Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon

Roundup of major wildfires in Oregon, USA

Cinder Butte Fire: The largest active fire in Oregon, at more than 52,400 acres, is believed to be fully contained as of Friday, authorities said. The fire started Aug. 2 about 10 miles west of Riley.

Nena Springs Fire: The Nena Springs Fire near the Warm Springs Indian Reservation continues to be one of the largest active wildfires, burning 34,000 acres of grass, brush and timber slash. Crews are trying to keep flames east of the Beaver Creek drainage and Oregon 3, but several historical buildings have already been burned. Authorities believe a person caused the fire, which has been burning since Tuesday. The fire is 4 percent contained, but crews estimate the fire will be under complete control by next Tuesday. Several area landmarks such as the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point haven’t been directly affected by the fire, but the areas have been issued Level 1 evacuation notices, signifying people should be aware they may have to leave.

Whitewater Fire: The 5,844-acre fire, burning 13 miles east of Detroit in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness area, has closed all trail access points into Jefferson Park, including a 28-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail. It began July 23 and is not expected to be fully contained until the end of October.

Chetco Bar Fire: Nearly 70 firefighters are working to put out this wildfire burning six miles west of Pearsoll Peak. The 5,036-acre fire, believed to have been caused by lightning on July 12, is mostly burning on steep slopes in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Crews estimate the fire will be fully contained by Oct. 15.

Spruce Lake Fire: The Spruce Lake Fire near Crater Lake has burned 4,734 acres and continues to spread. The fire is 31 percent contained. Recent storms and lightning have caused three dozen small fires in the area, ranging from one-tenth of an acre to 20 acres.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Palau.

5.5 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.5 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

Poland – An underground earthquake left at least three miners dead and five missing at the Rudna mine in Polkowice, south-western Poland, according to state media. The earthquake of magnitude 4.4 struck just after 9pm Tuesday local time, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was centred a shallow 10km (6.2 miles) underground, the USGS said, which would have magnified its effect at the mine belonging to state-run copper producer KGHM.

Disease

Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease in Oregon, USA

The Lane County Public Health Division in Florence, Oregon said Friday that 26 elementary to high school-age children have shown symptoms consistent with the disease.

Those symptoms include a fever, sore throat and poor appetite, accompanied by a rash appearing as small, pimply sores, typically on the hands, feet and in and around the mouth. The 26 cases all surfaced in the last two weeks.

Davis urged parents to disinfect surfaces in their houses repeatedly. Surfaces like table and countertops are breeding grounds for the type of viruses that cause the disease, especially among young children, Davis said. Doorknobs and children’s toys should also be disinfected.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 05s (Bohale), located approximately 592 nm east of port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking southward at 10 knots.

Tropical depression 28w (Melor), located approximately 695 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

Singapore – A heavy downpour on Friday (Dec 11) caused flash floods and fallen trees across various parts of Singapore.

Oregon, USA – Extreme rainfall this week has claimed its first two deaths in Oregon and prompted a state of emergency in Washington state.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

KZN, South Africa – Paramedics treated eleven people who were injured during a storm in Tugela Ferry in central KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night. Medics had to use 4×4 ambulances to cross swollen rivers to get to the injured. Several dwellings in the rural area had collapsed during the heavy rainfall. Some houses had flood damage, while others, including mud houses and formal brick houses, were completely destroyed by the storm.

Oregon, USA – Monday was the wettest calendar day in recorded history in Portland, and the rain is expected to stick around for days. Nearly 2.7 inches of rain was recorded on Monday which tied a record for one day, from 12:01 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. The previous record was set on Nov. 19, 1996. More rain is forecast for Monday night, and the record was expected to be broken.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Norwegian Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits north of Svalbard.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.4 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

The earthquake injured at least 39 people while more than 43 houses in a popular ski-resort collapsed.

5.8 Earthquake hits central Afghanistan.

5.5 Earthquake hits Romania.

5.4 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

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

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Progress continued Sunday in the fight against Oregon’s remaining significant wildfires, with the possibility of rain on Monday and Tuesday offering potential further relief.

In Estacada, the 36 Pit Fire was 69 percent contained by Sunday evening, though several roads, including Highway 224 remained closed to the general public, but open to residents and workers escorted by pilot cars. The 5,520-acre blaze began Sept. 13, and investigators have since determined the fire was started by target shooters’ hot bullet fragments igniting dry tinder near the out-of-use rock quarry.

In Josephine County, the 4,134-acre Onion Mountain Fire was 95 percent contained Sunday, and the last heavy helicopter that was assigned to the fire was released at the end of the shift. Firefighters expect to have the fire fully contained by Tuesday. The fire began on Sept. 13.

The Deception Complex Fire near Oakridge also was 95 percent contained Sunday, with milder temperatures and a lower sun angle helping in firefighting efforts. The 6,033-acre fire began on Aug. 11 and was caused by lightning strikes.

The weather forecast for Oregon could offer help in efforts against the wildfires. A weak weather system is expected to move into the state Monday, bringing the possibility of rain on Monday and Tuesday. A high pressure system is expected to bring back warmer and drier weather Wednesday through Saturday.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

There are still two massive blazes crews are trying to contain.

The Chelaslie River Fire has been burning since early July and it’s about 133,000 hectares in size and the Mount McCallister fire just west of Chetwynd is roughly 26,000 hectares. No homes are presently in danger.

So far, BC has spent nearly $300 million fighting wildfires, burning through the initial $63 million budget.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon

Two wildfires that started over the weekend were threatening scattered rural homes in western Oregon, where forests are critically dry and the weather has been hot.

A fire on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest about 15 miles west of Grants Pass grew to nearly 2,000 acres Monday. Bulldozer crews started building fire line on the northeastern flank to protect some scattered homes along the Rogue River in the Picket Creek area, where Josephine County has warned residents to be ready to leave, fire spokesman Scott Blower said. The fire had about five miles to go before reaching the first of the homes. More crews and equipment were dispatched to fight the fire, which was mapped overnight at 1,954 acres. The cause was under investigation, but there were no reports of lightning over the weekend, making it likely it was human-caused.

On the Mount Hood National Forest about 10 miles east of Estacada, a human-caused wildfire grew to nearly 2,500 acres, prompting the evacuation of about 20 residents of a recreational vehicle park, said spokeswoman Carol Connolly. The city of Estacada was not threatened, but residents of six homes near the fire were warned to start getting ready to leave.

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Wildfires – Oregon

Here are updates on significant wildfires in Oregon:

Yellow Point: An uncontained wildfire about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove doubled in size from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning. But officials say that despite struggles with the rocky terrain, fire crews are making progress to contain the 550-acre blaze.

The fire started shortly after 5 p.m. Friday. It has burned private land and federal Bureau of Land Management property but no homes or structures. Fields said no threat exists to even the closest structure, which is 1.5 miles northeast of the fire.

Weather conditions, including humidity, are helping crews and are expected to continue for a few days. Steep rocky cliffs, though, pose a challenge to containment.

Corvallis fire: A fire popped up late Friday night, forcing the evacuation of residents in more than 200 homes.

By 5 a.m. Saturday, the blaze was fully contained and had burned 150 acres of public space.

Deception Complex: The 3,191-acre fire is not 55 percent contained. Fire crews are taking advantage of the weather conditions to work on burning out parts of the area.

The burn is expected to continue decreasing as a cold front moves in next week.

790: Fire officials will update residents on the fire burning about 10 miles from Prospect at 7 p.m. Monday night at the Prospect Community Centre, 305 Red Blanket Road.

The 2,900-acre fire is 30 percent contained. On Saturday, officials closed the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest lands between the middle form of the Rogue River and Whiskey Springs Campground.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California and Oregon

Two wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago were still growing on Saturday while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.

Low humidity and warm weather helped the fires burning in the Klamath National Forest one mile east of the gold mining and logging town of Happy Camp continue its sweep through steep terrain packed with trees desiccated by the state’s extreme drought, Forest Service spokesman Marc Peebles said.

The two fires are the largest among about 20 that broke out in the forest when a thunderstorm moved through the area on Aug. 11. Originally located a few miles apart, they had merged by Saturday morning and together charred more than 90 square miles, about 21 square miles more than a day earlier.

Nearly 2,000 firefighters and 11 helicopters are assigned to the Happy Camp Complex blazes. As of Saturday, they remained just 15 percent contained.

Wildfires are still lighting up parts of Oregon.

The evacuation level has been lowered for areas affected by the Deception Creek Fire, the Willamette National Forest Service announced on Saturday afternoon.

The Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, Middle Fork Ranger Station and homes along La Duke Road are now under evacuation level 1. Area residents are advised to prepare for a potential evacuation but that there’s no immediate threat.

The fire is the largest in the Deception Complex — at 1,916 acres, it makes up the majority of the 2,196–acre affected area. The Oakridge airport is closed to civilian air traffic. It’s currently being used as a helicopter base for fire-fighting crews.

The fire is currently 55 percent contained. It was sparked by lightning in the area in mid-July.

Other fires throughout the state:

The 790 Fire northeast of Medford has charred 2,260 acres. The perimeter is 5 percent contained and the Pacific Crest Trail is still closed from its southern boundary at Crater Lake National Park down to Highway 140. The Forest Service estimates that it was started at approximately 2 p.m. on July 31. The

A fire sparked on Aug. 29 has nearly reached 3,000 acres in size just south of Monument. There’s no cause yet announced for the Lost Hubcap Fire, which burned between 1,200 and 1,500 acres soon after it was reported.

The South Fork Complex Fire is still approximately 96 percent contained. The expected containment date for the 66,179-acre fire is Sept. 1. The Murderer’s and Deer creek recreational facilities are closed as of 4:19 p.m. on Saturday.

The Bald Sisters Fire is also still burning east of Prairie City, which sits west of Baker City. the 1,238-acre blaze has the Beulah Unit bowhunting territory closed for the time being. The fire was sparked by lightning on Aug. 2

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Oregon – By Saturday night, the South Fork Complex fire had covered 62,000 acres of national forest and private ranchland. The fire started July 31 by lightning and is now Oregon’s largest uncontained fire. With thunderstorms forecast in coming days, fire commanders worried that 30- to 40-mille-an-hour winds would push the fire where they don’t want it to go – towards the small community of Dayville.

Ranches and homes north of the fire, along U.S. 26 east of Dayville, have been under alert to be ready to evacuate. On the south edge of the fire, residents at the scattered ranches also remain under such an alert.

Wildfires – Canada

A contingent of 81 Austalian firefighters have flown to Canada to help tackle the numerous large wildfires that have been burning for weeks.

Forest fires in British Columbia have destroyed close to 200,000 hectares of land this season which is the largest area of land burnt in the province since the 1950s.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, Oregon, Washington State.

An out-of-control wildfire in Madera County in Central California more than doubled in size overnight to 5,600 acres, officials said.

The El Portal fire, which is 34% contained, continues to rage near the communities of Old El Portal and Foresta in Yosemite National Park.

The 3,545-acre is burning in steep, rugged terrain, which has also been a challenge for firefighters who are concerned about the fire growing along the north and northeast portions of the fire.

Two new wildfires have spread in Oregon where nearly 500,000 acres are burning amid a forecast of hot weather and lightning — on both sides of the Cascades.

Oregon Fire Dertails:

The Ochoco complex east of Post remains 94 percent contained at 10,000 acres.

The Logging Unit complex northwest of Warm Springs has charred more than 6,600 acres and is 80 percent contained.

The Kitten Canyon complex west of Vale has also stayed stable at 22,700 acres. Firefighters have made progress, with the complex of four fires now 90 percent contained.

The Bridge 99 complex north of Sisters is still 95 percent contained at nearly 5,700 acres.

In northeast Oregon, the Hurricane Creek fire southwest of Joseph spread in the past 24 hours, covering more than 900 acres. The fire is 40 percent contained.

In southeast Oregon, the Buzzard complex remains 98 percent contained at nearly 396,000 acres northeast of Burns.

The Reeves Creek fire southwest of Grants Pass is 50 percent contained at just over 200 acres.

The China Cap fire east of La Grande remains zero percent contained, covering nearly 200 acres.

The Black Rock fire east of Antelope has scorched nearly 36,000 acres and remains 95 percent contained.

The Sniption fire north of Fossil, now 5 percent contained, has scorched 12,000 acres.

In central-western Oregon, the Bingham complex east of Marion Forks remains stable at about 450 acres and 50 percent containment.

In Washington state:

The Carlton complex south of Twisp spread again Wednesday and now covers nearly 252,000 acres. The fires are 71 percent contained.

The Chiwaukum complex northwest of Leavenworth has charred more than 13,100 acres. The three fires in the complex, which have closed a section of Highway 2, are still 27 percent contained.

The nearby Mills Canyon fire southwest of Entiat remains at nearly 22,600 acres with 95 percent containment.

The Lone Mountain 1 fire north of Stehekin has burned more than 1,700 acres is now 30 percent contained.

And finally the Toroda Mountain fire northeast of Omak has burned 150 acres and is zero percent contained.