within a few hours. Fire officials said about a dozen structures were damaged or destroyed, but could not say how many were homes.

Wildfires Continue Burning in Idaho

As wildfires die out in south-central Idaho, flames that have been burning since early July continue to consume the state’s forests.

The largest wildfire burning in Idaho is more than 20,300-acre Lodgepole Fire. First sparked on July 20, the fire is burning ten miles west of Challis with only 40 percent of it contained. Firefighters believe lightning caused the fire.

Nearby, the Papoose Fire is up to 9,400 acres since it first started burning on July 8. The fire’s growth has slowed down and is now creeping through grass and brush. Hikes and boaters are encouraged to contact Salmon-Challis Forest personnel for information on trail closures.

In the Payette National Forest, the Thunder City Fire has grown to 1,500 acres. With just 15 percent contained, firefighters are battling against dry conditions as flames climb groups of trees throughout the forest.

The lightning-caused Gold Pan Fire, sparked on July 16, continues to grow inside the Frank Church — River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is now more than 16,300 acres.

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The Warm Spring wildfire more than 15 square miles large forced the evacuation of an Oregon resort over the weekend and caused road closures.

Firefighters are trying to corral a lightning-caused wildfire in Elko County, Nevada that prompted residents of some 30 homes to flee their homes.

Update – A DC-10 jet fire retardant bomber flew into Idaho as part of an aggressive early attack on the pair of wildfires that have forced evacuations at two campgrounds and a Boy Scout camp in Boise County.

Update – Firefighters worked Saturday to get the upper hand on the mountain wildfire in Southern California that forced the evacuation of thousands and destroyed a number of homes and vehicles. The fire is now 49% contained.


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The wildfire in southern California 100 miles from Los Angeles is now 49% contained and with 42 square miles burned, evacuation orders remain. Firefighters worked Saturday to get the upper hand on the mountain wildfire in Southern California that forced the evacuation of thousands and destroyed a number of homes and vehicles. Thunderstorms pose a threat in battling the blaze.

In Idaho wildfires continue to torch wilderness. The Ridge Fire, about 15 miles north of Lowman, continued burning into the weekend and remains about 850 acres in size. Several smaller fires also burn in Boise county.